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UN agencies respond to flood emergency in Afghanistan

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it is working with the Afghan Government and other UN agencies and partners to respond to the hygiene, nutrition and primary health needs of up to 4,000 families in the affected regions.UNICEF has so far provided 430 tents to Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, which border north-western Pakistan, which has also been devastated by floods. Water, family kits, water storage items and chlorine for water purification for 2,000 families and high-energy biscuits for 10,000 children under the age of five and pregnant and lactating women are expected to reach Kapisa province today.Oral rehydration salts to prevent deaths from diarrhoea, chlorine for water purification, high-energy biscuits to cover immediate nutritional needs, and equipment for hygiene and water storage had been pre-positioned earlier this year and are expected to reach the worst affected areas in the next 48 hours. A measles vaccination campaign is also planned.“Children are always the most affected by emergencies. It is critical that they have access to clean water,” said Peter Crowley, the UNICEF representative in Afghanistan. “They must be protected from the threat of diarrhoea and the outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles. But we must not forget that other services such as education are to re-start as soon as possible to help children regain a sense of normalcy.”The Afghan Government estimates that the floods have left several thousand individuals homeless in northeast Kapisa, central Ghazni, Laghman, Nangarhar, Kunar, Logar, Khost and northern Parwan provinces, where at least 2,500 houses have been destroyed. An estimated 80 people have reportedly died in the floods, and much of the arable land, where crops were planted, has been inundated.The destruction of roads and bridges, as well as security considerations hindered response to the flood emergency, according to UNICEF.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, said it would provide food for three months to flood-affected families in Nangarhar and Laghman, while the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) is ready to distribute wheat seeds as part of post-disaster package.An official from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said UN agencies had sufficient resources to respond to the flood emergency. “We have discussed about the resources and they are fairly sufficient,” according to the official, Said Alam Khan. 2 August 2010United Nations agencies said today they have begun providing relief assistance to thousands of families in central and eastern Afghanistan, who are affected by the floods that have followed torrential rains in the region read more

Libya Security Council renews call for global support for national unity government

The Council members “welcomed the meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue on 10 March 2016, which reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the Libyan Political Agreement,” the 15-nation body said in a press statement.Further, the Council reaffirmed that the national unity government, or the Government of National Accord (GNA), should be seated in the capital city of Tripoli, after measures have been taken to ensure adequate security, while encouraging the Presidency Council to work swiftly towards this end in the interests of the Libyan people.The Council also reiterated their concern about the growing terrorist threat in that country, in particular from groups proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, and called on GNA to urgently focus on combating this threat.The Council renewed its support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Martin Kobler, and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), in their tireless efforts behind this UN-facilitated, Libyan-led dialogue process.>The Council commended Libyan efforts to work towards implementation of a political settlement and emphasized the importance of continued inclusiveness and called on all Libyans to “unite wholeheartedly in a spirit of reconciliation.”A press statement is a declaration to the media made by the Council’s President on behalf of all 15 Members. read more

LeBron scores 42 as Lakers surge past Spurs late 121113

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and Josh Hart hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes of the Los Angeles Lakers’ fourth straight victory, 121-113 over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who lost Brandon Ingram to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. Los Angeles still beat the Spurs for the first time in three tries this season, but only after James dramatically took control of another fourth quarter during his third 40-point game since joining the Lakers.DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Rudy Gay had a season-high 31 before fouling out for the Spurs in the first of back-to-back games in three days to wrap up the season series between these longtime West rivals. They’ll meet again in San Antonio on Friday night.San Antonio held an eight-point lead in the fourth before James started a rally by scoring nine consecutive points. James hit an extra-long 3-pointer moments later, but the Spurs surged back ahead again.Hart hit a tying 3 with 3:04 left, followed by a go-ahead 3 from James on the next possession. Hart and James hit consecutive clutch 3-pointers moments later, and James added a layup with 41 seconds left.James scored all 20 of his fourth-quarter points in the final 9 1/2 minutes, going 7 of 8 from the field with three 3-pointers. He also had six assists and five rebounds.LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs.Gay poured in 16 points during the third quarter of his highest-scoring performance for the Spurs and a personal best for the injury-plagued scorer since Jan. 5, 2016. But he had just one basket in the final 10 1/2 minutes before fouling out with 27 seconds left.San Antonio made a 24-10 run out of halftime to take its biggest lead at 69-60, with Gay scoring 16 points in the third quarter and DeRozan adding 12.TIP-INSSpurs: Longtime Lakers big man Pau Gasol didn’t get to play against his old team. He is out with a stress fracture in his left foot.Lakers: Ingram had played at least 25 minutes in every game since he returned from a four-game suspension for fighting in Los Angeles’ home opener.INGRAM OUTIngram left midway through the opening quarter after getting hurt while Aldridge committed a flagrant foul against him. The Lakers’ third-leading scorer had X-rays that came back negative, but the team decided to rest him for the night. Ingram scored five points before leaving. The former No. 2 overall draft pick has been a key component of the Lakers’ starting lineup around James, providing length on the perimeter and improving his drives to the hoop.UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Lakers on Friday.Lakers: Visit the Spurs on Friday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsGreg Beacham, The Associated Press read more

Ive felt like murdering for a whileit just sort of happened What

first_imgPolice officers outside the scene of the double killing in SpaldingCredit:Chris Radburn/PA A teenage girl convicted of a double murder along with her boyfriend, admitted plotting the killings in a chillingly matter of fact police interview, it can now be revealed.The girl, who was 14 at the time of the brutal murders, was described as being the “driver” behind the plot to kill dinner lady, Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her 13-year-old daughter Katie in Spalding in April.After persuading her 14-year-old boyfriend to take part she planned the “cold and calculated” pre-planned attack, telling police : “I’ve felt like murdering for quite a while and [the boy] just hates me being upset…it just sort of happened.”After carrying out the murders the couple took a bath, had sex and settled down to watch the teen vampire film, Twilight.The pair are thought to be the youngest couple convicted of a double murder in Britain. . The killers watched the Twilight movie after the murders The court heard that they had talked about taking an overdose together after the murders, but changed their mind and ate ice-cream and toasted tea-cakes instead.They were arrested two days after the murders when police, concerned for the welfare of Mrs Edwards forced their way into her semi-detached home and found the bodies of her and her daughter.Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Philip Joseph told the trial that the couple’s “intense” and “toxic” relationship had been the primary reason behind the killings.He told the jury: “A group dynamic can lead you to a course of action you would never have contemplated on your own.“Bonnie and Clyde…that sort of intense attraction, emotional closeness – them against the world. It’s that sort of thing that led on to this.”As the jury returned its verdict the girl sobbed softly and wiped her face with a tissue. Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter Katie were killed at their home in Spalding, Lincolnshire (pictured right) Police officers outside the scene of the double killing in Spalding Spalding During her police interview she described how the boy had produced a bag containing four knives and had said to her: “Are you ready to do this?” to which she replied that she was.The boy then attacked Mrs Edwards as she slept, pinning her to her bed before repeatedly knifing her in throat and voicebox to prevent her from crying out.He then carried out a similar attack on her 13-year-old daughter, Katie, before he and the girl took a bath together to wash off the blood.In her police interview the girl said: “I planned it so we would be clean and refreshed and wouldn’t smell of blood. We spent about 20 minutes in the bath.“I like Twilight, so I said to [the boy] ‘Why don’t we watch it?’ I thought he might like it as well.”center_img Despite the depravity of their actions, the pair, who were likened in court to the infamous American crime due, Bonnie and Clyde, cannot be named because of their young age.The judge will reconsider the issue of whether they should be identified when the pair are sentenced on November 10The boy admitted the two murders, but the girl was convicted following a five-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court.While he admitted inflicting the fatal stab wounds, the jury heard that it was the girl who was the “driver” in the plot, persuading her boyfriend to carry out the killings to satisfy a long held grudge.In the months leading up to the killings the girl wrote in her diary, “there is madness in me” and “death is the only way”.She was described as a “ticking time bomb” who was fuelled by “sheer contempt and brutality” for her victims. The killers watched the Twilight movie after the murders 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. Forensics officers enter the semi-detached house where the bodies were foundCredit:Matthew Cooper/PA Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter Katie were killed at their home in Spalding, Lincolnshire (pictured right)Credit:SWNS Both killers face indefinite detention at Her Majesty’s pleasure – the juvenile equivalent of a life term for an adult.Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey, of East Midlands Major Crime Unit, described the case as having a “shocking impact” on the whole community of Spalding.He went on: “What makes this case even more shocking is that these two were 14 years of age when they planned and committed these callous, senseless and unprovoked attacks on Elizabeth and Katie.“This case has left a number of lives in ruins, not only Elizabeth and Katie’s family, but also the two juveniles who committed these horrendous crimes.”last_img read more

Star spotted in closest orbit ever around black hole

first_imgThe binary system is in a star cluster in the Milky Way galaxy  The binary system is in a star cluster in the Milky Way galaxy Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY  Although the white dwarf does not appear to be in danger of falling in or being torn apart by the black hole, its fate is uncertain.Associate Professor James Miller-Jones, from Curtin University and ICRAR, said: “We think the star may have been losing gas to the black hole for tens of millions of years and by now has now lost the majority of its mass.”“Over time, we think that the star’s orbit will get wider and wider as even more mass is lost, eventually turning into an exotic object similar to the famous diamond planet discovered a few years ago,” he said.Scientists believe that the binary system may have formed when the black hole smashed into a red giant star and as gas from the outer regions of the star were ejected a white dwarf emerged from the debris. Astronomers have found evidence of a star that spins around a black hole twice an hour.It is the closest orbital spin that scientists have ever seen, and was picked up by the two of NASA’s space-based telescopes, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and NuSTAR, and the Australia Telescope Compact Array located in New South Wales, Australia.The binary system, known as x9,  is located in a dense cluster of stars in the Milky Way known as 47 Tucanae, and is 14,800 light years away from Earth.Observations from Chandra show the system consistently changes in X-ray brightness every 28 minutes, which is likely the length of time it takes the companion star to make one complete orbit around the black hole.Along with evidence of large amounts of oxygen in the system, scientists say it makes a strong case that X9 contains a white dwarf star orbiting a black hole at just 2.5 times the separation between the Earth and the Moon.No star has ever been seen spinning so close to a deadly black hole. “This white dwarf is so close to the black hole that material is being pulled away from the star and dumped onto a disk of matter around the black hole before falling in,” said first author Dr. Arash Bahramian, from the University of Alberta in Canada and Michigan State University in the United States. The black hole will eventually suck all of the star's  “Luckily for this star, we don’t think it will follow this path into oblivion – it should stay in orbit.” The black hole will eventually suck all of the star’s  Co-author Vlad Tudor, also from the Curtin University branch of ICRAR, said an alternative theory would involve a neutron star that’s being spun up as material is pulled away by the black hole.“Much like a spinning top as you pull the string from around its middle to make it go – but this theory doesn’t explain everything we’re seeing here, so our best current explanation is that we’re dealing with a white dwarf in extremely close proximity to a black hole.” 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.last_img read more

Fine Gael bottled water giant floating heads and other strange sights from

first_img Emily Wallace in Kinnegad hoping some @onedirection magic might rub off on her campaign @electionlit pic.twitter.com/be84MBZjD4— Kieran Cuddihy (@kierancuddihy) May 21, 2014 Source: Kieran Cuddihy/Twitter 5. MUG SHOTS: Deirdre Clune’s one of two Fine Gael candidates in a battle for the fourth seat in the Ireland South Euro constituency.Her campaign posted this video in the last few days, telling us they’d collected a mug in each of the electoral area’s ten counties.It hardly seems worth the bother… Only the Limerick and Cork mugs have anything to do with the counties in question….(Deirdre Clune)The whole production puts us in mind of this scene from The Simpsons, featuring U2′s Adam Clayton and his spoon collection…(Mattia788) (Sorry, we could only find the clip in Spanish. It’s funnier in Spanish though, somehow)6. GONE FISHING: Labour MEP hopeful Lorraine Higgins appears to have gone in search of floating voters (like literally*) in Carrick-on-Shannon…[Higgins campaign]*Not literally, obviously.7. ONE DIRECTION: Fine Gael’s Emily Wallace, local election candidate in Kinnegad, just doesn’t specify which way. 8. WATCH THE SKIES: That’s what Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has been telling followers on Twitter. To the best of our knowledge, there’s been no UFO-sightings in Midlands North West – rather a ‘Send Ming To Europe’ banner. At least we think that’s what it says. Updated 19.45THERE’S JUST TWO days of canvassing left before votes are cast.From candidates’ vehicles parked in disabled spots to Ming’s evil eye, there’s already been a fair few attention grabbing sights on the trail in the past few days.As the final countdown continues, and Brussels and council hopefuls battle for a share of the public’s attention, we’re expecting plenty more drama in the next 48 hours or so.We’ll be updating this post all day — so if you see anything you think we should know about, drop us a mail at tips@thejournal.ie or daragh@thejournal.ie or Tweet us @thejournal_ie.Here’s what’s been catching our eye so far… 1. FINE GAEL’S BOTTLED WATER: Councillor Neale Richmond, who’s running to retain his seat on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, was handing out these at a busy junction in Sandyford this morning…[Jason Redmond]Considering the issue of water charges has been so controversial recently, a slightly odd choice of promotional material maybe?“Well it’s something I did before, five years ago,” Richmond says.It’s a normal enough thing to do on the campaign trail. Leo Varadkar once handed out ‘Lion’ bars because of Leo the Lion; Lucinda Creighton handed out ‘Refreshers’… I didn’t want to hand out sweets so I thought water would be a good choice.The Councillor headed to his local Aldi yesterday to stock up on the fun-size bottles. He says there was a positive feedback from drivers and pedestrians at Lambs Cross this morning…No there was absolutely no flack. The feedback was great.2. PEARLY WHITES: On the far side of the city, a Fine Gael candidate in Howth/Malahide chose something a little less controversial to hand to prospective voters.He’s a dentist too — so it can’t hurt business… Source: Keith Redmond/Twitter [Green Party/Facebook]4. MR DARCYIt’s heartening to see Direct Democracy Ireland’s Tom Darcy is sticking by his strategy to emblazon ‘as seen on Youtube’ across his election posters….[Paul Hosford] Why is this noteworthy?Because this is the Youtube clip he’s best known for… Source: Mark Moloney/YouTubecenter_img “@j0eybenton: #SendMingToEurope @lukeming pic.twitter.com/fa1FSN7i18” Look up it’s #AerMingus #EuroMing #EP2014— Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (@lukeming) May 21, 2014 3. #GIANT FLOATING HEADS: A novel approach from the Green Party’s DLR candidate in Killiney/Shankill, Cara Augustenborg… Source: Luke Ming Flanagan/Twitter That’s it so far today.You know what to do if  you see anything weird…- Additional reporting by Órla RyanRead: On The Trail: 9 odd, weird and wonderful things from Election 2014Read: If you’re not sick of opinion polls already … here’s the ‘poll of polls’last_img read more

Japanese Chain Lotterias New Steak Burger Looks Ridiculously Delicious

first_img Mama-Mia, This Pizza Burger Has A Ton of Cheese On ItThis Japanese Burger Is Super-Duper Stretchy Stay on target Japanese chain Lotteria is known for its outlandish sandwiches, huge burgers, and somewhat strange menu. Its latest creation, the Hamidashi (“Sticking Out”) Double Steak Burger, borders on the ridiculous, even though it also looks absolutely delicious. Have you ever seen so much steak on one sandwich? Get out of town!This epic steak sandwich features two 3.5 ounce strips of pure Angus beef steak that sticks out over the edges of the bun. It’s absolutely huge and honkin’, mixed with a garlic soy steak sauce that’s drizzled all over the meat. It’s set atop a bed of lettuce on a bun that certainly doesn’t look as if it could quite contain all the madness, but it looks like the kind of sandwich that anyone with a man-sized hunger could go down in a few bites. Daintier diners need not apply.Honestly, though, it could be a little grosser than it seems if the quality of the steak isn’t quite up to par. That’s a typical issue with steaks you run into at fast food restaurants, and while it costs about $17 for the burger, it may not be the best quality of steak out there. Who cares when you can watch it down with truffle and salt-flavored french fries? It all comes out the same way, right? I think I’d probably go for just the fries in this promotion, though, because they look the most appealing and wouldn’t get stuck in my teeth like the fibers of the steak.The sandwich is a promotion for a “holiday” called “Good Meat Day,” which is the 29th in Japan. The burger will be available through Nov. 29, upon which time it will be taken back out of rotation. You’ve only got a few more days to check it out, so make sure if you’re in the area you take Lotteria up on its ridiculous sandwich notions and give it a try.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Two state police SWAT officers speak for first time about their fatal

first_imgPORTLAND — The state police SWAT officer who investigators say fired five times at refuge occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum said Monday he second-guessed himself when he learned of an unaccounted-for bullet hole in the roof of Finicum’s truck.In the days after the Jan. 26, 2016, shooting in Harney County, the officer wracked his brain trying to figure out how it could have occurred, considering that none of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team agents at the scene said they had fired any shots.“I never thought I did it, but there were times I was thinking, ‘I don’t know. This doesn’t make any sense,”’ he said. “If that was going to be attributed to me and I had no recollection of it … could I continue in this profession?”When he learned investigators had tracked all his shots and the magazine of his AR-15 rifle was missing five bullets, he said he told them: “The FBI has a big effing problem, and this is serious.”The testimony from “Officer 1” – the only identification of the SWAT officer used in court because of government concerns over militia threats – is crucial to the prosecution’s case in the trial of an FBI agent at the scene that day.last_img read more

Benitez warns Newcastle to not get carried away with winning run

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists they are still very much in a relegation fight, despite their recent run of formThe Magpies secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season before the international break.The six points moved Newcastle up to 14th-place and, critically, out of the relegation zone – albeit by just one point.Therefore, ahead of Monday’s trip to Burnley, Benitez is adamant they cannot look any further than a relegation battle.“We started walking and now we are running, but we still have to improve our pace and go faster,” said Benitez, according to BT Sport.“We have got to keep winning because two games is not enough.“Confidence is much better at the moment. I was praising the players because they were training well and not winning, but as soon as you start winning games you can see that things are much more positive.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Aside from losing Wales defender Paul Dummett to injury over the international break, Benitez has no fresh injury concerns.Captain Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto could all make their returns to action at Turf Moor after recovering from injuries.While French defender Florian Lejeune has made an earlier than expected return to training from a knee problem.But Benitez, who reckons the Christmas fixtures will be vital for Newcastle, fears it will be hard to avoid a season-long relegation fight.The Spaniard referenced the unbeaten Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea when explaining the difficulty of the Premier League.“This league is quite special because you have three teams in November who still haven’t lost any games,” added Benitez.“There is a big difference between those teams and the others so you can have a bad run and then you lose confidence, and it can get worse for every game.”last_img read more

James Bosh lift Heat over Trail Blazers 9391

first_imgMIAMI — Chris Bosh had another postgame scream. For the Miami Heat, that was outstanding news.LeBron James scored the last of his 32 points on a layup that put Miami up for good with 11.4 seconds left, Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup on the final play, and the Heat blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead before beating the Portland Trail Blazers 93-91 on Monday night.“If you talk it, you back it up,” James said. “That’s what it’s about. We have guys in here that will deliver the words and then go back it up. That was big-time on his part.”Bosh ripped into Miami after a loss at New Orleans on Saturday, saying the Heat aren’t playing with passion, among other colorful sentiments.He screamed again Monday, this time in celebration as time expired.“This game’s about passion,” Bosh said. “As hard as it is during the dog days to muster it up, the spark has to come from somewhere.”Wednesday won’t be one of those dog days. Miami visits Indiana with a chance to close within one game in the Eastern Conference race. The Pacers lost in Chicago on Monday night.last_img read more

Watch Crew Dragon parachutes unfurl in this SpaceX highlight reel

first_img Post a comment Tags SpaceX’s Crew Dragon NASA/SpaceX SpaceX continues to progress in its efforts to bring back human flight travel, releasing a new video this week highlighting its Crew Dragon parachute tests. The roughly two-and-a-half-minute video, which features the parachutes deploying in a variety of conditions and altitudes, closes with the tag “SpaceX is returning human spaceflight capabilities with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built.” The video highlighting its landing capabilities comes after a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule unexpectedly exploded during a ground test at Cape Canaveral in Florida on April 20 due to a leak in the spacecraft’s pressurization system. Similar to Boeing’s Starliner, the Crew Dragon is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program that aims to return to using US-built craft to deliver astronauts to space. Recent missions have outsourced transport to Russian spacecraft since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. It’s not yet known when SpaceX will launch the next Crew Dragon flight, named Demo-2, but you can watch the parachute tests below.  0 Sci-Techcenter_img CNET’s Eric Mack contributed to this story. Share your voice SpaceXlast_img read more

Baltimore Area Church News

first_img____________________________________________Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church4016 Park Heights AveBaltimore, Maryland 21215Ash Wednesday ServiceFeb. 14t 6:45 p.m.Rev. Darryl P. Gould, Sr., Pastor____________________________________________Speak to My Heart Ministries3903 W. Belvedere Ave.Baltimore, Maryland 21215Winter RevivalFeb. 16, 7 p.m. and Feb. 18, 4 p.m.Bishop Duane Johnson, Pastor____________________________________________Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries6000 Radecke AveBaltimore, Maryland 21206Black Voices: Celebrating Powerful Voices in African American HistoryFeb. 17, 6 p.m.Bishop Clifford Johnson, Pastor*ticketed event____________________________________________Greater Harvest Baptist Church1617 W. Saratoga StreetBaltimore, Maryland 2122365th Church Anniversary Kick-offFeb. 18 4 p.m.Rev. Brent Jones, Pastor____________________________________________Charity Church The City of Truth1710 Gwynn Oak AveBaltimore, Maryland 2120753rd Church AnniversaryFeb. 25Rev. Tyrone Thomas, Pastor____________________________________________Israel Baptist Church of Baltimore City1200 N. Washington StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21213Morgan State University Choir ConcertFeb. 25 4 p.m.Rev. Harley Wilson, Pastor____________________________________________Mt. Hebron Baptist Church2651 West North AveBaltimore, Maryland 21216Heritage SundayFeb. 25 11 a.m.Rev. Dr. Beryl Whipple, Pastor____________________________________________Open Bible Baptist Church3902 W. Overlea AveBaltimore, Maryland 21206Kingdom Covenant Impact FellowshipLent 2018 RevivalEvery Wednesday of Lent, Feb 14 – Mar. 28, 7 p.m. Black History Month begins this month.  It is a time set aside to focus on the contributions African Americans have made to this country and the world.  Set aside time this month to learn something new about the African American experience.  Watch a documentary, read a book, go to a museum and learn.  Make sure you take the younger generation with you and educate them on the amazing things African Americans have done and continue to do. Brown’s Memorial Baptist Church3215 W. Belvedere AveBaltimore, Maryland 21215Eric Waddell and The Abundant Life SingersHour of PowerFeb. 11, 6 p.m.center_img Bishop J.L. Carter, Presiding Prelatelast_img read more

Minecraft movie being crafted by Warner Bros

first_imgWhen discussing movies here at Geek HQ — almost exclusively Guardians of the Galaxy lately — the merits of doing a Minecraft movie have occasionally been brought up. The general consensus was that kind of movie would only work if done in the style of the recent Lego Movie, our overwhelming feelings for which we’ve made known. Well, it turns out Warner Bros. is developing a Minecraft movie and — surprise — it’s being produced by Roy Lee, who produced The Lego Movie.Unlike The Lego Movie, though, the Minecraft movie will be a live-action version, rather than a fully animated production. This could be troublesome, as the only way a Minecraft movie would conceivably work is if it were a lighthearted, cartoonish affair where the inherent wackiness of Mojang’s blocky world is believable. If not handled similarly to The Lego Movie, Mojang’s vehicle could end up like the Super Mario Bros. movie, which — regardless of how you feel about it now that you’re an adult who finds it funny and charming — was a financial and critical flop .In just three weeks since being released, The Lego Movie has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. Minecraft is regularly referred to as a vast virtual Lego set, so perhaps the success of Lego film inspired Warner Bros. to milk that out of Minecraft as well. The live-action detail, though, is a little concerning, as Minecraft doesn’t have a true main character (every player controls “Steve,” a funny name to give to a nondescript block dude) or a (canonical) narrative of which to speak.There are no details regarding the movie, and just because real, live people are attached to the project doesn’t mean it won’t get stuck in development hell. However, Minecraft is a phenomena, a worldwide success, and it could financially succeed based on the enormous popularity of the franchise alone.last_img read more

Major fire at garment store in south Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A major blaze broke out early Sunday at a garment store in the southern part of the city’s Gariahat area, gutting goods worth lakhs and destroying multiple shops next to the building, a senior official of the fire department said. At least 19 fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the fire that was noticed around 1am at Traders Assembly building, he told PTI. Nobody was injured in the fire, the cause of which was suspected to a transformer blast, the official said. “At the moment, the fire has been brought under control. Our men are fighting tooth and nail to douse it. We are yet to find out the exact reason behind the blaze, but preliminary findings show that transformer blast might have led to it,” the fire department official added.last_img read more

TMC councillor shot at in Burdwan BJP hand suspected

first_imgKolkata: A former Trinamool councillor was shot at on Monday night at Kalabagan area in Burdwan. It was alleged that the accused persons are supporters of the BJP.According to sources, on Monday night, former councillor Md Selim was returning home from a Trinamool party office on a motorcycle. Two BJP supporters identified as Krishna Singh and Ajay Singh were following him from the TMC office. Near Kalabagan area, when one of them was about to fire at Selim, some local residents saw them and alerted Selim. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSensing danger Selim stopped his motorcycle and got down. But till then one of the accused persons had already fired two bullets at Selim. But, as he got down from the motorcycle, both the bullets did not hit Selim. When local residents started shouting, Krishna and Ajay quickly escaped from the scene. Later, Selim along with other Trinamool leaders went to Burdwan Sadar police station and lodged a complaint against the duo. After initiating a case in this regard, the police went to the homes of the accused to arrest them but the officers found that they were absconding. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The police have also recovered a live bullet from the spot. It is suspected that while fleeing the spot, the bullet was accidentally dropped. Selim said the BJP is well aware that they would not win the Lok Sabha Elections. Thus they are trying to create an unstable situation to scare the voters as well as the Trinamool supporters and workers. Till Tuesday night, none of the accused persons could be traced. The police have initiated an extensive search operation to nab the accused persons.last_img read more

Deterministic password manager Issues

first_imgDeterministic password manager Issues by Martin Brinkmann on November 07, 2016 in Security – 6 commentsIf you read password managers that don’t store passwords here on Ghacks, you know already what deterministic or stateless password managers are.Broken down to the basics, these password managers don’t store passwords or account information. So, instead of having to use local or remote storage for the password database, these programs rely on algorithms instead to generate passwords on the fly.How that is done? Through the use of algorithms that compute passwords when the user enters a master password and other data.Again, at the very basic level, a password would come out when you enter the master password and the domain of a site.The main advantage is that there is no syncing or password storage involved, at least not on the basic level.This means that you can generate your passwords on any device if you use a program, app or online service that offers such a solution without having to sync your password database.Deterministic password manager IssuesIf you look closer, or use a service for a while, you may realize that deterministic passwords have a couple of issues.While you may still use a password manager with a deterministic approach, you should be well aware of them before you make the decision.Master PasswordIf you want to change the master password, you need to change all passwords on all sites as well, as the master password is one key component that is used to generate the passwords.So, if your master password gets hacked or leaks accidentally, then you need to go ahead and change passwords on all sites.Changing PasswordsBasic stateless password managers don’t offer options to change individual passwords. If you need a password changed, you need to change the master password which in turn requires all other passwords to be changed as well.More sophisticated solutions ship with options to change a variable to generate a new password for a single site.AlgorithmsThe algorithm that computes the passwords cannot be changed easily. If it changes so that new passwords get generated when a user enters the master password and other information, then all passwords need to be changed as well before the system is updated to the new version.Algorithm changes may be necessary if flaws are discovered in the implementation.Migration to a deterministic password managerThere is no import option which means that you need to generate new passwords for any account that you want to use the deterministic password manager for.Password rulesMost Internet sites and programs ship with password rules. Some may require a certain minimum or maximum length, others that numbers, special characters or upper case characters are included.There is no way that deterministic password managers can take those requirements into account without interface that users may use to pick those information.The password manager LessPass for instance displays those options on its site, while others may not offer them at all (which means they cannot generate working passwords for some services).You do need to remember the rules that you have specified for certain sites though, or store those information locally or remotely.The information stored contains sensitive information that may help attackers.Remembering sitesApart from remembering password rules — if you choose not to save the information — you need to remember the sites you have registered an account with using the password manager.Since you need to enter the data manually each time you require the password. This may not be a problem if you use it for a handful of sites, but it is easy enough to forget about one or the other site, or which site URL you used.Now You: Do you use a password manager? If so, which and why?SummaryArticle NameDeterministic password manager IssuesDescriptionThe article discusses issues of so-called deterministic password managers including master password dependency, changing passwords, or password rules.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

See the moment LGBTI people in Trinidad and Tobago found out they

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Earlier today, the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago made history. Their high court decriminalized gay sex when they ruled Section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act, which made anal sex illegal, was unconstitutional.The lawsuit was first brought forward by Jason Jones. He sought to overturn elements of this Act and give LGBTI people within the island nation their right to freedom and privacy.Many people from the community anxiously waited outside for the ruling to come down.When it finally did, they erupted into cheers and celebrations. The moment is truly a sight to behold.People waved flags and signs and there was more than one person who shed tears over the news.Then they began chanting ‘Love is love!’ and the impact of the ruling became overwhelmingly apparent. This changes lives in Trinidad and Tobago.A long time comingThe law was a holdover from Trinidad and Tobago’s time as a British colony.The nation finally became its own republic in 1976. When parliament rewrote the Sexual Offences Act in 1986, they increased the punishment for sodomy to 10 years in prison. In 2000, they increased it again to 25 years.Proponents of the Act tried to defend it by using the ‘saving clause’, which states British rules can’t be changed after independence.However, since parliament already drastically changed the Act, that argument became moot.Now, LGBTI people of the nation have secured a major victory.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Trinidad and Tobago government challenges decriminalization of gay sexWhy I sobbed tears of joy when Trinidad and Tobago decriminalized homosexualityAfter India decriminalizes gay sex, which country might be next?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-people-trinidad-tobago-won/ The celebrations brought many to tears | Photo: Facebook/CNC3 Televisionlast_img read more

Molecular Imaging Study Reveals Improved Detection of Early Recurrent Prostate Cancer

first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more September 18, 2015 — A recently developed drug was significantly better at detecting recurring prostate cancer in early stages, in research published in the August 2015 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. In the study, the imaging agent — Ga-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen (Ga-68 PSMA) — used with positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT), changed management in 44 percent more cases than another widely used agent.”This is the first prospective comparative trial evaluating detection rates and management impact of the more widely available radiopharmaceutical F-18 fluoromethylcholine (FMC) and the recently developed Ga-68 PSMA PET tracer agent in men with prostate cancer,” said Joshua James Morigi, M.D., lead author of the study. “We specifically addressed men with prostate cancer and low PSA levels, at which current imaging techniques struggle in detecting disease.”The researchers, of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia, evaluated 39 prostate cancer patients who had rising PSA following first-round treatment and were eligible for further targeted therapy. Patients on systemic treatment were excluded. Ga-68 PSMA PET/CT, F-18 FMC PET/CT and diagnostic CT were undertaken in all patients sequentially between January and April 2015 and assessed by masked, experienced nuclear medicine physicians. Researchers then documented scan results and management impact changes, together with histological follow-up, if feasible. Of the patients enrolled, 89 percent had only their prostate gland removed, while the other 11 percent were post-radiation treatment.”Our main finding is that even at extremely low PSA levels (<0.5), PSMA was able to detect sites of possible recurrence in 50 percent of patients while FMC detected possible recurrence in only 12.5 percent," Morigi states. "As a result of these high detection rates, PSMA also demonstrated a very high management impact in our patient cohort (63 percent), having an added value over FMC in 44 percent," he continued. "These findings have important ramifications for the management of men with early biochemical failure and suggest that imaging-guided therapy even in low PSA range may be possible."Histological follow-up was available for nine patients (24 percent), and nine out of nine PSMA-positive lesions were consistent with prostate cancer. The one lesion positive on FMC and negative on PSMA resulted at biopsy as a false positive. Researchers concluded that in patients with biochemical failure and low PSA, PSMA demonstrated a significantly higher detection rate with a high overall impact on management. This suggests that Ga-68 PSMA PET/CT will be an effective imaging tool for early detection of prostate cancer recurrence.For more information: www.jnm.snmjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | September 18, 2015 Molecular Imaging Study Reveals Improved Detection of Early Recurrent Prostate Cancer Research with new PET/CT imaging agent changes management in nearly half of cases Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system... read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to... read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have... read more center_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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2015 AFC Asian Cup will boost business for Australia

first_imgAustralia’s hosting of the AFC Asian Cup provides a fantastic opportunity to reinforce the country’s international reputation as a top class, highly desirable destination, according to Tourism Australia managing director, John O’Sullivan.“The teams have arrived in Australia along with tens of thousands of international football fans who are all here to lend their support. This 23 day ‘festival of football’ provides the perfect platform for Australia to showcase our credentials as a great place to visit amongst some of our most important overseas markets,” Mr O’Sullivan said.PricewaterhouseCoopers have estimated that the GDP impact from hosting the Asian Cup could be as much as AUD$23 million.AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee chief executive officer Michael Brown, said that aside from promoting soccer and sport in general the tournament will open doors for business, and also for tourism and trade and investment.“Seven of our top 10 trading partners are in the AFC region. The fact that Federal and State Governments have invested heavily in the Asian Cup shows that they understand and are committed to using the opportunities football presents,” Mr Brown said.Part of that commitment has been from the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), whose aims are to advance Australia’s international trade, investment, education and tourism interests. In 2014 Austrade established Match Australia, an international sports business program created to connect Australian businesses with global partners through major sporting events like the Asian Cup.“Match Australia is using the Asian Cup as a platform to further promote Australian capabilities across international markets especially Asia,” Mr Brown explains.The Federal Government is also excited with the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, and will undertake a series of business events around the event which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Overcoming Title Closing Regulatory Challenges

first_img Regulations Title & Closing Vendor Connect 2016-06-13 Staff Writer June 13, 2016 588 Views Overcoming Title & Closing Regulatory Challenges in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Title and closing companies are faced with a highly regulated mortgage environment and lack of consistency in compliance requirement, but are finding ways to overcome the challenges brought on by new regulations.Steven J. Melmet, Esq., CEO of Vendor Connect, LLC, a national company which manages and coordinates REO title and closing transactions sat down with MReport to explain how title companies are wading through the heavily regulated environment without running into trouble.MReport: What is the biggest issue or challenge that the title and escrow industry is dealing with right now?Melmet: Companies of all sizes are dealing with challenges brought about by CFPB/TRID. In part because of the substantial amount of resources required to be in full regulatory compliance, the industry finds itself expending more time, labor and resources, receiving fewer net revenue dollars as a result.Steven MelmetOther challenges include: Differing interpretations of the Closing Disclosure causing an increase in time frames to close the transaction; Dealing with a new “3 day waiting period” after the disclosure is sent; Assisting various lenders as to the placement and characterization of fees to ensure compliance with requirements of the new Closing Disclosure.On the title side, competition is causing title premiums to drop (some more significantly than others). While this is a good thing for the consumer, it is eroding profit margins for title service providers which could adversely affect not only their profit margins but also their ability to provide the same high level of service.MReport: How are title and escrow companies faring with regulatory requirements? Which pieces of regulation are affecting business operations?Melmet: The industry is experiencing a lack of consistency in compliance requirements from one lender/investor to the next. There is significantly more “paperwork” required. Obtaining lender pre-approvals is time and resource consuming which directs a certain amount of attention “away” from the primary goal….which is to ensure a timely and successful closing.The title side has not materially changed except for the protection of “non-public personal information.” The industry is experiencing inconsistencies in regard to each lender’s guidelines on what and how to deal with fees and charges on the Closing Disclosure.MReport: Can you provide an overview of where the title and escrow industry used to be and where this sector is headed in the future? (Ex: Pre -and Post-Crisis)Melmet: The end result of the new regulations is “delayed” closings which is directly opposite to the original goal of most REO managers who seek to close as many transactions per month as is possible.Title and closing providers must devote additional financial resources to meet the demand for enhanced regulatory compliance (i.e. encryption to protect non-public information, protection from wire hacking which is on the rise, including insurance to protect against cyber theft along with higher E & O requirements).On the flip side, the consumer benefits as they now have more time to review the Closing Disclosure and to initiate the wiring of funds. Because of the strict enforcement of the non-dissemination of borrower data, real estate agents many not be seeing as much information as they did in the past. However, it is believed that communication between the lenders and title/closing providers will improve as the industry adjusts and gets through its “learning curve.”MReport: What advice can you offer others in the title and escrow business to be successful?Melmet: Embrace change brought about by the new regulations and be proactive in ensuring for success in our new regulatory environment. Invest in personnel and IT resources to stay one step ahead of ever changing compliance/ regulatory demands for lender requirements including lender approvals, audits, encryption, digital signatures, tracking, and record keeping.Communication is still of utmost importance amongst all the “players” to the transaction. In years prior, it was all about timely closings and clean title. While those bullet points are still “key,” companies will need place an equally focused eye on “compliance and regulations.” Continual training within each organization cannot be over-emphasized. Be the best at what you do and create a “buzz” about your services so lenders will want to choose your company for its title and closing service needs.Editor’s Note: To read more about how Title and Closing companies are faring with regulatory requirements from Melmet and more, see “Murky TRID Waters, Everywhere,” located in the May 2016 issue of MReport.  Sharelast_img read more