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Weekly Direct Shipping Service Launched Between Morocco and Russia

Rabat – The worldwide shipping group CMA CGM has launched a new linking service between Morocco and Russia called “AGAX,” allowing the delivery of vegetables and fruits in eight days without any stopover. In a communiqué published on the official website of the the shipping group, on Tuesday, CMA CGM  said that this service was created in partnership with its subsidiaries OPDR and ComanavThe group noted that it will provide the fastest transit times on the market by linking Agadir and Saint Petersburg. “Southbound, the ports of Hamburg and Rotterdam still act as important hubs and offer various transshipment and intermodal opportunities,” said CMA CGM.The group went on to say that besides this new service, it maintains a position on the Morocco-Northern Europe/Russia trade with two other weekly lines: DUNKRUS and CISS.“From March 16th, the following rotation will be operated in partnership with SEAGO with 3 x 868 TEU vessels (two being operated by CMA CGM and one by SEAGO): Casablanca – Agadir – St. Petersburg – Hamburg – Rotterdam – Casablanca,” it added.Exportation deals between Russia and Morocco have risen over the past few years.The Association of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters and Producers said in 2015 that the exports of fruit and vegetable from Morocco to Russia increased from 14 to 20 percent“There was a strong demand, especially for tomatoes, cucumber and slightly less for peppers. Cherry tomatoes are also increasing in demand. Russians imported from Southern Europe,” said Saad Silimani, president of the association. read more

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Public must protect the army

General Jagath Jayasuriya before the end of his itinerary called on incumbents at Merisavatiya and Lanka Ramaya. General Jagath Jayasuriya during the interaction said that it is the responsibility of the public too to take care of the heroes who have sacrificed their legs and limbs on behalf of the nation. He shared a cup of tea with these inmates talking to them and listing to their concerns, the army media unit said. Commander of the Army General Jagath Jayasuriya says the public must protect the soldiers who made sacrifices for the nation.He made these comments while visiting soldiers at the Abhimansala resort in Anuradhapura today. Meanwhile, the Commander visited the Udamaluwa (Upper layer) at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya Anuradhapura were Army troops are engaged in constructing a new Sangaha Vasaya (residential quarters) by the side of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya area. He spoke to the engineers of the Army and inquired into the progress which cost the Army about Rs. 102 milion. read more

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Four more suspects arrested over Kilinochchi leopard killing

Earlier two suspects were arrested and remanded over the killing. The two suspects were produced before the Kilinochchi Magistrate yesterday who ordered that they be remanded till June 29th. Wildlife officers had arrived at Ambalkulam in Kilinochchi to capture the animal but they had failed to locate it resulting in agitated residents deciding to look for the animal themselves.The hunt for the leopard was captured on video and visuals showed the leopard being captured and brutally attacked and killed by the residents.The dead animal was later dragged along the streets and displayed to the public. (Colombo Gazette) Villagers in Kilinochchi last week captured and killed a leopard after it attacked 10 people in the area.The villagers hunted down the animal after accusing wildlife officers of failing to do their duty. Four more suspects have been arrested over the mob attack and killing of a leopard in Kilinochchi last week.They were produced in court and remanded till June 29th. The Magistrate also ordered the Police to arrest all other suspects involved in the incident. read more

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Mayor Nenshis 2015 to do list

by News Staff Posted Jan 4, 2015 12:25 pm MDT Calgary’s mayor hopes 2015 is the year some important work, that will improve the operations of city hall, will be completed.“I’m hoping we will get real movement on the City Charters for Calgary and Edmonton and on the Municipal Government’s Act to allow cities to work better,” Naheed Nenshi said in a year-end interview with 660News.Nenshi said he also wants to address some of the red tape issues of doing business with the city.“I’m very hopeful we’ll be able to continue doing the ‘cut red tape’ work within the City of Calgary and making this whole corporation. this whole organization, these 20,000 people even more responsive and more citizen centred. We’ve made some really good progress on that but we’re not all the way on that yet.” Nenshi said he hopes to finalize what he calls a “new fiscal” framework which would cover a number of things ranging from developer fees to a more stable and predictable funding deal with the provincial government. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mayor Nenshi’s 2015 ” to do ” list read more

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UN development chief discusses progress technical assistance and partnerships during Iraq visit

“Iraq’s progress in achieving the MDGs has been mixed since Iraq is coming out of many years of deprivation of its people,” said the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, referring to the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are set to expire on 2015.“We have seen progress in terms of a reduction of extreme poverty and child and maternal mortality rates. However, there is work to do especially in the areas of women’s empowerment and environmental issues like water” Ms. Clark added. While in the capital, Baghdad, in addition to meeting with Government officials, the UNDP head also met with representatives of women’s organizations and independent institutions such as the recently established Human Rights Commission. During her meetings, Ms. Clark discussed ways to increase UNDP’s presence in Iraq by strengthening partnerships and providing ongoing technical assistance in a number of areas including elections, human rights, public sector reform, improving basic services, gender equality and women’s empowerment, economic diversification, water, oil and gas and the environment.In her meeting with the Ministry of Planning, in particular, she discussed key issues crucial for Iraq’s development including the new National Development Plan, the 2012 National Human Development Report focusing on youth, and Iraq’s progress in achieving the MDGs. “I came to Baghdad to give support and visibility to the work that UNDP and the UN Country Team do in Iraq.” said Ms. Clark. “I’m really quite impressed with the broad UNDP programme here in Iraq across all the elements of our mandate.” UNDP currently has 70 staff in Baghdad and the cities of Erbil and Basra and plans to expand its presence throughout the country and employ more Iraqi national staff in the coming year. Ms. Clark’s visit comes as UNDP finalizes plans to relocate its operations and programmes to Iraq from Amman, Jordan, where the agency has maintained an office since the bombing of the UN offices located at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad in August 2003.“We have taken the decision to move all our substantive staff to Iraq and we hope to see that happen in the coming year provided that we find adequate space in Baghdad,” she said. read more

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Football Ohio State defensive line adapts to depleted depth

Ohio State freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith (11) moves in to tackle a Rutgers player during the second half of the game on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State defense is one unit. Despite the different jobs defensive lineman and defensive backs may have on the field, each position’s success defines the success of the positions around them. The way redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers puts it, getting to the quarterback as a lineman makes a defensive back’s job much easier. But also, if a defensive back shuts down an opposing wide receiver, not giving the quarterback a target to hit, the defensive linemen have more time to get to the quarterback in pass rush. However, the Ohio State defensive line may have another man down as the team prepares for Minnesota on Saturday. Junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper was taken off the field on a cart during the game against Indiana. Head coach Urban Meyer said that both Cooper and junior linebacker Malik Harrison were in concussion protocol and did not have any updates on their status ahead of Saturday. For an already depleted defensive line, with junior defensive end Nick Bosa out with a core muscle injury since Sept. 15, Landers reiterated a message the line has held since the beginning of the season: next man up. “Getting a little banged up here and there is a part of the game, so that’s why we all prepare the exact same way, we take the amount of reps and we take what we do seriously,” Landers said. “When it’s time to work on your craft on a day-to-day basis in practice, we try and enhance it as much as we can so if someone does go down or gets hurt or that situation, we have guys ready to play.”  Along with redshirt junior Jashon Cornell entering into the starting lineup, facing his hometown team, true freshman defensive ends, like Tyler Friday or Tyreke Smith could get increased playing time with the loss of both Bosa and Cooper. Landers said the focus in the room has been building the culture of the defensive linemen despite the injuries, calling for players like Smith and Cornell to step up in the absence of Cooper and Bosa. The junior defensive lineman had suffered his share of injuries during the 2018 season. Even though he did not specify what type of injury he had, Landers said he was “100 percent” heading into the Minnesota game. However, in the time he was sidelined, he took on a new role for his fellow defensive linemen. “I knew, at that moment in time, my job was to become a coach,” Landers said. “As I go throughout the game, whether I am playing or sitting on the sidelines or what, I’m doing everything I can to pick up one little thing, little indicators and help some of the guys who are in the game work on what they might be doing wrong or giving them tips to help them enhance their game, so they are a little bit more comfortable with playing.” One of the things he did pick up was how opposing quarterbacks face a Bosa-less defensive line. In the first half of Ohio State’s 49-26 win over Indiana, Landers said Indiana redshirt sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey was getting the ball out remarkably fast, giving the Ohio State defensive front no time to really pass rush. Instead, he said the line tried to limit his throwing lane, closing the pocket as quickly as they could to limit his success. As Ohio State prepares for the Golden Gophers, Landers said it’s going to be a different look, a look that they might not know until the game actually begins. However, like the Ohio State defensive line has to do with the injuries the unit has suffered, Landers said the unit will have to face whatever it is dealt. “It’s going to be one of those things where we have to adapt to the game on the fly,” Landers said. Adaptation has been a main theme of the Ohio State defensive line this season. However, even with depleted depth, that does not change the responsibility the line has to the rest of the offense. read more

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Olympic gold medallist cancelled health club membership after being told he was

first_img 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 go to the pool to swim – not to have lifeguards telling you how to swimDavid Wilkie Mr Wilkie talking with swimming coach Bill DiazCredit:Tony Duffy/Getty Images Mr Wilkie talking with swimming coach Bill Diaz Mr Wilkie, who learned to swim in Sri Lanka, where he was born, first won an Olympic medal at the 1972 Games in Munich, where he picked up silver in the 200m breaststroke.Four years later, he took home gold in the same event, while also adding a silver to his tally for the 100m breaststroke. He is believed to be the only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic swimming titles at the same time.After retiring from swimming, he remained active and started a health business and Pets’ Kitchen, which provides nutritional food for pets.  A Virgin Active spokesman said: “We take any complaints we receive from our members seriously. We spoke with Mr Wilkie in 2015 to resolve his complaint and we were sorry to see him leave our club.” The 62-year-old claims he was told he had “banged” into another person while doing front crawl in the fast lane of the 25m pool, which is near his home in Surrey, in 2015. He told the Daily Mail: “I was just swimming as normal in the pool, doing front crawl, and the lifeguard came up to me and said, ‘I think you banged into somebody’. I said, ‘it’s the fast lane you know, this is rubbish’.”Mr Wilkie blamed the incident on an “over-zealous” lifeguard and said he decided to talk to a more senior member of staff before cancelling his membership.Describing the situation as “ridiculous”, he added: “You go to the pool to swim  not to have lifeguards telling you how to swim.” An Olympic gold medallist claimed he cancelled his health club membership after being told he was swimming too fast.David Wilkie, who won gold at the 1976 Montreal games for the 200-metre breaststroke, said he was approached by a lifeguard at the Royal Berkshire Virgin Active club in Bracknell.last_img read more

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The Irish show Berlin how to celebrate St Paddys Day

first_img(Parade and Concert 2013, St.Patrick’s Day Festival Berlin) O’Neill said “Demand is there so we’re planning to meet that demand”.The closer we get though there’s also that fear that nobody will turn up.Taking into account that the festival has gone from 150 attending in 2011 to 5,000 turning up in 2013…we have every faith that this year Saint Patrick’s Day parade will be the biggest Berlin has seen yet! IN 2011 ONE Irishman living in Berlin decided it was time he show the city how to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.Dara O’Neill originally from Waterford, but living in Berlin for the past eight years, began working on a Berlin St Patricks Day festival.He told TheJournal.ie “I started it for personal reasons so the first year it was really just a group of extended friends having a party.”“One hundred and fifty people turned up to celebrate in the first year in 2011 and the following year that jumped 10 fold when 1,500 people came out”.And so the party started…(Berlin Parade 2012, St.Patrick’s Festival Berlin) Last year it jumped dramatically again when 5,000 people turned up.“We didn’t realize how big it was going to be. We had booked a venue for the afterparty that held 1,500 people so we were really underestimating the growth.I think the rise of the festival over the past few years paints a picture of the mutual warmth between Ireland and Germany.“This year we went all out but we had a hard time with sponsorship. We almost cancelled it a few weeks ago but then we just decided we would make it work. We’ve asked bands to play for free and obviously we do all the work for free so now we’re just hoping it’s a success”. (Parade and Concert 2013, St.Patrick’s Day Festival Berlin)Read: Dublin Airport is asking tourists not to say ‘St Patty’s Day’Read: Tubridy’s threatening to wear this Paddy’s Day jumper on the Late Late>Read: Here’s how the Taoiseach and Tánaiste are spending the St Patrick’s Weekend>last_img read more

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Lunchtime Fix 6 things you need to know

first_img Drum roll please…the Man Booker Longlist 2014 is pic.twitter.com/fYvzlucvam— Man Booker Prize (@ManBookerPrize) July 23, 2014 We spend thousands each year removing graffiti from businesses. Now much loved public monuments targeted #disgrace pic.twitter.com/97xrw8zQAk— weareDublinTown (@weareDublinTown) July 23, 2014 Source: Man Booker Prize/Twitter Source: Dublin City BID/Twitter 6. Just days after returning to the city’s streets, Dublin’s Molly Malone has been subjected to an assault.center_img WHAT’S THE STORY?1. THE homelessness crisis was top of this morning’s news again with Focus Ireland revealing a 25 per cent increase in demand for its services. One mother of two, Bridget, tells her story here:I was reduced to having to boil pasta and eggs in the kettle just to they had something they could eat.2. THE inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof has ruled that the 25-year-old died of a heroin overdose. Husband Tom Cohen told the hearing that his wife had been an addict. Source: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images3. Louis Lentin, the maker of Dear Daughter – a famous documentary about the life of abuse survivor Christine Buckley – has passed away. Source: Lavozdelarcángel666/YouTube4. A man has been extradited from the US on charges of sexual offences against two minors. The 33-year-old is due in court shortly. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland5. The Man Booker Prize has revealed this year’s Long List…through a snazzy Twitter video. Read the rest of today’s news>last_img read more

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I will regret that night forever Uncle who raped his niece jailed

first_img‘I will regret that night forever’: Uncle who raped his niece jailed for four years He was sentenced to six years with the final two suspended. Friday 16 Feb 2018, 5:25 PM No Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Feb 16th 2018, 5:26 PM By Fiona Ferguson 37,485 Views A MAN WHO raped his 20-year-old niece following a night out has been jailed for four years.The woman described in her victim impact statement how she had been very close to her uncle and had trusted and confided in him, considering him a friend as well as family. She told the court how divisions had arisen in her wider family following the offence.The 33-year-old man, who cannot be identified to protect his victim’s anonymity, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and sexual assault of the woman at her home on 9 July 2016.The accused man wrote a letter of apology to his niece saying he could not describe how sorry he was for what he had put her through. “Please do not let this affect your life,” he wrote, “please live life to the full and be happy”.He said he would never forgive himself. “I will regret that night forever,” he wrote.Justice Michael White said it was a case of “monumentally tragic proportions” and that an “entirely innocent victim” had suffered greatly as a result. He said she was in no way to blame for the divisions which had arisen in the family.He said it was important to stress that this offence was not an individual issue between the woman and her uncle but was a crime against the public. He said a young person was entitled to be protected and their bodily integrity ensured.Justice White said he hoped the divisions with in the family could be healed. He said the woman was “a totally innocent victim” and should not suffer any family opprobrium for that.He said he found it very hard to understand “this ten minutes of madness”. He noted the accused had consumed a lot of alcohol but said this could not be an excuse or the whole reason for such a serious offence.He took into account the accused man’s acknowledgement of his guilt within one hour of the offence and his genuine remorse. He noted the man was now suffering severe mental health difficulties. He said the offence appeared to be “totally out of character for the man he was”.“He himself is devastated by his own actions and the consequences of these for [his niece],” said Mr Justice White.He noted that the aggravating circumstances of the case included the fundamental breach of trust and breach of the relationship of a uncle and niece. He said it had had a devastating impact on the victim, in terms of how she lives her life.Justice White imposed a six-year-sentence and suspended the final two years. He ordered that the man attend a suitable education course, either in prison or afterwards, under the supervision of the probation services, on the effects of sexual violence.Tom Creed SC, defending, said the uncle and niece had been very close and effectively grown up side by side. He said the accused man was like an older brother and they frequently socialised together. He said an “enormous amount” of alcohol had been consumed on the night.He outlined a psychiatric report which detailed the man had a history of depression and bipolar disorder. He said there was a reference to the man having been sexually assaulted as a ten year old. He said the accused had curtailed his drinking and was on antidepressants.Read: Rugby rape trial: Rory Harrison told police alleged victim was ‘fixated on’ Paddy Jackson > Share6 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3856372 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Munster prepare themselves to lose Erasmus after strong offer from SA

first_img Monday 3 Apr 2017, 7:20 AM Follow us: the42.ie Apr 3rd 2017, 7:20 AM By Murray Kinsella 45 Comments Munster prepare themselves to lose Erasmus after strong offer from SA The Munster director of rugby may be leaving despite having two more years on his contract. Share95 Tweet Email8 MUNSTER ARE PREPARING themselves for the worst-case scenario after the South African Rugby Union offered Rassie Erasmus a lucrative four-year contract to return home.Erasmus only arrived in Munster as director of rugby at the the start of this season and has helped turn the province around, guiding them into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup, but he may leave later this year. Erasmus may be on his way out of Munster. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe South African signed a three-year contract with the province and the IRFU in 2016, but that deal includes the same kind of clause that will allow Pat Lam to leave Connacht for Bristol this summer, despite having previously committed until 2018.Erasmus must provide Munster with at least six months notice of his intention to move elsewhere, and The42 understands that the province are now preparing themselves to receive that communication.It’s believed the SARU have made Erasmus a financially strong offer to become their director of rugby, a role which would put him in charge of the fortunes of South African rugby.Although Allister Coetzee remains head coach of the Springboks for now, his position is precarious and it’s thought that Erasmus would also take control of the national team if Coetzee departs later this year.As a former Springbok himself, and a passionate South African, such a position would be ideal for Erasmus.His departure, if confirmed, would be a major blow to Munster at this point in their development, with Erasmus having led a revival in their performances this season.It’s understood that Munster would consider making a move to promote assistant coach Jacques Nienaber, who Erasmus brought with him from South Africa, to a head coaching position in the event that Erasmus left.With lock Donnacha Ryan set to join Top 14 side Racing 92 this summer, any confirmation of Erasmus’ departure would only accentuate the disappointment of that loss.Asked last week about the rumours linking him with a return home to South Africa, Erasmus did little to pour cold water on the speculation, despite initially saying he expected to be at Munster next season.“I will never go outside my contract and outside the clauses and not honour a contract if there isn’t something stipulated there,” continued Erasmus.“I have got a standard IRFU contract. Obviously there is some clauses there, the same as Pat Lam had in his contract, but otherwise it’s the standard IRFU contract.“I have been talking to them [the SARU] for the last… since I have been here. I have been living there and coaching there the last 16 years and I know the guys really well.“There has been some formal and informal chats, you know, and as I said last time when they talked about the coaching position, I wasn’t in the mix and I wasn’t in the mix last time.”– First published 00.45The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL https://the42.ie/3320754 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 42,807 Views Dramatic Belvo win sets up All-Ireland league final against UL BohsLeinster heading to Lyon for European semi-final clash with Clermontlast_img read more

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Les députés se mobilisent contre lexploitation du gaz de schiste

first_imgLes députés se mobilisent contre l’exploitation du gaz de schisteLundi 4 avril, le député et ancien ministre de l’Ecologie Jean-Louis Borloo a annoncé avoir déposé une proposition de loi pour interdire l’exploitation du gaz de schiste, suivant en cela l’exemple d’autres élus qui l’on précédé dans cette démarche.Ministre de l’Ecologie et de l’Energie en 2010, année durant laquelle trois permis d’exploration pour le gaz de schiste avaient été accordés – ce qui suscite inquiétude et protestations dans les régions du sud de la France concernées -, c’est en tant que député que Jean-Louis Borloo a récemment déposé à l’Assemblée une proposition de loi visant à “donner à l’Etat les moyens de mieux protéger nos sols et sous-sols et d’interdire la recherche et l’exploitation immédiates d’hydrocarbures non conventionnels” – en clair, interdire l’extraction du gaz de schiste.À lire aussiGaz de schiste : les opposants entendent poursuivre la lutte”Le droit ne donne toujours pas à l’Etat et au public les moyens de s’informer et de s’opposer efficacement à des projets susceptibles de s’avérer dangereux”, indique le communiqué publié lundi par Jean-Louis Borloo, qui semble faire son mea culpa en demandant “l’abrogation de tous les permis (…) délivrés” et “la composition d’une étude d’impact et la tenue d’une enquête publique dans les conditions prévues par le code de l’environnement”.De leur côté, le président du groupe UMP de l’Assemblée ainsi que le groupe socialiste avaient déjà déposé chacun un texte dans ce sens. Le gouvernement assure que les forages d’exploitation ne se feront pas si les impacts environnementaux sont trop désastreux, et un moratoire a été instauré le 11 mars dans l’attente de rapports attendus prochainement.Le 5 avril 2011 à 11:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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IPad 5 une date de sortie pour le mois de mars 2013

first_imgIPad 5 : une date de sortie pour le mois de mars 2013 ? Selon des rumeurs circulant sur le net, Apple pourrait sortir une nouvelle et cinquième mouture de son iPad dès le mois de mars prochain. Un nouvel iPad Mini pourrait également être lancé avec notamment un écran Retina de 7,9 pouces. Cela fait moins de deux mois que l’iPad 4 est sorti mais les rumeurs évoquent déjà l’iPad 5 ! Rien d’étonnant pour Apple dont les produits font régulièrement l’objet de nombreux bruits. Mais cette fois-ci, l’annonce a de quoi étonner : selon des rumeurs relayées notamment par le blog japonais Macotakara, l’iPad 5 pourrait sortir dès… mars 2013. Il est vrai que le mois de mars a toujours été synonyme de rendez-vous pour Apple, les sorties de l’iPad 2 et l’iPad 3 ayant toutes deux eu lieu au cours de ce mois. Toutefois, ceci laisse à peine 5 mois à la 4e mouture de l’iPad avant d’être remplacée. Un délai qui parait un peu court mais sur lequel s’étaient déjà interrogés bon nombre de fans après la sortie de l’iPad 4. D’après le blog japonais, il semblerait qu’Apple s’inspire de la silhouette de l’iPad Mini pour repenser celle de son grand frère. L’iPad 5 pourrait ainsi perdre 4 mm en hauteur, 17 mm en largeur et jusqu’à 2 mm d’épaisseur. Des changements qui n’apparaissent pas si étonnants quand on connait les critiques qui ont visé le format de l’iPad 4 depuis sa sortie, rappelle Generation-NT. D’après le blog Macotakara, Apple aurait choisi d’accélérer son cycle de développement pour répondre notamment à la sortie des tablettes Nexus 7 et Surface. Mais l’information reste à confirmer car même si la concurrence est rude, Apple n’est pas du genre à se précipiter. La 2e génération d’iPad Mini en approche ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’ailleurs, ce ne serait pas le seul projet de la firme à la pomme puisque les rumeurs parlent également d’une nouvelle mouture de l’iPad Mini. Celle-ci serait équipée d’un écran Retina de 7,9 pouces et d’une résolution de 2048 × 1536 pixels ainsi que d’un processeur sur puce A6X comme celui qui équipe l’iPad 4. Des tests seraient même déjà en cours. Néanmoins, comme d’habitude, ce n’est certainement pas Apple qui viendra confirmer ses rumeurs. Il faudra donc attendre de nouvelles fuites ou rumeurs avant d’en savoir plus.Le 24 décembre 2012 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Klopp If Id known how good Alisson was Id have paid

first_imgLiverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson, who signed in the summer for £67 million, made a jaw-dropping stop to keep Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik from scoring in injury time.Jurgen Klopp was impressed with his squad’s overall performance in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Napoli but was especially proud of Alisson. The Brazilian goalkeeper secured the win after Mo Salah put Liverpool ahead in the first half.“The goalie made the save of the season. I have no clue how he made that save. Thank God we have him,” Klopp told Viasport, as quoted by Goal.“If I’d known how good he was, I’d have paid double.“I think nobody expected a save in that situation. It’s a goal, no,” Klopp joked.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He had a lot of things to do tonight but how cool and calm he was, says a lot. But still he needs the other boys around, so he doesn’t have to make 100 saves like that.Klopp went on to laud the rest of his squad, saying they could have probably scored more goals because of the amazing fan support at Anfield Stadium.“It was unbelievable, what the boys they did tonight, it was so special. They created such an incredible atmosphere I am still full of adrenaline about it, just unbelievable.”“Yes we could have scored more,” he added. “The most difficult period was just after the 1-0. That made the game intense.“We knew we could not change the tactics. After 65 minutes, it was really wild, counter and counter without finishing. I am really proud of what the boys did.”last_img read more

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Inzaghi on Lazios players and returning to winning ways

first_imgSimone Inzaghi has confirmed the unavailability of Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva ahead of Lazio’s trip to Chievo and further claimed they are keen on returning to winning ways.“It’s never nice to lose, but I had taken into account that it could happen,” the Coach revealed to Football Italia after Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League defeat to Apollon Limassol.“To be honest, we had our minds on Chievo from the day after the Milan draw. Chievo deserved their draw with Napoli last week, Domenico Di Carlo has organised the team and they’ll allow very few spaces.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“There will be many dangers in this fixture and we need a real Lazio performance.“Luis Alberto, Lucas Leiva, and Jordao are unavailable. Luis Alberto is generous and wanted to be there, but since the Milan game he’s been struggling with a groin injury and over the last few days he just hasn’t looked like he’s been running freely. It’s best he is rested and prepare to face Sampdoria.”last_img read more

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Qantas staff to receive 5 bonus

first_imgQantas Airways’ 28,000 employees will be receiving a £43 million bonus as a reward for agreeing to an 18-month pay freeze policy to cut costs.The bonus will be worth 5% of an employee’s base annual salary.It will cost approximately AUS$90 million on full implementation.This news follows Qantas reporting its best half-year profit for four years in August 2015. The bonus is designed to demonstrate the organisation’s appreciation for employees’ hard work and dedication.The bonus does not extend to employees who are part of management bonus schemes, which will be determined separately.Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of Qantas Group, said: “The rapid turnaround of the Qantas Group has only been made possible through the dedication and hard work of all our staff.”Our ability to make these bonus payments reflects a bright future for the Qantas Group, provided we stay focused on fully delivering the transformation program that has brought us this far.”Qantas expects to have reached at least AUS$875 million of the targeted AUS$2 billion of benefits in the Qantas Transformation programme as of the end of financial year 2015.last_img read more

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Reports Kushner Security Clearance Downgraded Following White House Scandal

first_img Share Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesWhite House senior adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, will lose access to the most sensitive material to which he previously had access.Updated at 5:22 p.m. ETPresident Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has lost the top-level security clearance he has been using on an interim basis to do his work inside the White House, according to reports on Tuesday.Instead, Kushner will begin using a lower level of access to classified information along with other White House staffers who had temporary clearances.Kushner had held a Top Secret clearance with access to Special Compartmented Information, known by the shorthand TS/SCI. Now he and other officials will use a lower one, a Secret clearance, which restricts the amount of material he can access.The news was first reported by Politico. The reports appeared ahead of a deadline by which the White House had been asked to submit information about its clearance protocols to the House Oversight Committee.Another story on Tuesday raised new questions about Kushner’s future inside the White House: the Washington Post reported that foreign officials have discussed among themselves how they might be able to manipulate Kushner by taking advantage of his finances, business dealings or his lack of experience in foreign policy and government.For now, Kushner apparently will continue working in his unpaid role as a senior adviser to Trump even after losing this round in a duel with White House chief of staff John Kelly. The two men have been at loggerheads over access to the president and the nature of their jobs. Trump said last week he trusted Kelly to settle the dispute.“[Kelly’s] going to do what’s right for the country and I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision,” Trump told reporters on Friday.Kelly said in an earlier statement that he would not comment on any one person’s security clearance.However: “As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” Kelly said.“Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the president’s agenda. There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise,” Kelly also said.Kelly had set Friday as the deadline to discontinue any top secret or higher-level interim clearances for individuals whose background investigations had been pending since June 1, 2017, or before.Kushner’s attorney said in a statement that there is a backlog in the process for securing a permanent clearance.“Mr. Kushner has done more than what is expected of him in this process,” attorney Abbe Lowell said in a statement provided to NPR.Continued Lowell: “Those involved in the process again have confirmed that there are dozens of people at Mr. Kushner’s level whose process is delayed, that it is not uncommon for these clearance reviews to take this long in a new administration, and that the current backlogs are now being addressed. No concerns were raised about Mr. Kushner’s application. As General Kelly himself said, the new clearance policy will not affect Mr. Kushner’s ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president.”The resignation of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter had revealed that a number of people on staff had never received full, permanent clearances, meaning they were accessing national security and other secret information even after questions had been raised during background checks about their ability to qualify to do so.The Porter scandal embarrassed Kelly and the White House after Trump and Republicans had made the handling of secrets such a focus of their 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton, who operated a private email server while she served as secretary of state. Clinton was repeatedly faulted during the campaign about what critics called her slipshod approach to handling sensitive information.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Houston Symphony Strives for Diversity in a Majority White LowTurnover Industry

first_img X Susanne DiesnerThe Houston Symphony performs at the Weiner Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria, on March 15, 2017. “They believed it wasn’t possible.”The journey for these coveted orchestra positions is not an easy one.Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, said a historic barrier piles on top of several others.“Well, ya know, some of this just goes back to the history of discrimination in the field,” said Rosen. “And we had two separate unions, one for blacks, and one for whites, and that didn’t change until 1964. And I think, for many classical musicians, they simply never even considered a career in orchestras, because they believed it wasn’t possible. That it simply was not an opportunity that they could possibly succeed in, because of bias and discrimination. So, you have kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy.”Leonard Bernstein conducts a concert for children at Carnegie Hall, which was televised on January 18, 1958. Rosen said another barrier adds to the low-diversity problem: the path to holding a position in an orchestra isn’t cheap.“Developing the skills to compete successfully in the symphony orchestra requires a fair amount of financial resource,” said Rosen. “From the purchase of instruments, to music lessons, to an education, to the expenditures associated with auditioning. I mean, it is a big lift. And, so, for anyone to compete successfully you really have to be in a position to access all of those resources. And the absence of those resources often has been a barrier for people.” Houston is the most ethnically and racially diverse large metro area in the country. But, while you might see that reflected where you work or go to school, there’s one prominent place in Houston where you won’t see it: the symphony.The Houston Symphony is similar to a lot of other symphonies, in terms of ethnic make-up. An industry-wide study said major U.S. orchestras have mostly white musicians, at more than 85 percent. Asian/ Pacific Islander musicians represented just over nine percent. Hispanic musicians made up less than three percent. African American musicians were at less than two percent. – / 7Judy Dines, a flutist for the Houston Symphony, is the only African American musician in the orchestra.“I actually get, I guess, recognized on the street because of it,” said Dines. “And definitely, a lot of people are saying, ‘Oh, I just love seeing you on stage….’ ‘I’m inspired. I know that this can be done….’ Yeah, it feels nice to expand people’s minds to what they think they can do.”Allison Lee/ Houston Public MediaFlutist Judy Dines walks on stage for the Houston Symphony rehearsal at Jones Hall on September 7, 2018.Dines said she grew up in Washington, D.C., and performed with a youth orchestra comprised of mostly African American musicians.“In my mind, it wasn’t a strange thing to see…. It’s not something I thought, ‘Well, I can’t do this,’” said Dines. “Mostly, I guess, when I was in college, that was when everything sort of looked different.”But that did not serve as a deterrent for Dines. She joined the Houston Symphony in 1992, and also performs across the country.– / 5 00:00 /04:18 Share Listen Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/25133234/In-Depth-2018-09-25-at-1.31pm.mp400:0000:0004:58Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Houston SymphonyBy 2025, the Houston Symphony says it wants to be “America’s most relevant and accessible top-ten orchestra.” Inclusivity and embracing diversity is a part of that goal. But the latest available data for the Houston Symphony orchestra show of 87 full-time orchestral musicians, there are about a dozen musicians of Asian descent, one African American, and one Hispanic.“The process by which you bring new musicians into the orchestra, and the sort of overall structure of how musicians are educated and how they have access to opportunities, kind of intrinsically works against diversity,” said John Mangum, President and CEO of the Houston Symphony.“And so, that’s the big challenge for the field is: how do we overcome those structural obstacles, remove those barriers, so that the symphony orchestra can be more reflective of the community in which it exists.”Allison Lee/ Houston Public MediaJohn Mangum, Executive Director and CEO of the Houston Symphony, backstage before a rehearsal at Jones Hall on September 7, 2018.Over the last decade, Mangum said the Houston Symphony has made several efforts to cultivate diversity, including its Community Embedded Musicians, which the Symphony dubs as the first position of its kind in the country. The Symphony also has African American, Asian, and Hispanic Leadership Councils.This year the Houston Symphony also took part in the National Alliance for Audition Support, which helps African American and Latinx musicians with audition skills and participation. The goal is to increase their representation in orchestras. We’re proud to be among 700 orchestras and nonprofits nationwide working to diversify classical music auditions. We’re privileged to help fund a training and financial assistance initiative led by the National Alliance for Audition Support. Read more: https://t.co/QmvbNNIbcl— Houston Symphony (@HouSymphony) September 6, 2018Diversity is also important for other aspects of the Symphony, Mangum said. “Who’s sitting on stage in the orchestra is a big component of the question. But it’s also who we’re putting in front of the orchestra,” said Mangum. “So, we have to be very thoughtful about giving opportunities to particular soloists, to particular conductors…. What music is the orchestra choosing to perform? What kind of concerts? What kind of programs?”In 2014, the Symphony hired a new music director: Columbian-born, Vienna-trained Andrés Orozco-Estrada.Houston SymphonyAndrés Orozco-EstradaBut change in orchestra is inherently slow, industry-wide.“In recent seasons, there was a guy that had been here 50 years. That’s a long time,” said flutist Judy Dines. “I’ve been in this job 25 years, that’s a long time. So, when you have people in jobs that long, the turnover is not as quick. And so, I think that’s part of the reason why orchestras have not been able to reflect this diversity, because there haven’t been jobs available for anybody.”Dines said she believes orchestras will eventually get to the point where they reflect society, but it just may take a while. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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John Oliver Tears Into Facebook Over Apology Ads Watch

first_img Popular on Variety John Oliver used the occasion of Facebook’s recent stock crash to devote a segment of Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” to the company. “$120 billion is clearly a lot of money,” Oliver said. “For context, it is more than the size of the global cheese market.”Oliver tied the company’s losses to its recent privacy scandals, which prompted the company to run apology ads — one of which Oliver decided to air in its entirety. “F*** you,” Oliver retorted after the ad concluded.“Facebook was doing literally exactly what it was built for,” he continued. “You didn’t build the world’s most profitable data harvesting machine by accident.” Oliver went on to call Facebook “a surveillance system disguised as a high school reunion,” and ultimately premiered his own version of Facebook’s apology ad, which wasn’t quite as apologetic. Take a look: Facebook suffered a dramatic stock price crash last week after reporting lower-than-expected revenue and user growth numbers for its second quarter, as well as forecasting significantly lower profit margins. And while some of that had to do with privacy concerns, as well as new regulations like Europe’s GDRP, it’s also worth noting that executives had warned of lower margins in response to a shift to video for a long time.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more