Window of opportunity in Cyprus talks rapidly closing Ban warns

3 December 2010Warning that talks to reunite Cyprus could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to ready a practical plan by January to overcome major differences. “I fear a critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing,” he says in his latest report to the Security Council on the United Nations-sponsored talks that seek to set up a Federal Government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State of equal status.He cites fundamental differences on the issue of property on the Mediterranean island, where a UN peacekeeping mission has been in place since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964, and notes that parliamentary elections scheduled for May in the south as well as elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive negotiations in the second quarter of 2011. The leaders have met 88 times since the start of negotiations in 2008, advancing in some areas, but there has been “a worrying lack of progress” in six months of talks on currently irreconcilable difference over property rights, says Mr. Ban, who met with the two leaders in New York on 18 November. The Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all Greek Cypriot property owners there were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for the Turkish Cypriots to secure bizonality. They want a ceiling on the number of those who can have properties reinstated, instead of compensation.“We must be clear that, in order to negotiate successfully a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, the two leaders will have to reconcile these and other seemingly irreconcilable issues,” Mr. Ban writes, calling on Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to “dedicate significant efforts” to preparing a practical plan for overcoming major remaining points of disagreement when he meets with them again in January. “In any society, intense political moments such as elections are rarely a time for compromises or flexibility,” he writes of the forthcoming electoral calendar. “If substantive agreement across all chapters cannot be concluded ahead of the election cycle, the talks may go into abeyance, and there is a serious risk that the negotiations could founder fatally.”Mr. Ban also warns of the need to avoid any inflammatory statements that could further stoke public scepticism over the talks, noting that despite the collegial atmosphere in which the leaders engage in the talks, their subsequent public rhetoric has not conveyed that the negotiations are moving forward and political leaders, both in government and the opposition, have accused the other side of undermining the talks.“Occasional outbursts by the leaders about each other have not contributed to building public confidence in the leadership and the peace process,” he says, calling on both sides to reverse the cycle of negative messaging since the success of the process will ultimately remain in the hands of the people, who will vote for an agreement in separate, simultaneous referendums. “I would encourage the leaders to step forward individually and jointly to deliver more constructive and harmonized messages. This is their responsibility just as much as managing the talks is. This would enhance public trust and support for the peace process and make the task of the leaders easier by making information available in a constructive manner to both sides,” he adds.“Now, more than ever, as public support is flagging, civil society can play an important role in supporting the leaders and the process.”In a separate report on the 46-yearold UN mission, known as UNFICYP, Mr. Ban calls on the Council to renew its mandate for another six months until 15 June, citing its work with his Special Advisor on the talks, Alexander Downer, and other UN agencies “actively engaged in promoting an atmosphere conducive to the negotiations.” The overall number of violations in the buffer zone has declined, but “low-level exercises near the ceasefire lines unnecessarily cause tensions and should be avoided,” he says. UNFICYP, with a strength of over 900 uniformed personnel, continues to work closely with the two communities in resolving practical day-to-day issues, including the civilian use of the buffer zone. “Such efforts are important in building confidence and positive relations between the communities, and I call on both sides to continue to support UNFICYP in that regard,” he adds. read more

UN womens antidiscrimination panel considers trafficking risk in DPR of Korea

The 23-member Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), monitoring the anti-discrimination Convention popularly known as an “international bill of rights for women,” noted reports that desperate women were crossing the border into China in search of food and thereby putting themselves in danger of falling prey to traffickers.The North Korean delegation acknowledged that food production last year was 900,000 tons short of domestic demand.The leader of the delegation, Ho O Bom, Director of the Legal Affairs Department at the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, said the Government distributed food to supply centres all over the country and those doing manual labour received more rice than those doing light work. Women got rice according to their work or age, he said.Food was short at a time when the country was undergoing economic difficulties due to natural disasters and because of the budgetary allocation for the military to keep the country prepared for future conflicts, he said. read more

The AliFrazier Battle Of Internet Chess Is Happening This Week

Share on Facebook You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess grandmaster and No. 1-ranked chess player in the world, is just over two weeks away from defending his world championship in New York City. It’ll be a grueling test, with hours-long games spread out over 19 days, but Carlsen will be the heavy favorite. But rather than poring over potential opening moves or studying the intricacies of endgames, he’s heading to the internet to play some speed chess.Thursday, Carlsen will play Hikaru Nakamura, the four-time U.S. chess champion, in’s online Grandmaster Blitz Battle final, which the site is billing as the Ali vs. Frazier of online chess. In the world championship for chess with “classical” time controls, each player gets at least 100 minutes for all his or her moves. But Thursday’s blitz battle will feature a series of games wherein the players get just 5 minutes, 3 minutes and, finally, 1 minute per side.According to the latest FIDE list, a ranking that uses Elo ratings and in-person results, Carlsen and Nakamura are the second- and third-best blitz players in the world, respectively. (China’s Liren Ding is No. 1.) But according to’s newly developed Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS), Nakamura may have a slight edge in speed games over the world champion. CAPS is based on a comparison between the humans’ actual moves and the moves deemed best by a computer.You can watch the match, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, on and Twitch. And if you can’t wait, here’s an appetizer — the two grandmasters playing a private speed game in a hotel room a few years ago: read more

UN World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAngelina Jolie urges world powers to do more for Syrian refugeesMarch 15, 2016In “World”Over 58,000 children ‘face death’ in drought-hit SomaliaFebruary 9, 2016In “World”1.1 million children affected by Venezuela crisis — UNICEFApril 5, 2019In “latest news” Five-year-old Mohannad Ali sits in hospital in Yemen in December. His younger cousin – aged just two – died of hunger (UNICEF)(BBC) The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe”.UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.Mr O’Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster.“We stand at a critical point in history,” Mr O’Brien told the Security Council on Friday. “Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.“Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost. Communities’ resilience rapidly wilting away. Development gains reversed. Many will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions.”Mr O’Brien’s comments follow on from a similar appeal made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres last month.At that time, he revealed the UN had only received $90m (£74m) so far in 2017, despite generous pledges.Like Mr O’Brien, he urged more financial support for the four countries. But why are they in such dire need?The pictures were among the most shocking of last year: emaciated children, clinging on to life with what little strength they had left. Four-year-olds not bigger than infants. And mothers unable to do anything to stop their children dying.It is thought a child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen from a preventable disease, while half-a-million children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.The UN estimates some 19 million people – or two thirds of Yemen’s population – is in need of some sort of humanitarian help following two years of war between Houthi insurgents and the government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition.What’s hampering aid?Continuing fighting, lack of rule of law, poor governance, under-development.A naval embargo imposed by the Saudi-led coalition, fighting around the government-controlled port of Aden and air strikes on the rebel-held port of Hudaydah, have severely reduced imports since 2015.A lack of fuel, coupled with insecurity and damage to markets and roads, have also prevented supplies from being distributed.UN agencies say 100,000 people are facing starvation in South Sudan, while a further million are classified as being on the brink of famine.It is the most acute of the present food emergencies, and the most widespread nationally.Overall, says the UN, 4.9 million people – or 40% of South Sudan’s population – are “in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance”.What’s hampering aid?Continuing fighting in the country that now has been at war since 2013, lack of rule of law, under-development.Some UN officials have suggested President Salva Kiir’s government has been blocking food aid to certain areas – a claim denied by the authorities.There have also been reports of humanitarian convoys and warehouses coming under attack or being looted, either by government or rebel forces.The UN has described the unfolding disaster in north-eastern Nigeria as the “greatest crisis on the continent” – the full extent of which has only been revealed as extremist militant group Boko Haram is pushed back.It was already known the Islamist group had killed 15,000 and pushed more than two million from their homes. But as they retreated, it became clear there were thousands more people living in famine-like conditions in urgent need of help.The UN estimated in December there were 75,000 children at risk of starving to death. Another 7.1 million people in Nigeria and the neighbouring Lake Chad area are considered “severely food insecure”.What’s hampering aid?Boko Haram attacks, lack of rule of law, under-development.There are still areas under the control of Boko Haram, which aid agencies cannot reach.Thee have also been allegations of widespread aid theft, which are being investigated by Nigeria’s senate.The last time a famine was declared in Somalia – just six years ago – nearly 260,000 people died.At the beginning of March, there were reports of 110 people dying in just one region in a 48-hour period.Humanitarian groups fear this could be just the beginning: a lack of water – blamed partially on the El Nino weather phenomenon – has killed off livestock and crops, leaving 6.2 million people in urgent need of help.What’s hampering aid?Continuing attacks by Islamist militant group al-Shabab, lack of rule of law, under-development.Piracy off Somalia’s coast impeded shipments in the past – however attacks have reduced significantly in recent years. read more

Water restrictions causes outrage in the greater Dublin area

first_imgUpdated 8.50amWATER RESTRICTIONS IN Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow areas were imposed from 8pm last night and were scheduled to come to an end at 7am this morning.The water restrictions were put in place due to the ongoing serious production problem at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant.Restrictions will remain in place until at least next Monday, with Dublin City Council stating they will be reviewing it on a daily basis.The water restrictions have caused outrage with many businesses and householders in the greater Dublin area.This morningWaking up this morning, many people have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations, with some stating that their water has not been turned back on.@ClaireTheFair86@Shane_ManganMicheal Philips from Dublin City Council said today on RTE’s Morning Ireland that there may be some people who still have no water as it might take some time for water to reach the water mains, though he did say he was surprised that people were still experiencing water shortages as he said the tank in peoples homes should hold a sufficient amount of water for people to use this morning.About 1.3 million people who are connected to the network are expected to be affected to some extent.CriticismsOthers were critical of the situation, and stated how it has affected them:@MelissaAnnKeyes@ellehcimj@amdrewmontesiWhile some envied country living:@DaithiOK21Yesterday, the Irish Restaurant Associtation called on the council to bring in water tankers for businesses affected and asked that the restrictions be put back to 9.30pm.Dublin councillors yesterday criticised the water shortage stating that the failure in the water system shows why it is not the right time to be priortising water metering, while another councillor said the water restrictions in Dublin “may endanger public safety” as Dublin Fire Brigade gears up to deal with one of its busiest nights of the year tonight.HalloweenThe Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association state that the restrictions could not have come at a worse time.Dublin City Council, on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities, is urging consumers all over the Dublin region to conserve water.They stated that the restrictions will assist the authorities in replenishing treated drinking water levels to a normal level.How has the water restriction affected you? Did you get to have shower this morning or your cup of tea? Is your water back on? Tell us in the comments section.Read: Council issues water-saving tips ahead of Dublin night restrictions>Read: ‘Ireland is like a third world country when it comes to water supply’>last_img read more

LESA va tenter de relever lorbite de la sonde PhobosGrunt

first_imgL’ESA va tenter de relever l’orbite de la sonde Phobos-GruntLundi, l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA) a annoncé que les équipes de sa station radar située à Perth en Australie allaient tenter de relever l’orbite de la sonde Phobos-Grunt, en perdition depuis qu’elle a échoué à rejoindre la direction vers Mars le 8 novembre dernier. Alors que la situation semblait s’améliorer peu à peu, les dernières opérations menées par les équipes du secteur spatial se sont avérées décevantes. En effet, la sonde Phobos-Grunt n’a plus donné signe de vie depuis que l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA) et les ingénieurs de Roskosmos sont parvenus à entrer en contact avec elle. Ainsi, l’ESA a annoncé lundi qu’elle s’apprêtait à réaliser une toute nouvelle opération : elle va tenter de relever l’orbite de la sonde.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Lundi soir, la station de Perth (en Australie) transmettra les commandes russes destinées à relever l’orbite de Phobos Grunt pour rendre la sonde mieux repérable par les stations terrestres”, a indiqué la direction Opérations de l’ESA sur Twitter. Par ailleurs, le radar de Perth devait dans la nuit de lundi à mardi avoir la possibilité de contacter la sonde à cinq reprises, entre 18h21 et 03h47 GMT, relève Ria Novosti. Mais on ignore pour l’heure, si les équipes de l’ESA sont parvenues à contacter l’engin et si l’orbite de Phobos-Grunt a pu être relevée. Les spécialistes russes devraient en dire davantage dans la journée.  Le 29 novembre 2011 à 10:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Update on Grace Other Developments in The Tropics

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Sept 2015 – Finally in news an update on Grace, now considered a Tropical Depression…that will weaken as she heads for the Lesser Antilles. That is what weather experts are predicting as the storm continues moving west over the Atlantic at 18 miles per hour…packing winds up to 45 miles per hour.Elsewhere, there are two areas of disturbance over the Atlantic. A weak area of low pressure is located over the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, that’s about 70 miles Southwest of Cedar Key, Florida. That system is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This system has a near, 0% chance of formation over the next 48 hours. Also, a concentrated area of cloudiness and showers has developed over the central Atlantic about 250 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. This system has a low, 10% chance of formation. Though we have seen the formation of several storms, one after the other in recent weeks, forecasters maintain that this is a below average Hurricane season. Still, local emergency officials remind residents to be prepared, this as the country marked the seventh year anniversary of the passing of Hurricane Ike on Sunday September 6th. Tropical Wave Brings Woes For St. Vincent And The Grenadines Related Items:lesser Antilles, tropical storm grace Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tropical Storm Grace. DDME Remembers Hurricane Ikelast_img read more

Koeman Guardiola is totally wild about De Jong

first_imgNetherlands boss Ronald Koeman revealed Pep Guardiola’s strong interest in Ajax midfielder Frenkie de JongSince debuting for Ajax in 2016, De Jong’s passing and ball-carrying skills have earned plenty of suitors and a call-up to the Netherlands squad.It’s understood that Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are the frontrunners for De Jong’s services along with Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt.“I spoke to Pep Guardiola about [Frenkie] De Jong and [Matthijs] De Ligt a while ago,” Koeman told AD.“He is totally wild about the type of midfielder that Frenkie is, he wanted to know everything about him.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Since debuting for Holland in their 2-1 friendly win against Peru on September 6, De Jong has made a further four appearances.On De Jong’s impact for the national side, Koeman added: “Frenkie really added something.“His greatest quality, is that he can postpone a decision on the ball in many situations, and then give a pass where everyone thinks: yes, damn, well-seen, it can be as simple as that. ”De Jong has managed four goals and one assist in 27 appearances across all competitions this season for Ajax.last_img read more

House Clears Defense Bill with Mostly Republican Support

first_imgThe House on Wednesday passed a fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that despite two days of debate over dozens of amendments was little changed from the version passed in committee.Most significantly, the defense policy bill retains a budget maneuver that would allocate $18 billion in overseas contingency operations account (OCO) funds for base budget items not requested by the administration. The funds are designated for training, new weapons and facilities improvements desired by the service chiefs but left out of the Pentagon’s budget request.That gambit, which would result in funding for overseas operations to run out at the end of April, was one reason only 40 Democrats supported the bill, which passed 277-147. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, opposed the legislation after criticizing the bill’s approach as “a fiscal path to nowhere,” reported CQ Roll Call.Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) defended the budget move, pointing to the military’s urgent readiness shortfalls.“Just think about what the alternative is: ‘No, we’re not going to help troops now, because we’re not sure where the money is going to come from next year or in five years or in 10 years,’” Thornberry said. “But in the meantime, while we’re not sure about all of that … more people stand in danger of losing their lives.”The authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week does not adopt the House’s funding plan. That version is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week.Democrats who voted against the bill took issue with a number of provisions beyond its use of OCO funds to evade the statutory spending caps, including the measure’s restrictions on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. An amendment by Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to remove the bill’s prohibitions on the closure of the prison was rejected by the chamber.Democrats also objected to a maneuver by the House Rules Committee to drop language from the bill requiring women to register for the Selective Service System, and to a provision critics say would allow federal contractors to gain religious exemptions to an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. Smith said those points of contention prompted him to vote against the legislation, reported Military Times. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Rally on Haritha Haram organised

first_imgECIL: The Master Mind School students on Sunday took out a rally to create awareness among the people on the importance of Haritha Haram. They raised slogans stating that trees are gifts to us. AS Rao Nagar division corporator Pavani Reddy was the chief guest. She along with students planted saplings on the school premises. Kamalanagar Colony president Dasarath, Colony Welfare Association member Raghava Reddy, school director E Chandramouli, principal Bhuvaneshwari, staff and students in large numbers took part in the rally.last_img read more

Amit Trivedi in love with DJ Zeniths song Junglee calls it coolest

first_imgDJ Zenith aka Harshit AgarwalPR HandoutAce Bollywood music director Amit Trivedi has fallen in love with Mumbai-based 22-year-old songwriter and DJ Zenith’s song Junglee, which he described as the ‘coolest pop track of the season’.Harshit Agarwal, commonly known as DJ Zenith, is the talk of the music industry. Hailing from Jaipur, he started his musical journey in 2014, since then he has become one of the most prominent artists in the country as well as globally. He has worked with famous artists like Alan Walker, Tiesto, One Republic, David Guetta and multiple others.Zenith recently produced a song called “Junglee” with Charan on vocals, the duo were winners of the Bacardi House Party Sessions for which this Anthem was created. They were mentored by the legendary Bollywood singer Benny Dayal. The music video has created quite a buzz in the industry. DJ Zenith aka Harshit AgarwalPR HandoutJunglee explores the dynamics between a Madari (master) and his monkey. The music video has a twist wherein the roles are reversed between the Madari and the monkey which leads to a change in the perspective. The Madari and the monkey have became overnight sensations. The unconventional storytelling and music vibe makes this video a must watch.2018 was a milestone year for Zenith as he started blending independent Hindi music with his own beats. His song “Kho gaye” was a nationwide success and was trending on all social media platforms. When asked what drives him to create music, Zenith said, “I was always an avid listener of different kinds of music since I was a kid and I’ve grown organically into it.” 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for this young artist as he has his hands full with many projects including some in which he is also the songwriter.last_img read more

Happy Uses Backstory and Exposition for its Most Disturbing Episode Yet

first_img With a story that moves as quickly as Happy!‘s, you wonder how they can possibly keep it going. There’s a little girl who’s been kidnapped, and the mob is after our main character. Both of those elements put a serious time pressure on things. Combine that with frenetic violence and an energetic CGI creature, and you get a show that wouldn’t seem to have the luxury of slowing things down. As fun as that’s been to watch the last two weeks, it hasn’t let us get to know the characters as well as it could have. Last week’s episode established the stakes and set everyone on their paths for the season. This one spent much of its time in flashbacks to better introduce the characters. It’s something the show has needed to do. It’s fun to watch Nick be a grizzled misanthrope, but we care about him more now that we know how he got that way. And how he got that way is seriously messed up.The earliest we see of Nick is him and Meredith as partners. They’re checking up on a rich lawyer who routinely beats his mistress, with whom he’s had a baby. The reason he keeps getting away with it is he works for some powerful people. At this point, Nick is already pretty broken. He still has his ideals, but he’s jaded enough to know the system lets powerful people get away with bad things. Not only is it, as the already-cynical Meredith points out, a reversal of the classic old cop-young partner dynamic, but it’s also not a healthy or sustainable situation for Nick. He doesn’t talk to his partner or his wife, instead of having an affair with the former to relieve stress. He’s started taking pills out of the evidence locker, which explains a lot about the guy we’ve known for the last two episodes. Amanda clearly has her suspicions. When she visits Nick at the station, hoping to tell him that she’s pregnant, she eyes his interactions with Meredith suspiciously before Nick is called back to the abusive lawyer’s place.Christopher Meloni, Lili Mirojnick (Photo via Syfy)That’s when the episode takes the show to its most disturbing place. And that’s saying something. Remember, this is a show that opened with a drug-induced suicidal blood fountain disco party. We’ve seen a number of terrible things happen to people over the course of two episodes. Those were all treated with a sense of humor. This wasn’t. It took something seriously horrific to finally break Nick. And after how the first scene at the lawyer’s apartment played out, we all had our suspicions about what that was going to be. Nick busts into the apartment and finds him motionless, his hands covered in blood. His mistress is dead. He murdered her. Nick demands to know where the baby is and the guy says nothing. That’s when Nick goes to the kitchen and checks the microwave. Thankfully, Happy! didn’t show it, but the mere suggestion is almost more disturbing. Yeah, that’ll mess a person up real quick. What happened next is probably the happiest I’ve been to see one of Nick’s victims suffer. He takes the lawyer outside and pounds his teeth into the pavement. After what came before, I almost wish they’d shown it.That’s what breaks him. That’s why he’s no longer the hero cop he once was. That’s why, when his wife tries to tell him she’s pregnant, he reacts with anger towards the world. That’s why he was never in Hailey’s life. It’s not the raucous, wild fun the show gave us in the first two episodes, but this is exactly what it needed to do. It’s a well-told, emotionally affecting the story that makes us care about Nick and root for him to find Hailey. Things aren’t going too well in the present either. Amanda and Meredith team up to find Hailey, but Meredith is just using Amanda to get to Nick for Blue. This episode didn’t give much focus at all to the mob plot beyond a single line. That’s a good thing. There’s enough going on here that any reference to the mysterious password would only overstuff the hour and drag the whole thing down. Hailey is apparently one in a series of kidnappings. After each one, the parents receive a taunting Christmas card. They visit two parents claiming to be the latest victims to see if anyone drops off a card. While using the bathroom, Amanda investigates a noise and finds their little girl tied up in the attic. The parents are just after attention. Jesus, this show must be terrifying if you have kids.Medina Senghore (Photo via Syfy)Nick’s present day storyline is entertaining, but he really doesn’t get too far until the very end. Happy doesn’t remember much about where Very Bad Santa took Hailey, but he does remember a smell that Nick identifies as meth. Though his investigation doesn’t get him very far, it’s fun to watch Nick play detective, gather clues and piece together who he’s looking for. It’s some well-written procedural-style TV. Though there isn’t as much opportunity for comedy in the episode, the show finds its moments and uses them well. The investigation brings Nick and Happy to a strip club for department store Santas, and there are some laughs in watching Happy’s reactions to the place. We learn that Very Bad Santa is the son of an old department store Santa who was secretly a pedophile. Well, not so secretly. The elves knew. They killed him and made it look like a suicide. I’m never going to look at those green-clad seasonal employees the same way again.Joseph D. Reitman (Photo via Syfy)In the end, it’s Very Bad Santa that finds Nick, after drugging Hailey to figure out who exactly he’s looking for. Yeah, this episode isn’t as funny as the last two were. It is nice to see that it does drama and horror just as well as it does comedy, though. The scenes between Very Bad Santa and Hailey are scary, though we still don’t know why he’s kidnapping kids. Maybe it’s for the best that we’re not shown what exactly he does to them, but we’re going to need some kind of reason for his actions eventually. If only because whatever he’s doing is surely worse in our minds than it would be on screen. The episode did establish that he’s a formidable villain. The season doesn’t end when Nick finds the guy. Very Bad Santa is strong enough to take Nick’s punches and lay him out. That’s a big deal. We’ve seen Nick walk away from multiple car accidents and kill an entire poker game full of gangsters. Anyone who can best him in a fight is clearly a scary human being. And he can see Happy. Well, that’s interesting. Unfortunately, that’s where the episode ends. We’ll have to wait until next week to find out. I wonder if the Christmas setting will still be as cool after Christmas is over. Stay on target Goats Can Comprehend Human Expressions, Prefer Happy People’Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space Blues center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Simple Geeks Guide to Speeding Up Your Old Laptop

first_img The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Most of us run our lives through our computers, so they’re obviously important. But goddamn are they expensive too. And when we do buy one, technology move so quickly that our laptops seem to feel obsolete overnight. It doesn’t help that companies like Apple factor planned obsolesce into their products, so they seem to work slower and stupider each time you update something. Luckily there are some pretty easy tricks you can do to speed up your old laptop to keep it running and working for you.Add an SSDAdding a Solid State Drive (SSD) is the most powerful way to speed up your old laptop. It’s like giving your decrepit computer an infusion of blood from a viral young stud a la Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley. These days lots of new laptops come with SSDs, but if your computer is old enough you can get either internal or external ones. The external ones are simple; you just plug it in through a USB or Thunderbolt port. Internal ones require you to open your computer up and install it, but its more powerful. Use the googles to find out which is best for your computer.Add More RAMThis is the oldest trick in the book right. I Remember needing to add more RAM just to get one of the King’s Quest games to work on my PC a bazillion years ago. If you’ve got a PC that allows you do so, adding RAM will majorly help your computer.Uninstall Unused SoftwareLet’s be honest; there is so much shit on your computer that you never use. Not just the one that you downloaded once and forgot about, but also the ones that came with your computer. Like really, how often do you use that chess program? Exactly. Go through and uninstall all that superfluous software. You’ll be surprised how much room is freed up.Erase Old FilesYou also have tons of files on your computer that you never ever use. Remember those Britney Spears albums that your ex-put on your iTunes? No? Ok, maybe that’s just me, but you get the point. There are tons of files from music to video to photos that you never really use. If you’re a digital hoarder, you can transfer them all to an external hard drive and bring them out when you’re drunk and nostalgic. Regardless if you put them on an external or not, delete them and then empty your trash can.Get Rid of Your AnimationsThose little animations your computer does are cute and all, but they really aren’t necessary. Plus they are slowing your old jalopy down. Both PCs and Mac’s have different ways to disable them, so just give it a google, and you’ll be on your way.Scan for Malware and VirusesI get it those Princess Leia cosplay pics are hot but looks like your computer might have gotten a dose of the PC VD when you downloaded them. Make getting rid of malware and viruses will help get your laptop running faster. Now if they only made condoms for computers…..Try Different BrowsersDifferent browsers work better on different computers. Play around with different ones to see which one works best for you.Restore to Factory SettingsIn the worst case scenario, you can restore your computer to factory settings. Remember though that this will get rid of everything that didn’t originally come with the computer, so make sure you backup all important stuff to an external hard drive.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at last_img read more

Greek police looking for killers of Iraqi migrant

first_imgThe statement added that a Romanian and a Moroccan were attacked earlier, but managed to flee. It did not specify if they had sustained injuriesPublic Order Minister Nikos Dendias offered his condolences to the dead man’s family, declaring “that the state will be ruthless towards all perpetrators of criminal acts, whatever excuse they use (to justify) them.”The far-right party Golden Dawn, running on an openly anti-immigrant platform, polled almost 7 percent of the vote in successive national elections in May and June this year, capitalizing on public fears of rising crime. Party members have sought to take the role of public protectors, distributing food to the poor _ but only those with Greek IDs _ and doing chores for elderly residents that they say are too frightened to venture out of their houses in areas with a heavy migrant presence.There has been a rise in the number of far right vigilante groups, and immigrants have increasingly been on the receiving end of violent attacks.The government has sought to blunt Golden Dawn’s rising influence by cracking down on illegal immigration.In early August, it launched operation “Hospitable Zeus” making regular sweeps of immigrants in Athens and tightening patrols along Greece’s northeastern border with Turkey, where the bulk of illegal immigration _ over 100,000 people a year _ occurs. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek police are searching for five suspects believed to be involved in the killing of an Iraqi migrant in central Athens, authorities said Sunday, as attacks on immigrants rise amid fears stoked by far right groups that they are to blame for a rise in crime.A police statement said the young man, whose name and age has not been disclosed, was attacked Sunday morning by the five individuals and struck multiple times by a sharp instrument, likely a knife. He was taken to a hospital but died several hours later. Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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first_imgSamui Asia Music FestivalTAT announces first-ever Samui Asia Music FestivalThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Ko Samui Municipality and event management company IMC Live Group are pleased to announce the staging of the first ever ‘Samui Asia Music Festival’ on 18 and 19 August, 2018.The two-day weekend festival will feature music acts from around Asia and local Thai artists, and cover different genres; such as, rock, metal, the blues and ballads. The line-up includes Malaysian alternative rock band Estranged, Singapore house band Shirlyn + The UnXpected, Hong Kong rock metal band Qiu Hong, Chinese funk group Jumpin’ Candy and, from Thailand, rock band Potato and singer Tai Tanawut.The picturesque, tropical island setting for the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ is Phru Chaweng on the northeastern shores of Ko Samui. Admission is free.Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, said: “The inaugural Samui Asia Music Festival has all the makings of a great Asian music experience. TAT is proud to be involved in the organisation and support yet another world-class event in Thailand, and one which is expected to further broaden Ko Samui’s appeal to Thai and international visitors alike.”The ‘Samui Asia Music Festival’ sits perfectly with the Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept that encourages visitors to experience Thailand both from new and existing perspectives.Along with the awesome music line-up, the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ will offer festival goers plenty of choice in food and drinks at the Festival’s market. It is all part of what promises to be a fun, exciting and vibrant festive spectacle.For more details on the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ please contact the TAT Ko Samui Office on Tel. +66 (077) 420 504; +66 (077) 420 721 or Email tatsamui@tat.or.thSource = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

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first_img by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2018 7:27 am PDT Eighteen years ago, a man named Mark Hogencamp was brutally beaten by five men outside of a bar in Kingston, New York. The assault put him in a coma for over a week and left him with permanent brain damage and little memory of his previous life. To cope, he constructed an elaborate miniature World War II-era Belgian town where he would create fantasy sequences with dolls representing himself, his friends and even his assailants, and photographed them. He called the town Marwencol and the eccentric and fascinating scene caught the attention of the art world, the media and eventually became the subject of an acclaimed 2010 documentary.Why Hollywood and an always innovative filmmaker like Robert Zemeckis would be drawn to this inherently dramatic, emotional and fantastical story is hardly a mystery. The head-scratcher is how it ended up as such a disaster. Yes, “Welcome to Marwen ,” despite what I believe were the best of intentions, is cloying, jaw-droppingly sexist and oddly lifeless. It’s not that it’s a poorly-directed movie. It’s just stunningly ill-conceived.Steve Carell plays Mark, and his WWII action-figure alter-ego Hoagie, who we meet first. Hoagie is handsome, assured and unflappable in wartime. A plane crash? No problem. Shoes on fire? He’ll just wear a pair of heels instead. A Nazi holding him at gunpoint? He’ll talk to him with no fear. And if he gets in over his head, no worries, a cabal of beautiful, machine-gun-toting and scantily clad women will come to save him. This is his fantasy, so they all love him of course, but he tells them to keep their distance because there’s this blue-haired Belgian witch named Deja Thoris (Diane Krueger, who is probably thankful to be hidden behind the animation) who gets jealous and kills women who get close to him. Seriously.In the real world, however, Mark is a mess, living in a semi-permanent mobile home, popping pills like candy, and avoiding human interactions wherever he can — especially those that remind him of the assault, which is why he’s doing everything he can to get out of attending the sentencing hearing for his attackers despite his lawyer’s pleas.His PTSD manifests in his fantasy world. When he feels attacked, suddenly there’s machine-gun fire being sprayed throughout the bar in Marwen. It’s also the place where he can always get the girl, if he so chooses. He can also construct whatever kind of girl he wants, whether it’s a young blond milkmaid or a replica of the woman, Nicol (an uncomfortable-looking Leslie Mann), who has just moved into the house across from him.“Welcome to Marwen,” co-written by Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson (“Edward Scissorhands”) wants to be both childlike and adult in ways that the film is not equipped to examine in any sort of serious way, making the whole thing creepy and discomforting.Mark fetishizes every woman in his life who is kind to him and puts her in Marwen: His physical therapist (Janelle Monae), his care taker, Anna (Gwendoline Christie), the woman who works at the toy store where he buys the dolls, Roberta (Merritt Wever), a cook at a local bar, Caralala (Eiza Gonzalez) and, I believe, his favourite adult film star, Suzette, played by the director’s wife, Leslie Zemeckis. It’s one sci-fi twist away from being a full on “Black Mirror” episode, and poor Nicol, who quickly becomes his new obsession, bears the brunt of these unwelcome affections.The movie tells us he loves the essence of women (and says this is why he likes wearing and collecting high heels). He wishes they could run the world, he says, but it doesn’t sound sincere. You’ll get whiplash trying to reconcile how the movie is consistently trying to tell you it’s feminist while also so blatantly objectifying every woman in sight.The animation is really something stunning, however. It doesn’t look too digital or too uncanny valley. If only the movie could have been as evolved. Zemeckis, it seems, was trying to recreate a sort of “Forrest Gump” folk tale out of “Marwen,” which simply doesn’t work anymore the way it might have 24 years ago. This is a complex man and artist worthy of a complex story, not a would-be-feel-good farce.“Welcome to Marwen,” a Universal Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “for sequences of fantasy violence, some disturbing images, brief suggestive content, thematic material and language.” Running time: 116 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.___MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: Bahr, The Associated Press Review: ‘Welcome to Marwen’ is a fantastic misstep AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Universal Pictures shows Eiza Gonzalez, left, and Steve Carell in “Welcome to Marwen.” (Ed Araquel/Universal Pictures via AP) last_img read more

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concludes that although the $35 billion National Ignition Facility (NIF)—a Department of Energy (DOE) laser lab designed to heat and compress capsules of hydrogen isotopes until they fuse releasing energy—is making technical progress it is still a long way from its titular goal: ignition or a fusion burn that sustains itself and produces more energy than it takes to spark it According to Physics Today magazine the independent report sponsored by DOE suggests NIF-related research should shift from identifying the obstacles in the path to ignition to whether ignition is even possible “Barring an unforeseen technical breakthrough and given today’s configuration of the NIF laser achieving ignition on the NIF in the near term (one to two years) is unlikely and uncertain in the mid-term (five years)” the DOE report says “The question is if the NIF will be able to reach ignition in its current configuration and not when it will occur” The report recommends making better use of other facilities not designed to achieve ignition to better understand the underlying physics of the compressed fuel known as high-energy density plasma These include the Omega Laser Facility at the University of Rochester in New York as well as the Z machine (an electric pulse generator) at DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque New Mexico NIF based at DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has long struggled to live up to its name Even before its opening in 2009 many physicists were skeptical that the device which focuses 192 powerful laser beams on a target would achieve its ignition goal DOE stuck with the project despite substantial construction delays and cost overruns in part because they argued NIF would provide vital experimental results to nuclear weapons scientists responsible for maintaining the US stockpile The National Ignition Campaign a concerted effort to reach the fusion goal between 2010 and 2012 failed to deliver Then began a 3-year effort to better understand the physics of what was happening in the fusion fuel as it was compressed by NIF’s 18 megajoule laser pulses During that time studies of ignition were interspersed with more research into the physics of nuclear weapons The new report marks the end of that 3-year campaign The report states that there has been progress since 2012 including the first demonstration of “alpha heating” when helium nuclei (produced by fusing hydrogen) stay trapped in the plasma and help heat it thus helping to sustain the burn Alpha heating is an essential process for ignition With all the data gathered researchers have made improvements to the computer models used to predict the outcomes of experiments says Michael Campbell a former NIF director who now works at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics It was these models that led researchers to believe they would achieve ignition at NIF within a few years and they continue to make overoptimistic predictions today But Campbell says that NIF’s slow shot rate—only about 400 a year and only a fraction of them devoted to ignition—“slows down the rate of progress” Acknowledging the advances the DOE report says “the present approach is too broad and diverse and needs better focus” After 2012 the research program into inertial confinement fusion as this implosive compression version of fusion is known was broadened out to include work at Omega which uses an alternative “direct drive” approach in contrast to NIF’s indirect drive and the Z machine which compresses fuel with pulses of magnetic field The report wants more coordinated research between the three facilities “There is currently no published ‘roadmap’ to coordinate cross-[facility] activities” the report notes Campbell says he always forecast that it would take “at least 10 years to figure it out” He says he is “still hopeful it will work but you can’t guarantee it” Fusion he says “is just hard”The two baby bald eagles who captured America’s attention on the US National Arboretum’s live camera have been patriotically named “Freedom” and “Liberty” The names were announced on Tuesday after a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign in which 36000 people voted The name options included Stars and Stripes Freedom and Liberty Anacostia and Potomac Honor and Glory and Cherry and Blossom CBS News reported The baby eagles’ names mirror the similarly patriotic names of their parents dubbed “Mr President” and “The First Lady” the first pair of bald eagles that has nested in the National Arboretum in almost 70 years Write to Katie Reilly at KatieReilly@timecom read more

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