Tags:#Computer Shopper#Windows 10#Windows 3.0#Windows 8 Related Posts In the spring of 1990, many of the original editorial crew from Computer Shopper magazine found themselves suspended by the magazine’s new owner, Ziff-Davis. As with all of Shopper’s contributing editors, I worked under contract; but nearly all of us, myself included, refused to sign an agreement with Ziff-Davis that would have severely restricted the integrity and independence of what we said in print, as well as limited us to writing exclusively for Ziff-Davis.So a Montgomery, Alabama, entrepreneur named Doug Moore, who imagined himself the next Ted Turner, bankrolled a publication where all of us could continue to publish the same magazine as before, funded in large part by all of Shopper’s former advertisers who failed to “make the cut.” We were Computer Monthly, but Microsoft, Lotus, Ashton-Tate, Borland, and all the serious software publishers who knew us all by our first names (and me by my pseudonym) thought of us as the Shopper in exile.Computer Shopper hired us originally because we had a knack for filling space, and it had more space to fill than any periodical ever printed: as many as 500 pages per month. My main Windows 3.0 preview story for Computer Monthly was 7,500 words, plus I added two 2,000-word sidebars. In this series, I interviewed every major executive with a major Windows 3 product to be released in tandem with the new environment. (It was not yet an operating system.) My editor, also a Shopper veteran, told me, “Mr. Scott, you’re a whole goddamn magazine!”Microsoft had given me pre-release samples of Windows 3.0, and interviews with its key engineers. So I knew some things about where Windows was going that I couldn’t say even then. Instead, I could allude to them in the intro of my main article:The weeklies and fortnightlies have already extolled the merits of Win3’s “three-dimensional” buttons, proportional text, and now-boundlessly managed memory. Their gold-star awards have no doubt been bestowed upon the product for being the best in its class, albeit the only product in its class. The “pundits” have already laid blame upon someone for Win3’s alleged tardiness to market. The entire story is so well-patterned that it may be read without ever having laid eyes to the printed page.Yet if we follow the pattern, we miss the real story. There is a real development taking place between the authors of and for Windows 3, which concerns the remodeling of the computer application. We are familiar with the application as a program and its associated data, which is entered and exited like a jewelry store or a bank. We sometimes see ourselves “in” an application, just as we often see ourselves “in” the subdirectory pointed to by the DOS prompt. The data we need while we’re “in” the program is much like the diamond necklace behind the display case; we’re allowed to look at it and touch it, but unless we’re very crafty, we’re not allowed to take it outside. It doesn’t belong to us — even if the data’s very existence is due to our having typed it in.The entire contraption of the DOS environment — along with the guilt feelings it so subtly leaves us with — are being shattered by Windows 3. There is a movement under way by Microsoft and its supportive independent software vendors (ISVs) to abolish the structure which grants exclusive ownership rights of a set of data to an application. Having done that, the movement will also seek to dissolve the programmatic barricade which surrounds the once-exclusive application, and allow for the equal distribution of correlated tasks within an arbitrarily-defined computing job, to other programs non-specifically.…The meta-application is not an inevitable fact of computing; the marketing debacles of cross-vendor cooperation it imposes may render it as ineffective as OS/2 in changing our computing habits. Still, it is something to be wished for; and it is a far more important facet of the Windows 3 story than faceted buttons and little pictures. The way in which world industry and commerce works is not affected in the least by faceted buttons and little pictures.HenceforthThere is good reason to believe that Windows 8 will be the last classic, all-at-once revision of the product line from Microsoft. From here on out, Windows users will be subscribers, and improvements (assuming that’s what they are) to the system will be made automatically — for most people, silently.One of the metrics we in the technology business have used to make milestones in our lives, will cease to exist.There was a time in the last century when refrigerators were the very symbols of the technologically advanced household, and when Jell-O symbolized the wonders of a new world — one where an everyday family could enjoy a chilled dessert without considering the expense. There were magazines devoted to the class of consumer who could afford refrigerators, and who wore their status proudly by displaying such magazines on their coffee tables. Today, refrigerators are not even particularly interesting to professional chefs whose brilliance depends on them. A fridge is a fridge. You don’t publish blogs about fridges.So we knew it would happen sometime. A day is coming soon when folks will laugh in amazement as they recall standing in line for days waiting to buy a telephone. A PC, if it is still called that, will be a virtual appliance people use to process information and watch their media. What they watch will probably not be about the act of watching media, and whether that makes an impact on their lives, because it won’t. The degree of interest people will invest in whether their computing device comes from Microsoft or Apple will be as low as whether their dishwasher is a GE, an LG or a Whirlpool. They might not even be able to tell you if you asked. And you won’t ask, because you won’t be interested.And yet life will go on. Kids will still learn new things about great inventions in a brighter world. Young people will be inspired to chronicle the history of their times. Great new concepts will transform the way we live, work and think. Technology will mean something else than it means today. And folks not so young any more will realize when an era has ended, by how little its passage into history makes that much of a difference. Screenshots of Windows 1.0 and Windows 3.0 courtesy Microsoft. scott fulton Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… John, the computer store manager, handed me a pair of five-and-a-quarter-inch floppy disks, and with his characteristic abandonment of everything resembling candor, told me in a voice loud enough for customers in the burger joint across the street to hear: “I’m not really supposed to have these. And I’m not supposed to be giving them to you. But I guess it’s too late, because I just did. So you didn’t see me.” A self-adhesive label on the top left corner of the first disk was marked in ball-point pen, “MS-DOS Executive.” That wasn’t its correct name.He had just returned from the National Computer Conference in Chicago, which in July 1985 was the largest convention of its kind. I wished I had gone that year, but as is often still the case, publishers couldn’t afford to send me. Like many more computer store managers than he preferred to admit, he’d been given an “advance copy” of the next version of Microsoft’s task switching program, for the express purpose of spreading the word. Task switchers were very hot sellers; stores like his couldn’t keep Norton Commander or DESQview on the shelves. Earlier, Microsoft had added an “MS-DOS Executive” to a special release of its operating system for what the world called “IBM-compatible PCs,” or just “clones.”Version 0.x, 1985Microsoft would rarely afford me the opportunity to use the phrase, “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.” In the software market, there had already been a few decent efforts at graphical task switchers with “high-resolution” VGA graphics (the highest mode supported by IBM PC ATs and 80386-based machines at the time). By far the best of these had been Digital Research’s (DRI) GEM, the graphical environment Gary Kildall had originally intended to accompany CP/M (the OS that IBM passed up for MS-DOS). But DRI had been tied up in court with Apple, and thus we expected Microsoft’s next-generation “Executive” to look substantially non-Macintosh-ish. So we were not surprised.A crowd gathered as John fired up the Columbia 386 PC, one of the first clones of the post-AT era (Compaq had already beaten IBM to market with a 386). The blue title screen came up, with an interesting special effect where blocky, white characters converged in the middle to form the “O” in the Microsoft logo. We saw the name “Microsoft Windows” for the first time. In my fake-poetic voice, I improvised Rod McKuen-like verse around the word “Windows,” before declaring it “a really stupid name.”The problem with task switchers was that they had to remain in memory while the task was launched, so that they could resume when the task was suspended. Since most systems only had 640K of total memory, the best task switchers left only 512K free. Windows zero-point-something left about 400, which meant you couldn’t use it in an average PC AT to launch Lotus 1-2-3.But this Columbia 386 had an expansion memory board that kicked its capacity up to a full, screaming megabyte, which was more memory, my first colleagues claimed, that should rightly ever be used in one machine. The problem with this early release of Windows was that it did not recognize every one-meg memory board available. So when we first put inserted the labeled disk in the A: drive and typed WIN at the DOS prompt, after the little “O” animation, the system froze.It was after replacing the memory board twice, I think, and commenting out the third-party memory managers from the CONFIG.SYS file, that the graphical screen finally came up. We had a Microsoft mouse attached to this PC, which looked like a Lifebuoy soap bar with two strips of green pepper glued to it. Inside it was a steel ball like a shot put, so if you rolled the mouse and let go, it would travel on its own until falling off the desk and onto your toe.I would write up a brief, 2,000-word Windows preview for a company that syndicated my articles in the little handout flyers that computer stores all over the country gave away. It would be reprinted in PC users’ group newsletters, and on a few hundred BBSes all over North America, by virtue of a network called FidoNet (it still exists today) where host computers literally called one another up by telephone. Despite being distributed by what today looks like the Pony Express, the article would be published prior to the product’s official release later that year, which meant I had a scoop. In it, I declared “Windows” (hopefully they’d decide upon a better name) pointless. If you had the memory expansion card you needed, then you already had the right driver; and if you had the right driver, chances are that it already shipped with a graphical executive. It was a cheap task switcher, I said, which only served to emphasize how far behind the technology curve Intel-based PCs were compared to Motorola-based devices from real companies like Atari.While other companies were smart enough to quit after the first try, I said, Microsoft will probably keep plugging away at this for years to come.Version 3.0, 1990 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Letran’s Final Four hopes are in peril as the Knights fell to 8-8.The league’s top three teams actually got the job done with San Beda bundling out Emilio Aguinaldo College, 88-51, and Jose Rizal U hammering out a thrilling 60-58 victory over San Sebastian.The Red Lions made it 13 wins in a row, while the Generals dropped out of the Final Four race after losing their 10th game of the season.It was a crucial win for the Bombers as they not only enhanced their hopes of making the next round, but also dealt another Final Four contender a huge blow.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CJ Perez put on another offensive onslaught in the final period as the Pirates turned back the Knights, 81-69, on Friday to move within two games of an elimination round sweep in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre.Much as he has done for most of the season, Perez put the Pirates on his back when it mattered, scoring 10 of his 24 points in the last quarter as they secured a 16th straight victory.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 shutout“It’s really fun to watch if you see your players having fun, having fun playing their hearts out, and having fun honoring the game,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.“It’s the inspiration that’s really been there. It was a bit scary when Letran caught up but we know that they are just gonna keep on playing and that’s what makes this group of guys really special.” Read Next Lyceum took Letran’s best punches and still walked away with its perfect record intact.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters 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 Ginebra logs key victory LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ View comments
Swarn Singh Virk kept the Indian interest alive in the rowing competition of the London Olympics as he progressed to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles sculls after quelling a late challenge from his South Korean rival in the repechage round on Sunday. In the men’s lightweight double sculls event, the Indian duo of Sandeep Kumar and Manjeet Singh finished fourth in the heats. They will compete in the repechage round on Tuesday.Swarn, who had to compete in the repechage round after finishing fourth in the heats on Saturday, took 7:00.49 to complete the 2-km distance at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre.The 23-year-old from Punjab had clocked 6:54.04 in the heats on Saturday.South Korean Kim Dongyong, who clocked 7:03.91 to finish second, also made it to the quarter-finals which will be held on Tuesday.Swarn led the five-rower race from the start itself and only Kim gave him competition while the others fell behind. At the 500m mark, Swarn was leading by half-a-boat and he stretched it to a lead of a boat by the halfway mark, which he maintained till the 1500m mark.In the last 500m, Kim made a last-ditch effort to catch up with Swarn, but the Indian not only held off the challenge but also stretched the lead to win the race by one-and-a-half boat.In the men’s lightweight double sculls event, however, the Indians had to fight with Egypt to avoid finishing last in the five-team field.They were fourth in the first 500m, fifth in the 1000m and 1500m mark and then made a late surge to finish fourth in in 6:56.60 in the 2km race.advertisementThe Italian team won the race in 6:35.72 while Portugal(6:37.91) and Canada(6:42.59) were second and third respectively.
Mumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Mercedes-Benz, which today rolled out a souped up version of its popular compact sedan CLA Class, said demonetisation has not really impacted sales as yet although it has lowered footfalls at dealerships.”In the medium to long-run, demonetisation is a very positive step as it will definitely take out a lot of black money in the system.”From a sales point of view, of course there is less footfalls at the dealerships as customer sentiment has taken a hit. But I am not worried about it at all as I hope by Christmas, things should get clearer,” Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Roland Folger said here.He further said, “Demonetisation, GST are not going to impact our business plans here. But having said that, we have not finalised our 2017 plans yet as there is no clarity at all on anything now. Probably, we will get clarity when the rates are finalised and there is more clarity on implementation side.”Explaining why he is not bothered about the impact of demonetisation, he said, anyway more than 95 per cent of sales are financed and there is negligible cash payment happening at the Mercedes dealers end. But yes, sentiment has been impacted which does not mean there is a crisis situation now.Folger also said, the CLA is the 12th product from the the company this year, but the firm will be launching one more model this year as against the original plan of 12 models. However, he did not name the new model.advertisementThe new CLA is the ninth model to be manufactured by the company at its Pune plant and the fourth model to be added to the local assembly line this year-after the GLS 400, GLE 400, and the GLC 220 class.The company had launched the first model of the CLA in January 2015 and in eight months time, its local production from Pune, making India the only other market outside Europe to do so.The new CLA Class comes in four variants – two each in diesel and petrol, with engine capacity of 1.99 litre to 2.14 litre, and the ex-Mumbai price ranges from Rs 31.40 lakh to Rs 43.68 lakh.While the stylish new CLA 200 d Style is priced at Rs 31.40 lakh, CLA 200 d Sport comes at Rs 34.68 lakh and the CLA 200 Sport is priced at Rs 33.68 lakh.Describing the CLA Class as a landmark in automotive design, Folger said the car carves out a niche for itself with its sporty style and interiors. He added that the new model, being rolled out from the Pune plant is ready for sale at dealerships from today.Folger said the CLA remains one of the best sellers in the new generation cars portfolio of Merc and underlines the compact sedans popularity, especially amidst the younger generation. (More) PTI BEN NP ABI RYS
Bengaluru, July 13 (PTI) Swashbuckling West Indian opening batsman Chris Gayle has invested an undisclosed amount in IONA Entertainment to bring one-stop entertainment to Indian sports fans, which includes state-of-the-art virtual gaming. Speaking to reporters here, Gayle said he is a family man and loved to be associated with IONA, which is a family-oriented firm with potential to grow into a big business. He also said India is his top priority in terms of investment destinations and wanted to invest as many businesses as possible. Iona, at present, has one 70,000 square-feet gaming venue at Virginia Mall here. It had raised an initial round of funding from Singapore-based Vestasia. Replying to a query, CMD at Virginia Mall Company B Ramaswamy said IONA has chalked out a Rs 200-crore expansion plan in the first phase. “Rs 200 crore is just a phase one investment. We need toinvest more, and partners coming in like Chris Gayle and Vestasia further strengthens our brand in the quest to become a global player,” she said. Asked what percentage of Rs 200 crore has Gayle invested in the venture, Ramaswamy said, “I have two answers for that. One is Chris Gayle cannot be valued. Two, the brand is young, for we had launched the brand just about a month ago.” Ramaswamy said the company is still in talks with Gayle and other stakeholders about business modalities. “Lot of paperwork, valuations among other things needs to be workedout. We will come back on it once all the modalities arefinished,” she said. IONA Founder Subramanian said the company has big plans and intend to set up gaming zones in different parts of the country and make its presence felt abroad. “We are planning to expand pan-India and by the end of the year, we are looking at having five more centres in India and two abroad,” he said. PTI BDN RA RCadvertisement
Mumbai, Nov 5 (PTI) The Maharashtra government has directed its schools and junior colleges in the state to observe November 7 as Students Day, to mark Dr B R Ambedkars entry into school education 117 years back in 1900.A Government Resolution (GR) issued by the state school education and sports department on October 27 in this regard has described the Dalit icons enrolment in school as the dawn of a new era.It was because of the Constitution given by Dr Ambedkar to the nation that the values of freedom, equality, brotherhood and rule of law took roots in the society, said the GR.”Hence the enrolment of Dr B R Ambedkar as a student in the school is a landmark event and proves to be one that changed the course of our history. Dr Ambedkar was a life-long student and cultivated his interest to learn throughout his life,” it further said.Every student is the future of the country and education is the only means for progress, said the GR.”In order to make the students aware that hard work alone can ensure their progress, November 7 should be observed every year as Students Day,” it said.The GR directed all the schools and junior colleges to organise essay writing, elocution competitions, poetry reading and other such events to mark the occasion.As per the GR, Dr Ambedkar enrolled as a student on November 7, 1900 at Pratapsingh High School in the states Satara district. He was enrolled with serial number 1914 in the school register with his signature against his name.advertisementThe school has preserved the historic document. PTI MM GK BAS
Manchester City FA confirms Aguero escapes punishment but Man City & Wigan both charged Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 02:04 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero The striker, who is considering legal action against a Wigan fan, will not face any action for his role in a fracas, but both clubs have been charged The Football Association has charged both Manchester City and Wigan with failing to control their players following Monday night’s ill-tempered FA Cup clash.It has also been confirmed that Sergio Aguero will face no action for his role in a fracas with Wigan fans on the pitch at full-time, as reported by Goal on Tuesday afternoon.The governing body has also confirmed that there will not be any action taken against either club for a confrontation between City boss Pep Guardiola and Wigan counterpart Paul Cook in the tunnel at half-time. 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 However, both sides are likely to be punished for the reaction of their players following Fabian Delph’s first-half red card.”Both Wigan Athletic and Manchester City have been charged for failing to control their players in relation to the dismissal of Fabian Delph during last night’s [Monday] Emirates FA Cup fifth round tie,” an FA statement reads. “The clubs have until 6pm [GMT] on Friday 23 February 2018 to respond.”Several Wigan players surrounded referee Anthony Taylor as he deliberated over Delph’s punishment, while City’s players waded in once the red card was shown. Aguero, Guardiola and Cook were also involved in a touchline row but none of them will face specific action.Those rows continued into the tunnel at half-time, with television footage showing Guardiola and Cook arguing as they made their way to the dressing rooms, but after speaking to relevant parties throughout the day on Tuesday the FA has decided not to act.City were fined £35,000 for failing to control their players on two occasions last season, against Chelsea in December 2016 and Liverpool in March 2017.The FA has also asked both clubs for further information on security arrangements at the DW Stadium and the behaviour of both sets of fans.The statement continued: “In addition, both clubs have been asked to provide their observations following the crowd trouble at the end of the game and have until Monday 26 February 2018 to respond.”Wigan and Greater Manchester Police are both looking into how hundreds of Wigan fans were able to invade the pitch at full-time, and why it took police and stewards so long to prevent home supporters approaching the away end.Goal understands City are also considering a formal complaint to police over a fan who allegedly attacked Aguero. It is claimed the fan hit the striker, spat in his ear and said “suck my d***”.It is also alleged that City supporters removed an advertising hoarding and threw it at police. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NEW ORLEANS — The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official’s order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles.A federal lawsuit that Taylor Energy Co. filed Thursday in New Orleans asks the court to throw out Coast Guard Capt. Kristi Luttrell’s Oct. 23 administrative order.The suit claims the Coast Guard’s actions ignored “well-verified scientific conclusions” and were taken in response to “adverse publicity.”Government lawyers recently disclosed a new estimate that approximately 10,500 to 29,400 gallons (39,747 to 111,291 litres) of oil is leaking daily from the site where a Taylor Energy-owned platform toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After several weeks of using a temporary fix to fill potholes, crews with the City of Fort St. John will begin using a more permanent fix on the road hazards with the help of a fancy new gadget.The City’s General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland said that crews have been out using cold-mix to fill in potholes around town since the snow started clearing up several weeks ago. However, he said the mixture is only useful when temperatures are still too cold for paving crews to begin working.Shopland said that starting this week, summer crews will be out using ‘hot-mix’ asphalt to more permanently fill in and seal the holes, and will also be using a new pothole patching machine. The City purchased the machine last fall, and will start training on using the device over the next few days. The machine works by heating up the road surface to a temperature where the road surface can be raked up and then smoothed out to repair the road almost seamlessly. Shopland said that for areas that are particularly pothole-ridden, DGS Astro Paving will be contracted out to do hot-in-place paving, recycling the existing asphalt to create a new road surface. He said that areas such as the south end of 86th St, the intersection of 100th and 100th, 102nd St. near 112th Ave., and east of the Medical Clinic are particularly rutted and will need work.Shopland added that crews will also continue the street paving operations that have been occurring since snow last fell in early April.
DAVOS, Switzerland — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):10:40 a.m.Guido Sandleris, president of the Central Bank of Argentina, says the country is “much better prepared” for the challenge of a slowdown in global trade and the rise in interest rates in major economies, following its recession.Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Sandleris said Argentina had previously not been strong enough to cope with those twin challenges amid high inflation at home and big fiscal and trade deficits. As a result, President Mauricio Macri negotiated a $56 billion stand-by financing facility with the International Monetary Fund.Though the deficits are heading in the right direction, Sandleris said inflation remains too high.Sandleris defended the government’s belt-tightening measures and said protests in the country are more to do with the recession — the economy is expected to shrink further this year — than any anger against the IMF.___10:10 a.m.Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed chief executive says she’s “quite worried” that the rules-based system that has governed global trade for decades is under threat.Speaking Wednesday at the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Carrie Lam said any diminution in the traditional rules could lead to rising political tensions around the world.She said Hong Kong has prospered “on the basis of free and open trade.”Worries over the future of the rules governing global trade have been stoked over the past couple of years, certainly since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. His administration has taken particular umbrage against China and the two have imposed tariffs on each other that has raised concerns of a full-scale trade war.The Associated Press
21 May 2008The United Nations is continuing to rush aid to victims of last week’s devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan province in China’s south-west. According to state media, over 41,000 people lost their lives as a result of the quake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. Some 32,000 people are missing, while more than 250,000 others have sustained injuries. Roughly 5 million people have been left homeless.The UN refugee agency is supplying 11,000 tents to provide emergency shelter for 55,000 people, in response to yesterday’s request by the Government.“This urgently needed aid is an expression of our solidarity with those suffering as a result of this terrible disaster,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres.The final details of the delivery of the tents, manufactured in China for the agency, are currently being hammered out with Chinese authorities. It is hoped that they will be delivered as soon as possible.For its part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is purchasing a second round of relief food supplies, comprising rice, wheat flour and cooking oil, to feed 100,000 people for three weeks.The 473-ton shipment of aid is slated to arrive in Sichuan province by the end of the week and will be distributed as part of Red Cross emergency packages.“WFP hopes that this food will offer strength to the survivors of this terrible tragedy,” said Anthea Webb, the agency’s Representative to China. “By supplying food now, we aim to allow the Government and local partners to focus on settling the survivors into safe accommodation.”The first batch of WFP supplies – enough instant noodles to feed 100,000 people for one week – reached Mianyang, a city in north-west Sichuan, and is ready to be delivered.The WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is sending airlifts of aid from Brindisi, Italy.The Italian Government has sent two shipments of supplies, including a field hospital, tents, high-energy biscuits and medicines. So far, one arrived in Chengdu over the weekend while another is expected to touch down in China on Thursday.WFP is organizing a third flight – on behalf of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Irish Government – containing additional tents and blankets.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is taking part in a mission organized by the Government to provide immediate psycho-social assistance for children suffering from emotional trauma following the tremors.The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) assembled the team – including UNICEF professionals, psycho-social recovery specialists and senior government officials – in response to reports of children exhibiting signs of severe stress related to the massive earthquake.“It is important to reach out quickly to children who have been affected by the traumatic experiences they have been through,” said Yin Yin Nwe, UNICEF Representative and Chair of the UN Disaster Management Team for China.“After the 2007 Yunnan earthquake, when UNICEF provided technical assistance for child psycho-social support we found 95 per cent of children were naturally resilient and could be helped through community-based psycho-social care,” Dr. Nwe added. “The remaining 5 per cent needed to be referred for psychological treatment.”Efforts to collect information on children separated from their parents have been impeded by damaged infrastructure, the agency noted. If children are suddenly separated from their families, their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation increases.UNICEF has also procured more than $400,000 worth of supplies, including tents, blankets and school kits.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated $100,000 for emergency relief activities, part of which will be put towards coordinating the aid response.Also today, the UN contributed $8 million from its Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to the Chinese Government, and these funds will be used by six of the world body’s agencies working on the ground.“The United Nations stands ready to provide further support, as required, to the Government of China in its efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs caused by the disaster,” said Khalid Malik, UN Resident Coordinator in the country.
The report, Keeping Track of our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20, compiles relevant statistical data on population, climate change, energy and food security among other key issues, to draw a picture of the current environmental landscape, spotlighting challenges ahead.Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said the report was a timely reminder for world leaders of the areas that continue to need urgent attention such as the rapid build-up of greenhouse gases, the erosion of biodiversity and the use of natural resources, which increased by 40 per cent from 1992 to 2005, a much faster pace than population growth.Other key issues highlighted by the report include ongoing forest loss in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, with a decrease of 300 million hectares of forest areas in the region since 1990, and the diminishing glaciers which have influenced the current rise in sea-levels, threatening the well-being of approximately one sixth of the world’s population.However, Mr. Steiner said the report also highlights areas where progress has been made and “underlines how, when the world decides to act it can dramatically alter the trajectory of hazardous trends that threaten human well-being – action to phase-out ozone-damaging chemicals being a spirited and powerful example.”The report notes that many environmental issues, which were only emerging in 1992, when the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, are now part of mainstream policy-making in many countries due to consumer and civil society demands.Some of these issues include the implementation of recycling practices, the commercialization of renewable energy, the rise in sales of organic products and eco-labelling, and the use of carbon trading as a way to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.In addition, the report draws attention to the increase in the support for developing green economies, with more government investment in ways to effectively manage their resources and curb their carbon emissions as part of their broader economic development strategy.Mr. Steiner said the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro next June could help address the negative effects mentioned in the report and enhance efforts already having a positive impact.“Rio+20, under the two themes of a Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and an institutional framework for sustainable development, can, with the requisite level of leadership, trigger the necessary switches that may ensure that the balance of negative versus positive trends moves from the red into the black and that the right to development is enjoyed by the many rather than the few,” he said.The report is part of UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook-5 (GEO-5) series, which assesses the state and trends of the global environment. The full GEO-5 report will be launched next May, one month ahead of Rio+20. 1 November 2011Concerted and rapid action is urgently needed to curb resource depletion and ensure human activities do not destroy the very environment that supports economies and sustains life, warned a United Nations report released today, which tracks the environmental changes the planet has gone through over the past 20 years.
The General Assembly is expected to act shortly on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to appoint Ms. Arbour to a four-year term heading the Geneva-based UN human rights office, according to a UN spokesman. Spokesman Fred Eckhard said that if approved, she would be expected to retire from Canada’s Supreme Court, where she has been working since 1999, to take up her new assignment. Ms. Arbour was the Chief Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda from October, 1996 to September, 1999 – a period of intense activity for both courts. The 57-year old Justice was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1971 and the Bar of Ontario in 1977. She served for 13 years as Associate Professor of Law and later Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Fluent in both English and French, she became a member of the bench in December 1987, first as a trial judge on the Supreme Court of Ontario and, in 1990, at the Ontario Court of Appeal. In April 1995, she was chosen to lead an official investigation into the operation of the correctional service of Canada, based on allegations by female inmates at a women’s prison in Kingston (Ontario). Until her appointment to the bench, she served as vice-president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Throughout her career, Justice Arbour has published extensively, in both English and French, in the fields of criminal procedure, human rights, civil liberties and gender issues. The General Assembly established the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in December, 1993, with a wide-ranging mandate to oversee the world body’s complex and multifaceted activities in that field. The first person to hold the post was José Ayala Lasso, a former Foreign Minister from Ecuador, who was succeeded by Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland. Mr. Vieira de Mello assumed the job on 12 September 2002 before being asked to take what was supposed to be a temporary leave to serve as UN envoy to Iraq, where he was killed in a terrorist bombing that also took the lives of 21 others.
Several hundred thousand refugees are already struggling to survive on drastically reduced food rations, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.”In this holiday season, we want to draw attention to their plight, which will only worsen unless the [UN] World Food Programme (WFP), UNHCR’s partner agency, urgently receives the funding it is seeking,” agency spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We urgently appeal to donor countries worldwide to come to their help by generously supporting WFP’s appeals.”He voiced particular concern over Africa. In Zambia, distribution of lentils and cereals, two essential food products, has been halved in the past two months. Overall food rations will soon have to be cut by half, putting 87,000 of Zambia’s 191,000 refugees at risk of malnutrition.”Already, we are hearing reports of refugee women resorting to prostitution to support themselves and their children,” Mr. Redmond said. Field offices also report there has been a marked increase in children dropping out of school, presumably to help their families find food.In Tanzania, daily rations of lentils and of maize, the most important staple in the refugees’ diet, were reduced by 25 per cent in 13 camps in October. A joint UNHCR-WFP mission in November found that the rate of malnutrition among some 400,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Tanzanian camps is on the rise.Malnutrition also threatens some 118,000 refugees in Ethiopia, and another 224,000 in Kenya. Both countries face imminent cuts unless there are immediate donations of cash or food commodities. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WFP says it will need to make 30 per cent cuts in food rations from January, with adverse consequences for thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees.Africa is not the only continent facing a breakdown in the food pipeline. IDPs in Azerbaijan face a complete cut in food aid in the New Year. Rations for 140,000 Azerbaijanis displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia more than a decade ago were halved last month, but food stocks are so low that more drastic measures will be needed soon.And the WFP yesterday launched a $1.2 million appeal to cover the immediate needs of 350,000 IDPs in Colombia, civilian victims of decades of military strife. To date, the agency’s current 18-month relief operation, which started in October 2003, has received $14.3 million and needs the additional funds to tide it over through March.In a related development the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Commission today announced a new €15 million (euro) partnership programme to improve the ability of decision makers to target food insecure and vulnerable people and take effective action to reduce hunger.The three-year project covers 20 countries representing three very different food insecurity situations. Some, such as Eritrea and the DRC, are in the grip of protracted crisis or conflict. Others, such as Laos and Malawi, suffer chronic, structural food insecurity, while the third group, such as Tajikistan and Georgia, are making the difficult transition from a centrally planned to a free market economy.
The charred remains of the buses Credit:Grant Falvey/London News Pictures Ltd The sound of “huge” explosions has been heard in southeast London after fire broke out at a bus depot.Dozens of firefighters were “working hard” to tackle the blaze, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said. Eleven buses have gone up in flames so far at the garage at Farnborough Hill, Orpington.Locals reported hearing several loud bangs as the vehicles were engulfed in the early hours of Thursday morning.One wrote on Twitter: “Woken up by 10 huge explosions and what looks like a big fire near Sevenoaks road in Orpington.”The LFB said it was called to the scene at 3.36am. “Around 60 firefighters are dealing with a bus depot that is alight on Farnborough Hill, Orpington,” the brigade said.”Eleven buses are alight and Brigade control officers have taken around 40 calls to the incident which is very visible.”Firefighters are working hard to tackle the blaze but travel in that area will be difficult due to the number of appliances in attendance, avoid the area if you can.”Eight fire engines are in attendance from stations including Orpington, Bromley, Sidcup and Biggin Hill.” 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.
Jack Shepherd, the speedboat killer, has abandoned his fight against extradition and could return to the UK to face justice within a week, according to reports.The 31-year-old fugitive has been in custody in Georgia since January after handing himself into the authorities following ten months on the run.He was convicted in his absence of the manslaughter by gross negligence of Charlotte Brown, 24, who died when his defective speedboat crashed on the Thames during a date. He was sentenced to six years in jail.Shepherd had vowed to fight extradition, claiming his life would be in danger if he served his sentence in Britain.But it emerged on Sunday that he would consent to return at a hearing in Tiblisi, where he is detained in a maximum security jail, due to take place this week. A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Jack feels that as long as he gets assurances he needs over his safety, it’s now time to come back home.”He knows at the moment he’s just delaying the inevitable – and lengthening his sentence by staying.”The two months he has served in custody in Georgia will not automatically be deducted from his sentence.Richard Egan, Shepherd’s UK-based solicitor, said he had not received any updates from his Georgian legal team and so was unable to confirm the development. Charlotte BrownCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA He said the issue of whether or not time served in Georgia would count towards his sentence, would be subject to an application to the British court.Shepherd faces additional jail time for absconding as well as an outstanding GBH charge relating to an incident in a Devon pub just a day or two before he left the UK, when he is alleged to have knocked a barman out with a glass bottle.Miss Brown, from Welling in Bexley, south London, died when she was flung from his vessel in December 2015.The pair had met online and were on their first date. They had eaten at The Shard before taking to Shepherd’s boat late at night.Shepherd, a web designer, married a childhood friend two months after the tragedy and had a son later that year.He was charged in September 2017 but fled the country last March. He rented a flat in Georgia, where he used the name Jack Grant in a bid to avoid detection.His Old Bailey trial went ahead without him last July.He finally handed himself into the authorities on January 23 amid heightened publicity as the net closed in.Shepherd’s legal team confirmed that the prosecutor’s office had submitted its extradition request to the court and said the hearing would be held this week. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana begins work to appear before ICJFebruary 6, 2018In “latest news”Caribbean Foreign Ministers pledge support to Guyana’s sovereigntyMay 11, 2018In “latest news”Border controversy: Following Venezuela’s refusal ICJ to now determine whether it has jurisdiction- GreenidgeJune 28, 2018In “latest news” Guyana welcomes the decision of the Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations (UN) to refer the controversy between Guyana and Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl GreenidgeThis is according to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who in a released statement said that “Guyana has always held the view that the ICJ is the appropriate forum for the peaceful and definitive settlement of the controversy, and is pleased that that view has prevailed under the process developed by both Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Secretary General Antonio Guterres.”Moreover, he posited that Guyana “will not allow factors extraneous to the controversy to influence its referral to the Court, but it will continue the advancement of peaceful relations with Venezuela whose people are the brothers and sisters of Guyanese. In this context, Guyana acknowledges the Secretary-General’s suggestions for the immediate future.”“That Guyana has stood firm against Venezuela’s attempt to re-open a territorial boundary settled and recognised for half a century before its independence, and done so despite the manifest unequal strengths between the two countries, is to our national credit. Guyana, as one of the world’s small developing countries, is pleased that its reliance on the rule of law internationally has been the underpinning of its national sovereignty” said Greendige.
Queensland’s resources sector is making a determined effort to control costs to ensure the industry remains strong. Michael Roche, the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, told a training sector gathering in Yeppoon yesterday that coal companies were undertaking root and branch cost reviews. Roche said they had started to close unprofitable parts of their operations, economise on their use of contractors, slowed or cancelled work on new projects and slimmed down corporate offices.“As pointed out by BHP Billition CEO Marius Kloppers, the industry has had a perfect storm of plummeting prices, rising costs and an Australian dollar that remains stubbornly high” said Roche. “And now, on top of that, we have increased state royalty imposts that, combined with the 30% company income tax rate, will mean Queensland will carry an effective taxation rate of 50% on a typical coking coal operation. This now makes us the equal highest taxing coal jurisdiction globally. However the industry has put a proposal to the Queensland Government to inflation proof the new royalty rates announced in the budget, which ramp up from 7 to 12.5% and then to 15%.”He continues: “‘We have been able to show that indexing the thresholds will go a long way to limiting the damage to the net present values of new projects caused by the royalty hike. If the government agrees to indexation, it will pull the effective tax rate over the life of a typical coking coal project back to 45% – high but not higher than where we were before the latest royalty increase. Unless the thresholds for those stepped rates are indexed, Queensland’s effective tax rate for coal will keep on rising to be far and away the highest in the world and sadly a survey of QRC members has confirmed that this royalty hike is likely to lead to more job cuts and new projects being put on hold. This is disturbing news given that on our estimates some 4,000 employees and contractors have been let go by coal companies over the past few months.”However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Roche told the Resources RTO Conference that even under a scaled-back growth scenario, beyond the current cyclical downturn, the 10 to 15 year outlook was huge. He said the QRC had welcomed the government’s establishment of the Resources Committee of Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Deputy Premier Seeney, to address the regulatory burdens left by the former Labor government. “Early indications are that the government is genuine in its determination to deliver tangible cost-reducing and productivity-boosting reforms through the new Cabinet Committee” said Roche. He also told the Resources RTO Conference that even if only half the 66 major resource sector projects identified in QRC’s Growth Outlook Study released last November go ahead, this would represent capital expenditure of over A$70 billion.“This means that we will continue to face shortages of skilled people” said Roche. “Just today a quick look on a major jobs site shows there are currently 2,300 vacancies in our sector in Queensland. We can’t continue along the business as usual model with education and training. One of the first priorities for change recommended by the Queensland Government’s Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce, which I chair, is an overhaul of the TAFE system. We need to put in place innovative measures, and quickly, to ensure that Queenslanders can reap maximum benefit from the coming growth cycle. However, if Queenslanders are to enjoy the full potential of its valuable mineral and energy resources, the government needs think twice about any measure that will result in the sector creeping up the global cost curve.”