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Herniated disk repair

first_imgWhen the soft, gelatinous central portion of an intervertebral disk is forced through a weakened part of a disk, it is a condition known as a slipped disk. Most herniation takes place in the lumbar area of the spine, and it is one of the most common causes of lower back pain. The mainstay of treatment for herniated disks is an initial period of rest with pain and anti-inflammatory medications followed by physical therapy. If pain and symptoms persist, surgery to remove the herniated portion of the intervertebral disk is recommended.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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John Cena vs Shaquille O’Neal arm wrestle. Guess who won?

first_imgAdvertisementJohn Cena was the Centre of Attraction this week on the latest edition of The Today Show. The 16-time WWE World Champion took time out of his busy schedule primarily to promote his new children’s book, Elbow Grease.Cena was joined by four-time NBA Champion and Basketball Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal. Firstly, The Champ presented Shaq with a pocket-sized version of his book before the duo were put in an arm wrestling battle and the outcome ended up being a stalemate.Meanwhile, Cena also responded to questions about his new hairstyle and revealed that he was growing his hair out for his upcoming movie, ‘Project X‘ that he is currently filming in China.The 41 year old is scheduled to remain in South Asia for the next couple of months but will return at WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 2. Cena will compete in the eight-man World Cup Tournament after he was given a direct entry into the match this past Monday on RAW.Here’s a look at John Cena’s brief appearance on The Today Show: Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Things went wrong again’ – Germany stars rue missed chances

first_imgGermany were made to regret a hatful of missed opportunities after Netherlands came from behind to snatch a late draw against Joachim Low’s side in Gelsenkirchen on Monday.The home side led 2-0 for the majority of the match after first half strikes from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane, only for Quincy Promes and Virgil van Dijk to strike late on to level the scores and send the Oranje through to the Nations League finals.Low’s side are yet to win a competitive match since their dramatic victory over Sweden during the World Cup group stages and registered just two points in their Nations League group. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Germany boss, who remains the longest serving European national team manager as it stands, spoke of his frustration at full time after his side failed to kill the game.”I am a little disappointed with the result. When I see the whole season, I have seen more positive than negative,” Low said.“In the end we were punished, that is of course bitter. It was clear that Holland throws everything forward. That’s the price you sometimes have to pay because we have a young team. “We have to learn to bring a 2-0 home. These are empirical values that still have to be collected.”RB Leipzig forward Werner, who scored Germany’s opener and was one of their better performers on the night, was also downbeat following the match and said the result epitomised what has been a hugely disappointing year for the 2014 World Cup winners.”It is a pity. We had everything under control until the 1-2 and chances to make the game even clearer,” Werner explained.“Then we get a stupid goal against us – and that we get even and the 2-2 is bitter. “If you play as we do today, you can not give away a lead five minutes before the end. “The game showed what happened in 2018. We saw that it worked – and in the end things went wrong again.”Midfielder Toni Kroos set up Germany’s second goal with an excellent pass through to Manchester City winger Sane, who eventually finished past Oranje goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.The Real Madrid star believes his side were made to pay for not adding a third goal before Netherlands’ forged a comeback.”It is bitter because we did not decide on the game,” Kroos said.“We had a to score the third goal. If we do that, the game is over, I think everyone on the pitch felt it was good before, we did it well, but now the result stays.”The draw was Germany’s final match of 2018 and it remains to be seen whether Low will be in charge for the upcoming set of international fixtures next March.last_img read more

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Include Chitra in World Athletics Championships: HC to Centre

first_img(Eds: Updating with details of court order)Kochi, Jul 28 (PTI) The Kerala High Court today directed the central government and Athletic Federation of India (AFI) to ensure participation of P U Chitra at the World Athletics Championships in London next month. Justice P B Suresh Kumar, in an interim order, directed the government, AFI and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to make all arrangements to ensure that Chitra participates in the 1,500 Metres race at the IAAF world championship. The court also observed that the selection process for the championship appears to be not transparent and qualified athletes were ignored. The material on record disclosed that the petitioner has been sidelined and discriminated, it observed. Opportunities of the instant nature would come in the way of an athlete only once in a lifetime and if they miss the chance they may not get it again, it said. “It is seen that many persons who are nowhere close to the standards fixed for the IAAF world championship have been included in the Indian team,” the court said. It observed that participation in the championship at Guntur was not the criteria for participating in the selection process and the performance there was only a ruse to exclude the petitioner and similarly placed athletes. At any rate it cannot be said that the procedure adopted for selection was fair, it said. If participation in the Guntur championship was mandatory for participating in the selection process for IAAF world championship, persons who have not participated in it should not have been selected, the Court said. The case will be considered on Monday for detailed hearing. The court had yesterday sought an explanation from the central government on the exclusion of the Kerala athlete from the Indian squad for the championships.advertisementHearing Chitras petition against the decision by the AFI, Justice Suresh Kumar had asked the Centre to inform the source of funding for international events. Chitra, who had recently won a gold in the womens 1,500m event in the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, filed the petition after she was excluded from the Indian squad by the Federation. In her plea, she said her gold medal performance at the Asian Athletics Championships made her an automatic pick for the World Championships. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had backed Chitra and said in a Facebook post that excluding the athlete, who was the “pride not only of Kerala, but also the country, from the team for World Athletics Championship, is condemnable”. Former national champion P T Usha had said that Chitra had not been included in the team as she did not meet the qualifying mark set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). PTI COR TGB APR GSNlast_img read more

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Astros Start Fast, Top Dodgers 5-3 for 2-1 World Series Lead

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — A perfect fit in their own place, the Houston Astros are halfway home. George Springer and the Astros broke out the bats early this time to keep up their unbeaten October run at spirited Minute Maid Park, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the World Series.“We’re very comfortable here,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.You can say that again.Houston moved two wins from its first championship, but the game also included this: Yuli Gurriel made a racist gesture shortly after homering off Japanese star Yu Darvish. Major League Baseball will follow up, and punishment is possible.The ballpark was booming hours earlier, with cheers, chants and a train whistle echoing beneath the closed roof.Deep in the heart of football country, a sellout crowd stood much of the evening. And with every Houston batter getting a hit or walk, fans enjoyed the Friday Night Sights.“The energy in the building is second to none,” Hinch said. “It’s loud. They’re loud from the very beginning.”Coming off a dramatic rally to win Game 2 at Dodger Stadium, the Astros improved to 7-0 at home this postseason. Jose Altuve & Co. have dominated, too, outscoring the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers 36-10 in that span.Gurriel homered to begin a four-run burst in the second inning that sent Darvish to the shortest start of his career.Back in the dugout, Gurriel put his fingers to the side of his eyes and said “chinito” — a derogatory Spanish term that translates literally to “little Chinese.” Gurriel, from Cuba, previously played in Japan.“I feel bad and I apologize for anybody who got offended,” Gurriel said through a translator.Darvish, through a translator, said, “Acting like that, you just disrespect all the people around the world.”Astros curveballer Lance McCullers Jr. wobbled, but protected the lead into the sixth. Brad Peacock rose to the occasion with 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief for his first pro save.With every pitch by Peacock in the ninth, the decibel level increased.“To tell you the truth, when I was out there a couple of times, I got the chills from them screaming so loud,” he said.Springer lined a leadoff double in the first and the Astros went on to win a home game for the first time in the World Series. They were swept by the White Sox in 2005, and this win left them two victories from a most elusive championship.Game 4 will be Saturday night when Charlie Morton starts for Houston. Left-hander Alex Wood pitches for the Dodgers, facing a lineup that has put at least one runner on in 14 straight innings.“Obviously, this crowd is into it. Very educated, very enthusiastic,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’ve got some confidence over there, that team.”McCullers left in the sixth as Los Angeles scored twice to cut into a 5-1 deficit.Peacock followed, and shouldered the load for a shaky bullpen. The right-hander was nearly perfect, walking one and striking out four.“It was awesome,” said Peacock, who made 21 starts and 13 relief appearances during the regular season. “I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life.”Coupled with four shutout innings from McCullers to finish off the Yankees in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, the unconventional Astros became the first team to have two saves of three-plus innings in one postseason.On a night when a lot went right for Houston, also credit third base coach Gary Pettis, who’s been having quite a postseason. He boldly sent Josh Reddick careening home on a wild throw by reliever Tony Watson for a two-out run in the fifth.The Astros rode the momentum of a thrilling victory Wednesday night in Los Angeles, where Marwin Gonzalez hit a tying homer in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch from star closer Kenley Jansen, and Houston went deep three times in extra innings before hanging on to win 7-6 in 11 on Springer’s two-run shot.Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger almost won that game with a drive that was caught on the warning track in the ninth. He fanned all four times up in Game 3, leaving him 0 for 11 with seven strikeouts in the Series.“I think he’s just in that funk right now where he’s chasing balls out of the strike zone,” Roberts said.This game wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the previous one, not that the home crowd minded.Fans were revved up from the start when injured Houston Texas defensive end J.J. Watt — who has raised more than $37 million for relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey — hobbled out to the mound on crutches to throw the first ball.Soon, it was time for the Houston hitters to take over.Gurriel homered into the Crawford Boxes in left to begin the second — he became the 12th hitter already to homer in this Series. Reddick followed with a double and Evan Gattis, the designated hitter with the game in an American League park, drew a walk.Gonzalez launched a drive off the wall in left-center and wound up with an RBI single when Gattis held at second , seeing if the ball would be caught. Brian McCann singled home another run with one of his three hits , and Alex Bregman’s sacrifice fly made it 4-0.When Altuve doubled, Darvish was done after 1 2/3 innings. He threw 49 pitches and the Astros swung and missed only once.Darvish had done well at Minute Maid, going 4-1. That included a 2013 start when he was one out from a perfect game for the Rangers before Gonzalez singled.“The fastball command wasn’t there, and the slider was backing up. So he just really didn’t have the feel and couldn’t get any type of rhythm going,” Roberts said.Last month, Darvish and several Dodgers players wore Houston Strong T-shirts to raise money for hurricane relief. The four-time All-Star who previously played in Texas also contributed to the relief efforts.On Thursday, Darvish kidded that maybe his goodwill would lead to good luck.“Since I made that donation, maybe I can use a ball that doesn’t have much pop in it,” he said through a translator.Nope, didn’t quite work out that way.By BEN WALKERTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy J8 review: To infinity on a budget

first_imgIt’s easy to write off Samsung in the affordable to mid-range segments in India what with Xiaomi ruling the scene right now, but by no means is the South Korean giant out of the game yet. On the face of it, Samsung may not be bringing real competitors that can take on Xiaomi’s Redmi phones, but the company must be doing something right after selling over 2 million units of the Galaxy J8 and J6 in India after they were launched only recently.The Galaxy J8 is the subject of our review today and I try to find what makes this mid-range phone tick. The J8 does come with a few interesting features such as a tall AMOLED Infinity Display, dual camera setup with f/1.7 aperture and some ‘Make for India’ features like Samsung Mall and ‘Chat-over-Video’ for consumers in the country. Is that enough to justify its price tag of Rs 18,990? Let’s find out.DesignOn the face of it, the Galaxy J8 has nothing spectacular to offer for its price. It comes with a tall display with smaller bezels that has become commonplace to see. The back is made up of plastic rather than metal, which is a little disappointing considering the price and the what the competition is offering at this price. That being said, I got the unit in Black which looks pretty good from a distance. The black color gives it a subtle and sleek look to it and the back is smooth to the touch. There’s a vertical dual rear camera setup and a fingerprint sensor just below.advertisementThe power and volume buttons on the side have a good tactile feel when you press it and you can easily reach it without having to adjust your hand. There are two sim trays, one which hold a nano-SIM and microSD card and another the holds a secondary nano SIM. That’s great to see from a consumer’s point of view especially in India. There’s also a small slit on the right side above the power button for the speaker, which is pretty common to see on a Samsung phone and much appreciated as you’re not likely to cover it when viewing media or playing games in landscape mode. A little bit about the fingerprint sensor on the back. There isn’t enough depth to it or a significant raised border, which makes it difficult to know where the sensor is located. I would often reach for the camera rim and then make my way to the sensor, something that is liable to smudge the lens and will also delay the time it takes to unlock the phone (the fingerprint sensor is pretty slow in itself).Despite its plastic build, the Galaxy J8 is a pretty solid phones and is unlike to bend and break easily. The plastic does remove some of that premium feel that you would find on metal or glass phones, but it does keep the J8 light and easy to carry around. To complete the design, you have a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.DisplayIt’s not so much the design as much it is the display of the Galaxy J8 that is really the biggest selling point here. Samsung’s Infinity Display which was once only seen on its premium Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series is now trickling down to more affordable phones and the Galaxy J6 and J8 are among the first to get it. The J8 sports a tall 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. This means the phone comes with a lot of screen and smaller bezels on the top and bottom for a more immersive display. Now, I know what you’re thinking. AMOLED display is nice and all, but you’re still being offered a 720p resolution on a phone that costs close to Rs 20,000. It’s true that the phone’s resolution is low and this means videos and games are not going to look crispy, but the AMOLED panel makes sure that at least the colors on screen look bright and vivid and viewing angles are pretty good as well. And the colours do pop, especially the reds and blues and there’s a general sense of vibrancy which is anything but dull. The reduced bezels also gives a more immersive viewing experience, which is unfortunately undercut by a poor side-facing speaker.AMOLED display is nice and all, but you’re still being offered a 720p resolution on a phone that costs close to Rs 20,000The speaker just isn’t loud enough and not worth listening to in a crowded environment. Even with the volume at peak levels the speaker can only manage to produce only so much sound. But even this isn’t as bad as the fact that the Galaxy J8 has no ambient light sensor, which means you will have to manually adjust the brightness every time. Features like these are small but quite important today and the lack of such basic sensor does make the phone look bad in front of competition.advertisementPerformance and softwarePowering the Galaxy J8 is an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset. Samsung is offering the phone with 4GB of RAM which is sufficient for basic multitasking and gaming needs. This is not the fastest chipset around and you will notice the lack of swiftness when opening apps. But the processor is pretty smooth and will handle basic day-to-day tasks with ease, at least during the initial months. The chipset may not age as well as others so you may start seeing some slowdown after a while. The J8 is also capable enough to run games like Asphalt 9: Legends without stuttering, something that has been noticed on other SD450 phones like Oppo A3s and Redmi 5 as well. That being said, you will notice drops in frame rate and lags on more graphic intensive games like PUBG even on low graphic settings.The Galaxy J8 runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and can be updated to the July Android security patch right now. As far as security updates are concerned, Samsung is doing okay so far. Of course, anyone familiar with a Samsung phone knows that the UI will look quite different from a stock Android phone. Samsung has layered the J8 with its own Experience 9.0 skin on top that brings the typical Samsung icons with a gradient colour design and some preloaded apps like Samsung Health, Galaxy Apps, Secure Folder, Samsung Max, My Galaxy, Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung’s own Internet browser, among others. You also notice Samsung’s custom widgets on screen that can be removed if you’re not too fond of all the clutter. There are some ‘Made for India’ features as well such as Samsung Mall and Chat-over-Video. The former brings up relevant searches on the object that you capture through the camera so you can purchase it from e-commerce platforms. It’s a middling feature where it works accurately sometimes and gets things wrong every other occasion. It also helps using the feature under good lighting conditions.The processor is pretty smooth and will handle basic day-to-day tasks with ease, at least during the initial monthsChat-over-Video is a feature that works as the name suggests. You can chat with your friends and family over WhatsApp or the default messaging service while watching videos on YouTube or any other platform without interruption. When you receive a message, the notification will appear as a chat head while you’re watching a video. You can tap to expand the chat head and view the message which will appear as a translucent overlay on the video, allowing you to type and watch at the same. The feature works exactly as it should, although it is still pretty distracting to message in the middle of a video, so I’m not really sure whether this a feature you’re going to use often.advertisementCameraApart from an Infinity Display, the other feature Samsung has managed to bring to its affordable phones is some impressive cameras, at least on paper. You get a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 16-megapixel primary lens with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. That’s some wide apertures right there, promising some good low-light shots. Here’s why an AMOLED display is appreciated – photos captured look colourful and vibrant, if not a little too vibrant. Colours look bright and pop and will look oversaturated more often than not. And that’s mostly great if you don’t want your photos to look dull, but remember that this also means you’re not going to see the most accurate colours. Outdoors under bright sunlight, photos look crisp and detailed. In low-light, the f/1.7 aperture kicks in and allows for more light into the picture which means you’ll get some bright shots even in the dead of night. However, the shutter speed will be slow in such conditions so you will need to keep your hands steady to reduce shaky photos.The rear camera gets Live Focus that lets you adjust the background blur while taking a picture. The feature also gives you the option to blur the subject and focus on the background. Bokeh shots look decent and the secondary camera does well to keep the subject in focus, but you will notice some softness around the edges and instances when the gap between the subject and background doesn’t blur well.IMAGE SAMPLESThe Galaxy J8 brings an impressive 16-megapixel front-facing snapper with f/1.9 aperture and mods like selfie focus that uses software to blur the background, stickers and wide selfie that requires you to tilt the phone to capture more room in your selfies. The front camera also lets in a good amount of light which allows for brighter selfies in low-light although the detail will not be too great. Additionally, the front camera is used for facial recognition, but the biometric feature is quite slow to unlock the phone, more so than the fingerprint sensor. It also has trouble recognising your face in low-light conditions.BatteryBattery life of the Galaxy J8 is pretty impressive and that’s largely because of a low HD+ resolution that doesn’t ask for too much juice. The phone houses a 3,500mAh battery which sounds good enough and the device does manage to hold well even with heavy usage. While playing games or watching videos, the battery does not drop rapidly and it also helps that the phone doesn’t heat up too much. I got around a good day and a half to two days on average usage which included messaging, social media browsing and the occasional video streaming.I got around a good day and a half to two days on average usageCharging the J8 from zero to hundred takes about two hours. We’re still waiting for Samsung to bring USB Type-C to its affordable phones but for now you will want to keep some of your old micro-USB cables around if you’re planning to buy the Galaxy J8.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy J8The Galaxy J8 does offer some good features such as a vibrant AMOLED Infinity Display and a pretty impressive battery life. It’s cameras impress when it comes to low-light photography and the phone manages to perform day-to-day tasks and even the occasional mobile gaming with ease despite a Snapdragon 450 chipset. These, I assume, are some of the phone’s most attractive features and is perhaps why its managing to sell in numbers.That being said, the chipset is one that may age poorly and you’re likely to see it affect your day-to-day usage after a few months. The fingerprint sensor is not only slow but also not the easiest to find and unlock on a single go. Face unlock is slow as well and does not hold well in dimly lit environments, rendering both biometric options pretty disappointing. But perhaps the biggest reason one may ignore the Galaxy J8 right now is because of the Galaxy On8, which is identical to the J8 and is available at a slightly lower price point.Samsung Galaxy J8 review7.5/10Good stuffAMOLED Infinity DisplayImpressive battery lifeDecent camerasBad stuffLacks basic sensorsSlow fingerprint sensor and face unlock720p resolutionlast_img read more

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UP Board result 2019:  Check passing marks for UPSMP board class 10th, 12th

first_imgUP Board Result 2019: The UPMSP is all set to declare the UP Board Matric and intermediate result today, April 27, 2019. The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) will be releasing the UP Board result 2019 10th on the official website of UPMSP at upmsp.edu.in or upresults.nic.in.The official website of UP Board might crash due to heavy traffic at the time of result declaration. To spare the hassle you can also visit the Education Today web page as the India Today Group is hosting the UP Board Result 2019 for both the classes of 10 and 12 and check your result.How to check UP Board Result 2019Step 1: To check the UP Board Result 2019, click on the official website upresults.nic.in or and upresults.nic.in.Step 2: Look for the link which says UP Board Result 2018 Class 10th and 12th Result 2019Step 3: Click on the link and fill up all the details to get your UP Board High School and IntermediateStep 5: Enter Roll Number and click submit.Step 6: Download your result and take a print out for further reference.Passing Marks rules for UP Board Exam Class 10Each state board has its own passing marks criteria. Passing marks rules of UP Board Class 10.Students need to score a minimum of 33 percent marks in high school.The practical subject marks are also added in preparing the final mark sheet for UP Board Class 10.Read: UP Board Results 2019 Live Updates: Check UP Board Class 10th, 12th results at 1:15 pm on upresults.nic.inadvertisementPassing Marks Rules for UP Board Exam Class 12Described below are the minimum marks that you should score to pass the Class 12 of UP Board.To pass the class 12th UP Board Exam, students need to score minimum 35 percent marks.Also, the marks obtained in practical subjects, sports, and physical education are added to prepare the final result of UP board Intermediate.Read: UP Board Class 10th , 12th Result 2019 to release on April 27 @12:30 PM: See how to checklast_img read more

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Grooming Guru: Advice from Celebrity Stylist Vaughn Acord

first_img Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and his dad were the unlikely impetus behind Vaughn Acord seeking out a profession in men’s grooming. Though he was familiar with the basics thanks to his barber father it wasn’t until he “noticed that album covers and the fashion and grooming on them were taking over” that he realized there was more to it than a simple cut and a shave. Particularly, Acord was drawn to the long hair and risk-taking looks of glam rockers like Bowie, The New York Dolls and Mercury. So at 16, he already knew he wanted to “get into the beauty, the art and fashion of it.” A drummer since around the age of 5, he decided to attend trade school to learn about grooming, and ended up working at a salon in Ohio during the week and traveling to NYC on weekends to play music. After being spotted by a model scout at a gig, he ended up in front of the camera, starring in ad campaigns and learning from the best groomers in the world while on set. Finally after a few years, Acord went back to his first love of grooming, snagging a job at Bumble and bumble before moving onto editorial shoots that had him working with photographers like Annie Leibowitz, Herb Ritts, and Mark Seliger. Oh and after years of work in the field, he used his knowledge to formulate a line of skin- and hair care called V76 by Vaughn. Here the man offers his tips on looking your best, building a grooming arsenal and the mistake you might be making everyday.Why do you like your profession?I liked grooming because it felt natural. When you think about what I’m doing today, it’s representative of all of that; it’s what the brand stands for. It’s about what does this guy look like and does he have the confidence to be on stage or on film? Then we translate that into: Everyone wants to feel confident before they go to work or go on a date. My job is to find that comfort zone for these guys and deliver what makes them feel better, look better and feel more confident.What was your introduction to grooming? Probably going from a boy’s barbershop haircut to an actual unisex salon. I had someone feather and layer my hair; they even blew it out. It was during the time of the Bee Gees and Saturday Night Fever. That was one of my first memories of being “just groomed.” The very first product I ever owned was Jhirmack. It was an orange smelling shampoo. I also remember getting Tenax gel in yellow tube and Black Tie cologne. What is the number one piece of grooming advice you have for guys?Don’t overdo it. No guy wants to look like he’s trying too hard. I think that men need to have the right products and the right advice to get ready and then not think about it again. He may need to take a look to change from day to night or from uptown to downtown, but it should be a quick transition and reactivate the products that are already in his hair. They should get this advice from their stylists and move through this pretty effortlessly if they can.What do guys usually get wrong?One big mistake men make when shaving is buying the wrong shaving cream. Foams, like the ones that come in cans at the drugstore, generally are not formulated to be gentle on your skin. Shaving exfoliates the top layer of skin, exposing new skin that needs to be moisturized and protected. You should always look for a shaving cream that has oil and ingredients that nourish the skin. For example, my Clean Shave Hydrating Gel Cream uses a liposphere delivery technology to coat the skin with vitamin E and aloe to lock in moisture. I also see guys missing places on their beard when they shave. They’re probably shaving with a foam or cream that they can’t see through and they make the mistake of not going back to detail afterwards. They should finish with beard oil to get a closer shave, plus it also adds longevity to the razor. Always double check around the nose, mouth and ears. If your beard is super thick, you can apply oil before you even start to soften the hair. V76 Beard Oil is really soft and it moisturizes the face.What other shaving mistakes do guy frequently make?I often see men attempting to shave the back of their neck in the shower. They’ll take it too short and it takes the whole foundation of the haircut away. It’s like taking bricks out of the foundation of a house. I always encourage guys to come in between cuts and get their neck cleaned up for free.What do guys often neglect with their grooming?I often see men making the mistake of having absolutely no product in their hair. Guys always need to have something. There are so many different varieties of hair cream today, there is something that suits the every look a guy is going for. This is directed toward the stubborn guys who think they don’t need anything. Even if you’re bald, you need to moisturize your scalp. Also, sometimes guys don’t pay attention to the condition of their hands and nails. Whether you’re a hard working guy or an accountant, you need to take into consideration how your hands look. Always moisturize your hands with a hand cream, use a nailbrush in the shower and make sure you’re cleaning below your nails as soon as you get out of the shower.What are your favorite products from your line?Clean Shave Hydrating Gel Cream is a really innovative product that took about a year to get right. It’s a combination of putting oil into a lather. I always thought that foam was too drying, even though it’s popular. I wanted it to have an oil base so that it would moisturize. It’s developed with lipospheres filled with Vitamin E that will explode when they hit your whiskers for maximum hydration. Once people try this, they won’t be able to go back to the drugstore stuff. I also love V Rated Wax. It’s a wax that can be used by guys with different hair textures and it even adds a bit of moisture.What is the ideal morning routine for guys?The first thing you should do is stretch to get your blood flowing. Touch your toes. It helps wake you up. It’s nice to have large glass of water right when you wake up. Then shower. You can shave and brush your teeth in the shower to save time. Obviously use shampoo and conditioner and if hair needs extra hydration, leave in the conditioner while you shave. Detail your beard with Beard Oil when you get out because you can’t see properly in the shower so you don’t want to make a mistake you can’t fix. You can also use this oil for sideburns, neckline, jawline, etc. Then go to the mirror to style your hair. If you want a hard look for your hair, put product like Control Balm in while your hair is still wet. If you prefer a messier, more natural look, let your hair air dry and then apply a product that is moldable and has freedom like V Rated Wax. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster How to Shave With a Straight Razorlast_img read more

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Frenchlanguage Services Law Celebrated

first_imgThe Acadian community marked a milestone today, Dec. 9, with theproclamation of the French-language Services Act. Francophoneleaders and government officials celebrated the event at areception at Province House. “This law will expand the reach of French language services inour province, ensuring that French-speaking Nova Scotians willhave the opportunity to access government programs andinitiatives in their native tongue,” said Premier John Hamm. A number of provincial government departments have already begundeveloping plans to improve or expand French-language services. “Today marks an important step in the provision of French-language services in Nova Scotia,” said Acadian Affairs MinisterChris d’Entremont. “Because of this new law, for the first timeAcadians and other French speaking Nova Scotians can expect morepublic services provided to them in French.” Acadian Affairs will be working very closely with provincialdepartments and agencies to support them as they develop theirown French-language services plans. Bill 111, the French-language Services Act, was introduced in thefall session of the House of Assembly after consultation withmembers of the Acadian and francophone community.last_img read more

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Youth Creative Writing Contest Winners Named

first_imgYoung poets from Fall River and Truro are the winners of the Creative Writing Contest for Youth held in celebration of the International Year for People of African Descent. The contest drew 25 entries from throughout the province. Students submitted poems and short stories that highlight the culture, heritage and experiences of people of African descent. “It’s thrilling to see so many young people of all backgrounds engaging in African heritage and culture in such unique ways,” said Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The quality and thoughtfulness of their writing is truly impressive. Congratulations to all the entrants.” Honourary judge Lawrence Hill selected Sarah Frame, 16, of Fall River as the winner in the age 13-17 category for her poems The Early Years and Teenage Philosophies. “These poems are written with uncommon wisdom and creativity,” said Mr. Hill, author of The Book of Negroes. “Some sections have the phrasing and maturity of a fully adult writer. It blows my mind to think that someone so young is capable of writing with such depth, and I hope Sarah continues to grind out new and wonderful creative writing. Congratulations.” Second place went to Chantel Arbuckle, 15, of Halifax for her short story Confessions of a Dead Girl. Izra Fitch, 14, of Canning, Kings Co., was third with her story Turn to Music. In the age 18-22 category, Mr. Hill awarded first place to sunrise, sunset by Jennifer Deyarmond, 19, of Truro. “Sunrise, sunset is a pithy, richly detailed and wonderfully complete poem about the theft of men,” Mr. Hill said. “The painful fate of the stolen men is scattered beautifully over the page.” Elijah Masek-Kelly, 22, of Halifax was awarded second place for his entry I War Alone (three poems). Karl Fritze, 19, of Bible Hill was third with his short story Gold. First-place winners in each category receive $500, with $250 to the second-place finishers and $150 for third place. The winners will have lunch with Mr. Hill on Thursday, Sept. 22 and receive their awards at the welcome reception of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference that evening. They will also take part in The Word on the Street literary festival Sunday. To read the first-place entries visit www.gov.ns.ca/ansa .last_img read more

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Kargil war heros parents remember their son naughty

first_imgNew Delhi: A blank cheque hangs on the wall of the Kalia home, the last testament of their son Saurabh Kalia who signed off as it were from life itself with that penned flourish the day he left for Kargil.War hero for the world and simply ‘Naughty’ for the family, Capt Saurabh Kalia never returned, an early casualty of the limited war with Pakistan that India fought on the heights of Kargil in the summer of 1999. He was also one of the six Indian Army personnel whose mutilated bodies were handed over by Islamabad, a grim chapter in the fraught history of the two nations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Saurabh’s parents Narinder Kumar and Vijay Kalia remember with crystal clear clarity that moment 20 years ago when they saw their elder son for the last time. He was not yet 23 and on his way to rejoin duty but they did not know where. “He came to the kitchen and handed over a signed blank cheque to me and asked me to withdraw money from his account as he would be in the field,” his mother Vijay told PTI over phone from her home in Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe slip of paper with his signature, the last thing their son would ever write for them, was never cashed. “That cheque was framed by me and remains a sweet memory of my son Naughty,” she said. The last time they spoke to him was on May 30, 1999, his younger brother Vaibhav’s birthday. He promised he would come home for his own birthday on June 29. “The promise to come for his 23rd birthday was never kept and he made a supreme sacrifice for the country,” said his father. “He came before time but wrapped in a tricolour. Thousands of people were mourning and chanting slogans for my son. I was a proud mother but I had lost something precious,” Vijay added. An entire room at their Palampur home is a museum dedicated to Saurabh, a lieutenant who was made captain posthumously in recognition of his sacrifices for the nation. “During his Indian Military Academy days he used to say we should keep a room separately for him because he needs one to keep his belongings. “Just as we were planning to fulfil this demand of our army officer son, who passed out from IMA in December 1998, his first posting came. And soon after, the news of his death,” his father recalled. His mother looked back to the day he was born. “We used to call him Naughty because when he was born, the doctor who handed him over to me told us that your son was naughty, she said. Their son’s death made international headlines when the barbaric treatment given to Indian soldiers by Pakistani army personnel, who had disguised themselves as intruders, became known. Saurabh, belonging to 4-Jat regiment, had gone with five soldiers for a reconnaissance mission in Kaksar in Kargil in the first week of June 1999. The team went missing and the first news of their disappearance was broadcast on Askardu radio in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir. The bodies of Saurabh and his team — sepoys Arjun Ram, Banwar Lal, Bhikaram, Moola Ram and Naresh Singh — were handed over to India on June 9. The next day, on June 10, PTI broke the story about Pakistan’s tale of barbarism. The bodies were without their vital parts, their eyeballs were gouged out and their noses, ears and genitals chopped off. The kind of ruthlessness had never before been witnessed in the history of armed conflicts between the two countries. India expressed its outrage over the mutilation and disfigurement of six of its army personnel and termed it a “violation of international conventions”. “He was a brave son who must have undergone a lot of torture. When I feel sad, I draw my strength from what our son must have gone through for the motherland before breathing his last, his father recalled with a choked voice. “My son never talked anything official with his family members forget about the enemies,” his mother added. His brother Vaibhav, then only 20, lit the pyre. “My childhood went with my brother. He used to shield me from my parents. We played cricket inside our house and many a times he took the blame on himself for breaking windows which I had smashed, said Vaibhav, now 40 and an assistant professor at the Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University. PTIlast_img read more

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Tourists rescued from Karnatakas floodhit Hampi heritage site

first_imgBengaluru: As many as 365 tourists, including 100 from overseas, were rescued from the world famous Hampi heritage site in Karnataka, as heavy rains and flash floods stranded them over the last 2-3 days, an official said on Tuesday. “The Indian Air Force (IAF) crew airlifted the marooned tourists in MI-17 helicopter and the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, in batches from a guest house near the Virupapura gadde (island) temple at the Hampi heritage site to the Vijayanagar airport between Hospet and Ballari towns in the state’s northwest region over the last two days,” the official told IANS here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Located on the south bank of the Tunga-Bhadra joint rivers, the Unesco recognised heritage site, dotted with ruins and monuments from the 14th century Vijayanagara empire, including the 7th century Virupaksha temple, was inundated after the authorities released excess water from the nearby dam. Hampi in the rich-mining district of Ballari is about 340 km northwest of Bengaluru. “As the 20 km road connectivity to the heritage site from Hospet town was flooded and damaged, the tourists had to be airlifted in turns as they were stranded in a state-run guest house near the temple on an island,” said the official. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K With the southwest monsoon being active since August 1, heavy rains in the catchment areas of the Tunga and Bhadra rivers in the state’s Malnad region filled the reservoir to the brim where the two rivers join near Hospet. “As 2.5-lakh cusecs of water were released from the TB dam since Saturday, the ancient monuments, temple complexes and the market places (bazars) were flooded when the overflowing water breached the banks and entered the ruins,” recalled the official. The choppers were also used to airlift four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel to safety as they were stuck on the rocks that were submerged by the swirling waters. Other historical places at Hampi, including Purndara mantapa (canopy) and Chola mantapa were submerged while Kampli fort and Anjaneyaswamy temple were flooded due to the TB river overflowing. Hundreds of tourists and pilgrims were also rescued by the state and national disaster response forces from flood-hit Pattadakal in the neighbouring Bagalkot district, which has an another Unesco recognised world heritage site for its 7th-8th century Hindu and Jain temples and monuments. State Tourism Secretary, T.K. Sunil Kumar, however, clarified that there was no damage to the monuments and temples at both the heritage sites due to inundation by the rain water or flooding due to overflowing of the river water. “Measures have been taken to clear the water from the heritage sites by pumping it from the complexes and making ways for reversing the flow back to the river or diverting it in open areas or fields,” Kumar told reporters here. Pattadakal, about 440 km northwest of the state capital (Bengaluru) is one of the prime tourist and religious destinations in the southern state. “Pattadakal is a harmonious blend of architectural forms from the northern and southern India and an illustration of eclectic art. The Hindu temples are dedicated to Shiva, with elements of Vaishnavism and Shaktism fused,” said Unesco for declaring it a world heritage site.last_img read more

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In the news today Dec 21

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, Dec. 21———JUDGE TO RULE ON KHDAR’S REQUEST FOR EASED BAILAn Edmonton judge is expected to rule today on Omar Khadr’s request for relaxed bail conditions. The former Guantanamo Bay internee wants to be able to travel to Toronto more easily to visit his family and make court appearances. Khadr, 32, also wants unsupervised conversations with his sister and a Canadian passport to make a Muslim religious pilgrimage. Currently, he must contact his bail supervisor if he wants to leave Alberta.———B.C. CITIES WANT FIRMS TO PAY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says only one oil and gas company has responded to a letter the city wrote to 19 multinationals last year asking for help covering the costs of climate change. Victoria was one of the first municipalities in B.C. to pen a letter to oil and gas companies asking they help cover the costs of things such as flood protection and new infrastructure to accommodate sea level rises. Helps says storm surges combined with a one-metre sea level rise, which is projected to occur by the year 2100, could cost the city more than $400,000 per day in business disruption losses.———ELDER’S SON REMEMBERS HIS LEGACY AS LOVING FATHERThe son of a well-known and respected First Nations elder says his father’s legacy will be the love he spread. Elmer Courchene, who was 82, died on Dec. 5 after a battle with lung cancer. He had been a spiritual adviser to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, as well as two former national chiefs, and First Nations leaders provincially and regionally. His son, Randal Courchene, says despite struggles that came along with being a residential school survivor, his father always made sure his family was filled with love.———B.C. VOTERS REJECT ELECTORAL SWITCH FOR THIRD TIMEVoters in British Columbia have rejected a proposal to switch to a system of proportional representation to elect members of the legislature for a third time, prompting all three parties to declare electoral reform a dead issue. The current first-past-the-post system received 61.3 per cent of the votes cast in a mail-in referendum, while proportional representation got 38.7 per cent in the results released Thursday by Elections BC. About 1.4 million voters cast ballots by the Dec. 7 deadline, which represents a turnout of 42.6 per cent of eligible voters.———IN ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The Bank of Canada releases its latest business outlook survey and senior loan officer survey today.— A judge is set to deliver a decision on an injunction for two Junior B hockey leagues, after a lawyer representing some Indigenous teams argued that all the “white teams” got together and formed a new league that excludes First Nations.— Statistics Canada is shceduled to release its gross domestic product figures by industry for October.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Reelected Harper government would introduce onreserve private property ownership on band by

first_imgAPTN National News RICHMOND,BC—A Conservative government would allow First Nation bands to implement private property ownership on their reserve lands on an opt-in basis, according to the party’s platform unveiled Friday.The Conservative platform says a Stephen Harper-led government would immediately move to introduce legislation, requested and influenced by the Whispering Pines-Clinton Indian Band in British Columbia, to introduce a property ownership regime on-reserve.A Conservative government would introduce similar legislation for any additional First Nations that would want to follow the same path, the platform said.“A re-elected Conservative government will enact legislation that allows this specific band to move forward in this way,” said the platform document. “If other First Nation bands also choose to pursue this option on a voluntary, opt-in basis, we’ll proceed with similar legislation for them.”The chief of the Whispering Pines-Clinton Indian Band is quoted in the platform document saying the proposed legislation is “First Nations-led.” Chief Michael LeBourdais says his First Nation created the proposed property ownership legislation, according to the document.“We want what other Canadians have: title we can leave to our future generations,” said LeBourdais, according to the document.The Conservative platform also says that while the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act is now dead, the Harper government would now try to strike deals with provinces and First Nations on education.The Conservative platform states that the Harper government’s response to the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would include directing the Mental Health Commission of Canada to focus on addiction and suicide prevention in First Nation communities, direct palliative care research funding to services directed at First Nations, increase broadband Internet access to Indigenous communities and expand anti-gang programs along with increasing funding for Indigenous languages by $10 million over four years.The Conservatives would add 40 communities to the Nutrition North program. The costing document states the program would get an extra $32 million over four years. A Conservative government would also require all northern retailers to use a point-of-sale system so customers can see how the program subsidy applies to the foods they’ve purchased.The Conservative party pledges in the platform to complete devolution of land and resource powers to the Nunavut government over four years.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,378.62, up 12.57 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 53 cents, or 5.97 per cent, to $9.41 on 22.7 million shares.Nighthawk Gold Corp. (TSX:NHK). Materials. Up four cents, or 10.67 per cent, to 41.5 cents on 11.6 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 32 cents, or 8.6 per cent, to $4.04 on 10.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down five cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $1.95 on 8.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 36 cents, or 3.82 per cent, to $9.79 on 7.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $3.12, or 4.87 per cent, to $67.22 on 6.2 million shares.Companies reporting:SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down $13.49 or 27.8 per cent to $35.01. SNC-Lavalin’s CEO says ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia are hurting the company’s bottom line and forcing it to consider a possible retreat from the oil-rich state as SNC share prices plunged to a three-year low. Amid an international row that has only escalated since last summer, Neil Bruce cited Ottawa’s recent granting of asylum to a Saudi teenager as the latest likely blow to business, spurring him to order a review of where the engineering and construction giant conducts operations, with an eye to “predictability.”Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX-V:OGI). Up $1.14 or 19.16 per cent to $7.09.  Licensed cannabis producer Organigram Holdings says net revenue in its latest quarter hit $12.4 million, up from $2.4 million from a year earlier, due to the launch of recreational pot sales in October. Organigram says its sales during the three-month period ended Nov. 30 marked a record quarterly high and amounted to more than what the company has historically sold to medical patients in an entire year. The Moncton-based company also reported that during what was its financial first quarter it sold 1.7 million grams of dried flower, up from 195,075 grams during the same period a year earlier. read more

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After 20 years Tim Hortons is finally changing its leaky coffee cup

TORONTO — The president of Tim Hortons is fed up with the leaky brown tops on its coffee cups that haven’t changed a bit in 20 years — so much that he pushed the company to turn over a new leaf — literally.Alex Macedo said Thursday that six of the brand’s locations are experimenting with more environmentally-friendly lids emblazoned with a maple leaf, adding they have been rigorously tested by thousands of people who climbed hundreds of stairs and drove plenty of kilometres with cups in hand to design a cap that will cut down on the leaking.“If we don’t make these adjustments, we will fall back in time,” Macedo said.“The only people who are going to be pissed off are dry cleaners and car-washing companies. They will wash fewer shirts and fewer cars.”Tim Hortons announces sudden closure of 4 U.S. locationsTim Hortons owner focuses on turnaround efforts after missing key sales estimatesTim Hortons launches all-day breakfast across CanadaThe lid change is just one aspect of the company’s plan to admit mistakes, some of which caused it to fall behind competitors, and make significant changes to win over consumers and franchisees alike.Macedo and Duncan Fulton, the chief corporate officer at Tim Hortons’ parent company Restaurant Brands International, said in a meeting with The Canadian Press that customers will soon see new packaging, marketing campaigns and an emphasis on being environmentally friendly.The initiatives are part of a raft of changes the company recently announced including all-day breakfast, a kids menu, delivery, digital kiosks and a loyalty program.Alex Macedo, left, president at Tim Hortons and Duncan Fulton, chief operating officer at Restaurant Brands International pose for a photograph at the Hockey Hall of Fame Tim Hortons location in Toronto on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS They’re the product of hours of meetings the executives had with franchisees, feedback they received from customers and gripes they’ve heard from their top ranks.“Our head of marketing, who is in charge of packaging, has fallen in love with the Boston cream doughnut,” said Fulton. “Every day I watch him as he gets his Boston creme doughnut, takes it out of the bag looks at the doughnut and looks at the bag and the top of the Boston cream doughnut is smeared inside the bag.”“He is (saying) functionally this is the worst way in the world to serve someone a doughnut with a fresh topping, so packaging has to get at (the) environment, function and design.”He and Macedo said the pressure to change packaging has also mounted in recent months as environmentalists have pushed restaurants to ditch the use of plastic straws unless individual customers ask for them. Tim Hortons most recently that it is “actively reviewing” the use of straws.Macedo doesn’t know which kind of packaging environmentalists will turn their attention to next, but said “we need to be ahead of whatever is next.”That includes looking beyond plastic to the brand’s perception, which came under fire in recent months because of a dissident association, which claims to represent at least half of Tim Hortons franchisees.The Great White North Franchisee Association has publicly argued with Tim Hortons over everything from alleged misuse of a national advertising fund to cuts to employee benefits after Ontario’s minimum wage hike, but Macedo has previously vowed to patch things up.“We think it is not wise to drag the brand through the mud in the public eye because there are 1,500 families that depend on the brand to make a living,” Macedo said, emphasizing that his focus is on keeping franchisees profitable and customers happy.He aims to do that with a new marketing plan he hopes to roll out later this year with a focus on true stories, including one about a Kenyan hockey team that played hockey with little equipment at a mall and has embraced the brand so fervently that Tim Hortons will fly the players over to skate with NHL stars.Another will feature a story Tims staff stumbled across about a girl with a hearing impairment who often heads to Tim Hortons after school with friends. She used to have a hard time communicating that she wanted to order a doughnut or hot chocolate.“It was wintertime and she would blow on the glass and write hot chocolate so the (Tim Hortons staff) would know. The next week (she) came in the lady that had served her had on her own learned how to sign hot chocolate and doughnut,” said Fulton.“They are at a Tim Hortons today shooting the story with the actual lady (and girl). It is what the brand is all about.” read more

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South Sudan UN peacekeeping review urges emphasis on supporting political process

“A sustainable political resolution of the conflict is also the only avenue to chalk out a viable exit strategy” for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita told the Security Council.UNMISS was established in 2011 as a capacity building tool to assist a Government that lacked the capability to deliver services to its people, she said.However, following the December 2013 outbreak of violence, UNMISS evolved into a Mission where protection of civilians, including from national security institutions, has become the main focus.“This requirement unfortunately, remains valid,” she said, noting that tens of thousands of civilians are estimated to have been killed since the conflict began in December 2013 while over four million have been displaced, half of which are now refugees in neighbouring countries.As documented once again by the Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry which published its report last Friday, human rights violations and abuses, including horrific incidents of sexual violence, have reached alarming levels, and impunity for these crimes remains the norm, Ms. Keita said. Moreover, over 200,000 internally displaced peoples continue to be protected on UNMISS bases, with the assistance of humanitarian partners.The review found that largely over 50 per cent of the Mission’s uniformed personnel are currently devoted to protecting these sites.These sites only represent a fraction of the South Sudanese civilians in need of protection.“There are no easy answers to this dilemma. There will never be enough troops to protect both the ‘protection of civilians’ sites and extend UNMISS’s protection footprint to other areas of large displacements, in a country as large as South Sudan,” she said. OCHA/Charlotte CansPeople at a Protection of Civilians Camp in Malakal, South Sudan, peacefully demonstrating and carrying signs, waiting on the side of the road for a UN convoy to pass by. (file) Increasing the effectiveness of protection efforts beyond these sites will need to continue being a major priority of the Mission, notably through the development of an integrated and ‘people focused’ system-wide protection approach, aimed at filling existing gaps, generating synergies and removing duplication and thus possible wastage of resources.Since the Security Council decision in August 2016 to deploy the Regional Protection Force (RPF), the security conditions in Juba, have changed substantially. Today, while the risk of instability and violence remains, the threat of military conflict in the capital has considerably diminished.The current environment of Juba, therefore, may call for some adjustment of the RPF mandate as currently scripted, Ms. Keita said.Following the review, the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operation has ordered a military and police capability study to explore how less troops can be dedicated to the ‘Protection of Civilians’ sites, and more are projected throughout the country to protect other civilians under imminent threat of violence.This capability study will also need to address the configuration of the RPF.South Sudan came into being with extremely limited institutional capacity in all areas of governance and government services, with the exception of military forces. This situation has not improved in subsequent years.Poor governance and economic collapse have compromised already weak rule of law institutions. In the current political and security environment, the review found that a full-scale return to capacity-building rule of law institutions is not warranted.“It is our considered judgement that the most effective way to protect civilians in a sustainable way is to reach a political solution to this conflict,” she said.The four-pillared mandate of UNMISS remains valid, but the focus of the Council and the region should undoubtedly be on its fourth pillar, which is to support the political process, she said.“Without progress on the political process, the Mission is likely to have to be deployed for a considerable amount of time, at a considerable cost to the international community,” she concluded. read more