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LG G6 pre-bookings open in India ahead of today’s launch

first_imgPre-bookings for LG’s latest flagship handset, which has been hailed for its gorgeous bezel-less design, have now gone live in India ahead of its official launch on April 24.As an incentive to users, LG is offering a cashback of up to Rs 7,000 as a pre-booking offer. The company is also offering a 50 percent discount on its Tone Active+ HBS-A100 wireless headset to those who pre-book the LG G6.The cashback offer is valid till May 1 and includes a cashback of Rs 2,000 for pre-booking alongside a separate Rs 5,000 cashback that is valid till May 31. The cashback(s) can only be availed by SBI and HDFC Bank card holders. LG is also offering 6 mobile games including Cookie Jam and Spider-Man Unlimited as a part of its ‘EA special gifts’ offer.Also Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone designThe LG G6 is a very important smartphone for LG after the critical and commercial drubbing received by the LG G5. The LG G6 will have to fend off the Galaxy S8, which also comes with a similar near bezel-less design and an ultra wide screen ratio.The G6 is a comprehensive update over its predecessor. The removable battery, modular design and the tacky plastic finish on the back panel have all given way to a gorgeous glass and metal spectacle with a near bezel-less design.The smartphone comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, a 3,300mAh battery, a 5.7′ Quad HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and IP68 water/dust resistance.advertisementAdditionally, the smartphone comes with a striking 18:9 Full Vision display (instead of the regular 16:9), Google Assistant on board, Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support for enhanced video and a striking near bezel-less design with a 90% screen to body ratio.On the imaging font, the LG G6 sports a dual camera array on the back with two 13MP sensors with one of them having a wide-angle lens with a 125-degree field of view. On the front there is a 5MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 100 degree field of view.In South Korea, where the LG G6 has already launched, it’s price starts from KRW 899,800 (approximately Rs 51,200).Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 6: Full specs, price, features and everything else you need to knowlast_img read more

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FIH open to introducing HILs new goal rule in world hockey

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Hockey India Leagues revolutionary two-goals-for-one-field-goal rule has caught the attention of world body FIH, which is seriously considering implementing the “innovative” system in the international arena. In the last few years, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has made a host of changes in playing rules to make the game fast and attractive. With the experience of more than two decades as a hockey umpire, referee and technical official, FIHs new CEO Jason McCracken is personally very impressed with the innovative rule, which is aimed at increasing the percentage of field goals. “I have been in India earlier this year during the Hockey India League and I was personally very impressed with the two goals for a field goal rule. It has revived the attacking style of hockey. The rule is very interesting and innovative,” McCracken told PTI in an interview from London. “We at FIH will certainly look at it and consider it. But it generally takes time to implement a new rule because we have to give time to national teams to get used to it. “Till the 2018 World Cup, we cant make any changes to playing rules but we will seriously consider it after that. We at FIH are open to innovative ideas. The video umpire was first introduced in European Hockey League and we later implemented in international hockey after reviewing it,” the Kiwi said. “We have seen so many changes. Rules are changed to make the game faster and more exciting and to score more goals. We introduced things like self pass, overhead pass, one-on-one penalty shoot-out etc. to make the game more exciting. We at FIH will always continue to look at innovations,” he added. The just-announced Hockey Pro League from 2019, FIHs first major event in its 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy, will witness the revival of India-Pakistan rivalry on the turf. And McCracken said revival of the rivalry come 2019 is huge for world hockey. “Any India-Pakistan sporting rivalry is massive. Its huge for the game because the rivalry has a long, deep history,” he said. Hockey Pro League is a home-and-away league, where nine teams each in both men and womens categories will feature. Each team will play the other eight in a double round-robin format at home and away, culminating in a grand finale at the end of the year between the top four teams. While Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Scottish Hockey to conduct its home matches in Scotland because of security reasons back home, India are scheduled to host the arch-rivals. Even though the FIH wants India to host Pakistan, the world body has kept up a back-up plan in case it doesnt happen because of continued diplomatic tensions between the two neighbouring nations. “Scotland has agreed to host Pakistans games. Scotland has sizeable Pakistani population. But we want India to host Pakistan in India,” the FIH CEO said. “But we are aware of the diplomatic situation between the two countries. FIH president Narinder Batra is in close dialogue with the Indian government. We understand its complex but we are trying hard and hoping the rivalry will continue on Indian soil,” McCracken said. “But we have kept alternatives. Thats a possibility (India hosting Pakistan in a neutral venue) but our effort will be to see India play Pakistan at its own soil.” Talking about FIHs global plans, McCracken said the world body is in talks with emerging markets like Malaysia and Spain to host its international events there. “We are in serious talks with Malaysia to host a Hockey World League Final and other events there. Malaysians love their hockey and the sport has a huge fan following there,” he said. PTI SSC PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Minerva’s petition at Delhi High Court likely to come up for hearing on Friday: Lawyer

first_imgMinerva Punjab’s petition challenging the AIFF’s refusal to postpone their I-League match against Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar is expected to come up for hearing on Friday at the Delhi High court, the club’s lawyers said Tuesday, insisting that the team’s “well-founded” fears have been ignored.Minerva did not show up for their clash against a ready RKFC in Srinagar on Monday after asserting that the home club and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) failed in providing written security assurances in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.The I-League defending champions filed a writ petition at the Delhi High court, challenging AIFF’s refusal to either move the match to some other venue or postpone it, on Monday itself.Amitabh Tiwari, the counsel for Minerva, said the club will not object if the court directs it to first go to the I-League committee to sort out the issue.”If the AIFF wants to settle the case at the court on the day of hearing, we are fine. But if the court directs us to first go to the I-League committee and see if it is possible to sort out the matter there, we will do so,” Tiwari told PTI.In the petition, Minerva has accused the AIFF of acting arbitrarily and said the AIFF’s rejection of its request to postpone the match was against the principles of equity and are violative of the I-League regulations 2018-19 and the FIFA Safety Guidelines.”The AIFF is acting arbitrarily and without reason as earlier in the month the match between Real Kashmir FC and East Bengal was postponed on account of snow whereas the present situation is much more serious and lives of the players and the spectators are at risk,” the petition said.advertisement”Minerva’s fears are well-founded and a request to postpone the match by 2 weeks would not affect any party especially in light of the fact that it has been done before for completely avoidable reasons.”The Punjab club also said the AIFF has not taken into account the e-mails sent by them wherein they have categorically stated that the international players on their roster have been advised by their respective countries to not travel to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”If AIFF can postpone the match with East Bengal due to snow then they should have taken the lead and postponed the match for 7-10 days,” said the petition.”It’s ironical that the entire world plays football on snow but on that pretext the match with East Bengal was postponed by almost 3 weeks. The decision smacks of hypocrisy on AIFF’s part.”The decision of AIFF not to postpone the match is akin to forcing the players and spectators to play Russian Roulette with their lives.”The AIFF has not yet called the match a forfeiture by Minerva and has referred the matter to its I-League Committee. As per FIFA rules, a forfeiture leads to the awarding of full points to teh side which shows up, in this case Real Kashmir.The entire sequence of events is a fallout of Thursday’s attack in which at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed while several others injured. It has been termed the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.Also Read | Minerva Punjab likely to face action after no-show in Srinagar for Real Kashmir tieAlso Read | Srinagar not the place to play football right now: Minerva boss responds to Real KashmirAlso Read | Real Kashmir to East Bengal: Dear friends, come and play in Srinagar. Guarantee your safetylast_img read more

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10 months agoKlopp delighted with Liverpool triumph: A big fight – but cool!

first_imgKlopp delighted with Liverpool triumph: A big fight – but cool!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the manner of their 2-0 win at Wolves.Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk scored for the Reds as they stay top of the table for Christmas.A pleased Klopp said, “It was clear that the whole game would be difficult. Everybody wants to press. We want to be compact but wide as well which makes it difficult. We defended it pretty well. The heavy rain was difficult for both teams tonight. It was a big fight. We knew that we needed to be ready.”The first goal was brilliant, it was cool. And the second goal – yes, well done! I am completely happy with the result and it is big for us. We wanted to surprise our opponent. It was brilliant – both goals. It was perfect football, especially on a night like tonight when it was difficult to play proper football.”I saw some really good things tonight. We will be training on Christmas morning so it is like every other day. It is an outstanding number [of points in the league] – it is absolutely cool.”We have Manchester City waiting and that will be really tough for the boys. We need to have different game plans but the boys showed they are ready for that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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CMA CGM Selects VINCI to Extend Kingston Port

first_imgzoom French container shipping company CMA CGM has awarded a USD 147 million contract to a joint venture consisting of Jan de Nul, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and EMCC, to extend the port of Kingston, Jamaica. The contract covers the refurbishment, reinforcement and upgrade to seismic standards of 1,200 meters of quays.In addition, the joint venture will carry out dredging work in the access channel.“The operation will increase the alongside depth of the quays to enable them to handle container ships of larger capacity,” VINCI said.The projects are expected to be completed in 25 months.The port of Kingston is located at the crossroads between the North/South and East/West sea lanes, near the recently inaugurated Panama Canal.Since July 1, 2016, CMA CGM has held the concession for the port which consists of three terminals with a rated capacity of 2.8 million TEUs.last_img read more

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Protecting More Wilderness Land Highlights the Start of Environment Week

first_imgNova Scotia is a step closer to designating Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area for protection with the release of a socio-economic study for public comment. The consultation kicks off this year’s Environment Week, which is celebrating the theme Preserving our Forests, Protecting our Future. It is one of several events and activities planned to demonstrate the many ways the province protects the environment. “This area will bring us closer to our goal of legally protecting 12 per cent of our land by 2015,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This area will provide Nova Scotians with access to beautiful, natural spaces only a stone’s throw from downtown Halifax.” The proposed Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area is between Highway 103 and 333 near Halifax. It includes 8,266 hectares of regionally unique forest types, rare species — including mainland moose, interconnected waterways and exceptional natural landscapes. The study looks at a range of social and economic factors related to protecting these lands, as required by the Wilderness Areas Protection Act. The study, and all comments received, will be reviewed and considered when making final recommendations on this proposed wilderness area. Comments will be accepted until July 8 by e-mail at protectedareas@gov.ns.ca and mail at Nova Scotia Environment, Protected Areas and Wetlands Branch, Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8. In the event of a disruption to postal service, written comments may be submitted at any local Environment office. The discussion paper and summary, as well as more information on Five Bridge Lakes Candidate Wilderness area, are available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/protectedareas or by calling 902-424-2117.last_img read more

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Bombardier Sees Investment in Morocco As Springboard To Rest of the

first_imgWashington DC – Bombardier believes its investment in Morocco, a location chosen for its internationally competitive manufacturing costs, low shipping and transportation costs and proximity to Europe, will serve as a springboard to the rest of the region and help it win an important part of the continent’s demand for new aircraft, said Forbes Magazine on Wednesday.Bombardier Aerospace gained a foothold in Africa when it began operations in a transition facility near Casablanca one year ago.The eventual permanent facility, currently in construction and due to open in late 2014, represents a $200 million investment that will create 850 jobs by 2020, it said on its website. “Our investment in Morocco shows our dedication to the continent’s economic development which is so intricately linked to regional aviation.We are confident the CSeries can boost the African sector’s ability to meet demands for traffic growth, reduced emissions, improved safety and added comfort,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft during a recent interview at Bombardier’s offices in Casablanca.last_img read more

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Full text of the throne day speech delivered by King Mohammed

Rabat – Here follows the full text of the speech delivered b King Mohammed VI to the nation on Wednesday July 30, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the throne day“Praise be to GodMay peace and blessings be upon  the Prophet, His Kith and Kin Dear Citizens, Today, we are proudly celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of my accession to the glorious Alawite throne. This annual celebration is ran opportunity for us to ponder on the state of the nation.I do not want this to be merely a time when we take stock of achievements. However significant they may be, they will always fall short of the ambitions I nurture for my loyal citizens.I would rather this celebration were an occasion to pause and reflect, in all sincerity and objectivity, on the positive as well as the negative aspects of our action in order to move forward confidently and resolutely.I am not only interested in achievements, but also and above all in the actual, qualitative direct impact our accomplishments have had in terms of improving the living conditions of all Moroccans.Whereas it is, indeed, natural for a person to pause every now and then to determine where he or she is going, such an exercise is even more important for the nation’s first servant, who is responsible for more than 35 million people.Considering the sacred mission with which I am entrusted as the King of all Moroccans, each day and every step of the way, I consult others and give due consideration to matters before making any decision that has a bearing on the nation or the citizens.Are we making the right choices? What things need to be speeded up? What others should to be reconsidered? What major projects and reforms ought to be launched?If a person thinks that he or she is always right, or that he or she does not make mistakes, then surely this will be a recipe for conceit and erring.For this reason, I believe we must all ask ourselves: Have the accomplishments and the real progress made had the desired, direct impact on Moroccans’ living conditions? Does the Moroccan citizen – irrespective of income, social status or place of residence, whether in urban or rural areas – feel that he or she is indeed better off as a result of the major projects implemented and the reforms introduced.By asking such questions, our aim is, in fact, to constantly improve efficiency and find the best ways to enable all Moroccans to benefit from achievements on an equal footing.However, the fact that we ask questions and pause does not mean we are hesitant or unsure, or that we have no clear vision. On the contrary, the way forward is crystal clear, and our choices are well thought-out. We know who we are, what we want and where we are going.Dear Citizens,By assessing the state of the nation, we can gauge the progress made, using all standard mechanisms for that purpose.Back in 2005, we made a similar pause and came up with the 50-Year Report to take stock of the work done and pinpoint shortcomings for the post-independence period, and also to assess expectations. The aim of that exercise was to devise more effective public policies.Today, fifteen years after my accession to the throne, I think it is important to pause, once again, as a nation.Moroccan as well as foreign experts agree that significant progress has been made in various areas in Morocco during this period.Personally, I do not think anyone can deny that democratic achievements have been made. This is illustrated by the new Constitution adopted in 2011, by the freedoms and human rights system in force in the country and by the launching of the advanced regionalization project. However, the tangible impact of these and other reforms hinges on their actual implementation as much as on the elites that will give them concrete substance.Nor can anyone deny that major infrastructure projects have been implemented. Could Moroccans – myself included – have imagined that their country would one day be home to the largest port in the Mediterranean? Or have the largest solar power plant in the world? Was it possible in the past for a citizen to take the freeway from Agadir to Tangiers, or from  El Jadida to Oujda?In the economic sphere, growth rates have increased significantly thanks to the adoption of ambitious sectoral plans, such as Morocco’s Green Plan and the Emergence Plan for industrial development, among others.It should be noted that progress in the above areas has not been made at the expense of human development. Across the country, beneficiaries of human development programs have borne witness not only to these projects’ direct impact in terms of improving their living conditions,  but also to their role in fighting poverty, social exclusion and marginalization in our country.The question remains: What use have we made of this progress? Has it merely contributed to higher levels of consumption, or have we used it to promote prosperity for all Moroccans? To what extent has this progress translated into better living conditions for the citizens?Dear Citizens, I think the Moroccan development model has reached such a level of maturity that it is possible for us to adopt advanced, precise standards to assess the effectiveness of public policies and determine the extent to which they have a tangible effect on the citizens’ lives.This achievement has been confirmed by the World Bank, which indicated that Morocco’s total wealth has increased significantly in recent years, thanks in particular to the substantial growth of its intangible capital.Intangible capital is one of the latest internationally agreed standards for measuring the total wealth of countries and companies.As I am sure you know, there have been various changes in the standards used by economists and financial specialists to measure wealth.The total wealth of states used to be measured in light of their natural resources, then on the basis of the gross domestic product, which, in turn, is indicative of the citizens’ standard of living.Later on, human development indicators were adopted to determine levels of prosperity and the extent to which peoples benefit from the national wealth. During the 1990s, intangible capital became an essential constituent of wealth. In 2005, it was formally adopted by the World Bank as a standard benchmark.Intangible capital refers to constituents of wealth that are not taken into account by conventional financial approaches.The reference here is to the measurement of a country’s historical and cultural heritage, social and human capital, the confidence it inspires as well as stability, the quality of institutions, innovation and scientific research, cultural and artistic creativity, the quality of the environment and so on.Security and stability, for instance, are the cornerstone of production and the creation of wealth. Similarly, trust and credibility are key ingredients to boost investment. However, these assets are not visible in the total wealth of countries.In 2005 and 2010, the World Bank carried out two studies to measure the total wealth of some 120 countries, including Morocco. Our country ranked among the top African nations, far ahead of some countries in the region.Having perused the figures and statistics contained in the said studies, and which highlight the development of wealth in Morocco, I wonder, as do all Moroccans: Where is this wealth? Has it benefited all Moroccans or only some segments of society?No in-depth analysis is really needed to answer these questions. While there has been significant progress in Morocco, the facts on the ground indicate that not all citizens have benefited from this wealth. During my field visits, I have noticed signs of poverty and vulnerability, as well as acute cases of social inequality.Therefore, and in order to assess the situation properly and accurately, I call on the Economic, Social and Environmental Council to carry out a study of Morocco’s total wealth between 1999 and the end of 2013, in cooperation with the Moroccan Central Bank and the national institutions concerned, and in coordination with specialized international institutions.The objective of the study is not only to highlight the value of our country’s intangible capital, but also to   make sure intangible capital is used as a key standard in the development of public policies, so that all Moroccans may benefit from their country’s wealth.I hope this study will come up with an objective assessment of the situation as well as practical recommendations in this regard.To make sure the study’s final report does not remain just words on paper, or a document merely for the media, I have decided that its findings should be widely disseminated. In this respect, I urge the government, parliament, all the institutions concerned and key players in society to study those constructive recommendations and seek to implement them.Since the measurement of intangible wealth helps in decision-making, I want the census which will be carried out this year to include all types of indicators relating to Morocco’s intangible capital.Dear Citizens,I attach as much importance to improving the citizens’ living conditions as I do to safeguarding their spiritual well-being and to consolidating the Moroccan model for the management of the religious domain.Based on the Commandership of the Faithful as a frame of reference and on the Maliki rite, this distinct model is the result of the thorough reforms we have introduced over the last fifteen years to promote and revamp the religious domain.This model aims to protect the citizen and society against extremism, reclusiveness and ignorance by protecting mosques from any kind of exploitation, making sure they remain places of worship, where guidance is provided and literacy promoted.This is exactly what the 2008 Ulema Charter aims for. We have further consolidated that Charter by the “support plan” for local religious guidance, which I launched recently, and which is being implemented by more than 1,300 imams across the Kingdom.The key element of this model is the provision of enlightened religious training that is grounded in the principles of moderation and that seeks to preserve our immutable Islamic values while promoting ijtihad and openness.  Through this approach, we are making sure our pristine faith is consistent with our national choices and the requirements of modern times.For this reason, the Moroccan model for the management of religious affairs has been commended both at African and international levels.In this respect, we are keen to put the Moroccan experience at the disposal of sister nations that share Morocco’s commitment to the same spiritual values and principles, and that have expressed a desire to benefit from the Moroccan model in such areas of cooperation as the training of imams.Dear Citizens, Given the consistency and harmony between our country’s domestic and foreign policies, I seek to make the most of our democratic development model to further enhance Morocco’s image and standing  in the international arena, and defend its best interests as well as its just causes.Considering the rapid changes affecting the world, I have sought to ensure that the Moroccan diplomatic approach is rooted in self-confidence, proactive thinking, realism and effectiveness. I have also seen to it that our policy is guided by a commitment to legitimacy, openness, moderation and respect for universal values.This has made our country an effective, credible partner that is heeded and trusted. Working together with the dynamic actors in society, I have been keen to promote and consolidate our country’s standing at all levels.As regards the Maghreb, I should like to say, once again, that I keenly look forward to seeing a strong union built on the firm foundation of solid bilateral relations and integrated economic projects.I personally believe that disputes are not inevitable and that they are quite normal in all communities. Inside the European Union, for example, there have been disagreements between EU members, but the breaking point is hardly ever reached. What is regrettable in the Maghreb, however, is that a dispute is allowed to continue for the purpose of disrupting the evolution of the Maghreb Union.Whatever the magnitude of the dispute, it should not, for instance, be used as a pretext for the continued closure of the borders. The situation is such that Maghreb citizens do not understand or accept such a state of affairs. Indeed, a number of people whom I met during my visits to sister nations wondered – rather perplexed – about the reasons for the continued closure of the border and asked that barriers between our peoples be removed.My answer to them has always been the same: for more than six years now, Morocco has been calling for a solution to this odd situation. However, the response to all of Morocco’s constructive initiatives has been a stubborn, systematic refusal which is not only inconsistent with the logic of history and legitimacy, but also out of step with our peoples’ natural entitlement to human interaction and economic exchange.As I pointed out earlier, I am keen to ensure bilateral relations are the mainstay of the Maghreb Union. In this respect, I wish to say how satisfied I was with the positive outcome of the visit I paid recently to Tunisia, and how much I appreciated the hospitality and warm welcome extended to me, both by the noble Tunisian people as well as by their country’s representative institutions. I was most touched by that warmth.I am convinced Tunisia will forge ahead along a peaceful path, consolidate the institution-based state and achieve development and prosperity for the Tunisian people.As regards the Arab world, the catastrophic situation in which several Arab countries find themselves is, indeed, a matter of profound sadness and concern.The crisis in both Syria and Iraq illustrates the seriousness of the situation the Arab world is facing today – a predicament which is fueled by the politics of exclusion and sectarian strife. This situation compounds the humanitarian tragedy that has befallen the peoples of these two sister nations.It is much more than just a regional crisis. This is a fertile breeding ground for the most violent forces of extremism and terror which seriously threaten the security of our countries as well as global security and stability.Today, more than ever, we need a comprehensive Arab order based on economic integration and political unity and cohesion to turn the Arab world into an influential geopolitical force in the international arena – a bloc which is capable of defending crucial Arab causes.The brotherly bonds and mutual understanding between me and the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States, and Morocco’ special partnership with these sister nations are a source of deep satisfaction.Regarding the Palestinian issue, I reiterate my strong condemnation of the brutal Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.As a sign of tangible solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters in their ordeal, we were among the first to provide material aid to the victims of this aggression, putting Moroccan hospitals at the disposal of the wounded to alleviate their suffering in these critical circumstances.I reiterate my support for all constructive international initiatives aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace on the basis of the two-state solution.In keeping with our sacred mission to defend Al-Quds al-Sharif, the Al-Quds Committee, which I am honored to chair, adopted a series of sound recommendations during its 20th session which was held in Marrakech. They back the peace negotiations and call for the protection of the cultural and spiritual character of Al-Quds against the illegal Israeli violations.During that same meeting, a five-year strategic plan of action for the Bayt Mal al-Quds al-Sharif Agency was adopted with a view to providing support to vital sectors through well thought-out projects in terms of time frame and funding mechanisms.To bolster the steadfastness of our Maqdissi brothers and sisters on their land, I am particularly keen to ensure the Agency keeps up its action on the ground, provides the inhabitants of Al-Quds with direct, tangible support and seeks to meet their pressing needs.Dear citizens, I believe Africa is capable of revival.Such an objective, however, will be attained only if Africa’s sons and daughters rely on their own capabilities. I wish, in this regard, to repeat what I said in Abidjan: Africa should learn to have faith in Africa.I reiterate, in this respect, Morocco’s commitment to implementing a comprehensive, coherent policy  towards African sister nations, based on the joint development of resources, more effective human development and greater economic cooperation.This commitment is illustrated by the visits I have paid to several African sister countries, as well as by both the number and the nature of the agreements signed, which lay the groundwork for a distinct, efficient South-South partnership that I would like to see rooted in solidarity.I also wish to reiterate my commitment to multipartite and triangular cooperation mechanisms in order to forge balanced, mutually beneficial partnerships with countries of the North.Considering the growing security threats – particularly in the Sahel and Sahara region – I once again call for collective action to deal with terrorist groups, which find allies in separatist movements, human trafficking gangs and arms and drug dealers because of their converging interests. These groups represent the most serious threat to regional and international security.As Morocco naturally turns towards Africa, this does not mean it will do so at the expense of our country’s relations with its international partners. On the contrary, this policy will open up broader prospects for partnership between the North and the South.In this regard, I do not perceive Morocco’s Advanced Status with the European Union as an end in itself, but rather as a milestone on the path towards strengthening the Morocco-EU partnership, which I would like to be balanced and equitable.For this reason, Morocco is particularly keen to ensure the success of the current negotiations for a thorough and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU to serve as a framework for even closer ties between Morocco and Europe, as well as for the integration of the Moroccan economy into European domestic markets.As well as consolidating its special relations with the European bloc, Morocco seeks to diversify and expand its bilateral relations with EU members.As regards Morocco’s historical relationship with the United States of America, I should like to reaffirm my commitment to consolidating the strategic partnership with the United States, particularly by devising new mechanisms to support and promote the free trade agreement and continue our strategic dialogue with that country.During the meeting I had with President Obama last November, we managed to give strong impetus to our partnership. The results are starting to show, be it with respect to our bilateral relations, or the similarity of views regarding regional and international issues of common concern, especially those relating to development and security in Africa.To further promote our open policy and diversify Morocco’s partnership relations, I am also keen to strengthen the Kingdom’s time-honored ties with both the Russian Federation and the Republic of China – countries that I look forward to visiting in the near future.I am determined to ensure that the economic aspects of Morocco’s special strategic partnership with these two countries are further enhanced and promoted.Dear Citizens, Thanks to the Kingdom’s sovereign, pragmatic foreign policy, we have managed to rejuvenate and revamp our diplomatic action.Moreover, I have sought to ensure that all of the nation’s key actors are actively involved in defending our country’s best interests, particularly our territorial integrity, which remains our foremost priority.As I have said time and again, the question of the Sahara is the cause of all Moroccans. This is a sacred responsibility for all of us.In this regard, I call for greater vigilance and across-the-board mobilization. I also recommend that the necessary measures be taken to remain one step ahead of our opponents’ schemes.  Indeed, there is no room for wait-and-see attitudes, reliance on others or reactive behavior.I also reaffirm my commitment to the autonomy initiative for our southern provinces. Once again, the Security Council, in its latest resolution, described that initiative as “serious and credible.”In any case, we shall not put the region’s future at risk. That is why we shall carry on with development and modernization projects there, particularly through the implementation of the development model for our southern provinces. This model is based on a participatory approach, on good governance and on cohesive, multidimensional programs aimed at achieving integrated development.Advanced regionalization will be introduced in all of the Kingdom’s regions, and first and foremost in our southern provinces. Indeed, regionalization makes it possible to promote local specificities while enabling the regions’ populations to democratically manage their local affairs in a country that harmoniously brings its regions together.Finally, I should like to pay tribute to our Royal Armed Forces, the Royal Gendarmerie, the National Security Forces, the local authorities, the Auxiliary Forces and the Emergency Services for their constant mobilization under my leadership to defend the nation’s territorial integrity and preserve its security and stability.I also remember, with deep respect, my venerated grandfather and father, Their Majesties King Mohammed V and King Hassan II, as well as all the martyrs of the nation, who made great sacrifices for the glory and sovereignty of our country. May they all rest in peace.As a tribute to their eternal memory, we shall carry on with development and modernization projects to ensure all our citizens – wherever they may be – enjoy a dignified life in a secure, safe and stable environment, God willing.“My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its people with fruits”. True is the Word of God.” read more

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Annan invites leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon to further talks on Bakassi

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has invited the Presidents of Nigeria and Cameroon to meet him again in the near future in a bid to assist the two countries in the follow-up to a recent judgement by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on their dispute over the Bakassi Peninsula.A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman today noted that the Secretary-General has remained in contact with the two leaders since their 5 September meeting in Paris, where they agreed to respect and implement whatever decision the ICJ might render on the case, which Cameroon brought before the Court in 1994.In its judgment, delivered on 10 October, the ICJ essentially awarded sovereignty rights over the oil-rich peninsula to Cameroon. The Court cited two colonial documents – a 1913 agreement between Germany and the United Kingdom and the Thomson-Marchland Declaration of 1929-1930 – and directed Nigeria to withdraw “expeditiously and without condition” from the area. Cameroon was asked to remove “expeditiously and without condition” its forces from the land boundary which, according to the ruling, fell within the sovereignty of Nigeria.In a position paper issued on 24 October, Nigeria said the judgment did not consider “fundamental facts” about the Nigerian inhabitants of the territory, whose “ancestral homes” the ICJ has now adjudged to be in Cameroonian territory. read more

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Dells founder increases offer to buy company shareholder meeting again delayed

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dell’s founder increases offer to buy company, shareholder meeting again delayed by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 8:55 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – A group led by Dell’s founder raised its offer for the struggling computer maker Wednesday in hopes of attracting more shareholder support for its plan to take the company private.The 10-cent per share increase came just hours before Dell’s shareholders were scheduled to vote on the previous $13.65 per share offer from Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners.But the extra money comes with a catch, a stipulation that the offer’s fate be decided by the will of the shareholders who choose to vote in favour of the plan or against it, leaving out those who don’t vote at all. Previously, non-voting shareholders were counted as opponents of the proposal.The Round Rock, Texas, company delayed its shareholder meeting for the second time in two weeks, moving it to Aug. 2 to give the special committee of its board time to consider the offer. The meeting had been set for Wednesday, after being delayed the week before in a sign that the offer didn’t have enough shareholder support.Michael Dell and Silver Lake said Wednesday that the new offer represents their “best and final proposal” and increases the total amount they are willing to pay shareholders by about $150 million, raising the value of the proposed deal to about $24.6 billion.The group wants to change the conditions for approval to require that a majority of the shares voted, excluding Michael Dell’s stake, be in favour of the proposal. Under the current terms, the group needs a majority of all the company’s outstanding shares, whether they are voted or not, excluding Michael Dell’s stake, to vote in favour of it.The group originally gave the committee until Wednesday evening to respond to the offer, but later extended it to the morning of Aug. 2, the day of the shareholder vote.Dell’s stock rose 4 cents to close at $12.91, an indication that many shareholders remain doubtful about the deal getting done, even at the sweetened price. The shares’ trading volume more than quadrupled its daily average.In their letter to Dell shareholders, Michael Dell and Silver Lake said they believe the change is “fair and reasonable” to the company’s other shareholders, especially given the new offer’s additional 10 cents per share for the stakeholders.Late Wednesday morning, the group said in a statement that according to their last count about 27 per cent of the company’s shares, excluding Michael Dell’s stake, have yet to be voted. For those shares to be treated as if they had voted against the deal is “patently unfair,” the group argued. The letter didn’t explain why the group accepted the current voting rules when they agreed to the deal in February.Toward the end of the day, Michael Dell made his most direct pitch to shareholders yet in another letter that emphasized he negotiated the deal in good faith.“The decision is now yours,” Michael Dell wrote to shareholders. “I am at peace either way and I will honour your decision.”Two major Dell Inc. shareholders, billionaire Carl Icahn and investment firm Southeastern Asset Management, have been spearheading an effort to defeat the deal. They depict the proposal as an attempt by Michael Dell to seize control of the company at a sharp discount to its long-term value.Icahn and Southeastern have offered a more complicated alternative, but they first need to block the deal with Michael Dell and then replace the company’s board in a follow-up battle. In his Wednesday letter, Michael Dell said he won’t support the alternative proposal, which called “destructive to the company.”The criticism came as no surprise, given the animosity between the bickering parties. Icahn has already said he believes Michael Dell should be ousted from his job, a point he reiterated on his Twitter account Wednesday.In message to his 21,600 followers, Icahn tweeted that “all would be swell at Dell if Michael and the board bid farewell.”In an open letter to Dell shareholders released later in the day, Icahn and Southeastern accused Michael Dell and Silver Lake of trying to “gut” the proposed deal of one of its few shareholder protections.“To change the rules at the last minute is outrageous,” Icahn and Southeastern said in their letter.Michael Dell believes he can turn around the company by spending heavily to build better tablets while also diversifying into more profitable areas of technology, such as business software, data storage and consulting. But making those changes are likely to be tumultuous and temporarily lower Dell’s earnings, an upheaval that Michael Dell contends will be more tolerable if the company no longer has to answer to other shareholders.Dell’s board says it wants to sell to Michael Dell because it believes waiting for an uncertain turnaround is too risky. If the current deal unravels, analysts believe Dell’s stock could plunge below $9, reverting back to its levels of late last year. read more

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CBC cuts 657 jobs and slashes 130 million from its budget

TORONTO – The CBC is slashing 657 positions over two years and will no longer pursue broadcast rights to professional sports as it grapples with a massive budget shortfall.The public broadcaster announced a swath of cuts Thursday that will shave $130 million from its 2014-2015 budget and spur a new mandate “to reimagine itself” as the media landscape changes.CBC president Hubert Lacroix detailed the news at a town hall meeting for employees that outlined financial challenges including a softened advertising market, disappointing ratings for CBC-TV, “much lower-than-expected” ad revenues from Espace musique and CBC Radio 2, and the loss of NHL broadcast rights to Rogers Media.“There’s no easy way to deliver news like this,” Lacroix said in prepared remarks that were posted online moments after his private address.“I know many of you are sad. I know there will be many questions. We will answer them straight up, both in our Q&A session today, in the meetings that will follow, and as things take shape over the coming days.”CBC News reports that 334 full-time jobs will come from English Services, saving roughly $82 million.The belt-tightening — which will incur one-time severance costs of $33.5 million — are geared to guiding the corporation “towards a smaller, more nimble and more open public broadcaster,” Lacroix added.It will also mean coverage of “fewer events and fewer sports” — including less amateur sports — and the cancellation of planned regional expansions.Nevertheless, Lacroix said CBC/Radio-Canada will maintain its news-gathering capabilities in the regions and remain committed to “signature events of national importance such as the Olympics.” But only if they make money.“We will only broadcast events that allow us to break even,” he said in the statement.When it comes to professional sports, CBC said it can no longer compete with private rivals that have specialty channels and multiple media platforms.Meanwhile, CBC-TV programming also took a hit from private rivals, with CBC noting its prime-time TV schedule “performed poorly in attracting 25-54-year-old viewers,” considered the most important demographic for advertisers.In combination with the softened ad market, that represented a $47-million hit to CBC’s revenue.The watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting was wary of such comments, and what it signals for the future of CBC.“That is code for we are behaving like a public broadcaster, we are delivering audiences to advertisers,” said spokesman Ian Morrison, who blames the money woes on reduced funding from the federal government.“That’s not the thing that a public broadcaster that is concerned with delivering programming to citizens would say.”Morrison also expressed concern over scaled-back regional coverage, warning the move would centralize operations to the detriment of the rest of the country.“This becomes more and more a ‘Toronto Broadcasting Corporation’ — that’s really what is happening because they’re reducing their capacity to cover and the hours of local content that are live throughout the country,” he said.“That’s very, very serious.”He blamed the budget troubles on “a hostile” Conservative government that reduced the CBC’s funding appropriation by $115 million back in 2012.Lacroix said these were “tough decisions necessary to balance our current budget.”“As the media landscape changes, CBC/Radio-Canada will also need to reimagine itself in order to continue delivering on the mandate with which we were entrusted over 75 years ago,” Lacroix added in a release Thursday. CBC cuts 657 jobs and slashes $130 million from its budget by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 10, 2014 10:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ban kicks off meeting to boost commitment to Every Woman Every Child

“Women, children and adolescents are the most powerful drivers of transformative and sustainable change,” said Mr. Ban ahead of the retreat, which has been organized in the context of the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. “Within a generation, we have the historical opportunity to create a world where women, children and adolescents not only survive preventable causes, but thrive to their fullest potential.”The two-day retreat brings together Government representatives, CEOs, civil society leaders, private sector partners, global advocates and heads of UN agencies to prepare new commitments to mobilize action to ensure support for women, children and adolescents’ health in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.Every Woman, Every Child is a movement to mobilize and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children around the world. It is aimed at putting into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and is the fastest growing partnership in history on public health.A total of $34 billion in resources have already been disbursed, translating into concrete action on the ground, such as greater prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, better access to oral rehydration therapy, as well as improvement of professional maternity care, family planning, childhood vaccinations, and prenatal and postnatal care.“Improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents everywhere is one of the best investments we can make,” said Mr. Ban.It is estimated that the lives of 2.4 million women and children have been saved in the 49 countries targeted by the movement, but accelerating progress is crucial as millions more continue to suffer and die from preventable causes. To ensure reduction in the number of maternal and under-five children deaths, political support is required at the highest level, especially as the new development agenda is being negotiated.At a luncheon held in New York today ahead of the retreat, the Secretary-General described how his advisors had overwhelmingly looked to improving women’s and children’s health as a route to having a broad impact on enhancing achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“What was astonishing to me then is that they said we already knew the solutions, but we did not have the resources, commitment or coordination to make an impact,” said Mr. Ban. “I am so glad that I can stand here today and say that we are turning the tide.”He stressed his pride in the achievements made under the ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative but noted that the progress seen was “fragile” and said the Global Strategy would be updated to align with the sustainable development goals.“The updated Global Strategy will place new attention on adolescents’ needs, inequalities, and how to respond more effectively in humanitarian crises and fragile settings,” said Mr. Ban. “It will aim to build the resilience of health systems, improve the quality of health services and equity in their coverage. It will examine how to work more effectively with key health-enhancing sectors, such as education, nutrition, sustainable energy, water and sanitation. And it will be backed-up with concrete action and financing at all levels and from all stakeholders.”He said that a Global Financing Facility to support of the initiative would be launched in July, adding that a high-level Advisory Group for ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ and the updated Global Strategy was also about to start work with the aim of inspiring ambitious action that translates into steady progress on the ground.“Let us remember, we are all accountable to every woman, every child,” he said. “Every woman, every child is a health worker going the extra mile to save a life. It is a politician, a business person, it is an educator. It is your mother or father, brother or sister.” read more

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Environmental Audit Committee – Green fiscal policy in a recession

The House of Common’s Environmental Audit Committee has published a report in response to the 2008 Pre-Budget Report and the green fiscal policy measures put forward by the chancellor. The focus of the Committee’s inquiry was to look at how effective the announced green fiscal stimulus would be in meeting environmental challenges; how green the overall package of fiscal stimulus measures were; if more should be done in terms of green fiscal stimulus; and how coherent the Treasury’s policies on green taxes are, and whether they should be changed in light of the recession.DOWNLOAD REPORTClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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BT signs new networks deal with De Beers

first_imgBT has won a significant new contract with The De Beers Group of Companies. The six-year agreement, worth $37 million, will see BT orchestrate a wide range of IT services across 70 De Beers Group sites, including exploration and mining locations across the world. De Beers and BT teams are bringing together a full range of BT Connect networking technologies including fibre, microwave and satellite.BT stated: “These will give De Beers staff, whether they are located in the frozen Northwest Territories of Canada, the Bushveld regions of southern Africa or the cities of Europe, Middle East and Asia, access to business applications and data storage as well as voice and conferencing services. BT is also helping De Beers to tune its network to its business needs.  BT Connect Accelerate allows De Beers to prioritise its critical business applications accessed across its global network to ensure a better and more productive user experience for all employees.”BT One high-definition video conferencing is a vital application for De Beers as many of its sites are remote, with travel time consuming and expensive. It also allows De Beers to extend the reach of its experts wherever they may be, allowing them to work effectively with the wider global workforce.Craig Charlton, CIO, De Beers Group of Companies, said: “Whether it’s connecting our mining assets or our global distribution network, we need a partner with a strong track record.  Using BT’s network will better connect our global operations.” Luis Alvarez, chief executive officer, BT Global Services, said: “IT has become an art as much as a science.  We’re working together with De Beers to orchestrate people, applications and systems around highly-tuned intelligent networks to deliver the best performance at the most competitive cost. BT networks will bring together all De Beers sites whether they’re in the frozen north of Canada, which can only be reached in person for three months of the year, or the far reaches of Botswana.  This is a master-class in the art of connecting, all designed to deliver stunning business outcomes.”last_img read more

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EHF Cup Final4 Magdeburg to meet Saint Raphael

EHF CL Final4 ← Previous Story Montpellier to face RK Vardar, PSG Handball against HBC Nantes Next Story → Famous OAKA Arena in Athens to host EHF Challenge Cup Final Draw for the Men’s EHF Cup Final4 which will be held in sold out GETEC Arena in Magdeburg on May 19/20 was held in German city.The reigning champions Frisch Auf Goppingen, in run of 23 matches without defeat, will meet Fuchse Berlin at semi-finals.Ottostadt Magdeburg EHF Cup Finals 2018 scheduleSaturday, 19 May 2018Semi-final 1: Saint-Raphael Var Handball (FRA) vs SC Magdeburg (GER) – 14:15Semi-final 2: Frisch Auf Göppingen (GER) vs Füchse Berlin (GER) – 17:00Sunday, 20 May 20183/4 Placement match: 12:45Final: 15:15 read more

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Column How spring cleaning can improve your happiness and productivity

first_imgTHE DAFFODILS AND crocuses have finally made an appearance, the brighter days lift our spirits and we gradually awake from our winter stupor – yes, spring is finally here.New growth, new hope and a time to start afresh.Traditionally the spring clean was a time to open the windows, shift the dark dust of winter and replace it with the fresh clean fragrance of spring. The cobwebs uncovered by sunlight, we can no longer hide the dust and darkness of winter, it’s time to embrace the new season. There is an unspoken understanding that it is time to clear out the unnecessary clutter and move into the next season with optimistic anticipation of what will come next.Why spring clean?With greater degrees of consumerism, the spring clean seems to be something we tend to do a lot more frequently, as we regularly need to declutter and recycle our old goods to make space for the new.The physical effects are clear for all to see but the psychological effects are sometimes clouded by the entrance into the season. The brighter days, the softer air makes it the season of hope and growth. But do a “spring” clean at any time of the year and you will experience the same feelings of lightness and calm. Akin to shedding a skin for a reptile, it’s a time for leaving the past behind and move on to a brighter future.How?It doesn’t matter where you start, what matters is that you do start and that you commit to continuing until the work is complete. Once you get started you will create an unstoppable momentum that makes you feel great and makes your surroundings look even better.Set a date and time in your calendar to get startedDecide what you are going to tackle first, a good place to start is the most used or occupied area, so your office or maybe the kitchenYou could try a time-based clearing rather than task-based because if you tackle an area only to find 10 hours later you are nowhere near finished it can be demotivating and put you off doing the job at all.Start small; never do too much too soon. Fit it around your schedule, if you can afford 30 minutes a day, great. If not, ten minutes will do.Each time you pick up an item you must make a decision about it. You can either keep it, gift it or bin (or recycle) it. Don’t put it down until you have made a decision – clutter is created from delayed decisionsNew storageIf you find the same things are left lying around because you don’t know where to put them, then maybe it is time to consider different storage solutions. But don’t go buying anything until you have worked through the stuff and dumped as much as possible. You don’t want to fill up your new shelves with old junk.The spring clean tradition was born for a reason and it has lasted because it gives us a regular opportunity to start afresh, to get organised, to clear the clutter and to reassess where we go from here.Ciara Conlon is a productivity coach and the author of Chaos To Control: A Practical Guide To Getting Things Done. If you need help making your New Year’s resolutions stick this year go to ciaraconlon.com and find out about her online course Get Set for Success: 7 Weeks to a Happier More Organised You.last_img read more

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Une libération massive de carbone à lorigine de la fin du Trias

first_imgUne libération massive de carbone à l’origine de la fin du Trias ?Une équipe européenne estime que la disparition de la moitié des espèces vivantes, il y a 200 millions d’années, à la fin de la période du Trias, résulte d’une libération massive de carbone, suivie d’un changement climatique.L’extinction massive qui a eu lieu il y a 240 millions d’années fût la plus meurtrière de l’histoire de la Terre, entraînant la disparition de 90% des espèces marines et 70% des vertébrés. Elle a été suivie 40 millions d’années plus tard par une deuxième extinction, cette fois-ci beaucoup moins dévastatrice mais qui a marqué la fin du Trias et le début du Jurassique. Lors de celle-ci, les paléontologues estiment que “seulement” la moitié de la diversité biologique de la planète a disparu. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Jusqu’ici, cette disparition de la moitié des êtres vivants était attribuée à une augmentation de l’activité volcanique liée au début de la dislocation de la Pangée, le continent originel. Mais aujourd’hui, cette théorie est remise en question par des chercheurs de l’Université d’Utrecht, aux Pays-Bas. Dans un article publié par la revue Science repris par Science et avenir, ils expliquent que, selon eux, cette extinction est consécutive à une libération massive de carbone dans l’atmosphère suivie d’un changement rapide du climat. 12.000 gigatonnes de carbone C’est en se basant sur un relevé des isotopes du carbone de la cire protectrice produite par les feuilles des plantes conservées dans les sédiments du fond de l’océan Téthys (précurseur de la mer Méditerranée aujourd’hui devenu les Alpes autrichiennes) que ces scientifiques ont émis cette nouvelle théorie. Ce relevé indique qu’au moins 12.000 gigatonnes de carbone (sous forme de méthane) ont été libérées dans l’atmosphère au cours de cette période. Comme l’activité volcanique qui a accompagné l’éclatement de la Pangée a duré au moins 600.000 ans, les chercheurs avancent que c’est donc cette courte libération de méthane, qui a duré entre 20.000 et 40.000 ans, qui est probablement responsable de l’extinction. Cette fois encore, il ne s’agit pas d’un épisode unique de rejet massif dans l’histoire de la Terre. Lors du Maximum thermique du passage Paléocène-Eocène, il y a 55,8 millions d’années, de 1.500 à 2.000 gigatonnes de carbone avaient déjà été relâchées dans le système océan/atmosphère sur une période de mille ans. Ces rejets entrainent à chaque fois une élévation très importante des températures et une modification drastique du climat, le méthane étant un des principaux gaz à effet de serre.Sciences et Avenir rapporte ainsi que selon les chercheurs, ce carbone relâché proviendrait du plancher océanique et serait produit par des bactéries stimulées par le réchauffement déjà amorcé. C’est par la mise en place d’un cercle vicieux que ces bactéries auraient produit plus de méthane lequel aurait à son tour accru le réchauffement et finalement emballé le système de régulation thermique.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 16:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Total Divas moving to a new night when it returns on E

first_imgFacebook Twitter Artem Chigvintsev says Nikki Bella is his ‘soulmate’ Pinterest Caitlyn Jenner The Best Burns From the ‘Roast of Alec Baldwin’ Now Playing Up Next Google+ SPOILER: Former WWE Superstar returns at last night’s Impact TV tapings in Windsor Videos Articles Rod Stewart’s Past Women Videos Articles 7/7 WWE Live Results: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (Rollins vs. Corbin, Lynch vs. Evans) 7/7 WWE Live Results: Binghamton, New York (WWE Championship match, Orton returns) center_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Kylie Jenner Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp The following press release was issued on Thursday confirming that “Total Divas” will be moving to Tuesday night when it returns on E! starting on 7/7.E! TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH SUMMER PROGRAMMING SLATENew Series Include “Hollywood Cycle” (July 7), “Sex With Brody” (July 10), “Stewarts & Hamiltons” (July 26), Bruce Jenner Documentary Series (July 26), “The Comment Section” (August 7) and “WAGS” (August 18) Along with Returning Hit Series “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” (May 24), “Botched” (June 7), “Total Divas” (July 7) and “House of DVF” (August 31)Los Angeles, CA, May 21, 2015 – Pop culture powerhouse E! today unveiled its “E! Summer Here” programming line-up, including a dynamic slate of new series premieres and popular returning franchises that will continue to sizzle all summer along. Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend is the return of fan favorite “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” on Sunday, May 24 at 10pm, following a new episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” at 9pm, which will air its mid-season finale on Sunday, May 31. The WWE Divas are back for a new season of “Total Divas” beginning Tuesday, July 7 at 9pm, followed by new series “Hollywood Cycle” airing at 10pm. Then reality TV star Brody Jenner will make summer nights even hotter when “Sex With Brody” debuts Friday, July 10 at 10:30pm. Later in July, Bruce Jenner’s new documentary series following his life as a transgender woman will premiere on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm, along with new series “Stewarts & Hamiltons,” featuring a complicated family tree that only Hollywood could produce at 10:00pm.New E! series premiering this summer include:“Hollywood Cycle” – Tuesday, July 7 at 10:00pm ET/PTThe new E! series, “Hollywood Cycle,” is a never before seen look inside the uber-popular, highly competitive world of indoor cycling at LA’s Cycle House. The series follows the “ride or die” lives of high profile instructors, along with three up-and-coming trainees, whose strong, driven personalities often clash both in their professional and personal lives. While the instructors struggle to keep their sweaty, dark rooms full, their loyal riders ferociously compete for attention and mixing business with pleasure is always tempting. Viewers will also be introduced to Cycle House management who constantly vie for authority and power. E!’s new hour-long, six episode series, “Hollywood Cycle,” is a raw and real look inside one of today’s hottest, most competitive fitness crazes.“Sex with Brody” – Friday, July 10 at 10:30pm ET/PTThe four-episode series, “Sex with Brody,” is based on television personality and sex enthusiast Brody Jenner’s podcast series. Joined by relationship therapist and author Dr. Mike Dow and actress and comedian Stevie Ryan, the roundtable talk show will get hot and heavy around the topics of love, relationships and sex.“Bruce Jenner Documentary Series” (A series title will be announced at a later date.) – Sunday, July 26 at 9:00pm ET/PTE! will premiere a new documentary series with Bruce Jenner living his life as a transgender woman. The series will tell Bruce’s intimate story and will join him as he seeks out his “new normal.” Living for the first time as the person he feels he was born to be, the docuseries will also explore what Bruce’s transition means for the people in his life and how those relationships are affected, while offering a better understanding of the challenges those in the transgender community often face. The eight-part, one-hour series will air on E! and E! channels internationally. A series title will be announced at a later date.“Stewarts & Hamiltons”– Sunday, July 26 at 10:00pm ET/PTThis new one-hour, eight episode series climbs into a family tree made of true Hollywood royalty. Leading the pack are model and young mother Kimberly Stewart who is the daughter of author and philanthropist Alana Stewart and musician Rod Stewart. Hollywood icon George Hamilton, who is the ex-husband and best friend of Alana, will also be featured on the show along with actor, musician and reformed bad boy Ashley Hamilton and his 15 year-old half-brother George Hamilton Jr. Also appearing throughout the series are Kim’s brother Sean Stewart and her half-sister Ruby Stewart, an aspiring musician, as well as Kim’s live-in best friend Dean Geistlinger, a former music exec, and Ali Stepka, Ashley Hamilton’s model girlfriend.“The Comment Section” – Friday, August 7 at 10:30pm ET/PTThis new half-hour comedy series explores the biggest stories of the week and all of the outrageous and hilarious comments made about them on social media. Hosted by comedian Michael Kosta and executive produced by “The Soup”‘s Joel McHale and K.P. Anderson, “The Comment Section” will boldly dive into the most dangerous corners of the internet, take out the haters, anoint the heroes and generate an all new brand of laughs from the biggest pop culture stories of the week.“WAGS”–Tuesday, August 18 at 10:00pm ET/PTIn this new one-hour, eight episode series E! goes inside the world of some of today’s hottest professional athletes, from the perspective of the women by their side. “WAGS” (“Women and Girlfriends of Sports”) follows the beautiful, driven and always outspoken women who make up an exclusive club of spouses and girlfriends of professional athletes. Although these women lead a glamorous lifestyle, the diamonds and mansions don’t come easy and seniority in this elite group comes only to those who know how to play the game.Returning series debuting this summer include:“Botched”– Sunday, June 7 at 9:00pm ET/PTPaul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow attempt to fix the unfixable and correct extreme, head-turning plastic surgery nightmares. From famous television, sports and music stars to disfigured burn victims and patients suffering from the aftermath of black market silicon injections, “Botched” will once again change lives and restore hope through remarkable and transformational surgeries. In each episode, Dr. Nassif and Dr. Dubrow will perform operations and work with multiple patients who have nowhere else to turn after enduring the pain and emotional stress of procedures gone horribly wrong. Throughout the series, we’ll see the patients’ back-stories and follow all stages of their journeys to recovery while getting a sense of their pre-corrective lives of humiliation and insecurity. “Botched” currently airs Tuesdays at 9:00pm, and starting June 7th, Botched will air on Sundays at 9:00pm.“#RichKids of Beverly Hills” – Sunday, May 24 at 10:00pm ET/PTJust in time for the newest Emoji update, the #RichKids of Beverly Hills are back with more growing pains within life-long friendships, jaw-dropping travels with no need for a filter, Instagramable fashions, <3 worthy moments, and of course plenty more OMFG drama to SMH at. The eight new episodes extend to an hour allowing E! cameras to delve deeper into the #RichKids world where some relationships between the socialites are growing stronger, while buried resentments are beginning to surface amongst others. This season, EJ Johnson brings a new friend into the group of frenemies causing quite a commotion in the hills. Musician and entrepreneur Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff, daughter of entertainment megastar David Hasselhoff, joins the cast and somehow breaks into the impenetrable group of twenty-somethings who have been tightknit for well over a decade. However, RICH JUST GOT REAL as new friends bring up old grudges and clear lines are drawn in the sands of Malibu (with a summer stiletto, obvi) when sides are chosen. One thing is clear; this selfie stick isn’t long enough to get all of us. #CroppedOut“Total Divas” – Tuesday, July 7 at 9:00pm ET/PTReturning in its fourth season, E!, WWE®and Bunim-Murray Productions continue their look inside the lives of the women of the sports entertainment giant. Cameras once again showcase the professional and personal lives of the WWE Divas: The Bella Twins™(Nikki and Brie Bella), Natalya™ (Nattie), Naomi™, Alicia Fox™, Paige™, and Eva Marie™. Between balancing family, maintaining romantic relationships and constantly fighting for the spotlight, the Divas are up against the odds. However, their unique lifestyles bring them together in a bond of sisterhood like no other.“House of DVF” – Monday, August 31 at 10:00pm ET/PTOn the stiletto heels of the “House of DVF” first season finale, E! announced the original series will return for its second season with eight new episodes, which will also premiere on E! in 100 countries. In addition to Diane von Furstenberg, iconic designer and champion of women’s rights, familiar faces Jessica Joffe (DVF’s Style Editor) and Stefani Greenfield (DVF’s Creative Brand Director) return to dole out professional guidance and insight to the new crop of contenders eager to earn the job of a lifetime. While working in different areas of Diane’s empire, the new group of fashionistas will be tasked with various challenges that organically play into DVF’s business affairs and busy schedule, and may include PR, marketing, sales and events. The candidates will get a taste of the position through current DVF Global Brand Ambassador Brittany Hamtpon, as she trots around the globe for Paris Fashion Week, styles celebrities for awards shows, and makes store appearances. With a high-profile mentor like Diane, the girls can only hope for an invite that will either make or break their chances to advance towards the series finale and the start of an amazing career.Additionally, E!’s flagship series “E! News” will continue to give entertainment and pop culture fans extensive coverage of breaking news all summer long every weeknight at 7:00pm and 11:00pm ET/PT and “The Soup”, hosted by Joel McHale, will continue to air new episodes on Fridays at 10:00pm ET/PT.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCaitlyn Jenner jokes about her transitionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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