The United Nations have launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as “a great step forward” but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.“The Secretary-General welcomes the revised rules and progress made,” said Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, who represented the UN chief at the high-level presentation at UN Headquarters of the Rules, named after the late South African President who spent years in prison. South Africa also chaired the Expert group in the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules.“He notes the critical importance of protecting the human rights of all persons deprived of their liberty as one of the most vulnerable groups of individuals who risk abuse and ill-treatment,” Mr. Šimonović told those attending the event convened by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government of South Africa.The senior human rights official highlighted as “important advances” the right to health of persons deprived of their liberty so that prisoners enjoy the same standard of health care as in the community and for continuity of treatment and care.“This provision is very important because the risk of transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases is much higher in prisons than in the general population,” he said, adding that the new health rules also provide an absolute prohibition on torture and ill-treatment of prisoners.Mr. Šimonović also welcomed the revised rules because they have “much more” specific provisions on solitary confinement, notably by defining solitary confinement as the confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact; restricting the scope for application of solitary confinement; and defining prolonged solitary confinement as solitary confinement in excess of 15 days.In addition, he noted the new rules provide for the first time guidance on intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches, and require the prison director to report, without delay, any custodial death, disappearance or serious injury and conduct a prompt, impartial and effective investigations into the circumstances and causes of such cases.Mr. Šimonović, however, highlighted three areas where the revised rules could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.“The first concerns the prohibition of discrimination,” he said, adding that he is “disappointed that sexual orientation and gender identity were not explicitly recognized as grounds for discrimination, given their recognition by most human rights treaty bodies.”“There is substantial evidence of violence and mistreatment directed against gay, lesbian and transgender prisoners,” he said.He also raised his concern over some of the language that is “at odds with terminology used by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” and the recognition that some countries may legitimately imprison persons for debt,” in direct contradiction with article 11 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Mr. Šimonović expressed his sincere hope that the ‘Mandela rules’ will continue to be a work in progress, evolving over time to afford greater protection to detainees.“That is what Mr. Mandela would have expected from us,” he said.In his remarks, UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft also recalled the spirit of Mr. Mandela, noting that the late leader emphasized: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”For his part, Mr. Lykketoft said that too often, in the past, nations have failed to protect the human rights of prisoners. Too often, the driving principle behind prisoner treatment has been to see these individuals as entirely separate from our communities and our societies. “Hidden from our gaze, and indeed sometimes before our very eyes, prisoners have suffered abuse and mistreatment.”“After five years of consultations and negotiations, today we stand on the threshold of a shift away from such an outlook and a move towards a new standard for prison administration,” he said, explaining that the ‘Mandela Rules’ contain crucial revisions to the 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners.They outline that there shall be no discrimination; that the religious beliefs and moral precepts of prisoners shall be respected; and that legal representation and protection are mandated in regard to vulnerable groups within the prison populations.“The crucial challenge for member states will be to translate these rules into a reality and to increase cooperation both within and outside the UN system to improve the lives of prisoners throughout the world,” said Mr. Lykketoft.
Jaipur/Bhopal/Ahmedabad: Nearly 50 people were killed as rains coupled with thunderstorm and lightning hit several parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra overnight, officials said Wednesday. The unseasonal rains and storm also caused damage to property and crops in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Rajasthan witnessed the maximum casualties with 21 people killed in rain-related incidents following by Madhya Pradesh where 15 were killed. While 10 people were killed in Gujarat, three were killed in Maharashtra. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter in the morning to express anguish over the loss of lives in the rains in Gujarat and announce relief. Soon afterwards Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath hit out at the prime minister, accusing him of being concerned only about his home state Gujarat. The PMO in a tweet later said,”PM @narendramodi has expressed grief at loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to unseasonal rain & storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country has been approved from the PM’s National Relief Fund. Rs 50,000 each for the injured has also been approved,” the PMO said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is closely monitoring the situation in rain-hit areas and is ready to provide all possible help to states affected by rains and thunderstorm. In Jaipur, Rajasthan Relief Secretary Ashutosh A T Pednekar said 21 people died due to unseasonal rains. “4 deaths were reported in Jhalawar, Udaipur and Jaipur each, two each in Jalore and Bundi and one each in Baran, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Alwar and Hanumangarh, he said. Compensation of Rs. 4 lakh each has been announced to the families of victims. Another official said crops have suffered damage and the assessment is being done. Several cattle were also killed in rain-related incidents. Condoling the deaths, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said in a tweet, “Deeply pained by loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of the country including Rajasthan. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured”. Of the total 21 deaths, 7 are in Kota division.Heavy dust storm accompanied by moderate to heavy rains, thundershowers also lashed parts of Hadouti region (Kota division) on Tuesday causing damage to crops. Survey of crop damage is underway. BJP candidate from the constituency Om Birla demanded the state government declare compensation to farmers for crop damage. Birla also blamed the state government for not issuing alert and taking measures to prevent the crop damage. The department has predicted dust storm/thunderstorm accompanied with high velocity winds and lightning at a few places during the next 24 hours. Officials in Bhopal said unseasonal rain accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning hit various parts of Madhya Pradesh, leaving 15 people dead and injuring some others. Rains claimed three lives each in Indore, Dhar and Shajapur, two in Ratlam and one each in Alirajpur, Rajgarh, Sehore and Chhindwara districts. Nath expressed grief over the deaths and charged that Modi’s concerns were limited to his home state Gujarat. “Modiji, you are the PM of the country and not of Gujarat. In MP also, more than 10 persons were killed because of unseasonal rains, storm and lightning. But you have confined your feelings to Gujarat only. Though your party has no government here people live here also,” Nath said in a tweet. The BJP hit back, accusing Nath of doing politics over the loss caused by rains and storm. BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said in Delhi that Nath is well aware of the procedure that the state government has to first inform the Centre about the damage in such a natural tragedy to get relief but instead of doing so, he was tweeting and doing politics. “Instead of informing the Centre, he chose to do politics over the tragedy,” Baluni charged. In Ahmedabad, Gujarat government’s director of relief G B Manglpara, told PTI that at least 10 people have died in the rain and dust storm reported from various areas including districts in North Gujarat and Saurashtra region. Also, a portion of a tent erected for Prime Minister Modi’s rally in Himmatnagar town of North Gujarat was also damaged in the dust storm, an official earlier said. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the western state. “While the PM has already announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh, the Gujarat government will also give Rs 2 lakh to kin of those who lost their lives,” Rupani told reporters in Dahod. “We will also conduct a survey to assess the damage to crops and pay accordingly to affected persons,” he added. Apart from rain, the storm also resulted in hailstorm in some parts of Rajkot district of Saurashtra and Banaskantha district of north Gujarat. In Mehsana, farm produce kept in the open in the agriculture produce market committee premises got damaged, an official said. Besides, officials in Banaskantha said the watermelon crop, mainly grown in and around Deesa, got damaged due to hailstorm and thunderstorm. In Maharashtra, a 71-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man and a temple priest died when lightning struck them in Nashik district during rains on Tuesday, police said.
T “Children without parental care …are more vulnerable to physical abuse, hazardous child labour, sexual violence, HIV and trafficking as well as being deprived of access to basic needs, such as food, clothing, education and accommodations,” she said in a statement at a conference for the independent group of experts that make up the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held this past week in Geneva, Switzerland. Children without any form of care are among those most at risk for abuse and exploitation, she said, and some 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, and 2 million children work in the commercial sex industry. She welcomed the CRC’s recommendation to come up with a set of detailed and comprehensive guidelines that would “clarify good practices, prevent abuse and establish responsibilities and accountability” for dealing with children separated from their parents around the world. These guidelines would be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration in 2006.Concern for care of children without parental care has escalated in the past few years due to the increase in children being physically and sexually abused in institutions, the transition of many countries to free-market economies, often leaving children at home while their parents work elsewhere, the growth of HIV/AIDS leaving many children uncared for after their parents turn ill, and the large-scale natural emergencies that have left many children orphaned or separated from their parents. Participants at the CRC conference included more than 40 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concerned with coming up with a set of international standards to help children separated from their parents. The CRC is an independent committee of experts on children that monitors the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties.
The 15-member body highlighted in particular the 17 April attack against the compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, that resulted in scores of dead and injured, including those seeking the UN’s shelter and protection, as well as the 14 April attacks in Bentiu and Unity state. “The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms these acts and underscored that attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime,” said a statement issued to the press. In yesterday’s attack in Bor, armed civilians forced their way into the UNMISS protection site, where some 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were sheltering, and opened fire. Dozens of civilians were wounded and two UN peacekeepers sustained injuries repelling the armed mob.Four months into the conflict between pro- and anti-Government forces, UNMISS is hosting some 67,000 civilians at its bases around the country. Although the main parties to the conflict have signed a cessation of hostilities agreement, violence has escalated in recent weeks, particularly in Unity state.On Monday, amid fighting in the state capital, Bentiu, anti-Government forces overran the town and the nearby neighbourhood of Rubkona. As a result, the number of IDPs in the UNMISS compound there has risen to 12,000.In today’s statement, Council members called on the Government of South Sudan to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of all civilians and UNMISS civilian protection sites, to swiftly investigate these incidents, and to bring the perpetrators of these “egregious” acts to justice.“The members of the Security Council underscored their full support for UNMISS peacekeepers and commended the actions of the UNMISS contingents in Bor as they sought to fulfil their mandate to protect civilians. They also called on all parties to refrain from actions or statements that could further escalate the situation.”
“Many people have lost everything. Hundreds of thousands of women and children continue to bear the brunt of the Boko Haram violence,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said of the grants to support humanitarian partners in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.The funds from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), set up 10 years ago to provide immediate financing for both sudden-onset and long-festering crises, will provide life-saving aid to almost 1.7 million people who are in urgent need of food, drinking water, shelter, health care, protection and education.“Saving lives and protecting people in the region is at the centre of the humanitarian response,” Mr. O’Brien said earlier in the week. Some $10 million will bolster relief efforts in Nigeria, while humanitarian partners in Cameroon, Chad and Niger will receive $7 million each. “Aid agencies in region have warned that living conditions for the affected people in the region are dire, giving rise to serious protection and health concerns. The $31 million CERF allocation will provide a much-needed injection of funds for partners to provide for the most basic life sustaining needs in the Lake Chad region.”Women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been subjected to physical and psychological abuse, forced labour, forced marriage and sexual slavery. Boys have been forcibly enrolled as combatants. Humanitarian agencies will use CERF funds to support urgently needed protection including prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence in the four countries.In Nigeria, CERF funding will also be critical for providing emergency shelter, health care, safe drinking water and sanitation and nutrition for people living in overcrowded camps in the north east of the country. In Cameroon, Chad and Niger, it will allow improved access to shelters, reproductive health care, safe drinking water and sanitation in camps for displaced, host communities and schools.The region also suffers from chronic food insecurity and under-development, and the funds will provide food, supplementary feeding and nutritional support to people facing severe hunger as insecurity continues to have a negative impact on livelihoods, food security, and nutrition. Since its inception in 2006, 125 UN Member States and Observers, private-sector donors and regional governments have supported CERF, which has allocated almost $4.2 billion in support of humanitarian operations in 94 countries and territories.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the better part of the past two seasons, Ohio State’s junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been the crutch the Buckeyes lean on when things go wrong.But so far this season, Miller’s third as the starter for OSU, that crutch has started to splinter.Now with Iowa and the eighth-ranked run defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision coming to Columbus, Miller said Wednesday OSU has to be careful not to repeat its early season mistakes.“(Iowa has a) pretty good defense, you know, probably the best we’ve faced so far. Got to have good preparation throughout the whole week,” Miller said.Miller made his return from an MCL sprain against Wisconsin Sept. 28, throwing four touchdown passes, but then struggled against Northwestern the following week. No touchdowns and three turnovers, including two fumbles, had fans calling for redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Miller said he struggled against the Wildcats with ball security, but the fumbling issues are something that can be fixed.“I’ve been watching film on it. I really wasn’t holding the ball correctly when I was cutting (through) the holes, and I wasn’t holding the ball real tight and it’s an easy fix,” Miller said.Coach Urban Meyer said Miller played well against Northwestern, but he can’t ignore his issues with ball security.“I expect him to be ‘Braxton Miller’ with better ball security,” Meyer said to the media Wednesday. “You take away those two fumbles, he actually played pretty good that game, real good, but that’s like saying take away a bad golf shot on the 18th hole. That’s the way it is.”Despite his praise of Miller, Meyer said he was close to putting Guiton in the game after Miller’s second fumble.Since Northwestern, Meyer said he has noticed Miller working harder on holding onto the football.“I see a guy that I wanted to see and I did see, a guy that recognized the mistakes he made, and then he’s going to work hard to correct them,” Meyer said. “No. 1 was ball security, that was the No. 1 issue.”Miller said Wednesday the coaching staff made him carry a ball during team stretches to practice ball security.“It’s always just keep it tight when I take off and run, QB run or anything like that,” Miller said. “Throughout the stretching at the beginning of practice, it’s ‘hold it tight.’ They had me hold the ball throughout the whole stretch.”Although ball security has been a big focus for the coaching staff, it might not be the only issue Miller is struggling with.Miller said his knee made it difficult to run the way he wanted to against Northwestern, but he is almost back to full health.“I’d say just a little bit on my cutting-wise and you know,” Miller said. “Just not my old self in running a little bit, but I’m still working on it, it should be good.”Miller, though, is still a valuable leader for OSU, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the game against Northwestern.“He’s still vocal. He’s still going to tell us what we need to do,” Brown said. “He’s the quarterback of the team so whenever he talks, everybody listens, and we’re just going to follow his lead and go where we need to go.”Miller will look to right his wrongs from the previous game when the Buckeyes kick off against the Hawkeyes Saturday, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.For Miller, success will depend on if he is able to get back to the standard he’s set for himself.“I wasn’t fully myself throughout the whole game,” Miller said. “Playing on grass a little bit, you know, little bit on my running, I just wasn’t my old self, I felt like and you know just got to keep getting healthy, getting treatment on it and just get back to my old ways.”
Vive Tauron Kielce won double crown in Polish handball! Talant Dujshebaev guys easily beat Orlen Wisla Plock 33:26 (19:12) in Warszaw for the 13th trophy in the Polish Cup competition. That was a spectacular finish of another domestic season while “grand final” of the whole season would be seen at Lanxess Arena in Cologne next weekend when VELUX EHF FINAL4 will be played.Vive Tauron Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 33:26 (19:12)Vive: Szmal, Sego – Reichmann 1, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 5, Cupić 3, Kus, Aguinagalde 1, Jurecki 8, Tkaczyk 1, Chrapkowski, Bielecki 6, Lijewski 3, Paczkowski 1, Zorman 3.Wisła: Corrales, Wichary – Daszek, Wiśniewski 2, Ghionea 4/2, Kwiatkowski, Rocha 4, Racotea 4, Pusica, Montoro, Tarabochia 1, Toledo 3, Żytnikow 8. Polish handball cupVive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest win Belarussian championship 2016! Next Story → TWO MORE: RNL one step closer – Bye bye Lubbecke and Eisenach
Pic: Brendan Griffin Facebook“CURVACEOUS WITH A mild Sergeant Pepper’s influence” is how Brendan Griffin describes his moustache which is causing quite the stir around Leinster House – or so he says.The Fine Gael TD for Kerry South is sporting a handlebar muzzy in aid of men’s cancer and just over a week in it’s already shaping to be pretty impressive by the end of this month.This is the second year that Griffin has taken part in ‘Movember’ – where men spend the month of November growing ‘taches to support men’s cancer charities, with varying degrees of success.Writing on his charity page, Griffin says that he’s “making good progress but getting very strange looks around Leinster House…”However he goes on to warn that he will be extracting donations from anyone who slags it off and on Facebook he says he’s already collected €16 from on the spot fines.It’s not yet clear if any other TDs are joining Griffin in his Movember challenge.Mind you, for some in Leinster House every month is Movember:Pic: Photocall IrelandAre you growing a Mo for Movember? Let us know in the comments or send us your efforts so far.WATCH: ‘I binge drink myself, and I’m ashamed of that’: TDs debate alcohol sponsorship of sport
It was inevitable once the smell of blood was in the water. Megaupload has been knocked off its perch by a police raid, its assets are frozen, and now the copyright lawyers are circling. The first aggrieved party to make a move is ValCom, and you could be forgiven for not being familiar with it. The company says many of its copyrighted files were being distributed via Megaupload, and now it wants compensation.ValCom makes public notifications systems like those you might find in schools or public spaces. It also owns the rights to over 6,000 video and audio titles, and it is these that Megaupload is accused of hosting. ValCom is coming out swinging (and maybe looking for attention), reminding everyone in its press release that the maximum penalty per infringement under law is $150,000. Do the math, and 6,000 infringing files could be a staggering $900 million in damages. If things don’t go optimally (which is likely) ValCom might only get a few million for its trouble.If anyone is going to get any money out of Megaupload, now is the time. The site is shut down, and things are about to get very expensive for the site owners. Also at issue is the probable mountains of infringing content that was being hosted on Megaupload. Almost every company that holds copyrights would have some claim to the funds being held by the government. It’s not going to be possible for everyone to get $900 million.The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) does allow for a site to claim safe harbor protection, provided that it complies with reasonable measures to the presence of infringing material. The fact that Megaupload was raided seems to close that door tight. Be on the lookout as more companies come out of the woodwork to file suits, and maybe they’ll want a look at that user data being stored by Megaupload’s hosting provider.via The Next Web
Hadopi : le décret concernant la gestion des données personnelles publié au Journal OfficielFrance – Le décret sur le traitement automatisé de données à caractère personnel prévu par l’Hadopi a été publié au Journal Officiel.Ce décret relatif au “système de gestion des mesures pour la protection des œuvres sur Internet” précise la nature des données personnelles qui seront collectées par les ayants droit et les fournisseurs d’accès Internet (FAI) avant d’être conservées par la Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi). Ces données seront utilisées pour identifier les internautes suspectés de téléchargement illégal et seront archivées pendant deux mois au minimum, et vingt mois au maximum.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Les ayants droit engageront des sociétés spécialisées pour recueillir les données suivantes : la date et l’heure des faits, l’adresse IP des abonnés concernés, le Protocole P2P utilisé, le pseudonyme de l’abonné, des informations relatives aux œuvres ou objets concernés par les faits, le nom du fichier tel que présent sur le poste de l’abonné (le cas échéant), le FAI auprès duquel l’accès a été souscrit.De leur côté, les FAI devront fournir à l’Hadopi : les noms et prénoms des internautes suspectés, leurs adresses postales et électroniques, leurs coordonnées téléphoniques et l’adresse de leur installation téléphonique.La Haute autorité utilisera ces données pour envoyer les avertissements prévus dans le cadre de la loi de lutte contre le téléchargement illégal. Elle devra également gérer la conservation des informations personnelles qui durera au minimum deux mois, même dans le cas où aucun mail d’avertissement n’aura été envoyé à l’internaute. Si un premier mail est bien envoyé, le délai de conservation passera à 14 mois, puis à 20 mois si une lettre recommandée est envoyée, cette dernière représentant la dernière étape de la riposte graduée avant la coupure de la connexion Internet.Le 8 mars 2010 à 17:33 • Emmanuel Perrin
Etats-Unis : les téléphones Android numéro un des ventesLes téléphones mobiles fonctionnant grâce au système d’exploitation de Google sont parvenus à rafler la première place des ventes sur le marché.On pensait le marché du smartphone dominé par Blackberry ou encore Apple aux Etats-Unis, cela n’est plus le cas. Pour la première fois depuis son lancement, le système d’exploitation de Google, Android, se situe sur la première marche des ventes de mobiles aux Etats-Unis, avec 31,2% de part de marché, selon comScore.Sur ce podium, Apple apparait en troisième position avec 24,7% de part de marché, juste derrière Blackberry et ses 30,4% de part de marché. Dans la suite du classement, on retrouve Microsoft en quatrième position ainsi que Palm. En France, l’iPhone est sérieusement concurrencé par les mobiles tournant sous Android. Un scénario similaire n’est pas impossible dans l’Hexagone.Le 9 mars 2011 à 13:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’iMac de luxe, 27 pouces dorésC’est Computer Choppers qui dévoile une version très luxueuse de l’iMac d’Apple…Spécialisée dans la customisation d’objets high-tech, Computer Choppers s’attaque maintenant à l’iMac, après avoir déjà décliné des consoles de salon (Wii, PS3…). Pour l’iMac, la firme a relooké le modèle 27 pouces, avec une cape dorée en or 24 carats. Le clavier sans fil se dote aussi de ce revêtement de luxe, de même pour le pavé tactile, disponible en option. Si vous avez déjà les robinets ou la cuvette des toilettes en or, l’iMac doré est pour vous, histoire d’impressionner toujours plus. Ce bijoux devrait cependant avoisiner les 7.500 à 10.000 dollars (5.600 à 7.500 euros), donc à ce prix là, il devrait y avoir le nécessaire en terme de logiciel, de firmware etc.Le 26 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Sony MX-1000M3 ($350) Tribit XFree Tune: $50 As long as you’re OK with a noise-isolating design, the Anker Liberty Air are an excellent alternative to the AirPods and cost half the price ($80). And while they’re available in white (like the AirPods), they also come in black. See at Walmart See at Walmart Jun 14 • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart reading • Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 See at Apple It’s a little expensive at $300, but the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless currently delivers the best sound quality we’ve heard in a true wireless headphone. See at Amazon Samsung Galaxy Buds: $129 See at Amazon Apple’s second-generation AirPods are an incremental upgrade from the original AirPods — and incremental upgrades tend to be a little boring. And on the surface anyway, the new AirPods aren’t exciting. However, thanks to those updated components on the inside, including a new H1 chip that supports Bluetooth 5.0, improved audio synchronization and always-on Siri, they’re definitely better in small ways that a lot of people will appreciate. Even though it’s $40 more at $199, the model with the wireless charging case is probably the one to get — if you giving it as a gift. Best true wireless headphones under $100 The best-sounding bargain wireless headphone Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Bose QuietComfort 35 II review Sarah Tew/CNET Sony’s WH-1000XM3, the third generation of Sony’s excellent wireless noise-canceling headphones, is more comfortable and features even better performance. It’s currently our top-rated noise-canceling headphone. Read the Anker Liberty Air review Read the Samsung Galaxy Buds review Sarah Tew/CNET Tags See at Amazon Read the Bose Frames review Angela Lang/CNET The best true wireless headphones for Dad While its noise-canceling feature and comfort level aren’t quite on par with competing models from Bose and Sony, JBL’s Live 650BTNC ($200) sound measures up well and it’s worth considering if you don’t want to spend $300 or more on a noise-canceling headphone. See at Walmart See at Walmart Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless: $300 The Powerbeats Pro, Beats first true wireless earphones, are larger, sportier versions of the 2019 AirPods. They offer all the same basic conveniences of the AirPods, including fast pairing, rock-solid wireless connectivity and always-on Siri voice-recognition for iOS users, but they deliver bigger sound and have better battery life. Only drawbacks: They’re fairly pricey and have a bulky charging case. Also, there are some delays with shipping times as demand is high and Beats can’t seem to make them fast enough. Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast 15 Photos Jabra’s Elite Active 65t ($190) are one of the top truly wireless earphones and are superior to Apple’s AirPods in some ways. The step-down Elite 65t earphones aren’t quite as durable, but there isn’t a huge difference and they sometimes go on sale. See at Amazon Jabra Elite Active 65t: $190 null See at Walmart Read the Apple AirPods (2019) review See also For dads who are sticklers for sound quality Anker Soundcore Liberty Air: $80 Apple AirPods: $159 – $199 Our favorite gifts for Father’s Day 14 great gifts under $50 Gifts for Dad under $100 Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 For the dads who enjoy their booze Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day Laptop and PC gifts for dads Best phones to gift your dad for Father’s Day Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 Best audio gifts for Father’s Day Best Father’s Day gifts to combat dad bod Father’s Day gaming gifts for the badass dad Best Father’s Day gifts for every kind of foodie dad The Cheapskate’s top Father’s Day gift picks Father’s Day gift ideas for your car-loving dad David Carnoy/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Live 650BTNC: $200 A more affordable noise-canceling headphone See All Read the Sennheiser Momentum True review Read the Tribit XFree Tune review For frequent flyer dads See at Amazon With a multitude of models to chose from, it’s not easy to figure which headphone to buy these days. With that in mind, we’re highlighting several of our highest rated wireless headphones — not all of them are pricey — to help narrow down your gift choice this Father’s Day.I have fully reviewed and tested all of these headphones (see the links below), and I’m listing them from most affordable to most expensive. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. If you’re looking for a headphone gift for an Android users, the Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s latest answer to the AirPods — and they’re a likable set of true wireless earphones. Here’s a way to combine two gifts into one. Yes, the Bose Frames ($199) are both sunglasses and headphones — and they sound surprisingly good for sunglasses headphones. The Frames are available in two models: The Rondo and Alto. You can only get them in black for now. 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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Pilippo Gandhi, UN Under Secretary General (Human Affairs) Mark Lowcock and IOM director general Antonio Vitorino pay a joint courtesy call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office, Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon the international organisations including the United Nations (UN) to play a strong role in repatriation of the Rohingya people from Bangladesh.“Giving shelter to over one million forcibly displaced Rohingyas is a huge burden for us and how long we will bear the load? They must go back to their homeland of Myanma’s Rakhaine state,” she said.The premier added: “So we want you to play a more proactive role in this regard.”The prime minister said this when United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Pilippo Gandhi, UN Under Secretary General (Human Affairs) Mark Lowcock and Director General of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Antonio Vitorino paid a joint courtesy call on her at her Jatiya Sangsad office in Dhaka in the evening.After the meeting, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen.Sheikh Hasina thanked the UN organisations as well as other international bodies and different countries for extending their support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.She said the local people are suffering a lot due to exodus of over one million Rohingyas into Cox’s Bazar. “Their cultivable land and even local forest resources are being ruined for the presence of the Rohingyas,” she said.Sheikh Hasina warned of disasters, saying natural calamity, cyclone and landslide in the hill areas can take place at any time particularly in the coming monsoon for which the Rohingyas may be affected seriously.“So, it’s better to shift them from this place, otherwise the risk factors will be high,” she added.The premier, however, mentioned that the government is developing an island named Bhashanchar where more than 100,000 Rohingyas will be shifted with better living and other facilities.About education of the Rohingya children, the prime minister said the teachers who entered Bangladesh with them are providing informal education to the children.In reply, the three top UN officials highly appreciated the prime minister for her humanitarian gesture of giving shelter over one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.Pointing out their visit to Myanmar, they informed the prime minister that they sought access of the UNDP and UNHCR to Myanmar on the repatriation of Rohingyas.“We’re committed to continuing help Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue, especially providing education for the Rohingya children,” they said.The UN officials said they held talks and signed agreements with the Myanmar authorities on the Rohingya repatriation. But the progress is very slow in this regard, they remarked.State minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, PM’s principal secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo were also present at the meeting.
Even if you do not sweat it out in the gym very morning, swapping out just a few minutes of sedentary time with some sort of movement can help you live longer, suggests new research.In the study involving over 3,000 people aged 50 to 79, the researchers found that the least active people were five times more likely to die during the study period than the most active people and three times more likely than those in the middle range for activity.“You did not have to even get a good sweat to experience the reduced likelihood of mortality,” said study lead author Ezra Fishman from University of Pennsylvania in the US. “Activity doesn’t have to be especially vigorous to be beneficial. That’s the public health message,” Fishman noted. For the study, the participants wore ultra-sensitive activity trackers, called accelerometers, for seven days, generating data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For these same people, the agency then tracked mortality for the next eight years.“When we compare people who exercise the same amount, those who sit less and move around more tend to live longer,” Fishman said. “The folks who were walking around, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor tended to live longer than the people who were sitting at a desk,” Fishman noted. Though the scientists did not discover any magic threshold for the amount a person needs to move to improve mortality, they did learn that even adding just 10 minutes per day of light activity could make a difference.
Dustin Johnson started off the season with a win at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, in Hawaii, and he also hit one of the most incredible golf shots you’ll ever see when he bombed a drive within a foot of the hole on the 433-yard Par 4 12th.This looked like it was going in the entire way, but just ran out of gas. Still a helluva rip. Paulina approves.
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. March 24, 2017 Tech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google know a lot about us. They have data on where we are in the world, what we search, share and buy and how and when we make those purchases. Ranking Digital Rights, a nonprofit research group that works out of nonpartisan think tank New America’s Open Technology Institute, released its annual study yesterday looking at how the biggest tech companies around the world fare when it comes protecting freedom of expression and how transparent they are about privacy policies and what they do with user information.The answer, having ranked 12 mobile and internet companies and 10 telecommunication firms that are used by more than half of 3.7 billion global internet users, is that they could do better.Related: Senate Votes to Reverse FCC Consumer Internet Privacy Rules“Company disclosure is inadequate across the board. … Even the better performing companies had significant gaps in disclosure on key issues that affect what a user can and cannot say or do, or who knows what about their activities,” noted the Ranking Digital Rights researchers.Google was awarded the top spot with a score of 65 percent and Microsoft came in second at 62 percent, but they were the only companies in the index that had scores higher than 60 percent. Rounding out the top five was Yahoo, which has had its share of security breaches lately, at 58 percent, Facebook at 53 percent and South Korean social giant Kakao at 50 percent.Related: We Scored High on This Cybersecurity Quiz. How About You?Twitter and Apple were ranked sixth and seventh out of 12, but while Twitter is close behind Kakao at 48 percent, Apple’s score dropped to 35 percent.The reasoning behind Apple’s less than stellar score, according to the researchers, was because “poor disclosure about the company’s commitments and policies affecting users’ freedom of expression. Next to its peers, Apple also disclosed little information about how it has institutionalized its commitments to users’ rights through corporate governance, oversight, and accountability mechanisms.”As for the realm of telecommunications, AT&T and U.K.-based Vodafone tied for first place with scores of 48 percent, followed by Spain’s Telefónica at 33 percent. Vodafone was better when it came to sharing with its users its policies around freedom of expression while AT&T was more upfront about user privacy. Meanwhile, Telefónica was actually the most successful of all of the companies ranked when it came to disclosing to users how it handled security breaches. Enroll Now for Free 3 min read
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