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Italian Official Added to List of Defendants in Earthquake Trial

first_imgThe former head of Italy’s civil protection department, Guido Bertolaso, is to be investigated for manslaughter alongside seven scientists and technicians who are currently on trial for allegedly having carried out a superficial seismic risk analysis and giving a false sense of security to people in the central Italian town of L’Aquila only days before a deadly earthquake struck and killed 308 people. Bertolaso was implicated by a recording of a phone conversation between himself and a regional civil protection officer that took place a week before the earthquake. In it Bertolaso explains that the experts were to meet up “not because we are frightened and worried” by a series of tremors that had been striking the region for several months but because “we want to reassure the public.” The prosecution alleges that it was unjustified reassurances provided by the seven who, it is argued, underestimated the threat of a major quake, which caused many people in L’Aquila and the surrounding area to remain indoors and perish in the early hours of 6 April 2009 rather than go outside. The experts were full or acting members of a government advisory body known as the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks that met in L’Aquila on 31 March 2009 to discuss the ongoing seismic “swarm”—a magnitude-4.1 tremor had shook the town the day before. The meeting took place the day after the call between Bertolaso and official Daniela Stati, in which the former said that the meeting was to be “more of a media operation”. 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After underlining to Stati the importance of prudence when dealing with earthquakes, and in particular that one should never state that there won’t be further tremors, Bertolaso then went on to tell her what the experts were to say: “It is a normal situation, these phenomena [the tremors] happen, it’s better that there are 100 magnitude-4 tremors rather than silence because 100 tremors release energy and there won’t ever be the damaging tremor.” The following day, ahead of the meeting, de Bernardinis, who is one of the seven indicted but is not himself an earthquake expert, told a reporter that the tremors posed “no danger” and that “the scientific community continues to confirm to me that in fact it is a favorable situation, that is to say a continuous discharge of energy.” In fact, seismologists know that earthquakes tend to cluster in time and space and so the occurrence of smaller tremors tends to increase the chances that a larger quake will take place, even if the absolute probability of such an event remains low. Bertolaso was added to the list of people under investigation by the L’Aquila prosecutors following the release last week of the recording of the phone call on the Web site of the newspaper La Repubblica. It is possible, according to news reports, that the case against Bertolaso will be incorporated into the trial of the seven commission members, although this would be difficult given that the trial is already under way. The trial started last September, but with nearly 300 witnesses scheduled to testify it is likely to last until at least the autumn.last_img read more

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Is Quantico Really Priyanka Chopra’s Big Hollywood Break

first_imgBollywood star Priyanka Chopra has been featured in billboards and posters across the US as the starring role in the TV show Quantico. Related Itemslast_img

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An Indian cricketer helps Soumya Sarkar regain form

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementSoumya Sarkar, the Left Handed opening batsman of Bangladesh seems to have regained his rhythm and batting form and it could not have come at a better time with the World Cup just around the corner.Sarkar, who visibly was struggling to score runs consistently, was also dropped from his Rajshahi Kings in the last edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. Playing for his team Abahani Limited in this year’s Dhaka Premier league, he seemed to be in the form of his life.Soumya’s start to the DPL was not an ideal one as he again struggled to score runs on a regular basis. He ended scoring only one half-century in the first eleven games that he had played. However, he did bounce back by scoring a century followed by a double hundred and in the process becoming the first Bangladeshi cricketer to score a double century in List-A career.Former Indian opener had a big role to play in this turnaround as he observed Soumya in the nets for a couple of days and Jaffer was a part of indoor net sessions with Soumya where he worked a little on his batting technique and also on the mindset of the Bangladeshi opener.Bangladesh would be satisfied seeing the turnaround in form of their opening batsman and Sarkar will be looking to capitalize on the momentum that he has gained.last_img read more

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Adventure park at Garden of Five Senses inaugurated

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra today inaugurated an adventure park developed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development (DTTDC) over 22 acres at Garden of Five Senses in Said-ul-Ajaib Village.The sprawling park, close to Saket Metro station, will have facilities of paint ball, rock climbing wall, zip line, Burma bridge, commando net, running bungee, Sumo wrestling, Zorbing, air rifle shooting, archery among other sports.”This Adventure Park came up as a blessing for people of Delhi and will provide children with space to play and get enthralled with adventure activities. It will also act as a catalyst to promote Garden of Five Senses as an eco-friendly project and bring more families to spend their time in the Garden,” Mishra said while inaugurating the park.The adventure park will commence its operations for general public from tomorrow.Besides the entry tickets to the Garden of Five Senses, the visitors will have to pay Rs 100 to Rs 120 for different adventure activities, said a senior Tourism department official. PTI VIT TIRlast_img read more

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Fundraising is not really about money

first_img“Fundraising is not really about money. It’s about people.”Fundraising expert Larry C. Johnson, author of The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising, challenges nonprofits to look at the bigger picture to create a sustainable funding model for their missions.As you execute your final fundraising campaigns for 2013, make sure you are planning for long-term success instead of just short-term dollar gains. Larry’s principles of sustainable fundraising urge fundraisers to look beyond quick wins and dig deeper to build a model of relationship-based philanthropy. To help you accomplish this, we’ve invited Larry to share his tips and answer your questions in a free Nonprofit 911 webinar this week. This is well worth an hour of your time to make the most of your year-end donors. Larry’s expertise can help you: • Discover what your donors really want.• Understand who will support your cause and how to approach them.• Structure a sustainable program.• Learn how to evaluate your program.Free Webinar: How to Achieve Financial SustainabilityGuest expert: Larry C. Johnson, CFRE and author of The Eight Principles of Sustainable FundraisingTuesday, November 19, 2013 | 1pm ESTRegister now.(If you can’t join us for the live session, go ahead and register so you’ll automatically receive the recording and slides directly in your inbox.)last_img read more

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Investing in Nature for Economic Growth (Part I of II)

first_imgThis piece was originally posted on www.environmentalleader.com, and was written by Amanda DeSantis, DuPont, and Janet Ranganathan, WRI. Read part II here.For many of us, the term “ecosystems” conjures up thoughts of environmental protection and restoration. While that is one part of the picture, this view misses the critical role that ecosystems also play in underpinning economies and the business sector. Ecosystem services—- the benefits that businesses and people derive from nature such as food, freshwater, pollination, and climate regulation— are the link between nature and economic development. This viewpoint enables governments and corporate leaders to move beyond a narrow mindset of protecting nature from economic development to focus on how to invest in nature for development.Ecosystem services: the backbone of businessResources underpin much of business activity, from product development and capital projects to operational resource needs. Most business sectors, from consumer products to agriculture to extractive industries, such as mining and oil and gas, depend on ecosystem services at some point in their value chain. Agriculture, for example, relies heavily on ecosystem services from requiring an adequate water supply, fertile soil, and pollination for nearly 75% of the world’s crop species. This reliance is especially pronounced in developing countries where agriculture contributes a larger share of economic wealth and where there is less social and economic resilience when ecosystems degrade or even collapse.In 2005, the UN-led Millennium Ecosystem Assessment provided the first global snapshot of conditions and trends in ecosystem services. Involving nearly 1,400 experts from the private and public sectors, the Assessment made the startling finding that globally two-thirds of ecosystem services are already degraded due to a variety of human activities.Since resource costs and constraints will likely continue to escalate along with growing ecosystem degradation, the world faces a critical need to improve resource efficiency. Several factors are adding urgency to this quest: a rapidly changing climate, a booming population which is headed to over 9 billion by 2050, and the growth of the global middle class. Together, these factors will further exacerbate pressure on ecosystems.Emerging approaches to assessing the business risksIn response, governments, UN agencies, NGOs and businesses such as Syngenta, Dow, Mondi, and Akzo Nobel, have begun to factor in ecosystem service risks and opportunities.At a recent event, hosted by the World Resources Institute, on corporate ecosystem valuation, Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets, underscored the business relevance of a world of depleting resources. “Almost all financial institutions are now concerned with this issue,” she said. “A healthy environment is the foundation for a strong and sustainable economy. A key challenge for us is to manage the competing human demands [on resources] without undermining crucial ecosystem functions.”Such a message from a global financial services company is a sure sign that ecosystem services are rapidly becoming a mainstream business issue. So, too, is the recent decision of the International Finance Corporation to incorporate ecosystem services into their performance standards, which are adhered to by 70 other financial institutions that are signatories to the Equator Principles.To help business address potential risks and opportunities, ecosystem service based decision-making tools are being developed. One such tool by the World Resources Institute, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Meridian Institute, is the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review, used by over 200 companies to date, which provides guidelines for identifying risks and opportunities. Additional tools are being developed for product development and consumer product labeling to integrate life cycle assessment methodologies into ecosystem valuations.Steps businesses can take to incorporate ecosystem servicesFollowing are several key steps businesses may take to incorporate ecosystems services into their strategic planning:Assess ecosystem service dependencies and impacts (using tools if helpful) for operational needs, product offerings, and value chain considerations;Identify key ecosystem services and the resulting business risks and opportunities, and incorporate into business strategies if needed; andMonitor global policy trends and collaborate with policy makers and others when appropriate.Looking Forward on Ecosystem ServicesBelow are a few highlights of where ecosystem services could be heading in the future.–Strengthened science-policy interface. The creation of the new UN-led Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services may improve the links between emerging scientific knowledge and policy action at multiple scales.–Integrated decision support tools and regulatory/policies. Further development and refinement of tools for Environmental Impact Assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessments, Life Cycle Assessments and NEPA analysis.–Large scale restoration. An ecosystem services framing will help make the case for scaled up ecosystem restoration based on the benefits they provide to people.–Public-Private Collaborations. Many businesses already work to adapt to ecosystem and climate change but the magnitude of change will require collaboration at an impactful and sustainable scale.–Further proliferation of market based incentives. The world’s largest payments for ecosystem services market is in China, mostly for the agricultural sector. In the United States, the Department of Agriculture is fostering such markets, for example in nutrient trading for the Chesapeake Bay.–Innovation. More innovative products and technologies will help sustain and enhance ecosystems along supply chains and product markets. Examples among consumer products include detergents that require less water and agricultural seeds that are drought tolerant.To learn more, below are some of the numerous efforts occurring on an international, national, and regional scale.World Economic ForumOrganization for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentMillennium Ecosystem AssessmentIntergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem ServicesUnited States Department of AgricultureUnited States Environmental Protection AgencyWorld Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentBusiness for Social ResponsibilityNational Ecosystem Services PartnershipWorld Resources InstitutePart II of this article series will focus on the agricultural sector.Janet Ranganathan is VP of Science and Research for World Resources Institute. Amanda DeSantis is Leader of Sustainability Initiatives for DuPont.last_img read more

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Rebuilding Cities After Sandy: 3 Keys to Climate Resilience

first_img1) Build Green as Well as GrayAs we saw from Hurricane Sandy and other destructive, recent storms, cities from New York to Miami to Houston need to develop infrastructure that reduces the vulnerability of homes, commerce, and services.This does not mean walling-in every coastal community with huge barriers or dikes. Where cities meet shorelines, “green infrastructure” can often meet the same need. For example, Maryland’s state government is buying up wetlands and marshes to provide buffers against future storm surge. And in New Jersey, the restoration of South Cape May Meadows provided a natural seafront barrier that helped the area fare much better than others when Sandy hit.Within cities, forward-looking municipal authorities are experimenting with climate-resilient infrastructure, such as heat-resistant, permeable pavements in Chicago and water-collecting rain gardens in Philadelphia that slow storm-related runoff. In Los Angeles, incentives for homeowners to install rooftop solar power enable the city to spread risk and reduce energy disruption when power outages strike.2) Spend Today, Save TomorrowThe toll on the U.S. economy from climate change and extreme weather events is mounting. The insurer Munich Re estimated that over the past 30 years, weather-related catastrophes cost more than $1 trillion in North America alone, an average of more than $34 billion per year. Insured losses increased from $9 billion in the 1980s to $36 billion in the 2000s. Hurricane Sandy’s economic costs are on track to exceed $70 billion in New York and New Jersey alone.Clearly, there are large, near-term costs to making U.S. cities more resilient. But the future pay-off is likewise significant, enabling our economy and society to weather the storm as climate change impacts unfold in the years to come. Choosing green over gray infrastructure is one way to help slash the bill.When it comes to reducing destructive stormwater runoff, for example, WRI analysis found that maintaining wetlands to soak up sea surges cost $ 0.47 per thousand gallons compared with $3.24 for conventional controls like storm drains. New York City already employs green infrastructure to control stormwater runoff, an investment that will save $1.5 billion over 20 years, and North Carolina has gone the same route.3) Plan Smartly, and with Public SupportIf cities are to adapt smartly and cost-effectively to global warming, municipal and state authorities must embed climate considerations into planning. This will require both new engineering approaches to rebuilding, and new processes for making fundamental decisions about the future of our cities.Practical examples of new planning approaches already exist. The Thames Barrier, for example, protects London from storm and tide surges. But this may not always be the case, depending on how fast and high the sea rises. So the designers included options to raise the barrier or build a new one and crafted a “decision map” to guide future Londoners in matching unfolding climate impacts with appropriate actions.A high degree of public engagement and buy-in will also be essential given the tough choices cities will need to make. The views and values of citizens whose lives will be most affected must count as authorities ponder questions such as: Should multi-billion dollar barriers be erected to protect city borders? Should new development be forbidden along vulnerable areas of shoreline? Politicians and planners cannot make such momentous decisions alone.Time to ActAs Sandy vividly revealed, America’s densely populated northeast hub—including the country’s financial and political capitals—is highly vulnerable to climate impacts. New York and Newark, N.J., according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rank among the 20 world cities most susceptible to rising sea levels.Governor Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among others, have indicated that rebuilding efforts must take account of the new climate context. As thousands of people continue to rebuild their homes and lives after Sandy, “building back better” must become more than a slogan. It should be the basis of a new, climate-resilient approach to urban development across the nation.Analysis was provided by Heather McGray, Johan Schaar, and Ayesha Dinshaw, of WRI’s Vulnerability and Adaptation team. As negotiators in Doha move toward a new global climate agreement this week, politicians and planners in the United States are still busy absorbing the lessons of Hurricane Sandy.With half of all Americans living near the ocean, Hurricane Sandy provides a wake-up call for state and municipal authorities in coastal areas nationwide. New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is leading the way, pledging a new generation of storm-resistant infrastructure and forming three commissions to explore how the state can better prepare for climate change’s coming impacts.Sandy wrought a 1,000-mile trail of damage in towns and cities along the East Coast shoreline. As climate change intensifies, more severe storms (and storm surges), rising seas, extreme heat, and other destructive impacts loom on the horizon. How can New York City; Newark, N.J.; and other cities hit by Sandy rebuild in ways that avoid a repeat of the devastation that deprived millions of the basic essentials of modern life? How can other coastal cities adapt to become more resilient to a warming climate?Put simply, they need to “build back better,” a phrase first coined by President Clinton following the 2004 Asian tsunami. In practice, this means coupling short-term efforts to get communities back on their feet with longer-term urban development that adapts to expected climate change impacts.As they seek to make our coastal cities and towns more climate resilient, urban leaders should adopt three key approaches that we believe will be critical to success:last_img read more

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What Goram-Welch’s Commitment Means for Oklahoma State

first_img5OSU1785.80 10Baylor1384.75 1Texas2092.78 2OU1791.17 4Kansas2584.27 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 9West Virginia1385.44 6TCU1387.67center_img What it means … for the positionThere are zero — ZERO! — seniors at the defensive tackle position at Oklahoma State. I had to quadruple check because I didn’t believe that. With Goram-Welch being the second commitment at defensive tackle in this class along with Grant Mahon, I’d expect this should wrap up recruiting at this position for the cycle.The only potential wrench that could be thrown here is if a spot at DE gets allocated for the DT spot. OSU has one senior at DE and one commitment at DE in the 2020 cycle in Tyren Irby. But it’s a position in need of depth after a bevy of losses last offseason, even with the promise of Trace Ford and the other newbies. However, if OSU decides it’d prefer to chase another DT and feels it’s set at DE, that could change things. This should wrap up the position for 2020 barring a substantial change in circumstances.What it means … for the 2020 recruiting classHere’s a stat that surprised me: OSU’s 17-man recruiting class has 10 members likely to play on the defensive side of the ball. So as we roll towards December and the early signing period, I expect that ratio to even out a bit. OSU needs a running back (or two). Maybe another receiver, too. So keep an eye on that in the coming weeks as OSU tries to put a bow on this class. 8Kansas State1884.50 RANKINGSCHOOLTOTAL COMMITSPER-PLAYER AVG. 7Texas Tech1785.67 Oklahoma State added commitment No. 17 to the 2020 recruiting class on Tuesday night when Texas defensive tackle prospect Sawyer Goram-Welch announced for OSU. Here’s the impact of what it means for OSU and for the recruiting class.What it means … in the recruiting rankingsNational ranking: No. 39Big 12 ranking: No. 5Goram-Welch is the eighth highest-rated pledge of OSU’s 17-man recruiting class. His verbal moved OSU in the national rankings from No. 41 to No. 39. In the Big 12, OSU stayed steady at No. 5 sandwiched behind No. 4 Kansas and No. 6 TCU. On a per-player commitment average, OSU trails only Texas, OU and TCU. 3Iowa State2185.25last_img read more

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‘Ozil’s gone from captain to being behind Kolasinac!’

first_imgThe future “doesn’t look very good” for Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, admits Ian Wright, with the World Cup winner having gone from captain to seeing Sead Kolasinac picked in midfield ahead of him.The German playmaker has become something of a fringe figure under Unai Emery over recent weeks.A Spanish coach is yet to be convinced of the 30-year-old’s worth amid another inconsistent campaign, with Ozil being forced to contend with regular spells on the bench as a result. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He was an unused substitute once again during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.Emery had hoped to make his side more solid by naming Kolasinac on the left wing, and Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi as his central midfield pairing, but the Gunners were still overrun.With Ozil not even introduced when chasing the game, Wright fears that his time in north London may be coming to an end.The Arsenal legend told Match of the Day 2: “Captain one week, next week he plays a left-back in midfield ahead of arguably our most creative player.”Doesn’t look very good for him.”Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester City v Arsenal, Premier League, 2019With no Ozil to provide inspiration, and Arsenal remaining alarmingly leaky at the back, Wright concedes that Emery’s side may struggle to force their way back into the Premier League’s top four this season.They spent two campaigns on the outside of that pack towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign and the form of others could lead to them completing an unwelcome hat-trick in 2019.”If we’re going to play like that, and we were playing Manchester City and they’re the best, but the defending was not great,” added Wright.”If Manchester United continue their form, Chelsea have got Gonzalo Higuain who has hit the ground running, and Tottenham Hotspur are still doing great things even with injuries, it might be a little bit out of reach, but the Europa League may be the best route in.”I’m not saying write off top four because there are teams that Arsenal can still beat.”Arsenal could still secure a Champions League spot through their continental endeavours.They have reached the last 32 of the Europa League and the victors of that competition will be granted a place among the elite for 2019-20.last_img read more

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Emiliano Sala missing plane: Search resumes in English channel for Cardiff striker

first_img Reuters ParisJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 14:57 IST Guernsey police said if the aircraft landed on water, the chances of Emiliano Sala’s survival were slim. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEmiliano Sala is feared dead after the light aircraft he was travelling in went missingIn a voice message published by an Argentine newspaper, Sala said it seemed like the plane was “about to crash”Sala had signed for Cardiff City from FC Nantes just last weekThe search for Cardiff City’s new soccer star, Emiliano Sala, resumed on Wednesday 36 hours after the light aircraft he was flying on disappeared in the English Channel.Sala was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff for his club debut when the plane lost radar contact off the English Channel island of Guernsey late on Monday.”We have resumed searching,” Guernsey police said. “Two planes are taking off and will search a targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather since it went missing.”Rescue aircraft and boats had searched more than 1,000 square miles (2,590 square km) of sea for the single-engine Piper Malibu by midday on Tuesday.The 28-year-old Argentine-born forward joined struggling Cardiff City from FC Nantes last week for a club record fee of about 17 million euros ($19 million), after scoring 12 goals for the French club this season.In a voice message left by Emiliano Sala, published by Argentine newspaper Clarin, he said that it seemed as though the plane was “about to crash”.The plane had been cruising at 5,000 feet (1,525 m) when the pilot requested to descend to a lower altitude on passing Guernsey. It lost radar contact at 2,300 feet (700 m), the police said.Police said that they had seen a number of floating objects in the water on Tuesday, but had been unable to determine whether they were from the missing aircraft.The police said they had found no signs of those on board, and that if the aircraft landed on water, the chances of survival were slim.advertisementAlso Read | Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin ruled out for the rest of the seasonAlso Read | Cristiano Ronaldo accepts fine and suspended jail term for tax fraudFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Emiliano SalaFollow Cardiff CityFollow FC NantesFollow Emiliano Sala missing plane Emiliano Sala missing plane: Search resumes in English channel for Cardiff strikerCardiff City’s newest signing Emiliano Sala has been missing since late Monday after the light aircraft he was flying on lost radar contact off the English Channel island.advertisementlast_img read more

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Celebrate Jordan’s college days with these high-top Retro Ones

first_img Editors’ Recommendations On Your Feet is all about that new shoe feeling- from the first time you open the box until they’re worn into the ground. Sometimes we’ll sift through the constant Air Jordan releases to bring you the gems other people will leave on the shelves, and sometimes we’ll slide on reclaimed leather loafers from Prague, but we’ll always focus on comfortable shoes with appealing and creative aesthetic. So lace up your new kicks and stand on the precipice of adventure, where will we go together?No release fires up the sneaker community like a classic pair of Jordan 1s. The silhouette demands attention for its comfort, simple style, and extensive legacy. Most of the popular colorways revolve around Jordan’s time in Chicago, but before that, he was a Tarheel, a team with its own unique colors and traditions.During his three seasons at the University of North Carolina, Jordan led the team to an NCAA championship title over the Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown team. He left a year before graduating to be picked third in the NBA draft by the Bulls, but didn’t forget his alma mater, returning two years later to finish his degree. It’s not just the ties to the university that make this release so important, however.It’s the first time this particular look has been retro released in full high-top form. Several permutations, a mid-top and a patent leather, have come down the pipeline, but this is also part of the remastered Jordan line, and with that comes improvements over other Jordan brand sneakers. That means, for the first time since 1985, sneakerheads will be able to get their hands on, and feet in, a pair of the UNC Jordan 1s.Like the Jordan 1s that released in the late 80s and early 90s, the remastered model includes a few special touches. For one, the branding matches the logos and placement found on the original models, with Nike Air instead of the Jumpman logo on the tongue. They also come out of the box unlaced, so you can tie them up however you like.Although retro Jordan releases have become quite a bit easier to find in the last year or so, don’t expect to wander into a Nike store a few days after release and snag a pair of these. The release is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th at various retailers throughout the morning, so have those refresh buttons handy if you’re hoping to find a pair in your size. How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite last_img read more

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More Tertiary Programmes Online

first_imgStory Highlights Over the next 12 months, more tertiary programmes will be introduced online, courtesy of the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ). Over the next 12 months, more tertiary programmes will be introduced online, courtesy of the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ).The first programmes to be offered are Business Studies, Criminal Justice and Hospitality, according to the Council’s Executive Director, Dr. Donna Powell Wilson.She tells JIS News that the Council recently mandated that in addition to the regular mode of delivering courses at its nine colleges, other persons need to be reached online.“Wherever you are, we are giving you the opportunity to get a tertiary education that is on par with any other tertiary education in the world,” Dr. Powell Wilson says.The Executive Director notes that partnerships have been formed to ensure that students can access internationally recognised qualifications, such as those offered by the United Kingdom (UK)-based Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).Representatives of the organisation recently came to Jamaica and reviewed the CCCJ’s Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), and the agency’s curriculum and examination papers.“At the end of that review, we were granted exemption from five ACCA examinations,” Dr. Powell Wilson notes, adding that “we consider that to be a milestone achievement”.The CCCJ, through its regulatory functions, determines and implements standards in the colleges to ensure the integrity of the courses. It prescribes the conditions under which persons may be admitted as students of the institutions, and recommends and approves curricula to be used in the system.Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, cites the growth in the number of community colleges, the expanded programme offerings and the partnerships with other stakeholders in the education system.Noting the initiatives of the CCCJ to meet the training needs of the workforce, the Minister highlights the collaboration with the HEART Trust/NTA.“You have also used initiatives to meet the needs of communities, and by extension, the country,” he said at a recent awards banquet, where scores of persons were recognised for their contribution to the work of the Council.The Minister further adds that the agency has responded to “prevailing social challenges” by developing the Associate degree in Social Work, with support from practitioners, as well as the Associate Degrees in Business Processing Supply Chain Management, Digital Forensics, Plumbing Services and Technology.He says the Council must continue to “vigorously” respond to national, regional and international needs, as they are strategically positioned to help in the growth of communities.“Because of your flexibility in the acceptance of students, while maintaining standards, you have been able to accept some with very few qualifications, and facilitate their growth and development,” the Minister notes.As an example, Senator Reid cites the case where a security guard at one of the colleges benefited from the organisation’s continuing education programme, and moved to a Degree in Business Administration, and now holds a senior position in a Ministry.Three institutions in the region have incorporated the CCCJ’s training programmes – The Turks and Caicos Community College, the Bahamas Baptist Community College, and the Anguilla Community College. Talks are ongoing with Barbados and the Cayman Islands to join.Dr. Powell Wilson says the cost to access their programmes is reasonable, adding that there is a strong emphasis on quality.“Quality assurance is very high on our agenda and the necessary resources have to be in place. A programme cannot be offered if the labs are not in place, and the teaching staff must have the requisite qualifications,” she tells JIS News.Principal of Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann, and Member of the CCCJ Council, Mrs. Claudette Fletcher, says persons seeking tertiary training, who might have had challenges travelling to other locations, are being facilitated by community colleges.“This Council facilitates programmes that prepare people at a reasonable cost, without compromising the quality,” she tells JIS News.Another Council Member, and Principal of the St. Ann-based Moneague College, Howard Isaacs, says the CCCJ is the most responsive educational institution in the region, and that a big focus of the entity, outside of its academic programmes, is to facilitate community development.He reasons that the community college system is dynamic in how it transforms individuals from basic college admissions to university degrees.“Our responsiveness is like no other. So, we continue to look at ways in which to provide programmes that will make the learner, not only employable, but to create employment,” Mr. Isaacs says.Community colleges offer University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) accredited programmes, such as engineering, business, hospitality and tourism management, agriculture, education, criminal justice, social work, logistics, business process outsourcing and management. Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, cites the growth in the number of community colleges, the expanded programme offerings and the partnerships with other stakeholders in the education system. The CCCJ, through its regulatory functions, determines and implements standards in the colleges to ensure the integrity of the courses. It prescribes the conditions under which persons may be admitted as students of the institutions, and recommends and approves curricula to be used in the system.last_img read more

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Murder of another Filipino journalist prompts UNESCO condemnation

Crispin Perez, who hosted a morning programme on Radio DWDO in the central Philippine province of Western Mindoro, died on 9 June near his home in San Jose after being stabbed by an unknown attacker who later fled on a motorcycle.Mr. Perez had also worked as a lawyer and was a former governor of Western Mindoro.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the killing and called for an immediate investigation.Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, said in a press statement that he was deeply concerned that so many Filipino journalists had paid with their lives for “exercising the fundamental human right of freedom of expression.”Mr. Matsuura stressed that it was essential for democracy that citizens had the right to be informed in an independent way on what was going on in their country.The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says Mr. Perez is the fourth journalist in the Philippines to be killed in 2009, and only last month Mr. Matsuura deplored the murder of a newspaper reporter near the capital, Manila. Another two journalists have been wounded this year in separate incidents but survived the attacks. 1 July 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the recent murder of a radio commentator in the Philippines, the fourth such killing of a journalist in the Asian country this year. read more

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Gaza enjoys its first marathon in UNbacked fundraising event

5 May 2011Gaza’s first-ever marathon took place today as some 1,500 athletes defied the sweltering heat to compete in a series of running events organized by the United Nations to raise funds for the forthcoming Summer Games that offer local children an opportunity for fun and recreation. Nine runners completed the full 42-kilometre distance, and the winner was the 31-year-old Olympic hopeful Nader al-Misri, who crossed the finishing line 2 hours, 42 minutes and 47 seconds after the race began in Beit Hanoun, his home town, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).Mr. al-Misri competed in the 5000-metre race at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and is training for the London Olympics next year.Many other Gazans also entered, with 1,300 children serving as part of relay teams that completed the entire course, and 150 women running the last 10 kilometres to the finish.“The idea of the marathon is to raise funds for the Gaza Summer Games,” said Chris Gunness, a spokesperson for UNRWA.“We supply these Games each summer for up to 250,000 children – we have sporting activities, cultural activities and remedial activities for children because the situation is so terrible in Gaza. I can now confirm that the $1 million goal that we set to raise at the Gaza marathon has been reached,” said Mr. Gunness.The marathon was the brainchild of UNRWA staff member Gemma Connell, who also took part in the event. read more

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Dollarama speeds up expansion plans could add up to 70 new stores

MONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. is expanding faster than initially planned this year by increasing the number of new store openings this year to take advantage of a mall construction boom in Canada.The discount retailer said it expects to open 65 to 70 net new stores for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, up from a earlier guidance for 55 to 60 stores. Dollarama opened 52 net new locations last year.“It seems we’re getting more opportunities, there’s more construction in Canada, more big boxes being built across Canada, particularly in Western Canada, but even in Ontario,” CEO Larry Rossy said Wednesday during a conference call to discuss second-quarter results.[np-related]However, Mr. Rossy couldn’t say if the company would maintain the pace of adding new stores beyond the current year.The retailer has 735 locations across Canada, up 8.1% from 680 stores a year ago. It added 14 net new stores in the quarter.Dollar Tree Canada is growing its operations in Canada after purchasing 86 stores from Vancouver-based Dollar Giant last year.Dollarama grew its profits in the second quarter and beat analyst expectations for the 12th consecutive quarter as shoppers bought more items priced above $1 and the addition of 55 stores since last year helped drive sales.The Montreal-based company earned $49.8-million or 66¢ per share for the 13 weeks ended July 29, up from $37.6-million (50¢) in the comparable period last year.Analysts had forecast 64¢ per share in profits in the quarter.Dollarama’s revenue was up 13.8%, rising to $441-million from $387.5-million.Analyst Derek Dley of Canaccord Genuity increased his target share price to $70 from $68 after the company delivered what he called “impressive sales growth.”“Dollarama offers investors the most visible growth pipeline in our consumer products universe … the company’s value focus has clearly resonated with consumers in a relatively cautious consumer spending environment,” he added.The retailer originally sold products for a dollar each but now offers items of up to $3 — a move that has helped boost its revenue and margins. Last July’s addition of items prices at $2.50 and $3 didn’t have any significant impact on the quarter’s results.A majority of its products continue to be priced at $1 or less, but that number is shrinking as more selection from China is offered at the higher price points.Dollarama won’t disclose how many items are offered at higher prices, but said most of the top-priced items are currently special deals rather than year-round products.Comparable-store sales grew 7.3% from the second quarter of last year’s fiscal 2012, representing a 4.5% increase in the average transaction size and a 2.7% growth in the number of transaction.Fifty-six per cent of its sales were for products priced higher than $1, up from 48% a year ago. Debit cards were used for 39% of sales, compared to 36% in the previous fiscal year.Profit margins improved to 36.9% of sales, up from 36.7%.Tal Woolley of RBC Capital Markets said Dollarama’s operating numbers continued to impress, driven by better-than-expected sales. read more

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Royals keep updated on wedding plans using WhatsApp group Mike Tindall reveals

first_imgHe said: “Me, my brother and then a few of Zara’s side like her brother Pete and the cousins are on WhatsApp groups.“I wouldn’t say we’re cutting edge, but it’s just easier for some reason on WhatsApp. I’m in about 25,000 groups.“You might do it for a get-together and just stay on the group, and occasionally people will post. You’re scared to leave because you don’t want to be seen to be rude.” 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. Mr Tindall pictured with his daughter Mia at the Land Rover Gatcombe Horse trials in Gloucestershire last year The Royal family are keeping up-to-date with wedding plans and the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy via WhatsApp, Mike Tindall has revealed.Mr Tindall, 39, and his wife Zara, 36, are expecting a second child in a year which will see the birth of Prince William and the Duchess’s third child and two royal weddings.Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36 are to marry on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the same venue that Princess Eugenie, 26, and fiance Jack Brooksbank, 29, will use in the autumn. The Queen welcomed the news that she is to become a great-grandmother for a seventh time following confirmation of Mrs Tindall’s pregnancy earlier this month, just over a year after a spokesman announced the miscarriage of a child due in 2017. Mr Tindall revealed that members of the Royal family used the messaging service WhatsApp to stay up-to-date with events in an interview with the Daily Mirror. Mr Tindall pictured with his daughter Mia at the Land Rover Gatcombe Horse trials in Gloucestershire last yearCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Mr and Mrs Tindall, who live in Gloucestershire, have been together for 16 years and are already parents to four-year-old Mia.Mrs Tindall, an Olympic medal winner and former world eventing champion, is to step back from her riding career until the baby has arrived, although she is to continue with her other commitments.She was photographed in Australia with her husband in December, where she spent Christmas on a working holiday rather than at Sandringham with senior members of the Royal family. Earlier this month WhatsApp played down fears that a hidden member could exist in its group messages, after security researchers revealed a backdoor in the service that could allow someone to plant moles into group conversations.last_img read more

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EYEWITNESS Nuff respect…

… to the RastafariYour Eyewitness is very pleased President Granger will be addressing the “National Rastafari Unity for Recognition, Justice and Development” Conference at UG, next month. He (your Eyewitness) has always been bothered that not enough respect’s been given to the Rastafari in the Caribbean. Sure, there’s loads of youths wearing dreads and red, black and yellow knickknacks…but have they bothered to reflect on the philosophy of the Rastas?Nowadays, most don’t even listen to Reggae – which would be grounded on that philosophy. They gyrate to the parody dancehall. For instance, did most who saw the pic of the Nyabhingi Rastas meeting Granger, reflect on the significance of the hand gesture of all the Rastas – with all the tips of their fingers touching? Guess not!Now UG is as fit a place as any for having this Conference – but not because of anyone at UG being in a position to teach the Rastas anything. But rather for the Rastas teaching THEM more than a thing or two!! The first thing the 8000 at UG should learn – and this especially includes the VC and his Cabinet – is not to be riding on their high horses because of their “education”.Very frankly, it’s been mostly MISEDUCATION! Take the mandatory “close reading” of texts that modern and postmodern theorists like Derrida enjoin. UG would be enlightened if they were exposed to the Biblical Hermeneutics of Rastafari. They wouldn’t be prancing around the place praying to a blonde, blue eyed Jesus. But just as the Europeans did, a thousand years after the Bible was in Ethiopia, they INDIGINISED the text so that they weren’t alienated to reach for something that’d always be outside their grasp.UG would also learn a thing or two about the Rasta concept of “Babylon” vs “Zion”. In the words of Marley – “We refuse to be/What you wanted us to be/We are what we are/That’s the way it’s going to be, if you don’t know/ You can’t educate I.”They wouldn’t be prancing around UG doing all in their powers to become one with their oppressors with their bow-ties! All that does is lead to self-contempt and self-hate.The objective of the conference is to discuss “reparation, repatriation and restoration”. What better way of summarising the 10 principles of the Caricom Declaration on Reparations? And what better way to remind UG to cease being an instrument of Babylon and begin to insist on the creation of Zion? Again as Marley, echoing Garvey said: “Babylon system is the vampire for the empire/ Sucking the children day by day/…Building church and university/Deceiving the people continually.”…for indigenising ParliamentYour Eyewitness knows he’s going to take the road less travelled on this one – but he has to compliment Raphael Trotman for his outburst in Parliament when he let it all hang out against Jagdeo. While Trotman doesn’t look like a Rasta – he’s not to be blamed since he’s crinalously challenged (OK…the fella’s bald!) – he’s also on the indigenising track.Now let’s get something clear – if Britain (and especially the English) kept us in bondage for hundreds of years – who else can be Babylon? So whatever they taught us, we should know it can’t be good for us. So we arrive at the ridiculous way they taught us to speak in Parliament – “Honourable this” and “Honourable that”!! And the bowing and scraping to the Chair!! Jeez!!So rather than castigating Trotman for “behaving bad”, we must compliment him for finally throwing of his mental slavery and embracing his true, inner self!!Next time, expect Trottie to let loose some “F’s” and “S’s”. He’s free at last!!…for Darryl SammySammy spoke his mind once again about the wannabe Massas in the WICB – led by David Cameron – who’s insisting the players act like house slaves.But Sammy reminded them, “Massa Day done!!!” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Back to the future…August 5, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS Facing…August 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The buck stops…July 12, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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Watch These Movies Before Annabelle Comes Home

first_img If you thought the Child’s Play remake was the only creepy killer doll movie in theaters this weekend, apparently no one told you that Annabelle is coming home. This horror movie not only closes out the Annabelle trilogy but also adds another piece to the Conjuring cosmology, one of the most enduring cinematic universes this side of Marvel. As with anything scary however we understand if you need to take some time to work up the nerve to see it.Watch these movies before Annabelle Comes Home. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on targetcenter_img Toy Story 4Just as releasing a new Child’s Play alongside Toy Story was brilliant bit of counter-programming, Toy Story 4 is set to shine even brighter in its second weekend now that out of the three toy movies in theaters it’s the only one that won’t traumatize your kids. Sure, Woody has to contend with creepy dummy dolls, but they aren’t on the same level as Annabelle or Chucky.The BoyInternet memes have low-key ruined the word “boy” for me in that I just think it’s hilarious. But even still The Boy, a “horror” movie about a young nanny being forced to take care of a dummy as if it were an actual child, is an underappreciated camp classic. Brahms needs more love!GoosebumpsIf you think your kid can handle something a little scarier than Toy Story but isn’t ready for real deal frights, the recent Goosebumps movie strikes the perfect middle ground. Jack Black plays a fictionalized R.L. Stine dealing with the chaos that ensues when his spooky book villains comes to life. Black also plays Slappy the Living Dummy, the malicious mastermind of the madness.Shazam!Shazam is one of the best superhero surprises of the year. So you should see it just for that. But also director David F. Sandberg’s last movie was the last Annabelle movie, the pretty good Annabelle: Creation. And Sandberg brings a lot of that horror background into Shazam, with wicked fun Sam Raimi-esque results.Puppet MasterThe Puppet Master series has been the flagship franchise from Charles Band’s schlock empire Full Moon Features for thirty years now. And between their nifty designs, nasty kills, and patriotic devotion to fighting Nazis, we totally get why Blade and the gang have such an enduring cult fanbase. Even better, Retro Puppet Master stars Greg Sestero aka Mark from The Room. Oh hi Mark!The Rest of The Conjuring UniverseIn 2013 James Wan released The Conjuring and I said ‘Wait, didn’t he already direct a horror movie starring Patrick Wilson? Is this Insidious?” Fast forward to today and this is now a multi-faceted horror franchise behemoth complete with robust spin-offs along with the main series. Not only can you watch fictional demonologists (and real-life frauds) Ed and Lorraine Warren investigate the Amityville Horror, but also check out feature-length backstories of the ghosts they encounter. Annabelle! The Nun! The Curse of La Llorona! Blund’s Lullaby!last_img read more

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Zaccheroni explains what happened today for UAE in the Asian Cup

first_imgThe Italian coach was not happy even after his team dramatically defeated Kyrgyzstan in the Rond of 16 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) were clear favorites today as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup hosts took on Kyrgyzstan.But the UAE had its set of troubles and couldn’t beat them in regular time until a 103rd-minute goal by Ahmed Khalil saved them.And for manager Alberto Zaccheroni, this was a very difficult match to watch.“I admit that against Kyrgyzstan we seemed to struggle with long ball and crosses, and we also had one or two chances to score and secure the game, but we didn’t convert those opportunities,” he told The Arab News.“We will try to correct all the things that we believe were less positive between now and the quarterfinals.”Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.“We now have three days to assess our squad and their injuries before we face a strong Australia team,” he commented.“Ahmed Khalil is a very good striker, he is one of the best in Asia.”“When I took over the UAE team (at the end of 2017), he was injured and had not trained for a long time.”“He has also been injured many times recently and did not play often for his club,” Zaccheroni added.“Nevertheless, he is a very good player, and I have to say that I rely on him a lot. He does so much for the team.”last_img read more

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Money Magazine ranks UC San Diego ninthbest value among US colleges

first_imgMoney Magazine ranks UC San Diego ninth-best value among U.S. colleges Posted: August 12, 2019 August 12, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – UC San Diego is the ninth-best “college for your money” in the country, according to annual rankings released Monday by Money Magazine.Money Magazine considered 744 universities for the list and ranked them based on more than 19,000 data points, including graduation rate, tuition cost, average student aid package and early career earnings for graduates. UCSD also ranked sixth among public colleges and fourth among UC schools.“Being recognized as a `top value’ confirms our longtime strategic efforts to increase access to higher education though affordability,” said UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. “UC San Diego is dedicated to opening doors for students of all backgrounds to pursue diverse fields of study and build careers that affect change.”According to Money, UCSD’s estimated in-state tuition for the 2019- 2020 school year with an average financial aid package sits at $15,600 and $33,600 without aid. Roughly 58% of UCSD students receive at least one grant.Former students graduate with an average of $17,500 of debt and earn an average of $61,300 three years after graduation. UCSD’s graduation rate of 85% was tied for second-lowest among schools in the top 10.UC Irvine ranked first on the list, followed by City University of New York, Baruch College; Princeton University; UCLA; and UC Davis.Money also ranked San Diego State University 74th, Cal State San Marcos 243rd, University of San Diego 354th and Point Loma Nazarene University 450th. KUSI Newsroom, last_img
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