Rabat – Saudi Shura council member Dr. Aissa Al-Ghaith has said that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), recently named Islamic State (IS) is backed by international intelligence agencies, likening the terror organization to a sacrifice sheep which is being fattened in preparation for slaughter.In an interview with Television channel Rotana Khalijia, Al-Ghaith who is a member of the consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, an advisory body whose 150 members are appointed by the Saudi Monarch, accused the intelligence agencies of key regional players, including Iran and Iraq in addition to the American intelligence of funding and arming ISIS.Al-Ghaith said that the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Mosul and other areas leaving their arms and military equipment in the process was a tactical maneuver by the Iraqi Army to allow ISIS extremists to seize the weapons. He further claimed that the Islamic State haven’t targeted neither Iran nor Israel, which, according to him, indicates the terrorist group’s allegiance to them. The Shura council member pointed out that the so-called Jihad ISIS are talking about is nothing but a fake Jihad which is being employed by a group of extremists and outsiders who did not support Islam for the last thirty years.He added that these practices are only giving colonial powers argument to go back to the region.
The mandate of the Tripartite Core Group (TCG) – which consists of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Government of Myanmar and the UN – has been extended until next July to allow it to continue its efforts in supporting Myanmar in its recovery.The TCG developed the three-year Post-Nargis Response and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP), which was launched last month and provides a blueprint for the reconstruction of communities devastated by Cyclone Nargis.The medium-term recovery needs identified in the PONREPP amount to $691 million over the next three years and called for the extension of the TCG as a basis for providing continued funding.“The results on the ground which have been achieved during the past ten months since Nargis struck prove that the assistance is reaching the people and that the joint humanitarian response at large has been successful,” said Bishow Parajuli, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, said today. “At the same time, challenges remain and the affected population will need continued support as outlined in the three-year recovery plan. With the extension of the TCG, the UN in Myanmar appeals to the international donor community to continue supporting the affected people,” he added. 4 March 2009The United Nations-backed group assisting the reconstruction of Myanmar after it was devastated by Cyclone Nargis, which left around 140,000 dead or missing and uprooted 800,000 from their homes, has been given another year in its role facilitating the recovery work in the South Asian country.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said the Government also welcomes some of the meaningful and constructive comments in favour of reconciliation that have been made in recent times by some of the diaspora members and groups. The Government was to have talks with the Tamil Diaspora in London over the weekend in an attempt to take the post war reconciliation process forward.Sources said that a Government Minister, who was visiting London, was to meet leading Diaspora groups while a Parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance was also to attend. Meanwhile, in response to a question posed by The Sunday Leader via email on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said the Government welcomes the meaningful participation of all diaspora groups and persons of Sri Lankan origin of all communities who live overseas to contribute to the reconciliation process as well as other processes that are underway in Sri Lanka. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil Diaspora group based in UK, had recently told The Sunday Leader it was willing to talk with anyone to address issues faced by the Tamils.“There are many Sri Lankans who live overseas from different communities who are extremely talented and skilled. People in Sri Lanka can most certainly benefit from their expertise and their knowledge in diverse fields – arts & culture, business, investment, education, science, research, sports, etc. Their participation would enrich the lives of people in Sri Lanka. Their ideas are valued and welcome,” Colonne told The Sunday Leader. She also said that Sri Lanka appreciates all efforts taken by the international community, not only South Africa, but all other countries and parties, in discussing issues with the diaspora.South Africa had recently met the Global Tamil Forum for talks in London on the Sri Lankan issue as part of the role it plays in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process.“There is no official mediation role that has been accorded to the Government of South Africa. As you are aware, the President of South Africa appointed the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa as his Special Envoy for Sri Lanka. This was at the request of the former President of Sri Lanka. Therefore, Mr Ramaphosa continues this task and we appreciate his efforts aimed at harnessing the tremendous capacity and goodwill that exists among the diaspora communities of Sri Lankan origin in the world, in contributing meaningfully and constructively to their country of origin, Sri Lanka, in a unitary framework, safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
WASHINGTON – The top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee unveiled legislation Tuesday that would ease regulatory requirements on mid-size banks and give lenders the option for greater freedom from mortgage lending rules.The legislation by Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby would be the most ambitious rewrite of rules governing the financial services sector since Democrats passed the groundbreaking Dodd-Frank law when controlling Congress in 2010.The bill would lift the asset threshold for banks considered “too big to fail” from $50 billion to $500 billion, giving regulators flexibility to exempt them from tougher capital requirements and stricter oversight. It would also give mortgage lenders flexibility to avoid lending standards put in place after the 2008 financial crisis — so long as they hold onto riskier loans rather than selling them.The bill would also give lawmakers greater oversight powers over the Federal Reserve and force changes to the way it produces a key report on its monetary policy moves, while requiring it to be submitted to Congress each quarter instead of twice a year.The measure, labeled a “discussion draft” that’s open to revision before a Banking Committee vote next week, faces a long road before becoming law. It avoids some of the biggest issues involving the 2010 law, such as trading in complex instruments known as derivatives and the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but still goes too far for Democratic defenders of Dodd-Frank, named after former Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the top Democrat on the Banking panel, called Shelby’s bill “a sprawling industry wish list of Dodd-Frank rollbacks” and said that regulatory relief should be limited to credit unions and smaller community banks.The Dodd-Frank law arose from the rubble of the financial crisis of 2008, sparked largely by the housing bubble and lax mortgage lending standards. Shelby’s measure would award banks a “safe harbour” from federal mortgage underwriting standards to allow them to issue more loans to borrowers who may not be able to prove their ability to repay the loan.The measure also would give banks with assets of more than $50 billion a chance at avoiding the strict capital standards and tighter supervision of Dodd-Frank that are aimed at preventing the collapse of institutions so big that their failure could bring down the economy. The new cap for such institutions would be $500 billion; regulators would decide whether smaller ones should meet the tougher standards.As for the Fed, the measure would award authorship of its monetary policy report to the larger Federal Open Market Committee instead of the seven-member board of governors. It also demands more details about how the Fed determines policy and would allow board members to hire their own staff, which is aimed at giving them more independence from the Fed chair, who has a very strong hand in shaping policy. by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2015 11:44 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2015 at 2:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Senate GOP readies revamp of Dodd-Frank rules on mortgages, ‘too big to fail’ banks
by audreywhelan Posted Jun 20, 2016 7:11 am MDT New high-rise opening downtown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An artist’s rendering of the high-rise. (Courtesy: Calgary City Centre) A big office tower officially opens Monday in downtown Calgary.The 36 storey high-rise has 853,000 square feet of space and Cadillac Fairview says it’s already 92-per cent leased.The event at the building called Calgary City Centre starts at 3 p.m.The tower is located at 250 2 Street SW.
Brock University’s cultural diversity will once again be showcased during the Celebration of Nations, which is scheduled for March 6.Brock University’s cultural diversity will once again be showcased during the Celebration of Nations.The annual event, which is scheduled for March 6, highlights international students’ rich traditions and cultures in a market-like atmosphere.“We would like to encourage students from all countries to come represent your culture, history, people, music, costume, food – all the beautiful things of your homeland,” said Arthur Chen, manager of International Student Services.There will be table exhibits with colourful displays, food and music performances.There will be a display board and a table for each country, and International Student Services will cover some of the cost for display materials and can also help with display board design.Interested students are asked to submit a participation form. More information can be found online.The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pond Inlet.Brock has over 1900 international students from over 85 countries.
OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) pushes past Michigan defenders during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win on Nov. 26. Credit: Lantern File Photo“The Game” returns Saturday.Having already punched its ticket to the Big Ten Championship game, No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) will travel north to take on its rival, No. 24 Michigan (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten), to finish the regular season. The two teams will clash for the first time since the first-ever overtime game between the rivals last season in which Ohio State won 30-27 on a walk-off touchdown in double-overtime by H-back Curtis Samuel. Ohio State offense vs. Michigan defenseOne of the top offenses in the country will square off against one of the top defenses in the nation Saturday, with Ohio State’s potent offense (third in the nation in scoring) and Michigan’s stout defense (11th in the nation in fewest points allowed) pinned against one another. The heart and soul of the Wolverines’ defense this season has been its ability to stifle opposing aerial attacks. Michigan’s top-ranked pass defense has allowed 144.4 yards per game and the third-fewest yards per attempt at 5.7. Only once this season has Michigan allowed more than 200 passing yards and it has yet to allow multiple passing touchdowns in a single game.That passing defense has been carried by the performance of two of its starting safeties, Khaleke Hudson and Tyree Kinnel. The pairing are No. 2 and 3 in total tackles on the team, respectively, and both have a pair of interceptions so far this season. Hudson also has forced two fumbles while Kinnel returned an interception for a touchdown. This secondary will be tested Saturday, however, against the top passing offense it will face all season. Before Ohio State, only Penn State cracked the top 25 in passing yards per game at No. 24, and Ohio State sits firmly six places ahead of them at No. 18. The Penn State offense put up 282 passing yards and a touchdown against Michigan’s defense.Michigan’s front seven, led by Butkus semifinalist linebacker Devin Bush, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and defensive end Rashan Gary, will apply pressure to the offensive line and quarterback J.T. Barrett. The Wolverines are tied for seventh in sacks per game with 3.27, and Bush, Hurst and Hudson all have more than five sacks. However, Ohio State’s offense has gone away from the passing game lately, posting its two fewest pass attempts over the past two games. That is why so much of this game will come down to Michigan’s ability to stop the run. The Wolverines have been one of the top teams in the nation at stopping the run, allowing the 15th-fewest yards per game (116.8) and 17th-fewest yards per carry (3.41). However, that rush defense has been either boom or bust for the Wolverines this season. It has often been suffocating, allowing just 11 yards on 27 attempts to Florida and less than 100 yards in five other games. At times, it also has been exposed. Michigan has allowed more than 150 yards on the ground five times, including a 224-yard, five-touchdown outburst from Penn State, led by its star running back Saquon Barkley. That has been a trend for the Wolverines this season. They have have allowed an average of 3.13 yards per carry to unranked opponents, but 4.9 yards per carry to ranked opponents. And against the Buckeyes, they will be tasked with trying to stop the second-best rushing offense they have faced all season. Ohio State has the 12th-most rushing yards per game and is tied for seventh-most yards per carry. The Buckeyes also are an offense that is clicking as of late, having put up its two highest rushing totals of the season at 335 and 325 yards against Michigan State and Illinois, respectively. Ohio State defense vs. Michigan offenseThe flip side of the matchup does not appear to be quite the same battle. Michigan’s offense has struggled this season, posting only the 101st-most yards per game at 360.4 and is tied for the 82nd-most points per game at 26.3. Ohio State’s defense, on the other hand, has done its part to keep opposing offenses at bay, allowing the 22nd-fewest points (19.8) and eighth-fewest yards per game (291.5).If the Wolverines are to find any success, it will have to come on the ground. Their rushing offense ranks 35th in the nation in yards per game at 194.2 and has the 52nd-most yards per carry at 4.64. The bulk of that production has come from junior running back Karan Higdon, who has rushed for 874 yards on 136 carries and 10 touchdowns. Michigan also will lean on running backs Chris Evans and Ty Isaac,who have both rushed for more than 500 yards and have combined for eight touchdowns. Unlike Michigan, Ohio State has been consistent in stopping the run this season. The Buckeyes have only allowed more than 150 rushing yards three times and have held teams to under 100 six times this season. Even matched up against ranked opponents like Penn State, Michigan State and Oklahoma, Ohio State has only allowed 2.4 yards per carry. Where Ohio State struggles most defensively also happens to be where Michigan struggles the most offensively. Ohio State has looked incapable of defending against the pass at times, even if the 15th-fewest passing yards per game appear to tell a different story. But the Wolverines also have struggled to pass with any consistency. They have only three games with more than 200 passing yards, and they have just eight touchdowns to seven interceptions.The biggest question mark for the team will come down to the man under center since Brandon Peters had to enter concussion protocol after taking a hit against Wisconsin. Peters had shined in his five games played, throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions. And with last season’s starter Wilton Speight still questionable for the game, Michigan might have to turn to John O’Korn, who has a 53.2 percent completion rating and one touchdown pass to five interceptions.The latest edition of the rivalry does not appear destined for a shootout. Michigan’s offense does not appear to have the firepower to rack up gaudy point totals, but its defense could provide Ohio State with one of the Buckeyes’ toughest challenges of the season.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 28-20Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 34-21
Giving a description of Ms Bailey to the call operator, the father-of-two said: “She’s a children’s author and she writes books, she’s very good.”She lost her husband just over five years ago, that’s how I met her because I lost my partner. We met in a bereavement group.”Mr Stewart said Ms Bailey was not involved in or had been subjected to crime.Describing her to the call handler, Mr Stewart said she is “slim, with long off the shoulder black, going grey hair and 5ft 10 but that is probably a guess”. Helen Bailey was found in a septic tank inside an old-fashioned well beneath her garage’s concrete floorCredit:Hertfordshire Constabulary/PA Helen Bailey at home in Royston, Hertfordshire, with her dachshund BorisCredit:Hertfordshire Police/PA Helen Bailey was found dead in the grounds of her sprawling £1.5m Hertfordshire property three months after going missingCredit:JOHN McLELLAN The man accused of murdering his fiancée Helen Bailey, the children’s author, spoke of her in the past tense during a call to police before correcting himself, a court heard.Ian Stewart, 56, told a call handler he had no idea where his partner was when he called 999 on April 15 last year to report her missing.The writer was found three months later in a septic tank beneath the garage of the couple’s home in Royston, Hertfordshire, alongside the body of her dachshund Boris.Stewart is accused of drugging and killing Ms Bailey to get his hands on her £4million fortune promised to him in her will. Helen Bailey with her partner Ian Stewart, who is accused of her murder At St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, the 999 call in which he reported her missing to the police was played to the jury.In it, Stewart said: “She [Helen] had talked about wanting space because things just haven’t been going well for her recently, or for us.”We were planning to get married, well, we are planning to get married and the venue went wrong.”He told police he had “literally checked everywhere” in their “large” house to try and find his fiancée, the court heard. He said he had no idea where his partner was when he called 999 on April 15 last year to report her missing. However, Miss McGarry said they found it “weird” that neither Mr Stewart or Ms Bailey had told them they were engaged.She said: “Ian would often come and talk to me, ask me how I was and what I’d been up to that day.”At some point Oliver had seen one of Helen’s blog posts and she had mentioned something along the lines that they were engaged. Oliver found it quite weird that he hadn’t been told this.”Mr Stewart denies the murder of Ms Bailey, one count of fraud, preventing lawful burial and three counts of perverting the course of justice.The trial, which is expected to last up to seven weeks and is being overseen by Judge Andrew Bright, continues. In the call, Mr Stewart said: “My partner has been missing since Monday and hasn’t contacted anyone. I decided I should report it.”She’s self-employed but she works from home. She left a note saying she needed space and time alone, and that she was going to Broadstairs. She said please don’t contact her in any way.”It’s a little cottage we’ve got down there. Neighbours and I have been down there and she’s not there.”Her phone is dead, it just doesn’t ring. It goes straight to answer machine. Someone’s been to the house yeah, her brother went.”It didn’t look like anyone’s been in there. She’s left her car here. She did take her dog with her, a dachshund.”During the call, Mr Stewart could be heard putting the operator on hold as he checked Ms Bailey’s date of birth, before giving his own details. Helen Bailey’s body was discovered in a septic tank beneath the garageCredit:Hertfordshire Constabulary/PA We have got quite a large house, but I have literally checked everywhereIan Stewart in 999 call Artist’s sketch of Ian Stewart in the dock at St Albans Crown Court Credit:Elizabeth Cook/PA After Mrs Bailey’s disappearance was reported on April 15 last year, Miss McGarry described Mr Stewart as seeming “sad” that Helen was missing.She told the jury: “I thought deep down Helen had gone away to get some space, or had gone away completely and was hidden away from everyone so that no one could find her. Or potentially I thought she may have committed suicide.”When I saw [Mr Stewart] he looked sad, quite stressed, very tired, but he was still very friendly and came and said hi to me.”Oliver told me that his dad was even struggling to reach up into the cupboards and get food out after his operation.”When I saw him, he wasn’t doing a lot of physical activity due to his health problems.” When asked Ms Bailey’s eye colour, he said: “Oh my God how do you forget these things? It’s terrible. I don’t know.”He said Ms Bailey would typically wear jeans and a shirt before giving the call operator her phone number.The jury also heard Mr Stewart described as “such a lovely man” by his son Oliver’s girlfriend, Alexandra McGarry.Giving evidence, Miss McGarry told the court: “[He] is a very nice man, kind and patient. It seemed he would do anything for anyone.”I got the impression he loved Helen very much and they seemed very happy with each other.”Helen and Ian weren’t touchy-feely, but everything seemed fine and they would do things together. Ian is such a lovely man.” He went on to tell the operator: “The last time I saw Helen was on Monday afternoon (April 11) at 2.45pm. She said nothing unusual before I went out.”I got home just before 5pm and that’s when I saw the note on her desk. It was a shock, she has talked about it but it is still a shock. She’s never done anything like this before.”She has been very anxious and very worried about lots of things, she is a worrier.”Mr Stewart was asked if Ms Bailey would be thinking about suicide, to which he replied “no”.The call operator said it might be a silly question, but asked if Ms Bailey could be at home.”We have got quite a large house, but I have literally checked everywhere,” Stewart replied. 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Lydia Carey was diagnosed in October 2017 with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer notorious for the agony suffered by its victims, and was just 60 when she died on November 27 He worked alongside men removing or applying asbestos lagging to pipes, and he recalled seeing workers mixing asbestos powder to paste.At times he had to “walk through, kneel or lie on asbestos dust and debris on the floor to carry out his work”, the barrister claimed.“He swept asbestos dust and debris from the floor using a dustpan and brush”.Mr Carey claims Vauxhall neglected to warn him of the dangers linked to asbestos and should have provided him with protective equipment.And Mrs Carey’s indirect exposure to dust and fibres over a three-year window between 1976 and 1979 was enough for asbestos to do its deadly work, argued Mr Swoboda.But Vauxhall’s QC, Paul Bleasdale, suggested other sources for Mrs Carey’s fatal illness.Even if Mr Carey was exposed to asbestos when working for Vauxhall, it would have been “very occasional if not minimal”, he argued. The car firm denies that Mr Carey was exposed to hazardous amounts of asbestos whilst working for Vauxhall or that he would have “disturbed asbestos in the fabric of the building”. 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. A car factory worker who says he unwittingly poisoned his wife with asbestos dust trapped in his moustache and clothing is suing his former employer for £1m over her death.Lydia Carey’s husband, John, 60, says that, from the day they met in 1976, she breathed in asbestos fibres trapped on his work overall, hair, moustache and sideburns.He escaped unharmed, but Lydia died, aged 60, on November 27 this year from asbestos-linked lung cancer, the High Court heard.Asbestos fibres were transmitted from husband to wife during the habitual rituals of daily life, said Mr Carey’s barrister, John-Paul Swoboda.“All through the period she and John Carey would hug and kiss upon seeing one another,” he told Judge Karen Walden-Smith.“As well as the asbestos on his clothes, Mr Carey had a full head of hair, a moustache and sideburns in which asbestos dust would be trapped until liberated by movement from – say – a hug,” he added.Mr Carey, from Toddington, Bedfordshire, is now claiming damages from Vauxhall Motors, at whose Luton and Dunstable sites he worked between 1973 and 1979. Mr Swoboda told the court fibres lay dormant in Lydia Carey’s body for 40 years before she developed lung cancer.She was diagnosed in October 2017 with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer notorious for the agony suffered by its victims, and was just 60 when she died on November 27.Vauxhall says all asbestos-related work at the plants was done by specialist external contractors and it operated an overalls washing scheme for its employees.But, Mr Swoboda said the company had charged extra for the laundry service, and insisted that Mr Carey worked in close proximity to asbestos dust.The couple wed in 1978, the court heard, and Mrs Carey regularly washed her husband’s work overalls, he told the judge.His work clothes were at times “black with dust”, he added, which even penetrated into the turnups of his trousers.“Once married, Mr Carey would change from his work clothes when he came home so as not to make the house dirty,” said Mr Swoboda.“Mrs Carey would knock and brush the dust off his work clothes, and she remembered washing his blue overalls.”Much of Mr Carey’s work was carried on at Vauxhall’s Dunstable plant, and Mr Swoboda claimed the factory was polluted by “huge quantities of asbestos”.
Update 19/9/2013, 16.26: This story has been updated with a more correct translation of Vrethammer’s statement.A COURT IN Sweden has found a man who masturbated in public not guilty of criminal charges, as he was not pleasuring himself at anyone in particular.The ruling comes after a 65-year-old man took off his shorts and began masturbating on a beach in Stockholm.He was charged with sexual assault, but found innocent last week as his act was not “targeted”, The Local reports.Public prosecutor Olof Vrethammer said he agreed with the Södertörn District Court’s ruling. He said: For this to be a criminal offence it’s required that the sexual molestation was directed towards one or more people. I think the court’s judgement is reasonable.Asked whether masturbation was OK as long as nobody was targeted, Vrethammer said the ruling was valid only “for this individual case”, adding that masturbation could still “possibly be considered disorderly behaviour”.h/t André Liljegren and Patricia Bondesson-KavanaghStop! 50 Cent has some advice about masturbation>PIC: Why you don’t give your CV to your friends>
“Un nuage sur le toit du monde” : quand les particules polluent nos glaciersLa réalisatrice Agnès Moreau a décidé de révéler un phénomène peu connu mais doté d’un impact considérable. Poussée par les vents, la pollution atmosphérique s’accumule aux sommets des glaciers et forme des nuages bruns à des milliers de kilomètres d’altitude. Un phénomène décrypté dans le documentaire “Un nuage sur le toit du monde” que Maxisciences a pu découvrir en avant-première.”Qui pourrait croire que l’air à 5.000 mètres d’altitude n’est pas le plus pur ? Que les neiges ne sont pas les blanches. Peu de gens, et pourtant…” C’est le sujet préoccupant qu’a choisi de mettre en lumière la réalisatrice Agnès Moreau dans son documentaire “Un nuage sur le toit du monde”. A des milliers de kilomètres d’altitude, les glaciers des chaines himalayennes sont masqués par d’épais nuages bruns, des ABC pour Atmospheric Brown Clouds. Loin de pouvoir être confondus avec nos nuages de coton, ces étendues brumeuses sont en fait chargées de particules polluantes à des concentrations extrêmement élevées.Ozone, particules fines et surtout carbone noir sont arrivés là poussés par les vents des vallées et continuent de voyager au gré des courants atmosphériques sur des kilomètres et des kilomètres. Des vents qui amènent ces polluants jusqu’au toit du monde, l’Everest situé à la frontière entre le Népal et la Chine. Ce phénomène a été révélé en 2008 lorsque des chercheurs ont fait part des résultats de mesures atmosphériques réalisées à plus de 5.000 mètres d’altitude, au pied de la montagne. Celles-ci indiquaient un constat simple mais tout sauf rassurant : “L’air de l’Himalaya est aussi pollué que celui des villes d’Europe”. Après la découverte d’un gigantesque nuage de pollution, une équipe de scientifiques italiens et français ont ainsi décidé de partir sur place pour en apprendre plus sur les concentrations surprenantes de polluants dans ces contrées censées être vierges et qui constituent encore des terres inconnues. C’est cette équipe qu’Agnès Moreau a suivi jusqu’au pied de l’Everest dans une pyramide de verre, la première station atmosphérique construite dans la région en 2006. Dans ce laboratoire, les chercheurs effectuent de multiples mesures sur la composition de l’air. Des données qui sont transmises et analysées par différentes équipes à travers le monde.Des changements climatiques liés à la pollution ? Outre cette étude, l’équipe mène également une enquête détaillée auprès de la population vivant à proximité des montagnes. Ils demandent ainsi aux habitants pour la plupart âgés, s’ils ont constaté des changements dans la fréquence des pluies, de la neige, de l’intensité de la mousson au cours des dernières années. Des questions dont les réponses sont sans équivoque. Oui, il y a eu du changement. En effet, comme l’expliquent plusieurs chercheurs dans le documentaire, le carbone noir impacte le climat local en favorisant le réchauffement et en augmentant la fonte des glaces. La preuve en images : à 2.000 mètres d’altitude, des habitants cultivent aujourd’hui des citrons et des bananes… Tandis que les conséquences de cette pollution semblent déjà à un stade avancé, leur étendue reste très imprécise. Dans son film, Agnès Moreau évoque ainsi un autre aspect : le besoin de sensibiliser les populations et gouvernements pour enrayer le phénomène. En effet, le carbone noir est libéré en grande partie par les véhicules diesels mais aussi lors de la combustion incomplète de bois ou de charbon. Ces particules sont ainsi relâchées par les briqueteries de la région comme par les foyers des habitants. Néanmoins, celles-ci ont une courte durée de vie : des solutions simples permettraient donc de limiter leurs émissions et auraient un impact beaucoup plus rapide et visible que la lutte contre les émissions de CO2, selon les scientifiques. Mais encore faut-il que les spécialistes parviennent à convaincre les gouvernements de l’importance du phénomène. “Un projet un peu fou, un peu long” Liens entre pollution et réchauffement climatique, système hydraulique et agriculture de la région, de la pyramide de verre aux laboratoires européens, des villages à 2.000 mètres d’altitude au pied de l’Everest, Agnès Moreau a suivi pas à pas les scientifiques pour alerter de ce phénomène inquiétant mais réversible. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”C’est un projet un peu fou qui a été un peu long, un peu difficile pour expliquer un phénomène complexe et mal connu. On est passé d’environnements très différents de la Californie au Népal où il a fallu affronter des conditions assez extrêmes. Mais tout s’est bien passé et cela m’a même permis d’accomplir un vieux rêve : voir l’Everest”, confie la réalisatrice. Coproduit notamment par Arte France, Le Miroir, le CNRS Images et l’IRD, le documentaire “Un nuage sur le toit du monde” sera diffusé sur la chaine Arte le jeudi 24 mai prochain à 22H20.Le 14 mai 2012 à 19:38 • Maxime Lambert
With the school shooting in Florida and the ensuing March for Our Lives still fresh on their minds, students brought candidates for the 3rd Congressional District together for a town hall Monday night in Vancouver to talk about gun safety and legislation.Solving the problem of gun violence in America isn’t easy, admitted Emma Busch, an 18-year-old student at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, who helped organize the event hosted by Students Demand Action Clark County.“I really liked what Carolyn (Long) said at the end: We agree about a lot more than we realize,” Busch said. “Don’t go for the dramatic at the start, go for what’s plausible and what people are willing to compromise on and it will make a difference to start now.”Long spoke alongside fellow Democratic candidates Dorothy Gasque and David McDevitt. Republican challenger Earl Bowerman also attended the town hall, providing the opposing view to the Democratic candidates on most questions.Bowerman had to go it alone with a view that was often unpopular as his opponent, incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, did not attend.
Related Items:clara lightbourne, clean up drive, Donald Metilus, kewtown, TCI Haitian Organization Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Jul 2015 – The Haitian community is working assiduously it seems to transform the current view of their people living in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The TCI Haitian Organization is an independent group and yesterday sat with Environmental Health Director Kenrick Neely to talk up a Saturday morning clean up in Kew Town, but pledged a lot more. Donald Metilus is a founder of the organization: “We are here to show them that we understand that they love us and we want to return the love to them by helping them protect the areas by watching people who are fighting and trying to commit violence, like crime and stuff like that. We are totally against it and enough is enough and also to keep the area clean.”Comments and criticisms launched at the Haitian expatriates when it comes to cleanliness and crime are a topic of conversation and source of frustration; leaders in the Haitian community are aware and are also appalled by the thought of relations with the TCI people being strained. Clara Lightbourne of the Haitian Organization: “The clean-up campaign is something that the Haitian Organization put together, we start with Dock Yard but we are not only touching Dock Yard, we are touching the whole Turks and Caicos Islands community. We want to make the Turks and Caicos Islands a better Community and to do that we have to start by cleaning up.The Organization was formed a couple of months ago to better the community because we are aware that as Haitian Nationalities, so much things happen here in the Turks and Caicos Islands regarding the Haitians and the TCI Government we want to ensure the government we are here to help.”The clean-up campaign which begins at 6am tomorrow is just the beginning and has been promoted for some six weeks within the Haitian community; Neely congratulated the TCI Haitian Organization for its proactivity and has thrown the support of the EHD behind the initiative with the collection of trash bags and larger debris. Domestic Violence homicide under investigation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you YOUNG MAN FOUND DEAD, KEW TOWN AGAIN Historic $4m road works project in Kew Town, Glass Shack, first ever sidewalks under construction
Javier Hernandez confirmed he is enjoying his football again after West Ham grinded out a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.Hernandez was once again on the scorer’s sheet as the Hammers romped to a third consecutive victory.The former United striker has struggled to impress since his £16million move in July 2017, but he recently dispelled rumours of a likely exit.He said: “I’m trying my best – I’m enjoying playing football, that’s what I love most and thankfully the points and goals are coming as well. Hopefully, this run keeps going.“Getting the three points was the most important thing and we must keep going now. We have a full week until our next game against Fulham and that’s a good thing as we can recover properly and work very hard ahead of that one.”Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…West Ham were on the back foot at half-time , but two sublime curlers from Robert Snodgrass and Felipe Anderson, either side of Hernandez’s poacher’s strike ensured a win for the Londoners“It’s an incredible feeling,” added Hernandez as cited by the Irish examiner. “We scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half and that shows the attacking power we have.“We knew it was going to be tough as we were one down, but we scored very good goals from the chances we got and thankfully we got the advantage.“People could say that it was a typical goal of mine, and I’m very glad because we won. I always say the goals that I score have exactly the same value as the other ones so I don’t mind.”
Photo taken on July 6, 2016 shows the displayed Jaguar XE car at the 7th International Auto Exhibition 2016 in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.IANSTata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is all set to announce job cuts in the thousands amid a crippling China demand slowdown.Britain’s biggest carmaker is facing headwinds in European sales as well, with diesel taking a hit in the region. Reuters reported that the move comes in the wake of fears that the premium carmaker will see a double-digit drop in demand in China. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union also escalated cost concerns for the iconic carmaker.JLR, which has 44,000 workers in the UK, had cut nearly 1,000 jobs in country in 20018.The company has readied a plan to return to financial health, the report says. The turnaround plan hinges around 2.5 billion pound cash savings, which will be materialised by cutting costs and improving cash flows.Under the plan, employment costs and employment levels will be reduced, and the job losses will be in thousands, the agency reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Men walk inside a Tata Motors showroom on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India’s northeastern state of Tripura on 7 November 2012Reuters”The announcement on job losses will be substantial, affecting managerial, research, sales, design,” a source told the agency.The company had reported a $450 million loss in the first half the year. However, amid China demand concerns, the company had witnessed a silver lining in the US sales, with numbers improving nearly 24 percent in December. Shares in Tata Motors had swung up in the aftermath, reporting a 3 percent jump on the Indian stock markets.Tata Motors stock has lost more than 60 percent of value in the last one year after outlook for the JLR brand in China, one of its key markets, roiled.Waning fortunesIndia’s Tata conglomerate bought JLR from Ford in 2008, saving the British carmaker from bankruptcy. The Indian company turned around the sagging fortunes of the company and JLR had a great run for many years since then. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/2:51Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Land Rover Discovery (2017) review The waning fortunes were capped by a massive first half loss and a 44 percent sales plunge in the second quarter. These triggered speculation about the future of the company and the role of the Tatas. However, the Tatas backed JLR brand in unequivocal terms.”There is no truth to the rumors that Tata Motors is looking to divest our stake in JLR or discontinue the Jaguar brand. We have great belief in the potential of JLR’s distinctive premium products and brands as well as in JLR’s design and engineering capabilities,” Tata Motors Chairman, N. Chandrasekaran said in late December.
Abu BakarThe verdict of the widely-condemned killing of Dhaka University student Abu Bakar was given eight months ago, acquitting all 10 former activists of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).But nobody – neither the plaintiff of the case nor the victim’s family – knew about the pronouncement of the verdict whereas the practice is that the prosecution will inform both the plaintiff and the victim’s family about the verdict The fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge, Md Zahidul Kabir, delivered the verdict on 7 May 2017. Prothom Alo obtained a copy of the verdict recently.Abu Bakar, a third-year bachelors student of Islamic History, was severely injured “by a teargas shell lobbed by the police” during clashes in F Rahman Hall between two rival factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on 2 February and died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital the following day.A university committee and a hall committee were formed to identify the persons responsible for his death, side by side with a police investigation.The nine-member university committee packed up the enquiry without ascertaining the exact reason behind the violence or identifying the persons responsible. It recommended a fresh enquiry “by a high-level expert committee”.The syndicate, however, expelled ten students from the university following the submission of the report.BCL’s Barisal group activist Omar Faruque filed a case with the Shahbagh police station against 14 BCL leaders and activists loyal to the then hall committee president Saiduzzaman Faruque.Read more: Off the hook, BCL activists now well-establishedThe 14 were accused of injuring Bakar, which was later turned into murder case after his death.Police later framed the charge sheet accusing eight of them, but when the victim’s family raised objection, a supplementary charge sheet was framed accusing a total of 10 BCL activists in the murder case. On behalf of the plaintiff, a public prosecutor – advocate Saiful Islam –conducted the case.As all of the accused have been acquitted, the verdict said nothing about who killed Abu Bakar.At the same time, the time for filing an appeal against the verdict, aimed at identifying the killers, has elapsed too by this time, blocking the path for the victim’s family to get justice.The court has ascribed the failure to identify the killers to the weak investigation conducted by the police.“The post-mortem report said Abu Bakar died of the head injury caused by a strong hit, but neither any evidence nor any arms were confiscated from the accused,” read the verdict.Police presented the bloodstained lungi before the court as the only evidence.Eleven out of 22 prosecution witnesses gave testimony in court, but none of them said Abu Bakar was killed in gunfire by the accused.Almost all of the witnesses said Abu Bakar was severely injured by a teargas shell lobbed by the police during the clash and the post-mortem report lends credence to this claim.Four police officials investigated the case in phases. The verdict, quoting one of the top investigators and senior assistant police super Rezaul Karim, said Shahbagh police station officer-in-charge along with some 20 to 25 police members went to the DU hall at the time of clash and police lobbed teargas shells to disperse BCL groups.Although the case statement said Abu Bakar died in gunshots, the post-mortem report said he died of injury of the hit of hard blunt weapon.It’s to be noted that the very same police officer, Rezaul Karim, was made the investigation officer of the case.The court said the investigation officer, Rezaul Karim, neither recovered teargas shells nor any hard blunt weapon from the place of occurrence and he didn’t even try to do so.According to Rezaul’s testimony in court, the teargas shells were fired by the police led by him.The first investigation officer (IO) of the case, inspector Emdadul Haque, also had told the court that he heard police lobbed teargas shells from outside during the clash.But, he in his investigation report said Abu Bakar was killed in the gunfire of Saiduzzaman.Assistant police super of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Md Abdul Halim submitted the supplementary charge sheet but he didn’t give his testimony before the court.The case plaintiff, Omar Faruk, however, said he didn’t go to court to file the case and even he didn’t know who typed the case statement as he was undergoing treatment at a hospital.According to him, the investigation officer himself visited him at hospital and talked to him.Asked why the prosecution didn’t inform either the plaintiff or the victim’s family, public prosecutor Saiful Islam admitted, while talking to Prothom Alo, that he didn’t inform anyone about the pronouncement of the verdict as none contacted him.Asked why he didn’t file an appeal against the verdict, he said neither the plaintiff nor the victim’s family approached for any appeal.He also said the time of filing an appeal has elapsed and there is no scope now to file the appeal.As approached, the law minister said he would look into the matter as to why an appeal was not filed.Abu Bakar’s elder brother Abbas Ali, who resides in Tangail, heard about the verdict first from Prothom Alo and broke down into tears.“With a high of hope for justice, I went to Dhaka to give my deposition before the court travelling all the way from Tangail, but the irony is, we were not even informed that the verdict has been pronounced. And all the accused have been acquitted,” said victim’s brother in tears.He went on saying, “My question to the government is: Then who killed Abu Bakar? We want an answer from the government.”The news of acquittal of the accused had made the victim’s father, Rustam Ali, dumbfounded and he remained silent with a blank stare.The victim’s mother Rabeya Khatun was heard saying from inside the house, “Those who killed my innocent baba [Abu Bakar] have not been brought to book. What a country is this?”When his attention was drawn to the court observation regarding the investigation, investigation officer Emdadul Haque just said, “I’ve presented before the court whatever information I’ve obtained in my investigation.”CID’s special police super Abdul Kahar Akand, who was entrusted with overseeing the investigation, said he too didn’t know about the pronouncement of the verdict.He said the CID was given the responsibility of investigation much later as the case was investigated by police at the beginning. “And they should have kept the evidence,” said Kahar adding, he doesn’t know as to why the evidence was not recovered.The 10 former BCL activists who were acquitted from the murder case are: then F Rahman Hall BCL president Saiduzzaman Faruque, Mafidul Alam Khan Tapu, Raqib Uddin Rafique, Mansur Ahmed Rony, Asaduzzaman Jony, Alam-e-Julhas, Touhidul Islam Khan Tushar, Abu Zafar Md Salam, Enamul Haque Ershad, and Mehedi Hasan Lion.All of them were the residents of F Rahman Hall of the Dhaka University at the time of occurrence.When contacted, the plaintiff, Omar Faruque said, “I had raised an objection to the first investigation report. Later CID was given the responsibility for the investigation, but that investigation too was not done properly.”He said although they’ve got the acquittal from the court, these BCL leaders cannot avoid their responsibility in the murder of Abu Bakar.He said some 30 more students were injured in the clash between the rival groups – Faruque group and Mehehi group. “Where is the justice for those injured?”He went on saying, “I, the plaintiff, was injured in the clash, but the police didn’t even produce my treatment certificate before the court.”The prime accused in the case, Saiduzzaman Faruque, told Prothom Alo, “The verdict was pronounced in our presence. The court has acquitted us.”When contacted, former law minister Shafik Ahmed said it’s the responsibility of the police to bring the killers of Abu Bakar to book and it’s the prosecution which should prove allegations before the court.He said the law officials concerned must be made answerable as to why they didn’t file an appeal against the verdict.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmed.
While the main character in the new action title Warp from Trapdoor may look cute and cuddly, don’t be fooled. The alien known simply as Zero is a deadly being that has the ability to warp through walls and into objects… including his human captors. Kidnapped in the name of science, Zero is trapped in an underwater laboratory and seeks to escape and return home.Take a look at some of the gameplay in the official trailer above then keep reading for Geek.com’s mini-review.Having logged a few hours playing Warp, I can say that it certainly is a fun title. The game reminds me of a mash-up between classic Splinter Cell and any of the third person Super Mario games that have been released over the years. With Zero’s warping ability, you can choose whether you want to stealth your way to the finish of each level, or you can take the “kill ’em all” approach, which is equally as challenging. Add in the fact that the title is a platformer that contains obstacles that rely heavily on button timing to clear, and you have a game that is both challenging and entertaining.Along with the main storyline, there are challenges that are peppered throughout the laboratory to add an additional layer of gameplay. Much like the Comet Challenges you find in Super Mario Galaxy 2, these levels are tougher to master and will entertainingly frustrate completionist gamers who have the need to finish everything in the game.While the graphics and the NPC actions aren’t mind-blowing, they really just window dressing for the obstacles you must navigate to win. Non-threats to your characterm like the lab’s scientists, will simply cower in a corner and act scared, which gets fairly repetitive. Far more challenging and entertaining are the soldiers that will try to shoot and kill you on sight (which they are quite good at) and the level bosses that use a variety of methods to wipe you out of existence.When it comes to upgrading Zero’s powers and abilities, Warp employs a store mechanic to balance the game experience. Scattered throughout the game are “grubs,” little formations of protoplasm-looking items that you need to collect as you go. Stationed along your path in the game are various computer terminals in which you can buy upgrades and powerups using the collected grubs like currency. Of course, gathering every single grub in the game is difficult, as some require some inventive maneuvering.Of the two methods of game strategy that can be used, I found a mix between a full frontal assault and stealth to work best for my style of play. Killing humans in the game consists of warping Zero into their bodies, then moving the analog stick (I use a 360 controller connected to my PC) rapidly to cause my target to explode. It’s pretty satisfying to witness, especially if you have been trying to stealth your way through an area only to be blown away over and over again.At $9.99 you really can’t go wrong with buying this title. It is an entertaining game, and if you enjoy overcoming challenging obstacles then you certainly won’t be sorry laying down the coin to get it.Warp is available on Origin as well as Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.
Despite claiming to support gay rights, many straight people who live in predominantly gay neighbourhoods still practice subtle forms of discrimination when interacting with their gay and lesbian neighbours, researchers have found. According to research published in the journal City and Community, straight people living in “gaybourhoods” interact withtheir gay and lesbian neighbours on the street in ways that contradict the sentiments of supporting them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There is a mistaken belief that marriage equality means the struggle for gay rights is over. But it is far from over. Prejudice and discrimination still exist – it is just more subtle and difficult to detect,” said Amin Ghaziani, the study’s senior author from the University of British Columbia in Canada.The researchers interviewed 53 straight people and found the majority of residents said they supported gay people.However, their progressive attitudes were misaligned with their actions. While many residents said they did not care if people were gay or straight, some indicated that they did not like gay people who are “in your face.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen asked about resistance from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer (LGBTQ) communities to the widespread trend of straight people moving into “gaybourhoods”, some of the people interviewed responded with accusations of reverse discrimination and described gay people who challenged them as “segregationist” and “hetero-phobic.””If a group of straight women hosted a bachelorette party in a gay bar, for example, they were surprised that they felt ‘unwelcome,'” added Ghaziani. “That feeling of surprise, however, exemplifies a misguided belief that gay districts are trendy commodities when they are actually safe spaces for sexual minorities,” he added.Many expected their gay and lesbian neighbours to be happy and welcoming of straight people moving into “gaybourhoods”.Ghaziani said this argument exemplifies the fundamental misunderstanding of the inequality and discrimination that creates the need for “gaybourhoods” in the first place.
Canada Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners HOUSING Millennials tariff tariff wars USA valueinsured 2018-12-10 Radhika Ojha The Impact of Trade Wars December 10, 2018 2,601 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News How will the international trade wars affect the local housing market? According to a ValueInsured survey of homebuyers, Americans have a strong opinion on this question. The survey found that while 56 percent of the respondents believed that trade wars could affect the housing market, 44 percent said that they wouldn’t.Among those who believed that trade wars would impact the housing market, 29 percent homebuyers said that this problem would lead to a rise in construction costs and drive up home prices, while 27 percent believed trade wars would hurt the economy and drive down home buying demand as well as prices.However, the largest number of respondents, 44 percent, said that trade wars would have little or no effect on home prices or demand.The survey also asked homeowners about the impact, if any, that the trade wars would have on housing. Homeowners, the survey revealed, tend to believe that the intensifying trade wars would drive up home prices. This notion was particularly popular among younger and urban homeowners, the survey said.Among this group, 42 percent believed trade wars would drive up home prices, while 23 percent said that they could hurt homebuyer demand. Generation-wise too, while 44 percent of millennial homebuyers believed that trade wars would drive up construction costs and home prices, this generation was equally divided between those who believed prices would be driven down and those who thought that the effect of trade wars would be minimum at 28 percent each.”In contrast, homeowners over age 65 are more than twice as likely (64 percent) to believe home-buying demand and home prices are not affected by trade wars,” the survey said.However, ValueInsured said that this generation cohort could be wrong. Citing a recent article by the Washington Post, the survey said that the trade wars had put a nearly 21 percent tariff on lumber imported from Canada, which provides one-third of the construction lumber in the U.S., the lumber prices had risen 15 percent. Share
Delray Beach, Florida – With spring fast approaching, thoughts of escaping the winter blues naturally turn to the beach. There’s no more welcoming spot for enjoying the sun, surf and sizzle of South Florida than The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach. Located mere steps from Atlantic sands, the newly opened, independent luxury hotel coaxes vacationers with the new Beach Escape Package offering a private cabana and other beach enticements at a savings of more than 15 percent.Soak up the vibrancy of South Florida with the Beach Escape Package from The Seagate Hotel & Spa, including:– Deluxe accommodations – Arrival amenity – Seagate Beach towel and beach bag – A private cabana on the beach at The Seagate Beach ClubGuests of The Seagate Hotel & Spa enjoy exclusive access to The Seagate Beach Club, a private club offering fine and casual dining, beach access, water sports, a seaside swimming pool and private cabanas on the sand. The hotel provides complimentary transportation to and from the club, though it’s a pleasant walk amid Atlantic breezes, too.www.theseagatehotel.com