first_imgWhile a lot of modern audio gear is becoming smaller and more portable, that isn’t always the case.As the resurgence in vinyl sales has shown, just because an idea is from the past, that doesn’t mean people aren’t interested. That is the idea behind Wrensilva’s Standard One, which aims to resurrect the record console of old, while throwing in a pinch of modern tech in the process.This isn’t the first time Wrensilva — formerly Wren HiFi — has created this type of product. The Standard One is described by the company as a simplified version of its M1, a similar but larger product released last year. The Standard One is built with hand-selected woods, and is available in walnut or rift white oak finishes, and as they are built in-house, each model will be slightly different, making it as unique as hand-built furniture. The console even features a built-in storage compartment for your favorite vinyl records.Looking at the actual sound components, the Standard One features a fully decoupled belt-driven turntable. This is run through a pair of 8-inch Wrensilva C80M 2-way speakers, with the company claiming up to 300 watts per channel of power. That might be impressive on its own, but the Standard One can do much more.In addition to the analog tech, the Standard One features extended-range Bluetooth connectivity with aptX. This is joined by a 3.5mm audio in jack and three additional inputs to connect your favorite audio gear, whether analog or digital. If you like the look of the console, but would rather use your own high-end stereo gear, line-out jacks set before the pre-amp in the signal chain allow you to route the audio signal from the turntable anywhere you want.This is a fairly narrow product category, but Wrensilva doesn’t have the market all to itself. Earlier this year, we reported on the Luno EGB2, which serves as a combination minibar and console stereo. That model is relatively rare, and the company won’t even talk pricing unless you ask via email.At $6,900, the Wrensilva Standard One isn’t exactly an impulse purchase. It also isn’t something you can pick up at your local electronics retailer. All Wrensilva stereo consoles are built to order, with a lead time of 8 to 10 weeks, plus freight time for shipping. For more information, see the Wrensilva website.A version of this article originally appeared at our “brother site,” Digital Trends. The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Nowlast_img read more

14 May 2010The United Nations top human rights official said today was she was encouraged by Japan’s commitment to human rights reforms and urged the county to use its considerable influence to further the cause of human rights internationally. Speaking at the end of a three-day visit to Japan, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said she had fruitful discussions with the Japanese Government on a range of domestic and international human rights issues, including discrimination, treatment of migrants, methods to combat trafficking, the death penalty and maximizing the country’s potential as an influential actor on the international stage.She also met with representatives of a group called the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea and expressed concern over their plight.“I am deeply moved by the long, unresolved plight of their relatives as well as impressed by their determination to find a solution. It is an extraordinary and unconscionable situation, and if there is anything I can do to help unlock the impasse, I will,” she said.In addition to keeping up the pressure on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK), Ms. Pillay said she had urged the Japanese Government to play a strong and sustained role on the international human rights stage.“Japan is a heavy hitter on the international scene, but I believe it could do even more,” she said. “It would be a tremendous boost if Japan were to go up a gear and throw its considerable weight behind a principle-based approach to human rights at the international level – even if that means sometimes putting pressure on States that are neighbours, allies or business partners when they are abusing the rights of their own or other countries’ citizens,” she added.While in the country, the High Commissioner held talks with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, and Justice Minister Keiko Chiba, as well as with other senior government officials including Sadako Ogata, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees.“I was very encouraged in my discussion with the Prime Minister by the Government’s commitment to press ahead with human rights reforms,” Ms. Pillay said. “This would go a long way towards strengthening human rights protection in Japan and its human rights record internationally.”She praised Japan’s approach to people affected by leprosy – historically a highly neglected and ostracized group – and in particular its sponsorship of an important UN study which could lead to new international standards.She also said had encouraged Japan to adopt a comprehensive law on discrimination, which should address migrant issues as well as providing better protection for minority groups such as the Ainu, Burakumin, Okinawans and Koreans.She noted Japan’s commitment to setting up an independent national human rights institution and to ratify a number of additional human rights treaties that would allow Japanese citizens to bring their cases before international human rights bodies, in the event they failed to obtain redress at the national level. “More than 100 States have now created a national human rights institution, including 15 in the Asia-Pacific region,” Ms. Pillay said. “These institutions can provide people with an additional and more accessible mechanism for redress, but they need to be fully independent if they are to be effective. It will be important that Japan’s legislation meets international standards and best practice.”The High Commissioner said she was encouraged that no executions has been carried out in Japan since the new Government took office, and said she hoped the country could take further, more formal steps towards joining the global trend towards a moratorium on the death penalty.“Around 140 States no longer carry out the death penalty, and 72 States have ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which is an important extra step in underlining a nation’s commitment to abolish capital punishment,” Ms. Pillay said.“In January, Mongolia became the latest state to announce it is formally instituting a moratorium on the death penalty. Recent miscarriages of justice in Japan highlight the importance of a national public debate on this issue,” she added.The High Commissioner also appealed to the Government to deal once and for all with the “comfort women” issue by apologizing and providing redress to thousands of women victims of wartime sexual slavery.“There have been too many half-measures that have failed to satisfy victims,” Ms. Pillay said. “The new Government has an opportunity to not only put this terrible past to rest, but set a positive example to other countries in the region,” she added.During her stay in Tokyo, the High Commissioner also met with members of the Diet, or parliament, the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations and representatives of civil society and of minority groups, as well as the UN University, UN Global Compact and other senior UN staff stationed in Japan. read more

“We should not flatter ourselves, or allow others to flatter us,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed at the Assembly’s annual high-level debate. “Africa remains a producer and small-bit exporter of primary products. It retains minimum revenue from this export, with foreign companies getting the lion’s share,” he added. He noted that processing of primary products, value-addition, industrialization, technology development barely exist. African economies, physical and social infrastructure, institutional and governance structures, peace and security architectures remain undeveloped. Yet, Africa boasts tremendous human and natural resources; indeed, over 60 per cent of global natural resources lie in Africa. Mr. Mohammed said that people can speak of Africa taking its rightful place in the world, only when Africa’s economies, the quality of its infrastructure, the standards of its health and educational institutions, the level of its artistic, scientific and technological products, the effectiveness of its institutions and enterprises, and more importantly the quality of life of its citizens, reflect more accurately its great potential. Eritrea – a young nation, strategically located and with significant human and natural resources – is laying the ground for broad-based and sustainable economic development, and has also embarked on a massive, water and soil conservation, as well as an afforestation program, as part of its comprehensive plan to enhance the environment and fight climate change. “Eritrea is confident it will meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ahead of time,” he said.Full statement available here read more