Industry news: Canon has recently announced their latest release — the EOS M50, the company’s first 4K mirrorless camera.Image via Canon.Coming in at the low price of $780, Canon’s latest M-series release is the company’s first foray into 4K territory. Canon has employed their new DIGIC 8 image processor, enabling the new camera to capture raw 4K video. However, while this camera is an improvement over the M5, which lacked 4K capabilities, the M50 can only shoot 24p in 4K. Let’s take a look at some of the camera’s other features.Though the 4K capability is nice, there is a 1.6X APS-C crop factor, and the dual-pixel auto-focus is limited to 1080p. Given the previous M-series cameras, one can’t help but ask what the point is? If this is a cheaper, entry-level camera, then what incentive do users have for buying the more expensive M5 and M6 models?With a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 8 Image Processor and a variety of brilliant interchangeable lens options, the EOS M50 camera can help you get photos and videos with incredible color, sharp and clear details and stunning dynamic range.This camera will appeal to vloggers and daily content creators. There’s built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and a flippable touch screen perfect for turning the camera on yourself. The M50 also features improved 143 autofocus points — but apparently only 99 autofocus points will work with certain lenses. However, on a brighter note, there is a new eye-detection focusing feature that focuses on your subject’s eyes with a simple tap of the touchscreen.The camera allows you to shoot with EF lenses, but you’ll need the EF-EOS M adapter. Unlike other mirrorless cameras currently on the market, the M50 does not feature in-body optical stabilization.Specs:4K Recording at 24p.Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face+Tracking AF, Zone AF, 1-point AF).AF Points — 143/99 points.EF-M lens (and EF/EF-S lenses when using Mount Adapter EF-EOS M).Image Format — Approx. 22.3 x 14.9mm (APS-C Size).24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) sensor.12.4 oz. / 351g (body only).Recording Format — EXIF 2.31 (DCF2.0).If you’re interested in what else we might see in 2018, check out our camera rumors coverage.Looking for more information on video gear? Check out these articles.Illuminate Shortcuts with logickeyboard’s Cinema 4D Backlit KeyboardWhy Cinema Lenses Will Improve Your Next Film ProjectWhat’s the Difference Between a Cheap Microphone and an Expensive One?ARRI Delivers a Knockout With Its First Large Format Camera SystemA Look at the ARRI/Zeiss Master and Ultra Prime Lenses
The following is the Group Table for the World CupGroup ATeamPldWTLNRNRRPts Pakistan 6 5 0 1 0 +0.75 10 Sri Lanka 6 4 0 1 1 +2.58 9 Australia 6 4 0 1 1 +1.12 9 New Zealand 6 4 0 2 0 +1.13 8 Zimbabwe 6 2 0 4 0 +0.03 4 Canada 6 1 0 5 0 -1.98 2 Kenya 6 0 0 6 0 -3.04 0Group BTeamPldWTLNRNRRPts South Africa 6 5 0 1 0 +2.02 10 India 6 4 1 1 0 +0.90 9 England 6 3 1 2 0 +0.07 7 West Indies 6 3 0 3 0 +1.06 6 Bangladesh 6 3 0 3 0 -1.36 6 Ireland 6 2 0 4 0 -0.69 4 Netherlands 6 0 0 6 0 -2.04 0
New Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) Stepping up its attack on Congress New Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) Stepping up its attack on Congress over Rahul Gandhis US visit, BJP today said the conference its vice president was claimed to have gone to attend had got over in July and accused it of “resorting to falsehood to hide facts we dont know”. BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao wondered if Rahul was “travelling back in time” as he cited the schedule of the The Aspen Institute to claim that its annual event Weekend with Charlie Rose was held between June 25 and July 4. “Congress is unable to give proper reason for Rahuls absence. Everyday they are trotting out a new story, coming out with a new fact that turns out to be false. It is resorting to apparent falsehood and lies to hide facts we dont know,” he told reporters. He claimed the institutes manager had stated that nobody by the name of the Congress leader had either attended its event or was scheduled to take part in future. Rao said Rahul was entitled to go on a personal visit but Congress should stop “lying” to “mislead” the country. BJP and Congress are involved in a bitter war of words after the Congress leader left for the US, with the ruling party firing the first salvo derisively claiming he had been sent on a “forced vacation” as his Bihar allies believed that his presence would harm their chances in the assembly polls. Hitting back, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala accused it of spreading “patent lies” and “petty canards” as BJP was foreseeing its “imminent loss” in the Bihar polls. “Rahul Gandhi is travelling to Aspen, US, on a short visit to attend a conference. Weekend with Charlie Rose is a conference where thought leaders from different walks of life like politics, finance, technology, media, medicine, sports gather to deliberate on multiple issues,” Surjewala had said. PTI KR SKadvertisement
Mumbai, May 25 (PTI) Video streaming entity, Hotstar, and content delivery network, Akamai Technologies, today announced the renewal of their partnership to stream live sports content on the Internet. Since its launch in February 2015, Hotstar has seen a growth in viewership and live sports, in particular, has seen a huge surge in viewership, especially as audiences turn to mobile as the primary screen for cricket updates and streaming, a media release said. The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament in India saw a peak of 1.55 million concurrent video streams, and an average concurrency close to 3,50,000, the release said. The peak traffic for this event almost doubled,” said the release, adding they were currently streaming the ongoing Indian Premier League. PTI SSR NRB CM PDS RDS
New Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS) Football legend Pele on Friday picked Argentina’s star striker Lionel Messi over Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo to play for his team.While having a conversation with former Indian skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, Brazilian great Pele said many people compared him with George Best but they had different styles and the same was the scene with Messi and Ronaldo.”If I have to decide for my team I will choose Messi over Ronaldo, three-time FIFA World Cup champion Pele said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018 here.”Difficult to compare Messi and Ronaldo. Messi has a completely different style than Ronaldo. Lot of people compared me with George Best but we had different style of play. Ronaldo is more of a centre forward while Messi is more organised,” he added.On being asked how football has changed Pele said: “football hasn’t changed inside the field. The biggest change has been in the facilities. We didn’t have such great facilities.”Pele first won the FIFA World Cup title in 1958 and then defended the world title with the Selecao in 1962. He then captained the side which won in 1970.Pele opined that in order to improve the sport in India, young players should spend three months in Brazil to work on their basics.He also answered how Brazil has produced the best footballers and the best teams over the years.”Send young children to Brazil for three months every year. You have to learn the basics there,” he said.”Sometimes I think God is coaching the Brazilian team,” he added.On his selection in the national team at 16, Pele said: “When my friend told me I was selected for the World Cup, I thought he was joking. I came home and asked my father and he confirmed that the team was looking for five young players and I was one.” –IANSgau/bgadvertisement
After another disappointing season of the IPL where they find themselves out of contention for the playoffs, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore are now looking to end the season on a high against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match. While Kohli and AB de Villiers, the two stalwarts at RCB did everything they could to salvage RCB’s campaign this year, the team as a whole failed to produce the desired results. But it hasn’t dented the spirits of the players, just not yet!The camaraderies between Virat and AB is well known and since they came together at RCB 8 years ago, they have been the most prolific batting pair at the franchise. But since Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis was bought by RCB at last year’s auction, there also have been reports of Kohli and Stoinis sharing a strong friendship.In this context when RCB insider and video-jockey ‘Mr. Nags’ asked whether Marcus Stoinis’ arrival at RCB has dented his brotherhood with AB, Kohli quipped that the bond between him and AB was as strong like ‘Ram-Lakhan’.During a fun chat, Mr. Nags joked by saying: “After Stoinis has come, there seems to be a big break in this relationship…”Kohli cut him short by saying: “AB and I are like Ram-Lakhan. We are brothers. No one can break our friendship. Stoinis is another great guy and a great human being but AB and I are on a different dimension. It’s like we connect on a different level. You can’t understand that.”advertisementEarlier, Virat and AB had posted a heartfelt message directed towards their fans for supporting them throughout a disappointing IPL 2019.”This has to be a special message for you all because even after three hours of a game being washed out, you still sit in the stadium and give us the loudest cheer when we walk out to bat. It’s special and it’s always going to be special in our hearts and minds. Thank you for being the best fans that you are,” Virat Kohli said.RCB face Sunrisers Hyderabad at their home ground in Bengaluru tonight and will look to sign off with a win.Also Read | Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers thank ‘incredible’ RCB fans in heartfelt video messageAlso Read | IPL 2019, Playoff Scenarios: 3 teams to battle it out for final berth
Working together, Atlantic Canadians can expect millions of dollars in savings and efficiencies when the Maritime Link starts bringing electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia in 2017. Energy Minister Charlie Parker has invited the Atlantic energy ministers to meet in Nova Scotia this spring to continue implementing the plan to secure more benefits from regional energy co-operation. “While most people understand Nova Scotia can’t control world energy prices, they are right to expect the government to put policies in place that ensure power rates are the lowest and fairest possible,” said Mr. Parker. “We have the evidence and we know the savings and opportunities will be significant. Now, we must work together to further develop the plan to ensure we turn that potential into reality.” Studies released in September by the Atlantic Energy Gateway identified significant potential benefits from regional energy collaboration on the Maritime Link project, including cost efficiencies, greater diversity in clean and renewable energy supplies, enhanced stability for ratepayers and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Parker said the reports show the Lower-Churchill/Maritime Link project is right for Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and the country. “We must do all we can to maximize the savings, efficiencies and opportunities for Atlantic Canadians associated with this mega project,” Mr. Parker said. The Atlantic Energy Gateway was announced in March 2009 to enhance regional co-operation and develop Atlantic Canada’s clean energy resources. The gateway is a collaboration by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Natural Resources Canada, the Atlantic provinces, regional power utilities and electricity system operators. The executive summaries of the reports can be found at www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/publications/ResearchStudies/Pages/Home.aspx#aeg. Full reports are expected to be available soon.
EDMONTON – Alberta’s United Conservatives take their first step this weekend in deciding what they stand for as they explore proposals ranging from a return to a flat income tax to more private health-care delivery in the public system.Party leader Jason Kenney has said about 2,200 people have registered for the founding policy convention in Red Deer, doubling expectations.But he said it’s only the first step.The party will hash out a constitution and governance rules and look at draft policy resolutions. The caucus will hold public consultations on those policies before finalizing them a year from now.“What we come up with on Sunday evening will not be the platform but will be an important general direction,” said Kenney.The party received about 1,300 resolutions and has whittled those down to about 800 to eliminate duplication and anything outside Alberta’s legislative authority. About 250 proposals are expected to make the final cut by Friday for members to vote on over the weekend.The proposals include scrapping Alberta’s progressive income tax introduced by the NDP and returning to a 10 per cent flat tax.Another calls for getting rid of the province’s carbon levy, something Kenney has already said will be his first priority if he becomes premier in next spring’s election.Other proposals call for a declaration that parents are the primary decision-makers in their children’s education and have the right to all associated information.Critics say that’s a back-door way to force schools to tell parents if a child joins a gay-straight alliance. Kenney has said parents need to be told unless doing so puts the child at risk.There is also a call for more private health care delivered through the public system and to re-examine medical procedures and defund them if they aren’t deemed medically necessary. Anti-abortion groups, and pro-choice advocates, say that would open the door to defunding abortion.Kenney is a longtime critic of abortion but has said he would not legislate in that area.Janet Brown, a Calgary-based pollster and political analyst, says Kenney’s party is enjoying a bump in recent polls that suggests it could form the next majority government, but she added that social issues remain a weakness.“This weekend is really just about giving Albertans assurances that this is a reasonable party that is the government in waiting,” she said.“They have to approve resolutions and approve policies that just fit with what Albertans expect from them, and to not get sidelined by … wacky excessively socially conservative policies that are going to make Albertans uncomfortable.”Political scientist Lori Williams at Mount Royal University in Calgary said the party will have to showcase new recruits rather than debate social policies.“They’ll want to look like a hopeful, future-looking, diverse group of ordinary Albertans,” she said.“If they open the floor to policies and some of those social conservative things start to come out, they’re probably going to start bleeding a bit of support.”In 2012, the Wildrose Party, one of the founders of the United Conservatives, saw a lead in election polls evaporate after leader Danielle Smith refused to sanction a candidate for anti-gay remarks.Kenney has brought in rigorous screening to avoid a repeat. Prospective nominees must fill out lengthy forms detailing employment history, legal entitlements and online activities, including dating sites.He has promised to run the party with the grassroots in charge, but some have their doubts.Derek Fildebrandt was banned from running again under the United Conservative banner after he failed to disclose he had been charged for shooting a deer on private land. Fildebrandt, who now sits as an Independent, said he’s concerned by Kenney’s top-down approach.“I really want the party to live up to the promises that were made when we founded this party, that it would be grassroots, democratic and bottom up, that it would not be simply an elite-driven party.”
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Tunis- With chaos in Libya, military takeover in Egypt and Syria’s brutal conflict threatening to extinguish hopes fueled by the Arab Spring, only Tunisia stands out even as its stability hangs in the balance.By the end of 2013, the political forces that emerged from the tumultuous changes in the region nearly three years ago have yet to build the new democratic order or bring about the social transformations demanded by the millions who took to the streets.Some argue that the Egyptian army’s decision in July to depose democratically-elected Islamist president Mohammed Morsi was the death knell for any remaining hope of real change that accompanied the mass uprisings in 2011. “The July 3 coup confirmed the end of the Arab Spring given Egypt’s importance in the region,” said Shadi Hamid, research director at the Brookings Doha Center.“No one can argue that Egypt is moving towards democracy. It is actually going in the opposite direction … There is now an effort to eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood as a political force,” he added.The military takeover in Egypt has certainly cast a shadow over the democratic transition in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring, where the ruling Islamist party Ennahda has accused its secular opponents of seeking to replicate events in Cairo.“(Tunisia’s) Islamists experienced the military coup as if it happened in Tunisia. Various politicians continue to talk about the putschist threat even though there is nothing to prove it,” said Selim Kharrat, an analyst with the NGO Al-Bawsala.Such fears have only aggravated the mistrust between the country’s rival factions that has dogged negotiations to appoint a caretaker government of technocrats and resolve the political crisis sparked by the murder of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi in July.Suspicion has also been stoked by the rise in attacks this year by armed Islamists, who are blamed for the killing of Brahmi and another secular politician in February, and whom the security forces have been battling in the Mount Chaambi region near Algeria.Tunisia’s militants have benefited from the chronic instability in neighboring Libya and the surge in arms trafficking since former dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster.More than two years after the NATO-backed rebellion toppled Gadhafi’s regime, Libya lacks a stable government, with jihadist groups mushrooming and the authorities struggling in vain to integrate former rebels into the army.Starkly illustrating the growing lawlessness plaguing the country, gunmen briefly abducted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his Tripoli hotel in October, and the following month seized the deputy intelligence chief as clashes in the capital left nearly 50 people dead.“In Libya they have to build a state from scratch. That is going to take time and prolong the transition period which has been marked by armed violence in a country largely controlled by militias,” said Libyan political analyst Khaled Bouchoucha.Distant hopeBy contrast, Tunisia’s revolution has a much better chance of succeeding, Bouchoucha argued, essentially because it has managed to “preserve a strong state” and because the army remains neutral.But as the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think-tank, warned last month, the “alarming rise” in jihadist attacks in Tunisia, while still low in intensity, threatens to weaken the state and further polarize the political scene.In its report, entitled “Tunisia’s Borders: Jihadism and Contraband”, ICG said the worrying increase in cross-border arms trafficking was enhancing the jihadists’ disruptive potential and intensifying corruption.“In the long term, only minimal consensus among political forces on the country’s future can enable a truly effective approach to the border question,” it said, adding that an end to the country’s political crisis “seems distant at the time of writing.”As in countries across the region, concern is also growing in Tunisia about the likely blowback from the fighting in Syria, when the thousands of foreign jihadists thought to have joined the rebel ranks there return home.The conflict, which erupted when a brutal government crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests in March 2011 inspired by the Arab Spring escalated into full-scale civil war against President Bashar Assad’s regime, has now killed an estimated 126,000 people and left millions displaced.
5 April 2011The United Nations rural development arm has lent Bolivia about $8 million to fund projects to alleviate poverty in two departments, the agency reported today following the signing of a financing agreement with the Government of the South American country. The United Nations rural development arm has lent Bolivia about $8 million to fund projects to alleviate poverty in two departments, the agency reported today following the signing of a financing agreement with the Government of the South American country.The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said the Government will also contribute $4.3 million to the project, with beneficiaries providing approximately $2.9 million in co-financing.The poverty alleviation undertaking, dubbed “Plan Vida-Peep Pilot Project to Strengthen the Capacity of Communities and Families Living in Extreme Poverty,” will run for three years and will be implemented by Bolivia’s Ministry of Development Planning.“The project is designed within the framework of the Bolivian Government’s Plan to Eradicate Extreme Poverty,” said Francisco Pichón, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager for Bolivia. “The project looks to strengthen food security for those living in extreme poverty at the same time ensuring these families are able to find opportunities to improve their income,” he added.The scheme focuses primarily on poor rural families of Quechua and Aymara origin living in the northern Potosí and southern Cochabamba regions of Bolivia.“The activities will be conducted in full respect of the communities’ cultural identities and social structure. The authorities, administrators and project technicians will adopt participatory approaches, thus ensuring all stakeholders are included in the decision-making process,” said Mr. Pichón.More than 53 per cent of project funding will work to improve natural resource management and production systems, 16 per cent will go to community initiatives and 11 per cent is dedicated to strengthening productive infrastructure.The financing will also work toward strengthening organizations, improving citizens’ rights, monitoring and evaluation, and other operational costs.“The deterioration and fragmentation of traditional lands, coupled with lack of adequate technologies and natural resource management practices are some of the main causes of poverty among rural communities in these regions,” said Mr. Pichón.“The joint work with the Government of Bolivia to provide the communities involved with the tools and training they need will break the cycle of extreme poverty,” he added.
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 2.5% to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008.The agency says the July gain was mainly due to higher sales in the transportation equipment and primary metals industries.Economists had expected a gain of 1%, according to Thomson Reuters.“July was a hot month for Canadian manufactured goods exports, so the only surprise was that shipments were not just hot, but scorching. The 2.5% gain in dollar values was eclipsed by a 2.8% rise in real volumes, as prices eased a bit, leaving a big contribution in store for July GDP and some potential upward revisions to Q3 forecasts, where we were already looking for a more than 3% pace,” said Avery Shenfeld of CIBC World Markets Economics, Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales have been trending upwards since January. July sales were up 16 of 21 industries in, representing about 56% of the country’s manufacturing.Transportation equipment sales rose 10.3% to $10.1 billion in July, while primary metal sales rose 4.0% to $4.2 billion.In July, five industries reported lower sales, with food manufacturing reporting the largest decrease, down 1.4% to $7.9 billion.
Ramanayake was yesterday replaced by Provincial Council member Kithsiri Manchanayake as UNP Divulapitiya organiser. (Colombo Gazette) Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake is to get a new post in the United National Party (UNP).Ramanayake, who was removed from his Divulapitiya organiser post by the UNP yesterday, is expected to get a district organiser post.
Unless rebel attacks against United Nations and other relief operations in a northern sector of Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region stop immediately, the world organization will be forced to suspend all assistance to 450,000 vulnerable people living in the area until safety can bee assured, a top UN official warned today. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, called on the rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) stop attacks on humanitarian workers in Darfur, where some 180,000 people have been killed and 2 million more uprooted in three years of fighting between the Government, pro-government militias and rebels. The UN will hold responsible the armed groups, including those related to the SLA, and their leaders for the failure to assist the extremely vulnerable populations under their control, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said in a statement. Over the past few weeks, aid workers operating for UN agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have come under continuous attacks and harassment by armed groups in the Shangil Tobayi, Tawilla and Kutum areas of North Darfur, with several reports indicating that many of the attacks were waged by SLA factions. “Armed robbery and hijacking have endangered humanitarian workers assisting over 450,000 vulnerable people living in the area,” the statement added. “Moreover, credible information points to the use of hijacked vehicles for military purposes by these armed groups. This is unacceptable and contrary to international humanitarian law.” It noted that Mr. Pronk had appealed to the rebels to “take all necessary steps” to assure the safety of staff and property in the areas under their control. “Unless these attacks and harassment stop immediately, the UN and its partners will be obliged to suspend all relief assistance to this particular area till effective safety for humanitarian personnel and assets is guaranteed,” the statement said.
“Inside Iraq and in neighbouring States, an increasing number of families are becoming dependent and destitute,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “Many of those fleeing now have little money, and those who fled earlier are running out of resources.“The welcome mat is also wearing thin in some of the neighbouring States, which have been extremely generous in hosting so many Iraqis. While they are still tolerated, we’re seeing stricter measures being implemented on duration of stay and visa extensions. Rents are high, with Iraqis blamed for driving up prices.“Market prices have also gone up and health facilities and schools are becoming overcrowded in some areas,” he added, appealing to adjoining nations to continue extending hospitality and temporary protection and for countries beyond the immediate region to help carry the burden.UNHCR briefed government donors in Amman, Jordan, this week on the situation.The displacement has forced the agency to reassess its priorities throughout the region, shifting from assisting returns and aiding 50,000 non-Iraqi refugees in Iraq to providing more help to some of the tens of thousands fleeing their homes every month. Many are moving on to other countries in what could be termed a steady, silent exodus.UNHCR’s 2006 budget of $29 million for its Iraq operation is still $9 million short and activities risk being cut before the end of the year if the funds are not forthcoming. The Iraqi Government, UNHCR and its partners estimate there are now more than 1.5 million people displaced internally, including over 365,000 who have fled their homes and communities since the mosque bombings in Samarra in February.UNHCR estimates that up to 1.6 million Iraqis are now outside their country, most of them in Jordan and Syria. Others are in Iran, some of whom have been outside Iraq for a decade or more. But many have fled since 2003 and “we’re now seeing a steadily increasing arrival rate,” Mr. Redmond said, noting that at least 40,000 Iraqis are reported to be arriving in Syria each month.Tens of thousands are moving further afield; of some 40 nationalities seeking asylum in European countries in the first half of 2006, Iraqis ranked first with more than 8,100 applications. “Where last year, we saw more than 50,000 Iraqis go home from neighbouring countries, this year we’ve seen only about 1,000 returns,” Mr. Redmond said. “Far more are leaving.”Inside Iraq, the Government estimates that up to 50,000 people are leaving their homes every month. “The enormous scale of the needs, the ongoing violence and the difficulties in reaching the displaced make it a problem that is practically beyond the capacity of humanitarian agencies, including UNHCR,” Mr. Redmond said.“The longer this goes on, the more difficult it gets as both the internally displaced and their host communities run out of resources. Thousands of displaced without family links or money are living in public buildings and schools, in often hazardous improvised shelters and in Government-run camps administered by the Iraqi Red Crescent. There is an urgent need for shelter and aid items, food, access to water and employment.”
“For children living through emergencies, education is a life line,” said Josephine Bourne, UNICEF’s head of global education programmes in a statement to the press, which noted that the 30 million children who’s schooling has been derailed by conflict make up about half the worldwide number of out of school children. “Being able to continue learning provides a sense of normalcy that can help children overcome trauma, and is an investment – not only in individual children, but in the future strengthening of their societies. Without the knowledge, skills, and support education provides, how can these children and young people rebuild their lives – and their communities?” A third of schools recently surveyed in the Central African Republic have been struck by bullets, set on fire, looted or occupied by armed forces. Over 100 schools were used as shelters for more than 300,000 people displaced during the most recent conflict in Gaza and now require rehabilitation. Students and teachers have been killed and abducted in northeast Nigeria, including more than 200 abducted school girls who have yet to be released. In Syria, nearly three million children, half the school population, are now not attending classes on a regular basis. And approximately 290 schools have been destroyed or damaged in recent fighting in Ukraine. Ms. Bourne outlined how UNICEF supports emergency education through efforts ranging from temporary classrooms and alternative learning spaces for internally displaced and refugee children, to the provision of millions of notebooks, backpacks and other school supplies. The agency is also supporting self-directed studies for children who can’t leave their homes and will help provide educational radio programmes for children in Ebola-affected countries. However, despite these emergency education programmes, many initiatives may remain severely underfunded. A record number of emergencies means that more children than ever are at risk and more resources are needed. “Last year, global emergency education programmes supported by UNICEF only received 2 per cent of all funds raised for humanitarian action, resulting in a $247 million funding shortfall. Education is an essential part of humanitarian response, requiring support and investment from the very onset of a crisis,” Ms. Bourne said.
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. At the time of his arrest at Chicago’s O’Hare airport Ukip described Cottrell as “an unpaid and enthusiastic volunteer for the party over the period of the referendum”.The party has declined to comment on his confession.A plea agreement filed by prosecutors in Phoenix, Arizona, in December, states that Cottrell admitted to communicating with the “traffickers” on March 27 2014.He said he had contacted individuals in Phoenix from London and worked with an associate called “Banker”.Cottrell said: “I explained various ways criminal proceeds could be laundered – for example, methods to transfer large amounts of cash out of the United States without triggering reporting requirements and ways to disguise the proceeds as legitimate business income for tax purposes.”I falsely claimed that I would launder the criminal proceeds through my bank accounts for a fee. Rather than launder any of the money, though, Banker and I intended to retain the money.”Cottrell had faced 21 charges but these were reduced to one count of wire fraud as part of the plea bargain. In court documents prosecutors said that around March 2014, Banker had advertised “money laundering consultation services” on an clandestine network using software called TOR (The Onion Router).”Undercover law enforcement agents contacted Banker, posing as drug traffickers seeking money laundering services for approximately 50,000 to 150,000 (£120,000) dollars per month in drug trafficking proceeds,” prosecutors said.”Banker agreed to help the undercover agents launder their money for a fee, and then proposed that the undercover agents speak with his associate, ‘Bill’.”The undercover agents talked with Banker and Bill on March 27 2014, via an encrypted group messaging platform online. Bill agreed to launder the undercover agents’ purported drug proceeds by transferring the property to offshore accounts ‘with complete anonymity and security’.”The undercover agents then met with Bill later identified as George Swinfen Cottrell – in person in Las Vegas, Nevada.”Cottrell, who comes from a wealthy, aristocratic family, was arrested as he returned from the Republican Party convention with Mr Farage on July 22. After his success in the EU referendum, the former Ukip leader spoke at a fringe event at the convention that later saw Donald Trump nominated as the Republican candidate for the White House.Cottrell’s uncle Lord Hesketh, a former hereditary peer, worked for former prime minister Margaret Thatcher before losing his seat in the Lords in 1999 as a result of the House of Lords Act. He later defected to Ukip.Cottrell’s mother, Fiona Cottrell, is the daughter of another peer.A Ukip spokesman said at the time of his arrest: “George was an unpaid and enthusiastic volunteer for the party over the period of the referendum.”We are unaware of the details of the allegations excepting that they date from a time before he was directly involved in the party.”On Monday a Ukip spokesman said: “We are not commenting on the matter.”The spokesman was unable to confirm whether or not Cottrell was a member of the party. He will reportedly be sentenced in March. Donald Trump, right, welcomes Nigel Farage, to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi in AugustCredit:AP Photo/Gerald Herbert A former aide to Nigel Farage faces up to 20 years in jail in the US after admitting attempting to defraud criminals on the “dark web” by masquerading as a money launderer.George Cottrell posed as a “financier” on a black market network where he offered to help transfer the ill-gotten gains of drug traffickers, according to court documents.However his prospective clients were in fact undercover agents, and Cottrell was arrested as he and the former Ukip leader travelled back to Britain following a trip to the US.The former aide, who is in his 20s, was charged with a string of offences including blackmail, extortion, money laundering.He now faces up to two decades in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 (£203,000) after reaching a deal with prosecutors. Show more
Apple is well-known for producing highly desirable devices that you can pay a lot of money for. Just look at the entire range of MacBook products and you can see each one comes with a hefty price premium when compared to the equivalent hardware in a non-Apple device.There is an exception to that rule, though. Currently Apple has the most popular tablet on the market, but it’s also one of the cheapest. An iPad 2 can be picked up for as little as $499, while you can pay significantly more for an Android tablet from one its major competitors like Samsung.AdChoices广告However, at the other end of the sales spectrum there are a growing number of tablets that manage to break the sub-$500 price point. Until now they have been pretty poor performers, or opted for an inferior resistive touchscreen solution. But a new effort reviewed by YouTube user Charbax, and offered by manufacturer Kinstone, looks like it may have caught up and offers a usable Android tablet for just $95.When we say usable we have a few criteria such as fast boot time, display technology, HD video playback, and games-capabilities to judge it by. Kinstone looks to have ticked all those boxes with its KS-UMD070VC tablet.As the video above shows, the 7-inch device is capable of playing back HD video, 3D games, and has a fast boot time into Android. It does fall down on the screen as it is resistive, but then a capacitive version is only $30 more, so it still remains well below $150.The full spec includes:Cortex-A9 single-core @ 800MhzARM Mali-400 GPUAndroid 2.2.1 (3.0 possible if Google allows it)512MB RAM4GB on-board storage7″ touchscreen (resistive and capacitive options (+$30))1800mAh batteryUSB 2.0, HDMIFlash 10.1 supportEven though it is a single-core chip, the core functions of a tablet (HD video, games, web surfing) seem to be catered for, and even though it’s not stated, using such a processor is sure to aid with battery life.While the focus at the moment may be on which of the big name manufacturers can deliver an iPad-killer, it is possible that some very capable, cheap Android tablets may arrive and surprise everyone by eating into Apple’s market share.Seriously, who is going to turn down a HD-capable, WiFi Android 2.2 tablet with capacitive touchscreen for $125? That’s a bulk price, but even with taxes, shipping, and packaging expenses applied it’s still going to come in at well under $200.Anyone thinking this is just a one-off we will never see should check out Charbax’s latest video below. It’s another $100 tablet, only this time from Thinkbook running Froyo and shipping with a capacitive touchscreen.via ARMdevices.net