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Top UN official discusses cyclone response with Myanmars Prime Minister

The top United Nations humanitarian official today held talks with Myanmar’s Prime Minister to discuss progress made in assisting survivors of the deadly Cyclone Nargis which struck the South-East Asian nation in early May. Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told the Prime Minister, General Thein Sein, and other officials in the capital Nay Pyi Taw that the positive steps taken regarding relief operations and recovery, as well as stepped up access for international aid workers, is largely a result of bolstered cooperation between the Government, the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “We hope that the dialogue and cooperation built up in the last couple of months over theCyclone Nargis response can be continued and improved, and in future extended to other humanitarian issues as well,” said Mr. Holmes, who wrapped up a three-day visit to Myanmar today. “We must make sure that humanitarian efforts continue to be separate from politics.” He also told the Prime Minister, who welcomed continued collaboration with the UN and other partners, that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and others are ready and willing to provide disaster preparedness, risk reduction and early warning assistance to Myanmar. “In May donors requested access for international relief workers and a credible, objective assessment: these are both now in place,” said Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “Nevertheless, we need to continue working to improve access still further, particularly for new international NGO partners,” he added. Released earlier this week, the Post-Nargis Joint Assessment Final Report put a $1 billion price tag on recovery needs over three years, taking into account such areas as education, health, rebuilding livelihoods, infrastructure, agriculture and the environment. Mr. Holmes stressed that this assessment serves as a road map for the relief and recovery efforts, noting that greater action is needed to reach those in the most remote areas of the hardest-hit Ayeyarwady Delta. 24 July 2008The top United Nations humanitarian official today held talks with Myanmar’s Prime Minister to discuss progress made in assisting survivors of the deadly Cyclone Nargis which struck the South-East Asian nation in early May. read more

Konami code made famous by Contra unlocks secret on the Bank of

The central bank unveiled the design for the new $10 bank note last week to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.The key sequence to unlock the secret is known as the Konami code because it was first included in many games for the Nintendo Entertainment System by the Japanese company of the same name in the late 80s. The code was most famously used in Contra to give the player 30 lives instead of the standard three.The code is: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a.“The Bank of Canada’s web team thought the Konami code was a fun way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation,” Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard said.Konami is now, with a few exceptions, mostly out of the business of video games and makes a large portion of its money producing slot machines and other gambling devices.With files from Financial Post OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada has placed an Easter egg on its website promoting the new $10 bill.If visitors to the website enter the right series of keys, it plays the national anthem and fills the screen with a shower of tiny animated banknotes.Government of Canada read more