UN envoy calls for world support of expected wave of returning African

Ruud Lubbers told a conference on African repatriation and integration that as many as five million people could soon return to their homelands – the continent’s biggest return movement in a decade – as nine conflicts either come to an end or diminish in intensity.Mr. Lubbers said that while the governments of the affected countries have prime responsibility to resolve long-running conflicts and promote development, donor governments could provide important support as countries acquire stability.”Efforts must be made to ensure the effectiveness of programmes aimed at the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and rehabilitation of former combatants, including youths,” he said.Opening the two-day conference in Geneva, Mr. Lubbers said he was optimistic that there could be large returns from Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan as those countries head towards peace after long-running conflicts.Already more than 800,000 refugees have returned to Angola, Burundi, Eritrea, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, despite what the UNHCR described as the “enormous challenges” in their homelands.Some 60 government delegations are attending the conference, entitled the Dialogue on Voluntary Repatriation and Sustainable Reintegration in Africa, which is sponsored by the UNHCR.Tomorrow’s conference sessions will focus on the nine countries Mr. Lubbers identified as already experiencing or likely to experience large waves of returnees. read more

Turkish opposition party begins 265mile march for justice

by Zeynep Bilginsoy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s pro-secular Republican People’s Party, holds a placard that reads in Turkish: ‘Justice’, as he prepares to take part in a protest in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, June 15, 2017. Turkey’s main opposition party started a 400-km (250-mile) march Thursday from the capital to an Istanbul prison to protest the imprisonment of one of its lawmakers, Enis Berberoglu who was convicted to 25 years in prison for revealing state secrets. (AP Photo/Ali Unal) ISTANBUL – Turkey’s main opposition party set off on a 425-kilometre (265-mile) march Thursday from the capital to an Istanbul prison to protest the conviction of one of its lawmakers. Thousands took to the streets in Ankara, drawing criticism from the country’s president.The leader of the pro-secular Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, called the “march for justice” after parliamentarian Enis Berberoglu was convicted and sentenced to 25 years for revealing state secrets.Kilicdaroglu said the verdict was “palace-motivated,” a reference to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“Let the whole world hear, we are facing a dictatorial regime in Turkey, in our own land,” he said.At a dinner to break the Ramadan fast in Ankara, Erdogan criticized the march, saying the protesters should not forget a constitutional article on the independence of the judiciary.“Everyone should know their place,” Erdogan said. “No one wins a thing when they, on the one hand, say they respect law and then go on the path of breaking the law … they won’t win anything with this and on the contrary, it will make them lose.”The case of Berberoglu, a former journalist and lawmaker, stems from a 2015 story by the Cumhuriyet newspaper suggesting Turkey’s intelligence service had smuggled weapons to Islamist rebels in Syria. His lawyer has appealed the verdict.Berberoglu was accused of giving journalists footage that showed local authorities searching Syria-bound trucks allegedly carrying mortar rounds and getting into a standoff with Turkish intelligence officials. Turkish leaders denied supporting Islamic rebels and said the trucks contained aid to Turkmens in Syria.Can Dundar, Cumhuriyet’s then editor-in-chief who is now abroad, and the paper’s Ankara representative, Erdem Gul, are also on trial on similar charges.Separately, the three are being tried for “aiding a terror organization without being members,” a reference to the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of orchestrating last year’s bloody coup attempt. Gulen has denied the claims. The prosecution believes Gulen’s network to be the source of the leaked images.After the verdict, Kilicdaroglu tweeted: “In this country, the punishment for covering the news of a truck filled with weapons heading to terror groups is 25 years in prison but illegal arm shipments are allowed!”Berberoglu is the first legislator from the Republican People’s Party to be imprisoned since a constitutional amendment stripped parliamentary immunities last year. A dozen pro-Kurdish lawmakers are already in prison for allegedly supporting terror and more than 50,000 people have been arrested for purported links to Gulen.Kilicdaroglu, 68, said he would walk to Istanbul over an estimated 25 days and will be joined by party members in each province.Hundreds of people also gathered in an Istanbul park on Thursday morning.“We want justice! We want a state of law, fair trials. We want democracy, more democracy!” said Birsen Ayisik, a 53-year-old protester. Turkish opposition party begins 265-mile ‘march for justice’ read more

UN health agency issues new guidelines on treating preventing cervical cancer

WHO revealed these findings in the newest version of the Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control: A guide to essential practice, launched at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Melbourne, Australia.“WHO’s updated cervical cancer guidance can be the difference between life and death for girls and women worldwide,” Dr Nathalie Broutet, a leading WHO expert on cervical cancer prevention and control, said. “There are no magic bullets, but the combination of more effective and affordable tools to prevent and treat cervical cancer will help release the strain on stretched health budgets, especially in low-income countries, and contribute drastically to the elimination of cervical cancer,” he added.The main elements to prevent and control cervical cancer are to: vaccinate 9 to 13-year-old girls with two doses of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine; use HPV tests to screen women for cervical cancer prevention; and communicate more widely, according to WHO.“The disease is one of the world’s deadliest – but most easily preventable – forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85 per cent of which occur in developing countries,” the UN health agency said. “An estimated 1 million-plus women worldwide are currently living with cervical cancer.” Girls in more than 55 countries are protected by routine administration of the vaccine and encouragingly, a growing number of low- and middle-income countries are introducing the vaccine in the routine schedule, WHO said.As for the testing to screen for the virus, once a woman has been screened negative, she should not be rescreened for at least 5 years, but should be rescreened within 10. “This represents a major cost saving for health systems, in comparison with other types of tests,” WHO said. The new guidance, known as the “Pink Book,” provides a comprehensive cervical cancer control and prevention approach for governments and healthcare providers and underlines recent developments in technology and strategy for improving women’s access to health services to prevent and control cervical cancer. read more

No 11 Texas beats Kansas 2417 heads to Big 12 title game

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sam Ehlinger threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score, and No. 11 Texas held off Kansas 24-17 on Friday to clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game.The Longhorns opened a 24-7 lead on Cameron Dicker’s 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but the lowly Jayhawks responded with Peyton Bender’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Daylon Charlot and recovered the ensuing onside kick.After Gabriel Rui made it a one-score game with a 45-yard field goal with 1:37 remaining, Kansas was unable to recover another onside kick and Texas (9-3, 7-2, No. 15 CFP) closed out its third consecutive victory.Tre Watson finished with 79 yards on 14 carries as Texas continued its strong second season under coach Tom Herman.Ehlinger threw two interceptions, but he made enough plays to get another win. The Longhorns had a 98-yard drive on their first possession that ended with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Ehlinger to Collin Johnson.Texas’ offence struggled for much of the first half, and then got back on track in the third quarter. Watson’s 31-yard run helped set up Andrew Beck’s 5-yard touchdown reception, and Ehlinger’s 3-yard TD run made it 21-0 with 1:02 left.Kansas (3-9, 1-8) dropped its last four games in David Beaty’s final season as Jayhawks coach. Les Miles was hired Sunday to replace Beaty.Pooka Williams Jr. had 18 carries for 103 yards for Kansas, including a 57-yard touchdown run in the fourth. Bender was 18 for 35 for 159 yards.THE TAKEAWAYTexas: It was a sweet day for the Longhorns after its 2016 loss at Memorial Stadium ended a string of 13 consecutive wins over the Jayhawks, likely sealed the fate of embattled coach Charlie Strong and ultimately led to Herman’s hiring away from Houston.Kansas: Fails to send Beaty off with a win, capping another losing season.UP NEXTTexas: Will face the winner of Friday night’s showdown between No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 12 West Virginia in the Big 12 championship.Kansas: The Miles era begins in earnest.Jordan Wolf, The Associated Press read more

Baynes Tatum combine for 30 points in Celtics easy win

ATLANTA — Aron Baynes scored a season-high 16 points, Jayson Tatum added 14 and the Boston Celtics snapped a three-game skid with a 114-96 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.Boston, which had lost seven of 10, used a 45-point first quarter to put it out of reach early. Coming off their worst performance of the season in a home loss to the 4-14 New York Knicks, the Celtics led by 13 in the first when Kyrie Irving hit a dazzling fade-away 3.The lead swelled to 29 midway through the second after Terry Rozier dunked and hit a 3. It was Boston’s 10th trey, nine more than Atlanta had at that point. The rebuilding Hawks were 1 for 17 beyond the arc before Alex Len’s 3 late in the second.Atlanta began the night with the NBA’s second-worst record and dropped to 3-16 with its 10th straight loss. Jeremy Lin finished with 19 points, and Len added 17 in reserve roles.Boston had a sloppy close to the second quarter with no field goals in the last 6:19 yet led by 16 at halftime. Tatum’s 3, Brown’s putback, Tatum’s putback dunk and Baynes’ hook shot pushed the lead back to 29 midway through the third.Atlanta went on a 16-2 run to close within 15 late in the third before Gordon Hayward hit a baseline jumper, and Smart stole the ball from John Collins and fed Semi Ojeleye for a lay-in.Hayward opened the fourth by taking Daniel Theis’ bounce pass and dunking for another 20-point lead. Theis followed with a 3 and Robert Williams III hit a reverse layup to finish off the Hawks with 10 minutes remaining.None of Boston’s starters played over 24 minutes. Irving scored 11 of his 13 points in the first. Hayward added 11 points.TIP-INSCeltics: F Al Horford had a sore left knee and missed his first game of the season. Marcus Morris took his spot in the lineup, making his first start since last season, and finished with eight points. Horford was listed as probable with the same injury before the Knicks game but finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes. Coach Brad Stevens decided to rest him after Friday’s shoot-around.Hawks: G Kent Bazemore did not return after leaving with a left ankle sprain in the second. He went scoreless on two shots in 10 minutes. … Rookie G Trae Young, the No. 5 overall draft pick, missed his five 3-point attempts and finished with five points, three turnovers and two assists in 19 minutes.BIG SCREENThe Hawks showed a video tribute to Vince Carter midway through the first with congraulations from North Carolina coach Roy Williams and former Dallas teammate Dirk Nowitzki, among others. Carter, in his 21st season and first with Atlanta, became the 22nd NBA player to score 25,000 points in Wednesday’s loss to Toronto. He went scoreless in 10 minutes against Boston.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Dallas on Saturday and New Orleans on Monday.Hawks: Host Charlotte on Sunday before beginning a three-game trip.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsGeorge Henry, The Associated Press read more

Glenda Jackson revisits Mary Queen of Scots drama as forgotten Hollywood script

“Both of their lives, and the responsibilities that landed on their shoulders, were extraordinarily dramatic. But I think we tend to romanticise that period. If you actually look at the realities of life under the Tudors it was pretty horrendous unless you had a great deal of money and a great deal of influence,” she said.”We focus on the frocks, I think.”Jackson played the Tudor monarch a second time in 1971 in Elizabeth R, the acclaimed BBC series. She laments the fact that the corporation could not make a drama of that scale now.”It was all in-house at the BBC. Sets were made out of yoghurt pots and things like that. It was just amazing what they did. But all that has gone. There is no in-house creativity at the BBC, it’s all been siphoned off,” she said.The producers of the radio play, which will be broadcast on December 8, said Jackson was their first choice for the narrator’s role. Glenda Jackson with her radio co-star Ellie Bamber “Apart from Mary there are no other female characters of consequence in the script – she is utterly alone in this strange world of clans and conspiracies, so we felt that by casting a strong, authoritative woman as our narrator, we’d give Mary an ally.”Of course, Glenda was our very first thought, because she is such a powerful and distinctive actor, but also one with a history in politics we felt was highly relevant to this story.”Jackson made her acting comeback in 2015 after 23 years as a Labour MP. She won rave reviews for King Lear at the Old Vic and a Tony Award for Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women on Broadway.In March, she will reprise her King Lear in New York and, at 82, is undaunted by the gruelling nature of the role. Jackson will reprise her role in King Lear in New York at the age of 82 Glenda Jackson with her radio co-star Ellie BamberCredit:Hubert Cecil “I very rarely get offered anything that requires a camera, be it television or film. The ones that do come my way are not very interesting. It is just extraordinary that still the majority of creative contemporary writers do not find women to be the central dramatic engine.”Jackson said she is open to working with the likes of Netflix, although she has never used a streaming service herself. “I’d consider doing a big drama for anybody if it was good,” she told the Telegraph.At the suggestion she could follow in the footsteps of fellow Northerner Sir Ian McKellen and play a character in Coronation Street, Jackson said: That’s quite a compliment, because I think actors in things like Coronation Street are marvellous.”The life of Mary, Queen of Scots is a story she knows well, after playing Elizabeth I to Vanessa Redgrave’s Mary in the 1971 film. When Sir Ian McKellen played Lear in the West End last year, he took a nightly nap in his dressing room during the 45-minute period when the character is off-stage.”Good for him. I went out for a cigarette,” Jackson said of her own London run in the play.”When I did it at the Old Vic, I was very concerned beforehand that I didn’t have the physical or vocal energy for it so I swam, which is probably the most boring way to get yourself fit.”But there is such energy in that play that once it starts, it’s just amazing. It carries you along.”I remember when my father was ill once, I’m going back a long way now, he had retired and the doctor said, ‘The thing that makes people rust fastest is a comfortable chair.’ And I think that’s absolutely true.” Unmade Movies: Alex Mackendrick’s Mary Queen of Scots is on Saturday December 8 on Radio 4 at 2.30pm Jackson made her acting comeback in 2015 after 23 years as a Labour MP Jackson will reprise her role in King Lear in New York at the age of 82Credit:Chris J Ratclife/PA Jackson starred as Elizabeth I in the 1971 film Mary, Queen of Scots with Vanessa Redgrave Jackson starred as Elizabeth I in the 1971 film Mary, Queen of Scots with Vanessa RedgraveCredit:REX/Shutterstock When Glenda Jackson played Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scots in 1971, she was at the peak of her screen career.Nearly half a century later, she is revisiting the story – but this time on radio because, in her words, “I very rarely get offered anything that requires a camera”.Jackson has been cast in the world premiere of the late Alexander Mackendrick’s Mary, Queen of Scots, a Hollywood screenplay that never was.Mackendrick, director of Sweet Smell of Success and The Ladykillers, spent years trying and failing to get the project off the ground in the 1950s and 1960s.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The script has now been adapted for Radio 4’s Unmade Movies series and will be heard next month for the first time, with Jackson as the narrator and Ellie Bamber playing the lead.”Radio is probably my favourite medium. I just think it’s a wonderful medium to act in. The BBC is what I listen to most,” said Jackson, who won an Oscar in 1971 for Women In Love and a second in 1974 for A Touch of Class. Jackson made her acting comeback in 2015 after 23 years as a Labour MPCredit:Jenny Anderson/Getty Images 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. read more

How an awesome molecular biologist proposed using gel electrophoresis

first_imgScientists don’t often get the nod as romantics, they are mostly pictured on stage and screen as anti-social, calculator-toting dweebs (aside from Gordon Freeman that is). Still, scientists are a varied and eccentric bunch and their ingenuity often get directed towards whatever happens to be going on in their lives. This week Reddit hosted a link to an electrophoresis gel photo which some clever young romantic had used to propose to his girlfriend — using DNA as a medium.There’s been some speculation about how exactly this was achieved, and gdiguy2 (the man himself) has explained in a bit of detail, but his explanation can be opaque without some basic background information. Here is a quick and dirty summary of the concepts involved.First, he selected a series of primers. These short fragments of DNA have a very reliable sequence and can be ordered from any number of biotechnology websites, though our besotted biologist seems to have made his own in the lab. It’s a little unclear what his template DNA was, but it doesn’t much matter so long as he knows its sequence — for this, all we care about it size. Regardless, the primer sequences attach themselves to the template DNA at known places, with a known number of base-pairs between them.By using these primers in a process called PCR (the polymerase chain reaction) scientists can “amplify” (duplicate over and over) DNA fragments of a very precise length. The video below provides an excellent overview, but at its core PCR is about melting the double-helix of our template DNA into two separate strands and allowing our primers to bind. As the video illustrates, the more times you run the duplication reaction, the better your final purity will be.Gdiguy2 did this 5 times, to get 5 very specific lengths of DNA (150-, 300-, 500-, 700-, and 1000-thousand base pairs). Then he sat down and measured out a very specific set of mixtures of these sizes, adding a volume of each fragment according to his master plan. He then loaded (squirted into evenly spaced holes) these mixtures in a home-made gel known as an electrophoresis gel, usually made by setting a mixture of agar powder and hot water. The gel in the photo above seems to have four evenly spaced loading areas along its height, barely visible lines of rectangles running horizontally.When the agar gel is mixed precisely, we can predict very well how easily objects (like, for instance, DNA) will be able to pass through it. Basic physics predicts that the smaller fragments will move more easily through the matrix of the gel, which is exactly what happens. By applying a negative charge at the loading end, and a positive charge at the other end, we push the negatively charged DNA through the gel at a speed precisely related to its length. This charge-driven diffusion process is called electrophoresis.And so, thanks to painstaking planning, our man saw his fragments separate perfectly out of their mixtures, and down through the gel to eventually form the shape of his message. Actually, he didn’t see it happen, since DNA in agarose isn’t normally visible to the naked eye. The final step in a gel is to soak it with a fluorescent dye that binds only to DNA. In the end, he lured his would-be wife into the viewing room and asked her to snap a picture of the gel using a black-light to fluoresce the dye.And, for the record, she said yes.last_img read more

Kratero – An Epic Story of Heroism

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Sunday 9 October, the Society of Kratero (Syllogos Kraterioton) celebrated its annual Repatriation Function at Firenze Receptions by launching its eagerly awaited publication, Kratero – An Epic Story of Heroism. The launch of the book coincides with the 60th year of the founding of the Society of Kratero in 1956. The members of the society annually mark the repatriation of their people back to Kratero, on 10 October, 1950 after their village was torched and destroyed during the Civil War on 6 June, 1947. The Krateriotes, though heroic in their defence, spent three years as displaced people in the town of Florina and its nearby villages. Many of the men of the village remained engaged in military service for Greece, while others commenced the sad event of migration to the new lands. With the assistance of the Greek government, Kratero rose from the ashes and was rebuilt.With the launch of their community book, the members are honoured to share their proud story with the younger generation of their village association and preserve the memory and knowledge of their beloved village to posterity.The Kratero book, an initiative spearheaded by Mark Giantsis, whose maternal family is descended from Kratero, was compiled with the assistance of the greater community in Greece and those currently in the executive committee of the Society of Kratero. These include the club’s youngest president, Anthony Dimkopoulos, committee members Alexandra Boicos, Margaret Fermanis and Jacqueline Taskas, whose fathers and grandfathers were once committee members in the society.last_img read more

Athens to host 1st International Hellenic Gastronomy Conference

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek cuisine will gain international attention in March, with the 1st International Hellenic Gastronomy Conference taking place in Athens. The event will be hosted on 5 March in the Banqueting Hall at the Athens Concert Hall as part of the Greek Taste Beyond Borders campaign. Organised by Philip Koutras and Nikos Nasioutzik, the campaign was launched by Greece’s tourism and economy ministries together with the Athens Municipality and the Greek Federation of Restaurants & Associate Professions with the mission to promote Greece’s cuisine, food products, and gastronomic tourism globally. The conference will see some of the country’s acclaimed chefs, wine specialists and food writers come together, including Elias Mamalakis, Vangelis Driskas and Aris Tsanaklidis.It will be a chance to share their knowledge and to put forward ideas on tapping into new markets abroad in the presence of tourism professionals. If all goes well, there are plans to host similar conferences in other cities across Europe and in the United States.To see the full program (available in Greek), visit greektastebeyondborders.com/last_img read more

RIM lance son service musical pour BlackBerry Messenger

first_imgRIM lance son service musical pour BlackBerry MessengerRIM est bien décidé à se faire une place sur le marché de la musique en streaming. La firme canadienne vient de lancer la version bêta de BBM Music. Cette offre permettra à ses utilisateurs de partager et écouter de la musique via BlackBerry Messenger, la messagerie instantanée des smartphones de RIM. La version bêta du service musical BBM Music de RIM est enfin en ligne. Cette application destiné à BlackBerry Messenger, la messagerie instantanée pour smartphones de la firme canadienne, permet aux utilisateurs de se créer un profil musical en choisissant cinquante chansons. Des titres offerts gratuitement en écoute illimité, et dont la moitié pourra être changée chaque mois. À lire aussiLe baladeur : du walkman au MP3… 30 ans d’évolutionMieux encore, RIM propose d’écouter également en illimité et gratuitement la sélection musicale de ses contacts. “Plus d’amis, plus de musique” souligne la page de présentation du nouveau service. BBM Music proposera également de stocker des morceaux sur les smartphones, afin de pouvoir les écouter même sans accès à Internet. Une offre proposée pour 4,99 dollars par mois.Bien décidé à se faire une place sur le marché de la musique en streaming, RIM a conclu pour mettre au point cette offre des contrats avec quatre majors de la musique : EMI, Warner, Universal et Sony Music. Disponible depuis ce jeudi en version bêta au Canada, aux Etats-Unis et au Royaume-Uni, le service sera officiellement lancé dans les mois à venir dans une quinzaine d’autres pays.Le 25 août 2011 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rohingya refugee returns must meet international standards UNHCR

first_imgAdrian was speaking at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, said a press release. “UNHCR takes note of reports that the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached agreement on the return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. Some 622,000 people have fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State since 25 August, triggered by a wave of violence underpinned by denial of citizenship and decades of deep discrimination,” said the UNHCR spokesperson. Rohingya refugees sit as they wait to enter the Kutupalang Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 21, 2016. ReutersUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson Adrian Edwards on Friday said the UNHCR ‘stands ready to help both governments work towards a solution for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh that meets international refugee and human rights standards’, but it ‘is critical that returns do not take place precipitously or prematurely, without the informed consent of refugees or the basic elements of lasting solutions in place’. “People must have the option of returning home, and not be confined to specific areas. Progress towards addressing the root causes of flight, including their lack of citizenship, as recommended by the Rakhine Advisory Commission, will also be crucial,” he added.center_img “UNHCR has not yet seen the details of the agreement. Refugees have the right to return. And a framework that enables them to exercise this right in line with international standards, will be welcome. First and foremost, this means that return must be voluntary, and take place in safe and dignified conditions that pave the way for lasting solutions,” he added. “At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns. Refugees are still fleeing, and many have suffered violence, rape, and deep psychological harm.  Some have witnessed the deaths of family members and friends. Most have little or nothing to go back to, their homes and villages destroyed. Deep divisions between communities remain unaddressed. And humanitarian access in northern Rakhine State remains negligible,” Adrian further said.last_img read more

BNPled 20party alliance Oikya Front to join polls

first_imgOikya Front leaders including Kamal Hossain and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Sunday. Photo: Sajid HossainThe BNP-led 20-party alliance and the Jatiya Oikya Front will participate in the 11th parliamentary elections.Oikya Front leaders including Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced it at a press conference at the National Press Club on Sunday.The Front leaders demanded the deferment of election schedule by a month. They said that they are joining the polls as part of their agitation for realising their 7-point demand for ensuring a free and fair election.Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they would keep a close watch on the government as well as on the election commission.The election commission on Thursday announced that the parliament election will be held on 23 December.On 13 October, the Jatiya Oikya Front was formed comprising of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Gano Forum led by Kamal Hossain, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) led by ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya led by Mahmudur Rahman Manna.Later, Krishak Sramik Janata League led by Abdul Kader Siddique joined the Oikya Front.   BNP to join polls, announcement todaylast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday June 2

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uBaltimore is reeling from 43 homicides in May, which made last month the deadliest in the city in the last 40 years. And the vast majority of those murder victims were Black. Tonight we discuss the “Black Lives Matter,” movement. Should it become more comprehensive to include all Black lives rather than just those killed by law enforcement? We’ll ask our panel of experts.  It’s coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Fold Keeps Breaking and Its Hilarious

first_img Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack PSA: There’s a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold’s display. It’s NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it.I got this far peeling it off before the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement. pic.twitter.com/ZhEG2Bqulr— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 17, 2019 Stay on target Does anyone really want a smartphone that folds? Like, really? Shoving two phones together with a seemingly nifty hinge always just felt like a grift to just sell one phone for double the price. Give me a nice small screen and a headphone jack and I’m good.But even if you’ve bought into the tech hype that foldable phones are the way of the future, you may want to hold back on spending $2,000 on the most high-profile example of this trend the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Tech journalists this week got their review units for the upcoming device and right now it’s looking pretty fragile.Take a look.AdChoices广告After one day of use… pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019center_img The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. Hard to know if this is widespread or not. pic.twitter.com/G0OHj3DQHw— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019 SUPER YIKES: something happened to my Galaxy Fold screen and caused a bulge. I don’t know how it happened, and I’m waiting to hear back from Samsung. It’s broken. https://t.co/p1014uB01D pic.twitter.com/3FZJkWtSKr— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) April 17, 2019Samsung can show as much footage of robots bending the phone hinge as they want, but something isn’t right if the bridge is breaking just after days of use by careful professionals. If two of your effectively three screens fizzle out so quickly, just buy a normal phone with one solid screen for way cheaper.Even more concerning is that there are apparently multiple causes of this problem. The most common issue is reviewers accidentally a protective film that appears to be an optional screen protector but is actually extremely vital. So be careful about that if you still want to pick this up. But at The Verge their screen broke after a piece of debris somehow wedged itself in the hinge and basically cut the unfolded screen down the middle. So the solution is to basically treat the Samsung Galaxy Fold like a sick child, not a premium piece of tech.Art idea: Icarus, but his wings are a Galaxy Fold— Sascha (@saschasegan) April 17, 2019As a consumer you always face risks being an early adopter of bleeding-edge technology. It takes time for manufacturers to work out little kinks in big innovations. Remember the last Samsung phone disaster when batteries kept blowing up? And I should say we also have a Samsung Galaxy Fold here at the PCMag office that seems okay… right now. Still, unless you absolutely positively need a folding phone as soon as possible, here are some other Android phones you may want to invest in instead of the Samsung Galaxy Fold.last_img read more

Redefining womans strength

first_imgIt was an inspiring moment for those present at Emily Eden & Hodges when cancer survivor Joita Soni’s inspiring words- ‘Be mentally sound, fight back with courage and have the strength to make the impossible, possible’, echoed at the venue. The journey of Joita Soni, who has fought cancer several times and is the member of Roko Cancer’s Le’ Flamingo club, was unfolded at The Imperial in the national Capital on the occasion of International Women’s Day.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her story educated and reminded all the women present that how special they are in their own right, fighting back emotions and staying positive even in the hour of extreme distress.Joita Soni, who was also the chief guest for the lovely afternoon of International Women’s day, enlightened the women associates at The Imperial Ladies’ Club along with guests from media. She talked about the strength and power of a woman to fight back all odds, understanding the importance of their existence in the life of their loved ones.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile talking about her hard-to-believe survival journey and fighting back cancer again and again, she went down the memory lane sharing her most difficult decision-“I will not feel sorry for myself for what I am going though,” she said. She shared a strong message on the occasion- “Stop being a pleaser to others, negating your own self.” This leads to storing of emotions against the rhythm of your body, developing negative hormones which are eventually released in the form of diseases. Be spiritually awake and stay happy for your own self first!”  Soni’s medical journey left everyone in tears and her courage and grit filled the women with utter inspiration. The event also featured a session on importance of healthy living for women by Sakshi Sharma–Senior Manager- Projects and Health Planning- Roko Cancer Charitable trust, initiating the relevance of being an alert and aware healthy woman. Dr Neha Garg, Manager Projects and Health Planning- Roko Cancer Charitable trust  had organised a special 20-minute meditation session to culminate the evening with peace and relaxation for all.This special evening was organised by The Imperial in collaboration with Sudha Murgai-Director, India-Roko Cancer Charitable Trust. Roko Cancer is an organisation committed to identifying and eliminating Breast, Cervical and Oral cancer in an institutionalised and structured manner by creating awareness amongst women of the nuances of this dreadful disease and its early detection through screening processes and self examinations.The evening concluded with a healthy and delicious Hi-tea spread, put together by Chef Prem K Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial, to celebrate the occasion.last_img read more

KMC starts doortodoor antidengue drive

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) started its door-to-door dengue drive in the city on Thursday.The officials visited particularly those households where dengue cases were reported last year. The drive took place on Muraripukur Road in North Kolkata and officials covered 30 houses in the area led by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh who also heads the Health department of the civic body. “We will slap a notice under 496A of the KMC ACT on a person who lives on 35 D Muraripukur Road for being negligent in cleaning of garbage on the premises of his house,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe team involved in the drive comprised of officers from Health, Solid Waste Management, Drainage and Building department of the civic body. Local borough chairman Anindya Raut was also present during the drive. The team spoke to the residents and advised them on how to keep their own respective compounds free from garbage and warned them against accumulation of stagnant water. Ghosh also told them about the precautionary measures which they should take to prevent the disease. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our continued awareness drives have resulted in better civic awareness pertaining to cleanliness. But they should be more alert and vigilant,” Ghosh said. The team stumbled upon a vacant land during their drive where heaps of garbage was found. “We will soon send notice to the owner of the land. The drive will continue till June and during this period we will cover every house in the city from where dengue cases were reported last year,” a senior KMC official said. Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh will be present in the anti-dengue drives twice in a week. The KMC has already prepared a map of the residences in all the 144 wards in the city where people were affected last year.last_img read more

Indias Chandrayaan2 mission achieves lunar orbit

first_img The Pragyan rover pictured with the Vikram lander prior to launchISRO India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has successfully made orbit around the Moon. The ambitious mission, which is comprised of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover, has the goal of shedding new light on the creation and evolution of Earth’s closest celestial neighbor.Chandrayaan-2 launched at 2:43 pm IST on July 22 this year, atop a GSLV Mk-III rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, located in Sriharikota, India.Following its initial insertion into a parking orbit around Earth, Chandrayaan-2 carried out a series of altitude-boosting maneuvers designed to place the robotic explorer on a transfer trajectory with the Moon.At at 09:02 IST on August 20, following a 29-minute capture maneuver during which Chandrayaan-2’s thrusters dramatically reduced its velocity, the probe finally made orbit around the Moon.Chandrayaan-2’s current orbit is highly eccentric. At its lowest point relative to the Moon, also known as the perilune, it passes a mere 114 km (71 miles) from the surface of the Moon, while at its highest point, or apolune, it is 18,072 km (11,229 miles) distant. The Vikram lander pictured stacked on top of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter prior to launchISRO Vikram is designed to carry out in-situ experiments for one lunar day, which is the equivalent to 14 Earth days. Upon touching down on the surface, the lander will disgorge a solar-powered rover called Pragyan, which is named for the sanskrit word for “wisdom.”The six-wheeled, 27-kg (60-lb) Pragyan rover is capable of travelling 500 m (1,640 ft) across the lunar surface, and will relay data gathered from experiments conducted around the polar landing site back to Earth via the Vikram lander.Source: Indian Space Research Organisation The spacecraft and its scientific payload will soon get to work gradually lowering and adjusting its orbit through a series of four orbital maneuvers, until it reaches a final polar orbit circularized roughly 100 km (62 miles) above the lunar surface.From this vantage point, the solar-powered orbiter will characterize Earth’s companion, collecting data on its chemical composition, the distribution of these materials, and a range of other important characteristics.On September 2, as the probe travels around the Moon in its science orbit, the spacecraft will release the Vikram lander, which will go on to establish an orbit with a perilune of 30 km (19 miles) and an apolune of 100 km (62 miles).Once in this orbit Vikram will undertake a series of braking maneuvers that will (hopefully) allow it to conduct a soft touchdown at the Moon’s South polar region, between the craters Manzinus C and Simpelius N. The landing is currently slated to take place on September 7.last_img read more

MSBuild2019 Microsoft launches new products to secure elections and political campaigns

first_imgIt seems big tech giants are getting pretty serious about protecting election integrity and adopting data protection measures. At the ongoing Microsoft Build 2019 developer conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced ElectionGuard, a free open-source software development kit (SDK) as an extension of Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program. ElectionGuard SDK It is an open-source SDK and voting system reference implementation that was developed in partnership with Galois. This SDK will provide voting system vendors with the ability to enable end-to-end verifiability and improved risk-limiting audit capabilities for elections in their systems. It will be offered free to voting system vendors either to integrate into their existing systems or to use to build all-new election systems. “One of the things we want to ensure is real transparency and verifiability in election systems. And so this is an open source project that will be alive on GitHub by the end of this month, which will even bring some new technology from Microsoft Research around homomorphic encryption, so that you can have the software stack that can modernize all of the election infrastructure everywhere in the world,” CEO Satya Nadella said onstage today at Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference in Seattle. The ElectionGuard SDK and reference implementation will be available on GitHub in June, just ahead of the EU elections. Microsoft 365 for Campaigns Micrsoft365 for Campaigns provides security capabilities of Microsoft 365 Business to political parties and individual candidates. M365 for Campaigns will be rolled out to customers this summer for $5 per user per month. Any campaign using M365 for Campaigns will have free access to Microsoft’s AccountGuard service. Microsoft claims it’ll be affordable, naturally, and “preconfigured to optimize for the unique operating environments campaigns face.” Starting next month, M365 for Campaigns will be available for all federal election campaign candidates, federal candidate committees, and national party committees in the United States Microsoft Build is in its 6th year and will continue till 8th May. The conference hosts over 6,000 attendees with early 500 student-age developers and over 2,600 customers and partners in attendance. Watch this space for more coverage of Microsoft Build 2019. Read Next Microsoft introduces Remote Development extensions to make remote development easier on VS Code Docker announces a collaboration with Microsoft’s .NET at DockerCon 2019 How Visual Studio Code can help bridge the gap between full-stack development and DevOps [Sponsered by Microsoft]last_img read more

Abu Dhabi expects further growth

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P ADTA has recently launched on the ground operations in the US and is looking forward to working closely with American travel distribution arms, to promote the destination and further grow Etihad’s essential incentive stop over programme.Mr Franklin added having representation on the ground in Moscow has resulted in an outstanding 46 per cent increase from the region and has prompted the opening of a dedicated office there in the near future.“We also anticipate accrued benefits from increased air uplift such as the launch of Cathay Pacific’s four times weekly services from Hong Kong and Etihad’s planned upscaling of its Manchester Abu Dhabi to twice daily”, Mr Franklin said.Growth is predicted to continue as Abu Dhabi prepares to host the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2011 and the Volvo Ocean Race over New Year’s 2012. Hotel guests from Australia to Abu Dhabi have increased 12 per cent when compared to Jan-May 2010 and Jan-May 2011, guest nights have increased by 19 per cent for the same period.According to the latest figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) guest nights climbed 26 per cent, occupancy increased ten per cent, revenue was up six per cent, and length of stay stretched by 15 per cent to just over three nights.“Increased destination competiveness with average room rates falling 15 per cent year on year for high quality product has contributed to our appeal,” ADTA strategy and policy director Lawrence Franklin said.“Hotel stays in Abu Dhabi are now more affordable than other established upscale destinations including Dubai, Paris, Sydney, New York, Rome and Tokyo,” Mr Franklin said.Abu Dhabi’s hotel occupancy and rev-par (revenue per available room) is also stronger than worldwide cities including Beijing, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Madrid and Tokyo the figures showed.center_img Abu Dhabi’s stunning and flourishing citylast_img read more