‘Invest in the Energy Continent’ Summit in August

first_imgThe 4th edition of the New York Forum AFRICA (NYFA), the world’s leading pan-African business summit, will now take place on August 29-31 2015 in Libreville, Gabon under the High Patronage of His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic.  The dates have been changed to coincide with the 14th AGOA Forum, the first time this Forum has ever been held in Central Africa. Gabon was chosen as the host nation for the AGOA Forum, which is a US government initiative to expand trade with Sub-Saharan Africa. The NYFA will serve to highlight business and economic opportunities across the whole continent alongside the AGOA discussions about US-Africa trade.  The Gabonese government decided to combine the two global events to capitalise on the presence and reach of thousands of economic and business leaders who will be together in Libreville for days of discussion and debate.  President Bongo said: “We were delighted to be chosen as the host nation for the 14th AGOA Forum; running the two events together was the natural conclusion. While the falling oil price comes at a time of increasing investment into infrastructure projects, it is vital we maintain the economic diversification program we have put in place to reduce our dependence on oil revenues. Increasing trade with the West and continuing to attract investment through high-visibility gatherings such as the AGOA Forum and the NYFA are essential.”  More than 1,500 business and political leaders are expected to attend this year’s NYFA. The theme of the Forum is Invest in the Energy Continent; it will focus on the new dynamism in the continent, from entrepreneurs and inward investment, as well as the growing energy sector. Key topics include: economic dynamism; energy sector opportunities; entrepreneurship and enterprise; job creation and economic diversification; education and innovation. The New York Forum AFRICA is the only pan-African business summit to be held in Africa in 2015.  AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) was signed into law by President Clinton to expand and deepen trade and investment relations between Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, and to encourage economic growth and development.  Richard Attias, Founder of the New York Forum, said: “Holding the two events together is a terrific opportunity: this will really increase the scope of discussions at the NYFA, giving us access to an unprecedented level of US public sector officials and CEOs, while delivering the quality of content for which the NYFA has become known in its three editions to date.”  The NYFA is composed of vibrant, action-orientated debates and panels, as well as sector-specific breakout sessions and workshops. In addition, the NYFA 2015 will again host the Marketplace, a virtual and traditional meeting-place for participants to book one-on-one meetings with Gabonese stakeholders as well as international corporations, which will increase in size for NYFA 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Croatia hopes it has finally found a team to better 1998 heroes

first_imgIn 1998, Croatia, which had emerged from a bitter independence war only three years earlier, made its debut at a World Cup finals.With a team featuring Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki wearing blues shirts with a distinctive red and white chequerboard pattern, they beat World Cup giants Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals in France, sparking delirium at home.Although Croatia went on to suffer an agonising 2-1 defeat to host nation France in the semi-finals, they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place playoff.Nicknamed “the Fiery Ones”, that team has stood as an example to their successors ever since.Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football’s pantheon of heroes.Robert Prosinecki, a member of the 1998 squad, told AFP: “I would so much like that they be better than us.Croatia captain Luka Modric, Darijo Srna and Mario Mandzukic are pictured on a mural in Zagreb © AFP“1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 ‘Fiery Ones’ can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018,” the former Real Madrid player said.– Confined to history –The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, told AFP that for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players’ achievements.“Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was difficult to even contemplate, let alone jump over it.“But now … I pray and I would give anything in the world that this squad eventually ‘confines us to history’. That in future we talk about them,” said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the “coach of all coaches”.The penalty shootout win against hosts Russia in the quarter-finals on Saturday seems to have gone a long way towards achieving that.“We’ve been always returning to the 1998 team…. putting a new burden on Modric and his team. Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998,” the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.Miroslav Blazevic, on the left, hopes the current Croatia team will better his 1998 side © AFP / ELVIS BARUKCICSquares packed with red-and-white painted fans, stalls selling football jerseys and flares, and drivers blaring their horns, people hugging and singing — scenes reminiscent of 1998 are all around as the country of around four million people lives and breathes football.“We are glad that this generation experiences its own 1998, that they can see live what football euphoria looks like … at least we will not have to explain it to them on YouTube any more” Sportske Novosti said.During the group stage in Russia, coach Zlatko Dalic said it was difficult to compare generations when events were separated by a 20-year gap.“We have nice memories from France, our players did a great job … We want to get close to them, although it is difficult to repeat this endeavour, but we will try,” the 51-year-old told reporters.Two days before the clash with England he sounded more confident.“We respect everyone — England, Belgium, France. But none of the three squads is better than us!”On Wednesday, his team has a chance to write a new page in Croatia’s football history.Former international Mario Stanic remembers perfectly the defeat to eventual winners France in the 1998 semi-final, although he would rather not.“In three days we went from top to bottom, emotionally,” Stanic, 46, told AFP.“For me it was the utmost low, since I knew we were a step from making history and we failed.”But Stanic said he did not want to compare his team with the current one.“We had our story, they have their own. Thank God for this generation which has managed to get to a semi-final and justify Croatia’s status as a football superpower… at least a small one,” the former Chelsea midfielder said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia fans celebrate victory against Russia in the World Cup quarter-finals © AFP / Denis LovrovicZAGREB, Croatia, Jul 9 – Croatia’s first World Cup semi-final for two decades has revived the memories of the country’s football highpoint and raised hopes that Luka Modric’s side can go one better than their legendary predecessors.After a dramatic win on penalties against Russia, Croatia will play England on Wednesday in front of 80,000 people in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the World Cup final.last_img read more

It’s official: Katie Couric quits NBC, joins CBS

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) – On her 15th anniversary on “Today,” Katie Couric told viewers Wednesday she’s leaving NBC to join CBS, where she will become the first woman to anchor a network weekday evening newscast alone. “I wanted to tell all of you out there who have watched the show for the past 15 years that after listening to my heart and my gut – two things that have served me pretty well in the past – I’ve decided I’ll be leaving ‘Today’ at the end of May,” she said. “I really feel as if we’ve become friends through the years.” Hours later, CBS confirmed that she will be anchor and managing editor of the evening news. Couric, 49, will also do prime-time specials and contribute to “60 Minutes” as part of the five-year deal. Couric, longest-serving anchor in the 54-year history of “Today,” agreed to a salary near her current range of $13 million to $15 million for five years, according to a non-network person close to Couric, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It’s hard to imagine being here and not having you sitting next to us,” co-host Matt Lauer told her. The bold move simultaneously forces NBC to find a new team for “Today,” television’s most profitable news program, and gives CBS News President Sean McManus a major success in his effort to lure more stars to his beleaguered news organization. Couric, Lauer, newsreader Ann Curry and weathercaster Al Roker have formed TV news’ most successful morning team in history since 1997, with “Today” riding an unprecedented 10-year streak at the top of the ratings. During that time, morning news programs have simultaneously grown in influence and have become important entertainment vehicles. The job required Couric to both interview presidents and don goofy costumes on Halloween, not to mention having to wake up well before dawn. “Today” is currently seen by about 6 million viewers a day, while the “CBS Evening News” has been averaging upwards of 7.5 million. But it’s a significant change in status from top dog to underdog: CBS’ evening newscast has been at the rear in the ratings for many years. It’s not the first time an anchor has made the transition from morning to evening; NBC’s longtime “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw was a “Today” show host in the 1970s. Another “Today” personality, Barbara Walters, briefly co-anchored ABC’s evening news with Harry Reasoner. Couric’s contract with NBC, owned by General Electric Co., extends to the end of May and she’s expected to remain at “Today” through that ratings sweeps month. The lure of trying something new and making history in the evening proved enticing to Couric. She spurned a more lucrative offer – about $20 million a year – to remain at NBC and accept the CBS offer, the person close to Couric said. CBS was until recently part of Viacom Inc. With Bob Schieffer filling in during the year since Dan Rather’s exit, the “CBS Evening News” is the only network evening newscast rising in the ratings. “I will be delighted if she came,” Schieffer said Tuesday. “I think she’ll be a great addition to a very good news team. … I’ve known Katie for years and I think the world of her.” If a deal with Vieira can’t be reached, the top in-house candidates to replace Couric are “Today” weekend anchor Campbell Brown, NBC reporter Natalie Morales and Curry.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “I’m personally so excited that Katie Couric is coming to the CBS News family,” said Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. president. “With this move, our news division takes yet another giant leap forward. Katie is simply one of the best in the business and represents a tremendous addition to CBS News.” Meanwhile, Meredith Vieira of the daytime chat show “The View” appears close to accepting NBC’s offer to replace Couric, probably in September, according to a person with knowledge of NBC’s negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity. Vieira has a news background as a former correspondent for “60 Minutes.” An NBC spokeswoman, and Vieira’s agent, Michael Glantz, said they wouldn’t comment on the succession. Following a months-long guessing game that has consumed the TV industry, Couric chose the 15th anniversary of her first day as “Today” co-host in 1991 to say it’s time for a change. “Today” ran a clip of her first day with then co-host Bryant Gumbel, which Couric joked was “172 hairstyles” ago. “Sometimes I think change is a good thing,” Couric said. “Although it may be terrifying to get out of your comfort zone, it’s also very exciting to start a new chapter in your life.”last_img read more

DISAPPOINTMENT AS ‘MILLENIUM FALCON’ UNLIKELY TO STAY AT MALIN HEAD

first_imgThe scene at Malin Head where an alleged Millennium Falcon ship has been built! Pic by Northwest Newspix.Plans to turn the Stars Wars ‘Millennium Falcon’ at Malin Head into a tourist attraction have been grounded.There has been speculation that the structure, built in recent weeks, would become a magnet for sic-fi fans from around the globe.But a spokesperson for Donegal County Council said it is unlikely that the film set including the Falcon will be maintained. “As far as we know this is not the case – it is unlikely that the falcon will be staying in Ireland,” said the spokesperson.The film’s set location is set on private lands which were rented out to film-makers for the duration of the two week stay by Lucas Films.A road would have to be built through the lands leading to the film set which is located on a cliff edge.Despite the dismantling of the Millennium Falcon in the coming days, the Inishowen Peninisula is still feeling the ‘Force’ form the filming of the planet’s biggest blockbuster. None more so than Farren’s Bar in Malin Head which has become a mecca for Star Wars’ fans form around the globe.Pride of place is the Stormtrooper boot which was siigned by none other than Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill, who dropped by unannounced to the remote bar after he finished filming on Sunday night last.Fans are queuing to have their pictures taken with the signed boot and also the mural of Yoda outside the bar.DISAPPOINTMENT AS ‘MILLENIUM FALCON’ UNLIKELY TO STAY AT MALIN HEAD was last modified: May 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMalin HeadMIllemium FalconStar Warslast_img read more

GARDAI CLOSE IN ON CABLE GANG AFTER MAKING THREE ARRESTS

first_imgThree men were arrested in connection with the recent spate of copper wire thefts across the Fanad Peninsula.The men were arrested following a lengthy investigation by Gardai in recent months.There have been at least ten separate incidents involving the theft of ESB and telephone wires. It is believed sophisticated machinery was used to strip the copper wire out of the cables.There have been thefts of wire at numerous locations including Fanad, Portsalon, Carrigart and Milford.The three men were arrested earlier this week but were released without charge.A file on the incident has been prepared and will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution.  GARDAI CLOSE IN ON CABLE GANG AFTER MAKING THREE ARRESTS was last modified: December 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestsCarrigartGardaiMilfordPortsalontelephone wires theftslast_img read more

HUNDREDS OF BARGAINS AT THE EVOLVE WINTER SALE TODAY

first_imgThe Evolve Winter Sale started this morning and it’s loaded with bargain basement offers!The list includes two pairs of jeans for €45, footwear from €10, G-Star 1/2 Price, Adidas 1/2 Price, suits from €89 and Tommy Hilfiger at 1/2 Price. If it’s a bargain you’re looking for then Evolve will have you suited and booted for next to nothing for the New Year. HUNDREDS OF BARGAINS AT THE EVOLVE WINTER SALE TODAY was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EvolveWinter Salelast_img read more

McGUINNESS TO TELL ALL ABOUT LIFE INSIDE DONEGAL GAA IN NEW BOOK

first_imgFormer Donegal All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness is to release one of the most eagerly-awaited sports books of 2015.Jim McGuinness is to reveal all in a new book.The book entitled ‘Until Victory Always’ will be published on Amazon.co.uk on October 23 this year, just over a year since making the decision to step down as Donegal manager.The book, set to be a best-seller, looks set to lift the lift on one of the great sporting stories in Irish sporting history. It is not known if McGuinness will tackle the controversial dropping of Kevin Cassidy or the inner secrets of the Donegal camp.But the book looks set to be a huge money-spinner for the Glenties man and will literally walk off the shelves.The synopsis of the book reads: “When Jim McGuinness took over as manager of the Donegal senior football team in the autumn of 2010, they’d been dismissed as a joke; a bunch of dilettantes too fond of the night life. When he stepped down four years later, they had won three Ulster championships, the 2012 All-Ireland title and contested the 2014 All-Ireland final against Kerry.“This is the story of how he combined a unique vision and ferocious drive to create a powerful and disciplined team that bucked history and defied every expectation.“McGuinness sent a shockwave through Gaelic games by devising an approach which polarised opinion and forced fans, players and managers alike to look at the game differently. From the outside, what Donegal were doing appeared mysterious, dark and fearsome. “Here, and for the first time, McGuinness reveals what life was like inside the Donegal camp and reflects on the decisions and experiences that propelled his players to the summit of the sport.“A moving and honest meditation on the nature of sportsmanship, dedication and what it means to lead, Until Victory Always is an honest and inspiring account of achievement in the face of incredible adversity.”McGuinness continued in his role as an adviser at Glasgow Celtic since his departure from Donegal and the Glenties man has also taken up a role as a GAA pundit with Sky Sports this year. McGUINNESS TO TELL ALL ABOUT LIFE INSIDE DONEGAL GAA IN NEW BOOK was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessnew bookSportlast_img read more

Groves: Champion Froch is not as good as he thinks he is

first_imgGeorge Groves insists he has what it takes to beat Carl Froch in their title clash.Tickets for their fight in Manchester on 23 November sold out in only 11 minutes.The unbeaten Groves, from Hammersmith, will be aiming to become a world champion by taking the experienced Froch’s IBF and WBA belts.Video courtesy of iFilm London.See also:Confident Groves squares up to FrochGroves and Froch meet face-to-face ahead of title showdownFroch predicts one-sided title defence against ‘young pretender’ 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New Amazing Animal Discoveries

first_imgFrom spiders to mammals, the living world never ceases to amaze us with new wonders.  Some are inspiring new technologies.Frog’s tongue ‘can lift three times own body weight’ (Jonathan Webb in the BBC News).   It’s not just muscle, but shape and coating that allows frogs to be tongue weightlifting champs.  The researcher confessed to having fun to finding out new things about frogs.Spiders build sonically-tuned webs (Thomas Sumner in Science Magazine).  They’re not just food-catchers; they’re musical instruments.  Spiders have been found harping on their webs, tuning them up, and listening in to the music of the death dance of captured insects.  “The team proposes that spiders tune the tension in their webs like a guitar string by plucking the silk strands and listening to the resulting echoes, creating clearer vibrational signals from captured prey.”  The findings could “inspire new lightweight sensors.”Fish-eating spiders ‘widespread’ (BBC News).  They’re on almost every continent, and scientists didn’t even know.  “Scientists have discovered that a number of spider species catch and eat fish,” even fish much larger than themselves.  To go fishing, they anchor their hind legs on the land and scout the surface of the water.  Upon catching one with their fangs, they haul it in, carry it off, and reduce the fish to liquid with their toxins.  Afterwards, they slurp in the fish cocktail.How cormorants emerge dry after deep dives (MIT press release).  “A combination of modeling and laboratory tests has now determined how both chemistry — the preening oil that birds use — and the microstructure of feathers, with their barbs and barbules, allow birds to stay dry even after emerging from amazingly deep dives.”  The find was inspiring: “This might lead to the design of artificial surfaces that do the same thing.”  It was reported a decade ago, too (5/24/04), that cormorants’ eyes rapidly refocus during the dive to allow accurate vision in both air and water.The noisy world of mud crabs (Northeastern University).  Researchers at Northeastern found out that crabs can hear the sounds their predators make, and alter their behavior accordingly.  This was not known about marine crabs before.  “They didn’t hear the same way we do—through the impo­si­tion of sound waves on our audi­tory machinery—but rather through bil­lions of dis­placed par­ti­cles knocking against the tiny hairs inside their statocysts.”African swallowtail butterfly: Scientists unravel the genetic secrets of nature’s master of mimicry (University of Exeter).  Researchers have discovered a “genetic switch that allows female swallowtails to look like different Monarch butterflies and thus avoid being eaten.”  The biologists were surprised.  “By pinpointing the switch, we have revealed a unique mechanism,” the press release says.  “It is really exciting to show that all this diversity is determined by variation in just a single gene.”When the bat sings (Virginia Morell in Science Magazine).  A whole new dimension has been revealed about bats: they can sing!  Like birds, they can serenade females and issue warning calls.  The article includes a number of sound files so readers can hear the warbles, chirps and birdlike chatter that would be hard to distinguish from birdsong  were it not mostly ultrasonic.  A researcher noted that “each male’s song is unique—rather like a jazz player riffing on a tune.”Finally, a whole new “tropical Eden” in southeast Suriname is just now being explored by scientists.  It’s one of the last untouched tropical reserves in South America.  Readers can ride along in a boat watching the embedded video clip on PhysOrg, wondering at all the new plants and animals awaiting classification.  It took a lot of planning and work to get there:The team surveyed four sites in the upper Palumeu River watershed, going from low floodplains to isolated mountain peaks. They received invaluable support from 30 indigenous men from nearby communities, who went ahead in boats through dangerous rapids to help bring 2,000 kilos of food and equipment, set up camp sites, cook meals and guide the team through the forests. From Paramaribo, the scientists chartered a plane to a village in Southeast Suriname and from there reached their first camp site by helicopter.The scientists collected data on water quality and an astonishing total of 1,378 species, including plants, ants, beetles, katydids, fishes, amphibians, birds and mammals.Water quality was good, and there was very little evidence of human contamination, except what must have blown in from regions outside the reserve.At CEH, we rejoice over scientific discoveries, and encourage exploration of creation’s wonders.  It’s the Darwinian storytelling we can do without.  Thankfully, there was very little in these articles. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chargesheet filed in Alwar gang-rape case; 6 booked

first_imgThe police on Saturday filed a chargesheet against the six accused in the Alwar gang-rape case in a SC/ST Court here.Meanwhile, another case has been registered against unidentified people for uploading the video of the act on YouTube, the police said. Investigating Officer and Deputy Superintendent of Police Jagmohan Sharma said a 350-page chargesheet was filed in the SC/ST Court. “Five of them have been charged with various sections of the IPC, the SC/ST Act and IT Act, and one accused has been charged with sections of the IT Act,” he said. The next hearing in the case is on May 21. Alwar Superintendent of Police Anil Paris Deshmukh said the maximum punishment for gang-rape is imprisonment till death and added that the case has 35 witnesses. Kotwali Police Station SHO Kanhaiya Lal lodged a case under section 228-a of IPC, which deals with the disclosure of identity of the victim of certain offences. “The case was registered on Friday. We have written to the authority concerned to block the video,” Mr. Lal said.last_img read more