Security Council Extends MIUNRSO’s Mandate, Pressures the Polisario

Rabat – The Security Council adopted on Friday afternoon a new resolution extending MINURSO’s mandate for six months until October 31, 2018. Unlike last year, the resolution was adopted without consensus, with three members abstaining from voting, Russia, Ethiopia and China.Resolution 2414 was initially scheduled to be adopted on Wednesday, but due to lack of agreements between members of the council, the vote was deferred until today. Despite Russia and Ethiopia’s attempt to water down the language of the draft resolution and avoid “alienating” the Polisario, no major changes were made to the final version of the resolution.However, there are two changes in the latest draft compared to the original resolution circulated to the members of the Council on Monday, April 23. The first consists in renewing MINURSO’s mandate for six months only rather than 12 months. The second change relates to the Council’s call on Algeria and Mauritania to fully contribute to the negotiation process. Whereas the first draft called on the neighboring states to “increase their engagement in the negotiating process and to fulfill their special essential role in supporting the political process,” the language of the final draft calls on the neighboring states to merely “make important contributions to the political process and to increase their engagement in the negotiating process.”Essentially, the language of the final draft has been watered down in a way that it relieves pressure on Algeria, the main supporter of the Polisario. Morocco has repeatedly called on Algeria to be fully involved in the political process, since it is the country that hosts, arms, and supports the Polisario politically and diplomatically.Emphasis on Morocco’s autonomy proposal Like in last year’s resolution, preamble paragraph of the resolution gives preeminence to the Moroccan autonomy plan presented on April 2007 by “welcoming serious and credible Moroccan efforts to move the process forward towards resolution.” Meanwhile, the resolution merely mentions the counter-proposal that the Polisario submitted the same month without giving it any credit for moving the political process forward.Regarding the recent tensions in the whole area east of Morocco’s defense wall, the resolution commended the “measured response of Morocco to most recent concerns regarding the buffer strip.”Other than the usual language contained in the remaining preamble paragraphs, the operative paragraphs of the resolution contain positive language overall for Morocco.Taking note of Morocco’s calls to United Nations to stop the Polisario’s attempts to change the status quo in the whole area east of Morocco’s defense wall, including the buffer zone, the Security Council has expressed “concern” over the Polisario’s actions and called for its immediate withdrawal from the Guerguerat region.In addition, the Security Council expresses its concern over Polisario’s announcement to transfer administrative functions to the zones of Tifariti and Bir Lahlou and “calls for the Polisario Front to refrain from any such destabilizing actions.”Security Council calls for a “realistic” and “practical” solution to the Western Sahara conflictBesides the paragraphs on tensions in the area east of Morocco’s defense wall, the most significant change in this year’s resolution in comparison to previous years is it emphasis on the need that the parties to the conflict work towards reaching a “realistic” solution.Paragraph 2 of the resolution emphasizes the need for the parties to “make progress toward a realistic, practicable, and enduring political solution to the question of Western Sahara based on compromise and the importance of aligning the strategic focus of MINURSO and orienting resources of the United Nations to this end.”This is a highly significant change in that it is first time the Security Council uses such language in a resolution related to the Western Sahara conflict. Since the adoption of Resolution 1754 in April 2007, the Security Council had never used such terms. In the resolutions adopted since, the council instead called the parties to show “realism and compromise” towards reaching a political solution.This language is positive for Morocco, as it puts more emphasis on the fact that a solution to the conflict would only be achieved if the parties worked out a formula that is realistic and viable. Since Morocco submitted its Autonomy Proposal to the Security Council in 2007, a number of influential members of the Security Council, such as France and the United States, have described it as “serious, realistic” and credible,” paving the way towards reaching a mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.Meanwhile, the Polisario submitted a counter-proposal to the Security Council, which emphasizes that any resolution to the conflict must be achieved through the holding of a referendum for self-determination, which maintains independence as a potential outcome. Many observers, as well as former UN officials, ruled out the possibility that an independent state can be established in southern Morocco.  In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais in August 2008, former United Nations Secretary General Personal Envoy to Western Sahara, Peter Van Walsum, said that the establishment of an independent state in southern Morocco was “unrealistic.”Morocco has repeatedly emphasized that any solution calling for the independence of the territory is red a line, stressing that autonomy is the most it can offer.While the Security Council has renewed its call for the parties to resume negotiations in order to achieve a mutually acceptable political solution, it remains to be seen whether Morocco will accept direct talks with the Polisario. Given Morocco’s calls for the United Nations to push Algeria to fully partake in the political process, it is unlikely that Morocco will engage in such a negotiations as long as Algeria is not involved as a full-fledged party.However, based on the dynamic of negotiations within the Security Council, it seems that the latter its moving towards calling clearly on Algeria to become fully involved in the political process. Though Russia watered down the language of the resolution, that the first draft adds a new paragraph calling on Algeria and Mauritania to fulfill their “special essential role in supporting the political process,” is an indication that the Security Council is moving towards viewing Algeria as part of the problem and part of the solution.If by the end of October 2018, no progress has been achieved and Morocco continues to shot down any UN request of direct engagement with the Polisario, the Security Council might push harder to call more clearly on Algeria to be involved in the political process.Read Also: Security Council to Vote on UN Resolution on Western Sahara, No Major Changes Included read more

Grad student profile Shilo Hills

Shilo Hills at Brock’s recent Mapping the New Knowledges conferenceShilo HillsProgram: MSc Management (Organizational concentration), Faculty of BusinessSupervisor: Maxim VoronovResearch area: “History, legitimacy and the Ontario wine industry”Shilo Hills explores the use of rhetorical history by Ontario wineries. Rhetorical history refers to history as not only malleable and manageable, she says, but as a strategy by which organizations can manage the impressions of stakeholders and consumers. Her study will have a wide-ranging impact close to home with Niagara’s wine industry.Hills had the opportunity to present this research at the prestigious European Group Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference, held in Gothenburg, Sweden.“Through my research, I seek to demonstrate how organizations can and do strategically use portrayals of history strategically to gain legitimacy among audiences translating to both symbolic and financial success,” she says.What made you decide to pursue your graduate education at Brock?The MSc program was particularly interesting to me because of the unique experiences I was offered in terms of interesting courses,faculty advisors, small class sizes and research opportunities. I was looking for a program that would be challenging and innovative, and I found that and much more within this program.Describe your Brock graduate experience.I have thoroughly enjoyed my Brock graduate experience. I have met and worked closely with peers offering much diversity in terms of both academic and cultural backgrounds. The courses are challenging and engaging, and have allowed me to enhance my research, academic, writing and other necessary skills and knowledge. The professors are highly knowledgeable, and I have the opportunity to work with an accomplished advisor, who challenges and encourages me to achieve at a high level.What are your other interests and hobbies?I have many interests and hobbies, some of which have been put somewhat aside as of late. Most recently I have taken up yoga, which Ithoroughly enjoy. I love a wide range of music, dabble in playing the guitar and enjoy going to concerts and performances. I like to read,especially science fiction and an assortment nonfiction books and journal articles. Gardening is also a big hobby of mine; I lovewatching things grow and bloom, and to eat things right from the garden. With the warmer weather, I will be doing more biking, hiking and strolling outside. read more

This Week Electronic Arts Kraft Heinz and GM results

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:EA’s weak start to yearElectronic Arts is likely to report lower profit and sales when it reports first quarter earnings on Tuesday. The publisher of “Apex Legends,” ”FIFA19″ and other video games has forecast full year sales of $5.38 billion and profit of about $8.56 a share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet predict EA made only 1 cent a share in the April to June quarter.Kraft HeinzShares in the maker of Velveeta, Capri Sun and Grey Poupon haven’t recovered from the company’s announcement in February that its accounting practices were under federal investigation. It later restated financial reports for 2016, 2017 and part of 2018. Its stock is down more than 30% since February’s announcement. It reports second quarter earnings on Wednesday.GM sputtersGeneral Motors will report lower profit and sales in the second quarter, according to analysts surveyed by FactSet. Wall Street predicts the manufacturer of the Silverado, Blazer and Corvette made $1.44 a share in the quarter, down from $1.81 a year ago. Last quarter GM sold fewer vehicles and management said the company needs to be smaller to prepare for tough times ahead.The Associated Press read more

Lifespan engaging Niagara youth for research project

For 17-year-old Westlane Secondary School student Harroop Ahuja, joining a youth-led research project at Brock meant being part of something bigger.“I wanted to surround myself with like-minded individuals to increase awareness of mental and physical health, expand my skill set and more importantly, give back to my community,” he said.Harroop AhujaAhuja is one of 13 Niagara youth is driving change as part of the Brock Healthy Youth Project (BHYP).The Centre of Lifespan Development Research is looking to youth to guide and inform the project, examining the link between health-risk behaviours and adolescent brain development on a long-term scale.The group of 13 youths, aged 14-24, have come together as the Youth Engagement Committee to assist the BHYP team in developing research ideas, keeping the project team informed about important matters affecting health and happiness, and providing a youth voice at various events.“Not only can I positively influence my peers, but I can also motivate them to do their part in creating a community where topics like mental health are accepted and openly discussed,” said Ahuja.Ahuja views this as an experiential learning segue into studying Medical Sciences at Brock next year.“I’m equipping myself with the knowledge and experiences needed to become an excellent doctor,” he said.The group will meet with Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration and Jamie Mandigo, Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management & International Wednesday to talk about Brock University and leadership.Earlier this year, a transdisciplinary team of Brock researchers received a $1.43 million grant over the next five years from the Canadian Institute of Health Research for the project.What: Youth Engagement Committee MeetingWhen: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m.Where: Centre for Lifespan Development, 6th floor of Plaza Building, Brock University read more

Searching For Meaning In All These NBA Blowouts

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (May 21, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss where each conference finals series stands. Did Golden State’s resounding Game 3 win really change the tenor of that series? And what changed to allow LeBron James and the Cavaliers to run the Celtics out of the building in that series’s Game 3?The Lab will be back with another episode later this week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse hoping to lock up top4 finish in ECAC

Ohio State men’s lacrosse looks to lock up a top-four finish in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and a berth in the conference playoffs this weekend against Air Force. OSU (8-3, 3-2) is currently tied for third in the ECAC with Fairfield. About two weeks ago, the OSU men’s lacrosse team was reeling. The Buckeyes were coming off a 9-4 loss to Loyola (Md.) to cap off a month that saw them lose three of six games and drop to 1-2 in ECAC play. With dreams of making it to the postseason slowly slipping into fantasy, OSU needed to turn things around. But two games later, the Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back conference wins against Hobart and Michigan as they head to Colorado to seal a top-four finish and a playoff spot. Senior attacker Nick Liddil said it was about getting back to basics for OSU. “We just had to focus on us and do the things that we know how to do and play within ourselves,” Liddil said. “That’s what got us out of our rough patch.” A big issue for the Buckeyes during March was an inconsistent offense. Only scoring four times each during losses against Notre Dame and Loyola, OSU was struggling. In recent weeks, though, Logan Schuss has helped turn the team around. The senior attacker’s five goals led the Buckeyes to a 17-8 victory against Michigan Saturday. OSU coach Nick Myers said Schuss getting back in the swing of things was a contributing factor in OSU’s turnaround. “Offensively, we hit a bit of a wall I think,” Myers said. “After that Loyola game, we hit the rest button a little bit and got back to basics, focused on fundamentals, got a little faster. We’re sharing the ball and it’s been great to see Logan get back in a rhythm.” Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander said he knows, though, the trip to the playoffs can be hard. “The juniors and seniors, we’ve been up there before, and we know this is no cakewalk,” Alexander said. “Our coaches explained to us today that there are still two spots left in our conference tournament and about five teams that are competing for that.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Air Force in United States Air Force Academy, Colo., Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

Baseball Ohio State travels to Arizona for four Pac12 matchups including games

Then-junior outfielder Noah McGowan steps to the plate during the Scarlet and Gray World Series on October 7, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsIn just the second week of the season, Ohio State will face one of the most complete teams in baseball.The Buckeyes have a four-game weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Arizona, with two games each against Utah (0-3) and national title contender No. 2 Oregon State (3-0)“We’ve gotta be ready to play defense and defend the small ball, the base running game, the bunt game,” head coach Greg Beals said.Senior first baseman Noah McGowan is riding the biggest wave of momentum of any player for the Buckeyes (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten).He earned national player of the week honors for his 8-for-14 performance with two home runs and 13 RBIs in the season-opening week. Even with that, McGowan is taking nothing for granted.“Some weekends you get lucky and get a few bleeders that drop and get hits, and some weekends you just hit missiles at people and get out,” he said.Game 1: UtahBefore taking on the highly-touted Beavers, the Buckeyes will face off against the Utah Utes at 7 p.m. Thursday.The Utes were swept in a season-opening, three-game series by Oral Roberts. Utah manufactured only seven runs across the three contests.Based on those results, Beals said his team needs to be focused and not look ahead to the Oregon State game the next day. “It should be relatively easy [not to look ahead] because it’s in our cultural blueprint,” Beals said. “We’ve gotta be ready for what’s next, and Utah’s what’s next.”Junior pitcher Connor Curlis will take the mound for the Buckeyes, looking to improve upon giving up three earned runs in five innings his first outing of the season against UW-Milwaukee.Game 2: Oregon StateThe second-ranked Beavers are one of the premier programs in the NCAA. Last year, they went 56-6 with a Pac-12 championship and captured its sixth berth in the College World Series in program history.They lost four key contributors from that team.Ohio State will get an early look at how it stacks up with the nation’s best at 3 p.m. Friday. Junior Ryan Feltner is expected to take the mound for the Buckeyes. Rated as the Big Ten’s top prospect before the season by, he is looking to rebound from surrendering four earned runs in five innings against Canisius.Game 3: UtahThe Buckeyes take on Utah a second time at 6 p.m. Saturday.Redshirt senior Adam Niemeyer is set to take the ball for the second time this season after his season debut. His season debut against Canisius resulted in his first loss of the season, giving up five runs. However, only one of those runs was earned in his five innings of work and he struck out five batters.Game 4: Oregon StateRounding up the trip to Arizona is a second matchup with the Beavers at 11 a.m. Sunday.Redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos (1-0, 3.60 ERA) takes the hill for the Buckeyes.Pavlopoulos was the starter for the Buckeyes last season when they delivered Oregon State one of its four regular-season losses, perhaps the highlight of an otherwise disappointing 22-34 year for Ohio State.“Defense was really, really good behind me, tempo was good,” Pavlopoulos said. “A key to beating them is just let them hit it. Throw strikes and let them get themselves out.” read more

Cut out alcohol and bacon to slash cancer risk say researchers

They found more than four in ten primary school children were overweight or obese in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Spain. In Britain, around one in three children weigh too much by the time they leave primary school.Dr Joao Breda, Head of the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, said: “The Mediterranean diet for children in these countries is gone.  “Those closer to the Med diet were Swedish kids.” We have very strong evidence linking overweight and obesity to cancer which has grown over the past decadeDr Giota Mitou, WRCF director of research funding In recent years, several studies have linked alcohol and processed meats to an increased risk of the disease with alcohol most closely linked to breast cancer, while processed meats such as bacon increase the chance of bowel disease.The new guidelines state: “For cancer prevention, it’s best not to drink alcohol”. It warns that “alcohol is strongly linked to an increased risk of six cancers,” including breast, bowel and liver cancer. “A bacon butty or glass of wine every so often isn’t anything to worry about, it’s the things you do every day that matter most. Building small changes into your daily life, like choosing sugar-free drinks or walking more, can add up to a big difference for your health,” she said.In addition to the 10-point plan, not smoking and avoiding other exposure to tobacco and excess sun are also important in reducing cancer risk.’Med diet’ barely exists – at least in the MediterraneanThe “Mediterranean diet” hailed by health experts barely exists in southern Europe, with the spread of junk food diets fuelling soaring obesity rate, new research shows.Experts from the World Health Organisation said children in Sweden were more likely to to eat the foods associated with countries like Italy and Greece, which now have some of the highest obesity levels in Europe.Researchers looked at 34 nations, not including the UK. “So now we have 12 cancer sites linked to being overweight and obese – this is five more than 10 years ago,” she said.The guidance recommends keeping a healthy weight throughout life, avoiding any weight gain in adulthood – at the lower end of healthy weight ranges.Dr Mitrou said: “Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust, because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades.”The study says those in sedentary jobs should take “special care” to build exercise into every day life – suggesting at least 45 minutes of moderate intensity activity – such as gardening, vigorous housework or walking.“For cancer prevention, it is likely that the greater the amount of physical activity, the greater the benefit,” it states.And it says increasing amount of “screen time” on smartphones and computers is fuelling soaring obesity levels. Dr Giota Mitou, WRCF director of research funding, said that the only drinks carrying no cancer risk were those containing neither sugar nor alcohol.“Sticking to water will be the best recommendation,” she said.The research warns that unhealthy lifestyles are fuelling rising numbers of cancer cases across the world, which are forecast to rise by around 60 per cent by 2035.The review, led by Imperial College London, tracked all published literature on the links between diet, physical activity and cancer, in studies involving 51 million people, 3.5 million of whom developed cancer.“This is very robust evidence of what affects and doesn’t affect cancer risk,” Dr Mitou said.“With more and more countries adopting a westernised lifestyle .. new cancer cases are predicted to be increased to 24 million annually worldwide by 2035.” Cut out alcohol and bacon entirely to slash the risk of cancer, a new global blueprint on preventing the disease says.Its authors said all sugary drinks should also be shunned, advising people to “stick to water” as part of efforts to cut their risk by up to 40 per cent.The 10-point plan, issued by the The World Cancer Research Fund (WRCF), follows a review of studies on 51 million people – the most comprehensive analysis yet of the causes of the disease.It links excess weight to at least 12 cancers – more than twice as many as its assessment a decade ago and sets out specific advice on how to cut the risks.Researchers said that “very strong evidence” linking unhealthy lifestyles to cancer had grown since 2007, prompting them to issue the tough recommendations.And they said that on current UK trends, obesity could overtake smoking as the leading cause of cancer within two decades. The “Med diet” is characterised by a balance of fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes and fish.But Dr Breda said rising numbers of those in souther Europe were instead turning to snacks and junk foods, away from their traditional diet.Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security And they say there is “no level of intake” of processed meats that does not increase cancer risks, while recommending only a limited intake of any red meat.The new recommendations, launched at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, highlight the risks caused by excess weight.The 10-point plan sets out a “package” of lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of cancer; such as being a healthy weight, being physically active every day, and eating a varied diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. “We have very strong evidence linking overweight and obesity to cancer which has grown over the past decade”, she added. Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, backed the findings.But she said people should not worry about the occasional glass of wine or bacon sandwich.“This report supports what we already know – the key to cutting cancer risk is through our way of life. Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, eating and drinking healthily and getting more active all helps. This report supports what we already know – the key to cutting cancer risk is through our way of lifeLinda Bauld, Cancer Research UK Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

British undergraduates at Oxbridge fall amid concern they are being squeezed out

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cambridge University said that they accept students “on merit, regardless of their background”. Cambridge University said that they accept students “on merit, regardless of their background” The number of British undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge has fallen, amid concern that they are being “squeezed out” by higher paying foreign students.There are now seven per cent fewer UK undergraduates at Oxford and five per cent fewer at Cambridge compared with a decade ago, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).  Meanwhile, students from overseas undergraduate students rose by 45 per cent at Oxford and 65 per cent at Cambridge.  Under EU laws, universities must charge European students the same level of fees as their British peers, but non-EU students can be charged at a higher rate. Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said the decline in British student numbers at Oxford and Cambridge was the “sad but inevitable consequence” of the universities becoming more international but not adding places.”In those circumstances, something has to give and it seems to be places for home students,” he told the BBC. He said that to avoid “squeezing out” British students, universities need to “bite the bullet and accept more expansion”.There has been a demographic dip in the population of 18-year-olds in the UK in recent years, but the proportion of school leavers applying to university has increased. Applications from international students for undergraduate courses have increased by 56 per cent since 2007/8, meaning British students “find themselves in a competitive field”, a spokesman for the university added.  The increase in international students reflects a national trend which is “testament to the high standing a UK University education has in the world”, they said.Oxford University said it selects students on “academic talent and ability alone – not on the fees they may bring with them”.A spokesman added:  “Places to study are won by demonstrating academic potential through open competition, following the same rigorous application and admission process.”  Data released earlier this month showed that university applications have gone up for the first time in three years – but the rise is fuelled by soaring applications from overseas rather the British students.Figures from Ucas, the university admissions service, showed that 561,420 people have applied to start a course this autumn, the first increase since 2016.The rise is driven by to a record 63,690 students from outside the European Union (EU) applying to UK institutions, an increase of 9 per cent compared to last year. Cambridge University said that they accept students “on merit, regardless of their background" read more

Video Hunt for Holborn headbutter who attacked City worker after confrontation over

Fran Graham, from the London Cycling Campaign said: “One idiot should not represent an entire mode of transport. “Cycling can do so much good for our city in reducing pollution and moving people efficiently, but everyone should obey the highway code. We hope this individual is identified and dealt with by the police.” Pietro D’Acati, manager of a nearby Eat sandwich shop, saw the incident and rushed out to treat the victim with ice. He said: “The gentleman was in a state of shock and bleeding quite seriously. I told him he needed to call an ambulance but he was reluctant to.“With the help of some passers by, we picked him up and sat him on the chairs outside Pret a Manger, just next door.”Violmantas Voroninas, the manager of Pret a Manger, told The Telegraph that he came out with a first aid kit and sterilised the cut.“I could see he would need stitches. It was really nasty,” he said.“We sat him down and offered him a new lunch, because his had spilt all over the pavement. We gave him an egg mayonnaise sandwich and a bottle of water.”Mr Voroninas, whose shop sits near the offices of Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Lexis Nexis, said he had seen the victim on Monday, and he was thankful for the help he received. The City of London Police released CCTV in an attempt to identify the cyclist, calling his actions “needlessly violent.”The video footage also shows a key witness perched on a cargo bike just feet from the violent attack. A rider for the company ‘Pedal Me’, which delivers packages and people around the capital, is understood to be helping the police with their investigation. A cyclist dubbed the “Holborn headbutter” is being hunted by police after attacking a city worker who confronted him over jumping a red light.The 57-year-old victim, who narrowly avoided being run down by the cyclist as he cross the road, was left needing stitches for a cut above his eye following the attack on August 22.The City of London Police yesterday released footage of the incident in Farringdon Street, central London, showing the confrontation.The incident will bring back memories of the so-called “Putney Pusher”, who escaped justice after shoving a woman in front of a bus in London in May 2017. Officers are now hunting the cyclist, who is described as “a white man in his 40s, around 5ft 10ins, of medium build, with short greying hair.” He was not wearing a helmet and was not riding in the designated cycle lane. Travelling at speed, he narrowly missed the city worker, who was returning to his office after getting lunch, witnesses told the Telegraph.Instead of riding on, the cyclist turned around and shouted aggressively at the man before charging at him and knocking him to the ground with a headbutt. The cyclist then got back on his bike and rode off, leaving the stricken man writhing in pain on the ground. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


One of the best informed media about situation in THW Kiel, Kieler Nachrichten wrote yesterday about possible transfer of Uwe Gensheimer (27) to THW Kiel. Fantastic German left wing is some kind of a symbol of Rhein Neckar Lowen, but after 10 years of playing in Mannheim, “Lion” could become “Zebra”. THW Kiel have currently on left wing Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson and Domini Klein.What do you think about this possibility? Rhein Neckar LowenTHW KielUwe Gensheimer ← Previous Story Lino Cervar after win over PSG: “This was more than a game, more than handball” Next Story → “ZEBRAS” BEAT SCANDI “DREAM-TEAM”: Jicha and Palicka for new Kiel’s victory read more

Autoplaying video ads are coming to Facebook

first_imgAds on Facebook may have been easy to ignore so far, but the social network plans to allow video ads that will start playing as soon as they are visible on your screen.Starting in June, Facebook will allow some of their top ad partners to auto-play 15 second ads in your feed. These videos will have audio disabled by default, and users will have the ability to either ad sound or start the commercial over with sound enabled. For the time being, only one of these videos will be allowed to show up from a given brand every day in your feed. Facebook has yet to say how many times that one video will show up, but for now it will be fairly contained.Video ads are already a part of Facebook as suggested posts, but those ads are always limited by having to press the play button. By letting these new ads play automatically, it paints a big target on the post and makes it clear that this is the one thing that is not like the others.Now that Facebook is a publicly traded company, demonstrating that the site is profitable is a big deal. These video ads will likely only be available to those willing to pay top dollar, and clearly Facebook has determined that adding this behavior to the site won’t continue to push users away.As Facebook rolls this feature out, it is expected that they will adjust rules for how they are allowed to work, such as how many of these auto play videos will be allowed on a screen at any one time, and which video gets auto-play priority if more than one are on the screen.Now Read – Audi ad with Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto wins the Internetlast_img read more

La librairie de Google cest pour bientôt

first_imgLa librairie de Google, c’est pour bientôtLa librairie de Google devrait ouvrir en ligne avant les fêtes de fin d’année. Première étape : les Etats-Unis.Le géant américain devrait lancer sa librairie numérique ce mois-ci. Les internautes pourront se connecter avec un compte Google à partir de n’importe quel terminal afin d’acheter un livre sur Internet.Les éditeurs fixent eux-mêmes les prix et le groupe touchera 37% des ventes. Dans un premier temps, cette librairie virtuelle sera accessible uniquement aux Etats-Unis. Le reste de la planète devrait pouvoir se connecter durant le premier trimestre 2011. En France, Hachette a signé un accord avec l’entreprise sur la publication de livres épuisés. Ainsi, on pourrait se les procurer dans les “rayons” de la librairie de Google (voir notre article).Le 2 décembre 2010 à 14:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Blind pianist learns difficult pieces by ear

first_imgSpanish virtuoso Ignasi Cambra has never forgotten the first time he heard Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.“I was very young when I heard Beethoven’s Third Concerto at a piano camp in Indiana,” said Cambra. “The melody of first movement is easy to remember. It has all of the Beethoven elements. It’s great music.”Fascinated by the concerto, Cambra went on to learn it in college. He will make his debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, playing the piece with the orchestra in this weekend’s concerts.Learning a complex piece of piano music by one of the greatest composers of all time is considered a major achievement by any pianist, but Cambra has gone an extra mile to do so, because he is blind from birth. “I learn by ear,” remarked Cambra, speaking over the phone from his home in London. “I can use Braille music. But it is slow to read. It is hard to sit down with the Braille score to learn new pieces. I learn by ear with little chunks of music, for one hand and then for the other. Most of the time you are playing melody in one hand and accompaniment in the other.”Cambra lived in the United States for eight years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music and an artist diploma from Indiana University and studied at Juilliard. He has burnished his reputation by winning several piano competitions, and his orchestral appearances included a concert with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.last_img read more

Bahamas PM makes final plea to residents as Hurricane Irma arrive

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 8th, 2017 – Nassau – Hurricane Irma may have been downgraded to a category 4 hurricane, however, Bahamians are still preparing for the worst. “Do not, I repeat, do not go outside during the hurricane for any reason. Do not take any risks including going outdoors to take photos during the hurricane.” This was one of the final warnings from Prime Minister Hubert Minnis during a press conference held today, as Hurricane Irma arrived to the Bahamas.At present, the hurricane is moving westward over parts of Cuba and the central Bahamas. At 2pm today, the National Hurricane Center gave an official update that Hurricane Irma registered maximum sustained winds at 155mph.The Prime Minister also made a special plea to the residents of West End in Grand Bahama, urging them to relocate as soon as possible, as this flood-prone area is expected to receive the majority of damages when hit by Hurricane Irma.Minnis said, “I urge the residents of West End not to delay. Please, please, move now! Do not try to ride out the hurricane. You may put your life and that of your loved ones at risk.” Magnetic Media also understand that West End is under threat of sea surges and flooding which poses a direct threat to life.Additionally, the Prime Minister called for residents living near the coast to move to higher ground inland as the met office predicted Hurricane Irma would create a combination of dangerous storm surge and large destructive waves. This in turn can potentially raise water levels by as much as 15-20 feet above the normal tide.In the nationally broadcasted press conference Minnis also made sure to thank members of the opposition, NEMA, the meteorological office, law enforcement officers, social services and all those providing and assisting with shelters for all that they’ve done thus far in preparation of Hurricane Irma.After Hurricane Irma passes the Bahamas, Prime Minister Minnis promised the nation that he will provide a report of damages caused and more importantly “every effort will be made to bring relief and recovery.”Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Related Items:#HubertMinnis, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, bahamas Govt taking on the tab to get people out of Abaco via Bahamasair Recommended for you Bahamas Prime Minister due into TCI today, visiting Beaches Resort as idea for Exuma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoslast_img read more

SANDAG crews to continue undercrossing work at Poinsettia Station

first_img CARLSBAD (KUSI) – The San Diego Association of Governments will close part of the Poinsettia commuter rail station today to continue construction related to the station’s future pedestrian undercrossing.From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., work crews plan to add temporary shoring to the retaining walls on the station’s eastern side. Crews will also close the station’s pedestrian crossings that connect the station’s western platform to the adjacent walking path.The work is not expected to stop rail traffic along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor. However, residents who live near the station can expect various construction noises and lights during the work.In addition to the construction of the undercrossing, the $33.7 million Poinsettia Station Improvements Project includes the installation of longer passenger platforms, a relocation of the station’s eastern rail track and new fencing between the station’s tracks.Once complete, the undercrossing will replace the station’s existing at-grade rail crossings and include stairways and ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act on either side of the station’s tracks.The Poinsettia Station project is part of SANDAG’s overarching Build NCC (North Coast Corridor) program, a 40-year, $700 million effort to repair and expand vehicle and rail transportation infrastructure throughout the county. The agency expects the project to be completed next year. Information on the project can be found at KUSI Newsroom, SANDAG crews to continue undercrossing work at Poinsettia Station August 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 17, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

California Magazine Offers Promotion for Free Marijuana

first_imgKush L.A., a free monthly Southern California title that bills itself as the “Premiere Medical Marijuana Lifestyle Magazine,” may have launched one of the most controversial—and, for some, most sought-after—magazine promotion to date.The magazine has partnered with medial marijuana organization The Rainforest Collective to offer a coupon for free medical marijuana. Kush L.A.’s August issue will tout a coupon for the first 100 “new patients” of The Rainforest Collective to receive a free 1/8-ounce of medical marijuana. And, for those who miss out on being one of the first 100 people on the September 1 giveaway, the next 100 coupon holders will get with a free gram; subsequent new patients will be eligible to spin a “420” prize wheel to win marijuana cigarettes and edibles.Certainly, the entire promotion is controversial. But it doesn’t seem to bother Kush L.A. and publisher Michael Lerner. “At Kush L.A., we are excited to be promoting this new patient giveaway with The Rainforest Collective,” he said in a release. “We have done similar promotions with our other great magazine and Web site advertising partners and look forward to our continued involvement in this movement.”last_img read more

Experts Battle over True State of Military Readiness

first_imgA story in Stars and Stripes this week takes a balanced look at the debate over whether the nation’s military is in the throes of a readiness crisis.For much of the year, the House Armed Services Committee has delivered a steady drumbeat of press releases and links to news stories highlighting shortcomings in military readiness.“The rate of deployments has remained consistently high for over a decade, but the military resources available to meet those threats are declining. As it stands, we cannot meet combatant commander requirements, reliably maintain our equipment, or fully train and care for our troops,” Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said earlier this month after the Government Accountability Office released a report on the military’s effort to rebuild its low readiness levels.At the same time, the military services have chronicled their readiness deficiencies.“The Air Force, now at its smallest size in history, used the term ‘crisis’ in August when it revealed it could be short 1,000 fighter pilots in the next few years,” reported Stars and Stripes. “The Army is slashing its end strength and says only 30 percent of its brigade combat teams are ready to deploy. The number of Marine Corps aircraft that are ready to fly has plummeted and in some cases Marines must scour old planes for parts.”But in August, retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal debunking claims that nation’s military is in the midst of a readiness crisis.“While there are areas of concern, there is no crisis in military readiness,” Petraeus and O’Hanlon wrote.One budget expert attributes the debate to the need to bolster Pentagon spending.“I think a lot of the discussion about readiness is just about politics, really,” Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Stars and Stripes. “The readiness crisis is being used as a tool, if you will, to focus attention on the defense budget and as leverage to get an increase in the defense budget.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

BB issues alert of possible cyber attack

first_imgBangladesh Bank has issued an alert to all banks about any possible cyber attack in their systems, reports UNB.In a circular sent to chief executives of all banks on Thursday, the central bank mentioned that it was reported in the media that a huge amount of money was hacked from different banks in a neighbouring country by cyber hackers.The cyber hackers took away the money by hacking the payment systems from inside and outside of the country, said the Bangladesh Bank.Bangladesh has been under threat of such cyber attack as a country of rising economy, it added.In such a situation, the central bank asked the banks to follow its instructions sent before to prevent such attacks.Hackers siphoned off more than Rs 940 million  by hacking into the switch server of Pune-based Cosmos Bank by cloning Visa and RuPay debit cards between 11 August and 13 August.It may be mentioned that cyber criminals hacked $101 million from Bangladesh Bank account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in February 2016.However, of this $81 million was taken away by the hackers through Philippines RCBC Bank while $20 million was blocked in Sri Lanka.So far $15 million was recovered by the central bank while legal process is being pursued to recover the remaining money.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi startles bitter foe Modi with a hug

first_imgIndian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi hugged prime minister Narendra Modi during a heated debate in parliament on Friday. Photo: CollectedIndian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi created a flutter in parliament on Friday, giving prime minister Narendra Modi a surprise hug during a heated debate and said he had nothing but love for his bitter political foe.Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has repeatedly targeted Gandhi, the fourth generation scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, as a “failed dynast” out of touch with ordinary people and ill-suited for public life.But Gandhi, who is girding up for national elections next year, said his politics were above hate and that he bore no personal rancour towards Modi who has also targeted the young leader in the past.Soon after closing a speech tearing into Modi’s four years in office, Gandhi strode across the floor and put his arms awkwardly around the seated prime minister in a rare gesture that caught Modi unawares.“You have anger against me, you can call me names, you can abuse me, but I don’t have a speck of hatred against you. I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love,” Gandhi said as lawmakers thumped their desks and others looked on.He was speaking on a no-confidence motion against Modi that the government is certain to defeat because of its majority in parliament, but which the opposition hopes will focus attention on the government’s failures in office.Critics accuse the BJP of divisive politics and of trying to undermine India’s pluralistic foundations enshrined in the constitution.Gandhi’s mother, the Italian-born Sonia, has also been attacked for her foreign origins.Modi, startled by Gandhi’s gesture, froze in his seat in an image that was repeatedly played on television screens across the country and went viral on social media. Modi later called back Gandhi to his seat and shook hands, smiling.Modi himself is known for his bear hugs, embracing world leaders such as US president Donald Trump and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The ruling BJP is setting up next year’s vote as a presidential-style contest between the experienced Modi with long years of service in government against Gandhi, portrayed as a political novice handed the reins of his Congress party because of the accident of birth.But Gandhi, after a poor start in politics losing a string of elections to Modi’s party, is drawing crowds as he seeks to exploit Modi’s failure to deliver tens of thousands of jobs he promised India’s youth and a broader decline in law and order.”What an astonishing performance by @RahulGandhi,” said Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in a Twitter post. “It was a game-changing speech, tearing apart the Govt’s claims & ending with that unscripted hug that has literally taken the BJP’s breath away.”last_img read more