Williamson to lead New Zealand in World Cup 2019

first_imgDubai: Kane Williamson will lead the 15-member New Zealand squad in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, the country’s cricket board announced on Wednesday. The biggest surprise is the inclusion of wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, who is yet to play a one-day international (ODI). Tim Seifert, a regular back-up in recent times to first-choice gloveman Tom Latham, has been excluded, partly due to a broken finger which has kept him out of action for the past month. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Blundell’s domestic white-ball record is modest as he has averaged 23.81 with three half-centuries in 40 games so far, though he has a Test hundred. He is also considered one of New Zealand’s most talented behind the stumps. Seamer Doug Bracewell has also been left out. Commenting on the development, Kiwi head coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by the ICC: “The World Cup is the pinnacle of cricket, and to be the first nation to name a squad for the tournament is really exciting. I’d like to congratulate all the players selected. To represent your country at a World Cup is a huge honour, and I know the entire squad and support staff are looking forward to the challenges ahead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “As with any squad named for a major tournament, there had to be some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players. The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup,” he added. The Black Caps will open their campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1. New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (Wicket-keeper), Tom Blundell (Wicket-keeper), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neeshamlast_img read more

Stocks move sideways on Wall Street after record-setting day

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks followed a record-setting day with more subdued trading Wednesday as investors continue digesting a steady flow of corporate earnings and a potential break in the trade war between the U.S. and China.Stocks are essentially stalling and bond prices are rising as investors pull back into a more defensive position. Real estate companies and utilities, both typically considered less-risky investments, are gaining early, while health care companies and banks lag.Analysts have been expecting a contraction in first-quarter corporate profits, but the results so far have been mostly solid. That trend continued with profit beats from e-commerce company eBay and industrial giant General Dynamics.Anadarko surged as Occidental tries to push out Chevron in a bidding war for the company. Boeing rose 1%, despite a disappointing first quarter report and a pulled forecast because of its troubled 737 Max.Investors have been becoming more confident that the economy will continue to grow steadily after the Federal Reserve indicated it would hold off on raising interest rates. However, there are still threats to the economy from international trade disputes.The U.S. and China are still embroiled in a trade war that has raised costs for several companies. Others, like Caterpillar, are seeing lower revenue in Asia because of the dispute.A U.S. delegation will visit Beijing next week to continue trade negotiations. Chinese officials will visit Washington for more talks starting May 8. They are aimed at resolving a dispute over Beijing’s technology policies and other issues that have clouded the economic outlook and shaken financial markets.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index edged up 0.1% as of 10:10 a.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq composite were little changed.THERE WILL BE BIDS: Occidental Petroleum started a bidding war for Anadarko Petroleum as the oil industry’s largest companies try to secure their positions in the oil-rich Permian Basin.Occidental fell 3% after it offered $57 billion in cash and stock for Anadarko Petroleum. Anadarko surged 11% and Chevron fell 1.8%.SLUGGISH ROOMBA: IRobot plunged 20% after the robotics company’s revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.The company is best-known for its robotic Roomba vacuum. It beat profit forecasts for the quarter and gave investors solid guidance for the year, but it wasn’t enough to overcome disappointing revenue growth.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Syria UN refugee agency spotlights growing shelter needs as thousands flee Aleppo

On 1 December 2016, two young boys burn anything they can find to keep themselves warm at a large warehouse in Jibreen, Syria, that hosts displaced families from the recent fighting in east Aleppo. Photo: UNICEF/Al-Issa A UN inter-agency assessment in Jibreen has found that 60-70 per cent of recent arrivals were women and children. A large-scale building rehabilitation has been completed in Jibreen. Further work to boost shelter capacity there will be carried out as buildings are declared safe.Buildings in the 1070 and Rayiada housing complexes in Government-controlled south-western Aleppo are heavily damaged. UNHCR had previously upgraded over 5,000 shelters in the 1070 district. Some are now at risk of collapse and work on rehabilitation is underway.Additional UNHCR protection and shelter staff arrived in western Aleppo on Thursday to provide a detailed assessment of the needs of the recently displaced.Mr. Edwards said displacement also continues within eastern Aleppo itself, with many having been forced to move several times.Since September, UNHCR has supported 838,092 people in Syria, including Aleppo, with winter items, including thermal blankets, sleeping bags, plastic sheets and clothing, but is still unable to reach the many thousands without food, water and shelter in eastern Aleppo.With its UN partners, UNHCR continues to call for an end to the hostilities to allow safe passage out, and humanitarian assistance to be delivered. “Many of those who have fled eastern districts are now in unfinished or partly-destroyed buildings. Unsanitary conditions and overcrowding are already challenges in a congested city with few open spaces,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.UNHCR has been providing tents, shelter kits and sealing-off kits to meet the most urgent needs and improve living conditions while also working with partners to quickly rehabilitate structures as temperatures drop. Food, water, medical care and other items are being distributed by UNHCR and partners alongside winter clothing and other relief items.“We have emergency supplies of non-food items, among them blankets and tents, for 45,000 people in western Aleppo. These can be replenished at short notice,” he said, noting that some 30,000 people are estimated to have fled eastern Aleppo just in the last days. In all, there are now some 400,000 displaced people in western Aleppo.Jibreen, an industrial zone, has now reached full capacity, with latest arrivals joining some 55,000 people who had already fled the fighting in recent months. read more

Loyola Chicago beats crosstown rival UIC 7364

CHICAGO — Clayton Custer, Cameron Krutwig, and Marques Townes each scored 16 points and Loyola Chicago rolled to a 73-64 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.Loyola Chicago (5-3) broke a two-game skid that included a 79-65 loss to No. 5 Nevada, and has won six straight and 11 of 12 against crosstown rival UIC (3-5).Custer was 7-of-13 shooting, and Townes and Krutwig each made six field goals. Cooper Kaifes chipped in 12 points for the Ramblers, who shot 57 per cent from the floor.Marcus Ottey scored 20 points and Godwin Boahen had 16 to lead UIC. Jordan Blount added nine points, 11 rebounds and five assists.The Ramblers jumped out with a 24-9 run and built a 37-28 halftime lead. Kaifes scored 11 points and Custer had 10 in the opening half. Loyola Chicago led by double digits for most of the second half.The Associated Press read more

Snubbed Peter Rabbit board game on display more than 100 years after

first_imgBut despite hand drawing plans of the games, and developing her own through account of the rules, Potter’s publishers declined to make it.Instead, they developed their own – later famous – version, not released until 1919. By that time, Potter had turned her attentions from writing about Peter Rabbit to real-life sheep farming.The original version of the game is to go on show at the V&A Museum of Childhood this week, as part of a nostalgic stroll through the great board games of days gone by.Among the exhibition will be the original design for Monopoly, by Charles Darrow and based on Atlantic City, and the Game of the Goose, which originated in the 16th century and is considered the father of the “race game”. The original Monopoly board 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. Peter Rabbit, the star of the showCredit:AP Beatrix Potter's design for The Game of Peter Rabbit When a world-famous author offers to design her own board game based on her best-loved character, one might expect those around her to jump at the chance to make it.Not so the publishers of Beatrix Potter, it appears.A new exhibition is to tell how Potter was thwarted in her attempts to make her own board game for fans of Peter Rabbit, after her publishers could not get beyond her rules.The game was intended to allow fans of her stories to play in Mr McGregor’s garden for themselves, taking the role of Peter Rabbit as he dodged his way through the vegetable patch. Peter Rabbit, the star of the show A London edition of the Monopoly board from the 1970sCredit:V&Acenter_img The original Monopoly boardCredit:The Strong The Beatrix Potter exhibit will include a 1995 special edition of her game, finally released by publishers Frederick Warne nearly 100 years after the original design was submitted.Catherine Howell, collections manager at the V&A Museum of Childhood, said: “After Beatrix Potter created the character of Peter Rabbit, she designed her own game with a garden scenario based a bit on the story.“She did her own drawing and made up rules, and brought it to her publisher’s Frederick Warne and said ‘I’ve invented this game’. In a letter, she said she thinks her game is a simple but good one.“But they decided not to publish it. “Instead there is a very famous Peter Rabbit game which was published soon after that. So Beatrice’s own drawing just languished and exists still in the Warne archive.”She added there were no records to show why the game was officially rejected, noting that Warne had asked her to revise the rules but still declined to publish it.“Beatrix Potter was keen to have merchandise associated with her characters and had already licenced a soft toy version of Peter Rabbit,” said Howell, adding that the publishers had concentrated on books “first and foremost” at the time. Beatrix Potter’s design for The Game of Peter RabbitCredit:V&A The finished version of the game reproduced Potter’s picture faithfully, with documents showing how the author had wanted replica Peter Rabbits and Mr McGregors along with playing pieces to look like the buttons on Peter’s coat.The board game exhibition includes items stored in the V&A’s collection, as well as loans from major museums around the world.Made up of more than 100 objects, it will begin with the earliest-known games from the Middle East, dating back 2,500 years.Moving through the 18 and 19th century, it will details the rise of popular family games such as Monopoly and Cluedo, before moving into the late 20th century and the introduction of computers.The exhibition runs from October 8th to April 23rd. A London edition of the Monopoly board from the 1970slast_img read more

Kim Andersson next three years at KIF Copenhagen

← Previous Story Portugal: F.C Benfica is Super Cup winner! Next Story → Evgeny Trefilov sacked – Russia looking for a new headcoach! Polish dreams didn’t come true, but some other are. As he wanted, Kim Andersson (28) will be closer to his home in the next three years in which he will play for KIF Copenhagen. Despite media speculations that something went wrong in relation between Andersson and new Danish mega-handball project, Swedish star has signed contract with KIF Copenhagen until 2015. kif copenhagenKim AnderssonPlock read more

Column The governments controlling the euro are no friends of Ireland

first_imgA sad reflection of the Irish trade union movementIt is worth reiterating that the Irish people have paid 42% of the cost of the bailing out the entire European banking system. The bailout of the private banking sector has cost us €64bn. We also gave €17bn of our National Pension Reserve and cash reserves to our own bailout by the Troika.The acceptance by the establishment organisations like the Labour Party and some of the larger trade unions that we should prioritise the requirements of the financial institutions in Ireland and Europe over society’s needs, and implement savage austerity and debt repayment policies, was made clear in their attitude to this campaign. Unfortunately, Unite were the only trade union present at the protest on Wednesday. It is a sad reflection of the Irish trade union movement that they have not given more support to this campaign. It casts a shadow of tragedy and farce over the commemorations of the 1913 Lockout.Derek Nolan, a young Labour Party TD spoke in the Dail debate, where he showed a dismissive attitude toward the Ballyhea campaign stating: “I have lost count of the number of times slogans and empty rhetoric have been bombasted as the quick-fix solutions to all our country’s very real ills. Populist, easy to chant slogans included ‘Austerity isn’t working’, ‘Default, default, default’, ‘Bailout the worker’ and so on. Those slogans are devoid of meaning and are not grounded in economics, finance or political reality.”It is a strange position to believe that it is unrealistic to expect debt forgiveness or debt write-downs from the European Central Bank but it is realistic to expect the Irish people to accept the destruction of social and economic recovery, forced emigration and poverty in order to pay back this illegitimate debt. It is economically ludicrous to think that Ireland’s debt is sustainable. The continued imposition of this debt also makes a nonsense of the ‘celebrations’ of Ireland’s bailout exit as it will trap us in austerity for decades.The ECB is not Ireland’s friendIt appears that the current Irish government have not pushed for any debt write-down for Ireland. Just like many wealthy nationalists did the bidding of the British empire when Ireland was colonised before, so now their contemporaries in the Dail are bending over backwards to show that they are the good obedient children (or perhaps more accurately, colonial whipping boys and girls) of our new imperial powers, Germany, France, the European Central Bank etc.The Government TDs continue to act as if the European Central Bank and German, Dutch and other governments controlling the euro, have been friends of Ireland. It was the ECB and these governments that refused us permission to burn the bondholders in 2010 which forced us into the bailout. It is the ECB who continue to impose on us unsustainable debt levels which, no doubt, the markets will begin speculating on again in the future and we could see our bond yields rise again and be forced out of the markets and into another bailout.The ECB are clearly not an ‘independent’ institution but a tool of the big European powers. They want us to pay back our debt, not because of some principle of debt repayment, but because it is going to French and German banks.We are constantly being told that the ‘system’ would collapse if we didn’t pay back our debt, or if we left the euro. But our society is collapsing. Isn’t it reasonable to ask why we are destroying ourselves to save a system that has failed us and offers only further suffering into the future?What is clear is that as the Ballyhea, and other ‘Say No’ groups continue to march in a determined and dignified manner in towns around Ireland, that this is far from the end of the campaign against one of the biggest injustices in the European crisis.Dr Rory Hearne is a Lecturer in Geography NUIM, member of Claiming Our Future and former community worker.Read: Ballyhea protestors in Brussels to meet MEPs from economics committeePictures: Ballyhea bondholder bailout protesters reach DublinWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ie LAST WEDNESDAY, a small group of residents from the town of Ballyhea in Co Cork highlighted what committed and determined citizens can achieve. Unfortunately, due to a form of media silence, and what some have described as a form of censorship, too few people have heard of the Ballyhea campaign.Having gotten together in March 2011, they have protested each and every of the 144 weeks since with a banner declaring, “Ballyhea says No! to bond-holder bailout”. The group has brought their campaign to the European scale, submitting a petition for bank-debt write-off to the European Parliament Petitions Committee and last week it succeeded in having a motion put to the Dail calling on the Irish Government to ask the ECB to have the Anglo bonds written off.Protesters had travelled from across the countryA live display was set up outside the Dail so that the hundreds of protesters, who had travelled from across the country, could watch the debate and vote. I spoke to some of the people there, and what struck me was that these were not long time activists but are the so-called ‘ordinary’ people of Ireland. Their voice is never heard in the media. Many of them are working full time and trying to do this in their spare time. Others are unemployed and doing it out of frustration and anger. They are doing it because they care about their family, their friends, their community and the people of this country. It is this that gives them their legitimacy, their power and potential.One of them explained to that he was so angered by the bank bailouts and austerity that he felt he had to something. He has marched every single week and describes how “All the political parties are the same. They don’t represent the people. We have been sold out. I was at one of the marches and one of the people said to me to say a few words. I had never spoken before in public and I said a few words about why I was there. Then I went off and read more and spoke again the next time about the debt and austerity. We are tired but we are going to keep on going.” They feel completely alienated, abandoned and disillusioned with the government political parties, the state and its institutions.The Ballyhea group started after the Fine Gael-Labour government reneged on one of their most fundamental election promises, that there would be burden-sharing with the bank bondholders. The key organiser, Diarmuid O’Flynn, a local sports journalist, explained that he was inspired by the Arab Spring “to fight to have returned to us, by the ECB, the money they have forced us to pay out in pursuance of their failed policy… which has resulted in mass unemployment, emigration, misery for the Irish people… Until such time as that has happened…we will continue to march, every Sunday.”Significantly, the Ballyhea Says No! group encouraged other communities to march as well. There are now groups of people marching in Tralee, Killarney, Charleville, Listowel, Rathoath, Clonmel, and elsewhere. While in Dublin, the Anglo Not Our Debt campaign has organised protests in solidarity.Significantly, they have continued to highlight the mistruths about the ‘deal’ that was supposedly achieved on the Anglo Promissory Notes in February this year. The reality is that one of the biggest injustices of this crisis, the forcing of private banking debt onto the backs of the Irish people, was continued in that so-called ‘deal’. The Anglo Promissory notes were converted into sovereign (Government) debt, of which every cent of the €28 billion is due to be paid back by the Irish people, with interest, through the issuing of government bonds in the coming years. That is why the motion called on the Government to:…immediately lobby the European Central Bank for a one-off exemption from the rules of monetary financing, to allow the Central Bank of Ireland to destroy the €25 billion in sovereign bonds issued in February of this year, in lieu of the remaining Promissory Notes, plus the €3.06 billion bond also being held by the Central Bank of Ireland in payment for the 2012 Promissory Note; and— to cease any and all interest payments currently being made on those bonds.last_img read more

What he wants to do is interfere with the machinery of government

first_img Short URL Share14 Tweet Email WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN Assange first outlined the hypothesis nearly a decade ago: Can total transparency defeat an entrenched group of insiders?“Consider what would happen,” Assange wrote in 2006, if one of America’s two major parties had their emails, faxes, campaign briefings, internal polls and donor data all exposed to public scrutiny.“They would immediately fall into an organisational stupor,” he predicted, “and lose to the other.”A decade later, various organs of the Democratic Party have been hacked; several staffers have resigned and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has seen the inner workings of her campaign exposed to the public, including disclosures calling into question her positions on trade and Wall Street and her relationship with the party’s left.Many of these emails have been released into the public domain by WikiLeaks.Some see the leaks as a sign that Assange has thrown his lot in with Republican rival Donald Trump or even with Russia. But others who’ve followed Assange over the years say he’s less interested in who wins high office than in exposing – and wearing down – the gears of political power that grind away behind the scenes. Bernie Sanders who competed against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. Source: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley“He tends not to think about people, he thinks about systems,” said Finn Brunton, an assistant professor at New York University who has tracked WikiLeaks for years.What he wants to do is interfere with the machinery of government regardless of who is in charge.Conspiracy as GovernanceWikiLeaks’ mission was foreshadowed 10 years ago in Conspiracy as Governance a six-page essay Assange posted to his now-defunct blog.In the essay, Assange described authoritarian governments, corporations, terrorist organisations and political parties as “conspiracies” – groups that hoard secret information to win a competitive advantage over the general public.Leaks cut these groups open like a double-edged knife, empowering the public with privileged information while spreading confusion among the conspirators themselves, he said.If leaking were made easy, Assange argued, conspiratorial organisations would be gripped by paranoia, leaving transparent groups to flourish.When the group published 250,000 US State Department cables in 2010, it helped launch a multi-million dollar quest to unmask insider threats at home while causing problems for US diplomats overseas. Source: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Oct 29th 2016, 7:30 AM “What he wants to do is interfere with the machinery of government” – Julian Assange’s mission The founder of Wikileaks detailed his approach a decade ago in an essay. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. http://jrnl.ie/3043073 By Associated Press 79 Comments Image: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 7:30 AM The recent leaks have affected the Democratic National Committee in much the same way, with staffers advised to use caution when communicating about sensitive topics.Clinton supporters say Assange is targeting her out of partisan bias. US intelligence officials believe Russia is behind the hacks to interfere in the US election.“Wouldn’t it be good reading to see internal discussions (about) Trump’s taxes?” Clinton Press Secretary Brian Fallon tweeted recently.Wikileaks isn’t targeting Trump. That tells you something.Picking sidesIt’s possible that malicious sources are using WikiLeaks for their own ends, said Lisa Lynch, an associate professor at Drew University who has also followed Assange’s career.But she noted that a lifetime far from public service and an aversion to email make Trump a more difficult target.“If Trump had a political career, he’d be more available for Wikileaking,” she said.Assange did not return messages seeking comment, but he has described allegations that he’s in the service of the Kremlin as a conspiracy theory and has denied picking sides in the US electoral contest. Source: AP Photo/Evan VucciHe has targeted Republican politicians in the past; in the run-up to the 2008 election his group published the contents of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s inbox. Her reaction at the time anticipated the Democrats’ outrage today.“What kind of a creep would break into a person’s files, steal them, read them, then give them to the press to broadcast all over the world to influence a presidential campaign?” Palin wrote in her autobiography, Going Rogue.In fact, Assange has long tried to influence presidential campaigns. In 2007, WikiLeaks published a long-suppressed corruption report ahead of Kenya’s national elections. It unleashed a wave of anger and, Assange often boasts, swung the vote.In reality, the publication barely played a role in Kenya, according to Nic Cheesman, an associate professor of African politics at Oxford University.And it’s not clear whether the recent WikiLeaks revelations will fare differently. Clinton has a commanding lead in the polls despite the leaks.Still, Assange appears game to try. Between the DNC emails and the inbox of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s messages, his organisation has published 46,000 messages from some of the most powerful people in Democratic politics.More is coming. When one Twitter user noted that WikiLeaks had not published any of Podesta’s emails dating past 21 March, WikiLeaks responded .“Well spotted,” it said.Something to look forward to.Read: Hillary Clinton and Wikileaks: Is it legitimate to release personal emails in full?Read: Ecuador has cut internet access for WikiLeaks founder over US election File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Image: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File 14,790 Views last_img read more

Une nouvelle exoplanète découverte grâce à la théorie de la relativité dEinstein

first_imgUne nouvelle exoplanète découverte grâce à la théorie de la relativité d’EinsteinL’exoplanète Kepler-76b, également appelée “planète d’Einstein” a été récemment découverte par une équipe israélo-américaine. L’originalité de la trouvaille est que cette planète a été dénichée en utilisant la théorie de la relativité d’Einstein.Si la théorie de la relativité d’Einstein s’est révélée jusqu’ici très utile pour les scientifiques, elle a aujourd’hui, pour la toute première fois, permis de découvrir une exoplanète ! Un nouveau monde baptisée Kepler-76b et logiquement surnommée “planète d’Einstein”. En principe, les astronomes utilisent deux autres méthodes pour scruter l’espace et trouver de nouvelles planètes : celle des vitesses radiales et celle des transits. C’est donc pratiquement à titre expérimental que les scientifiques du Centre d’astrophysique Harvard-Smithsonian (CfA) et une équipe de l’université de Tel-Aviv, ont décidé, à l’aide des données recueillies par le télescope Kepler, de reprendre une technique initiée il y a dix ans.En vérité, ce n’était donc pas la première fois que cette technique était employée mais c’est la première fois qu’elle fonctionne. Comme l’explique les chercheurs, cette méthode est particulièrement intéressante car elle présente moins de contraintes que les autres. En effet, la technique des vitesses radiales demande l’utilisation d’un spectre de haute précision et celle des transits doit attendre un alignement précis de la planète avec son étoile. La technique d’Albert Einstein, elle, se base sur plusieurs effets se déroulant simultanément lorsqu’une planète est en orbite autour de son étoile, explique le CfA dans un communiqué. Dans le cas précis de Kepler-76b, c’est à travers l’observation de la lumière plus ou moins reflétée par son étoile, et selon sa position que les scientifiques ont réussi à repérer la planète.Une “Jupiter chaude” “Nous cherchons des effets très subtiles. Nous avions besoin de mesures de haute qualité de la luminosité stellaire”, a expliqué David Latham cité par Space.com. Et c’est Kepler qui a fourni ces données, permettant ainsi la découverte de ce nouveau monde situé à 2.000 années-lumière de la Terre, dans la constellation du Cygne. Une fois repérée, la découverte de la “planète d’Einstein” a été confirmée par l’habituelle méthode des vitesses radiales et d’après des données recueillies notamment par le spectrographe Sophie de l’Observatoire de Haute-Provence.Ceci a aidé les chercheurs à en savoir plus sur l’exoplanète qui serait géante, gazeuse et présenterait de hautes températures à sa surface (environ 1.980°C). D’après les résultats obtenus, elle serait deux fois plus lourde et 25% plus large que Jupiter et orbite tout près de son étoile de type F (extrêmement lumineuse). Elle en fait le tour en seulement un jour et demi et lui présente toujours la même face (comme la lune avec la Terre), rapporte l’étude publiée dans la revue Astrophysical Journal. À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAAussi, bien la théorie de la relativité ne permette pas encore de repérer des exoplanètes de petite taille, elle a ici prouvé son utilisé dans le recherche de nouveaux mondes hors de notre système solaire. “Chaque technique de recherche de planète a ses forces et ses faiblesses. Et chaque nouvelle que nous ajoutons à l’arsenal nous permet de sonder des planètes avec de nouveaux régimes”, a conclu Avi Loeb, du centre d’Astrophysique.(crédits photo :  David A. Aguilar – CfA)Le 15 mai 2013 à 15:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

RUMOR NXT Superstar Kacy Catanzaro reportedly gives her notice to WWE

first_img Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ CosplayVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE Star Shares ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Cosplay Facebook According to a new report from Squared Circle Sirens and other media outlets on the internet Monday, WWE NXT star Kacy Catanzaro has recently given her notice to WWE.It is being said that after suffering a back injury, Catanzaro has decided to stop wrestling. Catanzaro received a try-out with WWE in January 2017.  It was announced during the  2017 Mae Young Classic that Catanzaro had officially signed a contract with WWE.On January 18, 2018, WWE officially announced Catanzaro had reported to the WWE Performance Center.  She made her in-ring debut during an NXT live event on April 19, 2018 in Sanford, Florida, losing to Reina González.She continued to make appearances throughout 2018, both at house shows and on NXT television.At the September 12, 2018 Mae Young Classic, Catanzaro made her television debut with a victory over Reina Gonzalez in the first round match. During the fifth episode of the Mae Young Classic, Catanzaro lost in the second round to Rhea Ripley.She made her main roster debut at the 2019 Royal Rumble appearing in the Women’s Royal Rumble. Catanzaro is also an American Ninja Warrior Alumni.  She is also currently in a relationship with current WWE Superstar Ricochet.As of this report Catanzaro has not publicly confirmed the reports about her leaving WWE. However, she did a post on Twitter this past Saturday possibly alluding to the fact she may have indeed left the company. You can read her Twitter post below:You just gotta do things your own way. Think outside the box. Push away that voice in your head that tells you to conform. Trust that little voice in your mind that tells you that you don’t have to be like everybody else. pic.twitter.com/ZlLTX6YLiY— Kacy Catanzaro (@KacyCatanzaro) August 31, 2019 Twitter Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

Alleged Elmer Fudd bandit pleads not guilty to robberies

first_imgThe alleged “Elmer Fudd” bandit, known for wearing an earflap hat and hunting clothes during his heists, pleaded not guilty Friday to seven bank robberies in east Vancouver.Meanwhile, his accused getaway driver pleaded not guilty to being an accomplice to five robberies.Daniel L. Teeples, 39, and Anne L. Bradley, 31, both of Vancouver, were in court Friday afternoon for arraignment. Prosecutors have charged Teeples with seven counts of first-degree robbery and Bradley with five counts of first-degree robbery.A tentative trial date for both defendants was set for March 26.Prosecutors alleged that in December and January, Teeples committed a series of robberies at banks located east of Interstate 205. In some robberies, the suspect simply announced he was committing a robbery; in other cases, he claimed he had a gun, according to court documents.To charge first-degree robbery at a bank, prosecutors by law don’t have to prove a weapon was involved — they only must show the crime was committed at a financial institution.The case surfaced Feb. 2 when Teeples and Bradley were caught by police fleeing the Bank of America branch at 13411 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Police found money and a money tracker on them.last_img read more

Making the Case

first_img“We’re trying to navigate the current media environment and make smart decisions,” says publisher Cindy McDaniel. “We’re facing a lot of the same challenges as other publishers and we’ve weathered the storm pretty well, with decent numbers in print and strong growth online. But the decisions we make about the magazine have strong ramifications throughout the organization. We knew it was time to get a group together that was very knowledgeable and could help us chart a successful course in the publishing environment right now.”Contributing Value for the Magazine: $30 Million-PlusThrough the course of the discussion, Arthritis Today and its advisors determined a monetary value that the magazine provides the association, as well as a course of action for staying relevant within the association mission while also serving readers. The value estimate: approximately $30 million annually.“Like all magazines, Arthritis Today is measured in terms of its direct gross and net revenue but because of its central role in many of the Arthritis Foundation’s mission and revenue-generating activities, its total value to the organization is much broader than those direct numbers,” says McDaniel. “There is no easy formula to derive a dollar amount for this value.”The magazine provides value in three primary ways: 1) Direct Revenue: Arthritis Today generates about $10 million dollars gross for the foundation from advertising, subscription sales and sponsorships, plus additional revenue from planned giving, events and corporate sponsors. Advertising revenue fell less than 10 percent in 2009 (a range that would be considered a win for most publishers right now). 2) Indirect Organizational Revenue: Approximately $19 million. Indirect organizational revenue comes primarily from membership and planned giving. The Arthritis Foundation’s key direct mail offer is a $20 membership appeal, with Arthritis Today as the predominant benefit of the membership. “The magazine is consistently identified as the overwhelming reason people become members,” says McDaniel. Arthritis Today runs full-page ads promoting the organization’s charitable estate planning services. Leads generated by those ads are followed up by a team of planned giving specialists and are closely tracked, resulting in significant contributions.3) Strategic Value: Approximately $9 million. Strategic value includes awareness and mission value. Arthritis Today reaches 4.3 million people six times per year, generating tremendous awareness of the Arthritis Foundation and spreading the organization’s key mission messages. “To establish a dollar amount for this awareness and health outreach value, we assess the dollars that would be needed to achieve the same number of brand impressions and message dissemination through the external media,” says McDaniel. The magazine also provides complementary advertising space to a number of other Arthritis Foundation fundraising initiatives, including its flagship Arthritis Walk and Jingle Bell Run events, special corporate campaigns and annual fundraising appeals. “Because there is no mechanism for directly tracking leads generated by the magazine to actual dollars raised through these initiatives, we measured the media value of the advertising space as part of the magazine’s strategic value assessment,” says McDaniel. The foundation sees the magazine as a primary communications and fundraising tool. “From our perspective, the foundation values the magazine as a core and key mission activity that also achieves and promotes our goal in building brand and generating revenue,” says Arthritis Foundation chief external relations officer Debra Neuman. “There is very much an outreach mission coupled with revenue generation and brand awareness.”Balancing the Roles of Magazine and FundraisingIn 2008, the Arthritis Foundation generated $98.9 million in direct public support. “I’m sure many of our peers in other associations grapple with the association seeing them primarily as a vehicle to get their fundraising message out, but we would only be effective if we were relevant and valuable,” says McDaniel. “Early on we made the mandate that the audience was people with arthritis and our key purpose was to help them live better.” Martha Ramsey, vice president of publications for the American Diabetes Association, which publishes Diabetes Forecast, was one of the participants at the Arthritis Today summit. Diabetes Forecast generates about 6 percent to 7 percent of total revenue for ADA. “The people who talk with individual donors tell us that when people receive the magazine, they had a good understanding about how ADA helps people with diabetes,” says Ramsey. “That makes them more inclined to support us.”Last year, Diabetes Forecast added a new section called “Your ADA” that regularly describes ADA volunteer, program and fund-raising efforts. “In every issue, there is a profile of a researcher who is working on important issues in diabetes medical science and who is being funded by the ADA—a very direct example of the good works the association is doing,” says Ramsey.  Marketing to Prospects and MembersAssociations stand out as marketers, particularly larger organizations that can segment their audience and develop different ways of reaching that segment.While Arthritis Today started out as a membership publication, the circulation mix today includes Arthritis Foundation members (41 percent), subscribers and newsstand sales (30 percent) and waiting room and public place distribution (29 percent). The magazine sells about 10,000 copies on the newsstand each issue. McDaniel says the marketing approach differs from many other cause-related organizations. “With heart and cancer organizations, their direct mail is not from a member organization, it’s philanthropic,” she adds. “Ours is based on a membership model. Part of our goal was to establish a number around some of those indirect revenue streams. It’s a key driver of our brand awareness in relationship building. Someone at the summit described the magazine as a ‘high quality handshake for the organization.’”Marketing duties are split between associate vice president of consumer marketing Emily Creek, who oversees membership efforts (including magazine subscriptions) as well as the online and newsstand strategies, and Chris Griffin, group vice president of customer relationship marketing for the Arthritis Foundation, who is responsible for fundraising efforts.   Direct mail is the primary tool for both magazine and fundraising efforts. “The majority of acquisition is culled mainly from the fundraising list,” says Griffin. “We’ve gone after subscription lists before thinking that people would eventually gravitate toward a membership—that wasn’t the case. The fundraising offer still works.”Online acquisition comes from names converted from e-mail newsletters but also from internal names culled from special fundraising events held across the country. The foundation also uses free newsletters to identify membership candidates. “Once we get them to try to cultivate a relationship by signing up for a newsletter, we try to upsell them to a print subscription,” says Creek. “I’ve noticed that the more specific the benefit, the better the performance.” Telemarketing is reserved for a select target audience. “We go pretty light on telemarketing, that’s the smallest piece of our overall efforts,” says Griffin. “It’s expensive and we only use that for the higher $100-plus donors.”Magazine acquisition is done primarily by direct mail. “Right now, only a small percentage of print subs come from online but we’re seeing that grow,” says Creek. “About 4 percent of our overall print volume comes from the Internet, slightly below the 7 percent industry average I’ve been reading about. With increased online efforts, we expect it to be at 7 percent next year.”Creek and her team have four primary online marketing objectives: elevate awareness of the organization; attract information seekers; develop and grow a new gateway to the organization; and grow page views to fuel unrestricted revenue.Arthritis Today is conducting a comprehensive search engine audit (search currently makes up 27 percent of its online traffic) analyzing title tags, URLs and external linking. The site generates more than 2.7 million impressions to date and the print magazine drives 12 percent of the online traffic, according to Creek. Profiles Can Raise Audience Value By 30 PercentPart of the marketing approach for a large association is segmenting the audience, particularly for fundraising.“Subscribers have been the only people defined as ’members’ but we’re right now exploring the possibility of defining membership more broadly,” says Diabetes Forecast’s Ramsey. “For instance, in addition to our ‘subscriber’ members, ADA might identify people as ‘donor’ members or ‘volunteer’ members. I support this model because it enables us, at the magazine, to do what we need to do, while enhancing the sense of affiliation people have with the organization across a range of activities.”Arthritis Foundation donors who give $100 or more can join a club called Research Advocate. Members receive handwritten thank you cards and special newsletters talking about how their donations are being used. The foundation also builds marketing approaches around member behavior. “In addition to targeting people by donation level, we also target by their previous behavior—if you come on as a member, you pay your $20 and we try to seek additional donations,” says Griffin. “Some people do give and they become more valuable to us. We have other people who want to be a member only and that’s all they receive communication about. We don’t solicit them for additional donations throughout the year. Some people see the $20 magazine subscription as charitable giving.”The foundation will also segment the audience based on disease type. “If we determine a member has a specific interest in something like rheumatoid arthritis, that provides incremental value and the donor value goes up by 30 percent,” says Griffin.The magazine and foundation marketing groups work together. During subscription renewals, Arthritis Today asks readers to donate an extra dollar that goes directly to fundraising. Meanwhile, Griffin’s department will reach out to the Arthritis Today readership when it is not going through a renewal series to ask if they’ll fund additional mission-related items for organization. “If they aren’t renewing at $20, we work with Emily to offer a downgrade to try to feed those members back in at least as subscribers to Arthritis Today,” says Griffin. Defining the mission and serving the dual goals of information provider and fundraiser are a challenge for any association magazine. While lack of staffing and competing with for-profit competitors were the two biggest challenges cited by publishers in the 2009 FOLIO: Association Publishing Survey, running a magazine within the context of the overall association was the third.“Identity is the biggest concern,” said one respondent. “What drives/maintains association membership must come first. That’s why we’re here and membership dues are the profit center. Forgetting that in the name of journalistic independence doesn’t really help anyone and doesn’t really alter editorial, it just shifts focus.”In September, Arthritis Today, member publication of the Arthritis Foundation, hosted an executive summit at Samir Husni’s Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi, inviting other association marketers and publishers (and FOLIO: general manager Tony Silber) to discuss the role of the magazine in a dramatically changed media landscape. Launched in 1986, Arthritis Today serves as a key membership incentive and information arm of the Arthritis Foundation. The ABC-measured rate base is 710,000, while its full readership (as measured by MRI) is 4.3 million. last_img read more

High temperatures in Utqiaġvik confuse NOAA algorithm

first_img“North Slope climate change just outran one of our tools to measure it.” That was the message from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) earlier this month, when an algorithm they use for quality control balked at the data coming out of Utqiaġvik.NOAA manages thousands of weather stations across the United States that measure temperature and other variables. That data helps weather forecasters, but it’s also closely monitored by climate trackers.Listen now“What’s been happening in Utqiaġvik is that temperatures are warming so fast that quality control algorithms finally had enough and said ‘Oh, the station must have moved because temperatures can’t be warming this fast naturally!’ Rick Thoman, NOAA’s Weather Service climatologist for Alaska, said.The algorithm is designed to flag data that looks wrong. And when scientists see a flag like that, they investigate. Sometimes they find that the weather station has moved, say, closer to or further from the coast, which would explain why it’s recording such different temperatures.But that’s not what happened in Utqiaġvik. Temperatures there really are just that much warmer. This November was the hottest on record, averaging 17.2°F.Bryan Thomas works in the NOAA Observatory in Utqiaġvik, and said he can see obvious signs of warming.“When we look out on the ocean right now we see a few icebergs,” Thomas said. “Normally we would see white to the horizon in the past, and in this case we’re seeing dark water to the horizon.”NOAA is working to tweak the algorithm to make it more forgiving in the Arctic, a place where climate change is happening twice as fast as anywhere else on the globe. They hope to have the adjustments in place in a month or two.last_img read more

Googles ADM phone finder coming this month

first_img Explore further 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. © 2013 Phys.org Huawei to launch first Windows 8 phone in US More information: officialandroid.blogspot.com/2 … ne-with-android.htmlcenter_img Android Device Manager will be available later this month for phones with Android 2.2 or later. The official Android blog carried the announcement last week in a posting by Android product manager, Benjamin Poiesz. The service will enable Android users to enjoy the same protective features that iPhone users enjoy with Apple’s Find my iPhone and that assorted third-party services offer those who have Android smartphones. Citation: Google’s ADM phone finder coming this month (2013, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-google-adm-finder-month.html Lookout for Android, for example, has been a popular option thus far. The Lookout service carries a Lock It Down feature, where, If your device is in the wrong place at the wrong time, you remotely lock it to block access to your personal data. You can post a custom message to get it back, and there is the Wipe It Clean option to wipe data off the device if the user thinks the device is gone for good. You will not find any shortage of ‘Find My Phone’ services available. As for Apple, the Find my iPhone was announced back in 2010 as a software app to help pinpoint the exact location of an iOS device.Basically, the ADM phone finder covers all possible scenarios, for times when you accidentally drop your phone into a bag, or park it somewhere in the room where you cannot remember and need to hear it ring to locate the sound. What is nice about Android Device Manager is that even if your phone was in Silent mode the ADM will ring your phone at maximum volume. The second scenario is when you have forgotten your phone at some more remote location. The service will let you check its whereabouts on a map, If both scenarios don’t fit, and the phone is stolen, you have the option to wipe everything off the phone, erasing all data. Android Device Manager will be downloadable. Google says that you will need to be signed in to your Google account to use it. Several Android watching sites over the weekend, meanwhile, reported that the first stage of the ADM is being pushed out to a few users even though the service is not yet live. These users reported that the service was rolled out to their devices already. While it has taken Google some time to come out with its own find-phone solution, it can never be too late. Mobile security company Lookout viewed data last year and estimated that lost phones, if unrecovered, could cost U.S. consumers billions, They said at the time that “Losing your phone is more than just a hassle – it’s expensive. If everyone who misplaced their phone didn’t ever recover it, we estimate lost phones could cost U.S. consumers more than $30 billion in 2012.” Coffee shops, offices, bars and restaurants top the list as the most common venues to lose a phone in the U.S. The top U.S. city for lost phones is Philadelphia, and the most likely venue for losing a phone is a coffee shop. In London, they said, the top venue to lose a phone was a pub.last_img read more

Military bands to hit the right notes at Bharat Parv at Red

first_imgPerformances by Armed forces band and cultural troupes from different regions of the country will add more fervour to the celebrations from January 26-31 at Red Fort, Delhi, after the Republic Day Parade, where ‘Bharat Parv’ will be organised. The major highlights also include Republic Day Parade Tableaux, multi-cuisine food court, craft mela, cultural performances from different regions of the country and a photo exhibition by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOrganised by the Ministry of Tourism, the festival will be open to the public from 5 pm to 10 pm on January 26, and from noon to 10 pm from January 27-31. The entry to the festival is free however, visitors need to carry their identity proof with them. The prime objective of organizing the event is to generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public.The cultural performances include choreographed fork-tribal dance and music arranged through the North Zonal Cultural Centre. The food court will have stalls set up by the States/UTs, Institutes of Hotel Management, ITDC and National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) showcasing street food from different regions of the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArranged by the State governments and Ministry of Textiles through the office of the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, the Craft Mela at ‘Bharat Parv’ with 50 stalls will showcase the diverse handicrafts of the country. There will be “Theme State Pavilions” where each state will showcase their strengths along with tourism products.Moreover, the DAVP will set up an exhibition on the theme ‘Naya Bharat Hum Karke Rahenge’.last_img read more

Indian Railways takes a nostalgic trip to steamrun trains

first_imgMarking the solemn occasion of 69th Republic Day, the Indian Railways took its distinctive evocative trip to yonder years of steam-run trains on the national soil. Bringing alive the magic of steam-hauled trains, Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways took a ride on the ‘Fairy Queen’ hauled a two coach train from New Delhi railway station to Delhi Jn. station amidst popular elation and enthusiasm with colourful fanfare as the Ganrajya Express chugged off from the platform. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRailway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani, Railway Board, General Manager, Northern Railway, Vishwesh Chaube, Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, RN Singh and Principal Heads of Department, Northern Railway were also present on the occasion along with a huge cheering crowd and railway personnel.On the occasion, Ashwani Lohani also launched “Rail Yatri Guide” kiosk at New Delhi railway station. Delhi division has developed “Rail Yatri Guide” touch screen kiosk as a single point enquiry station for answering all the queries of passengers including guidance/navigation for accessing various facilities/amenities available at the station. The system comprises touch screen kiosks with a 40-inch screen display of 3D digitized railway station map which will help the passenger at the touch of a screen. “15 such kiosks will be provided at New Delhi station over the next two months and gradually, this system will be proliferated over major railway stations of Indian Railways,” asserted Lohani. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe 69th Ganrajya Express celebrates the preservation of the rich heritage of Indian Railways giving a delightful glimpse of the past era. “Steam locomotives which spearheaded the transformation of the economy have their distinctive place in the annals of rail heritage. To preserve this sense of identity and continuity, the Indian Railways has created a dedicated heritage directorate,” a railway official said in a statement.To capture the rich heritage of Indian Railways with a special focus on Northern Railway, an exhibition is also being held in the Capital. The exhibition is divided into five different sections – the cosmetic restoration of the ‘Fairy Queen’; bridges, buildings and black beauties of the Northern Railway; a philatelic journey celebrating steam locomotive of India; the hill railways of Indian Railways with a special focus on Kalka – Shimla Railway, and the plinthed locomotives of Northern Railway and the Rewari steam centre.Fairy Queen:Engine No. ER 22, popularly called as the ‘Fairy Queen’ was built in the year 1855 and is the oldest working steam locomotive in the world. After a remarkable inning of 54 years, the locomotive was rested at the National Rail Museum and was restored after a long hiatus in 1997 through a committed team. The first commercial run took place on July 18, 1997, and in January 1998, its status as the world’s oldest working locomotive was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. In January 1999, the ‘Fairy Queen’ was awarded the National Tourism award by then Prime Minister of India for the most innovative and unique tourism project. ‘Fairy Queen’ now hauls as a steam express between Delhi and Rewari. The frequency of the express has also been enhanced to twice a month from the current financial year.last_img read more

Major Leaguers arent amused that Tim Tebow wants to be a baseball

first_imgTim Tebow wants to be a professional baseball player. You can’t get on sports Twitter for five seconds and not run across the Zapreuder type video of him taking massive hacks in the batting cage. He was a standout high school player. Great.  So was George Clooney, who got a tryout with the Reds in 1977.Today in The Herd, Colin said that Tebow’s baseball attempt feels gimmicky and counter to the brand he has built.“I don’t necessarily think it’s great for Tim Tebow’s brand. ‘Cause I’ve always thought if I just say “Tim Tebow’s brand”,  I’ve always thought, honest, evangelical, authentic. No short cuts. And I kind of feel like this is a short cut. And it’s kind of schticky. And I don’t see that as Tebow’s brand.”Baseball has unwritten rules and immovable tradition, football doesn’t. In football, players pull Sharpie’s out of their socks to autograph footballs after touchdowns.  In baseball, if you show pump your fist after hitting a 450 foot home run, you’ll probably catch a heater in the ear hole the next time you’re at the plate. In football, players like Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas make NFL rosters without even playing football in college. If you can play, you’re in. No questions asked.In baseball, paying dues and coming up though the minor leagues, often for years, before setting foot on a major league diamond is part of the game. One person who is not among the Tebowleivers is Orioles Manager, and baseball lifer, Buck Schowalter.When he was asked about Tebow before the Orioles game last night, he was clearly not amused, and fired off a quality deadpan response.“I bet he was a good player in high school. I was, too. I played quarterback.” Advertisementcenter_img Tim Tebow doesn’t have a prayer to make the big leagues.last_img read more

False LAX shooting scare Suspects held in Wade cousins shooting New Weiner

first_imgBeyonce took over the VMA’s.I think I need a moment after watching @beyonce’s #VMA performance https://t.co/lYVFfrIenO— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016 BREAKING NEWS: Before things got really crazy – a man in a Zorro costume with a plastic sword was arrested. #LAX pic.twitter.com/hIOUykdog5— Nebeel (@hyp3rfr3ak) August 29, 2016 LAX shutdown over false reports of a shooter dressed as Zorro.False Reports of Gunfire at LAX Airport Prompt Panic and Evacuations https://t.co/ahKG9bwdZY— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 29, 2016 Mylan to sell generic Epipen at 50% discount after avalanche of negative publicity.Mylan is launching the first EpiPen generic at a more than 50% discount https://t.co/QRoteL3rXC pic.twitter.com/1TzKl0qLzQ— Business Insider (@businessinsider) August 29, 2016 RIP Mr. FujiBREAKING NEWS: @WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of @WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji. https://t.co/MszVAjCIIG pic.twitter.com/EiNbREXqGI— WWE (@WWE) August 28, 2016 New Jersey Transit Police officer pulls man off tracks seconds before train arrives. https://t.co/vAAWEzubpo— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) August 29, 2016 Anthony Weiner can’t stop sexting. Anthony Weiner is reportedly caught up in yet another sexting scandal https://t.co/sMfEjN1xe2 pic.twitter.com/S2hZ3zZubu— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) August 29, 2016 .@anthonyweiner has either deleted his account or erased his history. I cannot tell which. pic.twitter.com/FBjlvd0leO— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) August 29, 2016center_img Profile of undecided voters and the upcoming Presidential election.They tend to be young and deeply dissatisfied with Clinton and Trump. But no one knows if they’re persuadable https://t.co/lIFmIiyqTs— POLITICO (@politico) August 29, 2016 [Live Update] Video shows passengers and airport staff evacuating #LAX Airport after reports of an active shooter. pic.twitter.com/pPMHN9840w— Brendan Grainger (@S118869) August 29, 2016 Amazing video of New Jersey man rescued from oncoming train. Advertisement White House Press Corp gets a new soda machine.Finally getting new soda machine for the press room breakroom. Old machine often failed to dispense a soda. pic.twitter.com/TyIQdOhC7O— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 29, 2016 Brothers held in connection with shooting death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge. Brothers held without bail in fatal shooting of Dwyane Wade’s cousin https://t.co/J5DaeU5CBJ pic.twitter.com/qyrlfEFcmM— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) August 29, 2016last_img read more

Earthquake hits Greek tourist island of Kos

first_img By: Derek Gatopoulos And Ayse WietingSource: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Earthquake hits Greek tourist island of Kos Friday, July 21, 2017 ATHENS, Greece — A powerful earthquake sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar on the Greek holiday island of Kos and struck panic on the nearby shores of Turkey early Friday, killing two people and injuring more than a hundred.Rescue authorities said two men from Turkey and Sweden died in the collapse as the 6.5-magnitude quake about 1:30 a.m. Friday rattled Greek islands and the Turkish Aegean coast in a region where quake are common.The dead vacationers were not named.At least five other people were seriously injured on Kos as tourists and local residents scrambled out of buildings, some even leaping from balconies. Five of the injured were being transported by helicopter to a hospital on the island of Crete, officials said.“There was banging. There was shaking. The light was swinging, banging on the ceiling, crockery falling out of the cupboards, and pans were making noise,” Christopher Hackland, a Scottish diving instructor, told the Associated Press.“There was a lot of screaming and crying and hysterics coming from the hotel. It felt like being at a theme park with one of the illusions, an optical illusion where you feel like you’re upside down.”Tens of thousands of tourists spent the night outdoors on Kos, many sleeping on sunbeds along beaches as a quake-related sea swell subsided. The quake damaged churches, an old mosque, and the port’s 14th century castle, along with old buildings in the town.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJIn nearby Turkey, ensuing panic caused minor injuries, according to Esengul Civelek, governor of Mugla province. In Bitez, a resort town about 6 kilometres (4 miles) west of Bodrum, the quake sent frightened residents running into the streets.Hotel guests briefly returned to their rooms to pick up their belongings but chose to spend the rest of the night outside, with some using sheets and cushions borrowed from nearby lounge chairs to build makeshift beds.Several Greek government ministers, as well as rescuers with sniffer dogs and structural engineers travelled to Kos overnight to co-ordinate the rescue effort.Authorities said there were no reported injuries of refugees and migrants at camps on the island.A seafront road and parts of the island’s main town were flooded for several hours, and the rising seawater even pushed a boat onto the main road and caused several cars to slam into each other. Ferry services were cancelled until further inspection, with passengers rerouted to nearby islands.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemGreek officials said the quake was 6.5-magnitude and the numerous aftershocks were weaker but still could put at risk the buildings that were already damaged. The epicenter was 6 miles (10 kilometres) south of Bodrum, Turkey, and 10 miles (16 kilometres) east-northeast of Kos with a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometres).“The damage on the island (of Kos) is not widespread. The airport is working, and the road network and infrastructure are in good shape,” Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said.“The damage was at the bar and the old part of the town and we had the very unfortunate deaths of the two people.”The collapsed building dated to the 1930s, according to Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis. “There are not many old buildings left on Kos. Nearly all the structures on the island have been built under the new codes to withstand earthquakes,” the mayor said.Rescuers were checking for trapped people inside houses across Kos at dozens of villages and other sites, but said the damage was confined to the island’s main town. Tags: Greece, Travel Alertlast_img read more

Costa Ricas Rincón de la Vieja Volcano explodes vapor and ash

first_img Facebook Comments (Via OVSICORI/Jorge Viales) Experts from the National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) on Thursday reported that Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, located in Guanacaste province, has seen increased vapor activity and explosions.Strong explosions were recorded on Wednesday at 1:54 p.m. On Thursday at about noon, a tall column of vapor and ash was visible on top of the volcano’s crater.Local residents told OVSICORI that ash had fallen on the roofs of their homes in an area six kilometers around the volcano, mainly in communities north of the crater in Upala and Buenos Aires.Volcanologist Javier Pacheco on Thursday said activity at the volcano had been low in the past 15 years, but monitoring equipment recorded an increase in deposits of volcanic material in the crater.Ash, mud and vapor explosions intensified last year, but inspections in recent months found that material mostly fell in the area surrounding the crater. Some of this material also fell on rivers located north of the volcano, mostly carried by rain during the past rainy season, Pacheco said.OVSICORI experts recommend that visitors avoid getting too close to the volcano’s crater. The region is a popular destination for tourists attracted by the volcano as well as several lodging options including hot springs resorts.Costa Rica’s volcanoes in recent years have seen a noticeable increase in eruptive activity. Among them are the Turrialba and Irazú volcanoes in Cartago, and Poás and Arenal volcanoes in Alajuela.center_img Related posts:Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja Volcano explodes again Turrialba Volcano spews ash; Rincón de la Vieja heaves vapor Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Explosion at Rincón de la Vieja Volcano spews vapor, gases into the airlast_img read more