GoPro is going airborne. New GoPro drone product to be announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.GoPro plans to dive into the consumer drone market and launch it’s own drone line sometime in 2015. It was recently announced that GoPro would present their newest product at the J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2015 on Jan. 6th in Las Vegas. Initial reports state the new GoPro drone will retail for between $500 – $1000.Early indications suggest this is a multi-rotor drone possibly similar to the Chinese DJI S1000. GoPro drives significant revenue from the sale of their accessories, so entry into this product category seems like a logical step for the company to take.DJI’s dual operator Inspire drone [click for larger view]: Surely, GoPro’s launch into the burgeoning consumer drone market will effect other players in the space. DJI recently launched a drone product with it’s own camera (the Inspire), but GoPro’s dominance in both the consumer and professional video production markets may make it extremely difficult for others to compete.Is it a winner takes all consumer drone market? We’re curious to see.What are your thoughts on GoPros expected debut into the drone marketplace? Share in the comments below.
Welcoming the Union Budget, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the target of the Central government to make it a $5 trillion economy was an appreciative move. He hailed the government’s scheme of “har ghar jal” (tap water to every household). But Opposition RJD and the Congress said “people of Bihar have been cheated in the Budget.”Mr. Kumar said, “The har ghar jal scheme which is already being initiated by the Bihar government’s saat nischay [seven resolve], is a welcome move.” He hailed the announcements on promoting electric vehicles and solid waste management initiatives saying “these are important for protection of the environment.” Funds for railwaysHowever, he cautioned on the proposal for raising funds for railway projects through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode as “it should not send a message that the Railway is being privatised.”However, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress leaders slammed the Budget. “The people of Bihar have been cheated… special status grant to the State should have been announced as the BJP is in power both at the Centre and in the State,” charged RJD leader and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi. Senior Congress leader Prem Chandra Mishra said “not even a single promise made by Narendra Modi for Bihar was found mention in the Budget.” Former Union Minister and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha said the Budget had ignored the interests of the poor, farmers, unemployed youth and women.
Renault India Pvt. Ltd., have announced new prices for its recently launched SUV, Renault Duster, with effect from October 1, 2012. Prices of this SUV will be increased by upto Rs 40,000, a price rise which comes at a time when auto industry is gearing up for the festive season.The recently launched feature packed Sports Utility Vehicle Renault Duster appears to have become an instant hit in India. According to autoevolution report, Renault India has had to boost production this year, as orders for the SUV hit 10,000 units. Its main rivals, the Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500 are available pretty much instantly.The Renault Duster, which was first shown at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo, is available with a 1.6-liter petrol engine or a 1.5-liter diesel in two states of tune.With cutting-edge technology like reverse-parking sensor, key-less entry with answer back function, on-board trip computer with multi-functional displays and rear defogger and wipers for better visibility, Renault Duster is at par with premium vehicles in terms of luxury.Renault provides enhanced comfort with separate rear-AC with independent control considering the extreme hot weather conditions in India.Its spacious interiors complement the grand vistas outside. The 8 way adjustable driver seat means that fatigue has a much lesser chance of overtaking one on a long drive. There is even a rear AC with independent controls for rear seat passengers.The petrol variants of the new car are available for Rs.7,19,000 and Rs.8,19,000, whereas, the 83hp diesel variants come with price tags of Rs.7,99,000, Rs.8,99,000 and Rs.9,99,000.With Agency inputs advertisement
Lanner released the NCA-1515, a desktop network appliance powered by Intel Atom C3000 CPU. The NCA-1515 features robust performance and Intel’s QuickAssist Technology, offering cryptographic acceleration and commercial-grade LAN functions in a 231mm x 200mm x 44mm (WxDxH) form factor. Intel Atom C3758/C3558/C3308 CPU and Intel QuickAssist Technology together greatly boost network responsiveness and security by distributing processing power to more critical applications and by offloading computationally intensive compression and encryption/decryption tasks; what’s more, the NCA-1515 is also armed with secure boot and support for TPM 2.0, K-lock.The NCA-1515 offers 0 to 40°C operating temperatures, Intel AES-NI, up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400/2133/1866 MHz memory; for networking communications, the NCA-1515 can be configured with different options. For expansion and wireless connectivity via 3G, Wi-Fi or LTE, the NCA-1515 delivers 2x mini-PCIe slots and 1x M.2 2242 slot with dual nano SIM. Other I/O includes 1x RJ45 console, 2x USB 2.0, 1x onboard EMMC (8GB) and 1x optional 2.5” HDD/SSD bay.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous ADLINK: two new CompactPCI 2.0 processor blades with latest Intel Xeon, Core and AtomNext Increasing code flexibility using callbacks
West Ham United are investigating allegations of racist abuse aimed towards Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Monday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at the London Stadium.A video emerged on social media in which audible racial slurs are directed at the 26-year-old Egypt international as he was taking a corner.The user who posted the video on Twitter said: “I went to watch West Ham vs Liverpool and I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches.”The Metropolitan Police told Reuters in an email that officers are in the process of reviewing the footage.In a statement, a West Ham spokesman said the club have a “zero tolerance policy” to any form of violent or abusive behaviour.”We are an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability, everyone is warmly welcomed at London Stadium,” he added.”Anyone identified committing an offence will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium. There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”Salah was last year named PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year after he scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season.Also Read | Gianni Infantino is the only candidate for FIFA president election
Residents of the Mount Salem Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) have benefitted from outreach activities aimed at providing them with job-readiness skills and improved access to critical social services. Residents of the Mount Salem Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) have benefitted from outreach activities aimed at providing them with job-readiness skills and improved access to critical social services.This is according to a Ministry Paper tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Since the establishment of the Zone on September 1, 2017, more than 100 residents have been trained under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment Programme (HOPE).In addition, 15 persons have completed training through the HEART Trust/ NTA and graduated with level one certification in construction management.Through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), parents from the community have been enrolled in training on proper parenting and soft skills.Also, two community fairs were held with more than 2,000 services delivered including medical, dental and civil documentation.In addition, back-to-school support was provided, with approximately 97 children receiving supplies including uniforms and books.These are in addition to ongoing works to rehabilitate roads, regularise water and electricity, clean drains and remove solid waste, and upgrade schools.The interventions in Mount Salem are being guided by two primary approaches – Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and Crime Prevention through Social Development.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister the power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The legislation, which was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate, also facilitates the implementation of key social interventions in communities adversely affected by crime and violence.Denham Town in West Kingston is the other community that was declared a Zone of Special Operations. Since the establishment of the Zone on September 1, 2017, more than 100 residents have been trained under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment Programme (HOPE). Story Highlights This is according to a Ministry Paper tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.
New Delhi: Heatwave conditions in the national capital are set to end on Tuesday following rains in the evening, bringing much needed respite from the scorching heat. According to the India Meteorological Department, light rains are expected in the evening owing to a cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan and moisture-laden winds from the Arabian sea. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 44 degrees Celsius, a substantial dip from 48 degree Celsius on Monday when Delhi broke the previous record of the hottest day in the month of June. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar “The sky will remain partly cloudy throughout the day. There is a possibility of dust storms and thunderstorm towards the night,” said an IMD official. According to private forecaster Skymet, rains are expected to continue on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the mercury below 40-43 degree Celsius. Later, there will be no chances of heatwave conditions due to the arrival of monsoon as westerly dry winds will stop and easterly winds filled with moisture will come to the northern region. Western, central, and northern parts of the country have been witnessing a surge in temperature for the past few days, making the heatwave conditions severe.
New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have put his international retirement on hold but he is unlikely to be selected for India’s three-match T20 home series against South Africa starting September 15 in Dharamsala. The team for the series is expected to be picked on September 4. The remaining two games will be played at Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22). In all likelihood, the squad that blanked West Indies 3-0 is likely to be retained (subject to fitness) and the selection committee wants to continue building towards World T20 in Australia in October 2020. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”There are only 22 T20 Internationals before India play their first World T20 game and selectors are clear in their vision that it’s time to move forward,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments in selection committee said on Wednesday. “They are planning on getting a pool of three keepers ready for limited overs, especially T20s,” he added. It is still not clear whether the BCCI brass or the selection committee will speak to Dhoni to enquire about his plans like they did before the West Indies tour when the former captain informed that he would be taking a break to serve his regiment in Territorial Army. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Retirement is an individual decision and selectors or for that matter, no one has any right to decide on that front. But they have every right to decide the roadmap for the 2020 World T20 and that’s to give Rishabh Pant maximum chances,” the official explained. It is learnt that the second and third option for the selection committee is Sanju Samson, whose batting is considered to be on par with Pant and India A regular Ishan Kishan. While Pant remains the first choice across formats, the selectors are also factoring in the fitness and workload management. A few members of the selection committee will be in Thiruvananthapuram for the A series and Samson’s performance will be keenly watched as he has made the squad for the last two List A games. As far as batting is concerned, the selection committee believes that Samson is ready for top level cricket but his wicket-keeping is still work in progress. “Pant scored a fifty in the last T20 that he played. Ishan Kishan is in the A set-up. Do we even have an option of looking back when we need consistent big hitters on big Australian grounds?” the official questioned.
WINNIPEG – The man credited with inventing the Pizza Pop has died.The family of Paul Faraci says he died Feb. 6 in Vernon, B.C., at the age of 89.In the 1960s, Faraci owned a Winnipeg restaurant and came up with a twist on the traditional calzone — making it smaller and easier to handle.His nephew, Phil Faraci, says his uncle started selling the treat wholesale and then sold his interest in the business to two partners, who in turn sold it to Pillsbury.Pizza Pops are still made in Winnipeg by General Mills and are among many varieties of the calzone, such as Pizza Pockets and Hot Pockets.Phil Faraci says his uncle was a true entrepreneur who was proud of his legacy.He says the original recipe may soon be revived by a food truck a family member owns.CORRECTION: This is a corrected story. Earlier versions had the wrong first name for Faraci’s nephew.
CALGARY — The Crown is seeking an 18-year sentence for a former Calgary teacher who pleaded guilty to 17 sex-related charges involving girls.Christian Allen Sarile was arrested in December 2017 on 49 charges including sexual assault, sexual interference, accessing child pornography, distributing child pornography, luring and extortion.All of the victims were between the ages of 12 and 17 and are from the Calgary area.Sarile’s lawyers are seeking a jail term of 12 to 14 years.The judge in the case is to hand down the sentence on May 31.Police say Sarile, who is 29, used social media sites to pose as a teenager asking to meet girls.Investigators say he would ask the girls to chat through various social media platforms and then offer them cash or items in exchange for sex or compromising photos.Police were first notified when the family of a 14-year-old girl came forward in December 2016 concerned about their daughter meeting a man in his 20s.Further investigation discovered a total of 26 victims who all claimed to have had contact with Sarile.During his sentencing hearing some of his victims said the abuse gave them panic attacks, forced them to miss school and made them turn to drugs.Two of the victims spoke of their inability to be happy about anything.“The offender only stopped his activity when he was caught,” Crown prosecutor Martha O’Connor said Thursday. “He targeted and sexually exploited children for his own sexual satisfaction.”Yoav Niv, Sarile’s lawyer, asked the court to consider his client’s guilty plea that spared his victims the need to testify.Sarile also wrote a letter of apology, saying he was sorry about the pain and loss of trust he caused.“I accept responsibility and am deeply ashamed of my actions,” he wrote in the letter that was read aloud during the hearing.“I have a problem. I need treatment. I deserve to go to jail.”Sarile has been in custody since his arrest. (CTV Calgary)The Canadian Press
4 June 2008Aid deliveries to the victims of Cyclone Nargis have stepped up in recent days but access for international workers to the worst affected areas in Myanmar remains a challenge, according to United Nations aid agencies. More than 1.3 million people, or about 50 per cent of the population, in the badly hit Ayeyarwady Delta area have received some kind of humanitarian assistance, but the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the relief operation still needs to be scaled up.“We want better access for international aid workers, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the International Red Cross Movement, both in terms of visas to get into the country, but also in terms of more consistent access to the delta areas,” OCHA spokesperson Amanda Pitt told reporters today in Bangkok.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says it had been able to increase supplies into the delta area recently now that it has three operating hubs in Labutta, Bogale and Pyapon. With its partners dispatching greater numbers of small boats to deliver directly to villages, WFP has supplied 8,500 tons of food (mainly rice), enough to feed about 750,000 people.WFP has also started operating one helicopter out of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, while it hopes to have nine additional helicopters ready in Bangkok by the end of the week. Despite the progress, WFP spokesperson Paul Risley said that access for international staff in the Delta area “remains a challenge.”Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that Monday was the first day back at school for children in the cyclone-affected area, though eight townships had not reopened schools as yet.Spokesperson Michael Bociurkiw said that about 1,200 schools were completely destroyed, 800 were severely damaged and almost 2,000 had lost their roofs. “The best way we can put it is that this was really a children’s catastrophe in terms of the damage to infrastructure that kids access – we are talking about schools, health clinics and play areas,” he said, adding that UNICEF has been moving quickly to rehabilitate school buildings.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced a six-month early recovery package aimed at supporting about 100,000 survivors of the cyclone, through cash grants and cash-for-work projects. The scheme aims to assist landless, poor people who depend on seasonal jobs. The cash-for-work initiatives will be used to clear and renovate villages as well as to help farmers plant crops or set-up small businesses.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there is an urgent need to help farmers sow rice seedlings by the end of July at the latest to avoid further serious economic impact on rural areas and the country as a whole. FAO has carried out an assessment of agriculture in the affected areas over the past month. Preliminary results indicate that about 60 per cent of the paddy fields in the delta have been affected by the cyclone and that 16 per cent of the area has been seriously damaged because of high salinity or flooding with dirty water. FAO spokesperson Hiroyuki Konuma said that most of the area can be cultivated for rice, but he cautioned that there are still many obstacles before rice cultivation can begin.“In some areas farmers have returned and have started some cultivation, but many areas are still empty and farmers have not yet come back because of a lack of shelter or lack of food,” he said. He added that seeds would need to be provided by external sources, since the majority were washed away, lost or damaged. In addition about 20 per cent of draft animals, particularly oxen and water buffaloes, had died. Mr. Konuma said that FAO had already started buying seeds, fertilizer and agricultural tools.
In August 2009 the UN launched the “Global Effort” with the aim of more than doubling the proportion of women comprising UN Police (UNPOL) to 20 per cent by 2014. The Organization believes that female police greatly increase the effectiveness of UN police components and help build trust with populations and inspire more women to become police officers in the countries where they serve. “Since launching the effort, we have not only increased the overall number of police deployed by more than 3,000 officers but we have also increased the percentage of female officers from less than 7 per cent to just over 10 per cent,” UN Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler told a news conference at UN Headquarters. “More and more countries around the world are getting behind this effort,” she added. Currently, the top five contributing countries of female police officers are Nigeria, Bangladesh, Rwanda, India and Ghana. Over the past six months, Ms. Orler has visited some of the most important partners for UN policing, namely Bangladesh, India, Jordan and Pakistan, which together contribute almost 40 per cent of the world body’s force. “I paid a visit to these countries to thank them for their ongoing support and to explain in person the increasingly specialized skills that we seek in police officers and to continue to highlight our need to recruit more female officers,” said Ms. Orler.UN Police are deployed in 11 peacekeeping operations (led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations) and five special political missions (led by the Department of Political Affairs), including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Somalia and Sudan. They are involved in a range of activities such as training local law enforcement personnel, conducting joint patrols with national police and helping to provide security for local elections. In the special political missions, UN Police are working with national police services to build capacity in law enforcement and to assist with police reform, Ms. Orler noted. “Our aim is to strengthen and make accountable the security sector so that guardians of public order do not exacerbate political tensions.” 16 June 2011More and more countries are getting behind a United Nations initiative designed to boost the number of female police serving in peace operations, with women now accounting for just over 10 per cent of the more than 14,000 officers deployed worldwide, a senior official said today.
Joint opposition Parliamentarians Wimal Weerawansa and Keheliya Rambukwella had recently said that Parliament must be bombed. (Colombo Gazette) Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera asked the Speaker in Parliament today as to why action had not been taken against the MPs who threatened to bomb Parliament.The Speaker said that the Parliament privileges committee will look into it. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today told Parliament that the Parliament privileges committee will take action on a threat to bomb Parliament.The threat had been made by some opposition members of Parliament recently.
To highlight how big a problem this is, last year ZK Research ran a Wi-Fi troubleshooting survey and found that a whopping 60% of network engineers spent at least one day a week doing nothing but Wi-Fi troubleshooting. Even more alarming is that the primary troubleshooting tool is packet capture, which any network engineer will tell you is the tool of last resort. But there’s a lack of good Wi-Fi troubleshooting tools, so here we are with packet capture. 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. With Arista having bought Mojo Networks, and Extreme Networks having rolled up Avaya’s networking business, Brocade data center products, and Zebra Technologies’ Wi-Fi business, the network edge is significantly more competitive than it was just a few years ago. For those not familiar with Mist, the company was the first Wi-Fi vendor to use artificial intelligence (AI) as a way of automating the management of the network. The deal is highly complementary, as Juniper has a broad wired networking portfolio, but its Wi-Fi strategy had been a hodgepodge of partners including Aerohive, HPE (Aruba), Samsung, and Mist. Also, about a year ago, Mist debuted its Marvis virtual network assistant (VNA) for operations and integrated helpdesk, which is powered by its AI capabilities that include natural language processing (NLP). Marvis is a play on words where “Mist” is combined with “Jarvis” of Iron Man fame. Using Marvis, network managers can be like Tony Stark and ask Marvis things like, “Why can’t Beth Schultz’s iPhone connect to the network?” or “Tell me the five locations with the poorest Wi-Fi performance,” or “How many clients are connected to the guest network?” Marvis is like having a virtual Wi-Fi expert always at the beck and call of network operations, able to quickly connect the dots between mobile devices, wireless networks, the wired network, and IoT domains. This Mist solution is delivered from its modernized, micro services-based cloud, so it’s well set up for the future. I expect the Mist cloud will eventually be the primary management platform for all of Juniper’s enterprise products. Within the next five years, I fully expect AI-based solutions to supplant humans when it comes to troubleshooting, tweaking, and tuning of the network at every point. See All in Enterprise Networking » Tackling Wi-Fi ProblemsUnified wired and wireless is table stakes now, and Mist brings many advanced capabilities to Juniper. I think most people would agree that the Wi-Fi network has grown in value. What was once a network of convenience that offered best-effort services, is now the primary network for mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints that are often wireless only. Enter MistThis is where Mist excels. Instead of building a tool to problem solve Wi-Fi, Mist uses AI to create a network that can run itself and make Wi-Fi more predictable and reliable. For example, if there’s a channel conflict, the Mist system will see that and fix itself. More and more customers want an access edge where the wired and wireless network are managed as one. This has many operational benefits, as it allows network managers to do things like create a single set of access policies that can be enforced across the wired or wireless network. For example, it’s common for a guest to be blocked from the internal network via Wi-Fi but have full access when connected on a wired connection. With Mist, Juniper has the ability to create best-in-class experiences on wired and wireless, and across the WAN with its SD-WAN product. The problem is that Wi-Fi is notoriously flaky and unreliable. I’m sure everyone reading this has experienced a situation like being in an Enterprise Connect keynote and they’re able to Tweet, email, Facebook, and iMessage to their heart’s content. Then the first speaker comes out and everyone jumps on the Wi-Fi, starts uploading pictures of a nattily dressed Eric Krapf and everything stops working. I actually carry a 4G mobile hotpsot just for those occasions. Think about that — I actually plan for the Wi-Fi to be problematic by carrying an alternate connectivity method. In 2019, that should not be the case, but it’s commonplace in hotels, schools, and other venues more often than not. Log in or register to post comments The purchase of Mist was something Juniper needed to compete effectively at the access edge. Juniper’s Wi-Fi partnership strategy might have enabled Juniper to check a box on an RFP that asked for wired and wireless solutions from the same vendor, but it would never have enabled it to provide a truly unified access edge. ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. The $405 million purchase price seemed low to me. No revenue number was provided for Mist in Juniper’s press release, but my Valley sources tell me it’s in the $30 million range, with Mist expecting to double that this year. At $60 million, the $405 million represents a multiple of 6.75x revenue, which seems modest. Also, Mist has some outstanding lighthouse customers such as Amazon, The Gap, Disney, and Verizon Enterprise, which are often just as important as revenue. WiFi_774.png 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. Juniper Networks made a splash this week when it announced its intent to acquire Wi-Fi vendor Mist Systems for $405 million, subject to adjustment and payable in a combination of cash and outstanding equity awards. The deal is expected to close in Juniper’s fiscal second quarter, ending June 30. The network edge is where the action is, as it’s the place where people work, shop, and learn, and it’s where IoT devices connect. Juniper had tried to go to market via partnership but that has many challenges. The acquisition of Mist gives Juniper a best-in-class, AI-driven, cloud-based Wi-Fi solution that should become the cornerstone of its overall enterprise network strategy.Tags:News & ViewsJuniper NetworksMistWi-FitroubleshootingMarvis virtual network assistantEnterprise NetworkingAI & AutomationSD-WANVendor News Articles You Might Like The challenge for network managers is that Wi-Fi problems are very difficult to troubleshoot. The example above is fairly simple to understand, as there are too many people connected; but with the right data, there are ways to fix that. It’s worse, though, when there’s only a couple of people on the network and things still aren’t working. Is it an issue with the client? DHCP problem? The application? RF problem? Some sort of configuration issue? The problem could be almost anything. The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus.
The acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, today strongly condemned the recent series of attacks in Kosovo, calling them an assault on the crucial process of democratic reforms and appealing for an immediate end to the violence.“These heinous acts underline the urgency of ridding Kosovo of criminal and destructive influences and of establishing a democratic society fully based on rule of law and respect for human rights,” Mr. Ramcharan said in a statement. “The perpetrators of these crimes must not be allowed to undermine the peace process and the efforts to build a multi-ethnic society in Kosovo.”An attack on Sunday evening left one Serb dead and four others injured, and two Serbian teenagers were shot dead and four others injured while swimming in a river earlier in August.“The acting High Commissioner encourages the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government to continue their efforts to improve the security situation in Kosovo, in particular through strengthening local police and measures to fight organized crime,” the statement added.
UNICEF said it was distressing that the bombing of the health post in Udayapur destroyed medical supplies, including vaccines meant for the measles immunization campaign that started last Tuesday.”The measles campaign had been going on smoothly thus far, even under such difficult circumstances, thanks to the support of the conflicting parties,” said UNICEF’s Representative, Dr Suomi Sakai. “We would like to believe that this remains an isolated incident and does not herald a setback in the campaign in any way.”Every year, 5,000 of the 150,000 children affected with measles in Nepal succumb to complications from the disease, and disruption of immunization services could mean an increase in the number of these fatalities, UNICEF warned.Arrangements are already being made to replenish the measles vaccines destroyed in the blast.
Over all, 5 million people will need food aid to various degrees this year in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, yet only 15 per cent of the $92 million sought on 28 March has so far been committed, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest update. “The humanitarian community is deeply concerned at the situation as the Sahel (sub-Saharan region) approaches what is going to be a difficult juncture despite a good harvest,” it added. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are increasing their food distributions in nutritional centres in the most vulnerable regions of Niger, where drought and locust infestations caused a food emergency last year. In Mauritania, more than 11,000 tonnes of food will be need in the coming months to feed over 400,000 people and the WFP risks running out of cereal stocks by June. The $92-million appeal covers programmes to be implemented by seven UN agencies: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), OCHA, UNICEF, UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), WFP and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Afrique verte.
Anthony Goodman, 74, “was a journalist’s journalist and a Spokesman’s journalist, as he always protected his sources,” Stephane Dujarric told the daily briefing at UN Headquarters.Mr. Goodman “was quiet, self-effacing, gentlemanly and considerate to the nth degree. During his time at the UN, he was considered by journalists and diplomats alike an expert on Cyprus – rarely missing a twist of that never-ending saga,” the spokesman said.Before his retirement in 2000, Mr. Goodman had also covered Watergate in the early 1970s and in 1980 he went to cover the siege of the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran, a crisis that had started in late 1979.Mr. Goodman, an Oxford University graduate, is survived by his widow, Zmira Goodman.
Wayne Ellington, a reserve guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, lost his father to street violence in Philadelphia, a reminder that the glitz and wealth of professional sports life can be intruded upon with tragedy, too.You see them on television. You read about their hefty contracts. They are living their dreams. But for all they seem to have, they are not invincible. And they hurt just as any of us hurt.Just ask Ellington, whose father of the same name was shot in his car by unknown assailants at an intersection in Philadelphia Sunday night. Senseless violence. Again.“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington said in a statement released by the Lakers. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”Michael Jordan’s father was killed in similar fashion in North Carolina. Brian Shaw, coach of the Denver Nuggets, lost his parents and a sister in a horrific car accident. Mike Tyson had a daughter die in a freak accident. And on and on.“This is our livelihood, but it’s still just a game,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “This thing that’s happening with Wayne is real life. It kind of puts everything in perspective, too.”Ellington is in his sixth season after a stellar career at North Carolina. Police say there was no motive for the murder and there are no suspects. There’s only a family left behind to grieve. Ellington is on an indefinite leave of absence from the Lakers.“As a team, we’ll obviously keep going on and trying to win games, but I think all of us, every now and then— during the game, after the game, before the game—will have Wayne on our mind,” Scott said.No one is insulated from the horrors of the world. Money and fame can provide most everything except that. We get reminders every so often. . . sadly.
Artist living in Dublin By Jenifer Williams ‘Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family’s name’ Jenifer Williams lives in Dublin but grew up in the Congo, she described it as “a ground of no mercy”. Jenifer Williams Short URL 82 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3816152 Feb 11th 2018, 7:31 PM Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 7:30 PM Jenifer Williams grew up in the Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also lived in Zambia for a time, before moving to Ireland in 2014.THEY SAY THE Democratic Republic of the Congo is the Heart of Africa, but this heart is a dark one.I was born in 1995 to an Irish dad and a Congolese mom.It’s known as the worst place to be a woman in the world. I had no understanding of it, I began to question the culture and traditions as I became a teenager.I dreaded the alarm ringtone waking me up every morning to go to school as I would be openly harassed by men and sometimes both men and women encouraging their kids to do so as you passed by.I had a nickname women encouraged their kids to call me along with other adults – “muzungu mbuji – white goat”. That’s what they usually yelled at the mixed race person.Men harassed women and got away with it; as though women were responsible for being raped because they were born female. Families were slaughtered, murdered, homes looted and children were abducted and forced to become child soldiers by the rebels.The most heartbreaking are the rape survivors from the areas that were attacked and the children born from rape who are rejected by their families. They go off to do domestic jobs or work in mines but they still get sexually abused and assaulted. With no voice, women make no further attempt to report it, as they know they won’t be heard and even if they were lucky and the abuser is reported, they go unpunished.With rape destroying the woman’s family and social bonds, the young child grows up to be a victim of child labour as the culture of shame makes their families reject them to protect their family honour.‘My voice was valueless’The misogynistic culture invites further attacks and abuses. Women are raped, mutilated with sticks and knives, others burnt with petrol, children kidnapped and forced into becoming child soldiers. Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family’s name in the community or are kicked out of homes.Many children are accused of witchcraft and are thrown out of their homes by their families and they end up as homeless vagabonds, vulnerable to all sorts of abuses in the streets.It’s a ground of no mercy. In open rural areas women wear a black plastic bag on their heads like a hair cap as they proceed to work. Cracking stones into gravel with a hammer which will then be purchase for construction. Gardening to make crops to sell and feed their children and send them to school while the men go out drinking and sleeping with prostitutes and then infecting their wives with STDs and also taking away their voices.As soon as you hit puberty you hear the word marriage more than any other word from neighbours from friends of the family. Greedy parents using their children as a business opportunity when it comes to marriage. When my puberty clock hit and my breasts formed I started to scar emotionally. I realised how valueless my voice was.You’d see hashtags on social media #blackisbeautiful #unfairandlovely #melaninonfleek; but in Africa itself? It is safe to say that women always want to change something about themselves – in the DRC women take whitening themselves to the extreme as it is promoted as attractive and beautiful.The TV is filled with disturbing skin-lightening lotion products on sale on the beauty market. These bleaching lotions only bleach their skin for a short while as the merciless sun burns down. Some women end up with green or blue-like patches on their faces and body where the sun burns the already damaged skin. I also grew up knowing that my curls were a mess and not presentable.I’d say the Congo broke my heart, it wiped away my value and stumped my voice down. It’s shocking that a man would be delivered by a female only to grow up and bury her voice.Jenifer Williams is a 22-year-old artist currently living in Dublin. Share215 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,268 Views