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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs BPC award the least of concerns for Slaughter, Newsome

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Coming back to action this conference, Slaughter is averaging 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks to be the difference maker for the Gin Kings in this title retention drive.Meanwhile, Newsome has been the best local talent for the Bolts with his 13.06 markers, 6.25 boards, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals to help the team top the eliminations with their 9-2 record in the eliminations.The Best Player of the Conference will be awarded before Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: JRU claims 3rd Final Four slot BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next PBA IMAGESLeading their respective teams to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Greg Slaughter and Chris Newsome are seen as favorites to claim the Best Player of the Conference award.But with another finals meeting coming up, the two are simply unconcerned about the plum, saying that it’s the championship they are chasing after.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If I score zero and we win, I’ll be happy with that. We always look on winning the championship over individual awards,” said Slaughter, who is currently third in the statistical points race with 32.625 SPs.“The one thing that’s important for me is making it back to the Finals. Now, my top priority is winning in the Finals. It’s always good to hear that you’re part of the BPC race. That means I’m playing at the level that I expect to be playing at, but the individual accolade is not my top priority at the moment,” saidNewsome, who’s sitting at fourth with his 30.875 SPs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel center June Mar Fajardo is still the pacesetter for the highest individual award per conference with 38.455 SPs, followed by TNT guard Jayson Castro who has 33.563 SPs.But with Fajardo and Castro failing to help their teams reach the Finals, it’s almost certain that the award will be disputed between the two former Ateneo studs, who could take home their first BPC trophy.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Breanna Stewart to be WNBA ambassador this season

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart in action against the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision says that Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday night, May 23, 2019, because no official announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)NEW YORK — Breanna Stewart will be a paid ambassador for the WNBA this season.The reigning MVP tore her right Achilles tendon while playing overseas this winter and because the league has no injury list for teams, the Seattle Storm suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot.ADVERTISEMENT The WNBA will pay Stewart in excess of the roughly $65,000 base salary she would have made with the Storm, agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas confirmed to the AP on Friday.Colas said that the deal was done Thursday in discussion with deputy NBA commissioner Mark Tatum, who has been serving as the interim WNBA President. This was after Seattle and Stewart mutually agreed on the suspension. Seattle offered to keep Stewart on the roster and pay her full salary, but the 24-year-old said she wanted to help the team be the best it could be by not taking up an active roster spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The Storm made the decision independently to suspend her because of the injury,” Tatum told the AP at the New York Liberty game Friday night. “After they made the decision, we at the league office said ‘What a great opportunity to have the reigning MVP promote the league’. I spoke with Lindsay and then got on the phone with the team after they made the decision. What Stewie wants to do is help us grow and promote the league. It’s a great thing for the WNBA.”Colas was happy that the league was willing to think outside of the box. US faces greater challenges this time around at World Cup “The league delivered on the idea that they need to invest in their stars and be collaborative with the players. They understand Stewie’s value to the business,” Colas said. “I applaud them being entrepreneurial. This is a good thing for everyone. We are excited to pilot what I hope will be a model for how stars can work with the league and its partners to engage fans and drive interest year round.”The Storm also lost Sue Bird indefinitely to a knee injury this week, meaning they would have started the season with only 10 healthy players. There is a clause in the current CBA that if a team gets below 10 healthy players, they can sign a replacement player until they get back above 10.The union, which was informed of the Stewart decision, is interested some kind of change, whether it’s in the form of an injured reserve list or a roster expansion.“We thought it was a great idea and encouraged the league to think of other players that would make great ambassadors,” said Terri Jackson, who is the executive director of the WNBPA. “We wanted to see how it develops as the concept and plan rolls out. This league is represented by many great players.”It will definitely be a big topic of discussion around the CBA, which expires after this season because the players opted out at the end of 2018 season.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “That’s definitely something that would help the league grow,” Los Angeles Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike, who is the president of the players’ union, said in 2017. “It’s all about resources and talking about the logistics of everything. Looking forward, we’d like to spark that type of change.”The league had an injury list from 1997-2005. Players had to sit out a minimum of three games from the date they were placed on the list. Then, the WNBA had a two-person inactive list from 2006-08 before rosters were reduced to 11 in 2009. Rosters are back up to 12 now.Chiney Ogwumike missed 2015 and 2017 because of two separate injuries. In 2015, she had microfracture surgery on her knee and the Connecticut Sun kept her on the roster all year, costing them a spot. Although Ogwumike couldn’t play, she was still the face of the franchise while making appearances.Two years later when she hurt her Achilles tendon, the Sun suspended her, freeing up the roster spot and not having to pay her.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs High Court of Gujarat is hiring, apply for 61 Computer Operator posts

first_imgThe High Court of Gujarat has issued an advertisement inviting applications from interested, eligible candidates for 61 computer operator posts.Vacancy details:Total posts: 61Name of the posts:Computer OperatorEligibility criteria:Educational qualifications:The candidate should have a Bachelors degree in Computer Application/ Information Technology/ Computer Science or its equivalent from a recognised university or from an institution duly recognised by the Gujarat government/ Central government.Age limit:The candidate should have completed 18 years of age and should not be over 35 years as on April 29, 2016.Relaxation in age limit as per government rules will be given.Selection procedure:The candidates who clear the elimination test will be called for computer aided test. The final list of successful candidates will be made on the basis of marks scored in computer aided test.Pay scale:The selected candidates will draw salary in the pay scale of Rs 5200 20,200, with grade pay of Rs 1900.How to apply:Eligible, interested candidates should fill in the online application form, available on the official website, the link for which is http://hc-ojas.guj.nic.in/Application fee:Candidates have to pay a sum of Rs 500 towards application fees. Those belonging to SC/ST/SEBC/PH and Ex-servicemen will have to pay Rs 250.Important dates:Last date for submission of online application: May 31, 2016Elimination Test: August 07, 2016Computer aided test: In the month of October/November 2016For information on more latest government jobs, click here.last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Tej Pratap Yadav makes an appearance in Bihar Vidhan Sabha

first_imgPatna, Nov 30 (PTI) RJD president Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav Friday made his first appearance at the state assembly on the final day of the ongoing winter session. An MLA from Mahua in Vaishali district, Tej Pratap has kept away from his family as well politics since he filed for divorce on November 3.On Friday, he came to the Vidhan Sabha wearing a white dhoti and kurta and an off-white waistcoat besides sporting a red tilak on his forehead.He, however, avoided crossing paths with his younger brother Tejashwi Yadav, who is the Leader of the Opposition, as well as mother Rabri Devi, who occupies the same position in the legislative council, signalling disquiet in the family over the divorce issue. Tej Pratap declined to answer queries about his ongoing marital strife but was quick to defend his party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RJD) frequent stalling of proceedings in the House, which on Friday too was adjourned till 2 pm within minutes of commencement. Bihar is in turmoil. The opposition has to do whatever is possible to draw the attention of the government towards the plight of the people, he told reporters before getting inside his car and speeding away. Yadav, who had arrived here on Wednesday night, is said to be putting up at a hotel and while appearing before a court on Thursday in connection with his divorce petition, he admitted that he had not visited his home nor met any member of his family but declined to reply to further queries.advertisement Known for his volatile disposition, Tej Pratap’s decision to seek divorce from Aishwarya Rai, his wife of six months, has not gone down well with his parents and siblings. The court had posted the matter for further hearing on January 8, 2019. He had last month made it clear that he would not return home until his family came out in support of his decision. He was also conspicuous by his absence at a dinner hosted at the residence of Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday night. RJD state president and MLC Ramchandra Purve later said the get-together was organised to celebrate the success of the party in effectively putting the government on the mat during the ongoing session of legislature. PTI NAC SNS RHLlast_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Akshay Karnewar plays for Ranji champions Vidarbha and he can bowl with both hands

first_imgAkshay Karnewar can do everything on a cricket field. He can bowl right-arm off-break. He can bowl left-arm spin. And he can bat. The 26-year-old Karnewar played a crucial role for Vidarbha in their victory over Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy final in Nagpur.Akshay Karnewar is in action again for Vidarbha in the Irani Cup against Rest of India. In the first innings on the opening day, he picked up the important wicket of Shreyas Iyer which triggered a collapse.Karnewar is not just an effective ambidextrous bowler. In 11 first-class matches before the Irani Cup, which got underway on February 12, he had picked 31 wickets including two five-wicket hauls. He has also 429 runs at an average of 30.64 with a best of 94.In the final against Saurashtra, Karnewar scored an unbeaten 73 to lead a lower-order revival after Vidarbha had crashed to 196 for 7.Karnewar does not spin the ball much but his guile often leaves batsmen perplexed. On Tuesday against Rest of India, Karnewar bowled 15 overs, gave away 50 runs and picked up the wicket of Shreyas Iyer.Rest of India were cruising along at 231 for 3 with Iyer looking solid alongside first innings centurion Hanuma Vihari. But Karnewar ended Iyer’s stint with a sharp, accurate delivery.Following Iyer’s dismissal, Rest of India lost Ishan Kishan, K Gowtham and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja in quick succession.Also Read | U-23 bowler Shiva Singh’s 360-degree turn hogs limelightlast_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Rogers Cup: Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov crash out semi-finals

first_imgIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Denis Shapovalov failed to seal their spot in the finals at the ATP Montreal Masters after facing a straight-set defeat to the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof in the men’s doubles event.On Saturday, the unseeded duo of Bopanna and Shapovalov lost 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 in the semifinal clash that lasted more than 90 minutes to bow out of the competition.Haase and Koolhof will now face the Spanish-Argentine pair of Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the title clash on Sunday.The Indo-Canadian had received a walkover in their quarterfinal clash against France’s Benoit Paire and Swiss Stan Wawrinka.Bopanna and Shapovalov had earlier knocked out the fourth seed French pair of Nichola Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin before defeating Kyle Edmund and Taylor Fritz in straight sets in the round of 16.last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Minister Grange Pledges Support to Struggling Teenage Mother

first_img “Yasheka, you can consider your balance paid,” said the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, after listening to the story of the young mother who is struggling with the cost of her nursing programme at Excelsior Community College. Yasheka Brooks was one of the speakers at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation’s Charity Ball held on last Saturday (May 26) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. She was included on the programme as an Alumni of the Women’s Centre, a successful student with a story to tell. She was only 14 when she became pregnant. As she recalls, it happened on the second occasion that she had sex with her boyfriend, who was a star athlete at their high school in Portland. They’d been dating for six months before it happened. Story Highlights “Yasheka, you can consider your balance paid,” said the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, after listening to the story of the young mother who is struggling with the cost of her nursing programme at Excelsior Community College.Yasheka Brooks was one of the speakers at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation’s Charity Ball held on last Saturday (May 26) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. She was included on the programme as an Alumni of the Women’s Centre, a successful student with a story to tell.She was only 14 when she became pregnant. As she recalls, it happened on the second occasion that she had sex with her boyfriend, who was a star athlete at their high school in Portland. They’d been dating for six months before it happened.“Being pregnant in high school was devastating; the year 2011 was one of the worst years of my life,” she told the enrapt audience as she recounted the isolation felt as well as the “discrimination, emotional turmoil and abuse” she endured when it became clear that she would be another teenaged mother.“I became depressed to the point that I wanted to hurt myself,” she said. Minister Grange reminded the audience in her address that adolescent pregnancy is a “global issue”. UNFPA estimates that across the world 16 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant each year. And another two million aged 14 and under also become pregnant each year.The Women’s Centre was established in 1978 to help Jamaica deal with adolescent pregnancy. This year, it is celebrating 40 years of life-changing work with more than 46,000 pregnant teenagers — such as Yasheka Brooks — and their babies.Yasheka had dropped out of high school at grade nine when she enrolled in the Women’s Centre location in Port Antonio, Portland. By that time, her “church also took its stance” asking her to “stop taking part in every activity” — she had been the President of the youth group and a head server.Her family, friends and community were also “very judgmental”. In contrast, she found the staff at the Women’s Centre to be “kind, loving, caring, understanding” and she was happy to go to the Centre to “stay away from my community in the days to avoid the criticism.”“The Centre changed my life. They taught me that being pregnant was not the end of my life. They also taught me that there was hope in my life and I was the only one who could make my dreams become a reality,” said Yasheka.The Women’s Centre helps pregnant teenagers to continue their education through day schools at its locations across the country. It also equips the young mothers (and increasingly the young baby fathers) with skills to take care of their children, including food preparation and garment construction.As Minister Grange puts it: “The Women’s Centre helps the girls to continue their education thereby increasing their job prospects and equipping them with the tools to look after their children and to become good parents.”One important duty of the Women’s Centre is to advocate for pregnant mothers to return to the formal secondary school system after the birth of their babies.Yasheka gave birth to a baby girl and was reintegrated into the high school system through the work of the Women’s Centre.She had been a good student, but was motivated to do even better now, despite the stigma that comes with being an adolescent mother. She was scoring high marks in the 80s and 90s and was placing second or third in her class. By grade ten, she won the Mathematics prize for her cohort and was ready to take two CXC subjects. She passed them. She sat another eight subjects in grade 11. She passed those as well as the two CAPE subjects she took at sixth form.On account of her good performance and discipline, she was made a prefect and was later nominated for the position of Deputy Head Girl. The nomination was not accepted because she was an adolescent mother. “The selection committee decided that being placed in such a leading position may send the wrong message to the other students, telling them that it was okay to become pregnant in school. This motivated me to work even harder to make sure I passed all my subjects.”Yasheka passed all her subjects with good grades, but she admits that “attending high school as a teenage mother was exceedingly difficult.” At night she studied with her child in her arms and went to school in the day, penniless and hungry.“I remember one day I was so hungry that I could not hear a thing the teacher was saying in clothing and textile class, so I asked to go to the bathroom and I went to drink some water. The water had a lot of chlorine in it. It was as white as snow, however I drank it. Unfortunately, by the time I was near the classroom door I felt nauseous and I had to run back to bathroom. I learnt from experience that chlorine in an empty stomach equals rapid contraction of the stomach walls which eventually results in vomiting.”But she says “hunger became my best friend” and she reads when she’s hungry “and this would make my belly full again.”Yasheka was accepted into the nursing programme at Excelsior Community College in 2016. She was unable to pay the full tuition up front, but organised a bake sale and vending from street to street to help her raise funds to pay the tuition and keep up with her expenses.Through the efforts of the Women’s Centre, she obtained a 2017 Scotia GEMS grant of J$50,000 towards her school fees. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport also gave her a grant of J$50,000 in 2017 to help with the expenses. But there’s still a balance.Minister Grange has assured Yasheka that the balance will be cleared as the young mother, who has a Grade Point Average of 3.20, must be shown love, compassion and care and given every opportunity to realise her dreams, to look after her family and become an outstanding mother.The Minister said there were other adolescent mothers struggling to complete their education and they needed support. That is why she recently launched ASTREAM (Advancing Secondary, Tertiary, Remedial Education for Adolescent Mothers). The programme, which will be administered by the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation, will offer mentorship, sponsorship and scholarship to adolescent mothers.last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs NYK Wraps Up Japans First CarbonNeutral Voyage

first_imgzoomCar carrier Aries Leader; Image Courtesy: NYK Shipping major NYK has undertaken Japan’s first carbon-neutral voyage by offsetting 5,000 tons of CO2.The amount is equivalent to the CO2 emitted by NYK’s environmental flagship car carrier Aries Leader during one voyage between Japan and the Middle East.The vessel is equipped with the latest energy-saving technologies, reducing CO2 emissions per unit by 30% compared with existing large pure car carriers, according to the company.“This initiative demonstrates the ability of NYK to provide carbon-neutral transportation to its Japanese and overseas customers, thus meeting the demand for a more sustainable, carbon-free supply chain.“NYK will propose and expand its carbon offsets to customers as an option that benefits the environment and contributes to a zero-carbon-footprint supply chain.”The company will continue its efforts to create new green businesses through carbon credit initiatives and realize its basic philosophy of “Bringing value to life”.last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Traffic Advisory Colchester County

first_img Local Area Office: 902- 893-5797 Fax: 902- 896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Alton Road north to the track near Brookfield will be reduced to one lane for paving from Thursday, Aug. 23, until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30-last_img

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Three Wines Receive Award for Excellence

first_img L’Acadie Vineyards, Vintage Cuvée Rosé, 2011 Domaine de Grand Pré, Riesling Icewine, 2013 Gaspereau Vineyards, Riesling, 2013 Three Nova Scotian wines have been selected to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines. The award, established by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant in 2014, recognizes the exceptional quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the dedication and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s vibrant wine industry. Through a blind tasting, an independent panel of experts chose the following wines, in no particular order, as the best among the Nova Scotia wines submitted: “I am delighted to play a part in recognizing the wine industry in our province,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “I offer my sincere congratulations to all the award recipients and look forward to presenting each with their medals.” Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia members were invited to submit up to three commercially available wines with 100 per cent Nova Scotia content. “The Winery Association of Nova Scotia is pleased to see the winners of Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines announced,” said Gillian Mainguy, Manager, Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “Congratulations to winemakers Jürg Stutz, Gina Haverstock, and Bruce Ewert, they should all be very proud of their wines. And a tip of the hat to Jürg Stutz and the Domaine de Grand Pre team on this being their second win of this prestigious award!” The award ceremony will include the unveiling of the new Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines badge granted by the Governor General and the new Wine Award Gold Medal. The awards will be presented as a ceremony hosted by the Lieutenant Governor at Government House on Thursday, Aug. 6.last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Canadian citizen kidnapped in Nigeria Global Affairs Canada

first_imgGlobal Affairs Canada says a Canadian has been kidnapped in Nigeria.A spokesman says consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather more information.Global Affairs also says consular services are being provided to the family of the Canadian, who has not been identified.International media reports cite a military spokesman saying a Canadian and a Scottish oil worker were kidnapped off a rig in the Niger Delta on Saturday.Reuters and CNN report Major Ibrahim Abubakar saying troops are searching the area for the workers and their abductors.Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria and foreign workers are often targets. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs One Direction And Justin Bieber Join The Elephant Project For Alzheimers Month

first_imgSeptember is World Alzheimer’s Month, and a bunch of famous names have joined a giant celebrity charity auction to mark the occasion.The Elephant Project is an organization to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, which was started by David Niederhoffer after his grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. There is a phrase that says “elephants never forget,” and in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, we are striving for those affected by the disease to “never forget.” David has worked hard to get well-known celebrities to pose with an elephant beanie baby and sign a special Elephant Project card, which are then auctioned off to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s disease.Each auction package comes with an 8×10 picture of the celebrity and the elephant, a signed card from that celebrity, and an elephant beanie baby. Among the stars taking part are Justin Bieber, One Direction, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Zooey Deschanel, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Vanessa Hudgens, Tom Felton, Pauley Perrette, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Jimmy Fallon, Mark Ruffalo, Ian Somerhalder, Sofia Vergara, Jason Sudeikis, Shenae Grimes, AnnaLynne McCord, Zachary Quinto, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ann Curry and many more.The auctions end on September 20, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Orlando Bloom Meets Children And Families Affected By Boko Haram On Niger

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom this week travelled to Diffa, south-east Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin where Boko Haram violence has caused huge population displacements.Orlando Bloom embraces fifteen-year-old Aïsha at her shelter in Diffa, Niger, Monday 20 February 2017Credit/Copyright: UNICEF/UN054058/TremeauHundreds of thousands of children across the region have been forced from their homes, are out of education and at risk of malnutrition.In areas affected by the violence in Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon, 2.3 million people are now displaced, making this one of the fastest growing displacement crises in Africa. The Diffa region currently hosts over 240,000 internally displaced persons, refugees and returnees – including 160,000 children.“As a father, it is hard for me to imagine how many of these children are caught up in this conflict. During my trip I have heard dreadful stories about children fleeing on foot, leaving everything behind, including the safety of their homes and classrooms,” said Bloom, who first travelled to see UNICEF’s work in 2007.Bloom met with children such as 14-year-old Amada Goni who has been living with his family in Garin Wazam, a camp for displaced persons. When the crisis began, many of Amada’s friends joined Boko Haram, some voluntarily, others not. He opened up to Bloom about the terrible nightmares he has and how he still doesn’t feel safe since his village was attacked eight months ago. Amada now goes to the UNICEF-supported psychosocial support unit every day where he gets help to deal with the trauma he faced and where he has met new friends.“When I go there to play, I feel good, I feel relieved, I feel much better. It helps with the nightmares,” he told Bloom.“It is extremely hard to comprehend this situation when you are not there. I saw the depth of the pain and suffering these kids are going through. This is not something any child should experience,” said Bloom. “However it was amazing to witness the smile on Amada’s face as he played basketball with his friends. This is the result of UNICEF’s work.”“So many children in Niger and across the Lake Chad region have been uprooted by this crisis,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “They have suffered unimaginable violence and abuse, they have lost their families, their homes and missed out on years of education. What these children need most is an end to the violence, and until that is possible, we must do all we can to support them in rebuilding their lives.”During his time in Niger, Bloom also visited Bosso on the border of Nigeria where he met 13-year-old Eta, who fled with her family when her house was burned by Boko Haram. Now attending a temporary school opened by UNICEF, she dreams of becoming a doctor, working for the well-being of her community.“This visit has been extremely moving. Every single child I met is affected by this conflict and in desperate need of basic services such as clean water, psychological care and education to help them recover from the atrocities they have suffered and witnessed. They deserve a childhood,” said Bloom.UNICEF and its partners in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have increased the level of assistance to thousands of families in the region, with access to safe water, education, counselling and psychosocial support, as well as vaccines and treatment for malnutrition. However, a shortage of funding and difficult access due to insecurity have hindered the delivery of humanitarian assistance to thousands of children in need.last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs James Denton And Beth Stern Host 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

first_imgFollowing more than a million votes by the American public and the opinions of an expert panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, “Chi Chi,” a four-year-old Golden Retriever from Phoenix, Arizona has been named this year’s most heroic dog, besting 265 other brave canines and capturing the top title of “American Hero Dog” at the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.James Denton and Beth Stern hosted the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog AwardsCredit/Copyright: Invision for American Humane / AP ImagesThe eighth annual Hero Dogs Awards is sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc. and Zoetis Petcare (a U.S. business unit of Zoetis) and will be broadcast nationally on Hallmark Channel October 24 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.Chi Chi is a quadruple amputee who is inspiring people all over the world. She was left for dead in South Korea where she was found in a garbage bag with her legs bound, worn to the bone, and already necrotized. The only way to save her life was to amputate portions of all four of her legs. When she first arrived, she was afraid of people, but with time and lots of love and grace, she realized that she is safe and no one will ever hurt her again. She forgave and decided to trust people again. She quickly adapted to her first set of custom prosthetics and now loves spending her days as a certified therapy dog sharing her joy and cheerful demeanor with people of all ages. Recently, she had surgery to remove cancer tumors, so she is a cancer survivor. When people meet Chi Chi, they are inspired by her courage, perseverance, ability to overcome adversity and her never-give-up attitude. She exemplifies resilience and forgiveness, and openly shares her love and compassion in abundance. Her sweet-tempered and gentle spirit opens people’s hearts and her perceptive spirit senses where her love is needed. When people hear Chi Chi’s story and experience her attitude of joy, they are often inspired to face their challenges with renewed courage and a fresh perspective. Chi Chi brings joy everywhere she goes and her optimism and smile spreads quickly to others. She positively impacts thousands of people all over the world via her online therapy work through her social media account.For her extraordinary bravery and good works, Chi Chi won the American Humane Hero Dog Awards’ “Therapy Dog” category. This year, the Therapy Dog category is sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, the official pet food sponsor of the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. We thank them for helping draw attention to Chi Chi’s story and spotlighting the remarkable ways dogs are capable of forgiveness and moving on to do good things for others even when they themselves were in need of help.A Galaxy of Stars Honors Hero DogsThe sold-out, star-studded awards honoring America’s most courageous canines were hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel by television and film star James Denton and bestselling author and animal advocate Beth Stern, accompanied by a galaxy of celebrity stars and presenters including TV star Erik Estrada; actress Danielle Fishel; actress Bailee Madison; TV actress Kellie Martin; TV host Debbie Matenopoulos; TV host Cameron Mathison; TV host and animal trainer Brandon McMillan; actress Barbara Niven; actor Jerry O’Connell; actress Denise Richards; actress Rebecca Romijn; TV host and actress Alison Sweeney; “Modern Family” actress Ariel Winter; and TV host and animal expert Larissa Wohl. Actor Dean Cain brought his super powers in the form of heroic voiceovers of the individual finalists’ tribute videos.Wildlife conservationist and popular TV personality Jack Hanna provided a delightful pre-taped video congratulating all the dogs and urging everyone to support the animals of the earth. Before the show, the audience was treated to the artistry of The Alex Donner Band, the Nunziata brothers, and a special appearance by Hallmark Channel’s Goodwill Ambassador Happy the Dog.The Hero Dog Awards were created to celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people and recognize extraordinary acts of heroism performed by ordinary dogs. The event will be broadcast nationwide by Hallmark Channel on October 24 at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm Central. The program will air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, the network’s cross-platform advocacy campaign designed to celebrate the joy and enrichment animals bring to our lives. During American Humane’s annual “Adopt-a-Dog Month” this October, the organization is teaming up with Hallmark Channel’s “Adoption Ever After” campaign to help get more of the millions of beautiful animals left in shelters each year into forever homes. All throughout the month, animal lovers can go to www.AmericanHumane.org to find adoptable dogs in your area, tips on preparing their home for a new four-legged companion, and other vital information, social media campaigns and blogs to help build a better world for our best friends.“The American Humane Hero Dog Awards were created to honor some of the most extraordinary heroes the world has ever known, the very best of our best friends,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization. “These heroic canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty, saving lives on the battlefield, comforting the ill, aged and afflicted, bringing hope to those who have lost it, and reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people. All seven category winners tonight exemplify what it means to be a hero, and we hope that their stories – and Chi Chi’s – will inspire people to value our animal friends and to recognize and honor how much they do for us every day.”“It is an honor to support an effort to recognize the best of our ‘best friends,’” said philanthropist Lois Pope, who has been the awards’ presenting sponsor for seven years. “From those who defend our country to those who help us heal, guide us, protect us, and help find the lost, every single contender exemplifies the courage and heroism we seek to spotlight in the Hero Dog Awards campaign. Through this national forum we have helped educate America about the lifesaving, life-affirming work of our nation’s canine heroes.”The winner is chosen through a combination of public votes and voting by a panel of animal advocates and celebrity judges including Michelle Beadle, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Chung, Philippe and Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, Erik Estrada, Danielle Fishel, Carolyn Hennesy, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Bailee Madison, Adrienne Maloof, Agent Jerry Means, Laura Nativo, Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, Mark Steines, and Lisa Vanderpump.All Finalists Are WinnersChi Chi was the one chosen as 2018 American Hero Dog, but all seven finalists were winners in their categories, and we salute them for their courage, service and compassion. Here are their official nominations, as told by their handlers and owners:Law Enforcement/Arson Dog of the Year (category sponsored by K-9 Courage from Zoetis Petcare) K-9 Flash (Detroit, MI) – K-9 Flash was found in an animal shelter when she was only 9 months old. She was picked up on the streets of Everett, Washington, with no home, no name, and no family. We were starting a Narcotics K-9 course at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Sept of 2005, when we were evaluating dogs in shelters who possess a good hunt, air scent, retrieve, and prey drive. Flash excelled in all of those areas, so we took a chance on her and included her in the class just one day before she was to be euthanized. Once she had her chance, Flash excelled in Narcotics detection and graduated as the only dog to score 100 percent on her certification. She was assigned as the first Narcotics K-9 on Patrol at the Yakima Police Department while assisting two DEA Narcotics Task Force Teams, Regional SWAT Team, and the Patrol Division. K-9 Flash had over 3,000 deployments in her career with over 2,200 narcotics-related finds and seizures. When Flash retired in 2013, she was just getting started. Because of her fortitude and her will to be successful, she inspired her handler to start a national nonprofit to take care of retired K-9 heroes like her with medical assistance, food, and end-of-duty services. Most people don’t know that when K-9 heroes like Flash retire they lose all funding from the agencies they served. Therefore in 2016, K-9 Flash was the sole inspiration for the start of Project K-9 Hero. She now has her own children’s book and travels the nation reading it at schools and inspiring children.Emerging Hero Dog of the YearWillow (Las Vegas, NV) – Willow is a survivor of the South Korean dog meat trade. His owners turned him in to the slaughterhouse because he was old. Neglected, with cut ears, matted hair, a mouth of bad teeth and an infected tongue, he was allowed to be rescued because he “didn’t offer much meat.” He was one of the lucky ones. Arriving in September of 2016, Willow is spreading awareness on social media and making public appearances to educate people on animal welfare topics (including the dog and cat meat trade) through non-traumatic and non-graphic ways, and presenting resources to help more of his four-legged friends. Willow travels internationally in foamboard form and poses with trade survivors. His campaign, “I Am Willow, I Am Not Food” raises flight funds for dogs. He is the mascot for a newly created Animal Rights Club at a local school, helping students advocate for change in the classroom and aiding their school in becoming the first vegan option cafeteria in the State. We are developing educational tools to use in an animal welfare speaking series for schools and conferences. He is also getting therapy dog certification to spread awareness to disabled children through animal-related books/reading programs. Willow is a voice and inspirational leader for millions of animals, not just those subjected to the dog and cat meat trade. People listen, learn and respond to Willow. He is a vehicle for raising awareness. Willow is an EMERGING HERO who will grow that status into something that makes a lifelong paw print in the animal welfare world.Guide/Hearing Dog of the YearFrances (Staten Island, NY) – At the age of 32, I lost my eyesight from a rare complication after battling breast cancer. Over the next six months, I would have to relearn everything from crossing the street to sorting laundry. Then, the universe threw me the ultimate curveball – I found out I was pregnant! When people asked me how I planned on traveling with my baby, I responded, “I’m going to get a guide dog.” In September of 2016, Guiding Eyes for the Blind matched with me with Frances, a female yellow Labrador. Since then, “Franny” and I have become partners in both parenting and advocacy work for visually impaired parents. Now the mother of two daughters, I depend on Frances to help guide me to pre-school, doctor’s appointments and extracurricular activities. When “Franny” is not helping me meet the demands of motherhood, she accompanies me to help educate kids through our Visually Impaired Education Program (VIEP). Aimed at grades K-2, VIEP’s mission is to engage school-aged children through classroom interaction with the blind/visually impaired community; helping diminish stereotypes associated with blindness. Frances attends every presentation, a beautiful reminder about the important work of guide dogs. I believe Frances deserves to be the American Hero Guide Dog because her partnership allows me to be the woman I want to be. She helps me juggle all that comes with being a working mom while educating our community about living with vision loss.Military Dog of the Year (category sponsored by K-9 Courage from Zoetis Petcare)Sergeant Fieldy (McAllen, TX) – Sgt. Fieldy is an 11-year-old Black Lab with the heart and energy of a 3-year-old who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired in August 2014. I am his handler and I met him in South Carolina as part of a group of specialized units formed to combat the number-one threat in Afghanistan: Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). We were deployed to Afghanistan in February 2011. We both experienced first-hand the effects of IEDs when a vehicle struck a pressure plate during a patrol and injured the occupants. Knowing that we were both targets for insurgent observers, we worked tirelessly to detect explosives. He alerted me and found yet another IED, a 60-pound plastic barrel containing homemade explosives. During our deployment, Sgt. Fieldy found several more IEDs and their components, which helped save countless lives during our tour. After his deployment, he was taken back for refitting and training, and I returned home. I later found out that Sgt. Fieldy deployed two more times to Afghanistan and continued to find more IEDs and save many more lives. After serving four tours, on Aug. 7, 2014, I was finally able to adopt him. Since then he has very much enjoyed his retirement. In Nov. 2014 he participated in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City. And in July 2016, he was honored with the K-9 Medal of Courage award on Capitol Hill, and has been recognized for his bravery and courageous sacrifice on several other occasions. He has made a life-changing impact on my life. He is my hero!Search and Rescue Dog of the Year Ruby (East Greenwich, RI) – In October of 2017, a teenage boy went missing from his home in the town of Gloucester. After 36 hours and failed attempts to find him, the Gloucester Police Department requested the services of the Rhode Island State Police K-9 Division. K-9 Ruby and I answered the call and responded to the scene along with other K-9 teams. As part of normal protocol, I briefly interviewed the boy’s mother. During the conversation, it was revealed that the boy’s mother had volunteered her services working with Ruby six years ago at the RISPCA and fostered her each time she was returned. After hours of searching, K-9 Ruby and I were ultimately successful in finding the missing teenager, but unfortunately, he was found in grave medical condition. The state police and EMS services removed the boy from the scene and transported him to a local hospital where he made a full recovery. If it were not for the effort of the state police and especially K-9 Ruby, that young boy’s life may have been lost. You can think what you may, but I believe that was Ruby’s way of saying thank you to the boy’s mother for taking care of her during her rough beginning. Ruby was given a chance at life and ended up saving a life. With the efforts of two organizations (RISP and RISPCA) and a handful of amazing and dedicated people, great things can happen. Ruby will also be featured in a soon-to-be-released award-winning film, which documents her rescue, her rigorous training to become a certified Search & Rescue K9, and accompanies her on her first official searches with her handler, Daniel O’Neil.Service Dog of the Year (category sponsored by Modern Dog magazine)Roxy (Canton, NC) – Hello, everyone. My name is Justin. I am a disabled veteran from the Iraq war. I was deployed to Iraq as a U.S. Army infantry soldier. While in Baghdad during my 2006 deployment, I was blown up by an IED. I now suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Once I was out of the military, I received Roxy as a fully trained PTS Service Dog from Off Leash K9 Training in Asheville, North Carolina. Roxy is trained in basic and advanced obedience, with three Canine Good Citizenship Awards. Roxy has been trained to indicate on my anxiety, so she can help alert me before the PTS gets out of control. She helps provide a distraction, so I can concentrate on something else besides the PTS. She helps me on a daily basis with simple life tasks. If it wasn’t for her showing me that it’s okay to be in society, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I take Roxy to our local V.A. hospital to help share Roxy’s ability with other Veterans. We enjoy bringing happiness and joy to the veterans of the V.A. Most people have never seen a pit bull as a service dog, but once they meet Roxy and see what she does, you can tell how much they really enjoy meeting her. We really hope Roxy can be the next top Hero Dog, to help continue to show the world that pit bulls are good dogs, but also amazing service dogs. We appreciate your time in reading our story. Please help Roxy get to the top! Thank you for your support. God bless our Troops and our veterans until they all come home.Each of the seven finalists received $2,500 to be donated to one of American Humane’s charity partners. Chi Chi won an additional $5,000 for her charity, Pet Partners. In this way, more heroes may be nurtured.Efforts Featured to Help Repay Our Best Friends and Those Who Protect Our CountryDuring the awards, two special video packages were presented about efforts by American Humane to help repay the debt we owe mankind’s best friend and those who protect our country. The first featured American Humane’s “Pups4Patriots” program, a national effort supported by Hallmark Channel, that rescues abandoned animals in need of forever homes and trains them to become lifesaving service dogs for veterans coping with Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. Saving lives at both ends of the leash, the Pups4Patriots program seeks to help stem the tide of pet euthanasia and veteran suicide. Following the presentation, Dr. Ganzert led the audience in an ovation to recognize and honor the 130 veterans and their families in the audience. A second video featured a recent effort to assist more of the animals around the country who desperately require medical care after being abandoned or whose owners cannot afford to have them treated. In August, American Humane rallied an army of volunteers to the help animals at St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter in Louisiana. Seven veterinarians, including Dr. Mike McFarland of Zoetis Petcare and the renowned Dr. Marty Becker, as well as more than 50 veterinary and veterinary nursing students volunteered their time for this project. Zoetis Petcare provided all the medicines and supplies needed to treat 230 dogs, 45 cats, and six horses. Not only did their efforts help prepare these animals for adoption locally; several were flown to Los Angeles for the Hero Dog Awards, where they were presented for adoption by an enthusiastic audience all too willing to take them home.Heroes Who Save and Keep Our Hero Pets Healthy All Year Round HonoredBehind every hero pet is a hero vet or vet tech. Each year at the Hero Dog Awards, American Humane also announced the winners of its Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards. Dr. David Chico from Albany, New York, as named 2018’s American Hero Veterinarian, and Tammy Boland of Oceanport, New Jersey was declared 2018’s American Hero Veterinary Nurse.“To us, all vets and vet techs are heroes and this is why we want to honor the best of the best in their fields,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane president and CEO. “Indeed, Dr. Chico and Ms. Boland are tremendous animal welfare advocates and we are so proud to learn of their laudable accomplishments aiding the animals in need in their communities and beyond. And our thanks go out to our friends at Zoetis Petcare for sponsoring this special national campaign because we know how committed they are to recognizing the achievements of the veterinary community.”“Zoetis Petcare is honored to sponsor these awards that recognize the extraordinary veterinarians and veterinary nurses who help keep the pets in our lives happy and healthy, strengthening the powerful human-animal bond between pets and the families who love them,” said J. Michael McFarland, executive director of Zoetis Petcare marketing. “Dr. Chico and Tammy have raised the bar for other veterinary professionals in the field through their inspiring service and compassionate care for animals.”Hero Dog Awards Host and Animal Advocate Beth Stern Wins Surprise AwardLongtime Hero Dog Awards co-host and animal advocate Beth Stern was surprised with Hallmark’s “Adoption Ever After” for her work in helping thousands of shelter animals find forever homes. The award, which brought an ovation from the 700+ guests at the Hero Dog Awards gala, was presented by Real Housewives of New York’s Carole Radziwill.And Thanks to SponsorsFinally, American Humane honored the many generous sponsors who support the Hero Dog Awards and made them possible. “We thank the animals, their dedicated owners and handlers, and the generous sponsors who have helped bring about that recognition,” said Dr. Ganzert. “Thank you to Lois Pope and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation; Hallmark Channel; Zoetis Petcare, the Hero Dog Awards corporate sponsor and sponsor of the Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards; Military Dog sponsor K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis Petcare; Law Enforcement/Arson Dog sponsor K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis Petcare; Emerging Hero Dog sponsor, the maker of NexGard (afoxolaner) Chewables; Service Dog sponsor Modern Dog Magazine; and Therapy Dog sponsor Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, the official pet food of the 2018 Hero Dog Awards. Dogs may be our best friends, but these caring organizations are theirs.”last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Mock interview event prepares students for real thing

Students participate in a mock interview event hosted by the Co-op Programs Office at Pond Inlet Wednesday night. More than 160 students spent Wednesday night telling potential employers where they see themselves in 10 years.Their answers, along with those to other job interview questions, were critiqued as part of mock interviews for arts, social sciences and science co-op students.The event was hosted by the Co-op Programs Office with the hope that the feedback students receive will help them ace the real thing when they interview for co-op work placements.Given the feedback, it sounds like the students have the job interview down pat.“The employers who participated all indicated that they were very impressed with the students they met and stated that they felt our students were very polished, engaged and well-prepared,” Julia Zhu, acting associate director of the Co-op Programs Office, said in an email.The mock interview event is one of five the Co-op Programs Office hosts throughout the school year. The sessions are for students in 34 co-op programs across five faculties.More than 700 students attend the mock interviews every year and more than 60 employers, including John Deere, Canadian Tire Financial, Meridian, RBC, Constellation Brands, Essential Collective Theatre Company, Brain Injury Community Re-Entry and Ingredion, regularly help out at them. read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Security Council calls for speedy release of all remaining POWs in Ethiopia

In a statement read by the President of the 15-member body, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, the Council welcomed the repatriation yesterday of 25 Ethiopian prisoners of war from Eritrea under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross and encouraged authorities on both sides “to afford humane treatment, without discrimination, to each other’s nationals and persons of each other’s origins within their respective territories.”The Council, noting that the situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) – the buffer area between the two countries – had remained calm and that the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) had proved allegations concerning military build-up in the TSZ to be unfounded, reiterated its call on Eritrea to disclose the number, strength and disposition of its militia and police inside the area.The statement noted that Eritrea had begun to allow UNMEE to visit some locations in the adjacent area north of the TSZ and called again on that country to grant the Mission the full freedom of movement it required for monitoring Eritrea’s redeployed forces. The Council further called on Eritrea to conclude the status-of-forces agreement with Secretary-General Kofi Annan, noting that the model status-of-forces agreement as set out in its resolution 1320 was in effect. Through its President, the Council expressed its regret that there had been no progress regarding the establishment of a direct high-altitude flight route for UNMEE between Asmara, Eritrea, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and called on the parties to work with the Secretary-General’s top official in the region “to settle the issue for the mutual benefit of all.” The Council also called on Member States to provide further support to the peace process and to alleviate the difficult humanitarian situation, and confirmed its intention to send a mission to the two countries next month. read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Windies need solutions to middle overs dilemma says Brathwaite

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo use quibbling over what could have been — BrathwaiteNovember 12, 2018In “Sports”West Indies’ fury at ‘dodgy’ decisions as Australia get rub of the greenJune 7, 2019In “latest news”Windies batting under microscope in second Twenty20March 30, 2017In “latest news” Carlos Brathwaite (Getty Images)LAUDERHILL, United States (CMC) — Captain Carlos Brathwaite has lamented West Indies’ batting failure which led to their series 1-2 loss to Bangladesh here Sunday night, stressing the Caribbean side needed to find solutions to their poor strike rotation during the middle overs.For the second time in as many nights at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium here, the reigning Twenty20 champions failed to execute properly in a run chase and collapsed to a 19-run defeat under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS).“I didn’t think it was our smartest batting performance. Obviously with [Nazmul Islam] going off through injury we had to stack it up well enough that we forced the three overs and three balls that were remaining, and obviously try and take them down as best as possible,” Brathwaite said afterwards.“[Soumya] Sarkar came in and bowled two quality overs but even at the back end, needing 30 or 40 off the last three [against] a part-timer [bowler], we still think we could have won the game.“I didn’t think we kept enough wickets in hand but kudos must go to [our] bowlers after they start that they [Bangladesh] had. We were staring down the barrel of 210-220, to pull it back to 185 was a hell of a job.”Chasing 185, West Indies lost three early wickets to slump to 32 for three in the sixth over before Andre Russell blasted 47 from 21 deliveries to try to rescue the innings.Rovman Powell chipped in with 23 and Denesh Ramdin, 21, but the overall effort proved an impotent one and it allowed Bangladesh to be ahead on DLS when rain intervened, with the Windies on 135 for seven at the start of the 18th over.“The bowling unit has been fantastic but with the bat we still need to be a little more sure with our plans, especially to spin,” the all-rounder pointed out.“Rotating in the middle overs has always been our achilles, and obviously going away now to Bangladesh and India [later this year] it will be even more important for us to find ways to execute in the middle order against the spin.“I think we are getting closer and closer to finding that proper plan that will help us to get through the middle overs a lot better.”West Indies were undone at the start of the contest when Man of the Match Liton Das smashed 61 off 32 balls to give Bangladesh a hasty start.His knock set the tone for the innings, with Mahmudullah striking an unbeaten 32 and captain Shakib-al-Hasan, 24, to get the visitors up to a competitive total.Brathwaite conceded that Bangladesh had outplayed the Windies at crucial points.“There will always be little points when you can say you could’ve done things differently … but that’s cricket. Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and give credit to the opposition,” he noted.“We got the better of them in the first couple power-plays with the ball, they obviously came up with different plans, executed them and they worked, so kudos to them-but also kudos to my bowling attack who pulled it back admirably.” read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Les abeilles ont connu une extinction massive lors de la disparition des

first_imgLes abeilles ont connu une extinction massive lors de la disparition des dinosaures Des chercheurs américains et australiens ont mené une étude génétique sur plusieurs groupes actuels d’abeilles. Celle-ci suggère que de nombreuses espèces de ces insectes ont disparu il y a 65 millions d’années, à la même époque que l’extinction massive des dinosaures. Pour la première fois, des scientifiques ont mis en évidence, dans le monde des abeilles, une vaste extinction survenue il y a 65 millions d’années, simultanément à la disparition d’une majorité de dinosaures. C’est en modélisant les différences génomiques entre plusieurs espèces d’abeilles actuelles que Sandra Rehan de l’Université du New Hampshire, Michael Schwarz, de l’Université Flinders (Australie) et Remko Leys, du South Australia Museum, sont arrivés à cette conclusion.Des études antérieures avaient déjà suggéré une large extinction parmi les plantes à fleurs durant le fameux tournant Crétacé-Tertiaire (“K-T”), il y 65 millions d’années. Cela aurait alors impliqué un phénomène probablement analogue chez les abeilles, dépendantes de ces végétaux. Toutefois, le faible nombre de fossiles d’abeilles connus ne permettait pas de confirmer totalement ceci. Or, dans le cadre de ses travaux sur les espèces actuelles d’abeilles, Sandra Rehan, aidée par ses collègues, a complété ses recherches de terrain par une modélisation bio-informatique particulièrement révélatrice.Extinction massiveÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs ont comparé des séquences d’ADN de quatre tribus d’abeilles actuelles de la sous-famille des Xylocopinae, dont certaines sont appelées “abeilles charpentières”. Représentant pas moins de 230 espèces, elles vivent sur tous les continents, excepté l’Antarctique. Ce recours à la phylogénie moléculaire leur a permis de dégager des modèles d’évolution liés avec une extinction de masse. Une analyse génétique qui s’accorde avec les rares archives fossiles. “Les données nous montrent que quelque chose d’important s’est passé chez quatre groupes différents d’abeilles en même temps. Et c’est arrivé à l’époque où les dinosaures se sont éteints”, explique Sandra Rehan dont l’étude est publiée dans la revue PLoS ONE.”Comprendre les extinctions qui ont eu lieu dans le passé et leurs effets peuvent nous aider à mieux maîtriser le déclin et la crise mondiale que connaissent les pollinisateurs aujourd’hui. Si l’on peut raconter toute leur histoire, peut-être que les gens se soucieront plus de leur protection”, conclut t-elle. Le 26 octobre 2013 à 16:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Winter storm slams parts of US causing accidents deaths

first_imgA winter storm of snow, freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures socked the nation’s mid-section and East Coast on Saturday, causing hundreds of accidents on icy roads and putting a crimp on Christmas shopping.At least six deaths were blamed on the slick roads and authorities were investigating a few other traffic fatalities as possibly weather-related. Perhaps the biggest accident happened in Baltimore, when a tanker carrying gasoline skidded off a highway and exploded, authorities said. Two people died in the 55-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95, Baltimore City Fire Chief Roman Clark said. Hospital officials said nearly two dozen people were treated for injuries including broken bones and head trauma. Clark said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash. It was unclear whether the pileup started before the tanker crash or was caused by it. The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed while crews cleaned up the mess.Winter weather advisories were posted from Denver to Bangor, Maine. Airports reported hundreds of flight delays or cancellations, interstates and toll roads reduced speed limits and authorities urged drivers to use extreme caution.last_img read more

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Category: ffecvqhazfzsocfs Fewer 911 families on hand for 11th anniversary

first_imgA firefighter makes a rubbing of a victim’s name as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Several events will be held in Clark County Tuesday over the span of 13 hours to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. All observances are open to the public.NEW YORK — Americans paused Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it’s time to move forward after a decade of remembrance.As in past years, thousands were expected to gather at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history. President Barack Obama was to attend the Pentagon memorial, and Vice President Joe Biden was to speak in Pennsylvania.But many felt that last year’s 10th anniversary was an emotional turning point for public mourning of the attacks. For the first time, elected officials weren’t speaking at the ceremony, which often allowed them a solemn turn in the spotlight, but raised questions about the public and private Sept. 11.“I feel much more relaxed” this year, said Jane Pollicino, who came to ground zero Tuesday morning to remember her husband, who was killed at the trade center. “After the ninth anniversary, that next day, you started building up to the 10th year. This feels a lot different, in that regard. It’s another anniversary that we can commemorate in a calmer way, without that 10-year pressure.”last_img read more

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