University Revokes German Research Minister’s Doctorate

first_imgThe German minister for education and research finds herself this evening with no university degree. After a long-running investigation into accusations of plagiarism in Annette Schavan’s 1980 Ph.D. dissertation, the University of Duesseldorf today revoked the German minister’s doctoral degree (link in German). Because Schavan completed her Ph.D. on an accelerated program, she did not earn any other university degree. Schavan will challenge the university’s decision in court, according to her lawyer. She is on an official visit in South Africa and has not yet commented publicly on the decision. She has previously denied any deliberate wrongdoing, but has said the dissertation contains possible mistakes and oversights. An anonymous blogger first posted accusations of plagiarism in Schavan’s dissertation in May 2012. Schavan then asked the university to investigate. In October, a report by a professor who was asked to evaluate the case was leaked to the press. That report found roughly 60 pages in the 351-page dissertation that contained passages that were slightly reworded from sources without any citation indicating their source. Schavan’s degree is in education studies. Her dissertation is titled, “Person and conscience-Studies on conditions, need and requirements of today’s consciences.” Last month, the university’d Council of the Faculty of Philosophy decided to launch the formal process of revoking the doctorate. After a 6-hour meeting today, the 15-member council voted 12 to 2 to invalidate her degree. One member abstained. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Schavan is a close confidant of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has offered Schavan support during the ongoing investigation. Schavan’s lawyer released a statement saying “the decision was reached through a flawed process” and is on shaky legal ground. If Schavan loses the court case, however, she is expected to resign.last_img read more

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Rangers ‘fan’ taunts footballer using his sister who died of cancer when she was…

first_imgImage Courtesy: TwitterAdvertisementFollowing the famous ‘Old Firm’ derby against Rangers, Celtic FC captain Scott Brown was repulsively abused by an opposition fan, using the player’s late sister who was a cancer victim at the age of only 21.Image Courtesy: TwitterThe Celts won the match at Ibrox Stadium 2-0 on Sunday with goals from Odsonne Édouard and Jonny Hayes. Soon after the victorious game, as the away players were heading towards the team bus, one Rangers fan shouted at Brown: ‘How’s your sister?’The foul jab attempted by the Gers fan was referring to the 34 year old Midfielder’s late sister Fiona, who was a victim of skin cancer and passed away in 2008.A Celtic fan named Kelly McGeachy posted a video on Twitter, calling the act ‘disgusting’. Watch the clip below-I really hope someone exposes the guy that said this to scott brown outside ibrox DISGUSTING to even say this to him no1 would take the piss out of someone with cancer or someone who has passed browns face “not nice at all” really hope he’s exposed just so so wrong 🍀💔 pic.twitter.com/OBrZQ42DcY— Kelly McGeachy (@kellybaby3) September 3, 2019The question came in form of disrespect towards Brown, as he stopped with a look of disapproval on his face before getting on the bus, as security officials were seen trying to escort the fan out of the area.However, as soon as the clip went viral over social media, fans from the rival clubs came together to demean the vile act, and even found out the perpretator as a young man named ‘Sam Bain’. One fan confirmed that he has been given a life long ban.Celtic and Rangers are currently 1st and 2nd in the Scottish Premiership table, along with 12 and 9 points to their names, respectively.Advertisementlast_img read more

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What is the Premier League’s official ball for 2018-19?

first_imgThe 2018-19 Premier League season is under way and the accompanying array of new kits, boots and merchandise are being rolled out.Each year, clubs redesign their look and players try out whatever new footwear their sponsors have released, but they are not the only ones to tweak appearances.While, as a brand, the Premier League has a specific logo, colour schemes and so on, it mixes things up when it comes to the most important piece of equipment of all: the ball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Goal brings you everything you need to know about the official Premier League ball for the 2018-19 season, including how much it costs and more.What is the official Premier League ball?The official ball for the 2018-19 Premier League season is the Nike Merlin, which is a design style that last featured in the competition back in 2003-04.There are just four panels to the ball – a world first in football design – so there are fewer seams on the surface, meaning that there is now a greater striking surface for passing and shooting.As well as that, Nike has incorporated ‘All Conditions Control’ (ACC) technology into the design, which is intended to ensure the best possible touch regardless of pitch surface or weather.Other features of the ball include debossed grooves and 3D inks, which improve its aerodynamics.Embed only Premier League Ball Nike MerlinThe Nike Merlin is mostly white, with black, purple, blue and yellow featuring all over.According to the Premier League’s official website, the colours will “help players identify more easily which way [the ball] is spinning, when it will drop, and how fast it is travelling” which gives them “crucial milliseconds to decide what magic they will apply next.” Naturally, the Nike ‘Swoosh’ features prominently on the Merlin, with the Premier League logo also appearing.How much does the official Premier League ball cost?Premier League ball Nike Merlin 2018If you want to use the exact same equipment as the likes of Mohamed Salah and Paul Pogba, you will have to be prepared to pay a significant sum.In the United States, the Premier League Merlin will set you back $160 and in the United Kingdom it costs £104.95, which means that it is much more expensive than the average ball.There is also a basic Nike Merlin design, which is a different colourway to the Premier League version, and it is slightly cheaper. Of course, there are replica versions of the ball that can be purchased and they are much cheaper.The Nike Premier League Strike, which bears a strong resemblance to the Merlin, is $30 in the US and £21.95 in the UK.*Prices from Nike’s official websiteIs there a winter ball?Premier League Merlin Nike ballThe Premier League has launched a fresh ball for the winter months, when it is generally darker and there is a greater possibility of snow.As such, the ball is designed for high visibility and it is different from the regular version in that it is predominantly yellow in colour, with blue and red featuring.It will be used from the end of October until March 31, 2019, when the clocks go forward.What was last year’s Premier League ball?Premier League ball Nike Ordem VThe Nike Ordem V was the official ball of the Premier League for the 2017-18 season. Nike’s ‘Ordem’ series served as the official ball for the league from 2014-15 on, replacing the Nike Incyte.Unlike the Merlin, which has just four panels, the Ordem V consisted of 12 panels. Orange, blue and black were used in its colourway.A predominantly yellow version of the Ordem V was used during the winter months in order to improve visibility of the ball for players.Previous official Premier League ballsMitre UltimaxSince the launch of the Premier League in 1992-93 the competition has used a number of different footballs.British sportswear manufacturer Mitre was the original partner of the league and, from 1992 until 2000, the company provided the official ball in the form of the Pro Max and the Ultimax.Nike became the official partner of the Premier League in the 2000-01 season and has remained so until the present.Below you can see the full list of official Premier League balls. Season Official Premier League ball 1992-1995 Mitre Pro Max 1995-2000 Mitre Ultimax 2000-01 & 2001-02 Nike Geo Merlin 2002-03 & 2003-04 Nike Geo Merlin Vapor 2004-05 & 2005-06 Nike Total 90 Aerow I 2006-07 & 2007-08 Nike Total 90 Aerow II 2008-09 Nike Total 90 Omni 2009-10 Nike Total 90 Ascente 2010-11 Nike Total 90 Tracer 2011-12 Nike Seitiro 2012-13 Nike Maxim 2013-14 Nike Incyte 2014-15 Nike Ordem 2 2015-16 Nike Ordem 3 2016-17 Nike Ordem 4 2017-18 Nike Ordem V 2018-19 Nike Merlin Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Super Cup: Sunil Chhetri double helps Bengaluru FC rout East Bengal enroute title

first_imgSunil Chhetri led Bengaluru FC with a brace in the final of the inaugural Super Cup against East Bengal as they lifted the trophy in the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday.Bengaluru routed East Bengal 4-1 in the final and most of those goals came late in the match. In their five years of existence, Bengaluru have won a trophy every season.Bengaluru have won two I-League titles and an equal number of Federation Cup crowns apart from the inaugural edition of the Super Cup.Bengaluru had shown immense character and fight to make a tremendous comeback against Mohun Bagan in the semi-final despite being 10-men down and the Blues only carried forward that spirit.A familiar celebration as @bengalurufc are crowned #HeroSuperCup champions #EBvBFC pic.twitter.com/lGfzz4tp8sIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) April 20, 2018Chhetri scored off a penalty in the 69th minute before exploiting some poor marking by the East Bengal defence to head in his second in the 90th.An accurate header by Rahul Bheke (40th) and a superb finish by Nicoals Fedor (71st) brought the other goals for Bengaluru.East Bengal striker Ansumana Kromah (28th) had earlier put the Kolkata giants in the lead with an excellent back volley.The men, the moment! #Champion5 #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/YYYAsTfaEoBengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) April 20, 2018Most of the first half of Friday’s final was a tough, physical battle in which both teams were more or less equally matched.East Bengal took the lead off a corner when a deflection found its way to Kromah who scored with an acrobatic back volley.advertisementBheke found the equaliser for Bengaluru towards the end of the first half with an accurate header off a corner.East Bengal were reduced to 10 men just before the break when their right-back Samad Mallik was sent off for a punch into the face of Bengaluru’s Subhasish Bose after being at the end of a somewhat rash tackle.The second half saw more open football with Bengaluru creating the better chances.Bengaluru goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu produced an excellent save in the 57th minute to keep out a well taken free-kick by Mehmood al-Amna.Bengaluru were awarded a penalty following a hand ball by East Bengal’s Gurwinder Singh inside the penalty box. Chhetri stepped forward to punch in the spot kick and give Bengaluru the lead.Bengaluru increased the lead when Victor Perez Alonso won the ball at the halfway line and played a one-two with Antonio Rodriguez Dovale before finding Fedor at the top of the East bengal penalty box.Fedor’s half turn and stunning finish from just inside the penalty area bulged the net as East Bengal goalkeeper CK Ubaid was reduced to a mere spectator.Chhetri then went on to put the last nail into East Bengal’s coffin as Bengaluru won the title in style.(With IANS inputs)Champion team, champion Coach! @RocaDT_Oficial #Champion5 #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/2VB6EhlpVOBengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) April 20, 2018last_img read more

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Photos: Jim Harbaugh Hung Out With Legendary NASCAR Driver Jeff Gordon Today

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines blows whistle before start of the game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has gotten to hang out with a lot of interesting people since he’s become the head coach of Michigan. Today, it was legendary NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon who paid the khaki-loving leader of the Maize and Blue a visit. Harbaugh even presented Gordon with a customized No. 24 Michigan jersey. Twenty-four was the number of Gordon’s car during his driving career. Great to have @JeffGordonWeb meet with @CoachJim4UM today!#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/COEGEwFv85— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) March 30, 2016Harbaugh sure is a popular guy, except for maybe in Ohio.last_img read more

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Mixologist Johnny Swet on Why You Should Use Yuzu

first_imgIf you’ve been to a cocktail bar lately, chances are you’ve come across yuzu and, while it sounds perfectly cocktail-ready, you don’t know what the hell it is. The good thing is, though, we sat down with bartending rockstar Johnny Swet of The Skylark in New York City to give us the lowdown on this delicious citrus.Before we get to his thoughts, though, we’ll give you a quick rundown.What Exactly is Yuzu?Yuzu, otherwise known as citrus junos, is a citrus fruit that was originally found in the wild in China and Tibet. It was then introduced to Korea and Japan during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), where the majority of the fruit is now grown. It has the appearance of a small grapefruit and typically ranges from yellow to orange in color when ripe. They can grow to be from about 2.1 inches to 2.9 inches in diameter.And now, Johnny Swet.How would you describe Yuzu?That’s tough. It’s kind of like if you combined a lemon with a tangerine and a lime.When was the first time you heard about it?I’ve known about Yuzu for a while now. Most of my good buddies are chefs, and I’m a big sushi fan. They’ve really exposed me to it at some cool Japanese restaurants. Because of that, I started playing with yuzu by using it instead of lemon juice in cocktails.It seems to be popping up in more and more cocktails lately. Why do you think that is?I think that Yuzu has such a bright, fresh flavor and so makes it a natural fit for cocktails. Also, with the rise in popularity of Japanese Whiskies, a lot of mixologists are exploring Japanese ingredients.What sorts of spirits benefit from the addition of it the most?  Really any spirit you would pair with citrus, but I prefer it with scotch or whiskey in a sour.Is there any territory cocktail-wise that might still benefit from this fruit?   It would be nice to see some mezcal cocktails or even a reworked classic like The Last Word*, replacing the lime juice with the yuzu.What’s the best cocktail you’ve created that involves yuzu?  I made a cocktail called “The Geisha.” It combined gin, sake, yuzu, cherry liquor, and cinnamon. It was so perfectly balanced. The Yuzu cut the sweetness and made for a really delicious sipper!Mixologist Johnny SwetWho are the bartenders you know of that are using yuzu the best?I think the guys at Slowly Shirley here in New York City have a really amazing cocktail using the fruit called “The Bering Strait.”*** The Last Word (original recipe)1 part gin1 part green chartreuse1 part Maraschino liqueur1 part lime juiceMethod: Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime.The Bering Strait  pictured above1.5 oz sparkling Nigori1 oz mezcal.75 oz piña.5 oz Campo de Encanto pisco.5 oz Kiuchi.25 oz yuzu.25 oz ginger1 tsp agaveMethod: Stir. Add 1 oz soda. Strain into a wine glass over ice and garnish with ginger and pineapple.Happy drinking! 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Editors’ Recommendations Pisco Cocktails are the Refreshing Balm You Need for the Dog Days of Summer 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient last_img read more

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Jeppesen Revolutionizes ENC Licensing with New Solution

first_img Print  Close zoom Jeppesen has revolutionized the navigational chart industry by introducing FlatFee licensing for its official Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs). Jeppesen FlatFee makes accessing and using ENCs easy, cost effective and planning friendly.Based on input from a wide range of its maritime customers, Jeppesen FlatFee was developed in order to meet the growing need for flexible, expandable navigation solutions that help mariners more accurately predict annual charting costs.Jeppesen FlatFee lets mariners purchase some or all of nine worldwide zones at an affordable fixed price. Once purchased, vessels are able to view and use all charts, for both voyage planning and navigation, without limitations for a subscription term of one year. This helps mariners improve safety and ENC handling, while simplifying Port State Controls and ensuring predictable charting costs. If sailing needs change, additional zone subscriptions can be added without having to create new licenses — making Jeppesen FlatFee an extremely flexible and expandable chart licensing option. Jeppesen uses a variation of existing licensing methods to ensure accurate processing of Hydrographic Office commissions.“Initial reports from vessels testing our FlatFee licensing have been overwhelmingly positive,” said Gary Minard, Jeppesen director, global marine sales and marketing. “This new solution is better meeting our customers’ needs by helping overcome both the hassles and unpredictable costs associated with using ENCs around the world.”With the addition of FlatFee, Jeppesen has expanded its global ability to offer mariners innovative bundled solutions that enhance navigation while helping both ships and shipping companies operate safely, effectively and efficiently. Jeppesen’s full suite of innovative solutions includes Jeppesen FleetManager, Ship Report, Weather Routing and Piracy Updates, all developed to work in concert with Jeppesen’s official ENCs available around the world. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Jeppesen Marine, October 3, 2013last_img read more

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Starlight Childrens Foundation Hosts Dream Halloween 2016

first_imgStarlight Children’s Foundation hosted more than 1,000 kids, families and celebrities at Dream Halloween 2016 on Saturday, October 22 at the historic Park Plaza in Los Angeles.After visiting the crafting fun house hosted by title sponsor Michaels Stores, Monique Coleman can’t stop the feeling as a cheerful Troll with husband Walter Jordan at Dream HalloweenCredit/Copyright: Maury Phillips/GettyImagesThis one-of-a-kind costume party delighted children and adults with two floors and four ballrooms full of games, crafts, food, toy giveaways and live performances from Butterscotch, Leftover Cuties, Mahkenna, Aussie Youth and Le Petit Cirque.Title sponsor Michaels Stores transformed the 2nd floor of The Park Plaza into a Halloween fun house where guests experienced DIY stations, face painting, festive games and prizes, and live entertainment from artist Stephen Fishwick.Among the guests was Monique Coleman.Event sponsor Nintendo offered an immersive gaming experience featuring one of its new games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Guests were among the first in the world to get their hands on Mario Party Star Rush, the newest game in the popular and hilariously fun Mario Party series. Celebrities and guests participated in on-stage competitions inspired by the game to win cool prizes.last_img read more

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National Film Board APTN brings Cree filmmaker Melanie Jackson to Yellowknife for

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIt’s not every day that northern folks get a chance to chat with people in show business.For the community of Hay River, Northwest Territories, that opportunity came this week.APTN partnered with the National Film Board to bring Indigenous media to cinemas.last_img

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John Kerry to King Mohammed VI US Position on Western Sahara

New York – The United States has just lent a tacit support to Morocco in the diplomatic row that pits it against United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.During a phone conversation he held on Wednesday with King Mohammed VI, US Secretary of State, John Kerry assured the Moroccan monarch that the US position on the Western Sahara “remains unchanged.”“His Majesty King Mohammed VI hold today a phone conversation with Mr. John Kerry, US Secretary of State,” said a statement from the Royal Cabinet. “The interview focused on the Moroccan Sahara issue,” the statement said.“On this occasion, Mr. Kerry assured the Sovereign that the US position remains unchanged within the framework agreed jointly by His Majesty the King and President Barack Obama in November 2013 in Washington,” the statement said.“US Secretary of State also told the Sovereign that the dialogue between the two countries would continue to achieve, on that basis, a final solution to this regional dispute,” the statement concluded.The US’ tacit support to Morocco’s position on the territorial dispute pitting it against the Algeria-backed Polisaio comes amid an unprecedented tension between Rabat and Ban Ki-moon.Earlier this month, the UN chief made statements that were described as “biased” in favor of the separatist group. During a trip to the Tindouf camps in southern Algeria, Ban Ki-moon described Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupation.”This statement stoked the ire of Rabat, which accused Ban Ki-moon of “bias and of departing from impartiality and neutrality as UN Secretary General.”Tension between both parties escalated when the UN chief received Moroccan foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, at the United Nations headquarters on Monday March 14.Following the meeting, the UN spokesperson issued a communique in which Ban Ki-moon expressed anger and disappointment with Morocco for the massive march that had been organized on Sunday March 13 in Rabat to denounce his “bias” in favor of the Polisario.During a closed-door meeting of the Security Council last week, Ban Ki-moon failed to receive the support of the 15-member body.To the UN chief’s dismay, the members of the council did not issue any statement on the dispute between Morocco and him. While he was hoping to receive the backing of the UN’s most important body, Ban Ki-moon witnessed how his unprecedented statements did not sit well many influential members of Security Council. read more

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DR Congo UN condemns attack which leaves eight civilians wounded

The United Nations mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today condemned what it called a “criminal attack” on a lorry transporting civilians in the country’s South Kivu province, which left eight civilians injured, three of them seriously.The attack took place shortly before midday today, 60 kilometres northwest of the provincial capital Bukavu. Seven masked assailants, wearing civilian clothes, opened fire on the lorry before ransacking it. Government soldiers from a nearby military post arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and forced the attackers to flee after a twenty-minute fire-fight. Pakistani peacekeeping troops with MONUC arrived 45 minutes later, evacuated the three most seriously wounded to a hospital in Bukavu and treated the others on site.MONUC has launched a search for the assailants and called on all illegal armed groups in both South and North Kivu provinces to cease their attacks on civilian populations and to lay down their arms.The east of DRC has been plagued in recent years by violence committed by rival armed groups. 28 April 2008The United Nations mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today condemned what it called a “criminal attack” on a lorry transporting civilians in the country’s South Kivu province, which left eight civilians injured, three of them seriously. read more

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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Aug. 26No IPOs scheduled for next week.The Associated Press

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A look at failed UK tour operator Thomas Cook

LONDON — British tour operator Thomas Cook was a major part of the industry for packaged holidays, which are particularly popular in Europe.Here’s a look at the company, by the numbers.___Customers: 22 million a yearEmployees: 21,000, of which 9,000 in the U.K.Travel agency shops: 500Hotels owned: 200, or about 40,000 roomsHotels that do business with Thomas Cook: 3,150Planes: 105Markets: 16 countries in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, AsiaAnnual revenue: 9.6 billion pounds, or $11.8 billion (2018)The Associated Press read more

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People do not feel secure in their own homes FF takes aim

first_imgCollins said he had heard stories of “savage” thefts, “of elderly brothers beaten and terrorised by roving gangs [and] of communities living in fear”.95 Garda stations were closed in January as part of a plan to better utilise force resources.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin opened the Ard Fheis last night by saying the party could learn from the past ‘but is focused on the future’.Read: Micheál Martin gives Taoiseach an E-grade on jobs > Read: Government will not get away with ‘broken promises’ – Micheál Martin > FIANNA FAIL HAS strongly criticised the politics of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, saying people no longer feel safe in their homes after the closure of some Garda stations around the country.The party’s spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins said there has been an “unprecedented attack on the morale of An Garda Siochana by the very Minister who should be defending them in Cabinet”.“Gardaí put their lives on the line to protect our communities and deserve more,” he told the party’s Ard Fheis. Criminals are toasting Minister Shatter and it’s at the expense of the ordinary people of Ireland who see empty stations, pared back patrols, the ever present menace of criminality and are told to use Twitter in response.They are delighted with this Minister who has consistently let down and fought bitter public spats with the force that is committed to the protection of this state and its citizens.last_img read more

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Video comparison proves the PS4 is much smaller than the original PS3

first_imgThe first time I actually saw the original PlayStation 3 I thought I was looking at a developer unit. It just seemed too big to be a consumer unit and was also very heavy, which must have cost Sony a small fortune to ship around the world. But that ended up being the console under our TVs back in 2006, and the console I bought. To this day it has worked without issue (and includes backwards compatibility).With the PS4, we won’t be getting another behemoth of a console from Sony. The move to an x86 architecture and components that look to be built around a mini-ITX board have meant Sony’s latest machine is significantly smaller than the original PS3. How much smaller? Check out the video below for a side-by-side comparison.One of the features of PlayStation consoles I have always appreciated is not having a power brick to hide behind my TV unit. Sony may have been forced to use one for the slim PS2 because it was so small, but the PS3 has never had one in all its incarnations as far as I know. The PS4 is also thankfully free of a power brick, even though it is quite small. I’m also guessing it won’t use anywhere near the 400W+ the original PS3 drew when powered up.As there’s no backwards compatibility with the PS3, the PS4 probably won’t be replacing its previous generation under your TV, rather complimenting it. But at least there’s a much better chance of it fitting and still having room for airflow.last_img read more

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Le génome de la fourmi dArgentine une espèce ravageuse a été séquencé

first_imgLe génome de la fourmi d’Argentine, une espèce ravageuse, a été séquencéDes chercheurs américains de l’Université de Californie sont parvenus à séquencer le génome de la fourmi d’Argentine, une espèce originaire d’Amérique du Sud, mais proliférant dans de nombreuses régions du monde. Invasives, ces fourmis représentent une réelle menace pour la biodiversité, et ce séquençage pourrait offrir aux scientifiques des moyens de lutter contre sa prolifération.Cette petite fourmi, la Linepithema humile, est l’une des espèces les plus répandues et les plus invasives du monde. “Quand les fourmis d’Argentine envahissent, elles dévastent les communautés locales d’insectes tout en favorisant le développement de populations d’organismes nuisibles à l’agriculture” explique Neil Tsutsui, professeur en sciences environnementales à l’Université de Californie, et co-auteur de ces travaux rapportés par LeMatin.ch. À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtSi les génomes de deux autres espèces, la fourmi rouge moissonneuse et la fourmi de feu, ont été séquencés par quelque 48 chercheurs au cours de cette étude, celui de la fourmi d’Argentine est d’autant plus important que l’impact de cette espèce est particulièrement ravageur pour les écosystèmes. Or ce séquençage, 16.344 gènes ont été découverts chez la fourmi d’Argentine, ouvre la voie à de nouvelles recherches qui pourraient déterminer des moyens de lutter efficacement contre la prolifération de ces insectes.A noter que le séquençage d’une quatrième espèce de fourmi, dite coupeuse de feuille (Atta cephalotes), a été réalisé. Il sera publié le 10 février prochain dans le journal scientifique américain PLoS Genetics.Le 6 février 2011 à 14:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Reed and Three UK shortlisted for Benefits team of the year

first_imgConstruction organisation Kier Group, employment agency Reed and telecommunications business Three UK are the organisations shortlisted in the Benefits team of the year category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.This award celebrates the achievements of an in-house benefits team that works together to deliver benefits and reward to help drive an organisation’s business strategy, as well as meet HR goals.The full category shortlist is:Kier Group (entered by Howden Employee Benefits and Wellbeing)ReedThree UKThe winning benefits team will be announced at the annual Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2019, now only nine days away. This year’s event, hosted by actor and comedian Kerry Godliman, will be held on Friday 7 June 2019 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London.The lunch time awards ceremony will announce winning employers across 20 varied categories, including Best employee engagement strategy, Best alignment of benefits to business strategy, Best benefits communications, for large and small employers, and Best benefits to support work-life balance.Attending HR, benefits and reward professionals will able to enjoy a full afternoon of celebration, starting with a welcome drinks reception before the awards ceremony begins over a three-course lunch, including a dessert buffet. Guests will also be able to celebrate and share best practice with peers, colleagues and industry experts while networking at the Summer Party, held after the main awards presentation.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

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Pawan Kalyan spotted with wife Anna Lezhneva at the airport

first_imgThe Janasena party chief Pawan Kalyan was spotted at the Hyderabad air terminal today morning with his Russian root Australian native spouse, Anna Lezhneva. Pawan Kalyan was clicked in his best formal look while his better half Anna was found in her movement comfortable symbol. The pair was all grins for the shutterbugs as they strolled in together at the air terminal. Pawan Kalyan’s better half, Anna and their child, Mark Shankar as of late got the spotlight as they went to the ‘Mega Family’ event. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us The star wife attended Sreeja’s second daughter Navishka’s ‘Anna Praasana’ occasion. Anna Lezhneva’s image holding with the children of the Mega Family had turned into a web sensation via Social media. Discussing Pawan Kalyan, the previous entertainer was a piece of Chiranjeevi’s birthday festivities as of late. At the occasion, Pawan Kalyan uncovered how his sibling once spared his life. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Pawan Kalyan stated, “When I failed my Intermediate Exams , I was devastated, My brother had a pistol with him, and I wanted to shoot myself with that. That was the degree of my distress. My brother looking at my depression, called me and said that bombing the tests was not an issue. He instructed me to breeze through the test whenever and to not get discouraged along these lines. He gave me the genuinely necessary consolation.”last_img read more

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For Independence Day Fireworks US Depends On China

first_img Share Mel Evans/APThe sky surrounding the Statue of Liberty in New York is lit red by a firework in 2005. Nearly all the fireworks consumers will purchase this year — and 70 percent of those used by professionals — are manufactured in China.Americans will spend more than $900 million this year on bottle rockets, Roman candles, and other fireworks. But those of us who want to celebrate Independence Day with a bang are almost totally dependent on China for supplies.“Ninety-nine percent of the backyard consumer fireworks come directly from China,” said Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association. “And about 70 percent of the professional display fireworks are manufactured in China.”It wasn’t always this way. A lot of fireworks used to be made in the Midwest, by companies like American Fireworks. Vincenzo Sorgi started the Ohio-based business in 1902, after immigrating from Italy.He “came through Ellis Island, which then they called the ‘Fireworks Beltway,’ ” said Roberto Sorgi, his great-great-grandson. “Like a lot of the other families that came over, [he] brought a lot of the recipes that their families had used in Italy. So we had two or three generations [of fireworks makers] back in Italy as well.”For much of the last century, Italian transplants dominated the fireworks business, mostly producing pyrotechnics for their own shows.“We manufactured pretty much everything from scratch,” Roberto Sorgi said, “from the stars to putting the shell-casings together to the fuse itself and all the attachments in between.”Around the time of the American bicentennial in 1976, demand for fireworks began to outstrip the U.S. supply, so companies like Sorgi’s began importing — from Italy, Mexico, and especially China. This is not a case of China stealing American know-how. The Chinese invented fireworks in the Tang Dynasty more than a thousand years ago.“Manufacturing fireworks is very labor-intensive,” Heckman added. “As the regulations got tighter and people really aren’t interested in making things by hand, it made sense to rely more on China to handle that production.”Last year imports of fireworks dwarfed exports by a ratio of more than 40 to 1. But so far, that exploding trade deficit has not prompted the kind of protectionist crackdown that President Trump has directed at other industries.“Thankfully, the fireworks industry has not been impacted by the tariffs,” Heckman said. “We are watching it very, very closely.”A worker assembles parts of a rocket firework at Southern Fireworks Manufacturer’s factory in in 2008 in Liuyang, China, in Hunan province, Thursday June 19, 2008. Most American fireworks are imported from China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)Fireworks dealers warn adding a tariff to Chinese imports would turn their sparkling business into a dud. And make no mistake: the domestic business of selling and showcasing fireworks is booming. Sorgi’s company has been adding workers year by year. Without the chore of having to hand-craft the rockets, they’re able to stage hundreds more shows each year, and not just during this busy Fourth of July season.“It’s becoming a year-round thing where it used to be once or twice a year,” Sorgi said. “So the industry as a whole has really just taken off to another level.”What’s more, mass-produced Chinese fireworks are now safe enough to be sold legally in nearly every state, and consumer purchases have skyrocketed, from $284 million in 1998 to $885 million last year.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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