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Iraq UN envoy strongly condemns deadly bomb blasts in Baghdad

22 December 2011The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned today’s bomb attacks that caused a large number of deaths and injuries in the capital, Baghdad, and urged all of the country’s leaders to unite and bring the violence to an end. “These horrendous crimes being committed against the Iraqi people need to stop and violence must end if this country is ever to achieve the prosperous and secure future its people duly deserve,” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in a statement.Media reports indicated that the series of bomb blasts at various locations in Baghdad in the morning rush-hour killed more than 60 people and wounded more 180 others. Among the victims were children, Mr. Kobler said.“No Iraqi citizen and most definitely no innocent child should endure what is being inflicted on them. It is the duty of all leaders in Iraq to act swiftly, responsibly and in unity to shoulder their responsibilities to end the ongoing violence.“The people of Iraq have the right to live without fear for their lives, safety and security. They deserve a secure and prosperous future,” said Mr. Kobler.On Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the completion of the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq had opened a new chapter in the country’s recent history, terming the departure of the foreign forces an opportunity for Iraqi leaders to demonstrate their capacity to steer the nation towards a better future.Mr. Ban said he is closely following the political situation in the country and urged the leadership to engage in inclusive and constructive dialogue to resolve their differences and build on the achievements that have been made so far in laying the ground for a democratic State. read more

Over 65 voter turnout registered at LG elections

Over 65% of voter turnout had been registered at the Local Government (LG) elections, the Elections Department said.Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that there were no serious incidents reported for the voting at any electorate to be cancelled. He said that overall the election was peaceful with only a few incidents reported. (Colombo Gazette)

Foodora couriers in Toronto preparing to vote on union certification

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Foodora couriers in Toronto are preparing to vote on union certification in what could create Canada’s first unionized workforce of app-based workers.An application by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers was filed last week with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, months after a campaign was launched that addressed working conditions.The union says couriers intend to negotiate a better compensation model, health and safety protections when workers are injured and recognition of basic rights of workers that aren’t recognized by Foodora, which classifies them as independent contractors.Voting begins on Friday and ends Tuesday.Foodora’s workers are paid $4.50 per order plus $1 per kilometre between the restaurant and delivery address, while restaurants pay the company up to about 30 per cent of the order total.The postal workers union says it filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the labour board over what it claims are Foodora Canada’s spreading of lies and misinformation to scare couriers to vote against certification.It says Foodora has attacked the union drive by threatening the income of couriers through emails and directly messaging them on the app.“We will not stand for this type of intimidation from the employer — we will not back down,” stated Jan Simpson, CUPW National President. “Foodora couriers deserve to be treated with respect and we will negotiate better working conditions for them. Gig economy workers have been too vulnerable for too long. Their exploitation ends now.”Foodora spokeswoman Sadie Weinstein says the company has and will continue to act in “good faith” and in accordance with Ontario’s labour laws.“We greatly value our relationship with our couriers and the work they do as independent contractors,” she wrote in an email. “Foodora recognizes that the decision on whether or not to unionize is an important one for our couriers, and we’ll continue to exercise our right to free speech to ensure that our couriers can make a fully informed choice.”Foodora operates in seven cities in Canada.The United Food and Commercial Workers union is also conducting a drive to organize Uber drivers but has not yet achieved certification. read more

Guatemala UN rights chief welcomes historic genocide conviction of former military leader

“Guatemala has made history by becoming the first country in the world to convict a former head of State for genocide in its own national court,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who added that the trial was of “monumental” national and global importance in the fight against impunity. “I salute the victims, relatives and survivors whose courage and perseverance made this possible against all odds, as well as the lawyers, prosecutors and judges who carried out their duties under exceptionally difficult circumstances in the face of serious threats and intimidation.”Mr. Ríos Montt was sentenced on Friday to 80 years for his leading role in the killing of 1,771 people during his time in office between 1982 and 1983, as well as for the forced displacement, starvation, torture, and systematic rape and sexual assault that were deliberately inflicted on Guatemala’s Mayan Ixil communities.The Guatemalan court found that the crimes were committed in accordance with military plans intended to exterminate those who were considered “enemies,” which included not only guerrillas but also the civilian Ixil community that the authorities perceived to be supporting them. The three-judge panel concluded that Mr. Ríos Montt had ordered the plans that led to the genocide, had full knowledge of the atrocities committed, and did nothing to stop them despite having the power to do so. In all, some 200,000 people – over 80 per cent of them of indigenous Mayan origin – were killed during the 36-year-long war, but the period of Ríos Montt’s rule is considered one of the bloodiest in the conflict. “Despite all the obstacles, interruptions and numerous legal challenges which slowed down the trial, Guatemala has shown the world, and even more importantly its own people, that it is possible to address past crimes and bring justice,” Ms. Pillay said. “This historic verdict shows that no one is above the law, and that Guatemala’s institutions have the strength and solidity to carry this through – provided there is the will to do so.”Ms. Pillay urged the Guatemalan authorities to continue to provide effective security for all those involved in the trial, including lawyers, prosecutors, victims, witnesses and human rights defenders. She also urged respect for the verdict and sentence and continued adherence to due process of law.“Guatemala can now truly begin to heal the wounds of the past, as the suffering of so many people has been formally recognised,” she said. “Now the country has shown that justice for serious international crimes can – and should – take place anywhere and everywhere that they occur.“This trial will bring encouragement to people all over the world struggling for justice for crimes committed thirty years ago, and for crimes being committed today. For this reason, the trial and conviction of Ríos Montt has been of monumental importance at the international as well as the national level.” read more

One million Somalis at risk of starvation UN envoy warns briefing Security

This number is up 20 per cent compared to six months ago, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, told Security Council today as he briefed the 15-member body on the situation in the country.By the end of August, twice as many households were assisted per month with food aid. Over 300 metric tons of supplies for tens of thousands of people have been delivered by air due to the lack of secure access to recovered areas. But this falls short of needs on the ground. Air cargo flights simply cannot deliver the quantities required. Secure road access is essential. Echoing Mr. Kay’s warning about the dire situation, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Horn of Africa, Philippe Lazzarini, said in an earlier interview with UN Radio that 50,000 children in Somalia could die unless they are given immediate assistance. “We have more than one million people who are in need of urgent assistance. Among them we have 250,000 children. And among them, we have 50,000 children who are on the doorstep of death, if no assistance is provided now,” said Mr. Lazzarini. A drought has worsened an already grim humanitarian situation in the country which has experienced more than two decades of insecurity. The Al Shabaab terrorist group has been driven out of a number of cities but has blocked food supply routes in some parts of the country.Mr. Kay today told the Council today that military gains must be consolidated through stabilization. While Al-Shabaab has suffered significant reverses and the political process has moved forward, Somalia’s challenges remain significant. Urgent and coherent action by the Federal Government and international partners is needed in security, development, political and humanitarian fields. And women and youth must participate in the process of reconciliation and the establishment of interim regional administrations. He said he hoped for a “new map” of a federal Somalia by the end of the year. He also called for faster progress in creating two key constitutionally mandated bodies: the National Independent Electoral Commission and the Boundaries and Federation Commission. “I remain particularly concerned about the risk of political in-fighting,” Mr. Kay said, pointing out that twice in the last twelve months this has led to bureaucratic paralysis. Somalia’s political institutions, including the Federal Parliament should focus on establishing the processes that will pave the way to peace and stability.“This parliamentary session will be decisive: if key laws are not passed, Somalis will not achieve their dreams for a new constitution and democratic elections in 2016,” he added. Additionally, human rights remains a major concern, he said, briefing the Council on the recent arrests of journalists, who are yet to face trial, and the closure of media outlets, as well as the increasing use of capital punishment. read more

Denver Broncos select former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman in NFL draft

Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is brought down during the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State Dec. 7, 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoJeff Heuerman became the second former OSU player drafted when the Denver Broncos selected him with the 92nd pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft.The tight end enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign that included a team-best 17.9 yards per reception and four touchdowns. He finished his junior year with 26 receptions for 466 yards.The Naples, Fla., native was unable to replicate that success in his senior year, as he was hampered by foot injuries throughout the season. He finished the year with 17 receptions for 207 yards and two scores but did not record a reception in any of OSU’s three postseason games.Heuerman was named to the second-team All-Big Ten for his senior campaign. The tight end commenced his OSU career with 52 catches for 792 yards and seven scores.Denver lost tight end Julius Thomas in free agency during the offseason. Heuerman will join Owen Daniels and Virgil Green as tight ends for the Broncos.Denver is scheduled to open the 2015-16 season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13 at 4:25 p.m. read more

Killer might have been halted if weak spot gate had been bolted

first_imgThe terrorist attack on Parliament might have been prevented if police on duty at a well-known security “weak spot” had simply kept it bolted.The killer managed to get in through a vehicle gate in New Palace Yard – used by the Prime Minister and other members of the Government – because it was not locked.Known as Carriage Gates, it is always manned by two police officers, who usually leave it slightly ajar because it is in frequent use. But if the iron double gate had simply been bolted shut, it would have been impossible for the terrorist to pass. She said the thoughts and prayers of “the MPS [the Metropolitan Police] and the thousands of people who work in that building are with that poor officer and their family tonight.“I think we will need to look at security at the Palace [of Westminster] in the wake of this incident, but that is a plan for another day. I think tonight we need to be remembering all those who have been caught up in today’s tragic events.”Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, said there would have to be “a complete overhaul of security from top to bottom”. Mary Creagh, the MP for Wakefield, said: “It’s a terrible, terrible day for Parliament, the one weak spot on our estate is those carriage gates.“We have four police officers there, two on the gate going in, two on the gate going out, we see them every day, we are friends with lots of them.” The one weak spot on our estate is those carriage gatesMary Creagh, the MP for Wakefield Almost 130 MPs demanded more security for their homes in the wake of that attack, including bombproof letter boxes and reinforced windows.However, the presence of dozens of armed officers who patrol the Parliamentary estate had reassured MPs that, once through the gates of the Palace of Westminster, they were safe.In addition to the police presence, office doors require a security pass to open them. Pedestrian entrances for passholders require a pass and a pin number and passholders are vetted in advance by the security services. Parliamentary pass holders, who include MPs, journalists and staff, are allowed to enter the building through secure turnstiles without bag checks or scanners. Members of the public must go through airport-type security at pedestrian entrances. Despite her criticism, Ms Creagh praised the officers on duty at the Parliamentary estate, saying: “My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families as they have been absolute heroes. They are the people who stand there and have witnessed this attack on our building and our security.“They put their lives in harm’s way for us and I just want to thank them for what they’ve done.”Richard Benyon, a Conservative MP, said he was “irritated” by reports that parliamentary security was breached.He said on Twitter: “Attacker was taken down at gate. Highly professional response.” Iain Duncan Smith, a former Cabinet minister, asked why an armed policeman was not on the gate and said it was a “little bit of a surprise that there was not”. He said the gate was a “vulnerability” because vehicles came and went through it. The attack raised questions about whether Parliament may have become complacent. Security for MPs was reviewed after the murder of Jo Cox last year, although she was killed in her constituency, not near Parliament. Little bit of a surprise there wasn’t an armed policeman near the gateIain Duncan Smith, a former Cabinet minister Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Drama clubs should be given same emphasis as sport in school Duchess

Among the crowds were toddler from Abbeywood Nursery, which is opposite the theatre, who bundled up to see the royal couple and offered them an inadvertent glimpse of their lives to come as new parents.”How do you control them?” Harry wondered, before crouching down to pretend to be an aeroplane and tell a little boy: “You know you can run anywhere you want?” As they arrived in the new foyer of the theatre, the Duke and Duchess were greeted by dignitaries who sympathised over their journey in the cold weather.The Duchess spoke to Lord Mayor Cllr Cleo Lake, who told her of an upcoming black women’s theatre festival to be held in June, featuring the work of established and new playwrights and performers.”That’s very exciting, wow,” the Duchess exclaimed.  Drama clubs should be given the same emphasis as sport in schools, the Duchess of Sussex has said, as she argues the creative arts are equally likely to give young people a “community”.The Duchess, a former actress who has recently become patron of the National Theatre, said access to theatre provides the perfect creative outlet for youngsters, as well as a place for them of “self-discovery”. Visiting Bristol Old Vic to celebrate its major refurbishment, the Duchess gave young actors and actresses a pep talk on the stage, reassuring them that sport was not for everyone.”It’s good that you have this,” she told them. “And what a beautiful space as well, it’s really special.”Referring to a short tour she had just been on with her husband Prince Harry, she added: “We were just talking about it. “There’s so much of the emphasis in after school clubs on sport. Channelling the energy you have into the creative arts and theatre and all of that is equally as important. “Sport isn’t for everyone, just as theatre isn’t for everyone.   “You can know that there’s a place [here] where you can find community, and sort of explore self discovery and other things you might be thinking about.” So you’re planted?” asked the Duchess, watching him demonstrate.”Do they call that stage presence?” Prince Harry added, smiling at his wife.Meeting a small group of teenagers, the Duke and Duchess quizzed them about how drama helped them.Told that it was a good creative outlet from concentrating at school, the Duke empathised: “It’s quite hard sitting in a classroom being told what you should be interested in, whereas this is more than a hobby isn’t it? It runs in your blood.””It’s good to have the balance of both,” the Duchess added, perhaps mindful of their positions as role models. “When you have school, you really appreciate coming here, right?. It’s really good that you guys have this and have each other to explore your creativity.” Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Bristol “Nice to meet you,” the Duchess told her. “Is Ballerina your real name?””Are you a ballerina?” asked Harry, before being told that no, it was just the name she had chosen recently.As she tried to understand what Ocean was trying to tell her as she reached out to touch her, the Duchess guessed: “My hair is curly? Oh, my hands are cold! Ohh, thank you for warming them up.””I love the hair,” said the Duke, poking her playfully on the nose. Asked about her daughter afterwards, Ms Cordwell joked: “Her nursery was closed and I didn’t have much choice really, so I’m making a statement for working women.” Sally Cordwell, the executive director of the theatre, carried the unexpected star of the show: her three-year-old daughter Ocean, who captured the hearts of the couple after being introduced as “Ballerina”. The Duke told youngsters of drama: “It’s more than a hobby isn’t it? It runs in your blood.”  The Duke and Duchess spent more than an hour at the theatre, arriving in cold and snowy conditions but determined to undertake a walkabout so meet eager wellwishers. “If you didn’t come here after school, what would you be doing?” asked Meghan. “It’s so great you have this.”Back in the foyer, the royal couple clapped and cheered on the ensemble from the Bristol Old Vic Young Company, who sang a song from their new play Hercules, which explores what it means to be a man.Before they left, the Duke and Duchess unveiled a plaque to commemorate the newly refurbished theatre, nodding along to a speech in which Tom Morris emphasised the importance of arts in the community.When they began planning to remake the front of the theatre, he said it was feared “people felt that theatre felt like some sort of exclusive art form that wasn’t for the whole city” leading them to vow to “knock down the barriers”.  “It’s our aim as a theatre to be a place of welcome, entertainment and discovery for every community in this city and the region.”Having just had the huge privilege of showing the Duke and Duchess around the theatre, I’m really inspired by the genuine passion that they have for theatre. This is really important for us. “Not only that passion for the power that theatre has to tell huge stories, but the responsibility that every theatre has to its city and its region to open genuine creative opportunity to every child in the city. The Duchess wore heeled boots on the cobbled streets of BristolCredit:Max Mumby The Duchess wore heeled boots on the cobbled streets of Bristol Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in BristolCredit:Andrew Parsons/i-Images Duchess of Sussex greets well-wishers as she arrives in the snowCredit:Matt Dunham/AP “To create a meaningful talent pipeline that reaches into every community that can nourish not only the theatre industry but the whole creative sector, because we know that theatres are endlessly producing people who do creative things for the rest of their lives.”Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. The Duke and Duchess toured the recently renovated facility, which was reopened in September following a two-year, multi-million-pound project to make the front of house feel more welcoming. The Duke and Duchess were then taken on a tour of the theatre by Tom Morris, artistic director. Viewing an exhibition about the history of sound in the theatre, the Duke and Duchess watched a group of young people demonstrate how things have progressed.At the first station, which showed how sound was “spliced” or mixed together on reels of tape, the Duchess asked questions about whether it was easy to do, while the Duke wondered how it compared to modern apps.The second stop saw a young actor explain how posture helped them find confidence on stage.  Duchess of Sussex greets well-wishers as she arrives in the snow As they travelled through the theatre, Harry was allowed to try an 18th century wind machine, winding a handle to create a noise.In the main theatre, the royal couple spent a few minutes watching a theatre group rehearsing lines from King Lear, applauding them from the dress circle.Invited to speak to them on the stage, the Duchess told them “you were great, by the way” before asking about how they were involved in drama. read more

BBC presenter reveals he is suffering from Parkinsons after viewers spot his

The three main symptoms of the illness are involuntary shaking or tremors, slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles.However those with Parkinson’s disease can experience further  physical and psychological signs. These include problems with balancing, insomnia, memory loss, decreased sense of smell and depression and anxiety.The technology reporter added that his symptoms are largely under control and that he will continue working as a journalist for the time beings.In good spirits, Cellan-Jones added: “I’m getting good treatment and the symptoms are mild right now – so I’m carrying on as normal.”Onwards and upwards!” The BBC’s Brussels reporter, Adam Fleming wrote: “True public service to be so open about it. Best wishes.”Whilst Parkinson’s UK’s digital director Julie Dodd offered advice from the charity. She said: “Parkinson’s UK is here for you if you need any advice. And if you’re interested in hearing about some of the new technologies being used in Parkinson’s research and treatment I’d love to fill you in.” 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. Preparing for the first live TV broadcast over a 5G network pic.twitter.com/mwwAkEwXA4— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) May 30, 2019 A prominent BBC presenter has revealed that he has Parkinson’s disease after viewers spotted his hands shaking during a live report. In the UK’s first ever news broadcast using a public 5G network, Rory Cellan-Jones – the BBC’s technology correspondent – reported live outside from London’s Covent Garden.After millions of viewers tuned in to watch the event on BBC Breakfast, a handful of people noticed his shaky hand.Their comments prompted the journalist to reveal that it was a physical symptom of his recently diagnosed Parkinson’s.Cellan-Jones wrote on Twitter after the landmark broadcast: “A couple of people have noticed my hand shaking in my live 5G broadcast today.“So seems a good time to reveal that I’ve recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.”Hundreds of individuals responded to the journalist, wishing him well and commending him for his honesty about his condition. read more

Geek Pick DJI Osmo Action Is an Impressive Camera Debut

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Geek Pick: Flir One Pro Is a Hot Thermal CameraGeek Pick: AmazonBasics Microwave Cooks A Smart DinnerGeek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute Computer An action camera, if you don’t know, is a conveniently portable camera meant to take all sorts of punishment while you record yourself doing extreme things at extreme places. The DJI Osmo Action definitely fits the bill. It’s 1.7 by 2.6 by 1.4 inches and weighs just 4.4 ounces. It’s waterproof up to 36 feet deep. The rugged body keeps the camera working even after perilous drops and there’s a mounting cage for extra protection.The specs of the camera itself are also worth all that protection. You can record stabilized 4K footage at 60FPS or up the framerate to 240FPS at 1080p for stylish smooth slow-mo shots. Swap between different lens filters, like a polarizer or underwater color balance, to make your image even more perfect. And navigate the menus with color displays, rare for this product category.As cool as this first attempt from DJI is though, it’s not quite enough to overtake the Hero7 from the kings of action cameras at GoPro. The Osmo Action’s battery life and image stabilization aren’t as good. Stabilization doesn’t work at all with HDR. However, at $350, it is $50 cheaper.For more on the DJI Osmo Action check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on weird cameras check out the new Snap Spectacles and the 360fly HD camera.More on Geek.com: DJI is one of the best manufacturers of drones, or at least the relatively good kind of drones. We’re not talking about the drones the American military uses to turn bombing other countries into an abstract game. We’re talking about the drones consumers buy to fly around for fun and record sick aerial footage. So with that background in exciting dynamic outdoor photography, it makes sense why DJI’s first standalone action camera, the DJI Osmo Action, is such an impressive debut. Stay on targetlast_img read more

PM Minnis Urges Disaster Managers to Develop New Mindsets and Protocols in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season ended November 30 as the seventh most active season covering 166 years.   The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes, including six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) and was also the most active season since 2005.   The statistics are based on the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index, which measures the combined intensity and duration of the storms during the season and is used to classify the strength of the entire 2017 hurricane season.   And it could get worse going forward.Addressing the Opening Session of the week-long 10th Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Conference currently underway in New Providence, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said various climate models suggest that damage from natural disasters have increased sharply.  Such damage, the Prime Minister said, is likely to worsen, especially from flooding.   The underlying culprit — climate change as a result of global warming.“The National Wildlife Foundation in the United States notes:  ‘The latest science connecting hurricanes and global warming suggests more is yet to come,’” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Professor Kerry Emmanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology notes: ‘Global warming is tangibly increasing hurricane risks around the world.’“Tropical Storms,” Prime Minister Minnis continued, “are likely to bring higher wind speeds, more precipitation, and bigger storm surge in the coming decades.”Prime Minister Minnis said Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as The Bahamas and other low-lying, coastal countries of the Caribbean and the Pacific region, are at great risk of climate change.“We must develop new mindsets and protocols in this era of Super Storms,” Dr. Minnis told conference delegates, many of them from the Caribbean and Pacific regions in addition to their international counterparts.“We are constantly reminded that the countries in our region are located in one of the most hurricane prone areas in the world.   The risks we face threaten our fragile economies, and demand that we have in place, sound, disaster risk management systems.“We must continue to build disaster resilient communities through partnerships for resilience.   As a region, we must continue to press through CARICOM, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the United Nations and in other international fora for the promised assistance from Developed countries to help countries in our region to mitigate the effects of climate change, overwhelmingly caused by Developed countries.”Prime Minister Minnis said as a low-lying, coastal state, The Bahamas has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and its byproducts.“Our NEMA team has met with the CDEMA Coordinating Unit to discuss the Country Work Programme and its alignment with national goals identified in the regional CDM Strategy.“Our priorities are mapping of vulnerable areas and community preparedness. We are building capacity in our Family islands and working to bring communities to a point where they can respond as quickly as possible in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, including logistical capacity.”By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis addresses the Opening Ceremony of the 10th Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Conference underway at Melia Nassau Beach resort.  The Conference is being held under the theme, “The Road to Resilience Checkpoint 2017: Building Resilience through Partnerships.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Galaxy Fold was rushed Samsungs next move matters most

first_img 36 Photos Android Update TCL’s DragonHinge lets phones bend and fold Mobile Tablets Phones Foldable Phones The key to making phones stronger is bendable glass, which won’t be ready for a few years. CNET got an exclusive look at Corning’s bendable glass, which, even if fragile, is still expected to offer a degree of protection over the Galaxy Fold and Mate X’s plastic screens.Observers were mostly concerned about the “ugly” crease you see when you unbend a foldable phone into its full-screen mode, and if this could lead to wear and tear over hundreds of thousands of bends. The crease either appears as a ridge or a valley depending on if the larger screen unfolds on the inside or outside of the device. For example, the Galaxy Fold opens like a book to reveal an interior 7.3-inch display, where the Mate X’s 8-inch screen acts more like the book cover that wraps around the outside of the frame.A plastic screen prone to scratches on its softer surface was another issue, especially for outward-bending models like the Mate X, where more of the delicate screen is exposed. 60 Photos The future of foldable phones is murky even now. Angela Lang/CNET Note: Samsung has announced it will relaunch the Galaxy Fold in September.Even before Samsung’s mobile chief, DJ Koh, admitted that he “pushed [the Fold] through before it was ready”, massive delays to the first major foldable phone slammed the brakes on what was once billed as nothing short of a phone revolution. In the 67 days since the Galaxy Fold was initially slated to sell on April 26, Samsung’s admission (some may say it stops short of a full apology) adds heft to fears that the foldable phones, which are part phone, part tablet, are more gimmick than revelatory gadget. What happens next is crucial to Samsung’s foldable future, and could help or hurt the chances of unreleased foldable devices from other brands.Foldable phones have been heralded as the next big thing because of their ability to double the device’s display size with a large, bendable screen. They also aim to shake up design at a time when phone sales have waned amid lackluster upgrades. Samsung (and Huawei) wanted their Galaxy Fold (and Mate X) to prove how exciting and successful a foldable phone could be. But after the screens on some reviewers’ test phones kept breaking (ours didn’t), Samsung delayed the Fold. With only a mea culpa from Koh and not a whisper of a new release window for the Galaxy Fold, there’s no telling if Samsung will be able to recapture the energy it inspired at the Galaxy Fold’s flashy launch Feb. 20. Anyone who cares about the fate of foldable phones is suspended in Galaxy Fold limbo.”I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery,” Koh told The Independent during an interview in Seoul.For its part, Samsung might well be shifting gears to announce the Galaxy Note 10 at its next Unpacked launch event in New York on Aug. 7. Perhaps we’ll hear more about the Galaxy Fold then. 10:12 0 Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use null Share your voice In the Galaxy Fold’s case, where Gorilla Glass protects the interior screen when the phone is closed, I still noticed indentations and scratches on the plastic cover material after just seven days. Some of the Fold’s issues arose because reviewers peeled off a protective layer that wasn’t intended to come off, which made the phone immediately stop working. Samsung has reportedly fixed these problems but hasn’t shared when it plans to put the Galaxy Fold on sale.What about the US ban against Huawei?Some have wondered if the US government’s move to blacklist Huawei from its US partners plays a role in the Mate X’s launch date. For example, Huawei has been cut off from any US-based business supplying software (e.g. Android), components and even consulting services across all of Huawei’s businesses.Although the ban received a temporary reprieve that allows Huawei to support current products, followed by a further easing of restrictions, it’s uncertain if the Mate X will be able to access every component and scrap of software it needs to compete against the Galaxy Fold. The Mate X was announced before President Trump signed the executive order against Huawei, but has never received a firm release date. If Huawei needs Google’s support for foldable phones and Android apps to sell the Mate X outside of China, that could certainly influence its decision to wait. The Wall Street Journal reported that sourcing parts wasn’t an issue, according to Huawei SVP Vincent Peng, but that Huawei and Google are still discussing the license over Android apps.Android Q supports foldable phones. Google Don’t give up on foldable phones yetIt’s too soon to declare foldable phones dead. Samsung and Huawei still plan to launch an improved Galaxy Fold and the Mate X, respectively, and Google declared support for foldable designs in May at its annual Google I/O conference for developers. That means app makers are already optimizing their software to work on foldable phones.While off to a sputtering start, these companies have invested millions into foldable designs. It’s a gamble that they’re counting on to pay off in the long run.Other phone brands also have foldable plans. Apple, LG, TCL and Oppo have either filed patent applications for foldable designs or announced that they’re already at work. Rumors are ripe for a foldable Moto Razr comeback design that will modernize the beloved flip phone. Google Huawei Samsung Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Samsung isn’t the only brand allegedly wrapped up in foldable phone delays. Huawei is said to have delayed its own foldable Mate X to “improve” the screen, the Wall Street Journal reported, though there’s some question over whether Huawei slated the Mate X for “June” or for “summer”, which officially ends September 21, in the northern hemisphere.Samsung and Huawei are currently the world’s largest and second-largest phone brands, respectively. All eyes are on them. Cancel sales and other phone-makers could also scuttle their plans in the hopes of dodging poor sales and public ridicule. Launch the phones late, but without issue, and careful rivals may be encouraged to introduce foldable phones, too. How well these devices do when they come into buyers’ hands may decide whether foldable phone designs ultimately fail or succeed. Samsung and Huawei declined to comment on this story.huawei-mate-x-hands-on-mwc-2019-19The Mate X’s screen bends outward, which means the plastic display covers the exterior of the phone frame. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Plastic is a problem, but bendable glass is years awayFrom the very beginning, phone-watchers remarked that the Galaxy Fold and Mate X’s foldable plastic screens could be their very undoing. Because who wants to spend $2,000 or more on a scratch-prone phone?Right now, foldable phone have to use a bendable flexible plastic screen, which make them especially vulnerable to nicks and gouges, pressure damage and bulges formed by debris tunneling under the display. Samsung’s screen issues don’t come as a total surprise. The brands only showed off their foldable phones briefly, unlike virtually every other models that see much more time in reviewers’ hands before the final review unit appears. We used the Mate X for about five minutes in March and first touched the Galaxy Fold moments before we received our review unit in April. The phone-makers’ elusive attitude was a strong tip-off that the foldable devices weren’t ready for prime time. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 20 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags Apple often waits years after a category is established — think smartphone or smartwatch — before coming in with a fully polished product. The very first foldable phone models were always going to be niche, beta-style devices for bleeding-edge adopters, models that reveal the strengths and weaknesses of a brand-new design ethos that their makers could then fine-tune down the line. Samsung and Huawei aimed to score the first points and force rivals to follow suit. But if competitors are learning any lesson, it’s to slow down and get their foldable designs right. Hopefully Samsung and Huawei are taking note, too.Posted June 15 at 5 a.m. PT. Update, June 16, June 18, June 19 at 7:15 a.m. PT.Update, July 2, 2019 at 3:30 a.m. PT: Added news of DJ Koh’s statement about his role in rushing the Galaxy Fold.last_img read more

GHMC allots 50 cr for road repair works

first_imgHyderabad: Due to incessant rains in the last few days in the city, 987 patch roads on various routes were damaged and 4,000 potholes identified in the initial survey made by the engineering officials, said the Commissioner, M Dana Kishore.The repair works would be taken up on damaged roads of various routes on war footing basis and Rs 50 crore has been allotted for the works, said the Commissioner. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Earlier, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan along with the Commissioner inspected the ongoing repair works on damaged roads in various parts of the city. The Commissioner held a video conference with Zonal Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners. With 150 Monsoon relief teams, the repair works would be taken-up 24 hours (round the clock) with three shifts. To repair the roads under ongoing SRDP projects Rs 3 crore has been allotted separately, said the Commissioner.last_img read more

Political Roundup Trump Fires Tillerson And Inside The Texas Congressional Runoffs

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X From Pres. Trump firing Rex Tillerson from his post as Secretary of State, to the prospects for a meeting between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, to the runoff election campaigns in Texas Congressional Districts 2 and 7 — Houston Matters’ political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Our panel of experts this week includes Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, and David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown. 00:00 /28:27 last_img read more

How to Best Market Your Messenger Bot

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Last year, Facebook launched its newest marketing addition to the tech world, the bot. Although Facebook is not the only one to kickstart the new chatbot trend, it is currently seen as the most attractive platform thanks to its 1 billion active users a month, its integrated payment and advertising tools, and the ease with which marketers can develop bots via Messenger. However, once you’ve launched your chatbot on Messenger, what’s next? As with any product, bots need to be promoted. To make your task easier, I’ve put together a chatbot marketing guide on how to best market your messenger bot.Related: 10 Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing Expert TipsMake your bot discoverable Facebook has made bots more discoverable by piggybacking on existing user’s journeys on Facebook pages. To make your chatbot more discoverable, Facebook has designed a number of tools you should use. These include:Messenger linksThese are personalized links that when clicked on, send your audience directly to a conversation with your business on Messenger. These can be shared anywhere online.Messenger codesMessenger codes are similar to QR codes. They can be placed in real life situations such as events and stores, and when scanned by your audience, they open a Messenger thread with your business.Message button on Facebook pageThis button is the easiest and one of the most common ways for customers to approach businesses,  so be sure it appears on your Facebook page.Message button on your websiteThese embeddable buttons can be placed anywhere on your website, and once clicked on, will fire up a conversation with your chatbot either directly on your website or on the Messenger mobile app. The two plugins have been made available by Facebook and come in the form of a “Message Us” button and a “Send to Messenger” button. I’ll go into more detail about these in the “Facebook Plugins” section of this post.Related: How to make your Chatbot Suck LessMessenger usernamesGive your bot a distinct username that customers can search for on Facebook. By keeping your Messenger username the same as your Facebook page username, you will make it easier for customers to find you.Customer matchingUse the customer matching tool to transfer mobile phone conversations to Messenger. This process requires acceptance from the customer during the first Messenger communication but allows you to send your audience regular updates and alerts.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingUse bot stores as public listings.Facebook does not have a bot store, so customers currently have to search for you online. However, there are independent bot store listings such as Botlist, Bot Pages, Bot Family, and more.Create a dedicated landing page for your bot.Although you can search for bots on Facebook and bot listing sites, Google is still your best friend. Be sure to create a dedicated landing page for your bot that is optimized for search engines and includes a “Get in Touch” button that directly links to a conversation with your chatbot.Related: Everyone’s Getting Into Chatbots: Here’s WhyShare relevant, informative and creative content.  Create a story surrounding your bot that keeps your audience engaged. When creating your story, answer the following questions:Why did you create your bot?What makes it unique?What was the journey of its creation?Once you have created relevant, informative, and creative content, share it on your website’s blog and push these posts on social media and through other channels. You can also share your stories with chatbot publications, popular tech publications, and publications relevant to your industry. It is essential that you keep your audience updated with your bot. Once you have started sharing your bot’s journey, you can’t just stop. Continue writing content on its most important facets, any new features, its development, its involvement with customers, and relevant feedback and reviews. You do not have to limit your content to text. Make it fun and interactive by creating:GIFsVideosAudio contentSharing files from time to timeAdding call to action buttons that link back to your site, products, or servicesRelated: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessGet familiar with CAO  Chat App Optimization, or CAO, is similar to SEO. Like with SEO, the CAO algorithm is yet to be fully understood. Some factors I believe to be influential include:Audience engagement with the brandIt is thought that the engagement a user has with a brand strongly influences rankings in Messenger. For example, if your audience likes a post, shares a post, or contacts a specific page relating to “dog grooming,” it is likely that the next time they do a search relating to dogs, the page in question will rank highly in their search results.Audience profiles and geo locationCAO is also thought to work according to location. This means that if one of your potential customer’s lives in the U.K., but is originally from the U.S., their search results will include both locations. For example, if they type “news” into the Facebook search box, news for both locations will appear. With this in mind, be sure to add your location(s) in your business’ profile details.Keywords in profilesIt is likely that if a consumer searches for a specific term, brands with those terms in their brand profile will be at the top of the search results. As with any SEO, it is essential to use the appropriate keywords in the right places. For example, titles, description, posts, hashtags, etc.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer ServiceFacebook plugins  As mentioned above, Facebook has made two plugins available for companies to add directly to their website to navigate customers to their chatbots. These include:The “Message Us” pluginThe “Message Us” plugin takes the customer to the messenger application whether it be on the web or the mobile application. This plugin only notifies the bot once the customer sends a message, but no information relating to the customer, or the conversation, is forwarded to the bot.The “Send to Messenger” pluginThe “Send to Messenger” plugin, on the other hand, gives the customer the option to receive information from your business. To do this the user has to confirm his or her account. The main advantage of this plugin is that the customer’s information can be sent to the bot which allows for further personalization, tracking, customization, and so on, in future interactions.To Conclude…When you embark on the journey of promoting your new bot, be sure to always obey the three unwritten laws of the chatbot world:Make sure your bot is not annoying or spammy.Be sure that your bot will respond in a relevant, timely, and polite manner.Keep your chatbot focused on specific tasks, campaigns, products, or services.By following the above guidelines and sticking to the three unwritten rules of chatbots, you will be entering a new technological domain that will not only allow you to reach new customers but also better serve them. March 2, 2017last_img read more

Arts and culture in brief the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica 10 reasons to check out the first-ever Coca Cola Fest Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica While the full impact of Hurricane Otto is still less than certain at the time of this writing, and government offices and many other institutions plan to remain closed Friday, it does seem that in some parts of the country, cultural events this weekend will go ahead as scheduled.Lending a helping hand to those displaced or otherwise suffering from the impact of the hurricane will be at the top of many lists this weekend. If you’re looking to take further action on #Otto, check out the donation options listed here (end of article), particularly the Red Cross donation drive beginning today.The Sat Yoga Institute, a Costa Rican spiritual eco-community and wisdom school, is offering a public Arts, Culture and Spirituality Weekend at its facility in the mountains near Pérez Zeledón, in the Southern Zone. The institute’s research director, Shunyamurti, will lead activities including meditation, silent reflection and a variety of discussions, plus a staging of Anton Chekov’s “The Seagull” as the inspiration for the weekend (Saturday, November 25 – Sunday, November 27).As of this writing, it appears that the Kia Circuito Guanacaste de Surf 2017 PRO/AM this weekend at the Copa Witch’s Rock Surf Camp on Saturday and Sunday in Tamarindo has been postponed. We will update readers if we receive more information.Guns N’ Roses will play the National Stadium on Saturday night as part of their “Not in This Lifetime” tour, which reunites the band’s three founding members for the first time in 30 years. Tickets are still available if you can’t bear to miss Axl’s Costa Rican debut (Saturday, November 26).  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Live blog Costa Ricas 2018 election results

first_imgAfter a volatile and uncertain election season and with a huge percentage of undecideds coming into the final stretch, we simply don’t know much about what is going to unfold tonight in Costa Rica – except that it’s gonna be interesting, folks. As soon as the polls close at 6 p.m., tune in here as we follow the evening’s developments with bated breath.11:24 pm: As Fabricio Alvarado gives his partway-to-victory speech, following that of his newly minted opponent, Carlos Alvarado, it is hard to believe how much this race changed in its final days. Fabricio – the candidates will have to pardon our use of their first names in what will be a very confusing two months to come – was sixth in the CIEP-UCR poll as recently as December, and surged to the lead following the Inter-American Human Rights Court’s ruling on gay marriage and his fierce opposition. Carlos was fifth in that same poll, and surged to second in the final days as those famously undecided voters made up their minds.There is much more to say, but for now we’ll say goodnight. We’ll all need our rest for what’s ahead in the next eight weeks before Round 2 takes place on Easter Sunday.9:48 pm: With 68.3 percent reporting, Fabricio Alvarado holds the lead at 25.2 percent, Carlos Alvarado looks increasingly solid at second with 21.1 percent, and Antonio Alvarez Desanti has 19 percent.If these tendencies hold, this could be seen as the definitive confirmation that Costa Rica’s traditional bipartisan structure is a thing of the past. It is also important to note that no matter what, the next president will not have a majority in the Legislative Assembly, and if a Renovation-PAC second round does take place, the next president will not even have the largest number of legislators (Liberation is in the lead in the legislature with 17 seats).9:20 pm: “It’s going to be a culture war election,” says political science professor Fabián Borges, looking ahead at the second round. “I guess Costa Rica is officially an advanced democracy where we fight over culture and identity more than the economy.” (This, at a time when the Costa Rican economy provides plenty to worry about, and that’s a huge understatement.)It’s hard to overestimate how ground-shaking this election will be if, after decades of bipartisan dominance alongside the Social Christian Unity Part (PUSC), the National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate, Antonio Alvarez Desanti, does not even come in second.Lots to unpack on the Legislative Assembly side: having such a sizable Restoration Party faction within the assembly will mark a significant shift. Meanwhile, the Citizen Action Party, while in second place at the moment on the presidential side, looks to decrease to only 9 seats, down from 13 in the period that will conclude in May.9:10 pm: With 45.7 percent of votes reported, here’s how it stands: 25.9 percent Fabricio Alvarado (National Restoration Party), Carlos Alvarado (Citizen Action Party) at 20.1 percent, Antonio Alvarez (National Liberation Party) at 19.5 percent. Meanwhile, the Assembly is lining up with 16 legislators for Liberation and a whopping 14 for evangelical National Restoration.We could be looking at an Alvarado-Alvarado runoff, but the night’s still young.Meanwhile, Juan Diego Castro, who for some time was the controversial front-runner, is conceding. Supporters of Costa Rica’s National Renovation Party react to the partial poll results for the presidential elections, in San José on Feb. 4, 2018. AFP Photo / Jorge Rendón8:50 pm: The second cutoff held a surprise. While Fabricio Alvarado held the lead, the Citizen Action Party’s Carlos Alvarado moves up within spitting distance of Liberation’s Alvarez (Liberation 19.9 percent, PAC 19.3 percent). A second round of voting is now guaranteed.Opponents of evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado around the country are left to wonder: would the charisma-challenged but socially conservative Alvarez Desanti be a stronger opponent against Alvarado, given that he comes closer to matching the preacher’s social conservatism? Or would an Alvarado vs. Alvarado matchup, in which the socially liberal Carlos Alvarado could energize a younger base, be a better bet?8:11 pm: The Supreme Elections Tribunal’s Sesión Solemne is getting underway with the singing of the National Anthem before TSE President Luis Antonio Sobrado presents the first batch of results. National Restoration Party presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado has a significant lead at 26.7 percent of the vote, with 11.5 percent of voting tables reporting. National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate Antonio Alvarez Desanti is second with 22.6 percent, followed by Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) with 16 percent.7:30 pm: As that first batch of data draws closer, we have a chance to reflect on some of the big questions these results may help us start to answer. Will this unusual election, when, as our columnist Alvaro Murillo has pointed out, a candidate’s party identity has become all but irrelevant, mark the end not only of the 20th century’s bipartisan system but also of remaining loyalty to the traditional National Liberation Party? Have national divisions been redrawn along the lines of social issues such as abortion and gay marriage?Will the chaotic campaign have driven voter turnout even further down (the abstention rate was 31.8 percent in 2014, one of the lowest turnouts in history), or will Fabricio Alvarado’s appeal to conservative voters – or opposition to his religious views – have energized his base or his opponents?Without any doubt, the biggest question of all is whether the approximately one-third of voters who were still undecided when the last opinion polls were conducted, turned out to vote or stayed home, and how they flipped. Stay tuned.6:29 pm: The polls are closed and the waiting game is on. Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) officials have announced they expect to have their first set of results for us at approximately 8 pm. Until then, we’ll be parsing available information about voter turnout, although our correspondents’ visits to voting centers around the country showed variations that seemed to befit this unpredictable election season. Some centers were jam-packed, while others were sluggish; Citizen Action Party (PAC) supporters predictably swarmed university neighborhoods, while we heard reports of massive movements of National Restoration Party voters in rural areas.Certainly one data point to watch in the coming hours is estimated voter turnout in rural and urban areas, although it’s a bit of a guessing game as to whom that will favor. The voting station in Cipreses de Curridabat, an eastern San José suburb, was packed at approximately 1 pm. Katherine Stanley / The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:With flags and cheers, Costa Rica faces an uncertain future on Election Eve And they’re off! On sunny Election Day, Costa Rican voting heats up Why these Costa Rican women dressed as characters from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to vote todaycenter_img Is the wait driving you to climb the walls and comerse las uñas? Catch up on our election coverage here.This live blog is written by Tico Times Managing Editor Katherine Stanley Obando, with commentary and data from contributors including Assistant Editor Elizabeth Lang, political scientist and former Tico Times reporter Fabián Borges, and freelance contributors Verónica Ramos, Jonathan Jiménez, Gregory Calvo, Iva Alvarado, Gabriela Brenes, Carlos Andrés Madrigal, Augusto Bolaños, Francisco Cubillo and Juan Osorno.last_img read more

Low Inventory Drives the Hottest US Markets

first_imgLow Inventory Drives the Hottest U.S. Markets The winter cold sent home buyers scrambling for shelter, with home buyers in the beginning weeks of 2017 facing an increasingly scarce home market.A study from Realtor.com shows housing supply hitting record lows and demand staying strong despite winter traditionally being the slowest time of the year for the market. Homes are selling 4 percent faster in January 2017 than they were this time last year, despite record high prices. The reason? Record low home inventory.“We saw evidence of a stronger-than-normal off-season starting last September and October due to pent-up demand and surging interest from first-time buyers,” said Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist with Realtor.com. “The downside to this strong off-season is that we have started 2017 with a new low volume of available homes for sale and a new high for prices.”The site compiled a list of the 20 hottest housing markets in America so far this year, with California leading the nation with 12 including eight in the top 10. San Francisco sits firmly at number 1, with another California city, Santa Rosa, falling seven spots to number 19. The newest entrant to the top 20 list, Tampa, shot up 5 spots from December and is the only Florida market in the top 20.The site’s experts say the median list price reaches its lowest point in January. However, the current median of $250,000 is holding steady from December and is 10 percent higher than last year; a record for January.Smoke said buyers are becoming increasingly anxious as mortgage rates continue to rise since the November 2016 election and the Fed’s move to raise a key interest rate last year.“The threat of rates approaching multiyear highs in the months ahead is creating a sense of urgency,” Smoke said.To read the list on Realtor.com click here. January 26, 2017 672 Views homes Housing Market Inventory 2017-01-26 Phil Bankercenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

Bucket list biker dies in Paphos

first_imgBilly Hardy, a larger than life Paphos resident who died on Thursday after a short stay at Archangel Michael hospice in Mesa Chorio will be given a bikers send-off on Wednesday.Bikers from around Cyprus will give Billy a motorcycle escort from his house to the Angel Guardians funeral home in Paphos where a ‘farewell’ service will be held at 1pm. Billy’s son in law, Tim Meehan said he will then be repatriated to the UK for cremation.In July, the group of bikers surprised the terminally ill cancer patient and helped to fulfil his top wish on his bucket list – a ride on a Harley Davidson motorbike.They gathered in Peyia in Paphos to join Billy on the ride of his life, giving him a much-needed boost, as three weeks earlier, doctors gave him, 77, just four months to live following a scan which found he was suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer.Devastated by the diagnosis, the retired army tank transporter and furniture maker from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne mentioned to his daughter Dawn and her husband a number of things on his ‘bucket list that he wanted to complete before he died.Top of his list was to ride a Harley Davidson.Biker Paul Carter, a member of the Blue Knights International law enforcement bikers club, called on his fellow bikers and arrange an entire event. Harley Davidson biker Phil Scates, collected unsuspecting Billy on his bike, to be met later by the rest of the group.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more