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By Cheikh LioussiRabat – This Thursday will be the most important game of the Champions League: the match of Spain’s champion FC Barcelona and former champion of the Premier League, Manchester City. Man City suffers from the absence of many players, including the Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero. Tata Martino, the coach of FC Barcelona, said that his team will play a great match on the pitch. Will these words backfire at Etihad Stadium? Here are seven things to know about Tuesday’s match. 1. Pellegeinni vs. BarcelonaAfter his transfer from Malaga to Man City last summer, Chilean Coach Manuel Pellegrini will lead this team for the first time in the Round of 16 against the Catalan giants. Previously, Pellegrini only won four of 22 matches against these formidable opponents.2. Barcelona vs. English Clubs Barcelona has played against English clubs 29 times, with seven wins. The most important victory was in the 2011 Champions League final against Manchester at Wembly Stadium.3. In Search of Their First VictoryFC Barcelona has previously played four matches in the city of Manchester for the Champions League. Messi’s colleagues failed to achieve victory in each one.4. Unofficial MatchesMan City faced Barcelona on six previous friendly occasions. The first encounter was in 1952, with Barca winning 5-1. The last friendly was in 2009 during preparation period.5. YaYa and Barcelona Man City’s midfielder YaYa Toure played 74 games with Buloagrana during three seasons and scored only four goals. He was also crowned twice in La Liga and once in the Champions League.6. A New RecordMartino’s team will try to achieve a new record: make it to the quarterfinals for the seventh time in a row. Alternatively, Man City would participate in the Round of 16 for the first time in its history.7. Neymar in England for the First TimeAfter moving to Barcelona from the Brazilian team Santos, young super star Neymar Da Silva will play his first match in England with the Catalans. It is an important occasion for him to gain the trust of his fans and coach after his last injury.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat- Last weekend, an unlikely and unprecedented technical mistake in Barid-Bank’s operating system caused scores of the bank’s customers to be millionaires, with some of the “lucky” customers then taking steps to go to ATMs to immediately siphon received sums, in a move to definitely make the money theirs.This is the first instance that a Moroccan bank mistakenly transfers 300 million MAD to its customers’ accounts, Assabah and Al Massae reported in their Monday editions, adding that Barid-bank’s authorities have sent a steady series of text messages to many of its customers, pleading with them to cooperate with the bank in solving this big problem by willingly returning the “undue surpluses” on their accounts.Seizing the moment to try and make sense of the unfolding drama of this spectacular banking mistake, Al Massae reports that pictures leaked on Facebook have showed some current accounts jumping from some few thousands MAD to 400,000 or 50 million MAD, in the space of a mistaken click. While 30 million of the concerned amount are said to have already been siphoned via ATMs, Barid-Bank is said to have successfully annulled many ATM cards, thus making it impossible to withdraw money via that channel until the bank settles the problem.Barid-Bank, which has so far issued no press release concerning the situation or the extent of the financial loss thereof, is still said to be relying on the private text messages it sent its customers, telling them to restitute the entirety of “undue sums” they may have already withdrawn. And with some clients not being responsive or receptive to the bank’s numerous entireties, Barid-Bank is threatening to take appropriate legal action.
12 February 2009Some 90 per cent of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in two camps in northern Zambia want to return home, the United Nations refugee agency said today after a survey was conducted in advance of voluntary returns planned for May. Ninety per cent of some 25,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in two camps in northern Zambia want to return home, the United Nations refugee agency said today after a survey was conducted in advance of voluntary returns planned for May.The verification exercise was conducted late last month by the government of Zambia and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to learn the exact number of refugees, identify those with special needs, update biographical data and collect information on their desire to return to the DRC.In view of the great interest in repatriation at the Kala and Mwange refugee camps, some 1,000 kilometres from the Zambian capital Lusaka, UNHCR and the government plan to intensify the information campaign it has been carrying out, the agency said.”Our intention is to ensure that we maintain this high interest by the refugees to return to DRC by intensifying the dissemination of information to them on the conditions in the areas of return,” said James Lynch, UNHCR representative in Zambia.Kiros Zewdie, the UNHCR associate registration officer based in Lusaka who coordinated the process, said the survey found lower numbers of refugees than previously recorded, attributing the gap to unreported returns, absences for work, and some cases of the same children appearing on both parents’ ration cards.After verification campaign, the population of the Kala camp had decreased to 11,971, which is 977 people less than previous records had shown, and in Mwange the population had dipped 1,658 to 12,771, he said.More than 16,000 Congolese refugees have repatriated from Zambia to the DRC in the past two years as much of the country begins to recover from its devastating civil war, according to UNHCR.Zambia hosts more than 83,000 refugees from DRC, Angola, Rwanda, Burundi and Somalia, with some accommodated in camps and settlements, and others settled on their own.
In February 2008, Kosovo – where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by about nine to one – declared its independence in a move rejected by Serbia, and the UN has remained neutral on the issue. Last October, the Assembly voted to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a non-binding advisory opinion on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence.“Serbia will never, under any circumstances, implicitly or explicitly, recognize the unilateral declaration of independence of the ethnic-Albanian authorities of our southern province,” Serbian President Boris Tadić said at the debate today.Rejecting violence as a solution, he stressed that his country has demanded that justice be delivered through legal means.The case before the ICJ, which is expected to render a decision next year, is the first in which the Court is considering the legality of a secession attempt by an ethnic group from a United Nations Member State, Mr. Tadić said.The ICJ’s decision will set a power precedent, he stressed. “The outcome will either strongly deter other separatist movements from attempting to secede, or produce a result that could encourage them to act in similar fashion.” 25 September 2009Instead of resorting to violence, Serbia is seeking a legal opinion on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence last year, the country’s leader told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.
The Quebec premier known for almost breaking up Canada has died.Jacques Parizeau led Quebec in the year leading up to the 1995 sovereignty referendum that was defeated by the narrowest of margins, 50.58% to 49.42%.Parizeau announced he would resign the day after the referendum, following a concession speech where he blamed, quote, “money and the ethnic vote” for the loss.Parizeau’s wife announced the former premier’s death last night on her facebook page, writing “the man of my life has gone… After a titanic fight, hospitalized for five months, facing challenges one after the other with extraordinary courage and determination, he passed away… We are devastated.”Parizeau was 84 years old.
“If the vision of the Road Map is to be achieved, civil society must play its part,” Mr. Annan said in a message to a meeting organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in New York.The Road Map is the peace plan drawn up by the UN, United States, European Union and Russian Federation calling for Israel and the Palestinians to take a series of parallel and reciprocal steps culminating in the achievement of two states living side by side in peace by 2005.”Your support is indispensable if that vision is to be achieved,” Mr. Annan said in the message, delivered by Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, to the meeting, the UN International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People.”And it must be achieved, if the Palestinian people are, at last, to live a normal and secure life, in a land unencumbered by military occupation, strife and unbearable living conditions, while Israelis, at last, live in peace and security within their own borders, free from fear,” he added.”We must not allow the renewed cycle of deadly violence to divert us from it. The whole international community must strengthen its efforts to help both parties stay the course,” he declared.He noted the sharp increase in violence in the last month “with repeated incursions into Palestinian cities, targeted assassinations and other retaliatory measures, as well as deadly suicide bombings against Israelis. Palestinian and Israeli civilians continue to be killed in indefensible acts of violence,” he added.”I have called on the parties to exercise utmost restraint – to break the cycle of violence and counter-violence. I repeat that call today. And I urge both sides to deepen their commitment to security cooperation so as to allow the political process to move forward.”Mr. Annan said Israeli settlement expansion, bypass roads and the construction of the barrier in the West Bank separating Palestinians from their farms and from other Palestinian communities, remained serious impediments to the Road Map.”For its part, the Palestinian Authority must act decisively to halt terrorist attacks,” he added. “A solution will not be achieved through terrorism. Civil society, particularly Palestinian civil society, must speak loudly and clearly against terrorism, which is not only unjustifiable, but harmful to the Palestinian cause.”Stressing that the importance of civil society organizations individually and in partnership with the UN in helping efforts for peace and providing much-needed humanitarian assistance, Mr. Annan said. “Of particular importance are joint grassroots initiatives between Palestinian and Israeli NGOs, as well as between Jewish and Arab groups in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.”These initiatives enable ordinary Israelis and Palestinians to build bridges of trust and understanding, laying the groundwork for mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and cooperation.”
The international community must decide whether to increase its involvement in Afghanistan or risk failure, given the war-stricken country’s deteriorating security situation and the intensifying attacks on United Nations staff and aid workers, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the General Assembly released today.In his report, which covers events from July 2002 to November this year, the Secretary-General says the mandate set by the Bonn Agreement can only be achieved if security improves and the programmes and staff of the UN and non-government agencies (NGOs) receive better protection.Mr. Annan says the worsening security, especially in the south and south-east of the country, is Afghanistan’s biggest problem. “Unchecked criminality, outbreaks of factional fighting and activities surrounding the illegal narcotics trade have all had a negative impact on the Bonn process,” he says.The report adds that critical political processes have been delayed or are at risk because of security problems.”It has been more than 12 months since the establishment of the Transitional Administration. In this time, the initial euphoria of peace has been replaced by the complex legacies of two and a half decades of armed conflict,” it states.The Secretary-General stresses how important it is that the constitutional Loya Jirga (a national representative assembly) and next year’s national elections take place in a secure environment.But there are some bright spots in Afghanistan, according to Mr. Annan’s report. The country’s economy has enjoyed growth, the primary education system has been re-established and one of the largest ever UN-assisted refugee repatriation schemes is proceeding. Some 4 million children are now going to school, the report noted.The Secretary-General also states that he has begun consultations on arranging a follow-up conference to the Bonn Agreement, bringing in representatives from across Afghan society.
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge on Wednesday refused to force Wal-Mart to pay $80 million in penalties in a lawsuit alleging the retail giant failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers in California the minimum wage for certain tasks.Wal-Mart acted in good faith when paying the drivers and had reason to believe its payment policy aligned with California law, according to U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco.A jury awarded the workers more than $54 million in back wages in November after finding that Wal-Mart didn’t pay the drivers the state’s base wage for inspecting their vehicles before and after trips and for taking 10-hour layovers and 10-minute rest breaks.Attorneys for the drivers had asked Illston to award an additional $80 million in penalties and damages. An email to their lawyer was not immediately returned Wednesday.“While we still disagree with the jury’s verdict on the case, we’re pleased the judge declined to award any additional penalties,” said Randy Hargrove, a Wal-Mart spokesman.Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its drivers earn among the highest salaries in the field and that the plaintiffs were “overreaching.” The company has said its drivers earn from about $80,000 to more than $100,000 a year.Illston largely agreed with Wal-Mart, citing testimony that she said showed Wal-Mart’s compensation was among the highest in the trucking industry.Attorneys for Wal-Mart also had said in a court filing that “reasonable minds could differ” about the legality of its pay and layover policies.The judge said Wal-Mart’s payment policy developed in an “uncertain” legal landscape, giving the company reasonable grounds to believe it was complying with California minimum wage law.Illston did award the drivers nearly $6 million in restitution for an additional year that they say Wal-Mart violated minimum wage law but was not covered by the jury’s verdict.Wal-Mart drivers are not paid by the hour. Wages are based on mileage and specified activities.The company argued during trial that it paid drivers for activities that included smaller tasks and could not have a separate payment designation for everything they did, some of which took just minutes.Wal-Mart pays drivers $42 for 10-hour overnight layovers as an extra benefit, but it does not control their time during that period, Scott Edelman, an attorney for the company, said during trial. Drivers are free to go to the movies, exercise or do other activities, he said. Judge rejects $80M penalty in Wal-Mart truck drivers lawsuit by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2017 9:36 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) slices to the hoop for a layup during a game against Penn State Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70, in overtime.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIn a game between two desperate teams, No. 24 Ohio State (17-5, 4-5) left the Kohl Center with a huge sigh of relief.After being ranked No. 3 and 4 in the country at the beginning of January, the Buckeyes and No. 14 Wisconsin (17-5, 4-5) had lost five of six and four of five games, respectively.A last-second heave by Wisconsin sophomore forward Sam Dekker clanked off the rim, and the Buckeyes held on to a much-needed win, 59-58.After Wisconsin freshman forward Nigel Hayes made one of two free throws to tie the game at 57 with 1:08 remaining, OSU junior center Amir Williams found himself at the line with a one-and-one opportunity.Williams only made one of two, and Badger junior forward Frank Kaminsky missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession that would have given his team the lead.Williams collected the rebound and was fouled with just 25 seconds remaining, but again would make just one of two.With a 59-57 lead, OSU junior guard Shannon Scott — who was replaced by junior forward Sam Thompson in the starting lineup for the first time this season — would foul Badger junior guard Traevon Jackson, who made the first of two free throws.After missing the second, Williams snatched the rebound and found senior guard Aaron Craft, who would push the ball upcourt to fellow senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who missed a wide-open layup.Smith Jr. grabbed his own miss, but then lost his footing and was called for traveling, and it looked as if OSU’s late game struggles would continue.But Jackson was unable to find any space for a shot, shoving the ball off to Dekker who missed the potential game-winner and allowed the Buckeyes to exhale on a huge road victory.OSU junior forward LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeyes with 13 points, and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle came off the bench to chip in 11, nine of which came in the first half.Hayes scored a game-high 17 points for the Badgers.Coming off the big road win, OSU is slated to travel to No. 15 Iowa (16-5, 5-3) Tuesday to take on the Hawkeyes. Iowa beat OSU, 84-74, at the Schottenstein Center Jan. 12 in the first matchup between the teams this season.Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Gardeners should use this burst of sunshine to prune their roses “Clear out all pots and refresh compost. In a couple of weeks, garden centres will be full of all the pretty pretties so you need to be ready.“Edge your lawn and start mowing it on a high setting. Don’t scalp it.“The normal time to plant potatoes is Easter but the weather was so awful that I imagine many haven’t done it so you need to get them in quick.”She said perennials such as phlox, big daisies and delphiniums would shoot up “very quickly and suddenly” so it was important to get supports and stakes into the ground.Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at the Royal Horticultural Society, agreed, noting that it they are left too late and fall over they never properly recover. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Sunrise at Rockford Common in the new Forest near Ringwood, HampshireCredit:Nick Lucas/SWNS.com The sun is finally showing its face, the magnolias and cherry blossoms have burst forth in a magnificent, if rather late, show of colour, but the garden (be honest) leaves a lot to be desired.Now, experts have warned that spring will be over almost as quickly as it began and those jobs long delayed by the gloomy weather need urgent attention before it’s too late.If you have not yet pruned your roses, planted your potatoes or edged and mowed the lawn, take note: the window of opportunity is small, it is time to get cracking.Helen Yemm, the garden writer and Telegraph columnist, said: “The weather has been so vile that a lot of the work we would normally have done by now needs urgent attention.“We need to get galvanised and catch up, which gardeners always do in the end. The average date for mowing the lawn for the first time is March 26 so we’re a good two or three weeks behind. It’s going to be a bit hectic.” He said such jobs needed to be done in spring to guarantee maximum benefit in the “golden days” of June and July when the days are long and the sun is high.“One must seize the day,” he said.“If you wait until May to sow seeds, there will be a lot of bare soil come June.“Early spring is a wonderful time to do it, it’s nice to get ahead and sow things in March. “It is also the week to feed roses and peonies with Vitax Q4. This is the time to get that feed on.”There will be a bit of frantic activity this week as the ground warms up but it’s the perfect opportunity to really get stuck in.” Gardening expert Val Bourne noted that the late appearance of the sun had “concertinaed everything together” but said that as the ground warms up this week, plants should germinate really well.“It’s frustrating as a gardner when you can’t crack on,” she said. “Now is the time to really get things in the ground but if the soil sticks to your boots it’s still too wet to sow.“It is the week to plant parsnips as they take 30 days to germinate. It is also time to get those early potatoes in, onions, shallots and veg such as carrots, beetroots and broad beans. Though if it turns hot, lettuce seeds need to go somewhere cool and shady. “But mid-April is fine; the soil is moist, it’s a good time to thinking about sowing wild flowers.“Garden centres will be full to bursting with the stock that has been sitting there for weeks now so there will be a rush to scoop everything up.“No doubt some gardeners will be rueing their rashness in getting things in in March, many will be now having to buy replacements.”He said that now was also the time to prune evergreen shrubs once they have finished flowering. She said that anyone who had not yet pruned their roses needed to do so “right away”.“If it was wet and cold and you delayed it, do it now,” she said.
6.27% Poland 7. 3.99% 1. 2. 16,002 37,210 12.93% Sweden Hungary 5. ← Previous Story Granollers Cup 2015 confirms slogan “Fun, friends and handball” Next Story → ASOBAL 2014/2015 ALL STAR TEAM – FC Barcelona 100% 4. Norway 49,858 Denmark 33,503 Brazil 5.19% Handball-Planet.com has very successful first part of 2015 with over 210.000 unique visitors for the first six months. The biggest fan base for the first time our website has from Germany, who became the leader in number of visits with about 13 % of all visits. Traditionally, HP has the biggest number of visitors from Poland (9.65%) and Hungary (8.7%) and both countries keep the level of interests for our work.On the fourth and fifth place are visitors from Norway and Denmark, while TOP 10 closing Romania, Spain, Macedonia, Sweden and Brazil.Handball-Planet.com TOP 10 nations – January until June 2015: 9. Romania 20,016 Spain 8.69% Macedonia (FYROM) 9.65% 24,457 8. 10. 15,893 6. 3.05% 15,391 4.15% 6.34% 3. 24,187 11,738 Germany 4.12%
SPACE EXPLORATION ENTHUSIASTS have lamented the loss of Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station in recent weeks.His educational videos, spectacular images and surprising singing ability awakened an interest in ordinary people about what NASA and other agencies were up to above our planet.But the moustachioed Canadian’s replacement might prove just as popular.Somewhat of an old hand at spacewalking, Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin has already taken part in three expeditions, clocking up 371 days in space.During his last mission on the ISS in 2010, he produced two catalogues of wondrous images of earth, as it appears in space. Here’s a selection for your enjoyment.Note: Only some of the photos are captioned by the astronaut. Others, we just have to guess what we are looking at because we can’t ask him (he’s in space). Hurricane DanielImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyThe moonImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyMountainsImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyThe Andes. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyThe foothills of the Himalayas. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencySunsetImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyAfrica ErosionImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyIslandsImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyThe Bahamas. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyThe Falkland Islands. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyAustraliaUluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in the heart of Australia. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyOn the shore of Australia. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyBanks Peninsula, New ZealandImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyAlaskaImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyLondon and ParisImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyDunesImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyThe Kamchatka PeninsulaThe 1,250-kilometre peninsula the Russian Far East lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency The glaciers of PatagoniaImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyYurchikhin’s hometown of BatumiImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyUntitledImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyImage: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space AgencyFor more images, check out the Russian Federation’s website. Hat-tip to reader Seán O’ Dulaing for bring these images to our attention. Read: Chris Hadfield’s replacements to study plants and fire in spaceRelated: Some of the many things we learned from Chris Hadfield’s time in spaceMore: NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft is broken – but they’re determined to fix it
Once upon a time, Cards Against Humanity was Kickstarter’s biggest triumph. That was long before game consoles like the Ouya raised almost $10 million in crowd funding and games like Star Citizen made us believe in hard sci-fi space games once again. But then Double Fine set the precedent for a video game raising massive funds on the crowdfunding platform.Untitled at the time, Broken Age now, the game raised a little over $3.3 million in funding, perhaps proving that high profile game developers didn’t need to rely on bigwig publishers. Since then, a plethora of video games have gotten funded, and the most exciting ones have yet to come to fruition. Yesterday evening, Tim Schafer himself sent out an update to Kickstarter backers announcing that the development process for Broken Age has run out of money. Oops. A bit mercifully, Double Fine has a plan that won’t cost you anymore money, but will cost you time.Broken Age was always intended to follow a male and female character, each with their own somewhat parallel story until they both meet. Now, because Double Fine has run out of development funds, the team plans on releasing the first half of the game on Steam Early Access in January of 2014, so Kickstarter backers can get their hands on a playable product, but also so they can charge a fee for non-backers and generate some new funds to continue with development.I am, admittedly, a huge Tim Schafer fan — the man has basically never done me wrong — but this looks like the first misstep the company has taken (depending on how you felt about Brutal Legend, of course).To be fair, the team ran out of funding for good reasons, rather than because they blew it all in Las Vegas or something. During development, the team’s vision for the game continued to grow, and they let that happen. This is the main curse and blessing of Kickstarter. A project can move ahead without a publisher, and the crowd that funded the project is presumed to be understanding about the development time because, with Kickstarter, everything is essentially “indie,” which is viewed as acceptably more difficult.There aren’t publishers looming over developers, shoving delivery dates down their throats and lining their office walls with very big calendars. Creative types don’t want to rush out their baby, they want to nurture it and help it grow. So, without publishers, Kickstarter developers only answer to the fans that funded the project, and fans are generally more accepting of waiting longer for a higher quality product than getting an inferior product sooner.Still, it’s disappointing that Double Fine let the game (intentionally or accidentally) get away from them, and this is just another notch on the things-inherently-wrong-with-Kickstarter belt. However, we’re used to games being split into episodes at this point in the game industry’s life, and it’s safe to assume that we’d rather have any Kickstarter project that we funded release late, rather than not be given the chance to exist at all.
Découverte d’une nouvelle espèce de mammifère dans les Andes : l’olinguitoUne nouvelle espèce de mammifère carnivore a été découverte dans les Andes : l’olinguito. De l’apparence proche d’un chat, cet animal à la tête d’ours en peluche est la première nouvelle espèce de carnivore à être identifiée sur le continent américain depuis 35 ans.Selon des scientifiques, la découverte de l’olinguito constitue la première nouvelle espèce de carnivore à être identifiée sur le continent américain depuis 35 ans. Les zoologistes indiquent que ce mammifère est le dernier membre découvert de la famille des Procyonidae. Dans cette famille se trouvent notamment les ratons laveurs ou les kinkajous.L’olinguito pèse environ 900 grammes et, avec ses grands yeux, sa fourrure couleur rouille et sa tête d’ours en peluche il ressemble un peu à un chat. Il vit dans les forêts brumeuses de Colombie et d’Equateur où les populations locales l’appellent “neblina”, brume en espagnol.”La découverte de l’olinguito par la science montre que le monde n’a pas été complètement exploré et renferme encore des secrets”, relève Kristofer Helgen, conservateur du département des mammifères au Musée d’Histoire naturelle de Washington. Pour lui, “décrire et classer ces espèces est la première étape pour comprendre toute la richesse et la diversité de la vie sur la planète”. Aussi, “si de nouveaux carnivores peuvent encore être découverts, quelles autres surprises nous attendent ?”.Une découverte provenant d’un travail colossal Il aura toutefois fallu dix ans à M. Helgen et à son équipe de recherche pour boucler la première étude exhaustive sur les olingos. Car cet animal regroupe lui-même plusieurs espèces de carnivores vivant dans les arbres et appartenant au genre des Bassaricyon. Les chercheurs ont donc examiné plus de 95 % des spécimens d’olingos naturalisés et conservés dans les musées autour du monde. Ils ont testé l’ADN et analysé les données historiques et c’est ce travail colossal qui leur a permis de constater pour leur plus grande surprise, que l’olinguito n’avait jamais été décrit.Les premiers indices notés par Kristofer Helgen ont été les dents et le crâne de l’olinguito : plus petits, ils ont également une forme différente de celles des autres olingos. Les chercheurs ont aussi constaté que cette espèce était plus petite et possédait une fourrure plus dense avec des poils plus longs. Après avoir identifié l’olinguito dans les musées, les scientifiques ont organisé une expédition pour le trouver dans son milieu naturel.Un mammifère qui s’affaire la nuitÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’équipe de chercheurs a eu la chance de filmer pendant quelques secondes un des ces animaux, ce qui a permis ensuite d’en découvrir d’autres sur les pentes occidentales des Andes. En effet, cette espèce vit à des altitudes comprises entre 1.600 et 3.000 mètres (plus haut que les autres olingos) et dans une zone bien précise du nord des Andes. Grâce aux données qu’ils ont pu collecter les scientifiques ont appris que les olinguitos sont surtout actifs la nuit et que, s’ils sont carnivores, ils mangent surtout des fruits. Par ailleurs, ils passent le plus clair de leur temps perchés dans les arbres et portent leurs bébés un par un. Enfin, les chercheurs ont estimé que 42 % de leur habitat naturel avaient déjà été convertis en zones agricoles ou urbaines, ce qui, à terme, pourrait menacée cette espèce.Le 16 août 2013 à 12:59 • Maxime Lambert
Portugal Coach Fernando Santos feels his side really worked to earn point to be in final four as Italy caused them enormous problems.Portugal has now made it to the Final Four by topping the Nations League group following a goalless match with Italy at San Siro.“We were made to suffer for the point. If I’d had a blood pressure machine on, there might’ve been problems…” confessed Santos in his Press conference via Football Italia.“I thought it was going to be a great game, as we have similar playing styles, but we had enormous problems. I thought it would overall be more like the second half performance.”“This was not our plan to sit back, but the situation was created by Italy forcing us back. This is an experience that will help us to grow and mature.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I could’ve put on a quicker player in the final minutes and go for the win, but there was the risk of conceding on the counter-attack, so Danilo gave us more solidity and it went well. It’s a very satisfying result, as we showed the quality of Portuguese football.”“It was a very difficult match, much more difficult than I expected. We struggled to defend, as when we’re not well-organized, we can’t build any forward moves. That is down to Italy, as we knew they’d control the game and try to pin us back.”“It was also our fault to a degree because we did know what movements Italy would make with Marco Verratti going deeper. We just couldn’t keep the ball.”“During the half-time break, I went to the whiteboard and showed them what had gone wrong, so we improved in the second half.”Portugal will play last group game against already-relegated Poland come Tuesday in Guimaraes.
SDSU West Scoping Meetings 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego State University has issued the official Notice of Preparation and Initial Study for their Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which marks the formal beginning of the environmental review for the Mission Valley site.There will be three public scoping meetings have been scheduled to allow for public comment.First of three public scoping meetings is Tuesday (1/29) from 3:30 – 5:30 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at SDSU.The second is on (1/30) from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Mission Valley Marriott.The third is on (2/7) form 5:00 – 7:00 at the Mission Valley Marriott.People can sign up for the SDSU Mission Valley email list to receive timely news and other important dates online at sdsu.edu/missionvalley Posted: January 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom January 29, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom,
Northwest Pipe Co. has received a notice from the Nasdaq stock exchange that it’s no longer in compliance with the exchange’s listing rules because the company failed to file its third-quarter financial report in a timely fashion.The Vancouver-based business, which manufactures steel pipe, delayed registering its report for the three months ended Sept. 30. The delay is due to a review by Northwest Pipe of assumptions it relied on in previous years to determine the “depreciation expense for equipment,” the company said Tuesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Northwest Pipe has until Jan. 17 to submit a plan to Nasdaq to regain compliance. If Nasdaq Stock Market officials accept the plan, they can grant up to 180 calendar days, or until May 14, for the company to meet the standards required by the exchange. Failing that, the company could be removed from the Nasdaq.A company can be delisted and continue to be profitable. However, a delisting can make it more difficult and more expensive for a company to raise money.Northwest Pipe said it plans to meet the Jan. 17 deadline by either filing its third-quarter earnings report or submitting a plan to Nasdaq to regain compliance.
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has applied to federal government to place its Andrew Hope Building in downtown Juneau into a federal trust making it exempt from local and state jurisdictions. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Trump administration reopened a decades-long fight over whether tribes in Alaska can create sovereign areas.Listen nowNative American tribes are able to put land into trust with the federal government. The property then gains special status: it’s not subject to most local and state laws and it’s not taxed either.Such lands are included in the legal classification of Indian Country.For decades, Department of Interior cited the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 — the law that set up regional Native corporations — as the reason Alaska tribes weren’t able to put land into trust.But most of the more than 200 tribal organizations in Alaska weren’t part of the deal.“We did not receive land from the federal government so we’re kind of at a loss to our aboriginal land claims,” Ivan Encelewski, executive director of Ninilchik Traditional Council said. The council oversees tribal affairs for the 900-member Ninilchik Village Tribe.The council received a federal grant about a year ago to run a public bus service on the Kenai Peninsula.“We do a static bus route basically running from Ninilchik down to Homer and up to Soldotna and Kenai,” Encelewski said.The tribe decided to put its bus garage into trust, which would exempt property from local and state taxes and potentially unlock further federal money.“It just simply made a lot of sense,” Encelewski said. “This is a piece of property that would work well and be well-suited for the land-into-trust application.”The tribe had reason to be optimistic.After years of litigation the Bureau of Indian Affairs began accepting lands-into-trust applications from Alaska tribes in 2014.Three years later the Craig Tribal Association on Prince of Wales Island made history by becoming the first – and so far only – one to be successful.That was in January 2017.A week later, President Donald Trump was inaugurated, which meant new appointees running the Department of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs.Tribes were notified in June the rule was being withdrawn, pending further review.Anchorage attorney Lloyd Miller helped sue the Department of Interior that eventually opened the way for Alaska’s tribes to put lands into trust. He’s disappointed it didn’t last.“The White House has made it clear that anything associated with President Obama is to be questioned and presumptively reversed,” Miller said. “The White House has taken that to heart, the agencies have taken it to heart and this is certainly part of that directive.”Bureau of Indian Affairs released a list of trust applications from tribes, but did not otherwise respond to requests for comment.Where Gov. Bill Walker’s administration stands is unclear. It has fallen in line with previous administrations in opposing Alaska tribes from establishing sovereign trust lands.Alaska Native leaders that advise Walker recently met over the federal government’s sudden U-turn.Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council Chairwoman Melissa Borton said the feeling among the group is that when it comes to putting lands into trust, the so-called “Alaska exception” is unfair.“If tribes feel the need and see the importance in putting that land into trust, then they should have that opportunity just like every other tribe in the nation has,” Borton said. “We should not be treated differently than the Lower 48 tribes.”Alaska Native tribes have invested thousands of dollars in their applications in the meantime.“There’s a lot of time that goes into these applications,” Encelewski said, “It’s definitely frustrating to see something potentially hold that up right at the end.”Bureau of Indian Affairs sent a July 2 letter to tribal leaders saying it would hold consultations with Alaska tribes and take public comment over the issue.
New Delhi: Stating the Centre has adopted “zero tolerance” towards terrorism, the Government on Tuesday said steps taken by it has resulted in a decline in these incidents in the country. Moving the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, MoS Home Kishan Reddy said: “This government was working against terrorism with zero tolerance.” Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The minister said between 2004-14, a little over 40 incidents of “Interland terrorism” took place. In these incidents, 883 people were killed. Incidents of terrorism has declined in the country: Government However, from 2014-19, four incidents of Interland terrorism took place in which 91 people were killed. Of these four, three were Pakistan sponsored, he said. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us The bill seeks to allow an individual suspected to have terror links to be designated as a ‘terrorist’. Stating that the entire world, including the big nations, were victims of terrorism, the minister said the steps taken by the government has resulted in decline in terrorism. In order to put a check on terrorism, he said, “we have given a free hand to the security forces” and added that the in the northeastern states in the last five years there has been a decline in the insurgency-related incidents. Advertise With Us Due to the sustained effort of the government, the minister said, the situation has improved in the left-wing extremism affected states. The Bill proposes (rpt proposes) to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Under the Act, an investigating officer is required to obtain the prior approval of the Director-General of Police to seize properties that may be connected with terrorism. The Bill adds that if the investigation is conducted by an officer of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the approval of the Director-General of NIA would be required for seizure of such property. Under the Act, investigation of cases may be conducted by officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent or Assistant Commissioner of Police or above. The Bill additionally empowers the officers of the NIA, of the rank of Inspector or above, to investigate cases. Participating in the discussion, Manish Tewari (Congress) said in this country false propaganda is being spread that the law was a solution to all the problems. The solution to the problems, he said, was through political initiatives and not strict laws. Opposing the proposed amendments, Tewari said tough laws were “often misused than used”. He also recalled how the demand for diluting POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) was raised by the NDA allies during the Vajpayee regime. Tewari said there was no justification in allowing officers of the rank of NIA inspectors to investigate cases while similar powers were available to Deputy Superintendent of Police in other laws. He further said that there were hardly any lone wolf type attacks in the country to justify the provision of declaring individuals as terrorists. On the other hand, he added, it was the organisation which provide logistic and financial support to terrorists and deserved to be banned. He also warned that six months from now there could be a debate in Parliament on misuse of the UAPA. Meenakshi Lekhi (BJP) said the amendment bill is dedicated to the people who have sacrificed their lives defending the sovereignty and integrity of the nation. Moreover, she added, most of the provisions in the amendment bill were of the technical nature and aimed at removing technical glitches. Responding to the opposition charge that the bill was being too harsh, Lekhi said, “fear of law should be there in the minds of those who want to harm the country.” She further said that amendments were being made in pursuance of the international treaty obligations. It was essential to designate terrorists as such and block their sources of funding, she said, adding it is people who make an organisation. Her remarks that the earlier Congress government came up with these kinds of restrictive laws after DMK started talking about ceding from India following the Indo-China war evoked sharp reaction from the members. D Ravikumar (DMK) said that late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and DMK had collected funds for the central government and their leader was for unity and integrity of the country. YSRCP member K G Madhav Reddy said that giving powers to NIA DG to attach properties without the consent of the state amounted to “encroachment of the powers of state government… an insult to the state, our chief minister and people.” He demanded that the state governments be informed in advance about the action being taken by the NIA to deal with terrorists and that also nothing should be done for political reasons.