Mia Farrow – actor, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since September 2000 – will return to the Central African Republic this week for her fourth visit to witness and report on the devastating impact of the conflict on women and children.The star will meet with internally displaced families and with children formerly associated with armed groups. She will also be visiting health centres.Terrible violence continues to impact children and their families. Some 90,000 people are currently displaced inside the Central African Republic or live as refugees in neighbouring countries. More than 2 million children are suffering the consequences of the crisis, with many remaining out of school, exposed to disease, malnutrition and violence.Since Farrow’s last visit in November 2013, the situation in the country has further deteriorated. Children have been killed and continue to be directly targeted by violence including rape, torture and mutilation.
Rabat – Morocco condemned Friday’s Israeli assault in the West Bank village of Douma, by extremist settlers who burnt to death a Palestinian infant after setting on fire the parents’ house.“Morocco condemns in the strongest terms this hate crime and holds the Israeli occupation fully responsible for all the systematic terrorist acts committed by Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories”, the Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation says in a release.The Kingdom of Morocco “considers this violent aggression as a violation of the humanitarian law, a denial of human universal values and a desperate attempt to sap the morals of Palestinian and abort peace efforts”, the release goes on. Three members of the same family were seriously wounded early Friday morning when two masked men broke the windows of the home and threw two firebombs inside.
17 October 2007A new report on Iraq by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sees a moment of opportunity for achieving progress amid declining violence, and envisages an expanded United Nations role in support of this goal. September witnessed the lowest level of Iraqi casualties in 2007, according to Mr. Ban’s latest report to the Security Council on the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), released today.“There is now an opportunity that should not be missed,” declares Mr. Ban. He attributes the declining attacks to the ceasefire by the Mahdi Army and adds that the Sunni insurgent allegiance against Al-Qaida “holds significant political potential as well.”The challenge ahead is to focus on transforming the more positive military developments into a basis for national reconciliation, according to the report, which acknowledges the devastation caused by “ongoing daily attacks, continued high levels of displacement and political gridlock.”While the Iraqi people are chiefly responsible for achieving this transformation, Mr. Ban pledges the UN’s readiness “to assist them to that end.”The Secretary-General welcomes the expansion by the Council of UNAMI’s mandate and says the UN is “vigorously planning practical and immediate steps” to carry it out.Last month, following a high-level meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, Mr. Ban announced that there would be a “modest” increase in the number of UN staff in Iraq as soon as facilities were ready to accommodate them in safety and security. Specifically, he said there would an increase in the staffing level in Erbil, and that the UN was considering adding a presence in Basra.In today’s report, he says the UN had increased the staff ceiling in Baghdad and Erbil, adding, “I am also considering ways to improve outreach to the provinces, including the re-establishment of a small United Nations presence in Basra.”At a press briefing in New York, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said that the ceiling for international civilian staff in Baghdad has been raised from 65 to 85, while there are now 30 international staff in Erbil. The report says the UN is “prepared to do more” to advance an inclusive political dialogue and stands ready to assist in the successful completion of the constitutional review and in drafting key constitutionally mandated legislation. It also underscores the need for international support to bolster UN efforts to carry out the demanding tasks ahead. At the same time, Mr. Ban repeats his long-standing call for the constructive engagement of Iraq’s neighbouring countries, and those in the region. “Regional cooperation must reinforce the efforts made by leaders inside the country and avoid exacerbating tensions,” he cautions. “Political compromise and genuine attempts to work across ethnic, sectarian, and political lines are needed now more than ever,” says Mr. Ban.
The latest report of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission to Darfur (UNAMID) says the “slow pace” of deployment is making it difficult for the forces that are in place to provide “even a modest level of protection to civilians.”Just over 9,000 troops and police officers have been deployed so far, even though UNAMID is supposed to have more than 26,000 uniformed personnel in Darfur when it reaches full capacity. Less than a quarter of the mission’s authorized number of civilian staff have also been deployed.“The mission will not be in a position to effectively fulfil its mandate or meet the tremendous expectations of Darfur’s civilians with the meagre human and material resources currently in the mission area,” Mr. Ban writes.“We need to urgently demonstrate to the conflict-affected population of Darfur that UNAMID will bring a material improvement to their daily lives, or risk losing their confidence at this critical juncture in the life of the mission.”The Secretary-General calls for all troop and police contributors to UNAMID to expedite the deployment of any units or assets they have pledged, and he appeals to Member States to provide those units that are still outstanding – such as key military helicopters – to ensure the mission is at full operating capability.A month after the transfer of authority from the previous AU peace force (known as AMIS), UNAMID still lacks one heavy and one medium ground transport unit, three military utility aviation units (18 helicopters in total) and additional attack helicopters.In the absence of pledges from Member States, one option being explored is the transfer of aviation assets from other UN peacekeeping missions.In addition, the report notes that the speed of the deployment of UNAMID depends on resolving any remaining issues with the Sudanese Government about its composition, and stresses the need to “ensure the removal of impediments” to the force’s operation.Mr. Ban stresses the need for a cessation of hostilities in the conflict in Darfur, which has pitted rebels against Government forces and allied militias since 2003. More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes.He says such an agreement must also include “effective mechanisms for monitoring compliance and violations,” and adds that all sides should cooperate with the UN and AU Special Envoys to convene fully-fledged peace negotiations as soon as possible.Condemning cross-border attacks, the Secretary-General urges both Sudan and neighbouring Chad to respect each other’s territorial sovereignty and to implement existing non-aggression accords.The most recent fighting in West Darfur state has led 10,000 Sudanese or more to flee across the volatile border into eastern Chad, but the security situation is so poor that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had to withdraw its staff to a safer area earlier this week.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is delivering medical supplies, blankets, jerry cans and plastic sheeting to those in need in West Darfur, according to a statement released by the agency. It is also treating and restoring water supplies in those towns and villages attacked by militiamen or hit by aerial bombing.UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said the recent upsurge in fighting was only adding to the hardships and dangers faced by vulnerable children and women in the region.“Efforts to provide urgent assistance to children and women in dire need are hampered by the violence, and further displacement of civilian populations puts even greater pressure on camps that are already overcrowded,” she said, calling for aid workers to have unrestricted access to those in need. 20 February 2008The security situation in West Darfur has deteriorated so sharply in the past two months that the United Nations’ efforts to bring humanitarian relief to those in need is being severely undermined, a new UN report says, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and warning that the region needs many more peacekeepers.
Speaking at a joint press conference with President Rafael Correa in the capital, Quito, Mr. Ban said he had come to show support for Ecuador when it is still recovering from the events of 30 September.Mr. Correa had to be taken to the hospital at that time after being hit by tear gas during a demonstration in Quito related to Government measures aimed at cutting some benefits for public servants such as police officers. “At the time, I expressed my support for Ecuador’s democratic institutions and its elected Government. I am here now to stand with the Government and people of Ecuador,” Mr. Ban stated.“I trust that with dialogue, Ecuador will continue to strengthen its institutions… advance development… and forge solidarity.”He saluted Mr. Correa’s efforts to bring stability to the country since taking office four years ago, as well as the country’s engagement on human rights, stating that its open invitation to UN human rights experts is a “model” for other countries to follow. On the environment, the Secretary-General congratulated Ecuador on the Yasuni-ITT initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and said he looked forward to seeing what more the country will do to build on the climate change momentum generated by last year’s conference in Cancún, Mexico.Mr. Ban also discussed many of those issues in a meeting with Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino that also covered developments in the Middle East, including in Egypt and Tunisia, and the improved relations between Ecuador and Colombia.The Secretary-General will travel this evening to Peru, where he will meet with President Alan Garcia on Tuesday. 14 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts undertaken in Ecuador to consolidate democracy following last year’s unrest, while also lauding advances related to indigenous issues, human rights and the environment.
The driver of a pick up truck escaped with minor injuries Tuesday afternoon after her truck flipped over on the QEW in St. Catharines.The incident happened in the Toronto bound lanes at the Niagara Street ramp. The truck flipped over on the jersey barrier and then spun around. The driver was treated for her injuries at the scene. The driver of a second car also suffered minor injuries. Toronto bound traffic on the QEW. was backed up for several kilometres.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
Katie MacNeill knows first-hand the benefits co-op education can provide.The 21-year-old Mississauga native is set to graduate from Brock during the Oct. 13 Fall Convocation ceremony with a Public Health degree — and, thanks to her co-op work term, she already has a job in her field.MacNeill has secured a full-time job as the health promoter and intake counsellor at Niagara Medical Group Family Health Team in Niagara Falls — a one-stop-shop for family health needs that includes doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals.Her journey to career success began several years before she was hired, when she decided to enrol in Brock’s Public Health co-op program in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. She was in her second year at the University, and the program was being offered for the first time. This opened the door to co-op work terms in several areas of public health, each of which helped MacNeill to build her resumé as she continued her studies.MacNeill also participated in a year-long experiential education exercise in her fourth-year public health practices course — a move that proved to be pivotal.“The experiential course pulled together skills from my previous studies,” she said. “Every course came together in the research project I was working on. They all played a small part in getting me ready for the workforce.”MacNeill excelled in her experiential role, where she examined the impact of barriers and facilitators, such as transportation, on disease and maternal health in Port Colborne.As a result, one of her course-based connections recommended she execute a similar role at Niagara Medical Group for her final summer co-op work term.And the fit could not have been better. MacNeill was tasked with making an in-person connection with some of the team’s 20,000 patients to help them better navigate internal resources, such as dieticians and social workers, as well as external organizations, including Project SHARE, Community Care and Niagara Region Public Health based on their specific social needs.“The co-op job opportunity at Niagara Medical Group seemed to put into place all of the things I like about public health,” she said. “I like being with people, and my job allowed me to become knowledgeable about services in the community and then collaborate with others to fill the gaps.”MacNeill spent the first few months of her work term with Niagara Medical Group conducting research and building a program that would allow her to assist individuals as they connect with different community services.Upon completion of the research and initial roll-out of the project, Niagara Medical Group hired MacNeill as a full-time employee to complete the implementation and day-to-day operation of the new program.She has fully embraced her new role.“Every person I see has different needs,” she said. I have learned to never judge a book by its cover. People who struggle come from every income level and walk of life, and each day I need to make a new plan for a new person because everyone has unique needs.”MacNeill emphasized that helping the people she meets goes beyond daily appointments.“I look ahead to try to prepare for some of the issues they may have going forward,” she said. “It’s not just seeing the patient. There is a lot of footwork before and after, following up with the patient and the organizations they have been referred to.”While MacNeill is continually looking ahead to assist her clients, she also takes time to look back and appreciate her Brock journey and the role that co-op and experiential education have played in her early career success.“Both types of opportunities helped me to secure my job,” she said. “They provided me with experiences and connections to people who could help me along the way. Even more importantly, they provided a safe environment for me to figure out what I like and don’t like in a potential career path.”Cara Boese, Brock’s Director of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, said students like MacNeill are a “fantastic example of Brock’s commitment to providing a learning experience that connects theory and practice.“Her participation in co-op and experiential learning initiatives has been exemplary, and her efforts have led to the type of career success that we wish for all of our new graduates.” With her own career underway, MacNeill hopes other students will continue to take advantage of the resources offered by the University to ensure their own success.“Definitely do it. It’s worth it even if you don’t get a job right away,” she said. “The experiences that you have and the skills you build will be really important when you do get a job, and both experiential and co-op opportunities will make you stand out and help you to succeed.”
A 33-year-old man has been charged with fraudulently obtaining money intended for Grenfell Tower survivors and bereaved families.Antonio Gouveia is alleged to be neither a survivor of the tragedy nor someone left bereaved, but tried to fraudulently get his hands on money meant for those affected by the tragedy, which killed at least 71 people.Mr Gouveia was arrested on Thursday and charged with two counts of fraud by false representation, the Metropolitan Police said. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later on Friday.A number of fraudsters have attempted to cash in on the disaster on June 14 last year.In June a student became the fifth fraudster to be convicted as he claimed he only survived blaze because he was praying at local mosque. 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. Mohammad Gamoota, 31, pretended to be the son of one of the victims to get £5,000 and free hotel stays. He was jailed for 18 months. Two illegal immigrants who posed as victims were put up in hotels at the taxpayer’s expense for almost a year. Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks, who are Jamaican, falsely claimed more than £100,000 in accommodation and pre-paid credit cards before staff at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea realised the flat they claimed to live in did not exist. Joyce Msokeri, 47, was jailed for four and a half years in relation to a Grenfell Tower fraud. She posed as a survivor in a bid to claim hundreds of thousands of pounds, and that her husband and sister-in-law had perished.In fact she was single and living miles away.Anh Nhu Nguyen, 52, of Beckenham, south-east London, was also jailed earlier this year for 21 months for pretending he lost family members in the blaze.
THERE HAS BEEN mixed reaction to the verdict of ‘medical misadventure’ at the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital last year.Groups campaigning on the issue of abortion issued statements in the immediate aftermath of the verdict in the controversial and high-profile case of the death of the 31-year-old dentist from septic shock, E.coli in the bloodstream and a miscarriage at 17 weeks.When the case was reported last November it threw the issue of abortion back into the spotlight with the government now set to legislate for the Supreme Court verdict in the X Case in the coming weeks.The Pro Life Campaign welcomed the verdict and the recommendations from the coroner for guidelines about when to carry out an abortion to be clarified by the Medical Council.Dr Berry Kiely said the inquest had shown that a number of “‘systems failures’ and communications shortcomings significantly delayed the moment at which the medical team recognised the seriousness of her condition and carried out the appropriate medical intervention.”She added that it is “disturbing that those calling for abortion legislation never point out that no medical evidence whatsoever was heard in the X case.”‘Unjustifiable’However, the Abortion Rights Campaign said that the eighth amendment to the Constitution – which protects the right to life of the unborn – played a “huge part” in Savita’s death and said it needs to be repealed “immediately”.“We urge the Irish government in the strongest possible terms to legislate immediately to give pregnant women’s lives legal protection here under the terms upheld in two referenda. The delay is unjustifiable,” Sinéad Redmond said.The chief operating officer of Galway Roscommon Hospital Group, Tony Canavan, acknowledged the findings and recommendations of the inquest and said that deficiencies identified would and in some cases had already had been implemented.Listen (If viewing on a mobile device, click here) Meanwhile, the Sinn Féin spokesperson on health Caomhghín Ó Caoláin was among the first to come out with political reaction saying that Savita was “sadly let down by the healthcare system”.“The recommendation on the need for far clearer guidelines on the appropriateness and timing of termination to save the life of the mother, is especially important,” he said.“Such guidelines, in tandem with legislation in line with the X case, need to be advanced as speedily as possible.”Praveen Halappanavar: ‘Savita’s treatment was horrendous, barbaric and inhumane’Savita inquest: Jury returns verdict of medical misadventureSavita inquest: The coroner’s nine recommendations endorsed by the jury
THE UNITED STATES has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior US official said, calling the matter “very serious.”TensionsThe announcement adds a new dispute at a time of already heightened tensions between Washington and the Kremlin over the crisis in Ukraine, with western countries accusing Russia of arming Ukrainian separatists and destabilizing the country.The US concluded in a 2014 report that Russia had violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred it from possessing, producing or flight-testing such cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, the official told AFP.President Barack Obama has sent a letter to his counterpart Vladimir Putin on the subject, which the administration official described as “a very serious matter which we have attempted to address with Russia for some time now.”TalksWashington was prepared to discuss its determination with Moscow “immediately” in senior-level bilateral talks, the official added, saying Congress and US allies have been kept abreast of the matter.“The United States is committed to the viability of the INF Treaty,” the official said.We encourage Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under the treaty and to eliminate any prohibited items in a verifiable manner.The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed by then US president Ronald Reagan and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev, eliminated nuclear and conventional intermediate range ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles.The official said the INF treaty served the “mutual security interests of the parties” — not only the United States and Russia but also 11 other successor states of the Soviet Union.“Moreover, this treaty contributes to the security of our allies and to regional security in Europe and in the Far East.”“The United States will, of course, consult with allies on this matter to take into account the impact of this Russian violation on our collective security if Russia does not return to compliance,” the official said.Earlier reportsIn January, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington had raised concerns with Moscow following a New York Times report it had begun testing a new ground-launched cruise missile as early as 2008, and that the State Department’s senior arms control official had repeatedly raised the issue with Moscow since May 2013.Psaki said at the time she could not refute the details of the Times report, and that there was an ongoing interagency review to determine whether the Russians had violated the terms of a US-Russian arms control pact.- © AFP, 2014Read: Russia urges Syria: Give up your chemical weapons>
When Apple released the Smart Cover for the iPad it formed a clever way to protect your screen and act as a tablet stand in one. But a patent that became public today details how Apple may have a lot more functionality planned for their Smart Covers in future.The patent in question is called “Cover attachment with flexible display,” and was filed by Apple around a year ago. It details adding a flexible display to the inside of a Smart Cover so as to offer up new functionality beyond the main tablet display.Based on the diagrams included with the patent filing, Apple envisions this second display to also acts as a touchscreen whose functionality changes based on its configuration. For example, when laid flat it can be drawn on with a stylus, used as a keyboard, or simply displays additional information to compliment whatever is on the tablet’s display. Roll it into a stand configuration though, and touch sensitive playback controls appear allowing you to manipulate the action on screen without ever touching it.The use of this enhanced Smart Cover would require a new connector be added that allows it to be plugged into the iPad to draw power. If thin battery tech continues to improve though, I bet Apple would prefer to add a battery directly into the Smart Cover and keep the design cleaner.Whether this Smart Cover+ ever sees the light of day is up to Apple, but I can’t see anyone not liking having a second display built into the iPad’s screen protector and stand. There’s one sector of the market that will be sweating over this, though: peripheral manufacturers. If Apple released this new cover it would replace the need to buy a separate keyboard accessory, and probably a range of other add-on devices too depending on the final feature set.More at USPTO, via Engadget
Pinterest Ronda Rousey The following was issued on WWE.com.Renee Young hosts VH1’s ‘Big Morning Buzz’Renee Young will head to the new VH1 studio in Times Square, New York City, to host “Big Morning Buzz” on March 4. “Big Morning Buzz” airs on VH1 every weekday morning at 9/8 C and features the most important news in pop culture and entertainment.Hosted live by Nick Lachey, “Big Morning Buzz” covers music, movies, TV and more with commentary from insiders to get your day off to a great start. Follow “Big Morning Buzz” on Twitter @BigMorningBuzz and on Instagram @vh1buzz.Young joined WWE in 2012 and has been a staple of broadcasts ever since. She does color commentary on WWE NXT and “WWE Superstars” in addition to regularly reporting backstage on WWE TV. Follow Young on Twitter @ReneeYoungWWE and Instagram @reneeyoungwwe.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter
Unemployment was down in August, as Clark County’s job growth steadily continued, according to the state Employment Security Department’s monthly report.The county added 300 jobs, seasonally adjusted, last month, and unemployment was down to 6.5 percent. In July, the county’s unemployment rate was at 6.8 percent. The unemployment rate in August 2015 was 6.2 percent.“We continue to see strong job growth in the county, and very diversified job growth, meaning it’s pretty much across all industries,” said Scott Bailey, regional economist at the state Employment Security Department. “That’s been the pattern for about a year or so now.”In August, private sector employment grew by 900 jobs, with all major sectors seeing job growth in Clark County except for information services. Leisure and hospitality added the most, with more than 500 jobs in August, and construction was next up with more than 300.Over the last year, construction and mining has added 1,400-plus jobs, professional and business services have added more than 1,600 jobs, financial services has grown by more than 600 jobs.Clark County job growth over this year is around 6,600 jobs, or 4.4 percent, so far. Comparatively, Washington state is at 3 percent, Oregon is at 3.3 percent, the Portland metro area is at 2.8 percent and the United States is at 1.7 percent.
The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that a man found dead last month in the Columbia River near Vancouver died from suicide. Craig W. Grundmeier, 54, was spotted in the water near the point where the Willamette River meets the Columbia on the night of Dec. 7. The medical examiner’s office said he died of multiple blunt-force injuries a couple of days before he was found.
A fresh crop of new music to tickle your ears K-pop superstar BTS breaks another music record. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET K-pop superstars BTS — arguably the most popular boy band in the world right now — is breaking records yet again with its song Boy With Luv. Boy With Luv, featuring American pop star Halsey, is the first single from the Korean boy band’s new album Map of the Soul: Persona. Debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart makes this the highest-charting song by a Korean pop group ever, according to reports on Monday.It seems as though Boy With Luv is the kind of chart-topping tune that is breaking more than one kind of record. Tags BTS breaks YouTube records with music video for Boy With Luv BTS blows away SNL, and you can watch their performance online Fortnite, ASMR and BTS ruled Instagram in 2018 1 More BTS Comment When BTS performed its new single Boy With Luv on Saturday Night Live on April 13, the official video of the performance didn’t just get record numbers on YouTube, it also marked the first time a South Korean musical act had ever performed on the NBC show.And last year, BTS also managed to dominate Instagram by having the biggest fandom community. Share your voice The music video for Boy With Luv also smashed YouTube’s record for the most views in the first 24 hours of release. The video attracted 74.6 million views in 24 hours, demolishing previous viewership records by music acts Ariana Grande and Blackpink.Boy With Luv also broke the record for fastest music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube, achieving the mark in less than two days. YouTube 25 Photos Music TV and Movies
Soldiers with the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division at a deployment ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 8th, 2017 (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)The Army in Alaska is sending more than two thousand troops to Afghanistan. And they’ve already started deploying.Listen nowAt a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Friday, Colonel Mark Colbrook told soldiers and families the unit is well-equipped to advise and assist military counterparts with the Afghan government for the nine months mission.“Your training, your competences as combined arms teams, and the lethal capabilities uniquely qualify you to teach and mentor your Afghan partners in the art and science of war,” Colbrook said.The 4th brigade combat team’s 25th infantry division – or 4-25 — is sending 2,100 soldiers on the deployment. That’s several hundred more people than was originally announced by the Army in April. News that the unit would be going oversees on its third deployment to the war in Afghanistan came alongside the decision by the Army not to cut the 4-25’s size as part of a national reduction in the armed forces. Republican Senator Dan Sullivan fought against that cut, and was on-hand at the ceremony.Alaska’s Governor Bill Walker talks with Colonel Mark Colbrook at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson ahead of a deployment ceremony for the 4-25 on September 8th, 2017 (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)“Of the 40,000 soldiers slated to be cut from the US Army, only one unit was spared,” Sullivan said. “One unit. This unit, the 4-25.”Sullivan told the crowd that a high number of president Trump’s staff and advisors served or commanded in recent wars. And as a result, soldiers can expect an increasing amount of support during their deployment.“They’ve all deployed to Afghanistan, they know sacrifice and courage,” Sullivan said. “They will ensure that you are resourced for this mission. In fact in a briefing I just received they emphasized that there will be much more close air support for you, and an emphasis on shutting down green-on-blue violence to protect you.”Green-on-blue is a reference to attacks by Afghan police and military members on U.S. forces.Some members of the 4-25 are already on the ground. The remainder of the unit’s personnel will ship out in the weeks ahead, scattered mostly around the eastern part of Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chennai-born Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and the chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani are among the 58 candidates for ‘Person of the Year 2015′ honour conducted by The Time magazine.The winner of title will be declared next month and it will be conferred upon the person who “most influenced the news this year for better or worse,” the publication said.”Modi has encouraged foreign direct investment in India and is trying to modernise the world’s largest democracy,” The Economic Times quoted Time, as saying.”But the Indian leader has also faced controversy over what some see as right-wing extremism,” it added.Modi had also found a place among the contenders last year, but did not secure the title. However, he had emerged as the winner of the readers’ poll last year, garnering over 16% of the nearly five million votes.Pichai, who was promoted as the CEO of Google in August, is also among the contenders along with India’s richest person Ambani.”After 11 years at Google, most recently as co-founder Larry Page’s right hand, Pichai assumed the tech giant’s top job,” Time said.After joining as a ‘low key manager ‘ in Google in 2004, Pichai moved up to top ranks at the company following the successful launch of operating system Google Chrome in 2008. He also led the launch of Gmail and Google Maps.In the voting conducted for Person of the Year 2015 title so far, Modi has already secured 1.3% of the votes, similar to that of Pichai and Russian President Vladimir Putin.The other prominent contenders for the title include US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Chinese President Xi Jinping, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Tesla Motors head Elon Musk, Apple CEO Tim Cook and last year’s winner Pope Francis.
A Baltimore police officer, who is seen viciously beating a man June 15 in a CitiWatch video that began circulating this week, has been suspended while an investigation of the incident ensues, officials announced Sept. 16.“This will not be tolerated,” Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said of Officer Vincent Cosom’s behavior at a press conference Tuesday.“Much like the public, I was shocked, I’m outraged, I’m disgusted by what I saw by an employee of the Baltimore Police Department,” Batts said. “Nothing that I saw on that video is defensible, nor should it be defensible, and most importantly, it’s unacceptable and will not be tolerated within this organization.”Cosom has since been placed on paid administrative leave. However, many are questioning why it took so long for him to be disciplined.“The investigation has no credibility because no suspension took place until this incident was on the news and not a second before,” said Tony Garcia, one of the attorneys for Kollin Truss, 32, the man who Cosom assaulted. “The police department is in damage control.”Garcia and colleague Ivan Bates and Tony Garcia on Monday announced a $35 million, seven-count lawsuit against Cosom, that accuses him of battery, false imprisonment and false light or perjury among other allegations.According to police charging documents, Cosom said he saw an inebriated Truss loitering in front of a liquor store on the corner of Greenmount and North avenues and he asked him to leave. The pair exchanged heated words and Truss went into the store.When Truss exited the liquor mart, he and the officer are seen on the video exchanging more words and Truss’ girlfriend pushes him away and toward the bus stop.At that time, Garcia told the AFRO, his client was waiting on the bus to take him home when Cosom approached and began whaling on his client.“The officer basically sucker-punched him while another officer held his arms, preventing him from blocking his face or otherwise defending himself,” the attorney said.According to the statement of probable cause, however, Cosom claimed he saw Truss assaulting his female companion and that he assumed a fighting stance and clenched his fist when the officer rushed in to arrest him. Cosom said the altercation ensued because he was in fear of his safety, and that Truss kicked other officers as they tried to get him into the squad car.Truss was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer.“We see a pattern here—certain types of officers will strip you of your rights and dignity and charge you with assault when they are the ones who assaulted you. It is an exercise in submission,” Garcia said.Even worse Truss’ attorneys said, the case reeks of a cover-up.“This video was in the police department’s records. And, there was an officer watching the incident live as it took place.”Bates said a middle manager in the department’s Internal Affairs was contacted by the State’s Attorney’s Office about the video months ago but dropped the ball.“There was a communications breakdown within my organization. I had a middle manager that did not do the thing that they should have done. This officer should have been removed from the field immediately. I should have been notified immediately. We will also address that,” Batts said.Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said along with Cosom, other officers at the scene may also be held accountable.“Anyone who had identification and witnessed this – either took part in and either acted inappropriately or in not taking any action was neglectful – is a part of this investigation,” he said.Garcia said as they get more information, other plaintiffs may be added to their suit.
What you need to know about add-ons in Waterfox 68 by Martin Brinkmann on May 06, 2019 in Internet – Last Update: May 06, 2019 – 98 commentsWaterfox 68 will be the next major release of the web browser that is based on Firefox code; it will replace the current branch, Waterfox 56, eventually after its release. The developer of Waterfox, Alex Kontos, plans to support the Waterfox 56 branch for some time after the release.The upcoming Waterfox release launches with add-on system changes that will render older legacy extensions unusable but part of them can be updated so that they run in Waterfox 68.Waterfox 68 is based heavily on Firefox 68 which means that it is a big jump feature jump from version 56. Mozilla will release the next ESR version of Firefox on July 9th, 2019, and that version will be Firefox 68.0 ESR.Firefox versions newer than version 57 don’t support legacy extensions anymore and Kontos had to find a way to keep legacy extensions supported in Waterfox as support for these is one of the features of the browser that sets it apart from Firefox.The Thunderbird team is in the same boat and the development team went to work to make sure that legacy extensions, overlay extensions and bootstrap extensions, are still supported in the email client. Kontos was able to use that code — Thunderbird and Firefox share some code as well — and integrate it into the upcoming Waterfox browser.Waterfox 68 and Extension SupportLegacy extensions may require changes so that they can be used in Waterfox 68:All extensions need to be updated to reflect changes made to the add-on system in Firefox’s engine. Kontos lists using HTML code instead of XUL, and renaming or replacing API calls.Overlay extensions need to “engage the new overlay loader” next to that. It is used to apply XUL code to the user interface.Some popular extensions have been ported already. The list includes DownThemAll, S3 Download, Greasemonkey, Private Tab, Save File To, or Stylish.Most Waterfox users probably cannot modify extensions to make them compatible with the Waterfox 68 release. Popular add-ons may be ported by volunteers or Kontos himself but there is the chance that less popular ones may not.It seems that other types of legacy extensions won’t be supported anymore. It is unclear how many are affected.An Alpha version of Waterfox 68 will be released in the near future. As a Waterfox user, you may want to test your extensions in the coming Alpha version to find out which work fine and which may need updating (or cannot be used anymore).SummaryArticle NameWhat you need to know about add-ons in Waterfox 68DescriptionWaterfox 68 will continue to support some legacy extensions but it may be necessary to update them to make them compatible.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement