The official release of iOS 7, Apple’s new mobile operating system, has been live for less than a week, and with luck you’re enjoying everything the new software has to offer. Because if you’ve upgraded your older iPhone, you’re pretty much stuck with it now.You Can Upgrade Anytime You Like, But You Can Never LeaveiOS hacker Steven De Franco noted on Twitter and his blog, where he goes by iH8sn0w, that Apple has stopped “signing” older versions of iOS—the ones that you’d want to install on your devices to replace iOS 7. For some time, Apple has created encrypted digital “signatures” linked to specific versions of iOS; without a signature, the operating system won’t install. That would effectively kill any chance of downgrading iOS 7 to iOS 6.1.4 (the version that will run on the iPhone 5) or iOS 6.1.3 (for the iPhone 4S and iPod Touch 5). Where That Leaves YouIf you haven’t upgraded to iOS 7, you should be fine. And if you downgraded before this weekend—say, after trying out the iOS 7 beta—you’re fine. Apple’s change won’t affect iPhones or iPads that are already running iOS 6. But if you’re on iOS 7 now, reverting back could prove daunting—perhaps even impossible—depending on your circumstances. Let’s start with your reason for downgrading. If you want to prepare for an expected tool that “jailbreaks” iOS 6.1.4, removing obstacles Apple has placed to installation of certain kinds of software, there may be a loophole you can exploit if you have an iPhone 4 and you’ve jailbroken it before.If you’re an experienced jailbreaker, you may well have previously saved your “SHSH blobs”—a technical term for the saved signatures used for verifying that a version of iOS can run on a particular device. If so, those saved signatures might work now to greenlight a downgrade back to iOS 6. But it’s not guaranteed to work, and it only applies to the iPhone 4, which has an older processor. (The security routines in the processor may make a difference.) iH8sn0w confirms that this is the only iOS 7-compatible device that can be downgraded.But if you’ve got a newer device, or if you want to downgrade just because you’re not a fan of iOS 7’s look, you may be out of luck. If you have iOS 7 running on a device with an A5 or newer chip—like the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, any iPad or the iPod touch 5G—then you may have to settle in and embrace the new OS. At least for the moment, there doesn’t seem to be another choice.And if you really hate iOS 7, until jailbreakers come up with a software solution, you may be left with an extreme option—like buying a used device with iOS 6 installed. There’s already a category for such devices on eBay. I reached out to Apple for comment on this, and will update this post if I hear back. Feature image screencapped from YouTube video by TechRax adriana lee The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Downgrade#firmware#iOS#iOS 7#jailbreak Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
The Odisha government has confirmed the presence of tigers in three more forests in the State.Movement of the Royal Bengal tigers has been captured by closed-circuit television cameras installed at the Hemgiri forest in Sundargarh and Debrigarh sanctuaries in Sambalpur districts, while indirect evidence such as people hearing tiger roars and cattle killing by big cats have been collected from the Muniguda forest in Rayagada district.These evidence have prompted Forest and Environment Minister Bijoyshree Routray to put the State’s tiger population at around 60.Increasing populationThe Similipal Tiger Reserve in Mayurbhanj and the Satokosia Tiger Reserve in Angul district are two known habitats of the big cat in the State. According to a tiger census conducted by the State government in 2016, there were around 40 tigers in Similipal. The Wildlife Institute of India had estimated the tiger population of Similipal at 28 in 2014.“We believe that the Sunabeda sanctuary in Nuapada district has four big cats. Neither movement of tigers has been captured on camera, nor has any formal tiger census been conducted there. Sunabeda has been a stronghold of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) because of which the tiger census at the sanctuary has been postponed in the past,” said Mr. Routray.More tiger reserves The Minister said sightings of tigers is a sign that a robust ecosystems exists in the State. The government is planning to propose identification and development of Debrigarh and Sunabeda as two new tiger reserves in the State.At present, the State government is focusing on increasing the tiger population in Satkosia reserve. As part of its strategy, six tigers (three pairs) were to be brought from Madhya Pradesh. Two felines have already been released in Satkosia, but resistance from local population in buffer villages has delayed the transportation and release of the other tigers.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belga explained that hitting the showers early last game against the Picanto made him reassess his part in the current situation the Elasto Painters are in.“Coach Caloy (Garcia) told me that a leader should always be present on the court. Gabe (Norwood), Jireh (Ibañes), and Raymond (Almazan) are not here, so I have to help our teammates, especially that a lot of them are shy. So I barked instructions on defense and the things we need to do, and I’m happy that we got a win so that we’ll have a bit of a momentum,” he said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Belga taking the leadership mantle, Rain or Shine didn’t have a hard time running away from TNT as it strung its first winning streak of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Sorsogon native is hopeful that the Elasto Painters can sustain whatever positives they got from the win against the KaTropa as he is finally set to serve his one-game suspension in the team’s next assignment against Star on Sunday. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Beau Belga. PBA IMAGESBeau Belga seemed to have taken a 180-degree turn after his ejection last week, exuding poise in Rain or Shine’s 105-73 rout of TNT on Sunday.Keeping his temper in check, the burly big man had the most impact for his team in his time on the floor, garnering a team-best plus-28 as he racked five points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in the blowout.ADVERTISEMENT “I can’t help them much in the next game, so I showed them that someone has to step up when it comes to leadership. Good thing is that Gabe and Raymond will already be here,” he said.With Belga relegated to the sidelines, he is taking the suspension as an eye-opener for him to control his emotions in the following games.“It’s too bad that I can’t join them in next game, but it is what it is and it’s a lesson for me to control my emotions. I need to be there for my teammates because the coaches consider me as one of the veterans, so I need to be a role model,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Lesnar survives to retain Universal title at SummerSlam Read Next View comments
Dronacharya Awards 2018Name of the Coach Discipline1. Subedar Chenanda Achaiah Kuttappa Boxing2. Vijay Sharma Weightlifting3. A. Srinivasa Rao Table Tennis4. Sukhdev Singh Pannu Athletics5. Clarence Lobo Hockey (Life Time)6. Tarak Sinha Cricket (Life Time)7. Jiwan Kumar Sharma Judo (Life Time)8. V.R. Beedu Athletics (Life Time) With the up rise of corporate investments and the number of awardees increasing potentially, we can be assured that the Indian Sports Industry is only to boom in the near future and create prolific World Champions!Also Read:Sports India Exclusive: Chennaiyin FC unveil their squad ahead of the 2018-19 ISL season Arjuna Awards 2018Name of the Sportsperson Discipline1. Neeraj Chopra Athletics2. Subedar Jinson Johnson Athletics3. Hima Das Athletics4. Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy Badminton5. Subedar Satish Kumar Boxing6. Smriti Mandhana Cricket7. Shubhankar Sharma Golf8. Manpreet Singh Hockey9. Savita Hockey10. Col. Ravi Rathore Polo11. Rahi Sarnobat Shooting12. Ankur Mittal Shooting13. Shreyasi Singh Shooting14. Manika Batra Table Tennis15. G. Sathiyan Table Tennis16. Rohan Bopanna Tennis17. Sumit Wrestling18. Pooja Kadian Wushu19. Ankur Dhama Para-Athletics20. Manoj Sarkar Para-Badminton Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018Name of the Sportsperson Discipline1. Mirabai Chanu Weightlifting2. Virat Kohli Cricket Dhyan Chand Award 2018Name of the Sportsperson Discipline1. Satyadev Prasad Archery2. Bharat Kumar Chetri Hockey3. Bobby Aloysius Athletics4. Chougale Dadu Dattatray Wrestling AdvertisementUnlike every year, this year’s National Sports Day awards were held today (25th September) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Every year the awards are presented on 29th August which is the National Sports Day. This year’s event was solely postponed due to the Asian Games.President Ram Nath Kovind graced the occasion as he handed over all the awards to the Sportspersons and the coaches. Here’s the list of the awards and the players. Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018Category Name of the entity1. Identification and Nurturing of Budding & Young Talent Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd.2. Encouragement to Sports through Corporates JSW Sports3. Sports for Development Isha Outreach Advertisement
Kunshan (China), May 18 (PTI) The Indian womens team qualified for the Uber Cup badminton tournament quarterfinals despite suffering a narrow 2-3 loss to powerhouse Japan in its third and final Group D match, here today. The mens team, however, continued its dismal run in the Thomas Cup and crashed out after being blanked 0-5 by Indonesia in their third match of Group B at the Kunshan Sports Center Stadium. The Indian mens team had lost to Thailand and Hong Kong in its last two outings and will return winless from China. In Uber Cup, ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu notched up straight-game victories in the first two singles but Indian eves could not win the two doubles and third singles to go down fighting to 2014 runners-up Japan. Olympic bronze medallist, Saina defeated World No. 5 Nozomi Okuhara 18-21 6-21 to avenge her only loss to the Japanese at the Dubai World Superseries Finals last year and give her team a 1-0 lead. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad fought back from 3-7 15-18 down to pocket the first game and then dished out a dominating game to zoom past Okuhara in the second game to complete the victory in 38 minutes. In the second singles, two-time World Championship bronze medallist, P V Sindhu notched up a 21-11 21-18 win over World No. 11 Akane Yamaguchi in a 36-minute clash to guide India to a 2-0 lead. However, Jwala Gutta combined with N Sikki Reddy to take on the formidable World No. 1 pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi and went down without a fight 11-21 8-21 within half an hour in the first womens doubles. In the third singles, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde was entrusted with the responsibility of taming World No. 12 Sayaka Sato and the Indian expectedly could not match up, going down 7-21 14-21 in 29 minutes to allow Japan draw parity. In the decider, Ashwini Ponnappa paired up with Sindhu but their gallant fight ended with a 21-15 19-21 16-21 loss to Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito as Indian eves lost 2-3 in their final league match. PTI ATK PM ATKadvertisement
pain’s jersey for the World Cup has sparked controversy after being linked to the Republican flag of the 1930s.The jersey has the colors red, yellow and blue. Some say that from afar the blue appears to have the same purple tone of the Republican flag used from 1931-39.The flag is still used by those who oppose the Spanish monarch.Apparel maker Adidas said there were no political implications in the jersey, and the design was agreed upon with the Spanish Football Federation a long time ago.”The current design represents the courage and the fury of our national team, with graphics of red, yellow and blue diamonds which represent the best qualities of this team: Speed, energy and its renowned style of play,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.Federation officials also said that there was no intended link to the Republican flag.The jersey is a throwback to the one used by Spain at the 1994 World Cup, with a side pattern mixing the three colors. Its main color remains red. The shorts will be blue and the socks black.Spain is in the midst of a political crisis after Catalonia pushed for independence from the rest of the country.
PV Sindhu progressed to third round of World Championship on Wednesday after beating Indonesia’s Fitriani, while HS Prannoy crashed out of the tournament after losing to to unheralded Brazilian Ygor Coelho.Kidambi Srikanth also won his second round match against Spain’s Lus Enrique Penalver.Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who had got a bye in the first round, defeated Fitriani 21-14, 21-9 win.The 23-year-old Indian, who won the silver medal last year, will face Korean Sung Ji Hyun, a 2015 World Championship bronze medallist, in the next round.B Sai Praneeth also entered the next round after dumping Spain’s Lus Enrique Penalver 21-18, 21-11 to set up a meeting with Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus.Srikanth, seeded fifth, recovered from a slump during the hard-fought contest to see off Abian 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 in a second-round match that lasted 62 minutes.Srikanth, who had clinched four titles last year, will lock horns with Malaysia’s Daren Liew, a former world no 10, who had won the 2012 French Open Super Series.Prannoy, seeded 11th, couldn’t hold on to the momentum after breezing through the opening game to eventually lose 21-8, 16-21, 15-21 to Coelho, ranked 39th in the world.It turned out to be a disastrous day for the Indian doubles pairs as all of them lost their respective matches to crash out of the prestigious tournament.Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty did all the hard work but couldn’t go the full distance, losing narrowly 18-21, 21-15, 16-21 to world no 8 Denmark pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.advertisementAshwini Ponnapa and N Sikki Reddy were no match for second seeded Japanese combination of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, going down 14-21 15-21 in the second round.National champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy waged a gallant battle before losing 24-22, 13-21, 16-21 to seventh seed Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko of Japan in men’s doubles.Sindhu dished out a dominating game and was always in control of the match. Her superior court coverage and accuracy in strokes made life difficult for the Indonesian.In the opening game, Sindhu lead 11-7 at the break, before moving to 17-7 with six straight points. She eventually comfortably pocketed the opening game when Fitriani sent the shuttle long.In the second game, Sindhu continued to surge ahead, moving from 4-5 behind to 8-3 before entering the interval with a 11-5 advantage.The Indian didn’t give Fitriani any chance to make a comeback and quickly wrapped the match when the Indonesia found the net.After a forgettable outing, Prannoy admitted his mistakes and said he needed to bounce back quickly from this defeat ahead of the Asian Games.”I was trying to do something in the second and third game but it wasn’t working. He was retrieving everything and my defence was bad today. I gave him a lot of chances for a free dribble and hit and that made him comfortable,” he said.”I felt I was playing good in the first. The problem was the start of the second game was crucial and I gave him a lead. The lead gave him confidence and that was a big mistake.””I think it’s one match I need to forget as soon as possible and get back to work.(With PTI inputs)
Transfers Man City weigh up Van Dijk & Martinez moves Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester City Guardiola Southampton Liverpool Premier League Pep Guardiola has convinced his board to release funds for a centre-back in January and is now weighing up the merits of his two preferred options Manchester City are ready to reignite their interest in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, Goal has learned.The Premier League leaders are also considering a move for Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez, and are hopeful of signing one of the two during the winter transfer window.City made Van Dijk their top centre-back target during the summer, but were dealt a blow when he elected to join Liverpool, only for that move to collapse and the Dutchman to stay at St Mary’s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal understands that Liverpool will also try to sign the 26-year-old during the January transfer window, and it can now be revealed that City are seriously considering a rival offer.City targeted several other central defenders after missing out on Van Dijk, including Leonardo Bonucci, Jonny Evans and Martinez, but were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to reinforce the position.And following injuries to Vincent Kompany and John Stones, Pep Guardiola has convinced sporting director Txiki Begiristain and CEO Ferran Soriano that defensive reinforcements are required if the Blues are to continue fighting on all fronts for the rest of the season.The Blues have subsequently made a new centre-back their top priority, and are now weighing up the merits of both Van Dijk and Martinez.Sources have told Goal that Van Dijk is the preferred option, as Guardiola and his employers consider him capable of slotting seemlessly into the City back line and handling high pressure matches both domestically and in Europe.There are lingering concerns regarding how he would react if he does not play regularly once Kompany, Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are all fit.That is not thought to be an issue for Martinez, 26, who City staff believe would be more accepting of a squad role. The Spain international would also be a cheaper option than Van Dijk, given his €32 million release clause.But there are understood to be reservations over his ability to immediately adapt to his new surroundings and handle the biggest matches during the run in.City are expected to make enquiries regarding both men in the coming weeks.The Blues remain interested in Alexis Sanchez, their overall top summer target, but any January move is once again dependent on whether Arsenal will do business with their rivals.The Chilean is out of contract in the summer and while City are confident he still wants to move to the Etihad Stadium, they are concerned that foreign clubs can make legal approaches from January 1.Although City had agreed personal terms with Alexis early last summer, they were still spooked by Paris Saint-Germain’s rumoured interest in July.
The chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association has insisted that British tennis’s governing body has a productive relationship with Andy Murray and is determined to build on the former world No 1’s legacy.The LTA came under fire after announcing an £8.8m loss in its annual accounts last month, while recent figures showing that overall monthly participation in tennis has dropped by 9% lent weight to fears not enough is being done to build on Murray’s success. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp LTA Read more Support The Guardian Read more Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Share on Pinterest Topics Tennis news Jamie Murray accused British tennis of wasting his younger brother’s decade at the top earlier this year and there was embarrassment in March when the publication of a rebranding strategy by the LTA failed to mention the Murray family. However, Scott Lloyd, who replaced Michael Downey two years ago, said that he has a healthy, open dialogue with the Murray brothers and their mother Judy.“I can’t speak for what went before me,” the LTA CEO said. “Anyone that has a passion for tennis, as Andy and Jamie clearly do, wants to see our sport thrive. What I want to do is take a sharper focus on how we invest the resources we have available to make sure we are investing behind things that have the biggest impact. The greatest legacy for Andy and Jamie would be to have a sport that’s thriving.“Jamie and I speak regularly. I think me, Jamie, Andy and Judy all share the same philosophy. We want the sport growing. That’s about the grassroots first and foremost. We have a very healthy and open dialogue with Andy and Jamie.”Lloyd was asked if the LTA has tapped enough into the Murray family’s expertise. “I’ve known Judy for a very long time,” he said. “I worked with her 20 years ago. Since I’ve started we have had an open dialogue on what we can do together.“We are working closely with Jamie on a few things. We’re working with him on a Challenger event we are bringing to Glasgow in September. This is all about trying to put on events in different parts of the calendar to sustain interest all year round. It’s going to be called the Murray trophy. For Andy and Jamie to be involved in helping the LTA deliver programmes inspiring kids, of course that’s what we want.” Jamie Murray: ‘You won’t get another Andy for God knows how long’ Share on Messenger Lloyd wants to alter the idea that tennis is an elitist summer sport and believes community programmes such as Serves, Tennis for Kids and Park Tennis will help. He is also encouraged about the LTA’s plans to develop indoor courts in 96 areas across Britain over the next 10 years.“I spent six months talking to people up and down the country about what more the LTA should be doing,” Lloyd said. “We’ve set about trying to open tennis up. I actually think it is more affordable than people appreciate. Last year we saw participation in park tennis grow 35%.“We’ve worked to identify where we need more indoor courts available on a pay as you play basis. We’ve identified 96 locations – 72 in England, 12 in Wales, 12 in Scotland – where there will be demand in tennis if there are indoor facilities all year round.“We have to work out what works best for British tennis and have a sharp focus on it, whether it’s performance strategy, investment or grassroots programmes.”Concerns that the landscape would be barren without Andy Murray, who will play doubles at Wimbledon as he continues his comeback from hip surgery, will be tested at SW19 over the next fortnight. Share via Email Share on Facebook “Investing in the 10-year performance strategy we launched last year will hopefully create a framework for athletically gifted children to take up tennis and ultimately become professionals,” Lloyd said.“In the men’s game we have Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans. They’re in fantastic form. We have Jay Clarke and Paul Jubb coming up. On the women’s side the Fed Cup team are back in the World Group for the first time in 30 years. 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About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane no fan of Artificial Intelligenceby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is no fan of Artificial Intelligence (AI) being pushed into football.Zidane is adamant AI will never match what an experienced coach can offer.He said, “Artificial Intelligence plays a very important role at the moment, but in my opinion, human intelligence remains the most important. “The most important thing that Artificial Intelligence has to offer us as coaches now is to shorten the time to do some things about it.”Football is my passion. My life revolves around sport, so I don’t like to rest and I enjoy working all the time. In addition, when you have a game every three days, the last thing we can think about is to rest. I lead a team that is one of the best in the world, which requires me to always be ready.”Zidane was speaking at the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) Conference, organised by the Dubai Sport Council.
It will soon be easier for people interested in visiting Nova Scotia to make reservations and plan their vacations. Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, announced today, Oct. 12, that the department is calling for proposals for a redesigned system that will bring together the province’s reservation booking service and tourism website. “We want to provide tourists with the best experience possible, even before they arrive in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacDonald. “This new system will ensure people have access to the most up-to-date information regardless of how they choose to book their vacation.” The Check In call centre contract is currently held by Corporatel, a division of The CCL Group. The new system will consolidate the Check In database and the novascotia.com database to create a state-of-the-art customer contact system. Once in place, the system will offer a seamless service to visitors and to tourism staff who provide information and assist with reservations. The reservation booking service and tourism website represent important components of the province’s tourism marketing efforts. Improving these services through enhanced technology is one of the recommendations of the Tourism Industry Vision and the long-term marketing plan developed by the Tourism Partnership Council. “This enhanced system will offer some exciting possibilities for Nova Scotia’s tourism industry,” said Mr. MacDonald. “It will allow us to create a more streamlined, interactive service for visitors and tourism operators. It will also reinforce our position as a world-class destination.” The request for proposals will close on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Responses will be reviewed and evaluated in November and the contract is expected to be awarded in early December. Copies of the request for proposals are available at the Public Tenders Office, 6176 Young St., Halifax; by calling 902-424-3333; or by visiting the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/tour/ . Tourism is a $1.3-billion industry in Nova Scotia, generating more than 33,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI formally stated Morocco’s intention to return to the African Union (AU) in a message to the AU summit in Rwanda on Sunday. Noting Morocco’s historical connections and increasingly strong economic ties to the rest of Africa, the monarch asserted that the “time has come” for Morocco to reclaim its seat in the organization and promote African unity.Morocco is the only African state recognized by the United Nations that is not a member of the AU. The kingdom left the organization, then called the Organization of African Unity, in 1984 to protest its decision to admit the Polisario’s self-declared Arab Sahrawi Republic (SADR) as a member state.Morocco considers the Western Sahara region, which the Polisario seeks to control, as its southern provinces. However, the African Union officially recognizes SADR as a member state, and multiple members have independently recognized this entity. 32 years later, the status of the Western Sahara remains the crux of the tensions between Morocco and the AU. There are two requirements for AU membership: that the state be located in Africa, and that the state sign and ratify the AU Constitutive Act. Once a state fulfills these requirements, the assembly must vote to approve the new member by a simple majority. Morocco hopes to formally begin this process during this summit.However, the contents of the Constitutive Act will pose difficulties as the AU determines whether to admit the kingdom. The Act includes among its objectives to “defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member States” and pledges to function in accordance with the principle of “non-interference by any Member State in the internal affairs of another.”If the AU accepts Morocco as a member state while continuing to recognize SADR, it will face a precarious political dilemma. Since Morocco and SADR claim the same territory, it would be impossible for the AU to uphold its principles of non-interference and sovereignty for both members.Therefore, King Mohamed urged the bloc to reconsider the membership status of the Self-proclaimed SADR. Calling SADR a “pseudo-state,” he noted that this entity is not recognized by powers across the globe, nor is it a member of the UN or the Arab League. “Institutional Africa can no longer bear the burden of the historical error [of recognizing SADR] and its cumbersome legacy,” the monarch claimed.Brahim Ghali, the newly-appointed head of SADR following the death of longtime Polisario leader Mohamed Abdelaziz, is attending the summit. Ghali, backed by economic power South Africa and other supporters of the SADR regime, will undoubtedly clash with the Moroccan delegation and its allies as the organization debates Morocco’s reentry.As the AU considers Moroccan membership, the kingdom’s recent efforts to deepen economic and diplomatic relationships with other member states will play an important role. Under King Mohammed VI, Morocco has worked to become a continental power by expanding its influence in sub-Saharan Africa.The kingdom has signed dozens of deals in the past two years alone promoting economic cooperation with Gabon, Mali, Senegal, the Cote d’Ivoire, and other African countries. As of 2014, the kingdom is the second-largest foreign investor in African nations. This economic diplomacy has helped Morocco increase its political capital, even in nations that hold opposing political views with regard to the status of the Western Sahara.King Mohammed VI has also relied on traditional diplomacy to gain allies. When Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the host of this summer’s AU summit, visited Morocco last month, the King awarded him the Order of Muhammad, the highest level of recognition in the Kingdom.The King’s economic and diplomatic efforts have elevated Morocco’s political power across the continent. The investment already appear to be paying out: recently, Zambia decided to cut diplomatic ties with SADR. These deepened relationships will help Morocco when the assembly votes on their membership application.In Morocco, however, support for the pan-African unity espoused by the AU is not uniform. Many citizens do not identify Morocco as a part of Africa, preferring to associate the kingdom as a part of the Arab world and rejecting the racialized categorization of “African.”However, King Mohammed VI is attempting to shift this attitude. Although Morocco’s population is not predominately black, the King noted in his message, the kingdom is as much a part of the continent as any other nation. Emphasizing the importance of brotherhood and pan-African consciousness, he stated that Morocco “has always been and always will be animated by an unshakable faith in Africa.”“Morocco, although it left the African Union, never left Africa,” the king asserted.Morocco’s reentry to the union could enhance economic and diplomatic prospects for the Kingdom and fellow member states. As nations around the globe question the power of liberal institutions in the wake of the Brexit, Morocco’s request to join the African Union is a nod to the enduring power of the African Union and the benefits such institutions can bring.
Rabat – Morocco’s economy will post a 3.9% growth in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 1.7% a year earlier, the High Commission for Planning (HCP) said.This performance is the result of a 11.1% rise in agricultural added value, the source added.This year will be marked by a 3.2% increase in global demand for Morocco, which will boost the profits of several exporting industries, including the automotive, electronics and textile industries, according to the HCP. Morocco’s economy posted a 1.2% growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 0.8 % in the previous quarter, HCP noted.During this period, revenues from Moroccans living abroad posted an increase of 1.8%, the source said.
8 December 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began airlifting much-needed relief supplies to the war-torn north-eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help tens of thousands of people living in terror of one of Africa’s most notorious rebel groups. The WFP operation is bringing food and emergency equipment to Dungu, a town in Orientale Province, where civilians have been attacked in recent months by Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a notorious rebel group that has waged war against Ugandan Government forces since the mid-1980s. “The suffering in Dungu has been overlooked as events further south in Goma and North Kivu have taken centre stage in recent weeks,” said Mustapha Darboe, WFP Regional Director for East, Central and Southern Africa. “Many thousands have been displaced, and are living in fear of their children being abducted. Their situation could hardly be any worse.” The agency said that at least 70,000 people are believed to be in need of help in an area where insecurity has severely hampered humanitarian access. More than one dozen cargo flights loaded with WFP food aid will be flown into Dungu from Uganda’s main airport at Entebbe. It will also airlift UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) emergency supplies, UN World Health Organization (WHO) medical kits and 10,000 liters of diesel fuel. Food rations are also being distributed to nearly 200,000 people – including many who were uprooted by fighting between the Congolese army and several armed groups in the region – in Bunia in Orientale province. WFP is continuing to help those affected by heavy clashes in North and South Kivu provinces. Last month, the agency reached over half a million people in eastern DRC, 383,000 of whom are in North Kivu. But it noted that it still cannot reach some 70,000 people in the province due to the fighting and poor road conditions. Escalating conflict between Government forces (FARDC) and a rebel group militia known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP) has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August, mainly in North Kivu. Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines. WFP is also feeding the 17,000 Congolese who have fled across the border to neighbouring Uganda. In a Op-Ed published in The Washington Times yesterday, the UN peacekeeping chief stressed that with a “humanitarian tragedy” unfolding in the eastern DRC, it is imperative that action be taken immediately to protect the population and bring an end to the fighting. “The situation in the Congo highlights the dilemma, and limits, of peacekeepers caught in ongoing conflict,” said Alan Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. The UN mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, is the Organization’s largest, with 17,000 personnel. “However, compared to the enormity of the tasks it is assigned and the vast expanse of the DRC – roughly the size of the United States east of the Mississippi and virtually without infrastructure – this number is actually rather small,” Mr. Le Roy said. For example, in Kosovo, NATO deployed 40,000 highly-trained and well-equipped troops to an area 200 times smaller than the DRC, he added. “Civilians have suffered from intense and often chaotic fighting, driven from their homes, caught in the crossfire and subjected to direct attacks and reprisals by armed groups and undisciplined elements of the national army,” the official said.
12 December 2011Eight years after assuming office as prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo spotlighted today the transformative changes taking place in international law, with countries increasing their support for ending impunity of international crimes, adding that this trend must continue to grow. “A new global order based on law is coming. Seventy years ago the crime of genocide did not exist.” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo at the tenth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Stature of the ICC.“Today we are discussing how States and the court are enforcing the new concept of crimes against humanity and genocide. In the 21st century the Assembly is leading the international community to protect every citizen in the world.” The gathering, which is taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, brings together representatives from the 118 States parties to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, to discuss matters central to the Court’s operation.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, whose term end in June next year, told the Assembly that support for the ICC is growing, as evidenced by the ratification of the Rome Statute by 42 additional States in the past eight years including “all South America and Europe and most of the Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo also highlighted the recent accession of Tunisia, which adopted the Statute two weeks after the fall of the old regime.“It sent a clear message: there is not turning back to abuse of power.” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said, adding that the recent accessions of Bangladesh and the Philippines also show a promising trend in Asia.However, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said it is crucial for the ICC to remain independent while also avoiding isolation from the international community so it can do its job effectively.Judge Sang-Hyun Song, the ICC’s President, echoed Mr. Moreno-Ocampo’s remarks, saying that “if we are to end impunity and achieve lasting respect and enforcement of international justice, then along with the running of an effective court and progress towards universality we also need to protect the court’s independence.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo will be succeeded by Fatou B. Bensouda of the Gambia, who was officially elected today. Ms. Bensouda said at a press briefing that she would continue Mr. Moreno-Ocampo’s work and would remain committed to fighting impunity of atrocious crimes.In her address to the Assembly, Deputy Secretary-General Ashe-Rose Migiro congratulated Ms. Bensouda on her new position and reiterated the UN’s support for the ICC, which includes providing services and facilities for the court’s field missions, as well as facilitating the provision of information.“The ICC is the vital and indispensable centrepiece of our system of international criminal justice. It is our best hope of ending impunity for international crimes. It is the vehicle with which our generation can significantly advance the cause of justice and, in so doing, reduce and prevent unspeakable suffering. If we fail to support the ICC and its noble cause, we fail humanity,” Ms. Migiro said.
The world has exceeded the targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, according to a report released today in Addis Ababa by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “Fifteen years ago there was a conspiracy of silence. AIDS was a disease of the ‘others’ and treatment was for the rich and not for the poor,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We proved them wrong, and today we have 15 million people on treatment—15 million success stories.” How AIDS changed everything – MDG 6: 15 years, 15 lesson of hope from the AIDS response was released at a community event at Zewditu Hospital in the Ethiopian capital, by Mr. Sidibé, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ethiopian Minister of Health Kesetebirhan Admassu, and Abiyot Godana from the Ethiopian community of people living with HIV. “The measure of success for the United Nations is not what we promise, but what we deliver for those who need us most,” Mr. Ban said at the event, held on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. “When it comes to halting and beginning to reverse the AIDS epidemic, the world has delivered.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Zewditu hospital to launch UNAIDS’ MDG6 Report. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › He noted that 15 million people on HIV treatment means millions of families protected and billions of dollars saved. It means that the world is on its way to an AIDS-free generation. It also means that nearly 75 per cent of all pregnant women living with HIV have access to antiretroviral medicines that improve the quality of their lives and protect their children from HIV. Mr. Ban congratulated Ethiopia for leading the way in ensuring all children are born HIV-free, and noted that the country has reduced new HIV infections among children by more than 85 per cent in the past 15 years. By 2014, UNAIDS estimates that 85 countries had less than 50 new HIV infections among children per year, and in 2015 Cuba became the first country to be certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated new HIV infections among children. According to the report, the AIDS targets of MDG 6 – halting and reversing the spread of HIV – have been achieved and exceeded, new HIV infections have fallen by 35 per cent and AIDS-related deaths by 41 per cent, while the global response to HIV has averted 30 million new infections and nearly 8 million AIDS-related deaths since 2000, when the MDGs were set. “The report demonstrates that the response to HIV has been one of the smartest investments in global health and development, generating measurable results for people and economies,” UNAIDS said. “It also shows that the world is on track to meet the investment target of $22 billion for the AIDS response by 2015 and that concerted action over the next five years can end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.” To do so, the report calls for dramatically changing the status quo in terms of both resources and efforts. “Simply put, we will not end the AIDS epidemic by continuing business as usual. We have to urgently and rapidly scale up our efforts over the next five years,” it says. It also underscores that international assistance, especially for low-income and low-middle-income countries, will be necessary in the short term before sustainable financing can be secured in the long term. Sub-Saharan Africa will require the largest share of global AIDS financing: $15.8 billion in 2020. The report is both a look back on the journey of the last 15 years and a look forward to the future of the AIDS response and the path to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. “Knowing that one day the ribbons will be gone and the lights will be dimmed as the world celebrates ending the AIDS epidemic, what a wonderful day that will be,” it concludes.
This is the first time the Automotive Academy has entered. The students on the Academy New Graduates Programme have spent the last 8 months honing their engineering, communications, team-building and leadership skills as they begin their careers in the motor industry. They recently spent a week learning new skills in team management and leadership at the Sandhurst Military College. Speaking at the launch, Ryan King from the Academy Racing team, said, ‘We have spent months creating the car to our own design, sourcing the materials and generating sponsorship, so we are really looking forward to putting it through its paces in the next few weeks. We want to do the Academy proud at our first ever race meeting in July.’ Reaching speeds of over 90 mph, ‘Academy Racing’ will drive in the Class 1 (200) Series of the IMechE Formula Student competition at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, on 8-10 July 2005. The vehicle has been designed and manufactured by the 10 students, often in their own spare time. It will be raced alongside 74 other entries from 18 different countries, including teams from Venezuela, India and Australia. The Academy’s New Graduate Programme manager, Bob Lyall, said, ‘The graduates have all learnt so much during the last eight months and we wish them well in the competition. The car looks great and I know that the new skills they have learnt through the course will help them as they make their way through the motor industry in the years to come.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The IMechE Formula Student competition promotes careers and excellence in engineering, by challenging students to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single seater racing car. Students on the Automotive Academy New Graduates Programme have unveiled their debut IMechE Formula Student racing car.
One study showed that of women who were still in their teens when they married, 53 per cent had divorced by their 30th anniversary. One in four had divorced by the same anniversary if they were aged 30 to 34 when they married, and just 7 per cent had done so if they were aged 45 to 49 when they married.Andrew Newbury, a partner with Hall Brown Family Law, said that “romance can be overtaken by reality” among couples who marry young. “Couples who start out with a common goal grow apart as they take on the responsibilities of marriage and adulthood, including children, careers and mortgages,” he said. Men’s average age at marriage has risen by almost a decade, from 23.7 in 1970 to 33.5 in 2014, and women’s has increased from 21.8 to 31.3.Meanwhile older people have become much more likely to wed. There has been a 56 per cent increase in the marriage rate for women aged 65 and over and for men the rate increased by 41 per cent.Some experts suggested that a spate of recent high-profile divorce cases had put couples off. The figures do not show couples who have separated without divorcing, so those who have not formalised their split would not be counted. Figures show that teenagers have had the largest percentage decrease in marriage rates since 2009. Since then 33 per cent fewer men and 27 per cent fewer women in this age group have got married.Couples who do marry young are much more likely to split. “It may be that some are being put off divorce by the spate of recent high profile big money cases in the press, deciding instead that ‘for better, for worse’ is the mantra,” she added.Another factor is likely to be a rise in cohabitation, with many younger couples increasingly likely to live together for a long period without getting married. The number of cohabiting couples more than doubled from 1.5 million to 3.3 million between 1996 and 2016, making it the fastest-growing family type.Harry Benson, research director at the Marriage Foundation, which works to promote marriage, said that despite falling divorce rates, Britain “continues to lead the developed world in family instability”. He said: “Cohabiting parents now account for one in five parents yet more than half of all family breakdown. “The stability that marriage brings protects couples against splitting up, protects health and well-being, and supports children’s education.”The first divorces by same-sex couples were also recorded in 2015. There were 12 divorces by female couples and 10 by male couples. Couples who start out with a common goal grow apart as they take on the responsibilities of marriage and adulthood, including children, careers and mortgagesAndrew Newbury Jo Edwards, partner and Head of Family at Forsters LLP said that “greater equality and contentment” in marriage, caused by both men and women having their own careers, could also be a factor. Marrying your childhood sweetheart might be a romantic dream for many – but figures show it more often becomes a nightmare. Analysis suggests that a plummeting divorce rate is partly being driven by sensible couples who are now more likely to wait before they walk down the aisle.New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in 2015 101,055 couples divorced, the lowest number since 1971. The number of opposite-sex couples divorcing fell by more than a third between 2003 and 2015 and by 9.1 per cent between 2014 and 2015, the biggest drop in more than 40 years. In its report the ONS said: “Age at marriage is also considered to be closely linked to the risk of divorce with those marrying in their teens and early twenties being at greater risk of divorce; our marriage statistics show that the average age at marriage has increased steadily since 1970 for both men and women.” Last year ex-model Christina Estrada won a ‘record’ £53m cash settlement in her divorce battle with Sheikh Walid JuffaliCredit:Geoff Pugh 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.
“Even if the proposed bypass provides some temporary relief for this section of the A27, evidence shows that the building of more and bigger roads often induces new traffic on those roads.” Project manager Sophie Hartfield said: “A better A27 will not only draw traffic away from other, smaller roads through the national park, it will also reduce traffic in and around Arundel’s historic town centre.”Nick Field, from the pro-bypass pressure group One Arundel, said: “Nobody wants to have a road built near them, there is no perfect solution. The South Downs National Park Authority has also applied for a judicial review, claiming that Highways England has not considered the various options in equal depth.Its chair, Margaret Paren, believes any scheme should take vehicles out of the park, rather than through it, causing “significant damage.”Highways England insists that the proposed bypass would save eight minutes and 12 minutes on journeys in each direction on the A27 at Arundel, currently “one of the worst traffic bottlenecks on the south coast.”It said more than 21,000 journeys were made on that section of the road every day, which was expected to rise to 26,300 by 2041 and confirmed that current delays were six minutes. “The A27 ahread goes through the park. The delays that take place at Arundel not only affect local people but the economy as a whole. If you look at it at face value, it makes sense.” The delays that take place at Arundel not only affect local people but the economy as a wholeNick Field Plans to build a bypass through the South Downs in order to avoid evening rush hour delays of just six minutes have been branded “illogical” and “heavy handed” by campaigners.The £250million project is expected to take the traffic away from the small town of Arundel, West Sussex, solving congestion and giving the local economy a boost.But opponents warn that Highways England’s preferred route for the new dual carriageway, which will cut through a section of the South Downs National Park, will cause significant damage to wildlife and ancient woodland.Campaigner Emma Tristram, who has submitted an application for a judicial review of the decision, told The Telegraph: “It would be incredibly damaging and the worst of the three options, having a major adverse effect on wildlife, the countryside, the villages it will tear through.“It’s absolutely terrible. This countryside is a paradise, full of bats, badgers, barn owls… It is completely illogical to throw it away for the sake of a six minute delay.”Daniel Carey-Dawes, senior infrastructure campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “Carving up the countryside in order to prevent a six minute delay is an excessive and unnecessary response. 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.
Maladie d’Alzheimer : la recherche progresseLa Conférence internationale sur la maladie d’Alzheimer s’est ouverte à Paris depuis le 17 juillet. Plus de 5.000 experts sont réunis pour cinq jours afin d’échanger les résultats de leurs recherches sur les maladies neurodégénératives et plus particulièrement sur la maladie d’Alzheimer. En tout, 2.400 présentations scientifiques sont prévues pour cinq jours au Parc des Expositions à Porte de Versailles (Paris) où se tient la Conférence internationale sur la maladie d’Alzheimer. Au programme : partage des résultats de la recherche médicale pour répondre à des enjeux tels que la prévention, les traitements et le diagnostic. Une étude fait déjà état du lien entre les traumatismes cérébraux et la maladie d’Alzheimer. En analysant les dossiers médicaux de 281.540 vétérans américains âgés de 55 ans ou plus, l’équipe du Pr Kristine Yaffe de l’Université de Californie a en effet montré que le risque de développer une démence pendant la durée de l’étude (7 ans) était plus que doublé chez les vétérans atteints d’une lésion cérébrale. Alors qu’aucun des sujets ne présentaient au début de l’étude des signes de démence, le risque d’en développer une avoisinait les 15,3% pour ceux qui souffrait d’une lésion cérébrale contre 6,8% chez ceux qui n’en avaient pas.Toutefois, les résultats diffèrent selon les études : certaines mettent en évidence un risque accru de développer la maladie suite à des traumatismes crâniens d’autres au contraire ne montrent aucune relation entre les deux.Mieux connaître le déclin cognitifÀ lire aussiGaz du sang : définition, comment cela se passe, y a-t-il des risques ?Quoi qu’il en soit la recherche médicale permet de mieux connaitre les maladies neurodégénératives : des centres spécialisés de diagnostic et d’accompagnement se multiplient. L’IRM est utilisée à des fins de tests et de nouveaux marqueurs biologiques se développent. Par ailleurs, dans certains cas, l’examen du liquide céphalo-rachidien peut permettre de détecter de façon très précoce la maladie. Différents types de « démence » peuvent ainsi être identifiés. De même, de nouvelles pistes de traitement des symptômes se développent alors que des thérapeutiques à visées curatrices sont également évoquées, comme le rapporte santélog.Agir en amontA l’heure actuelle, c’est la prévention qui prime. Car plus le diagnostic est précoce, plus il est possible de retarder l’installation irréversible de la maladie. En ce sens, une autre étude a d’ailleurs été présentée le 17 juillet, invitant à mettre en place une standardisation des biomarqueurs de la maladie.Pour le futur, des pistes thérapeutiques voient le jour : bloquer ou ralentir la progression des plaques séniles qui envahissent progressivement l’hippocampe, corriger des facteurs de risque cardiovasculaire, neuroprotection et stimulation cognitive. Aujourd’hui, 35 millions de personnes dans le monde sont touchées par la maladie d’Alzheimer, dont 900.000 en France. Ce chiffre pourrait doubler d’ici 2030. D’où l’importance des recherches qui seront présentées ces prochains jours à la conférence. Le 18 juillet 2011 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambert