LONDON – Comcast and 21st Century Fox are contenders for the highest bid for European broadcaster Sky.The two companies are competing Saturday in a rare auction to determine which bid for Sky is the highest. The three-round auction began Friday after the London stock market closed.Britain’s regulator, the Takeover Panel, set up the auction to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media companies, who want to expand business in Europe.Sky is Europe’s largest pay-television operator, with 23 million customers in seven countries. It broadcasts popular programs including English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Fox already owns 39 per cent of Sky, but has long sought to control the company.Sky shareholders will still have to approve the winner’s bid.
By Rahma Ouled CherifRabat – UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) will consider adding Morocco’s Gnawa music to its ICH list at its 14th session December 9-14, in Bogota. The ICH list seeks to enhance visibility for the traditions of communities without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity. Mustapha Nami, a Moroccan senior curator of historical monuments, submitted a file nominating Gnawa music to the ICH Service in September 2018. Others had attempted to nominate Gnawa art previously. Neila Tazi, the head organizer of the Gnawa and World Music Festival, made a first attempt, but she announced that, “the file is quite complex to build and we now wait on our Ministry of Culture and our delegation to UNESCO to help us make it.” Tazi blamed the Ministry of Culture in a Facebook post for “lack of interest on the part of senior Moroccan officials and administration” that she said diminished the importance of preserving Gnawa art.Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj refuted the claim, saying, “The Ministry of Culture has started the procedure (2014) and respected all the steps.”Tazi stated further, “If we had not done this [Gnawa] festival and persevered against many obstacles … maybe the Gnawa culture would have disappeared.”Gnawa music infuses poetry and traditional music along with dancing. According to Rene Basset, the word “gnawi” means “black man.” The art has West African roots and began as the music of slaves who were brought to Morocco. The West Africans brought with them the music that later evolved into what is known as Moroccan Gnawa today. After Tazi’s initial attempt, Ahmed Skounti, a Moroccan social anthropologist who helped draft UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, announced, “The file of Gnawa music will be presented to UNESCO in 2019.” If Gnawa music is added to the list of ICH, Morocco would have eight pieces of heritage on the list.Morocco has seven other cultural places and traditions on the ICH list: the Moussem of Tan-Tan tribal gathering, Marrakech’s Jamaa el-Fna Square, the cherry festival in Sefrou, the Mediterranean diet, argan practices and argan tree know-how, falconry as a living human heritage, and the taskiwin martial dance of the western High Atlas.Adding Gnawa music to the ICH list for safeguarding would highlight this heritage as a symbol of ethnic and cultural diversity in Morocco.
Experts from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected the Nassr Company for Mechanical Industries. Located nearly 50 kilometres northwest of Baghdad, the company is engaged in the production of steel structures, forging casts, and moulds and fixtures for different industrial uses. “All key buildings were inspected and a number of tagged dual-use items of equipment were identified,” UN spokesman Hiro Ueki reported, referring to those goods that could have either civilian or military applications.UNMOVIC germ warfare experts inspected the Bakery Yeast Factory in Mosul, where yesterday they had visited the Ninevah Pharmaceuticals Company.In addition, an UNMOVIC team of missile inspectors visited the site of the former Taji Project 144, “where prohibited missile items were previously excavated and are now stored,” Mr. Ueki explained. A second missile team travelled to a former destruction area for gyroscope parts on the Al Saklawiya River.Chemical warfare experts from UNMOVIC inspected Modern Paints Industries, a site located in the southern outskirts of Baghdad. “This is a previously inspected site but has not been included in the recent Iraqi declarations,” Mr. Ueki said. “The site comprises several production buildings, stores and supporting facilities, and mainly uses imported chemicals.”Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is actively probing Iraq’s nuclear ambitions, continued to inspect facilities in the Mosul region today, according to the spokesman. Another IAEA team inspected three sites in the Baghdad area: the Saidiya Specialized Institute for Engineering Industries, the Hydraulics Factory, and the Daura Industrial Engine Factory.
WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped last week but not by enough to signal a better month of hiring in June.Weekly applications for unemployment aid declined by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 387,000, the Labor Department said. That’s down from an upwardly revised 389,000.A more telling sign of the trend in unemployment benefit applications is the four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations. That rose for by 3,500 to 386,250, the highest level since December.“After a fairly substantial period of constantly lower jobless claims, a new, more unwelcome trend higher has taken hold,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC, in an email. “A meaningful pickup in monthly job additions looks unlikely.”Applications are a measure of the pace of layoffs. They have been edging up in recent weeks after falling steadily over the fall and winter. In the past six weeks, applications have increased nearly 5 per cent. When applications fall below 375,000, it generally suggests hiring is strong enough to reduce the unemployment rate.Hiring slowed sharply in April and May, raising concerns about the strength of the recovery. Employers have added an average of only 73,000 jobs per month in April and May. That’s much lower than the average of 226,000 added in the first three months of this year.The number of people receiving unemployment benefits fell slightly. A total of 5.8 million people received benefits in the week ended June 2, the latest data available. That’s about 1,000 fewer than the previous week.The Federal Reserve acknowledged the sluggish hiring on Wednesday when it said it will extend a program intended to drive down long-term U.S. interest rates. The goal of the program is to encourage more borrowing and spending, which boosts growth and could lead to more job creation.Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed was prepared to take further steps, particularly if hiring doesn’t pick up soon.The Fed also sharply cut its forecast for growth this year. At best, it says the economy will grow no more than 2.4 per cent for the year. And the Fed warned that growth could be as low as 1.9 per cent â€” matching the dismal first-quarter annual pace.The unemployment rate won’t fall much further from its current level of 8.2 per cent, the Fed said. At best, it forecasts that it will drop to 8.0 per cent.Faster job creation is crucial in order to accelerate growth. More jobs mean more income for consumers, which may lead to higher spending. Consumer spending fuels about 70 per cent of the economy.But several recent economic reports have pointed to sluggish growth. Employers posted sharply fewer job openings in April compared to the previous month, the government said Tuesday.With job growth weak, consumers have pulled back on spending. Retail sales have fallen for the past two months, although part of the weakness was due to a sharp decline in gas prices.Businesses are also less confident about the economy’s health. They are placing fewer orders at factories, which has slowed manufacturing output. A measure of companies’ investment spending has dropped for two straight months. by News Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 9:21 am MDT US unemployment aid applications little changed at 387,000, suggesting hiring will stay weak AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“The numbers of afflicted people are overwhelming. But let us remember: they are not numbers. These are men, women and children enduring searing suffering and pain. All refugees deserve safety. Every migrant has the right to dignity” said Mr. Eliasson in his address to delegates gathered in Geneva for the Global Consultation on the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit. The Consultation began yesterday and wraps up tomorrow.“No one should have to live with violence, discrimination or abuse of human rights. All of us have a responsibility, individually and collectively, to act,” he declared.He also highlighted two messages from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the Global Consultation meeting, convened after a year of regional gatherings to set the stage for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next year.Mr. Eliasson said the UN chief’s first message was the need for the international community to “prove to the vulnerable and afflicted people around the world that leaders hear their voices and are responding with compassion and resolve.”And secondly, he said the Secretary-General urged everyone to “engage in committed and innovative preparations for the Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to ensure that it is truly a meaningful step forward for the humanitarian imperative.”Emphasizing that humanitarian action can never replace political solutions to conflict, Mr. Eliasson said the primary goal of the UN is to find peaceful and enduring settlements, while resolving humanitarian crises – often as conflicts rage.“The demands are growing faster than our capacity and resources. If we do not address this serious stress symptom, we will have an even steeper hill to climb in the future. We have to get adequate means and we must do more on prevention, as well as on connecting humanitarian work to development,” said the Deputy Secretary-General.For 2015, the United Nations asked for nearly $20 billion to meet humanitarian needs – six times the level of a decade ago. “With these demands, we must explore ways to optimize our impact and streamline our efforts. We must be innovative and adapt to future conditions.”He said that the Global Consultation marks the beginning of a new phase in the critical process towards “a transformation in how we deliver for our fellow human beings in need,” and urged delegations to now focus on the many useful proposals made during the consultations and arrive at a set of key recommendations for the Istanbul Summit. The just-released report Restoring Humanity, a synthesis of the consultation process up to this point, has called for action around five key concepts: dignity, safety, resilience, partnerships and finance. Further, it calls for an integrated approach to humanitarian action, sustainable development, and the creation of peaceful societies. It requires solutions and actions dealing with root causes. It requires inclusive partnerships. And it requires new and diverse sources of funding.Mr. Eliasson said that early next year, the Secretary-General will issue his Report on the World Humanitarian Summit, aimed to establish the UN chief’s vision for the landmark Summit “and spell out the actions and commitments we need.” It would also draw on the major “UN change agenda” ranging from the Sendai to the Addis, New York and Paris Conferences during 2015.“We should see the Summit as an opportunity to prove that our ambitious vision of a life of dignity for all is achievable if we retain and strengthen our sense of justice and solidarity,” he said.Opening the consultations yesterday, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien also reiterated the sentiment, and stressed that the human and economic costs due to natural and man-made disasters are staggering. “This year alone, over 100 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. If that were a country, it would be the 12th largest in the world,” said Mr. O’Brien in his opening address. “Estimated economic losses due to natural disasters worldwide may now be as high as [$300 billion] a year, and are expected to increase,” he added.Mr. O’Brien also warned that unless immediate measures are implemented, projections indicate that the future could be even worse.“The World Bank estimates that 1.5 billion people live in countries trapped in repeated cycles of violent conflict. The cost to the global economy is some US$14.3 trillion per year – 13 per cent of the world’s GDP [gross domestic product],” Mr. O’Brien reported.According to Mr. O’Brien, violence and conflicts have forced over 60 million people around the world out of their homes. He pointed out that for millions of girls, this can mean the end of education, followed by early marriage and a sharp reduction in life chances. Being displaced at such a large scale could mostly mean years of insecurity and instability and dependence on governments and aid organizations.“We carry the hopes of many on our shoulders. So let us get down to business and make this Global Consultation the crescendo of an extraordinary, inclusive, global process, which has brought us to this point and has given us so many inspiring ideas to work with.”
Ensuring voices are heard, lives honouredLast September, the Congolese authorities initially prohibited the release of a documentary film centred on his professional journey and the Panzi Hospital.“This is a film that shows the strength of Congolese women, their ability to support themselves, their resilience,” said Dr. Mukwege, adding that he was dumbfounded by the authorities’ censorship. “Women have a much more powerful inner strength than those who are trying to destroy them.”Directed by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, ‘The Man Who Mends Women – The Wrath of Hippocrates’ was screened at UN Headquarters in New York in October 2015, in the presence of Dr. Mukwege. A few days earlier, according to press reports, the Congolese Government announced it had lifted its ban on the movie.Women have a much more powerful inner strength than those who are trying to destroy them.“We can’t make progress unless we recognize first that there is a problem. When one remains in the culture of denial, it is extremely dangerous, because it is a way to let women suffer on their own,” he said.There have been steps in the right direction, he noted. “We have more and more women who not only speak, but also take a stand and become women’s rights activists,” he said. Also, in July 2014, the country’s President, Joseph Kabila, appointed an adviser on conflict-related sexual violence and child recruitment – a sign that the country is slowly waking up to the issue of sexual violence in conflict, according to observers.But, according to ‘the man who mends women,’ much remains to be done before claiming victory, and the international community must redouble its efforts in the fight against conflict-related sexual violence. He also stressed that such violence cannot be considered as just a women’s issue or a feminist issue.“What is our humanity worth if people can sell other people to make sexual use of them, to turn them into sex slaves?” Dr. Mukwege asked. “Our society has to say stop and draw a line in the sand: some acts are such that society as a whole must oppose them.” UN Photo/Marie FrechonUN Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron (centre) shakes hands with one of the patients in Panzi Hospital, accompanied by Dr. Mukwege, during a visit to DRC in 2009. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Dr. Mukwege during a February 2016 visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.On the path to healingThere was an earlier tragedy that also steered Dr. Mukwege on his path. He was born in 1955 in Bukavu to a Pentecostal family of nine children. As a teenager, he used to follow his father, a pastor, while on his daily visits.One day, his father was called to the bedside of a sick child.“After praying, he began to pack up and was about to leave,” recalled Dr. Mukwege. “But I told him, ‘No Daddy! When I’m sick, you pray, but you also give me medicine.’”His father replied that he was not a doctor.“Suddenly, it was like an eye-opener, and I told myself, I want to be a doctor to do what my father didn’t.”The child eventually died of his illness.The women we treat are only the tip of the iceberg because many of them are afraid to say they have been raped for fear of being rejected by their husbands.Years later, after graduating from medical school in Burundi, Dr. Mukwege returned to South Kivu and started his career as a paediatrician at the Lemera Hospital, about 100 kilometres away from Bukavu.While at the hospital, he was shocked to discover the extent of the pain of women who, in the absence of proper care, often suffered serious genital lesions after giving birth. He decided to go back to school to study gynaecology and obstetrics in France, before returning to Lemera in the late 1980s.With the outbreak of the First Congo War in what was then known as Zaire in 1996 and the spreading of fighting to South Kivu, Dr. Mukwege found himself on the shifting frontlines.One day he arrived at the Lemera Hospital only to find out that all of his patients had been murdered. It took him a long time to recover from this experience.“It took me two years before I felt I could be useful again,” he said. “People can’t imagine how much we feel responsible for our patients. And then, someone comes and kills them in their beds!”Dr. Mukwege himself was not immune to the violence. While he was transporting a patient who needed to be evacuated to Sweden, his car came under fire. He and the other passengers survived the shooting unharmed.In the wake of these incidents, feeling unable to continue working at Lemera Hospital, Dr. Mukwege returned to his hometown of Bukavu, where he founded the Panzi Hospital in 1999. This was shortly before his discovery of the extent of sexual violence in eastern DRC. Sexual violence as a weapon of warA report by the Secretary-General that was issued in March 2015 showed that the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war is an ongoing reality in the DRC.It found that, from January to September 2014, 11,769 cases of sexual and gender-based violence were recorded by the UN in the DRC provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Orientale, Katanga and Maniema – 39 per cent of which were considered to be directly related to the dynamics of conflict, perpetrated by armed individuals.“As in 2013, North Kivu and Orientale remain the provinces most affected by conflict-related sexual violence,” the report stated, adding that 69 per cent of all confirmed cases of conflict-related sexual violence were perpetrated by armed groups and the remaining 31 per cent by members of Government security forces.According to Dr. Mukwege, it is very difficult to obtain reliable data on the phenomenon, due to the fact that sexual violence was, and still is, a taboo for the victims.“The women we treat are only the tip of the iceberg because many of them are afraid to say they have been raped for fear of being rejected by their husbands,” he said, adding that, although the fighting has now abated in the eastern DRC, the issue of sexual violence by armed groups there is still a reality.The taboo surrounding rape victims is deeply rooted in Congolese society, and perpetrators, some of whom live alongside their victims, are rarely held accountable.“The woman, she knows the guy who lives across the street. She sees him every morning and, unfortunately, he’s never had to face the consequences for his actions,” Dr. Mukwege noted. Dr. Denis Mukwege talks about as a weapon of war, which has destroyed communities (March 2011). Video: OHCHROver the years, he has developed what he refers to as a “holistic” approach to treating victims, one that involves taking into account both the surgical and psychological dimensions of their suffering, as well as issues concerning rehabilitation and justice.“We first started by limiting ourselves to pure medical care, but we quickly realized that after being treated, the women refused to eat, drink, live and were dying from a form of suicide,” he said.As a result, the hospital hired a team of psychologists and social workers to work with patients before they go through reconstructive surgery. But the treatment extends beyond medical care.In order for patients to be able to reintegrate into their communities and live with a degree of independence, Dr. Mukwege and his team also work in collaboration with non-governmental organizations that provide victims with economic support.“We’ve found that when they are doing well physically, when they feel strong enough psychologically and when they are economically independent, that’s when women start seeking justice,” said Dr. Mukwege, who created, for that purpose, a legal clinic to help women regain their rights and take the perpetrators to court.However, his willingness to break the silence surrounding sexual violence against women in eastern DRC has made him the target of many death threats. He has survived several assassination attempts, including a shooting at his private consultation office in Bukavu – fortunately, he had not been present at the time.“What am I doing to escape these? Not much,” he said. “Today, I am protected by MONUSCO [the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC], which we’re grateful for at the hospital, especially given some of my other staff members have also been kidnapped, tortured and raped.”While the presence of UN peacekeepers makes him and his staff feel safer, Dr. Mukwege admits that the conditions in which he has to perform his daily work in Bukavu are challenging. When a woman arrived at his hospital about 17 years ago with her genitals destroyed by gunshots, Dr. Denis Mukwege ruled it an isolated incident.“But after six months, I realized many other patients kept coming with almost the same story: ‘I was raped, and then they pierced me with a bayonet,’ ‘I was raped, and then they burned rubber on my genitals,’” the Congolese gynaecologist told the UN News Centre recently.Genital mutilation, he discovered, was being used as a weapon of war in the deadly conflict of the late 1990s between various armed groups and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This shocking discovery changed the course of Dr. Mukwege’s career.“We just happened to stumble upon this situation,” he said, adding that it led him to make an immediate decision – to devote himself to reconstructive surgery for female victims of sexual violence. It was a path that would eventually put his life, and those of his loved ones, in danger.Now, some 17 years later, Dr. Mukwege’s unwavering commitment has led him to treat more than 40,000 victims at his hospital in Panzi, a district of Bukavu, his hometown in the province of South Kivu, in the eastern DRC.In February, as a sign of his appreciation for Dr. Mukwege’s fight to end sexual violence against women, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made time during a brief visit to the DRC to hold a private meeting with him. IRIN PhotoRape victims receive treatment at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (file photo, July 2011)
ABB recently expanded its ABB AbilityTM System 800xA Power Control Library (formerly MIDAS Library) software to include more options to communicate with and control electrical devices throughout the power infrastructure for mining and mineral processing operations. The digital solution now supports the PLC (Programmable Logical Controller) Connect functionality to extend power automation beyond IEC 61850 devices and infrastructure.“This product update is a great example of how ABB is helping our customers harness the true potential of digital to improve their system and equipment performance and electrical reliability, as well as increase the safety of their personnel,” said Martin Knabenhans, head of product management for ABB’s Process Industries business unit. “With the addition of PLC Connect support, this Power Control release also enables digitalisation for substations that were built without 61850; making it possible to digitalise existing brownfield sites.”The Power Control Library is part of the innovative ABB AbilityTM MineOptimize digital portfolio. It works within ABB AbilityTM System 800xA, which is a platform for monitoring and controlling a wide range of automated industrial processes. The library is based on the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) 61850 standard, which creates a common language for automated substations and power distribution systems so that technologically advanced mines around the world are able to take advantage of its capabilities.The updated version supports non-IEC 61850 substations through the PLC Connect functionality of System 800xA, to communicate with and control a broader range of intelligent electronic devices (IEDs).The Power Control Library provides engineers that operate automated mines with the ability to rapidly troubleshoot electrical system issues through an enhanced substation control and monitoring environment in one control room. It allows a broader range of electrical and substation equipment to be monitored and managed remotely, so that potential issues can be resolved quickly and safely. This remote monitoring allows the plant team to solve problems safely, away from the electrical substation, thus reducing the time for electrical fault diagnosis and problem solving.Since its introduction in 2014, the Power Control Library has been implemented in more than 20 projects worldwide and has integrated more than 4,000 IEDs.
Niklas EkbergTHW Kiel Swedish right wing Niklas Ekberg signed new three years contract with THW Kiel. The German champions are satisfied with the performance of 25 years old lefthander, who came to “Zebra” city after Olympic Games 2012. Ekberg is playing alongside domestic star Christian Sprenger:– My dream came true since I signed for Kiel two years ago. I am happy to continue this dream and keep Swedish tradition in Kiel. I am very satisfied with the team. Kiel is second home for me and my wife – said Ekberg after contract’s extension. ← Previous Story Kielce crush Szczecin 45:24 Next Story → Droninglund Cup 2015 – meet the handball world
Last week we heard rumors that Apple intends to release the iPad 2 by the end of February. That’s based on reports that Foxconn’s plant is preparing to ship hardware within the next 100 days. But while it has been assumed this is going to be an iPad 2, it may in fact be another model of iPad.Reuters has heard from manufacturers in Asia that the new iPad expected early next year could be a smaller version of the existing iPad with a few updates.AdChoices广告The news is contradictory though, with talk of a lighter, slimmer iPad also appearing, and new models getting a second camera for Facetime compatibility. We’ve even seen so-called iPad 2 cases that sport additional holes including one for such a camera.While the details of what exactly Apple has planned for February are unclear, what is becoming apparent is the iPad is going to get some form of new model in a couple of month’s time. Whether it’s smaller, or lighter, or boasts a fantastic new display, is what remains a mystery.Read more at ReutersMatthew’s OpinionI think launching a smaller iPad could work if Apple doesn’t add any new features. If it did, then that would really confuse consumers. On the one hand you’d have the larger, original iPad that is selling so well, but then you have this smaller version that adds a Facetime camera and a better display.It could be that we will get the option of this new, smaller iPad, but at the same time see the iPad updated to allow for feature parity across the two. That makes the most sense to me, and what I’d bet on happening if Apple do release new hardware in February.While launching a smaller iPad may sound like a bad move, it does allow Apple to compete directly with the Galaxy Tab and the forthcoming PlayBook. We assume a smaller iPad would mean a 7″ display, filling the gap between the iPod touch and existing iPad, and giving us a more portable tablet option carrying the Apple name.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A suspected drag race has ended in tragedy, with two teenagers found dead after their car was driven off EJ Whitten Bridge in Keilor East.One of the victims, 18-year-old Ivana Clonaridis, was a passenger in the blue Holden ute being driven by Harley Churchill, 19. According to police, two cars were spotted speeding along the Western Ring Road at 1.30 am on Wednesday. Soon after, Mr Churchill, who is estimated to have been travelling at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour, lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a metre-high barrier before plummeting off the 55-metre-high bridge and bursting into flames.A witness told Macquarie Radio the scene unfolding before him was “like watching a movie”.“I was driving to work at 1.30 am and I was doing 100kph and these two cars came flying past me and gave me a fright. It would have been 100 or 200 metres in front of me. I saw one of the cars lose control and go over the railing.“It burst into flames, it was surreal,” he said.Shocked friends and family have taken to social media to express their grief over the death of the two teens.Ms Clonaridis’ mother posted a heartfelt message on her Facebook page: “My baby is gone, what am I going to do without her? I don’t want her to be with the angels, I want her home, she was my angel.”Close friend Jess Yaxley posted: “Rest easy my sweet angel. This feels so wrong on so many levels. I still can’t believe it. I’ll see you next week right. I’ll talk [to] you tomorrow right you will be forever with us, always.”Police are currently on the look out for the second vehicle involved in the race, a 2003-2004 silver Ford sedan with green P-plates. According to Inspector Bernie Rankin, the sedan had been spotted earlier that night in Campbellfield at an illegal street party. The driver was then seen taunting drivers of other vehicles to race.“This is a classic case of testosterone, adrenalin, young fellows and fast cars. It’s just a dreadful mix and we’ve had very, very serious consequences,” said Inspector Rankin.Police are currently investigating whether Ms Clonaridis and Mr Churchill were present at the Campbellfield street party prior to the crash, along with possible reasons as to why Mr Churchill lost control of the ute.“We’re still checking, maybe there was contact between the vehicles, maybe there wasn’t; we’re still looking at all of those parts of the collision scene to work out precisely what’s happened,” said the inspector.
Amandes, noix et noisettes : mauvais pour la ligne mais bons pour le cholestérolÉtats-Unis – Selon une série d’essais cliniques analysés à l’université de Californie, les noix, amandes et noisettes seraient bénéfiques pour faire diminuer le taux de cholestérol. Les noix, amandes et noisettes ont beau ne pas être ce qu’il se fait de mieux pour garder la ligne, elles aideraient à améliorer le taux de cholestérol et donc à abaisser le risque de maladie cardiovasculaire, selon une étude publiée dans les Archives of Internal Medicine lundi.Elles sont en effet riches en protéines végétales, en acides gras non saturés, en fibres, en minéraux, en vitamines et en antioxydants.Vingt-cinq essais cliniques sur 583 hommes et femmes possédant des taux de cholestérol plus ou moins élevés mais ne prenant aucun médicament contre le cholestérol ont été menés dans sept pays. Les données ont été analysées par le Dr Joan Sabaté de l’Université Loma Linda en Californie. Résultats : le groupe de personnes ayant consommé en moyenne 67 grammes de noix, d’amandes, de noisettes ou de fruits à coques du même ordre avait un taux de cholestérol 5,1% inférieur aux autres. Le mauvais cholestérol (LDL) était 7,4% inférieur et le bon cholestérol (HDL) 8,3% supérieur. Le 11 mai 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
Une sphère de 1 400 kilomètres pour contenir les océans terrestres ?Si un peu plus de 70% de notre Terre est recouvert par l’océan, des chercheurs américains du Geological Survey estiment que toute l’eau de notre planète pourrait tenir dans une sphère de 1.400 kilomètres de diamètre. Un peu moins de 400 millions de kilomètres carrés, c’est en moyenne la surface couverte sur Terre par l’océan mondial. Ainsi, un peu plus de 70% de la surface terrestre serait noyée sous les eaux océaniques qui représentent 96,5% de toute l’eau de notre planète. Mais bien que ces chiffres paraissent impressionnants, il n’y aurait en fait pas autant d’eau qu’on ne l’imagine. C’est du moins ce que suggèrent des chercheurs du Geological Survey américain qui expliquent qu’une sphère d’environ 1.400 kilomètres suffirait à contenir toute l’eau terrestre.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Comme vous le savez, la Terre est un lieu aqueux, mais toute l’eau sur, à l’intérieur et au-dessus de la Terre tiendrait dans une balle de la taille de la petite sphère bleue visible sur les Etats-Unis et s’étendant de Salt Lake City dans l’Utah à Topeka dans le Kansas”, explique l’USGS dans un communiqué relayé par le Daily Mail. En effet, malgré l’immense surface que recouvrent les océans terrestres, il s’agirait d’une couche très fine. D’où une quantité d’eau bien moins importante que l’on imagine ce qui fait d’elle une ressource encore plus précieuse.”La grande majorité de l’eau sur Terre est de l’eau salée provenant des océans. Mais ce sont les ressources d’eau douce, telles que dans les courants, les rivières, les lacs et les souterrains, qui fournissent aux gens la plupart de l’eau dont ils ont besoin chaque jour pour vivre”, souligne l’USGS. Dans le communiqué, les spécialistes ajoutent également : “La présence de l’eau à la surface terrestre est facile à visualiser et votre aperçu du cycle de l’eau est peut-être que les pluies remplissent les rivières et les lacs. Mais l’eau invisible, celle qui est sous nos pieds, est aussi d’une importance critique pour la vie”.Le 10 mai 2012 à 11:19 • Maxime Lambert
Former AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has heavily criticized manager Gennaro Gattuso for their style of play.AC Milan have lost two games on a row against Inter Milan and Real Betis, and massive pressure is on Gattuso to turn things around.Former owner Berlusconi still regards himself as a fan and revealed his disappointment with the way things are going at AC Milan.“I still follow Milan as a fan, but with a sense of disappointment, because it makes me suffer to watch them play like this,” Berlusconi told Sportmediaset.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“They are set out so inefficiently, have very few shots on goal and our center-forward never has a chance to receive the ball. Naturally, all this depends on the tactical system and I hope it can change soon.”When asked if Gattuso should be sacked, Berlusconi replied: “These are decisions that are down to the leaders of the club and I have no desire to get in the way.”
Mark Hughes believes Southampton’s fate was sealed in the opening period of their match against Manchester City after they lost 6-1 at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Manchester City already had a three-goal lead after just 18 minutes, courtesy of a Wesley Hoedt own goal and goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.Despite reducing the deficit through Danny Ings’ penalty, the visitors never recovered.“We’re disappointed with the opening period as that’s when the game was lost,” Hughes told Southampton website.We were never able to get a foothold in the game and didn’t have an opportunity to clear our heads.“We were a little bit, I’ll say the word milky, in terms of our defensive work and there’s times where you have got to be really aggressive at both ends.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“If you’re trying to score a goal you’ve got to be aggressive and if you’re trying to defend your goal you’ve got to be really aggressive and put your blocks in to make sure people can’t keep the ball alive in poor areas for you as an opposition player.“In my view, they were able to do that too easily in terms of keeping the ball alive, keep moving around and given the quality they have you fully expect them to dispatch the chances they created.“We had a response and got back to 3-1 but goals at the end of the half and close to full-time gave the scoreline a disappointing look but you have to say given the chances they had it’s probably a fair reflection.“I thought second-half we were better and made a better go of it. We understood we had to work harder and be more aggressive in our running and challenges to remain in the game.“We created a couple of good chances that may have got us a couple of goals but we were never going to win it after the opening period.”
Sharon WylieAge: 65.City: Vancouver.Occupation: State legislator.Party affiliation: Democrat.Endorsements: NARAL Pro-Choice; Sierra Club; Clark County Association of Realtors; Washington Council of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs; Planned Parenthood NW.Total funds raised: $65,199.Campaign website: www.sharonfor49th.com.Anson ServiceAge: 41.City: Vancouver.Occupation: Mental health clinic director, licensed mental health counselor.Party affiliation: Republican.Endorsements: Gun Owners Action League of Washington; Human Life PAC; Pacific Security owner AJ Gomez; Robert Service; Stephen Mosier.Total funds raised: $8,213.Campaign website: www.electansonservice.com.The sales tax exemption for Oregonians and certain other nonresidents is one of the issues Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, could “argue from both directions.”For her, it’s the perfect example of dilemmas lawmakers face. For her opponent, Republican Anson Service, “it’s probably his favorite topic of all time.” They both believe the exemption helps local businesses and should continue to exist. That’s largely where the common ground between the two candidates ends. Wylie points to her long political résumé — once a lobbyist and a former lawmaker in Oregon and now the 49th District incumbent — as an asset. “I was once Clark County’s lobbyist and I don’t consider lobbying a dirty word,” Wylie said at a recent candidate forum. “I represented the citizens of Clark County to the Legislature and I know the process.” Wylie said she’s proud of the work she’s done scrutinizing the state’s tax breaks. She’s become a vocal proponent for pressuring the federal government to figure out a way to tax internet sales, saying states and local governments are hemorrhaging money without any action.
MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a student at Everglades High School in Miramar after, officials said, he brought an unloaded gun on campus.The principal at the school told the 17-year-old student’s parents that he had the firearm in his possession on Friday.School officials said another student alerted authorities, and they searched his backpack, finding the weapon.The 17-year-old was immediately removed from campus, placed under arrest and charged with bringing a firearm to school.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Follow all of today’s apple news.CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story. News • The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019 Apple HomeKit 0 HomeKit Secure VideoApple pointed out that most smart home security cameras send video to the cloud to analyze it and tell the difference between objects and people, risking your privacy. Apple’s new way of approaching this is called HomeKit Secure Video. With HomeKit Secure Video, the video captured by your camera is analyzed locally on your resident iPad, HomePod or AppleTV. Then, it’s encrypted and sent to iCloud where no one (not even Apple) can see it. You’ll be alerted if your camera sees activity and 10 days of video storage are included without counting against your storage. The first cameras to include this feature will be Netatmo, Logitech and Eufy.HomeKit-enabled routersApple also announced HomeKit-enabled routers that will automatically firewall off each of your smart home accessories to protect them even if your network is compromised. The first routers to be HomeKit-enabled will come from Linksys, Eero and Spectrum. See also Smart Home Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad • iOS 13 Linksys Logitech Apple Apple HomeKit 2:17 Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now WWDC 2019 reading • Apple HomeKit security features come to routers and cameras Tags The updates are a needed update to the Home app, which hasn’t seen significant changes in quite a while. Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now HomeKit gets secure video and router support See All WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote James Martin/CNET Apple’s annual developer convention, WWDC, kicked off Monday at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The conference keynote often prompts the debut of new hardware and software from the tech giant. WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Monday, Apple announced iOS 13 and with it, long-awaited changes to Apple’s Home app, the app that controls HomeKit smart home devices. Here’s what was announced on stage. Share your voice WWDC 2019 CNET Smart Home Preview • Apple’s slow-moving HomeKit is a smart-home slacker 46 Photos
WASHINGTON:Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, chosen heir to the leadership of Al-Qaeda, has been killed, US media reported Wednesday citing American officials. NBC News said three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the place or date. The New York Times subsequently cited two US officials saying they had confirmation that he was killed during the last two years in an operation that involved the United States. Also Read – Leading 22-year-old Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested Advertise With Us Questioned by reporters in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump did not confirm or deny the NBC report.”I don’t want to comment on it,” he said. Both reports suggested that bin Laden may have been killed well before the US State Department announced a $1 million bounty on his head in February 2019. The 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children and a son of his third wife, Hamza, thought to be about 30 years old, was “emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise,” the State Department said in announcing the reward. Also Read – US states declare emergency over hurricane Dorian Advertise With Us Sometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad, he had put out audio and video messages calling for attacks on the United States and other countries, especially to avenge his father’s killing by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011, the department said. Documents seized in the raid on his father’s house in Abbottabad suggested Hamza was being groomed as heir to the Al-Qaeda leadership. Advertise With Us US forces also found a video of the wedding of Hamza to the daughter of another senior Al-Qaeda official that is believed to have taken place in Iran. Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts have never been pinpointed. He was believed to have been under house arrest in Iran but reports suggest he also may have resided in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. The group behind the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Al-Qaeda’s prominence as a radical terror group has faded over the past decade in the shadow of ISIS. But the proliferation of branches and associated terror groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its continuing potency. Groomed to lead At his father’s side in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks, Hamza learnt how to handle weapons, and ranted in his thin voice against Americans, Jews and “Crusaders” in videos uploaded online. In 2016 Al-Qaeda released a video message in which he urged ISIS and other terrorists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to “liberating Palestine.” “There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilised against Muslims,” he said. In a later message that year he called on Saudi youth to overthrow the kingdom’s rulers, telling them to enlist in the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to gain battlefield experience. In 2017 he was placed on the US terrorist blacklist, seen as a potent future figurehead for the group then led by Osama bin Laden’s former deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. “With the Islamic State ‘caliphate’ apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement,” former FBI special agent and Al-Qaeda specialist Ali Soufan wrote at the time of his blacklisting.
[Representational Image]PixabayThe concept of math has dreaded most of us in school, whether it was geometry, trignometry or calculations. However, now there is a unique programme, which is revolutionising the concept of maths, replacing your local tuition teacher with a fun-loving, concept-based DIY study programme for students across the globe.The new programme will certainly increase the children’s interest in maths and make their parents happy. PiCirql, an online math-learning programme, helps students of grades 6-12 view maths from a different perspective. Based out of Singapore, Mridula Naresh and her husband Sudharsan Srinivasan, started Quanted last year. Talking about the ‘monster’ subject, Naresh told International Business Times, India: “Our aim at PiCirql is to bring math out of the abstract and connect it with real life…to make it exciting, challenging and relatable.”Their startup uses animations to make learning maths an interactive and interesting experience and showcases several concepts visually to students.Maths is a problemFor years, maths has been a problematic subject for students, even for those who liked it initially. “It has often been observed that even children who like mathematics till around Grade 6 or 7 lose interest as they progress. Some of it has to do with math anxiety and the rest with lack of structure, practice and familiarity with the pre-requisite concepts. The self-paced programme enables learners to get great at math by making it less abstract and connecting it with real life,” Mridula explained.The content of the programme is designed and developed by a group of math experts with IIT/ Ivy League education. The purpose is divided into three parts- get learners interested in math, get them to love it and eventually make them great at it!PiCirql is delivered on a weekly basis to the students. The student has to demonstrate a certain level of mastery of the module before moving on to the next one. The whole learning experience is also developed as a ‘game’ to help students develop healthy competition within themselves.Making maths entertaining”The USP of the programme transcends curriculum. Our aim is to make math entertaining so that students are inspired to learn. We want to inspire math learners to understand and speak the language of math. Our national online math contest, called the Clash of Pi, has gained a great deal of popularity among students in a very short period of time and has become the pre-eminent math contest for students across the country,” Mridula told IB Times, India. Quanted, which has received angel-funding of close to $1 million from a group of investors based in Hong Kong, Singapore and the US, makes revenue through subscriptions. A student can register through payment-based subscription. The school has 5,000 students currently registered on the programme not only from schools in India, but also from those in Singapore and the US. Talking about the future plans of the company, Naresh sai: “We’re tying up with leading schools in India and around the world as an after-school programme to help students connect with math.” Mridula NareshPR Handout