New hydrological station will help manage Afghan water resources – UN agency

26 March 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped open a new hydrological station at a dam near the Afghan capital, Kabul, as part of its joint efforts with the country’s authorities to better manage water resources in Afghanistan. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped open a new hydrological station at a dam near the Afghan capital, Kabul, as part of its joint efforts with the country’s authorities to better manage water resources in Afghanistan.The station, at Qargha Dam, is one of a network of 174 hydrological stations and 60 snow gauges and meteorological stations being erected around Afghanistan to measure water levels, precipitation, temperature and water quality.The network of stations, a joint effort of FAO, the World Bank and the national Ministry of Energy and Water, is designed to assist in the planning of water supply, irrigation and hydropower projects, as well as in the mitigation of possible droughts and the operation of reservoirs.FAO engineers attending yesterday’s formal opening stressed that Afghanistan – which is slowly trying to recover after decades of war and misrule – can have no food security without water security. A lack of reliable water supplies hampers Afghanistan’s rural economy and can lead to increased rural poverty.FAO said that aside from the building of the new station, Qargha Dam itself went through partial reconstruction work. The dam serves as a popular recreation site for Kabul residents and also provides water for the western part of the city and for 2,000 hectares of land. read more

DR Congo UN official visits new military operation to ensure civilian protection

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in DRC Alan Doss met with the governor of North Kivu province, scene of some of the most fierce recent fighting, military and civilian officials of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, know as MONUC, UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the progress of the new operation, called Amani Leo, launched earlier this month.It replaces Operation Kimia II, supported by the UN with helicopter lifts, medical evacuation, fuel, rations and firepower to keep rebels in North and South Kivu provinces from reclaiming areas previously under its control, during which Congolese soldiers are alleged to have committed massacres and gang-rapes.In December, Mr. Ban said MONUC had suspended logistical and other support for national army units when there were sufficient grounds to believe their operations would violate human rights.“The protection of civilians and the means to reinforce this, particularly within the context of operation Amani Leo were at the heart of Mr. Doss’s talks with officials in Goma [North Kivu’s capital],” MONUC said in a news release.“Steps have been take to ensure that, within the execution of this operation, the aspects linked to this protection are in full conformity with the terms of Resolution 1906,” it added, referring to the Security Council resolution of 23 December last year, which called on UN peacekeepers to “use all necessary means” to protect civilians from threats from any party. The main target of both operations has been the mainly Rwandan Hutu rebel group known as FDLR, and a MONUC news release earlier this month said Amani Leo’s “principal objectives are to protect civilian populations, clear strategic areas of negative forces, hold territory liberated from FDLR control, and assist in restoring State authority in these zones.”Mr. Doss visited former FDLR fighters who have recently emerged from the forests and laid down their arms under a MONUC programme for demobilization, repatriation and reintegration. They told him many of their fellow rebels want to join them but it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to desert because of the reinforced surveillance by their commanders.Mr. Doss assured them that MONUC would spare no effort in facilitating the demobilization of FDLR fighters and their dependents with Mani Leo’s multidimensional framework. So far 1,500 former fighters and 2,000 dependents have been repatriated.Since its inception 10 years MONUC, with a current strength of some 22,000 military and police personnel, has seen a return to relative stability in much of the vast country, culminating in the first democratic elections in more than 40 years. But fierce fighting has persisted in the east, particularly in North and South Kivu, where Hutu militants blamed for the Rwandan genocide of 1994 have fled, compounding hostilities in a region already beset by ethnic tensions. 19 January 2010The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been visiting the war-torn east of the vast country for talks on reinforcing the protection of civilians within the context of a new anti-rebel operation launched by the national army with UN support. read more

Media General Young Broadcasting to combine TV operations in allstock deal

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 12:08 pm MDT Media General, Young Broadcasting to combine TV operations in all-stock deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RICHMOND, Va. – Broadcast companies Media General Inc. and New Young Broadcasting Holding Co. said Thursday that they are combining to create a company that will operate 30 TV stations in 27 markets including San Francisco, Nashville, Tenn., and Richmond, Va.The companies said the all-stock deal will give Young shareholders majority ownership, but Media General will initially have the majority of board seats. The headquarters will be in Richmond, where Media General is currently based. Media General will be the name of the combined company. George Mahoney, its president and CEO, will keep that role in the new company.The new Media General is expected keep the ticker symbol “MEG” on the New York Stock Exchange.Media General’s stock increased more than 22 per cent after the announcement. Young, which is based in Nashville, doesn’t currently trade publicly.Media General sold its newspapers last year to focus on broadcasting. It currently owns 18 network-affiliated stations, including WFLA in Tampa, Fla., while Young owns or operates 12, including KRON in San Francisco. After the combination, expected around September or October, the stations will include 11 with CBS, nine with NBC and seven with ABC. The combined company will also run websites and other digital services affiliated with those stations.The companies say that by combining, the stations will be more geographically diverse and will be in more markets that have strong ad revenue from political campaigns. Having more stations will also give the companies more bargaining power when buying rights to broadcast syndicated shows, selling broadcast and digital ads and collecting fees from cable and satellite TV providers to carry their stations on customers’ lineups.The companies also expect a stronger credit profile, allowing the new company to refinance debt at lower interest rates. At the end of March, Media General had $601 million in debt and Young had $164 million.On a pro forma basis, which typically excludes one-time items, Young’s current shareholders will own 67.5 per cent of the new company, and Media General’s current shareholders the rest.As part of the deal, Media General will reclassify each share of its Class A and Class B common stock into one share of a newly created class of Media General common stock. Owners of the new shares will be able to elect all of Media General’s directors. Class B owners will give up their right to directly elect 70 per cent of the board.The new company’s board will initially consist of Media General’s nine current directors and Young’s current five board members. After next year’s annual shareholders meeting, however, the board will be reduced in size, with only five of the current Media General directors and the five from Young. An 11th person will be selected by a five-person nominating committee weighed in Young’s favour.The boards of both companies have approved the deal, as have Young’s shareholders. It is subject to approval from Media General shareholders and from regulators. A vote has yet to be scheduled.Media General’s stations are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Young’s are in California, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.Shares of Media General rose $1.61 to $8.91 in midday trading Thursday. The stock has traded in the 52-week range of $3.39 to $10.17. read more

Loblaw beats on earnings amid historically high competition in groceries

Competition in the Canadian grocery industry has reached a “historically high” level that is likely to remain unabated in the foreseeable future, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) said Wednesday as the country’s largest supermarket chain reported lower first-quarter net earnings but easily beat expectations on adjusted profit.“Looking ahead, in our core grocery operations, we see very little relief from the intensely competitive environment in which we operate,” Loblaw president Vicente Trius said in a conference call with analysts.Trius said Loblaw is looking to the rest of 2014 “with caution” as it takes into account a number of headwinds, including higher gasoline prices, a lower loonie and an increase in the minimum wage in Ontario, not to mention the deflationary pressure from prescription drug reforms.Loblaw reported a 40 per cent drop in net earnings in its first quarter, mainly due to financing charges. Net earnings came in at $103 million or 37 cents per share, compared with $171 million or 61 cents per share in the same quarter of 2013.However, adjusted net profits increased to $139 million or 49 cents in the first quarter, a 3.7 per cent hike from $134 million or 48 cents in the same period a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected net income of $122 million, or 46 cents per share, on $7.32 billion of revenues, according estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.Slightly higher revenues in its financial services division, President’s Choice Financial, helped boost revenues 1.2 per cent to $7.29 billion in the three-month period ended March 22. This compared with $7.2 billion in the same quarter in 2013.The earnings gave the grocer confidence to increase its quarterly dividend by about 2.1 per cent to 24.5 cents per common share.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Loblaw shares closed up $1.85 or 4.04 per cent at $47.65 Wednesday.In facing the competitive pressures, Trius said Loblaws would continue to work on differentiating itself from rivals, including Sobeys, owned by Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A), Metro (TSX:MRU), Walmart and newcomer Target.“We will have to remain extremely vigilant and on strategy to continue to deliver improved year-over-year comps, but we are comfortable we can do this with our balanced energy,” he said.A lower loonie against the U.S. dollar pressured the grocer to raise prices on certain foods in the quarter, particularly produce, and on beef and pork, which is facing a shortage in North America. The meat shortage has also had a “cascade effect,” raising demand for chicken and deli meats. Trius said challenges in salmon and shrimp fisheries have also resulted in some inflation.But it expects inflation to have stabilized for the year.Loblaw said its drugstore business was impacted in the last quarter with a general decline in the use of generic drugs and a drop in the value of reimbursement rates for generic drugs as a result of ongoing regulatory reform.In its financial services segment, Loblaw said revenue for the first quarter increased by 9.1 per cent compared with the first quarter of 2013, driven by higher interest income from credit card receivable balances and an increase in interest income yield, and higher other service fee related income.It said its implementation of an expanded loyalty program, PC Plus, has shown a marked improvement in sales. The program currently has more than five million members, with half of them registered online. In Ontario, about 40 per cent of sales at all of its grocery banners are by PC Plus members.“Our PC plus members make more trips, buy bigger baskets and shop more categories,” said Trius.Trius noted that this will be the last quarter Loblaw will report without any results from its recently-completed $12.4-billion acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.As the transition moves ahead, customers can expect to see more integration between the two companies, with President’s Choice products being sold in Shoppers and Life brand products available on Loblaw shelves. Shoppers will also help Loblaw complement its offering in the health and beauty sector.Trius said Loblaw has also seen positive indicators from its e-commerce efforts with clothing line Joe Fresh seeing online sales were double those in-store in the last quarter.The grocer has been experimenting with ways to set itself apart from competitors, including an expansion of its e-commerce platform with a pilot “click-and-collect” program at three of its Toronto stores. The option, which is popular in the U.K., allows shoppers to buy food online and later pick up their order at the store.It’s also adding fresh juice bars in 100 of its locations in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and Quebec this spring and will be a cost-effective way to use up fruit from its supermarkets.Loblaw has said its main goal remains an emphasis on its fresh foods offering, by increasing its assortment, merchandising and sourcing efforts to bring more customers into the stores.Besides, its main grocery store business, Loblaw also operates the clothing line Joe Fresh and the real estate trust Choice Properties and acquired the drug store chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, a deal finalized last month. It also owns 22 different banners, including Independent, Zehrs, Superstore, Wholesale Club, Value-mart, No Frills, Maxi, Loblaws and Provigo.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. Loblaw beats on earnings amid ‘historically high’ competition in groceries by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2014 5:20 am MDT A shopper walks in Loblaws flagship location in the old Maple Leafs Garden in Toronto on May 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim read more

Air pollution now linked to 1 in 8 deaths worldwide UN health

Air pollution – both indoor and outdoor – killed some 7 million people across the globe in 2012, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk, according to new figures released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).“The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes,” said Maria Neira, Director of WHO’s Department for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Few risks have a greater impact on global health today than air pollution; the evidence signals the need for concerted action to clean up the air we all breathe,” Dr. Neira added.In particular, the new data, which cites air pollution as the cause of one in eight global deaths, reveals a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.“Cleaning up the air we breathe prevents noncommunicable diseases as well as reduces disease risks among women and vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly,” Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General Family, Women and Children’s Health said. “Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves.”Analysing the risk factors, taking into account revisions in methodology, WHO estimates indoor air pollution was linked to 4.3 million deaths in 2012 in households cooking over coal, wood and biomass stoves. The new estimate is explained by better information about pollution exposures among the estimated 2.9 billion people living in homes using wood, coal or dung as their primary cooking fuel, as well as evidence about air pollution’s role in the development of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancers.In the case of outdoor air pollution, the agency estimates there were 3.7 million deaths in 2012 from urban and rural sources worldwide. The most air pollution-related deaths occurred in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific, according to WHO, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and some 2.6 million related to outdoor pollution.Many people are exposed to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Due to this overlap, mortality attributed to the two sources cannot simply be added together, hence the total estimate of around 7 million deaths in 2012.“Excessive air pollution is often a by-product of unsustainable policies in sectors such as transport, energy, waste management and industry. In most cases, healthier strategies will also be more economical in the long term due to health-care cost savings as well as climate gains,” Carlos Dora, WHO Coordinator for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health said. “WHO and health sectors have a unique role in translating scientific evidence on air pollution into policies that can deliver impact and improvements that will save lives,” Dr. Dora added.The release of today’s data is a step in the development of a WHO roadmap for preventing diseases related to air pollution. This involves the development of a WHO-hosted global platform on air quality and health to generate better data on air pollution-related diseases and strengthened support to countries and cities through guidance, information and evidence about health gains from key interventions. read more

Population ageing and decline key focus as UN Commission opens 50th annual

Meanwhile, due to a relatively slow decline in rates of fertility, many parts of Africa will retain a young population for decades to come, he said. Nevertheless, as the birth rate continues to fall due in part to continuing investments in sexual and reproductive health, there will be an opportunity for a “demographic dividend.” As the relatively large youth cohorts of today enter the labour force of tomorrow, they will be responsible, on average, for a smaller number of children requiring their support, while the size of the older population will still be relatively small, he said. If this future population of workers is empowered by having access to health care, education and opportunities for employment, countries will be in a good position to reap the full benefit of the favourable demographic situation caused by the temporary bulge in the age distribution as it passes through the working ages, he added. In a statement delivered by his Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who said that progress in providing access to education and to sexual and reproductive health-care services, especially for girls and women, has improved the lives of women and children, and has led to falling birth rates in many countries. “When this trend is accompanied by investments in human capital, espcially for youth, a demographic dividend can result, accelerating a country’s economic growth,” he said. That dividend can be further enhanced with increased labour force participation by women, who must be empowered and afforded the same education and employment opportunities as men, Mr. Guterres said, stressing that men also must do their part, by sharing in household work and caregiving responsibilities. The former head of the UN refugee agency said that international migration can also help address the challenges of population ageing, by adding workers to the population and reducing the average age, encouraging all governments to facilitate migration that is safe, orderly and regular. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial hub, is considered one of the fastest growing urban centres in the region, with a population that has been growing rapidly for more than a decade. Photo: Hendri Lombard/World Bank “Population ageing and population decline have now become key issues for a growing number of Member States,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo told the opening segment of the Commission on Population and Development’s fiftieth annual session, which will run at UN Headquarters through 7 April. He also noted that with global fertility at, or even below, fertility level, international migration “is becoming the main driver of population change for a number of countries.” Noting that demographic trends and population policies have evolved over the past decades, Mr. Wu stressed the important role of the Commission. John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said that continued success in reducing death rates, including among older persons and for deaths due to heart disease, cancer and other causes previously considered intractable, has contributed to the further ageing of the world’s population. He said that between 2015 and 2050, the population aged 65 or older in Europe will increase from 23 to 28 per cent. In North America, the corresponding percentage will rise from 18 to 23 per cent. By 2050, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania will all have more than 18 per cent of their populations at ages 65 and above. In ageing societies, social protection mechanisms, pension systems and health care programmes are being adjusted and strengthened. Women’s participation in the workforce is being supported more than ever before, and some countries are slowly pushing up the age of retirement. VIDEO: A lot has changed in the world over the past 70 years. The Commission on Population and Development was there for all these changes. In this video, key players look back to the important events and milestones in population research throughout the years.Today’s opening session also featured a keynote address by EliyaZulu, Executive Director of the African Institute for Development Policy in Nairobi, on the topic of “Changing age structures and sustainable development in youthful societies. In 2018, the General Assembly will convene an intergovernmental conference on international migration for adopting a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The Commission on Population and Development may choose as its theme for its session in 2018 “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.” read more

South Crofty to breathe life back into Cornish mining with gold and

first_imgSouth Crofty and Cornwall in general mean a lot to hard rock mining people from England. The county was the world’s leading metal producer back in the 1860s. So, its good to hear from Barry Wills that Europe’s last working tin mine, which closed 12 years ago, is on the brink of reopening as a polymetallic mine, working orebodies containing copper, zinc, silver, lithium and indium, as well as tin. Nowthe mine’s owners, Western United Mines, announced a potentially lucrative new source of income – gold assaying abouth 1.6 g/t.Wills reports that it is “a fascinating and highly complex project. The old South Crofty tin mine worked, in most cases, narrow veins of tin ore in the granite country rock, but exploration of the surrounding killas, a term for highly metamorphosed sedimentary and volcanic rocks, which underlies two thirds of Cornwall, had not, until now, been carried out.“The present historic resource consists of 53 identified potential orebodies in the South Crofty area, containing varying amounts of copper, zinc, silver, indium, tungsten and uranium, and now gold, as well as, of course, tin.“There are also lithium brines in the groundwater, which may be exploited not only for this light metal, but also for its heat; the high geothermal gradient could mean that the mine water has potential for sale to local housing and industries for heating purposes.”Drill cores are analysed every 100 mm by a portable InnovX XRF analyser. The next stage is a complete assay of the core samples, which will be undertaken using the Camborne School of Mines extensive facilities, including XRD, ion probe and QEMSCAN.Western United may well treat ore underground using some form of modular processing plant. Such keyhole plants have been installed in the Central Rand gold mine in South Africa. The shallow orebodies in this district of Cornwall are found as shallow as 40 m from the surface so decline ramps are ideally suited for this purpose. The target is to mine around 2,500 t/d from two to three satellite deposits and pump the bulk concentrate from the keyhole processing plants to a surface storage facility where tankers will transport the crude mixed concentrate to a central processing plant at the South Crofty site for separation into saleable concentrates or metal.last_img read more

Cerrejón struggling but hopeful of meeting 2013 coal output target

first_imgColombia’s top coal producer and one of the top exporting companies in the world Cerrejón (a JV between Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata) has said that meeting its 2013 production target of 34 Mt will be difficult after a month long strike earlier this year and guerrilla attacks on its railway. Juan Carlos Restrepo spokesman said “We have had with the strike, blockages and attacks, a number of interruptions to the supply of coal. We are able to recover some of the lost time but with more things happening it gets harder to reach it,” adding that Cerrejón was still optimistic it could still reach its 2013 target, Reuters reported.Last month, eight representatives of the Board Directors of the Regional Autonomous Corporation of La Guajira – Corpoguajira visited Cerrejón facilities to witness the progress and results of the Company’s environmental management.During the tour, the officials visited the open pits of Patilla and Oreganal where they had the opportunity to see the fog cannon system in operation, an additional measure recently implemented to mitigate the levels of particulate matter generated by the mining operation. They also visited the reclaimed lands in the backfilling of the Expanded West pit where they praised the work of preparation and rehabilitation of the area.“The commitment of the company to the region is evident. As an environmental authority we must work hand in hand with Cerrejón looking out that it complies with regulations. These visits help to close our ties,” said representative of ONG ambientales, Harold Mindiola, to the Board of Corpoguajira.As part of the agenda Cerrejón presented its projects, ensuring transparency of processes and compliance with social and environmental regulations in force.“This visit confirmed Cerrejón’s compliance with environmental standards. The company shows once again acceptance with all obligations that the corporation has imposed on natural resources management. We reaffirm that what they show is a reality and the information provided is accurate,” said the President’s representative at Corpoguajira Executive Council, Álvaro Gnecco.Meanwhile Roberto Junguito, President of Cerrejón, discussed their concerns about the company’s processes with the group of officials. “We are committed to monitoring our activities in the region, we work hand in hand and permanently track all permitting processes we must follow to pursue mining responsibly” he said.last_img read more

EHF VELUX F4 Barcelona to play 12th EHF CL final after defeating

← Previous Story PHOTO: Fans are ready for VELUX EHF F4! Next Story → Outstanding Duvnjak lead HSV to the Final! The players of Barcelona are the first finalists of this years’ EHF VELUX Final Four in Koln. In the first semi-final, they have beaten Vive Kielce, a team that has no reason to be unhappy – they had their best season ever in club history, but in this semi-final had to concede to a better Barcelona team. Barcelona were having slight lead throughout most of the game, and at half time took 13:10 lead. Same continued in the first half 15 minutes of the game, however since the 45th minute it was Barcelona’s best run, as they made it quickly to +4 and then +5 and +6, Bogdan Wenta‘s strategy of using 7th player instead of the goalkeeper failing, and Barcelona using this for easy goals. In the end Barcelona won with 28:23, a well-deserved victory, and they will be playing tomorrow their 12the EHF Champions League final in club history against the winner of the second semi-final between THW Kiel and HSV Hamburg.Siarhei Rutenka was superb for Barcelona, being the top scorer of the game with 8 goals, while Juanin Garcia scored 5 goals. BarcelonaBogdan WentaEHF Champions LeagueEHF Final FourJuanin GarciaSiarhei Rutenkavive kielce read more

Pokémon Go Implicated in Russian Election Interference

first_img This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker CommandsHackers Had More Than 1,000 DNA Test Kits Mailed to Random People Stay on target Whoa, boy does this story just keep going. Alright, if you’re not up to speed, it’s well-known now that the Russian government ran a massive misinformation campaign in an attempt to sway and divide the American public on key political issues before the 2016 presidential election. This is separate from the election machine hack attempts, as well as the intrusions detected throughout various agencies and the like, marking one of the largest and most wide-spread cyberattacks in… well… ever. And now, it seems, that our old friend Pokémon Go got hit.CNN reports that one campaign took the guise of the Black Lives Matter movement to exploit racial tension in the American public. The group used just about every social media platform imaginable including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter as well as the Pokémon Go app.Known as “Don’t Shoot Us,” the campaign was organized by Russian agents linked to the Kremlin-based group, the Internet Research Agency. The IRA is a well-known “troll farm” and ground zero for some of Russia’s more obnoxious attempts at media manipulation.The campaign appeared to have two purposes. First, it leveraged the imagery of Black Lives Matter, as well as victims of police brutality to both buttress the movement and presented the group as a growing threat to those already fearful of black activism.The various social media accounts were laid out in such a way as to encourage users to fall down a rabbit hole, progressively psyching the person up — either to protest police brutality, or to demand action be taken against protestors.Videos posted to YouTube, for instance, included various tapes — both from bodycams and amateur video — showing police brutality. They were viewed hundreds of thousands of times.On the Pokemon Go front, “Don’t Shoot Us” launched a contest for the augmented reality game, encouraging users to go to the real-world locations of incidents of police brutality. Then the campaign told players to name their digital pets after victims. One post showed a Pokemon named “Eric Garner,” the victim of one of the more disturbing acts of recent police violence. Garner, unarmed, was placed in an illegal chokehold by New York Police and died as a result, with the medical examiner ruling the death a homicide.There’s no evidence thus far that any Pokemon Go players actually attempted to enter the contest, though the stated reward was Amazon gift cards.” It’s clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission,” developer Niantic told CNN in a statement.“It is important to note that Pokémon GO, as a platform, was not and cannot be used to share information between users in the app, so our platform was in no way being used,” the company added. “This ‘contest’ required people to take screenshots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game. Niantic will consider our response as we learn more.”Local activist groups like those in Minnesota saw through the ruse and distanced themselves from the campaign.“We frequently support Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations,” Brandon Long, the state party chair for the Green Party of Minnesota told CNN. “We know pretty much all the organizers in town and that page wasn’t recognized by anyone.”Others dubbed it a “total troll job.”Even so, it’s unnerving to see how extensive these attempts were. And, combined with new threats like those we’ve seen in the Ukraine recently, things might get a lot worse before they get better.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Police release 911 call of alleged Tamarac DUI fatal accident

first_img911 Operator: “How many people in the black Honda?”Caller: “Uh… (inaudible) How many people are in there? One.”Acevedo is accused off running a red light on West McNab Road and 70th Avenue in Tamarac, Sunday, and slammed into another car.The driver of the other car, 18-year-old Nicolas Garcia, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he later died.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) — Police have released the 911 call after, they said, a drunk driver slammed into a car killing a teenager.7News was on the scene as 40-year-old Conan Acevedo posted his $50,000 bond, Monday night.Multiple people called 911, including Acevedo:911 operator: “911, what’s your emergency?”Caller: “Yeah, I’m on Northwest 70th Avenue and McNab Road ,and I just hit somebody.”911 operator: “OK sir, are there any injuries? Do we need an ambulance sir?”Caller: “Yes, yes, we do need an ambulance.” last_img read more

Angela Aguilar Aida Cuevas Natalia Lafourcade Sang A Powerful Rendition Of La

first_img Prev Next Email Angela Aguilar, Aida Cuevas & Natalia Lafourcade Sang A Powerful Rendition Of “La Llorona” At The 2019 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 61st GRAMMY Awards Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Facebook 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs The three women graced the stage immediately prior to the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBSRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 3:32 pm Three immensely talented women took the 2019 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony stage on Sunday, Feb. 10: 15-year-old nominee Angela Aguilar, who is nominated for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, took the stage with Aida Cuevas and Natalia Lafourcade performed “La Llorona” (translated to “The Weeping Woman.” Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist In Latin American folklore, “La Llorona” is said to be the ghost of a woman who lost her children and cries while searching for them in the river, which ultimately causes misfortune to those who are near or hear her. “Ranchera music does something to you that I don’t think a lot of genres can do,” Aguilar told the Recording Academy in an exclusive interview. “Some songs are made to listen to in the background, some songs are [made] just to dance to, some songs are [made for you] to feel something and I feel like almost every ranchera song is made for you to feel something.”Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Angela Aguilar On Her Culture And Family LegacyWatch the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS. 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Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards last_img read more

Singleinlet electric vehicle charging to showcase in LA

first_img Citation: Single-inlet electric vehicle charging to showcase in LA (2012, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Big names in global car manufacturers have announced a common method for charging electric vehicles. The companies are in agreement with a common charging technology for use on electric vehicles in Europe and the United States. The new method will provide special convenience by enabling car owners to charge their EVs using AC or DC from a single inlet. The charging system will allow for both alternating current and faster direct current charging on the same port. Another feature of the new system is that the charge can be done in faster time; a battery charge will take only 15 to 20 minutes. Explore further Seven auto manufacturers collaborate on harmonized electric vehicle fast charging solution Audi, General Motors, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, and Volkswagen are the automakers who support the technology, which will be showcased next week at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) in Los Angeles, from May 6 to May 9.The first vehicles to use the system are expected next year. Vehicles are already in development that will be capable of using the new system. The charging solution is titled “DC Fast Charging with a Combined Charging System” or Combined Charging System, for short. An EVS statement says this is a step forward in reducing complexity with its combined AC and DC charging. “One vehicle inlet, one control logic, one communication path, and one electric architecture.” The LA event will show vehicles and charge pumps for the Combined Charging System. According to reports, the system was developed for all international vehicle markets. Uniformity was key, with identical electrical systems, charge controllers, package dimensions and safety mechanisms.Numerous auto blogs point to the announcement as good news for an EV industry trying to achieve wider consumer adoption by coming up with practical solutions for battery charging. Car buyers understandably are skittish about not having available charging opportunities on longer drives or about charging waits. The new method takes15 to 20 minutes to power up a car using a similar standard.The charging system integrates one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home and ultra-fast DC-charging at public stations into one vehicle inlet. The International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has chosen the Combined Charging System as a standard that incrementally extends existing Type 1-based AC charging The standard is to be officially published this summer. ACEA, the European association of vehicle manufacturers, has chosen the Combined Charging System as its AC/DC charging interface for new vehicle types in Europe as of 2017.According to a Chrysler release, the timeline is as follows: Commercially available combined charging units are projected for later this year. All committed OEMs have vehicles in development that will use the Combined Charging System. The first vehicles to use this system will reach the market in 2013. © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Reddit has raised 300 million in a new funding round led by

first_imgYesterday, Reddit raised $300 million in new Series D funding from investors led by China’s Tencent. The company now values at $3 billion, in the lines of tech giants like Google and Facebook. Until now, Reddit has received $550 million in total funding. Other investors include Sequoia, Fidelity, Andreessen Horowitz, Quiet Capital, VY and Snoop Dogg. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman, in an interview with CNBC said, “One of the things that’s been very important to us is that we can now assure advertisers that you are going to have a positive experience on Reddit and potentially even a new experience, a new way of connecting with customers.” The investment makes sense because video game is one of the more popular categories at Reddit, and Tencent invests a lot in video game makers. Currently, Tencent owns 40 percent of “Fortnite” creator Epic Games. “They are investors in lots of video games companies,” Huffman said. “And video games are one category that’s really popular on Reddit.” With this investment round, Huffman said he hopes to compete in online advertising with Facebook and Google. “When we are talking about competing for ad dollars, of course, we are talking about Facebook and Google, who take up the vast majority of ad spend.” Not all is good however, as some Redditors are already protesting the funding by Tencent, considering it is Chinese, and Reddit is blocked in China, for allowing users to have a free, unedited speech. People are also speculating how China might have a chance to take over the US in the cold war. A comment on Hacker news reads, “Tencent, a Chinese firm has meaningful ownership of American youth. 12% Snap 7.5% Spotify 40% Epic Games 100% Riot Games 100% Supercell 5% Reddit. Hollywood has also been moving in this direction, with a lot of Chinese investment in the studios, and blockbusters adding special scenes with Chinese actors and locations. What does it mean for America when it’s no longer the owner or creator of culture? It’s historically one of our largest (and most important) exports. I’m not sure if that claim to fame is a net positive for the world, but the changing of this guard will certainly have a local impact.” Some other users expressed concerns, if this move may slowly start to repress anti-China content on Reddit. “The only issue I can see from ownership is if they start to censor the platform. I doubt they’ll do any overt censoring (eg. “no talking about what happened at Tiananmen Square in 1989), but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do subtle manipulation like silently deemphasizing anti-China content, or emphasizing anti-western content (eg. infighting, failure of western democracy). The latter probably would even be good for the site (in terms of engagement) as outrage drive clicks.”, reads a comment on Hacker News. Read Next Reddit posts an update to the FireEye’s report on suspected Iranian influence operation Reddit takes stands against the EU copyright directives; greets EU redditors with ‘warning box’ What the US-China tech and AI arms race means for the world – Frederick Kempe at Davos 2019.last_img read more

Israels Haaretz paper strikes over layoffs

first_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Patients with chronic pain give advice JERUSALEM (AP) – Workers at Israel’s respected Haaretz newspaper have begun a strike to protest layoffs.The workers said Wednesday that they would not update the Haaretz website until midnight and will not publish the next day’s paper.The issue is the planned dismissal of about 100 employees.Haaretz has a relatively small circulation, but it is an influential daily popular with Israel’s elite. Comments   Share   Last month Israel’s veteran Maariv paper was sold by its cash-strapped owner to a rival publisher. Most of its 2,000 employees will probably be laid off.Hundreds of Maariv workers and supporters marched in Jerusalem earlier Wednesday, urging the government to intervene to help the industry crisis.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Exclusive last minute savings on a selection of Asia Voyages

first_imgExclusive last minute savings on a selection of Asia VoyagesExclusive last minute savings on a selection of Asia VoyagesSilversea Cruises is delighted to offer last minute savings on a fascinating selection of Asia voyages*, on departures from now until 25 April 2018 aboard Silver Shadow. When booking on participating voyages* by 15 March 2018, guests will receive a one-category upgrade and US$1,000 on-board credit per suite. For guests who are booking and paying in full by 31 January 2018, they can also look forward to receiving Free Business Class Air.**Guests can choose voyages ranging from nine to 15 days, which explore an array of exotic locations including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines. Guests will explore a fascinating contrast of new and old, from skyscraperstowering over stone-carved temples to bullet trains speeding past rice paddies and tea plantations. Even the most discerning traveller will be fascinated by gilded shrines, floating markets, sampans in mist-shrouded harbours and harvested rice left to dry in the sun.Amber Wilson, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Silversea Cruises said:“Asia presents possibilities to the curious traveller and, with a range of new ports and new excursion options in Asia; we provide our guests with truly authentic experiences and offer more choice than ever before. With our exclusive, bespoke itineraries including a selection of small group excursions, we unlock the deeper experiences in luxury. Our voyages to Asia deliver ‘intimate luxury’, creating cherished memories and giving travellers a whole new perspective. With such fantastic offers available, we encourage our guests to move quickly to secure their place as these voyages only have a very limited availability.”Featured Voyages*:V3804: Guests will depart Singapore on 11 February 2018 on an 11-day roundtrip. Highlights of this voyage include discovering: the largest temple complex in Southeast Asia in Penang; the lure of Phuket’s pristine beaches; Yangon’s glimmering Shwedagon Pagodaby candlelight; and the cultural mélange of Kuala Lumpur. Cruise package fares start from AUD$9,300 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.V3805:Departing Singapore on 22 February 2018, guests will enjoy a 9-day voyage to Hong Kong. Highlights include: immersing in Ho Chi Minh City, a dizzying fusion of busy, bustling, thriving commerce and culture; watching a sunset over the startling Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France during the 19th century; before enjoying an overnight in mystical Ha Long Bay. Cruise package fares start from AUD$8,200 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.V3806:Setting sail from Hong Kong on 3 March 2018, guests will depart on a 10-day voyage to Singapore. From lush rainforests to urban jungles, guests will see the spectrum of the South Pacific, whilst discovering the beauty and culture of Malaysia and the Philippines. Highlights include: exploring the Sultanate of Brunei; enjoying a mangrove river safari to see the fun-loving orangutan; visiting a water village in Sandakan; and wandering the cobblestone streets of Old Manila. Cruise package fares start from AUD$9,000 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.V3807:Departing Singapore on 13 March 2018 on a 12-day round trip, guests will discover cosmopolitan cityscapes and unspoiled seascapes on this captivating journey to Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. Highlights include: colonial architecture and the world’s largest fountain; Buddhist relics and a village of traditional Melakan houses; and the philosophy behind Thai cuisine. Cruise package fares start from AUD$8,200 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.V3808:Departing Singapore on 25 March 2018, guests will enjoy a 9-day voyage to Hong Kong during which they will discover the epic splendour of Vietnam. Guests will discover: the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay; the manmade artistry of sacred temples and pagodas; the stunning beat of rice terraces and secluded beaches; and the wonderfully chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. Cruise package fares start from AUD$8,400 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.V3809: Setting sail from Hong Kong on 3 April 2018, Silver Shadow will depart on an 11-day voyage to Singapore. From Manila and Coron in the Philippines to Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, the wildlife, heritage, water villages and beaches of the South China Sea will delight all guests travelling on-board. Cruise package fares start from AUD$9,700 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.V3810:Departing Singapore on 14 April 2018 guests will enjoy an 11-day sailing to Hong Kong. This voyage, which encompasses visits to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City,and Chan May truly embodies the mind, spirit and soul of the region. Top chefs from the Peninsula Hotel groups show off their culinary expertise of the region on this voyage, making this journey a trip to Asia that is profound, absolute and delicious. Cruise package fares start from AUD$9,100 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.V3811:Departing Hong Kong on 25 April 2018, guests will enjoy a 15-day voyage to Tokyo. Highlights include the epic cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Osaka. Cruise package fares start from AUD$12,600 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.For those looking for a shorter Asian voyage, a number of segments are also available, ranging from six to eight days. Fares for a six day sailing from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong departing on 28 March 2018, start from just AU$3,700 per person.*Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time.Terms and conditions apply. For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit**In the case that Business Class air Promotional Flights are not available, a AUD$2,000 Air credit is applicable.Source = Silversea Cruiseslast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson 23

first_imgArizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) tries to avoid Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Barry Church (42) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) “I have no clue,” he said. “We’ve got five of them, and four of them practiced. I’m not sure who will be available yet.”Backup running back and return man Kerwynn Williams practiced despite fighting through the pain of cracked ribs that he suffered against the Jaguars. Arizona also has second-year pro D.J. Foster and the bigger Elijhaa Penny on the roster.Foster, who has seen an increased role since the departure of Andre Ellington, recorded a carry for four yards and added three receptions for 18 yards — including a tip-toe catch to set up the game-winning field goal — last week in the 27-24 win over the Jaguars.Additionally, the Cardinals promoted 24-year-old running back Bronson Hill off the practice squad on Wednesday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals starting running back Adrian Peterson sat out practice Wednesday with a neck injury, head coach Bruce Arians said. Arians added that the injury was suffered in last week’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.As of the middle of the week, Arians didn’t know how the running back depth chart will look for Arizona’s Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Country women lift each other up at CMT Artists of

first_imgCountry women lift each other up at CMT Artists of the Year NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This one’s for the girls, during a night when CMT honoured all female stars, from Loretta Lynn to Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, at their annual Artists of the Year show in an empowering night of lifting up each other.Although female artists still struggle to get airplay, the women saluted each other for breaking through the barriers in the industry on Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.Underwood ended the show with a medley of iconic songs from Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” supported by two all-female groups Runaway June and Maddie and Tae.In her acceptance speech, Underwood told the women gathered in the room that they were the backbone of the industry.“You are not here because you are women,” Underwood said. “You are here because you are dang good.”Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” said Lynn was a trailblazer whose honest lyrics made her unlike any other songwriter in the genre. Lynn, who is 86 and just released a new album, “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” last month, was unable to attend the show and Spacek accepted the honour on her behalf.Spacek called her “my sister, my best friend” and teared up a bit on stage.“She’s just direct and authentic,” Spacek told The Associated Press on the red carpet before the show. “She tells it like it is. She can say things that you and I couldn’t say, or would be afraid to say.”Throughout the night, the country artists showed off their influences outside the genre with collaborations with artists from soul, gospel, Americana and more.Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town sung “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” with soul icon Gladys Knight. During the show, Fairchild pulled out her iPhone to list off about two dozen women in country music that deserved to get radio play.Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, who performed with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin, brought her 5-year-old daughter to the show, hoping to show her that women can be anything they want to be.“She can dream as big and as far and wide as she can possibly can,” Scott said prior to the show.Maren Morris was joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile in a duet tribute to Aretha Franklin. Morris and her husband and singer Ryan Hurd both dismissed an oft-repeated claim that female country music fans don’t want to listen to many women on country radio, which has often been used as an excuse to limit women on playlists and on radio.“I don’t think it’s real,” Morris said. “I don’t think any woman has said out loud, at least to me, ‘I don’t like to listen to women.’ I think that’s so ridiculous.”Miranda Lambert performed with her group, the Pistol Annies, with Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe and said every day she recognizes what other women have done to help her.“Not a day will go by that I don’t honour and lift up women in this industry and want to work with them and collaborate because we have to be there for each other,” Lambert said.Kelsea Ballerini and Alison Krauss did a cover of “Ghost in This House.” Ballerini said many women that she has looked up to have reached out their hands to her, including Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift.“What I have learned from this is to lift each other up, to support each other and to share our stage no matter how big or small it is,” Ballerini said.__Online: Kristin M. Hall at story corrects the title of Loretta Lynn’s album and release date. Honorees Karen Fairchild, left, and Kimberly Schlapman arrive at the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year show held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Invision/AP) center_img by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2018 4:34 am PDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Cyprus peace talks will resume Anastasiades says

first_imgThe process aimed at a solution of the Cyprus problem will be resumed, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday night in a TV address to mark Cyprus Independence Day.Independence will be celebrated on Sunday, October 1 with a military parade, while the President said the failure to reach an agreement at the Crans-Montana talks in June-July will not halt the efforts of the Greek Cypriot side, which is ready to participate in the talks with the same strength and creativity.Noting that in the past two years great efforts were undertaken by the Greek Cypriot side, he pointed out that for the first time Turkey’s direct participation in the talks was achieved.“Thanks to our strategy, for the first time the discussion focused on the history of the Cyprus problem and its essence, which is none other than the security of the future state, the abolition of the system of guarantees, the end of dependency and guardianship and the withdrawal of the occupation army,” Anastasiades stressed.He added that these are positions of principle which the UN Secretary-General himself included in the six thematic sections he tabled at the negotiations.A convergence on this framework could lead to a strategic agreement, giving a new momentum to the process to achieve a comprehensive settlement on the Cyprus issue, the President said.He dismissed allegations that the Greek Cypriot side was not productive at the talks, saying that it submitted realistic proposals which took into consideration the concerns of both communities and are based on the framework of the UNSG and Cyprus’ participation in the EU and the UN.The President noted that despite the determination of the Greek Cypriot side, the Turkish positions remained unchanged. Ankara, he added, despite contradictory statements and repeated public commitments to a positive response to the UNGS’s framework, has adopted a firm stance, insisting on maintaining the Treaty of Guarantee, the intervention rights and permanent troops.The result, he continued, was a deadlock which caused great disappointment to all those of us who had worked hard and to the people of Cyprus who placed hope in this new effort.He pledged that this new failure to reach a solution will not bend the determination of the Greek Cypriot side to reach a solution and said that the process will resume and the Greek Cypriot side is ready to participate again in a creative manner.The Cypriot President said that to this end, he conveyed to the UNSG the readiness of the Greek Cypriot side for the immediate resumption of the talks according to his framework and the relevant UN resolutions.“In order to avoid a new failure, I gave emphasis to the need for good preparation that will allow a new conference to take place on solid ground,” he underlined.He appealed to Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots, saying that they must realise that a solution must be based on mutual respect without creating winners and losers.Referring to the economy, he said that the government has managed to bring growth back to the economy, recording in 2017 one of the highest growth rates in Europe.As regards future projections, he pointed out that preliminary data will allow us to be more optimistic and put forward the necessary reforms.Referring to Sunday’s Independence Day, he paid tribute to all those who lost their lives for freedom and democracy and laid the foundations for a country which serves as an example in the region, a country which is proud to be member of the European Union.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Age of children starting school to be raised

first_imgThe Cabinet on Tuesday decided to gradually increase the age at which children start school to six following research indicating that it is more difficult for younger children to adjust to primary school.According to the education ministry, as of the 2020-2021 school year children entering first grade must be five years and 10 months old, two months older than the current age threshold.As of the school year 2021-2022, first graders must be six by September 1 of each school year to be admitted to primary school.The age for children starting the compulsory year of preschool will change in a similar, so by 2021 they must be five.Increasing the admission age to the first grade, the education ministry said, has been the main suggestion of the committee of experts on school success and the promotion of literacy in public schools.The move is part of efforts to improve and upgrade the educational system in the best interest of pupils, the ministry said.“A series of research data, both international and local, and the experience of teachers and parents leads to that at the age of five years and eight months, which is the admission age to primary school, some children, mainly boys, are cognitively and emotionally too immature to follow the primary school curriculum,” the ministry said.The change will yield multiple benefits for pupils, the ministry said, as raising the age threshold will enable children to attend both preschool and primary school with greater learning and emotional readiness and maturity.“This will help them to more effectively follow the curriculum, which will be enriched to give children new learning experiences. This change is also one of the preventive measures that can be adopted so that the rates of students with a high probability of remaining linguistically and mathematically illiterate are reduced,” the education ministry said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more