Man City beat Everton, inch closer to Premier League title

first_imgEdin Dzeko scored two goals in Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Everton on SaturdayEdin Dzeko’s brace helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and stay in control of the English Premier League title race on Saturday.City had won just one of its last 15 matches at Goodison Park and looked like continuing its poor run when Ross Barkley curled in a brilliant shot to give Everton an 11th-minute lead.However, Sergio Aguero equalized in the 22nd – before going off with an apparent groin injury – and Dzeko scored twice in a five-minute span around halftime to put City 3-1 ahead.Romelu Lukaku’s goal in the 65th set up a tense finish but City held on to provisionally go top of the standings on goal difference from Liverpool, and two points clear of Chelsea.Victories in its two remaining games – at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday and West Ham on Sunday – should clinch City a second championship in three years.”The most important thing is to pick up form at the right time and we have two home games left,” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “But the past has taught us to be careful.”Liverpool, which lost 2-0 to Chelsea last weekend, was looking for a big favor from its Merseyside neighbor to wrest back the advantage in this most open title race, and Barkley’s goal will have been celebrated as much across Stanley Park as by Everton fans inside Goodison Park.The 20-year-old midfielder, looking to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup, showed a glimpse of his undoubted class by curling a first-time effort into the top corner from just outside the area and was excellent throughout.advertisementBut Everton was second best after that with City controlling possession and looking more dangerous going forward – even with the 28th-minute withdrawal of Aguero that continued his frustrating, injury-plagued second half of the season.The Argentina striker had been signaling to City’s bench that he was hampered by his injury minutes before he latched onto Yaya Toure’s through-ball and drove a low shot inside goalkeeper Tim Howard’s near post for his 28th goal of the season. Aguero slumped to the ground five minutes later and was helped off the pitch.”He came to me, saying he felt a strange thing in his leg,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who added that Aguero would undergo tests on Sunday.Aguero wrote on Twitter that he left the pitch as a precaution, saying “fortunately I’m fine.”City missed Aguero’s pace going forward but, with Toure pushing further forward in Pellegrini’s rejigged formation, Everton’s defense still lacked pace. And just before halftime, Dzeko rose to head home James Milner’s floated cross, moments after the striker saw his shot saved by Howard.In a lively start to the second half, City goalkeeper Joe Hart produced a brilliant save to tip Steven Naismith’s shot around the post – a stop Everton manager Roberto Martinez labeled the “save of the season,” and the “turning point” in the game.For City quickly broke at the other end, Fernandinho clipping a pass to Samir Nasri, who went outside his marker and crossed low for Dzeko to prod in from six meters in the 48th.The visitors appeared to be coasting to victory but Lukaku headed a cross from Leighton Baines in off the post and City was suddenly under pressure.There were few scares in a nervy final quarter, though, as City ended a four-game losing streak at Goodison Park to become the big favorite for the title.”The worst thing we must do is think that today we finished the Premier League,” Pellegrini said. “We have to play teams who are not fighting for anything, they can play without pressure.”last_img read more

Bank Of America Employees Sound Off Post Layoff News

first_imgEarlier this month, Bank of America announced 30,000 jobs would be cut, in addition to the 6,000 jobs already cut in 2011. Since the mass layoffs news broke, employees at Bank of America have continued to turn to Glassdoor to share their perspective on what it’s like to walk the halls of the bank branches as well as in the corporate offices.However, what may be confusing for some people is the fact that Bank of America continues to host job fairs in the wake of this announcement, including one recent job fair to hire 30 new bank employees at its Rancho Cordova, CA branch, according to news reports. So if you are considering a job at Bank of America and want to know what it’s really like to work at one of the nation’s largest banks, here are just a few recent highlights from employees dishing on what’s working well (Pros), what may need some improvement (Cons), and what advice they have to offer senior management.Pros:“If you do a great job and would like to get promoted, you will have many options,”- Bank of America Employee (location n/a)“Good benefits and vacation package, lots of opportunities for advancement,” – Bank of America Claims Analyst (location n/a)“Growth and knowledge, a great place to learn about finance,” – Bank of America Teller (New York, NY)“Good benefits, good advancement opportunities, good hours,” – Bank of America Personal Banker (Desert Hot Springs, CA)Cons:“Reputation and customer dissatisfaction, negative media attention,” – Bank of America Employee (Kennesaw, GA)“Company is undergoing a tremendous amount of change,” – Bank of America Employee (Charlotte, NC)“Too much corporate politics that affects growth opportunities,” – Bank of America Banking Center Assistant Manager (Los Angeles, CA)“Be prepared to have someone who never did your job observe and comment on what you say and do several times a week,” – Bank of America Personal Banker (St. Petersburg, FL)Advice to Senior Management:”Need to be more employee centered and rewarding when it comes to pay scale,” – Bank of America Banking Center Assistant Manager (location n/a)“If the company does not care for its people, they will not care for the company,” – Bank of America Research Analyst (San Francisco, CA)” Please motive and encourage team members,” – Bank of America Employee (location n/a)“Many give their heart and soul and 85 hours and are never thanked appropriately compensated. Not good,” – Bank of America Consumer Market Manager (location n/a)Do you work at Bank of America or any other financial institution? Share a company review. Want to learn more about Bank of America, including information on jobs?Bank of America JobsBank of America Company ReviewsBank of America SalariesBank of America Interview Questions & ReviewsStay tuned for more monthly Glassdoor blog articles featuring what it’s really like to work on the inside at various companieslast_img read more

How much is just enough planning?

first_imgHear what constitutes just enough planning for your marketing campaign. Thanks to my organization Network for Good, we’ve got a great free teleconference tomorrow (which you can later access online). The great Kristen Grimm of Spitfire (who happens to be spitfire herself) will be speaking on Great Campaigns in Nine Simple Steps: How to Succeed with “Just Enough” Planning. Tuesday, March 10 at 1 p.m. ETRegister here!Key takeaways:Campaign planning in 9 easy stepsIdeas for campaign goal-setting, staffing, timelines and messagingHow to measure success along the wayQ&A session to answer your campaign questionslast_img

May I have a word about… Richard Sorge and Courtney Lawes

first_imgI am romping through an eye-opening book called An Impeccable Spy, the life of Russian super-agent Richard Sorge, described by Ian Fleming as “the most impressive spy in history”, who was at the height of his audacious powers in pre-war Japan. In between tales of his espionage work are accounts of his reprehensible sexual pursuits (cuckolding his best friends, having an affair with a geisha while his wife was back in Moscow, pregnant with their child) and heroic drinking binges.In describing one of his circle, the book’s author, Owen Matthews, calls the agent a “five-bell liability”, a delightfully redolent phrase quite new to me. The internet offers no clues – plenty of Five Bells pubs and ship’s time, but nothing else that I could find, though I think its meaning is admirably clear. I doff my cap to Matthews and, given that we all know such people, I think we should use it at every opportunity. comment Share via Email Read more Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Equally new to me was the phrase “dominant tackle”, which was being trotted out by the commentators during the Ireland v England Six Nations match last weekend. It smacks horribly of sports analysis and science and data crunching and has absolutely no place in coverage of the great game.When Courtney Lawes, a man of finely controlled malevolence, absolutely flattened Johnny Sexton and left the Irish fly-half chewing grass, a “that will have hurt”, à la Bill McLaren, would have been quite sufficient a description of Lawes’s monumental hit.I’m sure that everyone is heartily sick of unicorns by now, whether alive, dead or mortally wounded. As for those bloody elephants in the room… enough already. But I’ve just spotted another blot on the horizon in the wake of the potential tie-up between the German and French train-makers, Siemens and Alstom. This deal is being referred to as a “wedding of elephants”. It’s high time they opened the gates of this menagerie of metaphors and let the beasts escape.• Jonathan Bouquet is an Observer columnist Share on Twitter The shifting patterns of English Rugby unioncenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Espionage Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Ted Turner Marks International Womens Day

first_imgSaturday marked International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic and political achievements of women around the world. In honor of the occasion, United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner issued the following statement.“Since I created the UN Foundation in 1998, girls and women have been at the core of everything that we do. That’s because we know a simple fact: we cannot achieve our global development goals without investing in girls and women first.“Today there are less than 700 days until the end of 2015. That’s the target date for the world’s to-do list, the Millennium Development Goals. We have made tremendous progress – the MDGs have spearheaded political commitments and momentum is gaining speed. But this is not the time to slow down — we know there is still much work to be done. In particular, we know that areas like maternal health, access to voluntary family planning and sanitation have lagged behind. As a MDG advocate, I call on civil society, the private sector, and individual citizens around the world to double down on efforts to ensure we deliver for girls and women. Because if we can deliver for them, they will deliver for their families, communities and our world.“Conversations are already underway to determine our post-2015 development framework. We must use lessons learned from the MDGs and ensure that we are addressing the needs and rights of girls and women. We must focus efforts on the unique needs of adolescent girls, ensuring that they can be healthy, safe, educated and counted. We also must ensure that every person can fully realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights.“I look forward to continuing to work with the United Nations and our partners to drive progress with girls and women around the world. Together, we can reach our global development goals and achieve a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable world. Join us at unfoundation.org/iwd2014.”last_img read more

UN Economic Commission for Africa: Territorial Planning Key to Achieve Successful…

By hinna SheikhRabat – Experts convened in Tunisia to discuss the importance of territorial planning for competitive and industrial policies in North Africa.On 24 and 25 November, 2016, various experts gathered in Tunis, Tunisia, to attend a meeting to explore territorialisation policy in North Africa. Interim Director of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Omar Abdourahman said: “territories have become critical spaces for the design and implementations of industrial and development policies. Territories are also the level at which decision maker can ensure industrial and development policies have a strong inclusive dimension.”Whilst the North African region ha achieved advances on the human development level, there remain inequality, unemployment and poverty, which hinder its overall progress. Industrialisation can aid these countries in achieving more inclusive development. Various countries in North Africa have felt the effects of industrial and economic development, which has resulted in the diversification of economic activity but has failed to provide non-coastal regions with industrial materials to generate greater jobs and further development.The UNDP interim Resident Representative, El Kebir Mdharhi Aloui, proposed that a country must apply several conditions in order to achieve a successful industrial policy of territorialisation these include: good governance, an inclusive process involving stakeholders, the redistribution of powers, amongst other initiatives.Over the two days, experts from North African ministries of industry, local authorities along with other institutions concentrated on the obstacles as well as the next steps to be taken in order for North African countries to benefit from a successful industrial policy. An ECA study, which will include the meetings conclusions, will be available to countries at a later date.For more information please visit:  http://www.uneca.org/egm-na-2016. read more

No longer in the dark: Navajo Nation homes get electricity

KAIBETO, Ariz. — Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa.Her husband, Jimmie Long, Jr., fishes for the wick to light a kerosene lamp as the couple and their 13-year-old son prepare to spend a final night without electricity.They’re waiting for morning, when utility workers who recently installed four electric poles outside their double-wide house trailer will connect it to the power grid, meaning they will no longer be among the tens of thousands of people without power on the Navajo Nation, the country’s largest American Indian reservation.Haskie and Long are getting their electricity this month thanks to a project to connect 300 homes with the help of volunteer utility crews from across the U.S.The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority typically connects from 400 to 450 homes a year, chipping away at the 15,000 scattered, rural homes without power on the 27,000-square-mile (43,000-square-kilometre) reservation that lies in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.At that rate, it will take the tribal utility about 35 more years to get electricity to the 60,000 of the reservation’s 180,000 residents who don’t have it.The couple’s home at the end of rutted dirt roads outside the small town of Kaibeto was about a quarter-mile (0.4 kilometres) from the closest power line. Life disconnected from the grid in the high desert town dotted with canyons and mesas was simple and joyful but also inconvenient, they said.“It’s not that bad. Growing up, you get used to it, being raised like that,” Long said.The family’s weekday routine included showering, cooking and charging cellphones, battery packs and flashlights at Haskie’s mother’s house 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) away, down dirt roads that turn treacherous in stormy weather.Navajos without electricity also pack food or medication in coolers with ice or leave it outside in the wintertime. Children use dome lights in cars or kerosene lamps to do their homework at night. Some tribal members have small solar systems that deliver intermittent power.No electricity typically means no running water and a lack of overall economic development. Creating the infrastructure to reach the far-flung homes on the reservation is extremely costly.Hooking up a single home can cost up to $40,000 on the reservation where the annual, per-capita income is around $10,700 and half the workforce is unemployed, said Walter Haase, general manager of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.For the recent power hookup project called LightUpNavajo, the utility raised funds from an online campaign, collected donations from employees, businesses and communities, and used revenue from solar farms on the reservation to cover the utility’s $3 million cost. Money that isn’t raised will be borrowed and the repayment passed on to customers via their rates, Haase said. The project started in March and ends this month.The volunteer crews spent days on the reservation, learning about Navajo culture, the language and the landscape before setting out to job sites often hours away from their hotel rooms. Tribal utility crews had already performed much of the prep work, removing trees or stumps so the volunteers could focus on installing power poles and miles of electric line to connect homes.A four-man crew from Piqua, Ohio, weathered rain, dust storms and sandy terrain that threatened to bury their equipment as they travelled through the western part of the reservation in Arizona earlier this month. They heard from families who have waited months, years and a lifetime to get power. Navajos showed their appreciation to the crews with feasts of fry bread, steaks and steamed corn.“It’s kind of crazy to think about the different things you take for granted on a daily basis,” said Ken Wagner, a journeyman lineman for Piqua Power System. At an appreciation dinner, his crew received gifts of posters with traditional Navajo sayings, turquoise jewelry, shirts and mugs.Among those getting electricity hookups were Vernon Smith and his wife, Bertha. They live in Salt Lake City but are preparing their home in Tuba City on the reservation for a move back. They became set on getting electricity when a kerosene lamp tipped over while she was napping and she feared the house would burn down.The wait for electricity took three years, but Vernon Smith called that “a miracle.”“I couldn’t believe it,” he said in an interview, his face lighting up as recalled seeing the whirling blades of a ceiling fan in his reservation home for the first time. “I didn’t think I was going to get electricity that fast.”Haskie said she could live without electricity but that it’s also exciting getting it.“I can walk in, turn the light on without my son turning on the generator,” she said.She’s crafted a wish list that includes a blender, a coffee maker, a juice maker, a stand-up mixer and an espresso machine. Eventually, she’ll subscribe to cable TV.The couple’s son, Jayden, said he managed fine without power — using portable chargers for his cellphone. Some days, he fired up a gas generator that was hooked up to the home’s electric panel to watch TV or turn on the light in his bedroom.But the generator’s 5-gallon (19-litre) tank lasted less than a day and the cost of fuel meant it was used sparingly and mostly on the weekends.He’s looked forward to taking eggs, bacon, steak, pork chops and hamburgers out of a refrigerator to cook whenever he wants.As of Thursday, the LightUpNavajo project hooked up 208 homes. Crews from 26 utilities in 12 states travelled to the reservation to help, installing 1,500 power line poles and more than 35 miles (56 kilometres) of electric lines.The project was designed with a $125,000 grant from the American Public Power Association. Mark Hyland, an association senior vice-president, said the group and the tribal utility will consider repeating it on the Navajo Nation, or using it as a model for other reservations or rural areas.On the morning that Haskie’s and Long’s home got power, journeyman lineman Justin Foutz with the Piqua utility slipped on a pair of gloves and grabbed an extendable, yellow tool to close a switch atop the utility pole and send power to the home.“Coming in hot,” he said.A few minutes later, electrician Delbert Graham knocked on the trailer’s door.“Hey, you’re energized,” he said. “Go ahead and turn on your main breaker.”Using a flashlight inside the darkened house, Long flipped on the breaker, turned on the home’s porch light and opened the door with a smile.Then the crew loaded up their utility trucks and headed toward the small community of Coppermine, about an hour’s drive down the next dirt road, to connect more homes.Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press read more

Sales of soft toys at Swedish retailer donated to UN childrens education

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) educational projects in nine countries around the world stand to benefit after the UN agency received nearly $4 million in proceeds from the pre-Christmas sale of soft toys at outlets of the Swedish retail chain IKEA.The agency announced today in a press release that IKEA’s Soft Toy Campaign, now in its third year, had raised €4.2 million after the retailer donated €1 for every toy it sold around the worldwide between 3 November and 24 December. The funds will be divided between UNICEF and Save the Children education projects.Philip O’Brien, UNICEF’s director of private fundraising and partnerships, said the agency was grateful to the customers and staff of IKEA who have supported the project, known as ‘One Euro is a Fortune.’The proceeds will go to UNICEF projects in Albania, Bangladesh, China, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Pakistan, Russia, Sierra Leone and Viet Nam. In one project in Albania, libraries will be opened in some 850 schools – which teach more than 200,000 school children – across the small European country. 25 February 2008United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) educational projects in nine countries around the world stand to benefit after the UN agency received nearly $4 million in proceeds from the pre-Christmas sale of soft toys at outlets of the Swedish retail chain IKEA. read more

Intel lowers revenue guidance after previously calling for a return to growth

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Intel lowers revenue guidance, after previously calling for a return to growth by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2015 7:30 am MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Intel’s stock fell Thursday after the giant chipmaker lowered its first-quarter revenue forecast, citing weak demand for business desktop PCs and a strong dollar that affects revenue from overseas sales.The new forecast calls for little or no revenue growth, in contrast with company statements in recent months that its PC business was returning to growth after two years of weakness.Intel is the world’s leading maker of microprocessor chips that serve as the brains for most personal computers, but its business has suffered as more consumers have turned to smartphones and tablets that use chips made by other companies. Although it has launched its own line of chips for handheld devices, Intel has been struggling to catch up in that market.Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had been projecting growth since last fall, when he told analysts that the company’s personal computer business was performing better than expected after the company had two years of overall sales declines. The company reported in January that revenue for the fourth quarter and the 2014 fiscal year had increased by 6 per cent over the previous periods.But on Thursday, Intel said small and medium-sized businesses are not buying as many new PCs as expected to replace older machines that run on the now-outdated Windows XP operating software from Microsoft. Analysts say Microsoft’s decision to end support for Windows XP helped boost PC sales last year, but that boost has largely subsided.Santa Clara, California-based Intel is now projecting first-quarter revenue of $12.5 billion to $13.1 billion. The midpoint of that range is the same as the $12.8 billion in revenue that Intel saw in the first quarter of 2014. But Intel previously had forecast revenue in the range of $13.2 billion to $14.2 billion and analysts surveyed by FactSet were predicting $13.71 billion.Shares in Intel were down 4 per cent in midday trading Thursday to $31.15. Intel is set to report first-quarter financial results on April 14. read more

SMMT Update – 17 May 2013

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Nintendo to release Pokemon for iOS this summer

first_imgIt’s not often that Nintendo releases a game – especially one of its most popular titles – for a platform other than a Nintendo console, but the company has announced they’re launching a Pokemon game this summer for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Some of this is a testament to Apple‘s hold on mobile gaming, part of it is the strength of mobile gaming in general, and part of it is Nintendo being smart and cashing in on iOS gaming while they can.Kotaku Japan broke the story, noting that Nintendo confirmed to them that a fully-baked Pokemon game would land in the iTunes App Store this summer. Whether or not it’ll only be available to Japanese players is another story, but it does represent the first time that Nintendo (who owns the trademark for Pokemon) has released a game on a platform other than its own.AdChoices广告Some analysts have said this is a desperation move by Nintendo to stay relevant, but with the upcoming Wii U and spread of upcoming titles for the Nintendo 3DS, that doesn’t seem likely. What’s more likely is that even Nintendo has taken notice of mobile gaming and the amount of money it makes for app developers. Now Nintendo wants a piece of that pie.The upcoming game will be Pokemon Say Tap? BW, a game that will use on-screen Pokemon cards in a turn-based timing-game. The game will be a departure from the traditional RPG style of the Pokemon games that most players are familiar with, but will still play to the strengths of a touch-sensitive display.In an interview with GameTrailers, Nintendo of America President and CEO Reggie Fils-Aime noted that disposable, throwaway mobile games are a huge problem in the smartphone industry, and implied that Nintendo could do something about bringing games with real value to mobile phones. It looks like the company is planning to do just that.Read more at Kotaku and PadGadgetlast_img read more

Exminister arrested over felony

first_imgFormer Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos will spend Easter in a security police holding cell in Athens after being charged with money laundering, a development that the PASOK veteran labelled a “pre-election gift” for his former party and New Democracy. Pedestrians on the Dionysiou Areopagitou walkway that runs next to the Acropolis in Athens were greeted by the unusual sight Wednesday morning of an unmarked police car pulling up outside the luxury home of the former minister, which his wife bought a few years ago from an offshore company for more than 1 million euros.A prosecutor recommended Tsochatzopoulos face charges for failing to declare the property on his 2010 source of wealth form (“pothen esches”). However, Wednesday’s arrest concerned his portfolio of properties, not just the home on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.According to sources, prosecutors worked with the financial crimes squad (SDOE) to collect evidence that suggests Tsochatzopoulos profited from under-the-table payments for the purchase of submarines and missile systems when he was defense minister and that this money was distributed to offshore companies that were used to buy the properties. The former minister, who has been ousted from PASOK, denies any wrongdoing.He pointed out in a statement that prosecutors have been studying his file for the last 20 months but only decided to demand his arrest on the same day that it was confirmed parliamentary elections would be held on May 6.Sources said that the warrant for Tsochatzopoulos’s arrest was issued because he was considered a flight risk. Warrants were issued for another four suspects. Three were employed by the offshore companies alleged to be implicated in the process. The fourth is Tsochatzopoulos’s accountant. Sources said that another 10 people, including the ex-minister’s wife and daughter, are due to face charges. Tzochatzopoulos is due to face charges next week. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

State debts to third parties growing by the month

first_imgThe state’s debts to third parties, such as suppliers, are growing by the month, according to data released by the General State Accounting Office. In the year’s first couple of months the state’s unpaid dues were up 232 million euros on last December.At the end of February the entities in the broader public sector, including social security funds, hospitals and local authorities, among others, had total expired obligations of 3.245 billion euros, compared to 3.013 billion at end-December.The increase in February alone amounted to 146 million euros, and the situation is likely to deteriorate further given the cash crunch the government has been up against.The general government’s primary surplus in the year to end-February amounted to 1.017 billion euros, compared to 3.17 billion euros in the same period last year. The general government debt is down 11.7 billion euros year-on-year, at 312.8 billion euros. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Disconnect VPN Lifetime Subscription Is Now 90 Percent Off

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Tunisia migrant shipwreck toll rises to 112

first_imgRelatives carry a coffin containing the body of an immigrant who drowned when a boat sank, at a hospital morgue in Sfax, Tunisia on 4 June 2018. Photo: ReutersTunisia’s navy scoured choppy waters on Monday for survivors and victims of the Mediterranean’s worst shipwreck in months, with the number of people killed rose to at least 112.The people were killed after a boat packed with migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia, reports IANS.A total of 68 survivors were rescued Sunday off the coast of Sfax in southern Tunisia, while 48 bodies were recovered according to Tunisia’s defence ministry.A survivor told AFP that more than 180 people were crammed onto the boat-double its capacity-when it started taking on water and sank.“The search operation restarted at 4:00 GMT with the help of nine navy units, one helicopter and divers,” Mohammed Salah Sagaama, commander of Sfax’s naval base, told AFP.Six hours into the search no more bodies had been recovered, he added, saying the search efforts were hampered by strong winds and limited visibility.A spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration, Flavio Di Giacomo, said 60 bodies had been recovered.The shipwreck is the deadliest in the Mediterranean since 2 February, when 90 people drowned off the coast of Libya, according to the IOM.So far 10 Tunisians have been identified among the victims and 14 people from other African nations.Crowds gathered in Sfax on Monday as they waited for news of friends and relatives, while others collected coffins containing the bodies of those who had drowned.A crisis centre was set up following a government meeting led by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, to support victims’ families and survivors.Young ‘lives in danger’The IOM spokesman said the death toll from the latest disaster could more than double, with around 50 people unaccounted for.“We have 112 as an estimate of migrants who lost their lives,” Di Giacomo told AFP.Each passenger on the fishing boat paid between 600 and 1,000 euros ($700-$1,170), he added.Tunisia’s prime minister called for greater efforts to dismantle “as quickly as possible” the “criminal networks that profit from these young people looking to emigrate and putting their lives in danger”.Tunisian authorities are hunting for eight suspects, all of whom are from the Kerkennah archipelago close to Sfax, an interior ministry spokesman said.West African migrants were among the victims and Di Giacomo said the IOM has recently seen an increasing number travelling from Tunisia to Europe.“Tunisians usually arrive with small boats, carrying no more than 50 migrants; in the past month we have started to see these big boats,” he said.The Sfax incident came as nine Syrians including seven children drowned on Sunday when their vessel sank off the coast of Turkey as they were trying to reach Europe.Spanish maritime rescue meanwhile said one person was reported drowned, while 240 migrants were rescued over the weekend.More than 650 people have been recorded as dead or missing in the Mediterranean so far this year, while at least 33,270 have survived the crossing to Europe.last_img read more

TLS comes to Google public DNS with support for DNSoverTLS connections

first_imgIn a blog post yesterday, Google announced that their public DNS will now support transport layer security (TLS). Google DNS Google’s public Domain Name Service (DNS) is the world’s largest address resolver. The service allows anyone using it to convert a human readable domain name into addresses used by browsers. Similar to search results, domains visited by DNS can also expose sensitive information. With DNS-over-TLS, users can add security to queries between devices and Google public DNS. Google DNS-over-TLS The need for security from forged websites and surveillance has grown over the years. The DNS-over-TLS protocol used contains a standard way to secure and maintain privacy of DNS traffic between users and the resolvers. Users can secure connections to Google Public DNS with TLS. It is the same technology that makes HTTPS connections secure. The DNS-over-LTS specifications are implemented according to the RFC 7766 recommendations. Doing so minimizes the overhead of using TLS, supports TLS 1.3, TCP fast open, and pipelining multiple queries over a single connection. This is deployed Google’s own infrastructure which they claim provides reliable and scalable management for the DNS-over-TLS connections. Enabling DNS-over-TLS connections DNS-over-TLS can be used by Android 9 pie users. Linux users can use the stubby resolver to communicate with the DNS-over-TLS service. You can create an issue if you are facing one. A comment from Hacker news says: “This is a DNS provided by Google, a company that earns money by analysing user data. If you want privacy, run your own DNS.” But Google has stated in their guides that they do not store any personally identifiable information long term. Read next Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 DNS service is now available as a mobile app for iOS and Andro Root Zone KSK (Key Sign Key) Rollover to resolve DNS queries was successfully completed Mozilla’s new Firefox DNS security updates spark privacy hue and crylast_img read more

Kosovo PM seeks parliament backing for Serbia deal

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice How do cataracts affect your vision? The vital role family plays in society Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories Blerim Shala, a Kosovo negotiator, told The Associated Press by phone Saturday the draft agreement needs only formal approval by the assembly.“This would be the green light to accept the agreement,” he said, referring to Sunday’s session. However, he said a formal agreement that could be signed next week would need to be ratified by parliament because it will contain an implementation plan. Serbia’s parliament also needs to ratify any final agreement.Friday’s deal, announced in Brussels, followed months of tense negotiations between Thaci and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic.The agreement would allow Serbs to police and manage the north of Kosovo, which is inhabited predominantly by ethnic Serbs, in exchange for nominal recognition of the authority of the Kosovo government. It also calls for the two sides not to obstruct one another as they seek eventual membership in the EU.Serb President Tomislav Nikolic said on Saturday the deal provides for protection of Serbs in Kosovo, but reiterated that Serbia hasn’t and will never recognize an independent Kosovo.“Unfortunately, so many years after our soldiers left … this was the only possible solution that would guarantee peaceful life for our people,” Nikolic said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Details about how the deal would be implemented on the ground remain murky especially since Kosovo Serbs have said they will not accept any authority coming from Pristina’s ethnic Albanians.Dacic told the state Serbian TV that “this is the best we could get, and this is the first time that the Serbs in Kosovo have won international recognition.”NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days to force its troops out of Kosovo and end a brutal crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians. Serbia rejects Kosovo’s 2008 secession.___Associated Press writer Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia contributed to this report(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) – Kosovo’s parliament will convene for an urgent parliamentary session to back a potentially historic deal with Serbia brokered by the European Union, the prime minister said Saturday.Hashim Thaci appealed to the 120-seat legislature to “make the right decision” and support an effort to normalize relations with Serbia. The session has been called for Sunday evening.“I trust Kosovo institutions and its leaders will make the best decision in the interest of the country and the interest of the citizens,” Thaci told reporters in the capital, Pristina. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Following selloff European stocks advance on solid growth

first_img Sponsored Stories CHINA COOLING: Earlier, weak Chinese figures added to signs the downturn in the world’s second-largest economy is deepening. Retail sales growth slowed to 10 percent, dragged down by weaker real estate-related sales of home appliances, furniture and construction materials. The Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.6 percent lower at 4,375.76 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.6 percent to 27,249.28.ASIA’S DAY: Elsewhere in Asia, the mood was far more buoyant, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 closing up 0.7 percent at 19,764.72 and South Korea’s Kospi gaining 0.8 percent to 2,114.16. Sydney’s S&P ASX 200 advanced 0.7 percent to 5,715.10.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 58 cents to $61.33 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, advanced 52 cents to $67.38.CURRENCY: The euro rose 0.2 percent to $1.1241 while the dollar fell 0.1 percent to 119.72 yen.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day LONDON (AP) — A day after a bond market-related sell-off, European stocks rebounded Wednesday after figures showed the 19-country eurozone growing at its fastest tick in nearly two years. Chinese stocks, though, failed to track other markets following weak April retail spending.KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 advanced 0.9 percent to 5,021 while Germany’s DAX added 0.4 percent to 11,521. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.3 percent to 6,957. Wall Street was poised for modest gains at the open too with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.2 percent. George Baskinger, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening lower following declines in European markets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober EUROZONE ON UP: The economy of the 19 countries that use the euro grew by a quarterly rate of 0.4 percent in the first three months ahead, Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical agency, said. That was up from the 0.3 percent recorded in the previous three-month period and was in line with most expectations in the financial markets. Growth hasn’t been this strong since the second quarter of 2013, when it also stood at 0.4 percent in the wake of the region’s longest-ever recession. The eurozone also grew far faster than the U.S., which saw output expand at a paltry quarterly rate of 0.1 percent largely because of bad weather.ANALYST TAKE: “This is encouraging when you consider that the eurozone economy has ground to a halt in recent years,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.US DATA: U.S. retail sales figures for April are set to set the market tone on Wall Street later. The consensus in the markets is that they grew by about 0.2 percent increase, providing further evidence that the world’s largest economy has come off the boil. “A weak number here could well weaken the dollar further, and raise further questions about the U.S. economic recovery,” cautioned Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more