Realme X, Realme 3i launched in India: Price, specifications and first sale date

first_imgRealme X and Realme 3i are now official in India. The company launched the two phones at an event in New Delhi where it also revealed the pricing and availability details. The Realme X comes to India after making its debut in China. It is a feature-packed premium mid-range smartphone that highlights an AMOLED display, Snapdragon 710 chipset and 48MP dual camera, among other things. The Realme 3i is a budget phone that offers a smudge-free diamond-cut design, Helio P60 chipset and a large 4,230mAh battery.Realme X has been priced starting at Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant and Rs19,999 for the 8GB + 128GB model. The Realme X will be offered in Polar White and Space Blue gradient colours. The Realme X will go on sale for the first time on July 24 at 12 noon on Flipkart and Realme will hold a special sale on July 18 at 8pm for those who pre-ordered the device last week. The Realme X will also go on sale via offline stores soon.Realme has also announced the Realme X Master Edition which comes in Onion and Garlic-inspired finishes priced at Rs 19,999. Additionally, the Realme X Spider-Man: Far From Home edition that comes in a special box that includes a Spider-Man-themed case and icon pack. This edition is priced at Rs 20,999. Both the special edition phones will go on sale in August.The budget Realme 3i starts at Rs 7,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant and Rs 9,999 for the 4GB + 64GB version. The first sale date will be on July 23, 2019 at 12 noon on Flipkart and The Realme 3i will be available in three colours – Diamond Black, Diamond Blue and Diamond Red.advertisementRealme X specificationsRealme X highlights a premium body as it gets a tall, bezel-less display on the front and a curved glasstic rear panel in gradient finishes along with a metal frame. The Realme X is the company’s first phone to offer a notchless Super AMOLED display to bring a pure full-screen experience. The smartphone sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, over 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Powering the Realme X is a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Realme X does not support storage expandability. It houses a 3,765mAh battery and support VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The smartphone runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top. The Realme X also supports Dolby Atmos for an immersive sound experience via headphones.Realme X comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and supports face unlock as well. The phone offers a pop-up selfie camera that houses a 16-megapixel f/2.0 sensor. The pop-up camera is said to rise in just 0.74 seconds and will automatically retract when detecting fall. On the back of the Realme X, you get a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixel and 6P lens and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. The Realme X offers features like Nightscape and Chroma Boost.Realme 3i specificationsRealme 3i is the first smartphone in the company’s new Realme “i” series. The Realme 3i is largely similar to the Realme 3 that was launched earlier this year. It gets a similar 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The rear panel is different here as it sports a diamond-cut design with a matt finish much like the Realme C2. It will be offered in three colours – Diamond Black, Diamond Blue and Diamond Red. The handset measures 156.1×75.6×8.3mm and weighs 175 grams.The smartphone is powered by a 2.0Ghz Helio P60 octa-core chipset with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB. The phone offers a triple card slot with two Nano SIM cards (Dual VoLTE) and a microSD card support. It comes with fingerprint sensor and face unlock.Realme 3i offers a 13-megapixel main camera with PDAF and f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, the phone features a 13-megapixel selfie sensor. The Realme 3i also runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie and houses a 4,230mAh battery.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A3 set to launch on July 25, will be more powerful than Mi A2: When will it come to India?ALSO READ | Apple iPhone 6 of a 11 year old catches fires and explodesALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones launched in India for Rs 1,799: What’s special, availability detailslast_img read more

Perth stage incredible late comeback on Sam Kerr’s W-League return

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Perth had opened the scoring against Canberra early on – through the first own goal of the afternoon, courtesy Denise O’Sullivan’s header past her own keeper – but the visitors were swamped thereafter as the hosts opened up a three-goal lead.Refiloe Jane equalised from the penalty spot before United took the lead on the half-hour mark through Rhoda Mulaudzi. Chilean Maria Rojas fired into the top corner to make it 3-1 before half-time and when Jane netted her second penalty of the game on 77 minutes, the writing appeared to be on the wall.The fourth came with Canberra enjoying from a numerical advantage after Sarah Carroll had been shown a second yellow card with half an hour of play remaining, but despite the odds stacked against them, Perth then staged a comeback for the ages.Alyssa Mautz sparked off the recovery on 82 minutes before Leticia McKenna struck from outside the box five minutes later. And when Kerr, who was suspended for Glory’s opening game of the season and had largely cut a frustrated figure in Canberra, sent over a dangerous cross in injury time, it deflected off Corsie and into the back of the net.The scarcely believable comeback preserved Perth’s unbeaten start to the season, although following a 1-1 draw with Brisbane last weekend, they are still without a win. In Sunday’s other game, last season’s premiers Brisbane collected their first win, with a smart first-half free kick from Carson Pickett the difference between the two sides.The fullback squeezed her effort inside the near post for a second goal in as many matches, but the Roar were indebted to busy goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold for all three points at Marconi Stadium. Read more Perth Glory stage incredible comeback Sam Kerr makes first W-League appearance of season – as it happened Topics Share on Twitter Women’s football news Australia sport Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger With just eight minutes of regulation time remaining and at 4-1 down – with a player less too – the much-heralded return to Australia’s domestic competition of the W-League’s first marquee player appeared destined to end on a rather flat note for Perth Glory. But a quite remarkable turnaround, capped by a Sam Kerr cross in injury time that was turned into her own net by the unfortunate Rachel Corsie, ensured Perth left McKellar Park with an unlikely point – and Kerr’s first appearance of the season made headlines. Share on Pinterest W-League Reuse this contentlast_img read more

OnePlus 7 Strong hardware raises the bar

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus which has built a strong fan base in India with its competitively priced devices in the premium category recently launched two phones — OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro — at the same time globally. OnePlus 7 is actually just an improvement on the OnePlus 6T while the 7 Pro is a whole new device. It is the price of the phone which has garnered a lot of attention because it was released at a far lower cost than expected. The OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant, going up to Rs 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/256GB storage variant. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The 6GB RAM phone is available in “mirror grey” colour, while the 8GB RAM variant is available in both “mirror grey” and red colours. In terms of design, the OnePlus 7 gets 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a conventional refresh rate of 60Hz. The display seems to be really good for its price. It looks similar to the 6T which means it has the same notch in the display. The only main difference is a wider earpiece grille. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The OnePlus 7 features a dual rear camera setup, consisting of a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor as its primary camera, with an f/1.7 aperture, electronic image stabilisation (EIS), and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The secondary camera features a 5MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels. The rear camera setup is accompanied by a dual-LED flash module. The OnePlus 7, like its predecessor 6T, scores high in capturing quality pictures. The colour balance is nearly perfect. On the other side, the 16MP selfie camera in the dewdrop notch served very well in almost all kinds of light conditions. The OnePlus 7 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor and runs Oxygen OS 9.5.2 that is built on Android 9 Pie. The device we reviewed was 8GB RAM+256GB variant. We did not notice any lag and playing games like PUBG was quite a smooth experience on the device. OnePlus has added some valuable features like the Zen Mode to the new phone.The Zen Mode completely cuts off access to everything except the camera and emergency phone call access. One thing which is lacking in this smartphone is wireless charging which is almost common on premium devices now. The 3,700 mAh battery of the OnePlus 7 is a good addition which provides enough juice for longer than a day with moderate usage. But the absence of a headphone jack may annoy some. Conclusion: Overall, we found that OnePlus 7 offers a good upgrade from its predecessor at no extra cost. With an improved processor and new features, the device still bundles capacity to give flagship phones of other brands a run for their money.last_img read more

Police investigating suspicious fire that left family dead in Nanaimo BC

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – A woman, man and their seven-year-old daughter are dead in what police say is a suspicious fire at a home in Nanaimo, B.C.RCMP Cpl. Jon Stewart says it’s unclear what sparked the fire Tuesday afternoon, but when fire crews arrived the home was in flames.Three bodies were pulled from the house and Stewart says officers with the RCMP’s serious crime unit are following up with the coroner to determine what caused the deaths.He says a passerby spotted flames and tried to alert the residents by screaming and banging on the home.The victims have not been identified, but Stewart says the man and woman were both in their mid-40s and the family lived in the home.He says there’s no indication that the case involves anything more than a fire, but any time the origin of a fire is unknown, investigators treat it as being suspicious.“All our options are on the table. We’re still investigating as we would any serious event like this,” Stewart said during a news conference.“An investigation like this does take time because we try take it slow and do it as methodically as possible.”Fire crews and police remained at the scene Wednesday morning, gathering evidence in the case.last_img read more

Acting head of OPP asks for investigation into hiring of new commissioner

first_imgTORONTO — The interim commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police is asking the province’s ombudsman to investigate the appointment of Premier Doug Ford’s family friend to the force’s top job.Brad Blair, who has been leading the force since November, filed a formal request on Tuesday “amid growing concerns of political interference” in the hiring process of Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner.In a letter to ombudsman Paul Dube, Blair says the hiring process has deeply affected the morale of rank and file officers.Blair says he wants to repair the apprehension of bias over this process and the potential damage to the reputation of the OPP.Taverner, who is 72 and currently commands three divisions within the Toronto Police Service, was named as the next OPP commissioner last week and is to start his new job Monday.Days after his appointment, the Ford government admitted it lowered the requirements for the position to attract a wider range of candidates for the job.Blair’s letter says the original commissioner job posting required candidates to have a rank of deputy police chief or higher, or assistant commissioner or higher, in a major police service — a threshold Taverner did not meet.He says of the 27 candidates, only four did not meet the original threshold requirements.“OPP officers have shared with me their concerns that the process was unfair and their feelings that the independence of the OPP is now called into question,” Blair’s letter reads.Last week, the Ford government maintained that Taverner was appointed according to his own merits. Ford himself also repeatedly stressed his long relationship with Taverner was not a factor in the decision.Yet Blair says the hiring process “remains enveloped in questions of political interference” and should be addressed by impartial review.“I have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that the OPP remains independent,” Blair writes.“To have this new command assumed without addressing this matter will cause dysfunction in the service and undermine the command.”He suggests delaying Taverner’s installation as commissioner until a review can be completed.Members of the NDP and Liberal opposition have also called for an investigation into the hiring process, as well as advocacy group Democracy Watch.A spokeswoman for the Ontario ombudsman said she could not confirm or comment on whether the office has received a specific complaint.— By Daniela Germano in EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

SiriusXM giving 2 week free preview of its world of content starting

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement This is the first time Howard Stern’s two fulltime audio channels, which include his Howard Stern Show, are streamed free to anyone, with no subscription or login required.Users of the app will also get access to more than 5,000 hours of live music performances and curated playlists, On Demand shows, comic routines, audio documentaries, exclusive interviews, and expertly curated content from an ever-expanding On Demand library.The two-week free listening period coincides with the launch of SiriusXM’s all-new and totally re-designed app for iOS and Android devices. During the free tune-in period listeners can also sample SiriusXM by using the re-designed streaming web player at, or by turning on any previously inactive satellite radio in their car.Go to to start listening nowFeatures of the new SiriusXM app include:A Totally New LookThe SiriusXM app features a brand-new look and capabilities that help users find more of what they like across SiriusXM’s 200+ channels. By making it easier to navigate through categories, find shows, and access On Demand programming, users will discover programming that they previously may not have known SiriusXM offered.“ForYou” RecommendationsWe have made it easier to learn about all of the amazing programs and channels available. Using personalized preferences and listening history, “ForYou” recommendations pull from SiriusXM’s huge catalogue of live and On Demand programming to make the next great piece of music, talk, news, entertainment or sports programming easier to learn about and access.More On Demand ContentSiriusXM’s library of recorded On Demand content features more than 5,000 hours of programming, which grows every day. The new SiriusXM app makes it much easier to access shows, interviews, specials, and performances whenever it is most convenient for you.SiriusXM VideoSiriusXM Video will be available on the new SiriusXM app with a “sneak peek” of video from Howard Stern, arranged and presented in an easy to view way, with more video coming soon.SiriusXM offers the most extensive bundle of music, entertainment and sports programming available in the world of audio and streaming entertainment. To learn more about what SiriusXM offers, download the app now or go to for more details.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. Advertisement “ForYou” recommendations pull from SiriusXM’s huge catalogue of live and On Demand programming to make the next great piece of music, talk, news, entertainment or sports programming easier to learn about and access. (Tablet view) (CNW Group/Sirius XM Canada Inc.) Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO, May 15, 2018 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, announced today it will make its wide array of content available for free for the first time on both its satellite and streaming platform as part of the introduction of a new SiriusXM app, which delivers a wholly new streaming experience that includes expanded programming, greater discovery, more intuitive recommendations and the introduction of SiriusXM Video.SiriusXM content will be available for free for a limited time until May 29 for anyone with an inactive satellite radio in their car, or who has an internet connected mobile device and/or web access. Any non-subscriber in the United Statesand Canada can tune in to sample SiriusXM seamlessly, without any registration requirements.That means access to The Beatles Channel, Eminem’s Shade 45, Kevin Hart’s new comedy channel, LL COOL J’s new classic hip-hop channel, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Radio, Diplo’s Revolution, Mad Dog Sports Radio and Doctor Radio plus hundreds more channels, all easily available during this free listening period. Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Schwans Co sold to South Korean company for 18 billion

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A food distributor with deep roots in Minnesota has been sold to South Korea’s largest food company.The Schwan’s Co. is well known for home deliveries made by its gold trucks. The companies released a statement Thursday saying CJ CheilJedang will pay $1.8 billion for an 80 per cent stake in Schwan’s and gain control of its businesses that serve restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers.The Schwan family will retain 20 per cent ownership in the businesses being sold to CJCJ. The family will keep 100 per cent ownership of Schwan’s Home Service Inc., the home-delivery business that Marvin Schwan began in Marshall in 1952.The companies say Schwan’s will keep its name and its Minnesota offices in Bloomington and in Marshall. Schwan’s CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios will continue to lead the company.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Koepka seizes record sevenshot PGA lead after 54 holes

first_imgBehpage (United States): Defending champion Brooks Koepka overcame struggles to grab a seven-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the PGA Championship, the largest 54-hole advantage in tournament history. Third-ranked Koepka, in prime position for his fourth major title, fired a level-par 70 at Bethpage Black to stand on 12-under 198 entering Sunday’s final round. “I feel confident. I feel good. I feel excited,” Koepka said. “It’s nice to have a seven-shot cushion. Just hit the center of the greens and try to par this place to death. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”(I’ll) just stick to my routine, do what I’m doing. I’m not thinking of seven-shot lead, winning the tournament. I’m thinking of what I need to do on the first shot first tee.” The 29-year-old American owned a record edge over a pack on 205 that included top-ranked Dustin Johnson, fellow Americans Harold Varner and Luke List and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond. “It’s going to take something special to catch Brooks,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely do-able on this course.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe best final-round comeback by a PGA winner was seven strokes by John Mahaffey in 1978. “We’re all pretty much playing for second,” List said. Matt Wallace, trying to become the first Englishman to win the PGA since Jim Barnes in 1919, shot 70 to share sixth on 206 with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. No one in major golf history fired a lower 36-hole score than Koepka’s 12-under 128, and his seven-stroke advantage was the second-largest major halfway lead, trailing only Henry Cotton’s nine-shot edge in the 1934 British Open. If Koepka does capture the Wanamaker Trophy and the 1.98 million (1.77 million euros) top prize, he will be the first man to own back-to-back titles at two majors simultaneously. Koepka seeks a third consecutive US Open crown next month at Pebble Beach. “He’s definitely, in these events, playing on a different level than most anyone else,” four-time major winner Rory McIlroy said of Koepka. “It’s awesome. It’s so good. It’s great to watch.”last_img read more

President Obama Nominates Muslim as Federal Judge

New York – U.S. President Obama has nominated Abid R. Qureshi to serve as a federal judge yesterday.It is the first time in the history of the United States that a Muslim has been considered for a federal judgeship.Several advocacy groups have given support to the nomination of Qureshi.  Muslim Advocates, a California-based legal group, praises Obama’s choice for nomination. “I commend President Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary,” said Farhana Khera, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and executive director of Muslim Advocates, in a press statement.The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it was not aware of any Muslim judges at the Federal level.The nomination is seen as mostly symbolic since Obama has lost all political clout with Congress and is leaving office in January 2016.  Congress has not yet considered his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, to replace Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February.In addition, hearings have not been scheduled for two other Obama nominees for the federal district court, D.C. Superior Court Judges Todd Edelman and Florence Pan, who were nominated in April.The U.S. Senate returned to session yesterday.Qureshi is a partner at Latham & Watkins since 2006 and is based in Washington, D.C.  He was born in Pakistan and a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School.Qureshi’s highest profile case was representing The Islamic Saudi Academy, a K-12 private school with ties to the Saudi Arabian government in a labor dispute. The school, which is “rooted in the Islamic faith,” has been closed since June 2016, according to the school’s website.The Latham & Watkins is a global law firm which specializes in Sustainable initiatives, women’s rights, and activism. No press statement from the firm was noted in support of Qureshi’s nomination. read more

Global pact on explosive remnants of war vital tool to end scourge

“Explosive remnants of war are generated by every armed conflict, and pose a major threat to civilians,” Mr. Ban told a meeting in Geneva of States parties to Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.“They kill and maim long after the end of hostilities. They are deadly hazards that must be eliminated,” he said in his message, which was delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva.The Secretary-General stressed that Protocol V is “an invaluable tool” toward that end, as it provides a flexible and stable framework for addressing the humanitarian and developmental impacts of explosive remnants of war. “I urge you to make full use of it.” He commended the States parties on their efforts to operationalize the Protocol, such as the establishment of a mechanism for cooperation and coordination to improve knowledge about the scope of the problem of explosive remnants of war, as well as to facilitate assistance and advance the Protocol’s implementation.“You have made a good start, but more is needed,” stated Mr. Ban, calling for strong practical steps to assist victims of the scourge. “You should give even more support to the clearance, removal and destruction of unexploded ordnance,” he added. “You should also establish a culture of information sharing, in particular to collect and record information despite the obstacles posed by battlefield dynamics. All of this will also mean mobilizing the necessary resources.”While noting the “considerable” increase by more than one-third in the number of States parties to the Protocol since last year, the Secretary-General called on those that have not yet done so to ratify the instrument without delay. In addition, he reminded all States of their responsibility to provide effective protection to civilians both during and after armed conflicts. 10 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to make full use of the global agreement on explosive remnants of war, a deadly scourge that kills and maims innocent civilians long after armed conflicts have come to an end. read more

Suncor union agree to raise wages 105 over three years

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and Suncor Energy Inc. have ratified an agreement that will see wages for workers in the oil, natural gas and petrochemical sectors rise 10.5% over three years.Delegates from 48 bargaining units that take part in the union’s National and Energy and Chemical Bargaining Program ratified the tentative agreement on Tuesday.The 2013-2016 deal will see wage increases of 3.25%, 3.5% and 3.75%.“The national settlement sends a strong and positive message for the Canadian economy by raising the purchasing power of our members,” said Dave Coles, the union’s national president.“The wage and shift premium increases, and the significant related impact of the wage increases to increase their future pensions, means greater economic security for thousands of energy workers across Canada, and for their communities also.”CEP national energy bargaining co-ordinator Joseph Gariso added the deal was the result of “tough, but respectful” bargaining with Suncor, Canada’s largest energy company.“It ranks as one of the best economic settlements in the 20-year history of the National Energy and Bargaining Program.”CEP, Suncor ratify agreement that will see wages increase 10.5% over three years. read more

South Sudan UN mission cites clear indications death count much higher than

In a news release from Juba, UNMISS notes fresh media reports estimating that up to 10,000 people may have been killed since the conflict started on 15 December 2013, after President Salva Kiir said soldiers loyal to former vice-president Reik Machar, dismissed from office in July, launched an attempted coup. On 26 December, 10 days into the crisis, the Mission estimated that 1,000 people may have been killed in the fighting. “This was based on UNMISS’ initial monitoring and investigations in Juba and other relatively more stable locations where its Human Rights Officers and other staff were able to access, investigate and document the unfolding developments,” the Mission said today. Yet, after two weeks of subsequent violence, characterized by sometimes intense fighting with heavy weapons, there are now clear indications that the casualty count must be much higher, says UNMISS, adding that while it has continues to closely monitor the human rights situation, interviewing witnesses, and following leads, it “is not at this stage in a position to establish and verify the exact numbers of casualties.” The Mission recalls that on 9 January, Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN Peacekeeping Operations, speaking to reporters in New York following a three hour briefing to the Security Council on the situation in South Sudan, said: “We are not able to provide final figures. We know it will be very substantially in excess of the 1,000 figure”. Meanwhile the Mission says that despite serious security constraints due to the fighting in Bor and Bentiu, which has restricted access by its Human Rights Officers, during the course of last week, UNMISS began interviewing victims and eyewitnesses among displaced people from Bor who have arrived in Juba and Awerial County in neighbouring Lakes State. UNMISS Human Rights Officers have also been able to return to Bor on 9 January. UNMISS chief Hilde Johnson called on all parties to cease hostilities immediately, and respect and protect civilians. “She reiterates Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon’s] reminder that those who commit such heinous acts will be held accountable,” the news release adds. UNMISS vowed to continue investigating and documenting atrocities committed by both sides, in all affected areas and called on the Government and the anti-Government forces to cooperate with “these important investigations and to facilitate unhindered access by the Mission’s Human Rights Officers to all affected areas.” In addition, this past Friday, Mr. Ban that announced that he would dispatch UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, to South Sudan this weekend to look into cases of violations believed to have been committed during the conflict, which has displaced some 230,000 people, more than a quarter of whom are seeking refuge on UN bases. read more

Urban Meyer Keeping momentum will be key coming out of bye week

Just five games and seven weeks into the season, the Ohio State football team has already found itself with two bye weeks.The Buckeyes (5-1, 1-0) are scheduled to return to the field this weekend, two weeks removed from their 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4. On Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer met with members of the media to discuss the unusual early-season breaks, the development of offensive skill players and the talent on his young roster.Meyer said the Buckeyes have to find a way to keep the momentum going after a week off between the Maryland win and the week leading up to a matchup with Rutgers.He called the second early-season bye week “a little bit of uncharted waters for myself.”Meyer called Rutgers’ last game — a 26-24 win against Michigan on Oct. 4 — a “tremendous effort.”Meyer: “We’re a young team that’s getting older.” He said the young players on both sides of the ball are continuing to develop and contribute.He said he will talk to the team “like grown men” to discuss keeping the momentum going this week.Meyer said the Buckeyes are “no where near where we will end up.” Said the team is “still growing” and “much better” than where it was two weeks ago.He said the defensive line needs to find more depth, young players need to step up and contribute.Meyer said the OSU offensive coaching staff adapts well to the available personnel. Had to adapt to a new-look group this season.He said the offensive staff is in charge of the product on the field as long as the players have the talent, which is the case at OSU.Meyer said he would “always go defense first” if given the option in an overtime game.He said it makes no difference that he and his players haven’t gone up against Rutgers before and said its win against Michigan caught his eye.Meyer said he voted Mississippi No. 1 on his ballot this week.He said he wishes more true freshmen — like freshman linebacker Sam Hubbard — were playing this season, but added it’s not worth wasting a year of eligibility for a player to get into games for a handful of snaps.Meyer: “This is an extremely young team that got hit in the face in training camp with some injuries.”He said despite those injuries, “the cool thing is we had a redshirt-freshman quarterback grow up right in front of our eyes.”He said credit is due for a few guys — Barrett, redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas — who weren’t really factors in the past.With 13 of 24 starters being freshmen or sophomores, Meyer said it’s “a good sign for the future” at OSU.Meyer said injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller gave the Buckeyes the “wow factor,” which isn’t as prominent with Barrett under center.He said he feels better about the offensive skill this season than he has in the past.Meyer said redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith was a “non-factor” during the spring but is now a strong contributor.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday to take on Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Open Thread Leave a Christmas message for your loved ones

first_imgA SIGN OF our times, emigration is now a well-worn word in most Irish households. And the reality of having loved ones living abroad hits hardest at times of celebration.Tens of thousands of Irish people are enjoying new opportunities and adventures in far-off and exciting lands, but they may feel a pang of homesickness over the coming days.Some will already have marked a Christmas or two abroad, while others will be away from their loved ones for the first time tomorrow.Are you decked out in a GAA jersey and Santa hat on Bondi beach? Or learning to love eggnog in the States? If you are away from home, please send a message to your family and friends here and share your thoughts on spending Christmas overseas.For those at home, leave your greetings for your missed on in the comments section too.last_img read more

Here are 10 things weve learned from the 2014 European elections

first_img Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Source: Charlie Flanagan/Twitter Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher of Fianna Fáil not conceding either, admitted voter dilution was an issue for him and Thomas Byrne. #ee14 #ep14— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 25, 2014 THE BALLOTS HAVE been counted, the surpluses have been distributed and after a long few days and nights Ireland almost has its 11 MEPs.Even though a recount is likely in Midlands North-West where Marian Harkin appears to have taken the fourth seat, just 275 votes Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher, we can now broadly assess the state of Ireland’s European representation.While Fine Gael has retained its numbers but changed some its faces, Fianna Fáil appears to have lost out quite badly. Though not as bad as Labour which has been completely wiped out. Sinn Féin is undoubtedly on the rise and independents have also been big winners.But what have we learned from these European elections. Here’s our take…1. Sinn Féin has a mandate, but how will they use it? By far the most impressive performance of any political party in this election has been Sinn Féin, securing three (four if you include Martina Anderson in NI) seats in the European Parliament.Given the party had none last time out, this is fantastic achievement. Now attention turns to how its MEPs will use their mandate on the continent. Will they work constructively or be a party of protest? Or is this merely a way of boosting the profiles of potential candidates for Dáil elections? 2. Ming is more popular than we thoughtThe Roscommon South Leitrim TD has endured his fair share of ridicule over recent years, not least when he admitted to having penalty points cancelled. He appeared an outside bet for a seat in Midlands North-West, but he mounted a seriously effective campaign over the last few weeks and topped the poll. He’s now off to Europe – or the “organ grinder” as he described it earlier this month. But will he come back in two years? Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Ming: Some people quote Shakespeare, I quote Rage Against the Machine: “It’s time to take the power back. ” #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 8. Independents have made their mark In addition to the election of Ming and Nessa Childers, who did remarkably well on transfers in the capital, there was a notably strong performances from the likes of Diarmuid O’Flynn in Ireland South. The ‘Ballyhea Says No’ campaigner polled strongly and can be proud of his efforts. Similarly Rónán Mullen put in a credible performance in MNW.9. Marian Harkin continues to defy the oddsThough her seat is not certain yet the independent MEP has done remarkably well this time around, again when she was up against parties with more resources and more capable of covering the enormous constituency. Source: www.thejournal.ieHarkin told us earlier this year she had little to no resources but she stretched them as far as she could and looks on course to take a seat.10. Surely there’s a better way than this…If there is to be a full recount in Midlands North-West then it could be the weekend before we know who the final MEP is in that constituency – a full week or more after counting began.Surely there is an easier way than this? In the early hours of Monday morning at the RDS, one red-eyed MEP hopeful spoke of bringing in e-voting but staggering the results to retain the excitement. We’d rather just get it over with. The Green Party fought a good campaign with no money.At one stage on Sunday night it looked as though the party might have been on course for two seats with Grace O’Sullivan polling strongly in Ireland South. But it wasn’t to be and Eamon Ryan look utterly deflated on Monday when he just fell short of winning a seat. However there’s no doubt the Green Party is on the way back after these elections. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland7. Fine Gael’s strategy workedThere was much head-scratching at the party’s decision to run three candidates in Ireland South after the debacle that saw John Bryan withdraw his name from consideration, but it ultimately worked. Simon Harris came close to pipping Deirdre Clune and joining Seán Kelly in Europe. He ran a strong campaign and will almost certainly be in line for a junior ministry.Meanwhile, in Midlands North-West, the leadership seemed to be against Jim Higgins running again but he did do his job in terms of transferring massively to the successful Mairead McGuinness. Four seats out of 12 going into this election becomes four seats out of 11 coming out of it – a good return for the largest party in the State. Mary Fitzpatrick ran a good campaign in Dublin but came up short. It may be the largest party in local government but Fianna Fáil’s imprint on European politics is almost non-existent now.5. Labour was beaten before it even startedAn air of resignation engulfed the Labour European campaign before we even got to polling day. It was more hope than anything else that kept Emer Costello going and she was quick to concede on Sunday night when it became apparent she wouldn’t be retaining the seat won by Pronsias de Rossa in 2009.center_img Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter 3. There’s no beating Brian Crowley – and there’s no sharing his vote either Once more the Fianna Fáil (not that he shouts his affiliation from the rooftops) MEP topped the poll in Ireland South with a huge surplus but this was not enough to benefit running mate Kieran Hartley whose campaign never got off the ground. Hartley freely admitted he was inexperienced when it came to politics and there were several campaign missteps. But Fianna Fáil has learned it would have been better off saving time and money and leaving Crowley as a lone candidate.4. It’s been a bad European election for Fianna FáilGiven that Crowley’s support largely comes from his name rather than his party, if Fianna Fáil returns no other MEPs this has been a very bad election for them. In addition to Hartley not benefiting from Crowley’s huge transfers, the strategy of running two candidates in Midlands North-West appears to have failed, splitting the vote and more than likely resulting in no MEPs – barring a recount reprieve for Pat ‘The Cope’. Fine Gael’s Jim Higgins has conceded and said he is retiring from politics. “I’ve done it all.” #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandPhil Prendergast never stood a chance – even when she called for Gilmore to go – while Lorraine Higgins was always fighting an uphill battle. Even some in Fine Gael have mourned the fact there will be no Labour representation on the Socialists and Democrats grouping in Brussels, doing the government’s push for a bank debt deal no favours.6. The Green revivalSimilarly, the lack of any Greens in Europe is also being lamented by politicians and diplomats here for they are a key voting bloc whose influence increases as the planet’s temperature does. Counting Taking far too long ! Electronic voting must be returned to the political agenda.— Charlie Flanagan (@CharlieFlanagan) May 28, 2014 Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy and Pearse Doherty dissecting the second count figures. #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 Read: Check out all our Election 2014 coverage here > Read: Here are 9 things we learned from the 2014 local electionslast_img read more

Greeces Supreme court prosecutor withdraws intervention on East Attica fire investigation

first_imgA much awaited report on the wildfire tragedy which claimed 99 lives in East Attica was allegedly expected to be delayed following an intervention by Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou.But as of Tuesday, the head of the Athens prosecutor’s office leading the investigation, Ilias Zagoraios, was told to disregard Dimitriou’s request and continue the probe as planned.Zagoraios’ report aims to determine whether there are sufficient indications of wrongdoing by duty-holders in the response and management of the July events, to trigger further investigation and possible criminal charges.Dimitriou had asked for the investigation not to be completed before taking into account the findings of a separate administrative probe underway by the General Inspector of Public Administration, Maria Papaspyrou.However, the request triggered immediate backlash from political parties, the media, and according to Kathimerini even amongst judicial circles, on the basis of an expected long and unnecessary delay of a critical investigation, considering as well that Zagoraios’ tenure in office would normally end in the coming days and his successor would need extra time to deal with an ongoing investigation.The top court prosecutor subsequently backtracked on her proposal on Tuesday, asking Zagoraios to continue with the investigation and remain in his post even after the scheduled end of his term, 1 October, until the report is completed.In response to the criticism, Dimitriou maintains that the purpose of her intervention was to ensure Zagoraios was aware of the other administrative investigation conducted by Papaspyros, while sources at the Supreme Court denied there was any intention behind Dimitiou’s move to delay Zagoraios’ probe.Meanwhile on the same day, Zagoraios also ordered a separate preliminary investigation following allegations of mismanagement by the Municipality of Marathon of donations for fire victims.This comes after photos shared on social media depict inadequate conditions under which donations, including food and perishable items, clothes, appliances and apparel were kept at one collection point.Zagoraios’ criminal investigation on the East Attica fires is reportedly at its final stages, with the Athens prosecutor expected to summon officials for testimony in the coming days.Among those likely to be called are regional and municipal officials, members of the fire service, police, the coast guard and the General Secretariat of Civil Protection.With regards to the progress of the separate administrative investigation conducted by the General Inspector of Public Administration, Papaspirou told journalists it will take at least three months before it is completed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Enormous 9-Foot Alligator Bites South Carolina Woman Walking Her Dog

first_imgAn alligator, which was described to be roughly 9 feet long, was shortly captured after the attack near the woman’s home. Officials couldn’t confirm if this was the same alligator responsible for the woman’s injuries, however, they said it matched the woman’s description and it was euthanized by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said alligator attacks aren’t common occurrences in the area, however, authorities are warning residents to “be careful” at night when visibility isn’t great.“Though these type of incidents are infrequent, we urge Beaufort County residents and guests to be mindful of alligators and to please be careful when walking near ponds and lagoons—especially at night when visibility is limited. As of this afternoon, the injured woman remains hospitalized in Savannah,” the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “We extend our prayers and thoughts for her speedy recovery.”More on Alligator Tries to Blend in With Homeowner’s Patio FurnitureGame Wardens Find Dead, Mutilated Alligator in Texas LakeFlorida Man Pries Alligator’s Jaws Open to Rescue Dog, Gets Bitten Georgia Man Catches Gigantic 14-Foot AlligatorHunters Catch ‘Monster’ 13-Foot Alligator in Mississippi River An alligator attacked a 68-year-old South Carolina woman while she was walking her dog on Monday night, according to officials with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.The alligator attack took place at approximately 10 p.m. EST in Sun City, South Carolina, Newsweek reported. The woman, who was walking her dog in an area between her yard and a neighbor’s yard near a pond, was bit by the massive reptile and sustained multiple bites to her hand, wrist, and leg, ABC News noted.Authorities did not disclose the severity of her injuries from the incident, however, an official from the Bluffton Township Fire District, who also responded to the attack, said her wounds were “life-changing.”“Unfortunately, we did find an adult patient that had engaged in some capacity with a gator,” Captain Lee Levesque told WTOC. “While we wouldn’t say they were life-threatening injuries, they were certainly life-changing.”The woman was transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, for treatment.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

3 taken to hospitals after crash near Battle Ground

first_imgThree people were taken to area hospitals late Saturday after a car crashed in a field near Battle Ground, according to Clark County Sheriff’s deputies.Deputies were dispatched at 11:44 p.m. to Northeast 244th Street and Northeast 112th Avenue, where they found an automobile in a field with significant front end damage, according to a news release.The driver, a male adult, was found unconscious and unresponsive in the wreckage. Two passengers, ages 7 and 10, were injured, but had climbed out of the vehicle on their own, deputies said. All three were taken to hospitals.No names have been released and their medical conditions were not available early Sunday. The sheriff’s traffic unit is investigating.last_img read more

In form Bale gives Zidane a selection headache

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Gareth Bale’s recent upturn in form has given him a selection “headache” ahead of their Champions League final against LiverpoolThe Welsh winger has been in inspired form lately and scored two goals in a Man-of-the-Match performance in Real’s 6-0 thrashing of the lowly Celta Vigo in their final home game of the season.Bale has scored four goals in his past four games and Zidane admitted that it could end up being a good problem for him.“Bale in form? It’s better having everyone plugged in like this,” said the French coach, according to Football-Espana.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“After that, it’s clear that I’ll have a headache when picking my team for the Final. He did very well in everything and showed it.“I’m happy for him, but the important thing is that we’ve all arrived in optimal form for Kiev.“We had a great game and it was important we did. We played with real sincerity, scoring six goals and playing lots of football.Bale has scored 15 goals and provided 2 assists for Real in his 27 appearances in La Liga this season with six of those coming from the bench.last_img read more

Facebooks new AI tool will help battle revenge porn

first_imgFacebook has employed a new AI tool to battle revenge porn.  Chesnot / Getty Images Facebook is taking on revenge porn. The social network has added new detection technology and an online resource hub to help prevent non-consensual intimate images, also known as revenge porn. The artificial intelligence-enabled tech is able to detect “near nude images or videos that are shared without permission on Facebook and Instagram,” the social network said Friday, adding that it’s able to spot this content before the posts are reported by users.This is an addition to a pilot program that gave users an emergency option to submit a photo to Facebook for review. The social network fingerprints that image and stops it from being shared on the platform. Facebook also said it’s expanding this pilot program over the next few months. “We are thrilled to see the pilot expand to incorporate more women’s safety organizations around the world, as many of the requests that we receive are from victims who reside outside of the US,” said Holly Jacobs, founder of Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, in a Facebook blog post on Friday. Facebook has been using AI to help monitor its platform. In October, the social network said it’s using machine learning and AI to proactively detect child nudity and exploitative content when it’s uploaded. The company has been using AI on top of photo matching for years to prevent the sharing of known child exploitation images. 1 Tags Share your voice Digital Media Mobile Apps Internet Services Comment Facebooklast_img read more