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CONMEBOL to award Copa title to Chapecoense: Report

first_imgFive days after most of their squad were killed in an air crash in Colombia, Chapecoense have been told they will be named Copa Sudamericana champions.”CONMEBOL (South American football’s governing body) is going to declare Chapecoense winners of the Copa Sudamericana,” the club’s acting president Ivan Tozzo was quoted as saying on the TV Globo website (globoesporte.globo.com).”In addition Chapecoense will receive the two million dollars in prize money.”Tozzo was speaking after a wake was held at the club’s Arena Conda in southern Brazil.More than 50 victims, who included players, officials and reporters, of the air crash were honoured at the wake.Monday’s disaster, which killed 71 passengers and crew, shocked football fans all over the world and plunged Brazil into mourning.A BAe146 regional airliner operated by Bolivian charter company LAMIA had radioed that it was running out of fuel before smashing into a hillside outside Medellin.Six people survived, including three members of the club, en route to the Copa Sudamericana final against local side Atletico Medellin, the biggest game in Chapecoense’s history.Earlier in the week, Atletico led calls for the Copa to be awarded to their opponents. Chapecoense have never won the trophy before.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova retires hurt in Rome, Wimbledon main draw hopes hit

first_imgTriple champion Maria Sharapova retired injured from her second round match with Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Italian Open on Tuesday, ending her hopes of qualifying on merit for Wimbledon’s main draw.The 30-year-old Russian, playing her third tournament back after a 15-month doping ban, was leading 2-1 in the deciding set but was unable to continue after injuring her left thigh.It completed a miserable evening for the five-times grand slam champion, currently ranked 211, who earlier found out that she had been refused a wildcard for the French Open.The French Tennis Federation decided against awarding the former world number one even a place in the qualifying event — a move that surprised many.Sharapova had needed to reach the semi-finals in Rome to avoid needing a wildcard for the Wimbledon main draw.However, her first round win against American Christina McHale in Rome means that her ranking will rise back inside the world’s top 200 just in time to be guaranteed a place in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament.A decision as to whether she is granted a main draw spot will be taken on June 20.Sharapova, banned after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since re-joining the WTA Tour.She reached the semi-finals as a wildcard in Stuttgart but fell early in Madrid to Eugenie Bouchard who days earlier had labelled the Russian a “cheater”.Sharapova, also awarded a wildcard in Rome, dropped the first set 6-4 against veteran Lucic-Baroni but battled back to take the second 6-3.advertisementShe appeared to be struggling though and stopped early in the third set. She did not hold the usual post-match news conference but issued a statement.”I apologise for having to withdraw from my match with a left thigh injury,” she said.”I will be getting all the necessary examinations to make sure it’s not serious. I want to thank the organisers for giving me the opportunity to play in this special event again.”Lucic-Baroni will face a possible meeting with world number one Angelique Kerber in the next round if she beats Anett Kontaveit.last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: 16 AUG, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi:Vajpayee critical, remains on life-supportsystem(A+B)Attari:72nd Independence Day at Attari-Wagah border(A+B)Patna:Prayers for Vajpayee(B)Mumbai:Humbolt penguin gives birth to chick inMumbai zoo(B)INERNATIONALKuala Lumpur: Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, isescorted by police(B)Homs:A man walks next to damaged buildings(A+B)Vanderhoff:wildfire burning(A)Rastan:A soldier of Syrian army blocks a way for localchildren(B)Fort St. James :wildfire burning(B)Douma: An elderly man walks by damaged buildings(A)Kabul:Suicide bombing that targeted a training classin a private building(A+B)Ft. Lauderdale: Florida school shooting suspect NikolasCruz speaks with his attorneys(A)Salt Lake City: the casket of Draper Battalion ChiefMatt Burchett(B+A)South Wellfleet:Attacked by a shark(A)Ghazni: Taliban attack in Ghazni(A)Lodi: Flash flooding(B)Shah Alam:Doan Thi Huong is escorted by police(A)Brasilia: Free Lula March in Brasilia(B)Escondido:African elephant calf at San Diego ZooSafari Park(B)Kochel Am See/Ziemetshausen:Assumption of Maryday in Germany(B)SPORTSMason: Western & Southern Open tennis tournament(A+B)Tallinn: UEFA Super Cup final soccer match(B+A)Barcelona:Friendly soccer match(B)PTI PHOTO GCS OSOSlast_img read more

Maharshi: Mahesh Babu to sport three different looks in Vamshi Paidipally’s film

first_imgMahesh Babu’s upcoming film Maharshi, which is the most anticipated project in Tollywood this year, is gearing up for release. The film has been in the making for a long time now, and it is set to hit the screens in May.Much of the details about the film are kept under wraps. However, it is now revealed that Mahesh Babu will be seen in three different avatars in the upcoming film. He will be seen as a student, multi-millionaire and as a common man in the film. For each role, the actor will sport a different makeover, according to industry buzz.In #Maharshi, @urstrulyMahesh will be seen in three different avatars – as a millionaire, a student and a common man. He will sport three different looks.The film is about the journey of MB’s character Rishi.Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) April 13, 2019Maharshi marks the first collaboration of Mahesh Babu and director Vamshi Paidipally but the two seems to have bonded well. Mahesh Babu’s daughter Sitara and Vamshi’s daughter have also become good friends.Recently, Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR and Ram Charan went to the birthday bash of Vamshi’s wife at their residence. The Telugu heroes also took their family members along with them.Maharshi has Pooja Hegde, Allari Naresh, and Meenakshi Dixit in lead roles. Devi Sri Prasad is composing the music for the film.ALSO READ | Mahesh Babu hangs out with Karthi on Maharshi sets. See unmissable photosALSO READ: Leaked videos from Maharshi shooting spot leave Mahesh Babu and team in shockadvertisementALSO WATCH | Decoding the Telugu superstar Mahesh Babulast_img read more

Benelli Leoncino 500 launched in India, starting price is Rs 4.79 lakh

first_imgBenelli has launched its parallel twin scrambler Leoncino 500 in India for an introductory price of Rs 4.79 lakh (ex-showroom). The motorcycle, which is available in Steel Grey and Leoncino Red colour options, can be booked online at india.benelli.com or any Benelli India dealership for Rs 10,000.The all-new Benelli Leoncino 500 is powered by a DOHC, twin-cylinder, 8-valve, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 500 cc engine, that makes 47.5 PS and 46 Nm of peak torque. The motor is offered with a 6-speed gearbox.Benelli Leoncino 500 gets a steel-tube trellis frame surrounding its engine. Taking care of the suspension duties are 50 mm inverted forks up front and a laterally mounted monoshock setup at the back. There are 320 mm dual discs with radially mounted 4-piston calipers at the front and 260 mm single disc with a single-piston floating caliper at the rear. The motorcycle comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. There is dual-channel switchable ABS as well.Benelli Leoncino 500 blends traditional scrambler design and modern accents. Styled by Centro Stile Benelli, Leoncino’s front displays the ‘Lion of Pesaro’. The headlamp comes with LED technology. The usable tank volume is 13.5 litres. The motorcycle features an 815 mm high pilot seat. Benelli India is offering Leoncino with a standard 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.ALSO READ | Hyundai Creta Sports Edition launched in India for a starting price of Rs 12.78 lakhALSO READ | Kia Seltos test drives startALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki XL6 dimensions leaked ahead of launchlast_img read more

3 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improve

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he’ll get better as he gets fitter.Hudson-Odoi is confident of his place in manager Frank Lampard’s plans.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player,” he said. “I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back. I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff.” last_img read more

Rain Storm Update Nov 9

first_img After a flood, the two most important concerns are safety and sanitation. Here are guidelines to help with a safe return home: Total rainfall has been between 140 mm (Kentville/Halifax airport) to 215 mm (Quinan and Argyle areas). A possible high of 250 mm (between Keji and Yarmouth) may have fallen in the southwest area. Environment Canada reports that little rain is expected for the remainder of the week in southwestern Nova Scotia. States of local emergency continue in parts of Argyle, Barrington, and Yarmouth for any needed evacuations, although none are planned. Fewer residences than expected have taken part in voluntary evacuations. There have been about 50 voluntary evacuations in southwest Nova Scotia, in Quinan in Argyle for bridge washouts, downstream of the Vaughn and Carleton Dams in Yarmouth, and in Barrington. Other residents in the areas have been warned of the risks, but have decided to stay. While many roads are still closed, waters are receding in some areas. It is hoped some roadways may reopen later today. Nova Scotians are asked to continue to monitor traffic advisories. The bridge on Trunk 3, or the Old Bay Road between exits five and six, is closed for an assessment. Nova Scotia Power reports that water levels and flow rates in NSP hydro systems are stabilizing, except at Tusket. Very strong inflows to Lake Vaughan continue. Environment Canada reports that while water levels at the Tusket Falls Main Dam (also know as the Vaughn Lake Dam) fell slightly yesterday, they were rising slowly today. NSP said water levels may not peak until a couple of days after the rainfall has ended. NSP crews will remain on site at all dams until water levels return to normal. Information about water levels at Environment Canada monitoring stations can be found at www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/index_e.html . Provincial government departments continue to assess areas of responsibility to ensure the needs of Nova Scotians are being met such as protecting public health and providing safety information. The Department of Agriculture is making plans to provide support as needed to farmers with stranded animals along the Annapolis River and the St. Mary’s River and in Quinan, where there is a fox farm. Listen to the radio for instructions. Local municipal offices will let people know when it is safe to return to home. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Right after a storm, floodwaters are at their most dangerous. It only takes six inches of rapidly moving water to knock people off their feet. Do not reconnect gas, pump or electrical supplies. Arrange for qualified personnel to inspect and connect these services. Leave and contact the gas company immediately if gas is smelled. Check carefully for signs of damage, broken glass and other debris. Some items must be discarded after a flood. Items such as mattresses, pillows, sofas and upholstered furniture that have been soaked with flood water are no longer safe from harmful bacteria. Any food that has come in contact with flood water must also be discarded. This includes fresh or frozen food, food in boxes or jars, all bottled drinks and any cans that show signs of damage. The Emergency Management Office reports that the overall weather and flooding situation is stable today, Nov. 9, with low rainfall expected and no new evacuations planned in the province. The situation is being watched closely by emergency workers. However concerns about the Vaughn Lake Dam, also known as the Tusket Falls Main Dam, remain. An update on the situation as of noon follows: When there is major flooding, the province may offer a disaster financial assistance program. Recording damages will help when a claim is filed. Make a list and include photographs of all damages and items that had to be disposed of after the flood. Keep a record of flood-related activity, such as the amount of time spent cleaning and keep copies of all invoices and receipts. For more information on well water safety, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp . -30-last_img read more

Financial market highlights on Thursday SPTSX 1545492 up 6532 points

Highlights at the close Thursday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,454.92, up 65.32 pointsDow — 22,359.23, down 53.36 pointsS&P 500– 2,500.60, down 7.64 pointsNasdaq — 6,422.69, down 33.35 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 81.04 cents US, down 0.44 of a centPound — C$1.6715, up 0.92 of a centEuro — C$1.4718, up 0.21 of a centEuro — US$1.1928, down 0.47 of a centOil futures:US$50.55, down 14 cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,294.80 per oz., down $21.60(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.934 per oz., down 19.1 cents$705.18 per kg., down $6.14 read more

Worker protections paramount in NAFTA talks labour minister says

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Protecting workers’ rights is a fundamental Canadian objective in ongoing negotiations to update the free-trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said on Friday after consultations with key union representatives.Saying organized labour is squarely behind the federal government’s push for the incorporation of “progressive” rules in the North American Free Trade Agreement, Hajdu said it’s critical the three countries reach a common understanding about the rights of labour and its importance to a healthy economy.“The rights of Canadian workers is far from ‘virtue signalling’,” Hajdu said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “It’s about ensuring that we don’t have a race to the bottom where companies can move their labour to other countries that don’t have those protections for workers.”Friday’s meeting comes days after a number of pro-trade Republicans met with U.S. President Donald Trump to urge him not to cancel NAFTA as he has threatened. The latest round of talks wrapped in Mexico City late last month, with negotiators saying they made little progress on key issues.Canada’s labour movement has long expressed concerns about lower wages in Mexico and what they see as substandard worker protections in “right-to-work” American states. Canada has ratified all eight core conventions of the International Labour Organization and its proposals on NAFTA include a demand the other two countries follow suit.While Mexico has gone some distance toward ratification, the U.S. has largely resisted such a move.Hajdu called the right to organize and bargain collectively a fundamental right of workers, saying a strong labour movement is inextricably linked to a thriving middle class. Canada, she said, plans to stand firm in its demands to improve on the decades-old trade deal.“We expect this (deal) to be better than what we had in the previous NAFTA arrangement,” Hajdu said. “We’re not going to back down and accept a deal that doesn’t protect the rights of Canada — and part of that is protecting our labour movement, part of that is protecting our workers.”Among those on hand for the discussions were representatives of the country’s largest private- and public-sector unions, Unifor and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the umbrella Canadian Labour Congress. The groups were pleased Hajdu had taken the time, said Steven Martin, business manager with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 353 that hosted the event.Martin called it “huge for labour” that the minister was undertaking the consultations.“It was very reassuring to see that the government is asking labour about labour issues and what our thoughts are,” Martin said. “It’s not just the wages. It also has to do with the differences in working standards, and a race the bottom is not the way that we need to go.”Talks at renegotiating NAFTA resume in Washington next week after several rocky rounds in which Canada’s labour demands — including gender-equality language — have been among obstacles yet to be overcome.Labour leaders also raised concerns at Friday’s meeting about U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands around the “rules of origin” under which products crossing the border qualify for duty exemptions. Trump wants an increase in content produced in North America in order to qualify and a minimum level of American content.Organized labour understands Canada’s approach, said Hajdu, who expressed satisfaction at having direct channels for union input during the trade talks.“They want us to continue fighting for the inclusion of this labour chapter.”The next round of NAFTA negotiations is expected to begin in Montreal in January. read more

2 parties seemingly mismatched spending bosses team to make Washington work for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 3:11 pm MDT 2 parties’ seemingly mismatched spending bosses team to make Washington work for a change WASHINGTON – On the face of it, one of the most powerful pairings in Washington is a hopeless mismatch — a former social worker and liberal Democrat from Baltimore’s working-class Fells Point neighbourhood and an old-school, cigar-chomping GOP conservative raised in a dry county in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky.But in a bitterly divided Congress, the odd couple of Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Harold Rogers is a rare bipartisan success story.Mikulski and Rogers are chiefly responsible for divvying up $1 trillion in federal spending as chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the same committee in the House. While their personal backgrounds could hardly be more different, their operating styles are remarkably similar.Both are pragmatists in a Congress littered with ideologues. Neither minces words or tolerates foolishness. Both prefer deal-making to speechifying. And each understands that in order to strike a deal the other side needs to claim some wins.“Hal is a conservative but he is not a hard-headed ideologue. He’s a realist,” said former Appropriations Chairman David Obey, D-Wis. “He’s good at saying, ‘Look, I’ll level with you. This is what I can do and this is what I can’t do.’”Mikulski has a reputation for toughness though her once-fearsome temper seems to have mellowed in recent years. “Her BS quotient is very, very low. She doesn’t tolerate BS and she doesn’t dish it out,” Obey said. “She is very pragmatic, very hard-nosed.”Rogers and Mikulski face an enormously difficult task: advancing 12 spending bills setting the annual operating budgets for federal agencies and most government programs, ranging from funding the armed forces and overseas military operations to air traffic control, the national parks and forecasting the weather.House and Senate leaders used to give great deference to the committees but their standing has slipped of late. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was a longtime Appropriations Committee insider but has usually given short shrift to the panel’s pleas for floor time to debate its bills. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, barely hid his disdain for the panel’s parochial, clubby ways during his first two decades in the House. One of his first acts as speaker was to impose a ban on popular home-district pet projects known as earmarks.The result is that many lawmakers have less reason to vote for spending bills. The appropriations process is a challenge in good years. Amid broader battles over taxes and whether to expand or shrink the government, it has been derailed in recent ones.Boehner, for example, sided with the GOP’s tea party wing in 2013 and saddled Rogers with a budget outline that pleased conservatives but shortchanged domestic programs and doomed appropriators to failure last summer. Rogers could only watch as tea party forces steamrolled House leaders into a government shutdown last fall.What eventually came out of it was a two-year budget deal that paved the way for Rogers and Mikulski to get the process back on track. In January they accomplished several months’ worth of work in a few weeks, negotiating and winning passage of a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill for 2014.Jim Dyer, a former Republican staff director for House appropriators, said Rogers and Mikulski were under a lot of pressure to reach a deal that could pass both houses. “If they had failed, people would have thrown the last shovel of dirt on appropriations,” Dyer said. “Now, what you have is … the only show in town currently working well — and these two people deserve the credit.”With a strengthened hand and a common spending ceiling for 2015, the two appropriations chairmen are off to a promising start, handling this year’s spending bills the old-fashioned way, with open debate and amendments instead of waiting until year’s end and cobbling together one massive omnibus bill behind closed doors.Mikulski first bill was slated to hit the Senate floor Tuesday — a hybrid Mikulski cobbled together from three measures funding the departments of Commerce, Justice, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture. The Senate is likely to spend most of two weeks on it. The House is scheduled to open debate Wednesday on Rogers’ spending bill for the Pentagon.“She’s determined to get the train back on track with appropriations, as am I,” Rogers said of Mikulski. “To do that you have to understand the other side’s point of view and perspective and needs, politically to get the bills passed on the floors of both bodies.”Mikulski says her approach is “to focus with civility and courtesy. Old school values. Don’t do surprises or stunts and negotiate directly and not through the press.”Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell describes Mikulski as forceful and results oriented. “I think she’s terrific.”“She is no nonsense … and that really gives her the credibility to work with her colleagues that other people wish they had,” said former Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.Mikulski is more engaging and approachable than her predecessors as appropriations chairman, the late Sens. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii. She’s spent decades honing relationships with members of both parties, learning their needs and end goals.“She knows that if you know somebody and what they want you can help them be successful. And when you help people be successful, Republicans or Democrats, that’s how you move bills,” said Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a Mikulski protege. read more

Ed Reed Turns Down 3Year Contract Offer from Texans

Ed Reed, the nine-time Pro Bowl safety with the champion Baltimore Ravens, reportedly turned down a free agent contract offer from the Houston Texans worth about $12 million, according to the Baltimore Sun.The 34-year-old Reed is seeking a similar salary to the $7.2 million he earned last year. One of the overwhelming issues why Reed may not command the $7 million salary, however, is his declining age.Reed, who is an 11-year veteran, missed 15 tackles last season, which tied is tied for seventh-most among safeties, according to ProFootballFous.com. But he did haul in four interceptions last season, as well as 15 pass deflections as the Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title.The Texans would ultimately wanted to land Reed because they ranked seventh in yards per pass attempt. Safety Glover Quin signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency, which led the Texans to pursue Reed.Houston went 12-4 last season, making it the Divisional Round of the playoffs before being defeated by the New England Patriots, 41-28. Tom Brady torched its secondary for 344 yards and three touchdowns in that game.Meanwhile, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” on Tuesday that he is confident that Reed will ultimately decide to stay with the organization. But Bisciotti quickly put into perspective how it may be tough to sign Reed to a new contract feasible for both sides, due to the approaching salary-cap restraints.“It will be tough, but we’ve got guys that will fill in,” Bisciotti said. “Ed is a special guy and I’m encouraged that Ozzie’s still talking with him.”The Ravens and Texans are continuing to talk to Reed while he continues to wait for a better offer, but he does not have the luxury to keep waiting if he wishes to play next season because they will clearly move on. read more

Prince William If Kate had twins it would test my mental health

first_imgThe Duke spoke about having children with guests at the eventCredit:Ben Stansall/Getty Duke of Cambridge “Soon Centrepoint will be 50 years old. “I feel immense pride in all Centrepoint has accomplished in that time, but with it, disappointment and frustration – frustration that in one of the most prosperous countries in the world homelessness is still putting the lives and futures of our young people at risk.”Meeting a group of young women who missed out on awards but were highly recommended, the Duke said: “Look at you girls – you look amazing.”You’re smiling, you’re the role models now. “You’ve had difficulties and you’ve come through them. You’re the role models for the next generation.” He met with supporters of the charity and told Raymond Stoner, boss of Anston Properties: “Our third child is due in April, I’m getting as much sleep as I can.”When Mr Stoner told him he could save time by having twins, the Duke responded: “Twins? I think my mental health would be tested with twins.”He told another supporter: “Two is fine I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three, I’m going to be permanently tired.”He also joked about his own lack of cookery skills, saying: “Me cooking is not an option trust me – I barely touch it myself.” Prince William has joked that he is glad that his wife is not having twins because his “mental health would be tested”.Speaking at an awards ceremony, the royal father-of-two said he was trying to get as much sleep as he can before the arrival of another baby. The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to their third child in April.The Duke of Cambridge gave out prizes to former rough sleepers at the Centrepoint Award, run by his mother’s favourite homeless charity.center_img The Duke met winners at the eventCredit:Ben Stansall/AFP Duke of Cambridge He said in a speech at Kensington Palace where the event was held: “For me, tonight is one of sharply contrasting emotions. last_img read more

Microsoft Will Release Hardcore Games For Kinect

first_imgThe Kinect for Xbox 360 has turned into a rather lucrative property for Microsoft. Naturally, the company is pushing to have more games developed for the peripheral. . A handful of Kinect games for hardcore gamers will be released this year. Senior producer of Microsoft’s gaming department, Kevin Unangst, stated that this is just the “scratching the surface” for hardcore gamers. Ubabgst added that, unlike the Wii, however, Microsoft isn’t targeting all of its games for the Kinect.Nintendo abandoned the hardcore gamers with the Wii. That was fine for families, children, and older players, but ignored those games who made Nintendo what it was. Microsoft appears to be trying to avoid that mistake. Via X Bit Labslast_img read more

One step closer Theresa May gets green light to start Brexit process

first_img 77 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3286001 10,394 Views By AFP Monday 13 Mar 2017, 10:48 PM Mar 13th 2017, 10:48 PM One step closer: Theresa May gets green light to start Brexit process The UK Prime Minister has said she will trigger Article 50 by the end of March. Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP/Press Association Images British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to address a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels last week THE UK PARLIAMENT has given Prime Minister Theresa May approval to start Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.The House of Lords rejected a last-ditch attempt to amend a bill empowering May to begin Brexit, paving the way for it to become law as early as Tuesday.The prime minister could then trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty at any time, starting two years of talks that will end with Britain becoming the first country to leave the bloc.May’s spokesperson sought to play down speculation she would send her notification letter to the European Council on Tuesday, when the bill is expected to receive royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II.“We have been clear that the prime minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March,” her spokesperson said ahead of the vote, heavily emphasising the word “end”.But the prospect of an imminent start to Brexit was enough to push the nationalist devolved government in Scotland into calling for a new independence referendum.May has said Britain will leave Europe’s single market in order to cut immigration, a move that the Scottish National Party (SNP), which is in power in Edinburgh, has warned would be highly damaging to jobs and growth.SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said since the June referendum vote for Brexit that Scotland, where a majority wanted to stay in the EU, sought a different future.Today she made good on her warning, promising to give Scotland “a choice at the end of this process” by early 2019 — before Britain leaves the EU.The European Commission, however, quickly responded, saying that Scotland would have to reapply to join the EU rather than inheriting Britain’s membership.Countdown to Brexit May has the power to block the vote and said that another referendum, after Scots voted by 55% to reject independence in 2014, would only cause “uncertainty and division”.But Sturgeon’s call pushes to centre stage one of the prime minister’s biggest concerns about Brexit — that it could lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom — as she prepares to fire the starting gun.The other 27 European leaders are prepared for Britain to trigger Article 50, which begins a two-year countdown to Brexit, this week.However, speculation is growing that it may now be delayed until after a summit in Rome on 25 March to mark the EU’s 60th birthday — timing that would likely be welcomed in Brussels.Once May has notified the EU of her decision by letter, the bloc will take just 48 hours to issue its first draft proposal for the negotiations, with a follow-up meeting planned on 6 April.The actual talks are not expected to begin for months.The bill empowering May to begin Brexit was forced on the government by a Supreme Court ruling and was held up when the House of Lords voted for amendments demanding guarantees for EU nationals’ rights and a parliamentary vote on the final withdrawal deal.Brexit minister David Davis successfully urged MPs to overturn the changes earlier today, saying: “We will not enter the negotiations with our hands tied.”The House of Lords then conceded, passing the bill unamended late on Monday.‘Shame on you’ The Lords amendment demanding protections for more than three million Europeans living in Britain was defeated by 335 votes to 287 by MPs — prompting shouts of “shame on you” from protesters outside.Around 150 people had gathered to urge MPs to back the change, including Karin Templin, a 39-year-old architect who was born in the US but is now British.“I’m appalled at the UK government, at this stupid ridiculous game that means they won’t guarantee the rights of everybody who wants to stay in their home and in their jobs. I’m disgusted,” she said.May’s government says it wants to guarantee Europeans’ rights to stay in Britain, but cannot until EU leaders offer similar rights to British expatriates.The other amendment that was overturned would have given parliament the right to decide whether to accept the final Brexit deal.May has promised lawmakers a vote on the deal but only if she accepts it — insisting her ability to walk away will strengthen her hand in negotiations.- © AFP 2017Poll: Should Scotland hold another referendum on independence from the UK?Read: Kellyanne Conway on surveillance through phones, TVs and ‘microwaves that turn into cameras’Read: Texas politician hits out at abortion law with ‘satirical’ anti-masturbation law Share Tweet Email British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to address a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels last week Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP/Press Association Images As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Centrales à charbon la banque mondiale limite ses subventions aux pays les

first_imgCentrales à charbon : la banque mondiale limite ses subventions aux pays les plus pauvresAprès avoir annoncé ne plus financer les projets d’huile de palme responsables d’une trop grande déforestation, la Banque mondiale poursuit son verdissement en s’attaquant au charbon. L’institution d’aide internationale a en effet décidé de limiter sensiblement ses subventions aux projets de centrales à charbon, en les limitant aux pays les plus pauvres.Désormais, seuls les pays les plus pauvres pourront obtenir une aide financière de la Banque mondiale pour le financement de centrales à charbon, rapporte le site du Guardian. La banque entend ainsi privilégier le déploiement des énergies renouvelables, et n’accorder de subventions qu’aux pays n’ayant pas la possibilité de se tourner vers des projets plus propres.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueIl y a un an environ, en mars 2010, la Banque mondiale avait suscité une vive polémique en finançant une centrale à charbon en Afrique du Sud, l’une des plus polluantes au monde. Un prêt de quelque 3,75 milliards de dollars avait été accordé au pays, et de nombreuses associations environnementales s’étaient insurgées contre cette décision.Aujourd’hui encore, les écologistes sont sceptiques quant au verdissement affiché des subventions de la Banque mondiale. “Cette stratégie est décevante. La banque mondiale semble vouloir verdir ses activités tout en continuant ses pratiques douteuses habituelles”, estime Alison Doig, de l’ONG Christian Aid. “Alors qu’elle propose une interdiction des prêts pour le charbon dans les pays à revenu intermédiaire, la banque poursuivra ses investissements dans les énergies fossiles dans les pays les plus pauvres, les condamnant à un futur à haute teneur en carbone”, déplore-t-elle.Le 6 avril 2011 à 19:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le Conseil national du numérique installé par Sarkozy

first_imgLe Conseil national du numérique installé par SarkozyLe chef de l’Etat a installé ce mercredi le Conseil national du numérique. Ce CNN sera composé de 18 membres et rendra des avis “sans tabou” au gouvernement sur “tout projet de disposition législative ou réglementaire” lié au Web, a expliqué Nicolas Sarkozy à l’Elysée ce midi.Eviter à l’avenir certains ratés dans la gestion de la sphère numérique, grâce au dialogue. C’est l’objectif que Nicolas Sarkozy souhaite atteindre en mettant en place le Conseil national du numérique ce mercredi, rapporte le Nouvel Obs.Composé de 18 membres bénévoles (voir ci-dessous), le CNN devra apporter “un éclairage” au gouvernement sur “tout projet de disposition législative ou réglementaire” lié à l’économie numérique, selon les mots du président de la République. “Le CNN donnera des avis, et formulera des recommandations en faveur du développement de l’Internet en France”, a poursuivi Nicolas Sarkozy. Il assure que le Conseil traitera “les sujets sans tabou”, en évoquant le terrorisme numérique, le financement des entrepreneurs ou encore le droit d’auteur.Enfin, le chef de l’Etat a reconnu une part d’erreur du gouvernement dans la génèse du dispositif Hadopi.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteLe Conseil national du numérique se réunit cet après-midi pour la première fois pour élire son président, entre autres. Il devrait par la suite rencontrer Nicolas Sarkozy trois à quatre fois par an, selon le Nouvel Obs. Les membres de ce conseil sont des représentants des opérateurs télécoms, de l’e-commerce, des éditeurs de logiciels et de sociétés comme Deezer ou Aufeminin.com :Secteurs de l’informatique et du logiciel : Patrick Bertrand (Cegid, Afdel) et Bruno Vanryb (Avanquest Software, Syntec Numérique)Télécoms : Xavier Niel (Iliad Free), Frank Esser (SFR, Fédération Française des Télécoms), Emmanuel Forest (Bouygues Telecom), Gabrielle Gauthey (Alcatel-Lucent) et Pierre Louette (Orange)E-commerce : François Monboisse (Fnac.com, Fevad) ; pour le marketing Jean-Baptiste Descroix-Vernier (Rentabiliweb) et Jérôme Stioui (Directinet)Services en ligne et les contenus : Giuseppe Di Martino (Dailymotion, Asic), Daniel Marhely (Deezer), Alexandre Malsch (Melty), Jean-Pierre Remy (PagesJaunes), Marie-Laure Sauty de Chalons (AuFéminin), Marc Simoncini (Meetic, Jaina Capital), et Nicolas Voisin (OWNI).Le 27 avril 2011 à 15:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Kendall rabies alert extended after 2 more raccoons test positive

first_imgState health officials listed the following safety precautions area residents should observe:Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litterDo not leave food sources out for wildlife such as pet food or unsecured garbageAvoid contact with stray and feral animalsNever adopt wild animals or bring them into your homeTeach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendlyPrevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areasFor further information, click here. You may also call the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400 or Animal Services at 311.For a list of wildlife trappers, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida health officials have extended a rabies alert in the Kendall area for an additional 60 days after two more raccoons tested positive for the virus.The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County confirmed the finding in a statement issued on Saturday.Officials said these are the fourth and fifth rabid raccoons confirmed in the county this year. Health officials are working with Miami-Dade Animal Services to identify any residents who may have been exposed to the virus.The rabies alert is in effect for:Southwest 152nd Street, to the northSouthwest 187th Street, to the southSouthwest 117th Avenue, to the eastSouthwest 137th Avenue, to the westRabies is a disease of the nervous system and can be fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans.If you believe your pet has been bitten by a wild animal, health officials advise you seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Miami-Dade Animal Services. last_img read more

ImageTagging Company Stipple Raises 3 Million

first_imgPublishers and marketers are using it to provide mouse-over callouts to social share tags and e-commerce capabilities as well. Whether an image is used as entertainment or as a marketing or commerce prompt, Stipple remains neutral, but its revenue is generated from the marketing and commerce-oriented initiatives. Image content is monetized in two ways, through affiliate deals where clicks on a “shop” tag are paid out, or through straight advertising campaigns that marketers initiate through enticing viewers to like a brand tagged in the image or click through to a video. Revenue shares are split 50/50, says Flemings.So far, Flemings says Stipple has 100 million tagged product images in its database. The company claims it’s tagging 1 million photos per day, with brands such as Nike, L’Oreal, Zappos and Nordstrom using the service. When a publisher uses those images on its website, the affiliate payments begin as visitors engage with the photos. And since the introduction of Twitter Cards, which allow publishers to embed rich media “cards” in their tweets, including a tweet-sized photo card, Flemings says publishers can tweet a photo instead of a static link, and Stipple’s API carries over the embedded callouts in that photo. “Photos can contain teasers, be shoppable and so on, and now all of those can be used in Twitter.” Further, Flemings notes engagement rates with Stipple-tagged images far surpass standard display ads. “The advertising model today is based on interruption,” he says. “Publishers provide their content for free and users tolerate being interrupted by an ad as part of the service. And the engagement rates with those ads continue to plummet, which is forcing marketers to be even more interruptive.”Stipple-tagged photos, Flemings counters, average 78 mouse-overs and 35 clicks per thousand—rates that translate to 7.8 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively. “Our business model is very simple,” he says. “We don’t spam people and we put accurate information in photos. We protect the social contract with people, which has allowed us to get these engagement rates.”Stipple’s latest financing came from Sands Capital. The company previously raised $5 million in the first part of its series A round and $2 million in seed capital in 2010. Other backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Floodgate, Relevance Capital and Justin Timberlake. Images are one of the most sharable formats across the web, but the data associated with those images gets lost each time they’re shared from one platform to another. Stipple, which just received $3 million in the second part of a series A round, plans to expand its service, which allows publishers, marketers and users to tag images not just with author attributions, but social and e-commerce calls to action.To get a sense of what Stipple does for images, founder Rey Flemings offers this scenario: “You pull out your cell phone and take a picture. At that moment, your phone knows where you are, the time and location and saves this information to the file. You upload the image to Facebook and does that information stay with the photograph? No.”Flemings cautions that Stipple is not a DRM solution—”We’re not a photo cop company”—but the service does do more than simply provide sticky attribution tags. last_img read more

Quack beats cancer patient to death

first_imgMap of CumillaA cancer patient has died as he was beaten for refusing to take more after gulping 60 bottles of rose water in the name of spiritual treatment by a quack, locally known as kabiraj, at Chhatadda village of Chandina upazia in Cumilla, reports UNB.The deceased is Shamim Khan, a resident of the village.Locals said Shamim had been suffering from cancer for long.He went to Abul Kalam, who was locally known as master of spirits (Jiner Badshah), for the treatment of his cancer spiritually while Kalam asked him to collect 107 bottles of rose water and eight towels for the treatment.Kalam told Shamim to drink all the 107 bottles of rose water at once, while Shamim managed to drink a total of 60 bottles on Monday night.As Shamim was unable to drink more rose water, Kalam started to beat him brutally and at one stage, Shamim collapsed on the ground and died.After Shamim’s death, his father filed a case with Chandina police station and police arrested the quack, said officer-in-charge of Chandina police station Shamsul Islam.last_img read more

The Yoga Master who Escaped Prison Through the Food Slot

first_imgYoga is a very popular way to work out and has a lot of health benefits, including increasing muscle strength and tone and increasing your flexibility. Apparently, it has another benefit that they don’t list at the studios that teach it: It can help you escape from prison. Choi Gap-Bok, age 50, is a highly skilled yoga master who has been practicing yoga for more than twenty years.On September 12, 2012, Choi was arrested on suspicion of robbery, according to the Yonhap News Agency. The arresting officers took him to the police station in Daegu, South Korea and put him in a holding cell.Daegu, Korea.The yogi was not stranger to cells as he had been in and out of detention for a variety of reasons. He’d spent a sum total of 23 years behind bars and had filled his time practicing yoga — a skill he would put to an unusual use during this trip to jail.Choi remained in his cell for five days, but, early in the morning of September 17th, he coated his upper body in lotion and escaped from his cell by squeezing through the food slot at the bottom of the cell. He snuck past the three officers on duty, who were all asleep, and slipped out of a narrow window.According to Soranews24.com, he first got his head through the slot then wriggled out his right arm and shoulders. Apparently, his rump stuck about halfway through, but he pulled down his shorts and managed to free himself.Choi Gap-Bok had spent much of his life behind bars, but this time he insisted he’d been framed.An investigator reviewed the video footage after the escape and said Choi accomplished the feat in under a minute, moving flexibly like an octopus. Choi was 5’4”, and the slot he wiggled out of was about 5.9 inches tall by 17.7 inches wide. To keep the guards from noticing too quickly, he had arranged pillows under his blanket to make it look as if he were sleeping, just the way he saw it done in Shawshank Redemption.The Korea Joongang Daily reported that after Choi escaped the jail, he ran into a nearby residence and stole car keys and a credit card. Police checkpoints had been established, but he ditched the car a couple of hundred yards from the checkpoint and took off on foot for nearby Mount Nam.A manhunt ensued for the next two days, with helicopters, tracking dogs, and many searchers. Choi kept moving, working his way through the mountains, hiding by day and only moving by night, and managed to avoid being spotted.23 years of yoga practice gave Choi the flexibility of a master escapologist.He eventually ended up in Miryang. A villager saw him boarding a bus to another city and reported it to the police, but Choi told the driver he was feeling motion sickness and asked to be let off the bus. The police resumed their search for him in the surrounding area, finding occasional evidence of his presence. A farmer named Lee reported that he had a note from Choi in his house.He didn’t report it right away, thinking it was some sort of prank, but then realized that some items were missing from his home, including a couple packs of ramen. The note read “I am sorry,” and was signed “Framed Thief Choi.”The police began to search around the area of Hanam-eup with some 400 officers and, again, mobilizing air surveillance and following up on numerous sightings of the escaped thief.He was finally discovered on September 22nd, after six days of being on the run, on the roof of an apartment building in Milyang, about 30 km south of Daegu, hiding in a cardboard box.Read another story from us: Breaking Out of the Joint – 3 Unbelievable Escapes from PrisonWhen police caught him, he continued to tell them that he had been framed. Unmoved, police returned him to custody in Daegu, putting him in a cell with no bars right next to the one he had previously absconded from. The food slot in the new cell was only 4.3 inches tall and about 5 inches wide.last_img read more