20 days agoSavage can see Leicester boss Rodgers moving to Man Utd

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgSavage can see Leicester boss Rodgers moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United junior Robbie Savage can see Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers finding his way to Old Trafford.Savage wrote for the Mirror: “Brendan Rodgers is leading Leicester City back into the Champions League – and he is a future Manchester United manager.”Don’t get me wrong: When I say Rodgers is destined for high office at United, I am NOT saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked.”I am not in favour of football’s hiring-and-firing culture, and Solskjaer deserves time.”But I’ve been so impressed by the job Rodgers has done since he took over at the King Power eight months ago that I’m convinced Leicester can finish in the top four.”The team he has built is so well-drilled, and so easy on the eye, that I would fancy them to beat Claudio Ranieri’s 5,000-1 title-winning miracles of 2016.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Sourav Ganguly transformed Indian cricket: Shoaib Akhtar backs new BCCI president

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LahoreOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 21:09 IST BCCI President Sourav Ganguly (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly had an eye to pick a talent to play for India, said Shoaib AkhtarOne person that transformed Indian cricket was Sourav Ganguly, said AkhtarAkhtar played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) under the captaincy of GangulyFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly is all set to become the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the development has not only drawn praise in the country but also across the border as Pakistan fast bowling legend Shoaib Akhtar on Tuesday applauded the decision.Akhtar, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) under the captaincy of Ganguly, believes the Prince of Kolkata had transformed Indian cricket during its tough phase besides changing the players’ mentality as he has brilliant cricketing knowledge.”One person that transformed Indian cricket was Sourav Ganguly, never felt before 97-98 that India could beat Pakistan. I never felt India had the system to beat Pakistan until Sourav Ganguly became the captain. Sourav Ganguly changed the mentality of Indian cricket. He had an eye to pick a talent to play for India,” Akhtar said in a video on his YouTube channel.”Sourav Ganguly is a great leader, he is honest person when it comes to picking up talent. He is a brilliant cricketing knowledge,” he added.Ganguly had filed his nomination at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Monday and said that taking care of first-class cricketers and setting the house in order will be his top priorities.However, Ganguly”s appointment will be a short one as he will have to go in for a cooling off period from September 2020, under the new rules.The former India captain has been holding posts in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for the past five years where he currently serves as president. An administrator can only serve six years on the trot.advertisementOn October 23, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will hand over power to the BCCI office-bearers.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly’s nomination for BCCI president validated by electoral officerAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow Shoaib Akhtar Next Sourav Ganguly transformed Indian cricket: Shoaib Akhtar backs new BCCI presidentPakistan former pacer Shoaib Akhtar heaped praise on newly appointed BCCI President Sourav Ganguly saying Ganguly had transformed Indian cricket.advertisementlast_img read more


The Band Perry And Dierks Bentley To Perform At ACM Party For

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgThe Academy of Country Music announces the addition of ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a 2-day outdoor music festival during The Week Vegas Goes Country leading up to the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS on April 7, 2013.The ACM Party for a Cause Festival features a line-up of performances by country’s top hit makers and some of this year’s ACM Award nominees, all in the name of raising awareness and funds for a variety of charities. Donations on behalf of Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and ACM Lifting Lives will be made to the charities represented during this celebratory weekend for fans.Friday’s line-up will be sponsored by Outnumber Hunger, an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America. In its second year, Outnumber Hunger is a program that helps fight hunger in local communities by helping Feeding America secure meals for its network of local food banks. Concert attendees will have the opportunity to help secure meals for Feeding America through special on-site activities. Saturday will be hosted by Kix Brooks and will include a presentation of charitable donations to the military-inspired non-profit organizations Wounded Warrior Project, Folds of Honor and Nellis Air Force Base Youth Education Programs.Scheduled to appear on Friday, April 5th is headliner The Band Perry, along with performers Greg Bates, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line. Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th is headliner Dierks Bentley, along with performers Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Eli Young Band and Love and Theft. The full schedule for THE ACM EXPERIENCE and tickets for Party for a Cause, as well as room and ticket packages, are available here through The Orleans Hotel and Casino or by calling 800-675-3267.“Party for a Cause Festival is adding another layer to THE ACM EXPERIENCE for fans to celebrate country music, as well as learn more about these very deserving organizations. The Academy has a long history of supporting charitable causes, and we’re honored to be partnering with Big Machine Label Group and these talented artists for such a worthy endeavor,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of The Academy of Country Music.The festival is part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, a family-friendly country music lifestyle event including the free-to-the-public ACM EXPO, the ACM Party for a Cause Festival and much more, to be held April 5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The events will culminate in the already-announced ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.THE ACM EXPERIENCE will take place in conjunction with The Week Vegas Goes Country, that includes the main event, the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s top talent and the industry’s hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.last_img read more


Twitter expands dark mode options on iOS

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgSan Francisco: To facilitate an even darker theme for the app, micro-blogging site Twitter has added two new modes — “Lights Out” and “Automatic Dark” — to its already existing dark mode option, making it available to iOS users first. “It was dark. You asked for darker! Check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today,” Twitter tweeted on Thursday. Using a pure black colour palette, the “Lights Out” mode is designed to turn off the pixels on screen to further reduce the light emitted through the app interface. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Twitter says that the mode can potentially help with saving, Fortune reported. With the “Automatic Dark” mode, the micro-blogging site would let users choose to have their devices automatically switch from light to dark modes according to their timezones. “You can set things up so that your phone recognises what time it is and makes the transition for you without you even having to think about it,” the report added. Both the new modes have been made available for iOS users, however it remains unclear by when would the feature reach Android users.last_img read more


Parliamentary Elections 2016 Minister Says Voting Starts in Normal Conditions

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – Polling stations set up for Morocco’s parliamentary elections opened their doors in normal conditions on Friday morning, the Interior Ministry said.Voting started Friday at 8 a.m. across Morocco to elect the members of the House of Representatives (Morocco’s lower house of parliament), the source added in a statement.According to information provided by prefectures, provinces and district prefectures, polling stations opened their doors in normal conditions, the statement added. Under the law, the voting process requires only the national ID card, the source said. read more


General Assembly approves plan to speed up UN Headquarters renovation

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

The General Assembly has approved a series of proposals to speed up the much-need renovation of the United Nations Headquarters complex, a move welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who said the project could now be completed sooner and with less risk to staff and visitors.Concerned about the costs of further delaying the renovation – known as the Capital Master Plan (CMP) – the 192-member body adopted a resolution yesterday backing Mr. Ban’s proposals to accelerate the overhaul of the UN’s antiquated complex in New York, which he presented to Member States in an October report.The Assembly also authorized nearly $1 billion for the project, which will relocate thousands of employees and delegates to temporary “swing space” during the refurbishment.With the project behind schedule, Mr. Ban had proposed an accelerated strategy to save money on construction by speeding up the renovation, in particular by emptying the entire 39-story Secretariat Building in one phase, instead of the four-step process envisioned in the plan approved by the Assembly last year. This would require more office swing space off site, but the costs of such space would be offset by the lowered cost of the renovation itself, which would be completed by 2013 instead of 2016.“By approving the accelerated renovation strategy it will be possible to minimize the inconvenience and risk for delegates, occupants and visitors to the UN Headquarters during construction,” Mr. Ban said in a statement welcoming the Assembly’s action.He added that once the renovation is completed in 2013, the complex “will not only be a safer, healthier, greener and more secure place, but our renovated workshop for peace will also stand out as a symbol for building a revitalized UN for a better world.” 11 December 2007The General Assembly has approved a series of proposals to speed up the much-need renovation of the United Nations Headquarters complex, a move welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who said the project could now be completed sooner and with less risk to staff and visitors. read more


President says he will take political decision after SC order

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

The President has already said he has no intention of making Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister again no matter what the outcome of the case is. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena says he will take a political decision after the Supreme Court gives a ruling on the dissolution of Parliament.The Supreme Court, last week, deliberated on petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament and is expected to deliver a judgement any time soon. “I look forward to the constitutional interpretation of the Supreme Court. Whatever it may be, I will take future political decisions accordingly, to the best interest of our motherland, not to the benefit of any person, group or party,” the President tweeted. read more


Liberia peace talks continue in Ghana following ceasefire agreement

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

According to a UN spokesman in New York, discussions are underway with all the stakeholders on the procedure towards a comprehensive Peace Agreement in the wake of Tuesday’s ceasefire.Abou Moussa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Liberia, is taking part in the dialogue, which includes West African mediators and representatives of the two rebel movements, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy and Elections in Liberia (MODEL).Along with an immediate cessation of hostilities, the accord envisages that within 30 days, the Government, rebels and political parties should “seek a comprehensive peace agreement.” That peace agreement will, among other issues, cover the formation of a transitional administration, which will not include current President Charles Taylor. When the Accra talks opened on 4 June, President Taylor announced that he would step down if he was seen as an obstacle to long-term peace. That same day, the Special Court in Sierra Leone unsealed an indictment of President Taylor for war crimes.Meanwhile, the assembling of the Joint Verification Team, which will be led by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is almost completed so that it can start its work this weekend. According to the ceasefire agreement, the team will verify the current position of the parties and plot unit locations on a map.While skirmishes between Government forces and LURD rebels were reported yesterday in towns on the outskirts of the capital, Monrovia, UN agencies noted rejoicing in the streets of the city centre following the signing of the ceasefire and relief among aid organizations that may now be able to assist desperate people in Monrovia and throughout the war-torn country.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the local Red Cross began the distribution of food rations yesterday to some 14,000 displaced people who had sought safety at a sport stadium in Paynesville. The food commodities provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) included bulgur wheat, pulses, vegetable oil and salt, enough for 15 days. read more


Cyprus misses historic chance as it rejects UN reunification plan Annan says

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today Cyprus missed an historic chance to resolve the decades-long problem after voters rejected a reunification plan, leaving the island nation divided as it prepares to join the European Union next week.”A unique and historic chance to resolve the Cyprus problem has been missed,” Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, said today in Nicosia after Greek Cypriots voted against the plan that would have created a United Cyprus Republic, composed of a Greek Cypriot constituent state and a Turkish Cypriot constituent state linked by federal government.”The Secretary-General respects the outcome of the two referenda. He knows that for many Cypriots the decision [of] how to vote was a difficult one,” Mr. de Soto said, pointing out that Cyprus will remain divided and militarized as it joins the EU on 1 May, while the benefits of a settlement will not be realized.The Secretary-General, who Mr. de Soto said will give “careful thought” to the implications of today’s result, applauded the Turkish Cypriots for approving the plan despite the significant sacrifices that it entailed for many of them.”He regrets that the Turkish Cypriots will not equally enjoy the benefits of EU membership, but he hopes that ways will be found to ease the plight in which the people find themselves through no fault of their own,” Mr. de Soto said in reading a statement on the Secretary-General’s behalf.”Together with a broad cross-section of the international community, the Secretary-General remains convinced that the settlement plan…represents a fair, viable and carefully balanced compromise,” his Special Adviser said, adding that Mr. Annan also hoped that the Greek Cypriot electorate may “arrive at a different view in the fullness of time, after a profound and sober assessment of today’s decision.”He stressed that a settlement to the long-standing Cyprus problem “would benefit the people of Cyprus, as well as the region and the wider international community.”The Secretary-General also voiced appreciation for the strong backing that the plan received from many political figures on both sides. “He is grateful that Greece and Turkey, the Security Council, the European Union and the broader international community stood ready to throw their support behind the Cypriots and work to ensure full implementation,” Mr. de Soto said. read more


Annan sees major challenges to reaching goals set at 2000 Millennium summit

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

Noting the Declaration, adopted by a summit of world leaders meeting at the UN in 2000, spoke of a world striving for peace and decent living standards for all, Mr. Annan stresses that despite progress in resolving differences “one of the most distressing features” of the past 12 months is the very large number of victims of terrorism.This is not just true in Iraq but in many other countries. “Major attacks targeting civilians in Istanbul, Madrid, Riyadh and Haifa and Moscow are grim reminders of the scope and severity of the challenge we face,” he declares.He says that the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, where fighting among the army, rebel groups and militias, has led to extrajudicial killings, sexual violence and other massive human rights abuses resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands and the displacement of more than a million others, strikes at the very heart of the UN Charter and the Declaration. “If we fail to act here, we lose not only lives but also all credibility,” he states.Mr. Annan calls the jump in demand for UN peace operations a welcome signal of new opportunities for the world community to help resolve conflicts peacefully, but one that will also stretch the world body’s capacities to the limit and beyond. “Those opportunities can only be truly seized if the necessary commitments of political, financial and human resources are made and if each peace process is seen through to its completion,” he warns.Mr. Annan paints a mixed picture of progress in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the Summit for transforming the world’s social fabric by 2015, finding success in some areas and a major shortfall in others, especially sub-Saharan Africa.Dividing developing countries into three groups, he notes that the first, comprising most of Asia and Northern Africa, is largely on track for halving extreme poverty by 2015 and achieving other key goals. The second group, mainly in West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, has been making good progress towards some individual targets such as achieving universal primary education, but has been less successful in reducing poverty. The third group, sub-Saharan Africa and least developed countries in other regions, is far from making adequate progress on most of the goals.On the goal of reducing child mortality, he notes that sub-Saharan Africa continues to have the highest level of under-five deaths at 174 per 1,000 live births, nearly twice the rate of the next highest region, Southern Asia, and more than 20 times that of developed regions.With respect to improving women’s health, recent estimates indicate “appallingly high rates” of maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Of the 529,000 women who died in labour worldwide in 2000, 445,000 occurred in those two regions. On HIV/AIDS Mr. Annan notes that new infections in the last calendar year were higher than ever before, “raising serious concerns about the development prospects for whole regions of the world in which hundreds of millions of people reside.” On the goal of forming a global partnership for development, he stresses that the collapse of trade talks in Cancun, Mexico, last year – when developing countries sought to eliminate the subsidies and tariffs used by the developed world – was “a serious setback in efforts to create a level playing field” for the developing nations.”With only 11 years to go until the 2015 deadline, 2005 will be a critical year, particularly in Africa,” he reports. “The Millennium Development Goals are still technically feasible in even the poorest countries, but the window of opportunity is rapidly narrowing and the political will remains largely absent.”The Secretary-General calls on all countries – rich and poor – to play their part. Developing States will need to continue integrating the MDGs into their national strategies, while donor nations should incorporate them into bilateral programmes. For its part, the UN “must also prove that it can be agile,” he writes.”New realities call for new solutions,” he says. “This coming year will be crucial.” read more


TSX lower as investors await for Fed rate announcement watch Greece debt

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

TSX lower as investors await for Fed rate announcement, watch Greece debt crisis by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2015 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed marginally lower Tuesday as investors awaited the outcome of Wednesday’s interest rate announcement from the U.S. Federal Reserve and kept a close eye on the Greek debt crisis.The S&P/TSX composite index ended the day down three points at 14,753.05.South of the border, markets posted a strong advance as the U.S. Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting where its is expected to maintain the status quo on rates that have been at historically low levels since the Great Recession.However, the gains in New York were not enough to reverse the losses of the previous two sessions when a breakdown in talks on Greece’s sovereign debt crisis brought out the bears.The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 113.31 points at 17,904.48 after the widely watched index suffered triple-digit losses on Friday and again on Monday.The Nasdaq rose 25.58 points to 5,055.55, while the S&P 500 added 11.86 points to 2,096.29.Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd., said the stabilizing of the price of oil around US$60 has had a mediating effect on the Canadian market.Developments in Greece and the Federal Reserve meeting are less important in the short term to the health of the Canadian economy than changes in oil and other commodity prices, he said.“To be blunt, there’s not a heck of a lot of stuff out there influencing the Canadian market,” Watson said.He added that Canada and world markets have become more insulated from a potential Greek exit from the euro as that country’s debt problems have dragged on over the years.“Of course, there will be some type of financial disruption if that is the eventual course of action,” he said. “We have to deal with this day-to-day volatility talking about it, but in the long run I don’t see Greece taking down the global market to any real extent.”The loonie ended the day up 0.03 of a U.S. cent at 81.22 cents.It’s unlikely that the Canadian dollar will return to parity in the coming months, Watson said, given the expectation that the United States will raise rates closer to the end of the year.“Overall, you can’t get too bullish on the Canadian dollar when it appears the U.S. will be raising rates long before we will,” Watson said.In commodities, the July oil contract was up 45 cents at US$59.97 a barrel. Watson said the supply glut that has cut prices by more than $40 since July 2014 shows no sign of abating.August gold lost $4.90 to close at US$1,180.90 an ounce. read more


CEOs of TransCanada Imperial Oil say new emission rules not necessary

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

by Ian Bickis and Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 29, 2016 3:38 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Russ Girling, President and CEO of TransCanada Corp. speaks at a press conference after the company annual meeting in Calgary, Friday, April 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Ridewood CALGARY – The CEOs of two of Canada’s biggest energy companies spoke out Friday against recent moves by federal and provincial governments to toughen emission-based regulations.Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP), said he believes new federal requirements that take into account upstream emissions when reviewing pipelines are not needed.Oil and natural gas projects are already subject to vigorous regulation, Girling said, adding that the regulatory process for pipelines should focus on safety and spill response rather than issues he said aren’t germane to pipeline development.“The emissions, both upstream and downstream, are reviewed in other regulatory processes, when those facilities themselves are approved. Once approved, all we do is move that product from A to B,” Girling told his company’s annual general meeting in Calgary.“So I think what we’ve determined is those emissions will be part of the review, but what I think what the review will determine is that building a pipeline really doesn’t have an impact on the rate of growth for production or the rate of refining.”Girling added that he hopes efforts by the Alberta and federal governments to cap and lower emissions will help reduce the “noise” around the issue as it relates to pipelines.TransCanada is proposing to build Energy East, a 4,600-kilometre pipeline that would ship oil from Alberta to as far east as Saint John, N.B., if approved. The $15.7-billion development has been the source of some controversy, particularly in Quebec.At the Imperial Oil annual general meeting, CEO Rich Kruger took a similar position on the issue of regulation, though his was specifically directed towards the Alberta government’s cap on oilsands emissions.Kruger said he feels there’s room to negotiate with the province on rules around the 100-megatonne-per-year oilsands emissions cap announced last year. The industry currently emits about two-thirds of that total.“Our personal view is we didn’t think the cap was necessary,” he said.“We think with existing regulatory practises and procedures, the drive to improve overall environmental performance, there were other ways to do it. That said, we will work and have been working with the government on putting the right regulations in place so industry overall can maximize production under the cap, achieve the objectives the government has set out and do it in a way that’s acceptable to industry.“So the message is ‘Stay tuned.’”When Premier Rachel Notley unveiled the emissions cap in Edmonton in November, she was joined and supported by top executives from four oilsands producers: Suncor Energy Inc., Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Cenovus Energy Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.At the time, an Imperial Oil spokesman said it would study the proposal before forming an opinion.Follow @ibickis and @HealingSlowly on Twitter. CEOs of TransCanada, Imperial Oil say new emission rules not necessary read more


Cannabis production rises in Afghanistan despite decline in cultivation – UN report

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

The report, Afghanistan: Survey of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation and Production 2012, released today in the Afghan capital, Kabul, noted that the main reason for the increase in production despite the decline in cultivation was better yields by the cannabis, locally known as ‘garda,’ compared to the previous year.The survey, which covered 16 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces where commercial cannabis cultivation had been observed or reported in past surveys, estimated that most of the cannabis cultivation concentrated in the southern provinces of Afghanistan, accounting for some 54 per cent, and, to a lesser extent, in the east and north of the country.In 2012, the national average of garda yield was 136 kilograms per hectare, an increase of 21 per cent compared to 2011, which experienced a yield of 112 kilograms per hectare. The 2012 yield levels came close to the high experienced in 2009 of 145 kilograms per hectare.The joint report – prepared by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Ministry and the fourth since 2009 – stated that another reason for the reduction in cultivation was “a strictly enforced ban by provincial authorities,” which was imposed because “cannabis fields seemed to have been used by insurgent groups as hiding places.”The report also said the reduction in overall cultivation was partly because of a “dramatic decline” in the southern province of Uruzgan which had only about 100 hectares of land under cannabis cultivation in 2012, down from about 1,000 hectares in 2011.Growing the illicit crop remains lucrative despite a downward correction in prices observed since the peak in 2011. UNODC noted that in 2012, farmers could achieve a gross income of $6,400 per hectare from cannabis resin, exceeding the gross income from opium of $4,600 per hectare.“This again indicates that a farmer decides on planting licit or illicit crops in a holistic way including as much family needs, food security, access to markets, access to non-farm income, as there is risk. Only an ‘opium farmer’, or a ‘cannabis farmer’ or even a ‘wheat farmer’ simply does not exist,” said UNODC’s Regional Representative, Jean-Luc Lemahieu.He added that agriculture should be seen as one and measures against illicit crops should be integrated into agricultural policy. read more


NotreDame fire British politicians and religious leaders express sadness at Paris cathedral

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

The MP was sitting on the banks of the Seine during an Easter break with her daughter when the fire broke out and told The Telegraph: “We were sitting on the bank of the Seine 6.30 early evening sunshine. Then we saw smoke starting to rise above houses, which we realised was from Notre Dame. “As we walked to bridge you could see thick clouds of smoke and flames running up the spire. It blocked out the Sun.“The roof took really fast, the flames whipped along the roof. We saw the rose window blow. “We saw the spire fall, it was heartbreaking. The spire was eaten away by the flames of orange. Centuries of history and beauty have been lost.“It’s awful to see such damage to such an incredible building but your first thought was for the people. We just hope everyone’s ok.”Ed Llewellyn, Britain’s ambassador to France described the images of the burning Cathedral as “heartbreaking” adding,  “All our thoughts with the heroic firefighters as they battle this terrible blaze.” A spokeswoman for the Association of English Cathedrals said: “Our hearts go out to the people of Notre Dame and Paris as we watch this tragedy unfolding; made more poignant at this time of Holy Week  – one of the most important dates in the  Christian calendar. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the fire was “heartbreaking”. She said: “Heartbreaking to see Notre Dame ablaze. Praying no one hurt. Historian Tom Holland said: “History is indeed being made in the most terrible, heart-rending way.He later added: “An irony: Christians can watch the destruction of Notre Dame, and be confident, amidst all their sorrow, that only the City of God is truly eternal – that every work of humans will ultimately turn to dust. Those without religious faith lack that consolation.”A spokesperson from Westminster Abbey said they were “devastated” for their friends at Notre Dame and for the people of France.”You are in our thoughts and prayers tonight,” they added.Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the most senior Catholic in England and Wales said: “The shock at the outbreak of this fire is spreading round the world. “It is an iconic building visited by millions but more importantly is a symbol of faith which is at the heart of Europe. “We therefore all pray that the fire is extinguished quickly and with a shared effort the building made good.” Art dealer Philip Mould picked out one gothic statue he hopes is spared from the flames. Heartbreaking images from Notre Dame Cathedral this evening. All our thoughts with the heroic firefighters as they battle this terrible blaze https://t.co/MD3KtDEOq1— Ed Llewellyn (@EdLlewellynFCO) April 15, 2019 “We pray for them and all who are working to bring this fire under control and we will continue to offer our prayers up to them all this week. “London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always.”Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic Notre Dame fire – and for everyone in France and beyond who watches and weeps for this beautiful, sacred place where millions have met with Jesus Christ. Nous sommes avec vous.”Anne Hathaway, who was awarded an Oscar for best supporting actress for her critically acclaimed role in Les Miserables has posted on Instagram expressing her deep sadness.”I know this is an inspired representation of an even greater divinity. I know this blessed place is a human-made interpretation of what is mysterious, unknowable, and undefinable and while seeing her burn brings tears to my eyes, I know even flames cannot diminish her sacredness. Still, not her.  Please. Not her,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Just like our own Westminster Hall, for centuries it stood as an window in to our history. A visible connection to our past. Heartbreaking.” Have just come away from the bank of the Seine after the spire fell as I can’t bear to watch any more. Fearful for anyone close to the flames, and aghast that centuries of history & beauty could disappear into smoke so fast pic.twitter.com/yxIVBz9RAn— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) April 15, 2019 British politicians and religious leaders expressed their sadness at the devastating fire engulfing Notre Dame cathedral on Monday night.On the ground in Paris, some 400 firefighters have been mobilised to tackle the flames which have spread across the Cathedral’s roof, bringing down its spire. Prime Minister Theresa May, currently in Wales, said: “My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.”Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in Japan, said he was thinking of his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian  “and all our friends in France tonight following the devastating fire at Notre Dame.”Heartbreaking for the millions who love this great cathedral and great city across the world. Wishing you all the best in tackling the blaze and its consequences,” he added. It’s this early C14th gothic masterpiece of emergent naturalism that I pray is spared in the inferno. #NOTREDAME pic.twitter.com/SULxTMEHuh— Philip Mould (@philipmould) April 15, 2019 “Tragic to see Notre Dame, an iconic, global landmark, visited by so many of us when first introduced to Paris, now engulfed in flames,” said conservative MP Tobias Ellwood. Dominic Grieve, a Tory MP and chairman of the Franco-British Society, said: “I’m devastated to see and hear of this fire. It is an iconic building of great importance to France. I only hope the fire can be brought under control.” Yvette Cooper, Labour MP and chair of the Home Affairs select committee is in Paris, and tweeted a picture close to the devastating scene.”Have just come away from the bank of the Seine after the spire fell as I can’t bear to watch any more,” she said. “Fearful for anyone close to the flames, and aghast that centuries of history & beauty could disappear into smoke so fast.” read more


A view from the other side of piracy

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgPiracy is a hot button topic these days. More and more it feels like there’s just as many people for it as there are against it. I’d like to offer you my perspective, as a creator of content that is apparently worthy of piracy.After writing in the tech industry for a little while, I wanted to try my hand a writing a book. A publisher called Apress was looking for someone to write about Android tablets, and that seemed right up my alley. After months of playing with every tablet available at the time, writing, re-writing, and finally applying all of the visual art to my book, it was ready to be published. The book was fairly well received, considering it was a glorified how-to manual for Android tablets, and most of the feedback I got was very positive. A few weeks later, someone pointed out to me that my book was available in a new distribution method — The Pirate Bay.I took the time to create something, and the price that was put on that item when it was finished was a statement of what my time was worth, assuming a certain number of sales. When the book was published initially, there were several people who initially complained about the price. Apparently $15 was too much for an eBook, and they weren’t interested in making the purchase for something there was no guarantee they were going to get use out of. That’s certainly an understandable position, and likely one of the reasons those same users took to piracy. Seeing the book being pirated forced me to question the quality of the work I had produced, even though the people complaining about the price had nothing to go on but my description, a few early reviews, and the cover art.Now, I wasn’t angry at whoever posted the book I had just spent months of my life on to a free download service. Honestly, my view on piracy has always been pretty supportive — to me it doesn’t make any sense to look at it as lost revenue, but for whatever reason the book was not available in a format or price some people agreed with. At the time, the book was only available on Amazon and in a few select retailers. Eventually it would come to the Google Play Store and a few other outlets, but even after that release I noticed the book was actively being downloaded.There’s a really popular defense among those who download content instead of purchasing it. Many claim that they like to try something before they buy it, and downloading is their way of doing this. It’s impossible to know how many of those people actually go and purchase something after they acquire a free copy, but I would imagine that number is fairly low if it exists at all. Books are especially confusing in this context, as there’s usually at least a chapter of the book available to preview before you buy now. Google Books had almost three and a half chapters of my book available for users to read before they made the purchase.Feedback is a surprisingly empty spot in the piracy puzzle. If I go to Amazon right now, I can see the feedback of users who bought Taking Your Android Tablets to the Max and felt the need to comment on their purchase. If I go to Google, I can see the same kind of feedback in the purchase section as well as the review section Google maintains separately. Never once have I received feedback from someone who downloaded my book without purchasing it. I’ve haven’t had a single person come to me and explain that there was this one thing that was missing, and had I included it the book would have pushed them from casually checking it out for free to purchasing it.I’m far from the only content creator out there with a mostly positive view towards piracy. HBO’s recent commentary on Game of Thrones piracy is a great example from the world of video, but there are also programmers in the world whose views on piracy are mostly accepting. Koushik Dutta, a developer responsible for some of the most popular apps in the Google Play Store today, has dealt with his apps being pirated and then sold to other users. His issue was never with the piracy of his apps, with Android there’s a reasonable amount of that to be expected. Selling someone else’s work as your own is an entirely different matter and the FBI, with help from Google, responded appropriately in that situation.I asked Sal Cangeloso, Managing Editor of Geek.com, about his experience with piracy of his book, LED Lighting: A Primer to Lighting the Future. He wrote:I’ve seen some sporatic piracy of my book, but it’s not something that has bothered me too much. The ebook version is available for under $4 from Amazon and $6 from O’Reilly in a DRM-free copy, so I didn’t imagine that too many potential buyers would opt for a pirated copy. Sure, I worked hard on the book and I think it contains information that could save people considerably more than $6 in the future, but I believe in O’Reilly/Make’s stance on DRM-free ebooks and accept that some piracy is unavoidable.I don’t depend on my book to pay the bills, so I can afford to be more lax than some other content creators. Even so, I’ve seen no gains from the piracy. Maybe some people are buying the book after downloading it for free, but I don’t believe anyone is learning about it from a torrent or pirated ebook site. I guess I’m equally parts disappointed that people feel that the book is being pirated and pleased that it’s worth pirating, but I think the overall impact has been negligible. In the end, piracy isn’t going anywhere. I don’t think I want it to, either. The next time you do pirate something, I’d ask you to think about why you are really doing it. If you’re actually just trying before you buy, and then you don’t buy, you should tell the person whose content you borrowed why they didn’t deserve your money. If you don’t feel the content was worth what they were charging, maybe that content creator is willing to make a deal with you. It’s really easy to click the download button, and it’s really easy to defend your reasoning after the fact, but if you aren’t going to contribute money to the creator you should at the very least contribute honest feedback.last_img read more


New chapter for Customs House in Sydney

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of Circular Quay’s most important heritage buildings will remain in public hands after being purchased by the City of Sydney.The City has acquired Customs House from the Commonwealth Department of Finance, having leased and managed the building since 1994.“Customs House is one of Australia’s finest buildings and I’m delighted it will remain in public hands,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.“From 1845 to 1990, Customs House was the gateway to Australia, welcoming goods and people through its doors. Four years after the Australian Customs Service moved out, the city began leasing and managing the building, transforming it into a wonderful public space.“It remains one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings, welcoming a million visitors through its doors each year. It’s a cultural centre, public library, exhibition space and provides commercial offices, cafes and space for events. It’s also home to an ever-evolving scale model of our city centre which is loved by children and visitors.READ MORE: Peter Conistis turns Geelong’s Customs House into a seafood taverna“The building has hosted Olympic live sites and Vivid light displays and, with its proximity to one of Sydney’s busiest public transport hubs, it has become a popular meeting place.“We will now look at how we can improve the building to ensure it remains a valuable community asset for generations to come.”City Historian Dr Lisa Murray said the 174-year-old building has had a rich history and served as the original gateway for imports into Sydney.“The role of customs, powerfully symbolised by Customs House at Circular Quay, has always been a dual role of revenue raising through taxing trade, and protecting society from socially unacceptable goods, products, ideas and diseases,” Dr Murray said.“In Sydney’s early days as a commercial centre, smugglers were active not only in relation to banned goods, but to any goods which attracted a significant tariff. Opium for instance was legal until well into the 20th century, but attracted a high tax, so it was at the centre of many smuggling scandals.READ MORE: Spinaloga could make it onto UNESCO’s world heritage sites listings“The government first introduced income tax during World War 1. Prior to this, customs income was the chief source of government revenue.“As late as 1924, customs tax still contributed more than 70 per cent of the nation’s revenue, meaning Customs House played an enormous role in funding Australia during the early years of federation.”last_img read more


Afsset des experts laccusent davoir trompé le public au sujet des lignes

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgAfsset : des experts l’accusent d’avoir trompé le public au sujet des lignes à haute tension France – Dans une lettre adressée au gouvernement, huit experts ayant travaillé sur des rapports de l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement et du travail (Afsset) accusent cette dernière d’avoir trompé le public quant aux impacts des champs électromagnétiques de très basses fréquences.Dans une lettre destinée aux ministres de la Santé et de l’Écologie, plusieurs membres des groupes de travail mis en place par l’Afsset pour étudier les effets des lignes à haute tension ou des antennes-relais critiquent vivement l’avis de l’agence. Ils estiment que sur ses deux sujets, l’Afsset a “trompé délibérément le public et bafoué l’expertise scientifique”.En avril dernier, l’Afsset avait recommandé la création d’une zone d’exclusion de 100 mètres autour des lignes à très haute tension pour les nouvelles constructions recevant du public. Une recommandation faisant suite à des “associations statistiques claires” entre l’exposition aux champs électromagnétiques extrêmement basses fréquences et les leucémies infantiles, bien qu’aucun lien de cause à effet n’ait été clairement identifié (voir article). Dans leur lettre, les scientifiques dénoncent une “interprétation irrationnelle du principe de précaution” contribuant à “inquiéter inutilement les 300.000 riverains des lignes de transport de l’électricité”.À lire aussiParis décide de suspendre l’installation de nouvelles antennes relaisEn réponse à ces accusations, Martin Guespereau, directeur général de l’Afsset, estime qu’il est du devoir de l’agence de “faire des recommandations de gestion du risque”, soulignant que “les riverains ont besoin de toute l’information et de toute la lumière sur les éléments scientifiques”.C’est la seconde fois que l’Afsset est ainsi critiquée quant à ses rapports et recommandations. En décembre 2009, l’Académie nationale de médecine, l’Académie des sciences et l’Académie des technologies avaient en effet dénoncé un avis de l’agence préconisant la réduction des expositions aux radiofréquences (voir article).Le 25 mai 2010 à 18:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Xbox Live Stephen Toulouse demissionne

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgXbox Live : Stephen Toulouse demissionneLe chef de la sécurité du Xbox Live quitte Microsoft après 17 ans de bons et loyaux services.Stephen Toulouse vient de l’annoncer sur son site personnel, il vient de quitter, en bon terme, les services de Microsoft. La firme n’a pour l’instant pas désigné de successeur, mais à bien assuré que son équipe, le “the Xbox Live Enforcement Squad » continuerait son travail : assurer aux joueurs du Xbox Live une expérience sécurisée et tranquille.Les 40 millions de joueurs du Xbox live comportent des hackers et des amateurs qui profitent de la souplesse du système de Microsoft pour trafiquer les jeux en ligne. Le secteur Policy and Enforcement est donc important pour éviter que le Xbox Live ne devienne un genre de far-ouest informatique. Rappelons que le concurrent Sony avait connu de bien mauvais moments l’été dernier, à cause de Hackers non identifiés, et qu’il est, actuellement, victime d’une nouvelle interruption.Stephen Toulouse confie sur son blog n’avoir aucun plan particulier pour l’avenir, excepté visiter sa famille et se reposer. « À 40 ans, j’ai 18 ans de carrière à Microsoft derrière moi, et c’est le seul monde que j’ai jamais vraiment connu. » Et malgré tout le plaisir qu’il dit avoir eu à travailler pour la firme de Redmond, il souhaite découvrir de nouveaux horizons. Gageons qu’avec 18 ans d’expérience dans la technologie et la communication il n’aura pas de mal à se replacer. Sa démission prendra effet le 15 février.  Pour parler de sa vie, Stephen Toulouse a sorti un audiobook titré « A Microsoft Life ».Le 6 février 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Drogue une salle de consommation sera bientôt ouverte à Paris

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgDrogue : une salle de consommation sera bientôt ouverte à ParisPour la première fois en France, aura lieu l’expérimentation d’une salle de consommation de drogue à Paris. Si cette décision satisfait les associations qui accompagne les consommateurs de drogues, en revanche elle inquiète les riverains des quartiers où se concentrent les trafics de stupéfiants.Un peu plus de six mois après que le débat a été relancé, le gouvernement a confirmé la prochaine création de la première salle de consommation de drogues en France. Mardi, Matignon a en effet indiqué que la Mildt (Mission interministérielle de lutte contre les drogues et toxicomanies) était chargée de la mise en place d’une expérimentation, avec le ministère de la Santé, consistant à mettre à la disposition des drogués une salle de consommation à Paris. A l’heure actuelle, le lieu précis et la date de début de ce test ne sont pas connus, bien que plusieurs quartiers de la capitale aient été évoqués.Ces salles de consommation sont destinées aux toxicomanes de rue précarisés. Elles doivent leur permettre de consommer leurs propres produits dans de bonnes conditions d’hygiène, sous supervision de personnels de santé, et de réduire les troubles à l’ordre public. “C’est un travail préparatoire qui va permettre de confirmer la faisabilité du projet dans ses dimensions sanitaires, sociales, économiques et en termes de sécurité publique”, a expliqué Matignon cité par l’AFP. Le maire de Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, s’est ainsi “réjoui” de cette initiative qui avait été promise par la ministre de la Santé, Marisol Touraine.Le maire du Xe arrondissement de Paris, Rémi Féraud, s’est lui porté volontaire pour qu’une salle de consommation ouvre à proximité de la gare du Nord, où se rassemblent nombre de consommateurs. Selon lui, “cela fera progresser la santé publique et la sécurité publique”. Il espère même que la salle puisse être ouverte “avant l’été”. Une expérience bénéfique pour les usagers comme pour le voisinage ? À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeDu côté de l’opposition, en revanche, cette politique a été vivement condamnée. L’UMP-Paris se demande ainsi “comment concevoir la mise en place et le financement public de salles de consommation de drogues lorsque celles-ci sont interdites par la loi ?”. Néanmoins, le conseil de la ville a voté à la mi-décembre une subvention de 38.000 euros en faveur de l’association Gaïa Paris, pour lui permettre de préparer l’ouverture de la future salle de consommation. Curieusement, l’association dit pourtant ne “pas être au courant” de l’expérimentation qui vient d’être approuvée. “On attend un coup de fil du cabinet d’Ayrault”, indique-t-elle. Reste que pour Thierry Brigaud, le président de Médecins du Monde (MDM) qui travaille sur le projet de Gaïa Paris, “c’est une très bonne nouvelle, on va se mettre au travail”. En effet, cette première salle de test “va permettre de remettre dans le parcours de soins les usagers de drogue à hauts risques”, estime t-il cité par l’AFP précisant qu’il n’a “aucun doute sur le fait que l’expérience va être concluante”. “Une étude de l’Inserm montre que ces salles sont nécessaires, et en Espagne, à Bilbao, MDM a montré que c’était un dispositif intéressant pour les usagers et le voisinage”, souligne le président de l’association. Mais les riverains de l'”Association Vivre Gares du Nord et Est”, eux ne sont pas totalement convaincus et s’inquiètent des risques de regroupement “du trafic, des dealers”. “La salle de shoot va générer un appel d’air pour les drogués des autres quartiers”, estime Pierre Coulogner, président de l’association. Il a ainsi demandé à Gaïa Paris de faire en sorte de ne pas choisir une salle située “à proximité d’un lieu d’habitation, d’une école ou d’une crèche”.Le 6 février 2013 à 11:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Bits n Pieces Camas woman races to 50 with intensity

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgMindy Schleif never thought that crawling under barbed wire would be a fitting way to celebrate her 50th birthday — until she tried it.Schleif, of Camas, decided to ring in her 50s by participating in the Spartan Race on Dec. 5 in Malibu, Calif.The extreme-race series, which hosts events all over the world, includes a variety of grueling challenges like a fire pit, freezing ice bath, gladiator fight and crawling under a field of barbed wire.The first Pacific Northwest Spartan Race was June 16 in Washougal, which is where Schleif and her husband, Arlen, first heard of it.“We saw it last year, and my husband wanted to do it, and I thought that was the stupidest thing,” she said. “But then I kept thinking about it.”Schleif had considered running a half-marathon for her 50th birthday, but when she discovered there was a Spartan Race on the exact date near where her children live, she made up her mind to go for it.And her sister, husband, son, son-in-law, grandsons and niece all joined the race with her.“I was thinking I was going to have a really hard time, but I really surprised myself,” Schleif said. “I was able to do a lot of the challenges without much effort.”And things got even more interesting when she struck up a casual conversation while crawling under the barbed wire, she said.“So I met this guy under the wire, and he said he was from New York and he was writing an article on races,” Schleif said. “We kept talking and he just kind of interviewed me under the barbed wire for a while.”last_img read more