UN urges reboot of drought responses to focus more on preparedness

“People die because they are not prepared to face the impacts of the drought – because their livelihoods are not resilient enough,” Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told an international seminar in Rome, Italy, recalling that more than 250,000 people perished from hunger in the 2011 drought in Somalia.“Saving livelihoods means saving lives – this is what building resilience is all about,” he added, noting that for years, the focus has been responding to droughts when they happen, rushing to provide emergency assistance and to keep people alive.While these emergency responses are important, investing in preparedness and resilience puts countries on a footing to act quickly before it is too late, meaning that farmers and rural communities are better positioned to cope with extreme weather when it does hit.The need for a global drought re-boot is pressing. The many impacts of drought drive not only hunger and instability but cause economic losses up to $8 billion each annually.As the planet’s climate changes, severe dry-spells are becoming more and more frequent. Since the 1970s, the land area in the world affected by situations of drought has doubled. People die because they are not prepared to face the impacts of the droughtFAO Director GeneralThe burden is especially high in developing countries, where agriculture remains an economic mainstay. Over 80 percent of damage and losses caused by drought are born by agriculture in the developing world, FAO studies have shown. And Africa in particular has borne the brunt. Between 2005 and 2016, 84 droughts affected 34 different African nations.At today’s event, FAO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen their cooperation. They will cooperate in improving agro-meteorological data, tools and methods as well as enhancing access by small farmers to products and services to help them anticipate and proactively prepare for droughts. “WMO provides guidance and scientific information to strengthen national services responsible for addressing drought risks to agriculture,” said WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas. “We encourage countries to take early action against drought and to move towards a more proactive approach.” International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) President Gilbert F. Houngbo in his remarks emphasized the need break the cycle of crisis, disaster and relief, calling on the international community to be proactive and to think not just of today’s emergencies, but also of how to prevent tomorrow’s. “This means investing in smallholder farmers to help them address productivity challenges, give them access to markets and finance and most importantly encourage climate-smart agriculture so that when the drought inevitably comes, they have the tools they need to survive and thrive,” said Mr. Houngbo. read more

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Record displacement shows were almost unable to make peace warns UN refugee

“When you hear a lot about refugees, people that are taking advantage, seeking opportunities. Children don’t flee to seek better opportunities; children flee because there is a risk and a danger.”  Officially last year, there were more than 138,000 unaccompanied and separated children globally, according to UNHCR’s report, which notes that this is likely a significant underestimate. Unveiling new data indicating that global displacement numbers are at “the highest level” that the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has seen in its almost 70-year existence, Mr. Grandi noted that these were “conservative” estimates. Tens of millions of people have been forced to flee their homes. This is where they come from. pic.twitter.com/2WNUbYGvd3— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) June 19, 2019 UNHCR/Mahmood Al-FalastinySam is a displaced boy from Hudaydah. When his family fled to Aden he had to get a fishing job to help support them. His father used to be a teacher but after losing his job he stays at home caring for Sam’s mother who has disabilities that prevent her from walking. (8 May 2019)While calling for more funding to help countries deal with the impact of these increased migration flows – particularly in neighbouring crisis-hit States where most displacement victims are hosted – Mr. Grandi underlined the need for better regional and international cooperation in the face of “new conflicts, new situations producing refugees, adding themselves to the old ones”. This remains a challenge, he said, given the lack of unity in the UN Security Council – “the international community’s supreme body for peace and security – “even when it discusses humanitarian matters in Yemen, in Libya”. Citing the example of the 2016 Gambia conflict as the last one that he could remember being resolved – and where 50,000 Gambians returned to the country once it was safe – Mr. Grandi said that it proved “where there is a regional effort, an international effort, a conflict is addressed, people go back”. In addition, Mr. Grandi dismissed numerous preconceptions about migrants and refugees “just taking advantage and seeking opportunities”, given that “half of the refugees…are children. That’s a very high proportion,” he said.    In Venezuela, he added, only half a million of the four million people that had left that country amid an ongoing economic and political crisis have formally applied for asylum and refugee status. Peru restrictions risks creating ‘bottleneck’ upstream Amid reports that regional neighbour Peru had tightened restrictions on Venezuelans trying to cross its border after struggling to cope with the migrant influx, Mr. Grandi noted that the risk was that other countries closer to Venezuela – such as Ecuador and Colombia – might follow suit, creating a “bottleneck”. “These are people who are escaping so it is difficult for them to get documents from their own country,” Mr. Grandi said, adding that such papers were also difficult to obtain in Colombia and Ecuador. It was almost counter-intuitive to ask these Venezuelans who are “refugee or refugee-like” to present passports and visas, he insisted.  “Peru is the second-largest recipient of Venezuelans after Colombia, and they are really overwhelmed by the presence of all these people and they have my full sympathy for that,” Mr. Grandi told journalists.  “But we have been urging them to be just like Colombia and Ecuador and Brazil to keep their borders open, because these people really are in need of safety, or protection,” he said. Venezuela displacement pressures reminiscent of Europe in 2015 Drawing parallels with Europe’s recent, so-called refugee crisis, when hundreds of thousands of people fleeing wars, including the Syrian conflict, risked their lives crossing treacherous Mediterranean waters to reach Greece and Italy, the UNHCR chief insisted that an open-door policy was essential.  “It’s a little bit like what happened in Europe in 2015 when you had one border closing after the other, and it’s the first country, Greece, as it was then – and which in this case would be Colombia, and maybe even now, because they cannot bear the burden any more …so there’s a lot of risks in this and I would like to use this opportunity to appeal to those countries; I know we are asking them a lot, but it is my job to appeal to those countries to keep the borders open.” According to UNHCR’s Global Trends report, displacement levels today are double what they were 20 years ago, confirming a long-term rising trend in the number of people in need of international protection. Some 37,000 people uprooted from homes every day in 2018 Of 41.3 million internally displaced people in 2018 – at a rate of 37,000 a day –some 13.6 million were newly displaced last year.  This included nearly 11 million individuals who were uprooted inside their country and 2.8 million new refugees and asylum-seekers, UNHCR’s data shows, as well as the fact that while richer countries hosted 16 per cent of refugees in 2018, least developed nations sheltered one in three. The report also illustrates how fallout from conflict zones continues to drive displacement, with more than two-thirds of all refugees coming from just five countries: Syria (6.7 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.3 million) Myanmar (1.1 million) and Somalia (900,000).  read more

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Buckeye Brief NFL protests and Big Ten locker rooms from Urban Meyer

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addresses the Buckeyes prior to the first practice of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorComing off its 54-21 victory over UNLV, the No. 11 Ohio State football team (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will be preparing this week for its matchup against Rutgers, the first Big Ten opponent the team has faced since the season opener against Indiana.Speaking on Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer was asked questions about the protests that were prominent in the NFL this week, and how he would react if one of his own players asked to protest racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.After he avoided providing a direct answer the day prior at a press conference regarding how the team has dealt with the protests, Meyer gave a similar answer in the teleconference, citing a culture of respect to deal with the varying opinions players and coaches might have on the hotly debated topic, while avoiding sharing his own opinion on the matter.“A culture of team, a culture of respect and a culture of focus. And so, I was unaware that anything was going on until yesterday,” Meyer said Tuesday. “I’ll talk to some players and we’ll do what we normally do after a conversation and I’ll let people have their opinions and never cross the ‘r-word’, which is respect.”Meyer later said that in a hypothetical situation in which a player might ask him about joining the protest over racial injustice and take a knee during the national anthem, any conversation on the matter would be kept private and not shared with the public.“That’s between me and the player and to be honest, I don’t know,” Meyer said. “And if I did, I probably wouldn’t share it with you since to me, that’s sanctuary-type meetings you have with your players that you have trust in. So it’s no different than if you said what if my son or daughter came home and asked me what would I do, that’s between me and them.”Here are more updates from Meyer during the Week 5 teleconference.On Big Ten locker rooms: “These players do a lot for us and do a lot for our conference. They should be treated right and that’s very clean environment, obviously the proper heat, proper air conditioner, air conditioning and a sanitary environment. And I would imagine that from this point forward that their people will look at that very closely.”On assessing the team: “Pass defense continues to be the No. 1 on the hit parade as far as we have three pass interference penalties last week. Other than that, we played well, but that’s No. 1 where we need to improve. And then No. 2 is consistency on offense, and especially you know when you start getting into conference play and facing the better defenses, you have to play much better.”On Tracy Sprinkle: “He’s one of our top players as far as leadership, as far as respect amongst our players, so they know how hard he works, what a character guy he is and how much he loves his teammates. He actually talked some today a little bit. He’s getting back to that group he was before he got hurt. So, his last two games have been much better and we anticipate him to continue to improve as he has more confidence on that leg.”On freshmen who impressed against UNLV: “I can see Pete Werner and Baron Browning. They’ve really made strides … plus they’re very talented guys. Jeffrey Okudah is a guy who has taken a giant step and earned some playing time. Trevon Grimes had a couple really good weeks of practice. He’s not in a position to be in the rotation yet, but he’s working towards that.”On Demario McCall: “We’re pressing along and trying to get him ready to go, but when you watched him play, that wasn’t the Demario McCall you’ve seen in the open field. So it is a real injury. It is something that’s getting better and it’s a guy that just needs confidence to become the dynamic player he could be.” read more

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Pollution wipes out the benefits of exercise study suggests

first_imgLikewise the increase in blood flow usually associated with exercise was virtually absent in those walking along the busy shopping street. And while the arteries of those walking in the park became 24 per cent less stiff, they improved by just 4.6 per cent for people on Oxford Street.“These findings are important as for many people, such as the elderly or those with chronic disease, very often the only exercise they can do is to walk,” said senior author Fan Chung, Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Head of Experimental Studies Medicine at National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London.“Our research suggests that we might advise older adults to walk in green spaces, away from built-up areas and pollution from traffic.“For people living in the inner city it may be difficult to find areas where they can go and walk, away from pollution. It shows that we can’t really tolerate the levels of air pollution that we currently find on our busy streets.”Previous research has found that diesel exhaust fumes, particularly fine particulate matter has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death, and can cause a worsening of diseases of the airways, such as asthma.It is estimated that pollution is linked to 40,000 early deaths in Britain each year, and the government has pledged to ban the sale of diesel cars by 2040, which are a major contributor to urban toxins.Responding to the study, Prof Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, at The Open University, said: The research does convince me, though, that poor air quality does play an important role in the short-term benefit one can get from taking a walk.  “But perhaps that’s not all that’s going on, and I look forward to reading about future similar studies in other places.” Pollution wipes out the benefits of walking, a new study suggests. Researchers from Imperial College London found that the toxic air in built-up city centres prevents the positive effects on the lungs and heart which are usually gained from exercise.Although the experiment was carried out in the over 60s, the scientists say the effects could apply to other groups, and have called for stricter air quality limits, and greater access to green spaces.To determine the impact of pollution on exercise, researchers asked 119 people to take a two-hour stroll through London’s Hyde Park and also Oxford Street, a busy shopping area.Levels of black carbon, nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter in Hyde Park are typically well within healthy boundaries but air in Oxford Street regularly breaches dangerous pollution levels, as defined by the World Health Organisation.The researchers found that everyone in the study benefited from a stroll in the park, with their lung capacity improving within just one hour, an effect which lasted for 24 hours for many people.By comparison, a walk along Oxford Street barely registered any improvement at all. However Prof Ian Colbeck, Professor of Environmental Science, at the University of Essex, said people should not be deterred from exercising, even if they live in the city.“This paper highlights the risks to health by walking along polluted roads, for the over sixties with specific pre-existing medical conditions.  “However we know from other research that for the vast majority of the population the benefits of any physical activity far outweigh any harm caused by air pollution except for the most extreme air pollution concentrations.  “It’s important to that people continue to exercise.  In the UK physical inactivity is the fourth largest cause of disease and mortality and contributes to around 37,000 premature deaths in England every year.”The authors say that inner-city stress could account for some of the physiological differences seen between the two settings, with the increased noise and activity of Oxford Street having an effect.The findings were published in The Lancet.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Column I want my son to feel at home in Ireland too

first_imgBECOMING A FATHER has given me a new appreciation of Irish culture.I’ve never been overly patriotic, but I do understand how growing up in Ireland shaped my personality and outlook on the world. I’ve lived away from this country for almost a quarter of a century, but this has not meant that I’ve become any less Irish. Home is home as they say. My son is only half-Irish and he is growing up in Thailand, but it is important to me that he feels some connection with my home.Raising Timmy to feel part of two cultures is harder than I expected it to be. He is being shaped by his environment just like I was shaped by mine. I do try to encourage him to develop an interest in his Irish heritage, but I struggle to find ways to do this.Timmy has visited Dublin three times, but he is still too young to absorb much from these trips (I know that I can remember very little of my life before the age of seven).  I’ve tried reading stories of Cu Chullainn and other Irish fairy tales, but they are a bit above his reading level. He prefers stories about Ben 10. I considered using Gaelic (even though I’m clueless with this language) as a means to encourage his Irishness, but these days it is difficult enough to get him to speak English.The language warsI rarely argue with my wife, but since Timmy was born I do sometimes feel in competition with her (or to be more specific her culture). Now that he has started school my son is immersed in Thai culture. He wants to be accepted by his peers, and this means behaving the same way as they do. I feel upset when his teachers say that he doesn’t like to speak English. This is the language he speaks at home, and I never speak to him in Thai. We moved nearer to Bangkok so that he could attend a reasonably priced bilingual school, but the pressure to conform means that he feels almost ashamed of his ability to speak my language.This unwillingness to speak English outside the home is just one symptom of a problem that is likely going to get worse as Timmy gets older. In Thailand my son is referred to as a ‘luuk krung’ – a half child. There is an unspoken assumption that he is not fully Thai. He is left with the option of embracing his ‘outsider’ status or trying to be more Thai than the Thais. It seems to be fairly standard for ‘luuk krung’ to at least go through a short period of the latter.There is also the risk that he might go to the other extreme. Timmy could grow up with a sense of entitlement, and the idea that he is a cut above everyone else. A common stereotype of the luuk krung is that they are spoilt and lazy, and it is easy to understand how their sense of being special could encourage them to behave this way.Raising a child in a foreign cultureI’ve lived in Thailand for 12 years, but I still feel like an outsider looking in. I speak reasonable Thai, but there are aspects of the culture that are impenetrable to me. I suspect that Thai people who move to Ireland feel the same way. Maybe it is just impossible to fully understand a culture unless you grow up with it. Learning a new language is relatively easy, but understanding the subtle meaning behind the words is much harder. It is this difficulty in fully grasping the shared assumptions in Thailand that ensures my outsider status.It can sometimes feel like Timmy is becoming a member of a club that I can never join. I worry that as he gets older his Thainess will put a barrier between us. Not that he will love me any less, but that there will be parts of his life that he feels unable to share with me. This is something that I want to prevent from happening, but I’m not sure how.My dream for Timmy is that he will grow up feeling like a citizen of the world. I want him to feel proud of his Irish as well as his Thai heritage, but I also want him to understand that deep down all humans are the same. He will probably never feel connected to Ireland in the same way I do, but maybe when he visits he will feel like he belongs there. He has an Irish passport so Timmy might decide that he wants to move there as an adult – that would make me happy.I hope that it will get easier for me to share my culture with my son as he gets older, but I may have to just accept that this is going to be an uphill battle. I don’t really know what the right answer is here.Paul Garrigan is a freelance writer living in Thailand. He has written two books – Dead Drunk and Muay Thai Fighter. Paul posts his random musings on life along with observations about being an expat in Thailand on his website paulgarrigan.com.last_img read more

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Sunrise bank robber caught on camera

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crook who walked into a bank in Sunrise and demanded money from the teller was caught in the act by surveillance cameras inside.The cameras were rolling on the bank bandit when he walked into the Wells Fargo branch in Sunrise, Tuesday.According to officials, the man handed the bank teller a note that demanded money. Once he got the cash, he took off.It happened near West Sunrise Boulevard and Northwest 128th Drive.Anyone with information call Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Lower 48 wildfires cause Alaska firefighters to head over and help

first_imgMore Alaska firefighters have gone to the lower 48, as wildfires in western states there intensify.Listen nowState and federal firefighting agencies in Alaska report that five, twenty person crews were flown south Wednesday. They’re joining over 15 hundred people battling the Pioneer Fire in Idaho.The agencies report that 2 dozen Alaska smoke jumpers and four crews, were earlier deployed to the lower 48. Alaska firefighting aircraft have also been going south, including helicopters, water and retardant dropping planes.last_img read more

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Jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh stolen in Krishna district

first_imgVijayawada: Thieves broke out for robbery in a gold jewellery shop at Hanuman junction in Krishna district. The unidentified men entered the shop by making a hole in the wall. In the incident, the gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh were stolen. This robbery has shocked the locals as the shop is situated on the national highway, which is very busy with the public all the time and very near to the police night bite center. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us The robbery has happened at Anjaneya Jewellery Works at Eluru road on Wednesday midnight, where the thieves entered the shop by making a hole to the wall which is on the small lain next to the shop. The police have found the iron rod and water buckets on the spot which were used to beak the wall. The entire theft was captured by the CCTV cameras placed inside the shop. In the 15 minutes footage, two persons with masks and without shirts were seen packing the ornaments. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us It is estimated that nearly 250 grams of gold and another 25 kg of silver jewelry was stolen. The Anjaneya Jewellery works owner Balanki Apparao, who opened the shop the next day was shocked to notice that the store was stolen. He immediately informed the police on the incident. Over the information, the Pedapadu police have reached the spot, registered a case and investigating further. The clues team and the dog squad have checked the nearby areas.last_img read more

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Settlement Near In Prison Heat Lawsuit

first_img Listen 00:00 /08:52 Michael HagertyThe Wallace Pack Unit, located about 70 northwest of Houston, near Navasota. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share X A class action lawsuit over heat in a Texas prison is likely to be settled after a federal court hearing Tuesday.Houston Chronicle reporter Gabrielle Banks tells Houston Matters the terms of the settlement would require temporary air conditioning units installed at the Wallace Pack Unit near Navasota be replaced by permanent units by May 2020, pending legislative approval. The settlement also resolves several wrongful death and wrongful injury lawsuits and awards $4.5 million to an Austin law firm for trying the case.The Chronicle also learned that Bryan Collier, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has proposed creating 26 new definitions of at-risk inmates who are especially susceptible to extreme heat — such as those age 65 or older, or those with diabetes or heart conditions.The original class action lawsuit, filed in 2014, claimed hot conditions at the low-security, 1,400-bed prison of mostly geriatric inmates violated constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.Tuesday’s proceeding is merely a fairness hearing, where any of the parties in the class action who had a complaint could make a statement in court. Since those parties are prison inmates, Banks says it could make for a chaotic day in court as they make statements via phone.Banks learned some other measures the prison system is taking that aren’t part of the settlement, including plans to relocate at-risk prisoners at 75 uncooled units to 29 prisons already equipped with air conditioning. Such a move could possibly be an effort to stave off future lawsuits from other prisoners, she said.The Texas prison system intends to make use of the 32,000 beds it already has in air conditioned cell blocks but might need additional fencing and other equipment to secure violent offenders. Completing such transfers could take years but would be cheaper than installing air conditioning to old prisons.Banks researched how many other states provide air conditioning for their inmates and how that compares to Texas. She found only five states that provide air conditioning to all state prisoners, while 21 others offer it to at least half their prisoners. Texas is among six states in the South that do not provide cooling for the majority of their state inmates.Banks says officials acknowledge 22 prisoners died from extreme indoor heat over 14 years in prisons from South Texas to Dallas. However, some human rights and health experts who visited Texas prisons estimated the actual number is much higher.last_img read more

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Sailor Moons Official Fan Club Is Accepting New Applications

first_imgStay on target Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight. Never running from a real fight, she is the one named Sailor Moon fan club member! Okay, so that’s a little different than the dubbed opening song you probably remember. But it works, right? Got your attention? Good, because you’re going to want in on this. The official Sailor Moon fan club is now opening for a second round of English applications. That means you can join!Last spring, the Pretty Guardians, the Japanese-administered Sailor Moon fan club, opened registrations that were good for one year. Pretty Guardians is about to star recruiting a whole new group of members this time around, and if you consider yourself a true Moonie, you’re going to want to go ahead and join.If you do, you get a numbered membership card with an illustration of Princess Serenity. You also get a swath of cool swag like a necklace that looks like Sailor Moon’s Crescent Moon Wand. If this is your second year in the club and you want to renew your membership, you’ll get a Sailor Moon stationery set. It’s actually a reproduction of one given out to subscribers of the Nakayoshi manga anthology when Sailor Moon was in its infancy, serialized in the pages of the magazine.AdChoices广告You also get a quarterly newsletter, access to members-only merchandise, opportunities to go to special fan events, and plenty of other goodies that only members get to use. It costs $50 to join the club for a year, and it will run from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Applications will be accepted from all over the world, including the US, Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Australia, and even Singapore.If you’re a true Sailor Moon fan, you’re just going to have to bite the bullet and become a card-carrying “official” fan going forward, or we’re just not going to be able to accept you in our coven. Just kidding. It’s still an awesome club to join. I’m going to do it myself. The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu last_img read more

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Kaspersky VirusDesk online file and link scanner

first_imgKaspersky VirusDesk: online file and link scanner by Martin Brinkmann on June 21, 2017 in Security – 8 commentsKaspersky VirusDesk is a free service by Russian security firm Kaspersky that enables you to scan files or links for viruses and other threats.While most computer users would probably agree that having a resident antivirus solution installed is a must in these days and age, especially on Windows, there is little to argue about the usefulness of complementing online scanners.Online file scanners give you a second opinion on a file, and if they have integrated multiple antivirus engines, an even better estimation of a file’s threat level.Kaspersky VirusDeskKaspersky VirusDesk offers two main functions: the scanning of one or multiple files, and options to look up the reputation of links.The scanning works pretty much as you’d expect it to.  You can drag and drop files on the file field or use the attachment icon to use a file browser to load one. A click on scan transfers it to Kaspersky; it is scanned then, and the result is returned to you on the page. Scans use the same antivirus engine that Kasperky’s Antivirus solution for Windows uses.The threat status of a file is either safe, infected, or suspicious.Safe means that Kaspersky has not detected any threats.Suspicious that a file “may pose a threat in some cases”.Infected that a threat has been identified.One interesting feature of Kaspersky VirusDesk is the option to “disagree with the scan”. This is probably most useful to software authors who have had their program identified as a threat by the scanner. They may submit the file using the disagree option so that it is analyzed further by Kaspersky Labs.Kaspersky VirusDesk can scan archives as well. If you want to scan multiple files, you can either have them scanned one after the other, or put them all in a password protected zip file using the passwords infected or virus, and sent them to the service in one go.The maximum file size is limited to 50 Megabytes however. This means basically that you cannot use the service to scan some files. Virustotal does that better as it supports files up to a size of 128 Megabytes.Kaspersky VirusDesk may also be used to scan links. Simply enter a link address in the field, and hit the scan button. You can paste the URL, or type it manually.Links may have a poor, good, or unknown reputation. Good means that Kaspersky did not find any evidence of phishing or malicious activity on the linked resource, poor that it contains phishing or malicious content, and unknown that Kaspersky does not have enough information in its Security Network database to identify the link reputation at that time.Webmasters can disagree with results; great if your site is flagged and you want the issue to be resolved.VerdictKaspersky VirusDesk is a handy online service to scan files or links quickly for threats. The service is let down somewhat by the relatively low maximum file size it supports. Webmasters and software authors on the other hand may find it useful to deal with false positives that Kaspersky may identify in sites or programs.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name Kaspersky VirusDeskSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://virusdesk.kaspersky.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Thomas Cook India launches One Currency Card to ease payment

first_imgThomas Cook (India) Ltd, has launched the ‘Thomas Cook One Currency Card’, a prepaid travel card with zero cross currency conversion fees, in collaboration with MasterCard Worldwide, in contrast to prepaid cards with high cross currency conversion charges that creates a strong deterrent.Thomas Cooks’ card offers embedded chip and PIN security, locking of funds (to avoid cross currency fluctuations), instant loading, emergency cash disbursement, encashment of the residual balance or use for future travel, free replacement card in case stolen or lost and 24×7 global emergency assistance available via toll free access in over 80 countries global access via 2.2 million ATM’s and 35.2 million merchant establishments in over 275 countries.Mahesh Iyer, COO – Foreign Exchange and Head – Visas, Thomas Cook India said, “With exponential growth in multi-national travel, the need of the hour was clearly a single currency card, sans the downside of cross currency charges. As pioneers in the foreign exchange business, our innovative the Thomas Cook One Currency Card, the first of its kind in India, brings Indian travellers a strong value proposition: zero currency conversion charges in a digital currency ecosystem.”The Thomas Cook One Currency Card can be bought or recharged via thomascook.in and across Thomas Cook’s foreign exchange network across 136 locations.Additionally, Thomas Cook India has revealed the progress of its so-called ‘clicks and bricks’ distribution strategy, which aims to serve the needs of India’s second and third tier cities with technology enabled travel stores.The clicks and bricks model provides customers with a range of travel-related products and services, including foreign exchange, visas and insurance, combining human travel agents with in-store technology such as tablet devices. The company has set up 33 new stores across the country, including locations in Amritsar, Ahmednagar, Bareily, Nellore, Ranchi, Palarivattam, Ludhiana and Valachery.“At Thomas Cook India, we foresee significant growth emerging from ‘Middle India’ and hence were quick to transition to online and online-assisted selling via our focused hybrid omnichannel ‘brick and click’ model,” said Madhavan Menon, Managing Director of Thomas Cook India. “Our technology assisted outlets will operate via tablets and mobile apps that enable transactions across the Thomas Cook range of products and services, including domestic and international holidays, flights, hotels, insurance and foreign exchange,” he added.last_img read more

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first_img(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) Opponents found Patrick Peterson’s role peculiar in 2018.Playing in since-fired Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks’ zone-heavy defense, the star cornerback often found himself sitting back and playing behind wide receivers. The idea was to give him the ability to see more of the field, the chance to jump more routes and create more turnovers.He recorded just two interceptions and five passes defensed (a career low) during Arizona’s ugly 3-13 campaign that included reports leaking Peterson’s dissatisfaction and request for a trade. “Obviously, it wasn’t giving up on my teammates or anything like that. It was just a hard part of the season. It was something that I wished had never came out but it did. It’s behind us now.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 27 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Now under first-time NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, Peterson has optimism the Cardinals — and him returning to a familiar role — can flourish. Arizona will go back to a 3-4 scheme that calls for more man-to-man, press coverage at the cornerback positions.“I can put my hands on people now instead of playing off and trying to play with my eyes,” Peterson said Wednesday before teeing off in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am.Related LinksMichael Phelps, Patrick Peterson to play in Waste Management Pro-AmOn repeat: Cardinals continue search for CB opposite Patrick Peterson’Complementary’ Cardinals defense can help Patrick Peterson now, laterThe Patrick Peterson saga in Arizona isn’t over“I love the idea of playing with my eyes, but I also love the idea better of putting my hands on receivers and slowing those guys down, letting those guys know it’s going to be a long day. Throughout the course of the season, it was receivers coming up to me after the game like, ‘Man, what the heck are you doing, man? It’s kind of funny watching you play seven yards off and playing with vision and back-peddling. It’s making our job easier.’”Within days after reports of Peterson’s request to be traded became public, the cornerback patched things up with Cardinals president Michael Bidwill and GM Steve Keim. He admitted on Wednesday that his role in Wilks’ defense wasn’t ideal, and it played a part in his frustration. He told reporters he feels good about the direction of the team, which hired the offensive-minded Kingsbury and placed him with an experienced DC in Joseph, who spent the last two seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos.“It’s no secret that we need some points on the board being one of the … bottom-five teams in points per game,” Peterson said. “I think the coaching staff (Kingsbury) hired, as well, is going to be very, very great for the defensive side of the ball. “I think Vance was a great hire. Everywhere he’s been, his resume speaks for itself as well on the defensive side of the ball. A lot of new changes but hopefully it can be for the better this go-around.”Peterson, like many Cardinals, felt confident that the first year of the post-Bruce Arians era would include more success than it did. And while the corner regrets how he handled last season, he at least has a more familiar role to slide back into under the second new coaching staff in two years.“Starting out whatever our record was starting out, it was just frustration built up,” Peterson said of his unhappiness that reached a boiling point after Week 8. “That’s behind us now. I’m here as an Arizona Cardinal, under contract for two more seasons. We’ll see where it goes after that. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Boston Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgBoston, Massachusetts – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe upcoming 115th annual Boston Marathon is fast approaching and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is offering 2 treatments perfect for runners or those wishing you soothe muscles. Our Oriental Essence treatment is the perfect pre-Marathon massage whereas our newly created “Runners Revive” massage provides the ideal finish to a hard race. And enjoy a 10% off promotion when booking both.What: Boston Marathon massages Whether running or rooting for the runners on Marathon Monday, soothe muscles at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Restore equilibrium before hitting the pavement with The Spa’s 60-minute signature Oriental Essence treatment. A powerful, hands-on body massage facilitating an array of massage techniques, this therapy uses our Quintessence custom-blended essential oil to leave the body, mind and spirit feeling energized, revitalized and in perfect harmony. Celebrate crossing the finish line with a 50-minute post-marathon Runners Revive massage. Designed with marathon runners in mind, this specialized treatment will warm and soothe tired legs and feet. As our Mandarin Oriental signature Reflect massage oil with ginger, black pepper, jasmine and juniper eases muscle tension and pain, special massage techniques work to flush lactic acid from sore legs and revitalize the body. Consider both treatments to prepare you pre- and post- Marathon with our special offer.Who: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, BostonWhen: Both treatments available April 1 through April 30, 2011Where: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston 4th floor, 776 Boylston Streetwww.mandarinoriental.com/boston/spalast_img read more

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Development Transcends Caste Barriers Says Tanuj Punia as He Enters Lok Sabha

first_img barabanki-s24p53congressLok Sabha elections 2019PL Punia First Published: May 1, 2019, 8:48 AM IST | Edited by: Sana Fazili New Delhi: Having learnt from his father that the only way to work for people is through politics, 34-year-old Tanuj Punia is making his political debut in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls from Barabanki constituency. Fighting on Congress ticket, Punia, son of senior Congress leader PL Punia, is fielded against Samajwadi Party’s Sagar Rawat and BJP’s Upendra Singh.In an exclusive interview with News18, the IITian, who once aspired to be an IAS officer, says that good politics will win over divisive lines of casteism and communalism. Who is your biggest opponent in this fight– BJP or SP candidate? Both are doing well but we are ahead of them. I am confident that people will vote for us. The problem with the two is that they are spreading rumors about us by saying that we don’t have a base vote and that no caste is backing us. Their politics is dividing the public on caste and communal lines. Our issue is development. This election we hear that Yadav will vote for SP and because of the coalition, the chamaars will also vote for them. The country has provisions in the constitution for the protection of Dalits and the oppressed. Yet they are playing divisive politics. On the other hand, the BJP candidate is telling people that he is banking on Modi. He thinks he doesn’t have to go anywhere because Modi will get him votes.How is your campaign different?We are talking about health education. We are getting votes from everyone, the SC, liberal Brahmins and Thakurs, because of the developmental work done during the UPA tenure by my father. He started the embankment of river Ghagra. There used to be floods every year but things were controlled after the embankment. My father got a trauma center despite opposition from his own party members who thought there is one in Lucknow already. Through his perseverance and hard work he got it built but in in 2014 it was locked. So UPA government did not get credit. There is infrastructure in place yet it is closed. I will get it working after winning.What are the main issues of your constituency? The main problem of Barabanki is that there is no industry. There used to be a sugar and soot mill, which was the main source of employment here. This was built at the time of Indira Gandhi but in the past 12 years all of them were shut down. In 2017, Yogi Adityantah promised that soon smoke will rise from the chimneys. People are leaving this place because of lack of employment.In Barabanki, 85% people part of agriculture-related activities. We need agriculture based industry, food parks and all. 99% farmers here grow peppermint.What are your views on NYAY – though opposition has criticized it? Some think it is a freebie, but it will help in building the rural economy. This is going to bring in some money and boost the rural economy, which is true to Mahatma Gandhi’s vision. He said that the only way to become a world power is by empowering India’s villages.Finally Priyanka Gandhi has entered politics …This was long overdue. We wanted to see her in active politics and she has finally taken the plunge. Her entry is late but at the right time. When India is in crisis we need her. The BJP is attacking every institution, CBI, RBI. In this scenario, she is needed. Also Rahul Gandhi can’t do everything on his own, he needs Priyanka. Just like Modi can’t do anything on his own, he needs Amit Shah.The campaigns of BJP are about Pakistan and Balakot. How are you countering that narrative?They are selling their muscular patriotism. There is no point involving army in politics. During Manmohan Singh’s tenure, there were strikes but he never went talking about it. People are buying this narrative and we are countering it on ground saying army and politics don’t depend one each other. Army is working against all odds and now this politicisation is unfortunate. People are believing that it was Modi who dropped the bomb there. Similarly, they believe it was him and not the scientists who achieved the Mission Shakti. All the sophistication was acquired over two decades and then he went on TV announcing ‘see what I did.’Every election is important but how important are these elections? If the BJP wins, first of all they are not winning, but if they do it is going to be unfortunate. Expect threats to democracy and changes in constitution that this might be out last election. Maybe there will be no elections if they come to power. last_img read more

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Imran Khan Sweats Yogi Adityanath Gives Details of Modis Checked List

first_imgHazaribagh: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Friday said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan sweats when Narendra Modi starts speaking in election meetings across the country.Addressing a public meeting through video conferencing from Lucknow, as he could not reach Hazaribagh following cyclonic Fani hitting Odisha coast, Adityanath said that Modi’s leadership could protect country’s security. Whenever Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts speaking in election meetings throughout the country, Pakistan Prime Minister starts sweating. It is Narendra Modis leadership that can protect security and safety of people of India, Adityanath said.Without mentioning massacre of 40 CRPF personnel in Pulwama on February 14 and the subsequent Balakot air strike on February 26, Adityanath said that Modi gave a befitting reply to Pakistan.He praised achievements under the leadership of Modi, asserting 1.5 crore housing units for the poor were built. Saying he would have been glad if he had reached Hazaribagh to meet Ram Bhakts instead of video conferencing, Adityanath said that Rama Navami festival is famous in Hazaribagh and the people celebrate it with devotion and religious fervor.He praised Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and BJPs Hazaribagh candidate Jayant Sinha for announcing earlier that a Ram temple would be constructed in Hazaribagh. Sinha had earlier urged Ram Bhakts to find suitable land for the construction of Ram temple here.Adityanath also said that his government in Uttar Pradesh is making all efforts to start construction of the long-pending Ram Mandir at Ayodhya soon to fulfill dreams of crores of people who are demanding for setting up Bhavya Ram Mandir (grand temple).Yogi reminded the people as to how Sinha changed the nations air map by making all round development of existing airports and constructing new airports in difficult regions of the country, adding people never thought to have airport facilities.He appealed to the people to vote for Sinha and strengthen hands of Modi to serve the nation and MPs like Sinha could do more work for the people after Modi returned to power. Speaking on the occasion, Sinha said, The people of the country cannot think formation of next government without Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. Imran KhanIndiaJharkhandLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 4, 2019, 12:04 AM ISTlast_img read more

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