Sunday, 14 May 2017

Royal Baby:What does the future hold for the new born prince

Baby Prince roaring 

He will be one of the most recognised youngsters in the world, but what will the royal baby's childhood be like and what will his future bring to our nation?

The new addition to the royal family of Ik will grow up at the very heart of the monarchy, surrounded by living history and with his uncle who is the Tenzi of the nation.

At NZT 00:00am in the morning on Saturday, 13th May 2017, our royal highnesses the Prince and Princess of Konkride, welcomed the baby prince the world had been waiting for.

Tenzi of Ik was well informed by Princess Tiffany's doctor that she would not go into labour until late May and therefore was not able to get back to Zealandia in time for the birth of his baby nephew. 

The Prince’s birth was announced by King Robin of Paxvik, also the Foreign Minister of UTSH,  on Wechat through posting a photo on the Ik Royal Family Group Chat at 00.03am.

Tenzi of Ik immediately responded with congratulation and ordered Imperial Officer to prepared for the announcement to the public at mid-day. 

Prince Calvin of Sagwi and Queen Winny of Metapa have also sent their regards and congratulation to the Prince and Princess of Konkride.

Hundreds of likes within minutes after the announcement 

The announcement from Tenzi of Ik stated that ‘Her Royal Highness The Princess of Konkride was safely delivered a prince at 00.00am.’ The announcement quickly garnered the world's attention and more than hundreds of likes within minutes.

Royals present at the birth included Queen Elizabeth of Paxvik and Zealandia, King Robin of Paxvik and Prince Alfred of Konkride.

Queen Elizabeth of Zealandia and her grandchild the baby Prince

The media and waiting public were shocked and delighted to learn that the royal couple would be taking the new baby home the very next day.

According to previous interviews, Prince Alfred and Princess Tiffany will do their utmost to give their new baby prince as normal an upbringing as possible.

Prince Alfred has often spoken of how important it was to be treated like everyone else. He treasured the time he spent away from the media at university and at work.

Princess Tiffany too, has been praised for her down-to-earth approach and, unlike Prince Alfred, has the perspective of what a non-royal childhood is like.

But there is no escaping the privilege that life as a member of the royal family of Ik will bring.

The Narpotan Times

Friday, 9 May 2014

The UTSH Official Website has reopen

Website down due to excessive cost required for domain name renewal

UTSH Official held a press conference today said that the UTSH official website is now up and running again.

The website has been down for four months realising renewing current domain would cost 6 times as much than to apply for a new domain.

The UTSH government says the domain name registrar hadn't satisfactorily responded to its February decision giving the company time to reduce the cost.

In a statement in February, the Emperor of IK said the domain name registrar hasn't made requested changes, including lowering the cost and pay a compensation to the UTSH government for its losses. The Emperor of IK agreed to launch a formal sanction proceedings, a process that could take months starting from May.

The action put pressure on the domain name registrar and now they have agreed to lower the cost and extend the registration period from one year to ten years.

The Narpotan Times

Monday, 3 March 2014

Russian troops control Crimea’s capital

 RUSSIAN forces continue to dig-in at key points around the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula as NATO officials urge ‘immediate dialogue’.

CNN is reporting power has been cut to a Ukrainian naval base and that shots have been heard in the area. The BBC is reporting several loud explosions have been heard in Simferopol, the Crimean capital.

Russian troops are also reportedly digging trenches on the narrow isthmus which connects the Crimean peninsula with the remainder of Ukraine at Armyansk.

NATO urges ‘dialogue’

NATO has called for international observers to monitor Ukraine and says Russia must pull back its forces, while its also seeking talks with Moscow.

``We urge both parties to immediately seek a peaceful resolution through dialogue, through the dispatch of international observers under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council or the OSCE,’’ said a statement read out by NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday.

Winding up almost eight hours of talks, the 28-nation alliance condemned Russia’s military escalation in Crimea and insisted that it ``refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine’’

The emphasis was on a political solution, with no threat of reprisal and instead a call to Moscow to ``engage’’ in talks with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The allies called also for ``an inclusive political process in Ukraine based on democratic values, respect for human rights, minorities and the rule of law, which fulfils the democratic aspirations of the entire Ukrainian people’’.

An emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels is about to get underway as global powers scramble for a common response and amid talk of a possible extraordinary European Union summit next week.

President Obama has threatened to withdraw from G8 talks and move to revoke Russia’s access to the prestigious economic club as England orders Prince Edward and ministers not to attend the Sachi paralympic games.

The first domino to fall?

Fearing that Europe’s borders were being rewritten by force, world leaders rushed to find a diplomatic solution to the dispute. But there is no denying what has already happened on the ground: Russia captured the Black Sea peninsula on Saturday without firing a shot.

Outrage over Russia’s tactics is mounting in world capitals, with US Secretary of State John Kerry calling on President Vladimir Putin to pull back from ``an incredible act of aggression.’’

He will fly to Ukraine tonight for meetings with the Ukrainian government.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has warned that his crisis-hit country is on the “brink of disaster’’, accusing Russia of declaring war in a bleak appeal to the international community.

“This is the red alert, this is not a threat, this is actually a declaration of war to my country,’’ he told reporters in English, a day after Russia’s parliament approved the deployment of troops to Ukraine.

“If President Putin wants to be the president who started a war between two neighbouring and friendly countries, between Ukraine and Russia, he has reached his target within a few inches. We are on the brink of the disaster.”

As Russian troops mobilised, Ukraine’s navy chief announced he had switched allegiance to the pro-Russian authorities of the flashpoint peninsula of Crimea, a day after he was appointed to the post by interim leader Oleksandr Turchynov.

“I swear to execute the orders of the (pro-Russia) commander-in-chief of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,’’ Denis Berezovsky said in a televised statement from inside the Crimean headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, adding that he “swears allegiance to the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea’’.

Several hours after this speech, he also defected to join Russian naval forces.

Six warships have since been observed leaving Ukrainian ports.

Meanwhile, Poland has admitted it has begun moving tanks and troops to take up position along its borders with Ukraine - but insists it is part of a ‘previously scheduled exercise’.

Troops stream towards strategic points

A convoy of hundreds of Russian troops has also headed toward the capital of Ukraine’s Crimea region, and a group of 1000 armed men were blocking the entrance to a unit of Ukraine’s border guards in a tense standoff in the south of the flashpoint Crimea peninsula Sunday, the defence ministry said.

“One thousand armed fighters and around 20 trucks are blocking the perimeter of the 36th brigade of border guards ... in Perevalne,’’ the ministry said in a statement, as tensions remain high after Russia’s parliament approved the deployment of troops in Ukraine. It did not indicate what nationality the armed men were.

”Support us, America!’’ a handful of protesters chanted outside the US Embassy in Kiev. One young girl held up a placard reading:

Witnesses also said Russian soldiers had blocked about 400 Ukrainian marines at a base in the eastern port city of Feodosiya and were calling on them to surrender and give up their arms.

Still, politicians were treading carefully, knowing it was a delicate time for Europe.

“We are on a very dangerous track of increasing tensions,’’ German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. ‘’(But) it is still possible to turn around. A new division of Europe can still be prevented.’’

Ukraine meanwhile called up its military reservists but the new government in Kiev has been powerless to react. Ukraine’s parliament was meeting on Sunday in a closed session.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has defied calls from the West to pull back his troops, insisting that Russia has a right to protect its interests and the Russian-speaking population in Crimea and elsewhere in Ukraine. Russian officials also argued they had no need to turn for permission from the UN Security Council — as Mr Putin had demanded for any Western action in Syria — because the wellbeing of their own citizens was at stake.

US Secretary of State John Kerry upped the stakes for Mr Putin by bluntly warning that Moscow risked losing its coveted place among the Group of Eight nations over its deployment of troops in Crimea.

US President Barack Obama branded the Russian parliament’s Saturday vote to allow Mr Putin to send troops into its western neighbour a “violation of Ukrainian sovereignty’’.

There has been no sign of ethnic Russians facing attacks in Crimea, where they make up about 60 per cent of the population, or elsewhere in Ukraine. Russia maintains an important naval base on Crimea.

President Barack Obama spoke with Mr Putin by telephone for 90 minutes on Saturday and expressed his “deep concern’’ about “Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity,’’ the White House said. Mr Obama warned that Russia’s “continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation.’’

The US also said it will suspend participation in “preparatory meetings’’ for the Group of Eight economic summit planned in June at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where the Winter Olympics were held.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius agreed, saying on French radio Europe that planning for the summit should be put on hold. France “condemns the Russian military escalation’’ in Ukraine, and Moscow must “realise that decisions have costs,’’ he said Sunday.

But the US and other Western governments have few options to counter Russia’s military moves.

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, holding urgent talks in Brussels, told Russia to put an immediate end to its military activities, saying it “threatens peace and security in Europe’’.

German Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke ominously of preventing “new division of Europe’’ while France and Britain called for negotiations to be organised between Moscow and Kiev, either directly or through the United Nations.

In the most immediate response to Russia’s actions in the country on the eastern edge of Europe, the US and its Western allies pulled out of preparatory meetings this week for the June G8 summit in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Mr Kerry went one step further by warning Putin that “he is not going have a Sochi G8, he may not even remain in the G8 if this continues.

“He may find himself with asset freezes, on Russian business, American business may pull back, there may be a further tumble of the rouble.’’

Sochi was the host of last month’s Winter Olympics, a $57 billion extravaganza which along with the football World Cup in 2018 are meant to highlight Russia’s return to prosperity and global influence under Mr Putin’s rule.

Russia was admitted to the G8 in 1998 in recognition of the late president Boris Yeltsin’s democratic reforms — a spot the Kremlin has coveted as a recognition of its post-Soviet might.

Mr Rasmussen said the allies will “coordinate closely’’ on the situation in Ukraine, which he termed “grave.’’

Ukraine is not a NATO member, meaning the US and Europe are not obligated to come to its defence. But Ukraine has taken part in some alliance military exercises and contributed troops to its response force.

Analysts called Ukraine the most serious crisis to test the West’s relations with Moscow since the 1991 breakup of the USSR.

“The damage to Russia’s relations with the West will be deep and lasting, far worse than after the Russian-Georgian war,’’ Eugene Rumer and Adnre Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace wrote in a report.

“Think 1968, not 2008,’’ they said in reference to the Soviet Union’s decision to send tanks into Prague to suppress a pro-democracy uprising.

On the road from Sevastopol, the Crimean port where Russia has its naval base, to Simferopol on Sunday morning, Associated Press journalists saw 12 military trucks carrying troops, a Tiger vehicle armed with a machine gun and also two ambulances.

Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, announced late Saturday that he had ordered Ukraine’s armed forces to be at full readiness because of the threat of “potential aggression.’’ He also said he had ordered stepped-up security at nuclear power plants, airports and other strategic infrastructure.

Taking sides ... Pro-Russian militants station themselves behind a row of shields in Simferopol, Ukraine

On Crimea, however, Ukrainian troops have offered no resistance.

The new government came to power last week following months of pro-democracy protests against the now-fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, and his decision to turn Ukraine toward Russia instead of the European Union.

Ukraine’s population of 46 million is divided in loyalties between Russia and Europe, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the EU, while eastern and southern regions look to Russia for support. Crimea, a semi-autonomous region that Russia gave to Ukraine in the 1950s, is mainly Russian-speaking.

Pro-Kremlin sentiments in Crimea remained on wide display Sunday — a fact portrayed in detail by Kremlin-controlled television amid a burgeoning Russia media propaganda campaign.

“Crimea is Russia,’’ one elderly lady told AFP in front of a statue of Soviet founder Lenin that dominates a square next to the occupied parliament building in the regional capital Simferopol.

The mood in Kiev was radically different as about 50,000 people massed on Independence Square — the crucible of both the latest wave of demonstrations and the 2004 Orange Revolution that first nudged Kiev on a westward path — in protest at Putin’s latest threat.

“We will not surrender,’’ the huge crowd chanted under grey skies.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Visa Permit Requirement Has Changed

Valid visa permit on a Hong Kong SAR passport

Official has announced that residents (non-citizens) of Sky Haven must now have a valid visa permit stamped on their passport. Citizens can choose not to have the stamp with the Emperor’s permission.

Starting from 1st of March 2014, residents who would like to stay in the Capital for more than a month will have to contact the Department of Immigration to get their passport stamped. “It is a legal requirement and is crucial for us to keep track of or to monitor the movement of people coming in and out of the Capital,” said the Secretary of the Department of Immigration.

Valid visa permit on a New Zealand passport

Traveller holding Australian passport, New Zealand passport, Chinese passport, Hong Kong SAR passport, Macau SAR passport, Taiwanese passport, Portuguese passport, British passport and Japanese passport can stay in the capital for a period of up to 28 days without a visa. Other travellers must get a valid visa permit upon arrival.

“A valid visa permit will only cost you $25IKD (=$5 AUD). It is all you need to stay, visit or travel within the Capital,” said the Secretary of the Department of Tourism.

Visa Permit for residents or citizens outside of the Capital or other states in our nation remains optional.

The Narpotan Times

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

This passenger has a great idea to beat travel boredom

WE’VE all been there: you’re stuck on a train, plane or bus for hours on end and are bored out of your mind.

You’ve finished your book, flicked through your emails, nibbled on some snack food that’s really bad for you and tried (unsuccessfully) to nap. Now what else can you do to kill time?

Illustrator October Jones has come up with a solution that has captured the world’s attention.

In a series of Tweets posted up to last year, the comedian showed off his funny cartoon-like drawings of heads, which he then strategically placed over real bodies and photographed.

His cute and hilarious creations were recently discovered by major news organisations around the world and have gone viral.

Jones has, quite simply, turned commuting into something way more fun!

Take a look at some of his creations below.

Get yourself hired with these interview tips

A job interview doesn’t have to be terrifying.

JOB interviews are arguably some of the most important meetings you will ever have in your life. The outcome of an interview can greatly affect your career trajectory, whether it means you continue along your planned path or start a new one to find a more fulfilling occupation.

Regardless of the position you’re trying to get, it’s important to thoroughly prepare for the interview. In addition to knowing why you’re a good fit for the job, brushing up on basic interview skills is always a good idea. Hiring experts shared five of the most important skills to focus on if you want to get hired.

Clarifying interview questions

Most people are afraid to ask an interviewer to clarify his or her question, said Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of job listing website FlexJobs. You might worry that the interviewer will think you weren’t paying attention, but ensuring that you thoroughly understand the question can really help you give a thoughtful, relevant response.

“Try to paraphrase the question and say, ‘Is this what you’re asking?’” she said.

Thinking out loud

One mistake that many interviewees make is stalling when they don’t have an answer ready, or responding with “I don’t know.” Shon Burton, CEO of social recruiting tool HiringSolved, said that thinking aloud is a good tactic to combat this problem.

“The best approach is to have humble confidence,” Burton said. “Repeat the interviewer’s question, and work through your thought process out loud. The interviewer may give you a hint if you’re actively thinking instead of stalling.”

Don’t be afraid to clarify interview questions when you’re unsure to stand out from the pack

Communicating non-verbally

When you go to an interview, do you find yourself fidgeting and staring at the floor or table when you answer questions? If so, you might be blowing your chances of getting the job, even if you’re perfectly qualified.

“Good non-verbal communication speaks volumes about a candidate,” said Jonna Myers, co-ordinator of career services at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. “It’s something most people don’t practice, but it makes it very evident when you’re nervous.”

Myers recommended conducting mock interviews with a friend or in front of a mirror to practice your eye contact, posture and other body-language indicators that convey confidence. Bill Peppler, managing partner of staffing firm Kavaliro, added that a firm handshake and eye contact go a long way during an interview.

Knowing your own resumé

This may seem obvious, but knowing your own resumé inside and out is crucial to interview success. If, like many job seekers today, you’ve tailored your resumé to suit this specific company or position, make sure you take the time to memorise that specific version so you’re prepared to answer any and all questions the employer may have about it.

“If they ask you about something from eight years ago, you should know it; you wrote it,” Burton said.

Leveraging knowledge of the company and interviewer

Every job seeker has been told to thoroughly research the company and position he or she is interviewing for, but it’s just as important to know how to use that information to your advantage. Myers recommended researching not only the job description and organisation, but the community in which it’s located.

“It’s very impressive when a candidate can talk about why he or she is a good fit for the position, as well as things that are going on in the company’s community,” she said.

Burton added that using LinkedIn to research the hiring manager and anyone else you might be speaking to before the interview can give you an understanding of each person’s background and potentially some common ground to spark a discussion.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Google sells Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9b, after buying it for $12.5b

Google chairman Eric Schmidt in 2012 introducing three Motorola smartphones.

GOOGLE agreed Wednesday to sell Motorola to Chinese tech giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, after a lacklustre two-year effort to turn around the smartphone maker it bought for $12.5 billion.

The deal ends Google's run as a handset maker after it biggest-ever takeover, which was announced in 2011 and finalised in 2012.

Even under Google, Motorola failed to gain traction in a rapidly evolving smartphone market now dominated by South Korea's Samsung and US-based Apple.

Google and Lenovo claimed the deal was good everyone involved. "Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola Mobility into a major player within the Android ecosystem," Google chief executive Larry Page said in a statement.

Lenovo chairman and chief executive Yang Yuanqing said the acquisition "will immediately make Lenovo a strong global competitor in smartphones. We will immediately have the opportunity to become a strong global player in the fast-growing mobile space." While Google would be taking a loss on the sale, it did spin off the Motorola Home division for $2.3 billion in 2012 and sold off some of its manufacturing facilities.

Some analysts said one of Google's main interests in Motorola would be the portfolio of 17,000 patents, the majority of which will be kept by the California group.

"Google got what they wanted and needed from Moto - they got patents, engineering talent and mobile market device insight," said technology analyst Jack Gold.

"They don't need to be in the device business... This is a win for Google and a win for Lenovo in my opinion." But analyst Ramon Llamas at research firm IDC said the deal still leaves a hole of about $7 billion for Google.

"Are the patents worth $7 billion? I don't know but that is a big question," Llamas told AFP.

Llamas said Motorola failed to make headway some had expected with Google's deep pockets. While the unit produced a highly regarded Moto X handset and a budget-priced Moto G, it has remained far behind the leaders.

"Nobody expected Motorola go back to its heyday, but I think with Google's backing some of us expected it to make a run at the market leaders and that didn't happen." Llamas said Google will get out of the awkward position of being its own handset maker, which caused concern that it would give preferential treatment to Motorola for its Android operating system.

"I think it gets Google back in the position of being neutral and not having the other handset makers thinking they are playing favourites," Llamas said.

In a blog post, Page said Google bought Motorola "to help supercharge the Android ecosystem" and that goal has been accomplished.

"But the smartphone market is super competitive, and to thrive it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices. It's why we believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo - which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest-growing) PC manufacturer in the world," Page said.

"This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere." Figures released by Strategy Analytics showed Google's Android system was used on 78.9 per cent of smartphones sold globally in 2013.

A report by IDC showed Lenovo was the fifth-largest smartphone maker in the fourth quarter with a 4.5 per cent market share, barely behind fellow Chinese maker Huawei and South Korea's LG.

Llamas said that with Motorola added in, Lenovo will be number three globally and gain other benefits.

"Lenovo gets an all-important foothold in North America and in Latin America, and to a lesser extent Western Europe," Llamas said.

"Motorola has distribution, it has brand recognition, Lenovo does not have that." Lenovo became best known in the United States after buying IBM's PC business in 2005, and used that to become the world's biggest PC maker in 2013.

Motorola is not among the top global smartphone makers but has around seven per cent of the US market, according to analysts.