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Will Hayabusa’s Success Lead to a Space Encore?

first_imgTOKYO—The heart-warming story of the Hayabusa spacecraft, which overcame failed engines, degraded solar panels, fuel leaks, and faulty communications to touch down on asteroid Itokawa and return to Earth, has captured the imagination of the Japanese public. And it could bode well for a follow-up mission. The spacecraft’s fiery demise in the skies above Australia last week has triggered blanket TV and newspaper coverage of the capsule’s return to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) labs near Tokyo, where the payload will be analyzed for the presence of asteroid dust. Feature stories have explained how the composition of asteroids may provide clues to conditions in the early universe. Business page articles have highlighted the role of Japanese companies that built Hayabusa’s engines, sensors, and instruments. And the JAXA visitor center in downtown Tokyo, featuring a model of Itokawa, is enjoying double its usual daily traffic. Hayabusa’s most important fan, however, just might be Naoto Kan, the country’s new prime minister. Kan praised the mission in comments to the Japanese legislature last week and voiced support for a second asteroid mission. But it’s not clear whether such high-level backing will translate into more funding. 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So Kan’s kind words are welcome, says ISAS’s Yasunori Matogawa. “But where will the money come from?” The budget for space science has been flat for years, he says, and shifting money from other space projects would “cause a lot of trouble.” Kan’s government has also pledged to reduce overall government spending. The chances of a second mission might improve after researchers conclude whether the retrieved canister contains samples, which would be the first ever returned from an asteroid. The announcement, expected within the next couple of weeks, could influence decisions on the government’s budget, now being drafted, for the fiscal year beginning next April.last_img read more

Fly launches budget smartphone Snap at Rs 2,999

first_imgFly Mobiles has launched a new mobile handset in India in anexclusive collaboration with Snapdeal. The UK based mobile phone brandlaunched the Snap, which it claims, is the cheapest smartphone inIndia at Rs 2,999.The Fly Snap is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad Core processor ofan unknown make which is assisted by half a gig of RAM. It has a 5MP primarycamera and a 2MP front camera. It comes with a 4 inch IPS LCD display with aresolution of 480×800 pixels. It also offers 3G connectivity, GPS and Bluetooth. Thephone runs on a 1500mAh battery. On the storage front, the phone comes with 4GBinternal storage which is expandable to an extra 16GB with the help of aMicroSD card. The phone runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box.Recently, Fly Mobiles also launched Fly Qik+ in India whichis an Octa-core processor phone priced at Rs 6,999 and is available onSnapdeal. The phone also sports a 13 Megapixel primary camera and a 5 Megapixelfront snapper. It sports a 5 inch HD screen with a resolution of 720×1280. Eventhe Qik+ comes with Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box.last_img read more

West Bengal sports and transport minister Madan Mitra supporters launch campaign for his release

first_imgJailed West Bengal sports and transport minister Madan Mitra may have been behind bars for over eight months now, but there seems to be no end to his fan following outside. His followers put up numerous banners, life-size placards and festoon across all vital installations, including the newly built state secretariat building, and busy traffic intersections to mobilise public support in favour of Mitra’s bail plea. They demanded immediate release of the minister who has been behind the bars since December 2014.Now after an extensive banner campaign, as many as 100 local clubs in Kolkata have decided to elect Madan Mitra as president of their organisation, in a bid to mount pressure on the Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government to demand his release. “The forum was floated to mobilise public support for Madan Mitra. He is behind the bars for past eight months. He is still a member of the state cabinet but the state government is playing no role to demand for his release. It shows their indifference to the issue,” said a Trinamool Congress source and a close confidant of Mitra.He said Mitra’s contribution to the Trinamool Congress was enormous, especially during the Nandigram – Singur movement and when the party had reduced to only one Lok Sabha seat in the 2004 general elections. “It is unfortunate that the party and the government is keeping mum on the issue and our leader, Madan Da, is rotting behind the bars. This forum is floated to mount pressure on them,” he said. The West Bengal minister was arrested in December last year by the CBI for his alleged role in the Saradha Group chit fund scam under charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds.advertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-CHESS-IND 2LAST

first_imgHarikrishna bounced back from a position that looked Harikrishna bounced back from a position that looked intimidating. Sethuraman controlled the sixth rank with his pieces controlling key squares optically. However, Harikrishnas judgement proved superior once the game took a tactical turn and Sethuraman lost heavy material in exchange for the queen. Amongst the Indian eves, Grandmaster D Harika continued with good results in the tournament as she played out a quick draw with Bruzon Lazaro Batista of Cuba. Padmini Rout kept herself in contention for a Grandmaster norm holding countryman Sandipan Chanda. Important and Indian results round 5 (Indians unless specified): Etienne Bacrot (FRA, 4.5) drew with Markus Ragger (AUT, 4.5); Nils Grandelius (SWE, 4) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA, 4); S P Sethuraman (3.5) lost to P Harikrishna (4.5); Gawain Jones (ENG, 4) drew with Radoslav Wojtaszek (POL, 4); Abhijeet Gupta (4.5) beat Zoltan Almasi (HUN, 3.5); D Harika (4) drew with Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB, 4); Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 4) beat Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 4); V Anand (3) lost to Andrien Demuth (FRA, 4); G N Gopal (3.5) drew with Laurent Fressinet (FRA, 3.5); V Vishnu Prasanna (3) lost to Ni Hua (4); Surya Shekhar Ganguly (3) lost to Ly Moulthun (AUS, 4); Vidit Gujrathi (4) beat Natalija Pogonina (RUS, 3); Aravindh Chithambaram (3) lost to David Anton Guijarro (ESP, 4); Padmini Rout (3.5) drew with Sandipan Chanda (3.5); Siva Mahadevan (3.5) drew with Grigoriy Oparin (RUS, 3.5); Viktor Erdos (HUN, 3) drew with S Satyapragyan (3); M R Lalith Babu (3) drew with Bernd Kohlweyer (GER, 3); Anurag Mhamal (2.5) lost to Al-Sayed Mohammed (QAT, 3.5); S Kidambi (3) drew with Oskar Hauge Lars (NOR, 3); Prasanna Rao (2.5) lost to Jovana Vojinovic (SRB, 3.5); B Pratyusha (2) lost to Miguel Santos Ruiz (ESP, 3); Daniel Nordquelle (NOR, 1.5) lost to Nisha Mohota (2.5). PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Sam Burgess urges England to write history against Australia in World Cup

first_img“How can you not be excited for this opportunity?” says Sam Burgess – who, like most of the England 17 who will play at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, has yet to experience beating Australia. Indeed only two players – the captain, Sean O’Loughlin, and James Roby – remain from that 2006 Great Britain side. “I’m sure Lockers and Robes might use those memories but we’ve an experienced squad no matter what,” Burgess said. “We know what they’ll bring, we know what they come with and we’ll be ready for them.”For once, what the Australians will bring has been called into question. Mainstays of their side such as the Golden Boot winners Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis are injured and only five of their 24-man squad have World Cup experience. One of that quintet, Tyson Frizell, played for Wales in the 2013 tournament.The Kangaroos are still the favourites but to some this appears to be an opportunity to catch them cold. Burgess, though, who has spent 2017 tackling Australia’s best as the captain of South Sydney, is refusing to be complacent. “I’m not buying into them being any weaker than normal,” he adds. “The moment you think someone is weak is the moment you get beat. They are the champion side in this tournament. They are the team to beat, and they know how to get it done. It doesn’t matter whether we’re playing them first up, second up or at any other point in the tournament – it’s England versus Australia. It’s serious.”Roby, who will start Friday’s game from the bench, concedes that it has been too long since a British victory against the Kangaroos. “It shouldn’t be that long between the last win and now,” he says. “Let’s have the rest of the lads experiencing what it’s like.” Sam Burgess Rugby league It is not do-or-die when England begin their World Cup campaign against Australia in Melbourne on Friday but there is an acute awareness among the squad regarding what victory over the world champions would represent.For starters, there is the opportunity to end what seems like a never-ending sequence of defeats to Australia, stretching back to Great Britain’s 23-12 win in the 2006 Tri-Nations. For an England victory you must delve even further back in the archives, to the opening game of the 1995 World Cup. Share on Messenger Australia favourites but Rugby League World Cup’s big three are now a big four … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Reuse this content His experiences of the World Cup in league are arguably even more enduring, though, with his man-of-the-match performance, perhaps the best of his career, proving to be in vain as England were eliminated by New Zealand in the dying seconds at Wembley in 2013.“I don’t need any extra motivation from recent events in my career,” Burgess says, perhaps subtly referring to 2015 rather than 2013. “I take each new challenge on its merit and this time I’m looking forward to hopefully writing some history.”A first World Cup since Great Britain’s success of 1972 would certainly count as history for Burgess – but just the feeling of beating Australia for the first time would qualify, too.Australia Slater; Gagai, Chambers, Dugan, Holmes; Morgan, Cronk; Woods, Smith, Klemmer, Cordner, Gillett, Trbojevic. Interchange Graham, McLean, Mcguire, Frizell.England Lomax; McGillvary, Watkins, Bateman, Hall; Widdop, Gale; Hill, Hodgson, Graham, S Burgess, Whitehead, O’Loughlin. Interchange Walmsley, Heighington, T Burgess, Roby. Since you’re here… England rugby league team Support The Guardian news Rugby League World Cup 2017 Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Pinterest Topics Rugby League World Cup 2017: team-by-team guide Read more Australia rugby league Share on Twitter Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Read more The tone among the England players is certainly heartening and there is also more than national pride at stake; victory should provide an easier route through the rest of the tournament, too.Whoever finishes second in Group A – which is likely to be the losers of Friday’s game – will know they will face the winners of Group B – probably New Zealand – in Auckland in the semi-finals. The winners of Group A will in theory have things easier in the last four.England have not reached the final since 1995 and they arrive with the disappointment of last year’s Four Nations still weighing on them. The Wayne Bennett-era began with something of a whimper 12 months ago, as England failed to qualify from the group after defeats to New Zealand and, naturally, Australia.It was a mixed tournament for Burgess, who at least captained his country for the first time after returning from rugby union. “It was disappointing results-wise but there was lots to take away from it,” he says. Immediately after they were eliminated, Bennett held court and promised the national side would be better prepared for this year. On Friday we will begin to find out whether he was right.Even though Burgess has handed the captaincy back to O’Loughlin, it will still be hard for the 28-year-old to avoid the spotlight. His most recent World Cup – in 2015 with England’s rugby union side – ended with disappointment and lengthy, lingering fallout that has resurfaced this month. Read morelast_img read more

Mane: I never doubted I’d come good

first_imgSadio Mané Liverpool’s Sadio Mane credits self-belief for hat-trick feat Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Sadio Mané Liverpool Porto v Liverpool Porto UEFA Champions League African All Stars The Senegal international has endured a stifled season, but was relaxed about rediscovering his golden touch, which he did in the 5-0 win at Porto Andy Robertson darted towards a ball boy to retrieve a deserved souvenir for “a workhorse.” And a layer of gratification filled Virgil van Dijk’s face as he presented the recovered match ball to Sadio Mane, who became only the fourth Liverpool player to hit a hat-trick in the Champions League.Assistant manager Zeljko Buvac bubbled when the 25-year-old’s third goal went in against Porto in the 5-0 triumph, while Jurgen Klopp shared an extended embrace with the man of the last-16 tie on the Estadio do Dragao pitch as he reaffirmed what he had said at Southampton: the speedster was back.AdChoices广告Later on, Mane’s team-mates queued up to congratulate him on Instagram, while there was no shortage of hugs, high-fives and chest-bumps with members of staff from Melwood. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The elation from the collective over the Senegal international’s achievement on Wednesday night was instructive to how much he is appreciated and adored at Liverpool. Finally, after ample talk of his stifled season, and from operating in the shadows, it was his turn to be positioned in the foreground again.“Mo [Salah] and Bobby [Roberto Firmino] have stolen the headlines in the last couple of weeks,” Robertson noted to the club channel. “But Sadio is on my side of the pitch and he is a workhorse. He took the limelight and got his three goals.”Klopp, too, put the spotlight on Mane’s significance to the team, even when he’s not converting as frequently as his fellow forwards.Despite not being at his supreme best regularly in the campaign, Liverpool’s reigning Player of the Season has netted just one goal fewer than he managed last term (13) and has three more assists (eight) than in 2016-17.“I said to him after the last game [the 3-0 win at St Mary’s] ‘finally you’re back’ immediately after when we talked on the pitch,” Klopp revealed. “He showed it again at Porto what a fantastic player he is.GFX Sadio Mane“He was always important, he was always fantastic for us, even in his not-that-good moments. That’s a real quality – if you are not 100 per cent and still scoring, maybe not that often but involved in goals – then that’s really important.“They will come if you keep on working really hard like he did, then there can be a moment like this. The first one was a little bit lucky I think, but then the other two were being in the right place, the second one and using your fantastic skills for the last one. Good, really good, and I am happy about it.”It is evident that those who share a dressing room with Mane as well as the backroom team never questioned whether he could or would rediscover his dazzle.And neither did the player himself. “Honestly, I am very happy to score three goals. It was tough on me, but it is part of football and can happen,” Mane said, juxtaposing his display against Porto with his underwhelming performances.“I never doubted how I could help the team, and I never stopped working hard every day in training. I always tried to remain balanced, even when it was not working, because it is my job and I have to do it.“It is part of football. I don’t know how to describe it, but it can happen to every single player and in my mind I was relaxed that it will change.”Mane, dominating the online voting, is due to be named the Champions League Player of the Week.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Jersey Girls win inaugural George Tooke Women’s competition

first_imgThe grand final of the inaugural George Tooke Shield Women’s Touch Football competition was held last Saturday at Binalong between the Binalong Jersey Girls and Harden Hawkettes.In front of a strong home crowd, the Jersey Girls got off to a flying start with Madaline Brayshaw crossing the line in the first set of the game. Minutes later Bronwyn Pollack was able to beat some tired defence to give the home side a 2-0 lead. The Hawkettes looked to be out on their feet with the pace of the game and it wasn’t long before Jess Howard was able to record another touchdown for the Jersey Girls giving them a 3-0 lead at halftime. The second half saw the Jersey Girls turn up the intensity, with touchdowns to Tammy Ware and Jess Howard recording her second for the day. The Hawkettes were able to gain some possession midway through the half and were able to capitalise with touchdowns to Georgia Smith and Shauny McEvoy. However it would not be Harden’s day, as Bronwyn Pollack crossed the line to score her second touchdown and with only minutes to go Jenna Cooke was able to score to record the Binalong Jersey Girls 7-2 winners and crowned the inaugural George Tooke Women’s Touch Football Competition Premiers.Speaking with Karen Ebsworth from the Canberra Region Rugby League after the match she mentioned she was happy with how the season had gone. “The competition has been great for the women in the region, for years we have tried to form a league-tag competition with no luck, but on the back of the Touch Football/NRL Partnership we have been able to establish this competition. I hope we are able to expand the competition into the Canberra Cup competition next year and create a strong link between the Rugby League clubs and Touch Football clubs in the area and allowing more women to be involved in this great initiative.” Madaline Brayshaw, captain of the Jersey Girls stated that she was happy with the team’s performance over the season. “The girls have put in a lot of effort of the past 3-4 months with training and travelling to games. I have enjoyed every minute of the competition and enjoyed playing with the girls each week.” Bronwyn Pollack was awarded the most touchdowns award for the season with an astonishing 31 touchdowns through the round games and finals. Jenna Cooke was awarded Most Valuable Player for her tireless effort in defence and working the ball out for her team in attack. Touch Football ACT would like to thank all those involved including the Canberra Region Rugby League, the George Tooke clubs, the officials and of course the players who without would not of been able to establish and run such a successful inaugural competition.Related LinksGeorge Tookelast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Neil Warnock hails away fans for Crystal Palace stalemate

first_imgCardiff boss Neil Warnock hails away fans for Crystal Palace stalemateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock hailed the away support for their 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.Warnock made a point of instructing his side to applaud the 1,700 away end, with the players handing over shirts to supporters in the crowd.He said: “When you’ve got fans like that and a club supporting you, you’ve always got a chance. Our dressing room is our strength, but I think we play a lot more than we get credit for.”I think the lads get tainted because they’re my team, whereas I think we play as well as a lot of teams in the league and we’ve got a bit of steel about us.””I’m really pleased for the fans. We’ve had one point in I don’t know how many games. To keep that volume up is unbelievable, so all credit to them.”Warnock added: “We looked at the last time they played Burnley and I think they had 30-odd shots, so we knew what we’d be up against.”But I thought we were really well organised and broke at pace when we got time. I thought their keeper made the best save of the game if I’m honest from Kadeem and at the end we kept going and nearly won it at the death.”I know it was a 0-0 draw but I thought it was an exciting 0-0 draw if I’m honest.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alabama Apologizes, Pulls Sorority Recruiting Video After Backlash

first_imgAlabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Alabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Last week, the Alabama chapter of Alpha Phi released a recruiting video which included an appearance from Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake. Just one week later, the school has pulled the footage and issued an official apology. Why? Well, we’re not really sure.Fox Sports’ Clay Travis was able to obtain the statement, which is a bit vague. The decision comes after a columnist at AL.com wrote a scathing piece on the subject, calling the video “worse for women than Donald Trump.”“This video is not reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens. It is important for student organizations to remember what is posted on social media makes a difference, today and tomorrow, on how they are viewed and perceived,” said Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President for University Relations.The school’s decision is causing a great deal of controversy, to say the least. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s been re-posted below. You can form your own opinion on it.last_img read more

Schools to Have Responsibility for Executing Projects up to $3 Million

first_imgStory Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says procedures governing the implementation of infrastructure improvement projects at schools are to be revised. Senator Reid said the revision is aimed at decentralising project implementation in order to “drive greater efficiency” in the education system. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Wednesday, (September 20), Senator Reid said this will see schools having responsibility for executing projects valued at up to $3 million, with funds provided by the Ministry. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says procedures governing the implementation of infrastructure improvement projects at schools are to be revised.Speaking at a town hall meeting in Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Wednesday, (September 20), Senator Reid said this will see schools having responsibility for executing projects valued at up to $3 million, with funds provided by the Ministry.He indicated that a Service Level Agreement (SLA) will be put in place to facilitate the arrangement.“So, what you are going to find (with these) smaller projects is that the school boards and principals will be required to do the procurement and will be aided by the (Ministry’s) regional offices in the management of those projects,” he outlined.Senator Reid said the regional offices will assist with the procurement process and management of projects valued at more than $3 million and up to $10 million.The offices will also undertake the procurement for projects valued between $10 million and $20 million, while those above $20 million will be spearheaded by the Ministry’s head office.Senator Reid said the revision is aimed at decentralising project implementation in order to “drive greater efficiency” in the education system.“We have over 1,000 schools, and I don’t want to be trying to manage a $3-million project… . I want to give you (school administrations) that responsibility. You are going to be responsible for executing that maintenance project – identifying the contractor, managing (it) and making sure that the projects are done on time (and within budget),” the Minister added.The meeting, which was held at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, culminated Senator Reid’s visit to several schools in St. Mary comprising the Ministry’s Region Two.Among the institutions visited were Devon Pen Primary School; St. Mary Technical High School; Annotto Bay High School; and Enfield Primary School.last_img read more

Drewry AsiaSouthern Africa Rates at 7Year High

first_imgzoom The Asia to Southern Africa market has witnessed a significant growth as spot rates reached their highest in seven years, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Instead of an earlier expected 13% decline in southbound volumes in the first quarter, Container Trade Statistics (CTS) is now reporting marginal growth of 0.4% for the same period, representing an additional 22,400 TEU on the original numbers.Southbound shipments increased by 8% in the second quarter, representing the fastest rate since the second quarter of 2013.After six months the headhaul southbound market was up by 4.3%, well on course to record the first significant annual gain since 2013.Drewry said that freight rates are expected to continue their ascent in this growing trade over the coming months, while new capacity would be supported by greater volumes.“Indicative of a strengthening market carriers are adding capacity to the southbound trade with effective southbound slots estimated to have been up by 15% year-on-year in July. Further additions that appear on schedules for August and September will raise that annual comparison yet again,” according to the shipping consultancy.The strength of the recent demand recovery has contributed to a recovery in ship utilisation and freight rates. Southbound load factors were in the high-70s in May and June and “should go higher still in the traditionally stronger second half of the year, even with the extra capacity.”last_img read more

Les NéoÉcossais se préparent pour louragan Earl

first_imgL’ouragan Earl s’approche de plus en plus et le Bureau de gestion des urgences continue de recommander fortement aux Néo-Écossais de tenir compte des avertissements météorologiques et de prendre les mesures nécessaires pour se protéger et pour protéger leurs familles. À midi, aujourd’hui 3 septembre, les données d’Environnement Canada montraient que l’ouragan est situé à 280 kilomètres au nord-est de Cape Hatteras, en Caroline du Nord, et se déplace en direction nord nord-est à une vitesse de 33 kilomètres à l’heure. Des veilles d’ouragan ont été publiées pour les comtés de Digby, Halifax, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne et Yarmouth. Une veille de tempête tropicale a été publiée pour le reste de la province. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences a activé son centre conjoint des opérations d’urgence, et le personnel du BGU continue de recevoir des mises à jour du Centre canadien de prévision des ouragans. « L’ouragan Earl est toujours une tempête très puissante alors qu’elle s’approche de notre province, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Peu importe la trajectoire spécifique de l’ouragan, de nombreuses régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse seront touchées. » « Je demande à tous les Néo-Écossais de continuer à se préparer en vue de la tempête et de commencer à se préparer à rester chez eux pendant la fin de semaine. » Le ministère des Ressources naturelles a fermé les parcs provinciaux de camping à 13 h aujourd’hui, et tous les autres parcs provinciaux fermeront à 19 h. Parcs Canada a également annoncé que le parc et lieu historique national Kejimkujik, le lieu historique national du Fort-Anne, le lieu historique national de Grand-Pré et le lieu historique national du Fort-Edward seront fermés aujourd’hui. Pour obtenir des mises à jour sur les parcs nationaux, consultez le www.pc.gc.ca. Les représentants du gouvernement sont en contact avec les services publics. Des équipes de Nova Scotia Power, de Bell Aliant et d’EastLink sont en alerte et prêtes à intervenir en cas d’interruptions de service causées par la tempête. Feed Nova Scotia annonce que sa ligne d’aide sera dotée en personnel pendant toute la fin de semaine, peu importe les conditions météorologiques. Ce service confidentiel, disponible en composant le 421-1188 ou le 1-877-521-1188, est offert de 8 h à 23 h. Puisque les ouragans sont imprévisibles, il est recommandé que les Néo-Écossais remettent à plus tard les activités prévues au cours de la fin de semaine, particulièrement les activités en plein air. On conseille aux organisateurs d’événements à l’échelle de la province de surveiller de près les avertissements relatifs aux conditions météorologiques et à la sécurité publique. À l’approche de la tempête, on recommande aux gens de prendre des mesures pour assurer leur sécurité et celle de leurs familles : Comme toujours, on recommande aux Néo-Écossais de composer le 911 en cas d’urgence et de préparer une trousse d’urgence qui inclut des fournitures de base en cas de panne d’électricité. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la préparation en vue d’une situation d’urgence, y compris des conseils de sécurité importants, consultez le site Web du BGU à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Stationnez les voitures dans un garage ou loin des arbres. Gardez les animaux de compagnie à l’intérieur. Ne vous rendez pas près de l’eau pour regarder la tempête. La plupart des gens qui sont victimes des ouragans sont emportés par des grosses vagues, des ondes de tempête ou des eaux de crue. Sur une ferme, il peut être préférable de laisser le bétail à l’extérieur. Les animaux sont ainsi moins susceptibles aux blessures que s’ils étaient dans un abri.last_img read more

Walloon leader tells Montreal crowd US will regret leaving Paris climate deal

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada and the European Union will come out the winners regarding the U.S. decision to leave the Paris climate deal, the Minister-President of the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium said Friday.Paul Magnette told the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations that many companies, academics and researchers will leave the U.S. and move to Canada or Europe to be in line with the environmental movement.He said in ten years, America “will realize with tears of blood” that it has been left behind in the technological revolution of renewable energies.U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he would pull the U.S. out of The Paris Agreement, a climate pact ratified by the majority of the world’s countries, which agreed to work together to lower greenhouse has emissions.Despite being from a small part of Europe, the Walloons loomed large during negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada.Magnette and his region of 3.6 million people held up the talks for weeks before eventually agreeing to the deal last October.last_img read more

Scheers pledge to review new Food Guide challenged by health community

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is facing criticism from nutrition experts today after he pledged to review the new Canada Food Guide should the Tories win power this fall.Scheer, who spoke at an annual meeting of the Dairy Farmers of Canada in Saskatoon on Wednesday, says the process to craft the new version of the document designed to assist Canadians in meeting their dietary needs was flawed and that his party wants to ensure the guide reflects what “science tells us.” The Dietitians of Canada tweeted that Canada’s new Food Guide is most definitely based on science, adding it encourages people to eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and protein foods, including dairy.The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation says Scheer’s comments were not backed up or founded by any scientific data, adding it supports the current direction of Canada’s Food Guide.An overhauled version of the document was publicly released in January and did away with food groups and portion sizes, focusing instead on broader guidelines including eating more plant-based protein and drinking more water.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor issued a statement that accuses Scheer of “spreading lies” about the guide and says it was enthusiastically welcomed by Canadians and celebrated as a world-leading document.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC missing womens inquiry still holds hope for some families

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere is yet more criticism for the murdered and missing women’s inquiry in British Columbia.The BC Civil Liberties Association questions the involvement of an Ontario-based police force acting as advisors to the commissioner.The association fears this is yet another example of police investigating their own.Despite all these controversies, the families of serial killer Robert Pickton’s victims still want it to proceed.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

Tangier US Ambassador to Open a New Campus of the University

Rabat – The US ambassador to Morocco, Dwight L. Bush, and the mayor of Maine, Paul LePage, will chair the opening ceremony of Tangier’s Campus of the University of New England on Tuesday, April 22nd.According to US embassy’s press release, construction of the campus was launched in Tangier in January 2013. The campus consists of two buildings—one is academic and the second is residential.Anouar Majid, Vice President of the university in charge of general and international affairs said that Tangier is the best location to establish the campus of the University of New England. “Thanks to its geographical diversity, Morocco, in particular Tangier city, is a well-known crossroad of civilizations and languages of the Mediterranean basin, starting out by the Phoenician to the Muslim Arab and Berber,” he explained.“By establishing a presence in Tangier, the University of New England expects to add another chapter to the long history of relations and the US-Moroccan cooperation,” added Majid.Founded in 1831, the University of New England has campuses in Biddeford, Maine, Portland, Maine, and now Tangier. It is an innovative university in rooted in the liberal arts and health sciences.The university, whose researchers are well- known worldwide in the science, health, medicine, and humanities spheres, offers more than 40 programs for all levels of education as well as vocational training programs.Photo Courtesy the University of New England© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

RedOne Shooting in Agadir for BeIN Sports Official World Cup Clip

Rabat – Moroccan producer RedOne started filming a new video promoting the city of Agadir. The video, with 60 seconds devoted to Agadir, will be broadcast up to 5 times a day during the entire 2018 World Cup in Russia on all beIN Sports channels, revealing the city to the entire planet.On Saturday, the hitmaker’s company “RedOne Records” signed a partnership with the Souss-Massa region in southern Morocco as well as the Moroccan National Office of Tourism (ONMT) to start shooting the promotional video.“I want to use the magic of music to promote my country around the world,” Nadir Khayat, also known as RedOne, said to MAP. Given the worldwide success of his clip “Boom Boom”(114 million views on YouTube), which promotes the various treasures that Morocco has, the new song promises to be a great promotion Agadir, which is known as the “first national” seaside resort.“Music has a great ability to export around the world. Regarding my status as an artist and the success over the years that I had, I feel a great desire to use it to make my country known around the world,” he added.Several sites in Agadir will appear in the clip of the official anthem of beIN Sports channel for the World Cup, which the artist with 45 million sold singles is about to finalize. The clip called “One World”  was also shot in Moscow before Agadir.“I suggested to BeIN Sport officials to shoot partly in Morocco. They accepted. It must be said that since the realization of Boom Boom, I feel that I must continue to realize a long-time dream: to help make my beautiful country known throughout the world,” said the native of Tetouan.Accustomed to the global success of his hits, the two-time Grammy winner hoped that “the song will be a great success especially that the World is a beautiful showcase.”The initiative, taken in partnership with the Wilaya of Agadir Souss Massa, the Regional Council Souss Massa, the Municipal Council of Agadir and the ONMT, expects it will be “an advertisement that goes beyond the only segment of tourism. The whole city will gain prestige and influence.” read more

Morocco Among Countries that Obtain Most Visas From France

Rabat – The consulate added that the procedure is part of an “inevitable dynamic of modernization” in order to streamline public demand and improve the treatment of applicants, in Morocco and elsewhere.The new changes to the Schengen Visa application procedure will be implemented on  December 1.Read Also: France to Begin New Schengen Visa Application ProcedureApplicants, including Moroccans, will no longer use the TLS Call Center during their visa application process. Instead, applicants will have to create an account on the France-Visas website to complete an online visa application through the TLS contact form. Explaining the new procedure, the consulate reassured applicants the appointment dates of people who sent their applications before December 1 will not be affected by the change.Another change that France introduced with this new procedure is the prepayment of TLScontact services which applicants can pay to any Wafacash agency provided they have the visa file number within t 72 hours of obtaining an appointment.The new payment service will allow managers to maintain control over the flow of requests and limit the “no-show” in reference to individuals who make appointment without showing up.The General Consulate added in a statement quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that a tutorial with more information will be posted in French and Arabic.together with China Morocco, along with China and Algeria is one of the three countries to which France grants the most visas. In 2017 alone, Moroccan applicants secured including 320,000 French, 85 percent of which were for short stays.The new procedure is part of France’s broader plan to attract international students to French schools and universities. According to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the goal is to attract 500.000 students by 2027.In October, the French Agency for the Promotion of Higher Education, Hospitality and International Mobility, Campus France, ranked Moroccans as the largest foreign student community in France for the 2017/2018 academic year.The number of Moroccan students enrolled in French higher education institutions was estimated at 39,855 students during that period.This week, however, France announced that it will increase studies cost for international students. It remained to be seen whether the new studies expenses will affect the number of Moroccan students in France.France remains a popular travel destination for Moroccans, according to Jevoyage.ma. France’ popularity among Moroccans is due to “the advantage of accessibility, with frequent flights, in both regular and low-cost flights, which explain their success,”the website explained. read more

Cameron says resolution on Lanka a crucial step

He recalled that when he visited Sri Lanka he was struck by the huge potential of the country and he urged President Maithripala Sirisena to develop the work he has already started – to build a peaceful, prosperous and united country where every community has a voice. (Colombo Gazette) “I welcome the Sri Lankan government’s commitment to ensuring those responsible are held to account and I encourage them to continue to work with the UN,” he added. British Prime Minister David Cameron says the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a crucial step towards uncovering the truth about alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, ensuring accountability for the past and respect for human rights now and in the future.Cameron said Britain is committed to standing up for those affected by Sri Lanka’s civil war, and has been instrumental in the United Nations (UN) investigation and adoption of this resolution. read more

Toronto stock index posts gains on strong jobs data ahead of holiday

TORONTO – Strong jobs reports in Canada and the United States boosted the markets Friday, finishing the week on a positive note ahead of the long weekend.On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index advanced 66.01 points to 15,257.97.Meanwhile on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average posted its eight straight record close, climbing 66.71 points to 22,092.81. The S&P 500 index added 4.67 points to 2,476.83 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 11.22 points to 6,351.56.“It’s been jobs Friday and jobs Friday is always the driver of that day when it comes to markets, commodities and currencies,” said Macan Nia, a senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.Earlier in the day, Statistics Canada reported that the economy added 10,900 jobs in July, the eighth month in a row of employment growth.The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 per cent, a level not seen since October 2008, just before the global recession gripped Canada.U.S. stocks also rose following that country’s jobs report release, which showed employers added 209,000 jobs last month. July was the second consecutive month of strong hiring, suggesting that the U.S. economy is still growing steadily.Nia said the ideal situation for the markets is a so-called Goldilocks recovery where the pace of economic growth isn’t rapid enough to induce central banks to raise rates in quick succession and provide a headwind for capital markets.Growth in Canada and U.S. is slightly above average, he said, which allows central banks to be accommodating and is the best environment for capital markets.Friday’s jobs reports indicate the countries’ central banks are likely to raise rates one more time before the close of the year, Nia added.The likelihood of the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates once again in December has strengthened the greenback and weakened gold, he said.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.13 cents US, down 0.37 of a U.S. cent, while the December gold contract shed $9.80 to US$1,264.60 an ounce.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract advanced 55 cents to US$49.58 per barrel, September natural gas declined 2.6 cents to about US$2.77 per mmBTU and September copper gained about one cent to roughly US$2.89 a pound.Canadian financial markets will be closed on Monday, Aug. 7 for the Civic Holiday, while U.S. financial markets will be open.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. Toronto stock index posts gains on strong jobs data ahead of holiday weekend by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2017 9:29 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more