UNESCO chief deplores murder of two Mexican female journalists

11 April 2008The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting press freedom has condemned the recent killing of two female community radio announcers, who were ambushed in a roadside attack in southeast Mexico that also left four others wounded. The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting press freedom has condemned the recent killing of two female community radio announcers, who were ambushed in a roadside attack in southeast Mexico that also left four others wounded. Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, 21, and Teresa Bautista Merino, 24, were shot dead as they travelled along a highway in Oaxaca state on 7 April. Expressing his outrage over the attack, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said that “killing journalists is a heinous crime which harms the whole of society as it undermines the democratic right of citizens to hold informed debate and make informed political choices.” According to the Mexican National Center for Social Communication (CENCOS), the women were killed while on a reporting assignment for their community radio, La Voz que Rompe el Silencio. Based in San Juan Copala, in Oaxaca, La Voz que Rompe el Silencio employs young adults and teenagers from the Triqui indigenous community. read more

UN and partner agency need 21 million to help Angolan refugees return

Although the large-scale voluntary repatriation operation of Angolan refugees ended in 2007, about 146,000 of them remain in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo, Namibia and Zambia, nearly 10 years after the end of Angola’s civil war.Many of the refugees in the DRC and Zambia still live in camps and depend on humanitarian assistance, Jemini Pandya, spokesperson for IOM, told reporters in Geneva.Over the past few weeks, 124 refugees from two camps in Zambia have been assisted home by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and IOM. Nearly 9,000 Angolans out of more than 25,000 in Zambia have so far expressed a desire to return home.UNHCR has begun mass information campaigns to enable refugees to make an informed decision on returning to Angola.The two organizations will work together on the operation, which includes assisting refugees obtain documentation and the provision of medical screening, shelter and other humanitarian assistance at way stations and transit centres in the host countries. IOM will transport the refugees and their belongings to Angola by road or air, while in the DRC, it will also provide technical support to immigration authorities at the main land border points between the two countries.The Angolan Ministry for Social Welfare and Reintegration, which is coordinating the Angolan voluntary repatriation operation with UNHCR and IOM, will provide returnees with reintegration kits, including construction and agricultural tools and items for income-generating activities as well as a three-month food ration which IOM will distribute.UNHCR will monitor the returns, address any protection issues that may occur and work with authorities on issuance of civil documents. 12 July 2011The United Nations refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today launched an appeal for $21 million to help some 60,000 Angolan refugees return home this year and next. read more

Encana announces chief executive Randy Eresmans retirement taps interim CEO

Encana announces chief executive Randy Eresman’s retirement, taps interim CEO by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 7:52 pm MDT CALGARY – Natural gas giant Encana Corp. said Friday that CEO Randy Eresman has retired after 35 years at the company.Eresman’s departure from the top job is effective immediately, but he’s agreed to stay on the board in an advisory role until the end of February.Clayton Woitas, a director on Encana’s board and chief executive of Range Royalty Management LTd., has been appointed CEO on an interim basis while the board searches for a permanent replacement.Company spokesman Jay Averill said he wasn’t aware of any particular shareholder push for new blood at Encana, as has been the case at some other companies lately.The board will be searching internally and externally for Eresman’s replacement, Averill added. Unlike other high-profile CEO retirements in the oilpatch lately, no successor had been groomed to take over from Eresman.“There is a lot of bench strength in the current executive team. Really, it’s up to the board to ultimately decide who the next person will be,” he said.One of the biggest changes during Eresman’s tenure was the spinoff of Encana’s oil assets into Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) in late 2009 — a move some observers have questioned, but Eresman has publicly stood behind.The rationale behind the split was to allow investors to better see the value of each distinct side of the business.But being almost entirely focused on natural gas has posed challenges for Encana, with prices of that commodity remaining stubbornly low amid a North American supply glut.To cope, Encana has been selling many of its assets and has been inking joint ventures, such as the recently announced $2.2-billion partnership with PetroChina in the Duvernay shale in Alberta.An earlier $5.4-billion deal with the Chinese state-owned company to work together in northeastern B.C. fell apart in mid-2011 amid a disagreement over how the assets would be operated.Last year, accusations surfaced that Encana and U.S. rival Chesapeake Energy had colluded to keep land prices low in Michigan.In September, Encana said its board of directors found no evidence the company and Chesapeake Energy discussed ways to avoid bidding against one another for land leases in 2010.Probes by the U.S. Department of Justice and Michigan’s attorney general are ongoing and Encana says it’s co-operating.Encana chairman David O’Brien praised Eresman, saying “Randy has played a key role in the development of Encana and in his more than three decades with the company he has made many important contributions to the company’s success.”Eresman, 54, said he has had a “wonderful and fulfilling” time at Encana and its predecessor company, Alberta Energy Company Ltd., where he started as a summer student in 1978.He was appointed chief operating officer in 2002 and had been CEO since 2006.“After a highly successful 2012, Encana is once again financially and operationally very strong and well positioned to execute on its plans to rapidly transition to a more balanced commodity portfolio,” Eresman said in a release.“Now is the right time for me to step down and to turn over leadership of Encana to someone with the focus, drive and commitment to complete the transition,” he said.Eresman added that while he has always had “a wide variety of interests, I will now be able to pursue them more extensively.”Eresman is the latest high-profile oilpatch CEO to exit over the past year or so. Some departures have been more abrupt than others.Rick George retired from Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) in May, handing the reins to then-chief operating officer Steve Williams. Enbridge (TSX:ENB) CEO Al Monaco took over from Pat Daniel this fall. In both of those cases, the succession plans had been announced several months before the actual handover.About a year ago, Marvin Romanow suddenly left as CEO of Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY), the international oil and gas producer that ultimately agreed to be taken over by CNOOC Ltd. for $15.1 billion. Investors had been growing increasingly impatient with a slow rampup at its flagship oilsands project and other operational glitches.In September, Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM), signalling a change in direction, announced then-CEO John Manzoni had “agreed to” leave and that board member and former TransCanada Corp. CEO Hal Kvisle would be taking over. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Syria UN agency reaches areas near Yarmouk camp as typhoid outbreak hits

“Amidst reports of a typhoid outbreak in the Yarmouk region, with at least 10 of cases credibly reported in Yarmouk, Yalda, Babila and Beit Sahem, UNRWA was authorized to provide limited health assistance,” reported the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).“Never has the imperative for sustained humanitarian access been greater,” UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said.He said the agency has assessed the situation in Yalda, which neighbours the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmoukon the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, since typhoid broke out among this UN-assisted population. To date, there have been at least six confirmed cases in the camp, Mr. Gunness noted.“UNRWA’s priority remains the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians within Yarmouk itself and reiterates its strong demand for respect and compliance with obligations to protect civilians and to establish secure conditions under which UNRWA can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance,” he said, emphasizing that the vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk “remains of the highest severity.” There are 560,000 Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA in Syria, with more than 95 per cent of them now relying on UNRWA to meet their daily needs of food, water and healthcare. The capacity of the agency to sustain life-saving emergency interventions, whilst responding immediately to urgent developments such as the one impacting Yarmouk, is undermined by chronic underfunding for humanitarian interventions inside Syria. read more

Security Council strongly condemns DPRKs ballistic missile launches

In a statement issued to the press, the Council, speaking out on the issue for the fifth time since January, deplored that these activities contribute to the development of the country’s nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tension, and regretted that DPRK is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles while its citizens have great unmet needs.Expressing serious concern that DPRK flagrantly disregarded the body’s repeated calls, the Council urged the country to refrain from further actions, including nuclear tests, that violate the relevant Council resolutions.The Council called upon all Member States to redouble their efforts to implement fully the sanctions imposed on the DPRK by the Council, especially the measures set out in its most recent resolution.Reiterating the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large, the Council agreed to continue monitoring the situation closely and take further significant measures in line with its previously expressed determination. read more

Field Hockey Ohio State falls to Michigan 10 in overtime

Michigan junior forward Emma Way scores a game-winning goal during Ohio State’s 1-0 loss to the Wolverines on Sept. 22. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 9 Michigan field hockey team overcame the aggressive Ohio State Buckeyes to win 1-0 in overtime Friday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field. With only 20 seconds left in the overtime period, forward Emma Way scored the game-winning goal on a pass from midfielder Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort.The Buckeyes (4-4, 0-2 Big Ten) and Wolverines (6-2, 2-0 Big Ten) battled for possession throughout a physical game. Michigan controlled the ball most of the first half as it totalled eight shots to Ohio State’s one. The Wolverines entered the game outscoring their opponents three to one on average. Their dangerous offensive attack, led by forwards Meg Dowthwaite and Way, has contributed 35 of Michigan’s 82 points on the season.Ohio State senior back Caroline Rath exudes frustration during the Buckeyes’ 1-0 loss to Michigan on Sept. 22. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorCoach Jarred Martin said that it took the Buckeyes a little while to get going. He was content with the solid defense in the first half, but wanted it to lead to more offensive opportunities. “We made a couple adjustments and I was proud of how quick they made the adjustments,” Martin said. “And then from there I felt like we really took it to them and made the game really competitive.”Ohio State looked like a new team in the second half as it aggressively attacked Michigan’s goal. The Scarlet and Gray had nine shots in the second half compared to just one from the Maize and Blue. “We changed a little bit of our formation — talked a little bit about what our forwards were doing just to come up with the ball  — ‘cause we were doing well on defense,” Martin said. “Now we just gotta turn that defensive stop into some offense.”Changes in formation provided the Buckeyes with many opportunities to score as they spent most of the second half near the opposing goal. The changes did not worsen Ohio State’s defensive performance as it blocked Michigan’s attacks in both halves.Ohio State goalkeeper Liz Tamburro had seven saves, including numerous diving stops and stops on penalty corners. She said the team felt in control against the penalty corners because of the 18 they defended against during a tough overtime loss to the Wildcats of Northwestern on Sept. 15.After 70 minutes of regulation and the game still knotted at zero, Ohio State and Michigan geared up for a 15-minute overtime period.Ohio State senior forward Morgan Kile fights for the ball during the Buckeyes’ 1-0 loss to Michigan on Sept. 22. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“We were kind of expecting that (physical play) — every year we expect the fight from Michigan — they’re a tough team,” Tamburro said.Michigan had five shots in overtime and Ohio State managed only one attempt despite many possessions near the goal. Despite the disappointment of a tough loss, Tamburro was not disappointed in the Buckeyes’ effort. “We left it all out on the field and I’m really proud of us and our attitude,” Tamburro said. “We didn’t give up that entire game and the ending was kind of unfortunate, but I’m proud — I think we worked really well together today.” The Buckeyes suffered their second overtime loss of the season to a Big Ten opponent, but they look to learn from their experiences moving forward.“I’m so proud of my team that I’m not worried about it,” Tamburro said. “Sure it was a loss, but we take away a lot of great things and a lot of things we can improve on — so I’m excited for Michigan State.”The Buckeyes take on the Spartans (5-5, 0-1 Big Ten) at Buckeye Varsity Field on Sept. 24. read more

Nintendo expects gamers to supply a hard drive for the Wii U

first_imgEven though E3 revealed a lot more about the social and gaming side of the Wii U, Nintendo still hasn’t revealed that much about what hardware is included inside the main Wii U console. It seems a hard drive may not be a standard feature, though.A Q&A session from E3 got translated and published by Nintendo in English earlier today. Part of the session mentioned use of a hard drive inside the Wii U. Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata was subsequently asked about the hard drive, but stated the company has never mentioned such a component. It seems there was an error in the translation.What Iwata did point out is that the Wii U has a USB port to allow gamers to attach their own external hard drives. This suggests Nintendo is going to keep costs down by relying on us to provide additional storage and only including minimal flash storage for save games.At first this may seem like a bit of an oversight on the part of Nintendo seeing as they are going to support HD gaming and game installs will be desirable to cut down on load times. But I actually like the idea. Having suffered high prices for the proprietary hard drive attached to the Xbox 360, I welcome the fact the Wii U may let you buy and use whatever storage drive you want (just like the PS3 does). It also means upgrading to a larger drive should be very simple and relatively cheap to do.For the moment the Q&A session has been removed by Nintendo, but they will have to answer questions over storage soon. If an external drive is required, then you can guarantee Nintendo will be offering their own Wii U version with matching casing at launch.Read more at Andriasanglast_img read more

Researchers gain grant to study fire aftermath regrowth

first_imgAs wildfires dominate headlines in the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the American West, a Washington State University Vancouver researcher is seeking answers to unknown questions about a fire’s aftermath.Kevan Moffett, an assistant professor of environmental hydrology at the Salmon Creek campus, and Andr?s Holz, an assistant professor of geography at Portland State University, recently received about $500,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation grant to research how the soil and landscape changes after multiple wildfires in one area.It’s a relatively untapped area of research, Moffett said. There’s no data on the hydrology — the movement and quality of water — of soil that’s been burned over and over again in the kinds of forests that cover Washington state, nor is there any information on how repeated burns could affect landslides, downstream flooding, vegetation regrowth or the risk of even more fire.“It’s like a whole new world is opening to us,” Moffett said.And it’s a world that, as climate change makes Pacific Northwest summers drier and hotter, could become more familiar.“It is likely that we’re going to have more severe and more frequent, presumably, fire in the future in this area that has tons of fuel,” Holz said.Moffett, Holz and their team will look at six 50-by-50 meter swaths of land in the Cougar Creek fire zone and study hydrology of the landscape and what vegetation returns to the area. It’s a unique spot, Moffett said, as wildfires burned through the Cougar Creek area on the south slope of Mt. Adams in 2004, 2008 and 2015.last_img read more

Tourism Investment officials cite benefits of Sandals chain

first_img Recommended for you Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jul 2015 – A huge effort by the Sandals Resorts International company as the Turks and Caicos delegation now enters day three of what was supposed to be a three island FamTrip of the Eastern Caribbean properties of the resort conglomerate; the tour has broadened to include two more island nations, namely: Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica. Hotel and Tourism Association executive Stacy Cox is on the trip, we spoke to her in Barbados. “This experience so far and much more to go has been, somewhat, an awakening of senses and what Beaches brings to the table. It is a strong brand and it does so much for the region itself and just to hear it from the other side of the region is quite commendable and it is a pure indication of what is being done in the Turks and Caicos, we are not alone and we have the opportunity also to speak to people around the region to see what works well in Beaches or Sandals…”Also in Barbados, the Tourism Investment agency President, Stuart Layne, who concurred with their Tourism Minister and agri-businesses that Sandals brings a diversity of opportunities; we asked him how having the Sandals and a coming Beaches helps Barbados specifically. “First of all we are happy that based on comments, from at least one carrier, that carrier has expanded its airlift just because Sandals is here so that is the sort of proof we are looking in terms of a justification for having Sandals here. We also know that Sandals has a fairly steady demand throughout the year so that also adds to the number of visitors on the island, it adds to stability in terms of employment.”First stop of the fam trip was Grenada, home of Sandals La Source and yesterday afternoon was spent touring two of three Sandals resorts in St Lucia. Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Stinky sargassum blamed for marine disaster; dolphins, flying fish and turtles trapped Related Items:ANTIGUA, Antigua and Barbuda, barbados, beaches, grenada, jamaica, la source, sandals, St Lucia, stacy cox, stuart layne Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Paulo Martins Chan named on Macau licensing panel at MGS Summit 2018

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner However it is Chan’s presence on a panel titled, “The law and supervision of Macao gaming franchise rights” that promises to be most intriguing with the gaming licenses of Macau’s six concessionaires all set to expire between 2020 and 2022. The panel will also feature Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Macau, Professor Tong Io Cheng, and be moderated by Davis Fong – Professor in International Integrated Resort Management and Director of Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming at University of Macau, and a member of the Legislative Assembly.The other notable addition to MGS Summit 2018 will be an Operators’ Panel featuring key executives from some of the leading contenders for a Japanese IR license, each outlining their vision for the development of an IR in Japan. The Japan Operators’ Panel follows passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Diet in June, paving the way for the nation’s first casinos to be built in the coming years.Discussing the expanded MGS Summit and the addition of new elements on the exhibition floor in 2018, Jay Chun – the President of event organizer, Macau Gaming Entertainment Manufacturers Association – said, “MGS 2018 is different from those previous years. MGS hopes to tap the into the rising integrated resort industry and make MGS’ influence reach out from Macau to neighboring countries.”Celebrating its sixth edition in 2018, MGS Entertainment Show will for the first time run a parallel conference to MGS Summit titled Sina Global Digital Entertainment Summit 2018.Focusing on various aspects of eGaming, it will include panel discussions and presentations on eSports, blockchain, virtual reality, iGaming and electronic game equipment.Chun said the intention this year is to evolve MGS by introducing “intelligent leisure and innovative technology into its scope of conventional exhibitions, thus transforming it into a large-scale exhibition focused on leisure technology.”Note: Previous information published in regards to speakers for the Japan IR Operators’ Panel was based on unconfirmed information. An updated, confirmed list will be published as soon as it becomes available. The Director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Paulo Martins Chan, will take part in a panel discussion on Macau’s gaming concessions and the upcoming re-tendering process at MGS Summit in what promises to be a highlight of this year’s MGS Entertainment Show.Details of the Summit were unveiled for the first time this week during the official launch press conference for the upcoming tradeshow, to be held from 13 to 15 November 2018 at Venetian Macao. The emerging Japan market, technology and the evolution of IRs will also be discussed over the course of the three days. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau RelatedPosts Load Morelast_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Security Innovation ICMCP Join Forces To Address Cybersecurity Talent Shortage

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Security Innovation, an authority in application security, recently announced that it will offer free computer based training (CBT) to The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) members looking to expand their skills or seek a career in cyber security. ICMCP is the leading destination for issues related to cybersecurity career and industry developments impacting minority cybersecurity professionals. This free training is another step in the joint partnership between the two companies, building upon the success of last year’s Web application cyber range challenge run at the ICMCP 2018 National Conference in September.All ICMCP members will have access to Security Innovation’s on-demand training that features pre-configured learning paths for more than 40 roles. This is the same curriculum offered to the company’s clients that comprise many of the world’s most reputable brands.“There is a large number of unfilled cyber security jobs, making a hacker’s job even easier,” said David Elcock, Executive Director ICMCP. “This partnership helps us achieve our mission of consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry, while also solving a serious industry problem.”ICMCP sponsorship builds upon Security Innovation’s objective to develop and encourage women and minorities in cybersecurity. The company has sponsored similar learning events for organization such as Women in Security & Privacy (WISP), Executive Women’s Forum (EWF), Michigan Women in Security & Privacy, United Way BoSTEM, and many others.“We are honored to continue our work with ICMCP to make this specialized training accessible to those who already have other hurdles to overcome,” said Lisa Parcella, VP of Marketing at Security Innovation. “Security Innovation is committed to making the security and technology field approachable for everyone.”ICMPC members can sign up for free training at: https://web.securityinnovation.com/icmcp2019About Security InnovationSecurity Innovation is a pioneer in software security and trusted advisor to its clients. Since 2002, organizations have relied on our assessment and training solutions to make the use of software systems safer in the most challenging environments – whether in Web applications, IoT devices, or the cloud. The company’s flagship product, CMD+CTRL Cyber Range, is the industry’s only simulated Web site environment designed to build the skills teams need to protect the enterprise where it is most vulnerable – at the application layer. Security Innovation is privately held and headquartered in Wilmington, MA USA.About ICMCPThe International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) is a non-profit organization launched in 2014 to help bridge the ‘great cyber divide’ that results from the ongoing underrepresentation of minorities and women in the fast-growing field of cyber security. The ICMCP tackles this ‘divide’ with scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs. The ICMCP targets minority and women cyber security professionals worldwide and promotes academic and technical excellence in our tradecraft.(NOTE: The above press release is from Security Innovation.)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’s Security Innovation Wins Two Security Industry Awards In FebruaryIn “Business”Wilmington’s Security Innovation Hires New Business Development Director For India As Company Continues Rapid Global GrowthIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation Uncovers Cyber Threat Impacting North American BanksIn “Business”last_img read more

Apple defends controversial battery certification warning message

first_img $999 $999 Originally published on Aug. 8 at 3:08 a.m. PTUpdate, Aug. 14: Adds Apple comment and information. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 8:10 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier See it • Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Tags $999 That realization caused outcry and allegations that Apple is “locking iPhone batteries to discourage repair,” as iFixit put it. “Apple is effectively announcing a drastic new policy: only Apple batteries can go in iPhones, and only they can install them,” the site said. But Apple on Wednesday defended the move, saying it displays the message to keep customers safe and make sure battery replacements are done properly. “Last year we introduced a new feature to notify customers if we were unable to verify that a new, genuine battery was installed by a certified technician following Apple repair processes,” the company said in a statement. “This information is there to help protect our customers from damaged, poor quality or used batteries, which can lead to safety or performance issues. This notification does not impact the customer’s ability to use the phone after an unauthorized repair.”People are holding onto their smartphones longer than before, and for many, the battery is one of the biggest reasons to eventually upgrade. Being able to monitor the battery’s health, and cheaply replace it, lets people wait longer to buy newer models. Apple’s iPhone battery practices have drawn scrutiny in the past. In late 2017, the company admitted that software it released the previous year slowed down iPhones to offset problems with their aging lithium ion batteries. As batteries get older, they don’t hold their charges as well as newer batteries, and they can have worse problems when the charge is low or the temperature is cold. Apple ended up releasing new features to help iPhone owners monitor their batteries, and it offered a short-term, 63% discount on its battery replacement program.Battery healthThe warning message, which is found in the iPhone’s settings, usually indicates that your battery is degraded and must be replaced, iFixit said. The publication’s tests revealed that even a brand-new, genuine Apple battery caused the message to appear. It appears on iPhones running iOS 12 and the iOS 13 beta.iphone-battery-healthIf you replace your iPhone battery on your own, you won’t be able to monitor the battery’s health.  Apple The update won’t throttle the battery’s performance or prevent you from using your phone, but you won’t be able to see details of your battery’s health. The site compared this to a car displaying a Check Oil light that only a Ford dealership can get rid of.The only way to get rid of the message is to have an Apple Genius or an Apple Authorized Service Provider authenticate it — essentially forcing you to take the battery through official channels.Apple has over 1,800 authorized service providers across the US, including all Best Buy stores, and 5,000 around the globe. In a support page about batteries, the company noted that if the message appears, you should contact an authorized service provider to have the iPhone checked. “We take the safety of our customers very seriously and want to make sure any battery replacement is done properly,” Apple said in its statement Wednesday.  Sprint Apple wants you to make iPhone battery replacements through official channels, to ensure the battery’s safety. Angela Lang/CNET A teardown specialist said Apple is making it hard to replace your own iPhone batteries. But the tech giant on Wednesday defended how it authenticates the batteries used in its iPhones, saying it’s the only way to ensure they meet its standards.Starting with iOS 12.1 from October 2018, Apple included the ability to monitor the health of your iPhone XS, XS Max and XR battery. By going into settings, you can see the maximum capacity your battery is able to charge and whether it supports normal peak performance. You can also see if you should replace your battery.But if you swap your battery yourself or go to a nonauthorized vendor, you’ll see a Service message that warns Apple is unable to verify if your iPhone has a genuine Apple battery, as noted last week by teardown specialist iFixit. You can still replace your battery, but you won’t be able to monitor the health of the battery unless you’re using one from Apple or an authorized reseller.  Now playing: Watch this: Commentscenter_img $999 See It 17 Share your voice reading • Apple defends controversial battery certification warning message Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All Boost Mobile Apple See It Three new iPhone 11 models coming in September, rumor… See It Phones Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X iOS 13 iOS 12 Applelast_img read more

Ketchikan prosecutor position to remain vacant

first_imgThe Alaska Legislature has cut funding for every branch of state government, including the Department of Law, which oversees District Attorney offices throughout the state. This means Ketchikan’s D.A.s are taking on a larger workload as they wait to have a vacant position filled.Ketchikan District Attorney Stephen West sits behind his desk loaded with case files on the third floor of the Ketchikan Courthouse.One of Ketchikan’s District Attorneys, Joseph Kovac, left Ketchikan’s state prosecuting team at the end of June. His position remains unfilled while the state grapples with a huge budget deficit. This means a 50 percent increase in workload for each of the two remaining attorneys in the office.“We cover Ketchikan, Prince of Wales Island, Metlakatla, that southern part here.”That’s District Attorney Stephen West. He’s worked in Ketchikan’s D.A. office for nearly 30 years, and he says most of that time, they’ve had three attorney positions to cover the area, which includes four separate courts. West says he isn’t sure if or when they’ll get that third person back.West says they’ve worked with only two people before, but when that happened, West said they’d had a lighter case load. Another time, West says they were down to only one person.“There was a period of time that I was here all by myself around 1990 for probably about eight or nine months … I worked weekends and stuff.”Now with two people, West says he takes cases out of Craig, assistant D.A. Ben Hoffmeister takes all the misdemeanors, and they split the felonies. Even then, scheduling gets messy.“Ben was in trial earlier this month doing a felony case that lasted most of the week. I had to do a misdemeanor trial, so we were both in trial but we also had to cover courts and a couple of other courts, so we had to be in two or three places at the same time.”This increased workload doesn’t just mean more hours. It means more cases are settled out of court that could have been either taken to trial or prosecuted for more jail time or higher fines.Alaska Department of Law Criminal Division Director John Skidmore says the problem with settling more cases for less time or for lesser penalties is a fear for public safety.“Having lived in many communities throughout Alaska and been a prosecutor in those communities, I’ve always wanted to make the community a better or safer place. For those reasons it’s very difficult to turn down or walk away from a case that you think is righteous because you have sufficient evidence to support that this particular person broke the law.”Skidmore says state funding for the Department of Law has steadily declined over the last few years, and took a significant cut of 11% after the last legislative session. That department directly funds the D.A.’s office and their personnel. With about 85% of the office’s budget going toward salaries, the cuts resulted in lost jobs.“Specifically for the criminal division, we ended up having to reduce our personnel by 11 positions. Within the Department of Law or within the criminal division, our service that we provide is primarily prosecution.”Skidmore says Ketchikan didn’t technically lose a job, but it may take longer to fill that vacant position, because that empty spot was budgeted under what is called a “vacancy factor.” This means the Legislature and Law Department expected someone to be leaving, and allocated less money for salaries because of that.“The position down in Ketchikan is not a position that was deleted from the budget. It is a position that is currently vacant due to vacancy factor. Do I anticipate on filling that position? The answer is yes. Can I tell you the exact timing of that as of today? No, I cannot.”last_img read more

Sukhender Reddy takes oath as MLC

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader Gutha Sukhender Reddy took oath as member of Legislative Council on Monday. Legislative Secretary V Narasimhacharyulu administered oath to Sukhender Reddy. Legislative Affairs Minister V Prashanth Reddy, Ministers G Jagadish Reddy, G Niranjan Reddy, MPs, MLAs and other TRS leaders were also present. Sukhender Reddy was recently elected unanimously to Council under MLA quota. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Talking to reporters after taking oath, Sukhender Reddy thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for giving him the opportunity and other leaders for supporting his candidature. Reddy said that he would use this post for the service of the people. He said he would work for all-round development of Nalgonda with the cooperation of other public representatives.last_img read more

Houston Map Shows Harvey Damage By Poverty Level

first_imgResponse Share Debris RemovalMaps by City of Houston. center_img Houston Moto/YouTubeFlooding in Katy, Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey as seen from the sky.You may have heard Hurricane Harvey being called the “equal opportunity hurricane” because it didn’t discriminate based on geography or income level.Now the city of Houston’s disaster web page, houstonrecovers.org, lets users toggle between a map showing how severely different areas of Harris County were affected by the storm and one showing poverty levels.Only in some instances do the dark red spots indicating high numbers of affected homes correspond with the darker blue spots, which indicate high proportions of households under the poverty line.In fact, a lot of the damage happened in middle to higher income areas like Kingwood or Meyerland.Some of the low-income areas that were hit hard include northeast Houston, including the Fifth Ward.Maps by City of Houston. Damagelast_img read more

She

first_imgThe festival aims to celebrate womanhood in all its facets and bring city’s strong and independent women together at one platform. 23-year-old young entrepreneur Akshuna Bakshi organised the first edition of the festival in Feb 2013.The festival will also highlight the cause of girl child education, welfare, women safety, and various other causes by organizing entertaining but thoughtful activities. Exciting self defence workshops- An exclusive self-defence workshop teaching the basics of martial arts and key moves to protect one if attacked on the road, bus etc. will be a major highlight of the event. Colourful dance and music performances on women, eclectic art and poetry installations, a special ‘SHE Says’ corner, funky photo booths and makeover tents will be some of the many attractions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will host over 70 women entrepreneurs and designers (pass outs from prestigious design institutes like NID, NIFT, Pearl) who will showcase  unique collections of apparel, jewellery, accessories, handicrafts, vintage and kitsch products, décor etc. that will be up for sale.Through this edition of the festival, Travelista will also be supporting and displaying the works of one of India’s leading NGO Shiksha Bharati which has been working tirelessly for the past 25 years to provide a better future and education to thousands of underprivileged young girls. Some of these young girls will also be performing a martial arts demo and traditional folk dances during the festival. Head over!last_img read more

Go minimalistic by painting your walls with pastel colours

first_imgWith the subtle and elegant nature of the beautiful pastel hues, you can give your walls a soft and charming look. Pastel colour schemes work beautifully for every possible setting of the interior because of its flexible nature to adapt well, says an expert.Ranjit Singh, President of British Paints, says that pastel coloured walls go best with the sophisticated themes of the interior because of its cool and neutral nature so its important that whenever one plans to paint their walls with pastel shades, they should not forget to add white colour to the interiors as white acts as a neutral color. He suggests few tips on how one can make their wall classy with pastel shades. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* The exquisite pastel blue: This colour would give you a feel of calmness coupled with subtle boldness. If you are looking for something in pastels, which is elegant and stylish, go for a chic Japanese theme with pastel blue in mind. Or you can go for wooden panels that can be used as a statement wall art right above the bed, painted in pastel sky blue, giving your space a soft and genuine look.  I would like to recommend yellows, whites, dark blues to decorate your room as these would bring an exquisite appeal to your home when applied with pastel blue.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* The charming pastel purple: Go for a colour which displays simplicity, comfort, and harmony. With its sensual and delightful charm, the pastel purple brings a stunning look when combined with white and with grey, so consider these two colours when it comes to decorating your dream home. You can use grey and white throw pillows in your space or maybe a white colour lamp shade. These two colours can never go wrong with pastel purple. This would create a soft ambience and give your home a contemporary appearance.* The alluring pastel orange: The alluring and splendid hue while playing a soothing role in your interiors, eases down the heaviness that comes from furniture pieces and accessories. You could play off the warmth and experiment with some cool grey-blues and it will enable you to create a fresh and vibrant ambiance. Do not hesitate to bump up the volume, bring in some mustard or celadon green.* The cheerful pastel yellow: Pastel yellow works wonders with pastel pink as blend creates an interior, which is truly cheerful. Use some peppy elements in the pastel pink colour and cherish the interior beauty of your house. For instance: You can get a wall hanging with a tint of white and pastel pink, or a table lamp or a dressing table in pastel pink or sheer curtains in white.* The classy pastel grey: This subtle yet classy hue gives a sensual look to the interiors of your home. This colour will perk up the ambience of your place and brighten your mood. The pastel grey stands out superbly along with the fashionable artwork and a rustic coloured bed. You can undoubtedly incorporate a decorative oval mirror with a black metal or a plain black photo frame. For the bed linen, you can pick white colour bed sheets and baby pink coloured pillows. So if you are planning to paint your walls with Pastel grey, remember to keep these three colours in mind and your house feel rejuvenated and joyful.last_img read more

Oscar Duarte signs with Spanish club Espanyol

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Óscar Duarte, the first Nicaraguan to score in the World Cup, receives wonderful homecoming celebration Costa Rica great Paulo Wanchope insists Ticos will ‘keep surprising the world’ Titans in Brazil: Keylor Navas, Costa Rica eliminate Greece in penalty kicks to advance to quarterfinals Costa Rica uniforms are international best-sellers thanks to World Cup run After having locked down some of the world’s top strikers for club and country in recent years, Costa Rican defender Óscar Duarte is being rewarded with a promotion to the big leagues. On Monday, Duarte agreed to a four-year contract with Barcelona’s Espanyol,according to Spanish magazine Marca.Duarte is now the third Costa Rican currently playing in Spain’s La Liga, joining star Real Madrid goalie Keylor Navas and Deportivo de La Coruña midfielder Celso Borges as the other Ticos in what many consider the best division in football.The Nicaraguan-born Duarte is expected to start on the back line in Espanyol’s next game, a clash with Navas and Madrid on Sunday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.According to Marca’s report, Duarte has passed his physical examination and will arrive in Barcelona tomorrow to be officially presented by team president Chen Yansheng.Espanyol, which has four Copa del Rey titles in club history, is sitting in the back half of La Liga’s standings this season with a 6-4-11 record and has allowed 35 goals in league play.Duarte was instrumental in Costa Rica’s 2014 World Cup as he kept in check some of the game’s top scoring threats, including the star-studded front lines of England and Holland.The 26-year-old had been playing for Belgium’s Club Brugge since 2013, where he helped the team to a 2015 Belgian Cup championship and scored nine goals in 117 total games.Espanyol and Real Madrid will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Costa Rican time on Sunday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more