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Benatiq Calls on Moroccans in Germany to Join Development Project Initiated

Rabat- Abdelkarim Benatiq, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and head  of Moroccans Residing Abroad and Migration Affairs, recently held a meeting with more than 300 members of the Moroccan community living in Germany, calling them to join and contribute effectively to the development project initiated by King Mohammed VI.“We can not conceive the future of Morocco without the contribution of Moroccan skills and energies established abroad,” Benatiq said during two consecutive meetings with the Moroccan community living in Germany, held respectively in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf on Saturday and Sunday.  During these meetings, attended by the Moroccan consul in Frankfurt, Mohamed Achkalou, and in Dusseldorf, Jamal Chaibi, the minister stressed that investment in human capital must be part of Morocco’s future development project, which requires, now more than ever,skills that have developed in a major economic power like Germany, with  special attention assigned first generation immigrants, given “their tireless efforts and sacrifices made in various stages.” The minister delegate also called on civil society actors working for the MRE to advocate with local officials and elected officials, in order to integrate the teaching of Arabic language into the formal education system of their country of residence.The meeting was attended by the heads of departments and institutions concerned with the affairs of Moroccans residing abroad, including the dean of the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture, representatives of the Moroccan Embassy in Germany, the director of the National Agency for Land Conservation, Cadastre and Cartography, the director of Studies, Communication and Development at the CNSS, and representatives of the Administration of Customs and Indirect Taxes of the General Confederation Entreprises of Morocco (CGEM) and the Central Guarantee Fund (CCG). read more

Iraqi crisis fuels rise in asylumseekers in industrialized world – UN report

18 March 2008A five-year decline in asylum applications in developed countries turned around in 2007 largely because of Iraqis fleeing violence in their home country, according to statistics released today by the United Nations refugee agency. “For the second year running, Iraqis topped the list of asylum-seekers in the world’s industrialized countries,” according to a press release from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that summarizes the findings of the report entitled Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries 2007. In total, some 338,000 new applications for refugee status were submitted in 43 industrialized countries last year, according to the report, which is based on information provided by governments. That figure represents a 10 per cent rise compared to 2006, when 306,300 asylum claims were registered, the lowest number of applications in 20 years. Between the two years, the number of Iraqis applying for asylum almost doubled, from 22,900 in 2006 to 45,200 last year. The other top countries of origin of applicants in 2007 were the Russian Federation (18,800), China (17,100), Serbia (15,400) and Pakistan (14,300). Other groups recording a significant rise in applications last year were Pakistanis (up 87 percent), Syrians (up 47 per cent) and Somalis (up 43 per cent). In its release, UNHCR points out that Iraqi asylum-seekers in industrialized countries represented only one per cent of the estimated 4.5 million Iraqis uprooted by conflict. More than 2.5 million people remain displaced within Iraq and another two million have fled to neighbouring countries such as Syria and Jordan, the agency said. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes with slight gain traders cautious amid RussiaUkraine concerns

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Wednesday, as worries about growing Russian troop strength on the border with Ukraine helped increased the price of gold and lifted gold stocks.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,202.09 +14.38 0.09%S&P 500 — 1,920.24 +0.03 0.00%Dow — 16,443.34 +13.87 0.08%Nasdaq — 4,355.05 +2.22 0.05%The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 14.38 points to 15,202.09. The TSX gold sector was up about 1.6%, as nervous investors pushed December bullion ahead $22.90 to US$1,308.20 an ounce.The Canadian dollar was up 0.39 of a cent to 91.63 cents US. Earlier, Statistics Canada reported that the trade surplus shot up to $1.9 billion in June from a revised $576 million in May. Economists had generally expected a $100 million deficit.The trade improvement came as exports from Canada rose 1.1% to a record high of $45 billion in June, while imports to Canada declined 1.8%.New York indexes were similarly tepid as the Dow Jones industrials added 13.87 points to 16,443.34, the Nasdaq edged up 2.21 points to 4,355.05 and the S&P 500 index inched up 0.03 of a point to 1,920.24.Geopolitical worries were front and centre on worries that a Russian troop buildup could lead to an invasion of Ukraine to protect separatists. Investors were rattled after Poland’s prime minister said he has information indicating that there is a growing threat of a “direct intervention” by Russia in Ukraine.Analysts also point to concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve could move to hike interest rates earlier than first thought because several data points have come in stronger than expected lately.The recent market downturn also comes at a time when markets, particularly in the U.S., could be set for a retracement after running up practically non-stop for over five years.“I think they are looking for an excuse (to sell),” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.“It’s been sort of like a beeline straight up and people are just taking some money off the table.”The energy sector was flat while September crude dropped 46 cents to a six-month low of US$96.92 a barrel.The base metals sector was down 0.4% while September copper dropped four cents to US$3.17 a pound.Earnings news supported the TSX as Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) reported that same-store sales grew 2.6% in Canada and 5.6% in the United States. The restaurant chain also anticipates earnings per share to be near the higher end — or slightly above — its current target range of $3.17 to $3.27 earnings per share for the year and its shares ran ahead $4.44 or 7.39% to $64.52 after earlier hitting a record high of $64.73.“It shows how strong the franchise is in Canada,” added Nakamoto.“There have been various attempts to take it down a peg or two by Starbucks, McDonalds and so forth. But they still seem to be holding their own, if not gaining market share if you look at those numbers.”Molson Coors Brewing Co. (NYSE:TAP, TSX:TPX.B) beat expectations as quarterly net earnings increased 9.5% to US$290.7 million in the second quarter on higher revenues. Revenues grew nearly 1% to $1.2 billion even though worldwide beer volume fell to 16.6 million hectolitres and its shares ran up $3.87 or 5.76% to US$71.08 in New York.WHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m. Building permits for JuneUNITED STATES8:30 a.m. Weekly jobless claimsCORPORATE NEWSCANADACI Financial Corp earnings: 47¢ a share Linamar Corp earnings: $1.29 a share Pengrowth Energy Corp earnings: 0.03¢ a share TELUS Corp earnings: 0.58¢ a shareUNITED STATESNews Corp earnings: 0.03¢ a share NVIDIA Corp earnings: 0.2¢ a share Zynga Inc earnings: 0¢ a share read more

Bell Media hires former Universal Music Canada CEO Randy Lennox to head

TORONTO — Bell Media has named former Universal Music Canada executive Randy Lennox as president of entertainment production and broadcasting, a new position responsible for a wide range of television, digital and radio operations.Lennox has 25 years experience in the entertainment industry, including as president and CEO of Universal Music.The announcement was made by Bell Media’s new president, Mary Ann Turcke, who has been in the job since April.Bell Media also announced several other changes in management, including the departure of Phil King, who was president of CTV and sports and entertainment programming.Charles Benoit, president of television and radio for Quebec; Chris Gordon, president of radio and local TV; and Adam Ashton, senior vice president for English TV and business operations, have also left the company.Bell Media said Lennox was not available for an interview Tuesday and the company would not be commenting on the changes.In April, Turcke replaced Kevin Crull, who sparked widespread criticism for demanding CTV journalists limit airtime given to an announcement by Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.The Canadian PressBell Media’s Kevin Crull stepping down as president effective immediatelySprint hires former Bell Media president Kevin Crull to head marketingBell Media’s CraveTV announces four new distributors including in Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories read more

The Latest Pokemon Go players arrested at Ohio zoo

FILE – In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, file photo, Pinsir, a Pokemon, is found by a group of Pokemon Go players at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The “Pokemon Go” craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with “pocket monsters” on their smartphones. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the “Pokemon Go” smartphone game craze (all times EDT):5:25 p.m.Police say two “Pokemon Go” players in Ohio have been arrested for criminal trespassing at the Toledo Zoo.Police say the two went over a fence near the zoo’s tiger enclosure in search of the smartphone game’s cartoon monsters.They were spotted on a zoo security camera and were walking through the zoo when they were caught early Thursday.___4:45 p.m.Authorities say two men who were playing “Pokemon Go” fell off an ocean bluff in Southern California.Encinitas firefighters say the men climbed through a fence Wednesday afternoon while playing the digital-monster cellphone game.One man fell about 50 feet down the side of the unstable bluff and the other fell about 90 feet to the beach.They were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.___3:45 p.m.Long Island police say a 19-year-old man had his smartphone stolen while he was playing “Pokemon Go” on it Wednesday evening.A car with at least three people pulled up alongside him. One of the passengers told the victim to give him his cellphone. When the victim hesitated, another passenger showed him a gun and demanded the phone. The victim then handed over the phone and took off.Police are investigating but no arrests have been made.___2:45 p.m.“Pokemon Go” players have descended on the seaside South Korean city of Sokcho.It appears to be the only place in the country where users can chase the mobile game’s virtual monsters, even though the mobile game has not been officially launched in South Korea. The monsters’ appearance in Sokcho was attributed to map glitches.Local restaurants, hotels and businesses are trying to capitalize on the sudden craze. Travel agencies have launched Pokemon-themed tour packages to Sokcho.___2:20 p.m.The creator of former Facebook game hit “FarmVille” says game du jour “Pokemon Go” may have limited appeal over the long run.The game, which uses newfangled augmented reality, got a big lift because of old-fashioned word of mouth, says Amitt Mahajan, now a partner of VC firm Presence Capital, which invests in virtual reality and augmented reality. People saw others walking around playing on their phones and wanted in. But that doesn’t mean its popularity will last.He says to really etch itself into the cultural consciousness for years, like “Candy Crush” and “Angry Birds” did, a game needs to add new levels or challenges often, and “Pokemon Go” may not be able to do that. And he says users could be turned off if they run out of nearby Pokemon to collect.Still, he says the game will likely retain a smaller group of dedicated players.A spokesman for “Pokemon Go”’s developer declined to say how many users there were.___1:30 p.m.A political group in swing-state Ohio is using the game “Pokemon Go” for a purpose beyond catching cute Pikachu: registering voters.NextGen Climate Ohio, a group drawing attention to climate change, says the rollout is just one of the creative ways it’s trying to engage millennial voters. It comes just days before the two political conventions get under way.State director Joanne Pickrell is dropping rare “lures,” which draw the cartoon monsters hunted by “Pokemon Go” players, at game locations in parks and on campuses in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo. Its representatives will be on site at the locations to talk to players about the importance of voting and how to get registered.Planned locations include the University of Toledo Friday and, on Saturday, parks in Cleveland and Columbus and at Mirror Lake on the Ohio State University campus.___11:45 a.m.Authorities arrested an Indiana sex offender after they say a probation officer spotted him playing “Pokemon Go” with a 16-year-old boy on the county courthouse lawn.The Greenfield Daily Reporter reports ( ) that probation officer Nick Layman saw 42-year-old Randy Zuick playing the popular cellphone game with the teen Wednesday. Wayne Addison, the chief probation officer, says a colleague who was with Layman ran into the courthouse to alert a security officer, who took Zuick into custody.Records show that Zuick pleaded guilty in April to fondling a child under the age of 14 and has been on sex-offender probation, which prohibits the Greenfield man from interacting with children.A judge will decide whether to revoke his probation.Greenfield is about 20 miles east of Indianapolis.___11:30 a.m.Playing “Pokemon Go” is more popular with U.S. Android users right now than tweeting, binge watching TV on Netflix, or listening to music on Pandora or Spotify.That’s according to new research from the digital market intelligence firm SimilarWeb, which looked at daily active user rates for the popular apps.On Monday, 5.9 per cent of all U.S. Android users played the game. In comparison, 4.1 per cent used Twitter’s app on the same day. “Pokemon Go” has also passed Pandora Radio, Netflix, Google’s Hangouts and Spotify Music in terms of daily active users, the company said.But the game still trails other popular apps such as Facebook Messenger, (22.1 per cent), Instagram (13.1 per cent), WhatsApp (10 per cent) and Snapchat (8.3 per cent).“Pokemon Go”’s overall installation rate of 10.8 per cent of all U.S. Android phones still trails the rates of Twitter, Netflix, Hangouts, Pandora and Spotify. For example, Twitter and Spotify posted installation rates of 20 per cent and 17 per cent, respectively. The Latest: ‘Pokemon Go’ players arrested at Ohio zoo by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2016 3:18 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Chiefs Are In An Unfamiliar Place — No 1 In Our

DAL65DAL60DAL-6.7– 16Tennessee17200829Cleveland0— FiveThirtyEight vs. The CrowdLast week, we rolled out a new game in which we invite you, the readers, to make picks against our Elo algorithm — as well as each other. (The more confident you are in your choices, the more points you win.) After each week, we’ll tally up everyone’s scores, and you can see where you stand relative to Elo and your fellow players.As a side benefit of this exercise, we can also use the results of your picks to figure out which games and teams the crowd most disagreed with Elo about — and who was right. For instance, in Week 1, readers were all over the woefully high 57 percent win probability Elo gave the Andrew Luck-less Colts on the road against the L.A. Rams. (In Elo’s defense, it doesn’t factor in key injuries like Luck’s.) Los Angeles ended up crushing Indy 46-9, costing our algorithm a lot of points in the process.Here are all the games from the opening week of the season, in order of how much readers outsmarted Elo:3The Chiefs-Patriots matchup isn’t included here because our game launched last Friday, after the season opener was played. IND57%LAR53%LAR+8.2– 7Washington51199221Kansas City82017 11Chicago40198827Carolina22015 4Green Bay67201120Baltimore92009 2San Francisco114201317Jacksonville141999 OAK51OAK54OAK+0.5– 5Pittsburgh59200921Tampa Bay82003 8Miami50198524New Orleans62010 Well, that didn’t take long. We’re just one week into the 2017 NFL season, and there’s already a new team atop FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings. The Kansas City Chiefs rose to the top slot after beating the preseason No. 1 New England Patriots 42-27 in last Thursday’s season opener, and now Elo gives them a league-best 14 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.OK, so maybe you shouldn’t bet the farm on that Chiefs championship just yet. (The Vegas books still list K.C. in a tie for the seventh-best Super Bowl odds of any team, alongside the Atlanta Falcons.) But Kansas City occupying first place in an NFL power ranking is a pretty rare sight nonetheless. Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, the Chiefs have only held the No. 1 slot for eight total weeks,1Including this week. the same as the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Compare that with the team the Chiefs beat — the Pats, who lead all post-merger franchises with 137 total weeks at No. 1 — and you start to get a sense for just how unusual a top-ranked K.C. squad is.The last time the Chiefs ranked first in Elo? Week 11 of the 2003 season, when Kansas City had just crushed the Cleveland Browns to move to 9-0 on the year. It was K.C.’s fourth consecutive week at No. 1, but the celebration wouldn’t last: Dick Vermeil’s Chiefs were upset by Cincinnati on the road the following week, part of a 4-3 stretch to close the regular season. And in the playoffs, they lost an epic shootout with Peyton Manning and the Colts in which neither team punted. K.C. fell to 7-9 the next season, and the offensive firepower briefly captured with Trent Green and Priest Holmes was never quite achieved again. 9Oakland43200225Cincinnati41982 CIN63CIN58BAL+4.6– 12Denver37201628Arizona12015 ATL72ATL80ATL+1.9– 14L.A. Rams27200229Detroit0— The Week 1 winner is …Congratulations to Dante Sblendorio of Livermore, California, who absolutely humiliated Elo with this week’s high score of 225 points. Dante, a 25-year-old physicist, went for an extremely aggressive approach that paid off: He picked 12 of 14 games correctly, all at 100 percent confidence. Too bad he wasn’t in Vegas.Remember: You can start playing the prediction game this week, even if you didn’t get your picks in last week.Check out our latest NFL predictions. DET54ARI52DET-8.3– DEN74DEN66DEN-8.5– CAR65CAR71CAR+1.4– Most weeks spent at No. 1 in NFL Elo ratings, 1970-2017 6Indianapolis52200921N.Y. Jets82010 RKTEAMWEEKSLAST YR AT NO. 1RKTEAMWEEKSLAST YR AT NO. 1 WSH58WSH52PHI+4.6– our PICKWIN PROB.READERS’ PICKWIN PROB.ACTUAL WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS Kansas City is far from being the franchise with the least time spent in first place. Among teams that have reached the top slot, five — New Orleans, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Carolina and Arizona — have spent fewer weeks in first than K.C. Four other teams — Detroit, Houston, Cleveland and (amazingly2Given that they’ve made two Super Bowls.) Atlanta — have never made it to No. 1 in the post-merger era.Maybe the Chiefs will have the staying power of the Patriots, whose 11-week reign at the top K.C. snapped this week. Or maybe they’ll be like last year’s Minnesota Vikings, who spent one solitary week at No. 1 (Week 6, if you’re keeping track) before fading away. 15Philadelphia22200429Houston0— 10Minnesota42201625Buffalo41991 PIT76PIT86PIT+1.9– 13Seattle30201629Atlanta0— Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between FiveThirtyEight reader points won and Elo points won per matchup HOU74HOU75JAX-3.1– GB61GB56GB-6.6– MIN59MIN54MIN-6.7– 1New England137201717L.A. Chargers142009 3Dallas108199619N.Y. Giants112008 Source: BUF64BUF71BUF+2.6– read more

Your opinion Veszprem Montpellier and Medvedi outsiders for F4

Chehovski MedvediEHF F4F4 in KolnMKB VeszpremMontpellierRhein Neckar Lowen Two weeks of our POLL question – “Who will NOT qualify for CL “Final Four” in Koln 2011?” gave us interesting results. From 8 (in our opinion) best European teams this season, visitors of Handball-Planet had to choose teams who will not participate in a big show in “Lanxess Arena” next May. Most votes (about 200 at all) or least chances, people give to MKB Veszprem (31%). Behind them are Chehovski Medvedi (24%) last season semifinalist. At third place of “lower division” is French champion, Montpellier with 17% of all votes. Last team, who will not be seen in Koln is Rhein Neckar Lowen and that is opinion of 7% voters.So, you cut all teams and saved the best one. In your opinion, four teams in EHF F4 tournament in Koln 2011 will be:F.C Barcelona, THW Kiel, Ciudad Real and HSV HamburgThank you for you votes! ← Previous Story TOP 10 handball “failed operations” in 2009/2010: “Ola, Sead and other big names” Next Story → The world’s best handball players in Spain and Serbia 2013 read more

CounterStrike Global Offensive gets a trial run

first_imgWord of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been out for a couple of weeks now, but the game seems to be further along than some of us might have guessed. The newest addition to Valve’s popular tactical first-person shooter series was announced earlier this month and little had been uncovered about it aside from that it will launch on Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live, some time in early 2012. It will only be sold via digital distribution.That lack of information persisted until yesterday, when Kotaku’s Stephan Totilo got the chance to spend an hour playing CS:GO. During his session at Valve’s Bellevue, Washington headquarters he played through four of the games map’s, all of which were remakes of original maps from older versions of Counter-Strike. This was apparently Totilo’s first time playing the game (which is much different than the typical shooter) so his comparisons to the older titles, like CS 1.6 and CS: Source, are limited, but he was able to get some useable information. Notable info includes: there will be 7 maps (5 Bomb/Defuse and 2 Hostage Rescue), classic makes like Dust and Nuke are returning (we already knew this) but with slight tweaks to improve play, and that there is a casual mode that does away with the game’s system of purchasing weapons (and rewarding winners).Perhaps the most interesting part of the article is about the casual mode, which could make the famously unapproachable game–where newbies tend to die in just a few seconds–more accessible. Little is said about it except that the player will be able to buy weapons without any consideration as to their cost (so you don’t need to win a lot, and rack up money, to get good weapons). The article quickly goes on to note that the experts/pros are being considered as well. The CS:GO attempts to “raise the skill ceiling” and seems to be committed to maintaining the legacy of Counter-Strike being a game for the most serious of players.After that the article gets into more details: the new weapons, how servers will work on Steam and XBL/PSN, and so on. There is a lot to read if you are looking forward to this one and care about the gritty details.The game should be playable at PAX Prime, which starts today–so more information is on the way–but it was great to get some early information on what should prove to be one of the more exciting titles of 2012.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will have a beta program that starts this fall.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

Google aurait dépassé les 62 millions dutilisateurs

first_imgGoogle + aurait dépassé les 62 millions d’utilisateurs D’après des chiffres non-officiels, le réseau social Google+ aurait franchi la barre des 62 millions d’utilisateurs au mois de décembre. Il gagnerait même 625.000 membres en plus chaque jour.Si le réseau social de Google a connu un petit coup de mou après son lancement, il semblerait qu’il soit aujourd’hui de nouveau en pleine forme. En effet, Paul Allen, le fondateur du site et statisticien officieux de l’audience de Google +, a annoncé que le réseau social aurait dépassé au 27 décembre la barre des 62 millions de membres. Selon lui, la croissance se serait ainsi grandement accélérée au cours du mois avec pas moins de 625.000 nouveaux comptes par jour, soit le quart des nouveaux utilisateurs.Au vu de tels chiffres, Paul Allen est optimiste pour l’avenir et a prédit que cette croissance allait encore s’accélérer sous l’influence du bouche à oreille, de l’intégration du service dans de nouveaux produits Google et des 700.000 terminaux Android activés quotidiennement, rapporte ZDNet. Des facteurs qui permettraient à Google + d’atteindre les 400 millions de membres fin 2012.Toutefois, ces chiffres sont à relativiser. En effet, d’autres observateurs cités par TechCrunch relèvent que ceux-ci s’appuient sur les nouveaux entrants et non sur le nombre d’utilisateurs actifs. C’est pourtant ces derniers qui permettrait d’établir un compte rendu plus juste de l’audience réelle de Google + et donc de son succès.Le 28 décembre 2011 à 19:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New CloneLike Spiders Named After Star Wars Stormtroopers

first_imgStay on target Researchers have named four of six bald-legged spiders recently discovered in Colombia Stormtropis, after the Star Wars Stormtroopers soldiers, for their identical appearance and ability to camouflage.Despite being widely distributed across north and central South America, bald-legged spiders had never been confirmed in Colombia until a recent study led by Carlos Perafan, Fernando Perez-Miles (Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay), and William Galvis (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.The four spiders were unable to fit into any already existing genus, so the scientists had to create a brand new one for them.“The stormtroopers are the soldiers of the main ground force of the Galactic Empire. These soldiers are very similar to each other, with some capacity for camouflage, but with unskillful movements, like this new group of spiders,” the researchers said. “We wanted to make a play on words with the name of the known genus, Paratropis, and of course, we also wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest sagas of all time.”One of the bald-legged spider species Paratropis elicioi described in 2015. (Photo Credit: Carlos Perafan)Bald-legged spiders (family Paratropididae) possess the striking ability to adhere soil particles to their cuticle, which allows them to be camouflaged by the environment.One of the new ‘stormtrooper’ species (Stormtropis muisca) also has the highest altitudinal record for the family. It was recorded from an elevation of at more than 11,000 feet in the central Andes.In studying the new spider species, the researchers also confirmed previous assumptions that the bald-legged spiders are well-adapted to running across the ground’s surface. The spiders were seen to stick soil particles to their scaly backs as a means of camouflage against predators.The team also recorded several cases of various bald-legged species burrowing into ravine walls or soil — a type of behavior that had never been reported before. The researchers believe this might possibly be a secondary adaptation, so that the spiders could exploit additional habitats.More on Tarantula With Bizarre Horn on Its Back Discovered in AngolaRare Images of Giant Spiders Devouring Frogs, Lizards, and Small MammalsWatch: Spiders Rain Down on Brazilian Town Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

Klopp optimistic Salah will hit form

first_imgJurgen Klopp is adamant Mohamed Salah will hit form soon despite struggling to reach the heights of last season.After a slow start to the campaign, Salah failed to find the back of the net against Chelsea, missing several chances in the course of the game.“In a game like this constantly in situations he comes in, that makes you a world-class player. You fail, you miss, whatever, that happens. Klopp told Skysports“He wants to be decisive; he wants to score in these situations. The first ball he missed it was not the right position. The next one he passed. Why? He could’ve finished again.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s like riding a bike. It’s not like you wake up in the morning and you cannot finish anymore or cannot ride a bike anymore.“That’s how it is; you only need to work for these moments when it’s clicking. That’s the period he is in, no problem with that, so all good.last_img read more

Search Goes On for Missing Crew of Sunk Pollock Boat

first_imgRescuers have recovered the bodies of 11 more crew members from a South Korean pollock boat that sank in the Bering Sea on Monday.Download AudioThe U.S. Coast Guard has been helpingRussian officials and good Samaritan fishing vessels look for survivors from the Oryong 501. The trawler was hit by a wave, and sank in Russian waters northwest of St. Matthew Island.The Oryong 501. (via Korea Times)More than 40 crew members are still missing. Coast Guard petty officer Grant DeVuyst says rescuers have no plans to stop searching.“We don’t know exactly how prepared the crew members who are still missing were when they went into the water, so that plays a huge role in how long someone would be able to survive,” he says. “So we’re going to continue searching, continue working with the Russians and the good Samaritans.”Those vessels are from South Korea and Russia, and they’ve been on scene since shortly after the Oryong 501 went down. The weather has calmed down since then — seas were around 5 feet with visibility up to 5 miles on Wednesday.DeVuyst says the Coast Guard hasn’t been able to spot much debris from the sunk vessel.“So far, what our air assets have been able to locate are a couple black life rafts that were floating,” he says. “And that’s the only wreckage they’ve reported.”He says the Coast Guard has sent the cutters Munro and Alex Haley, plus aircraft from Air Station Kodiak, to help as the search wears on.last_img read more

How To Prepare Your Boat For The Next Big Storm

first_img– / 10 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:43 center_img Share X Hundreds of boat owners fanned out over the Houston region to rescue people from Harvey’s floodwaters. One of those was Mark Kuchera, general manager of Houston’s Premiere Boating Center.Kuchera spent several long days doing rescues in north Harris County where he picked up flood victims in his 16-foot duck boat. He said the water was so high they were pulling people out of second-story windows. He also had an encounter with a very large submerged object.“It was getting dark and I saw two silver things, and I’m like, what is that?” said Kuchera. “I had just went between two smokestacks of an eighteen-wheeler.”We met Kuchera at the Houston Summer Boat Show, where many people are shopping to replace boats that were lost in Harvey’s floods. Some owners saw their boats crushed by floodwaters that engulfed boathouses. Other boats sunk or simply floated away.Kuchera said he has gotten questions from some prospective customers about how to outfit a boat for rescues in the event of another big storm.“Most of the best boats I saw doing water rescues were aluminum-style boats,” added Kuchera. “A good, 16-to-22 foot aluminum boat, it can take a lot of abuse if you were to hit a mailbox or something like that without doing damage.”And Kuchera said it’s also good to have some extra safety equipment on hand.“I normally only have enough life jackets in the boat for how many people I know are going on the boat with me. But when you see people that are wading in water, not sure of where they’re going, it’s just real helpful to be able to chunk them a life jacket,” said Kuchera. “I probably lost four life jackets and I don’t care because that person needed that life jacket a whole lot worse than I did.”We also got some recommendations from David Christian of LMC Marine Center in Houston. He said if you’re looking for something for rescues, consider a boat that doesn’t sit too deep in the water.“Most of your fishing boats, saltwater fishing boats, are designed to work in shallow water,” explained Christian. “It also happens to be what you need to float down a street.”As for what you want to put on the boat, Christian said a spotlight and GPS are helpful for night rescues. A hydraulic jack plate can protect your outboard motor in shallow water. And something as simple as a long rod or stick can help you determine the depth of the water in unfamiliar places.But whatever you have on hand, Christian says being ready to help is the most important thing.“The good news is, having a boat is 90 percent of it.”The Houston Summer Boat Show runs through Sunday at NRG Center.last_img read more

Texas Sees Uptick In Executions Death Sentences In 2018

first_img Share Jolie McCulloughThe clock nears 6 p.m. at the “Walls” unit in Huntsville, where Texas executes its prisoners, on Jan. 26, 2017.Texas again executed far more inmates than any other state in 2018, according to year-end reports released Friday by two groups critical of the death penalty.With no other executions scheduled for the year, tallies from the Death Penalty Information Center and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty show the state will have put to death 13 people in 2018 — all men, as usual. That’s more than half the total number of executions that took place in the United States this year — 25.The number of people Texas put to death increased substantially from the last two years as the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted far fewer executions. Seven men died in the state’s execution chamber in both 2016 and 2017, when the state’s highest criminal court stayed at least twice as many executions as it did this year.At the same time, the death row population in Texas — and the nation at large — reached historic lows this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center report, which noted that the total number of people with active death sentences nationwide is at a 25-year low.The number of inmates living with a death sentence in Texas has dropped consistently since 2003. There are currently 224 inmates awaiting execution, according to the state’s prison system.Texas usually leads the nation every year in the number of prisoners it puts to death and has executed far more people since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 — more than 550. The state with the second-highest number of executions, Virginia, has racked up 113, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.In the last twenty years, Texas has had fewer executions than another state only twice.Here are some of the big changes that happened with the Texas death penalty this year:Executions, new death sentences went up, but remain lowThe rise in executions this year in Texas also coincides with an increase in new death sentences. In 2018, seven men — all people of color — were added to Texas’ death row, according to the report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. That’s a jump from last year, when four men were sentenced to death. In 2015 and 2016, only three men got the punishment.But the relative increase comes at a time after both executions and death sentences in Texas and the nation reached historic lows. By comparison, Texas juries handed down 48 new death sentences in 1999, and executed 35 people.The parole board, governor reduced a death sentence for the first time in more than a decadeIn February, the Texas parole board unanimously voted to recommend clemency for Thomas Whitaker, who was convicted in the death of his mother and brother in an inheritance money scheme. Minutes before his execution was scheduled to proceed, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott accepted the board’s recommendation and changed Whitaker’s sentence to life in prison.It was the first time the board recommended the lesser sentence since 2009, and the first time a governor signed off on that change since 2007. Still, Abbott emphasized his support of the death penalty, noting that he had allowed more than 30 executions to take place since he took office in 2015.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stopped fewer executionsThe state’s highest criminal court stopped significantly fewer executions in 2018 than other years in recent history. Of the three executions the court halted, two were specifically tied to a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the Texas court’s method of determining whether a death row inmate is intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution.In 2017, the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals stopped six executions during lateappeals, and in 2015 and 2016, it halted eight and seven respectively, according to the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.The court, consisting of nine Republican judges, is also losing its most vocal death penalty critic, Judge Elsa Alcala, at the end of the year. She did not run for re-election and will be replaced by Republican Michelle Slaughter, who defended the death penalty in February during her primary campaign but said any reforms should stem from legislation and not court rulings.last_img read more

Taking Aim at the Booming B2B Market Amazon Launches Marketplace Strictly for

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 28, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Register Now » Lookout, Staples. Aiming for a slice of the booming nearly $8 trillion-dollar business-to-business sector, Amazon today announced the launch of a massive new marketplace designed exclusively for U.S. companies.The new online shop, simply called Amazon Business, is stocked with hundreds of millions of business products — IT, industrial, construction, janitorial and food service supplies included.The marketplace offers business-only selection and pricing, bulk discounts and free two-day shipping on orders totaling more than $49 (for “tens of millions” of eligible items).Related: How to Get Your Business on Amazon’s New Home Services PlatformSome of the other benefits the Seattle-based ecommerce giant says Amazon Business customers will have access to include:Free, multi-user business accounts that allow for shared shipping addresses and payment methods.Amazon’s corporate credit line, which enables customers to place orders and finance purchases via Amazon’s Pay-in-Full Credit Line or Amazon’s Revolving Credit Line.Purchasing approval tools and purchasing system integration.Tax exemption purchasing program access, which allows for making tax-exempt purchases and managing tax exemption permissions throughout your business.Chat-based customer support dedicated to registered Amazon Business shoppers.Next-day shipping across 48 states.Related: Who Needs Drones When Amazon Could 3-D Print Your Goods From a Van Parked Outside Your Home?Image credit: AmazonAmazon Business arrives as a replacement of AmazonSupply, Amazon’s existing online store for office and industrial goods. The site, which went live without much fanfare back in 2012, will be completely phased out by May 13, reports Forbes.Prentis Wilson, vice president of Amazon Business, told Forbes that the new platform is designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, from mom-and-pop upstarts to multibillion-dollar operations. He said the new marketplace is Amazon’s response to feedback from business owners who want the same Amazon shopping experience when purchasing for work that they have when shopping for home.Related: Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Company to Begin Test Flights This Year“We’ve heard from business customers that they love the convenience of shopping online, and want an experience at work that is similar to how they shop at home,” Wilson said in a statement released today. “Amazon Business delivers a new and expanded marketplace that brings the selection, convenience and value of Amazon to business customers, manufacturers and sellers with the additional selection, features and back-end integration businesses need to save time and money.”Image credit: AmazonWilson also said Amazon will continue to expand the new service in the coming days.If you’re interested in registering for a free Amazon Business account, head over to To add your products to the marketplace, visit Amazon Is the Latest to Get Approval to Fly Forward With New Drone Testslast_img read more

Warning to not wash and reuse condoms issued

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Former cop turned politician Brian Paddick on his PrEP use and issues with condoms Condoms are designed for single use only (Photo: Durex | Facebook) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US has tweeted a reminder to people to not wash and re-use condoms.— NM PR HP Marvel DC (@NerdWithTheTech) July 27, 2018 — Omotayo Akinro (@etyro) July 27, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img GAYSTARNEWS- We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse #condoms! Use a fresh one for each #sex act.— CDC STD (@CDCSTD) July 23, 2018‘We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse #condoms! Use a fresh one for each #sex act,’ said the tweet on its CDC STD Twitter account.The CDC is one of the leading federal-backed health promotion and prevention organizations in the United States. As such, its proclamations are usually treated with great seriousness.However, the tweet has – perhaps predictably – met with some incredulity online.‘Hold on babe, let me just grab one off the clothes line…’ responded @CharlesHaHaHall.‘Well, what the hell am I supposed to with all these condoms in the dishwasher now?’ asked @mrd125‘Name names,’ implored @actual_anna.‘I’m just upset that this is something that people needed to be told,’ said @smoochitworse.And then there were the many amused gifs.People do that???— Cecil (@transyurochka) July 24, 2018 Not one case of HIV transmission from HIV positive gay men on effective treatment— Jamil Starkweather (@starkweatherTD) July 24, 2018The do’s and don’ts of using condomsMost commentators expressed surprise the warning needed to be issued. However, if the CDC felt moved to post about it, some people clearly still haven’t got the message.It included a link to resources explaining how to properly use male and female condoms and other barriers methods of protection – including dental dams.Condoms can help prevent HIV infection and a variety of other sexually-transmitted infections.Should you need reminding: Do use a new condom each time you have sex, and do check it hasn’t got any tears or defects in it. Check the expiration date on the package, and store them in a cool place, away from heat. Use them only with water or silicon-based lubricants.Don’t store condoms in your wallet as heat and friction can damage them. And don’t use more than one at a time.And remember, condoms are designed to be used once only. Washing them will not sterilize them and will seriously weaken their composite material. Dispose of them in the trash after you’ve used them!See alsoDental dams will change the oral and rimming you are having forever Warning over rise in shigella cases among gay menGay porn: Behind the paywall of OnlyFans with model Jack MackenrothWhat is hepatitis C and should gay men be concerned?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_img Monday, February 4, 2019 PUNTA CANA — Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to open a second property under its Finest Resorts brand.Set to open its doors in the first half of 2020, Finest Punta Cana will be the third Excellence Group property in the D.R, expanding the company’s presence in the region.Excellence Group says the new resort will mark “a new standard for all-inclusive, non-age-restricted luxury, catering to romantic getaways, nuptial celebrations, rejuvenating holidays, and options for both adults and couples with children.”Finest Punta Cana will have 450 suites, including 60 family suites, that will range from 800 to 2,000 square feet. Hallmarks of the brand including oversized jacuzzis, fully stocked in-room premium bars, private pools, rooftop terraces and family-designed suites will be in full effect.There will also be “at least” 20 bars and restaurants, and private club settings in the Excellence Club for those seeking adults-only relaxation.Other amenities will include a Finest Club for all ages, spa with hydrotherapy circuit, six swimming pools complete with a children’s pool and baby wading pool, and a playground and pavilion for children and teens.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFinest Punta Cana will be a sister property to the first resort under the Finest flag, Mexico’s Finest Playa Mujeres.“We are thrilled to be opening our second Finest Resort in Punta Cana. With the success of Finest Playa Mujeres, we know that both adults and couples with children are seeking top-of-the-line luxury and personalized service,” says Excellence Group’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Domingo Aznar.“With our Finest Resorts brand, we offer Excellence Group’s exacting standards in luxury, comfort, and service that guests have come to expect from the brand. Our resorts offer the convenience of an all-inclusive experience and the amenities of an upscale five-star property while seamlessly combining both family-friendly and adults-only options. We are thrilled to offer a whole new all-inclusive luxury experience for both adults and families traveling to the Dominican Republic.”Surrounded by a palm grove and bordering the Caribbean Sea, Finest Punta Cana will be located on the D.R.’s east coast, about 35 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport and 75 minutes from La Romana International Airport. Posted by Finest Punta Cana “will bring a new level of all-inclusive luxury” to D.R.’s east coast Tags: Excellence Group, Punta Canacenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

A Carnival Vibe To Hit Times Square NYE

first_imgCarnival Cruise Lines are the official ‘confetti sponsor’ of Times Square, New York this New Years Eve.Utilising their strong social media and online presence, Carnival put the call out to people around the world to submit their wishes for 2011 either online or via the ‘wishing wall’ at Times Square.“Carnival is thrilled to be part of New York City’s New Year’s Eve celebration and add our brand of participatory fun to the festivities,” said Jim Berra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Lines.“There is no place more iconic and energetic than Times Square on New Year’s Eve, so the opportunity to be the official confetti sponsor of this celebration is a great way for us to reinforce the fun our guests experience and to kick off the New Year for our brand.”Carnival will also be giving away a cruise to the Caribbean to one lucky reveller to bring a welcome taste of paradise during the big freeze currently sweeping New York. Carnival’s senior cruise director and popular blogger, John Heald is in charge of the confetti ‘air-worthiness’.  He will lead the practice countdown complete with 500 pounds of Carnival coloured red, white and blue confetti before a tonne hits the Square at the stroke of midnight. 100 ‘confetti dispersal engineers’ including many Carnival employees will be responsible for dispersing the hopes and dreams of a virtual world.You can follow this unique journey via Carnival Cruise Lines’ Facebook page – and if you haven’t submitted your wish for 2011 yet, there’s still a bit of time. Log onto Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

FirstQuarter GDP Growth Hits Wall

first_img The nation’s economy came to a screeching halt in the first quarter as investments in business and residential projects struggled.According to numbers put out by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Wednesday, real gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualized rate of 0.1 percent in Q1, a plunge from the final 2.6 percent growth rate reported for Q4 2013. Economics surveyed by Bloomberg projected a consensus forecast of 1.1 percent growth.The sudden slowdown reflects in part the toll this year’s winter season took on economic expansion, though not all changes were weather-related. One anticipated decline was in real private inventories, which knocked more than half a percentage point off of GDP growth as business cut down on supplies.“We really expected the inventories to whack GDP growth fairly significantly,” commented Brendan Lowney, principal and macroeconomist at Forest Economic Advisors (FEA). “They had built up over the past few quarters, and we were due for that correction.”Also continuing on its downward path was residential fixed investment, which declined at an annual rate of 5.7 percent as homebuilding and sales turned up largely disappointing numbers throughout the year’s opening months.Not all of Wednesday’s report was negative, however: Personal consumption expenditures, while slower compared to the fourth quarter, still grew at a rate of 3.0 percent, while federal government spending actually contributed to economic growth after a long period of drag.With other economic indicators showing more positively—in particular employment, which has picked up after a few slow months—analysts don’t expect the early GDP numbers to affect any policymaking at the Federal Open Market Committee’s April meeting, which ends Wednesday. The meeting is expected to end with the announcement of further cuts in the Federal Reserve’s stimulative asset purchases program.Still, even with two more revisions to Q1 growth scheduled for the coming months, final GDP numbers seem poised to come up short of initial expectations. FEA, which had projected a growth rate of 1.5 percent in the government’s advanced estimate, now expects first-quarter GDP to expand at a rate closer to 1 percent.Said Lowney: “I would expect the revisions to more likely than not be positive, but it’s still a weak quarter, no matter how you slice it.” in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News First-Quarter GDP Growth Hits Wall Sharecenter_img April 30, 2014 401 Views Forecast GDP Home Sales Housing Starts 2014-04-30 Tory Barringerlast_img read more