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Tom Holland addresses Marvels SpiderMan split

first_imgAnaheim (US): Actor Tom Holland has finally addressed the controversial decision to remove Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe following a tussle between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.Despite the rift between Disney and Sony, Holland on Saturday made an appearance at Disney’s ultimate fan event D23 Expo here to promote his Pixar movie “Onward”. He addressed the issue before leaving the stage.”Listen, it’s been a crazy week, but I want you to know, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart,” said the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” star, leading to a rapturous applause. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe ended his brief remark by quoting Tony Stark’s iconic line from “Avengers: Endgame” — “And I love you 3,000”, signalling that he values his bond with the Marvel superheroes.Holland’s remarks come days after negotiations fell through between Disney, which owns Marvel, and Sony Pictures.The two studios have been sharing the brand “Spider-Man” across a plethora of films since 2015. As part of the previous agreement, Marvel had also been acting as producer of 2017 and 2019 standalone Sony “Spider-Man” movies. However, Disney and Sony broke the deal as they are “unable” to reach new terms for funding of future movies.Holland was introduced as Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016. Iron Man’s popularity was used to bring back the “Spider-Man” franchise. Holland got his first solo movie with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — which took the superhero back to school. He came back as the superhero with his second solo movie “Spider-Man: Far From Home” this year.last_img read more

Muslim Man Brutalized to Death in India for Eating Beef

Rabat – A Muslim man, identified as Mohammad Akhlaq, was attacked and lynched to death by a mob of residents, on the streets of a town near New Dehli, India for allegedly storing and consuming beef, according to the Indian Express.The 50-year-old man was brutalized and murdered on Monday night in the village of Bisara, alongside his 22-year-old son who was also beaten and taken to a government hospital seriously injured.The Akhlaq’s suffered a tragic incident after rumors spread that they were storing and eating meat from cows, which are regarded as ‘sacred’ in India. The Muslim family lives in the state of Uttar Pradesh, near the country’s capital, where the law prohibits the slaughter of cows. A local Hindu temple in the village had reportedly issued a statement accusing Mohammad Akhlaq of slaughtering a cow to feed his family, which enraged the mob that trespassed their home, and tortured the Muslim man to death in front of his family.According to the same report, Mohammad’s daughter Sajida recounted the horrible crime that began when the attackers forced their way into their home.“They dragged my brother and father outside the room and used bricks which they found under his bed to beat them,” she said.“My father was taken outside the house and beaten to death. My brother was dragged to the courtyard downstairs and they used bricks to hit him on the head and chest, leaving him unconscious. They also tried to molest me and hit my grandmother on her face. They threatened to kill me if I said a word to the police”, she added.In a statement to the TIME, Anurag Singh, a local administrative official said: “A case has been filed by the daughter and her mother against the assailants. They identified around 10 men and we have arrested six of them. The rest are absconding”.Investigations are ongoing to capture the other suspects, as well as to test the meat found in the Muslims home, as mandated by Hindu law.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Russian Kamaz Trucks Company to Open Branch in Morocco

Rabat – Russia intends to set up Kamaz truck-assembly facilities in Morocco, Deputy Minister of Industry Viktor Evtukhov said Tuesday on air with the Rossiya 24 TV Channel.According to the Russian minister, negotiations are underway for the installation of the Russian facilities which will make Morocco their platform for exports to Africa.The Russian deputy minister announced Tuesday on the Russian TV channel that his country had entered negotiations with Morocco for the establishment of manufacturing plants as well as the proposed sale of airliners and helicopters. “We are discussing with them [the Moroccan side] not merely supplies of ready products but also commercial assembly and setup of manufacturing facilities,” Evtukhov said.The deputy minister also mentioned that “the vehicle showed very good performance in their climatic conditions,” in reference to the hot weather of the African countries; adding that “Morocco will consider Kamaz with pleasure.”He stressed that the agreement, if reached, is “certainly highly interesting for us,” and the production of the future plant of Russian trucks in Morocco is intended to cover the needs of African markets.The same source said that Kamaz is currently “supplying its trucks to more than 10 African nations,” adding that “275 vehicles were supplied in 5 years within the humanitarian missions’ framework.”On a working visit to Russia on March 16, King Mohammed VI discussed with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, opportunities for cooperation between Morocco and Russia in the fields of trade, energy, industry, agriculture, tourism, investment and scientific and technical cooperation. read more

A black Friday for BlackBerry

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 There was brutal news out of BlackBerry Friday. Despite denying a big round of job cuts earlier this week as announced by the Wall Street Journal, the axe fell on 4,500 employees worldwide Friday. Making things worse, the company expects to lose almost $1 billion in the second quarter alone. As the Waterloo based smart phone maker rose to become a global leader the city became synonymous with its success. But what about now?Kelda Yuen has this report.Chris Plunkett is the Director of Media Relations: “There had certainly been rumours and everybody had read about them, but at the same time it was still difficult to hear.”Yannish Jutton is an Apps Designer for Communitech: “It wasn’t very surprising for many people. I’m one of those.”It’s a black Friday for BlackBerry. The once undisputed leader of the smartphone market announcing it will be slashing about 35% of it’s workforce.Yannish: “I have many friends that have worked for Blackberry, and that still work for Blackberry So in that sense it’s a little bit of a surprise and a little bit of disappointment as well.”The Mayor of Waterloo released a statement Friday evening saying she still believes in BlackBerry. She states: “We continue to have confidence in the strength and potential of the numerous Waterloo-based technology companies, including BlackBerry. Waterloo has a strong and growing start-up culture. Organizations such as Communitech’s Tech Jobs Connex, will assist them as they transition within our community.”Communitech is a non profit business organization in that houses many of the regions start-ups.Plunkett: “I think there is a community here that can help them find jobs. In fact, Communitech has a tech jobs Connex program that has helped other Blackberry employees find jobs in the region in the tech sector.”But while those who lost jobs in Waterloo might not need to worry, it’s still disappointing. After hope that the new BlackBerry z10 would help revive the company.Yannish: “There was a glimmer of hope there but overall I think it just was not enough.”And perhaps too little too late.Yannish: “There are now so many other options out there that offer much cheaper phones that are just as powerful or have more functionality.”But despite blackberry’s toubles, there is still optmism that waterloo will retain its reputation as a tech giant.Plunkett: “Blackberry may have been the biggest tree but there are many more trees, there are a thousand tech companies employing 30,000 people or more starting everyday.”There was massive growth in start ups over past few years, 500 last year, same this year with 120 start ups. They’re helping Waterloo grow and succeed. Companies like BlackBerry and Google is working out of Connex, along with Canadian Tire. read more

In Niger UN agency expands food aid with nutritional supplement

A total of 950 tons of highly nutritious corn soya blend (CSB) is being airlifted aboard chartered jets to Niger’s capital, Niamey, through WFP’s depot in Brindisi, Italy. The CSB complements WFP’s general food distributions which got under way earlier this week at village level. So far this week, some 5,000 persons received their rations.”Since many families now rely on only one meal a day, having used up all their food reserves, these rations are delivered just in time,” said Khaled Adly, acting WFP Regional Director for West Africa.The agency last week tripled the funds it had requested to deal with crisis arising from drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years in the world’s second poorest country, aiming to get food assistance to all at-risk areas to avoid an increase in hunger among the 2.65 million people most at risk.Of the nearly $81 million total requested in its revised Niger appeal, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that more than $29 million has been received to date, along with pledges of an additional $13 million. The donor community has also contributed some $25 million in humanitarian assistance outside of the appeal, bringing total donor assistance to the country to more than $54 million.During this first round of distributions, WFP aims to provide food aid to 1.85 million people, with the Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) covering the remaining 800,000 needy people.”We are pulling out all the stops to feed our beneficiaries as fast as possible over the next six weeks,” said Mr. Adly. “That means not only flying in the most urgent food, CSB, but also increasing the number of road convoys carrying rice from the port of Lomé, in neighbouring Togo, in addition to hastening the arrival of trucks loaded with maize from Cotonou in Benin.”A second round of distribution is planned next month, before the October harvest.As famine threatens to spread through the region, neighbouring countries including Nigeria, Mali, and Burkina Faso are also at risk of serious food shortages due to drought and locust invasion. In the case of Mali, WFP announced it was preparing to launch a new appeal for funds next week, having used $2 million of its emergency funds there after a poor harvest increased grain prises and forced people to migrate both for food and in search of work. The agency has assisted close to half a million people out of the 1.2 million threatened by hunger there. read more

UN labour agency marks World Safety and Health Day with focus on

“The global epidemic of HIV/AIDS hits hardest those of working age and all who depend on them,” International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia said in a statement.“It threatens their rights at work. It undermines business and the economy and the very fabric of society. It is in the interest of all to ensure safe and healthy workplaces that protect workers from HIV and support those affected,” he added, noting that that at any given moment, HIV prevents an estimated 2 million people from going to work, a figure expected to double by 2015. An ILO report issued for the Day highlights the links between decent work, occupational safety and health and HIV/AIDS. Various elements of ILO’s Decent Work Agenda including respect for fundamental principles and rights at work provide the basis for a strong workplace response to both prevention and access to treatment. The observance of the Day is also promoting awareness of general occupational safety and health issues, including prevention, in a bid to mobilize action to reduce workplace fatalities. The ILO estimates that total work-related fatalities number about 2.2 million per year of which some 400,000 are attributable to the effects of hazardous substances in the workplace. In addition, some 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases each year.“This grim toll requires urgent efforts to develop a safety culture at all levels,” the agency said. read more

Underground fire at Saskatchewan potash mine sparks scramble for shelter

Underground fire at Saskatchewan potash mine sparks scramble for shelter ROCANVILLE, Sask. – Dozens of workers had to spend the night about one kilometre underground after a fire at a potash mine in southeastern Saskatchewan.Randy Burton, spokesman for PotashCorp (TSX:POT), said the fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in a small truck that was sitting in an underground lot near a main shaft at their Rocanville operation, about 230 km east of Regina.Burton said emergency crews quickly put out the fire, but 87 workers had to take shelter in refuge stations located throughout the mine because of air quality concerns. No one was injured.“There was a lot of smoke generated. We don’t let anyone leave the mine until we’re satisfied that the air is clear and safe to breathe.”The fire happened just around shift change time.“Some of the workers had already come out. Others were nearing the end of their shift and were preparing to leave. I think under normal circumstances, the day shift is about 110 people,” said Burton.The workers came to the surface in stages, starting around 11:30 p.m., once the air was determined to be safe. The last group came up shortly before 5:30 a.m.Burton said the vehicle that burned is somewhat similar to a pickup truck.“They’re a relatively small vehicle used to transport staff to and from work sites.”The refuge stations are large underground rooms that are sealed off from mine operations and provide workers with clean air, water, food and other supplies to wait out emergencies that could last hours or possibly days.“Any time there’s a fire underground there’s going to be smoke. We don’t take any chances in that regard. The rule is get to a refuge station right away,” said Burton, who believed the truck that caught fire was diesel powered and was destroyed.Normal mining operations resumed late Thursday morning. An investigation into the cause of the fire continues.In September, 2012, 20 workers at the Rocanville site had to wait several hours to be brought to the surface after a fire started in a large wooden cable spool. It was extinguished about 10 hours later.In January 2006, 72 miners survived a fire at Mosaic’s potash mine in Esterhazy that started when a cutting torch ignited flames in some plastic piping.It took 30 hours, but all of the miners were brought to the surface without so much as a cough, according to company officials.Esterhazy has been heralded as a textbook example of mine rescue.— by Ken Trimble in Edmonton by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2017 8:44 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NCAA Mens Tournament Forecast The Parity Is Over

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.Not long ago, in a galaxy not so far away from wherever Comcast placed truTV in your cable lineup, the era of the dominant men’s college basketball team was over. Last year, no team had more than a 15 percent chance of winning the NCAA men’s tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s pre-tournament forecast (Louisville was the best bet). In 2011, the nominal favorite was Duke, with a 22 percent chance. In 2012, it was Kentucky, at 27 percent, and in 2013, Louisville led with a 23 percent chance. While two of those favorites (Kentucky in 2012 and Louisville in 2013) happened to win, the lack of dominant teams left the door wide open for lower seeds to make a deep run, as No. 7 seed Connecticut did in winning last year’s national championship.This year is much different — an echo from a bygone era of short-shorts and star players who actually played through their senior seasons. The Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated; they could become the first men’s team to finish the season undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Kentucky has a 41 percent chance of winning it all, according to our forecast — about double what we’ve seen from front-runners in recent years.There’s not a lot to critique in the Wildcats’ résumé. While the SEC is not a terrific basketball conference, Kentucky played a reasonable non-conference schedule and won 13 games against other NCAA tournament teams. The Wildcats rank first in all but one of the computer power ratings that the FiveThirtyEight model uses and a close second in the other. They were last year’s national runner-up and the preseason No. 1. They have all the talent in the world, including three possible NBA lottery picks.But a 41 percent chance isn’t all that high. It remains more likely than not that Kentucky will stumble at some point along the way and won’t win the national championship.What could go wrong? Some of it is the unforgiving mathematics of a 68-team tournament.The Wildcats will be a favorite in every game they play for the rest of the year, but they’ll be playing some capable basketball teams. The odds of running into a streak shooter, or having a game in which they miss some free throws down the stretch, are fairly high.Let’s get more specific. Below, I’ve tallied Kentucky’s chances of winning each round of the tournament, according to our model (the rightmost column). I’ve also listed the Wildcats’ chances of winning each round conditional on them having survived the previous round. So in the conditional column, we’re fast-forwarding the tournament and assuming that Kentucky wins at each stage. For instance, Kentucky has about an 85 percent chance of winning its Elite Eight game and advancing to the Final Four, provided that it’s made it that far.Kentucky is at least a 73 percent favorite in every round. It’s not in an especially tough region, and the team will be able to stay close to home, needing to travel no more than 282 miles from campus (the distance from Lexington, Kentucky, to Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Midwest regional) to win the tournament.But even with the odds stacked in Kentucky’s favor, winning six consecutive games won’t be easy.And there are some other excellent teams in this tournament. Suppose that because of some clerical error, Kentucky’s spot in the tournament instead went to Northern Kentucky, which went 13-17 in something called the Atlantic Sun Conference. In that case, the five teams with the next-best chances — Arizona, Duke, Villanova, Virginia and Wisconsin — would collectively have a 68 percent chance of winning the title. That’s better than the cumulative 54 percent chance that the top five teams had last year.In other words, this would be a top-heavy tournament even without Kentucky. While there’s not a clear No. 2 after the Wildcats, the teams ranked from second through sixth or seventh nationally (in some order) are a strong group, a bit stronger than we’ve seen in the most recent men’s tournaments.So let’s explore the field region by region. For each one, I’ve listed each team’s rating according to the seven ratings systems that the FiveThirtyEight model averages to generate its forecasts. The rankings from each system are normalized so as to make them directly comparable.Five of the seven systems are computer rankings, and they tend to produce highly similar results. It will usually be more interesting to compare the computer rankings with the two human-generated polls: where a team ranked in the preseason (teams that overachieve during the regular season have a history of reverting to the mean in the tournament) and where it placed on the selection committee’s 68-team S-curve. Teams with higher S-curve ratings than computer ratings are potentially overseeded; teams with higher computer ratings than S-curve ratings are possibly underseeded.The charts will also show the adjustment our model applies for injuries and player absences. Usually this has a negative effect, but it can be positive if the team is healthier now than it was during the regular season — as Maryland and Virginia are, for instance. We’ll start with Kentucky’s region, the Midwest:While the Wildcats may not quite have even odds of winning the national championship, they are more likely than not (a 72 percent chance) to reach the Final Four.Kentucky has a favorable draw, but some of that is by the committee’s design. The best No. 1 seed — Kentucky this year — is theoretically supposed to be paired with the worst No. 2, and the committee made good on that by placing Kansas in Kentucky’s region. While Kansas has an entirely respectable record for a No. 2 seed, it ranks behind the other No. 2 seeds (Virginia, Arizona and Gonzaga) by the metrics we track.Kentucky also faces a relatively easy Sweet 16 game. Maryland and West Virginia, the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the Midwest, are both slightly overseeded, according to our model.Dark horses in the Midwest include Wichita State and Texas, which are badly underseeded as No. 7 and No. 11, respectively. Even there, however, Kentucky catches something of a break. It can’t face either the Shockers or the Longhorns until the Elite Eight.But while the draw is reasonably favorable for Kentucky, there’s one potential glitch. In the national semifinal, it will be due to face the winner of the West region. And the West is probably the strongest in the tournament this year:In fact, the top two seeds in the West — Wisconsin and Arizona — rank as the second and third best teams nationally, according to our composite ratings. The No. 2 seed, Arizona, actually rates slightly higher than Wisconsin; Arizona is also the only team ahead of Kentucky in any of the seven systems we track (Arizona rates slightly ahead of Kentucky in Sonny Moore’s power ratings.).Still, these are marginal differences. (Arizona’s composite power rating is 94.7 while Wisconsin’s is 94.1, which means that Arizona would be favored by less than a point on a neutral court.) So why does the model give Arizona a considerably better chance — 46 percent against Wisconsin’s 33 percent — of reaching the Final Four? Some of it has to do with each team’s Sweet 16 matchup. Wisconsin’s prospective opponent (No. 4 seed North Carolina) rates as being stronger than Arizona’s (No. 3 seed Baylor). But the geography also works in Arizona’s favor; the regional final will be played in Los Angeles.There’s not much depth in the West after the top four seeds. But one potential exception is the No. 10 seed, Ohio State, which is as strong as a typical No. 5 seed by the computer ratings even though Aaron Craft finally graduated.Villanova is the second-most-likely team to win the national championship. That’s a bit misleading; there’s a huge gap between Kentucky (41 percent) and Villanova (11 percent) and a tiny one between Villanova and the next-most-likely champions (Wisconsin and Arizona, at 10 percent each). Still, Villanova will benefit from being on the opposite side of the bracket from Kentucky, Wisconsin and Arizona. Villanova does have a tough No. 2 seed in the East region in the form of Virginia, but there aren’t a lot of easy outs among the No. 2 seeds this year.Virginia wasn’t done any favors by the committee, by contrast. No. 7 Michigan State, which knocked the Hoos out of the tournament last year, looms as their Round of 32 matchup. Like last year, MSU seems to have been underseeded, even before considering Tom Izzo’s history of postseason overachievement. Full disclosure: I’m from East Lansing.The East region also features an unusual circumstance: The University of Dayton will get to play on its home court in its “play-in” game against the other No. 11 seed, Boise State. This is part of why our model considers Dayton a 73 percent favorite in that game despite having only a slightly stronger power rating than the Broncos.Last up is the South, the most wide-open region this year. Even as a member in good standing of the Christian Laettner Hate Club — we’re automatically enrolled in East Lansing — I don’t mean to disparage No. 1 seed Duke. One can question whether Duke deserved a No. 1 ahead of Arizona and Virginia, but that’s because the No. 2 seeds are really good this year. Duke would be a No. 1 without much question in most recent tournaments.But the Blue Devils do potentially face a tough No. 2 of their own in Gonzaga. And they’ll have to win their Sweet 16 game to get there, where they may face No. 5 Utah, among the more underseeded teams in the tournament and a favorite against No. 4 Georgetown. The South also runs fairly deep: No. 8 San Diego State and No. 10 Davidson are tough outs, for instance.What about the much-maligned No. 11 seed, UCLA? Actually, our forecasts suggest that the committee did just fine with that choice: UCLA’s computer ratings are right in line with its seed.Either way, though, it probably won’t matter. Overall, this isn’t the best year for underdogs — the favorites are really something for a change. read more

Football coach Barry Bennell charged with eight child sex offences

first_imgBennell, who lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, had been taken to hospital on Friday after being found unconscious at a hotel.He had been the youth coach at Crewe Alexandra but also had links to a number of other professional clubs including Manchester City and Stoke City.A CPS spokesman said: “On 27 September 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police relating to allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse involving a former football coach, Barry Bennell.“Following a review of the evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, Mr Bennell, 62, has today been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy under the age of 14.“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Bennell will now begin and that he has a right to a fair trial.“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”Bennell has been charged with five counts of indecent assault against the boy; two charges of inciting the same boy to commit and act of gross indecency; and one charge of assault with intent to commit buggery.The offences are alleged to have been committed between 1981 and 1985.Bennell is due to appear at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on December 14. Barry Bennell was a youth coach at Crewe Alexandra 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. Barry Bennell, a former football coach, has been charged with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy.The Crown Prosecution Service announced that Bennell, 62, had been charged with historic child sexual abuse.The prosecutors said they had received a file of evidence against Bennell in September and now decided he should be charged with eight offences against a boy who was under 14 at the time of the alleged assaults. Barry Bennell was a youth coach at Crewe AlexandraCredit:PA Wirelast_img read more

Mother 2 teens remanded for Corentyne security guards murder

Two teenagers, along with the mother of one of them, were on Friday remanded to prison for the murder of Corentyne security guard Muneshprem Ayasammy Monien.The entity was robbed and the guard securing the place was murderedCarlos Bollers, 19, of Williamsburg; and Yuvraj Singh, 17, of Guava Bush, Albion Front, Berbice, appeared before Magistrate Renita Singh at the Albion Magistrate’s Court.The two were jointly charged. Charged separately, for harbouring the murder accused, was the mother of Carlos, Lalita Bollers of Section E, Port Mourant.Charged: Lalita Bollers, mother of murder accused Carlos BollersThe three, who were unrepresented, were implicated in the murder Monien of Lot 45 Clifton, Port Mourant, Corentyne, during the course of a robbery on March 31.They were all remanded and the case will continue on April 23.On the day of the incident, Monien’s body was discovered in a pool of blood in a storeroom at Sukhram’s General Store (where the two teens were employed)  at Lot 13 Public Road, Rose Hall.The 53-year-old provided security services for two years for the store which sells agricultural products; working a 12-hour shift, which commenced at 17:00hrs.Following the discovery of the body, it was also discovered that money which was being kept in the store was missing.Police later arrested all of the employees following a theory that the robbery/murder was an inside job.Two days after, Bollers allegedly confessed to plotting the robbery and also implicated Singh, who later also allegedly confessed.As the Police continued to probe, Bollers allegedly took them to a house at Port Mourant where his mother lives.The woman reportedly went to a section of the yard and dug up some money, which was buried. Approximately $1.5 million was missing after the store was robbed.Her son also reportedly showed the investigators where he had hidden the murder weapon.Meanwhile, the Police are searching for another suspect. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSchool dropout arraigned with murder of Whim labourerNovember 22, 2018In “Court”Corentyne robbery spree: Alleged gang members remandedMarch 29, 2018In “Court”Accused in murder of GDF lieutenant remandedJanuary 7, 2019In “Court” read more

Minister I understand why farmers are protesting today

first_imgHis response came following concerns from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) about cuts to the CAP which, they believe, could have a direct impact on both Ireland’s agricultural exports, which total €9 billion, and the 300,000 people that are currently employed in the sector.“We are at a crucial point now in the review of the common agricultural policy, which delivers the €1.6 billion each year into Ireland currently, and into agriculture in Ireland,” he said.It’s my job to get the best possible deal for farmers for the next seven years to ensure the new CAP reform, which Ireland will be central to because we’ll hold the chair of the Council of Ministers during the Irish presidency when the CAP deal gets finalised in the first six months of next year, and that we get a deal that makes sense for Europe but also makes sense for Ireland in terms of our ambition for growth and expansion.He went on to say: “The farmers are in Dublin to make sure that their voice is heard in the CAP discussion and I understand why they are doing that, because this is such an important sector to the Irish economy. They have a right to be heard.”When contacted by TheJournal.ie, Garda sources were unable to provide an estimate of the numbers that are currently protesting, but it is believed to be in the region of 10,000 people.Read: Farmers hold ‘Day of Action’ to secure EU agricultural funding > THE MINISTER FOR Agriculture has said that he understands why farmers from across the country have decided to protest against cuts to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).Speaking earlier today at the jobs announcement by the Kerry Group, the Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney said: I can understand why the farmers are here today. There are major decisions being debated and made about the future of farming across Europe for the next seven years.last_img read more

Aidan OBrien ratified as new Wexford manager

first_imgAIDAN O’BRIEN WILL take over as Wexford senior football manager, it has been confirmed, following a county board meeting this evening.O’Brien replaces Jason Ryan, after he stepped down following a disappointing All-Ireland campaign this year.O’Brien, who had been widely expected to be installed in the role, oversaw Horeswood winning two county titles in a row last year.He also helped Wexford to underage success, bringing Good Counsel College to an All-Ireland Colleges title in 1999 and the Wexford Under-21 footballers to a Leinster final in 2008.The Westmeath native takes over on an expenses only basis, and will pick his own selectors and backroom team.Read: Tommy Walsh to feature for Irish squad in Hurling/Shinty International>Read: Shefflin and Murphy win September player of the month awards>last_img read more

Mozillas Everythingme tieup will give Firefox OS a boost

first_imgMozilla has just announced that it’s investing in Everything.me, and the move has everything to do with the Foundation’s desire to push the Web as the platform of the future. Everything.me launched last year, offering up a slick iOS app that helps users discover web apps that can meet their mobile computing needs. In their own words, Everything.me “allows you to keep your phone clean while giving you better choice of cool apps.” So where does Firefox OS fit in?Very soon now, folks in Brazil will be able to purchase the first smartphones on the market to run Firefox OS. No longer will we be limited to seeing how Mozilla’s mobile OS runs when flashed onto an Android phone or launched inside the Firefox browser. And as those low-cost smartphones make their way into the wild, the incessant sound of users and critics asking “where are all the apps?” will need to be addressed.Mozilla has already opened the doors of the Firefox Store — where users will be able to find an assortment of apps and games that will run offline. The big picture, of course, is that the apps are everywhere. Firefox OS is all about the web, and anywhere you find an app on the internet that’s been built with standards-based code you’ll find an app that runs on Firefox OS. Even though there are thousands of apps like Google Places, UrbanSpoon, and Yelp on the web, discovering them isn’t always an easy task.Integration with Everything.me will ensure that Firefox OS users can find apps that let them purchase tickets to concerts, make dinner reservations, and do all the other wonderful things we’ve grown accustomed to doing with the native apps on our smartphones. To quote Mozilla, “Everything.me will play an important role in creating a compelling content experience on Firefox OS.”And you can’t rule out the possibility of a future tie-in with Firefox on other platforms. Everything.me would make an excellent addition to the Firefox new tab page, and it’s already clear that the Foundation wants to make Firefox more social and integrate new content discovery features. Once Firefox OS has gotten off the ground, look for Mozilla to extend Everything’s reach to the rest of its millions of users.More at Mozillalast_img read more

Judge extends sentence suspension so woman who stole €460k can join support

first_img By Ruaidhrí Giblin Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 6:30 AM Feb 24th 2018, 6:31 AM 12,715 Views Share4 Tweet Email2 The judge said he could not detect the presence of personal greed in the woman. Short URL Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.iecenter_img Judge extends sentence suspension so woman who stole €460k can join support scheme The woman stole the funds from a financial services firm to help keep her ill husband’s business afloat. 6 Comments A MOTHER-OF-two, who stole over €460,000 from a financial services firm to keep her ill husband’s struggling business afloat, has had her 365-day jail term varied by one day so that she is eligible for a community support scheme “few judges” are aware of.Lisa Lynch (33), a former director of AGL Logistics, whose home at Southfield, Ballinatubbert, Athy, Co Kildare, is due to be repossessed by the banks in April, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing the money from Bibby Financial Services over a three-month period in 2013.She was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by Judge Martin Nolan on 12 December last.The Court of Appeal suspended the final six months of an 18 month sentence in January following a successful appeal. However, the court extended her suspended sentence by one day yesterday o that she would be eligible for a community support scheme called the Care After Prison (CAP) programme – a scheme the court noted “few judges” would be aware of.Barrister Lorcan Staines, for Lynch, said that in his experience schemes such as the CAP were available to prisoners serving sentences of between three months and 364 days but were not available to prisoners serving sentences of 365 days or more. As such, Staines asked the court to vary its sentence by one day.Acceding to he request by extending her suspended sentence by one day, Mr Justice George Birmingham said the court had intended to give Lynch this advantage and he added that the scheme was something sentencing judges should be made aware of in the future.False invoicesGiving judgment in the case in January, Mr Justice Birmingham said the circumstances in which Lynch found herself to be in charge of AGL Logistics, a Co Kildare based company involved in the transport business, were unusual.Two days after the birth of her son, her husband was diagnosed with a rare form of mouth cancer. He had previously been the mainstay of the company he inherited from his father and, due to his illness, he became seriously depressed and withdrew from operations.Lynch took over the business. It was accepted that she was “ill-equipped for the task” and really “out of her depth”. AGL was a struggling company and, with a view to keeping it afloat, Lynch issued 93 false invoices on foot of which payments were made by Bibby Financial Services which resulted in a loss to it of €460,660.The Circuit Court heard that AGL and multinational Bibby had a deal whereby the larger company would purchase AGL’s debt by offering short-term loans at high interest. When AGL was owed money by a customer, Bibby would give AGL% of that debt, on the agreement that the money would be repaid whether or not AGL’s customer paid their invoice.Substantial debtsLynch, a mother-of-two young children, was 33 at the time of the sentence. Mr Justice Birmingham said she was likely to remain the breadwinner in the family due to her husband’s difficulties. Her husband is on a back-to-work scheme, the family have substantial debts and the family home is due to be repossessed in April, the judge said.When asked by Bibby what was happening, Lynch “talked them through what had occurred”. When the matter was investigated by gardaí, she made immediate admissions and entered an early guilty plea.In the four years between the matter coming to light and coming to court, Lynch had secured work with her brother-in-law and although the salary was relatively modest, she had on a weekly basis put €50 aside with a view to assembling a compensation fund.The sentencing judge commented that he could not detect the presence of personal greed. Her motive was to secure the survival of the company in a situation where she felt she had an obligation towards its 70 employees. He noted the mitigating factors as Lynch’s co-operation, her admissions, early guilty plea and her lack of previous convictions. The judge said he could not detect the presence of personal greed in the woman. Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3868849 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Un inquiétant trou dans la couche dozone révélé en Arctique

first_imgUn inquiétant trou dans la couche d’ozone révélé en ArctiqueHier, des chercheurs ont déclaré avoir observé un trou dans la couche d’ozone au-dessus de l’Arctique. D’une taille équivalente à cinq fois la surface de l’Allemagne, ce trou égale celui observé en Antarctique.L’ozone est une molécule composée de trois atomes d’oxygène qui se forme dans la stratosphère. Elle filtre les ultraviolets de la lumière solaire et assure donc un rôle protecteur pour la végétation aussi bien que pour notre peau ou nos yeux. Mais la couche d’ozone a été en grande partie endommagée par les hommes de par l’emploi massif de composés chlorés (chlorofluorocarbones ou CFC) utilisés dans les systèmes de réfrigération et les aérosols. Depuis 1985 et le protocole signé à Montréal, la production de CFC est désormais quasiment nulle, cependant.Le froid est aujourd’hui le facteur principal de la destruction de cette couche protectrice. En effet, avec le froid, la vapeur d’eau et les molécules d’acide nitrique se condensent pour former des nuages dans les couches basses de la stratosphère. Dans ces nuages se forment du chlore qui aboutit à la destruction de l’ozone, rapporte TV5monde.À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)Ainsi, des chercheurs viennent de découvrir un trou dans la couche d’ozone exceptionnel. Provoqué par un froid intense et inhabituel, ce trou s’est déplacé pendant deux semaines au-dessus de l’Europe de l’Est, de la Russie et de la Mongolie. A l’origine, se trouve un “vortex polaire”, un cyclone massif qui se forme chaque hiver dans la stratosphère arctique et qui l’an dernier est né dans un froid extrême, a expliqué à l’AFP Gloria Manney, du Jet Propulsion Laboratory, en Californie.Une perte de 80% à une certaine altitudeHabituellement plus important en Antarctique (hémisphère sud), où il fait plus froid qu’en Arctique (hémisphère nord), l’étude publiée dans Nature indique que “pour la première fois, la diminution a été suffisante pour qu’on puisse raisonnablement parler de trou dans la couche d’ozone en Arctique”. Des observations satellitaires menées entre l’hiver 2010 et le printemps 2011 ont ainsi montré que la couche d’ozone avait été soumise à rude épreuve à une altitude comprise entre 15 et 23 kilomètres. La perte la plus importante – plus de 80% – a été enregistrée entre 18 et 20 kilomètres d’altitude, rapporte l’AFP.”La destruction de l’ozone a commencé en janvier, puis s’est accélérée à tel point que les concentrations d’ozone dans la région du vortex polaire étaient bien inférieures à celles de l’an dernier”, indique Mme Manney. Des valeurs particulièrement basses ont été observées “durant 27 jours en mars et au début du mois d’avril, sur une surface d’environ deux millions de kilomètres carrés, soit à peu près cinq fois l’Allemagne ou la Californie”, précise la scientifique.Le 3 octobre 2011 à 10:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Businesses in support of district plan to provide bike and parking lanes

first_img Updated: 8:36 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe battle between bike lanes and parking spaces may reach a compromise in North Park.Three mid-city businesses have come up with a plan that includes both bike lanes and parking. The districts are showing support for “Plan B,” meant to satisfy both sides in the dispute.“We want more [bike lanes], but a drastic approach like eliminating all of the parking is only going to derail the community against them,” says Angela Landsberg, Executive Director of North Park Main Street.The three associations involved with the decision say they will continue to meet with Mayor Faulconer to discuss community options. KUSI Newsroom, Businesses in support of district plan to provide bike and parking lanes Posted: August 24, 2019center_img August 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bill regulating the use of drones dies in legislature

first_imgSEATTLE — Despite having support from Democrats, Republicans, civil liberties advocates and those concerned over government intrusion, a measure regulating the use and purchases of drones by state agencies and local municipalities died in Olympia without getting a vote from any chamber. Lawmakers said there wasn’t enough time: At the House, the grappling over gun background checks ate up the clock before a voting deadline. In the Senate, a chairman said proposed changes to the bill weren’t ready in time to clear his committee.But the bill also saw opposition from one of the most influential players in Olympia: The Boeing Co. The aerospace manufacturer, one of the largest employers in the state, argued the bill would hurt future jobs in the growing unmanned aerial vehicle industry. “In our view, WA state House Bill 1771 did not provide a sufficiently thorough and thoughtful framework. Further, we believe that as the technology matures, best practices and new understanding will emerge, and that it would be counterproductive to rush into regulating this burgeoning industry,” Boeing said in a statement. A Boeing company, The Insitu Group, which has several operations along the Columbia River Gorge and in Vancouver, employs about 800 employees making drones, spokeswoman Sue Bradley said.last_img read more

Economy lot closing at FLL 3100 spots added to garage

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Tuesday announced it will add 3,100 spaces for public parking on May 15.The spaces will be on the top three floors of the Cypress Garage next to Terminal 1, the press release said.The additional parking spaces will accommodate increased traffic at Terminal 1’s new Concourse A, scheduled to open in June 2017, the release said. The concourse will feature five new international gates.The additional public parking spaces used to be occupied by airport employees, who will move to the Airport Economy Lot. That lot will subsequently close to the public.For more information about parking at FLL, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Car Seat Check Event Wednesday

first_imgBrad Nelson the Coordinator of Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids: “Once a month we visit all of the fire stations; Kenai, Nikiski, CES, and we will do a Safe Kids Car Seat Safety Check-up event. What it is if you don’t have a car seat or if your not sure car seat is installed correctly or if you’d just like us to check it out, swing on by and we will check out your car seat.”  Station 1 is located on the corner of Binkley and Wilson Streets right across from Safeway. The event will take place from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. You do not need to register prior to showing up. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services personnel will be hosting a Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Car Seat Check event at Station 1, in Soldotna, on Wednesday. Nelson: “So, we will go over and make sure that the car seat actually fits in the car and that the child actually fits in the car seat.”last_img read more