Thousands flee Abidjan as violence intensifies in Côte dIvoire – UN

Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city fearing that an all-out war is in the offing after an escalation of violence, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.As many as 30 unarmed civilians were killed and 60 others were wounded when the market in Abidjan’s northern suburb of Abobo was attacked with mortar shells on Thursday, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, which is known as UNOCI.The shelling was carried out by members of the Ivorian Defense and Security Forces (FDSCI), who are loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo, who lost a UN-certified and internationally recognized election to the opposition figure Alassane Ouattara last November, but has since refused to step down. Abobo is considered a stronghold of supporters of Mr. Ouattara.During the weekend and on Monday, monitors with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) saw thousands of people trying to leave from Adjame and Yopougon bus terminals in Abidjan. Many families slept there in a desperate bid to secure seats in departing vehicles.Some of those fleeing said they had decided to leave following an appeal on Saturday by the pro-Gbagbo youth leader, Charles Blé Goudé, who urged civilians to join the ranks of the armed forces. Thousands of youths have reportedly responded to the appeal, which those departing Abidjan have interpreted as a declaration of war.The bus stations were already crowded with families seeking to leave Abidjan amid the intensifying violence. The cost of transportation has risen sharply, according to a humanitarian partner whose staff have received requests from internally displaced persons (IDPs) to help them leave Abidjan. An estimated 300,000 people in Abidjan are displaced, many of them former residents of Abobo.Many IDPs are heading to the north and east of the country, and families who made it to those areas told UNHCR staff by telephone that the humanitarian situation there is becoming increasingly difficult for them and their hosts.Meanwhile, UNHCR and its partners have completed setting up of the first IDP site in the western town of Danane. Over the weekend, 778 displaced people were relocated to the site from a nearby primary school. Two other IDP sites are being rehabilitated in Danane, where an estimated 5,000 people were displaced by violence earlier this year.The Ivorian crisis has also affected some 24,000 Liberian refugees who have been living in Abidjan for nearly two decades. Some of them have signed up for repatriation to Liberia and the first UNHCR-organized airlift of 171 returnees took place on Saturday.Cote 22 March 2011Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city fearing that an all-out war is in the offing after an escalation of violence, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

TSX NY rise amid higher commodity prices strong US jobs housing data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX, N.Y. rise amid higher commodity prices, strong U.S. jobs, housing data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2013 4:41 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market was higher Thursday amid rising commodity prices and positive U.S. economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 65.91 points to 12,674.73 while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 2.95 points to 1,233.15.The Canadian dollar was up 0.04 of a cent to 101.45 cents US.U.S. indexes shot ahead as weekly applications for unemployment benefits hit a five-year low and U.S. home construction surged last month.At the same time, there were earnings disappointments in the banking sector and further Dreamliner woes for aircraft maker Boeing Inc.The Dow industrials jumped 84.79 points to 13,596.02, while the Nasdaq composite index gained 18.46 points to 3,136. The S&P 500 index rose 8.31 points to a fresh, five-year high of 1,480.94.Builders broke ground on U.S. houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000 in December, up 12.1 per cent from November. The report capped off the best year for U.S. home construction since the real estate meltdown.“There is no denying that the housing market recovery is solidifying and we expect construction activity to ramp up to the one million annualized threshold by the end of this year,” said TD Bank economist Michael Dolega, adding the improvement in the housing sector is good news for the jobs picture.“The strengthening housing recovery appears to have shown up in construction employment, which rose 30,000 in December. With sectoral employment down over two million off its 2006-2007 peak, we expect the construction sector to add more than half-million jobs over the course of this year.”Weekly unemployment benefit applications in the U.S. fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000. That’s comparable to numbers seen just after the recession began.The weekly numbers are subject to a lot of seasonal volatility, but the overall trend suggested an improving landscape.Boeing shares gained 1.24 per cent following a string of losses even as U.S. and European authorities grounded the company’s 787 Dreamliner, its newest and most technologically advanced airliner, until the risk of battery fires is resolved. Boeing stock dropped 3.4 per cent the day before.Japan’s two largest air carriers voluntarily grounded their 787s on Wednesday following an emergency landing by one of the planes in Japan.On the earnings front, Bank of America shares were down 4.24 per cent after it fell well short on revenue expectations.Citigroup also registered a big earnings miss, with earnings per share of 69 cents ex-items against the 96 cents that analysts had expected and its shares were down 2.92 per cent.The tech sector was the leading advancer on the Toronto market, up 1.55 per cent with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) ahead 70 cents to $24.86.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) gained 13 cents to $14.68. Its stock has risen over 25 per cent in the last week as investors anticipate the unveiling of RIM’s new BB10 product next Wednesday.The consumer discretionary sector was ahead 1.11 per cent, paced by strength in auto parts companies. Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) gained $1.34 to $26.75 while Magna International (TSX:MG) climbed 70 cents to $52.84.The base metals sector was up 0.71 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose six cents to US$3.66 a pound. Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) climbed 12 cents to C$3.37 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 43 cents to $36.71 .The chief executive of mining giant Rio Tinto PLC and another senior executive stepped down after the company announced $14 billion in writedowns from its Alcan aluminum business and a coal company in Mozambique. Its shares were off 21 cents to US$54.82 in New York.Oil prices headed higher, building on Wednesday’s gain of almost $1 after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude supplies declined by one million barrels last week. Analysts polled by Platts had expected a 2.5-million-barrel climb.The February crude contract gained $1.25 to a four-month high of US$95.49 a barrel and the energy sector gained 0.61 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 59 cents to C$29.33.Prices were also supported by an attack on a natural gas plant deep in the Sahara in Algeria. Islamist militants are holding dozens of hostages.Industrials were also higher as Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) gained four cents to $4.08.The gold sector was the only TSX decliner, down about 0.3 per cent as February bullion erased early losses to gain $7.60 to US$1,690.80 an ounce. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded 12 cents to C$9.37.On the earnings front, chip giant Intel reported quarterly earnings of 48 cents US a share, three cents better than analyst forecasts. Its shares were up 1.1 per cent in after market trading in New York.Looking ahead to Friday, traders waited for China’s growth data to help assess the strength of the global economy. China will release fourth-quarter growth data for 2012 as well as overall GDP figures for the year.In other corporate developments, Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) and the Malaysian state investment company are teaming up to purchase 98 per cent of a Malaysian life insurance company. Sun Life and Khazanah Nasional are purchasing the CIMB Aviva Assurance life insurance company as well as CIMB Aviva Takaful for a total shared cost of $586 million. Sun Life shares gained 30 cents to $28.24.H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HR.UN) announced a friendly agreement to buy Primaris Retail REIT (TSX:(PMZ.UN) in a cash and stock deal valued at some $2.8 billion, topping a rival offer by a consortium led by KingSett Capital. H&R units lost 51 cents to $23.28 while Primaris units added seven cents to $26.58. read more

BUFS film reimagines Oscar Wildes last days

The tragic and poetic story of the last days of Oscar Wilde will play out on screen during this week’s Brock University Film Society (BUFS) offering.The Happy Prince, a film about the literary genius who lived and died for love at the close of the 19th century, comes to the Film House in downtown St. Catharines on Nov. 22.The movie was written and directed by, and stars Rupert Everett.Everett “channels Wilde’s literary bearing, clever wit and absinthe-tinged wooziness with poignancy and pathos,” says the L.A. Times. He is joined onscreen by Edwin Thomas, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson and Colin Firth.As Wilde (Everett) lies on his deathbed in a cheap Parisian hotel, his past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. A kaleidoscope of memories, vignettes and hallucinations reveals Wilde’s failed attempt to reconcile with his long-suffering wife (Watson), doomed love affairs with Lord Alfred Douglas (Morgan) and Robbie Ross (Thomas), and enduring friendship with novelist Reggie Turner (Firth).     “Wilde’s mighty struggle with himself, with his heavenly talent and earthly lusts, and the meaning of it all resonates so strongly with the direction and performance that The Happy Prince is easily elevated past period Victoriana … to move and engage in equal parts,” says Screen International.Tickets for all BUFS shows are available at the Film House in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through the Film House website.Visit the BUFS web page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to the PAC over the next few months is posted on the Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

Formula One Has A New Top Contender

2009Red Bull RacingMark Webber14828472nd 2011Red Bull RacingMark Webber168414741st 2018Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157112572nd QualifyingRaces* 2017Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157516802nd 2012Red Bull RacingMark Webber126014701st 2008Toro RossoS. Bourdais147813728th 2015Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157916843rd *Race performance is adjusted slightly for starting grid positionSource: 2007Sauber/Toro RossoHeidfeld/Liuzzi338%338%14th This teammate-versus-teammate approach isn’t perfect, particularly when it involves drivers who haven’t changed teams much. But it is able to infer one driver’s performance from how often he beats another driver of an established ability level. And Vettel is certainly established; he went into the season (and his partnership with Leclerc) with the third-best rating of any driver in the 2019 field, trailing only Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen — another Leclerc-esque wunderkind (also 21 years old) trying to end the Hamilton-Vettel hegemony atop the F1 standings.For Leclerc’s part, he has risen from a relatively mediocre head-to-head Elo of 1454 after the Canadian Grand Prix on June 9 to a 1529 mark (fourth-best in the field) after back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy these past two weeks. He has now outperformed Vettel in each of the past seven qualifying sessions and five of the past seven races (the only exceptions being Germany and Hungary). By coolly fending off the best attacks Hamilton and Bottas could throw at him, the “unflappable” Leclerc gave Ferrari a win at Monza — its home race — for the first time since Alonso did it in 2010. Along the way, he has given Vettel more fits than just about any teammate in his entire career: 2014Red Bull RacingDaniel Ricciardo9476325th SeasonTeamTeammateH2H WinsWin%H2H WinsWin%Champ. Rk 2013Red Bull RacingMark Webber178917891st 2019Scuderia FerrariCharles Leclerc6438575th 2016Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen94315714th 1586815365 2010Red Bull RacingMark Webber136811581st Total Vettel’s teammates seldom challenge as much as LeclercHead-to-head comparisons between Sebastian Vettel and teammates — in qualifying and races — by season, 2007-19 In recent years, Formula One’s defining rivalry has seemed clear: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (and before that, McLaren) vs. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari (and before that, Red Bull). The two have combined to win nine of the past 11 world driver’s championships, with the only interlopers being Jenson Button in 2009 and Nico Rosberg, another of Hamilton’s most bitter rivals, in 2016. Hamilton and Vettel finished 1-2 in each of the previous two seasons’ standings, so the path to the F1 title seemed very likely to go through them in 2019 as well.This year, though, only one of the two has held up his end of the bargain. Hamilton currently leads the championship, 63 points clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. But instead of vying for the title as well, Vettel is all the way back in fifth place, 115 points behind his English archrival. The German hasn’t finished so low in the standings since 2014, his tumultuous final season with Red Bull.With the recent breakout of Vettel’s Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc — the 21-year-old rising star who just grabbed his first two F1 career wins in back-to-back races — there are legitimate questions as to which driver Hamilton should be more concerned about as a rival going forward. In fact, Leclerc has done so well in his second F1 season that the four-time world champ Vettel might not even be the No. 1 driver on his own team anymore.That this is up for debate speaks volumes about Leclerc’s meteoric ascent. The Monégasque phenom was a teenager in Formula Two just a couple of years ago, impressing as a test driver but failing to nail down a seat at a prestige team for his rookie F1 season. Leclerc joined Alfa Romeo-Sauber for 2018 instead and flashed his potential with a very strong qualifying performance against teammate Marcus Ericsson, whom he started ahead of on the grid 17 times in 21 races (81 percent) last season. But on race days, Leclerc finished slightly worse than he started,1Finishing in an average position of 12.5 versus starting at 12.3. beat Ericsson only 57 percent of the time (after adjusting for grid position)2To do this, I used a regression analysis to predict a driver’s percentile rank in a given race based on his percentile rank in qualifying. To make sure this factor didn’t get too much weight — since it’s kind of a chicken-or-egg question about how much grid position causes good race performances or is just correlated with them — I halved the effect when applying the adjustment. and notched only 39 points in the championship, finishing a distant 13th.(Besides, Ericsson wasn’t exactly the toughest competition; he didn’t secure an F1 ride in 2019 and currently competes in the IndyCar series.)Still, Ferrari saw the talent evident in Leclerc’s performance and pegged him to replace folk hero Kimi Räikkönen as Vettel’s No. 2 going into 2019. But Vettel’s place atop the pecking order seemed secure. He had spent most of the previous four seasons driving circles around Räikkönen, beating the 2007 world champion in 67 percent of qualifying runs and 73 percent of races. Although he couldn’t quite outduel Hamilton, finishing an average of 101 points behind him in the overall standings during those seasons, Vettel was still very competitive — and hopeful that a new 2019 design package would bring the Prancing Horse its first championship (as either a constructor or for its drivers) since the late 2000s.The early returns seemed like business as usual. Although Mercedes opened the season with an eight-race winning streak, as Hamilton took six of those checkered flags himself, Vettel had also outdriven Leclerc 12 times in 14 chances (including both qualifying and races) over the first seven events on the schedule. (The only exception was the Bahrain Grand Prix, where Leclerc won the pole and finished third to Vettel’s fifth.) Vettel even technically crossed the finish line first in Canada, only to see Hamilton be awarded the win because of a controversial penalty assessed when Vettel swerved back onto the track after a missed turn.Ever since that moment, however, Leclerc has surged past his older, more decorated teammate at a breathtaking pace. If we build an Elo rating using the same head-to-head approach that I used in this story about Fernando Alonso from last summer — which just compared teammate performances with each other (to control for differences in constructor quality) and gave qualifiers half-weight as compared with races — Leclerc moved past Vettel for the very first time in his career when he won the Italian Grand Prix last Sunday: Despite the back-to-back losses, Mercedes isn’t exactly worried about Leclerc chasing Hamilton down for the title. The quick circuits of the past two races probably favored Ferrari, with the superior straight-line speed of its SF90 car. And even after Leclerc’s big breakthrough, he remains 102 points behind Hamilton (and 39 behind Bottas) in the standings, with Ferrari running 154 behind Mercedes in the team tally as they look ahead to the season’s final seven races.But although Leclerc’s wins didn’t make much impact on the overall championship picture, they may have represented something of a turning point in F1 history. Going into 2019, Vettel had outqualified his teammates — a strong group that included Räikkönen, Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber — 69 percent of the time and outraced them 66 percent of the time in his career. Against Leclerc this season, those numbers are only 43 percent and 57 percent, respectively, and getting worse by the moment.Vettel entered the season as a championship contender and the clear standard-bearer for the sport’s most storied team. Now his place is in doubt. With another year left on his contract, Vettel probably isn’t going anywhere (despite tabloid rumors to the contrary), but it’s hard not to juxtapose Leclerc’s recent surge against Vettel’s growing tendency toward crucial errors and on-track decisions that put other drivers at risk. So the biggest question for the season’s home stretch isn’t whether Leclerc is the future of the sport — that now seems established — but rather, it’s whether Vettel can avoid being left in the past. read more

Paedophiles could hide abuse images in the internet of things think tank

first_imgMost items currently on the market do not have enough memory to store images, but storage is becoming cheaper, raising the risk in future. “It’s not beyond possibility to have a device that has a micro SD card, maybe to store information for a legitimate reason, but for somebody who wants to hack in and use it for something else, that’s a free chunk of storage that they could exploit,” he said. Many items are sold with stock passwords, making it easy for criminals to hack them if they are not changed, Mr Langford added. The report also suggests that police and other law enforcement agencies should focus on those carrying out the abuse and making images rather than low-level offenders as a “sensible way of targeting limited resources”. The rise of the “internet of things” will mean paedophiles are able to store child abuse images in smart devices, a think tank has warned. The report suggests that innocent members of the public could see their smart fridges and TVs used as repositories for illegal abuse images by criminals. It said that the risk is likely to grow over the next three to five years as the prevalence of the “smart” items increases and they become more sophisticated. Fred Langford, deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation, which worked with cross-party think tank Demos on the report, said internet-savvy paedophiles could “scan” for vulnerable devices anywhere in the world on which to hide their images. Householders could even end up being investigated by police who believe that abuse images belong to them because they are stored on one of their devices, he warned. “Because of the inherent nature of the lack of security with internet of things devices as things stand, it does mean that there’s a huge risk,” he said. “That person may not have actually put it there themselves, and it could be that it will be left on [them] to try and prove that, and they may not have the technical ability to be able to do that.” Some companies have improved the security on their products but concerns have recently been raised over the hackability of children’s toys which are Bluetooth and Wifi enabled. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

DJI introduces new highperformance UAV accessories to help get the most from

first_imgDJI, a world leader in creative camera technology, has introduced new high-performance hardware and a premium customer support program to help professional customers get the most out of their aerial and handheld imaging equipment. Its says the new “Cendence remote controller, DJI Tracktenna high-gain antenna and CrystalSky monitor provide personalised controls and better performance for the most demanding uses, while DJI Circle delivers a new premium tier of support for DJI products and the people who rely on them to do their jobs.”“DJI’s professional customers demand the highest performance from our aerial platforms and handheld stabilisers,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager. “We are committed to giving them the tools they need to do their jobs right, so they can accomplish their goals with more power, precision and control than ever before.”The new Cendence remote controller is DJI’s first multi-platform controller for professionals who need versatility, efficiency and personalisation at their fingertips. Its intuitive ergonomic design fits perfectly in your hands, allowing easy access to programmable function buttons and dials. Users can program and store customized button configurations for different flight and shooting options, and can use two dials to adjust the pitch and yaw of the gimbal at the same time. With Cendence, pilots have instant access to functions like ISO, sharpness, shutter speed, focus and more, without navigating the touch menu settings on their mobile device. Cendence features built-in SDI and HDMI video transmission ports for live HD broadcast and streaming applications, and can be easily adapted to use DJI’s Lightbridge or WiFi video transmission technology.The controller mounts smartphones, tablets and DJI’s high-brightness CrystalSky monitors, and also features a smaller secondary screen to display critical telemetry data. Long battery life of up to 4 hours and the ability to easily exchange batteries make power management easier and longer flights possible. Cendence is compatible with DJI’s Matrice 200 and Inspire 2 drones. DJI Tracktenna is a high-gain antenna that ushers in a new era of remote wireless communication by improving signal reliability over long distances and resisting interference. Its built-in sensors and two-axis gimbal automatically point the antenna to the aircraft at all times, bolstering the connection even while the operator is in motion or on a vehicle.When installed on the new Cendence controller in optimal conditions, DJI Tracktenna can boost signal transmission to over 10 km, giving increased responsiveness and confidence when performing complex flights like search and rescue missions, power line inspections, pipeline inspections, live HD broadcasting, filmmaking and more. Pilots should always understand and follow any applicable laws and regulations regarding flight distance.DJI Tracktenna supports transmission speeds of up to 10 Mbps within 2 km for data-intensive applications. It supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands, giving it greater signal stability. The CrystalSky family of dedicated monitors offers a brighter and more reliable display screen for pilots who need more robust visual information than is available on smartphones and tablets. The CrystalSky series features displays up to 2000 cd/m2, which is four times brighter than a typical smartphone or tablet, allowing clear screen visibility even in full daylight.CrystalSky monitors are available in 5.5-inch and 7.85-inch sizes. They attach directly to the new Cendence controller, and use a new dedicated mounting bracket to attach to other DJI controllers. They are designed to operate in temperature ranges from -20 to 40oC, and can operate for up to 6 hours in ideal conditions using a secondary external battery. CrystalSky runs optimized versions of the DJI GO, DJI GO 4 and DJI Pilot apps, and includes two microSD card slots for rapid storage and playback of encoded 4K video.last_img read more

Rare weather event at the Grand Canyon creates incredible sights

first_imgTHE GRAND CANYON always looks pretty spectacular but, over the weekend, it was even more breathtaking that usual.In an extremely rare sequence of events, the area saw two temperature inversions in just three days – a weather phenomenon that fills the canyon with freezing fog and normally only happens every 10 years.According to photographer Erin Whittaker, who posted photos to the Grand Canyon National Park’s Facebook page, freezing fog dominated yesterday and is reflected in great patterns on the Kaibab Limestone shown on the image above.“By the end of the day the sun was able to burn it all away no doubt making many first time visitors very happy. What will tomorrow bring?” she asks.Temperature inversion happens once or twice a year but the entire canyon only fills up about once a decade on a cloudless day.“These needle-less branches slowly succumbed to hours of freezing fog to grow these ribbon-like icy but temporary features,” continued Whittaker. “Once the sun finally burns off the fog so too goes this delicate scene.”The first photo published on Friday offered an explanation of what exactly was happening: “We are currently experiencing an after Thanksgiving treat. No, it’s not more pumpkin pie. It’s a once in a lifetime, outstanding, crazy, amazing, mind blowing inversion. Enjoy.”“Much better than Black Friday! Here’s what Mather Point looked like this morning with the rare inversion. Rangers wait for years to see it. Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all,” concluded Whittaker.All images: Grand Canyon National ParkSee more at the Grand Canyon National Park’s Facebook page>last_img read more

Course for quickfire selloffs charted

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government will try to privatize at least one major public enterprise, probably the OPAP gaming firm, by the end of the year in order to improve its standing with the troika, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and several key officials agreed Tuesday.Samaras met with Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and the new head of the state privatization fund (TAIPED), Takis Athanasopoulos, as well as the agency’s managing director, Yiannis Emiris, to discuss the process.Sources said that OPAP and Hellenic Postbank are seen as the two assets that can be privatized most quickly and easily. “We have not arrived at a final decision but OPAP is the leading candidate for the marquee privatization the government is looking for,” one of the officials who took part in the meeting told Kathimerini.The TAIPED officials informed Samaras that seven investors from Greece and abroad had expressed an interest in a plot of public land in Rhodes that contains an 18-hole golf course. Athanasopoulos and Emiris asked the government to complete 80 institutional and administrative acts — ranging from the drafting of laws to the signing of contracts — that would help speed up the privatization of other assets.Meanwhile, Greece’s inextricable link to Europe is the key message of five television spots that will be aired through August. The “Greece-European Union together” campaign features 10 personalities from the fields of arts, culture and sports, including German actor Sebastian Koch, British author Victoria Hislop and former Olympiakos soccer star Ollof Melberg. It was designed by the European Parliament office in Greece with EU officials in Athens and the Foreign Ministry. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Un avion spatial atterrit après 469 jours passés en orbite

first_imgUn avion spatial atterrit après 469 jours passés en orbiteL’armée de l’Air américaine (US Air Force) a fait atterrir le second avion spatial sans pilote de son histoire après un vol de 469 jours sur orbite. Le X-37B avait emporté à son bord un ensemble d’équipements classés “secret”.Le X-37B est une sorte de petite navette spatiale de cinq tonnes mesurant 8,4 mètres de long et possédant une envergure de 4,57 mètres, soit environ le quart de la taille de la navette spatiale américaine, qui a volé pour la dernière fois en juillet 2011. Cet avion spatial de l’US Air Force a atterri samedi à la base aérienne de Vandenberg en Californie après un vol de 469 jours sur orbite. Lancé de Cap Canaveral (Floride) en mars 2011 avec à son bord un ensemble d’équipements classés “secret”, cet avion sans pilote est le deuxième du genre.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreL’armée de l’Air a indiqué que ce vaisseau permet de poursuivre la recherche et les tests de technologies spatiales sur orbite pour faire revenir en toute sécurité sur la Terre les résultats d’expérience. “Avec la fin de la navette, le X-37B OTV offre une capacité unique de développement de technologies spatiales” réutilisables, souligne le lieutenant-colonel Tom McIntyre, responsable du programme cité par l’AFP. Le fait que le X-37B soit non-habité “permet à l’US Air Force de tester de nouvelles technologies sans les risques présents avec les autres programmes”, ajoute-t-il.Parmi les technologies testées avec le X-37B, Tom McIntyre cite notamment “le système de protection thermique avancé et de production d’énergie solaire ainsi qu’une gamme de techniques visant à améliorer la sûreté” du vol spatial. Initié par la NASA en 2004, le X-37B OTV devait permettre de “tester et valider des technologies dans l’environnement de l’espace et les résultats vont permettre de construire un vaisseau de secours et de transport d’astronautes vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS)”.L’US Air Force qui a repris le projet a également cherché à voir “jusqu’où on pouvait pousser la durée d’un vol orbital” puisque, initialement, “cet avion spatial a été conçu pour une mission d’une durée de 270 jours environ”. Or “nous savions à partir d’une évaluation faite avant le vol avec des données de la première mission de l’OTV-1 que nous pouvions rester sur orbite plus longtemps”, explique le lieutenant-colonel McIntyre.Le 18 juin 2012 à 13:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Its Your Duty as an American to Send Voters Pizza

first_imgStay on target Snapchat Rolls Out Election Day Filters and ToolsJohn McAfee is still running, but this time it’s for President It’s Election Day 2016, which means the world will be watching with baited breath as the nation with the largest military in the world decides who will be pointing the guns — Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. With such a historic election, you can bet lines for the polls are going to be pretty crazy. So why not send pizza to hungry voters across the country?Polls.Pizza lets you report long lines at voting booths and then it sends pizzas to those most in need. And honestly, unless you see bald eagles pooping apple pies over amber waves of grain while America the Beautiful plays in the background, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find anything more American than the delicious fusion of pizza and democracy.To get cheesy goodness into the hands of your fellow Americans, you need to send a link to a social media report of a long line (be it a tweet or public Facebook post) as well as the address of the polling place. Then, the site will determine if the claim is legitimate and feed hungry citizens eager to perform their civic duty.We’re sending eight pizzas from Sarpino’s Pizzeria to Welles Park in Chicago – should be there soon!— Pizza to the Polls (@PizzaToThePolls) November 7, 2016So far, the site’s already delivered 32 pizzas to four different polling sites feeding dozens of hungry voters. If you want to follow all the action on the big day, follow @pizzatothepolls on twitter, and donate to the fund if you can.Now, if you’re not sure where you, dear reader, are supposed to vote, you can just search for your address on In the vein of “What’s the fucking weather?” and “Where the fuck should I go to eat?”, “Where’s my fucking polling place?” shows you the closest registered voting locations, their hours, and a map so you can get to your fucking polls and do your fucking civic duty. Plus! If you’re not sure what’s going to be on the ballot, you can get a preview so you can do some quick research before you head out.With these kinds of resources, you have ZERO excuse. Go. Vote.last_img read more

Literacy begins at Birth initiative launched at TCI Hospital

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 15, 2017 – Providenciales –  Learn and Lead Educational Centre has partnered with Interhealth Canada – TCI Hospital to launch an initiative called ‘Literacy begins at Birth’, which seeks to encourage parents and caregivers to incorporate language and literacy development into their child’s daily routine from birth.   The initiative was officially announced in a Press Conference held at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on June, 14th 2017. Every baby delivered at the Providenciales health care facility, and later Cockburn Town Medical Centre on Grand Turk, will receive literacy and language tips along with an early childhood board book, which parents are encouraged to read to their little ones.   Learn and Lead Educational Center believes that it is important for persons to take a more proactive approach to language and literacy development in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Research worldwide clearly outlines the need for quality early childhood home learning environments in order to help build stronger literacy foundations for children between birth and five years of age.   Babies learn phonemic awareness (the ability to perceive individual sounds in the stream of speech) at an early age.   They learn from hearing a flood of words from their parents through positive conversations and a daily variety of read-alouds. According to the Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the science of early brain development can inform investments in early childhood. These basic concepts, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, help illustrate why child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.   In the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second.   After this period of rapid proliferation, connections are reduced through a process called pruning, so that brain circuits become more efficient. Sensory pathways like those for basic vision and hearing are the first to develop, followed by early language skills and higher cognitive functions. Children in the Turks and Caicos Islands typically commence formal education at the age of three.   The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age five.   In fact, by age 3, roughly 85% of the brain’s core structure is formed. Problems associated with literacy later in life are traced back to the earlier years of life in many cases. Founder of Learn and Lead Educational Centre, Yolande Robinson, says parents and caregivers should be more intentional and targeted in their literacy and language intervention during this critical period.   Children acquire the tools for language and literacy before learning how to speak, read and write.   There is a higher likelihood of language improvement if a child is exposed to more vocabulary and utterances, which will improve both their receptive and expressive language over time. Commenting on the partnership, TCI Hospital Chief of Medical Services, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant said:  “A literate country is an empowered country.   Even Math problems start with a problem statement and one must clearly understand and comprehend the statement prior to attempting the numeric calculation.   The majority of births delivered at our health care facility are recorded at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.   We have an immense opportunity to engage mothers in our care and provide these basic tools for literacy and language development.   Today’s world is so heavily dependent on electronics and the missing component is the human touch and the bi-directional conversation.   Mothers of all nationalities will be empowered by this book provided by Learn and Lead Educational Centre, which encourages children from birth to have an interest in reading, which today seems to be a lost art.”Press Release: interHealthCanada Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Customs and Border Patrol agents honored for saving man

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Four Customs and Border Patrol officers were honored, Thursday, for saving a man who had suffered a heart attack.The agents were named “Co-Employees of the Year” at Miami International Airport’s annual employee recognition gala.The agents saved a 62-year-old man who had a heart attack after arriving on a flight from Cuba, in July.“I feel very good, very emotional, extremely grateful for these men,” the man said. “I owe them my life. They did everything they could to save me. I’m glad I can be here tonight to thank them.”The agents performed CPR and used a defibrillator on the man until paramedics arrived.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Writ seeks ban on pvt practice by physicians during duty hours

first_imgHigh CourtA writ was filed with the High Court on Monday seeking its directive to stop private practice by the physicians of government hospitals during their office hours, reports UNB.Five Supreme Court lawyers — Abdus Sattar Palwan, Salah Uddin Regan, Sujad Mia, Aminul Haq and Kawsar Uddin Mondal — filed the writ petition which is likely to come up for hearing at a bench on Tuesday.The director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), president of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council and president of Bangladesh Medical Association have been made respondents to the writ.A report titled ‘Physician at his chamber, patient dies at hospital’ which was published in national dailies and online portals on 29 January were attached with the writ petition.The writ also sought HC directives to issue a rule seeking explanation as to why the inactiveness of the respondents to stop the practice of the physicians of government hospitals at private hospitals during office time should not be declared illegal and why directives should not be given to stop such practices.The writ also sought directives to monitor the activities in government hospitals and mobile court drives against irregularities at those.The writ was filed as a legal notice served by lawyer Abdus Sattar Palwan on 29 January urging the government to stop private practice by the physicians of government hospitals went unheeded.According to the notice, government physicians’ practice at private hospitals and clinic is a professional misconduct and a crime as per the law. “So, the physicians of government hospitals have to stop the private practice for ensuring medical services to the people as well as for protecting their constitutional rights.”Babul Hossain, 40, who was suffering from cardiac problem, died at Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital due to negligence of physicians as duty physician Bhabani Prasad Roy was absent at that time. Bhabani Prasad was at his chamber in Dakkhin Temuhani of the district during the incident.A report titled ‘Physician at his chamber, patient dies at hospital’ was published in national dailies and online portals on 29 January.last_img read more

Jagaddal SI hangs self inside quarter

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a sub-inspector of Jagaddal police station whose body was found hanging inside his quarter on Monday night. According to preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have committed suicide. The victim, Arindam Kundu was assigned in Panchayat poll duty on Monday. After the duty was over, Kundu went to his quarter on Monday evening. Some of his colleagues on Tuesday morning found the door was locked from the inside. Police later broke open the door and found the victim hanging from Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthe ceiling fan. The body was later sent to a hospital for post-mortem. The victim’s wife and two children live at a house in Dum Dum. After starting an investigation, police came to know that Kundu had a quarrel with his wife over an issue. It was also learnt that his wife wanted to work somewhere to which Kundu had objected. The couple had some war of words over the issue.After going through WhatsApp messages, police came to know that the victim was mentally depressed over certain issues. The circumstantial evidence suggests that he committed suicide following depression from family related issues. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard. They are looking into all possible angles which might have prompted the victim to commit suicide. The family members of the victim demanded an independent probe into Kundu’s death. The victim’s wife, however, told police that the incident came to her like a shock. She had a discussion with her husband and could never imagine he could take such a drastic step. The investigators are waiting for the post-mortem report.last_img read more

Two Royal Bengal tiger cubs to be on display

first_imgDarjeeling: The Bengal Safari is all set to put on display two inmates, growing up steadily behind the curtains. Rika and Kika, two Royal Bengal tiger cubs will soon be housed in the display area of the park. The cubs had been named by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”On May 10, Shila, the lone female Royal Bengal tiger of the Safari had given birth to three cubs. In September, one of the cubs named Ika died from infection. However, Rika and Kika are doing fine. They are a year old now and will be housed in the display area on the Park from next month,” stated an official of the Park. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe captive bred tigers had been kept in a non-display area in quarantine like environment so that they do not catch any infections. The Safari also boasts of two male Royal Bengals, Snehasish and Vivan. Snehasish, at present, has been sent to Alipore Zoo, Kolkata, for a captive breeding programme there. The cubs have been separated from their mother and are housed in a separate enclosure in the non-display area. “The cubs are in good health and spirit and ready to be released in the display area,” stated Rajendra Jakhar, in-charge of the Bengal Safari Park. While Kika weighs 68 kg, Rika is 65 kilos. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIncidentally the Park, a brainchild of the Chief Minister, was inaugurated in 2016. It is spread over an area of 290 hectares. At present the park boasts of elephants, two Royal Bengal tigers, two leopards, barking deer, spotted deer, Sambars, a rhino, six gharials, a pair of Himalayan Black Bear and birds. The park at present boasts of a herbivore safari, tiger safari, bear safari and elephant safari. The Bengali Safari Park is the first of its kind in the state. With its exhibits and elephant rides, it attracts a large number of visitors both local residents and tourists alike. Since April 2018 till February this year, a footfall of 2.55 lakh have been recorded at the Safari with earning to the tune of Rs 3.20 crore through the sale of tickets.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Cardinals have emerged as a heavyweight in the NFC behind a talent-laden roster loaded with young playmakers. The “Birdgang” will remain among the NFL’s elite with a rookie class that showed tremendous promise throughout the season. David Johnson is an impressive all-purpose RB1 with the size, strength and speed to deliver explosive plays as a runner or receiver. He amassed over 1,000 scrimmage yards — and really delivered the goods as the Cardinals’ feature back down the stretch of the season. J.J. Nelson flashed big-play ability as a deep threat on the perimeter. Although he only snagged 11 receptions during the regular season, seven of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, showing a glimpse of his impact potential. Markus Golden was a nice find as an energetic pass rusher off the edge. He not only has a knack for getting home (four sacks, to go along with two forced fumbles), but he plays with a relentless spirit that energizes the unit. D.J. Humphries failed to make a positive impression as a rookie, but he remains a talented prospect with immense potential.Brooks’ grade underscores the fact that it does not really matter where you get your best players from, so long as you get them. The team’s first-round pick, Humphries, was inactive for every game, yet the draft was a success due to the play of second-round pick Golden and third-round pick Johnson, among others. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As it is with any draft class, there will be hits as well as misses.The key, of course, is having more of the former than the latter, and hopefully landing a couple of stars, too.Many analysts believe you cannot truly judge a draft class until its players are a few seasons into their careers, and that may very well be the case.But that does not stop people from handing out grades after just one season, and over at, that’s exactly what Bucky Brooks has done. Looking at the Arizona Cardinals’ seven-member 2015 class, he hands out a B+. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Golden racked up four sacks, 16 QB pressures and 14 QB hits, while Johnson tallied 1,646 all-purpose yards as well as a franchise rookie record 13 touchdowns.With the 2016 draft still a couple months away, the Cardinals and every other team will be doing their research into prospects in hopes of unearthing more gems that can help them win games. With that in mind, Brooks has an idea of what Arizona should be focusing on at the NFL Combine, which takes place in late February in Indianapolis.The Cardinals’ defense needs to replenish the active rushers along the front line, something they could do with the No. 29 pick in the draft. Thus, the team likely will spend much of the combine visiting with the likes of Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence, Georgia’s Leonard Floyd, Utah State’s Kyler Fackrell and Boise State’s Kamalei Correa to see if they can fill roles as edge rushers. The Cardinals also could study Clemson’s Kevin Dodd and Oregon’s DeForest Buckner to project their potential as five-techniques in Arizona’s 3-4 scheme.The idea that the Cardinals will look to the draft to improve their pass rush is not a new one. In fact, general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday he would prefer to find those kind of players in the draft as opposed to free agency.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSilversea has set three new Culinary Expedition Voyages for 2016 and 2017. Designed for the adventurous traveller, who is also a culinary explorer at heart, these theme-focused expedition cruises aboard the all-suite, 132-guest Silver Explorer offer an array of complimentary culinary and wine events on board and ashore. These culinary experiences are in addition to enriching explorations of the natural, cultural, and historic landmarks visited along the way.An Epicurean Adventure Along the Humboldt Current: This fascinating 14-day expedition along the west coast of South America, showcasing the natural and cultural wonders of Peru and Chile, sets sail 31 October 2016 from Guayaquil and concludes in Valparaiso. The voyage includes a complimentary flight over the famous Nazca lines, providing an incredible aerial view of the giant geoglyphs etched onto the arid Peruvian coastal plain.It is further enhanced by a culinary enrichment programme where the region’s outstanding food and wine heritage takes centre stage. Ashore, guests will have the chance to savour a pisco sour cocktail and dinner at one of Lima’s best restaurants, set amid the ancient ruins of an adobe pyramid; enjoy a three-course meal in the dining hall of a 16th-century monastery in Peru; sip cocktails while observing an indigenous ritual in Chile’s Atacama Desert; and sample great vintages at a winery in Chile’s Limarí Valley.Highlighting the onboard experience are culinary workshops and discussions about the gastronomical specialties of the region hosted by Rudi Scholdis, Silversea’s culinary director, and invited guest chefs from the region, such as Antonio Perez, Executive Chef of Guayaquil’s Oro Verde Hotel. Plus, a Chilean wine expert will be available to share insights and lead wine tastings.Silver Explorer’s South America voyage departing 25 October 2017 will offer a similar culinary enrichment programme as the ship again explores along the continent’s west coast.Atlantic Europe’s Epicurean Journey: Departing Lisbon 20 May 2017, Silver Explorer will journey north along the European Atlantic coast to Honfleur, calling in Portugal, Spain, France, and Guernsey to explore picturesque harbours, medieval villages, and key historic sites. This 11-day expedition voyage will also spotlight some of Europe’s finest cuisine – from bite-sized pintxos in Bilbao, and fresh oysters in Saint-Malo, to croissants and fine wines in Bordeaux.There will also be a culinary demonstration program with market tours, special menus, and cooking classes hosted by Rudi Scholdis and David Bilsland, who oversee Silversea’s L’Ecole des Chefs program. Silversea’s wine ambassador, Lawrence D’Almeida, food and wine expert James Robinson, and cheese specialist Tom Badcock will also be on hand for onboard enrichment activities.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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