Tiananmen Square Tank Man photographer dies in Bali

first_imgJakarta: The photographer who snapped the defining image of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown — a solitary man defiantly blocking the path of a column of tanks — has died in Indonesia, according to US officials. American authorities confirmed the death of 64-year-old Charlie Cole in Bali, where the Texan had been a long-time resident. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a state department official said. Cole won the 1990 World Press Photo award for his picture of a man in a white shirt, carrying a shopping bag in each hand, striding out into the road the day after troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in the heart of Beijing. The man, whose identity remains unknown, stopped in front of a column of tanks and armoured vehicles stretching far down the road, later climbing onto the vehicle to engage in a conversation with one of the tank crew as gunshots crackled in the air. “Tank Man” has become one of the defining images of the 20th century, but the image remains largely unrecognised in China due to censorship of the image and the wider crackdown.last_img read more

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Paul McCartney Supports Campaign To Save Sea Turtles

first_imgSir Paul McCartney has lent his support for a campaign to save sea turtles from being farmed for food in the world’s last commercial farm in the Cayman Islands.He announced his support last week with a news story on his website, calling for fans to support the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) campaign to stop sea turtle farming at the Cayman Turtle Farm, in the Cayman Islands.McCartney tweeted: “There is no humane way to farm sea turtles. Support @WSPA campaign to #stopseaturtlefarming” adding on his official Facebook page: “the Cayman Turtle Farm is the last place on Earth that breeds endangered sea turtles for food.”An investigation conducted by WSPA has revealed disturbing evidence of animal cruelty, along with massive conservation and financial failures at the Cayman Turtle Farm.Despite marketing itself as a conservation focused tourist attraction, the Cayman Turtle Farm is the world’s last remaining facility that commercially raises sea turtles for slaughter and consumption.Some 7,000 endangered sea turtles – accurately portrayed in Finding Nemo as peaceful animals that travel thousands of miles across oceans – have been effectively immobilized and stockpiled in filthy, tiny tanks for so long that they have begun to cannibalize each other.The shocking images documented during WSPA’s investigation show widespread problems at the tourist attraction that also commercially factory farms thousands of turtles for human consumption under the banner of sea turtle conservation.Stress from overcrowding turns these gentle animals into cannibals and WSPA staff saw turtles with fins entirely chewed away. In-breeding causes turtles to be born with massive deformities, such as no eyes; these young animals have no chance at life at all.WSPA Wildlife Campaign Leader Dr Neil D’Cruze said: “The farm itself reports that demand for turtle meat has halved, possibly due to waning interest. The galling backdrop to this large-scale suffering is that of the 31,000 turtles the farm says it has released since 1968, only 133 have been released in the last five years and in over 40 years only 11 farm-tagged turtles have actually made it back to the beach to nest.last_img read more

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Security of polling personnel on EC radar

first_imgBALURGHAT: The district administration will make tight security arrangements on the day of election slated on April 23 here. The officials have assured polling personnel to not to worry over security reasons.According to the administrative officials, the safety and security of polling officers on duty is the highest priority of the Election Commission of India. Recently, the polling personnel during the training urged the administrative officials to look into the matter seriously so that the elections are conducted smoothly here. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDistrict Information and Cultural Officer and Nodal Officer of district media cell Shantanu Chakraborty told the Millennium Post: “In various parts of Bengal and in South Dinajpur, there have been apprehensions about the security of the polling officials. I assure there shall be adequate security arrangements at the polling stations under the direct control of the Election Commission of India to ensure proper security and safety of the presiding, polling and all other polling personnel associated with the election process and deputed during the elections here.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe election observers have made frequently visits to oversee the election preparedness in seven assembly constituencies, including Balurghat, Tapan (ST), Kumarganj, Kushmandi (SC), Gangarampur (SC), Harirampur and Itahar (North Dinajpur). Chakraborty said the Central observers might seek information on the poll preparedness across the district from the administrative officials. According to the senior officials, concrete steps will be immediately taken following any grievances by any political party while campaigning or during any poll related issues. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P said instructions have been given to the district administrative officials to cooperate with the observers all along to ensure smooth and fair election in the district. A high-level meeting with administrative officials, various political party representatives along with police personnel was convened to work hand-in-hand to ensure free and fair poll in the district. The district police and the BSF are jointly conducting search operations. An alert has been sounded for the 11 sensitive check-posts of the district covering Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. Strict vigilance is being maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places. Passengers travelling in long-distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly.last_img read more

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Millennial Money couplegoals start with a money summit

Spreadsheets and savings goals aren’t sexy. That’s probably why great love stories, when retold, don’t delve into household finances. But money is a central part of any relationship. And how you deal with it (or don’t) can determine whether your own tale is a short story or a novel.“Getting on the same page financially is crucial to being happy and having a long-lasting marriage,” says Marie O’Keefe, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual.That’s not just lip service. A whopping 82% of engaged and newly married couples say they feel closer to their mate when they’re in agreement about money, according to a survey by Northwestern Mutual and The Knot.But that same survey found that only 37% of couples actually talk about their finances monthly. If that sounds like you and your partner, it’s time to schedule a money summit.“I’m a huge proponent of financial summits . especially when you’re moving in with each other or getting engaged, because that’s when your lives begin to merge,” O’Keefe says.If you’re combining households, you need to tackle day-to-day tasks like making a budget and divvying up financial responsibilities. You also need to hit the big picture stuff, namely debt and financial goals, like saving for a house, retirement, vacation, a baby or all of the above.That first meeting might be a doozy — you have a lot of ground to cover and potentially some financial baggage to unpack — but once you get into a groove, your summits will get easier. These guidelines can keep your talk on track, even when things get uncomfortable.1. PUT IT ON THE CALENDARDon’t spring a major financial conversation on your partner. Instead, schedule it so you both can come to the table prepared mentally and emotionally.Not every summit needs an hour or even 30 minutes — Marla Mattenson , a relationship expert, has a 15-minute check-in every Friday with her partner — but some topics warrant more time and attention.If you’re butting heads on a financial goal, for example, or need to make major adjustments to your budget, debt or retirement plan, give yourselves enough time to unpack those issues.Mattenson suggests building in some buffer time, so you’re not going straight from your summit into dinner with friends.“You might have emotions you need to deal with after the meeting,” she says. “Have some ‘me’ time or some ‘us’ time built into the after-meeting time.”2. HAVE AN AGENDAGiving your summit some structure will make it easier to stay on task. Mattenson likes the “rose, bud, thorn, earth” approach.— Rose: Start with the stuff that’s going well. Did you stick to your budget or hit a savings goal? Celebrate that!— Bud: Next, move onto new things to consider. Do you want to get a puppy? Need a new car? Did you just get hit with a big medical bill? Now’s the time to figure out how that fits into your financial plan.—Thorn: Talk openly and honestly about any challenges getting in the way of your goals.—Earth: This is the big picture stuff — your goals and visions for the future, and any steps you need to take to achieve them.Stick to your time, even if you don’t get to everything on your agenda. Better to carry things over than to carry on for hours, getting tired and frustrated as the meeting drags on.“You’re not going to solve everything in the first meeting, or the third, or maybe even the 10th,” O’Keefe says. “Write down the things you still need to talk about and come away from each meeting with an action plan.”3. SET THE MOODTurn off your phones. Turn off the TV. Turn on some music. Pour yourselves a drink — wine, beer, White Claw, you pick. Sit down next to each other and talk.“You want to get into the good vibes of your relationship unit,” Mattenson says. “Sitting next to each other, it’s like the two of you working together on an issue, rather than against each other.”Agree to be honest, kind and judgment-free. And be attentive to any tension bubbling up. If you’re getting tense or your partner is getting defensive, call a timeout. Acknowledge the tension, defuse it (a hug does wonders, Mattenson says) and get back to your agenda.“If you get into negative talk, pause and go back to kind words,” Mattenson says. “Remind yourselves that the most important thing is the relationship and that you’re in it together.”_____________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Kelsey Sheehy is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: ksheehy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @kelseylsheehy.RELATED LINKS:Budget calculator http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-budget-calculatorKelsey Sheehy Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

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UN agency welcomes refugee protection resolution by 34 states in the Americas

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed a resolution adopted by 34 States in the Americas calling on countries to enact national mechanisms to protect refugees, stateless and internally displaced persons in accordance with international standards. Adopted by general consensus during the 33rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) held in Santiago de Chile from 8 to 10 June, the resolution encourages the few American states which have not yet ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol to do so. Thirty American states have so far ratified the treaty or its Protocol, according to UNHCR. The resolution also introduces two important innovations: it urges States to establish specific standards for the reception of asylum seekers and refugees, and emphasizes the importance of combating xenophobia and racial discrimination against these vulnerable groups. The resolution is good news for refugees and internally displaced people in the region, taking countries closer to a more comprehensive response to the needs of the victims of persecution and armed conflict, said Hope Hanlan, UNHCR Director for the Americas. Approximately 1 million asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons are of interest to UNHCR in North America. In South America over 2 million displaced Colombians continue to pose the most significant humanitarian challenges in the hemisphere. read more

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Ontario Liberals introduce bill to create mandatory provincial pension plan

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government introduced legislation Monday to create a mandatory provincial pension plan, which the Opposition and business groups slammed as a job-killing payroll tax.The bill clears the way for the introduction on Jan. 1, 2017, of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which will be mandatory for workers who do not already have a company pension plan, said Finance Minister Charles Sousa.“The reality is that a significant number of today’s workers are simply not saving enough to maintain their standard of living when they retire,” said Sousa.The bill would require employers and employees to each contribute 1.9 per cent of a worker’s salary to the ORPP, up to $1,643 a year, which the Ontario Chamber of Commerce warned will result in fewer jobs.“Employers worry that by making it more expensive to hire, the new pension plan will negatively impact job creation and hurt Ontario’s competitiveness,” said Chamber president and CEO Allan O’Dette. “We need to ensure that any changes to the pension system are made with a full understanding of the impact they will have on Ontario’s business climate.”The Canadian Federation of Independent Business warned that forcing every Ontarian without a workplace pension and their employers to pay new premiums will result in higher unemployment and lower wages.Nearly 70 per cent of small business owners say they would freeze or cut salaries and 53 per cent would reduce the number of jobs to cope with the added costs, said CFIB spokesman Plamen Petkov.“Business owners tell us the main reasons for currently not offering a pension plan are high costs and administrative complexities,” he said.The Progressive Conservatives also warned that Ontario’s weak economic recovery could be stalled by mandatory pension contributions from employers.“When you’re looking at a very fragile manufacturing economy in this province today, it hardly seems the right time to include a payroll tax,” said PC critic Julia Munro.People who call the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan a payroll tax are expressing “an extreme view,” said Sousa.“They made the same argument today as they made about CPP in the 1960s no less,” he said. “They were wrong then and they’re wrong now.”Ontario would still prefer to see improvements to the Canada Pension Plan instead of having to create its own retirement plan, but can’t get the federal Conservative government to agree, admitted Sousa.Federal Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson said Canadians don’t want to pay higher payroll taxes, and warned that Ontario’s mandatory pension plan could force a two-worker family to pay up to $3,200 in premiums each year.“Given the inability of the Wynne government to manage its finances and control the size of its deficit, one wonders whether the money collected through higher taxes will ever be there for pensioners in Ontario,” Sorenson said in a release.Sousa dismissed suggestions that the Ontario bill was designed to stall real progress on the issue until after next year’s federal election in hopes a new government in Ottawa would be open to improving the CPP.“Unless we take the proper steps now, we won’t be ready,” he said. “If they see fit to provide for CPP (enhancement) we’ll be able to move forward to that, but failing that determination, we must do what we are doing.”The Liberals introduced a second bill Monday to create Pooled Registered Pension Plans, which Sousa described as a voluntary savings tool for employers, employees and the self-employed.“This is an alternative, especially for mobile workers who may be in and out of jobs, and they want to take advantage of a pooled system that is at much lower cost and of greater benefit to them,” he said.However, the New Democrats criticized the pooled pension plans because they will be administered by the private sector, and said they doubted the Liberals really intend to proceed with a mandatory provincial pension plan.“There is either a public plan or a private plan, and the one the Liberals are running with is the Harper-style private plan, and the public plan that they talked about during the election campaign may or may not roll out over time,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “It’s a wait and see.”The Tories also questioned the Liberals’ commitment to implementing an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, saying there was very little in the legislation except a call for more government consultations on the issue.“I liken it to the hanging of the Christmas stocking, but it’s empty,” said Munro.Two-thirds of Ontario workers do not have a company pension plan.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2014 9:08 am MDT Ontario Liberals introduce bill to create mandatory provincial pension plan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Business voice will be heard Calgary Chamber

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has a new mission: ensure the business voice is heard in the upcoming municipal election.The Chamber cites an underrepresentation of business issues and voter apathy in previous elections as the primary reason for the new campaign.From now until election day, Oct. 16, 2017, the Chamber will engage with declared candidates for mayor and council.“There seems to be an attitude and culture of complacency where government just seems to think that businesses will always be there,” Director of Policy with the Chamber Zoe Addington said.“The truth is that business issues really are citizen issues. We often hear the saying that ‘businesses don’t vote,’ but businesses are people: they’re owners, they’re employers, they’re employees, they’re customers and really a vital part of our community and our economy.”Over the next few months, the Chamber is encouraging business owners to connect with candidates and will hold various events to allow relationships to develop.“It’s time for government, at all levels, to recognize the role of business in job creation and economic development,” Addington explained, noting “we see the government is making business uncompetitive through time, cost delays, unnecessary red tape, and at a time when [the businesses] are all affected by a tough economy.”Advance polls for the 2017 Municipal Election are open October 4 – 11.Find out more with Vote Elections Calgary. Business voice will be heard: Calgary Chamber Calgary|YYC by Tanya Blakney Posted Jul 31, 2017 12:19 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Pixabay) read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State sees rise in attendance during surprise season

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann calls out to the Buckeye offense in the second half of the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe college basketball season has entered its final month. Conference tournaments are in full swing and Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament is coming up this weekend.And as the season winds down, the talk of the Columbus sports scene has been the revitalization of Ohio State’s men’s basketball program under first-year coach Chris Holtmann.A new coach and a reinvigorated program traditionally leads to significant attendance boosts over the course of the season, and that’s been the case at the Schottenstein Center with attendance up nearly 1,200 fans per game compared to last season’s numbers.By the time the regular season ended, average attendance was 13,495 people per game, according to associated athletic director Brett Scarbrough. He said that puts Ohio State above the 2015-16 and 2016-17 attendance numbers of 12,283 and 12,324, respectively, but below recent years such as 2012-13 and 2013-14 when more than 16,000 fans filled the stands every game.“Ohio State basketball fans have supported the Buckeyes through ups and downs and we anticipate our fans will continue to do so moving forward,” said Dan Wallenberg, Ohio State athletic communications director for Ohio State. The rise in average attendance was boosted in part by a pair of games that welcomed more than 18,000 fans near the end of the season. The Buckeyes had 18,743 people attending the game against Illinois on Feb. 4 and a season-high 18,809 fans against Iowa on Feb. 10. The Buckeyes missed the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons and struggled to land high-profile recruits, which could have led to a drop in attendance.Even though the average attendance hasn’t been what it used to be, James Prisco, director of the NutHouse, the student section at men’s basketball games, believes the NutHouse is as loud and excited now as it has ever been.“We always had this passion, excitement, but I mean it’s very, very different this year when that passion and excitement gets carried through to a win” he said. “I mean, who would have thought at the end of February we were going to have 19 wins? So, you just feel that excitement even more.”Even though the Buckeyes will not return home for another game, they will play an opponent that has yet to be determined in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State will find out its next opponent at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

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HTC Facebook phone rumored for late 2012 launch

first_imgThat $50 Facebook phone you could pay for with Facebook credit never happened, but according to sources in Asia the social networking juggernaut hasn’t given up hopes of releasing their very own device. DigiTimes’ usual supply chain insiders say that HTC will build the phone — and that it could launch before the end of this year.Does Facebook really want to build a first-party smartphone? Probably not, but there’s always a chance that going public will have the company exploring additional sources of revenue. While generating profits from hardware sales isn’t always an easy thing, locking users into the Facebook ecosystem and increasing ad displays could certainly bolster their revenues.However, given that HTC already independently built two Facebook phones — the ChaCha and Salsa — what might be more likely is that HTC is building a new Facebook phone of their own and that this time around it’s not going to suck. With around 150MB RAM available to applications, the ChaCha had difficulty running HTC Sense and the Facebook app simultaneously. HTC has since taken a good, hard look at their approach to smartphones and decided that it’s best to build a few awesome devices rather than throwing every design imaginable at consumers and hoping everyone can find something they like.A new HTC phone officially sanctioned by Facebook wouldn’t be a shocker, and it’s certainly a niche the company could capture and generate a good number of sales. Despite lingering privacy concerns, Facebook’s popularity isn’t shrinking and there are plenty of people out there who would be interested in a quality phone — at the right price — with that blue icon pasted on it.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

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The Met and MakerBot team up to translate classic works of art

first_imgAs part of its continued effort to show the world that 3D printing is a technology that can be both exciting and useful, MakerBot recently joined forces with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (The Met) to conduct a two-day hack-a-thon. The goal? To capture as many statues and sculptures in a 3D virtual environment as possible. Those 3D models would then be uploaded to the Thingiverse where anyone with a 3D printer could recreate them at home, allowing them to study and admire the artwork without having to make the trip to New York to see them in person.While some critics have seen 3D printing as nothing more than a fad, it’s projects like this that show the incredible power that the technology can put into the hands of everyday people. A child who lives in Washington state who might not be able to make the trip to the MET to do a school report on some of the pieces of work that are stored in the museum can now get a hands-on look to help them understand the subject matter that much better. Having a miniature version of the Reclining Naiad by Antonio Canova in your hand certainly beats looking at a picture on a website!This partnership with the MET is just the first salvo in MakerBot’s effort to “bring art back to life.” The company desires to employ the technology that it’s helping to develop to allow much greater access to the world’s treasures to a broader spectrum of people. With more schools and educators getting on board with 3D printing, it opens a huge doorway for students of all ages to take part in the exploration of art and its cultural significance. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that many of them will be purchasing MakerBots to make all of this happen!Read more at the Thingiverse, MakerBot, and the Met site.last_img read more

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WA Shadow Minister questioned on FYROM statements

first_imgThe Australian Hellenic Council in Western Australia (AHCWA) has written to John Hyde, WA’s Shadow Minister for Culture, Multicultural Interests and Citizenship, requesting clarification of statements he allegedly made in recent meetings with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) parliamentarians. Hyde met with the Chairman of FYROM Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Antonio Milososki in Skopje on July 22. The Macedonian Information Agency reported the meeting under the headline “Efforts made towards speeding up the recognition of the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name,” A separate report published on the website of the Assembly of Macedonia stated that “the MP Mr Hyde underlined that Australian MPs are working on proper acknowledgement of the Republic of Macedonia by Australia”. The letter to Hyde from Con Berbatis – the AHC’s National Coordinator – asked the WA Shadow Minister to confirm if such statements were made, and goes on to request that if the media reports prepared in Skopje are accurate, that a formal retraction be issued by Hyde’s office, re-affirming the Shadow Minister’s adherence to the Australian Federal Government’s policy in relation to the ongoing discussions regarding the renaming of the FYROM. The letter from the AHC sought to remind Hyde that arrangements for the interim measures (agreed in 1994 by the United Nations) to refer to FYROM as the required nomenclature still apply, and such a policy will be maintained until agreement is reached by Athens and Skopje. Meanwhile, there are strong signs that the United States’ position on FYROM, and the issue of its renaming, has moved significantly under the Obama administration. Legislation proposed last week by the House of Representatives, under the title of “The Foreign Relations Authorisation Act” proposes new limitations on US aid to FYROM. Further irritating Skopje, the Bill referred to the FYROM under that name, rather than under the name ‘Republic of Macedonia’, as US official documents have done since the Bush administration chose to unilaterally recognise FYROM as the ‘Republic of Macedonia’ in 2004. The legislation states: “Greece has demonstrated an enormous good will gesture in agreeing that ‘Macedonia’ may be included in the future name of FYROM, as long as that term is combined with a geographic qualifier that makes it clear that there are no territorial ambitions on the part of the FYROM with regard to the historical boundaries of the Greek province of Macedonia.” The proposed legislation also made clear the view view that “FYROM continues to utilise materials that violate provisions of the United Nations-brokered interim agreement between FYROM and Greece, regarding incendiary rallies, rhetoric, [and] propaganda”, and that future assistance offered by the US to the former Yugoslav republic “should be conditioned on the FYROM’s willingness to engage in meaningful discussions with Greece.” The Bill places limitations on the use of US assistance funds for programs and activities “that directly or indirectly promote incendiary rallies, rhetoric, or propaganda by state-controlled agencies or encourage acts by private entities likely to incite violence, hatred, or hostility, including support for printing and publishing of textbooks, maps, and teaching aids that may include inaccurate information on the histories and geographies of Greece and FYROM”. The legislation is seen as yet another setback for Skopje, after Hillary Clinton stated during her recent visit to Athens that FYROM must work to reach a compromise with Greece if they are to be allowed to accede to the European Union and NATO. The Australian Macedonian Advisory Council have said they welcome the Bill and would like to see further action taken by the US Government to discourage the provocative and unproductive attitude of the Government of the FYROM. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Parc national des Calanques feu vert de la commission denquête publique

first_imgParc national des Calanques : feu vert de la commission d’enquête publique Dans un rapport publié en fin de semaine dernière, la commission d’enquête publique a rendu un avis favorable quant à la création du parc national des Calanques. Elle note toutefois certains détails à préciser sur le périmètre exact du parc.La commission d’enquête publique s’est dite favorable au projet de création du parc national des Calanques. Dans un rapport cité par l’AFP, elle émet cependant quatre réserves concernant les limites exactes du futur parc visant à protéger la biodiversité du site exceptionnel que sont les Calanques de Marseille.À lire aussiVers la création d’un parc national de zones humidesLa commission souhaite en effet voir l’archipel du Frioul, la calanque de Port Miou et le village des Goudes inclus dans le périmètre. Elle demande en outre un élargissement du coeur du parc, l’aire optimale d’adhésion (AOA), en y intégrant notamment “la campagne Pastré, le lycée d’aménagement paysager de Marseilleveyre, la Cayolle et le Roy d’Espagne”.Cette enquête publique a duré un mois, du 17 octobre au 17 novembre. Elle a réuni quelques “4.500 contributions” a souligné Guy Tessier, le président du Groupement d’Intérêt Publique (GIC) des Calanques. Et de se “féliciter du succès de cette ultime phase de consultation locale qui confirme l’approbation d’une majorité de la population concernée par ce projet majeur pour le devenir de nos territoires”.Le long processus de création du parc n’est pas encore tout à fait achevé. Mercredi, le 4 janvier, aura lieu une assemblée générale finale. Elle sera suivie, le 20 janvier, d’une assemblée générale extraordinaire qui rendra un avis final et approuvera la dernière version du projet, a indiqué le GIP. A l’origine prévu fin 2011, c’est en avril prochain que devrait finalement être signé par le Premier ministre le décret de création du parc national des Calanques. Il s’agira du premier  premier parc national créé en France métropolitaine depuis 1979. Il alors deviendra le troisième parc périurbain du monde après Le Cap et Sidney.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 09:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ColorChanging Beetles May Be Key to More Vivid Eyeshadow Palettes

first_img A new color-generation technique found in nature could mean purer and more vivid cosmetic and paint hues, as well as better screen displays.Researchers from Singapore’s Yale-NUS College and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland discovered the mechanism in the wing casings of a snout weevil.It turns out there can be beauty in beetles.The so-called “rainbow” weevil (p. c. pavonius) gets its name from the prism of colored spots on its back, made of scales arranged in concentric rings of different hues. The pigments range from blue in the center to red at the outside.Most insects can produce one or two colors. But it’s rare that a single bug generates such a vast spectrum. If scientists can determine the source of this natural formation, they could blow current technology wide open.And that’s exactly what Vinodkumar Saranathan of Yale-NUS and Bodo Wilts from the Adolphe Merkle Institute at Fribourg hope to do.“The ultimate aim of research in this field is to figure out how the weevil self-assembles these structures because with our current technology we are unable to do so,” Saranathan, an assistant professor of science at Yale-NUS College, said in a statement.Upon further examination of a snout weevil from the Philippines, researchers found that the insect produces its rainbow palette using a method seen only in squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses—renowned for their capacity for camouflage.“The ability to produce these structures … will have applications in any industry which deals with color production,” Saranathan explained.Digital displays in your smartphone or tablet, for instance, could be made to provide the same true image from any angle, with no color distortion.“We can even use them to make reflective cladding for optical fibers, to minimize signal loss during transmission,” he added.The vibrant colors on this weevil’s scales—composed of a 3D crystalline structure made of chitin (the main ingredient in insect exoskeletons)—are determined by two factors: volume of chitin in the crystal structure, and size of the crystal structure in each scale.This talent for simultaneously controlling size and volume to fine-tune color has never before been shown in insects, according to Yale-NUS, which called the complex skill “quite remarkable.”“It is different from the usual strategy employed by nature to produce various different hues on the same animal,” Saranathan said, clarifying that chitin structures are typical of fixed size and volume, and different colors are generated by orienting the structure at different angles, which reflects different wavelengths of light.The full study was published in the journal Small.Don’t dismiss insects—they could one day save your life. If nothing else, they’re often bearers of fun names, like Megapropodiphora arnoldi and Xenomorphia resurrecta. Find out more about insects here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New Wasps Named After Cookies, ‘Doctor Who’ VillainsWorld’s Largest Bee Rediscovered in Wild Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Deputies arrest man suspected of robbing shooting man at Pompano Beach ATM

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a man suspected of robbing and shooting a man at a Pompano Beach ATM.Twenty-eight-year-old Quinton Johnson was arrested on Monday after he allegedly shot and robbed 67-year-old Dennis Moton on Saturday.Officials said Moton was withdrawing money from an ATM outside of a Bank of America, located at 21 South Pompano Parkway, at around 5 a.m. when Johnson came up to him demanding money.An argument then took place between the two which led Johnson to shoot Moton before robbing him of his cash and bicycle.Johnson faces one count of robbery with a firearm and another count of attempted felony murder.He is expected to appear in bond court Tuesday afternoon.Moton has since been released from the hospital. last_img read more

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Google Voice is getting rid of a voicemail feature due to robocalls

first_img Tags The company says that because it can “no longer ensure these messages will be delivered” it has decided to shut down the feature. The change, which doesn’t require anything to be down on the user’s end, began going into effect this week and is expected to “be fully deployed by 9 August 2019.” Those who use the feature will still be able to get voicemails sent via email. You also will be able to see transcripts in the iOS, Android and web Google Voice apps. Google did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment.  Robocalls have resulted in many carriers blocking Google Voice’s “get voicemail via message” feature. Google says it will discontinue the feature effective Aug. 9 pic.twitter.com/AZVuWqGXt8— briankrebs (@briankrebs) August 6, 2019 Share your voice 2center_img Google Voice is removing a voicemail-to-text-message transcription feature.  Google Google will apparently be removing a Google Voice feature over carriers’ efforts to fight robocalls. In a message shared on Twitter by journalist Brian Krebs, the company has seemingly begun alerting users that by the end of the week it will no longer support the “get voicemail by message” feature that automatically transcribes voicemails and texts them to your phone. According to the email, Google says that “certain carriers are blocking the delivery of these messages because they are automated and, at times, contain transcripts resulted from unsolicited robocalls.”  Comments Mobilelast_img read more

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Hyderabad to receive heavy rainfall for two days

first_imgDue to the active monsoon conditions in the state, the city may receive heavy to very heavy rain today and tomorrow. The Indian Meteorological Department said that some parts of the state will receive heavy showers and warned the public to be cautious. On Wednesday evening, various areas in the city received light showers. The Telangana State Development Planning Society said that several areas received rainfall above 5mm till 8 pm. Old Bowenpally, Kukatpally, Qutbullahpur recorded 5.8 mm of rainfall each. Meanwhile, the city traffic police issued an advisory for the motorists for safe driving.last_img read more

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Govt influencing cases against Khaleda

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged the government is abusing its power for accelerating the hearing on the cases filed against party chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports UNB.”The dates are being fixed every week for hearing on the cases against our leader (Khaleda). They (govt) are doing it abusing power as they want to keep her confined,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader said Khaleda herself fears that the government is trying to keep her away from the next election by convicting her in the cases.Fakhrul said a unity of those who believe in the country’s sovereignty and independence, democracy and restoring people’s rights is crucial now to resist the government’s such move.”It doesn’t matter which party we belong to. We must get united to defeat an evil force like Awami League to protect the country, democracy and ensure a credible election,” he added.Afsar Ahmed Smrity Foundation arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), marking the 16th death anniversary of ex-BNP vice chairman Afsar Ahmed Siddique.Referring to the attack on Khaleda’s convoy on her way to Cox’s Bazar  last week, he said though newsmen and BNP leaders and activists came under attack and a Swechchasebak Dal leader died, the ruling party is saying it is an outcome of BNP’s intraparty feud.”Newsmen and the entire nation witnessed they (AL men) carried out the incident. But they’re still spreading lies. Even, they arrested our leaders and activists and filed cases against them. It’s tantamount to deceiving the nation,” Fakhrul observed.He said people cannot keep confidence in a government which deceives them and tries to establish a lie as a truth. “The government wants to hang onto power by filing false case and carrying out repressive acts, killing and enforced disappearance as it has got isolated from people.”last_img read more

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Ward councillor donates shoes to school in Ladysmith

first_imgThe children showed much appreciation as they sang songs to thank the councillor and her team for their generous gesture.Parents of the recipients were also present during the event and they too expressed appreciation, as some of them come from poor backgrounds and can’t afford to buy things for their children.Thuli Shabalala, principal of Mnambithi Primary School, expressed her heartfelt thanks, saying that the school and the ward councillor work hand-in-hand and this is not the first time they have helped at the school.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ward 21 Councillor MPB Mbatha, along with her team and in conjunction with the Ayona construction company, recently visited Mnambithi Primary School in Steadville to donate school shoes to deserving children.The event took place at the school hall, where they handed out 40 pairs of school shoes to children from different backgrounds.Read more: Colenso residents plagued by overgrown grassAlso read: Residents of Limit Hill, Ladysmith, live in fear of snakes as grass and reeds grow behind their homesAlso read: ANC ward councillor takes time off to clean the streets of Steadville, Ladysmith“As part of giving back to the community, the ANC Youth League in Ward 21 came up with a vision to donate shoes to children who are deserving,” said Councillor Mbatha.last_img read more

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Major Discount On Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti

first_imgIf you’re a gaming fanatic or even an enthusiast and want to upgrade your laptop to something more powerful, we have the best deal for you. That’s right, the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook is available at a major discount for a limited time. What piqued our interest is the power-packed under the hood which is oriented especially towards gaming. Let’s see some more details on the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook.XIaomi Mi Gaming Notebook Down To Just $1099, Features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti ANd MoreBefore we head to the discount portion of the post, we would first want you to know that the discount on Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook is only available for a limited period of time. Henceforth, schedule your purchase before the offer ends, making the discount revert back to its original model.Buy Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook For Just $1099.99 HereThe Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook is a 15.6-inch notebook with a vibrant display and a solid all-metal design. If you’re into gaming, this is the one to get for sure as it features internals far better than its competition compared to the price. You’re not only getting a good-looking solid notebook but also have an advantage in the specifications.This particular model of the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook is equipped with Intel’s Core-i5 processor coupled with an 8GB of RAM. In addition to this, the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook also features 256GB of fast SSD storage along with 1TB of HDD space. However, what’s important to note is that the notebook features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics chip. This will ensure all your frames don’t drop, providing you with a fluid gaming experience.Buy Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook For Just $1099.99 HereIf you’re interested in getting the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook, it is available at a 35 percent discount, dropping the price to just $1099.99. Head over to this link to get your hands on the powerful gaming notebook.This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the major discount on the XIaomi Mi Gaming Notebook? The notebook is definitely a must-have so schedule your purchase or get it as soon as you can before the offer expires.You might also want to check out our latest discounts on laptops Here.Share your views with us in the comments. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Pope asks Central American nations to help resolve Cuban humanitarian drama

first_imgVATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday asked Central American nations to help end the “humanitarian drama” affecting thousands of U.S.-bound Cubans stranded in the region.“My thoughts at this moment go out to the numerous Cuban migrants who find themselves in difficulty in Central America and some of whom are victims of human trafficking,” he said during Angelus prayers.“I invite all the countries in the region to generously redouble all efforts needed to quickly find a solution to this humanitarian drama,” he said.Thousands of Cubans have been stuck in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua when Costa Rica last month dismantled a human-smuggling ring and Nicaragua, a Cuban ally, closed its border to them.The Nicaraguan move has forced Costa Rica to make increasingly desperate pleas to other Central American nations to take the Cubans in to allow them to continue their journey to the U.S.The United States has a decades-old policy of accepting Cubans if they set foot on its soil.The number of Cubans trying to flee their island for a new life in the United States jumped this year. Many fear that a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations announced a year ago will end the U.S. policy of automatically accepting them as refugees. Facebook Comments Related posts:Crisis at the border: Costa Rica weighs its options after Nicaragua violently turns back Cuban migrants Costa Rica considers flights for Cuban migrants as options shrink  Cuban migrants spend a month in camps as regional leaders fail to reach solution Central America leaders fail again to reach agreement on Cuban migrant crisislast_img read more

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