Abrupt Climate Change Still Looming

first_imgClimate change poses little threat of causing greenhouse gases to gush from the Arctic or the Gulf Stream to slosh to a stop, at least in this century, concludes a report released today by a committee of the National Research Council (NRC). But the uncertainties associated with passing tipping points in the climate system are dangerously large, the NRC committee finds. To remedy that, the committee recommends the creation of an early warning system to alert policymakers to new threats of abrupt change and, of course, further research to reduce those uncertainties. “The time is here to be serious about the threat of tipping points,” the report concludes, “so as to better anticipate and prepare ourselves for the inevitable surprises.”NRC foresees some of those surprises coming from some unconventional quarters. In addition to problems created by sudden climate changes over a few decades or even a few years, the committee points to abruptly developing problems created by a steadily changing climate. Rising sea level could suddenly begin to breach sea walls, for example, and thawing permafrost could cause the sudden collapse of buildings, roads, or pipelines.Some sudden impacts of climate change are already under way, the report notes. Arctic warming has caused a rapid decline in sea ice cover during the past decade that could seriously affect everything from Arctic ecosystems to shipping and oil drilling. 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The monitoring alone “in an era of budget cuts is an area of concern,” according to the report. Although an early warning system would eventually become a large program, the committee concedes, it “might better be started through the coordination, integration, and expansion of existing and planned smaller programs.”last_img read more

Manny doing just fine

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Broner was pressing his left glove on Manny and it rubbed on his eyes,” said best friend and chief trainer Fernandez in Filipino.Pacquiao also wore dark eyeglasses during the post-fight press conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat triggered rumors that Pacquiao suffered a serious eye injury, like a detached retina which ended the career of Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard in the 1980s.‘Be careful’ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Buboy: Face Floyd, then quit International media reported that Pacquiao’s injury was caused by a devastating 1-2 punch from Broner.Website www.nydailynews.com stated that “according to a member of Pacquiao’s camp who requested anonymity, the 40-year-old welterweight champ stayed up all night after the Broner bout playing chess, but complained of pain and vision loss in his left eye on Sunday morning.  ‘He told me it was like covering one eye with his hand,’ the source said.”Another camp member agreed with Fernandez, telling the Daily News that the injury was relatively minor, a corneal scratch from the tape on one of Broner’s gloves—an injury Pacquiao has suffered in previous fights.Yet another website, www.talksport.com, even suggested that Pacquiao may have to retire because of the injury.“Everything seemed fine following the win on Saturday night, but Pacquiao woke up in great distress Sunday morning,” wrote talksport.com.Pac-May 2Observers also feared that no Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. rematch would happen if indeed the Filipino’s eye is damaged.Three years ago, the two fought in the “Fight of the Century” and  Pacquiao wants to avenge his loss.He immediately challenged the unbeaten five-weight world champion Mayweather, 41, to a rematch after beating Broner.The retired Mayweather was at ringside in Las Vegas. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (From left) Justin Fortune, Buboy Fernandez and Freddie Roach attend to Manny Pacquiao after the WBA welterweight champion’s match against Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas. Pacquiao’s camp assures the fighting senator’s left eye will heal in three days. —WENDELL ALINEA/MP PROMOTIONSHOLLYWOOD—Buboy Fernandez allayed fears about Manny Pacquiao’s left eye that was grazed by Adrien Broner’s glove during their WBA welterweight title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday night (Sunday, Philippine time).Fernandez said doctors have checked on Pacquiao after the eight-division champion complained of pain and partial loss of vision soon after he defeated Broner to keep his WBA belt at MGM Grand Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes In the post-fight press conference, Pacquiao was repeatedly asked about the rematch.“If [Mayweather] goes back to the ring and wants to challenge me, I’m a champion. Get back to the ring and we will fight again if he wants.  If he wants to come out of retirement, then announce it and challenge me. I’m a champion and I don’t pick any opponent,” said Pacquiao. —WITH A REPORT FROM CNN.COMSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “I saw Broner doing that (long stance with right hand loaded up) because he was trying to launch that [Juan Manuel] Marquez punch on Manny,” said Fernandez.  “Totally he (Broner) abandoned his jabs.”That was when Fernandez warned Pacquiao to be cautious of Broner.Fernandez said doctors ordered Pacquiao to rest his eyes for three days.“The important thing is that our champion is safe,” added Fernandez.Conflicting reportsADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Judgement Day for BCCI: BCCI’s key differences with the Lodha Panel

first_imgThe apex court will conduct a hearing on the status report filed by Justice R.M Lodha on the BCCI reform process. The scathing report openly criticises the BCCI for stalling refroms and being in complete contempt of the Supreme Court order.Here are the key points of difference between the Lodha Committee and the BCCI1. Disbursement of funds to state cricket authorities- Lodha Panel recommendation was accepted by the Supreme Court that the board must have a disbursement policy to ensure rational and fair disbursement of funds to the state boards. Earlier during the hearing CJI T.S Thakur had pointed out how some state associations were given disproportionate amount of funds and others starved completely without any reason given. The apex court had also openly alleged political motivations and affiliations working backstage in deciding the allocation of funds. However the Lodha panel alleges that the board is in clear violation of the Supreme Court order. “It has come to the notice of this Committee that despite the express directions of the Committee and the Timelines framed by it, the BCCI has taken decisions ..to disburse large funds to each Association, without framing the Disbursement Policy which was mandatory”, said the report.2. BCCI assured to take up a ‘new memorandum’ however did not keep its promise, instead called a meeting to ‘consider’ the proposed changes. The apex court directions are binding on the BCCI.3. No directions issued to the State authorities for compliance with SC orders. (Onus on Anurag Thakur as BCCI discuss Lodha reforms in SGM)advertisement4. BCCI did not comply with SC directions on selectors, selection process.5. Appointment of officials at the BCCI board- SC barred politicians holding public offices, mandated a cooling off period. BCCI made appointment to the post of Secretary in violation of these norms. (Accounts freeze ruined BCCI reputation, says Anurag Thakur)6 Attempt to delay the process of reform, no attempt to cure the defects of the filed review petition or to get it numbered.7. No attempt to comply with one state one vote policy.What has the Lodha committee sought ?-Ouster of the entire top brass of the BCCI and the court must appoint an interim board-SC must take contempt against the erring BCCI officials (Exclusive: Anurag Thakur’s last-ditch effort ahead of Supreme Court hearing on status report)-All decisions of the BCCI post July 18, 2016 should be void for non compliance with SC order.last_img read more

Antetokounmpo Powers Bucks Past Celtics 123-102 in Game 2

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo attacked the rim, Khris Middleton connected from long range and Eric Bledsoe turned in an effective performance.The Milwaukee Bucks looked more like themselves in Game 2.Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Middleton made seven of Milwaukee’s franchise playoff-high 20 3-pointers, helping the Bucks even their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics with a 123-102 victory Tuesday night.Antetokounmpo, one of the top candidates for NBA MVP, went 7 for 16 from the floor and 13 of 18 at the foul line. It was an important turnaround for Milwaukee after he had 22 points on 7-for-21 shooting in Game 1 on Sunday.Middleton finished with 28 points. Bledsoe, who was held to six points in the series opener, finished with 21 points and five assists.The Bucks led by as many as 31 points after a closely played opening half. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series is Friday night in Boston.“I think that’s more what we’re accustomed to seeing,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I liked our spirit, our activity, our competitiveness all up and down the roster. Giannis and Khris and Bled really set a tone.“We need to capture that, take it to Boston with us and play that way up there.”Marcus Morris paced Boston with 17 points. Jaylen Brown had 16, and Al Horford finished with 15.Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points and 11 assists in the Celtics’ 112-90 victory in Game 1, had nine points on 4-of-18 shooting.“We weren’t very good on either end,” coach Brad Stevens said.Milwaukee broke it open by outscoring Boston 39-18 in the third quarter. Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in the period, including a 3-pointer over Horford to give the Bucks an 81-71 lead with 5:33 left.Antetokounmpo tipped in his own miss and made another 3 to help Milwaukee pull away. The Bucks went on a 24-2 run to carry a 98-73 lead into the fourth.“I think in Game 1 I didn’t do a good job finding my teammates,” Antetokounmpo said. “So of course I wanted to be aggressive, but then you’ve got to make the right plays. At the start of the game tonight, the right play was the pass.”Irving credited the Bucks’ defensive plan.“They did a great job of switching tonight and forcing me left,” Irving said. “I started the game off well getting downhill and setting an example for my teammates of how we want to play. I just didn’t put my stamp on that.”Brook Lopez and George Hill each finished with 10 points for Milwaukee, which went 20 for 47 from beyond the arc. Pat Connaughton grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Bucks to a 54-45 advantage on the glass.Milwaukee switched on screens more often than usual and held Boston to 39.5% shooting (34 of 86).“That’s an easy thing for them to adjust to and I thought they did a very good job of it,” Stevens said. “Basically, Giannis and smaller were doing that and they kept Lopez as a protector. They have a lot of defensive versatility. Everybody knew Game 1 was not going to repeat itself.“They did a good job of owning the space on both ends of the court.”MIDDLETON’S NIGHTMiddleton went 7 for 10 from deep. He also grabbed seven rebounds.“I think one of our main things is playing with pace,” he said. “They’re a great defensive team once they get set. So the main thing for us is to try to get a stop and get out and run. And I was able to find open 3s and pull-up 3s with that.”TIP-INSCeltics: Morris started at forward for the second straight game in the series, with Horford at center. Backup center Aron Baynes was available after twisting his left ankle in Game 1 and played 10 minutes while picking up four fouls. Stevens said Baynes’ role would not change. “He will rotate off Giannis and their other bigs,” Stevens said before the game. … Boston has won five of six playoff series against Milwaukee, including the 1974 NBA Finals. The Celtics won that series in seven games, taking three of the four games played in Milwaukee.Milwaukee: F Nikola Mirotic was in the starting lineup in place of Sterling Brown, who struggled in Game 1 and also experienced back spasms. Mirotic picked up two quick fouls guarding Jaylen Brown and was replaced by Connaughton with 8:43 left in the opening quarter. Mirotic finished with nine points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes. “He added a physicality; his defense is what stood out to me,” Budenholzer said. “He’s such an incredible shooter. To get him in the game more, to get that 3-point threat out there just makes sense.”UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Boston.By CHARLES F. GARDNER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rugby World Cup 2019: where the quarter-finals will be won and lost

first_imgIreland rugby union team Support The Guardian Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England v AustraliaEddie Jones has picked a team with England’s Six Nations win in Dublin in mind. If Jones has a blueprint for precisely how he wants his team to play, that is the closest they have come to it since he took charge.People need to understand that for Jones, selection is about picking the best players to fit the system he wants. England’s biggest strengths in this tournament are their power and their dynamism, so I’m not surprised he has added extra ballast, particularly with Samu Kerevi at No 12 for Australia. He is the epicentre of everything good for the Wallabies and he needs to be paid a huge amount of attention. I’ve loved the soundbites coming out of Australia’s camp this week. They seem very well prepared mentally, they are a brilliant knockout team and that carries so much weight. One of the key areas of the match will be the breakdown and with four fetchers on the field, a lot will rest on how much of a contest the referee, Jérôme Garcès, allows. That also brings tactical kicking into play – Australia kick the least, England among the most, and knowing when to keep the ball and when to try to pin back your opponents will be crucial. I also think England have the edge in the tight five and I am backing them to edge it.New Zealand v IrelandIf there is one defensive coach I would select to try to beat New Zealand it would be Andy Farrell and the Ireland players will take a huge amount of comfort and positivity from that. He was always a big-match player, with an unbelievable temperament, and he knows how to ready players for the big stage. He did it in New Zealand with the Lions and he’ll be hoping to do it again.Ireland are not the same team they were a year or two ago but they have a one-off performance in them. They’ve got a huge amount of experience but are going to have to play a lot better than they have so far this year and they will have to do it collectively. Ireland will almost welcome being told that they are in decline. Internally they will be telling each other that apparently we’re not good enough. There’s nothing better than proving people wrong.Look at the New Zealand v South Africa match, it was two bad kicks from the Springboks that led to 17 points in no time. That is how deadly they are. New Zealand have been impeccable, They have not really been spoken about, maybe just because we’ve come to expect the level they play at. Ireland either edge this through sheer belligerence, physicality and owning the big moments, or you can see New Zealand putting 30-40 points on them. I can’t look past the All Blacks.Wales v FranceThe hardest of the four matches to call. If France can play to their full capabilities for the whole 80 minutes it could cause Wales all manner of problems. Wales pride themselves on their physicality and their big-match temperament and Sunday should be no different. The big thing I wonder about them is whether they can score enough tries when push comes to shove. They have the ability but I’m not sure their approach suits them in that regard. All in all, they’ve looked decent so far. But if France start like they did against Argentina and Wales are asked to score two or three tries to win the match, can they do it?Wales are very good at stopping teams gaining momentum. I just would love to see the very best of Wales and the very best of France going at it. When France get momentum, their offloading going, and fluidity in their attack, it just gives them so much energy. My one reservation is whether they can sustain it. They had the game won against Argentina and then almost lost it. It has always been my question of them. If they can sustain it they can be a match for anyone at this tournament but I do not believe Wales will allow them to.Japan v South AfricaJapan, who face South Africa in Sunday’s second quarter-final, are not getting enough credit for the way they have played. If New Zealand had played with the skill, the verve and the pace Japan did against Scotland, with the execution they showed over and over again, we’d be saying that is why they are the best team in the world.There was every reason for them to enjoy the moment afterwards because they created history with the backdrop of what happened the day before. It was an emotional time. I just wonder, have they already had their big match? I appreciate we wondered that after the Ireland match but how many more times can they do it? If they come with that energy, if they hang on to the ball …If South Africa allow Japan 75% possession, like Scotland did in the first half, we could see Japan in the semi-finals. It’s going to be a real battle of who can impose their game for the longest period. If South Africa can utilise their physicality and set-piece game then Japan are going to really struggle.But I’m not sure South Africa will find the answers Ireland and Scotland could not if Japan have so much possession. South Africa have a wonderful blend of brutal ball carriers and deadly backs, though, and if Handré Pollard is on form I think this will be the end of a wonderful journey for Japan. That means I’ve predicted all four favourites to win this weekend. It’s incredibly hard not to but I think I’ll be proved wrong in at least one of them – I just don’t know which. 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AFCON report: Senegal 0 Algeria 1

first_imgAlgeria became Africa Cup of Nations champions for a second time as they edged Senegal 1-0 in a scrappy final on Friday.Djamel Belmadi’s side needed a sensational last-gasp Riyad Mahrez winner to beat Nigeria in the last four, but it was a scrappy early strike that decided this clash as Baghdad Bounedjah benefited from a huge deflection.Further chances were few and far between in an ill-tempered affair as Algeria withstood almost constant pressure and also saw a Senegal penalty award overturned with VAR. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The single goal ultimately proved enough to hold on, Algeria triumphing on foreign soil for the first time to add to their 1990 success as hosts.Might this be it? #SENALG #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/H3uLN9h2sc— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 19, 2019Algeria’s fortuitous opener arrived inside two minutes. Bounedjah cut inside from the left and saw a powerful strike loop up off the lunging Salif Sane, dropping over static goalkeeper Alfred Gomis into the top-right corner.Senegal responded well, getting into dangerous positions and winning countless free-kicks, mainly through Sadio Mane, but their final ball was repeatedly found wanting.Frustrations threatened to boil over late in the first half, with Mane escaping punishment for an off-the-ball shove on Sofiane Feghouli, although M’Baye Niang went close with a fizzing long-range drive.The two sides came together to confront the referee at the break – Senegal bemoaning a non-penalty award for Ismaila Sarr – and Algeria substitute goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja went down claiming contact in the ensuing fracas.Does he have a trick up his sleeves for the second-half? #SENALG #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/sbwgnfQXXA— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 19, 2019And Senegal were further infuriated on the hour mark when a spot-kick initially awarded as Adlene Guedioura blocked Sarr’s cross with his arm was struck off following a VAR review.Niang rounded Rais M’bolhi but could only blaze high and wide, before the goalkeeper turned Youssouf Sabaly’s blast over the crossbar.Aliou Cisse’s side kept pushing, yet there was no way through and Algeria clung to a scarcely deserved victory. read morelast_img read more

5-Star Recruit Committed To Michigan State Trashes Michigan, Ohio State

first_imgRecruit Devontae Dobbs poses with a football.Michigan State landed a major recruit earlier this week. Five-star offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs announced his commitment to the Spartans on Monday.Dobbs, who plays for Belleville (Mich.) High School, is the No. 2 recruit in Michigan and the No. 3 offensive tackle in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He picked MSU over a number of other big-time schools, including Michigan.A top prospect in Michigan choosing the Spartans over the Wolverines is noteworthy. Dobbs’ apparent reasoning for doing so is even more intriguing.Michigan State offered Dobbs in June 2016, and Michigan followed suit that August. In an interview with ESPN1009.com’s Evan Petzold, Dobbs said it was how Michigan treated him after they offered that turned him off.“It felt like Michigan thought they were superior and the big boss to Michigan State. They thought, ‘You have an offer from Michigan, so you should be going to Michigan since you have the offer.’ It was as if they didn’t need to recruit me or better their relationship with me. That was the first thing they did wrong.“When I went up there to talk to them, I felt uncomfortable because of the way they acted, talked and just were.”Then, Dobbs told the staff they were like robots. He was officially done considering the Maize and Blue.“The last meeting I was in, I told them they acted like robots and I just wasn’t comfortable around them. I said it wasn’t a place I wanted to be.”Dobbs also said the Spartans were consistent throughout his recruitment.“Michigan State stayed true throughout the whole process,” Dobbs said. “Comparing them to other schools… like Michigan kept talking to me after I got offered by Michigan State. But, once I got the offer from Michigan, they stopped talking to me, which is why they weren’t in my top 8.”But Michigan wasn’t the only program that Dobbs took a shot at in this interview. There was a dig at Ohio State as well.Here’s what Dobbs said about the Buckeyes.“I didn’t like recruiting because coaches lied to me,” Dobbs said. “They did stuff that wasn’t ever going to happen. Places like Ohio State had coaches that told me, ‘You’ll come in and play a ton as a freshman.’”Dobbs might have put a bulls-eye on his back when he gets into Big Ten play.last_img read more

Trudeau says G7 summit chance to show citizens they can have confidence

first_imgQUEBEC – The annual G7 meeting remains useful and important because it helps citizens around the world continue to have confidence in the future, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.There is a lot of anxiety and concern about protectionism and “negative nationalism” around the world, Trudeau said, and the G7 meeting allows the leaders of the world’s seven most advanced economies to discuss these issues.“In order to counter the rise of protectionism and negative nationalism that we are seeing in certain parts of the world — with authoritarianism and the exclusion of others — we know we have to talk about it,” he said.“And we have to show that we are helping people have confidence in the future. (The G7 summit) is a chance for us to come together on the issue.”Trudeau was attending a preparatory meeting in Quebec City two months ahead of the June 8-9 G7 summit in Charlevoix, northeast of the provincial capital.The G7 consists of Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy, with the European Union being a non-enumerated member.A collective of “social groups” opposed to the vision and goals of the G7 was planning a protest Thursday afternoon in Quebec City.“This will be an occasion for social groups to publicly protest against this anti-democratic and neo-liberal meeting,” said a statement on the collective’s Facebook page.Past G7 get-togethers — as well as similar meetings of wealthy countries — have attracted throngs of protests, which sometimes turn violent.Trudeau suggested the federal government would pick up the tab for the costs of any damage associated with protests.“The discussions are ongoing on this issue,” he said.“We recognize that the G7 is a federal responsibility and the costs associated with the G7. We understand it’s a big responsibility for the federal government and we will continue to work with out partners like the city, like the province.”last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Donates To National Domestic Violence Hotline

first_imgActress, author and philanthropist Pamela Anderson announced today the donation of $30,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) on behalf of the Pamela Anderson Foundation.This marks the fourth year of the Pamela Anderson Foundation’s generous support of The Hotline. Anderson, who now spends most of her time raising funds for non-profit organizations worldwide, visited The Hotline’s headquarters in 2015 to present a $60,000 donation and hear firsthand how advocates are making a difference in the lives of those affected by abuse.Anderson’s donation will support The Hotline’s work in educating and providing resources to family members affected by abusive relationships in the home, by providing emotional support, safety planning and local resources, such as legal advice and counseling.Advocates from The Hotline often hear from victims and survivors whose abusive partners exploit their children as a tactic for control in the relationship. They work with victims and survivors to assess tactics that are used when there are young people in the home and provide safety-planning tips. They also coach families on how to communicate when alcohol and drug abuse are factors.Every day, advocates at The Hotline receive nearly 1,300 calls, chats and texts from victims, survivors and their friends and family seeking information about domestic violence. With one in four women, one in seven men and one in three teens experiencing physical, emotional or verbal abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, the need to provide resources and support for victims is critical.“It’s a privilege to continue to support the important work of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, whose advocates I’ve had an opportunity to meet and hear from directly,” said Pamela Anderson, founder of the Pamela Anderson Foundation. “As a mother of two, I am particularly delighted to know that our donation will help ensure that families in need of both compassion and information will continue to find a 24/7, trusted resource in The Hotline.”“Our everyday work is made possible by supporters like Pamela Anderson, and we are tremendously grateful for her partnership and generous contributions over the past four years,” said Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of The Hotline. “The Foundation’s support significantly and positively impacts our ability to offer services and provide resources for parents who are experiencing abuse, which is critical to our mission.”last_img read more

Here’s a quick glance at unemployment rates for January, by Canadian city

OTTAWA — The national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in January. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 7.4 per cent (7.4)— Halifax 5.1 (5.6)— Moncton, N.B. 5.4 (5.2)— Saint John, N.B. 6.2 (6.3)— Saguenay, Que. 4.8 (5.1)— Quebec 3.8 (3.9)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.2 (5.4)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.2 (5.3)— Montreal 6.1 (6.0)— Gatineau, Que. 5.0 (4.8)— Ottawa 5.3 (5.0)— Kingston, Ont. 5.8 (6.0)— Peterborough, Ont. 5.9 (5.0)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.6 (5.7)— Toronto 6.1 (6.0)— Hamilton, Ont. 3.9 (4.3)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.8 (7.0)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 4.9 (5.1)— Brantford, Ont. 5.9 (6.3)— Guelph, Ont. 1.9 (2.3)— London, Ont. 5.2 (5.0)— Windsor, Ont. 5.2 (5.3)— Barrie, Ont. 5.1 (4.9)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.7 (6.3)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.5 (5.2)— Winnipeg 5.7 (5.8)— Regina 4.8 (5.7)— Saskatoon 5.8 (5.6)— Calgary 7.3 (7.5)— Edmonton 6.4 (6.3)— Kelowna, B.C. 3.1 (3.3)— Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 4.8 (4.5)— Vancouver 4.8 (4.5)— Victoria 3.6 (3.6)The Canadian Press read more

Somali political bickering undermines peace process – UN envoy

“We had reached a stage where we thought we had provided a very good momentum through the Djibouti agreement two years ago… we had agreed in Djibouti that the transitional has to come to an end in August,” Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, told the UN News Centre. “The problem is that neither Parliament nor the Government want change. And that is the crux of the paralysis,” said Mr. Mahiga. Somalia’s transitional parliament voted in February to extend its term for three years after the end of the transitional period, a move rejected by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which has instead proposed extending the interim period for one year, saying it wanted to try to enhance political stability and security. Earlier this week, the Security Council called upon Somali’s transitional federal institutions (TFIs) to “ensure cohesion and focus on the completion of the transitional tasks.” It regretted decisions by the TFIs to extend their mandates unilaterally and urged them to refrain from further unilateral action. “What we are trying to do in the Security Council and [other] stakeholders in the region, the African Union and IGAD [regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development] is to heal this paralysis and provide a fresh momentum to push the peace process forward by agreeing on the necessary benchmarks for the end of the transition,” said Mr. Mahiga. The benchmarks include political outreach to political factions and Somalia’s semi-autonomous regional administrations to foster dialogue and reconciliation, and the drafting of a new constitution for the Horn of Africa country, which has lacked a fully functioning national government and has been wracked by factional warfare since 1991. “The Government has not succeeded in undertaking any political reforms that would inject new momentum into the process,” said Mr. Mahiga. “At the moment the political will is lacking.” “What I need to do with the help of the Security Council, IGAD and the African Union is to try first of all to create congenial conditions for the two institutions… to see the extent to which we can develop consensus to hold the elections in August or to have them deferred,” he said. He said the Security Council is expected to meet Somalia’s leadership and representatives from the AU and IGAD in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, during its forthcoming mission to Africa, in an effort to break the deadlock. Mr. Mahiga said that TFG forces and allied militia have, with the support of the troops of the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM), made significant territorial gains against Al Shabaab insurgents in the capital, Mogadishu, as well as in the central, western and southern areas. “My worry is that this political bickering may adversely affect this very significant military gains on the ground,” he said. He also stressed that Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions could form the basis for a viable federal government. “This needs to be brought into the political dialogue for an agreed framework of federalism, devolution, decentralisation,” he said. “Both the Government and Parliament have not addressed this issue,” he said. Mr. Mahiga voiced great concern over the humanitarian situation in Somalia, saying it was “worse that it has ever been”, with more than 75 per cent of livestock having perished as a result of the prevailing severe drought, and people moving from one corner of the country to another and across the borders into neighbouring countries in search of food and water. “The international community has not given enough resources for food and other basics. This is our cry to the international community,” said Mr. Mahiga. An estimated 2.4 million people – or about a third of the country’s 7.2 million people – are in need of relief aid as a result of drought and two decades of conflict. 13 May 2011Political divisions between Somalia’s transitional Government and interim Parliament have undermined the momentum of the country’s peace process, a United Nations envoy said today, calling for a concerted regional and international effort to help break the stalemate. read more

US trade gap widens 133 per cent in July to 391 billion

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2013 8:58 am MDT US trade gap widens 13.3 per cent in July to $39.1 billion, fueled by record auto imports WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened in July from a four-year low in June. American consumers bought more foreign cars and other imported goods, while U.S. companies exported fewer long-lasting manufactured goods.The rise in imports points to resilient consumer spending, which drives 70 per cent of economic activity.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the trade gap rose 13 per cent to $39.1 billion. That’s up from June’s deficit of $34.5 billion, which was the smallest since late 2009.Imports increased 1.6 per cent to $228.6 billion, lifted by more shipments of oil, autos and consumer goods. Exports slipped 0.6 per cent to $189.4 billion. Companies shipped fewer capital goods, such as civilian aircraft and industrial engines.A wider trade gap can slow economic growth because it means that U.S. consumers and businesses are spending more on foreign goods than U.S. companies are earning from overseas sales.Still, the decline follows a steep drop in June. And economists noted that trade is running at roughly the same pace as the previous quarter. Many were also encouraged by the increase in imports of consumer products. That follows a weak government report last week on consumer spending in July.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said that he expected trade would be “broadly neutral” in terms of overall economic growth in the second half of this year, not subtracting from growth or adding to it.Gregory Daco, director of U.S. economics for IHS Global Insight, said the rise in imports reflects stronger consumer and business demand. Those could be encouraging signs for economic growth.Most economists expect the economy will grow at an annual rate between 2 per cent and 2.5 per cent in the second half of this year. Many say consumers will increase spending as the impact of higher taxes starts to fade.In July, the deficit with China jumped to an all-time high of $30.1 billion and is slightly ahead of last year’s record pace. That could increase pressure on the Obama administration to take a harder line on trade issues with China. American manufacturers contend China manipulates its currency and engages in other unfair practices to gain trade advantages over U.S. companies.Europe’s weak economy also is weighing on U.S. exports. The deficit with the 27-nation European Union jumped to a record $13.9 billion as imports from that region climbed 17.2 per cent to a record $35.1 billion while U.S. exports to the region fell 7.4 per cent to $21.1 billion.Other reports suggest exports could rebound in August.U.S. factories expanded in August at the fastest pace since June 2011, according to a closely watched survey released Tuesday from the Institute for Supply Management. The report said orders from overseas rose in August.And a private survey of purchasing managers in China found that manufacturing in that country expanded for the first time after shrinking for three months.The Federal Reserve is closely watching economic data to determine whether it should reduce its monthly bond purchases. Those purchases have been intended to keep long-term borrowing costs low.Chairman Ben Bernanke has said the Fed could slow its $85 billion a month in bond buying later this year if the economy keeps improving. Some analysts think the Fed will announce after its next policy meeting Sept. 17-18 that it’s scaling back the purchases. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iraq and global community must protect internally displaced as crisis deepens –

In a press release from Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Chaloka Beyani, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, called on the international community not to turn its back on the situation in light of a significant shortfall in humanitarian funding. “Despite some positive steps by the Government, its approach to the displacement crisis has been largely ad hoc to-date,” Mr. Beyani said after his first official visit to Iraq from 9 to 15 May.“Disturbing ongoing developments, including the fall of Ramadi to ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria], and possible Government offensives to regain lost cities including Mosul, will certainly result in massive new displacement,” he added. “Despite the challenges in the short, medium and long-term, it is imperative that the international community recognizes its responsibilities and remains a consistent and reliable humanitarian partner,” the UN expert stressed. “Agencies are stretched thin and unable to address all urgent needs. They can only work with the resources that they have and those are grossly inadequate at the present time.” “IDPs from all ethnic and religious communities are surviving in precarious conditions, often under the threat of violence and further displacement and with inadequate shelter, healthcare, food and water,” he stated. “The situation of hundreds of thousands of IDPs living in areas controlled by ISIS [also known as ISIL or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] is unclear and deeply worrying.”“Access to humanitarian assistance for many IDPs is poor and must improve. This means ensuring access to humanitarian actors,” Mr. Beyani said. “Many IDPs have also lost documents and face bureaucratic barriers to receiving assistance. One family told aid workers ‘we could not save our daughter, how could we save our documents?’”The expert visited IDPs living in cramped, substandard conditions in collective shelters and unfinished buildings. He noted that a one-off cash payment to families of $700 dollars is insufficient even to cover basic needs including shelter and food. On another note, at least 100 families had to return from Baghdad to Ramadi where their homes had been damaged when ISIS still controlled much of the city. Now that the city has reportedly fallen, the Government must allow the newly displaced from Ramadi to freely enter Baghdad. The Babylon Governorate has refused to admit displaced men between 15 and 50, causing family separation as only women and children are allowed entry.“While legitimate security concerns exist, including that ISIS may infiltrate IDP communities, the overwhelming majority of IDPs are innocent victims of the conflict and must be treated as such on protection and humanitarian grounds,” the Special Rapporteur concluded.Chaloka Beyani, professor of international law at the London School of Economics, was appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons by the Human Rights Council in September 2010.Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, the largest body of independent experts in the UN human rights system. They work on a voluntary basis, are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. read more

15 of the most terrifying rollercoasters on the planet

first_img A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York WE DON’T HAVE too many of them in Ireland, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate a good dose of fear on a stomach-turning, death-defying rollercoaster.Part of the fun for thrill seekers is that each one is a little different. Will it have a steep drop? Could it hang you upside down? Or maybe it just causes your heart to race because it feels too rickety to handle that next loop?From the sharpest drops to the fastest rides, these coasters are an adrenaline junkie’s dream.The Wicked TwisterRiders face epic 450-degree spirals at more than 110 kph on this ride in Ohio in the US.(Image: Wikimedia Commons)The ColossosThis gigantic wooden coaster in Germany lives up to its name as the highest wooden rollercoaster in Europe at 60 metres high, and is said to be a “smooth as steel” ride.(Image: Heide Park)The Kingda KaThis rollercoaster in New Jersey’s Six Flags adventure park is the tallest in the world.(Video: sixflgs15/YouTube) The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change center_img Top Thrill DragsterThis ride, also in Ohio, goes from zero to 190 kph in just four seconds, and you’re shot 128 metres into the air. It’s all over in just 17 seconds, but it’s worth it. Probably.(AP Photo/Paul M Walsh)Tower of Terror IIBecause apparently one wasn’t enough – the second Tower of Terror in Queensland, Australia, shoots 115 metres into the air (backwards) at 160 kph before dropping you back down to earth.(Image: Dreamworld)El ToroTranslate as ‘The Bull,’ the wooden El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure park in New Jersey has a 76 degree drop and nine separate weightless ‘airtime’ opportunities. Who said steel coasters were better?(Image: Six Flags)Volcano: The Blast CoasterThis winding coaster shoots riders out of a volcano at Kings Dominion in Virginia in the US, and has one of the world’s tallest inversions at almost 50 metres off the ground.(Image: Kings Dominion)Superman Krypton CoasterThe Superman ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in the US throws you for one of the biggest loops in the world – 360 degrees at 45 metres in the air.(Video: wwwCOASTERFORCEcom/YouTube)Formula RossaAbu Dhabi is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, topping out at 240 kph in under five seconds. Protective eyewear is required since passengers will experience what 4.8 Gs really feels like.(Image: Ferrari World)Coney Island CycloneEven Superstorm Sandy couldn’t destroy this New York City landmark and ancient hybrid coaster. The 1920s-era ride in Coney Island still whips riders into a frenzy – just don’t eat a hot dog before strapping in.(Pic: AP Photo/Seth Wenig/File)TakabishaThe Fuji-Q Highland park in Japan boasts the steepest drop in the world on its Takabisha coaster. It sends it riders tumbling at 121 degrees at 100kph.(Screengrab via YouTube)Texas GiantThe steepest Wooden coaster on the planet is this behemoth at Six Flags Over Texas in the US. It has a 79-degree drop, and shoots riders 14 stories into the air.(Image: Six Flags)Millennium ForceNamed the best steel coaster in the world three years ago, the Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Ohio (yes, again) ranks in the top ten for the tallest, fastest and steepest rides in the world.(Image: Cedar Point)OblivionThis steel roller coaster at Alton Towers was the first vertical drop rollercoaster in the world. It soars at 60 metres in the air with riders experiencing up to 4.5 Gs of force.(IMage: Rui Vieira/PA Archive)Full throttleOpening this summer at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, Full Throttle is going to set the record as the world’s tallest loop-de-loop at 160 feet in the air. It will also catapult riders from zero to 112 kph in the air on two forward launches.(Source: Six Flags)Read: An Austrian man tip-toed along a line strung 185 metres off the ground yesterday > Read: 12 of the most shameless film product placements of all time > SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there last_img read more

Internet Explorer 10 to 90 installed compared

first_imgAt the beginning of this month we saw a fascinating video on the Windows operating system being upgraded from the initial 1.0 version right through to the current Windows 7. For the most part it worked without a problem, and Microsoft has to be commended for that.Now we have a follow-up video, but this time the focus is on installing Internet Explorer and seeing if all versions still manage to function. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find that they don’t. At the same time you may also learn a few facts such as IE2 came out only a couple of months after IE1. Or the fact that CSS didn’t appear for a year after IE1, so that’s why a lot of sites today can’t render properly in it.One thing this video history did make clear is that Microsoft really didn’t care about standard that much as it dominated the markets during the early versions. Internet Explorer 6 is the often used example of a browser that is still in use today, but really needs to be upgraded due to the problems it causes.Anyone who has been browsing the web for the last two decades probably has fond and painful memories of using IE. I remember when it was the only real browser choice, but I also remember that first day I installed Firefox and never looked back.Recently IE has faced a pretty speedy downturn in market share due in most part to other browsers getting better. With IE9 now available has Microsoft turned a corner and got itself back in the game? The Acid 3 test suggests it may have, but then Firefox 4 and the next iteration of Google Chrome are only just around the corner.via YouTubelast_img read more

Canicule prévention et mobilisation des commerçants parisiens

first_imgCanicule : prévention et mobilisation des commerçants parisiens France – A Paris, devant un risque grandissant de canicule, les commerçants seront cet été des “vigies sociales”.Le maire de Paris Bertrand Delanoë a lancé l’opération “commerçants solidaires” dans sa ville. En cas de canicule, 300 à 400 commerçants et artisans devront faire preuve de vigilance envers les personnes âgées de leur quartier. Information et prévention : tous devront se mobiliser pour éviter que se renouvelle la catastrophe de l’été 2003. Pour les aider dans cette tâche, des volontaires leur ont distribué des kits.Cette campagne a démarré hier, mardi 29 juin. Elle a été initiée conjointement par la mairie de Paris, la Chambre de commerce et d’industrie délégation Paris et enfin, la Chambre des métiers et de l’artisanat de Paris. Afin de souligner cette action et d’affirmer son cadre formel, une charte a été signée par ces trois institutions. Le 30 juin 2010 à 13:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world if

first_imgThe Austrian defender David Alaba has showered his former manager Pep Guardiola with praises, for introducing a new way of playing to the world.Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba affirms that Guardiola has brought to bare a new style of football at Bayern.“He meant a lot to me, I learned a lot from working with him. I knew that I could make a lot of decisions [on the pitch] and I guess he’s one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best.” Alaba said via Goal“He brought a new style of football – not only to our team but to the world. We improved. We learned a lot about football and the way we played.“When we won the championship … the style of football that we played was great.”jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…Guardiola left for Manchester City in July 2016, where he led the team to the Premier League title last season.Alaba, though, believes that City could have got more out of a surprising Champions League quarter-final exit to Liverpool last season.“They won the championship in England in a really good way,” the 26-year-old said.“He’s doing a great job. He was unlucky in that Champions League [quarter]-final against Liverpool.”Guardiola managed Alaba at Bayern between 2013 and 2016, winning the Bundesliga title in all three campaigns he was in charge. Prior to his time as Bayern’s coach, Guardiola as Barcelona team manager, led the team through a perpetual victory parade, winning more than a dozen trophies in four years.last_img read more

Man accused of stealing guns from car in Brickell denied bond

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida man accused of stealing three firearms from the trunk of a parked car in Brickell will remain behind bars.Robert Patterson appeared in court on Wednesday and was denied bond. He is being charged with burglary and grand theft.Read More: Homeless man accused of stealing assault rifles from car in BrickellSurveillance cameras rolled as, police said, Patterson entered a condominium parking garage off Brickell Avenue and Northeast 11th Street, June 12.The footage shows him breaking into a 2016 black Mercedes Benz E-400, opening the trunk and stealing two assault rifles and a handgun.Related Content: 2 assault rifles stolen from car in BrickellCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BJP leader takes up membership drive

first_imgKukatpally: Former councillor and BJP leader Pannala Harish Chandra Reddy went round houses in KPHB VII phase on Sunday as part of the party membership campaign. During the drive, one Allam Srinivas Yadav joined the party.Among those who took part in the membership drive were BJYM official representative Preetam Reddy, division president Hari Babu, activists/leaders Enugu Venkateshwar Reddy, Kumar, Varalakshmi, Dasari Ramesh, Ravi, Pavan, Thota Ramesh, Vasudeva Reddy, Kiran Reddy, Shankar and Narsimhulu.last_img read more

BlackBerry to Bring Popular BBM App to Android and iOS Devices

first_imgMay 14, 2013 If you’re one of the many smartphone users who made the jump from a BlackBerry to an iPhone or Android device, one feature you might be missing most is BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), which allows you to instant message with other BlackBerry users. Or, perhaps, it’s the one reason you’ve decided to stay with BlackBerry since other operating systems don’t offer it.Either way, that’s about to change. BlackBerry announced today that it is bringing BBM to Android and iOS devices. BlackBerry said the app will support iOS6 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. It should be available sometime this summer, pending approval from the Apple App Store and Google Play.Related: BlackBerry’s New OS, Smartphones: What’s in it for Business Users?With the BBM app, Android and iPhone users will be able to send and receive multi-person chats and share photos and voice notes. Another feature, called BBM Groups, allows users to organize their contacts into specific groups of up to 30 people.It’s a big move for business users who prefer the immediacy of messaging over the internet — as BBM does — compared to texting, which can be slower and eats up data on your mobile plan. It will also allow individuals to expand their pool of family, friends and colleagues with whom they will be able to send instant messages over their smartphones.BlackBerry also announced BBM Channels. Like LinkedIn’s new Channels feature, it allows BlackBerry users to follow the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups they are most interested in.Related: Beyond Smartphones: Mobile Innovation That Could Change the Way You Do Business  Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more