CBGT Venues: Stade Pierre-Mauroy

first_imgJapan v Brazil Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour Venues: Stade Pierre-Mauroy 20:45 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Stade Pierre-Mauroy Getty Japan v Brazil Brazil Japan Friendlies With Brazil set to meet Japan in Lille, Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour takes a closer look at the setting of Friday’s clash The Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour resumes this week in a spectacular setting as Tite leads the Selecao against Japan at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.The 50,000-capacity stadium hosts more than 22 matches per season for local club, Lille. It weighs 7,400 tonnes, includes 10,000 square metres of reception areas and carries no less than 70,000 animated LEDs on its wall space.READ MORE: Coutinho to miss Japan clash | Brazil’s World Cup hopefuls | Last chance for Douglas Costa It hosted six matches at Euro 2016, including France’s group-stage match versus Switzerland and the quarter-final between Wales and Belgium. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Built in 2012, the multi-purpose arena has a mobile roof and has hosted concerts by the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber.It takes just 24 hours to convert from a football stadium to a stunning music hall.Stade Pierre-MauroyBelgium Wales Euro 2016 01072016The stadium is easily accessible via car and all forms of public transport, with the Lille-Lesquin airport shuttle bus providing connections every day for the Lille Europe and Lille Flandres railway stations.Free shuttle busses are available from Les Près Metro station to the Stadium.Stade Pierre-MauroyFriday’s test against Japan will be the first time Brazil have played an official match in Lille, and the first time the Selecao have played in the country since their 2015 victory over their hosts in the Brasil Global Tour event at Stade de France.The five-time world champions meet the Samurai Blue on Friday, November 10 at 13:00 local time.Brazil vs Japan (Do not use)last_img read more

iOS 13 hints Apple will remove 3D Touch from its 2019 iPhones

first_imgiOS 13 hints Apple will remove 3D Touch from its 2019 iPhonesA quick look at the System Experience section of the iOS 13 features indicates that iPhone users will be able to preview emails and weblinks pressing and holding to see a hint of the content.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 13:17 IST Image Courtesy: OnLeaksHIGHLIGHTSApple unveiled iOS 13 earlier this week.Apple is likely to drop support for 3D Touch in iOS 13.Apple is likely to drop support for 3D Touch in iPhone 11.Earlier this week at its annual developers conference – WWDC 2019 – Apple made a host of new announcements regarding its mobile operating systems – iOS 13. A system wide dark mode, a faster FaceID, new video editing tools, new privacy feature and an updated keyboard are some of the exciting features coming to iPhones this fall. Apart from the updated feature list and cosmetic changes, Apple also announced some features that will change the way we use iPhones in future.Apple is likely to drop the support for 3D Touch in iOS 13. 3D Touch gestures, which the company first introduced in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus and that have been a standard feature of all iPhones except the iPhone SE and the iPhone XR, will most probably be replaced by Haptic touch gestures that form the core of experience in the company’s last year’s budget smartphone – the iPhone XR.This means that with the iOS 13 update, all previous iPhones will lose the 3D Touch gesture based functionality, which means that you can no longer hard press on an app icon on the screen and select a quick action without releasing your finger. Instead, you will have to long press on an app icon on the screen and then release to preview the options.A quick look at the System Experience section of the iOS 13 features indicates that iPhone users will be able to preview emails and weblinks pressing and holding to see a hint of the content. They will be able to perform certain actions quickly by pressing and holding an app icon to quickly perform actions specific to the app.advertisementApple is clearly laying the groundwork for its 2019 iPhones or the iPhone 11 with iOS 13 and changes in the usage of features such as Peek and Quick Action are an indication of the fact that the company is planning to ditch 3D Touch for Haptic Touch its its upcoming iPhones.Separately, rumours have also revealed key details about the storage space of the upcoming iPhone 11. Unlike the older iPhone models, which come with 64GB storage space for the base variant, the 2019 iPhones will start with 128GB storage space. In addition to this, previous reports have indicated that this year’s budget iPhone – iPhone XR 2 – will come in a bunch of funky colour. While a report by India Shopps suggests that the iPhone XR 2 will be available in black, grey, gold and PRODUCT (RED) colour variants, another report by Macotakara indicates that the device would be available in white, black, yellow, (PRODUCT) RED, lilac and green colour variants.Multiple reports in the past have indicated that while the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max successors, which will sport an OLED display, would come with a triple rear camera setup with a flash that would be housed inside a square shaped camera bump, the iPhone XR 2 too would get a camera upgrade and it would come with a dual rear camera setup that will be tucked inside a squarish camera bump. The iPhone XR 2, however, is likely to come with an LCD display that is similar to its predecessor. The three iPhones are likely to be powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset and will ship with iOS 13.ALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max camera and storage details revealed in new leakALSO READ: | New leaks show Apple iPhone XR 2 in an alternative color schemeALSO READ: | iPhone XR successor could come in two new colour variantsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow iPhone 11Follow iOS 13last_img read more

Meet Up Monday: Gola

first_img1. Gola 2. Gola 3. Gola 4. Gola 5. Gola 6. Gola Harrier 7. Gola Ridgerunner 8. Gola Harrier 9. Gola Harrier 10. Gola Harrier 11. Gola 12. Gola 13. Gola It’s a jubilee year for Gola. The British sneaker and accessories brand, which is headquartered just outside Manchester, turned 110 years old this year. Although no one is quite sure where the label got its name (one theory is that it is a corruption of the word “goal”), records do verify that it began as a manufacturer of football/soccer boots. Today Gola creates a fantastic collection of retro-inspired shoes and bags that are splendid alternatives for those who are swoosh-weary or fed up with having three stripes on their sneakers. Gola’s CEO, Tony Evans, recently spoke to me about the company’s big milestone, its history and current offerings.Gola turned 110 years old this year. How are you marking the anniversary?In various countries around the world we did different things. In the States we did a pop-store in Fred Segal in L.A. for five weeks. That was really cool because from our point of view because Fred Segal is globally recognized as one of the coolest stores. We also did a very small collection of Made in England sneakers in conjunction with a retailer in Barcelona called LimitEDitions. He is one of the top sneaker stores in Europe and everything he does is limited editions and collector’s items. We produced 110 pairs across three options: 40 pairs of one, 40 pairs of another and 30 pairs of another. That is due for launch on the 19th of December.How has the brand evolved in all the years it has been around?It has changed a lot. Obviously 110 years is a long amount of heritage in today’s market where there are a lot of bigger brands that are a far newer to the market. If you look back at Gola through the prewar days it produced products and footwear that were required at the time like the heavy original leather football or soccer boots that were used in the English leagues. And then in the ’60s and ’70s when training shoes came in with spiked shoes for athletes to run in and specific tennis products, Gola produced those models. We were probably one of the first brands at the time to develop specific products for specific sports.Then as we fell into the turn of the millennium what we found is that with the heritage and back catalog that we’ve got it’s a great vehicle to look at that and bring them back. At the time the whole retro thing was just about to come back. We’ve got a lot of collateral with regard to back catalog and we’ve worked on that by bringing back running silhouettes, tennis silhouettes and the Harrier shoe, which first came out in 1968.Gola was also the first training shoe brand. So from a heritage point of view that’s kind of priceless.Who is the Gola customer today?It’s a cool 18- to 30-year-old slightly anti-mainstream-brand person. We have a big student following. I think they’re very cool kids–both boys and girls–that don’t want to wear the same brands that everyone else is wearing. For us the Britishness is also a very important part of our portfolio and the heritage in combination is a great seller around the world. We are very proud of that.How much of the current collection is devoted to archival styles?Currently about 75 percent of it is heritage driven but with a modern, fashionable interpretation. At any one time it is probably between 60 and 80 percent and then we add on more out and out fashion product for guys and girls that is just an extension of that.What are your current bestselling styles for men?The style that has been a consistent bestseller is the Harrier. We also have an entry price point style called Comet, which tends to be the number one seller in the spring. There’s a style called Equipe that has been really good and there are some running options like a style called Boston.How would you describe the ethos of Gola?I think we’re a brand that sometimes doesn’t take itself too seriously. We’re a privately owned business and we’re not driven by share price. Sometimes I think with the bigger brands it’s all about money, money, money.When were Gola’s golden years?If you look back on it, it was the ’60s and the ’70s. There was less competition around in those days. Nike didn’t even come on to the market until 1971 so we predate Nike by 66 years.How big is the Gola archive?It’s vast. I honestly can’t say how much we’ve got but we tend to keep anything we’ve developed over the years that goes into production or in many cases doesn’t go into production. One of the things we are planning to do is an exhibition in New York in spring 2016 that is just Harrier and we are looking to potentially have 300 different versions of that shoe that we have done over the years. How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Editors’ Recommendations center_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

JIS Marks 50 Years of Service

first_imgStory Highlights A year after playing a pivotal role in the celebration of the nation’s Golden Jubilee, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is this year marking its own 50th Anniversary.The JIS, which began its role as the Government’s information arm in 1963, is rolling out a number of activities to mark the milestone, including bringing back some old favourites from its archives that are sure to delight and elicit nostalgic smiles from viewers and listeners.Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe, notes that the agency has served the Government and people of Jamaica with distinction for 50 years and is inviting all Jamaicans to join the celebration by reliving some of those special moments with the organization, through its various programmes on radio and television.“We have been present at all the iconic moments in the nation’s development over the past 50 years, and have worked closely with local media to bring those images and news items into the homes of Jamaicans from all walks of life. Today, the JIS is a household name and an entity on which members of our Diaspora rely for vital information on their homeland,” she says.“Our programmes are dynamic and exciting, as they are informative, and we have a passionate team who enjoys receiving feedback from persons locally and overseas about the services we provide,” the CEO adds.Nevertheless, the JIS does not take its achievements for granted, the CEO says. “We are constantly looking at ways to improve and raise the bar…to do better overall, and to serve the Government and people of Jamaica better. We are doing this by keeping abreast of the latest professional trends and technology, and empowering the team,” Mrs. Rowe says.The CEO notes that the entity’s vision is to be the Agency of choice for credible Government and national information, cutting edge media services and employment, while maintaining the full confidence of all Jamaicans.“To attain our National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica – and see our nation as the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business, our people must be able to make informed decisions. The official government information agency must be at the centre of realizing those goals,” she asserts.Elaborating on the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary, Director of Production,  Enthrose Campbell, explains that they will begin with a Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, July 28, at the Webster Memorial United Church, 53 Half-Way Tree Road, across the road from the JIS, which is located at 58A Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston.The service will begin at 9:45 a.m. and everyone who works at the JIS and those who have worked at the agency or have had any association with it – suppliers or clients – are invited to share with the JIS family at the service.A publication on the agency’s history will also be produced. “The JIS’ history is not fully recorded and so we are conducting the research to supplement the pieces from the past for the book,” Ms. Campbell explains.It will feature details of the agency’s background, its journey over the years and interviews with some of the pioneers who contributed to its growth and development. The history will also be captured in a 15-minute documentary.Jamaicans will also get a glimpse of the agency at work over the years through a newspaper supplement.  A new and exciting website will also be unveiled during the year. The current website has been the recipient of several awards, but Ms. Campbell points out that the agency is not resting on its laurels, so it constantly tries to improve on its offerings to the public.The usually well supported JIS Essay Competition, which is in its third year, will take a different focus in October to feature the 50th anniversary.Additionally, in-house JIS 50 activities have been generating excitement among staff.“I think people are more appreciative of the work of the JIS and at the end of this period, we want our team to be fired up.  We want everyone to be fired up about the JIS, knowing that we are here to surpass the achievements that we have had over the past 50 years,” Ms. Campbell says.Both the radio and television departments are currently digging into their archives to remind Jamaicans of time past, and hopefully evoke some pleasant memories. Over the course of the celebrations, the public will hear and see many presenters who once ruled the local airwaves, some of whom began their media journey at the JIS.Radio Manager, Lorraine Walker-Mendez, reveals that the department will be featuring two programmes, ‘From Our Archives’ and ‘Standing Ovation’.With ‘From Our Archives’, persons will hear programmes that would have been aired in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. She notes that programmes like ‘One One Cocoa’, which gives practical tips on making life easier, and how to make local staples, such as ‘mackerel rundown’ and ‘ginger beer’ will also make a brief return to the airwaves.The ‘Standing Ovation’ feature, once popular in the 1990s, she says, will make a brief return to the Arts Page. It showcases interviews with persons in the entertainment industry.Both programmes have been airing every Friday in July “on your favourite radio station,” Mrs. Mendez says.The programmes give Jamaicans a chance to hear JIS presenters with whom they might have been familiar long ago, and in sense pay homage to those presenters and their contribution to the agency.Manager  at JIS TV, Stacy-Ann Smith, informs that for every day during the month of July, a former TV presenter has been on the agency’s flagship news and current affairs programme, ‘Jamaica Magazine’. Among those who have made appearances are: Helene Coley-Nicholson, Fae Ellington, Gary Neita, Errol Lee, Christopher Daley, Gwyneth Harold-Davidson, Elise Kelly, and Hume Johnson.The television department will also be airing popular features from its archives, such as the once popular ‘Jamaica Attractions’,  as well as special interviews with outstanding Jamaicans like cultural icon, the late Dr. Olive Lewin.Two programmes will feature employees. ‘The Builders’ is a series of eight features that highlight JIS staff members who have served the agency for upwards of 25 years.  It takes the form of an interview and captures their recollections of life with the agency as they work to keep the public abreast of national happenings.In one of these features, Production Co-ordinator, Seaton Richards, who is now in his 36th year with the agency, speaks with pride about the privilege and honour of working with the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, who at the time was a living National Hero.“For me that experience was invaluable. It was at a later stage that I realized it was a very significant occasion for me to be experiencing working with a living legend, a National Hero…that was an awesome, awesome day,” he recalls.A second series, ‘Flashback’, features former production staff members who speak about their experiences with the JIS. These persons captured iconic moments in national life for all Jamaicans to see, and recount their experiences as part of the agency’s 50th anniversary.“These programmes will be aired every day during the month of July, so you just have to keep on watching,” Mrs. Smith says. The agency has served the Government and people of Jamaica with distinction for 50 years The entity’s vision is to be the Agency of choice for credible Government and national information A publication on the agency’s history will also be producedlast_img read more

Mentoring Program for Women on Municipal Councils Begins

first_imgA new program will allow women municipal councillors to share information and will help preserve the accumulated knowledge of experienced municipal councillors. The Women in Local Government Project, which aims to increase the participation of women in municipal decision making, announced plans for the coming year, including a mentoring program, today, Oct. 19, in Sydney. “New women councillors are still often alone or in a small minority on Nova Scotia’s councils,” said Claire Detheridge, deputy mayor of Sydney and chair of the Women in Local Government Steering Committee. “This program provides a structure for sharing experience and advice between female colleagues. It will also help retain the skills and knowledge acquired over the years by more experienced councillors, who will begin to retire in larger numbers over the next decade or so.” Ms. Detheridge also announced other work for the project’s second year of operation. A bursary for female municipal employees who want to further their careers will provide an important support for women in administration. A fraction of Nova Scotia’s top municipal administrators are women at a time when municipalities, like other employers, are beginning to struggle to find talent to operate. A public awareness campaign about the role and impact of municipal government on women’s day-to-day lives aims to increase women’s voting and their application to advisory committees and boards. Workshops for municipal administrators and employees on how and why to involve women in decision making and on diversity began at the Association of Municipal Administrators conference in September. Information about the gender and age of voters is gathered during provincial elections but not municipal elections. This information could be used to help identify barriers to voting by pointing out who votes and who does not. A committee is looking at ways to gather voter information for future municipal elections. The goal of the project is for women to make up 30 per cent of candidates in the next municipal election. Two activities are vital for reaching this goal. The first is encouraging Nova Scotians to ask women to run for office. The second is to put in place municipal campaign schools that show women interested in running for municipal council how to plan successful campaigns and gain election skills. Experienced councillors and election campaign planners will be key resources for these programs. “We need more women in public decision making -– as citizens, as public employees and as elected officials,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “This project will help to ensure our municipal governments better reflect the communities they serve, which will make them better governments.” The Women in Local Government Project is a partnership of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, the Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia and the YWCA of Halifax. The project began in 2004 with a resolution approved by municipal councillors from across the province. In October 2005, councillors approved the recommendations of the Untapped Resources report, the result of research on women’s involvement in municipal government. The project is working to increase women’s input into municipal decision making as citizens, as employees and as elected councillors.last_img read more

CheGuevaras daughter Aleida calls on Kerala CM

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Aleida Guevara, daughter of legendary Cuban Revolutionary Che-Guevara, on Monday called on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at his official residence here. Aleida had earlier arrived in Delhi and then late on Sunday reached here. In Kerala, her father is an idol among the Communist Party of India-Marxist cadres, especially its youth and students organisations. Later in the day she will be meeting a string of CPI-M state minister’s and also visit the state party headquarters. She will be attending a couple of programmes here as the chief guest including one on August 1, in Kannur — the bastion of the CPI-M. The next day she will be in Kochi.last_img

Newfoundland woman searching for family missing in Northern California

first_imgLEWISPORTE, N.L. — A Newfoundland woman is pleading for help finding missing family members nearly 7,000 kilometres away in the California town of Paradise, a fire-ravaged community at the epicentre of the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.Randy and Paula Dodge are among hundreds of people reported missing after a massive blaze, called the Camp Fire, levelled the Northern California town of 27,000.At least 42 people have been confirmed dead in the area.Megan Janes, the couple’s niece, said she’s been in contact with the sheriff of Butte County and that a search party has visited her aunt and uncle’s home twice.Searchers found the charred remains of their house and the burned-out shells of their vehicles — but no bodies, she said.“We just don’t know what happened,” she said in an interview from her home in Lewisporte in central Newfoundland, adding that calls to local shelters and hospitals have also yielded no information about the fate of the couple in their late 60s.“The hope is because there were no bodies on the scene, someone picked them up and helped them. But so far there is no word. We have no clue.”The family has tried to remain hopeful that the couple managed to evacuate before the inferno swept through the town, Janes said.But after several days with no information on their whereabouts, she said the family is starting to prepare for the worst.“In the beginning there was hope,” Janes said through tears. “We’re still praying and we’re still hoping but honestly at this point I think we’re preparing.”Janes said her mother, a Canada-U.S. dual citizen who lives on the Avalon Peninsula, is praying for her brother.“I think God is giving her peace,” she said.Janes said she’s used social media to try to locate her aunt and uncle, noting that, “You could be miles and miles away but you can still help.”Meanwhile, authorities in California have moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams to the Paradise area.“I want to recover as many remains as we possibly can, as soon as we can,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Monday night as he announced the discovery of 13 more dead.“I know the toll it takes on loved ones.”More than a dozen coroner search-and-recovery teams looked for bodies across the apocalyptic landscape that was once Paradise, while anxious relatives visited shelters and called police and hospitals in hopes of finding loved ones.The record-breaking Camp Fire is one of three wildfires wreaking havoc and devastation across California.The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has destroyed many homes — including those of celebrities such as Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young. The smaller Hill Fire is also in the state’s southern region.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bill Clinton to Attend 109th NAACP National Convention

first_imgMore about the NAACP’s 109th Annual ConventionOther highlights include the 40th anniversary of NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technical and Scientific Olympics) final competition and awards, a health pavilion, retail expo, Veterans’ luncheon and a diversity career fair. More information about the 2018 NAACP National Convention, including a detailed schedule of events, may be found by visiting naacpconvention.org. President Bill Clinton will attend and deliver remarks at the 109th Annual NAACP Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.President Clinton will be introducing this year’s Spingarn medalist, Willie Brown, Jr.The Spingarn Medal is awarded annually for the highest achievement of an American of African descent. The Spingarn was instituted in 1914 by the late J. E. Spingarn (then Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), who gave annually until his death in 1939, a gold medal to be awarded “for the highest or noblest achievement by a living American Negro during the preceding year or years.”Willie L. Brown, Jr., two-term mayor of San Francisco, renowned speaker of the California Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, has been at the center of California politics, government and civic life for four decades. Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service, where he shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders.President Clinton will address NAACP members and delegates from across the country.WHAT: President Bill Clinton to Introduce 103rd Spingarn Medalist Spingarn/Thalheimer/Freedom Fund Awards DinnerNAACP 109th Annual ConventionWHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 2018; Program Start Time 7:30 p.m. (Central)WHERE:Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (HBGCC), Hall 1900 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205last_img read more

UN expert calls for urgent international food assistance to Sahel region

24 January 2012An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the global community to take quick action to prevent millions of people in Africa’s Sahel region from slipping into a full-scale food emergency, warning that drought, poor harvests and rising food prices have left the region on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. “We must not wait until people are starving in order to act,” said Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. “The world must respond immediately to avert a full-scale food and nutrition crisis,” he added, noting that most of the local governments affected have responded by declaring a state of emergency and requesting international assistance. The Sahel is an eco-climatic regional belt spanning the breadth of West and Central Africa and contains a number of countries which have been regularly afflicted by food insecurity. Last year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that several areas of the Sahel had been affected by irregular rains during the 2011 cropping season and that an early end to the rains would lead to a significant drop in production and increased food insecurity.As of today, Chad and Mauritania are experiencing a grain deficit of more than 50 per cent compared to last year. In Niger, the price of millet was 37 per cent higher in November 2011 than in the previous year and other key cereals are up to 40 per cent higher than the regional five-year average.Mr. De Schutter noted that the food crisis was the result of both natural causes and the lack of prevention.“This crisis may look like a natural calamity, but it is in fact a symptom of our failure to be better prepared and to react more swiftly to early warning signs,” he stated. “The failure of the international community to act, now and in the future, would result in major violations of the right to food.” The area currently affected by the crisis covers a vast swath of territory, including Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger but concerns have also been extended to other countries in the region such as Burking Faso and Senegal. In Niger, Mali and Mauritania alone, almost 10 million people will be affected. Among those most in danger, children face the highest risk of mortality linked to malnutrition, followed by pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls. “The warning signs are all there. The lean season will come earlier and last longer than usual,” Mr. De Schutter warned, adding that the region would be more reliant on food imports. “This could spell disaster for the millions of people whose food needs will rise as their purchasing power plummets,” he noted.Mr. De Schutter also underscored the need for widespread preventive measures, calling on the international community to ensure that emergency food reserves be pre-positioned in risk-prone regions and emphasizing the need for further local investment in climate-resilient agriculture such as diverse farming systems and agroforestry. He nevertheless noted that the need for longer-term structural actions should not prevent swift and immediate action. “We have the technology to predict food shortages accurately, and we have learned some lessons from previous crises. Now we need the international response,” he said. “The world must not make the same mistakes it did in delaying its response to last year’s crisis in the Horn of Africa. We have a chance, and a duty, to save lives.” read more

UN calls for additional funds to aid victims of volcanic eruption in

In a donor update released Tuesday, OCHA said the funds would be used over the next three months primarily for education, monitoring of seismic activities and providing food and temporary shelter to the people affected by the 17 January eruption of Mount Nyiragongo near the Rwanda border. OCHA said there are currently 120,000 homeless people in the Goma area, with another 30,000 scattered in locations in both the DRC and Rwanda.

On world Civil Aviation Day UN agency calls for safer skies more

“The air transport sector today stands on the cusp of a very important era in the history of international civil aviation,” UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu and ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu said in a joint statement on annual International Civil Aviation Day. “The commitments and actions on behalf of world States and organizations toward modernized and expanded civil aviation infrastructure and capacities have never been more important.“Under its ‘No Country Left Behind’ programme, ICAO is working with great determination today to raise global awareness on the fundamental importance of the effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Policies, which together support the enhanced safety, efficiency, security, economic development and environmental protection of the international aviation system.“This is the most important and urgently required first step which must be undertaken if a State or Region hopes to improve its ability to access and realize the significant socio-economic benefits which derive from the availability of safe and reliable air services.”The Montreal-based agency works with 191 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international standards, practices and policies for a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector, ensuring that ICAO Member States’ local civil aviation operations and regulations conform to global norms.This in turn permits more than 100,000 daily flights in civil aviation’s global network to operate safely and reliably in every region of the world.The ICAO Council has selected a new theme for International Civil Aviation Day for the years 2015-2018 inclusive: Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind. read more

The Royals Are MLBs Fastest Team In Years

So this is basically an ’80s-style team of burners, in the mold of the Whitey Herzog St. Louis Cardinals,3Who, incidentally, faced the Royals in the 1985 World Series (and lost). dropped down into the modern major leagues. And Kansas City’s speedsters are off to a blazing start already, easily leading baseball in Speed Score through the first weekend of the season with an eye-popping 8.5 mark. (The MLB average is about 4.4 in recent seasons, with the leader topping out around 5.4 most years.)The Royals’ next step, though, is turning all that speed into more tangible results. Perhaps most surprising in Kansas City’s portfolio of badness last year is that the team was somehow MLB’s fifth-worst at base running (according to BsR) despite the steals-leading presence of Merrifield atop the lineup for most of the year. The Royals’ speed was above average — if not quite as impressive as this season — but they didn’t use it well, particularly between bases in advancement scenarios. According to FanGraphs, K.C. lost 12 runs (more than an entire win) relative to the average team in base-running situations that didn’t involve steals. One of the ways K.C. can improve this year is to deploy its running game in a smarter way, using it to take advantage when opponents inevitably offer up chances to take extra bases.That’s an area in which Kansas City might take a cue from its 2014-15 teams, which were legendary for their opportunism on the base paths. Take the famous ninth-inning play that extended Game 5 of the 2015 World Series: Eric Hosmer’s heads-up sprint from third base to home on a weak groundout, a daring piece of aggressive base running that forced an errant throw by Mets first baseman Lucas Duda and tied the ballgame. The Royals would eventually score five 12th-inning runs off New York’s beleaguered bullpen to secure the championship.Hosmer (career Speed Score: 4.0) wasn’t even fast, so imagine how much more damage Hamilton, Mondesi, Merrifield and friends could do if they pick their base-running spots correctly. Along the same lines, Kansas City is also hoping this speedy roster can emulate the 2015 Royals’ defense, which according to FanGraphs was the best in baseball in terms of runs saved relative to average.Larger issues, such as the team’s dismal .305 on-base percentage last season, might place hard limits on how much value Kansas City can get out of its speed this year. (Even Sunday, the team was being no-hit by Chicago’s Lucas Giolito — owner of a career 5.48 earned run average going into the game — into the seventh inning.) But no matter what, it should at least be more worthwhile to watch the fleet Royals this season, both for the entertainment of all those steals and as an experiment in against-the-grain team-building.Check out our latest MLB predictions. With a blazing average of 4.07 seconds to first base — that’s 15.1 miles per hour — Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was one of the fastest players in Major League Baseball last season. But this year, he’s not even the fastest player on his own team. That honor belongs to new center fielder Billy Hamilton, who runs to first in an astonishing 3.94 seconds. Fourth outfielder Terrance Gore might not be much slower, either, and none of those guys is even the reigning MLB leader in stolen bases — which K.C. right fielder Whit Merrifield happens to be. These are the 2019 Royals: The fastest baseball team assembled in years.It was clear from the start that this team’s identity would be all about running as fast as possible: “We want to be a motion team,” general manager Dayton Moore told MLB.com in February. “We have to be elite at some aspects of the game, and defense and speed is something we can be elite at.” And Kansas City has already put that speed to good use in its season-opening games against the Chicago White Sox, with Merrifield and Chris Owings swiping three combined bases and Mondesi hitting two triples in a 2-1 series victory.If the 2014 and 2015 Royals were an experiment in whether a talented small-ball team could win a championship in the modern game (it worked), this year’s version will be more about how much pure speed can make up for a lack of talent in other areas. The Royals might not be “good” per se — but in an era when just about every team is constructed according to the blueprint of advanced analytics, they will be different, and that might have value in itself.Certainly last season’s Royals could not have been described as anything other than abysmal. K.C. went 58-104, the team’s worst record in 13 years, and had only five regulars1Meaning they logged at least 2 percent of available team playing time between plate appearances and (leverage-weighted) innings pitched. in common with the 2015 championship club: Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Danny Duffy and Mike Moustakas. (Moustakas was then traded to Milwaukee in July; Escobar signed with the White Sox over the offseason.) The Royals were sixth-to-last in scoring and fourth-worst in runs allowed, with a defense tied as the fourth-least efficient in baseball. This was far removed from the team that celebrated the franchise’s second world title just three years earlier.This year’s team is projected to be better yet still far from first place. The preseason FiveThirtyEight forecast called for Kansas City to improve all the way to 70 wins, though most of that change could be attributed to regression toward the mean rather than any specific additions. (In fact, K.C.’s most notable roster development since last fall was the news that Perez, a six-time All-Star, would miss the whole 2019 season with an elbow injury.) The projections were also low on both the 2014 and 2015 Royals, getting blindsided entirely by their World Series runs, but at least those teams had established, scout-approved talent with some sort of a track record and upside. The 2019 Royals don’t pass the eye test any more than they impress the computers.The projected speed in this lineup, however, is the genuine article. According to FanGraphs’ preseason depth chart projections, Royal hitters were forecast to swipe 168 bases this year, which represented 6.2 percent of the total steals predicted for all of MLB.2Including players who were free agents in spring training but were still predicted to sign somewhere and accumulate some steals by season’s end. If Kansas City hits that benchmark, it would become only the sixth team since 1996 to claim at least 6.2 percent of leaguewide stolen bases. The 2016 Brewers did it recently, but mostly that rate was a hallmark of teams from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, when gaudy steal totals were the norm and not every team had settled into similar offensive philosophies guided by sabermetrics.The speed of these Royals emerges in other metrics as well. I filtered down every opening day lineup since 1950 for those that contained at least eight players who had logged 200 or more plate appearances during the previous year. Then, for each lineup, I averaged two numbers from its players in the season before: Speed Score — a Bill James invention that estimates raw speed by combining stolen bases (both attempts and successes), triples and runs scored as a percentage of times on base — and FanGraphs’ Base Running (BsR) statistic, which quantifies the run value of every base-running action (including steals and advancement on other events). The 2019 Royals’ average Speed Score is tied for 24th since 1950, and its average BsR per 600 plate appearances ranks 71st; only 12 opening day lineups were faster by both measures, and half of those played during the nine-season span from 1978 to 1986, a heyday for running teams. read more

NFL draft Dontre Wilson signs as undrafted free agent with Los Angeles

OSU H-back Dontre Wilson breaks into open field during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorFormer Ohio State wide receiver Dontre Wilson signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet sent by Wilson.Ima @Chargers— Dontre Wilson (@treydayy_) April 29, 2017Wilson caught 27 passes for 352 yards, both career highs, and rushed the ball 16 times for 78 yards as a senior. His final year in scarlet and gray, Wilson averaged 13 yards per catch, the third highest on OSU. He entered the season on the Paul Hornung Award watch list.The former four-star recruit from DeSoto, Texas was heavily involved in special teams. Wilson averaged 24.2 yards on 53 kick returns and 7.8 yards on 31 punt returns. However, he struggled with fumbles when returning punts and was replaced during the 2016 season.A 5-foot-10, 195-pound wideout, Wilson is tied with with three players as the shortest wide receiver on the Chargers.Seven former OSU players were selected in the 2017 NFL draft, the second-most since 2009. read more

Nanodots Form Large Golden Globe

first_imgTiny magnetic balls are everywhere these days, even Hollywood. The founders of Nanodots, Tim Szeto (left) and Denis Saveliev (right) used over 550,000 gold Nanodots to create an enormous replica of the Golden Globe award. Components of the statue were created in Toronto and moved to L.A., where it was completed in a GPK gifting suite at the Golden Globes. The finished piece weighs more than 600 pounds.For their efforts, Szeto and Saveliev got world record certification. Guinness World Records Limited was on hand to award their work the World’s Largest Magnetic Sculpture. The previous record included only 32,786 magnetic dots.last_img

Owner of €1 million lotto ticket has until 5pm tomorrow to claim

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3316080 By Cliodhna Russell Share220 Tweet Email1 Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 10:31 PM Owner of €1 million lotto ticket has until 5pm tomorrow to claim their cash The ticket was sold in Cork on 21 December. Image: Shutterstock/Alex Hinds THE WINNER OF the €1 million National Lottery Christmas Millionaire Raffle has less than 24 hours left to claim their prize.The deadline is 5pm tomorrow.The ticket was bought at the Topaz Service Station on Lower Tivoli Road in Cork on 21 December 2016.Ticketholders have 90 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize in person at National Lottery Headquarters on Abbey Street in Dublin.In August of last year, a lucky Cork family syndicate claimed a €381,863 EuroMillions Prize just one hour before the prize claim deadline following an extensive media campaign.National Lottery Chief Executive Dermot Griffin said: 24,223 Views The ticket number is 179740.The National Lottery is advising players to check their tickets. If you’re the ticketholder, sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims Team on 01 836 4444.Read: Underage teens are getting drunk by sucking on vodka-laced oranges, claims TD> Image: Shutterstock/Alex Hinds Short URL Mar 30th 2017, 10:31 PM With just hours left to go until the deadline we would urge all National Lottery players to check in their homes and cars for any misplaced Millionaire Raffle tickets purchased just before Christmas last year, and ask all players to remind anyone that they might have bought a raffle ticket for as a Christmas present to also check their tickets. 13 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Japan probe lands 300 million km away in hunt for clues to

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Japan probe lands 300 million km away in hunt for clues to origin of life Meanwhile, Israel began a mission to make its first Moon landing. Friday 22 Feb 2019, 7:27 AM This is history in the making – and it’s live! Israel is aiming for the #moon and you’re all invited to watch. Source: Buzz Aldrin/Twitter 18 Comments By AFP Share3 Tweet Email3 center_img If the #SpaceIL mission is successful this Thursday, Israel will become the fourth country to land an aircraft on the moon. Good luck, Beresheet!🚀 https://t.co/aO5R50eaKY— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) February 20, 2019 The Japanese unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 approaching on the asteroid Ryugu. Source: AP/PA ImagesA JAPANESE PROBE sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system has landed successfully, scientists said.Hayabusa2 touched down briefly on the Ryugu asteroid, fired a bullet into the surface to puff up dust for collection and blasted back to its holding position, said officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.A live webcast of the control room showed dozens of staff members nervously monitoring data ahead of the touchdown before exploding into applause after receiving a signal from Hayabusa2 that it had landed. Staff react as they confirm Hayabusa2 made a maneuver at the control room of the JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science in Sagamihara, near Tokyo. Source: IIJIMA Yutaka“We made the ideal touchdown in the best conditions,” Yuichi Tsuda, Hayabusa2 project manager, told reporters.The complicated procedure took less time than expected and appeared to go without a hitch, said Hayabusa2 mission manager Makoto Yoshikawa.“I’m really relieved now. It felt very long until the moment the touchdown happened,” he said.He said the firing of the bullet – the first of three planned in this mission – “will lead to a leap, or new discoveries, in planetary science.”The asteroid is thought to contain relatively large amounts of organic matter and water from some 4.6 billion years ago when the solar system was born.Scientists hope those samples may provide answers to some fundamental questions about life and the universe, including whether elements from space helped give rise to life on Earth.Genesis A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at 8:45 PM from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Source: UPI/PA ImagesMeanwhile, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, an unmanned rocket took off last night carrying Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft, aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from the Jewish state.The 585-kilogram (1,290-pound) Beresheet, which means ‘Genesis’ in Hebrew, lifted off at 1.45am Irish time atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX company of entrepreneur Elon Musk.Take-off was followed live back in Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On board the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is a US Air force research lab as well as a lunar lander named Beresheet. Source: UPI/PA ImagesThe Israeli craft was placed in Earth orbit, from where it will use its own engine to undertake a seven-week trip to reach the Moon and touch down on April 11 in a large plain.The mission is part of renewed global interest in the Moon, sometimes called the “eighth continent” of the Earth, and comes 50 years after American astronauts first walked on the lunar surface.A message from SpaceIL, the non-profit organisation that designed the Israeli craft read: 14,693 Views https://jrnl.ie/4506923 Short URL Feb 22nd 2019, 7:27 AM last_img read more

Acropolis museum one of the best in the world

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After six years of operation, the Acropolis Museum has secured its place among the hearts of local and foreign tourists and art lovers.According to the Travellers’ Choice Awards released early this month by TripAdvisor, the museum ranked 11th best in a global list of 25 and made it into the top eight in Europe.“Honouring nearly 600 institutions worldwide, the Travellers’ Choice awards have recognised the favourite museums that serve as cultural treasure troves for our community of millions,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.The travel review website uses an algorithm to assess the quality and quantity of submitted reviews by users, and compiles its list of the top institutions on an annual basis.Ranking at the top of the list was the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, named best museum to visit worldwide, while the European equivalent title was awarded to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.The Acropolis Museum also came first out of a top 10 list of Greek museums, followed by the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.last_img read more

Bactéries ultrarésistantes de nouvelles inquiétudes médicales et sanitaires

first_imgBactéries ultra-résistantes : de nouvelles inquiétudes médicales et sanitairesMonde – Une famille de bactéries retrouvée chez plusieurs patients anglais préoccupe. Elle est très résistante aux antibiotiques.En 2008, cette famille de bactéries avait été identifiée en Inde. Depuis, elle se propage insidieusement à travers le monde. Si nous n’en sommes pas encore au stade de la pandémie, ce phénomène inquiète néanmoins. A ce titre, The Lancet, grande revue médicale, souligne la nécessité d’une coordination internationale pour suivre le problème. De plus, il est recommandé d’éviter le tourisme médical : c’est souvent à cette occasion que les bactéries réussissent à voyager. Elles peuvent en effet être présentes dans les hôpitaux indiens ou pakistanais, où les personnes qui viennent se faire opérer à bas prix risquent d’être infectées, revenant alors malades dans leur pays d’origine.Les bactéries produisent une enzyme, la NDM-1, possédant un mécanisme de défense contre les antibiotiques jusque là inconnu. Il faut donc un cocktail de médicaments pour venir à bout de l’infection. C’est pour l’instant suffisant pour éviter le risque létal, mais jusqu’à quand ? On craint en effet que les bactéries de cette famille ne se couplent à des maladies plus dangereuses. Le 12 août 2010 à 11:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MARKET VENDORS URGE GOVT TO COME TO THEIR AID In the

first_imgBY Aja Musu Bah DaffehLatrikunda Sabiji market vendors have urged the authorities to come to their aid in the face of the total ban on plastic bags. They would like the government to revoke the law against the use of plastic bags which was enacted to pre-empt health and environmental hazards.Mr Babou Faal, Chairman Market Committee, Latrikunda Sabiji said that 75% of those who sell water using plastic bags earn most of their livelihood from it but when the law was enacted against it, most of them suffered.He said as a leader of the Market Committee, he received several complaints from vendors that the police do come and ask for money from those who possess plastic bags.Abdou Camara and Omar Barrow also expressed similar sentiments on revoking the law against the use of plastic bags. They noted that they need someone to help them on the plastic bags because as Gambians they are working in order to develop the nation. They narrated that some small commodities cannot be sold without plastic bags and it is an advantage to their business.Awa Leigh a fish seller also said the usage of the small plastic bags is of great advantage to them because their fish cannot be sold without ice blocks as it is what they use to freeze their fish. She revealed that all the refrigerators in the fish market are not functioning because they have no plastic bags to freeze ice blocks for fish preservation.She narrated that to have ice blocks becomes hectic for them and in order not to lose their fishes, “we travel to Katong or Tanji in search of ice blocks.” She called for government’s intervention.Foroyaa will find out from the National Environment Agency whether any measures have been taken in collaboration with the Ministry of trade to get alternatives to alleviate the effects of the ban on plastics as was envisaged at the time of effecting the ban.last_img read more

Madrid sign former Barca player

first_imgReal Madrid have completed the signing of former Barcelona youngster Ayoub Abou, according to Calciomercato.The youngster will move to the Santiago Bernabeu from fellow Spanish club Getafe. Abou has appeared 10times in the UEFA Youth League for the Getafe reserve team scoring one goal and proving one assist.The 19-year-old is a product of the famous Barcelona youth academy La Masia. Abou who is a central midfielder by trade has signed a four-year contract that will keep him with Real Madrid until 2022.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Media Base Sports agency who represents the player confirmed that the Morocco international left Getafe’s training ground this morning to head to the Valdebebas to sign for Madrid.Abou is expected to train with the Real Madrid first team but will continue to play for the club’s Castilla team.last_img read more