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Seven stories in the news for today July 18

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Tuesday, July 18———B.C. OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR SOME RESIDENTS TO RETURN HOME.A British Columbia official says getting people to safety as fast-moving wildfires approached was only half the battle — the other half will be returning them home. Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District in B.C.’s central Interior, says it’s no easy task, partly due to the health hazards of food that has rotted in homes where power was off. More than 40,000 people remain out of their homes as nearly 160 wildfires burn across B.C.———PREMIERS FORGE AHEAD WITH INDIGENOUS MEETING DESPITE BOYCOTTThe premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders in Edmonton on Monday even though three national bodies boycotted the event. The heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council said their boycott was to draw attention to their bid for “full and meaningful inclusion” in the larger annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders known as the Council of the Federation.———NAFTA TO BE FOCUS OF PREMIERS’ MEETINGThe premiers meet today in Edmonton to discuss trade issues, particularly business with the United States and the looming NAFTA renegotiation. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the premiers need to work even closer together as they continue to make the case directly to individual states in the U.S. that rely on cross-border business. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Canada should start compiling a list of ways to retaliate if the NAFTA talks take an ugly turn.———NAFTA CONSULTATIONS EXTENDEDThe Trudeau government is extending public consultations to find out what Canadians want to see in a new North American Free Trade Agreement. The consultations were to end today but officials say the government will continue indefinitely to accept responses to its online survey, which asks Canadians to identify their priorities for a renegotiated deal to modernize the 23-year-old agreement. The government will also be staging a number of townhall-style meetings on the subject.———B.C. NDP TAKE REINS FOR FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARSBritish Columbia’s New Democrats will get their first taste of power in 16 years at a swearing-in ceremony in Victoria this afternoon. The NDP won 41 of the legislature’s 87 seats during May’s election, two less than the governing Liberals. But NDP Leader and premier-designate John Horgan brokered a deal with the B.C. Greens, who won three seats, paving the way for him to form the narrowest of minority governments.———SEARS CANADA TO ASK COURT TO START LIQUIDATIONLawyers for Sears Canada return to court today to ask a Toronto judge if the retailer can begin liquidation sales as early as Friday. The retail chain has been under creditor protection since June 22 after saying it was shuttering 59 stores and cutting approximately 2,900 jobs. In documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court, the chief financial officer for Sears Canada says it’s “crucial” that the company be able to begin liquidation sales no later than this Friday, with the sales to be completed by Oct. 12.———PM TRUDEAU TO MARCH IN HALIFAX PRIDE PARADEPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will take part in Saturday’s Pride Parade in Halifax. Halifax Pride tweeted on Monday evening that a “special guest” would join the parade, to which Trudeau replied, “See you there!” Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore also sent out a tweet saying Trudeau will march in this year’s parade. Trudeau was the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade when he did so in Toronto in 2016, then attended the same event last month.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Gov. Gen. David Johnston will bid farewell to The Queen today during a private audience in London.— Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will hold an Ottawa news conference regarding plans to improve tax fairness for the middle class.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Quebec’s Gaspe region.— Wildrose Leader Brian Jean will hold a rally for unity in Calgary.— Annual general meeting of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Grand chief to be elected on July 19.— The Fraser Institute will release a study on household and government debt.last_img read more

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TransCanada profit and revenue rise as oil and gas pipeline flows strengthen

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Higher volumes from its growing stable of oil and gas pipelines in the United States and Canada drove improvements in fourth-quarter earnings, TransCanada Corp. reported Thursday.Oil and gas production growth in the U.S. and full oil pipelines in Alberta _ where the provincial government has enacted production cuts to free up pipeline space and draw down overflowing storage _ helped drive net income to $1.09 billion, the Calgary-based company said.That translated to $1.19 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $861 million or 98 cents per diluted share for the same quarter a year earlier. “With a $36-billion backlog of projects to drive cash flow growth over the next few years, we see the company as well-positioned to continue to grow cash flow and increase its dividend,” Edward Jones analyst Jennifer Rowland said in a report.Results were boosted by about $4 billion of growth projects that have been placed into service over the past 12 months, the company said.It reported higher contributions from its U.S. natural gas pipelines segment, mainly due to increased earnings from Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf growth projects placed in service.It had higher earnings from its liquids pipelines segment primarily due to higher volumes on the Keystone pipeline system and increased earnings from liquids marketing activities and pipelines placed in service in the second half of 2017 in Alberta. The company said it had recovered $470 million in November from the five partners in the LNG Canada joint venture. That’s what TransCanada spent in pre-final investment decision costs on the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink project it’s building to supply natural gas to a liquefied natural gas export facility on the B.C. coast.TransCanada said it now has commercial support for all available capacity on its proposed 590,000-barrel-per-day Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta into the U.S. and has started pre-construction activities.Earlier this week, Calgary-based oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. said it had increased its shipping commitment from 50,000 to 150,000 bpd on the line, in part by assuming the Alberta government’s pledge to use 50,000 bpd of the capacity.TransCanada said it expects the Nebraska Supreme Court to reach a decision in the first quarter of 2019 regarding a challenge to the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s Keystone XL route approval.center_img “We continue to realize the growth expected from our industry-leading capital expansion program as we place new long-term contracted and rate-regulated assets into service,” said CEO Russ Girling on a conference call.“Simply, the demand for our infrastructure remains strong, driving historically high utilization rates across our systems. That, combined with new assets entering service, resulted in record earnings and cash flow for 2018.”For the year, TransCanada had net income attributable to common shares of $3.54 billion, versus just under $3 billion in 2017, as revenue rose to $13.68 billion from $13.45 billion.Revenue was $3.91 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $3.62 billion in the last three months of 2017.TransCanada also announced Thursday it would raise its quarterly dividend to 75 cents from 69 cents per share, representing its 19th consecutive annual increase.Comparable earnings for the quarter amounted to $1.03 per share, up from 82 cents per share a year earlier, beating analyst consensus expectations of 96 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

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Time to prepare for disasters caused by climate change is now says

2 December 2008The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian implications of climate change, calling for improved disaster preparedness and response measures in countries that suffer most from extreme weather events. “This campaign highlights our huge concerns about the humanitarian impact of climate change,” Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said. “Any credible vision of the future must recognise that humanitarian needs are increasing and that climate change is the main driver. We are already seeing its effects, in terms of the numbers of people affected and in the rising cost of response.”While many view climate change as a future threat, humanitarians are seeing its impact now. In the last 20 years, the number of recorded disasters has doubled from about 200 to more than 400 per year. Disasters caused by floods are more frequent (from about 50 in 1985 to more than 200 in 2005) and damage larger areas than they did 20 years ago.From 1988-2007, over 75 per cent of all disaster events were climate-related, and accounted for 45 per cent of deaths and 80 per cent of the economic losses caused by natural hazards. In 2007, OCHA issued an unprecedented 15 funding appeals for sudden natural disasters, five more than the previous annual record – all but one due to climatic events.“Improving our ability to respond effectively to increasing and increasingly extreme climatic events is now a priority part of our business. This calls for a systemic shift of attention, resources and expertise to improve disaster preparedness,” said Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.The campaign notes that the most vulnerable are impoverished people living in risk-prone ‘hotspot’ countries, where the risks from extreme climatic events overlap with human vulnerability and call for a far greater investment in preparedness within the broader context of disaster risk reduction.Floods, storms and droughts need not be disasters, but countering these extreme weather events means we must “act sooner and act smarter,” it stresses. read more

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Amtrak says 6 weeks of disruptions for Penn Station repairs

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rail travellers who have endured delays and cancellations prompted by equipment failures would face about six weeks of significant service disruptions this summer to accommodate repairs at Penn Station, the nation’s busiest rail station, under a plan proposed by Amtrak.Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s office said Tuesday an agreement has been reached in Congress to boost funding for Amtrak to $1.495 billion for the coming fiscal year, a $105 million increase over last year and the highest total since 2010. A $328 million grant would go toward the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., which includes Penn Station.Commuters would face delays this summer due to track work around Penn Station, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. The document describes work scheduled between July 7 and July 25 and again between Aug. 4 and Aug. 28 as causing “significant service impacts” and requiring service adjustments.Those service changes weren’t specified, and the plan is not final. Last week Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman said negotiations would continue this week with the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit, commuter railroads that transport hundreds of thousands of people in and out of Penn Station each weekday.Other work would continue through next spring and would be performed primarily on weekends, according to the proposal.The funding boost would help support the Gateway project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey and would push money for Northeast Corridor improvements and repair work over $700 million when combined with Amtrak’s profits from that service.Before legislation passed in late 2015, Amtrak had to use its Northeast Corridor profits to support its long-distance service in other parts of the country.Schumer called the funding “a huge win for commuters in the region.”“I’ve already spoken to Amtrak and made it clear, these extra dollars should be used to quickly make the necessary repairs to tracks in and out of Penn Station and advance the critically important Gateway project,” he said.An Amtrak spokeswoman said meetings were held Monday with representatives of the LIRR and NJ Transit and the parties would reconvene Thursday to review the plan.“All groups are working with the common goal of creating service schedules that minimize impact on the travelling public when we do the necessary upgrades to Penn Station,” spokeswoman Christina Leeds said in an email.A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the LIRR, said it was in discussions with Amtrak and would ensure riders’ best interests are represented.NJ Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro said his planning team was trying to determine the scope of the work and its impact on service and customers.Aging equipment has been blamed for recent delays and problems. An April 3 derailment, blamed on weakened wooden cross-ties beneath a portion of track, knocked out eight of the station’s 21 tracks for four days and created widespread delays for commuters and travellers up and down Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.Amtrak’s replacement of tracks and other equipment, much of which dates to the 1970s, initially was scheduled to be completed over a two- or three-year period, mainly during off hours. But the recent problems prompted Amtrak to speed up that timetable.Some New Jersey legislators on Tuesday criticized the plan for not taking advantage of the July 4th and Labor Day weekends to minimize the impact on commuters.“New Jersey commuters endured a week of massive overcrowding and unacceptable delays in the week following the April 3 Amtrak derailment when eight tracks were shut down,” Democratic Sen. Bob Gordon said in a statement. “We can’t expect them to suffer through an entire summer like that.” Amtrak says 6 weeks of disruptions for Penn Station repairs by David Porter, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2017 8:44 am MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mali human rights situation still a concern – UN report

It found that more than 600 cases of human rights violations and abuses were committed between January 2016 and June 2017: an interim period established under the peace deal aimed at laying the foundations for a democratic and unified country.“This report provides useful insights on the challenges and progress in the human rights situation in northern and central Mali,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which issued the report together with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“It also demonstrates that respect for human rights, far from being a generator of tension, may contribute, on the contrary, to creating an environment that is conducive to the implementation of the Peace Agreement.”The Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali signed by the authorities, a rebel alliance from the north and a pro-government armed coalition, was finalized in June 2015.The UN study showed that more than 800 other incidents involving unidentified armed elements and which put the lives of civilians at risk also took place during the reporting period.Overall, these acts of violence impacted more than 2,700 victims, the majority of whom were men and children.They include 441 individuals who were killed.Nearly 80 per cent of violations, abuses and other incidents that put civilians at risk involved armed movements that were signatories to the Peace Agreement, those which had not signed it, or unidentified armed elements.Perpetrators also included elements affiliated with Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Ansar Dine and other similar groups.Meanwhile, the Malian defence and security forces, and other state actors, were involved in 20 per cent of the cases, while international forces, including MINUSMA, were involved in two per cent.The report said primary factors which led to the violations include confrontations between signatory armed groups in the Kidal region, the expansion of activities of AQIM, Ansar Dine and other similar groups, and increasing armed robberies and other violent crime in the central regions of the country, as well as counter-terrorism operations conducted by the state. read more

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Rio Tinto commissioned report highlights automation benefits

first_imgA BAEconomics report, commissioned by Rio Tinto to look into the benefits and costs of autonomous technology, has concluded that investment in mining technology and innovation should sustain long-term competitiveness while also providing the broader economic benefits likely to flow from a strong mining industry. The report, titled Autonomous and remote operation technologies in the mining industry: benefits and costs examines the advances in new technology, showing that while the costs and challenges of automation in the mining sector are substantial, they are potentially far outweighed by the benefits they can deliver.The report also concludes that as automated systems allow workers to communicate with and control machinery remotely, this removes their exposure to hazardous mining environments, reduces or eliminates health and safety risks, and makes for a more attractive workplace. The appeal of these new roles, and the potential for them to be located in more desirable locations will broaden employment opportunities and attract more talent to the mining industry.Rio Tinto head of innovation John McGagh said: “The BAEconomics report highlights the increasingly complex challenges being faced by the mining industry. Our industry is facing maturing ore bodies, fewer tier-one deposits, increasingly complex geographies and labour shortages and the report details how innovation in autonomous technologies can play an important role in addressing these challenges. The revolutionary technologies being tested now cement Rio Tinto’s leading position in the field of mining innovation. In iron ore, we’re introducing automated trucks, blast-hole drill rigs, sorting machines and trains, all of which are capable of being controlled by our Operations Centre in Perth, which already integrates our port, rail and mine logistics. Rio Tinto’s research partnerships also help to set us ahead of the pack. The Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation, established at the University of Sydney is one of five global research centres with links to universities. These research centres bring together the experience and know-how of our own technology and mining professionals with some of the best academic minds to achieve changes that are transforming the way mining, processing and energy are approached.” Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future programme has been running for the past four years, aimed at finding advanced ways to mine and extract minerals more efficiently while reducing environmental impacts and improving safety.last_img read more

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Endeavour la navette spatiale est de retour sur Terre

first_imgEndeavour : la navette spatiale est de retour sur TerreAprès quatorze jours de mission, l’équipage de la Nasa est revenu de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Hier soir, au Centre spatial Kennedy (Floride), les six astronautes de la navette Endeavour ont fêté la réussite de leur opération : de retour sur Terre après quatorze jours de mission, le tâche qui leur était assignée a été accomplie.Les trois sorties dans l’espace menées par l’équipage ont servi à poursuivre la construction de la Station spatiale internationale. Aujourd’hui, l’ISS est presque opérationnelle, étant donné qu’elle est achevée à 90%. L’installation des derniers modules Tranquility et Cupola contenant un système de support de vie dans l’ensemble de la station ainsi qu’un espace d’observation a été réalisée avec succès. La Nasa prévoit une autre mission, le 5 avril prochain, à bord de la navette Discovery.Le 22 février 2010 à 11:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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What happened after last night’s 11/24 WWE RAW

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Dolph Ziggler Twitter SPOILERS: 10/9 WWE 205 Live TV taping results from Indianapolis to air on Wednesday WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live The following took place after last night’s 11/24 WWE RAW in Indianapolis.* Michael Cole got in the ring and went to high-five Dolph Ziggler, but Ziggler laid him out with a Superkick to send the crowd home happy.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipDolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE StatusVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:35/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 47.46%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 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 listcenter_img Jacinda Ardern Vows To Never Say The Shooters Name WWE Smackdown Results – 10/9/18 (WWE World Cup, Smackdown Women’s Title) Facebook Now Playing Up Next Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Now Playing Up Next WWE Smackdown Results – 3/19/19 (Gauntlet Match with Kofi Kingston, Banks and Bayley) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

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Saayii Tolof Part 410 EPISODE 30 (Difficult Marriages – ‘Dusa Nawle’…

first_imgAlhajj He was crossed with Jula for deceiving him; “Why didn’t you tell me Fams is your husband? You deceive me didn’t you know I am also a married man and a respected elder in my community? Do you want to cause me a scandal? How can I explain to you that I am ‘happily married’ with two grown up children? Our affair has to be discreet while it lasts take care of your husband don’t embarrass him and remember my wife is a tigress and my son a ‘woyou’ don’t cross your limit.”Jula She got mad with Alhajj and went into tantrums; “You men are all the same my husband and you!” She pointed her hand at him; “It is deliberate I did not tell you I have a husband it is a game and I did not want to scare you in actual sense I don’t have one since I met you I did not sleep with my husband and to shock you further I am pregnant for you and you alone.”Alhajj He got scared; “You cannot be pregnant for me you are married and pregnant for your husband yes I cannot asked you to divorce him but I can pay you 50 million to keep it for him and see me through the baby.”Jula “I have not slept with him how can I say he pregnated me?”Alhajj “Even in Islam when a wife is pregnant in matrimony it is the husband’ Fams is deeply in love with you and he’ll surely accept the baby as his.”Jula    “I hate Fams and would not give him my baby with you I want to divorce him.”Alhajj “I’ve already paid you never mention my name and I’ll keep on paying you forever, a deal?”Jula She is now totally corrupted and love the money game she nodded her head and the deal was struck but another hurdle was there Mba Toma she was not ready to part with her daughter but Fams was also equally determined to keep his daughter Mba Toma became the tug of war between the estranged couple.Haja Gawre She is a fierce woman Alhajj call her a tigress her family is rich she married him out of love against the wishes of her family; “Men are not worth the grain why should you want to sacrifice your class, your category with this nobody a gold digger from nowhere, no family name nothing?”Haja Ga “Mother I love him I’ll help him to augment his business he can be someone someday and he is very ambitious.”Haja Suntu    “Your father died and left me with 6 children 5 boys and you are the only girl and he has asked me to do my best for you and get you married to the man of your choice and never to impose any man on you and I promised him and now my word is my bond but my daughter rethink and make a better choice. Also remember your uncles all wanted to marry me for the wealth and when I rejected them and marry outside the family they ostracized me predict doom for my family always remember that.”Haja Ga “Alhajj is my choice I love him ‘lumasi gobe gar’.“Haja Suntu   She called Alhajj; “Please prove me wrong I don’t trust you but my daughter does I see you as a gold digger who will dump her someday after I die or even in my lifetime.”Alhajj “Man is not perfect but I’ll try my best not to disappoint her trust in me and also to prove you wrong.” Their marriage took place and is blessed with two children Mbugel and Orrma, Mbugel the son is an Architect while Orrma is a Journalist and both children stayed abroad yet to come to the country.Haja Gawre Her friends gave her an update about her husband’ flirtuous lifestyle; “Of late he is deeply in love with a married spinster and is showering wealth on her and has caused a strain in the woman’ married life with her husband she is asking for divorce from her husband.” Sabelle her best friend she implanted at the company to watch over Alhajj told her and advise her to come home unannounced to catch him red handed and that’ what she did. “Ninety nine days for the thief and one day for the master/mistress!”Alhajj “Is this a ghost? Why did you come unannounced? What is happening Sweet Heart?”Haja Gawre “I am asking you what has happened? Why the incommunicado? Is it another chick? Because that’ how you behave with a new babe you daughter’ age mate.”Alhajj “Don’t start again it is the heavy schedule I am very sorry and would surely make it up to you.”Haja Gawre “I am demanding for my right tell your free babes to be aware.” Alhajj shook as a leaf and rang Jula to meet him at their usual hideout.At the Hide Out  Alhajj “My tigress is back her informer told her about us we have to be discreet even at the office she is jealous and can be deadly to be alive we have to be ahead of her every time.”Fams    He is very down and kept blaming his mother and uncle for messing up his life; “I’ll never forgive you for ruining my love and marriage life Jaambi was my natural wife and partner those beautiful kids would have been mine.” He felt self-pity which is not good for his health Mba Nyaling and Uncle Dembo felt guilty and avoided Fams who is very mad at them. To be Cont.last_img read more

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2019 Copa America Uruguay wants to continue its South American reign

first_imgThe Uruguayans are the team with the most South American trophies in the confederation’s history with 15. They lifted their first one in 1916 and their last one in 2011.Uruguay has won the Copa America, formerly known as the South American Championship, 15 times in total.And the Uruguayans are hoping they can continue to be the continent’s most successful team in the competition as they will lead Group C of the 2019 Copa America set to be played in Brazil.The tournament will take place from June 14th to July 7th in five different cities in Brazil.The last time the team won the Copa America was all the way back to 2011 in Argentina.Since then they have only reached the Quarterfinals in Chile 2015 and failed to advance from the Group Stage in the 2016 United States edition.Meanwhile, Ecuador is yet to win an edition of the Copa America, with their best result being reaching Fourth Place in 1993, and 1959.Lautaro Martinez, ArgentinaLautaro Martinez talks about his time with Argentina Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is becoming a regular at the international level, and he’s delighted for the opportunity with his national team.Ecuador has reached at least the Quarterfinals in three of the last ten editions of the competition, failing to qualify from Group Stage in seven occasions.Chile is the team to beat too, as they are the current back-to-back champions of the competition.La Roja won the 2015 edition in Chile and the 2016 Copa America Centenario special edition in the United States.But then lost the final in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and failed to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.This is the second time the Japanese national team has accepted the CONMEBOL’s invitation to participate in the Copa America.The Samurai Blue couldn’t qualify from the Group Stage in the 1999 edition in Paraguay, losing twice and drawing one match.They are currently playing in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals.last_img read more

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Climate Change Getting Attention in Washington

first_imgThe USDA’s Climate Change Program Office (CCPO) has, in keeping with its requirements under the 2008 Farm Bill, prepared a report containing methods for quantifying entity-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from the agriculture and forestry sectors. A notice in this week’s Federal Register seeks public comment on the report, which was prepared by 38 technical experts and reviewed by 29 scientific reviewers.USDA anticipates that the methods will be used by landowners and the agency itself to improve management practices and identify actions to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The guidelines and methods could also be used by farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to facilitate their participation in voluntary state and regional GHG registries and programs.According to the notice, comments received will be used to further refine the methods report in preparation for publication as a USDA Technical Bulletin. Comments submitted will help USDA to gauge the appropriateness and completeness of the proposed methods as well as methodological or data concerns that should be considered.The Climate Change Program Office (CCPO) operates within the Office of the Chief Economist at USDA and functions as the Department-wide focal point on agriculture, rural, and forestry-related climate change activities.  The full draft report can be viewed at by clicking here, and the Federal Register notice can be viewed here.Meanwhile, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for September 18 to examine climate change-related programs and activities being conducted by various federal agencies, including USDA.  Many Democrats on the committee have been seeking a hearing on the underlying science behind climate change as well as the impacts it is having, however, the September 18 hearing will focus on what the administration is doing to address the issue.last_img read more

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Bob Seger Reschedules Postponed Shows After Delay For Surgery

first_imgNews Facebook https://twitter.com/BobSeger/status/998609442538127361 Twitter Email All tickets for canceled shows to be honored at new dates, starting this fallPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs May 21, 2018 – 3:19 pm Seven months was a long wait but at long last, Bob Seger has recovered sufficiently from the cervical laminectomy surgery he underwent last October and has rescheduled tour dates he was forced to postpone in 2017.Beginning this November, the 73-year-old rocker and his Silver Bullet Band will be keeping faith with their fans with 13 rescheduled dates, and more are expected soon.Many engagements were rescheduled for similar days of the week to make it easier for the previous ticketholders to attend. Although this is not an official farewell tour and Seger’s drive is toward performing, not retirement, it could be the “Night Moves” singer’s last stop at many of these venues and cities. Bob Seger Reschedules Postponed Shows After Delay For Surgery Bob Seger Reschedules Shows Postponed Last Year bob-seger-reschedules-postponed-shows-after-delay-surgery Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band won Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Against The Wind” at the 23rd GRAMMY Awards.Seger’s latest album, 2017’s I Knew You When, was released last November and was dedicated to the memory of the Eagles’ Glenn Frey who passed in 2016.Tickets for the rescheduled tour stops are now available at Live Nation.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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RIP Miiverse Nintendos Awful Beautiful Social Network

first_img“cigarets are like hamsters: they are fine, until you put it in your mouth and light it on fire. True” (via @starch255) pic.twitter.com/7ESUgbmtoJ— BadMiiversePosts (@BadMiiversePost) January 2, 2017 “is this a meme?” (via @Nymo) pic.twitter.com/yCgkzlgHwt— BadMiiversePosts (@BadMiiversePost) September 9, 2016 Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs (via @verygooster) pic.twitter.com/1rSOsHrimy— BadMiiversePosts (@BadMiiversePost) September 25, 2016 Update: Now it’s official. Miiverse goes offline this November.We know a lot more about the Nintendo Switch than we used to after watching last week’s presentation. However, we still have a lot of questions about the upcoming console/handheld hybrid. One of the biggest question marks for the system is the online features. We haven’t heard much, and what we have heard sounds less than encouraging. A paid subscription service? Voice chat limited to mobile devices? One old game a month that we can’t keep? No Virtual Console news?For me, though, one of the most truly disappointing confirmed parts of the Nintendo Switch online experience is the lack of the Miiverse social network. Nintendo announced the Switch will not inherit the Wii U’s Miiverse functionality nor the 3DS’s StreetPass functionality. The removal of StreetPass makes sense since Nintendo is still trying to spin the Switch as a home console with portable elements. But Miiverse would’ve been perfect for the device. It’s one of the best/worst experiments Nintendo has ever concocted, and we’ve come to mourn it..@GarfieldFanArt @BadMiiversePost pic.twitter.com/1ZoCkcRlVz— Harley (@onewa64) August 25, 2016If you’re (un)fortunate enough to not know what Miiverse is, Miiverse is a Wii U feature and Nintendo’s take on what a gaming social network could be. Each piece of software on the Wii U, from games to apps, has its own Miiverse online community. Here you can post on forums by either writing text messages or drawing pictures on the Wii U GamePad. Some of the drawings are surprisingly high quality. Users can follow each other and leave encouraging “Yeahs!” on posts. You can even post directly to Miiverse while playing a game, like if you want to complain about a particularly difficult level.On paper, that all seems like a fine way to do social media on a gaming console. But inside Nintendo’s low-selling walled-garden, Miiverse almost immediately became a confused child daycare mashed up with a wretched hive of scum and villainy. It’s like Sonic the Hedgehog fandom or an imageboard from 2chan (the precursor to 4chan). That is to say; it’s nothing but hilarious, awful, amazing, nonsensical posts. It’s an internet gutter.It’s better just to show you. The good folks at Bad Miiverse Posts have been doing Grodd’s work collecting the worst of what Miiverse has to offer for years on Twitter and Tumblr.“My wife left me” (via @LegitBearShroom) pic.twitter.com/HoU7n2wxkH— BadMiiversePosts (@BadMiiversePost) September 11, 2016center_img Stay on target “The invention of Waifs and husbands was clearly an aftershock from Hiroshima” (via @iCONLinux) pic.twitter.com/LbHkXejxaC— BadMiiversePosts (@BadMiiversePost) December 9, 2016 Remember when @JimSterling made the Dafoeverse? pic.twitter.com/tfr80VtmDk— BadMiiversePosts (@BadMiiversePost) January 13, 2017Miiverse debuted on the Wii U, but it eventually came to the Nintendo 3DS, exposing millions more to its wonders. You can also view Miiverse posts online on a web browser. These expansions gave us hope that Miiverse would outlive this generation of Nintendo console and that it would be a key part of future Nintendo machines as essential as Mario or the Virtual Console. Unfortunately, as we mentioned earlier, Miiverse is not making the jump to the Nintendo Switch.I’ve been banned from the Miiverse for years. My college roommates thought it would be hilarious to post the vilest material on the service using my account, and I agreed, so I didn’t stop them. That means I’ve been forced to enjoy Miiverse from afar, as an outcast. But I do still enjoy it, and I’m sad to see it go.Maybe Miiverse isn’t the end of Nintendo social networking experiments but the beginning. Here’s hoping the Nintendo Switch has an even better, dumber replacement.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.last_img read more

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Electronic pen first to upload handwriting from plain paper

first_img Via handwriting analysis, scholar discovers unknown Magna Carta scribe Citation: Electronic pen first to upload handwriting from plain paper (2008, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-electronic-pen-upload-plain-paper.html Explore further The Mobile Digital Scribe by IOGEAR is the first electronic pen that can capture handwriting and drawings from any surface, which can later be uploaded to a computer as text and JPEG files. Unlike other electronic pen-to-PC systems, the Mobile Digital Scribe doesn´t require a special digital notepad, but any size paper up to letter size will work.center_img 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. The system has two components: a pen and a receiver. The pen uses ordinary ink, and its regular size and weight makes writing feel natural. But the pen also contains an infrared sensor, which captures hand movements while writing. The receiver is clipped to the notepad or paper, and receives data from the pen through the pen´s ultrasonic transmitter. The receiver can store up to 50 pages of writing and pictures.The Mobile Digital Scribe comes with a USB cable which is used to connect the receiver to a PC. IOGEAR´s handwriting recognition software translates notes into text and sketches into JPEGs, which can be saved and edited. Text can be shared via JPEG format through e-mail or instant messaging.The Mobile Digital Scribe can also be connected to a PC while the user is writing, and handwritten text and drawings will be displayed automatically on the computer screen.The technology can identify 12 languages, including Italian, Swedish, Chinese, and Russian. IOGEAR plans to target the system at students as well as legal and medical professionals. Instead of carrying laptops to class and meetings, individuals can use regular paper with the electronic pen and receiver, and upload their notes at home. The Mobile Digital Scribe is available for $130, and comes with IOGEAR´s limited one-year warranty.via: www.iogear.comlast_img read more

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No place in TMC for those who siphon off govt funds Mamata

first_imgKolkata: In a stern warning to defectors who have joined BJP after the Lok Sabha elections, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee made it clear that the party has no place for those who make money from government funds disbursed for people-friendly schemes. She reiterated that those shifting to other parties after siphoning money will not be spared and will also face corruption probe.”We are not bothered about a few corrupt and greedy leaders who are switching to some other party. They have joined the BJP as they were afraid they might face consequences for their activities,” Banerjee said while addressing a meeting with councillors of municipal corporations and municipalities across the state. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee asserted that she wants to restructure her party ahead of the 2021 state Assembly elections and appealed to those who are dilly-dallying on whether to shift to the saffron party, to do so immediately. “One person will leave and 500 more will be inducted in his or her place. We will replace corrupt and greedy workers with dedicated cadres,” she reiterated. She instructed state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim to enquire into practices where some civic body councillors have converted government properties to the name of their family members. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Law will take its own course if somebody is found to have acquired government property through unfair means,” Banerjee said. She made it clear that the party will give election tickets only after reviewing the work of the councillors. “A party representative who works for the people will never lose an election. Some councillors are more keen on promoting activities rather than rendering services to people. Individual tickets will be handed over to councillors by the party on the basis of their work performance. The party will not give ticket to anyone who does not perform,” Banerjee said. The same formula will also be adopted while handing over tickets to candidates for the Panchayat polls. The tickets will not be handed over through district leadership. She made it clear that the party will close its doors permanently for defectors and will allow only those old leaders who have shifted due to some misunderstanding or miscommunication, to come back. She admitted that her party’s leadership had made a few mistakes while dealing with old-timers and loyalists and assured that the lapses would be taken care of. Referring to legislator Sunil Singh, who joined the BJP on Monday, Banerjee said it was a misjudgment on the part of TMC to have given him a ticket for Noapara Assembly bypoll last year, overlooking the candidature of Manju Basu, wife of slain TMC leader Bikash Basu. “It is time for us to learn from our mistakes and prepare ourselves for the next elections,” she added. Banerjee also advised the councillors to kick off work according to their respective action plans for prevention of dengue. She urged to give special emphasis on North 24-Parganas and some pockets in Hooghly, where there have been dengue cases. She also brought out a set of instructions in the form of a letter to the councillors after the meeting.last_img read more

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Enhance Your Website with Video

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Communicating with your customers through video can offer them a fresh alternative to basic text on a static website. We all know the saying, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” The principal is the same for a video on a website.When deciding whether to add video, ask yourself the following questions:Will adding video enhance sales or provide another benefit to my business?Do I have the time and financial resources?If you decide video is right for you, here’s a look at the steps you’ll need to take.Creating VideoIf you do it yourself: Depending on the quality of the video you want, you could create it yourself. I wouldn’t recommend using a $500 home camera for shooting. A more professional camera could cost $1,500 and up. These cameras will give you the quality you need to make a video suitable for online viewing. Once you have purchased a video camera, you might want to consider accessories, such as an external microphone to capture audio more clearly and a tripod so you won’t have to hold the camera with your hand.If you hire someone: Hiring a professional videographer will ensure the video is of the best quality. It might be fun and adventurous to do the video yourself, but do you have the time or expertise? Hiring someone isn’t cheap and will add several hundred to several thousands of dollars to the cost of the video, depending on what you have them do.Licensing VideoThere’s a lot of video already available that you could license and use on your website–or integrate into a promotional CD or use as part of a TV advertisement. Sites like Mochila specialize in creating a marketplace for video producers and consumers to buy and sell video. Brightcove–a more mature version of YouTube–has more than 2,000 member-supplied videos in its library available for license. Brightcove, Podtech.net, YouTube, Blinkx, Google Video, MSN Video and Yahoo! Video have thousands of videos you can embed in your website for free.Editing the VideoIf you’ve hired someone to produce the video for you, or licensed it from a third party, you can skip this section. However, if you’ve decided to make the video yourself, you’ll need to edit it. Windows XP comes bundled with Windows Movie Maker. This will suffice for a few test videos. However, if you want to create a more professional video you’ll need features that Windows Movie Maker doesn’t have. Consider video-editing software from Pinnacle Technologies, Ulead or Adobe Premiere. Apple’s Final Cut Pro is one of the best video-editing tools, but is only available for Macs.Hosting the VideoThe easiest way to enable the video for others to see is to use one of the services listed above to host it. These services will host your video for free if you advertise or for a fee if you don’t advertise. If you host the video yourself, you have to manage the space it takes on your web server and ensure there’s enough bandwidth for people to view it properly.Like everything else on the internet, publishing content is only part of the process. You also have to make sure people view the content by marketing it. Right now, using online video for business is not as popular as e-mail marketing or websites; however, it’s growing. You might want to keep your eye on this market and start testing its viability for your business now. You’ll be ahead of the curve and ahead of your competition in engaging customers.Ramon Ray is Entrepreneur.com’s “Tech Basics” columnist and editor of Smallbiztechnology.com. He’s the author ofTechnology Solutions for Growing Businesses and currently serves on the board of directors and the technology committee for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 18, 2007last_img read more

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Amelia Island Florida – Reported by Elite Travele

first_imgAmelia Island, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineIn 1995, the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Michael Carsch, had a challenge. He had a beautiful oceanfront Ritz-Carlton, only a few years old, and each year he struggled to fill rooms when warm spring weather first arrived on the island. He also knew most people were not familiar with Amelia Island, Florida. Carsch wanted to create an event that would attract a luxury crowd each year. He tracked down a local car collector, Bill Warner, who had a reputation as a passionate car guy. Warner, a successful businessman, photographer and writer for Road & Track, was being urged by other auto enthusiasts to create a classic car show in Florida. With The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Mercedes-Benz as inaugural sponsors, Warner launched the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The first car show featured 125 cars, world-famous Grand Prix driver Sir Stirling Moss as Honorary Chairman, and drew about 2,000 car enthusiasts. It also sold out The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.Fast forward to 2011, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is entering its 16th year, and is now considered the most prestigious show on the east coast. Collectors consider it one of the big events of the year along with Pebble Beach in California, Meadow Brook in Michigan and Louis Vuitton Classic in midtown Manhattan. They will be joined by an estimated 15,000 enthusiasts who will walk the Concours on Sunday.This year they will see 255 high quality rare cars competing for ribbons in the Concours d’Elegance which literally means “a competition of elegance.” Collectors, who are invited to the show, watch as a team of judges rate their cars for authenticity, function, history, style and quality of restorations. Any imperfection requires a fractional point deduction.Why do collectors subject themselves to the rigor of a Concours competition? For some it is a hobby, they are proud to own a piece of history and want to share their car with other enthusiasts. For others, it is a business investment that can offer a higher return than the stock market. Last years auction sold more than $19 million in rare cars in a single day. But for all, it is a social gathering that celebrates automotive history.Acknowledging the growth and stature of the Concours d’Elegance, Katharine Monahan, the current general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island says, “The vision of an event that draws an international audience was realized with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Now as one of the most prestigious car showsin the United States, we are honored to be a sponsor and host this truly international event.”www.ameliaconcours.orglast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2018 6:35 pm PDT Largest T. rex skeleton has new display at Chicago museum AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img CHICAGO — The largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found is ready to go back on display at Chicago’s Field Museum in a new exhibition space.The skeleton named Sue (after her discoverer, Sue Hendrickson) is now in a second-floor gallery near other dinosaurs. It opens to the public Friday.The Chicago Tribune reports the 40.5-foot (12.3-meter) skeleton shares the gallery with the skull of a triceratops and dozens of plant and animal fossils from Sue’s era.Peter Makovicky, the museum’s curator of dinosaurs, says the second floor gallery was always intended to be Sue’s home, but it ended up near the main north door of the museum before being disassembled earlier this year . That space is now filled by a 122-foot-long (37.2-meter-long) cast skeleton of a titanosaur.___Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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