ADDIS ABABA: United Nations leaders on Thursday (Friday in Manila) alleged possible crimes against humanity in Ethiopia’s Tigray region including by Eritrean troops, as they urged a pullout by the neighboring country, which denies involvement. The UN also warned of potentially catastrophic hunger as it pleaded for urgent humanitarian access, although divisions at the Security Council stopped the international community from showing a common front. A week after Amnesty International said that Eritrean troops massacred hundreds of people, the UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, joined calls for an investigation. Her office said it had corroborated information about incidents including indiscriminate shelling in the regional capital of Mekele and towns of Humera and Adigrat in November when Ethiopia launched an offensive. It had also verified “reports of grave human rights violations and abuses including mass killings in Axum and in Dengelat in central Tigray by Eritrean armed ... » Learn More about UN blasts Tigray for war crimes vs humanity
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Manchester United maintained their position at the top of the table but couldn’t end Liverpool’s unbeaten league run at Anfield. United went into the game a point clear of second-placed Leicester after their win over Southampton on Saturday night. This draw means they are unbeaten in 12 premier league games since their defeat by Arsenal, picking up 30 points from a possible 36. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made three changes from the team that won doggedly at Burnley last week, with Victor Lindelof, Fred and Scott McTominay coming in for Eric Bailly, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic. Liverpool controlled the opening 20 minutes of the game but United looked the most likely team to score beyond that period, with Bruno Fernandes going close from a free-kick. Fernandes and Paul Pogba spurned excellent chances to win it in the second half and United couldn’t find the breakthrough they were clearly looking for after bringing Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood off the bench. ... » Learn More about Liverpool vs Manchester United Come to a Disappointing 0-0 Draw
Insider threats may have been looming even before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the crisis further put a corporation’s security in distress. Because of the drastic changes caused by the pandemic, the various factors that could motivate employees and other insiders to put their organization’s computer network in danger intensified. These include fear, anxiety, anger, depression and financial troubles. Working remotely also cultivated an environment that offers malicious insiders Organizations must increase their vigilance and diligence to reduce insider threats during this time. These can be done by applying a proactive approach in balancing security and privacy. The rise of insider threats The dramatic increase in security breaches requires organizations to take a more comprehensive approach in combating insider threats. A study by the Ponemon Institute, a leading security research organization, showed that insider threats have jumped by 47 percent over the past ... » Learn More about Preparation and prevention vs insider threats
SEO is fascinating. It shifts and changes day by day. And with every shift, the difficulty of pursuing it becomes more and more challenging. Getting backlinks (quality backlinks to be precise) has become much more difficult. However, there are some useful services that can make the process of link-building much easier. The most difficult part is finding providers that know how to do the job well. By the same token, crucial SEO strategies like link building have evolved to become a larger part of ranking criteria. This article will give you an insight into what a quality backlink is. We’ll also talk about essential factors to check before getting backlinks from guest posting providers. What are Exactly Is a Backlink? Backlinks are links to your domain from other sites. Also known as inbound links or incoming links, they indicate that your site is trustworthy. This tells search engines that your domain has authority. The more quality backlinks you have, the better your ... » Learn More about What are Quality Backlinks and How Can You Get Them to Your Website?
Thailand- The following is a quick fact check we have written in hopes that many of our eager readers take a look and understand the current situation regarding tourists visiting Thailand. The Pattaya News gets many, many, many messages a day from people interested in visiting Thailand, with the vast majority from India, Europe, and Russia. Most are “short-term” tourists and therefore could not go through the current process which requires a two-week quarantine at your expense, multiple Covid-19 tests, embassy approval, mandatory insurance, a fit-to-fly certificate, and other “hoops” to jump through. So, we have made an update to our popular previous articles around visiting Thailand. This information is all correct as of February 27th, 2021. Q: Can I come to Thailand now without a quarantine? A. No. Q. I’ve been vaccinated. Can I come to Thailand now without a quarantine? A. No. Q. I’ve been vaccinated. Can I come to Thailand with a “reduced” quarantine, no ... » Learn More about Fact Check: Can tourists come to Thailand now with no quarantine if they are vaccinated?
When it comes to growing medical cannabis for the first time, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed about all there is to know. Indeed, growing cannabis isn’t quite as straight-forward as, say, growing a tomato plant! There are a number of different things that you will need to do throughout the crop’s cultivation process in order to successfully grow cannabis to start with, and once the crop has grown, harvesting and storing the buds is a challenge in and of itself! Don’t panic, though; if this is your first time growing cannabis, we’re here to help you learn how to grow your own cannabis from home. Think About the Legalities First of All! Of course, before you even think about getting started, it’s vital that you consider the legalities of growing cannabis. The rules regarding cannabis use and cultivation have been rapidly evolving in recent years all around the world. Therefore, there is no one hard and fast rule for what is and what is not legal when growing cannabis. ... » Learn More about Growing Your Own Medical Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide
After a couple of blockbuster trades, the PBA was rocked by another bombshell. Bobby Ray Parks, Jr has declared that he is taking the next season off. Parks cited “family reasons” which is a usual (and mostly valid) reason for taking a game, a week or a month off. Parks, though, has asked for a full season. He also gave the “grateful to (insert team/organization) for the opportunity” line. Also, he said he will rejoin TNT once his issue is resolved. We do not know the issue, and if Parks says “family” it simply means you lay your prying eyes off me. MVP vs MVP MVP called out Parks, himself a three-time ABL MVP, for posting a beach pic, which MVP noted was far from California where Parks’ family resides. Basically, the boss of the MVP empire called BS on Parks reasons. It is rare to do it so blatantly and scathingly like what MVP did. He is fed up. Perplexing Parks Parks refused, and if the PBA’s declared salary cap is to be believed, he is not going to get a higher offer. ... » Learn More about Decoding the Ray Parks puzzle
Exactly eight months ago today, this column focused on decarbonization using the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2020 as a benchmark. The EPI 2020 posited that countries who exhibited long-standing commitments and carefully constructed programs to protect public health, conserve natural resources, and reduce global emissions, as part of their concerted efforts to decarbonize their economies, achieve the highest level of sustainability. Humanity recognizes that preventing dangerous climate change and its devastating consequences is one of our defining tasks. We have seen and experienced that global emissions have soared by two-thirds in the three decades since international climate talks began. An internationally-recognized scientist once said that limiting global warming to 1.5 degree-Celsius as stipulated in the Paris Climate Agreement scientifically implies complete net decarbonization of the world’s energy and transport systems, industrial production, and land use by the ... » Learn More about Decarbonization as a strategy to pursue sustainability, stabilize Earth’s climate
TODAY marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness about women’s equality. The campaign theme for 2021 is “Choose To Challenge”, specifically gender bias and inequality. Gender inequalities occur in different aspects of life, including health, education, employment, protection, politics and power. Excess maternal mortality, inadequate sexual and reproductive health service, intimate partner violence, unequal healthcare service access and sex disparities in care quality are examples of gender inequalities in health. Malaysia has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the Asean region. Achievement of ABC goals among diabetes patients is universally recommended – A for the A1C test of blood sugar control over three months, B for blood pressure and C for LDL-cholesterol, ie bad cholesterol. However, data from high-income countries show that women are less likely than men to achieve A1C and LDL-cholesterol goals. Similarly, a local ... » Learn More about Choose to challenge gender inequality in health
The US 10-year bond rate has increased sharply from 0.9 percent as of end December to 1.6 percent currently, causing jitters in global equity markets including the Philippines. Interest rates increased sharply due to the improving outlook of the US economy and the growing likelihood that the Biden administration will successfully pass a $1.9-trillion fiscal stimulus program. The said factors are expected to push up inflation and prompt the US Federal Reserve to taper its $120-billion monthly bond-buying program or raise the benchmark Federal fund rate which is close to zero. Investors are rightfully worried since the Fed’s aggressive monetary policy is largely responsible for the stock market’s strong performance since March last year despite the pandemic. There are also worries that we could see a repeat of the 2013 taper tantrum. Recall that in 2013, the US 10-year bond rate jumped from 1.6 percent to 3 percent, triggered by an announcement from the Fed that it would reduce the ... » Learn More about Not expecting a repeat of 2013 taper tantrum in PH stock market