While BC waters recede in some places Katzie First Nation still on

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsMilder temperatures have alleviated some of the flooding in British Columbia, the Katzie First Nation is still on alert.Many areas in British Columbia have been dealing with severe flooding and a number of evacuation notices have been lifted.But some who live by the Fraser River are keeping a close eye on the water.lhamelin@aptn.ca@Laurie_Hamelinlast_img

Saida Fikri Honest Journalists and Artists Are Moroccos Last Hope

By Eddahmani AbdeselamRabat – Saida Fikri is a Moroccan author, composer, guitarist, and performer widely known in the Maghreb and Europe for her songs that deal with social issues.Fikri’s songs combine the influences of contemporary world music: rock, blues, jazz, folk, pop, country, and reggae. But in the mixture of these various currents, one invariably discovers notes of the Middle East and North Africa, including traces of Gnawa, Rai, and Chaabi, as well as traditional Berber, Andalusian, and Arab-classical songs. Fikri writes her lyrics in Darija (Moroccan Arabic dialect), French, classical Arabic, and also English. Morocco World News caught up with Fikri to talk about her latest hit “Mansoura,” her committed style, and her legendary career.Your latest song, “Mansoura,” is inspired by your childhood. What can you tell us about this subject?Saida Fikri: Contrary to what was promoted by some media platforms that did not bother to read my statement – the idea that I was a housemaid in America – the song “Mansoura” is inspired from a personal experience I lived in my childhood.As everyone knows, Saida Fikri was not born with a golden spoon in her mouth, but from a poor family. Due to our harsh [living] conditions, I started working as a housemaid at the age of eight on holidays, especially summer vacation, to help myself and my family.Almost all your songs discuss social issues, which has led you to be called the “people’s artist.” Was this commitment a choice or a duty?Saida Fikri: My music been called “committed” and I have been called the “people’s artist.” But in fact all that it is, is that my music resemble me. It was not a choice, but was imposed due to the circumstances that I experienced in my life. After all, my music translates my feelings.Thanks to God, my music has given me freedom and pleasure at an early age. I was just 16 years old when I started, and my career music has always been my personal psychological therapist. It gave me balance and psychological stability.How do you see today’s art and artists?Saida Fikri: Today’s art reflects today’s Morocco, with its volatility and all that happens in our society.Art is the mirror of societies. Unfortunately, our young people are lost in a storm of questions with no answers, because they lack values, which are about to disappear.I remember my beginnings in the 1990s. It was difficult to express our opinion under the circumstances we were living in. But things were clear. Today, everything is mixed up and our youth are living the same.After years abroad, I thought that when I came back things would be different, but unfortunately not. Enough is enough. There is no art in Morocco; our cultural field is shaky because it has no foundations. At a time when world-wide artists search for simplicity, our youth live in a fake fame: videos clips with rented cars and too many lies that have nothing to do with their reality.They are selling illusion to people while Morocco still suffers from hunger and ignorance.I wish to see a credible art that can help change this country, because honest journalists and artists are the last hope of this country.You’ve spent almost 25 years as a committed artist. Was it worth the sacrifice?Saida Fikri: Honestly, I do not consider it a sacrifice. On the contrary, my music helped me to find spiritual peace and balance in my life.God blessed me with this spiritual communication between me and my fans. I can not talk about a sacrifice in front of all the love, appreciation. and respect that fans give me.Nothing can compensate this feeling, which gives me a positive energy and encourages me to continue, and I will continue because my biggest wish is to spread my messages to as many people as much as I can and influence them positively.You been part of DBF Productions. What can you tell us about your work with Don Big?Saida Fikri: My partnership with DBF Productions ended a long time ago.Despite what has been publicized about this partnership, we worked in good conditions and we parted in better conditions. As everybody knows, Don Big has a high sense of professionalism. I enjoyed working with him, but we have different visions, and despite the dissolution of our partnership we still have a strong friendship.What are your future projects?Saida Fikri: Frankly, everything I am working on will be abroad because I no longer understand what is happening in Morocco. We were preparing for a dozens of concerts this summer, but I was surprised that they were canceled at the last moment after we agreed on everything. And what made it worse is the foolish excuses that were presented to me. I do not know whether it is intentional exclusion or that something else is happening. read more

UN telecoms agency urges use of technology to tackle climate change

25 November 2011The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said today that it will, with partners, urge delegates at the UN climate change conference in South Africa next week to harness the power of information and communication technology to promote measures to mitigate and adapt to global warming. Modern advanced technologies can transform social, industrial and business processes to effect the changes needed to achieve environmental sustainability, ITU said in a statement ahead of the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which opens in the South African city of Durban on Monday.While the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to make a real difference is widely recognized by the technology community and government ICT ministries, it is still far from being understood and embraced by environmental lobby groups and policy-makers, ITU pointed out.“ITU and its partners will be using COP 17 to promote ICTs as the 21st century’s most valuable problem-solving tools. ITU believes it imperative that they be included as an integral part of global climate change policy,” said the statement.The UN body and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have initiated the Global Coalition on ICT and Climate Change to send a coordinated message to the conference in Durban. Organizations in the coalition include the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Global Compact, TechAmerica, as well as high-level representatives from the governments of Ghana, South Africa and Egypt.The coalition’s message is that ICTs, such as smart grids, intelligent transport systems and the ‘Internet of things’ have extraordinary potential to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of other high energy-consuming sectors, and must be included in any meaningful climate change policies at the global, regional and national level.The coalition will also demonstrate how the ICT industry is using technology to reduce its own carbon footprint.“It is imperative that our massively inter-connected world also becomes a greener, more sustainable world,” said Hamadoun Touré, the ITU Secretary General.The so-called ‘smart’ technologies can help to bridge the digital divide and improve the lives of millions of people, Dr. Touré said.“Look at the benefits which can be achieved with intelligent transport systems, or through the digitization of goods, processes and services. We need to move now to take advantage of the powerful tools already in our hands,” he added. read more

Somalia UN helps in first steps to reestablish national police force

The two-month-long Seminar and Training Workshop for 65 police officers ended yesterday in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Rule of Law and Security Programme, which has also staged field missions to identify and prioritize police infrastructure rehabilitation, providing the necessary technical and financial support.“UNDP continues to be committed to the establishment of a civilian police force in Somalia, as this can only be a benefit for all of us,” said Maxwell Gaylard, the agency’s Resident Representative. “Not only does it allow for the protection of human life, but the culture of rule of law then triggers private investment and allows humanitarian and developmental organizations access into areas where they are needed, all which work towards improving the lives of the Somali people,” he added. During the workshop’s first three weeks, high ranking officers of the former Somali Police Force worked on a two-year development plan to rebuild the force that defined command and coordination structures, discussed reactivation of police personnel, reviewed police regulations and laws, conducted training needs analysis and selected officers to participate in the workshop. In the second phase, a comprehensive training programme was developed, including a training syllabus and manual, and trainers were identified and trained. A technical facilitation team composed of law enforcement experts from UNDP and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) as well as Ugandan police trainers assisted their Somali counterparts through the process. read more

Quebecor wants CRTC to require providers to carry Sun News on basic

OTTAWA – Quebecor says its television network Sun News suffered a projected $17-million loss in 2012 and will continue to record unacceptable losses unless the federal regulator requires cable and satellite companies to carry it on their basic service.The media giant says the current distribution agreements are inadequate to support the channel, which is only offered in 40 per cent of households.It says these distribution challenges also hurt advertising revenues.In its filings, Quebecor forecasts that Sun TV will lose $19.5 million in 2013, $18.9 million in 2014 and $18.1 million in 2015 — with losses in the tens of millions carrying on each year through to 2020.Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) called the situation “clearly unsustainable.”“The current distribution agreements Sun News has with cable and satellite providers are inadequate to support the channel,” it said.It claims the addition of Sun News — dubbed “Fox News North” by its critics — to the basic service would be “negligible” to consumers, adding only $2.16 annually to each household — $1.08 per Francophone household — if the costs are passed on to subscribers.“Obviously a preferable option would be for (cable and satellite providers) to remove an American or foreign content channel (and associated distribution fee) from their basic lineup and include Sun News on a zero cost to consumer basis.”Quebecor wants the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to require that Sun News be carried on all analog and digital basic services in Canada through the end of 2017. It would then be treated like other “Category C” services.“Our plan would allow Sun News to establish an audience under similar rules and regulations to those afforded CBC Newsworld and CTV News Channel for 21 and 13 years respectively,” the company said in filings to the CRTC.“We don’t begrudge our competitors in any way, we simply want the same rules that they enjoyed — at least for the next five years.”Sun TV launched in April 2011 and its on-air personalities include conservative pundit Ezra Levant.The CRTC approved a five-year licence for the channel in November 2010 after Quebecor dropped its request for a special licence that would have required cable and satellite carriers to offer the service. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2013 6:39 pm MDT Quebecor wants CRTC to require providers to carry Sun News on basic service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New rules call for allin pricing on Ontario travel ads

by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2016 8:10 am MDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Travel ads in Ontario will soon have to include all taxes and fees under new rules that the provincial government says are meant to protect consumers.The province says the rules, which take effect Jan. 1, will help reduce confusion and prevent surprises for travellers, as well as ensure a level playing field for the travel industry.“People across Ontario can now research and buy their vacations and business travel with confidence and without surprises — the price advertised will now be the price paid,” Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario’s minister of government and consumer services, said in a statement.The change was also hailed by at least one industry group, which said all-in pricing “provides consistent guidelines for the travel industry when advertising and promoting the price of travel services.”“Reducing confusion helps consumers and businesses,” said the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, which is tasked with enforcing the province’s Travel Industry Act.A spokeswoman for Flight Centre Canada, a Vancouver-based travel agency with locations throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, said the company welcomes the new rules and in fact has already been advertising with all costs included for several years.“Full transparency in pricing will reduce confusion while at the same time encourage fair competition from sun wholesalers and retailers so this is very good news for both the consumer and the travel industry,” Allison Wallace said in an email.She said Ontario has been leading the pack when it comes to regulating travel advertising in Canada.Porter Airlines said it supports and advocates for all-inclusive pricing.“We did this for airline pricing and are already following the guidelines outlined today for vacation packages,” the company said in an email.“Porter Escapes, our vacation packages division, has always provided customers with all-inclusive pricing to keep the booking process simple and clear.”The new regulations apply to any ads made by a registered travel agent or wholesaler that refer to the price of travel services.Consultations on how to further protect travellers and reduce the burden on businesses will be held starting in February. People enjoy a sunset at La Boca beach in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba in an Aug.8, 2015 file photo.Travel ads in Ontario will soon have to include all taxes and fees under new rules that the provincial government says are meant to protect consumers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Ramon Espinosa New rules call for all-in pricing on Ontario travel ads read more

Conventional and FancyStats Rate The NHLs Deadline Trades Much Differently

This year’s NHL trade deadline saw quite a few transactions — 74 veteran players switched teams in the month leading up to (and including) the March 2 moratorium — and some of the moves could shift the league’s balance of power with the playoffs a little more than a month away.In anticipation of Monday’s cutoff, we listed about 35 likely trade candidates and their possession metrics, to get a sense of who the advanced statistics would favor if any of them were dealt. But now that all the deals have been cut, how highly do the numbers regard the big names moved at the deadline?It totally depends on which numbers you look at. Conventional stats — such as goals, assists and plus-minus, as synthesized into point shares above replacement (PSAR) — favor players like newly acquired Detroit winger Erik Cole. Cole bounced back from a pair of down seasons to average a goal every three or so games with a +4 rating (on a Dallas team that’s -11 overall) before being traded. That performance was enough to lead all deadline acquisitions in 2014-15 PSAR. But as we’ve learned, the NHL’s #EnhancedStats movement emphasizes more than traditional counting statistics.Advanced metrics such as Corsi and Fenwick (ahem, “shot attempts” and “unblocked shot attempts”) started a trend in player evaluation of focusing on his ability to improve his team’s puck-possession rate while on the ice. If possession is a reliable path to team success, the reasoning goes, you want to stock your roster with players most associated with strong team possession rates when they’re in the game.Now, Stephen Burtch’s Delta Corsi (dCorsi) and Domenic Galamini’s Usage-Adjusted Corsi have pushed attempts to isolate a skater’s effect on his team’s possession rate even further. The relatively new twist provided by those stats? Attempting to account for player-usage factors — such as position played, teammate and opponent quality, zone starts and even faceoff winning percentages in dCorsi’s case — on a player’s possession rate in addition to looking at on-ice versus off-ice differences.In the past, you’d have to eyeball a player’s workload and usage as a means of context for, say, his relative Corsi. But these new stats attempt to bake those contextual factors into a single number by comparing a player’s actual possession rate to what we’d expect of an average NHL player at his position if placed in the same situations.1This is similar in theory to the way researchers have sometimes attempted to measure individual fielding in baseball, under which a defender’s actual plays made in the field are compared with expected play counts based on balls in play sent in his direction.You might think there’d be a decent amount of crossover between conventional numbers and these new possession-based advanced stats, but the correlation is practically nonexistent. Rescaling PSAR against an average baseline to make an apples-to-apples comparison, I found essentially no relationship with Burtch’s dCorsi Impact (which gives players more credit for maintaining strong possession rates relative to average in greater amounts of ice time) this season:Take Cole again. Despite his solid counting stats and a very good point share tally, Dallas’s possession rate when Cole was on the ice was actually lower than what would be expected from an average player in the same situations with the same teammates and opponents. Or take FiveThirtyEight favorite Jaromir Jagr, whose relatively down conventional stats belie a player still capable of driving play with the proverbial skills that don’t show up in the box score.They’re not alone among the bigger-name deadline acquisitions. Much was made when the Arizona Coyotes shipped away center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Keith Yandle. Both players were solid PSAR contributors for Arizona this season but also ranked among the least valuable dCorsi players at their respective positions.Meanwhile, Zbynek Michalek, another former Coyote, boasted extremely unimpressive counting numbers (8 points and a -6 rating in 53 games) even by the standards of his position but ranks as one of the best defensemen in hockey according to dCorsi Impact.In case it wasn’t clear by now, all this goes to show that it’s nearly impossible to guess whether a player is a possession star or scrub based on his conventional numbers. As is the case with most of these new-school-versus-old-school metric battles to recently crop up across almost all sports, a player’s true value probably lies somewhere in between. But in hockey, that fact just underscores how little we still know about who’s helping and hurting their teams. read more

Police advice to keep emergency grab bag at home in case of

Others tweeted photographs of their ideal “grab bags”, containing items such as gin, prosecco and the family pet. 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. Police advice for British people to keep an emergency “grab bag” at home has been mocked online after officials were accused of “scaremongering”.Multiple police Twitter accounts posted pictures of “grab bags” on Sunday as part of a safety awareness campaign running throughout September.In such bags, British people are advised to keep an “emergency plan”, a whistle, food and water, toiletries, a radio and a a torch as well as other apparently essential items.The Police Scotland account wrote: “Emergencies can happen at any time and it’s recommended to have a #GrabBag ready containing essential items including medication, copies of important documents, food/water, torch, radio and other personal items.”Many mocked this decision and asked what “emergency situation” was likely to occur.Writer Amanda tweeted: “I think if police stations up and down the country are going to start simultaneously suggesting we pack a #GrabBag they should at least hint as to why. A zombie apocalypse is going to need a very different packing strategy to an AI takeover, for example”.Another Twitter user, Meriel Myers, added: “Just packing my #GrabBag and so far I have Jaffa Cakes, Gin, Phone charger, Pot noodle, Colouring book and a Pac a Mac! No one can tell me I’m not prepared!” Well I’m not taking any chances, that’s my #GrabBag packed & ready to go pic.twitter.com/eGELNtBjn4— Graham Love (@GLove39) September 8, 2019 However, many accused the police accounts of scaremongering. One Twitter critic said: “What’s all this scaremongering #GrabBag b——-?”You may as well go the whole hog: ‘A nuclear attack can happen at any time. Make sure you have a fallout shelter ready…’.” After hundreds of people criticised the campaign, organised by a group called 30 Ways 30 Days which comprises local authorities and police, it was forced to clarify the grab bag had nothing to do with Brexit.Prepared in Essex, a group which is part of the campaign, said: “The campaign has no links to Brexit and there isn’t anything that you haven’t be told. It is just coincidence that these issues have collided on Twitter and some people have assumed that they are linked. The group added: “There was no intention for this to be seen as scaremongering.”A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “The messaging is part of a general resilience awareness campaign that runs each year during September which emergency services and partners across Britain are taking part in.” Got my grab bag ready for going down to London. pic.twitter.com/fzFQTHJVgY— Scott Reid 🔍 (@scottreid1980) September 8, 2019 read more

Body of overseas based Guyanese who drowned in jet skiing accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOverseas based Guyanese vacationing, feared dead after jet skiing accidentJuly 16, 2018In “Crime”Missing body from Pomeroon boat collision recoveredFebruary 19, 2014In “Crime”Body of WBD man recovered at Splashmin’s Fun ParkMarch 25, 2019In “latest news” The body of an overseas based Guyanese who reportedly drowned on Sunday last in the Demerara river, days after arriving in Guyana with his family on a holiday break, was on Tuesday recovered near a Koker at Timehri, East Bank Demerara.The dead man has been identified as Ravindra Budhraj, 46, who was vacationing with his wife and daughter.They were reportedly residing at, Prashad Nagar, Georgetown.Based on information received, the incident occurred at about 17:30hrs on Sunday.INews was told that Budhraj and his family visited Santa Mission on Sunday morning, spent most of the day, and returned to the Jettoo’s Sawmill Wharf, located at Coverden, East Bank Demerara, at about 17:00h.A few minutes later, the father of one and another man- identified as a 29-year-old Computer Technician- who is a family friend, and a member of the trip, mounted a green jet ski and went skiing in the Demerara River.However, according to the family friend, Budhraj, who was driving, lost control, resulting in both men falling into the river.At this point, an eyewitness who observed what transpired, rushed to their assistance in the company of other persons, in another boat.This online publication was told that upon their arrival, only the 29-year-old was seen panting for breath in the water. Budhraj had already allegedly submerged.The 46-year-old victim arrived in Guyana on July 7, 2018.Investigations are ongoing. read more

Guyanas Audit Office to receive oil auditing training from Canada

Auditor General Deodat Sharma hands (right) over the 2017 report to Speaker of the House Dr Barton ScotlandThe Audit Office of Guyana will be embarking on a partnership with a Canadian firm that will aim to prepare the agency to be able to audit oil companies in Guyana, among other areas.This was explained by Auditor General Deodat Sharma at the official handing over of the 2017 Audit Report of Guyana at the Public Buildings on Friday to Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland.He revealed that the firm, Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation (CAAF), will be conducting training over a seven-year period.“One officer will be working on the area of environment audits, with special emphasis on Guyana’s preparedness to deal with oil spills at sea that could have devastating effects on endangered species and also our crops and livestock along our coastland.”“This arrangement with the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation, for which an agreement with the Audit Office of Guyana will be signed in January 2019, whereby CAAF will be providing training in various disciplines for the next seven years. The other officer will be working in the area of gender equality.”Sharma also assured that the Audit Office will continue to ensure improvements are made to its operations. These improvements will include the implementation of software – TeamMate – with the ultimate aim of paperless operations at the office.Meanwhile, it was explained at the handing over that the audit report would be laid in the National Assembly once the House comes out of recess early next month. It is then that the report becomes a public document. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNational Assembly receives 2016 Audit reportSeptember 30, 2017In “latest news”AG’s report for 2015 handed over to House SpeakerSeptember 30, 2016In “latest news”2015 Auditor General’s Report to be handed over to House Speaker today …report expected to highlight abuse of Contingency Fund by GovtSeptember 30, 2016In “latest news” read more

Second UNEXMIN underwater mine robot bound for testing at Portuguese uranium mine

first_imgThe pressure hull of the second UNEXMIN UX-1 robot – UX-1b – has recently been produced, with mechanical parts put together and pressure tested, in Finland, as part of the Tampere University of Technology’s (TUT) work. In late February it was on its way to Porto, Portugal, where the technical teams (INESC TEC, UPM, UNIM) will assemble all the components and test the new robot in a pool where both hardware and software will be proved. The aim is to have two operational robots – UX-1a and UX-1b – ready for the field missions at the Urgeiriça uranium mine, in Portugal.UX-1b, the second robot from the multi-robotic platform created within the UNEXMIN project, will be similar to its first counterpart, but with some other specificities. Mainly, differences are on the scientific payload will be seen between the two robots. This will guarantee that different sensors are carried while reducing the size, weight and power demands for individual robots to do the exploration and mapping of the flooded mine environment.The Urgeiriça trials will happen during March and April 2019, 9–10 days in each month. Between the two sets of missions, the robots will be fine-tuned and tested in INESC-TEC’s testing pool in Porto. Here, the autonomy, control, movement and data collection and analysis of the robots will be extensively studied in order to get the most out of the robotic system.The next few weeks will see the birth of a new UX-1 robot that will bring the UNEXMIN platform one step closer to its final state.last_img read more

Frankston doesnt give a fig

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Steven Karakitsos, president of the South Eastern Centre for Sustainability says the fight goes on to save a 120-year-old Moreton Bay fig tree under threat, despite the council making a decision last month not to come to its rescue. Frankston Council had been asked to stump up the $750,000 minimum required to buy the two properties whose land includes the historic tree. With the properties’ foundations being eroded by the fig’s ancient roots, the owners of the townhouses – who support the tree remaining on the site – were keen to close a deal with the council. Cr Glenn Aitken, who had tried to broker the deal, said the decision was “a sad day for Frankston,” and that Frankston’s environmental leadership and credibility would be judged on this decision. “It is a tree of great importance to our community, which was planted before Federation when Victoria was still a colony of Britain and it is still hale and hearty today with a long life span ahead of it,” he told the Frankston Standard Leader.Frankston Mayor Cr Sandra Mayer said that local residents would be disappointed by the decision. “However, given our constrained financial position, council resolved not to spend ratepayers’ money on steps to protect the tree which would have included associated legal and property acquisition costs,” she said. The mayor added that the council understood the significance of the tree for the community and had “explored all available options to seek protection of the tree”. In 2003 the council paid $120,000 to save the tree from being felled; that investment now appears irrelevant. Many local residents expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision and have threatened to take direct action to prevent its removal. Some have suggested keeping a 24-hour vigil. “Councillors overlooked the potential for a solution and their arguments were farcical,” was one observer’s opinion. Steve Karakitsos told Neos Kosmos that the council’s decision showed “gob-smacking negligence on account of the measures that were implemented in 2003 to purchase the property and save it”. “It looks as if Frankston’s 2025 Vision – created through public consultation with its strong emphasis on protecting our green heritage is a mask – an irreparable facade full of structural cracks that means little if anything…” Karakitsos has vowed to carry on the fight. The next step will be to lobby MPs to look at how legislation can play a role in the tree’s long-term survival and collect signatures for a petition through the communityrun.org website. “We’re bringing this to the State’s attention and pursuing a number of avenues that would goad the council into accepting responsibility in resolving the issue, he says. “If the tree could be saved through legislation, the council or other authorities would be responsible for the property owners to be recompensed for selling. There has to be some kind of compromise”. Whilst the historical importance of the tree has been uppermost in deliberations over its future, Karakitsos believes its environmental significance has been overlooked by many. Flying foxes, barn, boobook and other owls, along with yellow-bellied sheath-tailed bats and a host of other creatures all rely on the ancient fig tree for food and refuge.last_img read more

Facebook vers une introduction en Bourse

first_imgFacebook vers une introduction en BourseLe réseau social pourrait bien faire son entrée en bourse très prochainement.Facebook va-t-il bientôt être coté à Wall Street, la Bourse américaine ? C’est en tout cas ce que rapporte le Wall Street Journal, qui explique que la croissance exponentielle du site créé il y a 7 ans par Mark Zuckerberg pourrait pousser à une introduction en Bourse dès le printemps de l’année prochaine. En effet, le bénéfice imposable du réseau social pourrait passer les 2 milliards d’euros en 2011.À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinQuant à la valeur boursière de Facebook, elle serait évaluée à 100 milliards de dollars, le double de celle annoncée par la banque Goldman Sachs il y a quelques mois. La capitalisation de Facebook dépasserait alors toutes les autres sociétés technologiques en Bourse, devant Amazon ou Cisco System. Les spécialistes restent toutefois prudents devant les sommes astonomiques annoncées, car même si le géant du web 2.0 n’est pas encore coté en Bourse, la valeur de ses titres qui s’échangent sur le second marché fluctue beaucoup.Le 4 mai 2011 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Someone replaced all of Dark Souls IIIs textures with crabs

first_img 1) A ghostly, tendril-covered orb kidnaps children it tricks into thinking it’s a toy1/10Dark Souls or Pokémon? Pokémon. Meet Drifloon, the ghost/flying type Balloon Pokémon. Its Pokédex entry from Pokémon Y says, “These Pokémon are called the ‘Signpost for Wandering Spirits.’ Children holding them sometimes vanish.”<><> Vape the crab 2011. If you’re one of those insane people who see’s a world made up of various crab textures and asks why, we propose a different line of thinking: why not?Dark Souls III may be as tough as a forsaken god-king impaling you on a shape-shifting, living spear, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. The kind of fun that re-textures literally every single thing in the game to look like crabs. Buildings? Crabs. Clouds? Crabs. Your character? Crabs. The technical fortitude required to replace every texture with this simple yet intricate crab design is irrelevant when the outcome is this important to the growth of the video game medium.Look at the sky, in all its crabby beauty. Look at the character’s cape, representing YouTuber “Limit Breakers’” loyalty to the legendary crab and all that it stands for. This is what they meant by next-gen – this is what they meant by the future.It gets even better when “Limit Breakers” visits the actual giant crab enemies in the game, re-textured with even more crabs. An implosion of awesome crab power was surely being kept at bay by some unholy offering as we witness the epitome of meta-crab obsession. Hidetaka Miyazaki has surely contacted this player by now and offered him a job at From Software on the creative team, or at the very least, offered him the title of crab consultant.We’re eagerly awaiting the first “Crab Souls III Speed Run” video from the speed run community, followed by “Twitch Plays Crab Souls III.”last_img read more

Miami Passport Agency provides expedited passport option

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami Passport Agency is closed until further notice but options may be available for an expedited passport.A water pipe burst inside the Omni Building where the Miami Passport Agency is located, causing it to be shut down temporarily.For those who need an expedited passport, the agency said there are still options.“Those American citizens here in South Florida who are traveling urgently, urgently for us is anything within two weeks,” said Miami Passport Agency Director Ryan Dooley. “The best thing to do is, if you are in a situation where you need to apply for passport or you need to renew your passport, give our national passport information center a call.”People looking to travel within a short period of time can go to a post office or clerk of court and pay a fee to get an expedited travel document.If you need assistance, the Miami Passport Agency has provided help for those who were scheduled to pick up a passport:https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply/agencies/miami.html For more information, call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2020 Range Rover Evoque brings topnotch style to Chicago

first_img Chicago Auto Show: Your one-stop shop for everything coming out of Chicago.Land Rover Discovery: We bid our long-termer farewell. Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Preview • 2018 Range Rover: New interior and tech with a plug-in on the way 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Td6 Diesel HSE SWB Review • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6: Better tech with a delicious diesel 1:46 SUVs Luxury cars More From Roadshow See All 2020 Range Rover Evoque looks more like a Range Rover than ever 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags • Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is the least expensive way to slide into a Range Rover, and now, it looks more like its expensive siblings, which buyers are sure to appreciate.After debuting in Europe late in 2018, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque has finally broken cover in the US at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. This compact SUV carries more Range Rover DNA than ever before, which is obvious from even the quickest of glances. It’s a huge shift from the last-generation Evoque, which had a more unique look.The Evoque appears to get a lot of its inspiration from the shapely Range Rover Velar. Up front, the headlights are as thin as the Velar’s, a growing trend not just at Land Rover. The rear end, though, carries the greatest resemblance, offering more of a coupelike look than before. While many cars physically expand in a new generation, the Evoque is just about the same size as it was before, although the wheelbase is a bit longer, improving legroom and cargo capacity.Enlarge ImageThere’s a lot of Velar influence in the new Evoque. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Its interior has been thoroughly reworked, again begging comparison to Range Rover’s more expensive vehicles. If you like storing junk in the car — and who doesn’t, really — the door panels can now accommodate 1.5-liter water bottles, and there’s a clever little tray behind the climate controls to hide more stuff.Two different engines are on offer. Cars with the P250 designation rock a 2.0-liter gas I4 that’s good for 246 horsepower. If that’s not enough, opt for one of the P300 vehicles, as that brings a 48-volt mild hybrid system into the equation, also boosting the net output to 296 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard.There is a bunch of available tech in this thing, too. Cameras can be used to make the hood “invisible,” showing the driver what’s immediately under the car’s front end. The rearview mirror can switch between a traditional mirror and a camera-based view of the area behind the car. Other optional equipment includes Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which packs two 10-inch touchscreens on the center console and a 12.3-inch screen in place of the gauge cluster. There are six USB ports scattered around the cabin, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is available.The 2020 Range Rover Evoque goes on sale this spring. It’ll start at $42,650, and nonhybrid models stretch up to $56,850 for the limited First Edition trim. On the mild hybrid side, prices range from $46,600 to $55,800. reading • 2020 Range Rover Evoque brings top-notch style to Chicago 32 Photos Post a comment Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors 2020 Range Rover Evoque brings new mild hybrid tech Share your voice Chicago Auto Show 2019 Chicago Auto Show 2019 Land Rover Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Land Rover Jaguarlast_img read more

Czechs want to know why Russia stopped diplomats

first_imgPRAGUE (AP) – The Czech Republic’s Foreign Ministry says it wants Russia to explain why authorities there stopped a Czech diplomatic vehicle and demanded the driver take a breath test _ an incident that happened to be witnessed by a local television crew.Ministry spokesman Vit Kolar says it is not clear why the car was stopped Thursday in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.The Czechs rejected the breath exam request on grounds of diplomatic immunity. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Kolar asserted Friday that the car’s driver had committed no traffic offense. The vehicle belongs to the local Czech consulate.He said the Czechs’ suspicion was especially aroused because the TV crew was present during the encounter.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   center_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Full inquiry to probe Paphos baby death

first_imgBy Evie AndreouAUTHORITIES pledged on Wednesday that any responsibility in the death of a baby in Paphos over the weekend will be assigned, as two separate investigations were underway into the incident that shocked the island.“Pending the findings, I want to assure you of the health minister’s and the permanent secretary’s will, to assign any responsibility that may arise,” Health ministry permanent secretary Christina Yiannaki said.The ministry has launched an administrative inquiry while a criminal probe by the police was already underway into the death of the baby, around 15 minutes after the birth of his twin brother at midnight last Friday.The infant, a baby boy, whom doctors failed to detect during his mother’s twin pregnancy, died at birth, a post mortem has found, but the results of specialised tests will determine the exact cause.Following the incident, the baby’s 22-year-old mother reported to the police that her attending gynaecologist at the Paphos general hospital had failed to diagnose the twin pregnancy. The woman said she was never aware she had been carrying twins.The baby’s post mortem was carried out by state pathologists, Sophocles Sophocleous and Nicos Charalambous, with former state pathologist Marios Matsakis taking part on behalf of the family.The health minister has already dismissed the female gynaecologist who had been employed on a temporary contract expiring in November.The ministry’s investigation is expected to be completed by the end of August, while police were expected to wrap up their inquiry sometime next week.Yiannaki said that during the administrative probe, they will go through all procedures that were followed in the case in question.Matsakis, who was highly critical of the hospital, focusing on the state of its equipment, namely the two ultrasound scanners, reiterated on Wednesday that the information he possesses are from reliable sources and that the hospital has one state of the art ultrasound machine and one that is a much older model.On Tuesday, during the state broadcaster’s main evening news show, Yiannaki had rejected Matsakis’ charges, saying Paphos hospital had two state of the art ultrasound machines.“The term used for it, is that it is for scrap. It is unacceptable that the Paphos hospital does not have an adequate number of ultrasound machines to examine people properly,” Matsakis told the Cyprus Mail.He added that he didn’t believe that it was the only factor that led to the hospital’s failure to detect the second baby.Matsakis said the twin pregnancy could have been detected during labour.He added that medicine is so advanced today that it is not possible for a second baby to be missed during labour.Matsakis said it was the island’s health system that had a problem.The Medical Association said in an announcement that it will do its best in cooperation with the health ministry to prevent such mistakes.“Based on our scientific training we are able to deal and offer the best medical care to our patients, even under adverse conditions,” the announcement said.The association stressed the importance of the implementation of the National Health Scheme which will ensure excellent conditions for patients, while maintaining decent employment conditions and recognition of the scientific training of its members.It added that employment and the purchase of health services by the state based mainly on the financial aspect, and not on quality of service, “has short term risks for patients’ health, but also, in the long term, the state will bear additional financial and moral costs in dealing with possible unwanted complications”.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Week of events to raise awareness of premature births

first_imgOne in 10 newborns in Cyprus is born premature, while according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the country is 13th in the world in proportion of population as regards prematurity, it was announced on Tuesday.To raise awareness of the impact of prematurity on families and society in general, Thermokoitida Agapis (Incubator of love) is organising a series of events next week to mark the World Prematurity Day, marked on November 17.An estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year, which is more than one in 10 babies, according to WHO data. Approximately one million children die each year due to complications of preterm birth while many survivors face a lifetime of disability, including learning disabilities and visual and hearing problems.“Every year 500,000 premature babies are born in the European Union. This makes early infants the largest group of sick children in Europe,” the group said.These figures, it said, reveal the need to inform and raise awareness on prematurity and its multiple consequences on the family and social fabric.The events include the illumination on Monday of the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia in purple, the colour of prematurity, and a gala dinner on Tuesday at the Presidential Palace under the auspices of First Lady Andri Anastasiades.They also include a bazaar at the Mall of Cyprus, a preemies fun day at Makarios hospital, and a bicycle race event from Limassol to Makarios hospital in Nicosia.The mission of Thermokoitida Agapis, founded in 2011, is to support and empower families affected by prematurity by increasing awareness on prematurity and promoting pre-conceptual, ante-natal and post-natal education. It also supports the standardised neonatal care and improved long-term care for both the premature baby and its family.For more info: el-gr.facebook.com/thermokitidaagapislast_img read more

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