Hundreds of umbrella’s were piled high with wet snow during the rally. Kenney maintained the weather theme in his speech.“It might feel like winter today but spring is just five days away for Alberta,” Kenney said to cheers.“Are you ready to scrap the carbon tax? Are you ready to stand up to the special interests that are attacking Alberta? Are you ready in five days to end the Trudeau-Notley alliance?”Kenney repeated key themes of his campaign. He told the crowd that record numbers of Albertans are out of work, the economy is struggling and support from Albertans to separate from Canada is growing.He also criticized the NDP for using what he called American-style, attack ads during the campaign.Notley said this week it’s clear from the policies and comments from some UCP candidates that a Kenney government wouldn’t protect some religions and LGBTQ groups.She also urged voters to cast a ballot for the NDP instead of for the Liberals or Alberta Party — to join forces to beat the UCP.Kenney said there is one question he will continue asking Notley until Tuesday’s vote.“Who are you supporting this October? Your anti-pipeline leader Jagmeet Singh or your anti-pipeline ally Justin Trudeau? Albertans deserve an answer.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter CALGARY — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Alberta’s United Conservative leader Jason Kenney braved a heavy snowstorm Thursday to attack what they call the “Notley-Trudeau alliance.”The two told a rally of hundreds of supporters gathered on a baseball diamond in Calgary that political change for Alberta and the country is in the wind.“We know in our province what it’s like when the NDP are in power provincially. We know the darkness that falls on the province when you have a government in power that constantly makes it harder and harder for people to get ahead,” said Scheer, who is from Saskatchewan.“That’s why it’s so important that Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party form government this Tuesday here in Alberta.”Scheer said the first segment of a two-part plan will be completed when Kenney defeats NDP Premier Rachel Notley on Tuesday. The second part will happen this fall in the federal election.“Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau are cut from the same cloth. They both have the same attitude towards our energy sector. They have both demonized those who have built an industry,” he told the crowd from the box of Kenney’s blue pickup.“It’s been winter for far too long in Alberta. But spring is right around the corner. Spring is coming.” Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Shares of New Gold Inc. climbed more than 10 per cent in early trading after the company reported improved fourth-quarter performance at its troubled Rainy River mine.The Toronto-based company says gold production at its Rainy River mine in Ontario surged 39 per cent in the fourth quarter to 77,202 ounces while production was fairly steady at its New Afton mine in British Columbia at just under 19,000 ounces.Production for the year at the two mines, plus the now-shut Cerro San Pedro mine, came in at 315,483 ounces to fall within its revised guidance of between 275,000 and 330,000 ounces. The company announced the sale of its Mesquite gold mine in California for US$158 million last September.The company revised down expected production for its Rainy River mine by about 100,000 ounces mid-way through last year, prompting its stock to drop by half to about a dollar.The mine, which started production in 2017, has been plagued by cost overruns in construction and grade and recovery issues in operations.Shares of New Gold were trading up 14 cents, or 10.94 per cent, at $1.41 at mid-morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company’s shares have climbed from $1.04 at the start of the year.The Canadian Press
Rabat – Moroccan Inventor refuses marketing offers from the US, Korea, and Malaysia for his invention called ‘Smart Electrical Jack” and emphasized that it will remain a purely Moroccan invention.The Moroccan inventor who was among the eight Moroccan inventors awarded in Canada (iCAN 2016), Aniss Kirama participated in a press conference organized by the faculty of science and technology Hassan I in the city of Settat.According to the Moroccan news website, Hespress, the 26-year-old inventor explained that the Smart Jack he invented, amongst other things, automatically stops supplying electricity to phones and other gadgets when fully charged. The function of this invention, continues the inventor, is to protect people from threats such as electric shocks, road accidents, fire and so on.The inventor also pointed out that the project was realized throughout a period of a year and a half. He added that it would not have seen the light without the help of people in charge at the faculty of Hassan I who provided him with financial and moral support, as well as guidance and supervision.The same source reported that this project is one out of 40 other projects overseen by Aniss Kirama. Other inventions relate to facilitating the vote process, monitoring votes results, and facilitating students’ retrieval of their documents using the ATM.Aniss urged young Moroccan students to engage in scientific research and go beyond scarcity in resources and support.
Rabat – The president of the Constitutional Council of Algeria, Mourad Medelci, 76, died early on Monday after battling illness.Algerian media announced that Medelci will buried this afternoon at the Ben Aknoun Cemetery in Algiers.Medelci’s death comes at a critical time for Algeria. Algeria will hold presidential elections on April 18. As head of the Constitutional Council, which monitors and supervises presidential elections, Medelci had a central role. He had served as the Constitutional Council’s president since 2013.Read Also: Algeria’s Bouteflika Seeks Re-Election to 5th Term in 2019Medelci earned a master’s degree in economic studies from at the University of Algiers in 1968 and later worked in both the private and public sectors. He became secretary-general of the Ministry of Trade in 1980.Medelci was the minister of trade from 1988 to 1989 and deputy minister for the budget from 1990 to 1991.In 1999, Algeria’s now-81-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika reappointed him as trade minister, a post he held until 2001. From 2001 to 2002, Medelci was minister of finance.Medelci was also Bouteflika’s adviser from 2002 to 2005.Bouteflika, president of Algeria since 1999, will be running for his fifth term as president in the upcoming elections.
A growing number of Americans say immigration levels should remain the same or increase, according to a major U.S. survey, a shift that comes as the Trump administration has ramped up immigration enforcement.At the same time, the latest data from the General Social Survey — a widely respected poll that has measured trends on American attitudes since the 1970s — shows a growing partisan divide on the topic over the past decade.The 2018 survey was released this week and shows 34 per cent of Americans want immigration levels to be reduced, down from 41 per cent in 2016, according to an analysis by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and GSS staff.That’s compared with 23 per cent of Americans who want more immigration, up from 17 per cent in 2016. Forty-one per cent say they want immigration levels to stay the same.It’s the first time since the survey question was first asked in 2004 that more Americans want immigration to remain the same than to be reduced.The survey is conducted every two years, and the question was last asked before President Donald Trump took office and made it harder for people to immigrate to the United States.Trump — who made immigration enforcement a centerpiece of his election campaign — has repeatedly called for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and his push for wall funding last year drove the federal government to a monthlong shutdown that furloughed hundreds of thousands of government workers.The administration enacted a travel ban for citizens of mostly Muslim countries, including Iran and Yemen, that has torn many families apart. And officials last year separated immigrant parents from their children to prosecute illegal border crossers, a move that sparked an international outcry.“People are more tolerant of immigration than the president and the far right would have us believe,” said Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine.According to the survey, nearly three times as many Democrats as Republicans want more immigrants allowed into the country, while Republicans are more than twice as likely as Democrats to favour less immigration.But fewer Republicans want a reduction in immigration than did in 2016. In 2018, 52 per cent of Republicans said they wanted less immigration, down from 62 per cent two years earlier.Forty-four per cent of Democrats say they want immigration levels to remain the same, while 34 per cent want an increase in immigration.The survey — which does not distinguish between illegal and legal immigration — also looked at Americans’ views on the issue by race. About 41 per cent of whites want a decrease in immigration, while only 24 per cent of blacks and 22 per cent of Hispanics say the same.Trump has made immigration an intensely political issue, and also an issue of race, said Manuel Pastor, director of the University of Southern California’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.“Trump is trying to create a Republican Party that’s much more based in an older, white electorate in nonmetropolitan areas of the country,” Pastor said. “The Democrats are trying to put together political coalitions that have a deep base in metropolitan areas, and that includes many more people of colour.”___The General Social Survey has been conducted since 1972 by NORC at the University of Chicago, primarily using in-person interviewing.Sample sizes for each year’s survey vary from about 1,500 to about 3,000 adults, with margins of error falling between plus or minus 2.2 percentage points and plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.The most recent survey was conducted April 12 through November 10, 2018 and includes interviews with 2,348 American adults. MARGIN OF ERROR?___Online: http://www.apnorc.orgAmy Taxin, The Associated Press
A group of rehabilitated LTTE cadres have filed a complaint against some Muslim politicians over weapons which were used by the LTTE and are now missing.The rehabilitated LTTE cadres claimed they have evidence to back their allegations. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda
WFP is supporting the Government of Vanuatu’s food distributions in priority areas to feed survivors of Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. Rice and High Energy Biscuits reached Aniwa island and are being distributed in collaboration with Care International. Photos: WFP/Victoria Cavanagh ‹ › The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Government of Vanuatu by organising food distributions, logistics services, and providing extra food to supplement government food packages where necessary, according to an update report released by the agency today.The report says WFP is supplementing Government food packages, which include a two-week supply of rice, canned fish and meat, and noodles, with 200 metric tonnes of locally-purchased rice and 40 metric tons of biscuits fortified with vitamins and minerals. The biscuits, which were airlifted to Vanuatu, are being sent to nine priority islands where families have limited access to clean water to cook food, the report said.Once the initial relief phase is over, WFP plans to provide further food assistance to the most vulnerable until they can provide for themselves, with a team of food security experts deployed to the islands to build a detailed picture of the needs.To help the Government to manage the large volume of relief cargo arriving in Vanuatu, WFP has brought in emergency equipment from the UN Humanitarian Response Depots in Dubai and Malaysia. It has set up mobile storage units at Port Vila airport for relief items, with a further hub is being set up on Tanna island, and a WFP-led Emergency Telecommunications Cluster working with partners to provide connectivity at seven sites across the country for the Government and the humanitarian community.A UN Flash Appeal, launched in Port Vila on 24 March, seeks $29.9 million to cover the needs of 166,000 cyclone-affected people for three months. WFP requires up to $6 million for food assistance activities and $2.3 million for logistics and telecommunications services.
Model CreatorJay Boice A computational journalist for FiveThirtyEight. | @jayboice The DetailsEach spring, FiveThirtyEight rolls out its latest baseball predictions for another season of major league action. We’ve been doing this for a while: We first introduced our MLB team ratings during the 2015 postseason and used them to survey the playoff picture. Starting in 2016, we began publishing two interactive graphics: our MLB Predictions dashboard, which uses our team ratings to preview upcoming games and show the chance that each team will make the postseason (or win the World Series), and our Complete History Of MLB charts, which trace the successes and failures of every franchise throughout history. Here’s how each of those interactives work.Team ratingsThanks to Retrosheet, we’ve collected game results and box scores going all the way back to 1871. We used that mountain of data to create an Elo-based rating system and predictive model for baseball that accounts for home-field advantage, margin of victory, park and era effects, travel, rest and — most importantly — starting pitchers.What’s Elo, you ask? Named after the Hungarian-American chess master (and power-ratings pioneer) Arpad Elo, Elo is a simple way to rate competitors that can be tuned and customized endlessly to incorporate available data. For our purposes, each MLB team carries a rating that estimates its current skill level. (The average is about 1500.) After every game is played, the winning team gains some rating points while the losing team loses the same number of points, based on the chances our model gave each team to win the game beforehand (and the margin of victory). For example, a win by a big underdog results in a bigger exchange of points than a win by a favorite — and the larger the margin of victory, the larger the exchange.Pregame team rating adjustmentsBefore every game, we adjust each team’s rating based on whether it has home-field advantage, how far it has traveled to the game, how many days of rest it’s had and which pitcher is slated to start.Here are the particulars of those first three adjustments:Home-field advantage is worth 24 rating points.The penalty for travel is worth up to about 4 points and is calculated with miles_traveled**(1.0/3.0) * -0.31Each day of rest (up to a maximum of three) is worth 2.3 points.Starting pitchers can have a much larger effect on pregame team ratings and win probabilities than the other three adjustments. For example, in June 2000, Pedro Martinez was worth about 109 rating points to the Red Sox each time he started, or the equivalent of about a 15 percentage point boost to Boston’s chances of winning the game.To generate our pitcher adjustments, we’re using a version of Bill James’s game scores proposed by Tangotiger (and slightly modified by us) to isolate pitching performances. A pitcher’s game score for each start is calculated with:gameScore=47.4+strikeouts+(outs∗1.5)–(walks∗2)–(hits∗2)–(runs∗3)–(homeruns∗4)gameScore=47.4+strikeouts+(outs∗1.5)–(walks∗2)–(hits∗2)–(runs∗3)–(homeruns∗4)Like our team ratings, these game scores are normalized for eras and stadiums, so pitchers from throughout history can be directly compared with one another. They’re also adjusted to take the opposing team’s offensive strength into account, so a pitcher earns more credit for a great start against a top team than against a mediocre one.Whenever a pitcher makes a start, it contributes to his rolling game score (rGS) — the model’s best guess as to how the pitcher would perform in a typical start. (Pitchers who haven’t started before are assigned a below-average rGS, but that score is more influenced by each successive start than the score of an established pitcher.) In addition to each pitcher’s rGS, we maintain an rGS for each team that incorporates every game score produced by any starting pitcher for that team.A pitcher’s adjustment to his team’s rating, then, is all about his rGS relative to his team’s rGS; pitchers who are better than the team’s rGS give the team a bonus when they start, and pitchers below the team’s rGS give the team a penalty. Note that one pitcher may have a higher overall rGS than another pitcher but a smaller team rating adjustment; this generally means that his team has a better rotation aside from him, or that he started more games (and thus, his game scores contributed more to the team’s rGS).A pitcher’s adjustment is calculated with:ratingAdj=4.7∗(pitcherrGS–teamrGS)ratingAdj=4.7∗(pitcherrGS–teamrGS)The addition of starting pitcher adjustments gives our model about a 1 percentage point improvement in the percentage of games correctly “called” and a corresponding improvement in the mean squared error of our game-by-game forecasts.Preseason ratingsBefore a season begins, we have to come up with a set of starting ratings for each team. Our preseason team ratings are made up of two components:67 percent comes from the team’s preseason win projection according to three computer projection systems: Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA, FanGraphs’ depth charts and Clay Davenport’s predictions — all scaled to an Elo range.33 percent comes from the team’s final rating at the end of the previous season, reverted to the mean by one-third. March 27, 2019 As part of all this, we also need to compute a preseason rolling game score rating for each team’s pitching staff. Our preseason team rGS ratings are an average of the team’s starting pitcher rGSs, weighted by the individual pitchers’ projected starts in FanGraphs’ depth charts.From ratings to a forecastNow it’s time to turn these team and player ratings into probabilities, tracking how often each team makes the playoffs or wins the World Series. To do this, we run Monte Carlo simulations, playing out the season thousands of times. As with our other sports forecasts, we run these simulations “hot,” meaning that a team’s rating doesn’t stay static — rather, it changes within each simulated season based on the results of every simulated game, including the bonus for playoff wins. Starting with the 2019 season, our team ratings change at three-quarters of the speed they previously changed Model tweak . As a result, the “hot” simulations have a bit less variance, and the forecast’s overall uncertainty is decreased a touch.These simulated games also account for starting pitching matchups; for games in which a starter is not yet known, we assume that the most-rested pitcher from the team’s regular rotation will play. During the postseason, we assume teams use a four-man rotation.The complete history of MLBOur Complete History Of MLB interactive contains historical Elo ratings stretching back to the 1871 season. These charts use a simplified Elo system that doesn’t take pitchers, travel or rest into account. Between seasons, it simply reverts the previous season’s ratings toward the mean by one-third, rather than using projection systems to set preseason ratings.This means that the Elo ratings in our Complete History of MLB won’t exactly match the team ratings in our MLB Predictions. (Why use two systems? The projection systems we use to generate preseason ratings aren’t available back to 1871. Also, using a simplified rating system for the historical ratings gives us the flexibility to alter our current-season forecast’s methodology from year to year while keeping our historical Elo ratings unchanged.) They’re still pretty useful, however, when it comes to measuring the ebbs and flows of a franchise’s fate over time. Plus, just like our forecast model, our historical Elo ratings will update with the results of each game this season.Editor’s note: This article is adapted from previous articles about how our MLB predictions work. Related ArticlesThe Complete History Of MLBJuly 5, 2018The Best 2015 MLB Teams, According To Our New RatingsOct. 6, 2015 Version History1.3 Team ratings change at three-quarters their previous speed; forecast updated for 2019.March 27, 20191.2 No changes to the model; forecast updated for 2018.March 28, 20181.1 No changes to the model; forecast updated for 2017.March 31, 20171.0 Model and forecast launched for 2016 MLB season.April 25, 20160.0 MLB Elo ratings first calculated.Oct. 6, 2015 ReferencesBaseball Prospectus / Baseball-Reference.com / Clay Davenport / FanGraphs / Retrosheet / TangotigerDeadball era / Elo rating / Game Score / Monte Carlo simulations / Park factors / PECOTA
← Previous Story EHF CL knock-out phase starts in Kiel Next Story → Meshkov Brest last SEHA Final4 2017 participants The International Handball Federation announced lists of winners of their annual Voting for the WORLD BEST PLAYERS and COACHES. The World’s Best coaches became Didier Dinart (France) and Thorir Hergeirsson (Norway). In case of Icelander who is on the bench of fantastic Norwegian girls since 2009, everything is clear, as he became European champion at Women’s EHF EURO 2016 with bronze medal success in Rio.But, Didier Dinart won the prestigious prize with only two matches as a head-coach of the French national team in 2016!? The assistant of Claude Onesta was a part on unsuccessful story at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 where French team ended competition before semi-finals. France won silver medal at Olympic Games in Rio afterwards Onesta gave full control over the team to Dinart, who had first matches in the first week of November.France easily beat Lithuania 37:20 and Belgium 38:37 in only two matches with Dinart on helm in 2016.It is totally unaceptable that Dinart won prize for 2016 in race with Olympic champion Gudmundur Gudmundsson and ex-German NT coach Dagur Sigurdsson – winner of European gold in Krakow. However, the only explanation could be French gold in Paris in January 2017, but that isn’t a year of mentioned Voting.In that case, the name of award should be 2016/2017 or some other. Ten years from now, some new generation of handball fans, kids, players and media, would ask what Didier Dinart won in 2016? And the answer would be the same like today – NOTHING. The reason is not question of winning and losing, it is simply – he wasn’t a head-coach.Similiar story is about Nikola Karabatic, who won prize in 2016, but not in 2015, when he was the key man of French world’s crown in Qatar and Barca’s EHF CL trophy in Cologne. In 2016, Nikola didn’t won anything, but in his case, the justice came late.About legacy of our sports should think in International Handball Federation, but from year to year, they are showing to the whole handball world that they simply don’t care…
Those of you who had the pleasure of playing Naughty Dog’s latest opus, The Last of Us, last week — or ever saw a screenshot and are aware of the likenesses of actresses — might’ve noticed that deuteragonist Ellie looks an awful lot like Juno star Ellen Page. You also might’ve noticed that her name is Ellie. The character’s likeness is just too similar to Page’s to be a weird coincidence, especially considering the two share a name. Naughty Dog didn’t ask Page’s permission to use her likeness, and Page mentioned she wasn’t too fond of that.In a reddit AMA, Page directly stated that using her likeness was “not appreciated,” especially because she’s acting in Quantic Dream’s upcoming game, Beyond: Two Souls. That might get confusing for the gaming populace, or at least seem a little disrespectful to both Page and Quantic Dream.Believe it or not, when early builds of The Last of Us were shown off, Ellie looked even more like Ellen Page than she does now. After everyone noticed how striking the resemblance was, Naughty Dog remodeled Ellie to look a little more like her voice actress, Ashley Johnson, who has been acting and voice acting since she was around seven-years-old. You might remember her as the angsty daughter from the 2000 Mel Gibson powerhouse What Women Want, or maybe recognize her voice from Teen Titans and various Ben 10 series. Even with the addition of Johnson’s features, though, Ellie still looks a whole lot like Ellen Page.Modeling an in-game character after a real-life actor or actress without getting permission isn’t anything new for the gaming industry. The Silent Hill series, for instance, is known for modeling its characters after famous actresses; Maria from Silent Hill 2 is famously inspired by Cameron Diaz. We get that an actress wouldn’t be thrilled with a company using using her likeness without her permission — especially when the likeness was used in what could be considered a competing product to one in which she is actually starring — but one wonders how Page would’ve felt if Naughty Dog came right out and said, “We love Ellen, this character is our way of showing that.”Whether or not Naughty Dog really did use Page’s likeness, or this is some kind of ridiculous cosmic coincidence, The Last of Us is a revelation and seems to be the game of this generation, and Page’s (possibly accidental) likeness will forever be attached to video game history.Image credit: VGChartz
http://jrnl.ie/3353892 BRENDAN HOWLIN HAS hit out at Labour’s former coalition partner Fine Gael in his keynote speech at the party’s national conference.Howlin is trying to rebuild the party after it lost 30 seats in last year’s general election, the worst result in its history.The Labour leader didn’t hold back in his speech, describing the current government a “sham” and Fine Gael as “right-wing” in terms of austerity and the economy.“Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and a rag-bag of independents show no ambition and they seem quite content about it.“Leo [Varadkar] and Simon [Coveney] square up to each other (in the Fine Gael leadership battle). Playing to their base – dragging the country further to the right.“Running a false election based on tax cuts and shutting down Bus Éireann. Dog-whistles to their supporters on the right, pitting the private sector against the public sector once more.“Meanwhile, Enda [Kenny] and (Fianna Fáil leader) Micheál are content to play for time.”Howlin also hit out at Transport Minister Shane Ross, stating: “We saw weeks of industrial action in Bus Éireann, while Lord Ross twiddled his thumbs, sitting in his office hiding. No more selfies on the bus.“A Minister for Transport content to do nothing, concerned about the Stepaside Garda station, but caring little about the buses in Cork, or Limerick or Galway. The dysfunction at the heart of this government helps nobody and it hurts many.”Donald TrumpInternationally, Howlin warned about the prospect of far-right Marine Le Pen winning the French presidential election, in which voting is taking place today, and was critical of Brexit and US President Donald Trump.He said: “Sometimes, it feels like a dark wind is blowing across the world. For many of us on this island, it all seems strange and maybe more than a little scary. Brexit happened. Trump happened.“The French people go to the polls against the backdrop of yet another horrific terrorist attack, and Le Pen might yet happen.People are voting, in large part, out of fear and out of hurt. There are many people – too many – happy to prey on these fears, and they are not restricted to the US, or to Britain or to France. We have our own.Howlin was sharply critical of Trump, saying: “He’s a racist, a sexist and a homophobe. He doesn’t have the temperament or patience to run the world’s greatest power.“He’s a danger to us all. He is already waging war on the environment. When he promises to ramp up the burning of coal, he gives false hope to those who have worked in mines and gives real hope to a powerful, dirty industry.”Howlin described the Irish government’s draft climate plan as “spectacularly lacking”.United IrelandHowlin said “the path to a borderless Ireland after Brexit is far from clear” and “made worse by the Tory desire for parliamentary domination”.He added that he hopes to see a united Ireland one day.“Historically, partition has been bad for both north and south. Instead of living together, we created two narrow, sectarian states.“Neither has worked as it should. I’d love to see a united Ireland that is an agreed Ireland, one that unites hearts and minds, as much as territory.”‘Hope is what we do’Howlin also spoke about Labour’s desire to repeal, and not replace or amend, the Eighth Amendment so women in Ireland have access to abortion.Speaking about emigration and job creation, Howlin said: “For many generations, there has been a social contract. That contract meant that every family could believe in one simple idea: Work hard and your children will have a better life than you.Work hard and the future will be better. That was a fair deal. But, for the first time in generations, people no longer believe it to be true.“They feel afraid for their children. They worry they will have to emigrate and that they won’t be able to afford a home. Young people in their 20s wonder will they have job security or a decent quality of life or a health system that works or a roof over their heads.“It’s our job to change that because, for Labour, hope is what we do. Hope to take on the challenges that lie ahead.”Read: France goes to the polls as future of EU hangs in the balanceRead: ‘I watch the news and cry and cry’: Venezuelans in Ireland on the chaos back home 86 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie 13,235 Views Short URL Brendan Howlin hits out at ‘sham’ government and ‘racist’ Trump The Labour leader also accused Shane Ross of “sitting in his office hiding”. Share Tweet Email Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 9:18 AM Brendan Howlin Image: RollingNews.ie Apr 23rd 2017, 9:18 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Brendan Howlin By Órla Ryan
De meurtrières inondations s’abattent sur les PhilippinesDe violentes pluies de mousson s’abattent depuis plusieurs jours sur la région de Bicol, au sud-est de Manille, la capitale des Philippines. Des intempéries qui ont engendré de dévastatrices et meurtrières inondations.Deux personnes ont perdu la vie suite aux inondations qui s’abattent sur les Philippines. Une femme de 80 ans et son fils de 50 ans, qui ont été emportés par les eaux alors qu’ils tentaient de rejoindre un centre d’évacuation d’urgence. La nouvelle a été annoncée par le gouverneur de la province d’Albay, touchée par les pluies de mousson depuis près d’une semaine, comme d’autres parties de la région de Bicol.Depuis le 24 décembre, plus de 4.000 personnes ont dû quitter leurs habitations en raison des pluies violentes qui s’abattent sur la région. Face à la menace de glissements de terrain, ces évacuations se poursuivaient ce jeudi 30 décembre. Et les services météorologiques se montrent pour l’instant pessimistes. La situation ne devrait en effet pas connaître d’accalmie avant dimanche, et pourrait même s’aggraver demain et samedi, annoncent les prévisions.Le 30 décembre 2010 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV SUVs Performance Cars Tags 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i: A sporty, tech-rich family runner 2020 BMW 7 Series first drive: Travel comfortably and carry a big grille More From Roadshow 53 Photos Share your voice Post a comment 0 2019 BMW X7 first drive: Big-time Bavarian BMW Enlarge ImageThe new M50i models of the X5 and X7 get more power, bigger wheels and some subtly more aggressive looks. BMW BMW is going down the M Performance rabbit hole again, this time with a pair of SUV models. It’s taking the X5 and X7, slathering them in extra horsepower and calling the resulting trim level M50i.BMW announced the M50i variants on Wednesday, but somewhat atypically, they gave us a heaping helping of information to go along with the announcement. The X5 and X7 M50i will both make 523 horsepower and 553 foot-pounds of torque thanks to their M-division-fettled N63 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. That’s not full-fat M model power, but it’s not far off.The smaller and lighter X5 M50i will use all of its newfound grunt to propel itself to 60 miles per hour in just 4.1 seconds, while BMW’s large adult son X7 will do it in 4.5 seconds. Not bad for such hefty people haulers. Those times are helped by a well-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission — basically the same unit you’ll find in just about every modern BMW — but this one has a neat trick. The M50i’s transmission can use data from the vehicle’s navigation system and adaptive cruise control’s radar to shift itself proactively, ensuring you’re always in the right gear. The transmission also facilitates launch control.The suspension is more or less standard X5 and X7 stuff that’s been tuned by M for a sportier ride. This means that M has been at the bushings and shocks and sway bars, optimizing for the M50i’s higher power.The X5 model comes with BMW’s Adaptive M suspension but can be ordered with a double axle air suspension system which is standard on the X7 M50i. The air suspension is especially cool because it’s speed sensitive and will drop the vehicle by 0.8-inches at speeds over 85 miles per hour.Both models come with big steel brakes with two-piece rotors and handsome blue M-branded calipers. It’s unclear whether BMW will offer these models with carbon ceramics, though we’d imagine that a vehicle as big as the X7 would benefit from them during aggressive driving.The rest of the M50i’s kit is mostly standard X5 and X7 stuff, which is to say that it’s pretty nice and works really well. Pricing for the models starts at $82,150 for the X5 M50i and $99,600 for the X7 M50i. BMW will start production of these new M Performance models in August of this year at its Spartanburg, South Carolina facility. BMW
The National Transportation Safety Board has released the results of an investigation into a 2013 airplane crash in Soldotna that killed 10 people.Download AudioThe NTSB says too much unbalanced weight is the likely cause of the crash that brought down the DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter in July of 2013.Forty-two-year old pilot Walter “Willy”Rediske of Nikiski and his passengers, Milton and Kimberly Antonakos and their three children and Dr. Chris and Stacey McManus and their two children, all of Greenville, South Carolina, died when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff.The new report confirms the preliminary studies the agency conducted, that found the weight of the passengers and cargo wasn’t properly accounted for ahead of takeoff. A video retrieved from a smartphone found at the scene helped investigators patch together what happened. The center of gravity for the plane at takeoff was too far aft, or toward the rear of the plane. The end result was an aerodynamic stall, and the plane crashed 2,300 feet after takeoff.Officially, the NTSB says the probable cause of the accident was due to the operator’s failure to determine the actual cargo weight. Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration’s failure to require weight and balance documentation also contributed to the crash.
Republicans on Senate Energy turned out in force. Photo: Liz Ruskin.The U.S. Senate Energy Committee Wednesday approved legislation that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Democrats tried repeatedly kill or weaken the measure, but they failed to stop the advance of the drilling measure.Listen nowSen. Murkowski knew she had the votes. All of the Republicans on her committee favor drilling, and they are the majority.Still, Democrats put up a fight. They argued the measure, by mandating oil lease sales, would nullify environmental protections. They argued it would change the purpose of the refuge, from protecting wildlife to producing oil.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., took the long view, saying the senators’ grandchildren will hold them accountable for climate change.“What this committee should be doing, working with people all over the world, is saying ‘how do we transform our energy system away from fossil fuel, away from coal, oil and gas to sustainable energy?’” Sanders said.Sen. Martin Heinrich, an avid elk hunter, focused on the Porcupine Caribou Herd that uses the coast of the refuge as its calving ground. Heinrich, D-N.M., proposed putting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director in charge of deciding what actions would be detrimental to the herd.“The question is, on a wildlife refuge, what comes first? Does wildlife come first? You would think so, from the name,” Heinrich said.Heinrich’s amendment, like all of those proposed by Democrats, failed.Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., suggested Alaska’s budget crisis was driving short-sighted decisions.“The notion that oil prices have fallen and a state has been over-reliant on oil does not mean that we should be destroying a wildlife refuge today,” Cantwell said.Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters after the hearing it’s not certain the drilling section will remain in the bill. Photo: Liz RuskinSen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Energy Committee, says America can have both oil production and wildlife on the same area.“We will not sacrifice the caribou, the polar bears, or the migratory birds for the sake of development,” Murkowski said. “But we also recognize that that’s not a choice that we face here.”The measure passed 13-10, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joining all Republicans in voting for drilling.In the back of the hearing room, Bernadette Demientieff was sad and angry. She’s from Fort Yukon and directs the Gwich’in Steering Committee, one of the lead Alaska voices against drilling. She says her people depend on the Porcupine Caribou herd, and the herd depends on the refuge.“We’re not going to stop fighting,” Demientieff said after the hearing. “We can’t. This is our way of life. This is everything that we know.”But 3,000 miles from Washington, Gov. Bill Walker was positively giddy when he addressed the annual Resource Development Council conference in Anchorage after the committee voted. Walker said 13-10 was his new favorite number.“We’re not across the finish line yet, but, boy, today was a great day, and I cannot thank Sen. Murkowski enough,” Walker said.The Arctic drilling provision will now be combined with the Senate tax cut plan and put to a vote of the full Senate. That’s likely to happen after Thanksgiving. Murkowski says she’s sure there will be moves to drop the drilling section from the bill.Elizabeth Harball contributed to this report from Anchorage.
Chennai: The Madras High Court has stayed an FIR filed against journalist Prakash M Swamy for alleged sexual abuse of a woman. Passing the interim order on a petition by the journalist seeking to quash the FIR, Justice N Anand Venkatesh on July 23 posted the case after eight weeks for the next hearing. “There shall be an order of stay of investigation,” the order read. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us Earlier, the FIR was filed by the All Women Police Station in Royapettah after the complainant, a city-based woman, approached a metropolitan magistrate court on the matter since no action was taken against her earlier complaint. The woman had alleged Swamy sexually abused her after coming forward to sort out some issues in her passport. In his petition, Swamy sought quashing of the FIR on the rejecting the allegations. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us He also submitted he had met her “only three times” in public places and he never visited her house. He also contended the complainant “mentioned four different dates of alleged visits to her house”. Police should have checked the CCTV footage of the complainant’s flat or the visitors’ register maintained by the security there, he said. Earlier, during the hearing of an anticipatory bail plea by Swamy in this case, his counsel had said since he had inquired into the mysterious death of the complainant’s husband, she developed a grudge and lodged the “false” complaint.
Hyderabad: The Indian Medical Association national unit has stated that fight against NMC was not over although both houses of Parliament passed it, with Rajya Sabha passing it on Thursday. IMA Telangana unit shared with the press note issued by IMA national president Dr Ravi Wankhedkhar on this issue. ” All is not over..we will continue our efforts and struggle. we will try to appeal to the Presidential, besides exploring legal options. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Even Parliamentary debate on NMC revolved around the objectionable points raised by IMA only,” he said. The NMC Bill 2019 was passed by Rajya Sabha on Thursday with few amendments in spite of majority opposition parties speaking against it, he said, adding that unfortunately, political expediency has taken over rationality and justice. The irreparable ill-effects on medical education, profession and healthcare delivery system will be felt for years to come, he warned. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association (HRDA) president Dr Mahesh Kumar termed it as a black day in the history of the medical profession. NIMS RDA president Dr G Srinivas pointed out that medical fraternity in all states was on protest path for the last ten days or so highlighting their concerns, but unfortunately the Centre ignored the stakeholders and passed the bill unilaterally, he said.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina talks to newsmen after visiting the Chawkbazar fire victims at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on Saturday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said it is regretful that chemical warehouses in the older section of the capital city could not be relocated for the reluctance of owners, reports UNB.“The government wanted to construct state-of-the-art warehouses with all facilities in Keraniganj for preserving chemicals. As the owners were not ready to go there, the project couldn’t be implemented … this is the most regretful matter,” she told newsmen.The prime minister was talking to journalists after visiting the victims of Chawkbazar fire at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital this morning.After the devastating fire incident at Nimtoli in the old quarter of Dhaka, the prime minister said, the government had taken project to construct warehouses in Keraniganj area.“We had prepared a project and selected a place in Keraniganj… We had discussions with all stakeholders to relocate the chemical warehouses from here to the new place so that incidents like Nimtoli do not occur,” she said.But, she regretted, owners of many of the warehouses showed reluctance to shift there. “It’s unfortunate that still there are chemical warehouses in the Old Dhaka despite repeated drives against it,” she said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina talks to the relatives of the Chawkbazar fire victims at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on Saturday. Photo: BSSHasina urged all concerned to extend their cooperation in relocating chemical warehouses from Old Dhaka.The prime minister said it would be most urgent to construct warehouses with modern facilities for preserving chemicals where the owners will get their services.Regarding the announcement of mourning day, the prime minister said Sunday she will discuss the matter with the cabinet secretary to announce a mourning day in this regard.Hasina said the government has taken all-out efforts for the treatment of the fire victims as the country now has the most modern medicare facilities for such victims. “We’ll do whatever is needed for their treatment.”She said the government will implement the project to remove the chemical warehouses from Old Dhaka to Keraniganj so that section of the city could avoid such devastating fire incidents again.The prime minister put emphasis on restructuring the roads, lanes and by-lanes of Old Dhaka so that fire fighting vehicles could enter there during any emergency.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina condoles the relatives of the Chawkbazar fire victims at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on Saturday. Photo: BSS“Let’s make it sure that the ponds and canals are not filled … these have to be preserved for future purpose,” she said.Hasina came down heavily on a section of television journalists for their attitude that caused obstruction to firefighters in carrying out their duties during the fire incident.“They (TV reporters) are asking questions one after another, I don’t know whether that was the perfect time for asking questions, how you (TV reporters) are expecting answers from them (firefighters), so many types of questions! Was that the time for asking questions?” she asked.She requested the people who usually gather during such incidents not to create obstacles to the works of firefighters.“You could bring some water or sand while coming to the place of incident … that would have been a bit helpful to all.”She thanked all, including firefighters, physicians and others for prompt action during the fire.Arriving at the DMCH around 10:30am, Hasina directly went to the ICU of the Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute to see for herself the conditions of the nine critically injured people now undergoing treatment there.She also talked to the family members of the injured and consoled them saying the government will do everything necessary for their proper treatment.
“Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank and buy a revolver.” Fashion advice from one of Ireland’s most famous revolutionaries, Madame Constance Markievicz, born as Constance Georgine Gore-Booth. The Ireland into which Gore-Booth was born was in an era of change. As the daughter of Arctic explorer Sir Henry Gore-Booth, she had the wealth and privilege of the landed gentry, but Ireland was decimated by years of famine and financial mismanagement at the hands of the British.Countess Markiewicz (1887-1927).Constance could have rested on her aristocratic laurels and stayed away from politics, as was becoming of a woman at the time, but from a young age she had been taught to care for those in need and saw herself as no less than equal to her male counterparts. Constance, along with her sister Eva, wanted change and they were ready to fight for it.In 1892, Constance moved to London to study painting, and it was here that her revolutionary journey began when she joined the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) AKA the Suffragettes. Constance then moved to Paris to continue her studies, where she met her future husband Count Casimir Markievicz.Constance Markievicz with her daughter and stepson.Married in 1900 they moved to Dublin in 1903 and soon joined the artistic minds of the era, discussing both art and politics in salons and theaters across the city.By 1908, Countess Markievicz (also known as Madame Markievicz) had become actively involved national politics, joining both Sinn Fein and the revolutionary women’s group Inghinidhe na hÉireann (Daughters of Ireland).In 1909, she co-founded a paramilitary scouting group called Fianna Éireann where she taught its teenage members how to shoot. Her first jail spell came in 1911 when she spoke at a rally attended by 30,000 fellow nationalists inciting them to protest a visit by the British King.Sketch of Constance Markievicz by John Butler Yeats.By 1913, calls for revolution were growing louder throughout Ireland. The nationalists responded to the call with the biggest industrial action the country had ever seen, called the Dublin Lock-Out. Constance joined the Irish Civilian Army and took charge of food distribution to the protesters.Constance took out huge loans and sold her jewelry to fund the efforts. A Vanity Fair article at the time grossly underestimated the power and passion behind Constance’s beliefs. Writing of the sisters, the article says “It is not women of their type who need to assert themselves over Man. However, it amuses them – and others; and I doubt if the tyrant has much to fear from their little arrows.”Markievicz in uniform with a gun, c.1915.The turning point came in 1916 and the week-long siege of Dublin that has become known as the Easter Rising. Although initially caught by surprise, the British Army soon overwhelmed the rebel forces, who surrendered on April 29, 1916.In the aftermath, the leaders of the rebellion were sentenced to death, a massively unpopular decision that helped sway public opinion in support of the nationalists. Madame Markievicz, for her part in the Easter Rising, was sentenced to death but had her sentence reduced to hard labor due to her gender. In her response to the decision, she is famously quoted as saying “I do wish your lot had the decency to shoot me.”Election victory procession led by Markievicz in County Clare.Although released in 1917 as part of a general amnesty, Madame Markievicz was back in prison by 1918. From behind bars, she ran a successful campaign to become the first female member of the House of Commons under the Sinn Fein banner.In keeping with her Republican beliefs, she refused to recognize the authority of the British government and instead helped set up the first Irish government known as the First Dáil in 1919.The bust of Constance Markievicz in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.During the Irish Civil War, Markievicz was imprisoned by the English but was an active member of the Irish government, holding the position of Minister for Labour for three Dáil, then becoming the first Irish woman to be the Cabinet Minister, which at the time made her only the second female minister in Europe.Markievicz remained a staunch supporter of the Irish independence movement right up to her death from complications of appendicitis in 1927. Her funeral was attended by over 250,000 mourners including the future president of Ireland, Eamon de Valera.Read another story from us: The 5 Fiercest Female Warriors in HistoryIn 2018 to celebrate the centenary of her election, her portrait was added to the permanent Parliamentary art collection held at the Parliamentary offices in Portcullis House, London.
Would’ve loved to have played for this man @BruceArians. #NoRiskIt #NoBiscuit 💪🏾💯 pic.twitter.com/lT5ptJIwqP— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 11, 2016Arians’ style has certainly won him many games as well as fans, but few fans are as big as his newest one. And apparently, if he were to play again, there is a specific coach he would like to play for. Long before he was “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson was a large man who played football for the University of Miami.He won a national championship with the Hurricanes in 1991, and in 39 career games tallied 77 tackles and 4.25 sacks.Of course, Johnson did not find fame in football, as he became one of the most recognizable and popular WWE wrestlers before finding a career in acting.As of now, the 44-year-old is one of the biggest acting stars on the planet, but just because he left football does not mean he doesn’t still have an interest in it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact