[Justin Crosswhite]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Comp.Yds/gmTDINTRush yds/gmRush TDTot. TD Brandon Weeden (2011)73%350166-11016 J.W. Rudolph (2015)63%32614713418 Stats, I have them.Forget about the running game just for a minute (I know this is difficult). Let’s talk about the two-headed monster at QB Mike Gundy has in J.W. Walsh + Mason Rudolph (the best two-headed monster at QB for an OSU team in 2015 so far?)Rudolph has been solid for all but about five quarters this year and Walsh has been pretty much perfect. A leader, a closer in the red zone and basically an extra running back on a team not deep with running backs.It’s been a hodgepodge, but it’s also been pretty good. So how does it compare to the best QB season in Oklahoma State history (i.e. Brandon Weeden in 2011)? It’s closer than you might think.Pretty interesting, right? Now Weeden had RBs vulturing a ton of TDs whereas these guys pretty much have to create all their scores on their own. But still. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Brandon Weeden was a whirlwind of absolute greatness — the best OSU has ever had. But these two dudes? They’re not so bad either.
Barcelona Messi passes Ronaldo for free-kick goals in La Liga Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 06:37 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(33) Getty Barcelona Lionel Messi Primera División The Barcelona superstar netted his 21st direct free-kick in league play on Sunday to give his side a late victory against Alaves Lionel Messi’s late strike against Alaves on Sunday gave Barcelona the 2-1 win, and also gave the Argentine the advantage over Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga free-kick goals.With Sunday’s game deadlocked in the 84th minute, Messi curled home a dead-ball effort to earn a victory for the league leaders at the Camp Nou. It was Messi’s 21st career direct free-kick goal in La Liga, giving the Argentine the most of any player since Opta began collecting data in 2003-04. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 21 – Lionel Messi has scored 21 direct free-kick goals in La Liga, more than any other player since at least 2003/04 (Cristiano Ronaldo, 20). Magic. pic.twitter.com/5INzUggstM— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 28, 2018Messi and Real Madrid star Ronaldo went into the mach deadlocked at 20, but the late winner against Alaves saw the Argentine put his nose in front. Sunday’s match marked another milestone for the 30-year-old, who made his 200th career Liga appearance at the Camp Nou.Messi has notched a remarkable 211 goals and 74 assists in those 200 appearances. Barcelona’s win restored their 11-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Dean Springfield Rohit Prasad Sarah Peattie Tim Good Matt Prowse Jonathan Palau Jess McCall Leah Opie Kristin Boss Kristy Brennan Michael Law Oscar Sanft Danielle Davis Emilee Cherry Ashleigh Quinlan Charlotte Caslick Catherine Sargent Scott Buckley Willie Bishop Daniel Barton Lizzie Campbell Scott Bundy Tim Glazebrook Patricia Michaelopolous Nicole Beck Louise Winchester Kim Sue See Alicia Quirk Elin Mortimer Women’s Open Rob Nakhla Emily Hennessey Jordan Marshall Peta Rogerson Rachel Beck Sarah Spacie Marikki Watego Peter Norman Kirsty Quince Cara Zaremski Sam Brisby Terry Deegan Jenna Hitch Trent Touma Kylie Hilder Dylan Thompson Steve Roberts Mixed Open Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for all of the latest news and information regarding the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Related Filesnts_announcement_release-pdfRelated LinksNational Training Squads Leah Percy Touch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce its National Training Squads for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series against arch rivals New Zealand, which will take place in Mudgee, New South Wales in April, 2014.The Open teams (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed) will be looking to win back the prestigious Trans Tasman trophy following a loss to New Zealand in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, with the Women’s team the only side of the three to win their division.The squads consist of 18 players across the divisions yet to represent Australia at an Open’s level, with plenty of exciting up-and-coming talent selected in the squads following Australia’s Youth division clean sweep over New Zealand in the Super Trans Tasman Series. While there are some new faces in the squads, the teams will still contain a great deal of international experience, with the three Open’s teams combined comprising a total of more than 550 Australian Touch Football caps.Touch Football Australia wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian squads: Melissa Peters Kristian Congoo Maddison Studdon Simon Lang Matt Tope Laura Peattie Justin Mitchell Dan Withers Luke Tonegato Lawrence Oberleuter Michael Chapman James Shute Claire Winchester Men’s Open Adam Pryde Sebe Rey Nick Good Stuart Brierty Dylan Hennessey Nicole McHugh Ben Moylan
zoom Chilean shipping company Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) has set sights on increasing its stake in German counterpart Hapag-Lloyd to at least 25 percent.CSAV is one of the primary shareholders in Hapag-Lloyd and based on the information from July this year it held 22.6 percent share in the company.In order to buy the additional stake, CSAV said it would launch a capital increase via the issuance of 6.1 billion of new shares. The company expects to raise USD 280 million for the purpose.CSAV is pursuing the move as it wants to keep its influence in decision-making processes regarding Hapag-Lloyd’s fundamental matters, including capital increases, mergers, and acquisitions, that require a 75 percent quorum approval.The Chilean shipowner further added that the stake increase has been agreed with Hapag’s two remaining primary shareholders Kühne and the City of Hamburg.The share offering will be launched on October 10, the company said.The shares will be priced based on a volume-weighted average price over a three-day period prior to the preferential rights period, minus a 10% discount.Current Hapag-Lloyd’s shareholder structure comprises CSAV (22.6%), Kühne (17.6%), the City of Hamburg (14.9%), Qatar Investment Authority (14.4%) and the Public Investment Fund on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (10.1%).In addition, there is a free float of 20.4% percentages and the free float includes institutional shareholders with a shareholding of less than 5%.German carrier Hapag-Lloyd announced in September that it intends to carry out a capital increase, agreed upon as part of its merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), with the gross proceeds expected to reach USD 414 million.The capital increase is backstopped by the company’s primary shareholders for the aforementioned total amount.Hapag said that the main shareholders committed to exercise their subscription rights and to acquire new shares that are not acquired by other shareholders.The German liner plans to use the proceeds from the capital increase for debt repayment.World Maritime News Staff
The recently-concluded general elections lacked talk on healthcare for people, even though health and education form the basis for any kind of social development. Unfortunately, both have been pushed to oblivion in election campaigns which were essentially centred on evoking emotion and sentiment. This is a very sad reflection of our political scenario. Even the representatives of the most marginalised sections of society, who are the worst affected due to poor state support on these two core issues, have failed to highlight these concerns. Also Read – Drivers of the economyIn the last about two decades, our country has moved ahead in advanced healthcare. But much of it has developed in the private sector because of which, access is limited to only those in the high-income group of our population. Focus on health tourism in healthcare provides opportunities to the rich and affluent from abroad to avail advanced healthcare in India at a cost lower than what is available in their countries. These policies, however, leave a vast majority of our population devoid of access to quality healthcare. Also Read – The water pictureInequalities in healthcare are a global issue but they are worse in developing countries. In 2017, nearly 50 per cent of the world’s total population did not have access to quality essential services that protect and promote their health. Around 800 million people were spending 10 per cent of their household budget on out of pocket health expenses. As a result, 100 million people were being pushed into extreme poverty every year. In our country, out-of-pocket expenditure by households constitutes 63 per cent of Total Health Expenditure (THE). Due to this, 6.3 crore people are being pushed below the poverty line every year. The share of out of pocket expenditure on healthcare as a proportion of total household monthly per capita spending is 6.9 per cent in rural areas and 5.5 per cent in urban areas. This is considered to be catastrophic expenditure. According to the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO’s) 71st report on ‘Health in India’, India accounts for a relatively large share of the world’s disease burden. Lack of access to food, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, shelter, declining control over land and its resources by the already marginalised sections and falling opportunities for employment further add to disease burden. There has also been an epidemiological transition from communicable diseases to non-communicable diseases. Public spending on health in our country is only around 1.1 per cent of its GDP (2015-16). As high as 86 per cent of the rural population and 82 per cent of the urban population are not covered under any scheme of health expenditure support. Ayushman Bharat provides coverage only for indoor care whereas about 70 per cent expenditure is incurred on outpatient care. The scheme excludes a major part of the low-income group population. Rural households primarily depended on their ‘household income/savings’ (68 per cent) and on ‘borrowings’ (25 per cent); urban households relied much more on their ‘income/saving’ (75 per cent) for financing expenditure on hospitalisation than on ‘borrowings’ (only 18 per cent). About 60 per cent people took treatment without any medical advice. This was primarily attributed to ‘financial constraints’ (57 per cent in rural, 68 per cent in urban). Out of the total medical expenditure, around 72 per cent in rural and 68 per cent in urban areas was made for purchasing ‘medicine’ for non-hospitalised treatment. The National Health Accounts (NHA) estimate for 2014-15 shows that Government Health Expenditure (GHE) per person per year is just Rs 1,108. According to NHA, THE for the same period worked out to Rs 3,286 per person. Of this, out-of-pocket expenditure was Rs 2,394, constituting 63 per cent of THE. The Centre:State share in total public expenditure on health was 31:69 in 2015-16. India is one among 193 countries who have signed the agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by a UN Summit in New York in 2015. Goal 3 of SDGs solely focuses on health. It comprises 13 targets which include, no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being for people, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation etc. Some important targets to be achieved by 2030 include maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, end preventable deaths of new-born and children under 5 years of age, reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births. It also envisions to end the epidemics of AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat Hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases. This demands national strategies and programmes to achieve universal healthcare and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. This requires 5-6 per cent of public spending of GDP. Since our public health spending is around 1.1 per cent only, meeting these targets appears difficult. According to SDG Index and Dashboards Report, 2018, India’s ranking in SDG is 112. In comparison, other South Asian countries barring Pakistan have better performances. Their rankings are Pakistan: 126, Sri Lanka: 89, Nepal: 102, Bangladesh: 111, Bhutan: 83, China: 54. In SDG on health, India ranks 143 out of 188 countries. NITI Ayog has been assigned the task of taking steps to achieve SDG targets. There is a need to involve various stakeholders for implementing these. Health is a state subject in India but health policy decisions are guided by the Centre. Therefore, the government should come out with all details on the steps taken to date. Global experience shows that better results are achieved by a State’s direct spending on health. There is a need to immediately increase public health spending to 3 per cent of GDP and increase it to 5 per cent to be able to meet the SDG requirements on health. In a multi-country consultative workshop to assess the progress on implementation of health and health-related sustainable development goals, it was observed that the Low- and Medium-Income countries (LMICs) need special assistance to meet these goals. It is to be ensured that these goals should not meet the fate of the Alma Ata declaration signed in 1978. The Alma Ata declaration had envisioned health for all by the year 2000. India too was a signatory. But the targets were never achieved. We cannot lose time; effective measures need to be taken for not only the points mentioned in target 3 of SDGs – other related targets need to be equally fulfilled if desired results are to be achieved. A special focus has to be laid on gender equality as women are by and large greater sufferers in the pursuit of better health. Maternal and child healthcare have to be given priority. Since out of pocket expenditure on health is one of the major causes of impoverishment, families send children for labour to support their everyday needs. There are reports that some families mortgage their children to meet healthcare needs. Income disparities have to be reduced. Steps have to be taken for economic reforms targetted at working people’s needs for appropriate remuneration. Ensuring job and food security alongside curtailing prices of essential commodities is essential in assisting low-income groups. Growth has to be made inclusive so that its gains can be translated to deprived sections. Goal no. 4 stresses on quality education. This can be fulfilled only through an education policy with an increase in public spending on education. Right to Education should apply to all levels of education. Steps need to be taken for the promotion of good climate. Goal no. 16 is emphatic on peace and justice as conflicts are leading to reversals in SDG progress. The countries that are facing armed conflicts and civil wars, more so those in the category of low-income countries, are finding it difficult to meet health objectives. India is the second biggest buyer of arms. Our spending on defence is adversely impacting spending on health and education. To reverse this trend, it is pertinent to hold mutual dialogue with neighbours and sort pending issues. It is time people come forward to demand the effective implementation of SDG targets on health. Health has to be made a national agenda by society. (The author is Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and Senior Vice President, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), among other engagements)
A CSIS witness testified the spy service “is not in the business of investigating environmentalists because they are advocating for an environmental cause, period.”Still, another CSIS witness spoke of the need for “domain awareness” to identify “potential triggers and flashpoints” _ in part to ensure the service is aware of what is happening should a threat arise, the report says.Ultimately, the review committee concluded CSIS’s information collection fell within its mandate, and that the service did not investigate activities involving lawful advocacy, protest or dissent. The report indicates that any information on peaceful groups was gathered “in an ancillary manner, in the context of other lawful investigations.”The report also says there was no “direct link” between CSIS and the chilling effect groups mentioned in testimony before the committee. But after analyzing evidence and testimony, the committee concluded the fears of CSIS surveillance were unjustified.The heavily censored review committee report, completed last year and kept under wraps, is only now being made public because of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association’s challenge of the findings in the Federal Court of Canada.In its February 2014 complaint to the CSIS watchdog, the association alleged the spy service had overstepped its legal authority by monitoring environmentalists opposed to Enbridge’s now-defunct Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.It also accused CSIS of sharing this information with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies, deterring people from expressing their opinions and associating with environmental groups.The review committee’s dismissal of the complaint has been known since September 2017, but a confidentiality order by the committee prevented the civil liberties association from releasing the report. As the association fights to overturn the dismissal, redacted versions of the detailed findings and related documents are being added to the public court record.The association, which became concerned about CSIS activities through media reports, told the committee of a chilling effect for civil society groups from the spy service’s information-gathering as well as comments by then-national resources minister Joe Oliver denouncing “environmental and other radical groups.” OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada’s spy service collected some information about peaceful anti-petroleum groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to projects such as oil pipelines, says a long-secret federal watchdog report.The newly disclosed report from the Security Intelligence Review Committee acknowledges concerns about a “chilling effect,” stemming from a belief that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was spying on environmental organizations.Advocacy and environmental groups Leadnow, the Dogwood Initiative and the Council of Canadians are mentioned in the thousands of pages of CSIS operational reports examined by the review committee. The civil liberties association considers some of the findings contradictory, pointing to the 441 CSIS operational reports deemed relevant to the committee’s inquiry, totalling over 2,200 pages.For instance, one of the largely censored CSIS records, now disclosed through the court, says the reporting was further to “the Service’s efforts in assessing the threat environment and the potential for threat-related violence stemming from (redacted) protests/demonstrations.”Another refers to the Dogwood Initiative as a “non-profit, Canadian environmental organization that was established in 1999 ‘to help communities and First Nations gain more control of the land and resources around them so they can be managed in a way that does not rob future generations for short-term corporate gain.”’The passages before and after the description are blacked out.“It’s our view that these documents demonstrate that CSIS was keeping tabs on these groups, even if they weren’t formal targets,” said Paul Champ, a lawyer for the civil liberties association.“But we maintain it’s unlawful to keep information on these groups in CSIS databanks when they are only guilty of exercising their democratic rights.”The committee report says CSIS should review its holdings to ensure it is keeping only information that is strictly necessary, as spelled out in the law governing the spy service.The report cites “clear evidence” CSIS took part in meetings with Natural Resources Canada and the private sector, including the petroleum industry, at the spy service’s headquarters, but says these briefings involved “national security matters.”The committee also concludes CSIS did not share information concerning the environmental groups in question with the National Energy Board or non-governmental members of the petroleum business.Even so, the perception of CSIS discussing security issues with the oil industry can “give rise to legitimate concern,” the committee report adds. “This needs to be addressed.”The committee urges CSIS to widen the circle of its public security discussions to include environmental and other civil society groups.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
CHICAGO — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities, including Transport Canada, have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency.Former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Chris Hart will lead the group, which also will have experts from the FAA and NASA. They will look at the plane’s automated system including the way it interacts with pilots. The group will meet Tuesday and is expected to finish in 90 days.The Boeing jetliner has been grounded around the world since mid-March after two crashes killed 346 people. Investigators are focusing on anti-stall software that pushed the planes’ noses down based on erroneous sensor readings.In a statement Friday, the FAA said aviation authorities from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to help with the work, called a Joint Authorities Technical Review.The group will evaluate the automated flight control design and determine whether it complies with regulations. It also will decide if changes need to be made in the FAA’s approval process.Chicago-based Boeing is working on a software fix to the planes’ anti-stall system, known by its acronym, MCAS. In both an October crash off the coast of Indonesia and a March crash in Ethiopia, a faulty sensor reading triggered MCAS and pushed the plane’s nose down, and pilots were unable to recover.Pilots at U.S. airlines complained that they didn’t even know about MCAS until after the October crash. They then received computer training that described the system and how to respond when something goes wrong with it.On Wednesday, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company completed its last test flight of updated flight-control software. Muilenburg said test pilots flew 120 flights totalling 203 hours with the new software. The company is expected to conduct a crucial certification flight with an FAA test pilot on board soon, possibly next week.“We are making steady progress toward certification” and returning the Max to service, Muilenburg said as he stood in front of a Max jet at Boeing Field in Seattle.Muilenburg said he went on a test flight that day and saw the updated software “operating as designed across a range of flight conditions.”In the U.S., United Airlines has removed its 14 Max jets from the schedule until early July, while American, with 24, and Southwest, with 34, are not counting on the planes until August.It could take longer before foreign airlines can use their Max jets. Regulators outside the U.S. once relied on the FAA’s judgment in such matters but have indicated plans to conduct their own reviews this time.Foreign countries may impose additional requirements, delaying the use of the Max by their carriers.For example, FAA experts concluded in a draft report that while pilots need training on the anti-stall system, they do not need additional time in flight simulators. Canada’s transportation minister said this week, however, that he wants simulator training for Max pilots. Air Canada has 24 Max jets, while Sunwing has four.WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13, but Boeing has suspended all future deliveries.The Associated Press
BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post Saskatchewan’s new Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty, left, walks with his wife Donna Mirasty, right, through the Saskatchewan Legislative Building during his official installation proceedings. The formal ceremony saw Mirasty presented with a Metis sash and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, before speeches of welcome from Premier Scott Moe and Opposition Leader Ryan Meili. After Mirasty addressed the chamber, he inspected members of the armed forces and the RCMP lined up before the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, as howitzers thundered over Wascana Lake.The occasion brought together dignitaries from the Metis, francophone and Muslim communities. MPs Ralph Goodale and Erin Weir joined provincial legislators, as well as civic leaders like Regina Mayor Michael Fougere and RPS Chief Evan Bray. There were two former lieutenant-governors.First Nations and tribal council chiefs were out in force, as well as Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.Bellegarde said he came all the way from Ottawa to witness “a very special momentous day.”“I’ve always said more and more First Nations people need to be seen taking their place in positions of power and authority, and being lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan is one of the highest offices here, in our democracy,” said Bellegarde. Russell Mirasty marked his formal installation as Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous lieutenant-governor by addressing old friends in his own language.Speaking in Cree, the former Mountie brought greetings from Queen Elizabeth II, who he now represents in Saskatchewan. He reflected on “the unique relationship between the Crown and Indigenous people,” saying it makes his role on both sides of the treaty relationship that much more meaningful.Mirasty was sworn in as lieutenant-governor in July, but Thursday’s ceremony was a chance to celebrate with powerful symbolism of his Indigenous culture.“That’s who I am,” he said, standing in a pair of moccasins in the rotunda of the Legislative Assembly after his speech.Mirasty cut though the formality of the occasion — with its honour guard and viceregal salutes — by opening up about his difficult childhood as a young First Nations boy growing up in northern Saskatchewan.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He lived in a small two-room house with no electricity or running water. He spent four years at residential school. He battled tuberculosis in a sanatorium.“It’s just part of my journey, my experience,” he later told reporters. Headdresses were almost as common as red serge, as Mounties came to honour their longtime colleague. Some, like Staff Sgt. Major John Buis, have known Mirasty for decades. The two trained together as recruits in Troop 10, some 43 years ago.Buis remembers a quiet young man and “a heck of a good runner,” whom he could never quite catch up to.“I spent the entire six months chasing him,” said Buis.Now that Mirasty has reached the top, Buis said it’s a great honour for Mounties. He doesn’t expect Mirasty to have much difficulty settling into the role.“The queen is our honorary colonel-in-chief, so he’s just moved from one seat to another seat doing similar kinds of things,” he said. “It’s a great honour, for him, for the RCMP, for all of us.“I know what it means for Russ, he’s very proud,” said Buis. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post That experience made him resilient, earning him with special insight into the plight of his people and their challenges.He spoke about how education helped launch him on the path to his great achievements, notably as the first Indigenous commander of an RCMP provincial division. He signalled that’s one area where he hopes to focus his efforts.He pinpointed mental health issues as an enduring challenge that holds kids back, before touching on reconciliation.“It’s about restoring relationships, and that’s the only way we’re progress as a province,” he said.Mirasty’s role is largely symbolic, and he’s expected to remain above the political fray. But he didn’t hold back from commenting about the struggles that still plague Indigenous communities.“That’s just the reality. I go home every few weeks and it’s in my face,” he said. “So it’s not about politics. It’s about how do we make this better, how do we move forward as a province in an equitable basis.” Angie Merasty (centre) poses with, from left, Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme, Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, FSIN Vice Chief Dutch Lerat and Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte during the official installation proceedings for Saskatchewan’s new Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations attends the official installation proceedings for Saskatchewan’s new Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty at the Saskatchewan Legislative. email@example.com BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post John A. Buis stands in the Saskatchewan Legislative Building during the official installation proceedings for Saskatchewan’s new Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. 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A UN mission which just completed a three-day visit to the area called on the Sudanese Government to accelerate its efforts to control armed militias, provide security and protection for displaced people, and facilitate humanitarian access.”Displaced families are living in difficult and unacceptable conditions and they continue to fear for their lives,” said the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, James Morris, who led the team.He cited Mornei as one part of Darfur that has been “overwhelmed” by the presence of over 60,000 displaced people who are almost completely reliant on outside assistance. Health care is limited to a single, small and vastly over-stretched facility there, while living conditions are “abysmal,” he said. “Malnutrition rates among children are soaring and few if any are going to school.””This pattern appears to be repeated across Darfur,” he observed.More than a million people have been forced from their homes by the armed conflict that started in February 2003. Many thousands have fled Sudan to neighbouring Chad. Repeated attacks by militia including the burning of villages, widespread looting and the systematic destruction of livelihoods have left displaced people destitute. Basic social services such as health care and education have collapsed.Despite a ceasefire signed on 8 April and a consequent reduction of hostilities between the warring parties, the humanitarian crisis continues. The mission found that people want to return home but are unwilling to do so until they feel reassured that security has been restored.”We received numerous reports of sexual abuse and harassment that has limited people’s access to water, food and firewood,” Mr. Morris reported in the capital Khartoum. “We also witnessed first hand how volatile the security situation is, and the massive human suffering that has been inflicted.”“People want to go home and some have attempted to do so, but often they end up fleeing again as a result of renewed attacks,” he said. “We fully support people’s desire to return home, but they can only do so in a safe environment.”The UN is urgently appealing for resources to significantly increase its operational capacity, including additional staff, transport and communications to handle the huge humanitarian task in Darfur.But at the same time, UN officials point out that this push will require fast government approval of applications from humanitarian agencies to expand their work in Darfur. Most residents will miss this year’s planting season, which is due to start in the coming days. Without an adequate harvest at the end of the year, dependence on food aid for displaced and resident populations will extend for at least 18 months, the UN estimates.The start of the rainy season in June adds to the urgency of providing aid immediately. Heavy rains will make many roads almost impassable. The UN warned that some of the displaced people may become totally cut off at a time when the risk of disease also increases dramatically.
Little economic, corporate news on deck as Toronto and U.S. markets end 2013 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2013 4:00 am MDT TORONTO, Cananda – Investors will be looking for a relatively quiet time in Toronto and on Wall Street as another holiday-shortened week closes out the final two trading days of 2013 and kicks off the first two in 2014.It’s expected that there will be low volumes on all the exchanges, as many traders will still be away on vacation enjoying a winter break.Senior investment adviser Allan Small said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the “Santa Claus rally” continue until the end of the year. Typically, stock markets can climb during the holiday season, and pull back once the new year begins.But after that phase is over, it’s anybody’s guess where the markets will go.“Overall, my concern isn’t next week — it’s for the year,” said Small of the Allan Small Financial Group with HollisWealth.“For the most part, everyone has been saying that this market has gotten too far, too fast, . . . because the economic data wasn’t matching it. But now… for those questioning the market’s run-up, we’re starting to see the data back it up.”He said most analysts agree that the indexes are not likely to continue their rapid advance in 2014.“My fear, or my hesitation, is what do we do next? What does the market need to see to go to the next level?”Small said there could be a pullback in early 2014.“Nothing huge but it could be a nice healthy pullback in the market, which would be eventually bought again by the dips sort of mentality. I think the market will move higher but not as near as it did last year.”The TSX ended up 1.4 per cent higher for the week while the Dow advanced 1.6 per cent. The showing left the Toronto market up 9.81 per cent for the year while the Dow has charged ahead 25.8 per cent.The markets continue to digest the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision last week to start reducing its monetary stimulus by $10 billion, to $75 billion a month, starting in January.The move ended some uneasiness among traders after months of speculation on when the stimulus might be rolled back.But the U.S. central bank has said that despite the cut, short-term rates weren’t going up from near zero any time soon.The monthly bond buyback program from the Fed has helped buoyed markets and kept long-term rates low, but the bank said it can’t stay in place forever as signs of strength in the U.S. economy continue to emerge.No major economic releases or corporate earnings are scheduled in Canada this week.In the U.S., the latest figures on consumer confidence will be released on Tuesday. Gauges on consumer spending are always watched carefully because they can be a strong sign of how the economy is doing. Consumer spending accounts for approximately 70 per cent of overall U.S. economic activity.Also on Tuesday, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for the U.S. will be released, along with the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index, which is a key reading for manufacturing in the U.S. Midwest.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A U.S. citizen living in Moscow was arrested Wednesday after he flew to the United States to surrender to face charges he stole contact information for over 100 million customers of U.S. financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers, authorities said.Joshua Samuel Aaron, 32, was arrested at Kennedy Airport on Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to a 22-count indictment charging him with conspiracy, computer hacking, securities fraud and wire fraud, among other charges.His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Aaron waived extradition and asylum in Russia and voluntarily returned to the United States “to responsibly address the charges.”The prosecution was announced last year by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who said two men had been arrested in Israel after they conspired with Aaron to carry out “the single largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution ever.”Bharara said thieves took data on more than 83 million customers of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2014. The prosecutor said Aaron was charged with working to hack into the networks of dozens of American companies. In a release Wednesday, Bharara said the men engaged in “what we have called ‘hacking as a business model.’”JPMorgan Chase is the nation’s biggest bank by assets.A Manhattan federal court indictment said identifying information on millions of customers from companies other than JPMorgan Chase was stolen from 2012 to last summer, too.Aaron’s co-defendants — Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein — were arrested by Israeli authorities in July 2015 and were extradited from Israel in June. They have pleaded not guilty.The indictment said some of the massive computer hacks and cyberattacks occurred as the men sought to steal the customer base of competing internet gambling businesses or to secretly review executives’ emails in a quest to cripple rivals.If convicted of the charges, the defendants could face decades in prison.Aaron pleaded not guilty to the charges during a brief appearance Wednesday before a magistrate judge. With consent from his defence lawyer, he was scheduled to be held overnight pending another court appearance on Thursday before a district judge. by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2016 7:37 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US citizen surrenders to face cyberattack charges in NYC
“The mission continues to engage the IDP leaders and government authorities at all levels with a view to avert further violence which could only serve to undermine current Sudanese and international efforts aimed at identifying peaceful solutions to the conflict in Darfur,” the mission (UNAMID) said in a press release. On 4 September, a Sudanese police team entered the camp and drove down a road separating some of the camp’s sectors. Following that, about 100 IDPs, mostly youth, assembled outside UNAMID’s Community Policing Centre (CPC) and stoned it. As a result, one peacekeeper suffered a light injury and the premises sustained damage. UNAMID reinforcements, sent to ensure the security of its personnel, were withdrawn after a short period of time. On the morning of 5 September, a group of IDPs demonstrated in front of the CPC and subsequently commenced digging a trench to prevent access to the camp. Later in the day, some 400 people gathered near Beliel market to protest against the government. Shots were fired and several demonstrators were killed. The exact number of casualties is unknown at the moment. “UNAMID emphasizes the importance of restraint by all parties in and around Kalma and recalls the responsibility of all the involved sides to maintain the humanitarian character of the camps,” it stated, adding that IDPs must also respect the law, and refrain from criminal activities and any action that could damage prospects of achieving peace in Darfur.The mission added that government authorities must respect international and national human rights and humanitarian laws. “Any disproportionate or indiscriminate use of force must be avoided,” UNAMID cautioned.The UN estimates that some 385,000 people have been displaced by the conflict between the Government of Sudan and armed movements in Darfur since the start of 2014. The world body has repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of Darfur, which has witnessed fighting since 2003.
Royaume-Uni : l’hippocampe coloniserait-il la Tamise ?Un hippocampe vivant a récemment été découvert à Londres, dans la Tamise. Un signe possible d’une expansion du rare poisson vers des zones jusqu’ici non colonisées, d’après les services environnementaux britanniques, optimistes.C’est une découverte inattendue qu’ont faite des scientifiques britanniques dans les profondeurs de la Tamise, à Greenwich, dans la banlieue de Londres : un hippocampe juvénile de 5 centimètres de long. À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureAlors que l’espèce peut atteindre 15 cm à l’âge adulte, cette trouvaille constitue un heureux présage aux yeux de l’administration environnementale britannique : c’est la première fois que l’espèce, fréquentant la côte sud du pays, est signalée si loin en amont. Vu le jeune âge du spécimen, sa présence pourrait de plus signifier l’existence d’une colonie reproductrice dans le fleuve. “C’est vraiment un bon signe : les populations d’hippocampes sont non seulement en train d’augmenter, mais s’étendent à des endroits où elles n’avaient pas été vues auparavant. Nous effectuons régulièrement une surveillance de la Tamise à cette époque de l’année, et ceci est une découverte vraiment excitante”, a déclaré Emma Barton, fonctionnaire des pêcheries à l’Agence de l’Environnement. Le spécimen a été capturé vivant et relâché sain et sauf. Le 10 octobre 2011 à 20:28 • Maxime Lambert
News Twitter Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Lead 2017 CMA Nominations CMA Awards 2017: Who’s Nominated? keith-urban-miranda-lambert-lead-2017-cma-nominations Facebook GRAMMY winners Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert lead the pack with five nominations each, including for Music Video of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year. GRAMMY winners lead the CMA nominations; Taylor Swift reappears on the nom list for the first time in three yearsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 5, 2017 – 10:15 am Hold on to your hats, because the Country Music Association Awards are heating up with the announcement of nominees. Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and Brothers Osborne did the honors on “Good Morning America” on Sept. 4. The results? NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am How music changed Keith Urban’s life Celebrating the @cma nominations over coffee with 7 of my furry friends. Thank you fans,friends, family & Nashville for supporting me.pic.twitter.com/sJjDNjLehL— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) September 4, 2017GRAMMY winners Little Big Town came in next with four nominations, including a Song of the Year nod for “Better Man.” Thanks to LBT, Taylor Swift has also returned to the CMA scene as a co-writer on “Better Man,” marking her first nomination in three years.GRAMMY winner Chris Stapleton earned three nods, including for Album of the Year for his latest release, From A Room: Volume 1. GRAMMY nominees Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett also pulled in three nominations, including joint recognition for Musical Event of the Year for “Craving You.” GRAMMY winners Lady Antebellum earned two nominations. Email Now this is the kinda news to wake up to! #CMAawards ALBUM of the year nomination for #HeartBreak. As well as VOCAL group. So freaking happy https://t.co/h83rSgnwfJ— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) September 4, 2017The 51st CMAs will be hosted for the 10th year by GRAMMY winners Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. See the full list of nominees and catch the show live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.CMT Awards 2017: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood Win BigRead more
WILMINGTON, MA — At 9:56 this morning, Wilmington Public Safety Dispatch received a 911 call from a man who’s wife was in active labor and was about to give birth. He had pulled over on the side of I-93 at exit 39.Dispatcher Jill Regan provided instructions for the father as the baby was being born.As units were responding, Dispatcher Regan initially radioed that the baby’s head was showing. By the time Officer Matt Stavro arrived on scene, less than two minutes later, the baby had been fully delivered inside the vehicle.Officer Stavro provided first aid care for mother and baby until Wilmington Fire Department EMT’s and Action Ambulance paramedics arrived on scene.Mother and baby were transported to Winchester Hospital.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Highlights Of Wilmington Police Department’s National Night OutIn “Videos”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington Police Beach DayIn “Videos”Wilmington Police Make Drug Trafficking Arrest In Target Parking LotIn “Police Log”
Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: 2:18 That creates challenges for librarians, who have championed privacy, even standing up to the US government over requirements in the 2001 USA Patriot Act to share records with law enforcement. Given how much of our lives has moved online, providing internet connections for patrons is another increasingly important part of library operations. The New York Public Library has rolled out a host of services aimed at closing the digital divide, including computers and laptops at its locations, free Wi-Fi and loaner mobile hotspots. Three quarters of the people who check out the hotspots live in households earning less than $25,000 a year, says Tony Marx, the library’s president and CEO.Libraries also serve as human go-betweens for prisoners and information that’s often readily available online. The San Francisco Public Library’s letter-writing service, called Reference by Mail, handles questions from the incarcerated population in the western half of the country, while a similar program at the New York Public Library handles the eastern half. A third library, the Harris County Public Library in Houston, takes letters from prisoners in Texas.Some of the inquiries are serious, such as requests for information about transition to life outside prison. Others are light, such as requests for song lyrics.CNET also looked at ways you can get free, legal books online and how to read e-books and magazines from your local library.Originally published April 8.Update, April 9: Adds more details of the package. Update, April 11: Adds more detail. This library puts tech in the hands of its patrons The Library of Congress is putting our historical treasures… Share your voice Post a comment The Next Chapter is a multipart series that examines the changing role of libraries in a connected world. James Martin/CNET Think of a library and you’ll likely conjure up images of a building stuffed with dusty books and a disciplinarian ready to “shush” you for the slightest decibel-related infraction. That image hasn’t changed for decades, even though libraries have. Libraries are repositioning themselves as cultural and learning centers for the digital age. Many lend out mobile hotspots, often for weeks at a time. Others offer classes in the latest tech, such as 3D printing and music-editing software. And libraries have some of the savviest social media editors around.On Sunday, libraries across the country began celebrating their evolving mission during National Library Week. Melinda Gates serves as honorary chairwoman of the annual event, which is sponsored by the American Library Association. Gates is an appropriate choice: She and husband Bill began funding computers, internet access and software for libraries in low-income communities through an organization they established in 1997.CNET used the annual celebration to examine how libraries are changing. We found institutions adapting to the new world, addressing new needs and discovering new challenges. Tags 0 The Broward County Libraries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are a good example of what the modern library looks like. The library has established lounges, called Creation Stations, to give visitors access to tech, as well as to teach digital skills. They offer classes and workshops in basic activities, like creating online resumes and coding. And Broward County is finding ways to bring library services to patrons who might never set foot in the building.”When people think of a place or a space, or they need something, the library [should be] the first thing that comes to mind,” Kelvin Watson, Broward County Libraries director, says in his office in the Main Library.The Library of Congress, the world’s biggest library, is also embracing technology in order to make its massive collection available to everyone. Scanning the collection is a mammoth undertaking. The Library’s 826 miles of shelving house just some its 170 million items. Still, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says it’s a part of her institution’s cultural mission.”We’re throwing open the treasure chest, as we like to say, because this is the world’s largest library, with so many unique items,” Hayden told CNET. “We want to make these things accessible to people who could never come in person.”Libraries are also using social media to reach their patrons. The New York Public Library maintains an active presence on Twitter and Instagram, and created new versions of classic novels to appeal to a generation of readers that are more likely to scroll through a text message than turn a page. A San Francisco Public Library campaign prompted patrons to post photos of their library cards. The University of Liverpool Library’s snarky Twitter account set of the #shelfwich hashtag after employees found partially eaten sandwiches next to books.New technology, such as e-books, has also created an environment that can be at odds with the traditional role libraries have played as champions of privacy. E-books and audiobooks, now standard at libraries, make protecting privacy harder. Titles are usually provided through private companies, which can access your data. And today’s software can create more comprehensive records about you than a simple list of the books you checked out. 3:14 Culture Digital Media
Police filed a case accusing 90 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, hours after the alleged recovery of crude bombs and other explosives from its office in Chattogram city’s Chandanpura on Friday.Sub-inspector Anisur Rahman filed the case with Chakbazar police station early Sunday.The case was filed accusing 52 named, including city unit Shibir president Abdul Jabbar, general secretary ASM Rayhan and treasurer Hamed Hasan Elahi, along with 38 unnamed people, said SI Anisur.
Washingtonians are mourning the loss of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a prominent philanthropist, art collector, activist, and arts education figure who helped found the famed high school, Duke Ellington School of the Arts.Cafritz, 70, died Feb. 18 at a local hospital. The Washington Post reported that she died after suffering complications from pneumonia.Peggy Cooper Cafritz, activist, educator, art collector, and founder of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, died Feb. 18.In 1974, Cafritz helped found the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the only performing arts high school in the city that focuses on professional arts training and academic enrichment. The school serves as an incubator for college and careers in the arts and attracts students from all over the city who are gifted in the arts. Notable graduates include comedian Dave Chappelle and opera singer Denyce Graves.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called Cafritz one of the city’s most inspiring and generous visionaries and activists. “Her belief in our young people and her dogged determination to break down barriers was matched by the extraordinary persistence and leadership needed to bring her vision to life,” Bowser said in a written statement. “Because of Peggy, we have the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. And because of Peggy, thousands of students have had, and will continue to have, the opportunity to grow and develop in an educational environment that supports their unique talents and aspirations. Her legacy will be felt by generations to come.”Cafritz took a hands-on approach at the school and gave her personal cell phone number to students, said Jalen Coleman, an Ellington graduate now attending Julliard.He remembers Cafritz as a mentor and a friend. When his family fell on hard times, Cafritz gave him money to pay hospital bills, buy supplies and other necessities, Coleman said. Another time, he was battling the flu and Cafritz invited him to her house because his mother was out of town.“She made sure I was fed, had medicine and rested for three days until I recovered,” Coleman recalled. “That’s who she was. Sometimes she would have multiple kids over at a time to help our individual situations. She loved to help.”Cafritz was born Pearl Alice Cooper on April 7, 1947 in Mobile, Ala. to a prominent Catholic family, and later changed her name to Peggy, according to USA Today. She attended George Washington University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science and later, a law degree.She got acquainted with the Washington arts and education scene while attending law school and co-created a summer arts workshop for low-income children in 1968. That program eventually became Duke Ellington School of the Arts, which D.C. Public Schools accepted in 1974, giving local students a path to pursue an education and career in the arts.Cafritz remained active in D.C.’s education circles. She took various positions at the school and served on the Ellington Fund, the school’s fundraising arm. From 1972 to 1976, she was on the executive committee of the D.C. Board of Higher Education that implemented a merger between the Federal City College and Washington Teachers College, which formed the University of the District of Columbia. She became president of the D.C. Board of Education in 2000 and stepped down after a rocky [WHY WERE THEY ROCKY?] six years.Cafritz’s mansion resembled a museum, thanks to her massive collection of African and African-American art, one of the largest private collections of such work. A 2009 fire destroyed more than 300 pieces of her collection, including pieces by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, according to the Washington Post.Her public service continued as chairwoman of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities from 1979 to 1987. In 1993, President Bill Clinton tapped her to serve as vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Her social circle included Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Quincy Jones, Vernon Jordan, and Alma Powell, wife of retired Gen. Colin Powell, according to the Post.Cafritz embarked on a career in broadcast, working as a programming executive for Post-Newsweek and a documentary producer for WTOP-TV from 1974 to 1977, winning an Emmy and Peabody Awards for her pieces. She won another Emmy as an arts reviewer for WETA-TV.She is survived by her children Zach Cafritz and Cooper Cafritz of Washington, and Arcelie Reyes of Newark, Vt.; a sister, Dominique Cooper of Silver Spring, Md.; two brothers, A.J. Cooper of Fairhope, Ala., and Jerome G. Cooper, former assistant secretary of the Air Force and ambassador to Jamaica, of Mobile; and three grandchildren.
“Dog 2” emphasizes yellow hues and is “inspired by a scene in which foreign exchange student Tracy Walker calls on her classmates to take action,” according to VSCO. “Dog 3” emphasizes pink-purple highlights and is inspired by a lab in Megasaki City. All three filters will only be available for a limited time.“Isle of Dogs” is set to premiere in theaters on March 23. Digital promotion of the movie also included an extensive behind-the-scenes VR experience produced by Felix & Paul Studios.POPULAR ON VARIETY Popular photography app VSCO is launching three new photo filters that have been inspired by Wes Anderson’s color choices for his upcoming stop-motion movie “Isle of Dogs.” “This is the first time we’ve collaborated with a major motion picture, and we couldn’t imagine a better fit than a Wes Anderson film,” said VSCO co-founder and CEO Joel Flory.“As a filmmaker renowned for his unique perspective and aesthetic, it was a natural fit that we’d work with Wes and his team to bring his new movie’s distinctive style to VSCO users,” he continued. “VSCO’s mission is to give creators the tools and inspiration they need to reach their creative potential, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an artist who has been such a huge influence to so many in our community, including myself.” The three filters, which have been developed in partnership with Fox Searchlight and the “Isle of Dogs” filmmakers, are inspired by three different scenes of the movie. The first one, dubbed “Dog 1,” emphasizes neutral colors and mutes everything too vibrant for a true Trash Island look. ×Jeff Goldblum on Jeff GoldblumVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpHow to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1901:45 facebook twitter reddit Email Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/isle-of-dogs-photo-filters-vsco-1202729830/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 720p1080p720p406p270p180pLive00:0002:3402:34More Videos01:45How to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1902:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2300:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale02:16Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin Tarantino02:55Emmys: Why Your Favorite Shows Aren’t Nominated01:40Variety’s Power Of Pride Cover Shoot Behind the Scenes03:42Jeff Bridges revives The Dude for John Goodman’s Walk of Fame CeremonyClose