WikiCables: Modi Vying for National Role

first_imgGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is eying a bigger national leadership role and is positioning himself for a power struggle in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), say US diplomatic cables made public by online whistleblower Wikileaks.‘Modi is using his strong base in Gujarat to position himself for the BJP power struggle and to crow about Gujarat’s investment-friendly (but certainly not minority-friendly) record,? says one of the cables which were uploaded earlier this week by Wikileaks.The cables sent by US diplomats in New Delhi focus on Modi’s rising stature in the BJP and claim that ‘Modi has his eyes on bigger things’.In an assessment going back to 2005, the cables suggest Modi could be the most popular BJP leader and a potential PM candidate. ‘Anecdotal evidence suggests Modi could be the most popular leader in the BJP and there is increasing momentum to make him the party figurehead and next choice of PM,? says a cable sent after Modi was denied a US visa in 2005.The cable also claims that the BJP’s move to make Modi the prime ministerial candidate would unite the secular parties.‘In a BJP beset by internal struggle, Modi’s revival sets him up nicely to influence the kingmaking when the time comes. Having recovered from the crisis invoked by our visa revocation and his tyrannical management style, Modi is positioning himself as a national leader by reminding people that Gujarat has done a fine job of economic governance, notwithstanding the black stain the (2002) riots left,’ a cable says.‘At present, Modi appears stronger than at any time,’ a cable says.Modi was a star campaigner for the BJP in the 2009 elections which the Congress and its allies won.Alluding to the cancellation of the visa application, the cables say Modi bears permanent resentment against the US for the ‘humiliation’. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Bosphorus Closes Due to Engine Failure aboard Tanker

first_imgzoom The Bosphorus strait was closed to vessel traffic yesterday afternoon as the Greece-flagged oil tanker New Hellas experienced an engine malfunction around the Uskudar area, according to GAC Turkey.Namely, the waterway was closed around 5 pm local time when the 2001-built vessel suffered the failure during its northbound transit.The authorities deployed a coastal safety tug to assist and escort the tanker.GAC added that New Hellas, operated by Greek shipping firm New Shipping Limited, was able to complete its transit in the afternoon of the same day and that the traffic at Bosphorus resumed at 7.30 pm.According to AIS data from MarineTraffic, the 248-meter-long ship was en route from Italy’s port of Milazzo to the Turkish Canakkale prior to the incident.last_img read more

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Slums in Jharkhand to get Mohalla Clinics like Delhi

first_imgRanchi: Taking a cue from the Delhi government, the Raghubar Das government plans to start “Mohalla Clinics” that will offer free medical care to people living in slums in Jharkhand. “These clinics will be like primary health centres and will offer free diagnostics facilities, treatment and medicine for minor ailments. These are being started for the benefit of daily wagers, who lose a day’s salary if they visit a regular hospital for treatment. The clinics will open every day in the morning and evening. Serious patients would be referred to bigger hospitals for treatment,” state Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi told IANS. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Every clinic will offer OPD, vaccination, maternity, post natal and family planning services, along with tests for malaria, tuberculosis and other small ailments. Doctors will be paid for the number of patients they treat in a clinic. A Health Department official said: “Every slum will get a Mohalla Clinic on a population of 15,000. Based on the number of slums, some 25 temporary Mohalla Clinics have been planned in the state.” Chandravanshi said the clinics will also function as Awareness Generation Centres for diseases that mainly affect poor people mainly living in slums.last_img read more

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Borderbeer case could redesign Canadian federalism NB government

first_imgFREDERICTON – A battle over cross-border beer sales threatens to end Canadian federalism as it was originally conceived, the New Brunswick government argues in a submission to the country’s top court.In a statement of facts to the Supreme Court of Canada, the province says allowing a New Brunswick man to purchase alcohol in a Quebec border town could ultimately “redesign Canadian federalism.”Gerard Comeau was charged with possessing liquor not purchased from the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation and fined $292.50 after police stopped him on his way home from Quebec with 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor in his trunk.He took the case to court and a New Brunswick trial judge ruled that the charge violated constitutional law, overturning a ban on bringing alcohol across provincial boundaries.“This case began as a simple ticket offence. A simple case it is not,” the New Brunswick government said. “This ‘simple case’ and the trial decision that resulted raise the issue of competing constitutional provisions and propose an end to Canadian federalism as it was originally conceived, has politically evolved and is judicially confirmed.”At issue is a section of the New Brunswick Liquor Control Act prohibiting anyone in the province from having more than 12 pints of beer not purchased through a liquor store in the province.However, the trial judge said the law is at odds with Section 121 of the Constitution Act, which reads “All articles of the growth, produce, or manufacture of any one of the provinces shall, from and after the union, be admitted free into each of the other provinces.”Judge Ronald LeBlanc said the original framers of the Constitution never intended that laws should blatantly block the free flow of goods within their new country.The New Brunswick Court of Appeal declined to hear the Crown’s appeal, but the country’s highest court agreed to hear the potentially landmark case on what the fathers of Confederation really meant by the constitutional clause about free trade among provinces.The province is asking the top court to rule that the provincial Liquor Control Act does not violate the Constitution Act.The New Brunswick government acknowledges that Section 121 of the Constitution has been “the subject of political debate and discussion for decades.”However, the province argues that regulating liquor within its borders is a “constitutionally permissible example of co-operative federalism” and that siding with the trial judge would “undermine this co-operative legislative effort and would redesign Canadian federalism.”“The courts would then be required to reformulate Canadian federalism as it now exists,”the province says.Submissions from other provinces and Ottawa are due mid-October, followed by submissions from Comeau’s lawyers by the end of October.last_img read more

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Canada expels Russian diplomats in wake of British attack

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is expelling four Russian diplomats and will deny permission for three others to bolster Russian staff in Canada.She says the move is in solidarity with Britain in the wake of a nerve agent attack in that country which left a former Russian spy and his daughter in hospital.Freeland calls the attack a despicable and reckless act.The diplomats to be expelled are from the embassy in Ottawa and the consulate general in Montreal, and are described in a government statement as intelligence officers or individuals who used their status to “undermine Canada’s security or interfere in our democracy.”Freeland says the British attack is part of a pattern of unacceptable behaviour on the part of Russia in recent years, including the annexation of Crimea and complicity in the Syrian war.The House of Commons has passed a resolution blaming Russia for the nerve gas attack.More Cominglast_img read more

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UN agencies issue 10 tips for successful breastfeeding

1 August 2010To unlock the lifesaving potential of breast milk, two United Nations agencies have unveiled 10 steps to help mothers successfully breast feed, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week today. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants because it is safe and gives them the nutrients necessary for healthy development. It also contains antibodies to protect infants from common childhood illnesses.Although exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is on the rise in many countries, the agency believes that further improving these rates is crucial to bolster the nutrition and health of infants and children.Too many mothers, WHO said, stop breastfeeding exclusively a few weeks after delivery for many reasons, such as lack of breastfeeding counseling.Some 35 per cent of infants between the ages of 0 and 6 months are solely breastfed worldwide, said Elizabeth Mason, Director of WHO’s Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development.“But if all babies and young children were breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life and then given nutritious complementary food with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age, the lives of an additional 1.5 million under five would be saved every year,” she added.Developed by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are aimed at providing the right start for every infant and are currently used in hospitals in more than 150 countries.They include helping mothers begin breastfeeding within half an hour of birth, allowing mothers and infants to remain together for 24 hours a day, and giving no artificial teats or pacifiers to breastfeeding infants.One third of the nearly nine million deaths every year among children under the age of five are due to malnutrition, which causes disease and deaths. Most of these deaths occur during the first few months of life and are often linked to inappropriate feeding practices such as bottle-feeding.“Increasing breastfeeding rates is a key component of the plan to improve infant and young children nutrition,” said Rand Saadeh, Coordinator of the Nutrition in the Life Course unit at WHO.“A renewed effort to make more hospitals ‘baby friendly’ has the potential to give millions more babies a healthy start in life.”First observed in 1992, World Breastfeeding Week – which seeks to encourage exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life – is now observed in more than 120 countries and is celebrated from 1-7 August annually. read more

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Nepali national arrested with heroin capsules in his tummy

A Nepali national was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today with heroin capsules in his tummy.The man from Nepal had swallowed the heroin capsules and attempted to smuggle the heroin into Sri Lanka when he was arrested. The Police said that the suspect travelled from Nepal to Pakistan and then Dubai before reaching Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

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New information on Paris attacks released

Reports from Europe this morning suggest a man wanted in connection with the terror attacks in Paris may have been arrested.Police carried out raids in Belgium this morning and closed several roads, with local media reporting Salah Abdeslam had been arrested.  But authorities are denying reports of the arrest.Abdeslam was actually questioned by police on Saturday but not arrested, despite having already been identified as the renter of a vehicle that carried hostage-takers to the Paris theatre where nearly three-quarters of Friday’s victims were killed.A police source says the 26-year-old was stopped just a few hours after the attacks as he drove towards the Belgian border.France’s prime minister says police staged more than 150 raids overnight in connection with Friday’s terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.France’s Interior minister says searches have so far found a rocket launcher, assault rifle and automatic pistols as well as bulletproof vests.It was also announced this morning that a Belgian-born man, believed to be in Syria has been identified as the mastermind behind Friday’s attacks in Paris.Abdelhamid Abboud is also linked to the attack on a high-speed train that was thwarted by passengers in August.Yesterday France launched what it calls “massive” air strikes on Islamic State targets in the group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria. read more

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UN mission in Bougainville scheduled to end on 30 June after elections

The elections, from 20 May to 2 June, will choose the President and the Bougainville legislature, or House of Representatives, which will comprise 33 members, along with three elected women and three elected former combatants, the report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.The UN Observer Mission in Bougainville (UNOMB) has destroyed most of the 2,014 weapons turned in since a decade of secessionist fighting against Papua New Guinea ended in 1998. UNOMB is working through community leaders to persuade some of the former combatants to destroy the remaining weapons before the elections.At a UNOB-facilitated meeting between political, military and rebel leaders on 17 March, “the participants discussed the issues of lifting the last roadblock at Morgan Junction, reconciliation between Francis Ona, the leader in the ‘no-go’ zone, and Joseph Kabui, president of the Bougainville People’s Congress, and the upcoming elections.”The National Court has resumed its hearings in Buka for the first time in four years to try a backlog of cases, but establishing correctional facilities is lagging, “thereby impinging on human rights issues.””With the establishment of the Bougainville Government, the political role of the United Nations in the peace process will have been successfully completed,” the report concludes.”From that moment, the United Nations developmental and humanitarian agencies and the donor community will take the lead in helping the autonomous Bougainville Government to implement its rehabilitation and capacity-building programmes, thereby consolidating the outcomes of the political process.” read more

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Urging bold decisions to end Yemen conflict UN envoy says viable peace

Recalling that a meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister in Riyadh on 18 December 2016, senior officials from Oman, United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom had concluded with calls for a rapid cessation of hostilities, he said: “We are committed to ensuring that the upcoming cessation of hostilities will be durable and provide real relief to the Yemeni people.” He went on to state that while Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress had accepted the road map as a basis for consultations last November, their unwillingness to discuss security arrangements seriously did not help to advance peace. Moreover, he also was disappointed at their decision to appoint a parallel government, and urged President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to commit himself to consultations based on the proposals. Stressing that “there is a clear path out of the violence,” Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed emphasized that his proposals have reflected the concerns and needs of both sides, and took Yemen’s political, security and social situations into consideration. “I hope Yemen’s leaders will be able to see the impact that this tragedy has had on the country, make the bold decision to commit to a political solution and put an end to the senseless violence.”UN aid chief warns of ‘silent deaths,’ possible famine scenario for 2017 For his part, Mr. O’Brien said the conflict in Yemen is now the primary driver of the largest food security emergency in the world. “If there is no immediate action, famine is now a possible scenario for 2017.”From the beginning of the hostilities in March 2015 to 31 December 2016, 7,469 Yemenis were killed and 40,483 injured due to the conflict, he said, noting that the true number is likely to be higher. The casualty figures include more than 1,400 children killed and over 2,140 children injured. Another 1,441 children have been recruited by warring parties, some as young as eight years old.Beyond the direct casualties of the armed conflict, there are also the so-called ‘silent deaths’ of Yemenis that go largely unnoticed and unrecorded, he said.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Mr. O’Brien heads up, more than two thirds of the population – an alarming 18.8 million – is in need of humanitarian and protection assistance, including an astounding 10.3 million Yemenis who require immediate assistance to save or sustain their lives. This is about the size of the entire population of Sweden and the numbers are rising, he added.Some 14 million people are currently food insecure, of whom half are severely food insecure. So far, he said, the UN verified over 325 attacks on schools, health facilities, markets, roads, bridges and even water points. Over two thirds of the damage to public infrastructure is a result of airstrikes.In spite of the difficult conditions and tremendous challenges, the humanitarian community reached 5.6 million Yemenis in 2016, with more than 114 aid organizations are working in Yemen, he said, adding that thanks to the swift intervention by humanitarian partners, the cholera outbreak which started in October is now in decline.Roughly $2 billion is required to support the 2017 humanitarian response, targeting 10 million of the most vulnerable people in Yemen. “I request Member States to pledge generously at the forthcoming Yemen Pledging Conference in late March,” Mr. O’Brien stressed.He concluded his briefing by requesting Council members to once again call for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities and use their influence over the parties to the conflict to ensure that they respect international humanitarian law and to provide timely, full and unimpeded humanitarian access. The past several months have seen a “dangerous escalation” of military activities with tragic consequences for the Yemeni people, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, told the Security Council during a briefing alongside UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien. Indeed, he explained, armed hostilities continued in many areas, including Sana’a governorate, Taiz city and in border areas between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.“Civilians in Taiz continue to suffer from indiscriminate shelling in the city’s residential areas, with such attacks increasing in recent days, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said, adding that ground fighting and airstrikes had also escalated along the western coastline following the launch of operation ‘Golden Spear’ by the Yemeni Government and allied forces.Both sides to the conflict continue to claim significant military progress in the media, “but I remain convinced that there is no possibility of a military solution.”Describing “daily attacks and counter-attacks,” he said the continued military activities are all the more tragic as a viable proposal for peace is on the table and within reach of both parties. “With political courage and will, the war can be stopped,” he said, pressing both sides to demonstrate the political courage needed to stop the nearly two-year-long war. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

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Football AJ Alexanders career is over

Johnnie Dixon (1) is lifted into the air by A.J. Alexander (88) after Dixon’s touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander’s playing career at Ohio State has come to an end after missing the entire 2017 season due to a knee injury, the university announced Tuesday.Alexander will be placed on a medical scholarship, according to a team release. This means that while he will no longer be on the team, he will still retain a scholarship after having his athletic career end due to an injury.It was revealed Alexander would miss the entire campaign due to season-ending knee surgery in June 2017. He played in all 13 games in 2016 and had four catches for 27 yards.He was expected to take on a bigger role in the 2018 season, following the departure of redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh. Ohio State will now need to find its starting tight end next season between redshirt freshmen Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann, redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry, as well as incoming four-star recruit Jeremy Ruckert. Kierre Hawkins, another redshirt freshman tight end, transferred out of the program. read more

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Resolution Copper ready to sink to new depths in Arizona

first_imgResolution Copper says, after completing the two-year-long rehabilitation phase of the underground mine, in Arizona, it is ready to move to the deepening phase of what could end up being one of the biggest copper mines in the worldResolution, owned 55:45 by Rio Tinto and BHP, is the owner of the massive Resolution copper project.In a project update, the company said the proposed mine continued to make progress on all fronts.“Resolution Copper recently reached a key milestone in its development, with other critical work on track for completion in the near future,” the company said.Work is progressing on schedule to deepen the historic No 9 shaft, originally constructed in 1971, according to the company. The project scope consists of rehabilitating the shaft, sinking it to approximately 2,086 m and linking it with the newer No 10 shaft completed in 2014.The rehabilitation phase was completed in December 2018 after approximately two years, and the deepening phase will require another two years, commencing in the June quarter of 2019, according to Resolution. This would see the deepening phase completed in early 2021.“Connecting the shafts will enhance safety and establish the basis for developing towards the copper deposit,” Resolution said. “The shaft connection will provide a second egress route between the two shafts and improve ventilation.”The No 9 shaft deepening project has made significant achievements over the last three months, according to the company.“Following successful cleanup of the existing shaft bottom in December 2018, the shaft crew proceeded to outfit the 4,000-ft (1,219-m) level with a bulk air cooler that will chill the intake air for the No 9 shaft sinking,” Resolution said.“The crews sinking the shaft use a Galloway work stage (pictured), which allows the miners to do their work with a high degree of automation, withdraw during the blast, and then quickly return to the bottom and repeat the cycle.”The five-deck work stage has four jumbo drills, two shaft mucking machines, a concrete pouring system, and all the tools needed to advance the utilities (pipelines, electricity, etc). The Galloway used to complete the shaft rehabilitation was also removed from the shaft to make room for the sinking Galloway, which is specially designed to support the deepening work, according to Resolution.“Removal and installation of these Galloways involved technically complex lifts with multiple steps that were well planned for safe and efficient execution,” the company said.Another significant achievement was the successful phase-1 commissioning and testing of the emergency generator system, Resolution said.“In the event of a site power outage, the addition of these generators provides the ability to operate the auxiliary hoists for both No. 10 and No. 9 shafts and to restart the necessary refrigeration, ventilation and pumping to maintain the infrastructure at Temporary Pump Level 2,” Resolution said.Looking forward, the project will focus on surface setup and shaft services work to support the sinking, completing the infrastructure installation on the 4,000 level, which is underway, and finishing the Oak Flat substation transformer upgrade, Resolution said.The proposed underground block cave mine at Resolution is expected to become the largest copper mine in North America, capable of producing nearly 25% of US copper demand each year. As at Codelco El Teniente, the mining method will be panel caving, which allows for the mining of very large relatively low-grade underground orebodies by dividing the deposit into smaller strips, or panels, so that the ore can be removed in a safe and efficient manner.Ore production from the underground operations will be a nominal 120,000 t/d after an extensive construction and ramp-up period. The maximum throughput will be approximately 150,000 t/d. Ore will be crushed underground and then transported by conveyor to two production shafts and hoisted to an underground midway offloading station within the two production shafts.Resolution Copper will use a standard-gauge rail system that will allow bottom-dump railcars to be gravity-loaded with ore delivered from overhead chutes, according to the company. These railcars will be routed to the dump station above the underground crushing facilities. Resolution Copper will use electric semi-autonomous locomotives to pull the railcars. The rail system will be a looped configuration, with two parallel drifts spaced on approximately 18 m centres in the production areas.In total, approximately 594 pieces of mobile equipment are expected to be employed, which includes the large LHD fleet for the extraction level, moving ore from the drawpoints to the ore passes.The mine is expected to reach depths of up to 2,100 m and temperatures in excess of 70°C. Last year, Rob Atkinson, former Head of Productivity & Technical Support for Rio’s G&I team, said operating at such a depth meant it really had to be “a fully autonomous mine”.last_img read more

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The White House is having a virtual Big Block of Cheese Day

first_imgFANS OF THE West Wing will be familiar with the concept of a “Big Block of Cheese Day”.As told by erstwhile Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, the legend holds that the seventh President of the USA Andrew Jackson had a massive block of cheese in the foyer of the White House.The cheese was there for anyone to eat, as Jackson wanted the White House to belong to the people. From time to time, he would invite people in to have an audience with himself and cabinet.The tradition is immortalised in a Season One episode of White House drama The West Wing.Now, the real White House is to hold a virtual version of the event.(The White House/YouTube)The video enlists West Wing alums Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) and Joshua Malina (Will Bailey) as well as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.On 29 January, Americans will have the chance to ask a number of their politicians questions about the state of the country by logging on to this website and through Twitter.But, micro-blogging? The internet? We’re not sure Leo would’ve approved.Read: Hilary 2016? The fundraising has already begunlast_img read more

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Justin Bieber Loves You Wants to Shorten Your Links

first_imgThis is Justin Bieber. All he wants to do is make you happy. He wants to play music for you and shorten your links. And now he finally has a venue for the latter. It’s Bieber.ly, and it’s Biebertastic.The service will not only shorten your link into a Bieberific URL, it’ll overlay a Bieberazing image of the Bieb over your Bieberful site. Biebersome!Update 2:45 ET: Bieber, Bieber, Bieber, Bieber, Bieber.last_img

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Cookies de nouvelles règles au RoyaumeUni

first_imgCookies : de nouvelles règles au Royaume-UniUn texte sur l’exploitation des cookies est entré en vigueur le 26 mai au Royaume-Uni. Mis en place pour se conformer aux règles européennes, il impose notamment des nouvelles conditions en matière de stockage et d’accès à ces témoins de connexion.L’exploitation des cookies est, depuis le 26 mai, soumise à de nouvelles règles au Royaume-Uni. Une loi permet désormais aux sites britanniques de collecter et d’accéder à ces témoins de connexion des internautes. Cependant la démarche doit se faire sous certaines conditions, les utilisateurs doivent être informer sur l’exploitation des informations et donner leur consentement.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteToutefois, note The Guardian, le texte visant à se conformer à la législation européenne a été sensiblement allégé deux jours avant son entrée son rigueur. Si l’obtention du consentement explicite des internautes, via une fenêtre apparaissant sur les sites, devait être obligatoire, ce ne sera finalement pas le cas. L’Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), la Cnil britannique, a en effet décidé que ce consentement serait présumé. Or cette modification n’est pas en accord avec la loi européenne et pourrait valoir une sanction de la justice envers le gouvernement britannique.L’ICO a en outre promis aux sites anglais que la répression en cas de non-respect des nouvelles règles – l’amende peut atteindre 500 000 livres, soit environ 625 000 euros – ne serait pas immédiate. En effet, plusieurs sites ont affirmé ne pas être en mesure de les appliquer dès le 26 mai, bien que leur entrée en vigueur ait été annoncée il y a déjà un an. Le 30 mai 2012 à 10:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Weather Eye County spared from regions wild weather

first_imgThere is never a dull moment in the great Pacific Northwest, unless you live in Clark County. The forecasted trough of low pressure swung energy inland and aside from some drizzle, a few claps of thunder and some light rain, it was pretty tame.Elsewhere around the state, areas north of Clark County had lightning, thunder, heavy rain, hail, gusty winds, you name it. Looking at the map of lightning strikes Sunday, they were in every direction around our county, almost like we had a protective dome over us.It was very interesting to have a solid marine deck of low clouds and drizzle and hear claps of thunder above and ensuing raindrops falling to the ground. The instability was midlevel above the low clouds.Not that we wanted devastating storms or anything but I think most weather watchers were geared up for some active weather that was ultimately a letdown. Rainfall Sunday was only a few hundredths of an inch, hardly enough to settle the dust. In the Puget Sound region and areas east of the mountains, rainfall amounts were a third of an inch to over 1 inch of rain.The rest of the week looks unsettled until later Wednesday, when skies clear, and Thursday should be the warmest day of the week. Forecast models indicate another low Friday with a chance of showers over the weekend. That is if the moisture doesn’t skirt Clark County again.last_img read more

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Lebanese PM Hariri to meet major powers in Paris after revoking resignation

first_imgLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri attends a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on 5 December, 2017. Photo: AFPLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri will attend talks in Paris Friday on the crisis triggered by his recent resignation announcement to be attended by US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, France said Tuesday.”The aim is to support the political process (in Lebanon) at a crucial moment,” the French foreign ministry said, minutes after Hariri announced he had rescinded his resignation.”It will send a message both to the various parties in Lebanon and to countries in the region,” the ministry added.The five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — will be represented at the meeting, along with Germany, Italy and Egypt.French officials said the goal was to shore up Lebanese institutions, by strengthening the army and supporting Hariri’s economic programme, with a view to encouraging foreign investment in the country.Hariri announced he was stepping down on 4 November in a surprise televised address from Saudi Arabia that sent tremors through Lebanon, long a proxy battleground for regional powers.His resignation was seen as part of an intensifying power struggle between the Saudi kingdom — which had long backed Hariri — and its regional rival Iran, which backs the armed organisation Hezbollah.After announcing he was bowing out Hariri, who accused Hezbollah of destabilising Lebanon, remained in Riyadh, sparking speculation that he was being held hostage by the Saudis.French president Emmanuel Macron intervened to try defuse the crisis, inviting Hariri to Paris for talks, after which he returned to Beirut to a hero’s welcome.Two weeks later, following consultations with the various political groups in Lebanon, Hariri announced Tuesday he was withdrawing his resignation.last_img read more

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Bird embryos respond to adult warning calls inside their shells

first_imgA pair of researchers with Universidad de Vigo has found that yellow-legged gull embryos respond to parental warning calls by vibrating inside their shells. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, Jose Noguera and Alberto Velando describe their study of the gulls in their lab and what they learned. © 2019 Science X Network Prior research has shown that embryonic birds, amphibians, reptiles, and even insects receive sensory information that helps them prepare for the harsh reality of the real world. In this new effort, Noguera and Velando have found evidence that yellow-legged gull embryos hear the warning cries of their parents and respond to them. They also found that hearing adult warning cries resulted in chicks with physical and behavioral changes, as well.The experiments by the researchers involved collecting 90 gull eggs from nests along the shores of Sálvora Island and bringing them back to their lab for testing. They separated the eggs into individual three-egg clutches and incubated them. The researchers then pulled two of the three eggs from each incubator and exposed them four times a day to either recorded adult warning sounds or silence.The researchers report that the embryos exposed to the shrill warning calls would vibrate when the recordings were played—and they continued vibrating for some time even after they were returned to their incubator. They suspected that the vibrations could be felt by the nest mate that had not heard the recordings. To find out, they monitored the embryos after they hatched as chicks. They report that the birds exposed to the warning sounds took longer to hatch, and when they finally did so, they were quieter than the chicks that had been exposed to silence. The hatchlings also crouched lower when exposed to perceived threats. And they were smaller overall, and had shorter legs. Interestingly, the clutch mates of the chicks exposed to the recordings had all the same differences, though they were not exposed to the warning calls. The researchers suggest this indicates that they felt the vibrations of nearby embryos and responded as if they had heard the warning calls themselves. Explore further More information: Jose C. Noguera et al. Bird embryos perceive vibratory cues of predation risk from clutch mates, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0929-8 Citation: Bird embryos respond to adult warning calls inside their shells (2019, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-bird-embryos-adult-shells.htmlcenter_img Yellow-legged gull eggs. Inside, gull embryos hear, and respond to, warning calls from adult gulls. CC0 Public Domain. Fairy wren embryos found able to discern between adult calls Journal information: Nature Ecology & Evolution This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Holland Americas Explore4 deal includes up to US2000 in EBBs

first_img Michael Smith Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Holland America’s Explore4 deal includes up to US$2,000 in EBBs Tags: Holland America Linecenter_img Thursday, July 28, 2016 SEATTLE — Holland America Line has brought back Explore4 with four promotions on select January 2017 – April 2018 sailings.Clients looking to book a cruise or Land+Sea Journey for 2017 and beyond can take advantage of complimentary beverages and specialty dining aboard ship, as well as deposits reduced by 50% and fares for friends and family. Suite bookings feature an Internet credit and prepaid gratuities.The Explore4 promotion for guests booking any category stateroom includes a Signature Beverage Package valued at up to US$1,400, dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, reduced cruise fares for friends and kids in the same stateroom and 50% reduced deposits. Bookings must be made by Nov. 18, 2016.Clients who book a cruise in a suite category stateroom will receive the above four offers plus an additional $200 Internet credit per stateroom ($100 per person) and prepaid gratuities (valued at $13.50 per guest, per day).“Cruisers are early planners, and our popular Explore4 promotion encourages our guests to book their vacation now while rewarding them with some exceptional bonuses,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “By making their reservations during Explore4 guests have more itinerary and stateroom options for next year, and the value of a cruise vacation increases even more.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthPassengers who book any category stateroom receive a Signature Beverage Package valued at up to $1,400 per stateroom ($700 per person) that includes wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, sodas and coffee. The beverage offer is only applicable on the cruise portion of Alaska Land+Sea Journeys and the package value is based on a 14-day cruise and increases based on days if a longer cruise is booked.Explore4 offers also include a free dinner at the Pinnacle Grill. Plus there are reduced cruise fares on select sailings for friends and kids sharing a stateroom with two other guests.In the Caribbean, fares for seven-day cruises start from $799 for the first and second guests in an oceanview stateroom and reduced fares apply for the third and fourth guests. A seven-day European cruise starts at $999 for an oceanview stateroom for the first and second guests, with reduced fares for third and fourth guests.Explore4 covers select itineraries to nearly all of Holland America Line’s global destinations, including Alaska and Alaska/Yukon Land+Sea Journeys, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Baltic, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Mexico, Panama Canal and South America. Sharelast_img read more

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Asia on display at the Travel Industry Exhibition

first_imgThe Travel Industry Exhibition has today announced a number of new international exhibitors from Asia to its industry event at Luna Park.Travel Industry Exhibition event director exhibition and trade fairs David McCarthy, said it’s great to see a high quality and new range of exhibitors from Asia adding value to the show.“The close proximity to Asia for Australian travellers, its affordability and frequent flight routes make for a popular destination choice. We are pleased to have them involved,” Mr McCarthy said.Tourism boards, International wholesalers and airlines from Asia will be amongst the types of exhibitors at the Travel Industry Exhibition this year.One of the exhibitors is Korea Tourism Organization, along with them is Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) who has also confirmed their participation at the event.JNTO Sydney executive director Hiroshi Kuwamoto, said this year JNTO is delighted to represent Japan for the first time at the Travel Industry Exhibition.“We invite visitors to stop by and visit our stand C17 to discover what makes Japan a leading destination for Australian travellers, with record visitor numbers in 2014. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with our valued travel industry partners and strengthen our relationships further with them,” Mr Kuwamoto said.Other tourism boards, international wholesalers and airlines from Asia include Tourism Thailand, Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Mandarin World Tours, Indochina Legend Travel, Thai Airways and Air Asia X.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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