Head of Govt to EFE MoroccanSpanish relations are better than ever

Madrid-  The relations between Morocco and Spain, two friendly and neighboring countries, are “better than ever before”, said Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane.Head of Govt. to EFE: Moroccan-Spanish relations are ‘better than ever before’“Today, relations between Morocco and Spain, which have been always good except for few incidents, are better than ever before,” Benkirane told on Wednesday Spanish News Agency (EFE), on the occasion of the eleventh Moroccan-Spanish high level meeting which is slated June 5 in Madrid.  These relations are based on trust, which is of paramount importance in all international relations, Benkirane said, adding that this trust enables the two countries to develop a more positive cooperation. Spain is a friend and neighbor country with which we have shared interests, he said, noting that cooperation relations between the two kingdoms are an example for other Mediterranean countries.Benkirane stressed the role of Morocco in combating illegal immigration. “Morocco is not the EU’s policeman, but it has a role” in curbing tragedies resulting from this phenomenon.On the fight against terrorism, He reiterated Morocco’s commitment to counter this plague, noting that the Kingdom will spare no effort to ensure security on the Moroccan territory and elsewhere.Referring to Morocco’s territorial integrity, Benkirane underlined that the position of Morocco is just, wishing to see Spain play a role in settling this artificial dispute. read more

Saudi Arabia to Invest in Western Sahara Supports Moroccos Sovereignty

Rabat – Amid critical comments made by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his recent trip to Algeria, Saudi Arabia said that it would remain steadfast in its support of Morocco with regards to the Western Sahara.The Saudi Ambassador to Morocco, Abdelaziz El Khouja said on Mar. 8 that his country is openly supporting the “territorial integrity of Morocco, and willing to invest in the Moroccan Sahara,” according to Yabiladi.In a press statement given on the sidelines of talks between a delegation of Saudi businessmen and Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar, the ambassador said that relations between Saudi Arabia and Morocco remain strong, stressing the importance of improving the economic relationship between the two countries. In this regard, the diplomat announced that a delegation of investors from his country will visit the main cities of the Western Sahara in the coming weeks to study the opportunities for investing there.“This is a strong message by which we express our support of the territorial integrity of Morocco and our commitment, with all our resources, to the development of these provinces,” said El Khouja.He added that “the efforts of Saudi Arabia in the support of economic development in Morocco contribute to the economic development of Saudi Arabia.”As part of its efforts to set up development projects in the southern provinces, Morocco expects its Gulf partners not only to express political support for its position on the Sahara issue but also to provide strong economic support for these projects.The Saudi ambassador’s announcement came after Ban Ki-moon’s comments during his recent visit to Algiers and the Tindouf camps in southwest Algeria as part of a tour of the region.During his trip, Ban Ki-moon referred to Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara as “occupation.” This is the first time a UN Secretary General used this term while discussing the conflict.On Tuesday, Morocco issued a communique in which it condemned the language used by the UN chief and accused him of departing from the neutrality required of his position.Morocco is one of Saudi Arabia’s closest allies. The North African kingdom is part of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance, a coalition of 34 countries formed to fight terrorism. Morocco has also actively participated in operations led by Saudi Arabia against Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values The answer Maybe

SALISBURY, Mass. — For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn.Asking price: anyone’s guess.Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values. But other climate scientists note shortcomings in the studies, and real estate experts say they simply haven’t seen any ebb in demand for coastal homes.So how much homeowners and communities should worry — and how much they should invest in remedies — remains an open question.Nancy Meehan, 71, is considering putting her coastal condo in Salisbury up for sale this year, but she worries buyers will be turned off by the winter storms that churn the seas beside the summer resort town. Her home has been largely spared in the nearly 20 years she’s lived there, she said, but the flooding appears to be worsening along roads and lower properties.“All my life savings is in my home,” Meehan said of the four-bedroom, two-bathroom condo, which she bought for $135,000. “I can’t lose that equity.”Nearby, Denis Champagne can’t be sure that rising seas are hurting his waterfront home’s value. The three-story, four-bedroom home has views of a scenic marsh, has been renovated and is blocks from the ocean — yet was assessed at only around $420,000.“Do I feel that it should be worth more than that?” Champagne said recently in his sun-soaked living room. “I mean, I’m biased, but where can you find this for that price — anywhere?”A drop in home values could shatter a community like Salisbury, which relies almost exclusively on beachfront real estate taxes to fund schools, police and other basic services, researchers warn. And, they say, families could face financial ruin if they’ve been banking on their home’s value to help foot the bill for pricey college tuitions or even retirement.“People are looking at losing tens of thousands of dollars of relative value on their homes,” said Jeremy Porter, a data scientist for the First Street Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to raise awareness about sea level rise. “Not everyone can sustain that.”Still, home prices in coastal cities have been rising faster than those of their landlocked counterparts since 2010, according to data provided by the National Association of Realtors.And waterfront homes are still generally more expensive than their peers just one block inland, said Lawrence Yun, the association’s chief economist.“The price differential is still there,” he said. “Consumers are clearly mindful that these climate change impacts could be within the window of a 30-year mortgage, but their current behaviour still implies that to have a view of the ocean is more desirable.”A nationwide study by the First Street Foundation suggests climate change concerns have caused nearly $16 billion in lost appreciation of property values along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast since 2005.The study singles out Salisbury as the hardest-hit community in Massachusetts. Coastal homes there would be worth $200,000 to $300,000 more if not for frequent tidal flooding and powerful coastal storms, the study suggests. Champagne’s property, for example, would be worth about $123,000 more, according to Flood iQ , a property database the group has developed.In another recent study , researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Business found coastal properties most exposed to sea level rise sold, on average, for 7 per cent less than equivalent properties the same distance from shore but not as threatened by the sea.And in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, higher-elevation properties are appreciating faster than lower ones as companies and deep-pocketed buyers increasingly consider climate change risks, a study in the publication Environmental Research Letters found last year.The three studies are laudable because they attempt to quantify what the insurance industry and federal government had long suspected: that climate change is having tangible harm on home values, said S. Jeffress Williams, a scientist emeritus with the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, who wasn’t involved with any of the research.But Williams and other researchers note the First Street Foundation study uses sea-level rise predictions from the Army Corps of Engineers that are more dire than figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which usually provides the go-to numbers for such studies.The other two studies largely rely on data from Florida, which is so low and highly developed that in many ways it is an outlier, unaffiliated researchers point out. They also focus only on single-family homes, leaving out huge numbers of condos, high-rises and other multi-family properties.In Salisbury, real estate broker Thomas Saab insists something is happening with home prices but is not sure whether climate change is behind it.Two clients in the otherwise strong real estate market, he said, were recently forced to lower their asking prices by tens of thousands of dollars when prospective buyers voiced concerns about storm damage and risks.“Do I worry prices are coming down? Sure,” Saab said. “Fewer buyers are willing to take the risk. People don’t want to live through nor’easter after nor’easter with no protection.”He argues there’s a simple solution: Invest in sturdy seawalls as Hampton Beach, the lively resort town just over the border in New Hampshire, did generations ago.“We can overcome any kind of rising seas if you just let us protect our properties,” Saab said. “Who cares about the climate change? You build a seawall and this whole discussion goes away.”___Follow Philip Marcelo at twitter.com/philmarcelo.Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press read more

National Bank raises dividend as profit climbs more than 10

MONTREAL — National Bank of Canada raised its quarterly dividend as it reported its second-quarter profit improved more than 10 per cent compared with a year ago and beat expectations.The bank says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 62 cents per share, up from the previous rate of 60 cents.National Bank earned $547 million or $1.44 per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30, up from $484 million or $1.28 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, the bank says it earned $1.45 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $1.30 per share a year go.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.39 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.National Bank chief executive Louis Vachon says both business growth and improved efficiency were major contributors to the performance. read more

Sudan UN peacekeeping mission condemns killing of humanitarian aid worker

The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) called on the Sudanese Government and the regional Government of Southern Sudan to expedite their joint efforts to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers.Both killings have been blamed on elements suspected of belonging to the rebel Ugandan group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is based in Sudan, but has recently also moved into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The victim’s employer, Sweden’s International Aid Services non-governmental organization (NGO), said Collin Lee of Bermuda, accompanied by his pregnant wife, was in a vehicle driven by a Sudanese national when they were ambushed and he was shot in the chest and throat.At the end of last month, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Jan Pronk, condemned the killing of two de-miners from the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), a company contracted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). read more

Colombia UN rights office again condemns leftist rebels for killing civilians

The Colombia office of the UH High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR) reported that three civilians, including a 76-year-old woman and an eight-year-old child, were killed and seven others wounded in an explosion yesterday attributed to the rebel group in southern Caquetá department.“The Office demands that FARC-EP members apply without reserve the humanitarian principle of protection of the civilian population, which requires that those who undertake attacks take precautions to avoid the death or injury of civilians,” it said in its latest condemnation of human rights abuses in Colombia’s decades-old civil war.Last week the Office accused the group of committing war crimes in the separate massacres of nine bus passengers and nine members of a local municipal council.

Kris Jenner and game studio Glu Mobile sued over Kim Kardashian Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A video game company is suing a rival studio and Kris Jenner, saying its idea for a Kim Kardashian mobile game was stolen.The copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by Just Games Interactive Entertainment LLC on Wednesday states it prepared a detailed pitch for a Kardashian-themed game to a representative for Jenner, who serves as a manager for her daughter.Glu Mobile Inc. released the mobile game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” in June 2014. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles contends several elements of Just Games’ proposal were included in the game released to the public.Glu released a statement Thursday calling the lawsuit frivolous, saying it created the game independently and had never heard of the company suing it.Representatives for Jenner did not immediately return email messages. FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2015 file photo, Kris Jenner arrives at Cosmopolitan magazine’s 50th birthday celebration in West Hollywood, Calif. A video game company sued Jenner in a Los Angeles federal court, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, alleging that the game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” was based on a presentation it did for the Kardashian family matriarch and constituted copyright infringement. Just Games Interactive Entertainment is seeking more than $10 million in damages. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 11:47 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kris Jenner and game studio Glu Mobile sued over ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ mobile game read more

Canaccord Genuity buys British investment and wealth management firm Hargreave Hale

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canaccord Genuity buys British investment and wealth management firm Hargreave Hale TORONTO – Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (TSX:CF) has signed a deal to buy Hargreave Hale Ltd., an investment and wealth management business in Britain.Under the agreement, Canaccord will play Hargreave Hale shareholders $87.9 million plus an additional $46.5 million that is contingent on meeting certain performance targets.The deal helps grow Canaccord’s business in Britain and Europe.Hargreave Hale has $13.5 billion in assets under administration, management and management contract.Canaccord said senior management at Hargreave Hale are expected to hold key leadership roles and will be responsible for helping grow the investment and wealth management business.The deal is subject to approval by Hargreave Hale shareholders as well as other regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. read more

Baroness Hale hoping for three women to join Supreme Court bench

first_imgThe court has said it is looking for candidates with a “deep level of legal knowledge and understanding” as well as a “high intellectual capacity” and an understanding of the “communities which the law is there to serve”.It added: “Applications are sought from the widest range of candidates eligible to apply and particularly those who will increase the diversity of the court.”Applicants are required to have held “high judicial office” for at least two years or to have been a practising solicitor or barrister for at least 15 years.Lady Hale, who has also made it clear she does not advocate positive discrimination, said in a recent interview: “I believe women’s experience of the world is as important in the framing of the law’s answers to difficult problems as men’s. I also believe many men are feminists, just as some women are not.” Baroness Hale of Richmond, the first female head of the Supreme Court, has suggested she would like three women to replace the senior judges whose jobs are now being advertised by the UK’s highest court.The court has begun a recruitment process which she hopes will provide a significant boost to the diversity on bench. Currently, only two of the 12 senior justices are women.Lady Hale, 72, who was sworn in as president of the court in October, has made it clear that she hopes to use her position to inspire other women and show that they can reach the pinnacle of any profession.She welcomed the fact that Lady Justice Black joined her as the second female justice and made it plain that they hope to further improve the gender balance.In a recent question and answer session, she said: “I certainly can’t promise anything, we have three vacancies, it would be great if one could be filled with a woman, or even two or three.”Lord Mance, the deputy president of the court, will retire in June 2018 and two other vacancies will be created by the retirements of Lord Hughes and Lord Sumption next year. The Supreme Court If one of the serving justices is appointed deputy president, a third new justice will be recommended from this round of applications. The current salary for a supreme court justice exceeds £225,000 a year.center_img The Supreme CourtCredit:Paul Grover 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

Goldcorp sees radical innovations like the EcoTails process as the way forward

first_imgGoldcorp in a recent blog post raised the timely topic of how it and the industry can take tailings technology forward. Tailings dams rank among the largest engineered structures in the world, sometimes reaching up to 300 m in height.  These dams are designed to permanently contain finely ground mineral processing waste, a watery slurry of rock particles that are left behind after mineral extraction and are placed in an impoundment.“The greatest tailings management danger is dam failure. The most recent deadly dam collapse on January 25, 2019, at Córrego do Feijão near the Brazilian town of Brumadinho, resulted in an 11 million cubic metre tailings deluge (essentially a massive mud flow) stretching for 8 km, which engulfed buildings and anything else in its destructive path. Most tragically over 300 people may have lost their lives as many remain missing and are presumed dead. Many mining communities are now casting an anxious eye towards any wet tailings storage facilities in their locality, and are seeking assurances regarding their structural integrity and maintenance.”“In Canada, Goldcorp has active tailings facilities at our Porcupine (PGM), Red Lake and Musselwhite operations, and a filtered tailings operation at Éléonore. Inactive tailings storage facilities in Canada are at PGM and at our closed sites at Equity Silver and Dona Lake. In Latin America, we have active tailings facilities at Peñasquito in Mexico, Cerro Negro in Argentina, and at Pueblo Viejo in the Dominican Republic (where we have an equity interest, operated by Barrick), inactive tailings storage at Marlin in Guatemala and inactive filtered tailings at El Sauzal in Mexico. Our Peñasquito Mine’s tailings embankment is Goldcorp’s largest tailings facility – at completion the structure will be 11 km long and almost 150 m high.”In 2014, Goldcorp developed a tailings stewardship program to minimise tailings risks and ensure good practices for tailings construction, operation, maintenance, monitoring and, ultimately, closure and reclamation. The strategy addresses stakeholder concerns to ensure tailings facilities are well-managed, provide secure storage, reduce costs and impacts, improve operational excellence and are regularly and consistently monitored.“We work to preserve and protect our environment through our Sustainability Excellence Management System (SEMS) and our Environmental Protection Standards.  There are 13 Environmental Protection Standards (EP), and two specifically covering Waste Rock and Tailings:EP 4: Waste RockWaste rock has the potential for leaching metals and other constituents of concern upon exposure to elements.  This standard contains the requirements for waste rock management and monitoring as a critical aspect of operational controls at any site.EP 5: TailingsGoldcorp will manage tailings in a manner that effectively mitigates environmental, public health and safety, and community impacts while maximizing the long-term security of the tailings facility and sustainable land use options.“All active Goldcorp tailings dams have a Tailings Steward and an Engineer of Record (EoR), and all inactive tailings dams still storing water also have a Tailings Steward. All but one inactive tailings site also have EoRs, and the final site is being assigned an EoR in 2019. Dam Safety Inspections (DSI) are performed annually and separately by the Tailings Steward and by the EoR.  Each DSI group performs their reviews independently and publishes and submits separate reports. EoRs submit their reports to site, and Stewards submit their reports to Corporate. Dam Safety Reviews (DSR), a much more intensive effort, are performed every 5 years for all dams by the Tailings Stewards. Risk Assessments are updated annually supported by the Stewards and the EoRs for every dam. Summary reports are provided to each site and corrective actions are reviewed.”Risks are categorized from low to extreme and a watchlist of all risks are monitored on Enablon, a leading provider of environmental, health and safety (EHS), operational risk management and sustainability software. Results from risk assessments are evaluated regularly to ensure risk mitigation is applied where needed.“Goldcorp has also tested new technology that could ultimately improve tailings storage facility management with the potential to set a new standard for dam monitoring that exceeds industry and government regulations. The automated monitoring system includes a solar power source, data loggers, radio monitoring stations, automated survey station, weather station, digital cameras and strategically-placed sensors and prisms to monitor and capture up-to date information on water levels, pore water pressure, structural integrity of the dam, and other important parameters that ensure dam safety and reliability.”Mike Jacobs, Goldcorp’s Director, Water & Tailings, is responsible for monitoring and reviewing Goldcorp’s tailings facilities and also serves on the Mining Dams Committee for the Canadian Dam Association and the Tailings Working Group for the Mining Association of Canada. “Tailings represent the most significant environmental liability for a mining company,” says Jacobs. “Our standards at Goldcorp exceed what is expected of us by law but as responsible corporate citizens and in fulfilling our vision of Together, Creating Sustainable Value, it is important that we be leaders in this effort and do what is right”. Dewatering is an important part of traditional wet tailings storage. As tailings are added to the storage facility, water is usually returned to the mill for reuse. This also reduces the hydraulic pressure on the dam walls. Goldcorp has become a leader in filtered tailings (also known as “dry stack”). “We currently filter tailings at Éléonore and utilized filtered tailings at our closed Marlin and El Sauzal sites. Filtered tailings return significantly more water to the mill, which allow us to materially reduce freshwater make-up requirements as compared to traditional tailings impoundments.”“We have taken this a step further in pursuit of our Towards Zero Water (H2Zero) vision and are developing our mine waste management technology called ‘EcoTailsTM’. The EcoTailsTMprocess [co-developed with FLSmidth] represents a transformational leap forward in tailings and waste rock management. In essence, EcoTailsTM is a co-mingled mix of dewatered tailings and waste rock blended in transit – creating a geotechnically stable product called ‘GeoWasteTM’. This process eliminates the need to keep conventional slurry tailings contained in a dam and submerged in water. Additionally, GeoWasteTM  is stronger and drier than ‘dry stack’ tailings and has the potential to drastically reduce environmental risks.”“We are in the process of completing our engineering feasibility study for the full-scale Prototype, which we hope to advance, following the installation at our Peñasquito mine,” said Simon Hille, Goldcorp’s Vice President of Metallurgy and Process, who envisions scaling-up the technology to make it cost-competitive against the industry standard and at high volumes, while producing a much more stable and lower risk facility for long-term tailings storage. “The recognition that mining is a water-intensive process led to this and other innovations such as our H2Zero initiative, and our aim is to both substantially reduce fresh water consumption and ultimately eliminate conventional slurry tailings, currently the largest store of unavailable water in the mining process.”“The recent devastating tailings dam failure in Brazil serves as a reminder that the industry has a significant responsibility to ensure proper tailings management. Goldcorp’s progressive approach to tailings management and our broader environmental stewardship is essential for our mines which operate near host communities, not only to maintain our license to operate, but more importantly to build trust. Through our continued tailings management innovations, environmental and community impacts caused by tailings dam failures will be eliminated and allow mining to continue playing a vital role in society.”last_img read more

Child therapy provider says pressure on funding is intense and becoming unbearable

first_img Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 7:41 AM By Sean Murray Child therapy provider says pressure on funding is ‘intense’ and becoming ‘unbearable’ CARI has said children suffering from sexual abuse may have to wait up to 18 months for therapy, unless funding is increased. 5,129 Views File Photo 2 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3108178 Nov 29th 2016, 7:41 AM center_img Image: Shutterstock/VectorLifestylepic Short URL File Photo Image: Shutterstock/VectorLifestylepic A VOLUNTARY PROVIDER of therapy and other services to children who have experienced child abuse said it may be forced to close its waiting lists in 2017 unless Tusla increases its funding.CARI is seeking a one-off increase in funding of €200,000 next year, to offer a service to the 92 children currently on its waiting list. They add that they will seek support from Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, on the issue.With new children referred to its services each month, CARI believes that sexually abused children may have to wait 18 months for therapy if no additional funding was forthcoming from Tusla, the State’s Child and Family Agency.CARI’s chief executive, Mary Flaherty, said that despite offering an 18% increase in appointments in 2015, “the numbers waiting for therapy also increased and this has continued into 2016″.Under its current capacity, using public and statutory funds, around 55 children benefit from CARI’s services each year, but the average waiting time for therapy is around one year.Flaherty said that, with existing waiting times, “the stress on clients, referrers and CARI therapists is currently intense and would become unbearable and indefensible”.She concluded:If Tusla does not provide additional funding for 2017, CARI may have to think of the unthinkable and consider closing the waiting list until waiting times are reduced to a clinically approved level (max six months).“We are loathe to do this as it would leave children and families with no hope at all,” CARI’s head of therapy, Monica Murphy, added.Responding to a request from TheJournal.ie, a statement from Tusla said that its approach to commissioning services is based on “an analysis of needs to ensure resources are used in an effective, sustainable and accountable manner”.The statement added:Tusla is currently engaging with funded agencies as part of an annual process to determine funding arrangements for 2017. As part of this, Tusla is engaged in on-going discussions and meetings with CARI and it would be inappropriate to comment at this time on the content of these discussions.Read: ‘It’s not the State’s problem, it’s the family’s’: Care system to adopt tough love approachRead: Children in ‘disturbing’ sex abuse case to remain in care until next year Share54 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Good Friday in store as temperatures expected to hit 21 degrees over

first_img Apr 17th 2019, 10:40 AM By Stephen McDermott 18 Comments Image: Rollingnews.ie WE’RE STILL A few weeks out from summer, but the weather is about to move in the right direction as temperatures hit the low twenties this Easter weekend.According to Met Éireann, the mercury will rise from tomorrow before hitting 21 degrees Celsius in parts of the country on Friday and Saturday.Today will see dry conditions with bright spells and temperatures of 13 to 16 Celsius generally, although there is expected to be a few spots of drizzle in parts later tonight.However, dry conditions will continue tomorrow as sunny intervals and warmer weather develop, particularly in the western half of the country.Maximum temperatures will reach between 13 and 19 degrees Celsius on Thursday, before even better conditions develop heading into Easter weekend.Good Friday will be dry and see long spells of spring sunshine with top temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees, although it will be a bit cooler in the east and south of the country.The forecaster says it will be dry on Friday night with thickening cloud in the west and northwest, as temperatures dip to between 6 and 10 degrees Celsius with some patchy breezes.Saturday will be another warm and mostly dry day with long spells of hazy spring sunshine expected throughout much of Leinster and Munster.Cloud will begin to develop in northern and western counties as the day continues, however, when some patchy rain and drizzle will appear by the end of the day.Top temperatures on Saturday will be between 16 and 21 degrees, although it will be a few degrees cooler under cloud in parts of west and northwest once again.Patchy light rain and drizzle will extend southeastwards over the country on Saturday night, when there will be lows of 5 to 8 degrees in the west and north and 9 to 11 degrees further south and east.The bad news is that changeable, unsettled conditions will return on Easter Sunday when patchy rain or drizzle develop in parts, although there will also be some dry periods across the country.Maximum temperatures will drop to between 13 and 16 degrees Celsius, before rain is predicted to cover the country from the Atlantic on Sunday night and daytime temperatures drop again on Monday. 22,332 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share221 Tweet Email3 Image: Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4595845 Short URL Good Friday in store as temperatures expected to hit 21 degrees over Easter weekend Ireland will see dry and settled weather this weekend. Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 10:40 AMlast_img read more

6th Antipodean Palette draws to a successful close

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “One more successful exhibition, the sixth in just as many years,” is the sentiment expressed by coordinator of art exhibition Antipodean Palette, Frixos Ioannides in the wake of the event.Presented by the Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) of Melbourne, the anticipated opening ceremony took place on Tuesday 16 August. Receiving an overwhelming response from the get go, close to 150 guests filled the Steps Gallery where Multicultural Arts Victoria’s CEO, Jill Morgan officially kicked off the event.Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Connie Gregory, who took the opportunity to praise the high calibre of work on show and highlighted the important role played by the GACL in promoting the visual arts across, and beyond, the Greek Australian community. To follow, the GACL’s General Secretary John Georgiou addressed those gathered, congratulating the artists and wished them well in their creative endeavours.The arts event went one step further, giving guests the chance to enjoy an entertaining program with an engaging musical interval. Opera singers and members of the Melbourne Opera Company, tenor Othon Charalambous and baritone Aristomenis Argyropoulos sang arias of their choice, filling the room with applause.Before the ceremony concluded, guests also had the opportunity to meet and mingle with exhibiting arts, while enjoying the works on display.Work on display at the Antipodean Palette exhibition, which drew to a close on Tuesday 23 August. Photo: Helene AthanasiadisA total of 15 artists participated this year, showcasing a variety of artworks including paintings, sculpture, photography, etchings and digital art.And for all those wondering and hoping, the exhibition will most certainly be returning in 2017. “A particular characteristic of this year’s exhibition was that the majority of participants are Australian born, something that promises the successful continuation of this event with the new generation,” said Mr Ioannides. “The organising committee views with particular optimism the evolution of the visual arts in the Greek Australian community and encourages artists to continue with enthusiasm their creative work, and art lovers to continue their support.”last_img read more

Palm Beach deputy resigns following burglary charge

first_imgBOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy caught on camera stealing prescription medication from a home has resigned.Jason Cooke was caught on surveillance video breaking into an 85-year-old man’s house after deputies responded and found the homeowner injured.Related: Deputy charged with stealing pills from dead man’s homeThat man was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.Cooke was arrested last week and charged with burglary and grand theft.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

29 killed as bus falls off Yamuna Expressway into canal near Agra

first_imgAfter hitting the divider, the bus fell from a height of 40 feet in Jharna Nala near Kuberpur.TwitterAt least 29 people were killed and several injured after a government-run bus fell off the Yamuna Expressway into a canal near Agra, on Monday morning. The double-decker bus was carrying around 44 people from Lucknow to Delhi.Initial probe reportedly revealed that the driver of the Uttar Pradesh roadways bus dozed off while driving, losing control of the vehicle. The bus, after hitting the divider, fell from a height of 40 feet in Jharna Nala near Kuberpur at around 4:15 am.UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the incident and expressed his grief and condolences at the death of the passengers. He also directed officials to provide all possible medical attention to the injured.Agra’s senior superintendent of police Babloo Kumar declared that the families of victims can contact the emergency number – 9454402732 to get details about their kin.An ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh was also announced for the families of the deceased by the UP roadways.last_img read more

Space Sportilization Former Redskin Player Ken Harvey Offers A 21st Century Game

first_img Explore further The idea was presented to the Challenger Center, a foundation started by the offspring of NASA astronauts to encourage young people from all walks of life to “Think Big” and reach for the stars by providing hands-on experience in space science. Ken Harvey along with NASA engineers, Astronauts and friends of the Space program realize that an important ingredient in encouraging an interest in science requires you get the young person´s attention. Equally important is that science is presented in terms 21st century young people find palatable and are able to participate in at a level they are familiar, like creating “YouTube” videos. Ken Harvey, age 43 knows quite a bit about taking some hard knocks on his way to a professional playing field and afterward. He was a high school drop out, who got his act together by working his way through Junior College and excelling in football. His career in professional sports was cut short by injuries and with the help of some associates with similar minds embarked on the concept of Space Sportilization. One friend, Eric Anderson, President of Space Adventures in Vienna, Virginia offers five-minute sub-orbital flights for paying customers for $5,000. Additionally, Space Adventures has transported six paying customers to the International Space Station. New York Times reporter Michael Brick quotes Anderson as saying, ” Ken is a friend and someone who can make things happen.” “It just helps people get excited about space”. Ken Harvey is not the first to suggest, “America Think Big.” The first challenge came some 48-years ago by President Kennedy. An endeavor to reach for the Moon brought with it industries and every day conveniences for decades. Thinking big has a way of stretching mankind and creating opportunities on Earth. Ken Harvey formed JAKA Consulting Group which incorporate sports concepts into achieving business goals for business partners. The process is dubbed “Sportilization”. The Space Sportilization variation is aimed at encouraging students to visualize basic football moves and their application to space science. The science of movement in zero-gravity is explored and students are encouraged to participate by estimating the differences in game play on Earth and outer space. The Challenger Center for Space Science Education website has a live demonstration and interactive game developed by Challenger Center´s Richard Garriott and Ken Harvey. Click here to play, “Space Football” Via NY Times Mathematicians prove the Umbral Moonshine Conjecture Earth & Moon. Via: NASA Archives Citation: Space Sportilization: Former Redskin Player Ken Harvey Offers A 21st Century Game on the Moon (2008, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-space-sportilization-redskin-player-ken.html (PhysOrg.com) — Ken Harvey, former linebacker for the Washington Redskins is trying to capture the imagination of young people by proposing a 21st century game of “Float Ball” to be played in zero-gravity. The Xtreme game of Float Ball combines elements of football and basketball with weightless players bouncing off walls, banging up against each other with the objective of moving varied colored floating balls to each end of the playing field. Extra points are given for stuffing a player carrying a designated color ball into a hoop. Initially, the game can be played in retrofitted grounded planes. The next step may include “Float Ball on the Moon” and perhaps someday a “Float Ball” stadium on Mars. Sounds extreme and perhaps lofty, but there´s science behind Harvey´s plan. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mind your own business

first_imgWith Women Entrepreneur as its theme,  the 34th India International Trade Fair 2014  (IITF) will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in the Capital on 14 November.  The India  Trade  Promotion  Organisation (ITPO) is all set to hold the B2B and B2C event from November 14 to 27. With over 6000 exhibitors from India and abroad taking part in this event, all the Centre/States pavilions are being renovated and their facades are being given a new look. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various agencies have geared up to facilitate the different activities related to convenience and security for the participants and visitors. South Africa has been accorded the Partner Country Status while Thailand is the Focus Country.  Delhi will be the Focus State.The fair has tremendous significance for the business community. The fair provides a great platform to all sorts of exporters, entrepreneurs and investors. Apart from showcasing a wide range of merchandise and services, the fair will be committed to the new mantra Make in India.The  fair also aims to focus  on  the  cleanliness drive  launched   by  the Prime  Minister  under  Bharat  Swachchta  Mission.The first five days of the fair from 14-18 November are earmarked for business visitors only. Where: Pragati Maidan When: 14-27 November (9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m)last_img read more

Belize opens border to state residents passportfree

first_imgChetumal, Q.R. — The government of Belize says they have opened the border for residents of the state of Quintana Roo, allowing Mexicans to enter the country without passports.Through its consulate office in Chetumal, the government of Belize says the Belize Hotel Association began a campaign to promote its tourist attractions to increase the flow of Mexican visitors into the country.In a press conference, the Belizean consul in Chetumal, Luis Montero Maldonado and the representative of the hoteliers Tessy Durán, explained that a fundamental part of this exchange of visitors will be to grant greater access to the facilities and different tourist destinations in Belize.Montero Maldonado said that a few weeks ago, they began the process that now allows residents of Quintana Roo to visit the country for up to 72 hours without the need of a passport.He explained that until now it is primarily Belize residents crossing into Mexico to shop in the state capital of Chetumal or to visit a nearby town. The goal of the new strategy, he explained, is to encourage a more even exchange between the two geographical areas.“We want the Quintana Roo people to know the natural beauty and tourist sites we have, including beach and archeology and nature,” he said.Through an exhibition, the representatives of hoteliers along with the Belizean government say the country has numerous tourist zones that include nearly 200 islands, waterfalls, mountains, beaches and areas of cultural and ecological tourism.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

4 park admissions over 4 days with WDWs newest ticket option

first_img Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, December 19, 2018 LAKE BUENA VISTA — In a few weeks clients heading to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in 2019 will be able to purchase a new ticket option: a four-day, 4-Park Magic Ticket.Priced at US$85 per day (plus tax) for a total price of $340 (plus tax), the 4-Park Magic Tickets include one day of admission to Magic Kingdom Park, one day of admission to Epcot, one day of admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and one day of admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, for a total of four admissions over four separate days. The 4-Park Magic Tickets will be available for purchase starting Jan. 18, 2019, at Disneyworld.com/parkmagic, through the Disney Reservation Center or authorized travel professionals and ticket sellers. The tickets are seasonally priced for varied usage between Jan. 18 and Sept. 30, 2019, as follows:  4-PARK MAGIC VALUE TICKET Valid for admission Jan. 18-March 1, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use, or by March 1, 2019, whichever comes first Adult: $85 per day, plus tax ($340 total, plus tax) Child: $80 per day, plus tax ($320 total, plus tax)4-PARK MAGIC SELECT TICKETValid for admission March 2-March 14; March 27-April 9; April 27-May 27; and Aug. 19-Sept. 30, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use, or by Sept. 30, 2019, whichever comes first Adult: $89 per day, plus tax ($356 total, plus tax) Child: $84 per day, plus tax ($336 total, plus tax) 4-PARK MAGIC SUMMER TICKETValid for admission May 28-Aug. 18, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use or by Sept. 30, 2019, whichever comes first Adult: $95 per day, plus tax ($380 total, plus tax) Child: $90 per day, plus tax ($360 total, plus tax) Disney says the new 4-Park Magic Tickets are valid for one theme park per day and tickets can be used to enter each theme park only once. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and exclude activities/events separately priced. Higher-priced tickets are valid for use on dates with a lower price. For more information about the 4-Park Magic Tickets, visit Disneyworld.com/parkmagic. 4 park admissions over 4 days with WDW’s newest ticket optioncenter_img Tags: Disney World Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

October 19 2018

first_imgOctober 19 , 2018 You might also be interested in The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has forecast volumes for the 2018-19 season of between 63.2 and 70.1 million 4.5 kg-equivalent cartons.The current record stands 67 million cartons produced in the 2016-17 season.Last season saw production of 62 million cartons.”Good winter rains to date have largely broken the severe drought in the Western Cape,” SATI said.”This positive outlook, linked to new plantings and new cultivars, brings the South African table grape industry back on its ‘organic’ growth trend over the past four years.”The new plantings are also of higher-yielding cultivars.The earliest Northern Provinces Region is expected to produce an even better crop than last year, SATI said. This was the only region to have increased its volumes in the previous season.The Orange River region closely follows with harvesting at the start of November with an expected return to normal crop volumes.The Olifants River Region was hit the hardest by the drought, but SATI said vineyards seemed to have recovered well following the good winter rains. New vines planted before the drought are also expected to come into full production. The expectation is that the region will return to pre-drought volumes.Production volumes for the Berg River Region are estimated to return to normal as well. The Hex River Region is expecting a return to average production figures in line with the industry growth trend. Grapes in Charts: Mexico helps make America grape … The calm before the storm: Undersupplied U.S. tabl … Study finds molecules in oranges, grapes, carrots … India: Maharashtra grape growers to organize marke …last_img read more