ScienceShot: More Olives in a Warming World

first_imgOlive growers might be some of the few farmers to see increased yields and profits in a warmer world, a new study suggests. Using a regional climate model, researchers looked at how a rise in global average temperature of 1.8°C (the temperature change expected between the 1960s and the 2040s) might affect the growth of olive trees (Olea europaea) and the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae), one of the crop’s major pests. In the Mediterranean Basin, where 97% of the world’s olive crop is grown (much of it to produce olive oil), expected climate change will cause yields across the region to grow by 4.1% and net profits to grow by 9.6%, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the region’s olive crop will improve overall, some areas will see profits (expressed in euros per hectare on this map) drop substantially, the researchers estimate. In North Africa, where yields are now low, estimated profits will rise more than 41%, but in the Middle East, along the eastern portions of the Mediterranean, profits will decline an average of 7.2%. How increased warmth affects the olive fruit fly will have the biggest effect on profits, the team notes: Because the olive tree withstands heat better than its major pest does, some areas now infested with the olive fruit fly will become unsuitable for the insect in coming years.See more ScienceShots.(Linked map credit: Luigi Ponti)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

No Competition Here

first_imgChina and India are Asian neighbors, rivals and emerging powers. When it comes to organizing major international sporting events, though, there is no comparison.While China announced itself as a global leader with the spectacular and grandiose Beijing Olympics in 2008, India endured international embarrassment with the chaotic, last-minute preparations for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.India’s predicament illustrates how high China set the bar and how major sports extravaganzas can make or break a country’s image and reputation. It also serves as a cautionary tale for taking big events to countries that may not yet be ready to meet the huge organizational challenge. “Both China and India cried (out) for international recognition and respect,” said Xu Gouqi, a professor at the University of Hong Kong and author of Olympic Dreams: China and Sports. “Both tried to use sports events as coming-out parties. Both approached the sports events as political tools.“But economically and socially, India was at a disadvantage compared to Beijing’s games.”The push to take the biggest sports events to new countries and territories — not just the usual powerful, developed nations — has been growing in recent years. It’s no coincidence that China hosted the Summer Olympics, or that South Africa just hosted the World Cup in Africa for the first time, or that Brazil will welcome both events in 2014 and 2016.“It’s really important that countries which have not traditionally staged major sporting events should be encouraged to do so, and you have to recognize that there are going to be challenges if you want to truly globalize sport,” said Sebastian Coe, the former middle-distance running great who heads the organizing committee for the 2012 London Olympics.Indeed, some countries are better cut out for the task than others.China used the Olympics as a global platform to introduce itself as a rising, modern power — and largely succeeded in dazzling the world. Chinese leaders spared no expense, spending a staggering $40 billion — much of it on new infrastructure, subways and ultramodern venues such as the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube — to create the largest, costliest games in Olympic history. Despite controversies over human rights and press freedom, the games were widely hailed as superbly organized.The result was an immense boost of national pride for China’s 1.3 billion citizens, as the country basked in a new image internationally. Transforming itself from poverty to relative prosperity within three decades, China was finally able to showcase its achievements before a televised audience of billions.“The regime’s political legitimacy seemed to be boosted substantially with the games and China as a nation won a substantial level of recognition, respect and even admiration from the rest of the world,” Xu said. “In short, the world was shocked and awed by the Beijing Games.”At the heart of China’s success was the reality that Beijing Games were a state-run national priority with unlimited financial resources and workers. At one point, the Chinese were so far ahead in building the venues that the IOC asked them to slow down.Contrast that with the situation in populous, poor and democratic India, where preparations for the Commonwealth Games — an Olympic-style event featuring around 7,000 athletes from more than 70 countries and territories — went down to the wire ahead of the opening ceremony.The games teetered on the verge of cancellation when officials complained the athletes’ village was filthy and uninhabitable, a footbridge leading to the main stadium collapsed and part of the roof at the weightlifting venue fell in. Several high-profile athletes pulled out due to health and safety concerns.A colorful opening ceremony featuring gigantic drums, classical singers and dancers and a Bollywood theme song lifted some of the gloom, but problems persisted on the first day of competition. There were paltry crowds at most events, the weigh-in scales at boxing gave faulty readings and worries over dengue fever escalated after a 30-year-old Indian lawn bowls team official was admitted to a hospital over the weekend with the mosquito-borne disease.The messy buildup and rocky start have underlined the risks of organizing such events in developing countries.International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said that even with the push to make sports accessible to everyone on the planet, his first concern is finding suitable conditions for athletes.“The main purpose and overriding purpose of the Olympic Games is to offer the athletes a good experience,” Rogge told The Associated Press. “We go for quality first. If quality means you have to go to a more developed country, let it be so. Under no circumstances would I agree to go to a country at the expense of the welfare of the athletes.”India’s organizational problems have been blamed on several factors, including corruption, mismanagement and shoddy construction. The chaos dealt a blow to the country’s plans of bidding for the 2020 Olympics. Senior Canadian IOC member Dick Pound said India’s Olympic hopes had been put back “by at least a decade,” while Rogge urged patience.“We had doomsday scenarios in Athens (for the 2004 Summer Games), and these were absolutely very good games,” he said. “The Greeks were able to pull out a very good effort. They were very, very good games at the last moment.”The contrast between Beijing and New Delhi can also be traced to the sharply different sporting cultures in the two countries. China has become a global sports power, topping the gold medal tally in Beijing with 51 and winning 100 total medals — the result of a highly organized state program to select and train athletes and target medals. India has won only 7 Olympic medals ever, including its first individual gold in Beijing in shooting.Cricket is the national sport in India but does not feature in the Commonwealth Games or Olympics. Support for the home team and medal-winning performances by its athletes are considered crucial to an event’s success. That was underlined by the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, where Canada led the gold medal count as Canadian fans brought a carnival atmosphere to the streets.London Olympic organizers say they hope to replicate Vancouver’s party mood in 2012, but are quick to stress they are not trying to outdo Beijing. Those games, Coe repeatedly points out, were held on a grander scale than any other.“We will never see a games like Beijing again,” Coe said earlier this year. “That’s not typical of the way games are going to be delivered.” — AP   Related Itemslast_img read more

Bengaluru Named Among World’s Top 25 High-Tech Cities

first_imgBengaluru has emerged among the top 25 high-tech cities of the world, according to research firm 2thinknow that specializes in analyzing innovative cities. Bengaluru stands at number 19, climbing rapidly from the 49th spot it was at last year.The firm ranked 85 cities keeping these 10 factors in mind: number of patents filed per capita, startups, tech venture capitalists, ranking in other innovation datasets, and level of smartphone use.Bengaluru’s rise in ranks has been due to the influx of IT companies and the city’s growing population of digital natives. According to a recent McKinsey survey, India is said to be one of the top countries with a growing population of the millennials. Two million IT professionals, 6 million indirect IT jobs, and $80 billion in IT exports are expanding the tech space here. The ranking for India’s Silicon Valley is expected to go higher next year.India, whose growth rate is now higher than China’s, is enjoying the same boom that China did during the 1980s, ’90s and early 2000s. Beijing and Shanghai still rank higher than Bengaluru this year, occupying 16th and 17th spots, respectively.The analysis of 2thinknow puts San Francisco, the ‘Silicon Valley’, at No. 1 spot, with its population of designers, programmers, start-up culture and venture capital scene.The Big Apple comes behind the Silicon Valley. As per data from the New York state comptroller’s office, nearly 7,000 high-tech companies provided more than 100,000 jobs during the third quarter of 2013. New York’s integrated citywide technology LinkNYC — a free Wifi service with 500 kiosks around Manhattan available for public use — put it at the second place.London, a city with more startups and programmers than any city in the world, is listed at No. 3. There are 34,000 tech businesses in London now, according to an Oxford Economics report. In the next decade, the report shows, there will be another 11,000, thereby creating 46,000 new jobs.The $20 billion Crossrail project, introduced in London last year, is said to be the largest construction project in Europe. By 2018, it is expected to have 10 new train lines to connect 30 existing stations with brand new tunnels.The analysis puts Los Angeles at No. 4. LA had more high-tech sector jobs than any other region in the US, according to a report by the LA County Economic Development Corporation. The total wealth output of the city is around $58 billion. The 2thinknow analysis found that startups and venture capital drove LA’s tech sector boom.Ranked number 5 is the city of future, Seoul. The city files more patents than any city in the world. Seoul has developed technology that is omnipresent — the LTE beamed to our smartphones, for example. Virtual stores where you scan pictures of items to be delivered later is also being developed there. Seoul’s subway system, according to a report in Business Insider, beats the New York subway.Taipei in Taiwan, Boston in Massachusetts, Singapore, Toronto and Chicago make the top 10. Bengaluru falls behind Montreal, which is the city to be in for industrial designers and for those who want to work in wearable technology and virtual reality sectors.Following is the list:San Francisco, CaliforniaNew York, New YorkLondon, EnglandLos Angeles, CaliforniaSeoul, South KoreaTaipei, TaiwanBoston, MassachusettsSingaporeToronto, CanadaChicago, IllinoisDallas-Fort Worth, TexasTokyo, JapanStockholm, SwedenVancouver, CanadaAmsterdam, the NetherlandsBeijing, ChinaShanghai, ChinaMontreal, CanadaBangalore, IndiaShenzhen, ChinaBerlin, GermanyHong Kong, ChinaCopenhagen, DenmarkBarcelona, SpainWashington, DC Related Items2thinknowBengaluru high tech citycrossrail projecthigh tech citiesIndia’s silicon valleyLittle Indiaresearch firmStartupsventure capitalistWorld hi-tech citieslast_img read more

Cricket: Top executive to step down from post after 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: ICCICC Chief Executive, David Richardson announced his decision to step down from his post after the culmination of the 2019 ICC World Cup.Richardson held the position from 2012. The former South African cricketer was a part of the ICC since 2002. Richardson revealed the thought behind the decision of quitting after the end of the mega event. Here’s what he said:” The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right,”The Chief Executive also went on to say that he is proud of the growth that the gentleman’s game has managed to attain. He said:“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am particularly pleased with what we have achieved in recent times in creating a greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all members to play at the highest level. “The International Cricket Council has confirmed that David Richardson will step down as Chief Executive when his contract expires post next summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup.More ➡️ https://t.co/6wG1nEtPmk pic.twitter.com/jKXonpMKyH— ICC (@ICC) July 3, 2018 Advertisement Read Also:India vs England: 1st T20I Preview- Clash of the mega-weights at Old TraffordCricket: Sachin Tendulkar sends his birthday wishes to the Turbanatorlast_img read more

Mikel: Man Utd vs Chelsea saga was ‘surreal’

first_imgManchester United Snubbing Man Utd and Ferguson to favour Chelsea and Mourinho – Mikel’s ‘surreal’ transfer saga Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:56 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) John Obi Mikel Manchester United Getty Manchester United Chelsea Premier League Transfers The Nigerian became embroiled in a remarkable tug-of-war back in 2015, with the Red Devils announcing a deal before missing out to the Blues John Obi Mikel has lifted the lid on the “surreal” transfer saga which saw Manchester United and Chelsea battle for his signature.Back in April 2005, the Red Devils announced that they had reached an agreement with Norwegian side Lyn for the then 18-year-old midfielder, with the Nigerian pictured in a United shirt at a hastily arranged press conference.To win CL: Utd 12/1, Chelsea 22/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Events were, however, to take a stunning twist as Mikel travelled to London to meet with Chelsea amid reports in Norway that he had been kidnapped.With a fresh deal thrashed out with the Blues, a side then managed by Jose Mourinho ended up having to pay Premier League rivals United £12 million in compensation as Sir Alex Ferguson and a dominant force in English football at the time were left empty-handed.“It was surreal,” Mikel told The Sun.“I was at school, but had Chelsea and Manchester United, two of the world’s biggest clubs trying to sign me.”I’ll never forget that second meeting with Sir Alex. I’d signed a deal at United but had to tell him: ‘Sorry, I want to play for Chelsea’.”Mikel admits that Ferguson initially refused to accept his United snub and continued to fight for his services, but the midfielder had already taken the decision to favour Mourinho and Stamford Bridge.John Obi Mikel Alex Ferguson Manchester United snubHe added: “He [Ferguson] really liked me but I could see how angry and disappointed he was.“Some things he told me made me think about changing my mind but I was thinking about Jose, too.“I had these two great managers wanting me and I did not know what to do.“Fergie told me: ‘Why would you turn down United? It’s the biggest club in the world. You cannot do that. You have to say Yes’.“As a footballer, you have to make decisions that you live with for the rest of your life.”Mikel saw his decision vindicated by a productive 11-year stint with Chelsea.He made 374 appearances for the Blues, with those outings seeing him collect two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and Champions League.Mikel eventually left west London in January, as he completed a switch to Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA, with the 30-year-old departing as a cult hero with his own piece of remarkable transfer history.last_img read more

Update to Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Update to Traffic Advisory, HalifaxRegional Municipality HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Continuing work at the Kearney Lake interchange on Highway 102northbound (outbound) will reduce traffic to one lane until 9a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20. A detour will be in place betweenmidnight tonight, Aug. 19, and 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Northboundtraffic will be directed to travel on the ramps at Exit 2 whilerepairs continue on the overpass. -30-last_img read more

Siddhant Chaturvedis next an action film followed by comedy

first_imgMumbai: Siddhant Chaturvedi, who became an overnight sensation after his stellar debut in “Gully Boy”, will be next seen in an action and comedy films. Siddhant also said he is set to collaborate again with Excel Entertainment, who launched him in “Gully Boy”, for a film. “I have two films in my hand. One is an action film, (where I will be) trained in taekwondo. Another one is a proper comedy film,” the actor told PTI. “I am doing a film with Excel. But it is not my next film. The film with them is huge. It is a lead role,” Siddhant added. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Asked if any of the upcoming films is with Yash Raj Films, as reported, he refused to comment on it. Speculations are rife about director Zoya Akhtar planning a prequel for Siddhant’s character MC Sher. But the actor dismissed reports and said he would not like to cash in on the popularity of the role. “I would rather not touch it as it is too scary. I don’t want to cash in on that character, I want to move on. If I had to repeat myself I would have done 9 am to 5pm job,” he said. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “Zoya Akhtar is interested in making ‘Gully Boy’ (sequel), maybe something on the Delhi chapter. There is a huge pop scene in Delhi as well so she may do a part two,” he added. Siddhant said he wants to prove himself as lead and is carefully choosing scripts. “I am not related to anyone in the film industry and I can’t afford to miss the flight. I am an outsider, there is nepotism and other things also happen. I am taking time to read scripts. I happen to read at least three to four scripts a week. “I want to prove myself in a lead role and that script has to be bang on, so I take time to choose the right one. I believe every film is your first film. I haven’t done much, I am yet to prove myself,” he said.last_img read more

Breaking an image toughest fight for actors Nushrat

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Nushrat Bharucha says breaking an image is one of the biggest challenges for an actor. Nushrat rose to fame by playing the girl-next-door characters in Pyaar Ka Punchnama films and Sweety in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Does she want to break that image? “Breaking an image actually is one of the toughest fights an actor can fight. Also, it becomes one of the most challenging things for me,” Nushrat said. “For me, it sort of becomes one of the most challenging reasons to approach a film or to get to a film. It excites me more because I feel like ‘Yeah, this (role) people have not seen me do and they will really be able to see me in a different light’,” she added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaNushrat will next be seen in Hurdang, a love story set in the 1990s, a time when the youth fought for their rights and spent a lot of time occupied with self-realisation. “I hope with my next few films I am able to give them something that they wouldn’t have imagined me doing,” she said, adding that her character in the film is “gritty” and “to-the-face”. Bharucha debuted in Hindi cinema in 2006 with the film Jai Santoshi Maa. She then starred alongside Jackky Bhagnani in the science fiction romantic drama Kal Kissne Dekha (2009) which was a commercial failure. The following year, she was paired with Rajkummar Rao and Anshuman Jha in Dibakar Banerjee’s experimental anthology drama Love Sex Aur Dhokha.last_img read more

Police may need help in search for body of Tanya Nepinak

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg Police stated that they will go ahead with the search of a local landfill site for the body of Tanya Nepinak.Because of the size of the area it will take a considerable amount of man-power.They have yet to issue an official call for volunteers but they’ve hinted that some may be needed.So how vital will volunteers be to this search?APTN’s Matt Thordarson explains.last_img

From placement agency seven children rescued

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as seven children were rescued from a placement agency in South East Delhi’s Govindpuri on Tuesday. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) said that the rescue was the result of continuous surveillance on the agency. According to DCPCR, two girls, aged around 14, were rescued by Madhya Pradesh state commission in 2018 from Indore. The minors claimed that they were forced into child labour by a Delhi based placement agency. Later, the Madhya Pradesh state commission informed DCPCR. “After receiving the information we kept continuous surveillance on the agency,” said Roop Sudesh Vimal, member DCPCR. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsTo take action against the agency, Roop Sudesh Vimal on March 5 wrote to Delhi Police mentioning that the girls were working at a doctor’s house. “Therefore you are directed to take appropriate action and submit the detailed action taken report,” claimed the letter accessed by the Millennium Post newspaper. On Tuesday, DCPCR with Delhi Police reached the placement agency and rescued five girls aged (8-14) and two boys (aged 10-12) mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They were kept in two rooms. We have also seized several registers containing details of other children,” said Roop adding that they are verifying the license of the placement agency. DCPCR official further informed that before placing the minors, the agency used to give them health kits containing soaps and other items. “We suspect that in the register, the ages of children were changed. We have recovered several phones too,” said an official. He further said that the human trafficking angle is also being probed. NGO Mission Mukti Foundation helped the commission in the rescue operation. Delhi Police is further investigating the case.last_img read more

Elderly woman sets herself on fire

first_imgKolkata: An elderly woman reportedly committed suicide by setting herself on fire on Monday. The deceased identified as Lakshmi Mondal (90) lived with her grandson’s family at Phoolbagan.According to a source, Mondal lived with her grandson Babul and his family of three for long time in a shanty. It is alleged that Babul along with his wife and son resided in a room while the elderly woman stayed outside the room in an open space. Mondal was reportedly was suffering from acute pain in her waist since long time. On the wee hours of Monday she set herself on fire by pouring kerosene. Babul woke up after he started feeling hot due to the flames and experienced a burning smell. However, he couldn’t do anything as Mondal lied outside the room and was already in flames. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen he and other family members screamed for help, the neighbours rushed and poured water on Mondal’s body to put out the flames. Babul’s son informed police about the incident. Police personnel from Phoolbagan police station arrived and recovered Mondal. She was rushed to the NRS Medical College and Hospital. While the doctors were attending her, Mondal reportedly said that she set herself on fire as she couldn’t bear the pain in her waist and back. In the afternoon, she succumbed to her burn injuries. Though no foul play could be detected, the police are investigating the case from all possible angles. An unnatural death case has been registered and no complaint has been lodged against anyone till Tuesday.last_img read more

Morocco to Launch Professional Baccalaureate to Meet Job Market’s Demands

Rabat – The Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Rachid Belmokhtar, announced on Thursday in Rabat the launch of a professional baccalaureate, a new high school program designed to cover the shortfall of professionals in some fields.The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training aims at developing and training human resources in Morocco to fill the gap in industrial maintenance, mechanical industry, aircraft industry, and the management of agricultural labor.This project, which the Ministry has developed over several months, is aimed at responding to the necessities of Moroccan and foreign enterprises. However, as Belmokhtar has stated, the curriculum could be changed according to the enterprises and companies at anytime. By doing so, numerous students will not unnecessarily waste their time studying non-vocational subjects in math, science, or the humanities at the university.According to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Training, Lahsen Daoudi, the State will not waste precious expenses for graduate students in less sought-for branches at the university. In previous statements Daoudi has described literature students as a burden on both society and their parents.“If the students are not oriented since the primary school to the sciences subjects, we will suffer at the University,” he said.“Most people no longer opt for mathematics, in the light of the predominance of schools of literature and law, which became a refuge for those who do not find another way to study,” he added.In his turn, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of National Education in charge of Vocational Training, Abdeladim El Guerrouj, stated that creating such baccalaureate programs targets the combination between education and vocational training, both at the level of preparation programs and recruitment of human resources and equipment.  El Guerrouj underlined the importance of vocational training in order to create more job opportunities for the youth. read more

Fresh hostilities putting Somali women and children at risk warns UNICEF

A new wave of aggression and hostilities against humanitarian operations in Somalia is putting at risk the lives of the strife-torn nation’s children and women, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. The agency cited in particular the take-over and month-long occupation of its compound in the Central Somali town of Jowhar by militiamen after the town came under the control of the Al-Shabaab group last month.The Jowhar compound is the biggest operational hub for UNICEF’s support to about 200 feeding centres, and the subsequent looting and destruction of vital humanitarian items during the attack on 17 May have seriously affected its ability to assist the most vulnerable children and women. “Perpetrators of these unacceptable and irresponsible actions must understand that their actions have serious consequences on their own children and women, their own communities and people,” said Hannan Suleiman, acting UNICEF Representative to Somalia.“We are talking about over a million children under five years of age. We’re talking about 40,000 children under three years old who are malnourished that will not be provided with feeding products. We are talking about over 700,000 women that will not be provided with tetanus shots, vaccinations and other services,” she said in an interview with UN Radio.UNICEF is demanding that its facilities in Jowhar town be vacated by the militiamen and that all of its looted supplies and equipment be returned.Fighting broke out in early May between Government troops and the opposition Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam groups, driving around 100,000 people from their homes in the capital, Mogadishu. In a related development, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned an attack in Mogadishu that left one journalist dead and another seriously injured.Two unidentified men opened fire on Muktar Mohamed Hirabe, the director of Radio Shabelle, and Ahmed Omar Hashi, Radio Shabelle’s news editor, as they were walking in Bakara Market on 7 June. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said the killing of Mr. Hirabe and the wounding of Mr. Hashi constitute “an intolerable breach” of the basic human right of freedom of expression and of citizens’ right to be informed.“It is essential for the return of peace and democracy to Somalia that those in positions of authority do all they can to end these unacceptable attacks on media personnel. It is also essential that measures be taken to punish the culprits of these crimes,” he stated.The 48-year-old radio director is the fifth journalist assassinated in Somalia this year, according to UNESCO. 17 June 2009A new wave of aggression and hostilities against humanitarian operations in Somalia is putting at risk the lives of the strife-torn nation’s children and women, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2012 6:40 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,359.47 down 31.76 points):Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Down four cents, or 2.06 per cent, at $1.90 on 7,542,004 shares. The stock has been trading heavily for the second day in a row. Torex released a technical report for its Morelos Gold project in Mexico earlier in the week.Sulliden Gold Corp. Ltd. (TSX:SUE). Gold exploration. Down 16 cents, or 14.68 per cent, at 93 cents on 6,613,850 shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down five cents, or 0.48 per cent, at $10.31 on 4,773,782 shares. The gold sector was one of the of the biggest decliners on the main TSX index, dropping 0.96 per cent to 345.91 points.Talison Lithium Ltd. (TSX:TLH). Miner. Up four cents, or 0.62 per cent, at $6.50 on 4,710,576 shares. The metals and mining sector rose 1.06 per cent to 903.83 points.Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.80 per cent, at $2.51 on 4,707,342 shares.Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 0.23 per cent at $21.88 on 3,898,108 shares. The energy sector lost 1.08 per cent to 261.18 points, as crude price dropped at a level not seen since early August. The November contract plunged US$3.75 per cent to $88.14 per barrel.TSX Venture Exchange (1,325.22 down 6.56 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 4.73 per cent, at $1.61 on 9,969,761 shares.Route1 Inc. (TSX:ROI). Security and technology. Unchanged at four cents on 4,296,750 shares.Companies reporting major news:Argent Energy Trust (TSX:AET.UN). Up 10 cents, or 0.95 per cent, at $10.59 on 92,836 shares. The Calgary-based company is buying a group of producing properties in Texas and Oklahoma for US$132.5 million. The properties have total estimated gross reserves of approximately 3.9 million barrels of oil equivalent on a proved basis.Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Media. Down 42 cents, or 1.26 per cent, at $33 on 339,654 shares. The Montreal-based company is buying back 30.5 million shares in its operating arm from the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, in a transaction valued at $1.5 billion. The Caisse’s interest in Quebecor Media Inc. is being reduced to 24.6 per cent from 45.3 per cent.Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.76 per cent, at $2.61 on 1,769,774 shares. The diversified miner announced it is expected to save more than $100 million at its molybdenum mine in Idaho by cutting jobs and suspending stripping activity. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN human rights office concerned about Thai Navy defamation case against reporters

“Criminal prosecution for defamation has a chilling effect on freedom of the press,” said Ravina Shamdasani, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “International standards are clear that imprisonment is never an appropriate penalty for defamation.”Editor Alan Morison and reporter Chutima Sidasathian, who write for Phuketwan, a small English-language newspaper based on one of the Thai islands, cited a Reuters investigative report alleging the involvement of Thai naval security forces in smuggling Rohingya asylum-seekers fleeing Myanmar, where ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims have been clashing since last year. Mr. Morison and Ms. Sidasathian have also been charged for breaching the Computer Crimes Act for publishing the 17 July online article.Ms. Shamdasani stressed the essential role media plays in imparting information and promoting transparency and accountability on this important issue. “The criminal charges against Mr. Morison and Ms. Chutima could have serious implications on Phuketwan’s future operations, possibly compromising its ability to report on issues related to Rohingya asylum-seekers to the public,” she noted.If convicted, they face up to two years’ imprisonment on the criminal defamation charges and five years in prison for breaching the Computer Crimes Act, as well as fines equivalent to $3,125.The Computer Crimes Act, which came into force in Thailand in 2007, seeks to bar the spread of material believed to threaten national security or create panic. The Act has been criticized by Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue, an independent UN expert, for being “vague and overly broad, and the harsh criminal sanctions are neither necessary nor proportionate to protect the monarchy or national security.” read more

Gardaí seek witnesses to any suspicious activity in Skerries murder probe

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a renewed appeal for information as part of their investigation into the suspected murder of Michael Gannon at his home in Skerries last night.The 55-year-old man, originally from Finglas, had been babysitting his two grandchildren at his home in Mourne Park when he answered the front door and was attacked and stabbed to death.A post mortem examination was carried out and completed this afternoon but gardaí said they will not be releasing the results for operational reasons.A man in his 20s is being questioned in connection with the investigation following his arrest earlier.In a renewed appeal for information tonight, gardaí in Balbriggan are seeking information from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between 5pm and 6pm yesterday to contact them.Gardaí can be reached on 01 802 0511, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Man in his 20s questioned over Skerries deathlast_img read more

Pokemon Exeggutors new form is eggstremely ridiculous

first_imgFans of Pokemon are equal parts egg-cited (wait for it) and egg-splosive (a little longer) in their comments about the reveal of Exeggutor’s (there we go) new Alola form, debuting in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for all the puns, you guys.This Pokemon starts as a bunch of eggs called Exeggcute that evolves into Exeggutor. The eggs turn into coconut heads and the body is a rotund palm tree. While not making a lot of sense, it’s still pretty cute. However, in the new reveal by Nintendo, Exeggutor looks like it will be getting a tall-order makeover in its Alola form.In the new game, there are multiple tropical islands for you to explore to find new Pokemon. The Alola forms don’t necessarily mean the new Pokemon forms are island-themed, but just different than their original. In Exeggutor’s case, the new form is a golden goose for internet memes. I mean, just look at the extra coconut by its tail!Fans find the evolution pretty ridiculous, and the memes that popped up in the last week prove it. Here are some of the best we’ve rounded up from around the web.This is to scale, right? Pic by Twitter user @Pokari288Alola Exeggutor is just another hurdle to overcome. Like this damn flagpole from Mario Bros. Pic from KnowYourMeme.comWhen the Titans attack! Pic from KnowYourMeme.comToo tall for just one cup of latte art. Make it two! Pic by Twitter user @george_10g.Don’t forget the derpy tail! Stare into the soul of the unknown.Looks like Exeggutor makes a handy weapon too! Pic fromKnowYourMeme.comSephiroth is getting in on the Exeggutor-wielding fun. Pic from Kupoo via Reddit.Ryu knows what’s up. Gif by Bartsool via Reddit.Even Pikachu wants to get in on the fun. Pic from KnowYourMeme.comAnother confusing change is that Exeggutor changed from grass/psychic type to grass/dragon.In response, it looks like Charizard, who is somehow not a dragon-type, is a little jealous. Pic by Twitter user @NotStardyAnd finally, we leave you with the best image we’ve found so far: An Exeggutor that truly pierces the heavens. Get ready to scroll a ton.Pic by RaiRu64 via Reddit.last_img read more

Parents of Trayvon Martin write book sharing story

first_imgIt wasn’t an easy book to write, they said. Every word serves as a reminder of the son they lost and their fight for justice. “The hardest thing to write in that book was the initial call that I made to Sybrina,” Tracy said.“The most hurtful part to me of this book was the funeral, knowing that he transitioned from this earth to heaven,” Fulton said.The novel contains intimate moments, they hope, will keep their son’s legacy alive.“Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” will be released on Jan. 31.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SANFORD, Fla. (WSVN) — Trayvon Martin’s parents are hoping to share their story of pain to inspire others through a book detailing their experience after the loss of their son.“There are so many parents that are experiencing some of the same things that we were going through, as far as emotions and struggling with the loss, that we decided to put it in writing,” said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother.It’s been nearly five years since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted for the shooting. Half a decade later, his parents are sharing their story in a book titled, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.”“Reliving the story, reliving what we went through at the trial, reliving what went through after the trial, everyday, it’s tough to sit down and just continuously go over that,” said Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin.In spite of the pain, the couple continue to re-tell their story, making sure to reach as many people as they can.During the 2016 presidential election, Fulton even campaigned for Hillary Clinton, and spoke at the Democratic National Convention.Just last week, she marched with hundreds of thousands of women in Washington D.C. “The women’s march in Washington has left an impact,” she said. “It has reenergized me to come back to my community and want to do a lot more than what I was doing.” last_img read more

Missing elderly Miami man found safe

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A missing Miami elderly man has been found safe and in good health.Officials said 82-year-old Isidro Crucet disappeared from the area of Southwest 12th Avenue and Third Street on Monday evening. He was found in good health at around 6:45 p.m., Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Isidro Crucet has been located in good health. Thanks to all who assisted in locating him. https://t.co/UorpWdbf6z— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) July 30, 2019last_img read more