(AP) – Authorities in rural eastern Missouri are investigating the deaths of a 4-year-old boy and the 37-year-old family friend the child was with.The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the child was reported missing Monday night from the town of Belle, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southwest of St. Louis. The child had reportedly been with a man described as a family friend since Sunday morning.The patrol says the man’s vehicle was found in rural Gasconade County at 11:30 p.m. Monday. The bodies of the man and the child were found nearby.Names have not been released. Police have not disclosed any additional information.Autopsies are planned.
With new smartphones coming out almost every other week, it can be difficult keeping track of the good from the bad. Smartphones today are getting better and better and that’s not just restricted to the high-end segment anymore. We come up with a list every month after shortlisting some of the best new phones to have launched in the Indian market and we sort them in various price brackets from the low-end to the absolute premium ones to help consumers make a better decision of what to buy depending on their budget.No surprises that the low-end segment continues to be dominated by Xiaomi and our July list features some Redmi phones that have done exceptionally well by offering well-rounded phones at an affordable price. Higher up the chain we have phones from Nokia, OnePlus and Samsung to name a few that have also launched some impressive new smartphones this year. Our list also takes some phones from late last year as we feel they have aged well and continue to deserve a place on the list.CHEAPEST PHONE WORTH BUYINGRedmi 5A: Rs 5,999Still holding the entry-level fort is Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A. The budget offering from Xiaomi continues to take on other low-cost phones including Android Go phones like the Nokia 1 by offering good hardware and decent performance. The pricing may not be as exciting as the Rs 4,999 introductory price, but even at its current price tag, the phone offers plenty for entry-level consumers.The Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Auto-focus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 10,000advertisementRedmi 5: Rs 7,999It’s not just the Redmi 5A, Xiaomi has a few more phones in its artillery in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment that are worth noting and probably worth considering if you’re in the market. The Redmi 5 is priced just a notch higher than the Redmi 5A and offers so much more in terms of performance and design. The phone takes everything that made the Redmi 4 so successful in India and adds a more 2018 look and feel to it.The Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch ‘full-screen’ HD+ display with a 720×1440 pixel resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9, and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE) connectivity. As far as optics are concerned, the phone comes with a 12-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection auto-focus and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash.Redmi Y2: Rs 9,999Xiaomi did not see a big success with the Redmi Y1 last year, which is a rare sight to see. A number of reasons helped its poor sales such as an underwhelming build and design and disappointing cameras. Xiaomi seems to have learned from its mistakes because the Redmi Y2, which was launched last week, improves upon its successor in every way and offers not only an updated, more premium-looking design, but also comes with some really good cameras and a good battery life. The Redmi Y2 sports a 5.99-inch HD+ display and comes with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip and is offered in two variants, although only the 3GB + 32GB option falls under the Rs 10,000 segment and is the one that makes the most sense. The phone supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot, and supports 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo (based MIUI 9) out-of-the-box.One of its biggest highlights is that it sports a dual camera setup with a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus and a secondary 5-megapixel camera, for depth sensing. For its price, the Redmi Y2 captures some good-looking photos in decent light with a good amount of detail and colour reproduction.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 20,000Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 10,999It’s safe to say Asus surprised everyone with the ZenFone Max Pro M1. The phone comes at a pretty great price considering all that Asus is offering which includes stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, a bezel-less design with an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and a whopping 5,000mAh battery, among other things.advertisementThe ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by a very capable and powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is the same chip that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. The phone sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display and comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and also USB OTG. The dual rear camera system includes one 13-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) and a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The cameras are assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and are capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash.Moto G6: Rs 13,999Motorola launched the Moto G6 in India last month, which succeeds last year’s Moto G5 and Moto G5S. The affordable mid-range smartphone brings a brand new design language to the Moto G lineup by introducing an all-glass design and a full-screen display, among other things. I reviewed the phone and found it to be the best looking phone under Rs 15,000 right now.The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch FHD+ 1080p IPS LCD Max Vision display and is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 chipset. The base variant that’s priced below Rs 15,000 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone runs near stock Android Oreo and houses a 3,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. It comes with a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back and a 16MP front-facing camera.Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999Coming into July, the Redmi Note 5 Pro still remains one of the best devices you can find under Rs 15,000 right now. The phone is a powerhouse performer and manages to nail pretty much all aspects of what you want in a smartphone which includes a premium metal build, 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and a powerful chipset, among other things.The Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a similar 5.99-inch FHD+ display as the Redmi Note 5. However, under-the-hood the Note 5 Pro is spiritually closer to the Redmi Note 3 in terms of performance. It is the first smartphone to be powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor which brings Qualcomm’s Kryo 260 CPU cores that will deliver around 40 per cent more power than the Snapdragon 630. The chipset is designed to produce power while being energy efficient at the same time. We reviewed the Redmi Note 5 Pro and found that the phone really is a beast in terms of performance.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 30,000Nokia 7 Plus: Rs 25,999Arguably the best value-for-money phone in HMD’s newest lineup, the Nokia 7 Plus ticks most of the right boxes. The phone not only comes with a unique and captivating design that includes copper accents all around the frame, but it also features a tank-like solid metal body, an 18:9 display which is a first for the company, dual rear camera module. Not to mention it runs pure, stock Android thanks to it being part of the Android One program, and is powered by a fantastic chipset and impresses with its battery life as well.advertisement The Nokia 7 Plus sports a 6-inch FHD+ IPS display with Gorilla Glass on top. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 SoC, making it the first phone with the chipset in the country. This is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and can be updated to Android 8.1 Oreo as well.I reviewed the phone and found it to be a stellar offering at this price segment. The only thing that the phone gets wrong is the Zeiss-branded cameras, which perform poorly in low-light. But if cameras are important, then the Honor View 10 should be your choice in this price range. The only threat to the Nokia 7 Plus is sadly the Nokia 8 from last year, which is available for Rs 28,000 now and can also be recommended as it packs 2017 flagship trimming including a Snapdragon 835 chipsetOnePlus 6: Rs 34,999When it comes to affordable flagship phones, it doesn’t get better than the OnePlus 6 right now. OnePlus’ latest smartphone not only brings high-end specs but also a very premium all-glass design and an AMOLED display that is the biggest on a OnePlus phone yet. The phone starts at Rs 34,999 for the 6GB + 64GB option while the 8GB + 128GB variant comes in at Rs 39,999 and is available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black and Silk White colour options. If you’re willing to wait a while longer, OnePlus also launched a Red colour variant that will go on sale starting July 16.The OnePlus 6 brings mostly all the top-end hardware in 2018 including a Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It sports a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP front camera with EIS. It houses a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.BEST PHONE(S) MONEY CAN BUYPixel 2 XL: Rs 50,500Google’s second-generation Pixel flagship smartphone offers perhaps the best Android experience one can ask for. Not only does the Pixel 2 XL offer the purest Android software, but it also comes with top-of-the-line hardware, a full-screen display and some of the best cameras on a smartphone to date. For those looking at a premium Android smartphone right now, the Pixel 2 XL is perhaps the best option out there.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of 2017’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which until a couple of month ago was the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, we found that handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.Samsung Galaxy S9+: Rs 64,900Android consumers who want the best designed phone that money can buy need not look any further than the Galaxy S9+. This is a stunning flagship from Samsung that keeps the design language more or less similar to its predecessor. Samsung has loaded the Galaxy S9+ with a host of new features inside such as Intelligent Scan, AR Emoji and Super Slo-mo mode among other things. Notably, the Galaxy S9+ is the first Galaxy S phone to sport a dual rear camera system. Additionally, it comes with a Dual Aperture feature that switches between two apertures depending on the lighting conditions. This allows for some spectacular low-light photography that is capable to take on the Pixel 2 XL. Other than that and the display size, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are pretty much identical. The S9+ comes with sports a 6.1-inch WQHD+ (1440×2960) Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 chip coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 256GB of internal storage.iPhone X: Rs 84,999The iPhone X is currently the best iPhone from the Apple to date and one that die-hard Apple would love to get their hands on, if they’re able to afford it. The X brings a whole new design language for the company that includes an edge-to-edge display with a notch cut out on top that is unfortunately catching on among the Android world as well. Recently, I installed iOS 12 beta on the iPhone X and found that the phone is even smoother than ever is worth the investment knowing a good iOS update is in the offing.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display, terrific performance and stellar cameras.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche happy with performance in Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche was happy with their performance in defeat at Leicester City.Burnley led through Chris Wood’s first half header before Jamie Vardy levelled on the stroke of half time.Youri Tielemans put the Foxes ahead in the 73rd minute as the hosts began to ramp up the pressure, before the moment of controversy ultimately took the wind out of Burnley’s sails.Dyche said: “I thought the performance, generally, was good.“Don’t forget people are talking about Leicester breaking into the top four, but we certainly gave as good as we got and made them play slow and methodically.“They got out of jail a little bit in the first half and then in the second half it was a poor second goal from our point of view.“We’ve had our chances, but the bigger picture is we have moved a long way coming to places like this and performing like that.“We are in a far better place than we were at this time last season and that has to be registered.”
Nicolas Pepe has said he was inspired to join Arsenal to emulate his heroes past a present after sealing a move to North London in a club record deal. Pepe joined the Gunners for £72 million ($87m) from Lille in a long-anticipated move, becoming the most expensive acquisition by an English club so far in the transfer window.The 24-year-old winger said it would be an honour to play alongside players he had admired while plying his trade in Ligue 1 as he now moves to a club with a long history of international stars. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “When I knew I was coming to Arsenal, I immediately thought of the French guys who play here,” Pepe, and Ivory Coast international raised in France, told the club’s official website .“I thought of [Mesut] Ozil, the world champion, [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and many more. Of course, these are players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille.“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him. It will be an honour to play alongside him.”Pepe was not only influenced by players from his adopted country of France, where he had spent the entirety of his professional career before moving to London.He joins a list of several Ivorians to play for the Gunners, and says they have also offered advice as to how he might make an impact at the Emirates now that he has secured his long-awaited move.“Kolo Toure was with [the Ivory Coast] squad as an assistant coach [at the Africa Cup of Nations],” Pepe added .“He spoke to me a lot about the very high level, how he got to Arsenal and how you always have to work hard and really graft on a daily basis to get right to the very top.“Toure, [Emannuel] Eboue and Gervinho are the major players from the Ivory Coast.“We talk a lot about Gervinho, for example, who played for Lille and ended up at Arsenal, so I am on the same path.“They are definitely examples to us young Ivorians and I hope we will continue to follow these examples.”
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Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is urging Jamaicans to adopt healthier lifestyle practices in order to achieve the national target of reducing deaths from diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 per cent by 2025. Jamaica and other countries around the world agreed to the target at the annual meeting of health ministers at the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2012. “Achieving this will require an investment in a number of interventions from health promotion, early detection, treatment and palliative care, to a serious resolve at the personal and family levels to engage in healthy habits and work together to create supportive environments, including ensuring smoke-free spaces and areas for physical activity,” he said. Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at the National World Diabetes Day meeting at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston today (November 14), said diabetes poses a threat to the health and well being of thousands of Jamaicans now and in the foreseeable future. The Health Minister said all countries, rich and poor, have been affected by the diabetes epidemic, pointing out that some 173,642 Jamaicans over 25 years old and 6,914 youth 15 to 24 years old are estimated to have the disease. “Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death accounting for 12.9 per cent of all deaths in Jamaica, based on Ministry of Health statistics for 2010,” he said. Dr. Ferguson said the economic fallout arising from the costs in terms of medical care, both personal and to the state, is significant, adding that the estimated economic burden of diabetes according to a 2001 University of the West Indies (UWI)/CARICOM study is US$221 million per annum. The Minister said a collaborative approach is needed in order to tackle the scourge of diabetes and build a healthy nation. These include Ministries and related agencies such as Education; Transport, Works and Housing; Youth and Culture; Information; National Security; Agriculture and Fisheries; Trade and Investment; Sports; and Local Government. In the meantime, he encouraged Jamaicans to support persons living with diabetes, eliminating all forms of discrimination and stigma, so they can lead productive lives. “Another key step is for individuals to get tested and know their risks, how the disease works and get regular medical check-ups and carry out the treatment plan as prescribed by a doctor,” he added. The meeting was held under the theme: ‘Diabetes: Protect Our Future’. WHO estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. Without intervention, the number is likely to more than double by 2030. World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life saving treatment for diabetic patients. Diabetes is responsible for 4.6 million deaths a year, with one death every seven seconds. Diabetes is among the top 10 causes of disability, resulting in life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, lower limb amputation and blindness. Fifty per cent of people with diabetes are undiagnosed, and 80 per cent of diabetics live in low and middle income countries.
OTTAWA — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s lawyers are arguing in court this morning that they need access to numerous government secrets to prove there was more going on around a $700-million shipbuilding contract than has been revealed.The suspended military officer’s legal team says members of the Stephen Harper government were also talking to the Quebec shipbuilding company at the centre of the three-year-old deal.Norman’s lawyers argue the former vice chief of the defence staff was fulfilling his duty and responsibility as a military officer and civil servant by supporting Harper and others in his government who ardently pushed for the deal.The Crown alleges Norman abused his authority and went rogue in a bid to undermine the government’s decision-making process to favour the contract.Norman’s lawyers say he was trying to push back against other civil servants who were acting inappropriately and trying to thwart the government’s will.The arguments are being made on the second day of a pre-trial hearing after Norman was charged this past March with one count of breach of trust.Norman has denied any wrongdoing.The Canadian Press
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA new poll commissioned by APTN shows candidates can still win over Indigenous voters by making good on the concept of reconciliation.“More than half or one in six are undecided,” said Sarah Roberton, vice-president of corporate and public affairs, at Environics Research in Ottawa.Indigenous peoples comprise less than five per cent of Canada’s population but their vote helped propel Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to victory in 2015.Now, that isn’t the case.“Intention to vote Liberal has dropped substantially,” said the poll.“Conservatives and Greens have retained most of their 2015 support. Almost half of those who previously voted Liberal would now vote for another party.”Voting The survey of 1,024 Indigenous peoples in all provinces and territories was conducted for APTN between September 4 and 13Read More: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal election“One in five are planning to vote Liberal in the current election, down from half who reported voting for the Liberals federally in 2015,” the poll found.“A higher proportion (26 per cent) now plan to vote Conservative; the NDP (17 per cent) and the Green Party (16 per cent) are tied for third, while four per cent will vote for another party and one in six (16 per cent) are undecided.”Roberton noted the results show support for the Liberals was down even before Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal.“Those who feel they could change their mind tend to favour the NDP or Greens as a second choice,” the poll said.Three-quarters of those surveyed said “truth & reconciliation issues” are very or extremely important in deciding their vote.For the purpose of the survey, those issues were treaty rights, Aboriginal title and the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Voting and Reconciliation Survey respondents see little difference between how the parties treat other issues important to them like the environment, quality of life, and economic problems.“However, belief that is does not matter which party wins because they’ll take the same approach to the environment and to Truth & Reconciliation is higher among Conservative supporters than supporters of other parties,” the poll said.Roberton said the polling sample was comparable to other election surveys.“A thousand interviews with any group in Canada is a more than adequate sample size,” she said in a telephone interview from Ottawa“We’re confident standing behind the results.”Read more: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal firstname.lastname@example.org@katmarte
“Food security is also a matter of peace and security – as we have witnessed in recent years with riots over food prices in many countries,” said Mr. Ban when he addressed the meeting of the Civil Society on Food Security and Sustainable Development in the Spanish capital, Madrid.The Secretary-General told the gathering that his High-level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, established in 2008, had developed a comprehensive framework for action that recommended a twin-track approach on food security – addressing both the immediate needs, as well as the structural causes of food insecurity.“Support for smallholder farmers is at the centre – with strong links between food security and land, water, environment and women’s empowerment,” said Mr. Ban.He pointed out that donors have since 2009 pledged generous financial support at the Group of 8 (G8) and Group of 20 (G20) summits to improve global food security, and that developing countries have also raised their investments in agriculture.Mr. Ban encouraged all partners to support Scaling Up Nutrition, an inter-agency initiative which stresses that a massive effort to combat under-nutrition is essential to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).He said some of the key challenges to achieving global food security and better nutrition included ensuring that the funds pledged are invested in sustainable agriculture and creating stronger partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society.International organizations and the G20 leadership should also work together to limit excessive food price volatility, and governments must be encouraged to expand and improve food-based safety nets that safeguard nutrition.Mr. Ban also called greater efforts to ensure that trade in food commodities becomes more open and equitable, including through ensuring that the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks is concluded as soon as possible.“Meeting these specific challenges – as well as the comprehensive goal of sustainable development – demands commitment, creativity and leadership,” said Mr. Ban. 6 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the importance of promoting food security, saying that ensuring everyone has enough to eat has a positive spill-over effect on health, education and the empowerment of women, key catalysts for progress towards internationally agreed poverty eradication targets.
The body of Senior Security Officer Michael Halton, 41, was discovered by two other security guards shortly before noon when a search was begun after he failed to report back to his post following his regular break at 10 a.m., UN Security Chief Michael McCann said at a press briefing.Mr. Halton was found seated in a lounge on the third floor of the General Assembly building with a gunshot wound to his head, Mr. McCann said, adding that a 9-millimetre handgun was found next to his leg on the chair.The exact cause of death is currently under investigation and the UN has invited the New York City Police Department and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in the probe, Mr. McCann said.”We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family,” Mr. McCann said. “Michael was a terrific officer. He was someone that many of us would see when we walked in the building from the visitor’s entrance…Very personable, very friendly, smile on his face and somebody that greeted everybody in a positive manner every day when we walked in or when we walked through his post.”Mr. Halton was from Sayville, New York, and a 16-year veteran of the UN Security and Safety Service. He is survived by his wife and two children.
For the 15th year in a row, the United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly called on the United States to end its commercial, economic and financial embargoes against Cuba that began more than 46 years ago.The resolution, adopted yesterday by 183 votes in favour to 4 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, US) and 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia), reiterated the Assembly’s call to all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.It also called on them to repeal or invalidate such laws and requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the resolution at the Assembly’s next session, beginning next September.Speaking for the resolution, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said the economic war waged by the US against Cuba was the longest and cruellest act ever known. It was an “act of genocide” and a flagrant violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations.Declaring that the US was lying when it alleged that Cuba used the embargo as an excuse for its own shortcomings, he said the embargo posed incredible limitations on his country, banning trade and tourism from the US, blocking Cuba from using the dollar in its external financial transactions and banning US banks and their subsidiaries in other countries from working with Cuba.It also stopped the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) from granting credits to Cuba. More importantly, the US imposed those “criminal” provisions on Cuba’s economic relations with other countries, preventing their businessmen from investing in Cuba, and threatening to block those who ignored the ban from entry into the US, he added, charging that the US was continuing with its plans to “re-colonize” Cuba. US delegate Ronald Godard said the embargo was a bilateral issue that should not come before the Assembly. The measures had been maintained in an effort to promote the exercise of human, political and socio-economic rights for all Cuban people, and to ensure that such rights were not only enjoyed solely by privileged Cuban leaders.Cuba introduced the text year after year, cynically asking everyone to blame the US and ignore the truth that the Cuban Government’s denial of the political, human, economic, and labour rights of its people for some 40 years was the real source of the problem, he added.Washington’s embargo did not, as the resolution suggested, interfere with navigation in Cuban waters, or prevent others from trading with Cuba; and the US has continued to provide Cuba with billions of dollars in agricultural commodities, and billions more in medical equipment, he declared.
Niagara Regional Police and Brock University Campus Security Services are investigating two indecent acts that were reported in campus parking lots on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 21.At about 9:30 p.m., two female students driving between Lots U and V saw a man standing between two vehicles exposing himself. The man was described as approximately six feet tall, dark skinned, wearing jeans and a dark striped T-shirt or polo shirt. The students phoned to notify Campus Security.At about 11 p.m., a man of the same description was seen by a female student walking to her vehicle in Lot S. When she drove out a few minutes later, the male was exposing himself. The woman used a campus emergency phone to contact Campus Security, who were in the area. Officers searched the area but the suspect was not located. Officers were posted in the parking lots for the rest of the night in attempt to locate the suspect.Campus Security has increased patrols of these lots, and reminds staff and students to always be aware of your surroundings, walk with a friend where possible, and if you feel unsafe contact Campus Security at ext. 3200 for an escort to your vehicle.Niagara Regional Police say similar incidents have been reported in the south end of St. Catharines over recent weeks, and their investigation is continuing.Anyone seeing a person displaying such behaviour should immediately call 911, Brock Security at ext 3200, or use the Brock Mobile App or any Emergency Phone on campus. Officers and operators are on campus 24 hours a day.Anyone with information regarding these incidents should call Niagara Regional Police at 905-688-4111.Brock’s mobile safety app also connects directly to campus Security and can be downloaded at brocku.ca/brockmobile
She said: “No one could foresee the success Bodyguard, but the moment I saw the script for The Capture I knew it had that certain something. It’s a production I would definitely want to watch.”To prepare for the role, she shadowed a young female homicide detective for a week.Ms Grainger will star alongside Callum Turner, who recently appeared in War & Peace and is playing soldier Shaun Emery.The storyline follows the troubles faced by Mr Emery, whose conviction for murder while serving in Afghanistan is overturned due to flawed video evidence.However, his freedom is bried – shortly after he returns to life with his young daughter, damning CCTV footage from a night out in London surfaces and Shaun’s life begins to unravel, forcing him to fight for his freedom once again.D.I Rachel Carey is on his case, and the series follows her discovering the truth. 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 lead actress in the BBC’s new police thriller – billed as the “new Bodyguard” – said she only agreed to do a sex scene in the opening episode because the director asked for her opinion first.Holliday Grainger is set to take the main role in “The Capture”, a six-part surveillance thriller which begins next month.The show will tell the story of an innocent man falsely accused in the ‘post-truth’ era.Ms Grainger, who has chiefly appeared in period dramas, told the Mail on Sunday: “There’s a bedroom scene at the beginning of The Capture, and part of me was thinking, ‘Oh here we go, are we really going to introduce my female character with a sex scene?’ “I’d normally put my foot down and say, ‘I’m not getting naked in the first episode.’ But the fact that Ben [Chanan, writer-director] wanted my opinion is a sign of positive change.”It’s significant that he came to me and said, ‘Is it too much?’ Pre-#MeToo we might not have even been having that conversation.”The 31-year-old, who is playing Detective Inspector Rachel Carey, thinks the show will be as gripping as “Bodyguard”, the popular BBC show which fascinated the nation last year.
Des lézards qui montrent que l’évolution est ‘prévisible’Publiée dans Science, une étude américaine, basée sur la comparaison d’espèces proches de lézards sur différentes îles des Antilles, suggère que la façon dont évoluent les espèces peut être prévisible dans une large mesure.Si l’on ‘rembobinait la cassette’ de l’évolution et qu’on la relançait, les choses se dérouleraient tout à fait autrement, aboutissant à des espèces bien différentes de celles que nous connaissons. Pourquoi ? Tout simplement, parce que des facteurs ou des changements apparemment insignifiants ont des conséquences disproportionnées. C’est ce qu’affirme une théorie soutenue en son temps par le naturaliste américain Stephen Jay Gould.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais Luc Mahler, doctorant à l’Université de Californie à Davis, pense tout autrement grâce à une étude menée sur les lézards du genre Anolis, en collaboration avec des collègues de l’Université de Harvard et de l’Université du Massachusetts. Au cours de ces travaux, les chercheurs ont étudié 100 des 119 espèces de ce genre réparties sur 4 îles des Caraïbes : Cuba, Hispaniola, la Jamaïque et Porto Rico.En rapprochant les données morphologiques des ces espèces de l’arbre phylogénétique (= évolutif) de leur famille zoologique, Mahler et ses collègues ont réussi à construire un “paysage adaptatif” commun à tous ces lézards. Ces derniers ont commencé à coloniser ces îles, similaires en termes de climat et d’écologie, il y a environ 40 millions d’années. Puis ils ont évolué sur place en différentes espèces, avec un degré remarquable de convergence.Sur chaque île, l’évolution a alors produit une ‘série’ d’espèces d’Anolis très similaire, occupant des niches écologiques tout aussi similaires. “Les radiations adaptatives correspondent sur les quatre îles : à quelques exceptions près, chaque espèce, sur une île, a son équivalent sur les autres îles. (…) Nous avons maintenant une façon de modéliser le paysage adaptatif qui explique cette convergence”, conclut Mahler. Il s’agit donc bien de modéliser l’évolution.Le 27 juillet 2013 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Netflix’s promised live-action take on the seminal anime Cowboy Bebop just became that much realer with some big casting announcements. And if you were afraid this would be another whitewashing in the vein of Ghost in the Shell or The Last Airbender, don’t be.John Cho headlines as amoral bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir plays honest cop Jet Black, Daniella Pineda plays fellow bounty hunter Faye Valentine, and Alex Hassell plays villainous hitman Vicious. Even if you haven’t seen the anime, this cast’s history with projects like Star Trek and Luke Cage should excite you. But come on, watch the anime.I really shouldn’t be shocked that Netflix keeps doubling down on its anime ambitions. Whenever we post about the best anime you can watch on the streaming TV service, a whole lot of you like to read about it.And being the original content creators that they are, Netflix isn’t satisfied to just get the rights to stream original episodes of classics like Neon Genesis Evangelion. They also have to create original works like Devilman Crybaby, a live-action Death Note movie, and a live-action series based on the best anime there is: Avatar: The Last Airbender.So really, no Netflix anime announcement should surprise us at this point. But man we just can’t help but be taken aback when Netflix says it’s now working on a live-action Cowboy Bebop show.Guess it’s time to announce that Cowboy Bebop, the live-action series, is heading to @Netflix. pic.twitter.com/bKe0d8EKoH— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 28, 2018The original Cowboy Bebop aired for 26 episodes in 1998. The jazzy tale of morally ambiguous space outlaws captured a lot of American hearts when in aired on Toonami as the “cool anime,” the first on Adult Swim. Like Evangelion, I also get the sense that Cowboy Bebop is Actually Good, one of the rare exceptions to the “anime was a mistake” rule.Netflix’s adaptation bring original creator Shinichirō Watanabe on as a consultant and Thor: Ragnarok writer Christopher Yost as a executive producer and pilot scriptwriter. Previously there had been attempts at a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie, following the animated movie Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. And there were rumors about this show as well before Netflix confirmed the project is in the works.We have no idea when to expect Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop. But there’s plenty of other anime to watch on Netflix in the meantime, upcoming anime versions of Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon, or the excellent anime take on Castlevania. But if you really can’t wait for more Spike Spiegel, head to a Cowboy Bebop cafe.
ADC AUTHOR President Donald Trump has privately said he wants to nominate Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to the position permanently, according to CNN.“Why can’t I keep Shanahan?” Trump asked, according to CNN’s source. “He’s good, right? He’s doing a good job for me.”Shanahan has been the interim secretary since Jim Mattis left the job at the end of the year.As On Base has reported, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) backtracked after saying recently he doesn’t think Shanahan could do the job permanently, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had a high-profile run-in with Shanahan over Syria policy.Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s name has also been mentioned for the job.Trump has said he likes when job placements are temporary, because it gives him more “flexibility.”“It’s easier to make moves when they’re acting,” he told a TV interviewer, AP noted.DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
Alaska has been in a recession for the better part of three years, and the state’s unemployment rate is the highest in the nation right now at 6.3 percent. Many sectors of the economy have been shedding jobs, but there are some signs that the losses are slowing. The state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development released its December employment numbers on Friday. They show that some sectors of the economy are still losing jobs. But state economist Neal Fried said some sectors — like the oil and gas industry — are recovering.“One is the negatives have, generally speaking, gotten considerably smaller, especially in negatives like oil and gas, which was a big, big loser. Those losses got a lot smaller and actually oil and gas employment turned positive in December over the year,” Fried said.Turning positive means that in December 2018, there were more people employed in the oil and gas industry than there were in December 2017. So far, that means the Department of Labor’s forecast that jobs in the oil and gas industry would grow modestly this year is right on track. Oil industry jobs have been in a free fall since they peaked in 2015. New jobs in the oil and gas industry generally lead to more jobs in other sectors of the economy, like construction.Those jobs come with a caveat though: If oil prices tank again — and stay down — that could slow down work in the oil patch.Still, Fried said that the work that’s projected to be done this year is probably not going to be affected.“I mean, most of those projects and the activity is probably in place unless something really dramatic happened with price,” Fried said. “You know a lot of our oil industry activity is more project-based. You know if you get started you’re probably going to finish it.”That sentiment was echoed by ConocoPhillips Alaska President Joe Marushack.“We really have to plan our program out at least six months, eight months, nine months into the future. So we’re in the middle of what we call our ice road season, or our heavy drilling season, exploration season right now. That’ll be done in the next four or five months. So no, I wouldn’t say oil prices, whether they go up or down, will impact the 2019 program much, if anything at all,” Marushack said.ConocoPhillips spokesperson Meredith Kenny said the company expects to need about 800 contractors during the 2019 construction and exploration season. She wrote in an email that it could mean jobs for more than 1,000 people during the company’s peak winter activity because “some of the jobs are alternating jobs — for example 4 weeks on, two weeks off with more than on person required for one position.”
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:08 Listen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Houston region is forecast to add almost 700,000 jobs between 2014 and 2024.The Texas Workforce Commission forecast shows overall that the Houston area will add about 700,000 jobs between 2014 and 2024.“Now, that number is probably high given… their base year was a year of really strong job growth,” Patrick Jankowski, regional economist with the Greater Houston Partnership, says. “It’ll probably be somewhat less than that. But it still shows that Houston, in spite of the current downturn, is going to have some significant job growth over the long term.”The biggest growth is expected to come from hotels and restaurants, healthcare, professional services and education.But the forecast is not looking good for jobs in the oil and gas industry.Jankowski says that doesn’t mean the oil economy is going to shrink in the long run. Companies are just becoming more efficient.“What you’re seeing is the oil and gas industry is able to produce the same amount or more oil and gas with fewer people,” he says. “They’re substituting technology for people, they’re substituting capital equipment and machinery for people.”Jankowski says that happens in all kinds of industries, including manufacturing or agriculture. But the oil downturn may have accelerated that development as companies have been looking to do more with less. Share
A rare group exhibition by five emerging artists, From Myanmar with Love, at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) brought to the capital glimpses of new art practices and contemporary realities in modern Myanmar, coping with change. The participating artists include five leading names, Aung Myint, K Kyaw, Maung Aw, Than Kyaw Htay and Zaw Win Pe, who had exhibited solo at the Alliance Francaise in the capital in 2012. Presented by the Calcutta Arts Club, a South Asian arts promotion platform, the exhibition is trying to raise awareness about contemporary art from Myanmar and build a buyers’ base in India, a growing market for art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fledgling democracy in Myanmar, which was ruled by a military junta for more than five decades, is yet to find an artistic idiom that showcases its socio-cultural character in all its diversity despite the variety of mediums the tribe of young artists is experimenting with, critics say.Technically, the new Myanmarese art is being described as superior to that of its smaller neighbours in Southeast Asia, critics say.Contemporary art from Myanmar, though not yet popular in India, is sought after in the Asian art capitals of Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and across Europe and the US. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘The artists who are exhibiting their works were recommended to me by galleries and collectors from Singapore and Europe. This exhibition will travel to at least six cities in India through the year,’ Calcutta Arts Club co-owner Abhishek Basu told.Last year, the Club had carried a showcase from Myanmar to five cities in Europe and this summer, the travelling exhibition is likely to go to London.‘Bookings for the works started even before the show was unveiled in the capital. I had posted an e-catalogue on the Internet,’ the promoter said. At a preview, Basu sold two of the paintings to local buyers, who elicited curiosity about contemporary art from Myanmar. The prices range from Rs 85,000 to Rs 6,40,000, Basu said, adding the artworks would be replenished as the show travels around the country.Myanmar has two major fine arts schools – the State School of Fine Arts in Yangon and in Mandalay under the National University of Arts and Culture.‘Younger artists experiment with mediums and practise at the art schools,’ Basu said. Most of the art traditions are still indigenous in nature outside the cities with Buddhist influences.
Opera Software unveils Opera Touch, a new mobile browser by Martin Brinkmann on April 25, 2018 in Opera – Last Update: April 29, 2018 – 14 commentsOpera Software unveiled Opera Touch today, a new mobile web browser that is optimized for one-handed use.The company revealed last week that it had an important announcement to make today. The teaser revealed the project’s codename R2 but provided no other information about it. Suggestions ranged from Opera unveiling a new browser design that followed the Opera Reborn redesign which the company revelead back in 2017 to the resurrection of Opera Mail.It turns out that Opera Software was good at keeping the project secret as no one — as far as I know — guessed that the company would release a new web browser.Opera TouchThe initial version of Opera Touch is available for Google Android only. Opera Software plans to release an iOS version in the near future, however.When you look at the Opera Touch browser after installation, you will notice that the interface looks different from most other mobile browsers available on Android.The browser’s homepage displays a search bar at the top, as well as popular sites and Flow tabs. The browser is immediately ready to run searches or open websites. You may also tap on the menu button at the bottom of the screen to start the process to run searches from wherever you are.Flow is a new feature of Opera Touch and the desktop version of Opera that brings open desktop tabs to Opera Flow.Opera notes that setup is a lot easier than setting up traditional sync features. Opera ran a survey recently in the United States that saw 69% of smartphone users not using syncing features and 65% of them using other email or chat to send important links to their mobile devices or contacts.Opera Flow uses end-to-end encryption to share links, images, videos and other types of content between desktop versions of Opera and Opera Touch on mobile devices.Opera Software states that it takes just a single step to link a desktop browser to Opera Touch. All that is required is to scan a QR code that is displayed in the desktop version of Opera in the mobile browser to link the two and start using Flow.Flow does not require logins or authentication; it is available in Opera Touch and today’s updated desktop versions of the Opera web browser.Opera Touch displays top sites on the browser’s home screen as well. These change by default depending on use so that the most popular sites are always displayed on the homescreen for fast access.Opera Software moved browsing controls to the bottom of the interface to optimize one-handed usage. It features what Opera Software calls a Fast Action Button which is always available to provide direct access to recent tabs, the search feature, and options to navigate browser features using a thumb.Opera Touch supports voice search to make things even more comfortable for users who prefer to use their voice for searches in some situations, and it comes with QR and barcode scanning functionality built-in as well.First impressionOpera Touch can be downloaded from Google Play. It requires Android 5.0 or newer.The browser promotes the Opera Flow feature on start but I could not test it yet because the desktop version of Opera has not received the required update yet to support Flow.One of the main features of Opera Touch is the fast action button at the bottom. A tap on it displays the search interface with the keyboard enabled right away, a list of top sites that you can access by tapping on them and options to close and reload websites.While you may need some time getting used to the button as it is displayed all the time, even when you are on websites, it is probably easy enough to get used to it. I wish it would be placed closer to the bottom of the screen as it overshadows some content on the active website.Closing WordsI cannot say anything about Flow yet, but my first impression of Opera Touch is a good one. The web browser is responsive and the Fast Action Button at the bottom improves how you interact with the browser.It is ideal for one-handed access as it puts all controls you require at the bottom of the screen. No more tapping on the address or search bar to start searches, or tapping on the “display all tabs” button and then on a site you want to display in the browser.Now You: What’s your first impression of Opera Touch?SummaryArticle NameOpera Software unveils Opera Touch, a new mobile browserDescriptionOpera Software unveiled Opera Touch today, a new mobile web browser that is optimized for one-handed use. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement