The Law Society has been granted what it describes as ‘unprecedented’ access to the United Nations.Special consultative status been accorded to the body, giving it scope to collaborate with member states on issues including human rights and the rule of law, and contribute to discussions on the Council’s agenda on an international and domestic level.Consultative status for an organisation allows it actively to engage with the Economic and Social Council of the UN, and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the UN secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies. The Society will be able to:* provide expert information and advice to the UN;* be informed about the provisional agenda of the Economic and Social Council;* make suggestions for the provisional agenda, and* designate official representatives to the UN headquarters in New York and the UN offices in Geneva and Vienna.Law Society president Andrew Caplen said: ‘We are thrilled to have been granted special consultative status at the UN. The recognition of the Law Society as an organisation that can provide insight and expertise will further our work upholding the independence of the legal profession, the rule of law, and human rights on a domestic and international level.’
Jonathan ‘JJ’ Ralston, who outshot seniors far exceeding his years at the Krieghoff Classics in Florida over the weekend to win the D Class five-stand 100-target event, said he learned that size and age do not matter in competition as long as you can overcome your fears and focus on the task at hand.The 14-year-old shot 76 to take event over fellow Jamaican Wendy McMaster (70), who he also defeated in a shoot-off for third place in the preliminaries. He finished fourth overall, after losing in another shoot-off with McMaster. Ralston admitted that his performance was a bit surprising. “It doesn’t matter how big the people are once you can overcome your fears and get into your focus and you can do it. I think I surprised myself with the performance. My uncle and I were talking about the course, and we both said it was hard. In the five-stand I was beating him in the first two of the four stages, but he came back strong and shot an 80,and I shot a 76. So I think I surprised everyone in that,” he told The Gleaner.However, in the shoot-off for third place in the preliminaries, JJ admitted that he was a little tense going up against veteran local female shooter, McMaster. “I had a shoot-off for third place in the preliminaries against one of my close shooting partners from Jamaica, Wendy McMaster. I felt a little nervous, but I won third place. It was a very good experience as I got the opportunity to represent my country and family,” he said.BETTER YEARHe added that he is looking for an even better year than the reasonably good one he had last season. JJ’s father, John Ralston, said that his son performed above expectations and that he was really impressed with how well he competed with adults far above his age. “He exceeded our expectation. The class was extremely competitive. In the five-stand, he won outright, and in the preliminary event he won the shoot-off for third place. He ended with a first, a third and a fourth. It is a massive boost to his confidence, as the targets in Florida were abnormally hard and he was shooting against adults, so for him to come out with that type of result, he is very confident going into the next shoot, and the more experience you get, the better you get, and we believe he is going in the right direction, and with the attitude he has, I believe the sky is the limit,” he said.
We don’t think about the importance of water-resistant iPhones, but a tourist’s scary boat experience will leave you incredibly thankful for them.On Saturday, Rachel Neal shared her story on The Today Show, and explained how her water-resistant iPhone saved her and her friends’ lives after their boat capsized in Japan, BGR reported. Neal said she used her iPhone to call a local emergency number and have the coast guard rescue them.One woman says her iPhone saved her life when she and seven others on vacation in Japan got shipwrecked and lost in the middle of the ocean. @DylanDreyerNBC is in the Orange Room with more. pic.twitter.com/UnNIyq9YsZ— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 15, 2018Neal and her buddies were exploring an island off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, but their marine adventure turned deadly after their boat overturned. Neal told The Today Show audience that she always carries a “go bag” with her at all times, and the iPhones that belonged to her and her friends were stored inside it. Once they jumped overboard, they tried to call for help with their iPhones. Even though one phone was already damaged, Neal’s water-resistant iPhone was thankfully still working.When the coast guard came to rescue the group, Neal’s smartphone was used to record footage of them being pulled out of the water. No one knows exactly which iPhone model Neal had, however, all iPhone models from the iPhone 7 and up are water-resistant, so they could have worked in this situation.Following the incident, Neal wrote a note to Apple and thanked them for making the high-quality iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook who’s not on Twitter often, also retweeted The Today Show clip and wrote, “Remarkable story — we are glad you’re all safe.”Remarkable story — we are glad you’re all safe. https://t.co/ppSVttHcAV— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 15, 2018More on Geek.com:Face ID or Touch iD on Future iPhones and Apple Watches? Why Not Both? Vitaminwater Will Give You $100,000 to Ditch Your Phone for a YearApple Reveals Most Popular iPhone Apps and Games of 2018 iOS 13 Forces You to Make Eye Contact While FaceTimingScreenshots of iOS 13 ‘Dark Mode’ Leaked Ahead of WWDC Stay on target