Nova Scotians are getting better value for their tax dollars as the province improves the quality of how it procures fleet and transportation, information technology devices and office supplies. An ongoing review of spending and purchases across government departments, Nova Scotia school boards and the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation identified potential savings of up to $11 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year. “Nova Scotians expect government to make smart, efficient purchases, to save money where possible, while improving the quality of goods and services for Nova Scotia families,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. “A better and improved procurement process will support Nova Scotia’s business community and encourage sustainable economic development.” The province has identified savings in how it buys vehicles, heavy equipment, parts, bulk fuel, office supplies and information technology. Requests for proposals will be issued this month in the following business areas, which will bring significant savings: printers office supplies laptops and desktops IT contingent labour heavy and light duty vehicles heavy equipment parts bulk fuel a new fleet-card management tool will be used to record accurate spending and create fuel and maintenance discounts “We are excited to be working with the province to create savings and efficiencies for our purchases, which will have a lasting impact on our operations,” says Ambrose White, superintendent for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. “The savings we experience through this process will go directly toward students and programs, and help to improve the quality of goods and services we deliver.” These savings are being identified through the Strategic Procurement Project, which should bring more savings across government and the public sector when complete in February 2013.The province spends about $1 billion annually on goods and services. Regional models will become part of procurement to ensure all companies across Nova Scotia can compete for government business. This project is the latest of a number of strategies by government to live within its means. Others include ending excessive end-of-year spending, holding the line on overall spending, reducing debt-servicing costs, shared services and implementing the change and innovation fund. For more information about these business areas and to see the request for proposals, visit http://business.novascotia.ca/en/home/default.aspx or www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/home.aspx.
London: Australia great Glenn McGrath on Tuesday termed Steve Smith’s absence from the third Ashes Test as a huge loss. “Him missing the Headingley Test will be a massive loss for Australia. He has been a standout in this series and he looks like he’s batting in different conditions to everyone else,” McGrath was quoted as saying by BBC. In a big blow to Australia, Smith was ruled out of the third Ashes Test against England beginning on Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWith a turnaround time of three days between the two Tests, it was always going to be tough one for Smith to be ready in time and recover from concussion. Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that he has been ruled out of the Headingley Test, reports ESPNcricinfo. Smith, who had struck twin centuries in the Ashes 2019 opener, which Australia won in Birmingham, was on 80 not out on the fourth afternoon of the Lord’s Test when he was struck in the neck by a steep 92.4mph (148 kmph) bouncer from Jofra Archer following which he had to leave the field. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe 30-year-old had initially passed a concussion test and returned to complete his innings before he was eventually dismissed for 92. He woke up with a headache and some dizziness on the final day of the drawn Lord’s Test and mandatory subsequent testing revealed his condition had deteriorated. “I’ve no doubt that if things had been left to Steve Smith he would have said he was fine to bat on the final day, but head injuries are taken a lot more seriously now and rightly so,” McGrath said. “I’m still backing Australia, of course. I think England still have a lot of worries in their top order and with three Tests to go and Australia leading 1-0, England have to win at least two. “England will be buoyed by Archer coming in and doing as well as he did, but there’s a long way to go in this series yet,” the legendary pacer added. Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first rubber by a massive 251 runs, largely due to Smith’s heroics with the bat. The second Test here at Lord’s was a draw.
OTTAWA – Members of Parliament voiced unanimous support Monday for a motion tabled by NDP MP Tracey Ramsey expressing solidarity with the government of Canada in its escalating trade dispute with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. The motion reads:That the Housea) recognize the importance of Canada’s long-standing, mutually beneficial trading relationship with the United States of America,b) stand with Canadian workers and communities that directly or indirectly depend on this trading relationship;c) strongly oppose the illegitimate tariffs imposed by the U.S. government against Canadian steel and aluminum workers;d) stand in solidarity with the Government of Canada in its decision to impose retaliatory tariffs;e) remain united in support of Canadian farmers and supply management, which is integral for dairy, chicken, turkey, and egg farming;f) reject disparaging ad hominem statements by U.S. officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute.
MONTREAL — Mexican authorities have found the body of a woman near the resort where a missing Quebecer was vacationing.Christine St-Onge hasn’t been heard from since speaking to a member of her entourage on Dec. 4.The male friend she was travelling with returned home a day earlier than planned and died of an apparent suicide.Sgt. Claude Denis of the Quebec provincial police says an autopsy will be performed to confirm the body discovered is that of the 41-year-old St-Onge.He says police have contacted St-Onge’s family to inform them of the latest developments. The body found near a hotel in Los Cabos showed marks of violence.St-Onge, a travel agent from the Montreal suburb of Laval, travelled to Mexico on Nov. 29 with her friend. They were supposed to return to Canada Dec. 6.The Canadian Press
Kolkata: Separate dock systems should be developed with ship-to-shore handling facility to ease congestion in Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) due to traffic from Chittagoing port, a chamber of commerce paper said Wednesday. The separate dock system would help to efficiently handle growing Bangladesh and coastal cargo, an ASSOCHAM paper on shipping, ports, customs and inland waterways said. The paper also suggested that the separate dock system was necessary since KoPT does not permit transhipment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The permission for transhipment of Bangladesh export cargo via Indian Ports like Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mundra Port will help create a reverse cargo flow from Bangladesh, it said. Assocham suggested coastal exim cargo for Bangladesh can have the flexibility to avail direct port entry for exports from Kolkata, instead of container freight station routing so that trade volumes grow. This would serve as revenue incentive,” it said. The Inland Waterways Authority is building coastal shipping infrastructure, including multi-modal terminals till Allahabad begining from Haldia.
Rabat -Internationally renowned artist, Moha Oulhouceine Achibane, also known as “The Maestro,” passed away in his home in the village of Azrou Aït Lahcen in the Khenifra Province on Friday morning. He was 113 years old.Khalid Zouani, president of the Maestro Association of Amazigh poets, delivered the news of the passing of the famous singer, dancer and leader of the Moroccan orchestra, according to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The deceased’s funeral will take place on Friday after the prayer of Al-Asr, according to the report. A rising star in the Moroccan cultural scene, Achibane began his artistic career in 1950. For more than 60 years, he was the emblematic figure of the Middle Atlas’ Ahidous art.The deceased, who has to his credit some 150 exhibitions in international forums and festivals, became the first Moroccan to light the torch of the FIFA World Cup in Spain in 1982.He also received several national and international awards presented to him by world renowned personalities.
Rabat – South African TEG Procycling rider Jason Oosthuizen claimed his first win in Morocco, after riding to victory in the GP Oued Eddahab in Tan-Tan last week.“It’s always nice to win,” said the 20-year-old cyclist after completing the 134km one-day race in a time of 3:03:00.“It was a surprise, but I did race to win.”Fellow countrymen and TEG Procycling team members, Gustav Basson, Flavio Venceslau, and Brandon Downes came in fourth, 28th and 29th respectively. Read Also: In Pictures: Morocco Celebrates Nomadic Culture at the Annual Tan-Tan Moussem“We weren’t sure about how they race here, so we sat back and analyzed first,” Oosthuizen said. “Personally, I enjoyed taking the win, while it was also good for the team’s motivation, as we head into our next races.”The team is currently competing in the Challenge International du Sahara Marocain, which ends on Monday, June 24.“We’re always motivated to race and win, but we will still take it day by day and make sure we push hard for the upcoming races,” Oosthuizen added.
BERLIN – A closely-watched survey shows German business confidence rose in November, putting an end to six consecutive months of declines.It was a modestly upbeat sign for the largest economy in the 18-country euro currency union, which is struggling to grow.The Ifo institute said Monday that its confidence index rose to 104.7 points in November from 103.2 points in October. Business leaders’ assessments of their current situation and their expectations for the next six months both rose.The German economy has been held back by slower demand in key export market China, and by worries about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Those concerns have helped depress business’ willingness to invest in new production.Germany’s economy shrank 0.1 per cent in the second quarter but returned to growth in the third quarter with modest expansion of 0.1 per cent, avoiding recession. The eurozone as a whole grew by 0.2 per cent in the third quarter.Jennifer McKeown, senior European economist at Capital Economics, said the Ifo survey reading was “a welcome surprise” that suggests a weaker euro and easing concerns over geopolitical turmoil were helping the economy.Still, she said the Ifo “points to only slow growth.”Analyst Carsten Brzeski at ING wrote in a note to investors that “any swan songs on the German economy were premature.” He said it was “still hard to tell whether solid domestic demand can offset weaker industrial activity.”The Ifo survey is based on responses from about 7,000 companies in various sectors about their views on the current and future business environment.—(An earlier version of this story incorrectly used an unrevised figure for second quarter GDP.) German business confidence rises in November, ending 6 months of declines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 24, 2014 2:17 am MDT
by Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The country’s largest tobacco companies are set to return to court Thursday to fight a ruling that they must pay out more than a billion dollars in settlement money in the coming weeks. A person smokes a cigarette in downtown Ottawa on Sept. 29, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit Tobacco companies fight ruling forcing them to make initial $1-billion payout MONTREAL – The country’s largest tobacco firms say they don’t have the necessary cash to make a $1-billion payment by the end of the month to Quebec smokers who won a landmark class-action suit.Lawyers argued in court Thursday that a provision in the $15.6-billion judgment obliging the companies to provide an initial compensation of $1.13 billion within 60 days of the ruling should be overturned.The payment is due July 26.All three companies have appealed the decision that saw a Quebec judge rule that Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and JTI-Macdonald must fork over $15.6 billion to smokers who either fell ill or couldn’t quit the habit.On Thursday, lawyers for all three firms told a Quebec Court of Appeal hearing they simply don’t have the funds to cover the $1.13-billion payment, which they argued could cause irreparable harm to their ability to appeal and even put them on the brink of bankruptcy.They argued Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan, the trial judge, erred in granting the provisionary sum and that the amount would not be recoverable if they eventually won on appeal.But lawyers for the plaintiffs said the tobacco companies are bluffing and are very capable of finding the necessary money from their parent companies based outside Canada or from elsewhere.One lawyer noted the tobacco firms haven’t put aside any money for the Canadian legal case, despite having 17 years to do so.The case stemmed from two 1998 suits that were consolidated, with the first witnesses heard only in 2012.Cecilia Letourneau filed on behalf of the province’s smokers who were addicted to nicotine and remained addicted or who died without quitting — some 918,218 people.The other was filed by the late Jean-Yves Blais and sought compensatory and punitive damages for smokers who’d suffered from cancer in their lungs, larynx or throat, or emphysema. That group was comprised of 99,957 people.For the plaintiffs under Blais, an expert testified at the trial that 85 per cent would be dead within five years.The provisional amount is to ensure those people or their estates are able to benefit.“These people are dying, they’re dying every day,” said lawyer Gordon Kugler. “Aren’t they entitled to a small portion of the judgment that took 17 years to come about?”The lawsuit is believed to be the biggest class-action ever seen in Canada, and lawyers have acknowledged appeals could take several years and end up in the Supreme Court of Canada likely.In ordering the three firms to split the $15.6 billion as follows: 67 per cent to Imperial Tobacco ($10.5 billion), 20 per cent to Rothmans, Benson & Hedges ($3.1 billion) and 13 per cent to JTI-Macdonald ($2 billion), Riordan wrote that they chose profits over people’s health.The three appeals court justices will render a decision at a later date.
“The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message on the Day, marked annually on 8 March.From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds, said the UN chief, declaring that achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls “is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”“The activism and advocacy of generations of women has borne fruit,” he continued. “There are more girls in school than ever before; more women are doing paid work and in senior roles in the private sector, academia, politics and in international organizations, including the United Nations.” However, some remaining serious obstacles include that more than a billion women lack legal protection against domestic sexual violence; over the next decade millions more girls will undergo genital mutilation; and women’s representation in parliaments stands at less than one quarter – and even lower in boardrooms.“Where laws exist, they are often ignored, and women who pursue legal redress are doubted, denigrated and dismissmantled,” he lamented.Noting that the UN should “set an example for the world,” Mr. Guterres recognizes that this is not always the case.He did, however, point out some changes to address it, saying “We have now reached gender parity for the first time in my senior management team, and I am determined to achieve this throughout the Organization.”Totally committed to zero tolerance of sexual harassment, Mr. Guterres added the UN’s plans to improve reporting and accountability, elaborating how the Organization is working globally to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse by staff in peacekeeping missions.“We at the United Nations stand with women around the world as they fight to overcome the injustices they face – whether they are rural women dealing with wage discrimination, urban women organizing for change, women refugees at risk of exploitation and abuse, or women who experience intersecting forms of discrimination,” maintained the Secretary-General.Noting that women’s empowerment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, he affirmed that progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) means “progress for all women, everywhere.” “Gender inequality and discrimination against women harms us all,” he underscored, saying that that gender equality “is not a favour to women,” but a human rights issue in everyone’s interests.He asserted that investing in women lifts up communities, companies and countries.“Women’s participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous,” he detailed, adding that discrimination against them is “detrimental to all.”The UN chief stressed the need for transparency and accountability if women are to reach their full potential to lift up communities, societies and economies.“Stand with women, listen to them and learn from them,” Mr. Guterres urged.Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s LivesIn her message for the Day, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women explained that this year’s theme captures the life of the women activists whose passion and commitment have brought change over generations and won women’s rights.“What we see today is a remarkable gathering of strength among women all over the world, demonstrating the power of speaking with one voice, as they call for opportunity and accountability, drawing momentum from grassroots networks and coalitions that stretch right up to government leadership,” she said.She credited feminist leaders, spotlighting Asma Jahangir of Pakistan and UN Women’s Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa Jaha Dukureh of the Gambia for their powerful work.She pointed out that healthy societies have a mix of voices that provide checks and balances – important for good decision-making – and saluted those who speak out for justice.“We commend the women who spoke out in the International Criminal Court where their testimonies have held to account those who used rape as a weapon of war,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka asserted.“We celebrate activists who campaigned for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, and we recognize those who advocated for legal reform,” she added.The feminist movement must continue to increase its diversity to support and shape the agenda – including young men and boys, who will learn to value and respect women and girls and change the way men behave.Recognizing the power of stereotypes to influence how people are valued, she held sway that a movement of women that can address these issues is critical, “but we also need a movement of male feminists” as a means to alter the way women are heard and seen.“Today’s activists must empower those most likely to be left behind, the majority of whom are women, as our latest report, Turning Promises into Action reveals,” she said.She encouraged stronger support for women’s political activism and a broader space for their civil society voices as a combined effort will better target those who need change most.“The culture of gender-based poverty, abuse and exploitation has to end with a new generation of equality that lasts,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka concluded.
Paras Gorasia, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in employment and employment litigation, said that it was “unusual” for a chambers to offer such a long period of unpaid work.“It’s not common to have such an arrangement for up to six months, often chambers will have mini pupils usually between three to five days,” he said. “It’s very rare.”“This sort of thing may carry with it social mobility implications as it may be the case that only candidates with means can afford to do things like this for such an extended period with no pay.” A London chambers has been criticised by barristers after it advertised for a six-month long “unpaid” internship.After completing an arduous stretch of research, internships and work experience, thousands of aspiring barristers hope to secure a coveted pupillage each year, while many more get rejected.One chambers set in the heart of central London has now offered competitive and ambitious graduates the opportunity to further enhance their CV after it advertised a six-month long internship. The only catch, however, is that it is unpaid.9 King’s Bench Walk (9KBW) based in Temple, houses barristers covering crime, immigration and regulatory matters. It offers law graduates, unable to secure a pupillage, the opportunity to gain “real world legal experience” and “increase their knowledge of substantive areas of law”. Christine Eadie, 9KBW managing consultant, said that it is one of several sets of barristers, as well as solicitor firms, which runs a programme of unfunded internships or work placements and that many interns have maintained part-time employment while interning and that 9KBW has always accommodated this.“We do not do this instead of offering either pupillage or mini pupillage, but as an additional opportunity for law students who are, or will, be having to compete in an ever diminishing market for funded pupillage in the publicly funded sector of the Bar.” An internship role is currently advertised on the chambers website for a “minimum period of three months and up to a maximum of six months”, during which time successful candidates will provide “valuable support” to chambers.The advert describes the internship as “unpaid”, but said chambers will cover travel expenses “in and around London and for travel to conference venues”.The advert has sparked a backlash from barristers criticising the unpaid role, saying it would further deter aspiring barristers from opting for a career at the Bar. In Summer 2018, the Bar Council launched its social mobility campaign, ‘I am the Bar’, to profile the experiences of those who have succeeded at the Bar from non-traditional backgrounds and encourage others to join. A spokesman for Young Legal Aid Lawyers added that it “considers full-time long-term unpaid internships to be totally unacceptable” and described it as a “significant barrier to the profession” regarding improving social mobility.“That any chambers or firm is relying on unpaid interns is likely to have serious negative effects on social mobility in the sector. It inevitably excludes those unable to financially support themselves during the course of the internship and prevents them gaining precious experience.A spokesman for the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, said: “The Bar Council is a signatory of the High Quality Internship Code and believes that it is essential that all internships are offered on an open and transparent basis in order to achieve effective social mobility and access to the profession.” “Since 2015 we have offered fully funded 12 month pupillages every year and last year, for the first time, we increased that number to two twelve month pupillages. We are offering the same for 2019/20.“We are doing this at a time when the publicly funded Bar is facing unprecedented difficulties with cuts to public funding in all areas. We believe that pupils are the future of the Bar and so we have we increased, not decreased, the number of pupillages we offer and have done so despite the difficulties that all Criminal and publicly funded Chambers faces.”She added that all pupils since 2015 have been invited to apply for tenancy at 9KBW at the end of their pupillage period and that the chambers also offers around 30 mini pupillages each year, for one or two weeks at a time.“Our internships are for a period of three months not six,” Ms Eadie added. “We do however give the intern the opportunity to apply to stay for longer, at the end of the three months, if they wish to do so… they are not there to work for Chambers; they are with us to learn which is what they do. Chambers do not rely upon our interns to do work for us.” Mr Gorasia added that generally, “only people who are well-off are able to sustain not earning for six months”. However he said that he could see, from 9KBW’s perspective, that such an internship would provide an opportunity to get a pupillage.Asked if such a role was in breach of employment laws, Mr Gorasia said that if the applicant is not doing any work and the role is being treated as an opportunity to gain experience, it most likely would not. While research assistants are usually paid, such applicants for the internship role would not be qualified to do work.The Telegraph understands that the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will be reminding the profession and chambers of their guidance on pupillages and internships next week. 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.
From Norbert Landsteiner, the maker of Google BBS, comes this rendition of Google if it existed in the 1960s. He says the goal of the project is to “explore distances and heroism in user interfaces,” but we’re just fond of the line-printer aesthetic. When using the 1960s search engine, the user enters search terms into a graphical punch card, and the results are returned through a line-printer theme. The surrounding graphics — the little dials and buttons — were created with a Mad Men theme in mind, to give the 1960s search engine a bit of a visual pop, considering the bulk of the interface consists of black and white printed lines.To complete the theme, the search engine is quite noisy, with typewriter key clicks and bells, and constant printing and paper-loading noises. Luckily, there’s a volume dial with the option of “0,” so you don’t have to deal with the barrage of old-timey noises if you don’t want to. Once a search term is entered into the punch card, the user will be presented with the option of a text search, image search, or a general news search. When a mode is chosen, the system accesses its fictional peripheral storage, which is represented as a tape deck.After the tape deck “loads” its information, the engine will print the search results, and it takes its sweet time doing so. The speed of the printing gimmick doesn’t make the engine very useful for real search tasks, but it is certainly worth playing around with for a bit of amusement. Don’t wait around for the search results to finish printing if you don’t want to — it takes quite a while, and the job doesn’t end with any kind of bells or whistles. For what it is, Google60 is pretty amusing, and is filled with a bunch of little details, but it won’t replace Google in a fun, gimmicky fashion.via Google60
Donohoe says he ‘won’t make the mistake’ of tax cuts in Budget 2020 given no-deal Brexit risk “We won’t make the mistake of decreasing the tax the one day and having to increase it the next,” the minister said. 66 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,663 Views MINISTER FOR FINANCE Paschal Donohoe has said the government won’t “make the mistake” of lowering personal taxes in this Budget in case they might have to increase it in future due to the effects of Brexit.Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland, Donohoe reiterated that Budget 2020 will be based on a no-deal Brexit.While increases to social welfare had become a regular fixture in recent Budgets, the minister said that any increases will be “very targeted”. At last year’s Fine Gael Ard Fheis, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar committed to increasing the point at which people pay the top rate of tax to €50,000. Given the looming threat of Brexit, that won’t be happening any time soon.Donohoe said: “I was saying that as well… [but] we need safe national finances. We won’t make the mistake of decreasing the tax the one day and having to increase it the next. Thu 8:49 AM We have to make a choice now because the risk is simply higher than we could’ve expected.On the potential for a carbon tax, Donohoe said he was “actively considering what way this can be done”. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said on Tuesday that there would “need to be” a carbon tax in Budget 2020.Turning to the supports that would be available to businesses most at risk due to a no-deal Brexit, the minister said these would be “highly targeted” to companies that need support. “The rainy day fund is one of the options I’ll consider,” he said.Donohoe added that a “better performance” is required in public expenditure with overruns last year in health and other departments “not acceptable”. Budget 2020 will be announced on 8 October. Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 8:49 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: The minister detailed strategies for Budget 2020 yesterday. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4805677 By Sean Murray The minister detailed strategies for Budget 2020 yesterday. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Share29 Tweet Email
La France commence déjà à manquer d’eauAlors que le printemps vient de s’installer, la France craint déjà une sécheresse après un hiver marqué par des pluies déficitaires. Trois départements, l’Essonne, la Seine-et-Marne et le Gard, sont aujourd’hui soumis à des arrêtés de restriction des usages de l’eau.Après un printemps 2011 particulièrement sec et chaud, la France a encore manqué d’eau cet hiver et la menace de la sécheresse se fait déjà sentir, indique France Météo. Alors qu’au 1er mars, le pays enregistrait un déficit pluviométrique de 20%, il est tombé au cours du mois 30 millimètres d’eau contre une moyenne de 69 millimètres pour un mois de mars normal, souligne Michèle Blanchard, ingénieur climatologue à Météo France citée par l’AFP.À lire aussiDes nouveaux réservoirs d’eau trouvés sous le pôle nord de MarsEn outre, les températures qui atteignent en moyenne 5°C de plus que les normales saisonnières favorise l’évaporation de l’eau. L’indice d’humidité des sols est très bas, tout particulièrement dans le Midi-Pyrénées et le Languedoc, où “on a des sols avec une humidité comparable à celle d’un mois de mai et ailleurs en France comparable à une fin avril”, note Michèle Blanchard.Déjà, trois départements sont soumis à des arrêtés restreignant certains usages de l’eau, annonce le ministère de l’Environnement sur le site dédié Propluvia. Il y a quelques jours, le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire a indiqué qu’un comité de suivi se réunirait le 12 avril pour dresser un bilan de la situation. “A l’échelle de la France, cette sécheresse est encore assez limitée”, affirme à l’AFP Cyrille Duchesne, prévisionniste pour Météo Consult. S’il estime qu’il est encore trop “tôt” pour comparer cette sécheresse à celle qui a marqué le printemps 2011, il note que le phénomène “débute encore plus tôt que l’année dernière”. Le 27 mars 2012 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambert
What will the weekend weather look like? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:Lakewood man struck, killed on Interstate 5 near RidgefieldA Lakewood man was killed early Monday on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield when he ran into the path of a semitractor-trailer, according to the Washington State Patrol.Brian N. Wambaa, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene following the 1:45 a.m. collision in the northbound lanes of I-5 near Milepost 10, according to a WSP bulletin.Man ran from shoulder onto freewayVancouver woman’s DNA leads to arrest in 1979 Iowa killingA Vancouver woman unknowingly provided critical DNA information that led police to arrest a distant relative in a 39-year-old homicide case in Iowa.Brandy Jennings said her parents divorced when she was young, and she barely knew her father. Years after his death in 2009, she decided to try to find out more about his side of the family.
Fulham Football Club will be without their captain Tom Cairney for the next few weeks after he picked up an injury in their 4–2 home victory over Burnley in the Premier League last Sunday.The Scottish midfielder, whose performances were so pivotal to the Whites’ promotion campaign in the second half of last season, sustained a foot injury during the Cottagers’ first Premier League win of the campaign last Sunday against Burnley.Jokanovic had hoped to have Cairney, who pulled out of the Scotland squad for next month’s international yesterday, available for Saturday’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion but told his press conference today that the midfielder will be spending some time on the sidelines.“Tom Cairney is going to be unavailable for the Brighton game,” he said, according to HammyEnd.“He has a foot injury and we still need to assess him but it is our expectation that he will be unavailable for a few weeks. We must assess him, he is going to be out for a few weeks. Yes, this is a big loss for us.”Gracia looking for a morale-boosting win against Fulham Obinna Echi – April 1, 2019 Watford boss Javi Gracia feels the best way to prepare for the FA Cup semi-final with Wolves is to beat relegation-haunted Fulham.Another defeat for the Cottagers…The former Watford manager also confirmed that winger Neeskens Kebano will be unavailable for around a month after suffering an ankle injury during the League Cup win over Exeter City on Tuesday night.Jokanovic will be hoping other players step up to fill the void created by his captain’s absence, as they look to build on last weekend’s win.The London-based club are keen to have an impressive Premier League campaign after spending in excess of £90million to improve their squad this summer.
A Vancouver police officer was critically injured in a shooting during a traffic stop Monday, sending all available officers on a two-hour manhunt before the last of two suspects was detained.A motorcycle officer with the Vancouver traffic unit pulled over a vehicle near Northeast 162nd Avenue and 34th Street at about 11:30 a.m. The vehicle was stolen, police said. After the officer did not respond to a dispatcher, a resident came on the radio and said the officer had been shot, Vancouver police Lt. Scott Creager said.The officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was in critical condition Monday at a local hospital, Vancouver police Chief James McElvain said at a press conference Monday afternoon. A source said the officer’s ballistic vest helped saved his life.Nearby resident Jerry Kneppers said he came home from work Monday morning to eat lunch and let his dogs out when he heard several gunshots. He said he peeked over his wooden fence near 34th Street to see an older woman stop her silver Volkswagen Jetta, get out and help the officer.“She was kind of holding him up and wrapping him up,” he said.By the time he ran out of his house, Kneppers said, the officer was on the ground and the woman was cradling him. She had wrapped a towel or scarf around his neck and arm, he said. Kneppers called 911. Click to enlarge
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a woman who was caught on camera taking off with a package from a Pembroke Pines home.The woman could be seen standing at the door of a home in the area of Southwest 69th Avenue and 12th Street on Dec. 16.She could be seen looking around before reaching down and grabbing the package and placing it in a plastic bag before taking off.A press release issued by the Pembroke Pines Police Department on Wednesday noted that the woman they are searching for is approximately 50 years old, weighing close to 160 pounds and believed to stand between 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.If you have any information on this porch theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Strong winds have spread across the Anchorage Bowl. At 4 pm, Anchorage International Airport had a gust to 55 mph, and Merrill Field had a gust to 60 mph. (Graphic via NWS Twitter)Strong winds are “wreaking havoc” across much of Anchorage on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for much of the afternoon, in effect until about 7 p.m., with gusts expected to continue into the night.Listen nowOne reading on the Hillside clocked winds reaching 91 miles per hour, according to a National Weather Service Twitter account for Anchorage. The day saw reports of property damage, road closures and downed power lines.Crews from Chugach Electric scrambled to restore electricity to customers, with 7,500 of homes without power as of about 4:30 p.m.Areas of Turnagain Arm and East Anchorage are also getting hit with punishing gales. Residents are being asked to secure loose property and watch out for flying debris.
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 leakGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” and untitled finale episode 6 have already been leaked on several Reddit’s subthreads but the second last episode of HBO’s fantasy drama series has also made its way on several torrent websites, few minutes after it officially aired.Game of Thrones episodes have leaked online on multiple times. Right after episode 4 “The Last of Starks” aired last Sunday night, hackers uploaded screenshots of episode 5 and 6 on several Reddit subthreads. The leaked screenshots spoiled several major deaths but at the same time, several fans called it the worst ending of all time. Few have even compared its ending with the ending of LOST.Soon after the episode 5 “The Bells” of Game of Thrones season 8 aired on HBO and other streaming services, the torrent links were made available for the users to download illegally. As of now, 720p prints are available but as the day will pass, there will be full-HD prints for the users to download.As we have mentioned in the past, illegal downloads are considered as a crime in most of the countries and torrent files of Game of Thrones usually contains malware that may damage your personal securities. Fans are advised not to go for the illegal content.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” features the second greatest war of the series. It has finally brought Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen on Cersei Lannister’s doorstep to fight for the throne. Whereas, as we all have seen from the released promo, Daenerys Targaryen has flown back to dragonstone where she is grieving the loss of her second dragon, Rhaegal.While talking about dragons, there are several theories swirling online that Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, Drogon, went to Meereen or some other distant place and gave birth to another dragon. As per several recent speculations, Daario Naharis is going to fly one dragon to King’s Landing and support Daenerys in her fight against Cersei Lannister. You have to watch Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” to learn more about Daenerys’ dragons and its babies. The episode legally streamed earlier today on HBO and other streaming services like Hotstar and Sky Atlantic.