Azam moves HC for quashing of 27 FIRs

first_imgAllahabad: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Thursday moved the Allahabad High Court for quashing of a spate of FIRs registered against him in a single week in a Rampur police station for allegedly grabbing farmers’ lands to build a university there. As the matter came up for hearing, a bench of justices Pritinkar Diwakar and Justice Raj Beer Singh adjourned the hearing on the petition for August 29 on the request of Khan’s counsel R K Jain. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As soon as the court began the hearing, advocate Vijay Gautam, appearing for farmers on whose complaints a total of the 27 FIRs have been registered against Khan in Rampur’s Azeem Nagar police station, objected to the “maintainability” of the petition. Gautam argued that the petition is not worth hearing and need to be dismissed at the outset as it is not maintainable for the petitioner has sought quashing of all 27 FIRs in a single petition. He should have filed one petition each for quashing of each of the FIRs, he contended, prompting Khan’s counsel Jain to seek adjournment of the hearing for another day. The farmers on whose complaints the FIRs were registered had already filed a caveat in the court requesting it to give them an opportunity to have their say if Khan moved court for quashing of the FIRs.last_img read more

Cameron Diaz And Leonardo DiCaprio Attend TAG Heuer Charity Event

first_imgA glamorous soirée in the iconic Cullman Hall of the Universe on Central Park West was the setting of a star-studded charity drive by luxury Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer and its Hollywood brand ambassadors Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio.Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprioThe exclusive event, held below the dramatic glass-cubed planetarium sphere in the American Museum of Natural History, brought together NY and Hollywood celebrities, business, fashion and media leaders from around the world and key figures of the international jet-set for a double-pronged charity push: to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and raise awareness for gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide.Cameron Diaz and President & CEO of TAG Heuer Jean-Christophe Babin attend TAG Heuer Celebrates A Night Under The Stars for charity The 500 guests in attendance, many of whom flew in expressly for the high-profile event, were regaled by a special performance of the New York City Ballet, before dancing the night away to the music of New York’s red-hot DJ Evalicious. For each guest, TAG Heuer pledged $100 to New York Cares’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, and a further $100 to Cameron Diaz’s partner charity, UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women).The event marks the first time that TAG Heuer Ambassadors Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio combined forces for a TAG Heuer celebrity event. Welcomed on stage by thunderous applause, Cameron proudly displayed her new Link Lady Trilogy Limited Edition in steel, and was wearing a stunning Lanvin dress. On Leonardo’s wrist, he wore the new Link Limited Edition with blue dial. On stage, TAG Heuer President and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin offered to Cameron a yellow gold version of the trilogy, an exclusive set of watch and jewelry.“TAG Heuer uniquely brings together the elegance of generosity and the essence of luxury,” said Cameron Diaz, a TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador since last March and a longtime supporter of UN Women. “I am very proud to be a part of their efforts to make the world a better and more beautiful place.”“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy,” said TAG Heuer President and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin. “Their resiliency in the face of such adversity is a true inspiration, as is the outpouring of support from communities worldwide. We’re proud to support New York Cares as it is the largest local volunteer organization dedicated to supporting those impacted by this devastating storm.”During the prestigious “place-to-be” event, TAG Heuer showcased its new collection of limited edition LINK timepieces and jewelry. A benchmark of avant-garde design and ultimate comfort since 1987, the LINK’s newest incarnations are: the LADIES’ LINK AUTOMATIC WATCH, the first automatic watch for women offered in the LINK Lady line; the LINK LADY TRILOGY, a limited edition watch, ring and bracelet set co-designed by Cameron Diaz; and the “LEONARDO DICAPRIO” LINK CALIBRE 16 CHRONOGRAPH, a limited edition chronograph signed on its smoked sapphire caseback by Leonardo DiCaprio.Profits from the sale of the stunning Link Lady Trilogy will go to support UN Women, while proceeds from the blue-dial LDC Limited Edition Link’s sales will go to Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental charity partners, Green Cross International and the Natural Resources Defense Council ( NRDC).Source:Multivu.comlast_img read more

Zac Brown Band Headlines BarrettJacksons 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Gala

first_imgBarrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, treated guests to a surprise performance by GRAMMY-award winning Zac Brown Band during its annual gala, which was held at WestWorld of Scottsdale on Jan. 25, 2016.Zac Brown Band played during Barrett-Jackson’s annual gala at WestWorld of ScottsdaleThis year’s highly anticipated event was sponsored by Acura and celebrated the millions of dollars raised for charity by the car collecting community. The annual gala was Scottsdale’s most sought-after event ticket and kicked off Barrett-Jackson’s auction week where over 1,500 vehicles will cross the block at WestWorld of Scottsdale.“The first Barrett-Jackson auction 45 years ago was a creative way to connect the collector car community and benefit an important charity,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Fast forward to today, and Barrett-Jackson has evolved into a global powerhouse that is the world’s greatest collector car auction. During those decades, we’ve raised millions of dollars for important causes. While the scale of our events may continue to grow, the passion for this hobby and helping charities deepens with every life that we touch.”Barrett-Jackson kept the entertainment for the annual gala under a veil of secrecy. Working with this year’s gala sponsor Acura, Barrett-Jackson secured the iconic Zac Brown Band to headline this year’s gala. The band recently wrapped up their largest North American Stadium Tour to date and was greeted by a surprised and elated audience on Monday night when they took center stage to rock the room.Barrett-Jackson has raised nearly $85 million for charity over the past 45 years, and will continue this generous tradition with the auction of one of the most anticipated supercars in the world, the 2017 Acura NSX VIN #001 (Lot #3007). One hundred percent of the hammer price of the Acura NSX will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground, the passion project of Grammy Award-winning artist Zac Brown.Other important charity vehicles crossing the block in Scottsdale include the Chevrolet COPO Camaro VIN #001 (Lot #3005), a custom 2016 Ford Focus RS (Lot #3009), Jay Leno’s one-of-one F-150 (Lot #3006) and others totaling 11 charity consignments.“The Barrett-Jackson Opening Night Gala has become the hottest ticket in Scottsdale during January,” said Carolyn Jackson who headed up the event planning committee. “Since this was our 45th anniversary event, it was important to elevate the experience in every way. From the entertainment to the cuisine, our team worked diligently to create the ultimate Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Week kick-off event for the thousands of people who attended the gala.”To preview vehicles consigned for the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, click here.last_img read more

Cargojet breaks even in first quarter compared with a profit a year

The Canadian Press MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Cargojet Inc. broke even for its most recent quarter compared with a profit of $4.5 million a year ago as its revenue grew by 11.3 per cent.The company, which provides time sensitive overnight air cargo services, says the result for the quarter compared with a profit of 33 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue for the three months ended March 31 totalled $110.4 million, up from $99.2 million in the first three months of 2018.The company also announced that its common and variable voting shares will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under a single ticker designated CJT starting on or about Wednesday.Cargojet says it common and variable voting shares will also now be treated as a single class for the purposes of takeover bid requirements and early warning reporting requirements.It says the changes are intended to make investment by non-Canadians easier and improve the liquidity for the variable voting shares. Companies in this story: (TSX:CJT) read more

Depoliticize humanitarian aid

Sri Lanka has called for the de-politicization of humanitarian aid and for non-governmental organizations involved in the provision of humanitarian assistance to affected countries be accountable, both financially and in the work that is carried out by them.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha said the recent phasing down of the operational role of the UNHCR and ECHO and the re-orientation of the ICRC’s activities in Sri Lanka reflect an acknowledgement by the international community of Sri Lanka’s success story in responding to humanitarian situations, both manmade and natural. Ambassador Aryasinha said Sri Lanka reiterates its support to the humanitarian assistance guiding principles articulated in GA Resolution 46/182, especially on the full adherence to the humanitarian principles: humanity, neutrality and independence, while engaging in negotiations for and during humanitarian operations. In coordination and implementation of humanitarian assistance, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of concerned states need to be fully respected. Ambassador Aryasinha recalled that as a country Sri Lanka had not only grappled with a separatist terrorist conflict for almost 30 long years, but also dealt with an unprecedented natural disaster in the form of the Asian tsunami in 2004. Detailing the systems deployed by the government’s Centre of National Operations (CNO) to manage natural disasters, he said the 24/7 operational capacity now allows Sri Lanka to evacuate coastal areas within an hour of a tsunami alert.He also enumerated the significant strides made by the Government of Sri Lanka over the 4 years since the ending of the terrorist conflict, in re-settling IDPs, de-mining, restoring livelihoods and property of those affected and initiating a program to pay compensation to the conflict-affected residents of Northern Province, who lost loved ones and property and sustained injuries, as part of a process of restitution. Emphasizing that the discourse to establish an international system to address the dire situations and the needs of countries in the aftermath of humanitarian catastrophes is important, he said Sri Lanka takes cognizance of the need to not only address the immediate humanitarian needs in the aftermath of a disaster, but also as to how countries could rebuild the lives of affected people by promoting a recovery that is sustainable and development oriented. read more

Mine action an investment in humanity says Ban calling for a world

“Mine action is critical for an effective humanitarian response in conflict and post-conflict situations,” the UN chief said in his message on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.Mine action is “an investment in humanity,” as it provides the safe space to undertake development and reconstruction activities, and lay the foundations of sustainable peace, he added.Yet in far too many places around the world, new or re-emerging conflicts are creating yet another legacy of explosive hazards, such as landmines, cluster munitions and improvised explosive devices, he said, expressing concern particularly about the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.The UN is working to alleviate the suffering of affected communities in high-risk environments.In South Sudan, 14 million square meters of contaminated land have been cleared; 3,000 kilometres of road made safe; and 30,000 mines and explosive remnants of war destroyed. And more than half a million people have received risk education over the last 12 months.“This has enabled the delivery of food and water and the safe movement of those fleeing fighting,” he said.Even in Syria, mine action actors are achieving some important life-saving results. Since August 2015, 14 tonnes of unexploded ordnance have been destroyed, and last year, more than 2 million Syrians received risk education in schools and communities, and more than 5,400 people received physical rehabilitation services.But millions of Syrian people continue to face this deadly threat every day. There is an urgent need for increased support as well as full, sustained and unhindered access for all mine action activities.Mr. Ban said that his report, in advance of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit to be held next month in Istanbul, highlighted the unacceptable impact of mines and explosive remnants of war on civilians. It also stressed the need for States to become parties to, and implement and comply with, relevant international humanitarian instruments.In December 2015, the General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution underlining the need for mine action to remain at the top of the international agenda, especially in humanitarian crises, he noted.Daniel Craig, who was appointed last year by Mr. Ban as UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, said that the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) plays a critical role in improving the immediate chances of survival of civilians and aid workers caught up in armed violence.“UNMAS provides a long-term solution to the biggest problem facing the victims of war. How to return to a normal life,” he said in his message on the Day.Best known for his role as 007 in the James Bond films, Mr. Craig said he is in awe of the men and women at UNMAS as well as their energy and courage.“I am asking you to join me to promote their work and fund their programmes, so that you, too, can make a difference in eliminating the dangers of mines and explosive hazards,” he said.On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year should be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This year’s theme is ‘Mine Action is Humanitarian Action.’ read more

Rehabilitating drylands key to global food security according to new UN report

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative supports local communities in the sustainable management of drylands. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano “Drylands are absolutely key to global food security for the whole planet,” said IFAD President, Kanayo F. Nwanze in a press release on the report, which was launched today in Marrakech, Morocco, where the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as COP 22, has been under way since Monday. “Environment friendly and water efficient agriculture for smallholders is key to reducing poverty, boosting smallholder adaptation to climate change, and rehabilitating degraded lands. We look to empower more rural farmers to sustainably manage their land, so that while they feed their families for generations to come, they can also get out of poverty,” he said. Drylands typically refer to arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas. They are present on every continent and are home to more than two billion people. They support up to 44 per cent of the world’s cultivated agricultural systems.The report, The Drylands Advantage: Protecting the environment, empowering people, explains how drylands support ecosystems and a wide variety of biodiversity as well as their vital role in the livelihoods and cultural identities of many people. In Swaziland, for example, IFAD has supported communities in rehabilitating gullied land and introducing sustainable land management practices for 68,000 hectares of land – thus generating a new source of livelihoods for the people who live there.In China’s Yanchi county, where drylands are becoming deserts, farmers have increased their incomes by 20 per cent thanks to a programme which generates alternative and sustainable livelihoods. Without it, desertification would likely worsen and drylands would be non-arable. IFAD backs projects that both help smallholders thrive in drylands and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the 2030 Agenda – particularly to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.” However, Margarita Astralaga, Director of IFAD’s Environment and Climate Division, warns that “despite their importance, drylands are being degraded with enormous economic consequences.” “Desertification of drylands could lead to some 50 million people being displaced within the next 10 years,” she said.But IFAD’s investments are proving promising: “By investing in drylands, IFAD is seeing significant human and environmental dividends. Environment-friendly and water-efficient agriculture for smallholders is key to reducing poverty, boosting smallholder adaptation to climate change, as well as rehabilitating degraded lands.” read more

Football Freshman have big impact against Nebraska

OSU freshman running back Demario McCall breaks into the open field in the fourth quarter against the Bowling Green Falcons on Sept 3, 2016. OSU won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorYouth has been discussed as the driving force of the Ohio State football team by coaches all season, but the impact of the young players has been mixed at best this season. Team members such as redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who is playing his first season with the Buckeyes, have contributed since the first game of the season. Weber has picked up 842 yards on the ground on 140 attempts, paired with seven touchdowns. These numbers are good enough to put him in the fourth spot in the Big Ten in rushing yards. While his numbers are impressive, the fact that Weber has been playing since Week 1 would cause most fans to expect this kind of production.Against Nebraska, other first-year players stole the show from Weber.Freshman running back Demario McCall – 16 carries for 73 yardsMcCall is the near-opposite of Weber. Standing at just 5-foot-9 and 182 pounds, the North Ridgeville, Ohio native depends on his speed and agility to rack up the yardage. Although McCall’s biggest run of the day was just 10 yards, the freshman took a bulk of the carries late in the game after Weber sustained a shoulder injury, later revealed to be an AC joint sprain by OSU coach Urban Meyer. The dynamic ability of McCall to hide behind blockers along with his relatively small stature and burst around the edge with elite speed is one big reason why OSU recruited the Ohio native, and could see him returning punts in the near future after senior H-back Dontre Wilson continued a trend of muffing the ball on returns.Meyer said McCall has some things to work on before he can be a big factor in the offense or on special teams. “Stronger, better ball security. Just physical strength, experience,” he said. “He’s a little loose with the ball. But his future is nice. He’s a wonderful young man.”The comments were high praise from a guy who doesn’t throw around compliments often.Freshman tight end A.J. Alexander – 3 receptions for 24 yardsAs a statline, this output by Alexander doesn’t seem to be too impressive. But the reserve tight end played well after coming in early in the second quarter. Redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh has been a key target of Barrett for the past few weeks, but has been known to drop a few wide-open opportunities.Baugh also seemed to be limping after coming out of the pile after a play in the second half.Alexander performed admirably in the blocking game and showed off his hands with a tight-window catch on a third down. He certainly has the size to play well, and his ability might become clearer if he is used more Saturday.Freshman safety Jordan Fuller – 5 tacklesFive tackles for a first-year player is a nice mark for someone who is mostly a special-teams player. Fuller was all over the field on kick coverage, and came into the game late at safety to replace redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker.Fuller is an enormous player, standing at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He as the frame of a linebacker, and can really lay the load when he gets ahold of an opposing player. Meyer praised him on Monday.“Kicking game — Special Teams Player of the Week was Jordan Fuller, who is really coming on as a young freshman and playing well for us,” he said.Fuller is unlikely to pass Hooker for the starting spot, but Saturday’s game served as a testament to the ability of the young safety. read more

ASIA 2016 Japan Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to WCh 2017

After the 4th round of 17th Asian Championship in Bahrain, all semifinalists are known: after Qatar, Japan secured the place from the group A, winning 29:24 (16:11) over Oman. The host Bahrain qualified from the group B, following impressive 27:16 (13:8) victory over Iran. Another semifinalist from the group B is Saudi Arabia, after dominant 34:20 (16:8) win against China.Korea from the group A and United Arab Emirates from the group B theoretically could still find a slot in the semifinals. However their goal difference makes this mission impossible. UAE managed a narrow 27:23 (12:16) win against Lebanon, while Korea had an easy game against Syria – 38:20 (19:5).All semifinalists secured ticket for the 2017 World Championship in France. Also, 5th selection will qualify to participate on the World Championship.Matches of the final round will decide about the rankings in both groups.TEXT: MARKO SELAKOVIC ← Previous Story Nikola Manojlović and Meshkov Brest part ways Next Story → Erlend Mamelund about Norge success: Our speed is decisive! read more

12 of the most shameless film product placements of all time

first_img The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York (Image: Film still)10. Sex and the CityThe Sex and the City film unapologetically promoted 67 brands. The Louis Vuitton Motard Firebird bag was one of them. (Image: Film still)11. Home Alone 2The 1992 film home Alone 2 featured the parent-outwitting recording device Talkboy – a gadget that did not actually exist. It took Tiger Electronics an entire year to recognise the demand for the item and produce a retail version.(Image: Film still)12. The Hangover Part IILouis Vuitton sued the makers of Hangover: Part II for what the designer brand described as an offending product placement. Apparently, the bag was a fake.(Image: Film still) WHAT IS MOST memorable about Baz Luhrman’s movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby?The lavish parties? The silk shirt scene? Or is it the multitude of product placements that pervade the film from beginning to end?For marketers who invested heavily in the blockbuster, it is the latter. For film connoisseurs, probably not so much.While most of the products featured in the film are organic to the scenes containing them – the Brookes Brothers menswear, the Prada womenswear, Tiffany’s jewellery, and The Plaza Hotel to name a few – many of the shots showcasing Moët & Chandon champagne did not seem particularly natural. For some reason the film’s producers felt no shame about introducing unrealistically humongous bottles of the high-end bubbly, their labels pointing directly to camera. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change To be fair, Moët isn’t the only brand guilty of the artless product placement. Take a look at some other companies who have perpetrated the same crime.1. Cast AwayThe appearance of FedEx branding in the 2000 drama Castaway starring Tom Hanks is technically not a product placement since the courier company didn’t not pay for the screen time. After the film’s release FedEx saw a significant increase in brand awareness in Asia and Europe where brand recognition was low.(Image: Film still)2. Wayne’s WorldThe 1992 film “Wayne’s World” shows Mike Meyers hawking a Pizza Hut pizza while declaring proudly, “I will not bow to any sponsor.”(Image: Film still)3. Toy StoryToy Story’s inclusion of an Etch-A-Sketch boosted sales by an amazing 4,500 per cent. Mr. Potato Head sales saw an 800 per cent increase.(Image: Film still)4. GoldenEyeIt cost BMW $3 million (€2.3 million) to place their BMW Z3 Roadster in the James Bond 1995 blockbuster, GoldenEye. The German automaker saw $240 million in advance sales alone.(Image: Film still)5. Risky BusinessThe 1983 hit Risky Business saved Ray-Ban’s Wayfarers from obscurity. 360,000 pairs of the sunglasses were sold the year of the film’s release.(Image: Film still)6. The Italian JobOne reviewer of The Italian Job remake in 2003 said that “the real star… is not a person but a car”. The placement of BMW’s Mini Cooper yielded a 22 per cent increase in sales the year of the film’s release.(Image: Film still)7. Lost in TranslationSofia Coppola’s 2003 hit Lost in Translation shows the filming of a Suntory Whiskey ad staring Bill Murray. According to Suntory’s marketing department the product placement gave the whiskey brand international recognition.(Image: Film still)8. Top GunTom Cruise made another Ray Ban line – this time it was Aviators – a top seller for the sunglasses brand in the 1986 Top Gun. Aviator sales increases by 40 per cent soon after the film’s release.(Image: Film still)9. Back to the FutureMichael J Fox popularises a special lace-free pair of Nike runners in Back to the Future. Unfortunately, Nike did not capitalise on its investment – it only released 1,000 pairs of Hyperdunks, the runners resembling those featured in the film. Read: Watch the entire internet at work in the world > Rea SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there last_img read more

Epidémies de lhiver la grippe A se fait rare et la gastroentérite

first_imgEpidémies de l’hiver : la grippe A se fait rare et la gastro-entérite se stabiliseFrance – Les dernières données du réseau de surveillance grippale Sentinelles et de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) pour la semaine du 25 au 31 janvier montrent une certaine stabilité des virus de la grippe A et de la gastro-entérite. Si le premier est bien en dessous du seuil épidémique, le second est encore bien au-dessus.Pour la cinquième semaine consécutive, le nombre de consultations pour grippe A est en dessous du seuil épidémique, avec 66.000 consultations la semaine dernière. L’incidence de la grippe A atteint 58 cas pour 100.000 habitants, largement en dessous du seuil épidémique de 175 cas. La région Corse est la seule à être au-dessus du seuil, avec 208 cas pour 100.000 habitants.À lire aussiCompost humain, astuces contre la grippe et collision de la Voie Lactée voici les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 6 janvierLes nombres de cas graves et de décès continuent à diminuer. Un seul cas grave et dix nouveaux décès ont été enregistrés depuis le dernier bulletin épidémiologique de l’InVS. Depuis le début de l’épidémie, 285 personnes sont décédées de la grippe A. Cent personnes sont encore hospitalisées en service de réanimation ou en unité de soins intensifsDepuis cinq semaines, la gastro-entérite a touché 1.620.000 personnes. La semaine dernière, 387.000 personnes ont consulté leur médecin pour cause de diarrhée aigüe, soit une incidence de 615 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Le nombre de cas reste largement supérieur au seuil épidémique de 278 cas pour 100.000 habitants, dans toutes les régions du territoire. Le pic épidémique avait été atteint deux semaines auparavant.Le 4 février 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chine une mystérieuse vague dexplosion de pastèques

first_imgChine : une mystérieuse vague d’explosion de pastèquesLes Chinois ont remarqué un fait inhabituel ces derniers temps : une vague d’explosion de pastèques. Ces explosions pourraient être dues à l’utilisation par les récoltants d’un produit chimique.Un reporter de l’AFP s’est rendu dans la ville de Danyang dans la province orientale du Jiangsu en Chine. A cet endroit, près de 50 hectares de cultures de pastèques ont été perdues. Toutes ont explosé. À lire aussiEn Chine, la guerre contre la pollution de l’air a un effet désastreux et inattenduSi les Chinois ne connaissent pas encore la raison de ces explosions, l’utilisation excessive d’un accélérateur de croissance, le forchlorfenuron, est pointée du doigt. Ce produit chimique favorise la division cellulaire et permet d’augmenter la taille des fruits, d’améliorer leur couleur et les rendements. Surtout, il n’est pas interdit à la vente. Toutefois, les médias chinois tempèrent tant que rien n’est confirmé au sujet des raisons de ce phénomène étrange : les fortes précipitations pourraient aussi expliquer les explosions de pastèques constatées par les paysans.Selon l’AFP, cette vague d’explosions de fruits pourrait renforcer le manque de confiance des Chinois dans les produits de leur agriculture, qui utilise massivement des engrais chimiques.Le 18 mai 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Festival of Trees How lovely are the branches

first_img o Festival of Trees: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St. The Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees is free, but organizers suggest a donation of $5 per family.o Hot Buttered Run and Kids Kandy Kane Race: 8 a.m. Sunday, registration. 8:30 a.m., kids zone and gear check-in. 9:30 a.m., 12k run starts. 10 a.m., 5k walk/run starts. 11:45 a.m., kids races start. Noon, awards ceremony. All starting and finishing at Pearson Air Museum. Admission: $40 on race day for 12K and 5K. Kandy Kane Race is sold out.o Gala dinner and tree auction: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1, Pearson Air Museum. Cost: $95 per person. Reservations required. Call 360-750-0409.A tree done in a Parisian theme, one inspired by the “The 12 Days of Christmas” and a whimsical one that — you’ve been warned — will talk to you if you stop to look.If your idea of a perfectly decorated Christmas tree involves nothing more than a few strands of lights, a sentimental mishmash of ornaments and a simple crowning star, you won’t find one at the Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees, which will be open again today.The professionally decorated trees are considerably more imaginative.However, University of Washington football fans still stung by Friday’s loss to the Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup may want to avoid lingering by “Crimson Chic,” an 8-foot-tall artificial tree bedecked in alternating rows of sparkling crimson and silver. Photos by Vivian Johnson/for The ColumbianCole Stokes, 8, left, and his sister Calista, 6, take in a Parisian-themed Christmas tree — with shining fleurs-de-lys and Eiffel Towers — during a Saturday visit to the Festival of Trees at Pearson Air Museum with their family.last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (March 11-18):MULTIMEDIA: Curley, Hollingsworth Lead Red Rangers To Division 1 State Hockey ChampionshipTewksbury High Inducts New Members Into National Honor SocietyELECTION 2019: Public Invited To Tewksbury Candidates Night On March 19AT THE LIBRARY: Celebrate The Patriots With 4 Interesting Talks For Die-Hard FansFundraiser To Be Held For Mother Of 5, Battling Breast CancerTewksbury Youth Baseball To Host Cornhole Tournament FundraiserTewksbury Streetlight LED Conversion Project Beginning Mondaylast_img read more

El Nino Returns

first_imgThe Ocean driven climate cycle El Nino is back. That means immediate weather changes along the Equator, and some effects as far north as Alaska.Download Audio:Elevated sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, characteristic of El Nino have been present for months, but National Weather Service climate science and services manager Rick Thoman says until recently, there’s been no link to the atmosphere.“That’s what’s changed. The atmosphere is now starting to respond in the more typical El Nino fashion.”Thoman says that means consistent deep tropical thunderstorm activity along the equator from southwest of Hawaii east to South America, but summer impacts to North America are generally not very strong.“It’s really when we start to get into the autumn the big tropical thunderstorms can start to affect Jet Stream flow and potentially our weather.”That said, Thoman expects El Nino will extend already warmer than normal sea temperatures along the west coast, and Alaska. As far as likely weather impacts in Alaska next winter, Thoman points to general trends.“El Nino winters for Alaska tend to be relatively mild. Precipitation tends to be above normal along the Gulf Coast, but the Interior tends to tilt dry.”Thoman adds that the impact of El Nino hinges on its strength, something meteorologists don’t have a handle on yet.last_img read more

4 HighTech Industries and a Really LowTech One That Are Booming With

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 26, 2018 4 min read The beginning of the new year is when the world’s top investors make their predictions of industries to keep an eye on. Innovative technologies and ways of doing business are creating growth in certain industries. For those looking for something new to invest time or money in, take a look at these five industries that experts predict to have an increase in growth in 2018.Related: Looking Ahead: 5 Business Trends to Follow for a Successful 20181. eDiscovery softwareWith the amount of litigations increasing, the legal scene is keeping an eye out for eDiscovery software. EDiscovery software serves the purpose of identifying, collecting and producing electronically stored information. This includes emails, social media, documents and presentations.World-leading research and advisory company, Gartner, predicts that eDiscovery software will grow up to $3.1 billion in 2018.2. Virtual reality and artificial intelligenceVirtual reality (VR) is a popular news topic as people are enjoying a more interactive video game. The cost of these devices is decreasing, and VR enthusiasts are now able to afford them. But now VR is taking the next step and is coming into new markets. Businesses see its potential for various projects and are starting to invest in these devices for their offices. This includes industries like healthcare, marketing and education. Artificial intelligence (AI) devices — think drones — are another example of a technology that has gone from use in the military to use in all industries.Firefighters and construction workers AI to survey land better than ever. Also, rumor has it that one day Amazon will have drones delivering packages at your doorstep. By the end of 2018, experts predict that VR and AI will be worth over $7 billion.Related: 10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 20183. Food trucksMobile cuisine is growing and has been for years now. It’s more sophisticated than hot dogs and ice cream. Some food trucks are serving lobster with a nice glass of prosecco. Business is booming, in part, because it’s more affordable than ever to begin a restaurant business — we’re talking as low as $100,000. In one year alone, some entrepreneurs reported earning up to $500,000. Food truck revenue began at an estimate of $650 million and grew to about $2.7 billion in 2017. The rapid growth is likely to continue as more people enjoy the diversity and convenience of food trucks.4. Autonomous vehiclesIn 2015, Elon Musk estimated that by 2018, the first fully autonomous vehicles would hit the road. Other experts predict that self-driving cars are a little more ways away. Some even say they won’t be ready until 2021. However, manufacturers like Toyota, Honda, Volvo and BMW are working hard on perfecting autonomous vehicle software.Interest from the public and rideshare services are putting pressure on these car companies. It’s expected that autonomous vehicles will grow more than $80 billion from what was originally disclosed from 2014 to 2017.5. Solar energyThe world is ever-changing, and the public wants to maintain a healthy atmosphere. That won’t be possible unless companies come up with clean and renewable energy sources. Tight regulations on oil drilling are leaving enterprises to seek out a new energy source to bring to market. Building and homeowners see solar panels as the most efficient and affordable clean energy source.Experts are hopeful that the clean energy sector will see a boom in business because of the increase in customer demand and declining prices. Some say that solar energy sectors will end 2018 with up to $1.8 billion in net cash.Related: 7 Tips to Be More Effective in 2018As you ease your way into the new year, follow these industries expected to see a high increase in growth over 2018. Exciting new products and ideas that are becoming affordable will positively impact the market. Invest well! Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

What Australia has to match NZ as the 1 destination for Brits

first_imgWhat Australia has to match NZ as the #1 destination for BritsWhat Australia has to match NZ as the #1 destination for BritsFor the fourth consecutive year New Zealand has been voted top dog at this year’s Telegraph Travel Awards in the UK, taking out the title ‘world’s best destination’. It also marks another year where Australia has failed to make the top three.Internal Skyscanner Australia data corroborates the burgeoning popularity of the land of the long white cloud, with YoY increase in searches from the UK up a third (33.6%) in 2016. Interestingly, it’s not just the Brits falling in love with the Kiwi isles, Aussies have also been going soft for the home of the hobbit with a 46% increase in searches over the last 12 months.As a competitive nation, there’s nothing we hate more than losing to our neighbours (except losing to the Brits themselves of course). So what does Australia have on offer that can match a blinding ski scene, Middle Earth landscapes and marine volcanos?  Global travel search engine takes a look at some of Australia’s unique offerings for travellers.Ripper surf culture – with warmer climes and beautiful soft sand beaches all over Australia, one thing we have going for us is surf culture. Whether slowing things down in Byron Bay or ripping it up on the Great Ocean Road, Aussie surf culture could be one way to entice more pommes to Aussie shores.Mesmerising mountains – it seems Brits with itchy feet just love mountain ranges and while Threadbo and Perisher can’t compete with the Queenstown ski season, we do have some mighty mountains to shout about. The Blue Mountains in Sydney provide drop dead gorgeous views and epic scenery, a mere hour and a half from Sydney.Die hard adrenalin sports – NZ is home of the bungy jump and adrenaline junkie Brits seem to be lapping up the smorgasbord of new adventure sports they have on offer, from heli-biking to ice climbing. Those with a penchant for reckless recreation can find plenty on offer in Oz. From jet fighter pilot tandem rides to fly boarding and hoverboarding there are some hidden gems for the risk inclined. For those with nerves of pure steel, Neptune Island, off Port Lincoln in SA, is teeming with great whites, and travellers can join them shark diving in the comfy confines of a cage.Culinary capitals – Australia has an exotic mix of cuisine with strong Asian influences and hipster foodie capitals like Sydney and Melbourne boasting world famous restaurants like Attica.  Sydney is home to the world’s best gelato, and we’re not just making it up. Sydney’s Cow & The Moon Gelato and gelato king Messina see the fussiest of gelato fans flocking to their gelataria. It goes without saying that Aussie coffee culture is at the top of its game and home to the world’s best barista, with a renowned festival in Melbourne and some of the world’s top baristas boasting perfect blends nationwide – check out a list of 100 hot spots for inspiration.Celebrity central – the Kiwis may have the upper hand when it comes to unspoilt natural beauty but for those who prefer celeb spotting whilst globetrotting, Sydney has more bang for buck. Travellers with stars in their eyes should head to Bondi Beach or Potts Point to see the likes of Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Joel Edgerton, Naomi Watts and more celebrity Sydney residents doing their thing. Megastars like Russell Crowe and Richard Wilkins have already jumped ship from NZ to AU.Check out Sydney’s local list of haunts for a more informed guide to rubbing shoulders with showbiz royalty. Skyscannerdiscover more of Japan hereSource = Skyscannerlast_img read more

The Gap Between Homebuyer Desires and Available Inventory

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market 2019 Housing Market Home Prices 2019-07-01 Mike Albanese revealed in a new study that half of today’s home buyers are looking for a property under $288,000, which is more than 9% below the median price for homes currently on the market. The results of the study found that home’s priced below $288,000 is 9.1%, or $27,000 under the national average. “The price differences between what buyers are searching for, closing on, and what’s available on the market demonstrates just how big the gap is for entry-level home buyers,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for states that closing that gap won’t come easy, and estimates that approximately that 94,000 homes priced between $100,000 and $340,000 would need to be put up for sale achieve that balance. That would represent a near 15% increase in the number of listings in this price range. Homes price above $750,000 is currently were inventory is growing the most, even though there is only 11% more homes for sale in that price tier.According to the study, the largest gap between what buyers want and what’s available is in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the median list price of $275,045  is 22% higher than the average closing price of $215,000. used the closing price to gauge what buyers are looking for. Houston had the second largest discrepancy, followed by Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Indianapolis, Indiana. April’s data from the National Association of Realtors found that the median sales price of homes two months ago ($267,000) was 15% lower than homes that were available. Hale added that this reported gap can explain why the rate of home sales is down 4% from 2018. Hale also that said low inventory of entry-level homes has caused their prices to rise 3.5-times faster than mid-to-large-sized homes. “Entry-level homes continue to be difficult to come by as the inventory composition shifts more and more toward higher priced homes,” Hale said. “This is causing smaller and more affordable homes to appreciate rapidly, resulting in a mismatch between what buyers are able to spend and what sellers expect to receive.” July 1, 2019 433 Views center_img The Gap Between Homebuyer Desires and Available Inventory Sharelast_img read more

On Jan 21 2013 Todd Bowles was formally hired t

first_imgOn Jan. 21, 2013, Todd Bowles was formally hired to be the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. Bowles was tasked with replacing the very popular Ray Horton who, in two years with the Cardinals, helped them go from being ranked 29th in 2010 to 12th in 2012. Guided by Bill Davis, Arizona allowed an average of 27.1 points per game in 2010. Under Horton, the Cardinals allowed 21.8 points per game in 2011 and 22.1 in 2012. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I didn’t want it to end right there, I wanted to play some more, I wanted to see what else we could do.”The defense’s success understandably led to head coaching interviews for Bowles, but he is set to return to Arizona for a second season. And while the personnel he has to work with will undoubtedly change some, be it due to injured players returning, new additions or a few inevitable departures, people seem to be pretty comfortable with the coach who is leading the way. Horton was oft-outspoken and employed an aggressive defense that helped keep the team competitive while winning fans over. Bowles, on the other hand, was most recently attached to the failure that was the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles, having taken over for Juan Castillo in mid-October. With Bowles at the helm, the Eagles allowed an average of 31.9 points per game. Not surprisingly, the Eagles went 1-9 over that stretch. So you had to forgive Cardinals fans if they were a bit concerned with the man new coach Bruce Arians tabbed to run his defense. One year later, the concerns changed from worries about Bowles coming in to fears he might leave.Bowles’ Arizona defense got off to a bit of a slow start — allowing 14 fourth-quarter points in a season-opening loss to the Rams and 31 points in Week 3 loss to the Saints – as well as totals of 32 and 34 to the 49ers and Seahawks, respectively, but had also posted gems like the 10 points allowed to Tampa Bay in Week 4 and the six points surrendered to Carolina in Week 5.Things really started to click in the season’s second half, as the Cardinals held five of their last nine opponents under 15 points and another three under 25. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Overall, the Cardinals finished the season ranked first in the NFL against the run and sixth overall, allowing an average of 317.4 total yards per game along with just 20.3 points. Arizona’s 47 sacks rank sixth in the NFL, as do their 20 interceptions. From trepidation to excitement, Bowles’ presence meant good things for the Cardinals. “We got better as the year went along, we really did,” safety Yeremiah Bell said the day after the season ended. “We grew. You could tell that guys really started to trust in each other. It was a special feeling on the defensive side of the football, and I think we all knew it as well as our defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and we had a lot of fun this year.”A full 365 days after he first took the job, it is obvious Bowles did a great job.“At the beginning of the season we let stuff go here and there, here and there, here and there,” veteran linebacker John Abraham said after the season ended. “But then by the end of the season – you all watched us play — you all know our defense, you can tell those guys grew up together, you would think we knew each other for a long time the way we were playing. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Fears of reckless spending as gas fund bill heads for vote

first_imgA bill establishing a national investment fund, to manage future revenues from hydrocarbons, will be going to the House floor this week, some two years after it was tabled.Lawmakers on Monday wrapped up their discussion of the government bill, although almost all opposition parties – bar Diko – said they intended to table last-minute amendments at the House plenum this coming Friday.House finance committee chair Angelos Votsis (Diko) said the philosophy of the legislation draws on the Norwegian model.At times where there is a need, he said, a portion of the fund would be channelled into government coffers, although the lion’s share of proceeds would be held back for investments, for future generations.Responding to a question, the MP said the bill contains no reference to the Turkish Cypriots.However, he added, hydrocarbons revenues would be to the benefit of all legal residents of Cyprus.Turkish Cypriots have demanded a say in the administration of natural gas revenues, something the government rejects as long as the island remains divided.A previous proposal floated – diverting a portion of the gas proceeds into an escrow account for Turkish Cypriots while the island remains divided – appears to have been sidelined.Main opposition Akel is wary of the bill’s omission regarding the Turkish Cypriot community, warning of possible negative impacts on the Cyprus peace talks.Turkey has repeatedly stated that the island’s natural resources must be shared. Northern Cyprus meanwhile has delineated an ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’ of its own, overlapping significantly with the Republic’s EEZ.On his part, Giorgos Lillikas, leader of the Citizens Alliance, said his party is concerned about the linkage in the bill between natural gas proceeds and paying down the national debt.As it stands, the bill stipulates that as long as the public debt is above 80 per cent of GDP, half the hydrocarbons revenue would go towards reducing this debt.When it is below 80 per cent but above the limit of 60 per cent – set by the Maastricht criteria – only 25 per cent of revenue would go towards the public debt and the rest would be used for the creation of reserves.These provisions, Lillikas said, will serve as an excuse for the administration to act in a fiscally irresponsible way.“It would give any president who stands for re-election the incentive to spend public money with abandon, at the expense of future generations.”His party will table an amendment whereby during the first 10 years of the fund’s operation, 15 per cent of revenues would go to the state budget for financing infrastructures. After the first 10 years, only 5 per cent would be diverted to the budget for infrastructure development, the rest held in reserve.Lillikas also censured the fact that the members of the fund’s management committee would not face civil liability in the event of gross negligence.It’s understood that during the so-called transition period – until the fund accumulates proceeds equal to a specified percentage of GDP – the Central Bank will play a significant role in the fund’s administration.Moreover, as it stands the bill does not empower the auditor-general to check the finances of the hydrocarbons fund – although other mechanisms have been put in place. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more