World Cup Salah included in Egypt’s World Cup squad as Pharaohs pin their hopes on a speedy recovery Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:10 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Mohamed Salah Egypt The Liverpool forward is nursing a shoulder injury picked up in the Champions League final, but he will join his international colleagues in Russia Mohamed Salah has been included in Egypt’s squad for World Cup 2018 as he seeks to shake off a shoulder injury in time to play some part in the finals.The Liverpool forward forms part of Hector Cuper’s plans despite nursing an ailment which threatened to dash his international dreams entirely this summer.Having tangled with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final, the 25-year-old was forced from the field in tears as fears were immediately raised as to his possible involvement at Russia 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Salah was quick to air his confidence that he would recover in time, but mixed messages have been offered since then regarding a timescale on his rehabilitation.The latest of those suggested that he would be sidelined for around three weeks, with medical assistance having been sought in Spain to help speed up the process.It is, therefore, highly likely that a man who netted 44 times at club level In 2017-18 will sit out Egypt’s opening fixture against Uruguay on June 15.He may, however, come into contention for a meeting with Russia on June 19, or be held back until a final Group A encounter with Saudi Arabia on June 25.The Pharaohs are pinning their hopes on Salah being ready for as much competitive football as possible, with it his goals which booked them a ticket to a first World Cup finals since 1990.Egypt topped Group E in qualification, besting Uganda, Ghana and Congo to qualify for the tournament.
October 23, 2019
zoomImage Courtesy: HHI South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has won a contract from Zodiac Group Monaco to build four containerships.The shipbuilding major said the contract was worth KRW 436.8 billion (USD 407 million).The four container carriers are scheduled for delivery by July 2020. Further details of the order were not disclosed.HHI’s announcement comes as a confirmation of the broker reports from early April. The previous reports, however, linked the shipowner to an order for five ultra-large containerships featuring 14,000 TEU.Zodiac Maritime already has five 11,000 TEU containerships on order at Hyundai, scheduled for completion in 2019.The five New Panamaxes were ordered in November last year and have fetched a price of USD 90 million each.Zodiac Maritime has 132 vessels in its live fleet, including 15 newbuildings.Hyundai had a strong year start with regard to order intake having secured orders for over 30 ships, the majority being gas carriers and large ore and container vessels.The shipbuilder plans to keep its focus on gas carrier market amid the anticipated growth of LNG and LPG volumes coupled with the U.S.’s aggressive energy exports policy and China’s eco-friendly energy consumption campaign.For 2018, the group is targeting an orderbook value of USD 13.2 billion, up from USD 9.9 billion from 2017.World Maritime News Staff
October 17, 2019
WINNIPEG – A 15-year-old girl had drugs and alcohol in her system when she was killed and thrown into the Red River in Winnipeg, a toxicologist testified at a murder trial Tuesday.Christopher Keddy, who works at the RCMP national forensics lab, told court tests showed Tina Fontaine had a level of alcohol slightly above the legal limit for driving.Keddy also said there was a relatively high level of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — at four nanograms per millilitre.“Yes, it was arguably quite high,” Keddy told the trial of Raymond Cormier, 55, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.He added that the amounts might have registered artificially high because of decomposition and because the tests were done on chest-cavity fluid instead of blood. Drug and alcohol tests are best done on blood samples from living persons, he said.Tina was killed in August 2014 after she ran away from a hotel where she was being housed by Child and Family Services. She became a sexually exploited youth in the inner city.The discovery of her small body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The Crown’s theory is that Cormier killed the girl because he had developed a sexual interest in her and found out she was underage, and because he feared she would report him to police for possessing a stolen truck.Under questioning by Crown attorney James Ross, Keddy testified the toxicology results showed no clear sign of harder drugs, such as methamphetamines and cocaine.There was also no indication of gabapentin, Keddy said. The Crown said Tina had once told a hospital worker she had used the drug, which is prescribed to treat epilepsy but also produces a mild euphoria when used recreationally.Keddy said the test the RCMP lab ran might not detect low levels of gabapentin.Under cross-examination, defence lawyer Andrew Synyshyn suggested to Keddy that he could not rule out the possibility that gabapentin was in Fontaine’s system at a potentially lethal level in combination with other drugs.“That is correct. I cannot,” Keddy replied.
October 12, 2019
Casablanca – Addoha is the largest real estate developer in Morocco operating in all of social, intermediate and high-end housing. Consolidated revenue decreased from MAD 9.3 billion in 2012 to MAD 7.0 billion in 2014 as a result of lower units delivered in all segments where the developer is operating.Henceforth, the group re-engineered its corporate strategy by launching the triennial cash generation plan (CGP) in 2015.The CGP reengineered many facets of the real estate giant’s strategy and focuses on the following pillars: 1/ Generating cash from the company’s current assets by selling the stocks of unsold finished products and by reducing clients receivable; 2/ Reducing both of production and investments in land acquisition over the coming years; 3/ Launching the marketing of tranches only if previous tranches have been entirely commercialized; 4/ Launching the production of tranches only if the pre-sale ratio is above 70%. The ambition of the CGP is for the company to enter a cycle of strong operating cash flow generation (a total of MAD 8b targeted for the 2015-2017Eperiod), in order to reduce the indebtedness (targeted gearing of 33% at the end of the period vs. 80% as of 2014), as well as in order to significantly increase the amount of dividends distributed to their shareholders.Today, the group reported exceptional CGP achievement rates (higher than 100%) at all levels (commercial, operational, financial). Management enjoys now a very decent track-record of outperforming the CGP targets amid a market where confidence in Management yields real market premia.During these past two years, the group has been able to achieve 70% of its deleveraging objective. The net reduction in debt stood at MAD 3.1 billion which corresponds to 116% of the amount targeted by the end of 2016.As a result of this debt reduction along with an improvement of cost of debt, financial expenses plunged by 22% to MAD 454 million. Henceforth, NIGS soared by 18% to MAD 1.0 billion, while net margin improved by 120 basis points to 15.8%. Also, gearing stood at 50% at the end of 2016 to be compared to 80% at the beginning of the CGP and to a target of 33%.Deliveries stood at 15,587 units almost stable YoY while revenue also barely increased by 0.2% to MAD 7.1 billion. 89.9% of the deliveries were social and intermediate housing dwellings. Margins resumed their upward trajectory with social and intermediate housing’s gross margin jumping by 4 percentage points to 28%, while high-end housing margin soared by 8 percentage points to 34%.Furthermore, the group pre-sold 10,744 units which corresponds to 92% of the target set in the CGP.For the Shareholders’ Meeting, the Board of Directors will propose the distribution of a dividend of MAD 2.40 per share (up 7% YoY).
October 12, 2019
21 October 2008A United Nations-backed “Caring for Climate” gathering today is drawing representatives from more than 150 corporations, civil society organizations and governments from around the world to discuss business solutions to the problem of global warming and speed up action on climate change. The UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the “Caring for Climate” scheme last year, with chief executive officers (CEOs) of 150 companies – including 30 from the Fortune Global 500 – signing on.Today’s meeting in Geneva is the first gathering of those signatories, aiming to create a shared path in support of an effective successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.“Climate change will undoubtedly reshape the business landscape as we know it,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact. “Companies committed to ‘Caring for Climate’ demonstrate that a growing number of businesses is making a choice that tells us that a sustainable future and business competitiveness can complement each other.”Since its creation, nearly 300 businesses have signed on, covering 30 industry sectors in 48 countries, including emerging and developing economies.A recent survey of “Caring for Climate” signatories reflects their optimism about their ability to set targets and reduce their impact on the environment. It also shows that they expect similar leadership from governments, as well as long-term plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions and stepped up investments in low-carbon technologies.
October 6, 2019
“The lack of institutional, technical, infrastructural and managerial capacity in developing countries presents a dual problem,” says Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in his introduction to the Trade and Environment Review 2006.“On the one hand, it leads them to adopt a mere reactive, fire-fighting approach to address new environmental requirements; on the other hand, the adjustment process is very onerous and costly, often harming export competitiveness and, in some urgent cases, obliging governments in exporting developing countries to siphon away resources from other areas,” he explains.A proactive approach, the report says, requires involvement of developing countries in all stages of the creation of regulations and standards, among other regular, institutional activities.Such an approach is particularly important in order for those countries to take advantage of new trade opportunities presented by expanding markets for organic products, which are defined by evolving regulations.
October 2, 2019
The suicide attack took place among a crowd gathered to greet First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, shortly after his convoy had departed the area.According to news reports, the former civil war general returned to the capital, after living outside Afghanistan for more than a year.“This was a senseless attack that served no purpose other than to spread terror and try to promote division,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country. UNAMA/Fardin WaeziFollowing the 21st Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) meeting, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, spoke at a joint press conference, 19 July 2018.“The organizers of these attacks, those supporting these cynical crimes, must be held accountable and brought to justice,” added Mr. Yamamoto, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).According to UNAMA’s 2018 mid-year report on civilian casualties, suicide and complex attacks by anti-government insurgents killed 427 civilians and injured 986, a 22 per cent increase in the total causalities from the same period in 2017.“At a time when Afghans are exploring ways toward much-needed peace, we must not allow such attacks to deter our collective resolve to make progress on ending the conflict,” said Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA.Last week, Afghanistan concluded the voter registration process for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections on 20 October and for the 2019 presidential elections.And on Monday, the Security Council adopted a presidential statement to support the electoral process in Afghanistan, noting that more than 8.9 million Afghans, including more than three million women, have registered to vote.In the statement, the 15-member body also emphasized the need to address remaining challenges and to accelerate progress in electoral preparations.The Council also stressed the importance of an enabling a secure environment for voting, and condemned “in the strongest terms those who resort to violence to obstruct the electoral process, including the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) affiliates.”
October 2, 2019
While the benefits of breastfeeding for both children and mothers are extensive, policies that support nursing, particularly in workplaces, are not yet available to most mothers worldwide, according to the Head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “The health, social and economic benefits of breastfeeding – for mother and child – are well-established and accepted throughout the world”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Yet, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s infants are missing out on the recommended six months of exclusive breastfeeding”. From supporting healthy brain development in babies and young children, protecting infants against infection, decreasing the risk of obesity and disease, reducing healthcare costs and protecting nursing mothers against ovarian cancer and breast cancer, the benefits are widespread. Click here for more.UN Climate Summit: ‘ticket to entry is bold action’ The Secretary-General also turned his attention to tensions in global politics – notably in the Persian Gulf – and friction between China and the United States as well as between nuclear-armed States.Referring to recent incidents in the Strait of Hormuz that include the diversion of a British-flagged oil tanker by Iran, the US destruction of an Iranian drone, and the UK’s decision to provide a naval escort for tankers, he spelled out that a minor miscalculation in the Persian Gulf could lead to a major confrontation. On China-US relations, Mr. Guterres said that the lessons of the Cold War must be learned to avoid a new one as two competing blocs emerge, each with their own dominant currency, trade rules and contradictory geopolitical and military rules.“With leadership committed to strategic cooperation and to managing competing interests”, he said, “we can steer the world onto a safer path”.The imminent end of the landmark Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty means that the world will lose an “invaluable brake” on nuclear war, continued Mr. Guterres.States with nuclear arms capacity should avoid destabilizing developments and urgently seek a new path towards new international arms control measures, which include extending the so-called “New Start” agreement between the US and Russia; and the 2020 Review of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.Board of Inquiry in northwest Syria Global warming and rising political tensions are dangerous and avoidable, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the press on Thursday, in a statement that raises awareness of the Climate Action Summit that will take place in September.Mr. Guterres noted that while there have always been hot summers, this is “not the summer of our youth”, but a climate emergency, in which the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shows that, this year, we have experienced the hottest June ever. July is also on course to equal, or surpass the hottest month in recorded history, and 2015 to 2019 are likely to be the five hottest years on record.“If we do not take action on climate change now”, said Mr. Guterres, “these extreme weather events are just the tip of the iceberg. And that iceberg is also rapidly melting.”Here’s the full story.Investment in family-friendly policies critical to support breastfeeding – UNICEF The UN chief on Thursday said that the ticket for governments, business and civil society to participate in the Climate Summit is “bold action and much greater ambition”.This will be needed if the world is to limit temperature increases to 1.5C and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, by cutting 45 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.“Beautiful speeches”, he continued, will not be enough. Leaders need to come to New York on 23 September with concrete plans that include the growing use of technology that is rendering renewable energy cheaper than fossil fuels; the planting of millions of trees to reverse deforestation, and remove carbon dioxide from the environment, the finance world increasingly pricing carbon risks into their decision-making process and calling on leaders to phase out fossil fuel subsidies; and leading businesses are recognizing that, in order to avoid huge losses, now is the time to move from the “grey”, polluting economy, to the green economy.“We need rapid and deep change in how we do business, generate power, build cities and feed the world”, concluded Mr. Guterres.Rising political heat UN chief warns of dangerously hot climate, and political tensions The Secretary-General announced on Thursday that he would establish an internal UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry to investigate a series of incidents that have occurred in northwest Syria since last September, when Russia and Turkey signed the Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-escalation Area. According to his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, “the investigation will cover destruction of, or damage to facilities on the deconfliction list and UN-supported facilities in the area”. Upon its establishment, Mr. Guterres urged all parties to cooperate with the Board, which will ascertain the facts and report back to the UN chief when its work is completed.Mr. Dujarric said that “once the Board has been set up and is ready to commence its work” a further statement will be issued.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 1 August on SoundCloud:
October 2, 2019
Walking and cycling from one of the most popular off-campus residential neighbourhoods to Brock University is about to get safer.The Province of Ontario, the City of Thorold, the Niagara Region and Brock University are all contributing to build a network of bike lanes and paths that will stretch from the Confederation Heights neighbourhood to the Brock campus.Outgoing Brock University Students’ Union Vice-President, External Affairs, Antonio Sergi, called the move a win for students.“It’s extremely reassuring that students’ wants, needs and concerns are being heard,” he said. “I think it’s good for Brock’s long-term vision of student safety and retainment.”Sergi and others from BUSU have been lobbying for the improved cycling infrastructure. In October, 2012, a 19-year-old Brock student was killed while cycling on Merrittville Highway near Decew Rd.The upcoming work will see the bike path on the eastern edge of the Brock University campus near Zone 2, which runs parallel to Merrittville Highway, extended by the University to the intersection of Schmon Parkway, which has a crosswalk and traffic lights installed.The Region will install bike paths and lighting along Merrittville down to Decew and then the City of Thorold will expand the roadway to include bike lanes and lighting from Merrittville to Confederation Heights.The final piece of the puzzle came last week when the province announced $662,000 in funding for Niagara through its Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. Of that, $325,000 will go toward the plans for the new bike lanes and paths near Brock.
September 25, 2019
The University of Oxford has apologised after an image of a female cleaner being made to clear a message reading “Happy International Women’s Day” was shared on Twitter by a professor.Oxford Associate Professor of Political theory, Dr Sophie Smith, tweeted the photograph, writing: “Oxford security makes a woman cleaner scrub out ‘Happy International Women’s Day’ on the Clarendon steps. What an image for #IWD, @UniofOxford.”This message was widely shared on social media, with thousands of people retweeting the image and many sharing their disgust.One person wrote: “Utterly shameful, Oxford. Degrading, demeaning & insulting that security men believe they had the right to instruct a woman cleaner to remove a message that seeks to celebrate women.”Another said: “What a powerful image, and poor judgement on behalf of Oxford University.” Some were unsure as to why the university apologised, with one sceptic tweeting: “Are you for real? I’m assuming it’s her job as a cleaner. Why would she get an apology and the rest of the day off? That’s bizarre.” The university said it was “deeply sorry” for the incident, and that it “should not have happened”, tweeting: “We are deeply sorry for this and for offence caused.“International Women’s Day is hugely important to Oxford. This should not have happened.”Dr Smith responded, asking the university to give the cleaner: “a heartfelt apology, a warm cup of tea, the rest of the day off and, along with all our precarious staff, good enough pay to live in this city.” 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. Another said: “How ridiculous. Why are you so disrespectful of that women’s job? Perhaps she’s proud to be working and providing for her family. We can’t all have Doctorates.”Garrick Taylor, president of the Oxford UCU union, expressed his sympathy for the cleaner, writing: “During a peaceful International Women’s Day rally. A low paid and probably precariously employed female cleaner was sent out in the freezing cold to clean chalk writing saying Happy International Women’s Day. Did it have to be removed? Then?”The chalk message appeared to have been written during a UCU strike International Woman’s Day rally. Did you ask her permission before posting it? You, a middle class female academic, might think it’s degrading to be a cleaner, but it’s her job. Example of middle class feminism trying to perpetuate the idea that women are victims & using poorer women as mere props to do so. #IWD https://t.co/St3AZqqZkK— Maria Laoise (@MariaLaoise) March 9, 2018
September 21, 2019
A survey of attendees of the upcoming London Game Conference has named the late Steve Jobs as the most influential person in gaming, and the iPhone as the most influential product.Jobs led the poll with 26 percent of the vote. Next in line was Valve founder Gabe Newell with 16 percent, followed by Nintendo’s beloved Shigeru Miyamoto with just 7%. World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg got measly 4% and 3% shares, respectively.The iPhone won the product vote by a slightly less overwhelming margin. 17% of voters said it was the product that shaped the industry the most, followed by the Wii at 7%. Oddly, Valve’s Steam fell to fifth place in the product poll with just 2% of the vote.Still, the Apple love appears to have been overwhelming. Of the 1,000 respondents, 46% put Jobs somewhere in their top 5 lists, and 53% of the pool put the iPhone in their top 5s.The London conference centers on gaming’s transition to digital distribution and monetization, which may have significantly skewed the results.via MCVBlake’s OpinionThere’s no doubting that these results are tapping what’s on game executives’ minds right now. That is, Steve Jobs’ passing is still fresh, and they’re probably still working their way through his biography.Together, smartphones and social networks have forced a great number of rapid changes to the gaming industry, and the business world is judging game studios by how they respond to these huge changes. At their peaks, they have amazingly high numbers but are still on the same order of magnitude: Angry Birds has over 300 million downloads and Zynga has had 200 million active players in the last month according to AppData.Yet in this poll, Zuck gets a 3% share of the vote and Steve gets 26%. In the product category, Facebook didn’t show up at all in the top 5 while the iPhone dominated.It’s understandable that the influence of old giants like Nintendo and Valve would wane in this brave new world of gaming. But it’s much more difficult to suggest that Apple has had over eight times the impact that Facebook has had.If this poll were conducted in a year’s time, I suspect Apple’s positions would come back down a bit to be more in line with the other titans of gaming. More tellingly, I’d bet that if it were conducted earlier this year, amidst the Zynga IPO hype, Zuck and Facebook gaming could have taken the cake.
September 21, 2019
The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) held its 121st Annual General Meeting at the Andrianakos Centre at its Alphington Grammar School last Sunday 16 December.In a meeting attended by approximately 150 members, the Board of Management reported on the past financial year of operations of the GCM.GCM’s Hon Secretary Costas Markos, read the 2017 minutes followed by the Community’s financials and reports.meanwhile, Treasurer and Associate Professor Marinis Pirpiris, flanked by the new Auditor’s representative from the well-regarded firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers, presented the financials noting the rigorous audit that the GCM had just been subjected to.President Bill Papastergiadis then tabled his report on behalf of his Board and proceeded to run through some of the highlights and initiatives of the GCM in 2017/18 noting that the Community continued to lead in education, cultural content and advocacy.“We increased our investment in culture and education,” highlighting the outstanding outcomes in the recent VCE results and the success of the Community’s new campuses at Narre Warren, Point Cook and South Morang.He then took the opportunity to congratulate the Education team led by Theo Markos and Nick Dallas and under the management of Manos Tzimpragos.With regard to cultural activity, Mr Papastergiadis went on to highlight a few of the initiatives of the past year which included:The exceptional productions staged by the Community’s Centre for Drama and ArtsThe 2018 Lonsdale Street Greek festival that played to over 100,000 people and featured Giannis Haroulis and the MomogeroiThe staging of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Greek Centre – Australia’s largest cultural event that had embraced the “Greek” as one if its key venuesThe regular Live at the Greek presentations celebrating Greek musicThe 25th Greek Film Festival which in itself now features the much-heralded Student Short Film Festival and the Short Film festivalThe exceptional lectures and seminars that are staged weekly all throughout the yearThe live Skype interview with acclaimed Iranian journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani from Manus Island “We have created an organisation that has become a major player in the Greek community, offering services for all Greeks as well as for the wider Australian community, such as the special event for the refugees in cooperation with Australia’s higher education institutions and cultural organisations,” added Mr Papastergiadis.Moving forward, the GCM president underlined the fact that the Community has become a touchstone for state and Federal governments.“Federal ministers and politicians, such as most recently Alan Tudge, visited the Greek Centre and congratulated the GCM for its achievements and activities, while others, including the Prime Minister, Premier and Ministers are always present at our major events,” he stressed before tabling two of the declared items for consideration.The first, saw the Board tasked with establishing a Committee to review the GCM Constitution and the second was an undertaking to examine how the GCM can incorporate the history of the GCM in its Education programs.The meeting then turned to the procedural matters that occupy it every three years with Mr Markos reading the names of the members that had nominated for the GCM Board.These were: Tas Sgardelis, Georgina Pattas, Bill Papastergiadis, Nikos Koukouvitakis, Theo Markos, Costas Markos, Tammy Iliou, Marinis Pirpiris, Philip Vassiliadis, Leonidas Vlahakis, Angela Georgalis, Vasso Zagalis, Voula Kallianis, Michael Karamitos, Alexis Costa, Dimitris Bossinakis, Nick Dallas, Spiros Papadopoulos, Christos Sikavitsas, Stella Papas, Christos Fifis, Nontas Tsitas, Kostas Tsakoumis, Michalis Houdalakis and Christos Tsirkas.Given that there were more nominees than Board positions an election was triggered and as such nominations were called for an Electoral Committee to be formed with Paul Mavroudis (President), Nikos Poulakos (Secretary), Makis Hatzilepos, Chrysoula Stamopoulos, Costas Kyritsis, Anastasios Kalamovrakas, Christos Kalavrytinos, Cathy Alexopoulos and Savvas Grigoropoulos all being appointed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 20, 2019
Un véritable “boom” de naissances au Jardin des PlantesLa ménagerie du Jardin des plantes s’est considérablement agrandi depuis le printemps. Plusieurs bébés animaux d’espèces menacées ont vu le jour.Depuis le début de l’année et plus particulièrement au printemps dernier, de nombreuses naissances animales se sont produites au Jardin des Plantes, à Paris. Michel Saint-Jalme, directeur de la ménagerie a confié à l’AFP “Les naissances de mammifères sont assez fréquentes et normales. En revanche, on a bien travaillé cette année sur la reproduction des oiseaux”. En effet, parmi les nouveaux bébés nés au printemps 2011, on relève par exemple deux femelles panthères longibandes, prénommées Neofelis et Nebulosa et visibles dans le bâtiment de la fauverie. Des naissances importantes puisqu’elles appartiennent à une espère rare qui est aujourd’hui classée dans la catégorie animale “vulnérable” à l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN). Il n’existerait actuellement plus que quelque 10.000 individus à l’état sauvage alors que les panthères longibandes sont difficiles à élever en captivité. “Nous travaillons à maintenir la panthère longibande en captivité le plus longtemps possible en évitant la consanguinité”, a ainsi expliqué M. Saint-Jalme. Les deux petites panthères sont nées de l’union du couple phare de la ménagerie, la femelle Luang et le mâle Samar qui ont depuis 2007, donné naissance à 6 panthères. Des poussins et un poulain visibles à la Ménagerie Mais ce n’est pas tout, puisque le Jardin des Plantes a également vu naître d’autres petits appartenant à des espèces menacées, à savoir des poussins vautours percnoptères qui font l’objet d’un programme de renforcement des populations, comme l’explique Science et avenir. Les poussins sont aujourd’hui nourris à la main, face au public par les soigneurs. Côté oiseau, la ménagerie a aussi enregistré d’autres naissances : des vautours palmistes, des grues à cou blanc, des aras macao ou encore des agamis trompettes.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuEnfin, comme c’est régulièrement le cas depuis 1902, le Jardin des Plantes a accueilli un nouveau poulain de Przewalski appelé Pablo et né le 26 juin. A son sujet, M. Saint-Jalme a d’ailleurs précisé “Le cheval de Przewalski se reproduit très bien en captivité. On en compte entre 1.500 et 1.600 dans les différents parcs animaliers européens, plus de 350 de ces chevaux ont été réintroduits en Mongolie”. A présent, la ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes compte donc plus de 1.000 animaux dont de nombreux mammifères, oiseaux et reptiles. Le 22 juillet 2011 à 14:13 • Maxime Lambert
September 20, 2019
Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ If you were to suggest to me that this movie was created solely for the intent of letting liberal movie critics reaffirm their objectivity by giving genuinely bad reviews to a story about a working-class Latina woman asserting herself against various toxic male authority figures amid a morally-gray portrait of the American/Mexican narco-wars… well, I would tell you that there was no way anyone that imaginative worked on this movie. However, it’s certainly almost impressive how badly Miss Bala manages to bungle a premise with so much obvious goodwill built into it.A loose and largely toothless remake of the 2011 film of the same name, Miss Bala features Gina Rodriguez as a struggling Hollywood makeup artist-assistant splitting her time between Los Angeles and Tijuana, Mexico, where she’s helping her childhood friend prepare for beauty pageants. When the two are separated during a shootout at a dance club, Rodriguez character finds herself abducted by a violent narco-gang and conscripted as a mule; only to be also subsequently grabbed up and forced into inside-informant duty by equally-vicious DEA agents. To find her friend and escape with their lives, she has to navigate both sides and draw on skills she did not know she possessed.Sound good? Okay, now just imagine the least interesting version of everything I just said and now you don’t have to go see the movie. (Or don’t imagine that and also don”t go see the movie. The important thing is to avoid seeing the movie…)Flatly staged and directed by Catherine Hardwicke — who at this point has mostly earned her way out of being blamed for Twilight — it’s mostly another dull drama that’s too fixated on guns and proceduralism to function as the character piece it wants to pose as and neither stylish or sexy enough to warrant its convoluted women-in-peril plotting.Whereas the original used stripped-down crime-drama visuals to tell a single-minded woman-centric survival story; this version marks time with pointless plot-turns that require Rodriguez to be (often literally) yanked from situation to situation by various men to the point where her character lacks any real agency and the plot loses all urgency; and there’s so little to her personality from scene to scene we don’t have much to center our focus — leading to a sense of pacing that’s as disjointed as it is disinteresting.Amusingly, the secondary plotline about the gang inserting the heroine into the Miss Baja Beauty Pageant (which makes significantly less sense here than it did in the original where it was more central and the connection to the “true events” vaguely inspired the story) briefly enters the narrative near the beginning of the “crime parts” only to vanish entirely for almost the whole runtime; so that when it suddenly shows up again so that the finale can load up on forced shots of Rodriguez carrying a machine gun in an evening dress (so the trailer can pretend it’s selling a trashier but more entertaining movie), the ensuing whiplash is nearly the most exciting surprise Miss Bala has actually managed: “Whoa! Hey! Remember when it looked like this was gonna turn into ‘Violent Miss Congeniality’ and then it just… didn’t?”Instead, the bulk of the second act gets bogged down in the dreary kidnap/double-agent/imprisonment melodrama; ostensibly centered on Rodriguez maybe/maybe-not developing a twisted sense of mutual affection with the gang’s ruthless young leader around their shared experience of growing up in both Mexico and the U.S. — a dynamic that might be interesting if it even once felt like anything but a narrative justification for the two main characters to speak mainly English to one another despite the film taking place in Mexico.This kind of empty, bland storytelling is par for the course for mid-budget features dumped into early February, sure. But what finally tips Miss Bala over the edge from being dull and forgettable to outright annoying is the mounting realization that the reason the lead character essentially isn’t a character (at all) until pretty much the finale is because this is all meant to be the “origin story” in what someone is clearly hoping will be a “franchise” for Rodriguez; a compelling actress who’s been unsuccessfully chasing a series-ready character-property to underwrite her drama career for several years now. I almost feel bad hoping it eludes her for at least this one more attempt. It’s nothing personal, I just can’t imagine sitting through “Miss Bala Returns” in two years.
September 17, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Oct 2015 – The International Monetary Fund or IMF has weighed in on the Turks and Caicos, and among its reporting is that the Financial Services Commission is making progress. However, the IMF did point out that there needs to be stronger legislation to mitigate risk. The report, conducted in April this year “highlighted that the Financial Services Commission (FSC) as the regulatory authority should further strengthen its capacity for risk and financial stability assessments, notably focusing on the real estate market. It also concluded that a framework for crisis prevention and management should be established.” Kevin Higgins, Managing Director of the FSC says in a media statement that next for the Commission is implementation, following their own report since the release of the IMF findings. That report for the Turks and Caicos FSC was done in consultation with Richard Holmwood, Head of the Economics and Financial Team at the Foreign Commonwealth Office and the FCO consultant, Steve Johnson who had prepared the “Johnson Review”. The full report is available on: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2015/cr15282.pdf Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Another Successful review for Grenada from IMF Turks & Caicos: FSC: Over 1000 companies unregistered, first deadline two weeks away Recommended for you FSC confirms staff changes at ScotiaBank TCI, Emergency executives brought in Related Items:fsc, IMF, kevin higgins
September 14, 2019
The publishing industry is looking toward technology communities to foster innovation around mobile products. While the concept doesn’t seem like something new, the way in which companies are approaching the tech community is.Last week, Hearst Magazines introduced a new competition that courts the New York mobile development community by inviting them to build mobile apps in a 24-hour hackathon during Fashion Week in New York City. As previously reported by Folio:, the competition emerged from Hearst’s development team and tech product managers who are continually challenged to come up with new ideas for mobile products and innovative technology solutions for the magazine brands. The winner of the contest gets a $10,000 grand prize and potential mentorship and financing to take the idea further. Hearst estimates that more than 150 developers will take part in the contest.In addition to Hearst, Condé Nast announced Tuesday that it will also present a fashion hackathon during Fashion Week in early February. The competition will give engineers, graphic designers and entrepreneurs 24 hours to create an app or startup concept that solves a pivotal industry problem. Over 550 developers, graphic designers and entrepreneurs are registered for the Condé Nast event, with about 100 teams expected to submit their ideas. The top three teams will present their concept on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and the winning team will receive $10,000 and the chance to have its app launched by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.Condé Nast and Hearst aren’t the only ones crowdsourcing innovation. Bonnier Corporation’s digital publishing platform provider Mag+ is inviting iOS developers to crack open its code and build new Mag+ reader apps.Mag+’s ”Unleash the Content, Build Your Dream App,” contest makes available Mag+’s new iOS App software development kit (SDK) to developers worldwide on a non-commercial license to allow them to re-imagine the platform’s reader app. More than $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to three innovative apps built with the SDK. The development window for the contest runs from Feb. 8 to Feb. 22.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!
September 9, 2019
(Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)Download AudioWhen Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski chose Bethel for a field hearing of the Senate Energy Committee, which she chairs, she had some specific points to make.Murkowski brought five senators and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to the YK Delta on Monday to show her colleagues how sky-high energy costs can cripple economic development and even serve as a barrier to the installation of water and sewer systems.But, she also hoped to highlight what the rest of the U.S. can learn from rural Alaska.(Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)Murkowski didn’t just bring her guests to Bethel. She made sure they drove down the frozen Kuskokwim River to the nearby village of Oscarville, population just about 60.The group gathered in the school – in the small high school classroom, which, Murkowski pointed out, has another use.“This is the gym, we are in the gym right now,” she said.It’s also where the kids practice NYO.“Who can do this? Why don’t you show us how this works?” Murkowski said.Freshman Trevor Mesak stepped forward for a one-foot high kick, and aced it as the crowd cheered.But Murkowski was focused on a much more serious show and tell. The school, she pointed out, is the only place in the village with running water and a flush toilet. And Oscarville spends too much money on energy.“These communities around here are a hundred percent powered by diesel. A hundred percent powered by diesel,” she said. “You’re not going to see Oscarville tied into a natural gas pipeline.”(Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)The answer, she says, has to be using the resources that are here.“So what do we have? We’ve got the Kuskokwim River; we’ve got the wind; we have the sun. This is going to be the future of our small remote communities,” Murkowski said. “They will be their own micro-grids. We will give definition to the term here in Alaska.”And Murkowski says, that’s the silver lining in Alaska’s high rural energy costs. The state has become a testing ground for innovative small-scale energy systems.Technology being pioneered out of necessity in remote villages – like how to incorporate wind power into a micro-grid that isn’t connected to any larger transmission system – can be modified for use all over the country.Murkowski’s major energy bill would encourage those systems. That bill is awaiting a final vote in the Senate. Her co-sponsor, Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, the committee’s ranking Democrat, was traveling with her Monday.Speaking later in the day, at the committee’s formal field hearing, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz echoed Murkowski’s point: saying micro-grids aren’t just for isolated communities.(Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)“During Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, a critical transportation corridor was wiped out, because the big grid had gone down,” Moniz said. “And so the idea now is, that transportation system is now a micro-grid. So if the big grid goes down, that critical transportation corridor can still function.”The committee also heard from a host of Alaskans, including Jack Hebert of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, who asked Moniz not to overlook the expertise the state has developed when it comes to energy in the far North.“We have the talent here in Alaska,” Hebert said. “We do find it very, very frustrating when we see others come here with the solutions, when we see the solutions applied every day by Alaskans in Alaska.While the day’s focus was on alternative energy, Governor Bill Walker couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring up the state’s more traditional energy resources.“We need access to our land, we need access to our resources, we need to fill that pipeline,” Walker said. “You know, we can self-heal if we have access to our resources.”(Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)Walker told the senators that the state needs part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge opened to oil drilling, to bring more oil into the trans-Alaska pipeline.“I may be a bit off-topic for this committee, but when I’m sitting before 6 percent of the US Senate, I’m going to say, what I’m going to say,” Walker said.But if there was one theme to the day, it was the sheer difficulty of living with the region’s high transportation, fuel and electricity costs. The senators and Moniz heard from local leaders who encouraged them to go check out the prices at the local AC grocery store and ticked off the cost of flights to villages.Mike Hoffman of the Association of Village Council Presidents said the status quo is simply unacceptable.“This continues to leave our families to make a very tough decision every day in our region: food or fuel,” Hoffman said.For rural Alaska, he said, energy innovation is not a choice: it’s a necessity.
September 5, 2019
The Bombay stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) will conduct muhurat trading session on account of Diwali on 11 November, 2015, even as sentiments are rather subdued among investors and traders after the Bihar Assembly election results.The special trading session will be conducted between 5.45 pm and 6.45 pm on Wednesday, heralding Samvat 2072.With the 30-scrip S&P BSE Sensex falling to a six-week low on Tuesday to close at 25,743 on the last trading day of Samvat 2071 and sentiments not so gungho among investors after the BJP-led NDA suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Grand Alliance, one can expect a muted mahurat trading on Wednesday.The markets ended Samvat 2071 with a net loss, with the S&P BSE Sensex shedding 1,043 points, or 3.90% and the NSE Nifty falling by 212 points, or 2.70%.Yet, some analysts and investors are optimistic about Samvat 2072, saying there won’t be an encore of Samvat 2071.Ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala believes Samvat 2072 is going to be better than last year. “The market has corrected, time has passed, expectations have moderated and the flow of local money is progressing very well. Slowly but surely the economy is on an uptick. So, with expectations bellied and commitments reduced, with domestic money coming, economy on upswing we are at a bottom,” Rakesh Jhunjhunwala told CNBC-TV18, reports www.moneycontrol.com.Brokerages have their own recommendations for Samvat 2072, with Bangalore-based Infosys being seen by many brokerages as worth-buying. The stock closed at Rs 1,106.40 on the BSE on Tuesday.Prabhudas Lilladher has a buy rating on the stock with a target of Rs 1,440 per share, while Motilal Oswal’s target price is Rs 1,250, justifying the recommendation on the basis of the company’s performance in the first two quarters of 2015-16 and sustained improvement in performance in the full year.Other stocks that are being seen as winners are HDFC Bank (target price of Rs 1,350, Tuesday’s closing price Rs 1,054) by Motilal Oswal, though Prabhudas Lilladher’s target for the stock is Rs 1,200.The exchanges will remain closed on Thursday, 12 November, 2015, for Diwali Balipratipada holiday.
September 3, 2019
A suicide bomber attacked Afghanistan’s Supreme Court just as staff were leaving work Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and injuring 41.The bomber, who was on foot, detonated the device in the parking lot as employees were boarding a bus to go home, interior ministry spokesman Najibullah Danish told AFP.The casualty figures came from health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh, who said women and children were among the wounded in the second attack on government institutions in a month.Police blocked off the road around the compound as panicked relatives of court employees began to gather and ambulances and fire trucks arrived.The compound is sited on the road leading from Kabul international airport to the US embassy.Last month twin suicide blasts claimed by Taliban insurgents tore through employees exiting a parliament annexe in Kabul, killing 30 people and wounding 80.Afghan policemen keep watch at the site of the bomb blast in Kabul on Tuesday. ReutersThe carnage underscores growing insecurity in Afghanistan, where local forces are struggling to combat a resilient Taliban insurgency as well as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants more than two years after NATO’s combat mission ended.On Monday the United Nations said civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 were the highest recorded by the world body, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants—one third of them children—killed or wounded.Earlier this month an official US watchdog said the death rate among Afghan troops and police soared last year as the government’s overall control of the country declined significantly.The grim new statistics paint a picture of a beleaguered nation still in the grip of a security crisis, despite many years and billions of dollars spent building up Afghanistan’s army and police.No group has yet claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, but the Taliban have targeted the court previously. They killed 15 civilians with a suicide car bomb at the entrance to the compound in 2013.At the time the insurgent group threatened further attacks on the judiciary if it continued to sentence its militants to death.
September 3, 2019
A Myanmar soldier stands near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar on 27 September 2017. — ReutersMuslim Rohingya insurgents said on Saturday they are ready to respond to any peace move by the Myanmar government but a one-month ceasefire they declared to enable the delivery of aid in violence-racked Rakhine state is about to end.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) did not say what action it would take after the ceasefire ends at midnight on Monday but it was “determined to stop the tyranny and oppression” waged against the Rohingya people.“If at any stage, the Burmese government is inclined to peace, then ARSA will welcome that inclination and reciprocate,” the group said in a statement.Government spokesmen were not immediately available for comment.When the ARSA announced its one-month ceasefire from 10 September, a government spokesman said: “We have no policy to negotiate with terrorists.”The rebels launched coordinated attacks on about 30 security posts and an army camp on 25 August with the help of hundreds of disaffected Rohingya villagers, many wielding sticks or machetes, killing about a dozen people.In response, the military unleashed a sweeping offensive across the north of Rakhine State, driving more than half a million Rohingya villagers into Bangladesh in what the United Nations branded a textbook example of “ethnic cleansing”.Myanmar rejects that. It says more than 500 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them “terrorists” who have been attacking civilians and torching villages.The ability of the ARSA, which only surfaced in October last year, to mount any sort of challenge to the Myanmar army is not known but it does not appear to have been able to put up resistance to the military offensive unleashed in August.Inevitably, there are doubts about how the insurgents can operate in areas where the military has driven out the civilian population, cutting the insurgents off from recruits, food, funds and information.The ARSA accused the government of using murder, arson and rape as “tools of depopulation”.‘NATIVE’The ARSA denies links to foreign Islamists.In an interview with Reuters in March, ARSA leader Ata Ullah linked the creation of the group to communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine in 2012, when nearly 200 people were killed and 140,000, mostly Rohingya, displaced.The group says it is fighting for the rights of the Rohingya, who have never been regarded as an indigenous minority in Myanmar and so have been denied citizenship under a law that links nationality to ethnicity.The group repeated their demand that Rohingya be recognised as a “native indigenous” ethnic group, adding that all Rohingya people should be allowed “to return home safely with dignity … to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development”.The Rohingya have long faced discrimination and repression in Rakhine State where bad blood between them and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, stemming from violence by both sides, goes back generations.The ARSA condemned the government for blocking humanitarian assistance in Rakhine and said it was willing to discuss ceasefires with international organizations so aid could be delivered.Some 515,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh but thousands remain in Rakhine.Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced scathing criticism for not doing more to stop the violence, although a military-drafted constitution gives her no power over the security forces.Suu Kyi has condemned rights abuses and said Myanmar was ready to start a process agreed with Bangladesh in 1993 by which anyone verified as a refugee would be accepted back.Many refugees fear they will not have the paperwork they believe Myanmar will demand to allow them back.