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Morocco Becomes Member of United Nations Road Safety Collaboration

Rabat – The National Committee for Traffic Accident Prevention (CNPAC) has become a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), making Morocco the second African country to sit on this international body after South Africa.This decision was taken unanimously during the 22nd session of this UN advisory body, which took place Wednesday at the UN Headquarters in New York, the Committee said in a statement.During this meeting, CNPAC Permanent Secretary Bennacer Boulaajoul highlighted the experience, strategy and action plan of the Committee, noting the efforts of the Kingdom at the national and international levels in promoting the values and principles of road safety, the same source said. In addition, participants in the conclave have studied a Russian proposal on road safety, which will be discussed and adopted at the UN General Assembly in New York.With MAP read more

Canadian MP raises concerns over Sri Lanka

Patrick Brown, the Member of Parliament for Barrie in Canada, expresses serious concern over the recent threats to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Sri Lanka.“On November 28, the beating of a reporter in Jaffna, harassment by Government of Sri Lanka officials towards independent media outlets and searches of journalists without warrants all serve to stifle the freedom of the media,” he said in a statement. Brown is also greatly concerned over reports of attacks, continued harassment and detention of Jaffna University student leaders. He calls upon Sri Lankan authorities to exercise restraint, to respect peaceful demonstrations and to release the student leaders immediately. “I first became engaged with the plight of the people in this region back in 2009 when the Sureshkumar family of Barrie shared their Sri Lankan experiences with me. These recent reports of escalating human rights abuse in Sri Lanka are certainly raising the level of concern across the International Community”, said Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie. “Militarization and authoritarian trends are not part of any real democracy,” he added. RELATED NEWS: “We are deeply concerned about the lack of reconciliation and the authoritarian trend we’ve seen in many government actions in recent months,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said last week.Brown also urges Sri Lanka to remove the military from the Tamil populated area and leave the administration to civilian officials. Also, he said it is time for the International community to play a meaningful role to bring a speedy resolution to the Tamil Grievances in Sri Lanka. read more

WHO issues guidelines for hosting persons arriving from SARS highrisk areas

WHO said the enormous amount of information now available on SARS, and the increasing awareness of the general public of the disease, may have led to extreme preventative behaviour such as the wearing of masks and the exclusion of people coming from areas with recent local transmission.Only persons with symptoms are contagious and can transmit the disease through close contact, the agency reiterated. Close contact means having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with respiratory secretions or body fluids of a suspect or probable case of SARS.A person who is symptom-free and has not been in close contact with a suspected SARS patient may freely be welcomed to mass gatherings or foreign countries without any other measures, the agency recommended. It also said the wearing of masks by healthy persons who are travelling from an area with recent local transmission of SARS is not advised.People from high-risk zones should remain vigilant, WHO cautioned, and if symptoms develop within 10 days of arrival they are advised to immediately seek medical attention. A person who has had, or suspects, close contact with someone who might have had SARS over the last 10 days should not leave their country but immediately contact their national health authorities. However, if the person has already left their country, it is critical to contact the medical service of the host country upon arrival and be placed under active surveillance for 10 days after the date of contact with a case. WHO said a person who develops symptoms within 10 days of arrival in the hosting country – including sudden fever above 38 degrees C, dry cough, shortness of breath, and/or difficulty in breathing – should not leave their room. They should call health professionals to ensure that proper isolation can be carried out according to the standardized procedures of the hosting country.As of today, a cumulative total of 7,699 probable cases and 598 deaths have been reported in 29 countries. read more

Oil rises a 5th day in a row as traders await US

BANGKOK – Oil prices rose for a fifth straight trading session Wednesday despite expectations a report on weekly U.S. crude stocks will show ample inventories.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was up 31 cents at US$92.85 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contact had risen 48 cents to finish at US$92.54 per barrel on the Nymex on Tuesday.The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s supply report will be out later Wednesday. Last week it said the U.S. supply of crude was 10.3 per cent above year-earlier levels. And U.S. oil production, at more than seven million barrels a day, was at the highest level since the late 1990s.Data for the week ended March 8 was expected to show an increase of 2.3 million barrels in crude oil stocks and a drawdown of 1.5 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.Also on Wednesday, the U.S. government releases its latest monthly tally for retail sales. Analysts estimate that retail sales rose slightly in February.“Housing is the one sector of the economy that seems to be faring well and one would have expected to see this reflected in the retail sales data,” analysts at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore said in a market commentary.Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, was down 11 cents at US$109.54 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose 2.4 cents to US$3.162 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose 0.4 cents to US$3.047 a gallon and natural gas dropped 1.6 cents to US$3.629 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by Pamela Sampson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 7:35 am MDT Oil rises a 5th day in a row as traders await US supply, retail sales reports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Another sombre milestone for Afghanistan 2018 saw record civilian deaths – UN

“The conflict in Afghanistan continues to kill far too many civilians and has caused long-lasting suffering, both physical and psychological, to countless others,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.“The fact that the number of children killed this year is the highest on record, is particularly shocking. In addition to the lives lost, the dire security situation is preventing many Afghans from enjoying their economic, social and cultural rights, with thousands of children already handicapped for life because of attacks on schools and medical facilities,” she added, calling on all parties to the conflict to fully respect international humanitarian and international human rights law to protect the lives of all civilians.UNAMA reportChildren killed and injured in Afghanistan, 2009-2018. Fighting and brutal violence claimed exactly 3,804 civilian lives in 2018 – including 927 children, another tragic record for the year – according to data carefully collected by the UN.  The number represents an increase of 11 per cent compared to 2017.In addition, 7,189 people were injured in 2018, 5 per cent more than in the previous year.Overall, close to two thirds of the civilian casualties were caused by armed opposition groups, including the Taliban, Islamic State and other undetermined groups. However, civilians were also collateral victims of pro-Government forces (including the Afghan military and international forces) responsible for close to one quarter of all civilian casualties.According to the report, the increase is largely due to a spike in suicide attacks by armed opposition groups, as well as increased harm to civilians from aerial and search operations by pro-Government forces.“The report’s rigorously researched findings show that the level of harm and suffering inflicted on civilians in Afghanistan is deeply disturbing and wholly unacceptable,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “All parties need to take immediate and additional concrete steps to stop a further escalation in the number of civilians harmed and lives destroyed.” The report is the UN’s tenth annual report documenting the plight of civilians in the Afghan conflict: in a decade, more than 32,000 civilians have been killed and around 60,000 have been injured.The conflict, which has now gone on for a total of four decades, has claimed thousands and thousands more lives. “It is time to put an end to this human misery and tragedy. The best way to halt the killings and maiming of civilians is to stop the fighting. That is why there is all the more need now to use all our efforts to bring about peace. I urge all parties to seize every opportunity to do so,” stated Mr. Yamamoto, who also heads UNAMA.Election-related violence was particularly deadly for civilians in 2018, including on 20 October – polling day – when UNAMA recorded the highest number of civilian casualties in any single day for the whole year.UNAMA reportNumber of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, 2009-2018. read more

Growing exports support UK engine manufacturing output in May

Engine output decreased 4.2% in May, with a 1.1% fall over 2014-to-date.Exports continue to grow and have accounted for over 65% of year-to-date output.With new production facilities gearing up for launch and a growing European market, the future is positive for the UK’s engine manufacturing industry. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click through to download the UK engine manufacturing news release for May 2014. Engine manufacturing output rolling year total Engine manufacturing output year-to-date, 2012-2014 read more

Brock Pride organizes transgenderrelated events on campus this week

Brock recently took steps to be more inclusive by designating single-stall washrooms on the main floor of the Schmon Tower as “gender inclusive,” meaning anyone can use them.Brock Pride, in co-operation with the University’s Human Rights and Equity Office, has organized a series of transgender-related events on campus from Nov. 17 to 21.Transgender, trans, and gender non-conforming are umbrella terms that encompass persons whose identity or expression breaches the gender roles that society expects of them. Gender identity refers to an individual’s innate sense of self as male/masculine, female/feminine, somewhere in between, or outside of gender boundaries.The central focus of the week is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a memorial service that remembers trans persons who have been killed as a result of transphobia, which is the hatred or fear of people who do not conform to gender expectations.Precious Omoruyi, president of student-run Brock Pride, said the club decided to hold a more-sustained initiative surrounding trans issues, rather than a single memorial service.The following trans-related events will take place during the week:• Monday, Nov. 17: The transgender flag will be displayed in the Thistle corridor near Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Resource tables will be set up in Mackenzie Chown A block from noon to 3 p.m.• Tuesday, Nov. 18: Workshop 1: “Transgender 101,” facilitated by Mike Sherman, WH 208, 4-6 p.m.; Workshop 2: “Transsexual Health,” Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber, 7-9 p.m.• Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.: Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service, organized by Transgender Niagara, Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul St., St. Catharines.• Thursday, Nov. 20, 7-9 p.m., Th 257: Speaker panel addresses issues such as poverty, mental health, intersectionality, relationships, and violence against trans people. Panelists include representatives from community organizations Transgender Niagara, PFLAG, and Quest Community Health Centre. Refreshments provided.5-7p.m., Th 244: In addition to Brock Pride events, a class in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies will host “Joy of Gender,” which will be presented by trans activist and educator Hershel Russell. The CBC series Doc Zone is shooting a documentary about Russell, and part of it will be shot at Brock.• Friday, Nov. 21, 7-10 p.m., Th 244: Screening of documentary “Two Spirits.”Brock recently took steps to be more inclusive by designating single-stall washrooms on the main floor of the Schmon Tower as “gender inclusive,” meaning anyone can use them. Trans persons are often targets of violence in gender-specific change rooms and washrooms.Tom Saint-Ivany, associate vice-president, Facilities Management, says Brock has completed an inventory of single-user washrooms “and as our operating budget allows, we’ll progressively undertake their conversion into gender-inclusive washrooms, including signage and amenities.”Marla Terreberry-Portfilio, Human Rights and Equity officer, said the gender-inclusive washrooms are “an important signal of inclusivity at the University.”Despite human rights gains at the provincial level in the past few years, gender non-conforming individuals face many struggles, such as in the areas of the workplace, housing, and health.The Canadian Mental Health Association recently reported on a provincewide poll that found 77 per cent of trans respondents had considered suicide and 45 per cent had attempted suicide, far greater than the national average.To learn more about the trans experience, click here. read more

High School Freshman Dylan Moses Commits to LSU

Dylan Moses, the most popular freshman high school football player in the country, has committed to Louisiana State University to play college football.Just four games into his freshman season at University Lab High School and after years of college wooing, 15-year-old Moses announced via Twitter his commitment to LSU.Here’s what Rivals analyst Jason Howell had to say about Moses’ decision:“LSU just picked up their first commitment of the 2017 recruiting class, and while that may seem a wee bit ridiculous, we’re not talking about your normal freshman athlete here. This is 6-foot-1, 220-pound, 4.5 running, 33-inch vertical jumping Dylan Moses, who picked up offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas, UCLA and pretty much anyone who’s fielding a major college football team in 2013. And he picked up these offers before the first game of his freshman year.“This is definitely not your typical 2017 prospect, and there’s no doubt this is a huge get for LSU. Moses is an extremely gifted athlete and has Division I size and athleticism right now today. He has put in most of his time at running back and linebacker, and if he continues to grow, he could find a few more possible positions out there.”Moses first made national headlines when LSU coach Les Miles, Alabama’s Nick Saban among others offered him a scholarship as an eighth-grader, when he registered a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and 34-inch vertical leap at LSU’s football camp. Fittingly, Moses is still considered a general “athlete” prospect, because there’s plenty of time for him to nail down precisely which position he will be best placed.But for Moses, apparently all the other schools were just wasting their time; he has always had his mind set on LSU.“I was kind of shocked when I first heard it — it was a dream come true,” Moses told the media upon first receiving the offer from Miles last year. “I’ve always wanted to play for LSU since I was a kid, and now it’s coming true in front of my eyes.”If you don’t understand what all the hype is about Moses, check out his junior high school highlight reel. The kid is just unstoppable. read more

Max Mosley faces questions over racist pamphlet

first_imgWhilst campaigning on behalf of a candidate for the party of his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, the former F1 boss is named as the publisher on a pamphlet claiming that “coloured immigrants threaten your children’s health” and that immigrants “brought leprosy, syphilis and TB”. On Tuesday night he denied perjuring himself during the 2008 privacy case, saying that he… Max Mosley has faced questions over whether he lied under oath about a racist leaflet which he is said to have published in support of a far Right candidate. center_img The multi-millionaire, 77, previously told the High Court that reports of the leaflet distributed during the 1961 by-election in Moss Side, Manchester were “absolute nonsense”. last_img read more

Virtual dressing room uses Kinect and augmented reality makes shopping even easier

first_imgIf you’ve seen the movie Clueless that came out back in 1995, you might remember the main character’s computer-programmed closet that showed the character in different outfits on a touch-activated screen. She’d scroll through articles of clothing until she found exactly the right outfit without ever having to try it on first. Fast forward 16 years and it looks like that technology, which was every teenage girl’s dream, has become a reality thanks to Microsoft’s Kinect controller.The Kinect was originally intended for use with the Xbox 360, but thanks to its open-source capabilities, people have been hacking it to make a variety of inventions, from Kinect-driven recliners to Kinect-controlled UAV quadrocopters. One of these hacks turns the Kinect into a virtual dressing room.Russian company AR Door paired up with Topshop, a British clothes retailer with stores in 20 countries around the world, to build a virtual fitting room for a new collection of dresses. Instead of entering a dressing room and having to squeeze into clothing, the virtual fitting room tries the clothes on for you. It’s simply a kiosk that sits in the middle of the store – and no, getting down to your skivvies is not required.The first kiosk was tested in Moscow. Besides using the Microsoft Kinect, it also uses augmented reality, which allows the customers to choose a dress off the rack and try it on without actually having to put it on. The customer sees his or herself onscreen with a 3D replica of the dress. The customer can spin around to see all angles of the dress, and can control the program with gestures. Moving your hand to a virtual button will change the dress selection. The nice thing about the Kinect is it’s so easy to use. The built-in camera tracks the user’s body and superimposes it to the 3D model of the dress.This isn’t the first case of a virtual dressing room we’ve seen. There was one popular model at this year’s DEMO conference called Swivel, and we’ve heard of another called TryOnBathingSuit. Both work in the same way as AR Door’s does using the Kinect sensor and augmented reality. The technology isn’t perfect just yet. The clothes still seem to hover on top of the body, instead of looking like they’re actually draped on the customer. Still, the technology is new, and these companies will hopefully refine their products more in the near future so the pain of going jean and swimsuit shopping can take a little less time out of our lives.With that said, this is still not a replacement for trying on the actual garment. You really never know how well something is going to fit until you put it on, and although it may look good on 3D-you, it might look awful on the real you. The virtual dressing room seems like a good idea as an initial try-on and to see if the style is flattering, but to know if it’s actually going to be worth your money when you walk out of the store, you’re still going to have to try it on in a real dressing room.Read more at AR Door, via TechTreelast_img read more

Donald Trump disavows the altright and admits theres something to climate change

first_imgDonald Trump ‘disavows the alt-right’ and admits there’s ‘something’ to climate change Trump finally sat down with The New York Times after earlier cancelling a meeting. Source: Maggie Haberman/Twitter Tuesday 22 Nov 2016, 11:22 PM Nov 22nd 2016, 11:22 PM The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012 Now elected and due to become president on 20 January, when he was confronted by Times columnist Thomas Friedman he admitted there may be a link between human industry and global warming.“I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much,” he said, adding he would nevertheless remain concerned about how much green measures would “cost our companies.”Nazi salutes The New York Times sit down, which followed a reportedly hostile off-the-record clash with TV network chiefs on Monday, appeared to represent a perhaps temporary truce with the hated media.Trump regularly — as recently as this morning — insults the “failing New York Times” in tweets, but distanced himself from threats to toughen libel laws and engaged cheerfully with the paper.“I do read it. Unfortunately,” he admitted. “I’d live about 20 years longer if I didn’t.”He also, under repeated questioning, denounced the so-called alt-right, after leaders of the movement met in Washington at the weekend and celebrated his victory with Nazi salutes. Time to give thanks According to two opinion polls published Tuesday, a majority of voters are optimistic that his efforts to “make America great again” will lead the nation to a brighter future.According to data from Quinnipiac University, most voters think he should stop tweeting but, by a margin of 59 to 37, most “are optimistic about the next four years with Donald Trump as president.”A similar CNN/ORC poll found a narrow majority, 53% of voters, found Trump would do a good job.Later today, he was due to set off on a family Thanksgiving break at another of his golf resorts, in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.© – AFP 2016Read: Taoiseach criticised for “gushing tweet” and manner towards Trump and Pence >Read: Brendan Howlin has described Shane Ross as ‘Donald Trumpesque’ > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article President-elect Donald Trump walks past a crowd as he leaves the New York Times building. Source: Mark LennihanDONALD TRUMP HAS said he was “open minded” on supporting global accords on climate change.The US president-elect emerged from cabinet-building talks in his Trump Tower headquarters and travelled ten minutes across town to the New York Times to give a wide-ranging interview on his plans.He disavowed “alt-right” activists who hailed his election as a victory for white supremacy, distanced himself from calls to prosecute Hillary Clinton and defended his global business empire.And he appeared to soften his pledge to pull the United States out of accords like last year’s COP21 Paris Agreement, that binds countries to national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Donald Trump on The New York Times: “I do read it. Unfortunately. I’d live about 20 years longer if I didn’t.”— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016 Source: Mike Grynbaum/Twitter “I think it would be very very divisive for the country,” Trump says about prosecuting the Clintons.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016 25,340 Views Source: Julie Davis/Twittercenter_img “I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it,” he told New York Times executives and journalists over lunch at their headquarters, according to the paper’s own account.The Times’ journalists live-tweeted the conversation after a day in which Trump appeared to cancel and then reschedule the interview.Campaigning ahead of 8 November, Trump repeatedly told crowds of rustbelt and southern voters — factory workers, coal miners and oilmen among them — that he would tear up international climate agreements.As far back as 2012 he had tweeted: He insisted, somewhat controversially, that his sprawling global business empire does not represent a conflict of interest for a president — at least not according to lawyers he has consulted.“The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest,” he told the paper.On the bloodshed in Syria, he was vague, saying “we have to end the craziness that’s going on”, and he was gushing in his admiration for President Barack Obama, whom he will replace in White House.Trump told the paper, despite the aggressive tone of his campaign, he had been honoured to meet Obama — and he stepped back from threats to prosecute his defeated rival Clinton.During the campaign, Trump had accused Clinton of illegally destroying email records to cover up wrongdoing and alleged fraud at her charitable foundation — as his fans chanted “Lock her up.” Trump asked about potential pushback on an infrastructure plan from GOP leaders. “Right now, they’re in love with me,” Trump says.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016 Special prosecutorTrump was asked by the New York Times whether he stood by a threat, made to Clinton’s face in their second debate, to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her.“I think it would be very very divisive for the country,” the president-elect admitted. By AFP Share135 Tweet Email Asked point-blank about Nazi conference in DC over wknd: @realDonaldTrump tells @nytimes “of course” “I disavow and condemn them”— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) November 22, 2016 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Source: Maggie Haberman/Twitter Short URL 133 Comments last_img read more

Brésil découvrez la vidéo dun port entier englouti par lAmazone

first_imgBrésil: découvrez la vidéo d’un port entier englouti par l’AmazoneLa vidéo spectaculaire, filmée par les caméras de surveillance du port, a été mise sur Internet seulement aujourd’hui. Mais c’est le 17 octobre dernier qu’un glissement de terrain a littéralement fait disparaître le port de Chibatao, près de Manaus, au Brésil. Englouti par le fleuve Amazone, le port aurait entraîné avec lui au moins deux personnes, officiellement déclarées mortes par les autorités brésiliennes. La catastrophe a eu lieu au moment où les travaux de maintenance étaient effectués par ces hommes. À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)Une fissure de 300 mètres se serait ouverte le long du terminal portuaire privé et une grande partie s’est effondrée dans le fleuve. Des containers ont ainsi été balayés. Depuis, des radeaux sont utilisés pour les récupérer. Les opérations continuent aussi pour retrouver d’éventuels corps et nettoyer l’ancien port, qui faisait 80.000 mètres carrés. Le fleuve est à son niveau le plus bas depuis les premières mesures en 1902. Découvrez la vidéo du port englouti en cliquant ici : Le 9 novembre 2010 à 17:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La faune du fond de lAntarctique a évolué de façon explosive

first_imgLa faune du fond de l’Antarctique a évolué de façon explosiveSelon une étude menée par des chercheurs internationaux, la faune située au fond de l’océan austral entourant l’Antarctique (la faune benthique) y a évolué de manière “explosive”. Elle présente ainsi des bouquets d’espèces uniques au monde.Dès les années 1980, les biologistes ont montré qu’une certaine faune marine, présente dans les lacs et les îles, évoluait en bouquets d’espèces, c’est-à-dire de façon rapide et dans une zone bien délimitée. Avec ce type de développement, de multiples espèces peuvent coloniser des zones diverses et variées. Or, les chercheurs savent depuis de nombreuses années maintenant, que l’océan austral qui entoure l’Antarctique abrite de nombreuses espèces endémiques, exclusivement présentes dans cette région du Globe. En revanche, ils ignoraient que cette faune, elle aussi, se développait selon des “species flocks” (bouquets d’espèces). En effet, ce phénomène est considéré comme exceptionnel en milieu marin et seuls deux cas ont été recensés pour le moment. Néanmoins, c’est que vient de découvrir un réseau de scientifiques dirigé par une unité du CNRS, en collaboration avec le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle.Au moins neuf cas de “bouquets” Dans l’étude qu’elle publie dans la revue PLoS ONE, cette équipe internationale a livré les résultats de plusieurs années de recherches qui ont permis de distinguer neuf nouveaux cas de “bouquets” avérés d’espèces marines. Ces derniers ont tous fait leur apparition sur le plateau continental antarctique. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Huit “bouquets” supplémentaires pourraient venir compléter cette liste. Mais, leur aspect écologique (le fait que la diversité écologique se maintient et que ces espèces prédominent dans cet habitat) doit encore être vérifié. Selon les chercheurs, les bouquets d’espèces marines ne sont donc pas aussi rares qu’ils n’y paraissent. Des conditions favorables pour leur explosion Les scientifiques estiment également que le plateau continental antarctique aurait agi, de manière particulièrement efficace, comme un générateur de bouquets d’espèces. Certaines circonstances joueraient ainsi en sa faveur : il est isolé des autres continents et il y fait froid. Par conséquent, son eau marine y est particulièrement pure, plus dense, plus oxygénée et moins salée. Tous ces facteurs auraient favorisé l’évolution locale de la faune benthique.Enfin, la succession des phases glaciaires et interglaciaires a certainement, elle aussi, fait de la zone un océan glacé et un lieu de riche biodiversité. Cela aurait participé à l’émergence de niches favorisant l’apparition de bouquets d’espèces, conclut le CNRS dans son communiqué.Le 29 septembre 2013 à 18:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bitter debut for Southamptons Slattery

first_imgThe new Saints signing was part of the 1-1 draw between his side and Burnley on Saturday’s English Premier League fixture.Southampton and Burnley tied 1-1 in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.Nathan Redmon scored for the Saints in the 55th minute, but a penalty by Ashley Barnes in the last play of the match helped Burnley draw the match.And for Callum Slattery, losing two points left him with mixed emotions, after making his first Premier League debut.📸Unbeaten in 2019 but disappointed. #SaintsFC’s Saturday retold with the day’s best photos from Turf Moor ➡️— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 2, 2019“I’m very pleased,” he said to Southampton’s official website.“It’s a proud day to get a full 90 in the Premier League and a first start, so it’s a great feeling, but it’s bittersweet not to come away with three points.”“I thought I did well – I got stuck in and I wasn’t in fear of the crowd or the game. It’s a tough place to come, but I thought I did well in the game,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I’m loving it. We’re learning every day under the manager, and from being in and around the first-team boys. Hopefully, we can keep kicking on.”“[Nathan Redmond] He’s a great player who is always giving me advice as a young player,” Slattery continued.“It’s great to play up alongside him and behind him, and see what he can do. Nath’s a player who’s capable of that in every game.”“As soon as he gets the ball he’s a danger, and it’s good for the rest of the team that he’s in this form. Hopefully, he can keep it up,” he concluded.The Saints are currently in the 16th position of the English Premier League standings with 24 points, thanks to five wins, nine draws and 11 loses.The team is near the relegation zone, ahead just for a couple of points of its rivals.Next week they will host Cardiff City, and then will visit Arsenal while taking Fulham at home at the end of the month.#SaintsFC’s @Callumslattery8 reflects on a bittersweet first #PL start after today’s draw at #BurnleyFC…— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 2, 2019last_img read more

MGTO calls for Macau tour groups to be cancelled as typhoon cleanup

first_img DICJ conducts field exercises with Macau casino operators as typhoon season approaches Load More Macau tourist tax not the solution to over-tourism problem: scholar The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has called for travel agencies to cancel tour group bookings while the clean-up in the wake of Typhoon Mangkhut continues.The request mirrors a similar halt to tour group operations for one week following Typhoon Hato last August, when a number of hotels found themselves without power or water. Macau was better prepared this time around but that hasn’t stopped the MGTO from requesting another stoppage to tour group arrivals in order “to smoothen city restoration.” RelatedPosts MGTO hoping for input into Macau gaming license re-tender process “The Macao Government Tourism Office calls for all travel agencies to make a thorough assessment regarding the lodging, dining and traffic conditions after the typhoon and not to receive any tour groups except for necessary reasons, so that visitors’ safety can be safeguarded and all the restoration work for the city in the aftermath will not be affected,” it said.The number of people visiting Macau on package tours has been on the rise in recent times, including a 13.8% year-on-year increase in the first six months of 2018 to 4,274,000.However, analysts are predicting that the closure of casinos for 29 hours at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut last weekend and ongoing transport disruptions will negatively impact the Macau gaming industry’s bottom line.Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Zhen Gong and Kelsy Zhu have revised their September estimates from a year-on-year increase of between 8% and 11% to between flat and +3%, representing a sequential decline of 17% to 20% on August’s MOP$26.6 billion in gross gaming revenue.last_img read more

Minister vows to develop Bhadrakali shrine in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: Goddess Shakambari, who appeared in the form of Neela at the Bhadrakali temple on Thursday morning and Nitya in the evening, enthralled the devotees. On the 10th day of the Shakambari fete, Minister for Endowments A Indrakaran Reddy along with his wife offered special prayers at the temple. He was accompanied by Warangal West MLA D Vinay Bhaskar. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Chief priest Bhadrakali Seshu urged the Minister to develop the temple by constructing four Raja Gopurams on the lines of Madhura Meenakshi temple. In response, Minister Reddy said that he would take the issue to the notice of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. He expressed confidence that the CM, who is keen on protecting historical temples, would respond positively and Bhadrakali shrine would be developed on par with Madhura Meenakshi and Kanchi Kamakshi. Earlier, the Minister was accorded welcome with full temple honours.last_img read more

TCS Infosys Q3 results declared all eyes now on HCL Tech Wipro

first_imgWipro campus in Bangalore June 23, 2009 (representational image).Reuters fileOf the five major Indian IT services companies, two — TCS and Infosys — have declared their December quarter (Q3) results. Investors and analysts would now wait for the other three — Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra.HCL Technologies and Wipro will be declaring their results on January 24 and 25 respectively, while Tech Mahindra will announce its Q3 financial performance on January 30.Read: Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech likely to outperform Infosys, TCS and Wipro in revenue growthHere is what Vishal Sikka, Pravin Rao, MD Ranganath said after Dec quarter resultsTCS reported 10.9 percent increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 6,778 crore from Rs 6,110 crore in the corresponding quarter last financial year, while total income at Rs 29,735 crore in Q3 marks an increase of 8.7 percent YoY and 1.5 percent sequentially. In dollar terms, total income stood at $4,387 million. Digital revenues accounted for 16.8 percent of the total revenues and grew 30.8 percent YoY.The company also declared a third interim dividend of Rs 6.50 per share.Read: Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Tech Mahindra plunge over fresh H-1B visa fearsInfosys, India’s second-largest IT software services exporter, reported 7 percent YoY increase in net profit to Rs 3,708 crore while total income grew 8.6 percent YoY to Rs 17,273 crore. “Taking into account seasonal and other additional headwinds for the quarter, our Q3 revenue performance was broadly in line with our expectations,” Vishal Sikka, CEO and MD, Infosys, said in the company’s regulatory filing to the BSE.The dampener was in the form of yet another downward revenue guidance to 7.2-7.6 percent from the earlier 7.5-8.5 percent for the current financial year (8.4-8.8 percent in constant currency terms).Here is the projection for Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra:Wipro could post 1.3 percent growth fall in revenues in CC terms on a sequential basis to $1,914 million, aided by 0.3 percent QoQ CC organic growth from Appirio (1-month revenue) and net profit is expected to come in at Rs 2,190 crore, driven by 5.8 percent QoQ growth on account of improved profitability and higher other income, Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) said in its preview note. IDBI Capital Markets has projected 1.5 percent QoQ revenue growth in CC terms to $2,032 million. “We expect consolidation of Appirio to add $15 milliion to the revenue,” the brokerage said in its note.Tech Mahindra is expected to post 3.1 percent sequential growth in constant currency (CC) terms to $1,091 million, said MOSL, while IDBI Capital Markets estimates it at 3.5 percent CC growth sequentially, lead by core-business growth, enterprise segment and M&As. Net profit is likely to come at Rs 727 crore, translating into a growth of 12.8 percent sequential growth, added MOSL.HCL Technologies is expected to post 2.1 percent growth in CC terms to $1,735 million, with net profit estimated at Rs 1,937.5 crore, down 2.1 percent, QoQ, according to MOSL. The revenues are likely to come in at $1,741 million at 2.5 percent growth rate sequentially, IDBI Capital Markets said.On Friday, Wipro ended at Rs 484, HCL Techologies at Rs 847 and Tech Mahindra at Rs 489 on the BSE.last_img read more

New Baltimore Mural Seeks to Change Perception of City

first_imgSince April’s uprising, Baltimore has not only been ground zero for social justice reform, but also has seen a groundswell of artistic response. Lately, there have been a growing amount of murals and artistic shows seeking to change the perception of the city.Ernest Shaw Jr. is just one of the many artists that have contributed to the response spreading throughout Station North and Sandtown over the past couple of months. This is not the first time his artwork is being shown around the city, but his latest mural, which will be unveiled on the side of The Arch Social Club on Nov. 8, is a direct response to the events of April.In an interview with The AFRO, Shaw described his creative process and ideas behind the mural.“What I noticed is that the older people wanted some representation. The younger folks wanted something in some shape or form to express the temperament of the children of today,” he said “Then I wanted to put something in there to represent the future and what we should be moving towards.”The huge mural depicts greats like Billie Holiday, The Met Theatre, an iconic Baltimore gathering place, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author, with his son, alongside representations of Africa. The idea behind all of these idols together was simple; Shaw wanted to show greatness before, then and now.From left to right on the mural, Shaw described the reasons behind the imagery.“[At] The very beginning of it is a yellow silhouette of an African Mask, it is a profile of an African headdress. It’s Nemba, there are several different ways to spell it, it is a mask of the Baga people from coastal Guinea,” he said “It represents the essence of feminine energy and that is a very healing energy. People in [Penn North] and really throughout Baltimore need healing energy at this time.”“I wanted a silhouette because not all African American people identify with Africa in that way. If it’s not something you are familiar with, you don’t see it. If it something that you are familiar with, you will know it immediately.”The mural’s themes of the past, present and future are universal.Shaw put an image of his daughter, Asya when she was 12 years old, in the mural. “Women have always been a part of the movement and at the head of them,” he said.“In the background is the MET Theatre, which existed right there almost exactly on Penn North. That and Billie Holiday are a representation of the past.”The last section of the mural features a young Ta-Nehisi Coates holding his son, which to Ernest represents the future of Black consciousness.“I think Ta-Nehisi is a wonderful amalgamation of intelligence and consciousness.”While the majority of the planning and execution of the mural is credited to Shaw, the street artist Nether and Shaw’s apprentice Erick Hendricks Jr also lent a hand. Nether is known throughout Baltimore for his large murals depicting people of color and their plight in today’s world.  Both Nether and Shaw have worked together in the past on art projects around the city.“Nether was a very instrumental assistant, [he] and I are co-curating a mural project in Sandtown-Winchester and we’ve been putting that together since the summer,” he said “The mural I painted for Penn and North is actually a part of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts’ Art@Work that they started in the summer.”Art@Work is a part of Baltimore Office for Promotion and The Arts and Jubilee Arts joint effort to employ 80 young people through Youthworks as apprentices under working artists to create murals in neighborhoods such as Sandtown-Winchester.By day Shaw is a teacher at Coppin State University. Though he has not taught this semester, he usually teaches a “combined theatre and visual arts class.”“Being a school teacher and an adjunct has allowed me to keep my nose to the ground,” he said “[I  get to] stay in touch with what’s going on and not get lost in my own studio or my own work.”last_img read more

Chinese Streamer iQIYI Squeezed by Changing Content Context

first_imgThe company described the result as “another solid quarter of performance” and said that its strategy remains unchanged. “With the fast development of China’s entertainment industry and the approaching 5G commercialization, we are confident in our growth prospects and look forward to capturing the enormous opportunities ahead,” said Gong Yu, iQIYI founder and CEO.The company acknowledged “some recent challenges facing our industry” without elaborating on regulatory changes that made production more onerous, and the slowing rate of China’s economic growth.iQIYI itself paid $732 million for content in the quarter, an increase of 7%. But its sales of content to third parties dropped by 4%, due to delayed content deliveriesOn a conference call with analysts, Gong said that iQIYI had generally benefited from the film and TV production slowdown that began in the second half of 2018. “We have regained bargaining power and are more in control of our content costs,” he said, referring specifically to a reduction of talent costs, following the Fan Bingbing tax scandal. He said that where talent costs might previously have accounted for RMB 80-120 million per show, that has now fallen back to RMB40-50 million. CFO Wang Xiaodong said that content costs were likely to remain within the guidance that the company has previously provided, albeit at the upper end.Advertising revenues dropped by 16% “mainly due to the challenging macroeconomic environment in China, the delay of certain content launches and slower-than-expected recovery of (its) in-feed advertising.”Baidu, which has lost some of its tech sector dominance, made operating profits of RMB233 million ($33 million) in the April to June period. In the equivalent period last year it made operating profit RMB5.42 billion. In the January to March period it lost RMB936. Baidu’s quarterly revenue grew to RMB26.3 billion ($3.84 billion), a 1% increase on last year.Indicative prices after normal stock trading hours showed iQIYI ADR shares slumping by 9% to $16.40, compared with a Tuesday official close of $18.08. Baidu ARD shares moved in the opposite direction, rising from $104.22 at close to $113 in after hours trading. Popular on Variety YouTube Yanks 210 Channels for Spreading Propaganda Against Hong Kong Protests Related China Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Roars to Top With $101 Million Debut ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Chinese video streaming giant iQIYI saw its losses deepen, in the April to June second quarter of its financial year. The company grew subscriptions, but was hit by rising content costs and lower advertising revenueIts parent company, Chinese search leader, Baidu saw its year on year profits drop, though it recovered from loss in the first quarter. Both companies are listed on the U.S.-based NASDAQ stock market.Revenues at iQIYI grew to RMB7.1 billion ($1.01 billion), an increase of 15% that exceeded financial analysts’ consensus estimates of 7%. The company confirmed that subscriptions narrowly topped 100 million at the end of June.But iQIYI’s operating losses grew to $272 million (RMB1.9 billion in the quarter, with the loss margin worsening from 22% to 26% reflecting increased spending on content. Net losses increased to $339 million (RMB2.3 billion) up from RMB2.1 billion in the same quarter last year.last_img read more

Theres No Happy Reality for David on Legion

first_img Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness Legion has been strangely… comprehensible lately. Still amazing, but it’s been a while since the show gave us something truly disorienting. Since it threw some abstract art up on the screen and demanded we figure it out. A lot of that’s because David’s in a slightly more stable place this season. That all changed this week. This episode begins by showing us David at different points in his life. Well, multiple lives, really. We see him as a homeless man living in a tent, then and older rich man overlooking a pool with bikini-clad women in it, then finally as a much older, bald man who can’t even talk anymore. The camera pans across different phases of his life, and it’s a really cool effect. This show’s cinematography manages to impress with something new week after week. It’s like we’re experiencing all parts of David’s life at once. And that’s exactly what he’s going through right now.We see David as a coffee runner at a large financial corporation. His mind-reading saves his boss from acquiring a company who knowingly shipped a faulty, dangerous product. As she tells him via thought to come with her, the camera pans to the street. We see homeless David getting hassled, then young mustachioed David stocking the back room of a grocery store. He’s not the frantic personality we know him to be. He seems lethargic, which I’m guessing is a side effect of the pills his sister reminds him to take. The phones they uses are oddly anachronistic. He has an old flip phone, which makes sense for when I’m guessing this scene would take place. But his sister calls him on a modern smartphone. Everything is intentional on this show, especially odd prop details like that. This is the way the episode refuses to let you ground yourself. It’s not giving us anything concrete to grab onto yet. Not even a general sense of time.Dan Stevens as David Haller. (CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX)The show finally decides to throw us the smallest of bones. A drugged up David explains to Benny (not Lenny, she came later, remember) that he feels like he’s living a whole bunch of different timelines at once. Every time he makes a decision in one, his perspective jumps to the next, and each decision creates new branches to follow. OK, that gives us some idea of what’s going on.  Then a mouse sings “Slave to Love” while David works at a desk, and we’re knocked off balance again.Still, the show offers us some clues in the form of other Summerville/Division 3 residents making small appearances in David’s lives. A younger homeless David watches a car pass him at a crosswalk. Syd is in the backseat, staring at him as she drives by. Later in his life, homeless David is being beaten up by some kids roaming the street. He gets so angry, he releases a glowing blast of energy, vaporizing them. Oddly enough, that scene is the most sense, and the episode plays up to that point. Later, he’s being hunted by cops for the murder, and it’s not long before he’s surrounded. He starts building up energy again, only to be cut in half… by Kerry Loudermilk.Slowly, the timelines start to connect. The future where David is a rich man overlooking his pool stems from the scene where he read minds for his boss. In that future, he became her boss. And a real jerk. He makes a big speech about how he is God’s chosen vessel. It’s not hard to see how someone with David’s power could turn into a person like that. In this timeline, Amy is still alive and she relies on him financially. She shows up asking for a new house, and he punishes her for it by making her nose bleed. Yeah, rich David is the worst.Dan Stevens as David Haller. (CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX)Now, if you’re not careful, you might start assuming that mustachioed stock clerk David is “ours.” That is to say, the one we’ve gotten to know for the last season and a half. It soon becomes clear that’s not the case. That cell phone thing was probably our first clue. As he waits for Amy to pick him up from work, David starts hearing voices. His outburst attracts the attention of some cops. David sees the Yellow Demon form of Farouk in the backseat and freaks out, causing the police to arrest him. Amy tries to deescalate and is pushed to the ground. That makes David angry, and he unleashes his powers on the police. He sends one flying into the air, and then makes another one fold into himself until he implodes in a puddle of gore. That’s an image that’ll stick with me for a while. More cops show up though, and shoot David in the back. He falls to the ground, dead.We get one shot of Amy visiting his grave, and we finally cut to our timeline. The real timeline. He and Amy sit in a car after David tried to hang himself with an extension cord. He begs her not to make him go to Clockworks, saying things could have been different. She says they’re not. He has to go. The show ends with a montage of everything that’s happened from the very first episode of Legion to last week’s murder of Amy, all set to “I Am Superman.” It closes with Farouk’s line, “You decide what is real and what is not. Your will.”Dan Stevens as David Haller. (CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX)And in that moment, the episode becomes clear. I love that it didn’t just come out and tell us what was going on, or why we were seeing all this. David just learned he lost his sister. Lenny, his friend-turned-Shadow-King-puppet, has been brought back to life at the expense of Amy’s body. He’s in grief, and those words are echoing in David’s mind. He can decide what’s real and what’s not. He can effectively choose any reality. And that’s what he’s doing here. Playing out every reality, every branching path, all at once. And as true as Farouk’s words are, his exchange with his sister in the car is what really sticks with him. “It wasn’t supposed to be like this.” “I know, but it is.” Amy wasn’t supposed to end up dead. But she did. And no matter how many alternate paths David creates for himself, he can’t make things better between them. In most of them, things turn out even worse.The revelation at the end is a moment you rarely get from TV shows. The gravity of everything you’ve just seen, and what it all means hits you all at once. Amy Haller is gone. And no matter how powerful David is, he can’t change that. The show doesn’t usually get this somber, this heartbreaking, but I’m glad it did. It’s so rare that an episode of television leaves me frozen on the couch, speechless except for a solitary “whoa.” And even that feels like an egregious understatement. 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