MONTREAL — Environment Canada is maintaining its heavy rain warnings for many parts of Quebec today, keeping property owners near lakes and rivers on high alert for flooding.Water levels, already quite high, are expected to rise sharply with warm temperatures, snowmelt runoff and the heavy rainfall forecast through Saturday.Public safety officials say minor flooding has already occurred in the Montreal area, as well as the Outaouais, the Eastern Townships and central Quebec.Earlier this week, the Chaudiere River burst its banks, flooding a large part of Beauceville, south of Quebec City. Officials there called it the worst flooding since 1971.Thomas Blanchet, a spokesman for the province’s public safety department, says they want residents to be ready for flooding that could come quickly this weekend, and are imploring them to follow the instructions of local officials.Blanchet says while there are no official evacuation orders currently in the province, some municipalities have issued preventative orders.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose 0.7% in the first three months of the year, a modest gain that matched the previous quarter’s increase.The data suggests that growth in workers’ compensation has stalled in recent months. In the first quarter, wages and benefits increased 2.8% compared with a year earlier. That’s down slightly from a 2.9% gain in 2018. Still, workers’ compensation has picked up slowly. Five years ago, quarterly gains were closer to 0.4%.The job market is very tight, with the unemployment rate at 3.8%, near a 50-year low, and there are more open jobs than unemployed workers. That has pushed up wages over time, though the gains aren’t as healthy as they were the last time the jobless rate was this low.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
14 February 2008The United Nations humanitarian chief has opened his first official trip to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel with a visit to the West Bank town of Ramallah, which he described as an act of solidarity with the suffering people of the region. Mr. Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said many people in the Gaza Strip – which has been the subject of tight Israeli restrictions over the past month – were hovering on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.Meanwhile, closures in the West Bank were destroying economic life there, Mr. Holmes said, and in the Israeli town of Sderot, the target of frequent rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza, communities were living in fear of rocket barrages. The Under-Secretary-General, who is on a five-day visit to the region, stressed that the present situation cannot continue.“I have come here to see for myself what is happening on both sides,” he said.Today he also met Robert Serry, the Secretary-General’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, to discuss concerns about the violence and restrictions in Gaza and the West Bank and the attacks against civilians in Sderot. He also held consultations with Samir Al Abdullah, the Palestinian Authority’s Planning Minister.Tomorrow Mr. Holmes plans visit two Gaza border crossings, Erez and Karni, which are both currently closed. He is also scheduled to visit Shifa hospital, which is finding it difficult to provide adequate medical care because of the reduced fuel, electricity, medicines and other supplies to Gaza.In a related development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a message to today’s opening at UN Headquarters in New York of the latest session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.Mr. Ban said in his message – delivered on his behalf by his chief of staff Vijay Nambiar – that Israel’s decision to introduce a full closure of the Gaza Strip last month “has cut off an already destitute population of Gaza from vitally needed supplies.“The recent breach of the border between Gaza and Egypt showed the degree of desperation among ordinary Gazans, as thousands crossed into Egypt in search of food and basic daily necessities.”The Secretary-General reminded Israel of its obligations under international law towards Gaza’s civilian population. He said those obligations included the laws of occupation, “which continue to apply to the extent of Israel’s control over the territory and its population.”Mr. Ban also noted that he has repeatedly called on Palestinian groups to stop firing rockets at Israeli civilians and on Israel to show maximum restraint in its military operations and avoid a disproportionate response.“It is the responsibility of all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law and not to harm civilians.”In addition, Mr. Ban backed the proposal of the Palestinian Authority to operate the Gaza Strip, and said a restoration of “the unity of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank within the legitimate framework of the Palestinian Authority” was critical for a viable peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.
CALGARY — It took China National Offshore Oil Co. a couple of tries before oil and gas giant Nexen Inc. warmed to its takeover offer, according to an information circular sent to shareholders.The Calgary-based company first heard rumblings in February and March that a Chinese state-owned firm may be planning to acquire it.On May 17, Nexen chairman Barry Jackson and interim CEO Kevin Reinhart met with CNOOC executives in Vancouver, where CNOOC vice chairman Yang Hua confirmed his company was interested in a friendly deal and asked Nexen to enter into exclusive negotiations.[np-related /]Later that month, Nexen’s board decided the price wasn’t high enough to allow CNOOC exclusive access to the information it needed to do its due diligence. On June 7, CNOOC reiterated its proposed offer, minus the exclusivity request.At a meeting on June 13, Nexen’s board once again deemed the offer too low. It decided to make a presentation to top CNOOC brass “regarding the company’s assets and prospects in order to enable CNOOC to consider increasing its proposed purchase price for the company,” the circular said.Those presentations took place in Vancouver on June 20 and 21. On July 3, CNOOC raised its offer price.“After hearing the views of management and the company’s financial and legal advisers and the recommendation of the special committee, the board determined that it would not support a transaction with CNOOC at the price specified in CNOOC’s July 3, 2012 letter but would consider supporting a transaction if a higher price was offered.”Jackson and Yang met in London a week later “to discuss the proposed transaction and particularly whether there was a price that CNOOC could offer that would be acceptable to the board.”Yang suggested a higher price, after which the two companies began to hammer out their deal.The $15.1-billion, $27.50-per-share friendly deal was announced on July 23.A special meeting is being held in Calgary on Sept. 20, where shareholders will vote on the transaction. It needs two-thirds support to go ahead.Federal Industry Minister Christian Paradis must also review the deal to and decide whether it would be of net benefit to Canada.Earlier this week, he said his department is still waiting for a formal proposal from the Chinese company before a review can begin.The deal needs the go-ahead from the Competition Bureau as well.The Canadian Press
They replace former WPC Chief Minister Prassana Ranatunga and NWP Chief Minister Dayasiria Jayasekera, both who were elected to Parliament at the last Parliamentary election. (Colombo Gazette) New Chief Ministers have been appointed for the Western Provincial Council (WPC) and the North Western Provincial Council (NWP).Accordingly, Isura Devapriya was appointed as the Chief Minister of the Western Provincial Council and Darmasiri Dassanayake the Chief Minister of the North Western Provincial Council.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Thursday amid pessimism over fiscal cliff concerns in the United States.The currency was off 0.37 of a cent to 100.51 cents U.S.The fiscal cliff refers to the double-whammy of tax increases and spending cuts set to click in at the beginning of 2013 if U.S. lawmakers do not reach a budget deal.The combination would erode already weak U.S. economic growth and likely send the American economy back into recession, taking other global economies down along with it, including Canada’s.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that the government appears headed over the fiscal cliff because of a lack of progress in negotiations between Republicans who control the House of Representatives and Democrats who control the Senate and White House.Reid said it is up to congressional Republicans to come up with a plan that both houses would pass and President Barack Obama would sign.Sentiment improved somewhat late in the day on word that the House will be back in session Sunday evening.However, it was unclear what legislation the House might consider Sunday, since Speaker John Boehner is publicly insisting that the Senate must make the next move to avert the cliff.Commodities were mixed with the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 11 cents to US$90.87 a barrel.March copper was unchanged at US$3.60 a pound after rising five cents Wednesday. The gain, the largest in four weeks, came after workers rejected a wage proposal at BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in Chile, the world’s biggest source of a metal viewed as an economic barometer.February gold bullion was up $3 to US$1,663.70 an ounce. Canadian dollar backs off amid U.S. fiscal cliff worries, mixed commodities by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 27, 2012 4:31 pm MDT
LONDON — Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min scored to give Tottenham a 3-1 victory over Southampton on Wednesday, sending the north London club up to third in the Premier League.It showed the size of the task facing Ralph Hasenhuettl, the Austrian who watched from the stands after being hired earlier in the day by Southampton to replace the fired Mark Hughes.He will have been encouraged by his team’s performance when Tottenham eased off in the final 30 minutes and the visitors got a late consolation through Charlie Austin.With Hasenhuettl assessing his players, left back Matt Targett produced some lax defending that allowed Spurs to take a ninth-minute lead.As the hosts played a corner short, Targett fatally did not match Kane’s run to the near post and the striker netted from Christian Eriksen’s cross. It was his ninth league goal of the season and seventh in six games against Southampton.Two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half killed the game as Tottenham hit back after losing the north London derby to Arsenal on Sunday.After Eriksen’s low free-kick was well saved by Alex McCarthy, Moura fired home from the resulting corner at the second attempt for his fifth goal of the campaign.Then Targett was the culprit again as Kieran Trippier dispossessed the defender and passed to Kane, whose low cross was turned in by Son.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
The potential for success is there for the Ohio State men’s soccer team, but with 11 newcomers from last season there are questions at almost every position.Eighteen of the 25 players are freshmen and sophomores, but it’s the hope of coach John Bluem that competition at every position will be the ingredient for success.“We are young, we are inexperienced and there are going to be some growing pains along the way,” Bluem said. “But we’re beginning to see what players are capable of and where they might be able to play.”Despite all the newcomers to the team, the coaching staff has been pretty pleased. Six games into the schedule the Buckeyes stand at 3-0-3 heading into their game on Wednesday night. At the outset of the season, the team set out to be more fit and organized than any opposing team. They planned to exert maximum effort. The team worked on those things in the offseason. Bluem said that is the key to having a successful season. “If you do those three things, if you’re fit, organized and you work hard, you’re going to like the results,” he said. The offense is coming together and as OSU plays more games the underclassmen will gain more and more experience, helping to cut down the mistakes that a young team like this tends to make. The coaching staff is also still trying to find the starting lineup and style of play they want to run this season to put them in the best position to win. But so far the Buckeyes have to feel good about themselves, considering all the unanswered questions surrounding the team.“It’s a learning process to get good results,” Bluem said. “But at the end of the day we’re pleased.” Something seems to be working, as the team has not lost on the season so far and their last game was a 0-0 draw to SIU Edwardsville. The Buckeyes have now gone six games without a loss, the longest stretch since the start of the 2001 season when they opened 6-0-1.The team opened its season against Cincinnati getting a 5-1 win. The team’s other two wins included Cal State Fullerton and Butler. They also faced Gonzaga, Louisville and SIU Edwardsville, all three games ending in draws.The Buckeyes’ next opponent will be IUPUI on Wednesday at 7 P.M in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Here are the results of EUR 2012 qualification – Round 3:Group 1Macedonia : Hungary 22:29 (6:16)Estonia : Bosna and Hercegovina 35:30 (16:13)Standing:1. Hungary 3 -62. Macedonia 3-33. Estonia 3-24. Bosna and Hercegovina 3-1Group 2Thursday19:00 Lithuania – Romania20:00 Spain – CroatiaStanding:1. Spain 2-42. Croatia 2-43. Romania 2-04. Lithuania 2-0Group 3Slovenia – Poland 30:28Ukraine – PortugalStanding:1. SLovenia 62. Poland 33. Portugal 14. Ukraine 0Group 4Slovakia : Sweden 23:21 (13:11)Israel : Montenegro 29:24 (15:13)Standing:1. Slovakia 3-62. Sweden 3-43. Israel 3-24. Montenegro 3-0Group 5Latvia : Austria 25:28 (13:14)Iceland – Germany 36:31 (21:14)Standing:1. Austria 3-52. Iceland 3-43. Germany 3-34. Latvia 3-0Group 6Czech Republic : Norway 29:26 (11:13)Greece : Netherlands 30:23 (14:12)Standing:1. Czech Republic 3-62. Norway 3-43. Greece 3-24. Netherlands 3-0 Group 7Russia : Denmark 31:27 (16:13)Switzerland – Belarus 31:34Standing:1. Russia 3-62. Denmark 3-43. Belarus 3-24. Switzerland 3-0 ← Previous Story Men’s EURO 2012 Qualification (Round 3): “Exciting Wednesday” Next Story → Tone Tiselj to coach Slovenia’s female team
IRELAND WILL TAKE on Turkey in an international friendly in Dublin on 25 May, it has been confirmed.Manager Martin O’Neill began his tenure with a win and a draw back in November and in the coming weeks will name his squad for next month’s meeting with Serbia.And while the FAI are hoping to schedule a game against Italy at a neutral venue on 21 May, they have today confirmed the Aviva Stadium will welcome Turkey four days later.It will be Ireland’s first time to face Turkey, managed by Fatih Terim and ranked 45th in the world, since 2003 while fans will also remember losing out to them on away goals in the Euro 2000 play-offs.The match will also be preceded on the day by the FAI Junior Cup final.For more information, visit fai.ieGiggs and Neville set to invest in football club‘Teams come to Old Trafford with a swagger believing they can win’ – Cole
Facebook February 13, 2018 at 12:02 pm WhatsApp Comments are closed. Shawn Michaels Ronda Rousey to sign contract at Elimination ChamberWWE has announced that Ronda Rousey will be signing her contract with the RAW brand at the upcoming Elimination Chamber PPV in two weeks in Las Vegas.The former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has not appeared in WWE since the conclusion of the Royal Rumble PPV three weeks ago in Philadelphia.RAW GM Kurt Angle made the announcement on Monday night in San Jose.Men’s Chamber match gets big changeSpeaking of Angle, he announced on Facebook on Monday night that both Finn Balor and Seth Rollins would be added to the Elimination Chamber match in two weeks.This will mark the first time in history that men’s Elimination Chamber will feature seven wrestlers, including John Cena, Elias, Braun Strowman, The Miz and Roman Reigns.You can check out the announcement below. Pinterest Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Videos Articles Seth Rollins February 13, 2018 at 2:06 am I hope they don’t make her the Brock Lesnar of the Women’s Division and have her break Asuka’s undefeated streak just because of her name,reputation,and the fact that she had her UFC undefeated streak broken. Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez inmytree81 Kurt Angle’s wife Giovanna announces on social media they have adopted a son Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:11Loaded: 100.00%0:11Remaining Time -0:19 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Anonymous Twitter WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Cameron Huff Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Videos Articles I like it… February 13, 2018 at 3:16 pm WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Let’s hope not. 3 COMMENTS
City council committee approves new rules for pedicab drivers in downtown San Diego May 23, 2018 Changes may soon be coming to those pedicabs in downtown San Diego.A city council committee Wednesday approved new regulations on the pedicabs that focus on limiting the volume of the music they can play and the lights that flash.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. Dan Plante, Dan Plante Posted: May 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The 31st class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders began their leadership journey at DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, last week.The Johnston training session was the first phase of a program designed to identify new and aspiring leaders and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and network with other growers. Representatives from 23 states and Canada participated in training that included educational and skill-building components.“The ASA DuPont Young Leader Program has had a tremendous impact on not only ASA but the entire agricultural industry,” said Ray Gaesser (Iowa), ASA President. “By identifying new and aspiring agricultural leaders and then providing them with training that enhances their leadership skills and grows their peer network, the Young Leader program strengthens our industry and allows us to work more collaboratively in our local, state and national organizations. The participants in this year’s class are impressive; they are extremely knowledgeable, talented and passionate about agriculture.”The 2015 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders are: Kyle Bridgeforth, Ala.; James Bisswanger, Ark.; Dave McEachren, Canada; Nick Wurl, Ill. Adam & Hannah Steen, Ind.; Morey & Rhonda Hill, Iowa; Andrew & LaVell Winsor, Kan.; Andrew & Jenny Alford, Ky.; Brennan & Serena Gilkison, Ky.; Odis Hill, La.; Matthew Doss & Stephanie Francis, Mich.; Aaron Yaggie, Minn.; Ryan and Wendy Wondercheck, Minn.; John Mark Looney, Miss.; Bill Hayen, Mo.; Amanda Fairley, Neb.; Brent & Brenda Svoboda; Neb.; Brad Macauley, N.Y.; Christopher & Cherish Naylor, N.C.; Jarred Billadeau N.D.; Dan & Cindy Sturgill, Ohio; Cliff & Hailey Barron, S.C.; Antron Williams, S.C.; Brandon Wipf, S.D., John Dodson & Kristi Kosman, Tenn.; Chase & Jessica Ann Hickman; Tex.; Glenn Dye, Va.; and Brad & Nicole Kremer, Wis. Also pictured, ASA President Ray Gaesser, Iowa and First Vice President Wade Cowan, Tex.“Agriculture faces many challenges and opportunities as American farmers work to help meet the growing global demand for food,” said Randy Wanke, senior manager of Industry Relations, DuPont Pioneer. “We are proud to support the young leader program, which is developing the future growers needed to capture those opportunities and meet those challenges.”
While in New Orleans for phase two of the program, the ASA DuPont Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet. Photo Credit: Joe MurphyThe 32nd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, March 1 – 5, 2016 in New Orleans, La. in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.“For many years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has filled the critical role of identifying new and emerging leaders in the soybean industry and then training them to be strong voices and advocates for agriculture,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins. “We’re grateful to DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection for their commitment to this program and for helping secure the future of the soybean industry.”While in New Orleans, the Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.The 2016 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders include: Brady Peek, Ala.; Derek Holden and Amanda Crangle, Ark.; Jeff and Dianne Barlow, Canada; Aaron and Melanie Thompson, Del.; Brian Ogletree, Ga.; Alan and Kara Hill, Ill.; John Wildermuth, Ind.; Ethon Smith and Ally Leggett, Iowa.; Matthew Atkinson and Mary Ann Ross, Kan.; Ben and Katie Furnish, Ky.; Adam and Lindsey Hendricks, Ky.; Vincent and Krysten Cannatella, La.; Nikolaj Morris and Crystal Johnson, La.; Mike Opificius, Mich.; Rodd and Jamie Beyer, Minn.; Taylor and Rebecca Tesch, Minn.; Paul Muirhead, Miss.; Andrew and Jennifer Lance, Mo.; John and Stephanie Thompson, Mo.; Wade and Abby Walters, Neb.; Brett Medlin, N.C.; Greg and Monica Gussiaas, N.D.; Luke Ryan, Ohio; Joshua and Kara Kayser, S.D.; Don Holbert, Tenn.; Brett Wightman, Va.; John and Julie Mills, Va.; and Rochelle and Evan Schnadt, Wis. Also pictured above: Richard Wilkins, ASA president and Kevin Diehl, DuPont director of regulatory strategy and industry affairs.“The ASA DuPont Young Leader program has a proud tradition of developing strong advocates for American agriculture,” said Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer vice president, regional business director – US & Canada. “Having had the opportunity to spend some time with them, I can say that this year’s class is carrying forward that tradition of excellence, and we appreciate their commitment to the Young Leader program.”For more information about the ASA DuPont Young Leader Program click here.
Karen Lehman, in her 12th year on the Battle Ground School District board, announced her immediate resignation Saturday.At the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, she cited out-of-town work commitments, coupled with employment uncertainty.Lehman said she had expected to finish her third full term this year and not seek re-election, but circumstances hastened her departure.“Unfortunately, at times I have had to travel for work and miss meetings. … I do not know what I will be doing or where I may be working after June 1,” she told the board, quoted in a district news release.She said she felt obliged to step down now so as to not cause “undue hardship” for the district, fellow board members, students and herself, the release said.Under district policy and state law, the remaining four board members will appoint a replacement from among applicants “after suitable public notice.” The appointee will serve until Lehman’s term ends late this year, and may run for a full, four-year term.The district plans to issue more details soon for anybody who wishes to apply for the position, the press release said.
BOSTON, MA — In honor of their outstanding academic achievement, Emmanuel College in Boston has named more than 700 students to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.Wilmington students honored include:Caroline BriereJillian FinoTheodore MieleStephen O’BrienSamantha OnessimoJill RocheCarly SilvaCharlotte SulickTristyn SurprenantVictoria TompkinsHeather TritesTo earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.About Emmanuel CollegeEmmanuel College is a co-educational, residential institution with a 17-acre campus in the heart of Boston’s educational, scientific, cultural and medical communities. Enrolling more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, the College provides boundless opportunities for students to expand their worldview through rigorous coursework, significant internship and career opportunities throughout the Boston area and beyond, collaborations with distinguished and dedicated faculty, and participation in a dynamic campus community. Emmanuel’s more than 60 programs in the sciences, liberal arts, business, nursing, and education foster spirited discourse and substantive learning experiences that honor the College’s Catholic educational mission to educate the whole person and provide an ethical and relevant 21st-century education.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Emmanuel College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 10 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Emmanuel CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 8 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Emmanuel CollegeIn “Education”
Brazil: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested on Friday that people “poop every other day” as a way to save the environment, after he came under fire for a surge in deforestation of the Amazon since he came to power. The far-right leader offered this idea in response to a journalist’s question as to whether it was possible to simultaneously spur economic growth, feed the world’s hungry and also preserve the environment. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “It’s enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It’s enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world,” said Bolsonaro, who earlier this month sacked the head of a government agency that had reported a major increase in Amazon deforestation. Bolsonaro has been criticised for a rapid acceleration in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, which covers vast swathes of Brazil and is considered vital to combatting global warming. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which tracks clear-cutting of the rainforest, around 2,254 square kilometers (870 square miles) of the Amazon were cleared in July, an increase of 278 percent from a year ago. That followed a 90 per cent increase in June compared to the year prior – figures that Bolsonaro has called “lies,” and which prompted the sacking of INPE chief Ricardo Galvao on August 2. Advertise With Us The rapid rise in deforestation has triggered a global outcry and threatens to create problems for the recent free trade agreement between the South American trade bloc known as Mercosur. The pact includes Brazil and the European Union. The Amazon is vital to the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – a check on global warming. But Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said the INPE data was published in a way that satisfied “sensationalist interpretations” and was aimed at getting “more donations from foreign NGOs”. Data from INPE, an institution of international repute, showed that overall deforestation has increased 40 per cent in the last twelve months compared with the same period a year ago. Bolsonaro, a combative politician frequently denounced for derogatory remarks about women and minority groups, said the rapid rise in populations around the world needed to be addressed. “When you see how the world’s population is increasing by 70 million a year, you need a family planning policy,” said the former army officer, declining to use the term “birth control” for fear of an adverse media reaction. “Don’t make me say that, otherwise (the daily) Folha de S. Paolo will run a headline saying I favour birth control,” he said. “But you can see that more educated people have fewer children. I’m an exception to that rule, I have five,” he said. The sacking of the INPE director prompted criticism from environmental groups. “Bolsonaro knows that his government is primarily responsible for the current destruction of the Amazon. The dismissal of the director of INPE is nothing more than an act of revenge against those who show the truth,” said Marcio Astrini from Greenpeace.
Migrant arrivals by sea to Spain tripled in 2017 on the previous year, fuelled by a surge in the numbers of Algerians and Moroccans, while over 200 died trying to make the crossing.“At the end of the year, the tally is devastating,” the Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR), which defends the right to asylum, said in a statement.Almost 21,500 people arrived by sea on Spain’s southern shores-popular with northern European tourists-between January 1 and December 20, up from 6,046 during the same period last year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The number of deaths is also up. So far this year 223 people have died or disappeared while trying to reach Spain by boat, 95 more than in 2016.Most sea arrivals are reported along the Strait of Gibraltar which is the narrowest passage of the Mediterranean Sea separating Spain from Morocco.Smugglers transport migrants to Spain on rickety wooden boats, inflatable dinghies, and even jet-skis, charging hundreds of euros for the trip.In August footage of sub-Saharan African migrants arriving by dinghy on a packed beach in Cadiz in the southern region of Andalusia in August during the peak summer holiday season went viral on social media, drawing attention to the rise in migrant numbers.“We are suffering migratory pressure in the entire Mediterranean area,” Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Thursday in a radio interview.‘Focused on repression’ -While migrant arrivals rose in Spain, they fell in Italy and Greece, the primary entry point for migrants in Europe.Nearly 119,000 migrants have arrived so far this year in Italy, which has put in place more aggressive measures to stem arrivals on its shores, including sending Italian military ships to assist the Libyan coast guard with patrols and interception.Roughly 28,000 migrants arrived in Greece, where a 2015 European Union deal with Turkey has helped stem the flow of people making the narrow but precarious sea crossing from Turkish shores to outlying Greek islands.Both countries each received over 170,000 migrants by sea in 2016.Migrants deaths in attempted crossings of the Mediterranean are down overall even as they rose in Spain.So far this year 3,116 migrants have died or disappeared while trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe, down from 4,967 last year, according to the IOM.The bulk of the migrants who have arrived in Spain in recent years have been from sub-Saharan Africa but this year has seen a rise from people from Morocco and Algeria, organisations that work with migrants said.The increase in arrivals from Algeria is due to “the economic situation in the country, which has deteriorated in the last three years” following a drop in the price of oil, a key export, Carlos Arce of the Human Rights Association of Andalusia (APDHA) told AFP.Social unrest in northern Morocco’s Rif region is behind the rise in arrivals from that country, he added.Moroccan security have been “more focused on repression than in controlling the flow of migrants”, Arce said.Surfboards and jet-skis -Migrant arrivals from Morocco to Spain have risen since June, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a report last month.“Moroccans use all sorts of methods to reach Spain such as jet-skis, surfboards, inflatable dinghies and wooden boats which sometimes transport over 60 people,” it said.Spanish authorities have struggled to cope with the surge in migrant arrivals.The government came under fire from human rights organisations in November after it housed some 500 migrants who arrived in southern Spain, mainly from Algeria, at an unopened prison due to a lack of space at immigration detention centres.During the last two week “hundreds of people have been sent back to Algeria” from the prison, including several minors, according to the director of migrant rights group Malaga Acoge, Alejandro Cortina.Rights groups have called for migrants to be allowed to wait for the outcome of their asylum bid under more lax conditions, by reporting regularly to police or a court.But Zoido has argued that there is a risk that the migrants would disappear, causing a “pull effect” that would lead smugglers to bring more migrants to the country.
It may have been 11:30 on a Saturday morning. The gym may have been completely empty and half awake before a meaningless high school basketball game. That didn’t stop the PA announcer from Clearview High School from bringing the house down with player intros worthy of an NBA Finals Game 7.The insane intensity this guy shows in the complete opposite of a packed house is easily one of the funniest things we’ve come across so far in this young year. This is the literal definition of enthusiasm unknown to mankind.Bleachers are close to empty, wasn’t even noon yet and the PA man at this high school game might’ve been the hypest of all hype men 😂😂😂 (via @KenMcNick) pic.twitter.com/IYWBnbdxnv— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) February 6, 2018
This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read In what is perhaps a veiled jab at Snap’s new redesign, Facebook on Thursday announced that people don’t want two separate News Feeds.In October 2017, Facebook launched an “Explore Feed” trial in six countries to separate content from friends and family from Page posts; it’s similar to what Snap did with its recent, much reviled redesign. Now, Facebook is scrapping the idea.”In surveys, people told us they were less satisfied with the posts they were seeing, and having two separate feeds didn’t actually help them connect more with friends and family,” Facebook’s Head of News Feed Adam Mosseri wrote in a blog post. “We also received feedback that we made it harder for people in the test countries to access important information.”So, don’t expect Facebook to roll out a Snapchat-like redesign any time soon.”We constantly try out new features, design changes and ranking updates to understand how we can make Facebook better for everyone,” Mosseri wrote. “Some of these changes… work well and go on to become globally available. Others don’t and we drop them.”When Facebook first announced the trial, some were concerned it would cause Pages to see a drop in engagement since people would have to proactively click to access that content. That ended up happening anyway, though, since Facebook in January started showing users more posts from family, friends and groups they are part of, and less content from businesses, brands and media organizations.Meanwhile, Snapchat’s redesign separates content from friends and content from publishers. Since the update went live, users have complained that Snapchat is “too over complicated,” that it’s harder to find friends in the app, and that some contacts aren’t even showing up. In response, Snap recently said it’s planning to add tabs in Friends and Discover that will “make it easier to find the Stories that you want.” March 2, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »