Talent agent heads North to find next big star

first_imgAPTN National NewsA renowned talent agent went to the Northwest Territories to look for the next big star.Jack Cooper visited several communities across the region before wrapping up his search in a remote First Nation community.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers was there and has this story.last_img

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Godse extremist remark Kamal Haasan secures anticipatory bail

first_imgChennai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to actor-politician Kamal Haasan in the case filed against him for his Hindu extremist comment. Campaigning for his party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s (MNM) candidate in the bye-election for the Aravakuruchi Assembly constituency, the actor speaking about the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, said: “The first extremist of independent India was a Hindu — Nathuram Godse. It all started from there.” Haasan made the comment in a locality were Muslims lived in large numbers. His comment created a huge row nationwide and police complaints were filed in Aravakuruchi against Haasan for trying to create enimity between communities.last_img read more

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International Astronomy Center Morocco To Start Ramadan Monday

Rabat – The International Astronomy Center (IAC) said that Ramadan is most likely to begin on Monday, May 6, in most Arab countries, including Morocco. Officials of countries like Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Jordan, India, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, and others have called on their citizens to keep a close watch on the moon for the night of Sunday, May 5, while other countries like Saudi Arabia called for moon sighting on Saturday, May 4, which corresponds to Sha’baan 29 of its official calendar, Umm al Qura. Saudi Arabia also called on its citizens to keep their eyes peeled for the moon to come out on Sunday, May 5, which, according to the center, corresponds with the actual 29th day of Sha’ban. The IAC said that, according to astronomical calculations, the crescent moon would be impossible to observe on Saturday, May 4, because it will “not be in the sky after sunset.” On Saturday, they added, there will be what astronomers call “conjunction” after sunset. This means the earth, moon, and the sun will be in a straight line and that the moon sighting is obstructed.The IAC notes that the of sighting the moon is only possible through the telescope for countries like Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Egypt, and Morocco.Because it relies both on naked eye sighting as well as astronomical calculations, Morocco has not even once misjudged the start day of Ramadan from 1984 to 2007, according to the Emirati astronomer Mohammed Shawkat Awda.In Saudi Arabia, however, the margin of error regarding start day of Ramadan stands at 87%. read more

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Chinese companies brace for tariff hike as trade talks begin

BEIJING — Chinese exporters of all sorts of products, from power adapters and computers to vacuum cleaners, are anxiously hoping trade talks in Washington this week will yield a deal that might stave off higher U.S. tariffs on imports from China.Companies across China are bracing for a tariff hike after President Donald Trump, complaining Beijing was backtracking and the talks on a festering trade dispute were taking too long, said he would raise import duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%.Amber Chen, sales manager for a vacuum cleaner manufacturer based in southern China, says her company has $100 million in exports to the U.S. at stake.“I really hope that the two countries can reach an agreement,” Chen said in a phone interview. “We just can’t swallow the costs of a tariff increase.”The trade dispute erupted last summer with the first round of U.S. tariff increases. It deepened with Trump’s announcement via Twitter on Sunday that he plans to raise tariffs and have them cover all products imported from China, as of Friday.The tariffs have devastated many factories in Chinese coastal regions that serve the U.S. market. Industries such as electronics have seen sales to the U.S. plummet up to 40%. Overall Chinese exports to the U.S. dropped 13% in April from a year earlier.Many Chinese companies are reluctant to speak publicly about their problems, especially those linked to sensitive topics such as the ruling Communist Party’s policies on trade and technology.But sales managers of five Chinese companies that depend heavily on exports to the U.S. told The Associated Press that while they have managed to adjust to current tariff levels with minimal trouble, a jump to a 25% tariff would make doing business with the U.S. virtually impossible for most of them.“If the tariffs rise to 25 per cent, then we’re done for,” said James, a sales manager for a computer monitor manufacturer in Shenzhen, China’s southern tech hub.He declined to give his full name. He said 30 to 40% of his company’s products are exported to the U.S.Before this week, both the U.S. and China said the trade talks were making steady progress, giving the impression that the world’s two biggest economies were approaching an agreement. Trump’s unexpected threat Sunday sent global financial markets into a tailspin. On Thursday, China vowed to defend its interests and retaliate with “necessary countermeasures” if the increases take effect Friday as planned.China has kept official statements on the latest trade talks, the 11th round, low-key and restrained. That’s in contrast to more aggressive rhetoric in earlier rounds. Domestic media avoided reporting on Trump’s tweeted threat for hours after it was posted.If the tariff increase goes ahead, the impact will be deeply felt by small- and medium-sized enterprises, said Shawn Yang, sales manager for a company in Shenzhen that produces electric power adapters.“We’re on the front lines,” he said.Many of the company’s products are designed for use in the U.S., Yang said, so it would be difficult to shift sales to other markets.He said he’s confident it can weather the trade war because of the quality of their products, though some buyers are waiting for a conclusion to the trade dispute before placing new orders.Yang said he has faith the two countries will reach an agreement.“(The trade war’s) impact is too far-reaching,” he said. “It’s not possible for them to keep fighting like this.”_Associated Press researcher Yu Bing and video producer Fu Ting contributed to this report.Yanan Wang, The Associated Press read more

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Tens of thousands of refugees to benefit from new UNbacked microfinance project

13 January 2010Tens of thousands of displaced people around the world will get micro-loans to set up their own businesses and become self-sufficient thanks to a new agreement between the UN refugee agency and a microfinance services organization set up by Bangladeshi Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus. Under a memorandum of understanding signed by Mr. Yunus and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres, the Grameen Trust will set up micro-loan programmes for displaced civilians, mainly refugees but also including some returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) over three years in an initial 14 countries around the world, with a feasibility study early this year in Egypt, Tanzania and South Africa.“The Grameen Bank and its network have given millions of poor people access to microcredit,” Mr. Guterres said. “I believe the Grameen Trust can make a vital contribution towards refugee self-reliance and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods.”UNHCR and Grameen Trust staff will assess the number and profile of beneficiaries, while the project will also look at the rehabilitation or improvement of existing UNHCR microfinance activities. The Trust generally sets up programmes to provide seed or scale up funding, based on an approach pioneered by the parent Grameen Bank and imitated worldwide.Microfinance is important to UNHCR because by allowing people to run their own businesses and learn new skills it can help the displaced – especially women – become self-sufficient and also prepare them if they return home, integrate them in a host country or help them start a new life in a resettlement country.But despite the benefits it can bring, microfinance is not always considered in refugee operations. In some cases, the policies of host governments prevent refugee access to financial institutions. In others, the limited expertise of UNHCR and its partners in microfinance is a factor. It is to overcome these and other limitations, that UNHCR has established partnerships with organizations like the Grameen Trust and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO).Mr. Yunus, who won the Nobel Peace Prize with his Grameen Bank in 2006, has been dubbed “Banker to the Poor.” He started the Grameen project in the Bangladeshi village of Jobra in 1976. In 1983, the project was transformed into a formal bank to help people escape from poverty by providing small loans, or microcredit, on generous and tailored terms.The Grameen Trust was set up six years later to help poor and needy people inside and outside Bangladesh with the kinds of services pioneered by the Grameen Bank to reduce poverty, offer training and technical assistance, and help increase employment, income and management skills of the poor. The Trust has more than 140 partners in 38 countries. read more

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Fighting crime could boost development in Africa UN study says

Despite the troubling data, the study concludes that African countries can declare victory over crime and violence if the political will exists and resources are made available to translate policy into real-world change.Entitled “Crime and Development in Africa,” the study was unveiled by Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.According to UNODC, all available indicators suggest that the continent has a serious crime problem, including both violent and property crime, much of it committed by transnational organizations. In addition to hampering development, such activities are increasingly becoming a source of funding for insurgent and terrorist groups.The data presented in the study covers domestic and global criminal activities ranging from money-laundering to corruption and trafficking in human beings, drugs, and firearms, as well as the connection between such activities and the scourge of child militias.While in the past the only drugs widespread in Africa were cannabis and khat, the study says, the continent has recently become a transit area for cocaine and heroine. In addition, 89 per cent of African countries are involved in some way in human trafficking. Theft and smuggling of minerals, petroleum and wildlife have also become endemic.There is presently great momentum, however, to tackle all of Africa’s development problems, the study says, and there are signs of progress on many fronts, including the creation of a legislative and institutional framework to fight crime. The time is ripe, it concludes, to remove this important barrier to African development. read more

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UNbacked European and Central Asian regional meeting focuses on job creation

“We face a continuing economic and employment crisis with no obvious solution in sight,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder a high level panel of representatives from 51 countries in Europe and Central Asia, urging them to propose “effective actions to achieve recovery.” The crisis has left over 26.3 million Europeans unemployed – 10.2 million more than when the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, according to the latest UN figures.The employment situation has continued to deteriorate since the introduction of fiscal consolidation policies, according to an ILO press release. “Following a brief respite in 2010-2011, unemployment has resumed growing and shows no sign of improvement,” the UN agency said.The regional – organized in collaboration with the Government of the Kingdom of Norway – provides an opportunity for tripartite representatives of the countries of the European and Central Asian Region to share their experiences and to discuss the response to the economic and jobs crisis in the region, looking at levels of social protection, social dialogue and the application of labour law, the ILO said. The regional meeting is held every four years to set priorities and discuss joint policies. Earlier in the year, the ILO reported that the number of unemployed worldwide rose by 4.2 million in 2012 with gloomy expectations of a further increase in 2013. read more

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Stoke youngsters tour Michelin factory to see career options in manufacturing

Youngsters considering their future career options got an insight into automotive manufacturing this month as Michelin hosted tours of its Stoke factory as part of a national government apprenticeship drive. Students from five nearby schools visited Michelin’s facilities on 11 and 13 October to receive guided tours and learn about the career and skills opportunities available in manufacturing careers.Lord Mayor of Stoke, Councillor Terry Follows, joined students on the first day of the two-day tours organised by Michelin, accompanying them on the guided tour of the facility and listening to presentations given by Michelin’s training, engineering and logistics departments. There was also a careers fair, offering flavours of the range of careers within Michelin including engineering, IT, personnel and health and safety and there was also an interactive quiz with prizes.The site tour was part of government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative, launched in March by Business Secretary, Dr Vince Cable. The scheme is designed to help deliver an additional 250,000 apprenticeships in the UK and the automotive sector is the first industry to support this nationwide roll-out of activities.Factory Manager, Sean Parry, said, “The Michelin Stoke factory is very pleased to participate in the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative which was launched by the UK Automotive Council and supported by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. The aim is to raise awareness about the wide range of interesting and skilled job opportunities that exist within the manufacturing sector. It is a great opportunity to open our doors, during what is a very positive time for the Stoke factory as we are now progressing well on the multi-million pound modernisation project that will allow us to rebuild the latest generation of Michelin Durable Technology truck tyres.Michelin’s Stoke facility was the first Michelin UK factory to host a ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ event, followed by Ballymena, Northern Ireland and Dundee, Scotland in November.  For more information about ‘See Inside Manufacturing’, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Whats Stopping The Rockets

3+0.5 2+6.4 1-7.3 PERIODNET PTS. PER 100 POSSESSIONS 4+22.0 “Clutch” is any time in the last five minutes of regulation or in overtime when the score is within 5 points.Source: NBA.com How the Rockets have performed in the postseason with Harden on the floor When James Harden left the game with 30 seconds to play in the first quarter, his Houston Rockets trailed the San Antonio Spurs by 3 points. When Harden was blocked from behind at the final buzzer by the ghost of Manu Ginobili, the Rockets were down by 3 points. This brings us back around to one of the oldest maxims in the basketball-nerd universe: The points count the same in the first quarter as they do in the fourth.Harden’s breakdown late in Game 5, when he went 1-for-6 with one assist and four turnovers, is the top-line takeaway after the Rockets’ Tuesday-night loss. Houston’s MVP candidate doing his best Toney Douglas impersonation at the worst possible time is concerning, both for its immediate effect on the series and for what it portends about how the injury-depleted rotation will fare in the remaining games. But Houston’s problems at the moment run deeper than that.They are starting too slowWhile performance in the biggest moments is undeniably important in the NBA, it isn’t all that matters. Generating good, reliable shots when the clock is winding down and the defense is moving at a devil-may-care clip you don’t see in other periods is an important skill. So is building a lead early in the game, and so is holding onto a lead once you have it. And in the playoffs, the Rockets have been losing first quarters. Clutch+13.9 Harden’s first-half numbers were excellent in Game 5, but the deficit by the end of his first-quarter run was no outlier in the Rockets’ postseason. Harden’s net rating in the first quarter is far worse than in any other period, at -7.3 points per 100 possessions. As a team, the Rockets are being outscored by 7.4 points per 100 possessions in the first quarter of playoff games. During the regular season, they won that period by 8.9 points per 100.The postseason number is weighed down significantly by Houston’s first-round series with Oklahoma City, in which the Thunder beat the Rockets’ brains in during a few early quarters, only to surrender much or all of those leads later on. But just because a team can punch its way off the mat doesn’t erase the fact that it got its brains beaten in to begin with.The bench is thin and it’s affecting everyoneNot helping matters: Houston’s best playoff lineups are no longer available. The numbers on the baseline starting five haven’t been great — which makes sense, given that the starters are, by definition, a big part of the reason that those first quarters have been so miserable — but shaking things up will be tough. The season-ending thigh injury to backup center Nene leaves the Rockets without an anchor for the alternative lineups Houston might be forced to try out.In Game 5, Houston designated Ryan Anderson as their backup center, moving him out of the potent starting lineup, and instead started sixth man Eric Gordon. As the coaches like to tell you, how a team adapts to an injury usually has less to do with the backup than it does with the backup’s backup. In this case, the regular-season starting power forward, Anderson, served as the backup to the backup center, meaning that not only is there no backup power forward, but the starting power forward spot is now an open question as well. That left Houston playing a lot of four-out lineups even though it’s missing Nene, its best four-out center.Harden is trying to do everything and it showsThe lineup shuffle in Game 5 added to Harden’s overall workload and muted the advantages of the lineups that theoretically remained intact, such as the group of regular starters.Harden filled in the nominal power forward role when necessary on Tuesday, and the position does play to Harden’s strengths (he’s powerful, and big for his position) while minimizing his weaknesses (lateral quickness that would barely keep him in front of Nate Silver, let alone Manu Ginobili). But in Game 5, at least, the bargain seemed to be a bad one.Harden’s late-game numbers suggest that he got worn down, but anyone looking at him could have told you that. The real question was whether the Rockets got enough out of their four-perimeter-player lineups to offset the toll those lineups took on the players involved, especially Harden. They didn’t. The only Rockets’ five-man lineups to finish with a positive net rating were ones featuring both Anderson and center Clint Capela. Every lineup that didn’t include both of those guys had a negative net rating or, at best, played San Antonio to a draw.(The Rockets had a positive standard plus-minus with two other lineups, but they were worse on a per-possession basis due to an imbalance in the number of possessions, which is common when you’re only looking at a single game.)So what’s to be done?It’s possible that there’s an obvious answer on the bench. Second-year forward Montrezl Harrell provided good minutes off the bench throughout the season, but he has hardly seen the court in the playoffs. Mike D’Antoni has always been known for shortening rotations in the playoffs, but if the four-out lineups keep on tanking, it probably makes more sense to put the season in the hands of an unknown than to keep relying on a known weakness. At the very least, playing Harrell would allow D’Antoni to see more of the starting lineup that’s still outplaying the Spurs, which might help him avoid those first-quarter deficits. read more

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Hines carries on Glenville tradition

There sits in Cleveland, Ohio, a high school by the name of Glenville Academy, a school that’s become a veritable pipeline filled with talented football players ready to don scarlet and gray. Jermale Hines, who is currently the Buckeyes starter at free safety, knew coming into college that a spotlight would be shining on him. After all, he was a former Tarblooder. “Anytime a player comes in from Glenville, it puts added pressure on you. Everyone expects you to do great things,” Hines said. “So it definitely put some added pressure on me, but I knew coming in that I had to work hard, and everything would take care of itself.” Before transferring to Glenville in his junior year, Hines played both basketball and football at Berrien County High School in Nashville, Ga. “I actually liked basketball better, but being my size, I always felt like I had a better chance at succeeding in football,” Hines said. After transferring to Glenville, the head coach of the football program, Ted Ginn Sr., wondered when Hines would start to open up and become a vocal leader. In an interview with The Plain Dealer in 2006, Ginn was quoted saying, “Jermale’s a quiet kid who we’re trying to make a leader out of with some kind, any kind of emotion.” Ohio State safeties coach Paul Haynes implied that even today, Hines doesn’t speak much. “He doesn’t say a whole lot but when he does talk, people listen, and when says to do something, people do it,” Haynes said. After his high school career ended, Hines chose to play for the Buckeyes. But a few academic issues made it appear as if Hines would never see the field of play. Due to the fact that he transferred from a Georgia school to an Ohio school, Hines had to take the Ohio Graduation Test before he could receive academic certification. The academic issues didn’t end there. As a freshman at OSU, Hines was ruled ineligible for the first half of the season. “Basically something didn’t go through with my Clearinghouse, so it held me back a little bit,” Hines said. “I was just a regular student at one point. But they got it together half way through the season and I was able to get back on the team.” Now a senior, Hines is stepping up and growing more mature with every game. While he’s not a team captain, he has become a coach on the field for the defense. Recently, he’s had the task of instructing freshman and former Glenville player Christian Bryant on where to be on the field during certain defensive sets. “The thing about Jermale is, he’s a great leader,” Haynes said. “He’s a very instinctive and aggressive football player, and his maturity has grown a great deal.” Hines is being projected as potential third- or fourth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. And while the draft isn’t for another seven months, he admits there are some parts of his game he’d like to improve upon before the end of the season. “I’d say the strongest parts of my game are my physicality and tackling ability,” Hines said. “But I’d like to work on my one-on-one coverage, and just understanding the game of football more.” Haynes added, “There’s a lot of things that he has to improve on, starting with just getting better every day. I could for sure see him playing at the next level, but it’s not a perfect science. But with his work ethic, and his love and passion for football, I could see him playing at the next level.” And while it may be true that Hines doesn’t talk very much, he isn’t opposed to talking a little smack and challenging the offense during practice. “I just pick on them, basically call out their plays and try to punk them as much as I can,” Hines said while laughing. “I try to make it hard on them because when it’s game time, it’s definitely going to be hard on them.” Even Heisman Trophy candidate Terrelle Pryor isn’t safe from a verbal lashing. “Yeah I talk stuff to Terrelle, a few words that might get bleeped out,” Hines said, laughing again. “I know I’m going to need those guys so I might make it tough on them, but in the end I know they’ll come through for me.” read more

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Partizan has no pressure in Copenhagen Without respect for the favorite

AG CopenhagenAleksandar BrkovicHC PartizanOlafur Stefansson ← Previous Story Predrag Dacevic “comes – stays” in MT Melsungen Next Story → Men’s EHF CL (Round 8): Fantastic Jurecki silenced the “Veszprem Arena” Serbian champion, HC Partizan leaved positive impression despite without points in the first seven matches of the EHF Champions League. Young team from Belgrade goes to Denmark to face with AG Copenhagen (Sunday 16.50):– We are taking every much seriously. We want to fight and get some afirmation, if we get chance for that. It is absolutely clear that AG is 100% favorite, but we don’t want to let them without resistance…You have very good 45 minutes in Kiel, you won the first Half in the “Sparkasse Arena”…– That is now prototype of what we want to do. There is no rule, we can be better, but also worse than that. It is simple, to stay positive, without respect for the rival. In comparation from the first match, they are better for Stefansson and we are without Milinic. They have a new coach, only one, Andersson, what can be only positive. If we stop “easy goals” from Sigurdsson, our chances for a good game will be higher – told to Balkan-Handball.com, the youngest coach ever in EHF Champions League, Aleksandar Brkovic. read more

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Mozilla unveils BrowserID password management system

first_imgMozilla is interested in making the process of logging in to your favorite websites easier and more secure. Today the Mozilla Identity team unveiled BrowserID, a new authentication system that will allow users to use one username and password to log in to any site that supports BrowserID. Bonus: Mozilla wants BrowserID to be available in all browsers, not just Firefox.If BrowserID looks and sounds a lot like OpenID, it should. The service shares a lot of similar principles: it’s decentralized and managed externally from the site accepting the user, and gives users a single password they can use for multiple sites that support that authentication scheme. BrowserID users will use only their email address to log in to any site that supports BrowserID. The BrowserID service on the other hand, manages the password and trust relationship between the user logging in and the site that wants to be sure the user is who they say they are.AdChoices广告The service is very beta at the moment, but the folks at Mozilla Labs are looking for feedback. One thing that will be key to BrowserID’s growth is how many web developers and sites adopt the service as an authentication method. In order for users to leverage BrowserID, the site they want to use will have to allow it, which means site owners will have to work it into the way they currently allow users to log in.Considering how popular offloading authentication to services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google has been with new web services, it may not be a far-fetched proposition. Mozilla Labs wants to make BrowserID much like those current services, just without the reliance on a single company to keep your credentials safe. They note that trusting Facebook, Twitter, or Google comes with reliability issues, a lock-in with those services, or even worse, privacy concerns with those services.In that way, BrowserID is much like offloading authentication to Google, Facebook, or Twitter, but Mozilla Labs is taking the approach of being an unvested organization that doesn’t have a service that they want the user to sign up for just to get the authentication service. We’ll have to see whether or not BrowserID takes off: especially since it’ll be available in any browser and on any device. There’s certainly room for a unified login system on the Web as long as it’s secure and available on multiple devices and browsers.Read more at Mozilla Identitylast_img read more

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Sharp is making a cutting board with a tablet built into the

first_imgSoon you may not have to stare down at your bland, non-animated cutting board. Sharp has just introduced a new kitchen gadget that you probably never thought you’d need — a cutting board with a tablet built-in. The Chop-Syc is a prototype touchscreen device that Sharp sees as a tool to help people eat healthier and cook better food.The Chop-Syc is running on a custom software platform (yes, it’s surprising Android isn’t involved somehow) that helps the user pick a recipe, then lists the exact amount of each ingredient needed based on the number of people. The cutting board has a built-in scale for weighing food, and a neat spaghetti measuring tool that paints a circle on the screen to compare against the footprint of a handful of uncooked noodles. Oh, and it’s also a cutting board.The hardened glass surface should stand up to constant scraping with knives, which won’t do anything to alleviate the creeping, queasy feeling you get watching someone take a knife to a glass touchscreen. When you don’t need the advanced digital features of the Chop-Syc the touch features can be disabled and it will operate as a normal cutting board.Sharp sees the Chop-Syc as a way to help people make healthier food choices by delivering healthy recipes and tracking calories as a meal is prepared. It’s still in the early development phase, but Sharp is exploring options to bring the Chop-Syc to market as a real product.last_img read more

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Un appel lancé à lUE pour sauver les éléphants dAfrique

first_imgUn appel lancé à l’UE pour sauver les éléphants d’AfriqueAfrique – Lundi, les représentants de 17 pays d’Afrique ont appelé l’Union européenne à s’opposer à de nouvelles ventes d’ivoire afin de sauver les populations d’éléphants menacées par le braconnage.En 2007, un moratoire de neuf ans sur le commerce de l’ivoire a été décrété au sein de la Convention sur les espèces menacées d’extinction (Cites). Aujourd’hui, alors que la Tanzanie et la Zambie souhaitent être autorisées à vendre respectivement près de 90 et 22 tonnes d’ivoire, 17 pays d’Afrique demandent à l’Union européenne de s’opposer au projet, pour protéger les populations d’éléphants décimées par le braconnage.”De nombreux États membres de l’Union européenne sont de notre côté mais ils sont silencieux. Nous voulons qu’ils se prononcent très clairement et qu’ils disent qu’il y a beaucoup de braconnage en Afrique, que le changement climatique a de nombreux impacts négatifs qui déciment les éléphants et d’autres animaux sauvages, et qu’il faut préserver les éléphants pour les générations futures” a déclaré le ministre kenyan de la forêt et de la faune, Noah Wekesa. Avec le Mali, le Kenya copréside la Coalition pour l’Éléphant d’Afrique.Alors que “les derniers éléphants de Sierra Leone viennent d’être abattus par des braconniers le mois dernier”, un vote concernant la demande de la Tanzanie et la Zambie doit avoir lieu lors de la prochaine conférence de la Cites qui se tiendra à Doha, au Qatar, du 13 au 25 mars. Rappelant l’importance de l’Union européenne au sein de cette convention, Noah Wekesa l’avertit que “sielle s’abstient lors de ce vote, elle va contribuer à accentuer une situation déjà critique”. D’après l’eurodéputé néerlandais Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, certains pays tels que le Royaume-Uni, la France, l’Espagne et les Pays-Bas sont encore incertains quant à la position qu’ils adopteront et “seraient enclins à soutenir la demande de la Tanzanie”. Il précise toutefois que la Commission environnement se prononcera cette semaine en faveur du respect du moratoire adopté en 2007, position qui “sera soumise à la plénière en février”.Le 31 janvier 2010 à 13:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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DDME office robbed again

first_imgThis is the second year running the DDME office, which is also the hurricane command center for the country, has been burglarized. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Still that was not enough to stop thieves breaking in and stealing critical operational equipment at the office in Provo.  Police confirmed to Magnetic Media the crime which happened over the National Heroes Day holiday weekend. The fiends who broke in through the side door took TVs, computers and even the response back pack kit.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWith Tropical Storm Colin drenching Tampa as we are only seven days into the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season; the significance of the Department for Disaster Management and Emergencies becomes more apparent.  Related Items:last_img read more

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Rabies alert lifted for North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Health officials have lifted a rabies alert that was issued for a part of North Miami Beach.The alert was originally issued on Sept. 25 when a cat tested positive for rabies. However, there has not been another positive lab result for 60 days.The alert was in effect for the area between:Northeast 186th Street to the northRoyal Glades Canal to the southWest Dixie Highway to the eastNortheast 19th Avenue to the westOfficials said there is still a risk of rabies transmission year-round.A rabies alert for Kendall is still in effect.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Ziff Davis Reaches Agreement with Creditors

first_imgThe tech media publisher has carried a massive debt load since private equity firm Willis Stein & Partners acquired Ziff Davis’ magazine division in 2000 for $780 million. Today, the company carries $380 million in long-term debt. As part of its bankruptcy protection, which was filed early last month, Ziff Davis announced that the group of senior secured note holders agreed to pay up to $24.5 million, in what Young atthe time called “go-forward equity,” to fund the company’s operations during and after the Chapter 11 case. Ziff Davis will ask the bankruptcy court to approve the noteholder agreement in June and says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy not long after.Ziff Davis Media publishes PC Magazine, Electronic Gaming magazine and ExtremeTech.com. Ziff Davis Media has reached an agreement with an ad hoc group of shareholders which effectively allows the company to exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, possibly as early as June.According to Ziff Davis CEO Jason Young, the agreement with the company’s senior secured noteholders and official committee of unsecured creditors “reflects their confidence in the strength of our business and our ability to unlock the underlying value in the company. We believe that [the agreement] provides the highest value and best outcome for all constituents and leave us with a strong, de-leveraged balance sheet.”The agreement de-leverages the company’s balance sheet by converting more than $428 million in funded debt to a new common stock and a new loan note not to exceed $57.5 million, the Ziff says. last_img read more

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Telltale teaming with Marvel for episodic games launching in 2017

first_imgTelltale Games and Marvel are joining forces to bring you video game goodness in 2017.Neither Telltale nor Marvel had much to say on the subject by way of their official sites, but the potential here is huge. Marvel, also known as the House of Ideas, has a stable of 8,000 characters covering every storytelling style imaginable. Characters such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and many others are dead center in the public consciousness thanks to their success on the big screen.Telltale’s episodic style of game design and distribution has been used to offer fans Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and the Vertigo comic book series Fables. Given the episodic nature of comic books, the relationship between Marvel and Telltale makes a lot of sense. There’s even potential here for Telltale to tap some of Marvel’s creative talent to help write and even design the games.Since there’s not much actual concrete news here, let’s speculate a little bit. Whether the games will take cues from the cinematic universe or the comic book one (or both) remains to be seen at this point, but the one solid piece of information — a 2017 release — might offer some insight. That year a trio of Marvel Studios movies are hitting the big screen: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man, and Thor: Ragnarok. If that doesn’t translate into a game where you can play as Groot or Rocket, there’s something ultimately wrong with the universe.last_img read more

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CM calls for awareness drive on organ donation

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called for a movement to create awareness on organ donation, on Tuesday.She tweeted in this regard: “Today is Organ Donation Day. As a nation, we should work together to raise awareness on this important issue. #Bangla is one of the few states to have successfully created green corridors for the speedy transfer of organs.” It may be mentioned that Bengal is the only state in the country where heart transplantation was conducted in a state-run hospital free of cost. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA team of doctors led by Dr Plaban Mukherjee had conducted heart transplantation on 38-year-old Rakhal Das at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in November 2018. Saikat Lattu (30) had died and his relatives agreed to donate his organ. Whenever the case of organ transplantation is reported in a state-run hospital or private healthcare establishment, the city police create a green corridor to dispatch the organs to the venue in the shortest time possible. Slowly the movement to donate organs is gathering momentum in Bengal. Various NGOs are conducting awareness drives and are holding workshops and seminars, in which the doctors of state-run hospitals take part. The doctors have told the participants that the bodies of the deceased are not disfigured after organ donation.last_img read more

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Rep Tedder to host indistrict office hours

first_img State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of July.“Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Monday, July 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Mr. B’s Roadhouse, 6761 Dixie Highway in Clarkston; and• Friday, July 27 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Great Lakes Family Restaurant, 5834 Highland Road in Waterford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at JimTedder@house.mi.gov. Categories: Tedder News 09Jul Rep. Tedder to host in-district office hourslast_img read more

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