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Maha Oppn seeks probe in budget leak on FMs Twitter ac

first_imgMumbai: Opposition legislators on Wednesday demanded a probe by the cyber cell into the alleged “leak” of Maharashtra budget provisions on Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar’s Twitter handle before presentation in the Assembly.NCP leader Jayant Patil said in the state Assembly that thebudget provisions were known outside before the finance minister’s presentation in the Lower House on Tuesday. He lamented that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mungantiwar justified the tweets. Fadnavis and Mungantiwar on Tuesday dismissed the budget “leak” charge, saying the provisions were put out on Twitter 15 minutes after the finance minister began his budget speech in the Assembly. “This is not justified,” Patil said and demanded that the cyber crime investigation cell probe the alleged leak. To this, Speaker Haribhau Bagade said he would accept the demand for probe if sufficient proof was submitted. Earlier several lawmakers, including NCP’s Ajit Pawar, Patil and Dhananjay Munde, held a demonstration over the issue in the state legislature premises. “The government leaked the budget on Twitter even before it was presented before the legislature by Mungantiwar on Tuesday. We are protesting against the government’s such irresponsible approach. We want a probe into the matter by the cyber cell,” Munde said.last_img read more

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Indian among 9 hurt in Yemeni rebels attack on Saudi airport

first_imgRiyadh: An Indian national was among nine people injured in an attack by Yemeni rebels on Abha international airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, a spokesperson of the Saudi-led military coalition said. “A terrorist attack at Abha International Airport…led to the injury of 9 civilians – eight Saudis and one Indian national,” Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement. All injured are stable and under treatment at hospitals, Colonel al-Maliki was quoted as saying by the state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’He blamed the Houthi militia for the attack, which took place shortly after midnight on Tuesday. “In the face of these acts of terrorism and the immoral violations by the Houthi terrorist militia, the command of the coalition forces continues to carry out strict measures to deter these terrorist militias in order to protect the civilian and civilian assets,” Colonel al-Maliki said. “The terrorist elements responsible for the planning and execution of this terrorist attack will be held accountable in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules,” he added. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingAir traffic at the airport was not affected by the incident, tweeted the airport authorities. Earlier, the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV said the rebels “launched a wide operation targeting warplanes at Abha international airport” with drones. The UAE strongly condemned the attack. In a statement, the UAE Foreign Ministry and International Cooperation said the security of the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is indivisible.” “Any threat or danger to the (Saudi) Kingdom’s security is considered a threat to UAE’s security and stability,” it said in a statement. The Yemeni rebels have stepped-up attacks in recent weeks against Saudi Arabia, targeting key facilities. On June 12, a missile attack on Abha airport by the Houthis injured 26 civilians, including an Indian. On June 23, another attack on Abha airport killed a Syrian national and injured 21 others. The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to push back an advance by the Houthis and to restore to power President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Since then, the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, pushing the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine. The Saudi-led coalition members include the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Djibouti. The UN describes the Yemen conflict as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million — more than two-thirds of the population — in need of aid.last_img read more

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Sensex closes 266 pts higher auto stocks rally

first_imgMumbai: Equity benchmark BSE Sensex rose 266 points Thursday, led by metal, auto and financial stocks amid positive global market sentiment after US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hinted at a rate cut later this month. After rising as much as 335 points during the day, the 30-share index settled 266.07 points or 0.69 per cent higher at 38,823.11. The index hit an intra-day high of 38,892.50 and a low of 38,631.31. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty ended 84 points, or 0.73 per cent, higher at 11,582.90. During the day, it touched a high of 11,599 and a low of 11,519.50. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Hero MotoCorp was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, spurting 4.46 per cent. IndusInd Bank, Tata Motors, Vedanta, SBI, M&M, Sun Pharma, Tata Steel and HDFC twins too rose up to 3.63 per cent. On the other hand, Tech Mahindra, Yes Bank, TCS, L&T, Axis Bank and NTPC fell up to 1.27 per cent. “Indian markets opened positively for the first time post budget, taking cues from Asian markets which ended with handsome gains after US Fed signalled at interest rate cut soon in the face of some weakening economic data,” said Narendra Solanki, Head Fundamental Research (Investment Services) – AVP Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs In his congressional testimony on Wednesday, Powell confirmed that the US economy was still under threat of a slowdown, and that the Fed was ready to “act as appropriate” to boost growth. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng, Nikkei and Kospi ended in the green. Equities in Europe were also trading higher in early deals. On the currency front, the Indian rupee appreciated 14 paise to 68.43 against the US dollar (intra-day). The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.61 per cent to USD 67.42 per barrel.last_img read more

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Principal jailed for raping children

The Magistrate ordered that the children be handed over to their parents. The police are conducting further investigations. He was produced before the Minuwangoda Magistrate today and remanded till next Thursday, the police said. The acting principal of a school in Divulapitiya has been remanded for raping 11 children, the police media unit said.According to the police the acting principal of the school was arrested yesterday following a complaint lodged by the National Child Protection Authority. Investigations had revealed that the principal had raped 10 girls and a boy who were between the ages of 5 and 10, all attached to the same school. read more

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Sports fan lands dream job

Every kid that grows up playing sports dreams of playing for a major league team one day. For Jake Walton, his dream was to have sports be included in any aspect of his career.Walton, a Simcoe native, has been able to make that childhood dream come true. He is now working as the manager of marketing activations for the Toronto Blue Jays.Walton said he knew he wanted to work in a professional sport, and wanted to be in downtown Toronto, but it did not matter which sport he ended up in.“Growing up being a diehard Toronto sports fan I just knew I needed to be in the core of downtown, and just be involved in any way I could,” said Walton. “Hockey, growing up, was always my favourite sport, but baseball was always a passion.”Walton began interning with the Blue Jays in the 2016 season.After the 2016 season he was hired on full-time as the coordinator of marketing events. That role involved running Jr. Jays days, Fan Fest Fridays, and other themed events. He was also able to travel with the players during Winter Tour. He attended events in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Halifax.The beginning of his time with the Blue Jays was spent commuting from St. Catharines every day. After that he moved to Grimsby, then into his aunt’s basement in Mississauga, and finally reached his goal of downtown Toronto in the summer of 2016.After two years in the coordinator position, he was given the role of manager for this 2019 season.“The manager role has been an awesome experience of getting more responsibilities,” said Walton. “Being more involved in the decision process of how events are run and the execution of our events, and really having a hand in everything that goes on inside and outside of the stadium.”Walton initially studied kinesiology at Brock University following high school.“I grew up playing hockey in Simcoe my whole life, and I also grew up playing pretty competitive baseball,” said Walton. “I was actually planning on being a teacher, I knew I wanted to be involved in sport.”The goal of going into kinesiology for Walton was either to end up teaching gym, or becoming a physical trainer for a sports team.“I knew with kinesiology I could still do something tied to sports.”Brock was the school of choice for many reasons, including multiple friends going there, and knowing about the sports management program. He kept that program in the back of his mind in case kinesiology did not work out.After two years of kinesiology, Walton knew that he wanted to switch into the sport management program, so he took summer school classes to catch up in the program.In his third year of university, Walton began interning with the Hamilton Bulldogs hockey team.At the Bulldogs he was involved in fan engagement, running intermissions, and giveaways. His weekends were spent driving from St. Catharines to Hamilton to participate in this unpaid internship.That role with the Bulldogs led to his first position with the Blue Jays, which was in the summer of 2015 in a similar fan engagement position.“2015 was obviously a really cool year to start that role,” Walton said referring to the team finishing first in the American League East.“There’s something to be said about walking around a stadium or arena and knowing what gets fans excited. The aura of a live sporting event is just so cool,” said Walton. “I remember as a kid going to a Leafs game or a Blue Jays game, or a Raptors game and I would spend weeks or months just thinking about it constantly until the day would come.”“Being involved in bringing those same experiences that I had as a kid to new fans, kids or adults, being able to provide those experiences is something I take pride in.”During the offseason following 2015 Walton was asked to take on an internship in marketing activation.Walton grew up playing competitive hockey and baseball, and was on the Holy Trinity Catholic High School basketball team for three of the years he was there. He received the school’s the Physical Education Award upon graduation.Walton’s life always revolved around sports, when he was not playing a sport he spent his time at his part-time jobs at the Norfolk Golf and Country Club, and the Turkey Point Golf Course.“Whether it’s bringing the players to a Sick Kids Hospital, or bringing kids to the players for autographs and seeing the look on their faces, the same look that I had as a kid, is something that I enjoy the most.”Walton said it is easy to get caught up in the work, and he often reminds himself how cool his job really is.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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UN food programme commends Japans commitment to fighting hunger in Africa

“WFP is deeply grateful for Japan’s support to Africa. It is proof of Japan’s commitment and growing leadership role in wiping out hunger in Africa,” WFP Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu, who is currently visiting Japan, said in a statement.WFP said the aid package would be used to help support returning refugees and internally displaced persons, victims of erratic rainfall and drought, and people affected by HIV/AIDS in Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique.It said a total of 530 million yen ($4.8 million) from the package is for southern Sudan, where an increasing number of people displaced by decades of civil war are returning home.In east Africa, 220 million yen ($2 million) is allocated to Uganda, where more than 1.4 million displaced people are dependent on food aid, while 250 million yen ($2.3 million) will go to Kenya to alleviate food shortages among some 1.6 million people affected by irregular rainfalls. In Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique, people affected by erratic rainfall and HIV/AIDS will receive 100 million yen ($900,000), 200 million yen ($1.8 million) and 200 million yen ($1.8 million), respectively, and the grant will be used to procure food such as wheat, maize, and rice, the WFP statement said. read more

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Middle East conflicts nearing boiling point UN envoy warns

“The situation in the broader Middle East is more complex, fragile and dangerous today than it has been for a long time,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, said following a meeting with French President Jacques Chirac. “Several of the multiple conflicts in the region are reaching a boiling point.”Mr. Roed-Larsen found some cause for hope, calling the national dialogue between all parties in Lebanon, initiated by Speaker of Parliament Nabi Berri, “one of the few signs of conflict resolution through peaceful means in the Middle East.”Mr. Roed-Larsen had traveled to Paris to review the latest developments in Lebanon and their regional context with President Chirac. Lebanese political parties are currently discussing a number of issues, including presidential elections, the disarming and disbanding of militias, and Lebanon’s ties with Syria and other countries in the region. The envoy has been voicing strong support for Lebanon’s national dialogue, emphasizing that the talks would contribute to the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 which, among other measures, called on the Government of Lebanon to make more progress in controlling its territory and disbanding militias, while also calling on Syria to cooperate with those efforts and to take measures to stop movements of arms and personnel into Lebanon.“The UN remains committed to the full restoration of Lebanon’s sovereignty and political independence, and on behalf of Secretary-General Annan, I will continue to work relentlessly with all relevant parties towards this end,” Mr. Roed-Larsen pledged. read more

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UN food relief agency provides assistance to 140000 people affected by flooding

“Whole villages have been washed away by flash floods. Families have lost everything, including their kitchen gardens and livestock, which many households depend upon to supplement their diets. The floods came just before the harvest period, when the crops were still in the ground,” the World Food Programme’s (WFP) representative in the country, Darlene Tymo, said in a news release.“The north of the country will shortly see the onset of a typically severe winter when temperatures can plunge below -25° Celsius,” she added. “These families need continued support to get through the worst of the winter.”According to WFP, while the DPRK covers 120,000 square kilometres in north-east Asia, only about a fifth of the largely mountainous territory is arable. A harsh climate shortens the cropping season and degrades the soil, and natural disasters are frequent – for DPRK’s population of 25 million, this translates into a high degree of food insecurity. Current issues the country faces, and which WFP is helping with, include natural disasters such as drought and flooding, and chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, with more than 70 per cent of the population food insecure, and many people suffering from chronic malnutrition due to a lack of essential proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. In the news release, WFP noted that the two northern provinces – North Hamgyong and Ryanggang –have the highest levels of food insecurity and chronic malnutrition in the country. The floods were caused by heavy rainfall in the two provinces at the end of August and in early September caused by Typhoon Lionrock. While more than 140,000 people have been affected, WFP expects that this number is likely to increase as some of the affected areas have not yet been accessed. People are in urgent need of shelter, access to clean water and health services, as well as food and nutrition assistance.To meet food needs, WFP said it has distributed an emergency food ration of fortified biscuits, for seven days, and soybeans, enough for 30 days, to reach 44,000 people. Following an inter-agency assessment of the affected areas, WFP rapidly distributed the same emergency ration to reach an additional 96,000 people. To meet urgent needs, WFP said it has used fortified food stocks in local factories that were destined for nutrition support to young children and pregnant and nursing mothers in other areas in the DPRK. To replenish these supplies and ensure children and women have access to the nutritious food they need, the UN food relief agency flagged that it urgently needs $1.2 million. In addition, to continue assistance in DPRK, WFP requires $21 million until August 2017. read more

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Seven men arrested over Tipperary burglary still being questioned

first_imgSEVEN MEN WHO were arrested by gardaí in connection with an aggravated burglary in Tipperary are continuing to be questioned.The burglary took place shortly after 3am on Thursday morning, when a gang of up to seven men broke into a family home in Killenaule, Thurles.Two of the suspects were subsequently intercepted at Newland’s Cross as they tried to make their escape in the family’s 4X4 vehicle.Following this, a further five men were detained later that morning after being stopped by gardaí near Naas, county Kildare. These men were also in a vehicle that had been stolen from the property.Late last night, the men were brought to court, where gardaí were granted a further 24 hours to detain them.All of the men are being questioned by gardaí about the incident under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. They are being detained in a number of different garda stations.During the aggravated burglary last Thursday, two adults and three children were present in the house.Read: Gardaí arrest Tipperary burglary suspects after Dublin road collision>last_img read more

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Troubles mount for Irish rugby as Jackson and Gilroy need jumpstart

first_imgTHE LAST HASSLE Paddy Jackson and Craig Gilroy needed when they returned to Carton House following Ireland’s stalled Six Nations campaign was car trouble.Unfortunately for the Ulster and Ireland rugby duo, that is exactly what they encountered.Their ride back to Belfast, a Vauxhall Astra nicknamed ‘Britney’ [thanks Mike McCarthy], was not going anywhere.According to Jackson, IRFU President William [Billy] Glynn was on hand to stick the jump leads on and get the car motoring. (Credit: @paddyjackson10)Within two hours, the pair were back home.Jackson, who kicked all 15 points for Ireland in their away defeat to Italy, was delighted to be reunited with one of his best friends:It was certainly a dog’s life for Ireland as they slumped to just one win from five matches and a fifth place finish.Ireland’s injured XV: A line-up of woe and 6 Nations disasterslast_img read more

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Three arrested after stolen car drove through red light didnt stop for

first_img Share Tweet Email1 File Photo Image: Shutterstock/Mika Heittola Dec 3rd 2016, 10:09 AM By Cliodhna Russell Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 10:09 AM No Comments 10,549 Views Image: Shutterstock/Mika Heittolacenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3117739 THREE MEN HAVE been arrested after a car was stolen, didn’t stop for police, drove through a red light and crashed with another car before hitting a wall in Belfast yesterday morning.It happened in the Agnes Street area of the city just after 11am. The occupant of the other car was taken to hospital, but her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.The men, aged 26, 32 and 40, have been charged with offences and two are due to appear at Belfast magistrates court this morning.The 40-year-old man has been charged with seven offences including aggravated vehicle taking, going equipped for theft, handling stolen goods and dangerous driving.A 26-year-old man has been charged with five offences including aggravated vehicle taking, going equipped for theft, handling stolen goods and possession of a class C controlled drug.Meanwhile, a 32-year-old man – who has been charged with five offences including aggravated vehicle taking, going equipped for theft, handling stolen goods and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place – is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on the morning of Friday 30 December.Read: Young woman killed in Cork crash> Three arrested after stolen car drove through red light, didn’t stop for police and crashed into car It happened in the Agnes Street area of Belfast city just after 11am yesterday morning. Short URL File Photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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People have been frightened for me to tell their loved one theyre

first_img Short URL Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 7:30 PM Share42 Tweet Email4 Apr 7th 2019, 7:31 PM 61,312 Views By Aoife Barry 8 Comments center_img https://jrnl.ie/4523790 NONE OF US want to end up in intensive care. But if we do, we should hope we end up with a doctor like Aoife Abbey.The UK-based Irish doctor has written a book about what it is like being an intensive care doctor, exploring the emotional moments she has experienced. It’s a book that might just change how you think about death – and how you talk to your family about it.After reading the book, Seven Signs of Life, you’ll want to sit down with your nearest and dearest to discuss what might happen to you should end up needing intensive care. Talking about death or serious illness is a taboo that still persists, but Dublin-born Abbey – who is in her mid-thirties – wants us to confront it. “I appreciate people need to talk about death more because what I often say is, people come into intensive care, they don’t know they’re going to be there – it’s a surprise to everybody, they’ve had an accident or something,” she explains. “And you say to their family ‘what do you think they would have wanted?’ And the answer is ‘God, I don’t know. We haven’t talked about it.’ Why would you?”This avoidance can lead to big questions being unanswered. “How would the patient feel about risking being alive and not being able to talk, how would they feel about organ donation? There’s lots of things people don’t discuss, and I think we need to discuss them more,” says Abbey, who graduated from the University of Warwick in 2011.She advises people to have those difficult conversations with loved ones. “But what I would say is that it can often be difficult to imagine yourself in situations, so people might say ‘oh I would hate to have dementia. I’d rather just drop off.’,” she cautions. “When actually they don’t know that it’s true, because they’re not in that situation. So I think we have to be careful when we have conversations about life and death and what you’d like, in that we’re having general conversations and that we’re still not trying to pigeonhole people into certain decisions.” Because often people will say ‘I would hate to live this way’ but actually then find an amount of joy and contentment living that way in the end because they have no other option. It is a difficult conversation.“I guess in Ireland there’s always that thing of people say ‘don’t tempt fate’,” she says. Abbey and her family have had to deal with serious illness themselves. Her brother, Aaron, was a disability rights campaigner and died in October 2018. He was in and out of hospital a lot while the siblings were growing up.“I’ve certainly had encounters where people have been frightened for me to tell their loved one that they are dying. And not just because they were worried that it would upset them emotionally, which is a very valid worry and I would worry the same thing,” says Abbey.Because they would feel like that would mean they would die quicker. That crops up quite a lot, people say don’t tell them, because they’ll just give up.‘It’s routine… until it isn’t’The book was inspired by anonymous columns Abbey wrote for the British Medical Association, and the stories of the patients in the book are anonymised and amalgamated. “I always loved intensive care and I loved it because there’s a lot of science there, you get to be specific, you get to care about the numbers,” says Abbey. “You have a lot of facilities, you know the nursing to patient ratio is one to one or one to two, you have all the numbers in front of you, everything is quite scientific.”At the same time, this is juxtaposed against “the massive uncertainty of not knowing what somebody’s outcome is going to be”.The level of pressure and responsibility builds the longer you work in intensive care.There’s always an opportunity to ask for help. You learn as you go along and that’s how we do it, so it was never the case where I had to walk into an ICU and make loads of decisions.She says that like everything in medicine, “all of this stuff is routine until it isn’t”. Indeed, in the book she details times when things did not go to plan. “If you intubate 100 patients and 99 of them are perfect, easy … it’s the one that’s difficult that’s the issue. So most things are routine, there’s always the potential for it not to be.”When it comes to errors, the onus is on the doctor to make sure they learn from it.“There’s nothing that makes you learn more than making a mistake,” she says. “You’re unlikely to ever do it again.”The main thing is there is a culture, and it’s the right culture, where we don’t blame people when they make mistakes. And we’re supposed to recognise it’s a systems failure, and there’s lots of different explanations for why things go wrong, and it’s rarely one person’s issue; one person’s fault. But at the same time you have to figure out ways as a doctor to still accept and be OK with the fact also that you did make a mistake.She includes in the book an incident where she missed something on a chest x-ray. It must have been nerve-wracking to write about when she first included it in a Secret Doctor blog post.“It is still in numbers their most read blog. So it’s … I’m not going to say vindicated but there’s a need for that kind of discussion and people clearly had an interest or it struck a chord with them.”She has never worked with the HSE, and describes the NHS as something that’s very much woven into national identity in the UK. “You have this service that’s free at the point of care, and people are very proud of it. It’s a very emotive topic,” she says, noting that “it doesn’t matter how angry the media is with the NHS at a given point, patients that I see behave the same. Most of them they are grateful, they’re frightened, they’re scared – they are just people, they are separate from political issues.”Speaking of political issues, the big one for NHS workers and Irish emigrants like Abbey is Brexit. “If I wasn’t from Ireland I would have a huge amount of uncertainty and I’d be very worried,” she says. “You don’t really know what’s going on. You take so much for granted.”But it’s not something that she lets take over her work. “I think you just learn to be very focused on what you’re doing. You have to let things in in the moment or else you’re not human, and you can’t engage with someone who’s being very emotional with you with a wall in front of you, because it’s not human and it’s not very nice for them either.”She has learned to talk to her colleagues and friends about things that affect her, and not keep it bottled up.  This is her eighth year in training, and in August 2020 she’ll be able to pursue a consultant job. In the book she details very tender and emotional moments, such as when a dying man asks her to lift his head up so he can talk to her properly. It’s those intimate moments that leave an impact on her.“There’s things you get exposed to but I guess in the moment it’s so much about what that person is feeling, you do feel a little bit humbled by the fact that you’re able to give them anything,” she says.Because they’re going through something that is horrible. And you put it aside until you get home, or until you close the door of the room.Seven Signs of Life is out now, published by Penguin Random House. ‘People have been frightened for me to tell their loved one they’re dying, in case they die quicker’ An intensive care doctor has written an honest book about her experiences. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Climat les négociations reprennent à Bangkok

first_imgClimat : les négociations reprennent à BangkokQuatre mois après l’accord de Cancun, les délégations de plus de 190 pays sont réunies jusqu’au 8 avril à Bangkok pour reprendre les négociations sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Une première cession de discussions visant à préparer le sommet qui sera organisé à la fin de l’année à Durban, en Afrique du Sud.Au menu de ces négociations, sur fond de crise économique et nucléaire : les thèmes très épineux de l’avenir du Protocole de Kyoto et de la création d’un fonds vert pour les pays en développement. “Il faut aborder les questions politiques qui n’ont pas reçu de réponses. Il faut notamment rendre opérationnel les organes créés à Cancun comme le Fonds Vert pour aider les pays les plus vulnérables à faire face au changement climatique”, a ainsi souligné la responsable climat de l’Onu Christiana Figueres, dont les déclarations sont rapportées par Euronews.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Alors que le Sommet de Cancun avait en décembre dernier abouti à un accord quant à l’urgence de la création d’un fonds permettant d’aider les pays les plus fragiles à lutter et s’adapter au changement climatique, le protocole de Kyoto est à ce jour le seul traité contraignant qui impose des objectifs chiffrés de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Ce traité non ratifié par les Etats-Unis arrivera à son terme en 2012. “Le plus important est le niveau d’ambition et la nature légale des engagements portant sur les réductions d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) après 2012”, a alors estimé Christiana Figueres.Les pays en développement réclament un prolongement des engagements des pays ayant ratifié le protocole de Kyoto. Une deuxième période allant de 2013 à 2017, que les Etats les plus pauvres espèrent voir adoptée lors du sommet de Durban. Mais certains pays, tels que le Japon, rejettent fermement cette demande.Le 6 avril 2011 à 17:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les chimpanzés sexpriment par gestes comme nous

first_imgLes chimpanzés s’expriment par gestes comme nousRapportées par la BBC, les observations d’une chercheuse britannique montrent que les chimpanzés sauvages utilisent une gamme de gestes intuitifs très semblables aux nôtres pour se faire comprendre de leurs congénères.Durant 8 mois, le Dr Anna Roberts, de l’Université de Stirling (Écosse), a étudié des chimpanzés à l’état sauvage en Ouganda. Elle dit avoir identifié chez ces primates environ 20 à 30 mimiques gestuelles destinées à communiquer entre eux. Mais là n’est pas le plus étonnant. En effet, la scientifique a pu constater que ces gestes étaient pour un tiers au moins semblables à ceux que nous utilisons pour nous exprimer.À lire aussiCe chimpanzé a trouvé la technique pour transporter 12 oranges à la foisInviter un congénère à s’approcher ou au contraire le congédier par des mouvements du bras : autant d’exemples de ces gestes utilisés par les chimpanzés dans des situations telles que l’apport de soins aux petits, l’alimentation, le sexe, l’agression ou la défense. Selon la scientifique, ces singes, tout comme nous, interprètent les gestes de leurs semblables également grâce au contexte. Mais la découverte de la capacité des chimpanzés n’est pas le seul point important dans la mesure où celle-ci pourrait permettre d’en apprendre plus sur le langage humain.  “Les chimpanzés utilisent leurs gestuelles intentionnellement pour obtenir la réponse désirée de la part des autres chimpanzés et ils pourraient être le lien manquant entre la communication des singes et celle des humains”, souligne le Dr Roberts. Cité par la BBC, celui-ci ajoute encore : “nous savons maintenant que ces gestes doivent avoir figuré dans le répertoire [de moyens de communication] de notre ancêtre commun et auraient pu être le point de départ de l’évolution du langage”.”Une façon de définir la communication est : savoir déterminer ce qu’autrui veut dire en ‘lisant’ ses intentions dans son esprit… et nous avons découvert que les chimpanzés peuvent avoir une capacité similaire”, conclut-il enfin.Le 21 juillet 2012 à 11:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Coastal Radar misses illegal boat resident calls it in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jul 2015 – Ninety nine Haitians tried to make it into Providenciales on the weekend, but the 27 foot wood sloop was detected; not by the coastal radar, instead it was spotted by what the police report called, and “unknown caller.” The Marine Branch led the interception on Saturday morning around 11:30am and found the 80 males and 19 females near the Bluff, off Provo. The boat was reportedly searched and nothing illegal was found. Border Control officers, Red Cross and Ministry of Health assisted in the processing of the 99 illegal migrants who are being held at the Detention Center off South Dock Road. It is unclear when the migrants will be repatriated. It is also unclear why the coastal radar missed the boat. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Border Control official defends Coastal Radar Related Items:coastal radar, detention center, illegal boat, south dock Immigration Concerns Highlighted at Public Press Conference Police Report Fire in Dock Yardlast_img read more

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Disaster Management aiming for standard

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government, through the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), has applied for Accreditation of its Emergency Management System through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program also known as (EMAP). The assessment program commenced on September 14 and will be completed on September 18th.EMAP is an independent non-profit organization that aims to efficiently and effectively strengthen disaster preparedness measures and response capabilities. Upon successful completion, an accredited Emergency Management Program should have the following elements: prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.It is the expectation of the DDME that conducting this assessment and seeking to adhere to EMAP Standards will further strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of the department and TCIG. With this expectation, the DDME aims to be the second territory outside of the United States and Canada to be granted international accreditation for its Disaster Management Programme. Related Items:DDME, Disaster Management Programme, EMAP Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Recommended for you TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readinesslast_img read more

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Proposal to replace old Mission Hills library with Permanent Supportive Housing Shelter

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Ashlie Rodriguez, Ashlie Rodriguez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mission Hills residents are furious tonight and they are sending a strong message to Mayor Kevin Falconer, objecting to a proposed permanent supportive housing in their neighborhood.Mayor Faulconer and Councilmember Chris Ward have proposed converting the former Mission Hills Library into 28 units of permanent supportive housing for the homeless. It would be one of eight shelters going up in all parts of the city.Residents argue the homeless moving in would threaten the kids attending the nearby Grant Elementary and bring visual blight to their charming nook in San Diego.The city attempted to explain the homeless that would be helped are the people we don’t see, the mothers with children or the men living in their cars.While you don’t have to be sober to get admitted into the shelter, you cannot have a felony record.  The idea being San Diego can avoid the scale of the homeless crisis being seen in Seattle and San Francisco if we act now.Councilmember Chris Ward says if the residents have any recourse, that he will take their concerns to the developers who can address them while they’re building the shelter. He also mentions this is Mayor Faulconer’s plan, which is expected to start going into effect by the end of this year. Proposal to replace old Mission Hills library with Permanent Supportive Housing Shelter for homeless angers residents Posted: May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019 CORRECTION: KUSI is issuing a correction to this story. The proposal is to turn the old Mission Hills Library into Permanent Supportive Housing of 28 units, not a homeless shelter. The video below references “shelter” but it is Permanent Supportive Housing. Updated: 3:41 PMlast_img read more

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Best vlogging cameras and accessories for YouTube

first_img See at Amazon See at Amazon Lori Grunin/CNET The 80D pops up in a lot of top lists for good reason: The company’s Dual Pixel CMOS sensor gives it a fast on-sensor autofocus system; the Live View performance — which lets you see the footage you’re shooting on its display without looking through the viewfinder — is smooth; it has headphone and mic jacks; and it supports 1080p and 60fps. The one downside is that it doesn’t have a clean HDMI output, so if you’re going to livestream, you’ll need to shut off all the display info and switch to manual focus. It is a crop-sensor camera, though, so if you simply must have a full-frame sensor for the best video quality, the Canon EOS 5D MIII continues to be a popular pick. It came out in 2012 and still sells for more than $2,000 for the body only if that gives you any idea just how good this camera is.  1 See at Amazon Best mirrorless camera $75 at Amazon Best waterproof action camera $2,200 (with lens) at Amazon James Martin/CNET Canon EOS 80D Logitech C922 Pro Best hardware encoder Best prosumer dSLR See at Amazon Epiphan GoPro Hero 7 Black Mirrorless camera Whether iPhone or Android, using a smartphone to shoot footage for your vlog is probably the easiest option for most people for recording and livestreaming. And unless your phone is ancient, its digital camera’s image quality is probably pretty good. What can make even good video bad is camera shake. A three-axis stabilizer, also known as a gimbal, will make sure everything you shoot looks nice and smooth. The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 has great features and performance for its $130 price. You’ll get the same steady videos that DJI’s drones are known for from your phone’s camera. The Osmo’s autotracking capabilities will keep you and your subjects in the frame automatically whether you shoot horizontally or vertically. Plus, you get direct camera controls as well as programmed shots that make you look like a pro shooter without the effort.If you do decide to start with your phone and want to livestream to YouTube, you’ll need at least 1,000 subscribers to use YouTube Live with a mobile device. Otherwise, you’ll have to use a mobile encoder app like Streamlabs OBS.  See on Epiphan Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Best YouTube cameras See on Lume Cube Read the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review Digital SLR Rode VideoMicro A prosumer camcorder is a good choice because, unlike other vlog camera options, it’s expressly designed for video recording. The G21 has many key features to look for, like headphone and external mic jacks, a cold shoe and mini accessory port for a mic or light, clean HDMI out, a flip-out rotating display, and electronic viewfinder and manual controls. Plus, you don’t have to mess with taking lenses on and off with its 20x f1.8-2.8 26.8-576mm-equivalent zoom lens.  Epiphan Webcaster X2 See at Canon $80 at Amazon Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III When it comes to mobile or on-camera mics, I lean toward Rode’s microphones, such as the SmartLav Plus and the VideoMicro (shown here, mounted on a dSLR).  The Lume Cube Air gives you a bright boost when you don’t have enough light, but still fits in a pocket. With its built-in Bluetooth and mobile app, you can wirelessly connect the light to your phone to control brightness as well as strobe speed and flash duration for photos. It comes with diffusers to help soften its light and the compact, lightweight design even has a magnetic back in addition to a tripod mount so you can use it hands-free, too.The VC kit, which stands for video conferencing, comes with a small suction cup mount that you can easily stick to your phone, tablet or display for brightening your face or subject without having to reposition the light every time you move your camera.  See at Amazon Note that if livestreaming is a priority, you might need additional hardware. You’ll find suggestions for that as well as other accessories to consider following the cameras. With a small handful of exceptions, all of these have been included after being fully reviewed or anecdotally tested by me or other CNET editors. Those exceptions in the accessories sections are based on positive Amazon user reviews and additional word of mouth accolades. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $115 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Mobile 2 This mirrorless digital camera might be shaped like a traditional SLR camera, but the GH5 was built for video. You’ll find all the features you need and then some, regardless of your experience level, and it’s all wrapped up in a splash-, dust- and freezeproof body. If its $1,500 price is more than you want to spend for a camera body (you’ll need to buy lenses, too), its predecessor, the GH4, is still an excellent option despite its age — it was released in 2014 — for around $800. Read CNET’s GoPro Hero 7 hands-on Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best PC webcam A software encoder will let you stream your PC games and webcam video to YouTube and Twitch. However, console players will need a capture card like the HD60 S. Connect this to your Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 or Xbox and to a PC or Mac and a display and it will capture your gameplay and set you up for streaming. The included software will help you mix in webcam video as well.  Elgato HD60 S Blue Yeti Livestream Mevo Plus Sarah Tew Best default YouTube rig: Your phone + this gimbal DJI Livestream’s Mevo Plus camera lets you create the look of a multicamera shoot with a single small camera. Livestreaming can be done by connecting both a mobile device and the camera to the same Wi-Fi network, or you can directly connect by Wi-Fi to the camera and use your phone’s LTE mobile broadband signal to stream. It can also record an ultra hd 4K-resolution version of your stream to a microSD card (a 16GB card is included).The mobile app is the true star of the show here, though, as it lets you use its high-resolution sensor to create multiple tight and wide shots, and switch between them with a tap on the screen. Or, you can have the software automatically track people and switch between shots.   Best PC webcam for deskside YouTubers Best prosumer camcorder Whether you’re looking to do a quick how-to from your computer, want to stream yourself while you game or anything in between, the simplest option for your vlog is a webcam. True, you can’t move around too much, but it is pretty much a plug-and-play experience because you don’t need an encoder. Both the C922 Pro and higher-end Brio 4K are great options, but for the money, the C922 is my personal preference. It streams at 720p at 60fps and the image quality was solid and its built-in mics give you decent audio. It also comes with a 3-month subscription to XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster to do more than simple broadcasts. Or you can use Logitech’s included software to control up to two webcams for picture-in-picture or switching between the two, and you can do your video recording in landscape or portrait. The Brio 4K has more features than the C922 like the option to use it to sign into your Windows 10 PC using facial recognition. The main attraction is the increased performance for streaming at full ultra HD 1080p resolution at up to 60fps and recording in 4K resolution at 30fps. It can also compensate for bad lighting with HDR. It’ll cost you about $100 more, though.   Read the Canon EOS 80D review Best game-capture card Must-have accessoriesGetting great video for YouTube requires a little more than a camera and wi-fi connection. You’ll want good lighting and audio, too, and if you’re planning to live stream, you might need a capture card or encoder to get video from your camera and up on YouTube or other video-sharing site.  Best hardware encoder You can use any camera you want to shoot video for YouTube. But, if your digital camera spits out clips that make you like a yellowish ill-defined, mushy mass of pixels, you’re going to have trouble getting and keeping viewers. Why not start with a good quality camera then, right? Right.  Elgato HD60 S Lori Grunin/CNET From its small waterproof design to its incredible image stabilization to its excellent video quality, the Hero 7 Black is one of the most versatile cameras you can get for creating YouTube vlog gold. You can use it as a studio camera, but it’s really made to be used on the move. And if you want to livestream, you can do it through GoPro’s mobile app, though it also has an HDMI output. (Note that Jim Lanzone, the Chief Digital Officer of CBS — CNET’s parent company — serves on GoPro’s board of directors as of August 2018.) Tags Point-and-shoot video camera Canon Vixia HF G21 Livestream Mevo Plus Joshua Goldman/CNET See on Elgato Logitech C922 Pro or Brio 4Kcenter_img Read the Livestream Mevo Plus hands-on Lume Cube Air VC Kit Best point-and-shoot video camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Best mobile light Best studio microphone $152 at Amazon Best camera for wet-and-wild YouTube videos Share your voice See at Amazon GoPro Hero 7 Black Best game-capture card Black Eye Pro Kit G4 $799 at Amazon See at Logitech $250 at Amazon See at Amazon Blue Yeti microphone YouTube $349 at Amazon Comment Black Eye Pro Kit G4 See at Amazon Joshua Goldman/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $139 at Amazon Lume Cube Air VC Kit Best mobile light DJI Osmo Mobile 2 $295 at Amazon Best prosumer camcorder for YouTube shoots Best phone gimbal Better than your phone, but still fits in a pocket, Sony’s RX100 III (also known as RX100 Mark III or M3) gives you a big image sensor and a bright lens for better video quality even when your lighting isn’t the best. It has a flip-up display so you can see yourself when you’re shooting. It has a clean HDMI output, too, so you don’t have camera settings and info in your video if you output to an external recorder, encoder or display. The RX100 M3 records in full HD, but its successor, the RX100 IV, goes up to 4K.  Best on-camera microphone Rode $453 at Amazon See at Amazon Rode VideoMicro Best studio microphone Best on-camera microphone $59 at Amazon Best add-on lens kit for phones Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 hands-on Best YouTube accessories Best add-on lens kit for phones Epiphan Webcaster X2 Read the Blue Yeti USB review See at Amazon Best livestreaming camera See at Amazon $650 at Amazon Canon EOS 80D Whether it’s the long-standing favorite Yeti or its new $99 Ember XLR mic, Blue continues to make some of the best studio and live-streaming mics for the money.  Canon Vixia HF G21 Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III or later An easy way to help your phone videos stand out is by using simple add-on lenses. The Black Eye Pro lenses are nice because they quickly clip on and fit any phone (or tablet or laptop webcam, for that matter). Though you can buy lenses individually, you can also get them as kit with a custom case that includes fisheye, 2.5x telephoto and cinematic wide-angle lenses.   $949 (with lens) at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon See at Amazon Canon Elgato Best camera for on-location YouTube livestreaming Since any “good” camera will work, though, you’ll probably want to start by deciding what type of shooting you want to do. There’s little reason to spend hundreds or thousands on high-end cameras if you can accomplish what you want with a webcam or your phone. To that end, we picked out some of the best cameras that can be used for everything from simple live streams from your laptop to more polished vlog productions. The best vlogging camera picks are all based on the type of camera you might want with an eye toward budget.  See at Amazon Cameras Mobile Accessories Video Cameras If you want to livestream from a camera, you’ll need a hardware encoder like the Webcaster X2. It allows you to connect HDMI and USB audio and video sources and stream from them to YouTube, Twitch or Facebook over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It has an HDMI output, too, so you can monitor your stream. last_img read more

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Watch Kitten rescued from Editors car engine in Ladysmith

first_imgAlso read: Concerned Ladysmith residents worry about stunning Alsatian cross Husky that is still wandering aroundThe kitten is currently at the Ladysmith Gazette offices, and a loving and caring home is being sought.If you want to give this adorable kitten a loving home or know of anybody looking for a cat, they can contact the Ladysmith Gazette offices on 0366376801 or 0824818073“It is very friendly and could be someone’s pet, as it is very tame around people,” said Editor Rod Skinner.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The cries of a helpless kitten were heard this morning (June 9) outside the Ladysmith Gazette offices at San Marco Centre.The meowing little creature was in the engine of the Editor’s car, parked out back.The bonnet was opened slowly so that the little feline fur ball would not get hurt in any way.“Ooh’s and aah’s” could be heard throughout the office as the kitten was shown around to all the staff.Cat food was bought and a plate of warm milk was put down for the adorable grey and white kitten to lap up.Also read: Cute little Chloey the cat still missing in LadysmithAlso read: Help find Chloey, the missing cat, in Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Costa Rica recorded almost 1000 new HIV cases last year

first_imgHealth Ministryofficials reported this week that  the number of cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) increased last year in Costa Rica.The ministry recorded 979 cases of HIV-positive patients in 2016, representing 105 more than in 2015.Health officials also confirmed that 79 patients with AIDS received treatment in 2015, and the figure rose to 84 last year.The ministry’s Director of Health Surveillance, Daniel Salas, said at a press conference on Tuesday that authorities are working on various strategies to address the problem, including a program providing rapid HIV screening at public hospitals within the Social Security System. The new program is being implemented now.“This rapid screening test allows for a more timely diagnosis, and this helps with faster identification of other subjects or groups at risk,” he said.Salas also noted that screening tests for HIV-positive mothers have been very effective in recent years.Local efforts allowed the country to be certified as free from vertical transmission of HIV — transmission from mother to fetus — by the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization, earlier this year.Prevention neededHealth Ministry Director of Strategic Planning Alejandra Acuña said that the National Survey of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Costa Rica, published in December, found that the majority of the population knows about prevention measures. However, most do not practice them.She said that the spike in HIV/AIDS figures is a direct result of the increase in recent years of screenings, analysis and diagnosis across the country.“It is also very likely that prevention measures, such as using condoms, are not reaching the population that needs them most,” she said.The population most likely to contract HIV comprises people between the ages of 25 and 39. For AIDS, the risk increases among the population between 30 and 44.Acuña stressed that prevention efforts should be improved, especially among young people, because studies revealed that sex education programs are not starting at an early age.Health Ministry data indicate that Costa Rica registered 9,179 HIV-positive diagnoses between 2002 and 2016. Of these, 87.2 percent were men, “confirming that the disease is still concentrated in the male population,” Acuña said.The majority of cases are from residents of the Greater Metropolitan Area, a region comprising communities from the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, and the capital, San José. Facebook Comments Related posts:Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates Costa Rica welcomes first IVF baby after 16-year ban Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decadeslast_img read more

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