Amy Childs Joins Great British Bagathon

first_imgThis September, Amy Childs is joining in the Great British Bag-athon and clearing out her wardrobe to fill up bags full of unwanted things.The goal is to raise 1 million bags of unwanted things for the British Heart Foundation during the month of September.Amy Childs says: “I’m thrilled to be supporting the Great British Bag-athon and had a big clear out so that I could donate as many bags of unwanted things as possible to my local shop. This is a cause close to my heart as my cousin had open heart surgery when she was born, so I have seen firsthand the fantastic work the BHF funds.“I’d like to encourage everyone to set aside some time this September and help raise bags of unwanted things for the Great British Bag-athon. Those unwanted killer heels can help give heart disease the boot.”If you’d like to follow in Amy’s footsteps and donate bags of your unwanted things to the Great British Bag-athon, find out more here. Every bag you fill is a bag full of life-saving research.Source:last_img read more

Norwegian Yara fined in corruption scandal

first_imgOSLO – Norway’s Yara, the world’s biggest mineral fertiliser producer, said Wednesday it had been hit with a hefty fine by Norwegian authorities following an international corruption investigation.The firm said it would not contest the 295-million-kroner (35.4-million-euro, $48.3-million) fine.“The company acknowledges guilt and accepts a corporate fine,” Yara said in a statement. When it emerged that suspect payments had been made to a Libyan oil minister in the Kadhafi regime — according to police — just ahead of creating a joint venture in the country, Yara opened an external investigation of its international operations in 2011.The investigation revealed other “unacceptable payments” in Switzerland and India, and led Norwegian police to press charges against the company for “aggravated corruption.”“The affair is about bribes to senior government officials in Libya and India, and to a supplier in Russia (via a Swiss subsidiary),” the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime confirmed Wednesday.“In total, the bribes amount to around $12 million between 2004 and 2009”.  The police criticised the management of the company, accusing it of failing to report the corruption allegations until 2011, despite having heard about them in 2008.last_img read more

Ban urges countries to press ahead on political deal at climate summit

16 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to seize the opportunity presented by next month’s climate change conference in Copenhagen to clinch a political agreement that will help chart the way forward on a new legally binding pact to combat global warming. “Opportunity is knocking. It is up to you to open the door,” Mr. Ban told a two-day meeting that began today in the Danish capital, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference.The conference, set to begin on 7 December, aims to reach accord on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 pact which has strong, legally binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whose first commitment period ends in 2012. In a message delivered by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr. Ban stated that Copenhagen will mark a milestone in international efforts to build a more sustainable relationship with the planet. “We must seize this opportunity to create a safer and more prosperous future for all, to reduce the emissions that are causing climate change, and to help the most vulnerable adapt to impacts that are already under way,” he said, adding that “the technical details can be resolved at a later stage.”While applauding the progress made in the negotiations to date, the Secretary-General noted that core political issues remain unresolved.A comprehensive outcome, he pointed out, should ensure enhanced action to help the poorest and most vulnerable to adapt; ambitious emission reduction targets for industrialized countries; nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing countries with the necessary support; significantly scaled-up financial and technological resources; and an equitable governance structure. “These are the essential elements of a Copenhagen deal – a deal that can safeguard our common future while ushering in powerful new opportunities today for economic growth, enhanced security, and sustainable, climate-resilient development.” He added that the engagement of world leaders is critical, noting that the support of the ministers gathered in Copenhagen today and tomorrow is vital for ensuring that a global climate change deal stays at the forefront of their agendas.Last week Mr. Ban strongly encouraged all heads of State and government to accept the invitation issued by Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen to attend the closing days of the 7 to 18 December conference. “The Secretary-General believes it is essential to maintain political momentum at the highest level and from all sectors of society, and is optimistic than an ambitious, fair and effective climate deal can be reached at Copenhagen,” read a statement issued by his spokesperson. read more

UN starts work to set up camps for Haitis earthquake survivors

25 March 2010Engineers from the United Nations mission in Haiti have started preparing the ground for the establishment of new and better camps to house hundreds of thousands of people left homeless after January’s catastrophic earthquake, the head of UN peacekeeping operations said today. The Haitian Government had on 19 March issued a decree identifying the sites where new camps expected to provide displaced people better shelter during the rainy season will be set up, Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters in New York.“Work has already started to prepare the ground for the relocation of the camps. Now that we have the sites, we will do the work as soon as possible,” said Mr. Le Roy. He said engineers from the UN mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, were working with those from the US military to prepare the ground for the camps.Mr. Le Roy, however, acknowledged that it will not be possible to provide everyone in need with adequate shelter before the upcoming rainy season, given the large number of people who required it.Speaking at the same briefing, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Susana Malcorra, said that the crisis in Haiti had been complicated by the fact that the devastation happened in an urban setting with a complex land tenure and limited infrastructure. Thus there was a delay is identifying proper sites for the camps. “We need not underestimate the complexity of this huge humanitarian catastrophe,” she said.Mr. Le Roy said UN police were now working with the Haitian national police to patrol most of the main spontaneous camps where those displaced had settled to prevent cases of sexual assault against women. Efforts had also been made to improve security at night by lighting up the camps with solar-powered lamps.Responding to a question about sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers, he said the policy of zero-tolerance for such misconduct continues, but stressed that the vast majority of the 140,000 UN peacekeepers deployed in various mission around the world conducted themselves with integrity.Asked about reported demands by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Chad for the UN to withdraw peacekeepers from both countries, Mr. Le Roy said consultations were ongoing. He said a Secretary-General’s report on the “options and scenario” for the UN mission in DRC, MONUC, will be ready at the beginning of April and would propose withdrawing troops from the more stable western regions of the DRC, but recommend that MONUC continues to play its role in the east, where conflict and insecurity remain widespread. read more

Security Council authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya

17 March 2011The Security Council today effectively authorized the use of force in Libya to protect civilians from attack, specifically in the eastern city of Benghazi, which Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi has reportedly said he will storm tonight to end a revolt against his regime. The Security Council today effectively authorized the use of force in Libya to protect civilians from attack, specifically in the eastern city of Benghazi, which Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi has reportedly said he will storm tonight to end a revolt against his regime. Acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which provides for the use of force if needed, the Council adopted a resolution by 10 votes to zero, with five abstentions, authorizing Member States “to take all necessary measures… to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamhariya, including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force.”The abstentions included China and Russia, which have the power of veto, as well as Brazil, Germany and India.Expressing grave concern at the deteriorating situation, the escalation of violence, and the heavy civilian casualties, the Council established a no-fly zone, banning all flights – except those for humanitarian purposes – in Libyan airspace in order to help protect civilians. It specifically calls on Arab League states to cooperate with other Member States in taking the necessary measures.The Arab League last weekend requested the Council to impose a no-fly zone after Mr. Qadhafi was reported to have used warplanes, warships, tanks and artillery to seize back cities taken over in what started out a month ago as mass protests by peaceful civilians seeking an end to his 41-year rule. The resolution further strengthens an arms embargo that the Council imposed last month when it unanimously approved sanctions against the Libyan authorities, freezing the assets of its leaders and referring the ongoing violent repression of civilian demonstrators to the International Criminal Court (ICC).The Council called on Member States today to ensure strict implementation of the embargo, including through inspection of suspect ships on the high seas and of planes going to or from Libya, deplored the flow of mercenaries into Libya whom, according to media reports, Mr. Qadhafi has recruited.Demanding an immediate ceasefire and a complete end to violence and all attacks against and abuse of civilians, and condemning the “gross and systematic violation of human rights, including arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and summary executions,” the Council noted that the attacks currently taking place may amount to crimes against humanity. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has already opened an investigation into Mr. Qadhafi, some of his sons and members of his inner circle for such crimes in repressing peaceful protesters. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said Mr. Qadhafi lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people.Mr. Ban spoke with Libya’s Foreign Minister Musa Kusa by phone yesterday and, through him, urged the authorities to immediately halt the violence against civilians.In its resolution, the Council condemned acts of violence and intimidation committed by the Libyan authorities against journalists, media professionals and associated personnel, and the head of the UN agency entrusted with promoting the right to freedom of expression today urged the authorities to respect human life and ensure that citizens are not denied their rights, notably the right of children to education in a safe environment.UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova reiterated her previous call to the Government to respect freedom of expression and ensure that journalists can carry out their duties freely without fear of intimidation or attack.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, has boosted aid delivery to people fleeing the violence in Libya with the provision of more than 15,000 daily hot meals cooked in a transit camp along Libya’s border with Tunisia. Some 300,000 people, mainly migrant workers, have fled over the borders to Tunisia and Egypt in the past month.Over the past week, WFP and its partner humanitarian organizations have been running the two largest food distribution points in Choucha transit camp on the Tunisian border. The centre hosts between 15,000 and 18,000 people, mainly Bangladeshis and African migrant workers, waiting to depart for their home countries.The recent protests in Libya are part of a broader wave of unrest across North Africa and the Middle East that has led to the ousting of long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. read more

Accused in bizarre Port Burwell bodyandfridge investigation released on bail

Who is Sam Waters, the man charged in Port Burwell fridge-body probe? Man charged with ‘indignity’ to Port Burwell body, but OPP still say little Criminologist slams OPP for ‘retrograde’ handling of death probe A body. A discarded fridge. A beach town on edge as tourist season looms Police lift body, refrigerator from beach near Port Burwell   We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: (no attachments please) Or go to Letters should be kept to 150 words. ST. THOMAS — Samuel Waters didn’t need a full-blown bail hearing to get a chance to go home.Charged with committing an indignity to a body in connection with the grisly discovery on a beach near Port Burwell last week, Waters, 22, was released from custody with the consent of the Crown early Wednesday.The Jarvis man is central in the growing mystery surrounding the body discovered with what appeared to be a freezer or fridge found at the base of a cliff at the end of Lakeshore Line, about an hour southeast of London.The OPP haven’t released the name of the deceased. There has been no report of foul play or any homicide-related charges. All that’s been said is that there is no danger to the public.That makes the incident all the more confounding, especially with Waters’ release after the unusual charge was laid last week.Waters, a skinny, young man with a beard, who was brought into court wearing a Captain America T-shirt, said nothing during what was supposed to be a three-hour bail hearing.Instead, Elgin County Crown attorney Lisa Defoe told justice of the peace Gordon Chaput that the prosecution was agreeing to Waters’ release because of his lack of criminal record.A court-ordered publication ban was in place on the evidence in the case. Waters was ordered released on $3,500 bail without a deposit and with one surety from Port Dover.He must report to the OPP detachment in Simcoe once a week, stay in Ontario and surrender his passport. He was ordered to stay out of Elgin County, which would include Port Burwell, except for court-related purposes.Waters was told he could not associate or communicate with six people, including his father Chad, who owns South Coast Hobbies and Rides in Simcoe where Waters works.He is also subject to a weapons ban, but is allowed to use tools at his job. His next court appearance is June 26.He left the courthouse with his surety. People who identified themselves as Waters’ relatives and friends were quick to tell reporters that Waters is a good person and a nice guy.Meanwhile, there has been nothing more from investigators about the case, almost like a there’s-nothing-to-see-here signal to the community.The body was discovered by a local resident. The OPP used a helicopter to lift first the body, then the freezer from the beach.The hobby shop remained closed for business on Wednesday.With files from Laura Broadleyjsims@postmedia.comRelated read more

At ComicCon comic books and their heroes leap from pages into film

At Comic-Con, comic books and their heroes leap from pages into film, videogames, television SAN DIEGO – There’s no such thing as just a comic book hero anymore. From big-screen films and small-screen animation to books, clothes and makeup, the hero business is big business.Two decades ago, the only place to find the X-Men was in the pages of comics and on Saturday morning cartoons. Now, they, and others, like Superman, Batman and the zombies from “The Walking Dead” are cultural juggernauts, crossing over into everything.And nowhere is that more evident than at Comic-Con International.Once just 300 or so attendees in a hotel, the event now hosts more than 100,000 visitors over four days and is a top destination for film and television companies, not to mention marketers of apparel and other products, too.Attendees can wear Avengers perfume while walking in Converse high-tops that have the Joker or Batman on the sides. They’re buying glass tumblers with Marvel superheroes on them, T-shirts that bear the logo of Green Lantern, and hats with The Flash lightning bolt on the front.It’s no surprise, either, said Rob Salkowitz, a consultant and author of “Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture.” Comics have been a foundation of entertainment for decades, but since the 1990s, the advent of better technology in film and TV has seen what was once a staple of four-colour comics transform into visual spectacles.“Superheroes were created because it was a good fit for the print technology in the 1930s and 1940s,” Salkowitz said. “What happened in the late 1990s is the technology for video games and movies finally got good enough to realize the imagery of comic books in a satisfying way.”To wit, Bruce Banner’s eye-popping transformation into the Incredible Hulk is easy to do, and realistic.“Of course, the level of visual effects now, anything is possible,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios. “I think people, back in the day, would look at a beautiful Jack Kirby drawing and say ‘That’s beautiful, you could never bring that to life. Now, you can.”Now, there’s a demand for content to fill stories of all stripes.Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” was a black-and-white comic drawing rave reviews. Now it’s a top-rated TV show commanding millions of viewers, helping boost sales of collected editions of the graphic novels and driving interest in hiring comic book scribes for television.Brian Michael Bendis, who writes for Marvel Entertainment, had a pilot shot for his creator-owned “Powers” series that he does with Michael Avon Oeming.Kirkman is also going into television again with “Clone,” a comic series created and written by David Schulner for his Skybound imprint. On Saturday, it was announced that “Clone” had landed a development deal with Universal Television.Schulner credited Kirkman for guidance in doing that, too.“I knew if I went off the rails too badly, Robert would be there to put me back on track. Now I’ve been writing the comic for two years — issue No. 9 comes out next week — and I just finished writing issue 15, so to be able to turn it into a television show is just icing on the cake.And it’s not just heroes, either. Archie Comics’ Sabrina was turned into the popular TV sitcom “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” starring Melissa Joan Hart. It ran for seven seasons.Salkowitz said comics have “70 years of backstory” and an “emotional resonance” on nearly everyone.“It becomes a very easy thing for Hollywood and video game manufacturers to plug right in to this existing mythology,” he said. “They don’t have to invent it all themselves. They don’t have to jumpstart universes.”It boils down to loyal, enthusiastic fans, and the comic book companies have that.“Every brand wants raving fans, they don’t want consumers. They want fans, people who are participating,” Salkowitz said. “Look around. Comics have fans.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Matt Moore, The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2013 7:08 pm MDT read more

Large vans drive growth in October UK new LCV market

New van and pick-up registrations increase 14.1% to 28,494 units in October.Growth driven by rise in demand for large vans weighing 2.5-3.5t, up 27.6%.Year-to-date market down -1.6% as monthly demand for LCVs continues to fluctuate.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEDemand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased in October, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). More than 28,000 vans and pick-ups joined British roads in the month, representing a 14.1% increase in registrations, as demand continued to fluctuate throughout 2018.Growth was driven by a rise in demand for the popular 2.5-3.5t van, up 27.6% to take a 70.1% share of the market, while demand for pick-ups increased 3.2%. In contrast, small and medium-sized vehicles both experienced declines, down -24.9% and -14.8% respectively. The rise follows months of fluctuating registrations caused by variations in fleet buying cycles and business confidence.Year-to-date, 302,741 new LCVs have been registered, representing a drop of -1.6% on the first 10 months of 2017, and in line with current forecasts. However, demand remains at a high level, up a third (33.0%) on the same period in 2013.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While it is positive to see a boost for new vans in October, the growth comes on the back of a turbulent 10 months, with ongoing fluctuations in demand. Although the sector remains strong, we expect this trend to play out over the remainder of the year, as ongoing political uncertainty affects business confidence and hence operator investment.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Man mauled to death by his own Staffordshire bull terrier was being

first_imgIt is not clear what the subject of the documentary was, but members of the film crew were the first to alert the emergency services.Neighbours in the block where Mr Perivoitos been resident for more than 20-years said Major was a friendly and well behaved dog and had recently helped save Mr Perivoitos’ life by alerting someone by barking when he suffered a similar seizure.One resident in the block said: “I heard he had a seizure and the dog apparently saved him.It was about two or three months back.” Mario Perivoitos was attacked by his dog after suffering a seizure Despite the fact the BBC crew were in the flat at the time of the incident, police were forced to break down the door in order to allow the emergency services access. Friend Angela Constantinou, 35, who had known Mr Perivoitos since childhood, said: “This guy had two master’s degrees. He was very intelligent, he was really kind. I think one of them was philosophy.”He was very interested in lots of things. He was excellent at computers.”But she said in recent years he had experienced drug problems and his health had suffered as a result.Police were called to Mr Perivoitos home in the Wood Green area just before 10.30pm on March 20 to find him in a critical condition.He was rushed to hospital but had lost too much blood and was confirmed dead a short time later.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the cause of death had been given as loss of blood and damage to the airway consistent with a dog bite.A BBC spokesman refused to say what the film crew had been doing, but confirmed that they were inside the flat at the time of the incident.The spokesman said: “A crew making a BBC documentary were present – but not filming – at the time of the incident and called an ambulance.”Given the ongoing inquiries, it would not be appropriate to comment further.” The dog involved was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (stock image) Others described hearing him desperately trying to fight the dog off when it suddenly attacked.Geoff Morgan, 52, who lives in the property upstairs said: “I heard shouting – ‘Get him off! Get him off me’. He was shouting really loudly. He was bleeding from his neck. There was a lot of blood.”center_img 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. Mario Perivoitos was attacked by his dog after suffering a seizureCredit:SWNS  Staffordshire Bull Terrier (stock image) A philosophy graduate who was taking part in a television documentary was mauled to death by his pet dog after he suffered a seizure, sending the animal into a frenzy.Mario Perivoitos, had been filming with a BBC crew at his home in north London when he was suddenly taken ill, causing his Staffordshire bull terrier, Major, to attack.After falling to the ground the 41-year-old was bitten repeatedly in the neck, causing a fatal loss of blood.A spokesman for the BBC confirmed that a crew had been present when the attack took place but said the cameras had not been rolling at the time.last_img read more

Marcus Ahlm leaves THW Kiel at the end of the season

Marcus Ahlm will be leaving THW Kiel, reports. After ten years in Kiel, in which Marcus Ahlm won seven championships, five times German Cup and three times the Champions League, the time has come for him to move, and its very likely that his destination is his home country, Sweden. He has played for IFK Ystad before joining THW Kiel.source: ahlmKielMarcus AhlmTHW Kielystad ← Previous Story The Faker’s Guide to the European Women’s Handball Championship 2012 Next Story → EHF Cup: Vardar waste chance to qualify, wins only 28:26 against Magdeburg read more

Tempête Xynthia retour à la normale mercredi pour 80 des foyers privés

first_imgTempête Xynthia : retour à la normale mercredi pour 80% des foyers privés d’électricité ?France – A 11h ce lundi, 220.000 foyers français étaient toujours privés d’électricité. D’après ERDF (Électricité réseau distribution France), la situation devrait s’arranger mercredi soir, suite au déploiement de 5.000 techniciens dans les zones touchées par le phénomène.A 9h ce matin, le nombre de foyers sans électricité était identique à celui de dimanche soir : environ 500.000. Plus de la moitié d’entre eux ont été réalimentés aujourd’hui même. La filiale d’EDF affirme que “5.000 hommes d’ERDF et des entreprises partenaires sont à pied d’œuvre sur le terrain. Ces équipes seront renforcées dans les prochaines heures par des salariés d’ENBW et d’EDF Energy”. ERDF rappelle la dangerosité des fils électriques tombés à terre qu’il ne faut en aucun cas déplacer. De même, aucune installation intérieure ne doit être remise en service sans l’intervention d’un professionnel. Les cinq régions les plus touchées par la rupture d’électricité ont été la Charente-Maritime, avec 40.000 clients privés d’électricité, le Loir-et-Cher avec 29.000 clients, l’Indre-et-Loire (27.000 clients), la Vendée (25.000 clients) et enfin l’Indre, avec 16.000 clients. Le 1 mars 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Maurice Tubiana cancérologue pionnier de la radiothérapie est mort à lâge de

first_imgMaurice Tubiana, cancérologue pionnier de la radiothérapie, est mort à l’âge de 93 ansLe célèbre cancérologue Maurice Tubiana, à la fois médecin et physicien, est mort à l’âge de 93 ans. Un hommage officiel sera rendu vendredi à cet homme qui fut un résistant pendant la guerre et un pionnier du développement de la radiothérapie moderne en Europe.Maurice Tubiana est mort hier à l’âge de 93 ans. Il était un des experts mondiaux de la radiobiologie. En effet, grâce à sa double casquette de médecin et physicien, il fut à l’origine de l’utilisation des isotopes radioactifs en biologie et en médecine (dans le traitement du cancer de la thyroïde et comme méthode de dépistage du cancer du sein, notamment). Ainsi, cet ancien résistant né le 25 mars 1920 à Constantine, a tout simplement été le pionnier de l’essor de la radiothérapie moderne et de la radioprotection en Europe.À lire aussiGrève des médecins : 70% des cliniques privées seraient touchéesLe cancérologue a d’ailleurs reçu, entre autres, la Gray Medal, la plus haute récompense internationale dans le domaine de la radiobiologie. Il a également reçu la Grand-Croix de la Légion d’Honneur, la Croix de guerre 39-45 et fut médaillé des Évadés. Après la guerre, en 1952, il devient professeur de physique médicale et entre à l’Institut Gustave-Roussy où il deviendra chef du laboratoire des isotopes et du bétatron. Il est ensuite nommé à la tête du département des radiations qu’il dirigera de 1982 à 1988 après avoir été directeur de l’Institut de recherches de radiobiologie clinique de l’Inserm de 1966 à 1982.Ce Français était également membre de nombreuses sociétés et académies scientifiques : International Society of Radiation Therapy, International Society of Radiology, Académie des Sciences et Académie nationale de médecine. Il était autrefois également expert consultant à l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) puis à l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (AIEA) et au Centre international de recherche sur le cancer (Circ) de Lyon dont il était en partie à l’origine de la création, en 1964.”On devient vieux quand on se croit vieux” Auteur de plus de 300 publications scientifiques, Maurice Tubiana a également rédigé plusieurs essais destinés au grand public, dont “Le refus du réel”, “La lumière dans l’ombre” ou “Le Bien-vieillir”. En effet, l’homme affirmait : “On devient vieux quand on se croit vieux”, soulignant qu’il est bon de faire “travailler tous les jours ses muscles et son cerveau, ils s’usent si l’on ne s’en sert pas”. Un hommage officiel et militaire lui sera rendu vendredi aux Invalides.Le 25 septembre 2013 à 13:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cat that trapped family back home from the shelter

first_imgPORTLAND — The large cat that scratched a Portland toddler last week and then trapped his owners in a bedroom has gone home after a stay at the animal shelter.Spokesman Mike Oswald said Thursday that Lux is healthy and shows no signs of abuse, so when the owners wanted him back, the Multnomah County Animal Services agency released him.Oswald says the shelter does everything it can to accommodate a family that decides not to surrender an animal.The Oregonian reports the 4-year-old Himalayan mix arrived Monday at the shelter after owners Lee Palmer and Teresa Barker asked workers there to come for him.Since then, a local cat-behavior specialist has offered to help the owners. Lux is also slated for an episode of “My Cat from Hell” on Animal Planet.last_img read more

Navy Test Site Evaluates Potential of Wave Energy Conversion Technologies

first_imgThe ability to harness wave energy to power onshore facilities is still years away, but local officials in Hawaii remain excited by the potential for the renewable resource to help the state reach its goal of obtaining all of its energy from renewables by 2045.“If you want to get to 100 percent, we have to tap the ocean,” state Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R) said last week during a blessing ceremony for the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) at Kaneohe Bay located off Marine Corps Base Hawaii. “This is the most powerful renewable resource we have, and Hawaii is one of the best locations for it.”The Navy and Marine Corps are using the site, located about two-and-a-half miles from shore, to test various wave energy conversion technologies that can connect to the grid.“This site is all about testing prototypes and experimental devices to see what breaks, to fix it as we go and learn from that,” said Patrick Cross, program manager of ocean energy at the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. The institute is monitoring the environmental impacts of the devices and the technologies’ power performance.Two companies already have attached their technology to one of WETS’ berths, and two more are expected to join the site in 2017, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Oregon-based Northwest Energy Innovations launched its prototype, Azura, to connect to Oahu’s power grid in the summer of 2015. Norwegian-based Fred. Olsen Ltd. launched its own wave energy conversion device in 2015.Charlottesville, Va.-based Columbia Power Technology and Irish-based Ocean Energy are planning to test prototypes in early 2017.“This signifies a lot of efforts from many,” said Kail Macias, technical director at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Fairbanks health care rally draws diverse crowd

first_imgNorth Pole city council member Santa Claus at a health care rally outside Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office Thursday evening. (Dan Bross / KUAC)Alaskans concerned about the effects of a US Senate health care bill have been contacting Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and staging events at their local offices. One such Fairbanks rally took place outside Senator Murkowski’s Fairbanks office on Thursday evening.Listen nowThe event was organized by “Our Revolution Fairbanks” one of numerous local groups formed across the country after Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign. The group’s Olivia Garret helped put together the rally to call on Senator Murkowski to vote against the Republican crafted Better Care Reconciliation Act.”About 67,000 Alaskans, I believe, stand to lose coverage if the BCRA passes,” Garret said. “And it is a life or death issue. It sounds like a lot of kyperbole, but there are folks who will die: a lot of Medicaid recipients, a lot people with disabilities, debilitating mental illnesses.”Among those in attendance, long time Fairbanks residents Terry Boren and Jim Ruppert, were clear about what they want included in national health care.”The Medicaid expansion and supporting Planned Parenthood for the state of Alaska,” Boren said.“We need to have consistent coverage for everybody,” Ruppert said.Among other attending the rally was Santa Claus.“I’m particularly concerned about children,” Claus said.The North Pole City council member, who’s legal name is Santa Claus, looks the part with a big white beard and jolly disposition, but is serious when it comes to health care, saying he believes in a single payer system”A lot of children are on Medicare and and Medicaid, particularly here in Alaska,” Claus said. “So I would like to see Medicare for all.”Earlier on Thursday, a sit in was held at Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan’s Fairbanks office, where a group including many with disabilities, also expressed concerns about effects of the Senate Republican health care bill.There’s another event scheduled in Anchorage tomorrow. The details of the Senate’s bill will be discussed during Talk of Alaska next Tuesday at 10 am.last_img read more

Gold Edges up on Ukraine Platinum Palladium hold Gains

first_imgPlatinum and palladium on Wednesday retained sharp gains made overnight on worries that increasing labour tensions in major producer South Africa could hurt supply, while gold edged up on escalating violence in Ukraine.South Africa upped security in the platinum belt after four deaths over the weekend to protect miners who have decided to ditch a 16-week strike that has halted 40 percent of normal global output.Hundreds of stick-wielding miners barricaded roads and torched roadside vegetable stalls near Lonmin’s South African platinum mine on Tuesday, in an attempt to block fellow strikers from breaking rank and going back to work.Platinum edged up 0.2 percent to $1,450.30 an ounce after jumping about 1 percent in the previous session to its highest in a month. Palladium was also steady after rising overnight to a one-week high.The violence indicates “the potential for this strike to linger on as the inflexibility of the unions remains deeply entrenched,” Nomura analysts said in a note.”Although the majority of workers appear to want to return to work, the inability for adequate security to be provided is likely to erode the restart timelines further,” the analysts said. “The impact from stockpiles having been reduced will likely start to affect the market going forward.”South Africa is the top producer of platinum and second biggest producer of palladium after Russia.Meanwhile, gold was little changed at $1,293.50an ounce by 0252 GMT after earlier rising as much as 0.2 percent. The metal is often seen as a safe-haven investment at times of political uncertainty.Pro-Russian separatists ambushed Ukrainian troops on Tuesday, killing seven in the heaviest loss of life for government forces in a single clash since Kiev sent soldiers to put down a rebellion in the country’s east. With the uprising and Russia’s annexation of Crimea poisoning East-West relations, Moscow retaliated against U.S. sanctions by hitting aerospace projects, including refusing to extend the life of the International Space Station, a showcase of post-Cold War cooperation.”We remain constructive on the (precious metals) group as a whole as we think the geopolitical tensions with the Ukraine, coupled with the spiralling unrest in South Africa, will both combine to provide more upside impetus,” said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.last_img read more

No more excuses EU official warns as another migrant boat sinks

first_imgRelated posts:‘Writing was on the wall’ for child immigrant crisis, says new study Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans Germany reinstates border controls over refugee surge US appeals court rules against Obama’s immigration plan LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg — E.U. foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told member states Monday they had “no more excuses” not to act on the Mediterranean migrant crisis as reports came through of another boat sinking with 300 people on board.More than 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat crammed with migrants seeking a better life in Europe capsized off Libya on Sunday, with some survivors suggesting nearly 1,000 could have been on board.As E.U. foreign and interiors met to discuss their response to the worsening crisis, the International Organization for Migration said it had received a distress call from another boat in the Mediterranean carrying more than 300 people, with at least 20 reported dead.“The caller said that there are over 300 people on his boat and it is already sinking (and) he has already reported fatalities, 20 at least,” the IOM’s Federico Soda wrote in an email.Soda said the IOM had given the Italian coast guard the coordinates for that and two other distressed vessels, but that they were still tied up with the earlier shipwreck.Arriving for the ministerial talks in Luxembourg, Mogherini said the 28-nation bloc “has no more excuses, the member states have no more excuses.”“We need immediate action from the E.U. and the member states,” she added.An ‘avoidable’ disasterItalian and Maltese navy boats continued to scour waters off Libya for the victims of Sunday’s disaster — the latest in a string of shipwrecks, which have claimed well over 1,000 lives since the start of 2015. But the outlook appeared grim, with only 28 survivors rescued so far, along with 24 bodies.One survivor told Italian authorities that there were as many as 950 people on board and that some of them had been locked below deck by the smugglers.The mass drowning, believed to be the deadliest in the Mediterranean, caused an outcry across Europe, where newspapers called it the “E.U.’s darkest day.”“European leaders knew full well that the number of victims at sea from African migration would smash records from the spring,” Belgium daily Le Soir wrote.Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, which is the top destination in Europe for migrants, said she was “appalled” by the disaster, calling it “not worthy of Europe.”“A continent which feels committed to humanity must look for answers even when there are no easy answers,” her spokesman quoted her as saying.Refugee and rights bodies demanded European governments beef up maritime rescue operations and address the underlying causes of the flood of asylum-seekers and migrants washing up on Europe’s shores.Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat urged the E.U. to address the chaos in war-torn Libya, which people smugglers have made the main launching pad for overloaded rickety boats.“We have what is fast becoming a failed state on our doorsteps and criminal gangs are enjoying a heyday,” he said.Britain and France led the international coalition that paved the way for the ouster of longtime dictator Moammer Khadafi in a 2011 uprising. Since then Libya has been torn between rival factions fighting it out for control of the oil-rich state.Mogherini, a former Italian foreign minister, has been pushing the E.U. to be more pro-active on Libya. Just as the Islamist attacks in Paris in January had generated a common response, so this incident should give momentum to finding a common migration policy, she said.“The main issue here is to build a common sense of European responsibility, knowing that there is no easy solution,” she added.Italy overwhelmed Some 11,000 migrants have been rescued since the middle of last week alone and current trends suggest last year’s total of 170,000 landing in Italy is likely to be exceeded in 2015. The issue of who handles these migrants — for asylum or repatriation — is hugely sensitive, with Italy complaining that its E.U. partners are not doing enough.Rome scaled back its Mare Nostrum search-and-rescue operation at the end of last year in protest over its rising cost and it was replaced by a smaller E.U.-led mission called Triton. The recent flood of migrants and the growing loss of life has questioned Triton’s effectiveness but some E.U. member states, especially those not directly affected by the arrivals, have been reluctant to do more.Sunday’s disaster could change that.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the scale of the loss of life meant Europe “cannot go back to normal” and called for “an open discussion without taboos” on a common E.U. policy.The fishing boat capsized most likely as a result of terrified passengers rushing to one side in desperation to get off after coastal authorities in Italy and Malta picked up a distress signal around midnight Saturday, when it was still in Libyan waters.The deadliest incident prior to Sunday occurred off Malta in September 2014, when an estimated 500 migrants drowned after traffickers deliberately rammed their boat in an attempt to force the people onboard onto a smaller vessel. 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Trafalgar instils confidence to Indian agents with majority departures

first_imgTrafalgar, the leading provider of guided holidays, assures travels agents confidence and peace of mind ahead of the peak booking season for the India market. With over 80% of its departures guaranteed that translates to thousands of departures across its entire 200+ range of itineraries from April all through to October 2015, travel agents can now confidently secure every piece of the consumer business.“We want to give our agents 100% confidence in their business when they work with Trafalgar, in these less-than-robust economic times. Besides helping to build our partners’ business with good and sustainable mutual returns, we look to give their guests a holiday of a lifetime with Trafalgar,” said Nicholas Lim, President of Trafalgar (Asia).Trafalgar recently awarded the Gold Trusted Merchant status from Feefo, the global ratings and reviews provider used by the world’s most trusted brands. “We let our guests satisfaction rating of 96% speak for itself. Our rating was based on over 7,500 independent, unedited guest reviews conducted during 2014. So it is important that our trade partners know and trust that their guests would have a great quality experience and are well taken care of when they are with Trafalgar,” added Lim.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   • Green Bay rookie RB Eddie Lacy was benched for a fumble, as was New England’s Stevan Ridley.• Cincinnati, unaccustomed to their new role as possible Super Bowl contenders, lost the turnover battle to Chicago 3-to-1, committed twice the number of penalties, and linebacker Rey Maualuga lost his cool to earn a 15-yard flag with the game on the line.• Even the seemingly always efficient Pittsburgh Steelers looked lost Sunday, making uncommon mistakes time and time again en route to an embarrassing 195 yards of total offense.What’s it all telling us?When you think about it, Week 1 of the season was every organization’s first chance to truly assess their team. And obvious flaws were uncovered around the league, flaws like Levi Brown can’t block a speedy edge rusher. So, now you know. Right? Now, the coaching staff can address the issue, an issue they were probably already aware of, but Arians and his staff were hoping the veteran would step up on game day. He didn’t. In truth, Brown’s woes versus Quinn were so glaring, it not only didn’t take a rocket scientist to notice, it didn’t take an NFL defensive coordinator with a few hours of film study or even a newly-arrived Vietnamese immigrant walking by a TV display at Best Buy. Heck, even Dick Stockton noticed. And the way he sounded lost during the game, I’m pretty sure he left the house without pants Sunday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the most negative thing was the pressure on the quarterback, the sacks, and the turnovers,” said Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians the morning after the team’s 27-24 opening game loss to St. Louis.Unless coach is bundling the damage caused by Levi Brown’s ineffectiveness at left tackle into one convenient criticism, that’s actually three negative things. • The Cardinals couldn’t get pressure on Rams QB Sam Bradford.• Levi Brown didn’t protect Carson Palmer’s blindside from DE Robert Quinn.• Carson Palmer had two costly turnovers, and turnovers stink.Let me add one other thing to the list. • Without Daryl Washington, the Cardinals have no answer for defending against athletic tight ends.“I want everything corrected from this game by 5 o’clock today,” Arians boasted Monday morning.They, of course, won’t be able to do that, but I do believe coach has a point.It’s no secret, the NFL has made changes to create a safer environment for players. Among the changes, the league has enforced a serious reduction of practice time. And teams, proving fearful of losing players to friendly fire injuries, aren’t spending much time at all during the preseason going 100 percent.So, here comes Week 1. It was an entertaining week. I was relieved to see the defenses step up, because I was legitimately worried that the average NFL final score would be 42-35. However. It was also an undeniably sloppy week of football. The Giants committed six turnovers Sunday night, and running back David Wilson went from being the darling of Giants camp to possibly out of a job in less than one half of play. Look, Robert Quinn is going to give a lot of NFL left tackles fits this season but particularly meat blocks like Brown. And in defense of Brown, he won’t be facing a freak athlete like Quinn every week. So, if Brown remains in the lineup for Carolina by game five, when the team faces its next truly nasty edge rusher, the coaching staff now knows they can’t leave Brown on an island against Greg Hardy.The Cardinals also now know Karlos Dansby can no longer cover fast tight ends. And the staff now knows that getting pressure on the opposing quarterback may be the team’s largest concern to start the year.And so…they begin practice this week with the benefit of knowledge. Can they fix Levi Brown by 5:00 Monday? No. Can they uncover a pass rusher with double-digit sack potential in time for Detroit? No.But they can work on how to compensate for obvious flaws that didn’t reveal themselves until live game action.So yes, the Cardinals are 0-1, and that loss could certainly come back to haunt them. But now the season begins. – / 27 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

FILE In this Tuesday Nov 21 2017 file photo

first_img FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 file photo, actors Claire Foy, left, and Matt Smith pose for photographers on arrival at the premiere of series ‘The Crown, Season 2’ in central London. A producer of hit royal drama “The Crown” says Claire Foy, who played the central role of Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than her on-screen husband. Trade publication Variety on Tuesday March 13, 2018 quoted producer Suzanne Mackie as confirming Foy was paid less than Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip in two seasons of the series. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File) Report: Claire Foy paid less than co-star on ‘The Crown’ LONDON – A producer of hit royal drama “The Crown” says Claire Foy, who played the central role of Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than her on-screen husband.The Netflix series traces Elizabeth’s journey from princess to queen, beginning in the 1950s.Trade publication Variety quoted producer Suzanne Mackie as confirming Foy was paid less than Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip in two seasons of the series. She made the reported comment at an industry event in Jerusalem.She said this was because Smith was better-known after starring in sci-fi series “Doctor Who.” Mackie said the gap would be closed with the forthcoming third series, saying “going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”Foy’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.Neither Foy nor Smith will appear in the third series, which will star Olivia Colman as the middle-aged monarch.The gender pay gap has become a big issue in Hollywood after revelations that many female stars were paid less than their male counterparts.center_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2018 3:51 am PDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more