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Yobi announces Initial Exchange Offering IEO launch at wwwmyyobicom

first_imgYobi’s IEO takes off on the 19th August at www.bxlend.com.Yobi is a Biometric Authorisation, Authentication and Verification platform, FOR, WITH and IN the blockchain. Her authentication process is based on the award-winning biometric security platform, BioSSL and delivers a unique biometric handshake between the physical and the digital world.The weakness of the blockchain is the user himself/herself, because we forget, share or lose our password(s) or someone  copies it/them, a paradise for cybercrime. The staggering number of ways that criminals are trying, every day, to get inside your database should be more than just a warning. Most organized crime gangs around the world are becoming much more involved in computer hacking and identity theft.Financial transactions, trading of shares, exchanging & storing confidential data… all are vulnerable to Cybercrime today.Yobi uses BioSSL biometric verification and translates the unique features of the human body to a One Time Password and through her public-private biometric key, it becomes a unique handshake between him/herself and the digital world.Yobi’s injection of the biometric public key’s in the blockchain, ensures that the transaction goes to the right owner. yobi validates the identity.Yobi’s token owners gives a One Year Biometric access control (biometric password) on every web & mobile platform marked secured by yobi and gives direct secured access to company confidential information to be real time up to date.Yobi’s IEO is guided by the Canadian company DE Asset Management, early adopters of the blockchain and crypto industry, and Canadian leaders in the Crypto Asset space. They helped raise over 50M USD for ICO’s in the last 24 months.Yobi’s tokens sale will take place on www.bxlend.com at a start of 1$ per token and a softcap of 7.5M USD.“We are excited to announce the launch of our IEO on bxlend.com with excellent support of DE Asset Management as a partner. Our biometric solutions integrated with the blockchain will allow us to scale fast and continue our leadership position in the market.” says Johann Caubergh, CEO of AIDENTITY.org and founder of Yobi.AIDENTITY consults, develops and integrates biometric identification technologies and secure documents. Through AIDENTITY, yobi will have already a portfolio of customers, ready to be part of her platform.Contact: info@myyobi.comWebsite: www.myyobi.comIEO: www.bxlend.comTelegram: https://t.me/yobi_ieoLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/myyobiMore information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home Yobi announces her Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) launch at www.myyobi.com If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Update Municipality comments on prepaid meter scam

first_imgCommenting on the prepaid meter scam currently doing the rounds in town, Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality has issued a press release to this effect:“Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality would like to warn the community, especially pensioners, of people who are currently posing as municipal officials from the electricity department.These people are calling homeowners who use prepaid electricity and promising to install new prepaid meters. These meters, they say, will assist in decreasing the tariffs for pensioners so they won’t pay a lot of money on electricity.A couple in Observation has already fallen victim to these people. This couple had a visit from an Indian man calling himself “ASLAM”. He filled in forms that have the Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipal letterhead. On the form, he fills out all their personal details. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Further to that, he took an amount of R1200 from the couple, saying that the money is for installation of a new meter as well as a new electricity card. “Aslam” then gives them a receipt and leaves with a promise that the new prepaid meter will be installed in a few days.As Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality, we would like to inform the community that there is no person from the municipality who has been sent out to do such a job.And municipal officials do not accept payment and issue out receipts at people’s homes. This is a scam and should such a person arrive at your home, do not fill in any forms or give personal details. Please contact the SAPS or the Electricity Department immediately.”For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitterlast_img read more

5 ways to spoil your dad this Fathers Day

first_imgIf you feel that you’ve let your dad down in the past, now might be a good time to tell him you’re sorry for past hurts. Today is Father’s Day, after all.Remember that just as your dad was not perfect, neither are you. Use Father’s Day as an opportunity to tell him you love and appreciate him. When he is gone, you will wish you had.Here are 5 simple and cheap ways to spoil your dad on Father’s Day:1- Make him breakfast in bed;2- Enjoy a family braai;3- Go fishing together;4- Make his favourite dinner;5- Play golf together. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Taxi rank Plaza raided by authorities

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The taxi rank and Plaza shopping centre were raided yesterday afternoon (Friday) by police and Public Safety, as well as the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).The authorities raided the area in search of illegal items such as drugs, pirate CDs and DVDs, and unlicensed liquor.The operation was a success, with alcohol and many DVDs being found and confiscated.Police from out of town were also part of the raid, in an attempt to clamp down on crime in the area.last_img read more

Car on fire in Acaciavale

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite An Opel Kadett was completely destroyed when it caught on fire yesterday (Sunday) evening in Cactus Lane near Azalea Drive.The female driver initially noticed smoke coming out of the engine. She quickly stopped and jumped out of the vehicle.Within minutes, a fire erupted and spread throughout the car – even the interior burned.Passing motorists assisted the traumatised driver, with the aid of Cllr Abbas Warasally, who managed to extinguish the flames.No injuries were sustained and the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.last_img read more

Fairy Shrimp flourish at Ingula

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Seven rock pools were investigated at Ingula and only one species was found, namely Branchipodopsis natalensis, in three of the pools.Several recommendations resulted from the study, such as including it as a key species in the Ingula Nature Reserve Management Plan. Monitoring will be done annually and the area protected from trampling by cattle.This tiny creature is part of the rich biodiversity of Ingula. Not enough is known about them or their role in the environment, therefore continued research is needed and conserving them into the future. Through the Ingula Partnership, a study was recently carried out to learn more about a species of small crustacean, the Fairy Shrimp, that lives at Ingula’s upper site.Worldwide, there are around 270 species and four of them occur only in the Drakensberg area, in which Ingula is situated. Fairy Shrimp are tiny crustaceans (5-10mm) that spend their entire lives in temporary pools formed by rainwater. As soon as a rock pool is formed after rain, the race is on.Their eggs, called cysts, can lie dormant for up to 15 years, but once soaked, will hatch within 12 to 48 hours. They live very short lives, only about 16 days. In this time, they have to grow, mature and produce offspring to ensure the survival of the species.last_img read more

Blood Bank hero wins Tablet

first_imgSiyanda Dlamini from Ladysmith was the lucky December winner of the Lenovo Tablet from the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).After donating blood in December, 19-year-old Siyanda offered feedback regarding his experience on the CFS machine and his name was automatically entered into the competition to win the Tablet.He was a ‘Peer Promoter’ at Ladysmith High School (LHS) and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering in Stellenbosch.Siyanda is committed to saving lives and encourages others to do the same! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Buying arts and crafts at night

first_imgAnother Night Market was held at the Old Mill in Queen Street on Friday night.A range of culinary delights were on sale, as well as many interesting arts and crafts items.Young and old enjoyed themselves as they went from stall to stall to see what was on offer this time around.The weather was perfect for ambling around town on a Friday night, doing some bargain-hunting while socialising with friends and family.The road was closed until the nighttime shopping extravaganza was over.The market was bustling with people who enjoyed the outing every bit as much as finding nifty things to buy at really great prices. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

One dead in horror crash on Colenso road

first_imgA motor vehicle accident on the Colenso road (R103) near Colenso Heights on Sunday afternoon claimed the life of one person and left 7 others injured.It is alleged that the driver of a single-cab Mazda BT-50 bakkie lost control of the vehicle while travelling towards Ladysmith and veered off the road, hurtling down a steep embankment.Passengers were seated in the front and at the back of the bakkie. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The canopy was completely ripped off in the crash.Sharaj, EMRS, ER24, police and even breakdown drivers worked together to get the injured up the steep embankment on trauma boards.Heavy rain fell as paramedics worked to stabilise the patients at the scene.One lane had to be closed as a breakdown service carried out a ‘recovery’ of the bakkie that was in the bush down the embankment.last_img read more

Climbing the 100 Steps to crime

first_img“Robbers hide and target their victims. They watch their would-be victims and wait for the right opportunity to make their move,” says Kevin.Residents now fear for their lives. Schoolchildren regularly use the shortcuts near Egerton and LHS, and parents are worried something terrible is going to happen to them. A Ladysmith Gazette journalist recently walked up the 100 Steps to take some photos of the area and found clothes dumped along the pathway. Kevin is fed up with the constant crime in the area and says that a petition has been signed by many residents to close off the shortcut.However, the municipality has not done anything about the situation.“Not only is this pathway a danger to all who use it, but it also serves as an escape route for criminals. Something should definitely be done about it in the interests of people’s safety and curbing crime in the area,” adds Kevin. The ‘100 Steps’ shortcut that leads up from Ladysmith High School (LHS) to Shearer Road near Egerton Primary School has again come under the spotlight for criminal activity.There was once a time when this hillside pathway was considered perfectly safe to use by pedestrians, including schoolchildren, but this is no longer the case. Shortcuts around town seem to be crime hotspots, with predators known to pounce on “unwitting walkers” and steal their personal belongings.The most recent incident involved a 16-year-old and his friend, who were robbed of their cell-phones while on their way to school on Thursday, February 26. The two teenagers were walking down a hill in the Egerton area when they were approached by two people who asked them for the time.The 16-year-old took out his cell-phone to see what the exact time was and the two suspects snatched the phone out of his hand. They also took the friend’s cell-phone before fleeing on foot.Police searched the area, but could not find the suspects. According to police, a case of common robbery has been opened.Local resident Kevin Prinsloo, who lives right next to the 100 Steps, says the Egerton area has become a danger zone due to the many criminal activities that have taken place recently. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Maha Shivarathri Poojay at Azalea Drive temple

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Hindu Thirukootam & Shree Ganaser Temple celebrated Maha Shivarathri Poojay at the Azalea Drive temple on Tuesday night. The prayer started at 6pm and continued until 6am the next morning. Devotees gathered at the temple to be blessed and observe this auspicious prayer.Maha Shivaratri Pooja has been given tremendous significance in Hindu mythology. It is said that the ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivaratri day pleases Him the most.Devotees further believe that by pleasing Lord Shankara on an auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation. Fasting is usually observed on Maha Shivaratri. However, the way in which fasting is observed has changed over time. Most devotees observe a full day fast on a diet of fruit and milk.Following the method prescribed in Shiva Purana, priests perform a ritual Pooja of Shiva Linga (sacred symbol of Lord Shiva) every three hours all through the night of the Shivaratri Festival. During this Pooja, chants of “Om Namah Shivaya” and sounds of bells chiming reverberate through the temple.The Lingam (statue) is bathed in milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water, which helps to purify the soul, and then a vermilion paste is applied on the Lingam, representing virtue. Devotees offer milk, fruits and bay leaves to the Lord on this Holy occasion.last_img read more

Spreading the love for Valentines

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is celebrated today (February 14) across many countries around the world.Valentine’s is all about sharing and spreading the love, spoiling that special someone, and this even extends to friends and family members.So don’t be shy if there’s someone you like and they don’t know yet – it’s the perfect day to make that grand gesture, whether it’s with a teddy bear, flowers, lunch or a romantic dinner-for-two tonight.Last-minute Valentine’s shopping is definitely happening as we speak, with men and women running around shopping malls to get presents so they don’t get into trouble with their ‘other half’. Hope that’s not you!last_img read more

China VPs absence raises succession questions

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Xi is China’s vice president and has not been seen in public since Sept. 1. Since then, he has missed planned meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other foreign dignitaries.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The vital role family plays in society Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BEIJING (AP) – It should be easy for China’s Communist Party to quash the speculation _ from plausible to outlandish _ about the unexplained absence of the country’s next leader: Just trot him out in public to show that he is hale and hearty.Yet as Xi Jinping’s absence carried into an 11th day Wednesday, party officials were saying nothing. Their silence only added to the momentum of the rumors and raised an important question: What happens to China’s once-a-decade leadership transition if the 59-year old is unable to assume the mantle of power as planned later this fall?last_img read more

India wages hitech war on ancient TB scourge

first_imgThe program can automatically send medicine to health centers running low and streamline payments to counselors who now complain they are getting paid two years late.Kumar hopes to use the system to monitor treatment given by private doctors, whose poor care is contributing to drug resistance.“Many times they are not giving the right dose, they are not giving complete treatment, they are not following the patient,” he said.Kumar is more cautious in modernizing the government’s 13,000 testing centers, where technicians with microscopes use a TB test first developed in the 19th century that only catches about half the cases and can’t determine if they are drug resistant. Kumar has bought 46 GeneXperts that use new technology to detect TB in less than two hours and also test for resistance to an important anti-TB drug. But the machines are expensive and won’t work in India’s summer heat or its routine power outages.BigTec, in the southern city of Bangalore, is working to overcome those problemsDirector Chandrasekhar Nair said his team developed a handheld, battery-operated machine that works in high temperatures and would allow minimally trained health workers to give a TB test in even India’s most remote villages. Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – Shammo Khan walks into a dusty courtyard that reeks of garbage, searching for the fingerprint of a man exhausted by HIV, drug withdrawal and the tuberculosis lesions hijacking his lungs.She opens her laptop on his rope bed, prods the emaciated man to log in on a fingerprint reader and watches him slowly and painfully swallow a handful of TB drugs in an experimental program harnessing new technology to combat an ancient killer still ravaging India. Tackling a disease that kills 300,000 people a year in a country of 1.2 billion required a concerted effort from everyone involved, said Ashok Kumar, the government’s TB czar.“There cannot be one single solution. There have to be buckets of solutions,” he said.India is struggling with more than a quarter of the world’s new tuberculosis cases and has become an epicenter of new drug-resistant strains. Last year, doctors in Mumbai reported 12 cases of TB that had mutated into a nearly untreatable strain because of mistreatment and missed doses.Despite the array of new tools, Zarir Udwadia, a Mumbai doctor who uncovered some of those mutant strains, said he remained pessimistic about India’s ability to conquer drug-resistant tuberculosis. He doubted the government could exercise enough control over a health system where quacks with no training treat TB patients, and pharmacists routinely give out antibiotics without prescriptions.Operation ASHA is working to prevent the creation of more new strains by fortifying the centerpiece of India’s traditional anti-TB campaign, a program that pays counselors and private groups to verify patients are taking their medicine. Private companies, aid groups and the government have embarked on a flurry of innovation to modernize India’s archaic anti-tuberculosis campaign and fight the spread of frightening new drug-resistant strains threatening to cause a public health nightmare.The government is replacing its haphazard paper system of registering TB patients with a Web-based database that theoretically could track every dose of medicine given to patients _ and send them text messages when they miss one.New tests powered by computer chips are being rolled out that can quickly identify drug-resistant patients so they can be given the proper treatment with a longer course of different medicines. And Operation ASHA, an independent health group, is using its fingerprint verification program to ensure patients take their full course of medicine to prevent the disease from mutating into a stronger strain.“There’s more innovation in the last year than in the prior decade in TB control,” says Peter Small, a tuberculosis expert at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offices in India.In addition, the government is proposing to quadruple tuberculosis funding, is expanding its lab network and has ordered doctors for the first time to report all new TB cases. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix In August, after missing sporadic doses over his first four months of intensive treatment, he finally returned, saying he could now deal with the easier-to-bear maintenance phase of the treatment. It’s not clear if his spotty compliance created a mutated strain.Even so, Batra said fingerprinting has lowered her default rate to 1.5 percent. Now she wants to replace the computers with smartphones.“We have to go the extra mile, we have to find the foolproof method,” she said.The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which is MIT-affiliated, is studying the program and if it can confirm its results it will encourage the government to expand it to India’s 640,000 other tuberculosis counselors, said Chand Tulal Mazumdar, a research associate with the lab.The government is already deep into its own tech overhaul.Ashok Kumar, who took over India’s tuberculosis program last year, is working to transfer a haphazard system of cardboard charts and booklets to a new database that would enable the government to track each of its 1.5 million patients.The database will have details of the patient, the counselor and the treatment, down to the last dose taken, Kumar said. It will take advantage of the 900 million cellphones in the country; If patients miss a day, the database will send them a text message, he said. When patients move _ which often interrupts or ends their treatment _ they can be electronically transferred to a new center. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Many patients resist the drugs’ harsh side effects. They fall through the cracks by moving before their treatment is done or stop once they feel better.Counselors only get paid for those who complete the standard six-month course of treatment, giving them an incentive to lie when patients drop out. Government statistics provided by the counselors show only 6 percent of patients don’t finish treatment. Independent studies show defaults ranging from 15 percent to 33 percent. Some patients diagnosed with TB never start treatment in the first place.“There is no transparency, no accountability in the work they are doing. There is no one to verify what they are doing,” said Shelly Batra, president of Operation ASHA.To make sure counselors do their jobs, her group joined Microsoft Research and the nonprofit Innovators in Health to develop a program that uses cheap fingerprint readers to ensure patients actually meet with the counselors to take their medicine.“Health data can be fudged,” Batra said. “A fingerprint can’t be fudged.”From the porch of a tailor shop in a southern New Delhi slum, Shammo Khan was running one of the 35 Operation ASHA centers using fingerprint-monitoring in the capital and two other cities. Top Stories “Our device is basically something that you can put in a backpack and go around,” Nair said.The Truelab Micro PCR System uses a computer chip to run a TB test in under an hour. Another chip can test for drug sensitivity, he said.The World Health Organization cautions it has yet to endorse the test and is awaiting further studies, and the $12 per test _ double that if the drug sensitivity is run as well _ is outside the government’s price range. Nair said he hoped to bring down the cost.Nevertheless, public health experts say the device could stand as testament to the type of innovation India can bring to major health problems of the developing world.“It’s a very promising technology,” said Dr. Ken Simiyu, a program officer with Grand Challenges Canada, a Canadian government-funded group that gave the project a $1.3 million grant.If Indian health experts can make full use of all this new technology, “they can really turn the tide,” said Small, the TB expert at the Gates Foundation. “And if they don’t, it’s scary.”___Follow Ravi Nessman on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ravinessman Children, the elderly and hip, young men logged in by pressing their fingers onto the glass of a print reader connected to a handheld computer. Khan, 22, then handed them their medicine and watched them wash it down.She checked the computer throughout her shift to see who had yet to come, and at the end of each day got an automatic text message telling her whom to chase down. She made house calls to the bedridden, such as the HIV patient.Ravi Kumar, 28, said it was difficult as a wedding photographer with irregular hours to make it to the clinic, but the fingerprint reader kept him honest.“If this would not have been here, I’d have sent someone else to take the medicine,” he said, pointing at his little brother.Most patients only need to be caught once. Others need a few lectures on the risks they are taking.“I keep explaining. I tell everybody that if you miss doses you will have to get injections, instead of six months it will be two years (of treatment), instead of a handful of medicines it can be 12,” Khan said.A few still don’t listen.Rahul Kumar, 19, said he stopped showing up at counselor Neema Mehta’s clinic down a narrow lane outside a colony of garbage sorters because he couldn’t tolerate the drugs, which can cause nausea and headaches. When Mehta called him, he shut off his phone. When she went to his home, he wasn’t there. Mehta called her supervisor, who begged Kumar’s parents to send him back. Still he didn’t come. Then he went back to his family’s village. Quick workouts for men 0 Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Argentine crew prevent Ghana from moving ship

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Argentine Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli closely followed the showdown and called his Ghanaian counterpart, Joseph Henry Smith, to ask for his immediate intervention, the Argentine ministry said. The Argentinian ministry said it urged the Ghanaians to stop “the illegal measures such as forcing us to move and cutting off basic supplies, which represent a violation on our sovereignty and an act of hostility.” They said the Ghana port authorities stopped after the intervention.Ghana’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Mumuni has not yet responded to the show of force by the Argentine crew.Argentina has bigger problems: On Friday U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa warned President Cristina Fernandez not to “defy and evade” his orders to pay the holdouts on December 2. Argentina is awaiting a U.S. ruling on how much it will have to pay holders of the bonds that it defaulted on.The South American country might be forced to settle with the so-called “vulture funds” that didn’t accept the debt swaps in 2005 and 2010 in order to hold out for a better deal.Argentina lost its long battle against bond holdouts in the U.S. courts last month, as an appellate panel rejected every argument it made against paying $1.33 billion to investors who refused to accept as little as 25 cents on the dollar for the country’s defaulted debt in 2005.center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Men’s health affects baby’s health too Last week Ghanaian Justice Richard Agyei-Frimpong ruled that the Libertad should be moved from its current position because it is preventing other vessels from berthing at the port. Ports officials said it is losing tens of thousands of dollars per day in lost berthing fees. Ghanaian authorities want to move the Libertad to a more remote berth while Argentina fights court orders in New York to pay $1.3 billion to a group of investors in the country’s defaulted debt.Argentina does not want the ship to move while it appeals the detention order, Argentina’s defense ministry said Friday. The Argentinian crew, under orders from Buenos Aires, pulled up the gangplank to prevent Ghanaian authorities from boarding.Ghana shut off the water and electricity to the ship and brought a crane to lift authorities onto the ship to move it.“Under these circumstances, with the Ghana port authorities trying to board the vessel and move it by force, without a judicial order to back it up, an order was for the crew to show up on the deck, with its regular weapons, with the purpose of dissuading any attempt to board it,” said the Argentine defense ministry. The Argentinian statement said the ship will not budge while the detention order is appeals. The ruling effectively gives Argentina a stark choice: either it pays all of its bondholders equally, or pay none of them at all.Argentina argued that forcing it to pay the holdouts could provoke another severe economic crisis in the South American country, but the U.S. appellate court said “nothing in the record supports Argentina’s blanket assertion.” It agreed with Griesa, who ruled that with more than $40 billion in foreign reserves, Argentina has the ability to pay. President Cristina Fernandez said Friday that U.S. courts are harming those who showed faith in Argentina during the bond restructuring.___Associated Press Writer Luis Andres Henao contributed from Santiago, Chile, and Michael Warren from Mexico City.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressACCRA, Ghana (AP) – The Argentine crew aboard the seized naval vessel, ARA Libertad, brandished their weapons to block Ghanaian port officials who were trying to move the vessel to a less busy spot, according to an official of the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority.The Argentinian sailors pulled out their rifles to prevent Ghanaian officials from boarding the vessel on Thursday, the corporate affairs manager of the ports authority, Kumi Adjei-Sam, told the Associated Press Saturday. Comments   Share   last_img read more

Analysis Despite Saudi strikes Yemen rebels remain dug in

first_imgIn weeks of grueling urban warfare, Houthi and pro-Saleh forces are slowly taking neighborhood after neighborhood of the southern port city of Aden, the main stronghold of their opponent, current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the country to Saudi Arabia. Fighting the Houthis are a loose mix of militias, some supporting Hadi, others fighting for their own local interests.That leaves Saudi Arabia and its allies with only a few options. One is to launch a troop intervention on the ground to bolster the anti-Houthi forces. The other is to keep up the punishment from the air in hopes that eventually the rebels and Saleh’s forces are worn down enough to make concessions and enter negotiations — or enough that the population of Sanaa and other areas rise up against them.The Saudi goal in the campaign is ultimately to restore Hadi but it appears that it’s not counting on outright military victory to do so. Instead, it wants to push the Houthis and Saleh loyalists to pull back from several cities they took over in recent months and come chastened to the negotiating table.Saudi Arabia also fears that the Iranian-backed Houthis will be a proxy for Tehran if they succeed in their power grab in Yemen. The Houthis overran Sanaa and much of the north late last year — and when they pushed south threatening to take Aden, Saudi Arabia launched the airstrikes on March 26. Check your body, save your life Quick workouts for men Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The campaign has also put heavy limits on rebel and Saleh loyalist movements. Convoys as small as two or three vehicles have been hit by strikes, sometimes moments after they hit the road. If a first round of airstrikes misses, warplanes return sometimes within 15 minutes to strike a target again.That demonstrates a powerful asset of the Saudis: an elaborate network of Yemeni informers to aid their air campaign. Kept loyal by Riyadh’s largesse, the informers have been instrumental in the airstrikes, identifying targets and providing actionable intelligence on concealed arms depots, secret training camps and hideouts of rebel leaders.In response, the Houthis and Saleh loyalists have embraced new tactics to reduce the chance of being spotted while on the move. These include traveling by night with the lights of their vehicles turned off — or traveling on foot, also by night.The campaign, along with grueling fighting on the ground, has also tipped the impoverished nation into humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of civilians have been killed, and 300,000 have fled their homes, according to U.N. estimates. Distribution of food, fuel and medicine has been severely disrupted.The Houthis have made the scarcity worse in Sanaa by diverting fuel supplies and other goods to their fighters. Salaries of government workers — including some in the military — have been reduced or not paid at all. Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   The air campaign does appear to have inflicted heavy damage.It is likely due to the airstrikes that Aden has held out this long. Militias in the southern cities of Taiz and Dhale and the northern region of Marib have put up ferocious resistance to the Houthis, even though the rebels and Saleh loyalists had a wide superiority in firepower and numbers.“The airstrikes have prevented them from achieving their political ambitions, but have not forced them to make concessions either,” Ahmed Harmal, a Dhaleh-based leading figure from Herak, southern Yemen’s biggest political movement and a champion of the region’s secession, said of the Houthis.The air campaign has almost completely wiped out Yemen’s air force, which was loyal to Saleh. Almost all of Yemen’s airports have been put out of action and attempts to repair runways are instantly met with renewed bombing.The strikes have also hammered a ring of military facilities and arms depots encircling Sanaa, as well as bases and arsenals in the Houthis’ main stronghold of Saada, north of the capital. The strikes have diminished — though not eliminated — the Houthi and Saleh loyalists’ stores of heavy weapons like tanks and rockets.center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In a sign of diminishing enthusiasm among supporters, pro-Houthi rallies in Sanaa that once brought out well over 10,000 people in the past have fallen to just a few thousand.Still, serious opposition to the Houthis in Sanaa has made no public appearance — because of fear, opponents say. Despite airstrikes, Houthi fighters patrol the streets and man checkpoints, and they have cracked down heavily on any protests against their rule in the past. A number of journalists and others critical of the rebels have been arrested.“To be honest, people are afraid of the Houthis,” said Mansour Hayel, a prominent author and analyst in Sanaa. “Motorists line up at gas stations for up to three weeks and they don’t protest.”Also, little dissent has emerged from within Yemen’s Zaydi Shiites, the minority sect from which the Houthis emerged and who make up around a third of the country’s population. That too may be in part because of fear.“There are traditional Zaydi religious authorities who are opposed to the Houthis’ policy choices,” said Radhya al-Mutawakel, an activist from Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. “Their voice is not heard but you can find them if you look.” Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The forces battling the Houthis and Saleh loyalists are fragmented. Some are Hadi supporters. Others are fighting for an independent south. Others are tribal fighters whose main priority is to keep outsiders out of their local domains.“We are as steadfast as the mountains of our land,” said Saleh al-Anjaf, a spokesman for an anti-Houthi tribal alliance in the northern Maarib province. The Houthis, he said, were 30 kilometers (20 miles) outside the province’s capital, also called Maarib, but stiff resistance by the tribesmen is preventing them from advancing.There are signs the Saudi-led coalition is moving toward a ground operation to bolster those forces.On Sunday, a small group of 20 coalition troops came ashore in Aden on a mission for reconnaissance and training and organizing pro-Hadi forces. Military officials in Yemen and Egypt said they were likely to be joined by more troops as the coalition tries to clear and fortify an area in Aden suitable to serve as a future base for Hadi and his government.___Hendawi, the AP’s Cairo chief of bureau, has covered Yemen for years and frequently travels there on assignment. He reported from Cairo.An AP News Analysis FILE – In this Tuesday, May 5, 2015 file photo, airport officials look at the wreckage of a military transport aircraft destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes, at the Sanaa International airport, in Yemen. More than a month of relentless airstrikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has inflicted painful damage on Shiite rebels in Yemen, but the rebels show little sign of collapse. The rebels, known as the Houthis, and their allies are still able to fight doggedly on multiple fronts. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SANAA, Yemen (AP) — More than a month of relentless airstrikes by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has inflicted painful damage on Shiite rebels in Yemen, but they show little sign of collapse.The rebels, known as the Houthis, continue to have a strong grip on the capital, Sanaa, and much of the north. They and their allies — powerful military units loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh — are still able to fight doggedly on multiple fronts, particularly in the south. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

India appoints 1st transgender as head of college

first_img Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona KOLKATA, India (AP) — India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday.Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women’s College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, said Dipak K. Kar, chairman of an education panel that selects college principals in the state.Banerjee is expected to start her new job on June 9, Kar said. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Sponsored Stories “She has been teaching in a college for more than 20 years, and had the necessary administrative experience. She was chosen through the usual selection process,” said Kar.India’s transgender activists hailed the appointment as a proud day for a community that usually faces discrimination.“This is a proud moment for us. It’s great that people have begun accepting transgenders. Everybody should feel proud about this decision,” said Rudrani Chettri, director of Mitr Trust, a group working for transgender rights.Last year, India’s Supreme Court declared the transgender community as a legal third gender, granting them minority rights and privileges to education, employment and health benefits. Since then, some colleges have offered a choice in indicating their gender in application forms.Krishnagar Women’s College offers undergraduate courses in the sciences and humanities. It is located in Krishnanagar, a town about 105 kilometers (65 miles) north of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img read more

Australia attempts to verify terrorists death in Iraq

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Fairfax Media newspapers reported last month that the Australian family of Sharrouf’s Muslim-convert wife, Tara Nettleton, was trying to help her bring her three young boys and two teenage daughters from Syria home to Sydney.Sharrouf’s 7-year-old son horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described it as “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed.”Bishop said the Sharrouf’s death would have to be verified before Australia considers repatriating the family.“We understand that there are family members in Syria or Iraq and should these reports be verified, then we will try to be in contact with them,” Bishop told Australian Broadcasting Corp.But the government will not guarantee that the family can return.“It would depend very much on the circumstances and the advice that we receive from our intelligence agencies at the time,” Bishop told ABC.Sydney-born Sharrouf, who was also a Lebanese national, was a prime target of legislation to be introduced to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow terrorists who are dual nationals to be stripped of their Australian citizenship. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Nettleton’s father, Peter Nettleton, said his son-in-law’s reported death filled him with joy.“I was ecstatic when I heard he was dead. It’s great news.” Peter Nettleton told The Daily Telegraph newspaper.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The law would automatically strip the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism offenses or suspected of serious terrorism-related offenses.Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government was considering making the law retroactive so that terrorists already convicted could be deported on release from prison. The law could apply in future to Australians who were not dual nationals but could apply for citizenship from a parent’s homeland.The government estimates that up to half of about 120 Australians who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State movement are dual citizens.The government has also passed contentious new laws that make it a criminal offense to even visit Mosul or the Islamic State movement’s Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa province, where the Sharrouf family was thought to be based.Sharrouf was among nine Muslim men accused in 2007 of stockpiling bomb-making materials and plotting terrorist attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities. He pleaded guilty to terrorism offenses in 2009 and served less than four years in prison.Sharrouf slipped out of Australia in late 2013 using his brother’s passport because his own had been canceled. Nettleton later took their children to Syria to reunite with her husband.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Reports that an Australian terrorist, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.Australian intelligence agencies were attempting to verify the recent deaths of Australians Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Both men were seen in photographs posted on social media holding heads of Syrians.last_img read more

Wintons rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years

first_imgFILE – A Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo from files of the then 105 year-old Sir Nicholas Winton waiting to be decorated with the highest Czech Republic’s decoration, The Order of the White Lion at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label “Britain’s Schindler,” has died. He was 106. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which he was former president, said Winton died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, with his daughter Barbara and two grandchildren at his side. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility LONDON (AP) — “Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?” asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program “That’s Life”.Around the elderly man, sitting with his wife in the front row of the audience, more than 30 people got to their feet. The man stood to acknowledge them, wiping tears from his eyes.It was 1988, some 50 years since young stockbroker Nicholas Winton found himself in Prague as the Nazis marched on Czechoslovakia and all around him Jewish parents desperately looked for a means of escape, if not for themselves then at least for their children. The children from Prague were among some 10,000 mostly Jewish children who made it to Britain on what were known as the Kindertransports (children’s transports). Few of them would see their parents again.Though many more children were saved from Berlin and Vienna, those operations were better-organized and better-financed. Winton’s operation was unique because he worked almost alone.“Maybe a lot more could have been done, but much more time would have been needed, much more help would have been needed from other countries, much more money would have been needed, much more organization,” Winton later said.He also acknowledged that not all the children who made it to Britain were well-treated in their foster homes, and some foster parents used them as cheap domestic servants. He also faced criticism in some quarters for placing Jewish children with Christian families.“I wouldn’t claim that it was 100 percent successful, but I would claim that everybody who came over was alive at the end of the war,” he said, quoted in the book “Into the Arms of Strangers.”After the story came to light, Winton’s wife Grete persuaded him to talk about what had happened, and many of the children — now parents and grandparents themselves — contacted him to thank him for saving their lives. Among the well-known people saved by Winton were American scientist Ben Abeles, British film director Karel Reisz and Canadian journalist Joe Schlesinger. Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Returning to Britain and finding there was no one working on the problem of how to get the children out, Winton borrowed the headed paper of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia and underneath typed the words “Children’s Section.”He approached the British government, and eventually got a promise that it would let the children in, provided he had a foster home arranged for each of them, and upon payment of a guarantee — the substantial sum of 50 pounds per child.He drew up lists of some 6,000 suitable children, publishing their photographs to try to encourage British families to agree to take them. He arranged trains from Prague to the Netherlands, ferries to take the children across the North Sea.Eight trains and one plane carried 669 children to Britain in the months before the outbreak of war. The largest evacuation was scheduled for Sept. 3, 1939, the day Britain declared war on Germany. That train never left, and almost none of the 250 children trying to flee that day survived the war.“At the time, everybody said, ‘Isn’t it wonderful what you’ve done for the Jews? You saved all these Jewish people,’” Winton said. “When it was first said to me, it came almost as a revelation because I didn’t do it particularly for that reason. I was there to save children.” A film about his heroism by Slovak director Matej Minac, “Nicholas Winton — The Power of Good,” won an International Emmy Award in 2002. Minac made a second documentary, “Nicky’s Family”, in 2011.Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 and also honored in the Czech Republic. A statue of Winton stands at Prague’s central station — candles and flowers surrounded it on Thursday — while a statue commemorating the children of the Kindertransport is a popular sight at London’s Liverpool Street Station. He continued to attend Kindertransport events in Britain and the Czech Republic well beyond his 100th birthday.Winton served in the Royal Air Force during the war and continued to support refugee organizations. After the war, he became involved in numerous other charitable organizations, especially in his home town of Maidenhead, west of London. He was president of the Maidenhead branch of the learning disability charity Mencap for more than 40 years until his death, and worked with the Abbeyfields organization to set up homes for the elderly in the town — two of which are named Nicholas House and Winton House.A keen fencer who lost his chance to compete at the Olympics because of the outbreak of war, Winton worked with his younger brother Bobby to found the Winton Cup, still Britain’s main team fencing competition. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Top Stories Winton’s wife died in 1999. He is survived by his son Nicholas and daughter Barbara.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Virtually single-handedly, Winton saved more than 650 of those children from almost certain death in the Holocaust. But he didn’t talk about it for decades, until his wife discovered documents in their attic that revealed the story and for the first time allowed the rescued children to know and thank their savior.“There are all kinds of things you don’t talk about, even with your family,” Winton said later. “Everything that happened before the war actually didn’t feel important in the light of the war itself.”Winton’s death Wednesday at the age of 106 brought tributes from leaders and Jewish groups in Britain, the Czech Republic and Israel.“In a world plagued by evil and indifference, Winton dedicated himself to saving the innocent and the defenseless. His exceptional moral leadership serves as an example to all humanity,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.“Winton knew how to correctly read the harsh reality and chose to leave his comfortable life and follow the voice of his conscience,” added Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.The story of Winton’s exploits led former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to dub him “Britain’s Schindler”, in reference to the German businessman Oskar Schindler, who famously saved Jewish lives during the war. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Media software Plex launches a new desktop app for Mac and Windows

first_imgPlex today is launching a new desktop application for Mac and Windows, with the goal of eventually replacing Plex Media Player as the company’s only desktop solution. The app’s arrival also signals a change in direction for the company, which will also now remove its existing Windows Store application and end support for the traditional home theater PC setup — the latter which involves a desktop computer connected to a TV or home theater.The company explains this decision was made after examining how people were using Plex today, and found that most would have an equal or even better experience with a streaming device and its new players.“It marks the end of an era for us, and we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a little bittersweet,” the company wrote in a blog post about the change.Home theater PC-style configurations are today a bit of a holdover from an earlier era where there were fewer resources to stream personal media from your PC to your TV. Today, however, Plex’s apps for streaming devices are fairly capable, and a heck of a lot simpler to set up and use by mainstream consumers.The company also noted that the new Apple TV and Android players support nearly all the same formats and that Plex’s app for streaming devices has come a long way in recent years.“Modern streaming devices don’t need as much care and feeding as desktop computers. They don’t need to sleep (much), they use a tiny amount of electricity…and they don’t require nearly as much effort to get up and running. They have remotes that work wonderfully out of the box (no more fiddly custom key mappings!) In short, they’re designed for the environment in which you’re using them, and it shows,” the company explained, in hopes of fending off any backlash.Meanwhile, the new Plex desktop app includes all the capabilities of Plex Media Player along with support for offline access. Previously called “Sync,” this feature has been renamed to “Downloads,” and lets you take your media with you. Similar support for offline media will come to Plex’s mobile apps, too, at a later date, the company said.To use the Downloads feature, you’ll need a Plex Pass subscription. But otherwise, the new desktop app is free.Though the desktop app is meant to replace Plex Media Player, the company says it will continue to update the software until January 2020, to allow time for everyone to make the transition.Plex’s overall business has been changing, in recent years, to become more than just a home media organizer. Today, Plex is a DIY streaming solution that allows users to watch not just their own media across platforms, but also stream podcasts, news, web series and music from TIDAL, as well as capture and record live TV from a digital antenna.This change has led to other closures, including Plex’s decision last year to shutter Plugins, Cloud Sync and its “Watch Later” bookmarking feature, in addition to the technically challenging Plex Cloud.It’s unclear how successful Plex’s changes have been as the company doesn’t disclose its number of paying subscribers. However, last year, Plex said it had 15 million registered users — meaning both free and paid. In January 2019, it upped that number to 20 million and noted it had “millions” of people using Plex on a monthly basis.last_img read more