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UN envoy seeking Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon to return there in coming

“I will be sending back Terje [Roed-]Larsen to the region to discuss the issue of withdrawal with the two governments concerned,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told reporters in New York today of his Special Envoy for the implementation of resolution 1559.The resolution, adopted by the Security Council last September, calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country. Syrian troops have been in the country since the earlt stages of the 1975-1990 civil war.Mr. Annan reiterated his earlier hope that he will be able to report progress when he submits his next report in April.Asked whether he was concerned that too quick a Syrian withdrawal might create a political vacuum, he replied: “I think this is something that everyone is conscious of and it will have to be managed very carefully. I think in our discussions and in our attempt to see implementation of the resolution [1559] we will bear that in mind.” read more

Rwandan businessman pleads guilty to murder at UN war crimes tribunal

A former businessman and youth organizer implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty today before a United Nations war crimes tribunal to the charge of murder as a crime against humanity.The three judges hearing his case at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha in neighbouring Tanzania, accepted the plea of Joseph Nzabirinda, which followed prosecutors’ withdrawal of four other charges against him because of a lack of evidence.Addressing Judges Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar (presiding), William Sekule of Tanzania and Solomy Balungi Bossa of Uganda, Mr. Nzabirinda expressed deep remorse for his crimes and asked for pardon from the people of Rwanda for what he had done. The judges set 17 January next year as the date of the sentencing hearing.Prosecutors said Mr. Nzabirinda, a businessman in the Butare prefecture in southern Rwanda, participated in meetings in 1994 with the notorious Interahamwe militia in which the planned execution of Tutsis in his area was discussed. He also encouraged attacks on Tutsis who had gathered on a hillside and at roadblocks.During the hearing prosecutors stated Mr. Nzabirinda was an approving spectator during attacks, while his defence counsel agreed that while he had not personally carried out the killings, he had been an accomplice by omission.Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, mostly by machete, across Rwanda in just 100 days starting in April 1994. The Security Council set up the ICTR in November that year to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.Mr. Nzabirinda also worked as an investigator for the defence team of Sylvain Nsabimana – a former prefect of Butare currently on trial at the ICTR in a separate case with five other accused – until 2001 when his contract was terminated after the Tribunal registry established he had presented false identity documents to obtain employment. read more

Drug executives seeking approval for female libido pill previously ran afoul of

In this June 22, 2015, photo, a brain-shaped stress ball sits on a worker’s desk at Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ Raleigh, N.C., headquarters. Sprout soon may succeed where many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning Food and Drug Administration approval for the first drug to boost women’s sexual desire. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed) WASHINGTON – A small drugmaker from North Carolina may succeed next week where many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women’s sexual desire.The husband-and-wife team that founded Sprout Pharmaceuticals is not new to the pharmaceutical business or even to marketing drugs to people frustrated with their sex lives. The couple’s previous company, Slate Pharmaceuticals, sold an implantable testosterone pellet to men with low levels of the hormone.But Slate’s marketing push ran afoul of federal rules, making misleading, unsupported statements about the benefits of testosterone therapy while downplaying risks. In fact, when the Food and Drug Administration held a meeting examining the overprescribing of testosterone last year, it played Slate’s commercial as an example of inappropriate marketing.That record worries Sprout’s critics, who see a troubling pattern in the aggressive tactics it has used to urge the FDA to approve the women’s desire drug, which was previously rejected twice because of lacklustre effectiveness and side effects such as nausea, dizziness and fainting.The search for a pill to increase women’s libido has been something of a holy grail for the pharmaceutical industry since the blockbuster success of Viagra for men in the late 1990s. Pfizer, Bayer and Procter & Gamble all studied — then abandoned — potential treatments for female sexual desire disorder.“This company already has a history of unethical marketing,” said Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman of Georgetown University. “If approved, I think this drug will be widely prescribed, and we would see an epidemic of adverse effects.”After a year of lobbying by Sprout-backed supporters, the drug won a surprising 18-6 recommendation from a panel of FDA advisers in June. The FDA is scheduled to make its decision on the drug by Tuesday.Sprout’s drug was actually acquired from Boehringer Ingelheim in 2011. The German drugmaker shelved the pill after a unanimous vote against its approval by FDA advisers in June 2010.CEO Cindy Whitehead and her husband, Bob Whitehead, who preceded her as CEO, paid for the drug, dubbed Addyi, by selling off their testosterone business, which had grown to nearly 100 employees.These days, the executives like to emphasize their company’s small size. In interviews, CEO Cindy Whitehead jokes that Sprout’s entire staff of 25 could fit in an elevator.There is little financial information available about Slate or Sprout because they have both been privately held. The Whiteheads say their hormonal implant, Testopel, grew into the second most-prescribed testosterone treatment among urologists, ahead of competing gels and injections.But the company’s promotional efforts went too far.In March 2010, the FDA sent Slate an 11-page warning letter, highlighting a host of misleading, unsupported and inaccurate statements in its brochures, websites and a video. In a rare step, the FDA held a teleconference with the company to outline its “serious concerns.”Among the many problems, the company’s website suggested Testopel could benefit patients with depression, diabetes and HIV.“The FDA is unaware of any data to support these claims,” the letter said.In a video, Slate featured Harvard Medical School professor Abraham Morgentaler, claiming that testosterone could boost men’s energy and libido.“Their strength may improve. Their workouts at the gym may get better. They start chasing their wives around the room a little bit. They just feel like guys again,” Morgentaler said. The FDA said his claims were unproven.This past May, the FDA directed all testosterone drugmakers to clarify that their drugs are intended only for men with low testosterone due to disease or injury — not normal aging. And new warning labels also stress the risk of heart attack and stroke with the hormone.When Slate marketed Testopel, that information was not yet required. But the company’s materials failed to disclose a laundry list of other known risks, including prostate cancer, swelling, nausea, vomiting, acne, liver problems and headaches.“I can’t remember seeing a warning letter with so many examples of misbranding in it,” said Fugh-Berman, who recently signed a petition urging the FDA to reject Addyi, citing minimal benefits and dangerous side effects.Cindy Whitehead said Slate immediately discontinued the materials cited by the FDA. And she insists the company will promote Addyi carefully, focusing on educating doctors about who is likely to benefit from the drug.“We would never want a patient who’s not going to see a benefit to take it and tell everyone it doesn’t work,” she said. At the FDA meeting in June, Sprout offered to hold off on television advertising for up to 18 months after the drug’s initial approval.For now, the company has raised $50 million in venture capital to fund its efforts, according to a recent disclosure form.Analysts said Sprout could easily recoup that money and eventually be purchased by a larger drugmaker.“I think they’ll sell a lot of it, and the company will probably get acquired by somebody who wants to acquire all of that cash flow,” said Erik Gordon, a business professor at the University of Michigan.___Associated Press Writer Mike Householder contributed to this report from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Drug executives seeking approval for female libido pill previously ran afoul of FDA rules by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2015 9:52 am MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

ABB wins pelletising plant order from Vale

first_imgABB, a power and automation technology group with a focus on mining, has signed a contract worth $62 million with Vale International Switzerland, a subsidiary of the multinational mining company, Vale, for the Oman Industrial Complex project. The contract, which came into force in the middle of January 2009, comprises the delivery of the complete electrical equipment for Vale Oman’s new material handling and iron ore pellet plant. This includes the Extended Automation System 800xA, a collaborative production management system, power distribution, transformers, motor control centres, drives and motors as well as substation infrastructure.The new Vale plant, 230 km northwest of Muscat, Oman, is expected to produce up to 9.07 Mt/y of iron ore pellets. Scheduled to start operations at the end of 2010, the facility will provide the Middle East region with iron ore and pellets for the steel industry.ABB has delivered numerous automation solutions, services and related support to Vale’s mining operations all over the world, but this is the first time the company has placed a complete plant order with ABB. According to ABB, it won the contract with an efficient solution at fair cost estimates, with its integrated equipment providing excellent availability.last_img read more

VIDEO WISLA TV about Polish Holy War

Vive Targi Kielce stayed dominant at the Polish handball with a victory over the biggest rival Orlen Wisla Plock 32:28 (14:15) in “Orlen Arena” last weekend. Let’s take a look how WISLA TV saw fantastic match in front of 5100 spectators. handballPoland handballPolish HandballVive Targi KielceWisla Plock ← Previous Story SEHA announced “Best 7” of September Next Story → CATALAN HANDBALL DERBY (21hrs): Granollers VS Barcelona for the leading position!

U20 EHF EURO 2018 – Croatia or France to miss semifinal

← Previous Story Katarina Bulatovic to leave Rostov Don Next Story → Portugal to fight for the medals! Battles for U20 EHF EURO 2018 semi-final begins today in Zlatorog hall in Celje.17.00 ICELAND: SERBIA19.00 GERMANY: SLOVENIAStandings:Slovenia 2Iceland 1Germany 1Serbia 0GROUP II13.00 CROATIA: FRANCE15.00 SPAIN: PORTUGALStandings:Spain 2Portugal 2France 0Croatia 0Sala Golovec, Tuesday, July 24thGROUP III (Place 9 – 16)17.00 ROMANIA: NORWAY19.00 SWEDEN: ISRAELGROUP IV13.00 RUSSIA: HUNGARY15.00 POLAND: DENMARK U20 EHF EURO 2018 handball read more

Community saddened by Karavitis death

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Australian community was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of its most passionate and committed members, Constantine Karavitis last Sunday. Karavitis was born in Peristeri Laconias, Greece on 11 March 1944. Son of Ioannis and Panagiota, brother to Dimitra, Stella and Theodora. He migrated to Australia, December 1955, arriving in Freemantle then heading to Melbourne. Karavitis settled in Brunswick and lived there all of his childhood and teenage years. He married his loving wife Triantafillia (Lisa) on 26 April 1969. Togther they had four children: Panagiota, Katerina, Ioanni and Evangelos. He was grandfather to Costa, Leonidas, Athenae, Fotios, Kosta, and Triantafillia and father-in-law to Peter and Nick.From an early age, he became involved in community issues, especially through providing assistance to newly arrived migrants. His love for family, soccer, the Pallaconian Brotherhood and politics dominated his life and drove his passion to become the man that we all knew. He was upstanding family man, that gave everything for his wife and children. He also had a wide circle of friends that respected him.His love of soccer had him involved with Brunswick City Soccer Club for years and took his passion to State and National levels getting involved further with the Federations to support young talent.He rejuvenated the Pallaconian Brotherhood in 1987 when he became President. He created the Youth Club and was instrumental in the creation of the Brunswick Sparta Sister City Relationship. In recent years, he also campaigned heavily for the erection of the bust of “LEONIDAS” in Sparta Place, Brunswick. “Leonidas” now stands proudly in the centre of Brunswick. Just 4 months ago, he organised a huge fundraiser and a substantial donation was made to the Asylo Aniaton Spartis He continued his relationship with the Brotherhood to his final breath.In 2012, Karavitis was awarded a Meritorious Service Award by the Governor General for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs. He lived his life for his family and the community.last_img read more

The Hosts Get Smarter on Westworld

first_imgStay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 This week, Westworld takes a break from Dolores’s storyline in favor of exploring more of Maeve’s, Bernard’s and Elsie’s. That turned out to be a good move, as this was one of the show’s best episodes yet. Maeve wakes up in her bed and heads to the brothel. A rough-looking newcomer walks in, and Maeve takes him upstairs. She insults him repeatedly and encourages him to choke her. When he kills her, she wakes up on the repair table with Felix working on her. She asks him to explain exactly what’s going on and he does. He tells her that she was made and he was born. He’s human, like the guests, and she is artificial. That everything she thinks was programmed by those upstairs. To prove it, he syncs a tablet to her brain and shows it to her.Finding out that everything she says and does is programmed causes her to lock up briefly. She wakes back up and asks to be taken upstairs, so she can get a clearer picture of what the world really looks like. We get a tour through the facility and see every step of the hosts being made. In the end, Maeve sees a promotional video for the park that includes images from the dream she’s been having. Felix tells her that wasn’t a dream, it was a past assignment. He tells her that when hosts are moved, their personalities are tweaked to fit their new role. Her dreams are actually memories.Bernard and Elsie try to figure out who the host with the transmitter in its arm was sending information to. Bernard mentions that older hosts like that use older GPS technology and he can access the host’s location data to find out where it was getting its signal from. Bernard takes the elevator to a disused part of the lab and uses a (modern-looking, so I’m assuming ancient) computer to track host anomalies in the park. He finds the one they’re looking for, but the computer also alerts him to five more in a restricted area of the park.Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, Oliver Bell as Robert, the young host (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)He investigates the area and finds a family of hosts in a small house. He asks if the father is Arnold, but the host doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He accuses Bernard of breaking into his home and tries to attack him. Bernard tries to call the host off, but it doesn’t respond to voice commands. Fortunately, Dr. Ford is there, and the hosts respond to his voice. He explains that these hosts are the last original ones in the park that were made by Arnold. He didn’t have the heart to retire them. They’re also modeled after his childhood family.Later, Ford goes to play catch with the young host version of Robert and his dog but finds the dog dead. He asks Robert what happened and Robert says he found the dog like that. In analysis mode, Ford asks if Robert was lying. He says yes. He asks why he killed the dog and Robert says a voice told him too.Meanwhile, Elsie thinks she’s discovered the source of the voices some older hosts are hearing. Using the GPS data Bernard gave her, she finds out he was being controlled by a company satellite. She also finds out that some older hosts are responding to relays that no longer should be in use. They used to be what the park used to control the hosts, but they’ve long since been replaced by a newer system. Someone has turned on one of the old relays. And it’s in a creepy old abandoned theater, because why wouldn’t it be?Shannon Woodward as Elsie in a creepy abandoned theater. (Credit: John P. Johnson)Bernard goes to Theresa’s apartment to tell her about Ford’s secret host family, but Elsie calls him and says that Theresa was the last person to use the relay she’s investigating. She also finds that Arnold has been using the relay long after his death. She hears a noise behind her and investigates. She asks if Arnold is back there before a figure grabs her from behind.Meanwhile, the Man in Black and Teddy continue their search for the maze but are waylaid by a group of Union soldiers who have some beef with Teddy. It turns out he and Wyatt massacred a bunch them a long time ago. The soldiers overpower both men, but they’re able to break free and escape. The Man in Black story isn’t really moved forward at all, but we do get to see a great, violent shootout where Teddy gets behind an old-timey machine gun and murders the entire camp.There’s also some workplace drama with Lee, who’s still butthurt over Ford’s new narrative. He’s drinking himself into a stupor at the lounge outside the park. He tries to hit on a woman and buys her a drink before being told that he’s been cut off. Theresa wants him to return to work. He steals a bottle, gets even drunker and pisses all over the map of the park. Theresa interrupts him to introduce his new supervisor. It’s the woman he was hitting on.Ptolemy Slocum as Sylvester, Leonardo Nam as Felix, Thandie Newton as Maeve (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)As the episode ends, Maeve convinces Felix and Sylvester to show her the behavior matrix that determines her personality. She takes issue with the fact that the highest overall intelligence hosts are allowed to have is still relatively low. She has them reprogram her personality and crank her intelligence all the way up. When they access her personality, they find that someone has already made a few changes. That’s too much for them to deal with right now, so they follow Maeve’s request and crank her intelligence to the max.This was a surprisingly fast-paced episode of Westworld. The stories moved along at an exciting pace, and we actually got an answer to at least one mystery. Of course, that answer raised, even more, questions, but that’s what this show does surprisingly well. It doles out its answers at a very slow pace, but they come just often enough that we don’t get frustrated. Who was in that theater with Elsie? Can some hosts actually harm humans now? The biggest question of all: What does a host do with full intelligence? Next week will probably focus more on William and Dolores since we didn’t see them at all this week, but I’m honestly more excited to see what happens with Maeve. Is it next Sunday yet?last_img read more

TANGO Leader Urges Members To Be Transparent Accountable

first_imgBy Momodou JarjuThe Chairperson of The Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (TANGO), has called on all non-state actors to be transparent and accountable to their stakeholders.John Charles Njie made the statement last Saturday December 1st 2018, at a day-long open forum held at the University of The Gambia Law Faculty Auditorium, to mark the commemoration of National Democracy Day, under the theme: “Building and Strengthening Inclusive and Accountable Democracy and Good Governance in The Gambia.”The day marks the second year of the 2016 presidential elections that ushered in a new democratic dispensation, ending the 22-year-rule that was characterized by tranny.Njie said as non-state actors, ‘‘we must advise ourselves’’ also; “that it is good to point fingers at Government, but that it is equally fair to look inward and ensure that we right the wrongs within our rights. ‘‘We must guarantee that we are transparent and accountable to our stakeholders,” he told the gathering. Further delivering his written statement before a packed hall, Njie said their efforts in uniting all civil society actors, is slowly taking shape at bettering the country. He also urged non-state actors to work together, saying the days of running alone are over.“Let us work together, leverage on our strength and experience, and come up with a more concerted approach of engaging with our Government. Together we are stronger,” he said.He sent a staunch warming to some of their members who have partisan interest, to ensure that such interest does not jeopardize their integrity and that of their organizations.“Civil society is non-partisan,” he asserted. Njie continued to commend the Ministry of Justice for their tireless efforts in engaging non-state actors in all the transitional justice processes.“We have several engagements organized under the banner of TANGO with non-state actors, looking at various aspects of our national development. We are currently working together, to present a position paper for the Constitutional Review Process,” he said.The Special Advisor to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Hussein Thomasi, representing Abubacarr Tambedou, said he will put forward the date to his Ministry for Government to consider it as part of the calendar for the country’s most significant political activities and developments; that at their level, they are doing all it takes to ensure that what transpired in the past, will never be repeated again. He continued: “Change is not revolutionary. It has to go through an evolution process.”On his part, Madi Jobarteh of FOA Network, said at this point in Gambia’s history, people must understand the process of change; that history was made when former president Jammeh was ousted from power, through the ballot.To this he said, Gambians have to actively participate in the ‘new Gambia’, to strengthen democracy.Jobarteh urged Gambians to engage in peaceful, non-violent demonstrations, as the strongest tool of democracy.Ousman Badjie of the Victims’ Centre, implored on victims of ex-president Jammeh, to register and report their cases to the Victims’ Center. He urged Government to uphold and respond swiftly to the demands of the victims.The forum was organized by the Network on Freedom of Assembly (FOA Network) aimed at creating a space for Gambians to discuss where they came from, where they are and where they want to go as a nation.Formed in November 2018 under the auspices of TANGO, the FOA Network is an association of civil society organizations and activists committed to the protection and promotion of freedom of assembly in The Gambia. The association seeks to sensitize citizens and public institutions on the right to freedom of assembly as guaranteed by Section 25 (1) (d) of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of the Gambia.last_img read more

32 unclear about Pension Wise service

first_imgAlmost a third (32%) of respondents are unclear about the service Pension Wise can provide to employees, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.Its survey of 700 employers found that 29% do not know who their employees are turning to for information around the pension reforms.The study also found:13% of respondents do not feel confident recommending that staff should look to Pension Wise for guidance, while 9% say Pension Wise is a huge support in offering help to staff.Almost a fifth (19%) of employees look to Pension Wise for information about the pension reforms, while 17% turn to financial advisors and 18% seek clarity from their employer. 9% of respondents believe staff are obtaining pensions advice from friends and family.37% say that the pension reforms have encouraged them to take on a bigger role in the financial education of staff. 21% of respondents are taking steps to improve their support network for employees approaching retirement. Almost a quarter (23%) of respondents feel that they do not have the right provision in place to effectively support employees. 31% of smaller organisations (with a turnover of less than £500,000) do not have the right resources in place to support staff, while 18% of large organisations (with a turnover of more then £10 million) say the same.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education services at Close Brothers Asset Management, said: “Four months after the pension reforms were introduced, it’s clear that there is still some confusion.“It’s crucial that if employers are directing their staff towards Pension Wise, they really understand the support it can provide and that the guidance it gives is not advice and so should sit alongside financial advice rather than competing with it.“While it’s a positive that Pension Wise was extended, raising awareness of the service and the need to plan for retirement earlier, the lack of clarity around its purpose, and limitations, indicates that it’s not being used to its full potential.“Directing staff to Pension Wise should not be the sum of total support that employers provide to guide staff. Options at retirement have become all the more complex, and education is the key to helping employees navigate their new freedoms.“A financial education programme, whether this is through seminars, clinics or one-to-one advice, can help to build up understanding and engagement and can lead to them taking action to improve their financial wellbeing.“Employers are a vital cog in helping staff make informed decisions about their future, and both will be better off in the long-term should this be a success.”last_img read more

Nissan IMQ hybrid crossover concept debuts at Geneva Motor Show

first_img Tags reading • Nissan IMQ hybrid crossover concept debuts at Geneva Motor Show Post a comment Hybrids Crossovers • 0 Geneva Motor Show 2019 Share your voice The Nissan IMQ concept hints at the company’s future designs Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Geneva Motor Show 2019 Nissan More From Roadshow Get a taste of Nissan’s future design with the IMQ concept… Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 1:32 The futuristic Nissan IMQ introduced Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show is purely a concept car, but the automaker is eager to point out that some of the basic design trends shown here could appear on future production models. “The interior and exterior are seamlessly blended together, signaling what our design direction may be for Nissan’s third generation of crossovers in Europe,” Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan, said in a statement.At 179.4 inches long, the IMQ is a little shorter than the Nissan Rogue crossover. It’s a high-riding crossover with an extremely tall beltline and super-skinny windows, and the bodywork has very few, simple panels with lots of sharp lines. Up front is a new interpretation of Nissan’s “V-Motion” grille, which the company notes has “a deliberately more subtle execution” than before.The high-riding IMQ concept has rather skinny windows. Nissan From behind, a large roof spoiler emerging from the glass roof is the most obvious design element. Nissan’s typical “boomerang” taillight design has been reshaped slightly for the IMQ, and vertical character lines are specifically intended to improve aerodynamic performance. The car’s lower body cladding is made up for black ridges called lamellas, which Nissan says are “evocative of Japanese traditional design.”As is often the case with show cars, there are several fanciful touches: cameras instead of rearview mirrors, a distinct lack of door handles and overstyled 22-inch wheels.With coach-style rear doors and no B-pillar, access to the inside of the Nissan IMQ is easy. The four seats are made from a special “technical” fabric that was laser-cut in geometric patterns to recall traditional Japanese kumiko woodworking, Nissan says. The ultra-minimalist dashboard follows Nissan’s usual “gliding wing” motif, with a long center console that extends to the back row.There’s a massive 33.1-inch screen in the instrument panel that provides information on the car’s functions, while a smaller screen on the second stack is said to host the IMQ Virtual Personal Assistant. Nissan says the system will respond to driver requests to control car functions like navigation, suggesting it’s some sort of voice-recognition software. The black lamellas are used again for the back of the dashboard design.Nissan IMQ conceptThe inside of the concept has a decidedly minimalist appearance. Nissan Perhaps even more intriguing than the looks, though, are the technical details of the Nissan IMQ concept. It uses a version of the company’s e-Power series-hybrid powertrain, whereby a gasoline engine is used to create energy for electric motors. In the case of the IMQ concept, it’s a turbocharged 1.5-liter gas engine with multiple motors to provide all-wheel drive. System output is rated at an impressive 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. So far, no e-Power models are available in the US, but the tech is offered on the Japanese-market Note and Serena.The Bridgestone Connect 22-inch tires also feature advanced technology, with embedded sensors reporting information on tire load, pressure, temperature and tread depth. Nissan says that data would allow the IMQ’s safety technologies, like the stability control, to automatically be calibrated for grip conditions.Finally, the Nissan IMQ is equipped with a version of ProPilot Assist, the automaker’s semi-autonomous highway driving assistance tech. It also has the Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) feature Nissan introduced at CES, which uses information from a variety of sources and sensors to provide “mixed reality” information about traffic jams, alternative routes and other road information. Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car 39 Photos See All Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboardlast_img read more

Pop quiz hotshot The most violent games of all time

first_imgFor better or worse, videogames are a violent medium. Sure, games like Flower offer splendid experiences and delightful visuals but the big sellers–Call of Duty, Halo, Left 4 Dead, and so on–are almost all violent. This isn’t something we at Geek.com necessarily embrace or decry, it’s just how things are. When the buying public wants something different, say putting garlands of around the necks of sparkling unicorns which you then ride to a magic castle by the sea overlooking Lollipop Island, that’s just what they’ll get.Our sister publication, PC Mag, just put up a slideshow covering the most violent games of all time. They didn’t use any statistical analysis about liters of gore spilled, dimemberments per second, or even total body count, but they hit on the high points from 1992 up until 2010. Some of the picks were obvious, like Mortal Kombat and Postal, but some were a bit more surprising.The list isn’t exhaustive though, so after you give it a once-over, leave a suggestion below that you think should have made it.I’ll kick things off: NARC. This was a game that came out in 1988 and about the war on drugs, with the emphasis on war. You played as a cop named “Hit Man” who could arrest or mow down you enemies. Except your enemies were junkies who shot syringes at you while you tried to shoot them with your machine gun or, if things got tough, a rocket launcher. So as gory as some of today’s games might be, NARC had an unabashed violence that really took things to another level, way past something like Bulletstorm.last_img read more

US Cyber Command has publicly posted malware linked to a North Korea

first_imgU.S. Cyber Command, the sister division of the National Security Agency focused on offensive hacking and security operations, has released a set of new samples of malware linked to North Korean hackers.The military unit tweeted Wednesday that it had uploaded the malware to VirusTotal, a widely used database for malware and security research.It’s not the first time the unit has uploaded malware to the server — it has its own Twitter account to tell followers which malware it uploads. On one hand the disclosure helps security teams fight threats from nation states, but it also gives a rare glimpse inside the nation state-backed hacking groups on which Cyber Command is focused.The uploaded malware sample is named Electric Fish by the U.S. government. Electric Fish is a tunneling tool designed to exfiltrate data from one system to another over the internet once a backdoor has been placed.Electric Fish is linked to the APT38 hacking group.FireEye says APT38 has distinctly different motivations from other North Korean-backed hacking groups like Lazarus, which was blamed for the Sony hack in 2016 and the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017. APT38 is focused on financial crimes, such as stealing millions of dollars from banks across the world, the cybersecurity firm said.Electric Fish was first discovered in May, according to Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division CISA, but APT38 has been active for several years.A recently leaked United Nations report said the North Korean regime has stolen more than $2 billion through dozens of cyberattacks to fund its various weapons programs.APT38 has amassed more than $100 million in stolen funds since its inception.An earlier version of this article misidentified the North Korean threat group as APT36. The group is APT38.Researchers obtain a command server used by North Korean hacker grouplast_img read more

Sewing adventure at NauntonsSewing adventure at Nauntons

first_imgResidents from areas such as Ladysmith, Harrismith, Johannesburg and Durban have gathered together this week at Naunton’s  Guest House for their annual sewing and embroidery adventure.The idea of this annual get-together is to learn all the aspects of the Pfaff sewing and embroidery machines. In addition to this, the keen sewing enthusiasts completed projects that are both useful and exciting.  There was also a small exhibition featuring new Pfaff products. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Rienie Jerling of Albetron said that she enjoys the sewing week because it is fun. “It is a great experience of sharing our knowledge and it’s lovely being here with all the other ladies,” she said.Local Pfaff dealer Monica Powell runs monthly classes to ladies who have acquired Pfaff machines. These classes are project-based, as she believes this is the best way to learn all apects of these computerised machines.The programme will conclude this evening (Thursday) with a dinner and an entertaining prize-giving ceremony.last_img read more

Les Miles I feel like I have 10 or 12 years

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix (The obvious counterpoint: Nick Saban just turned 65 and no one questions his energy or want-to.)To his credit, Miles was committed to playing the game. He hired Trace Armstrong to represent him, and Thamel writes Miles has conducted meetings with search firms. “I’ve enjoyed it,” he said. “I don’t know how I’ve been received. I’ve enjoyed the questions and process.”After years of controlling his environment as a head coach, Miles now has no choice but to sit and wait for the right opportunity to present itself. But he says when that door does knock, he’ll be ready.“I think I’m a better football coach today than I was the Sunday after Auburn,” Miles said. “I have a want to win, win a conference championship and have the opportunity to play for a national championship still in me.” Les Miles wasn’t kidding went he said he has more football left in him.As Pete Thamel writes for Sports Illustrated, Miles has spent the weeks since his LSU firing working out of a Baton Rouge condo, studying the X’s and O’s he never adapted to in his later seasons with the Tigers and younger coaches who could turn into potential assistants on his new staff.“I have 10 or 12 years left in me,” he told Sports Illustrated. “There’s plenty of energy in this body. I’m not a guy who lends himself to excesses, and I have great health. Let’s go find us a place where the school wants to invest and win. And I say, ‘Let’s go!’”As thousands of GAs and other climbers can tell him, it takes more than desire to get a job. Even when you have SEC and national championships on your resume, jumping back in the game is never automatic, especially when you reach a certain age.  Phillip Fulmer was 58 when Tennessee let him go, and Houston Nutt, who hasn’t worked since Ole Miss fired him in 2011, is still only 59. Industry scuttlebutt says Butch Davis, who turns 65 later this month, may have to settle for ending his 6-year coaching hiatus at Florida International after stints with Miami, the Cleveland Browns and North Carolina. Miles will be 63 next week.last_img read more

Awareness Raising Event on Emerging Environmental Issues Targeting Pacific Judges

first_imgAs new technologies create a growing demand for metals and minerals, mining companies and governments are demonstrating a growing interest in exploring the potential commercial benefits arising from seabed resources such as seafloor massive sulphides, manganese nodules and cobalt-rich crusts. However, the deep-sea ocean floor is home to a diversity of marine life which is critical to the health of the ocean and marine environment on which many Pacific livelihoods depend.In order to raise awareness of emerging environmental threats within the Pacific island region, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), on an invitation from the Samoa Ministry of Justice, hosted a luncheon event for delegates to the Pacific Judicial Conference. The event was held in Apia at the Sheraton Aggies Resort on Tuesday 25th September, 2018 and was attended by over 80 Pacific judges.The presentation underlined the importance of adopting proper environmental management and planning processes supported by appropriate policy tools such as Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). The conveyed key messages were well received by the judges and SPREP was acknowledged for its continued work in the area of environmental monitoring and governance, particularly on capacity training and awareness-raising on EIA as a tool for improved decision making.The post Awareness Raising Event on Emerging Environmental Issues Targeting Pacific Judges appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

SwissBelhotel International to add two new Queenstown properties

first_imgOlderAmerican Airlines to go triple daily on US Virgin Islands route NewerAmadeus reports sharp earnings increase Swiss-Belhotel International is expanding its operations in New Zealand with the signing of two hotel developments in Queenstown. The company will launch two new operations in the Kiwi market in late 2020, with the launch of Swiss-Belhotel & Residences Queenstown, and the younger, more value-conscious brand Zest Queenstown by Swiss-Belhotel both opening at the same time. Swiss-Belhotel International already operates ten Zest properties in Indonesia and this will be the first Zest to open in New Zealand. Expansion in Australasia will see the company take investment positions through property ownership, management rights and leases, as well as management contracts. The group is currently working with several international investment funds to grow the capital structure of Swiss-Belhotel International. ADVERTISEMENTThis will enable the group to take advantage of further investment opportunities in growing markets, such as New Zealand and Australia.These developments are part of the continuing strategic expansion of Swiss-Belhotel International in New Zealand, supporting the growing tourism numbers in this market.“We have real confidence in the tourism industry in New Zealand – particularly in Queenstown, which requires new infrastructure to keep up with visitor demand,” stated Gavin Faull, chairman of Swiss-Belhotel International.“We are committed to looking at further opportunities in the local market.” The hotel management company is also in discussion with developers in Australia and will be making announcements regarding hotel developments within the next six months.Owned and operated by New Zealander Gavin Faull, Swiss-Belhotel launched its first hotel in Queenstown in 2013 with Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak. It then expanded into Auckland in 2016 with the opening of Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park and further with the acquisition of Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown in 2017. The new properties will increase the company’s Australasian offering to eight hotels.Swiss-Belhotel International currently has 150 hotels and projects in 22 countries around the globe. With five properties in New Zealand expected by the end of 2020, the local market is currently a critical part of the group’s development.last_img read more

Anastasiades courage is always selfserving

first_imgI have written in the past about the tactical scheming of President Anastasiades at which he has proved, as a rule, rather clumsy.The scheming often shows him up. When he needs to take important decisions relating to the Cyprus settlement, he seems to totally lack the courage required. Mustafa Akinci was absolutely right in recently saying that whenever a point was reached where Anastasiades had to take a decision, he would flee.This happens because at the back of his mind is always the thought that his decision might spark the rejectionist camp’s criticism and lose him some votes in the next election. The most recent example was when he fled Mont Pelerin, at the very point he needed to take important decisions, using naive pretexts and arguments that proved just days later to have been untrue.But when it comes to decisions which he judges will help his personal, political and other pursuits, he shows great courage. He stops at nothing. Everything is viewed through the lens of his political career. He does not care if a decision might cause him embarrassment. And the strange thing is that usually he makes mistakes that harm him personally.The case of the appointment of the new ombudsperson was the latest illustration of this mindset. I do not know any of the people mentioned in the press as candidates for the post. I have heard from people I trust only the best about Aristros Tsiartas, who already works at the ombudsperson’s office and has a very good work record.For me, two other important issues are raised. The first was the way Anastasiades arbitrarily went ahead with the appointment of the woman he favoured, rejecting with irrational obstinacy, the person proposed by the interior minister, Socratis Hasikos who had the political responsibility for the ombudsperson’s office.An appointment like this is an important political decision and it goes without saying that before choosing the person he proposed to the Council of Ministers, the minister would have done his own research, seeking opinions and information about possible candidates. He then would have proposed the most suitable person for the job.When on such an important issue, the president clashes with the minister in charge and throws the latter’s proposal in the rubbish bin, he shows he has no confidence in him thus belittling and humiliating him. It was as if he were telling him, ‘you are not capable of making the right choice and I do not trust you which is why I did my own research and found a person that is better than the one you proposed.’ Of course, if he could prove this to be the case, the president would deserve praise. But is this the case?The second issue at stake is the president’s choice (I am not evaluating the qualities and abilities of the lady chosen by the president as I do not know her). I do not at this moment think there is any objective person that does not see the opportunism, the hidden agenda and slyness behind Anastasiades’ action. After all, his appointment record so far has not given us any conclusive indication that he is capable of choosing good and competent people for public posts. I just say ‘good’ because I would not dare say ‘best’ or ‘excellent’.The only guiding light to the president’s thinking is the presidential election of 2018. The wily thinking behind his choice for ombudsperson was blatantly obvious – he would appoint the wife of a partner in a weekly newspaper in exchange for the newspaper’s support for his re-election bid. Even in the highly unlikely event that this was not the case, he would find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to persuade anyone that he had other motives. After all, this would be the conclusion every objective observer would arrive at given the president’s record of appointments.The bigger question posed is: how is it possible that Anastasiades cannot understand that this irrational behaviour is self-destructive? I suspect the answer is that he is lost in the labyrinth of his complicated and interminable scheming and is in no position to know whether he is coming or going.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: All Existing Homeowners in 2019 Should Read ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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