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  • Pregnant Indian woman ‘too good at English’ can finally join her husband in Scotland after a 5 month immigration row

    first_imgA pregnantIndian woman has finally won her immigration battle to live in Scotland with her husband – after a hellish five-month wait because her English is “too good”.Alexandria Rintoul, 22, has been stranded abroad since September after a series of blunders with immigration officers over her visa application.Read it at The Scottish Sun Related Itemslast_img

  • Heaven On Earth

    first_imgThe Himalayan region of Ladakh and Kashmir is a showcase of spectacular, largely unexplored, landscapes, cultures and traditions. Visitors are welcomed to this divine land with open hearts and smiles. Sandwiched between the Kulun mountain range in the north and Himalayas in the south in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Leh Ladakh and Kashmir are part of a picture-perfect arid valley surrounded by high peaks.  I crossed the high mountain passes along the Manali Leh highway — a breathtaking two day road experience that made it one of my most adventurous trips — on my motorcycle, which was draped in Buddhist prayer flags, seeking purity and a safe journey on one of the world’s highest motorable roads. One cannot but fall in love with the azure sky and mighty mountains that touch the heavens. Every breath of the mild air lifts the stress and tensions of life to savor the true flavors of nature’s paradise. Descending into the valley, one discovers the cold deserts, perched high in the Himalayas, which are cut off from the rest of the world more than half of the year, and Ladakhis, the ethnic tribe of Leh Ladakh who toil on their small farmlands. Buddhist monasteries punctuate the isolated hillocks in the vicinity of villages.Prayer wheels and chortens (the local Buddhist devotional towers) are dotted everywhere. The local bazaar in Leh is teeming at noon with people dressed in traditional clothes, as they shop for vegetables, offer warm welcoming gestures of “Jule – Hello” and flash broad smiles. The Ladakhis are incredibly hospitable and love to interact with outsiders. Even Indians are like Westerners for them. Life in Ladakh is dictated by the seasons — more so, perhaps, than almost any other inhabited place on earth — but the smiles are sure to warm anyone’s heart. The age-old monasteries, quaint lanes, tiny colorful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh and the Ladakh region a veritable kaleidoscope of sights and sounds and an authentic mosaic of culture a Shikara on the beautiful Dal Lake, which sits in the wilderness alongside of snowy trees on mountain slopes. The changing seasons throughout the year bring forth colorful flowers and the majestic beauty to the valley. But alas, I must I bid goodbye to the beautiful sunrise and sunset along the tranquil waters of Dal Lake set against the surrounding mountains.  Related Itemslast_img read more

  • Direct poll for civic chiefs in Haryana

    first_imgThe Haryana Cabinet on Tuesday approved an amendment to the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973, making the election of the presidents of municipal councils and municipal committees direct.An official statement said the election would be held under the supervision and control of the State Election Commission on the pattern of the election of Mayors of Municipal Corporations. “Provision has been made to ensure at least one session of municipality of at least three days once in every six months in addition to the existing provisions of monthly meetings as mentioned in Section 25 of the Municipal Act. ,” said the statement.The Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, also approved the amendment by way of an Ordinance for conducting the elections of the newly constituted municipal corporations within five years from the date of their constitution. It also gave the nod to the amendment to the Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch) Rules, 2008 to bring more similarity and uniformity with the pattern being adopted by the UPSC.last_img read more

  • CBI makes searches in Kolkata for Rajeev Kumar

    first_imgThe CBI on Thursday stepped up searches for IPS officer Rajeev Kumar, who is yet to respond to summons by it since September 13. Several teams of the CBI went around Kolkata, visiting the IPS Officers Mess in Alipore, Mr. Kumar’s residence in 34 Park Street and a hotel on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near the Ruby Crossing. Several teams were set up by the CBI earlier this week to ascertain the whereabouts of Mr. Kumar. Meanwhile, CBI counsels appeared before the Alipore District Court, seeking non-bailable warrant against Mr Kumar, who is presently posted as Additional Director General (ADG) CID. The Judge asked why is non-bailable warrant required against Mr. Kumar and counsels said he was not cooperating with the investigation and had not responded to summons. Trouble for Mr Kumar started on September 13, when the Calcutta High Court vacated an interim order providing protection to him from appearing before the court.last_img read more

  • Eyes on the prize: Final Four return just first step to ultimate goal for Tigresses

    first_imgMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas has been known as one of the most formidable volleyball programs in the UAAP with 15 women’s titles including seven straight from 1985 to 1991.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Fifth year libero Rica Rivera said her team’s charge to the Final Four is a display that UST is still a force to be reckoned with in the UAAP.“This is part of our team’s legacy because this Final Four appearance is our way of giving back to UST,” said Rivera, who had 11 excellent digs in the two closing sets against the Lady Spikers, in Filipino Wednesday.“This is a huge way for us to lift the team back up and to show what UST really is in the UAAP.”The Golden Tigresses last won the title in 2010 and Rivera and her teammates are adamant of breaking that streak.“This is just part of our goal and of course the next one is the championship,” said Rivera.ADVERTISEMENT Column: After beating cancer, fight isn’t too big for Daniel Jacobs PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The Golden Tigresses stayed as one of the most respected teams in the league after a ridiculous title run winning two titles in the 2000s despite the rise of De La Salle during the decade with the Lady Spikers five championships from 2000 to 2009.Then disaster struck as UST failed to replicate its former glory, even missing the Final Four in five of the past six seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut things are starting to turn around for the Golden Tigresses.UST locked up the second seed in the Season 81 tournament after overcoming La Salle, 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, in the playoff for the no.2 seed heading into the Final Four. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

  • BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu Beats Chen Yu Fei to Storm into Third Successive Final

    first_img Badminton World Championshipsbwf world championshipsChen Yu FeiPV Sindhu First Published: August 24, 2019, 3:57 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. — BWF (@bwfmedia) August 24, 2019Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who came into the match with a 5-3 head-to-head record against Chen, grabbed the initiative quickly.The Indian dished out a compact game, producing angled returns to push Chen to the corners. Sindhu retrieved well and punished any weak return from her rival to dominate the rallies.Sindhu entered the first break with a 11-3 lead after the Chinese went wide.Chen continued to find the going tough as she missed the lines, allowing the Indian to gather points at will.Another weak return at the net by Chen gave Sindhu as many as 14 game points. The Indian then sealed the opening game in her second attempt.Chen made a better start in the second game and was neck-and-neck at 3-3 with Sindhu, but the errors again crept in her game as Sindhu moved to a 10-6 lead.Sindhu exploited a weakness in the backhand side of Chen to lead 11-7 at the breather.The Indian worked hard during the rallies, not giving an inch to her Chinese rival and was rewarded for her effort. Chen committed too many unforced errors in her desperation as Sindhu jumped to a 17-9 lead in a jiffy.The Indian eventually grabbed eight match points with a cross-court smash. Chen saved a couple before hitting long again as Sindhu celebrated. Basel: India’s PV Sindhu stood one win away from an elusive World Championships gold medal after storming into her third successive final with a straight-game win over All England champion Chen Yu Fei here on Saturday.Sindhu, who had claimed successive silver in the last two editions of the prestigious tournament beside two bronze, was a picture of perfection as she outclassed World No. 3 Chen of China 21-7 21-14 in a 40-minute semi-final. The 24-year-old from Hyderabad will face either 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand or 2017 winner Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the summit clash on Sunday. Highlights | It’s a third straight World Championships final for Pusarla 🇮🇳 after the fine win over Chen Yu Fei 🇨🇳Follow LIVE: #Basel2019 read more

  • India yet to provide one access to I-T statistics: Economist

    first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) India is yet to provide open access to income tax statistics, noted French economist Thomas Piketty said today. “Note that I am still waiting for open access to Indian income tax statistics,” Piketty told PTI, while referring to an earlier assurance given by Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian to this effect. In a panel discussion at the Jaipur Literature Festival early this year, Subramanian had blamed past governments for non-availability of tax data, and had assured that the present government was working to fix it. Piketty, who is known for his work on wealth and inequality, said that was publicly promised to him by Subramanian at Jaipur festival in January, but nothing happened since then, despite his “many requests”. “If and when I finally receive the data, I would be happy to draw lessons about inequality dynamics and economic growth in India,” he said. India used to publish the All India Income Tax Statistics until 2000, when it was discontinued. “In my view, the lack of transparency about income and financial statistics makes it very difficult to have an informed democratic discussion about economic policy in India,” he said. PTI BKS Piketty, the author of the best-seller book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is a faculty at the Paris School of Economics. PTI BKS MRlast_img read more

  • Ayush minister Shripad Yesso Naik to visit Netherlands on Sep 1

    first_imgNew Delhi/The Hague, Aug 30 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik will visit the Netherlands on Saturday to attend the fourth International Ayurveda Congress, an official statement said today.Naik will lead a delegation comprising senior officials from the Ministry of Ayush, including the Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy, a statement issued by the Indian Embassy in the Hague said.The fourth International Ayurveda Congress (IAvC) will take place between September 1 and 3 at Leiden, Netherlands.During the event, the India Embassy will organise a special seminar “India-Netherlands collaboration in Healthcare, including Ayurveda”.It will be addressed by Dutch Minister for Medical Care and Sport Bruno Bruins and the Ayush minister.Speakers at the seminar will include Alojz Peterle, former prime minister of Slovenia and current member of European Parliament; Tony Nader, world head of transcendental meditation movement; G P Geetha Krishnan, world health organization (WHO) and Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony, the statement said.During his stay in the Netherlands, the Ayush minister will pay respects to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of transcendental meditation at the Maharishi Peace Palace located in the campus of Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Limburg province of the Netherlands.Maharishi Mahesh Yogi lived in the Peace Palace from 1990 until his samadhi in 2008.The minister will be briefed about the Ayruveda, transcendental meditation and other educational and healthcare programs of MERU.He will visit the Indian stall at the Embassy Festival being held in The Hague, participate in the Janmashtami celebrations being organized in the Gandhi Centre (Indian Cultural Centre) and interact with the Indian community and friends of India.advertisement He will further visit the New Amsterdam School of Yoga and witness a yoga demonstration by Dutch students. The fourth IAvC will explore the 340-year relationship between the Netherlands and India and bring to light traditional natural remedies from India and Europe. Speaking about the event, Ambassador Venu Rajamony described the International Ayurveda Congress and associated seminar as the largest high-level event focused on Ayurveda ever to be held in the Netherlands. He said the participation of the Ayush minister from India and the Dutch minister of Healthcare in the seminar signifies the keenness of both the countries to expand collaboration in this field. “Ayurveda and Yoga can be of tremendous benefit to the ageing population of Europe. The embassy, in association with organizations engaged in promotion of Ayurveda, hopes to carry forward the mission of mainstreaming Ayurveda and yoga in the Netherlands. I am also particularly happy the Ayush minister from India will visit the samadhi sthal of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Limburg province of the Netherlands,” Rajamony said.The fourth International Ayurveda Congress is being organised by International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands; All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi and the International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune in association with the Indian Embassy in the Netherlands. PTI AKV DPBlast_img read more

  • India look to try out reserve players in Hamilton ODI vs New Zealand

    first_imgIndia have a already bagged the five-match one day international and with Virat Kohli taking some time off from cricket, Team India fielding coach R Sridhar feels it is the ideal time to test out some of their reserve players going into the World Cup.In the absence of regular skipper Kohli, Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian cricket team in his 200th ODI when they take on New Zealand in the 4th ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.Ahead of the match, Sridhar said that even though the Indian cricket team will want to sure up their World Cup squad by giving the reserve players a chance to cement stake their claims.”See, winning is a habit which we would obviously want to continue. When you’re one-up or three-up against a team, you want to continue with the form; you want to don’t want to let down the intensity. At the same time, we also need to give game-time to our reserves. There’s just seven games remaining for us before we play our first World Cup game. We should not end up in a situation where the main eleven has played and the reserves have not got enough game time, and then suddenly they have to play an important crucial game in the World Cup,” Sridhar said at the pre-match press conference.”And that is what we would like to achieve from the remaining two games in this series and no better place than New Zealand to simulate the conditions in England in June,” Sridhar added.advertisementThe fielding coach was all praise for his fitness and bowling counterparts (Shankar Basu and Bharat Arun) saying that the whole team have worked towards a common goal, which is showing in the results. Sridhar also stressed on the importance of fitness of the players going into a big tournament ike the World Cup and the role it will play given Indian’s schedule.”We are playing some good cricket more the last few months, especially with the white ball. I think all the pieces are falling together. If you see the team, it’s quite an experienced unit. The top six have all been there right from the 2013 Champions Trophy. So fitness levels are really gone up with a trainer Basu Shankar working very hard. And the kind of effort our bowling coach Arun has put in with the bowlers – that’s what really stands out.”India was always a fabulous batting country but it’s the way the bowlers have started picking up wickets during our different phases of the game. Bhuvi and Shami are potent forces with the new ball and then the spinners come in. Not only against New Zealand, they did that against South Africa earlier in 2018, when we won 5-1. They did that against England, against West Indies. They did it in the Asia Cup.”The experience of the team combined with the kind of fitness levels, and the bowling which has gone about ten notches higher is making it look like a complete unit. Augers very well for the World Cup,” Sridhar said.Also Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar wants India to try out Shubman Gill in final 2 ODIs vs New ZealandAlso Read | India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell Santnerlast_img read more

  • Penn State Star RB Miles Sanders Is Wearing A New Jersey Number Tonight

    first_imgMiles Sanders runs with the ball for Penn State.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Running back Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Penn State star running back Miles Sanders typically wears No. 24 for the Nittany Lions, but the junior tailback will be sporting a different number against Ohio State at Beaver Stadium this evening.Sanders, a 5-foot-11 junior running back out of Pittsburgh, will be wearing No. 8 in honor of his injured teammate, Mark Allen.Allen, a fifth-year senior, suffered an undisclosed season-ending injury earlier this season. He had totaled 124 total yards and two touchdowns through three games.Penn State officially announced the uniform number change about an hour before kickoff.“New No. 8 in the house for PSU, as was speculated earlier. Miles Sanders wearing No. 8 to honor injured teammate Mark Allen. Sanders typically wears No. 24,” Bob Flounders tweeted.New No. 8 in the house for PSU, as was speculated earlier. Miles Sanders wearing No. 8 to honor injured teammate Mark Allen. Sanders typically wears No. 24— Bob Flounders (@BobbyFlo7) September 29, 2018ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had previously announced on College GameDay that Sanders would be making the jersey change in honor of Allen.Penn State head coach James Franklin was emotional when discussing Allen’s injury and what he’s meant to the program.“We’ve got a lot of love and respect for Mark and what he’s been able to do in his career here, but you won’t see Mark again this year playing on the field,” he told reporters on Tuesday.“Mark (was) stuck behind maybe one of the better running backs in college football history (in Saquon Barkley),” Franklin said. “When he got opportunities, he made the most of them. For all of us, that’s hard. That’s hard to sit behind a guy like that when the game’s really important to you, and I think the game is extremely important to Mark.”Sanders, meanwhile, has totaled 495 yards and 5 touchdowns through four games. He’ll need a big game tonight to take down the Buckeyes.Ohio State and Penn State are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

  • Stenas New Tanker Digitally Named

    first_imgzoom Tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has held a digital naming ceremony for Stena Immortal, a 50,000 dwt tanker.The ceremony took place at Stena’s new office in Hellerup in the north of Copenhagen on January 17, 2018.Stena Immortal was not physically present in Copenhagen but in Houston where it is already in service. The vessel’s Danish presence was solved with modern technology and in Houston, a drone filmed and zoomed in when the bottle of champagne hit the tanker’s bows.“This ship naming ceremony using available technology is a sign of the times. Our goal is greater efficiency in everything we do and, accordingly, a digital naming ceremony symbolises a measure of sustainability, efficiency and new technology. This is what we are striving for and we want to be at the forefront of this process,” Erik Hånell, President and CEO of Stena Bulk, commented.The MR tanker Stena Immortal was built at China’s Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in 2016 and is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR).The 183-meter-long vessel is the eighth in a series of thirteen IMOIIMAX tankers ordered by Stena Bulk in 2012, the last of which will be delivered at the beginning of February this year. Following Stena Immortal’s delivery in September 2016, it has sailed in one of Stena Bulk’s global logistic systems.Including the new tanker, Stena Bulk’s fleet currently comprises more than 100 vessels.Stena’s new office was inaugurated by the newly formed company Stena Rederi AS, but Stena Bulk, Stena Line, Stena RoRo and Northern Marine Management are also represented here. Stena Bulk, which recently acquired the remaining 50% of a jointly owned company from Danish Weco Shipping, has moved its staff from its previous office in Rungsted to Hellerup.last_img read more

  • Renovated Shyamali building at VisvaBharati University unveiled

    first_imgSantiniketan: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Friday visited the campus of the Visva-Bharati University here to inaugurate the renovated ‘Shyamali’ building – a mud house often used by Rabindranath Tagore as his summer retreat. Mahatma Gandhi had also stayed with his wife at ‘Shyamali’ during his visit to Santiniketan. In a note in the visitors’ book of the university, the vice president said the place embodied peace, nationalism and love for nature. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Felt honoured and emotional to visit the renovated ‘Shyamali’, the place where Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore lived and where Mahatma Gandhi also stayed and his detailed discussions on various issues. “This is a place of inspiration to all of us to get motivated for peace, nationalism and love for nature. I salute the memory of the great son of the great country,” he added. According to sources, Naidu is scheduled to attend another programme in Kolkata later in the day. The Uttarayan complex at the central university comprises four more houses other than ‘Shyamali’ with a well-laid out garden in front. Tagore used to live in these houses in turns. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the university last year along with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The PM, who is also the chancellor (acharya) of the institute, had inaugurated Bangladesh Bhavan on its campus on the occasion.last_img read more

  • Push for research to cure blood disorders

    first_imgKolkata: In a bid to strengthen collaboration in research and education and mutual exchange of knowledge to cure all blood disorders, the first edition of The HOPE Asia 2019 in the city on Friday.The three-day programme will end on Sunday. “It was a great opportunity for not only haematologists of the country but also budding medical professional to interact with eminent experts from across the world,” said Rabindra Kumar Jena, president of Indian Society of Haematology and Blood Transfusion. “The outreach programme focuses on long term collaboration,” said Professor Gianluca Giadano, Chair EHA Global Outreach Committee. Debasish Bhattacharya, Director of Medical Education, West Bengal and Pradip Mitra, OSD (Research) West Bengal Health Department spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

  • USS Elrod Docked In Tangier Port

    first_imgTangier – Guided-missile frigate USS Elrod is docked since Sunday in the Tangier city’s port as part of a visit to foster cooperation between the American navy and the Royal Marine on maritime security.A group of students from the American School of Tangier toured the frigate and were given details on its equipment and mission.In a statement to MAP, commanding officer of Elrod Brad Stallings said that the visit is an occasion to strengthen cooperation with the royal marine and share expertise. Elrod is currently on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.Upon return from deployment, Elrod is scheduled for decommissioning after more than 30 years of service.last_img read more

  • UN agencies look to worlds youth to find solutions to global problems

    12 August 2010United Nations agencies, peacekeeping missions and officials around the world marked the start today of the International Year of Youth with concerts and public forums and a call to celebrate the potential of the next generation to solve the problems of today. Speaking at the launch of the Year, as well as celebrations today for International Youth Day, senior UN officials said the estimated 1.2 billion people aged between 15 and 24 deserve greater attention from policymakers and governments.“Young people have the energy and motivation to propose innovative solutions to today’s global challenges and the aspiration and tools to build bridges of dialogue across cultures,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a message marking International Youth Day, which is observed every 12 August.She appealed for stepped-up public investment in youth, noting that the current global downturn has made the world more insecure for young people, especially those from vulnerable or marginalized groups.“Youth policies that promote equity and directly engage young people must be strengthened,” Ms. Bokova stressed. “Development assistance policies should be better geared to address youth’s needs and concerns.”The World Food Programme (WFP) has enlisted young people in its campaign to end world hunger, with more than 1 billion people are currently chronically hungry.“You are the generation that will end hunger,” the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, said at a seminar in London last month. “In the future, we want our grandchildren to ask us what hunger and starvation were.For its part, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is hoping to employ the tremendous energy, imagination and initiative to promote peace and development.The agency said that poor young people living in rural areas can help to feed the world’s population as tomorrow’s farmers and producers, but cautioned that they are also among the most vulnerable members of society.“We should remember that these young women and men, with their hopes and dreams, hold our planet’s future in their hands,” IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze said. “Helping them gain access to investment and financial services means empowering them to start and expand businesses.”He pointed to unemployment as a major problem that youth face, stressing that underemployment and outright exploitation are often harsh facts of life for young people in rural areas.“In order to make a real difference to the lives of these young women and men, governments and development agencies must invest in agriculture and boost economic growth in rural areas,” Mr. Nwanze underscored, calling for increased resources for education, empowerment and access to finance.The UN’s peacekeeping missions are also getting involved in the launch of the International Year.The joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, is organizing a concert for the youth of the war-ravaged Sudanese region. Entitled Together as One, the event will showcase the music of internationally-renowned Sudanese musicians Omar Ihsas and Nancy Ajaj.Meanwhile in Timor-Leste, the UN mission there, UNMIT, took part in the opening of a National Youth Forum allowing young Timorese to share their visions of the future and their aspirations for their country.“This event is about you, your lives, your opportunities, hopes and dreams,” Finn Reske-Nielsen, the acting Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told participants. “So, too, is the International Year of Youth. “Use these platforms well. I can assure you, the UN is listening and will hear your voices.”The UN first marked the International Year of Youth in 1985. A decade later, the General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth, setting a policy framework and guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people. read more

  • Tolstoys library nominated to join UNESCO list for documentary collections

    16 May 2011More than 80 unique documentary items and collections from around the world have been nominated for inscription this year on the Memory of the World Register List run by the United Nations culture agency in an effort to promote and preserve them through digitization. More than 80 unique documentary items and collections from around the world have been nominated for inscription this year on the Memory of the World Register List run by the United Nations culture agency in an effort to promote and preserve them through digitization.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the Memory of the World Register in 1995 to guard against collective amnesia and preserve valuable archives and library collections from all over the world. The agency’s 14 member International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Memory of the World Programme will review the 80 nominees when it convenes in Manchester, United Kingdom, from 22 to 25 May.  Collections proposed for inscription this year span a gamut of cultural items including the Ben Cao Gang Mu, the most complete compendium of traditional Chinese medicine, Iran’s oldest book on mathematics and astrology, and the personal library of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. After consideration by the committee, the inscriptions will be submitted to UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova for her endorsement before they can join the other 193 items on the register. Last year Ms. Bokova emphasized the importance of preserving the world’s “collective memory” to ensure its transmission to future generations. “We must understand the past to shape a common future founded on dialogue and understanding,” she said, cautioning that without the preservation of cultural heritage future generations would forget seminal moments in human history.  Current items on the Memory of the World Register range from the 1927 German expressionist cinema masterpiece Metropolis to the 14th-century Korean book Jikji – the world’s oldest known book to have been printed using movable metal type. read more

  • Revisiting Team Messaging Security

    Comments Microsoft Teams Roars with 13 Million Daily Active Users! Kevin Kieller July 11, 2019 Ahead of next week’s Inspire event, Microsoft touts Teams usage and showcases new features. See All in Team Collaboration » In my last No Jitter post, I discussed some of the challenges related to team messaging security, setting the stage for my session discussion last week at Enterprise Connect 2019 and foreshadowing Slack’s announcement that it now supports enterprise key management (EKM) to allow access control to team messaging data.Slack EKM provides the same basic functionality already available from competitors including ArmorText, Cisco, and Symphony. Through EKM, customers manage their own encryption keys, meaning that they are in full control of their data and can lock data stores as necessary to address security issues such as breaches or data leakage. Slack customers, through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) key management server, are able to revoke access to individual channels, teams, or the entire customer instance of Enterprise Grid. Participants in our 2018-19 Team Collaboration study cited encryption and customer-held keys as important requirements in evaluating team collaboration platforms.The move to cloud collaboration has been tempered in recent years over concerns that enterprises potentially lose or reduce control of their data as it moves into the cloud provider’s data center. That view toward security is evolving, with nearly half of participants in our 2017 UC study saying that they felt cloud security was better than what they could provide on their own, and 18% of participants in our 2018 study saying that security is a primary driver for moving to cloud unified communications and collaboration applications. As IT leaders struggle to keep up with constantly changing security threats, and as security spend continues to grow, cloud is increasingly seen as a means of protecting enterprise data cost effectively.The ability to manage encryption keys should alleviate enterprise concerns related to potential loss of control over data stored on the cloud provider’s servers. By giving enterprise customers control over encryption, EKM arguably provides the same level of data security that an organization maintains when keeping its data within its own data centers on its own encrypted servers. EKM should especially appeal to companies within regulated industries that in many cases have been unable to move data to the cloud for fear of exposure of sensitive customer or corporate information.The topic of key management was a big part of our “Securing Your Team Messaging Data” session last week at Enterprise Connect. Panelists from Cisco, Oracle, Ribbon, Slack, and Symphony noted that encryption was key to an effective security strategy. They also provided the following recommendations as part of a broad security strategy:Determine a Governance Strategy — Managing data within a large enterprise messaging system may require a mix of centralized and decentralized strategies, potentially implementing key management, data loss prevention, and single sign-on controls companywide, while leaving administration of specific workspaces, channels, and team members to department or workgroup administratorsIntegrate Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) — With mobility being a major driver of interest in team collaboration applications, organizations should ensure that their team collaboration applications work in conjunction with their EMM providers, ensuring control of corporate data across mobile devicesEvaluate Security Certifications — Nemertes research participants cite a vendor’s security certifications as the most important criteria they evaluate when selecting a team collaboration provider. Look for common certifications like SOX, ISO/IEC 27001, HIPAA, and FedRAMP, and ensure that your providers can support regional regulatory requirements like GDPRKeep It Simple — Security policies and approaches that make it difficult for people to use applications to collaborate will only drive workers to seek easier-to-use solutions, often that aren’t company-approved. It’s not easy balancing security needs and usability, however it’s imperative that buyers ensure that security controls don’t impact ease of useFederate — Guest accounts are still the norm for allowing outside people to participate in team spaces. However, guest accounts are difficult to manage, and when employees use guest accounts on outside services, they eliminate the ability of an organization to control file and data sharing. Instead, consider federation options, whether that be native capabilities provided by team collaboration vendors or third-party federation services like Mio, which won the 2019 Best of Enterprise Connect Award for innovation in collaboration, and NextPlane. If you must support guest accounts, consider whitelists to control access (e.g., only allowing guests from approved e-mail domains)Team messaging security capabilities continue to evolve, and improve. Be sure to conduct regular review of your provider’s capabilities to ensure that it’s able to meet your present, and future, requirements.Tags:News & Viewsvendor newsSlackEKMenterprise key managementTeam MessagingTeam CollaborationAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsEnterprise ConnectProduct NewsSecurity Articles You Might Like Cisco Takes Aim at Collaboration Friction Dave Michels June 11, 2019 Never before has the collaboration portfolio been so aligned – across the business and into the contact center What a Restaurant Can Teach You About Collaboration Jon Arnold May 28, 2019 When you’ve got a 3-Star Michelin rating, your collaboration tools better be great, too. Microsoft Teams’ Superpowers Get More Super Kevin Kieller May 13, 2019 During last week’s Build conference, Microsoft announced new development capabilities for Teams. Great article, Irwin! I Log in or register to post comments cloud-security.png Great article, Irwin! I wanted to add few quick notes the above regarding data security.First – thanks for the chance to speak at the panel at #EC19! Hope you found the time as useful as I did! I definitely want to echo what was said during the panel about ‘Keeping it simple’. It’s critical that as Collaboration products we provide as simple a management experience as possible. The fewer options and knobs that can be misconfigured, the better. With Cisco, we took this to heart by providing a tightly integrated solution for our on-prem KMS option, where we keep the server updated automatically for our customers (you can of course choose when the updates happen).Also, I wanted to put out there that I believe there to be multiple a critical dimensions to data security. The first, of course, is where the keys/secrets are kept. The second dimension is how the data is secured itself. We believe that it’s critical to provide end-to-end encryption of content as well. The fewer points where data is unencrypted (and the fewer secrets that are used to encrypt any one piece of content), the less chance for compromise. This was a topic of discussion on the panel and bears repeating. The next question that follows of course is “doesn’t that make other features like search harder?” – this too was raised on the panel. The answer is also: yes. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. It is on us as collaboration products to offer both security and usability as features! Cisco Webex Teams has done just that. Implemented end-to-end encryption, and also built search to account for this encryption.Finally, I want to make sure I reiterate the importance of a set-and-monitor strategy. Like I said in my blog 2 weeks ago, the way users use tools change over time. Security should protect users, not hinder them. So having a strong monitoring story is critical to know what’s going on, and determine whether something untoward is happening. Cheers!Jono Luk Log in or register to post comments Permalink Submitted by JonoL313 on Mon, 04/08/2019 – 10:10 6 Steps for Successful Collaboration Paul McMillan August 16, 2019 When implementing collaboration technology, be sure to place a premium on user experience. read more

  • Annan meets Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders for reaction to settlement plan

    Alvaro de Soto, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, Yiannis Valinikis, for the same purpose, a UN spokesperson said in New York.Mr. de Soto had received the reaction of the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after the Prime Minister’s arrival last night in the Swiss town of Bürgenstock, where the final negotiations are being held. Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis is also participating in the talks.The spokesperson said contacts at the working level are continuing, while the Secretary-General and his team evaluate the reactions they have received to see whether further adjustments can be made in the time remaining.Yesterday the Secretary-General unveiled the plan, which would ultimately create a federation of two constituent states – a Greek Cypriot state and a Turkish Cypriot state – and called on the two parties to seize the opportunity to settle the decades-old Cyprus problem “once and for all.”Mr. Annan began today by meeting the European Commissioner for enlargement, Günter Verheugen, and late in the afternoon received the Swiss Foreign Minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, for a courtesy call. More photos from the talks in Bürgenstock read more

  • Yemen UN envoy reports deal reached to resolve current crisis in country

    In a statement from his Office, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, said preparations are currently underway for the signing of the agreement, which “shall be a national document that will advance the path of peaceful change, and will lay the foundations for national partnership and for security and stability in the country.” Mr. Benomar underscored that the Yemenis have long suffered from violence and fighting. He regretted the continuing bloodshed, especially following the consensus over the historic outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference. In the statement, the Special Adviser reiterated that the time has now come to overcome narrow interests and that the higher national interest should prevail. He stressed for the need to work responsibly in order to implement the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and to build the new state agreed upon by the Yemenis. Yemen has recently emerged from a complex UN-backed transition, but the past few months have been marked by violence and unrest in some parts of the country. According to press reports, Sana’a has been gripped by rival protests since last week as pro- and anti-Government demonstrators have faced off throughout the city. read more

  • Poole scores 21 No 7 Michigan beats No 19 Purdue 8657

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jordan Poole scored 21 points as part of a balanced offence and No. 7 Michigan was stingy on defence in a 76-57 win over No. 19 Purdue on Saturday, routing a third ranked team this season.The Wolverines (8-0) are off to their best start since winning the first 16 games of the 2012-13 season. They were coming off an 84-67 win over No. 11 North Carolina, and they beat then-No. 8 Villanova 73-46 on its home court last month.The Boilermakers (5-3) have lost three of their last four games.Michigan’s Jon Teske matched his career high with 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Ignas Brazdeikis scored 12 and Zavier Simpson had 10 points and seven assists. Charles Matthews added nine points, five rebounds and four assists.Purdue’s Carsen Edwards scored 19 on 7-of-21 shooting and Ryan Cline added 15 points.The Wolverines picked up where they left off Wednesday night against the Tar Heels, making shots and getting stops to take the lead. They kept it without much of a fight from the Boilermakers.Michigan led 44-28 at halftime after connecting on 53 per cent of its shots and holding Purdue to 36 per cent from the field.The Wolverines’ shooting accuracy slipped in the second half, falling to 47 per cent, but they kept up the intensity on defence to keep Purdue at 36 per cent.BIG PICTUREPurdue: Cline needs more shots. He was 6 of 8 from the field and 3 of 5 from beyond the arc, but Edwards looked for his shot much more than he tried to pass to his sharpshooting guard.Michigan: The Wolverines are going to be tough to beat because all five players on the floor can score and they all play in-your-chest defence.POLL IMPLICATIONSMichigan can’t move up much, but it may merit a higher ranking with its impressive start. The Boilermakers might fall out of the AP Top 25.UP NEXTPurdue: Hosts Maryland on Thursday.Michigan: At Northwestern on Tuesday.___More AP college basketball: and Larry Lage at Lage, The Associated Press read more