Ajay Devgns next Maidaan based on football

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood star Ajay Devgn on Monday announced his next film based on the golden years of Indian football. The actor shared the first poster of the film on Twitter. Titled “Maidaan”, the movie will be directed by Amit Ravinder Nath Sharma of “Badhaai Ho!” fame. It will feature south star Keerthy Suresh opposite Devgn. Saiwyn Quadros will write the screenplay, while Ritesh Shah will pen the dialogues. The film is presented by Zee Studios and Boney Kapoor. Kapoor will also serve as the producer along with Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta.last_img read more

Okalik preparing run for Nunavut premier

first_imgBy Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT–Former Nunavut premier Paul Okalik unleashed a blistering criticism of the current Nunavut government Wednesday, accusing it of accomplishing little except for fattening the pockets of consultants.Okalik, the MLA for Iqaluit West, delivered his attack on the administration during a 16 minute member’s statement in the Nunavut Legislature that seemed to foreshadow his intentions to again vie for the premier’s chair of the struggling territory.“One of the real successes of this government has been a strong and unwavering support for the consulting industry,” said Okalik,Okalik said the government of Premier Eva Aariak had done little to build on the accomplishments of the previous administration.“I again thank the current government for reminding us of this fact. Mr. Speaker, I must confess, in reading this list of accomplishments, it was, in some ways, a pleasant trip down memory lane,” said Okalik.A leadership review of Aariak is scheduled after the conclusion of the current session. Under Nunavut’s consensus system, this can lead to a change of premiers.As premier, Okalik faced many of the same criticism he levelled against Aariak.Okalik lost to Aariak in the last contest for premier and declined to join her cabinet.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

Extraordinary testimony from judges at Paul inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsExtraordinary testimony continued at the Frank Paul inquiry in Vancouver.Two current judges took the stand.They were asked about their decisions as Crown prosecutors not to charge Vancouver police officers in the death of a 47 year-old Mi’kmaq man.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.last_img

MEG Energy slashes 2015 spending plan by 75 amid oil price volatility

CALGARY — MEG Energy said Wednesday it is slashing about $900 million from its 2015 capital spending plan, a 75 per cent decline from what was announced less than two weeks ago as the oilsands producer adjusts to uncertainty about oil prices.The Calgary-based company is now aiming at $305 million of capital spending next year, down from the previous estimate of $1.2 billion. The previous 2015 budget included about $600 million for mid-term growth initiatives at the Christina Lake oilsands project.MEG didn’t disclose on Wednesday where the spending reductions will be made but said it’s responding to a decline in oil prices, which have fallen to five-year lows.It said that staff levels “will remain consistent with current levels to maintain operations and to execute future growth.”Its previous guidance for 2015, issued Dec. 4, said the company would direct $965 million of its 2015 capital budget towards growth projects and $235 million for sustaining and maintaining its assets.Husky Energy Inc, Penn West Petroleum Ltd. latest to slash budgets to cope with oil price plungeEncana Corp bucks oil sector trend with plans to boost capital spending in 2015The company said previously that it had determined the Phase 2B plant at its Christina Lake oilsands operation was capable of processing more than 55,000 barrels per day of bitumen — well above the initial design of 35,000 barrels per day.It said in the Dec. 4 guidance that $355 million would be allocated to a series of “brownfield” expansions at Christina Phase 2B to increase steam generation and water treatment capacity and a further $160 million for drilling plus and $85 million for early engineering for followup expansions.“The revision of our 2015 capital investment plan is in response to the continuing deterioration of global crude oil markets,” Bill McCaffrey, MEG’s president and chief executive officer, said Wednesday.“While our projects remain economic at current strip pricing, we believe it is prudent to reduce capital spending until we see a sustained improvement in commodity prices. Our brownfield opportunities also provide us with the flexibility to increase spending at a measured pace under the right market conditions.”MEG’s previous guidance estimated 2014 capital spending would be $1.2 billion, down from the previous estimate of $1.8 billion. read more

TSX Wall Street close higher amid positive news from abroad

TORONTO — North American markets continued their recent advance Tuesday on the strength of positive news from abroad, but at a more measured pace than the previous two sessions.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 66.18 points to 14,599.40 after a more than 250-point surge over the prior two trading days as markets cheered a deal between cash-strapped Greece and its creditors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 75.90 points at 18,053.58 after having soared more than 425 points over the same period. The Nasdaq jumped 33.38 points to 5,104.89, while the S&P 500 advanced 9.35 points to 2,108.95.On commodity markets, the August crude contract recovered from early losses to rise 84 cents to US$53.04 a barrel despite a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The deal could eventually result in oil from the big Middle East producer flooding onto an already saturated market.Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisory, said the lack of a dampening effect on oil prices was likely due in part to the fact that it will take time for Iranian oil to affect markets.“But I think perhaps the initial response was also that with that (the nuclear agreement) getting resolved and with China perhaps stabilizing, maybe the outlook for global growth is a little better than people were expecting last week,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, August natural gas fell more than two cents to US$2.84 per thousand cubic feet, while August gold gave back $1.90 to US$1,153.5 an ounce.Besides the deal with Iran, traders were also continuing to keep an eye on the situation in Greece where the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras introduced legislation in parliament containing austerity measures that are expected to face spirited opposition.“I think people have assumed, and the markets if you look at their response, are certainly assuming, that he is going to be successful,” Raschkowan said.“There is certainly no guarantee of that and the risk would be that he faces a revolt and is forced to call an election or something like that and the whole process gets bogged down again.”In other economic news, the loonie was unchanged at 78.49 U.S. cents in advance of Wednesday’s interest rate announcement by the Bank of Canada. There has been widespread speculation the central bank will lower its trend-setting policy rate as a result of a continuing slowdown in the economy.However, Raschkowan noted that many observers believe that a cut won’t necessarily encourage people to borrow more to boost the economy.“I don’t see a lot of reason to cut rates, frankly,” he said, adding it would probably drive the loonie lower.That would be a boon for manufacturers in Central Canada but do little for the West, which is suffering through low energy prices.“It’s an interesting country to manage from a monetary policy standpoint that way,” he said. read more

New projects in Somalia will go long way in rebuilding country UN

The projects are the Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery programme, the Capacity Building for Governance programme, and a joint initiative with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the Reintegration of Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons. “These programmes, taken together, show what our mission in Somalia is all about,” said Randolph Kent, UNDP Resident Representative. “Somalis want to move ahead, to improve their lives. We are here to support them, to offer the helping hand that enables them to take charge of their future. UNDP Somalia is helping to bridge the gap between emergency and recovery.” The Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery programme will help vulnerable populations generate income in agriculture and livestock, offer job skills training and set up micro-credit projects. The effort, focusing on economic diversification, aims at encouraging industries such as fishing and animal product processing, and export products like frankincense and henna. The programme will also help communities design development plans, and will provide advice to authorities on how to improve economic planning and policies aimed at helping the poor. The Capacity Building for Governance programme supports the approach that governance is a shared responsibility among the authorities, the private sector, and civil society. “Good governance requires institutions with the capacity to ensure public accountability by leaders, popular participation, availability of information, respect for human rights and gender equality, the rule of law, and public sector reform,” the UNDP statement said. “To achieve these goals, the programme will support public administration and Somali representatives, strengthen access to information technology, and cooperate with civil society organizations.” read more

Security Council ends weeklong mission to Central Africa

The 15 Council diplomats ended the six-country mission with visits to Uganda and Tanzania yesterday before returning to New York, according to a UN spokesman. The weeklong mission was led by Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France.On Sunday evening, the delegation met at Entebbe Airport for an hour with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Talks focused on the DRC and Burundian peace processes, as well as the ‘positive role’ that neighbouring countries should play on both issues. That morning, the delegation met in Dar es Salaam with Tanzanian President Benjamin Mpaka. The discussions included Tanzania’s support for the Burundian peace process and “good neighbouring relations” in the region. Also in Dar es Salaam, the delegation met with a Burundian rebellion movement, the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), one of the two rebel groups who are still fighting against the Government. On Saturday, the mission left Burundi for Rwanda, where a 90-minute meeting took place with President Paul Kagame. They discussed the political process in the DRC, fighting in eastern DRC and Ituri, and the deployment of the Interim Multinational Force in Bunia. They also discussed allegations of a Rwandan presence in the troubled eastern DRC territory, the role of neighbouring countries in the DRC peace process, and the possibility of holding a conference on the Great Lakes.In New York, a UN spokesman said Secretary-General Kofi Annan has entrusted his Special Representative for the Great Lakes region, Ibrahima Fall, to coordinate the preparation of the conference, as called for by the Security Council. Mr. Fall briefed the Council mission in Central Africa on the progress of the preparations. read more

Eurozone likely to get more stimulus as growth halves

Eurozone likely to get more stimulus as growth halves LONDON – It seems that the strong start to the year was another false dawn for the eurozone economy and that the European Central Bank will have more to do in the months ahead to shore up growth.New figures released Friday confirmed that the eurozone, which is made up of 19 countries from Ireland to the west to Cyprus in the east, suffered a sizeable slowdown in the second quarter of the year despite a number of stimulus measures that the European Central Bank has thrown at it.In its first estimate for the April to June period, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, said growth across the single currency bloc eased to a quarterly rate of 0.3 per cent from the previous quarter’s 0.6 per cent. The eurozone’s growth was equivalent to the 1.2 per cent annualized rate also reported Friday for the United States.The decrease was in line with market expectation and the euro was steady at around $1.11.No explanation for the slowdown was provided in the report but analysts said growth was likely hurt by a moderation in the tailwinds that had helped in the first quarter. The sharp drop in oil prices has reversed slightly, meaning that the boon to households and businesses has largely played out. Same with the export-boosting depreciation of the euro, which has recently steadied.The June 23 referendum in Britain may have also caused some uncertainty, prompting businesses to delay investment decisions. The evidence since Britain voted to leave the EU shows that Europe has brushed aside much of the uncertainty generated by the decision.However, most forecasters think it will weigh to some degree on growth over the coming months, especially if the discussions around Brexit drag — few think annual growth will be anything much more than a modest 1.5 per cent this year and next. As a result, many economists think the ECB will back a further stimulus package at its next policy meeting on Sept. 8.“The weakening in economic growth, together with the downward revisions in expectations for the outlook are setting the scene for more stimulus measures,” said Danae Kyriakopoulou, managing economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research in London.Kyriakopoulou estimates that the ECB is more likely to expand its bond-buying stimulus program rather than further cut its interest rates, which has the potential to undermine banks’ profitability.The results of stress tests of EU banks, due to be published later Friday, are expected to show that many banks, particularly in Italy, are struggling with the super-low interest rates, which have fallen further since the Brexit vote. The ECB earlier this year cut its main interest rate to zero and has pushed the rate it charges banks to park their cash at the central bank below zero, meaning they have to pay for the luxury.The ECB could choose to expand its bond-buying stimulus program beyond its current expiry date of March 2017 or increase the amount of bonds it purchases each month from 80 billion euros ($88 billion). The program pumps newly created money into the banking system in the hope it will increase lending and raise inflation to levels more consistent with steady growth.One moderately bright spot for policymakers at the ECB is that inflation is heading the right way.A separate Eurostat report showed consumer prices across the region rose to 0.2 per cent in the year to July from the previous month’s 0.1 per cent. The core rate, which strips out volatile items such as food, alcohol, energy and tobacco, held steady at 0.9 per cent.Though the headline rate is still far short of the ECB’s target of just below 2 per cent, the prospect of falling prices has diminished over the past few months, largely because the sharp decline in oil prices seen last year has come to an end.The main motivation behind the ECB’s recent stimulus efforts was to make sure that prices don’t fall over a long period of time. So-called deflation can weigh on economic activity as consumers delay spending in anticipation of lower prices and businesses grow reluctant to invest and hire.Recent evidence has shown that they have become more somewhat inclined to hire, with unemployment across the eurozone falling in the past few years at a steady, if unspectacular, rate.Eurostat figures on Friday showed that the number of people out of work in the eurozone dropped by 37,000 in June to 16.27 million but that the unemployment rate held steady at near five-year lows of 10.1 per cent. One clear improvement is Spain, where unemployment has fallen consistently over the past couple of years and in July hit 19.9 per cent, the first time it’s been below 20 per cent since July 2010.However, the region still has a long way to go to get unemployment down to the levels of the U.S., where the rate is only 4.9 per cent. And youth unemployment remains high at 20.8 per cent.Tomas Holinka, economist at Moody’s Analytics, warned about a potential slowdown in the labour market improvements due to a variety of factors, including Britain’s exit from the EU, which could hinder hiring in sectors like finance.“The U.K.’s divorce from the EU will weigh on the euro area through three main channels — stifled trade, reduced foreign direct investment, and lower public investment from EU funds once the U.K. stops contributing,” he said. by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 3:03 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN political forum opens with focus on eradicating poverty and forming partnerships

Opening this year’s political forum, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, the President of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), said a successful session would “send a strong message of our collective commitment to leave no one behind as we pursue the timely implementation of the 2030 Agenda.” This year’s meeting, the second since the adoption of the new development Agenda in 2015, is on the theme of ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.’ Mr. Shava noted that this year’s discussions will focus on eliminating poverty and hunger, ensuring healthy lives, achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure, implementing partnerships, and build on progress achieved at The Ocean Conference to conserve and sustainably use the oceans. The High-Level Political Forum will be held from 10 to 19 July at UN Headquarters in New York and will also include a three-day Ministerial Segment, at which more than 70 ministers are expected, and which will be held with the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC’s annual session. In addition, the session will include discussions on the challenges and gaps in reaching the development agenda in 44 countries that volunteered to give progress reports, and more than 120 side events related to the SDGs. “The forum is the place to be when it comes to the global review of the SDGs,” said Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, briefing journalists about the upcoming two weeks.He underscored the importance of all countries and a wide variety of stakeholders taking ownership of the 2030 Agenda and working across borders to make them work for everyone, including the most vulnerable, such as people with disabilities. “Have we been successful so far? Yes,” said Mr. Wu, pointing to the Secretary-General’s progress report on the 2030 Agenda which is being launched during the Forum. “Are we satisfied? No. That is the beauty of having the high-level political Forum. It is a global, central platform on which the countries can tell you where they stand, so this is very important.” “The important point is that we should keep everyone on point. It’s [the 2030 Agenda] is not for one country or one region; it’s for all of us. If you have a different point of view, that’s natural. But let’s keep everyone on board which is so important for mankind.” In his opening speech earlier in the day, Mr. Wu said he was “struck” by how far countries have come towards reaching the development goals, and how far they still have to go. For example, over 767 million people worldwide lives on less than $1.90 per day in 2013, despite nearly one billion people escaping poverty since 1999. The maternal mortality ratio must more than double the current progress by 2030; women’s political participation must climb some 75 per cent to reach equality with me, and more efforts must be put into preventing and treating non-communicable diseases so people do not die prematurely. “I am also struck, once again, by the deeply interconnected nature of the different elements of the 2030 Agenda: both challenges and solutions connect different goals and targets,” Mr. Wu said. “This makes it imperative that we work together across silos, sectors, disciplines and individual roles or competencies.”To key to realizing sustainable development “by all people and for all people” is revitalizing and enhancing global partnerships, the senior UN official said, calling for all relevant people to come together and work together, and to mobilize the necessary resources to put their ideas into practice. read more

Jaguar Land Rover Design Week – Gaydon Warwickshire

Jaguar Land Rover’s new ‘Design Week’ has been developed for young people interested in design careers with the support of the design studios at Gaydon and Whitley.A group of 20 students aged 16 to 18 will meet employees from the Design, Research and Development teams and learn what it takes to be a designer.Places are available to young people who live in the Midlands. For more information, email Gaydon EBPC Manager Jim Wilkins – jwilkins@jaguarlandrover.com. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) VenueJLR-Gaydon Engineering CentreBanbury Road, Gaydon,Warwickshire CV35 ORR read more

Golden League 2016 France and Denmark win at the start

← Previous Story Pre-Qual WCh 2017: Greek win in Kiev – Draw in Kaunas Next Story → Veselin Vujović about Slovenian troubles: To play without back shooter is like a suicide! France and Denmark won at the start of Golden League tournament.  French team beat Norwazy 27:26 (15:12) in tough battle after bad experience from the last EHF week in November. Much easier job had Denmark against Qatar 31:26.FRANCE – NORWAY 27:26 (15:12)France : Gérard (30 min, 6 saves), Omeyer (30 min, 6 saves; Rémili (2/4), O. Nyokas (3/5), Narcisse (1/4), Honrubia. N. Karabatic1/4), Mahé (7/9 dont 3/3 pén), Abalo (3/7), Sorhaindo (2/2), Guigou (2/3 dont 2/3 pén), L. Karabatic (2/2), Claire (2/2), Porte (1/2), Kounkoud (1/2), DerotNORWAY : Erevik ( 15 saves), Christensen; Sagosen (3/9), Kristensen, Hykkerud, Myrhol (1/3), Øverby, Mamelund, Tønnesen (4/5), Jøndal (2/3), Bjørnsen (7/9 dont 1/2 pén), Lindboe (3/4 dont 3/4 pén), Gullerud (2/2), O’Sullivan (1/1), Reinkind (2/5), Lie Hansen (1/5)DENMARK – QATAR 31:26 (15:13)DENMARK : Landin Jacobsen (11 saves), Moller (3 saves); Lynggaard (1/1), Christiansen (0/2), Mensah (3/3), Mortensen (2/2), Eggert (4/4), Thomsen, Lauge Schmidt (4/6), Oris, Noddesbo (3/4), Svan (4/5), Lindberg (1/2), Mollgaar d (0/1), Hansen (3/4 dont 1/1 pén), Damgaard (4/5), Balling (2/4)QATAR : Saric (5saves), Stojanovic( saves) , Abdelrhem; Markovic (8/15 dont 4/6 pén), Bagaric (0/1), Roiné (2/3 dont 1/1 pén), Capote (1/7), Lopez, Murad (3/4), Memisevic (1/1), Fernandez (1/1), Mallash (5/5), Tomic, Sami, Ali Youssef (3/4), Madadi, Velic (2/3 dont 1/2 pén), Hassab-Alla (1/1) read more

Clothing brands sign up to new accord on building safety in Bangladesh

first_imgSEVERAL MAJOR INTERNATIONAL clothing brands have signed an accord with two global trade unions, committing to improved fire and building standards in Bangladesh.The accord, reached with the IndustriALL and UNI global unions, comes three weeks after the collapse of a nine-storey garment factory in which over 1,000 people were killed.Primark, H&M, C&A and Inditex – the latter being the corporate owner of the Zara chain – have all committed to signing the accord after it is finally published tomorrow.The unions said the adoption of the new accord – which will be legally binding between all signatories – needs to be universal if a repeat of last month’s tragedy at the Rana Plaza complex is to be avoided.The deal included independent safety inspections of any garment factories, with the subsequent reports to be made freely available online. It would also include mandatory repairs and renovations wherever needed.It is expected to take effect later this year, and remain in place for an initial five-year term.H&M described the accord as a “pragmatic step towards addressing improved fire and building safety” in the ready-made garment industry, while Primark said it believed a collaborative approach was the best chance to bring bout a lasting change in the industry.Read: Bangladesh disaster ‘could happen again’ – but can we help?Poll: Will the Bangladesh factory collapse change the way you shop?last_img read more

Carlow boss OBrien and coach Poacher set for CHC hearing over proposed

first_imgCarlow boss O’Brien and coach Poacher set for CHC hearing over proposed bans Turlough O’Brien and Steven Poacher will go in front of the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee. Turlough O’Brien and Steven Poacher. 6 Comments By Kevin O’Brien Subscribe 18,546 Views Short URL Turlough O’Brien and Steven Poacher.center_img https://the42.ie/4565317 Mar 28th 2019, 4:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share24 Tweet Email CARLOW MANAGER TURLOUGH O’Brien and coach Steven Poacher are set to have a hearing in front of the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) to fight suspensions being proposed by the GAA.The42 understands the bans are related to an incident at the end of Carlow’s round 6 Division 3 defeat to Down on 16 March.The Barrowsiders lost the game at Netwatch Cullen Park by a point, when a draw would have guaranteed their survival heading into the final round of games.It’s understood referee James Bermingham was confronted after he blew the final whistle of Down’s 0-15 to 1-11 victory. Carlow were in possession and on the attack when Bermingham called for full-time.Carlow’s defeat to Laois on the final day confirmed their relegation to Division 4 due to their inferior head-to-head record with Offaly, who defeated Sligo by a point to stay up.O’Brien and Poacher were hit with proposed suspensions by the CCC but sought not to accept the penalty, which cleared their involvement with the team for the round 7 game against Laois.If the pair do receive bans it would be a significant blow to Carlow’s championship ambitions. O’Brien and Poacher played a major role in their rise in fortunes over the past few years, guiding them to promotion from Division 4 and the Leinster semi-final in 2018.They were due to face the CHC last Thursday night in a bid to clear their names but the hearing was postponed. It seems likely the hearing will be rescheduled this week.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Monday 1 Apr 2019, 6:11 PMlast_img read more

Tens of thousands of fires are burning in the Amazon heres what

first_imgTens of thousands of fires are burning in the Amazon – here’s what you need to know There is huge concern about the local, national and international impact of the fires. Source: Jair M. Bolsonaro/Twitter A fire consuming trees in Manicoré in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, on Monday. Source: AE/Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesMORE THAN 80,000 fires have been detected in Brazil to date in 2019, with about half of those happening in August alone.Over half of the fires are in the massive Amazon basin.Some 60% of the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, is in Brazil.The forest absorbs two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, about 5% of the world’s annual emissions. There is huge concern about the local, national and international impact of the fires amid the global climate change crisis.Here, we look at what is going on and why it matters.How many fires are we talking about? Some 83,329 fires have been reported in Brazil this year, according to the most recent figures from Brazilian space research agency INPE.  Source: INPEThe overall figure is the highest since records began in 2013, and marks an 84% increase on the same period last year.Over 1,650 new fires were started on Sunday and Monday alone.According to the INPE, trees were being cleared at the rate of five football pitches every minute last month.In July, 2,254 sq km of forest were lost, a rise of 278% on the same month in 2018.Oxygen and misinformation Some reports have suggested that the fires threaten the atmospheric oxygen we breathe.French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted last week that “the Amazon rainforest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire”.The oft-repeated claim that the Amazon rainforest produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen is based on a misunderstanding. The actual figure is closer to 6%. I have gotten to know President @jairbolsonaro well in our dealings with Brazil. He is working very hard on the Amazon fires and in all respects doing a great job for the people of Brazil – Not easy. He and his country have the full and complete support of the USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019 Closer to home, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last week threatened that Ireland will vote against the controversial Mercosur trade deal unless Brazil takes steps to protect the Amazon.“There is no way that Ireland will vote for the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement if Brazil does not honour its environmental commitments,” Varadkar said in a statement.“President Bolsonaro’s efforts to blame the fires on environmental NGOs is Orwellian,” Varadkar added. Contains reporting from © AFP 2019 and Associated Press  By Órla Ryan Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 6:00 PM 12,566 Views Share11 Tweet Email1 Source: Emmanuel Macron/Twitter Bolsonaro can rely on the support of at least one world leader – US President Donald Trump, who tweeted that he “is working very hard on the Amazon fires and in all respects doing a great job for the people of Brazil”.Trump, another climate change sceptic, announced the US’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement in 2017.In his response to Trump’s tweet, Bolsonaro said Brazilian authorities are “fighting the wildfires with great success”, adding that reports to the contrary are part of a “fake news campaign”. 30 Comments Short URL Aug 28th 2019, 6:00 PM – Thank you, President @realDonaldTrump. We’re fighting the wildfires with great success. Brazil is and will always be an international reference in sustainable development. The fake news campaign built against our sovereignty will not work. The US can always count on Brazil. 👍 https://t.co/ZicUKsYGcx— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) August 27, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4785377 Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let’s discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/dogOJj9big— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 22, 2019 Also, some photographs purporting to show this year’s fires are not in fact from 2019.The above image tweeted by Macron is at least 16 years old. It was taken by the American photojournalist Loren McIntyre, known for his work for National Geographic, who died in 2003.Nearly all of Earth’s breathable oxygen originated in oceans, and there is enough of it to last for millions of years, according to experts.“There are many reasons to be appalled by this year’s Amazon fires, but depleting the Earth’s oxygen supply is not one of them,” Scott Denning of Colorado State University said. However, the fires are alarming for many reasons. Tropical rainforests like the Amazon are home to many species of plants and animals found nowhere else.They also contain enormous stores of carbon that, if released, would negatively contribute to the climate crisis.Many people in Brazil have been taken to hospital with respiratory problems and other issues connected to smoke inhalation. ‘Tipping point’ The fires tearing through the Amazon represent a “tipping point” for the health of the rainforest, the head of a top global forestry management body said today, urging the world to do more to save the trees.The situation in the Amazon is “very urgent”, Gerhard Dieterle, executive director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation, an intergovernmental agency group that promotes sustainable forestry use, said. “This is something that might affect the integrity of the Amazon as a whole, because if the forest fires spread, the grasslands become more prone to forest fires,” Dieterle told AFP.  If tropical dense forests are affected by forest fires, they need many, many years to regroup. It will alter the climate, the local climate, the national climate and the regional climate. It will also have an influence on the global climate.What is causing the fires?Some of the fires started due to natural causes, but the majority have been set on purpose by farmers and mining and lumber companies who wish to clear land; they have been encouraged to do so by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.Illegal land-grabbers also burn trees in an attempt to raise the value of the land they seize.The Amazon is currently in its dry season, causing many of the fires to spread out of control.Bolsonaro has said he is committed to protecting the Amazon and prosecuting anyone involved in illegal fires. However, he initially, and without proof, accused activists and NGOs of starting some of the fires in an effort to damage the credibility of his administration.Bolsonaro is a climate change sceptic and his government has called for looser environmental regulations in the Amazon in a bid to spur development. People in the northern state of Para reportedly held a “day of fire” on 10 August in a show of support for his efforts to weaken environmental protection monitoring in the region.However, protesters have also taken to the streets across Brazil to criticise government inaction over the fires. The army has been deployed in some areas in a bid to tackle the blazes but critics say this is too little, too late. Bolsonaro recently said Brazil will stay in the Paris climate change accord “for now”, leading to international criticism. The far-right leader is not impressed with what he perceived to be interference in his country’s affairs.What are world leaders doing?Leaders at the G7 summit this week pledged to donate $20 million (about €18 million) to help combat the blazes, as well as separate offers of $12 million (€10.8 million)  from Britain and $11 million (€10 million) from Canada.Millions have also been raised through fundraising efforts by NGOs and celebrities such as actor Leonardo DiCaprio who donated $5 million (€4.5 million). Bolsonaro initially rejected the G7 offer, taking issue with Macron.The French president, who has criticised Bolsonaro’s environmental record, called for the fires to be discussed at the recent G7 summit in Biarritz.In response, the Brazilian leader mocked the appearance of Brigitte Macron, France’s first lady, on Facebook – a moved deemed “extraordinarily rude” by her husband.“We have nothing against the G7. We have something against one of the G7’s presidents,” Bolsonaro told a summit of Brazilian governors this week. Yesterday he said he was open to discussing G7 aid if Macron “withdraws insults” made against him.To talk or accept anything from France, with the best possible intentions, (Macron) has to withdraw these words, and from there we can talk.Bolsonaro later appeared to change his approach somewhat. His spokesperson Otavio Rego Barros told reporters: “The Brazilian government through President Bolsonaro is open to receiving financial support from organisations and even countries.“The essential point is that this money, on entering Brazil, will be under the control of the Brazilian people.” Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Origin PC Ends Console Wars With PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Combo Case

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Video game console wars are just a state of mind, man. They don’t really exist. Banjo-Kazooie are in Smash Bros. Sony and Microsoft are teaming up for cloud computing. The whole industry is trying to get out of paying extra tariffs. If these corporations can, however cynically, let love and unity into their hearts then so can you.Even if you just have one console, there are plenty of great games to play if you know where to look. But you could also just buy yourself out of the console wars entirely by getting every box. And now Origin PC has taken console peace to the next galactic brain level by mushing these machines all together into one case along with a gaming PC for good measure.In 2009, a then-new Origin PC showed off the Big O, a custom gaming rig that included the very PC-like Xbox 360. Current gaming consoles the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have only gotten even more similar to the PC in their components. And now this 10th anniversary Big O merges the two rivals along with the Nintendo Switch.This new Big O includes the motherboards of the high-end Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro with their own original operating systems. There’s no disc drive but each “console” gets 2TB of SSD Seagate Barracuda storage for building robust digital libraries. Each also features vital liquid cooling powered by Origin’s custom Cryogenic Hard Line technique. And as for the Switch, Origin just built a dock right into the case for you to slot the tablet into. It’s based on original parts so it shouldn’t brick the system the way some third-party docks do.And as we said, there’s a whole gaming PC packed in here, too. The new Big O packs an Intel Core i9-9900K processor, NVIDIA Titan RTX graphics card, 64GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM, a 14TB drive, built-in 4K 60FPS capture card, and all sorts of fancy flashing lights and gamer glass.Origin’s Big O isn’t a product you can actually buy. The manufacturer is just showing off. And why spend what would surely be an ungodly amount of money for this when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett are just a year away. But this is a pleasing glimpse into a unified gaming console future. Til all are one.More on Geek.com:Review: ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’ Is Nintendo Switch’s Superhero SmackdownThese Are The Games You Should Check Out in July 2019‘Tetris Effect’ Brings Puzzle Game Psychedelia to PClast_img read more

Pochettino reveals Spurs duo will be assessed

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the club duo Davinson Sanchez and Kieran Trippier need to be assessed further after sustaining injuries.Davinson didn’t make the team for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace due to a hamstring problem while Trippier was troubled by a groin injury that forced him out of the action after 24 minutes at Selhurst Park.Ivorian defender, Serge Aurier stepped in off the bench and helped the North London club to a clean sheet as another defender, Juan Foyth, headed home the game’s only goal on 66 minutes in only his second start in the Premier League, to give Tottenham all three points.Speaking after the win, Mauricio gave an update on Kieran to the club’s official website, saying:Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I don’t believe it will be a big issue,” he said. “It’s a groin, he felt his groin, and he felt a little tired. We’ll see if he’s involved on international duty or not, but we have two weeks.“Davinson…in the Champions League game (against PSV) he felt a little in his hamstring. We need to assess him too. We need to wait and we hope it’s not a big issue either.”Tottenham Hotspur next host Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the Premier League after the international break, before an all-important UEFA Champions League tie against Inter Milan four days later.last_img read more

B Chy urges EC to not hold polls hurriedly

first_imgBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. Prothom Alo File PhotoJukta Front chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday called on the Election Commission (EC) to ensure a fair and credible election by deferring the schedule by one week, reports UNB. Speaking at a discussion, he also demanded either dissolution of parliament or making it inactive, ensuring a level-playing field for all and deploying army and BGB to maintain law and order.”There’s no need to arrange the election so hurriedly. Hold the polls fairly. The Election Commission is now under the president, not under the government. So, we hope it’ll take bold steps for holding a credible election,” B Chowdhury said.He also warned that the president and the EC will be made accountable to history if they violate the constitution.Bangladesh Jano Dal arranged the programme at the National Press Club.B Chowdhury renewed his demand for holding the 11th parliamentary elections on 30 December instead of 23 December. He also demanded that all the dates, including that of submission of nomination, scrutiny, and withdrawal of nomination papers, be deferred by one week.The Jukta Front chief said police used to play a role of silent spectators during violence in the polls. “Immediate actions will have to be taken if police play the same role this time.”He also said steps will have to be taken so that polling agents are not arrested and forced out of the voting centres on the voting day.last_img read more

Retirees Others Feel Redline Tunnel Threatens Sanctity

first_imgResidents of the 300 block of N. Freemont Avenue say the proposed Red Line will greatly disrupt their lives. Sylvia McFail, left, Cornelia Kearney, Theresa Smith, Lorraine Ledbetter. Back: Rev. Ernest Miller, Jonathan Carroll, Vernon Smith.After 25 years of nursing, among other occupations over her lifetime, Lorraine Ledbetter sought the solace of retirement in the 300 block of N. Fremont Avenue in West Baltimore when she purchased her home in 1999.Variations on that retirement narrative played out for several individuals in addition to Ledbetter in that Poppleton neighborhood that year. But, for those retirees — all in their 70’s now — their plans for peaceful repose after decades of hard work are in danger of being shattered by expansion of Maryland’s mass transit system known simply as the Red Line.“To go to sleep and wonder whether or not you’re going to fall or that (train) is going to rumble through there…that takes a lot away from you,” said Ledbetter, who is president of the Lexington Tenant Council, as she stood outside her home on Fremont with a group of her neighbors recently.The threat of that oncoming “rumble” is the bane of the residents of that block nestled between the shadow of the glittering University of Maryland BioPark and the swath of Route 40 in West Baltimore known as the infamous, “highway to nowhere.”  The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) plans to run a tunnel beneath the 300 block to accommodate subway trains that would run north and south.“The Baltimore Red Line (is) a rail line connecting the areas of Woodlawn (Baltimore County), Edmondson Village, West Baltimore, downtown Baltimore, Harbor East, Fells Point, Canton and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus in eastern Baltimore City,” according to the MTA.Allegedly, the original plan for the Red Line route was to run down Mulberry Street alongside Route 40 and make a right turn on Martin Luther King Boulevard, but at some point in the planning process, the MTA decided to re-route the Red Line to make that right turn on N. Fremont instead of MLK. The residents of the 300 block argue they were systematically excluded from the planning process, connected to the implementation of the Red Line (a violation of state law) and specifically they were never informed of the route change until after the fact. Subsequently, they believe they are being treated unfairly on many levels.“I feel as though they violated our rights, they didn’t consider us,” said Theresa Smith, who is president of the N. Fremont homeowners association. She and her husband Vernon Smith, a retired Greyhound bus driver also moved to their home on Fremont in 1999.“There are other routes they could have used; they can use Martin Luther King Boulevard and not disturb any homes, which was the original route before they changed it and didn’t notify us until last summer,” added Theresa Smith, who retired from the University of Maryland Pediatric Center.According to Baltimore City Department of Transportation spokesperson Adrienne Barnes, no communities impacted directly by implementation of the Red Line were excluded from the planning process.“The Baltimore City Department of Transportation along with MTA have met with all the communities that will be affected by the Red Line including the Poppleton community,” Barnes stated.“Every effort has been made to provide residents with accurate and current information. We continue to support the efforts of MTA’s assessments and determinations as it relates to design and construction that would have minimal impact to residential property,” Barnes concluded.N. Fremont residents concede Barnes’ statement may be factually accurate, but it is dubious at best.“She (Barnes) answered the question truthfully, but it’s after the fact,” said Jonathan Carroll, a videographer who lives in the 300 block. He is one of the few residents who is not retired.“At the core of what we are doing is standing up for our rights. We want Mr. Henry Kay at the MTA to take accountability for violating our rights,” Carroll said.Henry Kay is the executive director of Transit Development and Delivery for the MTA. The AFRO reached out to him and several others within the MTA, but was contacted by Barnes who provided the statement above.The `violation of rights,’ to which Carroll refers is contained in House Bill 234 that  was enacted as law May 2, 2013 specifically in reference to implementation of the Red Line in Baltimore. The law reads as follows:“Shall consider the redevelopment of the commercial areas surrounding the Baltimore Corridor Transit Study — Red Line area, in consultation with…The property owners and business owners of the area comprising the Baltimore Corridor Transit Study…”“When we had our first and only meeting February 22, 2014, which is seven months after they finalized their design in July of 2013, we asked could the route be changed…and we were told no, because the designs were finalized in July of 2013, all designs,” Carroll explained.“Then in June of 2014 Mr. Henry Kay announced that they had changed the route to accommodate Mr. John Paterakis,” Carroll added.Paterakis, the billionaire owner of H&S Bakery opposed the Red Line station originally planned for Central and Fleet, because it would have interfered with his plans to convert a warehouse he owns into commercial and residential space.In June, Kay confirmed the Red Line would be rerouted at Paterakis’ request, which will significantly add to the cost of the project and delay it by up to 10 months, according to a report by Baltimore Brew.“So, they clearly discriminated against us on an economic basis,” Carroll said.According to the residents of the 300 block of N. Fremont, their treatment by the MTA and the city is rooted in issues of class and race.“I think people who have properties in Baltimore City if they are… Black they need to stand up for themselves. They need to be aware of what’s going on in their neighborhoods and their environment,” Theresa Smith said.Her neighbor Lorraine Ledbetter put it more succinctly.“Jim Crow ain’t never going to die in this city.”last_img

Sadly youll never own this amazing clear 3DS XL

first_imgWe’re still a few weeks away from the US launch of Nintendo’s latest addition the to the DS line up, the 3DS XL, with 90% larger screens crammed into a body that is only 40% larger than the original 3DS. We imagine pre-orders for the XL would skyrocket if this clear demo model was one of the available color options. And it’s not hard to see why, it’s incredibly cool looking.Unfortunately, what you see above is just a demo system used in a Q&A session with Satoru Iwata on Nintendo.jp. Designed to show off the innards of the new handheld, it’s unlikely that this will ever be mass produced. Hopefully somebody out there will provide a clear case for the brave to mod their 3DS XL themselves.The case reminds me of the old clear Game Boy Color one of my friends owned when I was younger, I had the standard purple version and remember being extremely jealous. You never know, if Nintendo sees enough interest in this version then it could just become a reality or something that’s taken into consideration for the next iteration of their handheld consoles.Iwata Asks via Tiny Cartridgelast_img read more

Flatworms found to win most battles with harvestmen

first_img(a) The harvestman Mischonyx cuspidatus alive, in frontal view. The chelicerae cannot be seen because they are hidden behind the pedipalps (dotted circle). Inset: Another individual in ventral view, showing the pedipalps and chelicerae (dotted circle); (b) M. cuspidatus in frontal view after being killed and its body contents consumed by the flatworm Cephaloflexa bergi. Pedipalps and chelicerae have been detached by the flatworm and therefore are missing (dotted circle) and the internal contents of the prey have been ingested by the flatworm. Inset: The same individual in ventral view, showing the absence of pedipalps and chelicerae (dotted circle). Arrows in both figures show the spines of the ocularium. Credit: Journal of Zoology (2018). DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12570 Explore further Visual processing capabilities of flatworm found to be more complex than thought A trio of researchers with Universidade de São Paulo has documented evidence of flatworms and harvestmen engaging in battle in the forests of Brazil. In their paper published in the Journal of Zoology, M. S. Silva. R. H. Willemart and F. Carbayo describe what they observed in the wild and what they saw when they brought samples of the combatants into their lab. Journal information: Journal of Zoology © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Flatworms found to win most battles with harvestmen (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-flatworms-harvestmen.html More information: M. S. Silva et al. Sticky flatworms (Platyhelminthes) kill armored harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones) but are not immune to the prey′s weapons, Journal of Zoology (2018). DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12570AbstractAsking how prey respond to different species of predators helps understanding the repertoire of defenses prey exhibit. This approach may also add to the knowledge on the efficiency of prey′s defenses against each predator and allows studying the costs of being attacked by different predators. Here, we studied interactions between the predatory terrestrial flatworm Cephaloflexa bergi and the harvestman Mischonyx cuspidatus. The flatworm quickly strikes at the prey′s leg with its head, then crawls towards the prey′s body releasing mucus and thus subdues the harvestman. Harvestmen may release defensive chemicals and pinch the flatworm with spines on legs IV, sometimes cutting the predator in two pieces. We also experimentally assessed the benefits of harvestmen′ defense and the cost of being attacked by testing whether the chemical defense of the harvestmen is efficient against the flatworm and whether the harvestmen that had survived a flatworm attack would have their locomotion abilities hampered. Both hypotheses were corroborated. Previous studies on interactions between harvestmen and other predators, such as spiders and scorpions, had shown that defensive secretions and mechanical retaliation were seldom used and were often ineffective. Our results point to the exact opposite and suggest that different predators exert different selective pressures culminating in the array of defenses exhibited by the prey. There are a many types of flatworms, including planarians, parasitic flukes and tapeworms. In this research effort, the researchers were looking at Cephaloflexa bergi, a small flatworm that emits mucus as a means of catching prey. There are a lot of types of daddy long-leg spiders, too, one of which is the harvestman. Although not technically a spider, it has the long legs that most people identify with a group of spindly arachnids. Though not typically considered dangerous, it does have sharp spines on its legs. In their study, the researchers sought to uncover more about the interactions that occur between the two bugs in the forests of Brazil.The researchers went into the forest and watched them interact, which generally meant fight. They discovered that the flatworms usually won such battles, which the team found somewhat surprising. To get a better handle on what occurred, the team collected several specimens of each and brought them into the lab for study.The researchers report that the flatworms were the aggressors. A flatworm would approach a harvestman and whip the tip of its body at a leg, causing it to adhere via the mucus on its body. As the harvestman attempted to extricate itself, the flatworm would grab another leg. Sometimes, the flatworm would even hogtie the arachnid, gluing its legs together, or to the ground. In each case, the goal was clearly the same—disable the harvestman to the point that the flatworm could eat it. But the battle was not all one-sided, the researchers found. Some of the harvestmen managed to use their sharp spines to injure the flatworms. In some instances, they even managed to cut their attacker in half, allowing them to flee. The harvestmen also emitted chemicals normally used to ward off other predators, but they did not seem to have much of an impact on the flatworms. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more