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India to host Afghanistan for its first-ever Test match

first_imgIndia are all set to host Afghanistan for their first-ever Test match after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sanctioned the idea in their Special General Meeting (SGM) on Monday.However, the dates for the historic Test will be chalked out later. Talking about the decision, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said that the historic relationship between the two countries played a major role behind the decision.”Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” said Choudhary.India to play inaugural test against Afghanistan. welcome them to five-day cricket. @ACBofficials @BCCI- Rahul Johri (@RJohri) December 11, 2017The Indian team’s workload will also go do down after the BCCI agreed to trim down the total number of match days to 306 in the new proposal that runs from 2019 to 2023. According to the current Future Tours Programme (FTP) plan from 2015 to 2019, Virat Kohli’s men play for 390 days barring the ICC tournaments like the World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and World T20.India will host 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the current FTP.@ACBofficials and @BCCI have agreed that Afghanistan will play its first Test against India. The exact date and venue of the match will be shared in a joint press conference in due course. I personally thank BCCI board for the decision. @BCCI @ARG_AFG- Atif Mashal (@MashalAtif) December 11, 2017However, the BCCI insisted that the number of playing days per year for the cricketers will decrease. Half of these games will be against England, Australia and South Africa and the matches at will see a rise home by 20 per cent.advertisementAnother notable decision that was taken is the BCCI SGM was that the board decided not to incorporate any series or matches with Pakistan in the proposed FTP. But, BCCI says if the government agrees, the Board will include it in the new FTP.I would like to thank @BCCI for a fruitful meeting in which we agreed that Afghanistan will play its inaugural test match against India, which will be a historic moment for @ACBofficials @ICC @EklilHakimi @ARG_AFG- Atif Mashal (@MashalAtif) December 11, 2017The BCCI also remained firm on its stance on dope testing of cricketers, saying there was no need for NADA to test the players as the board is WADA compliant. BCCI is WADA compliant because the ICC code is WADA compliant.Among other decisions taken at the SGM, the suspension of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was revoked on the condition that former IPL boss Lalit Modi stays away from its functioning.BCCI will also challenge the decision to pay settlement amount to now defunct Kochi Tuskers.Among other decisions taken at the SGM, the suspension of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was revoked on the condition that former IPL boss Lalit Modi stays away from its functioning.BCCI will also challenge the decision to pay settlement amount to now defunct Kochi Tuskers.India to host Afghanistan for their first-ever Test. Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, Acting Hony. Secretary of the BCCI makes the announcement in New Delhi. BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 2017last_img read more

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Wärtsilä Pioneers Autodocking Technology on a Ferry

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wärtsilä Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has tested its autodocking technology with the Folgefonn, a ferry owned by Norwegian operator Norled. The 83 meters-long vessel has hybrid propulsion and is fitted with a Wärtsilä wireless charging system. The installation of autodocking on a ferry is a world first, according to the technology firm.The autodocking tests started in January of this year and were completed in April with actual harbour docking trials.“At no time during the tests did the captain need to take manual control,” the company said.In an explanation of the very process, the Finish tech group said the system is activated some 2,000 metres from the berth and the vessel continues at normal transit speed. The system then gradually slows down the vessel and activates the line-up and docking maneuver fully automatically until the ship is secured at the berth. When the ship is ready to sail again, the system may be used for the departure procedure in an identical but reverse manner.Full maneuvering of the vessel, including the steering and propulsion, is automatically controlled by the software. However, manual intervention and control are possible at any time.“The automatic function allows the ship’s officers to focus on situational awareness outside the wheelhouse, thereby improving the safety and reliability of the operations,” Wärtsilä said, adding the system reduces the risk of human error, boosts efficiency and reduces operating costs.Norled has made the Folgefonn available to Wärtsilä for further development of a number of Wärtsilä Smart Marine products and systems, including energy optimisation system, the hybrid propulsion system, wireless inductive battery charging, and energy storage. The ferry can now be operated with automatic wireless charging, automatic vacuum mooring and automated docking, the company noted.“ These tests represent an important element within Wärtsilä’s overall smart marine vision. Autodocking can become a vital part of our offering to the ferry and other shipping markets, and will further promote our activities in leading the transformation into a new era of high efficiency and profitability for our customers,” says Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.In 2017, the same Wärtsilä team conducted remote controlling of a ship sailing in the North Sea from its San Diego, California location.last_img read more

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Feds bolster BDCs ability to provide more capital to clean tech companies

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government will give $700 million over the next five years to the Business Development Bank of Canada in a bid to grow Canada’s clean technology industry.The funding is intended to enable the bank to take on more risk, providing high-potential clean tech firms with more capital to expand their operations and hire additional staff.The investment will be announced today in Montreal by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.The money is part of the government’s promise, made in last year’s budget, to invest $2.3 billion in clean technologies.Bains is also set to announce the launch of a federal government “clean growth hub,” aimed at supporting clean tech companies and projects, co-ordinating existing programs and tracking results.The government argues that investment in clean tech is good for both the environment and the economy.“Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to create well-paying, middle-class jobs while growing the economy and protecting the environment,” Bains said in a news release obtained in advance by The Canadian Press.last_img read more

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Canadians win gold silver in Olympic womens skicross

first_imgCanadian women have finished 1-2 in skicross at the Pyeongchang Winter Games with Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., taking gold and Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., earning silver.Switzerland’s Fanny Smith captured bronze while World Cup leader Sandra Naeslund of Sweden was fourth.The medallists had to wait several minutes for the official results to be posted as judges reviewed the race.Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., who won gold four years ago in Sochi, was eliminated in the opening heat at Phoenix Park. She fell behind shortly after the start and spun out early.It was her first competitive event since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during a training run in October ahead of the World Cup season.India Sherret of Cranbrook, B.C., was also eliminated in the first heat after a fall midway down the course. She crashed into a roller and had to be taken off on a sled.Calgary’s Brady Leman won the men’s skicross race earlier this week.last_img read more

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Doctrine of Discovery at heart of Saskatchewan court case

first_imgSylvia McAdam in the Saskatchewan park. (Bryan Eneas photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWhat sounds like a beef about the Saskatchewan Parks Act is really a much bigger story that involves the Doctrine of Discovery.“What’s happening to Sylvia and Kurtis McAdam is a very long trend of provinces encroaching on Indigenous land,” said Hayden King of the Yellowhead Institute. “And using the criminal justice system to get them out of the way.”The McAdam siblings pleaded not guilty to trespassing in February 2017.Their two-day trial took place in Prince Albert, Sask.The case against them was dismissed.King said what played out in Saskatchewan is similar to the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute on Unist’oten territory in northern B.C. and the Alton Gas battle on Mi’kmaq land in Nova Scotia, to name but two.“Indigenous people are disproportionately criminalized under wildlife regulations and conservation regulations,” said King, in a telephone interview from Toronto.“You have provinces assuming jurisdiction over Indigenous lands and giving themselves the right to enforce injunctions over Indigenous people who refuse to get out of the way of industry.”Sylvia, a co-founder of the Idle No More movement, said she plans to challenge the authority of the province to kick “me off my own land.”She and her brother hauled a trailer to Delaronde Lake, west of Prince Albert, to live near their father’s old homestead and his community’s graveyard.“Those are my father’s people… there was even a Hudson’s Bay Fort that was there, there was even a school, there was a makeshift church,” said Sylvia.“So this is not something that was new. We have existed on those lands for hundreds of years.”Sylvia said she notified the province about her intention to live “on ancestral lands” and was discussing it with conservation officials when she “became homeless.”She said when she returned to the land all of her items were confiscated.“They say they didn’t but there it is,” she said.Now, Sylvia has to fight for the land Treaty 6 promised her family in court, where her lawyer said she faces a fine and possible jail time.“They were charged under the Parks Act for building a family cabin without permission,” said defence lawyer Larry Kowalchuk.“Like so many other stories like this it arises… from somebody hunting or fishing and turns into a long Indigenous rights case.”King, an Anishinaabe writer and educator based at Ryerson University, said the case turns on the Doctrine of Discovery, which Canada used to assume control over Indigenous territory and continues to rely on to assert sovereignty.“We’re demanding that Canada – the successor state of the British Crown – as a colony repudiate the racist Doctrine of Discovery,” said Sylvia.This can be done, she said, by adopting Call to Action 45 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report – that is “to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples such as the Doctrine of Discovery.”Read: Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to ActionIf Canada is going to fulfill its promise to implement all the calls to action Sylvia said, “they cannot pick and choose. This is one of the calls to action.”In her mind, it’s the same thing.The park she is accused of violating was created under the Doctrine of Discovery.“These things are absolutely connected,” she said.Another option, noted King, is that Canada has yet to enshrine Aboriginal title and rights to land in law.Doing so might make it more difficult for lower court judges to “allow this dispossession.” read more

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Iconic guitar maker Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The maker of the Gibson guitar, omnipresent for decades on the American music stage, is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for years with debt.A pre-negotiated reorganization plan filed Tuesday will allow Gibson Brands Inc. to continue operations with $135 million in financing from lenders.Gibson guitars have been esteemed by generations of guitar legends. After Chuck Berry died, his beloved cherry-red Gibson guitar was bolted to the inside of his coffin lid. David Bowie favoured the 1989 Gibson L4 when he fronted Tin Machine. Slash swears by them.“It is one of the most widely recognized brand names on planet Earth,” said George Gruhn of Gruhn Guitars, a world-famous vintage instrument store.Gibson, founded in 1894 and based in Nashville, Tennessee, has the top market share in premium guitars. It sells more than 170,000 guitars a year in more than 80 countries, including more than 40 per cent of all electric guitars that cost more than $2,000, according to a bankruptcy filing.The company has already sold off some noncore brands, acquisitions that contributed to its burdensome debt load. Gibson has begun the liquidation process for its debt-plagued, struggling international Gibson Innovations division, which sells headphones, speakers, accessories and other electronics.“The decision to re-focus on our core business, musical instruments, combined with the significant support from our noteholders, we believe will assure the company’s long-term stability and financial health,” Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson chairman and CEO, said in a news release.Gruhn, an expert on guitars of all kinds, said the company’s bankruptcy was predictable after it expanded into the home electronics business. But that doesn’t mean the Gibson brand will simply go away, Gruhn added.“The brand name and company’s reputation for making guitars is tarnished, but not dead by any means, and it’s very much capable of being resuscitated,” Gruhn said.In the hands of musicians from B.B. King to Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman and Slash, Gibson’s electric guitars have been a foundational element of blues and rock. King’s signature guitar, “Lucille,” was a Gibson.Legendary jazz guitar player Charlie Christian made history playing a Gibson ES-150 — one of the first ever electric guitars — through an amplifier with the Benny Goodman orchestra. The later big-bodied Gibson jazz guitars have been in the arsenal of many great players since then, such as Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.One of the only known photographs of iconic Delta blues pioneer Robert Johnson shows him with a Gibson L-1 guitar.And the folk-revival of the 1950s and 1960s wouldn’t have sounded quite so mellow without battalions of steel-string Gibson acoustic guitars among the Martins and Guilds.Elvis Presley didn’t start out with a Gibson but owned and played many of them, according to the website for Graceland, his Memphis home.Eric Clapton played the solo on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on a Gibson guitar he borrowed from George Harrison, according to And Jimmy Page, the legendary guitarist for blues rockers Led Zeppelin, was and remains a longtime Gibson loyalist.“It’s hard to name any guitar players who play electric or steel-string acoustics who don’t own a Gibson,” said Gruhn, the Nashville guitar expert.___Associated Press writer Don Schanche Jr. in Atlanta contributed to this report.last_img read more

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US economy grew at brisk 35 pct annual rate last quarter

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3.5 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, led by lower but still strong consumer spending and more business investment than previously estimated.The Commerce Department’s figure for gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s output of goods and services, was the same as its first estimate last month. Greater corporate investment offset downward revisions in spending by state and local governments and consumers.The third quarter figure follows a robust expansion of 4.2 per cent in the April-June quarter. Six months of healthy growth have put the U.S. economy on track to expand in 2018 at its fastest pace in 13 years. Still, economists forecast that growth will slow in the fourth quarter and decelerate further next year.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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50 yrs on antiapartheid activists laid to rest

first_imgPretoria: Pulane Koboekae looked pensively at the seven nooses suspended over a trap door in Pretoria Central Prison where her brother Richard Motsoahae was hanged by South Africa’s apartheid regime in 1964. Then she pulled out a white tissue and sobbed silently. “It has opened up old wounds. I’m feeling mixed emotions. I feel sick, but also relieved,” said Koboekae, 66, a retired nurse, her lips trembling. “We’ve long been waiting for this,” she said, on the day in August last year when her brother’s remains were finally disinterred, 54 years after he was buried unceremoniously in an unmarked grave. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMotsoahae was an activist for the Pan Africanist Congress, an anti-apartheid movement which split from the African National Congress (ANC) in pursuit of a more radically “Africanist” agenda. Motsoahae and three others — the so-called Krugersdorp Four — were hanged for killing a policeman — among 135 political prisoners executed by the whites-only apartheid government that ended with the country’s first democratic elections 25 years ago this month. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThose executed at the gallows were hastily buried, often anonymously, sometimes in mass graves. Koboekae remembers the day of the execution of her 23-year-old brother “like it was yesterday”. She was just 13. “I was left alone at home and I was not allowed to come and visit” him in prison, she said softly. “I was sent to school and when I came back, I was all alone.” Next-of-kin such as Koboekae are finally getting a degree of closure decades later thanks to the Gallows Exhumation Programme, created to find the remains of hanged activists and return them to their families for burial. The project is a spin-off of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up by the post-apartheid, ANC-led government to probe atrocities committed by the whites-only state. The bodies of about 50 executed activists have been found and reburied so far. Under the exhumation programme, bereaved families are invited on a visit of the prison and the gallows as part of the coming to terms with their loss. Recently, relatives of seven hanged prisoners went to Pretoria Central Prison — since renamed the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre — which was the headquarters of capital punishment in apartheid South Africa. The prison briefly also housed Nelson Mandela pending trial. Guide Abram Rahlogo detailed the last walk of a prisoner, hands cuffed behind his back, from the cell to the gallows, passing the chapel on the way. One of the visitors, 59-year-old Lazarus Molatlhegi, had pictures taken of him touching the nooses. “I know those ropes aren’t the ones that they used. But it’s a rope exactly like that one that killed my brother. I was five at the time,” he said. Molatlhegi’s brother Thomas, 31, was one of the Krugersdorp Four. After the emotional hour-long visit to the prison and gallows which included them walking past the coffins that will receive their loved ones’ remains, the families set off for the cemetery of Mamelodi, a township of Pretoria where black prisoners were buried. The graves of seven men lay exposed, freshly dug up, the soil carefully dusted from the bones. Koboekae leaned over the grave to look at her brother’s skeleton, of which only the leg bones remained intact. “It’s a strange feeling. I never thought I would see my brother’s skeleton one day… It’s a bit unreal. It’s the kind of things you see on TV, things that happen to other people”, she said. The bereaved were offered special counselling before coming face to face with the mortal remains. “The decomposition process… we tell them how it works,” a member of the pathology team that carries out the exhumations said on condition of anonymity. “Some are worried or scared when they see the broken bones… They are afraid that their loved ones were tortured,” the expert said.last_img read more

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Congressmen shun money of donor charged with regulator bribe

RALEIGH, N.C. — Three North Carolina congressmen say they’re giving up political contributions they received from a big donor charged in federal indictments with trying to bribe the state’s insurance commissioner.Spokesmen for U.S. Reps. Richard Hudson, Patrick McHenry and Ted Budd said Friday that they’re giving up money received from Durham businessman Greg Lindberg.Hudson spokeswoman Tatum Gibson says the congressman is sending $15,400 to charities supporting families and veterans around Fort Bragg, but didn’t provide their names. Gibson says another $62,800 from Lindberg went to a joint fundraising committee and is now controlled by the National Republican Congressional Committee.A Budd spokesman says his sole $2,700 contribution from Lindberg is going to a child abuse organization.Spokesmen for Rep. Mark Walker did not respond to requests for comment.Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press read more

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Reception will celebrate Order of Canada recipient

Order of Canada recipient Kenneth Kernaghan will be celebrated at a wine and cheese reception at Pond Inlet this month.Kenneth Kernaghan poses with the Governor General. Photo: Sgt. Serge Gouin, Rideau HallThe professor emeritus received Canada’s highest honour at an Ottawa investiture ceremony on April 7. The April 30 reception is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Hamilton Regional Group of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.The reception will be 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.Kernaghan, a Fenwick resident, received the order “for his contributions to public administration as one of Canada’s foremost scholars in the areas of ethics and accountability for more than 30 years,” the Governor General’s office said in a news release.He has been involved with Brock’s Department of Political Science since 1968. He was also the founding director of the Faculty of Business. He retired at the end of 2008.For more information, contact David Siegel at 905-688-5550 x3481 or dsiegel@brocku.caLink:• Order of Canada ‘a highlight of my life’: Kernaghan | The Brock News read more

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Venezuela les pluies meurtrières font au moins 20 victimes

first_imgVenezuela : les pluies meurtrières font au moins 20 victimesLes autorités vénézuéliennes faisaient hier état de 21 à 25 décès survenus ces derniers jours à la suite d’inondations et de glissements de terrain. Des catastrophes dues aux fortes pluies qui touchent actuellement le pays, où des milliers de personnes se retrouvent sans abri.Il y aurait 21 à 25 morts selon les sources, dont plusieurs secouristes, au moins 5.600 personnes contraintes d’abandonner leur logis et des milliers de maisons détruites (11.000, selon les chiffres officiels) : difficile de prévoir quel sera le bilan des pluies diluviennes qui frappent le Venezuela ces jours-ci, et des catastrophes qui se succèdent, inondations et glissements de terrain. Plusieurs personnes sont encore portées disparues.L’état d’urgence a été décrété par le président Hugo Chavez et par des gouverneurs dans trois Etats, dont celui de Falcon et celui de Miranda, qui regroupe 10 % de la population, ainsi qu’à Caracas, la capitale, où l’aéroport international fonctionne au ralenti et où des autoroutes sont coupées par des éboulements. Les écoles sont fermées. Deux raffineries, celle de Cardon et celle d’Amuy (le Venezuela est le premier pays producteur de pétrole sud-américain) sont paralysées. Les pluies pourraient durer encore au moins trois jours.Le 1 décembre 2010 à 14:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Rencontre exclusive avec Huan Huan et Yuan Zi les pandas stars du

first_imgRencontre exclusive avec Huan Huan et Yuan Zi, les pandas stars du Zoo de BeauvalArrivés le 15 janvier au zoo de Beauval, Huan Huan et Yuan Zi sont les deux premiers pandas géants à se retrouver en France depuis 10 ans. Si le public devra attendre jusqu’au 11 février avant de les découvrir, Maxisciences a eu le privilège de les rencontrer en avant-première dans leur toute nouvelle maison.C’est dans un zoo déserté par les visiteurs en ce mois de hors-saison que Rodolphe Delord, directeur général du ZooParc de Beauval nous a accueillis. Toujours aussi ému par l’arrivée de ses deux nouveaux protégés, il ne se lasse visiblement pas de les présenter aux officiels curieux et journalistes qui souhaitent les voir. “Ça a été si long avant de pouvoir les accueillir. Le panda est un trésor national chinois et les démarches ont été très compliquées. On a même désespéré à certains moments de voir les pandas arriver à Beauval. Mais aujourd’hui, ils sont là”, explique t-il. Malgré l’importance que représente le couple pour les responsables du zoo, Rodolphe Delord s’étonne toutefois du fort engouement national que l’arrivée des pandas a suscité. “L’évènement a bénéficié d’une couverture médiatique impressionnante, bien plus importante que ce qu’on espérait. Tout le monde veut les voir, savoir comment ils vont, assister à la réaction du public quand il les découvrira”, commente-t-il. Car si le couple chinois en provenance de la base de Chengdu est arrivé début janvier, ils ne seront présentés au public qu’à partir du 11 février : “nous avons décidé de laisser du temps aux pandas pour qu’ils puissent s’acclimater à leur rythme. Il n’y avait aucune urgence à les présenter”, confirme Rodolphe Delord. Pourtant, comme nous l’avons constaté, tout est aujourd’hui fin prêt pour le grand évènement. En effet, une telle arrivée ne pouvait se faire en toute discrétion au zoo de Beauval qui en a profité pour remanier entièrement une partie du parc. Un nouvel espace réservé à la Chine a donc été conçu, pièce par pièce, pour accueillir les deux stars chinoises. Statues de marbre, dragons en pierre, arche chinoise, pagode, rien n’a été oublié et tout a été fabriqué en Chine avant d’être importé. Deux pandas qui semblent parfaitement bien s’acclimater En tout, la construction a ainsi duré une dizaine de mois de août 2010 à mai 2011. Mais l’espace ne vise pas que les pandas : le zoo en a profité pour réunir tous ses pensionnaires chinois. Pandas roux, muntjacs (un cervidé) ou encore panthères des neiges dans leurs enclos extérieurs ouvrent ainsi la marche de l’escapade dans l’Empire du milieu. Mais les pandas géants eux, ont droit à un véritable palais. C’est d’ailleurs là, dans leur enclos intérieur, que nous rencontrons pour la toute première fois le couple star qui semble parfaitement s’acclimater : Huan Huan la femelle est en pleine sieste tandis que Yuan Zi le mâle est en plein repas. Un bien-être que confirment Rodolphe Delord et l’un des 6 soigneurs qui s’occupent quotidiennement des pandas. L’équipe qui comprend un vétérinaire et deux soigneurs spécialement venus de Chine contrôle chaque jour la santé des plantigrades, les pèse, nettoie leurs espaces, les sort et les surveille. Mais l’une des tâches les plus importantes reste de préparer les repas des pandas. Chaque jour, c’est plus de 100 kilogrammes de bambou qui sont introduits en huit fois dans l’enclos. Du bambou qui provient de quatre sources différentes : du zoo lui-même, d’une bambouseraie dans le Lot-et-Garonne, d’une autre dans l’Indre et encore d’une autre située près de Vierzon. “Nous leur donnons du bambou à profusion et de toutes les espèces possibles. Les espèces de bambou en France ne sont pas les mêmes qu’en Chine. Donc nous leur donnons de tout pour qu’ils choisissent ce qu’ils préfèrent. Jusqu’ici, nous avons exclu trois espèces qu’ils n’aiment pas”, indique le directeur du zoo. Un espoir de voir un jour le couple se reproduire À lire aussiQuand trois ours lippus se mettent à jouer avec un ballon rose”Tout a été pensé pour que les pandas s’acclimatent au mieux et pour l’instant tout semble très bien fonctionner. Bientôt, ils pourront également sortir dans leur enclos extérieur”, ajoute M. Delord. L’installation comprend en effet trois enclos, deux intérieurs et un extérieur dans lesquels les pandas pourront aller et venir en fonction de la météo. Selon l’accord établi avec la Chine, Huan Huan et Yuan Zi, âgés de 3 ans, devraient rester au minimum 10 ans. Une période pendant laquelle les responsables du zoo espèrent bien voir naitre des petits. Mais la tâche n’est pas aisée au vu de la faible libido des pandas. La femelle est en chaleur trois fois par an mais n’est vraiment réceptive qu’un jour par an. “Autant dire, qu’il vaut mieux ne pas rater l’occasion”, plaisante le directeur qui précise que d’autres alternatives, stimulation et insémination sont envisagées si ça ne fonctionne pas. Toutefois, tout ceci ne sera pas pour tout de suite, les deux pandas étant encore un peu jeunes pour se reproduire. La prochaine étape cruciale reste donc pour l’heure la présentation des animaux au public. Et au vu de l’engouement qu’ils suscitent déjà, les pandas ne devraient pas avoir trop de mal à conquérir le cœur des visiteurs. “Chaque année, le zoo de Beauval reçoit 600.000 visiteurs mais le début de l’année est d’habitude calme. C’est plutôt vers le mois d’avril que le zoo se remplit. Avec les pandas, nous nous attendons à beaucoup de visiteurs dès les vacances de février mais je ne saurais dire combien”, commente Rodolphe Delord qui souligne que si la venue des pandas a nécessité des démarches officiels entre les présidents français et chinois, tout le projet a entièrement été porté par des investissements privés, du zoo et de ses partenaires. Découvrez en images les deux pandas dans leur espace chinois sur Maxisciences Pour en savoir plus sur le ZooParc de Beauval, rendez-vous sur le site officiel et pour suivre l’actualité des pandas, c’est par ici : sur le blog dédiéLe 27 janvier 2012 à 15:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ASA Hails Enactment of 2008 Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today hailed enactment of the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008,” which will provide security and assurance for key U.S. farm, conservation, biofuels, and nutrition policies over the next five years. “ASA worked hard to improve the safety net for U.S. soybean farmers in the 2008 Farm Bill,” said John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “We applaud Congress for bringing this long legislative process to an end so farmers can proceed with confidence and certainty as they provide the Nation with an abundant supply of food while helping reduce our dependence on imported petroleum.”Hoffman’s remarks followed successful votes in both the House and the Senate to override President Bush’s veto of the omnibus Farm Bill on Wednesday. The vote in the House was 316 to 108, and in the Senate, 82-13. Due to a clerical error, the legislation did not include the Trade Title, which will reportedly be considered as a separate bill after the Memorial Day recess, which begins today. Trade and food assistance programs will not be interrupted, and enactment of this last section of the Farm Bill is expected in early June.“The 2008 Farm Bill includes key ASA priorities that will provide a more effective safety net for soybean producers and support development of the U.S. biodiesel industry,” the ASA President stated. “ASA is pleased that the new legislation increases the soybean target price to $6.00 per bushel, and authorizes a new Quality Incentive Program to promote production of soybeans with high stability oil that can replace trans fats in food products.”The new Farm Bill also includes the extension of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Bioenergy Program, which was another of ASA’s top priorities. This program provides support to biodiesel and other advanced biofuels producers, and will help to make domestically-produced biodiesel competitive with petroleum-based diesel and foreign biodiesel imports. Congress provided $300 million in mandatory funding for this important program over the next four years. The Farm Bill also reauthorizes the Biodiesel Education Program, and provides $1 million per year over the five-year life of the bill. This program supports increased fuel quality measures and increases acceptance of biodiesel by engine and equipment manufacturers, petroleum partners, and the general public.The legislation also includes ASA-supported provisions to reduce the acres of productive farmland currently idled in the Conservation Reserve Program by reducing the ceiling on the CRP to 32 million acres. This will allow land to return to production to help meet with the world’s ever-increasing demand for food, feed, and fuel.“ASA also supported development and enactment of the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program in the Farm Bill,” Hoffman stated. “This alternative to the traditional ‘three-legged stool’ of farm programs will compensate producers when both state and farm income fall below revenue targets based on recent average national prices and state yields.” The ASA President added that “ASA conducted the initial analysis on the benefits of using revenue rather than price as a basis for a farm income safety net, and we consistently supported the development of the ACRE program, provided that it was offered as an option and it did not reduce funding for other priorities.” Hoffman concluded that “the revenue guarantee under ACRE for soybean farmers could be significantly higher than income support provided by the current program, particularly in the early years of the farm bill. Participation in this program option among soybean producers could be quite high in some parts of the country when it is made available starting in 2009.”last_img read more

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On Sixth Anniversary Of DACA Houston Dreamers Are Still Hopeful But Also

first_imgReed Saxon/APDemonstrators urging the Democratic Party to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) rally outside the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.June 15th marks the sixth anniversary of the establishment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The anniversary coincides with ongoing negotiations in Congress so that the U.S. House of Representatives debates immigration legislation –which would possibly include protections for DACA beneficiaries— next week and some Houston “dreamers” feel a mixture of hope and skepticism about their future.Former President Barack Obama established DACA in June 2012 to protect from deportation participating “dreamers” by providing them with temporary permission to stay in the country, as well as employment authorization.The Trump Administration announced in September 2017 it would terminate DACA. However, the program is now the subject of ongoing litigation.According to data compiled by the Migration Policy Institute, there were approximately 111,600 DACA recipients in Texas as of January 2018.Michelle Avendaño is one of them. She is 26 years-old and lives in Houston.Avendaño was born in Puebla (Mexico), came to the United States when she was 8 years-old and has always lived in Houston.She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and philosophy at the University of Houston in 2014 and is currently working in that field.Avendaño’s DACA permit expires next year.When asked about what goals she has been able to accomplish thanks to the protections afforded by DACA, Avendaño highlights getting a driver’s license, getting a job in her field of expertise and getting a credit card, which is helping her to start building a credit history.“I kind of became an adult a lot later than most people in the United States,” said Avendaño. She said DACA has been very important for that adulthood to become a reality.Avendaño is married to a U.S. citizen and he has filed a petition for her so, in theory, she might eventually be able to legalize her immigration status regardless of what happens to DACA.At the same time, that petition hasn’t made much progress yet and Avendaño said she still thinks of herself as a DACA recipient.‘Fifty, fifty’Avendaño is aware of the negotiation taking place on Capitol Hill and said she feels “fifty, fifty” in terms of hope and skepticism. “I haven’t lost the hope or the idea, you know, that change will come and can come,” she explains.However, Avendaño also notes that, to a certain extent, she is tuning out. “I almost half expect nothing to come of it because of our current political system and just, just, everything that’s come of that, nothing has really moved,” she laments regarding immigration legislation.Avendaño also explains that, rather than focusing her attention on what happens in Washington D.C., at this moment she prefers to focus on “what happens here in my hometown, in Houston, in Texas, and what can we do to change very small things that maybe may not mean a lot to some people like, for example, driving without a license, something as simple as that.”César Espinosa, founder and executive director of Houston-based Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (commonly known as FIEL by its acronym in Spanish), also has a mixture of hope and concern about the future of “dreamers”.Espinosa, who is a DACA recipient himself, points at a rare legislative maneuver that was recently attempted in the U.S. House to force a vote on four immigration bills. Some of them had protections for DACA recipients, even including a path to citizenship.The maneuver, which had to do with the so called ‘Queen of The Hill’ rule, ultimately failed but received the support of more than 200 Representatives and Espinosa thinks that’s a good sign.Silver liningFor the activist, the silver lining is that the support of specifically 216 members of the House signals that “the majority of Congress would vote and would move forward on a DACA bill or on an immigration bill.”In that sense, Espinosa thinks it’s crucial that “folks continue to engage their elected officials, that we continue to make those calls.”Then again, the activist keeps in mind that the “window of opportunity” for a potential legislative agreement on immigration gets smaller as the November mid-term elections get closer. “We all know that immigration is a very controversial topic, so it could hinder their willingness to be more open about it or to be more progressive on the issue,” Espinosa concludes referring to the effect the upcoming election could have on the political negotiation. Sharelast_img read more

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Key events in Egypts uprising and unrest

first_img Top Stories _ June 14: The Supreme Constitutional Court orders parliament dissolved on grounds the election rules were unconstitutional._ June 17: Mohammed Morsi defeats Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under Mubarak, with 51.7 percent of the vote in a runoff presidential election, taking office on June 30._ Nov. 19: Members of liberal parties and representatives of Egypt’s churches withdraw from the assembly writing the constitution in protest over dominance of Islamists._ Nov. 22: Morsi unilaterally decrees greater powers for himself, giving his decisions immunity from judicial review and barring the courts from dissolving the constituent assembly. The move sparks days of protests. Islamists hurriedly finalize a draft constitution and Morsi sets a Dec. 15 date for a referendum._ Dec. 4: More than 100,000 protesters march on the presidential palace, demanding cancellation of the referendum. The next day, Islamists attack an anti-Morsi sit-in, sparking street battles that leave at least 10 dead._ Dec. 15, Dec. 22: Egyptians approve the constitution by referendum, with 63.8 percent voting in favor but turnout low._ Jan. 25, 2013: Hundreds of thousands protest against Morsi on the second anniversary of the start of the anti-Mubarak revolt; dozens die in ensuing clashes. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility _ Aug. 18: A government tally says the nearly 900 people have been killed in four days of unrest, though rights groups put the number higher. Authorities intensify arrests of Brotherhood leaders and members. Two days later, the Brotherhood’s top leader, Mohammed Badie, is arrested._ Aug. 19: Suspected Islamic militants kill 25 policemen in the Sinai Peninsula. Militant attacks escalate in Sinai over the following months, with shootings, bombings and suicide attacks against security officials and troops._ Sept. 5: Egypt’s interior minister survives a suicide bombing in Cairo._ Sept. 23: An Egyptian court orders the Brotherhood banned and its assets confiscated._ Oct. 6: At least 51 people killed when security forces and Islamist protesters clash during a national holiday._ Oct. 9: The U.S. suspends delivery of tanks, helicopters and fighter jets to Egypt’s military in a show of disapproval over the anti-Brotherhood crackdown.__ Nov. 4: Morsi is flown by helicopter from his secret detention place to trial at a police academy in eastern Cairo, where proceedings are adjourned until Jan. 8.__Dec. 24: A car bomb rips through a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, killing 16 people, almost all policemen in the deadliest attack since Morsi’s ouster. The militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attack. Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement CAIRO (AP) – Here are some key events from nearly three years of turmoil and transition in Egypt:_Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18-days of nationwide protests against his nearly 30 years of rule. The military takes over, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution after the uprising, which left hundreds of protesters dead._ Nov. 28, 2011-Feb. 15, 2012: The Muslim Brotherhood wins nearly half the seats in multi-stage elections for the first post-Mubarak parliament, while ultraconservative Salafis take another quarter. The remainder go to liberal, independent and secular politicians. Sponsored Stories _ April 7: A Muslim mob attacks the main cathedral of the Coptic Orthodox Church during a funeral for four Christians killed the day before. Pope Tawadros II blames Morsi for failing to protect the building._ June 30: On Morsi’s anniversary in office, millions of Egyptians begin days of massive demonstrations demanding he step down. The military gives him 48 hours to reach an agreement with his opponents, but he vows to stay in power._ July 3: Egypt’s military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi announces Morsi’s removal, installing Constitutional Court Chief Justice Adly Mansour as interim president. Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters camp out in two sit-ins in Cairo’s streets demanding his return._ July 8: Egyptian soldiers fire on Morsi supporters protesting outside a military facility in Cairo, killing more than 50. Each side blames the other for starting the violence. Mansour sets a timeline for amending the constitution and electing a new president and parliament by mid-February. The Brotherhood refuses to participate in the process._ Aug. 14: More than 600 people, mostly Morsi supporters, are killed when riot police clear the two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo. The presidency declares a monthlong state of emergency, with a curfew in Cairo and other cities, later extended by two months. Islamists retaliate by torching government buildings, churches and police stations. __Dec. 25: The government designates the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, the latest measure in the crackdown against the group.__Jan. 14-15: Egyptians vote on amendments to the constitution adopted under Morsi in 2012. The referendum is considered a key step in the roadmap put in place after July’s coup that bestows legitimacy on the interim regime and paves the way for a likely presidential run by el-Sissi.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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14yearold planned to blow up Austrian train station

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The proceedings Tuesday were in the city of St. Poelten, west of Vienna. Police say they found plans for such an attack on the boy’s computer and defense lawyer Rudolf Mayer said his client acknowledges his guilt.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has found a 14-year-old boy guilty of planning to blow up Vienna’s main railway station after being radicalized by Islamic extremists.The court also found the defendant guilty of planning to join extremist fighters in the Middle East, a punishable offense in Austria.The unidentified youth was sentenced to two years in juvenile detention, with 14 months of the term suspended. That leaves 10 months to serve, and with seven months already spent in investigative custody, he will only be behind bars for three more. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 0 Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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CLIA Partners with South Pacific Tourism Organisation

first_imgPeak cruise body, Cruise Lines International Australasia has launched a tourism partnership with South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) to promote sustainable cruise tourism in the region.The partnership was announced at the United Nations Small Islands Developing States meeting in Samoa and is aim to spread the social and economic benefits of cruising more widely to South Pacific nations.SPTO chief executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi said that the new partnership will allow both organisations to combine their resources to bring tourists to the islands.“At the end of the day, for cruise lines and member nations, the partnership will provide essential information and analysis on capacity, source markets, destinations and shoreside experiences plus an assessment of challenges and constraints of operating in the region,” Mr Vuidreketi said.“This partnership gives us the opportunity to share any major development activities and opportunities and to work towards mutually beneficial outcomes in terms of the growth of the cruise tourism sector.”A report released at the UN meeting showed the benefits of cruise tourism to South Pacific nations, with the Vanuatu economy netting AUD $34 million from cruise tourism in 2013.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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Nouys non stuns committee probing Coop failure

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe chairwoman of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) Daniele Nouy will not testify at the committee probing the failure of the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank and is instead ready to reply in writing to a questionnaire, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Friday.The committee, appointed by Attorney-general Costas Clerides in July, said that the ECB did not decide to lift the immunity Nouy enjoys and expressed its regrets over the decision, according to the CNA.“As chairwoman of the supervisory board, I have immunity from giving testimony to national authorities, including investigative committees, with respect to actions taken as part of my duties, as provided by the protocol on privileges and immunity of the European Union,” Nouy said in a letter to the committee.The decision to decline the request filed by the committee investigating the demise of the state-owned bank which was supervised jointly by the Central Bank of Cyprus and the SSM in the past four years, was taken by the ECB’s Executive Board.According to the CNA, the committee gave the impression on Thursday that Nouy would be prepared to testify via teleconference, after it was conveyed to it that Central Bank of Cyprus and a spokesperson of Nouy asked about the topics on which she would have to testify.The CNA added that Cypriot legislation provides that testimonies to investigative committees are given under oath no matter whether a testimony is given verbally or in writing and that the committee will find a solution to this problem on the basis of EU legislation and case law.You May LikeActivlyThis Rarely Known Fact About Twins Has Shaken The Internet!ActivlyUndoJobsflagCosco Is Hiring Like Crazy. Average Pay Is $19.79/Hr. They Are An Excellent Company.JobsflagUndoArticles VallySeniors Over 65 Should Eat This For Cleaning Clogged ArteriesArticles VallyUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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