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Hunger strike: Ex-JNUSU president hospitalised

Hunger strike: Ex-JNUSU president hospitalised

first_imgNew Delhi: As hunger strike by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University against the university’s new admission policy entered the eighth day on Tuesday, health conditions of few of the 11 students, who had initiated the strike, have fallen ill. Furthermore, the former JNUSU president has been admitted to Safdarjung hospital over low BP and heart aliment and alumni and teachers joined the students to show solidarity and also protest on the step taken by the administration. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”She has been suffering from low BP and severe heart problem, in spite of these hurdles. She had been continuing the indefinite hunger strike but now looking at her deteriorating health condition she has been shifted to Safdarjung emergency,” a JNUSU member said. The JNUSU said that the administration, over the past week, had not responded to the demands of the students or discussed the issues regarding the changes brought about in the admission policy. It said that JNU was instead calling up the parents of the protesting students and talking to them. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFormer president of the JNUSU Geeta Kumari who has been on the hunger strike said her family received a message informing them that she has been admitted to hospital after taking part in a protest and telling them to take care of her. Moreover, JNU administration informed that in collaboration with National Testing Agency, JNU is conducting its entrance examination for academic year 2019-20, in 127 centers, instead of 70 centers earlier, to provide better accessiblity to students from across the country.last_img read more

Japan, US fail to find crashed jet… with ‘secrets’

Japan, US fail to find crashed jet… with ‘secrets’

first_imgTokyo: One week after an F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed off the northeastern coast of Japan, US and Japanese military vessels are struggling to find the wreckage and protect its valuable “secrets.” The Japanese jet vanished from the radar on April 9 over the Pacific as it was conducting a training mission with three other aircraft some 135 kilometres east of Misawa, northeastern Japan. A defence ministry spokesman said that the remains of the jet’s tail had been found but they were still hunting in vain for the rest of the fuselage, as well as the pilot. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”On average two aircraft, including a helicopter, and two patrol vessels are constantly deployed in the around-the-clock search operations,” said the official, who asked to remain anonymous. Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force has also dispatched an unmanned submersible vessel. Separately, the US military has dispatched one military aircraft and one vessel to join the mission, said the official, adding that the search has not yet been scaled back. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDefence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said the crash would be discussed at a meeting with his US counterpart in Washington on Friday, which will also involve the two allies’ foreign ministers. “The F-35A is an airplane that contains a significant amount of secrets that need to be protected,” Iwaya told reporters. “With the help of the United States, we will continue to take the leading role in investigating the cause of the accident,” he said. Akira Kato, a professor of international politics and regional security at Tokyo’s J.F. Oberlin University, said rivals China and Russia would have “a strong interest in collecting even a single screw of the state-of-the-art plane.” And Hideshi Takesada, a defence expert and professor at Takushoku University in Tokyo, said it would not be a surprise if Moscow and Beijing were engaged in undercover activities to find some of the debris. “Even if Japan and the US find it, they may not disclose details, including its exact location, due to concerns that China and Russia might try to collect it,” Takesada said. Japan’s defence ministry confirmed it had not spotted any suspicious vessels or aircraft from a third country near the site. Japan’s air force announced a commission last week to study the cause of the accident but it remains unclear exactly what happened to the plane. US defence contractor Lockheed Martin touts the hi-tech fighter as “virtually undetectable” and says it allows the US and its allies to dominate the skies with its “unmatched capability and unprecedented situational awareness.” Japan is deploying F-35As, each of which costs more than 10 billion yen ( 90 million), to replace its ageing F-4 fighters. The jet was one of 13 F-35As deployed at the Misawa Air Base, according to the defence ministry. The remaining 12 fighters have been grounded for the time being, the ministry said.last_img read more

Canada should be OK as wild weather hammers European wine production

Canada should be OK as wild weather hammers European wine production

Erratic weather conditions are helping drive this year’s global wine production to its lowest levels in half a century, but a Brock University researcher says Canada’s grape and wine industry is poised to ride out the storm.The Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) reported that unfavourable climate conditions in Europe’s main winemaking regions of Italy, France and Spain will drive a global wine production shortfall of 8.2 per cent this year.It is the lowest level seen since 1961.Jim Willwerth, senior viticulturist at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), said extreme weather fluctuations experienced across Europe, such as frost and drought, are to blame for injury to the regions’ grapevines.“It’s not good news. It’s got a lot to do with our changing climate and extremes in weather,” he said. “We’re having weeks and weeks of increased risk, which we wouldn’t have seen 50 years ago.”He explained that warmer winter temperatures are causing bud break earlier in the season, leaving vines’ shoots more susceptible to frost damage in the spring.“It’s these really big extremes and sharp drops in temperature that resulted in a lot of injury to the grapevines,” he said.The OIV’s report doesn’t mention Canada’s 2017 wine production levels, but Willwerth, who monitors the grape harvest in Niagara, said “the size and health of this year’s crop looks very good.”Work being done by researchers at CCOVI is also helping Ontario’s grape growers to better mitigate the effects of climate change and protect their harvests in the face of extreme weather events, he added.“In Canada, we deal with extremes and I think we’re more prepared in terms of having some technologies available and research and outreach to help support our industry.”One example is using wind machines in the vineyard to drive warm air down to ground level when extreme weather such as unexpected frost hits.Willwerth, along with fellow researchers Debbie Inglis and Kevin Ker, also operates a CCOVI program called VineAlert, which advises growers in the region of immediate cold weather threats to grapevines so growers know when to turn their crop-protecting wind machines on.The OIV reported an increase in wine production for the U.S., but stressed that the data was compiled before the wildfires broke out across California’s wine country earlier this fall.“I have heard that because of the wildfires, California wines in Napa are supposed to be going up in price,” Willwerth said.He also said cost increases of wines from the other affected regions might not be felt right away.“The thing with wine is a lot of it is still in the cellar, so we might see downstream effects of this in years to come,” he explained. “If a region sustains damage and loss year after year, we definitely will see it in our pocket books. I don’t know exactly what those impacts will be, but you can assume there will be some.” read more

Bristol University investigates claims of antiSemitism after lecturer claims that Jews should

Bristol University investigates claims of antiSemitism after lecturer claims that Jews should

first_imgTo describe the murder of six million Jewish people like this frankly beggars beliefSir Eric Pickles Sir Eric Pickles Sir Eric PicklesCredit: Jonathan Brady The article  is titled Beyond Anti-Semitism and was published in a 2011 edition of the American radical left-wing magazine Counter Punch while Dr Gould was an assistant professor at the University of Iowa.She claims that the Holocaust is “available to manipulation by governmental elites, aiming to promote the narrative most likely to underwrite their claims to sovereignty.”Dr Gould goes on to say that casting the Holocaust as a “holy event” allows it to be used as a tool by the state of Israel to “whitewash its crimes”.She adds that “Israel must find a way of not passing on the crimes the Nazis introduced into the world onto the next generation of its citizens”.She concludes by writing that “perhaps the time has come to stop privileging the Holocaust as the central event in Jewish history”. When contacted by The Telegraph, Dr Gould declined to retract her comments, arguing that her article was a “rallying call to action” for “people of conscience horrified by the slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazi regime to stand up against all atrocities and injustices today around the world, including in the occupied Palestinian territories”.  Denying claims of anti-Semitism Dr Gould quoted  Edward W. Said: “The task of criticism…is to make distinctions…To oppose Zionism in Palestine has never meant, and does not now mean, being anti-Semitic.” Sir Eric said: “To describe the murder of six million Jewish people like this frankly beggars belief. I am all for debate and freedom and speech but this passes into a new dimension”.Gideon Falter, chairman of the charity Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, called on the university to dismiss Dr Gould, adding that the university’s mention of “academic freedom” leaves him with “scant confidence in the quality of their investigation”A spokesman for Bristol University said that the vice-Chancellor received a formal letter of complaint about the lecturer at the end of last week.  “Academic freedom and freedom of speech are at the heart of our mission at the University of Bristol,” the spokesman said.“Since receiving a letter from the Campaign against Anti-Semitism yesterday we are actively looking into this matter.” center_img Bristol University is investigating claims of anti-Semitism after an article by one of its lecturers emerged, in which she says Jews should stop “privileging” the Holocaust.Dr Rebecca Gould, a reader in translation studies and comparative literature at the elite Russell Group university, has been accused of using the “language of Holocaust denial”. The university said they are “actively looking into this matter”, which first arose when an undergraduate penned an open letter to his lecturer last month, explaining his shock at coming across the article.Sir Eric Pickles MP, who is the UK’s special envoy on post-Holocaust issues and a former Conservative Party chairman,​claimed it is “one of the worst cases of Holocaust denial” he has seen in recent years, adding that she should “consider her position” at the university. 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. View over Bristol and the Bristol University TowerCredit: Brian Jannsen / Alamy Stock Photo View over Bristol and the Bristol University Towerlast_img read more

Blood test detects cancer and pinpoints locationbefore symptoms appear

Blood test detects cancer and pinpoints locationbefore symptoms appear

first_imgThey also compiled a ‘molecular footprint’ for non-cancerous samples which can be used to give patients the all-clear.The test was checked ten times on blood samples from 29 liver cancer patients, 12 lung cancer patients and five breast cancer patients. It picked up eight out of 10 cancers, and gave a false positive on fewer than one in 100 occasions.Although the level of tumour DNA present in the blood is much lower during the early stages of these cancers, the program was still able to make a diagnosis demonstrating the potential of this method for the early detection of cancer, according to the researchers. To create the new test, the US team built a computer database containing specific molecular patterns which occur in tissue when tumours were present. Some markers of DNA damage show up no matter which cancer is present, while others are specific to the type of tissue they originated from, such as lung of liver. 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. Professor Zhou added: “In general, the higher the fraction of tumor DNAs in blood, the more accurate the program was at producing a diagnostic result.”The research was published in the journal Genome Biology. A blood test which not only detects cancer but identifies where it is in the body, has been developed by scientists.The breakthrough could allow doctors to diagnose specific cancers much earlier, even before signs such as a lump, begin to show.It is simple enough to be included in routine annual health checks alongside other tests such as for high blood pressure or cholesterol. The test, called CancerLocator, has been developed by the University of California, and works by hunting for the DNA from tumours which circulates in the blood of cancer patients.The team discovered that tumours which arise in different parts of the body hold a distinctive ‘footprint’ which a computer can spot.“Non-invasive diagnosis of cancer is important, as it allows the early diagnosis of cancer, and the earlier the cancer is caught, the higher chance a patient has of beating the disease,” said Professor Jasmine Zhou, co-lead author from the University of California at Los Angeles.“We have developed a computer-driven test that can detect cancer, and also identify the type of cancer, from a single blood sample.“The technology is in its infancy and requires further validation, but the potential benefits to patients are huge.”Around 350,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Britain each year, but 90 per cent of people will survive most types for at least five years if it is spotted early. In contrast only five to 15 per cent of people survive five years if cancer is picked up late.last_img read more

Totally Real Reasons Why Sony PlayStation Is Skipping E3 2019

Totally Real Reasons Why Sony PlayStation Is Skipping E3 2019

first_img ‘Spider-Man’ Developer Insomniac Joins Sony’s WebPlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We Know Stay on target For the 24 years there has been an E3, there’s been a PlayStation presence at E3. Ever since Sony first entered the video game console market with PS1 in 1994, it showed off its games and hardware at the world’s biggest video game industry event. Whether it was riding high with the PS2, failing to make the $600 pitch with PS3, or clowning on the Xbox One’s former used games policy with PS4, PlayStation and E3 have been joined at the hip.Until now.Sony shocked us by casually revealing that the company plans on skipping E3 2019. You’ll still see games that run on PlayStation 4, if only because of third-parties, but don’t expect new first-party Sony exclusives or kind of new hardware announcements. We’re still processing it really. The PlayStation 4 is the dominant video game machine of this generation. So why skip the time of year to really flex? Especially when competitors Nintendo and Microsoft were quick to announce their E3 plans haven’t changed. Here are just some of our guesses as to why PlayStation is skipping E3 2019.AdChoices广告They’re Waiting Until PlayStation 5This Sony news came right around the fifth anniversary of the PS4. It reminded us this generation is nearly over. We can all feel it. All the half-step upgrades in the world like PS4 Pro can’t stave off the next inevitable great leap in technology. PlayStation 5 probably won’t be ready for two more years. But by taking a break in 2019, Sony can make PS5’s coming out party at E3 2020 even more spectacular.They’re Planning A New PSXE3 wasn’t the only event Sony bailed on recently. After years of successful PlayStation Experience fan events, Sony announced the show won’t happened this December like it has in the past. PSX shows, like Nintendo Directs, were proof that Sony could create its own hype and news cycle completely independent from E3. So again, maybe they’re just taking a break from E3 and this PSX to plan an even bigger PS5-centric PSX next year.E3 Sucks NowE3 sucks now! It’s way more depressing. They still haven’t managed to figure out how to integrate the general public with the journalists there to do their jobs. Other publishers like EA keep holding their own LA events just far enough away to be annoying. If it made good business sense to skip E3 I might do it too!It Was Death Stranding The Whole TimeThere’s the chance this is all just a huge misinformation campaign for Death Stranding, the absolutely inscrutable upcoming PS4-exclusive from Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima. Yeah Sony might skip E3, but if we go to their usual press conference stage at their usual time slot we’ll just see Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen covered in oil. That honestly sounds way better.They Have Nothing New To ShowThe whole point of E3 is to show off your games. In the past, Sony had great new games to show off like Horizon, God of War, Uncharted 4, and Spider-Man. There are still promising PlayStation games yet to come like Death Stranding, Ghosts of Tsushima, Dreams, and The Last of Us Part 2. But Sony has already said so much about them, in a weird barn no less, that the next step is to just release them. And if Sony doesn’t have anything new to announce, then yeah there’s no point in PlayStation going to E3 2019.For more on PlayStation check out the full lineup for the PlayStation Classic as well as the best TVs and best external hard drives for PS4.Purchase PS4 Prolast_img read more

EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

EPA Gets Earful On Pebble

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency had barely started its five hours of public testimony in Anchorage before 100 people signed up to speak on the proposed limits to the Pebble Mine project.The restrictions were offered last month, and they would effectively prevent the controversial mine from being built under the Clean Water Act. Because the Pebble Project has not yet applied for a permit, the determination was made based on studies of comparable mines. Such a preemptive decision is highly unusual for the agency, and a large crowd packed mostly with activists wearing “No Pebble” stickers showed up to offer public comment.While the EPA was primarily there to listen, regional administrator Dennis McLerran also justified the decision to block a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region.“We find that even a mine of .25 billion tons – the median size of the world’s porphyry copper mines but only an eighth of the smallest mine size contemplated by Northern Dynasty Minerals at the Pebble site – would exceed the following unacceptable effects: loss of streams, the loss of five or miles of streams of documented salmon occurrence,” says McLerran.McLerran described the Bristol Bay salmon fishery as an “extraordinary” resource that merits protection from the risk of a mining disaster.Tom Collier the CEO of Pebble Mine was the first person to give public testimony, and he was allowed five minutes to speak. He accused the EPA of restricting the Pebble project based on a “fantasy mine” scenario.“We think there’s a process that the statute outlines for that, and you are keeping us from being able to take advantage of that process,” said Collier.Collier also expressed concern over the breach of the Mount Polley tailings dam, but asked that the audience avoid “jumping to conclusions” over what the failure should mean for the mining industry.If developed, the Pebble project would be one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. The value of the mine is estimated at $300 billion. Native groups and commercial fishermen have come out against it, arguing that it could jeopardize the largest sockeye salmon run in the world.EPA officials will be traveling to a half dozen villages in the Bristol Bay region later this week to hear more public testimony. The agency will be take written comment on the project through September 19.last_img read more

Full Show Prisoner Treatment And Unmarked Graves In Sugar Land June 14

Full Show Prisoner Treatment And Unmarked Graves In Sugar Land June 14

first_imgListen X 00:00 /50:34center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Thursday’s Houston Matters: In light of recent revelations about evidence planting in a Texas prison, we take a closer look at who advocates for the rights of inmates in the Lone Star State.Also this hour: Nearly 100 unmarked graves near Sugar Land will be exhumed after a judge earlier this month granted Fort Bend ISD permission to go ahead with the process in order to build a new facility for students. We learn what the process entails and what can be learned about the bodies.And writer Rick Bragg talks about his book, The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Microsoft unlocks button remapping for standard Xbox One controller

Microsoft unlocks button remapping for standard Xbox One controller

first_imgMicrosoft would love for you to go out and purchase a $150 Xbox Elite Wireless Controller for the Xbox One and unlock a load of customization features. However, Microsoft isn’t one to ignore the demands of Xbox owners and has this week delivered on a promise by introducing the ability to remap buttons on the standard Xbox One wireless controller.What this means is instead of having to remap buttons on a per-game basis, you can instead do it from within the Xbox Accessories App. So for every game you play the buttons will be mapped how you want them automatically. This can also be done on a per-user basis, so everyone who uses your Xbox can create their own global button mapping preferences.The remapping feature has been unlocked as part of the New Xbox One Experience. To access it you can launch the Xbox Accessories app directly. Alternatively, navigate to Settings / Ease of Access / Button mapping or to Settings / Kinect & Devices / Devices & Accessories.On the standard controller all buttons will always be mapped. So when you change X, for example, whichever other button you are replacing will have its functionality mapped on to the X button. The remapping is limited to a single Xbox One console. If you go and play on a friend’s console you’ll need to redo the mapping.Microsoft is also looking into allowing the same remapping feature to be made available on PC, but for now that’s a work in progress. You can read more detailed information on how the remapping functions on the Xbox Support page.last_img read more

Teachers tend to favour middleclass students

Teachers tend to favour middleclass students

first_imgTeachers favour middle-class students in various ways, perhaps unconsciously, a study says.Are teachers simply biased against less privileged students? Or do structural factors also contribute to their unequal responses?Jessica Calarco, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University in the US, examined these possibilities by using data from a longitudinal, ethnographic study of teachers, students and parents in a socio-economically diverse, public elementary school. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Overall, I found that teachers often inadvertently translated students’ class-based behaviour into unequal opportunities in school,” she said.“More specifically, I found that teachers privileged middle-class students by setting middle-class expectations, such as by expecting students to voice their needs and pro-actively seek help,” Calarco said. The teachers tend to grant requests of middle-class students even when they did not want to approve it, the study said. Calarco said those inequalities may have resulted, in parts, from teachers’ subconscious biases.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMore often, however, it seemed that teachers’ unequal responses to students resulted from forces outside their control, including time constraints and pressure from parents.She also discussed the implications of these findings for research on non-cognitive skills, teacher bias and cultural capital as well as for efforts to alleviate inequalities in school.The findings were presented at the 111th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle.last_img read more

VIDEO JR Smith claims he knew game was tied on bonehead final

VIDEO JR Smith claims he knew game was tied on bonehead final

first_img Advertisement The Cavs squandered a 51-point night from LeBron James, and blew a golden opportunity to steal Game of the NBA Finals at Oracle thanks in no small part to J.R. Smith making one of the most boneheaded plays in NBA Finals history.With just over 4 seconds left in regulation, Smith secured an offensive rebound on George Hill’s missed free throw with the game tied at 107, and inexplicably dribbled the ball out past the three point line with just over four seconds left in regulation rather than looking for the game winner. Based on the replay, it appears Smith thought the Cavs had the lead. They didn’t. A fact that wasn’t lost on an enraged LeBron James, and every person on social media. Following the game, Smith talked to the press, and tried to make the case that he knew the game was tied and thought the Cavs were going to take a time out. It’s a tough sell based on the fact the play was televised and most watching have eyes. Either way, Smith wasn’t admitting anything. It doesn’t change the fact the Cavs blew a golden opportunity, and Smith’s head-scratcher of a play couldn’t have come at a worse time.Here’s J.R, trying to sell the unsellable.last_img read more

Innovation Is Revolutionizing the Future of Work

Innovation Is Revolutionizing the Future of Work

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 13, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free Disruption. It’s likely the most popular word used to describe tech ventures. Not surprisingly, the more it’s used, the more meaning it loses. True disruption means flipping the status quo on its head. In the workplace, we see traditional businesses label their work as disruptive, but the majority of the time they’re actually doing the same old thing with a new spin.However, some recent entries into the market have proven to be disruptive in the term’s truest sense. We’ve seen solutions for finding and managing space where the cost structure and ease of use is optimized to complement modern, dynamic businesses versus restricting them.Take KISI, for example, whose team is reinventing building access and security by doing away with the concept of keys and fobs all together. Additionally, you have Managed By Q’s automated system that connects you to office management professionals and schedules their services — from cleaning to kitchen-stocking — at the click of a button. These are the disruptors who are wholly focused on giving the consumer exactly what they want, when they want it. It’s a mantra that’s forging the pathway for everything from monetizing couches, automating butler services, redefining office space leasing or opening private air travel to the masses. The world is being reimagined by a workforce that not only expects change, but is willing to create it.Related: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to DisruptionSo what’s fueling this fire? The short answer is technology, and it gets better and better at driving a level of human productivity that some of us never thought possible. We’ve moved from an information society to a knowledge society where technology is enhancing our ability to learn, teach and apply our learnings to varying situations at a swifter and smarter pace. This shift is creating a new generation of workers who have developed a more diverse skill set and range of abilities and have created new forms of communication and work styles. In turn, this new workforce has different priorities regarding their work/life relationship and are unrestricted by things like time, money and space. We’re in the middle of a transformation. The future of the workplace is turning on its head.A balance of freedom, trust and performance equals happiness.Baby boomers and the traditional workforce are retiring. Generation Xers are skeptics, and millennials are hell bent on changing the world. By 2020, millennials will make up half of the workforce, and their path to success is very different from that of their predecessors. This quote from a male graduate employee cited in a recent PwC study is a perfect example of the millennial approach — “My career will be one of choice, not one chosen out of desperation. It will align who I am with what I do.”In short, millennials want their work to be valued, purposeful, and most of all, impactful. Gen Xers still value many of the same things and don’t want to burn out the way the boomers did, making the work/life balance very important to both segments. Our businesses are responsible for supporting this direction — and in many cases, it’s these people who are starting companies and injecting the very same concepts into the foundations of the business.Related: Did Millennials Kill the 9-to-5 Workday, or Just Point Out That It’s Dead? The question is, how do you empower their drive so that together you can catapult a business into success? It starts in the workplace — physical or digital — where your company’s culture will either help inspire your employees to be greater or drive a wedge between you. And when I say the word culture, I mean far more than fancy office spaces, ramen lunches and weekly ping-pong tournaments.Beyond entertainment, real company culture is about building valuable connections and ensuring every team member feels empowered to make meaningful contributions to a company’s growth. For millennials, that often entails an environment that allots a great deal of freedom and trust. I’ve found that by leveraging tools like Slack and Google Hangouts to connect with my remote team, I don’t miss the old way of keeping tabs on employees. In fact, by giving my employees a longer leash, I’ve actually built a stronger, more accountable team — a team that performs because they care about the fruits of their labor, not because they have a boss looking over their shoulder. On the business end, should you choose to employ this approach, you can look to performance and results to measure the effect, rather than time spent behind a desk. We favor Mixpanel, Yesware and Salesforce in particular, for monitoring performance.Mobility redefines the definition of work space. And SaaS makes it flexible.The result of this newfound freedom? The traditional workplace is dying as mobility takes hold. Stodgy offices where employees remained on lockdown between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm — and where status was determined by the size of your office and the number of windows — has given way to a new generation of workers who have no need to mark their territory with picture frames and postcards from the edge. Rather, a comfy seat, a well-equipped laptop and a place to connect are the only requirements to building the next big thing. Add to that the 80 percent increase in telecommuting jobs between 2005 and 2012, and you’ll see the trend has switched to collaborative workspaces and tools, flexible schedules and the ability to transcend borders. Face it. How we work and where we work has been completely upended by the new working economy.  Fueling the shift is the efficiency created by the combination of mobility and Saas. Software as a service (SaaS) innovations make things flexible by providing companies a way to cost effectively gain access to a host of services that scale alongside the business to fit the evolving needs of employees. Mobility allows those services to operate virtually anywhere. The two combined have allowed companies to free themselves from the traditional models that have long tied companies to costs and overhead that impact the profit margins — namely office space. Untethered to a traditional office location or a static lease agreement commercial real estate, SaaS services and marketplaces have expanded the workforce geographically by eliminating the need for multi-year commercial leases that were costly and fought against the dynamic nature with which modern businesses grow.Related: How This SaaS-Based Startup Managed to Bag $250KToday, hosting remote teams, opening new markets and expanding into international regions is easier than ever due to more flexible office space solutions. The commercial real estate industry (brokers, landlords, building managers) is starting to take notice, partnering with progressive, shared office space solutions who have a stronghold on the market. Gone are makeshift offices housed in garages and seedy basements. Establishing a multi-market presence was a feat that was once reserved for Fortune 500 conglomerates. Now it’s open to any size business.Applying a SaaS model to office space has changed the game. Businesses can easily secure professional office space on a month-to-month basis in any major city across the globe. With global satellite offices supplemented by remote teams, they can attract top talent and leverage mobility solutions to stay connected and build on their company’s culture. The payoff is the company’s ability to deliver real value to their employees in dividends of money, time and independence.In short, change is inevitable, and change is good. Freedom. Flexibility. Transformation. These are the new philosophies infiltrating today’s workplace. Rest assured it will be different tomorrow when a new breed of workers arrives. Accept it, embrace it and leverage it to empower the people who are committing to help you build great things. 7 min readlast_img read more

Tor Browser 809 update resolves addon signing issue

Tor Browser 809 update resolves addon signing issue

first_imgTor Browser 8.0.9 update resolves add-on signing issue by Martin Brinkmann on May 07, 2019 in Firefox – 18 commentsTor Browser 8.0.9 was released on May 7, 2019 to the public. The new version addresses a major issue in Mozilla’s add-on signing platform that caused verification to fail.Tor Browser is based on Firefox ESR code, and since Firefox ESR, and any other version of Firefox, was affected by the issue, so was Tor Browser.The privacy-focused browser comes with several add-ons installed that improve privacy. One notable extension is NoScript as it blocks all (or most) JavaScript from execution. Scripts may serve legitimate purposes, e.g. provide functionality on websites, but they may also be used for fingerprinting, tracking, the serving of advertisement, and even malicious attacks or the distribution of malware.The Tor project informed users of the browser about the issue on its websiteTor users found the add-ons NoScript, HTTPS Everywhere, Torbutton, and TorLauncher disabled, and marked as legacy extensions. The same happened to Firefox users worldwide who all lost access to their installed extensions.Mozilla fixed the issue in the meantime in Firefox (including Firefox ESR), and Tor Browser 8.0.9 does the same. Means, add-ons should show up as installed again after Tor Browser is updated to the new version or installed anew.Note: The Brave browser supports Tor as well; it was not affected by the issue.Tor Browser 8.0.9Tor users and admins can download the latest version of the web browser from the official project website. It is available for the desktop operating systems Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and the mobile operating system Android.You may run an update check by opening Menu > Help > About Tor Browser.Tor users who use the built-in extensions or others are encouraged to update to the new version to fix the issue. Add-ons should return to the enabled state automatically after the update.The entire changelog:Update Torbutton to 2.0.13Bug 30388: Make sure the updated intermediate certificate keeps workingBackport fixes for bug 1549010 and bug 1549061 *Bug 30388: Make sure the updated intermediate certificate keeps working *Update NoScript to 10.6.1Bug 29872: XSS popup with DuckDuckGo search on about:torTor users who disabled add-on signing in the browser to fix the issue temporarily may want to consider enabling it again. This is done by loading about:config in the browser’s address bar, searching for xpinstall.signatures.required and setting the preference to True.True means that Firefox will verify the certificate of installed extensions and extensions that are about to be installed in the browser. Extensions without valid certificate cannot be installed or used if the setting is enabled (with some exceptions, e.g. temporary add-ons). (via Born)SummaryArticle NameTor Browser 8.0.9 update resolves add-on signing issueDescriptionTor Browser 8.0.9 was released on May 7, 2019 to the public. The new version addresses a major issue in Mozilla’s add-on signing platform.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Xbox Game Pass 1 For a Limited Time Bayonetta Injustice and Much

Xbox Game Pass 1 For a Limited Time Bayonetta Injustice and Much

first_img Share Tweet Submit Have you been meaning to try out Microsoft’s Netflix-like Xbox Game Pass streaming service, but can’t quite bring yourself to pony up the $10 monthly fee? Well, good news, cheapskates! For the next two weeks, Microsoft is offering a month of Xbox Game Pass for only $1. Even better, for every $1 Game Pass subscription purchased or gifted, Microsoft will donate $10 to GameChangers, a charity which helps improve the lives of kids with life-threatening illnesses.Over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games are available through Game Pass (check out the full list here), and Microsoft will be adding 10 new games in January. These include Bayonetta, NBA Playgrounds, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Devil May Cry 4 SE, Fuzion Frenzy, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Deadlight: Director’s Cut, Zoo Tycoon, WRC 5: World Rally Championships, and Tecmo Bowl Throwback. Not a bad lineup! Check out the official Microsoft rundown of all the games, below:Devil May Cry 4: Special EditionJanuary sees the addition of Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, the final installment in Capcom’s exciting franchise. This is most decidedly not a button masher. If you’ve played any of the previous Devil May Cry games, then you know DmC requires a challenging mix of strategic defense and powerful attacks. Combat grand enemies, solve puzzles, and collect items as you seek to topple the Order of the Sword.BayonettaIf you’re a fan of hack-n-slash games, January is twice as nice because Sega’s classic hit Bayonetta is joining the Xbox Game Pass catalog as well! Take on the role of Bayonetta, a shapeshifting witch with dual sidearms and hair that carries the ability to eat angels. Yes, angels. Bayonetta has awoken with no memory, but she sure can fight. Combat in Bayonetta is top notch, tasking you with using a combination of kicks, punches, and weapon strikes to take down foes large and small (and there are some very large enemies in this adventure). Put together the perfect combo and watch it unfold on your enemy’s face.NBA PlaygroundsToss it up and throw it down! NBA Playgrounds is joining Xbox Game Pass this January and we could not be more excited to jump into the fast-paced, high-flying action. Saber Interactive has created an incredibly fun and addictive arcade experience with Playgrounds, which includes all 30 NBA franchises (and the Supersonics!) and an incredibly deep (and dare we say nostalgic) stable of over 300 current and former NBA players.Injustice: Gods Among UsSuperhero fans rejoice! January delivers one of the most engaging fighting games of the 360 generation in Warner Bros.’ Injustice: Gods Among Us. Experience a complex saga in story mode, or choose from one of 24 legendary DC characters, including Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman and defeat all opponents either solo, online, or through local play for some old school, couch competition.Fuzion FrenzyBreak out your party pants because Fuzion Frenzy, an Xbox Original and one of the greatest party games ever to grace the platform, is coming to Xbox Game Pass in January. Released on Xbox One in October through the Backward Compatibility program, Fuzion Frenzy delivers four-player action across more than 40 different mini-games. Choose from one of six characters and jump into Mini-Game Frenzy mode or take on Tournament mode and compete for the right to conquer each zone and reign supreme over your friends as the Fuzion Frenzy champion.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground ZeroesIn November, we were thrilled to bring Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to Xbox Game Pass. So many of our members have jumped in to play MGS V for the first time, and many others took the opportunity to revisit the incredible experience of that game. Now, we’re giving members a chance to learn more about what led to The Phantom Pain’s storyline with the addition of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Set in 1975, just after the conclusion of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, you resume the role of Snake and are tasked with rescuing two key hostages from Camp Omega.Deadlight: Director’s CutSeattle, 1986. You are Randall Wayne, zombie apocalypse survivor and a man on a mission to find his family. This is the gritty plot behind Deadlight: Director’s Cut, Tequila Works’ incredibly engaging cinematic survival platformer. Zombies are known as Shadows in Deadlight, and it’s up to you to guide Randall through the infested streets of Seattle. The Shadows can be defeated, but combat comes with a great risk of death in Deadlight, so be cautious in deciding when you taunt them into battle. Collect hidden items as you move through the story and learn more about Randall, his family, and the tragedy that has befallen this apocalyptic purgatory.Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal CollectionDo you ever get the urge to stroll through a beautiful zoo, taking in stunning creatures hailing from all over the globe? If so, you’re in luck, because the recently re-released Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection is about to land in Xbox Game Pass. Fully remastered in 4K with HDR support, Zoo Tycoon has added a host of new animals from Australia and South America. Rooted in the same spirit as the original Zoo Tycoon from 2001, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the rich visuals and variety of activities Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection has to offer.WRC 5: World Rally ChampionshipRacing fans, we’ve got something great coming to Xbox Game Pass for you this month as well! WRC 5: World Rally Championship, a thrilling rally racing game featuring over 50 officially licensed teams and drivers, also comes to Xbox Game Pass this January. With stages from 13 different countries, WRC 5 is a deep experience that offers a ton of challenge while remaining very accessible and fun for the more casual rally racers among us. Jump in the driver’s seat and kick up some mud as you begin your own rally racing dynasty!Tecmo Bowl ThrowbackFinally, we are pumped to add Tecmo Bowl Throwback to Xbox Game Pass in January. Throwback stays true to its roots, with the same exciting, top-down arcade experience as Tecmo Super Bowl, arguably the greatest arcade football game of all time. Throwback rosters are fully customizable so you’re just a little elbow grease away from building out your favorite pro, college, or dream football team.So, you get a month of access to over 100 games for almost free, and get to feel good about helping out sick kids as part of the bargain? This might be the best video game deal of the year. You can sign up for Xbox Game Pass right here.last_img read more

MGM might pay 800 million in Las Vegas shooting settlement

MGM might pay 800 million in Las Vegas shooting settlement

first_img Share MGM might pay $800 million in Las Vegas shooting settlement Friday, May 17, 2019 Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Las Vegas LAS VEGAS — Casino giant MGM Resorts told federal regulators Thursday it might pay up to US$800 million to settle liability lawsuits stemming from the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas – the deadliest in modern U.S. history.“The company believes it is reasonably possible that a settlement will be reached” by next May, it told the Securities and Exchange Commission in a quarterly report.MGM Resorts also said it has $751 million in insurance to pay toward a settlement.However, a lawyer handling mediation talks for plaintiffs called it premature for the corporate owner of Mandalay Bay resort to report a possible settlement range between $735 million and $800 million.“We’re not even close to resolving all the terms and issues before we have a settlement,” attorney Robert Eglet said.He said he represents about 4,200 claimants, including those who have sued in Nevada, California and other states, and people who have not formally filed for damages.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July“It’s true that a settlement is possible,” Eglet said. “But I will tell you it’s not probable. Nothing is signed. We have a long way to go before we have an agreement.”Eglet said talks are ongoing with MGM Resorts attorneys, and that he was aware the company would make its report to the SEC.Eglet said he reviewed the SEC document on Thursday and agreed that a settlement should be reached within a year.Company spokeswoman Debra DeShong said progress has been made after multiple mediation sessions over several months.The goal is “to resolve these matters so that all impacted can move forward in their healing process,” she said.MGM Resorts has defended itself against liability claims, outraging victims last summer when it filed lawsuits against more than 1,900 people in a bid to consolidate claims in one federal court.The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for a range of physical and psychological harm after a shooter rained gunfire from a Mandalay Bay suite into an open-air concert crowd, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThey accuse MGM Resorts, which owns the high-rise hotel and owned the concert venue across Las Vegas Boulevard, of failing to adequately protect the 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival.They point to findings that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, spent several days amassing an arsenal of assault-style weapons and ammunition in the two-room suite.Paddock was a 64-year-old retired accountant and high-stakes video poker player.Police and the FBI say he acted alone, firing out the windows with guns equipped with rapid-fire bump stocks then killing himself before officers reached his room. Paddock didn’t leave a note or a manifesto, and authorities closed investigations saying they didn’t identify a motive.last_img read more

La Sele unveils first roster under Óscar Ramírez

La Sele unveils first roster under Óscar Ramírez

first_imgCosta Rican football’s biggest names – Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruíz, Celso Borges, and Joel Campbell – have been called upon to take on two former world champions in coach Óscar Ramírez’s debut. The new head coach announced his first 23-man lineup for thefriendlies against Brazil and Uruguay at a Thursday news conference.The biggest surprise is the glaring omission of forward David Ramírez, the 22-year-old who often looked like Costa Rica’s most lethal offensive weapon under Paulo Wanchope. Coach Ramírez said Thursday that the Saprissa striker was left off the team for the friendlies because of a suspension stemming from the Mexico loss in the Gold Cup quarterfinals. However, the player figures to return when “La Sele” begins World Cup qualifying matches in November.Óscar Ramírez selected Daniel Colindres, the Saprissa teammate of David Ramírez, to fill the void at forward next to proven commodities like Campbell and Álvaro Saborío.The 50-year-old head coach also called up three players from his former club Alajuelense who were not included on the Gold Cup roster: forward Ariel Rodríguez, midfielder Ronald Matarrita and defender Johnny Acosta.“After these friendlies we’re going to continue fine tuning the lineup,” Ramírez said. “But for now we have a base that we can fall back on.” Everton starter Bryan Oviedo will return to the national team after a long layoff with multiple injuries that saw the star defender miss the 2014 World Cup. The 25-year-old Oviedo is likely to start right away next to Giancarlo González and Cristian Gamboa in a backfield that was criticized under Wanchope for allowing too many goal-scoring opportunities. Now potentially matched up against the world’s best scorers, like Brazil’s Neymar and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani, the revamped defense will get an early litmus test before qualifying play starts.After skipping the Gold Cup, Navas will take some time away from Real Madrid to help defend against two of the best frontlines in the world.The new selection leaves for the United States on Monday in preparation for its Sept. 5 game with Brazil at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. La Sele will then come back home to play a friendly against Uruguay at the National Stadium.On Thursday, officials from the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL) also announced two more friendlies scheduled for October when La Sele will take on South Africa at home and then travel back to the U.S. to take on the United States men’s national team on Oct. 13.Federation Secretary General Rafael Vargas said in a statement that if National Stadium does not fill up for the Sept. 8 friendly against “La Celeste” then Costa Rica will play South Africa at Saprissa’s stadium in Tibás, just north of the capital. Facebook Comments Lista la convocatoria de #LaSele para los juegos ante Brasil y Uruguay #VamosTicos pic.twitter.com/dAalwTR3PI— FEDEFUTBOL (@FEDEFUTBOL_CR) August 27, 2015center_img Related posts:La Sele announces 23-man roster for Copa América tournament Copa America Group A: Costa Rica faces stiff opposition Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica humiliates the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifierlast_img read more

Ramada Resort Port Douglas awarded Certificate of Excellence by TripAd

Ramada Resort Port Douglas awarded Certificate of Excellence by TripAd

first_imgThe world’s largest travel review website has awarded Ramada Port Douglas with a prestigious certificate of excellence.This award places Ramada Port Douglas in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, and is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.Ramada Port Douglas General Manager, Nathan Hunt welcomed the result, saying it reflected the Ramada’s commitment to delivering consistently good, warm friendly service.”In one review on TripAdvisor one traveller said, “First time visiting far north Queensland with my partner and stayed at the Ramada Port Douglas for four nights and found it to be nothing but friendly, great food, exceptional service and all round pleasant stay.”The resort has recently undergone a 7.8 million dollar refurbishment, transforming what were 194 hotel rooms into 86 hotel rooms and spacious one and two-bedroom apartments.The refurbishment has also extended to the resort reception, landscaping of the grounds and heating of the pool.The resort grounds feature melaleuca gardens with free flowing waterways and facilities include heated pool, swim up bar, Tree Bar and Grill, Port Douglas Day Spa and gym. Source = Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacificlast_img read more

In June we told you about the debut of PONANTs ne

In June we told you about the debut of PONANTs ne

first_imgIn June we told you about the debut of PONANT’s new underwater multi-sensory lounge, Blue Eye, on Le Lapérouse, and now comes the news that the ship, one of four new Explorer class ships currently under construction, is scheduled to be positioned in Australian, Melanesian and New Zealand waters as part of its inaugural season of voyages in 2019, and will now also include Kimberley voyages. “This will provide Australians and New Zealanders with the opportunity to sail on one of the world’s newest ships featuring the very latest in maritime technology, safety and environmental sensitivity – important considerations for voyages in remote areas such as the Kimberley,” said Monique Ponfoort, PONANT’s Vice President Asia Pacific.“While the maritime world is boasting ever-larger ships, at PONANT we have deliberately taken the course to build smaller ships to better suit the aspirations of our travelling guests. The ships will still offer all the accoutrements of luxury travel and ammenities – I am thinking the infinity edge pool and sea view spa – however, their compact size, with just 92 staterooms and suites, all with balconies, will allow for the personalised style of service PONANT is known for. Importantly, smaller size provides access to even more remote parts of the world where large ships simply cannot contemplate venturing.“With 20 years of expedition voyage experience, our purpose-built expedition ships bring the same high operational standards to the Kimberley that we operate in Antarctica – the only ships to do so, and reflective of our position as the world leader in luxury expeditions.”Nine 10-night Kimberley expedition voyages during May to August 2019 include the must-see highlights, as well as some lesser known destinations and experiences the expedition team have uncovered along this remarkable 13,000km coastline. The 2019 Expedition Team will again be headed by award-winning photographer and adventurer Mick Fogg, a veteran of over 120 Kimberley expeditions. He will be joined by a group of 12 experienced marine biologists, naturalists and conservationists including Harry Christensen, Sebastian Van Jones, and Sandrine Erwin-Rose.Larger than 75% of the world’s countries, the Kimberley is a national biodiversity hotspot, listed in the top 3.7% of least impacted marine environments worldwide. In addition to visiting areas with high concentrations of saltwater crocodiles, the voyages coincide with prime time for observing the largest population of migrating Humpback whales in the world – estimated to be 36,000 individuals or more – and with a compact ship and 10 Zodiacs this is potentially another exciting experience. “And what will be revealed when the ship’s non-intrusive underwater lights and microphones are turned on?,” asks Monique.“We are all excited by the prospect of settling into the underwater lounge, Blue Eye, with its world-first underwater glass windows, to see what maritime creatures the world reveals. What lies beneath? This is a Kimberley voyage like no other.”The 16 page digital brochure featuring the Kimberley season of voyages is available HERE BrochurescruiseKimberley coastPonantlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2019 1:21 pm PDT FILE – In this May 12, 2015 file photo, Pablo Lyle attends People en Espanol’s “50 Most Beautiful Awards” at IAC, in New York. A Florida judge has rescinded an order allowing the Mexican soap opera star to travel outside the U.S., saying he’s likely to face a more serious charge from a fatal traffic confrontation than the third-degree battery charge filed recently. The judge set a hearing Monday, April 8, 2019, to discuss the bond and travel order for Lyle, a star of the TV soap opera “Mi Adorable Maldicion.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) Mexican soap star accused in punching death to remain in US MIAMI — A Florida judge on Monday set bail at $50,000 and ordered house arrest in Miami for a Mexican soap opera actor accused of punching a man who later died.A court officer handcuffed actor Pablo Lyle, 32, after a hearing before 11th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan Fine.Lyle currently faces a battery charge that was filed last week, but assistant state attorney Genevieve Valle asked for $1 million bail as her team investigates and considers charging him with second degree murder.The judge set new conditions for Lyle’s release because 63-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez, the man he’s accused of punching, died days later.“We need to protect the community,” Valle told the judge. “The defendant left the victim lying on the street.”Defence attorneys said their client would post bail Monday, leave jail and stay at an undisclosed home in the Miami area wearing an ankle monitor. Lyle is a star of the telenovela “Mi Adorable Maldicion,” Spanish for “My Lovely Curse.”Lyle’s attorney, Philip Reizenstein, said his client was the victim of a road rage incident and was trying to protect his family when he punched Hernandez. Lyle’s wife, two young children and another young child were in the vehicle when the confrontation happened, he said.“This was about a peaceful man protecting his family. They were assaulted and attacked without warning or provocation” Reizenstein told news reporters after the hearing.According to Lyle’s account detailed in the arrest affidavit, Lyle and his brother-in-law said they feared for their safety after Hernandez got out of his car at a stoplight to protest Lyle’s brother-in-law cutting him off in traffic.The affidavit says Hernandez walked up to the driver’s side window, pounded on it with an open hand and the driver, Lyle’s brother-in-law, got out and said “Don’t bang on my window.”Once the brother-in-law saw his car rolling toward the intersection, he ran back to it and stopped it. The brother-in-law told detectives he didn’t see a physical confrontation between Lyle and Hernandez.A video appears to show the brother-in-law getting out of his car and arguing before Hernandez can bang on the window. As the brother-in-law runs back to the rolling car, Hernandez heads back toward his car.Lyle, then, jumps out of the car and runs nine steps back to Hernandez, who is almost to the open door of his car. Hernandez turns to face Lyle and receives a punch in the head before collapsing.Hernandez’s family attended the hearing Monday and court officials say a member of his family had to receive medical attention after she became unwell. They declined to comment to news reporters.An arraignment was set for May 1.Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Kyprianou challenges president to be honest

Kyprianou challenges president to be honest

first_imgBy George PsyllidesAkel chief Andros Kyprianou said the president’s suggestion that he was putting party above country was insulting and he challenged Nicos Anastasiades to have the courage to say so if he thought the current deadlock in the talks was an option.Speaking after a meeting with the president on Thursday morning, Kyprianou called on those who considered the deadlock in the talks an option to tell the people and assume the responsibility, suggesting the president was one of them.“They should be brave and say it and not hide behind sophistry and tactics,” Kyprianou said.The Akel leader did not name Anastasiades but it was the president who came up with the idea of a loose or decentralised federation out of the blue recently, raising questions about his apparent departure from a negotiating line followed by the Greek Cypriot side for decades.Kyprianou said Akel has proven in deed that it is a patriotic party that puts petty politics aside and the country’s interests first.He said it was ruling Disy that criticised former president Demetris Christofias for his positions on the Cyprus problem, which they later adopted when Anastasiades took over the negotiations after his election.“Akel selflessly supported the procedure in spite of the political cost, just because it puts the country above petty political interests,” Kyprianou told a news conference after the meeting.“I just want to tell him that we supported the same things we support today at the time and he was calling us patriots while today he is trying to teach us lessons in patriotism and ethos. We do not need these lessons,” Kyprianou said.The spat between the two men was sparked by Akel’s criticism of the president following the collapse of the talks in the summer of 2017.The party suggested it was Anastasiades who sought the deadlock and he was now dragging his feet instead of pushing for resumption of the talks.Kyprianou challenged Anastasiades and ruling Disy to publicly say what the unacceptable concessions the party had asked him to make, especially on security and guarantees.“And I will remind him that I put this question to him during a national council session and he replied and his response is recorded in the minutes. I am reminding him so that he says the same things,” the Akel leader said.It was Christofias who first raised the issue of scrapping guarantees and Turkey’s rights to intervene and this is the position supported by Akel to date,” Kyprianou said.“It won’t accept a solution that does not secure these things.”Kyprianou reiterated that the only way to reunify the island was through a bicommunal bizonal federation and if anyone attempted introducing something else, Akel would be in the front line of resistance.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou responded saying the president would like to see an end to “this unwarranted climate of tension”.“We must focus on the effort of shaping the terms of reference together with Ms. Lute,” he said, referring to the UN chief’s envoy who is due in Cyprus late next week after visiting Athens and Ankara on December 4 and 5. The two leaders must come up with terms of reference by the end of the year for new talks to proceed.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more