Jan Kubiš, 59, succeeds Staffan de Mistura as Mr. Ban’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), with Mr. de Mistura completing his term on 31 December.Mr. Kubiš has been Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) since 2009, and previously served with the Organization in the late 1990s as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Tajikistan and head of the UN mission of observers to that Central Asian country.Announcing the appointment in a statement, Mr. Ban noted that Mr. Kubiš has more than three decades of experience in diplomacy, foreign security policy and international economic relations.The Slovakian served as his country’s foreign minister from 2006 to 2009, and has also had stints as the chairman of the Council of Europe’s committee of ministers and as secretary-general of the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).Next month a major international conference on Afghanistan’s future direction will be held in Bonn, Germany, focusing on helping the country on the path towards greater democracy, stability, security and economic development. 23 November 2011A senior United Nations official and former Slovakian foreign minister will be the next UN envoy to Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today.
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gestures during a parliament meeting in Athens, Saturday, June 11, 2015. Lawmakers have been summoned to emergency sessions in parliament after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought authorization to negotiate a new bailout deal with European creditors. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) Greek lawmakers back bailout reform plan but gov’t suffers losses through dissent by Elena Becatoros And Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2015 2:35 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s parliament backed the government’s reform plan containing austerity measures to win a third bailout early Saturday, but with the government suffering significant losses from dissenting lawmakers.The motion sought to authorize the government to use the proposal as a basis for negotiation with international creditors during the weekend. It passed with 251 votes in favour, 32 against and 8 voting ‘present’ — a form of abstention — in the 300-member parliament.Those who voted ‘present’ or were absent, as well as two of those who voted against, were members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party — raising questions about the stability of his government.The dissenters included two ministers — Panagiotis Lafazanis who holds the energy portfolio and Dimitris Stratoulis who holds the social security portfolio — and prominent party member and Parliament Speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou.“I support the government but I don’t support an austerity program of neoliberal deregulation and privatizations which … would prolong the vicious circle of recession, poverty and misery,” Lafazanis said in a statement released to the press explaining his “radical and categorical” objection to the proposal.Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned this week, was absent for family reasons, saying on Twitter he was spending the weekend with his daughter who was visiting from Australia. Although he sent a letter saying he would have voted in favour had he been present, it could not be counted among the ‘yes’ votes under parliamentary rules.All opposition parties except the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn and the Communist Party voted in favour.The proposed measures, including tax hikes and cuts in pension spending, are certain to inflict more pain on a Greek public who just days ago voted overwhelmingly against a similar plan.But the new proposal, if approved by Greece’s international creditors, will provide longer-term financial support for a nation that has endured six years of recession.Without a deal, Greece faces the immediate prospect of crashing out of Europe’s joint currency, the euro. It would be the first nation to do so.If the proposal is approved, Greece would get a three-year loan package worth nearly $60 billion (53.5 billion euros) as well as some form of debt relief. That is far more than the 7.2 billion euros left over from Greece’s previous bailout that had been at stake in the country’s five-month negotiations until last month.Speaking earlier in the debate that began just before midnight Friday, Tsipras acknowledged the reforms his government has proposed were harsh and include measures far from his party’s election pledges, but insisted they were Greece’s best chance to emerge from its financial crisis.Tsipras said his government had made mistakes during his six-month tenure but said he had negotiated as hard as he could.“There is no doubt that for six months now we’ve been in a war,” he said, adding that his government had fought “difficult battles” and had lost some of them.“Now I have the feeling we’ve reached the boundary line. From here on there is a minefield, and I don’t have the right to dismiss this or hide it from the Greek people,” he said.But he insisted the latest proposal contains measures that would help the economy and, if approved by Greece’s creditors, would unlock sufficient financing for the country to emerge from its protracted crisis and see its massive debt tackled.Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, who heads the government’s junior coalition member Independent Greeks, said he was advocating a vote in favour of the proposal even though it goes against his party’s principles. The party holds 13 seats in the 300-member parliament.“I want to state clearly, I am not afraid of Grexit,” he said, referring to the possibility of Greece leaving the euro. “I am afraid of one thing: national division and civil war.”He said he feared failure to get a deal with creditors would eventually lead to civil strife.Greece’s latest proposal was sent to rescue creditors who were to meet this weekend to decide whether to approve it. Eurozone finance ministers meet Saturday afternoon, followed by a summit of the 28-nation European Union set for Sunday.The country has relied on bailout funding since losing access to financing from bond markets in 2010.The new measures overturn many of the election promises of Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party, which had vowed to overturn bailout austerity, and come less than a week after 61 per cent of voters opposed similar reforms, proposed by creditors, in last Sunday’s referendum.The coalition government has 162 and pledged backing from a large section of opposition lawmakers..Greece’s major creditors — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and other eurozone nations — were already fine-combing through the proposals before sending them to the other 18 eurozone finance ministers Saturday.French President Francois Hollande described the measures as “serious and credible,” though Germany refused to be drawn on their merits. France’s Socialist government has been among Greece’s few allies in the eurozone during the past months of tough negotiations, with Germany taking a far harder line.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs the meetings of the eurozone finance ministers known as the eurogroup, said the proposals were “extensive” but would not say whether he considered them sufficient.Meanwhile, banks remained closed since the start of last week and cash withdrawals were restricted to 60 euros ($67) per day. Although credit and debit cards work within the country, many businesses refuse to accept them, insisting on cash-only payments. All money transfers abroad, including bill payments, were banned without special permission.___Associated Press writers Angela Charlton in Paris and Mike Corder in the The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report.___Follow Derek Gatopoulos at http://www.twitter.com/dgatopoulos and Elena Becatoros at http://www.twitter.com/ElenaBec
Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, by consensus the most talented young position players in baseball, are facing off this week for the first time in their burgeoning careers. (Trout’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got the best of Harper’s Washington Nationals on Monday night, 4-2.)Few youngsters arrived in the majors with as much buildup as Harper, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16. Luckily for the Nationals, he’s mostly been as good as advertised (and he’s still just 21 years old, a fact that’s often forgotten because he’s been so good). Meanwhile, all Trout did in his first full pair of major-league seasons was turn in two of the 150 or so best position-player seasons in the past 113 years of baseball, making two strong MVP bids in the process.So, yeah, these guys have been really good, really early in their careers.With all the (deserved) hype surrounding Trout and Harper, I was wondering how the duo compares to other concurrent 22-or-under pairs of position players in the history of baseball. To answer that question, I looked at the most productive two non-pitchers age 22 or below in a given season, based on the combined number of wins above replacement they’d generated in the previous two seasons. (We can’t compare Trout/Harper through age 22 because we don’t know what they’ll do in 2014.)By that standard, Trout and Harper are the most productive young duo in baseball history. Here were the seasons featuring the best pairs of budding superstars ever (taking only the best score for duplicate pairs):The majority of those 28.2 combined WAR belong to Trout, author of the aforementioned pair of historically dominant campaigns. Let’s be honest, though: Given Trout’s otherworldly production at such a young age, we could pair him with just about anybody and he’d still be near the top of this list (Trout by himself would rank fifth). But Harper’s numbers to date hardly make him a coattail-rider. As far as No. 2s go, Harper’s 8.6 WAR ranks below only Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews as the third-best second fiddle in the history of promising under-22 duos.If we’re looking to give extra weight to No. 2s, ensuring that both players in a pair have great stats (to safeguard against a situation such as what happened in 1918, when Rogers Hornsby had 97 percent of the WAR in his “duo” with Ross Youngs), perhaps a better way to rank these kinds of pairings is not to sum up all of the WAR generated by a pair, but rather to take the harmonic mean of the two individuals’ WAR totals. If we do that, the following list emerges:By either list, though, Trout-Harper is the best young duo in baseball history. So, savor their matchup this week — you may never again see a pair of position players so good face off at such a young age.
Current rules mean junk food cannot be marketed during programmes specifically made for children, but there are no restrictions on placing such advertisements during the most popular family viewing, such as the X-Factor.The plans to restrict advertising of unhealthy foods to children will cover online platforms, amid concern that junk food adverts on Google, YouTube and social networks are not properly regulated.Stephen Woodford, Chief Executive of the Advertising Association, welcomed the proposed introduction of the Daily Mile, but added: “International experience and independent research has shown advertising bans have little impact on the wider societal issues that drive obesity, which is caused by the interaction of many complex factors and requires a multi-faceted solution.” Research shows one in five meals are consumed outside the home, with today’s children spending at least twice as much time eating out as those who grew up in the 1970s.Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England (PHE), said: “Having a takeaway or eating out is no longer a treat, it’s a regular part of everyday life, yet too often menus are information free zones.” Restaurants, cafes and takeaway outlets will be forced to display calorie counts under new Government plans which aim to halve levels of childhood obesity within 12 years.The new measures will also including asking every primary school to introduce schemes to boost children’s activity, such as the Daily Mile, an initiative which sees pupils run for 15 minutes a day, on top of regular PE lessons.Children could also be banned from buying sugary energy drinks – which can contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee – under the plans.A quarter of children aged six to nine are now consuming energy drinks. Ministers said “dangerous overconsumption” combined with inactive lifestyles was having “a catastrophic effect on our children’s health,” which could cut lives short.The new plans will see a consultation on the introduction of “clear, consistent calorie labelling” on menus in restaurants, cafés and takeaways. “Simply consulting about the nations biggest public health crisis is not going to save lives.”Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England said: “This series of measures will undoubtedly help shift the balance towards a healthier environment.” The updated plan also promotes a new national ambition for every primary school to adopt a daily ‘active mile’ initiative, such as the Daily Mile, a scheme which a number of schools have adopted across the UK, since it was dreamt up by a headteacher in a Scottish primary school in 2012.The measures will also see £620,000 funding for projects which encourage children to walk to school, and £1 million to support cycling training. Simply consulting about the nations biggest public health crisis is not going to save livesAction on Sugar The new target – to halve the number of children classed as obese by 2030 – was welcomed by health officials, who said the measures were bold enough to reverse Britain’s epidemic.It’s estimated that around 1.4 million children aged between 2 and 15 are currently considered obese in England. Therefore, meeting this ambitious target would mean approximately 700,000 fewer obese children.The plans, which will be subject to consultation, follow a childhood obesity strategy in 2016 which was heavily criticised by campaigners after being significantly watered down. Officials said the removal of unhealthy foods from buy-one-get-one-free deals was also an attempt to mitigate “pester power”.It follows warnings that obesity has become “the new smoking” in terms of the health risks being posed to the population.Almost a tenth of the health service budget is now taken up treating diabetes, with the majority of cases fuelled by excess weight.The consultation on banning advertisements for unhealthy food before the 9pm watershed follows research which found that watching one extra junk food advertisement a week means children eat an additional 18,000 calories a year. The plans will also see a ban on advertising of unhealthy foods on television before the 9pm watershed, and the removal of such goods from checkouts and two-for-one deals. Milk-based drinks such as milkshakes and lattes could be covered by the Government’s sugar tax, if manufacturers do not do enough to cut their sugar content, the plans say.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Parents want what is best for their children, but keeping them healthy and active can be difficult.“It is near impossible to shield children from exposure to unhealthy foods. Parents are asking for help – we know that over three quarters of parents find offers for sugary sweets and snacks at checkouts annoying. It’s our job to give power to parents to make healthier choices, and to make their life easier in doing so,” he said. Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said the measures have the potential to “turn the tables on the Type 2 diabetes time bomb we currently sit upon” and urged the Government to make the plans a reality.But Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman of Action on Sugar and Action on Salt, said it did not go far enough. “It clearly lacks firm commitment and only promises consultations by the end of the year,” he said.”What’s missing is a fully joined up action based campaign which includes: uniform traffic light labels on out of home food rather than just calorie labelling, mandatory reformulation on sugar and calories, a tax on confectionery or unhealthy food with the opportunity to reformulate and only healthy products (not high in fat, salt and sugar) should be marketed across all platforms, including TV, digital and print marketing. Under the plans, supermarkets will be told to get rid of “guilt lanes” that see weary parents pestered by children to buy chocolate and sweets while queuing for the checkout. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
[Image: Evolution Diving/Facebook]THE ISLAND OF of Malapascau, in Cebu Province, is just 2.5km long. It was a ‘direct hit’ when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines.The photos here show the ‘Craic House’ — an Irish-themed bar and restaurant attached to the Evolution Diving resort on the island.The owners of the company, including Irishman David Joyce, have been spearheading the relief effort in the area for the past nine days — raising cash through an internet appeal and delivering emergency and building supplies to locals in the area, which Joyce says was “completely flattened”.The above photo was posted on the company’s Facebook yesterday with the title ‘Typhoon Relief of a different kind’.Pictured are instructors Dannie Holmstedt and Nick Greenop alongside “committed typhoon aid workers Mike and Douglas who decided to spend the final 2 weeks of their holiday helping Malapascua”.TheJournal.ie has been in contact with David Joyce via email over the last few days. We’ll have the full story up early tomorrow morning.[Image: Evolution Diving]Read: Gilmore: Irish people expect us to play our full part in Philippines relief effortAlso: Up to four million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan
Head of Journalism and Communications at DIT 971 Views Short URL Jun 17th 2017, 10:00 AM Kate Shanahan Share99 Tweet Email SPEAKING ABOUT LEO Varadkar’s nomination as Taoiseach, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin commented that even Leo himself, “was somewhat embarrassed by the euphoria with which his election as Fine Gael leader was embraced by some commentators.”The insider’s view is that Leo Varadkar has until now led something of a charmed life, and that he has had the advantage of a media wind behind his sails. Over the years, the Deputy for Dublin West has certainly given good quote.At times when others have gone to ground, he has done the round of TV and radio studios, as well as print interviews, always accessible to media, rarely without an opinion. But all of that is about to change.Dissecting his decisionsIn the coming polls, Varadkar’s leadership will be parsed and analysed. His decisions will be dissected, his colleagues will leak from meetings, and in the background his frenemies in Fianna Fáil will be waiting to take him out.That episode where his entourage fed cup-cakes and coffee to grateful hacks will seem like a halcyon era. There will be a shift in how he is covered.The feature-style articles that highlighted his three-stone weight-loss, his happiness with his partner, his running and fitness regime, his attendance at Electric Picnic, will appear lightweight in the context of more pressing travails. Everything he says and does will be judged through the prism of his leadership of the country.No one would envy him the tsunami of problems he is now facing. His “Republic of Opportunity” however will be as empty a phrase as “strong and stable government”, if he fails to deliver in the next few months. In his first speech he mentioned that in dealing with economic issues you had to appeal to people’s hearts as well as their heads. Yet his “early risers” quote had the opposite effect.We don’t trust Conservative style politicsBy nature Irish people have little trust in Conservative style politics, even if it is Tory-lite. The notion of “them” and “us” has more often referred to the divide between the cushioned professional classes and the squeezed middle, than the working and the unemployed.The lack of a left-right divide in Irish media is one of the reasons political coverage has seemed herd-like at times, in online forums Varadkar’s cheerleaders in the Fourth Estate are often mocked. And it is true that dissenting viewpoints are more likely to be found on social media than among mainstream columnists.An old boss of mine had a saying that he inherited from his Longford grandmother. He used it when he felt that journalists were in awe of those that they were supposed to be monitoring. “That’s a bit too ‘lay your cloak on the puddle Mary or the Doctor’s feet will get wet’,” he would say. And we all knew exactly what he meant.Looking after the poorestTrust in institutions is low in Ireland, because we have been so let down by them in the past. We no longer believe that “Doctor” knows what’s good for us. Elie Weisel once wrote about leadership in the context of the “terrible solitude at moments of decision”.Amid the hoopla of Leo Varadkar’s appointment as Taoiseach, one moment did stand out. It was the television clip of his parents sitting in their garden, and his father’s admonition that his son “should look after the poorest of the poor”. Across Europe young people are voting in their droves for candidates that reflect Ashok Varadkar’s community-focused idealism.At thirty-eight Taoiseach Varadkar is not too old to listen to his father. Let’s hope for all our sakes that he does so in the months ahead.Kate Shanahan is Head of Journalism and Communications at DIT. The views expressed are her own.‘Last Sunday Bernie Sanders delivered a message Ireland needed to hear’>Opinion: ‘An ambitious strategy with the potential to revolutionise Irish healthcare’> 74 Comments ‘At 38 Taoiseach Varadkar is not too old to listen to his father. Let’s hope he does’ Across Europe young people are voting in their droves for candidates that reflect Ashok Varadkar’s community-focused idealism, writes Kate Shanahan. Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 10:00 AM By Kate Shanahan http://jrnl.ie/3448466 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, will host her second Southwest Washington Jobs Fair from 1 to 6 p.m. May 23 at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia St.The fair is open to residents in Southwest Washington and will include employers from multiple industries. Free résumé and interview assistance will be available at the fair.Employers interested in participating may contact Pam Peiper at 360-695-6292.The congresswoman hosted a similar jobs fair Sept. 28. Of the 1,700 people who showed up to that fair, roughly 30 people landed a job.
Commuters disembark from a crowded suburban train at Churchgate railway station in Mumbai, India, February 25, 2016. Suburban train commuters offer a big opportunity for the government to drive digital economy, as about 80 lakh of them use trains every year, spending close to Rs 2,000 crore.Reuters fileTravellers will now have video entertainment on trains, as Indian Railways under its non-fare revenue cell, plans to provide video content through free wi-fi to improve railway services.Giant video content providers like Viacom18, Zee, Hungama and Shemaroo are eager to bid for the rights to provide video content on 3,000 trains through wireless intranet. The video content will be available in all major Indian languages, Economic Times reported.The railways’ local wi-fi network will be available to everyone on board and passengers will be able to log in through their phones to watch the content.According to the railways, the bidders have shown interest during the pre-bid conferences and will actively participate in the bidding next month too. If the deal fructifies, it will fetch the railways about Rs 500 crore annually in non-fare revenue.”Almost 24 such companies have come forward. We will be charging an annual license fee from the successful bidder,” a top railway official said.However, the internet facility will come with a certain limit as unlimited wi-fi comes with technological challenges and high cost. Hence, to keep a check on the data usage, the plan to distribute content through local wi-fi in all coaches will work well, said the official.”Earlier, we were expecting over Rs 1,000 crore annually from this segment. But after consultation with stakeholders, it was felt that the market was still not ripe. However, we will easily be able to get Rs 500 crore without even spending a penny as the successful bidder will provide the technology and equipment,” the official added.A distribution box will be installed in all the coaches and passengers will be able to see the content in their own devices.This video entertainment project will boost non-fare revenue by selling advertising spaces inside and outside trains and railway stations.Indian Railways expects a yearly revenue of Rs 18,000 crore for such initiatives.
School supplies are due July 27 at Symone Center for Theater Arts, 9633 Liberty Road, Suites H&J in Randallstown, for Backpack Drive 2014 sponsored byTransformation of Life Church. Transformation of Life is partnering with local businesses to provide pencils, crayons, colored pencils, colored water markers glue sticks, pencil cases, composition notebooks, two pocket folders, hand sanitizer and so much more for communitychildren. For more information visit transformationoflife.org. The Rev. Kevin Hooks is pastor of the church.
Stay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Remember that movie Robot & Frank? It was a sweet little sci-fi tale about an old man with dementia and the helper robot his family bought him to keep him from being so lonely. Also the old man was a retired thief who used the robot for crimes but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, along with helping with us physical labor like carrying boxes there’s also potential for robots to help us with emotional labor. And it doesn’t just have to be for old people.Check out Fribo, “A robot for people who live alone.”The product of Korean roboticists, Fribo made its debut at last month’s ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction. But even with lots of description about what it is and how it works, we’re still not entirely sure how to describe. It’s sort of digital assistant like Siri or Alexa. But Fribo’s actual functionality puts its somewhere between Facebook and Furby.AdChoices广告For starters, while Fribo can talk to you, you can’t talk to it. For privacy reasons, Fribo can’t recognize your voice, which significantly reduces the creep factor of placing this jet-black artificial animal in your home. Instead, Fribo uses its various sensors to learn and recognize other natural sounds and lights of everyday life to intuit what’s going on. If the door slams, maybe someone is coming or leaving. If the microwave is humming, maybe someone is making dinner. If the washing machine is running, maybe someone is doing laundry.Image credit: Yonsei University & KAISTThat all sounds fuzzy and ambiguous, but that’s part of the point. If Fribo guesses that you’re doing something, it sends out a message to your other Fribo-connected friends. It doesn’t use your name though, just saying something like “Oh, someone just opened the refrigerator door. I wonder which food your friend is going to have.” Friends can opt to learn more by knocking or clapping near Fribo.So really, Fribo is an intriguing tech-driven excuse to spark social interactions. It gives you the comforting feeling of knowing you’re not alone even when you’re physically by yourself. But it’s not as overwhelming or invasive as a traditional social network. Fribo’s expressive eyes surely help users feel loved, too, as trial runs have demonstrated.Fribo is still just an idea, not a consumer product. And even if it does reach shelves, those shelves might only be in Korea since it’s more tailored to those cultural sensibilities. But I really hope one day we can kick Echo to the curb for this thing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
© 2013 Phys.org Volkswagen said the XL1 will be the most fuel-efficient production vehicle in the world. The car sets a record, as the 261 mpg figure has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, according to the company. According to the company, the XL1 emits 21 g/km of CO2; the two-seat vehicle can cover up to 32 miles as a “zero-emissions vehicle” in an all-electric mode. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. There is no official word on pricing; analysts’ estimates run from 30,000 to 50,000 euros. As for production plans, Volkswagen intends to carry out a small production series; the XL1 is to be produced at the company’s Osnabrück plant in Germany. The process for the XL1 is described as “automotive handcrafting,” More information: www.vwvortex.com/news/volkswag … l1-gets-green-light/ Measurements for the XL1 are 153.1 inches long, 65.6 in wide, and 45.4 high. The XL1’s total weight is 1,753 pounds, and several auto sites consider this figure impressive given the added weight of a battery pack and electric motor. The car has a futurist design; features include enclosed rear wheels, butterfly doors, and camera-based rearview mirrors integrated into the door panels. Volkswagen used special lightweight material for the vehicle’s construction, producing parts of the XL1 in light but strong carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). Power for the XL1 is provided by a system with details as follows: A two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery, The car has a top speed of 99 mph. In announcing the XL1, Volkswagen said that “When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of bringing to market a production car that was practical in everyday use with fuel consumption of one liter per 100 km. In the two-seat XL1, this vision has become reality.” Explore further (Phys.org)—Volkswagen will debut its XL1 two-seater, plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Publicity and blog previews are pointing to the car’s considerable design and technical features. The company views its XL1 as a significant standout. Volkswagen is emphasizing that the car represents a first in fuel economy. The car’s 261 miles per gallon combined fuel consumption is touted as a real achievement. Volkswagen’s XL1 said to be world’s most economical car Citation: Volkswagen will debut XL1 hybrid at March auto show (2013, February 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-volkswagen-debut-xl1-hybrid-auto.html
At the beginning of the 19th century, in Qing Dynasty China, a woman rose through the ranks of a pirate fleet which looted and pillaged the Far East coast from the city of Canton to present-day Vietnam for decades. Although sporting a number of names during her life, she became best known as Ching Shih, commandress of the Red Fleet.Born as Shi Yang in the province of Guangdong, she entered the criminal underworld at an early age as a prostitute. Eventually, she became a madam in a Cantonese floating brothel and adopted an alias Shi Xianggu.Ching Shih depicted in History of the Pirates of all Nations.However, her role in the brothel wasn’t just handling the clients. It included many intrigues and dealing valuable information. Her wit combined with her beauty attracted a powerful and influential pirate lord called Cheng Yi, with whom she formed a marriage in 1801, enabling her to control over 50 percent of his fleet and loot. This was concluded in a formal agreement serving as a guarantee. Her husband commanded around 300 ships with more than 20,000 pirates, all gathered around the banner of the so-called Red Fleet.Cheng himself was a man aware of the risks which came with the pirate enterprise, so apart from making sure his wife was his trusty right hand, he also adopted a young fisherman turned pirate called Cheung Po Tsai as his rightful male heir.The Cheng family of the Pirates on the China Sea genealogy. Photo by Shangkuanlc CC BY-SA 4.0As if by providence, Cheng soon suffered a violent death. It is believed that he was murdered in Vietnam and that he was either 39 or 42 years of age at the time of his death.His wife finally got the name under which she ruled the seas ― Ching Shih ― “The Widow of Cheng.”In the meantime, weeks after her husband’s death, Ching and her then-stepson, Cheung Po Tsai, who was second-in-command, engaged in a love affair, which further strengthened the ties between the common pirates and the leadership of the Red Fleet.Ching grew strong within the pirate community, earning loyalty and respect among the outlaws. But in order to achieve her status, she implemented a strict code of conduct which enabled her to forge a respectable naval force manned by disciplined and determined sailors.Skull-and-crossbones pirate flag.The code included rules which strengthened the chain of command, punishing any form of violation or disobeying of orders with death. It also ensured that the villagers who supplied the pirates were protected as it was strictly forbidden to steal from them or hurt them in any way.This rule helped in forming a strong network of trustworthy commonfolk who refused to provide the authorities with any information on the pirates. Of course, the Qing Dynasty which ruled China at the time did everything possible to put an end to her reign over the China Sea ― but with no success.10 Bizarre Pirate traditions most people don’t know aboutAs for the loot itself, it was to be inspected by a group. It was then registered, with a part of it always going to a public fund intended to cover the expenses and repair damage. Twenty percent was given to the pirate who claimed the loot, while actual money always went to the squadron commander.A special rule was enforced regarding women who were captured. Rape was punishable by death, while even consensual sex was prohibited as it meant death for both parties. However, accounts have been reported in which pirates were allowed to wed certain female captives.Ching grew strong within the pirate community, earning loyalty and respect among the outlaws.Ching Shih’s fleet swelled in numbers, as she at one point reportedly commanded a force 80,000-strong. This number was cited by Richard Glasspoole, an officer aboard a British ship The Marquis of Ely, and an employee of the East India Company, who spent several months in captivity with the Red Fleet in 1809. He also estimated that Ching’s fleet numbered as much as 1,000 large junks and more than 800 smaller junks and rowboats.She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000 to 40,000 pirates—men, women, and even children.Whether these numbers are exaggerated remains a subject of debate, but what is known is that the Red Fleet had made powerful enemies including the British and Portuguese Navies ― two of the most modern and respectable fleets of the time.Ching Shih went undefeated for a number of years and amassed a huge fortune, but her partner’s arrogance ultimately brought about their downfall. In September 1809, Cheung Po decided to confront the Portuguese flotilla stationed at their city-colony of Macao by challenging them to a duel.What went down in history as the Battle of the Tiger’s Mouth took place as a series of naval confrontations that marked the demise of a once powerful Red Fleet. Starting from September 1809, the fighting continued for several months, finally ending in January 1810.Battle of the Tiger’s Mouth/Naval combats between the Portuguese and the Chinese pirate fleet in the Pearl River Delta.After suffering several defeats and the defection of his vassals, Cheung Po together with Ching decided to accept the terms of surrender within the Qing amnesty which was enforced as a counter-pirate measure.This was the official retirement of Ching Shih, who continued her life by marrying her former stepson with whom she lived until his death in 1822. After Cheung’s untimely death at sea, she moved back to her hometown of Canton, where she opened a brothel and gambling house.Read another story from us: The Flying Dutchman – The ghostly ship doomed to sail the Seven Seas foreverChing Shih successfully retired from piracy and spent the rest of her life peacefully, surrounded by family. She died in 1844, aged 69, leaving behind her a lasting legacy inspiring stories, books and even movies like the Pirates of the Caribbean, which features her as a character among the pirate lords.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.
Report: Windows 7 PCs without antivirus solution can’t receive new updates by Martin Brinkmann on February 27, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: February 28, 2018 – 32 commentsA report on Myce suggests that Windows 7 PCs without installed antivirus solutions can’t receive new updates via Windows Update anymore unless a change is made to the Windows Registry.Microsoft identified a compatibility issue with “Windows security updates released in January  and a small number of antivirus products”.Some antivirus products “make unsupported calls into Windows kernel memory” which can lead to blue screen errors on systems these products are installed on. The company states that devices that run incompatible software may not boot properly anymore.Any antivirus solution for Windows needs to set a key in the Windows Registry to confirm to the operating system that it is compatible and does not use these banned methods anymore.Windows PCs that don’t have the Registry key set won’t receive security updates anymore according to Microsoft.Microsoft security products such as Windows Defender Antivirus, System Center Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Security Essentials are compatible with the new requirements and set the required Registry key if no third-party solution is installed.Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system is special as it only includes a security tool called Defender which is limited when compared to Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials. Defender won’t set the Registry key which means that Windows 7 systems without installed antivirus solution won’t have the key in the Registry set.This means ultimately that affected systems don’t receive security updates despite the fact that they are still supported by Microsoft. Support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020.Microsoft recommends that Microsoft Security Essentials or a compatible third-party antivirus application is installed on affected Windows 7 machines to resolve the issue.In a default installation of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, customers will not have an antivirus application installed by default. In these situations, Microsoft recommends installing a compatible and supported antivirus application such as Microsoft Security Essentials or a third-party anti-virus application. The anti-virus software must set a registry key as described below in order to receive the latest Windows security updates.Set the Registry key to enable updates againWindows 7 administrators can set the required Registry key manually on the other hand. This should not cause issues on the machine as no incompatible antivirus solution is installed (none is installed).Tap on the Windows-key and type regedit.exe to launch the built-in Registry Editor.Confirm the UAC prompt if it is displayed.Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompatRight-click on QualityCompat and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.Name it cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277ccGive it the value 0You can download the following Registry file instead and run it on machines to add the Registry key directly. Download it with a click on the following link: SetAntivirusRegistryKeyWindows.zipRelated articlesBypass for Windows Update lock for next-gen processors foundFind out if your Windows PC is affected by Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilitiesMicrosoft Security Updates January 2018 releaseMicrosoft Security Updates February 2018 releaseWindows Update KB4078130 deactivates Spectre PatchSummaryArticle NameReport: Windows 7 PCs without antivirus solution can’t receive new updatesDescriptionA report on Myce suggests that Windows 7 PCs without installed antivirus solutions can’t receive new updates via Windows Update anymore unless a change is made to the Windows Registry.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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