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Nokia 7.1 expected to launch today: Specs, price and everything we know so farNokia 7.1 expected to launch today: Specs, price and everything we know so far

first_imgHMD Global will be announcing a new Nokia phone later today at an event in London. The company has been pretty consistent in announcing a new Nokia phone every month and it’s safe to say that it has kept its promise of rapidly expanding its portfolio in 2018. Today, HMD could announce the Nokia 7.1, and possibly the 7.1 Plus as well. We have been hearing a lot about these phones over the past few weeks and they are the most likely candidates right now. Following today’s launch, these phones are also expected to make their way to India as HMD has announced an event on October 11.The Nokia 7.1 ranks high in the list of probable announcements. The reason being that we have heard a lot more about this device in recent days compared to the Plus model. Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de posted some key details about the upcoming Nokia 7.1 including some renders as well. The renders show a design similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. This means you can expect a notched display on the front and a glass rear panel.The size of the display on the Nokia 7.1 will remain more or less similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. This includes a 5.84-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) IPS LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. As per Quandt’s report, the Nokia 7.1 will be powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone will be offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAM along with 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, respectively.advertisementSo far, the Nokia 7.1 sounds a lot like the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The difference is notably on the back with regards to the dual camera setup. The Nokia 7.1 will bring Zeiss-branded dual cameras, something that was missing on the 6.1 Plus. The 7.1 will get a 12MP + 5MP configuration with HDR+ support. It is still unknown what the sensor for the front camera will be.The Nokia 7.1 is also touted to house a 3,000mAh battery, which is marginally smaller than the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone is said to ship with Android 8.1 Oreo and the device will be part of the Android One program. It would be nice to see the Nokia phone ship with Android 9 Pie, however. The phone is tipped to be priced at 350 Euros (approx Rs 29,000) while the top-end variant may be priced just under 400 Euros (approx Rs 33,000). Given how similar the specs sound compared to the Nokia 6.1 Plus, it seems some leaks may be a little off, but we can only know for sure once HMD announces the phone.ALSO READ: Nokia 7.1 specs and price leak a day before the launchThere is also the Nokia 7.1 Plus, which could be announced alongside the Nokia 7.1. Based on what past rumours have told us, the device will bring a 6-inch FHD+ display. Some reports also say that the Plus model may not sport a notch and will go for a more Nokia 7 Plus-like design. The phone is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 or a Snapdragon 710 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM and Zeiss-branded dual cameras. It’s possible HMD will announce both the Nokia 7.1 and 7.1 Plus phones today. Given the company’s track record, we expect both the phone to come to India on October 11.last_img read more

Kane ready to lead by exampleKane ready to lead by example

first_imgHarry Kane Kane: We want to take World Cup head on Tommy Doleman 11:47 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane - cropped Getty Images Harry Kane England Tunisia v England Tunisia World Cup The England captain says they want to be aggressive and brave as they aim to be on the front foot in Russia Harry Kane hopes a shift in mentality will help England have a successful World Cup in Russia.England’s newly appointed captain was speaking before the Three Lions depart for their base near St. Petersburg on Tuesday as preparations ramp up for their opening Group G fixture with Tunisia on Monday.The 24-year-old, who also spoke about the Three Lions infamous penalty woes, says England are eager to make their mark on the World Cup and vowed they would approach it on the front foot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “The aim is to be aggressive and brave. That’s what we are trying to instil into the team. We want to take this tournament head on,” Kane told a news conference.”There will be tough moments and there will be ups and downs. But for us it’s to play attacking football, to score, and that’s important.”Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive. But for us it’s about winning the first game, second game and to take that attitude to the World Cup.”The showpiece event in Russia will be Kane’s first World Cup, having previously played for England at Euro 2016 and in the 2015 Under-21 European Championship, but the Tottenham striker wants to break his duck of never scoring at a major tournament.”It’s something I want to change, hopefully this summer,” Kane said.”I’ve always felt you go through spells: the ball goes in sometimes and other times it doesn’t, like in August every year for me. That’s part of the game.”But I always look at my game and see how I can get better. So that’s big tournaments. I want to score in tournament football and that’s what I will try and do.”Kane added that he regards national team achievements higher than those at club level.”It’s hard to look beyond the World Cup. It’s the one competition everybody dreams of winning,” he said.”Obviously I understand you’ve got the Champions League and Premier League – so many big competitions – but, for me, I don’t think it gets much bigger than the World Cup.”I would love to win everything with Tottenham but, for me, personally, the World Cup outweighs them all.”last_img read more

Iran Seizes UKFlagged Tanker in Strait of HormuzIran Seizes UKFlagged Tanker in Strait of Hormuz

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Stena Bulk/Tommy Chia Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged, Swedish-owned oil tanker while transiting the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.The 46,575 cbm ship, Stena Impero, was captured for “breaching international maritime law”, Tehran-based Press TV reported, referring to a statement issued by the country’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).The ship allegedly turned off its tracker and ignored several warnings by the IRGC before being boarded by the armed guards. What is more, the MR2 tanker reportedly failed to respond to a distress call sent by an Iranian fishing boat.The Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) was cited as saying that the vessel had also been releasing oil residues from its tanks.Stena Impero’s owner Stena Bulk and ship manager Northern Marine Management confirmed that the 2018-built tanker was approached by small naval craft and a helicopter at around 16:00 BST on July 19. The vessel suddenly deviated from its passage to Jubail and headed north towards Iran. Neither the vessel owner nor the operator were able to establish contact with  Stena Impero.“There are 23 seafarers onboard of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality. There have been no reported injuries and the safety and welfare of our crew remains our primary focus. We are in close contact with both the UK and Swedish government authorities to resolve this situation and we are liaising closely with our seafarers’ families,” Erik Hanell, President and Chief Executive, Stena Bulk, said.A second oil tanker, which flies the Liberian flag but is managed by Norbulk Shipping UK, was boarded by Iranian armed personnel on Friday. The 315,000 dwt Mesdar was instructed to head north towards Iran. However, Mesdar was soon cleared to resume its voyage.“Communication has been re-established with the vessel and Master confirmed that the armed guards have left and the vessel is free to continue the voyage. All crew are safe and well,” Norbulk said in a statement released on late Friday.Separately, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he is “extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz”. “The seizures are unacceptable. It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region,” Hunt pointed out.Tensions between the UK and Iran mounted in early July when Gibraltar and Royal Marines detained the Iranian tanker Grace 1 on suspicion it was carrying a shipment of crude oil to Syria. The ship was arrested due to the alleged breach of EU sanctions against Syria. Although Gibraltar claimed it was enforcing the existing sanctions, Iran described the seizure as unlawful as the country is not an EU member.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Updated Legislation to Help Designate Nature ReservesUpdated Legislation to Help Designate Nature Reserves

first_imgAmendments to the Special Places Protection Act were passed in the House of Assembly on Monday, May 16. The changes make it easier to designate nature reserves for Nova Scotians to enjoy. “Passing these amendments will help us meet commitments in our green plan to protect more of Nova Scotia’s natural environment,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Environment and Labour. “They’ll make it easier for us to designate new nature reserves that Nova Scotians will enjoy for generations to come.” Nature reserves preserve and protect typical and special ecosystems, plants and animals. They also offer research and education opportunities. The province has 11 nature reserves totalling 3,180 hectares. With the amendments, management plans are no longer required before nature reserves are designated. Instead, management plans will be developed as necessary, such as for highly visited nature reserves that may need special measures for protection. The amendments re-establish the special places advisory committee with an updated membership structure. The committee will provide advice on all aspects of nature reserves. It is no longer required to help develop management plans. Instead, the committee will assist when requested. “These changes streamline our process for designation,,” said Mr. Morash. “This simpler approach is much more attractive to land owners who are interested in offering their natural treasures to be protected as nature reserves for Nova Scotians to enjoy.” About 8.2 per cent of land in Nova Scotia is protected through the combined efforts of the provincial and federal governments, and organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. All of Nova Scotia’s nature reserves are described on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/pareas .last_img read more

PSBs to get credit guarantee to buy NBFC assetsPSBs to get credit guarantee to buy NBFC assets

first_imgNew Delhi: Non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) play an important role in capital formation and the government will provide a one-time partial credit guarantee to PSBs to buy high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in the Union Budget 2019-20 on Friday. NBFCs are playing an important role in sustaining consumption demand as well as capital formation in small and medium industrial segment, she said in her maiden Budget Speech in Parliament. “For purchase of high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rs 1 lakh crore during the current financial year, government will provide one time six months’ partial credit guarantee to public sector banks (PSBs) for first loss of up to 10 per cent,” Sitharaman said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAlso, even as NBFCs are regulated by the RBI, it has limited authority over the sector, therefore appropriate proposals for strengthening the regulatory authority of RBI over NBFCs are being placed in the Finance Bill, the minister said. However, she said NBFCs that are fundamentally sound should continue to get funding from banks and mutual funds without being unduly risk averse. The NBFC sector is currently undergoing a liquidity hurdle with a spate of defaults of companies such as IL&FS along with its group companies and DHFL that started unfolding since September 2018. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAmong others, Sitharaman said the government will allow NBFCs to raise funds in public issues, and the requirement of creating a debenture redemption reserve (DRR), which is currently applicable for only public issues as private placements are exempt, will be done away with. As of now, NBFCs that do public placement of debt have to maintain a DRR and in addition, a special reserve as required by the RBI, has also to be maintained. “To bring more participants, especially NBFCs, not registered as NBFCs-Factor, on the TReDS platform, amendment in the Factoring Regulation Act, 2011 is necessary and steps will be taken to allow all NBFCs to directly participate on the TReDS platform,” she said. Sitharaman also said efficient and conducive regulation of the housing sector is important in India’s context. Currently, the National Housing Bank (NHB), besides being the refinancer and lender, is also regulator of the housing finance sector. “This gives a somewhat conflicting and difficult mandate to NHB. I am proposing to return the regulation authority over the housing finance sector from NHB to RBI. Necessary proposals have been placed in the Finance Bill,” the minister said.last_img read more

Writing Late Night was satisfying Mindy KalingWriting Late Night was satisfying Mindy Kaling

first_imgMelbourne: Actor-producer Mindy Kaling has said that penning the comedy drama Late Night was a “satisfying” experience as she could connect with both the lead characters. The 40-year-old actor starred as a writer in the film who is hired mainly because she is an Indian-American in order to save the career of a seasoned late-night host, played by Emma Thompson. “The movie was so satisfying to write because I feel uniquely qualified in my life to write for both of those characters. I remember, vividly, what it’s like to be the only woman or minority in a writer’s room when I was 24 years old. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”But I also remember, more recently, the frustration of being an employer, having Katherine’s opposition, and being a little complacent, a little bit bored with your job. You employ all these people but you’re not always on your best behaviour and I know that feeling well,” Kaling told news.com.au. The actor-scribe, who created and starred in The Mindy Project, said one would have to do the difficult job of getting women from culturally diverse backgrounds in the writer’s room to bring about a change. “For the longest time when I was on my own show, being a showrunner and the star was so time-consuming. At times it felt like being a mentor or taking the energy to look deeper than normal on what people were submitting for characters or writers is so time-consuming.”last_img read more

THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS Honours Canadian Music History Heritage and its FutureTHE 2017 JUNO AWARDS Honours Canadian Music History Heritage and its Future

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook OTTAWA, April 2, 2017 – THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS pulled out all the stops at the sold-out live broadcast celebrating Canada’s diverse musical talent. Live from the Canadian Tire Centre in the nation’s capital, the two-and-a-half hour broadcast opened with a greeting from this year’s recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, Buffy Sainte-Marie. Ottawa’s own A Tribe Called Red, delivered an electrifying performance celebrating Canada’s indigenous culture featuring the Black Bear Drum Circle, Sainte-Marie, and internationally-renowned throat singer, Tanya Tagaq.As a signature event for Ottawa 2017, in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS broadcast showcased some of the country’s best talent, honoured music legends, and recognized artists who continue to shape the Canadian music scene.Following a big win at Saturday’s JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, Canadian music icon Leonard Cohen received further recognition during the broadcast as the Album of the Year winner*. Later in the evening, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau delivered a touching speech on Cohen’s legacy, as they introduced the tribute performance of classic Cohen song “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” by Feist. The recognition of Canadian music legends continued with Gord Downie receiving Songwriter of the Year*, and The Tragically Hip taking home Group of the Year. Login/Register With: Advertisement Shawn Mendes, who got the crowd on their feet with a performance of his song Mercy, won JUNO Fan Choice Award*.Four of the evening’s eight awards were handed to some of Canada’s top women in music. Another milestone in a wildly successful year for the young star, Ruth B. took home the first award of the night, receiving a statuette for Breakthrough Artist of the Year*. She later took to the stage to perform her whimsical hit “Lost Boy” with Orkidstra, a recipient organization for MusiCounts’ TD Community Music Program. Platinum-selling Jess Moskaluke took home Country Album of the Year for her sophomore album Kiss Me Quiet, while Alessia Cara snagged the Pop Album of the Year award for her 2016 smash record Know-It-All, and delivered empowered performances of her latest single “Stay”, and chart-topper “Scars to Your Beautiful” with DJ/Producer Zedd.As well, 10-time JUNO Award winner Sarah McLachlan was inducted to the Canadian Hall of Fame by co-host Bryan Adams, celebrating a stellar career spanning more than three decades. McLachlan later performed a stirring rendition of her song “World on Fire”.Co-hosted by Russell Peters and Bryan Adams, CTV’s super-sized THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS show broadcast boasted 12 unique performances including Shawn Mendes, who made this third consecutive appearance on the JUNO stage, performing “Mercy” to the screaming crowd; an energetic version of single “Side Effects” by Dallas Smith; an explosive performance of “Picturing Love” by indie rock band July Talk; a performance of breakout hit “Spirits” by The Strumbellas, in their JUNO broadcast debut; Arkells, who returned to the JUNO stage with a high energy version of fan-favourite track “Drake’s Dad”; and an impactful performance by Billy Talent, who delivered the title track to their hit album, “Afraid of Heights”.The broadcast also featured hilarious taped segments by co-hosts Russell Peters and Bryan Adams, and the stars of CraveTV’s smash hit LETTERKENNY. Adams, who earlier in the night performed single “You Belong to Me”, closed the broadcast with an all-star jam of the co-host’s classic hit “Summer of ’69.”The evening’s exceptional roster of presenters included electronic duo Bob Moses; music pioneer and 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recipient  Buffy Sainte-Marie; singer-songwriter and JUNO Award nominee Chantal Kreviazuk; singer, songwriter, and producer Coleman Hell; singer-songwriter Delaney Jane; rapper Jazz Cartier; platinum-selling country artist Jess Moskaluke; Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy; comedian and Much Digital Studios Creator Jus Reign; Marianas Trench frontman Josh Ramsay; ETALK reporter Liz Trinnear; the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly; Nathan Dales and Michelle Mylett from CraveTV’s LETTERKENNY; rockers Sam Roberts Band; and Toronto rap artist Tasha the Amazon.*** *Award Sponsors for the 2017 JUNO Awards listed above include Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada), Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN), JUNO Fan Choice (presented by TD) and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR, The Government of Canada, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcast and Radio Starmaker Fund).THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS, and Randy Lennox for Bell Media. Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and Supervising Producer, Insight Productions. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 46th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca. About CTV  CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.Web Links:Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.caCTV’s JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca JUNO TV: www.junotv.caCTV website: www.ctv.caSocial Media:@bryanadams@therealrussellp Advertisementlast_img read more

A WEINSTEININSPIRED HORROR MOVIE SET IN TORONTO TIFF IS WILLING TO TALKA WEINSTEININSPIRED HORROR MOVIE SET IN TORONTO TIFF IS WILLING TO TALK

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Director Brian De Palma, a regular at Toronto International Film Festival, photographed here in 2007 (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Advertisement Advertisement Is Brian De Palma really going to make a Harvey Weinstein-inspired horror movie and set it at the Toronto International Film Festival? If so, it could help serve as a reminder of the need to fight sexual harassment and to empower women, says TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.“It reminds us of just the real importance and the urgency of making a change in the film industry when it comes to gender parity,” Bailey told the Star.Online reports this week, drawing from interviews De Palma is doing while on a European book tour, say the writer/director plans to make a horror film called Predator in Toronto based on the alleged sex crimes of disgraced producer Weinstein. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Australia deports Sri Lankan asylum seeker despite fathers murderAustralia deports Sri Lankan asylum seeker despite fathers murder

In a statement addressed to the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, Kavi wrote: “On 5 January 2018 I received a very distressing call from my mother.“My mother and sister were crying on the phone and she said my father had been shot dead on the farm. Up to now, no death certificate has been issued by the Sri Lankan authorities. “I fear that my father’s killing and my mother’s and sister’s disappearance are both connected,” he wrote. “My family and I believe that my father was killed by the Sri Lankan security agencies. We believe he was killed because they suspected that we assisted the [now-defeated separatist military force, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] LTTE.” A Tamil asylum seeker has been deported to Sri Lanka despite a last-minute plea to re-examine his case, after his father was shot dead and his mother and sister disappeared earlier this year, The Guardian reported.The 25-year-old asylum seeker, known as Kavi, had been detained in the Yongah Hill immigration detention centre near Perth for four months, since his bridging visa expired. He had been in Australia for six years, having fled Sri Lanka after the brutal 26-year civil war in which his brother was killed in 2009. “I have now lost contact with my mother and sister. The last I spoke to them was on 28 March 2018. The Red Cross has been contacted to search for them. But until today I have no news about my mother and sister who are still missing.”The Red Cross confirmed it had received the tracing request but had failed to find Kavi’s mother and sister.The changes to Kavi’s family circumstances were detailed in a letter to Dutton on 27 June as part of an application asking him to allow Kavi to lodge a protection visa application. The United Nations says Tamils, particularly those with links to the LTTE, continue to face harassment in Sri Lanka nearly a decade after the war ended.Disappearances – particularly at the hands of security forces personnel driving unmarked white vans – have been notorious across the country for years, both during and after the civil war.“Entire communities have been stigmatised and targeted for harassment and arbitrary arrest and detention, and any person suspected of association … with the LTTE remains at immediate risk of detention and torture,” the UN special rapporteur, Ben Emmerson, wrote last year.However, the Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has urged Tamils who fled Sri Lanka to return, saying “all is forgiven”.“They are welcome to return to Sri Lanka and we won’t prosecute them.”Before appealing to Dutton, Kavi had been rejected four times as a refugee by Australian authorities. Having been found not to meet the criteria for refugee status by the then immigration department, he had applied for review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and two appeals were dismissed.Under the Migration Act, the minister has broad powers to allow someone who has had a visa refused to reapply.Dutton did not allow Kavi to do so, despite the murder and disappearance of his family members.Home affairs department regulations state that requests will be considered where a person makes “genuine and compelling claims” that could not have been made in their initial application.But the department also states that the minister will not consider claims from someone who does not hold a current visa.Kavi’s bridging visa was cancelled before his mother and sister disappeared.The Australian government maintains it never sends people back to a place of potential harm, but that people with no lawful basis to remain in Australia are expected to return home.“Australia does not remove people to Sri Lanka who engage Australia’s non‑refoulement obligations. Australia takes its non-refoulement obligations seriously,” it said.It is understood Kavi was deported early on 17 May.He has said he intends to escape to India, where Sri Lankan refugees live in rural inland camps or undocumented in the margins of cities in the state of Tamil Nadu.“I can’t do anything now,” he has told friends in Australia. “I’m going to India. I will be safe there.” (Colombo Gazette) Kavi’s full name is being withheld to protect him from potential danger in Sri Lanka. Kavi has always maintained that the Sri Lankan security agencies suspected his family, fishermen from the northwest of Sri Lanka, of having supported LTTE, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers.“I fear of what will happen to me if I am forcefully returned to Sri Lanka,” he wrote. “I fear that my mother and sister have now been killed and I am afraid that I may face the same fate as my family at the hands of the Sri Lankan security agencies …“For safety of my life I desperately request that my case is reassessed by the Department of Home Affairs.” read more

Angola UNbacked Joint Commission holds second reconciliation meetingAngola UNbacked Joint Commission holds second reconciliation meeting

Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Angola and the Chairman of the Joint Commission, informed the government officials and representatives for the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) at the meeting of his various contacts since the Commission’s last meeting and assured them he would extend his contacts to various parties, including civil society.The Commission is composed of the United Nations, UNITA and the Government of Angola, and is responsible for implementing the pending tasks of the 1994 Lusaka Protocol, which forms the basis of the Angola peace process.On Monday, the Commission mandated Mr. Gambari to work out a programme for the rest of the body’s work, with due consultations with the Angolan Government, UNITA representatives and the observer States.That meeting also authorized the UN to hold consultations with a wide segment of Angolan society, soliciting views on the issue of national reconciliation. read more

Much more can be done to raise awareness about the plight ofMuch more can be done to raise awareness about the plight of

“Albinism is a genetic condition that affects people throughout the world, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender,” Mr. Guterres said on Wednesday.“Yet, tragically, people with albinism continue to suffer widespread discrimination, stigma and social exclusion,” he added, stressing also the importance of enabling people with the condition to enjoy their full human rights.In many countries, grossly erroneous beliefs and myths, heavily influenced by superstition, put the security and lives of persons with albinism at risk of constant violence and abuse; especially children and women, and other vulnerable groups.In his message on the International Albinism Awareness Day, the UN chief also noted the endorsement of a regional action plan on albinism in Africa by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and by the Pan African Parliament, as “a key step forward.”“But much more can be done globally to raise awareness about the plight of people with albinism,” urged Mr. Guterres.The Secretary-General underscored the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the promise to “leave no one behind.”He said the day was an opportunity “to declare solidarity with people with albinism and strive together so those who are often left furthest behind are able to live free from discrimination and fear, and empowered to enjoy their full human rights.”The UN General Assembly designated 13 June as the International Albinism Awareness Day, in 2014.The action by the General Assembly followed a resolution by the Human Rights Council – the highest UN intergovernmental body on human rights – that called for greater protection for persons with albinism against discrimination and violence. read more

Arthur G keeping it localArthur G keeping it local

first_imgSince Arthur G’s humble beginnings in a suburban garage in 1979, the furniture company has come a long way. What started as a mere hobby for Greek migrant Arthur Georgopoulos has developed into an upmarket brand now recognised worldwide. “He would spend some time in his garage when he had spare time making and designing furniture. “For a few weeks he hit the road and drove around with the station wagon, showing retailers. One decided to try it on consignment, they sold one and it was a flow-on effect,” explains Leonard Georgopoulos, who came aboard the family business 10 years ago as managing director.Now in his 60s, although Arthur continues to play a significant role in the design process, the overall aesthetic has admittedly changed, evolving with global trends. “Our products have become more contemporary. Most pieces are quite timeless, so they’re designed to still look good after 10 or so years. With our end of the market you are investing in quality and well-made furniture,” Leonard tells Neos Kosmos.Along with the brand’s core range of sofas, chairs, beds and shelving, the company, endeavouring to cater to each customer’s need, also offer the service of custom and bespoke pieces.More recently, the company joined forces with some of the world’s best designers and interior architects, including Diane Bergeron and Alexander Lotersztain, to create exclusive and limited edition collections. Passionate about continuing his father’s work, while endeavouring to leave a mark of his own on the company, the managing director has maintained the quality of the brand while expanding its presence. Predominantly a wholesaler, the 35-year-old has given Arthur G a greater retail presence, now with showrooms around the country in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.“When I came in I decided that we needed to control our own destiny and that Arthur G the brand was a manufacturer but could also become a retailer. “This way we control the entire chain of events, and deal with the end user as well.”An important step for the company has been its environmental certification, having received the GECA Environmental Choice Award in 2008. Using only the best quality raw materials and exquisite fabrics and natural leathers from around the world, customers can rest assured that all aspects of the manufacturing process are eco-friendly. This has also made their product appealing for a number of commercial projects, including Hamilton Island Airport, Hayman Island Resort, Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, and Village Cinemas. But the real key to success for Arthur G appears to be in staying true to their roots.While evolving with the times and catering to the consumer’s needs and wants, they have remained true to themselves, careful not to steer away from where the passion stems: Australian quality craftsmanship. “What plays an important role in our aesthetic is the craftsmanship, the way we bring it all together. When we design something we also have in mind that the build and workmanship have to be right. You could say it’s contemporary design, but at the same time it’s got classic and timeless ties and is suitable for any setting.”Despite the trade liberalisation of the 1980s, when the bulk of manufacturing started its transition offshore, Arthur G has held its ground, designed and constructed from start to finish in the Victorian suburb of Huntingdale, as it was some 35 years ago.“To manufacture and design furniture here in Australia is quite niche, especially at our end of the market – there’s not many of us and to be honest, in the last few years there’s probably been a shift back and a real appreciation for a good Australian-made product.”Which is precisely what Arthur G is all about.Having gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years, Leonard’s passion for the brand and the industry as a whole is unquestionable. “We believe people should be embracing an Australian-made product as opposed to products that are made in South East Asia.“We have some very skilled tradespeople in Australia. The talent’s there, so we’re going to continue to nurture that and continue to expand and grow the Australian market.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

DPP’s Engagement at Court Martial Delays Ousman Badjie’s trialDPP’s Engagement at Court Martial Delays Ousman Badjie’s trial

first_imgBy Rohey Jadama State counsel A.M. Yusuf intimated to the court that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) is presently engaged at the court martial andthat he did not leave Ousman Badjie’s Case file with him for the caseto proceed.He said this before Justice Simon A. Abi of the Banjul High Court onTuesday, 17th February, 2015.Lamin S. Camara, counsel for the accused, said that since the file isnot with the state counsel they cannot do anything about it. Hetherefore asked the court to take multiple dates for the subsequentsittings of the case.The case was then adjourned to 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th of March respectively.Mr. Badjie, the former Minister of Works, Transport and Construction,is facing two counts of negligence of duty and one count of economiccrime.The particulars of offence on Count One states that Ousman Badjiebetween 14 and 30 June 2014 in Banjul and diverse places, whilst beingThe Gambia’s Head of Mission in France, intentionally failed to pursuethe case of a stolen Twenty Seven Thousand Euros equivalent to D1,134,000, involving one Faisal Bojang, with the French Government, anomission which was shown to be detrimental to the economy of TheGambia, and thereby committed an offence.Count Two alleges that whilst serving as the Head of Mission inFrance, the accused willfully neglected to perform his duty for theFrench Government to pursue Faisal Bojang, to recover the amount of€27,000 embezzled (equivalent to D1, 134,000).On Count Three, it is alleged that in the same month and year, Mr.Badjie, whilst being The Gambia’s Head of Mission in France, willfullyneglected to perform his duty to pursue the police declaration thatthe signature of the Deputy Head of Mission was forged.]]>last_img read more

Montego Bay company presents gifts to 3000 childrenMontego Bay company presents gifts to 3000 children

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, December 28, 2016 – Some 3,000 children were presented with gifts on December 25 (Christmas Day) by Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited of Montego Bay.   The event was facilitated by the St. James Municipal Corporation at the Old Hospital Park, Gloucester Avenue, in the city.Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, praised the efforts of the local company for providing the gifts for the children.  “The city really needed something as beautiful as this for a change,” he said.   “There are many good and decent law-abiding persons throughout the parish of  St. James, and we saw a lot of that on display here today.   The parish council is indeed happy to have been a part of it,” the Mayor said.Originally billed to cater for 2,000 children, the event well exceeded the amount, forcing the organizers to resort to a contingency plan.   Fortunately, there was enough staff on hand to keep things in order, so that every single child inside the venue was able to receive a gift.   Earlier, they were treated to a live concert where the steel band Tropical Vibes was a huge hit, playing a number of popular Christmas songs.For his part, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, said he was impressed with the event.   “The JHTA took some 60 kids from the SOS Children’s Village to the event, and they all had smiles on their faces. It is really nice to see an organization taking this time to put in such a tremendous effort.   This is a beautiful thing for Montego Bay and the adjoining communities, and the organizers must really and truly be commended,” he said.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Entertainment Director of Hah-R-Mony, Ho-Chi-Min Castillo Rolffot, said his company is very happy to have been able to put on the event, noting that “it was worth every penny that we spent”.   “We are fully committed to do this again next year. We are going to try our best to get more sponsors involved, so we can have even more gifts for the children,” he said.Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited is a promotional company that was established in 2009, and which currently operates in 29 hotels and employs more than 100 workers. #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Firefighters contain group of small vegetation fires in LakesideFirefighters contain group of small vegetation fires in Lakeside

first_img Posted: June 13, 2018 LAKESIDE (KUSI) — A spate of small vegetation fires blackened patches of open land near El Capitan High School Wednesday.As many as four blazes erupted in close proximity to each other off the 13000 block of Willow Road in Lakeside at about 10 a.m., according to Cal Fire.Authorities shut down Ashwood Street between Mapleview Street and Willow Road while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, the state agency reported.It took crews about an hour to halt the spread of the non-injury fires, which scorched a total of roughly two acres.It was not immediately clear what sparked the blazes, which posed no structural threats and necessitated no evacuations. KUSI Newsroom, Firefighters contain group of small vegetation fires in Lakeside June 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more