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BLACKBERRYS FIRST POWERED BY ANDROID SECURE SMARTPHONE COMING TO THE MIDDLE EAST

BLACKBERRYS FIRST POWERED BY ANDROID SECURE SMARTPHONE COMING TO THE MIDDLE EAST

Dec 31, 2015

PRIV Delivers the Best of BlackBerry Privacy and Productivity to the largest App Eco-system BlackBerry PRIV Riyadh, KSA: BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, announced today that PRIV™ by BlackBerry®, the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android™ is expected to be available in the UAE early January and in KSA in the first half of January from leading retail stores. Combining the best of BlackBerry’s productivity, security and privacy features with the wide world of Google Play™ store apps, PRIV is the epitome of form and function. It has been engineered with the world’s finest technology and packaged in an ultra-thin device – including a dual-curved screen, touch and physical keyboards, state-of-the-art 18MP camera, and long-lasting battery – with unique tools that allow users to manage and control their privacy. “PRIV is the first BlackBerry smartphone running Android and it creates a new market opportunity for us in the Middle East with users who are entrenched in the Android ecosystem and who are seeking greater productivity and more powerful privacy features,” said Mike Al Mefleh, Product Management Director Middle East, BlackBerry. “In addition, PRIV is the first Android smartphone to combine the privilege of privacy with all of the most critical features users need to power through their day: a BlackBerry keyboard, large display, excellent battery life, BlackBerry productivity and security features, powerful specs and access to the world’s largest app ecosystem.” A New Standard for Security and Privacy   PRIV was designed with security at its core, building on BlackBerry’s legacy of security and keeping private its customers’ data. Security highlights include: Advanced Privacy Controls: The exclusive DTEK™ by BlackBerry® app for Android™ monitors and reports on application access to the microphone, camera, location and personal information, enabling users to be confident that their personal data is being kept private. Users can know at a glance when their privacy could be at risk so they can take action to improve it. Secure Hardware: BlackBerry’s hardware root of trust, a unique manufacturing process, injects cryptographic keys into the device hardware, providing a secure foundation for the entire platform. Verified Boot and Secure Bootchain: Keys have been embedded to verify...

Owais Husain Joins Arts Festival PUBLICA in New Delhi

Owais Husain Joins Arts Festival PUBLICA in New Delhi

Dec 28, 2015

Owais Husain Contemporary Indian artist Owais Husain has been announced as the latest participant to be added to the prestigious roster of artists exhibiting in the public arts festival PUBLICA (23 January – 29 February 2016). After the resounding success of the 2013 edition, PUBLICA returns to Delhi in 2016 in a bigger, more engaging and more international form. The idea of the festival is to remove artworks from their limiting traditional setting of museums and galleries and put them in view of broader audiences to try and drive engagement in the arts and promote cultural change at grass roots. Ahead of the festival and as part of his on-going commitment to fostering creativity in the next generation, Husain will be holding a workshop for the students of the International Institute of Fine Arts in Modi Nagar from 5 – 7 January 2016, focusing on their shared commitment to increasing engagement in the arts. The project, House of Cards, typifies the artist’s contemporary outlook, in which he helps the next generation to create a personal narrative, or mythology, through the practice of art. The initiative will explore the idea of homeland and mapping identity through the continually changing landscape of visual language. In this way, Husain encourages students to think about identity and the role of image making in all forms, inspiring them to explore in greater depth the personal context in their work. The resulting images will be incorporated into panels designed by Husain, the house, creating a visual dialogue between one generation and the next. The workshop is the second in a series of international workshops, the first of which was held at LASALLE College of the Arts (South East Asia’s foremost arts institute) with subsequent iterations planned for South Africa and Mexico. The artistic process of the House of Cards workshops is documented and the resulting images created by the students will be exhibited alongside Husain’s own work. Proceeds from the exhibition will be reinvested in the form of a scholarship at each art school, extending the workshop’s legacy and providing further artistic opportunities for future generations. · 5 – 7 January 2016, House of Cards workshop, International Institute of Fine...

The Kurds of Turkey have declared their demand for autonomy

The Kurds of Turkey have declared their demand for autonomy

Dec 28, 2015

Ankara, December 28, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis On December 27, the Kurds of Turkey proclaimed their desire for self-government and autonomy, causing the strong reaction of the Turkish government. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu immediately canceled the scheduled for December 30 meeting with the president of the pro-Kurdish Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş. In the “Democratic Congress Society” organised by the Kurds in Diyarbakır, they announced a “road map” to solve the Kurdish problem. In it, besides the request for a new constitution there are proposals for the self-government of municipalities and regions of southeastern Turkey. The Kurds seek to have full control of their education. At the same time they require the recognition of Kurdish as a second official language. They propose the creation of their own security forces in cooperation with Ankara and also want to have total control on health, religion, culture. Essentially, these proposals, which are expressed for the first time in a proclamation of all political forces of the Kurds of Turkey is a request for autonomy in a “nice wrapper”. “In this century Kourdistan will become a reality. There will be autonomous regions but perhaps there will be such a state”, Demirtas said, causing an earthquake in the Turkish capital. “I can talk about the Constitution but will not discuss Turkey’s unity. They are supporting terrorism and are attaching conditions to the Prime Minister. Where are the promises that they will become a political party of the whole Turkey?”, Ahmet Davutoglu on the last Declaration of Kurds, visibly irritated and explained the reasons for the cancellation of the meeting with Demirtas. “PKK is trying to obtain autonomy” “The PKK seems to be trying to wrest the independence of a Kurdish state, an autonomy the least. It bases this probably in the role it plays in the battles against the Islamic State”, says political analyst of the website Radikal Murat Yetkin. The state in southeastern Turkey is spiraling out of control. The PKK in dozens of cities and regions has launched a trench battle with Turkish security forces. The result of the fighting is the death of hundreds of civilians, as well as members of the security...

Hundreds of Irish women travel to Netherlands for abortions

Hundreds of Irish women travel to Netherlands for abortions

Dec 28, 2015

irishtimes.com, Sept 16, 2015   by Kitty Holland Suitcases signifying the Irish women who travel abroad to access abortion services, outside the Department of the Taoiseach. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw Almost 1,500 women travelled from Ireland to the Netherlands over a seven year-period to have abortions. The figures, gathered from the 17 abortion clinics in the Netherlands and verified by the HSE’s Crisis Pregnancy Programme, show 1,497 women gave Irish addresses at Dutch abortion clinics between 2006 and 2013. Figures for 2014 and this year were not available. Irish crisis pregnancy counselling services have been offering information on Dutch and British abortion clinics since 2005. Dutch clinics have a reputation for providing a sensitive service and being cheaper than some clinics in Britain. However, the number of women giving Irish addresses in Dutch clinics has declined sharply in recent years. While 461 women are recorded as travelling from Ireland to have an abortion in the Netherlands in 2006, this had fallen to 12 in 2013. The numbers fell to 351 in 2008, to 134 in 2009 and to 31 in 2010. Some 34,602 women and girls gave Irish addresses at abortion clinics in England and Wales over the past nine years, according to data from the UK Office of National Statistics. The numbers registering Irish addresses there fell consistently in these years, from 5,042 in 2006 to 3,679 in 2013. However, the numbers rose last year, when 3,735 women gave Irish addresses in Britain. Read full article: www.irishtimes.com This article, Hundreds of Irish women travel to Netherlands for abortions, first appeared on Abortion in...

Study sheds light on molecular encoding of memory

Study sheds light on molecular encoding of memory

Dec 28, 2015

22/12/2015 A new study supports the idea that chemical tagging of DNA – a process known as DNA methylation – may be how memories are encoded in the brain. The study, by researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Göttingen and Munich, is published in Nature Neuroscience. There is still a lot we do not know about how the brain deals with memory and learning – the ability to draw conclusions from memories. Medicstudy Foundation A widely held theory is that memories are encoded by changing the connections between brain cells. This is the idea behind brain “plasticity” – the way the brain changes through life. The forming, strengthening and weakening of the connections in the brain is controlled by changes in gene expression, a process that occurs at the molecular level by adding and removing chemical tags. This process of altering the expression of genes in DNA – such as turning them on and off – without altering the DNA itself is called “epigenetics.” The epigenetic changes are made to the backbone of the DNA – by adding or removing chemical markers or tags at specific sites – this is called DNA methylation. Changes in histones – the proteins that package the DNA into cell nuclei – can also occur. DNA methylation helps control brain plasticity Thus, the epigenetic theory of memory suggests that if you had two brains with identical DNA and exposed them to different experiences, their DNA would still be the same afterward, but they would carry different epigenetic markers. Coauthor Dr. Magali Hennion, a researcher in computational systems biology, says: “Research on epigenetic changes that are related to memory processes is still at an early stage.” To see what happens at the molecular level when long-term memory is encoded, the researchers trained mice to recognize a specific test environment and then looked for epigenetic changes in the DNA of their brain cells. They found evidence of both types of epigenetic changes – DNA methylation, or chemical markers on the DNA backbone – and histone alterations. However, they also found other details that could be important for future research into memory and diseases associated with memory and...