Congress taps farmer resentment

first_imgYou have reached your limit for free articles this month.Register to The Hindu for free and get unlimited access for 30 days. Subscribe Now Already have an account ? Sign in Sign up for a 30-day free trial. Sign Up DashboardA one-stop-shop for seeing the latest updates, and managing your preferences. Personalised recommendationsA select list of articles that match your interests and tastes. Subscription Benefits Include *Our Digital Subscription plans do not currently include the e-paper ,crossword, iPhone, iPad mobile applications and print. Our plans enhance your reading experience. BriefingWe brief you on the latest and most important developments, three times a day. Faster pagesMove smoothly between articles as our pages load instantly. Today’s PaperFind mobile-friendly version of articles from the day’s newspaper in one easy-to-read list. Unlimited AccessEnjoy reading as many articles as you wish without any limitations.last_img read more

PH top badminton bet looks to improve after first SEA Games stint

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s very awe-inspiring,” said the 17-year-old Barredo in Filipino.She said playing in 16,000-seater Axiata Arena — which was filled to the rafters all week of the competitions — can be overwhelming.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“But of course I remember I was here to play for the Philippines and had to give my everything,” said the many-time Palarong Pambansa champion.Barredo made it through the quarterfinals bowed to World No. 22 Pornpawee Chochungwong of Thailand. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH badminton star Sarah Joy Barredo. Photo by Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ No. 1 badminton player knew how big the sport was in this country.But Sarah Joy Barredo didn’t realize how huge it was until she played here for her first Southeast Asian Games stint.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES CJ Perez early favorite for NCAA MVP Badminton super powers Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand sent teams here.But some of Malaysia’s shuttler including legend Lee Chong Wei didn’t see action because of the on-going World Championships in Glasgow.She and partner Alyssa Leonardo also crashed the doubles quarterfinals but lost to a Vietnamese pair.Literally a badminton hall rat, Barredo made the Rizal Memorial Badminton Center her own playground growing up because her mother worked there as ticket counter officer.The senior high at Philippine Women’s University-Jose Abad Santos Memorial School already has offers from big UAAP schools like Ateneo, La Salle and National University.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Hopefully I can use the SEA Games experience to improve and win golds in the future,” she said. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp May Pull Liverpool Out of League Cup over Fixture Pile-up

first_img arsenalCarabao Cupfixturesjurgen klopp First Published: October 31, 2019, 11:05 AM IST Liverpool: Manager Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool will not play their League Cup quarter-final tie if it cannot be rescheduled to a suitable date that avoids clashing with the Club World Cup in December.Liverpool beat Arsenal at Anfield in a penalty shootout on Wednesday after their last-16 tie ended 5-5 in regulation. However, the competition’s quarter-finals are set for the week commencing Dec. 16 — the same week Klopp’s side travel to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup.”We will not be the victim of this problem,” Klopp told reporters. “The Carabao Cup … if they don’t find an appropriate place for us, not 3 a.m. on Christmas Day, then we don’t play it.”FIFA told us the Club World Cup will be there and we have to come there and we will do. The Premier League tells us we have to play in the Premier League, which we do obviously.”If you have a fixture list where one team cannot be part of all the games, then you have to think about the fixture list. Hopefully it starts now.”Klopp also said that if the quarter-final tie cannot be moved then either their next opponent should advance or Arsenal could take Liverpool’s place in the draw, which is to be held later on Thursday.”We wanted to win it, we did that, and if they don’t find a proper date for us then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through. Or Arsenal will play it,” the German added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s Autobiography best-selling adult hardback

first_imgSachin Tendulkar might have bid adieu to cricket but the Master Blaster continues to make records. His autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ has entered the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories.The book, published by Hachette India, was released on Nov 6, 2014. It broken all records with 1,50,289 copies confirmed on order subscriptions. (This is how Sachin Tendulkar reacted after watching ‘Neerja’ )The book’s orders, on day one, already saw it pulling ahead of both pre-order and lifetime sales of the world’s top adult hardbacks Dan Brown’s Inferno, Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs and JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy.It also holds the record in retail value terms having logged up Rs 13.51 crore with its cover price being Rs 899.last_img read more

10 months agoMerson: Liverpool can end title race in week’s time

first_imgMerson: Liverpool can end title race in week’s timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Liverpool can win the Premier League title in a week’s time.Merson believes if Liverpool win at the Etihad Stadium next month, a seven-point lead would be too much for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to overturn.He said, “Leicester vs Manchester City is a big game and a must-win game for City, who are in trouble now as they are four points behind Liverpool.”I mean it has now got down to the situation whereby if Liverpool win at City in a week’s time – it is all over.”So this is a big game for City and a hard one as Leicester can cause you problems But because they have to win, I think they will, but Saturday’s result will have knocked the stuffing out of them and Man City have now lost two of their last three league games.”And before that it looked like they would never ever lose a game, but I see them just winning this one to stay on the coat tails of Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Texas Safety Commit Jamile Johnson Seems Unphased By Tim Irvin’s Flip To Auburn

first_imgTexas lost All-American Tim Irvin to Auburn after an official visit to the SEC power over the weekend, but one of the Longhorns’ other highly touted defensive back recruits doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Jamile Johnson, a three-star safety from Dallas, tweeted about Irvin’s flip, and doesn’t seem worried about the loss.So Tim Irvin is Gone Huh ! Cool ! #HookEm— Badger Jr. #⃣3⃣ (@MilJohnson) January 18, 2015Johnson’s also been retweeting numerous Texas fans’ words of encouragement after the news. miljohnsonRTTexas’ recruiting class is currently ranked 12th in the nation, even after the recent string of decommitments. All things considered, Charlie Strong is doing a good job of replenishing the talent in Austin.last_img read more

Klopp: Enough celebrating the Champions Leauge

first_imgJurgen Klopp insisted there was no reason for Liverpool to parade the Champions League trophy ahead of their win over Norwich City, saying it was time to move on. Liverpool secured their sixth European Cup with a win over Tottenham in the final in Madrid in June. But they opted not to parade the trophy on Friday, when they opened their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 victory over Norwich at Anfield.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Asked about that decision, Klopp was seemingly unaware of the possibility, but said he would not have done it anyway. “Nobody told me I have to. Is that what you do usually? I touched the Euro cup on the matchday there, the day after, and since then not,” he told a news conference. “No reason for it, I know how it feels. And people know how it looks. “If somebody expected that then somebody should’ve told me. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have done it anyway, because we are now in the new season. Enough celebration. “Nobody has to congratulate me anymore, but still everybody’s doing it. I’m really fine with all the things I heard about it, now let’s play the new season.” A calf injury to goalkeeper Alisson soured Liverpool’s win , which came thanks to first-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi after Grant Hanley’s seventh-minute own goal. Alisson 2018-19But Klopp says Adrian, who came in for the injured Alisson, is ready to play.  “He’s a confident guy,” the Reds boss said. “I don’t think he wanted to sit on the bench for the next couple of years, he made himself ready. “It’s a situation, but if you’re in a situation like this you want to have somebody who’s played in the league, who’s experienced.  “He’s 32, a calm guy, good with his feet as we saw. That’s important for us, so a lot of good things, but you still don’t want to have a situation where only one goalie is fit.” Liverpool have a quick turnaround, with the club set to face a UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea on Wednesday before returning to league action against Southampton next Saturday.   Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Kansas City Chiefs Reportedly Hiring Top College Football Assistant

first_imgan overlook at the chiefs-colts game at arrowhead stadiumKANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 12: Fans begin to filter in prior to the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts at the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly hired a top college football assistant coach, plucking one of the SEC’s defensive coordinators for a job on Andy Reid’s staff. The move is expected to be announced today.Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House is reportedly leaving the Wildcats for a position on the Chiefs’ staff. House has been linked to a job with the Chiefs for a couple of days.It was first reported that House was set to leave, only for Kentucky to then reportedly not let him out of his contract.Now, KentuckySportsRadio’s Matt Jones is reporting that House is in fact leaving UK for the NFL.“After a conversation with UK last night an agreement has been reached and a source tells KSR that Matt House IS taking the job with the Kansas City Chiefs UK Will now look for new Defensive Coordinator,”  he reports.BREAKING:After a conversation with UK last night an agreement has been reached and a source tells KSR that Matt House IS taking the job with the Kansas City ChiefsUK Will now look for new Defensive Coordinator— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 12, 2019House had reportedly wanted to leave Kentucky for the NFL a couple of days ago, but the Wildcats were reportedly not letting him leave.So regarding Matt House, who was expected to be the Chiefs’ new LB coach:“I’m told UK decided not to let him out of his deal…but they only did that AFTER they’d agreed to negotiate the buyout. Tough break for House, who wanted to join the Chiefs, and KC,” Terez Paylor reported.So regarding Matt House, who was expected to be the Chiefs’ new LB coach:I’m told UK decided not to let him out of his deal…but they only did that AFTER they’d agreed to negotiate the buyout. Tough break for House, who wanted to join the Chiefs, and KC.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) February 10, 2019Now, the move is happening again.Kentucky will need a new DC.last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Says Trevor Lawrence Has To ‘Earn’ Starting QB Job

first_img Dabo on Trevor Lawrence:* He’s not the starter until he earns it* Chase Brice has a great practice today * Random baseball analogy I didn’t quite understand.Welcome to spring football!— Hidden Agenda Lie Enactor (@ADavidHaleJoint) February 27, 2019Brice, of course, had a big hand in saving Clemson’s undefeated season last year.In his first start, Lawrence left Clemson’s game against Syracuse with an injury. Brice came in, acquitted himself well, and led the Tigers to a comeback home victory over an Orange team that finished with 10 wins, and beat Clemson in 2017.Superstar running back Travis Etienne was the gamebreaker in that one, but the Tigers likely don’t win if not for some big throws by Brice.Of course, none of that means that Lawrence is in danger of losing his job. This is definitely a motivational move by Swinney, more than anything. trevor lawrence celebrates during the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Trevor Lawrence ultimately won the starting quarterback job a few weeks into the 2018 season, overtaking incumbent starter Kelly Bryant. after the national title win, that was obviously the right call.Lawrence has all the makings of an all-timer at the position. As a true freshman, he took major steps forward, and he’d probably be the No. 1 pick if he was in the 2019 NFL Draft.Logically, we all know that Lawrence will be the starter as long as he’s on campus, barring an injury or other unforeseen circumstance. That doesn’t mean he’s just going to be handed the job though.Clemson spring football practice started today, and Dabo Swinney reportedly said that Trevor Lawrence has to “earn” the starting quarterback job.According to ESPN’s David Hale, Swinney lauded second-stringer Chase Brice for his practice today.last_img read more

University Graduates Urged To Pursue Political Office

first_img The State Minister, who was addressing the Honours Convocation ceremony at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, Manchester, on October 19, noted that he got involved in politics because he wanted to make a contribution to this very important area of national development. Story Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green is calling for more university graduates to pursue political office. Noting that this is part of his ‘Jamaican Dream’, Mr. Green said the country needs its brightest people to serve in Government. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green is calling for more university graduates to pursue political office.Noting that this is part of his ‘Jamaican Dream’, Mr. Green said the country needs its brightest people to serve in Government.The State Minister, who was addressing the Honours Convocation ceremony at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, Manchester, on October 19,     noted that he got involved in politics because he wanted to make a contribution to this very important area of national development.“Consider what would happen in a country where the best and the brightest don’t get involved in politics. Just who would get involved?” he asked.Other aspects of his Jamaican Dream include encouraging tertiary-level students to start youth clubs in their communities to reach vulnerable youth, and for universities to incorporate mentorship programmes for high schools with students serving as mentors.Meanwhile, the State Minister pointed to the need for more Jamaicans to pursue tertiary education.“The reality is that tertiary education is critical; it is no longer optional. It is no longer hard to become a tertiary graduate; we now have online universities, so we have to get more of our young people trained up to the tertiary level,” he said.He noted that the Government has made it easier for students to access tertiary studies, by lowering interest rates on loans from the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB).“We have reduced the interest rates on students’ loans from 9.5 per cent to six per cent for Pay As You Study (PAYS) loans. We also reduced the interest rates on postgraduate loans from 13 per cent to 9.5 per cent, because you cannot just stop at a first degree in this new world. We have also started to calculate your loans on a reducing balance method, which lowers the amount to be repaid,” Mr. Green pointed out.He said there are also lower rates for areas of study that are directly related to the Government’s growth agenda.Mr. Green said the Government is looking at lengthening the number of years that graduates would have to repay their loans, as it is recognised that it may take some time for persons to find a job.The State Minister lauded the NCU for having produced some of the finest graduates in Jamaica.“I have found that the NCU graduate is much more equipped to take on the working world. I have come in contact with a number of your media graduates and find them to be very professional, honest and hard-working, so you are clearly doing something right at NCU that needs to be emulated,” he said.He encouraged the students to “maintain your commitment to academic excellence while seeking ways to be of service to your community and the wider nation.”He cited the United Students Movement as providing a platform for young people to give service.“I also encourage you to dream big, broadly and ensure that you do all you can to achieve your dream,” he added.The State Minister noted that the Government has big plans for Mandeville to become a university town, and NCU is critical to achieving that goal.last_img read more

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Successfully Completes 43rd Annual Gracies

first_imgThis week, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) presented the 43rd Annual Gracie Awards at a luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Judy Woodruff presented by 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Jane PauleyHost Erica Hill of CNN led the program alongside presenters Pam Oliver from FOX Sports; multimedia host, actress and author Angie Martinez; April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks and CNN; and Larry Mullins from Entercom’s 1010 WINS. The Gracie Awards were presented to honorees which were previously announced in recognition of individual achievement and outstanding programming by, for and about women in local and student TV, radio and interactive media.Highlights from the show included:AWMF Board Chair and Katz Radio Group President Christine Travaglini opened the Luncheon. After welcoming the record-breaking crowd, she introduced AWM Board Treasurer and Gracies Co-Chair Heather Cohen, executive vice president of The Weiss Agency.Lifetime Achievement Honoree Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, was presented her award by last year’s Honoree Jane Pauley, who said, “There should be no more exalted role in society than the role of journalists. When that ceases to be, we will no longer rightfully call ourselves a free society. Judy Woodruff deserves recognition for lifetime as much as anyone I can think of. Furthermore, she has earned it.” When accepting the award, Woodruff captivated the audience and spoke strongly with regard to women in media, “We have come a long way, but we still have work to do. We need more women in decision-making jobs, more women doing the hiring, more women deciding which stories get covered, and more women reaching out to bring along younger women like the remarkable women we are seeing here today.”Erica Hill, CNN anchor and correspondent, hosted the awards. Hill has a rich history with the Gracie Awards as the 2015 honoree for Outstanding Correspondent. When presenting the awards for outstanding work in Local Market Television, Hill said, “Local markets are more important today than ever as newsrooms shrink, and newspapers are shuttered. Local reporters hold officials accountable – they tell the stories that matter in the moment. They get to the heart of the issues. They inform, they educate, and they help.”2018 Billboard Artist-to-Watch Country Singer Jessie Chris performed and spoke about her passion as an anti-bullying advocate. Chris, the victim of extreme bullying as a student, is an anti-bullying advocate who has supported the Ad Council’s #BeMore Campaign and Disney’s #ChooseKindness campaign.Presenter Larry Mullins from Entercom’s 1010 WINS was a lively presenter who not only spoke, but also sang, “We talk about the Oprahs, we talk about the Barbara Walters, we talk about the Judy Blumes, Jane Pauley, and so many others that I’ve seen here today, and then it goes all the way to the Shonda Rhimes. Sisters your day has come. Your day is now!”The National Gracie Award honorees were recognized at the Gracies Gala, May 22, at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Again, a full list of recipients may be found on the Alliance for Women in Media website.last_img read more

Northern Saskatchewan fire claims life of young girl

first_imgAPTN National NewsA house fire in northern Saskatchewan claimed the life of a young child.She’s the fourth child to perish in a blaze in recent months.And she’s being remembered at her school on the Witchekan Lake First Nation.APTN’s Larissa Burnoff sits down with the principal and a band administrator to find out more about this young girl.last_img

New greenhouse gas emissions pact should consider humanitarian suffering – UN

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) said that the successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, with nations expected to wrap up negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December, must take a practical approach to help alleviate the suffering of vulnerable populations caused by extreme weather and environmental degradation.“The scale of the potential humanitarian challenge presented by climate change in the future is huge,” said John Holmes, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), one of the UN bodies involved in the IASC.“This is a defining moment to ensure that the challenge is not insurmountable and human suffering is minimised,” added Mr. Holmes, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.More than 20 million people have been displaced by climate-related sudden-onset natural disasters in 2008 alone, according to a new study by OCHA and the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The total number of people affected by natural disasters has risen sharply over the past 10 years, with an average of 211 million people directly affected each year, nearly five times the number impacted by conflict in the same period. Extreme and slow-onset climate events – such as floods, storms, droughts, rising sea levels and desertification – are impacting more and more people each year, with the most vulnerable including women and children, those already struggling with poverty, insecurity, hunger, poor health and environmental decline. Climate change is also expected to dramatically affect patterns of migration and population movement, with many millions to be displaced by prolonged droughts, repeated floods or storms, according to an IASC news release.The Committee noted that the Copenhagen agreement has potential to avert or reduce many of the humanitarian consequences of climate change over the next decade, but adapting to these climatic shocks will mean focusing on prevention and preparation by strengthening national and local resources to cope with future disasters.The UN talks under way in Bonn entered their second week today, with countries set to start making more detailed proposals on an initial round of comments on a proposed draft for the climate change deal.“We are getting down to the nitty gritty of the negotiations,” said Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 8 June 2009A group of 18 of key United Nations and partner aid agencies attending climate change talks in Bonn today called for the humanitarian impacts of global warming to be addressed in a new greenhouse gas emissions agreement to be negotiated later this year. read more

A look at the numbers showing Quebecs recent economic performance

NEW YORK — Here’s a look at some numbers on Quebec’s recent economic performance:Economic growth, as measured by real gross domestic product in the second quarter of the year: 2.5 per cent. A research note by the National Bank says it was Quebec’s sixth straight quarter of real GDP growth that was two per cent or higher — the province’s longest such streak since 2007.Unemployment rate: 6.1 per cent in August down from seven per cent a year earlier. The national rate was 6.2 per cent in August. In July, Quebec’s jobless rate fell to a record low of 5.8 per cent.Job creation: 93,300 net new jobs created between August 2016 and August 2017, with nearly two-thirds of this increase in full-time work. Overall, the Quebec employment expanded 2.3 per cent over that period, compared with growth at the national level of 2.1 per cent.Housing market: Residential real estate sales increased in 29 out of 30 months in the Montreal region, according to a September report by the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board. The city had 2,899 residential sales in August alone — an eight per cent increase compared to August 2016. read more

Inter Pipeline execs refuse to answer questions on reported takeover offer

Companies in this article: (TSX:IPL) The Canadian Press CALGARY — Executives with Inter Pipeline Ltd. are refusing to confirm or deny a report that a potential buyer recently made a $30 per share offer for the company.The report in a Thursday morning article in the Globe and Mail, which didn’t identify the bidder and quoted unnamed sources as saying the offer was rejected, was linked to a nine per cent Inter stock price surge to $23.64 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday.Inter shares continued to rise on Friday, up four per cent to $24.60 at noon EDT, about half an hour after a conference call in which both CEO Christian Bayle and chief financial officer Brent Heagy refused to answer analyst questions about the story.The executives did provide detail about a separate announcement Thursday after markets closed that the midstream company is putting its European bulk petroleum storage business on the block — it has operations in the U.K., Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland with about 37 million barrels of storage capacity.Bayle says the sale has been contemplated for some time and formed part of the rationale for buying NuStar Energy’s European storage business for $354 million last fall because its fit with its existing European storage assets made a better package.Inter reported record second-quarter net income of $260 million, nearly double the $136 million it declared in the same period of 2018, with the increase mainly resulting from a one-time $144-million provision resulting from the staged reduction in the Alberta corporate income tax rate from 12 to eight per cent by 2022.Inter also reported a slight rise in revenue to $642 million from $631 million and a decrease in its core pipeline volumes to 1.34 million barrels per day from 1.38 million bpd a year earlier. read more

East Timor hosts talks on security with Australian Indonesian police

Representatives of the East Timor Police Service (ETPS) said the meetings were constructive and resulted in an agreement by which Australia and Indonesia would place full-time police liaisons in Dili in order to further trilateral cooperation.Today’s meeting, which included ETPS Police Commissioner Paulo Martins and UN Police officials, focused on efforts to increase cooperation among the three police forces, especially in the fight against cross-border crimes such as drug smuggling, money laundering and people smuggling.The talks stemmed from a high-level meeting held in February in Denpasar, Indonesia, attended by UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello and representatives from Australia and Indonesia. read more

Conditions deteriorating alarmingly in Yemen warns senior UN official

“But it is not too late,” he added: “In my meetings with officials of the internationally recognized Government of Yemen in Aden and the de facto authorities in Sana’a, I was encouraged to hear strong support for relief operations.”Around 2.3 million people are currently displaced across Yemen, and, since June alone, more than 500,000 people have fled conflict in and around the strategically important port city of Hudaydah, the major port of entry for most of the county’s food and humanitarian aid.Mr. Lowcock, describing some of the scenes that faced him during his visit, said: “I met families outside Sana’a who fled their homes four years ago when conflict escalated and are still living in terrible conditions. In Lahj, I visited an overcrowded camp that hosts hundreds of desperate families displaced by recent fighting in Hudaydah.”The consequences of the Yemen conflict, especially the recent economic crash in the country, have driven major increases in severe hunger and malnutrition, leading to a humanitarian crisis that senior UN officials have called “the largest food security crisis in the world.”Mr. Lowcock said that he had witnessed the suffering of Yemeni civilians hit by the failed Yemeni economy, who can’t afford food, clean water or transport to a clinic: “In Aden, I met emaciated children so malnourished they could barely open their eyes. Humanitarian assistance helps many of these children recover. But I also heard heartbreaking stories of children relapsing again and again because their families simply can’t afford food or proper medical care.”  The Under-Secretary- General reiterated that only a political solution can end the crisis in Yemen, and welcomed news that the warring parties plan to travel to Sweden for peace talks convened by Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, but he warned that, because of the deteriorating humanitarian situation, a large step-up in funding will be needed for the Yemen aid effort in 2019. read more

Impressive pixelbypixel Lego map of Hyrule

first_imgAppearing at BrickCon 2012, Michael Kuroda showed off a Lego recreation of the map of Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda. The map measures in at 256×88 studs, and each stud represents a 16×16 pixel area of the orignal map.If you remember how the original Zelda played, you’ll remember that the player navigated the world by moving from one static chunk of the map to the next, rather than a camera following Link as has been the method for quite some time. Each static chunk of the map measures in at 16×11. Of course, the map featured above is just the overworld map, and doesn’t feature the individual dungeon layouts, or the interior of any of the grottos. That said, the overworld contains 128 different screens, all of which are represented in the Kuroda’s Lego build. For comparison, Bethesda’s massive overworld in Skyrim is around 14.3 square miles, as opposed to 128 rectangular screens.Fans of the game will remember the second quest, which unlocked after Ganon was defeated and the was over. The location of special items and dungeon entrances changed, but those aren’t demarcated on Kuroda’s map, so if you don’t remember a location being where it is displayed on Kuroda’s map, don’t blame the second quest!Kuroda, known by internet Lego enthusiasts as “madoruk”, has some other extremely impressive Lego builds, from a recreation of the arcade and NES classic Rampage, to adorable Lego versions of The Tick and Arthur. Check out the rest of his builds over on his Flickr stream.via The Brothers Bricklast_img read more

Canal du Midi lancement dun plan de reboisement

first_imgCanal du Midi : lancement d’un plan de reboisementLa ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a lancé jeudi dernier un plan de reboisement des bords du Canal du Midi, dans l’Aude. Alors que les platanes centenaires du canal sont décimés par un champignon, plus de 40.000 arbres doivent être plantés dans le cadre de cette campagne.Jeudi dernier, à Trèbes dans l’Aude, la ministre de l’Ecologie a donné le coup d’envoi d’une campagne de reboisement des bords du Canal du Midi, rapporte le site de France 3. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a planté le premier des 42.000 arbres censés résister au chancre coloré. Ce champignon venu des Etats-Unis lors de la seconde guerre mondiale, s’est attaqué aux platanes centenaires du canal et les a décimés. À lire aussiCes 18 arbres sont les plus extraordinaires de la planèteDepuis 2006, environ 1.000 arbres malades ont dû être abattus. Alors que la progression du champignon s’accélère, Voies navigables de France a décidé d’augmenter le rythme d’abattage. A partir de 2013, ce sont quelque 4.000 arbres qui devraient ainsi disparaître chaque année entre Toulouse et Agde, dans l’Hérault. A Trèbes, près de 200 arbres seront ainsi plantés dans les jours à venir, pour remplacer les platanes abattus l’hiver dernier. Une seconde replantation est prévue à quelque kilomètres de là, à Villedubert, au mois de décembre.Le coût de la campagne de reboisement lancée par le ministère de l’Environnement est estimé à quelque 200 millions d’euros sur dix ans. NKM a alors fait appel au mécénat pour financer une partie du projet. “L’abattage et la replantation représenteront environ 200 millions d’euros sur 10 ans, l’Etat s’engage pour 70 millions, les collectivités pour un tiers aussi, et je pense qu’il faut aussi solliciter les entreprises pour qu’elles s’engagent dans le sauvetage, et les particuliers amoureux du canal pour que chacun puisse participer à un arbre”, a déclaré la ministre.Le 28 novembre 2011 à 09:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SIDA une piste de vaccin obtenue chez des souris

first_imgSIDA : une piste de vaccin obtenue chez des souris Mercredi, des chercheurs américains ont révélé avoir réussi à protéger des souris contre le virus du sida avec une seule injection et en utilisant une stratégie analogue à la thérapie génique.Alors que se tient aujourd’hui la Journée mondiale de lutte contre le SIDA, c’est une découverte encourageante que révèle une étude publiée dans la revue Nature. Celle-ci explique comment des chercheurs de l’Institut de technologie de Californie sont parvenus à immuniser de façon permanente des souris contre le virus VIH et ce, sans faire travailler le système immunitaire des rongeurs. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterEn effet, un vaccin comprend généralement un antigène, une bactérie tuée ou un élément reconnaissable d’un virus. Une fois celui-ci injecté dans le corps, le système immunitaire le détecte et apprend ensuite à fabriquer des anticorps pour le combattre. Mais cette approche classique n’a jusqu’ici pas permis de concevoir un vaccin efficace contre le virus du SIDA. Cette fois-ci, les chercheurs ont donc opté pour une autre approche, analogue à la thérapie génique. Pour cela, ils ont utilisé un vecteur, en l’occurrence un virus inoffensif dont ils se sont servis pour transporter des gènes bien particuliers : des gènes chargés de programmer la fabrication, directement dans le muscle, d’anticorps neutralisants anti-VIH. Cette stratégie surnommée VIP (pour vectored immunoprophylaxis) a alors permis d’induire une production permanente d’anticorps protecteurs chez les rongeurs génétiquement modifiés et ce, avec une seule injection dans le muscle de la patte des animaux. “Cette immunoprophylaxie VIP a un effet similaire à celui d’un vaccin mais sans faire travailler le système immunitaire”, explique Alejandro Balazs, auteur principal de l’étude dans un communiqué de presse de Caltech relayé par l’AFP.Au vu du niveau de protection obtenu, l’équipe de biologistes dirigée par le prix Nobel David Baltimore, espère désormais pouvoir transposer cette approche chez l’humain. Elle projette ainsi de tester la méthode dans des essais cliniques limités, d’abord pour vérifier s’il est possible d’obtenir une production suffisante d’anticorps au niveau du muscle humain. “Comme nous savons déjà que les anticorps (utilisés dans l’expérience) marchent, mon avis est que si nous pouvons induire la production de suffisamment d’anticorps chez des gens, les chances que la méthode VIP réussisse sont réellement assez élevées”, confie Alejandro Balazs.Le 1 décembre 2011 à 12:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more