Sensex in red Reliance Industries down 157

first_imgMumbai:Indian equities traded in red during the morning trade session on Monday after opening slightly higher. Index heavyweight Reliance Industries was down 1.56 per cent on the BSE. Asian shares opened mixed as investors were cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting. At 9.25 a.m. the Sensex was trading 112.01 points or 0.28 per cent lower at 39,340.06. It opened at 39,514.36 slightly higher from its Friday’s close of 39,452.07. The Nifty was down 40.15 points or 0.34 pet cent at 11,783.15. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Besides, investors continued to watch developments in the Middle East after a pair of oil tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz on June 13. The incident escalates tensions in the region, heightening fears of a potential US-Iran military confrontation and disruption in oil supplies. Crude futures climbed 0.5 per cent the very next day. The Brent was trading at $62.20 per barrel, up by 0.3 per cent. Another point of concern for the markets said Deepak Jasani of HDFC Securities was the slowing of Chinese economy. “Chinese data pointed to the worst slowdown in industrial growth in 17 years. May industrial output growth slowed to a more than 17-year low, the weakest since 2002,” Jasani said.last_img read more

Ready for action to retrieve PoK Army chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Army Chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Thursday that the army is prepared for an operation to retrieve Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the clutches of Pakistan, if the government wants so. Rawat was replying to a media query on Union Minister Jitendra Singh’s statement who said that the next agenda of the government is retrieving PoK and making it a part of India. “All actions are decided upon by the central government. Agencies working under the government have to act in accordance with its directions… the Army remains always prepared for any kind of action,” Rawat told the media. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Earlier, Singh, who is Minister of State in PMO and also holds independent charge of the DONER ministry, had made the statement on PoK while talking about achievements of the Modi government after 100 days of its formation. “Now, the next agenda is retrieving PoK and making it a part of India. It’s not only me or my party’s commitment, but it’s a part of a resolution unanimously passed by Parliament in 1994 during Congress government headed by P.V. Narasimha Rao,” Singh had said in Jammu.last_img read more

Stars Attend BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party 2018

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) celebrated the 2018 Awards Season with their annual Tea Party on Saturday, January 6, 2018.Emilia Clarke Attends BAFTA Los Angeles Tea PartyThe BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar, celebrating excellence in the craft, and wishing the best of luck to all nominees for the awards season ahead.Awards Season Nominees along with leading executives, celebrities and BAFTA members enjoyed British tea and scones, and cocktails in the uniquely relaxed surroundings of a traditional British Tea Party.Among the stars who attended were Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Claes Bang (The Square), Jacqueline Bisset (Amant Double), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread), Graham Broadbent (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Lisa Bruce (Darkest Hour), Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Guy Burnet (Counterpart), Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Naomi Campbell, Robin Campillo (BPM), Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, EE BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominee), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Pete Czernin (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), Feras Fayyad (Last Man in Aleppo), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), Peter Fonda (The Ballad of Lefty Brown), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Mimi Polk Gitlin (The Breadwinner), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Gordon Greene (The Choir Director), Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name), Liz Hannah (The Post), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Justin Hartley (This Is Us), Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya), Erik Hemmendorff (The Square), Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog), LilRel Howery (Get Out), Isabelle Huppert (Claire’s Camera), Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Nick Jonas (Ferdinand), Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, EE BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominee), Elliot Knight (Life Sentence), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman), Anthony Leo (The Breadwinner), Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Tom McGrath (The Boss Baby), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird), Marco Morabito (Call Me By Your Name), Ramsey Naito (The Boss Baby), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Dave Neustadter (The Disaster Artist), Scott Neustadter (The Disaster Artist), Lawrence O’Donnell (The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Ruben Ostlund (The Square), Amy Pascal (The Post), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), Issa Rae (Insecure), Sarah Rafferty (Suits), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Steven Rogers (I, Tonya), Andrew Rosen (The Breadwinner), Howard Rosenman (Call Me By Your Name), Lois Smith (Marjorie Prime), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), Sebastian Stan (I, Tonya), Taura Stinson (Mudbound), David Thewlis (Fargo), Charlotte Tilbury, Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman), Lotte Verbeek (Outlander), Diane Warren (Marshall), Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), George Waud (Ghosts of War), Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project), Erin Westerman (The Disaster Artist), Bradley Whitford (Get Out/The Post), Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World), Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), and many more.As well as honoring the year’s nominees and winners, the Tea Party also raised awareness of BAFTA Los Angeles’ wider work including its Access for All campaign, a commitment to ensuring that talented individuals are offered a clear pathway to careers in the entertainment industry, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance. The campaign drives funds towards BAFTA LA’s acclaimed scholarship, education and community initiatives, allowing the organization to discover, support and nurture talented professionals.The BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party was presented by BBC America and the GREAT Britain campaign. Event sponsors included Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Heineken, and American Airlines.last_img read more

UNbacked TV series peels back silence surrounding worldwide sexual violence

17 April 2008With one in three women worldwide suffering rape or attempted rape during her lifetime and at least one in three likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused, a United Nations-backed television series starting tomorrow will seek to peel away the silence surrounding these brutalities. “Even where there is no war, women’s bodies continue to be battlegrounds,” says Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which with other UN agencies provided information for “Women on the Frontline,” the seven-part investigative series by BBC World to be broadcast to some 300 million households. “Women and girls are at risk of violence when carrying out essential daily activities – within their homes, or while walking, taking public transport to work, collecting water or firewood. Demanding the end of violence against women is about protecting human rights and ensuring that women live in safety and dignity.” British singer Annie Lennox, presenting the series, stresses that violence against women threatens the lives of more young women than cancer, malaria or war. “It affects one in three women worldwide. It leaves women mentally scarred for life, and it is usually inflicted by a family member,” she says. Trafficking, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, dowry murder, “honour” killings and female infanticide are also part of the problem. “The gaps in addressing violence against women are in terms of political will, resources and the strong involvement of men and boys in insisting on zero tolerance,” says Joanne Sandler, acting Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). “If we can’t put an end to the pandemic of violence against women, we can’t achieve any of the other agreed goals: development, equality or peace.” The seven films cover:Nepal, where thousands of women are trafficked each year; Turkey, where killing in the name of honour continues; Morocco, where women political activists who have survived torture and imprisonment testify before a Government truth and reconciliation commission; Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where women bear the brunt of a 10-year war in eastern provinces; Colombia, where women have been tortured in the shadow of a guerilla war; Mauritania, where women who have been raped may go to prison; and Austria, where, under a new law, perpetrators of domestic violence are forced to leave home. “We found girls who said they had been raped and who were being sent to prison for the simple reason that there was no tangible proof of this violence,” says Zeinabou Mint Taleb Moussa, a lawyer who heads the Mauritanian Association for Maternal and Child Health. “I would prefer them to go through the justice system or even better, I would prefer that the boys are arrested and the girls are recognized as victims.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, acknowledging the depth of the problem, launched a multi-year campaign eight weeks ago to eliminate the scourge and a number of UN agencies are involved in various aspects of the battle. read more

French soccer teams to skip weekend of matches next month in protest

French soccer teams to skip weekend of matches next month in protest against tax plan by Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 7:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – Furious over a government plan to impose a tax on them, French soccer teams have unanimously agreed to scrap matches over one weekend at the end of November as a protest.France’s professional clubs held an extraordinary general meeting Thursday to decide the next steps in their campaign against the government’s plan to implement a temporary 75 per cent marginal tax on employers for paying salaries above a million euros a year.Under the decision announced Thursday by Jean-Pierre Louvel, president of the Union of Professional Football Clubs, the league round scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 2 will not be played.“It’s a historic moment for French football. The whole of football has taken a very important decision,” Louvel said. “We’re talking about the death of French football. That’s why we are fighting and we will continue to fight.”Representatives of the clubs will meet with French President Francois Hollande next week to further discuss a solution to the situation. Louvel did not rule out further action being taken after the weekend of cancelled games.The last time games were boycotted in the French league was in 1972, but that was at the initiative of the players, the clubs’ union said. The decision received the backing of league president Frederic Thiriez, who was also present at the meeting.The tax was a campaign promise from Hollande, who pledged to rein in what he said was excessive executive pay out of line with the struggling economy. The tax is only supposed to be in place for two years, starting retroactively this year, and the government expects it to net $580 million. It would cost clubs $60 million over that period.On the days when matches won’t be played, the stadiums will be open for fans to visit and some entertainment will be provided.The promise of a tax hike was the most memorable promise of Hollande’s campaign, and polls have shown it was widely popular, even if it generated heavy criticism from business leaders and sports organizations.The amount it will generate is tiny when compared to France’s $2.8 trillion economy, but the government says it is more a symbolic measure than one meant to plug budget holes.This tax is capped at five per cent of the club’s annual revenue. Defending French champion Paris Saint-Germain, with massive backing from Qatari investors, won’t be too bothered by the measure. Neither will Monaco, which benefits from tax exemption on players’ salaries.But it would hit about a dozen clubs and the likes of Saint-Etienne, Lyon and Marseille would see it as a major blow, particularly if they fail to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.“Most of the clubs don’t make money, they lose money, so how is it possible for the clubs to pay taxes when they don’t have money left?” Saint-Etienne president Bernard Caizzo told The Associated Press. “This is the big point, instead of players paying tax, they want the clubs to pay the tax.”Many clubs operate at a loss and Lyon has pumped in millions into its new stadium.“When a (company) is losing money you try and help, not try and give a big kick on the head,” Caizzo said.French clubs already end up selling many of their top players to other leagues that offer higher salaries — such as England’s Premier League — and the new measures could force them to sell even more of their stars to balance the books.“French football is the most (taxed) in Europe, when we get 100 euros, we pay 70 euros to the state. Not in England, not in Germany, not in Italy, not in Spain,” Caizzo said. “Many clubs won’t be able to afford this and could disappear.”___Associated Press writer Sarah DiLorenzo in Paris contributed to this report. read more

Intercultural awareness and inclusion series launched by Brock International

The first in a series of workshops aiming to increase intercultural competency on campus is taking place Friday, July 20.Launched by Brock International Services, the series of workshops will focus on providing faculty and staff at Brock University with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to respectful and productive relationships on and off campus.With a growing international community representing more than 100 countries on campus, the ability to support students in their own cultural competence development is becoming increasingly vital to employers.By attending the first workshop, staff will be able to identify elements of visible and invisible culture, list elements of their own cultural identity and identify at least one inclusive practice that they can use in their work or life on campus.“Faculty and staff can expect to have an increased capacity to make the most of diversity’s proven contribution to increased performance and results,” said Trecia McLennon, Intercultural Communications Co-ordinator for Brock International Services. The first workshop is particularly relevant for staff who work directly with students and have not already attended an introductory intercultural workshop.Subsequent workshops are planned for July 26 and 30. The series is a prerequisite to all other course requirements through Focus on Learning that will comprise the Intercultural Certificate for faculty and staff, debuting in September.Registration is required and space is limited to 30 people. To register, please visit the Focus on Learning webpage, under the Training and Development section of Brock’s Human Resources website.Any questions can be directed to McLennon at x6211 or by email at tmclennon@brocku.ca. read more

John Isner Is All Alone at Wimbledon

At a major international tournament, American men had a very bad day.Yes, the U.S. men’s soccer team did just fine Thursday, losing 0-1 to Germany but advancing to the knockout stage of the World Cup. But at Wimbledon, all but one of the four remaining American men exited the singles draw without winning a set. That leaves just John Isner to play in the third round. Isner is by far the highest-ranked American, but he’s often vulnerable to upsets at events outside the U.S.“I guess it’s better than last year. We didn’t have anybody past the second round,” Isner said of the American men’s success at Wimbledon, at a press conference Thursday. “At least there’s one guy past the second round.”Here’s a sign of how bad things have gotten for American men’s singles tennis: Even with all the early exits, Isner has to win just one more match for this tournament to count as a good Grand Slam by recent low standards. He’d be the lone American man in the fourth round for a second consecutive major, after five consecutive Grand Slams without any American man to make it to the Round of 16. The U.S. hasn’t had a male quarterfinalist at a Grand Slam since Isner and Andy Roddick reached that stage at the 2011 U.S. Open, nor a semifinalist in the five years since Roddick lost in the final at Wimbledon. No American man has won a major since Roddick did at the U.S. Open in 2003, and after every disappointing Grand Slam, the prospect of an American major champ seems farther away than it did at the one before.The situation is very different for the American women. They’re led by world No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon champ Serena Williams, who will be joined in the third round this year by her sister, Venus Williams, who also has won Wimbledon five times. Even more American women are outperforming their male counterparts. Three others have made the third round at Wimbledon, with one more, Victoria Duval — the 18-year-old who got into the tournament the hard way, by qualifying — still to play her second-round match.Isner isn’t an ideal American No. 1. He has a booming serve and one of the worst return games in the top 50. But without him, things would be truly bleak. For the third consecutive major, Isner is the only American man ranked high enough to get one of the 32 seeds. No other American man even ranks in the top 50.Sixteen countries have a No. 2 player ranked higher than the second-best American, No. 67 Sam Querrey, one of the players who lost on Thursday. Among the countries with a higher-ranked No. 2 player are Switzerland, Croatia and Austria, which have a combined population under 21 million — roughly the population of Texas. Three other countries with a population under 20 million have a No. 2 player ranked higher than Querrey. (It’s worth noting that tennis has become more popular globally since the 1980s, hence more countries are competing and leaving fewer spots for the traditional powers.) The strength of the No. 2 player matters, as a proxy for depth of talent and for the Davis Cup, the international team competitions with two singles slots.To Denis Kudla, a 21-year-old American who lost his second-round match here Thursday, international comparisons aren’t fair because of tennis’s relatively slight stature among U.S. sports. “Tennis is our fifth or sixth sport,” he said in an interview last week. “People just have to be patient.”American women fare better in the equivalent international comparison, perhaps partly because female athletes have fewer professional options and tennis is one of the most lucrative. Just two countries have higher-ranked No. 2 players than Sloane Stephens of the U.S.: Serbia and Italy.Strong prior American male generations — John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors; Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras — cast a long shadow over Roddick and his peers, former top-10 members James Blake and Mardy Fish. But the Roddick generation was far stronger than the current one, as demonstrated by the decline in the number of American players in the majors’ draws, of seeded American players and of American players who reach the third round. “I think what happened is, maybe we missed a generation,” Kudla said. “The generation behind Roddick maybe didn’t pan out like it was supposed to.”“Every country goes through a slump,” Benjamin Becker, a German player who played for Baylor University, said in an interview this week. “It’s not easy to always have these prodigies like Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe, [Jim] Courier and Connors. A lot of times, countries take generations off.” He added, “I’m very confident that an American player will be soon at the top level.”Two young Americans who hope to fulfill Becker’s prediction had modest success last week, qualifying for Wimbledon by winning matches on adjacent courts at the Bank of England Sports Centre while monitoring each other’s progress. Ryan Harrison, who was watching Kudla’s match during changeovers of his own contest, said in an interview that in an individual sport, national rankings don’t matter much. “The U.S. is always concerned about how many top players they have,” Harrison said. “The only thing I’m concerned about is my own development, my own career.”He added: “The U.S. has to really understand that we’re working. We’re doing what we can here.” read more

Weekly football picks Week 7

Justin Zwick Last week: 1-2 Overall: 15-5 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Arkansas Quinn Pitcock Last week: 2-1 Overall: 14-6 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Arkansas The only game featuring a difference of opinion last week was Michigan State-Michigan. Sparty’s 34-17 victory gave James Laurinaitis, Quinn Pitcock and Zack Meisel 2-1 weeks. Justin Zwick suffered his first losing week of the season, as he returned closer to the pack at 15-5 overall. Laurinaitis and Pitcock trail Zwick by just one game. Senior basketball player Dallas Lauderdale checks in two games off the pace. This week, every participant expects Ohio State to knock off Wisconsin, but opinion is spread out on the other two contests. THIS WEEK’S GAMES No. 1 Ohio State @ No. 18 Wisconsin No. 15 Iowa @ Michigan No. 12 Arkansas @ No. 7 Auburn James Laurinaitis Last week: 2-1 Overall: 14-6 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 1-2 Overall: 13-7 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn Zack Meisel Last week: 2-1 Overall: 11-9 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn read more

Amazons FrustrationFree packaging is anything but

first_imgThis is anything but frustration-free. Sure, the plastic shell you have to cut open has gone, and there’s no plastic beyond the cable connector covers, but I have about 90% too much packaging for such small products and two little paper manuals covering exactly the same details.My question to Amazon is simply: why? These cables should be stacked in a container at your warehouse and picked up as and when they are ordered. Instead, it looks as though each one is given a box that can fit multiple cables in. As you can see here, the two cables piled in one box still leaves plenty of room for another one.So how much of this packaging wasn’t needed? Here’s my take on what the cables could have been shipped in (left) compared to the additional packaging I received (right):It’s also worth pointing out the smaller box each HDMI cable was in actually felt stronger than the larger box making it more than adequate as a shipping box on its own.I’d be interested to hear how many other people are getting this much additional packaging on products Amazon is advertising as free from such waste. In 2008 Amazon introduced a new initiative called Frustration-Free Packaging. The idea was simple, cost saving, and welcomed by just about everyone except hard drive buyers.The goal was for Amazon to replace the horrible, thick plastic wrapping that a lot of products are welded inside with a simple plastic bag and small cardboard shipping box or envelope. In some cases just a small box would be required meaning no excess plastic shipped at all. Also, all packaging can be recycled and each shipment would be “without excess packaging materials” according to the FAQ.I certainly appreciated receiving my items in such simple packaging I could recycle, but my latest purchase makes me think Amazon has forgotten a major reason why it started offering frustration-free packaging in the first place.Last week I purchased two 3 meter HDMI cables from the UK Amazon store. Visitors to Geek.com know that when buying a HDMI cable you shouldn’t be spending a lot of money on an expensive cable. It’s a digital cable, so it either works or it doesn’t. I therefore chose the AmazonBasics cable that advertises frustration-free packaging and is sold at a more than reasonable price.What I expected to arrive today was a package containing two cables in no more than a small box just big enough to house them. What I got was a mass of cardboard in the form of 3 boxes and a large amount of box-filling paper. In total there was easily enough space to pack 20 of these HDMI cables in the packaging provided.Here’s the packaging in the stages that I opened it:last_img read more

How many seminaked protestors stormed the House of Commons Its the week

first_img 28,915 Views 7 Comments Image: Extinction Rebellion/Twitter Apr 6th 2019, 7:01 PM By Adam Daly Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 7:00 PM EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.80: The percentage of Irish people who would rather stay in summer time if the clocks stop changing twice a year.60: The number of candidates that Aontú – the party launched by former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín – will stand in the upcoming local and European elections in May.11: The number of semi-naked protestors who entered the public gallery in the House of Commons in Westminster on Monday while MPs were debating a series of motions on where Brexit goes next.1/10: The number of people who are spending over 60% of their income on rent in Ireland. 21: The percentage of newly homeless families in Dublin last year who were non-EU citizens.€383,000: The average cost of a house in Dublin, a 4% rise in the first three months of the year. €2.5 million: The amount of money awarded by the High Court to a woman who has terminal cervical cancer over the alleged misreading of a smear test.10: The number of confirmed cases of measles in Dublin since the start of February. 43 million: The number of years that a fossil of a four-legged whale found by palaeontologists in Peru dates back to. $35 billion: The record-breaking divorce settlement between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his soon-to-be ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos. 2: The number of Irish authors shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award – the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for English fiction. Image: Extinction Rebellion/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4578837 How many semi-naked protestors stormed the House of Commons? It’s the week in numbers Plus: The average cost of a house in Dublin. Share8 Tweet Email last_img read more

Climat un tour du monde à la voile pour prendre le pouls

first_imgClimat : un tour du monde à la voile pour “prendre le pouls de la planète”Le 1er juin dernier, le navigateur Philippe Poupon partait d’Alaska avec sa femme et ses enfants pour un tour du monde à la voile visant à “prendre le pouls de la planète”. En escale à Papeete, en Polynésie française, il s’explique quant à l’objectif de ce voyage qui ne devrait pas s’achever avant 2013.A bord de son voilier “Fleur Australe”, Philippe Poupon entend parcourir tout le Pacifique afin de “raconter la terre et ce qui se passe aujourd’hui dans les changements climatiques”. C’est sa compagne, Géraldine Danon, qui chaque jour fait le récit de ses observations sur le site fleuraustrale.fr. Le couple navigue depuis le mois du juin avec ses quatre enfants, âgés de deux à quatorze ans, et un équipier qui se charge d’assurer leur éducation scolaire.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?En escale à Tahiti, le navigateur entend sensibiliser le grand public à la menace que fait peser le changement climatique sur les îles polynésiennes. “Leplus catastrophique, ce serait la montée des eaux qui mettrait en danger les atolls. (…) Si on s’en tient aux analyses des scientifiques, il se peut que dans cinquante ans quelques atolls aient déjà disparu”, souligne Philippe Poupon, qui fait partie des navigateurs les plus titrés de France, avec notamment à son actif une victoire lors de la Route du Rhum, de la Transat anglaise, et trois autres lors de la Solitaire du Figaro. Il évoque le déplacement de certaines populations que risque d’engendrer le réchauffement climatique, ainsi que le risque accru de “cyclones dévastateurs”, comme celui qui frappait en février dernier l’île de Tubuai, au Sud de Tahiti.Philippe Poupon et sa famille quitteront prochainement la Polynésie française pour reprendre la mer. C’est en décembre 2012 qu’ils devraient atteindre l’Antarctique, bouclant alors leur tour du monde après avoir rallié les deux pôles. “La banquise, la glace qui recouvre l’Arctique, a fondu de 40% en quarante ans, et ça continue. Les Inuits en voient déjà le changement, ils se déplacent sur la glace, et, comme les ours, moins il y aura de glace, plus ils auront de problèmes pour chasser et se déplacer”, alerte le navigateur avant de souligner que ce voyage n’a pas pour visée de “faire du catastrophisme, mais montrer ce qu’on peut faire”.Le 19 novembre 2010 à 17:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Court commissioner bars release of Seattle university shooting video to media

first_imgSEATTLE — A King County Superior Court commissioner on Thursday issued a restraining order barring local media outlets from obtaining a copy of the Seattle Pacific University surveillance video taken when a gunman stormed the campus last month and killed one student and wounded two others.Commissioner Carlos Velategui accused the city’s four TV news stations of seeking the graphic video to boost ratings. One citizen, Arthur West, also put in a public-disclosure request for the video.“What we’re doing here is not of concern to the public,” Velategui said during the hearing. “The only possible interest of the public is their eyes will be glued to the screen to watch someone get shot.”Aaron Rey Ybarra is accused of walking into Otto Miller Hall on the SPU campus on the afternoon of June 5 and shooting three students with a shotgun before he was tackled by 22-year-old student Jon Meiswhile as he paused to reload.In addition to the shotgun, police say, Ybarra was armed with a hunting knife and carried more than 50 rounds of ammunition.Ybarra, 26, of Mountlake Terrace, has pleaded not guilty to one count of premeditated first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault. All of the charges carry firearms allegations that could increase the sentenceslast_img read more

Claires pulls childrens makeup after kits test positive for asbestos

first_img(WSVN) – A popular retailer is pulling 17 children’s makeup products from its shelves after lab tests found asbestos in multiple items.WJAR reports that Kristi Warner was concerned about the ingredients in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kit, which was purchased at a Claire’s store.Warner, who works at a Rhode Island law firm, mailed the makeup to an independent lab in North Carolina for testing.Test results revealed that the makeup contained asbestos, a toxic, cancer-causing material. The products were tested and the results were alarming. Asbestos was found in every single product.“The fact that the majority of the products came from the store shelves within the last two weeks means that there are other children being exposed,” Warner said.When asked about the findings, Claire’s said in a statement that they “have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale.”Claire’s says it plans to immediately investigate the allegations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “I [was] just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home,” Warner told the news outlet. “You just assume that a children’s product would be safe.”Exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, which is a terminal disease.Warner, along with her boss, purchased 17 more makeup products from Claire’s stores in nine different states. last_img read more

MBTA To Increase Cost Of Parking At Wilmington Station By 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Beginning August 1, the price to park in the MBTA parking lot at Wilmington Station will increase from $4 to $6 on weekdays, and decrease from $4 to $2 on weekends.Wilmington’s parking lot consists of 191 parking spaces. The lot is regularly filled up by 7am on weekday mornings.After reviewing usage at its 99 parking lots and garages, the MBTA recently decided to adjust parking prices at more than half of its facilities.Wilmington is one of 32 MBTA parking facilities that will see a weekday price increase.  21 parking facilities will actually see a decrease in cost, while the cost at 46 parking facilities — including North Wilmington — will remain the same.The MBTA’s Governing Board approved the proposal on Monday, resulting in the MBTA’s first large scale parking price increase in 10 years. The T hopes to generate an additional $6.5 million from this new pricing strategy during its next fiscal year.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMBTA To Install Solar Panels At Wilmington Center Parking LotIn “Govenrment”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”MBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”last_img read more

Community of Stebbins experiencing water crisis

first_imgThe community of Stebbins is currently experiencing a “water crisis”. It is unclear how long this will go on. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome)The community of Stebbins has been experiencing an ongoing “water crisis” since the community’s water line froze in late November.Listen NowCity Administrator Nora Tom said an alternative to using the frozen water line, is to use trucks with 2,000 gallon tanks to haul water from the local lake about five miles outside of town. Currently Stebbins’ two water trucks are in need of repair, but Tom hopes they will be running by the end of the week.One concerned citizen said water use at the community’s washateria is being restricted so people in Stebbins cannot take showers right now and instead must travel to St. Michael. Stebbins’ remaining water supply is limited and Tom said if the situation continues without change, the community will be completely out of water by the end of December.While the water line is frozen, Stebbins will rely on hauling water to the washateria so residents can continue to wash their clothes, take showers and drink water, but it is unclear how much water this will provide and for how long it can be sustained.last_img read more

1 dead in buslorry collision in Bhupalpally

first_imgBhupalpally: One person was killed and 10 others sustained injuries when a TSRTC bus collided with a lorry laden with sand at a turn near Annaram village under Mahadevpur mandal onFriday. According to reports, a bus heading to Kaleshwarm bumped into a lorry. It’s learnt that there were about 40 passengers on the bus when the mishap occurred. Panaganti Sammaiah (40) who sustained grievous injuries died while undergoing treatment at the government hospital in Mahadevpur. It’s learnt that bus driver M Satish lost control over the wheel when he tried to negotiate a pothole on the road and rammed into the lorry. Bus conductor Shobha Rani was also injured in the mishap.last_img

Durex launches campaign for safe sex emoticon

first_imgClose Condom maker Durex says it is calling for the creation of a safe sex emoji and presenting an official submission to emoticon maker Unicode on 1 December, which is World Aids Day.In the run-up to the day, used to unite people around the world in the fight against HIV and Aids, Durex launched a social media campaign to create the first official safe sex emoji, asking users to use #CondomEmoji.In an age of smartphones and tablets, emoticons, the small icons which can express emotions or physical things, were crucial to how young couples communicate, Durex said.Citing its own research, the company said in a statement some 80% of 16 to 25-year-olds find it easier to express themselves with emojis. Meanwhile, 84% felt more comfortable using icons when talking about sex.last_img

Sugar production declines 2 million tonnes in India during OctoberApril

first_imgSugar production in India fell about 8 percent during the period October 2015-April 2016 due to a sharp fall in crushing activity. The country produced 24.3 million tonnes during the period, 2.1 million tonnes less than 26.5 million tonnes during the corresponding period in the previous year. “Till 15th April 2016, 243.44 lakh tons of sugar has been produced by sugar mills during the current sugar season. This is about 21.24 lakh tons less than the sugar produced upto the same corresponding period last year when 264.68 lakh tons of sugar was produced,” industry body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement.The number of sugar mills operating reduced sharply over a 12-month period, to 117 as on April 15, 2016, from 245 mills as on April 15, 2015, ISMA added.Crop year for sugar in India ends in September.Maharashtra was the top producer at 8.36 million tonnes, lower by 1.6 million tonnes compared to the year-ago period (October-April). The number of mills in the drought-hit state stood at 24 as on April 15 this year from 84 crushing mills on April 15, 2015.Uttar Pradesh produced 6.77 millon tonnes, followed by Karnataka at 4 million tonnes. Other sugar-producing states include Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.Arrears to sugarcane farmers dropped by 63.91 percent to Rs. 13,300 crore as on April 12, 2016, from Rs. 21,800 crore as on April 12 last year, according to ISMA. It was attributed primarily to improvement in sugar prices during the past few months, to about Rs. 33 currently from Rs. 19 per kg ex-factory realisation price in August 2015, Business Standard reported.”With improvement in price, it is expected that cane price payments to farmers will improve, for arrears to come down substantially further,” the daily quoted Abinash Verma, director-general of ISMA, as saying. Shree Renuka Sugars, EID Parry (India), Balrampur Chini Mills, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar, Bannari Amman Sugars, Dhampur Sugar Mills, Sakthi Sugars, Dwarikesh Sugar Industries and DCM Shriram Industries are some of the listed sugar companies in India.India is the world’s second-biggest sugar producer and largest consumer.last_img read more

China hails courage of North South Korean leaders

first_imgNorth Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea`s President Moon Jae-in (R) pose for a photo during their summit in the Peace House building on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on 27 April. Photo: AFPChina on Friday heaped praised on the leaders of the two Koreas for holding a landmark summit, calling their handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that divides the peninsula a “historic moment”.“We applaud the Korean leaders’ historic step and appreciate their political decisions and courage,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing.“We hope and look forward to them taking this opportunity to further open a new journey of long-term stability on the peninsula.”She also cited a poem that reads: “We remain brothers after all the vicissitudes; let’s forgo our old grudges, smiling we will meet again.”China is North Korea’s sole major ally but it has supported a series of United Nations sanctions to punish Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile tests.Beijing has pressed for dialogue to peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis.last_img

Terminator Salvation VR Experience Opens Doors in Irvine

first_imgLocation-based virtual reality (VR) startup Spaces opened a new VR experience called “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Orange County, Calif. to the public Thursday.“Terminator Salvation” is a high-end location-based VR experience, which means that participants get to freely roam on a stage with physical props that are incorporated into the VR experience. Each and every participant wears their own VR backpack complete with an integrated computer, which in this case has been made by HP.Tickets for the experience cost $30 per person, and participants can get access to downloadable footage of their mission for an extra $10. Up to 4 players can take part in the experience together at any given time. Popular on Variety Spaces was founded in 2016, and has raised more than $10 million from investors including Comcast Ventures, Songcheng Performance Co., Match VC, Boost VC, Canyon Creek Capital and others. The startup also recently unveiled a “Terminator Genisys” VR experience in partnership with Skydance Media, and it has a $30 million partnership with Songcheng Performance Co. to build location-based VR in China.Spaces is just one of a number of location-based VR providers who are looking to provide a more experiential and social take on the medium. However, making the numbers work hasn’t been easy for everyone in location-based VR: Imax, which opened up 7 location-based VR centers last year, has since closed 2 of those locations. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Our amazingly fun, social Spaces attractions are built to be shared,” said Spaces CTO Brad Herman in a statement. “We’re kicking off our first Spaces Center with a prominent franchise that is recognized and loved around the world, we make it easy for guests to share their Spaces experience the moment they take off their headset and that social-friendly mentality is built into every one of our Spaces attractions.”last_img read more