first_imgThe EOW arrested five desilting contractors recently.The EOW arrested five desilting contractors recently.The FIR pertaining to road inquiry is with Azad Maidan police station. The Deputy Commissioner of Police concerned has formed a team to investigate the Road scam. On June 16 last, police arrested ten employees of third party auditors, the petition said.In both the alleged scams, public money is involved. The probe in both scams exposes an unholy nexus of civic officials (from Chief Engineer to Sub-Engineer) with that of MCGM contractors and third party auditors. All of them have committed fraud and siphoned of public money for poor quality work and/or for which work was not executed, said the PIL.The petition also demanded immediate suspension of Chief Engineer (Storm Water Drain) for his alleged role in the desilting scam.The PIL also demanded that the high court should monitor the probe in both the FIRs. PTI SVS ARS DVlast_img read more

first_imgAfter a number of rumours and leaked images regarding OnePlus’ upcoming successor to the OnePlus 5, we now have the first press render of the OnePlus 5T (or at least half of it) courtesy popular tipster Evan Blass. The image tweeted by Blass pretty much confirms that the OnePlus 5T will sport slimmer bezels on the top (and likely the bottom) as has been reported for weeks now.The image doesn’t give us a complete look at the OnePlus 5T as it only shows the top half of the smartphone, which is enough to tell us that the phone will sport a near bezel-less design. It also keeps in line with past reports that the OnePlus 5T will sport an 18:9 aspect ratio as it will look to compete against other full-screen flagships we’ve seen this year like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and iPhone X, among others.The tweet doesn’t mention any other detail regarding the OnePlus 5T. Based on past reports, the upcoming smartphone is expected to sport a 6-inch (1080×2160) display, but It is also possible that the OnePlus 5T will keep the same 5.5-inch footprint like the OnePlus 5 only with a larger display. Slimmer bezels also suggests that the OnePlus 5T will not have a home button, and the fingerprint sensor could be moved to the back as has been seen in previous leaked images.Also Read: OnePlus 5T hands-on images leaked, could launch on November 16Since Qualcomm is yet to announce the Snapdragon 845 SoC, the OnePlus 5T will most likely go with the same Snapdragon 835 as the OnePlus 5. The smartphone will likely be offered in two variants, one with 6GB RAM and 64 internal storage and the other with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.advertisementPast rumours suggest the cameras could get a bump as the rear is tipped to sport a pair of 20-megapixel sensors, while the front could also get a 20-megapixel sensor. The OnePlus 5T is tipped to run on Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo.As of now, the specs of the OnePlus 5T are still hazy and one should take the above with a pinch of salt. However, the image tweeted by Blass is solid proof that the phone will indeed sport slimmer bezels, making it the company’s first smartphone to sport a full-screen display. The OnePlus 5T could launch on November 16 based on a leaked screenshot of an Amazon listing.last_img read more

first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid vs Villarreal: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 21:04 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Gremio Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Real Madrid v Villarreal Villarreal The pressure is building on Zinedine Zidane following a disappointing series of results, but he remains optimistic Real Madrid are in desperate need of a win when they host Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday after recent results saw them slip 16 points behind leaders Barcelona.Zinedine Zidane’s side are currently fourth in the Primera Division and, while they have a game in hand, they find themselves uncomfortably behind both Valencia and Atletico Madrid too.Having lost heavily to Barca in the Clasico before the turn of the year, Los Blancos kicked off 2018 with a 3-0 win over Numancia, but they have been held to draws in their subsequent fixtures. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With pressure building on Zidane to deliver, tolerance is wearing thin and they will have to start stringing a run of positive results together sooner rather than later. Game Real Madrid vs Villarreal Date Saturday, January 13 Time 15:15 GMT / 10:15 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2017The game is not being shown live on television in the United Kingdom, but Goal will be providing updates here . US TV channel Online stream BeIN Sports  fuboTV In the United States (US),  the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Moha Defenders Theo, Carvajal, Vallejo, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo Midfielders Kroos, Isco, Casemiro, Modric, Asensio, Kovacic Forwards Ronaldo, Bale, Lucas, Mayoral Madrid named a 19-man squad for the second leg, with the likes of Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale rejoining the group after missing the Copa del Rey clash against Numancia mid-week. Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema are not part of the panel.Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Ronaldo, Bale, Mayoral. Position Villarreal players Goalkeepers Asenjo, Barbosa Defenders Gaspar, Alvaro, Marin, J. Costa, Rukavina, Bonera, Pau Midfielders Cheryshev, Fornals, Castillejo, Trigueros, Rodrigo, Ramiro, Raba Forwards Bacca, Enes Unal Victor Ruiz is suspended for the game, while Roberto Soriano, Nicola Sansone, Ruben Semedo, Bruno and Andres Fernandez are all out of contention due to injuries.Former AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca is expected to lead the attack.Potential Numancia starting XI:  Asenjo; Gaspar, Costa, Marin, Alvaro; Castillejo, Trigueros, Raba, Fornals; Bacca, Unal.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Luka Modric Real MadridReal Madrid are favourites to win at 2/9 according to dabblebet , with Villarreal priced at 10/1. A draw between the teams is considered an 11/2 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. GAME PREVIEW Gareth Bale Isco Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridMadrid may have booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday, but the fact that they drew 2-2 with Numancia at home was far from acceptable.Zidane’s men have not been as defensively tight this season and late goals have become a depressingly familiar experience for fans to endure during the current campaign.However, despite the obvious frailties at the back, as well as the patchy form of stars such as Ronaldo, the Blancos bosshas insisted that thing are not as bad as they seem in the capital.With Champions League action resuming next month, Zidane and his charges will have to start showing that on the pitch, beginning against Villarreal in front of the home faithful.Indeed, with a relatively kind run of games to come, failure to do so will surely not be tolerated.last_img read more

first_imgMarriott Bonvoy invites members to explore the world with its leading hotel portfolio DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, January 16, 2019/ — Marriott International ( today unveiled Marriott Bonvoy, the new loyalty brand replacing the current loyalty brands – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) – and reflecting the unmatched benefits, single loyalty portfolio and experiences announced last year. Marriott Bonvoy is built on the belief that travel enriches us all and has the power to enrich the world. Marriott Bonvoy launches on February 13 when the logo and branding begins rolling out across all consumer touchpoints, including on property, marketing and sales channels, digital, mobile and co-brand credit cards, bolstered by a multimillion-dollar global media campaign starting in late February. “Marriott Bonvoy marks an evolution in travel because it represents more than a loyalty program,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International. “Marriott Bonvoy is a travel program designed to bring to life our extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 129 countries and territories, while also providing endless inspiration for members to keep traveling and pursuing their passions.” Linnartz continued, “Represented by a simple, bold and modern logo, Marriott Bonvoy is welcoming and optimistic. Our 120 million members have access to the world’s leading hotel portfolio at the best room rates and member benefits, as well our collection of Moments experiences that bring exploration and discovery of the world to the forefront.” Beginning on February 13, Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments will become Marriott Bonvoy Moments, which together with Marriott Moments will feature approximately 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations available for purchase or by redeeming points. In addition. In addition to accessing locally relevant sights and excursions, such as hiking into glacial Patagonia, desert treks on camelback in Morocco or cruising to Vietnam’s timeless floating villages, members can indulge in once-in-a-lifetime experiences like cooking alongside renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Eric Ripert, or honing football skills in a master class with Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. Throughout 2019, Marriott will bring Marriott Bonvoy to life with a series of experiential events for members taking advantage of the company’s marketing partnerships with iconic brands including the NCAA and the FIA Formula One™ World Champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, as well as through sponsorships such as the Oscars®, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, The Hong Kong Sevens and The PGA Tour World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. On August 18, 2018, Marriott launched one loyalty program with unified benefits under its three legacy loyalty brands — Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG.  On February 13, the combined program completes its integration under one name, Marriott Bonvoy. With Marriott Bonvoy, members will have access to Marriott’s portfolio of diverse brands including the largest collection of lifestyle and luxury properties. Whether it is sun-soaked overwater bungalows at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, mountain-side resorts nestled against ski slopes like at The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler, beachfront properties hugging pristine sands like at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, to iconic urban towers offering panoramic views like at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, or former palatial residences like The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Venice); Marriott Bonvoy provides members an unparalleled offering of experiences together with the opportunity to earn desirable member benefits. Since Marriott introduced the unified loyalty benefits under Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG last August, members have been able to seamlessly book stays and earn and redeem points across the entire portfolio and achieve Elite status faster with new Elite tiers. Members now earn on average 20 percent more points per dollar spent. The launch of Marriott Bonvoy will introduce two new names for previous Elite status tier names:Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite will replace Platinum Premier Elite for members who surpass 75 nights.Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite will replace Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador. This top Elite status tier recognizes members who surpass 100 nights and more than $20,000 in spend annually. These members enjoy the highest level of personalization with a dedicated ambassador to help plan their travel and cater to their needs one-on-one. Marriott Bonvoy will usher in a new mobile experience. Members using either the SPG or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards apps are encouraged to download the current Marriott app now which will automatically update to become the Marriott Bonvoy app on February 13. The SPG and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards apps will be deactivated on that date. Members can learn more about Marriott Bonvoy at where they also can watch a short video describing the new brand. To download the media kit including images and video, please click here ( To learn more about the loyalty program benefits, please visit  About Marriott Bonvoy:Marriott Bonvoy ( is the company’s new travel program built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). Comprised of a portfolio of extraordinary brands where you can earn and redeem, as well as offering approximately 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the travel program enables members to explore the world in pursuit of their passions. Under Marriott Bonvoy’s five Elite tiers, status is more achievable than ever. With a single currency, earning and redeeming points is faster and simpler, and members can accelerate the points they earn with Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit card from Emirates NBD and Mastercard® in the UAE. When members book direct on they receive all the perks that come with Elite status, including, free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app they enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, Mobile Requests and, wherever available, Mobile Key. In addition to featuring a powerful travel program, also offers 30 extraordinary brands to book, endless experiences and the best available rates. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit To download the Marriott app, go here ( Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram ( read more

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness is expressing shock at the recent incidents terror in the United Kingdom and has extended the support and sympathies of the Government of Jamaica to the victims of the attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market in the UK.The Prime Minister also pledged the Government’s support in the global fight against terrorist attacks.According to the Prime Minister: “No society should be so impacted by these wanton and heartless acts. Undoubtedly, all well-thinking countries of the world stand with the UK Government and its people in rejecting these attempts to undermine their way of life.”last_img

first_img Local Area Office: 902-541-5693 Fax: 902-527-5371 -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Veinot Bridge Veinot Bridge on Veinot Road, about 0.2 kilometres west of the junction with Trunk 10 will be opened by 8 p.m. today, Sept. 23. The bridge has been closed since June 4.last_img

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

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

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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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