The Cloud-Based Company’s 4-Step Guide to Mobile Device Management

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#bring your own device#BYOD#data privacy#mobile device management What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Brad ThiesFounder and President at BARR Advisory Brad Thies is the founder and president of BARR Advisory, P.A., an assurance and advisory firm specializing in cybersecurity, risk management, and compliance. Brad speaks regularly at industry events such as ISACA conferences, and he is a member of AICPA’s Trust Information Integrity Task Force. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Follow the Puck Thanks to the prevalence of bring-your-own-device programs and increasing reliance on mobile work, the need for high-quality mobile device management is higher than ever. To meet this demand, company leaders must understand what comprises a good Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategy and a 4-step guide to mobile device management — how to implement one effectively.Today’s employees love their smartphones, but not all of them are eager to use personal devices at work. Concerns about data privacy make many workers leery about handing over access to their employers. Evolving reliance on cloud technology multiplies points of access, too, which further complicates the issue.The “bring your own device,” (BYOD) culture will continue to expand, which means companies must find the balance between privacy and safety.One recent report found that the BYOD market will hit a compound annual growth rate of more than 17 percent by 2023. Businesses need to implement smart, scalable MDM strategies to keep their operations protected and powerful.For many companies, that task is too big to manage alone. Employee concerns, data protection, cloud technology familiarity, and other MDM issues all require a full staff to manage them. To thrive in a rapidly evolving MDM space, organizations are turning to MDM partner companies to manage their business needs and compliance challenges. These partners provide significant help to companies looking for guidance and clarity in a BYOD-driven world.To get the most from your MDM partnership, keep your employees happy. You’ll also want to fulfill the needs of your business as it grows — so follow this four-step guide on MDM mastery:1. Establish an acceptable use policy.Every device that accesses company data must pass muster. Create and establish an acceptable use policy to set the foundation for mobile device use at your business. This policy will set the foundation for the way your company handles everything from new device onboarding to employee departures.A good policy should outline parameters such as encryption, passwords, and device lock. You will want to impliment a detailed BYOD plan that provides guidelines for using personal devices at work. With 85 percent of companies now embracing BYOD plans and employees increasingly concerned about their privacy — acceptable use policies protect and reassure everyone involved. Reinforce this policy through security awareness programs as part of creating a culture of security at your organization.2. Choose the right applications.Choose applications that are easy to use and helpful to the company. For example, some applications store data locally on the device while others do not. Working inside the cloud provides employees access to countless applications, so be judicious when assessing your options. Err on the side of caution, and use only applications that provide essential benefits to your business.Using too many apps can lead to forgotten passwords and IT headaches — not to mention security concerns from an abundance of access points. Thirty percent of enterprises think security is the most prominent obstacle to BYOD adoption — and app selection is a critical component of maintaining data security.3. Restrict access to settings.Employees don’t need access to everything. Excessive access can lead to data breaches, unintentional and otherwise, and breaches grow costlier every year. Kaspersky found that the average cost of a data breach at a small business spiked from $88,000 in 2017 to $120,000 in 2018.Working online in shared workspaces creates opportunities for information loss or misuse. Sadly, only 56 percent of companies have the power to employ key tactics like remote wipes of sensitive data.When working in the cloud, restrict access to shared application settings to keep the system safe. Access restrictions protect companies from malicious acts and accidents alike. Only a few users need master access, depending on the size of the company and the practicality of implementation, so make exceptions for tight security only on a need-to-use basis.4. Find an MDM service to fit your needs.Many MDM services can help you manage your mobile devices. Depending on the operations of your company and the services you require, your options for MDM partners may vary. Conduct thorough research on potential candidates to find the best one for your organization.The right partner should make it easy for you to stay compliant on information security issues, such as tracking devices and maintaining updates. Your MDM service should empower your company and protect it. In a cloud environment, endpoint management should complement your MDM, which can detect suspicious authentication from devices, enforce multifactor authentication, detect malware, and detect suspicious ingress and egress activity.Most MDM services work by installing a bit of software on user devices. This software can handle everything the business needs, but companies should be mindful when implementing MDM services with BYOD populations. Many employees might be leery of allowing an MDM solution on their personal devices. Consider employee sentiment, and be prepared to answer questions about privacy before moving forward with a new service.Reliance on cloud technology and the prevalence of smartphones will only grow stronger in the years ahead. To operate effectively in this environment, take the precautions outlined in this guide and work with employees and your vendor to keep your company and information safe. The challenges of mobile device management will continue to evolve, but with the right mindset, tools, and partners, you can stay ahead of the curve and keep your business safe.last_img read more

Brady Throws Pats Past Steelers, 28-21

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Whether sprinting out of the tunnel for warmups, watching former teammates and the Patriots owner carrying Lombardi Trophies, or tearing apart the Steelers, Tom Brady relished every moment of this NFL season opener.“It was a pretty special night,” said Brady, who threw for four touchdowns, three to favorite target Rob Gronkowski, in a 28-21 victory Thursday night over undermanned and generally ineffective Pittsburgh. “I was excited, our whole team was excited. We haven’t had one of these games in a long time.”It was as if he never was away. Of course, he never really was, and with Deflategate behind him, the star quarterback was back to his unstoppable self, going 25-of-32 for 288 yards.“It’s always fun being out there and getting an opportunity to go play,” added Brady, whose 161 victories are tops for a starting quarterback with one franchise in NFL history.He set a team-record with 19 straight completions; and he had his 23rd game with four or more touchdown passes, third all-time along with Brett Favre. “We took advantage of it. It was a good win.”His four-game league suspension overturned by a federal judge one week ago, the three-time Super Bowl MVP was in midseason — or postseason — form.He led drives of 90 and 64 yards for scores on passes to Gronkowski. Gronkowski also recovered a fumble by running back Dion Lewis at the Pittsburgh 1 before his final TD.“Anytime they don’t cover Gronk, he usually gets it,” Brady noted with a smile.Gronkowski insisted this night was all about Brady.“Everything he’s been going through all offseason, he just came out and he was on fire,” Gronkowski said. “I don’t know his stats or anything, but he was hitting all of the open guys, reading the defense well, calling the right plays.“He’s just unreal.”Showing some love for his other tight end, newcomer Scott Chandler, Brady hit him for a 1-yard score to cap an 80-yard march with the second-half kickoff.The outcome added to a festive mood at Gillette Stadium, despite persistent showers that didn’t bother the home team.Before kickoff, the Patriots unveiled their fourth championship banner as owner Robert Kraft and former players Troy Brown, Willie McGinest and Ty Law carried out New England’s four Super Bowl trophies.Fourth-quarter crowd chants of “Where is Roger?” mocked Commissioner Roger Goodell over Deflategate. Goodell did not attend.Neither, it seemed, did the Steel Curtain. Only occasionally did it come close to clamping down on Brady, yielding 361 yards overall. Third-stringer Lewis rushed for 69 yards, and leading receiver Julian Edelman had 11 catches for 97 yards. Gronkowski had 94 yards.“We’ve got to finish a few instances better,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “I thought we got a little frazzled at times. Some of the young people have got to get better in a hurry.”Minus two All-Pros on offense — running back Le’Veon Bell (suspended) and center Maurkice Pouncey (injured) — and without suspended receiver Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh moved the ball decently, gaining 464 yards. But it never really was close.Ben Roethlisberger threw for 351 yards and a late TD to All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown. Backup DeAngelo Williams rushed for 127 yards.Tomlin was angry after the game, complaining that coaches couldn’t communicate because they were hearing the Patriots radio broadcast over their headsets. Patriots coaches also complained about similar troubles.The league said it was a temporary problem caused in part by the weather. For years, opposing teams have complained about having headset problems in Gillette Stadium.Pittsburgh had moved the ball decisively on its first drive, but things collapsed after Brown was sacked on a trick play. The drive fizzled, with a missed 44-yarder by Josh Scobee.Scobee, acquired on Sept. 1 from Jacksonville, also missed from 46 yards and connected from 44 and 24. But the damage was done earlier.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Honda riders grab three podium finishes at National motorcycle racing

first_imgChennai, Dec 15 (PTI) Gearing up for the final showdown, IDEMITSU Honda Ten10 Racing Team won three podium finishes in Super-Sport 165cc and Pro-Stock 165cc categories on the opening day of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship here Saturday. The Madras Motor Racing Track also witnessed Race 1 of the last round of Honda Talent Cup which saw stellar performances by riders in both the CBR 250R Expert class and the CBR 150R Novice class. Dominating the season, Anish Shetty sealed his championship after securing podium finish today in Pro-Stock 165 category. Honda riders Mithun Kumar and Senthil Kumar finished at the 5th and 13th place respectively. In Super Sport 165cc, Honda rider, Mathana Kumar secured the second position clocking a total race time of 12:39:132. Following his footsteps was Honda rider Rajiv Sethu who claimed third position today. He finished with a total race time of 13:07:859. Rajiv now has a total of 4 podiums including 3 wins in his kitty. Unfortunately Sarath Kumar crashed in the penultimate corner C11 at the track after leading till the last lap. “Today we bagged 3 podium finishes. I stand extremely confident of our rider’s performances for tomorrow and expect a great closing with some wins for this season,” said Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand & Communications, Honda Motorcycles. In IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR 250R, Bengaluru boy Abhishek Vasudev secured the first position with a total race time of 12:22:261. Following Abhishek back home was Anish Shetty who claimed the second position and recorded the best lap at 2:01:532. Finishing third was Aravind B who was challenged by Senthil Kumar and Amit Topano in a fight to claim the position.advertisement In IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR 150R, 14-year old Mohammad Mukhail claimed yet another win by outperforming others. Giving him a tough challenge was Kartik Vasant, the Karnataka boy who clocked in the second best timing at 13:14:110. Amidst a lot of fluctuation between riders, Aandhu K.K secured his podium with 13:15:080 race timing. PTI ATKATKlast_img read more

Report: Arsenal 1 Doncaster 0

first_imgArsenal 1 Doncaster Rovers 0: Walcott hits winner for Wenger’s men Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:48 21/9/2017 theowalcott-cropped Getty Images Jack Wilshere and Reiss Nelson both started for Arsenal as Theo Walcott scored the winner in a 1-0 League Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers. Theo Walcott scored his first goal of the season to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers and a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.Walcott, who had not netted a competitive goal for the Gunners since April, pounced in the 25th minute to make it 1-0 at the Emirates and at that stage it looked as though Arsenal would steamroller their League One opponents.Despite a glut of first-half chances the hosts failed to extend their lead and Doncaster, having frustrated Olivier Giroud as he sought his 100th goal for Arsenal, probed for an equaliser and gave the Premier League side a number of scares. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Darren Ferguson’s men lacked quality in the final third and the few clear-cut chances they created went begging, leaving Arsene Wenger to reflect on a positive result and another good performance from Jack Wilshere.The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, made his first start for the club since May 2016 and was involved in much of Arsenal’s best play, while full-back Reiss Nelson also emerged with credit on his full debut.A lively opening four minutes saw Doncaster winger Rodney Kongolo draw a diving save from David Ospina with a low drive, before Giroud had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when the referee refused to acknowledge that he was hauled down in the penalty area.The Frenchman almost scored a contender for goal of the competition two minutes later when he met Wilshere’s delicately chipped ball into the box with an acrobatic scissor-kick that beat Ian Lawlor but rattled the crossbar.Giroud headed a pinpoint Mohamed Elneny cross narrowly over the crossbar after 20 minutes as Arsenal camped themselves in Doncaster’s half, with Wilshere and Nelson moving the ball around crisply.The breakthrough arrived after 25 minutes when Alexis Sanchez looped the ball into the box and behind the Doncaster defence where Walcott arrived and took a touch to control before side-footing it past Lawlor and into the net.@theowalcott’s up and running for the season#AFCvDRFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2017Wilshere would have added a second with a rasping 30-yard drive had Lawlor not made an impressive save at full stretch, before lone Doncaster striker Alfie May lashed a shot against the side netting on the cusp of half-time.Within three minutes of the re-start, Giroud created a golden opportunity to double Arsenal’s advantage, but Walcott fired over the crossbar with only Lawlor to beat.May, who only turned professional in January, looked set to equalise when he broke into Arsenal’s half on his own after 58 minutes but he was easily caught by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who dispossessed him as Arsenal survived a nervous moment.Nelson drew a good save from Lawlor with an angled drive after 64 minutes, leaving Arsenal vulnerable to the threat of an equaliser and extra-time as Doncaster launched a series of counter-attacks in the closing stages, but Andy Butler and John Marquis both fired over the bar when chances fell their way.Maitland-Niles scuffed a backwards pass on the half-way line and allowed Benjamin Whiteman a chance to run at goal, but once again the young Arsenal defender showed his pace and successfully back-tracked to cut out the danger.Liam Mandeville and Matty Blair both had late chances to grab a dramatic late equaliser in the final six minutes, but both lacked accuracy in front of goal and Arsenal’s slender lead survived.Job done#AFCvDRFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2017 read morelast_img read more

Serie A title battle may have turned on a clerical error over Matteo Politano

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Serie A 16Sassuolo29-3028 15Chievo29-2128 A 46-point gulf separated Napoli from Sassuolo in the standings. Sure, the Neroverdi had beaten Udinese before the international pause – but that was their first win since Christmas. They had been thrashed 7-0 by Juventus as well as losing 3-0 to Atalanta and Lazio.However, a 22nd-minute strike from Politano put Napoli on the back foot. The composure he showed to volley home the rebound from Federico Peluso’s header was conspicuously missing from the visitors’ attack. When Napoli did equalise, the last touch appeared to come off a Sassuolo defender, Rogério.The game ended 1-1, leaving Napoli supporters to ponder how things might have gone differently if Politano were playing on their side. It is not only a question of his direct impact. If Napoli’s attack has lost sharpness at the tail end of this campaign, that might be because the front three of Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and José Callejón are spent.This team has been unfortunate to lose Arkadiusz Milik to torn knee ligaments for large parts of the past two seasons. His impact off the bench on Saturday was notable. Having flashed a header just over at 1-0, he then struck the woodwork.Yet even when Milik is available, there has always been a need for another option up front, a versatile all-rounder who could slot in on either flank. Politano was not Napoli’s first choice for that role but they turned to him after Bologna’s Simone Verdi rejected a move this January.Perhaps Sassuolo were the wrong team to do business with. They have traded several players with Juventus in recent years, developing warm relations. Some have taken to describing the clubs as transfer market ‘allies’.So when Beppe Marotta responded to the Politano speculation by saying the Sassuolo owner, Giorgio Squinzi, “has a solid club, he does not need to sell anyone”, there was a temptation to read between the lines. Was Juve’s CEO seeking to influence another club’s transfer policy?The Sassuolo general manager, Giovanni Carnevali, has claimed his club never intended to sell Politano in January in any case. Yet Napoli’s owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis, tells things differently. By his account, a deal was reached on deadline day for a two-year loan – after which the move would become permanent. Napoli would send Adam Ounas in the opposite direction.“At 10.48pm, or maybe 10.51, we sent a contract to Carnevali,” De Laurentiis said. “He told me that the lines were busy and nothing was coming through but then a contract arrived on my end for Ounas, missing the official stamp and signature. So I don’t understand: can we say this whole thing is a little mysterious?”Not that De Laurentiis was too upset at the time. He argued Politano was neither as talented nor versatile as Verdi. “In my opinion,” he said, “I was throwing money out of the window.”Those words have come back to haunt him. Instead of putting the pressure back on Juventus, Napoli could only sit and watch as the Bianconeri extended their lead atop Serie A.They were not brilliant against Milan, although they did have the perfect start. Paulo Dybala opened the scoring after eight minutes with one of those nonchalantly superlative outside-the-box efforts that are becoming his trademark.Juventus were closing in on a club record for their longest run without conceding in Serie A. Fittingly, it was a man who helped them to set the previous mark who stopped them 15 minutes short. Leonardo Bonucci, back on his old stomping ground, muscled in to head home a first-half equaliser.He had been uncertain before the game about whether he would celebrate. Bonucci can hardly switch off the connection that he feels to the club with whom he won six consecutive league titles. It is only four Easters ago that he joined Juve fans on the Curva during a home game against Bologna.Yet after hearing supporters sing abusive chants at him through the warm-ups and into the game, his mind was made up. He wheeled away performing his signature ‘wash your mouth out’ gesture.For a long time, it appeared as though his would be the final word. Milan grew into the game and early in the second half looked most likely to win it. Hakan Calhanoglu hit the crossbar with a thunderous effort. Gigi Buffon had to react sharply to deny Suso.Then Juventus found a way – as they usually do. Juan Cuadrado, making his first appearance in more than three months following hernia treatment, came on to head them in front in the 79th minute. Sami Khedira, a player many fans would happily have relegated to the bench after recent poor performances, provided the assist, before scoring himself to seal a flattering 3-1 score.Three months on from transfer deadline day, Napoli’s title hopes hang by a thread. The reasons for their failure to sign Politano are murky. But the scale of the challenge they face in overhauling this relentless Juventus team remains as clear as day.Talking points• There was little solace to be found in an honourable defeat for Gennaro Gattuso. “It burns,” he said. “I can’t come down here smiling like a simpleton and say that I’m happy with the performance.” There is a recognition too that Milan’s Champions League hopes have been dealt a major blow. They are eight points behind fourth-placed Inter, so nothing less than a win will do in Wednesday’s rescheduled derby. PosTeamPGDPts Was this helpful? Reuse this content Share on Messenger 6AC Milan29750 Milan Pinterest Bologna 1-1 Roma, Atalanta 2-0 Udinese, Cagliari 0-4 Torino, Fiorentina 2-0 Crotone, Genoa 1-1 Spal, Internazionale 3-0 Verona, Lazio 6-2 Benevento, Chievo 2-1 Sampdoria, Sassuolo 1-1 Napoli, Juventus 3-1 Milan. Milan’s head coach, Gennaro Gattuso, gestures during the defeat by Juventus. Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco/EPA 4Inter Milan292958 18Crotone29-2524 1Juventus305478 blogposts 17SPAL30-2226 Napoli 11Bologna30-735 2Napoli304474 7Atalanta291447 Facebook • Inter are looking sharp again, although they got some help in their 3-0 win over Verona. Ivan Perisic could have taken the credit for a quick throw-in that set up Mauro Icardi for a first-minute opener but he insisted it should go to the ballgirl whose rapid reactions put him in position to act.• Roma’s draw with Bologna, coupled with Lazio’s 6-2 thrashing of Benevento, means the gap from third to fifth is back to three points. The Biancocelesti have scored 73 in 30 games.• Raise a glass, or better yet a chair, to the memory of Emiliano Mondonico, who died last week aged 71. The former Torino coach is best remembered for lifting his seat above his head in protest at the referee during his team’s 1992 Uefa Cup final defeat by Ajax, but he was an irrepressible character at any time. Early in his playing career, he deliberately got sent off so he would be free for a Rolling Stones concert the following weekend. Buon viaggio, Mister. 10Torino29439 Twitter center_img 12Udinese29-633 Show 9Fiorentina29744 Juventus Share via Email 3Roma302660 Quick guide Serie A results 5Lazio303457 13Genoa29-831 Sassuolo Share on Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. Serie A round-up: Juventus stretch lead as Napoli are held at Sassuolo Hide 8Sampdoria29344 European club football 19Verona29-3422 Share on Facebook Did the title race turn on a clerical error? Matteo Politano looked set to join Napoli from Sassuolo this January, with terms reportedly agreed on a transfer worth €28m. The player was keen, yet, as the final seconds ticked away on deadline day, the paperwork never came through.Two months later, Politano scored a goal that stopped Napoli from going back to the top of Serie A. The Partenopei travelled to Sassuolo on Saturday knowing a win would vault them into first – heaping pressure on to Juventus before their evening kick-off against a Milan who were yet to suffer domestic defeat in 2018. 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Video: Georgia State’s Ron Hunter Broke His Cast Celebrating His Son’s 3-Pointer vs. Baylor

first_imgRon Hunter does interview after NCAA Tournament game.Ron Hunter’s celebratory fall out of his chair proved to be a somewhat costly one – it was clearly worth it, though. On Thursday, the Georgia State coach dropped to the floor after his son, R.J. Hunter, hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Baylor in the NCAA Tournament’s Second Round. Ron Hunter, who was sitting on a rolling chair because he tore his Achilles celebrating his team’s NCAA Tournament berth, cracked his cast as he fell to the ground. A doctor is on his way to Jacksonville to re-cast the foot. Ron Hunter told CBS Sports’ Jamie Erdahl about the situation Friday morning. What would you do for an NCAA Tournament victory?Georgia State is set to face Baylor on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on TNT.last_img read more

Abraham ready to take penalties despite Super Cup miss

first_imgTammy Abraham is ready to step up and take another penalty after his effort was saved by Liverpool’s Adrian in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday night.The 21-year-old was consoled by team-mates after his miss as Liverpool lifted the trophy following the 2-2 draw in Besiktas Stadium.There may be some concern that the homegrown talent will see his confidence crushed by the miss, but he is resolute about not letting the moment affect him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I’m always someone who believes in myself on penalties,” Abraham said in Istanbul. “I had a few last season and a few important ones. Unfortunately today, probably one of my most important ones, I missed. It’s about how I react and just get my head up.“I need to keep going. I’ve scored a few. Unfortunately, I missed one of the most important ones for Chelsea. Keep going. They say the top players always miss penalties and it’s about how you react. I’ve just got to keep pushing myself.”The boys have made it feel like nothing has even happened. Everyone’s had their arms around me. They’ve said the best players miss, it’s something to learn from. It’s better it happened now than later on. You grow into a man and learn from it.”It’s a great bunch of boys. Now we’ve just got to focus on the game against Leicester.”Liverpool’s unlikely hero was their second-choice goalkeeper Adrian, who is set to play more at his new club due to an injury to Alisson Becker in their Premier League opener against Norwich.However, Blues fans took to social media complaining the former West Ham shot-stopper crept off his line to save Abraham’s effort. Abraham hadn’t given thought to his opposite number’s actions, despite confusion about why VAR wasn’t used in the UEFA showpiece.“It is what it is. If they saw it, they saw. If they didn’t, they didn’t. That’s football at the end of the day,” he added.Adrian LiverpoolFrank Lampard has put his trust in the striker, who scored 26 goals on loan at Aston Villa last season. The striker was pivotal to Dean Smith’s side gaining promotion as he became the first player since 1977 to score more than 25 goals for the Midlands club.He also struck home the winning penalty in the Championship Play-Off semi-final against West Brom. Still, Abraham has much to prove after his inclusion in Lampard’s squad this season as he steps to Premier League level.“It still hasn’t kicked in yet,” he concluded. “I think when you’re given a chance like this you have to give your all for the team and feel like we’re really getting somewhere and things are looking positive. A lot of the boys see the way he wants us to play. We tried to play like that today.”We showed a lot of glimpses of what we can do. We’re a threat. We’re good defensively and we can attack.”We just have to build, go into the game on Sunday. Hopefully, get three points.”I can’t ask for a better bunch of lads. I just have to push this season and hopefully we can be up there to fight for the title. Yeah we would’ve liked to win today and at United. Still early doors. Still got a long season ahead. Still in big competitions as well. It’s about how we react now.”The points on Sunday will be massive for us. I think the fans will be behind us [against Leicester City]. We’ve given two good performances and they can see that. I believe they’ll be behind us and hopefully, we can give them a performance.”last_img read more

Wight Shipyard Wraps Up Construction on Ultramar Ferries

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wight Shipyard Co UK shipbuilder Wight Shipyard Co has built two fast ferries for Ultramar, the largest ferry operator in Mexico.The shipbuilder said that the 37-meter-long vessels, that represent its second export order, would be transported to Cancun, Mexico at the beginning of July.The vessels were designed by Incat Crowther, which has a long-standing relationship with Ultramar and WSC whose previous export order to Austria was also an Incat Crowther Design.In addition, the vessels are lighter than comparable models, a change that was achieved by using light-weight materials and new construction techniques developed by WSC.Both vessels have the capacity to accommodate 459 passengers over 3 decks.On completion, the ferries will be operating between Cancun and Isla Mujeres primarily, however they will also be capable of supporting the Playa del Carmen to Cozumel route.last_img read more

On rend hommage à des enseignants et des partenaires durant la Semaine

first_imgDes enseignants, des élèves et des partenaires en éducation de toute la province se sont réunis, aujourd’hui 11 avril, pour le lancement de la Semaine de l’éducation en Nouvelle-Écosse. Vingt-trois éducateurs et cinq partenaires recevront des prix pour leur utilisation de méthodes novatrices d’enseignement afin de donner aux élèves les outils dont ils ont besoin pour réussir dans leurs études et après avoir reçu leur diplôme. Les prix reflètent le thème de la Semaine de l’éducation cette année, c’est-à-dire « L’enseignement novateur au 21e siècle ». « Les enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse fournissent aux élèves des occasions d’acquérir les compétences et les attitudes nécessaires pour être en mesure d’apprendre tout au long de leur vie, » a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. « Grâce à nos enseignants et à nos partenaires en éducation, les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont engagés dans notre monde en transformation d’une manière qui non seulement suit le rythme actuel mais place la barre à un niveau supérieur pour l’avenir. » Célébrée chaque année depuis 1935, la Semaine de l’éducation rend hommage à l’engagement des enseignants et des partenaires en éducation envers leurs élèves et leurs matières. Les activités de la Semaine de l’éducation se dérouleront dans les écoles de la province du 10 au 16 avril. « La Semaine de l’éducation est une excellente façon de rendre hommage aux enseignants et aux partenaires qui adoptent des pratiques novatrices d’enseignement au profit des élèves, a dit Natalie Aucoin, présidente du comité de la Semaine provinciale de l’éducation 2011. Il est essentiel que les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse continuent d’acquérir les compétences dont ils ont besoin pour réussir. Les enseignants et les partenaires font un excellent travail pour aider les élèves à atteindre leurs objectifs. » La Semaine de l’éducation est un effort de coopération entre le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, l’Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators et le ministère de l’Éducation.last_img read more

9 killed in landslides in Ukhand and JK death toll in Kerala

first_imgNew Delhi: Heavy showers lashed Uttarakhand and Jammu leaving nine people dead in landslides, while rescue and relief operations continued in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat on Monday with the death toll climbing to 173 in the four flood-hit states. Rains subsided in many parts of the flood-hit states where over 12 lakh people have been affected and the water level has started receding in the deluge-ravaged areas, officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The death toll in Kerala increased to 76 on Monday, while in Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra 97 people have lost their lives so far due to the monsoon fury, as per official data. Nearly 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods in Gujarat’s Kutch district were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF), while in Karnataka and Maharashtra works were started to repair roads damaged by landslides and heavy rains. In the hill state of Uttarakhand, which is being lashed by heavy rains, six persons, including a woman and her nine-month-old daughter, were buried alive in landslides in three different villages in Chamoli district. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Erosion caused by swirling waters of the flooded Chuflagad River also washed away two buildings on its banks. The state emergency operation centre in Dehradun said the debris of landslides fell on three houses in Banjabgad, Aligaon and Lankhi villages in the district’s Ghat area trapping occupants. The six people suffocated to death, the centre said. In Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a family died after they came under a boulder during a landslide in Resai district. Two others were also injured in the incident that took place on Sunday evening in Laar village in the district’s Mahore belt. In states hit by floods, several roads were cleared on Monday, allowing partial movement of traffic, with priority being given to trucks carrying essential goods. The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway-4, that was closed near Kolhapur in Maharashtra for last six days, was partially opened for traffic on Monday after the flood waters receded and thousands of stranded trucks carrying essential commodities were allowed to move. Traffic movement was also allowed between Kolhapur and Belgaum in Karnataka. Precaution is being maintained in the deluge-hit states as most rivers are in a spate and water is being released from reservoirs. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited flood affected areas in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, including worst-hit Puthumala and assured all help to those hit by the calamity to rebuild their lives. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the IAF, state disaster response forces and local administration are providing relief and conducting rescue operations in states hit by monsoon fury. In the national capital, it was a humid Monday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 28 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average. Humidity was recorded at 84 per cent at 8.30 am. The Safdarjung observatory recorded 0.2 mm rainfall till 8.30 am while Lodhi Road received 0.8 mm rainfall.last_img read more

A glimpse at the careers of the new hosts of The National

first_imgTORONTO – CBC has selected a diverse foursome to oversee its flagship news program “The National.”Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing will share the host responsibilities of the nightly broadcast, which will go live from studios in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto.Each of them comes with unique experience within the public broadcaster.Here’s a glimpse at their credentials and what each hopes to bring to the newscast:ADRIENNE ARSENAULTAge: 50Birthplace: TorontoEducation: Bachelor of arts and journalism degrees from Western University in London, Ont.Career: Starting at the CBC in 1991, she served as an editorial assistant at “The National” before moving on to postings in Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London. She won a 2015 Emmy Award for her coverage of the Ebola crisis and has covered Olympic Games in Sydney, Salt Lake City, Beijing, Sochi and Rio. More recently, she’s played a key role in format experiments at “The National” with multi-night specials on fake news, political strife in the Philippines and coverage of the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.Quote: “For me, I’m fascinated in particular by the ethics behind the algorithms that rule our world. I don’t think we spend enough time looking at them. I think it’s time to take a closer look at that.”ROSEMARY BARTONAge: 41Birthplace: WinnipegEducation: French literature degree from College Universitaire de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg; journalism masters degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.Career: Barton climbed the ranks of the broadcaster, starting in Winnipeg as a researcher for CBC’s French news network before taking a job as the Quebec legislative reporter at the National Assembly in 2004. She went on to cover the trials of Conrad Black in 2007 and Mike Duffy in 2015, as well as the shootings at Parliament Hill on Oct. 22, 2014. Barton has more recently become the face of “Power & Politics,” sitting down with Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau, and calling out other politicians for double speak. She also booked an exclusive TV interview with Omar Khadr.Quote: “We have a very big Indigenous unit at CBC, but I would like to see more of it on ‘The National.’ Stories about Indigenous communities that have problems and ones that are succeeding. It’s not under-reported, but it could be reported in a way that has bigger impact.”ANDREW CHANGAge: 34Birthplace: OttawaEducation: Journalism degree at Carleton UniversityCareer: Chang has worked in various cities for the CBC, starting with Montreal where he co-hosted the dinner hour newscast and handled major events like Montreal’s coverage of the 2011 election, which saw the rise of the NDP in the province, and the Dawson College shootings. He joined CBC News in Vancouver three years ago where he occasionally stepped in as host of CBC Radio One’s “The Current.” The reporter has also filled the anchor role at “The National” a number of times during the summer months.Quote: “With the speed at which news develops today it ends up being this freight train — here’s what happened there, and that’s what you need to know, here’s a clip. I think all of us want to go so much deeper than that. What this format will allow us to do is give us the latitude and time … to work on those stories and develop them.”IAN HANOMANSINGAge: 55Birthplace: Port-of-Spain, TrinidadEducation: Political science and sociology degrees at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B.; law at Dalhousie University in HalifaxCareer: Growing up in Sackville, Hanomansing took a job with CBC Halifax in 1986 after cutting his teeth at smaller radio stations in Moncton and Halifax. He has pivoted from roles as anchor and reporter over the years, handling breaking stories like the Exxon Valdez oil spill and Vancouver’s two Stanley Cup riots. He’s also overseen a number of live special programs about drugs on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and currently hosts an hour-long evening news program on CBC News Network.Quote: “Interesting stories about our ordinary lives, I think, really good media organizations capture. When you read the Sunday New York Times and there’s a story about something where you think, ‘Hey, I’ve been wondering about that all the time.’ Sometimes it’s a minor thing about your lifestyle, sometimes it’s more important. It doesn’t always have to be the big investigative story.”—Follow @dfriend on Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest China hoping US will meet it halfway on trade

first_imgBEIJING — The Latest on the tariffs standoff between the United States and China as trade talks are underway in Washington (all times local):5:00 p.m.A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says Beijing is hoping the Trump administration will meet China “halfway” in their dispute over trade.The spokesman, Geng Shuang, spoke just hours after the U.S. raised tariffs Friday on $200 billion in imports from China to 25% from 10%. China said it would take unspecified countermeasures.At a routine briefing in Beijing, Geng said that sound and stable relations were in the best interest of both countries and the international community.He said, “We hope the U.S. and Chinese side can work together to jointly build a bilateral relationship of co-ordination, co-operation and stability. In this regard we hope that the U.S. will meet us halfway.”___4:40 p.m.In Tokyo, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami has told reporters that Japan hopes the U.S. and China will resolve their trade disputes through dialogue. He said an escalation of trade restrictions will not serve anyone’s interest.Japan’s economy has taken a hit from lower Chinese exports to the U.S. Japan also faces pressure from President Donald Trump to scale back protections for its farmers and encourage more purchases of U.S.-brand vehicles.Nogami said any trade measures should be in line with rules set by the World Trade Organization and Japan hopes “both the U.S. and China will work to constructively resolve their problems through dialogue.”___12:40 p.m.China’s government says it will take “necessary countermeasures” in response to President Donald Trump’s latest tariff hike on Chinese imports but gave no details of possible retaliation.The announcement followed an increase of U.S. duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%, escalating a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions and other trade strains.A Chinese Commerce Ministry statement said, “China deeply regrets that it will have to take necessary countermeasures.”China responded to earlier U.S. tariff hikes by imposing penalties on $110 billion of American imports but is running out of goods for retaliation due to their lopsided trade balance.Regulators have extended retaliation by targeting American companies in China. They have slowed customs clearing for shipments of their goods and stepped up regulatory scrutiny that can hamper operations.___2:03 p.m.President Donald Trump’s increased tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports are taking effect, heightening tensions with Beijing.At 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Friday, the Trump administration raised the import taxes on those goods from 10% to 25%. China threatened to retaliate if Trump proceeded with his threat to raise those tariffs.The Trump team is intensifying its trade war with Beijing, which it claims reneged on commitments it had made in earlier trade talks. The tariff increase took effect even after negotiators for the two sides resumed talks Thursday in Washington.The higher import taxes won’t hit goods that already left Chinese ports before Friday’s deadline. Only when those shipments complete the three- to four-week voyage across the Pacific to the U.S. would they face the 25% tariff.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Drake Rihanna A couple we really want to work

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Oh, this better work (work, work, work, work) out or we’re gonna get a whole, soul-searching Drake double-album about it a few months from now.So, yes, it seems somewhat official that our Toronto homeboy Aubrey Drake Graham and Barbadian chart-topper Robyn Rihanna Fenty are finally, really-really-really-this-time an item — at least if cutesy-poo Instagram couple-selfies beneath the CN Tower, some public handholding and a big onstage smooch during one of Drake’s shows in Miami this past week are to be believed.Are they to be believed? Who knows. If there’s a talent Drizzy and RiRi share, it’s keeping themselves in the headlines. And, lest we forget, just last Sunday the two had themselves in the headlines again for what appeared to be a very public rebuttal by Rihanna of Drake’s affections, the Snub Heard ’Round the World at the MTV Video Music Awards. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

UN torture committee to submit confidential report to Sri Lanka

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture has completed its first visit to Sri Lanka from 2 to 12 April where it examined the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment.“We have received good cooperation during the visit, having access to all places of detention, getting all relevant information and performing confidential interviews. We look positively on Sri Lanka’s prospective development of a national preventive mechanism, as required under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture,” said Victor Zaharia, who led the four-member delegation. The Subcommittee’s next step will be to submit its confidential report to the Government of Sri Lanka, containing its observations and recommendations arising from the visit. The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture encourages the State parties to make its reports public.The delegation was composed of Victor Zaharia, Head of Delegation (Republic of Moldova), Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah (Mauritius), Petros Michaelides (Cyprus), and June Lopez (Philippines). (Colombo Gazette) “Our work is guided by the principles of confidentiality, impartiality, non-selectivity, universality and objectivity,” Zaharia underscored. The Optional Protocol, which Sri Lanka ratified in 2017, says that no authority or official shall order, apply, permit or tolerate any sanction against any person or organization for having communicated to the Subcommittee or to its delegates any information, whether true or false, and no such person or organization shall be otherwise prejudiced in any way.The Subcommittee carries out its work within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations and is guided by the purposes and principles thereof, as well as the norms of the United Nations concerning the treatment of people deprived of their liberty. The delegation visited police stations, prisons, remand prisons, military camps, rehabilitation centres, mental health institution, a rehabilitation centre for children, and held meetings with the Government representatives, Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission and civil society representatives. read more

ECOSOC President urges investments more foreign aid in education and health

The current high-level segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council should centre on building on the achievements of previous UN global conferences and work towards making an upcoming summit on sustainable development a success, the President of ECOSOC, as the UN Council is known, said today. Speaking at a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Ambassador Ivan Šimonovic of Croatia said that the current part of ECOSOC’s annual session, which was attended by senior government ministers and the heads of various international agencies, aimed to improve the health and education policies in developing countries and build momentum towards more international aid. He stressed that the main message of the meeting was that investments in human resources in health and education were productive investments, noting that for example, a $1 investment in health led to $7 in economic output. The three-day segment was also taking place in an extremely important environment, Ambassador Šimonovic said, noting that it came after the International Conference on Financing for Development, held in March in Monterrey, Mexico, and before the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this year. Furthermore, five of the Millennium Development Goals agreed to by world leaders at the 2000 Millennium Summit were directly related to health and education. In order to achieve them, he said, estimates called for a doubling of official development assistance (ODA), to about $100 billion per year. In echoing that theme, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals, Prof. Jeffery Sachs, told reporters that a real partnership between the rich and poor countries was needed in order to achieve the goals in health and education, which were vital for poverty reduction. With spreading pandemics of life-threatening diseases over the past decade and deteriorating living standards, the world’s poorest countries were falling further and further behind, while a least 100 million children were not attending school, even at a primary level, said Professor Sachs, the director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. “We are just losing lives now, at a shocking rate,” he said. “The question today is what to do about it, and the answer is: It can’t be business as usual, because business as usual is not going to pull the poorest countries out of the terrible downward spiral that find themselves in. We need a real partnership between the rich and poor countries, and a real operational strategy for getting out of this mess.” read more

Liberia UN envoy calls for swift action to help thousands displaced by

Francis M. Deng, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on Internally Displaced Persons, warned that the number of IDPs in Liberia continues to swell and their situation is worsening by the day as most lack access to food, clean water, and medical care, and basic sanitation facilities.“Looting, rape and harassment of the civilian population by militia is reportedly widespread,” he said in a statement issued in Geneva. “From all accounts, the humanitarian crisis has become truly catastrophic.“Of course, responsibility for ensuring the protection and assistance of civilians rests first and foremost with their government,” Mr. Deng said. “However, when a government is unable to do so, as is clearly the case in Liberia, the international community, often acting in partnership with regional actors, can and should be called upon to play a role.”Mr. Deng also reiterated the Secretary-General’s call on the parties concerned, and in particular the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebel forces, to immediately end hostilities. He urged all armed actors to cooperate with the planned deployment of forces by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and any other international forces deployed with UN support so that humanitarian operations can safely be resumed and that assistance and protection be provided to populations in need without delay.In addition to restoring security in the country generally, regional and international forces have a critically important role to play in protecting the internally displaced and other civilians at risk, Mr. Deng said. “This is a responsibility that ECOWAS forces importantly have assumed in the region in the past, though not always with full respect for human rights and humanitarian standards,” he said.“As the Secretary-General has said, the United States can lend crucial support to ECOWAS in its planned efforts to bring security to the country and is called upon to do so,” Mr. Deng added. read more

Brazils OGX oil company seeks bankruptcy protection in blow to once richest

RIO DE JANEIRO – The oil company of Brazil’s one-time richest man filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, marking a humbling blow for Eike Batista, a flamboyant former champion speedboat racer who has been his nation’s biggest economic cheerleader in recent years.Brazilians and analysts alike struggled to understand the rise and fall of Batista, who largely bankrolled Rio’s winning bid to host the 2016 Olympics, and whether it could be linked to Brazil’s own economic sluggishness of the past three years.Some said the story of Batista’s failure to deliver on producing offshore oil and resulting inability to obtain more investor credit was a byproduct of bad luck and a toughening overall economic environment.Others feared it’s just the latest sign that Brazil won’t soon see an end to its economic slide.“What’s the phrase? When the tide goes out, you can see the man who is not wearing a bathing suit?” said Jefferson Finch, a Latin America analyst with the New York-based consulting firm Eurasia Group. “That’s what’s happened with Eike Batista.”Finch said that “investor enthusiasm started turning on Brazil around 2011” after five years of high hopes South America’s biggest nation had finally turned a corner and would make good on its longtime promise to become a perennial power with repeated years of strong growth.“But if you look at the overall context, Brazil was never as promising as people said it was in 2006, when a lot of commentators were effervescent on Brazil, ignoring the structural challenges it faced,” he said. “Now, Brazil is not as bad as all the negative commentary.”Among the indicators that Brazil is heading in the right direction, Finch pointed to the government’s slow but steady efforts to boost infrastructure investment, push tax reform and send tens of thousands of college science students abroad to get better training to eventually fill a gap in skilled labour.But with economic growth of just 0.9 per cent last year, a long fall from the 7.5 per cent growth seen in 2010 amid a global financial crisis, others expressed doubts.“The entire thing has had a really negative impact on Brazil’s image and reinforces the need for stronger corporate governance in this country,” said Cassia Pontes, an oil industry analyst with the Rio-based Lopes Filho consulting firm. “Reality didn’t live up to the exaggerated expectations created by Batista.”OGX, created in 2007, didn’t deliver on its promises to produce significant amounts of offshore oil even though it reported many finds since 2010, when its market-value reached $34 billion. In the first half of this year, the company averaged output of just 8,500 barrels a day and racked up more than $2.5 billion in losses.Critics contend Batista lied to investors, citing a correction made earlier this month for a promising OGX offshore field. In 2012, OGX said the field held nearly 1 billion barrels, but a few weeks ago it lowered that projection to 285 million barrels, too late for those who plowed cash into buying the company’s stock.Miriam Leitao, one of Brazil’s top economic columnists, wrote on her blog for the O Globo newspaper Wednesday that Batista’s “main error was to declare that he had what he didn’t, to mislead the investor.”“Today, it’s easy to see the entrepreneur’s errors,” Leitao wrote. “But earlier it was, too. He’s always exaggerated the potential of his companies and thus increased his stock. … He built a house of cards.”In filing for bankruptcy protection before a Rio de Janeiro state court, Batista’s OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA, part of his EBX Group conglomerate, now has 60 days to come up with a restructuring plan. Investors holding $3.6 billion in debt will then have 180 days to accept or reject the plan. If it’s not accepted, the company will be liquidated.OGX is the backbone of a Batista empire that also includes steel, mining, infrastructure and real estate companies. All are struggling as Batista has come up short on his bet that he could deliver riches with offshore oil finds.Batista was in talks for months with OGX’s creditors, but earlier this month the company missed a $45 million interest payment on the bonds and hopes of working out a deal evaporated.OGX reported on its website that it needs $250 million “to satisfy near-term liquidity through the first quarter of 2014.” The company said that if the restructuring plan isn’t accepted, and with no new funding, it will run out of cash before year’s end.For Henrique Matias Lorenzo, a 27-year-old graphic designer in Sao Paulo who sipped a coffee while reading about Batista on his iPad, the fall of Brazil’s best-known business playboy should serve as a slap of reality for his country.“What happened was that Eike had excessive optimism, and that spread to others who came to believe in a project that wasn’t based on solid figures and facts,” Lorenzo said. “I think it reflects the overall slowdown on Brazil, because the economy is also based on an optimism that isn’t strongly supported by reality.”___Associated Press writer Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo contributed to this report___Bradley Brooks on Twitter: by Bradley Brooks, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 1:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brazil’s OGX oil company seeks bankruptcy protection in blow to once richest man, Eike Batista read more

South Sudan faces enormous challenges amid some signs of hope says UN

“South Sudan is at a crossroads,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, Hilde F. Johnson, told the Security Council in an open briefing. “As an international community, we cannot afford to see the newest country in the world fail.“UNMISS (the UN Mission in South Sudan) – and all of us – only have one option, and that is to try to help South Sudan take the right course, consolidating peace and building the foundation of democracy and respect for fundamental human rights.”She noted that progress has been made in some key areas, opening up new opportunities to strengthen state-building and accountability. “While significant challenges continue to confront the world’s newest country and impede progress in several fronts,” she said, “recent developments do give reason for cautious optimism.” Ms. Johnson stressed that the vicious cycle of violence in Jonglei state, with inter-communal tensions between the Lou Nuer and Anyuak and conflict with the David Yau Yau armed group, risks intensifying with the approach of the dry season.“With this in mind, UNMISS has developed a series of contingency plans to address emerging security threats and protection of civilian needs, especially in the high-threat states of Jonglei, and the tri-state area of Lakes, Unity, Upper Nile and Warrap,” she said.“The behaviour of the security forces continues to be a cause for grave concern, whether with regard to human rights abuses or incidents of violence and harassment affecting UN personnel, diplomats and ordinary citizens,” she added.It is imperative to increase the Mission’s early warning and rapid response capability to enable timely access to hot spots, she said of UNMISS, which has 7,632 uniformed peacekeeping personnel on the ground.Ms. Johnson cited “prolonged and arbitrary detentions, excessive use of force and arbitrary killings by ill-disciplined security forces and agencies” among the serious challenges of concern.But on the positive side, she cited as “an encouraging sign” the fact that the highest levels of Government are speaking out publicly of the need to address human rights abuses by members of the armed forces.“Partly as a result of UNMISS’ active engagement and strong political advocacy, the SPLA (South Sudan army) has ordered several boards of inquiry into allegations of murder,” she noted.She also cited violations of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) governing the Mission’s presence in the country, including 67 such incidents in the last six months alone involving threats, assaults, arrests and detention of UN personnel.“Key to a durable solution to these problems, however, is security sector reform and transformation of the armed forces,” she added, noting continued progress by the national police in such a transformation. read more

Biggy denies rape robbery allegations

Carlos Wesley Payne, called “Biggy”, took the stand on Thursday where he denied that he carried out a rape while executing a robbery at the Wismar Hospital, Linden on September 11, 2008. The accused was unrepresented when he took the stand before a 12-member jury and presiding Judge, Justice Navindra Singh.Rape and robbery accused: Carlos Wesley Payne, called “Biggy”According to the prosecution’s case, Payne snuck and forced his way into the Hospital in the wee hours of the morning, ordering three nurses to hand over jewellery, cellphones and other belongings. The State also contends that Payne then took the nurses to the back of the hospital to lie down before he reportedly raped one of the nurses.In the moments prior to his case being heard on Wednesday at the Demerara High Court, Payne had ordered Police ranks outside his holding cell to give him a bottle of Mackeson; a milk stout alcoholic beverage. The rape and robbery accused was heard telling ranks that he needed to cool his head. He had also complained of the amount of time he has spent behind bars. Payne was charged some six days after allegedly committing the acts in 2008.In the coming days, the trial Judge will sum up the case before the jury can deliberate on whether or not the accused is innocent or guilty. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGDF ranks implicated in crimes to face full brunt of the law- Chief of Staff (ag)November 1, 2018In “Crime”Father of 3 remanded for armed robberyNovember 8, 2017In “Court”Labourer charged for stealing from GPHCNovember 8, 2017In “Court” read more