Annan recommends 6month extension of UN mission in Sierra Leone

In his latest report to the Council on the activities of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Mr. Annan says “there were no major incidents that threatened the prevailing stability in the country.””The further progress achieved towards peace consolidation in Sierra Leone and the overall security environment in the country have enabled UNAMSIL to continue the progressive drawdown of its military component as approved by the Security Council,” he states.The Secretary-General stresses, however, that serious challenges remain despite these encouraging developments. “The lack of adequate equipment and infrastructure remains a critical element in enhancing the capacity of Sierra Leone police and army and in enabling them to effectively take over the responsibilities for security throughout the country, especially in the border areas,” he says.Much also remains to be done to strengthen the presence of the local police in the areas vacated by UNAMSIL. The current planning indicates that the target of bringing the Sierra Leone police to its pre-war level of 9,500 may be achieved by the end of 2005, a year after the mission leaves.”Once again, I urge the Government and its international partners to expeditiously address the logistical and infrastructure needs of both the police and the army,” Mr. Annan says.As for the control of diamond mining, he commends the Government’s efforts to address this issue and stresses that “action must be taken rapidly, however, to ensure that the national diamond industry is effectively regulated for the benefit of the whole country.”Mr. Annan also praised the country for progress made in the reintegration of former combatants, the improvement of the situation of human rights and the rule of law. read more

Massive cholera vaccine campaign planned for cycloneravaged Mozambique as UN calls for

Confirming the delivery, Christian Lindmeier from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), told journalists in Geneva, the shipment was already being unloaded, and would start on Wednesday.The devastation caused by #CycloneIdai will continue to affect people for months to come. Without their homes, crops and other sources of income like livestock & fisheries, people are facing incredible hardship.Donate to support our work on the ground 👉 https://t.co/sm3Tgs8rYF pic.twitter.com/TBqb24iB12— World Food Programme (@WFP) April 1, 2019 The protective measures are to be carried out in four areas: Beira city, Dondo district, Nhamatanda district and Buzi district, where “basically the whole population there will be vaccinated”, the WHO spokesperson explained.According to UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, local radio stations have agreed to take part in awareness-raising about the importance of containing the waterborne disease, which is endemic in the region, along with malaria, measles and other preventable diseases.“We have to of course overcome the problem due to limited road access, but more importantly we have to mobilize the population in a vast communication campaign,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said.Children ‘could die in a day’ if not treated: WHOInitially, at-risk communities will be given one cholera vaccine dose, providing protection from cholera for at least six months.Along with ensuring that a second dose of vaccine is made available later this year, preventing people from drinking dirty water is a key priority, the WHO insists.“Once a person is sick, accessing treatment as quick as possible is of most importance,” Mr. Lindmeier said. “It’s a sad fact to remind everyone (that) the young, the frail and the old – children especially – if they catch cholera in the morning, they could be dead in the evening, if not treated.”More heavy rain expected as communities remain vulnerable The WHO spokesperson also warned that challenging weather conditions continue to cause concern.“Heavy rain is expected to continue in the next few days and this will certainly have an impact on response efforts”, Mr. Lindmeier said. “Access to essential health services and the situation most likely will worsen therefore.”The development comes as the World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it is also scaling up aid significantly in coming weeks amid improved access to affected communities in rural areas of the four most affected provinces: Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia.UNICEF/DE WETSince the cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe three weeks ago with wind speeds in excess of 150 kilometres per hour, WFP has provided food assistance to 350,000 people.“Thanks to the receding floodwaters we hope to reach 1.2 million people in the coming week with food assistance,” said WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel. “That’s a huge scale-up compared to the 350,000 people that the World Food Programme had reached at the beginning of the response”, he added.500,000 hectares of crops washed awayLatest assessments indicate that at least 500,000 hectares of crops – primarily maize – were washed away by floodwaters ahead of the main April–May harvest. Other key sources of income, like livestock and fisheries, have also been badly affected, WFP says. Amid huge needs and food prices that have quadrupled in Beira’s markets since the cyclone hit, the UN agency reiterated its appeal for $133 million for the next three months.‘Concerted action’ required to prevent the next Idai disasterSpeaking in solidarity with survivors of the disaster, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Tuesday paid tribute to the “local, national and international responders” who offered their help “from the earliest moments of this crisis”.They had saved “countless lives… preventing an even more devastating outcome”, Ms. Mohammed told a meeting of the UN The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), while also warning while the storm had “flattened thousands of homes” and displaced more than 200,000 people, only $46 million of a $392 million appeal has been provided by the international community to date. “I call on Member States to bridge this gap”, she said, adding that sustained support would be needed to help the people of the three southeast African nations affected, to cope with the “longer term development consequences” of Idai.No region was immune to devastating natural disaster, she noted, calling for better, smarter investment in disaster prediction and resilience, making sure to prioritize those furthest behind.“Raise ambition on climate action – on both mitigation and adaption”, she said, adding that “there is still time to win this race, but it requires concerted action – now.”Organized by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), WFP and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the aim of the special ECOSOC meeting was to update Member States on Cyclone Idai’s impact across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.Participants also discussed how to support a well-coordinated response, focusing on immediate humanitarian needs, as well as sustainable medium and long-term recovery and reconstruction in the aftermath of the cyclone. read more

Crufts flyball winner banned from keeping dogs for life after RSPCA investigation

first_imgShe was also ordered to pay £500 in costs and a £115 victim surcharge, with all the dogs at her home being removed from her care. District Judge Timothy Spruce said: “Having listened to the prosecution and viewed the photographs of the animals in question it is clear to me that the level of suffering is at the high end.”Almost all of them were deprived of a clean, dry place to sleep, many of them were caked in their own faeces and that of other dogs.”A quite appalling environment, Mrs Greaves. This contributed to the undermined demeanour of the dogs.”Three dogs were so badly cared for they had to be put to sleep. This was a prolonged period of neglect.”It is an aggravating feature that you are an experienced keeper and you would have known what was required.”The court heard the conditions the animals were kept in were so bad a vet was reduced to tears when she was forced to put three of the dogs to sleep.Prosecutor Paul Wright said: “The vet said there was a stench which makes your throat burn as you walk in. Faeces was covering the floor and there were ten dogs in crates stacked one on top of the other.”Mr Wright added: “She (Greaves) is known as being very involved and a very experienced keeper of dogs and she won titles with the Mansfield Marnicks. A former Crufts winner has been banned from keeping dogs for life after more than 30 animals were found living in “disgraceful” conditions at her home.Margaret Greaves kept 30 dogs, two cats and two parrots in dark rooms and in cramped cages which were covered in faeces and urine.A court heard the stench was so bad from the property it “made your throat burn as you walked in”. Greaves, 64, kept the animals in squalid conditions at a farm house in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. She won the flyball competition at Crufts in 2014 with her team the Mansfield Marnicks and was respected throughout the dog training community.But the RSPCA raided her farm house on April 6 this year after one of the dogs was spotted in a van at the property.On Tuesday Greaves admitted four counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and two counts of failing to meet the needs of an animal at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.She was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and was told she would be banned from keeping dogs or assisting in the keeping of dogs for life and banned from keeping other animals for three years. The court heard the stench was so bad from the property it “made your throat burn as you walked in”Credit:SWNS.com The court heard the stench was so bad from the property it "made your throat burn as you walked in"center_img Margaret Greaves kept 30 dogs, two cats and two parrots in dark rooms and in cramped cagesCredit:SWNS.com Margaret Greaves kept 30 dogs, two cats and two parrots in dark rooms and in cramped cages “She won a title at Crufts, the dogs performed tricks and she had success at a national level. It is perhaps even more concerning as she is not a lady who is inadequate at keeping dogs.”Sean Smith, defending, said: “Before this incident she had sold off kennels and equipment as she was thinking of moving.”There was a time when she decided she could no longer cope and decided to downsize. She planned on having the animals put down that week.”After the case, the RSPCA said the dogs had been kept in “little prison cells”.Inspector Laura Kirkham said: “They were living in their own little prison cells – it was absolutely horrific and not something you expect to see in this day and age.”There was faeces and urine in the crates and, in some, there were two dogs in each.”The smell was disgusting – it was so overpowering that it was burning my throat.” 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.last_img read more

Chapel St revamp

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After 25 years of campaigning, Jim Pothitos’ ambitions for Chapel Street – Melbourne’s iconic retail strip – are finally coming true. The long-fought crusade led by Mr Pothitos, president of the Chapel Street Precinct Association, to reinvigorate the street where he began his own business – the Greek Deli and Taverna – more than 30 years ago, has borne ripe fruit, with the publishing of an ambitious 10-year master plan that is set to transform the area. The Rediscover Chapel Street plan – produced by consultants for Stonnington Council – was created in close consultation with the Association, local residents and other stakeholders. Turning side-streets into pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares, redesigning major intersections, introducing ‘pause points’, ‘greening’ the pavements and establishing regular markets are just some of the ingredients in a radical re-interpretation of the historic street celebrated for its rich retail offerings. The sweeping proposal includes a ferry service along the Yarra River to bring shoppers from the city directly to the strip along with a $1.8 million plaza in Windsor. With the precinct’s credentials in decline over recent years due to neglected infrastructure, a sluggish retail economy and high rents, the traders’ association led by Mr Pothitos has been at the forefront of the campaign to revitalise the area. Last year Stonnington approved over $6 million to to upgrade the precinct after repeated requests from the traders’ association encouraging the council to act. The master plan will now steer major infrastructure improvements along the 3.5km shopping hub for at least a decade. Jim Pothitos had a spring in his step when he shared his reactions to the plan with Neos Kosmos. “I’m very proud of the success we’ve had with the council,” said the sprightly 67-year-old. “We’re very excited. This will be like the phoenix rising from the ashes. “It incorporates most of what we’ve been asking for, and goes in some cases a lot further.” Mr Pothitos paid tribute to Stonnington mayor Matthew Koce for his backing of the project. “He’s young, energetic, and a go-getter. The council’s officers have also been very co-operative – which has been a breath of fresh air,” said the Precinct Association president, who added: “we’re not going to rest on our laurels, we’ll keep lobbying to ensure this plan is implemented and developed further.” Jim Pothitos was awarded the first licence to operate a sidewalk cafe on Chapel Street in the early 1980s and the first restaurateur to establish ‘european-style’ outdoor tables. He was told it would never catch on.last_img read more

Les femmes grandes présenteraient un risque plus élevé de cancer

first_imgLes femmes grandes présenteraient un risque plus élevé de cancerSelon une étude publiée dimanche, les femmes de grande taille présentent davantage de risques de développer un cancer que celles qui sont plus petites.Les chercheurs américains de la faculté de médecine Albert-Einstein de l’Université Yeshiva à New York, ont examiné environ 145.000 femmes ménopausées âgées de 50 à 79 ans. Ils ont constaté que pour chaque dizaine de centimètres supplémentaires en taille, les patientes présentaient 13% de risques supplémentaires de développer un cancer du sein, du colon, du rein, de l’ovaire, du rectum, de la thyroïde ou de la peau.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Le cancer résulte d’un processus lié à la croissance. De ce fait, il est logique que les hormones et d’autres facteurs contribuant à la croissance puissent accroître le risque de cancer”, indique le Dr Geoffrey Kabat, l’épidémiologiste qui est le principal auteur de cette recherche. Pour plus de sûreté, les chercheurs ont fait en sorte de tenir compte d’autres facteurs (âge, poids, niveau socioculturel, consommation de tabac ou d’alcool…) mais les résultats sont restés identiques.”Nous avons été surpris par le nombre de centres de traitement du cancer où la taille était clairement liée au développement de la maladie. Dans ces statistiques, davantage de cancers semblent avoir un lien avec la taille qu’avec l’indice de masse corporelle”, souligne ainsi le Dr Kabat cité par l’AFP. Il semblerait que parmi les femmes les plus grandes, le risque de certains cancers (rein, rectum, sang et thyroïde) atteint même de 23 à 29% de risques supplémentaires  pour chaque 10 centimètres en plus.Toutefois, l’étude ne précise pas à partir de quelle taille le risque de cancer commence à augmenter, admet le Dr Kabat qui souligne que ce risque reste faible. “Il est important de souligner que l’âge, le tabagisme, le surpoids et certains autres facteurs de risque jouent un rôle considérablement plus grand”, conclut-il.Le 29 juillet 2013 à 15:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mountain Lion Known for Crossing LA Freeway Is Fatally Struck By Car

first_imgStay on target A mountain lion known for crossing the 405 freeway in Los Angeles was hit and killed by a car on September 7, according to National Park Service (NPS) officials.The four-year-old animal, which was called P-61, lived close to the Sepulveda Boulevard Pass, NPS ranger Ana Beatriz said in a statement on Facebook. P-61 had a special radio-collar around his neck, which enabled NPS authorities to track his movements around the area, CNN reported.Beatriz said the mountain lion’s final GPS point showed that he was between Bel Air Crest Road and the Sepulveda Boulevard underpass before he was fatally struck by a vehicle on Saturday.California Highway Patrol moved P-61’s body out of traffic after the incident. City of Los Angeles Animal Control officers then retrieved P-61’s body and radio-collar and alerted California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area researchers. Mountain Lion Found Dead in California May Have Been PoisonedWatch: Colorado Runner Who Killed Mountain Lion Describes Attack center_img A couple of months ago, the mountain lion crossed the large, 10-lane freeway in the Sepulveda Pass vicinity in California. P-61 was reportedly the first GPS-collared mountain lion to successfully walk across the busy 405 freeway.It’s unclear why P-61 tried to cross the 405 freeway again, but based on his GPS points, he was recently spending more time near the eastern edge of the freeway. Over the past few years, officials received remote camera photos of an uncollared male mountain lion that apparently lives nearby and a negative encounter between the two may have caused P-61 to travel again.More on Geek.com:Man Uses Pocket Knife to Fight Off Mountain Lion in ColoradoHunter’s Illegal Yellowstone Lion Kill Caught on Social MediaMountain Lion Found Dead in California May Have Been Poisonedlast_img read more

Losses widen for Koreas Paradise Co in 4Q18 as Incheon IR operating

first_imgKorea’s Paradise Co saw its losses widen significantly to KRW35.76 billion (US$31.7 million) in the three months to 31 December 2018, increased from a loss of KRW12.77 billion in the same period in 2017.The loss was attributable primarily to an increase in operating costs at its Incheon integrated resort Paradise City – a joint venture with Japan’s Sega Sammy Holdings. The 4Q18 results also pushed Paradise Co’s full year results into the red at KRW34.07 billion. RelatedPosts Korea’s Paradise City to turn profitable in third quarter: JP Morgan While Paradise City achieved record casino drop during the fourth quarter, helping sales grow 23.3% year-on-year to KRW87.66 billion, the company pointed to the 21 September 2018 launch of new non-gaming facilities – including a boutique hotel, nightclub, art gallery, shopping mall, film studio and indoor family entertainment facility – as having pushed up operating costs by 44.2%.As a result, 4Q18 losses at Paradise City climbed to KRW42.46 billion compared with KRW3.11 billion 12 months earlier.It was a different story at the company’s Paradise Walkerhill and Jeju Grand properties, which combined for a 9.7% increase in sales in 4Q18 to KRW107.35 billion, moving from a loss of KRW11.24 billion in the prior year period to a profit of KRW7.81 billion.Group-wide, Paradise Co saw sales increase 14.3% in the fourth quarter to KRW216.82 billion but with losses widening, EBITDA fell 65% to KRW4.52 billion. Korea’s Paradise Co still rising with July casino revenue up 19.1% South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Load Morelast_img read more

Press secretary Sarah Sanders to reportedly leave White House

first_img(WSVN) – According to several media reports, big staffing changes are on the way for the White House communications team.Press secretary Sarah Sanders has reportedly told friends she’ll leave her post by the end of the year.Her deputy, Raj Shah, is also making plans to step down. Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 14, 2018Sanders pushed back against the initial report, tweeting: “Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my ‘plans to leave the WH’ without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS.”Sanders’ took the job in July 2017. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday May 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, May 20, 2019:#1) Wilmington School-Business Partnership To Hold Golf Tournament & LuncheonThe Wilmington School-Business Partnership will hold its 29th Annual Golf Tournament and Luncheon on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading.Registration and a continental breakfast takes place from 7:15am to 8am. Shotgun start at 8:05am. Buffet luncheon and social hour begins at 12:30pm.Golf package includes: Continental Breakfast, Greens Fees/Golf Cart/Gift Bags, Contests on the Course; 50/50 Raffle; Gift Raffle; Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Team; and Buffet Luncheon.Proceeds will be benefit the organization’s Innovative Teacher Awards; School-To-Career Programs, Career Fair, DECA, and Academic Scholarships.Additional information, registration form and donor/sponsor form and can be found HERE.For more information, please contact Charlie Southmayd (978-604-5124), Ed Harrison (978-694-6065) or Marlene Moran (781-937-1283).#2) Wilmington Special Education PAC MeetingThe Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) meets at 6:30pm in the Wilmington High Library. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Community Development Technical Review TeamThe Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wildwood & Boutwell’s School Advisory Council MeetingThe Wildwood and Boutwell’s School Advisory Council meets at 9:30am in the Wildwood’s Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tech Buddies Drop-InThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Tech Buddies Drop-In Session from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Need technology help, but Brad isn’t here? Drop in at a Tech Buddies session! Tech Buddies is a new volunteer program connecting teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of assistance navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School-Business Partnership To Hold Golf Tournament & Luncheon On May 20In “Education”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Sons Of Italy To Host 10th Annual Italian Heritage Golf Classic On September 27In “Community”last_img read more

Collector Gaurav Uppal tours Thipparthy post launch of Grama

first_imgThipparthy (Nalgonda): After the launch of Grama Darshini and Nagara Darshini in the district, Collector Gaurav Uppal toured the Thipparthy mandal on Friday.As part of the programme, he conducted a meeting with all mandal-level officers and reviewed the progress of Individual Household Latrines, drinking water facilities, functioning of hostels, schools and hospitals and other government institutions. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Later, he inspected the Primary Health Centre in Thipparthy and interacted with the patients and the staff. He also examined medicines, vaccines and sanitation in the PHC. He interacted with the students during the inspection of SC Hostel for Boys and Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya in Thipparthy and directed the staff and other officials to provide quality education, food, drinking water etc.last_img read more

The best feeling was to be called as Miss India instead of

first_imgSuman ChellaniPR HandoutRepresenting India at the international level is not an easy cup of tea for anyone but amongst the few pageant holders, Suman Chellani is one such name who has proved her mettle by representing India at Miss Intercontinental 2018 at Philippines.Suman Chellani made records by being the first girl from Gujarat and from Sindhi community to represent India.Suman is an actor, model and an anchor who has participated in over 2000 national and international shows with Various Bollywood and Hollywood legends . She even did a cameo in the popular film ‘2 States’.This journey has not been easy for the Miss India. She has gone through a lot of thick and thin for this achievement, She had no godfathers to prep her into the big league. Yet today, she stands tall on a platform built by her own sweat, toil and tears. Suman ChellaniPR Handout”The most memorable moment and the best feeling in my life was to be called as Miss India during 20 days of our Pageant in Manila, I don’t remember anyone called me by Suman Chellani, and I will cherish this for all my Life”.She concluded by sharing her life mantra, “Spread happiness, earn blessings and travel the world.”last_img read more

Northside Residents Remember Josué Flores And Ask For Help With The Investigation

first_img Share Courtesy of Joel CisnerosStella Mireles-Walters holds a banner that was part of a remembrance event for Josué Flores. The event was held on May 17, 2018, the day that marked the second anniversary of the murder of the 11 year-old boy in Houston’s Northside neighborhood.On the second anniversary of the murder of 11 year-old Josué Flores, residents of Houston’s Northside neighborhood remembered the boy and asked to reignite the investigation, which remains open.Flores was murdered on May 17, 2016, when he was walking from Marshall Middle School to his home. He was stabbed multiple times.Back in July 2017, Andre Jackson, a homeless veteran who was arrested for Flores’ murder, was released after the Harris County District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges against him.The DA’s office explained the results of DNA and blood analyses were inconclusive, as reported by KHOU-CBS Channel 11.Jackson isn’t the only man who has been released in the course of the investigation.Shortly after Flores’ murder, another man was arrested and subsequently freed.For the Houston Police Department (HPD), Flores’ murder is an open investigation and Chief Art Acevedo said in July he still believes Jackson is the suspect.Stella Mireles-Walters has been deeply involved in improving safety in the Northside neighborhood after Flores’ murder.She started the ‘Safe Walk Home Northside’ program, which encourages residents to watch the neighborhood –particularly when children go to school and when they are returning to their homes— and alert HPD and other law enforcement agencies if they see somebody or something suspicious.In an interview with Houston Public Media conducted before the remembrance event, Mireles-Walters explained it would entail beautifying a memorial site for Flores, which was originally set up after his murder, with a new wreath, as well as flowers and a banner that says “Justice for Josue.”Nonetheless, Mireles-Walters underlined that one of the main goals of the remembrance event was to do a “call to action” to make progress in the investigation.“We need to reignite a fire in anyone who can possibly have any evidence,” Mireles-Walters said.“If you’ve ever given information, please give it again. If you held back and decided it wasn’t that important, please, you know, please volunteer that information again,” Mireles-Walters emphasized, while adding that many Northside residents “are very disappointed that the case has not been closed.”Houston City Council Member Karla Cisneros and Silvia Trevino, Constable of Harris County’s Precinct 6 attended the remembrance event. Lieutenant Christopher Davis also attended representing HPD and, additionally, there was a representative from Crime Stoppers.last_img read more

Wii modchip creators claim to have cracked the Wii U

first_imgWith every generation of console hardware inevitably people try and usually succeed at cracking the security, producing a modchip or workaround, and allowing games to be played using alternative or unofficial media.In the case of the Nintendo Wii, a modchip was created called the Wiikey that acted as an optical drive emulator and allowed games to be played from any USB media. The installation of the chip involved dismantling your Wii, but afterwards it could receive firmware updates via a DVD and worked with pretty much all generations of the hardware.Now the same group that developed the Wiikey is claiming to have cracked the Wii U, and will be introducing a new optical drive emulator called the WiikeyU or WiikeU. However, there’s no evidence of their crack yet, just a claim on the official Wiikey site that the team has “completely reversed the Wii U drive authentification, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed.” If that’s true, we can expect the new modchip to appear very soon.Nintendo doesn’t believe them, though. They have seen no evidence that the Wii U has had its systems cracked and no reports of unauthorized games being played. Even if the claim turns out to be true, Nintendo has the ability to update the Wii U’s firmware quickly and block the use of a mod chip. Of course, that depends entirely on the method used to bypass the system’s security measures. Is it easy to close that security hole?If the Wii U has been compromised this early in its lifecycle then that’s a bit embarrassing for Nintendo. Depending on how quickly they can fix the problem it could impact the console and games releases negatively–not because people will stop buying games, but because publishers and developers may ignore the platform thinking  it is a new hive of piracy.last_img read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mark World AIDS Day We owe it

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a World AIDS Day event today in their first joint royal engagement.The newly-engaged royal couple travelled to Nottingham to attend the #SeeRed event, which was organised by HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.  The pair were photographed sporting red World AIDS Day ribbons as they spoke to the crowd.Prince Harry said: “We mustn’t be complacent. We’ve got everything here: all the equipment, all the testing ability.“We owe it to this generation to be able to eradicate this once and for all.”The Prince, a passionate advocate on HIV/AIDS issues, spoke to people living with HIV as well as sexual health campaigners.Andrew Bates, a gay man living with HIV who met the Prince at the launch of HIV testing week last month, was able to he spoke to the Prince about coming out .He said: “He seems to genuinely care about the work that he does and the people that he speaks to, so it was my pleasure to open up about areas such as coming out as gay, the struggle of coming to terms with having HIV and the idea of living the rest of your life with a chronic illness.“Not only was this conversation therapeutic for myself, but being able to discuss such matters with an individual in such high places was exactly what I aimed to achieve, and more, when I spoke out about my HIV diagnosis and decided to campaign for the Terrence Higgins Trust.”The British royal made global headlines this week when he announced his engagement to Ms Markle, an actress best known for appearing in US TV show Suits.However, she will be leaving the Hollywood life behind her ahead of their May wedding, and taking up royal engagements alongside her fiance.Ahead of today’s engagement, the palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms Markle will undertake their first official engagements together in Nottingham this Friday.“Prince Harry is looking forward to introducing Ms Markle to a community that has become very special to him.“They will visit a Terrence Higgins Trust #WorldAIDSDay charity fair where they will meet representatives of organisations supporting people living with HIV/AIDS.”Ian Green, CEO, Terrence Higgins Trust, told PinkNews: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Nottingham Contemporary, for a #SeeRed event to mark World AIDS Day.”He added: “We’re really looking forward to introducing both him and Meghan to some wonderful individuals and groups who help to combat HIV stigma in the UK.”The Prince has recently become a passionate activist on HIV/AIDS, speaking out repeatedly on the issue.Last month he attended the opening of Terrence Higgins Trust’s HIV self test pop-up shop in Hackney, to launch National HIV Testing Week.His Royal Highness met with Andrew Bates, a young man who was diagnosed with HIV in 2015, who shared his story and talked about the importance of testing.Prince Harry also met Yvette Twagiramariya, reporter and one of the faces of the It Starts With Me campaign, who took a live HIV test to show Prince Harry how the self tests work.Before departing the shop, the Prince met and talked with some local Hackney residents, and gave each of them one of the self test kits to take home.Ian Green, CEO, Terrence Higgins Trust added: “It was a pleasure hosting HRH at our self-test HIV pop-up shop in Hackney during National HIV Testing Week, and we’re really looking forward to introducing both him and Meghan to some wonderful individuals and groups who help to combat HIV stigma in the UK.‘World AIDS Day is an important day to remember all those lost to HIV since the start of the epidemic.“Thankfully, incredible medical advances been made in the fight against HIV since our namesake Terry Higgins lost his life 35 years ago. “Today the UK is closer than ever to beating HIV, with the largest drop in new diagnoses reported this year, but we won’t get there until we stamp out HIV stigma for good.”The Prince recently made history by accepting an award from gay magazine Attitude.He collected an award on behalf of his late mother, Princess Diana, who campaigned extensively on HIV/AIDS.The Prince has followed in his mother’s footsteps by campaigning on HIV/AIDS issues, while he has also praised the “amazing” work of a transgender children’s charity.In a moving speech about his mother’s legacy, Prince Harry said: “In April 1987, my mother was only 25 years old. “She was still finding her way in public life, but she already felt a responsibility to shine her spotlight on the people and issues that were often ignored.“She knew that AIDS was one of the things that many wanted to ignore and seemed like a hopeless challenge.“She knew that the misunderstanding of this relatively new disease was creating a dangerous situation when mixed with homophobia.”“She knew exactly what she was doing.“She was using her position of princess of Wales – the most famous woman in the world – to challenge everyone to educate themselves; to find their compassion; and to reach out to those who need help instead of pushing them away.”Many in the gay community held a special affinity with the Princess, in part due to her work during the AIDS crisis.During the AIDS crisis Princess Diana made many visits both officially and unofficially – and famously shook hands with a patient at the height of HIV stigma.The charity named in her honour, The Diana Award, also works to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.The Prince has adopted HIV as one of his key campaigning issues, visiting a number of HIV clinics, attending the International AIDS Conference in South Africa, and speaking about his late mother’s work on the issue.Last year the Prince made headlines by taking a HIV test himself in a Facebook Live video, in an appeal for more people to get tested.The Prince said of his mother: “She started very punchy [on AIDS].“She smashed the stigma around HIV on more than one occasion. It had a huge impact, and a huge impact on my life as well.”Prince Harry added: “I don’t consciously channel myself down certain avenues specifically because I think my mum would be proud. But she sure as hell would be proud of me, hopefully, that I’m doing it.”He explained: “If you’re not going to get tested for yourself and you’re not going to go and get tested for your loved ones that you could possibly infect, then… I don’t know if it’s a selfish thing to say or not, but if you respect what my mother stood for, go and get tested for her.“It’s 20 years next year since she died, and 30 years ago she was in this hospital [HIV clinic Mildmay] and she did something that no-one else had ever done before.“If she were still here today, she would probably get tested every month, just to prove a point.”The Prince added that it was important for him as a straight man to take on the issue, to bust early misconceptions about HIV/AIDS being an exclusively ‘gay’ disease.He said: “The issue itself needs a straight guy, mid-30s, to come in and try and normalise it. Once again, I’m fortunate enough to be in this position in order to make a difference.The royal continued: “There’s so much stigma simply around a name or an acronym. It’s 2016 for god’s sake, we need to start rethinking this.“Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. When you spell it out, you suddenly go, ‘it’s not actually that terrifying at all’.“If you speak to someone who’s suffering from [AIDS], of course it’s terrifying because it can kill you, but the point I’m trying to make is, if you can’t even say the word without cringing or worrying or freaking out about it, how the hell are we going to help everybody and solve this problem before it gets too big?“I think most people would admit that they’ve had sex without a condom, and there is always a moment, the next day probably, when you think to yourself, ‘I need to go and get a checkup’.”“Let’s start in the UK, lead by example, and then help everybody else.”The Prince recently praised the work of Mermaids, a charity which works to support transgender children.The head of Mermaids was invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace, where Prince Harry praised its “amazing” work..The Royal Family maintained a historic silence on LGBT rights, but Prince Harry and his brother Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, have busted the stigma over the past few years.Prince William made history last year as the first royal to take part in a shoot for a gay magazine.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend World AIDS Day eventPrince Harry and Meghan will be the most pro-LGBTI royal couple everMeet Michael Curry, the pro-gay US bishop at the Royal WeddingPINK NEWS-last_img read more

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first_img‘Chappaquiddick’ puts focus on aftermath of Kennedy accident by Ryan Pearson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2018 5:14 am PDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 at 5:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Entertainment Studios shows Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy, left, and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne in a scene from “Chappaquiddick.” (Claire Folger/Entertainment Studios via AP) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Jason Clarke plunged into frigid waters, repeatedly, for his role as the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in “Chappaquiddick.”The Australian actor said his research about the accident that thwarted Kennedy’s presidential chances included jumping into Poucha Pond, the same waters the Massachusetts Democrat’s car crashed into in July 1969, killing Mary Jo Kopechne.Clarke said the indie film, which is in limited release on Friday, doesn’t try to sensationalize the accident, which Kennedy failed to report for 10 hours.He said the film sticks “to the facts as much as we could and to play it out without scandalizing, without going to the tabloid of it.”“This man committed this act and he worked his way out of it with help and with his own moral journey to the other side, where he then became one of the longest-serving senators in history. I don’t think — partisanship aside — you can’t take away from what he did.”Kennedy went to Martha’s Vineyard to race in the Edgartown Regatta and on the evening of July 18, 1969, attended a party at a rented house on Chappaquiddick Island. Guests included Kennedy friends and several women, including Kopechne, who had worked on the presidential campaign of his brother Robert F. Kennedy, assassinated a year earlier.Kennedy and Kopechne, 28, left the party together and a short time later their car plunged into Poucha Pond. Kennedy escaped from the submerged vehicle and said he made several futile attempts to rescue Kopechne, who was trapped inside.Kennedy, who died in 2009, later described his failure to report the incident to police for 10 hours as “indefensible.”Clarke visited the bridge and pond as part of his research for the film, even jumping in.“It’s pretty much unchanged apart from the bridge itself has got guard rails and wider. There’s no other buildings. The Dike House is still there, the same place. It’s dark. There’s no lights on the road,” he said. “The water is dark and the current is strong.”“I think I held my breath for five seconds to see where I came up. And I came up a big distance away,” Clarke said.Kennedy’s underwater escape was recreated in the waters of the Pacific Ocean off Mexico. Clarke said the scene was hard to shoot not only because of the ocean’s cold water, but also because he had to get out of the car while upside down.The film, an Entertainment Studios release, spends more time on the aftermath of the accident. Clarke said viewers should leave theatres with a greater understanding of Kennedy.“You can be with Ted a bit. You cannot just externalize it and say bad, horrible, disgusting man. You might want to at the end, but you can be there for it: on the phone afterwards, the walk back, the swim, the lies, the made-up story — or perhaps it’s actually really what did happen. But you can actually stay there with Ted. Not enough to be a Kennedy, but enough to almost touch him,” he said.Jim Gaffigan, who plays attorney Paul Markham, one of the co-hosts of the party that Kennedy and Kopechne left together, agreed.“We all have earlier versions of ourselves that we’re not crazy about. At least I do,” he said. “So there is something very interesting about the journey that Ted goes through, and being exposed to his relationship with his father,” he said. “Look, it’s not a documentary, but there is an attempt to be objective and ask objective questions.”last_img read more

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