Case registered against accused

first_imgNew Delhi: Suresh Chauhan, the person who had assaulted Delhi Chief Minester Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday, has been booked in a case under sections 323/153 IPC in Motinagar police station.Police said that Suresh Chauhan has been arrested in the case as well as under preventive sections and has been remanded to two days of judicial custody.last_img

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UN accord aims to cut technical trade barriers for developing countries

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the inter-governmental International Bureau of Weights and Measure (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) agreed to join forces to assist focus countries integrate more beneficially into the global economy, thus enhancing the impact of industrial development on economic growth.Concrete technical areas of cooperation include the establishment of training guides to assist developing countries overcome metrology and legal metrology issues at the laboratory level.With this agreement, UNIDO is partnering with two major global players who are crucial to successfully building capacity in standards and conformity as well as compliance with sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures that seek to ensure food safety and animal and plant health.The agreement will not only reinforce UNIDO’s ability to deliver technical assistance, but also help further its position as a key agency for implementing projects to eliminate technical barriers to trade.Effective immediately, the accord was signed by UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh Yumkella, BIPM Director Andrew J. Wallard, representing OIML, and International Committee of Legal Metrology (CIML) President Alan Johnston.Established in 1966, UNIDO works towards improving the quality of life of the world’s poor by helping countries achieve sustainable industrial development. 4 December 2008Developing countries are set to benefit from a United Nations-backed partnership announced today that seeks to establish a coherent system of measurements throughout the world to minimize technical barriers to trade which are still a major obstacle to exports. read more

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Senate recommends Ottawa use a light touch when regulating Bitcoin

TORONTO — A report from Canada’s Senate says Ottawa should use a “light touch” when considering any regulation of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, to avoid stifling the growth of these new technologies.The report recommends that the federal government should employ “almost a hands off approach” when it comes to virtual currencies, monitoring the situation as it evolves and only introducing regulations as necessary.Bitcoin is a digital currency that is exchanged through peer-to-peer computer networks and is not issued or controlled by a central bank or any other authority.Virtual currencies like Bitcoin employ blockchain technology, which is computer code that that makes up the currency’s underlying architecture.The Senate report says blockchain technology has many promising applications, and recommends that the federal government consider using it to enhance the protection of private information.“Our committee was told that by cutting out third parties, blockchain technology can give consumers and governments a more effective level of online security — particularly relevant given the cyber attack on government of Canada websites this week,” Senator Irving Gerstein said during a news conference Friday.Bitcoin is the real winner in Greece crisisBitGold begins trading on TSX Venture Exchange as gold transaction platform builds momentumHe was referring to a co-ordinated denial-of-service attack that blocked access to federal government websites for nearly two hours on Wednesday. The hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility and said the attack was to protest the government’s anti-terrorism bill C-51. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said no personal information was compromised.The Senate’s report on digital currency is the culmination of 14 months of research by the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, including interviews with 55 witnesses and a fact-finding trip to New York City.Blockchain technology could be used to securely and permanently register marriages, births, real estate deals and a “myriad” of other transactions, Gerstein said.Digital currency can also benefit people in the developing world by providing them with access to financial services, thus improving their quality of life, he added.“However, there are two sides to every coin — even a Bitcoin,” said Gerstein. “The power offered by blockchain technology for people to protect their identity has a flipside.”In particular, the committee report noted risks that the technology could be used to launder money or finance terrorist activities.“The consequence of this risk of criminality means a certain amount of regulation is needed,” Gerstein said.“However, balance is something almost all witnesses stressed, and the committee is of like mind. We recognize that these new technologies may have other innovative and, as of yet, unimagined applications, and we are at a delicate stage in their development. Accordingly, the committee has concluded that the best strategy dealing with digital currencies is to tread carefully when contemplating regulations so as not to stifle innovation.”The committee also suggested it perform another review of the regulatory environment for digital currencies in the next three years.The Bitcoin Alliance of Canada said it a news release that it welcomes the report’s findings and urges the government, as well as the private sector, to consider them. read more

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Volkswagen Golf Ford F150 take awards for top car truck at the

by Jeff Karoub And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2015 2:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Volkswagen Golf, Ford F-150 take awards for top car, truck at the Detroit auto show Michael Horn, left, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., and Heinz-Jakob Neuber, member of the board of management for the Volkswagen brand, hold the trophy for the North American Car of the Year award for the Volkswagen Golf at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT – Ford’s big move to aluminum for the body of its flagship F-150 truck has helped it garner some additional material: The hardware that comes with the North American Truck of the Year Award.Ford took the top truck honour Monday alongside the Volkswagen Golf, which was named car of the year. The winners, voted on by about 60 automotive journalists, were unveiled at the start of press previews for North American International Auto Show in Detroit.“Clearly the materials have a lot to do with the story of the truck,” Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs said, though he added he’s “most proud” of what the material does for the vehicle’s capabilities.The aluminum body allowed Ford to reduce the truck’s weight by 700 pounds compared with last year’s model. That gave it greater hauling and towing capacity and better fuel economy. The lighter weight also makes the truck accelerate faster, stop quicker and handle better, he said.Ford’s truck sales, which amount to 20 per cent of its North American sales, slowed last year as the company retooled factories to make the new one. Hinrichs said initial sales have been strong with trucks sitting on dealer lots for an average of only five days. Only one factory in Dearborn, Michigan, is currently making the F-150, but a second factory in Kansas City will be ready by the end of March, he said.Hinrichs predicted sales would pick up as both plants start supplying dealers.The F-150 beat out Ford’s Lincoln MKC and Chevrolet Colorado for truck honours.Volkswagen officials were pleasantly surprised by the win over the Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis.“We didn’t expect this award,” said Michael Horn, VW’s CEO in America, while praising competitors and fondly recalling driving a 1967 Mustang. “It’s confirmation of the way we’ve chosen to go forth. It’s a starting point to get back on track here in U.S.”Horn said the German automaker’s U.S. sales were down last year but started to climb in the final months of the year with the arrival of new models. He added the Golf, VW’s top-selling model, also represents “the DNA of the brand” as well as its strategy for design, technology and marketing.It has received several other awards, including the Motor Trend Car of the Year.General Motors’ Chevrolet brand swept the awards last year with wins for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado.This is the 22nd year for the awards, and vehicles must be all new or substantially changed for eligibility. Organizers accept no advertising, though carmakers try to capitalize on the marketing value of the honours.___Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jeffkaroub___Follow Tom Krisher on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tkrisher read more

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Ohio State bullpen blows 40 lead to Iowa at Big Ten tournament

OSU junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Credit: Nathan Rubinstein | Lantern photographerAfter being postponed the night before, the fourth-seeded Ohio State baseball team took the field against the No. 8 seed Iowa Hawkeyes trying to move two games closer to a Big Ten championship.Greg Beals’ team had been riding high coming into Friday winning 13 of its last 15 games. Senior starting pitcher John Havird retired Hawkeye after Hawkeye while the offense dug in and capitalized on nearly every presented opportunity. OSU tacked on two runs in the sixth, and sophomore right fielder Tre’ Gantt singled to straight-away center in the top of the ninth to pad the cushion for OSU, extending the lead to 4-0 over Iowa.However, the smooth-sailing through eight and one-half innings quickly capsized the Buckeyes in the bottom half of the ninth.After receiving eight scoreless innings from senior starter John Havird, OSU called upon sophomore reliever Seth Kinker to finish the game. Kinker, who entered the day with an ERA of 1.33, struggled right out of the gate as he faced the top of the Iowa order.The Hawkeyes strung together four consecutive hits to lead off the inning to cut the deficit to 4-1. Kinker forced senior catcher Daniel Moriel to ground into a double play which did allow one extra run to score. Sophomore first baseman Austin Guzzo singled up the middle to drive in a run and draw Iowa within one. With a runner on first and the score now 4-3, the Buckeyes called on senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei to come in and get the final out of the game. The first batter he faced, senior pinch-hitter Jimmy Frankos, was hit by a pitch, putting the winning run on first base. Redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos was the third reliever of the inning brought in to try and nail down this game. With runners on first and second, Pavlopoulos surrendered a single to redshirt junior Devin Pickett that tied the game up at four.Following a scoreless tenth inning from the Buckeyes, Iowa would load the bases on the strength of a four-pitch walk, a fielder’s choice bunt, and a hit-by-pitch. With a 1-1 count, junior infielder Mason McCoy singled to right center field to send the Hawkeyes home as winners, 5-4 in extras.For many, this harkened back to the demoralizing loss in the first round of last year’s Big Ten tournament with OSU pitted against Iowa. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, then OSU’s senior closer Trace Dempsey walked a batter and surrendered a walk-off two-run home run to Iowa’s senior infielder Nick Day. OSU was eliminated from the tournament on the next day against No. 6 seed Indiana.Against Iowa, John Havird gave up only two hits with no walks and four strikeouts in eight scoreless frames while Iowa senior starting pitcher Tyler Peyton struck out five and issued no walks over seven innings of five hit, three run baseball. Peyton struck out five and walked none, but hit two batters with pitches. Neither starter factored into the decision.The Buckeyes will hope to stave off elimination and continue their run in this year’s Big Ten tournament where they will take on the fifth-seeded Michigan Wolverines at 10 p.m. on Friday. OSU defeated the Wolverines 8-3 on Wednesday night. read more

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ExNFL Player Released from Team Over Gun Charge Says

Former NFL linebacker Khaseem Greene/WikipediaELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former NFL linebacker says in a lawsuit that police and prosecutors in New Jersey knew a shooter had lied about getting a weapon from the player but charged him anyway.A gun charge against Khaseem Greene was dropped in July after an audio recording surfaced of the other man telling detectives he lied about Greene’s involvement in a shooting outside a nightclub in Elizabeth in December 2016.The Kansas City Chiefs released Greene the day charges against him were reported.The other man’s admission came the day he told detectives Greene was involved. But it wasn’t included in a criminal complaint that alleged Greene was seen on camera handing him a gun.The suit, filed Tuesday, names the Elizabeth Police Department, and the Union County Prosecutors Office. Messages seeking comment left with the agencies weren’t immediately returned. read more

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Passionate sports fans shed tears

Sports are often marginalized into just-a-game diatribes or wins-versus-losses arguments. But sports are so much more than that. They can spawn any sort of emotion imaginable. One day they might elicit 1,000-watt smiles. Other days they generate self-induced purgatory. Here’s a timeline of some sentiments I’ve experienced because of sports in my hometown of Cincinnati, just in the past year. Last season, the Bengals underwent a season of incredible triumph and indescribable tragedy. When defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer came home Oct. 9, 2009, he found his wife dead. Vikki Zimmer had died of natural causes. Just three days later, Zimmer watched from the sidelines as his defense held Baltimore scoreless for three-and-a-half quarters and the Bengals pulled out a narrow victory against the Ravens. If your eyes didn’t well up when the players handed Zimmer the ball in the locker room after the game or when he told the team, “She’s up there now in heaven smiling at you,” you might want to check your pulse. Not too long after that, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco made me cry on two separate occasions. How did perhaps the most outlandish and self-serving wide receiver in the game today kick-start my tear ducts? On Dec. 16, 2009, word began rolling into Cincinnati that Chad’s teammate and good friend Chris Henry had fallen out of a moving pickup truck driven by his fiancée. Henry died the next day. Reporters interviewed Ochocinco at his locker shortly after the news of Henry’s death reached the team. He talked about how Henry, one of the prime violators of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, had done a 180 with his life. How he had turned the corner. How he was focused on his family. Then with tears slowly consuming his eyes, Ochocinco questioned the “man upstairs” about why he had to take Henry. As a man with uncertain faith because of deaths in my own family, Ochocinco struck a chord with me. As I sat and watched Ochocinco talk about his friend, our two faces soon became one as I, too, mourned Henry. Tears streamed down my face like raindrops running down a windowsill. A few days later, the Bengals visited San Diego. In the second quarter, Ochocinco beat Charger cornerback Antonio Cromartie on a double move for a long touchdown reception. It was a streak down the sideline that Bengals fans saw from Henry on occasion. When he reached the end zone, Ochocinco gingerly dropped to one knee and gazed at the sky. He got up and walked back to the sideline, the “king of end-zone celebrations,” dethroned by the aching in his soul. When the cameras zoomed in on his face, Ochocinco’s expression was clear. So was mine. I sat in front of my television and, like Ochocinco, I wept for Chris Henry, a man I’d never met before in my life. When I attended the Bengals’ playoff game last season, I could feel the (cue sports-writing clichés) electricity in the city walking to Paul Brown Stadium. When “Welcome to the Jungle” blared through the stadium speakers as the team sprinted out through the tunnel, goose bumps covered my body. I felt as if I was in a sports twilight zone, immersed in a crowd of buoyant pandemonium. The great thing about growing up in Cincinnati is that we not only have the Bengals, but we also have the Cincinnati Reds. This summer a Cuban missile landed in my fair city. Aroldis Chapman, the 22-year-old with the 100-plus fastball and $30-million arm, made his long-awaited Cincinnati Reds debut Aug. 31. I was as giddy as kid on Christmas morning. I wasn’t even in the ballpark, yet I could close my eyes and hear the roar of the masses as the long-legged phenom strode to the mound. Nervous anticipation filled my body as he warmed up, like I was in a hospital waiting room awaiting the birth of my first child. Then he came, he saw and he conquered. Milwaukee Brewers hitters were helpless against him. He made professional hitters look ordinary, like little leaguers flailing at their first curveball. If they blinked, they would miss his 103-mph fastball entirely, only hearing the hiss of the ball crossing the corner of the plate and into the catcher’s mitt. I sat on my couch and was flabbergasted. It wasn’t a “wow” moment. It wasn’t even a “holy s—” moment. It was a leap-off-the-couch, jump-around-like-a-5-year-old, call-your-buddy-and-yell, “Did you see that slider start on the outside corner of the strike zone and almost hit the batter in the foot?” type of moment. That’s what sports can deliver. In less than a year. To one city. read more

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Bald eagles deployed to defend beachgoers from scary seagull attacks

Falconer Martin Ballam said: “The way it works is that the gulls see the low level threat and stay at a distance. It allows people to enjoy their food and chips in peace and everyone on the beach is that little bit safer. There have been several incidents of people needing hospital treatment after being left bloodied and bruised by the vicious birds.Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to ‘intentionally injure or kill any gull’ or to ‘damage or destroy an active nest or its contents’.Some tourism resorts have resorted to introducing by-laws making it an offence for people to feed seagulls, with warning signs put up to reinforce the message.Last year, West Dorset council brought in fines of up to £100 for people caught feeding birds in parts of Lyme Regis and West Bay.However, as the problem of seagull attacks persisted, Dorset firm Xtreme Falconry has intervened by offering the services of the two eagles, who each have a 7ft wingspan and weigh 10lbs. Winnie and Kojak have been resting on the arms of two handlers while they patrol the promenade of the Victorian resort Tourism bosses have hired two bald eagles to defend popular coastal beaches amid fears that seagulls are scaring away too many visitors.Lyme Regis Town Council yesterday deployed two of the carnivorous birds in order to combat the longstanding problem of angry seagulls attacking tourists and eating their food on the beach.The eagles – named Winnie and Kojak – have been resting on the arms of two handlers while they patrol the promenade of the Victorian resort to act as a deterrent to any nearby seagulls.The pilot scheme could be extended into the summer in an effort to keep visitor numbers up, as their presence has so far prevented hundreds of gulls swooping down on tourists enjoying the beach.It is believed to be the first time a council has used eagles to stop seagulls from disturbing people, although Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton have all deployed falcons in the past.Mark Green, Deputy Clerk of Lyme Regis Town Council, said: “We have had an extensive gull problem for some time now and have tried several means of discouraging them from landing. It’s not just them stealing people’s food – we’ve had reports of them attacking families unprovoked which has been very scary for those involved. Tourism chiefs fear over aggressive seagulls are scaring away visitors  “If the trial is successful I can definitely see them being used again over the summer. It is certainly not inexpensive so we can’t do it every day but maybe during the busiest times.”In recent years, seagulls have blighted popular seaside resorts by attacking people they see as a threat to young chicks. 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. “You’re never going to scare all of the gulls away, that’s just nature, but if we can do our bit to help out then we’re happy. We’re not harming the gulls and this is an ecologically friendly way of dealing with the issue.”Local businesses have welcomed the new initiative as they look towards a busy summer period as scores of holidaymakers flock to the coastal beaches.Kelly Hutchings, who works at Jane’s Cafe on the seafront at Lyme, said: “Some of our customers have mentioned that they’ve noticed the lack of gulls. It’s brilliant to be honest. We get hundreds of gulls down here and there is usually at least one attack a day. I am definitely in support of these eagles being used again.” Tourism chiefs fear over aggressive seagulls are scaring away visitors Credit:Graham Hunt/BNPS Winnie and Kojak have been resting on the arms of two handlers while they patrol the promenade of the Victorian resortCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS read more

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The reviews are over but we may not leave for a number

first_imgFINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan greeted today’s conclusion of the final troika bailout review as a ‘red letter day’ for the country — but the message this afternoon from the IMF’s Ireland Mission Chief was that they’re not going anywhere right away.Speaking to reporters on a conference call from Washington, Craig Beaumont said that under the terms of the programme, Ireland could be paying money back to the International Monetary Fund until “December 2023,” although he noted that was the “outer limit” agreed.And asked whether he had a “message for the country” as the 15 December date for Ireland’s exit of the bailout approached, Beaumont took the opportunity to remind everyone that the Fund would still be conducting six monthly ‘visits’ with the Government to discuss policies.“The only thing that will be different is that there not be an assessment,” Beaumont said.“We will be here every six months in a completely normal fashion”.Beaumont stressed that there were no immediate plans to pull officials out of the country after mid-December, saying that in many cases when a country exits a programme, a team remains “for a number of years”.AssessmentThe overall feedback from the Washington-based organisation chimed with the language of the Government here: Ireland remains “on track” and “on profile”.Beaumont said the Irish programme was one that “will become an example that we learn from in the future” and that the country would be regaining access to the markets “on good terms”.In terms of the negatives, he said growth was “not what we could call an achievement of the programme,” and that “it has, in fact disappointed original programme projections”.However he noted: “We have to take into account that the external environment was much worse than anticipated”.ArrearsBeaumont said more efforts needed to be made to address the mortgages arrears and unemployment crises.“We flagged before the issue where we would identify that progress hasn’t been quite as fast as we would like is the area of dealing with mortage arrears and dealing with non-performing loans more broadly.“This is not owing to lack of effort. There was a large investment in time and effort in making the bankruptcy regime more workable, and that’s now up and running.“There was also effort to remove unintended barriers to repossession of housing — which is a last resort position, but it’s important that households know that there is ultimately a consequence for running prolonged arrears.He pointed to a “wait and see” attitude from households and from banks and said that could be factor contributing to the problem.Beaumont said that unemployment was the “main challenge” faced by the Government as the bailout programme came to an end, and said that existing schemes aimed at retraining those who were long-term unemployed should be “implemented vigorously”.Additional creditOn the subject of whether the country should make use of a precautionary line of credit, the Mission Chief wouldn’t be drawn on a definitive view:“We did discuss Ireland’s exit strategy during the mission. We’ve expressed our view that it’s not uncommon for a county to have a backstop in place.”However, he said the decision “remains in the hands of Irish authorities”.Related: After 12 reviews and at least a few “discordant words,” Noonan and Howlin bid farewell to the troikaAlso: Tánaiste defends Bank of Ireland share sale to ‘vulture capitalists’last_img read more

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Referendum on directlyelected Dublin mayor could be held in May

first_imgTHE FOUR DUBLIN local authorities are to consider holding a referendum on the issue of a directly-elected Dublin mayor.The referendum could be held in conjunction with the local elections next May, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan said today.Hogan noted that the issue of establishing a directly elected mayor in Dublin is “a complex one”. The choice of whether or not there will be a directly elected mayor will not be made by me or by Government but will be decided by the local elected members of each of the 4 Dublin local authorities in the first instance, and if they are in favour, then a plebiscite will be put to the people of Dublin. ProposalThe Local Government Reform Act 2014 provides for a plebiscite for the Dublin Metropolitan area to be held, on the basis of a resolution prepared by a forum of the elected members in the four Dublin local authorities.The forum to consider the matter met in April 2013 at Minister Hogan’s request, and submitted its proposals to the Minister late last year. Here are what powers a directly-elected Dublin mayor could havecenter_img Hogan does not have the power to adjust or amend the substance of the proposal received from the forum.If a plebiscite is to be held, the resolution and accompanying statement must be adopted by a majority of elected members in each of the Dublin local authorities by 31 March 2014.If any of the four local authorities fail to pass the resolution, then the plebiscite will not be held.Read: Revealed: Here are the powers a directly elected Dublin mayor could have> Now the Minister has asked each of the four Dublin local authorities to decide whether the matter should be put to a plebiscite.While the Forum consulted locally in Dublin on the options for the office of directly elected mayor, they did not consult with Government Departments or national agencies. The proposal is therefore at a mainly conceptual level.last_img read more

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Quotas de pêche lUnion européenne pose des limites

first_imgQuotas de pêche : l’Union européenne pose des limitesL’Union européenne a décidé des quotas de pêche pour 2011. La baisse de 18% de la pêche au cabillaud a été décidée suite aux captures excessives de ce poisson ces dernières années.Les pays de l’Union européenne sont tombés d’accord sur les quotas de pêche à fixer pour l’année 2011. La réduction des possibilités de pêche du cabillaud sera donc de 18%. En fonction des zones de pêche, cela entraînera des réductions de 3 à 50%.Si le ministère français de la pêche se réjouit de cet accord, le comité français des pêches estime quant à lui qu’il ne faut pas crier victoire. D’autant que les eaux norvégiennes et la mer Celtique n’ont pas été concernés par cette diminution de quotas. Cependant, les Français ne s’en tirent pas trop mal, les Britanniques ayant renoncé à un régime préférentiel qui aurait forcé les prises françaises à diminuer de 44%.De même, en ce qui concerne les langoustines, les pêcheurs français échappent à la baisse de 15% que préconisait Bruxelles. Pour le ministère français de la Pêche, c’est “une reconnaissance de leurs efforts pour une pêche plus sélective”.À lire aussiLe WWF achète une licence de pêche pour protéger les requins en AustralieEn ce qui concerne le hareng, des réductions drastiques ont été mises en place avec 40% de moins à l’ouest de la Grande Bretagne alors que le quota augmente de 10% en moyenne dans les autres zones (+ 22% en mer du Nord). Les quotas de sole augmentent aussi jusqu’à 15% dans la Manche.La fondation WWF se dit satisfaite des décisions qui ont été prises car elles tiennent compte des résultats et avis des scientifiques. En revanche Greenpeace estime que les négociations ont donné le “feu vert à la surpêche”. Le groupe estime que “certaines lignes rouges fixées par la Commission ont été respectées, mais une série importante de quotas restent toujours trop élevés”.Le 15 décembre 2010 à 19:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vancouver students do like green eggs and ham

first_imgThe kids will eat them in the gym, they will eat them on a whim, as Beaches cooks green eggs and hams, for Vancouver students and their fams.It’s Read Across America Day on Friday, in recognition of the 114th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel — or as you know him, beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.Beaches Restaurant & Bar owner Mark Matthias and a team of volunteers are feeding green eggs and ham — inspired by the book of the same name — to first-graders and their parents at elementary schools in the Vancouver and Evergreen districts, as well as other county schools throughout the week.Students at Marrion Elementary School, clad in multi-colored top hats styled after the Cat in the Hat’s iconic headgear, munched their verdant breakfast Tuesday before receiving free copies of Dr. Seuss books. This is the 23rd year of the annual tradition.last_img read more

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Pogba loves the idea of facing Juventus again

first_imgJust hours from playing at Old Trafford in the Champions League, Paul Pogba is relishing on the chance of facing Juventus once again.Nobody can deny that the happiest moments in Paul Pogba’s career so far have been both in the France National Team, and Italian club Juventus.This Tuesday, the Red Devils are about to play against the Vecchia Signora and Paul will have the opportunity to play against the squad that transformed him into a world-class footballer.The Frenchman spoke to UEFA in an interview that was released just hours before the match, he confessed to being extremely excited about this new chance of playing against his former club.“I’d spoken to my brother about it,” Pogba said in a UEFA interview.“And we said: ‘Can you imagine what it’d be like if we’re drawn in the same group as Juventus?’ That’s the way it’s panned out and it’s really special.”“We’ve all been sending messages about seeing each other again. There are a lot of emotions involved because I began my first season in the professional game and scored my first goal at Juve.”“It’s there that I developed as a player and so I have huge respect for the club. [But] I’ve come back home. I joined the youth academy here. I’m at home here and it will always be that way.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I grew up with my team-mates and we’ve all been reunited again in the first team, so it’s a beautiful story.”“The career I have had and now, with this return to Manchester, it’s really splendid.” “You can’t predict anything in the Champions League,” he added.“It’s like the World Cup. I see it as a high-profile competition with great teams. Everything is possible.”“I must admit I’m thinking about it [lifting the trophy]. I think all players want to win this title. It’s my goal to take it home.”Who would you most want at your club: @paulpogba or @PauDybala_JR? #UCL pic.twitter.com/aTQZBl4NAb— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 23, 2018last_img read more

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N Korea accuses CIA of plot to assassinate Kim

first_imgNorth Korea on Friday accused the CIA and Seoul’s intelligence services of conspiring to assassinate the isolated country’s leader Kim Jong-Un with a biochemical weapon, amid heightened tensions in the region.In a statement the powerful ministry of state security, said it had foiled a “vicious plot” by a “hideous terrorists’ group” to attack the North’s “supreme leadership”.The accusations come with the US and North trading threats over the latter’s nuclear and missile programmes, and as Washington considers whether to re-designate Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism.That follows the killing of Kim’s estranged half-brother Kim Jong-Nam by two women using the banned nerve agent VX at Kuala Lumpur international airport.Both Malaysia and South Korea have blamed the North for the assassination, which retorts that the accusations are an attempt to smear it.The security ministry statement, carried on the North’s official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), said the CIA and the South’s intelligence had suborned, bribed and blackmailed a North Korean citizen named only as Kim to carry out the attack.Possible locations included the mausoleum where Kim Jong-Un’s father and grandfather—the North’s founder—lie in state, or a military parade.Such an operation would be extremely difficult to prepare and carry out successfully. The North’s leader is surrounded by tight security at all times, and Pyongyang maintains a gigantic surveillance system over its own population that is ingrained at every level of society, where open dissent is unknown.The CIA told its agent Kim it had access to radioactive and “nano poisonous” substances whose lethal results would appear only after six to 12 months, the statement said.Kim—described as “human scum”—received payments totalling at least $740,000 and was given satellite transceivers and other materials and equipment, it said.He had multiple contacts with South Korean intelligence personnel, and an accomplice who had a Chinese-sounding name, Xu Guanghai of the Qingdao Nazca Trade Co.Checks on China’s National Enterprise Credit Information system show that a company of that name was formed on March 7 this year, with a Xu Guanghai named as its legal representative, and business areas including “chemical products”.No details were given in the ministry statement of how the supposed plot was uncovered, or of Kim’s fate. But in a potential sign of an internal purge, it said that the ministry will “ferret out and mercilessly destroy the terrorists”.‘Empire of evil’ -The lurid accusations come with Pyongyang and Washington at loggerheads over the North’s banned weapons programmes, which have seen it subjected to multiple sets of United Nations Security Council sanctions.Pyongyang, which says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against invasion, has carried out a series of missile launches and threatened a sixth atomic test, while the administration of new US President Donald Trump has said that military action was an “option on the table”—raising fears of a spiralling conflict.The alleged plot was a “hideous crime” the security ministry said, and tantamount to “the declaration of a war”.The statement came hours after the US House of Representatives in Washington voted to broaden US sanctions against the North.The measure, which now heads for the Senate, also gave the Trump administration 90 days to determine whether Pyongyang should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, after it was removed from the list in 2008.The North Korean statement described the US as a state sponsor of terrorism itself, and an “empire of evil”.Analysts said the accusations could be a pre-emptive attempt to try to dissuade Washington from any attempt at a surgical strike on its leadership, as suggested by some commentators.The North believes the US and South are seeking to assassinate Kim, said Professor Koh Yu-Hwan of Dongguk University.It was “unimaginable that individuals can get close enough to Kim to harm him in light of supertight security there”, he told AFP.But the allegation was also “aimed at keeping its people on their toes and strengthening its grip on them”, and intended “to distance itself from the assassination of Jong-Nam who was killed by a chemical weapon”.North Korean commandos infiltrated Seoul in January 1968 in a failed attempt to assassinate its then leader Park Chung-Hee. Bullet holes are still visible on a tree above the presidential Blue House.last_img read more

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Nintendos confusing Yoshis New Island 3DS XL doesnt contain a game

first_imgIn an effort to get more customers hooked on its only current-gen console not in dire straits — and to promote the release of Yoshi’s New Island — Nintendo is releasing a new, special edition Yoshi-branded Nintendo 3DS XL. Confusingly, though, the special edition portable doesn’t come with the game, even though the box is heavily branded with Yoshi artwork and makes the portable look like it’s part of a bundle.Yoshi’s New Island releases the same day as the lime green 3DS XL — March 14 — but it’ll be releasing alongside the special edition handheld console, and will require a separate purchase.The special edition 3DS XL retails for the same standard $199 price of a regular 3DS XL, and there doesn’t seem to be an alternate option that comes bundled with the game. Granted, if you’re already at the store or visiting an online outlet, you can just pick up the game as well. It’s just weird that a special edition handheld is being released to commemorate a new game, but doesn’t include the game.The special edition is sure to cause a few parents that purchase the “bundle” to assume it comes with the game, but the problem is at least easily rectified simply by purchasing the game once the box is opened after it arrives home.Meanwhile, the game is a direct sequel to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island — something Nintendo has been doing lately, most notably with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The new Yoshi’s Island has the same ultra-cutesy, fluffy aesthetic as is custom, which you can check out in the trailer below.Judging by the Helicopter Yoshi sequence, it looks as though the series has taken on a Thomas the Tank Engine feel, but we all know where the best video game appearance of Thom lies.last_img read more

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Ford concept EBike has smartphone built in

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Ford Motor Company has been showing of its concept E-Bike at the Frankfort auto show. Though the company says it’s isn’t likely to actually sell the bike, it does offer some striking features. For one thing, it’s unisex; there’s no bar between the seat and handlebars to differentiate between boy or girl model. Also, they’ve hidden the stuff that makes it go. Though it does power itself, you’d never know looking at it. The motor is hidden away in the front axle works, and the battery is hidden in the frame. Thus, onlookers might be forgiven for confusing it with an ordinary bike as it also features pedals. But perhaps the thing that draws the most notice is the upfront display. It’s a Samsung Galaxy S2 Smartphone. And not only does it do all the things Smartphones are known for, but it serves as an interface between the rider and the inner workings of the bike. Explore further The company has also implemented custom developed magnetostriction sensor technology that it says it borrowed from Formula I race cars. Such technology allows for the conversion of magnetic energy into kinetic, and the other way around. The sensors read bearing information making the transition from pedaling to electric power seamless.The Concept E-Bike was developed in conjunction with cyber-Wear, the German company that runs Ford’s Lifestyle Collection (marketing products) such as sunglasses, watches, jackets, gloves etc. The idea it appears, is to use the E-Bike as a marketing tool to show off Ford’s ability to produce cutting edge technology. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Toyota comissions a Prius bikecenter_img On its site, Ford says that the display (Smartphone) can be used to allow the rider to choose from three different “support” modes: Economy, Comfort and Sport. It appears these modes allow the user to change the tightness of the suspension so as to provide the best ride for different types of environments, e.g. bumpy, off-road, street, etc. It can also be used as a message display to notify the rider of things going wrong with the bike, as a fuel gauge and as a means of displaying data such as speed, distance traveled, etc.The bike can go up to 16 mph, (25 kilometers/hour) and weighs just five and a half pounds (2.5 kilograms). It can go about 53 miles (85 kilometers) on average, which means riders could put the Smartphone’s GPS capabilities to good use as they glide along. Citation: Ford concept E-Bike has smartphone built in (2011, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-ford-concept-e-bike-smartphone-built.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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After Official Inquest Roman Coins Found in Britain Determined to be Treasure

first_imgIn recent decades, advances in technology and lowering costs have allowed more and more people to develop a new hobby – metal detecting. Viking and pre-Viking age swords, ancient and medieval coins and treasure hoards, as well as more modern finds from the wars of the 20th century turn up in Europe all the time now that thousands of people have access to very effective and relatively cheap detecting equipment. In the fall of 2017, two Englishmen, John Whittaker and Mike Gaines, found two incredibly well-preserved gold Roman coins, known plurally as “solidii” (singular: “solidus”). The two amateur treasure hunters found the coins in two separate locations in Hampshire, the county in southern England that includes Southampton and Portsmouth. The finds were made near the village of Meonstoke, but the exact location is a secret and protected by law.Meonstoke, Hampshire. Photo by Pterre CC BY 3.0In Great Britain, people who find treasure and do not report it are subject to relatively harsh penalties: up to three months in prison and an unlimited fine determined in a hearing. Britain defines “treasure” as anything older than 300 years.Those who find old objects and guess at their age could find themselves in trouble. People who illegally obtain treasure or do not declare it are referred to as “nighthawks” because they usually operate in the dark to avoid observation.Related Video: Divers Stumble Upon 2,000 ‘Priceless’ Gold CoinsMost of the detectorists and treasure hunters in England and elsewhere are legit; they are history buffs, doing it as a hobby, or even looking to strike it rich, but most obey the law. Unfortunately, there are many people throughout in England and the world who do not report their finds – they make their way onto the black market and their importance to history and science are lost, sometimes forever.So, finds such as the solidii from Hampshire must be reported to the authorities within fourteen days. Interestingly enough, in England, that authority is the local coroner.According to UK law, finds of treasure must be reported to the local coroner within 14 daysItems that are found that are not older than 300 years can be voluntarily reported if they might have historical, cultural or scientific value. In this way, the government, museums, and universities can keep track of finds, study them and reimburse the finders.Anyone finding antiquities on public land must report it to the coroner, and those searching on private land must obtain permission from the owner or be a tenant. On private land, owners are entitled to a share of any profit received from the sale of the treasure to museums, trusts, universities, etc.A hilt fitting from the Staffordshire hoard, which was declared to be treasure in September 2009. Photo by portableantiquities – Hilt Fitting CC BY 2.0In 2014, an amateur detectorist found an Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard near Galloway in Scotland. The treasure was eventually valued at over 2 million pounds. A large number of other hoards have been found in recent years, some valued even more highly.In the case of Whittaker and Gaines’ find, the coroner’s investigation found the coins to be from the Roman occupation of England circa the 4th century AD.One coin was minted in what is now Trier, Germany in 335-36 AD and depicts the late Roman emperor Constans (r.337-350 AD) in a toga and cuirass. On the obverse side is a soldier prince holding the objects of office with two standards behind him.Gold medallion of Constans, equivalent to 9 solidi. Aquileia, 342 AD – Bode MuseumThe other coin depicts Constans’ brother, co-emperor and rival for the throne, Constantine II (r. 337-340 AD). This coin was minted in Siscia, today’s Sisak in Croatia, and shows Constantine II on one side with an olive branch crown and a captive being presented to the emperor on the other.Read another story from us: Hidden Crusader-Era Gold Coins Discovered in Historic Port City of CaesareaAfter an official inquest, the coins were declared to be “treasure” and will likely be offered to a local museum or the British Museum for purchase. Though the monetary value of these coins is not exceptionally high, their historical value is — and because the two men did the right thing, they can now be enjoyed by the public.last_img read more

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Celebrity SolsticenetworkingSKAL

first_imgCelebrity SolsticenetworkingSKAL Described as an Italian steakhouse with a nouveau twist, Celebrity Solstice’s Tuscan Grille is the setting for Skal International Sydney’s next networking event, being held on 13 April.“We’re looking forward to the ship inspection prior to lunch. We held a similar event last year and it was a real highlight for members and guests,” said president of Skal International Sydney Sue Francis.When dining in the Tuscan Grille you can enjoy iconic Italian accents with contemporary influences, a fresh original menu that features 100% homemade pastas, artisan salami, fish, butcher cut meats, and regional Italian flavours.Step aboard for this networking event, and as well as enjoying a lunch with industry peers, you’ll discover why Celebrity Solstice is one of Australia’s highest rated cruise ships.Click to register for the Sydney ship inspection and lunchlast_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — Whether or not linebacker John Abra

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Whether or not linebacker John Abraham wants to continue playing in this his 15th NFL season is a decision he is expected to make in the coming days.The Arizona Cardinals received a temporary roster exemption — which they used to re-sign linebacker Marcus Benard — as Abraham contemplates retirement.“He and I had a long conversation yesterday on whether or not he wants to continue to play,” head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday. “While he’s going through the (concussion) protocol he will determine if he wants to continue playing football, whether his heart is still in it and he has the fire and desire to do it.” Abraham, 36, suffered a concussion, taking a knee to the head, early in the third quarter of Monday night’s win against San Diego.Apparently, the concussion spurred Abraham to reconsider his playing future.“For whatever reason if that game on Monday Night Football and that atmosphere didn’t have you flying around like always or more, then something is missing,” Arians said. “That’s basically what he reflected to me. He said, ‘there were times in that game I wasn’t in it and that’s not fair to my teammates. I’ve got to decide if this is what I still really want to do.’“Now I did not see the evidence of that. In his play, I thought he played his tail off.”Abraham played 38 snaps, including 36 on defense, but did not record a tackle. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Related Most Brits still plan to book summer holid

first_img RelatedMost Brits still plan to book summer holiday flightsMost Brits still plan to book summer holiday flightsDemand for Turkey holidays results in introduction of new flightsMore Brits are booking flights to Turkey for their summer holiday this year,Brits intend to spend the same amount on this year’s holiday as in 2008Most British holidaymakers are intending to spend the same amount on their holiday this year as they did in 2008 British holidaymakers are refusing to give up their holiday in the sun, Thomson and First Choice has said.A spokesperson from the two holiday firms, which recently merged to form a single company, explained that customers are indicating that they “still want to go away”, despite the effects of a struggling economy.Furthermore, she said airline passengers have become more aware of the importance of flying with a “financially robust company” and booking holidays which are protected under the government-approved ATOL scheme.This comes after the recent demises of XL and Zoom.”Whatever people are giving up – be it moving house or a new car – they are not giving up their summer holiday abroad to the sun,” the spokeswoman commented.According to Thomson and First Choice research, 88 percent are prepared to cut back on luxuries such as eating out and home improvements in order to afford their holiday.An additional 59 percent said that a holiday would be the last thing they were prepared to give up.A survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers recently revealed that some Brits were being forced to forgo their annual break due to financial constraints.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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