Spain Galicia Region Takes Special Interest In Moroccan Market

first_imgMadrid – The autonomous region of Galicia (northwestern Spain) takes a “special interest” in the Moroccan market as part of its Plan of Exports Promotion (Foexga).This plan worth one million euros, adopted Thursday by the regional government, seeks the internationalization of companies’s activities in this Spanish region and places Morocco among the most important countries in this strategy.Among the objectives of this plan are the organization of trade missions to fifty countries, including Morocco, and the involvement of Galician companies in international trade events.last_img read more

Morocco and Portugal Sign Cooperation Agreements on Renewable Energy

By Kimberly J. AvalosRabat – Portugal and Morocco have signed two cooperation agreements yesterday focused on the development of renewable energy in Morocco, as reported by See News.The Portuguguese Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC) will sign accords with the Moroccan Institute for solar and new energies research IRESEN and the National Applied Sciences School (ENSAK) to integrate renewable energy into the Moroccan electrical systems, according to See News. The partnership focuses on advanced training where INSEC TEC will share its proficiency on renewable technologies integration for solar sources.In a statement, INSEC TEC explains the tool to support the supply of electricity allows the analysis of micro networks responsibly for ensuring the supply of electricity, independtly, to remote regions, regardless of whether or not they are connected to the main network, according to Noticias ao Minuto.“We want to create a model that allows us to conduct renewable energy integration studies, such as solar, photovoltaic, or win in isolated networks to assist in the operational management of the network,” explains INESC TEC administrator, Joao Pecas Lopes, who will attend in the project, as reported by Noticias ao Minuto.The statement also says they efficient use of microgrids reduces CO2 emissions and reduces the total cost of the electrical system, “since the safe integration of renewable energy sources can significantly reduce the costs associated with fossil fuels that are typically on the basis of operation of these networks,” as reported by Noticias ao Minuto.INESC TEC is already working to install the most modern smart grid laboratory in Africa as part of a project with Morocco named SECRETS (Sustainable Energy Cluster Realised Through Smart Grids). read more

New era Alberta NDP spends extra 624M introduces bill to hike tax

by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2015 11:40 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2015 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Minister of Health and Seniors Sarah Hoffman is shown during her swearing-in ceremony in Edmonton on May 24, 2015. Alberta’s NDP government says it will spend an extra $682 million to reverse health-care cuts and fund larger school enrolment. Hoffman says details on where the money will come from will be in the fall budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson New era: Alberta NDP spends extra $624M, introduces bill to hike tax on wealthy EDMONTON – The NDP government put its imprint on Alberta’s wallet Thursday, spending $624 million on schools, hospitals, and social care and introducing a bill to increase taxes on large businesses and the wealthy.The bill, tabled by Finance Minister Joe Ceci, proposes increasing the tax rate on large corporations to 12 per cent from 10 per cent effective July 1.It also moves to hike income taxes on anyone making more than $125,000 a year effective Oct. 1.The tax changes are forecast to bring in up to $800 million in this fiscal year and up to $1.5 billion in the next.Ceci said the changes will not have an impact on 93 per cent of Alberta’s tax filers.He said while it’s not ideal to introduce tax changes mid-year, it was important to move immediately to make Alberta’s fiscal foundation more secure and fair.“Even with this new rate, Alberta will maintain an overall competitive advantage when compared to other provinces, with no sales tax, no health-care premiums and the lowest fuel tax in Canada,” said Ceci.Currently, all Albertans pay a 10 per cent flat tax on income.The bill directs that anyone with taxable income over $125,000 but under $150,000 pay 12 per cent.Those making over $150,000 but less than $200,000 would pay 13 per cent, those making over $200,000 but less than $300,000 would pay 14 per cent and those earning over $300,000 would pay 15 per cent.There are no plans to change the three per cent tax on small businesses.Earlier Thursday, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said some of the tax money would be used to pay for the $624 million in new initiatives.“We’re working towards ensuring there’s additional revenue, but Albertans made it very clear during the election that they did not want to see cuts to health care and education and human services,” she said.The lion’s share of the money, $500 million, is to go to health to reverse $1 billion in planned cuts under the former Progressive Conservative government.There is to be $40 million to increase base funding for post-secondary schools by two per cent, freeze tuition for two years and cancel market modifiers approved by the Tories for 25 programs.An extra $45 million is to go to schools to handle thousands of new students this fall. The government had earlier reported the figure as $103 million, but later issued a revised figure to accurately reflect the reduced time period.There’s also an extra $39 million earmarked for Human Services for a variety of programs, including housing and outreach services for women and children fleeing family violence.The new cash is part of an interim supply bill being debated in the legislature to keep the government operating until the New Democrats bring in a budget in October.The Tories introduced a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year just before the election, but lost the vote and are now the third party in the house. That budget called for $48.4 billion in spending.The new money announced by the NDP would be on top of that.The opposition parties have already come out against the changes.The Wildrose party has said the NDP should not boost taxes until it has done a thorough review to find savings in government.“No society has ever taxed or borrowed its way to prosperity,” said Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt.“A responsible reduction in expenditures over three years can get the province finally back in the black … without raising taxes.”The Progressive Conservatives say making people who are well off pay more will simply drive them to live or pay taxes in another jurisdiction, leaving Alberta’s middle class to make up the difference. read more

Simple act of playing represents grave danger for children in Syria –

“Child friendly spaces enable children to play and reconnect with their childhood, and forget, even if for a short time, the horrors of war. They must never be targeted,” Hanna Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria said in a statement. “This reprehensible attack shows that even the simple act of playing represents a grave danger for children in Syria,” she added.In recent weeks, several indiscriminate attacks have been reported in civilian populated areas leading to the death and injury of scores of children.“These attacks highlight a flagrant disregard for the laws of war. They are a stark reminder that nowhere in Syria is safe for children,” Ms. Singer warned.UNICEF is calling on all parties to the conflict in Syria to immediately halt such attacks and do their utmost to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure such as schools, health clinics and water facilities, in accordance with international humanitarian law. The agency urged that all civilians including children to be protected at all times.In his briefing to the UN Security Council today, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien highlighted the impact of the conflict on Syria’s children and young people. “Today, Syria is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child,” he stated, adding that over 5.6 million children are in need of immediate assistance. In addition, children continue to be murdered, tortured and subjected to sexual violence by all parties to the conflict. “Millions of children have been traumatized by the horrors they have witnessed.” In addition, Mr. O’Brien noted that, although the school year commenced this past week, over two million children – one out of every three – are not in school in Syria, and an additional 450,000 children are at risk of dropping out. He also expressed his concern that, in areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), schools were using a curriculum designed by the terrorist group. read more

Agriculture must transform to feed a hotter more crowded planet UN says

“As the global population expands, we will need to satisfy an increasing demand for food,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message commemorating the Day. “Yet, around the world, record-breaking temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe droughts and floods caused by climate change are already affecting ecosystems, agriculture and society’s ability to produce the food we need,” he added. Mr. Ban pointed out that the most vulnerable people are world’s poorest, 70 per cent of whom depend on subsistence farming, fishing or pastoralism for income and food. “Without concerted action, millions more people could fall into poverty and hunger, threatening to reverse hard-won gains and placing in jeopardy our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he emphasized. To bolster food security in a changing climate, countries must address food and agriculture in their climate action plans – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonAccording to the UN chief, agriculture and food systems must become more resilient, productive, inclusive and sustainable. “To bolster food security in a changing climate,” he continued “countries must address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development.” The Secretary-General explained that targeted investments in those sectors would build resilience and increase the incomes and productivity of small farmers – lifting millions from poverty. “They will help to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and safeguard the health and well-being of ecosystems and all people who depend on them, underscored Mr. Ban. Next month, the historic Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force – providing a much-needed boost to global efforts to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions, limit temperature rise and promote climate-compatible sustainable agriculture. “On this World Food Day, I urge all Governments and their partners to take a holistic, collaborative and integrated approach to climate change, food security and equitable social and economic development,” stressed Mr. Ban. “The well-being of this generation and those to come depends on the actions we take now. Only by working in partnership will we achieve a world of zero hunger and free from poverty, where all people can live in peace, prosperity and dignity,” he concluded. Food security and nutrition top international agenda“Food is the most basic human right” said Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva at a dedicated special event Friday in Rome, “yet nearly 800 million people still suffer from hunger in the world.” He noted that without food security and adequate nutrition for all, sustainable development simply could not be achieved, which is why the 2030 Agenda called for the eradication of hunger and all forms of malnutrition, as well as the promotion of sustainable agriculture. “But these objectives are clearly at risk, as climate change advances,” he continued. “Droughts and floods are more frequent and intense. We have seen first-hand their terrible impacts in the past months, as El Niño hit Africa, Asia and other parts such as the Dry Corridor of Central America. We have also just witnessed the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti,” he added. Echoing the Secretary-General, the top FAO official, natural disasters and extreme weather events are more likely to happen – and yet more difficult to predict, with the poorest suffering most. “The vast majority of them are small holders and family farmers that live in rural areas of developing countries,” elaborated Mr. da Silva. “They are the least equipped to deal with the threats. Even under normal circumstances, these people barely manage to survive,” he added. Mr. Griaziano da Silva revealed that FAO would propose to its Council Session next December the establishment of a new Department on Climate Change. He also shared news that FAO had been accredited to the Green Climate Fund.“We cannot allow the impacts of climate change to overshadow our vision of a world free of hunger and malnutrition, where food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all, especially the poorest,” he concluded. “No one can be left behind.” ‘Climate change is not waiting. Neither can we’Speaking at the event, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi linked the fight against hunger to politics. “Italy maintains that the fight for food security is, at this point in history, a question of politics with a capital ‘P’,” he said in an FAO press release, noting that noted that Europe should reject a “culture of waste.” Also speaking, Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco, whose country is hosting next month’s meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known by the shorthand COP22, said the talks would be “action-oriented” and geared towards implementing the Paris Agreement with a “special emphasis on adaptation, primarily for countries of the South and for small island States.” In a special message read out at the event, Pope Francis linked the impact of climate change to people migrating from rural areas of developing countries. “The most recent data tell us that the numbers of ‘climate refugees’ are growing, swelling the ranks of the excluded and forgotten, who are being marginalized from the great human family,” the pontiff said.For her part, Executive Director of the World Food Ertharin Cousin Programme (WFP) said that climate change was already stretching the international humanitarian system financially and operationally, “so moving beyond disaster relief to managing risk is an urgent task for all of us. Climate change is not waiting, neither can we.” UN Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate, Macharia Kamau, spoke about building stronger solidarity and better partnerships while Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) stressed the need to bolster rural smallholder producers against the impacts of climate change. read more

The CubsIndians World Series Could Be A Battle Of The Managers

You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. All postseason, FiveThirtyEight’s MLB projections have had a lot of doubts about the Cleveland Indians — our forecast didn’t even think they would make it out of the division series. In the video above, Neil Paine explores the chances that Cleveland’s expectation-defying streak will continue in the World Series against the mighty Cubs. Share on Facebook

Tribute to the Naval Academy

When Doug Hochberg, a junior in political science, began producing a video as a tribute to the men and women who serve in the armed forces, he had no idea the sort of support and recognition his work would receive in the weeks leading up to the Buckeye’s game against Navy to kick off the football season. The idea came from a coworker of Hochberg, whose father had always taught him to root for the armed services teams. The two decided to create a tribute to the Navy football team as they entered the field at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 5. “They deserve some sort of tribute to the service that they provide for our country, to keep us safe. At least for that minute when they run out of the tunnel,” Hochberg said. What came of their efforts is a video entitled “Ohio State’s Take the Field Tribute for Navy – 9.5.09” that has taken off on Facebook and other social media sites. Once finished, the video was debuted on on Aug. 19. Within a couple of days the video had reached a couple thousand views, and now two weeks later the video has been played over 215,000 times. But fans weren’t the only people paying attention to the video. Hochberg was quickly contacted by the Department of Athletics who asked for his permission to play parts of the video on the screen on Saturday. “Ohio State has kind of gotten a black eye in the past couple of years, and we really know that Ohio State fans are good people, good patriotic people that can stand together for this one cause,” Hochberg said. Hochberg urges Ohio State fans to stand and cheer the Navy team just as they would the Buckeyes. He said that he is surprised at the amount of recognition the video has gained but that he is proud to be a part of a movement towards supporting the armed services. As the video profoundly states, there are more important things than football, and one of those is the daily sacrifice that men and women in the armed services voluntarily make on behalf of our country. The last time a service academy played in Ohio Stadium was in 1931. read more

Horses rescued after spending days stuck in bog water

first_imgSome may find the images below distressing.TWO STRAY HORSES have been rescued from a bog in Co Meath after being stranded in freezing water for at least two days.A local horse rescue group, with the help of a team of volunteers, pulled the two animals from the water using a makeshift hoist.However, one had to be put down on site following examination by a vet, while the other is in a serious condition and is unable to stand.Local council officials contacted by those involved in the rescue, orchestrated by rescue group My Lovely Horse believe the horses, found in Coolronan near Trim, had been abandoned.Martina Kenny, founder of the organisation, described the incident  to as “one of the worse” she has ever seen.“We had to get the vet out to put one of the horses down on-site, as their spine appeared to be broken,” she said.“We had to literally drag the other to the horse box.”Locals responded to a call for assistance from the group after emergency services said they do not respond to animal rescues.Two other horses remain close to the bog, and it is feared they could become stuck in the bog as well. My Lovely Horse are attempting to remove them to a safe location.Earlier this month, the United Farmers Association (UFA) criticised Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and the junior Minister Tom Hayes for continuing “to insist in the face of all public and common knowledge that there is no crisis in the Irish horse industry”.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Sunday Captain Mark Duffy’s body recovered, talks in the North collapse and a US nightclub shooting had people talking today. Get our daily news round up: Next Source: Frank Corry Art” title=””>Source: Frank Corry Art” title=””>Source: Frank Corry Art” title=””> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Previous By Gráinne Ní Aodha NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Eamonn Farrell/ Share1 Tweet Email 1 Comment The body of Captain Mark Duffy was recovered from the wreckage of Rescue 116Talks to form an Executive in Northern Ireland broke down less than 24 hours before their legislative deadlineFianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that he has no confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’SullivanAn envelope containing explosive material destined for a financial institution in Dublin was intercepted by police in France before it could detonateThere were road fatalities in Co Clare, Co Cork, Co Mayo, Co Cavan today. A teenager also died from injuries sustained in a Limerick crash on FridayThe majority of Irish people think Enda Kenny should step aside as Brexit Minister when he leaves officeThe National Bus and Rail Union said they’re unsure if Irish Rail services will be affected in tomorrow’s fourth day of strike action by Bus Éireann workers 15/6/16-724*** Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 8:01 PM A lion cub stands on presents for her mother at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. Source: Andrew Milligan/PA Images#OHIO: One person was killed and were 14 injured, after gunfire erupted at a nightclub in the city of Cincinnati last night.#UK: The British government demanded access to WhatsApp’s encrypted messages, after it was revealed it was used by the killer behind the Westminster attack.#THE BIG BEND: The design for the world’s longest building is pretty spectacular. Take a look.PARTING SHOTEvery morning, Frank Corry strolls down to the beach at the edge of Glendalough’s lake and takes the same picture – with dramatically different results. 15,524 Views WORLD Mar 26th 2017, 8:01 PM Previous 1 / 3Next Short URL 15/6/16-724***Source: Frank Corry Art2/3/16-8;19***Source: Frank Corry Art241016-1138Source: Frank Corry Art last_img read more

Des fossiles de mégalodon découverts dans les eaux des îles Canaries

first_imgDes fossiles de mégalodon découverts dans les eaux des îles CanariesDes scientifiques de l’Institut espagnol d’océanographie (IEO) ont découvert dans les îles Canaries des restes appartenant à un mégalodon, la plus grande espèce de requin qui ait jamais existé.Plus de 20 mètres et quelque 100 tonnes. Ce sont les impressionnantes mensurations que montrait en moyenne, le fameux mégalodon, selon les chercheurs. De son nom scientifique Carcharodon megalodon,ce vertébré à grandes dents est le plus grand requin qui ait jamais existé sur Terre. C’était aussi, comme on peut l’imaginer, un redoutable prédateur qui s’est éteint il y a plus d’1,5 million d’années. Autant dire donc qu’il fascine depuis bien longtemps les paléontologues qui essaient d’en apprendre plus sur ce géant des mers. Justement, des scientifiques de l’Institut espagnol d’océanographie (IEO) viennent d’annoncer avoir déniché de nouveaux fossiles de mégalodon. Ceux-ci ont été trouvés en octobre 2012 dans les eaux des îles Canaries, plus précisément au pied de la montagne sous-marine connue sous le nom de “Banco de Concepcion” située au nord de l’île La Graciosa. Néanmoins, les chercheurs ont attendu d’avoir bien identifié les propriétaires des fossiles avant d’annoncer leur découverte. D’après le communiqué de l’IEO, certains appartiennent au mégalodon mais d’autres proviennent plutôt d’autres espèces de requins disparues. Ont également été trouvés un crâne et des fragments de côtes appartenant à un sirénien, un mammifère marin semblable au lamantin, ainsi que des os de baleine fossilisés. Un meilleur aperçu du paysage marinSelon le biologiste marin Pedro J. Pascual Alayon cité par l’agence SINC, cette découverte est un évènement d’une grande importance scientifique car il fournit de nouvelles informations pour décrire le paysage marin qui existait là où se trouvent les îles Canaries au cours du Miocène, soit il y a entre 23 et 5 millions d’années. Un paysage qui comprenait entre autres le fameux mégalodon qui chassait et se reproduisait dans ces eaux.D’après les spécialistes, ce requin géant possédait une mâchoire à la force incroyable garnie de grandes dents particulièrement efficaces. Il se nourrissait ainsi la plupart du temps de grosses proies comme des baleines, des dauphins, des phoques, de gros poissons ou même de tortues. A cette époque, le mégalodon était certainement présent dans tous les océans du monde, néanmoins c’était un grand migrateur.Un vrai garde-manger À lire aussiCet étrange fossile retrouvé dans les profondeurs de l’océan ressemble à la créature légendaire CthulhuLes scientifiques de l’IEO ont expliqué que les nouveaux fossiles ainsi que d’autres précédemment trouvés suggèrent que les petits spécimens de mégalodon étaient plus présents dans les zones côtières et les grandes zones d’eau libre. Ceci était très certainement lié au fait qu’elles offraient une quantité de nourriture abondante et donc des lieux idéaux pour la chasse et la reproduction de ces géants qui avaient besoin de grandes quantités de nourriture pour leur développement.”La présence de super-prédateur, comme celle d’autres espèces de requins, démontre l’existence d’énormes quantités de nourriture comme des baleines, des phoques, des siréniens et des bancs de poissons dans les eaux des Canaries à cette époque de l’histoire de la Terre”, a commenté Pascual. L’information est d’autant plus précieuse que l’existence de siréniens dans cette partie du monde n’avait encore jamais été mise en évidence. Elle apporte ainsi des indices supplémentaires sur l’écosystème et le climat existant dans les débuts de la formation de l’archipel des Canaries.(crédits photo : IEO)Le 3 septembre 2013 à 10:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

John Laird Banishing Boldt distrusting drones and pushing peace

first_imgNotes, quotes and anecdotes while wondering why Rush Limbaugh spends so much time insisting he’s not “a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobe”:Don’t ban me, Bro — As of Saturday, Republican County Commissioner Marc Boldt still was not listed among “Officeholders” on the Clark County Republican Party’s website ( Local GOP pooh-bahs are still pouting after Maverick Marc dared to serve his constituents instead of his party. Funny thing, though, the website still lists The Columbian among “News Sources.” Hey, reckon this means they like The Columbian more than a Republican county commissioner?What’s that buzzing above Seattle? — Last Sunday I warned against the increasing use of domestic drones by various groups including law enforcement agencies. I also reported that the agency nearest Clark County that has been authorized by the FAA to use drones is the Seattle Police Department.Three days after that column, Seattle Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh told the Seattle Council: “We probably could’ve done a better job in communicating to the city. I apologize for that.”Seems the city councilors were surprised by the drone permit. Kind of makes you wonder how many more surprises and apologies might fall from the skies in months and years to come. Better behave in your backyard!Vaccines are like seat belts — The anti-immunization crowd is emerging as an increasing threat to public health. Much of their argument appears to be based on anecdotal evidence. Uncle Jethro got this weird rash after a vaccination years ago, so a whole family of kids goes unprotected today.last_img read more

DEC Taking Public Comment On Kenai River Turbidity Report

first_imgThe DEC’s report will be up for public comment and then will go through state and federal reviews. After that, steps could be established that would require the state to develop a recovery plan for the river. The measure was high enough to exceed the baseline measure, but not enough to exceed the amount judged as damaging to fish and aquatic wildlife. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released for public comment the draft 2014/2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report. The public has until 5 p.m., January 29, 2018, to comment on DEC’s findings in the draft 2014/2016 Integrated Report. According to the DEC, about 7 miles of the river exceeds the water quality standards for turbidity. Turbidity is a measurement of water clarity, and increased turbidity is caused by sediment particles and other organic matter becoming suspended in the water column. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-DEC-public-comment-report-for-Kenai-River.mp3VmJennifer-on-DEC-public-comment-report-for-Kenai-River.mp300:00RPd The report released by the DEC states that excessive motor boat traffic in July made a section of the lower Kenai River too muddy.last_img read more

BNP to stage nationwide demo demanding shelter for Rohingya Muslims

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi speaks at a prayer session at Nawabganj on Wednesday. Photo: Md. Kazi SohelOpposition political party BNP has announced to stage nationwide demonstrations on Friday demanding an end to Rohinyga persecution and shelter for them in Bangladesh.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general and office secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the announcement while speaking at a prayer session at Kolakopa in Nawabganj of Dhaka on Wednesday.Read more: 11 boats capsize in Naaf estuary; 5 bodies recoveredLocal BNP organised the prayer session on the premises of BNP’s Dhaka district unit general secretary Abu Ashfaq’s house, marking the 10th anniversary of the release from jail of BNP’s self-exiled senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.“Thousands of Rohingya Muslim men and women are being repressed everyday. The Bangladesh government, however, remains silent even after watching this barbarity. As a Muslim nation, lodging no protest is a heinous act,” alleged Rizvi.He said the party will form human chains across the country on Friday demanding an immediate end to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims and demanding Bangladesh government provide Rohingyas shelter in the country.The BNP leader also alleged that police are making BNP activists disappear.last_img read more

Japan seeks safety of its nationals in Bangladesh

first_imgBangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali (R) and Japan foreign minister Taro Kono address a joint press conference after their meeting at the state guesthouse Meghna in Dhaka on 7 August. Photo: PIDVisiting Japan foreign minister Taro Kono on Tuesday sought the safety of its nationals working in Bangladesh and a congenial environment for the Japanese investors, reports UNB.The Japanese minister raised the safety issue at a bilateral meeting between Bangladesh and Japan at the state guesthouse Meghna in Dhaka.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono led their respective sides at the meeting.Kono said Japan wants to deepen its ties with Bangladesh and help achieve its long-term development goals.During the bilateral meeting, Bangladesh and Japan agreed on the importance of stability in the region for building stronger economic partnership between the two countries and early realisation of safe and secure return of the Rohingyas is the key.last_img read more

Trump appeal for Muslim ban rejected

first_imgPeople protest outside the Trump Plaza Hotel against the executive orders issued by US President Donald Trump, February 4, 2017 in West Palm Beach. AFPA legal showdown was brewing Sunday after the US Justice Department appealed a temporary block on Donald Trump’s contentious travel ban but the court rejected any immediate move to reinstate it.The early morning ruling by a federal appeals court was the latest in a series of dramatic twists in the saga which began on 27 January when the Republican president issued a blanket ban on refugees and travelers from seven mainly-Muslim nations.As the fierce legal battle over the order played out, thousands of people around the world, from London to Washington, demonstrated against the ban.There was no immediate reaction from the White House but ahead of the ruling Trump had assured reporters his ban would be reinstated.“We’ll win. For the safety of the country, we’ll win,” he said.Earlier, the Manhattan property mogul had unleashed a string of fiery tweets defending his policy and attacking federal judge James Robart who had on Friday blocked the ban nationwide pending a wider legal review.“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump wrote on Twitter.“The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!”With the ban temporarily halted, travelers from the targeted countries with valid visas began arriving on American soil, while others prepared to set off for the United States.‘Irreparable harm’ -In an appeal filed late Saturday, the Justice Department said that suspending the ban was causing “irreparable harm” to the American public.It said Robart’s ruling had run afoul of constitutional separation of powers, and “second-guesses the president’s national security judgment.”But on Sunday morning, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request calling for the travel ban to be immediately reinstated.Judges William Canby, Jr and Michelle Friedland did not give a reason in their two-paragraph ruling.However, they told the states of Washington and Minnesota, which had filed the original suit against the ban, to provide documents detailing their opposition to the government’s appeal by 11:59 pm Sunday (0759 GMT Monday).And the Justice Department was given until 3:00 pm on Monday (2300 GMT) to supply more documents supporting its position.Borders reopened -Meanwhile, in line with Robart’s ruling, government authorities on Saturday began reopening borders to those with proper travel documents.The State Department told visa holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen that they are allowed to travel as long as their documents had not been “physically cancelled.”The department had earlier said up to 60,000 people had their visas revoked as a result of Trump’s order, although a Justice Department attorney put the number at closer to 100,000.The Department of Homeland Security-which runs border agencies-also said it would cease implementing the order.In addition to slapping a blanket ban on entry for nationals of the seven countries for 90 days, Trump’s order also barred refugees for 120 days.Refugees from Syria were blocked indefinitely.A 30-year-old Iranian woman told AFP she had rebooked her tickets to the United States and was ready to travel Sunday night to see her brother.“Until yesterday, I was completely disappointed. We have some new hope after this news, but it’s 50-50. I am willing to take this risk,” said the woman, who did not want to give her name.‘Contemptuous’ -The restrictions had wreaked havoc at airports across America and beyond, leaving travelers trying to reach the United States in limbo.The political backlash for Trump has been equally severe, with the order fueling numerous mass protests and White House infighting.In Washington, hundreds marched from the White House to Capitol Hill, chanting “Donald, Donald, can’t you see-we don’t want you in DC!”Another 3,000 people rallied in New York, while an estimated 10,000 people turned out in London and smaller gatherings took place in Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and Barcelona.Trump was forced to defend a botched rollout of the plan-which called his government’s competence into question-and fired the acting attorney general for refusing to defend the order in court.His approval rating has sunk to the lowest level on record for any new president.His latest Twitter tirade is only likely to stoke the controversy.Presidents from Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama have criticized court rulings, but have rarely, if ever, criticized individual judges.“I can’t think of anything like it in the past century and a half,” constitutional scholar and Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe told AFP.“It’s not exactly contempt of court, but it certainly is contemptuous.“It conveys a lack of respect for the independent judiciary that bodes ill for the country’s future as long as Trump occupies the presidency.”Ineffective at best -Democrats in Congress were swift in their condemnation of Trump’s remarks, while Republicans notably did not rush to his defense.“This ‘so-called’ judge was nominated by a ‘so-called’ President & was confirmed by the ‘so-called’ Senate. Read the ‘so-called’ Constitution,” tweeted California Democratic lawmaker Adam Schiff.The White House has argued that the travel bans are needed in order to prevent terror attacks on the United States.Experts from the fields of intelligence, counterterrorism and diplomacy say the ban is at best ineffective and at worst fuels hatred of the United States in the Middle East.last_img read more

Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker

first_imgAshampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker by Martin Brinkmann on January 15, 2018 in Software – 40 commentsAshampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker is a free program for Microsoft Windows that reveals to you whether the processor of the Windows PC is vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities.Spectre and Meltdown are two recently disclosed security vulnerabilities that affect many modern CPUs. The vulnerabilities affect the processors but also software that runs on the systems. Microsoft released out-of-band patches in January 2018, and so did Mozilla which patched Firefox in record time.It is necessary to patch firmware as well, but that is only possible after Intel, AMD and other companies release updates to manufacturers. Motherboard manufacturers ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI published updates for select motherboards already.We reviewed programs and services in the past couple of weeks that let you determine whether your devices are vulnerable to potential attacks.Find out if your Windows PC is affected by Meltdown or SpectreCheck Linux for Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilityFind out if your browser is vulnerable to Spectre attacksAshampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU CheckerSpectre Meltdown CPU Checker by Ashampoo is a simple program that reveals after a short scan whether the processor is vulnerable.All you need to do is download the 715 Kilobyte program file from the Ashampoo website and run it afterward. Ashampoo notes on the product’s website that you may run it on Windows 7 and newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.Activate the “start security check” button to run the scan, and wait a couple of seconds for the scan to complete.Note that the program needs to make outbound calls to Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud storage locations.The application displays the result of the analysis in the interface after the scan completes. The results highlight whether the process is vulnerable, but that is all the program does.Closing WordsAshampoo’s Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker is a handy program for Microsoft Windows devices to run a quick vulnerability assessment on a local PC. The results are not as detailed as those that Microsoft’s PowerShell checker offer but that is not required all the time.Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 6 votes Software Name Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU CheckerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

New Skies becomes unsolved mystery for Virgin Blue

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L It seems Virgin Blue still cannot explain why its new Navitaire New Skies system crashed on Friday afternoon.New Skies, which replaced the carrier’s Open Skies platform, was said on Sunday to have rolled out smoothly, with no flight disruptions.However, the story took a turn on Friday afternoon as the $10 million system failed for two hours, delaying domestic flights and causing long check-in queues.The carrier has since begun an investigation into the crash.A Virgin Blue spokesman told The Australian that the booking system broke down when new data was uploaded to Navitaire as part of regular scheduling updates, but could not explain why it collapsed.”We’re still investigating that at this stage,” he said, “I’d need to wait for the outcome.”A Virgin Blue spokesperson was not able to be reached for comment as of publication. e-Travel Blackboard will update this story throughout the day.last_img read more

This is definitely an interesting offense and in

first_img“This is definitely an interesting offense and in the NFL, we’re always trying to figure out whatever’s new,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “Once you get a formula for it everybody kind of learns how to stop it, but this is still new and we’ve got a game plan. “Who knows how it’s going to do. We’re just going to go out there and play the best way we know how and hopefully we can stop them.”If the Cardinals fail to do so, their struggles will have a ripple effect. While the opposing defense gets most of the attention, what the Eagles do offensively has an impact on the other team’s offense, too.Philadelphia would like to dictate the pace, and jumping out to a couple of quick scores could lead an offense to change its approach in an effort to keep up. That can’t happen, according to Cardinals QB Carson Palmer.“Yeah, I think that’s what they want,” he said. “That’s part of the reason why they do what they do. They make teams press and create turnovers defensively.”The Eagles are second-to-last in the NFL in yards allowed, but are tied for 15th in points allowed per game. Their defense ranks in the middle of the pack for turnovers created, and they are not anything special when it comes to getting after the quarterback. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Yet they find a way to stop teams. Or, rather, their offense forces teams to stop themselves.“You really can’t look at the scoreboard, you can’t worry about anything until you get into the second half and start looking at the clock depending on what the score is, but especially in the first half against a team like this you have to take it one play at a time, one drive at a time,” Palmer added. “They want you to start looking at the scoreboard and feel like you have to score two touchdowns in this next drive, and that’s when mistakes start happening.”Pretty much to a man, the Cardinals maintained the way to beat the Eagles is to not beat themselves. They say the pace cannot allow them to change what they like to do, be it looking for too much on offense or playing undisciplined on defense. Do your job, they feel, and things will turn out OK.“Don’t try to do too much,” defensive tackle Dan Williams said. “If you have the A-gap, stay in the A-gap. If you have the B-gap, stay in the B-gap. Because a lot of times they make big plays once you make a mistake on defense.”“We’re not going to let them affect what we do,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “I think our defense is going to a great job. We’re just going to call our plays and run our offense.” They like to play fast and feature the read-option, or the zone read, or whatever you want to call it. Point is, it’s not your normal, run-of-the-mill offense. “It’s a challenge because it’s a different offense,” Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said, noting that both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks run similar plays at times. “But their whole offense is based like that, and your guys have to be ready to play. “Their mindset has to change in certain situations.”The Cardinals enter this game ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense and points allowed, with averages of just 317.1 total yards and 20.3 points per game. The Eagles, on the other hand, are fourth in the league in yards per contest, tallying 412.4, and are ninth in scoring, averaging 25.1 points per game. The cliché would say something has got to give, and it is up to Arizona to prove it won’t be their defense. It’s a difficult challenge to prepare for, if only because, as Cardinals coach Bruce Arians admitted, it is impossible to truly replicate the Eagles’ tempo in practice. They’ll just have to get acclimated quickly, he said, and the chance is something his players are looking forward to. Sounds simple, right? It could be. Or it may not be. The truth is, until the Cardinals actually play against the Eagles with their offense, there really is no way of knowing just how things will go. “These are two good teams that match up very well going at it, and I think that when it’s all said and done, hopefully we come out on top,” Campbell said. “But this is going to be a tough game to get a win. “I think if we play our A-game and we do what our coaches taught us this week and just play our game plan. If we do that well, I think we’ll come out on top.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Chip Kelly’s offense has not exactly taken the NFL by storm.There have been glimpses of greatness, and his Philadelphia Eagles are fourth in the NFL in total yards and ninth in points, but you are not likely to see offenses around the league looking to replicate what is happening in the City of Brotherly Love.Still, as the Arizona Cardinals prepare to face what could become the league’s newest fad, they know the Eagles present an interesting challenge. 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Neapolis Uni research programme on prominent Paphians

first_imgPaphos Municipality and Neapolis University signed a cooperation agreement on Tuesday providing for actions to promote local history and culture including a research programme on prominent Paphians of the 19th and 20th centuries.Toward that end, the municipality will cooperate closely with the Paphos-based Neapolis University (NUP) to turn a listed building that now houses the town’s police headquarters into a centre for historical documentation.The building, according to Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos, is to be handed over to the municipality at the beginning of next year and will be used for housing the Historical Documentation Centre, “a state-of-the-art research centre and museum that will cover the history of the city from 300BC to today, using new technologies and interactive media”.As part of the cooperation agreement, the university’s history department will carry out a research programme on the town’s most prominent figures of the 19th and 20th centuries under the guidance of Professor Giorgos Georgi.The research programme aims at collecting material on the lives of prominent Paphians from the fields of letters, arts, religion, local government and politics who were born and/or lived in Paphos, including Turkish Cypriots.Georgi said that his team will collect material for the purpose of writing a book. Paphos, he said, has had great personalities in the fields of arts and letters, politics and local government.Board Chairman of the NUP, Michalakis Leptos, said that that the university shares the vision and goals of the Paphos municipality and that supporting the local authority was a given.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more