Giorgio Chiellini has joked how he supported Milan and idolised Paolo Maldini, but “I became smarter. Now it’s difficult to find a bigger Juventus fan than me.” Chiellini was speaking to Juve’s Junior Members at the Allianz Stadium on Monday afternoon, where he fielded questions about his career. Asked about his toughest opponent, he replied: “Apart from Ronaldo and Messi, who are two extra-terrestrials, I always say Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “He had physical strength, technique, personality… I had the fortune to play with him and against him.” The veteran is a Bianconeri icon, having stuck with the club for the last 15 years, but he confessed he was initially a Milan supporter. “I was a Milan fan, unfortunately, then I got better. I became smarter growing up. Maldini was my favourite player. “I have a twin brother, he was a Juve fan and I had to go against him and be Milan. Can you imagine how happy he was when Juve bought me when I was 20 years old? “When I moved here I immediately fell in love with the club, and now I think it’s difficult to find a bigger Juve fan on this earth than me.” A master of the art of defending, Chiellini shared some of his secrets to the youngsters. “You must find pleasure in stopping a move. The emotions that others find in scoring, you have to feel the same in stopping them. “If you find those emotions, you can become a great defender.” The Old Lady captain concluded by naming the two games he would never forget. “My first match because it will always be my first. It was against Messina and we won 3-0 [in October 2005]. “The other was that night in Trieste [against Cagliari], the first in our run [of Scudetti]. It was a night of strong emotions, which will always stay with me.” Chiellini is currently recovering from a torn ACL and is expected to return in the spring. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
MOST READ ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Simone Biles ‘aches’ for victims after brother charged in triple murder FILE- In this July 14, 2019, file photo, Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves during an an NBA summer league basketball game in Las Vegas. Kurucs was arrested in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend inside his apartment. Police say the 32-year-old woman claims she had a verbal dispute with Kurucs in his apartment on June 27, when he struck and choked her. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets player Rodions Kurucs has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend inside his apartment.The 21-year-old Latvian-born small forward turned himself in on Tuesday and was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge. He’s due back in court Oct. 21.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw LATEST STORIES Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Police say the 32-year-old woman claims she had a verbal dispute with Kurucs in his Brooklyn apartment on June 27 and he choked her. She says he also struck her.The Daily News reports that Kurucs’ lawyer noted there are no photos of the alleged assault and the woman didn’t report the incident for nearly two months. He says the two then flew together to Las Vegas the day after the alleged assault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelThe Nets released a statement saying they’re in “the process of gathering more information.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Perpetual Help Altas. SPIKERS TURF PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—University of Perpetual Help completed its sweep of Group C after a four-set beating of PLDT, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 in the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference at Paco Arena Thursday.The Altas finished atop the group with a 5-0 record and they will just have to wait for the other teams to finish their matches.ADVERTISEMENT In the first game, PGJC-Philippine Navy chalked up its second straight win after taking down University of Santo Tomas in straight sets, 25-20, 25-21, 25-18.Greg Dolor led the Sea Lions with 10 points while Kurl Rosete added nine points as Navy forged a tie with Sta. Elena atop Group D with 2-0 records.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cignal, meanwhile, remained atop Group A with a clean sweep of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18.Alfred Valbuena led the 3-0 HD Spikers with 11 points.“Everyone contributed because whomever I put in can score,” said Cignal head coach Dexter Clamor who had 10 of his 13 points register at least one point.Edmar Banono added 10 points for Cignal while AJ Pareja had nine.Joshua Mina put up 12 points for the Generals who tallied their third loss in four matches.ADVERTISEMENT Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant View comments MOST READ NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’ PLAY LIST 01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw “Actually I always say that our aim in this tournament is to get some exposure and I was surprised with how PLDT played today,” said Perpetual head coach Sammy Acaylar in Filipino. “That’s [PLDT] is a very strong team, that’s a club team, maybe luck was on our side today.”Joebert Almodiel led all scorers with 18 points while Hero Austria added 16 points for the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelRonniel Rosales and Louie Ramirez also finished in double digits with 15 and 12 points, respectively, while EJ Casana orchestrated the offense with 26 excellent sets.Richard Solis had 16 points for PLDT. Team USA basketball star hits out at ‘slander, disrespect’ after early exit Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast
Nonprofits have a valuable opportunity to use mobile fundraising to increase giving by supporters who prefer using their mobile devices over a desktop or laptop. Integrate mobile giving tactics into all of your fundraising strategies. They’re especially impactful when you use them to fundraise for special projects or initiatives. This post will cover several practical, easy-to-implement ways to put mobile technology to work when you’re promoting special projects.Be Clear About the Specifics of the ProjectMake sure that supporters know the details about your campaign’s specific program or project. The more specific and concrete you can be, the more likely supporters will be to make a donation. To help them envision the impact of their donations, tell a short story of a beneficiary and share photos. Communicate the impact that donations will have on the project and individuals who will benefit from it.Keep Asks SimplePeople use their mobile devices because it’s convenient. The purpose of mobile fundraising is to make donating easier for supporters. When using mobile tactics like email or text, be sure to keep your ask short and sweet. Keep donation forms brief, use bullet points, and minimize the number of steps required to complete a donation.Encourage Recurring DonationsJust because your campaign is focused on a specific project doesn’t mean you can’t ask for recurring support. Encourage donors to boost the impact of their gift by becoming a recurring donor. When a donor is engaged with your organization and already giving, a simple prompt may be all that’s needed for an ongoing commitment. Before the donation is finalized, simply give donors the option of making a recurring gift to your organization.Ask Donors to ShareThe moment when a donor gives is also the perfect moment to ask them to share the project on social media. Invite donors to spread the word. Make the process simple with social media share buttons on the thank-you page.Mix Mobile With Other ToolsNew technology doesn’t mean other tools aren’t effective. Quite the opposite. Mobile giving can increase the effectiveness of nearly every other type of campaign. Include your mobile donation page URL in your email appeals, making it easy for donors to simply click to access your mobile-responsive donation page. Add your URL or a QR code to your direct mail appeals, so supporters can immediately donate if they’re ready. Include a text-to-give strategy at your event. The possibilities for integration are endless.Don’t Forget the ThanksEveryone appreciates being recognized for a good deed. After all, each donation is a vote of confidence in your mission. Auto-generated acknowledgements at the time of the gift are a good start, but it’s a good idea to follow up with a phone call or mailed card. Make your thanks as personal as possible. People support organizations they engage with on more than a surface level.Mobile giving provides nonprofits with an exciting new avenue for growth. By providing new opportunities for giving, technology connects donors and the organizations they care about most. Take advantage of the fact that people are using their mobile devices daily to make donating to your special projects an easy and enjoyable process.Download “The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Giving” to learn more about how mobile giving can boost your fundraising campaigns.
Nova Scotia welcomed more than 104,200 visitors in February, up one per cent, or 1,000 more than last February. Room nights sold for February were up five per cent provincewide compared with last February with all regions seeing an increase. “Year to date, we’re holding fairly steady and we’re eager to see how the whole season develops,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “With tourism season approaching, we are finalizing our marketing campaign and will soon be ramping up activities in key markets.” The number of people travelling to Nova Scotia by road grew by two per cent from last February while air visitation decreased by one per cent or 300 visitors this year compared to February of 2007. Last fall, the department introduced new tourism regions to help groups market products and experiences more effectively. The new regions are Halifax Metro, South Shore, Yarmouth and Acadian Shores, Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley, Northumberland Shore, Cape Breton Island, and Eastern Shore. Accommodations statistics are now being reported according to these new tourism regions. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights . Statistics for March are expected to be released in early May.
The Tufts Cove heat recovery project, proposed by Nova Scotia Power Inc., has successfully completed a provincial environmental assessment process. The company has received an approval, subject to conditions to protect the environment, to build and operate the Number 6 power generating plant at its facility on Halifax harbour. Environment Minister David Morse released his decision today, May 4, after a 30-day public review and comment period stipulated by the Environment Act. The project is also subject to a federal environmental assessment to address marine issues. The approval is subject to conditions the company must meet to reduce any potential effect on the quality of air, water, and soil at and near the site. The project is expected to increase the efficiency of generating electricity from natural gas by using captured waste heat from plant emissions to generate more power. To view the environmental approval and the minister’s decision, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/ea/tuftscove6.asp .
MONTREAL – Friends, colleagues, adversaries and regular citizens lined up at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica Monday to offer condolences to the family of former Quebec premier, Bernard Landry, who died last week at the age of 81.Landry’s daughter, Pascale, told reporters the family has received tributes for their father from across the province and around the world.“The wave of sympathy really surprised and shocked me,” she said, “but it also comforted me, and what I love to see is that there are people from all over who gave us their sympathy.”Inside the basilica, Landry’s closed casket was draped in a Quebec flag next to a large photo of him.Former Liberal premier Jean Charest was one of the first who arrived to pay his respects.Charest said his former Parti Quebecois opponent “would make us suffer during debates.”Charest saluted Landry’s investments in the province’s video game industry and his economic vision for the province.“He gave economic credibility to the sovereignty movement,” Charest said.Charest’s successor, Pauline Marois, who held several portfolios in Landry’s government, struck an emotional tone.“We always have the impression that people like this will never go, will never leave us,” she said.The funeral for Quebec’s 28th premier will be held Tuesday afternoon at the basilica. His body also lay in state Saturday in Quebec City at the provincial legislature.Landry’s health had been failing in recent months, and he died Nov. 6 at home in Vercheres, Que. of complications from pulmonary disease.After Lucien Bouchard resigned as premier in January 2001, Landry replaced him as PQ leader and premier. He served two years before being defeated in the April 2003 election by Jean Charest’s Liberals.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Climate change is going to cost Canadians one way or another, but a new report looks at what government can do, and how much it should spend to help its people adapt.The Council of Canadian Academies says, for one, it will take prompt and thoughtful action in order to help Canadians avoid the damages of climate change over the next two decades.It will also take a lot of cold-hard-cash.“The Panel identified 12 major areas of climate change risk facing Canada from a national perspective, all of which could involve significant losses, damages, or disruptions over the next 20 years,” the report reads.Of the dozens of different threats posed by climate change, academics and researchers have narrowed down their list to just six top areas, but the biggest for Canadians is to the country’s infrastructure and to its food system — specifically agriculture threatened by droughts.Extreme weather events have the potential to impact homes, buildings, and entire communities, the report notes, adding there is ” increased probability of power outages and grid failures; and an increasing risk of cascading infrastructure failures.”In addition, the report says “Climate variability will challenge the business model of farms by increasing the uncertainty associated with the range of future conditions a farmer can expect.”Read the full report below:Failed to fetchJohn Leggat chaired the panel of experts that wrote the final report. He says the more money put into mitigation and adaptation, the better because the cost of a potential response to climate events and subsequent recovery is always much higher.“The whole idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put resources into mitigation and put resources into adaptation so that one reduces the risk significantly,” says Leggat.Farmers may need to switch to drought-resistance crops, or entirely to greenhouse growing, if they want to adapt.The study also finds the water levels in the Great Lakes are dropping, affecting shipping routes.Meantime, glacier melt is threatening B.C.’s hydro power, and as sea levels continue to rise, they’ll also cause coastal erosion along the way, inundating some areas with saltwater.This would mean communities along the coast will need to look at installing dikes and other defenses, which all come with added costs. In the north, people may have to go back to hunting and gathering — their traditional ways of survival.According to the research, a 2011 study put potential costs to Canadian businesses and the economy between $21 and $43 billion per year, depending on emissions, as well as economic and population growth.The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, which makes recommendations on how the government should spend money, requested the report.It says climate change risks can be meaningfully mitigated, but admits none are entirely avoidable.The report lays out how adaptation will cost all levels of government, significantly, but not nearly as much as doing nothing would.The risks that can more easily be mitigated, highlighted by the council, are physical infrastructure, health impacts, and governance issues. The hardest have been identified as risks to fisheries, forestry, the ecosystem, and wildlife.The “Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks” report was compiled by a panel of economists, scientists, doctors and catastrophe experts.-With files from The Canadian Press
Former Miss USA Ali Landry, Safe Kids Worldwide and BRITAX Child Safety hosted a celebrity party Saturday, September 8th to increase awareness of National Child Passenger Safety Week coming up on September 17 – 22, 2012.Ali Landry helps to increase awareness of National Child Passenger Safety WeekThe former beauty queen, actress and producer of TV Guide Network’s “Hollywood Girls Night,” held her second annual Red CARpet event to teach Hollywood new and expecting parent starlets the importance of child passenger safety and seek their help in raising national awareness. Among those attending the affair with their children were Tiffani Thiessen, Constance Zimmer, Ian Ziering and Marla Sokoloff.Landry, mother of two children ages 11 months and 5, became a certified child passenger safety technician in 2010 when she learned that 75 percent of car seats are used incorrectly. In addition to hosting her event, she’ll join Safe Kids and BRITAX child passenger safety advocate Sarah Tilton to share with reporters across the country the industry’s “best practices” for proper car seat use and remind the public about the many seat check events available during Child Passenger Safety Week.“There is a strong need for increased awareness about child passenger safety in this country,” said Tilton. “Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for children from age 1 to 14. Proper installation and use of car seats will help keep children safe. Yet, too many parents aren’t aware of how to properly use a car seat. And many more parents aren’t current on how state laws regulating car seat restraints are changing.”Added Landry, “Safe Kids, BRITAX and I are determined to see that every kid in America is buckled up safely for as long as possible. That’s why I’m encouraging all of Hollywood to join in the effort!”Through the combined initiatives of BRITAX, Safe Kids and Landry, parents at the Red CARpet event were taught that accidents can come from any direction and that their car seats should feature the latest safety technologies, be easy to use, and provide children with 360 degrees of protection.To help spread awareness of child passenger safety during the event, some attending celebrities Tweeted their favorite safety tips to followers. In addition, BRITAX donated to Safe Kids $2,000 in honor of the celebrity autographs collected at the event and will give away a Britax G3 convertible car seat through its Facebook sweepstakes on September 22. Those interested in winning the car seat should visit the BRITAX Facebook page for entry instructions.For more information about BRITAX, visit www.BRITAXUSA.com, or connect with BRITAX on Twitter or Facebook.Source:PR Newswire
CALGARY — Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says the province is leaving its oil curtailment levels at 325,000 barrels per day for now despite discounts for western Canadian crude that have narrowed to three-and-a-half-year lows.According to Net Energy Exchange, the difference between bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate was about US$8.25 per barrel on Wednesday, the last day of the trading cycle for barrels to be delivered in February.The North American oil brokerage reports the discount was US$6.95 per barrel last Friday, the lowest level since June 15, 2015, and a substantial improvement over a peak of more than US$52 a barrel in October.The differential recovered to traditional norms in the mid-teens or better in December after Alberta announced it would impose curtailments as of Jan. 1 to free up export pipeline space.The cutbacks were to remain in place for about three months and then be lowered to about 95,000 bpd through the rest of 2019.After giving a speech at the Indigenous Energy Summit on Wednesday, McCuaig-Boyd said her department is assessing prices, storage levels and crude-by-rail shipments on an almost daily basis but is handing out production quotas to about 25 producer-operators on a month-to-month basis.“We did ask all of these companies to share in some pain to alleviate this overproduction that we do have and the backlog that we’re getting into,” she said. “You see that it has helped the economics for many.”The Canadian Press
Rabat – Engineering and technology group Sener will start final testing of Morocco’s Noor III solar power plant in Ouarzazate to prepare for commercial operation.Sener completed the first synchronization of the Noor III plant to the Moroccan grid in August.“With these milestones, Sener starts the last phase before the plant’s commercial operation and final delivery to the client” by the end of 2018, Sener wrote in a statement Wednesday, September 26. Noor III is a 150 megawatt thermal tower plant which spans 750 hectares and is expected to supply 500 gigawatt hours per year.Noor III plant is part of the Noor project in the Sahara desert, 10 kilometers northeast of Ouarzazate, in central Morocco.“Once operational, it will mark a turning point in the [solar power station] (CSP) sector worldwide,” said Anas Raisuni, Sener’s regional managing director in Morocco.Raisuni reaffirmed that “Noor Ouarzazate III synchronization is the last milestone before delivering the plant to ACWA and MASEN. With its visionary investment in solar power, MASEN has secured a clean, sustainable and manageable power supply for Morocco, while developing the national industry in a cutting-edge sector as CSP.”The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has been managing the solar complex project along with ACWA Power, as part of Morocco’s Noor Solar Plan, the leading solar energy project in the MENA region.Noor Solar Power Plant III- Sener.The Noor project has three phases and four parts: Noor I, Noor II, Noor III, and Noor IV. Noor CSP plants can store solar energy in the form of heated molten salt which will allow the plants to produce electricity into the night. Sener stated it used its own central receiver tower and molten salt heat storage technology to design and build Noor plant III. The central receiver with the molten salt storage system will allow Noor III to supply clean energy to 120,000 households and save 130,000 tons of CO2 per year. According to Power Technology, both Noor II and Noor III plants will help offset 533,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.“The high performance of this technology … allows to manage the solar energy in absence of solar radiation and respond to the grid’s demand,” reads Sener’s statement.The molten salt storage enables Noor III to produce electricity for 7.5 hours without the sun. Noor III “is composed of a solar field of 7,400 heliostats HE54 that point the Sun radiation towards a receiver located on the top of the tower, at a height of 250 m.”The HE54 heliostat was designed and patented by Sener. It has a greater reflective surface of 178.5 square meters with a precise solar hydraulic tracker system.Heliostat is an apparatus containing a movable mirror, used to reflect sunlight toward a predetermined direction.HE35 heliosat – SenerSener was founded in 1956 and has more than 2,500 professionals in its centers in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. Sener has been involved in 29 solar plants in Spain, the US, South Africa, and Morocco. Sener’s solar plants have an installed capacity of more than 2,000 megawatts and more than 1 million tons of CO2 emissions a year.In 2017, the group’s operating revenue exceeded €766 million.
The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today attended the sixth meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism, which also includes representatives from the Sudanese Government and the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), to further discuss the world body’s support package for the African troops who are trying to bring peace to war-ravaged Darfur.Separately, UNMIS reports that earlier this week about 300 Maaliya militiamen attacked a village in south Darfur, with unconfirmed reports stating that 7 people were killed and 4 injured. In west Darfur, the Mission said that eight more families of internally displaced people (IDPs) had recently arrived in El Geneina after fleeing militia attacks.Today’s meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism was told that more of the UN civilian staff provided for as part of the world body’s light support package to AMIS have been recruited and are presently in Khartoum. They will be deployed shortly to support AMIS, both in Khartoum and in El Fasher, the capital of north Darfur.The UN light support package provides for the deployment of 105 military staff officers, 33 civilian police officers, and 48 civilian staff. So far, 49 UN military staff officers, 32 UN civilian police officers and 4 UN civilian staff have been deployed to support AMIS in El Fasher and Khartoum.The package also includes equipment for AMIS, which has now been delivered, except for 168 night vision goggles out of the 360 authorized. The Tripartite Mechanism will hold its next meeting on 7 March at AMIS Headquarters in Khartoum.Speaking in an interview with UN Radio at the weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern about the situation in Darfur, decrying the “massive human sufferings” in the region, where at least 200,000 people have been killed and 2 million others displaced from their homes since 2003. Mr. Ban said in talks with his Special Envoy, Jan Eliasson, Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir “promised he would send his reply as soon as possible” on the planned deployment of a hybrid UN-African Union force for Darfur. In the meantime, Mr. Ban stressed the importance of helping the people of the region, where some 4 million civilians rely on assistance to survive. 21 February 2007The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today attended the sixth meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism, which also includes representatives from the Sudanese Government and the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), to further discuss the world body’s support package for the African troops who are trying to bring peace to war-ravaged Darfur.
The Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, was in the region to enhance dialogue and technical cooperation between the governments of Central Asia and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and to follow-up Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s visit to the area last October.In Turkmenistan from 13 to 15 March, Mr. Ramcharan met with a number of high-ranking officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Education, and with representatives of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.Mr. Ramcharan discussed with the leaders the submission of overdue reports to the UN human rights panels on efforts to implement international human rights conventions, noting that Turkmenistan had submitted none of the reports due under the covenants it had ratified. Recently, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) considered the situation in the country without a report, and had recommended that the Government avail itself of technical assistance from the OHCHR.During his visit, Mr. Ramcharan also went to the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights and discussed possible areas of cooperation with the Institute’s leadership. In meetings with the Chairman of the Supreme Court, he discussed the idea of a conference for senior judges on international human rights law. He also explored the idea of stationing a human rights expert in the UN’s country office to work on human rights projects, including human rights education.Prompted by a number of written submissions from international organizations and international non-governmental organizations about serious human rights violations said to be taking place in Turkmenistan, Mr. Ramcharan also met with local civil society leaders. They told him about what they considered grave deficiencies in the rule of law, abuses by law enforcement officials, the absence of opposition parties, and incidents of torture. They also voiced concerns on the right to education.For his part, the Deputy High Commissioner called for full compliance with the principles of due process and fair trial, and suggested that the Government invite the UN’s top legal affairs experts to visit the country. He also suggested that the Government consider allowing visits from the UN’s top experts on torture, the right to education, and racial discrimination to look into the serious concerns raised by local leaders.During his trip to Central Asia, which began on 4 March, Mr. Ramcharan also made stops in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, as well as a brief stopover in Azerbaijan.
A yoga teacher who stepped into the road while looking at her mobile phone has won damages from the cyclist who struck her.A judge ruled that even though Gemma Brushett, 28, was distracted when she was hit by Robert Hazeldean, the cyclist was still liable – declaring: “Cyclists must be prepared at all times for people to behave in unexpected ways.”Ms Brushett, from Kent, was knocked out when the pair collided near London Bridge on July 20 2015 as she crossed the road with other pedestrians during rush hour.She was looking at her mobile phone when crossing the road from east to west, and only noticed Mr Hazeldean approaching at the last moment.She “panicked” and tried to dodge back to a traffic island, but the cyclist, who had been travelling at between 10-15mph, swerved in the same direction and hit her.Mr Hazeldean had come through a green traffic light, and had sounded a loud airhorn attached to his Specialized roadbike, as well as shouting, swerving and braking in a bid to avoid the pedestrian.Ms Brushett’s lawyers told the judge that she could not remember anything about the crash due to “post traumatic amnesia”. Ms Brushett was knocked out in the collision in 2015Credit:Champion News Mr Hazeldean, a graphic designer, was also knocked out by the impact on his commute home. Three other pedestrian witnesses backed him, telling police that Ms Brushett was “not looking where she was going” and that “the cyclist was not at fault”.Judge Shanti Mauger, sitting at Central London County Court, said the cyclist was “a calm and reasonable road user” who was “courteous and mild-mannered”.But she went on to find that Ms Brushett deserved a payout, saying Mr Hazeldean “owed a duty to other road users to drive with reasonable care and skill.” She said: “Even where a motorist or cyclist had the right of way, pedestrians who are established on the road have right of way.”Mr Hazeldean did fall below the level to be expected of a reasonably competent cyclist in that he did proceed when the road was not completely clear.”Making a ruling that both parties were equally responsible, she said Ms Brushett should get half the full value of her claim, which was undisclosed.The case will return to court at a later date for costs and damages figures to be fixed.. She subsequently launched a bid for compensation, blaming Mr Hazeldean, who now lives in southern France, for the accident. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Arch Coal Senior Vice President of Strategy and Public Policy Deck Slone last week presented Arch Coal’s initial comments on the proposed Stream Protection Rule (SPR) to the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) at a listening session in Denver. “Six years ago, OSM viewed the stream protection rule as a ‘minor regulation’ pertaining strictly to surface mining in steep terrain,” Slone said. “Somewhere along the way, the rule ballooned into a 1,240-page document that expands the scope to every segment of the industry – East and West, surface and underground.”“Given this massive expansion, the first thing the industry needs is more time,” Slone continued. “OSM took six years to write the rule, but it’s only giving stakeholders 60 days to figure out what it all means. We have just completed our first, cursory review, and still have far more questions than answers.”Slone also questioned the need for such a sweeping rule. “As OSM has made clear, the states are doing an excellent job of minimising off-site impacts, and the trend is improving,” he said. “In fact, 90% of all mines are free of even minor offsite impacts – up from 86% four years ago. In the Powder River Basin, the story is even better, with 100% of all sites impact-free.”Slone also questioned OSM’s decision to exclude the states, the primary permitting and enforcement authority under the law, from participating in the rule’s development.“The states should be outraged by this intrusion into their business and, as a matter of fact, they are,” Slone said. “As part of the rule-making process, OSM agreed to consult with 10 delegated states in constructing the rule; nine of those states resigned in protest, after OSM failed to involve them in even the most rudimentary fashion. We believe a more open and collaborative process is essential, and urge OSM to start now – by taking industry and state feedback seriously during the comment period.”While Slone reiterated the need for more time to analyse the rule, he highlighted several areas of concern.“Despite its enormous size, the rule is actually far too ambiguous in key respects,” he said. “For instance, it effectively grants OSM blanket authority to deny a permit based on any change in hydrology the agency deems ‘material,’ without defining what ‘material’ actually means. It’s simply not reasonable to expect companies to plan and make investment decisions based on such vague regulatory language – particularly when that language provides such fertile ground for citizens’ suits.”“To put it bluntly, the mine permitting process is already expensive, complex and protracted – and OSM is seeking to inject itself still further into the regulatory tangle. On top of that, the proposed rule effectively grants the US Fish & Wildlife Service unilateral veto authority over every permit. Giving a single agency such broad authority threatens to derail the process altogether.”Finally, OSM has asked for comment on whether the rule should also apply to ephemeral streams – drainage channels that only carry water during rain events. The answer is unequivocally “no,” according to Slone.“The Powder River Basin is one of the nation’s most strategic energy resources,” Slone said. “The addition of ephemeral streams to the proposed SPR threatens to sterilize vast sections of the basin while compromising the economics of the remainder. There is simply no basis for extending still further the already massive reach of this new rule.”“We ask OSM to consider the significant improvements to water quality achieved during the six years it took to write the proposed rule, and decide if implementing a regulation with such widespread impacts – and without productive participation from key stakeholders – is the common-sense solution it seeks,” Slone concluded.Arch Coal is one of the world’s top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, serving customers on five continents. Its network of mining complexes is the most diversified in the US, spanning every major coal basin in the nation. Arch controls more than 5,000 Mt of high-quality metallurgical and thermal coal reserves, with access to major railroads, inland waterways and a growing number of seaborne trade channels.The National Mining Association (NMA) has also joined the debate with President and CEO Hal Quinn issuing the following comments on the SPR. “The SPR is a massive regulation in search of a purpose, one that is entirely about politics, not stream protection. The OSM is trying hard to maintain its relevance in the face of exemplary performance by the industry and the state regulators.“These hearings provide the first—albeit limited—opportunity for OSM to address important questions about its massive regulatory rewrite.“Is this rule about new science as OSM claims, or is it about new politics, as the agency suggested when it said in 2010, ‘We already decided to change the rule following the change in administration on January 20, 2009’?“Is there any actual need for OSM to rewrite 475 regulations? Under existing rules, 90% of all mines have no offsite impacts—with many having no offsite impacts at all—according to the federal agency’s oversight reports.“Is OSM genuinely interested in learning from public comments? The federal agency is invoking a 60/2 format—60 days to file comments on several thousand pages of regulation, and two minutes for statements during the hearings. It appears OSM has already declared the game over—a continuation of its past practice when it shut out the state regulators for over five years during the rulemaking process.“Where does the rule offer any environmental benefit not already provided by other state and federal agencies under the Clean Water Act and other programs that apply to coal mining? OSM dismisses coal job losses because it assumes that they will be off-set by new jobs needed to ensure compliance with this new massive burden. With almost 40% of our electricity originating from American miners, lost coal jobs is not just a miner matter.“If OSM has accomplished anything in this proposal, it is making a compelling case for why the agency is increasingly unnecessary and irrelevant. Under state regulators who administer Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act for 97% of all coal production, off-site impacts have diminished, leaving OSM grasping at the missions of its rival state and federal agencies to feign relevance.“Congress should examine OSM’s budget and take appropriate action.”
The PlayStation Phone has been one of the most consistently rumored devices in tech, but it seems pretty likely that we’ll actually finally see this gadgetological Sasquatch in 2011. Not only have we seen the prototype, but it looks very likely that the device will be revealed at February’s Mobile World Congress.Add some more kindle to the PlayStation Phone rumor fire. Sony’s Kaz Hirai is now hinting that a PlayStation Phone is in the cards.“We don’t want gamers to be asking, what’s the difference between that [a PS phone] and a PSP… we have to come up with a message that users will understand,” he told The New York Times. “It would have to be a product that keeps the PlayStation’s strengths intact.”As for the future of the PSP, Hirai also hints that earlier reports that the PSP2 would support a multitouch back panel are correct.“Depending on the game, there are ones where you can play perfectly well with a touch panel,” he said, although he still thinks the “immersive” games that are Sony’s focus play better with casual buttons.Unless Sony’s just funning with us, it really looks like they’ve got a hot new device in prototype to wow us with in a couple months time. Color us excited.Read more at New York Times
Séismes : secousse sismique au Mexique et exercice grandeur nature en CalifornieMexique – Un violent séisme a eu lieu en plein milieu du golfe de Californie dans l’ouest mexicain. Fort heureusement, aucune victime n’est à déplorer. Parallèlement, l’État de Californie procédait à un exercice grandeur nature aux Etats-Unis.Un puissant séisme a frappé le Mexique ce vendredi matin. De magnitude 6,9 sur l’échelle de Richter, ce tremblement de terre était situé entre la péninsule de Basse-Californie et l’État de Sinaloa (nord-ouest), a indiqué l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS).À lire aussiUn dangereux geyser de boue impossible à arrêter est en train de traverser la CalifornieL’épicentre a été localisé à 20 km de profondeur sous le golfe de Californie, aussi dénommé mer de Cortes. Dans cette zone, l’activité sismique est permanente. Mardi soir et mercredi matin, la même région avait été secouée par trois séismes de magnitude 5,5 à 5,8, qui n’avaient causé aucun dégât.Alors que ce tremblement de terre avait lieu au Mexique, l’État de Californie mettait en scène au même moment une alerte sismique plus vraie que nature. L’objectif de cet exercice grandeur réelle est de préparer les citoyens de l’État au “Big One”, un séisme prévu par les scientifiques et qui devrait toucher la Californie dans les 30 années à venir. Nommé “Great California Shakeout” (la grande secousse californienne), cet entraînement a fait participer 8 millions d’Américains. Au moment précis où a eu lieu l’alerte, une alarme a retenti dans tout l’État, où les gens ont mis en application les trois règles d’or à suivre en cas de secousse sismique : se baisser, s’abriter et ne plus bouger.La Californie, État le plus peuplé des États-Unis et traversé sur toute sa longueur par la faille de San Andreas, est fréquemment secouée par des secousses sismiques. Un tremblement de terre de magnitude 6,7 avait déjà frappé Los Angeles en 1994, faisant au moins 60 morts, tandis qu’un autre, à San Francisco en 1989, s’était soldé par la mort de 67 personnes.Le 22 octobre 2010 à 12:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
MWC 2012 : Intel jouera la carte Android à fondLe fabricant américain de processeurs sera très présent sur le stand de Google au Mobile World Congress 2012 de Barcelone, le salon des technologies mobiles. Intel a décidé de jouer la carte Android pour le marché des smartphones et tablettes tactiles. Businessmobile explique en effet que le fabricant de processeurs américain sera présent lors du Mobile World Congress 2012 de Barcelone aux côtés de la firme de Mountain View. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ce qui n’étonne pas tant que cela dans la mesure où Google a récemment annoncé que les futures versions d’Android seront optimisées pour les puces Atom basse consommation fabriqués par Intel. Le nouveau type de processeur issu de ces puces, le SoC Medfield, équipera en effet des smartphones et tablettes tactiles qui seront présentés sur le stand Android, permettant ainsi aux développeurs de s’y initier. En décembre dernier, deux prototypes, un smartphone et une tablette avaient déjà fait la preuve de leur efficacité. Il reste néanmoins plusieurs inconnues : le nom des marques et modèles qui seront dévoilés pour lesquels Intel reste muet.Le 16 février 2012 à 09:10 • Maxime Lambert
Migraine : certaines formes augmenteraient le risque cardiovasculaire chez les femmesSelon une étude publiée mardi, les femmes souffrant d’une certaine forme de migraine accompagnée de troubles visuelles auraient un risque trois fois plus élevé que les autres de développer une maladie cardiovasculaire.Alors qu’on estime que plus de 5 millions de personnes souffrent de migraines en France, c’est une conculsion d’importance qui sera prochainement dévoilée à la conférence annuelle del’American Academy of Neurology. Certains formes de migraine seraient liées à un risque cardiovasculaire plus élevé. “Après l’hypertension artérielle, la migraine dite avec “aura” [précédée ou accompagnée notamment d’éblouissement ou de fourmillement dans le visage ou les mains] représente le deuxième plus grand risque de crise cardiaque et d’accident vasculaire cérébral, avant le diabète, le tabagisme et l’obésité”. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, l’étude a été menée pendant 15 ans aux Etats-Unis sur 27.860 femmes, dont 1.435 souffraient de ce type de migraine. D’après les résultats, les résultats ont montré durant cette période 1.030 crises cardiaques, accidents cérébro-vasculaires et décès, explique le Dr Tobias Kurth, de l’Institut français de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm) à Bordeaux (France). Selon lui, environ 15% des femmes aux Etats-Unis comme en France souffrent de ce type de migraine.M. Kurth qui est également chercheur au Brigham and Women’s Hospital à Boston et le principal auteur de l’étude précise que ce risque a été de 7,9 pour mille par an dans le groupe des femmes souffrant de migraine avec aura, comparativement à 2,41 pour mille chez les autres, soit 3,27 fois plus. Quant aux femmes souffrant d’hypertension artérielle mais pas de ce type de migraine, le risque cardiovasculaire et de décès est de 9,8 pour mille par an.Un risque qui peut être réduit par une bonne hygiène de vie À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, le nombre de femmes ayant une migraine avec aura qui ont une crise cardiaque ou une attaque cérébrale reste relativement faible, a souligné le Dr Kurth cité par l’AFP. De plus, ce risque peut encore être réduit en adoptant une hygiène de vie correcte, c’est à dire en faisant régulièrement de l’exercice physique, en ne fumant pas et en contrôlant régulièrement sa tension artérielle et son poids.Une seconde étude elle aussi publiée mardi, révèle que les femmes présentant des migraines avec aura et prenant en plus des contraceptifs hormonaux ont plus de risque de formation de caillot sanguin (7,6%) que celles ayant d’autres formes de migraine (6,3%). Une recherche qui serait encore plus significative car elle a porté sur plus de 145.304 femmes (dont 2.691 avaient une migraine avec aura et 3.437 d’autres formes de céphalées).Le 16 janvier 2013 à 19:04 • Maxime Lambert
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office is sponsoring three workshops this week in Southwest Washington for current and prospective entrepreneurs looking for business assistance.The first of these “Entrepreneurship Workshops” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Fort Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. in Vancouver. Other workshops are scheduled for Thursday in Chehalis and Kelso. Information about those events is available at Herrera Beutler’s website.Representatives will be on hand from the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers, SCORE — an education and mentorship nonprofit association supported by the SBA — local colleges and community lending institutions. Topics will include gaining access to capital, understanding business tax structure, and utilizing social media in marketing.The events are free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.