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Earthquake Hinders Port Operations in New Zealand

first_imgzoom New Zealand’s ports of Wellington and Picton have issued damage notifications while Wellington authorities said that both the port and wharf gates will remain closed for the next seven days in the aftermath of an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.5 which struck the upper South Island of New Zealand on November 14.According to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), no ship or cargo operations will be permitted in the mentioned areas. When certain sections are cleared by engineers selective operations may be allowed to recommence during this period.Wellington has gantry crane issues, wharf subsidence and log pile collapses. Cook Strait cargo/pax ferries are all at anchor as terminals at Wellington and Picton have substantial damage.There are reports of damage to wharves and the inter-island ferry terminal as well, while the forestry and cruise berth at Shakespeare Bay has reported damage and subsidence.Engineering assessments are currently being undertaken, ISS added.Derek Nind, Chief Executive of CentrePort, situated in Wellington, said that CentrePort “sustained damage to buildings and the port and also some liquefaction and differential settlement in places.”Following New Zealand’s biggest earthquake in 150 years, ISS said that aftershocks are continuing in the upper South Island and Wellington region, some over a magnitude of 6.A tsunami warning was withdrawn early this morning, with unusual tidal surges and currents continuing throughout the day. ISS was involved in the evacuation of a number of ships to sea overnight after a tsunami warning was issued. These vessels have now returned back into the ports.Additionally, Inchcape Shipping Services said that Lyttelton/Christchurch port reopened at 1400 today and reports no structural damage.last_img read more

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Murder of child maid forces Pakistan to soul search

first_imgLahore: The battered body of 16-year-old servant Uzma Bibi was found dumped in a canal and her wealthy employer charged with murder, the latest case highlighting the dangers domestic workers — especially children — face in Pakistan. Police said Uzma died after blows to the head with a kitchen utensil. She had been working for the family in Lahore for eight months when she was killed in January this year. Her employer and two other women remain in custody as a police investigation into the murder and allegations of mistreatment drags on. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I will not give up, I prefer death, I will not let them go, I want to see them pay for what they did,” Uzma’s distraught father, Muhammad Riaz, told AFP. The teenager earned just 4,000 rupees (USD 28) per month. In Pakistan, 8.5 million domestic workers — including many children — labour for wealthier families according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). “Parents often see their children as a way to lift their families out of poverty,” explained Arooma Shahzad, general secretary of the Domestic Workers’ Union, the country’s first — and still its only — such organisation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls But domestic workers often face exploitation, violence, and sexual abuse. Pakistan’s patriarchal culture, with its rigid social class structure, often prevents them from having a voice. Children are particularly vulnerable, and Uzma’s case is the latest in a growing number of incidents involving minors. In 2016 a Pakistani judge and his wife were imprisoned for torturing their 10-year-old maid, while in 2017 a famous TV presenter was charged for forcefully detaining her teenage maid. “Minors who become domestic workers often find themselves in a very vulnerable position, the target of abuse and exploitation by their employers,” warned Shahzad. Theoretically it is illegal to employ anyone under the age of 15 in Pakistan, but it remains a common practice. Saba, 15, had to leave school to work as a maid in Lahore. “I do not really have a choice, I have to work in two homes every day (to help) my family,” she said. Her younger sister is expected to follow in her footsteps soon. Details of Uzma’s murder were sensationally revealed during a popular TV show, during which presenter Mukarram Kaleem made a passionate plea for justice. The tragic story gave rise to a torrent of outrage on social media with many using the #JusticeforUzma hashtag, and a broader debate on the rights of domestic workers in Pakistan, including children. For Shahzad, such incidents denote a lack of “humanity”. “We do not even consider our servants as human beings,” she lamented. In December 2018, the increasing number of cases of ill-treatment led the parliament of Punjab province to set regulations for the employment of domestic workers, which theoretically grants them rights such as sick leave and holidays. Lawyer Sheraz Zaka admitted it was only a “first step”, but hopes it will pave the way for more controls and a “better balance” of power. The law is still in its infancy and does not cover the other provinces of Pakistan. Because servants are often illiterate, many are unaware of such changes to their rights, or unable to insist employers adopt the new rules. For Kaleem, it is urgent for Pakistan to re-examine how it treats domestic workers. He said: “People are starting to realise and talk about it. There is more awareness among people that it is not the way to treat servants, and that they have to change their ways.”last_img read more

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Microsoft tops trillion mark for first time

first_imgNew York: Microsoft hit the trillion-dollar value mark Thursday for the first time, becoming the third technology giant to reach the symbolic milestone. Shares in Microsoft rallied some five per cent to $130.59 in early Wall Street trade after a robust earnings report a day earlier. That gave Microsoft a market capitalization of just over $1 trillion, before dipping back slightly. At its current levels, Microsoft is the world’s most valuable company, ahead of Apple and Amazon, which last year topped 1 trillion before slipping back. On Wednesday, Microsoft said profits in the quarter to March 31 rose 19 per cent to $8.8 billion on revenues of $30.8 billion, an increase of 14 per cent from the same period a year earlier. The results were driven by growth in cloud computing and business services, the new focus for Microsoft after a long run as a leader in consumer software. “This quarter was an absolute ‘blow out quarter’ across the board with no blemishes and in our opinion speaks to an inflection point in deal flow as more enterprises pick (Microsoft) for the cloud,” said Daniel Ives of Wedbush Securities.last_img read more

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Nobody has courage to make movie on Prophet Mohammed Giriraj Singh

first_imgNew Delhi,: Hours after a Bihar court granted him bail in a poll code violation case for making controversial remarks against the Muslim community, Union minister Giriraj Singh Tuesday made another provocative statement. In an apparent reference to the controversial Malayalam movie, the minister said anybody can make a film like “Sexy Durga” but nobody has the courage to make one on Prophet Mohammed or Fatima. Giriraj Singh was addressing a public meeting in support of BJP’s South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri. At the rally, Bidhuri also used a Hindi slur against Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and accused him of stalling the prosecution of former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case. Giriraj Singh, who is the BJP candidate against Kanhaiya Kumar for Bihar’s Begusarai seat, charged that Kejriwal is part of the “tukde tukde gang”. Earlier in the day, the minister surrendered before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Begusarai and was granted bail in the poll violation case. The Election Commission had issued a show cause notice to Giriraj Singh over his anti-Muslim remarks at an election rally. “I didn’t say any such thing in Begusarai, still a case was registered against me. I just said that the slogan Vande Mataram made India independent. I said the country will show the door to any person who can’t chant Vande Mataram, he said at the meeting in Delhi. “The Hindus were abused in Begusarai. Some people said Hindus eat beef and drink liquor at night. I informed the Election Commission, but it too didn”t take action,” the minister said. “Abusing Hindus has become a habit for some people,” he said. Referring to the movie that was later released as S Durga, he said if he would send to hell anyone who referred to his mother or sister in such terms. The Union minister also mentioned the burqa ban in Sri Lanka after the recent terror attacks there. Giriraj Singh claimed that the United Nations declared Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist because “people in India gave power to Modi”. The minister said he “feared” that the “tukde-tukde gang” might ask the United Nations to furnish evidence to prove it declared Masood as a global terrorist. Attacking Mamata Banerjee, he said the West Bengal chief minister “gets angry and slaps people who say ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Let’s see who will slap us”. A video has surfaced on social media, where Banerjee can be purportedly seen stopping her car at a place in West Midnapore district when people chanted “Jai Shri Ram” slogan as her convoy was passing the area. The people fled the spot as soon as she got out of her car.last_img read more

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Mozambique national arrested

A Mozambique national has been arrested for duping businessmen in Pettah, the police said.Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the foreigner had on many occasions shown a box with some sort of chemical to the businessmen and told them that he can change local currency into Dollars. Believing his tale the businessmen had given money to the foreigner who had however never returned with the Dollars.

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Markets Right Now Stock indexes are off to a mixed start

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:45 a.m.Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for technology and health care companies are offset by losses in other sectors.Apple was up 1.3% early Wednesday, a day after announcing its new lineup of iPhones and a new video streaming service to compete with Netflix.GameStop plunged 20% after reporting a loss that was much wider than analysts were expecting, and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment sank 9.1% after cutting its forecasts.The S&P 500 was little changed at 2,980.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 29 points, or 0.1%, to 26,945. The Nasdaq was up 15 points, or 0.2%, to 8,096.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.74%.The Associated Press

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Lacking funds UN agency turns to last resort cuts food rations for

The 50 per cent ration cut comes as WFP struggles to raise $38 million to cover its refugee operations for the next six months. This includes $15.5 million that is urgently required to address food needs through January 2015.“Cutting rations is the last resort and we’re doing it to eke out the limited food we currently have available over the next ten weeks, as we continue to appeal to the international community to assist,” said Paul Turnbull, WFP Deputy Country Director for Kenya, in a press release today.“WFP has done everything it can to avoid reducing rations, using all means at our disposal to cover critical funding gaps,” he added.Each month, WFP distributes 9,700 metric tons of food for some 500,000 refugees in Kenya, at a cost of almost $10 million. Refugees are given a food ration of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, a nutrient-rich maize-soya blend and salt, providing 2,100 kilocalories per person per day, the recommended emergency ration. From mid-November, the refugees will receive a food ration equivalent to 1,050 kilocalories per day.“WFP depends entirely on voluntary contributions from donors who generously support food assistance for refugees,” said Valerie Guarnieri, WFP’s Regional Director for East and Central Africa. “With competing humanitarian needs around the world, we realize budgets are tight, but nonetheless, we must call for more funding so that we can work with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to meet the urgent needs of these vulnerable people, who have no other means of support,” Ms. Guarnieri said.WFP expects to distribute half-rations until the end of January 2015, when a shipment of food assistance donated by the United States – sufficient for six weeks’ food requirements – is expected to arrive. In 2014, international donors have contributed $68.8 million to support food assistance for refugees in Kenya, the agency said.WFP also provides specialized fortified foods to young children, as well as to pregnant women and nursing mothers, to stave off malnutrition. In addition, primary and pre-primary schoolchildren receive porridge, which helps them concentrate on their classes and acts as an incentive to their families to send them to school. So far, these activities are not expected to be affected by the cuts, the agency said.Scores of South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Kenya following the outbreak of civil war this past December, while in Somalia, refugees fled over two decades of conflict. read more

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Lakers Set To Honor Kareem AbdulJabbar With Statue

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to unveil a state featuring Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at some point this coming season, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.A firm date for the honor has yet to be finalized.Abdul-Jabbar remains the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points. He won five of his NBA titles and three of his six league MVP trophies while with the Lakers. His prolific scoring and mastery of his famed skyhook have led many to call him the best center of all time.The Lakers have previously said they planned to unveil a statue of Abdul-Jabbar at some point, but only after first honoring Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn and Jerry West on Star Plaza at Staples Center.Abdul-Jabbar took the delay as a slight and criticized the team last year, saying its failure to do so sooner was a show of disrespect. He also bemoaned the fact the team did not award him any playoff shares and singled out his reduced role and pay as a special assistant coach for Andrew Bynum from 2005 to 2009. Abdul-Jabbar also mentioned how he often had to sit on the back of the plane during team trips.The Lakers have defended their timing, explaining that there is no set criteria for determining the order of statue inductions and that the other statutes associated with the team also have extensive resumes behind them.AEG, which owns Staple Center, plays a larger role in determining who is honored with a statue at the downtown venue and when it is done.The team attributed Abdul-Jabbar’s reduced pay to Bynum’s belief that he didn’t need as much personal instruction.Lakers head coaches, they also noted, have the authority to hire their own assistants, while the players are allowed to allocate their playoff shares as they see fit.In an interview with the Times last year, Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss indicated that honoring Abdul-Jabbar with a statue would be a “natural fit.” read more

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Geological publication addresses alternatives for vital rare earth element supply concerns

first_imgAmidst increasing concerns over the security of supply for natural resources, especially for high tech electronic, military and environmental applications, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has released a profile on rare earth elements (REE). Currently REE are mined almost exclusively in China, but play a vital and increasing role in a wide range of consumer electronics, in environmental technologies and in military applications. Although rare earth deposits are known in several countries, production in recent years has been strongly concentrated in very few locations. In the light of this, and some issues relating to trade restrictions, there is now considerable concern about the security of supply of these critical materials. To help inform discussion on this issue, the BGS has published a succinct guide to rare earth elements which profiles their uses, geology, mining, processing and trade. The publication talks of several solutions for our growing REE needs that are centred around using substitutes and recycling. However it concludes that, although some REE could be substituted, it would be unlikely that those applications based on specific optical, chemical and certain special magnetic properties would be a candidate for substitution.Recycling rare earths may provide some relief in the short term, particularly for defence applications, which use smaller quantities. But recycling REE from scrap is expensive and difficult while reusing components beyond their normal lifespan can produce problems in quality; leading mining companies say that finding alternative technologies is a long shot because of the unique properties rare earths offer.Companies like Avalon Rare Earths have a more direct approach.  Their flagship project, the Nechalacho REE project, is located at Thor Lake, Northwest Territories in Canada, not China, which produces most of the world’s REE. The project has an Indicated resource of 14.48 Mt, currently entering prefeasibility.        Rare earths are indispensable in electronic, optical, magnetic and catalytic applications and play a vital role in environmental technologies, improving energy efficiency and enabling digital technology. The term ‘rare’ as applied to rare earths is something of a misnomer and arises from the rarity of the minerals from which they were first isolated in the 18th century. The crustal abundance of rare earths as a whole is greater than silver, although individual elements in the group show very wide variation. Consumption of rare earths is growing rapidly, driven by our increasing reliance on digital technology and the growth in use of hybrid and electric vehicles which require relatively large amounts of certain rare earths in their motors.“‘World production of rare earth elements has more than doubled in the last 15 years,” says BGS Head of Minerals Andrew Bloodworth. “Our new publication is the latest in a series which aims to provide up to date, impartial and authoritative commodity profiles to inform debate and policy on security of supply’. A new bill known as the RESTART Act proposes reinvigorating the US rare earth sector through loan guarantees and establishing a national stockpile of the minerals. But a new Government accountability office review names critical defence systems that could not function without rare earths and warns it could take up to 15 years for the US to rebuild a domestic supply chain.last_img read more

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Fennelly hits 24 as Ballyhale storm to seventh AllIreland crown with 17point

first_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Short URL Share362 Tweet Email3 https://the42.ie/4547602 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-28St Thomas 2-11Fintan O’Toole reports from Croke ParkTHE KINGS OF club hurling reigned again this afternoon, Ballyhale Shamrocks sweeping to their latest All-Ireland title with a powerful display that blew them past the challenge of Galway’s St Thomas.With their most celebrated name Henry Shefflin now directing operations on the sideline, the Kilkenny champions once more reached the peak with 17 points to spare at the final whistle.Man-of-the-match Colin Fennelly bagged 2-4 from play with TJ Reid’s haul of 0-9 and Adrian Mullen’s contribution of 0-5 also helping Ballyhale blitz the 2013 winners.The first half was characterised most by the interventions of Fennelly. By the interval he had two goals to his name, tipping a shot to the net in the 5th minute after his initial attempt was thwarted by goalkeeper Gerald Murray and then a lovely flick to meet a long Adrian Mullen delivery in the 22nd minute saw the sliotar nestle in the far corner in front of Hill 16.He could have raised a third green flag, his 20th minute one-handed swipe dropped just over the crossbar. But Fennelly was the perfect focal point for the Ballyhale attack and helped shape a 2-10 to 1-8 interval advantage.St Thomas were left reeling by a whirlwind Ballyhale start that left them adrift 1-4 to 0-1 by the 5th minute but steadied themselves to recover in the first quarter with Conor Cooney firing home a penalty.Immediately after the break, Darragh Burke struck a sublime score to leave St Thomas trailing by four but that was as close as they got. Ballyhale went through the gears and accelerated clear on the scoreboard. Between the 34th and 45th minute, they reeled off six points without reply and had sailed clear by ten at the three-quarter mark to essentially kill off the game as a contest.St Thomas lost Fintan Burke through injury but they kept battling and did grab a second goal late on courtesy of David Burke. However Ballyhale were on fire in attack in the closing stages with 0-12 to their credit in the last quarter to bring their second-half tally to 0-18 as they ran out emphatic victors.Scorers for Ballyhale Shamrocks: Colin Fennelly 2-4, TJ Reid 0-9 (0-5f), Adrian Mullen 0-5, Eoin Cody, Patrick Mullen, Brian Cody 0-2 each, Mark Aylward, Evan Shefflin, Ronan Corcoran, Richie Reid 0-1 each.Scorers for St Thomas: Darragh Burke 0-7 (0-5f, 0-1 ’65), David Burke, Conor Cooney (1-0 pen) 1-0 each, James Regan, Bernard Burke, Brendan Farrell, Damien McGlynn.Ballyhale Shamrocks1. Dean Mason2. Darren Mullen3. Joey Holden4. Brian Butler5. Evan Shefflin6. Michael Fennelly (captain)7. Patrick Mullen8. Ronan Corcoran9. Richie Reid 10. Brian Cody11. TJ Reid12. Adrian Mullen13. Eoin Reid14. Colin Fennelly15. Eoin CodySubs22. Mark Aylward for Eoin Reid (42)21. Conor Walsh for Corcoran (54)17. Kevin Mullen for Darren Mullen (58)23. Joseph Cuddihy for Eoin Cody (58)19. Gavin Butler for Michael Fennelly (60)St Thomas1. Gerald Murray2. Cian Mahoney3. Cathal Burke4. Sean Skehill5. Donal Cooney6. Shane Cooney7. Fintan Burke8. James Regan9. David Burke10. David Sherry11. Darragh Burke12. Bernard Burke13. Brendan Farrell14. Conor Cooney (captain)17. Damien McGlynnSubs19. Mark Caulfield for Fintan Burke (inj) (49)21. Colin Fallon for Regan (52)18. Cian Kelly for Sherry (57)20. Damien Finnerty for McGlynn (59)Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Colin Fennelly in action for Ballyhale against St Thomas. 20,625 Views By Fintan O’Toole Colin Fennelly in action for Ballyhale against St Thomas. Image: James Crombie/INPHO 9 Comments Fennelly hits 2-4 as Ballyhale storm to seventh All-Ireland crown with 17-point win The Kilkenny club were far too strong for Galway’s St Thomas today. Mar 17th 2019, 3:27 PM Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 3:27 PM Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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En Antarctique les éponges de mer tirent parti du réchauffement climatique

first_imgEn Antarctique, les éponges de mer tirent parti du réchauffement climatiqueDes chercheurs allemands ont constaté, grâce à des vidéos sous-marines, une récente explosion des populations d’éponges de verre. Cette variété d’éponges marines vit dans une région de l’Antarctique libérée de la banquise à cause du réchauffement global.Les éponges hexactinellides (appelées éponges de verre) n’ont pas un rythme de vie et de reproduction aussi lent qu’on le pensait. C’est du moins ce qu’a permis de constater une nouvelle étude récemment publiée dans la revue Current Biology et menée par des chercheurs allemands. Pour en venir à cette conclusion, ces derniers sont partis observer les créatures dans des eaux où les observations sont normalement rares grâce à un engin particulier qui a pu filmer les profondeurs.”En comparant les (…) vidéo prises par un véhicule sous-marin télécommandé dans une des parties les moins accessibles de l’Antarctique, nous avons trouvé un doublement de la biomasse et une abondance d’éponges de verre, dont le nombre a été multiplié par 3, entre 2007 et 2011. C’est beaucoup plus rapide que n’importe lequel d’entre nous l’aurait cru possible”, explique Claudio Richter, de l’Institut Alfred Wegener (Allemagne).”Un principe général à tirer de notre étude est que les communautés benthiques [= du fond marin] sont très dynamiques, même dans les conditions environnementales extrêmes qui règnent dans l’Antarctique. Il y a quatre ans, la zone d’étude était dominée par une espèce d’ascidie. Maintenant, cette espèce pionnière a pratiquement disparu, laissant la place à une communauté dominée par de jeunes individus d’une éponge de verre”, poursuit sa collègue Laura Fillinger.Un impact sur l’écologie globale ? À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Et ce changement n’est pas nécessairement négatif, selon les chercheurs. En effet, les colonies d’éponges hexactinellides constituent des habitats propices à de nombreux autres invertébrés et poissons. Les deux scientifiques ont donc l’intention de continuer à surveiller ce site polaire, pour suivre l’évolution de cet écosystème. Mais ils peinent encore à tirer des leçons plus générales en termes d’écologie globale. “Si ce taux alarmant de désintégration de la couverture de glace se maintient, les éponges de verre pourraient se trouver du côté des gagnants du changement climatique…”, concluent les auteurs de l’étude. Le 15 juillet 2013 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Viewer numbers for 914 WWE RAW number slightly up

first_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Facebook Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Last night’s 9/14 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.40 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.29 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.54 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.36 million viewers.This is slightly up from last week’s 3.38 million viewers. Monday Night Football dominated the night with an average of 13.95 million viewers between the 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. games.Last year’s RAW on the first night of Monday Night Football (9/8/14) drew 3.99 million viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Pinterest Videos Articles Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)last_img read more

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2015 Youth Week plans announced

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Recommended for you Education Minister tours schools this week Related Items:akierra missick, Department of Youth Affairs, youth week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Sept 2015 – The Department of Youth turns to an anti-violence message when it comes to Youth Week celebrations in the TCI this year.On day one of the House of Assembly meeting this week, Youth Minister, Hon. Akierra Missick said September 20th marks the start of Youth Week celebrations. This year’s theme is: ‘Break the silence, stop the violence.’Minister Missick said, “this is an anti-gun violence campaign, which will be lead by a team from the Youth Department along with a promotion company who will host peace concerts, rallies and talks that are aimed at bringing awareness to the increasing scourge of gun violence and will urge us to step forward and say something, get involved and go back to being our brother’s keeper.”Each island will have a detailed list of events, according to the Deputy Premier and the anti-violence campaign will feature a panel of local and international speakers.The Minister encouraged the public to come out and support the youth as they display their talents and are recognized for their accomplishments.last_img read more

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Concert and auction raises money for local organizations

first_imgThree pianists teamed up to perform before an audience of about 350 on Friday night at the Pearson Air Museum.Nick Baker, Brent Gjerve, and Mac Potts performed with Darcy Schmitt as part of the the 3 Grands Concert & Auction. The event benefited the School of Piano Technology for the Blind and the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children. In all, the event raised nearly $11,000 between cash donations received at the event and a live auction.The musicians performed a variety of jazz standards, such as “Sweet Georgia Brown,” along with medleys of songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, and the Beatles.The evening also featured a silent auction, live auction, and speeches about the importance of raising funds and awareness for blind programs. “Blindness doesn’t need to mean helplessness,” said Kim Capeloto, president of the board of trustees at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind.Check out photos from the event on the Columbian’s Facebook page.last_img read more

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At least two dead as Asiana 777 crashes at SFO airport

first_img Saturday’s crash at SFO is having an impact on flights at Portland International Aiport. Click here to see flight delays and cancellations.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Asiana Airlines flight packed with more than 300 people slammed onto the runway while landing at San Francisco airport Saturday and caught fire, forcing many to escape by sliding down the emergency inflatable slides and into a trail of metal debris as flames tore through the plane. At least two people who were found outside the wreckage died in the crash, while another 182 people were taken to hospitals, many with minor injuries, authorities said. Forty-nine people were reported to be in critical condition, San Francisco International Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said. South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said the two dead were Chinese.As the plane approached the runway from the waters of San Francisco Bay around noon, travelers in the terminals and others eyewitnesses could see that the aircraft was swaying unusually from side to side and that at one point the tail seemed to hit the ground before breaking off. Kate Belding, who was jogging a few miles away, said she thought: “Oh my God. That plane is crashing.” By the time the flames were out, much of the top of the Boeing 777’s fuselage had burned away. The tail section was gone, with pieces of it scattered across the beginning of the runway. One engine appeared to have broken away. Emergency responders could be seen walking inside the burned-out wreckage. This frame grab from video provided by KTVU shows smoke rising from an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed while landing at San Francisco Airport on Saturday.last_img read more

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Young Alaskans Facing Problem With Fisheries Access According To Report

first_imgStafford: “The older generation is just doing what they’ve always done- making the most of the fishery, and working with the system they’ve been given. Fishing for a lot of people isn’t just a job you eventually retire from. It’s a lifestyle that is near impossible to quit.”  The report concluded that the ongoing loss of locally held permits in Alaska, whether by sale, migration, or cancellation by the state, suggests the need to develop specific provisions to ensure access to fishery resources remains in Alaska fishing communities for the long-term. The report reviewed programs and policies to address access challenges in Alaska fisheries in the Bristol Bay and Kodiak regions, and what they refer to as the “greying of the fleet”. According to the report, privatization of fisheries access has resulted in increased financial capital and risk needed to enter into fisheries. Of the permits that do remain in rural Alaska, increasingly older fishermen hold them.  The average fisherman today is over 50 years old, a decade older than the average fisherman of a generation ago, according to the report. Alaska passed the Limited Entry Act which created a set number of commercial fishing permits, and established the current limited entry system for the commercial fishery entry permit system. The first generation of permit holders were awarded permits from the state, based on their fishing record. They are a property right of the holder and may be sold, bought and are heritable. Research findings concluded that young people, small-scale fishermen, and rural communities have limited access to commercial fisheries where access has been privatized making it difficult for new fishermen to break into the business. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Since limited entry programs were implemented in state commercial fisheries, permit holdings by rural residents local to their fisheries have declined by 30%, according to a report from University of Alaska Fairbanks and SeaGrant scientists. The objective is to “limit entry into commercial fisheries and provide annual licensing and permitting of fisheries to facilitate the management and development of fishery resources for maximum benefit.” Kevin Stafford, Fisherman: “The risk/reward calculation just doesn’t add up for most young fisherman.” Market value for a Southeast seine permit today is around $230,000, and that’s before paying for gear, gas, groceries, and crew. According to the study most fisherman have to take out a loan in order to afford that. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-limited-entry-to-commercial-fishery-.mp3VmJennifer-on-limited-entry-to-commercial-fishery-.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Cash transfer freebies on eve of polls come under Supreme Court

first_imgNew Delhi: The Apex Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Centre, a few State Governments’ and the Election Commission seeking its response on the money transfers made by the various governments ahead of the general elections. Admitting the writ petition of Jana Sena leader, Pentapati Pulla Rao, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Elluru constituency in Andhra Pradesh as a candidate of the Pawan Kalyan-led Janasena Party, Chief Justice Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Karnataka, and the Centre to explain the money transfers. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The bench, also comprising Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose, decided to look into the plea seeking framing of comprehensive guidelines on freebies, Direct Cash Transfer Schemes and others. Arguing the case on behalf of his client, Advocate, Sravan Kumar, stated that these State Governments used tax payers’ money to lure the voters by large-scale money transfers to women, farmers and youth and others, in the form of various doles and also promised to keep up the transfers after the elections too. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Speaking to the media later, Pulla Rao said campaigning for the rivals became very difficult in the face of the transfers. Such transfers were tantamount to bribes, he said. Either the Centre’s Kisan Samman or transfer in the name of ‘Pasupu Kumkuma’ NTR Bharosa and Mukhya Mantri Yuva Nestam were all malpractices that were used with an intent to impact the election results, he said. Advertise With Us Pulla Rao, an economist by profession, said all such schemes should be declared unconstitutional and contrary to Article 14, 21, 112, 202 of the Constitution. He also referred to the apex court’s 2013 judgment in Subramanium versus State of Tamil Nadu in which there was a direction for the Election Commission to frame guidelines for regulating grant of freebies by government on the eve of elections to ensure free, fair and level playing field.last_img read more

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Foreign Investors Take Flight following Negative Global Cues

first_imgForeign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) became net sellers in the Indian equities market for the second consecutive week, following negative global and slow domestic reforms which dented sentiments.The foreign institutional investors (FIIs) along with sub-accounts and qualified foreign investors have been clubbed together by market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to create a new investor category called FPIs.The FPIs went on a selling spree by shedding-off shares worth $200.33 million.For the week ended Oct 10, the FPIs massively sold stocks worth ₹1,231.28 crore or $200.33 million, according to data with the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL).The FPIs only infused $49.65 million or ₹306.42 crore in the week under review.However, the FPIs were net-buyers on Friday. They bought in shares worth $2.29 million, or ₹13.98 crore, on Oct 10.For the week ended Oct 1, the FPIs had massively sold stocks worth ₹653.95 crore or $105.29 million.For the week ended Sep 26, the FPIs had sold stocks worth ₹2,487.02 crore and had only bought shares worth $75.40 million or ₹458.34 crore.The week ended Sep 19 saw the FPIs buying shares worth $354.24 million or ₹2,159.67, which helped propel the Indian equities market to subsequent new highs.Negative international cues were cited as a major cause for FPIs pulling back. One of the main reasons cited was Germany industrial output figures which posted its worst fall for five and a half years.Anxiety was further added with the start of the second quarter results season which kicked of in the week under review.A week before’s RBI decision to maintain key interest rates was also a dampner. The RBI left key interest rates unchanged stating that the country is currently positioned to reach the inflation target of six percent by January 2016.It has retained the economy’s growth projection for current fiscal at 5.5% and said the future policy stance will be influenced by the inflation outlook.The status quo in these key policy rates mean the equated monthly instalments (EMIs) on home, auto and other loans would remain unchanged as these rates determine lending and borrowing rates of the commercial banks.This could put in a spanner in the festive season sales.However, the US Federal Reserve hinting that interest rates will stay near zero level for a “considerable time” rebounded FPIs interest in the Indian markets.”Continuing concerns over global growth impacted the global markets over the week and India was no exception. The lack of foreign flows resulted in subdued sentiments,”said Dipen Shah, head- private client group research, Kotak Securities.According to Shah, going ahead, the quarterly results will dictate stock specific action.”Infosys has started the season on a positive note. Markets will eagerly look forward to important reforms decisions from the government eg. coal linkages, gas pricing, which will provide further impetus to the domestic investment and infrastructure related sectors,” Shah said.”Positive news on these fronts will improve sentiments and allow markets to seek higher levels.”Dogged by the weak FPI sentiment, the benchmark index of the Indian equities markets lost nearly a percent in the week trade which ended Oct 10.The week which started post an extended weekend holiday on Tuesday saw the markets decline by 1.01% at Friday’s closing of 26,297.38 points.last_img read more

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Ravindra Jadeja on the brink of big milestone in Test cricket details

first_imgRavindra Jadeja.GettyIndian bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is on the brink of achieving a milestone, as he may become the second fastest Indian bowler to reach 200 wickets in Test cricket. The Saurashtra all-rounder is just eight wickets away from a breakthrough and will probably breach the 200-wicket mark in the Test series against West Indies.The 30-year-old cricketer, who was recently nominated for the Arjuna Award, will also become the 10th Indian to join the elite list.Jadeja has a brilliant record in Tests as he has picked up 192 wickets in the 41 matches he has played at an impressive average of 23.7. Jadeja had a pretty good ICC Cricket World Cup campaign and after that, he had a more or less good time in the T20 and ODI series against Windies. He is currently ranked 5th in the ICC Test rankings.Both Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have their work cut out as they have some tricky decisions to make regarding the bowling line-up. They can actually opt for three spinners with Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav in good form and Ravichandran Ashwin having a good record against the Caribbean side. It will be interesting to see what they finally decide.Recently, in an interview with the Times of India, Harbhajan Singh stated that he will keep Kuldeep and Jadeja ahead of Ashwin. Team India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesThe Indian cricket team won both the ODI series and T20 international series against the West Indies beating them 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. The Men in Blue have been in superb form in the Caribbean with Virat Kohli leading them to victory in the recently concluded ODI series in a convincing manner. He broke many records as he scored two back-to-back centuries and finished with 234 runs along with the man of the series award in his kitty.Team India will fight it out against the Windies in a two-match Test series which starts on August 22 at Antigua. The Test series will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship and the world number one Test team will look to end the tour on a high note.last_img read more

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The agony and the ecstasy of New Super Mario Bros 2

first_imgNew Super Mario Bros. 2, which was recently released for the Nintendo 3DS, is a brief, but inescapably accurate portrayal of everything that works and does not work with the 3DS. On the surface it’s YAMG (yet another Mario game) and it stays remarkably true to the formula.Since the 1988 release Super Mario Bros. 3, Nintendo has known exactly what gamers want from a 2D Mario game — the raccoon suit, the fire flower, bricks you smash by jumping, and a few swimming levels. The company has done an incredible job at keeping this formula interesting through many different iterations and platforms, but ultimately they know what people expect, and just how far things should be pushed before the natives get restless. The team also knows just what concoction brews up the secret sauce: that perfect Mario jump, the ideal degree of difficulty for all members of the family, and exactly how to introduce players to new perks and mechanics.Depending on your perspective this can be a good or bad thing. After all, Nintendo has managed to innovate without reinventing, to modernize without displacing our nostalgia, and to attract new players without losing the long-time fans. Depending on your perspective, this could be the sign of a company that doesn’t want to kill the golden goose or one that’s too complacent to survive in an ever-changing industry that thrives on creative destruction.One of the important aspects of a franchise that holds so many things constant is that the smallest changes can feel ever so important. While playing New Super Mario Bros. 2 I’ve been downright gleeful every time I get the gold flower, which turns Mario into a veritable King Midas. I’ve also been suspiciously eying the persistent coin counter, which gives me a virtual pat on the back every time I collect 1,000 new coins, reminding me both of the hard work I’ve done collecting them and the additional hours of my life that I’ve invested in jumping Mario into the same bricks and over the same koopa troopas.One of the most lackluster aspects of the otherwise extremely polished game is the 3D. This isn’t anything new for 3DS owners: the 3D perspective is unnecessary, uncomfortable and, unlike Super Mario 3D Land$17.52 at Amazon, there are no times when 3D viewing is required to unlock a puzzle. I was able to play through long stretches of the game just as if I was still on my trusty DS Lite, having totally forgotten that 3D was even available.Not surprisingly, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is another fine addition to the franchise. The game has a new gold-obsessed Coin Rush mode, Mega (think 50-foot-tall) Mario is shockingly amusing the first time you get the power-up, and the game is still perfectly balanced. Like the other recent games, coins and lives are thrown at you with such reckless abandon that they lose all meaning. The stages are all ones we’ve seen before, and the game will not hesitate to pat you on the head and hold your hand if you have problems. Perhaps this biggest change with this release was that this game was not delivered to me as a cartridge, but as a download through the 3DS eShop.So yes, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is exactly what it sounds like, and the problems with both Nintendo and the 3DS remain unaddressed.last_img read more

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