New Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and Karnataka government seeking their responses on a plea challenging the validity of a new state law allowing buffalo race, Kambala, in the state.The Kambala race, held between November and March, involves a pair of buffaloes tied to a plough and anchored by one person. They are made to run in parallel muddy tracks in a competition in which the fastest team wins.It is believed to be held to propitiate the gods for a good harvest, besides being a recreational sport for farmers.Bullock cart races are held in parts of north Karnataka and in the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has filed a petition in the apex court challenging the validity of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Second Amendment) Act 2017, which allowed Kambala and other races in the state.The matter came up for hearing on Friday before a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta.The court, which issued notice on PETA’s petition, tagged it with pending petition which has challenged similar state laws allowing use of bulls for ‘Jallikattu’ in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races in Maharashtra.In its petition in Kambala matter, PETA has said the new amended law was contrary to the object and purpose of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 which mandates that animals must be protected from unnecessary suffering.On February 2 this year, the apex court had referred the pleas related to ‘Jallikattu’ to a five-judge constitution bench which would decide if the bull-taming sport fell under cultural rights or perpetuated cruelty to animals.advertisementJallikattu, also known ‘eruthazhuvuthal’, is a bull- taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal harvest festival.PETA is one of the petitioners who have challenged the state law that allowed the bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu. PTI ABA RCJ
November 16, 2019
The annual Tulip Festival is underway in Orange City.The event celebrates the Dutch heritage of the Sioux County region.Mike Hoffman of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce says events will go on today in spite of the rain:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/OCITY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.oc…..don’t run through. :18The activities continue through Saturday in Orange City.
November 16, 2019
Australia WATCH: Australia vs Honduras LIVE! Last updated 1 year ago 18:19 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Australia WC Qualifying Play-Off Australia v Honduras Honduras Premier League The Socceroos need to win to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and you can see it live Australia face a decisive day in World Cup qualifying as they take on Honduras knowing a win will take them to Russia in 2018, and you can watch it live!The two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their play-off, meaning any victory for either side will see them book their place at next summer’s showpiece.Watch it live below! Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player
October 28, 2019
West Ham keeper Fabianski explains Arsenal exitby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has spoken about the reasons for his Arsenal exit.The Polish keeper was at the club for seven years, but he only played 78 appearances for the Gunners.Since leaving, he has gotten the chance to shine at Swansea and West Ham United.Now Fabianski is speaking about the reasons for his Arsenal departure.He told Sky Sports of his experiences at Arsenal: “I wanted to prove myself on the pitch, but I didn’t have many chances, so it put a lot more pressure on every single game that I played.”I found myself in situations where I was so keen to show my qualities, but many times it worked against me and I was punished for being too eager.”I think what happens when you don’t play regularly is that all the little things that are very important for our position are a little bit off. “Even when I started pre-season this year, I could feel a bit of a difference. Your timing is not there, your feeling of the game, your distances. When I made the decision to leave Arsenal, it was based on that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
October 27, 2019
Coaches often approach recruiting with CIA-level secrecy, but in the era of social media, it is tough to keep visits under wraps, whether it’s a prospect making it to campus or a coach out on the road. Some coaches are adapting with the times and not even trying to hide where they and their staff are recruiting, and you can add new Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi to that list.Pitt coaches were back #OnTheProwl #H2P pic.twitter.com/2w3pauQKVP— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) January 27, 2015This new development of coaches sharing their locations when out on the recruiting trail is a welcome one for fans, media and recruitniks alike. Here’s hoping more schools hop on this bandwagon.
October 22, 2019
Plus de 100 élèves du Strait Regional School Board se réuniront aujourd’hui 8 mai au Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre afin de participer à la sixième de huit rencontres avec D250 qui ont lieu partout en Nouvelle-Écosse. Les rencontres jeunesse sont une initiative de Démocratie 250, appuyée par VOX:Point of Youth, le ministère de l’Éducation, le Strait Regional School Board et Élections Nouvelle-Écosse. Les élèves participeront à une élection simulée et discuteront d’enjeux qui touchent les jeunes. Ils écouteront aussi une série de publicités mettant en vedette les jeunes ambassadeurs de D250, visionneront « Rant for Democracy », une vidéo qui suscite la réflexion au sujet de la participation électorale des jeunes, et participeront à une session de questions et réponses avec John Hamm et Russell MacLellan, co-présidents de Démocratie 250. Le Dr Hamm affirme que l’objectif des rencontres est d’inciter un plus grand nombre de jeunes à participer dans leurs communautés et au processus électoral. « Moins de 25 pour cent des jeunes adultes de moins de 25 ans votent à quelque élection que ce soit. C’est une donnée statistique inquiétante sur laquelle nous voulons attirer l’attention et que nous espérons changer, » a dit le Dr Hamm. « Les Néo-Écossais plus âgés doivent mieux comprendre les raisons pour lesquelles un si grand nombre de jeunes, qui sont autrement très préoccupés des enjeux d’aujourd’hui et qui n’hésitent pas à se faire entendre, ne votent pas, » a souligné Russell MacLellan. Deborah Pellerin, coordonnatrice des programmes jeunesse au ministère de l’Éducation et responsable de VOX: Point of Youth, a accueilli les efforts de Démocratie 250 visant à encourager un plus grand nombre de jeunes à participer dans leurs communautés et au processus électoral. « En travaillant étroitement avec les organismes jeunesse, Démocratie 250 donne non seulement aux jeunes une occasion de partager leurs frustrations, mais aussi une possibilité de changer les choses pour le mieux, » a dit Mme Pellerin. Démocratie 250 est l’organisme responsable de l’année de célébration du 250e anniversaire de la naissance de la démocratie parlementaire au Canada. Pour plus d’information, consultez le site Web de Démocratie 250 au www.democratie250.ca.
October 22, 2019
A number of family events highlight this year’s African Heritage Month celebrations, which begin today, Jan. 27, in the Annapolis Valley. The Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association (VANSDA) has worked with the community to develop a calendar of events to celebrate the 25 anniversary of African Heritage Month. “In the 25 years that groups have formally recognized the significance of our heritage, we have seen tremendous change,” said Robert Ffrench, VANSDA executive director. “It is important, however, that we never forget where we have come from to ensure that the legacy and efforts made in the past are never forgotten.” It is in that spirit of remembrance that VANSDA celebrates the month with events like the inaugural quiz bowl and the unveiling of a commemorative panel on the Matthieu DaCosta Heritage Trail. “The first annual quiz bowl pits four local Grade 8 students against teams from KROC Radio, Acadia University and TD Bank Financial Group,” said Mr. French. “The teams have been reviewing the facts for a while and are eager to discover which team will become champion. It promises to be a great time and an excellent education on African Nova Scotian history.” On Wednesday, Feb. 11, VANSDA will officially unveil the Ben Jackson commemorative panel in Hantsport as part of the Matthieu DaCosta Heritage Trail. The panel details the history of Ben Jackson, an African Nova Scotian civil war hero who settled in Hantsport in the late 19th century. The heritage trail is a VANSDA initiative to develop a tourist attraction dedicated to recognizing the history of African Nova Scotians. “The events taking place this month in the Valley, and all over Nova Scotia, give community members an opportunity to interact, to learn from one another and to celebrate the important history and contributions of African Nova Scotians,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. To complete the month, VANSDA will host From the Heart of Nova Scotia — A Gospel Experience at Acadia University, on Saturday, Feb. 28. The evening of gospel celebration is produced by the African Nova Scotian Music Association. Proceeds will be donated to an entrance scholarship fund that annually recognizes two African Nova Scotian students pursuing post-secondary educations. For information on African Heritage Month and a list of events being held provincewide, visit the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa or call the events line at 424-3482.
October 12, 2019
Mumbai: Curbing insurgency in the Northeast has been his biggest achievement as home minister, according to Rajnath Singh who says Naxal violence in the country is also on the wane. The Union home minister asserts that BJP will come back to power with a thumping majority as people want the good governance of the Narendra Modi dispensation to continue. “The way Modiji has led the country at national and international levels in the last five years, there is not an iota of doubt about our win with three-fourths majority in these polls,” he claims. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Singh says as home minister, he worked, among other things, towards curbing insurgency in the Northeast and Naxalism in parts of the country. “Insurgency in Northeast is almost finished,” he told PTI in an interview. On Naxalism, he says, “We are now in the most favourable position since 1971, when more security personnel used to get killed than Naxals. Now the trend has reversed… Our security forces have been giving a befitting reply and eliminating Naxals.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Earlier Naxals operated in 126 districts, but now their activities are limited to just six-seven districts, he says. “We are quite sure that in coming days, we will root them out. The elimination of insurgency in the Northeast has been my biggest achievement as home minister…even beyond my expectations,” the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh says. He also says that as home minister, he made maximum number of visits to Jammu and Kashmir and tried to find a long-term solution to the region’s problems, though it could not yield the desired results. “Now, time has come to review articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution (providing special status and rights to the state and its citizens) and assess what Jammu and Kashmir got and what it lost due to these two provisions,” he says. “My ministry also revoked the registration of 20,000 organisations which used to get money from overseas, under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, and were involved in activities which were not in the interest of our country,” he says. Singh, who is contesting Lok Sabha polls from Lucknow, says he does not believe that Modi’s persona is overshadowing the work of other lawmakers and ministers. “Whatever ministers or MPs do, they do it after getting the team leader’s consent, it is but natural. All policy decisions are taken under the chairmanship of the prime minister. So, saying that the work of other ministers or MPs is overshadowed is not right,” he says. “People are smart enough and politically aware. They have their own parameters to gauge public representatives’ records and performances,” he adds. To a query why the BJP’s campaign has no mention of demonetisation and GST, Singh, who headed the party’s manifesto committee, says they are no longer poll issues. “Their (positive and expected) results have started surfacing. GST has been simplified several times and we have made it abundantly clear that whenever there is a need, we will come up with more simplifications so that the business class does not suffer,” he says. Asked why the BJP has ‘imported’ candidates from outside the party, like Bhojpuri film actors Nirahua and Ravi Kishan, Bollywood star Sunny Deol and Pragya Thakur, he says it shows the party’s “inclusive and pluralistic” character. “Let me clarify that the BJP’s core cadre is quite strong and we have no dearth of candidates. But there are some people in every society who have a large fan following and have some intrinsic political acumen. “When we get these people in our party, they become an integral part of the BJP family and by this way, our party becomes more inclusive and pluralistic,” he reasons. Asked about the BJP fielded only a few Muslim candidates, he says though he was not in a position to tell the exact number, but the party has given tickets to members from the community. “We are very careful about our core principal – ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. Unfortunately, the opposition parties are unsuccessfully trying to create a fear factor. But we have built a sense of confidence and I am quite sure that we will get their (Muslims) bigger support this time than what we got in the previous Lok Sabha election,” he claims. Singh says North Indians living in Maharashtra always supported the BJP ever since this party came to existence. He also dubs the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance as an “unbreakable bond”. “The coming together of two parties with same nationalist ideology is very rare. But this is possible only here in Maharashtra. Though we had some differences, but they have been resolved. The BJP-Shiv Sena have an unbreakable bond and we have proved it,” he adds.
October 12, 2019
NEW YORK — A prosecutor says new charges and arrests are possible in the prosecution of a U.S. Treasury Department employee accused of giving a journalist confidential banking reports related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.Treasury worker Natalie Edwards is awaiting trial on charges that she gave a BuzzFeed journalist reports about wire transfers made by Paul Manafort and other suspects in Mueller’s investigation.Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Ravener told a New York judge during a hearing Wednesday that prosecutors will know within two to three months whether additional charges will be filed.She provided no other details as to who else might be under scrutiny.Edwards’ lawyer, Jacob Kaplan, says his client is being prosecuted for “doing the right thing.”The Associated Press
October 11, 2019
26 April 2010Marking the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster – which exposed more than 8 million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia to radiation – today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his commitment to reviving sections of the three nations still coping with the catastrophe. “We remember the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident; the more than 330,000 people who were uprooted from their homes; the thousands of children who later contracted thyroid cancer,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“One of the most important global lessons of the Chernobyl disaster is the importance of strengthening the safety and security of nuclear material and facilities,” it continued.The Secretary-General, who took part in the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington two weeks ago, welcomed world leaders’ renewed commitment to this issue. He called on the international community to “do everything in its power to further the region’s revival” and to support those impacted.The General Assembly has declared 2006-2016 the Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions, urging assistance for Chernobyl-affected communities to return to a normal life.Mr. Ban today also reaffirmed his commitment to the so-called UN Chernobyl Action Plan, prepared by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The main challenges, including health and environment, are also components of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets agreed upon by world leaders with a 2015 deadline.Mr. Ban will host a high-level summit on the theme of accelerating pace towards the MDGs around the world in September in New York, to coincide with the start of the new session of the General Assembly.In addition, Ukraine will convene an international conference, co-sponsored by Belarus and Russia, on the 25th anniversary of the accident in April 2011, to mark progress towards the goal of a return to normal life.
October 6, 2019
“The issue of the illegal transfer of arms and people (from Syria) towards armed Palestinian groups in Lebanon… has threatened to cast a shadow on the efforts aimed at bolstering Lebanon’s sovereignty,” Mr. Annan tells the Security Council in his second report on Council Resolution 1559 of September 2004.”Tangible results are yet to be achieved in these two fields and I will continue my efforts in this regard,” he says, referring to the disarming and disbanding of militias and the extension of Government control over all Lebanon’s territory.”More needs to be done to meet the Security Council’s call for concrete measures to ensure the return of effective governmental authority throughout the south of Lebanon.”He notes that the Syrian Government has said cross-border smuggling of arms and people takes place in both directions, while the Government of Lebanon has reported undertaking “significant measures towards restricting such an influx of arms and people and free movement of weaponry and armed elements to and from the Palestinian refugee camps in recent weeks.”Resolution 1559 calls for withdrawing all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias, extending Government control over the whole country, holding free elections, and the full restoration and strict respect for the sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and political independence of Lebanon.With regard to the extension of Lebanese Government control over all its territory, Mr. Annan says he was “particularly concerned” when in June the Lebanese army appeared to be reducing its presence and control in the south, while the Hizbollah militia strengthened its own. After the UN voiced its concern, the army returned to its original strength.”There has not been any noticeable change in the operational capabilities of Hizbollah, which, according to its own leadership, has more than 12,000 missiles at its disposal,” he writes, noting that many Lebanese consider the Hizbollah not a militia but a “legitimate resistance movement” against Israeli occupation of the disputed Shebaa farms area, although the UN has repeatedly stated that the area is not part of Lebanon.”Although important progress has been made, I will continue to assign the matter of full restoration of the sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon the highest priority in my efforts to assist the parties in the implementation of resolution 1559 (2004) in the coming months,” Mr. Annan concludes.”In particular, I will focus on working with the Lebanese authorities on the complete exercise of governmental control and authority throughout all of Lebanon, unchallenged by the existence of independent and unsupervised Lebanese and non-Lebanese groups.”
October 2, 2019
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference coaches have named Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen as offensive and defensive players of the year.Kentucky’s Mark Stoops is the SEC coach of the year in voting by league coaches announced on Wednesday.Texas A&M’s Braden Mann is the pick as top special teams player and Crimson Tide receiver Jaylen Waddle is freshman of the year. Alabama players also claimed two other awards.Tight end Hale Hentges is scholar athlete of the year and left tackle Jonah Williams wins the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top lineman.Tagovailoa is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and led Alabama into the College Football Playoffs. Allen won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
September 30, 2019
Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end in prison after pleading not guilty to murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was involved in an altercation with another inmate at the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth, but neither man required medical attention, a Massachusetts sheriff said Wednesday.The altercation took place Tuesday in a common area of the facility, where only one inmate at a time is supposed to be out of his cell, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said.Hodgson said jail staff are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video to figure out what happened and determine whether disciplinary measures or criminal charges are warranted.“An altercation took place between two inmates, and one of them was Aaron Hernandez,” Hodgson told ABC News. “We will be studying video and proceeding with interviews to determine why and how the incident took place to determine whether internal discipline or criminal charges are warranted.”The jail also is reviewing procedures to learn how the inmates were permitted out of their cells at the same time.“It was very brief,” Hodgson said. “The officers were right there, and it was stopped within seconds, maybe a minute.”Hodgson did not release the other inmate’s name and said he did not know of any previous tension between the two.“We don’t know what, if any, relationship there was or has been at any point, either here or anywhere else,” Hodgson said.Both Hernandez and the other inmate have been moved to other units until the investigation is completed.
September 22, 2019
THEY’RE HEADING INTO the fourth day of counting in Midlands-North West, after less than 300 votes were separating the last candidates in the running following the latest count. No-ones would argue that the process isn’t long and laborious — but it’s also transparently democratic.The country has a fraught relationship with e-voting, having wasted €51 million on a failed experiment 12 years ago. That said, how long do we have to wait before we begin discussing it again? Is it off the cards forever?The Seanad was told yesterday that the country’s voting system is not fit for purpose, but regarding e-voting, a FF senator said “I am not going there”.What do you think? Poll Results: We should consider e-voting again. (2963) The system works, let’s stick with it. (1968) The system works, let’s stick with it.We should consider e-voting again.I have no opinion.VoteAs always, comments below… Let’s have a heated debate. I have no opinion. (208)
September 21, 2019
Short URL 1 Comment Share2 Tweet Email Feb 10th 2017, 8:29 PM Liverpool’s unusual dilemma and other Premier League talking points>Memories of golden era return as Sheffield Wednesday are in play-off mix> We’ll Leave it There So: Liverpool punish The Sun, Ireland call on Best back-up and all today’s sport Plus, Gareth Bale looks set to be fit for Wales’ crucial World Cup qualifier with Ireland in March. https://the42.ie/3233876 Gareth Bale looks set to be fit for Wales’ crucial World Cup qualifier with Ireland in March.Liverpool FC have banned The Sun’s reporters from the club over the paper’s infamous Hillsborough coverage.Back spasms have forced Tiger Woods to withdraw from the next two PGA events.Caster Semenya is in line to belatedly take London 2012 gold after another Russian athlete was banned.Michael Conlan’s Olympic rival has turned pro — and they’re already talking about an epic showdown.The Best Thing We Shared‘They got Tom Brady though’ – even at 21-0 up, one Atlanta player was still nervous in last Sunday’s Super Bowl.Where We Were Today Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere in Rome at the Trevi Fountain. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHomeJordan Larmour’s second-half brace handed Ireland U20s a thrilling Six Nations win in Italy.Shane Lowry and Seamus Power are just two shots back at rain-hit Pebble Beach.Ireland have called on James Tracy as cover after captain Rory Best was hit by a stomach bug.There has been strong support for a petition to stop TG4 axing Seó Spóirt with GAA stars criticising the decision.Leinster and Connacht have all named their teams for their upcoming Pro12 clashes.Away Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale looks set to win his fitness race to play Ireland. Source: PA Wire/PA Images 13,773 Views Follow us: the42.ie Friday 10 Feb 2017, 8:29 PM By Paul Fennessy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMurray Kinsella is in Rome, as Ireland prepare to face Italy in the Six Nations this weekend.On The RecordIt’s not easy for a Catalan guy to go to Germany after they had won a treble and have to learn Deutsch and get involved in that culture. And he helped me a lot – on and off the pitch. He was one of the most fantastic players I ever trained in my life. Even talking about the most intelligent players – he is one of them. Football is going to miss one of the best players I’ve ever seen. He can play in ten positions – no problems – because he understands the game perfectly.Man City boss Pep Guardiola pays glowing tribute to the soon-to-be-retired Bayern Munich star Philipp Lahm.The Fixture ListThere’s another round of Six Nations action. Italy v Ireland (2.30) and Wales v England (4.50) take place on Saturday, while France face Scotland (3pm) on Sunday.The Six Nations is not the only rugby this weekend, with plenty of AIL, Women’s Six Nations, schools rugby, UBL and Pro12 action to look forward to.There are nine Premier League games this weekend, with Liverpool v Tottenham on Saturday evening the standout match.Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power are among the players competing in the Pebble Beach pro-am.It’s a busy weekend in GAA, with Dublin v Tyrone and Kerry v Mayo among the games in Division 1.There’s horse racing at Newbury, with the Gold Cup race taking place at 2.25pm.UFC 208 gets underway on Saturday night/Sunday morning, as Holly Holm prepares to fight Germaine de Randamie.Showbiz, Baby!Check out our video on the key to clean eating with Leinster and Dublin GAA nutritionist Daniel Davey. Source: The42.ie/YouTubeThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
September 20, 2019
Une conférence internationale pour protéger les oiseaux migrateursLes oiseaux d’eau migrateurs sont de plus en plus menacés par les activités humaines et le changement climatique. Pour sauvegarder ces fragiles espèces, une conférence internationale qui a lieu en France entend mettre en place des mesures urgentes.Chaque année les oiseaux d’eau migrateurs, telle que les barge rousse, sarcelle d’été, flamants roses et autres cigognes parcourent des milliers de kilomètres, parfois à très haute altitude “en s’orientant grâce aux étoiles, à la position de la terre et aux champs magnétiques”. Ces oiseaux dont la survie dépend des zones humides sont pourtant menacés par des choses beaucoup plus terre à terre.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon l’ONG Birdlife international, 10% de ces espèces sont en danger d’extinction à cause de l’activité humaine. En effet, au réchauffement climatique (essentiellement d’origine humaine), lignes électriques, éoliennes, plateformes pétrolières off-shore, produits agrochimiques, s’ajoutent comme autant d’obstacles à la migration des espèces. Car les marais, tourbières, mangroves ou estuaires qui contiennent les poissons nécessaires à la poursuite des longs voyages des oiseaux sont menacées par l’agriculture intensive et les programmes hydrauliques.C’est notamment le cas, au Sénégal, où se trouve le Parc national des oiseaux du Doudj, l’une des plus grandes réserves ornithologiques mondiales. Le développement de la riziculture et l’endiguement du fleuve Sénégal mettent en danger ce sanctuaire, fréquenté par plus de trois millions d’oiseaux chaque année. C’est pour cette raison que 65 Etats d’Europe, d’Afrique et du Moyen Orient ont décidé de s’associer lors d’une vaste conférence dont le but est de protéger ces oiseaux d’eau migrateurs “tout au long du cycle de leurs déplacements”, depuis la Russie jusqu’en Afrique parfois. Elle se tient cette semaine à La Rochelle. Cette ville française du littoral atlantique constitue justement un point de passage obligé pour de nombreuses espèces à cette période de l’année. La Conférence internationale vise en particulier à améliorer l’accord entre les pays et à prendre des mesures coordonnées. En tout 300 représentants des Etats, ONG et scientifiques s’intéresseront à 255 espèces. La France entend défendre “un projet d’action spécifique pour l’Afrique”, indique une de ses représentantes, Marianne Courouble citée par l’AFP.Le 14 mai 2012 à 12:32 • Maxime Lambert
September 17, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 22, 2017 – Providenciales – Police say there was no crime committed by the security company residents had seen being searched on Monday early afternoon outside of Quality Supermarket. It was thought it was a daytime heist somehow involving the security firm.In a statement issued by Police today, it was explained: “The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police wishes to clarify a rumor that is circulating on Social Media and Whatsapp that a ‘Robbery’ had taken place yesterday (Monday 21st August 2017) at the Quality Supermarket on Industrial Road.”It was further shared by Police that, “Around 10:40am that day, acting on information, the Tactical Unit officers conducted a stop and search on a three men at the mentioned location for illegal firearms. The three men were further detained and taken to the Police Headquarters for questioning and later released.”A statement issued by former police and security company owner, #EvanSpencer of Spence Security & Investigation Services expressed outrage at the bold move by Police, who had to admit to being wrong. Spencer was concerned that the public search of security guards, one man reportedly made to get onto the ground, shows the lack of connection there is between Police and security firms in the country.A veteran in the field, Mr. Spencer said he met with the men who work for his son’s firm, Fortress Security Services upon his return to TCI on Monday.“This is shameful on their part to carry out a major public sting operation on a security company and faultless arrested all the security personnel handcuffed in public for NOTHING; no wrong doing at all. These young man meet with me yesterday, the look of despair of disbelief plus the discouragement I saw on their faces was very disappointing, because they all express the same concerns; we are truly afraid of the police department and the trust factor is totally damaged now.”Despite questions from Magnetic Media to explain the handling of this matter, Police said there was no further comment but did reiterate in that media statement, “Therefore to clarify, it was not a Robbery.”#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#EvanSpencer, #magneticmedianews
September 16, 2019
As reported by ASA CEO Steve Censky in an email update last week, the four Ag Committee principals involved in the farm bill conference (House Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson and Senate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Thad Cochran) were able to reach agreement on a draft framework for Title 1 commodity programs on Dec. 4. Further progress in finalizing the legislation was delayed when the analyst with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) responsible for “scoring” Title 1 was stranded in New Jersey due to a snow storm, however, press reports now suggest that the analysis has been completed, and Chairman Lucas stated that the cost is “on the money.” The four principals are meeting again today, and announcement of at least some of the details could come before the weekend.Based on reports, Title 1 would be structured similarly to the House bill, with producers required to choose between a Price Loss Coverage (PLC) option and an Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or revenue loss option for the five years of the bill (covering the 2014 through 2018 crops). The PLC program would include reference prices close to the House levels as well. A significant difference from both bills, however, would be that payments under both the PLC and ARC programs would be based on either a farm’s historical acreage bases or on updated bases, using average plantings during the last five years (2009-2013). Payments under both programs in both the House and Senate bills had been tied to crops planted in the current year. ASA has strongly supported keeping payments “decoupled” from current plantings in order to reduce the risks of skewing planting decisions and of adverse trade decisions by the World Trade Organization (WTO).Other issues requiring resolution include the amount by which the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps is cut, with expectations that the reduction will be around $8.8 billion over ten years compared to $4 billion in the Senate bill and $39 billion in the House bill. Conferees are also likely to vote on whether to modify Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements and whether to adopt a provision included in the House bill by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to preempt state laws that set standards for agricultural products in interstate commerce.The principals are expected to meet again next week to address these and other outstanding issues. Then their staffs and Congressional lawyers will work over the Holidays to put the agreement in final legislative form. The full Conference of 41 House and Senate Members will likely meet after Congress returns to Washington on Jan. 7 to vote on these and perhaps other remaining items and on the Conference Report itself. The bill will then go to the Senate and House floors for final passage, probably during the week of Jan.13.ASA and state affiliates have worked hard on this legislation for a very long three years, and we all very much hope that Congress will overcome any hurdles which may remain and finally get this farm bill done by mid to late January.
September 16, 2019
TACOMA — As Washington prepares to open its first retail marijuana stores in the next few months, tens of thousands of military service members have been warned not to shop in any of them.They face criminal charges and career-ending discipline if caught with a substance still banned by the federal government.“Our soldiers understand what’s legal,” Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, the senior Army officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said in an interview last week. “From our perspective, marijuana or any type of illegal drug is something that’s not tolerated.”The prohibition isn’t limited to active-duty service members. Shortly after state voters passed an initiative legalizing marijuana in 2012, Washington’s National Guard commander sought to clear up any misunderstandings by citizen soldiers who might have questions about the law.“Use of marijuana is illegal under federal law and Department of Defense policy,” Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty wrote in a December 2012 memo. “Recent passage of Initiative 502 legalizing marijuana under Washington state law does not change this policy. All soldiers and airmen are hereby ordered not to possess or use marijuana at any time.”Pot isn’t allowed on a military base, even if it’s for medicinal purposes. As far as the military is concerned, there’s no such thing as medical marijuana.
September 14, 2019
A Pair of industry Vets told listeners during FOLIO:’s “Analyzing Web Development Options” Webinar last month about the best tools for tackling site development on continually-shrinking budgets.While digital “budgets were tens of millions of dollars” years ago, “in the past few years, Web 2.0, widgets and SaaS (Software as a Service) have enabled publishers to launch a site for next to nothing,” says Joe Galarneau, SVP of operations and CIO for Newsweek, Inc. “You can still spend a lot of money on the Web, but you don’t have to in order to have a great Web presence.”Even if you’re late to the online party, Galarneau says: “It’s never too late to start. Sometimes there are even advantages to starting late in the game.” He cites Hearst’s zero to 60 move to become a leader in the digital space after discontinuing outsourcing its Web operations to iVillage (due to iVillage’s acquisition by NBC Universal in 2006). Even Newsweek lacked an independent site until 2007, when it launched a Web presence in conjunction with parent Washington Post Company.While it’s imperative for publishers to examine their content and monetization strategies before delving into Web design, Jason Brightman, director of Web design for IDG’s PCWorld and Macworld, notes the plus side of digital space: a lack of brand loyalty. “People go to the best info and the best features,” he says. “As publishers, we’re into text on a page, but more and more, that’s not working. I’d suggest asking yourselves: What would Google do? Google creates simple applications that do things really, really well. Publishers need to be in the mindset of building applications instead of just publishing articles.” Levers of Cost ReductionConsiderations for site cost reduction include offshore development—hosting your site versus third party Web hosting versus cloud computing (Newsweek has had great success with the Amazon cloud, Galarneau says). Yet another method for inexpensive site creation is in making smart software choices, like widget, SaaS providers and open source CMS options, says Galarneau. While tech is key, so are staffers, thinks Brightman. “In the old days, people would invest in Oracle and build out other crazy technologies,” he says. “But in these times, it’s better to invest in people who understand this stuff and are capable of looking ahead at what’s coming next. There are so many free tools and services that you can use to integrate and update your site without spending money.” As the former director of Web and emerging technologies at Harris Publications from 2002-2007, Brightman says they ran XXL’s site, XXLmag.com, off of the WordPress installation. “WordPress is a fantastic, free CMS with thousands of plugins. A blog is just a stripped down CMS,” he says. XXLmag.com was pulling in 25 million page views per month with this platform. Get the ToolsSo, what are the necessary tools for cost reduction while executing a quality final product? For site development, Galarneau recommends Squarespace, a fully-hosted and managed platform for a blog or site; Weebly, which offers a drag and drop interface and free domain hosting; and SiteKreator, a Web site platform that offers visitor metric analysis, online marketing campaigns and community. Blogging platform suggestions include Typepad, WordPress and Blogger.For the majority of publishers in the Twitter world, Brightman recommends Tweetdeck.com, a browser that organizes and displays multiple Twitter feeds, and tools from Smashing Magazine’s “99 Twitter Tools”. Brightcove, Magnify.net, Ooyala and Fliqz are solid video platforms, and OpenAds.org is the pick for advertising since it can “run, track and manage campaigns just like DoubleClick, but for free,” says Brightman.For those not yet using analytics, Brightman suggests beginning with free programs like Google Analytics or Quantcast.com. “Between all of these, you can create a site to compete with anyone out there,” he says.