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


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

Suspect in interrupted Vancouver burglary appears in court

first_imgA 24-year-old man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday in connection with an interrupted burglary in east Vancouver.Levi L. Holland of Vancouver is accused of breaking into a house Tuesday in the 16000 block of Southeast 31st Street. The 74-year-old homeowner, John Palles, called 911 after he returned to the residence at about 1:30 p.m. to find suitcases in his front yard and a broken bedroom window, Vancouver police said. When Palles entered the residence, the burglar assaulted him and threw him to the ground, according to a court affidavit by Vancouver police Officer Todd Schwartz. The burglar then fled on foot just as police arrived on the scene.While police searched for the man, Fisher’s Landing Elementary was placed on a modified lockdown for seven minutes, said Evergreen Public Schools spokeswoman Gail Spolar. The suspect was running through backyards and jumping fences in the Fisher’s Landing area. Police tracked him down in the 17000 block of Southeast 34th Street and used a Taser to subdue him, police said. He was taken into custody and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center before being booked into the Clark County Jail.Palles reported that cash and jewelry valued at $5,000 were missing from his home. Only $46 in cash and some foreign coins were recovered, Schwartz wrote.The officer said the suspect and victim did not know each other.Judge Gregory Gonzales held Holland on Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 in bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Ed Dunkerly to defend him.He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 4 on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree theft.According to court records, Holland is homeless and uses methamphetamine and heroin.Holland’s criminal history includes first-degree burglary, taking a motor vehicle without permission, manufacturing marijuana and probation violations.last_img read more

Swim safety event held at TY Park in Hollywood

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida event invited families to learn about swimming safety.The Splash Your Way To Water Safety event took place at TY Park in Hollywood.Hundreds of families took part in interactive demonstrations both in and out of the water.The event took place Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and was focused on keeping children safe.David Marcus the Chairman of the Pediatric Associates Foundation, which organized the event, said, “Today, we’re trying ot keep all the children in Florida safe. We’re teaching them how to swim, how to do CPR, how to keep their pool safe and how to supervise your children in the pool. We don’t want any children drowning in the State off Florida.”Organizers said the event was a big success, and they’re looking forward to holding more water safety demonstrations in the future.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Elsewhere High School Students Tackle Operational Challenges at Travis AFB Camp Navajo

first_imgA group of Solano County, Calif., high school students visited Travis AFB last week to participate in the installation’s latest Phoenix Spark challenge, a grassroots innovation program which allows the base to form collaborative partnerships with industry, academia and government to solve a variety of technological problems. Students will have a chance to work on one of three projects requiring design and problem-solving skills — remotely and wirelessly monitor airfield lighting; deny unmanned aerial systems entry into installation airspace; and design a self-driving bus that can carry passengers from the passenger terminal to the visitors center. Phoenix Spark previously established its first innovation hub at Travis, according to the Reporter. … Coconino County, Ariz., and its project partners last month hosted the first community meeting for a joint land use study (JLUS) seeking compatible uses between operations at Army National Guard Camp Navajo — a 28,255 Army-owned installation operating as a premier high-altitude training site and defense commodity storage depot located 12 miles west of Flagstaff — and U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station and surrounding communities, according to an update from the chairman of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. The Coconino JLUS will address compatibility issues such as urban development and growth, dark sky maintenance, economic diversity and environmental regulations.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Razo Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Yahoo to be renamed as Altaba Inc but theres a catch

first_imgVerizon-Yahoo merger on way to completion; non-Internet division to be renamed as Altaba IncREUTERS/Denis BalibouseSearch engine giant Yahoo on Monday (January 9) announced that the company is in the final stages of a merger with American telecom giant Verizon.Verizon initiated the acquisition of Yahoo’s core internet business in July 2016 for a payout of $4.8 billion and is expected to get it completed before the end of first quarter of 2017.However, there is also a possibility of Verizon renegotiating for a rebate in the Stock Purchase Agreement because of a cyber attack incident a few months ago, which compromised personal details of more than a billion Yahoo mail users.Also read: Yahoo says 1 billion accounts hacked; is your user-data safe?Once the process is finished, Verizon is expected to merge Yahoo-branded web portal, search engine, email service, news services including the popular Yahoo Finance and Sports with AOL, the media company it acquired in 2015 for $4.83 billion.The remaining Yahoo entity, which owns 15 per cent stake in Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba and a 35.5 per cent stake in Yahoo Japan, which is jointly owned by Softbank, will run as a separate company under the new moniker ‘Altaba’. Besides, five key members of board of directors including the company’s chief executive officer (CEO), Marrisa Mayer, have decided step down.”In light of the fact that following the Closing, the Company will operate as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Board has determined that, immediately following the Closing, the size of the Board will be reduced to five (5) directors. Tor Braham, Eric Brandt, Catherine Friedman, Thomas McInerney and Jeffrey Smith will continue to serve as directors of the Company following the Closing, and Mr. Brandt will serve as Chairman of the Board. Each of David Filo, Eddy Hartenstein, Richard Hill, Marissa Mayer, Jane Shaw and Maynard Webb has indicated that he or she intends to resign from the Board effective upon the Closing, and that his or her intention to resign is not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices,” Yahoo Inc. said in its filing on United States Securities and Exchange Commission.As of now, there is no official word on whether Marissa Mayer will continue as Yahoo CEO.Watch this space for more updates.last_img read more

Khaleda wanted to undergo tests at private hospital Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that party chairperson Khaleda Zia wanted to have her medical tests conducted at a private hospital, but the government did not pay heed to her, reports UNB.”She (Khaleda) has been kept at an abandoned jail where she has not been given proper treatment. When I met her on Friday, she repeatedly told me that she wants to go to a private hospital, not a public one, for her medical treatment and tests. But the government denied it,” he said.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general said this at a rally at central Eidgah ground in Barishal city.He alleged that the government also did not allow Khaleda’s personal physicians to examine her health and ensure better treatment for her in jail.Nearly two months after she was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail, Khaleda came out of it for the first time on Saturday and underwent some medical tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital for her illness.Describing Khaleda as ‘mother of democracy,’ the BNP leader urged the government to free their chairperson so that their party can take part in the next general election under her leadership.”We’ll join the polls after having our chairperson Khaleda Zia freed from jail and that polls must be held under a non-party administration with the participation of all parties,” he said.The BNP leader said their party’s only demand is now her release from jail. “We won’t engage in any discussion unless our chairperson is freed.”He alleged the government sent Khaleda to jail in a ‘false’ case only to cling to power and keep her away from politics and the next polls.Fakhrul called upon the people of all walks of life to get united to ‘restore’ democracy and free Khaleda from jail through a strong movement.”We must win our struggle for democracy and save the country from ruination. Otherwise, our next generation will turn into slaves of an autocratic regime. So, we won’t have any scope to retreat from our movement,” he added.last_img read more

China out of control Taiwan

first_imgPresident Tsai Ing-wen speaks to the media, after El Salvador ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan, in Taipei, Taiwan on 21 August 2018. Photo: ReutersTaiwan vowed on Tuesday to fight China’s “increasingly out of control” behaviour after Taipei lost another ally to Beijing when El Salvador became the third country to switch allegiances to China this year.Taiwan now has formal relations with only 17 countries worldwide, many of them small, less developed nations in Central America and the Pacific, including Belize and Nauru.Speaking in Taipei, president Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan would not bow to pressure, describing El Salvador’s decision as further evidence of China’s efforts to squeeze the island, which have included regular Chinese bomber patrols around Taiwan.”We will turn to countries with similar values to fight together against China’s increasingly out-of-control international behaviour,” Tsai said.Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters earlier that Taipei was not willing to engage in “money competition” with its giant neighbour.He said El Salvador had been continuously asking for “massive funding support” since last year for a port development, but Taiwan was unable to assist with the “unsuitable project” after assessment.”Pressure from China would only make Taiwan more determined to continue our path of democracy and freedom,” he said.”China’s rude and unreasonable behaviour will certainly have negative impact to cross-strait relations. This is also not how a responsible country should behave.”Beijing considers Taiwan to be a wayward province of “one China”, ineligible for state-to-state relations, and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.In Beijing, the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said El Salvador had made the right decision.”I’m confident that the people of El Salvador will feel the warmth and friendship of the Chinese people and derive tangible benefits from its cooperation with China,” Wang told reporters alongside his El Salvador counterpart, Carlos Castaneda, shortly after the pair signed an agreement establishing ties.’Extraordinary opportunities’El Salvador’s president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally televised speech that his government had broken off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and instead established ties with China.Sanchez Ceren said the central American country, which built ties with the Republic of China government in 1933, would see “great benefits” and “extraordinary opportunities” in the new relationship with Beijing.Taiwan’s formal name is the Republic of China, whose government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war with the Communists.”We are convinced this is a step in the right direction that corresponds to the principles of international law of international relations and the inevitable trends of our time,” he said.In Beijing, Castaneda said it was a strategic decision his government made to “create conditions to change the historical standing of our country and to really elevate the livelihood of our people”.Taiwan has accused China of luring its friends away with offers of generous aid packages. China denies that.The news comes as Tsai wrapped up a high-profile trip to Latin America, including stops in the United States, that drew anger from China.”China will not get unification with Taiwan by luring away our allies. What China did was to humiliate Taiwan repeatedly without getting any respect from Taiwan’s people,” Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party wrote in a statement.El Salvador is the fifth country Taiwan will lose as a diplomatic ally since Tsai came to office in 2016, following Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, Sao Tome and Principe and Panama.The US ambassador in El Salvador, Jean Manes, wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday the United States was analysing El Salvador’s “worrisome” decision to break ties with Taiwan.”Without a doubt, this will impact our relationship with the (Salvadoran) government. We continue supporting the Salvadoran people,” she wrote without elaborating.Ahead of next month’s summit between China and African leaders in Beijing, China has also been upping the pressure on Taiwan’s last remaining ally on the continent, eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, to come over to China’s side, diplomatic sources say.China’s hostility to Taiwan has grown since Tsai’s election as Beijing fears she wishes to push for the island’s formal independence, a red line for China. She says she wants to maintain the status quo but will defend Taiwan’s democracy.last_img read more

New 20year Plan Guides Proposed Improvements At Hermann Park

first_img Listen The last 20-year plan was in 1995. It was the blueprint for $119 million in renovation projects to increase accessibility, restore historical elements, create new gathering spaces and other improvements. But Houston has grown, and Hermann Park has become a victim of its own success. Even with over 12 acres of surface parking, a family can spend an hour just trying to find a parking space to go to the Houston Zoo.“So the way the parking lots grew over time, they have so many pinch points that when you see the traffic snarls in Hermann Park on a busy day, a lot of that is caused just by how inefficient the parking lots are, as opposed to the number of spaces available”, says Doreen Stoller, president of the Hermann Park Conservancy.  A mobility planning team has been looking at solutions, but they’re also focused on pedestrian and bike access. As the team envisions the next 20 years of improvements, Stoller says it has to imagine how people are going to be using the park. One of the top requests the conservancy hears is to add a dog park. A small cafe or coffee kiosk could be added near the statue of George Hermann, across the street from Memorial Hermann Hospital. And there are underused areas of the park that could be developed. Stoller says that  there are “some wonderful playgrounds and active play areas, walking and running trails — we’re so concerned now about childhood obesity, so getting kids and adults out walking. ” And, she adds,  “then you want beautiful areas for quiet reflection, especially as we’re so close to the Medical Center, we can provide a respite for people or family members who are undergoing healthcare crises.”   After more public comments, the Hermann Park Conservancy hopes to finalize the new 20-year plan early next year. The Houston City Council will have final approval. – / 6 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X 00:00 /01:53 Sharelast_img read more

CBI questions Mayawati in multicrore NRHM scam

first_imgAfter filing 74 FIRs and 48 charge sheets in the scam, the agency has decided to examine Ms. Mayawati “to unearth larger conspiracy in the scam”. CBI sources claimed they have got new evidence which makes it necessary to examine the role of the former Chief Minister on two issues — bifurcation of the Health and Family Welfare Department and creation of 100 posts of District Project Officers who were allegedly instrumental in alleged corruption in the implementation of NRHM schemes. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damMs. Mayawati was the Chief Minister when the Department of Health and Family Welfare was bifurcated. It is alleged that the bifurcation was done so that the NRHM funds could be placed directly under the charge of the Department of Family Welfare which was under Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha — already charged by the agency.“Only those persons were posted as District Project Officers, Family Welfare, who allegedly facilitated in award of the contract to the chosen suppliers and in lieu, the accused public servants obtained huge amount of illegal gratification,” the FIR has alleged.last_img read more