الجمعة، 23 سبتمبر، 2016

Foreign Office employs chief mouser, Palmerston the cat

The Foreign Office is hiring a cat to wage war on mice inside the famous building in Whitehall.
Palmerston will be living at one of the country's most famous addresses among the UK's top diplomats and ministers.
Foreign Office bosses has been quick to point out he will be no burden on the taxpayer.
"Palmerston's domestic posting will have zero cost to the public purrse as a staff kitty will be used to pay for him and all aspects of his welfur."

The Foreign Office statement also said: "Palmerston is HM Diplomatic Service's newest arrival and in the role of FCO Chief Mouser will assist our pest controllers in keeping down the number of mice in our King Charles Street 

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"We have worked closely with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on Palmerston's deployment and they have inspected his new home, as they do for all pawtential new owners of their rescue cats."
The two year old domestic short hair was found wandering the streets of London. He was hungry, underweight, and had no microchip, meaning his previous owners could not be traced.
Battersea's Head of Catteries, Lindsey Quinlan told Newsbeat: ""He's a very confident cat, loves being with people, and enjoys a good chin rub.
"If his behaviour at Battersea is anything to go by, we predict Palmerston will be a formidable feline, very deserving of his new name."
There are a number of cats living in important government buildings, many of which are old and full of mice.

What's in the name?

It's thought the cat was named after Lord Palmerston, a former prime minister described as "a charismatic and popular figure".
Lord Palmerston didn't become PM until he was 71, making him the oldest leader in history to take up the office for the first time.
Before that he was foreign secretary for 15 years.

What to do with a wet iPhone 7

Just because you can drop the new iPhones in a fish tank to record a video of Goldie doesn't mean you should.

Apple's newest smartphones -- the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus -- are water resistant, which means they're designed to withstand a bit of wetness but aren't meant for underwater use. They can handle being submerged under a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, but it's not officially recommended.
Related: Review: The iPhone 7 makes a splash
However, if you do get the smartphone wet by "accident," or can't resist a tiny splash test, Apple has some new advice on exactly what to do to minimize the chance of damage. Best of all, no rice is involved!
First, don't get it wet on purpose. Apple's warranty still doesn't cover water damage, and there's always a chance the phone could take in liquid. Yes, Apple will know if water was the cause of death. Buried inside the phone is a liquid contact indicator -- a small sticker that changes colors if it comes into contact with water.
If it does get damp, unplug any cables and do not attempt to charge it or plug anything into the Lightning connector for at least five hours. You want the phone to be completely dry before introducing electricity. Refrain from opening the SIM tray as well, since that can give water a way into the inner workings of your sparkly new iPhone.
To dry the device, wipe off the outside with a soft cloth. Stand it up and gently tap it on your hand to shake out any water that's pooled inside the Lightning port. Do not try and dry the port by probing it with a wadded up bit of paper or a Q-tip. That's a bad idea.

The device is rated iP67, so it's built to keep out both dust and water. The 6 refers to its level of dust protection and means the phone is totally protected from dust. The 7 is how waterproof it is, out of a possible rating of 8. Be especially careful around salt water, which is more corrosive and can cause much more damage than freshwater.
Now that you've been properly warned, go forth and enjoy Facebook (FB, Tech30) in the tub.


It seems like Dubai is bored of smashing Guinness World Records, as flagship developer Emaar Properties announces plans to construct the world’s tallest tower, surpassing the Burj Khalifa that currently holds the current world record, but will Saudi Arabia steal the title?
The race is on as property developer Emaar has announced plans to build a new tower, with an estimated cost of $1 billion, that will stand a ‘notch’ taller than 830-metre Burj Khalifa. The proposed project expects completion by 2020, which coincidentally will be the same year that Dubai will host the World Expo Trading Fair.
The announcement explained that Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls is expected to devote 20 floors that will boast an observation decks, restaurants, and a boutique hotel. The specific height of the building hasn’t actually been disclosed, as the developer explains that it will be taller than the Burj Khalifa, but will only reveal its height upon completion.

Part of this strategy may be due to the fact that Saudi Arabia announced that it is currently building a tower in Jeddah that will measure over one kilometre in height. The Kingdom Tower is also expected to be unveiled by 2020, meaning that if all goes according to plan, the world will have a new Guinness World Record for the tallest building – the only question is, will it be the skyscraper in Jeddah or Dubai?

Japan: North Korea nuclear threat has reached a 'different dimension'

More than 21 ballistic missiles have been launched by North Korea this year alone, Abe said, with several of them reaching waters within Japan's exclusive economic zone -- 200 nautical miles from its coast.
"It is purely a matter of good fortune that no commercial aircraft or ships suffered any damage during this incident," Abe said.
"There is no alternative but to say that the threat has now reached a dimension altogether different from what has transpired until now."
He urged the UN to "indicate an unmistakable attitude to this threat."
Also speaking Wednesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiangcalled for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the resumption of dialogue with Pyongyang.
China is North Korea's only real ally, and has long publicly lobbied against Pyongyang's nuclear program. Despite this, tests have proceeded, and some analysts have warned that Beijing is too concerned about the potential collapse of the North Korean regime, and the instability that would bring, to take concrete action.
Li met with US President Barack Obama this week to discuss "invigorating cooperation in the United Nations Security Council and in law enforcement channels on North Korea," the White House said.

The son of a Chinese billionaire bought his dog eight iPhone 7s

Hong Kong Apple fans lined up across China last week to get their hands on the latest iPhone, while others tried to smuggle handsets in from Hong Kong.
But one iPhone user didn't have to worry: Coco the Alaskan malamute.

    Coco's owner Wang Sicong, son of Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin (estimated worth $30 billion), bought her eight iPhone 7 handsets on the day of their release, according to photos posted on the dog's verified 
    "I don't understand all the show-off posts on (social media)," read the post alongside the photos.
    "What's the point? Don't make me do it?"
    In China, an iPhone 6 costs 6,988 yuan ($1,047), while the larger iPhone 7 Plus goes for 7,988 yuan ($1,197).

    After David Cameron we are left only with mistakes

    Last week, Britain's former prime minister broke another promise - honestly, we've lost count of these - by announcing he would be retiring from politics.

    David Cameron, who will be remembered as the United Kingdom's Conservative Party leader who needlessly took the country out of the European Union, resigned as prime minister on the morning that this referendum decision was announced in late June.

    But now, with the country still reeling from this historic decision and with the Conservative government evidently still clueless as to how to actually enact it, Cameron has quit the political stage altogether.

    UK's former PM David Cameron resigns from parliament

    Totally unprepared

    The fact that he took such a big gamble with his own country, which he claims to love, overshadows other errors - although it inevitably is informed by other calamitous policies he initiated, too.

    The EU referendum was a political decision, intended to assuage the right-wing of Cameron's own Conservative Party, and cauterize support for the Eurosceptic, right-wing populist UK Independence Party, or UKIP.

    On the day Britain decided by 52 percent of the vote to quit the EU, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, the Paris head of the European Council on Foreign Relations, observed that it wasn't Cameron's decision to call the referendum that astonished EU member states; no, it was the idea that he was not better prepared to win it.

    Indeed, Cameron's Conservative Party, which managed to persuade only 39 percent of its voters to remain in the EU, was perhaps the least equipped to make the case for the EU.

    Much like those of one of his predecessors, Tony Blair, Cameron's foreign policy errors carry an air of arrogance, self-interest and miscalculation, with terrible and far-reaching consequences.

    Having bemoaned the constraints of the Union and having rallied against immigrants - though he is not, to be fair, the only European leader to do so - at a time when Europe desperately needed a unified approach to the migration crisis, Cameron couldn't credibly morph into a EU cheerleader.

    But it was deeper than that: the inequality and hardship that Cameron not only presided over but actively exacerbated in the UK - food banks, zero-hour contracts, a starved welfare state, the list goes on - made the referendum impossible to win.

    For people who see the EU as the cause of their neglect and poverty, Cameron could hardly say that, actually, that wasn't because of the EU so much as the ideological and ravaging austerity cuts that formed a core plank of his government's domestic policy.

    Miscalculation on all fronts

    This lack of planning and forethought was similarly on display in his decision to invade Libya in 2011.

    Days after he stepped down as a backbench MP, the British Foreign Affairs Select Committee found that military intervention in Libya was "ill-conceived" and lacked a coherent strategy - holding Cameron "ultimately responsible".

    Cameron, second left, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, fourth left, are greeted by the National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdul Jalil, between them, and pro-NTC combatants as they arrive at the Tripoli Medical Centre in September 2011 [Reuters]
    Having intervened to remove Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi on the basis of insufficient information, Britain and France lost interest in the country, leaving the political and security situation to deteriorate.

    Inevitably, Libya quickly descended into violence and lawlessness, creating the optimum conditions for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to take root.

    On top of which, the violence spread beyond Libya, quickly devastating Mali as well as spilling out across Africa and the Middle East - enabling and strengthening al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which regularly launches terror attacks in the region.

    The security vacuum in Libya has also meant that migrants as well as weapons can more easily be smuggled across the Mediterranean and into Europe.

    Blake Lively doesn't want you praising her post-baby body

    Blake Lively says new mums shouldn't feel pressure to lose weight straight after having a baby.
    She's been on Australian breakfast show Sunrise, where she was complimented on how great she looked in a bikini in her new film The Shallows.
    The presenter commented on how the film was shot just months after Blake had her first baby.
    But the 28-year-old called it unfair that slimming down after birth is "so celebrated".
    "It's like, this is what someone looks like after having a baby," shated."

    The ex-Gossip Girl star's now expecting her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds. Her first daughter James is now 19 months old.
    Her latest film, The Shallows, is about a woman attacked by a shark after travelling to a secluded beach. She says she got ready for the role through endurance training.
    But she says her main aim was physically preparing for the part which she called "as much a physical challenge as an acting challenge".

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