Beirut: Ten people were killed and 20 wounded Saturday in a suicide car bomb attack in Raqa, a former stronghold of the Islamic State group (IS) in north Syria, a rights watchdog said. The explosion claimed the lives of five civilians and five soldiers of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Arab alliance backed by Washington which wrested the city from IS in October 2017, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The attack, for which no one has claimed responsibility, was preceded by a bomb explosion that left several people wounded in another part of the city frequently targeted by the Islamic State group, said the SOHR. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”The car bomb attack was targeting an SDF position,” SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahmane said. The explosion took place at the al-Naim square where IS had carried out beheadings when it was in control of the city. On April 9, a double bombing claimed by IS killed 13 people, mostly civilians, in the jihadist group’s former bastion. IS jihadists seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” in areas it controlled. Several offensives with US-led coalition backing chipped away at the “caliphate” until it was declared eliminated on March 23.
New Delhi: India and France have signed an agreement under which the French Railways will help develop Indian railway stations. The Indian Railway Station Development Corp (IRSDC) entered into a tripartite agreement with French Railways on Monday, it was announced on Tuesday. Under this pact, French development agency AFD will provide in-kind grant of up to 7,00,000 euros through French National Railways-Hubs and Connexions as a technical partner to IRSDC to support the railway station development programme in India, a press statement said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “This will impose no financial liability on IRSDC or Indian Railways,” it said. Minister of State of Railways Suresh Angadi and French Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean Baptiste Lemoyne were present when the agreement was signed. Angadi said both countries have a strong and long-standing partnership in the railway sector and highlighted the French Railways’ association with Indian Railways in conducting speed upgrade study on the Delhi-Chandigarh sector and development of Ludhiana and Ambala stations. “I am sure this effort will go a long way in further strengthening Indo-French cooperation and help Indian Railways in positioning its stations to world class standards,” Angadi said.
Earlier this week, the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Trust of India welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), where they witnessed first-hand orphaned Asian elephants and rhinos and other injured wildlife and met the dedicated staff that rescue and care for these animals.Prince William and Princess Kate bottle fed orphaned elephant calves and baby rhinos at IFAW/WTI’s animal rescue center in Kaziranga, India“We are delighted that their Royal Highnesses made time in their busy tour schedule to visit the IFAW- WTI center and meet staff and the animals under care,” said Azzedine Downes, IFAW President and CEO. “With elephants and rhinos in particular facing an uncertain future due to habitat loss, human conflict and poaching, IFAW is pleased that the Duke and Duchess are able to raise public awareness of these threats to an international audience.”The Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) is the leading wildlife rehabilitation facility in India and is a joint effort of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Assam Forest Department (AFD).At the center, the Royal couple were escorted by Vivek Menon, Senior Advisor at IFAW and Executive Director of WTI, Mr. Downes, the Center Manager, Rathin Burman, and veterinarian Dr. Panjit Basumatary. The Duke and Duchess fed and walked with elephant calves, met their keepers, and viewed a wide range of rescued wildlife including baby rhinos.CWRC has pioneered wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in India. Since opening in 2002, the CWRC has saved more than 1,600 animals and achieved a number of notable firsts, including the first documented release of hand-reared clouded leopards, first documented reintegration of orphaned Asian elephant calves into a wild herd, and in 2013, three hand-reared, endangered female rhinos gave birth to calves after release into Manas National Park.“India’s biodiversity is a global treasure, and every rescued animal that we successfully rehabilitate and release helps rebuild endangered wild populations,” said Mr. Menon. “We are proud to share all that the center staff have accomplished with the Duke and Duchess, and grateful that the Royal couple is using their influence to share it with the world.”
The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation.The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015. It kicks off with the launch of a Public Service Announcement video inspiring viewers to champion the Goals, which include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.The public can also join “Team Smurfs” by visiting the SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com website to find out how they can contribute to achieving the Goals; discover which goals are best suited to their interests; raise their voices for a better world for all; and share information, ideas and images on social media.“The entertainment industry moves the hearts and minds of people of all ages, and the UN thanks our friends at Sony Pictures Animation and the Smurfs for this creative effort to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information. “We hope this campaign will motivate millions of young people and their families to do their part to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that will lead to the well-being and happiness of all people.”Team Smurfs will rally behind the 17 Goals through to the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017 when the campaign will culminate in a celebration at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the occasion. This year, the International Day of Happiness will highlight the Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks of happiness. Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village will attend to honour youth and children who have played a role in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.“We know that children and young people are some of the world’s most passionate advocates on issues that matter to them the most. We must continue to find new ways to empower them to help achieve a world free from inequality and injustice for every child. This campaign will give children and young people the platform they need to have their voices heard,” said UNICEF Director of Communications Paloma Escudero.“The campaign message focuses on the notion that every one of us can make a difference, regardless of our size,” said Veronique Culliford, the daughter of Peyo, who created the Smurfs in 1958. “It’s an honor and privilege for The Smurfs to support the United Nations and to continue our longstanding relationship with UNICEF.”“All of us, even a small Smurf, can achieve big goals!” added Demi Lovato, who voices Smurfette in the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village.The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign will be localized in 14 different languages and promoted across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ flagship channel brands such as AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle, Animax and Pop available in 178 countries, including their on-air, online and social media properties.
Rabat – Hamid Chabat, Secretary General of the Istiqlal, an opposition party, has reportedly proclaimed January 13, which marks the Amazigh New Year, a paid holiday for the workers of the Istiqlal Party.Chabat’s new measure will benefit employees of the Istiqlal Party all over the kingdom, including those who work the party’s two dailies Al Alam and L’Opinion.Amazigh activists and NGOs called on the government to recognize the Amazigh New Year as a national holiday. Although this day has not yet been recognized as a national holiday, Moroccan Amazigh never miss this occasion to celebrate and exchange wishes and prayers during this day.While the Amazigh New Year Event is celebrated every January 12, a minor proportion of Moroccans realize the symbolic and historical implications of this event.Under different names, Yennayer is celebrated by both Arab and Amazigh speaking communities. The Arab speaking community in old cities referred to this traditional event as “Haguza” or “Aam Alfilahi” (the Agrarian year). The Amazigh people, especially those who live in the south east of Morocco, call it “Id Suggas” (the night of the year). “Id Suggas” is a very traditional festivity on the Eve of the Amazigh New Year.
MONTREAL — CGI Inc. has signed an agreement to buy Swedish technology consulting company Acando.The Canadian firm valued the deal at $614.7 million, including the debt it plans to assume.Under the offer, which has the unanimous support of the Acando board, CGI says it will pay 41.45 Swedish kronors per Acando share.It says the offer represents a 44.2 per cent premium to Acando’s closing price on March 8.CGI says Stockholm-based Acando will add more than 2,100 professionals to CGI from five countries across the region including Sweden, Norway and Germany.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)
by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2015 5:52 am MDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs’ second-quarter profit slumped by more than 50 per cent after the firm set aside $1.45 billion for legal costs related to mortgage-backed securities.The large legal charge marred what would otherwise have been a relatively good quarter for the bank. Its investment banking business benefited from a surge in corporate deals and earned more in fees from advising clients. Those gains were offset by falling revenue at the bank’s bond and currency trading unit.THE NUMBERS: Total net income fell to $916 million from $1.95 billion a year earlier, Goldman Sachs said Thursday. That was after paying dividends on preferred stock. On a per-share basis, quarterly earnings fell to $1.98.Overall, revenue slipped 1 per cent to $9.07 billion, although that was better than the $8.75 billion analysts had expected, according to the data provider FactSet.LEGAL WOES: Goldman said that the cost of provisions for mortgage-related litigation and “regulatory matters” cut earnings per share by $2.77. The costs stem from potential misconduct relating to the sale of securities backed by residential mortgages. Those securities plunged in value during the financial crisis.DEALS MEANS DOLLARS: Revenue from investment banking jumped 13 per cent to $2.02 billion. Goldman advised on deals such as oil giant Shell’s $70 billion acquisition of gas company BG Group, as well as Intel’s $16.7 billion acquisition of chip designer Altera. Deals have surged this year as companies take advantage of low interest rates to finance acquisitions.Revenue at the bank’s investment management arm also rose, climbing 14 per cent from a year earlier.THE WEAK SPOT: Goldman’s bond and currency trading business had a weak quarter. The slowdown was driven in part by weakness in Europe, where worries about a potential Greek exit from the euro impacted trading, Goldman Chief Financial Officer Harvey Schwartz told analysts on a conference call. Revenue at the unit slumped 28 per cent.THE QUOTE: The environment for the banks’ bond trading clients was challenging in the second quarter due to increased volatility in financial markets, said Schwarz.“Greece (was) in the headlines continuously,” he said. “It was not surprising that we saw reduced client activity in a more difficult market making environment.”THE STOCK REACTION: Goldman’s stock fell $3.05, or 1.4 per cent, to $209.93. The stock has climbed 8.3 per cent this year, compared with a 7.5 per cent gain for the KBW bank index. Goldman Sachs Q2 earnings drop on $1.45 billion provision to cover legal costs FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, a lighted sign marks the Goldman Sachs trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Goldman Sachs reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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. A breath test could be used as a non-invasive, first-line test to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies. In the longer term this could also mean earlier diagnosis and treatment, and better survivalDr Sheraz Markar, one of the trial researchers from Imperial College London A simple breath test could save lives by diagnosing deadly cancers early.British research shows the breathalyser is 85 per cent accurate at identifying stomach and oesophageal cancers, which between them affect 16,000 men and women a year.Both types of cancer are often diagnosed late, leading to poor survival rates.Scientists hope the new breath test will ultimately lead to cancers being spotted earlier, resulting in more effective treatment and saved lives.It is also expected to help doctors avoid unnecessary endoscopy examinations – unpleasant diagnostic procedures that require a flexible telescope to be inserted down the throat and into the stomach. The results, presented at the European Cancer Congress meeting in Amsterdam, showed that the test was both good at identifying those patients who had cancer, and unlikely to produce a false diagnosis.Over the next three years, the researchers plan to run a larger trial including patients not yet diagnosed with cancer.The team is also working on breath tests for other types of cancer, such as those affecting the bowel and pancreas.Dr Justine Alford from Cancer Research UK welcomed the findings. “The next step is to see if it can detect the disease at its earliest stages,” she said. The procedure is expensive and can be uncomfortable. Once diagnosed, around 85 per cent of sufferers die within five years. By the time symptoms appear, the disease is often in later stages.But scientists believe the new tests, which measures five different chemicals in each breath, could make it simpler to screen patients earlier.The chemicals give vital clues on whether someone has cancer or a less serious gastric condition.Dr Sheraz Markar, one of the trial researchers from Imperial College London, said: “At present the only way to diagnose oesophageal cancer or stomach cancer is with endoscopy. This method is expensive, invasive and has some risk of complications.”A breath test could be used as a non-invasive, first-line test to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies. In the longer term this could also mean earlier diagnosis and treatment, and better survival.”Each year in the UK around 6,682 people are diagnosed with stomach cancer and 4,576 die from the disease.There are 8,919 cases of oesophageal cancer, affecting the food pipe or gullet, with 7,790 deaths.For the new study breath samples were collected from 335 patients at three London hospitals. Of these, 163 had been diagnosed with oesophageal or stomach cancer while 172 were shown to be cancer-free after undergoing endoscopy tests.
Reality Check has announced the launch of its Virtual Reality platform “bringing secure, curated, immersive and informative tours of remote and restricted access assets to investors anywhere in the world.”“Potential investors are based all around the world and industry assets are geographically fixed, the Reality Check team have designed and built the solution to this challenge faced by asset owners,” says Johnny van Eeghen, Founder and CEO.Backed by industry investors who want to see tech solutions like Reality Check increase their exposure to new opportunities and expedite their investment decisions, Reality Check says it is pleased by the response of asset owners to its service offering. “Even with the Beta product we have done business with Barrick Gold, Knight Piésold and had fierce interest from asset owners from across the industry,” says van Eeghen. He adds: “There’s a constant tension between doing business and the due diligence asset visits, Reality Check reduces this tension by empowering the broker and investor teams to visit multiple sites, on multiple continents in a single day and view all information in situ.”Founded in 2015 by Johnny van Eeghen following ten years of working as a natural resources, oil and gas broker, “Reality Check has leveraged this deep industry knowledge to build deeply immersive tours, augmented with investor orientated information to deliver a real value proposition to the industry.”“Where we differentiate ourselves is that we can take 3D models of anything, from surface and underground infrastructure to orebody and drift models, photographs and pop-ups of production and performance stats, and have all these combined and accessible in the 3D platform. It gives interested parties a good initial understanding of the minesite layout and a sense of the mine day to day operation, without having to visit what is often a remote area. We are not looking to replace analyst and similar visits, but it gives a good alternative when they are not possible due to cost and time constraints.”Barrick Gold was one of the first clients, commissioning the company to model the Pubelo Viejo gold mine in the Dominican Republic. “It has been amazing working with you and your team!!! I am so excited about doing the other sites!” said Michelle Ash, Barrick Gold Chief Innovation Officer. This pilot project took only five days of data gathering on site. Barrick has since commissioned a full visualisation of a second gold mining site.Positioned for long term partnerships with asset owners, Reality Check tours are curated to help investors confidently understand the value of the asset. “Reality Check couldn’t be just pretty, or have an abstract value, we had to present a clear and direct value case to the industry with different options at sensible price points,” concludes van Eeghen.
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IT’S SATURDAY MORNING and if you’re lucky, you have the weekend off and time on your hands.Here’s some ideas for places you can visit around the country (for free!) if you’re interested in Ireland’s history.Rathmore Church, Co. MeathOur first site this week may be familiar to you as it was from here that a beautiful medieval font was stolen and then mysteriously returned. We thought we’d go for a look to see the condition of the site. The font itself is currently in safe storage in an OPW depot and will soon be back on display, but the site is certainly worth a visit.The church at Rathmore was founded in the 15th century by the Plunkett family and was dedicated to St. Lawrence. The Plunketts resided at Rathmore Castle which is in one of the adjacent fields to the church but now very little remains above ground of the castle. The castle and church were held by the Plunketts for generations until the seventeenth century when it passed to the Bligh family. There are records of Rectors present at the church until the later seventeenth century when the church became united with Athboy. The church probably began to fall into ruin after that time.The church has an L shape plan and there is a small room to the left of the chancel as you are looking east. This was the sacristy. Steps lead up to a room above the darkened sacristy and this was once the living room of the sacristan or resident priest. There is a fireplace in the wall and steps lead up to another floor, which is now gone. This would have been the bedroom. The sacristy on the ground floor contains a tomb and effigy of Thomas Plunkett and his wife Marion Cruise.The carving of Marion is in poor condition and it is difficult to make her out, but the carving of Sir Thomas is in a better state of preservation (see below) He has been carved in full armour and even has a sleeping dog depicted at his feet. Dogs sometimes appear on medieval tombs to symbolise the fidelity and loyalty of the deceased, or maybe Sir Thomas was just a dog lover! This tomb originally stood in the church but was moved to the sacristy to protect it from the elements. Another beautiful feature of this site is the east window. It is a wonderful example of the skill of the stone mason and probably dates to the fifteenth century. On the external wall of the church, there are three stone carved heads around this window. They are depicting quite jolly looking people: a king, queen and an ecclesiastic, possibly a bishop. A similar carving depicting another ecclesiastic is on the western external wall at the opposite end of the church.The altar, which stands at the top of the chancel has a range of figures carved onto its surface. This probably dates to the later fifteenth century and has many saints and church figures carved on its surface. At the end of the nave is another doorway which leads you into what would have been the belfry. There are now no floors within this part of the church, but the exterior of the belfry of bell tower is quite well preserved.Within the graveyard that surrounds the church you can find the remains of a decorated cross. This cross was probably erected for Sir Christopher Plunkett and his wife Catherine in the early sixteenth century. The figures on the shaft of the cross have been identified as St. Patrick grappling with a snake, St. Lawrence and an abbess or female saint, it is thought that this might be a representation of St. Brigid.The empty pedestal marks the spot from where the font was takenTo get to Rathmore, travel on the N51 towards Athboy. Take the first left hand turn after the village of Rathmore and park on the verge. The church and graveyard are located in fields on the right hand side of the road. The site is on private land so please make sure to close all the gates behind you. The site is free to enter.Conna Castle, CorkConna Castle stands on a height that looms over the valley of the River Bride, a tributary of the Blackwater in Co. Cork. The Castle is a classic Irish Towerhouse, built around 1500 AD. After the rise in hostility between the Gaelic Irish and Anglo–Norman settlers in the fourteenth century, tower-houses became a common sight across Ireland, particularly within The Pale, the Anglo-Norman controlled territory along the eastern coast. The English Crown had offered a subsidy of £10 to wealthy inhabitants of The Pale to build ‘small towers to fortify their lands’.The tower-house was usually surrounded by a bawn wall. This was often a large stone wall that served as the first line of defence. However there are very little remains of Conna’s bawn wall as with most tower-houses the bawn wall is often removed, with its stone being recycled into other buildings over the centuries after the site is abandoned.Tower-houses were not solely used by the Anglo-Norman settlers, the Gaelic Irish began to construct their own from the early fifteenth century, calling them caislén or caistél. Conna Castle was built by the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Desmond, an Anglo-Norman family who had become increasingly assimilated into the Gaelic Irish culture. They resisted the Reformation during the reign of Elizabeth Ist and open rebellion broke out in 1569. They failed, and the rebellion was ruthlessly crushed. Their lands (including Conna) were seized by the Crown, even though the owner of the castle at the time Thomas Ruadh Fitzgerald had no part in the rebellion.They were given to the famous English explorer, Walter Raleigh, who was granted 12,000 acres in Munster and made the nearby Lismore Castle into an elegant home. Thomas Ruadh went to London to try to press his rights as the legal heir to all of the Fitzgerald estates, but he was sent home empty handed, given only a nickname – Sugán Earl – The Straw Earl.When Hugh O’Neill launched his rebellion in Ulster in 1598, and achieved a great victory over the English at the Battle of the Yellow Ford, The Sugán Earl was emboldened, and launched his own rebellion. Supported by 4,000 troops sent by O’Neill, The Sugán Earl led a campaign to burn out the English settlers across Munster, however in 1601 he was betrayed by his kinsman, The White Knight. The Sugán Earl was taken to the Tower of London, where he became insane and died. Conna was then given to the Earl of Cork, Richard Boyle. In 1645 it was captured by Lord Castlehaven, and in 1650 Conna managed to hold off a ferocious attack by Oliver Cromwell, however it was burned in 1653 in a fire that killed three of the stewards daughters.Conna Castle passed from owner to owner until it came into the hands of the L’Estrange Family in the mid-nineteenth century, it was willed to the state in 1915. Conna Castle is easy to find as you can see it from miles away! It’s located in the village of Conna between Fermoy and Tallow in Co. Cork. Park on the street and then access the site through the gate following the well made paths up the hill. The site is free to enter.Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Co. SligoThe landscape of the Cúl Irra Peninsula west of Sligo Town is one of the best places in Ireland to encounter wonderful prehistoric megalithic tombs, and the Carrowmore Passage Tomb Cemetery is an integral part of this incredible series of monuments. Here at Carrowmore, clustering in the shadow of Knocknarea, you can find the densest concentration of Neolithic tombs in Ireland. Of the sixty or so monuments that were thought to have originally been on the site, only 31 are still visible today and of these the largest is Listoghil, the large cairn that possibly forms a focal point of the complex. Material carbon dated from Listoghil produced dates of 3640–3380 BC.A number of smaller passage tombs and boulder burials surround Listoghil, and when you are at the site it is hard not to appreciate the landscape that appears to loom around you. Most of the tombs at Carrowmore were investigated in the 19th Century, and produced artefacts like prehistoric pottery and bone or antler pins as well as the cremated remains of those interred within the tombs. These tombs are some of the earliest passage tombs in Ireland, predating the great tombs of the Boyne Valley like Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. They were constructed during the Neolithic period, by Ireland’s first farmers, who supplemented their attempts at agriculture with hunting and foraging, indeed many of the tombs had seashells left as offerings, indicating the importance that the sea held as a resource for the community.The remains of the people who built these tombs were usually cremated, and often the remains of a number of individuals were collectively buried together, with evidence that some of the individuals remains were stored elsewhere before being brought to be interred together with others in one large ceremony. The building of these complex tombs that required considerable numbers of people working together, and the subsequent burial in groups seems to hint that maybe there was a real collective identity in Neolithic Ireland. This appears to change to a more individual focused culture in the later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods, when individuals were buried alone in stone lined pits known as ‘cist burials’, or in single cremations, occasionally inside a pottery urn.Carrowmore is very well signposted, head South West of Sligo Town. There is a small exhibition centre run by the Office of Public Works, and guided tours of the monuments are available. Entry costs €3 for an adult, €2 for anyone over 60, and students/children costs €1. See here for details.This is part of a regular series of articles on great sites to visit in Ireland. I’m hoping to visit as many sites across the country as possible, so if you have any suggestions for sites in your locality please let us know by leaving a comment below or send an email to email@example.com.You can discover more great sites off the beaten track on Neil’s blog, Time Travel Ireland. Neil has also produced an acclaimed series of audioguides to Ireland’s heritage sites, they are packed with original music and sound effects and a really fun and immersive way of exploring Ireland’s past. They cost just €1.99 each (or absolutely free to download in the case of the Rock of Dunamase) and are available from abartaheritage.ieAll photographs © Neil Jackman /abartaheritage.ieRead: Ever wondered where medieval Dubliners went for a pint? > Read: 4 more off-the-beaten-track places you really should visit >
Need any further proof that the future of computing and the internet is mobile? Consider the latest numbers coming from IDC, reporting that over 100.9 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in just the fourth quarter of 2010 alone. Not only is that number an 82.7% jump from last year’s fourth quarter results of just 53.9 million, but it also puts the total number of smartphones sold in 2010 to 302.6 million… a 74.4% increase over 2009, and a number which officially means that smartphones are now outselling PCs for the first time in history, at least for the fourth quarter.The numbers seem surprising at first, but it makes sense. For one thing, most people already have PCs, and the market is saturated with them, while smartphone sales are on the rise. Additionally, most smartphones today do everything people want a PC for anyway, including email, browsing and Facebook. On subsidy, the average smartphone is cheaper than a PC to boot, so is it any wonder that so many people are eschewing buying a new computer when they can buy a new smartphone instead?That’s not to say that PCs didn’t sell in 2010. The numbers sold also rose, but not at the same extreme rate. In fact, they only increased by about 5.5%, shipping a total of 346.2 million units in 2010. As for which smartphone vendors sold the most in Q4, Nokia is still on top with 28.3 million smartpjones sold, while Apple boasted 16.2 million, Research IN Motion boasted 14.6 million and Samsung and HTC had 9.7 and 86. million, respectively. Anyone else think it’s testament to how poorly Nokia is running its business that it can sell 28.3 million smartphones and still be in jeopardy?Read more at IDC
Monday 6 Feb 2017, 6:30 PM Take me to Fora Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Feb 6th 2017, 6:30 PM An ‘unacceptable’ number of credit unions aren’t doing background checks on staff Credit unions were required to perform due diligence on individuals to ensure that they were qualified for the job. http://jrnl.ie/3225918 By Fora Staff 14,170 Views Short URL Good and bad due diligence procedures Source: Central Bank‘Local knowledge’Some credit unions “did not conduct checks of publicly available information, such as a search on the Central Bank website or with the Companies Registration Office”.Others could not provide copies of certificates to prove that individuals had obtained necessarily qualifications or training.The Central Bank found a number of instances where there was an over-reliance on ‘local knowledge’, “without an assessment of such person being evidenced and documented”.Governance at credit unions has come under scrutiny in the last few years.The sector was thrown into the spotlight again last November when a liquidator was appointed to Rush Credit Union, which was described in a review by Grant Thornton as “a failing institution with poor governance and systems and control issues that it has failed to resolve over many years”.Where issues have been identified in the F&P report, the Central Bank said it will “follow up directly with the credit unions concerned to address these issues”.“The Central Bank expects all credit unions to consider the issues raised in the report and to examine the implementation of their own F&P policies and procedures,” it said.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie THE CENTRAL BANK has found a large number of credit unions have failed to comply with governance rules that would ensure the competency of staff.Four years ago, the financial regulator introduced a ‘fitness and probity regime’ (F&P) to ensure that people with important roles at credit unions were “capable, competent and financially sound” in their ability to manage and govern their branch.Credit unions were required to perform due diligence on individuals to ensure that they were qualified for the job.An investigation of how well credit unions have integrated those rules found “a minimalist compliance approach in an unacceptably large number of credit unions”.The Central Bank said in its report that while “some credit unions have embraced these requirements and standards, we are concerned to see that changes in governance culture are taking so long to embed in other credit unions”.It was particularly concerned about how credit unions handled due diligence procedures when appointing individuals to certain roles, namely those who would “exercise significant influence and control in a credit union”.The Central Bank found that a number of credit unions failed to keep due diligence records on file,”which resulted in a lack of evidence to support compliance with the F&P regime”.“Where credit unions held due diligence documentation on file, there were instances where the credit union did not record evidence of a proper assessment of the due diligence conducted,” it said. 14 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie Share6 Tweet Email2
By Mamadou DemMomodou Nai Ceesay, a former Secretary of State (SoS) for Local Government and Lands, yesterday, 29th September, 2014 testified before Magistrate Lamin Mbaye Snr. as the seventh prosecution witness (PW7) in the ongoing criminal case involving Lamin Waa Juwara, Tamsir Onasis Konteh and Hamidou Jallow.The trio is standing trial at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court charged with various counts such as ‘Neglect of official duty’, ‘Making false documents’, ‘Uttering false documents, ‘Obtaining goods by false pretences’, ‘Abuse of Office’, ‘Disobedience of statutory’ and ‘Disobedience of lawful orders’. They all pleaded not guilty as charged.In his evidence in chief, PW7 testified that he did advise the first accused to go the “alkalo” of Tanji village and get the Alkalo Certificate and then forward his claim for compensation to the Land Administration Board.“If Mr. Tamsir Conteh was the bonafide owner of the said property, any person of a sound mind would have gone to the “alkalo” of Tanji and get the “alkalo” certificate rectified because for the compensation, a valid “alkalo” certificate and a sketch plan should be presented,” said the former Lands SoS.PW7 told the Court that the said documents were supposed to be presented to the Lands Office for the technical team to vet all of them and after certifying them, then they would forward them to the land administration board. He said if the board is satisfied with the claim, they would then make a recommendation to the SoS for Lands.Mr. Ceesay further told the court that the Land Administration Board is a body appointed by government to handle all land matters, including claims and compensations for lands. He said he is not aware whether the board still exists.Under cross examination by defence counsel, Sheriff Tambedou, the witness adduced that the first accused must have been informed by the Lands Department that his application was not approved. He added that he had not seen any letter emanating from Lands Office informing Mr. Konteh that his application was not approved.“Did you as Secretary of State write to the first accused informing him that his application was not approved?”“No I did not. It is the responsibility of the Lands department,” he responded.“Did you advised him to submit the Alkalo Certificate you declared as invalid to the Land Administration Board,” quizzed counsel?“I didn’t advise him to forward that. I just advised him to go back to the “alkalo” and get a valid certificate,” said the witness.Counsel added, “Did you receive any report from the technical department informing you that the certificate the first accused submitted was invalid?”Nai answered, “No. But as the minister in charge of approval, it is my responsibility to inspect all supporting documents to the claim and it was during the inspection that I observed this.”Counsel added, “Did you act on the recommendation of your technical team at the Lands department?”“I have to vet all recommendations that are coming to me. Recommendations that I believe have all the supporting documents will be approved. Others that are without supporting documents won’t be approved,” said the former Lands SoS.Further responding to the defence counsel’s questions, the witness told the Court that he cannot remember having a meeting together with the former Director of Lands, Mr. R.A.F. Thomas, and the first accused (Konteh). He added that he was relieved from the position of Secretary of State on the 20th January, 2002.At that juncture, the counsel for the accused put it to the witness that he met with Mr. Konteh on several occasions regarding compensation of the piece of land situated at Tanji Layout which ended with bitter exchanges of words, but the witness, in response, said “I have never had any bitter argument with the accused person.”The witness acknowledged knowing Mr. Pierre Tamba and Ismaila Sambou, two former ministers of Local Government and Lands, adding he does not know whether these ministers have approved compensation for the first accused.“I am putting it to you that you refused the application only because it was Tamsir Konteh and was personal to you,” said the defence counsel.“It was not personal to me,” responded Mr. Ceesay.The case was adjourned for continuation on 14 October, 2014.]]>
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pro-LGBTI group Warwick Rowers was banned from Instagram for apparently flouting its nudity policies.The rowers from the British university have posed naked every year to fundraise fighting against homophobia in sport.Lucas Etienne, the campaign’s social media coordinator, posted previously published image alongside a direct challenge to Instagram.Warwick Rowers banned from Instagram‘These were images that had already been published on our Instagram account without a problem.‘They were all images from our print calendars, so had been reviewed for conformity with our own strict rules on implied nudity, as well as social media standards.’But then the images were reported and deleted.The account has now been suspended.On Twitter, the Warwick Rowers said: ‘As you may have noticed, our Instagram account has been permanently deactivated without any reason communicated to us.‘We’re hoping this is a mistake and are waiting for them to allow us back on the platform to keep spreading our message.’Instagram bans nudity, with some exceptionsInstagram’s policy states: ‘We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Warwick RowersWarwick Rowers strip off again for 2017 calendar ‘This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.‘It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed.’While the Warwick Rowers do not show sex or genitals, they do show bums and pubic hair.Project founder Angus Malcolm said: ‘We have a policy of requiring models to have fairly natural pubic hair on the grounds that shaved crotches reflect an unrealistic and hyper-sexualised aesthetic that promotes unhealthy relationships with our natural bodies.‘But whatever your position on this, the clue is in the name. Pubic hair is not part of the genitals. It’s hair.’Russia banned Warwick Rowers for ‘gay propaganda’Russia previously banned the Warwick Rowers naked calendar for being ‘gay propaganda’.Malcolm said: ‘The fact Russian customs rejected our calendar is nothing compared to the suffering some LGBT+ people face every day, but it acts as a signifier of the wider problem.‘If they can’t cope with a few naked bums, then frankly that’s quite sad.’He added: ‘With the rise of Putin’s brand of populism around the world, we have never needed straight allies like the Warwick Rowers more than we do now.’The calendars reportedly raises a six figure sum every year for Sport Allies.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Russia bans popular LGBTI site for violating ‘gay propaganda’ lawFacebook and Instagram suspend Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s accountsLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pro-lgbti-group-warwick-rowers-banned-from-instagram/
Bucharest Pride on 9 June 2018. | Photo: Yellow via Associatia Accept Romania currently does not have any provisions which legally recognize same-sex marriages. However, the proposed legislation is designed to make it far more difficult to implement any future proposals with an aim to legalizing same-sex marriages.‘A Christian nation’The referendum was brought forward in 2016 by a group of conservative NGOs, Coalitia pentru Familie (Coalition for Family), after they submitted a petition to Romania’s government with over three million signatures.Earlier this week, Romania’s Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding the referendum. This follows approval from the Lower House, which voted to approve the referendum late last year.‘We’ve been a Christian nation for 2,000 years,’ said Serban Nicolae, a senator for the ruling Social Democratic Party.Many of Romania’s neighboring countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary, have constitutional legislation which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, according to ChristianHeadlines.com.A survey by the Pew Research Center released in June included Romania in its list of countries which consider religion to be important in their lives.‘Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia and Romania, where at least half of people say religion is very important, are above the [Eurpoean] regional average on this measure,’ the report said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Rights groups in Romania have made a legal move to block an upcoming referendum on the definition of marriage. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Romania’s top court says referendum can go ahead to block marriage equalityRomania has just moved one step closer to making same-sex marriage illegalRomanian activists call for ban on same-sex marriages in the countryRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/romanian-rights-groups-challenge-homophobic-marriage-referendum/ The referendum is due to take place in October.The groups have said that changing the definition to include only marriage between men and women could negatively affect the LGBTI community.The referendum is designed to rule on whether the current definition of marriage, which uses the gender-neutral definition ‘marriage between spouses’, should be changed to be only between a man and a woman.‘If approved, these changes would be a clear backward step for Romania and would have a severe impact on the lives of families not based on marriage,’ said Barbora Cernusaková, a representative of Amnesty International, one of the groups involved in the legal challenge.Arpi Avetisyan, a lawyer for ILGA Europe, another NGO involved in the legal challenge, said: ‘Instead of recognizing that everyone is entitled to the same human rights and equal protection under the law, this referendum panders to homophobia and might result in constitutional changes that would violate European and international law.’
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Costa Rica’s men’s national soccer team will seek to end nearly three decades of North American Gold Cup dominance as the 2019 tournament kicks off Saturday.La Sele will host Nicaragua on Sunday, June 16 as part of Group B action. The top-two finishers from Costa Rica’s group — which also contains Bermuda and Haiti — will advance into the single-elimination quarterfinals. No team outside North America has won a Gold Cup, with Mexico and the United States sharing all but one of the titles. The United States are reigning champions, though El Tri are the unquestionable favorites this year. With the regional tournament fast-approaching, The Tico Times previews the 2019 Gold Cup. Costa Rica in search of a goal-scorer Gustavo Matosas has had a rocky start to his managerial tenure with La Sele. Since taking charge earlier this year, Costa Rica has gone 1-3 in four friendlies and has only scored once. The lone victory was a 1-0 decision over Jamaica at the National Stadium in La Sabana, while the three losses all came on the road. While there’s no shame in away defeats to the United States or Peru, the lack of offensive creativity has become a concern. Striker Mayron George has seen increasing playing time with La Sele following the 2018 World Cup, and that will likely continue at the Gold Cup. Costa Rica also has a dangerous option in Joel Campbell, and Álvaro Saborío was a surprise inclusion on the 23-player roster.While the once-retired San Carleño won’t win many footraces, the veteran can be a reliable option for Costa Rica’s experienced midfield and provide a different attacking style than the speedy George and Campbell. Saborío earned the roster spot thanks to his club form; he led all players with 28 goals in the 2019 Clausura. While focus will be on Costa Rica’s attack, La Sele will be without goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who asked not participate while his status at Real Madrid remains uncertain. That’s an unfortunate development for Costa Rica and also for a Gold Cup tournament that could use the star’s drawing power. The favorites: Mexico eyes an eighth title Mexico will also be without several stars at the Gold Cup, but that hasn’t stopped them from being labeled the tournament favorites. And for good reason, as El Tri’s recent matches include wins over Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay and Chile. New manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino has a strong roster, though familiar names — including Carlos Vela and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez — asked not to be included. Expect to hear Raul Jimenez’s name called repeatedly throughout the tournament, as the Wolves striker will feature heavily in Mexico’s fast-tempo and dynamic attack. Group A includes Mexico, Cuba, Canada and Martinique. For El Tri, anything other than finishing atop the group would be a surprise, and anything less than a Gold Cup championship would be a disappointment. All eyes on the United StatesThe United States is facing serious questions ahead of the 2019 Gold Cup following home losses to Jamaica and Venezuela. It’s hard not to overreact to the two friendlies, but manager Gregg Berhalter has asked supporters for patients. He’ll have veterans Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley at his disposal in the Gold Cup, and lineups should feature Christian Pulisic, the new Chelsea signing who can provide optimism for a soccer federation that desperately needs it. The United States’ opening match against Guyana on Tuesday, June 18 presents an opportunity for an easy victory. But the competition will become significantly more difficult in fixtures against Trinidad and Tobago, and Panama, to close out Group D. Tico Times prediction With the benefit of hosting a Gold Cup match for the first time, Costa Rica should have little trouble finishing atop Group B. Assuming La Sele does just that, they will face a tough quarterfinal — likely against Canada, Cuba or Martinique — and the possibility of a massive semifinal against Mexico on July 2 in Glendale, Ariz. Pencil that date into your calendar, but expect Mexico to continue its Gold Cup dominance and lift the trophy at the end of the 2019 tournament. Facebook Comments Related posts:Faster path to 2022 World Cup for Costa Rica, United States 2017 Gold Cup: Costa Rica’s La Sele draws Canada 1-1 Costa Rica falls to Peru, 1-0, in Gold Cup warmup Costa Rica to face Mexico in Gold Cup quarterfinal
Although this may rob time from inexperienced players vying for a spot on the 53-man roster, Whisenhunt is clear about what he expects in practice, telling his team that their effort in training camp this week will dictate whether they find playing time or not.“I’m not going to be crazy,” he assures. “If somebody is doing a nice job I’m not going to leave them in the game because we do want to look at some of our [other] players. But I’m not real concerned about the number of snaps this week.“When they get it right, maybe they’ll come out.” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is extremely disappointed with his team after its poor performance in Kansas City during Friday’s 27-17 loss to the Chiefs.His solution: play the starters until they “get it right”.“I’m displeased with all units,” said Whisenhunt after Monday’s practice in Flagstaff. “There are a few players that are doing what we want them to do, but there aren’t enough of the 22 starters that are getting it done the way we want to get it done.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ While the stall in offensive production can be attributed to inconsistent quarterback play, the unfortunate surprise of the Cardinals’ preseason is the lackluster performance of the defense, a unit that was the strength of the team down the stretch in 2011.“You can have confidence because of the way we played last year but it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be good,” Whisenhunt said. “We’ll see if our guys can get back to that point, [but] we’re just not getting it done in the game. The sense of urgency with our team has got to pick up.”The Cardinals have three more games to iron out the kinks before the regular season starts on September 9th, and Whisenhunt has no problem using the rest of the preseason to address the team’s uninspiring performance.Asked how long he will leave the starters on the field in Friday’s exhibition game against Oakland, Whisenhunt says there is no set playing time for his first-team units.“Our starters may play the whole game,” he said. “There may be some guys that come out but as of right now there’s no reason to save anybody. When I feel like we’re making progress with our team in the areas that we need to make progress, then we’ll look at the young guys.” Top Stories Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke