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London Olympics: Ilya Zakharov wins gold in 3m springboard diving

first_imgIlya Zakharov of Russia took diving gold in the men’s 3m springboard on Tuesday, breaking 20 years of Chinese dominance in the event. The 21-year-old had the most difficult programme and snatched the gold medal from China’s Qin Kai with his sixth dive, a forward four-and-a-half somersault, for 104.50 points to total 555.90.Qin Kai notched up 541.75 points, leaving his compatriot and Beijing gold medalist He Chong with the bronze medal.Britain’s 19-year-old Chris Mears performed the second-best dive for 100.7 points but couldn’t manage higher than ninth.Zakharov added this gold medal to the silver that he won in three-metre synchronised springboard competition with Evgeny Kuznetsov.He is the first non-Chinese diver to win the event since Mark Lenzi of the US won it at Barcelona 1992.China wrapped up all four gold medals in synchronised diving.last_img read more

England, West Indies on the verge of creating ICC World Twenty20 history

first_imgAfter 18 days of exciting action filled with nail-biting finishes, two teams have prevailed and both of them now stand on the cusp of creating history at the ICC World Twenty20. The West Indies and England, who had tasted World T20 success earlier, will be gunning for their second title when they lock horns in the final at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.  (Also read: World T20 final – Gayle not the only threat to England, says Morgan) When these two teams met in the league stages of the tournament, T20 stalwart Chris Gayle helped West Indies make their intentions clear by smashing a 48-ball 100. Darren Sammy’s men rallied on to beat South Africa and Sri Lanka before losing to a spirited Afghanistan side. However, the loss to the Asian minnows didn’t hamper their confidence as they buckled up and made light work of India’s total of 192 in the semi-final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.On the other hand, England recovered well from the initial stutter and peaked at the right time to beat South Africa, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the league stages before blowing away New Zealand in their semi-final clash.With both teams looking settled, here’s a look at how the two teams have fared so far in the shortest format of the game  World T20 head-to-head:Played: 4 – West Indies wins 4, England wins 0All T20 head-to-head:Played: 13 – West Indies wins 9; England wins 4EnglandWorld ranking: FourSquad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Ray, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David WilleyCoach: Trevor BaylissadvertisementBest overall performance: Champions (2010)Road to final:Group stage* Lost to West Indies by six wickets * Beat South Africa by two wickets * Beat Afghanistan by 15 runs* Beat Sri Lanka by 10 runsSemi-final* Beat New Zealand by seven wicketsTop scorer: Joe Root (195 runs)Top wicket-taker: David Willey (seven wickets)WEST INDIESWorld ranking: TwoSquad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Evin LewisCoach: Phil SimmonsBest overall performance: Champions (2012)Road to final:Group stage* Beat England by six wickets* Beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets* Beat South Africa by three wickets * Lost to Afghanistan by six runsSemi-final* Beat India by seven wickets Top scorer: Johnson Charles (116 runs)Top wicket-taker: Andre Russell (Eight wickets)Other numbers to watch out forWest Indies were the first team to win the Cricket World Cup under the leadership of the charismatic Clive Lloyd. Sammy’s West Indies now have the chance of becoming the first team to win the World T20 twice.Chris Gayle needs a fifty to equal Virat Kohli’s record of most number of T20I  half-centuries (16). Kohli went past Gayle and former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who were tied on 15 fifties, when he scored an unbeaten 82 against the West Indies in the semi-final on Thursday.England run rate of 9.12 is the best in the tournament and Morgan’s men are the only team to have an average run-rate of over nine.West Indies have hit the most number of sixes (36)  in the tournament. England are second on the list with 34 sixes.West Indies have always batted second in the tournament and Sammy has been always successful at the toss.West Indies spinners have conceded runs at 5.73 runs an over while England spinners have fared poorly leaking 9.36 an over.last_img read more

Satire: OSU Probably Fielding Best Team of All Time

first_imgYou heard it here first, folks.After months of eager anticipation, Oklahoma State fans will finally get to watch the greatest team to ever play the game take the field against the Central Michigan Chippewas. Led by coaches who will probably each have their own statues after this year, this team is poised to run roughshod over the likes of Baylor, TCU, and eventually Bama and the Ohio State in the College Football Playoff.And they plan to do it with style.“Two words: blowout shutout,” said mega-booster T. Boone Pickens describing OSU’s projected dominance.The blowout part of that equation should come with relative ease for the dynamic offense led by Mason Rudolph. While only starting his 4th game ever, Rudolph is a projected shoe-in for the Heisman and the College Football Hall of Fame.Rudolph won’t be alone in his legendary performance as he will be joined in the backfield by dynamic running backs Jeff Carr and Chris Carson. Carr’s skillset has often been compared to the greatest running back of all time, Barry Sanders, while Carson is a mirror image for Adrian Peterson, another college great despite his unfortunate choice in school.With Sanders (Carr) and Peterson (Carson) in the backfield with Peyton-Manning-crossed-with-Brandon-Weeden (Rudolph), one can only imagine how many points this team can score.And fans around Stillwater agree.“They’ve [Carr and Carson] both got the word ‘car’ in their name, so you know they’re going to run over the competition,” said the owner of the Git ‘N’ Go.Fans can expect more than just historic offense this year.OSU looks to display the most dominant defense since Rutgers and Princeton first kicked around the pigskin. Deep at every position aside from defensive tackle, this team plans to not only stop the opponent’s offense but use turnovers to help run up the score.“They’re [OSU’s defense] gonna score more points than the other team every game,” said some guy I met in line at the Food Pyramid. “They’ll be like a brick wall, but a brick wall that can catch and run really well. So a brick wall with hands and feet. Think about that. That’s no kind of monster I’d want to face.”With this much offensive and defensive fire power, OSU’s special teams might be left behind.“Man that kid, what’s his name, Rogen?” said a strange woman yelling at me across the parking lot. “Rogen is gonna need to get a comfortable chair since he’ll spend most of his time there this season. Heck, they don’t even need to have him put on pads. They’ll go for 2 every time! Hey, stop running, I’ve got more to say!”After escaping, we managed to catch up with head coach Mike Gundy to ask him about his thoughts on being guaranteed a national title.“Unless there’s a title in dancing, I don’t think I’m guaranteed anything,” said Gundy. “But I appreciate the support. We go out there every day and work hard and it’s nice to get the support of the fans. Sometimes you do your best and folks don’t appreciate it and sometimes they do. Not much we can do about that other than work hard and stay hydrated.”Gundy then promptly downed a cup of orange koolaid and walked back to the practice field.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

New Applicants Begin Spanish Programme at Venezuelan Institute

first_imgStory Highlights Mrs. Gutiérrez told JIS News that the Institute has over 200 students at various levels, including students attending the guitar classes. Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Luisa Gutiérrez, welcomed the new students at a ceremony held on February 19 at the Institute. Forty-two Jamaicans have started a two-year Spanish programme at the Venezuelan Institute. Forty-two Jamaicans have started a two-year Spanish programme at the Venezuelan Institute.The Institute, located at 24 Windsor Avenue in Kingston, offers complimentary Spanish and guitar classes for children and adults.Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Luisa Gutiérrez, welcomed the new students at a ceremony held on February 19 at the Institute.The students will remain at the basic level for a period of 10 weeks before moving on to the intermediate, advanced and superior levels of training.Mrs. Gutiérrez told JIS News that the Institute has over 200 students at various levels, including students attending the guitar classes.She said another batch of students will join the Institute in May 2018. Persons interested in learning Spanish can call the Venezuelan Institute at 631-3489 or email ivccjamaica@gmail.com, or contact the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, 36 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.Meanwhile, Mrs. Gutiérrez said the Institute will resume its conversational Spanish class on Friday, February 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m., noting that the class will focus on improving the oral skills of participants. It will be open to candidates who have completed classes at the Institute.“We will have films in Spanish about Venezuelan history, about the Caribbean region and Latin American countries. We want people to improve their levels of Spanish and practise speaking in Spanish,” she said, adding that native Venezuelans will be present to support the programme.The Chargé d’Affaires said the facilitators of the conversational class will be rotated, adding that it is important for students to interact with different teachers to hear different pronunciations of the Spanish language.The Venezuelan Institute has been offering free Spanish classes in Jamaica for more than 40 years.last_img read more

More Organizations Sign Come to life Charter

first_imgSeven new organizations have signed Nova Scotia’s “Come to life” initiative charter, bringing to 12 the number of organizations that have pledged to promote Nova Scotia and its attributes wherever they do business. Credit Union Central, EduNova, Atlantic Superstore, RCR Hospitality Group, Greater Halifax Partnership, Heritage Gas, and International Language Institute signed the charter recently, along with Premier John Hamm and Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. “As Nova Scotians, we all know this is a wonderful place to work, raise a family and enjoy life,” said Premier Hamm. “We have to work together to bring Nova Scotia’s unique attributes to the rest of the world. By co-operating with the private sector, groups and individuals across the province we will ensure that our story is told, and heard.” These organizations join High Liner Foods, Alexander Keith’s, Halifax International Airport Authority, Scotia Slate, and the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association as charter members. The charter formalizes the involvement of public- and private-sector organizations in telling Nova Scotia’s story. As a charter member, each organization agrees to help develop and support the “Come to life” initiative. “It’s encouraging to have these groups, organizations, and businesses signing the charter. It reinforces our goal of bringing our story to the world,” said Mr. Fage. “Every day we work to create a place where our young people can build homes, build futures, and fulfil dreams. These organizations share that vision and are now official champions of this wonderful province.” Nova Scotia’s “Come to life” initiative uses eight simple words to describe the attributes that make this province and its people unique: coastal, accessible, safe, genuine, dependable, creative, innovative, and resourceful. Taken as a whole, these attributes help embody the variety and balance that give the province its unrivalled quality of life. “Come to life” markets Nova Scotia as an excellent place in which to live, work, invest, play, and visit. “The ‘Come to life’ initiative certainly complements the philosophy and the values of credit unions in our province,” said Bernie O’Neil, president and CEO, Credit Union Central. “We are very much committed to Nova Scotia, to providing service throughout the province, with a very strong commitment to rural areas and community economic development in all areas of our province.” Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia helps credit unions meet the needs of their members. There are 37 credit unions in Nova Scotia, with 84 locations. More than 168,000 people in Nova Scotia belong to credit unions, which are locally owned, managed and staffed, and which invest profits in Nova Scotia communities. Atlantic Superstore is operated by Atlantic Wholesalers Ltd., which also operates the SuperValu and Save Easy chains. Distribution centres in Halifax and Moncton support the retail network, franchise group stores, large independent retailers, and cash and carry outlets. The company employs more than 11,000 people across Atlantic Canada. “Atlantic Superstore is extremely pleased to be able to participate in this exciting new initiative with the province,” said Dirk Romyn, vice-president, marketing, Atlantic Superstore. “The attributes of Nova Scotia, as described in the ‘Come to life’ campaign, will have a great deal of relevance for our many customers, suppliers and employees across Atlantic Canada.” Another supporter of the initiative is EduNova, a not-for-profit association of university and community colleges, school boards and private-sector training firms committed to developing Nova Scotia’s economy through the export of education and training services. The global demand for education and training is an estimated $2 trillion industry. About 4,000 international students also contribute to the province’s economy while studying in Nova Scotia. “EduNova is proud to align our marketing efforts with the ‘Come to life’ initiative. The education sector is an important strength and there is tremendous value in collaborating with the province to jointly promote Nova Scotia as a knowledge-rich province,” said Ava Czapalay, president and CEO, EduNova. The Greater Halifax Partnership was established in 1996 and is now one of North America’s most effective economic development groups. Its public-private partnership involves more than 130 private-sector companies, three levels of government and a staff of business professionals. Established in 1974, RCR Hospitality Group is a Halifax-based restaurant and catering company. RCR has owned and operated more than a dozen restaurants and now operates the Waterfront Warehouse and Victory Arms Pub, as well as a full-service catering and event-planning company. Heritage Gas Limited is a Nova Scotia-based company formed to obtain and operate a full, regulation-class natural gas distribution franchise for Nova Scotia. SaskEnergy Inc. is the majority shareholder with 50.1 per cent, while Scotia Investments Limited owns 25 per cent, and AltaGas Utility Holdings (Nova Scotia) Inc. owns 24.9 per cent of the company. International Language Institute is Nova Scotia’s oldest independent language school, an official language-training centre for the Canadian government, and a certified Cambridge teacher training centre. Since 1983, the institute has helped adults from all over the world learn English.last_img read more

OFB generates solar power reduces power intake cost

first_imgKolkata: The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has significantly reduced cost of electricity consumption by generating solar power in its various units across the country, an official said here Friday. The OFB is working towards achieving the goal of meeting 45 per cent of its total energy requirements through the solar power route, the official said. The use of solar power has significantly reduced OFB’s cost of electricity consumption from Rs 463.22 lakh during 2015-16 to Rs 163.78 lakh during 2018-19, he said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”As part of the ongoing efforts to promote ecologically sustainable growth to generate carbon-free clean energy and to reduce expenditure on electricity, the OFB is participating in the National Solar Mission to increase its solar power use to 45 per cent of total consumption,” he said. The installation of grid-connected solar power projects in various OFB units have resulted in generation of approximately 1,47,12,072.14 units of electrical power till November 2018, he said.last_img read more

WWF says global wildlife populations declined 60 per cent demands action

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian wildlife are not exempt from a “global biodiversity crisis” that is devastating worldwide animal populations, according to a stark new report by the World Wildlife Fund.The group says in its its 2018 Living Planet Report that global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 per cent in the last four decades.In Canada, mammal populations dropped by 43 per cent, amphibian and reptile populations dropped by 34 per cent, fish populations dropped by 20 per cent, and some types of birds have lost between 43 and 69 per cent of their populations.“Our constantly increasing demands on nature are driving wildlife to extinction. It’s not just elephants, freshwater dolphins and rhinos, but Canadian wildlife too,” Megan Leslie, WWF-Canada president and CEO, said in a release.“Caribou, southern resident killer whales, burrowing owls — these Canadian species have been pushed to the brink by human impacts on nature.”The WWF is asking the government to make a number of changes to curb the further loss of Canadian species.These changes include creating new networks of protected areas for both terrestrial and inland waters, and marine protected areas. The organization would also like to see Ottawa phase out fossil fuel subsidies and use that funding to support habitat-friendly renewable energy development.It has asked that the Impact Assessment Act be updated to ensure development decisions are made based on climate and biodiversity impacts.Leslie also said Canada has committed to new land protections the size of Alberta by 2020, and if it’s done right, the country could make “meaningful progress” on protecting Canadian wildlife.“But if we squander this opportunity, we will condemn many more species to population loss and even extinction,” she cautioned.Internationally, the organization found that wildlife population declines are especially significant in the tropics, with an 89 per cent loss reported in South and Central America and the Caribbean since 1970.The WWF attributed the global drop in animal populations to habitat loss, due to agriculture and over-exploitation of species.“Only one-quarter of land on Earth is free from impacts of human activities and that number is projected to decline to just one-tenth by 2050,” the organization said.As well, a Living Planet Freshwater Index showed an 83 per cent decline in freshwater species since 1970.The report used indicators from the Living Planet Index, the Species Habitat Index, the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List Index and the Biodiversity Intactness Index.last_img read more

Edmonton judge to rule on Khadr request for eased bail conditions

first_imgEDMONTON — An Edmonton judge is to rule Friday on former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr’s request for relaxed bail conditions and a Canadian passport.His lawyer Nathan Whitling said it’s not fair that Khadr’s life remains restricted by a stalled U.S. court process with no end in sight.“His case is different because of the extraordinarily long time that he’s been on bail … because of the extraordinary delays that have occurred with his foreign appeal,” Whitling said in an interview.Khadr, 32, wants to be able to travel to Toronto without the approval of his bail supervisor to visit his family more easily and to make court appearances related to a civil lawsuit filed by the family of an American soldier killed in the Afghanistan firefight in which Khadr was capturedHe also wants unsupervised conversations with his sister and a Canadian passport so that he can make the hajj to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Islamic religious pilgrimage is considered obligatory for practising Muslims.Currently, he must contact his bail supervisor if he wants to leave Alberta. He can only talk under supervision to his sister Zaynab, who has spoken in favour of al-Qaida and was investigated in Canada more than a decade ago for helping the terrorist network.Khadr said his sister now lives in the country of Georgia.He has been on bail since May 2015, when it was granted by an Alberta judge pending appeal of Khadr’s conviction by a U.S. military commission on alleged war crimes. The appeal in the U.S. has stalled and Khadr has no idea of how long his bail conditions will last.“In Canada, appeals move quickly,” Whitling said. “This is pending a foreign appeal, which has never happened before and this foreign appeal is extraordinarily slow.”He said his client has lived quietly for years, is happily married, follows bail conditions to the letter and poses no threat. Khadr’s affidavit says he has been to Toronto eight times without issue since the conditions were imposed.It’s the latest of several attempts for relaxed bail conditions. In 2017, a judge denied most of his requests.Khadr was sent to the notorious U.S. military holding facility at Guantanamo Bay in 2002 after he was captured and accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in 2002.He was 15 at the time and says he can’t remember killing the soldier. He says he only confessed to the crime to get out of Guantanamo and into the Canadian justice system.In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that Khadr’s rights were violated while he was in captivity in the U.S. and that the Canadian government had contributed to that. Khadr settled a lawsuit against Ottawa in 2017 with a $10.5-million payout.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

WE ARE FULLY BOOKED BC HOUSING SAYS OF ALL THE RIVERVIEW FILMING

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Rattenbury said Riverview is popular because of its private location, versatility — offering green spaces as well as older buildings with pre-built sets — ample onsite parking and proximity to Mundy and Minnekhada parks as well as the urban City Centre.And though BC Housing doesn’t name what TV or movies have been shot there, productions such as Deadpool 2 — starring Vancouver-raised Ryan Reynolds — have clear images of the East and West Lawn buildings, Crease Clinic and surrounding areas.Rattenbury said Riverview can see up to five companies on site per day, either prepping, cleaning up or actively filming; all are monitored by BC Housing film liaison officers 24/7 to ensure safety and security protocols are met. “It’s something that we take quite seriously,” she told the committee, chaired by Coun. Craig Hodge. “We don’t want to see tire tracks or trees lost.”As well, companies also have strict guidelines for filming at Riverview, she said: Producers must provide a synopsis and a copy of the film script to BC Housing for review; filming that negatively depicts mental health or religion — or sex or nude scenes — is banned.As well, movie companies are require to have $5 million in commercial general liability insurance per occurrence, and there is a no visitors rule.Still, despite the tough measures, Riverview is fully booked into next year.“We are at a maximum film capacity at Riverview,” said Sheryl Peters, BC Housing’s director of land development. “We can’t physically take them any more.”Rattenbury estimated each team spends up to $250,000 daily on filming days in B.C. on such goods and services as hotels and restaurants, and equipment rentals.According to 20th Century Fox, more than 3,700 cast, crew and extras were hired for Deadpool 2 and, in its 80 days of filming, accounted for $2 million in construction supplies, $2 million in transportation and car rentals, $1.4 million on catering and craft services, $1.4 million on accommodation, $900,000 on wardrobe and dry cleaning, and $500,000 in gasoline.“Coquitlam is lucky to be the home of one of the busiest and most-sought after film locations in Canada: Riverview,” said David Munro, the city’s manager of economic development. “Coquitlam not only benefits from the jobs and economic impact generated by productions at Riverview but also from the spin-off productions that occur in other areas of the community. Having a core film sector asset such as Riverview helps market Coquitlam as a destination for filming.“Deadpool — aka Ryan Reynolds — at Riverview with Canada’s minister of national defence Harjit Singh Sajjan, during the filming of the blockbuster last August. (TWITTER @HARJITSAJJAN)Meanwhile, Andrea Aleck, chief officer for special projects for KFN Enterprises, a branch of the Kwikwetlem First Nation (KFN) which has a land claim on the Riverview lands, said its new heritage certificate program for people working at Riverview will train up to 200 participants by the end of July.“We are getting queries from other First Nations who want to run the program, too,” Peters said. “It’s a success.”Aleck said KFN is currently putting its artistic stamp around Riverview with public realm elements (i.e., street lamps, crosswalks, electrical boxes) with First Nations designs.As well, Squamish First Nation artist Jody Broomfield — the creator of the Coquitlam salmon public art for the city’s 125th year — is creating blue heron artwork in the Valleyview gym; KFN says Riverview was once the nesting area for the birds.By Janis Cleugh / Tri-City News  A still from Deadpool 2, with East Lawn at Riverview burning in the background. The building was used in the movie as an orphanage for troubled mutant youth. (Photograph By 20TH CENTURY FOX)center_img Twitter Login/Register With: Riverview Hospital may have a history steeped in mental health and recovery but it’s future as a filming site isn’t dimming anytime soon.Yesterday (Wednesday), an official from BC Housing, which manages the 244-acre grounds in Coquitlam, told the city’s Riverview Lands Advisory Committee it handled 200 contracts from movie producers in the last fiscal year — up from 40 in 2004.As a result, it’s the most popular filming location in Canada outside of a studio, said Brenda Rattenbury, the agency’s senior manager of film and special events. Advertisementlast_img read more

7 Million Moroccans Suffer from Obesity UN Report

Rabat – Seven million Moroccans, or an astonishing 20.6 percent of the population, were suffering from obesity as of 2014, a 5.4 percent increase compared to 2005, according to UN State of Food Security and Nutrition in their World 2017 report.The number of Moroccans over 18 suffering from obesity has increased from 5,300,000 in 2004 to 7,000,000 in 2014, said the report, which noted that Morocco is not the exception, as “adult obesity is rising everywhere at an accelerating pace.”Released last Friday, the report indicated that while adult obesity has increased in Morocco, childhood obesity decreased from 4,656,000 cases, or 13.3 percent. in 2005 to 3,745,000, or 10.7 percent, in 2016. Although childhood obesity has decreased in Morocco, the prevalence of the condition, which increases risk of premature death, heart diseases, circulatory disorders, hypertension, diabetes, and breathing difficulties as well as psychological suffering, is still relatively high.The report indicated that obesity among children is due to several factors, including “growing up in obesogenic environments that encourage unhealthy food preferences and inadequate physical activity patterns, which in turn lead to weight gain and obesity.”Worldwide prevalence of obesity has more than doubled between 1980 and 2014.In 2014, 13 percent of the world’s adult population was classified as obese.The condition is more common among women, with 15 percent of all Moroccan women suffering from obesity, compared to men with a rate of 11 percent.The phenomenon is most severe in North America, Europe, and Oceania, where 28 percent of adults are classified as obese, compared with 7 percent in Asia and 11 percent in Africa, said the report.The UN continued to say that in Latin America and the Caribbean, roughly one-quarter of the adult population is currently considered obese.Morocco reduced the prevalence rate of undernourishment from 5.8 percent in 2004-06 to 3.5 percent in 2014-16, leading to fight against the spread of hunger in the MENA region.In North Africa, the under nourishment rate is estimated at 10.7 percent. The kingdom is ahead of Tunisia, where the rate is 5 percent rate, Algeria with 4.6 percent, and Egypt with 4.5 percent.In 2016, an episode ofChannel 2’s TV program, “The Obesity Challenge,” stated that roughly 10 million Moroccans live with obesity, while the World Health Organization (WHO) reported in the same year thatthat an “alarming” 14 percent of all Moroccan children suffer from obesity. read more

Police digest 10000 home theatre stolen

A home entertainment system with an estimated value of $10,000 was reported stolen near Delhi last week.The break-and-enter was brought to the attention of police around 10 p.m. last Wednesday.Police have determined that the break-in occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday. Taken was a projector, a screen and a sound system.“The OPP are continuing to investigate and are urging all community members to contact police to report suspicious activity,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.Police seek suspected thiefPolice have a good idea of who they are looking for after receiving two eyewitness accounts regarding a man who attempted to break into a vehicle in Simcoe.Around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, the suspect was confronted as he tried to break into a Jeep that was parked at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.“Officers arrived and subsequently spoke to witnesses who identified the suspect as an 18-year-old Norfolk County male,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“Investigators are continuing to investigate and will seek a warrant for the arrest of the suspect.”Mischief most foul A vandal in Simcoe left a biohazard behind following an incident on Cedar Street.Police were called to the apartment building last Thursday.Police have determined that – between last Tuesday and Thursday – someone smeared excrement on the wall of a stairwell inside the building.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Broken window leads to charges A Norfolk man was charged after a home was damaged in Simcoe last week.Around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, a man and a woman had an argument on King Lane. As the male left the premise, a window was damaged.Police subsequently located the suspect and took him into custody.A 26-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with mischief under $5,000 and causing a disturbance.Home trashed in Simcoe A Norfolk man faces several charges after damaging the interior of a home in Simcoe last week.Police were alerted to the damage around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Norfolk OPP report the suspect engaged a woman in an argument before the damage occurred.Police took the man into custody without incident. However, an incident at the Norfolk OPP detachment on the Queensway West in Simcoe resulted in additional charges against the suspect.Police report the suspect leveled threats against two civilians and a police officer.A 32-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, two counts of mischief under $5,000, and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.Charges laid after cab damaged A Norfolk man was charged after a taxi cab was damaged in Port Dover last week.Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a cab driver dropped off several fares in the area of Greenock Street West.One of the passengers got into an argument with the driver, at which time damage was done to the taxi cab.Police were contacted and a 22-year-old Norfolk man was charged with mischief under $5,000.Vehicle egged near Courtland A vehicle was egged on Jackson Side Road near Courtland this weekend.The situation was brought to the attention of police around 7 a.m. Saturday.Police report the vehicle was also smeared with an unknown foam-like substance.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Shoplifting incident Police would like to speak to a man who entered a local convenience store last week and allegedly left without paying for merchandise.The suspect was captured on video at the Target convenience store and gas bar on the Queensway West in Simcoe around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.Anyone with information that might lead to the identity of the suspect in the photo can share what they know with the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Callers can also share information with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

Annan appeals to businesses to work with UN to make world fairer

“Perhaps no one has more at stake than the business community itself,” the Secretary-General said in opening remarks at the one-day Global Compact Leaders Summit, which is examining the impact of the initiative he launched in 1999 to promote better corporate practices in human rights, labour and the environment. “You have helped drive globalization [and] have benefited greatly from it. Your vision, strategies, and organization embody it. And you have even more to hope from it in the future,” he told the largest and highest-level gathering of business, labour and civil society leaders ever held at the United Nations. Mr. Annan noted that from an initial group of fewer than 50 firms, the Compact has grown over the last four years to encompass more than 1,500 businesses from 70 countries. It also includes the major international labour federations, representing more than 150 million workers worldwide. Participants also have agreed to include a 10th principle dealing with corruption, reflecting the recently adopted UN treaty on that issue. Nevertheless, he said, existing commitments within the Compact need to be more fully integrated into mainstream business strategies and practices, and the Compact’s activities must also enable more companies – and more people – to play an effective part at the local level. The Compact should also have a governance structure in which leaders from all participating sectors play an active part to allow its potential to be fully sustained, and it must also contribute to improved public governance, at both national and global levels, if it is to bring about beneficial changes, the Secretary-General stressed. However, with threats to globalization much more real now than before, and international terrorism an unmistakable threat to peace, stability and open borders, it was incumbent on all stakeholders “to protect our common space, building on what unites us,” he said. “Our fragile global order stands in jeopardy today. Securing its future requires your resources and capacities, your advocacy, and your leadership. It calls for the unique contributions that only private enterprise can make to the creation of public value, at home and abroad,” he declared. “So I ask all of you to work together – business, civil society, labour and governments and, of course, us – and to work with the United Nations, to reduce the global risks we all face, and to realize the promise of a fairer more stable world,” he said. read more

World population to hit 98 billion by 2050 despite nearly universal lower

Global Fertility Rate World Population In contrast, the birth rate in Europe was 1.6 births per woman in 2010-2015, up from 1.4 births in 2010-2015.“During 2010-2015, fertility was below the replacement level in 83 countries comprising 46 per cent of the world’s population,” according to the report. The lower fertility rates are resulting in an ageing population, with the number of people aged 60 or over expected to more than double by 2050 and triple by 2100, from the current 962 million to 3.1 billion. Africa, which has the youngest age distribution of any region, is projected to experience a rapid ageing of its population, the report noted. “Although the African population will remain relatively young for several more decades, the percentage of its population aged 60 or over is expected to rise from five per cent in 2017 to around nine per cent in 2050, and then to nearly 20 per cent by the end of the century,” the authors wrote. In terms of other population trends depicted in the report, the population of India, which currently ranks as the second most populous country with 1.3 billion inhabitants, will surpass China’s 1.4 billion citizens, by 2024. By 2050, the third most populous country will be Nigeria, which currently ranks seventh, and which is poised to replace the United States.The report also noted the impacts of the flows of migrants and refugees between countries, in particular noting the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis and the estimated outflow of 4.2 million people in 2010-2015. In terms of migration, “although international migration at or around current levels will be insufficient to compensate fully for the expected loss of population tied to low levels of fertility, especially in the European region, the movement of people between countries can help attenuate some of the adverse consequences of population ageing,” the authors wrote. The concentration of global population growth is in the poorest countries, according to World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, presenting a challenge as the international community seeks to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which seeks to end poverty and preserve the planet.“With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline,” said the report’s authors at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. At this rate, the world population is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and surpass 11.2 billion in 2100.The growth is expected to come, in part, from the 47 least developed countries, where the fertility rate is around 4.3 births per woman, and whose population is expected to reach 1.9 billion people in 2050 from the current estimate of one billion.In addition, the populations in 26 African countries are likely to “at least double” by 2050, according to the report. That trend comes despite lower fertility rates in nearly all regions of the world, including in Africa, where rates fell from 5.1 births per woman from 2000-2005 to 4.7 births from 2010-2015. Ageing Population read more

Brock aims to increase SpringSummer course accessibility

Through free parking, flexible scheduling and reduced accommodation costs, Brock University is working to make its Spring/Summer courses more accessible than ever.Registration for the University’s Spring/Summer term opens Monday, March 5 with a variety of online and in-class offerings available to help students advance their education. For many students, the term is an opportunity to accelerate their degree.“Brock’s Spring/Summer course offerings are designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing students to choose from online, blended and accelerated course formats,” said Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Success. “Together with the option of free parking, we are hopeful that students will be able to both facilitate their degree completion and balance summer employment opportunities.”Adding value to the Spring/Summer term is a new parking model the University is rolling out to make campus more accessible for students as well as the broader Niagara community. Brock is introducing free parking in Zones 1 and 2 from May 1 through Aug. 31, during which parking permits and meter receipts will not be required.For students who wish to stay on campus during the Spring/Summer term, Brock is also offering reduced residence rates between May and August. This will allow students from outside of Niagara or those from another institution looking to take a course by Letter of Permission, the opportunity to live on site while studying.The Spring/Summer term provides students the chance to get ahead on their degree, pick up a context requirement or elective that is in high demand in the fall, retake a course to improve their mark or take courses in support of a change in major.A full list of Spring/Summer courses is available at brocku.ca/springsummer read more

Man who shot toddler in the head with an air rifle and

first_imgThe toddler underwent emergency surgery after suffering the serious head injury  Harry began crying and climbed up the sofa so he was next to his mother. The court heard Walters aimed the gun at the toddler and fired it right into his head, causing a significant head injury.In a statement released after the hearing, Harry’s parents said the toddler’s struggled would continue for the rest of his life. “That cannot be changed,” they said. “Fortunately we still have Harry in our lives. We are looking forwards now and not backwards.”They added: “As a family we would like to see changes made to the law so that people who possess high powered air rifles are made to be more responsible for their actions while at home or elsewhere.” “Only the resolution of Harry in his fight for life and the brilliance of the surgical team saved him.”But for your grossly irresponsible behaviour, Harry Studley would today be a bouncing little boy with unlimited expectations ahead of him in life.”The judge said Harry is showing symptoms of epilepsy and has badly impaired vision “and will so suffer for life”.”Many recreations and pleasures will be denied to Harry both in his youth and his adult life,” the judge added. “The impaired vision is severely limiting as well. There is a probably personality change also.”The court heard Walters and his partner, Emma Horseman, 24, were good friends with Harry’s parents, Amy Allen and Edward Studley. Both couples lived at Oak House, a block of flats in Bishop Avenue in Bristol.Miss Allen brought Harry to the couple’s flat, where Miss Horseman and her children were, on July 1 last year. Walters later arrived, removed his air rifle from the cupboard and started cleaning it in preparation for shooting rats the following day. The toddler underwent emergency surgery after suffering the serious head injury Credit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire  A man who shot a crying 18-month-old boy in the head with an air rifle and left him with permanent disabilities has been jailed for two years.Jordan Walters, 25, fired the weapon at Harry Studley, who was left fighting for life and with permanent disabilities.The toddler underwent emergency surgery after suffering the serious head injury at Walters’ flat in Hartcliffe, Bristol, on July 1. Many recreations and pleasures will be denied to Harry both in his youth and his adult lifeJudge Julian Lambertcenter_img He has been left with limited vision in both eyes, daily post-traumatic seizures and finds it difficult to recognise his parents.Bristol Crown Court heard Walters dialled 999 after the incident and later pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.Judge Julian Lambert jailed Walters for two years and described his actions as “grossly irresponsible”.”You bear a very heavy burden of responsibility for a crime that left a little boy fighting for his life and which leaves him with serious permanent disability,” the judge told Walters. The air rifle used to shoot Harry in the head The air rifle used to shoot Harry in the headCredit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

MC Mining looks to expansion at Uitkomst with new funding

first_imgMC Mining Ltd, operating in South Africa, is pleased to announce that its 70% owned Uitkomst Colliery has secured a ZAR20 million (approximately $1.4 million) facility from ABSA Bank, a major South African financial services provider.Uitkomst transitioned to an owner-operated mine in August 2018 with the acquisition of the independent underground mining contractor’s business operations, which included mining equipment and the transfer of approximately 340 contractor employees. Following this, the Colliery secured a five year, ZAR15 million, asset finance facility from ABSA, used to finance new underground mining equipment. The cash flows generated by Uitkomst are greater than envisaged when the colliery was acquired in June 2017 and the facility will be used to fund short-term working capital requirements and potential expansion opportunities. The facility has a floating coupon at the South African Prime rate (currently 10.0% per annum) plus 1.0%, with Uitkomst debtors ceded as security and is subject to annual review. David Brown, MC Mining’s Chief Executive Officer commented: “The facility further enhances our relationship with ABSA and is an endorsement by an independent financial institution of the potential of Uitkomst Colliery and its ability to deliver on tonnage targets coupled with prevailing favourable coal prices. In addition, MC Mining continues to progress with various initiatives relating to the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project with further updates to come.”last_img read more

Eagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle

first_imgStay on target Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterNature Cam Captures Black Bear Feeding at Condor Sanctuary A nature photographer captured a jaw-dropping mid-air battle between a bald eagle and a red fox fighting over a rabbit meal. The incredible image, captured by photographer Kevin Ebi, recently won an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards.Ebi captured the wild encounter at San Juan Island National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, in Washington.“I had spent the day photographing foxes and was panning with this kit running with its prey when an unmistakable cry made me look up. I just knew the eagle racing our way was after the fox’s rabbit,” Ebi told Audubon. “I expected to have only a split second to capture the theft in one explosive frame; instead the eagle snagged the fox and rabbit, carrying both 20 feet off the ground. After eight seconds it dropped the fox, seemingly unharmed, and flew away with its stolen dinner.”The Audubon Photography Awards celebrate the year’s best images of birds and the landscapes they inhabit. Now in its 10th year, the Awards received more than 2,500 entrants, hailing from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories.See all the winners of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards below.View as: One Page Slides1. Grand Prize Winner: Kathrin SwobodaPhoto: Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography AwardsRed-winged Blackbird at Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia2. Amateur Winner: Mariam KamalPhoto: Mariam Kamal/Audubon Photography AwardsWhite-necked Jacobin at Dave & Dave’s Nature Park, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica3. Youth Winner: Sebastian VelasquezPhoto: Sebastian Velasquez/Audubon Photography AwardsHorned Puffin at Alaska SeaLife Center (accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Seward, Alaska4. Professional Winner: Elizabeth BoehmPhoto: Elizabeth Boehm/Audubon Photography AwardsGreater Sage-Grouse at Pinedale, Wyoming5. Plants for Birds Winner: Michael SchultePhoto: Michael Schulte/Audubon Photography AwardsHooded Oriole on a California fan palm at San Diego, California6. Fisher Prize Winner: Ly DangPhoto: Ly Dang/Audubon Photography AwardsBlack-browed Albatross at Saunders Island, Falkland Islands7. Amateur Honorable Mention: Melissa RowellPhoto: Melissa Rowell/Audubon Photography AwardsGreat Blue Heron at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida8. Professional Honorable Mention: Kevin EbiPhoto: Kevin Ebi/Audubon Photography AwardsBald Eagle and red fox at San Juan Island National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, Washington9. Plants for Birds Honorable Mention: Joseph PrzybylaPhoto: Joseph Przybyla/Audubon Photography AwardsPurple Gallinule on a fire flag at Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, Florida10. Youth Honorable Mention: Garrett SheetsPhoto: Garrett Sheets/Audubon Photography AwardsBobolink at Dunn Ranch Prairie, Lincoln Township, MissouriMore on Geek.com:Can You Spot the Bobcat Kitten in This Photo?Here’s the World’s First Image of a Rare Albino Giant Panda in the WildWatch: Photographer Captures ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ in Finnish Forestlast_img read more

Dzeko rues ungiven penalty

first_imgWhile conceding that their mistakes proved to be ultimately costly in their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona, Edin Dzeko rued the ungiven penalty “that could have changed the game”In the opening 10 minutes of the first leg, the Bosnian was fouled by Nelson Semedo with the referee Danny Makkelie waving aside all appeals for a penalty and allowing the match to proceed.Afterwards, Barcelona capitalized on the decision with two own goals and a Gerard Pique effort giving them a 3-0 lead. Although Dzeko did pull on back for Roma, Luis Suarez restored their the host’s strong advantage with fourth late on.“I think that, right from the start, we tried to play as we always do by pressing high, even knowing that they are an incredibly strong side,” said Dzeko, according to the club website.“We have tried everything, which is a shame, as 4-1 is a tough result to take.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Manchester City forward has called for referees to be braver in making decisions against Barcelona: “The penalty could have changed the game. The referee needs to have the courage to give a penalty against Barcelona, because we are also in the quarter-finals and all of the teams here have earned the right to play.”Dzeko was unsure as to whether playing Barcelona at the Nou Camp had a negative effect on the side, but is confident that Roma will bounce strongly against Florentina in their next game.“I don’t know whether it’s a question of mentality; they are a better side than us and everyone is aware of this,” said the 32 year-old.“3-1 would have been a better result but when you make so many errors against a side this good you get punished. “[Now] we have to bounce back against Fiorentina. It’s an important game in ensuring we play in next season’s Champions League. After that, we’ll think about Barcelona again.”last_img read more

Trump calls NY attorney general a political hack

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — Donald Trump on Monday defended his Trump University as a booming success for student entrepreneurs and blasted New York’s attorney general, who called it a scam.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shot back that Trump is making wild accusations, just like others who commit fraud and get caught.“We have a terrific school. It’s done a fantastic job,” Trump told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We have a 98 percent approval rating among students.”Trump held several TV interviews to further contest the lawsuit filed Saturday by Schneiderman, which alleges the real estate mogul helped run a phony university that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars.“This is a political hack looking to get publicity,” Trump said.His attorney, Michael Cohen, said Saturday that Schneiderman was upset the reality TV star didn’t give him more campaign contributions, which he claims Schneiderman sought even while investigating Trump University. Cohen called it extortion.Trump, in interviews with “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today,” denied Schneiderman’s claims that he never met with students and didn’t pick instructors.last_img read more

Possible Apple Investigation

first_imgThese figures very well may change as Dell, HP and Motorola are set to release tablets within the upcoming months. According to the Wall Street Journal, publishing companies aren’t the only groups weary of Apple’s new subscription app model for the iPad tablet. Reportedly, both the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have begun examining the terms of the model, according to people familiar with the matter. In question is whether or not Apple is violating U.S. antitrust laws by directing media companies’ customers into the iTunes store’s payment system and the 30 percentage share Apple receives when a subscriber buys through iTunes. Apple’s sub model may draw more than just complaints from publishers. A Michigan health-insurance company was recently sued by the Justice Department due to allegedly utilizing clauses similar to Apple’s in order to “hobble rivals”. To build a relevant case, antitrust enforcers would have to demonstrate that Apple holds market power and is abusing it. Apple only corners 16 percentage of the mobile market with the iPhone, but holds 75 percentage of the worldwide tablet market. They would also have to determine to what extent publishers have to depend on Apple’s technology to deliver their product to consumers. last_img read more

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