Darfur joint UN African envoy meets with local authorities on security

The Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada expressed appreciation for the good relationship between the hybrid AU-UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, and the State Governments and reiterated the mission’s commitment to fulfil its mandate of protecting civilians, in meetings with the Deputy Governor of South Darfur, as well as the Deputy Governor of West Darfur.He expressed appreciation for the good relationship between UNAMID and the State Governments and reiterated the peacekeeping operation’s commitment to fulfil its mandate of protecting civilians, said a UN spokesperson. In a related development UNAMID reported today that the remainder of the Egyptian infantry battalion, consisting of 93 peacekeepers, started arriving at its base in El Fasher, North Darfur. A second group, also consisting of 93 peacekeepers, is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, bringing the battalion’s strength to 850, with the Egyptian contribution to the Mission at 1,588, and a total UNAMID military force of 12,937. The force was set up by the Security Council to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. One year from the transfer of responsibility to UNAMID from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), over 60 per cent of the 19,555 military personnel authorized by the Security Council are now in place.In other news, UNAMID today received information that armed militiamen opened fire in a market in El Fasher. The cause of the shooting is still unknown and UNAMID security is investigating the incident. 2 March 2009The joint Darfur envoy of the United Nations and the African Union (AU) today travelled to Nyala, South Darfur, and El Geneina, West Darfur, to discuss security problems with local authorities of the strife-torn region of Sudan. read more

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Canada steadily losing competitive edge

Too often, Canada fails to commercialize its good ideas into marketable products and services or capture the value from growthOTTAWA — Canada’s economic competitiveness on the world stage is being pulled down by — among other things — government handling of the innovation file, says an annual report from the World Economic Forum.Canada slipped two notches to 14th place in the forum’s ranking of global economic competitiveness, released Wednesday.While the survey finds Canada benefits from highly efficient markets and excellent infrastructure, it is “being dragged down by a less favourable assessment of the quality of its research institutions and the government’s role in promoting innovation through procurement practices.”The report also notes a “slight” downward trend in Canada’s performance in higher education, “driven by lower university enrollment rates and a decline in the extent to which staff is being trained at the workplace.”The forum ranks a country’s competitiveness according to factors such as the state of its infrastructure and its ability to foster innovation.The Conference Board of Canada, which assisted the forum in the gathering the information, says the country is not “taking full advantage of our strong economic fundamentals.”[np-related]“Too often, Canada fails to commercialize its good ideas into marketable products and services or capture the value from growth,” said board president and CEO Daniel Muzyka.“More needs to be done — all levels of government, all sizes of business, and all types of educational institutions have an important role to play.”The board notes that Canada has dropped five places in the global rankings since 2009. Canada’s banks, however, received top ranking for “soundness” from the World Economic Forum for a fifth consecutive year.“Canadian banks are well-capitalized, well-managed and well-regulated and have remained prudent lenders, and this has been recognized by the World Economic Forum in the rankings,” said Terry Campbell, president of the Canadian Bankers Association.“Our banks are a Canadian success story, serving Canadians well and contributing significantly to the growth of the Canadian economy.”The United States saw its ranking drop two places to seventh this year, even though the world’s largest economy saw its overall competitiveness rise on the back of its status as a global innovation powerhouse.Still, the forum says it found that some aspects of the U.S.’s political environment continue to raise concern among business leaders, “particularly the low public trust in politicians and a perceived lack of government efficiency.”The survey comes just a day before President Barack Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in his bid to defeat Republican candidate Mitt Romney in November’s election.A little over a year ago, the United States lost its triple A credit rating from Standard & Poor’s after a stand-off between Republicans and Democrats over the raising of the debt ceiling stoked fears of a potential debt default.Switzerland tops the overall rankings of 144 economies in the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-13 for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Singapore.The forum said Switzerland’s standing rests notably on its innovation and labour market efficiency, as well as the sophistication of its business sector.Including Switzerland, six northern European countries make up the Top 10. Others on the leaderboard include Hong Kong and Japan, while central African country Burundi brings up the rear.Though northern European countries have consolidated their positions since the financial crisis of 2008, the survey found that those in southern Europe, such as Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, continue to suffer from a host of economic problems, including poor access to financing and rigid labour markets.Greece is faring worst of Europe’s problem economies and is ranked at 96th.The Canadian Press, with files from The Associated Press read more

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Modi condoles with Sri Lanka sends emergency assistance

He said that India stands resolutely to help the Government and people of Sri Lanka and assistance is being rushed on an emergency basis. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent his condolences over the loss of lives due to inclement weather in Sri Lanka and has ordered urgent assistance to be sent to the country.“Deepest condolences and sympathies at loss of lives in Sri Lanka due to inclement weather, the Prime Minister said. Defence Ministry sources said on Friday that two Naval ships, one Naval Off Shore Patrol (NOPV) INS Sunayna and one survey ship INS Sutlej, are being sent to Colombo from Southern Naval Command in Kochi. “INS Sutlej has already embarked with relief material and INS Sunayana will leave shortly,” sources said.An Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster heavy transport aircraft is being sent from Palam Air Force station in Delhi with medicines, a water purification plant and tents. “The C-17 is scheduled to take-off at 1500 hrs and will halt in Chennai to pick up tents and then proceed to Colombo,” one officer said.Representatives from National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Disaster response Force (NDRF) will also be going in the aircraft, officials added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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US China resume trade talks with scant hopes for progress

SHANGHAI — U.S. and Chinese negotiators have resumed talks aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and technology amid scant expectations for progress.This week’s meeting is the first since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations that broke down in May.Economists say the truce is fragile and quick breakthroughs are unlikely because the two sides still face the same disagreements, with no indication either government is ready to offer major concessions.The dispute over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology has battered exporters on both sides and disrupted trade in goods from soybeans to medical equipment.The Associated Press read more

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Potash oil revenue down but Saskatchewan says it is still in the

REGINA – A drop of more than $400 million in potash and oil revenue has hit Saskatchewan’s bottom line, but the province says it is still in the black.The mid-year financial update released by the government Tuesday forecasts a $12.4 million surplus. It’s a big drop from the spring budget which initially estimated a $95 million surplus.“The decrease in the price of a barrel of oil has been significant. It’s very volatile,” said Saskatchewan Finance Minister Ken Krawetz.“I mean when we see $3 and $4 fluctuations, up and down from day-to-day, no one I think could project that. We don’t know what will be the result. Our projections today, I think, are based on very cautious numbers.”Overall revenue is projected at $11.2 billion — down $51 million from budget. Potash revenue dropped by $239.8 million and oil is down $164.6 million.Krawetz said despite a significant downturn in resource revenue, the budget remains balanced because of growth in other parts of the economy.The mid-year report says individual income tax is up $167.7 million, there is more revenue from a larger than expected crop in 2012 and ministries have been tightening their belts to find $61.2 million in savings.But the province also got a big boost with a one-time, $123 million resource surcharge that came from adopting new federal income tax rules.Krawetz acknowledged the province could have been in trouble without that money.“There would be other things that we would be looking at in terms of expense management, absolutely. That’s the benefit of mid-year projection. We’re able to look at all of the sources that provide additional dollars and we’re able to look at where we can adjust our expenditures,” he said.“In this case, the $123 million is a one-time partnership adjustment and we recognize that and that’s why there will be challenges for the financial planning for 2013-2014 and beyond.”Warren Lovely, with CIBC World Markets, said the update shows Saskatchewan’s economy continues to power ahead.There is pressure on resource revenue, but the real gross domestic product growth outlook is even brighter than in March, he said.“Within Canada, Saskatchewan remains a growth leader. The province now expects real GDP to grow by 3.1 per cent this year, in line with the private sector consensus and up from the 2.8 per cent projection in the March budget,” he wrote.“For the current year, the improved tone to real GDP growth captures sturdy domestic demand. Job creation, population growth, consumer spending and investment activity (both residential and non-residential) remains buoyant, and the province boasts top marks across a host of provincial economic indicators.“Consistent with its relative economic out-performance, Saskatchewan maintains a healthier budgetary position than other provinces,” he added.The budget was also balanced on what is called a summary financial basis, which takes into account all areas of government including Crown corporations.But the Opposition NDP said the budget update is off track.New Democrat Trent Wotherspoon said the resource revenue projections have been a concern “from day one.”“Unfortunately, that seems to be a reality that they were overly optimistic,” said Wotherspoon. “We still have some concern that maybe we should be more cautious than we are here at mid-year.” by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2012 4:49 pm MDT Potash, oil revenue down, but Saskatchewan says it is still in the black read more

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Security Council reiterates concern over alarming security situation in Africas Sahel

The 15-member body reiterated, in a presidential statement, the importance of a “coherent, comprehensive and coordinated approach encompassing governance, security, human rights, developmental and environmental aspects to respond to the threats across the Sahel region.” The Council also reaffirmed its commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of the Sahel region, while reiterating the importance of national and regional ownership of the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel. In that regard, it encouraged further close consultation between Member States of the Sahel, West Africa and the Maghreb as well as with regional, multilateral and other bilateral donors and partners to enhance the efforts to implement the Strategy.The Council also encouraged the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Sahel (OSES) to work closely with the Group of Five (G5) countries as well as other countries of the region.Gravely concerned about the activities in the Sahel region of terrorist organizations, the Council reiterated its concern over the serious threats to peace and security posed by armed conflict, the proliferation of arms and transnational organized crime and other illicit activities such as drug trafficking. The Council noted that the humanitarian situation in the Sahel is “extremely fragile” with at least 20 million people at risk of food insecurity and nearly five million children at risk of acute malnutrition. In that regard, the Council commended the efforts of the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the region and called on the international community to strengthen its support in areas which require immediate attention. The Sahel region stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and includes Mali, as well as Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and parts of Sudan, Cameroon and Nigeria. read more

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Aid funding for Occupied Palestinian Territories at alltime low

So far, only 25 per cent of the nearly $540 million needed this year has been received, the organization’s humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has reported.OCHA said the decline in funding for the UN agency assisting Palestine refugees, UNRWA, “has been a key contributing factor.”UNRWA provides education, health care and social services for more than five million Palestine refugees across the Middle East and is the single largest humanitarian agency in the OPT. It is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states.UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl this week described 2018 as “a year of anguish” for Palestinians, with thousands of young people killed or injured in demonstrations in Gaza and elsewhere.The outside world appears numb to the tragedy unfolding. – Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian CoordinatorAt the same time, his agency has faced “its worst crisis ever”, and only has enough money to fund its operations until the end of September. “UNRWA’s current shortfall is US$ 217 million,” he told its Advisory Commission on Thursday.“Specifically, we still need $123 million for our Program Budget activities, the core of UNRWA’s response and $94 million for our Emergency Appeals. These are considerable amounts, without which operations cannot be ensured until the end of the year.”Overall, two million people in the OPT are in need of “active protection measures” due to conflict and violence, displacement or restricted access to employment and essential services, according to Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the region.He said this has been “particularly evident” in recent weeks following an escalation of hostilities between Palestinian armed groups and the Israeli forces.“Since 1 July, we have seen the deaths of four Palestinian civilians, including that of a pregnant mother and her toddler child while asleep in their beds in Gaza, and the injury of two Israeli girls by rocket fire in Sderot, among some 100 Palestinian civilians and nearly 30 Israelis injured. In spite of this, the outside world appears numb to the tragedy unfolding,” he said in a statement issued ahead of World Humanitarian Day, observed this Sunday.The annual commemoration pays tribute to the aid workers who risk their lives supporting millions worldwide affected by conflict, natural disaster and other emergencies.Mr. McGoldrick praised humanitarian workers in the OPT, adding that they “regularly face personal risk and assaults on their dignity, often while withstanding the same restrictive conditions that drive the humanitarian crisis” there. read more

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Le crabe chinois à mitaines une espèce asiatique invasive

first_imgLe crabe chinois à mitaines : une espèce asiatique invasiveImporté par accident grâce à un bateau asiatique, le crabe chinois à mitaines est une espèce d’eau douce qui s’est retrouvée à quelques milliers de kilomètres de chez lui dans le Weser, un fleuve allemand. Depuis, il a colonisé le littoral et toutes les rivières d’Europe et d’Amérique du Nord.Le crabe chinois à mitaines est originaire d’Extrême Orient. Mais si son nom a de quoi faire sourire, le crabe est loin d’être un crustacé comme les autres. Importé par mégarde en Europe en 1912, il a depuis colonisé l’ensemble des milieux aquatiques européens et est même mystérieusement arrivé au Canada. Il se rencontre ainsi généralement sur les plages mais il vit la majeure partie du temps en eau douce dans les fleuves et ses affluents, du moins jusqu’à l’âge de 3-4 ans. Ensuite, il rejoint la mer pour se reproduire.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasLe crabe chinois à mitaines doit en fait son nom aux poils qui recouvrent ses pinces. Mais si le crustacé est fascinant à observer, c’est aussi un redoutable prédateur qui inquiète aujourd’hui la communauté scientifique. Féroce vis-à-vis des espèces locales, l’espèce ne cesse d’étendre son territoire en se nourrissant d’œufs de saumon, d’esturgeon et de truite. Un goût qui menace sérieusement la reproduction de ces espèces. Pour ne rien arranger, le crabe n’est par ailleurs pas très regardant sur l’environnement : il creuse des terriers un peu partout sur les berges provoquant l’érosion des rives et la dégradation des systèmes de drainage. Ainsi, l’Allemagne aurait dépensé pas moins de 80 millions d’euros dans la réparation des dégâts du crabe chinois considéré en Asie comme un aliment très fin.Désormais, il s’agit donc de recenser ces crabes au plus vite afin d’évaluer leur dispersion et de tenter de limiter la dégradation et de préserver la bonne reproduction des autres espèces. Pour cela, les scientifiques de l’Université de Valence et les chercheurs de Taïwan suggèrent de capturer les adultes, ce qui permettrait de limiter la reproduction de cette espèce grandement invasive, rapporte le Journal de l’environnement. Mais la tâche s’annonce difficile.Le 21 janvier 2012 à 16:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Broadcom une puce GPS pour la géolocalisation extérieure et intérieure

first_imgBroadcom : une puce GPS pour la géolocalisation extérieure et intérieureLa firme Broadcom vient de dévoiler une nouvelle puce GPS destinée aux terminaux mobiles. Baptisée BCM4752, elle assure une géolocalisation optimisée à l’extérieur, mais offre également un service de localisation en intérieur.Broadcom ne se contente plus de la géolocalisation extérieure. La firme vient de présenter une nouvelle puce GPS dédiée aux smartphones, la BCM4752. Et, en plus d’offrir une localisation en extérieur optimisée, elle permet aussi de se repérer en intérieur, comme peuvent déjà le faire certaines voitures, dans des parkings souterrains par exemple.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour offrir ce service de localisation intérieure, la nouvelle puce Broadcom s’appuie sur les points d’accès Wi-Fi, les balises Bluetooth Smart 4.0 ou encore le NFC, localisés dans les puces d’autres smartphones, explique le site Clubic. Quant à la géolocalisation extérieure, elle est grandement améliorée par un nouveau récepteur GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) multi-constellation, basé à la fois sur le GPS américain et le Glonass russe.En outre, la puce est économe en énergie. Son procédé de fabrication CMOS en 40 nm permettrait, en effet, de réduire de moitié sa consommation électrique. Déjà disponible chez certains partenaires de Broadcom, la puce BCM4752 sera prochainement produite en masse. Elle sera certainement intégrée aux futurs smartphones les plus populaires, comme les terminaux Samsung ou le prochain iPhone. Le 25 mars 2012 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lesnar vs Reigns Styles vs Joe and Bliss vs Rousey at WWE

first_img WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Google+ Pinterest Twitter WWE will present the 31st edition of SummerSlam tonight in Brooklyn beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 CT), with a Kickoff Show at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 CT).Scheduled for tonight’s card is Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns, AJ Styles defends the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe and Alexa Bliss will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Ronda Rousey.Here is the full card for tonight at the Barclays Center.WWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) w/ Paul Heyman vs. Roman ReignsWWE ChampionshipAJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa JoeRAW Women’s ChampionshipAlexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda RouseyWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipDolph Ziggler (c) w/ Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins w/ Dean AmbroseWWE United States ChampionshipShinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff HardySmackdown Women’s ChampionshipCarmella (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky LynchSmackdown Tag Team ChampionshipsThe Bludgeon Brothers (c’s) vs. The New DayThe Miz vs. Daniel BryanFinn Balor vs. Constable CorbinBraun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (If Strowman loses in any way, he loses his Money in the Bank briefcase)Plus, a special performance by EliasKickoff Show Matches:WWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipCedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew GulakRAW Tag Team ChampionshipsThe B-Team (c’s) vs. The RevivalMixed Tag Team MatchRusev and Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina VegaWrestleview.com will have live coverage of SummerSlam tonight beginning at 7:00 PM ET (6:00 CT) along with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.center_img Facebook WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Delph says City looking to bounce back against Leicester City

first_imgManchester City midfielder Fabian Delph says the club are looking to bounce back from their defeat to Crystal Palace when they face Leicester City.Pep Guardiola’s men suffered a shock 3-2 home loss to Palace on Saturday and will be looking to return winning ways when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester on Boxing Day.The loss to Palace now leaves with Manchester City four-point behind Liverpool at the top of the table after this round of fixtures that marks the season’s halfway point.England midfielder Delph said, according to Daily Mail: “It is important not to dwell on the past and to live in the present. That game is finished now, it’s about the next game. It’s about getting the three points on the board.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Premier League champions will hoping Fernandinho will be fit to return after missing the Palace clash with a thigh problem.David Silva remains absent due to injury but Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez all returned last weekend and Delph accepts City are hardly down to the bare bones.The England international, who has again been used as a left-back this season in the absence of Benjamin Mendy, said: “It always helps when you have a fully-fit squad. People pushing each other for places is healthy.”“But we have more than enough in the squad to win any match, whether someone is injured or not. Everyone understands their role”last_img read more

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Former Kelso officer picked as Woodland police chief

first_imgWoodland Mayor Grover Laseke has extended a job offer to Vern Thompson to be the city’s new police chief. Thompson has 32 years of law enforcement experience, 28 of which were spent in various roles with the Kelso Police Department. For the past three years, he’s been the chief of police in Eagle Point, Ore. Thompson will replace Interim Chief Brad Gillaspie, who recently took over when Rob Stephenson retired after more than three decades in the position. The transition kicked off a seven-month hiring process that began with 21 nationwide candidates. The offer is contingent upon approval from the city council, which will take up the appointment at its Monday night meeting. Thompson is slated to make $92,700 in his first year on the job, according to his employment contract.last_img read more

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Home surveillance records burglar in Hollywood house

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video at a house in Hollywood captured a burglar going through the homeowner’s belongings before fleeing.The burglar could be seen on the surveillance looking around the house along 26th Avenue and Mayo Street.The alarm company then notified the homeowner and asked if anyone was home.By the time police arrived on scene, about 30 minutes later, the suspect was gone.He got away with personal items that belonged to the family.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Delhi hotel blaze kills 9

first_imgMap showing New Delhi in India where several people were killed in a hotel fire on Tuesday. Photo: AFPNine people, including a woman and child were killed and three others injured in a major fire that broke out in a central Delhi hotel early on Tuesday, a fire official said.At least 35 others were rescued from the six-storied building, while three jumped off the upper floors of the hotel in Karol Bagh to save their lives.The death toll could further rise. Most victims died of suffocation, fire service chief officer G.C. Mishra said.A call was received at 4.30am from Arpit Palace Hotel and immediately 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the officer at the Delhi fire department headquarters told IANS.The hotel comprises of basement, ground floor and four other floors. At least 35 rooms were booked by one family who were in the city for a special function.Fire was reported on third and fourth floor, but the blaze spiraled down as well. Only the basement and ground floor were not affected.Most of the tragedies were reported between the second and the fourth floor. The fire has already been controlled and the cooling process was underway.Fire fighters searched rooms and toilets to ensure that none was left trapped, Mishra said.”When the fire tenders reached the spot, flames were leaping out of the building. Many people were still fast asleep at that time,” he said, adding that during the dousing process the nine bodies were discovered.last_img read more

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Nintendo reveals Wii U price and release date

first_imgNintendo has just announced the release date and price for the Wii U in its home territory of Japan.The Wii U will launch on December 8 with two versions of the console being available. The budget model will be white and ships with 8GB of internal storage and a Wii U GamePad tablet controller. The premium model will be black, has 32GB of internal storage, and adds a HDMI cable and charging cradle (for the tablet controller) to the package alongside a GamePad.The price of the basic model has been set at 26,250 Yen (US$337) where as the premium edition is 31,500 Yen (US$$404). It’s therefore likely in the US we could see $350 and $400/$450 price points respectively.If you want a second Wii U GamePad controller then expect to pay around $170, and the Wii U Pro Controller has been priced around $65. But you have to take into consideration these prices have only been announced for Japan so far.The December 8 release date is also only confirmed for Japan. The US could get the console a few weeks earlier on the predicted November 18, but Nintendo could just be doing a worldwide, same-day launch. We’ll find out later today.As for the hardware, the Wii U will ship with 2GB RAM, 1GB is reserved for the system and the other gigabyte is for games to use. The games will ship on 25GB discs, which suggests they are Blu-ray format, although that’s not confirmed.All Wii accessories will be compatible with the Wii U alongside the backwards compatibility of the games. Nintendo also confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. and Nintendoland will be launch titles for the system.via Pocket-lint and Kotakulast_img read more

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Many students dont know how to study Heres how parents can help

first_imgResearchers and experienced educators have found that often students don’t have good study habits and skills, or that they rely on strategies that don’t work, frequently at the urging of teachers and parents. Busy teachers, however, may not be likely to add those lessons, so it often falls to parents. Nate Kornell, another researcher on the topic and a psychology professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., says helping your child study can be a good opportunity to learn about their coursework, progress and abilities — and a way to get to know them better. “It’s like magic when a kid understands how to study and values learning on a deeper level. And parents can really be involved in that,” he says. Read the whole story: The Washington Post Among the creative and maddening reasons kids come up with for not studying, one familiar one might be worth addressing: They don’t know how. “It is somewhat shocking how many students just don’t know how to do it, which frustrates them and can turn them off to enjoying learning,” says Henry Roediger III, a professor of psychology and brain science at Washington University in St. Louis and co-author of the book “Make It Stick.” “It’s something that needs to be taught in third or fourth grade and reinforced throughout their school years.”last_img read more

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The Troubled Life of Norma Jeane Before she Became Marilyn Monroe

first_imgBefore the world met her as Marilyn Monroe, she was known as Norma Jeane Baker. Born on June 1, 1926, everyone knows the life of this icon ended all too soon on August 5, 1962, at the age of only 36. Her name by birth would also echo 11 years after her death, in Elton John’s memorable ‘Candle in the Wind’ honoring the late American icon. The song was re-released in 1997, then in memory of Princess Diana. During the first part of her life, before she gained such huge popularity, Monroe endured a lot of struggles and suffering.Monroe as an infant, c. 1927.For instance, she never came to really know her father, and she didn’t have fond memories of her mother either. Monroe allegedly recalled that Gladys, her mother, tried to choke her as a baby while she was laying in a cradle, using a pillow. Gladys was later admitted to a mental institution.Marilyn and her mother.Monroe spent a great deal of her childhood with foster parents. In fact, she was relocated to 11 different couples. She spent probably a full year at the Children’s Aid Society Orphanage in L.A. Later on, Monroe would also testify she was the victim of abuse and rape at the age of only 11.Norma Jeane Baker, future film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962). Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.At the beginning of World War Two, Marilyn, still a teenager, was a Christian Scientist and had already married her first husband, James Dougherty. Therefore, she was Norma Jeane Dougherty for a while.She would later change religions, and husbands, and names… and obviously jobs. During the war years, the shy-looking girl was employed in a military factory. One of her tasks was to spray down aircraft with fire retardant.Quotes from Marilyn MonroePhotographer David Conover was lucky enough to take some of the first intriguing photos of the future actress, singer, and model. In the photos, she can be seen working in the factory.This early set of images of Norma Jeane reveal how she looked before she became a star (and before starting to use peroxide too): a natural brunette with curly hair. Her smile is as beautiful as ever.Monroe with her first husband, James Dougherty, c. 1943–1944.Conover would be commended for discovering Monroe. He was assigned to the factory where she worked in 1944 and on behalf the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit. The commanding officer of this unit was none other than Ronald Reagan, the future president of the United States.Norma Jeane Baker, with a hornbill on her arm, c.1941.Conover eventually pushed young Norma Jeane on a new life journey with his photography work. After this session, he recommended her to Bill Carroll, another photographer who was looking for a model. Carroll was reportedly looking for a girl who is “kind of kid you’d like to live next to.”Norma Jeane Baker tries her hand at sand skiing, c.1943.Norma Jeane looked like the perfect fit. She agreed to a session, and this generated her first income ever as a model; Carroll paid her 20 bucks.U.S. army – June 26, 1945. YANK magazine photo (colorized version) of Marilyn Monroe as Norma Jeane Dougherty.It is also interesting that Carroll didn’t realize who he had really photographed for some four decades. He reportedly came across a news story in Time magazine explaining about Conover’s pictures. Only then did he recognize this was Monroe before she became famous.After Carroll, young Norma Jeane sought out other opportunities to model. She also used different names during this period, including Mona Monroe and Jean Norman.Monroe posing for a photo during her modeling career, c.1945.Until she officially took Marilyn Monroe as her legal name in 1956, she also used names like Zelda Zonk, Jean Adair, or Faye Miller. The latest of these three she used when admitted to a psychiatric clinic. Perhaps her game-changing year was 1953 when she starred in the Technicolor musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.Monroe in a studio publicity photo taken when she was a contract player at 20th Century-Fox in 1947.Around the same time, she also married her second husband, Joe DiMaggio. She completed two trips to Korea, where she was invited to entertain U.S. Marine forces deployed there for the Korean War.Related Article: Joe DiMaggio and the Mysterious End of Marilyn Monroeone callOn one of the journeys, she traveled to the distant Asian peninsula alone. Her audience was a group of 13,000 army men. Monroe would later praise her trips to Korea as a life-changing experience, and describe this was the first time she felt was a real star.Indeed, by that point, the star–the blonde bombshell–was born.last_img read more

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San José business group including former fugitive Luis Milanés closes 103yearold hotel

first_imgOwners of San José’s Europa Hotel & Casino and Hotel Radisson’s Casino – including the former head of the defunct “investment” scheme Savings Unlimited, Luis Milanés Tamayo, aka “The Cuban” – announced they would close the businesses and lay off 250 staff members due to high operating costs, the group’s attorney, Hugo Navas, said.The closure of the three businesses – including the 103-year-old Europa Hotel – is due to “high operating costs, high obligations for social security payments and high utility bills that have affected our finances in recent months,” Navas said. He said that last month, for example, owners received a ₡100 million ($185,000) electricity bill. He also cited low occupancy rates.“The reasons [for closing] are simple – they’re the same reasons that Intel left, Bank of America closed, the same reasons why the daily newspaper Al Día closed, [and] why [the daily] La Nación fired 100 employees: There’s a financial crisis in the country,” Navas said on Wednesday evening, following a meeting at the Labor Ministry with employee representatives.Two months ago, the group to which Milanés belongs closed the Royal Dutch Hotel’s casino, also located in the capital, and fired 100 workers.During Wednesday’s meeting, representatives of the businesses agreed to pay pending salaries and Christmas bonuses, or aguinaldos, next week. On Nov. 27, the parties will meet again to seek an agreement on severance pay.According to Navas, the owners hope to conclude negotiations for all outstanding payments in less than two months. He said the hotel and casinos would be used as collateral to meet payment obligations. After the meeting, Labor Minister Víctor Morales Mora said the ministry “pledged to assist employees during the process.”For the past two days, former employees have been picketing in front of the hotel and at Milanés’ home near La Sabana Park, west of San José.Milanés’ name has been in the news for more than a decade, and he was among several operators of “investment” schemes investigated by The Tico Times over the years. Milanés eventually was accused of defrauding hundreds of “investors” in his Savings Unlimited operation, which was a copycat of another infamous scheme known as “The Brothers.” At Savings Unlimited, Milanés promised monthly returns of 3-4 percent on deposits starting at $5,000. He fled Costa Rica in 2002 after an estimated $200 million of victims’ money disappeared. Authorities finally arrested Milanés in 2008, but he was released after reaching an agreement to pay back the funds.However, as La Nación’s David Delgado reported in September, authorities are now accusing Milanés of failing to pay back more than half a million dollars of that settlement, and he will face a criminal trial that begins in July 2015.In other hotel closings, last month the Heredia-based La Condesa Hotel closed its doors and fired 140 employees. Hotel owners at the time blamed a ₡266 million ($498,000) debt with the Costa Rican Social Security System. Facebook Comments Related posts:Faced with a $500,000 Caja debt, La Condesa Hotel closes, firing 140 workers Tech support company Motif closes operations in Costa Rica, laying off 90 workers Bank of America, Intel announce thousands of layoffs in Costa Rica President Solís seeks meeting with Intel reps during US triplast_img read more

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Carnival Cruise Line celebrates 5 years in Australia

first_imgCarnival Cruise Line celebrates 5 years in AustraliaCarnival Cruise Line celebrates 5 years in AustraliaCarnival Cruise Line celebrated its fifth anniversary in Australia today with the world’s longest conga line at sea, marking the first ever World Conga Day™. Over 60,000 guests took part in the Carnival Conga over the past week, which travelled across 25 Carnival ships, via 13 countries, 7 time zones, spanning over 16,000 kilometres.Carnival has also commissioned ‘Carnival Conga’, a song released especially for the occasion with all proceeds from the sale of the catchy tune going to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The release of Carnival Conga is a first for any cruise line globally and can be downloaded from all leading platforms, including, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play.Carnival Spirit sailed into the iconic Sydney Harbour this morning at 6.30am with over 1,500 guests and crew ‘conga-ing’ on the top deck at sunrise – five years to the day since she arrived through the heads for the first time in 2012. Captain Vittorio Marchi and on-board characters, Dr Seuss’ Cat In The Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, also joined in on the fun.This global event started in Florida on October 10 and from here, the Carnival Conga island hopped through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, before traveling over to the Pacific. From the Pacific, the Conga then passed from the Mexican Riviera to Carnival Legend in the Coral Sea, with the Conga craziness arriving onto Carnival Spirit this morning.From this year forward, Carnival Cruise Line want World Conga Day™ to be enjoyed not just by everyone onboard their ships but in Australia and around the world, as an excuse for people to leave their troubles behind – a holiday from all the worries of the world.Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia and NZ, Jennifer Vandekreeke, said “We’re delighted that Carnival guests and crew from around the globe have joined together for a bit of fun to celebrate our five year anniversary in Australia. Since the arrival of Carnival Spirit in 2012, more than 750,000 Australians and Kiwis have enjoyed the fun of a Carnival Cruise. We’re excited by what the next five years will bring, especially given by 2020, we will have two ships sailing year-round from Australia.”Australia is Carnival Cruise Line’s first international home-port outside of the U.S, with Carnival Spirit sailing year-round and Carnival Legend sailing seasonally. In 2020, the brand will have two ships sailing year-round from Australia.Fun Facts On Five Years Of Carnival Cruise Line In Australia:· 10,272 Comedy Shows performed· 37,101 guests saw a turtle at Amadee Island· 138,133 rides down Green Thunder· 11,511 Green Eggs and Ham Eaten· 1,218,800 little umbrellas in poolside cocktails· 719,368 kilos of Australian Watermelon served· 209,483 kilos of Australian Pumpkin served· 40,625 Olives served in Martinis· 750,000 guests onboardVisual Assets:Please click on the below links to download vision:· Carnival Conga Imagery· Carnival Conga Onboard B-Roll· Carnival Conga Helicopter AerialsFor more information and bookings call 13 31 94 or visit www.carnival.com.auAbout Carnival Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in the world with more than four and a half million guests travelling every year. The cruise line has two ships deployed in Australia, Carnival Spirit – the largest and newest cruise ship to be based in Sydney year-round – and sister ship Carnival Legend, sailing from Sydney each summer. With 45 activities to enjoy each day, both ships offer fun-loving families and couples memorable and great value holidays.Source = Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

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Dinghy daredevils prepare for wild river ride

first_imgDinghy daredevils prepare for wild river rideA race that started with two mates pushing their dinghies to the limit to see who could be first to the local fishing spot has evolved into one of the nation’s most exciting – and quintessentially Australian – boating events.Competitors perform during the Red Bull Dinghy Derby held on the Murray River in Renmark, Australia on February 5, 2017. Mark Dadswell/Red Bull Content Pool.The Red Bull Riverland Dinghy Derby, held on Sunday, February 4, in South Australia has again received record nominations with teams coming from as far away as Canada and Mongolia to compete.This year’s event has so far attracted 123 nominations eclipsing the previous record of 119 set in 2017.The first Dinghy Derby was run in 1981 but the event has swelled significantly since Red Bull came on board for the 2015 event.The heavily modified dinghies race at speeds of up to 90km/h along Australia’s longest river, The Murray, and the narrow creek networks surrounding Renmark, a Riverland town 250km northeast of the South Australian capital Adelaide.Picture: Mark Dadswell/Red Bull Content Pool.Each boat has two crew: one crewmember drives the dinghy while the other acts as navigator and also moves around the boat to shift the weight to help manoeuvre through the tight and challenging course that includes narrow twists and turns, overhanging trees and submerged logs.The race is organised by the Riverland Dinghy Club, a group of locals who volunteer their time to bring the event together every year.As well as being the naming rights sponsor, Red Bull brings its world-renowned film crew to the event, capturing the thrills and spills of the Derby for millions of its dedicated viewers around the globeThe Derby has also grown into a six-race series throughout the year on a variety of courses in the area.February marks the start of the season with a three-day festival and the first two rounds of the six-race series – a Dash 4 Cash sprint time trial on Friday, February 2, in front of the Renmark Riverfront and the main 100km derby race on the Sunday.Seven classes ranging from 15hp through to 300cc and 30hp Sports classes with top speeds of more than 90km/h will contest the events.Competitors perform in the “Dash 4 Cash” during the Red Bull Dinghy Derby in Renmark, Australia on February 3, 2017. Brett Hemmings / Red Bull Content Pool.Riverland Dinghy Club President Scott Jenke said this year a local tour company would for the first time take spectators by bus and then boat to some of the more spectacular and remote viewing areas along the creek network.“That’s mainly designed for people who don’t have local access to boats so we’ll be interested to see how that goes,” he said.“The crowds are always good throughout the creeks and one of the key spots is ‘Carnage Corner’, there’s always a bit of action there hence the name.“It’s nothing to see three or four thousand people line the creeks similar to the Dash 4 Cash, which is a free event on the town’s main foreshore.”Picture: Brett Hemmings / Red Bull Content Pool.Jenke said as well as the two international entries there were many teams from other Australian states this year including Western Australia (25), Victoria (12), New South Wales (7) and Queensland (4).“It’s uniquely Australian – what could be more unique than a couple of guys originally getting together and saying I can get back to the town quicker than you or I can get to the fishing spot quicker than you and from that stemmed the development of the first race back in ’81.“Back then it was sort of a race with a group of guys and their fishing boats, now we’ve seen it evolve in the past 10-15 years into a championships series.Picture: Andy Green/Red Bull Content Pool.Jenke said the growth of the race and all events across the 8-month season in recent years had been phenomenal.“There’s nothing of this sort of standard and scale and to me it just proves that it’s cemented its spot as a national event,” he said.“The big thing we noticed last year was the number of competitors who raced the whole season.“There used to be a big drop off after the derby but now at the end of the year we’ve still got 60 or 70 boats that have competed all through the season and it’s growing every year.”Source = The Lead South Australialast_img read more

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