World tourism marks another record year with 842 million arrivals UN agency

World tourism registered yet another record last year with 842 million arrivals, a higher than expected growth rate of 4.5 per cent in spite of adverse factors such as the Israeli-Hizbollah war in Lebanon and the terrorist threats to trans-Atlantic air travel from London, according to latest United Nations figures. “Despite downside risks facing global tourism twelve months ago, in particular terrorism, health scares due to avian flu and rising oil prices, 2006 was another year of good growth above the long-term forecast rate of 4.1 per cent, backed up by one of the longest periods of sustained economic expansion,” UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Francesco Frangialli said. Three years ago, world tourism, which can play a key role in fighting poverty and become a primary tool for sustainable development, began a historically new phase of growth, as it broke the barrier of 800 million international arrivals. It has grown more than 20 per cent since then. The increase in international tourist arrivals is projected to be around 4 per cent for 2007, much in line with the forecast long-term annual growth rate of 4.1 per cent through 2020, according to UNWTO’s World Tourism Barometer. Growth is expected to be more solid as businesses, consumers, governments and international institutions are now better able to anticipate shocks and to respond more effectively to crises. Africa outpaced all other regions with almost twice the rate of global growth reaching 8.1 per cent in 2006 after an already strong 2005, led by sub-Saharan Africa (up by 9.4 per cent) and North Africa (up 5.8 per cent). Major destinations such as South Africa, Kenya and Morocco all continued to post excellent results. Asia and the Pacific (up 7.6 per cent) was able to maintain its extraordinary growth level, both due to the recovery of Thailand and the Maldives from the impact of the 2004 tsunami and “remarkable performances” from emerging destinations. International tourist arrivals in South Asia grew by 10 per cent boosted by India, the destination responsible for half the arrivals to the sub-region. Europe performed on target (up 4 per cent). Germany took advantage of the Football World Cup 2006, while Italy had a strong comeback. Spain’s solid results also contributed to the generally positive outcome. In the Middle East, international tourist arrivals are estimated to have risen by 4 per cent, after the bumper years of 2004 and 2005, in spite of the overall geopolitical situation, the Israel-Lebanon crisis in particular. Although the 2 per cent growth in the Americas might seem disappointing, regional results varied considerably. The rise in the United States was not enough to compensate for weak development in Canada and Mexico. On the other hand, results from Central (up 6.1 per cent) and South America (up 7.2 per cent) show how Latin America is on track to consolidate the positive outcome of recent years. Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay and Peru all grew at double-digit-rates. As a whole, the global economy is expected to maintain last year’s growth level. Oil prices have shown a tendency to remain less volatile and do not pose the risk to economic stability they did a year ago, UNWTO said. But some uncertainties remain. Increasing interest rates in some countries and regions could diminish available income. A weaker US dollar might affect foreign travel demand by Americans. On the other hand, a stronger euro could stimulate European international travel. 30 January 2007World tourism registered yet another record last year with 842 million arrivals, a higher than expected growth rate of 4.5 per cent in spite of adverse factors such as the Israeli-Hizbollah war in Lebanon and the terrorist threats to trans-Atlantic air travel from London, according to latest United Nations figures. read more

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WatchCES 2019 Smart stuff touchscreen steering wheels and the Apple elephant in

LAS VEGAS — The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground as technology’s biggest trade event gets underway.More Smart Devices, Fewer TVsWhat gadgets will North Americans buy this year? Lots of “smart” devices for their home, according to projections from a technology association.This smart helmet will detect a fall and automatically notify an emergency contact person. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Apple stopped attending the CES consumer-electronics show years ago, but it’s still making its presence known.The biggest may be the huge sign it splashed across a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas conference centre where other tech companies are gathering to show their wares this week.The sign says, “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.” It’s a not-so-subtle dig at the looser privacy practices of data-hungry rivals like Google and Amazon.But Apple also has news to share at CES. It’s just letting some of its partners do the talking.Samsung announced Sunday that its TVs will start offering Apple’s iTunes movies and TV shows beginning this spring. It’s a shift for Apple, which typically hasn’t allowed its services to run on non-Apple hardware. (The big exception: iTunes on Windows PCs.)AP reporters Matt O’Brien and Joseph Pisani contributed to this article. Other gadgets expected to sell well in 2019: wireless earbuds, smartwatches and drones. Fewer TVs are expected to be sold, however — 42 million units, a one per cent decline from 2018. BlackBerry senses big new opportunity in security needs of connected devices Apple brings Apple Music to Amazon’s Echo smart speakers in push for new subscriptions Innovation Nation: What Canadian companies need to thrive in the cutthroat global ideas economy Total U.S. tech revenue, which includes video and music streaming services like Spotify, is expected to rise 3.9 per cent to a record $398 billion this year, the CTA said.Steering Wheel TouchscreenReady for a smartphone-like touchscreen on your car’s steering wheel?That’s the future according to Chinese electric carmaker Byton, which is planning to sell its first vehicles in China this year and in the U.S. in 2020.Byton CEO Carsten Breitfeld unveiled the new driver interface system Sunday at the CES 2019 gadget show in Las Vegas. He says the wheel-mounted touchscreen on the company’s first model, called the M-Byte, “will stand still while the steering wheel rotates.” The crossover SUV also features a long digital screen across its dashboard.Byton executives say they’ve met with legal authorities in various countries to ensure the entertainment and control system meets safety standards. They say it’s safer than dashboard touchscreens because the wheel’s already in a driver’s field of vision.The vehicles are expected to sell starting at $45,000.The shared experience display dashboard of the Byton M-Byte Concept electric sports utility vehicle. If that sounds a lot like last year, you’re right, but sales are still expected to grow again in 2019.The Consumer Technology Association expects nearly 37 million Amazon Echoes, Google Homes and other smart speakers to be sold this year in the U.S., a 5 per cent increase from a year ago. Meanwhile, more than 29 million smart doorbells, thermostats and switches are expected to be sold, a 23 per cent increase from the previous year.The numbers were released Sunday, two days before the CES 2019 gadget show opens to attendees in Las Vegas. CTA runs the show, which is technology’s largest trade gathering.The group warned that its projections could change significantly if a trade war with China escalates. Much of the world’s electronics are assembled in China, and the CTA has said that steeper tariffs could hurt the industry by making smartphones or TVs more expensive for consumers.Jeremy Neyrou of Icare Technologies shows the Aeklys smart ring at CES Sunday, which gives the user the ability to make contactless payments simply by placing the ring near a payment terminal. Government ShutdownEven the world’s largest tech conference is feeling the effects of the U.S. government shutdown.Organizers of the CES gadget show said Saturday that some scheduled government speakers have cancelled their travel plans. The sprawling consumer-electronics show opens to attendees on Tuesday in Las Vegas.Cancelled speakers include Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and at least nine other officials from agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.CES organizers say Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is still planning to deliver a keynote talk Wednesday on federal initiatives to advance drone technology and self-driving vehicles.The partial shutdown began Dec. 22, but some federal workers remain on the job if they perform essential activities that “protect life and property.”Apple Elephant in the CES ShowroomA billboard splashed across a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas conference centre says, “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.” Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg read more

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Greek parliament to confirm new government

ATHENS, Greece — Lawmakers in Greece are set to hold a vote to confirm the majority in Parliament held by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ new conservative government following a general election on July 7.New governments in Greece must be confirmed by a vote of confidence that follows a three-day debate after lawmakers are seated in the new session of parliament.Stelios Petsas, the government spokesman, on Monday repeated a pledge by prime minister to legislate tax cut next month as well scrap longstanding rules that limit police access to university campuses. The government also plans to toughen detention and deportation policies for migrants whose asylum applications are rejected.Mitsotakis’ New Democracy party has 158 seats in the 300-member parliament.The Associated Press

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INFLUENCE GAME GM bill is selfdriving and selfinterested

INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 10:35 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade lawmakers across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.The carmaker denies trying to freeze out other brands, but legislators in four states say GM lobbyists asked them to sponsor bills that the company’s competitors contend would do just that. The bills set a blueprint for the introduction of fully self-driving cars that are part of on-demand, ride-sharing fleets, but they must be owned by an automaker.Competitors working on self-driving technology like Uber and Alphabet’s Waymo fear the measures could shut out their companies because they don’t manufacture cars. And some automakers that are developing autonomous cars say they could be shut out, too, because their vehicles still rely on having a driver ready to step in.GM began by getting a bill passed last year on its home turf, in Michigan. In response to complaints from Waymo, a compromise bill was also passed to allow participation by technology companies. But Bryant Walker Smith, a leading legal expert on self-driving cars, said the compromise was poorly worded and that it’s unclear what it would do.This year, bills similar to the Michigan law, but without the compromise language, have been introduced in at least five states: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Tennessee. GM lobbyists have also urged lawmakers in other states to introduce versions of the bill.Prospects for passage of the bills are uncertain. But the state-by-state lobbying by the powerful automaker and its competitors shine light on the behind-the-scenes fight to determine how self-driving cars will operate on American roads and which companies will have the competitive edge.With no federal regulations for self-driving cars in place, states are assuming responsibility for ensuring the benefits of the technology can be reaped without sacrificing safety. Federal regulators provided safety guidance to states and automakers last year, but stopped short of issuing binding rules. Key members of Congress say they also are exploring legislation. Eight states have self-driving car laws, and 55 bills have been introduced in 21 states this year, according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.General Motors’ dealerships throughout the United States, many of which have close ties to local politicians, give the giant carmaker a lobbying advantage. GM has also made campaign contributions to state lawmakers who introduced the legislation it favours.GM supports restricting who can deploy self-driving cars because “public acceptance of the technology is going to be very critical,” said Harry Lightsey, a top GM lobbyist. “If somebody is allowed to put technology on the roads and highways that proves to be unsafe, that could have very harmful repercussions.”The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which includes Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo and Waymo, opposes the bills, saying they “would favour one company, create an uneven playing field and deter life-saving innovations from reaching citizens in these states by precluding or severely limiting technology companies from testing or deploying fully autonomous vehicles.”Audi and its parent company, Volkswagen, worry that the bills could exclude partially self-driving cars like the one Audi plans to introduce next year, said Brad Stertz, Audi’s government affairs director. GM hasn’t been willing to see the bills modified or to answer other companies’ concerns so far, he said.Lightsey said lawmakers who have introduced bills are acting on their own, not at GM’s behest.“These bills aren’t being introduced at GM’s urging,” he said.But several lawmakers told The Associated Press that GM lobbyists asked them to introduce bills based on the Michigan law.Illinois state Rep. Mike Zalewski, a Democrat, said he sponsored a bill after GM sought him out. State records show Zalewski has received $2,000 in GM campaign contributions. The bill’s Republican co-sponsor, state Rep. Tom Demmer, has received $2,500 from GM and the bill’s state Senate sponsor, Democrat Martin Sandoval, has received $3,500.“I don’t make a connection between campaign contributions and policy,” Zalewski said.Maryland state Sen. William Ferguson said he introduced a bill at GM’s urging in part because he hoped the automaker would expand its transmission facility near Baltimore, creating jobs.The Democrat said GM lobbyists told him the company would “certainly look more favourably toward expanding in Maryland if there were a legal framework to test and develop (self-driving cars) more freely.” After the AP asked GM about the transmission facility, Ferguson sought to clarify his remarks, saying the automaker didn’t explicitly promise to expand its operations.Several bill sponsors said they’re willing to consider changes to the measures.Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green, a Republican, said he wants to reach a compromise. Language that has drawn objections “is there now to get people to join the discussion,” he said. Green’s political action committee has received $3,000 from GM. The bill’s Tennessee House sponsor, Republican William Lamberth II, received a $2,000 contribution from GM a month before introducing his bill.Lamberth said the contribution had nothing to do with his decision to introduce a bill. Green, Demmer and Sandoval didn’t respond to questions from the AP about the contributions.Some lawmakers said they didn’t introduce bills despite GM’s requests because they view the measures as anti-competitive.“We didn’t want to pick winners and losers in the autonomous vehicle arena,” said Colorado state Rep. Faith Winter, a Democrat.Arizona lawmakers met last month with Gov. Doug Ducey’s staff, GM, Waymo, Uber, Lyft and other companies in response to GM’s effort to get a bill introduced there, said state Sen. Bob Worsley, the Senate transportation committee chairman. While GM argued in favour of the measure, everyone else opposed it, he said.Worsley, a Republican, called GM’s proposal “a protectionist measure for everybody in manufacturing.”___Follow Joan Lowy at http://twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/joan-lowyEDITOR’S NOTE _ An occasional look at how behind-the-scenes influence is wielded In this photo provided by General Motors a self-driving car is seen in Detroit. General Motors is trying to persuade state lawmakers across the country to pass legislation that would clear the way for the automaker to make self-driving cars publicly available while potentially barring GM’s competitors from putting their own vehicles on the road. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors) read more

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Harmful practices against women and girls can never be justified by religion

“Countless women are exposed to complex forms of human rights violations based on both religion or belief and their sex,” said Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.The expert’s latest report, which he presented to the Third Committee, focused on two human rights, namely freedom of religion or belief and gender equality. “My main message is that there is much more room for synergies between those two rights than people generally assume,” he told reporters after his presentation.“Often you find the assumption that, you go either for religion or for gender emancipation and you can’t really combine the two, which I would find not only wrong but dangerous.” The expert urged Governments and civil society to look for these synergies, noting that in virtually all traditions, there are persons or groups who use their freedom of religion or belief to promote equality between men and women, often in conjunction with innovative interpretations of religious sources and traditions.In his presentation, Mr. Bielefeldt also called on States to identify and close human rights protection gaps in personal status laws, including denominational family laws, which disproportionately affect women from religious or belief minorities. “The purpose must be to create family law systems that fully respect equality between men and women while at the same time doing justice to the broad reality of religious or belief diversity, including persuasions that go beyond the realm of traditionally recognized religions,” he stated.One particularly grave abuse when freedom of religion or belief clashes with gender equality is forced conversion in combination with forced marriage, said Mr. Bielefeldt.“In a number of countries, women or girls from religious minorities run the risk of being abducted with the purpose of forcing them to convert to mainstream religion – often in connection with an unwanted marriage.”The expert’s report offers recommendations to, among other things, integrate a gender perspective into programmes designed to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. They also make annual presentations to the General Assembly’s Third Committee. read more

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Womens lacrosse Trio of freshmen to help the Buckeyes through weekend doubleheader

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team has had a stellar class of young talent come in and make an immediate impact.Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez has swept all of the Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, with her third coming after her four-goal, two-assist outing against Cincinnati. But her fellow freshman, goalie Jillian Rizzo (3-0), has been just as hot from the start of the season, and just this week won her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award.Rizzo, who had 11 saves in the Buckeyes’ previous game, has the Buckeyes at No. 2 in save percentage (.508) in the Big Ten, and is 15th nationally with 30 saves on the year. Her play has not gone unnoticed by her team, but an individual award is not something that she is focusing on.“It feels pretty cool,” Rizzo said. “I don’t really dwell on that. It’s exciting for the day and then I’m looking forward to the next game. It’s cool but it doesn’t mean that much.”Hernandez’s 16 points through the first three games have her sitting second in the Big Ten and tied for 23rd nationally in points. Seventeen of her 19 shots on the year have been on target.“She’s a great teammate,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “The upperclassmen are giving her the green light to take those shots. She’s playing fearlessly right now, she’s great.”Freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen has also been influential on the offensive end for OSU. She has started in two of three games so far and has assisted on nine goals this season, tying her for tenth in the NCAA.Two California teams make the trip to ColumbusThe Buckeyes will be hosting a weekend double-header against the Stanford Cardinal (1-3) and California Golden Bears (0-2), which will wrap up their three-game homestand. Both are teams that OSU is familiar with, having played Stanford 14 times and California 10.Each time against Stanford, OSU has been anything but phenomenal. Stanford has beaten the Scarlet and Gray four consecutive times, and the Buckeyes have won only four of their 14 total matchups against the Cardinal.“We’re always going to see something new when we play Stanford,” Venechanos said. “They’re always changing defenses, their rides have always been impressive in the past, a really unselfish team on the attack.”OSU will look to repeat a similar start to last weekend against Cincinnati by dominating the early minutes. Senior midfielder Morgan Fee could be the key to having the same success, winning seven draw controls during the game. Fee got her first start on Sunday against the Bearcats and helped the Buckeyes jump out to an early lead.“We need to figure out how to win the draw (control),” Fee said. “How to gain possession and hold possession throughout the first five minutes because during our previous games we had kind of gotten off to a rocky start.”While the Stanford Cardinal looms as more of an imminent threat to the Buckeyes, OSU squeaked out a narrow overtime victory against the Golden Bears in Berkeley, California, last season. California is currently winless on the year but they are returning eight seniors from last year’s team, including attacker Jena Fritts who led them in points (30) and assists (20) a season ago.Both games will be played at Ohio Stadium, and with Friday’s game against Stanford set for a 6 p.m. start the Buckeyes will get their first action under the stadium lights. Sunday’s game against California will start at noon. read more

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Taco Tuesday to benefit LiFE Sports during Ohio State Michigan basketball game

Senior guard Aaron Craft holds up a Taco Tuesday T-shirt Feb. 10 during interviews at the Schottenstein Center. The shirts are $20 and are set to be sold in the southwest entrance of the Schottenstein Center as well as the team shop inside, and proceeds will benefit OSU LiFE Sports.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorThe fans who attend the college basketball showdown between No. 22 Ohio State and No. 15 Michigan Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center are set to have a chance to cheer on their teams with a belly full of tacos.Courtesy of senior guard Aaron Craft’s roommates — who run the Twitter account @CRAFTroomies — and OSU, students and fans are set to have a chance to participate in Taco Tuesday, complete with a taco stand and T-shirt sales.The shirts are slated to be sold at the southwest (student) entrance at the Schottenstein Center, as well as the team shop inside. The shirts cost $20 each, and patrons will be able to purchase three tacos for $5 at a taco stand in the southwest rotunda. The tacos are from the Schottenstein concessions and are not catered, according to an OSU athletic spokesman.All proceeds benefit OSU LiFE Sports, a program that allows underprivileged kids to participate in athletic camps on campus during the summer.Craft said Monday he and his roommates came up with the idea over winter break “to make it more than just about ourselves and make it more than just fun for us to have.”“We were trying to think of what shenanigans we are probably most known for, and it’s definitely the tacos,” Craft said. “It goes back a few years with some of the guys I’ve lived with. Hopefully doing tacos and making it a night, we can do it more than just at a basketball game.”Craft and his roommates hosted another Taco Tuesday Nov. 19, where 1,000 OSU students got the chance to ask the senior and his roommates questions, tour the basketball facilities at the Schottenstein Center and even sit at center court on the roommates’ couch and get their photo taken.Craft said he hopes for Taco Tuesday to become an annual event.“I have a baseball roommate and a golfer so, maybe at a baseball game sometime this spring and then beyond when I’m here … you can have an annual taco night or something just to continue hopefully helping the kids and everything,” Craft said.Craft said he got the idea to give the proceeds to an organization from former OSU walk-on Mark Titus, who started “Club Tril,” sold T-shirts and donated money to the nonprofit called A Kid Again.Titus’ goal as founder of “Club Tril” was to play in a college basketball game and record no statistical significance other than minutes played, thus having his box score have a number one in its first slot followed by eight zeros and look like the number one trillion.Titus and the organization continue selling T-shirts and donating today, and OSU coach Thad Matta said Monday he’s pleased to see his players reach out and give back.“I love that,” Matta said. “As I’ve always said to our players, take the opportunity you have here to make the most not only for yourself but for the people around you. I think that Aaron is definitely doing that in his time at Ohio State and I think it says a lot about him that he would do something like that. He’s an amazing kid.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes (19-5, 6-5) and Wolverines (17-6, 9-2) is set for 9 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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James Stunt I had it all then I married a Clist celebritys

first_imgDivorce lawyers to the rich and famous usually advise their clients to maintain a dignified silence once a settlement has been reached. James Stunt, the former husband of Petra Ecclestone, has chosen not to follow this protocol. In an extraordinary interview, the colourful businessman has taken aim at “that dwarf Bernie” and “Lady Macbeth” – otherwise known as his former in-laws, Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone – and complained that his public image went downhill when he married “a C-list celebrity’s daughter”. Across eight…center_img His six-year marriage to Petra ended in an acrimonious divorce battle last year, in which it was alleged he made a gun gesture at Ecclestone, the former Formula One tycoon.last_img

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Duchess of Sussex hails horses meditative qualities as she embraces Queens favourite

“Has anyone got any carrots?” joked Harry, noticing that Molly was shaking.  “She’s a bit nervous, this one.”“Well, we all get a little camera shy, I understand,” said the Duchess.The couple were there to learn more about the country’s developing programme of equine therapy for children with special needs, funded by King Mohamed.Arriving at the Royal Equestrian Club Dar Essalam, the country’s main equestrian venue, they were introduced to Louis Broski, the founder of the Centre Social Kariat which works with mentally and physically disabled young people. Inside they walked around the stations and chatted to the young cooks, aged between nine and 18, stopping to try mince and onion pastries and Harira – a spicy chickpea soup.Chef Moha handed them each a decorated ceramic bowl to try and they each took a sip. “C’est delicieux,” said Meghan in French.“What’s in it?” asked Harry, before joking, “It’s a secret recipe!” One child said spoke in Arabic to the chef, who turned to the Duke and said: “He finds you a very good person.”“He is a good person,” smiled the Duchess, putting a hand on her husband’s arm. The children are cared for by three different charities, including Hadaf, an organisation which employs young people with Downs Syndrome, L’Association Musulmane de Bienfaisance and the Lalla Meriem Centre, founded by King Mohammed VI’s sister.Also on the menu were Moroccan pancakes with honey and Almond butter, a recipe by Cherine Mallah, taken from the Grenfell cookbook which the Duchess helped to produce.The dish features in Together: Our Community Cookbook, which became a bestseller after Meghan launched it on a visit  the Al Manaar cultural centre, which is at the heart of the community devastated by the Grenfell Tower fire. Mr Broski, who has trained horses for more than 30 years, is one of the country’s leading figures in equine therapy.  “It was a challenge,” he told them.  “I started with one child, but now 16 years later we have 100 children.  My aim is for all disabled children to be fully integrated into Moroccan society.”“That is just so important, and this is just a gorgeous space you have here,” the Duchess told him.The Royal couple met Ekram, 20, who has Down Syndrome, and began riding at the club a month ago.   Speaking through a translator, she told them “I love the connection with the horses, it already makes me feel relaxed and more confident. And I like being outside, with nature.” “Big bite!” laughed Meghan. “Bit late now!” replied her husband. The Duchess developed the Together cookbook idea over a series of earlier private visits where she cooked with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen there.Sales of the book have allowed them to refurbish the facilities and expand their work in providing freshly prepared food for those displaced by the tragedy as well as other community groups. Prince Harry playfully strokes a horse Credit:Fadel Senna/AFP Handed a pancake covered in Amlou – a blend of almond butter, argan oil and honey, the Duke took a huge mouthful. One rider, 24-year-old Driss, told them how his youth had involved violence and drugs, and sakd the equine therapy has helped him regain confidence and made him feel “calmer”.  Driss now has a job with the Centre Social Kariat and helps disadvantaged and disabled children develop their skills and learn how to ride. The Duke, who grew up riding and still plays polo, told him:  “It’s amazing what you can do here.  For someone like you, who must have lost so much trust in all sorts of people around you growing up, you’ve been able to put your trust in horses. The trust between us and horses, it’s a very special thing. I’m missing my old horses.” Royal couple vow to return to MoroccoThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex vowed to return to Morocco with their baby after sampling a selection of classic national dishes. Harry and Meghan took up the offer of a meal for “the whole family” from top chef Moha Fedal, who hosts the North African nation’s version of Masterchef.He told the couple: “I hope to cook for you next time,” as they joined him for a cookery demonstration with underprivileged children in the capital Rabat.The Duchess replied: “The whole family next time.” The chef said: “You come with your baby to Marrakech next time.”“We would love to,” said Meghan. “Come with your baby and I will cook for all three,” he told Harry as he joined them.The Duke replied: “We will cook for you!” He is already a fan of the chef’s work, having visited his famous Dar Moha restaurant on a private visit to Marrakech just before the royal wedding.Although Moha would not be drawn on the secret trip, he disclosed: “He [Harry] loves pastilla – the sweet and savoury – and kefta.”During their visit to the colourful Villa Des Ambassadeurs, a privately owned guest house set up with temporary cooking stations, the royal couple sampled an array of fragrant and spicy dishes, including the pigeon pastilla which the Duchess  declared “delicious”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sample the local cuisineCredit:Stephen Lock/i-Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in RabatCredit:PA/Yui Mok The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with workers during a visit to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat in MoroccoCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP The Duchess of Sussex takes a bite, watched on by her husbandCredit:Stephen Lock/i-Images The couple then watched a grooming session with three Shetland ponies – Caramel, Xina and Molly, with some of the children who have benefitted from the Equine Assisted Therapy [EAT or Equi-therapy] programme, in one of the club’s outdoor manages.  “I’m happy!” said the chef. They arrived at the ornately decorated residence to a traditional welcome of dates and milk, which both royals sampled. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sample the local cuisine Meghan told her:  “Wow, you’re very impressive.  What an accomplished lady.  I imagine it’s so therapeutic as well as meditative.”Harry and Meghan also watched a riding demonstration in another outdoor manege, with three autistic children riding ponies, while one of the equine therapists explained how they start the children with grooming ponies before gradually building them up to ride.  “It’s a wonderful, holistic approach,” said Duchess.Asking staff where they all travel from each day to work, Meghan said:  “I imagine no matter where you all come from, it’s so worth it.  “It’s amazing what you all do here. Really impressive.”The Duke added: “You’ve got the space, the horses, and the king’s support.  Keep up the amazing work.  It would be wonderful to see more of this across Morocco.” The couple also met with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have benefitted from the programmes at the centre, where the Duchess reverted to French again, wishing them “Bonne journee”.Horse riding for children with special needs has been shown to improve children’s communication skills, boost their confidence and help them build relationships.  The Princess Royal is president of the Riding for the Disabled Association in the UK.Later today, the Duke and Duchess will attend a cookery session which will include a recipe for pancakes from her Together cookbook, and a trip to a market inside a picturesque walled garden. Prince Harry playfully strokes a horse  The Duchess of Sussex takes a bite, watched on by her husband She has already won over the corgis. The Duchess of Sussex has now made a start on the Queen’s other love: horses.During their royal visit to Morocco, the Duchess stroked the noses of horses in stables of the Royal Foundation for Equestrian Sports, encouraged by her husband who has grown up alongside the animals.The Duke, who looked right at home making a fuss of the animals, led the way, with his wife reaching out to touch them tentatively afterwards.Although she has attended the polo with her husband, it is the first time the Duchess has embraced the horse-loving side of the Royal Family for her public engagements since her wedding.The visit, to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat, saw her admit to feeling “camera shy”, while Prince Harry told his hosts he was missing his old horses. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet with workers during a visit to the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat in Morocco read more

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Manline provides full range of key transport solutions for mining

first_imgManline says it has become “the first African company to provide a full scope of transport solutions, including abnormal load transportation, project cargo, rigging and lifting, to clients in the mining sector. Drawing on the world-class capabilities and expertise of its two abnormal loads brands – Manline Mega and Manline Kumkani – Manline provides an unparalleled service offering in Southern Africa and beyond.”Manline Mega specialises in abnormal loads and project cargo up to 85 t. Its fleet comprises 50 truck/trailer combinations in both stepdeck and lowbed configurations. Another 20 trucks will be added over the next six months.Manline Kumkani boasts a fleet of 12 dedicated horses, 78 Goldhofer multi-axle modular trailer combinations, and four Faymonville extendable trailers. This allows Manline to customise and extend trailers to transport irregular-shaped abnormal loads of up to 900 t on public roads.As part of the Barloworld Transport group, Manline has access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from experts in a wide range of specialist transport organisations. Later this month a new division, Barloworld Cranes, will be launched within the Barloworld Transport group. The new division will allow all member companies, including Manline, to enhance both their transport and lifting services.Using cutting-edge, German-engineered Liebherr all-terrain cranes and Tadano truck mount cranes, Barloworld Cranes will be able to provide tailored solutions and services for mining clients and projects within the sector.“Having recognised the growing need for a comprehensive turnkey solution within the mining sector, we can now provide a unique abnormal transport and lifting service,” says Neil Henderson, CEO of Barloworld Transport. “Clients can certainly expect to benefit from competitive pricing, improved efficiency and streamlined services delivered by one provider, which will add tremendous value in the long term.“As the first African provider to offer such a wide range of solutions, we are confident that we can grow along with our clients and provide them with the world-class services and solutions they have come to expect,” adds Henderson. “This is in line with our vision to deliver ‘smart’ transport solutions across the continent.”last_img read more

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Police seek publics help in two separate shootings

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 4, 2017 – Police are seeking the public’s help in two separate shooting incidents that has left a man dead and two others detained in hospital on Friday 3rd February 2017.  In the first incident, shortly before 7:30pm, two men were sitting in a vehicle on Durham Street off Mount Royal Avenue, when two males armed with handguns approached and shot them before fleeing on foot. The two men were taken to hospital where one of them later succumbed. The other man remains in serious condition.In the second incident, shortly before 12:00midnight, a man was sitting in his Honda Civic vehicle on St. Cecilia Street, Chippingham, when a man armed with a handgun approached and robbed him of cash and a gold chain. The gunman then took the victim’s vehicle and shot him before speeding off. The victim was taken to hospital where his condition is listed as stable.Investigations are ongoing in both incidents.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Justice Sotomayor visits Anchorage

first_imgJustice Sonia Sotomayor at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. (Hillman/Alaska Public)Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke in Anchorage on Wednesday to a crowd of 1,200 people. While answering preset questions, she spoke about how being nominated to the high court transformed her life, and how different experiences can affect a ruling.“You have to understand,” she told the crowd. “You get nominated to the Supreme Court, and it’s a like a rocket ship that takes you to the moon. And it doesn’t take you back.”Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2009. She said the process was painful because people publicly called her harsh and questioned her intelligence.“There’s a point where you can take a certain amount of it and others where you say, ‘Is it really worth destroying a lifetime of what I had thought was a great reputation? And so yes, I had a lot of second thoughts.”She strongly considered backing out until her friends helped her realize she couldn’t act of out of fear and hurt. “Because I think those feelings, both fear and hurt, drive all of us to bad decisions.”Among the downsides of being on the court are she misses her privacy and her ability to get together with family on a whim. Even at the grocery store, she said she is never out of the public eye, and though she’s an extrovert, that’s hard.“I went from being a person that could choose when I wanted to be in the front of the classroom or the back of the classroom. That could walk the streets and observe people and their lives and look at them and learn, just from observing. To a person who is always at the front of the room. And I’m no longer given a choice.”For Sotomayor, learning from a diversity of life experiences is what makes a strong court. It helps the judges see cases from different perspectives and base their decisions on all of the facts, not just ones they are predisposed to see, she said.“By my druthers I think the variety of both professional and life experiences helps to ensure that when we’re talking and conferencing cases, that we’re not missing anything.”She said for her, diversity means more than just differences in gender and ethnic identity, and in some ways, the current members of the Court are all very similar. All of the current justices have ivy league educations, are Catholic or Jewish, and most are from the East Coast.“But is it enough [difference], for a court that’s being asked to judge everything that comes through the legal system throughout the United States?” she said, pausing. “I don’t think so.”For Sotomayor, it was hard on both a personal and a professional level to cope with the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia’s perspective when he died earlier this year.She described him as a fun, witty older brother who would say the most annoying things. He was also an active participant in oral arguments. After he passed, she said she would fill the new silences with questions.“I had to start containing myself and start living with the slightly longer silences,” she recalled.last_img read more

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Ravn Alaska to fly between Anchorage and Bristol Bay

first_img(Photo courtesy of Ravn Alaska)Bristol Bay residents will soon have a new airline option. Ravn Alaska announced Tuesday that it will begin operating flights between Dillingham, King Salmon and Anchorage this spring. Currently PenAir offers the primary, and often only, service between Anchorage and these communities.Listen nowStarting on Feb. 14, 2018, Ravn will offer two round-trip flights on weekdays from Anchorage to Dillingham and King Salmon and one roundtrip on each Saturday and Sunday.(Graphic courtesy of Ravn Alaska)The company said that it has been considering moving into this market for years.“It’s an obvious hole in our network,” Dave Pflieger, Ravn’s president and CEO, said. “We’re the largest regional carrier in Alaska. But where we don’t go right now is down in southwest Alaska. So Dillingham and King Salmon are obvious places, big communities, important communities. We wanted to start flying there because the community seems to want more competition and want more competitive fairs and want more reliable service, and we want to be more relevant to the residents of this great state.”Customers are able to book tickets online. Initially, one-way flights cost $149. After Dec. 20, those rates will go up to starting prices of $199 one-way from Anchorage to Dillingham and $169 one-way from Anchorage to King Salmon.Ravn will be operating Bomardier Dash 8 aircraft configured for 29 passengers.It will be possible to earn and redeem Alaska Airline Miles on flights with Ravn. Ravn Alaska also has its own FlyAway Rewards program.last_img read more

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Man Charged With Harris County Slaying Cousin Sought

first_img@JanelleKHOUHarris County sheriff’s investigators say an 18-year-old man already in custody for taking an SUV belonging to a 44-year-old murdered man now is charged with his slaying and may be connected to another disappearance.Brandon Lyons is charged with capital murder for the February death of Glenser Soliman. He was reported missing after failing to show up for work at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. His body was found 11 days later in suburban Spring.Detectives say they’re also looking whether Lyons is involved in the disappearance of 26-year-old University of Houston student An Vinh Nguyen (win). He’s missing and his vehicle was found not far from Soliman’s.Police also are looking for Lyons’ 26-year-old cousin, Jerrett Jamal Allen, who is charged with unlawfully using Nguyen’s credit cards. Sharelast_img read more

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Happy Birthday Barbara Gordon

first_imgStay on target This weekend is the birthday of a Batman Family favorite, Barbara Gordon! With her movie debut coming ever closer, I’d like to talk about her history, identifies, and future. Some fans might not realize that Barbara Gordon was actually created for TV similar to Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series. She was created by William Dozier, Julie Schwartz, and Carmine Infantino for the live action Batman series with Adam West at the request of producers and played by actress Yvonne Craig. She premiered in Detective Comics #359 in 1967 by Gardner Fox and Batgirl co-creator Carmine Infantino.Daughter of Commissioner Gordon, Barbara had unique insight and access to help fight crime and assist Batman. Similar to Supergirl (whose birthday was yesterday), Batgirl was bounced around different books over the years and never quite launched into her own title. Also similar to Supergirl, by the 80’s DC Comics decided the only thing they could do with Barbara is have her be attacked, though this time not lethally.In the infamous story The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, Barbara is shot by The Joker and left paralyzed. Rather than just writing off the character, John Ostrander, Kim Yale, and Luke McDonnell reintroduced Barbara in 1989 as Oracle in Suicide Squad #23. Now in a wheelchair, Barbara’s role shifted to being a watcher and master strategist as one of the most important supporting characters in DC Comics. In 2011, the New 52 reintroduced Barbara as Batgirl having her recover from her wounds in The Killing Joke which is how she remains today. Though many fans are thrilled to have the old Barbara back, many others were sad to see Oracle go and lose such an important disabled icon in comics. Both are perfectly understandable positions to hold. So celebrate Barbara Gordon today! Watch some Batman 66, pick up some great comics by people like John Ostrander and Gail Simone, or the current Batgirl Rebirth trade! DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to SDCCFinally, Batman Gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star last_img read more

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The 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019

first_img Play These E3 2019 Video Games Right NowTesla Cars Get Racing Game, YouTube, and ‘Fallout’ at E3 2019 Stay on target E3 2019 is over. It was an interesting year for the gaming industry’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. Much like 2012’s E3, this year felt like it was in a holding pattern. This makes sense considering how 2020 will see the arrival of Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles. With that said, E3 2019 had its fair share of highlights.I previously broke down E3’s biggest non-gaming moments and some of its more notable smaller titles. I want to finish the week off by listing some of the biggest game announcements. This isn’t so much a comprehensive list as it is games I’m looking forward to and ones I’ve seen hyped most on social media. These are the titles that will keep us all busy this fall and early next year.Star Wars: Jedi Fallen OrderStar Wars: Jedi Fallen Order seems to be everything fans of the franchise want: a story-driven Star Wars experience. While the two most recent Battlefront games have their fans, they never seemed to capture the essence of the series since they were so multiplayer-focused. Just being a single player game already makes Jedi Fallen Order stand out, which is a really weird thing to say. The small amount of gameplay we’ve seen is intriguing, though I personally want to know more about the characters. Hopefully this title will turn things around for the video game side of Star Wars.AdChoices广告Pre-order on AmazonFinal Fantasy VII RemakeIt has been a long time coming, but Final Fantasy VII Remake is almost here. Well, the first part of it at least. During its E3 presentation, Square-Enix unveiled new information and gameplay trailers for the highly anticipated remake. I’m glad to see the real-time combat actually contains elements of strategy with the way players can slow down the action. In this way, those who enjoy the pure turn-based nature of the original won’t feel completely alienated. Though I’m excited to play Final Fantasy VII Remake, the episodic nature concerns me. How many parts will we have to play to get the complete adventure? Even if each installment is as long as a normal RPG (60-90 hours), having to wait years to wrap up the whole tale doesn’t sound very appealing. Hopefully, it won’t take too long.Pre-order on AmazonCyberpunk 2077As I talked about before, a big E3 2019 moment was Keanu Reeves showing up at the Xbox E3 conference to talk about Cyberpunk 2077. The Hollywood actor’s presence may have distracted you from the awesome footage he revealed. CD Projekt Red creates massive games with intriguing worlds and characters, and Cyberpunk 2077 looks like it will follow in that tradition. The size and scope of the Polish studio’s projects have always intimidated me but I really want to try out Cyberpunk 2077 and delve deep into its world. I know I’m not alone in this sentiment.Pre-order on AmazonAnimal Crossing: New HorizonsAnimal Crossing is one of those Nintendo series I don’t quite understand. I’m speaking for myself, but I don’t see the appeal of maintaining a digital farm. Though baffled by the franchise, I understand it has a large number of fans; hence why Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a big freakin’ deal. In this installment, players get to build a farm on a desert island. A new crafting system lets users create items like furniture and decorations. The ability to play with up to eight players should also give Animal Crossing: New Horizons a lot of replayability. I’m not sure if I’ll play this title, but I know it’ll be massive when it releases next year.Pre-order on AmazonThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2One of the coolest surprises (among many) to spring from the E3 Nintendo Direct was learning a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works. The brief trailer only teased what the game is about. Breath of the Wild is arguably the best Nintendo Switch game so it makes sense to produce a sequel. We have no clue when this game will drop. Thankfully, there’s another Zelda game that will help tide us over until then.The Legend of Zelda: Link’s AwakeningLike Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a remake of a Game Boy classic. Unlike Samus Returns, this one is coming to Nintendo Switch. The thing that immediately stands out are the adorable graphics. The art style is both wildly different yet true to the original. I never got to play Link’s Awakening so this should make for a fine introduction to a title hailed as one of the series’ best. The art style alone is worth the price of admission as far as I’m concerned.Pre-order on AmazonMarvel’s AvengersCrystal Dynamics finally unveiled its Avengers game and… yeah… it’s a thing. I’m sorry, but what is up with the characters’ faces? Even if Crystal Dynamics wanted to deviate from the characters’ movie counterparts, they could have at least tried to make them resemble the original comic book characters. Seriously, if you just saw headshots of the game’s main cast, you wouldn’t know any of them were the Avengers. I know I’m ranting here but I’m not alone in feeling this way. I’ll obviously give this a shot since Crystal Dynamics is a solid studio, but man do those faces bug the hell out of me.Pre-order on AmazonDoom EternalI’ve written about my love of 2016’s Doom before so it should come as no surprise that I’m stoked about Doom Eternal. I would have been happy if the sequel was more of the same, but it’s clear it will be so much more. In the trailer, we see three settings: Mars, Earth, and Hell. The Doomslayer is also much more nimble this time around. Platforming seems as crucial as running and gunning. Even the multiplayer component seems bad-ass. Like its 2016 prequel, Doom Eternal will take the twitch-based nature of the original and update it for modern audiences. I cannot wait to get my hands on this game.Pre-order on AmazonWatch Dogs LegionWatch Dogs Legion seems like it will fully capitalize on the series’ premise. This time, you play as a number of different characters who are truly “watch dogs.” Like the previous games, your job is to hack into the world’s ctOS network and use it to stop the bad guys. Unlike before, you’re not confined to a single viewpoint. The demo showed a variety of characters, including my personal favorite: a gun-toting grandma. To make things more interesting, any of the characters can permanently die. I’m not sure how this will affect the overall story, but it should make things more harrowing. I know I don’t want murder grandma to die. I think Watch Dogs Legion is exactly what this series needs.Pre-order on AmazonWitcher 3 on SwitchI have no idea how, but The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition is coming to Nintendo Switch. Perhaps Saber Interactive (the studio behind the port) used some in-game magic to make this happen? Naturally, this port won’t sport the same graphical fidelity of its console or PC counterparts. CD Projekt Red confirmed the game runs at 540p in handheld and 720p in docked. While this is a decidedly compromised experience, just the fact The Witcher 3 is running off a 32GB cartridge on Switch is a miracle in and of itself.Pre-order on AmazonMore E3 2019 coverage on Geek.com:These Smaller Titles From E3 2019 Deserve Your AttentionE3 2019 Has a Shocking Amount of Arcade MachinesCute New Pokemon in ‘Sword and Shield’ Melt Hearts at E3 2019last_img read more

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Study of moon rocks shows barrage 4 billion years ago was mainly

first_img Explore further Earth’s makeup found to be more diverse than previously thought (Phys.org) — Researchers have known for some years that the Earth and moon were subjected to a veritable barrage of objects striking their surfaces nearly four million years ago, but less certain was whether those objects were asteroids, comets or even pieces of other protoplanets after they broke apart. Now however, new research by a group of lunar scientists has found, after studying moon rocks brought back by astronauts during the Apollo 16 mission, that it appears they were mostly asteroids. But not, they write in their paper published in the journal Science, the same kind as we see falling on our planet today. Citation: Study of moon rocks shows barrage 4 billion years ago was mainly asteroids (2012, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-moon-barrage-million-years-asteroids.html Journal information: Science The researchers, led by Katherine Joy, looked at specific types of moon rocks known as regolith breccias, which are in essence dirt balls with embedded fragments of rocks and other debris from impacts. They are believed to have formed somewhere around three and a half billion years ago, which was close to the time of the great barrage. To find out more about the fragments, they put samples in an electron microscope and also used other micro-probing techniques to get a closer look. In so doing they found that many of the fragments were of nearly the same type as carbonaceous chondrite meteorites, which come from certain types of asteroids.They also found a certain uniformity in the samples that is not present in samples from meteorites that have impacted the moon in more recent times, which the researchers write, suggests that such rocks striking the moon during the barrage were somewhat different from those that strike today which are quite diverse. They also found that the fragments found in different regolith breccias were sufficiently different from each other to rule out the possibility of them coming from a protoplanet that broke apart.That leaves asteroids as the most likely kind of object striking both the Earth and the moon during the barrage which other scientists have suggested occurred due to a relatively sudden change in the distance between the planets in the early solar system. The suspicion is that all or most of the planets formed in rather close proximity to the sun, then slowly moved farther away. If that was the case, then changes in gravitational effects caused by the planets would likely have had a profound impact on other bodies moving around, causing many of them perhaps, to run into one another and the planets. Some even suggest the bombardment that resulted could have been a major contributing factor to the development of life here on Earth, which many believe occurred right around the same time. More information: Direct Detection of Projectile Relics from the End of the Lunar Basin–Forming Epoch, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1219633ABSTRACTThe lunar surface, a key proxy for the early Earth, contains relics of the asteroids and comets that have pummeled terrestrial planetary surfaces. Surviving fragments of projectiles in the lunar regolith provide a direct measure of the types and, thus, sources of exogenous material delivered to the Earth-Moon system. In ancient [>3.4 billion years ago (Ga)] regolith breccias from the Apollo 16 landing site we located mineral and lithologic relics of magnesian chondrules from chondritic impactors. These ancient impactor fragments are not nearly as diverse as those found in younger (3.4 Ga to today) regolith breccias and soils from the Moon, or that presently fall as meteorites to Earth. This suggests that primitive chondritic asteroids, originating from a similar source region, were common Earth-Moon-crossing impactors during the latter stages of the basin forming epoch. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more

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Fijis historic Pride march was the first of its kind in the

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- LGBTI Pride in FijiFiji is a small country in the South Pacific Ocean with a population of just under 900,000 people.Homosexuality is legal in Fiji. It became the second country in the world to enshrine the rights of LGBTI people in its Constitution. South Africa was the first country to do so in 1994.But LGBTI people still face discrimination and violence, sometimes even at the hands of their own families.In 2012, police cancelled an already approved Pride March at the last minute because it ‘did not realise that this was a march for gays and lesbians’.Even Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is not very supportive of LGBTI people. He famously said in 2016 that all LGBTI people in Fiji should move to Iceland and stay there.That’s why the parade was historicThe multiple cancellations of previous Pride events and discrimination faced by LGBTI people made last week’s parade very special.‘It is important to hold public demonstrations like we did, so as to create and raise awareness about the existence of people of sexual and gender minorities, as we have our own set of challenges and struggles, and that LGBTQI people are often more vulnerable in most settings, including at their respective homes and families, workplaces and communities,’ Vulavou said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Fiji has just made history as the first country in the Pacific to host a LGBTI Pride parade.The Pride March coincided with this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBT).Rainbow Pride Foundation 4 LGBTQ Rights and Equality in Fiji organized the history making event. It decided to hold the parade in Fiji’s second biggest city, Lautoka, after police denied multiple requests to hold it in the capital, Suva.Rainbow Pride Foundation’s executive director, Isikeli Vulavou said it was a ‘breakthrough’ to get permission to hold the parade. Local police even provided an escort for the 50 parade participants.‘Being part of the parade, the participants shared on how liberating it was for them to call upon the public to realise that people of sexual and gender minorities exists, and are here to stay,’ Vulavou told Gay Star News.‘For another, it was a historic moment, and was glad to be part of a time, when LGBTQI people were finally given a space to freely express themselves, have their voices heard on the streets, and simply being acknowledged for who they are.’Fiji & the Pacific’S first ever GAY PRIDE march commemorating #IDAHOT day pic.twitter.com/1ngKkV26CU— TAMANI RARAMA (@Tamani_Rarama) 19 May 2018 Fiji became the first country in the Pacific to host a Pride parade. | Photo: Rainbow Pride Foundation 4 LGBTQ Rights and Equality in Fiji Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Missed out on Pride month? These are the highlights of parade seasonLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/fijis-historic-pride-march-was-the-first-of-its-kind-in-the-pacific/last_img read more

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Costa Rica firms ready for new US Tax Law

first_imgCosta Rican financial organizations are getting ready to comply with the demands of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which went into effect this year.The law obliges foreign financial institutions to supply information to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about their U.S. clients, with the aim of combating tax evasion through the use of overseas accounts.During the coming year local agencies will be modernizing their systems so that, starting on Jan. 1, 2014, they will be able to locate U.S. taxpayers who have accounts with them and compile the information.According to Manrique Blen, a tax specialist with the Deloitte accounting firm, the institutions will be seeking to identify which of their clients might be U.S. taxpayers. In January 2014, they will start contacting those clients requesting more information to confirm their taxpayer status. Then the firms will decide which clients should be reported to the IRS.In 2010 the United States passed the HIRE Act, which grants incentives to employers who contract persons who have been unemployed for a certain period of time. To cover the cost of these incentives, the government created FATCA, which institutes a series of controls over international financial operations.The information about these operations is provided by financial institutions outside the U.S. that manage the investments of U.S. taxpayers.The law doesn’t oblige, but does invite, financial organizations all over the world to provide this information to the IRS. Nonetheless, according to Blen, there are sanctions for those who fail to comply.“Being a U.S. law, it shouldn’t be able to oblige Costa Rican financial institutions,” he said. “However, those that don’t comply with these processes will be sanctioned by U.S. financial institutions with retentions of up to 30 percent on any payment made to a foreign financial agency that does not have an agreement with the IRS.”Starting on March 31, 2015, local financial institutions will have to start reporting to the IRS information about their U.S. taxpayer clients who conducted transactions during 2013 and 2014. Starting in 2016, personal accounts containing more than $50,000 and corporate accounts containing more than $250,000 will be reported.According to Blen, Deloitte is advising a large number of banks and has spoken with 90 percent of Costa Rica’s financial organizations.“All are aware of FATCA and a large number are already implementing it,” he said. “During the rest of this year all will be making the changes to be up to date.”“FATCA is an important development in U.S. efforts to combat offshore noncompliance. At the same time, the IRS recognizes that implementing FATCA is a major undertaking for financial institutions,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman in a communiqué issued in July 2011.“A Costa Rican financial agency will have to incur many costs to identify these people and report them to the United States, costs that won’t be recognized by the government of this country, to increase its [the U.S.’] collections and comply with its law,” said Blen.Blen also acknowledged that one of the advantages of the law is that it allows for greater transparency in the destination of funds and the tax obligations of persons who maintain financial operations outside the U.S.Other countries, such as Germany and Australia, are interested in implementing laws similar to FATCA. This would mean that local financial institutions would have to report not only to the IRS, but also to other countries requiring foreign financial firms to supply information.Blen added that the IRS also offers countries the possibility of signing intergovernmental agreements, in which foreign governments send the U.S. information about the financial operations of U.S. taxpayers in their countries. Mexico was the first Latin American country to sign an agreement of this kind. “There is a list of approximately 50 countries that are negotiating with the U.S. to sign such agreements,” he said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have been searching for a big, short-yardage back since Jonathan Dwyer was removed from the team in Week 3. That search led them to Michael Bush, a veteran of six NFL seasons who last played for the Chicago Bears in 2013.Speaking of Bush, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 245-pounds, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday they added a player with “some veteran savvy and some size.”center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “The problem is we don’t have many padded practices left, and this will not be one of them, so it will be very hard to get him up to speed as fast as we want to,” he added. “We didn’t sign him for this week; we signed him for the long haul, so we’ll have him ready when we need him. We’ll go from there.”In his career, Bush has rushed for 3,250 yards and 29 touchdowns, while also gaining another 1,010 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield.A fourth-round pick out out Louisville in 2007 by the Oakland Raiders, his best season came in 2011, when he ran for 977 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 37 passes for 418 yards and a score. He signed with the Bears the following season, but was waived after two years. He had been out of football since then, until the Cardinals came calling.He knows he has work to do to get on the field, but said Arians’ words about his future with the team “puts a smile on his face.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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