Inflation stands at 19 pc in 2013 Moroccos Central Bank

Rabat – Inflation witnessed a 1.9 pc increase in 2013 against 1 pc between 2009 and 2012, according to Morocco’s central bank, Bank Al-Maghrib. 2013 was marked by a relative rise in domestic inflationary pressures linked to the evolution of prices of some services, higher fuel prices and lower supply of certain agricultural products, the bank said in its 2013 annual report presented on Saturday to King Mohammed VI.The effect of these pressures was offset by the fall in those related to external origin at a juncture marked by falling global commodity prices and disinflation trend in the euro zone, the report said. The rise in inflation reflects mainly the increase by 0.8 pc in 2012 and 1.5 pc in 2013 of underlying inflation, especially in connection with the increase in prices of household rental and cost of education, and the decline of communication prices, the report said. read more

Gaydating app Grindr becomes latest victim of China US tensions

The Chinese owner of Grindr is required to sell the popular gay-dating app by June 2020 under an agreement with U.S. officials who raised national security concerns about the app’s ownership.Beijing Kunlun Tech Co. said in a statement Monday that it reached a May 9 agreement that prohibits the company from accessing information about Grindr’s users and requires the sale of the app before June 30, 2020. Grindr also won’t be able to transmit any sensitive information to any entities based in China. William Watson: The secret Trumpinator algorithm that’s outsmarting Canada on U.S. tariffs China says it will ‘never surrender’ as trade row with America heats up Escalating U.S.-China trade spat to hit Canadian business confidence, wallop global economy The national security agreement was reached with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which vets overseas acquisitions of American businesses for risks to national security. Among the risks the panel considers is whether a deal gives foreigners access to sensitive information about U.S. citizens.Kunlun completed its acquisition of Grindr in January 2018 and said April 1 that it was in talks with Cfius about the app. If Kunlun doesn’t manage to sell Grindr by the June 2020 date, it would sign the app over to a trustee, under terms of the agreement with Cfius.Bloomberg.comRelated Stories:Hopes for trade breakthrough fade as China cancels U.S. farm visitsU.S.-China trade talks: where they are and what’s at stakeTrump favors ‘whole deal’ with China, two sides prepare for trade talks read more

Iraq at a crossroads UN envoys says urging countrys leaders to diffuse

“I call on the conscience of all religious and political leaders not to let anger win over peace, and to use their wisdom, because the country is at a crossroads,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said in a news release.“It is the historical responsibility of all Iraqi leaders to assume leadership and take bold initiatives, such as sitting together and calling in one voice for immediate restoration of calm and for a broad-based national dialogue,” he added.Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in recent clashes across the country, including in Hawija, north of Baghdad, where government helicopters shot at militants hiding in the village, resulting in dozens of people killed or injured.Mr. Kobler had condemned the fighting, calling it a “tragedy” and a “sad day for Hawija.” In a statement issued on 23 April, Mr. Kobler said it was the responsibility of all leaders not to let the situation escalate further and called for an immediate and transparent investigation into what happened. “I have constantly called on the demonstrators to remain peaceful and on the security forces to exert utmost self-restraint and avoid excessive use of force.”Mr. Kobler extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims. “My heart goes to the grieving families, tragically shaken by the loss of a beloved one. As human beings, we cannot remain insensitive to such senseless violence.”Also, Mr. Kobler today reiterated his calls for the release of prisoners detained in the aftermath of a crackdown related to Hawija. read more

More than five per cent of worlds oceans now protected – UN

“We have entered a new area of uncertainty, with many hard-fought conservation achievements now under threat. It’s time to build on our recent success in the Ross Sea. With public support, I believe we can achieve the most ambitious ocean protection plan in history,” said Mr. Pugh as he spoke from Antarctica’s Bellingshausen Sea, where he is undertaking a swim in freezing waters to bring global attention to oceanic protection.During the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico pledged to preserve an additional 650,000 square kilometres of land and sea – roughly 25 per cent of its territorial waters. The commitment includes establishing the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve, an area of 57,000 square kilometres.Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, president of the conference, hailed the country’s decision: “Mexico wants to send a clear signal on the urgency to meet the Aichi Targets by taking unprecedented actions to preserve marine and terrestrial ecosystems.”He added that the country had “surpassed its commitment to achieve the Aichi goals for marine areas and is on track to achieve land protected areas.”Other pledges from the conference included Cambodia’s commitment to nearly double its number of protected areas, which now include one-third of the country’s land. The United Arab Emirates also indicated its intention to declare 18 new protected areas, four of which are marine.According to new figures released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, today there are 14,859 MPAs covering 18.5 million square kilometres of ocean and sea.However, both organizations warned that there is an unequal representation of ecosystems and areas rich in biodiversity; according to the 2016 Protected Planet report, only one third of the world’s marine ecoregions offer more than 10 per cent of their areas protection.More than three billion people depend on marine and coastal diversity for their livelihoods. When managed correctly, MPAs can boost the abundance of fish and increase biodiversity. “The establishment of so many new protected areas is tremendous news and should give those fighting tirelessly to conserve the world’s oceans and seas an enormous sense of achievement,” announced Erik Solheim, head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).Meanwhile, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is meeting this week in Mexico, is calling for the world to protect 10 per cent of its coastal and marine areas by 2020. That goal is part of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and has now been exceeded.Thanks to the recent creation of five “mega MPAs,” off the coasts of Chile, Palau, Hawaii, and the Pitcairn Islands and St. Helena’s in the South Atlantic, the global total percentage of protected seas is now 12.7 per cent.Mr. Solheim urged stakeholders to remember that “the Aichi Biodiversity Targets also call for countries to focus their conservation efforts on the areas of greatest biodiversity. It is not just about the size of the area under protection, but also about where these zones are located and how strong that protection really is.”As part of the effort to emphasize the importance of protecting the Antarctic seas, during the conference, UNEP Patron of Oceans and endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh announced his campaign, Antarctica 2020, which aims to secure MPAs in vulnerable areas of Antarctica over the next three years. The campaign builds off the momentum of the recent Ross Sea victory, which together with the three targeted areas would bring the total protected area in the Antarctic to nearly 7 million square kilometres – an area the size of Australia. Lewis Pugh swimming in the Ross Sea, in 2015. Photo: UNEP read more

Womens gymnastics Ohio State tops Western Michigan to earn 4th consecutive win

Ohio State junior Amanda Huang performs on balance beam during a meet against Western Michigan on Feb. 17. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterAfter a night of  “mixed bag” performances, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (7-3, 3-2 Big Ten) still managed to garner its fourth consecutive win Saturday, topping Western Michigan (3-3) by a final score of 195.725-193.900.“The meet, as a whole for me, was a ‘mixed bag,’” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “Some things were very flat, but some people also got to step in and do really good things tonight.”Coming back from two falls through the course of the competition — one from sophomore Olivia Aepli during the second rotation on uneven parallel bars, and the other from freshman Morgan Lowe during the third rotation on balance beam — the Buckeyes managed to show strong performances on floor exercise to finish the night and take the win.“I think there were definitely a lot of moments where we could have taken advantage of opportunities where we didn’t, especially because we did have an awesome week of practice this week,” senior Kaitlyn Hofland said. Hofland added: “But I also think there were a lot of moments, at least for me, that made my heart really happy, because some girls got to go in who haven’t competed — it’s been a while since they have, and they did a really great job tonight.”Opening the night on vault, the Buckeyes posted a 48.900 total, with Aepli earning the team-high and first-place score of 9.850. Second place was a four-way tie between junior Jamie Stone, Hofland, junior Janelle McClelland and Western Michigan’s Taylor Buis. All posted a 9.775 for the event. In the second rotation on uneven parallel bars, despite the setback from Aepli taking a fall during her routine and posting a 9.350, Ohio State still finished with a 49.050 tally to clear the podium. Freshman Jenna Swartzentruber shined with a team-best 9.900 to earn first in the event. Coming closely behind were Hofland and senior Alexis Mattern. They posted scores of 9.850 and 9.825, respectively, to earn second and third place.At the midpoint of the meet, the Buckeyes stood in first, holding a 97.950 running total. The Broncos trailed with a score of 96.575 after their first two events on uneven parallel bars (48.100) and vault (48.475).Moving to its third rotation, Ohio State finished with a 48.350 tally on balance beam. Hofland earned the team-high for the event with a 9.750 mark, but the Buckeyes took on a second fall of the night — this time from Lowe, who posted a score of 8.925.Western Michigan earned a 48.925 score after performing in its third rotation on floor exercise.The meet came to a close with a strong finish on floor exercise from Ohio State pulling a 49.425 tally and event high of the night. The standout performance came from freshman Brooke Chesney. In setting a career-high score of 9.925, Chesney earned first place for the event. Her score also was the highest of the night. “I was very excited for myself, but I know I wouldn’t be able to do it without my team,” Chesney said. “They are the ones who motivate me, day in and day out, so them having my back just means so much to me. Whenever I’m in the corners and they’re cheering me one, that’s what gets me through a floor routine.”Stone and senior Stefanie Merkle followed close behind Chesney, each earning a 9.900 to share second place.“They know they’re good on floor,” Paulicivic said. “They know that whoever we put in on floor lineup can do their job and hit their stuff, so they’re very, very confident there. We need to have that same effort and attitude on the other three events, and that’s what we’re working on.”Western Michigan posted a 48.400 on its last rotation on balance beam, but that was not enough to propel them past Ohio State. “You always take the ‘W,’ you always take that,” Paulicivic said. “You take a win, you take it, but certainly we’re going to learn a lot from tonight, and hopefully this is a good thing for us coming down the stretch.” read more

Shohei Ohtanis Splitter Is What Makes Him Truly Great

2T. Lincecum’08GiantsSlider636.50 19M. Batista’03D-BacksSplit-finger2704.30 5M. Mulder’03AthleticsSplit-finger2336.38 RkPlayerYearTeamPitch TypePitchesRuns/100 Excluding pitch/pitcher combinations with fewer than 50 pitches in a seasonSource: FanGraphs 11C. Carpenter’04CardinalsCutter865.06 8S. Manaea’18AthleticsFastball1165.75 13C. Kluber’17IndiansCurveball8074.68 17J. Santana’04TwinsChange-up7224.38 4M. Prior’03CubsChange-up1056.38 3S. Ohtani’18AngelsSplit-finger586.41 9J. Fernandez’13MarlinsSlider3315.39 18T. Hudson’03AthleticsSplit-finger5144.31 10L. Severino’18YankeesSlider815.15 15M. Redman’06RoyalsCutter744.54 Just a little more than a week into his major league career, Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani has been so impressive as both a pitcher and hitter that it’s difficult to decide which aspect of his play stands out most. At the plate, he belted home runs in three consecutive games, crushing one pitch Friday for the seventh-longest homer of the young 2018 season. As a pitcher, he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his start Sunday, finishing the game with 12 strikeouts — tied for the most of any starter in a game so far this year. 16S. Gray’18YankeesCurveball624.38 14T. Lincecum’09GiantsChange-up7434.62 1D. Price’18Red SoxCutter59+6.88 6T. Ohka’05Nats/BrewersSplit-finger936.17 12M. Mulder’04AthleticsSplit-finger3165.01 Shohei’s splitter is in rare territoryMost runs added per 100 pitches in a season for a single pitch, 2002-18 Ohtani has probably already done enough on both sides of the ball to confirm that he’s the real deal. (So much for those shaky spring training stats, huh?) According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first MLB player since the dead-ball era1So since about 1920. to get two wins as a pitcher and hit three home runs in his team’s first 10 games of a season — meaning few baseball fans were alive the last time a two-way player did what Ohtani has done. If we had to pick one part of his game to bank on most, though, there is reason to believe that Ohtani’s pitching will outpace his hitting as his rookie year goes on.If you read the scouting reports written before Ohtani’s debut, pitching was always supposed to be his strongest suit. And all he’s done on the mound since is compile some truly eye-catching stats: So far this year, Ohtani has the fourth-highest strikeout percentage and the 17th-lowest walk percentage among qualified pitchers, and he ranks fourth in strikeout-to-walk percentage differential — one of the strongest predictors of how well a pitcher will perform going forward. Perhaps most tellingly of all, he’s also currently first in swinging strike rate, a very important measure of sheer pitching dominance, and he ranks third in average fastball velocity. Granted, those numbers have come in the microscopic sample of 13 innings (over two starts against the Oakland A’s, one of the worst teams in baseball). But they validate the story of a pitcher billed as having ace-level stuff when he first pondered coming over from Japan.Ohtani’s split-finger fastball in particular might be the nastiest pitch in baseball so far this season. (The splitter, which is thrown with the index and middle fingers spread wide over the seams, isn’t a true fastball in the same sense as the four-seamer; it’s more like a change-up that looks like a fastball to hitters before abruptly dropping at the last second.) Based on data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, he has thrown the splitter 58 times, and it’s already generated 13 strikeouts; only Houston’s Lance McCullers (curveball) and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (slider) have gotten more K’s on a single pitch than Ohtani has gotten with his splitter so far. According to, opposing batters have come up empty on 26 of 37 swings (70.3 percent) against Ohtani’s splitter, good for the best swing-and-miss rate of any starting pitcher on any single pitch type in 2018.2With a minimum of 20 swings against that pitch. And at a minimum of 50 total pitches in a season, the 6.4 runs added per 100 pitches by Ohtani’s splitter makes it the third-most effective pitch in FanGraphs’ entire database (which goes back to 2002): 20M. Mulder’02AthleticsSplit-finger1144.22 7A. Wood’18DodgersChange-up526.06 All of this obviously comes with the usual small-sample caveats and then some. (It’s barely been one week!) As “the book” comes in on Ohtani and his uber-out pitch, it’s unlikely that he’ll continue to befuddle hitters quite so much with the splitter. One of the things that makes baseball’s core pitcher-batter duel so great is that it’s a constantly evolving chess match of adjustments and counteradjustments. Right now, though, Ohtani is winning that battle on the mound.Of course, his success as a hitter can’t be overlooked. But there are at least a few signs that Ohtani might cool down from his early 1.310 on-base plus slugging start at the plate. According to, his batting average on balls in play — a sign of how lucky a hitter has been — is .364, well above what’s considered sustainable. Of further concern: He’s striking out four times for every walk, swinging at the first pitch far too frequently (1.5 times as often as the average batter) and getting himself into a good hitter’s count3Defined as either a 3-0, 2-0 or 3-1 count. about half as often as the average batter. A full 50 percent of his fly balls have left the yard, which is also an extremely unsustainable rate. As MLB pitchers see him more often, Ohtani will probably go through more growing pains as a hitter than he will as a pitcher.But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the sheer excitement of what he’s already accomplished. According to research from’s Mike Petriello, the maximum outputs from Ohtani’s Statcast data — gathered by radar and cameras that track every move made on the field — show that Ohtani possesses an arm that can throw harder than 87 percent of pitchers, a bat that can launch balls faster than 89 percent of hitters and legs that run faster than 84 percent of base runners. As unreal as the hype was around Ohtani before he ever played an MLB game, somehow the beginning of his career has exceeded it. We can only wait with anticipation for what comes next.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

MDL and Optron join forces on Quarryman profiler service support

first_imgIn response to growing demand from the South African quarry and mining market, Measurement Devices Ltd (MDL) and Optron have teamed up to establish a product service and repair capability to enhance the service support offering to customers for MDL’s Quarryman 3D rock face profiler. The new service facility is based at the Centurion head office of Optron which has been supplying and servicing products in sub-Saharan Africa for over 25 years, and has been an essential partner in providing MDL laser measurement systems to the South African market.MDL, a Renishaw Group subsidiary, is a complete measurement solutions provider, designer and manufacturer of rugged laser measurement systems for use in extreme environments. The group states that the Quarryman 3D rock face profiler “has become a recognised name within the South African survey community” and the establishment of Optron’s servicing capabilities is a direct response to local demand. “Rock face profiling, pre- and post-blast comparisons, as well as volumetric measurements, are essential for quarry and mining applications. The Quarryman’s rugged reliability and ease of use has enabled it to become an industry trusted name and as such MDL and Optron are delighted to expand the service offering on this product to their South African customers.”Martin Carr, Global Service Manager for MDL stated, “At MDL we believe it is in the best interest of our customers for after sales service and support to be provided locally. Part of this philosophy is reflected in our Accredited Service Centre program, whereby we assess, train and develop our Channel Partners and key dealers to service, calibrate and repair our market leading innovative products.  Accredited Service Centre status can only be achieved by investment in highly skilled human resource and the very latest test equipment and dedicated facilities. Optron are one of the pioneering MDL Channel Partners with regard to their commitment and investment in quality of service and after sales support. They have a first class team of people, fantastic facilities and a firm commitment to MDL products and we are proud to have Optron as an Accredited Service partner.”In addition Sean Dane, Segment Manager at Optron commented, “At Optron we strive to provide our customers with the highest level of service in the industry. Therefore increasing our service centre capabilities was an obvious choice and we are very proud to be an Accredited Service Centre for the MDL Quarryman product.”last_img read more

Protesters deliver a coffin to the door of PTSB as government agrees

first_img Short URL Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 8:41 PM Feb 27th 2018, 8:41 PM Image: Michelle Hennessey 56 Comments PROTESTERS MARCHED A coffin to Permanent TSB headquarters in Dublin today to voice their opposition to the sale of mortgages to vulture funds.PTSB, which is 75% State owned, has defended its plan to sell off a book of non-performing loans known as Project Glas.The proposed sell-off of 18,000 properties, including 14,000 private dwelling homes, has become the subject of a political battle in the last week.Today, the government agreed to support Fianna Fáil’s bill to regulate vulture funds.Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said he will work with Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson Michael McGrath, though he said significant redrafting of the bill will have to be carried out for it to have the “desired effects”.In addition, the minister said he has asked the Central Bank to review their code of conduct for how financial institutions deal with those in mortgage arrears. Protesters at the door of PTSB HQ today. Source: Michelle HennesseyTD Michael Collins told that the coffin carried to the bank today represents the people who have lost their lives and the families in mortgage arrears that have been sold off to vulture funds.Speaking to reporters today, Donohoe said he was aware of the concerns homeowners had about the possible sale of their mortgages.Treating mortgage holders fairly“I understand and want to recognise the worry this is causing people at the moment. I am determined as minister for finance that everybody is treated fairly and for these reasons a review of a code of conduct is appropriate,” he said.Donohoe said the bill to regulate vulture funds “will have an effect on the regulatory environment that is there at the moment” and will have a “positive effect”.Under the current regulations, it is only the intermediary, or middle man, that works between the mortgage holder and the vulture fund that falls under Central Bank regulations. The loan body or vulture fund itself which owns the mortgage is not regulated.The regulatory reach of the Fianna Fáil bill will now extend to vulture funds. The minister said he is satisfied the new rules “does not constitute any interference in our banks”. Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe Source: Sam BoalThe minister told reporters today that the regulatory framework put in place in the past, when he was not a minister in the department, “was appropriate then”.However, he pointed out that he always said he would keep the matter under review.Having looked at the current regulations with “an open mind”, Donohoe now believes the rules should now be strengthened.Changing the regulations“I have reviewed it and decided a change like this will be of help,” he said.Due to the impending sale of the PTSB loan book, McGrath said his bill should be expedited through the Dáil.The minister said it will be “quicker” for government to amend the Fianna Fáil bill rather than government introducing their own “from scratch”.“I am committed to move forward with this bill as quick a way as possible,” said the minister.In relation to the review of the code of conduct, Donohoe said he has asked the Central Bank to get back to him as soon as possible on the matter.Lending institutions such as banks and building societies are bound by the Central Bank’s code of conduct.It was first introduced by the Central Bank under the Central Bank Act 1989 and sets out that financial institutions must adopt specific procedures when dealing with borrowers experiencing arrears and financial difficulties.Critics such as Sinn Féin have argued that the code should be put on a statutory footing. A department source said this is not possible due to the need to amend the code on a constant basis, with at least four amendments being made to the code since 2009.The minister said he could not indicate today if the code would be amended in the future as that is up to the Central Bank to determine. However, Donohoe said he is committed to ensuring the best regulatory environment is in place before the PTSB sale is completed.“Every act I take has consequences, all decisions made by me as minister of finance have consequences,” said Donohoe, who said he has to strike a balance ensuring the bank’s balance sheets are healthy, while also ensuring that mortgage holders are protected.Harris on PTSB home loan sale: ‘It’s time to see a bit of humility from our banks’>Minister concedes homeowners who engaged with PTSB may not have deals honoured> Share379 Tweet Email22 Protesters deliver a coffin to the door of PTSB, as government agrees to regulate vulture funds The Central Bank is to review their code of conduct for how financial institutions deal with those in mortgage arrears. center_img By Christina Finn Protesters bringing a coffin to the door of PTSB today. Image: Michelle Hennessey Protesters bringing a coffin to the door of PTSB today. 35,346 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Jun 18th 2018, 7:51 AM 10,006 Views No Comments Monday 18 Jun 2018, 7:51 AM The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s everything you need to know as the week gets started. EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #WICKLOW: Garda crime units have received information that a row between two drug gangs in the North Wicklow area has escalated, leading to calls for extra resources.2. #MIGRATION: US first lady said that she “hates” to see families separated at the US border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws.3. #OSAKA: At least three people have been killed and dozens injured following a strong earthquake around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan.4. #REFERENDUM: Up to and including polling day on the 25 May, Dublin City Council received 279 complaints regarding posters for the Eighth Amendment referendum.5. #FINES: The government is set to increase the on-the-spot litter fine from €150 to €250, under plans being considered by Minister for Communications Denis Naughten.6. #COLOMBIA: Conservative Ivan Duque won Colombia’s presidential election yesterday after a campaign that turned into a referendum on a landmark 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels that he pledged to overhaul.7. #WEATHER: The week is set to be mostly cloudy with some spells of rain, but there’s a good chance of warm weather for next weekend.8. #RYANAIR: Budget airline Ryanair has called for a pre-10am booze ban at airports after a group of Irish-based holiday-makers forced an Ibiza-bound Ryanair flight from Dublin to divert to Paris Saturday morning.9. #CLARE: A man has been killed and two other people injured in a road crash in Co Clare. Share2 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Brésil un tatou géant photographié en pleine nature

first_imgBrésil : un tatou géant photographié en pleine natureDes appareils installés dans la forêt par des scientifiques ont réussi à prendre en photo, dans une région du centre du Brésil, un tatou géant extrêmement rare.On sait peu de choses sur les tatous, ces mammifères qui peuvent atteindre 1,5 mètre de long et peser jusqu’à 50 kilos. Si il est difficile de les étudier, c’est parce qu’ils évoluent surtout la nuit et en solitaire. Mais avec les progrès de la science et de la technologie, il est désormais possible de disposer des caméras infrarouges qui permettent de les observer de nuit et d’en apprendre davantage sur ces mystérieux animaux.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)Très vulnérables, les tatous se nourrissent de termites en utilisant leurs longues griffes pour creuser la terre et se protègent de leurs prédateurs sous une armure constituée de 11 à 13 plaques osseuses articulées entre elles et qui les recouvrent entièrement. A l’heure actuelle, l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature classe les tatous dans la catégorie espèce “vulnérable” dans la mesure où ils sont régulièrement menacés par la chasse et par la destruction de leur habitat.Or, parmi les tatous, il existe une espèce particulièrement rare qui mesure jusqu’à deux fois la taille des spécimens les plus communs. Ces tatous géants (Priodontes maximus) vivent dans des forêts paisibles, à proximité des sources, en Amérique du Sud. Mais leur dissémination et le fait qu’ils passent la journée enfouis dans leurs terriers les rendent encore plus difficiles à voir que leurs congénères. Ainsi, il aura fallu dix semaines de recherches intensives à une équipe de chercheurs de la société zoologique royale d’Ecosse (RZSS) pour parvenir à photographier ce mammifère dans la région de Pantanal, à cheval entre le Brésil, la Bolivie et le Paraguay.De nouvelles informations sur cette espèce “Grâce aux appareils photos, nous disposerons d’informations fondamentales pour parvenir à estimer le statut de la population de tatous géants au Brésil” a expliqué Arnaud Desbiez, biologiste à la RZSS et qui a mené ce projet de recherche. Les images qui ont été prises “aideront à mieux comprendre cette espèce et peut-être même les raisons environnementales qui expliqueraient pourquoi les tatous géants sont si rares”, a-t-il indiqué à la BBC.Le 23 septembre 2011 à 12:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Grippe aviaire un 4e mort enregistré en Indonésie

first_imgGrippe aviaire : un 4e mort enregistré en IndonésieVendredi, le ministère de la Santé indonésien a annoncé qu’une fillette de cinq ans était décédée des suites de la grippe aviaire. C’est le 4e décès dû à la maladie enregistré en autant de mois. Les cas mortels de grippe aviaire se multiplient. Alors que le Vietnam et le Cambodge viennent tout juste de signaler deux décès dus à la maladie, c’est au tour de l’Indonésie d’annoncer une nouvelle victime. Il s’agit d’une fillette de cinq ans décédée après avoir été infectée par le virus H5N1. Celle-ci était en fait membre de la famille du jeune homme mort le 7 janvier dernier de la maladie. Ainsi, elle était en contact avec les mêmes pigeons déjà mis en cause dans ce précédent décès, selon l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La fillette est la 4e victime recensée en Indonésie au cours des quatre derniers mois avec deux décès signalés en octobre 2011, rappelle l’AFP. Avant cela, aucun cas mortel n’avait été enregistré depuis mai 2010 dans l’archipel de 240 millions d’habitants, le pays le plus touché par la grippe aviaire. En effet, l’Indonésie est souvent considérée comme un maillon faible dans la lutte contre la grippe aviaire alors que de nombreux ménages continuent à vivre en contact constant avec des volatiles, malgré une loi l’interdisant.Selon le dernier bilan de l’OMS, qui comprend le décès de la fillette, la maladie a fait 152 morts depuis 2003 dans l’archipel, sur 342 dans le monde. Le deuxième pays le plus touché est le Vietnam, avec 59 morts. La multiplication des cas, en cette période hivernale propice à la maladie, pourrait confirmer une résurgence de l’épidémie. Un retour qu’avait déjà fait craindre l’annonce d’un cas mortel en Chine, le 31 décembre, le premier dans ce pays depuis 18 mois.Le 20 janvier 2012 à 10:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Equipment introduced for testing the accuracy of water meters

first_img Updated: 2:15 PM April 2, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Posted: April 2, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAs the City’s water system district manager, Johnny Mitchell is in charge of the water meter shop, where thousands of San Diego Water meters have been tested by hand.Now thanks to a new and newly installed $400,000 meter testing system called Mars 3. The testing is largely done digitally, allowing for more precision and more accuracy.Tom Howard, a Public Utilities Deputy Director, whose department has been under fire joined Mitchell in the demonstration. Howard was on hand to talk about the larger issue of meter accuracy as it relates to the new equipment and several months of controversy. The sudden skyrocketing of water bills, leading to a number of community meetings with angry residents and bill adjustments or the promise of, at those meetings.Human error was cited for at least one of the reasons for the spike, a now former employee says the city misread 343 meters. As the city installs a whole new smart meter system, 90,000 so far, the meters themselves, old and new, have been an issue.The Mars 3 equipment was in hand before the controversy, but Howard says its one of every five new AMI meters being tested by the new equipment before it goes out to a home or business. Howard also emphasized that not only is the old meter scrapped, but so is any meter that is the subject of a customer complaint. New Equipment introduced for testing the accuracy of water meterslast_img read more

With Defeat of 2013 Farm Bill House Fails Soybean Farmers and American

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) voiced its extreme disappointment and frustration this afternoon following a vote by the House of Representatives to reject the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. With a vote of 195 to 234, the farm bill failed to pass the House following two days of debate. ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss, issued the following statement on today’s development:“Today’s failure leaves the entire food and agriculture sector in the lurch. Once again, the nation’s soybean farmers and the 23 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture are left holding the bag.“This bill would have reinforced the farm safety net, promoted our products in foreign markets, strengthened the fast-growing biodiesel industry, enhanced conservation programs; not to mention the stable, affordable and safe supply of food, feed, fiber and fuel that it would have ensured for all Americans; all while addressing our collective fiscal and budgetary obligations. Now, none of those benefits can be realized and a debilitating uncertainty extends from farmers to consumers as we all face the expiration of farm bill programs on Sept. 30.“It is incumbent on both Republicans and Democrats to find a way forward for American agriculture.”last_img read more

2 arrested after Wheels Up Guns Down riders hit MiamiDade roadways early

first_imgJust after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, aerial cameras captured a group of riders at a gas station at Northwest 17th Avenue and 54th Street, also in Northwest Miami-Dade.That sighting followed multiple reports of ATV riders weaving through traffic in Hialeah and Opa-locka. Bikers were also spotted in the area of Northwest 22nd Avenue and 71st Street in Northwest Miami-Dade.The riders reportedly crowded roadways, cut off drivers, ran red lights and performed dangerous maneuvers. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police across South Florida are on the move this holiday weekend as dozens of dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle riders swarm roadways to get a head start to the “Wheels Up, Guns Down” protests.Two bikers have already been arrested in Northwest Miami-Dade, Friday evening.Saturday afternoon, 7News cameras captured several Miami-Dade Police cruisers in Miami as they chased after the holiday weekend riders two days before the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.The heavy police presence comes a day after police took 21-year-old Jonathan Spignolio and 28-year-old Raymond Gonzalez into custody for allegedly using off-road vehicles illegally.The arrest went down in the area of Northwest 119th Street and 24th Avenue.Officers soon discovered the men were armed. One of them was charged with possession of a stolen weapon, and the other faces one count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.Both of the subjects’ vehicles were impounded. The Opa Locka Police Department will be out in force this weekend for the upcoming MLK holiday to crackdown on riders who break the law during the “Wheels Up, Guns Down” ride.— Opa Locka Police (@ChiefJDobson) January 18, 2019Just before 6 p.m. on Friday, riders were seen in downtown Miami in front of the American Airlines Arena. Cellphone video showed several bikers riding dangerously close to cars along U.S. 1 near Southwest 17th Avenue in Coconut Grove.At around 6:10 p.m., about 50 riders riders were seen getting onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 from U.S. 1 and speeding down the highway at a high rate of speed. Cameras captured some of the bikers performing stunts and popping wheelies. Some were even seen standing on their moving bikes. center_img Less than 10 minutes later, they exited I-95 through State Road 112. They were later spotted in the area of Northwest 71st Street and 21st Avenue.At around 6:30 p.m., the same group was spotted heading northbound past Northwest 103rd Street.Earlier this week, authorities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties issued a warning to riders stressing they will be enforcing a zero tolerance policy to such activities.As was the case with Friday night’s arrests, officials said bikers pulled over during the holiday weekend will be arrested and have their vehicles confiscated.The annual event, which police say is not in any way sanctioned in any official way, has taken place across South Florida in previous years over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to protest gun violence.Authorities advised drivers to observe caution at stoplights and intersections throughout the weekend.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

3rd victim comes forward against SW MiamiDade swim instructor

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Another victim has come forward in the case against a swim instructor who allegedly molested children during practice at a Southwest Miami-Dade pool.Police arrested 20-year-old Daniel Diaz-Mejia on Tuesday after two 9-year-old girls told their mothers he fondled them during their practice at Helen Sands Pool, located in the area of Southwest 280th Street and 163rd Avenue, near U.S. 1.On Friday morning, Diaz-Mejia appeared in court once again, after an 8-year-old girl told her mother she had also been touched inappropriately by the instructor during a lesson.He now faces an additional lewd and lascivious molestation on a child charge.He remains held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and has been served a stay away order from the victim.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For July 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, July 15, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites customers to attend a free Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Swain Green parking lot located at the corner of Middlesex Avenue and School Street in Wilmington across from the Town Common. The event will take place concurrently with the Wilmington Farmers Market.Attendees are invited to view and test drive (or ride) an assortment of plug-in vehicles from local automobile dealers. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and RMLD rebate programs will also be available. Local electric vehicle owners will also be in attendance to offer insider reviews and commentary.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 18, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 6, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Huawei gets slight reprieve on US trade ban

first_img News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks Now playing: Watch this: Review • P30 Pro review: Huawei’s astounding camera shoots past the Galaxy S10 Plus 0 Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively banned Huawei in the US, including its ability to source goods and services from American companies. The order limits the involvement of foreign “adversaries” in the nation’s carrier networks. That includes Huawei’s telecommunications equipment, which US carriers don’t use following a previous ban, and the sale of Huawei phones like the P30 Pro through US carriers. (You can still buy some Huawei devices from Amazon and B&H Photo.) The Commerce Department also added Huawei to its trade blacklist.Company founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday told Chinese state broadcaster CCTV that the reprieve wouldn’t make much of an impact on its plans, Reuters reported, and Huawei’s beef was with the government rather than US companies.”The US government’s actions at the moment underestimate our capabilities,” Ren said.Also on Tuesday, Huawei’s representative to the European Union described the company as a “victim of bullying” by the US government.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Reuters reported Friday that the Commerce Department was considering the temporary license to give companies and owners of Huawei products time to keep using communications networks and equipment. On Monday morning, before the government’s softening stance, Huawei said in a statement that it would “continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally,” according to a company spokeswoman.CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report.First published May 20.Update May 21 at 3:21 a.m. PT: Adds comments by Ren Zhengfei and Huawei’s EU representative, and by Wilbur Ross; and 11:57 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Google. Tags Phones See it Huawei P30 Pro Mentioned Above Huawei P30 Pro (256GB, black)center_img What is going on between Huawei and the US? The license created by the US Commerce Department lasts until mid-August. Getty Images A day after Google cut off Huawei from using Android on its phones, the US Commerce Department scaled back its restrictions on Huawei’s access to American components and software that go into its devices.The department on Monday created a temporary general license that will allow the China-based phone maker to keep existing networks and issue updates to existing phones, tablets and other devices. The license, which lasts until Aug. 19, is intended to provide time for companies to sort out how to deal with export restrictions and for the Commerce Department to assess the steps it needs to take in the longer term.”In short, this license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile phone users and rural broadband networks,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.On Tuesday Google said it will continue to work with Huawei while that license is in effect. “Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone’s best interests and this temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. It’s unclear what Google will do after the license expires.News of the Commerce Department action was earlier reported by Reuters.Read: Samsung has the most to gain from Google putting Huawei on ice Huawei CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Share your voice 4:59 $765last_img read more

49 Voices Mia Kinard of Anchorage

first_imgMia Kinard of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Mia Kinard in Anchorage. Kinard moved to Alaska from South Carolina a little over a year ago.Listen nowKINARD: I came here for change and to give my boys a different environment to live in, to shut them off from so many things that they had access to in the Lower 48.I met a great, I’m talking about an awesome, group of nurses and care team at the Alaska Heart Institute and over at Alaska Regional Hospital. They took really good care of me, and they did things that wouldn’t get done in the South.I kept having chest pains and I made a request for a stress test and they said, because of my age I guess, they were saying they only request stress tests when there’s a red flag for it. Well, when I came here and I requested, they did a bunch of tests. Before I left the ER, they were calling me to schedule the stress test. That was the awesome part too because they didn’t waste time and weeks to call me. They were calling me before I left the emergency room.But I made it into the stress test, I started having a heart attack. In South Carolina, they would’ve just sent me home. They kept sending me home, telling me to eat a lot of oranges and bananas, take an iron supplement. So my life was saved by coming here, and that’s the most to be grateful for.Just to see different faces… I feel like in the Lower 48, down South, we see a lot of Mexican, Black, White and Asians. But you come here, you have the other cultures, the Indians, the Natives and the Samoans — they shocked me, I liked seeing them. So yeah, I feel like we got the whole thing in a box.But the thing that I like the most is that right around, I see the mountains. It’s a beautiful sight. It’s like every shot looks it belongs in a picture frame.What I don’t like about it is not having much to do. I’m not an outdoorsman person, ’cause I couldn’t see going into the woods. You’ve got moose and bears, mhmm. (laughs)last_img read more

Man beaten dead over trifling matter in Jhenidah

first_imgA man was beaten to death at Panka village of Sadar upazila in Jhenidah on Monday night over a trifling matter, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Aziz, 50, son of Kashem Mandal, a farmer of the village.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Emdadul Haque said that Aziz was pushed by a bicycle ridden by Azimuddin Mandal while he was going to a local hat in the afternoon.Later, Aziz slapped Azimuddin.Following the incident, Azimuddin along with his several associates beat up Aziz at night, leaving him critically injured.Later, he was sent to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around 9:00pm.Police arrested two people in connection with the murder.last_img read more