Europe Mulls Tracing Products from Western Sahara

On November 5, Lalonde presented her mission report on extending the EU-Morocco fisheries deal into the waters off of the southern provinces in the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA). The report followed a visit by a delegation of three INTA committee members, Lalonde, Tiziana Beghin, and Heidi Hautala, to the southern provinces on September 3-4.The mission was in charge of evaluating the extension of EU-Morocco trade preferences to products from the region —mainly agricultural and fishery products. A need to trace products from the regionIn her draft report published on September 11, Lalonde wrote the European Parliament is “convinced” that local populations in the southern provinces will profit from economic development and “the spill-over effects created in terms of investment in infrastructure, health and education.”The MEP also recognized the economic, social, and environmental development “observed in Dakhla and Laayoune and the significant potential for further creation of both low- and high-skilled local employment opportunities.”Lalonde’s report stressed that the European Parliament should ensure a traceability mechanism to trace products from the region “so that Member States customs authorities have a clear indication of their origin.”The EU Commission, represented by MEP Sabine Henzler, assured MEPs that the commission is currently discussing the traceability issue with Morocco, reported Western Sahara Resource Watch.Henzler did not recognize Polisario’s role in the discussion over the fisheries agreement.She said that the fact that the UN considers Polisario as the political representative of Sahrawis does not mean Polisario could be considered as a trade representative.The MEP added that the commission has done “all that is possible and feasible” to get Sahrawis’ consent through a “consultation exercise,” reported the pro-Polisario outlet.All MEPs agreed that traceability should be made before the Parliament will expectedly vote on the proposal in January 2019, according to the same outlet.Polisario oppositionPolisario supporters opposed Lalonde’s report by sending a letter to the European parliamentarians calling for the suspension of the Parliament’s assessment of the proposed trade deal, according to pro-Polisario Western Sahara Resource Watch.“The conclusions included in the draft report of MEP Lalonde favouring the application of the EU-Morocco liberalization agreement have no basis, in the absence of a profound and thorough investigation,” the letter reads.The report, according to the letter, is biased because it favours Morocco and “disrespects [the] EU position of not recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory and undermines international law and UN peace efforts.” The International Trade Committee will vote on Lalonde’s report on December 3.The new EU-Morocco fisheries deal was finalized on July 24, in Rabat, with Moroccan officials. Instead of the €80 million that Rabat requested, the EU agreed to pay €52 million for fishing privileges. The amount is higher than the €42 million in the previous deal which expired on July 14. read more

TSX up amid manufacturing data major dealmaking traders look to Fed meeting

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 16, 2013 6:29 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday amid strong manufacturing data from the United States and Europe and major corporate acquisitions.Traders also looked ahead to the major economic event of the week — the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting Wednesday when markets may find out what the central bank intends to do about cutting back on a key area of stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 58.71 points to 13,184.41 while rising commodities helped push the Canadian dollar ahead 0.08 of a cent to 94.46 cents US.U.S. indexes were up sharply as investors wait to see if the Fed will start to taper its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 129.21 points to 15,884.57, the Nasdaq rose 28.54 points to 4,029.52 and the S&P 500 index climbed 11.22 points to 1,786.54.Speculation about Fed intentions has grown considerably over the past couple of weeks in the wake of a string of strong economic data, particularly a solid employment report for last month. Also, a bipartisan committee struck a U.S. congressional budget bill, which would remove the threat of another government shutdown.However, there are many in the markets who think the Fed will want to consider more economic data before making the decision to taper. And analysts point out that with inflation only running at an annualized rate of 1.1 per cent in the fourth quarter, such weak price pressure could also serve to keep the Fed sidelined.“Inflation prints continue to miss,” said Stephen Lingard, managing director, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Strategies.“The backdrop is, it’s still a very deflationary world and that may be the only thing at this point that prevents the Fed and other central banks from starting to taper.”Many traders aren’t happy to see an end to the asset purchases as they have kept long-term rates low and supported a strong advance on many markets this year.The TSX tech sector was ahead 1.5 per cent and Constellation Software Inc. (TSX:CSU) jumped $10.19 or 5.2 per cent to $206.69 as it said it will pay the equivalent of about C$350 million to acquire Dutch software company Total Specific Solutions (TSS) BV.Elsewhere in the group, BlackBerry shares rose 13 cents to $6.55 amid two high-level departures at the smartphone maker (TSX:BB). BlackBerry’s executive vice-president in charge of global sales, Rick Costanzo, will be leaving the company by early next year. And Chris Wormald, who was in charge of BlackBerry’s mergers and acquisitions strategy, will be gone by the end of this month. BlackBerry posts earnings on Friday.The health sector was up 1.35 per cent as Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) announced a friendly deal to acquire Solta Medical Inc., a California-based company that makes medical devices used in cosmetic surgery procedures. Its offer of US$2.92 per share for all of Solta’s stock is valued at US$250 million. Valeant shares ran ahead $4.45 to $117.52.The financials sector rose 0.65 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) climbed 77 cents to $69.The gold sector was ahead about 0.8 per cent while February gold added $9.80 to US$1,244.40 an ounce as traders weighed the chances of Fed easing. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) improved by 29 cents to C$18.05.Other commodity prices advanced as U.S. factory production rose a solid 0.6 per cent in November, led by a surge in auto output.Financial information company Markit says its purchasing managers index for the eurozone beat expectations, rising to a 31-month high of 52.7 from 51.6 in November. At the same time, the services PMI slipped to a four-month low of 51 from 51.2.Other data showed that China’s manufacturing sector grew at a slightly slower pace in December, according to a preliminary survey by HSBC. Its flash purchasing managers’ index slowed to a three-month low of 50.5.The base metals sector was flat as March copper added two cents to US$3.33 a pound.The energy sector was down 0.22 per cent as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 88 cents to US$97.48 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 39 cents to C$33.96.The interest rate sensitive utilities sector was the biggest drag, down 0.5 per cent. The component has been under pressure since outgoing Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of phasing out the latest effort at quantitative easing. Those comments had the effect of increasing U.S. bond yields with the benchmark 10-year Treasury rising from about 1.6 per cent at the end of April to 2.88 per cent Monday. Fortis (TSX:FTS) declined 36 cents to $29.76. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX up amid manufacturing data, major dealmaking; traders look to Fed meeting read more

Botched French drug trial leaves 1 brain dead 5 in hospital

PARIS – One man is brain dead and three others are facing possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a botched drug test in western France, the French Health Ministry said Friday.The prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into what French Health Minister Marisol Touraine called “an accident of exceptional gravity” at the private Biotrial clinical lab in Rennes.The drug trial, which was testing a new painkiller compound, involved 90 healthy volunteers who were given the experimental drug in varying doses beginning on Jan. 7, she told reporters Friday at a news conference in Rennes.Six male volunteers between 28 and 49 years old have since been hospitalized, including one man now classified as brain dead, she said.The chief neuroscientist at the hospital in Rennes, Professor Gilles Edan, said in addition to the brain-dead volunteer, three others could have “irreversible” brain damage. A fifth man is suffering from neurological problems and a sixth volunteer is being kept in the hospital but is in a less critical condition, he said.Edan said there’s no known treatment for the experimental drug that Biotrial was testing. The drug was a based on a natural brain compound similar to the active ingredient in marijuana.Touraine said the medication was not based on cannabis, as some media reports had claimed. She urged calm, saying that no drug currently on the market was implicated in the failed trial. She said the drug was produced by the Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial, which said Friday it had no comment on the failed trial at this time.All the other 83 volunteers are being contacted, Touraine said.It’s rare for volunteers to fall seriously ill when testing new drugs. Researchers generally start with the lowest possible dose for humans after extensive drug tests in animals. The French ministry statement said those who had fallen ill had taken an oral medication in the first phase of testing, which was studying safe usage, tolerance and other measures on healthy volunteers.Biotrial, with headquarters in Rennes and offices in London and Newark, New Jersey, says it has over 25 years of experience in clinical trials and uses “state-of-the-art facilities.” In France, adults volunteering for Biotrial tests can earn between 100 euros and 4,500 euros ($110 to $4,922).In 2006, Britain saw a similar incident, when six previously healthy men were treated for organ failure only hours after being given an experimental drug targeting the immune system. That prompted a review of procedures and resulted in the U.K. regulatory agency imposing new testing standards, including recommendations to use the lowest possible dose and to test new drugs only in one person at a time.The six men in Britain now apparently have a higher risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases tied to their exposure to the experimental drug.Dr. Ben Whalley, a neuropharmacology professor at Britain’s University of Reading, said standardized regulations for clinical trials are “largely the same” across Europe.“However, like any safeguard, these minimize risk rather than abolish it,” Whalley said in a statement. “There is an inherent risk in exposing people to any new compound.”___Elaine Ganley in Paris and medical writer Maria Cheng contributed from London. French Health Minister Marisol Touraine, left, and Professor Gilles Edan, the chief neuroscientist at Rennes Hospital, address the media during a press conference held in Rennes, western France, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Six previously healthy medical volunteers have been hospitalized — including one man who is now brain dead — after taking part in a botched drug test at the Biotrial lab in western France, the French Health Ministry said Friday. (AP Photo/David Vincent) by Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 6:25 am MDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Botched French drug trial leaves 1 brain dead, 5 in hospital read more

Brock UB renew partnership agreement

Brock President Jack Lightstone (left) and Satish Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, renewed a five-year partnership agreement between Brock and UB Friday.Brock University and the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York renewed an agreement Friday that will see a partnership between the two universities extended another five years.Officials from the University at Buffalo (UB) visited Brock for the signing ceremony, which means continued shared research and education initiatives. It also makes official a joint master’s program in Canadian and American studies, which begins in September.The new program is a “big deal” for UB, said Charles Zukoski, UB Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs. It’s the first international program established by any state university of New York.“It cements ties and it enhances educational opportunities for students,” Zukoski said. “We like to think of ourselves as an international university and this is an international opportunity to send our student abroad.”Six students from each university will be part of the master’s program’s initial cohort. They’ll take classes and seminars, which include programming in English, history, child and youth studies, fine and performing arts, politics, economics and geography, on both sides of the border.UB is home to 29,000 students, including 19,000 undergrads.The partnership is an example of the interdependence that has always existed between western New York and Niagara, said Brock President Jack Lightstone.“At the same time, society, culture and the economy have evolved differently on either side of the Niagara River as a result of an international border definitively drawn in the aftermath of the War of 1812,” Lightstone said.“There is so much that Brock and UB can and must do to together to understand these dynamics and to better serve the economic, social and cultural development of our highly interdependent regions.”The first partnership agreement between the two institutions was signed in 2007. read more

Ohio State wrestling recap from Eastern Michigan

OSU freshman Myles Martin celebrates after winning the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOver the weekend, the Ohio State wrestling team traveled north to Eastern Michigan, where several competing Buckeyes claimed spots atop the podium.Saturday’s competition marked the official start of the season for OSU’s wrestlers, and the team hit the ground running fast, with six Buckeyes placing third or above in their weight classes. At 133 lbs., freshman Luke Pletcher made the most of his collegiate debut, winning four matches on the day, with a crucial 4-1 victory over Mario Guillen of Ohio University to advance to the final match. In the title match, Pletcher faced off against Buckeye teammate freshman Brendan Fitzgerald, a match in which Fitzgerald conceded in a medical forfeit, putting Pletcher atop the podium to win first place in the weight class.Fitzgerald’s day was strong, pinning two opponents, while powering through a close match versus Giuseppe Penzone of Tiffin University, winning 6-4. Fitzgerald finished his wrestling with a fall in just a minute over Stevan Micic of Michigan.In his first tournament at 149 lbs., redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan dominated Saturday, scoring an impressive 79 points throughout four matches. Jordan’s final match of the day was more of the same, defeating Justin Oliver of Central Michigan University 15-7, becoming the second Buckeye to claim a title.Wrestling at 197 lbs., redshirt freshman Kollin Moore gave OSU its third title, where Moore scored in the double digits in all four matches.  Storming to the final match to compete for the title, Moore defeated Riley Lefever of Wabash College 11-6, finding his way to the top of the podium.Two Buckeyes placed third at Eastern Michigan. Redshirt sophomore Cody Burcher, at 165 pounds, along with redshirt junior Jack Rozema, at 184 pounds, both bounced back from semifinal losses to claim third on the day in their respective weight classes.Meanwhile, at Cleveland State University, OSU sophomore Myles Martin wrestled in a feature match at the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic Saturday night.  The 184 pound dual brought Martin against two-time defending national champion Gabe Dean of Cornell.  Martin’s first match at 184 pounds did not go his way, as he fell to Dean 13-4. OSU’s wrestling team travels next to Troy, New York, for the ASICS/Journeymen Classic on Sunday. read more

UNAIDS negotiates lower price for one pill HIV treatment

UNAIDS on Thursday announced a breakthrough pricing agreement to make the first affordable single-pill HIV treatment regimen available to public sector purchasers in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).The “lifetime announcement” will be made available to 92 countries in an accelerated treatment rollout as part of efforts to reach the 36.7M persons living with HIV across the globe.“Those people will benefit from one of the best medicine we have as a first line. What we are talking about today is a life-changing announcement it’s about the quality of medicine but is about equity, it’s about the dignity, it’s about the access to medicine as a human right,” Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé said.The generic one pill one dose treatment contains dolutegravir (DTG), a widely used in high-income countries and is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).DTG is consumed the best in class integrase inhibitor and is expected to lower the cost of first line HIV treatment regimens.The affordable HIV treatment regimen will be available to LMICs at around a projected average price of US75 per person, per year and reduces the need for more expensive second and third line regimens.The agreement was announced by the governments of South Africa and Kenya where it is being rolled out in collaboration with UNAIDS and several other agencies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew cases of HIV infections in Guyana more prominent among youths – NortonJuly 14, 2016In “Health”Caribbean can reach treatment targets to end AIDS if it accelerates progressJuly 24, 2017In “Health”Op-Ed: Despite yearly budgetary increases for health, chronic medicine shortages remainNovember 29, 2018In “Opinion” read more

Two men arrested in dissident republican investigation

first_imgTWO MEN WERE in custody today as part of a Garda investigation into dissident republican activity.The men, aged in their 30s and 60s, were brought in for questioning by members of the special detective  unit and members of the crime and security division.Two handguns found at the scene in James St are set to undergo technical examinations.A follow up search in Limerick yielded a find of a quantity of ammunition.The two males are currently detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 at Clondalkin Garda Station and investigations are ongoing. read more

Those guilty of torture in Ukraine must be held to account says

first_imgRead: Ukraine MPs fail to strike deal to weaken president’s powers> THE TÁNAISTE AND Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore is to meet with EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels today to discuss the continuing unrest in Ukraine and the latest developments in Syria.Speaking ahead of the meeting today he said he has been following the unfolding events in Ukraine with growing concern.“The loss of life is deeply shocking and I am appalled at reports of torture and other severe human rights abuses perpetrated by the security services,” he said.Investigation He added that if there is to be any hope of defusing tensions in the short run, the authorities must launch a credible investigation into these tragic deaths and the other abuses, ensuring that those responsible are held fully to account”.The latest developments in Syria will also be discussed at the meeting, with the hope that the Geneva talks can resume. Foreign ministers will also discuss the the humanitarian situation and the impact of the crisis on the wider region, particularly in Lebanon and Iraq.Gilmore said the attack on humanitarian agencies in Homs over the weekend underlines the urgency and importance of ending this horrific conflict. “The resumption of the Geneva II talks remains the best means of achieving this outcome,” he said.He added:Ireland is committed to alleviating the suffering of those displaced in Syria and neighbouring countries. Every effort needs to be made to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches those that need it the most.Ireland will continue to urge support for a binding humanitarian resolution by the UN Security Council. Moving to secure such a resolution, in itself, may help to compel the Assad regime to improve humanitarian access. Ministers will also be updated on developments in the Central African Republic, including preparations to deploy an EU peace support operation, as agreed by Foreign Ministers at the Council meeting last month.Read: “F**k the EU!”: US diplomat’s Ukraine phonecall leaked via Youtube>last_img read more

Heathrow flights cancelled after thunderstorm warning

first_imgThe Aer Lingus flight scheduled to depart Dublin at 2.35pm today has been cancelled as well as a British Airways flight which would have left Dublin at 7.20pm for Heathrow.ITV reports that one in five flights will be cancelled between 4pm and 6pm at the airport due to the weather. A spokesperson said there is a 70% risk of thunderstorms, lightening strikes and hail storms.“During thunderstorms the number of aircraft that can take off and land each hour is reduced,” they told ITV.Read: Irish passengers diverted from Stansted Airport after technical problem>Read: Air travel relief as Grimsvotn volcano stops erupting> Source: Heathrow Airport/Twitter LONDON’S HEATHROW AIRPORT has had to cancel a number of flights today because to thundery weather.On the airport’s website, it warned passengers that some flights “may be subject to delays and cancellations” due to thunderstorms.Anyone travelling today is advised to check with their airline before coming to the airport.center_img Due to thunderstorms forecast today, flights may be subject to delays & cancellations. Check your flight status here:— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) July 19, 2014last_img read more

Marée noire 40000 barils par jour qui dit mieux

first_imgMarée noire : 40.000 barils par jour, qui dit mieux ?États –Unis – 5.000 barils, puis 20.000 et maintenant 40.000. Quand cela va-t-il s’arrêter ? Les nouvelles estimations du gouvernement américain parlent désormais d’une fuite de 25.000 à 40.000 barils par jour, un chiffre astronomique comparé aux 5.000 barils déjà catastrophiques annoncés au départ.Jusqu’à 40.000 barils, soit 6,4 millions de litres, s’échappent chaque jour du puits de pétrole depuis l’explosion suivie du naufrage de la plate-forme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon. C’est ce qu’a annoncé hier Marcia NcNutt, directrice de l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS). Certes BP est désormais capable d’en pomper une grande quantité (15.000 barils par jour) et devrait bientôt augmenter cette capacité à 28.000 barils mais cela reste insuffisant. Le groupe avait annoncé que la quantité de pétrole s’échappant du puits était de 12.000 à 19.000 barils par jour.De plus ces mesures ont été prises avant la mise en place du nouveau dôme de confinement, le 3 juin dernier. Cette opération, notamment le sciage du tuyau reliant la plate-forme au puits, avait considérablement augmenté le flot d’échappement du pétrole, de 20% selon le gouvernement américain. A l’heure actuelle, le volume de pétrole polluant les océans est huit fois supérieur à celui de la pire marée noire de l’Histoire des États-Unis provoquée par l’échouage de l’Exxon Valdez en 1989 et chaque semaine l’équivalent de deux Erika continue à se déverser dans le golfe du Mexique. Malgré cela, Tony Hayward, le directeur de BP, affirme que son groupe va “arrêter la fuite, […] nettoyer le pétrole, […] réparer tout dégât environnemental et […] remettre la côte du Golfe dans l’état où elle se trouvait avant cet événement”. Le 11 juin 2010 à 13:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sécheresse NKM réunit un comité ce lundi

first_imgSécheresse : NKM réunit un comité ce lundiAlors que vingt-sept départements français sont aujourd’hui touchés par la sécheresse, la ministre de l’Environnement Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet réunit ce lundi 16 mai un comité constitué de plusieurs experts. Cette réunion vise à dresser un bilan de l’inquiétante situation, pour tenter de limiter au mieux ses impacts.Le ministère de l’Environnement réunit ce lundi un comité d’experts qui se penchera sur l’inquiétante sécheresse qui touche une grande partie de la France. Vingt-sept départements sont à ce jour touchés par le manque de précipitations, et sont donc soumis à des restrictions d’eau. Face à l’inquiétude des agriculteurs, le comité sécheresse dressera un bilan de la situation pour mettre en place différentes actions visant à limiter son impact. “Nous avons observé une baisse des récoltes de fourrage de 30 à 50% selon les régions par rapport à une année normale. Les éleveurs bovins, déjà fragilisés l’an dernier par la flambée des cours de l’alimentation du bétail, manquent d’herbe avant même le début de l’été”, a alerté Christiane Lambert, la vice-présidente de la FNSEA, dans les colonnes du Monde.Comme le rapporte L’Express, le comité devrait finaliser en juin son plan de lutte contre la sécheresse. Il devrait viser l’amélioration de la récupération des eaux de pluie, la rénovation des réseaux hydrauliques, ou encore l’utilisation d’eaux usées pour l’agriculture. Toutefois, aussi inquiétante soit la situation, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet reste optimiste. “La sécheresse est avérée, mais malgré tout il peut se remettre à pleuvoir dans les semaines qui viennent. On peut sauver la saison et on ne peut pas dire aujourd’hui avec assurance quel sera le degré de gravité pour le secteur”, a-t-elle en effet souligné sur France Info vendredi.Le 16 mai 2011 à 13:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Il y a bien deux genres de tatous nains

first_imgIl y a bien deux genres de tatous nainsPubliée prochainement dans Phylogenetics and Evolution, une étude franco-argentine montre que les deux espèces de tatous nains d’Amérique du Sud ont divergé il y a 17 millions d’années, ce qui justifie le classement de ces deux espèces dans deux genres distincts.Petits, nocturnes, fouisseurs : difficile d’étudier les tatous nains, et à plus forte raison leur histoire naturelle. C’est pourtant ce qu’a entrepris une équipe dirigée par un chercheur de l’Institut des sciences de l’évolution de l’Université de Montpellier/Cnrs. Si elles sont pourvues de carapaces et de queues différentes, les deux espèces connues, Chlamyphorus truncatus (en Argentine), et Calyptophractus retusus (Argentine, Bolivie, Paraguay) partagent des yeux réduits et des pattes antérieures pourvues de puissantes griffes, adaptations au mode de vie souterrain. À lire aussiCe nouveau lémurien découvert à Madagascar va vous faire craquerD’où le mystère : celles-ci ont-elles évolué à partir d’un ancêtre commun ou s’agit-il d’un phénomène de convergence évolutive ? Grâce à l’”horloge moléculaire”, les analyses (notamment génétiques) des chercheurs permettent désormais d’établir que les deux tatous nains avaient bien un ancêtre commun remontant à 17 millions d’années, probablement déjà adapté au mode de vie strictement fouisseur caractérisant les deux espèces actuelles, rapporte Techno-sciences. La divergence – bien réelle et justifiant leur classification séparée – serait alors apparue lorsque leur habitat ancestral fut morcelé par des avancées de l’océan à l’intérieur des terres. Les chercheurs soulignent ainsi la nécessité de mettre en place les moyens de préservation nécessaires pour ces espèces rares.Le 17 décembre 2011 à 18:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgTroops from both sides are waiting from their political leaders to come to a final decision on the issue. The people in the vicinity are concerned about the movement of troops from both sides. They are demanding swift action by the authorities to prevent any conflict.The villagers are uncertain of their fate and would like to know who should provide development for them. One could see electric poles and cables in Banta Nyima some four hundred meters away from Tranquil while the bitumen road from Dasilami did not reach tranquil.Hence tranquil is left in the outskirt without a clear future. Speedy action is needed to decide its fate. ]]>last_img read more

Report Schalke deny interest in Liverpools Solanke

first_imgSchalke 04 have reportedly denied any interest in signing Dominic Solanke from Liverpool on loanThe 21-year-old striker is yet to have a single minute of action this season after making 21 Premier League appearances last term.This is due to the reemergence of Daniel Sturridge, who has made 15 appearances this term after falling out of favour this time last year.But Sky Sports reports that Schalke have no move for Solanke and will likely not make any whatsoever.This new twist leaves Crystal Palace the clear favourites now to sign Solanke with manager Roy Hodgson confirming his interest.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Hodgson said: “It’s obviously not a secret that’s he’s a target and someone we’d like to have.“What would he do for us? He’d provide the attacking threat a good centre-forward should provide and he’s a proven goalscorer through the age groups with Chelsea and England.“If he comes here, it will be a great opportunity to show he can transfer that to Premier League football because we have someone who is the profile we are looking for and who I think has the ability we are looking for.”Another club allegedly interested in the England U-21 international is Huddersfield Town.last_img read more

UCSD ranked among top 100 research institutions in the US

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, June 20, 2019 UCSD ranked among top 100 research institutions in the US SAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – UC San Diego is one of the top 10 universities in the country for research output and fourth among the country’s public universities, according to rankings released Thursday by the Nature Index.The index, a research database run by the scientific journal Nature, released its annual list of the top 500 universities and institutions for scientific research around the world. The list considered research articles published during 2018 in the 82 scientific journals in the Nature Index archive.UCSD ranked ninth among U.S. research institutions and sat behind UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan and UCLA among public universities in the U.S. Harvard University ranked second overall and first among U.S. research institutions, while the Chinese Academy of Sciences topped the list.“Our culture of experimentation and fresh thinking allow our exceptional faculty and scholars to conduct high volumes of transformative research, which has a global impact,” said Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. “UC San Diego is a unique place where fresh ideas are translated into solutions to benefit society.”U.S. universities accounted for roughly 150 entries on the list, the most of any country in the world. Chinese universities totaled nearly 100 entries on the list while the United Kingdom and Germany also had several dozen entries.The 2019 ranking is a step back for UCSD, which ranked 18th overall on Nature Index’s 2018 list. UCSD also ranked seventh among all U.S. research institutions in 2018 and third among public universities behind UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. Posted: June 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Good Samaritan Sweetwater team up to give away 500 turkeys

first_imgSWEETWATER, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida man is offering up some holiday help to families in need.Luis Valdeon of the Miami-Dade Foreclosure List teamed up with the City of Sweetwater to hand out 500 turkeys, Saturday.Luis ValdeonValdeon said it’s just something that must be done to help those who need a little assistance around the holidays. “There’s a lot of people here who are really needy, and I only find places that really need, not just people coming in in Mercedes or Cadillacs,” he said. “These are people who are really hurt, and really need [the help].”This is Valdeon’s 10th year giving away turkeys around South Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Zoo Miami welcomes 4 newborn warthogs

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #ZooMiami proudly announces, the birth of four warthogs! Two male & two female warthogs were born 6/29. The mother will remain off exhibit with piglets for some time to ensure proper bonding & that they are well acclimated to their surroundings prior to being on public display.🐽— Zoo Miami (@zoomiami) July 3, 2018Zoo staffers said there are two boys and two girls among the piglets.The four warthogs will not be put on display just yet and will remain with their mother off exhibit so they can bond. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Zoo Miami welcomed four newborn warthogs.The four piglets were born on June 29 and went through their first neonatal exams, Tuesday.Fortunately, all of the warthogs appear to be healthy and developing well.last_img read more

2 arrested following drug bust at Dania Beach hotel

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men vacationing from Barbados were arrested following a drug bust at a Dania Beach hotel.Staff complained about a strong odor coming from their room at the Hyatt Place hotel along Southwest 18th Avenue and Stirling Road, Saturday evening.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the scene and found nearly 100 pounds of marijuana inside.Now, 33-year-old Dyson Benskin and 34-year-old Calvin Braithwaite are facing drug charges, including trafficking.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Some Texas Electors Wont Vote For Trump And Our Founding Fathers Are

first_imgStacy ThreattToday at the Texas State Capitol, electors will cast their votes for president of the United States. The expectation, of course, is that they will vote for the candidate who won the state’s popular vote, President-elect Donald Trump.As most of us know, on Election Day we don’t exactly cast our ballots for a candidate. We vote for who will be among the state’s 38 electors in the Electoral College. Because more Texans voted for Republican Donald Trump, the electors will be folks chosen by the Republican Party of Texas. “Electors make some sort of pledge when they accept the job from their party, because there is a party slate of electors,” said George Edwards, a Texas A&M political science professor and Electoral College expert. “So, there is an expectation the electors will support the candidate of that party.”Edwards stresses that this is an expectation, not a rule. The electors may have made a pledge to the party, but Edwards says the U.S. Constitution has different ideas about what electors can do.“At the time of the writing of the Constitution there were no political parties. States didn’t vote as blocks necessarily,” Edwards said. “So, they expected the electors to be mediators between the public and the selection of the president, and they expected them to exercise discretion.”Some Texas electors want to use that discretion this year. Some say they aren’t going to vote for Donald Trump.  Critics call these electors “faithless electors.” They call themselves “Hamilton electors.”One of the electors not voting for Trump is Art Sisneros.He told The Texas Standard a few weeks ago that at first he didn’t know this is what the founders’ had in mind.“I didn’t really understand the original intent and much of the history behind the Electoral College,” he said. “So I began to discover that after I won.  I began to discover that after I won. I began to really examine.”After some examination, Sisneros decided to resign. He says voting for Trump would be a “dishonor to God.”Christopher Suprun – another Texas elector – wrote an op-ed in The New York Times asking other Republican electors to join him in voting for someone other than Trump.All this is why state Rep. John Raney, R-Bryan, introduced a bill, House Bill 543, for next year’s session that would fine faithless electors $5,000 for violating their party’s pledge.“I think it’s important that people who pledge to do something. such as pledge to vote for the nominee of the party, whichever party it might be, that they then follow through and do that,” Raney told KUT.Other states have similar laws binding electors to the state’s popular vote, but they have never been tested.  Edwards says those laws are flat-out unconstitutional.He also says Raney’s bill won’t really solve a problem. Throughout American history, he says, 99 percent of electors have voted for their party’s nominee.Edwards says that’s not a sign that electors need stricter rules. He says it’s just a sign that our Electoral College isn’t operating the way our Founding Fathers’ wanted. Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Miss Black Teen Maryland US Ambassador Promotes Healthy Lifestyles

first_imgTaylor WilliamsTaylor Williams is the current Miss Black Teen Maryland US Ambassador and her platform is healthy living and making sound nutritional choices.“I am encouraged to be an example to my family and reach out to my peers as well,” Williams said. “I enjoy being a positive role model and this pageant has helped me promote a healthy and active lifestyle.”This is not her first term of responsibility. She became an ambassador of the People to People Organization at 12 as she traveled to Australia. She won the Miss Teen Maryland International pageant at 15; making Top 10 and winning the fitness competition for the Miss Teen International Pageant in 2013. She is a recipient of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, as well as the Presidents Challenge Award; underthe Let’s Move Initiative established by First Lady Michelle Obama.As an advocate for Living a Healthy and Active Lifestyle she encourages all age groups to make healthier nutritional choices and to make exercise part of their daily routine.“I have partnered with get active Howard County and We Promote Health to promote healthy lifestyles,” Williams said.She belongs to First Abyssinia Baptist Church in Baltimore, where she assists in the audio ministry. She prepares food at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, belongs to the National Honor and Merit Scholars Society and volunteers at the American Heart Association. She regularly spends time with residents at the Genesis Nursing Home.last_img read more