European Cloud Users Could Shun U.S. Cloud Services Altogether

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … European Union policy makers were already skeptical about the safety of their corporations’ data in the public cloud, and the existence of PRISM and other top-secret programs that monitor online services with the goal of deterring terrorist and criminal activity has done nothing but stoke that skepticism into a raging fire of near-paranoia.Ever since the revelations of apparently rampant United States government tapping of cloud-based data and online services from leaked material from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, cloud computing vendors in the U.S. have been holding their breath waiting on official reaction from the E.U.That day, it seems, is coming.See also: PRISM Fallout: U.S. Internet Companies Stained By Intelligence ActionsLawmakers in the E.U. are attaching broad amendments to a 2012 set of digital privacy regulations that could, if enacted, severely curtail and even outright block E.U. businesses and private citizens from using U.S.-based cloud services.There are several proposed amendments to the privacy regulations, including prohibiting the transfer of E.U. corporate data to U.S.-based clouds altogether, unless several conditions are met, such as making it very clear where the data is going and that there will be the risk of outside monitoring by intelligence services. New proposed regulations would also sanction European companies that ignored these rules and used U.S. services anyway.Up until now, the U.S. and the E.U. have managed to establish a fairly one-sided arrangement in the handling of E.U. corporate data: safe harbor rules have essentially let U.S. companies promise to abide by E.U. privacy rules, though without much oversight, thanks to the hard-line lobbying made by U.S. diplomatic services on behalf of U.S. technology interests.The actions taken by U.S. intelligence services, however, threaten to completely unravel that tenuous relationship. The E.U. is pushing back against U.S. policies, trying to ensure their citizens’ data security in light of programs that openly target anyone but U.S. citizens.Besides additional regulations, E.U. technology vendors are also pushing to have more cloud availability from native sources, which would ally E.U. member fears about U.S. spying, but would also have the effect of Balkanizing data on the Internet within geographic regions. That would make the usefulness of any commercial app or project that relied on the availability of such data a far more complicated process.U.S. vendors and policy makers are, naturally, alarmed by the notion of the E.U. going it their own way, because let’s face it, that’s a lot of money walking away from the table, both in direct business and the secondary effects of a walled-off data source.More than anything else, it probably won’t be the hue and cry of privacy activists that will get the NSA and its counterparts in the intelligence community to shape up, but rather the very real pressure technology companies will put on U.S. lawmakers to get this situation fixed. Of course, thanks to the government shutdown, the NSA can still play while the Congressional cat’s away.But it may already too late. Burned by the U.S., the E.U. may just end up going alone in cloud computing anyway.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#cloud computing#European Union#Prism#privacy How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud brian proffittlast_img read more

Tripura CM defends remark on Net existence in Mahabharata era, gets Governor’s support

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday defended his comment on existence of Internet and information technology in the Mahabharata era.State’s Governor Tathagata Roy also came out in open to support the Chief Minister, who is leading the BJP-IPFT coalition government after defeating CPI(M) led left front from its 25 years uninterrupted governance.Mr. Deb, while speaking at a programme on computerisation of the public distribution system (PDS) in Agartala on Tuesday said he believed Internet, technology and satellite communication existed in ancient time as derived in Mahabharata. Without them, Sanjay (who, according to mythology), was awarded divine vision by Ved Vyasa) could not have narrated details of the war of Kurukshetra to blind King Dhritarashtra.Statement fuels controversyThe Chief Minister on Wednesday countered his critics after the statement fuelled controversy and instigated trolls on social media.“Narrow-minded people find it tough to believe this. They want to belittle their own nation and think highly of other countries. Believe the truth. Don’t get confused and don’t confuse”, Mr. Deb tweeted.The Governor, backing the Chief Minister, said: “Tripura Chief Minister’s observations about the happenings of the puranic period are topical. Its virtually impossible to conceive of devices like ‘Divya Drishti’, ‘Pushpak Ratha’, etc without some kind of prototype and study thereon.”last_img read more

Smaller parties tug at alliance partners’ coat-tails in Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai: The four major political parties, the ruling Shiv Sena, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) may have announced alliances for the forthcoming general elections, but are finding it tough to keep their smaller partners happy, with some even threatening to contest out of the alliances.For the ruling partners Sena and BJP, Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the Union government and president of the Republican Party of India (RPI) is proving to be a headache. Mr. Athawale had announced he would contest from the Mumbai South-Central Lok Sabha seat, which Rahul Shewale of the Sena holds. But with the Sena and BJP sealing their alliance, Mr. Athawale is left with no seat to contest.“I was not consulted before the parties decided to ally. The Sena and BJP should have talked to me before sealing the deal,” said Mr. Athawale. Even though he said he would stay with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), he has clarified that he will be asking for his share.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, however, had said on Sunday, “We are capable of handling our friends. No one should be worried about our future. Mr. Athawale is with us and will remain so.”Another NDA constituent, Mahadev Jankar of the Rashtriya Samaj Party (RSP), has demanded five LS seats from Maharashtra. Party spokesperson Laxman Hake reiterated the demand in Pune on Monday. Mr. Jankar, who claims to enjoy the support of the Dhangar community, has organised a party rally in Mumbai on March 5 where he is likely to raise the demand again.For the Opposition, the trouble continues in the form of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), led by Raju Shetty, MP. Apart from Hatkanangle, Mr. Shetty is demanding Buldhana and Wardha from the Congress-NCP alliance. The Samajwadi Party too is demanding a seat from the Congress. While Prakash Ambedkar has formed an alliance with the AIMIM, the Congress continues to woo him in the opposition, without the AIMIM. “He has demanded the RSS be brought under the Constitution. Our president Rahul Gandhi is fighting a case against the RSS in the court. What can be greater proof of our commitment to fight the RSS? We wish to see Amabedkarji with us to contest these elections,” according to Ashish Dua, secretary, AICC with responsibility of Maharashtra.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Sachin Tendulkar reveals a secret, Dhoni angry and more

first_img1. Achrekar sir made me realise fitness is key to success: TendulkarBatting legend Sachin Tendulkar said that his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar was instrumental in making him realise the importance of fitness at the start of his career. Tendulkar said that you need to push yourself mentally and physically to achieve success.2. Dhoni blames pacers for Pune’s poor show against GujaratMahendra Dhoni was visibly disappointed at the post-match ceremony after his side Rising Pune Supergiants were thrashed by Gujarat Lions on Thursday. Dhoni was quick to point his fingers at his pacers saying they gave away a lot of runs in the powerplay overs.3. Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab aim to bounce back in IPLHaving lost their respective opening matches, Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab will aim to return to winning ways when they face each other in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here on Friday.4. Fernando Alonso cleared to race in Chinese Grand PrixMcLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been cleared to race in Sunday’s Formula One Chinese Grand Prix after undergoing further medical tests at the Shanghai circuit following the opening practice session on Friday.5. Europa League: Liverpool stun Borussia Dortmund to reach semisLiverpool added another fairytale comeback to the history books as they fought back from 3-1 down against Borussia Dortmund to reach the Europa League semi-finals after Dejan Lovren’s towering stoppage-time header secured a 4-3 win on Thursday.last_img read more

Europa League: Villarreal down Liverpool, Sevilla draw at Shakhtar

first_imgVillarreal’s Adrian Lopez produced a stinging sucker punch in stoppage time to leave Liverpool reeling and move the Spaniards closer to a maiden European final after their Europa League last four first leg clash finished 1-0 on Thursday.Liverpool, who got a taste of their own medicine having scored deep in added time to knock Borussia Dortmund out in the quarter-finals, looked comfortable before Denis Suarez broke into the box and unselfishly squared for Lopez to sweep home.In the other semi-final, holders Sevilla had their fingers briefly loosened from the trophy before grabbing a 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk that left them well-placed to progress.Sevilla’s bid to become the first side to lift the trophy three years running got off to a great start when they opened the scoring through Vitolo after six minutes.Shakhtar produced a spirited response, though, with goals from Marlos and Taras Stepanenko to lead at halftime before Kevin Gameiro’s 82nd-minute penalty left the Spaniards as favourites to progress with two away goals.Five times European champions Liverpool had not lost in 12 Europa League games this season and were facing a Villarreal side out to banish a last-four curse and reach a European final for the first time at their fourth attempt.Villarreal had proven to be shrewd opponents in Europe’s second tier competition and in Cedric Bakambu boast a striker with nine goals in this season’s Europa League, while no Liverpool player has scored more than two.The Merseysiders’ manager Juergen Klopp decided to leave the most prolific marksman at his disposal, Daniel Sturridge, on the bench for the entire 90 minutes and in his absence the visitors looked cautious and laboured in attack.advertisementThey had their chances, with Joe Allen firing straight at keeper Sergio Asenjo from close range after five minutes while Roberto Firmino hit the post midway through the second half.FINE SAVESVillarreal, however, had chances of their own with Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet making fine saves to deny Tomas Pina and Bakambu, who also hit the post with a header.The winner arrived after Liverpool looked to have absorbed everything the hosts could throw at them and Lopez’s late goal has left Klopp’s side facing a tricky task next week, where an away goal would leave them needing to win by at least two.”It is only the first leg,” said Klopp. “It is 1-0 and they have to come to Anfield where we know how strong we are. We had our moments, we defended really good. This race is not over.”Sevilla and Shakhtar are the only remaining sides who parachuted into the competition after the Champions League group stage and it was not long before their clash sparked into life.Everything had seemed to be going to plan for Sevilla when Vitolo gave scored after six minutes, beating Andriy Pyatov at his far post with a curling effort.Shakhtar, however, turned the match around with two goals in 14 first-half minutes.Marlos drew them level when he galloped onto a long ball from Yaroslav Rakitskiy and placed his finish past David Soria after 23 minutes, before Stepanenko made it 2-1 with a thumping header from close range.Facundo Ferreyra, however, brought down Vitolo and Gameiro stepped up to blast home his penalty with eight minutes left.last_img read more

Judoka Avtar Singh books Rio Olympics ticket

first_imgSouth Asian Games (SAG) gold medallist judoka Avtar Singh has qualified for the Rio Olympics in the under 90kg weight category, the national federation said on Saturday.As per the list released by the International Judo Federation, Avtar has qualified for the Rio Games under the continental quota, Judo Federation of India President Mukesh Kumar said in a release.Besides the SAG gold in Shillong in February, Avtar, who hails from Punjab, took the bronze in Asian Junior Judo Championships in 2011. He also won gold medals in senior national judo championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15.In the Asian judo championships in April in Uzbekistan, Avtar finished fifth after beating judokas from China and Iran.last_img

Stop Laying Blame: Stuff Happens

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares FLUSHING – It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. On a night when Mets rookie sensation Michael Conforto hit two home runs, only the second Met to do so in a single World Series game – the first being Mets’ legendary catcher, Gary Carter – and with a slim 3-2 lead heading into the 8th, the Amazins were supposed to tie the Series at two games apiece, win Game 5 tomorrow, and head back to Kansas City to face the Royals with a 3-2 lead.But then Daniel Murphy, the NLCS MVP and Toast of the Town made the costliest error of his career: with one out in the eighth, he flubbed a sure second out and possible double play, inning-ending ball, allowing the tying run to score. Two runs later, and the Mets were down 5-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.  Scapegoat #1: Daniel Murphy.Then, the unraveling began. Blame Mets reliever Tyler Clippard for walking a batter after going ahead 0-2 in the count. Scapegoat #2: Tyler Clippard. Then, there was Mets Manager Terry Collins, who left Clippard in the game one batter too long. “He should’ve brought in Jeurys Familia,” some bitter fans complained, or even left Addison Reed in the game, who did a nice job in the 7th. Scapegoat #3: Terry Collins.Finally, there was the awful way the game ended, with Yoenis Cespedes doubled off of first base due to sloppy, amateurish baserunning. Scapegoat #4: Yoenis Cespedes.Now, for a dose of reality: these are two very evently matched teams. Offensively, neither team has a monster lineup, but both are streaky and clutch. Pitching-wise, the Mets have killer starters, the Royals a killer bullpen. There is very little margin for error here.So, here’s what happened: Collins went to his surefire formula: Reed, then Clippard, the Familia. It works on most nights. It didn’t tonight. Clippard went ahead 0 and 2 and then lost the battle and walked the hitter. That usually doesn’t happen, but it did in the 8th. Then, Daniel Murphy, who’s better with his bat than with his glove, made the worst possible mistake at the worst possible time. And finally, Yoenis Cespedes made a blunder. Stuff happens.Lest we forget 1986: Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner was supposed to catch that grounder by Mookie Wilson. Had that happened, the Mets would be 46 years removed from their last World Series, not 29.And let us not forget that it is precisely because of Murphy, Clippard, Collins, and Cespedes that the Mets are one of only two major league teams still playing baseball, while the other 28 are watching the World Series on TV.Finally, let us not forget two baseball immortals: Yogi Berra, who so famously said “it ain’t over ’till it’s over,” and Gary Carter, who led that two-out 9th inning rally in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, when things looked far more hopeless than they do now.last_img read more

Jets Hold Off Jaguars, 28-23

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Gus Bradley preaches “consistent never-ending improvement” to his young Jacksonville Jaguars.The third-year coach saw glimpses of that, even though the New York Jets pulled out a messy 28-23 win over his team Nov. 8.But in the end, the Jaguars were done in again by critical errors in their 13th straight road loss, the longest active streak in the NFL.“We just didn’t finish it,” Bradley said. “You look back on it, a lot of these were self-inflicted, the turnovers and the penalties at inopportune times. We did it to ourselves.”Blake Bortles was 24-of-40 for 381 yards and two touchdowns, including a 20-yard pass to Bryan Walters with 2:16 left for Jacksonville (2-6), which was coming off a bye-week break. But Marcus Williams came up with his second interception of the game on Jacksonville’s next possession.“I think we put up a ton of yards, did a lot of good stuff,” Bortles said. “It’s the plays you missed out on that you think about at night.”Chris Ivory’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:02 left in the third quarter gave the Jets a 21-13 lead after Jacksonville had cut New York’s advantage to one point.The Jaguars were driving in the fourth quarter after a 27-yard catch by Marcedes Lewis and a 45-yard run by T.J. Yeldon brought the ball to the Jets 10. But after a holding call on Jacksonville, Calvin Pace had a strip-sack of Bortles and recovered the fumble.“I’ve got to get rid of the ball or take off and run or do something,” Bortles said of the turnover. “It’s the kind of play that lingers.”The Jets (5-3) couldn’t do anything on the ensuing possession and were forced to punt — but Jacksonville’s Nick Marshall fumbled it and Kellen Davis recovered, giving New York the ball at the 25.“I took my eyes off the ball,” Marshall said. “It’s a simple thing. Fundamentals, you’ve got to be fully signed on, and I wasn’t on that play.”Three plays later, Brandon Marshall made a diving grab in the back of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown that made it 28-16 with 2:41 left.“I’d like to be up telling you we can learn lessons from wins,” Bradley said. “We’ve got to learn these lessons from losses as well.”Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes while playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb and Ivory ran for two scores as New York ended a two-game skid in a ragged performance by both sides.“We won,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “That’s the biggest thing. Obviously, there were some sloppy things that we’ve got to clean up.”The banged-up Jets have a quick turnaround to prepare for former coach Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills at home on Thursday night.Fitzpatrick appeared to have no issues with his thumb, which was injured last week at Oakland. He finished 21 of 34 for 272 yards, including touchdowns to Marshall and Eric Decker.But the Jets are dealing with some new key injuries. Kicker Nick Folk was lost to a strained right quadriceps during pregame warmups and was replaced on kickoffs and field goals by punter Ryan Quigley, who made all four of his extra-point attempts. Folk will have an MRI on Nov. 9.Not having Folk might have come into play on a fourth-and-3 for the Jets from the Jaguars 25 in the first quarter, when New York went for it rather than try for a field goal. Decker caught a 15-yard pass, setting up the first of Ivory’s two TD runs — with this one putting the Jets up 14-3 with 43 seconds left in the opening quarter.Center Nick Mangold left with a neck injury, cornerback Antonio Cromartie had a thigh injury and safety Dion Bailey has an ankle injury.With time winding down before halftime, New York curiously ran on three straight plays and then got just a 31-yard punt from Quigley that put the ball at the 50 for the Jaguars with 26 seconds left.Bortles hit Allen Hurns for 20 yards and then found him again streaking away from Cromartie for a 30-yard touchdown that made it 14-10 with 14 seconds remaining in the second quarter.With the play, Hurns increased his franchise record to six straight games with a TD reception.Jason Myers made it a one-point game at 14-13 late in the third quarter with a 39-yard field goal.(MIKE FARRELL) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Disney-Fox megadeal gets shareholder approval

first_img\R New York, Jul 27 (AFP) A media-entertainment megadeal enabling Walt Disney Co. to take over a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox empire moved a step closer to fruition today as shareholders of both firms approved the tie-up.The USD 71.3 billion deal will give Disney prized assets being sold by Rupert Murdoch’s group, which include the Fox studios in Hollywood and important film and television production operations.”We’re incredibly pleased that shareholders of both companies have granted approval for us to move forward, and are confident in our ability to create significant long-term value through this acquisition of Fox’s premier assets,” said Disney chairman and chief executive Robert Iger.Once completed, the transaction will create a slimmed-down “new Fox” focused on the Fox broadcast TV network, Fox News and some sports operations.Rupert Murdoch, 87, who holds the title of executive chairman at 21st Century Fox with his son Lachlan, said that a “new Fox” would “unlock significant value for our shareholders.”Disney, which operates the ABC television network and ESPN sports channels, won a bidding war for the assets with US cable and entertainment group Comcast, which dropped its pursuit earlier this month while maintaining it would focus on acquiring the British-based pay TV group Sky.Comcast has been in a bidding war for Sky with Fox, with already owns 39 per cent of the UK operator.The big media-entertainment firms are pursuing deals as they seek to slow the rise of streaming media platforms like Netflix and Amazon, and prepare for the entry into the sector by Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook. (AFP) KISKISadvertisementlast_img read more

Solskjaer: Man Utd should build around Pogba

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer clearly isn’t ready to see Paul Pogba depart Manchester United, declaring he wants to build his team around the midfielder.While transfer speculation continues to swirl around Pogba, who declared prior to pre-season he was ready for a new challenge, the Red Devils coach has reiterated just how much he rates the 26-year-old.Solskjaer said on Tuesday he believes he can give the Frenchman the necessary challenge at Old Trafford before suggesting he’d like to build his side around the 2018 World Cup winner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Paul is a fantastic player and a fantastic human being. He has always been a great professional,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport . “When I was at Molde, I said, ‘if he’s in your squad, you’d build a team around him’. I would say the same now.”Manchester United fans know their football. We know Paul has been criticised by a few but he’s loved by loads more.”Pogba has been causing a stir in Perth as part of United’s pre-season tour of Australia and happily embraced fans following an open training session last week . After the Red Devils finished last season in sixth and missed out on a place in the Champions League, club legend  Bryan Robson has stressed a top-four Premier League finish is required in the upcoming campaign. Solskjaer however is aiming even higher admitting success will be key to keeping players at the club moving forward. “You know, it’s the best feeling you can have to be at this club when we’re successful,” he said.”The ones that might want to leave now haven’t been here when it’s been successful. Hopefully they want to be part of that. I want to be part of it. “We have to aim for further up than fourth. I would rather be an optimist and be wrong than a pessimist and be right.”I am not used to us being fifth or sixth but that is where we are at. That is the size of the challenge. I love that challenge.”Manchester United will end their pre-season tour of Australia with a friendly against Leeds on Wednesday night before flying to Singapore where they’ll take on Inter Milan.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Youth Minister Invites Partnerships for Economic Empowerment

first_imgYouth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says the Government is willing to partner with private sector interests and stakeholders in youth development on programmes and initiatives aimed at the economic empowerment of young people. She issued the invitation while addressing the second Social Development Commission (SDC) Parish/Town Hall Meeting in May Pen, Clarendon, on Wednesday (October  31). At the meeting, she informed that the Ministry will be assisting over 700 additional young people island-wide to start businesses, as well as in getting placed in internship programmes being undertaken in partnership with the private sector. Ms. Hanna informed the Ministry will embark on the implementation of a series of entrepreneurship training workshops, targeting over 500 young people, beginning this month, “going into the next couple of months”. Noting that this undertaking will be spearheaded by the Ministry’s agency, the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), Ms. Hanna informed that “we will also give them (young people) grants to start their own businesses across the 14 parishes.” The Minister also advised that an additional 200 young people will be placed in internship programmes across government ministries during November, through the National Youth Service and under the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica’s (PSOJ) Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) programme. This partnership is being facilitated through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) established between the Ministry and PSOJ. She advised that the Ministry will also be training and placing an additional 800 persons over the next four to five months. “Now this is not a lot, if you consider it, but it is a start,” Ms. Hanna said, while expressing a willingness to hold discussions with stakeholders on other initiatives, in this regard. Meanwhile, Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who also spoke at the meeting, said that there was a “particular problem” with youth unemployment “that we have to address in multiple ways”. These solutions, he pointed out, included training through institutions such as the HEART Trust/National Training Agency (NTA), which he contended “has a lot of facilities”, which can be utilised to this end. “We have major opportunities, also, for small business and micro enterprise loans that (if utilized could ensure that) the unemployment (rate) will come down, not so much from getting a job only, with someone else, but operating a little enterprise for yourself, as well as the other development activities in agriculture and elsewhere that we have to undertake,” Dr. Phillips said. “But, we have a particular issue in that there are jobs to be filled and people without jobs and part of the challenge is providing the training so that the jobs available and the people available, match more closely. That is something, particularly with HEART and with some of the other training initiatives, (that) we are trying to do,” the Minister added.last_img read more

Senco extends support to LGBTQ community

first_imgSenco Gold & Diamonds, one of the largest jewellery retail chains of India, launched a special ‘Pride Collection’ as a gesture of support for the LGBTQ community.A unique fashion show titled ‘Sphulingo – Freedom of Expression’ with a group of transgender men and women led by well-known Professor (College Principal) and LGBT activist Dr Manabi Bandyopadhyay dressed in mythological characters from Indian epics, sashayed down the ramp at Senco Gold and Diamonds’ mega shop on CIT road in Kolkata. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainEvoking the spirits and memories of the mythological figures, the group represented characters of Sikhondi (Shankori Mandal); Mohini (Rintu); Raja Vongashon (Sandipta Chhetri); Chitrangada (Sayantani Ghosh); Raja Ela (Roma Mandal); Krishna Koli (Pritam Mondol); Brihhonnola (Bikram) and Chandi(Dr Manabi Bandyopadhyay). The month of June is celebrated as the Pride Month across the world to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969 as well as to recognise the impact LGBTQ people have had in the world. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSpeaking on the occasion, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said: “We have launched our Pride Collection in honour of the LGBT community, especially the transgender women on the occasion of Pride month. Many of these women have striven hard to achieve what they have in our society despite the odds stacked against them. We salute them and their indomitable spirits through this fashion show. The collection, immaculately crafted and designed, would appeal to all sections of buyers we cater to with different varieties that we offer from our stable.” The Pride Collection consists of uniquely designed gold and silver pendants named Trans Hearty, G-Rex and Less More. The Gold collection price starts from Rs. 16,000 and silver collection Rs 500 onward.last_img read more

War of Words between Moroccan and Saudi MPs at the Arab…

Rabat – An acrimonious disagreement between a Saudi and Moroccan members of parliament ignited a series of defiant exchanges at the recent gathering of Arab parliamentarians in Cairo, Egypt.Speaking to Moroccan outlet le 360, the ruling Justice and Development Party MP Abdellatif Benyacoub said that the fierce dialogue started because of his vehement objection to the introduction by the Saudi MP of four proposals in the final communiqué  without consulting other MPs.According to Benyacoub, Mishaal ben Fahm al Salami, the Saudi MP who is the current chair of the Arab parliament, condemned the French government’s handling of the Yellow Vests protests in one of his proposals. The clause pointed to France’s “state violence” and “human rights abuse.”   Read Also: Saudi Arabia at War with America’s Rising Muslim PoliticiansWhile angered by the fact that the Saudi MP made the additions without asking for other MPs’ opinions, Benyacoub told le 360 he could not stand the “vindictive” language Al-Salami used in condemning France. He suggested he felt that the condemnation was biased, uncalled for, and politically motivated.“I expressed to the Saudi president of the Arab parliament my reservations about the resolutions and requested the clause that condemned France be cancelled,” the Moroccan MP said.“I told him that his denunciation of France was unfounded and inappropriate.”But why would a Moroccan MP mount a fierce objection to draft proposals made in the Arab parliament to condemn a European country?Apparently aware that his statements are bound to be interpreted as a pro-France stance, Benyacoub said that he simply felt that the Cairo gathering had no legal right to interfere in political developments in France. Not only was the Arab parliament interfering in France’s internal affairs, but democracy and human rights in France are more “robustly respected than they are in many Arab countries.”“I said that France’s democracy is solid and exemplary… unlike many Arab countries where human rights are not respected.”To the Moroccan’s pile of reservations and objections, however, the Saudi MP is believed to have answered that “the Arab parliament has the right to have opinions on any matter.”Was it all a pretext?But what if MPs’ disagreements on France’s handling of the Yellow Vests hide something much deeper? Did the strained bilateral ties between Morocco and Saudi Arabia play a role in the two MPS’ war of words?Morocco may have brought the point of order to the floor, but the North African country’s delegation was not alone is its opposition to the Saudi’s proposals.Read Also: King Mohammed VI Snubs Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanMPs representing Iraq and Qatar were among Morocco’s main supporters. Delegates who shared the Moroccan MP’s position are said to have pointed out that the “vindictive” Saudi MP had no genuine interest in France’s police’s handling of the Yellow Vests protests. Instead, they argued, Al-Salami wanted to “use the platform of the Arab parliament to denounce Paris in revenge for France’s condemnation of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”At the G20 summit earlier this month, France’s Emmanuel Macron was seen telling Saudi Arabia’s MBS off for supposedly “not listening” to the French president. “You never listen,” Macron told the Saudi prince, according a widely circulated footage of the pair’s brief conversation.However, a more important factor of the MPs’ swiping at each other may be the increasingly cold relations between Rabat and Riyadh. This month alone, a number of developments have brought to light the possibility of an impending rift in what used to be a “strategic,” “natural,” and “important” alliance. King Mohammed VI snubbed MBS’s request for an audience, eliciting rapturous comments from Moroccans who thanked the King en masse for his move.Most recently, the website of the Saudi football federation featured Morocco’s map without Western Sahara, sparking rage and resentment in Morocco. That was months after Saudi Arabia lobbied against Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.Whether these series of head-on collisions between Saudi and Moroccan positions are deliberate and connected is debatable. What seems certain, though, is that a lot of what has been happening of late between Rabat and Riyadh suggest that the rift between the two allies may take time to come about, but it will come—at least if Rabat reaches a point where it can’t stand Riyadh’s continued provocations. read more

UN warns of harmful impact on poor farmers of narrow focus on

1 March 2010An over-dependence on genetically modified organisms to boost agricultural production eclipses other biotechnologies and their potential to benefit poor farmers in developing countries, warned the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today. An over-dependence on genetically modified organisms to boost agricultural production eclipses other biotechnologies and their potential to benefit poor farmers in developing countries, warned the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today. “Modern and conventional biotechnologies provide potent tools for the agriculture sector, including fisheries and forestry,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Modibo Traore.“But biotechnologies are not yet making a significant impact in the lives of people in most developing countries,” Mr. Traore told the FAO-sponsored conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries in Guadalajara, Mexico.He told participants at the four-day gathering, co-hosted by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), that most poor nations currently lack appropriate and useful technologies, policies, technical capacities, and the necessary infrastructure for the development, evaluation and deployment of biotechnologies.Biotechnological innovations – such as rice hybrids for Africa that have doubled yields and the use of artificial insemination to raise dairy cattle milk production in Bangladesh – can contribute significantly in doubling food production by 2050 and in addressing the uncertainties of climate change, according to FAO. However, the agency noted that there is often an emphasis on genetically modified organisms only, underscoring the need for a new approach to agricultural research and development which supports a wider use of biodiversity to promote development and improve food security.“New technologies should make their contributions also through efficiency gains from better management of inputs and biodiversity,” said Mr. Traore. “This will require greater involvement of farmers, institutions and communities.“It will require other enabling factors such as policies, institutional support, and investment in human and physical capital and in-country capacity building,” he added, urging the international community to play a key role in supporting developing countries.In addition to taking stock of how agricultural biotechnologies can contribute to help developing countries, this week’s conference will explore opportunities and partnerships to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to choose and use appropriate biotechnologies. read more

The Latest Report Strikes on Iranbacked fighters in Syria

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local):11:40 a.m.Syrian opposition activists say unknown aircraft have attacked posts of Iranian-backed fighters in an eastern town near the Iraqi border.The activists said the airstrike took place early Tuesday in Boukamal, in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. There was no immediate word on casualties.Last week in Syria, unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in Boukamal, killing at least 18 fighters. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets were behind the attack but denied there were casualties.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Deir Ezzor 24, an activist collective, said the strikes occurred near the border crossing with Iraq. The opening of the crossing, planned by Iraq and Syria, had been postponed several times in recent weeks.___10:30 a.m.Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level” — remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a U.S.-Iran meeting at the U.N. later this month.Iranian state TV on Tuesday quotes Khamenei as saying this is the position of the entire leadership of the country and that “all officials in the Islamic Republic unanimously believe” this.There has been speculation about a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly this month in New York.Tensions roiling the Persian Gulf have escalated following a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that U.S. alleged Iran was responsible for. Iran denies the charge.The Associated Press read more

Amid logistical challenges UN focuses on priority needs for cyclonehit Vanuatu

The Taunono community was completely destroyed when Super Cyclone Pam struck. Photo: UNICEF/UNI181136/Crumb A little boy Ceriel and his mother Marie, in the Taunono community, on the road to Mele, near Port Vila. Photo: UNICEF/UNI181138/Crumb Narua Joe Kwane is the chief of what used to be a village called Taunono, near Port Vila, before cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on 13 March 2013. All houses have been destroyed. Photo: UNICEF/UNI181139/Crumb This family in the Nikinini community, mother Josephine and children Angelica, Jacquie, Jessica and Bojel, lost everything beacuse of Super Cyclone Pam. The cyclone has affected 60,000 children. Photo: UNICEF/UNI181140/Crumb Volunteers pack school bags at UNICEF’s Pacific regional warehouse in Suva, Fiji to be dispatched to Cyclone Pam affected areas. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0445/Hing ‹ ›Ms. Byrs noted that the Government has requested satellite equipment to facilitate communication between the islands, as well as support to set up communications systems to coordinate the humanitarian response.The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), for its part, said today it has dispatched emergency telecommunications equipment to Vanuatu following the devastation caused by the cyclone. At the request of the Government, ITU has sent 40 satellite phones, 10 Broadband Global Area Network terminals, and 35 solar panels to support relief coordination efforts.Noting that over 80 per cent of the population in Vanuatu is engaged in agriculture, Ms. Byrs said that different assistance would be needed to support those who have suffered losses in the agricultural sector, which had been severely affected by the storm. This included destruction of the banana crop and most coconut trees, loss of vegetable and fruit crops, destruction of small livestock and fishing infrastructure, as well as loss of food and seed stocks.Coconut plantations, which are the key agricultural commodity in the country, are likely to have been severely damaged, she added. Given the heavy reliance of communities on coconuts and coconut products, impact on livelihoods is likely to be long-lasting. Fishing is a key livelihood in coastal areas, and it might now have been disrupted due to severe winds resulting in loss of fishing boats and other assets.Meanwhile, the country’s Ministry of Health today began a measles prevention campaign with support from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).This is critically important given the low routine immunisation rates and a recent measles outbreak in early March, according to a news release on the campaign, the purpose of which is to prevent a measles epidemic in a population made doubly vulnerable by low immunisation coverage and the cyclone disaster.UNICEF is also distributing health supplies for children and families affected by the cyclone, including basic health kits, oral rehydration salt sachets, zinc tablets, vitamin A capsules, and de-worming tablets. The agency has also donated tents, school backpacks with school supplies, recreation kits, hygiene kits, water tanks, soap for hand washing, collapsible water containers and water purification tables.According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Cyclone Pam – which also impacted the Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu – had been one of the most powerful cyclones to make landfall, with winds having been estimated to have reached 250 km/hr with gusts of 320 km/hr.“Its maximum speed had been more than enough to lift an airplane when it had made a direct hit on the capital, Port Vila,” WMO’s Clare Nullis told reporters in Geneva.She noted that the early warnings issued by WMO’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre in Fiji and by local meteorological services had indeed been accurate. “Without those warnings, the loss of life would have been much greater. Nonetheless, the intensity of the storm had been such that it had caused a lot of material damage.” A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team arrived in the Pacific Ocean archipelago yesterday and began its work in supporting the Government of Vanuatu in coordinating the humanitarian response to Cyclone Pam.“The communication infrastructure is in poor condition, causing difficulties in the humanitarian coordination. However, the Government is clearly in charge of the response and President Baldwin Lonsdale has asked for international assistance,” Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a news conference in Geneva.The World Food Programme (WFP) is working to support the response in all areas of its mandate, including emergency food assistance, logistics and telecommunications interventions.“While there did not appear to be a need for the WFP to bring in large quantities of food assistance at present, WFP had been asked to provide logistics support for management of relief items, technical assistance in organising food distributions, and IT support,” spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs stated, adding that the agency has contingency stocks of High-Energy Biscuits on standby and ready to be airlifted into the country if necessary. Volunteers pack school bags at UNICEF’s Pacific regional warehouse in Suva, Fiji to be dispatched to Cyclone Pam affected areas. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0447/Hing read more

8 insignificant things that will totally stress you out

first_img1. When someone keeps sniffing instead of blowing their nose Flickr/DOliphant6. The keypad noiseFlickr/@heyamberrae7. Being in a massive queue for the busAnd the person in front doesn’t have their change ready. As if they didn’t realise they were about to get on a bus. Flickr/D464-Darren Hall8. When someone else’s phone goes off… and it’s YOUR ALARM TONE Flickr/osseous2. When someone keeps channel hoppingFlickr/Tilemahos Efthimiadis3. Blister packs that are impossible to openWithout military-grade weaponryke8p.us4. Compulsive leg jigglers in your vicinityJust ignore them. I CAN’T.YouTube5. When you’re in a carAnd someone doesn’t slow down at the EXACT moment you would. Flickr/twicepix; fear photo via ShutterstockWhat did we miss? Let us know what grinds your gears…7 important life lessons you can learn from Seth Rogen>The best dancer on the internet is this old man>last_img read more

Flix on Stix will rent or sell you movies and games on

first_imgIt’s a plan that’s been percolating in the back meeting rooms of Hollywood and flash memory executives for awhile now, but Redbox’s armada of DVD-serving kiosks is soon to have some competition thanks to Flix On Stix, a new movie kiosk service that lets you rent movies on thumb drives over optical media. The concept’s pretty simple: the problem with DVD kiosk rentals is either forcing consumers to return their disk, or filling landfills with discarded discs which have chemically degraded to an unreadable state over time.AdChoices广告Flix on Stix aims to be more convenient while simultaneously more green friendly: if you want to rent a game or TV show or movie, you’re allowed to either rent or purchase the title, then directed to insert a USB drive. Insert your handy dongle and the file will be encased in DRM and squirted onto your flash drive, which can then be viewed on any computer or media player with a USB port. It even plays well with USB 3.0, which is pretty neat.How does Flix on Stix work if you don’t have a thumb drive? Simple: theyll be happy to sell you one for a slightly higher price. It’s not a bad solution, but honestly, my guess is the people who rent DVDs from kiosks aren’t exactly the AVI on USB stick movie-watching type. Redbox probably has a while before it truly needs to be worried.Read more at Yahoolast_img read more