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Hardik wants to prove a point with bat and ball: Rohit

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma says Hardik Pandya has been driven by a desire “prove a point to himself”, more than anyone else, in what is turning out to be a good IPL season for the flamboyant all-rounder. Pandya’s 16-ball unbeaten 37 guided Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore Monday night. The all-rounder is averaging a healthy 46.50 and has a strike rate of over 190 in the eight matches he has played this season. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “His (Hardik’s) hitting has been helping the team and him as well to move forward. This is something he wanted to do because he didn’t have a lot of time before coming to the IPL,” Rohit said after Monday’s match. “So he wanted to prove a point with bat and ball, to himself more than anyone else. The way he is hitting it gives us confidence as a team that there is someone who can hit that well at the end and win crucial games.” Talking about veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who took four wickets to restrict RCB to 171 for 7, Rohit said, “Lasith’s performance matters a lot to us. We missed him for a few games. Trust me, with all that he has done over the years, bowling at the death at the Wankhede is very difficult. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Credit goes to the bowlers in general for restricting a good RCB batting line-up to 170 odd.” Rohit, however, admitted that he is yet to figure out the Wankhede pitch. “To be honest, I still haven’t figured out the pitch here this season. Normally it’s safe to chase here, but today no one expected it to play this way. If the pitch plays like that I don’t want to chase,” he said with a smile. Pandya, on his part, praised openers Rohit (28) and Quinton de Kock (40) for the the start the team got in the run chase. “Hats off to both the openers. It was not easy to bat on this wicket but they made it easy for us in the end. I felt RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay and that’s where I thought they lost the game,” he said. “We began well and had the bowlers who hit the deck hard and got some purchase off the wicket. The way the wicket started playing, even AB found it difficult but they both (AB and Moeen) played well. A disappointed RCB and India captain Virat Kohli defended the move to use left-arm spinner Pawan Negi in the 19th over of which Pandya smashed 22 runs to end the match. “At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn’t come off,” said Kohli. “With the ball, we weren’t that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well. We just have to enjoy ourselves, play the way we did in the last two games. Need to keep our composure under pressure. Need to take half-chances.last_img read more

France Won’t Use its Veto on the Sahara: Gérard Araud

New York- Gérard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a Tweet on Friday that his country would not use its veto power in the Security Council against any resolution on the Sahara. The French diplomat was apparently answering the Polisario and its supporters, who accused France of its willingness to use its veto to block any resolution that doesn’t take into account Morocco’s interests.“Once for all and I stop here. France has NOT threatened to use its veto directly or not. The last French veto was in the 80s,” the French diplomat said. The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on the renewal of the MINURSO’s mandate on April 23rd. But as in recent years, France won’t have to use its veto power, since the draft resolution that is being circulated to the Security Council members does not include any provision calling for the extension of MINURSO’s mandate to include a human rights monitoring mechanism, a position that has been defended in recent years by the Polisario and its supporters, mainly Algeria, South Africa and Nigeria.In all likelihood the French Ambassador made this tweet while being sure that the UNSC resolution on the renewal of MINURSO’s mandate will be adopted by consensus as has been the case in recent years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Management group warns rental rates increasing this year in Calgary

CALGARY (660 NEWS)- A new report predicts residential rental rates will be going up this year in Calgary.Property management group Hope Street said the average advertised price for all rentals has increased 13 per cent to $1, 671 a month.That’s compared to September 2018 when the average price was $1,481 a month.READ MORE: Mortgage risks fading thanks to higher rates, tougher rulesPresident and CEO of Hope Street Shamon Kereshi said if you’re a renter, now might be a good time to lock in a rate for the long term.“They’re meant to be for 12 or 24 months, or what not. The trends are telling us in the coming spring and summer seasons, those rates will be going up when we look at listing data.”Kereshi said that vacancy rates are also inching down as a result of the new mortgage rules.READ MORE: A rough real estate market in Calgary“People who were qualified to buy their first house or families that were qualified to move into a slightly larger house are no longer qualified to do that because the mortgage rules have become stricter. As a result, the houses they were hoping to buy, they can no longer afford to buy or no longer get approved to buy.” read more

Morocco’s Islamic ‘Participatory’ Banks: 71 Agencies and MAD 1.1 Billion in…

Rabat- Since the launch of Islamic “participatory” banks in July 2017, more than 71 agencies have joined the non-interest banking program throughout Morocco.“We are at more than 71 participating agencies. They are continuously multiplying,” said Abdellatif Jouahri, the governor of Bank Al Maghrib (Morocco’s central bank), after the second quarterly meeting in 2018 of the bank’s board. The participating banks have granted a total of MAD 1.1 billion in loans, he added.Jouahri highlighted the special interest that murabaha (Islamic financing) is especially attractive for both real estate and automobile customers. “People are more and more interested in the real estate murabaha and even the automobile murabaha.” Similarly, the governor stressed that Morocco is preparing to issue its first sukuks (Islamic bonds) in July 2018 which will complement the services offered by participatory banks.Meanwhile, Jouahri said that Morocco’s central bank has already begun to receive the first sharia compliant reports of Islamic “participatory” banks, ensuring that the central bank keeps notifying “banks that have not yet released their reports” and that “things are progressing and setting up little by little.”While the order approving the takaful (Islamic insurance) circular has already been finalized, the legislative texts are still being finalized. Jouahri said, “The takaful is in its final phase, which is to change certain provisions of the insurance code.” He ironically added “We assure you that we have even made the Ulema [Islamic scholars] work on Saturdays and Sundays to speed things up.”After reviewing the participatory banks’ achievements, Jouahri praised the various steps taken by this major project, in particular the validation of many legislative texts by Morocco’s Higher Council of Ulema. read more

Sri Lankans among migrants rescued at sea in the Mediterranean

Rescuers pulled 700 boat migrants to safety in the Mediterranean and found 23 bodies during one operation on Friday, an Italian coastguard spokesman said, the second loss of multiple lives recorded in the area so far this week. A Spanish ship deployed in the European Union’s Operation Sophia naval mission recovered the dead, along with 64 survivors, from a sinking rubber boat, the mission said on its Facebook page. An unspecified number of Sri Lankans were among migrants rescued at sea in the Mediterranean, the Reuters news agency reported today. “A tough day in the Central Mediterranean Sea,” the Facebook post said, adding the rescues had started in the early morning.Six rescue operations were carried out in total on Friday, the spokesman said, making it one of the busiest days for rescues in recent months. Seven people were found dead and 900 saved on Wednesday. The Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti was heading for the southern port of Reggio Calabria with 764 rescued migrants on board, the ANSA news agency said in a report confirmed by the coast guard spokesman.Diciotti was also carrying eight dead bodies, ANSA said. It was not clear if they had been among those recovered by the Spanish ship.Those rescued were originally from Sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Libya, Bangladesh, Algeria, Egypt, Nepal, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, ANSA said. In the Aegean Sea on Friday, three people drowned, six were known to be missing and scores of others were rescued while trying to reach Greece. read more

In solemn tributes UN to mark first anniversary of deadly terror attack

One year after what has been called one of the darkest days in United Nations history, the UN will hold solemn observances on Thursday in memory of the victims of a deadly terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 people, including top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. In Geneva, Secretary-General Kofi Annan will address a solemn event, which will be simulcast to the ceremonies in New York and Amman, Jordan, with all participants pausing for a minute of silence to honour the victims of the bombing. There will also be a ceremony in Baghdad and commemorative events in various cities across the globe.The attack on the Canal Hotel, in which more than 100 people were injured, forced the UN to drastically scale back its international presence in Iraq, but the world body has continued to provide relief aid and support the political transition in the country.The security and safety of all UN staff will remain the “overarching guiding principle” for all UN activities in Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his latest report to the Security Council. Based on a “careful assessment of what is feasible and advisable against the evolving reality on the ground,” he stressed, the UN will continue supporting the country’s people as they lay the foundations of a new Iraq. Webcast of 19 August events read more

UNs top envoy to Kosovo urges higher profile for women in political

Søren Jessen-Petersen made his remarks during a meeting with Kosovo women leaders at the headquarters of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), where he invited those present to advocate with local decision-makers and leaders of parties to change the mindset that has excluded women from the political arena.“Women should play a more significant role in the political life in Kosovo. They have a lot to bring to the table, including to the negotiating one. Their views should be taken into account by those who are discussing the future of Kosovo in Vienna,” he said, referring to talks on the province’s future status. Mr. Jessen-Petersen also appealed to the Kosovo women leaders to enhance reconciliation among all Kosovo communities. read more

Loblaw to open 700 Joe Fresh stores as it works to replenish

TORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) plans to unveil about 700 Joe Fresh stores in the U.S. next year as Canada’s largest grocery chain works to ramp up sales of its hip fashion line to help bolster earnings that dropped by 19 per cent in its most recent quarter.Loblaw’s Joe Fresh clothing brand announced Wednesday it has formed a partnership with U.S. retailer J.C. Penney Co. (NYSE: JCP) to open 700 stores in the U.S. in 2013 that will run for four years.The move comes amid a massive overhaul of Loblaw’s information technology and supply chain software system that is set to cost the company billions. The capital intensive roll out, along with a hyper-competitive grocery market in Canada, has eaten into its bottom line.Loblaw reported second-quarter net earnings of $159 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, down almost 19 per cent from the $197 million earned in the same period in 2011. That missed analysts’ calls for earnings of 62 cents per share by five cents.Shares fell 1.5 per cent or 47 cents to close at $31.45 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“While I’m not happy that earnings are down, we are on plan,” said Loblaw president Vicente Trius on a conference call Wednesday.He noted that the market remained tough in the second quarter as grocers competed fiercely for customers who are keeping a close eye on their wallets.“With continuing concerns for the global economy, consumer confidence slipped for the quarter,” he said.Revenue came in at $7.37 billion for the period ended June 16, an increase of 1.3 per cent from the $7.28 billion over the second quarter of 2011. Retail sales and same-stores sales grew 1.1 per cent and 0.2 per cent respectively.The U.S. expansion of the Joe Fresh stores, set to open next April, coincides with the final stages of Loblaw’s continued investment in the infrastructure overhaul.Still, Trius said he is not concerned that the expansion will add to the company’s expenses.“It is an opportunity to leverage our brand across almost 700 stores…(with) limited financial risk and it has no capital. It’s a wholesale arrangement but where we control the brand and it is actually accretive from the start,” said Loblaw president Vicente Trius on a call Wednesday to discuss lower second-quarter earnings.“No cost of capital and very low incremental expense. You might need a few people to manage, you know, but it’s very very simple.”BMO analyst Peter Sklar seemed to agree, saying the deal “is largely a wholesale arrangement with limited risk for Loblaw.”The chain first pushed into the competitive U.S. landscape last year with a flagship store in Manhattan and already has six in the U.S. in addition to 300 stores in Canada.The brand has been generating a lot of buzz among the fashonista crowd for its on-trend but budget-friendly pieces, but during its most recent quarter saw flat sales compared to a year ago.“We feel positive about our start-up in the U.S. with our stores in Manhattan and let’s say that we are right on target with our expectations,” Trius said.Adjusted earnings per share were in line with analysts’ estimates of 60 cents but below BMO analysts’ estimate of 67 cents, said Sklar in a research note.Sklar attributes the earnings miss to higher expenses, which Loblaw management explained was due to foreign exchange losses and marketing costs related to their acquisition of Zellers prescription files. But he was also impressed with underlying trends at the chain.“Thematically, we found that the second quarter offered more of the same. Loblaw continues to experience declining gross margin trends and at the same time is unable to gain any meaningful traction on food tonnage,” he wrote.Loblaw warned that full-year earnings will be lower than in 2011, as its operations aren’t growing at a rate fast enough to cover the IT and supply chain investment.“We remain confident that our ongoing investments in infrastructure, including the completion of our IT implementation, will enable efficiencies and expense leverage to drive future earnings growth,” said chairman Galen Weston Jr.Loblaw, a subsidiary of George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN), operates more than 1,000 stores across Canada under numerous banners, including Great Canadian Super Store, Provigo, No Frills and Atlantic Superstore.The company employs 138,000 full- and part-time workers.The company is also converting some of its Ontario stores from a conventional format to a discount format.Canada’s grocery companies are in stiff competition against each other as well as other types of retailers that offer food items, including U.S.-based department store chain Walmart and Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC).The Sobeys grocery chain owned by Empire Co. Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) of Stellarton, N.S., has joined forces with U.S. department store operator Target, which will also offer food in its Canadian stores when they open. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 6:51 pm MDT Loblaw to open 700 Joe Fresh stores as it works to replenish flagging earnings read more

Mormon churchowned Utah NBC affiliate to again air firstrun Saturday Night Live

Mormon church-owned Utah NBC affiliate to again air first-run Saturday Night Live episodes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brady McCombs, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 1:29 pm MDT SALT LAKE CITY – A Mormon church-owned NBC television station in Utah plans to begin airing first-run Saturday Night Live episodes this fall after years of refusing to air the popular comedy show.KSL-TV’s Tami Ostmark says the move is part of a plan to make the station’s lineup stronger and improve its relationship with NBC.KSL-TV is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has not aired certain shows over the years due to violent or inappropriate content. But Ostmark says content was never the issue with SNL. She says the station didn’t want to bump a popular sports show that aired at the same time.First-run episodes of Saturday Night Live have previously aired on Utah’s CW30 affiliate, KUCW.KSL-TV announced the decision Wednesday on its Facebook page. read more

Oscar Pistorius fined for unpaid taxes report

first_imgOSCAR PISTORIUS WAS audited and fined for unpaid taxes after having to declare his assets during his bail hearing, a South African newspaper reported Sunday as the Olympian prepares for his first court appearance in nearly four months.The City Press newspaper said that the South African Revenue Service fined the double-amputee runner “less than one million rand” (under $105,000), which he paid.Pistorius’ uncle, Arnold Pistorius, said “Oscar is tax compliant” in a brief statement to The Associated Press, without elaborating further on any of the details of the report.Oscar Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder for the Valentine’s Day shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his house in Pretoria in the pre-dawn hours, and will appear in court on 4 June for what prosecutors say will be a brief hearing while the police investigation of his killing of Steenkamp continues.He denies murder and says he shot Steenkamp in error after mistaking her for an intruder in his home.The 26-year-old Pistorius declared in a court affidavit during his application to be freed on bail in February that he earned around $630,000 a year and owned three houses and a vacant plot in South Africa with a combined value of nearly $1 million.The City Press said he owns another house in Johannesburg, which the newspaper claims he bought for 9.8 million rand ($1.02 million) this year. That house was not declared as part of his assets in his affidavit. City Press did not say if that house was bought before or after the killing of Steenkamp at Pistorius’ $500,000 Pretoria villa, which Pistorius said was his main residence.Suspended dealsMuch of Pistorius’ income is believed to have come from big-name sponsors Nike and eyewear company Oakley, which suspended their deals with the Paralympic champion after he was charged with murder.His family has denied previous media reports that he is facing financial ruin because of spiraling legal costs, saying in a statement in March that those legal bills, while huge, were “under control.”“While the family doesn’t deny that Oscar’s legal expenses are massive and that he has sold off some of his investments, including his racehorses … Oscar will evaluate the cost situation on a day-to-day basis and make decisions as required.”Pistorius, now free on $113,000 bail, also has decided to step away from competition for the rest of the year to focus on his upcoming trial, which is likely to be long and expensive for him and where he will face a life sentence in prison with a minimum of 25 years before parole if convicted of premeditated murder in Steenkamp’s killing.Taking its tollOne of Pistorius’ teammates from last year’s London Olympics, LJ van Zyl, said in Britain that the Blade Runner’s case and his absence from track competition also was taking a heavy toll on South African athletics and its other athletes.“If Oscar is at the competition, the South African stadium is full and now that has gone,” said Van Zyl, who ran with Pistorius on South Africa’s 4×400 relay team in the Olympic final in London and trained at the same track as the double-amputee in Pretoria. “So athletics is really taking a dip now he is off the track. In the beginning it was really tough for every one of us.”“It was media crazy at the track. Now it’s still painful for all the athletes. It’s sad, but I try to focus on my thing,” he said.Van Zyl said he was planning to travel and stay with Pistorius in Manchester for Saturday’s Great City Games before Pistorius had to cancel all his competitions in the wake of Steenkamp’s death and his murder charge.“I get like a weird, sorry feeling and I also miss Oscar,” Van Zyl said. “We planned to stay together here and also travel to Manchester and now it’s all gone.”Prosecutors say Pistorius’ 4 June court hearing, the first since bail proceedings and his first public appearance in nearly four months, will likely take less than 10 minutes and the case will be postponed until a date in August while police continue to gather and analyse evidence and identify and interview witnesses.Oscar Pistorius’ brother acquitted of killing woman in road crashOscar Pistorius spending time with Reeva Steenkamp’s friends while on baillast_img read more

Obésité New York va interdire les boissons sucrées de plus dun demilitre

first_imgObésité : New York va interdire les boissons sucrées de plus d’un demi-litreHier, Michael Bloomberg, le maire de New York, a annoncé qu’il souhaitait interdire la vente de boissons sucrées et de sodas de plus d’un demi-litre dans les restaurants et les cinémas. Il souhaite ainsi lutter activement contre l’obésité galopante.Depuis 10 ans, New York cherche à lutter contre l’obésité. Un certain nombre de lois étaient déjà mises en place : les restaurants de la ville et les enseignes de restauration rapide doivent faire figurer les calories sur leurs menus, en face de chaque plat et boisson, les snacks et boissons trop riches ont été limités dans les distributeurs publics, les acides gras trans-artificiels ont été interdits dans les restaurants et mille permis ont été délivrés pour la vente dans les rues de fruits et légumes crus.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par ailleurs, des campagnes de sensibilisation incitent les New-Yorkais à réduire leurs portions. A l’automne dernier, la mairie avait expliqué que 60 centilitres de soda par jour représentaient 22 kilos de sucre par an. Or, la norme pour les sodas dans les distributeurs est passée de 20 à 35 puis à 47 centilitres en 30 ans. “Il n’est pas rare de voir de jeunes Américains avec des verres de soda qui font près d’un litre”, souligne M. Bloomberg. Des études ont par ailleurs montré que si les portions étaient plus petites, les gens consommaient moins.Les boissons sucrées, qui coûtent souvent moins cher que l’eau minérale et dont les grands gobelets sont à peine plus onéreux que les petits, est l’une des causes identifiées du problème de l’obésité. Or, “il y a une épidémie dans ce pays de gens trop gros, le pourcentage de la population obèse monte en flèche. Nous devons faire quelque chose”, a ainsi expliqué Michael Bloomberg sur MSNBC. En effet, selon la mairie, 58% des adultes à New York sont obèses ou en surpoids, et ce problème touche également 40% des enfants des écoles publiques. Or, ces derniers, a déclaré M. Bloomberg, consomment en moyenne trois boissons sucrées par jour et 30% des adultes en boivent au moins une par jour. Une limite à 47 cl pour 2013 Quant aux dépenses liées au diabète, elles coûtent des milliards de dollars en frais de santé et la maladie tue plus de 5.000 adultes new-yorkais chaque année. Une nouvelle mesure vient donc d’être prise. Les boissons autres que les jus de fruit et celles estampillées “sans sucres” de plus d’un demi-litre vont être interdites à la vente dans les restaurants et les cinémas. L’objectif avoué de la mairie est de faire passer d’ici à 2016 de 30 à 20% le pourcentage d’adultes consommant une boisson sucrée par jour. La limite à 47 centilitres pourrait ainsi prendre effet dès mars 2013.Le 1 juin 2012 à 16:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Télévision les spectateurs connectés en hausse

first_imgTélévision : les “spectateurs connectés” en hausseSelon une étude publiée par le centre de recherche Pew, il y aurait de plus en plus de personnes jonglant entre écrans aux États-Unis, le smartphone jouant de support complémentaire aux programmes regardés à la télévision par exemple.”Telespectateurs connectés”, un terme avec lequel il faudra compter dorénavant. Il s’agit de personnes utilisant leur smartphone pour compléter leur expérience télévisuelle, qu’il s’agisse pour obtenir des informations complémentaires ou pour vérifier ce qui est dit ou afficher durant leurs programmes.D’après l’étude du centre de recherche Pew et relayée par l’édition numérique de l’Express, 52 % des américains du nord ayant un téléphone portable sont des “téléspectateurs connectés”. En détail, 38 % d’entre eux utilisent leurs smartphones pour s’occuper pendant une pause publicitaire pendant que 23 % envoient des SMS à des amis regardant la même émission, et 20 % utiliseront leurs téléphones pour aller sur un site internet dont il est fait mention à la télévision.D’autres parts, moins significatives, utilisent leurs mobiles pour enregistrer un vote pour une émission de télé-réalité ou pour lire les commentaires postés sur l’émission qu’ils sont en train de regarder.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Et ce type de comportement est proportionnel à la jeunesse du panel. Par tranche d’âge, cette étude révèle que 81 % des 18-24 ans sont des “téléspectateurs connectés”, la moitié chez les 25-44 ans, et un petit peu moins de 50 % chez les 45-55 ans.”Grâce à l’adoption très répandue des technologies mobiles, (la télévision), qui était autrefois un flux passif d’informations à sens unique, est souvent maintenant une activité de contact social (…) Les téléspectateurs utilisent ces appareils pour découvrir d’autres gens qui partagent leurs passions, pour s’exprimer sur les programmes qui retiennent leur attention et pour aller [au-delà de l’émission] afin de trouver plus d’informations sur ce qu’ils ont vu”, explique Aaron Smith, co-auteur de l’étude.Enfin, on notera également de cette étude que la technologie lié au téléphone est également une donnée importante : 74 % des “spectateurs connectés” utilisaient des smartphones, alors qu’un quart d’entre eux utilisent des appareils plus modestes.Le 19 juillet 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Petition to Save Doctor Who Experience Collects 11000 Names

first_imgMore than 11,000 people have signed a petition asking the Cardiff Council to help save the local Doctor Who Experience from imminent closure.The interactive museum opened in Wales in July 2012, inviting fans on an adventure through space and time.Guests can roam two floors of exhibitions, featuring original costumes, alien prosthetics, sonic devices, TARDIS interiors, and ever-evolving Daleks, among other memorabilia and artifacts from the classic and renewed series.BBC Worldwide in November confirmed that after a “fantastic five-year run” in Cardiff Bay, the company’s sub-lease from the City of Cardiff Council will end this summer.“We are talking with Welsh Government about the possible future use of the building on their land, and we are discussing alternative options with BBC Worldwide should they choose to continue to add to the Doctor Who presence in the city,” a spokesman for the City of Cardiff Council said in a statement on the Experience website.BBCThe award-winning attraction—which occupies land owned by the Welsh government—was refreshed in 2014 with a newly scripted storyline starring Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.“It has always been the intention for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing Porth Teigr regeneration project,” the Cardiff Council said. “The agreement was always intended to be for five years only, reflecting the nature of the attraction.”Fair enough: Doctor Who is, fundamentally, fleeting. Characters come and go, story arcs begin and finish. But a permanent institution, where people of all ages can pose with the Matt Smith’s fez, compare sonic screwdrivers, and see how an Ood comes to life is paramount.“I admit: This sounds daft, and there are many, many more important things out there we should be petitioning for or against,” Bex Ferriday, creator of the “Save Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience” campaign, wrote on the website.BBC“But not only is Doctor Who a global institution, Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience brings much in the way of tourism to an otherwise socioeconomically deprived area, gives local people jobs, [and] does much to improve the economy,” she said.Over the last five years, more than half a million visitors from across the world have visited the Doctor Who Experience. The museum’s closure will cost six full-time jobs and 19 part-time positions.As of press time, the petition has 11,264 of a required 15,000 signatures. A Whovian myself (Allons-y!), I contributed my name to the growing list. Since I moved to Edinburgh three years ago and discovered the Doctor Who mecca, I’ve been anxious to visit the Welsh capital, where the long-running show (and spin-off Torchwood) regularly film.“Let’s face it,” Ferriday said. “In these dark post-Brexit days, we all need some escapism.BBC Worldwide did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.last_img read more

Parker Solar Probe Completes Second Close Approach to Sun

first_img NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has successfully completed its second close approach to the Sun.At 6:40 p.m. EST on April 4, the spacecraft—traveling at 213,200 mph—passed within 15 million miles of our star, tying its own distance record as the closest-ever ship to the Sun.The mission team at John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., kept a close eye on the spacecraft via the Deep Space Network: They were tuned in for four hours before, during, and after approach, monitoring the probe’s health during the critical moments.“The spacecraft is performing as designed, and it was great to be able to track it during this entire perihelion,” Nickalaus Pinkine, Parker Solar Probe mission operations manager at APL, said in a statement.“We’re looking forward to getting the science data down from this encounter in the coming weeks,” he continued, “so the science teams can continue to explore the mysteries of the corona and the Sun.”Parker Solar Probe’s 11-day encounter began at the end of March and is scheduled to conclude this week. The solar encounter phase, according to NASA, is roughly defined as when the spacecraft is within 0.25 AU—23,250,000 miles—of the Sun.One AU, or astronomical unit, is about 93 million miles—the average distance from the Sun to Earth.The probe, named after physicist Eugene Parker, launched on Aug. 12; it features a memory card containing photos of Parker and a copy of his 1958 scientific paper predicting important aspects of solar physics.In October, the spacecraft passed within 26.55 million miles of the Sun’s surface, beating the previous achievement set by the German-American Helios 2 in April 1976.Expect a lot more broken records as the Parker Solar Probe mission continues, prepared to make a final close approach of 3.83 million miles from the Sun’s surface in 2024.It won’t be easy, though: The spacecraft will face what NASA described as “brutal” heat and radiation conditions.More on Geek.com:Parker Solar Probe Snaps Stunning Close-Up of SunWatch: Israeli Moon Lander Captures Phenomenal Sunrise From SpaceNASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Two Solar Eclipses on Mars Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

Agriculture advisory panel members sought

first_imgClark County is seeking residents with connections to agriculture to serve on a volunteer advisory panel.The committee will advise the Clark County council on policies and regulations relevant to agriculture. According to a county news release, the committee’s work could include preparing an economic analysis of local agriculture and identifying current services that support farming. It could also be tasked with developing an action plan outlining the business growth potential of agriculture in the county.Those interested should submit a letter of qualifications and resume to Jennifer Clark, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, 98666.Materials can also be faxed to 360-397-6058 or emailed to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov.The deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 26.last_img read more

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Senate Ratifies Treaties to Stop Fish Piracy

first_imgThe U.S. Senate yesterday ratified two international treaties that Alaska’s senators say will help crack down on illegal international fishing. One is an agreement to restrict ships from using ports if they engage in what’s known as IUU fishing. Sen. Mark Begich says the practice robs legitimate fishermen of some $23 billion a year.Download Audio“I know lots of times we talk about illegal, unreported, unregulated,” Begich said on the Senate floor yesterday. ” I like to simply call it pirate fishing. These are people who steal our fish out of our waters and then try to sell it back to us.”He and other advocates of the treaty say it will also help deter human trafficking. The Port State Measures treaty takes effect after 25 countries ratify it. That’s how many initially signed the treaty, but only the U.S., the European Union and nine smaller countries that have gone all the way to ratification or full approval. Russia has signed and not ratified. China is on neither list.A second treaty would create an international organization to regulate fishing in international waters of the North Pacific to protect fish habitat. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it’s “critically important” to the sustainability and management of the resource.“We’re trying to play be the rules,” she said. “We expect others to be doing the same.”The treaties were approved by voice vote. Murkowski says they’re the first treaties ratified by the Senate since 2010last_img read more

Duke Ellington HS Carries on Legacy of Peggy Cooper Cafritz

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROStudents, faculty and alumni at Duke Ellington School of the Arts performed a collection of show-stopping numbers April 7 in honor of deceased co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz.“Because You Were …We Are” celebrated Cooper Cafritz with an uplifting and emotional program of song, dance, speeches and music on what would have been her 71st birthday. The philanthropist, activist and matriarch of the city’s art scene died Feb. 18 after suffering complications from pneumonia.Drummers kickoff the celebration of life for Duke Ellington School of the Arts Co-Founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz. (Photo by Lenore T. Adkins)“It’s hard to believe that we’re here doing this so soon,” said former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who was 10 when she met Cafritz.“Peggy’s vitality, her withering wit, her indomitable spirit, her incomparable resilience, even when she was suffering, defied the laws of nature for so long. I think we always half expected she would always beat the odds,” Rice said.Cafritz was born Pearl Alice Cooper on April 7, 1947 in Mobile, Ala. to a prominent Catholic family. She moved to D.C. in the 1960s to attend George Washington University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in political science and later, a law degree.She was introduced to the Washington arts and education scene while she was attending law school and co-created a summer arts workshop with the late Mike Malone for low-income children in 1968. That program evolved into the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, which the D.C. public schools accepted in 1974, giving local students a path to pursue their education and a career in the arts. Today, Ellington, affectionately called “The House that Peggy and Mike Built,” is one of the most prestigious performing arts high schools in the country.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser lauded her as the greatest champion of the arts and children that the city has ever known.The multimedia tribute drew nearly 900 people to the school. Some of the many notable guests included former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., former D.C. mayors Vincent Gray and Anthony Williams and comedian Dave Chappelle, a 1991 Ellington graduate. Famed choreographer Debbie Allen appeared in an emotional video tribute to Cafritz.“She knocked down barriers, built bridges, brought people together, raised money, raised consciousness,” Allen said in the video. “And maybe she may have left the building, but she will never leave our hearts.”In the wake of Cafritz’s death, the school’s chief executive officer Tia Powell Harris is focusing on securing millions of dollars for three of “Peggy’s projects” — things she was working on that she didn’t get to complete. They involve buying new pianos, obtaining specialized walls for professional exhibition space and launching a literacy initiative for Black girls to address their place in the world.The school will also focus on creating a blueprint of its practices and curriculum for interested schools across the country to mirror.“I think she would approve of both,” Harris told the AFRO. “I think she would expect that we create our niche in the nation along with pursuing locally what she set up for us to do.”One of the tools they’ll use to achieve those goals is money from the new Founders Fund, which honors the legacy of  the school’s co-founders Cafritz and Malone.last_img read more

ESPN Now Available on PlayStation 4 Xbox One

first_imgProgramming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports), domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie and more), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, and international and domestic rugby and cricket. The addition of the top two video-game consoles expands the device lineup for ESPN+, which bowed in April 2018, to a potentially new base of subscribers. The subscription service also is available on devices including Amazon Fire devices (TV, Stick, smart TVs, and tablets); Apple (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV); Android (phones, Android TV, Chromecast); and Roku devices. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ESPN’s streaming-subscription package, ESPN+, is now available on Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One game consoles.The ESPN+ service costs $4.99 per month (or $49.99 per year), and marked Disney’s first foray into direct-to-consumer entertainment. Customers can access thousands of additional live sports events not carried on TV, as well as original shows and series including the entire ”30 for 30″ documentary series.Last month, ESPN announced that ESPN+ had surpassed 1 million subs in just five months. That came after ESPN shifted customers of its 20-year-old ESPN Insider subscription service to ESPN+ in August. According to ESPN, the addition of the ESPN Insider user base accounted for “a minority” of the ESPN+ audience.center_img Originals on ESPN+ include the full library of ESPN Films, plus new documentary films and series such as “Last Days of Knight,” “Enhanced,” “Year One” and “Draft Academy.” Studio shows include programs such as “Detail” from Kobe Bryant, “Ariel and The Bad Guy” with Ariel Helwani, “The Fantasy Show” with Matthew Berry and “In the Crease” with Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose. Popular on Variety last_img read more

YouTube Star Receives Jail Time After Filling Oreo With Toothpaste

first_img LGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, GoogleYouTube Star Grant Thompson Killed in Paragliding Accident Stay on target A YouTube prankster who filmed himself giving a toothpaste-filled Oreo cookie to a homeless man in Spain faces charges and online suspensions for his awful deed.Kanghua Ren, also known as ReSet to his YouTube followers, recently received a 15-month prison sentence and was ordered to pay roughly $22,400 to his victim, The New York Times reported.Even though Ren was convicted of endangering the moral integrity of a homeless person, he most likely won’t have to spend time behind bars, since Spanish law typically allows first-time offenders’ non-violent crime sentences under two years to be terminated. On Friday, the Barcelona court also ordered his YouTube and other social media channels to be inactive for five years as a punishment for his horrible prank.AdChoices广告In early 2017, Ren filmed himself replacing cream inside the Oreo cookies with toothpaste after he was challenged by his one million plus followers to do so. After he switched out the Oreo cookies, he gave them to a homeless man outside a supermarket in Barcelona. The homeless man, who was identified as Gheorge L., was reportedly from Romania, newspaper El País noted. After taking roughly $22 from Ren and eating the Oreo cookie, the homeless man vomited from the prank.After receiving major backlash for the joke, Ren reportedly posted another video that showed him giving approximately $22 to Gheorge L. Then, he visited a third time to offer Gheorge L.’s daughter money to prevent her from filing a lawsuit, according to officials, Fox News reported.Despite apologizing, the judge said Ren had racked up more than $2,240 from the video’s advertising revenues. The Oreo prank video was one of many that Ren filmed to entertain his fanbase.More on Geek.com:Watch: YouTuber Sends Big Mac Burger Into Space, Eats ItLogan Paul’s Flat Earth Doc Complicates YouTube’s Conspiracy Content RulesPopular Vegan YouTuber Faces Backlash After Eating Animal Productslast_img read more