Report: Crystal Palace 1 Watford 2

first_imgWatford came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace, with substitute Tom Cleverley scoring a sublime winner.Craig Cathcart’s own goal after 38 minutes had Palace on course for victory, but the Watford defender scored at the right end 23 minutes from time.And Cleverley, yet to start in the league this season as he returns from injury, netted his first goal since October 2017 with a superb volley to give his side, who only managed two shots on target, an impressive victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Watford’s triumph halts a troubling run that had seen them win only twice in their last 11 top-flight games, while Palace have only won two of their 11 home matches this season.PICK THAT OUT #CRYWAT 1-2 pic.twitter.com/nzcXLSZRTy — Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 12, 2019 Inside three minutes, Watford incredibly hit the woodwork twice in the same move. Gerard Deulofeu nutmegged James Tomkins and fired an effort from 12 yards against the same post that Roberto Pereyra struck from the rebound when he appeared destined to score.The visitors, who lost Will Hughes to a head injury, saw captain Troy Deeney send a header just wide, while Tomkins had an aerial effort of his own tipped over by Ben Foster at the other end, leading to a corner from which Palace took the lead.In one of the scrappiest goals of the season, Tomkins attempted to turn in Luka Milivojevic’s corner from close range, and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s attempted clearance bounced in off the unfortunate Cathcart.It was Palace’s turn to lose a player to injury on the stroke of half-time, Wayne Hennessey replacing Vicente Guaita, but Foster was the keeper who had to keep out a Milivojevic effort, which the hosts claimed had bounced off Adrian Mariappa’s hand.Wilfried Zaha raced clear to create a glorious chance for himself after the break, but he was denied by Foster, who also made a fine stop to keep out an audacious 30-yard attempt from Milivojevic.Yet just as Palace looked like finding a result-clinching second goal, Cathcart scored at the right end, heading in Jose Holebas’ corner at the far post with Hennessey caught out badly by the delivery.James McArthur somehow failed to turn in Zaha’s cross-shot for Palace, while Watford saw Deeney’s deflected effort hacked off the line by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with the match in the balance until it was settled 16 minutes from time.Cleverley – just six minutes after coming on – was the scorer, sending a sweet volley from 15 yards into the top corner, Palace having twice failed to clear a corner. What does it mean? More home woe for PalacePalace came into the game with some momentum after their away win at Wolves, and a run that had seen them lose just once in five Premier League games.But their home form remains a big problem. Just two wins and six goals in 11 top-flight games at Selhurst Park is not enough, and the main reason Roy Hodgson’s men remain 14th and now sit just four points clear of the bottom three.Watford, meanwhile, are up to seventh in the table, and continue to pick up enough wins to stay firmly in the mix to finish as best of the rest outside the Premier League’s big six.Cathcart & Foster crucial Cathcart could do nothing about his first-half own goal, but made up for it with a firm second-half header to bring Watford level, as well as making six defensive clearances at the other end.Foster also impressed, making six saves, including pivotal stops from Zaha and Milivojevic to keep Watford in it at 1-0 down.Horror show for Hennessey Hennessey has been in the news for the wrong reasons over recent weeks, having to deny he was making a Nazi salute in a picture that emerged after the FA Cup win over Grimsby Town. He would not have expected to play in this one, and he struggled when replacing Guaita, He was caught out of position for Cathcart’s goal and ended up without a save.Key Opta Facts- Crystal Palace have lost six of their 11 home Premier League matches this season (W2 D3), only one fewer than they lost during the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign (7).- Watford are unbeaten in four away Premier League matches (W2 D2), their best run since September 2017 (also four unbeaten).- No player has scored more Premier League own goals this season than Watford defender Cathcart (2, level with Wesley Hoedt).- Watford’s Craig Cathcart became the first player to both score a goal and an own goal in the same Premier League game since Ryan Shawcross in December 2017 (Stoke v Tottenham).What’s next? Palace face a daunting trip to Anfield to play leaders Liverpool – not the ideal fixture when looking to get back on track – next Saturday, which is also when Watford play at home to Burnley. read morelast_img read more

Google Feed now available to users in India, will let smartphone users follow a topic

first_imgGoogle is bringing Feed, a feature that gives mobile phone users access to information directly relevant to them, to India. The company on Friday announced that the Feed feature will start rolling out to Indian users and that they will be able to use it in English as well as Hindi.The feature itself doesn’t look that much different from Google Now, which is available on a number of Android phones. Google Now fetches the relevant information — for example weather near your office or the actual timing of your next flight — along with news stories that may interest you. The Feed works in a similar way. In fact, Shashi Thakur, VP (Engineering), Search, at Google, says that Feed and Google Now are more or less same, it’s just that now users will get even more relevant and personalised information.”Nature of information has changed. The way we change information has changed. We all are different and we use and need different kind of information. The Feed is for today’s users,” Says Shashi.But there are some differences. One big addition to the Feed is that people will be able to actively follow topics. For example when they search for something or someone — Usain Bolt, to use in this case — they will be given an option to follow that search query. Once you opt to follow a topic, you will get relevant information about the topic in the Google Feed. In case you decide to stop following, you will be also able to do so.advertisementAlso Read: Google Search and Gboard apps now support voice typing for 8 new Indian languagesThe second difference is that in Feed information will be relevant to users. Although Google will probably prioritise recent information, if it finds something that appeared 2 years ago but is relevant to a user, it will show that in the feed.”The feed will enable you to see cards containing the very latest sports highlights, top news, engaging videos, new music, stories about your hobbies and more, and will be available in English and Hindi,” said a Google spokesperson. “The new feed will now enable you to follow topics right from Search results, helping you to keep up with exactly what you care about. In your mobile search results, you will now see a new Follow button.”As it happens with Google products, the Feed too will evolve according to the needs of the user. ” As your world and interests change, your feed will continue to evolve based on how you engage with it, surfacing various topics that represent your interests,” said the spokesperson.last_img read more

LE MARS COUNCIL APPROVES PLYWOOD TRAIL AGREEMENT WITH MERRILL

first_imgThe Le Mars City Council has approved an agreement with the Merrill City Council regarding the proposed Ply-wood recreational trail.The trail that would connect Le Mars to Merrill, to Hinton and on into Sioux City.Le Mars Councilman Clark Goodchild had concerns that the trail would be incomplete, and constructed in pieces.Trail board members appeared before the council to answer questions and assured Goodchild that although the specific trail has not yet been determined, they believe a final trail would be proposed to the public sometime in January.They say fund raising activities are continuing, and meetings with land-owners are taking place.The council voted five to zero vote in favor of the agreement with Merrill for the Plywood Recreational trail.last_img read more

Colombia beat Minerva U-20s

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup 2017: Colombia beat Minerva Punjab U-20 in practice match Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:30 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Minerva Punjab vs Colombia U-17 Minerva Punjab U17 World Cup Colombia U17 Minerva Punjab U19 Minerva Punjab The Colombian side contested in a preparatory match with Minerva Punjab’s U-20 side ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.. With less than ten days to go for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the biggest honours in youth football, the Colombian team arrived early in India. As a part of their preparation for the blockbuster event which kicks off on October 6th, Los Cafeteros competed against the U-20 team of Ranjit Bajaj-owned Minerva Punjab which saw them beat the Chandigarh-based team by a 0-1 scoreline.The match started with the Colombian side making a quick attack and winning an early corner. However, the kick landed into safe hands of Minerva custodian Arshdeep Singh. The next couple of moments saw coach Orlando Restrepo’s young guns making constant efforts to penetrate in the opposition’s backline with midfielders Andres Perea and Etilso Martinez trying to set up through balls for attacker Deiber Caicedo. However, some fierce defending by Kamalpreet Singh saw their attempts go in vain.Minerva Punjab vs Colombia U-17 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The best chance in the first half came in the 18th minute for the visitors when medio Bryan Gomez’s freekick was denied by Arshdeep. It was in the 25th minute that striker Deyman Cortes gave the lead to his contingent with a fine finish at the far left post to make the scoreline 1-0 in their favour. The final moments of the half saw Minerva’s Luntinmang Haokip trying to swift past the Colombian backline but an alert Juan Penaloza averted the danger. The second half started on a positive note for the North India outfit as they earned an early free kick on the edge of the box. Former Middlesbrough U-23 midfielder and Minerva’s newest recruit William Opoku Asiedu stepped up to convert the kick but his shot missed the woodwork by inches. Later, Md. Ajruddin made a beautiful shuffle past defenders Juan Penaloza and Thomas Gutiérrez but missed the final touch.19-year-old Krishna Pandit had the chance of the game when he had a one-on-one chance with the Colombian custodian but was brought down. The two teams walked off the pitch at the full-time whistle with a 0-1 result in the favour of Colombia who are placed in Group A with India, USA and Ghana.last_img read more

Ohio State Insider Says Fans Will Be “Shocked” By Urban Meyer Investigation Findings

first_imgUrban Meyer wearing a black Ohio State jacket.EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer watches the pregame warms up prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains under investigation by Ohio State University following the domestic violence allegations that surfaced against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith. At this point, it’s unclear what the investigation is going to find.Ohio State announced on Sunday night that the investigation was underway. It’s expected to take roughly two weeks.Almost no information regarding the investigation and what it’s going to find has leaked – yet.One Ohio State insider, though, says everyone is going to be “shocked.”Jeff Snook, an author who’s written multiple books on Ohio State’s football program, said on Facebook that he’s talked to people within the Buckeyes’ program.“There is so much more to this story, so much that I think the public will be shocked when it is all revealed,” Snook wrote.Snook also said he would not be surprised to see Urban Meyer on the sideline Week 1 vs. Oregon State.“And the bottom line is this: Don’t be surprised if Urban Meyer is on the sidelines September 1 in the opener against Oregon State.”The full post by Snook on Urban Meyer and Ohio State can be seen below: pic.twitter.com/5HX6vAEADF— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyZone) August 7, 2018Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State last Wednesday night. He released a statement on Friday, admitting to mishandling Big Ten Media Days but claiming that he properly reported any allegations against Smith. Meyer also said that he eagerly looks forward to returning to the team.last_img read more

Small Entrepreneurs in St. Ann Get Help Through LEDSP

first_img Local Economic Development Coordinator for the SDC’s St. Ann and St. Mary parish offices, Tamiqua Silvera, tells JIS News that businesses benefiting from the programme include agro-processors, technology-based businesses and spas.             For his part, Chief Executive Officer of Creative Drawings, Dwayne Hamilton, says that being a part of the programme has enabled him to meet many more potential clients. Story Highlights The St. Ann office of the Social Development Commission (SDC), in partnership with the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, is giving small entrepreneurs in the parish a push-start through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP).The LEDSP is one of seven programmes of the SDC through which different partners in a local area are brought together to work and harness local resources for sustainable economic growth.“We (St. Ann Municipal Corporation) recognise the importance of small businesses to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Jamaica, so we must lend our support,” Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Councillor Michael Belnavis, tells JIS News.He underscores the importance of partnering with the SDC to execute the programme, adding that the hope is that the beneficiaries will graduate from small businesses into large corporations over time.An economic fair, which showcased the goods and services of small St. Ann-based businesses that are beneficiaries of the LEDSP programme, was recently held in the parish.Local Economic Development Coordinator for the SDC’s St. Ann and St. Mary parish offices, Tamiqua Silvera, tells JIS News that businesses benefiting from the programme include agro-processors, technology-based businesses and spas.“The programme was introduced by the SDC to build out business ideas and have persons take their businesses more seriously.  We look at feasibility studies and needs assessments, then we take it from there to develop business models, business plans, packaging and labelling, as well as product standardisation,” outlines Ms. Silvera.The LEDSP has four components, including capacity building, which involves the strengthening of capacity within the SDC to equip Community Development Officers with the knowledge and skills to guide communities in their local economic development (LED) initiatives, as well as capacity-building activities for community groups, which enable them to develop business plans and manage existing projects effectively.Another component is networking and building partnerships, which is done through the creation of an LED project database of partners and opportunities for funding, as well as for marketing and general information. This database also has policy information.Direct support, which forms the third component, is done through leadership development, grant writing and effective communication training of entrepreneurs, as well as technical support to complete and track grant project proposals. This step also facilitates the interaction between communities and non-state actors (NSAs), who are influential individuals or groups and are non-governmental.The final component is the implementation of an incentive scheme aimed at aiding community groups that are creatively involved in viable local economic development projects.“We also have a grant fund of $100,000 that we offer to small business owners, so they can do marketing, packaging and business registration,” Ms. Silvera says.She highlights that some of the businesses that participated in the fair utilised the funding to help with branding and establishing their websites.“In terms of capacity training, we are also looking at finance management training. We want to teach them that you do not need to be a scholar to manage your finances,” Ms. Silvera tells JIS News.Meanwhile, Jennifer Ogole, Co-founder of Vital, one of the small businesses benefiting from the programme, says that her company, which makes and distributes plant-based products, benefited greatly from the LEDSP programme and the economic fair.“The fair presented a great opportunity to showcase our businesses and market our products and services. The programme also presents great networking opportunities,” Ms. Ogole adds.She also notes that the economic fair gave her business and other beneficiaries the opportunity to earn as well as expose their products to several persons.For his part, Chief Executive Officer of Creative Drawings, Dwayne Hamilton, says that being a part of the programme has enabled him to meet many more potential clients.“Also, instead of going out of town to showcase my work and to get the relevant advice, I get that opportunity right here in St. Ann,” he says.For more information on the LEDSP, persons may visit www.sdc.gov.jm. The St. Ann office of the Social Development Commission (SDC), in partnership with the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, is giving small entrepreneurs in the parish a push-start through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP).last_img read more

Belfast Harbour Records Biggest Profit

first_imgzoom A record financial performance during 2013 has enabled Belfast Harbour to commit more than $100.5m to capital expenditure projects.The Harbour’s Annual Report has revealed that Turnover rose by 30% to $84.2m, whilst Profit before Taxation climbed by 42% to $43.8m during the financial year. During the period the Harbour also paid over $11m in tax.The strong performance reflected a record year for tonnages handled, up 16% to 22.7m tonnes. The growth in trade was particularly good in sectors such as Dry Bulk Cargo (up 45%), which is closely related to the island’s agri-food industry, and Roll-On / Roll-Off (freight vehicles) which increased by 8%.Growth in trades associated with the new offshore wind energy facility also jumped from just 3,000 to 200,000 tonnes.The sectors have benefitted from long-term investments by the Harbour in new marine infrastructure such as enhanced deep-water facilities and its new $88.7m offshore wind energy terminal, the first in the UK or Ireland.Len O’Hagan, Belfast Harbour’s Chairman, said:“Much of 2013’s growth was secured by investments totalling $67.5m by the Harbour in three sectors – renewables, dry bulk and freight. The single largest expenditure ($88.7m) was our development of the UK’s first bespoke logistics and assembly harbour to support offshore renewables.Record levels of profit have enabled the Harbour to commit $100.5m towards further projects to benefit the local economy. This is necessary to accommodate a projected 68% increase in trade over the next 15 years and ensure that Belfast Harbour remains forward looking as the island’s most modern gateway to overseas markets.”The most significant port development project initiated in 2013 was the submission of a planning application to reclaim 60 acres of land from Belfast Lough at the seaward end of the Port to support long-term capacity needs. Other Port development projects initiated include preparatory works on a major new coal handling and storage facility.The Harbour also remains committed to supporting the ongoing regeneration of Belfast Harbour Estate and continued to progress a number of projects through the planning process.These include plans for a 200,000 sq ft extension to Sydenham Business Park and work is already underway on and 83,000 sq ft waterfront office known as City Quays 1, which was granted planning approval in October 2013.June 2, 2014last_img read more

COSCO Hands Over Three Newbuilds

first_imgzoom COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited announced deliveries of three newbuilding vessels.COSCO’s shipbuilding arm Dalian Shipyard delivered a 22,000 DWT Oil Tanker, named Atalanta, to its undisclosed Asian buyer. However, based on available data, the vessel is managed and operated by oil refinery Coastal Refining.The Singapore-flagged vessel measures 150 meters in LOA (length of all), 36 meters in breadth and 12.5 meters in depth and is classed by Class NK.According to the latest vessel tracking data by Marine Traffic, the tanker is underway in China East Sea heading for Singapore.COSCO’s Zhoushan Shipyard handed over a 64,000 DWT bulk barrier, Arabellato Lomar Shipping. The vessel is also flagged by Singapore. It measures 199.9 meters in LOA (length of all), 32.26 meters in breadth and 18.5 meters in depth.Finally, the group’s Guangdong Shipyard deliverd of a Platform Supply Vessel, named, Terry Tide, to an undisclosed buyer based in the US. The vessel measures 83.75 meters in LOA (length of all), 18 meters in breadth and 7 meters in depth.last_img read more

Fire Prevention Week 2006

first_imgThe Office of the Fire Marshal is reminding Nova Scotians to watch what they heat. The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week in Nova Scotia is “Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat.” Running from Sunday, Oct. 8 to Saturday, Oct. 14, Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity to remind Nova Scotians about the devastating effects of fires and the importance of making safe choices when cooking and frying in the kitchen. During the 2005-06 period, there have been a total of 837 structural fires in the province, resulting in 8 deaths and 20 injuries. The overall number of fires in Nova Scotia has dropped in the last five years when the number of structural fires was 1,568. “I am pleased to see a decline in the number of fire-related fatalities and injuries in the province,” said Nova Scotia fire marshal Bob Cormier. “However, our ultimate goal is to decrease that number even more in the future.” One of the most dangerous fires that can happen in homes today are caused when pots of boiling oil are heated on a red-hot stove. The fire marshal’s office recommends that all Nova Scotians use appliances with thermostats designed for cooking with oil and fat and always have an all-purpose fire extinguisher on hand in the kitchen. When pan frying food, it is important to use an electric frying pan with a thermostat and a light coating of oil on the bottom of the pan. When using a regular frying pan, it is recommended that people use a non-stick spray rather than a layer of oil on the pan’s surface. Mr. Cormier also reminds Nova Scotians, that in the case of a cooking oil fire, to never use water to extinguish the fire or try moving the pot from the stove. Instead, he suggests putting a tight-fitting lid or cookie sheet on the pot to smother the flame and turn off the overhead fan to keep the flames from spreading. All Nova Scotians have a role to play in fire safety and prevention. We encourage all families, businesses and community groups to educate one another on fire safety techniques and practices. For more information on Fire Prevention Week see the website at www.nfpa.org.last_img read more

Mulroney children to act as bridesmaidspage boys at royal wedding

first_imgLONDON, England – All three of Ben and Jessica Mulroney’s children have been selected to be among the bridesmaids and page boys for Saturday’s royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Kensington Palace issued a list of six bridesmaids and four-page boys on Wednesday.Four-year-old Ivy Mulroney will be among the bridesmaids while seven-year-old twins Brian and John Mulroney will act as page boys.The bridesmaids also include Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the three-year-old daughter of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, while the list of page boys is topped by their four-year-old son, Prince George.Other bridesmaids include two of Markle’s goddaughters and two of Prince Harry’s goddaughters. One of Harry’s godsons was also selected as a page boy.Harry’s press secretary Jason Knauf had said earlier this month that all of the bridesmaids and page boys would be children.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version erroneously said there will be seven bridesmaids instead of six.last_img read more

Assam Governor takes additional charge of Mizoram

first_imgAizawl: Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi was on Saturday sworn-in as the 24th Governor of Mizoram after being given the additional charge. Gauhati High Court judge, Justice Nelson Sailo administered the oath of office to Mukhi at a simple ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here. President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday appointed Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi to discharge the functions of the Mizoram Governor in addition to his own duties after the incumbent Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan quit the post amid speculation that he would be the BJP candidate in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, his cabinet colleagues, Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, leaders of various political parties, senior civil and police officials and other dignitaries were present at the swearing-in ceremony. Rajasekharan, who assumed the office of governor on May 29 last year, began his political career as a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist in the 1970s and became chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kerala unit in 2015.last_img read more

Zimbabwe UN rights chief speaks out against murders of opposition activists

28 May 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned the killings of opposition activists in Zimbabwe as well as the ongoing harassment of non-governmental organization (NGO) workers and human rights defenders, among other civil society members. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned the killings of opposition activists in Zimbabwe as well as the ongoing harassment of non-governmental organization (NGO) workers and human rights defenders, among other civil society members.Louise Arbour expressed shock at reports that several bodies of slain activists from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) – including Shepherd Jani, a provincial treasurer for the party – have been found in the Southern African nation.“It is hard to get a very precise picture of the full range of the violence or the exact number of politically motivated extra-judicial killings,” she said. “At one level, there appears to be an increasing pattern of people being targeted for politically motivated assassination. At another, arrests, harassment, intimidation and violence – directed not just at people with political affiliations, but also at members of civil society – are continuing on a daily basis.”The High Commissioner called on Zimbabwe’s authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible, as well as to take urgent measures to protect the country’s inhabitants from more attacks, to create an atmosphere favourable to free and fair 27 June presidential elections.Meanwhile, in neighbouring South Africa, many of those attacked in the recent xenophobic violence are from Zimbabwe, according to the UN.“For some of the Zimbabweans being chased from their homes and jobs in South Africa, this isn’t simply a serious economic issue,” Ms. Arbour said. “They now face a potentially life-threatening situation in both countries. I welcome the steps the South African Government has taken recently to clamp down on the xenophobic violence, and hope that such scenes are never seen again in South Africa.” read more

Sudan UN refugee advocate Angelina Jolie calls for more security for displaced

Ms. Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since August 2001, told a press conference in Khartoum that the agency is investigating conditions in villages to gauge whether it is appropriate to begin returns.”Obviously returns are something this government would like to see happen. But from the sense I got from the people and from my observations during this visit, it is clearly not right now,” she said. “When it is time for return, it is important that it be done in safety and in dignity.”Ms. Jolie’s three-day visit to West Darfur state, where she inspected IDP camps and spoke to locals and aid workers, is her second to the region since the conflict in Darfur began early last year. In June, the actress toured refugee camps in neighbouring Chad.During her visit this week Ms. Jolie said she heard many stories from IDPs of village raids and rapes by Janjaweed militias. “These events are recent and horrifying. And they show there is still instability.”More than 1.45 million people are internally displaced and another 200,000 live as refugees in Chad because of the conflict engulfing Darfur. The IDPs and refugees have fled often brutal attacks from the Janjaweed as well as fighting between two rebel groups and Sudanese Government forces.Ms. Jolie said she was especially concerned by the plight of children in Darfur after meeting many of them in the IDP camps.”They have no access to school or medical attention. But when asked what they need, before food and clothes, they said security first. The fact is no place is 100 per cent safe.”Calling for greater donations to UN humanitarian agencies and their partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Darfur and Chad, Ms. Jolie said the agencies need more support so they can reach IDPs across Darfur, a desolate and impoverished region about the size of France. read more

Work together act on promises made collectively Sweden urges at UN Assembly

“As [former Secretary-General] Kofi Annan once said, ‘We don’t need any more promises. We need to start keeping the promises we have already made’,” Olof Skoog, the chair of Sweden’s delegation, said as the UN Assembly wrapped up its annual general debate on Monday.In his address, Mr. Skoog highlighted the priorities of his country’s presence at the Security Council, including its insistence on diplomacy and political solutions to address entrenched conflicts.In addition, Sweden introduced an “all-inclusive” approach to peace, he continued, including by analysing evolving risks, such as climate change and the risk of famine, and that it will continue to demand women’s participation in peace processes and negotiations.He also applauded “courageous and selfless” humanitarians, who are working to protect civilians and provide them with assistance in complex ongoing conflicts worldwide.Further in his address, the Swedish official noted the hope offered by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the global development framework agreed by all 193 UN Member States in 2015, noting that the Agenda “puts an enormous responsibility upon us all.”Highlighting the need for UN assistance to implement the 2030 Agenda, he welcomed efforts reforms initiated by the Secretary-General, to make the Organization more “fit for purpose”.Mr. Skoog also recalled the commitments made under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and drew attention to the “alarmingly large” gap between commitments and the required emissions reductions.Concluding his address, the chair of the Swedish delegation called on the international community to show the added value of international cooperation to overcome these challenges and deliver on the promise of peace, defending human rights and driving economic and social progress for women and men everywhere.“International cooperation, and a well-functioning multilateralism at its core, is the best tool we have. So, let us be the generation that acted on our promises – not just as independent States, but as United Nations,” he said.Full statement avilable here. read more

A longterme lecstasy endommagerait la mémoire

first_imgA long-terme, l’ecstasy endommagerait la mémoireDes chercheurs néerlandais ont découvert que la consommation d’ecstasy conduisait à long-terme à des dommages cérébraux, des pertes de mémoire et un risque accru de développer la maladie d’Alzheimer.Le débat sur les effets de l’ecstasy est relancé. En février dernier, des chercheurs américains révélaient au cours d’une étude que les dommages cérébraux causés par cette drogue avaient été clairement surestimés. En effet, ils avaient avancé que les précédentes recherches n’avaient souvent pas pris en compte le mode de vie des participants ou la consommation d’autres drogues. Aujourd’hui, c’est une conclusion contraire à laquelle sont arrivés les experts de l’Academic research center d’Amsterdam aux Pays-Bas.À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 aoûtSelon leur étude publiée dans le Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, une consommation d’ecstasy conduirait à long-terme à des dommages touchant les structures  cérébrales de la mémoire. Pour arriver à un tel résultat, les chercheurs ont étudié au scanner IRM les cerveaux de 10 utilisateurs réguliers d’ecstasy âgés d’une vingtaine d’années et qui ont consommé plus de 250 tablettes en 6,5 ans. Puis ils les ont comparés à ceux de 7 participants n’ayant jamais pris de drogues. Ils ont ainsi découvert que les utilisateurs de drogue présentaient une matière grise en moyenne 4,6% moins étendue et un hippocampe 10% plus petit comparé aux non-utilisateurs. “Ces données fournissent des preuves préliminaires que les consommateurs d’ecstasy peuvent être sujets à des dommages encourant de l’hippocampe”, ont expliqué les chercheurs dans leur publication. Des résultats qui peuvent également aider à expliquer les pertes de mémoire souvent observées chez ces utilisateurs par de précédentes études. En effet, l’hippocampe fait partie des structures cérébrales impliquées dans le processus de la mémoire. Et comme l’ont indiqué les chercheurs : “L’atrophie de l’hippocampe est une marque manifeste des maladies à déficience cognitive progressive, telle que la maladie d’Alzheimer”.Des résultats encore à confirmerSi les conclusions des chercheurs néerlandais semblent convaincantes, les scientifiques ont appelé à d’autres études pour confirmer ces effets de l’ecstasy. En Angleterre, le Pr David Nutt, ancien conseiller du gouvernement sur les drogues a ainsi avancé que ces recherches manquaient de sujets pour fournir “des preuves définitives”, suggérant que d’autres drogues telles que l’alcool pouvaient aussi engendrer des troubles de la mémoire.Le 10 avril 2011 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Police identify offduty officer found dead in woods

first_imgA Vancouver Police officer who received “Department Recognition” in 2008 was found dead in a wooded area Tuesday night, several hours after he fired gunshots and threatened suicide at his home on Northeast Schauer Drive, a few miles east of Battle Ground.Officer Douglas Deaver, 46, was found dead by a creek near the home shortly after 8:35 p.m. of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The department confirmed his death Wednesday. An investigation into Deaver’s death by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing.“Officer Deaver was well liked, hard-working and was highly regarded by his peers and members of our community and he will be greatly missed,” Vancouver Police Chief Clifford Cook said in a statement.Deaver was off-duty when officers were dispatched to a disturbance at his home shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday.Southwest Washington Regional SWAT officers were called to take over the scene as the night grew darker and shots were heard inside and outside the home.They searched for Deaver in a wooded area surrounding the home. A fading heat signature detected near the creek helped officers locate his body.last_img read more

Magazine Editors Publishers Debate Where They Went Wrong on Web

first_img“We don’t really have a choice,” said Gary Hoenig, ESPN Publishing general manager and editorial director, when asked if charging for Web content is a viable business option. “If your content is not worth something to customers, as an industry, we’re in trouble.” The key, Hoenig said, is to find the price point—like iTunes did with its 99-cents per song downloads—and where consumers are used to paying for it. “If I said ESPN was going to charge for scores, people would laugh,” he said. “On their phones, for an extra dollar a month on their carrier, maybe they would.”Hoenig—speaking on a panel entitled “Are Paid Sites the New Black?”—said he could foresee a premium model akin to the parent network’s deals with its cable affiliates working for ESPN.com, too. “The model is there for us to follow,” he said. Hoenig said ESPN the Magazine is also going to experiment with digital editions, iPhone applications, and “see what happens.”Rodale executive vice president and group publisher MaryAnn Bekkedahl said the company is also experimenting with several premium content models online. She added: “People have been talking for a long time about how the consumer is in control—I think it’s time we should take back control, and set the policies.”Publishers Finally Putting Web Ahead of PrintThere’s been a general resistance in the magazine industry to putting Web development ahead of print. And that, panelists here said, has to change.“There’s been a failure to grasp the idea that journalism should be delivered in a way your audience wants,” said Forbes editor Paul Maidment. Reversing the priority, he said, is essential to the industry’s’ survival.Other executives admitted the failure of publishers to recognize the paradigm shift—and do something about it—earlier.“We’ve successfully completed the first step in a 12 Step program,” said Newsweek’s Reiss. “We’ve identified the problem.”Representatives from advertising agencies, however, were less kind.“The sooner you guys can figure out how to drive what you are doing offline online,” said Mediacom managing partner Stacey Deziel, “the quicker you can monetize that.”Domenic Venuto, senior vice president, media and entertainment at Razorfish, agreed. “Your brand’s survival depends on how you can adapt in the next 12 to 24 months.” NEW YORK—The most noteworthy—and, perhaps, troubling—moment during the Magazine Publishers of America’s fifth annual digital conference, held here Tuesday, came when Slate editor Jacob Weisberg asked three panelists whether or not their print magazines would exist in 10 years, and what percentage of the audience’s would.“We’ll be in print,” said Geoff Reiss, general manager at Newsweek’s digital operation. “I’d say half or more will not.”The rest of the discussions at the daylong event, dubbed Magazines 24/7, were more or less centered around several themes: where magazines have gone wrong on the Web; whether or not magazine publishers have reached a point where they can charge for access to content on the Web; how far magazines can blur the line between advertising and editorial and get away with it; and what the industry must do to survive—both print and online—in a bludgeoning economy.last_img read more

Construction Projects Need to Consider Potential for Coastal Erosion Milcon Panel Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department should consider the potential for coastal erosion and flooding risks in the siting of proposed military construction projects, according to the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.The committee notes that coastal erosion is a growing concern of DOD and points to a 2014 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which looked at 15 existing sites at defense installations in the United States that are vulnerable to coastal erosion.“The GAO noted that DOD officials are concerned that increased erosion on the Alaskan coast threatens several Air Force radar early warning and communication installations,” the committee says in its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill. “Furthermore, Navy officials are concerned that if a storm surge occurs while a submarine is undergoing maintenance while sitting in a dry dock, the damage would be substantial and costly.”The Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2016 milcon spending bill last week.last_img read more

Body of deceased fisherman recovered in Carl E Moses harbor

first_imgDivers recovered the dead body of a fisherman Tuesday evening, less than 12 hours after his captain realized the crewman was missing.Download AudioThe body of fisherman Matt Warn was found in the Carl E. Moses boat harbor, shown here from a Pyramid Mountain trail. (Photo courtesy of Vic Fisher)The deceased man has been identified as 35-year-old Matthew J. Warn.After his employer reported Warn missing midday Tuesday, police starting looking in the Carl E. Moses boat harbor, where the boat Warn was working on is berthed. At 7:30 p.m., commercial divers hired by police found his body under the marina’s B dock.Unalaska police released the man’s name after they notified his next of kin. Word of his death spread quickly around the island, and several people reported seeing Warn at a local bar Monday night.In a statement issued Tuesday night, Deputy Chief Jennifer Shockley said the department understood that the “victim had friends and colleagues in Unalaska and recognized this is a difficult time for them.”“This is the kind of tragedy we see about every two years. Sometimes we find people who are reported missing, sometimes we don’t,” Shockley said. “Almost all the times that we have a situation like this – where somebody falls into the water in the night – we almost never have anybody who saw anything, which is part of the reason they end up this way.”Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything at Carl E. Moses boat harbor around 1 a.m. on April 12 to call the department at (907) 581-1233last_img read more

Nome deepdraft port back on the table

first_imgThe Port of Nome. (Joy Baker, Port Director)More than two years since it shelved the project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take a new look at a deep-draft port in Nome. The Army Corps and the City of Nome entered into a formal agreement last week to split the cost of a new study of the regional benefits of a port expansion in Nome.Listen nowA deep-draft port able to handle large ships would be the first of its kind in US Arctic waters.According to Nome’s mayor Richard Beneville, that’s significant.“It’s important, it makes sense and Alaska needs it,” Beneville said. “The world needs it, but Alaska really needs it.”Beneville’s vision for a maritime Arctic starts in Nome but would eventually see ports throughout the region. He says it will help diversify Alaska’s economy, beyond dependence on oil and gas extraction. And he sees it as a way to make the most of record-low sea ice levels.It’s a vision shared by Alaska’s congressional delegation. One of the loudest voices in Washington calling for a Nome deep-draft port is Senator Dan Sullivan.“There’s challenges of course, but there’s also opportunities opening up in the Arctic as the sea lanes become more prominent and the shipping traffic increases,” Sullivan said. “The way in which we can take advantage of them is to have more infrastructure in place to do that.”Last week’s announcement starts an investigation by the Army Corps into the potential impacts of expanding Nome’s port. That study could take up to three years and cost as much as $3 million, which the Army Corps and City of Nome will split evenly.The City has already secured $1.6 million from the state for this purpose, and City officials hope the investigation could be completed in less time, thanks to existing research.The Army Corps singled out Nome as the best spot for an Arctic deep-draft port in March of 2015.“And that is when Shell pulled out of the Chukchi and ceased operating in their oil and gas development, and the regional study was essentially paused,” Joy Baker, Nome’s Port Director said.Baker says with Shell out of the Arctic, the Army Corps felt they’d lost the economic justification for a port expansion. Instead of moving ahead with a Nome-specific study, the Corps put the project on hold for at least a year.But getting started again has taken longer than that.“We are basically reactivating after two years and four months,” Baker said. “We are actually able to move forward now and pick up where we left off in October of ’15.”Nome City officials worked closely with Alaska lawmakers to restart the project. Despite the halt in official action, Baker says these last 2 years and 4 months have been busy.“Meetings, trips to visit the delegation in DC, letters, conferences, many, many teleconferences,” Baker said. “You name it, we’ve done it.”Baker says the key was getting the Army Corps to understand that things work a little differently in a remote, rural location. Baker says it’s easier to justify the expense of an infrastructure project in a densely populated city in the Lower 48. With dimming prospects for oil and gas development, Baker says they had to make the case that expanding the port would do more than just boost Nome’s economy.Sullivan says broadening the Corps’ scope was a challenge.“This was part of my frustration, because Nome plays an important role as a regional hub to many of the smaller communities throughout Western Alaska,” Sullivan said.Baker gives Sullivan and the rest of Alaska’s congressional delegation much of the credit for getting the deep-draft port back on the table. Alaskan lawmakers pushed for changes to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which allow the Corps to consider benefits to the region as a whole and not just the city of Nome. They added language to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act on the strategic importance of an Arctic port. Sullivan, who serves on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, put a hold on the nomination of the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, to press the issue.In December, the Corps issued a memorandum recommending they pick up where they left off and begin a feasibility study of expanding the Port of Nome.Port Director Baker is matter-of-fact when asked about the two-year delay:“It happened, so. Now we’re moving forward. I’d like to put the shovel in the water before I retire,” Baker said.By her own rough calculation, that means Baker could be putting off retirement till at least 2023.City officials and representatives from the Army Corps will discuss the budget, schedule, and scope of the study at a planning meeting scheduled for late April in Nome.last_img read more