Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia UN envoy offers new ideas on name

8 October 2008A United Nations envoy tasked with mediating the long-running dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the latter’s official name today presented a new set of ideas to the two sides during talks in New York. Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks between the two countries, said he hoped that Athens and Skopje would now study the ideas carefully. “My ideas are based on a lot of thought and consideration of what might be a reasonable settlement, and… they do, in my view, represent an honourable, dignified and workable proposal for a settlement,” he told reporters after wrapping up the latest round of talks at UN Headquarters. Mr. Nimetz said he had not given the two countries a deadline to respond to his proposals, but they had talked about getting back to him within a couple of weeks. He stressed the importance of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia finally reaching a settlement on this issue after nearly 15 years of dispute. “These are two nations that are living next to each other, neighbours, people who are neighbours, they have been neighbours for years, going to be neighbours for years to come. This is an issue that should be settled.” Asked by journalists if his new ideas represented a final proposal, Mr. Nimetz noted that that it was not the role of mediators to do that. “I don’t think a mediator is in a position to throw down an ultimatum and say ‘this is it.’ And I don’t do that. I don’t think it is appropriate to do that.” Although Mr. Nimetz has proposed several compromise names in the past, Skopje and Athens remain far apart on what they consider to be a satisfactory name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. read more

Afghanistans Loya Jirga concludes work fulfilling key tasks set by UNbrokered accord

After electing Hamid Karzai as Head of State for the Transitional Administration and approving proposals for the government’s structure and key personnel, Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga grand council concluded its work today, having fulfilled the main tasks set out in the United Nations-brokered Bonn Agreement. Before the council wrapped up its nine-day session, President-elect Karzai was sworn in by the Chief Justice. During an hour-long speech to the Loya Jirga this afternoon, Mr. Karzai announced the key posts of his cabinet, naming 3 vice-Presidents and 14 ministers. The delegates approved his proposal by a show of hands, according to a UN spokesman. In his address, Mr. Karzai said education, reconstruction and security were among the Government’s major priorities. Thanking numerous individuals for their support, Mr. Karzai expressed gratitude to the UN’s chief envoy in the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, and proposed that he be given an Afghan passport as a token of thanks. The Chairman of the Loya Jirga, Muhammad Qasimyar, congratulated the delegates for electing Mr. Karzai as head of State and on the successful completion of the democratic process. According to UN officials, an estimated 2,000 people, including delegates, community leaders, friends of Afghanistan and UN staff, turned out for the Loya Jirga. On the opening day of the 9-day council, Mr. Brahimi, said it was remarkable that “in a country that has just emerged from three decades of brutal conflict and lawlessness, so many Afghans –though unarmed, powerless and often poor – had the courage to resist interference” and attend. “The entire world has followed the suffering of the Afghan people over the past 23 years,” he said. “Their eyes are upon you today, but far more important is the fact that the eyes of your fellow Afghans are upon you.” read more

Countries must address lack of women in science and technology fields –

“Women tend to be overrepresented in the humanities and social sciences, and underrepresented in science and technology,” said an official from the world body’s International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Bureau for Workers’ Activities, Claude Akpokavie. “Measures need to be put in place to redress this imbalance.”According to ILO, the gap between men and women in the scientific and technological fields is linked to pervasive gender roles and attitudes in different societies – visible in both developed and developing countries – which encourage girls to pursue ‘softer’ subjects.Over the past few months, recent stories have emerged revealing stark gender discrepancies in a number of countries around the world, which are hindering women’s participation in science and technology both at school and at work, the agency noted.In the United States, for example, a Yale University study found that women science graduates are discriminated against when applying for research posts. In Iran, the Government recently announced that women will be excluded from a wide range of university studies, including nuclear physics and electrical engineering. In China, several universities require women to obtain higher entry grades than men for science courses.“Girls are far less likely than boys to study engineering or computer or physical sciences,” said the Director of ILO’s Bureau for Gender Equality, Jane Hodges. “Stereotypes of girls represent them as less interested or capable in certain subjects – such as mathematics and science. This inevitably reduces their access to jobs with better pay or labour markets that may offer better opportunities.” However, when encouraged, girls do excel in scientific subjects, she added.With an estimated 500 million people entering the global workforce over the next decade, Ms. Hodges stressed that it is crucial that women in science and technology jobs are not left working at the lowest levels.“Even though women hold more than 60 per cent of information and communication technology-related jobs in OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, only 10 to 20 per cent are computer programmers, engineers, systems analysts or designers,” she said. “Education and skills training – and a change in attitudes – are vital to ensure women are not left behind.” read more

At climate summit in Washington UN officials call to take action to

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with students at the welcome reception hosted by the University of Maryland and the Modern Art Museum. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the summit “Climate Action 2016: Catalyzing a Sustainable Future”. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › The signing of the Paris Agreement on 22 April received overwhelming support from all regions of the world; never before had so many countries signed an international accord in one day. Adopted in Paris by the 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at a conference known as COP21 last December, the Agreement’s objective is to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. It will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification.“Two of the world’s largest emitters – China and the United States – have pledged their continued commitment and collaboration,” Mr. Ban stressed, noting that leaders must turn the “promise of Paris” into action and implementation as soon as possible. The UN chief also announced that in September, on the margins of the G20 meeting, he intends to co-convene a meeting in China similar to this one to further solidify coalitions.Also speaking at the event, the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim said there is no time waste. Recalling that just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it is time to take climate action to the next level.“We need to accelerate the speed, scope and scale of our response, locally and globally,” Mr. Ban told participants of the Climate Action Summit 2016 in Washington D.C, a two-day meeting that started today and aims to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to climate implementation. In particular, it is expected to deepen and expand the action coalitions of government, business, finance, philanthropy, civil society and academic leaders launched at the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit 2014 in New York.“I have been looking forward to this event because it is about solutions – innovation and imagination; collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Today as never before, the stars are aligning in favour of climate action. Everywhere I look, I see signs of hope,” he said.Noting that the current Summit would focus on six, high-value areas of multi-stakeholder partnership: sustainable energy; sustainable land-use; cities; transport; and tools for decision-making, the UN chief underscored that strong partnership would be needed at all levels to tackle those challenges. “No sector of society and no nation can succeed alone. I encourage you to collaborate. Innovate. Invest. Together we can build the world we want,” he said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chats with former US Vice President Al Gore. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses attendees at the welcome reception hosted by the University of Maryland and the Modern Art Museum. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) with Wallace D. Loh (left), President of the University of Maryland and former US Vice President Al Gore. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “Political agreements are critical but they are just the beginning. We must regain the sense of urgency we all felt on the eve of COP21. Inaction means we will not meet our targets set in Paris, and the global temperature will soar above 2 degrees Celsius. That would spell disaster for us, for our children, and for the planet,” he warned.Mr. Kim highlighted the World Bank Group’s Climate Action Plan, developed soon after the Paris agreement, which aims to increase its support in a range of areas – from water to crowded cities and from forests to agriculture.“One part of our plan is to help countries put a price on carbon, which will create incentives for investments in renewable energy and in energy efficiency,” he explained. “In many parts of the world, we have seen the price of renewables like solar and wind falling fast – so fast that they are now competitive with fossil fuels. Private sector investments are pouring in. But we need to expand these breakthroughs and help countries establish the right policies that will drive down the cost of renewable energy even further.”Over the course of two days, the Summit is expected to drive high-level engagement with “global luminaries” addressing plenary sessions on how to deliver on climate commitments and embed the transformation agenda across the globe in government, key sectors and among the general population. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Jim is greeted by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. Former Vice President Al Gore of the United States looks on. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a group photo with students at the welcome reception hosted by the University of Maryland and the Modern Art Museum known as The Phillips Collection. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, addresses the Climate Action Summit 2016 in Washington D.C. Photo: World Bank read more

Livelihoods of millions in East and Southeast Asia at risk from Swine

Small scale farmers account for a significant proportion of pig meat production in the vast region, and the outbreak is of particular concern for these producers, who may lack the expertise and funds necessary to protect their herds from the disease. Higher prices, lower incomesFAO has received reports that ASF has led to income losses in the affected countries, where tens of millions of households are engaged in pig farming – in China, the world’s largest pig meat producer, the figure is some 130 million – both because of the animal losses, and attempts by governments to stem the spread of the disease, which include limitations on the transportation and sales of live pigs and pork products.The diets of many vulnerable people living in east and south-east Asian countries are expected to be adversely impacted: pork is one of the world’s most widely consumed animals in many countries in the region, and the decline in production, as well as concerns about the future impact of ASF, has already led to price hikes.Continued spread of disease likelySince the first reported outbreak of ASF in the northern Chinese province of Liaoning in August 2018, the disease has swept through the country, and 32 of the country’s 34 mainland provinces have since been affected. Despite actions taken by the Chinese Government, including the culling of 1.13 million pigs, ASF continues to spread, and has been reported in Viet Nam, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Laos. In May, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, reported its first outbreak.The current failure to curb the disease is being attributed to several factors. Firstly, many small-scale farmers have not put in place measures to adequately protect their herds from disease. Secondly, pigs on small farms are often fed with table scraps, or uncooked organic refuse, which may contain the virus. The cross-border trade of pigs, some of which may be contaminated, has also contributed to the prevalence of ASF. For these reasons, experts believe that the disease will inevitably spread further in the coming months, with far-reaching implications. These include a large decline in the number of farmed pigs, impacting the global market.ASF is a contagious viral disease that affects pigs and wild boars causing high fever, internal bleeding, and is almost always fatal within a few weeks, as there is no treatment or vaccine available. The disease is harmless for humans. It spreads easily between domestic and wild pigs through direct contact, the feeding of contaminated food and materials that come into contact with the animals, including shoes, clothes, vehicles and equipment. read more

Cleveland Indians Press Tour Tribe relying on Westbrooks battered elbow

Like most of the Cleveland Indians’ roster, the pitching staff is comprised mostly of young players. But that doesn’t stop Indians General Manager Mark Shapiro from putting pressure on the starting rotation. “It all depends on how the starting pitching comes together and what they accomplish,” Shapiro said. “If things break right I feel good about this group.”In order for things to break right the Indians are going to need a big year from the lone veteran in the rotation, Jake Westbrook. Westbrook, who has been plagued by injuries, missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery — elbow ligament replacement — in June 2008. Due to surgery and other injuries, the right-hander hasn’t been able to complete a full season since 2006, but has proven he can be effective when healthy. Westbrook won 44 games for the Indians from 2004-2006. Finally healthy, the 32-year-old is looking to get back on the mound this season.“Obviously, Jake has been chomping at the bit to get back,” Indians relief pitcher Jensen Lewis said. “Anytime you can get Westbrook 100 percent healthy, he’s going to be a force.” The Indians are looking for Westbrook not only to be a force on the field, but also a leader in the clubhouse. First-year Manager Manny Acta believes Westbrook will be just that.“Jake being healthy is going to be huge as a leader,” Acta said. “It’s easier to lead when you’re healthy and able to pitch and contribute.”Outside of Westbrook, the Indians don’t have a starting pitcher older than 26. While the staff is very young, it possesses valuable big-league experience. Acta believes now could be the time the young hurlers put it all together. “We have some guys who started last year and showed some flashes,” Acta said. “They’ve pitched effectively in the past. We’re just looking for more consistency out of them. I think they’re at the right age to take that step forward.”To help the young starters take that step, the Indians promoted Tim Belcher from within the organization to be the Tribe’s pitching coach. Lewis has tremendous respect for Belcher, having had previous experience with him. “I’ve worked with Tim from the minute I got into the organization in 2005,” Lewis said. “He’s a hell of a competitor, very intense and pretty much as go-getter as you’re going to find. I think that he’s really going to help all of us in the staff, both in the rotation and bullpen.”Acta echoed Lewis’ belief that Belcher will have success in developing the youthful staff. “I think he can make a difference. Belcher is a guy who has been there and had success,” Acta said. “He’s very smart and already working hard in the offseason to have a plan in order for us to pound the strike zone.”Acta, like anyone who knows the game, understands the importance of controlling the strike zone. “We need to throw more strikes. It’s not a coincidence the guys who didn’t pitch as well [had] way too many guys on base,” Acta said. Fausto Carmona is one of the Indians’ pitchers who struggled to throw strikes last year and tied a career-high with 70 walks. Consequently, Carmona set a career-high in losses with 12 and had a career-worst 6.32 ERA. The Indians will look for Carmona to bounce back to his 2007 form, when he won 19 games for the Tribe and recorded 137 strikeouts.“As long as Fausto does what he usually does he’ll be fine,” Lewis said. Carmona will start the season as the Indians’ second starter behind Westbrook.The third slot in the rotation looks to belong to Justin Masterson, who the Indians acquired in the Victor Martinez trade last season. In his first two seasons at the big league level Masterson juggled between starting and relieving. This year will be the first time the 24-year-old will have a full offseason to prepare as a starter.“Justin is a guy who is a tremendous competitor with above average stuff,” Shapiro said. “He wants to start and it’s just a question of repeating his delivery to be able to command the strike zone a little better. I think starting gives him a chance to do that.”Assuming Masterson adjusts to starting full time, the Indians will have two more spots to fill in the rotation. Those spots could be filled by any combination of David Huff, Aaron Laffey, Jeremy Sowers, Carlos Carrasco and Mitch Talbot. The Indians will use spring training to sort through their plethora of young starters. Acta said he expects a couple of the young guns to step up in Arizona, where the Tribe holds spring training. Acta believes if the Indians rotation is solidified, they have a chance to compete in a very balanced central division.“It’s not a secret,” he said. “All we need is our starting rotation to get in order.” read more

Sharing World Cup something that should be considered – NZ coach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI must learn from EnglandJuly 15, 2019In “latest news”Windies gain automatic qualification for T20 World CupJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news”Windies Women to have WC preparation camp in EnglandJanuary 9, 2017In “latest news” England claim their first World Cup in a Super Over (Cricket Australia photo)Gary Stead, New Zealand’s head coach, has suggested that the possibility of sharing the World Cup was something that “should be considered” after his side were denied in a heartbreaking finish at Lord’s on Sunday. The teams could not be separated after 100 overs and also tied the Super Over, but England lifted the trophy after winning on boundary countback.Having slept on the result, Kane Williamson described the manner in which the final was decided “a real shame”. New Zealand had further cause to be disappointed, after it transpired that England should almost certainly have only been awarded five overthrows, rather than six in the final over of regulation time.“Make sense of it? I think that’ll take quite a bit of time actually,” Williamson said. “Such a fine line. May be the worst part is there is so much you can’t control in those situations and it still sort of eventuates the way it did. All in all it was a real shame that the tournament was decided in the way it was after two teams went at it. And two good teams were playing a cricket game, but it was still a tie.Stead and Craig McMillan, New Zealand’s batting coach, agreed that allowing England and the Blackcaps to share the World Cup would have been an ideal finish. Asked during a media interaction at the team hotel whether he would have preferred New Zealand being declared joint winners, Stead was open to the suggestion.“Perhaps when you play over a seven-week period and can’t be separated on the final day, that is something should be considered as well,” Stead said. “But again that’s one consideration over a whole lot of things that went on over the World Cup. Everything will be reviewed, and I think that it’s a good time to do it now. But probably just let the dust settle for a while.”However, McMillan, whose contract finished with the World Cup, was more straightforward, saying sharing the trophy would have been the “right thing” in contrast to the tie-breaker in the form of the Super Over, a rule adopted last year by the ICC. “It is not going to change yesterday’s result. But what is probably fair to say at the end of seven weeks in a big tournament like this, when you have two teams can’t be separated after a 50-over match and then a Super Over and neither team did actually lose in many ways in terms of runs scored.“Then perhaps sharing the trophy would be the right thing to do. Wasn’t to be yesterday, which we all are disappointed with. But it is sport and those were the rules.”There were a number of turning points during England’s chase, with several occurring one after the other in the final half hour. The biggest was when Martin Guptill’s return throw from deep midwicket hit the back of Ben Stokes’ bat and ricocheted for four overthrows, thus reducing England’s target to a mere three runs from two balls. The on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus consulted the TV umpire before declaring the six runs.Subsequently, as reported by ESPNcricinfo, it seems England were actually wrongly awarded an extra run. Simon Taufel, a former ICC Elite Panel umpire, said the match officials had “goofed up”. New Zealand remained unaware of exact wording of the rule even the day after.Williamson said he trusted the match officials’ word and refused to complain about how things turned out. “I actually wasn’t aware of the finer rule at the point in time,” Williamson said. “Obviously you are trusting the umpires in what they do. You throw that into the mix of few hundred other things that may have been different that we wouldn’t be just talking about one thing.“Two great campaigns. From our side of things, we are really proud of the ay the guys went about their business. And am sure the English were as well, they had a great campaign. It sort of showed – we went toe-to-toe and it was the fine print that decided it.”Stead, too, tried hard to be realistic. He felt New Zealand could do nothing but accept their fate. He felt Super Over probably was currently the only way to pick a winner until the ICC devised a better solution. “That is one,” he said of the idea of having several Super Overs, again and again, until there’s a winner. “I guess a valid way as well. The hard thing I find is a 50-over competition being decided on a one-over bout, just doesn’t seem quite right, but then I don’t write the rules. That’s the way it goes.”Both Stead and McMillan were confident the ICC would review whether the Super Over was indeed the best way to deal with the scenario like a tie in a World Cup final. But for New Zealand, as McMillan said, nothing would change now.“Small margin this, isn’t it? I don’t know that rule to be perfectly honest. I have played a lot of games of cricket, watched a lot of cricket – overthrows have just been added to what has been run as opposed to the point of the throw coming in. So, again, it will be something that will be something debated, discussed, but again it doesn’t change the result.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Autonomous vehicle software provider Oxbotica collaborates with Navtech Radar

first_imgLeading autonomous vehicle software provider, Oxbotica, has announced the start of a strategic partnership with Navtech Radar, a pioneer in technology and innovation providing the most technologically advanced and adaptable radar detection systems. “The partnership will create a solution that has the potential to transform industries. It will improve efficiencies, safety, and bottom lines by further enabling the deployment of autonomous vehicles (AV) in any environment and under any conditions. These applications range from mines and airports to warehouses and forests.”Off-road industrial vehicles often cover remote terrain in low visibility conditions. By integrating Oxbotica’s software into Navtech’s robust, high-definition radars, the two companies say they will further enhance the localisation and perception capabilities of AVs in those environments.Navtech’s high-definition radars have been deployed in five continents and over 46 countries, to detect and track objects in critical applications. Their ability to operate in all weather conditions – including dense fog – makes them ideally suited for off-road commercial applications.The partnership will see Oxbotica integrate its software into Navtech’s hardware, starting with the fully ruggedised CIR sensor and the new compact CAS (FMCW) 76 GHz radar. Initially the partnership will develop an odometry solution before expanding to radar localisation.These capabilities will enable Oxbotica to further meet the growing appetite for the industry application of autonomous software for both on and off highway vehicles. They form part of Oxbotica’s vision to deliver ‘Universal Autonomy’ globally with customers and partners and deployments across industries where autonomy will be transformational.Ozgur Tohumcu, Chief Executive Officer at Oxbotica, commented: “We are delighted to form this partnership with Navtech to boost the deployment of our software solutions to off-road autonomous vehicles. Autonomy in off-road environments has long been regarded as a challenge to satisfying the appetite for autonomy in industries. This alliance is proof that the right companies are already prepared to meet that need, and the application of autonomous software is ready for deployment in limitless ways. It’s testament to Oxbotica’s success to date and will further our entry into additional important industries where our technology can unlock efficiencies and create safer, more productive workplaces.”Philip Avery, Managing Director at Navtech, added: “Oxbotica is the perfect partner for us – a leader in its field with software that fits seamlessly into our products, and with an engineering culture that mirrors our own. We look forward to working with Oxbotica to mutually boost our technologies and capitalise further on the huge market opportunities that lie ahead.”last_img read more

Le code PIN de votre iPhone estil trop simple

first_imgLe code PIN de votre iPhone est-il trop simple ?Le développeur d’une application de sécurité pour iPhone a étudié les codes PIN utilisés par les possesseurs du smartphone d’Apple. Il en ressort que seules 10 combinaisons représentent 15% de l’ensemble des codes.Daniel Amitay, le développeur de l’application Big Brother Camera Security, qui permet de prendre une photo de la personne qui tente d’accéder à un iPhone volé ou perdu, a fait une drôle de découverte. Ayant accès au code PIN de 200.000 personnes ayant téléchargé son appli, il a constaté que 10 combinaisons représentaient 15% du total de celles utilisées. Soit 1 chance sur 7 qu’une personne mal intentionnée puisse débloquer votre smartphone de la marque à la pomme…Ainsi, c’est le fameux “1234” qui arrive en tête, juste devant “0000”. En général, le schéma typique est le suivant, explique le développeur, relayé par L’Express : une succession de même chiffre au tracé d’une ligne verticale sur le clavier (“2580”), ou à une répétition (“1212”), jusqu’à “5683” qui permet d’écrire le mot LOVE en SMS sur les claviers des téléphones. Un bon code PIN se révèle ainsi être une combinaison qui évite de commencer par 1, les répétitions d’un même chiffre, les chiffres qui se suivent ainsi que les lignes droites ou les diagonales sur le clavier.Le 17 juin 2011 à 19:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Shun Oguri and Jude Law star in epic folktale films for Pepsi

first_imgWhat do Jude Law, Japanese folktales, and Pepsi have in common? One would assume absolutely nothing, but thanks to the inventive marketing crew at Pepsi, we’ve got ourselves some epic mini movies.The story of Momotaro is one of Japan’s most well known folk tales. Momotaro is a legendary hero, accompanied by his friends monkey, dog, and pheasant, who go about protecting Japan from villainy. Although the premise may sound a bit Disney-esque, the revamp this tale received from the folks at Pepsi is a beautiful and epic beast of a mini series.So far with 4 episodes each at about 90 seconds, it’s obvious that these are more than just mere commercials. The quality of these episodes is clear to see. The special effects, sweeping views of landscapes and imaginary towns, detail in craftsmanship of costumes and props and of course, the A-list cast, make this a series to be reckoned with.Episode zero introduces a country set upon by impressively giant monsters. Hearing of the plight of the villagers, Momotaro gathers his band of fighters, dog, monkey, and pheasant to set out for the Onigashima (Demon Island), the monsters’ home.Japanese A-list actor and director Shun Oguri (Lupin the Third, Nobunaga Concerto, Crows Zero) stars as Momotaro.The episode ends with the chilling and enthralling phrase, “Defeat those stronger than you,” followed by “FOREVER CHALLENGE.”Hot damn, Pepsi. You’re giving me chills.Episode one shows a flashback to Momotaro’s earlier days, as he attempts to battle a demon but ultimately fails. He then seeks to become stronger by searching out the master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi is a real historical figure known for his expertise in swordplay and founded the Niten Ryu style of swordsmanship.Momotaro trains with him in the beautiful desert landscape until he becomes a match for his master. With his training complete, Momotaro is given a sword by Musashi.Episode two shows us the backstory of Dog. A bittersweet tale of an abandoned baby who is raised by wolves, he lives in happiness until the day the demons appear. They slay all of the wolves, leaving only the boy.The captions read, “his grief was so great that when morning came his hair had turned white with sadness. Wrapping himself in his only inheritance, the pelt of his dead mother, from that day forward he would tell all he met that his name was Dog.”Oh my god, Pepsi. I am definitely crying real Pepsi tears into my keyboard as I watch this.Episode three shows us the kingdom of birds and the twin warriors who lived there: Crow and Pheasant. Crow gives into the lure of power and transforms into a demon. Pheasant still loves his brother and hopes to save him.The captions read, “To reclaim Crow’s corrupted heart and to remind his brother of his love for him, Pheasant began to dance. Day after day he danced, believing that somewhere his brother was watching. Believing that his brother could see him, no matter how far apart they were, Pheasant spread his wings wide.” However, his brother was not swayed, and Pheasant knew that to protect his kingdom he must fight his brother.This episode’s costumes are some of the best we’ve seen so far. There’s an abridged version of this episode, but we feel like the full four minutes is worth every second.Episode four introduces.. Jude Law? Yup, that is definitely Jude Law portraying the great demon!Here we see a softer side to the one that threatens to destroy all that lives. In the past, this man was a great fighter and loved by the people of his village. But one day, someone who was jealous of his popularity brought a powerful animal to fight with him.The captions read, “In order to defeat the dangerous beast and protect the people, the man gave up his mortal life, drawing upon a bottomless reserve of power that actually frightened the people. Fearing for themselves, they locked him away in a cave on the island.”“The anger and sorrow he felt after being betrayed welled up and released itself in flames from inside his body, transforming him into a frightening demon, giving birth to the name Onigashima (Demon Island).That is some rough luck, Jude Law.In this somewhat awkward interview video you can see Jude Law and Shun Oguri being interviewed about their experience in the films. Turns out Jude Law is a huge Japan fan and especially loves shabu shabu. Shuns promises Jude that he’ll search for a good shabu shabu place in Kyoto for him when he returns there for filming in the summer.We still have the backstory of Monkey and then the final showdown with the demon! We can’t wait for the finale for this epic take. <><> The series is directed by Koichi Iguchi and created by the Tugboat Tokyo advertising agency.last_img read more

Landslide blocks train tracks near Vancouver

first_imgA landslide has blocked train tracks near Vancouver, stopping Amtrak service between Portland and Seattle until Friday.BNSF Railway, which owns the track, has placed a 48 hour moratorium on train travel through the area.Amtrak is working on alternate bus transportation for passengers.Regular train service will operate north of Seattle and south of Portland.Passengers seeking refunds should go to or call 800-USA-RAIL.last_img

Hialeah home invasion under investigation 2 men in custody

first_imgThe home invasion remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men who ransacked a residence in Hialeah, Monday, have been taken into police custody.According to Hialeah PD, two male subjects who were allegedly armed with handguns, entered a home and threatened one of the residents, at around 3 p.m., Monday.7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene of the property as Miami-Dade County and Hialeah Police, as well as K-9 officers, inspected the area of the 500 block of East 52nd Street. They seemed to be looking for a weapon that was allegedly thrown into a neighbor’s backyard.Those subjects struck a 76-year-old male resident in the head, according to police, and ransacked the home before fleeing on foot. The victim’s 20-year-old granddaughter was also confronted by the armed robbers.The elderly victim was taken to Palmetto Hospital in stable condition. The granddaughter was not injured.Police said the crooks were able to collect some cash and jewelry before taking off on foot. The suspects were seen running southbound until an intersection at a main roadway of West 49th Street.Police eventually caught up with them at a nearby Taco Bell and recovered the firearms in question. Their charges are still unknown. last_img read more

East High grads reflect on diversity

first_imgSeniors from most of Anchorage’s high schools are graduating this week and next. The district’s high schools rank among the most diverse in the nation. East high tops that list with more than 2000 kids from every corner of the world.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Inside the Sullivan arena, students lined up to receive their diplomas. Outside, a few tables were set up with a selection of classic graduation presents like flowers and teddy bears, but the leis are clearly the most popular.East High graduates celebrate after flipping their tassels.Pepe Ahkui sat at a booth surrounded by candy strung together and leaves woven into necklaces. She said giving a graduate a lei is a way to show love and honor—it’s a way of life.“And if we’re able to do that here – you know, cause there’s so much different nationalities, and with the mixture of people sharing their cultures, I think it’s a way of making the world a better place to live,” she said.Graduate Nichole Child arrived at East from private school and said the transition opened her eyes. “I’ve learned to accept more cultures, actually. Like, I dunno, like my family background—I believed more what they said but as I met other kids and their cultures, it wasn’t bad.”Valerie Thao said she took time during high school to learn about other cultures, and fellow students asked about her Hmong culture too. But she admited her circle of friends is probably less diverse.“They’re Hmong. Mostly their Hmong, but I also have a couple of friends who are from other cultures, too.”Friday Thor, who graduated from Bartlett two years ago, was with her friend who just graduated. They both agreed that in their experiences, diversity didn’t always equate to integration. Thor said people often hung out together because they connected through language.“Us, we speak another language,” she said, referring to her native Nuer. “Like I’d be more comfortable going to my people, going up and hanging out with my people who speak my language rather than hanging out with people who speak English. I feel like African-Americans and Caucasian kids mix around because they don’t have that comfort group that they’re with.”UAA sociology professor Chad Farrell, who ran the numbers for Anchorage, said diversity doesn’t necessarily lead to cross cultural friendships. He used Department of Education data to see how the city’s schools compared to others in the nation. Just like many Anchorage neighborhoods, they’re all significantly more diverse than average. But East, Bartlett, and West take the top spots.“Another way to think about it is that your average Anchorage resident has more localized diversity surrounding him or her than your average American. That doesn’t necessarily mean that people are hanging out or striking up friendships with their neighbors who are from a different ethno-racial group but it certainly speaks to the exposure to localized diversity is higher here than you would see in other metropolitan areas.”After the graduation ceremony wraps up, Presley Piliati emerged from the arena. His face peeked out from a mound of leis made from Cheetos, candy bars, and small pink flowers. He was surrounded by family and friends who shout to him as he tried to explain how the leis reflect his culture and his family’s love.Piliati said at East, the students from different backgrounds do hang out with each other.Presley Piliati poses with signs made by family and friends.“I mean everyone sits together. It’s not just Polynesians on one side and Dominicans on one side. It’s mixed,” he said. “We just make friends with each other.”And share their leis, which hang around hundreds of graduates’ necks.last_img read more

Hundreds stranded in Himachal after heavy rains

first_imgShimla: Hundreds remained stranded in Himachal Pradesh after incessant rainfall triggered landslides, snapped road links, closing of hydropower projects and release excess water from a dam, officials said on Sunday. Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway was blocked between Mandi and Kullu towns following massive landslides along the swollen Beas river. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Traffic was hampered on 68 roads across the state and the maximum 47 blockades were in Chamba district, a government spokesperson told IANS here. The Mandi-Jogindernagar highway was closed for traffic. A Balley bridge near Kullu town was washed away due to flashflood. As a precaution, excess water was released from the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd’s (SJVNL) 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri plant – India’s largest hydro project in Kinnaur district, which led to flooding in the Satluj river, he said. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us In Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district, eight families and their livestock were evacuated from their houses owing to flooding in the area. In Chamba district, two people, including a 70-year-old person, were reported missing in landslide in Lona gram panchayat in Chamba district. Boulders smashed their house, police said. Authorities said excess water was discharged from the Pandoh diversion dam, located 112 km upstream of Pong dam, as a precautionary measure. The outflow from the dam was one lakh cusecs. Advertise With Us The Pandoh diversion dam is located on the Beas river in Mandi district. It diverts excess monsoon water towards the Pong dam. Otherwise, it diverts water towards the Satluj river which feeds the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra dam. However, the inflow of water into state’s Pong and Bhakra dam increased dramatically due to heavy rainfall, but the authorities said there was no need for worry as the reservoirs still have surplus capacity to withhold additional water. The entire Kangra district has been experiencing heavy rain for the past two days. Precipitation occurred at most places in the state with very heavy rainfall in Kangra and Chamba districts in the past 24 hours, an official of the meteorological office here said. There were reports of link road closure in interiors of Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts, hampering movement of traffic. The spokesperson said the Satluj, Beas and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries have been again in spate in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts. According to the Met office, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at some places in the state till Monday.last_img read more

Hasina says doesnt do politics subservient to foreign powers

first_img.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday denied any relevance of foreign support for her returning to power, saying people are the source of power in a democracy.“I don’t do politics subservient to any foreign power. I don’t think I need to stay in power if I have to depend on the force other than the people of Bangladesh,” she told a press conference at Ganabhaban official residence.Sheikh Hasina made the remark when she was asked about former chief justice SK Sinha’s reported ‘lobbying’ with the Indian authorities not to support the Awami League government in clinging on to power.She, however, said different heads of state and international agencies who met her during the United Nations General Assembly session had wished to see her party back to power.“I told all of them that I would come to power only if people vote me again. Otherwise, it might be our last meeting,” Hasina elaborated further.She also mentioned that she is satisfied that her party has been in power for almost 10 years — two terms that, she said, her party needed to complete its development works.Asked if any punitive action would be taken against justice Sinha for alleged corruption, the prime minister just said, “Law will take its own course.”On Sinha, Sheikh Hasina said, “It’s we who made him (Sinha) the first chief justice from the minority community. But he failed to uphold his respect. it’s his colleagues of the Supreme Court who declined to sit with him [at the court].”Once again rejecting the demand for the resignation of he government before the polls, Hasina, also president of ruling Awami League, claimed that it’s her party’s government that established the democratic and voting rights of the people.On the new opposition coalition, she said she “welcomed” them as “there should be a force where anti-Awami League votes should be counted’.”I am ready to help them, if it is needed,” she said with a broad smile on her face, when she asked if her party is worried about the extended opposition alliance.In this context, Sheikh Hasina said, “Let One hundred flowers blossom” — a widely used quote by foumder of Communist China Mao Zedong in 1957 when the Chinese intelligentsia were invited to criticise the system.Asked if the AL would extend its 14-party alliance, Hasina said her party does not need to extend its own political coalition.”If anyone wants to join us, let see. There are new coalitions as well,” she said without much clarity.About participatory election, Sheikh Hasina said it seems that all parties would join elections this time. However, she insisted that she would not take any initiative to convince any party. “It’s their decision if the would contest the election or not,” he added.Asked about her position on use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in upcoming national elections, as opposed by the opposition, Hasina said they are in favour of EVMs to curb what she called ‘electoral irregularities like ballot stuffing and use of muscle’.At another press briefing in first week of September, Hasina said she does not want a hurried use of EVMs without testing it further.About polls time government, Hasina said that a small cabinet might be formed which will do its routine works.Read More:Bangladesh abode of conspiracies: PM Hasinalast_img read more

Union Temple Congregation Hosts Essence of Soul Harlem Nights

first_imgThe Union Temple Congregation will be hosting its 3rd Annual Essence of Soul: Harlem Nights. The event will take place on Feb. 10 from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center located 847 N. Howard Street Baltimore, Md. 21201.  Contact Doriel M. Churn, via email or by phone (410) 456-2132 for more details.last_img

South Korea to provide aid to chemical leak area

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea has declared an area hit by toxic chemical leak a special disaster zone to clear the way for state assistance to residents there.Eight tons of hydrofluoric acid leaked after an explosion last month at a chemical factory in the southeastern city of Gumi that initially killed five people.Gumi officials say about 4,260 residents have received medical treatment and check-ups after being exposed to the toxic gas and about 300 others have been evacuated to city-run facilities. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home About 3,200 cows, goats and other livestock have been affected by the chemical leak.The Prime Minister’s office said Tuesday the disaster zone designation enables the government to provide financial and administrative assistance to the stricken area.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Dozens of Cubans stranded at sea aboard Coast Guard vessel

first_imgThe migrants were among about 96 Cubans who were intercepted at sea and taken aboard the Coast Guard cutter Vigilant, a 210-foot ship operating out of Port Canaveral, Florida. The ship typically carries 75 officers and crew. The Cuban government allowed the return of the other 58 people.The Cuban government has made no public comment about the case.Under U.S. law, Cuban nationals who make it onto U.S. soil are granted permission to come into the country and can quickly become legal permanent residents and eventually U.S. citizens. Migrants caught at sea generally are sent back to Cuba. The Cuban government has historically allowed U.S. authorities to quickly repatriate those migrants caught at sea.The migrants were found near the Virgin Islands in late April and have been aboard the Vigilant in international waters since, one of the officials said.The so-called wet-foot-dry-foot policy has long angered Cuba’s communist leaders who have argued that the policy encourages Cuban citizens to make the treacherous trip across the Florida Straits, often on homemade rafts or rickety boats in hopes of landing on U.S. soil.In recent years, the Cuban government under President Raul Castro has made it easier for Cubans to travel overseas by eliminating a decades-old and unpopular exit visa requirement. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-eight Cuban migrants caught trying to sail to the U.S. are stranded aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, waiting for permission from the Cuban government to return home, The Associated Press has learned.The would-be immigrants had tourist visas to the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia when they were intercepted at sea by the Coast Guard, U.S. officials said. The Cuban government has refused re-entry to island because their return does not comport with a repatriation agreement with the U.S., one official said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the situation. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___Associated Press writer Bradley Klapper contributed to this report.___Follow Alicia A. Caldwell on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories This undated handout photo provided by the US Coast Guard shows US Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. Thirty-eight Cuban migrants caught trying to sail to the U.S. are stranded aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, waiting for permission from the Cuban government to return home, The Associated Press has learned. The migrants were among about 96 Cubans who were intercepted at sea and taken aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. The Cuban government allowed the return of the other 58 people. (Coast Guard via AP) The decision to keep the migrants from returning is likely to cause a diplomatic rift as both governments have been negotiating conditions for re-establishing diplomatic relations. Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced the effort in December.The United States and Cuba are trying to wrap up an agreement in the coming days that would allow them to re-establish embassies and post ambassadors to each other’s capitals after a half-century interruption. Officials from both governments were planning to meet in Havana Friday to discuss the situation.Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America, will meet Josefina Vidal, her Cuban counterpart, next week in Washington.The biggest obstacle to restoring full diplomatic relations is almost gone: the U.S. designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. Obama announced his intention last month to delist Cuba, and the change will become effective May 29, when a 45-day waiting period expires. The designation has ramifications for Cuban access to international financial institutions.Lingering matters include the ability of U.S. diplomats to travel freely in Cuba and speak with dissidents. Ironically, migration has been one of the issues that American and Cuban officials say they’ve had the greatest cooperation on. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Somewhat surprisingly, the fans chose the always divisive Palmer with 36 percent of the 625 votes cast.Palmer hit on 84 percent of his passes — the second-highest mark in Cardinals’ team history. Not bad for a guy who didn’t throw a pass in practice all week leading up to Sunday’s contest. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Every day, we at ask our readers a question. It’s the Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, and it can be found midway down the right side of our home page.On Monday, we asked Cardinals fans whom they’d choose for the game MVP in Arizona’s 30-10 win over the Rams on Sunday.The choices were John Abraham (3 sacks, 1 safety), Karlos Dansby (8 tackles, 1 sack, interception return for TD), Carson Palmer (27-of-32 for 269 yards and one TD), Larry Fitzgerald (12 catches, 96 yards, 1 TD) and Dave Zastudil (three punts inside 20-yard line).last_img read more

British holidaymakers travelling on cheap flights

first_imgBritish holidaymakers travelling on cheap flights to Greece are island hopping throughout the year and not just between April and October.This is according to the Greek National Tourist Office, whose spokesman said that the best time to visit the Mediterranean nation in terms of flight connections is between the beginning of spring and the end of summer.He explained that efforts are being made to prolong the season into the winter, during which Greece remains relatively mild, which the organisation believes will allow “people to enjoy the Greek islands throughout the year”.”Greek island hopping has always been popular,” the spokesman commented.”In Greece there are more than 3,000 islands and islets, inviting tourists from all over the world to enjoy Greece’s sunshine, mild climate, breathtaking sceneries, a variety of unique experiences and delicious food.”According to data from Skyscanner, Greece is the seventh most searched-for destination in terms of flights by UK travellers.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedA year-round Greek island holiday guide – where to go and whenIn partnership with Visit Greece You might think of the Greek islands as a summer destination. But thanks to a mild climate, laid back lifestyle and natural wonders, it’s worth a visit no matter the month. You can find peace in a balmy January on an island near Athens, or…A complete guide to 20 beautiful Greek islandsNeed help choosing the best Greek islands for couples, family holidays, week-long parties or chilling out on the beach? We got you covered – here’s our guide to the most beautiful Greek islands and how to get there.Last minute flight deals to the Greek islandsIn partnership with Visit Greece Here are some of the best flight deals to the most popular Greek islands from the UK: Flight deals to Kefalonia, Ionian Islands Kefalonia is known for it’s amazing wine, pine forests, natural wonders and laid back culture. Oh, and for being the filming location…last_img read more