UN Morocco Reiterates Commitment to Promote World Peace

New York – Morocco on Monday reiterated its commitment to promote international peace and security, stressing that the UN remains the “lead agency” to guarantee peace and security in the world.This is the place to “reiterate my country’s commitment for peace and international security,” Morocco’s ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale, said at the UN Security Council Open Debate on United Nations Peacekeeping: Regional Partnerships and their Evolution.On this occasion, Mr. Hilale expressed the kingdom’s determination to “continue to engage, under the auspices of the United Nations, for the promotion and consolidation of peace throughout the world”In this regard, he said “the international community would undoubtedly benefit from strengthening cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations.” He underlined that such cooperation “shall go beyond the political support based on universal principles, raison d’être of the United Nations, to include predictable and adequate logistical support.”He also stressed that the UN, through the Security Council, remains the “main guarantor of peace and security in the world,” and the role of regional and sub-regional organizations shall remain consistent with the provisions of Chapter VIII of the UN Charter. read more

Human Rights Day UN officials pledge to advance human dignity equality and

“Over seven decades, this mighty document has helped to profoundly change our world,” said Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, at a special UN Headquarters event to commemorate Human Rights Day, observed annually on 10 December.“[The Universal Declaration of Human Rights] establishes the equality and dignity of every human being. It stipulates that every government has a duty to enable all people to enjoy their inalienable rights and freedoms. And it establishes that these rights are universal,” he added.Mr. Guterres highlighted the progress achieved by humankind since the adoption of the Universal Declaration, including advancing and protecting the rights of women, children and victims of discrimination as well as in holding accountable perpetrators of gross human rights violations and abuses.However, he also called for taking a stock in areas where progress has not been achieved.“In practice, recognition of the inherent dignity and equal rights of human beings is still far from universal,” he said, noting that millions around the world continue to suffer human rights violations and abuses. “And human rights defenders still face persecution, reprisals are rising and the space for civil society action is shrinking in very many nations,” added Mr. Guterres.Universal Declaration of Human RightsUnderscoring the need for all sections of the society to “speak out and take a stand” for human rights, the UN chief announced his own pledge that he will respect the rights of others regardless of who they are, and will uphold their rights even when he disagrees with them.“When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone’s rights are undermined, so I will stand up. I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights,” he committed.Also speaking at the ceremony, Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly highlighted that the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was not only a milestone for the General Assembly, but was also one for humanity.“But [the Universal Declaration] did not create human rights. They existed before this. Not on paper – but in people. In fact, human rights are an inherent part of humanity. And they always will be,” he said, adding that while the rights can denied, they cannot be taken away – neither by law nor policy or action.Recalling the efforts, that ultimately led to the adoption of the Universal Declaration in 1948, he called on everyone use the seminal document to inspire themselves and help protect and promote everyones’ human rights.“Stand up taller – and speak up louder – for human rights,” he urged.Also speaking today were Liu Zhenmin, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; as well as Louise Arbour and Navi Pillay, former High Commissioners of Human Rights.The campaign, which was officially launched yesterday by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at Palais de Chaillot in Paris on Sunday. read more

Armed man making threats to kill in a lifethreatening condition after being

A man armed with knives and “making threats to kill” is in a life-threatening condition after being shot by police in east London.The 28-year-old was shot by armed officers at a residential address in Hackney on Tuesday night. An officer suffered a “slash injury” during the incident and was taken to hospital.The police watchdog has launched an investigation into the shooting.The Metropolitan Police said they were first alerted to the “domestic incident” at a property in Knights Close at 9.43pm.”A 28-year-old man was reported to be armed with knives and making threats to kill,” the force said.”Specialist firearms officers attended the scene. One officer sustained a slash injury.”Firearms officers were deployed and a male was shot by police. He has been conveyed to an east London hospital.”A Met spokesman said on Wednesday morning that the man “remains in a life-threatening condition”.The officer’s injury was not believed to be life-threatening and there were no other reported injuries.The Independent Office for Police Conduct is aware of the incident and has launched its own investigation, Scotland Yard said.The force’s standards body has also been informed. 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. read more

Current trends in the copper space

first_imgAurubis reports that “following LME Week in October, the copper world met up again in November, this time in Shanghai. Well-known mining companies used this as an opportunity to communicate upcoming investments in mine expansions. The signs in Chile continue to point to growth in 2019: The consulting company Fitch Solutions forecasts 4 % growth thanks to a lower risk of strikes, as well as mining companies’ efforts to improve the quality of their mines.”The International Monetary Fund (IMF) adjusted its economic outlook in October and was followed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which issued its economic forecast in November. The OECD expects gross domestic product worldwide to increase by 3.7 % in the current year. For 2019 and 2020, the organization has reduced its forecast by 0.2 percentage points, to 3.5 % in both years. The key reason cited for this change is the simmering trade dispute between the US and China and the resulting uncertainties.For the US, the organization anticipates 2.9 % growth in the current year. Expected growth for 2019 and 2020 is 2.7 % and 2.1 %, respectively. For China, the OECD sees a growth rate of 6.6 % for this year and 6.3 % for next year. The expectation for 2020 is 6.0 %. When it comes to the euro zone, the organization adjusted its forecast for the current year downward, to 1.9 %, and anticipates a further reduction to 1.8 % in the coming year and 1.6 % in 2020. The OECD expects gross domestic product of 1.6 % in Germany in the current and upcoming year. Growth of 1.4 % is expected for 2020.The US dollar was at about US$ 1.14 in relation to the euro at the close of November and was thus at the level of October.According to ICSG calculations, the copper market remained balanced in August, with a minimal refined copper deficit of about 31,000 t (July: 84,000 t). Looking at the first eight months of 2018, there was a deficit of around 259,000 t (8M 2017: deficit of 98,000 t). Global refined copper output of 1.96 Mt in August came up against global demand of 1.99 Mt, as the ICSG reported.According to Reuters, Chile produced 4.25 Mt of copper in the first nine months of 2018, or 7 % more copper than in the first nine months of 2017. One reason was the high output coming fromBHP’s Escondida mine until September. Its output was approximately 60 % higher than last year, since the mine produced less in 2017 due to strikes. Moreover, Chile’s second-largest mine, Collahuasi, boosted its production by 5.8 % YOY, to 401,000 t. The signs point to growth in Chile for 2019 as well: The consulting company Fitch Solutions forecasts 4 % growth for next year. Fitch states that the reason is a lower risk of strikes, as well as mining companies’ efforts to improve the quality of their mines.Copper production in Peru, the world’s second largest copper raw material supplier, declined in September and October. Compared to September 2017, output fell by 19 % to 202,000 t in September 2018, as S&P Global Platts reported. In October 2018, too, copper output was about 4 % below October 2017, according to Bloomberg.Anglo American discussed its future copper output in an interview with Bloomberg. The company confirmed or increased its production forecast for the next three years. Output should be 660,000 t in 2018, between 630,000 and 660,000 t in 2019, and between 620,000 and 680,000 t in 2020. Anglo expects production in its Quellaveco mine in Peru to ramp up in 2022. In the medium term, the company plans to produce more than 1 Mt of copper.Antofagasta also commented on its future production during Asia Copper Week in Shanghai, in the context of an interview with Metal Bulletin. The company expects a record output between 750,000 and 790,000 t, a leap of about 8 % compared to 2018. The primary reason for the increase is the high-quality ore deposits of the Centinela mine. The copper contents of the deposits are higher than previously expected, according to the company’s remarks.In November, Antofagasta also made the decision to expand Los Pelambres mine in Chile. The project requires an investment of $ 1.3 billion, and the concentrates should add around 60,000 t of refined copper to the global market over a period of 15 years. Expanding Los Pelambres will raise the processing capacity from 175,000 to 190,000 t/d of ore and increase Antofagasta’s output by roughly 15%. As Reuters reported, construction work will start in January 2019 and is expected to conclude by 2021.Reuters also stated that Birla Copper, one of the largest copper producers in India, expects Indian demand for refined copper to double in the next eight years. Demand should increase to about 1.4 Mt until 2026, from 0.65 Mt in 2018. Taking stronger demand due to electric vehicles into account, the company could even imagine a demand level of 2.5 Mt.The copper price on the London Metal Exchange (LME cash settlement) rose slightly in early November, then moved sideways around the $6,200/t mark starting in the middle of the month. Positive fundamental data from China supported this trend.The Chilean state news agency Cochilco slightly adjusted its copper price downward, to $6,548/t for 2018. The copper price for 2019 should average $6,724/t. The investment bank Macquarie reported that Cochilco cited the trade conflicts between the US and China as the reason behind this reduction.The smelter industry’s copper concentrate supply situation remained very good in November. Spot treatment and refining charges for copper concentrates (TC/RCs) were again between $ 93/t and $96/t, according to Fastmarkets. In the meantime, levels in the triple digits have even been reported. Chinese smelters are reportedly still well supplied with concentrates.Jiangxi Copper and Antofagasta agreed on TC/RCs of $80.80/t for 2019, according to Reuters. This news is surprising in light of the significantly higher spot prices on the concentrate market at the moment, the good overall concentrate supply situation in 2018 due to high mine output, and the smelter downtimes scheduled for 2019. On top of that, not much has been revealed up to now regarding the circumstances under which this price level was agreed on.As Reuters reported, BHP’s Spence has been producing normally again after being briefly affected by strikes in November. The striking workers complained of a sub-par safety situation. BHP is planning to invest $2.5 billion at the site to extend the mine’s lifetime by another 50 years. The expansion should lead to a higher output in 2021.Bloomberg reported that US exporters sold about 75 % more copper scrap to countries apart from China during the current year. China had been the biggest purchaser of copper scrap from the US in the past. Export data from Reuters indicates that imports of copper scrap from US to China fell by 37% between September and October, to 6,065 t. This is less than one-sixth of the import volume of October 2017. In October 2018, the US accounted for just 2.5 % of copper scrap imports in China, compared to 22.3 % in January 2018.The decline in Chinese imports from the US are mainly attributed to two key influences, according to CRU: For one, China has imposed a 25 % import duty on US scrap since August. Furthermore, an import ban for copper scrap with high impurity levels (called category 7 scrap) will go into effect in 2019. S&P Global Platts states that the latter factor in particular has supposedly led to a roughly 250,000 t (copper content) decrease in Chinese copper scrap imports of this quality due to preliminary impacts. A similar drop in volume is also expected for 2019.According to Reuters, Vedanta has started selling copper concentrates from the inventories of the Indian smelter Tuticorin, which is currently out of commission. So far, about 70,000 t of concentrates have been offered on the market.As Reuters reported, the Japanese company Mitsubishi Materials declared force majeure for its Indonesian copper smelter PT Smelting, since it can’t fulfill some of its customers’ orders due to prolonged maintenance work. The work had to be extended because a neighboring oxygen plant had to prolong its own maintenance period and wasn’t delivering oxygen to PT Smelting. As a result, the company expects a cathode production loss of about 20,000 t. The plan is to restart the smelter in mid-December.Inventories in the world’s warehouses were lower again in November compared to the previous month. While deliveries to the LME warehouses jumped once more at the end of October, there were significant declines in November. In total, inventories fell by approximately 40,000 t in November and were at 402,000 t at the end of the month (end of October: around 445,000 t).last_img read more

The Hobbit at 48fps An HFR journey

first_imgThe Hobbit is the first major motion picture to hit the silver screen using HFR 3D, a format that has been both highly criticized and publicly applauded. If you’re heading to see The Hobbit in theaters, here’s what you can expect to see on the screen. (No spoilers, promise!)HFR, or High Frame Rate, shows a movie at twice the frame rate of whatever the last movie was you saw in the theater. The film was recorded using 30 RED Epic cameras to generate this effect. The closest parallel you can draw to describe how this looks is when you watch something on a television with an enhanced refresh rate. On your television, frames that weren’t there to begin with are being added by the television to reduce stuttering and create a smoother image. With HFR, there are actually more recorded frames to work with.If you are already watching television at home on a set with an enhanced refresh rate, the move from 24fps to 48ps will be less jarring, but if you’re coming from a standard HDTV or SDTV the difference will be significant. If you have chosen to watch the movie in HFR 3D you will experience significantly less eye strain than with 24fps 3D.The first thing you will notice when watching the opening of The Hobbit is that the characters seem to be moving almost as though they are in fast forward. It isn’t until the first character speaks in the film that you realize the audio and video are in sync. It’s going to take your brain a few minutes to accept what is going on is supposed to be happening.Once your brain has adjusted to the higher frame rate, you may notice a few things feel slightly out of place. Occasionally this gets described as feeling like you are seeing actors on a set instead of watching a movie. Especially in The Hobbit, with so many flips between CGI and props from the WETA team, if you are looking close enough you will find things that catch your eye during the film. Occasionally there will be smoke that seems obviously computer generated, or rocks that took false because of the way the light hits them is unlike that found in the rest of the scene. These artifacts, if you’re looking hard enough, feel almost like lack of polish but the good news is that these moments are few and far between.After the film is over and you have gone home (or maybe moved on to a different movie), there are no residual effects of watching something in HFR. You won’t sit down on your couch and decide that all of a sudden your television is insufficient because things now seem “slower”. For now, the HFR experience is something that will require some period of adjustment. It seems to me that theaters could eliminate the adjustment period by offering the previews in HFR as well, or some other mechanism that would train the brain to be OK with the difference before the movie starts. As it stands right now, the first few minutes of the film are somewhat distracting as you adjust.The Hobbit may be the first HFR 3D film, but it won’t be the last. Already James Cameron has discussed going this route for the next Avatar, and Andy Serkis plans to use it in his adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. On top of this, there are two other movies on their way to complete The Hobbit. It will take a few years for moviegoers to truly adjust to the format, but I think overall the HFR experience is a great addition to the theater experience.Oh, and there’s nothing after the credits.last_img read more

Europe les agriculteurs bientôt incités à mieux respecter lenvironnement

first_imgEurope : les agriculteurs bientôt incités à mieux respecter l’environnementMercredi, le commissaire européen Dacian Ciolos doit présenter un projet de réforme de la Politique agricole commune (PAC). Objectif premier : inciter les agriculteurs à mieux respecter l’environnement en rendant à la nature une partie de leurs terres et en conditionnant un tiers des aides directes à des mesures “vertes”.Encore deux jours à attendre pour les agriculteurs. Mercredi, le commissaire européen Dacian Ciolos fera part du nouveau projet de la politique agricole commune (PAC). Selon des documents obtenus par l’AFP, figure entre autres propositions phares, celle de conditionner 30% des aides directes au respect de mesures environnementales comme la diversification des cultures (trois variétés au moins et pas plus de 70% d’une même culture) ou des jachères vertes.Les agriculteurs seraient dans ce cas amenés à faire un choix entre réserver 7% de leurs terres à des chemins herbeux, des haies ou des prairies fleuries, ou tout simplement renoncer à une partie des subventions européennes. Le secteur “bio”, lui, n’aurait pas ces contraintes. Des propositions qui ne conviennent pas à la principale organisation d’agriculteurs européens, la Copa-Cogeca. “Alors que les Chinois sont en train d’acheter en masse des terres en Afrique, on nous demande de renoncer à 7 % des nôtres”, enrage l’un de ses responsables, l’Allemand Gerd Sonnleitner. Selon l’organisation, six à sept millions d’hectares seraient ainsi retirés de la production.Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque Bruxelles envisage également de plafonner progressivement les aides perçues par chaque exploitation à partir de 150.000 euros par an. Chaque ferme ne pourra ainsi toucher plus de 300.000 euros par an. Un plafonnement qui ne s’appliquerait pas aux exploitations qui emploient beaucoup de salariés car les coûts salariaux pourront être déduits du montant total des aides perçues.Des aides mieux distribués À lire aussiDes scientifiques chinois développent un nouveau riz qui pourrait nourrir 200 millions de personnesTenant compte des critiques de la Cour des Comptes européenne, Bruxelles veut aussi limiter le versement des aides aux “agriculteurs actifs”, pour empêcher aéroports ou clubs de golf d’en profiter. En revanche, les exploitations appartenant à la reine d’Angleterre ou au Duc de Windsor, grands bénéficiaires au Royaume-Uni des fonds de la PAC, y auront toujours droit, indique TV5monde.Enfin, la Commission envisage de redistribuer les aides. Alors qu’aujourd’hui 80% d’entre elles sont versées à 20% des plus grosses exploitations, Bruxelles veut, d’ici 2019, subventionner à l’hectare. Cela profitera aux exploitations qui pratiquent une agriculture extensive, plutôt que celles qui privilégient une agriculture intensive.Roumanie, Bulgarie et les trois pays baltes devraient donc voir leurs aides augmenter (33,7% maximum) mais resteront cependant en-dessous de la moyenne européenne (54 % dans le cas de la Lettonie), tandis que la France restera le premier bénéficiaire des aides directes de la PAC, et ne verra sa part diminuer que de 1,5%. Au final, les fonds consacrés à la PAC passeraient de 57,4 milliards d’euros en 2013 à 50,2 milliards en 2020, soit environ 33% du budget européen à terme.Le 10 octobre 2011 à 16:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Spurs not adding new players and we have no regrets –

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino states that it is totally unnecessary to add new players just for the sake of it and therefore doesn’t regret not signing any during the off-season.“We are always trying to improve our squad because football is dynamic, but if you cannot achieve what you need or want, [making signings] because you need to make happy people or act like all the clubs, I think that is not common sense” he told UK newspapers via FourFourTwo.Pochettino insists that not signing any players was the right decision, as the team had no need for new players. The team has won six of their eight premier league games despite not adding in the off-seasonKieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“We showed that we do not care. If we don’t need the players who are available to sign then why are we going to sign? That is the point.“I was happy and am happy with the squad that I have, we have no regrets. When we started the season with three games that we won and we were top of the table people were talking in a different way, [saying] ‘Oh how clever are Tottenham because they keep all the squad from last season’.“After we lost some games [it] started to make a big impact in the perception. But I need to remind everyone that is our best start after eight games.”last_img read more

Crew prepares tree for lighting ceremony

first_imgA crew from St. Mary’s Services braved the cold, wet weather Monday to bring a little holiday cheer to downtown Vancouver.The workers spent hours stringing more than 11,000 LED lights on a tree towering over Esther Short Park in preparation for the annual community tree lighting. The crew members were hoisted to the tree’s top on a mechanical lift beginning before dawn and continued working into the afternoon.The annual tree lighting event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Esther Short Park. Santa and his elves will arrive at 6 p.m. Starbucks will be in the park offering hot drinks during the event. Following the tree lighting, Vancouver Pops will perform at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Last year’s tree lighting attracted about 2,000 people. The community tree will be aglow throughout the holidays. The tree lighting is just one part of the 15th annual Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees. The festival displays decorated Christmas trees at Pearson Air Museum and opens Friday. The festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.The festival will wrap up Sunday with the Hot Buttered Run and Kids Kandy Kane Race at 10 a.m. at Pearson Air Museum. So far, more than 800 people are registered to run.For additional information about the festival, visit http://www.rotaryfestivaloftrees.org.last_img read more

Dania Beach couple finds iguana in toilet

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An expectant mother and her fiancé were flushed with fear when they found an iguana in their toilet, Saturday evening.Dania Beach residents Ingrid Cepeda and Ryan Zubrin said they came home from dinner to the surprising sight. “There’s no way. What is it?’” Zubrin is heard saying on cellphone video showing the scaly creature.Cepeda, who is due to give birth on Tuesday, discovered the reptile lounging in her toilet bowl. “I wasn’t sure if it was an iguana, if it was baby alligator,” she said.“I don’t know. I’m never going to the bathroom again, that’s for sure,” Zubrin is heard saying in the video.The scared couple then dialed 911. A recording of the call captured their disbelief.Operator: “Broward County Regional Communications. May I help you?”Ryan Zubrin: “Yes. I was transferred here from 911. Me and my fiancée, we just got home, and there’s like a giant iguana in the toilet, and we really don’t know what to do or if it’s gonna bite or how to get it out.” “At that point, I wasn’t sure if it was alive, if it was dead,” said Zubrin. “I didn’t even know what kind of reptile it was.”Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue answered the call and removed the animal. Zubrin said he thinks the iguana got in through the pipes. “I would imagine it would have had to come in through the toilet,” he said. “It would be pretty hard for an iguana that size to actually get under the door and slip past us.”Cepeda said it would have taken a different kind of creepy crawler to truly terrify her.“I’m surprised you didn’t go into labor when you saw it,” Zubrin is heard telling his fiancée in the video.She replied, “If it was a spider, probably.”BSO deputies said they later released the iguana.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested Following Foot Pursuit

first_imgAlaska State Troopers attempted to stop a white 1991 Dodge Dynasty on Bonita Avenue, Soldotna. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver fled on foot into a residence. According to the online trooper dispatch, Cooper O. Kimble, age 20 of Soldotna, failed to stop at the direction of AST. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 20-year old Soldotna man was arrested for failing to stop at the direction of a peace officer and tampering with physical evidence following a traffic stop on February 5. Further investigation revealed Kimble concealed clothing he was wearing when he fled from the traffic stop. Kimble was arrested for Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Police Officer II and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Kimble was transported to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was held without bail.last_img read more

Race Results From WOWs Run For Wilmington 5K Kim Forte Walk

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — We’re One Wilmington held its 8th Annual Run For Wilmington 5K/Kim Forte Walk on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  Below are the top overall finishers:Men:Brian Schell (31) — 16:54Benjamin Packer (16) — 17:34Owen Surette (15) — 17:51Junhua Shen (38) — 18:12Joseph Lydon (16) — 18:47Jesse Belding (29) — 18:51Andrew Dawson (18) — 19:06Ken Warren (56) — 19:23Patrick O’Mahony (15) — 20:17Nathaniel Hull (18) — 20:53Adam Doucette (18) — 20:55Will Doucette (14) — 20:56Torin Hjelmstad (32) — 21:00Peter Warren (23) — 21:09Aidan McGrath (15) — 21:37Joseph Dynan (14) — 21:39Joseph Warren (25) — 21:39Sean Riley (15) — 21:47Anthony Carriere (43) — 22:03Tom Hegarty (48) — 22:36Women:Simonetta Piergentili (53) — 19:52Julie Barrett (42) — 19:58Suzy Macero (45) — 20:33Kristen Nelson (35) — 21:19Addyson Hunt (11) — 22:58Maye Randell (25) — 24:34Alle Delgenio (10) — 24:43Amy Carlisle (32) — 24:53Krystle Foster (33) — 25:20Melinda Laconte (43) — 25:27Carolyn Houser (47) — 25:31Emily Klein (32) — 25:51Karen DiNatale (56) — 26:03Petra Peplau (45) — 26:36Jessica Weaver (25) — 26:51Lori Ryan (54) — 27:12Lynn Blanch (51) — 27:15Emily Provost (13) — 27:16Natalie Gellerman (61) — 27:16Denise Illsley (58) — 27:19Full results can be found HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRace Results From WOW’s Run For Wilmington 5KIn “Sports”Race Results From WOW’s Run For Wilmington 5KIn “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: Results Of 1st Annual Firecracker 5KIn “Community”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday March 8 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews FDA clears path for genetically engineered salmonLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Genetically engineered salmon is on its way to the United States. The FDA announced Friday it is canceling an import alert, the last barrier keeping the AquAdvantage Salmon out of the country.Public comment period for Pebble’s draft EIS underway, but critics stress shortcomingsIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamAside from concerns that the 90-day review period isn’t enough time to examine the 1,400-page document, critics say the draft environmental impact statement’s shortcomings render it insufficient.Juneau businesses find themselves in alcohol license limbo as legislators work to change lawsAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauBusinesses in Juneau and across Alaska have been surprised to find their alcohol license renewals denied by the state recently. A new bill could solve the issue, but legislators say more reforms are necessary to overhaul Alaska’s alcohol laws.Hundred rally for Fairbanks mayor after his veto of LGBTQ protection ordinanceRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksMore than a hundred people gathered outside Fairbanks City hall last night for a rally held to support City Mayor Jim Matherly. The event followed Matherly’s veto last week of a city council approved civil rights ordinance, which would have extended basic protections to the LGBTQ community.Nic Petit is the first to the YukonZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageNic Petit was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Yukon River, arriving in Anvik at 4:23 a.m. this morning. It earned him $3,000 and a meal prepared by chefs flown in from an Anchorage hotel.Nipping at Petit’s heels, mushers strategize rest to keep chase into the YukonBen Matheson, KNOM – NomeWhile Nic Petit races at the front of the pack, a group of mushers are preparing to make their move and capitalize on any opportunities.AK: The unique international agreement behind the Log Cabin Ski TrailsClaire Stremple, KHNS – HainesSkagway’s Log Cabin Ski Society and the BC Ministry of Forests work together to maintain a ski site that’s remote for Canadians, but local to Alaskans.49 Voices: Janis Stoner, the state’s first female land surveyorWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re doing something a little different and going back in time. Janis Stoner was the first female land surveyor in the state, coming up 47 years ago. Stoner lives in San Francisco now, but in her short six-year tenure in Alaska, she helped make history.last_img read more

Dazzling Sydney kicks off global 2019 celebration

first_imgNew Year`s Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney`s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on 1 January, 2019. Photo: AFPAustralia’s largest city Sydney put on its biggest-ever fireworks display in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, kicking off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world.A record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new fireworks effects and colours lit up the city’s skyline for 12 minutes and dazzled the more than 1.5 million spectators who packed the harbour front and parks.An earlier thunderstorm did not dampen the spirits of revellers who camped out at vantage points, some since the early hours of the morning.To mark the international year of indigenous languages in 2019, the harbour also hosted a ceremony celebrating Aboriginal heritage that included animations projected onto the bridge’s pylons.- Around the world -New Year`s Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney`s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on 1 January, 2019. Photo: AFPThe party atmosphere will sweep across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas as the clock ticks past midnight.A strong police presence has become a key element of the festivities, to protect crowds that could be targeted in terror and vehicle attacks.Hong Kong: Glittering fireworks will be sent skyward from five barges floating in Victoria Harbour in a 10-minute display watched by 300,000 people on the shore.Jakarta: Hundreds of couples will tie the knot in a free mass wedding, as those in the tsunami-hit Banten province, where affected towns were popular holiday destinations, have been told to cancel party plans to show respect for the victims.Tokyo: Japanese will flock to temples to ring in the New Year, while US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr will take on local kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a bout staged outside Tokyo.Moscow: Concerts and light shows will be held across the city’s parks and more than 1,000 ice rinks have been opened for merrymakers.Paris: A fireworks display and sound and light show under the theme “fraternity” is set to go ahead on the Champs-Elysees despite plans for further “yellow vest” anti-government protests at the famed avenue.Berlin: Music lovers will party at a concert at the Brandenburg Gate, but a popular German tradition of setting off fireworks to mark the occasion has been banned in some other cities over safety concerns. New Year`s Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney`s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on 1 January, 2019. Photo: AFPLondon: Britain’s capital will usher in the New Year by celebrating its relationship with Europe amid turmoil over the Brexit referendum vote to leave the EU, with the fireworks display at the London Eye to feature music from the continent’s artists.Edinburgh: The Scottish capital’s traditional Hogmanay celebrations will also take on a pro-European theme ahead of the year in which Britain is due to exit the union.- Looking ahead to 2019 -As the world parties, many will also look forward to 2019 and wonder whether the turmoil witnessed during the previous year will spill over into the next.The political wrangling in Westminster over Brexit was one of the key stories of this year, with a resolution yet to be reached ahead of the scheduled March 29 departure.US president Donald Trump dominated headlines in 2018 as he ramped up his trade war with China, quit the Iran nuclear deal, moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and met his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Singapore for a historic summit.North Korea’s commitment to denuclearisation will remain a major political and security issue into next year, as will Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reassertion of control after Trump’s shock military withdrawal announcement.The war in Yemen, which started in 2014 and has already killed about 10,000 people and left some 20 million at risk of starvation, could take a crucial turn after a ceasefire went into effect in mid-December.Numerous countries go to the polls in 2019, with key elections in India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina and Australia.Major sporting events on the calendar include the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the cricket one-day international World Cup in England and the athletics World Championships in Qatar.last_img

App Hurray to rate tour hotel operators across the state for tourists

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department has launched an app called “Hurray” on the basis of which it will be rating tour and hotel operators across the state to facilitate domestic and international tourists when they plan to explore Bengal. The app was launched at the fifth edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit on Friday.”The tour operators, the hotel or restaurant operators, guides and transport operators are asked to register themselves with this app. When a customer pays the bill, there will be a five-category rating on which he/she will be giving the feedback. The rating will be uploaded through the app and when we get a volume of such reviews, the properties or hotels with good reviews will be linked to our website. This will help tourists to have an idea of the good properties and hotels and accordingly plan their tour,” said Atri Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary of state Tourism department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe rating will be on the basis of amenities, cleanliness, quality of food for restaurants etc. The app may be downloaded easily through google playstore. According to Bhattacharya, this initiative on the part of the state government is the first-of-its-kind in the country. “We will not force anybody to register themselves with this app. But everybody is well aware that when there is a government rating for any property or restaurant, the customer is convinced of the quality of service it offers,” he added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state Tourism department has plans to bring on board consulting engineers to bring in properties owned by various departments of the state government under a single template. “The dialogue with various government departments that owns properties across the state has already started,” a senior official of the Tourism department said. The department is also working on formulating standard packages for leisure of high-end tourists. Various tour operators have urged the state government to push for adventure tourism with ropeways being a major component. “Ropeways are very much in our agenda. But in recent times, there has been a number of accidents and even some fatal cases in connection with adventure tourism. We want to ensure foolproof safety of the tourists before pushing for ropeways in the state,” the official said.last_img read more

5 New Microsoft 365 Features That Will Change How You Work

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At Build 2019, Microsoft showed off several new features designed to keep users and business using Windows 10 and Office 365 software.Here are the biggest features announced for Microsoft 365 at Build 2019.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/microsoft-365-new-features-2019?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Fluid FrameworkIntroduced at Build 2019, Fluid Framework is a new web platform for Office 365 that is designed to make document creation and editing more fluid across multiple users (a la Google Docs). Microsoft says the new feature will allow content from the web and apps can be extracted and shared by several people so they more easily collaborate. MORE: Microsoft Build 2019 Preview: Edge, Andromeda, and MoreMicrosoft didn’t provide specifics about how Fluid Framework would work, but the company said it would enable multi-person and co-authoring. Microsoft will also integrate what it calls intelligent agents, or AI-powered bots that help you gather data, pull up photo suggests and translate languages.Fluid will be available to developers later this year, while the first uses of Fluent in Microsoft 365 should come to consumers not long after.Windows Hello on 365Windows Hello password-less authentication is coming to more apps and services now that the login method has gained FIDO2 certification. That means Hello adheres to a strict set of specifications crafted to improve security, protect people’s privacy and solve the annoyances caused by username and passwords.Now that Hello is FIDO2 certified, any website or application can use the fingerprint sensor or IR camera on your Windows 10 laptop for authentication. To further Microsoft’s goal for ridding the internet of passwords, the company is extending support for passwordless account sign-in to Firefox and “other browsers.” Users can already login to their Microsoft account on the latest version of Edge.Ideas in Word OnlineMicrosoft is bringing several features from its discrete Word program to Word Online. Called Ideas in Word, those features include Word Designer, Time-to-Read and Highlight Extraction, or the ability to pull highlighted text into a separate document.In a demo, Microsoft showed how Word Online uses artificial intelligence to improve your writing. In one example, the AI suggested changing “chairman” to “chairperson” to make the language gender inclusive. The Ideas feature also provided suggestions to replace clunky phrases, making the document easier to read. Ideas in Word will be available to Windows Insiders in June before a wider roll out this Fall.Microsoft SearchMicrosoft unveiled a new search service that uses AI technology from Bing and insight from Microsoft Graph. Microsoft Search is designed for enterprise users as a way to improve search across an entire organization.Details are somewhat vague, but the software giant said that it would overhaul the search experience across 365 brands, including SharePoint, OneDrive, Office, Bing and Windows. Those changes include moving the search box to a more prominent location as well as zero-query typing (suggestions will autofill before you start typing), key-phrase suggestion and a query history feature. Microsoft assured that IT teams would have access to the most popular searches across an organization, but not vision into the search history of individuals.MORE: Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Rumors, Release Date, Price and What We WantMicrosoft Search will launch to Microsoft 365 and Office 365 commercial subscription at the end of May.Cortana Skills KitBusinesses will soon be able to build their own custom Cortana skills using a new development kit for enterprises. The platform will let businesses create their own tools based around the voice assistant.The development kit is currently in a limited private preview, and Microsoft did not disclose a wider launch date.Credit: Microsoft Phillip Tracy, Author Biocenter_img Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Phillip Tracy,last_img read more

Paint ball players wait for reinforcements

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!,DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Saturday morning’s paint ball match saw two teams going head-to-head on the N11, one team playing the Rangers and the other playing the Militia.The Rangers had to defend their position against the attacking Militia forces until reinforcements could arrive.‘The Battle of Mogadishu: Day of the Rangers’ was part of ‘Operation Gothic Serpent’ and was fought on October 3 and 4, 1993, in Mogadishu. Saturday’s re-enactment saw flags being hoisted and the players giving it their all as they always do!Shots were fired and positions defended until the winning team finally triumphed, not worrying about the bruises they picked up along the way. Never is warfare this much fun! Another event will be held soon.center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more