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AfDB, WHO Frown on Embargoes against Ebola-Affected Countries

first_imgThe President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) along with the Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) have taken exception to decisions by some countries to cancel flights and other investment activities with countries affected by the Ebola virus.Dr. Donald Kaberuka of the AfDB and Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo of the WHO both articulated their concerns during a visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday, August 27, at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.With some African countries and international airlines withdrawing their people and cancelling flights to Liberia, Dr. Kaberuka stressed that the withdrawal actions by those countries concerned do not have scientific backing.He said such actions only help to worsen the situation in Liberia and other affected countries and not to help the situation.He added that the actions by these countries would further  stall the economies of the affected countries and lead to other problems.He called on investors to reconsider their decisions to remain consistent with their plan and not to take actions  that will create a stigma for people in Ebola-affected countries.Dr. Kaberuka asserted that besides the US$60 million AfDB has contributed to fight Ebola in affected countries, the institution still plans to commit more resources to fight and defeat the virus.Dr. Luis Gomez Samba of WHO also made it clear that the travel ban by some airlines and countries is not endorsed by the WHO.Such an action compromises efforts by international experts to come to the aid of the affected countries to provide the technical expertise needed in helping to eradicate the disease, he declared.He assured the Liberian government that WHO would use the US$60 million donated by AfDB to combat the disease until it is eradicated.Meanwhile, the travel ban and restrictions by some international airlines and African countries had earlier claimed the attention of Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan.In his latest comment, Minister Ngafuan took exception to what he termed as “exaggerated actions” by some African countries to restrict their people from coming to Liberia or staying in Liberia.One African country to take such decision was South Africa that withdrew its citizens from Liberia and cautioned those wanting to come not to do so because of the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Union sub-region.Already neighboring Ivory Coast had taken the lead in stopping Liberians from entering its territorial confines and halting ships from Liberia entering there, or stopping ships docking there from entering Liberia.Of late, Guinea where the Ebola outbreak began and subsequently spread by Guineans traveling to Liberia, also shut its borders with the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cartoon: IE6 RIP

first_imgThe word that Google has decided to stop supporting Internet Explorer 6 as of March 1 will come as welcome but bittersweet news to designers and developers who have wrestled for years to make perfectly compliant sites work properly in that wretched browser.Welcome, because this could well be the death knell for IE6. You can make a legitimate case to clients that, hell, if Google isn’t supporting it, why should they?And bittersweet, because the death of an old foe feels almost like losing a friend. No more nights curled up by the monitor together, trying to remember obscure hacks and puzzling through baffling JavaScript errors. No more repeated “!important” declarations. (sniff) No more (sob) custom script to get “hover” to work… or workarounds for (snuffle) transparent PNGs… sweetie, could you pass me that box of Kleenex?Oh, who the hell am I kidding? The only tragedy about IE6’s passing is that it didn’t happen three years ago, and involve giant snowmobiles with poison-tipped 12-inch spikes embedded in their treads. (And what do you want to bet the meddling feds would have some objection to poison-tipped 12-inch spike-riddled snowmobile treads? But I digress.)Consider the number of Web sites that have required major time-wasting workarounds. How many? 200,000? 300,000 at a very conservative estimate?Say it took a developer two hours to get each site to work properly. That’s 600,000 lost hours… or more than 1,643 years. And at an average life span of 67 years, that’s… 25 lifetimes.Now, if corporations can have the same rights as people, then surely abstract life-equivalent calculations can, too. Internet Explorer 6, you’re under citizen’s arrest for murder. That’s right, murder. 25 counts.Given how arbitrarily and unjustly the death penalty has been applied, I can’t in all good conscience give in to the temptation to sentence IE6 to be taken from this place to a highly magnetic place and to be overwritten with zeroes until it is dead, and may Bill Gates have mercy on its soul.Instead, install it on a computer that has also committed a heinous crime, seal it in a watertight box with a large solar panel affixed to each side, and set it adrift to live out the rest of its days on the shore of some deserted island. (“Hey, Professor, what’s this?” “Don’t touch it, Gilligan! It’s IE6!!”)And then pop the cork on a bottle of champagne, and let the bells ring out. Ding dong, the Six is dead. rob cottingham Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web More Noise to Signal. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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West Bengal Assembly witnesses noisy protests over dengue outbreak

first_imgDin in Bengal Assembly over dengue outbreak West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Thursday witnessed noisy protests by the Congress and Left legislators over the outbreak of dengue. The Left and Congress MLAs raised the issue during the day’s proceedings. While Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya was making a statement, Opposition MLAs descended into the well of the House and started shouting slogans.last_img

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Gujarat on alert as cyclonic storm Vayu inches towards coast

first_imgCyclonic storm “Vayu” has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, forcing authorities to put Gujarat on high alert. The State authorities have swung into action, ordering closure of schools for three days in coastal districts and deploying teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and asking fishermen to return to the coast from high seas.Speed increasesThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said the speed of “Vayu” had increased to 17 km per hour and was located in the Arabian Sea, about 350 km west-northwest of Goa, 410 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 530 km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat).“It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and the Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm, with a wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13,” the IMD said.The cyclone will make a landfall near Veraval in Gir Somnath district on June 13 but it will be preceded by heavy rainfall in isolated places.Shifting of people“June 13 and 14 are crucial for us. We have roped in the Army, the NDRF, the Coast Guard and other agencies for rescue and relief work. We will start shifting people living in coastal areas to safer locations,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told media persons on Tuesday. The depression in the Arabian Sea.  After a review meet with District Collectors and officials, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar said schools, colleges and anganwadis in coastal districts would remain shut on June 12 and 13.“In all, 36 NDRF teams will be deployed for rescue operations. We have also roped in Army, Navy, Coast Guard and BSF units. If needed, we will also take the help of the Air Force. We have ordered schools, colleges and anganwadis in the districts which are likely to be hit by the cyclone to remain shut on June 12 and 13,” Mr. Kumar said.Enrolment postponedThe government has postponed the State-wide school enrolment drive scheduled for June 13-14 during which all Ministers, legislators and top bureaucrats would visit schools in their areas to enrol children.According to the State government, around three lakh people from coastal villages will be shifted from low lying areas in Saurashtra and the Union Territory of Diu.According to the IMD, heavy rains with winds blowing at the speed of over 110 km on are likely on June 13 and 14 in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch.The government has advised fishermen against venturing into the sea in the next few days while ports have been directed to flag a danger signal.“A heavy rain warning has been issued for Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13 and 14 due to the depression in the Arabian Sea which will turn into a severe cyclonic storm,” State meteorological department director Jayanta Sarkar told reporters.The government has decided to deploy 30 teams of the NDRF in the coastal districts.center_img | Photo Credit: earth.nullschool.net last_img read more

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Arocha admits Arellano ‘relaxed’ in near meltdown

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Luckily for them, their championship pedigree shone through as they held fort in the fifth set.“We kept telling each other that this game is ours, if we want to win we should really have that desire to come out on top,” said Regine Arocha in Filipino Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “No one let go of this game, we played with all our heart, and we trusted each other. Arellano University’s history this NCAA Season 93 with San Beda isn’t that memorable at all.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kia simply ‘gave up’ against Blackwater, says Dandan The Lady Chiefs came out firing at the start of the match and won the first two sets but the Lady Red Spikers managed to fight back in the ensuing sets to force a decider.And after a 6-6 stalemate at the start of the fifth, Arellano ran amuck and went on a 9-0 run to take the match, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6.“We relaxed, and that’s why San Beda was able to catch up,” said Arocha who had 14 points. “For the next game, we just have to be confident and we shouldn’t relax.”Arellano now leads 1-0 in the best-of-three series and a win on Monday will give the Lady Chiefs their second straight title.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Prior to meeting in the finals, the two teams played just three sets in the elimination round with the Lady Chiefs winning convincingly.So when the Lady Red Spikers pushed the defending champions to five sets in the first game of the championship round, the Lady Chiefs were put in an unfamiliar predicament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers- KKR win by 9 runs

first_imgJacques Kallis score a fine 53 and took four catches as Kolkata beat Hyderabad by nine runs during their Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens on Monday. Score | PhotosThe target (164) proved to be a daunting one for the visitors as Kolkata bowlers got on with the act of counting heads early. It was young Iqbal Abdulla, who drew first blood in the form of Ishank Jaggi’s wicket. The 21-year old left arm spinner’s turner uprooted his his off stump on 10/1.The other opener Shikhar Dhawan too did not stay at the crease for long and got run out in the 4th over off a direct hit from Eoin Morgan.Captain Sangakkara and Bharat Chipili then tried to bring Hyderabad back on track after early setback. But their effort came a cropper when Rajat Bhatia got the better of Sangakkara on the last ball of the 9th over to reduce Hyderabad to 53/3.New man JP Duminy too did not stay in the middle for long and was hurried back into the dug out by Abdulla with Jacques Kallis performing the final honours at deep mid-wikcet. And the visitors were down to 81/4 in 12.2 overs.Then Bhatia came around to remove Bharat Chipili on 48 to reduce Hyderabad to 88/5 in 14 overs. Aussie Daniel Christian fell trying to up the run rate in the 17th over. He hit Abdulla for a six and then went for another one but this time failed to clear Ryan ten Doeschate in the deep. He fell for 25 and Hyderabad fell to 124/6.advertisementThe fist ball of the next over saw D Ravi Teja walk back and the scoreboard read 127/7. Here on it was easy for the Kolkata bowlers who went for the kill even as the visitors tried hard to eke out runs at death. But, they fell short of the target by 10 runs and ended up with 154/8 on board.Kolkata inningsEarlier, Kolkata opener Jacques Kallis scored a fine 53 as Kolkata posted 163/4 in 20 overs against Hyderabad.Kallis and Manvinder Bisla got off to a flyer scoring in boundaires after their skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and decided to bat. The duo batted on till the 8th over putting on 51 on board before the first ball of the ninth over saw leggi Amit Mishra trap Bisla leg before on 19.Then in the 13th over Jacques Kallis fell to his South African team-mate JP Duminy on 53. A short ball off Duminy saw Kallis attempt a pull that failed to clear the boundary and instead was pouched by Shikhar Dhawan just ahead of the ropes. Kolkata were 90/2 at the stage.Soon captain Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary went on charge keeping the opposition fielder on an alert. Tiwary was more brutal dealing in boundaries. And he picked Duminy for his assault hitting two massive sixes off him in the 15th over.Hyderabad were trying hard to break Gambhir and Tiwary’s stand. And it was Mishra, who got the desired result when Gambhir trying to go for a big hit, missed the ball and it crashed into his stumps. He fell on 29 and Kolkata were 133/3 in 16.5 overs. Finally Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan 30 runs for the fourth wicket helping their team to a commanding 163/4 in 20 overs. Yusuf Pathan fell on the last ball of the innings to Dale Steyn.last_img read more

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Andray Blatche announces his return to Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgMOST READ Orlando Magic snap 4-game losing skid with rout of Toronto Raptors Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The former Brooklyn Net is returning from a three-game ban after figuring in the ugly brawl between the Philippines and Australia last July 2 at Philippine Arena where a total of 13 players from both countries got suspended.He was left off the roster of new coach Yeng Guiao last month.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio said the 6-foot-11 big man is willing to put in the early work before the window starts in late February.“He sent us word of his commitment for the next window,” said Panlilio. “In fact, he’s willing to come in early to get in top shape and to work with coach Yeng Guiao and understand his system.”Blatche, who averaged 11.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks, was eligible to play for Gilas in the game against Iran but in the previous window but Guiao opted for Fil-German Christian Standhardinger as the naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines will likely head into the final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers with its full force after naturalized center Andray Blatche announced that he’s back in the fold.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion In an announcement made through Theia Sports, h/t to Fiba, Blatche said he’ll rejoin Gilas Pilipinas for their final two games of the tournament against Qatar and Kazakhstan.“It’s confirmed! I’ll be back to play for the Philippines in February!” announced Blatche. “Can’t wait to win these two games for the best fans in the world!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Philippines is in a precarious spot in Group F, holding on to fourth place a 5-5 record. Top three teams and the better of the fourth seeds from Groups E and F will advance to the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup.Gilas are in a must-win situation to give them a better chance of advancing to their second straight World Cup. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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Udta Punjab: Want to meet Tommy Singh? Here’s a look at Shahid Kapoor’s rockstar avatar

first_imgAfter Shandaar’s box office failure, Shahid Kapoor is back with his intense look in his upcoming film Udta Punjab. The Haider actor had earlier hinted to his fans about his look in Abhishek Chaubey’s film. And now it has been revealed the actor will play the role of a rockstar Tommy Singh. ALSO READ: Udta Punjab – Take a look at the logo of Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s filmShahid took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share his first look with his fans and followers. #TommySingh #UdtaPunjab. https://t.co/xRMmK6D8ya Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) April 12, 2016 In the first look, Shahid sports a rugged look with shoulder-length hair and tattoos all over his torso. The Jab We Met actor also learnt all the lingo and the style of a rockstar for his role in the film. It’s also said that Shahid’s character will get involved in the drugs controversy.The film has been in news for a long time now and also has attracted a lot of viewers because it’s after Jab We Met that ex-lovers, Shahid and Kareena Kapoor Khann will be seen together on the silver screen. Udta Punjab also stars Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh in the lead roles.Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film tells the story of substance abuse in the Indian state of Punjab. It has been co-produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom. The film is set to hit the screens on June 17 this year.last_img read more

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Speeding truck rams another in West Delhi one dead

first_imgNew Delhi: A 24 year-old man died while three others were injured after a truck rammed into another truck in West Delhi, the police said on Saturday. According to the police, they got to know about the accident near Sagarpur bus stand through a PCR call at 2.41 a.m., following which they rushed to the spot. “Initial investigation revealed that some persons were going for ‘DAK Kanwar’ in a truck from Bindapur. They halted to cover their truck with canvas (tirpal) as it had started raining. The truck was parked on the roadside near Sagarpur Bus Stand when another truck, carrying scrap from Gurugram and going to Khyala, Delhi rammed into it. Four people were injured and rushed to the hospital,” said a senior police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Police said that the injured were identified as truck driver and resident of Janakpur Vijay Thakur (40), Delhi Cantt resident Mohit (24), Ankit (27) and Abhishek (27), both from Sagarpur. “We have arrested the offending driver identified as Ajay Shankar (41) under relevant sections of the IPC. The injured Mohit was referred to Safdarjung Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment,” said the officer.last_img read more

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Robin Thicke Common and Nile Rodgers to Perform at Legacy of Hope

first_imgThe Legacy of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to support the building of the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Hospital (NMCH) in Johannesburg, South Africa, announces a streamed concert and worldwide media event to take place on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.Robin Thicke, Common and Nile Rodgers to Perform at the Legacy of Hope Foundation ConcertArtists Robin Thicke, Common, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, and South African musical legend Jonathan Butler are performing, with more to be announced.Tickets to the show will go on sale Monday, June 29 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online by visiting BarclaysCenter.com or Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Tuesday, June 30 at noon (if tickets are still available).Artists and celebrities will join together celebrating Nelson Mandela’s love of children and his wish to create the NMCH. The NMCH will be only the 5th dedicated children’s hospital on the entire continent of Africa, home to 450 million children. This event will be streamed live worldwide, enabling people across the globe to support healthcare reform for children through micro-donations.Concert performances will be streamed in real time through the Legacy of Hope website. Tickets for the live stream are available now here. There will also be a VIP option, allowing viewers to have access to an exclusive stream of the special VIP room as well as the rest of the concert. The audience in the VIP room will be children from selected charities from the five boroughs, as children are always the VIPs of this valued campaign. This section will feature backstage performances, interviews, special content, and features from artists and presenters before they take the stage.The NMCH will provide access to high-quality medical care for the children of Southern Africa, regardless of their ability to pay. This facility will have a profound, transformative effect on healthcare in the region.The Legacy of Hope Honorary Board consists of Ruby Bridges, Christy Turlington Burns, Ed Burns, Viola Davis, Dame Judi Dench, Arun Gandhi, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Katherine Heigl, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Larry King, Sir Ben Kingsley, Salma Hayek Pinault, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Octavia Spencer, Charlize Theron, Ben Vereen, Barbara Walters, Elie and Marion Wiesel, Princess Dalal Al-Saud, and the late Dr. Maya Angelou.last_img read more

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