Re-Architecting the Data Center: Intel and Industry Innovation at Open Compute Summit

first_imgSince its inception in 2011, Intel has been a key contributor to the Open Compute Project (OCP). As a founding member of OCP, Intel strives to continue increasing the number of open solutions based on OCP specifications available on the market. That mission was front and center today at the annual OCP Summit in San Jose where we talked about a number of OCP-based products available from Intel and our ecosystem partners.One of the highlights today at the OCP Summit was the introduction of the Intel Xeon processor D product family, announced by Intel on March 9th. It was an exciting moment to share more details with the OCP Summit audience about the first Intel Xeon based product manufactured on 14nm. Intel has leveraged our extensive data center experience and our leading 14nm process technology to create a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) that integrates Intel Xeon compute cores, Intel networking, and I/O onto a single processor.During my keynote I had the pleasure of welcoming Jason Taylor, Facebook’s VP of Infrastructure, to talk about how Intel and Facebook are collaborating to create solutions and share them with the OCP. During our conversation, Jason talked about an Intel Xeon processor D-based system called Yosemite that Facebook will adopt and contribute to OCP, and the power and performance benefits delivered by this new SoC. For Intel, the most important part of launching a new product is helping our customers to be successful, and it is very rewarding to see a key partner such as Facebook be an early adopter of our latest product and join us at the OCP Summit to share with the audience how the Intel Xeon processor D product family will benefit their data center.In our demo booth at the OCP Summit we are demonstrating the first implementation of Intel Rack Scale Architecture (Intel RSA) based on OCP-compliant hardware. Intel RSA is a logical architecture that enables the disaggregation and pooling of compute, storage, and networking resources, allowing our customers to deliver higher performance while lowering the TCO of their data center systems. Already, there is a growing RSA ecosystem focused on the development of OCP hardware, with RSA evaluations under way in the data centers of leading cloud service providers.Intel is also contributing a wide range of new networking and storage products and technologies. At our booth you can check the first live demo of a 100-gigabit Ethernet switch for Intel RSA and also a new 40GbE adapter that supports the OCP 2.0 design specification.As these examples should show, Intel is deeply committed to the OCP and its mission to enable the design and delivery of open, highly efficient hardware for scalable computing. To date, Intel has made several contributions to the OCP in the form of servers, racks, storage, and networking components aligned to OCP specifications and has worked with our partners on the development of 40 OCP systems.You can expect us to continue to innovate and work together with our ecosystem partners to share specifications and best practices with OCP that deliver highly efficient solutions to the industry.Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Director Steven Spielberg speaks about The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

first_imgIt was Tintin mania writ large. Fans were out on the streets, some sporting Tintin caps, some in the trademark quaff of the world’s most famous boy reporter. There was even someone strutting around in a Captain Haddock costume. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, the animated,It was Tintin mania writ large. Fans were out on the streets, some sporting Tintin caps, some in the trademark quaff of the world’s most famous boy reporter. There was even someone strutting around in a Captain Haddock costume. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, the animated 3D adaptation of the Belgian comic book hero, premiered on October 21 at the UGC De Brouckere theatre in Brussels, the city of his creator Herge’s birth. India Today’s Associate Copy Editor Narender Saini caught up with the movie’s director, Steven Spielberg, over two days in Brussels and Paris. Excerpts:Q. When did the idea of making a Tintin movie first catch your fancy?A. In the 1980s. But we lacked the technology then. I found it only in the Noughties and immediately reacquired the movie rights. On an intuition, I approached Weta, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson’s company. I asked them to show me how Snowy, Tintin’s faithful companion, would look like. It took them three months before the results came in. I went to my screening room and turned on the projector. And there was Snowy. Their digital dog was brilliant. We were on!Q. The movie releases in India on November 11, a full six weeks before its US release. Any special reason?A. America doesn’t know Tintin. We are positioning it as an original movie based on a good story. We want Americans to discover Tintin the same way they discovered Indiana Jones, ET, Star Wars or films like Avatar.advertisementQ. Do you think you did justice in terms of animation and live action?A. Yes. The characters breathe life, they possess a sense of humour and all the emotions we do because they were performed by real people. But I am not patting myself on the back. All credit goes to Weta and the actual animators.Q. Does technology obscure the story in your latest offering?A. Technology made things easy but is not most important. If you do not have a great idea, you cannot make a great movie based only on technology.Q. Did you ever meet Herge, Tintin’s creator?A. I had spoken to him over the phone sometime in 1983. I told him what a huge fan I am of his art, and his stories, and he raved about Raiders of the Lost Ark, which had come out in 1981. I told him that I wanted to adapt his book into a movie. Herge said, “You are the only director I feel who can do justice to my book.” He asked if I could come next week. I was shooting the next Indiana Jones instalment that time in London. We agreed to meet in three weeks. He died two weeks later.Q. Who is your favourite character in the Tintin series?A. Captain Haddock. Because he is funny, larger-than-life, and his worldview is a little clouded over. The best thing about him is his profanity. Herge customised it for him.Q. You and Peter Jackson are planning a Tintin trilogy?A. If the film achieves a level of success that we think warrants further adventures of Tintin, Peter and I would love to do it.Q. Besides the Reliance Enter-tainment tie-up, what other Indian collaborations do you have?A. I don’t. My financier, Reliance Entertainment, is making movies possible for my DreamWorks Studios now.last_img read more

Ind vs WI 2nd Test, Day 2: India seize control as Laxman, Dhoni shine

first_imgFirst it was Rahul Dravid, then it was VVS Laxman’s turn to follow suit with a ton. Just when you were beginning to think that a deceleration was on the cards skipper MS Dhoni jumped in the fray with a century against his name. Score | PhotosWith the ‘Big 3’ belting their names in the record books with massive centuries against their names and the scoreboard swelling to 631/7 dec, chances that the ton an average Indian cricket fan has been waiting for seven months might not come to past at Eden – the Mecca of Indian cricket.Chances are that the touring West Indies side, who were trailing by 597 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the 1st innings when bad light forced an early end, may be forced to follow-on putting Sachin Tendulkar’s plans for his 100th ton on hold.India started the day on 346/5 with VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh at the crease. While Laxman continued to bat at ease, busy chasing his 17th Test hundred, Yuvraj Singh paid the price for inappropriate strokes.Trying to play across the line to opposition skipper Darren Sammy will always invite trouble and that’s what happened on Tuesday, Yuvraj got trapped leg before on a paltry 25.That was the first of the two wickets to fall from the Indian camp on the day as Laxman and Dhoni, playing like they were possessed, chased down every ball that was thrown to them.Singles came aplenty and so did the doubles and boundaries. Besides skipper Dhoni made sure that were those ‘spectator-friendly’ shots that took the aerial route past the fence.advertisementSoon Laxman played his trade mark shot off Sammy, the ball sailed past the boundary, the scanty crowd rose up in applause and the man was out there raising his bat to a 100 against his name – his 17th Tests.Bad light and slight drizzle brought in its share of drama as an early lunch was called with India on a cosy 433/6.If the first session belonged to Laxman, the second was clearly Dhoni’s.He battered, bashed and pounded and even used his trademark helicopter shot to the entertainment of the sparse crowd and within minutes the India total raced past 500.But Dhoni continued and within a matter of minutes his double digit figure had turned to three, giving him his fifth Test ton. At tea India were a massive 613/6.Breaks usually don’t go down too well with the batsmen and Tuesday proved to be no different. Minutes into the final session a Kemar Roach ball broke their 224-run partnership.The India skipper wanted to cut a short ball, but a thick edged was nicely taken by keeper Carlton Baugh and the Dhoni was seen walking back with 144 on board even as the India score read 620/7.With the captain back in the pavilion deceleration wasn’t far. Precisely 11 balls later India declared with the scoreboard reading 631/7 with Laxman remaining unbeaten on 176.West Indies 1st inningsAlready reeling under pressure, the Windies started off poorly losing their opener Adrian Barath in the second over of the innings.The 87-mile an hour cherry off paceman Umesh Yadav took the edge of Barath’s bat and Virender Sehwag did the rest in the slips cordon. He could only manage to score one as the visitors lost their first wicket on three.Offie R Ashwin scalped the other opener Kraigg Brathwaite (17) and the Windies were down 30/2. The visitors could have been in major trouble if it had not been for bad light that forced early stumps.At close on Day 2, West Indes were trailing by 597 runs with eight wickets in hand.last_img read more

Tendulkar to flag off inaugural Kolkata Full Marathon

first_imgKolkata, Jan 28 (PTI) Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar will flag off the inaugural edition of IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon, which will have 8000 participants across three events, at Red Road tomorrow. The face of the event, Tendulkar urged the people to come out and start running for a healthy living. “Ive always been supportive for any outdoor activity. Todays generation has access to various things sitting in one spot, like for example video games keep them engage equally. But the idea is to play some sport. “The idea is to motivate others to wear the running shoes, and contribute towards a fitter city and nation, its a message of fitness,” Tendulkar said about his association. Citing example of the modern day Team India under Virat Kohli, Tendulkar said its their fitness regime that has made them one of the best fielding sides in the world. “We have got one of the best fielding sides in the world. They are even mentally attacking while fielding. The body is moving in the same direction as mind. That happens only with practice. Our fitness routine, the awareness all those things add value, it reflects in their fitness.” “Nothing happens without practice. Its evident in the way the team are practising very conscious of their fitness. Maybe we would be doing differently 15-20 years from now, thats progression. But as of now its a joy to watch them.” The full marathon will be flagged off at 5 am where about 800 amateur runners will compete and it will be followed by half marathon at 6.30am, the 10K and 5K events at 7.30am and 9.30am respectively with a total prize purse of Rs 10 lakh. “Its proven that if the kids go out and participate in some outdoor activities their absorbing power increases and theyre able to grasp not just sport but become more receptive to study. “Its about leading a healthy life. I remember my grandmother telling me health is your wealth, stay active, stay healthy. “Its time for you to come out of your sofa and you will see the moment we get into some kind of sport, our lifestyle changes, the clothes fit you better… One must remember that fitness is not just from outside but from within you. Its not just for looks but for quality lifestyle,” he said. Tendulkar remembered the IDBI Half Marathon in Mumbai on August 21. “I was there at 5am in the morning and the spirit was such that you had a 16-year-old as well as a 75-year-old running in full zest. “Many were struggling to finish but they were not giving up. I could feel the energy. Im sure the excitement will be high.” PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

‘What next?!’ – Ramos mocks Karius concussion claims

first_imgReal Madrid ‘What next? A cold for Firmino?!’ – Ramos mocks Karius concussion claims Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 22:08 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(32) Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 2017-18 Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Liverpool Premier League Sergio Ramos Mohamed Salah The Spanish defender has issued a sarcastic response to claims that the goalkeeper sustained a serious injury during the Champions League final Sergio Ramos has hit back at the furore surrounding his actions in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.Mohamed Salah sustained a dislocated shoulder during the Reds’ 3-1 defeat in Ukraine, after a tangle with the Spain international.It has now been claimed that goalkeeper Loris Karius sustained a concussion after being elbowed by Ramos, and the centre-back has defended himself, insisting that the claims can only get more outlandish from here on in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Damn, they’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing,” he told reporters, per Cuatro. “I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified. I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold.”After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash. I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him.”Of course, Karius made two costly errors during the encounter, each coming after the encounter with Ramos.Initially, the goalkeeper threw the ball out, only for it to be intercepted by Karim Benzema for Real’s first goal, before he fumbled a long-range effort from Gareth Bale to give Real their third goal.Following the contest, Salah’s fitness has been the subject of much debate, but he is expected to play in the World Cup with Egypt this summer.And Ramos insists that the forward could have played on, had he been given a pain-killing injecion.”I spoke with Salah through messages, and he was quite good,” he added. “He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more.”I don’t know if it’s because you’re at Madrid for so long and win for so long that people look at it a different way.”last_img read more

Health Ministry Gets Corporate Jamaica Moving

first_img Dr. Tufton said Jamaica Moves is a preventative mechanism and is the first line of defence in order to promote healthier living among the population. Story Highlights The Ministry of Health is getting corporate Jamaica involved in its healthy lifestyle drive through its ‘Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge’. The Ministry of Health is getting corporate Jamaica involved in its healthy lifestyle drive through its ‘Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge’.The official launch of the challenge was held on July 19 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.As part of the larger ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign, the Corporate Challenge is encouraging organisations to become health ambassadors in promoting healthy lifestyle habits among staff.Under the challenge, companies are encouraged to compete in six events across the island from September 10 to December 2.These are: the Fortis 5K Run, September 10; the Colour Me Happy Charity Run, September 16; the Cumi Come Run, Walk/Run September 23; the Heroes in Action 5K Run/Walk, October 15; the University of the West Indies (UWI) 5K Walk/Run, November 12; and the Reggae Marathon Half Marathon and 10K on December 2.The entry fee for up to 50 staff is $75,000 while the fee for up to 100 staff members is $125,000.Companies will earn points from their participation in the events and entities with the most points at the end of the circuit will be declared the ‘Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge’ winner.Keynote speaker at the launch, Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the objective is to get all members of society to practise healthy lifestyle habits for good health.“This is a possible game changer in trying to influence lifestyle in Jamaica…we are looking for ambassadors for the cause. We are looking for Jamaicans at the corporate, individual and community levels. Lifestyle (habits) matter in terms of the quality, length of life, productivity and capacity to perform on the job and your general well-being,” he pointed out.Dr. Tufton said Jamaica Moves is a preventative mechanism and is the first line of defence in order to promote healthier living among the population.“The reality is that most of us don’t practise healthy habits but if we do this collectively, we encourage others,” he said.The ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign, which was launched in April this year encourages Jamaicans to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity along with healthy eating habits in their daily lives, in order to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among the population.NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers, account for 70 per cent of total deaths in Jamaica.Participating companies in the Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge include the Jamaica National Group; the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; the National Health Fund (NHF) and Running Events Limited.For more information on the events and registration, visit: www.jamaicamoves.com. As part of the larger ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign, the Corporate Challenge is encouraging organisations to become health ambassadors in promoting healthy lifestyle habits among staff.last_img read more

Norwegian Joy Delivered to NCL

first_imgzoom Norwegian Cruise Line today took delivery of Norwegian Joy, the brand’s fifteenth ship and the first custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market, from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft during an on board ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. At 167,725–gross-tons and accommodating 3,883 guests, Norwegian Joy is the second ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class.“As Norwegian Cruise Line continues our global growth, Norwegian Joy’s delivery marks a momentous occasion in our company’s history, signifying our official entry into the Chinese cruise market,” said Andy Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line.In advance of the delivery, David Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Chin and executives from Norwegian’s offices in China gathered for a traditional blessing from the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, Mazu, to ask for safe and pleasant voyages for the ship and all its guests. The ceremony was held at the Mazu Temple in Shanghai where, one year ago, the Norwegian team held a ceremony to obtain a blessing for the coins that were used in Norwegian Joy’s Keel laying ceremony.“With Norwegian Joy, we have completed a highly sophisticated ship with a lot of technologically challenging features. Thanks to a dedicated team consisting of Norwegian Cruise Line, yard, classification society and suppliers, we have accomplished our goal of delivering a great ship on time, while meeting high quality expectations,” said Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Werft.Following the delivery, Norwegian Joy will begin its journey to China, where it will be showcased through an inaugural port tour featuring one-day events at the ports of Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. The ship will be christened on June 27 by the ‘King of Chinese Pop’, Wang Leehom.last_img read more

Wipro Microsoft to invest in Bengal CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said IT giants Wipro and Microsoft have agreed to invest in the state and added that Wipro would be allocated 50 acres of land at the Silicon Valley IT hub in New Town here, while Microsoft would start e-commerce platforms in the state.She made the announcement while addressing a programme on “Save Green, Stay Clean” at Nazrul Mancha on Thursday afternoon. Microsoft India will introduce two projects — ‘Sangam’ and ‘ReWeave’ in which an e-commerce platform will be created that will connect six lakh weavers of the state. The tech major had announced the launch of a new e-commerce platform for handloom weavers under its ‘Project ReWeave’, as part of its philanthropic initiative. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”This project will begin from Nadia district and help spur weavers’ income by 25 percent,” Banerjee said. The platform would help artisans connect directly with buyers, enabling them to gain technical support and modern training, helping them to reach out to newer customers and markets, she added. Microsoft will undertake the ‘Project Sangam’ here which seeks to empower municipal functionaries to run community training courses. Besides, the company, in association with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), has curated a special curriculum in ‘CAD and Colour for Handloom Weaving’ to provide digital training in handloom design. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIT giant Infosys, which is setting up its office on 50-acre land, has completed construction of the boundary wall. Infosys officials held several rounds of talks with their counterpart in the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA). The firm has already obtained clearance from the Fire and Emergency Services department and the Environment department and is going to submit the plan for the proposed building to the NKDA. Senior Infosys officials who had attended the inauguration of the Silicon Valley project told in presence of the Chief Minister that the office building they are going to construct will be a landmark building in New Town and Kolkata. Banerjee maintained that the Silicon Valley in New Town is coming up on 200 acre of land. She thanked the state It department for its relentless efforts to make Bengal surge ahead in the field of Information Technology. Mamata Banerjee has said over and again that she is keen to project Bengal as an important IT hub worldwide. She has urged the IT professionals from Bengal who are working in other states and abroad to come back to their state and start work here. The Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) has taken up a slew of measures to upgrade traffic management in Sector V, the state’s biggest IT hub.last_img read more

Govt hikes commission of ration dealers in a bid to ensure POS

first_imgKolkata: The state government is increasing the commission of the ration dealers to encourage them for installing POS machines in the ration shops across the state.The state Food and Supplies department has already got the nod of the state Finance department to increase the commission of the dealers from Rs 54 per quintal to Rs 70. A section of the ration dealers, however, have demanded Rs 250 as commission. Some dealers have been organising protests demanding hike of commission for the last one month. The ration dealers under the aegis of the Centre are entitled to get a commission of Rs 70 a quintal, half of which is to be paid by the state. The state pays Rs 16 to the ration distributors, with the foodgrains reaching the dealers through the distributors in Bengal. The commission of the distributors will, however, remain the same. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that the Centre has recently written to the state Food department, threatening to stop subsidy for food grains if the POS machines are not installed. The POS machines in the ration shops will not only prevent fleecing of customers by a section of shop owners, but will also facilitate people in availing multipurpose facilities like purchase of railway tickets, bus tickets for distant travel, deposit of LIC premium and several others. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We have already installed such machines at 366 ration shops in six districts as a pilot project and the venture has proved to be successful. We will be installing similar facilities in all the 21,000 ration shops across the state,” a senior official of the Food department said. The department has already organised training programmes across the state for equipping the dealers in handling POS machines. There are only a few districts where the training is still going on. The POS machines will be able to detect fraudulent practices like giving less quantity of food grains to customers or dealing in inferior stuff which is not actually supplied by the department. “It will serve the dual objective of quality as well as quantity control,” the official added.last_img read more

Spruce Grove firm awarded contract to develop new offleash dog parks

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Spruce Grove, Alberta-based EDS Group will be engaging with residents and leading development of more off-leash dog parks in Fort St. John after the firm was awarded the contract at Monday’s council meeting.EDS will begin consultations with residents on the location to build a second off-leash dog park in the city later this spring, while at the same time presenting city staff with concepts to improve the existing off-leach park in Toboggan Hill Park. The firm’s $24,990 bid was the  lowest submitted during the Request for Proposals process.When asked by Councillor Byron Stewart about the timeframe, Community Services GM Wally Ferris said that staff plans to have an initial meeting with the contractor at the end of March, before consultations begin shortly thereafter. Ferris added that he was hopeful that a detailed design would be presented this summer, when ground would likely be broken. The city has budgeted $500,000 for the construction of off-leash parks this year. The development of a dog park was identified as a priority in the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan that was adopted in early 2017.last_img read more

Stop the regulatory merry go round Alberta ministers to fight C 69

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Alberta cabinet ministers are heading to Ottawa to push for changes to federal legislation that would overhaul energy project reviews.Premier Rachel Notley said Tuesday that Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips will make Alberta’s case to the Senate that Bill C-69 needs to be fixed.“We need to stop the regulatory merry-go-round, not supercharge it,” she said in a speech to the International Pipeline Conference. “We need to improve our competitive position, not make it harder to get things built.” The bill, which is still under consideration in the Senate, would create a new Impact Assessment Agency and replace the National Energy Board with the Canadian Energy Regulator.It introduces new timelines and specific steps that companies and governments will have to take in order for new energy projects to go ahead.“In its current form, C-69 hurts Alberta. It hurts our competitive position by creating uncertainty,” Notley said.Notley said she wants the legislation to clearly spell out that downstream emissions, from the burning of the fossil fuels, would be excluded from reviews.She said uncertainty about review timelines, and the criteria by which projects will be judged, need to be cleared up.“It’s also a major overreach of federal jurisdiction, into our province’s right to develop and control our own resources _ something Albertans have a lot more experience at than folks from Ottawa.” Notley told reporters she has no quibbles with the goal of C-69: to create a regulatory regime that Canadians trust.“I support their intent, but you need to really engage really carefully to make sure that you don’t kill yourself with good intentions,” she said.McCuaig-Boyd said her office has not been given a date for when she’ll have her say in the Senate.In the meantime, she said she’ll be refining the message she plans to send.center_img “Maybe a little storytelling mixed in with it: This is what the impact means to Alberta.”The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association slammed the potential legislation in submissions to a Parliamentary committee in March, saying: “if the goal is to curtail oil and gas production and to have no more pipelines built, this legislation has hit the mark.”Following Notley’s speech Tuesday, association president and CEO Chris Bloomer said the premier’s tough language was welcome.“We said from the outset that this bill does not provide the clarity and certainty that the government was trying to achieve,” he said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

DR Congo army and police continue to violate civilians human rights says

A monthly assessment of the human rights situation in the DRC released yesterday by the UN Mission, known as MONUC, stated that there have been numerous cases in which Congolese soldiers and police have summarily executed and raped civilians, in some cases with apparent impunity.Late last December, troops from the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) allegedly arbitrarily executed 13 civilians, wounded many others and set fire to portions of the villages of Laudjo and Ladhejo close to Bunia in the northeast portion of the country. Although MONUC has not been able to confirm this account due to ongoing military violence in the area, it does give credence to the reliable sources who informed the Mission of this incident.In western Bandundu Province, a policeman with the National Congolese Police (PNC) reportedly shot a 60-year-old woman when delivering a summons to her daughter who had been raped by another policeman.There have also been reports of a marked rise in armed robberies and other human rights violations committed by people wearing PNC uniforms, with several civilians being killed in apparent robbery attempts.The number of rape cases climbed significantly in January in Ituri and South Kivu, both located in eastern DRC.In Muguma in Ituri, a soldier allegedly raped a woman three times who had been accused of witchcraft, and two young women, one a minor, in Aru in the northeast claimed to have been raped by a FARDC deputy commander on 31 December.In South Kivu, there have been reports of sexual violence directed against both men and women. Four women, one a Rwandan Hutu, allegedly were raped on 21 January by armed men in uniform when they tried to run away from them. On 8 January, a 21-year-old male civilian was reportedly sexually attacked by an FARDC soldier in Ihusi.Despite the formal end in 1999 of the brutal civil war which cost 4 million lives through fighting, hunger and disease, the DRC has been beset by unrest. This month saw violent clashes in the western Bas-Congo province which killed more than 130 people, according to the report.The UN Security Council established MONUC to help carry out the 1999 Lusaka Accord. The mission has some 17,500 uniformed personnel, 3,140 civilian staff and 585 UN volunteers. 21 February 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported that the human rights situation in the country continues to deteriorate, as the army and police perpetrate acts of violence against civilians and the number of reported rapes surges. read more

Iraq earns additional €370 million under UNs oilforfood programme

The UN Office of the Iraq Programme said that last week Iraq exported 14.9 million barrels of oil, earning on average approximately €24.86 per barrel.During the same period, the UN oil overseers approved eight new contracts for the purchase of a total of 15 million barrels of oil. Currently, there are 157 approved contracts for the lifting of over 476 million barrels of crude.The total value of contracts placed on hold by the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Baghdad increased over the past week to $3.59 billion, covering 1,703 contracts. Last week, there were 1,682 contracts on hold, worth $3.52 billion. read more

UN antidrug conference offers opportunity to chart a better and balanced path

“With the UN General Assembly special session consensus as our blueprint, we can promote efforts to stop organized crime while protecting human rights, enabling development and ensuring rights-based treatment and support,” Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday in a video message at the opening session of the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs.”I have called on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC] to develop a comprehensive strategy that works across the three pillars with other UN entities to advance our efforts,” he stressed, referring to the three main pillars of the UN’s work – peace and security, human rights, and development.UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said that throughout the coming year, the agency is looking forward to continuing its lead role in the UN’s strategic work on drug issues.”The Commission on Narcotic Drugs has proven time and again its value in bringing the world together – Member States, UN agencies, regional organizations, civil society, young people and scientists,” he said.”The political commitment, expertise and experience gathered here represent a vital resource as we seek to find balanced, integrated solutions, drawing on the mutually supportive and reinforcing international drug control conventions and human rights obligations, and working towards the Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr. Fedotov underscored.The opening session was also addressed by the President of the International Narcotics Control Board, Dr. Viroj Sumyai, and featured a video message from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.“At this session, UNODC and WHO [the World Health Organization] will present a new report on treatment and care for people with drug use disorders in contact with the criminal justice system, and addressing alternatives to conviction or incarceration,” explained Mr. Fedotov.Over the next week, the session, chaired by Ambassador Alicia Buenrostro Massieu of Mexico, will also consider a variety of resolutions, such as on combating the synthetic opioid crisis, strengthening drug prevention in schools and measures to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.“UNODC remains committed to supporting you in all your efforts to improve balanced, evidence-based responses to the challenges to health, security, safety and development posed by drugs,” he concluded.Along with the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs serves as the central policymaking body within the UN system on drugs. It is one of UNODC’s governing bodies, and its resolutions and decisions provide guidance to Member States, UNODC and the international community. read more

For The Knicks The Playoffs Look Like a Scary

With the NBA playoffs right around the corner, teams like the New York Knicks are faced with an intriguing question right before the playoffs—the Heat or the Bulls?Neither alternative is encouraging for a team that will finish just a few games above .500.There was a slight possibility that the Knicks could finish 6th in the Eastern Conference Division and avoid those two powerhouses by playing the Indiana Pacers, but that hope was crushed when Orlando hung on for a close win against the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday.If the Knicks win against the Charlotte Bobcats, or the Philadelphia 76ers lose to the Detroit Pistons, New York will finish with the 7th seed and face off against the Miami Heat and the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. With an overall record of 46-19, the Heat swept the Knicks in their three regular season matchups.So should they hope to play the Bulls? Not really. Against the conference-leading Bulls, the Knicks also were swept during the season.Of late, the Knicks have been on an impressive roll, winning 16 of the last 20 games. Carmelo Anthony has been a big part of the Knicks’ momentum, averaging 22.6 points per game.“It doesn’t matter who we play, we just have to be prepared,” Anthony said.But he’s supposed to say that—it’s one of the game’s oldest clichés.Anthony does finally have his big man back—Amar’e Stoudemire, averaging 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds, is back in the rotation. The Knicks also have shooting weapons Steve Novak and J.R. Smith coming off the bench, so maybe their plight isn’t so hopeless.If anyone should get credit for the Knick surge, perhaps it’s Coach Mike Woodson. Before Mike D’Antoni was replaced with Woodson as the head coach, it was certain that the Knicks weren’t going to the playoffs. Under D’Antoni, the Knicks’ record was 18-24. But the team seems to have a lot more energy and passion under Woodson, who has taken their overall record to 35-30.So it’s either the Heat or the Bulls for the team from the Big Apple. Either way, the odds are pointing to an early exit for Carmelo and Amar’e. read more

Duke of Edinburgh plays cowpat cricket with Prince Charles in rarelyseen home

first_imgThe Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales in later life The Duchess of Cambridge also made an appearance on the show, speaking of her own time completing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award where she struggled to feed her camp-mates in the lashing rain. The Duchess, who completed her award during her A Levels before she became a member of the Royal family, said: “I can remember trying to cook bacon in the soaking wet. “Everything was just sopping and I was trying and trying to cook bacon.”I remember saying you know what, I think we’re just going to have plain sandwiches. Bread, basic bread and butter.”When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, will be aired on Monday, December 12th at 9pm on ITV. The Duke of Edinburgh agreed to take part in a documentary commemorating the 60th anniversary of his award Phillip Schofield will attempt to interview the Duke as part of the ITV show A toddling Prince Edward, now Earl of Wessex, is seen exploring the garden in dainty red shoes, while the family are chased by corgis.At one point, a young Prince of Wales appears to fashion a makeshift bosom out of a playmate’s pullover, under his own t-shirt, as Schofield commented: “What is he doing?”The reputation of the Duke, now 95, has come under considerable attention recently, as Netflix drama The Crown sought to reinstate him in the nation’s minds as a youthful, athletic, curious and fiercely clever part of the Royal household. The Duke of Edinburgh agreed to take part in a documentary commemorating the 60th anniversary of his award The Duchess of Cambridge will speak about her own Duke of Edinburgh Award experience It is the most quintessential of British summer pastimes, but rarely has cricket been played quite like this before.For the Duke of Edinburgh and his son the Prince of Wales will tonight be seen creating a rather unusual form of the sport, complete with cow pats.A new ITV documentary about the life of the Duke of Edinburgh is to reveal how he played with his young children on holiday, with footage captured on home video by the Queen herself. The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales in later life The Duchess of Cambridge will speak about her own Duke of Edinburgh Award experience “For her to have found somebody like him, I don’t think she could have chosen better.”The film will see the Duke in classic form, proclaiming some of the tasks award candidates attempt to undertake “idiotic”, that children are brought into the world “completely ignorant”, and asking Schofield: “How many more times have I got to do this?” after attending his third on-camera interview. The programme will see family members including the Earl and Countess of Wessex pay tribute to the patriarch, as he begrudgingly allows them to celebrate six decades of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.Actress Joanna Lumley will tell audiences she believes the Duke “could have been James Bond”, as a result of his athletic and military prowess, insisting he is the best person to turn to in a crisis for sound, sympathetic advice.Dame Judi Dench proclaims him “indomitable”, while the Countess of Wessex says he keeps “bang up to date with current affairs” as well as maintaining physical fitness under the maxim: “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”. Phillip Schofield will attempt to interview the Duke as part of the ITV show “I think it must be a fairly lonely place being Queen,” the Countess added. “As a female in the top job it’s important, I think, to have somebody you can learn on, discuss things with, be open and honest with behind closed doors. Schofield added he had been granted special permission from The Queen herself to view the films, which include scenes from the Royal Yacht Britannia, of the Duke and children skimming down water slides. One scene, filmed in the 1960s, will show how he bowls what appear to be dried cowpats at his eldest son, who bats them away deftly.Later, the Duke is caught mock-cowering as children pelt him with the same substance, in footage revealing his playful side.The footage will be broadcast by ITV as part of a one-off documentary into the Duke and the outdoor adventure awards which bear his name.Host Phillip Schofield said: “What’s lovely here is that you get the impression of a really fun, warm loving father. So often, we’ve been told, he’s stern and very severe.“It’s great to see him as a fun, active young dad.”Narrating the film, the presented said: “There’s the Prince playing some sort of cricket. They look like cowpats.” Joanna Lumley and the Prince of Wales enjoy a party at Clarence House in aid of the Samaritans Joanna Lumley and the Prince of Wales enjoy a party at Clarence House in aid of the Samaritans 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.last_img read more

Female couple in their 20s battered by four men after they refused

“The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them. On an impulse, I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up.”The next thing I know is I’m being punched. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I don’t remember whether or not I lost consciousness.”Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over. Our stuff was stolen as well.”I don’t know yet if my nose is broken, and I haven’t been able to go back to work, but what upsets me the most is that violence has become a common thing, that sometimes it’s necessary to see a woman bleeding after having been punched to feel some kind of impact.” She is still waiting to find out if her nose is broken, and is off work due to the attack.London Mayor Mr Khan is among those to have expressed his anger at the attack, and he tweeted: “This was a disgusting, misogynistic attack. Hate crimes against LGBT+ people will not be tolerated in London. The Metropolitan Police are investigating. If you have any information about this call 101 to report it.” Melania Geymonat has worked as an air hostess for RyanAir “They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions. I don’t remember the whole episode, but the word ‘scissors’ stuck in my mind.”It was only them and us there. In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make” them go away.”Chris even pretended she was sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it. “We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence because when you stand up for yourself s— like this happens.”By the way, I am thankful to all the women and men in my life that understand that having balls means something completely different.” I just hope that in June, Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they stop happening.”Describing how the attack unfolded, she wrote: “Last Wednesday, I had a date with Chris. We got on the night bus, heading for her place in Camden Town, climbed upstairs and took the front seats.”We must have kissed or something because these guys came after us. I don’t remember if they were already there or if they got on after us. There were at least four of them. Melania has worked as an air hostess for RyanAir 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. The MP for the constituency in which the attack occurred, Tulip Siddiq, tweeted: “Horrified to see this homophobic attack against two women simply trying to enjoy a night out in West Hampstead. There can be no excuses, no space, for such obscene behaviour. My full solidarity is with these women and the UK’s LGBT community.” Horrified to see this homophobic attack against two women simply trying to enjoy a night out in West Hampstead. There can be no excuses, no space, for such obscene behaviour. My full solidarity is with these women and the UK’s LGBT community.https://t.co/ViajxDdERd— Tulip Siddiq (@TulipSiddiq) June 7, 2019 Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt added: “Appalled to see this kind of homophobic violence in the U.K., there’s no place for this kind of vile behaviour in our society. Please contact @MetCC if you have any information.”Detective Superintendent Andy Cox said: “This was a disgusting attack on two women who appear to have been picked out and targeted by a group of youths. The suspects have made a number of homophobic comments towards the couple before throwing coins at them. When the women tried to reason with the group, the attack escalated to an assault. “CCTV footage from the attack is being reviewed by detectives. We continue to appeal for information from the public, particularly those who were present on the bus before or after the attack to come forward and tell police what they saw.“A number of active enquires are in hand to trace other individuals suspected to have been involved in the incident. Lots of people will understandably be outraged by this attack. Our efforts to trace all the suspects involved and bring them in for questioning will be relentless.“Attacks of this nature on London buses are rare. I would like to reassure those heading out over the weekend that extra uniformed and plain clothes Safer Transport officers will be out on patrol working to keep them safe and prevent crime.”   A female couple were battered by a gang of four men after they refused to kiss “for their entertainment” on a London night bus. Four arrests have been made in relation to the attack, the Met Police said in a statement.The males, aged between 15-18, were taken into custody on suspicion of robbery and aggravated GBH.Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Chris had been on a date in the capital last Wednesday and were heading home on the top deck of the bus when the men started abusing them. When they refused to kiss at the demand of the gang, they were viciously attacked. They were also later robbed of a phone and a handbag.Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the assault. She said: “This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected.”Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community.”In a post on Facebook, Ms Geymonat – who worked recently as a Ryanair air hostess and is originally from Uruguay – said: “I’m tired of being taken as a sexual object, of finding out that these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up just because. read more

Super Globe title goes to Germany – Fuchse Berlin AGAIN

Fuchse Berlin won the IHF Super Globe for the second year in a row. Last year German team beat FC Barcelona and Telekom Veszprem, while this season PSG Handball weren’t good enough – 29:28 (12:15) after +7 of the French champions in the second half… ← Previous Story IHF SUPER GLOBE 2016: Esperance beat Lekhwya for fifth place Next Story → Croatian NT coach Zeljko Babic resigns

Nedeljko Jovanovic to assist Nenad Perunicic on Serbian bench

← Previous Story Egyptian juniors are African champions 2018! Next Story → Yanis Lenne is joker of Aix Serbia will play at World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark in Group in Berlin with home team, France, Brazil, Russia and Korea.PHOTO: RK Novi Pazar Nedeljko JovanovicNenad PerunicicSerbian handball Two true legends of Serbian handball from 90’s and first half of the 2000’s, Nenad Perunicic and Nedeljko Jovanovic will lead Serbian national team in the future.Nenad Perunicic is promoted as head-coach of the team, while his wish is that his former team-mate from the national team, Jovanovic, join his staff:My first assistant will be Nedeljko Jovanovic. Nedja is my brother from playing court, but also true legend of this sport who is a little bit underestimated in Serbia during years – said Perunicic for Balkan-Handball.com video project – DO HANDBALL. read more