Garth Brooks Helps Jimmy Carter Build Homes With Habitat For Humanity

first_imgCountry music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood joined President and Mrs. Carter and nearly 3,000 volunteers this week to help build, renovate and repair 86 homes in Oakland and San Jose, Calif.; Denver; New York City; and Union Beach, N.J. as part of Habitat For Humanity’s 30th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood joined President and Mrs. Carter and nearly 3,000 volunteers this week for Habitat for Humanity’s 30th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Brooks and Yearwood worked alongside volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver today to help build 11 new townhomes and repair 15 existing homes in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. The country music stars built with the Carters in Oakland and San Jose earlier this week and will travel to New York City next, where they will work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity New York City and low-income families to help repair 15 homes on Staten Island and in Queens.Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Lawyer Ziane Given 6-Month Suspended Sentence for Monarchy Conspiracy Allegations

Kenitra – The court gave lawyers Mohamed Ziane and Isaac Charia a six-month suspended prison sentence and a MAD-1000 fine for “informing against a crime they know did not happen,” Moroccan media reported.The court also ordered the two lawyers to pay MAD 500,000 as compensation for damages caused to El Omari.The case goes back to November 2017 when both Ziane and Charia accused El Omari of conspiring against the Moroccan monarchy by inciting Hirak movement activists, including Hirak leader Nasser Zefzafi, to destabilize the country through protests. Read also: Zefzafi’s Lawyer Accuses Ilyas El Omari of Conspiring Against Morocco and King Mohammed VIFollowing the lawyers’ accusations, El Omari, who was at the time secretary general of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), filed a lawsuit against Ziane and Charia.“It is very dangerous to accuse someone of plotting against his country, and I will not let go of this lawyer until justice is done,” El Omari said.“If I was targeted for my person, I would not have given any interest to these statements, but to be associated with maneuvers to destabilize my country and undermine its image, it is unacceptable,” he added.Read also: Ilyas El Omari Rejects ‘Dangerous’ Accusations of Conspiring Against the ThroneBoth Ziane and Charia were members of the defense committee of detained Hirak activists when Nasser Zefzafi, sentenced to 20 years in prison, was still on trial.On November 21, Charia told the judge that his “client [Nasser Zefzafi] told me that El Omari had contacted him many times, inciting him and other Hirak activists to conspire against King Mohammed VI and the country.”Charia  added that he is ready to accept the court’s verdict  if his statements are proven wrong.When asked about his version of the events, Ziane said, “I already gave my opinion and testimony regarding the allegations made against El Omari.”“I am not and will not give up on a single word I said regarding this matter,” Ziane told the press in November 2017.Ziane added that Charia had “submitted 64 documents supporting his allegations against El Omari.”Reacting to the court’s decision, Ziane said he was surprised at the verdict. The lawyer said that he did not understand why the sentence was suspended and why the court refused to enforce the ruling immediately.Ziane, unapologetic, said that he will not change his mind about Ilyas El Omari. “I always think that El Omari has separatist tendencies and I will never change my mind.” read more

First Nations sign resourcedevelopment framework deal with Yukon

First Nations sign resource-development framework deal with Yukon by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 25, 2016 5:30 am MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WHITEHORSE – One year after signalling its intention to tighten up requirements for resource development in its territory, a First Nations group in Canada’s North has signed a land-management plan with Yukon Territory.Kaska Dena, whose several nations span the border between northern British Columbia and Yukon, have inked a framework deal with the territorial government.The agreement lays out the sharing of responsibilities, benefits and decision-making powers for resource development on traditional lands in Yukon’s southeast.Liard Chief Daniel Morris says the Kaska territory is one of the richest in Yukon and that First Nations want to benefit meaningfully from development that takes place on their territory.Morris says the agreement is good news for industry because it provides certainty around resource extraction.Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski says the deal is a milestone towards reconciliation and a renewed relationship between the territory and Kaska. read more

UN calls for more equitable responsibilitysharing to relieve plight of Syrian refugees

“We are here to address the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time … This demands an exponential increase in global solidarity,” Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering at the United Nations in Geneva, attended by the representatives of 92 countries together with governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Some 4.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee across borders by five years of war, while another 6.6 million are internally displaced. While talks are underway to find lasting peace, the UN chief said more countries need to step up and provide solutions for Syrian refugees. “The best way to offer hope to Syrians is by ending the conflict,” Mr. Ban said. “But until such talks bear fruit, the Syrian people and the region still face a desperate situation. The world must step up, with concrete actions and pledges. All countries can do more.” The 30 March conference is one of several key events in 2016 to do with Syria’s refugees. It follows February’s London Conference on Syria at which donors pledged $12 billion to help those in need in Syria and in the surrounding region along with the needs of communities in host countries. “Now these pledges must be honoured,” the Secretary General said. The conference, which was also attended by 10 inter-governmental organizations, nine UN agencies and 24 non-government organizations, comes in the run up to the General Assembly’s summit meeting on refugees to be held in September. Resettlement to third countries and other pathways The focus of today’s gathering is the need for expanded, multi-year programmes of resettlement and other forms of humanitarian admission, including involving countries that till now have not been involved in such initiatives. Conference host Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, emphasized that the responsibility for caring for refugees should not be left to Syria’s immediate neighbours alone, but should be more equitably shared. “The magnitude of this particular crisis shows us unmistakably that it cannot be business as usual, leaving the greatest burden to be carried by the countries closest to the conflict,” Grandi told the gathering, also attended by representatives from key refugee-hosting Governments. “Offering alternative avenues for the admission of Syrian refugees must become part of the solution, together with investing in helping the countries in the region,” he added. Among solutions identified to end their plight is resettlement to third countries. Mr. Grandi highlighted a programme in which the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) worked with Canada to screen, select and prepare more than 26,000 refugees to start a new life in just four months. With support and financial backing of sponsors across Canada, nearly 9,000 Syrian refugees have been able to begin life anew. Credit: UNHCR Grandi said other pathways include more flexible mechanisms for family reunification, including extended family members, labour mobility schemes, student visas, scholarships, as well as visas for medical reasons. “Resettlement needs vastly outstrip the places that have been made available so far. Last year, only 12 per cent of the refugees in need of resettlement, who are usually the most vulnerable, were resettled,” Grandi said. Some pledges of additional resettlement and other humanitarian admission places are expected to be announced today. However, given the present complex international context and with Syria’s conflict continuing, additional places will be needed over the coming months and years, in particular to address the needs of the most vulnerable refugees and to relieve pressure on Syria’s neighbours. Ever wonder how a child feels when forced to flee home? Leaving behind your loved ones and prized possessions is a traumatic separation. This is Mustafa’s story. Credit: UNICEF 480,000 resettlement places needed by end of 2018 The total number of resettlement places for Syrians now stands at 179,000. In line with refugee situations elsewhere, UNHCR estimates that some 480,000 places may be needed before the end of 2018. Ahead of the conference, Alice Jay, the Campaign Director of Avaaz, handed over a petition to Grandi carrying over 1.2 million signatures in support of refugees. The petition, collected since the summer, calls for increased resettlement and reunification of families alongside financial support to countries on the frontline of the crisis, among other things. Avaaz, meaning ‘voice,’ is a global citizens’ movement which campaigns in 15 languages on six continents. A selection of photographs and messages of ‘Refugees Welcome’ from 23,000 Avaaz members around the world is being shared on a screen outside the conference hall. read more

Just Win Baby And Youll Probably Make The College Football Playoff

Clemson 9-013667%67%17% Navy 7-1—155419%<1%<1% Oklahoma St. 9-01441337%23%5% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Florida State 7-21624170%<1%<1% Toledo 7-12440539%<1%<1% TCU 8-1812310%11%4% Stanford 8-11151152%26%5% Notre Dame 8-1569—30%7% Michigan 7-217201613%6%1% RankingProbability of … Texas A&M 6-3194923<1%<1%<1% UCLA 7-22321186%3%<1% Oklahoma 8-11514119%17%7% Ohio State 9-032544%57%15% Temple 8-122283943%<1%<1% Florida 8-110101438%19%3% LSU 7-129814%15%4% Memphis 8-11331453%<1%<1% Last season’s first-ever College Football Playoff might have miscalibrated everyone’s sense of what it takes to make it to the final four. Six power conference champions or co-champions1Thanks to a dubious decision by the Big 12. — Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon and TCU — were undefeated or had one loss against reasonably good schedules. There’s plenty of room to critique how the committee went about leaving Baylor and TCU out, but there was no one inherently correct way to slot six fairly equally matched teams into four playoff positions.But a field as crowded and qualified as last year’s was atypical. Most of the time there are a couple of teams that are weak links: a three-loss conference champion here, a one-loss team that played an incredibly weak schedule there. A mess like last year’s isn’t impossible, obviously. But usually the knot will untangle itself through conference championships, rivalry games and upsets that knock teams out late in the season.So don’t despair, Michigan State fans. (Of which I’m one.) Yeah, you probably lost on a bad call last weekend. But you’re still highly likely to make the playoff if your team wins all of its remaining games, in which case you’ll have defeated Ohio State and (probably) Iowa in the Big Ten championship. Pretty much every one-loss team from a power conference is more likely than not to make the playoff if it wins out.And an undefeated power conference team like Oklahoma State shouldn’t fret, even if it is currently outside the committee’s top four. Some of the teams ranked in front of it are almost certain to lose — and even if they don’t, there’s a good chance Oklahoma State will leapfrog some one-loss teams if it keeps winning.Our subjective perceptions of the playoff picture aren’t the only thing that may be miscalibrated, though. The same could be said about the FiveThirtyEight College Football Playoff model. At least, that’s the conclusion we came to when we were conducting research for this article. Although the model seems to give basically reasonable answers, a couple of things left us scratching our heads when we examined it more deeply.For instance, it posited a conspicuously large gap between Iowa’s chance of winning the Big Ten championship (27 percent) and making the playoff (8 percent). Iowa is undefeated, and while it’s possible they could win the Big Ten with one loss or more, the internal calculations in the model also implied that they’d have only about a 55 percent chance of making the playoff even if they ran their record to 13-0. One can see why a computer might come to that conclusion — Iowa has played a pretty bad schedule, and its margin of victory hasn’t been impressive — but human beings are going to vote an undefeated Big Ten champion into the playoff unless almost everything else2For instance, incredibly strong contenders from the other power conferences. is working against them.Readers had some questions for us too. Why was USC, which already has three losses, given any realistic chance by the model (granted, it was just 4 percent) of making the playoff? And why was one-loss Alabama’s chance of making the playoff so much higher than its SEC championship chances? There are some good reasons for that one,3In particular, if both Alabama and Mississippi had won out, Alabama would have lost the tiebreaker in the SEC West and missed the SEC championship game. The model inferred, correctly I think, that a one-loss Alabama team probably would still have made the playoff (perhaps along with a second SEC team) under those circumstances. This became a moot point when Mississippi was spectacularly upset by Arkansas. but even accounting for those, the gap seemed to be too wide and the model seemed to be too optimistic about Alabama still making the playoff if it endured a second loss.The theme here is that human beings pay a lot of attention to wins and losses — more than our computer seemed to be doing. An undefeated power conference team is going to get in except under rare circumstances. Two-loss power conference teams have historically finished in the AP top four more often than you might think, but it’s still a hard road. And a three-loss team making the playoff? Almost impossible unless there’s total carnage everywhere else.Since the whole point of our model is to mimic human intuition, reader feedback made us think it had some blind spots. So we re-examined the historical data4Since the playoff selection committee is only one year old, this also includes the behavior of the coaches’ poll since 2002. and concluded that our model should be placing more weight on plain-vanilla wins and losses. Or at least, it should be doing so for power conference teams (and for Notre Dame); minor conference teams historically haven’t been treated that kindly by either poll voters or the committee. Even if the committee currently ranks a one-loss team ahead of an undefeated team, or a two-loss team ahead of a one-loss team, it may re-examine the case in future weeks, and the team with fewer losses will often get the benefit of the doubt. (For a more technical explanation of how this is implemented in the model, see the footnotes.5One change we introduced earlier to the model is that it reverts the projected committee standings each week toward a team’s Elo rating. Elo ratings are a fairly simple method that often correspond pretty well with human judgment in ranking sports teams. But there’s an even simpler method: a rating based solely on a team’s win-loss record and whether it plays in a power conference. The new version of the model reverts a team’s ranking based on a combination of its Elo rating and its win-loss record, instead of its Elo rating alone.)This relatively simple change has little impact for most teams, but it does affect a couple of the cases that had bothered us (and some of our loyal readers). Iowa’s chances of making the playoff are now 18 percent instead of 8 percent. Alabama’s are 42 percent instead of 54 percent. USC’s are 1 percent6USC has a decent chance of winning the Pac-12 championship, but it would take a perfect storm of circumstances to get them into the playoff even if they did. instead of 4 percent. Here’s how everyone’s odds were affected by the change: Utah 8-112112122%12%2% Mississippi 7-31826109%<1%<1% Northwestern 7-2212961<1%<1%<1% Houston 9-025223633%2%<1% Wisconsin 8-2—17243%<1%<1% But back to football substance. I mentioned before how lots of teams, even if they don’t technically control their own destiny,7No team controls its own destiny, technically, since there are no guaranteed bids in the playoff. are favored to make the playoff if they win the rest of their games. Now that the model is (hopefully) doing a better job of mimicking the emphasis that human voters place on wins and losses, we can be more precise about that. Specifically, the model estimates that 14 teams have a 50 percent or greater likelihood of making the playoff conditional on winning out.The model figures that Michigan State, for instance, has an 86 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out. Even the lowliest one-loss major conference team, North Carolina, which wasn’t ranked by the committee last week, is about even-money to make the playoff if it wins out. And undefeated Iowa (91 percent) and Oklahoma State (97 percent) are all but assured of making the playoff if they finish the year without a loss, even if the committee doesn’t have them in the top four tonight. Mississippi St. 7-22016153%3%<1% North Carolina 8-1—182030%5%<1% And here’s a new summary table showing the playoff picture heading into tonight, when the playoff committee will release its new rankings at 7 p.m. Undefeated Baylor has moved slightly ahead of one-loss Notre Dame in our forecast, but otherwise the top six are unchanged. USC 6-3—19719%1%<1% Baylor 8-067234%32%12% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 3. Michigan St. 8-1782212%10%1% Iowa 9-09132927%18%2% Alabama 8-141435%42%12% So the tough part for teams like Michigan State isn’t sweating the committee’s decision if it wins the Big Ten; it’s getting to that point in the first place. With Ohio State and Iowa still in the way; the Spartans have only an 11 percent chance of running the table. read more

Soldier stabbed partner to death before telling young child blood on the

first_imgNava left three notes at her home saying “why he stabbed her was beyond him”, apologising to her mother and saying he planned to kill himself.Opening the trial, prosecutor Sally Howes QC described the moment officers discovered Natasha’s body slumped in a cupboard at her home.Miss Howes QC said: “Upon entering the living room, police inspector Matthew Chutter noticed an understair cupboard.”When he opened it, his attention was drawn immediately to a mass of platinum coloured hair which was nestled on top of a white, blood stained duvet.”Disturbing the duvet revealed a female face. Dried blood had matted around the nose and mouth and in her hair. The body was curled up into the foetal position.”Her body was rigid, her eyes were open and fixed. She was not breathing, she had no pulse, she was very cold to the touch and completely unresponsive.”Within a few minutes of Natasha being declared dead, other police officers attended a local area of natural beauty and found a young man, in dense undergrowth, hanging.”The court heard the on-off couple, separated at the time of Natasha’s death, were arguing after she discovered he was investigated for an alleged sex attack.CCTV images of Nava and a friend were shared on a local newspaper site after a woman reported she had been sexually abused.An investigation was carried out and Nava and his friend were not charged or arrested but Natasha discovered they were investigated after his friend left him a voicemail. The court heard Nava, who joined the army in January 2015, first began his relationship with Natasha, who worked at Nationwide bank, in January 2013. The murder address in Bournemouth where Java Nava is said to have killed Natasha WakeCredit:BournemouthEcho/BNPS A soldier stabbed his partner to death and then told her young children that blood on the wall was “ketchup”, a court heard today.Jay Nava and on-off girlfriend Natasha Wake argued while her children were sleeping upstairs after she discovered he was investigated by police for an alleged sexual assault on another woman.A jury heard 27-year-old Nava, who was on leave from the army, then struck the 26-year-old mother-of-two before stabbing her repeatedly with an eight-inch kitchen knife.Such was the force of his attack, Winchester Crown Court, Hants, heard “six of the stab wounds went completely through her trunk and out of her back”. Police and ambulance searching nearby Hengistbury Head where Jay Nava was eventually foundCredit:BournemouthEcho/BNPS “[She told police] The blanket had big, medium, and small red dots on, there was red on the walls.”Nava gave her orange juice and said ‘go upstairs and don’t come back down’.”In the morning she asked why he had a knife in his trousers and why Natasha was on the floor. He said they were being silly, Natasha was asleep and it was ketchup on the walls.”He still had the knife in his trousers and said Natasha had gone shopping.”Nava took the children to his grandparents nearby the following morning, and was described as ‘not with it’ and vomited in the garden.Miss Howes QC said after leaving “he made contact with his mother in Australia and told her he had killed Natasha” and “said he was going to kill himself.”Police were alerted and found three notes written by Nava at Natasha’s home.Miss Howes QC said of Natasha’s injuries: “The severity and multiplicity to the large organs were such that she was rendered helpless, she would have bled to death very quickly.”The trial continues. Minutes later a young child came downstairs and saw him with blood on him and a knife in his trousers, as well as a dead Natasha slumped on the floor with a blanket over her.The court heard the youngster told police she saw “red on the walls” – later identified as blood – and that Nava had told her it was “ketchup” before saying: “Go upstairs and don’t come back down.”The following day Nava took the children to his grandparents home before he contacted his mother and confessed to killing Natasha and also told her he was going to kill himself.As police searched beauty spot in Dorset, Nava was spotted by an officer who was able to intervene. After he was resuscitated his first words were “I want to die.”Nava, of the Royal Artillery’s 29 Commando Regiment in Plymouth, Devon, denies murdering Natasha at her home in Bournemouth. Police and ambulance searching nearby Hengistbury Head where Jay Nava was eventually found Miss Howes said: “Both men co-operated with the police enquiry and both were interviewed about the allegations.”Following a review of the evidence, police took the decision that the matter would not be proceeded with.”Unsurprisingly [Nava’s friend] phoned Jay Nava to tell him the good news, he left a voicemail at 21:26 to which he responded at 21:48.”However, by then Natasha had already found out what was going on behind her back for so many weeks.”She added, after explaining that week Nava spent the week with Natasha and the children, the atmosphere was “completely shattered.”Miss Howes QC continued: “It is apparent the contented family atmosphere is completely shattered when Natasha discovers the details of the incident.”Not only that, but she also discovers that other close family members were aware of it and had kept it from her.”A “bitter and acrimonious” argument then broke out between the pair and Nava stabbed her 11 times, the court heard.Miss Howes said: “She was stabbed to death in the living room whilst the three children slept upstairs.”[One child] was sleeping when she was woken by a scream. She was later to tell police officers that she then went downstairs to ask Nava for a drink.”She saw him in the kitchen, he had a knife in his trousers. There was red spots on the blade and handle.”She recognised the knife as the one Natasha used to cut onions. [Nava] had blood on his shirt and trousers, she saw Natasha lying on the floor in the lounge with a blanket covering her. The murder address in Bournemouth where Java Nava is said to have killed Natasha Wake 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.last_img read more

Govt plans to construct juvenile courts throughout Guyana Ramjattan

The Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsGovernment has plans to construct Juvenile courts throughout Guyana, with one likely in Georgetown and another next year in either Berbice or Essequibo.This is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who was the keynote speaker at a sensitization workshop on Monday.Ramjattan noted that an analysis of the cost involved will have to be done. But the plan is to have these special courts spread across Guyana, but in a phased manner.“We want a special kind of special Magistrate’s Courts where you’re going to have children solely being dealt with. But of course we cannot build all over the place so we are going to be starting in Georgetown and then we’re going to go to Berbice, then Essequibo, Linden and probably Lethem. And so it must take a phased implementation, that costs money too. The staffing of those Magistrate’s Courts because the judiciary will say that we need some more money in view of this paradigm shift as it were. So all of these things are so important to ensure of the to ensure of the actual realisation of the actual juvenile justice regime” Ramjattan disclosed.Four magistrates including Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, had attended a study tour in another jurisdiction to observe the operations of their Children’s Court back in 2017.The tour was intended to show the best practices and the pitfalls to ensure that when Guyana’s system is efficient and adheres to international standards.Currently, all matters involving juveniles are held in camera. Consequently, members of the public are not allowed in the chambers.In addition, strict rules govern the publication of information that involves juveniles.The Juvenile Justice Act was passed in the National Assembly earlier this year.The Act repeals the ancient 1931 Juvenile Offenders Act and the Training Schools Act, abolishing offences like truancy and wandering. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst Juvenile Court declared open; more to be established in 2019October 31, 2018In “latest news”‘Drug Court’ to rehabilitate petty offenders comingFebruary 27, 2019In “Court”Magistrates, Judges to undergo training on Juvenile Justice ActJanuary 22, 2019In “Court” read more

Androidpowered Im Watch acts as standalone device

first_imgPictured above is the “I’m Watch”, the latest entry into the Android powered watch market. Developed by an Italian company also named “I’m”, this new timepiece is different than the others that have been announced recently as it is not dependent on another Android mobile device to run. It will have its own app and music store, allowing it to interact with your info on its own via WiFi. Of course, it can also pair with an Android phone via Bluetooth, and promises to be able to make calls through that connection. While not named especially well, it is an interesting accessory offer for consumers who use Android devices daily.It has been leaked that the version of Android running on this device is 1.6. This is due to the fact that the watch only has 64MB of internal RAM memory, which limits which Android ROMS can be used as the later versions are pretty fat.  Their site lists the watch’s price as being 299 euros. Comparing it to the other recently announced Android like the MetaWatch and the Motoactv, the I’m has a leg up in the looks department. The more a watch looks like, well, a watch, the better it’s going to sell. Add in the fact that it operates independently, it could be an attractive option to tech-savvy consumers that want something that can work even if they have no phone on their person.The video the company has created is impressive, hopefully it is an indication of the build quality of the “I’m Watch” when it releases. The full video is below.I’m Watch via Phandroidlast_img read more

Trump says China should not retaliate in trade war it retaliates anyway

first_img 25,084 Views Image: Chris Kleponis UPI/PA Images THE ONGOING TRADE war between the US and China stepped up a gear yesterday after China announced it would be imposing painful tariffs on $60 billion worth of US exports by next month. It comes in response to the decision from US President Donald Trump to slap similar tariffs on Chinese exports into the US last week.Yesterday, Trump tweeted that things would “only get worse” if China retaliated, but Beijing said last night it was taking the measures as a response to the US’s “unilateralism and trade protectionism”. Both sides left the door open for reconciliation with Trump saying he expected a “fruitful” meeting next month with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a Group of 20 summit in Japan. China, meanwhile, said it hoped it could work with the US on a “win-win agreement”. The US president and other senior officials have claimed they have the upper hand in the trade war but the measures announced yesterday by China include boycotting US agriculture, dumping American debt and cutting orders for Boeing aircraft.The increase in duty rates targets a range of American agricultural and manufactured goods, kicking levies up as high as 25%, according to a statement by the Tariff Policy Commission of the State Council – China’s cabinet.Despite the retaliation, Beijing also appeared to give time to find a resolution by setting the June 1 date for those increases to take effect.But in a news conference, Trump was buoyant, telling reporters that his decision to increase tariffs was “a very positive step”.“I love the position we’re in,” he said during a joint news conference at the White House with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.“There can be some retaliation but it can’t be very substantial by comparison.”Trump called on manufacturers fearful of the US tariff increases to build their wares in the United States – or at least outside of China.He said he was considering adding 25% duties on the remaining $325 billion in Chinese exports not currently subject to US tariffs.“That is a tremendous amount of money that would come into our country,” Trump said. “I have not made that decision yet.”Trump launched the trade war last year to extract profound economic reforms from Beijing, accusing China of seeking to forge global industrial dominance through massive state intervention in markets and the theft of American technology – all in violations of its commitments upon joining the World Trade Organization in 2001.Beijing rejects the charges and the United States and China have so far exchanged tariffs on more than $360 billion in two-way trade.“China will never surrender to external pressure,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing yesterday.Economists say the US-China trade war will weigh on the global economy, which is already forecast to slow this year.With reporting from AFP Short URL 33 Comments Image: Chris Kleponis UPI/PA Images By Sean Murray Share28 Tweet Email Trump says ‘China should not retaliate’ in trade war… it retaliates anyway with tariffs on $60 billion worth of exports Both sides have left the door open, however, to try to reach a deal. Tuesday 14 May 2019, 7:57 AM May 14th 2019, 7:57 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Séisme en Chine le bilan salourdit

first_imgSéisme en Chine : le bilan s’alourditChine – Au lendemain du tremblement de terre meurtrier qui a touché mercredi la province chinoise du Qinghai, le dernier bilan fait état de plus de 600 morts et 9.000 blessés. Le Premier ministre Wen Jiabao est arrivé sur les lieux ce jeudi.Ce séisme de magnitude 7,1 est le plus meurtrier en Chine depuis celui du Sichuan, qui avait fait des dizaines de milliers de victimes il y a deux ans. Jeudi, les sauveteurs ont annoncé un nouveau bilan provisoire, lequel fait état de 617 morts. D’après ces derniers chiffres, 313 personnes sont portées disparues, tandis que 9.110 sont blessées, dont 970 dans un état critique. L’Agence Nouvelles de Chine a annoncé que pour l’instant, plus de 1.000 personnes ont pu être extraites vivantes des décombres, tandis que les secouristes tentent encore de retrouver des survivants.Le bilan risque malgré tout de s’alourdir encore. A Jiegu, siège du gouvernement de la préfecture de Yushu, ce sont 85% des maisons qui se sont effondrées sous la violence du séisme. Un grand nombre d’habitants de la ville est encore enseveli sous les décombres, tandis que quelque 100.000 personnes se retrouvent aujourd’hui sans abri.Le Premier ministre chinois Wen Jiabao est arrivé jeudi soir sur les lieux de la catastrophe, afin de superviser les opérations de secours.Le 15 avril 2010 à 15:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Marée noire elle dévaste des sites de nidification uniques au monde découvrez

first_imgMarée noire : elle dévaste des sites de nidification uniques au monde, découvrez les imagesGolfe du Mexique – Les scientifiques s’inquiètent des conséquences de la marée noire sur les populations d’oiseaux du golfe du Mexique. Des sites de nidification uniques au monde sont en effet aujourd’hui dévastés par le pétrole répandu dans l’océan et sur les côtes de cette région à la faune très riche. On ne compte plus les images d’oiseaux mazoutés diffusées dans la presse depuis le naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon, survenu en avril dernier. Pélicans bruns, sternes royales ou spatules blanches, de nombreuses populations d’oiseaux sont victimes du pétrole brut qui empoisonne les eaux du golfe du Mexique.À lire aussiProcès Erika : la Cour de cassation va t-elle annuler la procédure ?De retour d’une expédition menée mi-juillet dans la région, des scientifiques du laboratoire d’ornithologie Cornell s’inquiètent aujourd’hui des conséquences de cette pollution sur le long terme. Selon leurs propres termes, de nombreux sites de nidification ont été littéralement “dévastés par la marée noire”, et ce sont désormais des poussins et des juvéniles de diverses espèces d’oiseaux qui sont photographiés couverts de mazout. Les jeunes pélicans bruns observés sur le site de Raccoon Island sont ainsi tous couverts de pétrole à des degrés plus ou moins importants, 10% d’entre eux étant “sévèrement mazoutés” selon le rapport publié par les ornithologues.Il est difficile d’évaluer à l’heure actuelle les effets à long terme de cette catastrophe écologique, mais c’est aujourd’hui la survie de plusieurs espèces d’oiseaux qui est remise en question. Découvrez les images : 21 juillet 2010 à 13:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

2 hospitalized following shooting in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Two people were rushed to the hospital after being shot in Miami.Miami Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of a double shooting in the area of Northwest 12th Street and First Place, just after 10 p.m., Thursday.Officials said two men were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.It’s unclear what led to the shooting or if anybody was taken into custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Income Tax department raids offices of Muthoot Capital Services

first_imgThe Income Tax Department on Friday carried out searches at the offices of the Muthoot Group in multiple cities across the country. The searches were carried out for alleged tax evasion.Muthoot Capital Services, a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) had said in its regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange that “under section 132 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, the officials of the income tax department carried out a search of the company at the corporate and registered office on Friday, August 5, 2016.”Officials quoted by the Press Trust of India said that the searches were carried out at Muthoot group companies in Trivandrum, Kochi, and Kolencherry in Kerala and at offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Chennai and Bangalore.The company informed the BSE that the “search proceedings began at 0915 hrs and were closed at 1915 hrs.” Additionally, the company claimed that it had provided full cooperation to the investigating agency and all explanations and clarifications were being given when asked for it.It is believed that the Income Tax Department had some actionable intelligence on the financial activities of the group and hence they carried out the raids.”We are reasonably confident that the officials, during the search proceedings, would have found our corporate practises and books satisfactory,” the company, part of the Muthoot Pappachan Group, said.Muthoot Finance Limited is the flagship company of the Muthoot Group and it was founded in 1939. It is India’s largest Gold loan company. With a holding of 142 tonnes of gold, Muthoot Finance also holds the largest gold reserves in India. The firm is listed both on the BSE and NSE.Muthoot Financial Services registered a net profit of 19.47 percent to Rs. 4.48 crore for the quarter that ended on June 30, 2016 as against Rs. 3.75 crore during the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal, it said in its regulatory filing to the BSE on July 15.last_img read more

As mercury goes up save yourself from heat stroke

first_imgHeat stroke is caused due to prolonged exposure to higher temperatures (above 40 degrees Celcius) or physical exertion. It usually occurs in combination with dehydration. “If left untreated, heat stroke can affect vital organs and can prove fatal in severe cases,” said Dr Raman Abhi, additional director (internal medicine) at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in the capital.Sudden rise in body temperature, rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak, rapid or shallow breathing, unconsciousness, lack of sweat, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and seizures are some of the symptoms of heat stroke, Abhi added. The skin may lose its moisture and water retention capacity leading to hot and dry skin. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In addition, some people show some behavioural changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering. “Avoid sudden temperature changes like shuttling betweeen a cool environment to an extremely hot one. Shut off the cooling to bring yourself down to the room’s temperature before stepping out in the sun,” suggested Abhi while listing out some dos and don’ts.Avoid direct exposure to sunlight, especially during afternoons and if that it unavoidable, one should cover the head. Light-coloured cotton clothing should be preferred as these provide enough ventilation to the skin.One also needs to be well hydrated to avoid dehydration. “Five to seven litres of water is a must during the day,” Abhi stated.last_img read more

65yearold shot dead accused absconding

first_imgKolkata: A 65-year-old man was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants.The incident occurred in the Goyalpothar area near Raigunge in North Dinajpur on Saturday night. It sparked tension among locals. The victim has been identified as Nitya Gopal Bala (65). The family members of the victim lodged a complaint at the local police station on the basis of which police have started a probe. The victim used to run a stall in a nearby market at Chakulia. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe was returning home from the market after closing his stall at around 10 pm on Saturday. While walking along the road side near Lodhi village, three miscreants stopped him and shot him from a close quarter. After receiving a bullet injury in his lower abdomen, the victim fell on the road. On hearing the gun shot, locals rushed to the spot only to find him lying in a pool of blood. Locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMiscreants managed to flee the spot immediately after the incident. Police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder. They are investigating if the elderly man had any rivalry with anyon e. The family members of the deceased told police the victim was a good-natured person and he apparently had no rivalry with anyone. The sleuths are interrogating other businessmen in the market. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.last_img read more

Boat mooring ropes removed from Puerto Morelos beaches

first_img“This was an agreement that we reached with city council, the Harbor Master’s Office and the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas as well as fishermen, water service providers and the cooperatives themselves, to improve the image of our destination,” said Laura Fernández. Municipal president Laura Fernández Piña says the beach mooring ropes for boats that were found in Ventana al Mar and other public places, will be replaced with proper anchorages. The mayor said that the municipal government will continue coordinating efforts with the state and the federation to keep Puerto Morelos as a world-class destination, which offers high quality standards in all areas. Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — The government of Puerto Morelos has installed anchorages for smaller vessels along the town’s beach areas. The installation is part of the town’s plan to improve its image as well as increase safety for beachgoers. The removal of the old mooring ropes will also help in beach cleaning efforts since they interfered with the passage of the beach sweeper. The director of Projects for the municipality, Luis Cardeña Peña, explained that the so-called rejeras (ropes to tie the boats) prevented passage of the sweeper, and their removal will make beach cleaning more efficient. “We have already installed more than 30 anchors with a cement structure and their respective buoy, at a distance of three to four meters from where the wave breaks and at a depth of approximately one meter in an effort to benefit Puerto Morelos as a world-class destination, which recently launched its first Blue Flag on Ventana al Mar”, the official explained.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where is the ash from Turrialba Volcano headed Track it on OVSICORI

first_imgOn Monday evening, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a report noting that 165 people from 13 communities said they had been affected by the volcano’s activity. Sixty-two families were evacuated as a precautionary measure.The CNE established a temporary shelter at a community center in Santa Cruz, north of the Turrialba canton. So far, the shelter is empty.Classes at 13 public schools have been suspended, and Education Ministry officials this week coordinated the transfer of high school seniors to other public schools in order to take their graduation tests that begin on Tuesday. Facebook Comments Read our coverage of the Turrialba Volcano eruptions here.The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) on Monday launched a new online tool for users to track the trajectory of ash expelled by the Turrialba Volcano.The tool, called Ash3D, was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). OVSICORI signed an agreement with the USGS to analyze data from the Turrialba Volcano and to make it available to the public on OVSICORI’s website.The Asg3D calculates weather conditions and evaluates wind changes in order to create a model of the possible trajectory of ash in case of an eruption.The software also allows experts to determine locations where volcanic material could accumulate. The information is updated every 12 hours and can be seen at: also launched a website for users to log locations where ashes have been seen:center_img Related posts:Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor BREAKING: New explosions at Turrialba Volcano National Emergency Commission lifts two road closures near Turrialba Volcano Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km highlast_img read more

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