AFC suspends Guam official who pleaded guilty in U.S. bribery case

first_imgFIFA audit and compliance committee member Richard Lai was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee on Friday after the Guam official pleaded guilty to charges of fraud.Lai, who has been president of the Guam Football Association since 2001, pleaded guilty to charges that he took close to $1 million in bribes in exchange for using his influence within the FIFA and agreed to pay $1.1 million as part of the plea.”The Chairman…has provisionally suspended Richard Lai from football with immediate effect under the AFC’s Disciplinary and Ethics Code following Mr Lai’s guilty plea to charges relating to fraud at a court appearance in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday evening,” the confederation said in a statement.”The AFC will make no further comment until the investigation process is completed,” it added.last_img

2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire first drive review

first_imgThere is little to doubt that the Maruti-Suzuki Dzire is amongst the best selling sedans in the country. To be honest the Dzire was briefly the best-seller amongst all categories piping its sibling, the Maruti-Suzuki Alto from the throne. So there must be something about this car which makes it tick. But with the competition heating up, the Dzire had started looking a bit old school. Well, the company has no intentions of letting that happen and in turn affect sales. So enter the all new Dzire. Maruti Suzuki has also decided to drop the ‘Swift’ tag from the Dzire and hence from now on the sedan will be referred to as just the Dzire.Design:For starters the Dzire is based on the new ‘Heartect’ platform which also serves the recently launched Baleno. The engineers have now increased the wheelbase and reduced the overhangs thus freeing up space within the cabin. So in turn the new Dzire is wider and lower than before. On the downside, ground clearance has come down by 7mm to 163mm.Overall the Dzire remains as a ‘sub-4m’ compact sedan. The Dzire also looks a lot more proportionate than before. It comes with the new Swift face but it differentiates itself quite well.The front grille, headlamps and bumper get chrome embellishments which give it a premium look. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The front grille, headlamps and bumper get chrome embellishments which give it a premium look. The headlamps come with automatic LED projector lamps with integrated day time running lamps. Flared wheel arches and sporty alloy give it a nice profile. At the back the new Dzire looks a lot better than before. There are new LED tail lamps which are larger and the boot too can now hold 376 litres of cargo as compared to 317 litres before.advertisementInterior:The interiors are also completely spruced up with an all new dash which now comes with the same entertainment panel as seen on the Brezza, Baleno and Ignis. The steering is a flat bottomed unit and offers controls for audio and Bluetooth as well. Maruti Suzuki has also offered faux wood trip to make the cabin look and feel upmarket and it works.The interiors are also completely spruced up with an all new dash which now comes with the same entertainment panel as seen on the Brezza, Baleno and Ignis. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The new Dzire also offers more space within the cabin and this is especially the case at the back. There is also a rear air con vent and a 12V charging plug. As far as safety is concerned the new Dzire will come with two airbags and ABS as standard across all variants. Additionally there are more safety features now.The instrument cluster gets two analog and one digital system. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Engine:Engine options will include the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engine. While these are the same engines which serve the Dzire now, they have been spruced up to be more efficient. Apart from the standard 5-speed manual, Maruti Suzuki is also offering the Dzire with the Auto Gearshift System. The AGS will be available with both petrol and diesel versions.Engine options will include the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engine. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Ride Quality:We on our drive got to sample both the petrol AMT and the diesel AMT variants. The petrol version immediately impressed us with its excellent NVH packaging. The motor is barely audible within the cabin thereby keeping the drive experience extremely comfortable. There is also ample power to play with and we must applaud the engineers of doing a splendid job with the AMT. The gears shift through seamlessly and within no time it has shifted to fifth thereby increasing fuel efficiency. The downshifts are quick too and helping matters is the manual override function which allows for manual up or downshifts. The gearbox is also ready to play sport when the driver gets excited. With a generous right foot, the revs are held on thereby offering brisk acceleration.At the back, there are new LED tail lamps which are larger and the boot too can now hold 376 litres of cargo as compared to 317 litres before. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The diesel on the other hand is a bit noisier and the crackle does enter the cabin. At lower rpms it is not much of a bother but as revs climb, the noise becomes more prominent. The diesel though feels more powerful around the 1,800rpm mark and this is where the turbo spools up thereby delivering a dollop of tug. Thus once in the right rev band, the Dzire diesel takes off rather fast. But with the AMT box in tow, the lag is prominent as the box tries to up shift as soon as possible thereby dropping the revs down. This glitch is taken care of by shifting to the manual mode where one can stick to a gear thereby keeping the motor revving right.advertisementVerdict: So overall the new Dzire is properly an all new car and considering that it is available with a host of variants including petrol, diesel, manual and auto, there is little to doubt that read more

ROHM: CMOS op-amp delivers leading-class low noise

first_imgROHM announces the availability of a CMOS op-amp optimized for applications requiring high-accuracy sensing, such as accelerometers used in sonar systems, and optical sensors that handle ultra-small signals.Op-amps are configured at the rear stage to amplify the analog sensor output, but because sensor signals are so weak it is necessary to implement noise countermeasures to ensure high-accuracy transmission. In response, ROHM developed a high noise tolerant op-amp for the automotive market utilizing a vertically integrated production system that leverages original analog design technologies and processes. ROHM has introduced an op-amp that delivers the industry’s best performance against external noise optimized for consumer devices and industrial equipment.The LMR1802G-LB, developed utilizing ROHM’s analog technology covering circuit design, processes, and layout, reduces input equivalent noise voltage density by half (2.9nV/√Hz at 1kHz, 7.8nV/√Hz at 10Hz) compared to conventional products, significantly improving the detection performance of sensor signals. In addition, best-in-class phase margin (68°) and capacitive load tolerance (500pF) provide excellent stability (difficult to oscillate, easy to handle). This enables accurate amplification of voltages in the order of µV, ensuring support for applications requiring high-precision sensing.This latest product combines ROHM’s superior analog technology covering circuit design (new circuit at the differential input stage), layout, and processes (optimized for low noise) to achieve ultra-low-noise. The input equivalent noise voltage density of 2.0nV/√Hz at 1kHz and 7.8nV/√Hz at 10Hz are approximately half that of products on the market, ensuring superior low-noise performance. Introducing a new circuit at the differential input stage allowed ROHM to achieve industry-low noise along with a class-leading phase margin of 68° and capacitive load tolerance of 500pF. This doubles the detection capability of sensor signals over conventional solutions, enabling accurate amplification of voltages on the order of µV, improving performance with sensors that demand higher precision.In terms of op-amp configuration, the output voltage should be 0V when the input is 0V, but an offset voltage is often generated as an error. Also, if the sensor’s output impedance is high the sensor output voltage will be affected if the input bias current of the op-amp is large. Consequently, these two error factors must be made as small as possible to ensure optimal performance.The LMR1802G-LB offers an input offset voltage of 450µV and input bias current of only 0.5pA (4x and 2x less than conventional products, respectively), providing high accuracy amplification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Eurotech: Everyware Cloud v. 5.1 with expanded integration and device management capabilitiesNext Mouser stocking iMOTION IMC100 motor control ICs for variable speed driveslast_img

Ventura happy with Italy recovery

first_imgItaly Result was Italy’s priority against Israel, says Ventura Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 06:18 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GiampieroVentura - cropped Getty Images Italy Italy v Israel Israel WC Qualification Europe World Cup After a dismal defeat to Spain at the weekend, the Italy coach was simply happy to see his side win against Israel on Tuesday. Italy coach Giampiero Ventura says his focus was solely on delivering three points against Israel after the disappointment of a humbling by Spain.The Azzurri were blown away in Madrid on Saturday, losing 3-0 to leave their place at next year’s World Cup surely reliant on a two-legged play-off.International Football Odds Here Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But Italy recovered some composure against Israel – despite a poor first half – and won through Ciro Immobile’s header to all but confirm a second-placed finish in Group G that should lead to a play-off berth.Ventura conceded that was as much as he could hope for in Reggio Emilia, with little time to work on improving their overall performance.”It was clear that the result was the priority, but I am happy,” the coach said. “I am happy because staying in the opposition half for 80 minutes is tough.”We were sluggish in the first half but then picked up the pace and put balls into the box constantly.| #ItalyIsrael 1-0#Immobile’s goal settled it as the #Azzurri returned to winning ways in qualification for #WC2018. #VivoAzzurro— Italy (@azzurri) September 5, 2017″It’s clear there’s a lot more work to do. We did what we could over three days [after losing to Spain], but I am satisfied with how the team worked.”I think the players realised that if we had the same tempo [in the first half] as in the second half, we would have created many, many more chances.”We take it one step at a time. When we look back over this game, we’ll see the progress.”Italy can still catch Spain at the top of the pool, but it would take a shock collapse from Julen Lopetegui’s outstanding side and Ventura is happy enough with taking an alternative route to Russia.”Everyone, from the day of the draw, said a play-off was likely, so it’s not a surprise,” he added. “If we had beaten Spain, it would have been abnormal.”last_img


first_imgAdvertisement Kiefer Sutherland’s TV comeback Designated Survivor and Quantico are both dropped by ABCThe network is making some big changes to its drama slate. Kiefer Sutherland’s TV comeback Designated Survivor and Priyanka Chopra’s spy thriller Quantico won’t be back next season.ABC dropped both shows from its primetime drama line-up on Friday (May 11), ahead of unveiling its full 2018-2019 slate at the Upfronts next week. READ MOREABC cancels ‘Designated Survivor,’ ‘Quantico’; ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ could resurface onlineABC is dropping Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland’s series about a low-level Cabinet member who becomes president after a terrorist attack on the Capitol, after two seasons.Also gone: Quantico, which stars Priyanka Chopra as an FBI trainee framed for a bombing attack, after three seasons (its current season, which premiered last month, will continue to air through mid-July). They join Deception, a drama about a magician who helps fight crime; podcaster comedy Alex Inc.; and serialized thriller The Crossing on ABC’s ash heap. Other long-gone series include Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, The Mayor, Ten Days in the Valley and Marvel’s Inhumans. READ MORE Advertisement ‘Designated Survivor’ and ‘Quantico’ Canceled at ABCKiefer Sutherland drama ‘Designated Survivor,’ which enjoyed a lucrative Netflix deal, had been expected to return.ABC is killing Designated Survivor and Quantico. The network is opting to not move forward with either of the dramas, which were hits when they launched but linear failures in their most recent seasons. The pair will continue to air through their planned season finales. READ MOREABC Ends Quantico and Designated Survivor as ‘Cancel Friday’ ContinuesThis has been one black Friday for television series as ABC has cancelled both Quantico and Designated Survivor, according to One of these is a bit of a surprise. Quantico is in its third season and averages 2.4 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating. 0.7 used to be the drop dead line for a series on one of the big three. Designated Survivor, on the other hand, averages 4 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, which would seem to be good enough to keep, but not so much. READ MORE Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img

Kahnawake sends open letter to Prime Minister saying antiterror bill will oppress

first_imgAPTN National NewsKAHNAWAKE – The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake is the latest to voice its concern over the federal government’s anti-terror legislation bill C-51.According to the letter sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday, the council, like many First Nations across the country, is concerned about the effect the bill could have on activists. “While it is clear that the Canadian people and their government are concerned with both real and potential incidents of terrorism in Canada, there is also a great fear that the law may be used to brand legitimate protests by First Nations as acts of terrorism,” said Chief Lloyd Phillips.The proposed anti-terror bill will give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service police-like powers. It also gives police more leeway when it comes to arresting individuals suspected of committing acts of the terror. The bill also aims to crack-down on online speech that is perceived to promote terrorism.A review of the bill by the Assembly of First Nations echoes the concerns of the Kahnawake council. The AFN analysis document says the proposed bill could lead to the “unjust” labelling of First Nations activists as terrorists.“Many of the provisions drafted in the proposed Act could potentially apply to activities of Indigenous peoples living in Canada and there are very few provisions proposed that would prevent the legislation from being interpreted against First Nations people,” said the analysis.The letter, signed by Phillips, goes on to describe the council’s concerns regarding the “fast tracking” of the bill, alluding to the fact that the government cut short debate in the House of Commons and put a limit on the number of witnesses who could appear to speak about the news legislation at committee.“The fast tracking of Bill C-51 into legislation is, in itself another cause for concern. In its zeal to protect Canada’s citizens there is a real danger that Canada’s government may fail in its obligation to protect the right to protest and, quite possibly, other personal rights and freedoms,” the letter states.Government and opposition parties are calling dozens of witnesses. The NDP is inviting Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Philip and Pam Palmater, professor of Indigenous studies at Ryerson University. Both say they oppose C-51.The AFN analysis also raises concerns about another section of the bill that covers activities that “undermines the security of Canada” including interfering with the government’s capabilities around defence, intelligence, border operations, public safety and the economic and financial stability of the country.The council ends the letter with, “We feel that Bill C-51, in its current state, could potentially and perhaps even predictably be used to further oppress our defense of our Aboriginal rights and title.”news@aptn.calast_img

Ontario lost 1000 planned rental units since new housing rules introducedreport

first_imgTORONTO – At least 1,000 planned rental units in Ontario have been cancelled or converted to condominiums since the province introduced new rent control rules, a report released by a group representing rental-housing providers said as it warned of a supply crunch if the issue isn’t addressed.The report, commissioned by the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario and released Monday, said the Liberal government’s Fair Housing Plan has negatively impacted the province’s rental housing supply.Before the introduction of the government legislation, 28,000 rental units were in the planning pipeline, but since the new rules were introduced 1,000 of those units have been cancelled or converted to condominiums, the report said.The federation’s president, Jim Murphy, said Ontario needs 34,000 rental units built a year to keep pace with demand and it is currently falling 6,250 short each year.“We need more supply, full stop,” Murphy said. “And we’ve got to encourage everyone, the industry included but also governments to come to the table with policies that will create the environment for new rental units”In April, the Ontario government announced what it called a comprehensive housing package aimed at cooling a red-hot real estate market.Amongst the 16 measures were a 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax to be imposed on buyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations and expanded rent control that will applied to all private rental units, including those built after 1991, which were previously excluded.According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation data in the report, vacancy rates in the province have already fallen to 2.1 per cent across the province.Murphy said both provincial and municipal governments could make policy and tax changes to help encourage developers to deliver more purpose-built rentals.“The problem right now is that there has been uncertainty created because of that change and we’re starting to see cancellations of projects at a time when we need more supply,” he said.Housing Minister Peter Milczyn said the province does not plan to change rules which cap annual rent increases.“I am listening to the industry, monitoring the situation, but we’re taking our action, which was to ensure there’s fair rental policies for tenants and releasing surplus provincial lands to build more rental supply,” Milczyn said.Milczyn said he is skeptical about the findings of the report, adding that over the past decade only about six per cent of housing starts in Ontario were for rental housing.“Under the old rent control regime that wasn’t generating lots of purpose-built rental housing,” he said.last_img

Indian woman dies after hip surgery at Dubai hospital

first_imgDubai: An Indian woman chef has died in Dubai due to complications allegedly arising after a hip replacement surgery at a private hospital here, according to media reports. Betty Rita Fernandes, a 42-year-old mother of two, was admitted for the two-hour left hip replacement surgery at the Al Zahra Hospital on May 9, Gulf News reported. “In reference to the demise of Betty Rita Fernandes on May 9 after her surgery in Al Zahra Hospital Dubai (AZHD), we have made the family transparently aware of all the developments and ongoing reviews,” Mohayem Abdelghany, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, said in a statement. “This incident is currently being dealt with multi-level in-depth reviews as per the hospital, Dubai Health Authority and Joint Commission International guidelines. It was also notified to the relevant authorities and DHA for their independent assessment and review and we will keep the patient’s family updated,” the statement read.last_img

Swedish officials raid bank offices in money laundering case

COPENHAGEN — Swedish authorities were raiding the headquarters of one of Sweden’s largest banks on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether Swedbank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in the Baltic countries.Sweden’s Economic Crime Authority said chief prosecutor Thomas Langrot is probing whether 15 of Swedbank’s largest shareholders illegally received information about the bank’s connection to the money laundering scandal before Swedish television reported on the issue for the first time last month.Broadcaster SVT had reported that Swedbank customers had been able to funnel at least 40 billion kronor ($4.3 billion) between Swedbank and Danske Bank in Estonia.Estonia has ordered Danske Bank to shut its local subsidiary after the bank admitted massive amounts of money had been laundered.The Swedbank share dropped nearly 7 per cent in midday trading after news of the raid.The Associated Press

UN promotes peacebuilding in Kenya after election crisis

28 April 2008United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have brought together 120 national leaders from around Kenya for a peacebuilding workshop following the violence and unrest that broke out after the country’s recent election. United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have brought together 120 national leaders from around Kenya for a peacebuilding workshop following the violence and unrest that broke out after the country’s recent election.Kenyans from the sports, music, media and education professions took part in the training, as well as members of faith organizations. The aim of the workshop, which ended on Saturday, was to promote community dialogue in collaboration with the Government.Volunteer leaders from the workshop will use their skills to carry out conflict resolution in their own communities, as well as to promote control of small arms and to provide humanitarian relief.Jeremiah Kemboi, a 32-year-old marathon runner, said that holding dialogues with his fellow athletes would contribute to peace and reconciliation. “I look forward to using my skills as a team leader to urge athletes to broker peace among the villages and the internally displaced persons [IDPs] from Nyakinyua farm close to my village Usamala,” he said.

Darfur UNAU envoy meets with World Bank officials

2 September 2010The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today called for World Bank assistance to ensure that the “dividends of peace are made evident” to promote a sustainable peace in the war-ravaged Sudanese region. During their talks in Khartoum, Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative of the mission, known as UNAMID, and Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank Vice President for Africa, agreed that the two bodies will continue to explore ways to further early recovery and development in Darfur.Mr. Gambari said that UNAMID, while pressing ahead with its core mandate of protecting and delivering aid to those in need, will explore ways to support the UN Country Team and its partners.For her part, the World Bank official emphasized the World Bank’s primary responsibility lies in improving the quality of life for citizens, especially in the area of poverty reduction. A $4 million Peace Fund could be stretched to cover Darfur, she said, voicing concern over the security situation in the region.As many as 2.7 million Darfurians live as internally displaced persons (IDPs) or as refugees in neighbouring countries as a result of the seven-year-old conflict in the western region of Sudan that has also resulted in an estimated 300,000 deaths.

Afghanistan UN envoy tours povertystricken Bamiyan region

“The international presence is very much concentrated in Bamiyan city, which is something that we hope will change,” spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in Kabul. “We all have to be further into the districts, but it is a very difficult area to work in, access is very difficult.”Describing the severe conditions in Bamiyan, the spokesman explained that it is located in Afghanistan’s “hunger-belt,” and refugees returning to the area faced a severe lack of shelter.While in Bamiyan on Wednesday, Mr. Brahimi met with Afghan Vice-President Abdul Khalili as well as other officials and UN staff working in the area. Mr. Brahimi was accompanied by Professor Ikuo Hirayama, a Japanese traditional painter who has painted numerous points of interest along the Silk Road, as well as the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the spokesman said. “Of course this time he was making sketches of the very sad sight of where the Buddhas used to be,” he added, referring to the fact that the Taliban regime had destroyed the area’s famous ancient statues.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to begin the voluntary move of refugees from Chaman and Spin Boldak on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border to a new relocation site being set up west of Kandahar. The agency estimates that there are over 30,000 displaced people in Spin Boldak and another 25,000 in Chaman, with conditions in both camps described as “difficult” and the humanitarian situation “appalling.”Many aid agencies have retreated from the area, while those that remain have only limited access. According to UNHCR, the relocation of families from the border areas was requested by the Governments of both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Somalia UN envoy welcomes news that parties get closer on political dealings

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, welcomed news from Baidoa that the leaders of the TFIs have agreed to put aside their differences over future dealings with the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts, a UN spokesman said. “Mr. Fall praised this weekend’s mediation efforts by the Ethiopian Government and urged all the Somali parties to agree on an early date to resume the dialogue begun in Khartoum on 20 June. Mr. Fall added that unity within the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) is crucially important for the whole process,” Farhan Haq told reporters in New York. Last week Mr. Fall said the political process in Somalia was now in a “critical stage,” and he has repeatedly stressed the importance of dialogue between the Transitional Federal Government and the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts, whose forces recently took over the Somali capital Mogadishu. The impoverished country has not had a functioning government since 1991.

Holiday Scams how to protect yourself from Grinches

Holiday Scams: how to protect yourself from Grinches Take Our Poll FREEIMAGES.COM by Kaitlin Lee Posted Dec 14, 2015 7:34 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2015 at 7:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s the most wonderful time of year for scammers.The Better Business Bureau is offering tips for holiday shoppers to make sure they don’t get cheated out of their hard earned cash this Christmas.Cammie Laird, VP of Marketing, says when you’re in spending mode, and you have your credit cards out and ready, that’s exactly when nefarious characters find opportunity.“You know we’ve seen already, even in our little BBB family, some pickpocketing happening at the mall. Make sure you are carrying your wallet and your valuables in zippered compartments, as close to your body as you can, make sure you know where they are at all times,” she said. “Don’t be pulling your credit cards out ahead of time while you are standing in line. Somebody could be looking over your shoulder and be getting your numbers at that opportunity.”If you’re doing some online shopping, beware of bogus websites.“They’re really, really good, and that’s the thing that’s a little frightening about them is that you really believe you’re on eBay, or, or Apple,” she said.Laird recommends checking the URL to make sure it’s spelled correctly, and if you have any doubt — trust your gut.Fraudsters will also be taking advantage of your charitable spirit.“Especially this year with Syrian refugees (coming to Canada), scammers love that. Every time there’s a world event, they’re out with their fake charities,” she said, adding it’s important to check to see if a charity has a registration number with the Canada Revenue Agency, and a secure website.It can be a lonely Christmas for many, but you should also be on guard when it comes to online sweethearts.“You really want to be watching for the signs of you know, they don’t want to meet right away, or they are asking for money for bills to pay, or they’re out of town right now, there’s a whole schwack of excuses they’ll come up with,” she said.If you’re looking for a canine companion, it can be tricky to look online.“You could be either supporting one of these puppy mills, that are not treating animals well, or you might not get one at all, because your purebred that they advertised on Kijiji doesn’t actually exist,” Laird said.Fake coupons, stolen gift cards and counterfeit gifts should also be on consumers’ radar.Laird recommends buying from a reputable place, and if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, how’s your shopping going?All done!Shopping?? I haven’t even started!!About half way thereJust a couple items leftVoteView Results

INTERVIEW I want to contribute to the service of humanity says firsttime

Peace has remained elusive in Darfur, where some 16,000 UNAMID personnel are deployed to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian aid and help the political process. While Mr. Yudhantoro says his days are filled with “amazing experiences,” he notes that working in an environment with civilian, police and military components from different parts of the world has its challenges. This interview has been edited for content and clarity.UN News: Tell us a little bit about your background.Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro: My name is Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro. I’m with the Indonesian Formed Police Unit (FPU)-10 here in UNAMID. Back home, I am stationed in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. I graduated from the Indonesian Police Academy in 2007 and have served with the Indonesian National Police for the past 10 years. Additionally, I studied policing science, criminal investigation, cyber analysis, intelligence analysis and Japanese at the Indonesian Police Language School. Prior to joining UNAMID, I held the position of Chief, Intelligence Division in West Lombok District Police, Indonesia.UN News: How long have you been with UNAMID and what are your responsibilities?Serving in a UN peacekeeping mission requires a high standard of capability, solid discipline and quick decision-making in response to emerging situations.Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro: I have been here for three months. My main responsibilities entail management of the operational duties of the Indonesian FPU, which involves controlling the personnel’s operational activities in the field, in my role as operational officer in my contingent.UN News: What led you to join the mission?Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro: My motivation was basically driven by my need to gain experience in the field, working for an international peacekeeping mission. I also want to enhance my knowledge about the UN and AU peacekeeping mission operational skills. Most importantly, I want to contribute to the service of humanity, as this is enshrined in our nation’s principles. I have, since my arrival in Darfur, observed that the conflict which took place here in this region requires the presence and services of dedicated peacekeepers who can provide the necessary protection and humanitarian assistance to the affected communities.UN News: Describe what a typical day at the mission is like for you.Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro: For me, all days here are full of amazing experiences. As an operational officer, my activities start around 8 a.m., when I take the morning roll call. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., I conduct daily training for the Tactical Section in our Camp. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., I go to Main Road and Khutum Road for inspection of our peacekeepers on duty. At around about 3 p.m., I come back to my office to lead the meeting with the different sections in my contingent and also use the time to prepare the activity schedule for the following day. From 5 p.m. until around 7 p.m., I have my physical exercises to keep my body healthy. It’s important to keep the mind and body in good shape to be able to offer full services as a peacekeeper in the mission. UN News:  What are some of the highlights of serving with the peacekeeping mission?Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro: All our operations should conform to UN DPKO [Department of Peacekeeping Operations] rules and guidelines; we must adhere to relevant SOPs [Standard Operating Procedures] that govern our operations; we must always have utmost respect for diversity and humanity in our workplace and operational area and create good relations with other peacekeepers we interact with daily in the mission area.UN News: What are some of the challenges for you personally?Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro: UNAMID is composed of so many civilian, police and military components from different parts of the world. That can be challenging in the operational space. All have different cultures and traditions. My challenge lies in the need to acquaint myself with the different norms and cultures of fellow peacekeepers; to respect and adapt quickly to these different work and social approaches; take on board the diverse local cultures, even in our operational plans; respect local laws; and deal with the harsh local weather!UN News:  What do your family and friends back home think about your service with UN peacekeeping?Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro: They are very proud of me because being part of an international peacekeeping mission, especially one as large as UNAMID, is a major achievement.  Not everyone in my country can get an opportunity to join a UN mission. I sincerely hope that after completion of my service with UNAMID, an opportunity will be availed to me to share my experiences, including the achievements and challenges of being a UN peacekeeper, and what the mission means to the host community.– / 12 UN News:  How would you describe your overall experience as a UN peacekeeper? Is there one particular experience/memory you will take back with you when you read more

Kalahari Minerals settles Extract Board and looks to 250 Mlb of U3O8

first_imgKalahari Minerals has settled its dispute via unanimous agreement with all parties, regarding the Board composition at Extract Resources, in which Kalahari’s subsidiary, Kalahari Uranium, holds a 39.81% interest.  Under the terms of the unanimous agreement, Steve Galloway has assumed the role of Non-executive Chairman, Peter McIntyre is remaining as Managing Director, and Neil MacLachlan and John Main will remain as Non-executive Directors.  A further senior Namibian Board member is being sought to replace Peter Meagher and Steve Sikirich who have stepped down from their directorship positions with immediate effect.  Kalahari Chairman Mark Hohnen said, “We are delighted with this unanimous resolution and the structure of the new Board.  We thought it was imperative to increase the Namibian representation and influence on the Board considering the location of the assets and therefore particularly welcome the appointment of Steve Galloway to the position of Non-executive Chairman, who will be further supported by the appointment of a another senior Namibian based national.  Steve has huge experience working in the country across the mining, energy, investment and financial sectors and has held a number of positions within the Namibian Government including Chief Mineral Economist, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Executive Director of the Namibian Investment Centre.  In tandem with the other Board members, particularly the executive stewardship of Peter McIntyre, we believe the Board is well balanced, to drive Extract forward and ensure that shareholders receive maximum value from its world class Namibian based uranium portfolio.“We believe that Extract’s next resource statement will be 240-250 Mlb of U3O8, which will truly underpin the world class nature of its portfolio, particularly the Rossing South discovery, where grades are consistently above 400 ppm U3O8. It has already placed an initial resource at Rossing South Zone 1 of 108 Mlb of U3O8, which is open either end and at depth and recent results for Zone 2 at Rossing South, including a best intersection of 73 m grading 1,060 ppm U3O8, suggest that the resource estimate of circa 105 Mlb for this zone will be exceeded.  It has also defined a further 25.1 Mlb of U3O8 at Ida Dome, which we again expect to be increased as exploration continues.“Kalahari remains highly supportive of Extract’s superb operational team as they crystallise the huge value potential of their Namibian uranium assets.  Finally I’d like to thank Peter Meagher and Steve Sikirich for their contribution to the development of Extract and wish them well in the future.”last_img

Lino Cervar is the first pick for Macedonian NT coach

Lino Cervar ← Previous Story Spanish legend Alberto Entrerrios retires from national team! Next Story → WCH 2013 TOP 10 MOMENTS: RIVERA’S SPAIN, FANTASTIC CROATIA, NO EXPLOSION OF DANISH DYNAMITE Macedonia stayed without NT’s coach after Zvonko Sundovski resigned last week. Macedonian handball fans weren’t satisfied with average performance at WCH 2013 and 14th place at the end. High pressure forced Sundovski to leave the team with whom he made the biggest success of Macedonian handball – 5th place at the Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. For his successor domestic media have only one name – Lino Cervar. President of MAcedonian Handball Federation and also RK Vardar Pro, Mihajlo Mihajlovski had decided to leave position in Federation after end of his mandate next May. That means that RK Metalurg could take “destiny” in their own hands. In that way rumours about Cervar are more reasonable, because Croatian coach is guilty for “handball revolution” in Skopje with last few years on the bench of Macedonian champion.

Man captures killer on phone camera pointing gun that killed him

first_imgSince the camera became a common feature on the phones we carry in our pockets every day, we’ve all experienced at least one situation where capturing an image has been beneficial. Maybe you had a road accident and collected evidence of what happened with photos, or you pulled out your phone just in time to capture a very memorable moment that would otherwise have been lost?35-year old Caloocan City councilman Reynaldo Dagsa has the unfortunate claim to fame of managing to capture his killer on camera a few seconds before the fatal shots were fired. As you can see in the image above, the photo Reynaldo was trying to capture included his wife, daughter, and elderly relative. But in the left corner of the shot is also a man holding a gun pointed directly at him.Reynaldo pushed the capture button on his phone just seconds before the trigger was pulled on that gun. He was shot twice, once in the arm and once in the chest, and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. But the phone survived, and one of his relatives found the image and showed it to the police.The photo was good enough to identify Michael Gonzales as the man who killed him, and he has now been arrested. Two other men were thought to be involved, one of which was also present in the picture standing behind the relatives.Gonzales is a known criminal who Reynaldo had already had arrested once last year. This attack was clearly to get revenge, but Reynaldo did at least manage to capture his killer on camera and probably get him a life sentence for murder.Read more at, via Gizmodolast_img

Someone in Ireland has won the €175 million Euromillions jackpot

first_img Feb 19th 2019, 9:19 PM 237,393 Views By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Romolo Tavani Share6798 Tweet Email12 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 9:40 PM Someone in Ireland has won the €175 million Euromillions jackpot It is not yet known where in the country it was sold. 120 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Romolo Tavani Short URL THE WINNING TICKET for tonight’s whopping €175 million Euromillions jackpot was sold in Ireland.The winning numbers were 1, 8, 18, 19 and 39. The lucky stars were 7 and 9.In all, the ticket is worth €175,475,380.It is not yet known where in the country it was sold.National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin called it an “incredible win for an Irish Euromillions player”.It is also the biggest prize ever won on the lotto in Ireland.Griffin said the shop the ticket was bought in “will not be revealed for a few days”. “With such a big win we have procedures to go through but we will reveal the winning location as soon as we can,” he said. “Whilst this is a massive win it can come as a shock to a player and we advise them to stay calm, get good independent legal and financial advice and contact us as soon as they can.”last_img

Sacatides shock sentence

first_imgGreek Australian Michael Sacatides has escaped the death penalty after being sentenced to 18 years in an Indonesian prison for smuggling almost 2 kilograms of methamphetamine into Bali. Sacatides’ sentence, delivered on Monday, was more than demanded by prosecutors but less than that given to other drug runners. However, the former Sydney-sider who maintained his innocence, appeared startled and upset after the verdict was delivered. In addition to the sentence, he was asked to pay a $108,000 fine or have three months added to his term. With good behaviour, Sacatides could expect to be released in about 10 years. Sacatides has a week to appeal, knowing that his sentence could be increased on appeal to the death penalty. “I was expecting not guilty or something less than 16 years,” his lawyer Erwin Siregar said, adding “I think Sacatides was also shocked.” Prosecutors had asked for a 16-year jail term – less than the death penalty, life terms and 20-year sentences given to other Australian traffickers of “category one” drugs such as Schapelle Corby and the Bali nine. Sacatides, from Wentworthville in Sydney’s western suburbs, had been living in Bangkok until recently, working as a martial arts instructor. He was detained at Bali airport in October after 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine, worth about $400,000, was found hidden in the lining of his bag. The 43 year-old said he travelled to Bali with little clothing and claimed an associate Akaleshi “Peter” Tripathi had lent him the bag that, unbeknownst to him, contained the drugs. He said he had asked Mr Tripathi for the bag after a shoulder injury made his usual sports bag unsuitable for the trip. Asked on Monday why Mr Tripathi would hide such a valuable consignment of drugs in Sacatides’ luggage, Mr Siregar said “as soon as Michael was safe and cleared the airport’s screening I believe Peter was going to fly to Bali himself, and collect the drugs without Michael’s knowledge”. The judges at Denpasar district court were lenient because Sacatides had no criminal record, had good character references and apologised for the damage his case had caused to Bali’s reputation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img