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Nicole Scherzinger Meets Children In Manila For UNICEF

first_imgSinger and UNICEF UK supporter, Nicole Scherzinger, has posted photos on Instagram of her experiences meeting children and their families living in poverty.Nicole Scherzinger in ManilaCredit/Copyright: FacebookNicole, who is of Filipino heritage, spent the day with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, meeting children living in dangerous, overcrowded communities around the capital, many of whom are struggling against poverty, hunger, disease and the risk of violence.“I’m part Filipina so I have a strong connection with the country and feel I have a responsibility to do what I can and bring awareness to the dangers that Filipino children face everyday. It’s been so humbling to meet incredible, inspiring Filipino children who are living in really tough conditions.” said Nicole.“Simple things like going to school and learning about their rights is so important, not only in terms of changing their lives but it also keeps them safe and off the streets. There are thousands of kids in Manila who are living in heartbreaking conditions but it’s amazing to see how UNICEF and their partners are trying to do more to protect children in danger.”Nicole spent the day meeting families who live and work on the streets of Baseco Compound, near the main port in Manila, many of who are struggling to get enough food and stay healthy. In the afternoon Nicole met children taking part in singing and dancing activities based around learning about their rights and keeping them off the streets.last_img read more

Pakistan Ban dismayed by terrorist attack killing two UN staff members

10 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed “dismay” today at the rising death toll from yesterday’s suicide bombing of a hotel in north-west Pakistan, which killed two United Nations staff members, and repeated his strong condemnation of the terrorist attack. According to media reports, as many as 18 people died in the truck bombing that destroyed the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar, the capital of the troubled North West Frontier Province (NWFP), on Tuesday night.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban reiterated “his strong condemnation of this brutal act of terror against innocent people, many of whom were in Peshawar to carry out humanitarian work.”Among the dead was Aleksandar Vorkapic, a Serb national who leaves behind a wife and three children, worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Mr. Vorkapic, who was on his first emergency mission, “gave his life serving others,” said UNHCR chief António Guterres. “All of us at UNHCR are devastated by this tragedy and we convey our deepest condolences to his family in Belgrade.”Also killed in the blast was the Chief of Education in Pakistan of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Perseveranda So, from the Philippines, who had been with the agency since 1994.Ms. So, known as Persy to her workmates, was in Peshawar, “a dangerous and difficult environment, helping implement programmes to assist girls in gaining access to education they so desperately need,” said UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman. “She will be greatly missed by her colleagues.”Another four UN staff members – two from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), one from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and one from UNICEF – were among those injured in the attack, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters.The two WFP staff members are receiving treatment in an Islamabad hospital. “Our hearts and thoughts are with those suffering from this tragic and brutal attack, including both WFP’s staff and UN colleagues with whom we’ve worked side by side, around the clock, to bring life-saving assistance to millions,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran.A number of Pakistani nationals supporting UN programmes were also killed and injured, Ms. Okabe said, as the search for victims of the blast continues. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is “deeply saddened to learn that three colleagues supporting our humanitarian work were among those killed,” according to a statement from the agency’s Representative in Pakistan, Daniel B. Baker.The staff of UNFPA extended its condolences to the families of Mohammad Maskeen, Mohammad Tahir and Mohammad Fawad and “to all the victims of this heinous act.”Mr. Vorkapic was part of an emergency UNHCR team recently sent to Pakistan to assist with the current displacement crisis in NWFP, with over 2 million people fleeing the conflict between Government forces and militants in the Swat district. “The whole UN community feels shock and dismay on the tragic deaths and injuries,” said Fikret Akcura, the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan, in a statement strongly condemning the attack. “We are determined to continue our humanitarian support to over two millions Pakistani citizens who have been affected by the ongoing displacement crises,” said Mr. Akcura, extending his “deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for the speedy recovery of all those who have been injured.” read more

Historic visit by Indias Prime Minister

There is a lot of attention tonight on an historic visit from India’s Prime Minister, and a multi-million dollar deal that will see a Canadian company supply uranium to India for the next five years for energy use. The uranium deal is making international headlines, because it ends a dispute that lasted for decades, after India used Canadian technology to build a nuclear bomb in the 19070s. As a result, Canada banned uranium and nuclear exports to India, until now. This afternoon, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at Pearson International airport with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The pair was greeted by Bollywood dancers. Earlier in the day, the pair signed a number of bilateral agreements – including the uranium agreement, which will be used to fuel India’s power reactors.Saskatoon-based Cameco signed the $350 million dollar deal that will see it supply seven million pounds of uranium to India. Canada is the second-largest producer of uranium in the world, while India is the fourth-largest energy consumer and it’s expected to triple its electricity supply over the next 25 years. Prime minister harper says Canada is also deepening its relationship with India on world security.Narendra Modi swept to power in India in an upset election win about a year ago. Ever since, he’s received raucous receptions in international appearances, including a packed Madison Square Gardens last year, where the crowd chanted his name. Supporters think Modi will help India shine on the world stage, even though they worry about some dark moments in his history. Lisa Hepfner spoke to some local Indo-Canadians about what’s been dubbed “the Modi wave” or “Tsu-NaMo”. Ricoh Coliseum doesn’t hold nearly enough seats for the number of people who want to see Narendra Modi. “I’m still calling everyone I know to see if I can source another ticket. I’m trying my best to be there. Modi’s more a rock star than a prime minister. People want to see him.” Amandeep Narula owns a banquet hall on Barton Street. She’s got a Sikh background, but it doesn’t bother her that Narendra Modi is Hindu. “I see myself being more Indian than Sikh. Even beyond that, I see myself as human. So whoever can bring that parity to India, we should forget the differences. Past is past. Lets move forward.”Modi started life helping his father serve tea at a train station, but eventually became leader of the Gujarat Province. He brought 24-7 electricity, roads, infrastructure… and hope. There was also an uprising where thousands of Muslims died. “You can’t ignore that but if he can prove that it’s past…and he’s here to unite the country…” Modi is here looking for knowledge as well as business deals. “He would like to have the traffic system we have here…he would like to know how we’re graduating our drivers licenses.” He recently promised to address air pollution in the country – the worst in the world. His twitter account is very active, especially as he travels the world to drum up business – taking selfies with people like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Fifty per cent of the population is under 25. 65 per cent below 35…800 million young people….they need jobs.” says McMaster Professor Rama Singh. It’s a contrast to the rest of the world’s aging population. He says Canada may be the most important foreign country for India, in part because it’s immigrants have been so successful here. “A success story…from Vancouver to Brampton.”Modi goes to Vancouver and a Sikh temple after Toronto so he’s trying to ease those old cultural tensions it seems. read more

West Africa needs UN help to prevent instability Security Council says

After a fact-finding trip to seven West African countries last month, United Nations Security Council members are recommending strengthening of institutions working for regional stability, such as the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In a report on their findings, the 14 Council members on the mission – Russia did not participate – welcome the initiative of UNOWA and ECOWAS “to identify ways of preventing coups d’état and other unconstitutional means of seizing or holding power, as well as to mitigate those abuses that are usually the root causes of attempted coups d’état.” They also urge donors to respond generously to humanitarian appeals for the region and call for additional resources to UNOWA, which already has reached its full staffing level of seven professional staff members, to help with implementing coherent solutions to conflicts and other regional problems. Recruitment of child soldiers continues, the report says, hailing the efforts of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners to strengthen the Child Protection Unit of ECOWAS. Many of the people the mission met “underlined the need to create jobs and economic opportunity in West Africa as an essential element of lasting peace,” it says. “Without them, countries could easily slip back into conflict, particularly after United Nations peacekeeping operations have left,” the report says. “The mission stressed the need for countries of the region, working with their international partners, to do their utmost to create a more favourable investment climate.” The Security Council members point out that for the region to achieve the economic growth needed to cut prevailing youth unemployment, countries must fight corruption and promote governmental accountability to attract investment. The mission was in the region from 22 to 28 June, with stops in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea. Council members reviewed peacekeeping operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but they stressed that due attention must be paid to “those countries of the region that are currently stable and that show strong commitment to good governance, protection of human rights and good-neighbourly relations.” read more

Manitoba chiefs hope to get Federal Court of Appeal review of Enbridge

Manitoba chiefs hope to get Federal Court of Appeal review of Enbridge project by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 7:49 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 13, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says it is taking further steps in its fight against the Enbridge 3 line replacement project.The group is trying to get leave to file a judicial review with the Federal Court of Appeal with the aim of challenging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval last year of replacements to the aging Enbridge line from Alberta to Wisconsin.The chiefs say in a news release that the project will increase Canadian pipeline capacity and make it unlikely that Canada will meet its Paris climate change commitments.The group also contends the pipeline replacements will lead to further environmental degradation, including the risks to the watershed from spills, the effects of leaving decommissioned pipeline in the ground and other public safety issues.Grand Chief Derek Nepinak was one of several indigenous leaders to meet this week in Alberta with actor and activist Jane Fonda, who is supporting them in their concerns over fossil fuel development.Nepinak says the Enbridge 3 decision is “founded upon a process that marginalized indigenous voices and legal orders.”“It is a fundamental step backwards in the renewal of a nation-to-nation relationship,” says Nepinak. “Instead, it stands as an example of another string of broken promises by the Canadian government that damages its relationship with Indigenous Nations and the original peoples.”Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has said the approval of the Enbridge project and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline are the culmination of a thorough and improved assessment process that heard from more than 35,000 Canadians.He has said the government believes it is necessary to build the infrastructure to get Canada’s resources to market sustainably, and the benefits to the economy outweigh the impact on the environment. read more

North Devon Lib Dem candidate resigns over inflammatory Brexit comments

“I think there is a slight disconnect that North Devon being isolated, being rural and low income perhaps hasn’t appreciated the advantages of being in the European Union,” she said. Kirsten Johnson, a pianist and composer, made the comments in an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Sunday afternoon, where she said North Devon voted for Brexit because it was “98 per cent white” and that “people aren’t exposed to people from other countries, they don’t travel a lot”. Ms Johnson came under fire from Peter Heaton-Jones, the Tory MP for North Devon,… A Lib Dem candidate has resigned after claiming people in her constituency voted Brexit because they were “white and don’t know people from other countries”.  read more

Luas extensions light rail to Cork and highdensity housing Project Ireland 2040

first_imgThere will be further commitments to projects already previously announced in the lifetime of this government including the move of the National Maternity Hospital to the grounds of St Vincent’s, the National Children’s Hospital and the Metro North airport link.Also revealed today will be a more detailed costing of those projects being earmarked for completion within the next 10 years, spanning 2018 to 2027.Speaking this morning about the €116bn development plan, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said that measures are being taken to buffer Project Ireland 2040 from future political turmoil. He told RTÉ Radio One’s Sean O’Rourke:What we are doing today hasn’t been done before. We are putting a plan in law that will be the basis for all future plans. We’re also setting up an independent regulator, to be independent of Government politicians to make sure that we adhere to that plan, and crucially, again for the first time, the investment will follow the plan.TheJournal.ie understands that while there have been price tags attached to the various projects, those which are not yet underway will all still be subject to a cost appraisal process which might lead to approval or modification of plans as necessary. IRELAND’S POPULATION IS projected to expand by a million people by 2040 – and today the government will reveal the cross-departmental plans they have created to meet that growth.Ahead of the official launch in Sligo this afternoon, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed told assembled press that the plans will “make up for a lost decade” of austerity.While the full scope of what Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his officials have titled Project Ireland 2040 will be revealed at 2pm, we know that there are plans to: Luas extensions, light rail to Cork and high-density housing: Project Ireland 2040 has high hopes Full details on the projects which will go ahead in the next 10 years will be revealed later today. 30,980 Views Friday 16 Feb 2018, 12:00 PM Cork may benefit from a light rail corridor and regeneration of sites in the city. https://jrnl.ie/3855349 Short URL Pump €1bn into a rural redevelopment fund (in addition to the existing schemes such as LEADER and the town and village renewal scheme)Increase the number of acute hospital beds, new elective surgery facilities in Dublin, Cork and Galway and add to community nursing care placesRamp up development of brownfield sites within urban areas to provide more scope for development in high-density areasCreate around 20,000 school places and add €2bn in funding to the country’s universities, as well as investment in institutes of technologyAssign €22bn to climate action measures including transitioning public transport to an electric fleet, approaching carbon neutrality for agriculture and increasing energy efficiency in private and public buildings over timeLook at expanding Luas lines to Bray, Finglas, Lucan and PoolbegA possible light rail corridor to CorkDeliver on the M20 motorway between Cork and Limerick and develop an ‘Atlantic Corridor’ in the NorthA new €500 million Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund for businesses as one of several measure to ‘Brexit-proof’ the economycenter_img 111 Comments By Susan Daly Cork may benefit from a light rail corridor and regeneration of sites in the city. Image: Shutterstock/Andriy Tabachuk Feb 16th 2018, 11:27 AM Image: Shutterstock/Andriy Tabachuk Share186 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Apple sort déjà un correctif pour ses MacBook Pro

first_imgApple sort déjà un correctif pour ses MacBook ProÉtats-Unis – Sortis en début de semaine, les nouveaux MacBook Pro d’Apple vont devoir subir une première mise à jour précoce. But de la manœuvre : améliorer la stabilité des graphismes haute performance et corriger plusieurs bogues.Les nouveaux MacBook Pro 15 et 17 pouces permettent aux utilisateurs d’Apple de bénéficier de performances optimisées, notamment grâce à un nouveau processeur. Ainsi, l’autonomie graphique de l’ordinateur est mieux gérée grâce à une adaptation au travail réalisé. Cependant, plusieurs bogues ont été constatés cette semaine et Apple a dû rapidement publier un correctif, concernant en particulier l’affichage de ses nouvelles machines. Deux jours plus tôt, c’était le système d’exploitation Snow Leopard qui bénéficiait d’une mise à jour.Le 16 avril 2010 à 13:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Portland Mayor Sam Adams wont seek reelection

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Sam Adams, whose 2008 election victory made Portland the largest city with an openly gay mayor at the time, announced Friday he won’t run for a second term. Adams said in an interview in his office that he decided not to seek re-election because he’d have to campaign and fundraise full time. He also said he wouldn’t be able to work on his agenda if he had to start campaigning now.The announcement comes more than two years after he admitted that he lied during his last campaign about a sexual relationship with a teenager. The 47-year-old mayor then survived calls for his immediate resignation, but the scandal reverberated through his tenure. He blamed personal financial difficulties on the legal bills he ran up as he missed mortgage payments on his home and rental properties.Adams, who would have faced at least two prominent challengers in a re-election bid, said the prospect of a difficult campaign helped him make a decision. “To run for mayor would be a tough race,” Adams said. “It would require that I spend a lot less time on the issues and challenges Portland is facing, and I’m not just willing to phone it in as mayor.”last_img read more

Employees find collapsed roof inside Miami store

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Employees showing up for work at a Miami store found that part of the roof had collapsed.The employees of the store, along Northwest 20th Street and Northwest 26th Avenue, were opening up Monday morning when they found part of the roof on the floor.They immediately called their boss, who then called City of Miami Police.No injuries were reported.The cause of the collapse remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

China favours permanent solution to Rohingya issue AL

first_img.The Communist Party of China (CPC) has assured Bangladesh of convincing Myanmar government to resolve the Rohingya problem permanently, according to ruling Awami League leaders.The assurance came at a meeting between the CPC and visiting 18-member Awami League (AL) delegation headed by its presidium member Faruk Khan in Beijing on Monday.”China will convince Myanmar government for holding talks with Bangladesh as we think the permanent solution to the Rohingya problems is a must for ensuring peace in the rejoin,” Li Jun, vice-minister of international liaison department of CPC, was quoted to have said.Deputy office secretary of the AL and member of the delegation Biplab Barua confirmed the matter over telephone from China.The assurance came as AL joint general secretary Dipu Moni sought an effective role of the Chinese government in solving the Rohingya problem after describing the inhuman torture on Rohingyas that forced them to flee the Rakhine state to Bangladesh.In reply, Lee June reportedly said, “We are well aware of the Rohingya crisis and we have already talked about the matter with Myanmar government to find a peaceful and permanent solution to the matter.”He further said China will play a positive role in the international arena for the repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar.”We are respectful to the Awami League government’s humanitarian behaviour towards the Rohingya and we will send relief which include blanket and tent on September 27 in response to the initiative of the prime minister of Bangladesh (for Rohingyas),” he was quoted to have said, adding that the assistances will be continued.The delegation includes AL’s cultural affairs secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, information and research secretary Afzal Hossain, legal affairs secretary SM Rezaul Karim, forest and environment affairs secretary Delwar Hossain, international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed, deputy office secretary Bilob Barua, and central committee members Nazibullah Hiru, Riazul Kabir Kawsar, Dipankar Talukder, and vice-principal Remon Areng and lawmaker Habibe Millat.last_img read more

UPDATE HCCs Central Campus Will Remain Closed On Tuesday Due To Shooting

first_imgPhoto: Wikimedia CommonsThe central campus of Houston Community College (HCC) will remain closed on Tuesday, May 8, due to a shooting threat made on social media over the weekend, the college announced on Monday afternoon in a news release.The central campus of Houston Community College (HCC) will remain closed on Tuesday, May 8, due to a shooting threat made on social media over the weekend, the college announced on Monday afternoon in a news release. The college also informed about the closure on its website.The central campus, which is located at 1300 Holman Street –south of downtown Houston–, was closed all day on Monday.HCC also announced a media briefing has been scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday to provide an update on the closure.According to the college’s news release, final exams scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 will be moved to Thursday, May 10 with a few exceptions. That is in addition to the earlier postponement of the Monday, May 7, finals to Friday, May 11.On Sunday May 6, HCC decided to close the central campus to allow HCC police time to conduct a thorough inspection of campus facilities and put in place heightened security measures in response to a shooting threat made on social media over the weekend.In addition to the extra precautions at central campus, HCC will continue to provide additional security at each of its other campuses while this matter is under investigation.HCC noted in its news release that is is working “in partnership with local and federal agencies to identify the source and the veracity of the threat at this time.”“We will remain vigilant and respond thoroughly whenever any reports of a concerning nature are received,” said HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado. Sharelast_img read more

Google smartwatch rumors say this could be the month

first_img Google has yet to say anything official about an upcoming smartwatch but that has not stopped all the talk. Phandroid, one of the sites discussing the Google smartwatch rumor this week, referred to an anonymous tipster saying Google was heavily focusing for the watch on battery life and Bluetooth 4.0.9to5Google discussed the rumors of a Google Watch “happening soon” and suggested illustrations of what the watch might look like, showing a circular design as well as an alternate square design. The watch is expected to run the operating system Android.The rumors are plausible when considering that Google had earlier on not only filed for a smartwatch patent but also bought a smartwatch company WIMM Labs, gaining expertise on that end. Also, Google has made technology advancements in the form of Google Now notifications and alerts; expectations are that the new smartwatch, if it does debut, may carry Google Now functionality. A smartwatch empowered with utilities in Google Now could turn out to be not just a wearable phone but a handy wearable digital assistant. The smartwatch would leverage Google Now technology; and would suit consumers who otherwise would be reluctant to walk around with a display above the eye, preferring a device worn instead on the wrist. As the rumors swirl, there are the obvious questions about what Google will choose as the name for the smartwatch and of course the price. Another key question being posed is just how the smartwatch will be positioned. If fed with notifications and alerts via Google Now, will the smartwatch be designed and marketed as a primary companion to the Nexus phone? Will it be designed and marketed as a standalone device? If a rumored date of October 31 is correct, the watch might coincide with the release of KitKat (Android 4.4) and possibly the release of Nexus 5. While the positioning of the smartwatch is not yet clear, a trail of hints that this day is coming sooner or later goes back to earlier this year rather than just this month. The Financial Times reported back in March that Google’s smartwatch was being developed by its Android unit according to a person briefed on the project, to act as an extension to phones using that OS. “Is that a smartwatch you’re not wearing?” Google’s may actually appear More information: 9to5google.com/2013/10/14/goog … e-now-functionality/plus.google.com/10779727202978 … 58/posts/ccAHguudNop Explore further (Phys.org) —Should the smartwatch successfully kick off a wearables trend in the consumer marketplace, then big computer vendors will clamor for a piece of the action. Google, according to a resurgence in smartwatch rumors this week, is not about to stand around and wait. According to the new batch of rumors, Google already is putting the final touches on its own smartwatch, codenamed Gem, to be launched in just weeks. And there’s more rumor talk: Google is focusing on longer battery life, and is targeting its debut to coincide with the launch of Android 4.4 (KitKat) at the end of the month. 9to5Google illustration. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Google smartwatch rumors say this could be the month (2013, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-google-smartwatch-rumors-month.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Discovery suggests there may be trillions of tiny bits of material pollutants

first_img(Phys.org) —A team of researchers with Dartmouth College in the U.S. and the University of Plymouth in the U.K. has found that a massive amount of tiny bits of rayon, plastics and other man-made materials are embedded in Arctic sea ice. In their paper published in the journal Earth’s Future, the team describes how they found evidence of the materials in core samples taken in 2005 and 2010 and note that as Arctic sea ice melts, the embedded material will be released into the ocean, likely causing problems for marine life. Declining sea ice to lead to cloudier Arctic: study Citation: Discovery suggests there may be trillions of tiny bits of material pollutants trapped in Arctic ice (2014, May 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-discovery-trillions-tiny-bits-material.html Explore further We all use plastics and other materials every day, but few of us give much thought to what happens to it after we toss it in the trash after it’s no longer useful to us. A lot of it winds up in landfills, of course, but a lot goes missing and now it appears that the researchers studying core samples, may have found where it’s gone: it’s been captured in Arctic sea ice, torn apart into tiny pieces during the journey there.The rayon and plastic bits aren’t noticeable to a person walking around in the Arctic because the pieces are so small, typically less than 5 millimeters in length. It’s in the form of beads, fibers or irregular fragments. Scientists have observed such material in the ocean before, particularly around garbage islands such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But never before have scientists noticed them in ice cores taken from the top of the world.The researchers don’t see any imminent threat from the embedded materials—the problem is that global warming is causing Arctic sea ice to melt, and as it does so, it will release the captured material into the sea, and no one knows what sort of impact that will have. Most of the materials aren’t expected to be toxic, but many are known to soak up chemicals, like a sponge. If the chemicals are toxic and an animal eats them, it likely would get sick or die.In counting the number of bits of material in the ice cores and estimating the amount of ice they are in, the researchers have concluded that there might be in the neighborhood of a trillion pieces of the stuff in position ready to be released into the world’s northern oceans. A little over half of the bits were rayon, the researchers report—others were polypropylene, acrylic, nylon, polyester, polyethylene and polystyrene.center_img More information: Global warming releases microplastic legacy frozen in Arctic Sea ice, Earth’s Future, DOI: 10.1002/2014EF000240AbstractWhen sea ice forms it scavenges and concentrates particulates from the water column, which then become trapped until the ice melts. In recent years, melting has led to record lows in Arctic sea ice extent, the most recent in September 2012. Global climate models, such as that of Gregory et al. [2002], suggest that the decline in Arctic sea ice volume (3.4% per decade), will actually exceed the decline in sea ice extent, something that Laxon et al. [2013] have shown supported by satellite data. The extent to which melting ice could release anthropogenic particulates back to the open ocean has not yet been examined. Here we show that Arctic sea ice from remote locations contains concentrations of microplastics at least two orders of magnitude greater than those that have been previously reported in highly contaminated surface waters, such as those of the Pacific Gyre. Our findings indicate that microplastics have accumulated far from population centers and that polar sea ice represents a major historic global sink of man-made particulates. The potential for substantial quantities of legacy microplastic contamination to be released to the ocean as the ice melts therefore needs to be evaluated, as do the physical and toxicological effects of plastics on marine life. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

Two sea turtle nests found looted at Mahahual

first_imgMahahual, Q.R. — An environmental group has requested the intervention of authorities after noticing the eggs from two turtle nests were looted.The two empty nests were found along the beaches of Mahahual by citizens who forwarded the complaint to Proyecto AAk Mahahual AC. The environmental group says that during a tour Saturday morning in a turtle nesting area, they noticed that two turtle nests were looted.Two sea turtle nests found looted at MahahualPhoto: Proyecto AAk Mahahual ACThey say the looted eggs are due to a lack of awareness of local citizens, adding that stealing turtle eggs is a federal crime. They point out that according to Mexico law, it is illegal to capture, damage or deprive of life any specimen of turtle or marine mammal, or collect or store in any way its products or by-products.“Hopefully more people will become aware and leave these practices for the common good of all, especially in such an important area of tourism where many depend on their natural resources and their species as a tourist attraction.”A call has been made to authorities to take action on the protection of the nests and the sea turtles who are still laying eggs on the beaches.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VisitBritain taps the travel trade to push new I Travel For… campaign

first_imgTags: Britain Share VisitBritain taps the travel trade to push new ‘I Travel For…’ campaign Posted by Michael Smith center_img TORONTO — VisitBritain says it wants to work with the travel trade for its new ‘I Travel For…’ marketing strategy, launched last night and rolling out later this month.Executive VP, Americas, Gavin Landry says VisitBritain is looking to the trade to push the ‘I Travel For…’ message out to Canadians. “If there’s an audience with TravelBrands, or Air Canada, or Air Canada Vacations or Flight Centre here in Canada, we’re going to work with those partners to introduce content into their environments that is under a passion point that will drive travel and will support the visitor economy in Canada,” he said.Landry added: “The content that we will produce will be consumed by the audience in the environment where they’re already consuming the content.”Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, British High Commissioner to CanadaIn Canada, the six passion points that inspire travel to Britain are flavours, culture, surprises, discoveries, landscape and bliss. Each of the six points will work with the ‘I Travel For…’ tagline in the campaign.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe Canadian market continues to be an important one for the destination, with Canadians travelling more widely across the UK than any other international visitors, says Landry. They also stay longer, and spend more. The average stay from the Canadian market is 10 nights compared to seven from Britain’s other key markets. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, February 7, 2018 last_img read more

US to put military equipment in several European countries

first_img Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The defense chiefs standing with Carter all spoke bluntly about the threat they perceive from Russia, and the latest military plans provide a show of solidarity across the region and in NATO.Estonia Defense Minister Sven Mikser said the Baltic leaders aren’t trying to restart the Cold War arms race or match Russian President Vladimir Putin “tank for tank,” but the additional military presences will be a deterrent to Russia and could change the calculous.“In global terms Russia is no match conventionally to U.S. or to NATO, but here in our corner of the world, Putin believes that he enjoys regional superiority,” Mikser said, adding that Estonia is eager and ready to accept the equipment immediately.Each set of equipment would be enough to outfit a military company or battalion, and would go on at least a temporary basis to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania. Carter said the equipment could be moved around the region for training and military exercises, and would include Bradley fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzer artillery guns.Germany will be participating in the expanded military effort, but already has U.S. equipment. “We intend to move those equipment sets around as exercises move around,” Carter told a news conference. “They’re not static. Their purpose is to enable richer training and more mobility to forces in Europe.” He said the U.S. presence will be “persistent” but “agile,” and he said the troops will be able to stay at a higher state of readiness.But while the stated goal of the move is that American forces moving in and out of Europe will be better able to do training, it also would allow NATO nations to more quickly respond to any military crisis in the region.The U.S., said Carter, is also going to work with NATO’s cyber center, located in Estonia, to help allies develop cyber defense strategies and other protections against computer-based attacks. Russian hackers have become particularly adept, including breaking into U.S. State Department computers.The countries for the equipment storage were chosen based on their proximity to training ranges, to reduce the time and cost of transporting it for exercises.The two-pronged U.S. plan — with the placement of equipment in Europe and the commitment of resources for NATO’s very high readiness task force — underscore America’s commitment to helping allies counter the growing threats on Europe’s eastern and southern fronts. TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The U.S. will spread about 250 tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment across six former Soviet bloc nations to help reassure NATO allies facing threats from Russia and terrorist groups, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday.Carter’s announcement, made as he stood with defense chiefs from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, comes a day after he announced that the U.S. would have other weapons, aircraft and forces, including commandos, ready as needed for NATO’s new rapid reaction force, to help Europe defend against potential Russian aggression from the east and the Islamic State and other violent extremists from the south. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img U.S. and NATO allies have criticized Russia for its increasingly aggressive actions, including the annexation of Crimea and its backing of separatist troops on Ukraine’s eastern border.Under the plan to commit troops and resources if needed during a crisis, the U.S. could see a temporary increase in American troops in Europe, although many could be reassigned from bases already in the region. No U.S. troops or equipment will move immediately.Carter said the U.S., if requested and approved, would be willing to provide intelligence and surveillance capabilities, special operations forces, logistics, transport aircraft, and a range of weapons support that could include bombers, fighters and ship-based missiles. It would not provide a large ground force.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

Kuwait charges 29 people over deadly Shiite mosque bombing

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home They face a range of charges such as illegally possessing explosives, incitement to violence and joining an extremist group.Kuwaiti officials previously identified the suicide bomber in the attack as Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa, a Saudi man in his early twenties who landed in the country just hours before the attack.The June 26 bombing killed 27 worshippers and wounded at least 200 people. The bombing struck the Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait’s capital as Shiite worshippers were preforming the midday Friday prayers.Saudi authorities said earlier this month that the kingdom was holding three Saudi brothers in connection with the attack in neighboring Kuwait.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait announced on Tuesday that 29 people, most of them residents of this Gulf Arab country, will face trial for last month’s suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque that was claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.The Kuwait News Agency reported that those facing trial include seven Kuwaitis and 13 “illegal residents” — a reference to Kuwait’s “bidoon” community that is made up largely of desert nomads considered stateless by the government. Also facing trial are five Saudis, three Pakistanis and a fugitive whose nationality is not yet known. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Connecticut Texas See First Bank Failures in Years

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers OCC Processing Service Providers 2013-09-16 Tory Barringer Connecticut, Texas See First Bank Failures in Years in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The “”FDIC””:http://fdic.gov/ announced Friday the closure of two more banks–including Connecticut’s first collapse in more than a decade–bringing this year’s failure tally to 22 so far.[IMAGE]The first of Friday’s announcements involved the Community’s Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was shut down by the Connecticut Department of Banking.Because it was unable to find another financial institution to take over the failed bank’s operations, FDIC will mail checks directly to the Community’s Banks depositors for the amount of their insured money.[COLUMN_BREAK]As of June 30, the Community’s Bank held approximately $25.7 million in total deposits and possessed about $26.3 million in assets. FDIC will retain all the assets for later disposition. The Community’s Bank was the first FDIC-insured institution to close in Connecticut since June 2002.In Texas, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) closed First National Bank, based in Edinburg. To protect depositors, FDIC announced it has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with “”PlainsCapital Bank””:https://www.plainscapital.com/personal-banking/pages/index.aspx in Dallas.Under the agreement, PlainsCapital will assumed all of First National’s $2.3 billion in deposits and will purchase $2.7 billion of the collapsed bank’s $3.1 billion in assets.In addition, FDIC and PlainsCapital entered into a loss-share transaction on $1.8 billion of First National’s assets.First National was the first Texas-based FDIC-insured bank to fail in nearly two years.Together, the two collapses represent a cost of $645.3 million dollars–$7.8 million for the Community’s Bank and $637.5 million for First National.center_img September 16, 2013 389 Views Sharelast_img read more

Cyber security on the table during Israel meetings

first_imgCyber threats will be among the issues on the table when Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides pays an official visit to Israel later on Monday during which he will also discuss with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liebrman terrorism, maritime and energy security and bilateral issues.The defence ministry said Fokaides and Lieberman will review the implementation of the Bilateral Military Cooperation Programme between the two countries and will discuss the latest developments regarding the regional security environment and combating terrorism. Moreover their agenda will include issues regarding maritime and energy security and cyber threats.This is Fokaides’ second visit to Israel this year, indicating the high level of the two countries’ relations.His visit takes place in the framework of a series of visits he is paying to countries of the Eastern Mediterranean. He recently visited Cairo where he met his Egyptian counterpart and was received by President Sisi, while next week he will visit Jordan for meetings with the defence minister and King Abdullah. He is also expected to visit Lebanon.The aim of these visits is to deepen relations with these states with a view to form a cooperation framework in favour of stability and security in the broader region to face common threats.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more