first_imgIn the second quarter, global average peak connection speeds increased 12% to 32.5 Mbps. Speeds increased in every top 10 country/region except Sweden (62.8 Mbps), which remained unchanged from the first quarter. Singapore (108.3 Mbps) saw the only double-digit quarterly gain, with a 12% increase, while the remaining eight countries saw increases ranging from 0.6% in Romania (72.1 Mbps) to 7.8% in Macao (62.6 Mbps). Eight of the top 10 saw average peak speeds greater than 70 Mbps, while Sweden and Macao saw speeds above 60 Mbps. On a global basis, 107 of the 143 qualifying countries/regions saw average peak connection speeds increase from the first quarter, with growth ranging from 0.1% in Trinidad and Tobago (34.9 Mbps) to 100% in Egypt (23.4 Mbps). Year-over-year all of the top 10 countries/regions saw increases in average peak connection speeds except Israel (71.4 Mbps), which posted a 14% decline. Last quarter, the State of the Internet reported for the first time on the percentage of IP addresses connecting to Akamai at average speeds of above 25 Mbps, the new benchmark broadband speed adopted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in January 2015. Globally, 4.9% of unique IP addresses connected to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps, a 7.5% increase over the previous quarter. Despite a 5.5% quarterly decline to a rate of 29%, South Korea again led the world in 25 Mbps broadband adoption, just as it has for all of the other broadband adoption metrics in the second quarter. Its adoption rate was nearly double that of second-place Hong Kong, which dropped 2.9% from the first quarter to 16%. Year-over-year, global 25 Mbps adoption dropped slightly, by 0.5%, in contrast to the 20% yearly growth seen in the first quarter. Two of the top 10 countries saw losses: South Korea?s adoption rate dropped 24% and Hong Kong?s declined 11%. In the United States, five states had 10% or more of unique IP addresses connect to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps. MORE Businesswire PS AKAMAI 4 The global percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai that met the 4 Mbps broadband speed threshold increased 1.1% to 64%, with most of the top 10 countries/regions showing small changes compared to the previous quarter. Globally, 107 countries/regions qualified for inclusion for this metric, and 85 of them saw quarterly growth in 4 Mbps broadband adoption rates, down from 100 in the previous quarter. Year-over-year the percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai at average speeds of at least 4 Mbps increased 8.1%, continuing the positive trend that began in the first quarter. In the second quarter of 2015, 27% of unique IP addresses globally connected to Akamai at average speeds above 10 Mbps, an increase of 2.1% over the previous quarter. Six of the top 10 countries/regions saw quarter-over-quarter increases, ranging from Sweden?s (53% adoption) 1.3% gain to Singapore?s (50% adoption) 8.4% rise ? a gain that pushed Singapore into the top 10 this quarter, just ahead of Latvia (49% adoption). Among the 71 qualifying countries/regions, 46 saw quarter-over-quarter increases, ranging from 0.2% in Malta (31% adoption) to 118% in Kazakhstan (16% adoption). Fourteen percent of unique IP addresses globally connected to Akamai at average connection speeds of 15 Mbps or above, up 2.5% from the first quarter. Despite declining for the third quarter in a row, South Korea remained the clear leader in 15 Mbps broadband adoption at 53%, while second-place Hong Kong saw an adoption rate of 40%, a slight increase from the previous quarter. Overall, quarterly gains were seen in 35 qualifying regions/countries, compared with only 46 in the previous quarter. Year-over-year, the global 15 Mbps adoption rate grew 9.9% with gains among all of the top 10 except South Korea, where adoption rates declined 21%. MORE Businesswire PS AKAMAI 5 IPv4 and IPv6 Reversing the trend seen in the first quarter, the number of unique IPv4 addresses worldwide connecting to Akamai dropped by about 8.6 million in the second quarter. Six of the top 10 countries saw a quarterly decline in unique IPv4 address counts in the second quarter, compared with three in the previous quarter. Brazil saw the largest decline at 4.6%, while China saw the smallest at 1.5%. On a global basis, IP address growth was lower than in the first quarter. Roughly half of the countries/regions saw a quarter-over-quarter increase in unique IPv4 address counts, with 34 growing 10% or more. Of the countries/regions that saw unique IPv4 address counts decline, 25 lost 10% or more as compared with the previous quarter. European countries continued to dominate the 10 countries/regions with the largest percentage of content requests made to Akamai over IPv6 in the second quarter of 2015. Similar to previous quarters, Belgium maintained its clear lead, with 38% of content requests being made over IPv6. Switzerland (23%) saw the largest increase, enjoying a 168% jump over the previous quarter, moving into second place globally, with nearly a quarter of content requests coming over IPv6. As with the previous quarter, the only two non-European counties among the top 10 were the U.S. and Peru, both of which saw significant double-digit quarterly improvements to adoption rates of 19% and 17%, respectively. Belgium?s Telenet (53%) joined Verizon Wireless (71%) and Brutele (67%) in the second quarter in seeing more than half of their requests to Akamai made over IPv6, though Verizon and Brutele?s figures were unchanged from the previous quarter. Internet Disruptions and Events This quarter?s report also highlights Internet disruptions and events in Gabon, Cameroon, Iraq and, most notably, those affecting Nepal as a result of the deadly April 25 earthquake. Immediately following the disaster, Akamai saw traffic to the country drop to 11% of previous levels, before recovering over the following days. A May 12 aftershock caused additional problems before traffic again returned to normal over the course of several hours. MORE Businesswire PS AKAMAI 6 Mobile Connectivity The number of mobile data subscriptions is increasing rapidly, driving growth in data traffic along with a continuous increase in the average data volume per subscription. Based on traffic data collected by Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic grew by 15% between the first and second quarters of 2015, and increased 55% year-over-year. Mobile connection speed and browser usage data are absent from this quarter?s report due to ongoing changes being made to further refine Akamai?s mobile network identification algorithms. Ask the Expert State of the Internet Report Editor David Belson will respond to ?Ask the Expert? questions submitted via the Akamai Community Wednesday, September 23, through Friday, September 25. About the Akamai State of the Internet Report Each quarter, Akamai publishes a ?State of the Internet? report. This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. For additional information on the metrics in the report and how they are analyzed, please visit http://akamai.me/sotimetrics. To learn more and to access the archive of past reports, please visithttp://www.stateoftheinternet.com/soti-reports. To download the figures from the Second Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report, please visit:http://wwwns.akamai.com/soti/soti_q215_figures.zip MORE Businesswire PS AKAMAI 7 LAST About Akamai As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The companys advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter. To View the Image Click on the Link Below: State of the Internet- ASIA PACIFIC HIGHLIGHTS- Infographic Media Contact Details Rugma Chandran, Waggener Edstrom Communications, +91-8067235007, rchandran@waggeneredstrom.com Businesswire PS PSadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC World T20: Virat Kohli dedicates match-winning knock to Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgMan of the match Virat Kohli said that it is the challenge of playing on tough pitches like the one at Eden Gardens on Saturday brings the best out of him.”It was a challenging wicket, that’s what you want as a cricketer – new challenges to play. Last game, I was very disappointed to have got out, that really hurt. Even the 49 against Pakistan in Dhaka was really satisfying, that’s what you need, a tough pitch a good bowling attack and you pulling your team out of trouble,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (India now a dangerous unit after blowing away Pakistan )He was all praise for Yuvraj Singh, who helped him conjure a 61-run stand.”Yuvraj weathered the storm and then smacked a few. That’s Yuvi style. I think these performances are good for him as well, he’s in good nick.”Kohli admitted that he did not know that wicket would offer so much turn till Ashwin started bowling.”I didn’t look at wicket till Ashwin started bowling. The way the ball spun, I thought it was going to grip. Even cutters bowled by fast bowlers was gripping. So I told our batting coach (Sanjay Bangar) that since the ball was popping up, I would stand inside the crease and open the bat face rather than hit cover drive,” said Kohli.He dedicated his 50 to Sachin Tendulkar, who was there in the stands.”I started playing cricket watching him. So do it in front of 67,000 people with him celebrating, it was a great feeling.”advertisementIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he did expect turn but not so much of turn. (Virat Kohli played an amazing innings: Afridi )”Not like this (expect to turn). In the second half, it got slightly better, and they had only one spinner. Initially, when we saw the pitch we did not think it would turn so much. I think we can do better, there are areas we can improve, once we get into the knockouts you won’t get a second chance.”Dhoni defended his decision of not playing extra spinner to the fact that this kind of turn was not apprehended.”If I knew from the start if it would turn so much, I have no problems playing another spinner.”But Dhoni explained why he wanted a third seamer in Pandya, because of the dew for instance, and because he has a lot of back up spin options.Shahid Afridi also spoke in the same vein about not expecting a pitch like this.”I was not expecting a pitch like this, I think we were a bit short with runs – 30 runs short. We didn’t bowl in the right areas, I did not bowl well. Virat Kohli batted really well.”Great Win Team India. Thank you for the innings and gesture @imVkohli! #IndvsPak (1/2)&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 19, 2016Team India returning to the dressing room after the game, waved to me. Felt like I never left the team…#IndvsPak (2/2)&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 19, 2016Thank you for the positive energy & wishes. To do it in front of my idol @sachin_rt feels surreal. #Grateful pic.twitter.com/YaOMT4T6oD&; Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 20, 2016last_img read more

Neymar converts one penalty, misses another as Brazil beat Japan 3-1

first_imgBrazil forward Neymar converted one penalty and missed another five minutes later in a comfortable 3-1 friendly win over Japan on Friday.Brazil’s 13th victory in 16 games since Tite took charge as coach in June, 2016 also featured a thundering effort by Marcelo and close-range goal by Gabriel Jesus at Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy.It was the first time Brazil had been involved in a match featuring experimental video replay technology (VAR) and the five-time world champions were quickly on the right end of a decision.Brazil midfielder Fernandinho was held back by Maya Yoshida and, although play continued, the referee called for the video replay as soon as the ball went out of play and pointed to the spot after a short wait.Neymar strode up, paused and waited for goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima to dive to his right before nonchalantly stroking his shot into the opposite corner.Four minutes later, Brazil were awarded another penalty for a foul on Gabriel Jesus, without the VAR, but this time Neymar chose the other corner and his shot was saved by Kawashima whose decision to go the same way as before paid off.Japan’s relief was short-lived, however, as a poor clearance fell invitingly into the path of Marcelo who met it with a rasping drive into the corner in the 17th minute. Yoshida thumped a free kick against the crossbar for Japan but Brazil looked dangerous with every attack and went further ahead in the 35th minute.Willian released Danilo on the right and his pinpoint cross was tapped in by Jesus at the far post.advertisementBrazil eased up and Tomoaki Makino headed in from a corner in the 63rd minute to make the score more respectable for Japan. Kenyu Sugimoto had another effort in the net for Japan late in the game but it was offside.last_img read more

Dissecting an artificial brain at ESC Silicon Valley

first_img Log in to Reply December 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm “nice article” 7 thoughts on “Dissecting an artificial brain at ESC Silicon Valley” December 8, 2016 at 9:19 am Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “Having good tech support is worth its weight in gold — especially when the customer is me LOL” Crusty says: December 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry, Solutions Crusty says: Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: December 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm “@Max: It seems to me that Crusty is more adventerous then Max the Magnificent.n I have a heap of PSoC 4 development boards and consider them to be a natural progression from my old faithful Atmel Mega and XMega chips. nNow the similarly priced PSoC 5 d Log in to Reply Log in to Reply December 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm “@Max: Crusty is still talking about himself in the third person. Max finds this disconcerting LOLnLets hope the Bodacious Brain does not have a similar problem to Crusty. nCrusty of course resides in two planes at the same time or thinks he does. nCou Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Anonymous says: Give me strength! I’m too young for all this excitement. There are now only a few days to go before I fly out to attend the Embedded System Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, December 6-8, 2016.In addition to seeing all my friends and giving a couple of presentations, one thing that is really exciting me is the prospect of noodling (dare we say “brain-stem-storming”) my new artificial brain project with like-minded folks (see The Time Has Come to Build My Own Electronic Brain and Deep Thoughts Regarding the Bodacious Brain).Just to remind us as to what this is all about, the Bodacious Brain will comprise lots and lots (possibly lots2 ) of semi-autonomous cells (neurons) filling a large glass tower. These cells will respond to different stimuli — including sounds — in strange and wondrous ways.Did you ever see the LD3 Cube Kickstarter Project (if not, bounce over there right not to check out the video of the cube responding to audio stimulus). Well, it cannot be denied that the LD3 Cube is very impressive, but “Cubes are so 20th Century, my dear!” The Bodacious Brain is going to be like a 3D Cube on steroids or my name isn’t Max the Magnificent!For more years than I care to remember, whenever I’ve announced a new hobby project, a number of my friends have emailed me to say “You really should consider using PSoC devices from Cypress Semiconductor for this creation” (I use the word “creation” only as an example; other terms have been employed, including “folly”).My chum Jay Dowling has been particularly passionate in this regard. Meanwhile, another chum, Sree Harsha Angara (an AE at Cypress), has been talking more of a “stealth marketing” approach. The way this works is that I post a blog discussing what I’m thinking about doing, and a few days later Sree emails me to say something like “I played around at home this past weekend and managed to do what you wanted using only 10% of the resources on a PSoC xxxx.” On the off-chance you aren’t familiar with these little scamps, a PSoC (“Programmable SoC”) comprises a mix of programmable analog fabric and programmable digital fabric, all accompanied by a hard processor core. These cores include 8-bit 8051s in the PSoC 3 family, 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0s in the PSoC 4 family, and 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3s in the PSoC 5 family.These devices are accompanied by an intuitive, easy-to-use drag-and-drop graphical user interface. Based on all of this, you may be wondering why I’ve never actually employed PSoCs in any of my projects. Actually, reading what I’ve just written, I’m wondering the same thing myself. I think it’s just been a reluctance to make the effort to learn something new, but it may be that the Bodacious Brain provides the perfect project platform for these little beauties.As always, I find I have a lot to learn. For example, all of the cells will be running the same program (in the case of MCU-based cells) or have the same configuration (in the case of PSoC-based cells). With regard to an MCU-based implementation, I’d vaguely considered pre-programming the cells and then using an I2C bus to “tweak” various parameters and coefficients. In a previous column, I mentioned that I’d ideally like to be able to upload an entire new program into each cell via the I2C bus, but that I didn’t know how. Well Sree informs me that all PSoC 3/4/5s can be reprogrammed via I2C, so that solves that problem.However, Sree then went on to note that I2C only supports 127 individual addresses. I said that, even though we coudl have many more than 127 cells, this wasn’t an issue because I was planning on giving all the cells the same address and simply broadcasting the same code to all of them, but Sree informed me that this wouldn’t work because:(a) The I2C specification doesn’t allow for same addresses on a single bus (to the extent of my knowledge). The most problematic is the ‘ACK’ at the end of a byte send. Since the I2C data line is a physical pull-up pin, it really gets crazy when all the I2C’s try to ‘ACK’ together. I suspect multiple I2C devices with the same address will probably hang the bus.b) On top of the I2C protocol lies the programming packets. These also use handshakes (in case of a packet loss due to noise, bad soldering, etc.) to ensure that we don’t write corrupt programs and brick the processor. So if all of them try a ‘handshake’ together, things go even crazier.Bummer. I hadn’t considered the problem of multiple devices with the same address all trying to handshake together. On the other hand, Sree also notes that PSoCs can support up to four I2C busses depending on the device, so maybe there’s a solution to be had with each cell receiving an I2C input stream on one bus, using that stream itself, and also passing the stream on to the next cell using a second I2C bus.When I mentioned to Sree that — for the main processing element for each cell — I was thinking of using surface mount devices on small breakout boards, he responded by saying that there are many flavors of PSoC, that they come in all sizes, and that the smallest breakout is probably something like the PSoC 4 M-Series Prototyping Kit. He also pointed out that it might make more sense to breakout the programmer device — the one on the USB end — because this is a PSoC 5LP in disguise and it has a bunch of pins one can reprogram and reuse. PSoC 4 M-Series Prototyping Kit (Source: Cypress Semiconductor) This is a great idea, but probably not the way we’ll go (sorry Sree). My chum Duane Benson works at Screaming Circuits. He will be designing any custom breakout boards tailored to the Bodacious Brain’s unique requirements, and Screaming Circuits can assemble any circuit board one’s heart desires. Happily, Duane will also be attending ESC Silicon Valley, so he, Sree, and yours truly are planning on meeting up, quaffing a few beers, and bouncing bodacious ideas back and forth.Speaking of ideas, I’d originally planned on having a single microphone mounted in the base supporting the Bodacious Brain’s glass tower, but Sree just emailed me to say: “I was actually visualizing the Bodacious Brain as having a microphone array — maybe six — arranged around the periphery so that it reacts to sounds spatially.” Good grief — I’d simply never thought of that. I tell you… there’s so much fun stuff to do and so little time to do it all.I shall be reporting back further following out meeting at ESC Silicon Valley. In the meantime, as always, any comments and suggestions will be very much appreciated. Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Continue Reading Previous Fit as a dog: How to transform a human pedometer into a dog’s step counterNext ESC Silicon Valley Tutorial: A novel hands-on approach to learning FPGA design December 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm “Hi Sree — I’m very much looking forward to meeting up with you at ESC next week. I fear you will have your weekends booked for the foreseeable future working on this Bodacious Brain project — it has all the hallmarks of one that will suck us in LOL” sreeharsha.angara says: “Oh the ideas… something like a random event it likes with a green smiley face 🙂 and a red unhappy face :(nnMaybe not so random as well? Hmm” December 1, 2016 at 9:12 am “Crusty is still talking about himself in the third person. Max finds this disconcerting LOL “ Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch will come in two sizes, may launch on August 9

first_imgA new set of schematics have come up courtesy certification agency FCC confirming that Samsung’s next Gear smartwatch, set to be named the Galaxy Watch, will come in two sizes. Although Samsung is known to launch two versions of its Gear smartwatch — the Gear S3 was launched in Classic and Frontier versions — this may be the first time that Samsung will be offering a choice of two sizes.It must also be noted that Samsung is also known to launch a sporty variant of its smartwatches that’s smaller and less flagship-grade than its Classic and Frontier versions aimed towards fitness enthusiasts. The two Galaxy Watch versions, mentioned in the FCC filing, may represent the standard and sport versions, you never know. While one of the variants is said to come with a 1.19-inch screen size, the other comes with a larger 1.3-inch display. The 1.19-inch version was only recently spotted on FCC confirming, among other things, that Samsung’s next smartwatch will be called the Galaxy Watch and not the Gear S4. The new schematics confirm the model numbers as well as a couple of more insights. The larger model has model number SM-R805 while the smaller one has the model number SM-R815, according to the filing. Both the variants will support LTE and Bluetooth 4.2 LE. The larger watch will have a larger 48mm chassis while the smaller one will have a 43.4mm chassis. Interestingly, both the versions are seen having the same name, that is, Galaxy Watch. It would be interesting to see how Samsung names them on launch.advertisementSamsung looks set to give up the Gear moniker for its next smartwatch. The company has also registered the Samsung Galaxy Watch logo in its home turf South Korea seemingly suggesting that its next smartwatch may not be called the Gear S4. Instead, it could be called simply the Galaxy Watch. The change, which would be a substantial one for Samsung’s smartwatch line-up, should help bring the company’s entire portfolio of products under the Galaxy umbrella thereby helping in bringing uniformity among its products.The Galaxy Watch will most likely run Samsung’s Tizen OS although some reports also suggest that the company may be looking to use Google’s new Wear OS in its next smartwatch. Samsung is expected to make some sort of announcement regarding the Galaxy Watch on August 9, the same day it launched the Galaxy Note 9.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Watch passes FCC, launch expected soonlast_img read more

Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Bautista-Agut in quarters to continue dream run

first_imgStefanos Tsitsipas continued his giant-killing run at the Australian Open as he stunned Roberto Bautista-Agut in a four-set thriller to enter the men’s singles semi-finals on Tuesday.Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final. The 20-year-old also became the youngest man to make the last four of a Slam since Novak Djokovic at the 2007 US Open.Having already floored Roger Federer to send shockwaves through the tournament, the 14th seed can create further tennis history for Greece when he plays for a spot in the final against either Rafa Nadal or Frances Tiafoe.Under a blazing sun at Rod Laver Arena, the aggressive baseliner fought back from 4-2 down in the third set and was unflappable in the fourth-set tiebreak, closing out the match with a pair of booming serves.With a victory that triggered a chorus of singing from Greek fans in the terraces, Tsitsipas became the youngest semi-finalist at Melbourne Park since American Andy Roddick, also 20, at the 2003 tournament.last_img read more

Dembele explains why he delayed Barca move

first_imgTransfers ‘I wanted to play regularly’ – Dembele explains why he delayed Barca move Last updated 2 years ago 00:48 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2017 Getty Images Transfers Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona Primera División The France youngster chose Dortmund over the Blaugrana 12 months ago as he was not prepared to play understudy to the MSN New Barcelona signing Ousmane Dembele has revealed that he turned down the chance to move to Camp Nou in 2016 as he did not feel he was ready for the Spanish giants. Dembele became the highest-profile transfer of the summer window for the Blaugrana in August as he completed a deal worth €105 million from Borussia Dortmund.Barca 5/4 with dabblebet to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The move came after just one season in the Bundesliga, but Dembele in fact had the chance to join Barca in 2016 as he was making a name for himself at Rennes. The Catalans certainly would have shelled out less if the transfer had come 12 months ago, but the young France international is convinced he made the right decision. “I’d been a professional at Rennes for just six months. Can you imagine? Just six months!” he told Sport when probed on why he rejected Barca’s advances. “Of course [it was too soon]. I wanted to learn, play Champions League games, know what that competition was, to play a whole season with a big team, playing regularly, developing…”I would have learned a lot in training but it would have halted my progression. Luckily Barcelona have come back for a second time and this time I could not let the train pass.”Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2017Dembele came in for criticism during his final days at Dortmund for skipping training sessions as he tried to force a move. But the 20-year-old sees that decision as a part of the negotiations between the two clubs and has no regrets. “I was relaxed. It was a question of negotiation between Barca and Borussia. I knew I had to have patience,” he said.”I decided to stop going training. I didn’t want to go. I looked for an excuse not to go. If it didn’t work out and I hadn’t done my part to get the move to Barca, now I would be lamenting the fact I wasn’t here.”The youngster impressed in his first and only season with Dortmund, netting 10 times in 49 appearances to help BVB seal Champions League football and the DFB Pokal title. He was also rewarded individually with a place in the Bundesliga Team of the Season, as well as the Rookie of the Season award.last_img read more

The World Cup in memes – from Mexican grandma to Fern Hawkins

first_imgThey said we’d be talking about Michy Batshuayi for weeks. When his face unexpectedly met the thermoplastic polyurethane of a Telstar 18, that marriage of Michy and ball seemed to be it. Can’t be topped. Meme of the tournament.But then Neymar rolled. And Jesse Lingard picked up the phone to his mum.Memes are by their nature ephemeral, but this World Cup, with its glorious upsets and violent delights, has made them doubly so. We’ve tried to capture the greatest memories of the tournament so far. An honourable mention to It’s Coming Home – a fine meme that, like any crowd-pleasing sitcom character, has already been spun off for its own full article and won’t be appearing here. The human rights derbyBefore we could be washed by the cleansing tide of football into what Daniel Storey called the safe harbour of WorldCupsville – the first match and meme of the competition was a reminder that we live in the real world.The cursed triptych of Gianni Infantino, Vladimir Putin and Mohammad bin Salman sharing an awkward shrug in Russia’s 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia launched a thousand memes. Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari)#RUSKSA pic.twitter.com/lxcbbJWQLwJune 14, 2018 Vivek Raveendran (@Vivek7611)#Mbappè is 19 and he ripped apart Argentina.. when I was 19 I was watching #sooryavansham on #Setmax while having samosas and then was askin mom to pick up the plate #FRAARG #FIFAWorldCup 😬July 1, 2018 ElbaJiménezHummelsNadalG (@elbajimenez9)¡Qué crack! 🇲🇽👊🏼😂 #NeymarChallenge pic.twitter.com/5cR7dnIQJPJuly 7, 2018 Alan Shearer (@alanshearer)You do know that I have played in these games right? https://t.co/dyzvsH9OlpJune 18, 2018 Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer)Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev (right) is not amused by the celebration by Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (left in red & white) #RUS #CRO #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/gn0K1FX6SdJuly 7, 2018 Throw-in masterclassIran’s Milad Mohammadi added a frankly unnecessary degree of difficulty to the relatively straightforward procedure of getting the ball back into play. Mexican grandmaThe shock of the first round of matches, which in turn led to the shock of the group stage, was surely Mexico’s swashbuckling victory over Germany. On Twitter, fans attributed the win to one very special woman. “Over the bar”The iconic chant was already de rigueur among Nigerian fans, but when Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson skied his penalty into the stands, the celebratory videos of Super Eagles fans brought a catchy new chant to the world. Share on Pinterest “Corea, hermano, ya eres mexicano” A fantastic cross-continental meme emerged in the aftermath of Korea’s 2-0 defeat of Germany. With the Koreans’ victory saving Mexico from elimination, a beautiful friendship bloomed between the two countries. From random fans in the street: When I was 19Kylian Mbappé’s double against Argentina made him the first teenager since Pelé to net two goals in the knockout stages. What have you ever done? Mena (@alldaymena)Not sure why everyone is complaining. My Optus stream is crystal clear. #OptusSport #WorldCup #ARGvICE #SBSTheWorldGame pic.twitter.com/Zenp942AfTJune 16, 2018 André Noruega (@AndreOstgaard)Alisson is life. The ball is my dreams. pic.twitter.com/yWra2xAMPpJune 17, 2018 Billie (@Billie_T)Mbappe is 19 and just won a world cup knock up game. When I was 19 I got a caution at uni for starting a fire in my uni halls from leaving a fork in the microwaveJune 30, 2018 Gerry Parker (@Gerry_Parker69)your idealism is inspirational but the reality is that even the likes of Qatar would put dozens past him.February 16, 2017 Nick Evershed (@NickEvershed)my stream quality just dropped from FIFA 18 to FIFA 14June 16, 2018 FIFA #WorldCup🏆 🌎 (@WorldcupAgender)Whenever Neymar sees a Costa Rica player😂 #BRAxCRC #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/x44wEy2FclJune 22, 2018 Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio)Aliou Cissé is me when the DJ finally plays my song and then switches to the remix before the first verse even finishes. pic.twitter.com/FMoPHmlvxLJune 19, 2018 Abe (@Abe_A93)I’m going to Korea Town today and will hug and thank every single person I run into. Gracias Korea pic.twitter.com/g1sVW3NXxZJune 27, 2018 Simon Schama chips inNot strictly a meme, but the owning of top brainy historian Simon Schama deserves its own special place in the World Cup memory bank. Jon Piccini🌹 (@JonPiccini)pic.twitter.com/Lya0qsQKvVJune 18, 2018 James State (@Stateside84)”Never heard of Tonys? Its a fish and chip shop in Sheffield. Grew up a few doors down. Chips, battered sausage and curry sauce every night growing up. I’ll treat ya when we get back.” #maguire #madeinmosborough pic.twitter.com/ARRrvcOj76July 6, 2018 Diego Armando MaradonaAnother constant throughout the group stages and beyond, Maradona’s antics in the stands – for better or worse – became an instant meme. He sniffed during Argentina v Iceland: senator_forde (@Kerwyn_Forde)Putin shake that hand like…. “We still building the pipeline right dawg?”🤣🤣🤣🤣June 14, 2018 paola (@paola__janet)I’m 100% convinced my grandma was the reason Mexico won pic.twitter.com/9jBRF5wFPEJune 17, 2018 Rolling NeymarAll good narratives need a through-line, so God bless you Neymar Jr. The Brazilian’s antics were one of the truly transcendent memes of this tournament, stretching from the group stage into the knockouts. It began with a dive against Costa Rica, then really took off as he rolled in mock agony in the match against Mexico. Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle)Neymar’s a joker. #BRACRC #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/oneyVAEs8nJune 22, 2018 And went off during Argentina v Nigeria, cutting short his tactile celebrations only to give the finger to opposing fans: Enraged Australian viewers Australian memories of Argentina v Iceland and Serbia v Costa Rica may be a bit hazier than most, thanks to a hilarious implosion from local telco Optus, who snaffled up the exclusive rights to a swath of games but then failed to stream them properly. The recriminations spawned incredible memes as an aggrieved nation took turns dunking on the beleaguered network. Michy BatshuayiBelgium 1-0 England. A goalpost 1-0 Batshuayi.The Belgian striker’s face-smashing celebration was instantly earmarked as a meme of the tournament – made all the sweeter by the fact that he’d missed three or four chances in the previous game against Tunisia. Martin Charquero (@MartinCharquero)Gif del día,no? Gracias @Rodolfo_Gremio pic.twitter.com/8HdmQCtC3PJune 17, 2018 Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93)“Can you ask the neighbours to put the bins out on Monday? We’re not going home just yet” 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 pic.twitter.com/s1g3P3jj34July 8, 2018 Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio)Aliou Cissé when Tony Meola talks like Senegal should just be happy to be here. pic.twitter.com/6qDzeWDvJBJune 19, 2018 Fern Hawkins ★ (@_fernhawkins)😆🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿♥️ https://t.co/Vom7mlWuFPJuly 8, 2018 World Cup 2018 Facebook Twitter #NeymarChallenge became a meme in every continent. Dan Molloy (@DanMolloyTV)Aliou Cissé is me when there’s free food at work pic.twitter.com/n9cAyF58ICJune 19, 2018 SBS – The World Game (@TheWorldGame)Tite with a brilliant celebration! #BRACRC #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/qoP8nMt2X4June 22, 2018 Simon Schama (@simon_schama)@alanshearer and everyone going on about how England should just enjoy the football and play loose massively underestimates the inevitable stomach-knotting teeth-gritting nervy wrench of the first gameJune 18, 2018 Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28)Guys it’s all good between them 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/1fLdTTc1eEJune 28, 2018 Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2)Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2July 7, 2018 Yoko Ono (@yokoono)Who will win the World Cup?A child who believes in a peaceful world.February 14, 2017 betclever (@bet_clever)Think Maradona must have a cold or hayfever 🤔#WorldCup #ARG pic.twitter.com/G0WWBJBXCnJune 16, 2018 Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter S A M (@Cruyffootball)Neymar Rolling Memes Compilation …cause why not? #WorldCup #Neymar pic.twitter.com/4yAc60yyC0July 3, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Maguire and Hawkins have put their own spin on it, so clearly approve. Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF)The Mexicans found a South Korean outside the stadium 😂 pic.twitter.com/9gG7V9wtOdJune 27, 2018 Share on Messenger LorenaPopa🕵️‍♀️ 🏆🥖👑 (@popalorena)Omg Maradona! 😂😂😂 #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/FZCA2NKCBdJune 26, 2018 Jordan Pickford (@JPickford1)Love when twitter is flowing with all the banta. Keeps the night goingMay 20, 2012 amadí 🇸🇳 (@amadoit__)Diego Maradona is the gift that keeps on giving. pic.twitter.com/Pl6GHG1eu1June 26, 2018 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽ً (@emilyjackyy)I’m just out here shopping in Mexico and- pic.twitter.com/p8oYA08g6MJune 28, 2018 Hannah🌼 (@HannahDaisy)You deserve it mate xoxo https://t.co/xAQl7CqkLOJuly 7, 2018 Pharrell (@Phavee)close up batshuayi pic.twitter.com/r77Zjz0b1vJune 28, 2018 features Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)That Tite Dive. Neymar clearly learned the trade from his Coach pic.twitter.com/DUhuWA9H52June 22, 2018 To the Korean consul-general absolutely partying down: Alisson bursts our bubble You have to love a meme that can do so much heavy lifting. Brazil’s exit? Germany’s? Spain’s? It all works. Alisson’s stamp, from Brazil’s opening draw with Switzerland, could be memed to apply to almost everything. Label the ball as Germany and Alisson as Son Heung-Min. Label one England and the other, well, England. The possibilities were endless. Australia sport Bokoen1 (@bokoen1)When you beat your friend 5-0 in FIFA pic.twitter.com/q8zAluX2JDJune 14, 2018 Marcia Parodi (@marparodi_mp)😂😂😂 llorooooo jajajajajajaja #Maradona #Rusia2018 #Queen pic.twitter.com/get5GS5PL1June 27, 2018 Share on WhatsApp Jordan Pickford (@JPickford1)Keep looking in mirror and thinking wow, my spots are massiveApril 19, 2012 Cissé’s celebrationsAliou Cissé and his Senegal team were many neutrals’ favourite, not least for this masterclass against Poland. Jordan Pickford (@JPickford1)Think nandos is on the cardsOctober 15, 2013 Tom Clazie Flynn (@TomClazieFlynn)Milad Mohammadi arrived in Russia with the sole intention of becoming a meme and I have a lot of time for that. #IRNSPA pic.twitter.com/siZiBaBsgGJune 20, 2018 helen (@jenkinsisgood)Give him fucking shares. https://t.co/91qa90lqcWJuly 7, 2018 THE M1 SHOW🌊 (@TheM1Show)Every Nigerian household as they watch that Iceland penalty😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4k3QNgivsCJune 22, 2018 Fern burnsEngland’s Harry Maguire stepped into the meme limelight with his tremendous forehead’s opening goal against Sweden. This picture of Maguire and his partner Fern Hawkins – which, agonisingly, resembles Distracted Boyfriend but has not yet been combined with it – took off after Kyle Walker’s expert roast. Naaman Zhou (@naamanzhou)ok we all ragged on yoko’s tweet but she could be right pic.twitter.com/8bIikiMcokJuly 2, 2018 FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer)Argentina fans rn pic.twitter.com/8rJ2ZfNKlUJune 26, 2018 Weeks later, Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović gave us a much more joyous, palate-cleansing celebration opposite Dmitry Medvedev as Russia narrowly crashed out of the quarters. And finally…The prediction that wasn’t that much further off the mark than most of the others. Jordan Pickford’s old tweetsOn the topic of youth, England’s penalty hero against Colombia and man of the match against Sweden, Jordan Pickford, got the meme treatment after grateful fans discovered his old tweets – back when he was a non-league novice at clubs like Alfreton just waiting for his Nandos. Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi)Ahahha I knew I would be f*cked the minute I come to my mentions 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 why am I so stupid bro 🤦🏾‍♂️ shit hurtsJune 28, 2018 Facebook James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner)One last tweet about Byoung-jin Han: that tequila shot he took while wearing a Mexico jersey lent to him by a fan? Another fan @sebasaspe passed this along: pic.twitter.com/JtCAe8390yJune 27, 2018 Ian Wright (@IanWright0)A performance like that on world’s stage 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾. At 19 I was being rejected by Brighton 😂 #MbappeJune 30, 2018 RA$ELL (@OnlyTheSuave)You look beautiful bro dwJuly 7, 2018 Eric Preciado (@_EricPreciado)Lmaoo Poor Neymar won’t live this one down pic.twitter.com/q4yhnXh21IJuly 2, 2018 World Cup Pinterest Topics Share via Email 🇵🇦 PanamAlex Quinn 🇵🇦 (@alxqnn)pic.twitter.com/PNEFAsfVC5June 17, 2018 James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner)That’s the Korean consul general to Mexico, Byoung-Jin Han, celebrating with grateful Mexican fans outside the Korea embassy here. One fan said he took a shot of tequila with them earlier. pic.twitter.com/NGWEmRADUWJune 27, 2018 Coach Tite’s celebrations also became memes by association. One was beautifully simple: he fell over. The other got the rather abstract Shooting Stars treatment. amadí 🇸🇳 (@amadoit__)BIG BIG MOOD pic.twitter.com/ApUsuDCuB3June 19, 2018 popular comedy account “the pixelated boat” (@pixelatedboat)That child is named Ronaldo Pelé, and he has a foot the size of a lawnmower https://t.co/AyGggGGDcJJune 24, 2018 Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Photo: ESPN Tabs Generic “Ohio State QB” As One Of The Top Returning Quarterbacks In The Country

first_img"Generic" Ohio State quarterback is one of best in country.There are some very good quarterbacks returning to college football in 2015. Michigan State’s Connor Cook. TCU’s Trevone Boykin. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott. USC’s Cody Kessler. And, of course, Ohio State’s three star quarterbacks – J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes just aren’t sure who will be their starter, and that’s OK. ESPN is confident enough in Urban Meyer that they’ve tabbed the generic “QB For Ohio State” as one of the country’s top returning signal callers. Pretty hilarious graphic pic.twitter.com/wkwU7f88pp— Andrew Gaug (@AndrewGaug) January 23, 2015You’ve got it pretty good, Ohio State fans. Which quarterback do you want to see behind center for the Buckeyes come fall – Barrett, Jones or Miller?last_img read more

Consultation Will Help Choose Protected Lands

first_imgA social media version of this release with hi-res, downloadable photos is available at http://gov.ns.ca/news/smr/2011-06-16-Protected-Lands . More photos, audio and video clips will be added after the event. Nova Scotia has taken a major step forward toward meeting its goal to protect 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s lands by 2015. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau today, June 16, invited Nova Scotians to help choose which lands should be protected. Our Wild Spaces, a discussion document, was also released to support the consultation. “As a father and grandfather, I know how important it is that we protect our environmentally significant lands now and for future generations,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Seeking input this early will allow us to be flexible and to make the best decisions for Nova Scotians and the environment.” The province has identified nearly 220,000 hectares of land that may be selected for protection. Much of the land was identified by the 2009 Colin-Stewart Forest Forum, non-government organizations and forestry industry representatives that made recommendations to government based on nearly five years of scientific research. “This process will ensure that key areas of our biodiversity can be preserved in our provincial parks and other protected areas,” said Minister of Natural Resources Charlie Parker.”Natural Resources leads government efforts to conserve biodiversity in our province, so we are pleased to work closely with Environment on this next step toward meeting Nova Scotia’s land protection goal.” “The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia have a special relationship with the land and its resources since time immemorial,” said Chief Leroy Denny. “We recognize that the 12 per cent protected lands goal is an important step in ensuring that the ecological integrity of Nova Scotia’s lands and resources are here for all future generations.” Public feedback will be incorporated into a draft plan, which will be released for provincewide consultation next year before any final decisions are made on which lands will be protected. “This is an important day for conservation in Nova Scotia,” said Chris Miller, national conservation biologist for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “This announcement brings the government one step closer to expanding the system of protected areas in the province and achieving its land conservation targets.” Interested groups are encouraged to contact the Department of Environment by Aug. 1 to arrange an information meeting. Written comments on the 12 per cent review lands will be accepted until Dec. 1 at Department of Environment, Protected Areas Branch, Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8 and by e-mail at protectedareas@gov.ns.ca . If the postal service disruption continues, written comments can be submitted to any local Department of Environment office. Our Wild Spaces and maps of the 12 per cent review lands can be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/12percent/ . More detail about land parcels will be available by the end of July.last_img read more

Trudeau says Canada still welcomes immigration despite plan to beef up border

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada remains welcoming to newcomers even as his government takes steps to curb the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country at unofficial entry points.Speaking at a news conference in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, the prime minister said Canadians continue to be “overwhelmingly in favour” of immigration even though the issue has become “politically charged” here and south of the border.“One of the reasons Canadians do have confidence in immigration as a positive force in our country is because they have confidence in our immigration system,” he said.“We are dealing with larger than usual numbers and have had to make investments to account for that but the integrity of our immigration system continues to hold.”More than 40,000 people have crossed into Canada on foot through fields and forests since 2017.Trudeau’s comments come days after his government presented a budget that includes a new border-enforcement strategy aimed at detecting, intercepting and removing irregular migrants.The plan, which is expected to cost $1.18 billion over five years, includes more funding for the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP to beef up enforcement at the border, as well as money to speed up the processing of asylum claims.Some provinces, particularly Quebec and Ontario, have called on Ottawa to reimburse them for hundreds of millions of dollars in housing and other expenses they say have been incurred in accommodating the flow of asylum seekers.The budget did not set aside money for provincial immigration costs, but Trudeau said Thursday his government will continue to work with provinces and municipalities to relieve that pressure.Meanwhile, Border Security Minister Bill Blair said over the weekend he was in talks with lawmakers in the United States to close a loophole in Canada’s border agreement with the U.S. that some say encourages asylum seekers to avoid official checkpoints.Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, asylum seekers can’t claim refugee status in Canada if they arrive at an official border crossing from a country deemed to be safe, such as the U.S. — but they can do so from inside Canada.Blair has said that extending the agreement to those who cross irregularly from the U.S. could help remove the incentive.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alicia Silverstone Wants People To Get Active For Animals

first_imgAs a spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s new Compassionate Communities Campaign, Alicia Silverstone has a simple goal: to help as many people as possible get active for animals.“When people think about helping animals, they generally think about dogs and cats, but chickens, pigs, and other farm animals need our help even more. And science shows that farm animals are just as intelligent and interesting as our pets,” says Alicia Silverstone, whose best-selling book “The Kind Diet” shows just how easy and delicious vegetarian eating can be. “Vegetarian advocacy allows busy people like you and me to spare the lives of thousands of animals every year without a huge time commitment. For example, you can spare at least fifty animals a lifetime of misery on a factory farm with just an hour of leafleting. And there are lots more tips at CompassionateCommunities.org.”Compassionate Communities was created by Farm Sanctuary, North America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization, to promote and train animal advocates and grassroots groups in the most effective forms of animal advocacy and community building.WHY IT MATTERSVegetarian advocacy has proven to be the most effective thing caring individuals can do to help the greatest number of animals in the least amount of time. For each person who reduces the amount of meat they eat, dozens of farm animals will be spared a lifetime of suffering.HOW IT WORKSIndividuals who join the Compassionate Communities Campaign will: Receive direct support, physical resources, and instructions on best practices to help sharpen their advocacy skills. Receive blog updates twice a month delivered straight to their inboxes. Receive challenges that will take their activism to new heights while saving thousands animals. Complete the challenges and report back on their progress to receive recognition and prizes.To find out how to join and watch a video message from Alicia Silverstone, click here.last_img read more

Nasser Bourita Represents Morocco At The G5 Sahel Conference in Brussels

Rabat – This Friday in Brussels, at a high-level international conference on the Sahel, Minister of cooperation and foreign affairs Nasser Bourita met with several high officials of the European Union, G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Chad, Niger, Mali) heads of state and government, UN and AU representatives, as well as important officials from friend states such as USA, Japan, and the Golf states.The conference, which was held under the auspices of the European Union, allowed the mobilization of € 414 million, a sum that will wholly be allocated to operations in support of the G5 Sahel Joint Anti-Terrorism Force.During the conference, participants also discussed means to strengthen coordination on security-related strategic issues and reinforce effectiveness regarding sustainable development aids in the region. The meeting, Nasser Bourita shortly afterwards told MAP, was also an occasion to discuss other regional and international issues.The EU, key contributor to stability and security measures in the G5 Sahel area, vowed, after this week’s conference, to double its efforts towards financing the region’s joint anti-terrorism force. In this regard, EU officials at the conference assured participants that Europe would increase its support to € 100 million, which, they said, together with other international supports, will help G5 Sahel countries acquire the necessary means to improve security and crush terrorism in the region.“The EU plays a major role in this Sahel alliance which, launched in July 2017, aims to coordinate and channel, in a more effective way, financial help to the region’s most fragile zones,” said a press release after the conference, adding that the aid initiative is open to all international partners that hope to join the anti-terrorism fight. read more

Annan to seek help of business leaders at Davos in promoting equitable

Five years ago in Davos, Mr. Annan launched a Global Compact aimed at involving the private sector in upgrading environmental, labour and human rights conditions. According to UN officials, during his keynote address to the Forum on 20 January, the Secretary-General will laud progress achieved since then while warning that the current critical juncture in international affairs requires continued efforts to build an open, rules-based global economy that works for the world’s people. Towards that end, he will enlist the intensified help of the business community.The Davos speech will come on the second day of a 12-day, seven-city, European trip set to begin on Monday evening, when Mr. Annan will arrive in Baden-Baden, Germany, a UN spokesman announced today. He will receive the German Media Prize on Wednesday and hold talks with the country’s Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer.After the World Economic Forum, Mr. Annan will travel to Stockholm, where on 25 January, he will meet the Prime Minister. The following day he will address the opening of the Stockholm International Forum 2004 – Preventing Genocide: Threats and Responsibilities.In Paris the following day, the Secretary-General is scheduled to attend a working luncheon hosted by French President Jacques Chirac and to address a Global Compact meeting.On 28 January, Mr. Annan will be in Brussels for meetings with the NATO Secretary-General, the European Union College of Commissioners, the European Commission President and the Irish European Union Presidency. The following day, he will receive the Sakharov Prize at a European Parliament ceremony. After that he has meetings scheduled with top Belgian officials.Still in Belgium that Friday, the Secretary-General will be receiving an honorary doctorate awarded to him last year by the University of Gent.On his final stop, in Geneva, Mr. Annan has meetings scheduled with President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil and President Chirac. He will also meet – separately and later jointly – with President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and President Paul Biya of Cameroon. read more

Indonesias incoming president gets boost after meeting rival but tough challenges await

Indonesia’s incoming president gets boost after meeting rival, but tough challenges await by Ali Kotarumalos And Niniek Karmini, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2014 12:03 am MDT JAKARTA, Indonesia – Rebooting a slowing economy in a nation of 250 million where inequality is rising, a looming decision on raising fuel prices and vulnerability to any U.S. interest rate hikes would be enough to tax any incoming president.But Indonesia’s Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who takes office Monday, must also find a way to work with a powerful and well-funded opposition that could block moves to address the challenges holding back the country’s rise as an emerging market powerhouse.At least eight heads of state and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the inauguration, a sign of Indonesia’s regional and international clout. After years of dictatorship, the country was convulsed by unrest in the late 1990s and turned to democracy amid the upheaval of the Asian financial crisis. It is the biggest economy in Southeast Asia and home to more Muslims than any other nation.In a positive sign for the minority government that Jokowi will lead, the head of the opposition and losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto met with him Friday for the first time since the polls, finally conceding defeat and offering qualified support. Many analysts still fear that Subianto could play an obstructive role, but the meeting offered at least some hope that the rancour of the bitterly contested polls might be subsiding.Jokowi is taking over from Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has overseen consolidation of Indonesia’s young democracy and steady economic growth, albeit now at just over 5 per cent, its slowest pace in five years. Slowing demand in China for Indonesia’s natural resources has dulled exports. High interest rates to rein in a yawning current account deficit have also taken the steam out of the economy.The deficit makes Indonesia highly vulnerable to the hikes expected next year in what are record-low U.S. interest rates, which could suck funds from the country, pressurizing the rupiah and spooking the markets. Jokowi will also have to quickly take steps to fix the country’s massive infrastructure problems and tackle corruption, both of which hurt efforts to attract the foreign investment needed to create jobs.The first major test of his reform credentials will be one of the hardest: how much to cut subsidies on fuel that unless trimmed will cost the government more than $30 billion this year. The subsidies keep fuel cheap, but drain government funds that could be spent more productively on building bridges, schools or hospitals, for example.Cutting subsidies means prices rise at the pump. That leads to follow-on hikes to the cost of basic goods and bus fares that hit the poor directly and will stoke anger at the super wealthy minority who have benefited most from Indonesia’s growth as well as Jokowi. But economists, political commentators and investors all say he has no choice if he wants to show economic responsibility and free up funds.“There are many unpopular policies, including raising fuel prices, that have to be taken, although that may lead to anger and resistance from the opposition coalition in the first year,” said Sofyan Wanandi, a high-profile businessman and chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association. “But there is no pleasant-tasting medicine to fix the economy. If we don’t take it, our economy will be destroyed.”Jokowi doesn’t need parliamentary approval to cut the subsidies, but he is likely to be criticized by the opposition and sections of the media. Previous hikes in fuel prices have led to street demonstrations and riots, and were a factor in the downfall of former dictator Suharto.Jokowi, a former furniture seller, won 54 per cent of the votes in the July elections after a grassroots campaign that stressed his ordinariness, honesty and record of hard work and uncorrupt service as Jakarta governor. He is the seventh Indonesian president, and the only one that hasn’t been drawn from the country’s political, economic and military elite.After the inauguration, Jakarta is planning a street celebration and live music concert at which it is rumoured Jokowi, who is a guitarist and heavy metal fan, will play.Subianto, who has been trying to become president for more than 10 years, has a poor human rights record and close ties to the elite that governed the country during the Suharto years. Many democracy activists have expressed fears that he would go to any lengths, including undemocratic ones, to secure the presidency.His refusal to concede defeat and unsuccessful legal campaign to get the vote overturned had only added to those concerns.Last month, legislators loyal to Subianto voted to scrap direct elections for local officials, triggering anger at what many regarded as a grave setback to democracy that would return power to the mostly corrupt political parties. Jokowi rose to national prominence after being directly elected a regional governor.The meeting Friday served to allay those concerns, though much remains uncertain.It took place at the house of Subianto’s father in southern Jakarta.“I told him that I will ask my friends and supporters to support him and the government he will lead,” Subianto said. “If there are things that we feel unprofitable, we will not hesitate to express criticism.”Jokowi has yet to name his Cabinet. He could offer places to opposition members, broadening his support.Economic professor Fransiskus Xaverius Sugiyanto said he thought it likely that the government could function even with such a large opposition, though its members would try and block legislation that was harmful to their business interests.“As long as the government’s policies and strategies are really based on the people’s needs and interests, I am sure he will survive for the next five years,” he said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Syria crisis discrimination impunity among issues facing top UN human rights body

“There is clearly no shortage of human rights challenges which my Office is working on with partners and stakeholders,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said at the opening of the Council’s 21st session in Geneva.She highlighted numerous human rights challenges that continue to persist and preoccupy the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): poverty, impunity, armed conflicts, refugee flows, discrimination, religious intolerance, arbitrary executions, and the impact of the pervasive economic and financial crises. “Regrettably, lives and livelihoods continue to hang in the balance,” she stated. “My Office remains vigilant in supporting States in addressing these scourges, doing what it can within limited means to improve conditions that result in far too many human rights victims.”Made up of 47 Member States elected by the General Assembly, the Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them. She voiced grave concern about the ongoing conflict in Syria, where more than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad began some 18 months ago, citing the continuing “devastating” consequences on civilians. “I reiterate the call I made at the last session of the Council for the international community to overcome divisions and work to end the violence and human rights violations to which the people of Syria have been subjected and to ensure accountability for all perpetrators,” she said.Other country situations that also deserved the attention of the Council and her Office include Bahrain, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Greece, Kenya, the Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the occupied Palestinian territory, South Africa, Sudan and Tunisia, she said. Ms. Pillay also called on the Council to address issues such as gender equality, the targeting of religious minorities and the rising number of executions in some countries. Also addressing the Council’s opening session today was Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who commended the body for its quick response to the crisis in Syria.“While the Security Council has been divided on the situation, the General Assembly and this Council have acted. I welcome this stepped-up engagement,” he said. “I regret that your recommendations were not followed up by other relevant United Nations organs.”The UN chief encouraged the Council to maintain its vigilance on Syria, including on the question of accountability. “We must ensure that anyone, on any side, who commits war crimes, crimes against humanity or other violations of international human rights or humanitarian law is brought to justice,” he stated.The Secretary-General highlighted five challenges that warranted the Council’s attention. They included the need to do more to ensure that the output of the Council and other UN human rights mechanisms shapes policy-making across the Organization, as well as the responsibility of States to protect those who courageously advocate and risk their lives to defend human rights and the values of the UN Charter.He also stressed the need for the Council to respond to all human rights violations in an even-handed manner, without disproportionately emphasizing any one situation over another. “Taking a selective approach to human rights violations has the effect of damaging the credibility of the institutions concerned,” he said. “Your efforts must be universal and consistent.” read more

Black Ops second map pack details leaked 5 maps May 3rd

first_imgSome good news just broke for all you Call of Duty: Black Ops fans out there. The game’s second DLC map pack, Escalation, is on the way. Australian gaming site, Game.com.au, seems to have accidentally posted a flyer for the DLC which stated that the release date would be May 3rd (03.05.2011 for those of us who aren’t in the US) and it wil include 5 maps. There are almost no other details, but we do know the map names: Zoo, Hotel, Convoy, Stockpile, and Survive. Based on the art it looks like Survive is a zombie map while the others will be standard multiplayer ones.We don’t know if the date is worldwide, but it was for the first one (First Strike) so long as you wanted to play it on the Xbox 360. We also don’t know for a fact that this is legit–online retailer leaks are extremely hit and miss–but the art looks real and we have been expecting more BlOps maps some time in May so it seems safe to start to get excited about this one.AdChoices广告As per usual, the map pack will land on the Xbox 360 first and then the PC and PS3 later on.via This Is XboxFull image:last_img read more

Cyprus first public gay wedding

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For Marios Frixou, 36, and Fanos Eleftheriades, 26, last week saw a dream of theirs came true, when they said ‘I do’ in what was Cyprus’ first public gay wedding.The only unconventional aspect of the wedding was the two grooms at the front of the altar; from there on it was as traditional as they come. Mr Frixou’s mother greeted the couple by handing both a gold coin – old family heirlooms – that they each hung around their necks. The couple then danced to the traditional wedding song, with guests feasting on roasted pork and lining up with offerings of cash-filled envelopes.Overjoyed to be finally be wed after seven years together, the couple said they opted for the traditional trimmings to encourage others on the island to be open and proud of their own love.“We wanted to give courage to other couples and to all gay and transgender people to accept themselves and not to be ashamed of who they are,” said Mr Frixou. “We’ve gotten scores of messages from people telling us how much courage we’ve given them.”The simple yet meaningful ceremony, which took place before the Nicosia District Officer, was made possible late last year, when lawmakers passed a civil union law recognising gay marriage. The move was a big step forward for gay rights across the globe, and for Cyprus itself, which decriminalised homosexuality just 18 years ago.The newlyweds exchanged vows in the presence of their two best women, along with a few friends and family, before heading to the reception where hundreds turned out to wish the couple well. Though the civil union law grants gay couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, there continues to be a restriction against joint adoption of children.While the church and local religious groups continue to hold their stance in opposition of gay marriage, they haven’t been as vocal of late says Costas Gavrielides, president of gay rights group ACCEPT.“People are coming to terms with the fact that the rights of all people must be respected and actually enshrined in law,” said Mr Gavrielides.“Same-sex couples have been given the opportunity to feel legitimised.”last_img read more

PAGCOR reveals substantial POGO revenue rise in 2018 as enforcement role defended

first_imgIn a written response, PAGCOR said that POGO operations “have been contributing significantly to PAGCOR’s overall revenues which eventually go to the government’s coffers and various mandated beneficiaries.”It added that POGO contributed Php657 million in 2016, improving to Php3.924 billion in 2017 and Php7.365 billion last year.PAGCOR also emphasized that enforcement of POGO was the role of multiple government agencies, not just PAGCOR.“While gaming operations fall within the ambit of the gaming industry thereby subjecting the same to pertinent regulatory bodies such as PAGCOR, other components of operations fall under the jurisdiction of [other] sectors making each component subjected to the regulation of each concerned government agencies,” it said.In particular, PAGCOR stated that taxation of licensed operators is undertaken by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, while foreign workers are regulated by both the Department of Labor and Employment and the Bureau of Immigration.“For our part, PAGCOR upholds lawful employment,” it said. “Employing undocumented foreign workers by licensed operations and their accredited service providers is a violation warranting imposition of demerits, fines and other administrative penalties, without prejudice to suspension of operations and/or cancellation of license or accreditation.“PAGCOR expresses its commitment to uphold the integrity of gaming in the country. By partaking in inter-agency efforts in regulating offshore gaming operations, PAGCOR has always supported the government’s policy of equitable and progressive taxation, lawful employment, and promotion of public welfare.” Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Load More RelatedPosts Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has revealed that its Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) scheme contributed revenue of Php7.365 billion (US$139.3 million) in 2018 – almost double the amount contributed in the previous year.The figures were produced as part of a press statement issued over the weekend in which PAGCOR launched a passionate defense of its POGO regulatory procedures following criticism by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who stated last week that the government was missing out on more than Php3 billion per month in tax revenue from foreign workers. It is estimated that there are around 100,000 foreign POGO workers in the country. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in Augustlast_img read more