Ryan Hurt, Rays Beat Yanks, 3-0

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — In the first season following Derek Jeter’s retirement, the Yankees have concerns about shortstop less than a week before opening day.Four days after projected starter Didi Gregorius got hurt, backup Brendan Ryan strained his right calf in the sixth inning of New York’s 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on April 1 and is expected to start the season on the disabled list.New York Manager Joe Girardi called it “a longshot” that the infielder will be ready for the April 6 opener against Toronto. Ryan was scheduled for an MRI, which revealed a Grade 2 right calf strain.Gregorius had been sidelined since spraining his left wrist diving for a grounder March 28. Gregorius is scheduled to return Thursday, a day after performing defensive drills and hitting in an indoor cage.“It felt great,” Gregorius said.Ryan was hurt going after Kevin Kiermaier’s grounder up the middle. Ryan needed assistance as he limped off the field and had to be carried down the dugout steps.Second baseman Stephen Drew could serve as a backup at his old shortstop position. Internal candidates for a reserve infield role include Nick Noonan, Rob Refsnyder and Cole Figueroa.“Didi and Drew are healthy,” Girardi said. “We’ll going to have to look at, probably, more of a second baseman than necessarily a shortstop because you have two shortstops.”The Yankees also acquired minor league infielder Gregorio Petit from Houston in exchange for cash considerations, and he will report to big league camp.Petit hit .278 with two homers and nine RBIs in 37 games last season with Houston. He has also played with Oakland (2008-09) and Houston (2014).James Loney had three hits for the Rays, including an RBI single. Reliever Grant Balfour struck out Brett Gardner during a perfect third inning.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Gianluigi Buffon’s Struggles Cast Shadow Over Future at PSG

first_imgPARIS — When Paris Saint-Germain’s owners signed Gianluigi Buffon last year in the hope of finally winning the Champions League, they expected him to deliver in big games.Not only did he fail make the saves they wanted in Europe’s top competition, but the former Juventus goalkeeper has also been mediocre in the French league.Now 41, Buffon has looked his age in recent weeks. Last month, his performance in the return leg of PSG’s Champions League match against Manchester United was even embarrassing. He was powerless on Romelu Lukaku’s opener, was at fault on United’s second goal and made a series of poor choices as he restarted play.And against Strasbourg last weekend in the French league, he had only a few saves to make, but did not pull them off as PSG dropped its first points at home and missed the chance to wrap the title with eight games to spare. Buffon did not move when Nuno Da Costa sent the ball beyond his reach to level the score and was left stranded by Anthony Goncalves’ long-range shot in a 2-2 draw.With PSG out of the Champions League, Buffon won’t have any more opportunities to shine on the biggest stage this season. And it’s not guaranteed he will get a lot more chances in the league — a competition in which he has been taking turns with France international Alphonse Areola — after conceding seven goals in eight starts in all competitions since January.“It’s not so good,” Gilles Bourges, a former PSG goalkeeping coach, told Le Parisien newspaper. “It gives the feeling that he is less determined, less confident. As a result, he makes small technical mistakes, he is less lively and lacks accuracy in his choices. In these periods, experience gives an extra something, but it is not enough.”FILE – In this Nov.6, 2018 file photo, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne beats PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to score his team’s first goal on a penalty kick during a Champions League, group C soccer match between Napoli and Paris Saint Germain, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy. When Paris Saint-Germain owners signed Buffon last summer in the hope of finally winning the Champions League, they expected him to deliver at big games. Not only Buffon did not make the saves they wanted in Europe’s top competition, but the former Juventus ‘keeper has also been mediocre in the French league. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)A World Cup champion with Italy in 2006, Buffon made 656 appearances for Juventus and 176 for Italy. He was expected to retire after winning a seventh straight Serie A title, but then joined PSG on a one-year contract. PSG’s Qatari owners should now ask themselves whether it will be appropriate to activate the option for an extra year, especially since Areola looks ready to take over on a full time basis.A homegrown player, the 26-year-old Areola has been solid throughout the season and was impressive in his France debut, making some spectacular saves in a 0-0 draw at Germany in the Nations League in September.According to Bourges, the only reasonable choice if Buffon was to stay would be to establish a clear hierarchy between the two goalkeepers, with the Italian relegated to a No. 2 role.“I crossed paths with Alphonse this summer. He was satisfied with his experience this season, but he should now become the true No. 1,” Bourges said. “He is capable and needs to play a complete season. The good understanding in a rotation system does not last forever.”PSG will also need to make decisions on whether to extend the contracts of another pair of veterans, Daniel Alves and Thiago Silva, or find world-class replacements on the transfer market. Not an easy task with the club still being investigated by UEFA for its finances in the 2017-18 season, when the French champions splashed 380 million euros (about $430 million) to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.By: Samuel Petrequin, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Malaika Arora nails most difficult yoga stretches in sports bra and pants, calls it Friday fun

first_imgMalaika Arora is the queen when it comes to fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. The actress has been known to make healthy dietary choices and include working out in her day-to-day life.The 45-year-old who is known to incorporate various forms of exercise in her life to keep working out fun was recently seen trying her hand at some serious stretching.Bollywood’s favourite physical trainer, Namrata Purohit recently took to her Instagram account to share this image with us. The gram that is captioned, “And we stretch! Fun Friday with Malaika Arora. Always trying something new, crazy and fun! #PilatesGirls #malaikaarorakhan #namratapurohit #stretch #Back #pilates #fitness #friday,” shows the two of the fittest women acing it in the gym.In the picture, Namrata Purohit is seen on the mat with her hands and feet touching the mat and her torso in the air. Malaika, on the other hand, is on top of Namrata with legs folded downwards and stretching her back, just like her trainer.For their workout session, Malaika was seen in a black halter neck sports bra and a pair of black yoga pants.Looking at her stretch like this is giving us major fitness goals.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora and Amrita Arora give sexy athleisure ensemble a comfy twist at gym. See picsadvertisementALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor shows off muscles in shirtless photo, Malaika Arora is all heartALSO WATCH | Up, close and personal with Arjun Kapoorlast_img read more

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SIOUX CITY FALLS SHORT ON TRAVEL GUIDE COVER VOTE

first_imgSioux City’s Art Center came up short in its quest to be featured on the cover of the next official Iowa Travel Guide.The Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington was chosen over the other three entries after nine days of voting in a Facebook promotion from the Iowa Tourism Office.The winning photo features a bike event on the world’s crookedest street.Other images under consideration showcased a family walking near the Turkey River in Elkader, the Monster roller coaster at Adventureland and a family enjoying the Sioux City Art Center.Nearly 12,000 votes were cast with the Snake Alley Criterium cover receiving 5,223 votes.last_img read more

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Shah chairs security meet with NSA Home Secretary

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday presided over a high-level security meeting amid escalating tensions in Jammu and Kashmir where a major security build up has sparked fears and tensions. The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Arvind Kumar, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Samant Kumar Goel and senior Home Ministry officials. Informed sources said the Minister discussed internal security as well as the situation in Jammu and Kashmir where the Amarnath Yatra has been curtailed after the government warned of terror threats. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details All Amarnath pilgrims as well as tourists have been told to leave “as soon as possible”. Shah spoke about the preparation to deal with terror attacks and deployment of security establishment in the Kashmir Valley amid inputs that Pakistan-backed terrorists were planning to target the Amarnath Yatra – an annual month-long Hindu pilgrimage which started on June 28 and was to end on August 15, the sources said. Shah is reportedly planning to visit Jammu and Kashmir. This too was discussed, said a source. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Home Minister was apprised about the situation on the border where some Pakistani soldiers were killed by Indian forces when they tried to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir on the night of July 31-August 1. The Minister’s meeting and the abrupt axing of the Amarnath Yatra on Friday and the security build up has set off yet another round of speculation about the Modi government’s next move in Jammu and Kashmir. Residents say the Kashmir Valley is in panic mode since the curtailment of the Amarnath Yatra, with people buying up essential goods to prepare for the worst.last_img read more

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PETA Gives New Life To The Smiths Meat Is Murder

first_imgThe Smiths’ 1985 classic “Meat Is Murder” is back in 8-bit form for This Beautiful Creature Must Die, PETA’s new online game that features an instrumental arcade-style version of the song on loop.Players must act quickly to save chickens, cows, pigs, and turkeys from being slaughtered by tapping the animals before they fall to the bottom of the screen — while avoiding game-ending bombs. The addictive mobile-friendly game, created in collaboration with This Is Pop, is free to play here.In addition to its vintage style, what sets This Beautiful Creature Must Die apart from other online games is the urgent message underlying its quest, as noted by The Smiths’ lead singer and longtime vegan Morrissey: “This game is the biggest social crusade of all, as we safeguard the weak and helpless from violent human aggression. You don’t get that from Pokémon Go.”The Smiths also gave PETA permission to use the original, full-length version of “Meat Is Murder” in a hard-hitting video exposé of the meat industry that’s featured in the new game.“PETA’s This Beautiful Creature Must Die has a fun, nostalgic vibe but also calls out animal agriculture as the biggest threat to human health, animals, and the environment today,” says PETA Vice President of Marketing Joel Bartlett. “After mastering the game, players can save animals and the Earth in real life by going vegan.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — notes that in today’s industrialized meat and dairy industries, chickens’ and turkeys’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, piglets’ tails and testicles are cut off without the use of painkillers, and calves are torn away from their mothers within 48 hours of birth. At slaughterhouses, animals are hung upside down and bled to death, often while they’re still able to feel pain.While PETA has created numerous online games — including successful parodies of Pokémon, Super Mario Bros., Cooking Mama, and more — This Beautiful Creature Must Die is its first mobile-friendly game that can also be played on iPhones and Androids.last_img read more

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Penney Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgPLANO, Texas (AP) _ J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) on Thursday reported a loss of $151 million in its fiscal third quarter.On a per-share basis, the Plano, Texas-based company said it had a loss of 48 cents. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 52 cents per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 57 cents per share.The department store operator posted revenue of $2.73 billion in the period, which did not meet Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.81 billion.The company’s shares closed at $1.22. A year ago, they were trading at $2.98._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on JCP at https://www.zacks.com/ap/JCPThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Morocco vs Portugal How and When to Watch the Game

Rabat – Just hours before long-awaited game between Morocco and Portugal, the pressure is higher than ever for Moroccan fans who have high expectations for the Atlas Lions. Hervé Renard’s team will play against Fernando Santo’s team at 1 p.m (Moroccan time).After being defeated by Iran with an own-goal scored by Bouhaddouz in Morocco’s first World Cup match, Friday, June 15, the national team cannot afford to make mistakes today. Coach Renard needs to show the full extent of his players’ talent to beat the giant team of Portugal.If some of the Moroccan fans worldwide did not get the chance to go to Russia to support the Atlas Lions, they can always catch the game on beIN Sports or the Moroccan channel Arriyadia TNT, beIN SPORTS 1 (France), beIN SPORTS Max 1 (MENA region), BBC One (Kingdom United Kingdom), NPO 1 (Netherlands), Canal + Sport 1 (West Africa), Cuatro (Spain), ORF (Germany), Italia 1 (Italy), RTS Two (Switzerland), La Deux (Belgium) , TSN 1 (Canada), Sport TV 1 (Portugal), SVT 1 (Sweden), and TRT 1 (Turkey). “The team must be psychologically ready, but above all equipped to fight and believe in themselves,” said the Atlas Lions coach during a press conference yesterday.“Facing the European champion will allow us to evaluate our true level,” he said. “You need to be more compact and better than usual, do a lot more and a lot better.”To qualify for the next stage of the World Cup, Morocco will have to beat Portugal, hope Spain defeats Iran, and at least draw with la Roja.Morocco’s win against Portugal was their first win in the 1986 World Cup. The former team of the Atlas Lions defeated Portugal 3-1. Morocco’s performance during the famous clash stunned several international footballers, FIFA, and coaches, including the current head coach of Portugal, Fernando Santos. read more

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Champika to submit motion on 13A

He note that in India if the provinces misuse their powers then the central government can take it over but in Sri Lanka the situation is different. The government is to hold elections in the northern province in September and the Minister fears that if the TNA comes to power in the province then it will use the 13th Amendment to divide the country. (Colombo Gazette) Government Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya leader Patali Champika Ranawaka is to submit a private member’s motion in parliament against the 13th Amendment to the constitution.The Minister’s media unit said that he will also submit a motion against the provincial councils system. The Minister said that giving land and police powers to the provinces is dangerous and should not be allowed so he will put forward a bill in Parliament against it as a private member’s motion. read more

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GM to unload 26B in pension liabilities by shifting whitecollar retirees to

DETROIT – General Motors Co. will change the way it makes pension payments to white-collar retirees, shoring up its finances by offering buyouts and shifting liabilities to an annuity.The moves will unload $26 billion in pension liabilities from the Detroit automaker’s books, and experts say the changes are likely the start of a trend as companies with defined benefit pension plans try to cut risk and administrative costs.GM said Friday that it will offer 42,000 retirees a lump-sum of cash if they agree to stop taking monthly benefits. For the rest of the 118,000 U.S. salaried retirees and spouses, GM will buy a group annuity that will make monthly payments starting in 2013.The Prudential Insurance Co. will handle the annuity and pay the benefits. The amounts of the monthly pension payments will not change. GM’s current salaried workers also will get the same benefits they would have received before the move.The moves will cut GM’s total U.S. salaried pension obligation from $36 billion to around $10 billion.GM will look for more ways to cut its pension obligations, said Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann. He wouldn’t say whether similar moves are in the works for the much larger blue-collar pension plan. GM now pays pensions to a whopping 400,000 blue-collar retirees and their spouses.Its U.S. hourly pension plan has about $71 billion, about $10 billion short of its obligations.To pay for the annuity for salaried workers, GM will pump about $4 billion in cash into the pension plan and then pay $29 billion to Prudential. The shift benefits GM by eliminating the possibility that the company could have to spend more and more to cover the same pensions.GM follows crosstown rival Ford Motor Co. in taking steps to unload pension obligations. In April, Ford offered lump-sum buyouts to 90,000 current retirees and former employees. Pension experts say the automakers’ actions likely are the start of a major shift in the how companies handle pension plans as they try to cut financial risk and the administrative burden of paying pension benefits.“Lump sum offers for retirees and annuity purchases of this magnitude are groundbreaking events in the evolution of risk management strategies,” said Carl Hess, global head of investment services for the benefits consulting firm Towers Watson. “Major market shifts are often driven by the actions of the largest corporate plan sponsors.”Even though the deal now will cost GM about $3 billion more than it will save over the lives of the retirees, based on current numbers, Ammann said the change helps the company by avoiding long-term risk.Investors at first embraced the change, driving up GM’s stock by 3 per cent shortly after the announcement. But the shares quickly fell back with the broader market to close down 1 per cent at $21.99.Fitch Ratings said in a note to investors that the moves are positive for GM, but the firm kept GM’s credit rating at a notch below investment grade.GM’s huge pension burden has been one of several factors holding down its stock price.Ammann said GM has had to contribute $7 billion to its salaried pension plans since 1999. Generally, companies have to sink cash into their pensions when investments don’t generate enough returns to cover growing obligations.“We will be less exposed to the funding volatility and calls on cash we’ve been exposed to in the past,” Ammann said.Across the globe at the end of last year, GM had pension obligations of $107 billion but only $94 billion available to pay them, a $13 billion shortfall.The company expects to take a $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion charge in the second half of this year as it pays for the annuity. It also expects annual earnings to drop by $200 million because pension income will drop.The company has had discussions with the United Auto Workers union about pensions, but Ammann wouldn’t give specifics. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GM to unload $26B in pension liabilities by shifting white-collar retirees to annuity by News Staff Posted Jun 1, 2012 7:19 pm MDT read more

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Security Council extends UN mission in Liberia authorizes troop reduction

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for another year, reducing its military strength in three phases and authorizing the Secretary-General to implement the first phase of that reduction – 1,900 personnel – between October 2012 and September 2013.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body decided that UNMIL’s primary tasks are to continue to support the Government’s efforts to solidify peace and stability, and to protect civilians. UNMIL will also support the Government in transitioning complete security responsibility to the Liberia National Police by strengthening the Police’s ability to manage personnel, improving training programmes to expedite their readiness and to coordinate those efforts with all partners.In his recent report on UNMIL, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended that the Mission’s current military strength of seven infantry battalions should decrease by four battalions and related enablers, totalling about 4,200 personnel, in three phases between August 2012 and July 2015, subject to and consistent with conditions in the area of operations. UNMIL’s military strength would be left at three infantry battalions and related enablers, totalling about 3,750 personnel, by July 2015. In its resolution, the Council also decided to increase the number of UNMIL’s authorized formed police units by three units, totalling 420 personnel, from its current seven units, for a new authorized ceiling of 1,795 personnel. The additional units should be deployed to Liberia as soon as available, with the first deploying no later than January 2013. “Future reconfigurations of UNMIL should be determined on the basis of the evolution of the situation on the ground and on the achievement of an improved capacity of the Government of Liberia to effectively protect the population through the establishment of sustainable and effective security forces with a view to progressively take over UNMIL’s security role,” the Council emphasized.The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force in Liberia since 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a decade of war that killed nearly 150,000 people, mostly civilians. UNMIL’s mandate includes helping to restore the rule of law and democratic processes as well as facilitating humanitarian assistance.Last week the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMIL, Karin Landgren, told the Council that Liberia has made remarkable progress in rebuilding its institutions, economic recovery and consolidating its democratic processes since the end of its civil war, but it needs to focus on remaining challenges such as strengthening the rule of law, security sector reform and national reconciliation. read more

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SAMOA Small island developing states can lead transition to green energy UN

“SIDS are creating opportunities and examples that, if replicated worldwide, could lead the transition from fossil fuel energy to renewable and sustainable energy,” said John Ashe, UN President of the General Assembly, in his opening address in Apia, Samoa, to the High-Level Event on Sustainable Energy For All. The meeting carries the name of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s initiative to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and share renewable energy globally by 2030.These three goals have special relevance for small island nations which face inflated energy costs due to remoteness, small size, and vulnerability to climate change. Many of the estimated 20 per cent of people worldwide who live without access to electricity are islanders. “Sustainable energy for all is an important tool for eradicating extreme poverty, creating economic opportunity, combating climate change and supporting sustainable development,” Mr. Ban said in his keynote address to the event organized on the margins of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.“But we need all stakeholders to act together across all relevant sectors,” he added stressing the conference’s theme of creating genuine and durable partnerships with small island nations.Mr. Ban noted that today’s event, which takes place in the first year of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, is an opportunity to “take stock” of progress towards achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030.He said that the world needs to see examples of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable energy sources so that it can draw inspiration and follow suit.Calling for “bold actions and ideas” and “strong political vision and political will,” Mr. Ban encouraged participants to attend his Climate Summit in New York later this month. The UN hopes to raise at least $10-15 billion during that summit for the flagship Green Climate Fund created to support developing countries on their path to low-emission and climate-resilient development. Addressing journalists earlier in the day, Mr. Ban said that multi-stakeholder partnerships taking place this week and the ones expected at the Climate Summit “will provide the key to unlocking the future we want.”He added that the global community is now building on “the great waves of momentum from Samoa’s ocean shores” to seek development plans that can provide a life of dignity for all.Right after the press conference, Mr. Ban addressed UN system leaders in a high-level meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) with participation of many of the 29 UN agency heads.Mr. Ban said he wanted to hold the meeting here “to ensure and to urge our United Nations agencies to work as one team to reflect the decisions and recommendations of this SIDS Conference and communities.”Also on Monday, Mr. Ban met with Zhang Yesui, Special Envoy of the President of China to SIDS Conference. According to a UN spokesperson, they discussed climate change issues, including the Climate Summit and the Green Climate Fund. read more

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At Security Council UN officials warn political turbulence in GuineaBissau puts past

Briefing the Security Council, Miguel Trovoada, Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Support Office in that country (UNIOGBIS), introduced the Secretary-General’s latest report on the activities of the Office and recalled that previous reports to the Council had always underscored how Guinea-Bissau’s fragility was rooted in failure to address the underlying causes.“The lack of dialogue has opened the door to further distrust and deepened antagonisms, which has led to the current situation,” he told the 15 member body in a meeting that also included a briefing on the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s response to the crisis, by Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, of Brazil.Mr. Trovoada said that before dismissing Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira, President Vaz had, in a message to the nation, explained the sequence of events leading up to an emerging constitutional crisis, he said. The public pronouncement by other prominent leaders was a harbinger of what was to come. The dismissed Government was broad-based and had comfortable support in Parliament, while the new Prime Minister, Baciro Dja, was not the official nominee of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde.Mr. Trovoada said he had been maintaining frequent contacts with senior leaders of the Government and civil society with a view to fostering dialogue. On the positive side, all those who had a role to play had proclaimed their firm determination to respect the Constitution and popular demonstrations were being conducted peacefully.During his meeting with leaders of the Armed Forces, they strongly affirmed their commitment to stay out of the crisis and submit to the democratic process. Given the recurrent crises and absence of lasting peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau, the international community must ensure that its support helped bring about the desired results.For his part, Mr. Patriota said he had chaired a meeting of the Guinea-Bissau configuration on 17 August, following which the Commission issued a statement expressing concern that recent political developments might undermine progress achieved so far, risk destabilizing the fragile political situation in the country and compromise economic progress. The Commission also called for the resumption of political dialogue in order to address the current tensions.Mr. Patriota offered three comments. First, the current crisis carried the risk of having a negative impact on the already fragile economic situation, on the stability of the country and on its democratic gains. Guinea-Bissau was making good progress towards stabilization and development since the elections of 2014 and the round table held in Brussels in March 2015. The main goal should be to prevent the escalation of the political crisis from undermining the progress achieved so far, he said.Second, the nature of the crisis illustrated that there might be space for debates on better delineating the spheres of competence of the President and the Prime Minister, so as to avoid it from becoming a source of instability and fragility in an otherwise promising environment. Third, different partners of Guinea-Bissau had been consistent in their engagement over the crisis. The role being played by the region, as well as the coherence demonstrated by international partners, would remain a key element to achieve any sustainable solution. Nevertheless, the political deadlock could only be overcome by Bissau-Guineans themselves through a constructive dialogue based on the full respect for constitutional provisions and the rule of law. read more

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Sir David Attenborough hits back at Springwatch presenter who called Planet Earth

first_imgThe subscription lottery started in 2008 and offers players the chance to win a variety of prizes every day by entering their postcode into a prize draw.Sir David collected a cheque for £250,000 for environmental charity Fauna & Flora International, of which he has been vice-president for 37 years and a member for almost six decades.The Planet Earth presenter said of the award: “Raising Fauna & Flora International’s profile as a leading conservation organisation will enable them to further educate and encourage people, businesses and governments to behave more sustainably.”Four hundred guests, including representatives from more than 70 organisations, attended the event which aimed to raise awareness of the work being funded in Britain and internationally by players of the charity lottery.Other guests at the gala included soul singer Mica Paris, Jeff Brazier, Danyl Johnson, Matt Johnson and Fiona Phillips. Sir David’s BBC programmes have attracted millions of viewersCredit:Jane Barlow /PA  But speaking in Edinburgh where he collected a donation from the People’s Postcode Lottery for conservation charity Fauna and Flora International, Sir David, 90, said: “It’s very difficult to get people to protect things and work for things that they’ve never seen, or don’t understand.”People won’t protect things if they don’t know about them and it’s very important that they should not only know about them, but understand the way they work.”Human beings are dependent on the natural world for every mouthful of food and every breath they take, and they ought to be aware how dependent they are but also how precious the natural world is.”The BBC does lots of different programmes and they certainly do programmes in which you see how splendid things are and how fascinating things are, and how valuable they are, but also that they’re in danger.” Sir David Attenborough Prince Charles The success of Planet Earth II, which attracted around 12 million viewers weekly, is to be followed up with a return of Blue Planet.Sir David said: “Another success a few years back was Blue Planet about life in the sea, or life in the water.”We are preparing, in the same way we had Planet Earth II, to get Blue Planet II too. It’s on the stocks right now.” Sir David spoke about the future of climate change agreements in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidencyCredit:Jane Barlow/PA Prince Charles Prince Charles and Sir David Attenborough Sir David Attenborough Sir David Attenborough has hit back at a Springwatch presenter who said Planet Earth II was a “disaster for the world’s wildlife”.Martin Hughes-Games, who also presents Autumnwatch, had claimed the blockbuster nature programme presented by Sir David “breeds complacency” around conservation by focusing on the beauty of nature and glossing over the damage humans have done to the world. Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, said: “My own charities have benefited enormously from PPL support for which I’m enormously grateful.”Your support has already enabled 4000 homeless people to gain life changing employment through the ready for work initiative and it has also supported my Princes Trust ‘get into’ programme which helps young people who have had a very difficult start in life.”In addition, I was thrilled when it became apparent that support was being given to the work being done by the Dumfries House Trust towards the regeneration of New Cumnock in Ayrshire.”This year, PPL will also be supporting my countryside fund assisting those in rural and often isolated communities.”It is not just my core charities that have benefited, several of which I am patron have also been supported.”PPL has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and benefited the environment and wildlife both in the United Kingdom and internationally. For all of this and so much more I can’t possibly thank you enough.” The event was also attended by Prince Charles, who said he is “enormously grateful” to the People’s Postcode Lottery for the support it has given to his charities.The event brought together representatives from charities Charles is patron of including WaterAid, the British Red Cross, National Trust for Scotland and WWF UK – which have all benefited from PPL support.Over three years it has also donated £1.95 million to The Prince’s Charities, including the 2017 award of £850,000 which was confirmed last October. Prince Charles and Sir David Attenborough were brought together at the event because of their charity workCredit:Jane Barlow /PA Prince Charles expressed his gratitude to the People’s Postcode Lottery Credit:Jane Barlow /PA  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Charles is patron of a number of charitiesCredit:Jane Barlow /PA  He also spoke about the new US president, Donald Trump, saying: “We will have to see what happens in the United States.”One of the great causes for congratulations and optimism was in Paris where there were agreements signed about what to do about climate change and America was very, very important in that.”As was China, as was this country and many others, and for those of us who have been working for world conservation it was a very important occasion.”We’ll have to see what President Trump thinks he’s going to do about that. I personally hope, more than I can say, that America will not withdraw from those commitments.” The BBC does lots of different programmes and they certainly do programmes in which you see how splendid things are […] but also that they’re in dangerSir David Attenboroughlast_img read more

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Microsoft is going carbon neutral July 1st

first_imgMicrosoft is often painted as behind the times in the technology business, but on at least one count they are at the head of the pack. Microsoft has announced that beginning July 1, the entire company will be carbon neutral. Microsoft has been working toward shrinking its carbon footprint for a few years, but this summer it will have to spend a little more heavily to achieve this goal.It is important to remember that Microsoft is mainly a software company, so it has little in the way of manufacturing facilities to worry about. Indeed, Microsoft clarifies in its statement that it is making this carbon-neutral pledge only for its direct operations. That includes data centers, software labs, office buildings, and employee travel.Much of the savings come from recently adopted changes like reducing power usage in its offices and buying power from renewable sources. Microsoft is already paying for 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year, which amounts to 46% of its power needs. The company is already the third largest purchaser of green power.Inevitably, a large company is going to cause more carbon to end up in the atmosphere as a consequence of doing business. In cases where it cannot prevent the expenditure of carbon fuels, Microsoft will buy carbon offsets. These offsets are essentially payments that go to activities which reduce the amount of carbon released or remaining in the atmosphere.The plan does not, at this time, call for Redmond to pay for more green power. Although it might not even be feasible to do so because of availability. The dirtier data centers will be using those carbon credit indulgences to get technically neutral.via Seattle PIlast_img read more

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All aboard the Multicultural Express Greek band delights passengers on Melbournes trains

first_img“Welcome to the Multicultural Express!” announced a Greek band as they boarded a Melbourne metro train with a bouzouki, clarinet, lyra and tympanon all in tow. Train passengers on Melbourne’s metro trains were treated to the sights and sounds of a live traditional Greek band in the trains, thanks to the wildly successful multicultural initiative from Metro Trains and the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM).After initially being trialed in London to great success, the Multicultural Express was brought to Melbourne in 2013 in an effort to combat racist and anti-social behaviour after a series of racist attacks on the Frankston train line. In Melbourne there are 10 different ethnic groups playing, from Latin America to Africa as well as three different Greek groups. The groups are formed with some of Melbourne’s best musicians from a few different genres, to give people a true sense of what Greek music is. Nick Papaefthimiou has been involved since it all started in 2013. “The amount of people who walk up and say ‘you’ve made my day’ or ‘you’ve made the trip enjoyable’ and sometimes people that you wouldn’t expect getting into it, get into it quite a bit,” Mr Papaefthimiou told Neos Kosmos. Mr Papaefthimiou, who teaches Greek dance at GCM, put together the musical program, ensuring a diverse repertoire.He said the music is diverse and includes clarinet and lute from mainland Greece. “We’ve had islander music with a lyra and clarino, and we’ve covered Macedonia as well, and rebetika bouzouki so we also did urban Greek music,” he said. Mr Papaefthimiou said the groups take the task very seriously, and try to educate passengers about Greek music and culture in an aim to eliminate any misconceptions and stereotypes about Greeks. “The first and most important thing is to introduce people into a new style of music,” Mr Papaefthimiou said. “What we found is that the youngest generation of Greeks have very little knowledge and understanding of their culture. “So what they think is traditional Greek culture is Nikos Theodorakis and Zorba the Greek and they’re really touristy, stereotypical images which is far from the truth of what is the true essence of Greek culture.”He said it is important for the band to show the many aspects of Greek culture that stray away from the anglicised views of the culture in Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Apple inquiète les éditeurs en ligne

first_imgApple inquiète les éditeurs en ligneLa firme à la pomme veut développer une nouvelle stratégie sur son App Store, qui mettrait fin aux offres “full numérique”. Il ne sera plus possible d’avoir des offres “iPad+web” ou “iPad+papier+web” pour des journaux, mais seulement iPad. Les éditeurs en ligne, à qui cela va coûter plus cher, font front contre Apple.A l’heure actuelle, Apple laisse les éditeurs qui le désirent proposer des achats dans leurs applications, comme des journaux ou magazines (au numéro ou à l’abonnement), que les utilisateurs peuvent payer directement à l’éditeur. Cependant, les applications proposant ce type de services seront abandonnées à compter du 30 juin 2011, une fois que les nouvelles conditions de vente de l’App Store auront été publiées.Une décision qui inquiète Philippe Jannet, président du Groupement des éditeurs de services en ligne (Geste), qui s’est exprimé ainsi dans les colonnes du Figaro : “La décision d’Apple nous prive de la capacité de mener notre propre stratégie”. Quelle mouche a donc piqué la firme à la pomme ? Concrètement, avec cette nouvelle offre, Apple veut aussi percevoir 30% des abonnements en ligne. Un modèle qui n’est “pas viable”, pour Philippe Jannet. “Derrière cette mesure drastique, se dessine la volonté d’Apple d’imposer son prochain système d’abonnement via son (interface) API de facturation +In App Purchase+”, souligne le Geste dans un communiqué.Le plus inquiétant dans cette affaire, est la mainmise d’Apple sur cette distribution en ligne, et notamment sur les données des clients des éditeurs de contenus. Les éditeurs français de presse quotidienne nationale ont déjà décidé de saisir les autorités de la concurrence pour dénoncer l’attitude d’Apple.  A l’international aussi, les éditeurs en ligne  -qui estiment avoir contribué au succès commercial de sa tablette tactile, à travers les publicités vantant leurs offres sur iPad-, veulent faire front contre la firme de Cupertino. Apple est notamment mis en cause en Belgique. Le gouvernement a demandé aux instances de la concurrence d’examiner si la société abuse de sa position dominante pour imposer ses conditions aux éditeurs d’applications, note le Journal du Net. Cette affaire pourrait être transférée à la Commission européenne si les accusations portées contre Apple se révèlent fondées.Le 25 janvier 2011 à 09:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le créateur dun blog pas totalement responsable de ce qui y est

first_imgLe créateur d’un blog pas totalement responsable de ce qui y est publié ?Le Conseil constitutionnel a estimé que le créateur d’un blog sur Internet ne pouvait être automatiquement poursuivi en justice à cause des propos qui y sont tenus.Les entreprises de presse peuvent souffler. Il y a peu, le Conseil constitutionnel avait été saisi par une QPC, une Question prioritaire de constitutionnalité, émanant d’une entreprise de distribution qui avait attaqué un blog créé par un de ses franchisés, sur lequel d’autres membres du réseau déversaient et partageaient leurs récriminations contre la maison mère. Aujourd’hui, le Conseil a ainsi décidé de rendre un verdict favorable au créateur du blog, explique l’AFP.À lire aussiWikio lance Les-Experts.comDe ce fait, il ne pourra pas être tenu responsable des propos tenus sur ce blog, et cela pour deux raisons. D’abord parce qu’il n’a pas connaissance de leur contenu avant leur mise en ligne, et d’autre part, l’auteur du message peut rester anonyme. Considéré comme le “producteur”, le créateur du blog ne saurait donc, selon la “réserve d’interprétation” émise par le Haut conseil, être rendu automatiquement responsable des messages électroniques qui y sont déposés. Le conseil présidé par Jean-Louis Debré a ainsi mis en lumière une lacune que le législateur devra combler au plus vite. Néanmoins, les organes de presse sur Internet peuvent en tout cas se satisfaire de cette décision, qui leur permet de ne plus risquer de condamnation à cause de propos tenus sur leur site.Le 19 septembre 2011 à 14:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hodge Jones and Allen launches employee ownership trust

first_imgLaw organisation Hodge Jones and Allen (HJA) has transferred to an employee ownership trust (EOT).Sole remaining founding partner Patrick Allen said he decided to create the EOT so that the solicitors’ ethos of helping people would continue and all of the staff could benefit.The move is apart of a succession plan to enable Allen to take a less active role in the business, which has an annual turnover in excess of £17 million. The organisation will be able to make tax-free distributions to its 230 employees up to a maximum of £3,600 per annum.The shares in Hodge Jones and Allen will be owned 100% by the EOT. Senior partner Allen will act as trustee with managing partner Vidisha Joshi, and Kingsley Tedder will become an independent external trustee for corporate governance and compliance.There will be no change in the day-to-day running or operation of the organisation.Allen said: “Becoming employee owned reflects the people-first entrepreneurial spirit that has been the backbone of HJA since 1977. It provides continuity for our partners and staff, and therefore our clients. It is the perfect model for an organisation like ours.“I wanted to ensure that the organisation could continue to grow in the same way as I intended when I founded it over 40 years ago. We have a fantastic team and we help people who may not always be able to access advice and redress. I see this as a way in which my vision can go forward and thrive into the future.”last_img read more

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Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Proves The Potential of Nintendo Switch

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target For the longest time I actually didn’t know what else new I would have to say about Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, the latest Nintendo Switch port of a Wii U game this time based on the 2014 Super Mario 3D World spin-off. While I beat the game back in the day, it is, by design, a bit slight. A sorbet of a game bumping up the tiny Mario sidekick to a starring role. And reviewing this as if it was a whole new game didn’t seem that exciting or useful.However, after replaying a good chunk of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Nintendo Switch, I started to realize the variety of ways being on a new machine helps this old game serve as an example of what I love about Nintendo console/handheld hybrid and its potential. Those were totally original thoughts, and therefore thoughts worth sharing with the rest of you.First off, it’s still great whenever a Wii U gets a second chance at life. Although these games couldn’t save the machine from financial failure, Captain Toad and fellow Wii U refugees like Bayonetta 2, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, and Mario Kart 8 were all gems that deserve the bigger audience and sales potential that comes from being on Nintendo Switch. The handful of Super Mario Odyssey levels aren’t quite enough new content to justify double-dipping, but they are a cool addition.At $40 Captain Toad also serves as an encouraging example of Nintendo exploring different budget pricing tiers for different scales of Switch games. As both handheld and console, the Switch has the unique opportunity to showcase a wide spectrum of games of all sizes that previously would have only made sense on one type of device. The library of games could be more varied and just bigger with all of Nintendo development resources funneled towards it. The recent Sushi Striker also fills this “B-tier/elevated handheld game” niche. Both are available on 3DS as well, but crucially they aren’t exclusive to the old platform.Captain Toad’s humble ambitions do a great job showing the versatility of the Switch hardware itself. I played some of it on the TV with my girlfriend using one Joy-Con to guide the Captain while using motion aiming with another Joy-Con to launch Super Mario Bros. 2 turnip projectiles.But it’s really perfect as a sort of high-end mobile game and therefore shines on the Switch tablet. The touch screen just makes sense for navigating the Monument Valley-esque puzzle box rooms. And the huge number of brief bite-sized levels easily fill up any amount of down time you may have. But because it’s on Switch, the visual style is charming and beautiful in a way beyond your average free-to-play time/money sink.And while this isn’t unique to the Nintendo Switch version, seeing as this is largely a Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is just a cool little game you always love to see Nintendo make more of. It’s almost a new franchise in the vein of Splatoon or Arms. Navigating these dense spaces without the ability to jump is a very creative almost deconstructionist gimmick given how important jumping is to Nintendo’s core characters. It’s an anti-platformer. Meanwhile Captain Toad himself, with his bold adventure outfit and jaunty theme song, totally deserves a playable character spot in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, certainly more than Waluigi.Is Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker the next massive Nintendo Switch release like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey? No. Heck, thanks to Octopath Traveler it’s arguably not even the biggest Switch game releasing on July 13. But the fact a game like this can show up and (hopefully) thrive on Switch I think is proof of the healthy promising gaming ecosystem Nintendo’s latest hit machine has fostered.Buy it now!Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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