Exclusive Insight on the UN Western Sahara Resolution

New York – The vote on the new draft resolution addressing the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO, will not take place Thursday April 28, as was initially scheduled.By practice, the resolution on the Western Sahara has been adopted by consensus. However, it appears that divisions among the 15 members of the Security Council is preventing the UN executive body from voting to adopt the resolution as planned. The vote is now scheduled for Friday.A source from inside the Security Council told Morocco World News that the final draft had been submitted to Security Council members ahead of the informal meeting that was held this afternoon. Unhappy with the fact that the resolution was circulated to other members of the Council on the eve of the vote scheduled for Thursday, Venezuela and New Zealand requested more time to review it. Earlier this week, the United States, penholder for resolutions on the Western Sahara, circulated the first draft resolution among the Group of Friends of Western Sahara, which in addition to the US includes France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Spain.The initial version of the draft resolution, which was obtained by Morocco World News demanded the immediate return of MINURSO to its full capacity, and called on the United Nations Secretary-General to inform the Council within 60 days on whether Morocco has abided by this provision of the resolution by allowing the return of MINURSO’s civilian component.The first draft was perceived as putting much pressure on Morocco by envisaging the possibility that the Council might convene in two months and take a new resolution on the conflict.However, it appears that the diplomatic efforts made by Morocco and its allies have succeeded in introducing significant changes to the first draft and make it less coercive.According to the latest draft obtained by Morocco World News, which enjoys the consensus of the five permanent members, the resolution does not echo Ban Ki-moon’s concern that the expulsion of MINURSO civilian component has severely affected its mandate.While the first draft noted “with concern that the expulsion of MINURSO civilian personnel in March 2016 has significantly affected MINURSO’s ability to carry out its functions,” the most recent draft notes “with concern that MINURSO’s ability to fully carry out its mandate has been affected as the majority of its civilian component, including political personnel, cannot perform their duties within MINURSO’s area of operations.” This latest version makes no mention of the word “expulsion.”In addition, though the resolution calls for the return of MINURSO, it does not set a timeframe for its return. This means the return of MINURSO’s civilian component will be open to discussions between Morocco and the United Nations without putting pressure on Rabat.The text of the first draft prepared by the United States had emphasized “strongly the need for MINURSO to return to full functionality immediately. The word “immediately” does not appear in the final version.In addition, while the third paragraph of the operative section of the first draft resolution called on the Secretary General to brief the Council within 60 days on whether Morocco allowed the return of MINURSO to its full functionality, and considered taking immediate steps to facilitate its return, in the final draft that has been submitted to the Council this afternoon, the language appears more watered down and less binding for Morocco. The revised paragraph calls on the UN chief to brief the Council within 120 days on whether MINURSO has returned to full functionality and expresses its intention, “if MINURSO has not achieved full functionality, to consider how best to facilitate achievement of this goal.”To the dismay of Angola, Uruguay and Venezuela, who have striven to push the Council to adopt a stronger resolution and called on its members to condemn Morocco for expelling MINURSO’s civilian component, the resolution does not provide for any coercive measure should Morocco refuse to allow its return.By using the sentence “consider how to facilitate achievement of this goal”, the resolution leaves room open as to what steps it would take to ensure its implementation, and indicates that this goal will be achieved through negotiations with Morocco.More significant is the fact that the final draft resolution dismissed the call made by Ban Ki-moon’s personal envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, to the Council to convene a meeting every two months to review the latest developments in the UN-led political process. During an informal closed-door meeting that the Security Council held on Wednesday afternoon to hear a briefing from Christopher Ross and from Hervé Ladsous, United Nations Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, the UN personal Envoy called on the Council to hold a meeting every two months to hear an oral briefing on the developments in the matter. Ross also called on the Council to include a paragraph that urges the parties to hold at least one round of direct talks. The final draft of the resolution reflects none of Ross’ requests.A source from inside the Security Council told Morocco World News that the draft resolution improved considerably within the Group of Friends before it was submitted to the other members of the Security Council.“This has made Angola and Venezuela unhappy,” our source said. read more

Niagara Falls man faces child pornography charges

A 45-year-old man is facing charges following an investigation by Niagara police into the on-line sexual exploitation of children.Police executed a search warrant at a home in Niagara Falls on Dec. 8. Officers seized a number of computer systems and storage media.Forty-five-year-old James “Ed” Lochead was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possession and making available child pornography.The Niagara Regional Police Service is reminding residents to report suspicious internet activities relating to child exploitation to the police.For more information about internet safety tips for parents, children and internet users, click here. read more

Ohio State field hockey set for No 18 Indiana Hoosiers

Sophomore midfielder Paige Hamilton (2) fights for the ball against Penn State on Sept. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefThe road has not been kind to Ohio State field hockey so far this season, but the team is looking to clean things up when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a 3 p.m. showdown with the No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers on Friday.The Buckeyes are 1-5 on the road this season and have yet to pick up a Big Ten victory. The team understands the importance of the late conference games and how it can use them as a stepping-stone to the Big Ten Tournament, junior forward Peanut Johnson said.“I think we take, especially Big Ten games, very seriously,” Johnson said. “And each one, we wanna come out with everything. Typically, at least in my career, we’ve come out in the tournament really hard and played really well, so hopefully we get it together for these last few games.”For OSU, it’s all about matchups when facing the Hoosiers. Coach Anne Wilkinson said she wants to find the best way to get her playmakers into space.OSU’s biggest playmaker on the season has been freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey, who leads the team with 11 goals and 30 points. Humphrey picked up her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor Tuesday after compiling seven points last week in games against Rutgers and Kent State.“My coaches help and even my players help,” Humphrey said. “They’ve taught me the little things that have helped me gotten these awards and helped me get the points I have with all their hard work.”Humphrey’s 30 points put her fourth in the Big Ten.Her next biggest test will be squaring off against All-Big Ten performer Audra Heilman, a senior forward for Indiana. Heilman is fifth in the conference in points with 29, and fourth in the conference with 12 goals on the season.Wilkinson said one of the keys against Indiana will be playing a complete game of field hockey against a team notorious for playing its best late in the game.“It’s gonna be that we need to be able to play consistent field hockey for 70 minutes first, and be able to play 70 minutes strong no matter what,” Wilkinson said. “Indiana’s a team that usually plays well in the second half. We need to be able to compete for 70 minutes.”OSU is then set to return home Sunday to play host to No. 12 Iowa at noon.Iowa boasts the Big Ten’s leader in goals (16) and points (37), Natalie Cafone. The junior forward from Fairfield, N.J., averaged 2.48 points per game in her sophomore season to lead the country.In her junior campaign, she is besting that mark, averaging 2.85 points per game. Cafone poses a major risk to the Buckeyes’ defense, but OSU’s freshman goalie Liz Tamburro has been under fire before.She leads the conference with 90 saves on the season, and it will be up to her to deny Cafone around the front of the net.With six of nine Big Ten teams ranked in the top 20 nationally, the season has become a grind for OSU, Humphrey said, but she added the Buckeyes like it that way.“It shows that we have a lot of competition nationally,” Humphrey said. “And we’ve played a lot of tough teams. We’ve been right there with them, so hopefully we can just finish it now in the next four games.”Those four matchups are the only games remaining on OSU’s regular season schedule. read more

Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper Apologizes for Racial Slur

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been caught on video tape using a racial slur.The footage of the football player at a country music singer Kenny Chesney concert surfaced yesterday. It the short clip, Cooper pledged, “I will jump that fence and fight every n***r here,” at the July show in Philadelphia.“I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to [chairman] Jeffrey Lurie, to [general manager] Howie Roseman and to my teammates,” Cooper said in a statement released by the team. “I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences.”.Cooper, 25, is currently in his fourth season in the NFL. The wide-out has 46 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns thus far in his career. read more

Dwyane Wades Life to be Captured in Television Sitcom

Photo by Ebony magazine.Dwyane Wade has gone Hollywood.Fox has purchased the rights to a television sitcom based on his life as an NBA star and single father of two boys. “Three The Hard Way” will feature a character named Daryl Wade. The show is described as Wade and “his entourage of eccentric friends, find themselves parenting by committee, when he gets full custody of his two young sons. It’s a recipe made for disaster, but no matter how misinformed, misguided, or unfit Team Wade may be, they have a trump card that can’t lose. It’s called love.”The plot closely follows Wade’s life and is based on the book he released last year called “A Father First.” Wade has had sole custody of his two sons, Zaire and Zion, since 2010.“Who’s going to play me? I haven’t figured that out yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be somebody handsome,” Wade said. “I just want somebody who’s good.“I will be involved, very involved … to the point where it has enough of what I would like to see from my story. Obviously it’s a comedy, but there will be some things you want to let loose.”Wade said the show would be inspired by some themes of “The Cosby Show.”“I think they’ll be able to pull the comedy out of the dark moments,” Wade said. “That was one thing I kept saying before I sold my story. I want to be able to bring some light into the dark times. I always take off from “The Cosby Show” kind of thing. They always told a lesson at the end of the day. There’s always a story, and comedy in it as well.” read more

Drinkdriving Demands for tougher penalties as thousands caught over the limit at

first_imgRehabilitation courses for drink-drivers should be urgently reviewed, the AA has insisted after it emerged that more than 8,000 drivers have been caught over the limit at least twice in the past five years.DVLA figures released in response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request also show that hundreds of motorists were prosecuted for drink-driving three or more times between 2011 and 2015.Overall, 219,008 people in mainland Britain were given endorsements on their licence for driving or attempting to drive while above the legal alcohol limit in that time while 8,068 were caught twice. The road safety charity Brake said: “It is appalling that offenders are being allowed to continue driving after being caught drink-driving multiple times.“These are individuals who clearly have no regard for the lives of others. They have been granted ample opportunity to change their behaviour and should face the full force of the law.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Another 449 drivers were banned for drink-driving three times in those four years with dozens caught more than that.Two drivers were even prosecuted for the offence six times.Motorists caught drink-driving face a ban of at least a year, an unlimited fine and in the most serious cases up to six months’ imprisonment.But some are offered places on rehabilitation courses to reduce the length of their disqualification.Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “The fact that more than 8,000 drivers have been caught twice in five years is all the more astonishing when they should have been off the road for a year or more.“The repeat offender figures also suggest that a minority of drivers have a drink problem rather than a driving problem.“Perhaps it is time to review some of the medical checks and rehabilitation courses before allowing these drivers back on the road.” Perhaps it is time to review some of the medical checks and rehabilitation courses before allowing these drivers back on the roadEdmund King, AA presidentlast_img read more

Evidence shows Syria attacked own people with chemical weapons say US UK

first_imgThe Syrian regime used barrel bombs dropped by helicopter in a chemical weapon attack on its own people in the city of Douma, according to the US, France and Britain yesterday.Justifying the decision to mount air strikes against Syria the three governments laid out evidence that the regime had used chemical weapons in the attack earlier this month, which opposition activists, rescue workers and medics say killed more than 40 civilians.In a statement the White House said: “Multiple government helicopters were observed over Douma on April 7, with witnesses specifically reporting a Mi-8 helicopter, known to have taken off from the Syrian regime’s nearby Dumayr airfield, circling over Douma during the attack“Numerous eyewitnesses corroborate that barrel bombs were dropped from these helicopters, a tactic used to target civilians indiscriminately throughout the war. Photos of barrel bombs dropped in Douma closely match those used previously by the regime. These barrel bombs were likely used in the chemical attack.”The Prime Minister told a hastily arranged press conference at Downing Street, called within hours of the missile strikes, that all evidence pointed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad being responsible for the earlier attack on civilians. Children from Douma arrive in the Al-Bab district of Aleppo, Syria on April 11, four days after the chemical attack on their home city   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Children from Douma arrive in the Al-Bab district of Aleppo, Syria on April 11, four days after the chemical attack on their home city  Credit:Anadolu Agency The World Health Organization said it had received reports from its local “health cluster partners” of 43 deaths related to symptoms consistent with “exposure to highly toxic chemicals”. “The Opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs. And reliable intelligence indicates that Syrian military officials co-ordinated what appears to be the use of chlorine in Douma on 7th April.”The Prime Minister also indicated there was other intelligence based evidence which she was unable to share with the public, saying: “I cannot tell you everything.”France has also said it has similar proof that “chemical weapons were used in the attack – at least chlorine – and that they were used by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.The Syrian government denies the claims, and its key ally Russia said it has “irrefutable evidence” that the incident was “staged” with the help of the UK. A picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 14, 2018, shows children standing next to a motorcycle in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, after Syrian government forces entered the last rebel bastionCredit:AFP Mrs May said: “Open source accounts allege that a barrel bomb was used to deliver the chemicals. Multiple open source reports claim that a Regime helicopter was observed above the city of Douma on the evening of 7th April. The attack on Douma, the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region, started on April 6, after negotiations between the rebels and the government stalled.The bombardment continued into a second day, with dozens of people reportedly killed or injured by conventional munitions before the suspected chemical attack.Activists from the Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which records violations of international law in Syria, reported two separate incidents of bombs believed to contain toxic substances being dropped by the Syrian Air Force.The first was at 16:00 (13:00 GMT) on the Saada bakery on Omar Ibn Al-Khattab street in north-western Douma. A picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 14, 2018, shows children standing next to a motorcycle in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, after Syrian government forces entered the last rebel bastion The VDC said the second incident took place near Martyrs’ Square, at approximately 19:30.At 19:45, more than 500 patients – mostly women and children – were brought to medical facilities with symptoms suggesting exposure to a chemical agent, according to the Syria Civil Defence and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).They showed signs of “respiratory distress, central cyanosis (blue skin or lips), excessive oral foaming, corneal burns, and the emission of chlorine-like odour”, according to a joint statement issued on Sunday.Rescue workers searching homes in the affected area also found the bodies of people with oral foaming, cyanosis, and corneal burns, the statement added. France’s intelligence services said they analysed witness accounts, photos and videos that appeared on specialized websites, in the press and on social media in the hours and days following the attack.They showed a massive influx of patients in health centres in Eastern Ghouta with symptoms consistent with exposure to a chemical agent. The VDC cited a rescue worker from the Syria Civil Defence as saying he smelt chlorine in the air after the strike, but that he could not determine its source.”We later discovered the bodies of people who had suffocated from toxic gases. They were in closed spaces, sheltering from the barrel bombs, which may have caused their quick death as no-one heard their screams,” he added.last_img read more

Hungary Pick Szeged secured second place before Play Off

1. MKB Veszprém KC1817–1690–432+25834 2. Pick-Szeged181611572–439+13333 Hungarian vice-champion, Pick Szeged beats direct rival for the second place, Tatabanya 28:17 (13:7) and showed good form before the derby against MKB Veszprem, decisive for the first place before Play Off.Pick Szeged-Tatabánya 28-17 (13-7)Szeged, 2000 spectators. Referees: Nagy F., Túróczy.Pick Szeged: TATAI – PRODANOVICS 8 (3), Pribanic 1, BAJORHEGYI 1, Czina, BEOCSANIN 5, Vadkerti 2. Changes: Mikler, Tóth M. (kapusok), SULC 5, ANCSIN 4, Zubai 1, Nagy N. 1. Coach: Skaliczki László.Tatabánya: Szente – Harsányi 1, DIAZ 3, Dénes, Pordán, LELE 10 (4), Kanyó Á. 1.Chancegs: Bartucz (kapus), Hud 1, Szabó Gy., Rédei, Iváncsik Á., Gál Gy. 1, Takács B., Pásztor Á., Kocsis. Coach: Debre Viktor.Exclusions: 12 min – 6 min.7m: 5/3, ill. 4/4. ← Previous Story No derby against RNL – Perfect THW Kiel is ready for Copenhagen! Next Story → F.C Barcelona wins in historical 5000th match of ASOBAL! 12. Mezőkövesdi KC172–15428–537–1094 7. Gyöngyösi KK18729504–510–616 6. FTC18819502–481+2117 4. Balatonfüredi KSE181125483–459+2424 HungaryPick Szeged handballPlay off handballTatabanya Handball 9. Kecskeméti KSE185112478–545–6711 5. Csurgói KK181125514–486+2824 11. Tatai HAC183–15448–614–1666 3. Tatabánya Carbonex KC1913–6547–476+7126 PHOTO: pickhandball.hu 8. TM-LINE PTE-Pécs VSE185211515–605–9012 10. Orosházi FKSE184113471–568–979 read more

Student hacked into his high schools grade system like a reallife Ferris

first_imgIf you’re like me, your purely academic interest in hacking was first sparked by a little movie called Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. At the start of that film, Ferris Bueller — who has stayed home sick from school, despite a healthy constitution — hacks into his computer’s mainframe and changes his number of absences, along with his grades. With that in mind, look at the above mug shot. Does that smarmy, greasy visage look like the face of a modern day Ferris Bueller? No? It is. Meet Tyler Coyner, a student at the University of Nevada in Reno, as well as a technology entrepreneur. An entrepreneur in what, though? According to police, he runs a business charging students to hack into his former high school’s computer grading system and changing their grades.Unlike in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, though, hacking is a serious crime in the real world, and Coyner’s not getting off with just a laugh. In fact, he’s been charges and arrested with “conspiracy, theft and computer intrusion” alongside thirteen other students who he employed.The hacking in question does not sound to be particularly advanced. According to PC World, Coyner obtained a password somehow. Then again, it didn’t need to be, as Coyner’s own hacked grade point average amply attests. Not only did Coyner boast the grades of other students, he even raised his GPA to a 4.54 grade point average, which selected him as his high school’s 2010 salutatorian… an honor usually given to the student with the second highest marks at graduation. Pretty ballsy. You’d think some teacher would have figured out that the slacker at the back of their class never turning in his homework couldn’t actually have the second best GPA in the school, but perhaps that is testament to the lack of engagement of our public school teachers in their professions, or just to how reliant we are upon computers.Read more at PC Worldlast_img read more

MovieBob Review Jack Reacher Never Go Back

first_imgLee Childs’ Jack Reacher books are about an ex-military crime-solving prodigy who’s built like brick shithouse, has a mind like a steel trap, and is basically good at fucking everything “because Army.” He travels the United States as a no-frills drifter using his exceptional skills to beat up bad guys and solve mysteries frequently relating to injustices perpetrated against his fellow servicemen. This  allows him to comfortably straddle a line between just patriotic enough to be righteous about the brotherhood of armed service while being rebellious and anti-establishment enough to defy cretinous superiors and brace at bureaucratic rigidity.And, for some reason, instead of becoming a syndicated TV vehicle for whoever the present-day equivalent of Kevin Sorbo or Lorenzo Llamas is, somebody decided that this needed to be a movie franchise for Tom Cruise whenever the 54 year-old action star needs to get some jogging in between increasingly-interchangeable Mission: Impossible sequels.The first movie was really nothing special – at all – but at least it had the temerity to lean into the ridiculousness of its own premise: It was essentially wall-to-wall scenes where characters talked up “JACK REACHER!” as this legendary mythic god among ass-kickers who beats up dozens of guys at a time like nothing, is so good at using every conceivable weapon that people recognize him by taking rifle shots that “only the famous Jack Reacher could make!,” turns every woman immediately wobbly and smitten at the first glance of him, and basically playing him off like a black velvet painting of John Cena in human form. But meanwhile up onscreen it was still just itty-bitty adorable lil’ Tommy Cruise. Oh and they also got Werner Herzog to be the bad guy, so… points for that.The new film doesn’t really have much of that or anything else going on – to be honest, the whole thing feels like a really obvious rush-job; right down to most of it relocating from Washington DC to New Orleans for no particular reason, aka current movie-location shorthand for “We’re doing this shit so cheaply we’re not only taking that sweet-ass Louisiana tax credit, we’re not even gonna bother dressing the city up like it’s supposed to be someplace else!”As far as the story is concerned, there really isn’t much of one. Jack Reacher (“What? Not the Jack Reacher!!?”) shows up in DC basically looking to make an impromptu booty-call on a female Army Major he’s been playing phone tag with and discovers that she’s been framed for murder as part of a conspiracy to cover up nefarious goings on involving Blackwater-style Private Military Contractors because that’s who you use for bad guys when you want to do a movie about shady shit going down in the military but don’t want the actual military to be at all cross with you – heaven forbid.They whole thing basically turns into an oddly slow-paced cross-country chase story that – for reasons I’m assuming made more thematic sense as part of a multi-volume book series than they do here – for some reason also needs to involve Reacher’s maybe-maybe-not previously unknown teenager daughter getting dragged along as Reacher and Cobie Smulders as The Major dodge a singularly uninteresting set of bad guys until the film has run approximately long enough to qualify as a feature and presumably give the film’s predominantly China-based production investors the ability to have Tom Cruise’s face on Chinese movie posters for the late-Fall moviegoing season.The sole noteworthy thing in the film is finding out just how much of action-hero asset the Marvel movies have been overlooking in Smulders. Sure, she gets to fire off some guns and look slick in a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform as Maria Hill, but here she gets full-on knock-around drag-out beatdown scenes and she comes off like a legit beast!It’s a hell of a physical turn and provides the only remotely lively or refreshing moments the otherwise disposable feature can muster… even if at this point after Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow and Rebecca Ferguson in the last Mission Impossible I imagine we’re all used to this exact character being a Tom Cruise movie mainstay – what better way to bank progressive-feminist goodwill while also helping the increasingly all-too-human seeming Mr. Cruise lighten his fight-scene load?This movie would probably be offensively terrible if it bothered to try hard enough, but we aren’t even that lucky – and I’m not sure whether or not that’s actually preferable. The only reason I can imagine to actually watch Jack Reacher: Never Go Back would be to see exactly how little impact a film can leave while still, technically, existing.last_img read more

AP WWE seeking to block concussionrelated lawsuits

first_img Ronda Rousey Twitter Georgia man fights for gay rights at Supreme Court Pinterest Dixie Carter on Pop debut, says WWE is “after our talent” The Associated Press is featuring an article regarding WWE asking a federal judge on Monday to block lawsuits being brought against the company by former wrestlers cliaming they suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring.The lawsuit by WWE argues that the claims by former talent are “fradulent” and should be “barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims” in Connecticut.WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt is quoted in the story noting former talents were convinced they could make money similar to former NFL players bringing similar litigation.“Before this guy started trolling around looking for people to sue, we didn’t have one person, none, claiming they had any kind of traumatic brain injuries, or dementia or ALS or any of the kind of stuff you seek associated with the NFL.”Konstantine Kyros, who is representing the former wrestlers against WWE, is denies these allegations and added he has been retained by dozens of former WWE wrestlers.“What the WWE lawsuit is doing is trying to do is prevent some of the most storied performers in the history of the organization from having their day in court.”The story also features lengthy quotes from WWE Hall of Famer Robert Windham aka Blackjack Mulligan who revealed he has been diagnosed with demention and blood clots on his brain. Windham told the Associated Press that he feels abandoned by WWE.Associated Press: WWE Seeking to Block Concussion-Related LawsuitsRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Jim Ross signs with CBS Sports for boxing commentary Purdue Pharma Reaches Tentative Settlement In Opioid Crisis Lawsuits Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar talks about adding more dates to his current WWE schedule: “I have a limit and we’re at that limit right now” Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Incoming Playboy CEO I Believe the Magazine Will Come Back

first_imgFlanders: There isn’t one thing that I want to accomplish first. One of the things I’ll be doing early is traveling internationally to meet with our key licensees. Playboy’s fastest-growing and most profitable segment is its licensing business. Getting up to speed on the opportunities and challenges associated with those key external relationships is something I want to do early on.FOLIO:: During the Playboy’s last earnings call, interim CEO Jerome Kern said the company was eying “radical” changes to the print business model. What are your thoughts about turning that portion of the business around?Flanders: I’m a big believer in print—particularly the viability for glossy magazines. That reader experience can’t and won’t be duplicated online, even where I see the reader technology moving.  What Playboy is confronting is an advertising recession. Playboy is having to shrink to grow in the future. I don’t believe the magazine has lost its relevance. It’s the largest read men’s magazine in the world, including the Web site that generates over three million unique visits per month and almost 50 million page views. I believe the magazine will come back.FOLIO:: In February, when asked by an analyst if the company would consider a sale and/or changes in its strategic direction, Kern said the company was “open to discussions.” Is Playboy in fact open to sale talks?Flanders: Some of the media coverage was unfair to Jerry [Kern]. What he said is what the CEO of any public company must say. It’s their fiduciary duty to entertain any proposals that come that could be of benefit to the shareholders. It was reported in a way that the company seemed as though it was back on its heels. FOLIO:: So, then, is Playboy on the block? Flanders: The company, as a policy, does not comment on “rumors.”FOLIO:: What are Playboy’s biggest challenges and opportunities through the end of 2009 and into 2010?Flanders: The biggest immediate challenge is that we have to ride through this consumer/retail recession that directly impacts advertising spending. As licensee revenues are hit, so are Playboy’s very lucrative licensing royalties. This period right now is one of trying to maintain as strong a profitability as possible given these factors.The biggest opportunity going forward is to fully exploit the brand’s potential outside the U.S. While it’s been very successfully pursued by the existing management, I’m hoping and believe that there are more opportunities.FOLIO:: What about your experience at Freedom Communications, and elsewhere throughout your career, has prepared you to serve as chief executive at Playboy?Flanders: I have operated in the media business my entire career and have taken on situations with businesses in transition. Everywhere I’ve gone I’ve been a change agent. In 1999, I joined Columbia House, which was a $1.5 billion marketer of music and VHF tapes right before Napster was released and DVDs emerged. We had a business that was over 50 years old, that started in the same timeframe as Playboy, that needed to migrate into the new model, including online. I think that singular experience is most analogous to the opportunities for Playboy. Last week—a little less than six months after Christie Hefner, daughter of founder Hugh Hefner, stepped down after a 20-year run as CEO of Playboy Enterprises—the company appointed Scott Flanders as its new chief executive.The current president and CEO of Irvine, California-based media company Freedom Communications, Flanders will transition into his new role at Playboy on July 1.Flanders recently spoke with FOLIO: about his appointment and what he hopes to accomplish by taking the helm of a company—and magazine—during a pivotal time in its history.FOLIO:: What’s the first goal you’d like to accomplish as CEO?last_img read more

Health Fair with Doc McStuffins

first_imgCome out and meet Doc McStuffins at the Howard County NAACP Youth Council’s family health fair on August 29 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The health fair will be at the Ridgley Run Community Center, 8400 Mission road, Jessup, Maryland. Contact soulq10@gmail.com for more information.last_img

College World Series Starts Sunday for Louisville Baseball

first_imgUofL had to battle its way back in the Louisville Regional, winning three consecutive games after falling into the loser’s bracket. The Cardinals defeated Indiana and Illinois State to force a decisive final game with ISU, and freshman Alex Binelas sent Louisville to the Super Regionals with a walk-off single in the ninth inning. Louisville Game Notes The Cardinals are 6-1 in seven NCAA Championship games this season, hitting .320 as a team and averaging 8.1 runs per game. Meanwhile, the pitching staff has compiled a 2.32 ERA and held opponents to a .155 batting average. Opening Day Photo Gallery Story Links Vanderbilt Game Notes Two-time All-ACC selection and second round draft pick Logan Wyatt helps lead a Louisville offense that features 11 regulars with a batting average of .283 or higher, while ACC Pitcher of the Year Reid Detmers is tied for the national lead in wins and second in the country in strikeouts on a pitching staff that allowed just one run in the Super Regionals. Saturday Practice Photo Gallery center_img ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSLouisville enters the College World Series at 49-16 overall and riding a five-game winning streak. The Cardinals captured their fourth ACC Atlantic Division Championship in five seasons and earned a national seed for the fifth time in program history and fourth in the last five years. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 7 national seed Louisville baseball team begins its fifth NCAA College World Series appearance on Sunday afternoon, as the Cardinals take on No. 2 Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Louisville and Vanderbilt are joined on one side of the bracket by No. 6 Mississippi State and Auburn, while No. 5 Arkansas, Florida State, No. 8 Texas Tech and Michigan round out the field. Every game of the College World Series will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2. Radio coverage for all of Louisville’s NCAA Championship games will be available on 93.9 The Ville and live scoring is available at GoCards.com. NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES Louisville arrives in Omaha as one of the most balanced teams in the country. Of the eight teams still remaining, the Cardinals are the lone program to rank in the top 30 nationally in runs per game (13th), earned run average (18th) and fielding percentage (29th). LOUISVILLE’S ROAD TO OMAHALouisville secured its place in Omaha with a dominant showing against No. 10 East Carolina at the Louisville Super Regional. The Cardinals broke out the bats in the middle innings of the opening game on their way to a 14-1 rout and followed it up with another complete performance in a series-clinching 12-0 victory. Reid Detmers allowed just one run across seven innings in game one, while Bobby Miller carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning of the second game before seeing it come to an end with nobody out in the final frame. Louisville has advanced to the College World Series five times in its 13 NCAA Championship berths. The Cardinals are 32-13 in NCAA Regional games, 11-7 in NCAA Super Regional games and 2-8 in College World Series games. Making their eighth straight NCAA Championship appearance and the 12th in the last 13 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell, the Cardinals are 45-28 overall in NCAA postseason games during that span. UofL is a national seed for the fifth time in program history, and is one of just two programs to be a national seed four times in the last five seasons. The Cardinals were among eight ACC teams in the 2019 NCAA Championship — Clemson, Duke, Florida, State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and North Carolina State, four of which reached the super regionals and three in the College World Series. Louisville is playing in the NCAA College World Series for the fourth time in seven seasons. The only other programs to make four appearances since 2013 are Florida, TCU and Texas Tech. Louisville competed against 11 of the other 63 teams in this year’s NCAA Championship field during the regular season going 17-10 against those teams. Of the other seven teams at the 2019 College World Series, Louisville played against two this season (Florida State, Vanderbilt). The Cardinals were 2-2 in those four games. During his previous 14 seasons as a collegiate coach entering 2019, including his final two seasons as an assistant at Ole Miss in 2005 and 2006, McDonnell advanced to 13 NCAA Regionals and nine NCAA Super Regionals to go along with five College World Series berths. Junior Danny Oriente is 16-for-35 (.457) with four doubles, a homer and 14 RBIs in 11 career NCAA Championship games, and was on the All-Lubbock and All-Louisville Regional teams in 2018 & 2019. Junior Jake Snider is 28-for-60 (.467) in 16 career NCAA Championship contests, tallying three of his four career home runs, 15 runs scored and 17 RBIs. Snider was the Louisville Regional Most Outstanding Player and on the All-Lubbock Regional Team in 2018. Junior Luke Smith tossed 8.1 innings in the victory over Illinois State in the NCAA Regional, marking the longest pitching outing by a Louisville player in NCAA Championship history. Six different Cardinals played in the 2017 College World Series. Tyler Fitzgerald, Justin Lavey and Jake Snider each started a game, while Pat Rumoro served as a defensive replacement. Nick Bennett and Adam Elliott each made an appearance on the mound.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

How to fix no Internet secured Wifi connectivity issues on Windows

first_imgHow to fix “no Internet secured” Wifi connectivity issues on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2017 in Windows – 33 commentsThe following guide provides you with a solution for fixing the dreaded “no Internet secured” notification that signals Wifi connectivity issues on machines running Windows.I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 device back then when it first came out, and like it a lot. It is the device that I use mostly when I’m traveling as it offers all I require in a compact package.For the past year or so, I noticed a strange wireless Internet connectivity issue regularly when connecting the device using WiFi. Connections to the WiFi hotspot work, but Internet did not at times.The WiFi that the Surface Pro 4 is connected to at the time that this is happening would always display “no Internet secured” indicating that Internet access was not available. This happened often after turning the Surface on, but could happen also while the device was already running.A reconnect helped sometimes, but not all the time. I never really had the time to look into this though up until now.Please note that the fix described below solved the issue for my device. It may help you as well, but since there are probably myriads of issues that may cause wireless Internet connectivity issues, it may not.Fix “no Internet secured” Wifi issuesIt appears that the no Internet issue that I experienced when connecting the Surface Pro 4 device to a wireless network was caused by an IPv6 conflict. I cannot really say what is causing it, only that the following fix repaired the issue on my end.Here is what I did to fix it:Step 1:open network and sharing centerRight-click on the network icon in the Windows system tray, and select Open Network and Sharing Center from the context menu that opens up. Note: the icon may not be displayed all the time. Click on the arrow icon in the system tray area then to display it.Step 2: Change Adapter SettingsSelect the change adapter settings option when the Network and Sharing Center window opens. You find it on the left side there.Step 3: Open the properties of the network adapterLocate the network adapter that you are using at this point in time. It should highlight that it is a wireless adapter.Step 4: Disable IPv6Locate the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) on the list of items that opens, and uncheck it to disable IPv6. Click on ok, and restart the computer afterwards.Closing WordsThis resolved the connectivity issue on my end. I cannot guarantee that it will work in all situations, but it is definitely something that you may want to try out as the “no Internet secured” issue is quite troublesome.If the fix does not work on your device, you could try and delete the network adapter completely so that Windows adds it anew on the next start of the system.You may also want to try the following Internet connectivity troubleshooting tools which we reviewed in the past:Complete Internet Repair reviewNetchecker: repair Internet connection issuesRepair Internet connection issues with Connection FixerNow you: Did you ever run into Internet connection issues?SummaryArticle NameHow to fix “no Internet secured” Wifi connectivity issues on WindowsDescriptionThe following guide provides you with a solution for fixing the dreaded “no Internet secured” notification that signals Wifi connectivity issues on machines running Windows.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Facebooks Oculus Venues streams its first VR concert Was it any

first_imgWhen Australian artist Vance Joy performed at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday, there wasn’t a smartphone in sight. It wasn’t quite physically possible for audience members using Facebook’s Oculus Venues, a live VR concert experience that saw its debut run worldwide at 7:30 p.m. PST.Announced in October last year, Oculus Venues, now available for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR, is a new feature that allows you to watch live events with your friends in VR. To kick things off, Facebook offered up a free concert by Australian artist Vance Joy broadcast live from the iconic Red Rocks venue on May 30.Australian artist Vance Joy performing, not in VR. We would have taken a photo of his Red Rocks concert but the whole thing was snuggled in our headsets.Image: Getty ImagesImportantly, this isn’t a pre-recorded live set — it’s not like watching a DVD of LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up and Play The Hits concert over and over. It’s a genuine live concert, with a physical audience too, that just happens to be somewhere other than where you’re standing (or sitting). And look, it’s not the first VR concert — they’ve been around for years — but it’s a first for Oculus and Facebook.How do you get in the door? First, you have to set up your Oculus account by downloading the iOS or Android app, then connect your Oculus Go or Gear VR headset. You can open up Venues within the app to connect to the live event. Alright, the show’s starting.It’s show timeOnce you’re in, you’ll take your seat in a very, very clean virtual stadium, looking out to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It’s devoid of your usual scattered empty plastic beer cups and garish advertising (for now). And there’s someone on the seat next to you — a real person, with an avatar.You could sit in your own virtual solo box, but it genuinely, and weirdly, feels anti-social.While you’re not in control of the camera itself, which jumps from backstage to front row throughout the event, you can toggle between viewing modes, whether solo or social. Social sharing mode is an interesting one, as it’s an attempt to capture the magic of meeting new people at live events — you can connect with other attendees. You could sit in your own virtual solo box, but it genuinely, and weirdly, feels anti-social.Like a real gig situation, in your seat, you’ll naturally have a bit of a chat with your neighbours (or you can move away). Inevitably, I’m dropped next to two Australians, because if anyone knows anything about live music around the world you’ll always be sitting next to an Australian. In your headset, you can hear people asking each other where they’re streaming from, what they do, joking about beer prices, knowing the same people in Salt Lake City. If you share an interest connected to your Facebook profile, it’ll pop up on screen.Crowd controlRemember, these are real people. Offensive or inappropriate behaviour is not tolerated on the platform at all. Before you enter the arena, you’re greeted with a code of conduct alert, which, quite frankly, I could recommend everyone reading before they go into an actual concert. The alert tells you not to harass anyone, use offensive language or just generally display anti-social behaviour. In fact, you could just click on someone’s avatar if they start mouthing off, report them and Facebook will look into it. You can add people as an Oculus Friend, block, report or mute or turn chat volume down during the concert. If someone could please make this feature for real life gigs that would be nice appreciate it. This is honestly the best bit so far. There are no drunk crowd neighbours ruining the vibe or threatening you with potential sexual harassment. The actual concert is, for want of a better word, fine. Vance Joy is a great, highly talented artist, I’m not a mega fan, so the excitement was lost on me there. We had a few teething problems with the broadcast connection, and the picture was a little pixelated, but the sound was quite clear — and you can turn up the music volume, mute people, and turn down the crowd chat volume in another can-we-please-have-this-for-real-life function.What about singing along? You can physically see if someone is singing from a little circle in front of their avatar’s mouth — and you can hear them. It’s frankly adorable and genuine.The absolute best part of this experience? Not one audience member has a smartphone in front of their (and your) face, recording a whole song or taking 14 images of the same moment — they physically can’t with their headsets on. Everyone is either talking to each other or watching the music. Remember those days?Not one audience member has a smartphone in front of their (and your) face.There are some solid advantages of watching live music from home, too. You can buy your own beer, keep it in your fridge and grab it at will without visiting a lengthy bar queue. Your bathroom facilities are as clean as you have personally made them. The commute home? Non-existent. And if you’ve stood in a rammed bus line after a Britney Spears concert with thousands of disgruntled, tired fans doing their best ‘Toxic’ impression my goodness that’s a plus.But what’s missing? Ok, so what’s missing from this picture? Reality. Atmosphere. Human connection. Overwhelming, intoxicating sound. Standing side by side with your best mates. Cool outdoor concert air. Human arms around you while you screaming that song you’ve been waiting to hear. Seeing your hero with your own eyes, sweat dripping from their brow as they start a stadium wide chant of something or other.Weirdly, I found myself yearning for the strain of standing behind an unfathomable tall dude for four hours waiting for the headliner, that unmistakeable feeling of hearing your favourite song start just as you’re about to pee, and the cold, wet realisation that someone just poured their beer down your back. Why the hell did I miss these things?It’s not the only type of live event venues will allow people to watch from their own couch, with live broadcasts planned for sports like NBA and MLB, comedy, movies with SHOWTIME and Lionsgate, and other events. Facebook’s apparently working on a pricing model too — Vance Joy’s concert was free, but sponsored by AEG Presents. It’ll also be interesting to see if people actually get together to watch these in the same room, or find some sort of solace in their own living rooms. But when you’re having that “What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?” conversation in a loud, crowded pub, will anyone pick a VR concert? The look of someone going to a gig.By Shannon Connellan2018-05-31 05:31:50 UTClast_img read more

Already this year 8 Cancun taxi drivers fired for driving impaired

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — So far this year, eight Cancun taxi drivers have been discharged for being found driving while under the influence of alcohol.Four of the intoxicated taxi drivers were discovered by the Secretary of Labor of the Andrés Quintana Roo Trade Union who implemented surveillance checkpoints. They found four of their drivers to be under the influence of alcohol while operating their units.The other four drivers were reported by customers through the taxi complaint system, with the most recent event occurring a week ago.The taxi driver who was dismissed last week in Cancun managed to drive his car over the center median and into oncoming traffic on Banampak Avenue. He was caught driving impaired when, due to the impact of hitting the median, a front tire burst causing him to become immobile.Four of the drivers were dismissed in January, while the other four have been dismissed so far this month.Any taxi driver driving caught under the influence is immediately discharged from the trade union, the decision is final and drivers cannot appeal.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Are there 30 service delivery protests a day in South Africa

first_imgCrowd-related incidents are furthermore divided into “peaceful” or “unrest-related” events. However, this depends on whether the police had to intervene and not on the crowd’s intention or behaviour.Police statistics showed that the police recorded 14,470 crowd-related incidents in 2014/15, the latest data available: WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Total12,39913,57514,740 The number of crowd-related incidents that the police record “cannot be equated with protests”, researchers from the University of Johannesburg’s Social Change research unit wrote in a preliminary analysis of police data on crowd incidents released last year.Project manager of the Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Lizette Lancaster also thinks that the newspaper took all crowd-related incidents recorded for protests.While the police incident recording system “can give some indication about the nature and number of protests… it is not a protest database”, Lancaster previously told Africa Check.‘SA certainly doesn’t have 30 protests a day’Post-doctoral fellow at the social change research unit, Dr Carin Runciman, told Africa Check that at present “there is no reliable estimate of the numbers of protests in South Africa”.Conclusion: No data shows 30 service delivery protests a day in SAThe way that the South African police records events where they are called out to perform crowd control makes it near impossible to figure out how many of these were “service-delivery protests”. University researchers who looked at each entry between 1997 and 2013 concluded that it is nowhere near 30 a day, though.There is therefore no evidence to support the claim that South Africa experiences 30 protests a day.Article researched by Vinayak Bhardwaj and supplied by Africa Check. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking stories. Peaceful incidents10,51711,66812,451center_img The destruction of shacks in Hammanskraal burning of schools in Vuwani have once more focused South Africa’s attention on so-called “service delivery protests”.Most recently, the South African Broadcasting Corporation decided not to show footage of people burning public institutions like schools in any of its news bulletins. This sparked a formal complaint against the “ban”.But just how many protests take place daily in South Africa?A reader asked us on Twitter whether there are “30 service delivery protests a day as was said in parliament”.She was referring to a question-and-answer session with President Jacob Zuma in May when a member of the United Democratic Movement opposition party, Mncendisi Filtane, began a question by saying that “South Africa records about 30 service delivery protests a day, every day”.Africa Check managed to trace the source of the claim to the front page of Sunday newspaper City Press on 9 February 2014.Above a picture of a raging fire engulfing an election poster, a banner read:“2,947: the number of protests in SA in the last three months.”“3,258: the total number of protests between January 2009 and August 2012”“32: the number of protests a day in SA for the last three months.”The claim then spread quickly.South African journalist and columnist Max du Preez repeated the figure two days later in an opinion piece titled “Our protest culture is far from dead”.  Two days after that a The New York Times article also mentioned the number by saying that “the [South African] authorities have recorded a staggering 3,000 protest actions in the past 90 days. The unrest has become almost routine.”Police records ‘not a protest database’But as we explained in a report last year, South Africa’s police service does not record “service-delivery” protests.When the police are called out to monitor and control crowds, the incidents are logged as “crowd-related incidents”. This category is very wide and covers situations varying from sport matches to electoral campaigns. Unrest-related incidents1,8821,9072,289 Crowd-related incidents2012/3 2013/4 2014/5last_img read more

Sometimes business owners need a good coach

first_imgLast week, 51 business coaches from 15 Ibero-American countries gathered to swap success stories and share work experiences during the third annual convention of ActionCOACH, a company that aims to help small and medium-sized businesses.The experts gathered at the Crown Plaza San José Corobicí for the four-day seminar, where they discussed digital marketing, financial support and customer loyalty, among other topics.ActionCOACH Ibero-America General Director Alejandro De Gyvés, who has been with the company since 2009, said they focus on helping directors of small and medium-sized businesses that are struggling. Managers receive coaching on sales, marketing, teamwork, human resources, technology, and finances, and even on how to balance work and family demands.According to Miguel Ángel Noriega, who attended from Mexico, business coaches can help proprietors improve their companies, regardless of the products or services sold.De Gyvés added that coaching is not meant to be a magic solution for all problems, and it takes time and effort on both ends to see progress. However, he said, companies that turn to ActionCOACH are guaranteed progress within weeks.ActionCOACH has two business coaches in Costa Rica: Roger Campos, who started the franchise three years ago, and Felipe Rojas, who became an associate last month.“We all need coaching,” Rojas said.Prospective coaches should be passionate for teaching, amicable to change, and have a proven success rate as an entrepreneur, Noriega added.To learn more, see: www.actioncoach.com, or the company’s Costa Rica site, www.actioncoachcr.com (Spanish only). Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Canadian man killed in apparent Escazú home invasion

first_imgBrad Deering, a 42-year-old Canadian man who resided in Costa Rica, was killed Thursday by three unidentified gunmen who police believe were attempting to burglarize a home in an upscale neighborhood of Escazú, southwest of the capital.According to Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), three men arrived at the home in Guachipelín around noon, dressed as private security officers, entered the property and tied up a security guard. Deering, originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, and three other people inside the home were also attacked and tied up, an OIJ spokesman said.  Police said Deering was shot three times while trying to escape. The suspects fled the scene after the shooting. The OIJ spokesmen said no further information is immediately available, and the case is under investigation.A Canadian Embassy spokeswoman said they will address the issue after talking to Deering’s family.Follow ticotimes.net for updates as more information becomes available. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more