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January Jones Is Scared FOR Sharks

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first_imgAs millions of Americans tune into Discovery Channel’s Shark Week to view hours of programming featuring powerful great white sharks, they might be surprised by a public service announcement (PSA) launched this week by Oceana.The new TV spot features actress January Jones urging people to be scared FOR great white sharks – the future population of great whites off the U.S. West Coast is in jeopardy.Video: January Jones is scared FOR sharks“Healthy oceans need sharks,” commented January Jones, a long time Oceana supporter and shark advocate. “Too many are being caught in fishing nets. There may be only a few hundred adult great whites left off the West Coast. We should be scared FOR great whites.”Recent studies show that great white sharks found off the coasts of California and Guadalupe Island, Mexico, make up a genetically distinct population. Scientist’s estimate there may be only be a few hundred adult great whites left, putting this entire population at risk of extinction. Many young great whites, called pups, are unintentionally caught in fishing nets. In their first few years of life, these pups reside in important nursery areas off of Northern Mexico and Southern California. Here, they are caught in gillnets used by fishermen catching halibut, white seabass, and other commercial fish.While it is illegal to intentionally catch and sell white sharks in California, there are no limits on catching the sharks as bycatch, the accidental take of non-target species like white shark pups. The shark pups (like other animals) often do not survive being caught in these nets and never have a chance to reach adulthood or reproduce. As Oceana California Program Director Geoff Shester noted, “The danger is that since our population is genetically and reproductively isolated from all the other white shark populations in the world, if we lose our sharks we don’t get any back. We lose great white sharks forever in our ecosystem.”To help save great white sharks from gillnets and obtain more research to better understand these iconic sharks, Oceana is campaigning for this population to be listed as an endangered species under the California state Endangered Species Act. To help ensure that these iconic great whites get the protection they need go to www.oceana.org/scaredforsharks and sign the petition.January Jones’ latest PSA marks the third installment of her Scared FOR Sharks campaign. The actress, best known for her role on AMC’s critically acclaimed series “Mad Men”, filmed two previous PSAs for Oceana in the Bahamas and Belize where she swam with lemon sharks and whale sharks. Jones has been an ambassador for Oceana’s shark campaign since 2009.Oceana is a proud conservation partner of Discovery’s Shark Week for the 4th consecutive year. In a related effort to protect the oceans, TOMS Shoes and Discovery Channel teamed up to produce “The Shark Shoe”. Five dollars from each pair goes to support Oceana and a child in need will receive a new pair of shoes. Visit www.toms.com/shark-week.last_img read more

Ricky Gervais Helps BUAV Raise Awareness About Cruel Monkey Experiments

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first_imgWell known for his love of animals and his outspoken defence of their welfare, Ricky Gervais has recently spoken out in support of a new BUAV undercover investigation, which shows harrowing suffering of primates in an EU laboratory.The recent undercover investigation, carried out by the BUAV and the German animal group Soko Tierschutz, at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany (MPI), found primates subjected to immense suffering through the use of severe water deprivation, physical coercion and restraint. The institute is now at the centre of a controversy after the findings of the investigation featured on national German Television (10/09/14).Ricky Gervais has supported the BUAV on a great many of their previous campaigns and has spoken out passionately about the recent investigation, saying: ‘I was deeply saddened and shocked by the BUAV’s latest investigation, which shows the terrible suffering inflicted on these monkeys in an EU laboratory. I urge people to watch the compelling BUAV film and join me in calling for these experiments to end and a full independent inquiry carried out.’The world famous comedian also tweeted news about the monkeys who suffered in the experiments, prompting others, actor Russell Crowe, to get involved and also share the investigations to his 1.57M followers.Other high-profile stars who used their online presence to raise awareness over the monkey suffering included actors Ayden Callaghan, Carley Stenson, Sarah Jane Honeywell, Conservationist Ian Redmond, Author Jane Fallon, Journalist Wendy Turner Webster and Human Rights activist, Peter Thatchell.The primates were used in basic research into how their brains process information. This involved the animals subjected to major surgery to implant devices in their skulls. The water deprived animals were then imprisoned by their necks inside a restraint device in a small dark, sound-proofed chamber. The monkeys were completely immobilised by a post implanted in their skulls to fix their heads in place in front of a computer screen during testing. They had to carry out repetitive tests tasks over and over for up to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, month after month, in order to receive a small fluid reward. Director of Special Projects Sarah Kite, BUAV stated: “Our investigation has exposed the reality for primates in a top EU laboratory. Their lives are one of immense suffering, brutally controlled and manipulated in cruel experiments. We are therefore very grateful to Ricky for using his voice and high-profile to help us raise awareness about these cruel experiments. This is an investigation that raises important ethical, scientific and legal issues which need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”last_img read more

UN committee calls on Canada for inquiry into missing murdered Indigenous women

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first_imgThe Canadian PressGENEVA – A United Nations committee has joined the chorus of critics who say Canada should establish a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women said Canada has violated the rights of Indigenous women by failing to thoroughly investigate why they are targeted for violence.The body is adding its voice to domestic calls for an inquiry, which the Harper government has repeatedly said isn’t necessary.A committee report released Friday said police and the justice system have failed to effectively protect Indigenous women.It says native women face grave and systematic violations of their rights.“Aboriginal women and girls are more likely to be victims of violence than men or non-Aboriginal women and they are more likely to die as a result,” the report said.“Yet, despite the seriousness of the situation, the Canadian state has not sufficiently implemented measures to ensure that cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women are effectively investigated and prosecuted.”Canada’s formal response to the committee disagreed with the conclusion that there has been such a violation and rejected the call for an inquiry.Committee members Niklas Bruun and Barbara Bailey visited Canada in 2013 to conduct a confidential inquiry into allegations about the violence facing native women and girls.They said the roots of the problem run deep.“The violence inflicted on Aboriginal women is often rooted in the deep socio-economic inequalities and discrimination their communities face and which can be traced back to the period of colonization,” the two said.The committee is made up of 23 independent human rights experts and oversees implementation of the UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in countries which have ratified it.last_img read more

Report on British Muslims Reveals Universal Condemnation of Radicalism

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By Jonathan WalshRabat – A report published on Tuesday by the London-based Islamic group 5pillars shows that 95 percent of British Muslims and other Muslims living in the United Kingdom strongly agree that the so-called Islamic State is not truly Islamic.150 prominent Islamic figures from a broad range of British-Muslim communities were interviewed as part of the annual study. The aim of the study is to find out how Muslims in the UK view the important topics surrounding their religion. Interviewees were shown a variety of statements based on current issues, from Palestine to interpretations of the Quran. They could then choose to strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with the statement in question.Overall, the study showed a great deal of unity between communities, and that British Muslims almost universally agree on most issues. Throughout the 95 statements, on average 86 percent voted to strongly agree with statements.90 percent of those questioned strongly agreed that the killing of civilians is always unlawful, as “Islam teaches compassion and justice for all people regardless of religion, social status, race or any other context”. 95 percent strongly agreed that the so-called Islamic State is not a “legitimate Islamic State”.These results are in stark contrast to The Sun’s recent depiction of Muslims. In November of last year the paper was forced to apologize after misinterpreting the results of a study suggesting that 1 in 5 British Muslims sympathize with extremists.Many criticized The Sun for aiming to mislead, but others called for a proper study on Islamic values in the UK in light of the headline. Many hope that this new study will begin to redress that balance.Roshan Muhammed Salim, an editor at 5pillars, used his speech during the release of the study to call on those in power to acknowledge the findings, saying the study was an “easy reference point for media and politicians, [they] need to start engaging with mainstream views on Islam.”“We believe the Muslim community is badly treated by the media and politicians,” who use “catch-all terms to describe Muslims,” he added. read more

Trumps EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

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BOKOSHE, Okla. — Susan Holmes’ home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town.For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the powdery ash blowing from the trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would “kind of engulf you,” Holmes said. “They drove by, and you just couldn’t breathe.”Over three decades, the ash dump grew into a hill five stories high. Townspeople regard the Environmental Protection Agency as the only source of serious environmental enforcement. Whenever people took their worries about ash-contaminated air and water to state lawmakers and regulators, “none of them cared,” Holmes said.So the residents of this 500-person town have nothing but bitter warnings for similarly situated communities now that President Donald Trump’s EPA has approved Oklahoma to be the first state to take over permitting and enforcement on coal-ash sites.“They’re going to do absolutely nothing,” predicted Tim Tanksley, a rancher in Bokoshe, about 130 miles southeast of Tulsa in a Choctaw Nation coal patch that helped fuel the railroads.Around the country, the EPA under Trump is delegating a widening range of public health and environmental enforcement to states, saying local officials know best how to deal with local problems. Critics contend federal regulators are making a dangerous retreat on enforcement that puts people and the environment at greater risk.One administration initiative would give states more authority over emissions from coal-fired power plants. Another would remove federal protections for millions of miles of waterways and wetlands.Some states and counties say the EPA is also failing to act against threats from industrial polluters, including growing water contamination from a widely used class of nonstick industrial compounds. Michigan, New Jersey and some other states say they are tackling EPA-size challenges — like setting limits for the contaminants in drinking water — while appealing to the real EPA to act.In Houston’s oil and gas hub, local officials and residents say a lax EPA response to toxic spills during Hurricane Harvey left the public in the dark about health threats and handicapped efforts to hold companies responsible for cleaning up.Nationwide, EPA inspections, evaluations and enforcement actions have fallen sharply over the past two years, some to the lowest points in decades, or in history.The agency says environmental enforcers remain on the job despite the plunging enforcement numbers.“There has been no retreat from working with states, communities and regulated entities to ensure compliance with our environmental laws,” said George Hull, the agency’s enforcement spokesman.“Through our deregulatory actions, the Trump administration has proven that burdensome federal regulations are not necessary to drive environmental progress,” EPA Director Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, told lawmakers earlier this year.Past EPA officials accuse the Trump administration of pulling back on enforcement of polluters and turning back the clock to a dirtier, more dangerous time.“The reason that the ultimate authority to enforce the law was put into federal hands was because the states weren’t any good at it,” William Ruckelshaus said.Now 86, Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the EPA in 1970, when President Richard Nixon created the agency amid a wave of public anger over contaminated air and water. The previous year, fire raged for hours on the pollutant-slicked surface of Ohio’s Cuyahoga River, sending black smoke billowing over downtown Cleveland.Then and now, some states lack the resources and legal authority to police big polluters. And crucially, Ruckelshaus said, some states just don’t want to. They see routine environmental enforcement as a threat to business and jobs.“The idea that you’re going to delegate it to the states … is completely fraudulent,” Ruckelshaus said in an interview.Congressional Democrats allege Trump is selective in his passion for state sovereignty and has blocked states that want tighter environmental enforcement. They point to the president’s call to revoke California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to set tougher mileage standards than those Trump wants, among other examples.Oklahoma acquired permitting and oversight authority over a half-dozen coal-ash dumps and ponds last year under then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general. Pruitt left the agency amid ethics probes last year and now lobbies for coal.Georgia has also applied to manage its coal-ash dumps and ponds. The EPA says it is talking with other interested states but declined to identify them.Risks from coal-ash sites jumped to national attention in 2008, when a dike broke at a Tennessee coal ash pond, releasing 1 billion gallons of toxic sludge.Coal ash — the gunk left after pollution equipment captures the worst of the toxic soot that once poured out of power plant smokestacks — contains heavy metals and carcinogens, including lead, mercury, arsenic and radium. The tiny particles can seep into the lungs and blood system.U.S. coal plants generate about 100 million tons of ash annually. An Associated Press analysis of data released by utilities last year showed widespread evidence of groundwater contamination around coal plants nationwide.In Oklahoma, groundwater testing at some of the ash sites shows contaminants at levels above what the government deems safe, according to Earthjustice and other environmental groups that are suing to reverse EPA’s transfer of permitting and oversight.Patrick Riley, the state Department of Environmental Quality official in charge of Oklahoma’s coal-ash program, said the half-dozen sites will be brought up to federal standards. That includes moving some, Riley said.The boom-and-bust cycles of the oil and gas fields govern Oklahoma’s economy. But state officials also try to support the state’s flagging coal industry, including giving what a state task force said are the highest subsidies in the U.S. to the few companies that mine and burn Oklahoma’s high-sulfur coal. The coal-fired power plant that produces the ash dumped at Bokoshe has been one of the main beneficiaries.The Bokoshe coal-ash dump was opened at an unlined former coal mine pit by a local outfit that was initially called Making Money Having Fun LLC, until complaints from townspeople made the ash dump notorious.Laws designed to encourage rehabilitation of old coal pits meant the Bokoshe site was classified as a reclamation project and not an ash dump. That’s even though the coal ash long ago filled the pit and now stands more than 50 feet high over several acres.Fearing what the ash was doing to their air and water, the ranchers, teachers and shopkeepers of Bokoshe appealed for years for government action.During Barack Obama’s first term as president, residents went to the state capital in Oklahoma City and to Washington, D.C. Holmes herself thrust a record of the town’s complaints into the hands of the EPA’s then-administrator. Television correspondent Diane Sawyer put the tiny eastern Oklahoma town on the network news. TV crews took photos of all the asthma inhalers stashed in the lockers of Bokoshe schoolkids.Almost a decade later, the only time excitement enters Tanksley’s voice is when the cattle rancher recalls the day the EPA acted. Tanksley stood next to an EPA staffer that day as the man gathered beakers of runoff from the site for testing.In 2010, the EPA cited the dump for toxic discharges in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. That led the state to stop the dump from accepting hazardous wastewater from oilfield operations. The dumping of ash continued, but state regulators required the operators to do more to contain the billowing ash.Townspeople say they have little hope left for more state or federal help for Bokoshe. They have none to offer communities in similar fights.“I did a lot,” Holmes said. “But it never did much good.”Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press read more

China says US trade probe would violate international rules

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 photo, a worker watches as shipping containers are loaded onto a ship at a port in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong province. China’s government says it will respond to a possible trade probe ordered by President Donald Trump with “all appropriate measures” to protect Chinese interests. (Chinatopix via AP) by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2017 8:57 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 6:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China says US trade probe would violate international rules BEIJING, China – China criticized President Donald Trump’s order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing’s technology policies as a violation of global rules and said Tuesday it will “resolutely safeguard” Chinese interests.Trade groups for technology companies welcomed Trump’s order Monday but the Chinese Commerce Ministry said it violated the spirit of international trade and Washington’s World Trade Organization commitments. The ministry said Beijing will take “all appropriate measures” if Chinese companies are hurt but gave no details.Trump told U.S. trade officials to look into whether to launch a formal investigation into whether Beijing improperly requires foreign companies to hand over technology in exchange for market access.“If the U.S. side disregards the fact it does not respect multilateral trade rules and takes action to damage the economic and trade relations between the two sides, then the Chinese side will never sit back and will take all appropriate measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese side,” said a Commerce Ministry statement.Beijing requires automakers and other foreign companies in China to work through joint ventures, usually with state-owned partners. They often are required to give technology to partners that might become competitors.More than 20 per cent of 100 American companies that responded to a survey by the U.S.-China Business Council, an industry group, said they were asked to transfer technology within the past three years as a condition of market access, according to Jake Parker, the group’s vice-president for China operations.“We don’t believe market access should be contingent on transferring technology,” said Parker. “It goes counter to China’s WTO commitments.”Foreign business groups complain companies are being squeezed out of promising Chinese markets or pressured to hand over technology for electric cars and other emerging industries.Trump said in April he was setting aside trade disputes while Washington and Beijing worked together to persuade North Korea to give up nuclear weapons development. But American officials have resumed criticizing Chinese policy in recent weeks.“The White House is right to make clear all options are on the table,” said Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, an industry group in Washington, in a statement.The Commerce Ministry complained Trump’s order was “strong unilateralism” that violated the spirit of multinational trade agreements.“We believe the U.S. side should strictly adhere to commitments and should not become the destroyer of multilateral rules,” said the statement.Ahead of Monday’s order, the Chinese foreign ministry appealed to Trump to avoid a “trade war.” A state newspaper, the China Daily, said an investigation could “intensify tensions,” especially over intellectual property.Parker noted then-President Barack Obama ordered a similar investigation of Chinese policy on green technology in 2010. That ended in a negotiated settlement.“It didn’t lead to any unilateral sanctions against the Chinese,” said Parker. “Nor did it undermine the overall U.S.-China trade relationship.”___Chinese Ministry of Commerce (in Chinese): www.mofcom.gov.cn read more

Human cost of Ukraine conflict is growing Security Council told

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DiCarlo’s briefing to the Council was delivered just days before Ukrainians vote in parliamentary elections on July 21. The Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs expressed her hope that the poll will be “peaceful and democratic”, and inclusive, reflecting the “broadest participation of women”.However, the current political transition takes place against the backdrop of ongoing conflict in the eastern Donbas region of the country, said Ms. DiCarlo, posing serious daily challenges for those who live in the area.Despite some progress by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine – which consists of representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – in improving the security and humanitarian situation, attempts to reach agreement on a ceasefire have persistently failed, said the peacebuilding chief.Civilians face indiscriminate shelling on a daily basis, and the threat of landmines. As of June 30, said Ms. DiCarlo, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) had recorded 91 conflict-related civilian casualties, including 13 deaths. Ukraine should ‘ensure protection of rights of minoritiesThe Security Council briefing coincided with new legislation coming into force in Ukraine, which regulates Ukrainian as the sole State language, which means that it must be used in the public sector, including many Government functions and services.The law, said Ms. DiCarlo, raises concerns, and she welcomed a statement from the President of Ukraine, announcing a thorough analysis of the legislation.The Under-Secretary-General noted that OHCHR has recommended that the Ukrainian Government should enact further legislation that protects the rights of national minorities in the country.Describing the regional and global environment as “increasingly fragile”, the Under-Secretary-General declared that the opportunity for a resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine is also “a chance to achieve greater peace and security in Europe”. read more

Households spend more on housing than food for first time ever

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first_imgHOUSEHOLDS ARE SPENDING more of their budgets on housing than on food, for the first time ever, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).The Household Budget Survey (HBS) showed families are spending 6.2 per cent more on housing than in 2005. However the figures also revealed that households are spending just 16 per cent of their weekly budget on food, a decline of 1.9 per cent on five years earlier.This survey was the first HBS where the reported proportion of total household expenditure for housing exceeded spending on food.Average weekly expenditure in 2009-2010 for all households was €810.61, just 3 per cent higher than the figure recorded five years earlier.The report also showed spending on transport fell by just over 5 per cent from €122.74 per week in 2004-2005 to €116.31 five years later which the CSO said was due to a decrease in expenditure on car purchases.Alcoholic drink and tobacco expenditure decreased by 16.3 per cent with some 41 per cent of total expenditure on alcohol related to drinks consumed at home.Read: Household Budget Survey 2009-2010>Central Bank of Ireland issues warning on investment firm>last_img read more

Concern over female teens getting genital cosmetic surgery

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first_imgnon-medically indicated cosmetic surgical procedures which change the structure and appearance of the healthy external genitalia of women, or internally in the case of vaginal tightening.This includes the most common procedure, labiaplasty, as well as others including hymenoplasty (vaginal reconstruction) and vaginoplasty (vaginal rejuvenation).The RCOG’s paper explores the ethical aspects of FGCS, and looks at the reasons why women ask for these procedures.Labiaplasty is a procedure undergone for problems relating to the size of the labia minora and concerns with, for example, hygiene, difficulties during sexual intercourse, and discomfort when wearing tight clothes.But the main reason for requesting labiaplasty for some women can be concern about genital appearance, and in extreme cases this is an aspect of body dysmorphic disorder.Labiaplasty, like any surgical procedure, carries short-term risks of bleeding and infection. But the experts say that there are no data on the potential physical and psychological risks in the medium and long-term.They are calling for more data to inform women about the potential of long-term damage to sensitivity and sexual function.Influence of mass media and pornographyDame Suzi Leather, Chair of the RCOG’s Ethics Committee, said that they are concerned about the increase in labial reduction procedures, “fuelled in part by the mass media and inaccurate advertising”.She said that some women’s decisions are influenced by images from popular culture and the pornography industry. “We need to inform women that everyone is unique and that variation in appearance is normal in the vast majority of cases,” she said.Paul Wood, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and chair of BritSPAG said that there is “no scientific evidence” to support the practice of labiaplasty, and that for adolescents the risk of harm is even more serious.He said that it is important that clinicians inform girls about labial anatomy, its development, and variation.“In addition girls should be aware of distortions in popular culture, the unknown risks and efficacy of procedures and ways to manage labial discomfort,” he said.When significant distress is detected, these girls should receive a psychological assessment.The paper includes a number recommendations, such as:Women should be provided with accurate information about the normal variations in female genitalia and offered counselling and other psychological treatments for problems such as body image distress Women must be informed about the risks of the procedure, the lack of reliable evidence concerning its positive effects As full genital development is not normally achieved before 18, FGCS should not normally be carried out on girls under 18 yearsThe BritSPAG position statement focuses on adolescents undergoing labiaplasty, as a result of growing concerns over this type of surgery being performed on girls aged under 18.It looks at reasons behind surgery, including “accessibility to unrealistic and narrow representations of vulval appearance in popular culture and intensive marketing of labiaplasty as an unproblematic lifestyle choice”.The paper’s recommendations for best practice include:Information about normal variations should be offeredSurgical reduction before the completion of pubertal development may lead to long term problems and this should be communicated to the girl and her guardian where appropriateIn case of significant psychological distress, the girl and family should be offered a referral to a paediatric clinical psychologistRead: New regulation for cosmetic surgery clinics on the way>center_img YOUNG TEENAGE GIRLS are having genital cosmetic surgery due to the influence of pornography and advertising, UK experts have said.According to Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the number of labial reduction procedures has risen five-fold in the UK’s NHS over the past 10 years, with over 2000 operations performed in 2010.Today, two new papers published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (BritSPAG) state that little research exists about the clinical effectiveness and risks in female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) and that it should not normally be carried out on girls under 18 years.The RCOG paper, produced by the College’s Ethics Committee, focuses on women of all ages undergoing FGCS.What is FGCS?FGCS is:last_img read more

Three teenage girls rescued from heavy fog on Sandymount beach

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first_imgTHREE TEENAGE GIRLS were rescued from Sandymount Beach this evening after getting into difficulty because of heavy fog.The young girls were walking on the strand at about 6pm but became disorientated when a heavy fog rolled in. They were cut off by the incoming tide and surrounded by water. There was very little visibility and temperatures were dropping, according to the RNLI.The girls called for help on a mobile phone after realising they were lost and surrounded by water on all sides.The Dun Laoghaire inshore lifeboat was launched at 6.22pm with the all-weather lifeboat launching a few minutes later. Both the Gardaí and the Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard Unit joined in the search from the shore.In a statement, the RNLI said its lifeboat crew was operating with only one hundred metres of visibility in front of them.Within about ten minutes of the boats launching, the girls heard the noise from the shore-based teams that were searching for them and were able to answer.Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was alerted to their position by the Coast Guard from the shore and lifeboat crews transferred the three girls onto the inshore lifeboat.They were all extremely cold and were met at the lifeboat station by paramedics, to be assessed.Coxswain Mark McGibney said the teens were lucky and commended they for staying calm and making the call.“The teenagers were out for a walk when they were caught out by a rolling fog and a fast incoming tide.  They lost their bearings and were quickly surrounded by rising water.  Thankfully they stayed calm and called for help,” he said.“If they had walked in the wrong direction they could have quickly become out of their depth, instead they made the right decision and called for help. In this case thankfully it ended well.”The fog is back, folks… But temperatures are set to soar again tomorrowlast_img read more

Bale picks up another muscular injury with Real Madrid

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first_imgIn a new bad development for Gareth Bale’s physical condition, the Welsh forward picked up a brand new muscular injury during the Madrid Derby.There are three certainties in life, one is death, the other one is that you can’t avoid paying taxes, and the last one if that Gareth Bale will get a muscular injury for Real Madrid at least two or three times during the season. It had been too long since the Welshman had picked up a new injury given the awful track record that he has, this was one of the main reasons why Zinedine Zidane never really trusted him in big matches because we never knew when he would suffer a new muscular problem, only that he was going to get on for sure.It’s a real shame that Bale has this horrible stigma that he has to deal with throughout his whole career, but players with his speed characteristics usually can’t avoid this fate and need a specific method of preparation to get the least injuries they can during a whole year. Other great players in recent memory have suffered this as well, Real Madrid even had Arjen Robben in the past and they ultimately decided to sell him because it was just too much to handle.But Bale’s situation is a lot different compared to the Dutchman because he has always been fit for big occasions, Gareth Bale has delivered great performances in Champions League finals and during the final stages of the season in spite of his predisposition to get injured so often.🙌🔥⚽ #RMDERBI pic.twitter.com/2RlPnb6gyw— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) September 29, 2018But the Welshman must know that by this point in his career, the Real Madrid board must be quite tired of always getting bad news from him and he can’t really afford to get injured that often now because Ronaldo is no longer in the club. The man who is supposed to be the top player in the squad is now him, so this new injury he just picked up during the Madrid Derby against Atletico must have hit him hard.This new setback is just another bad score on his long history with muscular problems, this time it was an adductor problem what kept Gareth Bale from coming back to the pitch after halftime and Spaniard Dani Ceballos took his place on the field right after. There is still no confirmation about how grave the problem is, all we know by now is that his participation in next week’s Champions League against CSKA Moscow and La Liga match against Deportivo Alaves are a certain miss for him.After those two matches, all football in Europe will go on hiatus due to the last international break of 2018 and this should be a great time for the player to recover in order to help his squad compete for all the trophies during the last three months of the year.🔁 | 0-0 | We made our first change at the break with @DaniCeballos46 coming on for @GarethBale11. #RMDerbi pic.twitter.com/9ebT2R1qPWDavid Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) September 29, 2018But Bale’s problems go beyond just a new injury, as during the match there was a loud jeer from the fans who kept yelling Ronaldo’s name and sent the Welshman a clear message that he is far from being considered the club’s most important player right now. It’s unclear if Gareth will be able to withstand so much pressure that keeps mounting on him, it must suck for him to imagine how many goals he would have scored by now if he hadn’t fallen injured that many times in the past with Los Blancos.Also, Florentino Perez needed a day like this Saturday to realize that he urgently needs to sign a major star player who doesn’t get injured that often and can be as reliable as Cristiano Ronaldo was during the nine seasons he played for the club. While Gareth Bale was suffering a new injury for Real Madrid, Cris was far away in Italy destroying defenders in Serie A and reminding everyone how much Los Blancos are missing him right about now.Even if they won’t admit it, losing Cristiano Ronaldo is the biggest blow that a club like Real Madrid could’ve gotten for the start of this new season, especially knowing that players like Bale simply can’t live up to the challenge. Poor Gareth, how long can he take this pressure?Full focus on el derbi madrileño at the Bernabeu. Let’s bring it on! 👟💪#X18 #HalaMadrid #HereToCreate pic.twitter.com/OBtraOJFu9— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 28, 2018How many more muscular injuries do you think Gareth Bale will pick up during the season for Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Woman falls 80feet off cliff above Blacks Beach

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Chef Pepín tries to set record for largest arroz con pollo

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first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – A chef attempted to make culinary history at a South Florida festival this President’s Day weekend.Latin celebrity Chef Pepín tried to set the world record for the largest arroz con pollo at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. He combined 4,000 pounds of rice and chicken in an eight-foot pan to make almost 9,000 meals. Had an amazing time today making a World-record Arroz con Pollo / La pasamos súper cocinando el Arroz con Pollo más grande del mundo! pic.twitter.com/Hd1hhhwbHt— Chef Pepin (@Chefpepin) February 20, 2017The food was donated to places that serve the homeless, like the Camillus House and Miami Rescue Mission.Chef Pepín is now waiting to hear from Guinness World Records about whether he set the record.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Catalyst Paper Will Undergo Recapitalization

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first_imgIn what appears to be a direct result of the paper industry’s continued struggle, British Columbia-based manufacturer Catalyst Paper will move forward with a recapitalization transaction to correct its current financial situation. According to a company statement, the improved capital structure will eliminate $315.4 million of Catalyst’s debt.In addition to the significant reduction, the restructuring is approved by the companies’ creditors with the hope of “enhanced flexibility to respond to the downturn in the market for paper, newsprint and pulp”. Catalyst is working with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for legal counsel, and Perella Weinberg Partners will be the company’s financial advisors through the recapitalization.Upon the plan’s completion, which will be carried out under the Canada Business Corporations Act, a new board of directors will be appointed for Catalyst Papers. A move like this is not surprising, considering the currently volatile state of the paper industry. Paper demand has declined, as magazine’s print properties still have not made a full recovery from the recession. The digital draw to tablets and other mobile devices also presents a conundrum for an industry largely based on supplying print supplies to magazines. While many publishers expected prices to drop as demand for paper has, the reality is that supply is still meeting demand, according to paper industry insiders.After January 14’s initial announcement, Catalyst released another statement today reasserting the consensual restructuring process, as opposed to “certain media reports” of bankruptcy proceedings.Catalyst operates four mills between British Columbia and Arizona, with a collective annual production capacity of 1.9 million tons.last_img read more

Oculus Quest and Rift S available for preorder both at 399 shipping

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Preview • PlayStation VR made us smile, and it’s because of the games Mobile Gaming Digital Media Virtual Reality Apps Amazon Oculus Quest unboxed: what’s inside Facebook’s new VR… 43 Photos 1 Now playing: Watch this: We took Oculus Quest on vacation We took Oculus Quest on vacation at Amazon Enlarge ImageThe Oculus Quest (left) and Oculus Rift S (right) are both arriving in May, and both cost $399. John Kim/CNET Oculus ignited people’s interest in virtual reality when it announced a Kickstarter for the Rift headset in 2012, promising high quality VR for $300.  Fast-forward seven years, after a more than $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and the 2016 release of the Rift, and Oculus is preparing to launch its next-generation VR headsets.  They’re called the Oculus Quest and the Rift S, and both will cost $399 (£399 in the UK; Australian pricing is TBA but the UK price converts to about AU$740). But they’re rather different headsets.  The Oculus Quest is self-contained, working without a computer to power it or any extra sensors set up around a room to track where you’re moving. The Rift S, meanwhile, offers better visuals while still connected by wire to a computer, but it also ditches sensors around a room. “Now, getting into VR is as easy as gaming on a console,” Facebook said in a statement. The new headsets come as Valve, whose Steam store and Half-Life first-person shooter series have made it a household name among gamers, prepares to release its first headset, the $499 Valve Index. And that’s not including other competitors, such as Sony’s $299 PlayStation VR, HTC’s Vive and headsets from Lenovo, HP and Samsung that’re powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality technology. 58-oculus-questEnlarge ImageThe Quest is a wireless self-contained headset, offering a middle ground between the low-power Oculus Go and high-power Rift S. Sarah Tew/CNET The Quest is a new device Whereas the Rift and Rift S rely on an outside computer connected by a wire to power the virtual world you see, and the $199 Oculus Go is designed to be a wire-free self-contained entry-level VR device, the Oculus Quest is meant to be somewhere in the middle.  At its heart, the Quest is meant to offer higher-end games designed to work with the Oculus hand controllers, like the music rhythm game Beat Saber and the boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory. But it’s also self-contained, running a powerful, yet small, computer in the headset. To pull off that trick, developers say, the Oculus Quest isn’t as capable as its beefier cousin, the Rift S. Its screen doesn’t show as many details, it’s not able to pack as many characters on the screen at a time, and apps made for it can’t assume they’ll always be connected to the internet. (Sometimes people might take this on a train or on vacation). The Quest still uses the same controllers as the Rift S Though the Quest and Rift S won’t always be able to play the same games, the Quest will have the same controllers. That’s a step up from the entry-level Oculus Go, which had a simpler, wandlike controller that wasn’t capable of doing as much as the more full-fledged hand controllers Oculus offers. Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR They’re both $399, go on preorder Tuesday and ship May 21 If you’re already convinced, you can preorder the devices on the Oculus website, at Amazon and elsewhere. Full preorder info is available here, or you can just use the buttons below (note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products). See Quest at AmazonSee Rift S at Amazon 5:18 $217 5:18 Tags See It $398.00 Comment Oculus Valve Virtual Reality Facebook HTC Microsoft Samsung Sony Nintendo Review • PlayStation VR is pretty damn cool Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Whether the new devices will draw users is anyone’s guess. A recent survey from industry tracker IDC, which was sponsored by Sony, found that headset sales in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan rose 60% in 2018 to 3.9 million headsets, up from 2.4 million in 2017. But that’s still small compared with the hundreds of millions of video game consoles Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have sold since 2013. Here’s everything to know about the Quest and Rift S so far. The Rift S is a refinement  Oculus says the Rift S will offer more-detailed and sharper-looking visuals than the original Oculus Rift, which shipped in 2016. But the real change is to the cameras mounted on its sides. There are two in the front, one on each side, and one on the top, all designed to track the outside world using a technology called “Oculus Insight,” so that the headset knows when you’re leaning one direction or another or suddenly duck to avoid something. Those cameras work in concert with the company’s hand controllers too. See it CNET Review Oculus Quest The standalone VR headset earns our Editors’ Choice. Read Review Sony PlayStation VR 8:25 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation VR (Headset) $245 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Kashmir was never yours Islamic scholar tells Pakistan

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first_imgTawhidi, whose Twitter handle “@imam of peace”, describes him as a “peace advocate”, a “reformist imam”, and “national bestselling author”, who rejects extremists, and both the far-left/far-right”, had even earlier said his position was consistent that Kashmir was “Hindu land” that never belonged to Pakistan, and he reaffirmed this during his last visit to India.(With agency inputs) Kashmiri women shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar on Sunday.ReutersA controversial Islamic scholar said — Kashmir was never a part of Pakistan or will be a part of it — asking it to face the situation with “honesty”.Taking to Twitter, Imam Mohamad Tawhidi said, “Kashmir was never part of Pakistan. Kashmir will never be part of Pakistan. Both Pakistan and Kashmir belong to India. Muslims converting from Hinduism to Islam… doesn’t change the fact that the entire region is Hindu Land. India is older than Islam let alone Pakistan. Be honest..”Imam Mohamad TawhidiTwitterlast_img read more

China economy Things to know about its latest growth report

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first_imgConstruction workers take a break outside of a construction site in Beijing, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. China’s economic growth in the latest quarter held steady at 7 percent, its weakest performance since the global crisis, but better retail sales and factory output in June suggested efforts to reverse the slump might be gaining traction. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth held steady at 7 percent in the latest quarter, its weakest level since the global crisis, but better retail sales and factory output in June suggest government efforts to reverse the slump might be gaining traction.___THE DOWNTURN: China’s sizzling economic growth has cooled from its 2007 peak of 14.2 percent as the ruling Communist Party tries to steer it to a more sustainable rate based on domestic consumption instead of trade and investment. But an unexpectedly abrupt decline in the past two years raised fears of politically dangerous job losses. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 must play golf courses in Arizona ___BEIJING’S RESPONSE: The communist government has cut interest rates four times since November, allowed credit to grow and pumped money into the economy through mini-stimulus measures including higher spending on building public works.___POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENT: Retail sales growth accelerated in June to 10.6 percent, up 0.5 percentage points from May’s rate. Factory output rose 6.8 percent, an improvement of just under 1 percentage point from the previous month.___ANALYST’S TAKE: “There are good reasons to think that the latest figures are mirroring a genuine stabilization of conditions on the ground,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.___STOCK MARKET SLUMP: Growth probably was buoyed by a stock market boom that brought a flood of revenue to brokerages, analysts say. The market has fallen from its early June peak, which prompted concern consumers might tighten their belts. But analysts say the impact should be limited, because fewer than 10 percent of Chinese households own stocks, compared with up to one-third in the United States or Europe.___PUBLIC PESSIMISM: “I’m not optimistic about the economic outlook in the second half of the year,” said Wang Zhong, 30, who works in purchasing for a Shanghai restaurant chain. He said his company has reduced its workforce and gave no raises this year. Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

Secaucus NJ – Panasonic today announced the rele

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first_imgSecaucus, NJ – Panasonic, today announced the release date of the world’s first* 32 Gigabyte (GB) SD High Capacity (SDHC)** Memory Card with Class 6 speed specification. With a global release in April 2008, the new SDHC Memory Card, RP-SDV32GU1K, is perfect for those wanting High Definition content,as it can record up to 12 hours of High Definition video. The new SDHC Memory Card will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $699.The newly developed card, featuring a massive 32GB of capacity is ideal for AVCHD High Definition video recording, a growing demand thanks to the recent expansion of High Definition SD Camcorders. When used with Panasonic’s newly released High Definition SD camcorder, the HDC-SD9, the 32GB card can record approximately 12 hours of 1440 x 1080i High Definition video in HE mode, and approximately four hours of 1920 x 1080i full High Definition video in HA mode. With the Class 6 speed specification and maximum data transfer speeds up to 20MB/s, the 32GB card allows users to enjoy superb performance and high-quality recording.The card is also equipped with a new user-friendly labeling feature, which allows users to write titles or comments directly onto labels on the front and back of the card. Panasonic will introduce the new labeling feature in its other SD Memory Card models, with a running changeover from the current card designs.The new card, like all other Panasonic SD and SDHC Memory Cards, is extremely reliable even under severe temperature conditions. Since the cards incorporate an industrial-grade flash memory, they work in temperatures ranging from -13°F to +185°F, while consumer-grade flash memory only guarantees +32°F to +158°F, thus ensuring consistent performance regardless if the user is skiing or snowboarding or if the SD Memory card is left in a hot car.***The arrival of Panasonic’s 32GB SDHC Memory Card further strengthens the company’s Pro High Speed line-up and brings the total line to six models, joining those currently available: the 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB card sizes with the Class 6 speed specification.* A 32GB SDHC Memory Card having Class 6 speed specification.** 1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes. Usable capacity will be less. SDHC Memory Cards can only be used in SDHC host devices, which support the SDHC Memory Card.***Panasonic recommends that you never leave any electronic product sitting in direct sunlight or under other severe heat conditions.About Panasonic Consumer Electronics CompanyBased in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic’s exclusive Panasonic Plasma Concierge customer support program (888-972-6276) is administered through its Virginia-based Call Center, recognized as a Certified “Center of Excellence” by the Center for Customer-Driven Quality™ at Purdue University. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroomlast_img read more

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suit clearly depicts the picture of a drowning man desperately searching for where to hang on to avoid drowning “I therefore urge the court to dismiss this gagging suit with cost which I suggest should be paid by the applicant’s counsel if possible” he said The judge Mohammed Idris who delivered the ruling said the suit failed to comply with Order 35 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules which required the applicant to depose to an affidavit after serving the court papers on the parties in the suit The court also suspended the order it earlier granted Babalakin that permitted him to institute the prohibition suit against the anti-corruption agency and subsequently awarded N5000 cost against him A total of 27 partnerships have been agreed by Nigerian and British companies under the auspices of the annual Nigeria-UK engagement programme sponsored by the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) The partnerships cover a wide range of oil and gas activities including engineering maintenance fabrication and support services and were the outcome of several business summits held in Lagos Abuja London and Aberdeen Working closely with the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) SNEPCo initiated the business summits in 2009 creating valuable opportunities for Nigerian and British companies to collaborate to close the technical gaps that exist in the oil and gas industry as a result of the enactment of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 The collaboration has helped to improve local capacity in innovation and technology This model has now been replicated in Kazakhstan and Iraq “We are pleased with the progress that has been made with the collaboration of UKTI and Shell” said Osagie Okunbor Chairman Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) when the UKTI led by the Director of Trade in Nigeria Chris Maskell paid him a courtesy call “We will continue to support the initiative given the benefits and potential to drive growth in the Nigerian economy” Commenting on the partnership Mr Maskell said: “The partnerships have significantly increased the scope of operations for both the British and Nigerian companies and can only get better as they explore more areas of co-operation We are grateful for the continued support of Shell for this initiative” A recent reform of the programme ensures that Nigerian suppliers now take the lead in deciding potential UK companies that they would like to meet and partner with for project delivery in areas of key needs The 2015 Nigeria-UK business summit is slated for this month (July) in Lagos where UK companies will be looking to take advantage of prequalification and tendering activities scheduled for 2015/16 About 90% of contracts in Shell Companies in Nigeria were awarded to Nigerian companies in 2014 The use of locally manufactured goods and Nigerian service providers creates 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