Green spaces may help you trust strangers

first_imgGreen spaces and colourful urban design elements may lead to higher levels of happiness, greater trust of strangers and environmental stewardship than locations without those amenities, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Cities and Health, suggests that simple, inexpensive urban design interventions can increase well-being and social connections among city residents. “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low-cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives,” said Hanna Negami, a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo in Canada. “Something as simple as adding greenery to a concrete lane or painting a rainbow crosswalk could help to enrich urban public spaces,” Negami said. For the study, participants were taken on walking tours of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood and asked to complete a questionnaire via a smartphone application at six stops. This included a pair of laneways (one green, one concrete), crosswalks (one painted rainbow, one standard zebra), and a pair of greenspaces (one wild community garden and one manicured greenspace). The addition of greenspace and place-making initiatives can help promote social connections for citizens, and help to mitigate social isolation, researchers said. They hope that these findings will ultimately help improve the experiences of people living in cities. “We know that the design of a city has direct, measurable, psychological impact on its citizens,” says Colin Ellard, a professor at the University of Waterloo. “We have been able to show how such impact can be measured and what it can tell us about good, psychologically sustainable design,” Ellard said.last_img read more

Not part of Krrish 4: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he is not part of the Hrithik Roshan starrer superhero film Krrish 4. There were reports that Nawazuddin will play a baddie in the fourth installment. Asked if the reports were true, Nawazuddin said: “This is the first time, I am hearing about it from you (media) and there is no truth in it.” The Raman Raghav 2.0 star was at the launch of a book. Asked what book, according to him, can be adapted into a film, the actor replied: “It depends… sometimes you have to simply translate the book or sometimes you have to make an adaptation of the book.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerNawazuddin made a mark in the industry coming from a non-filmy background. He is known for his films like Gangs Of Wasseypur, Badlapur, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manto among many others. Asked if he feels that outsiders are not given enough opportunities in film industry, he said: “I think the good thing about this industry is that if you have talent then someday people recognise it and no one can stop that person from getting work.”last_img read more

Fani threat passes, no major loss reported

first_imgKolkata: Kolkatans woke up with a sigh of relief after the cyclonic storm Fani passed through Nadia at a reasonable distance away from the city. Kolkata witnessed wind speed of 40-50 km per hour in the night with moderate to heavy rainfall and apart from stray incidents of collapse of a few mud houses and trees, there was no report of any loss of life or serious injury. Normal activities resumed in the city from Saturday morning with the weather gradually presenting a clearer picture from the afternoon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFlight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am on Saturday with Air India flight bound for Agartala leaving the city airport. A flight from Delhi also landed at 10.10 am. Flight services were suspended at the airport since Friday. Local train services in the Sealdah and Howrah sections that began in the morning were reported to be normal in all sections since the afternoon. Mayor Firhad Hakim was in the control room of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation monitoring the situation in the city and also visiting a number of boroughs to have a clear idea of the proceedings. “We had made arrangements to act on an emergency basis had Fani hit the city. But thank god, nothing major has happened,” Hakim said. The Member Mayor-in-Councils were also present in the borough offices to address any emergency. Bidhannagar Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta was also vigilant. He also paid a visit to the KMC headquarters and exchanged pleasantries with Hakim in the wee hours on Saturday when it was realised that Fani would not have much effect on the city and its adjoining areas. There were reports of a few stray incidents. Five persons were injured when a portion of a roof of a hutment collapsed on Friday night at Beniatola Lane in Sovabazar. All the five injured persons were released after treatment. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA portion of the boundary wall of a residential building located at Monohar Pukur Road, under Tollygunge police station, and a portion of a cornis of a three-storeyed commercial building at Rabindra Sarani under Bowbazar police station area collapsed on Saturday morning. There were no reports of any injury in both the cases. With the weather conditions improving, South Eastern Railway announced operation of three special trains on Saturday night from Howrah — the destinations being Yesvantpur, Vasco Da Gama and MGR Chennai Central. SER has decided to run one trip superfast special train between Howrah and Sambalpur on May 5.last_img read more

Pledge to stop recruiting child soldiers made at joint UNICEFhosted meeting

6 February 2007Almost 60 countries today committed themselves to putting an end to the unlawful recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts wherever they occur, one of a series of measures known as the Paris Principles, agreed at a two-day conference in France which was co-hosted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government. Almost 60 countries today committed themselves to putting an end to the unlawful recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts wherever they occur, one of a series of measures known as the Paris Principles, agreed at a two-day conference in France which was co-hosted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government.Governments also pledged to ensure that conscription and enlistment procedures for recruitment into armed forces comply with applicable international law. However, political and legal efforts are not enough on their own to end recruitment, UNICEF said, highlighting the need for effective social programmes that tackle the root causes of recruitment.“What this conference has shown is that there is a great deal of political commitment to ending the unlawful recruitment of children,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah. “What needs to be done now is to harness this commitment and turn it into concrete action on the ground that protects children from recruitment and supports those already recruited to overcome their experiences and re-enter their communities.”She said years of experience and the discussions in Paris confirmed that while it is critical to address global legal responses to the issue of child soldiers, these actions must be accompanied by social support for affected children. “Because you will never end recruitment if you do not address the social factors that lead to their recruitment in the first place.”To address these concerns, the Paris Principles not only offer a detailed set of guidelines for protecting children from recruitment, but also provide effective assistance to those already involved with armed groups or forces.The representatives from 58 countries attending the conference also committed themselves to making every effort to uphold and apply the Principles wherever possible in their political, diplomatic, humanitarian and funding roles.“We are very excited to see so much political commitment to tackling this issue,” Ms. Salah said. “We know it is a long road ahead of us and it will require long-term commitment and support. But we truly hope this marks the beginning of the end for the use of children in warfare.”Speaking on Monday, UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman said that around 250,000 children are involved in conflicts around the world, where they are used as combatants, messengers, spies, porters, cooks “and girls in particular are forced to perform sexual services, depriving them of their rights and their childhood.” read more

UN agency uses local mills in Pakistans Swat Valley to improve access

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it has contracted eight mills in Pakistan’s conflict-affected Swat Valley to produce fortified wheat flour in a bid to boost the local economy and make food more easily accessible to families in the area. “The combination of conflict and high food prices since the humanitarian crisis started has been devastating to many people in the Swat Valley,” said Wolfgang Herbinger, WFP’s representative in Pakistan. “Milling flour locally will help support local business amid constant insecurity as well as increase availability of flour,” he added. The locally produced wheat flour is also expected to stabilize prices, which were already high globally before the start of the conflict and soared again when conflict escalated in the Swat Valley in the summer of 2009. More than 3 million people were displaced as a result of the conflict and many of them still require food aid because they have not been able to return to their villages. WFP already mills wheat flour in Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Rawalpindi and fortifies it with micronutrients. The newly-contracted mills in Swat Valley bring to 25 the number of local mills used by the agency. They will have the capacity to produce more than 2,000 metric tons of wheat flour daily. That capacity will be increased as the security situation improves. 17 March 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it has contracted eight mills in Pakistan’s conflict-affected Swat Valley to produce fortified wheat flour in a bid to boost the local economy and make food more easily accessible to families in the area. read more

St Jacobs Market destroyed by fire

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Update)A Southern Ontario landmark is in ruins after an early morning fire.Waterloo fire crews responded to an alarm at the St. Jacobs Market just before 2, and arrived to find the main building engulfed in flames.Crews from at least 2 other stations were called in to help, and fire fighters are still putting out spot fires in the wreckage. The Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate, but at this point there are no injuries reported.Lisa Hepfner reports.The big building that has been surrounded by a fence from the Fire Marshal Office has completely burned to the ground. Officials still don’t know how, why or even where the fire started. They say they’re getting closer. So far, there’s nothing suspicious, nothing to say it was foul play.Some of the things they’re looking at; it was made of wood, it was very open and it was too stories high, and the insides of the building were very combustible. There are a lot of food vendors, a lot of them had hoods that vented to the outside and used a lot of grease. So those are some of the things that firefighters are looking for.The entire area was filled with people all day long; jammed with cars, all filled with people coming to have a look at the home that the landmark left behind.Some neighbours say the flames reached 100 feet into the air.Rick Pederson of the Woolwich Fire Department said “Attended the scene in about 5 or 6 minutes and realized it was fully involved. Through the roof at that time.”The roof came down shortly after. All firefighters could do was try and stop it from spreading to other buildings.“It’s older construction; heavy timber, which would be required to be sprinklered if it was built to todays code, back then it wasn’t” Pederson continued.Sheila Shantz from the Market said “we’ve obviously lost the farmers market building, it was a two level building, had about 60 vendors in there. So right now, we are very concerned for our vendors, worried about getting them back and working again.”Local vendors had this reaction:“Big loss, big. I mean we’re luckier than most because a lot of the crafts people have inventory and stuff like that where as we bring in the fresh stuff like the farmers bring in their vegetables, so I think we’re luckier in that sense. It’s going to be a big loss for the upper floor.”“We started in 1988, selling summer sausage. And we’ve been here for those 25 years, and this is a big part of our life.”And the loss is almost as big for the customers who had this reaction:“at first I thought it was the barn, where the animals were. When they said it was the main one, I just got in my car and drove down, and when I came around the corner I just… (look of disbelief).”“this is where we used to meet every Saturday for our coffee and chit-chat with people who we’ve become really good friends with over the years because of the community.”Some of them didn’t have any insurance for some of the stalls. Some were craftspeople who had all of their hard work and crafts in there and they’re all gone now. There’s already Facebook pages set up to help to help some of those vendors. There’s also Facebook pages to tell you where you can buy sdome of those things that everyone went for; the apple fritters, the cinnamon twists. There’s other places you can buy some of those things, some of the vendors have other locations.Otherwise, they’re hoping that thre will be a farmers market in this parking lot this Thursday, not even a full week after the fire, where people can get all the things that they love at St. Jacobs.Officials held a press conference this afternoon. It can be viewed below.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Ban congratulates Kazakhstan on its signing of the Paris Agreement on climate

In a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrissov, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the country on its recent election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, as well on its signing of the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).According to a readout issued late yesterday by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, the UN chief and the Minister also exchanged views on projects in the field of sustainable development related to the cooperation between the UN and Kazakhstan, and the initiatives the country is spearheading in the UN. Kazakhstan, along with Sweden, Bolivia and Ethiopia, were elected to serve on Security Council for a two year term, starting from 1 January 2017. The remaining seat will be shared by Italy and the Netherlands, each with a one-year term. The Security Council has 15 members, including five permanent. The five permanent members, each with the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Other current non-permanent members are Japan, Egypt, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay. Paris Agreement now has 180 signatoriesWith Kazakhstan’s signing and as of 3 August, the Paris Agreement now has 180 signatories.On 22 April, the day the Agreement was opened for signature, 174 countries and the European Union signed the accord at a high-level ceremony convened by the Secretary General at UN Headquarters in New York.Also, of the 180 signatory countries, 22 have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval. The agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the Secretary-General. read more

Cabinet to deliberate on allegations of misconduct against AG

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBoI’s probe into arbitrary firing of PSM staff delayedJuly 1, 2019In “latest news”GEA says SOCU’s search warrant was not necessary, fully cooperating with probeOctober 27, 2017In “Crime”Corruption, Incompetence and More Corruption in GuyanaAugust 26, 2016In “Opinion” Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, has indicated that Cabinet will be looking into allegations of misconduct against Attorney General Basil Williams, which has reportedly resulted in at least 19 lawyers resigning during the course of four years.The allegations were compiled in a letter and were addressed to members of the Government. The letter revealed that 19 lawyers have resigned from the Legal Affairs Ministry since 2015.In the document, the employees called for a thorough probe into the operations of the Ministry. On Thursday, the Director General told the media that the issue is yet to be addressed at the level of Cabinet.“This is something that just recently came out and so Cabinet would not have had an opportunity to deliberate on that. I’m not prepared to make any further statement on it until such time that Cabinet would have actually deliberated on the matter,” he stated.Pointing to the large proportion of cases being lost by the Chambers in the courts, the employees recommended an investigation into claims of mismanagement and bad legal advice being followed.Some of those lawyers who departed the Chambers include former Registrar and Solicitor General, Sita Ramlall, who was forced to move to the High Court last year over her pension and gratuity being withheld; and former Deputy Solicitor General, Prithima Kissoon, who sued for wrongful dismissal.The AG has declined to comment on the allegations. read more

Oil spill response training wraps up

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStakeholders receiving training for possible oil spillsApril 24, 2018In “Business”Exxon facilitates training on oil spill managementOctober 27, 2017In “latest news”Stakeholders benefit from oil training seminarDecember 18, 2016In “Local News” A three-day oil spill response training workshop wrapped up with members of the Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT) programme participating in a simulation exercise at Splashmin’s Resort on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.The workshop, which is a collaboration between the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and ExxonMobil, was launched on May 21, 2019, and engaged VERT participants in sessions geared towards capacity-building in oil spill response.In an invited comment to the Department of Public Information, ExxonMobil’s Oil Response Advisor, Thomas Tomblin, expressed being impressed with the team’s response.“They were inquisitive and super sharp… we’ve done this in the past and we’ve gotten some interaction, but these guys were spot on, they were great.”He explained that the VERT participants were engaged in a two-day class session on the Incident Command System (ICS) training before moving on to some simulated exercises. On Thursday last, the participants were split into five teams where they were trained to deploy and use oil spill response equipment. “We’ve got containment boom, we’ve got skimmers, we’ve got shore seal boons, we have shoreline protection, so they’re going to get a good opportunity to test all of those techniques,” Tomblin said.VERT participant, Renata Robinson is satisfied that volunteers are now in a better position to respond to an oil spill if it occurs. “From the training, we can provide some liaison to the professionals, and we can also go in the fields to help and assist in deploying basic equipment like our booms and our skimmers.”Another participant of the programme, Leslyn Garraway, said while the workshop was challenging, “it was a learning experience”.CDC Director-General (DG), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig disclosed that the oil spill response training will be a continuous element of CDC’s training programme.“Apart from training the VERT participants, all volunteers who work in the communities will have exposure to oil spill training as well as other training sessions offered by the CDC,” the DG related. read more

GIW MDX750 keeps slurry moving at Panama copper mine

first_imgGIW Industries says its recent success with a customer at a Panama copper mine bodes well for the future of copper mining in Central America and the pump manufacturer’s potential for business in this area and beyond.The Panama copper mine customer needed to ensure continuous and efficient operation of its mine and, according to GIW, was looking for a dependable partner with experience in the market, a good track record in similar applications and excellent technical support.Reliable parts supply was at the top of the priority list, GIW said, while it also needed a company that could help solve their system challenges and offer continuous improvements.GIW said: “The customer was familiar with GIW’s success in Chile with the MDX-750 slurry pump and wanted to achieve the same performance.”GIW supplied a customised MDX-750 pump – one of the world’s the largest mill pumps – featuring all the latest slurry handling technology, it said. In addition to GIW’s long-lasting wear materials, the company included technology to allow the company to monitor vibrations and check the temperature of the bearings.The company added: “GIW design engineers converted our traditional imperial threads to metric, and all seal configurations have been customised to the customer’s specifications. In the future, the customer will have the capability to test the oil quality and assess parts’ wear life. They also have the ability to optimise their pump by adding GIW’s remotely adjusted mechanical suction liner (RAMSL) feature.”The RAMSL function allows for efficient pump operation in aggressive wear applications, according to GIW.Benefits of the MDX pump include increased output, reduced downtime and easier maintenance, the company says. This increased efficiency and a longer wear life results in a lower total cost of ownership.This success is an example of GIW’s ability to provide reliable service around the world, it said, with GIW collaborating with its parent company’s (KSB) teams in Australia and Central America to coordinate the engineering and delivery of the pumps to site.last_img read more

Black day for EHF CL finalists

Group CSubotaCelje – Vardar 26:27Chekhovskie Medvedi – Veszprem 32:37Rhein Neckar Löwen – Montpellier 35:24 Here are the complete results of the Mens’ EHF Champions League Round 1:Group AMetalurg – PSG 22:27La Rioja – Meshkov Brest 39:31PPD Zagreb – Kiel 27:25 EHF CL ← Previous Story SEHA (Round 5): Tatran Presov trash Borac! Next Story → Sensation in Zagreb – Flensburg’s disaster in Kolding Group DKadetten : Kielce 28:33 (14:15)Dunkerque – Aalborg 21:26Pick Szeged – Motor Zaporožje 27:26 Group BSubota:Wisla Plock – Besiktas 28:19Kolding – Flensburg 35:21Alingsas – Barcelona 28:38 read more

UK authorities forcibly removed baby from Italians womb

first_imgBRITISH SOCIAL SERVICES forcibly removed a baby from a pregnant Italian woman’s womb by caesarean section while she was in the country on a work trip, a report says.The woman was sedated and then had the girl taken out of her body after authorities in Essex, eastern England, obtained a court order, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper said, citing her lawyers.The authorities said the woman had had a mental breakdown and it acted in the best interests of the child, which is now 15 months old, the paper said.The Italian mother has now launched a legal battle for the child, which is being put up for adoption by the social services, it said.“I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job,” her lawyer, Brendan Fleming, told The Sunday Telegraph.The woman had flown into Britain in 2012 for a two-week training course when she suffered a panic attack, which her family believe was due to her failure to take medicine for a bipolar condition, the newspaper said.She has since launched legal action in Britain and Italy for the return of her daughter but has been told that the child will be placed for adoption.A British lawmaker, John Hemming from the Liberal Democrat party, will raise the case in parliament this week, the newspaper said.It quoted Essex council as saying it did not comment on ongoing cases.- © AFP, 2013Read: English law ‘does not prohibit gender-specific abortions’>last_img read more

Liz Pike considers run for Clark County council chair

first_imgState lawmaker and Camas Republican Liz Pike is flattered people want to see her serve as Clark County council chair, but she’s not sure it’s a position she wants. Sound familiar? In 2015, Pike was part of a write-in campaign bankrolled by former County Councilor David Madore with the goal of beating Marc Boldt, the independent candidate. Pike decided not to campaign for the position, despite hundreds of thousands of dollars spent to help her win the seat, and Boldt was overwhelmingly elected. Once again, Pike is considering her options. “Here’s the deal: A lot of people have asked me to consider running for the Clark County chair position next year, and I didn’t want to even consider it unless I knew there was even an option to win,” Pike said. So, Pike said, she hired a polling firm who started calling Clark County residents to see if she had a shot at the seat.last_img read more

Governor Brown accepts federal funding to add National Guard staffing

first_imgCalifornia responds??— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) April 11, 2018 Updated: 1:39 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Governor Brown accepts federal funding to add National Guard staffing April 11, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Responding to President Donald Trump’s call for deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, a defiant Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he will commit 400 troops to the state’s effort to “combat transnational crime.”In a letter to federal authorities, Brown said the National Guard troops would be added “statewide,” so it was unclear exactly how many of those 400 troops would actually be sent to the border. He said the state’s transnational-crime effort currently includes 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the border.“But let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission,” Brown wrote. “This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.”Republican governors in the border states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have already deployed a combined 1,600 National Guard troops to the Mexican border in response to Trump’s call for added staffing. Trump made the request last week, with the federal government paying the cost of the troop deployment. He said the troops were needed because of “lawlessness thatcontinues at our southern border,” and he wanted increased security while he continues his push to build a wall along the entire border.Until Wednesday, California was the only border state that hadn’t responded to Trump’s request.In his letter, Brown took issue with suggestions of chaos at the border.“Here are the facts: There is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California,” he wrote. “Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they’ve been in nearly 50 years, and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California.”He said the federal government funding of 400 National Guard troops will allow the Guard “to do what it does best: support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state.”“Combating these criminal threats are priorities for all Americans –Republicans and Democrats,” Brown wrote. “That’s why the state and the Guard have long supported this important work and agreed to similar targeted assistance in 2006 under President Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.” Posted: April 11, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Jerry Brown FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Special Olympics Athlete Returns Home in Kodiak to Fanfare

first_imgBrittany Tregarthen and Dan Canavan. Kayla Desroches/KMXTTwenty-seven-year-old Kodiak resident Brittany Tregarthen represented the United States in powerlifting at this year’s Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. She went from winning gold on the state level to earning recognition on the world level. And with so many competitors from around the world and even more people in the audience, she says this went through her mind before the competition.Download Audio“I felt very nervous in the first place,” she says. “But I actually remembered something what my best friend named Jason Gaysheen, from Omaha, Nebraska, he told me on the phone once that ‘You can do this’ and I actually did it.”She won a silver for benchpressing 110 pounds, fourth-place for deadlifting 160, and she also brought back a bronze in squats and a second bronze in the combination of lifts overall.And she says she got a surprise after flying back into Kodiak Monday night.“When I got home, everyone in Kodiak was at the airport, and they were hearing – waiting for me to come in – they were hearing clank, clank, clank of my metals,” says Tregarthen. “And I got a special gift, and it was amazing. I can’t believe it.”That was another surprise from Dan Canavan, the Special Olympics volunteer community director in Kodiak.“I got this picture frame from Dan,” says Tregarthen. “And it has my photos on it and red roses, flowers, stuff, and I didn’t realize the whole crew was there.”Canavan says the Special Olympics mirror the source of its name closely. The competition is fierce, and the athletes bring impressive talent from their various countries.“I think what it did was raised that awareness that through sports, that we are serious athletes, competing at a very high level and really vital members of the community,” says Canavan. “I think Kodiak gets that and they support us in a big way.”He says the local Special Olympics athletes will work towards qualifying for the next World Games.last_img read more

Meghan Markle sidelined at Trooping of Colour 2019 Duchess of Sussex snubbed

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle made her first public appearance after the birth of baby Archie at Trooping the Colour 2019. But it looks like fans are not pleased with where the couple Sussex were made to stand during the Trooping the Colour balcony photos. Were Meghan and Harry sidelined during the celebrations?Reportedly last year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seen standing behind Prince Charles and the Queen for the iconic pictures. But during this year’s celebrations, the new parents were less visible, tucked to one side and behind Prince Andrew. This did not sit well with Royal fans who took to social media to express their outrage. Most of the complains ranged from how shameful it was that the couple Sussex was relegated to the background and how there weren’t many pictures of Meghan.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesSeveral royal fans apparently wanted to know why they were positioned at the back of the balcony, and asked whether there is a “royal order” in place for the official photographs. Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told People magazine: “She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order.”The pecking order is very important for the Royal Family, but even so, Meghan and Harry could have been placed more strategically, so that they could have been a little more visible. It was Meghan’s first public appearance after her maternity leave after all. However, some fans were overjoyed to catch any glimpse of the Duchess of Sussex, no matter how small the glimpse was. Meghan Markle may soon be resuming her Royal duties now that it looks she is done with her maternity leave. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Hasina calls Oikya Front leaders political parasites

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina is briefing journalists at her official Ganabhaban residence on Monday, following her four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia.Awami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed determination with confidence to smoothly hold the next parlimentary polls within due time despite confusions or what she termed conspiracies.“There will be conspiracies, but we will be able to overcome those. I believe in elections. The election commission will announce the polls schedule,” Hasina told a media briefing at her official Ganabhaban residence, following her four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia.At a rally on Saturday, Jatiya Party (JaPa) chairman HM Ershad, also the prime minsiter’s special emissary, expressed apprehensions over holding of the 11th parliamentary elections due later this year.When asked about such ‘uncertaintity’, Sheikh Hasina alleged, a section of people has been ‘hatching conspiracies and creating suspisions’ to hamper continuity of the democratic process.“The Awami League (AL) will move ahead despite obstacles and puruse development. My party has the strength to face the oppostion,” she said.About forging of the Jatiya Oikya Front or National Unity Front, led by noted lawyer Kamal Hossain, the prime minister claimed that her party is not concerned about the emergence of the new coalition.“I welcome the initiative. There is a necessity and they have been united. If they gain success, what’s wrong,” she told journalists, however, adding, “I don’t see any good politics in it.”On 13 October, the Oikya Front came into being, raising demand for holding free and fair elections, promising change in political culture. Bangladesh Natonalist Party is a major force in it.“We have to see who are united there. They are from different parties with different backgrounds. They are the corrupt, creators of militancy and money launderers. They are also convicted in the 21 grenade attack and 10 truck arms smugglling incidents,” Hasina said alleging that Kamal Hossain formed unity with these forces.“It’s important how the people of Bangladesh view them,” the AL president said. “I have nothing to say [about them]. If the people of Bangladesh want them, let them want,” she added.Asked if the ruling camp would invite the opposition to dialoue if the Front leaders seek it, Sheikh Hasina said, “Any mindset is yet to be created as I have not still received any letter [of request from them].”About splitting  of political parties and alliances, Hasina said where there is a breach, there is reunification. “[We’ve] nothing to worry about.”Dwelling on a seven-point demand including a fair election under a neutral administration, raised by the new coalition, the prime minister said, “Let me wait and see how many demands they come up with ultimately.”On the opposition’s announcement to launch movement to realise their demands, Sheikh Hasina said the government would “do everything if any quarter wants to carry out arson attacks and kill people”.In reply to a few questions on former caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein, Sheikh Hasina cricticised him for his remaks on journalist Masuda Vatti at a TV talk-show.last_img read more

How to change Firefoxs Sandbox security level

first_imgHow to change Firefox’s Sandbox security level by Martin Brinkmann on January 23, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: January 23, 2017 – 15 commentsOne of the major improvements that comes along with Firefox’s new multi-process architecture is sandboxing to improve the browser’s security.The multi-process rollout is chugging along nicely, but it will still take at least months before it is enabled by default for all, or at least the majority, of Firefox Stable users.Electrolysis, Firefox’s multi-process architecture, is the prerequisite for Firefox’s sandboxing feature as it makes use of child processes to establish security boundaries.Instead of executing all code in the parent process, code is executed in a content process instead limiting what it can do.Firefox’s sandboxing model supports different levels which determine what code executed in the sandbox is allowed to do.Mozilla implemented three levels currently, and plans to add additional levels with higher security restrictions later on.The operating system and the Firefox channel depend what is implemented currently. Here is a brief overview of the current status:All: Gecko Media Plugin enabled.Windows: NPAPI plugin enabled, content at level 2 in Nightly, at level 1 for other channels, compositor at level 0.OSX: content at level 2 in Nightly, at level 1 in Aurora, rest nothing.Linux: content at level 2 in Nightly, rest nothingThe next target for Windows is level 3 sandboxing, for OSX level 2 sandboxing, and for Linux level 1 sandboxing.Sandbox levelsNote: There is usually little need to change the sandbox level, and it is best kept at the default level. While reducing the level should not have any ill-effects on the browser — besides less security obviously — increasing the level may cause all kinds of issues.Sandbox levels get more restrictive the higher they are. Level 0 is the least restrictive level, level 2 the most restrictive currently. Once level 3 is introduced, it will become the most restrictive level available.Level 3 will be implemented in Firefox for Windows first, and later on in Firefox for OSX and Linux.You can check the restrictions of each sandbox level on the Mozilla Wiki site. Please note that sandboxing in Firefox is a work in progress. Things may change along the way, but the wiki will get updated when that happens.Check Firefox’s sandbox levelMozilla Firefox lists the sandbox level that is used by the browser in two locations in the interface. You can load about:support and scroll all the way done until you reach the sandbox listing on the page.Check the “content process sandbox level” value to find out.The second option that you have is to load about:config, and search for the parameter security.sandbox.content.level. The value that is returned is the current content level of the Firefox sandbox.Change the Firefox sandbox content levelThe parameter security.sandbox.content.level determines the level of the sandbox. You may use it to change the level, but only to a value that is supported.If you pick a lower value, some sandbox restrictions may be lifted, if you pick a higher value — provided that it is supported — the sandbox may be more restrictive than it was.To change the sandbox level of NPAPI plugins, search for the preference dom.ipc.plugins.sandbox-level.flash or dom.ipc.plugins.sandbox-level.default instead.Closing WordsThe next big milestones for Firefox’s sandbox feature land in Firefox 53 for Linux, and Firefox 54 for Windows and Mac versions of the browser if the schedule holds.Now You: What are your expectations for the feature?SummaryArticle NameHow to change Firefox’s Sandbox security levelDescriptionThe guide provides you with information on how to change the security level of the built-in sandbox of the Firefox web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Eight Hong Kong tourists shot dead in hostage nightmare on Manila bus

first_imgA vengeful ex-police captain has been shot dead by Philippine police after he killed eight Hong Kong tourists held hostage on a bus in Manila.The bus was stormed on Monday night, Manila time, after 11-hour negotiations with the 55-year-old Rolando Mendoza came to a standstill, Al Jazeera reported. The other tourist hostages were hospitalised, with two of them in critical condition, said officials.”The hostage-taker was killed. He chose to shoot it out with our men,” Senior Superintendent Nelson Yabut said. “On our first assault, Captain Mendoza was sprawled in the middle of the aisle and shot one of our operatives. On our second assault we killed him.”Mr Mendoza had seized the bus in an effort to regain his job, after being dismissed from the police force in 2008 over corruption allegations. Dressed in camouflage and armed with an M16 rifle and a jungle knife, he had hitched a ride with the busload of tourists – a total of 22 Hong Kong tourists and three Filipinos – as it visited Manila’s historic sites, before declaring that he was taking the group hostage.During police negotiations, nine people had been released, including three children and two Filipinos. The remaining Filipino, the bus driver, managed to escape when Mr Mendoza began shooting at the hostages by nightfall. During the standoff, negotiators had been given a list of demands by Mr Mendoza, which included food for the remaining passengers on the bus and fuel to continue the air-conditioning.Later, police encircled the bus, smashed its windows, and fired at it after hearing shots from within, but were held at bay by Mr Mendoza’s gunfire. The crisis came to an end when tear gas was lobbed into the bus and a police sniper fired a fatalistic headshot. Some of the surviving hostages have criticised the slow response of authorities. One woman, who identified herself as Mrs Leung, said, “There were so many people on the bus – no one came to our rescue. Why? … We were in fear for so many hours. I find it really cruel.”However, the response from authorities was defended by the Philippine president, Benigno Aquino III, who said they had initially believed Mr Mendoza would surrender. “How can I be satisfied when there were people who died?” he said, before noting the situation deteriorated rapidly from the time the hostage-taker initially showed willingness to release his hostages. Gregory Mendoza, the brother of the hostage-taker, explained Rolando’s actions as an effort to regain the pension that had been disallowed when he was dismissed from the police force.”He is not in the state of his mind, he is not the same Captain Mendoza as before … According to him, he lost his life because of the dismissal,” he said.Gregory Mendoza, himself a policeman, was arrested later on Monday for alleged obstruction of justice, which included approaching the bus to speak with his brother whilst carrying a weapon.”They were the ones who failed in the negotiations, then they blame the outcome on me,” he said.Hong Kong blacklists travel to the PhilippinesIn response to the massacre in Manila, in which 22 Hong Kong tourists had been taken prisoner and eight of them murdered, the Hong Kong government has issued a black travel alert to the Philippines, urging local residents to avoid all travel to the country. The alert means all outbound tour groups to the Philippines will be cancelled from tomorrow, said Executive Director of the Travel Industry Council, Joseph Tung. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

SITAs robotic kiosks to the rescue in busy checkin areas

first_imgSITA’s robotic kiosks to the rescue in busy check-in areasSITA Lab, which explores the future of technology in air travel, has unveiled KATE, an intelligent check-in kiosk that will autonomously move to busy or congested areas in the airport as needed, promising to relegate check-in queues to the past.Using various data sources – including flight and passenger flow information – KATE can identify where additional check-in kiosks are required to reduce passenger queue times at check-in. KATE uses existing SITA data systems such as Day of Operations Business Intelligence and FlightInfo API.Multiple robotic kiosks can be automatically or manually deployed simultaneously and in formation to assist passengers, providing airports and airlines greater flexibility in managing peaks in passenger flow. The kiosks can also communicate through a Cloud service to ensure that the right number of kiosks are at the right position when needed, making them highly responsive to changes in the airport. A design patent application for the kiosks is currently underway.Renaud Irminger, Director of SITA Lab, said: “The peak and troughs in the flow of passengers presents a challenge to many airlines and airports and we have been approached by many customers requesting a solution. They want kiosks which can be easily deployed when and where they are needed. Building on SITA’s successful AirportConnect® Open platform, and our previous work with robotics, KATEleverages new technologies to provide operators much more flexibility and efficiency in the way they will use their kiosks in future.”SITA’s cutting-edge robotic kiosk makes use of geo-location technology to find its way through the airport. KATE will use Wi-Fi to connect to vital airline and airport systems, dispensing with the need for cabling or other fixed attachments. This allows the kiosk to move around freely across the airport terminal, using obstacle avoidance technology to avoid bumping into people or things.KATE and her fellow robotic kiosks will automatically return to their docking stations when they are low on power or need to be resupplied with boarding passes or bag tags.One of the key benefits of SITA’s autonomous kiosk is that it can be deployed anywhere inside the airport as well as other offsite locations such as train stations. This is particularly relevant during periods of disruption – such as weather delays or flight cancellations – where additional kiosks can be moved from landside to airside to check-in large numbers of rebooked passengers. KATE provides passengers access to her easy-to-use interface to check-in and print bag tags.KATE follows in the footsteps of LEO, SITA’s fully autonomous, self-propelling baggage robot launched at the 2016 Air Transport IT Summit in Barcelona, Spain last year. Source = SITAlast_img read more