Police seek Amazon Echo recordings to answer murder whodunit

first_imgTags:#Amazon Alexa#Internet of Things#IoT#murder#police#voice control Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… The Amazon Echo and Google Home sold in record numbers this holiday season. These devices, which boast a similar set of features including smart home control, are designed to listen in on your conversations. These devices are like robotic people in the room, anxiously awaiting your command so they can leap into action delivering hit tracks on Spotify or turning your thermostat down.Police have issued a warrant for information gathered by an Amazon Echo owned by James Bates, an Arkansas man charged with a first-degree murder that took place in 2015. It is believed that the murder took place in Bates’ home, and that the Amazon Echo in the home may have captured vital information.See also: Amazon Alexa now has more skills; listens betterIt’s because these devices hear so much that police are interested in them. These devices could act as a virtual witness to the crimes themselves. If they happen to record something pertinent to the investigation. Fortunately for us, accessing information takes a bit more doing than dragging the Echo downtown and putting it under a hot light.In fact, very little audio is actually stored — at least according to Amazon and Google. This audio is the conversation that takes place after you say the command phrase. For the Amazon Echo, that phrase is typically “Hey Alexa.”Everything you say, now in the cloud?These conversations, which are typically short phrases such as questions about the weather or the height of the Empire State Building, are kept in the cloud and made accessible to the user to play back. This is the same on Amazon’s service as it is on Google’s. The user can choose to delete specific recordings at their leisure. This data is used to create more accurate results and to improve on voice recognition.In the case of Bates’ Amazon Echo, police have stated that they retrieved some information from the Echo itself. This is surprising, considering the Echo doesn’t have a real hard drive that would store any significant amount of data.In fact, the Echo itself requires an Internet connection to send your voice command to the cloud to be processed. Amazon has declined to hand over recordings to authorities twice, but have handed over Bates’ basic account information and purchase history.Whether or not these devices will one day be sitting in the witness chair in a courtroom remains to be seen. In any case, it’s probably a good idea not to ask your smart speaker for any tips for committing a crime. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Matthew Piersoncenter_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

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AT&T unleashes drones to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Amanda Razani Follow the Puck AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storagecenter_img Tags:#AT&T#climate change#drones#featured#Hurricane Harvey#Internet of Things#IoT#natural disaster#Smart Cities#smart city#top As residents on or near the coast of Texas continue to try to pick up the pieces of devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, the ability to communicate to the outside world has become more and more important. Yesterday, AT&T deployed a fleet of 46 drones to inspect areas in South Texas that have been impacted.The key goals for the deployment were to check out all the towers, determine the network impact and ensure that customers continue to be able to speak to their loved ones.  A total of 26 drones were sent the day before, prior to sending out the 46 drones yesterday.  AT&T has an additional 58 drones on standby if needed.See Also: Amazon’s drones will tell you when your house needs workIn natural disaster situations such as this one, drones can often be utilized to inspect areas that aren’t accessible to cars or trucks due to flooding. The use of drones allows for quicker access to these inaccessible areas that could not be inspected otherwise. They can also see parts of the towers that people can’t reach when climbing or see from observing from the ground level.  They also speed up the inspection process of towers overall, because more towers can be studied in a shorter amount of time, freeing up time for making repairs.AT&T said “Drones can take HD video and photos of a cell site, giving us a birds’ eye view of the tower. This offers high-quality visuals of equipment, components, and cabling so our engineers can remotely view cell sites safely from the ground – all in real time.”Further help in the worksIn addition to the two flights of drones, AT&T plans to deploy 2 Satellite Cell on Wheels (Sat COLTS) to Beaumont, TX.  These will be joining additional assets that are already in place.  AT&T is planning to send 12 more to assist customers and first responders located in that area, due to the second landfall of Tropical Storm Harvey.Customers who live in these impacted areas will be receiving credits for extra data, voice and text charges, and prepaid credits for extra voice and text charges from the company.Follow this link to see drone footage shared by AT&T:  https://ql.mediasilo.com/#ql/59a73367e4b0b55905b47c40/ec1edd79-9041-419b-a5a1-45a0d480164a A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Windies women thrash India by 9 wickets in first ODI

first_imgThe West Indies women thrashed hosts India by nine wickets with 13.1 overs to spare in the first ODI at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s BKC ground in Mumbai on Monday.West Indies vice-captain and off spinner Anisa Mohammed grabbed four out of the top six Indian wickets to help skittle out the hosts for a paltry 161.The target was easily achieved by the visitors who rode on opener Stefanie Taylor’s unbeaten 85 in 122 balls.One- down Shanel Daley remained unconquered with 44 off 86 balls and also added 137 runs for the unfinished second wicket with Stefanie after the cheap dismissal of the other opener, Juliana Nero, who fell to Indian skipper Jhulan Goswami.Earlier, opting to bat first, the home team stumbled against Anisa and medium pacer Deandra Dottin to be reduced to 129 for 7 before the slog phase and could not post a good score which could have troubled the visitors.The second and third matches of the best-of-five series are to be held at Vadodara on January 13 and 15 followed by the last two ties at Rajkot on the 18th and 19th. The visitors are also slated to take on the home team in a best-of-three T20 series with all matches scheduled at Ahmedabad from 22nd to 24th January.Brief Scores: India 161 all out in 49.3 overs ( Poonam Raut 33, Harmanpreet Kaur 32; Anisa Mohammed 4 for 27) lost to West Indies 162 for 1 in 36.5 overs ( Stefanie Taylor not out 85, Shanel Daley not out 44)With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Ali! Ali! The world says goodbye to The Greatest

first_imgA banner stating “We Love You Mohammad” is displayed as well-wishers touch the hearse carrying the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali during his funeral procession through Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 11, 2016 COMMENT Published on A banner stating “We Love You Mohammad” is displayed as well-wishers touch the hearse carrying the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali during his funeral procession through Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif   –  Reuters sport Louisville and the rest of the world said goodbye to The Greatest, showering affection on Muhammad Ali during a fist-pumping funeral procession through the streets of his hometown, followed by a star-studded memorial service where he was saluted as a fearless breaker of racial barriers.An estimated 100,000 people holding signs and chanting, “Ali! Ali!” lined the streets as a hearse carrying his cherry-red casket made its way past his childhood home to Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery, where a private graveside service was held for the three-time heavyweight champion of the world last night.“He stood up for himself and for us, even when it wasn’t popular,” said Ashia Powell, waiting at a railing for the funeral procession to pass by on an interstate highway below.Later in the day, a grand memorial service was held at a sports arena packed with celebrities, athletes and politicians, including former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, Sen. Orrin Hatch, director Spike Lee, former NFL great Jim Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, soccer star David Beckham, Whoopi Goldberg and Kareem Abdul—Jabbar.As the interfaith service got underway at the KFC Yum! Center, the crowd of up to 15,000 burst into applause and chanted, “Ali! Ali!” when a Muslim religious leader welcomed the audience to “the home of the people’s champ.”Kevin Cosby, pastor of a Louisville church, likened Ali to such racial barrier-breakers as Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson.“Before James Brown said, ‘I’m black and I’m proud,’ Muhammad Ali said, ‘I’m black and I’m pretty,’” Cosby said. .“Blacks and pretty were an oxymoron.”He said the boxing great “dared to affirm the power and capacity of African—Americans” and infused them with a “sense of somebodiness.”Rabbi Michael Lerner, a political activist and editor of the Jewish magazine Tikkun, brought the crowd to its feet four times with a fiery speech in which he referred to Ali’s refusal to be drafted during the Vietnam War — a stand that cost him his boxing title.“Ali stood up to immoral war, risked fame to speak truth to power. The way to honour him is to be like him today,” Lerner said, railing against such things as anti—Muslim bigotry, drone attacks, the gap between rich and poor, and racist policing.Ali, the most magnetic and controversial athlete of the 20th century, died last Friday at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The brash and outspoken athlete transcended sports to become a powerful source of black pride and a symbol of professional excellence recognized around the world. × COMMENTS SHARElast_img read more

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IPL 2016: Kolkata Knight Riders are playing like champions, says Andre Russell

first_imgWest Indian all-rounder Andre Russell, who guided Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday, said his team played like champions in their Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens. (KKR not taking any game for granted, says Gautam Gambhir)Russell came up with a sensational last over to help KKR go top of the table with 12 points from 9 games. The Jamaican ended with figures of 4 for 20 from his four overs as Glenn Maxwell’s scintillating 42-ball 68 went in vain for KXIP. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)”The last game against RCB, me and Yusuf did well. But this match was important too and we bowled like champions. Our batters have been doing the job most of the time and we had been letting them down earlier,” Russell said.”But we proved ourselves tonight. We were trying to get 180 but their bowlers bowled yorkers very well. But we knew 160 was dependable on this ground. We had to bowl to our field, build pressure and take wickets,” he added. (Russell’s magical spell hands KKR seven-run win over Kings XI)KKR captain Gautam Gambhir said they were 10 runs short on a slow wicket but was happy that his team came up with a good show.”We were not used to this kind of a wicket but I think did well and were pretty professional after that game in RCB. I think we were about 10 runs short. After playing at Wankhede and Banglaore, this was a touch slower. But we got to get used to it,” Gambhir said.advertisement”Russell and Morkel getting wickets upfront was crucial. Our middle order has been in decent form. We can’t be complacent, like what happened last year when we couldn’t qualify for the playoffs,” he added.Meanwhile, KXIP skipper Murali Vijay looked to take positives from the game.”We didn’t start well and for Maxi to put on a knock like that was unbelievable. Axar got run out at the wrong time but lot of positives for us to take,” he said.”Our bowlers were upto the mark and Sandeep has been excellent but we needed a strong start with the bat. The momentum is with us, from Rajkot, and we’re looking to take that forward.”Asked about Hashim Amla who joined the KXIP squad on Wednesday in place of Shaun marsh, Vijay said: “Hashim Amla came this morning and we wanted to give him some break before including him in the future.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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The name is Pan: Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan promotes pan masala, Twitterati lose it

first_imgThe first face that comes to your mind when you think about one of the most iconic characters ever written, the human superhero James Bond, is that of Pierce Brosnan. He has been active in Hollywood as an actor, doing three to four movies every year, but has not been making headlines.Unlike today. This morning, Indians saw Pierce Brosnan in a classy avatar — wearing a suit and sporting grey hair, beard and moustache — on the front page ads of many newspapers, posing with Pan Bahar.Here is Pierce Brosnan posing with the pan product. Photo courtesy: Twitter (@uma8987)Twitterati, half of them still in denial that this is happening in real, have been tweeting the ads with hilarious reactions. Here are a few:   Pierce Brosnan selling pan on the front page of the Times of India.The Asian Century is upon us. pic.twitter.com/Kj5nsLdkqj Iain Marlow (@iainmarlow) October 7, 2016When James Bond starts selling pan, you know the empire really has struck back. pic.twitter.com/KhgdKrVDDG Dhruva Jaishankar (@d_jaishankar) October 7, 2016Born to chew & spit…. James Bond Pierce Brosnan pic.twitter.com/4Bbq3qVpS2 Mitul Thakkar (@MitulThakkar) October 7, 2016When the brand ambassador is also a satisfied consumer of the product, he puts down his signature. You mean Pierce Brosnan chews Pan Masala. pic.twitter.com/IqLVZFVv0K Sagar (@sagarcasm) October 7, 2016As Pierce Brosnan is endorsing Pan Bahar, his new line should be -My name is bond, aakthoo(spits).. James Bond. pic.twitter.com/spzuA6fGFyadvertisement Angry Indian Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) October 7, 2016I always wondered how James Bond was surrounded by girls, fought his enemies, used gadgets. The secret is out, he chews Pan Bahar pan masala Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) October 7, 2016@KyaUkhaadLega Sir, how did you miss that? pic.twitter.com/FSyzTvtlYE Rofl Gandhi Dobara (@RoflGandhi_) October 7, 2016Then:The name’s Bond. James Bond.Now:Thookna hai. Side hatt ja, Thookna hai. pic.twitter.com/6TbRTUyPkK Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) October 7, 2016Moral of the story: If you need to sell masala you need to have such a mustache pic.twitter.com/lJJ3g2U2aN Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) October 7, 2016Now, if you didn’t have enough, and still have the strength to bear more, watch the Pan Bahar ad featuring Pierce Brosnan, right here.Video courtesy: YouTube\ET BrandEquityAnd if you were shocked/surprised to see Brosnan endorsing a pan brand, see what five of our Bollywood celebrities chose to endorse.last_img read more

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Andy Murray hoping again to play and beat tennis’s big three

first_imgReuse this content Kim Clijsters comes out of tennis retirement for a second time … 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. news Topics Read more Share on Messenger Since you’re here… The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian Andy Murray says he would love to play Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic again before all of them retire, but only if he thinks he has a chance of winning – and he admits he is some way short of that level.The former world No 1, whose comeback continues in Asia over the next few weeks, will return to singles grand-slam tennis at the Australian Open in January and, ranked 415 in the world while his hip heals, he could draw any of the big three.He he has won 14 and lost 11 against the world No 3 Federer, is 7-17 against the No 2 Nadal and 11-25 against the No 1 Djokovic. Share on Twittercenter_img Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Murray has until 5pm on Friday to make himself available for Great Britain for the new ATP Cup in Australia from 3 to 12 January, knowing his participation would guarantee they were one of the 24 finalists, but could compromise his preparation for a return to the Australian Open, which starts two days after the final.“If I use my protected [ranking], I will play as the number one [British] player,” he said. “But the Australian Open would be the priority for me. I don’t want to go there and not play any matches [before the Open].”His dilemma is that the other British players in contention – Kyle Edmund (32 in the world), Dan Evans (48) and Cameron Norrie (67) – might not be high enough in the rankings to ensure Great Britain qualify, although there is a second deadline to make the cut, 13 November.“If I am just looking out for myself, I enter now, play as the number one player and I guarantee myself to play three matches, then that is great,” he said. “But that is not how team competitions work. You should look out for what is best for the team and how you are going to win. I have spoken to a few of the British players, and I said if I am not going to play then I won’t go. I don’t know if there is a way: maybe if everyone could all agree to play two singles each, which would mean we are guaranteed matches.” “I look forward to doing it if, physically, I am capable of competing with them,” he said in London on Thursday at the launch of the TRR collagen supplement he is using to help his joint and bone health eight months after hip surgery. “I don’t look forward to going on the court against one of those guys and not feeling like I have a chance of winning which, if I played them tomorrow, that’s how I would feel.“When I practised with Novak in Australia at the beginning of this year, I found that hard, even though it was just practice. I felt terrible and I found that quite hard. If I’m able to compete against them and feel like I can win, even if it’s a really small chance, then I will enjoy that, for sure. But, not feeling like I can be competitive and getting pumped, I probably wouldn’t enjoy that.”Meanwhile, the Scot admits he is torn between loyalty to Great Britain and his meticulous planning for a return to the big time.The major choice he must make is whether to play at the new-format Davis Cup finals in Madrid in November – and in singles (his preference) or doubles. Murray, as ever, was central to national fortunes when Great Britain beat Belgium to win the competition in 2015.“If Leon [Smith, the team captain] asked me to play doubles, I’d do it” he said. “[But] I’d want to be playing singles, obviously, given that’s what I’m training and practising for now. I enjoy dealing with all the guys and the team environment. I’m curious to experience the new format. Although there were flaws in the other format, I really enjoyed a lot of the matches, some of the best atmospheres that I would have played in.” Andy Murray Tennis Read morelast_img read more

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9 days agoArsenal boss Emery played Ozil, Mustafi in Reading friendly

first_imgArsenal boss Emery played Ozil, Mustafi in Reading friendlyby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery fielded a strong XI for Tuesday’s friendly with Reading.The match was Mark Bowen’s first as new Royals manager.The game finished 2-2, with Sam Baldock netting both of Royals’ goals.The former Brighton man had given Reading the lead, before an Arsenal team – which included senior pros Mesut Ozil, Ashley Maitland-Niles, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi – hit back.Baldock had the last laugh though as he claimed his second goal to earn Royals a draw. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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The Best Dog Gone Gift Guide

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather What is a gift guide season without mentioning man’s best friend? For those of us with dawgs they can be like a best friend or even a very sloppy child, so why not treat them to something special this holiday season? The pet market has exploded in recent years and while some of it seems worrisome ( Bowser Beer for Dogs, Doggles and the Pet Highchair) there are some great companies out there selling locally made and well crafted items for Fido.Here are some of our favorites:Tanner Goods Natural Leather LeadBased in Portland, Oregon, Tanner Goods  hand makes quality products from utility gloves to stadium blankets. Their dog lead is made from 10/11 oz. natural tooling strap leather and features a stainless steel buckle and heavy duty welded D-ring for attatching a leash. We opt for the natural leather to watch it age handsomely.Tanner Goods Leather Lead Harry Barker Dog Food ContainerIf you are like us, we tend to pour our pups food straight from the bag into the bowl. Disaster every time. Utter joy for our dog who finds kibble flung under every corner of the kitchen. So we are buying this Dog Food Storage Canister for ourselves this holiday. It looks damn good,  is sturdy and (!) made from recycled steel.  It also comes with its own aluminum scoop and an airtight lid so food stays fresh.Harry Barker Swedish Farm CanisterSkookum Memory Foam Summit BedOk before you go all ballistic on the comments section about this one, hear us out. We consider this the bed for the dog that is seriously old and uncomfortable. We have heard from many vets that old dogs need really great beds to rest their weary bones so we are all about this Skookum Dog for Ole Yeller. The bolsters are a great place for them to rest their chin to watch the goings on, while the fleece is warm and cozy with that thick layer of memory foam on the bottom. Perfect for nesting and resting.Skookum Memory Foam Summit BedHarry Barker Carriage Dog BlanketIf you take care of your car and want to avoid dog hair, sand and dirt, you want to throw something a little nicer than an old beach blanket in the back when hauling your dog around town or cross country. This carriage blanket is a great option. It is 100% cotton and canvas backed and even has a grommet on the corner for convenient hanging if it gets wet or simply in the way.Harry Barker Carriage BlanketL.L. Bean Dog Safety VestThese aren’t just for all you hunters out there, these vests are perfect for the city dog who needs to be spotted by bikes, cabs and joggers. The reflective tape adds even more visibility and the velcro closure ensures a quick and easy in and out pre and post walk.LL Bean Safety VestLands’ End Plaid Down VestAlthough many dogs relish a snow day, if we want to take them on a big hike or spend extra time in the dog park, they need a little protection from the elements. This water -repellent nylon vest keeps ‘em cozy and can be tossed in the wash if it gets grungy. It’s also a simple, basic staple, no hoodie or alien head attached.Lands’ End Plaid Down VestHarry Barker Scottie Dog ToyWe had to throw in one toy that isn’t totally tacky for the holidays. This tartan Scottie is filled with eco-friendly fiberfill made from recycled bottles. It’s the perfect toy to play tug or fetch with over the holidays and keep you in the spirit.Harry Barker Scottie Toy The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. last_img read more

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Vinesh wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland Open

first_imgNew Delhi: Star India grappler Vinesh Phogat has bagged her third consecutive gold in women’s 53kg category after winning the Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw. The 24-year-old prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the final of the competition. Vinesh had earlier beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the quarterfinals of this international tournament. The top Indian woman wrestler had stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu International at Istanbul, Turkey last month. Former national hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, who is also involved with Olympic Gold Quest, congratulated Vinesh on her success.last_img

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First Africa Womens Forum kicks off in Dakhla

Dakhla – The first Africa Women’s Forum kicked off Friday in Dakhla with the participation of high-level women leaders from 35 African countries.The meeting, organized at the initiative of the Council of the Moroccan Expatriate Community (CCME) and the International Institute for Security and Development, in partnership with the Wilaya of the region of Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira, brings together women ministers, MPs, and councilors from, among others, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritania, Libya, Mali, Madagascar, Senegal, Tanzania and Sierra Leone.The event provides an opportunity to discuss leadership issues of women and their contribution to the development of the African continent. In a statement to MAP, president of the International Institute for Security and Development, also president of the Foundation of Africa Women’s Forum, Naima Korchi, said the Forum will help discuss the experiences of participating countries in terms of women’s leadership and their role in the development of the continent, adding that the first edition seeks to look for ways to promote female African leadership in the economic, political and legal fields. read more

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UN Peacebuilding Fund to spend 15 million on Liberian projects

17 December 2007The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up to help countries emerging from conflict avoid slipping back into war or chaos, has agreed to provide Liberia with $15 million over the next two years to fund projects in the West African nation. Reducing poverty, promoting national reconciliation and providing employment and other opportunities for ex-combatants and young people are expected to be the focus of many of the approved projects.Senior UN peacebuilding officials have provisionally approved Liberia’s initial submission on priority issues for funding, according to a joint announcement today by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. This follows Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision two months ago to declare Liberia eligible for financing from the Fund.A steering committee, to be co-chaired by Jordan Ryan, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in Liberia for Recovery and Governance, will be established, bringing together representatives of the UN, the national Government, the World Bank, donors and civil society.The committee will be tasked with overseeing the selection of projects and the allocation of funding, and next month the first meetings will be held with prospective partners – including Government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups – to share application criteria and guidelines.Carolyn McAskie, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, said the Liberian Government intends to focus on three areas outlined in its poverty reduction strategy: “promoting national reconciliation and managing conflict; addressing the needs of affected youth and former combatants; and bolstering the State’s capacity for peace consolidation.”Set up last year by the UN Secretary-General, the Peacebuilding Fund is designed to serve as a bridge between the phases of conflict and recovery, a period when other forms of financing are often not available to struggling nations. So far more than $222 million has been committed. read more

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President insists he will not reverse revolution

President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that he will not reverse the silent revolution which took place on January 8 during the Presidential elections.Speaking at the launch of the construction work on the Southern expressway linking Matara and Hambantota today, Sirisena said that he takes decisions in a manner to ensure the January 8 revolution is protected. Sirisena noted that he has years of experience as a politician and when he takes decisions he uses that experience. The President also noted that there needs to be a clear policy on development in the country. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/HHHHH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. He said that in most countries, even if there is a change of Government, the policies on development do not change.“Following the January 8 election it is clear our country is looked at in a different manner when compared to pre-January 8. All the countries who gave us assistance are continuing to assist us without suspicion,” he said. The President noted that China is a very close friend of Sri Lanka and both countries enjoy historic ties.He said that Sri Lanka has a lot of respect for China since that country has been assisting Sri Lanka’s development work.The President said that the new Government will continue to work with China and look to further strengthen ties between both countries. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN chief voices grave concern at deepening crisis in Iraq

Mr. Ban “is deeply troubled by persistent reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law taking place in Iraq,” a United Nations spokesperson said in a statement.These include summary execution of captured soldiers and detainees, indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, and the abduction and murder of members of ethnic and religious communities.In a recently released report, the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) cited alleged abuses by both the Iraqi Security Forces and the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS). The militants have purportedly posted more than a dozen videos showing beheadings and shootings of hors combat soldiers and police officers, as well as apparent targeting of people based on their religion or ethnicity, including Shia and minority groups such as Turcomans, Shabak, Christians, and Yezidis.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban also urged authorities to hold accountable any members of the Iraqi Security Forces or local militias who may have committed violations of international humanitarian or human rights law.“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to the conflict ensure that persecution of civilians based on their religion or ethnic background cease immediately,” his spokesperson said. Mr. Ban added that all parties to the conflict – whether armed groups, ISIL, local militias or Iraqi Security Forces – have the legal obligation and moral responsibility to avoid and prevent violence against civilians and ensure that their humanitarian needs are addressed.Overall, at least 1,300 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,250 injured since 5 June in fighting in Nineveh, Salah al-Din and Diyala alone, according to UNAMI and OHCHR. At least 900 of the people killed were civilians.In addition, an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced by fighting, including from Anbar and Ninewa governorates, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).The Secretary-General commended UNAMI’s continued efforts to assist in the settlement of the current conflict in Iraq, to monitor and report on human rights violations, and to support national and international humanitarian partners in providing assistance to those in need.In Baghdad, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, today urged the new Parliament to immediately engage in addressing the political, security, social and humanitarian concerns of all communities in Iraq.“Faced with a national crisis, the political leaders of Iraq should put the interests of the country and its people before everything else,” Mr. Mladenov said ahead of Tuesday, when the newly elected Council of Representatives is expected to convene its first meeting. “The first and most important step is the election of a Speaker,” Mr. Mladenov said in a statement.He added that once this is done, the Parliament should promptly elect a President and approve a new Government, as stipulated in the Constitution. “Any delay in the process, caused by a lack of quorum or unwillingness to show compromise will be detrimental to the country’s future,” Mr. Mladenov cautioned. read more

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New 65plate takes UK new car registrations to September record

462,517 new cars registered last month – a rise of 8.6% and the highest September on record.Increased demand seen across all fuel types, and from private, fleet and business buyers.New number plate means September is traditionally one of the biggest months of the year.Year-to-date total registrations pass two million in September for the first time since 2004.Tuesday 6 October 2015 New car registrations in the UK reached their highest-ever September total last month, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 462,517 cars were registered in September as buyers took advantage of a range of competitive deals on the latest 65-plate, making it the 43rd consecutive month of growth in the market.The total number of cars registered in 2015 so far is 2,096,886 – 7.1% higher than at the same point last year. It is the first time that the two million mark has been passed in September since 2004.Gains were made across all market sectors – private, fleet and business – while petrol, diesel and alternatively-fuelled vehicles all saw increased demand. In line with typical performance so far this year, registrations of diesel and petrol cars in September grew 4.1% and 12.3% respectively, and alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) recorded another strong month with volumes up 21.7%. This puts total year-to-date growth at 3.1% for diesel, 9.5% for petrol and 48.7% for AFVs.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “September is traditionally one of the year’s biggest months for new car registrations, and last month set an autumn record. With plenty of attractive, affordable deals available on the new 65-plate, Britain’s car buyers – whether private, fleet or business consumers – were busier than ever. The market reached pre-recession levels some time ago, and we anticipate some levelling off in the coming months. It is too early to draw conclusions, but customer demand for diesel remained strong, accounting for one in two cars registered.” Download the September 2015 new car registrations news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Mens basketball Chris Holtmanns greatest challenge in his first year at Ohio

Head coach Chris Holtmann watches from the sideline in the second half of the Ohio State-Robert Morris game on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 95-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann didn’t have any control over his schedule for his first season coaching Ohio State. He was going to be coaching in the Phil Knight Invitational whether he was in Columbus or still coaching Butler. But unlike at Butler, he has to endure the possibility of six straight games against high-major opponents.In 12 days.Now that it’s here, Holtmann is staring down the greatest test he will have not just in his first year with the Buckeyes, but also in his entire coaching career to this point.“It’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” he said. “It’s something we’re going to have to be mindful about with rest and sleep, and it will be interesting to see, too, the teams that come out of Portland and how they respond to this stretch once they come back.” The Buckeyes (4-0) have played well to this point and have played with more energy and consistency than they showed at any point last season. But that road ahead gets much tougher.On the schedule, Ohio State has No. 17 Gonzaga, Stanford or No. 7 Florida, Clemson, Wisconsin and Michigan. Holtmann’s squad also has a third game in Portland, Oregon, at the PK80 — the tournament celebrating Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday — against either Duke, Portland State, Texas or Butler.Holtmann has made it clear he isn’t putting any goals or expectations on this season. He said it again Tuesday before his team departs for the West Coast.“For us the end game right now for us is get better today,” Holtmann said. “That’s really the end game. We don’t have another end game other than get better today.”That might be coach-speak, but let’s consider the obvious.He arrived in June after an out-of-the-blue firing of former coach Thad Matta. He arrived with no recruits remaining in the 2018 recruiting class, so he immediately had to hit the trail. He didn’t have time to really get to know his players until official practice began in September.So given the circumstances, all Holtmann has been able to do is focus one day at a time.That being said, he’s still a coach, and a coach demands a certain level of play from his players. That bar can be set and raised with a strong showing in these next six days.“It’s a good opportunity,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “To compete against multiple teams in a span of 48 hours, it’s great, it’s exciting. We’re looking forward to it.”Just four games into the season, it might be a bit rash to call this stretch the greatest challenge he’ll face this year. But consider this: Ohio State will have played nearly a third of its schedule after this stretch, including two conference games with a multitude of opportunities for signature wins on its resume when it comes time to evaluate the Buckeyes in March.Yes, Holtmann needs to figure out his team’s 3-point shooting woes (28.4 percent), whether any issues that come with the dearth of depth at guard and address any potential injuries that might occur in the future. But in the present, there’s no greater opportunity for an early statement than the next two weeks.“I think, in a lot of ways, it was a no-brainer decision to be a part of an event like [the PK80]  because of what it can reveal about your team in these moments,” Holtmann said.While most Ohio State fans will tune into coverage of the football game against Michigan this week, there’s no denying that fans badly want their basketball team to be competitive again.The Buckeyes don’t have to win all six of these upcoming games, but going .500 would turn some heads toward the program Holtmann is trying to resurrect in Columbus. read more

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Denver Broncos select former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman in NFL draft

Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is brought down during the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State Dec. 7, 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoJeff Heuerman became the second former OSU player drafted when the Denver Broncos selected him with the 92nd pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft.The tight end enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign that included a team-best 17.9 yards per reception and four touchdowns. He finished his junior year with 26 receptions for 466 yards.The Naples, Fla., native was unable to replicate that success in his senior year, as he was hampered by foot injuries throughout the season. He finished the year with 17 receptions for 207 yards and two scores but did not record a reception in any of OSU’s three postseason games.Heuerman was named to the second-team All-Big Ten for his senior campaign. The tight end commenced his OSU career with 52 catches for 792 yards and seven scores.Denver lost tight end Julius Thomas in free agency during the offseason. Heuerman will join Owen Daniels and Virgil Green as tight ends for the Broncos.Denver is scheduled to open the 2015-16 season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13 at 4:25 p.m. read more

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Thirteenyearold died just seconds after being offered ride in £1m Ferrari

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Damaged fence posts and flowers at the scene of the incident The 37-year-old man and teenage boy were travelling in the rare red Ferrari F50 – which is capable of reaching 201mphCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency The 13-year-old boy who was killed when the Ferrari F50 he was travelling in crashed had been offered the ride just seconds before, it has been revealed. Alexander Worth, of Kings Worthy, Hampshire, is believed to have asked for a picture of the supercar but business car owner Matt Cobden offered to take him for a ride instead. Less than a minute later, the vehicle had crashed on an access road on Hook Road, North Warnborough.The Ferrari, in which the teenager was a passenger, collided with wooden fence posts on the road that leads to Newlyns and Lodge Farms.Matt Cobden, 37, from Surrey, who was driving, was taken to North Hampshire Hospital with serious injuries, Hampshire Constabulary said. “The kid saw the F50 there there and asked the garage owner to sit in it.”He replied that he could do one better and take him for a drive.”They got less than a minute away before the mother, still waiting at the garage, heard a crash.”She was the first on the scene and tried to resuscitate her son to no avail.”The teenager’s family chose not to comment on the death of their 13-year-old son.A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary added: “Alexander Worth, 13, of Kings Worthy, was in a Ferrari F50 when it was involved in a single vehicle collision on the access road on Hook Road, at 8.45pm.”Sadly, Alexander suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.”Investigations into the collision are continuing and any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team based in Eastleigh.”center_img Damaged fence posts and flowers at the scene of the incidentCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Alexander’s mother is reported to have tried to resuscitate her son after pulling him from the wrecked vehicle, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene as soon as they arrived on Tuesday night.Mr Hobden, who owns Toy Stor-age, a luxury car storage firm in Hook, Hants., was rushed to hospital after he sustained serious wounds in the fatal crash.Writing on a specialist car forum the following day, one web user said: “It was my friend’s son.”As far as I know at the moment, the mother and child were waiting at a car dealership where their friend was delivering some batteries. The 37-year-old man and teenage boy were travelling in the rare red Ferrari F50 - which is capable of reaching 201mphlast_img read more

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Ban on knives being delivered to shoppers doors proposed by Government

first_imgOnline shoppers will have to collect knives in person rather than having them delivered to their homes under Government proposals to clamp down on sales to children and teenagers.It is already an offence to sell knives to under-18s but the planned measures would mean they cannot be delivered to private property, such as the buyer’s home.Ministers say this would make it harder for under-age purchases to go undetected following warnings online age verification checks can be sidestepped.Under the plans anyone who bought a knife on the internet would be required to collect it at a store or another physical premises. Announcing her intention to tighten the law, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “We are announcing new measures to combat knife crime and the devastating impact it has on families, individuals and communities.”We are going to be consulting on new legislation so that people can’t buy knives online without having their identity checked.”At the moment you have to do it by the click of a button. What we are proposing is that if you want to buy a knife online it has to be collected from a place where you have to show your ID.”We have evidence that young people have been able to buy knives without verifying their ID and I want to stop that.”She said it was a “perfectly reasonable” step to take, pointing to figures indicating that almost three-quarters of online retailers which should carry out age verification checks are not doing so.”The online retailers may say ‘well, we ask people whether they are over or under 18’, and that’s just not good enough because we have the evidence that people have been able to get them delivered to their home,” Ms Rudd said. Retailers would be responsible for checking the age of all buyers by asking for them to show ID such as a passport or driving licence.Arrangements for how online sellers without physical stores can comply will be considered as part of a consultation to be launched later this year.It is illegal to sell a blade of more than three inches (7.62cm) to anyone under 18 – but reports have suggested safety checks can be circumvented.Calls for action on internet sales intensified last year after a court heard a knife used in the fatal stabbing of Bailey Gwynne, an Aberdeen schoolboy, was purchased online. Officers say youths are keeping blades on them for reasons including “status” and self-protection, as well as crime. Bailey Gwynne Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bailey’s killer, a 16-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied murder and was convicted of the lesser charge of culpable homicide. Bailey Gwynne was stabbed to deathCredit:PA  In one case an under-18 was able to get a knife by having it delivered to their mother’s shed, the Home Secretary added.The new drive will also aim to close off a loophole that means police can be powerless to act if they discover knives in someone’s home.A ban on the possession of outlawed weapons such as zombie knives and knuckledusters on private property would mean officers can seize them and make arrests.Any restrictions will be drawn up so that those who keep weapons for a legitimate purpose, such as cultural items or antiques, are not penalised.The consultation will also seek views on whether the offence of possessing a knife in a public place and school premises should be extended to also include the grounds of other educational establishments, such as higher education institutions.A slew of official data has underlined mounting concerns over rising levels of knife crime.The most recent national crime figures showed the majority of police forces – 33 out of 44 – registered a rise in offences involving knives and sharp instruments last year.Police have warned of a shift which has seen the proportion of youngsters carrying knives who are linked to gangs fall. Amber Rudd  The Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who is consulting on a change in the law, was shown a collection of knives recovered by the police in London Credit:Stefan Rousseau /PAlast_img read more

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Freebox 20 chaînes de télévision disponibles sur iPhone et iPad

first_imgFreebox : 20 chaînes de télévision disponibles sur iPhone et iPadFrance – Free a annoncé l’ouverture de ses services de télévision au monde mobile et ce sont l’iPhone et l’iPad qui en bénéficieront les premiers. Vingt chaînes sont en effet désormais accessibles sur le smartphone d’Apple, et le seront également sur l’iPad dès la sortie de la tablette Internet de la firme à la pomme, prévue à la fin du mois de mai. Comme l’ont déjà fait certains opérateurs mobiles, et notamment Orange, Free propose désormais un service TV mobile à ses abonnés. Pour pouvoir regarder ces 20 chaînes depuis leur iPhone ou leur iPad, les freenautes auront seulement besoin d’une connexion Wi-Fi depuis une Freebox ou d’un hotspot FreeWifi. Ils devront ensuite se rendre à l’adresse tv.freebox.fr depuis leur navigateur mobile, où ils accèderont directement au bouquet.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Free a par ailleurs annoncé l’ouverture de ses API (interfaces de programmation) pour les différents OS mobiles, afin de permettre aux utilisateurs de transformer leur smartphone en télécommande et ainsi contrôler la Freebox HD. Les freenautes pourront notamment naviguer dans le bouquet Free, gérer les fonctions de contrôle du direct et accéder au magnétoscope numérique. Les premières applications iPhone intégrant ces fonctionnalités devraient être disponibles sur l’App Store dans les jours à venir.Le 29 avril 2010 à 16:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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