Arafura Games: Philippines hauls gold medals in swimming

first_imgMOST READ The 13-year-old Amogius finished with a time of one minute, 10.53 seconds in the 100m backstroke, around two seconds faster than Western Australia’s Taila Jane Wilkinson (1:12.19) who won the silver.Amogius then clocked in at 2:33.63 in the 200m IM, around three seconds faster than what Wilkinson tallied in the tiff that was held at Parap Swimming Pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCabalo, meanwhile, cruised in the 400m run finishing the course at 50.73 seconds, two seconds ahead of Northern Territory’s Blair Andrews (52.08) who won the silver and bronze medalist Joseph Salmon (52.34).National University’s stalwart then teamed up with Joviane Calixto, Jason Buenacosa, and Romel Bautista to conquer the 4x100m relay with a time of 43.49 seconds blazing past Northern Territory and Malaysia. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I’m really happy and I broke all my times. I’m very, very happy and honored to swim for the Philippines because it’s my country and I’m proud to be a Filipino,” said Amogius.“This is my dream to take a gold medal here in Australia because the competition here is something else,” said Cabalo.Other Filipino athletes who also won gold medals in Day 1 were Ivo Nikolai Enot (13-14 men’s 100m backstroke) in swimming, and Abigail Manzano (women’s 3,000m steeplechase), Nicko Caparoso (men’s 3,000m steeplechase), Bruce Fernia (men’s javelin throw), Jessel Lumapas (women’s 400m run), and Mark Anthony Casena (men’s triple jump) in athletics.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Top seed Ateneo braces for FEU as ‘real fight’ begins in Final 4 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Photo from Team Phil – Arafura Games 2019 FacebookMANILA, Philippines—Lora Micah Amogius and John Lloyd spearheaded a massive gold medal haul for the Philippines after the pair became double gold winners in the Arafura Games late Saturday night in Darwin, Australia.Amogius captured the gold medals in the 13-14 100-meter backstroke and 200m individual medley in swimming while Cabalo ruled the men’s 400m run and the men’s 4x100m relay in athletics to lead the Philippines’ haul of 10 gold medals in Day 1.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

MS Dhoni’s absence had an impact on team and captaincy: CSK coach Stephen Fleming

first_imgChennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming admitted that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s absence had an impact on the team and captaincy, but his side did well in their last match.”Whenever a great player who is in great form is not in your side, it does have an impact on your team as well as captaincy. You have to make adjustments. But it does not mean that we are not competitive. We still turned out a very good side in the last game and still got well beaten,” Fleming told reporters on the eve of their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.Fleming said Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo will be assessed if they are match fit at the end of the training.Such a fin7sh! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #RCBvCSK Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 20, 2019On CSK having a core group of players and support staff, Fleming said the team likes to give players an extended run because their form was measured differently in T20.”We tend to look at short form quite separately. We tend to give guys more chances, because we are asking them to play a high-risk game. So it is unfair to look at form after two or three innings, both batting and bowling wise,” he said.”The selection policy of the team is more conservative than others, but it tries to get the right team for any condition, which is a challenge in away matches,” he added.”We are a little bit more settled at home, which is how it should be. But when we travel away we set to work hard on making sure we get the balance between seam bowlers and spinners. That is the simplistic way we look at selecting sides and we’re pretty conservative with the emphasis on cohesion.”advertisementChampions keep playing until they get it right! #WhistlePodu #Yellove Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 20, 2019On Chinnaswamy pitch, Fleming expects a high-scoring game on Sunday, which means there will be more pressure on bowlers and batters.”It is obviously overcast and a little bit damp around, so you need to wait 24 hours, it is going to change a lot in nature. I think it will be a good track, possibly a high-scoring game which is what we expect. So, pressure on bowlers, but also batters as well,” the New Zealander said.”We will read the pitch tomorrow, but one cannot assume it is going to be 200 versus 200,” he said.On Imran Tahir’s success, Fleming said unlike previous years, the South African leggie has been consistent this year.”This year he has been very consistent and very clear on what he wants to do. He has been our chief wicket-taker. And the way he has done it within the camp please us a lot. His discipline and ability to deliver what we want has been outstanding,” Fleming said.”At times, he has been guilty of hunting wickets, which means he bowls a different style.Also Read | Don’t know if there is complacency due to the good run: CSK coach Stephen FlemingAlso Read | MS Dhoni shares a laugh with David Warner after SRH finally beat CSKAlso Read | Unfortunate to see so many people going after MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli to India Todaylast_img read more

Barry Hall apologises after being sacked for vulgar on-air comments

first_imgFL great Barry Hall has apologised for vulgar comments he made on live radio, saying it was “a silly thing to say and not a reflection of who I am”.Triple M sacked Hall immediately after his remarks to co-commentator Leigh Montagna during a pre-game chat at Friday night’s clash between the Western Bulldogs and Geelong, in which he commented about the impending birth of Montagna’s child. Hall also apologised to the former St Kilda player Montagna and his wife Erin, and wished them well with the arrival of their first baby, which is due next week.“Once, again, I am sorry, I should not have said such an inappropriate comment on air and hope I can be forgiven and move forward from here,” he said.Triple M released a statement on Friday night following the incident at Etihad Stadium.“Tonight on Triple M Football, there were unacceptable and inappropriate comments made by a member of the commentary team,” head of content Mike Fitzpatrick said.“The commentator was removed immediately from the broadcast and an apology was issued on air afterwards. Immediate action was taken with the termination of employment for one team member.”Hall was said to be filling in for Chris Judd during the broadcast.Considered one of the best forwards of the modern era, the 41-year-old played 289 games for Saints, Sydney and the Bulldogs, kicking 746 goals. He also captained the Swans to their 2005 premiership. Share on Messenger Australian rules football Share via Email Since you’re here… Australia sport From collection to analysis: sports data and its profound impact on the AFL Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Reuse this content “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise for any offence taken from my commentary on Friday night’s Triple M footy coverage,” Hall told News Corp Australia.“It was a silly thing to say and it is not a reflection of who I am or what my views are. I am a proud father and dedicated partner and have nothing but respect for women.”Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every day AFL Share on Twitter Support The Guardian news Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

New Equipment Contracts for TTS

first_imgThe contracts are with Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. in China. Each shipyard has two post-Panamax car carriers currently under construction.The new contracts are referred to last year’s announcements that contain options for delivery of cargo access equipment to two further car carriers at each shipyard.These new contracts, have once again confirmed TTS’s position on the emerging post- Panamax PCTC market. The deliveries will be completed during 2015 and 2016.TTS Group, April 3, 2014 zoom TTS Group ASA through its subsidiary TTS Marine AB in Sweden has received confirmation for delivery of four ship-sets of cargo access equipment to four post-Panamax car carriers, with a total value of approx. $35 million.last_img

TMS Tankers Buys 5YearOld Aframax

first_imgzoom Greece-based shipowner TMS Tankers has decided to expand its fleet as it purchased an Aframax tanker Nissos Anafi from its compatriot Kyklades Maritime, according to VesselsValue.The 115,700 dwt ship fetched a price of USD 29.1 million, slightly less than its market value of USD 29.7 million.Built in 2012 by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, the tanker features a length of 249 meters and a width of 43.8 meters.Once delivered to its new owner, Nissos Anafi will be a part of TMS Tankers’ fleet of 35 tankers.Besides its live fleet, the company has 17 newbuildings on order at South Korean and Chinese shipyards, all of which are scheduled for delivery in 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Stars Volunteer At LA Mission On Good Friday

first_imgCelebrities, companies and volunteers joined together on Good Friday to give back to Skid Row.Over 3,500 men, women and children were served by celebrities, elected leaders and other volunteers, while etnies CEO and sponsored skaters distributed shoes to the less fortunate. This year, social media played a role and the Los Angeles Mission raised 942 chocolate bunnies off of Facebook and Twitter to fill Easter baskets for the local children.Among the celebrities who took part were Brandon Tyler Russell, Ryan Sheckler, Edwin Hodge, Brandon Molale, Eric Wright, Jennessa Rose, Julianna Rose, Stephen Collins and many more.Skid Row residents enjoyed a prepared meal while listening to live music at the annual outdoor Easter event. A gourmet meal of tangerine-glazed ham, creamy spring peas with pancetta, mac and cheese casserole, Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls and Bonert’s Slice of Pie were donated and served to the hungry guests. In addition to a hearty meal, guests were given hygiene kits provided by the Helmet & Shield Group. Foot washing, a symbolic ritual of humbleness and respect derived from Jesus Christ’s washing of the disciples feet at the Last Supper, was offered by the Los Angeles Christian Health Center and volunteers.“We love working with our community, to feed our community,” said Herb Smith, president of the Los Angeles Mission. “But our events go beyond the feeding of thousands. Our goal at our large events is to love our guests in all forms and through it, welcome every man or woman into the Mission to end homelessness in Skid Row.”Guests lined up before dawn, and on early Friday morning they were served a hot beverage and breakfast sandwich as they waited to enter the blocked off 5th street for the Easter festivities, resembling a typical block party.Led by etnies owner and CEO Pierre-Andre Senizergues, etnies has been donating shoes to the homeless during annual Los Angeles Mission Easter event for 16 years and has donated a total of 36,000 pairs of etnies shoes, 38,000 with this year’s donation. With over 50 etnies volunteers, including well-known etnies sponsored skaters; the company has prioritized the giving of well-made shoes to a community that needs it most.“Skid Row is not an easy place to live,” says Pierre-Andre Senizergues, owner and CEO of etnies. “Every time we come down here, we see just how important it is for the homeless to have comfortable and durable shoes to wear each day. By giving a new pair of etnies shoes to an individual who truly needs it, we are communicating that we care and that we hope that they will find a way to get back on their feet.”Leading up to the event, Easter baskets were prepared with toys and candy by volunteers including high school and college students spending their Spring Break at the Mission. 992 chocolate bunnies were ushered in on social media using Facebook and Twitter helping provide a memorable Easter for the children living in Skid Row. Baskets were distributed to the children that attended the Easter event.Social media continues to help the Mission as SizzlePitch Productions (SizzlePitch) and Gardein (Gardein), a meatless food distributor, offered to sponsor the event’s “hashtag:” #SkidRowEaster on Twitter for $1,000. If the hashtag is used 1,000 times on Good Friday, the Mission will receive a donation of $1,000.The Los Angeles Mission provides long-term rehabilitation, education, job training, emergency services and more to people in need. More than 1,500 come in every day for a meal. The Mission relies heavily on volunteers and donations to assist the thousands that come in for help. Even the utensils for the Easter event were donated by Landsberg Amcor and prepared by volunteers. Gideon Bibles were provided and a Tom Lackey art exhibit of the Holy Land helped complete the Easter event celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope of new life.“Our volunteers and donors help our staff serve Skid Row every day. If we bring hope to the streets of Skid Row to at least one person at our Easter event, the day was a success,” said Smith.last_img read more

Close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind arrested in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police claimed to have arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammad cadre Sajjad Ahmed Khan (27), a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Mudasir Khan, from near Red Fort in Delhi. Special Cell which made the arrest on March 21 said that Sajjad was living in Delhi under the guise of a shawl vendor.The police said that Sajjad, a resident of Tral in Pulwama, is also suspected to be involved in the conspiracy of Pulwama terror attacks. Police said that NIA had registered a case on March 15 under section 120-B & 121-A IPC & 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 20, 38 & 39 UA (P) Act and named Sajjad Ahmad Khan as one of the accused along with Mudassir Khan and others. “Accused has been specially sent to Delhi to carry out reconnaissance of important targets and to set up a hideout in Delhi. This has been done to select specific targets and also to radicalise and recruit Muslim youth of UP and other states, provide them weapon training, explosives and field craft, raising funds and collecting weapons,” said DCP Special Cell, Pramod Kushwah. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to Police Sajjad and his two brothers were initially engaged in stone pelting incidents. On February 15, Sajjad’s brother Ishfaq was arrested under PSA (Public Safety Act) for stone pelting and remained in Srinagar Jail for about 9 months. Ishfaq Ahmed Khan died in exchange of fire with security forces on April 25, 2018 in Lam, Tral, Pulwama along with two Pakistani militants. After the death of Ishfaq, his friend Mudasir Ahmad Khan used to frequently visit his residence in Pulwama and motivated Showkat and Sajjad Ahmad Khan to join the JeM. By the end of June 2018, Showkat also joined the JeM. Showkat Ahmad Khan also subsequently died in an exchange of fire with the security forces in September 2018. Mudasir instructed Sajjad to spot young Kashmiri youths for fidayeen attacks. Sajjad then motivated and recruited. “On the day of Pulawama terror attack (Feb 14, 2019), Mudasir contacted Sajjad on WhatsApp and informed that they carried out attack on CRPF convoy. Mudasir then sent him the video of Adil Dar (fidayeen), which he deleted from his phone,” said DCP Pramod Kushwah.last_img read more

Jihadism on the March in West Africa

Rabat – Three heavily-armed men in black turbans set upon a police station. The point man enters and fires upon three policemen. With trained precision they ransack the office, collect weapons and set a shed on fire. The assailants escape unscathed in a truck parked nearby leaving the policemen critically wounded.If this were Syria or Afghanistan, it would be just another day. But this terrorist attack took place last week in a small village in Burkina Faso, a struggling West African nation with a 60 percent Muslim population.There are reports of daily attacks on police stations by affiliates of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali. Over the weekend, an attack took the life of one Malian police officer and seriously wounded three others. Muslim tombs are being destroyed, women are being kidnapped and marketplaces bombed.Within the last year Al Qaeda has made three unexpected and stunning attacks on hotel resorts – in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali – leaving 68 dead and West African nations in deep fear of future terrorist attacks.While U.S. and global coalition officials are touting their success in reducing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria by forty percent, both ISIS and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are expanding their reach into the vast territory of West Africa.Most of these nations have limited security to combat full scale terrorist attacks.  Many are turning to the West for assistance. But policy makers and global terrorism experts question whether the U.S. is prepared to meet this growing threat.West Africa is a prime target for expansion for jihadists, says author Bryan Griffin. His newly published Encyclopedia of Militant Islam provides briefs on 44 of the most violent terrorist organizations worldwide.“Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is expanding into West Africa for two reasons,” says Griffin. “First they need recruits. And second, they want to capture and control as a much territory outside of strong government control to stockpile weapons.”Their ultimate goal is to launch a military and public relations campaign against the Western world on behalf of Islam, he said.He said Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other jihadist organizations thrive in large countries with weak governments.  West Africa fits the bill.Out of 19 West African nations, 15 are former French colonies. The entire continental United States could fit into the region of West Africa. All expect Gabon and Nigeria suffer from weak economies and lack clear political succession. Yet, Gabon and Nigeria, two oil-producing countries have suffered over the past two years from oil revenue decreases as world oil prices have plummeted. Democratic processes have improved, but poverty, illiteracy and joblessness remain a burden on the governments which seek to address these issues.Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana have recently had to bear the brunt of an Ebola outbreak which devastated the economy and stability of these nations.Griffin said the jihadist take advantage of the poverty and instability by offering food, money and indoctrinating young men who are already Muslim into the path of Jihadism.“Hundreds if not thousands of Malian children have been sold to armed groups by family members or school officials in exchange for money,” writes Philip Obaji, Jr. in a column entitled How Terrorist Recruit African Children.“In other cases, the children themselves may have been lured in by money and the appeal of ‘fighting for God,’ especially after indoctrination in religious schools,” he says.Mali, a vast nation with a weak government, has half of its 17.9 million people under the age of 21, the average annual per capita income is $650 and average life expectancy is 58 years old.Who is the enemy?The roots of current terrorist onslaught in West Africa begins in Algeria in the 1990s. The Armed Islamic Group (GIA) sought to topple the Algerian government and establish an Islamic State. It is estimated that nearly 80,000 Algerians were killed through assassinations and civilian massacres. The Algerian government introduced an amnesty program in 1999 allowing a large number of jihadis to surrender. Those left were hunted down, hundreds were captured and those who escaped morphed into a new group called Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC).The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat made connections with other terrorist subgroups and in 2007 formally joined Al Qaeda headed at the time by Osman Bin Laden. With Bin Laden’s demise in 2011 by the Obama Administration, Ayman Al Zawahiri remains in control.“Al Qaeda is a strange beast as a group indeed, says Griffin. “It has evolved into a multi-headed Hydra based on a successful model (what Obama refers to as the original “core Al Qaeda”).This “core” Al Qaeda literally means “the base” maintains a decentralized structure which gives it the flexibility to adapt to losses and gains.The splintered terrorist groups named themselves Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. “Maghreb” in Arabic means “west” and is the actual name of Morocco in Arabic. But the area in which this organization was trying to establish its base included Morocco, Algeria and points south.Through the use of affiliates, AQIM equipped itself to be able to fight on numerous fronts. It has many affiliates which conduct independent missions with names like Ansar Dine, The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa or MOJWA, Tarek Ibn Ziyad Brigade, Those Who Sign in Blood, Katibat al-Mulathameen or “The Masked Brigade” and the Massina Liberation Front.But one individual terrorist has found a way to bring these sometimes warring groups together, secure massive amounts of funding and weapons, plan operations and defy death.The death of Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been announced on Chadian television in March of 2013. The President of Chad Idriss Deby Itno announced soon after that BelMokhtar committed suicide by bombing over despair at the news of the death of close associate in terror Abou Zeid. Belmokhtar then personally confirmed the death of Abou Zaid and destroyed the rumors of his death.The Libyan government announced he was killed in an U.S. airstrike. The U.S. government confirmed the strike but could not confirm the kill.But Belmokhtar, and his newly formed Al-Mourabitoun consisting of two AQIM affiliates, are said to be behind the recent hotel attacks in Mali, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.“Same cast of characters just putting on different names,” said Rudy Atallah, nonresident Senior Fellow with Africa Center for the Atlantic Group.  “They just rename themselves.”Atallah also says that the expansion of AQIM into West Africa is about recruitment.“Fulanis are being heavily recruited,” said Atallah. “The Fulani are herders and young men without grazing lands. They are destitute and have no jobs and no money.”The Fulanis are an ethnic group with a population over 20 million and have populations in most every West African nation from Sudan to Senegal.Of all the ethnic groups in West Africa which were Muslim too, the Fulanis fought the hardest against the French and were the most punished for their insurrections.Islamic State Present and Accounted For.It was only five years ago that a suicide car bomb ripped through the United Nations offices in Abuja, Nigeria killing 18 and injuring hundreds. The bombing site was a constant reminder to the heads of state from neighboring West African nations who met for the 2ndRegional Security Conference at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja last week.In attendance: Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari, President Francois Hollande of France, President Patrice Talon of Benin, President Paul Biya of Cameroon, President Idris of Chad, President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Mohammadou Isofu of Niger, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, and the Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea.These heads of states expressed their concerns of security in their countries.Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba called for greater assistance from the United States and Europe to combat the jihadists. He said that many West African nations lack the experience to fight terrorism.Nigerian President Buhari was eager to announce that Boko Haram had lost control of all its holdings in northeastern Nigeria. The terrorist group has killed thousands of Nigerians, displaced millions and has spread out to neighboring French-speaking countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger during its seven-year insurgency.But terrorism experts say Boko Haram is far from dead.“This group is now morphing very very quickly,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center of the Atlantic Council, in a BBC interview. “Its ties to the so-called Islamic State have been increasing, both in terms of weapons being shipped and fighters being spread further abroad.”Pham said that Boko Haram fighters have been in Libya for training or to carry out terrorist operations. And Boko Haram still maintains strong ties with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.Senegal, which borders Mali, is seen as a prime target for jihadism. The capital city, Dakar, hosts hundreds of non-governmental organizations, and hotels abound to accommodate aid workers and tourists. The former French colony has tightened security by arresting hundreds of its citizens in January for low-level crimes, such as traffic violations and smuggling. Some see the show of force as a message to ward off any big problems. However, both AQIM and ISIS have been successful in recruiting Senegalese fighters.Fluency in French is a common trait of Islamic State recruits from the region, write Brookings Institution researcher Chris Meserole and terrorism expert William McCants in a recently published study. So it is perhaps not surprising that France and Belgium have become a destination for them; the two countries have the largest number of IS recruits in Europe. Tunisia, by far, has the largest number of men and women joining IS.In American counterterrorism efforts, the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is providing some tactical training for security forces in Senegal, Ivory Coast and other West African nations. But many terrorism experts are concerned that the U.S. is handling the growing terrorist threat in West Africa with a detachment similar to that shown in Iraq and Syria.Africom uses Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, with 2,000 American troops, to launch drone strikes on Al-Qaida affiliates in East Africa. The U.S. military presence in West Africa consists of a base in Morocco, where 1,200 U.S. troops conduct Africa Lion, a joint military exercise. There is speculation that a U.S. drone base is located on the northwest ramp of the commercial airport at Niamey, Niger.Critics of the American effort aren’t hard to find. Witney Schneidman, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said both Paris and Washington had increased their efforts in West Africa, supplying troops, training and intelligence. But he said the U.S. response remained piecemeal. “It’s missing an overarching strategic approach. I can’t remember the last time our secretary of defense was in Africa,” he told the Financial Times.Atallah of the Atlantic Council said recently soured relations with Morocco hardly foster a unified effort against jihadism in North and West Africa.In May, U.S. Ambassador Dwight L. Bush was presented with a formal protest in Rabat over a State Department human rights report criticizing the Kingdom of Morocco for abuses including torture and its treatment of LGBT citizens.“We should treat the Moroccans with extreme respect,” said Atallah. “But this administration has just thrown egg in their face.”“What policy?” Atallah said of the overall counterterrorism effort in the region. “There is none.”“The Obama Administration has done absolutely nothing,” he says. “They are relying totally on France.”President François Hollande put a hopeful spin on things at the regional security conference in Abuja. “If we are united, we can win against the terrorists,” he said. read more

Talks fail CEB to continue strike casual workers warned

Talks held to resolve concerns raised by Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) unions ended in failure today and the unions announced that they will continue with their strike action.Meanwhile, the Power and Energy Ministry warned that CEB casual workers and those on probation must report to work tomorrow morning or would be considered as having vacated their posts. (Colombo Gazette)

Annan points to parallels between the UN and World Cup soccer

“As the pinnacle of the only truly global game, played in every country by every race and religion, it is one of the few phenomena as universal as the United Nations,” he wrote in an opinion article published in several newspapers this week.“You could even say it’s more universal,” he added, noting that the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has 207 members while the UN has 191.In the World Cup series, everyone knows where his team stands and how it got there, he said, adding: “I wish we had more of that sort of competition in the family of nations. Countries openly vying for the best standing in the table of respect for human rights, and trying to outdo one another in child survival rates or enrolment in secondary education. States parading their performance for all the world to see. Governments being held accountable for what actions led them to that result.”In cafés from Beijing to Buenos Aires, Mr. Annan said, everyone debates the finer points of their team’s game, not to mention the other side’s play, expressing themselves on the subject with as much clarity as passion. “I wish we had we had more of that sort of conversation in the world at large. Citizens consumed by the topic of how their country could do better on the Human Development Index, or in reducing the number of carbon emissions or new HIV infections,” he wrote.Meanwhile, he said, the migration of coaches and players between countries brings new ways of thinking and playing, benefiting both host and home countries.“I wish it were equally plain for all to see that human migration in general can create triple wins – for migrants, for their countries of origin, and for the societies that receive them; that migrants not only build better lives for themselves and their families, but are also agents of development – economic, social, and cultural – in the countries they go and work in, and in the homelands they inspire through new-won ideas and know-how when they return,” said Mr. Annan, who will tomorrow present a major report on migration and development to the General Assembly.Participation in the World Cup ranges from being a badge of honour for first-t time qualifiers, like his own country, Ghana, to giving a sense of national renewal to countries like postwar Angola, to inspiring the hope of national rebirth in countries still in conflict, such as Côte d’Ivoire.Perhaps the most enviable World Cup quality to the United Nations is that it stages events in which goals are reached, he noted. “I’m not talking only about the goals a country scores; I also mean the most important goal of all – being there, part of the family of nations and peoples, celebrating our common humanity,” Mr. Annan said. “I’ll try to remember that when Ghana plays Italy in Hanover on 12 June. Of course, I can’t promise I’ll succeed.” read more

Two billion move out of extreme poverty over 25 years – UN

“This new global Human Development Report is an urgent call to tackle one of the world’s great development challenges – providing enough decent work and livelihoods for all,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said, launching the report at a ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The 2015 Report, Work for Human Development, an editorially independent publication of the UNDP, calls for equitable and decent work for all. In doing so, it encourages governments to look beyond jobs to consider the many kinds of work, such as unpaid care, voluntary, or creative work that are important for human development, UNDP said in a summary of the annual report.‘Decent work’ is defined by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) as opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.”As for the report’s new Human Development Index (HDI), Sub-Saharan Africa continues to rank among the lowest, but 12 countries have individual HDI levels that put them in the high or medium human development group, and they are: Botswana, Cabo Verde, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, and Zambia.The Index is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. The countries with the steepest drops in HDI rank in 2014 were reported as Libya, which slipped 27 places and Syria, which slipped 15 places.The top five countries in rank order of HDI are: Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Denmark and Netherlands, with no changes from 2014. The bottom five countries in rank order of HDI are: Niger, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Chad, and Burundi. The report’s lead author Selim Jahan said: “Human progress will accelerate when everyone who wants to work has the opportunity to do so under decent circumstances. Yet in many countries, people are often excluded from paid work, or are paid less than others for doing work of the same value.”The report released today said “with better health and education outcomes and reductions in extreme poverty, two billion people have moved out of low human development levels in the last 25 years, the report says.”However, 830 million people are still classified as working poor, living on under $2.00 a day, and more than 200 million people – including 74 million youth – are unemployed, while 21 million people are currently in forced labour, according to the report.The report also presented a detailed new estimate of the share of all work, not just paid work, between men and women. While women carry out 52 percent of all work, “glaring inequalities” remain.“Women are less likely to be paid for their work than men, with three out of every four hours of unpaid work carried out by women,” it said. “In contrast, men account for two of every three hours of paid work. When women are paid, they earn globally, on average, 24 percent less than men, and occupy less than a quarter of senior business positions worldwide,” added the report.The report noted that despite new opportunities, more jobs are now becoming vulnerable and a wide digital divide remains.The report also said that work opportunities can be fostered by the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, it said, that around 45 million additional health workers will be needed to meet the health objectives of the global goals that would see the global health workforce increase in size from 34 million in 2012 to 79 million by 2030. read more

Recruitment site Indeed hiring 100 new staff in Dublin

first_imgUpdated at 8.44amONE HUNDRED NEW staff are being hired at recruitment company ‘Indeed’ — the world’s most popular job search site.The new positions will be officially announced by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton at the firm’s Dublin Docklands offices later today.Indeed, which was founded in 2004, opened its Europe, Middle East and Asia headquarters at the location last year, and has since hired 100 staff in Ireland.The new positions will be in sales, client services, business development, marketing, finance and operations.The expansion is being supported by the Irish Government through the IDA.“Over the past 18 months Dublin has proven itself as the  ideal location for a high–growth technology company like Indeed,” David Rudick, the company’s international vice-president said.“Our Dublin HQ has given us an opportunity to tap into an incredible source of tech-savvy talent, both locally, from the rest of Europe and further afield.”Over 100 million unique visitors use Indeed every month; it’s now available in more than 50 countries and 28 languages.Originally posted at 7.50amRead: Rents up again as inflation spread outside DublinRead: Newbridge Credit Union taken over by Permanent TSBlast_img read more

I left my job and my home I dropped everything to move

first_img Share Tweet Email2 Follow us: 8 Comments “Philip Doyle [the Ireland head coach at the time] took the session and afterwards he pulled me aside. He told me what I was doing right but also said I needed to work on a few areas.“From that, I got myself a personal trainer and just worked hard. That trial was in August and in December I got the call back from Goose [Doyle] to say I was in the squad for a training camp in January.”Doyle was clearly impressed by what he saw that day and recognised the huge potential Spence had, even if she was still a little raw. Speaking since, the former head coach said such was her talent, he knew he needed to cap Spence, through her Irish mother, as quickly as possible before England came calling.She may have been fast-tracked into the set-up, but Spence quickly made her mark with explosive ball carrying, tireless defensive work and an imposing physical presence in the Irish pack during the 2012 Six Nations.“I didn’t have a clue what the Six Nations was before,” she admits. “I didn’t come from a rugby family or background at all and because of that I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was a bit naive as I didn’t have a clue about the game but just enjoyed it and that was enough.”At first, Spence continued to live with her mother in Newcastle and commuted over to Dublin for training sessions at the weekend. That way, she was able to keep lecturing in Sport Science at Newcastle University. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“My job was very supportive and it was only possible because I had a strong support network around me,” she continues. “My Mam was a massive support. She’s my best friend and I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without her.“She would do my laundry and make my meals which meant all I had to do was get up in the morning, go to work and make sure I was ready to jump on a plane on a Friday.”Myrtle Spence, originally from Lisburn, moved to Newcastle in her early 20s to work. Although born and raised in the north east of England, Sophie’s Irish roots always ran deep and she would visit her cousins in Ireland during the school holidays when she was growing up.“Everyone is Irish on my Mam’s side and I would travel back and forward on school holidays, Belfast was like a second home for me. Ireland was always a place I thought about moving over to and I then got that opportunity through rugby.“After two years playing for Ireland but living back in Newcastle, I took the plunge to drop everything and move over here full time. It was a risk as I left my job, home and Mam but it was something I wanted to do to take my game to the next level.“Ireland had been a part of my life since I was born so it felt right or natural to move over and live here.”After sitting down with her mother, Spence weighed up her options and carefully considered leaving her job back in Newcastle, and essentially dropping everything, to pack her bags and start afresh in Dublin.“I was ready for a change,” she says. “It was coming up to the World Cup and after three years with my teaching job I just wanted to do something else. I just took the opportunity, left my job, my home and dropped everything.“It was a case of see what happens but everyone was so supportive. I just kind of felt ready and I could take a risk to do that and the fact the World Cup was the following year, I wanted to see the girls for more than just four sessions in January. I could actually spend the rest of the tournament with them and that was a big help.”After settling into life in Dublin, the decision started to paid instant dividends on the pitch as Spence helped Ireland to a Grand Slam in 2013 and was then part of the history-making squad which reached the last four of the 2014 World Cup. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOOff the field, things were starting to fall into place too.“The rugby family is such a powerful thing and I only knew the international players coming over and even then it wasn’t very well. I moved to Belvo [Belvedere Rugby Club], and people were so helpful and gave me opportunities to look for work and helped me out when I didn’t have a job and when I was looking for a place to live. People were brilliant which really helped me out.“I eventually got a job with Leinster Rugby as a development officer and I did that for a year before moving onto three years with DCU rugby. I’m finishing up with them in the next three weeks so looking forward to another job and another adventure.”Spence’s impact isn’t just being felt on the pitch with her previous roles with Leinster and DCU helping to grow, expand and bring the women’s game to new audiences while the recently launched Spence Rugby Academy is designed to make rugby more accessible for girls around the country.Her partnership with Nissan speaks volumes of Spence’s worth and appeal and her role as a ‘Next Generation Ambassador’ tells you everything you need to know about her ability to inspire and influence.When you think of women’s rugby, you think of the likes of Sophie Spence, Niamh Briggs and Fiona Coughlan. Leaders, role models and, to a certain extent, trailblazers.“As players and a team, it’s important we create a legacy,” Spence continues. “You look at girls who are 10/11/12 who really want to aspire to wear the green jersey and now it’s so much more doable and accessible. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“It’s important as players we go to speak to supporters after the game who travel from all over the country and make the game more accessible. We do and we need to continue representing ourselves very well because there’s a generation under us who we’re inspiring, who look up to us and it’s important we carry ourselves in the correct manner both on and off the pitch.“It’s going to be massive this summer. The main thing for us is to perform and you need that for people to stay interested and for people to watch us. We want people there and to watch and take an interest but we know what we have to do to make that happen.“The World Cup is still a good bit away but it has been in people’s minds since last summer. Every time we’re together we make sure we give 110% to ensure we’re the best we can be as a team and individuals so we take this opportunity and not pass us by.“I loved every opportunity rugby has given me so far but as a player and as a team we need to continue to do that and if we can do it at a home World Cup it would be huge.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 33,127 Views SOPHIE SPENCE LOOKS back and laughs about it now; given how far she’s come, and the way things have worked out, it’s understandable she has a smile on her face.“I had never watched a game of rugby before, I was literally told by the coach to run forward and pass backwards. That’s how naive I was. I was pretty clueless,” she recalls.At the age of 21, Spence, a talented netball player, had been persuaded to try rugby by a friend at university in Newcastle. Modest beginnings, but it would prove to be the start of the most remarkable, whirlwind journey which has taken her from the Tyneside coastal town of South Shields to the forefront of women’s sport in Ireland.“It’s a bit mad really,” the Ireland international admits. ”Rugby was never something I had even watched so I never saw this coming whatsoever.“To feel and see the impact you have on people is amazing. It’s so lovely for people to stop you and say they enjoy watching our matches and that we’re great ambassadors for the country and for women’s sport. That drives you on.”Since making her international debut in 2012, Spence’s game has progressed at a rapid rate of knots and the powerful, hard-carrying and talismanic second row is now one of the key cogs in the Irish wheel.She will be a central figure for Ireland in this summer’s Rugby World Cup, a tournament being played in Dublin and Belfast, and her form and fitness will be key to the hosts’ chances of emulating their feat of reaching the semi-finals in 2014.Spence is currently knee-deep in preparations ahead of a huge summer for women’s rugby, and indeed sport, in Ireland and while she’s fully aware of its significance, the idea of running out for a second World Cup on home soil would have been beyond fanciful nine years ago. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOAfter getting a taste for rugby at university, Spence decided to stick with it and joined the Sharks, a women’s club based in Darlington, where she would play for a couple of seasons, developing as a player and becoming more and more familiar with the intricacies of the game.In 2011, one of her team-mates saw there was an Exiles training session taking place in London and suggested they make the journey down south.“We went along,” Spence explains. “We didn’t think much of it, to be honest. Image: INPHO/Gary Carr Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 8:55 AM Apr 30th 2017, 8:55 AM ‘I left my job and my home. I dropped everything to move over here but it’s a risk that has paid off’ Ireland second row Sophie Spence talks to The42 about her late introduction to rugby, decision to move over to Dublin and inspiring the next generation. Short URL Spence takes a selfie with her DCU team at a recent 7s tournament. Image: INPHO/Gary Carr By Ryan Bailey Spence takes a selfie with her DCU team at a recent 7s tournament. Con withstand Belvo comeback to complete first half of potential doubleHowlett: ‘In the northern hemisphere there’s so much emphasis on the opposition’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Match announced for this weeks 123 WWE Smackdown

first_img Google+ Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Bray Wyatt has been announced for this week’s 12/3 edition of WWE Smackdown on Syfy. This match will be taped on Tuesday night in Hershey, Pennsylvania.Attending the tapings on Tuesday night in Hershey? We are looking for live reports!Tweet live results to @wrestleview or email with a report.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemscenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter New matches announced for Summerslam, Updated card in three weeks in Torontolast_img read more

PSG sporting director confirms Rabiots endofseason club exit

first_imgPSG’s sporting director confirmed that Adrien Rabiot, 23, did not want to sign a new deal with the club and wants to leave at the end of the season as a free transfer.Antero Henrique, Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director, stated that Rabiot’s decision to leave means he will remain on the French club’s indefinitely. Asked if the club would try to convince Rabiot to stay, Henrique said: “At this point, no. It was a decision made by the club following a meeting I had with the player,” according to Yahoo Sports.“The player informed me that he would not sign a contract and that he wanted to leave the club by being free at the end of the season, ie at the end of his contract.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“For the player, this will have a very clear consequence: he will remain on the bench for an indefinite period.”“It seems that the player and his representative have misled us for several months,” Henrique added. “I must add that this situation is disrespectful for both the club and the fans.“Especially from a player who has played under our colors from the training center to the first team. A player who has always received the full support of the club”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for November 2 Homeless Man Arrested Drone Leads To Argument

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, November 2, 2018:A vehicle struck a pole on Burlington Avenue. Pole snapped in half with wires hanging. Police notified Fire Department and RMLD. (6:04am)A Brentwood Avenue caller reported a neighbor was flying a drone over their yard and an argument ensued. (12:59pm)Police euthanized a woodchuck that was struck by a vehicle on Columbia Street. (5:08pm)Jonathan Tyler (32, Homeless) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License (Subsequent Offense); Uninsured Motor Vehicle; Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Registration; No Or Expired Inspection Sticker; & Registration Not In Possession. Tyler was living out of his vehicle. He was pulled over at Federal Street and Concord Street. (5:09pm)Police sent a group of juveniles on their way who were loitering in the High School’s student parking lot. (9:37pm)A juvenile who was reported missing from Milestone Group Home on High Street returned to the program. (11:02pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 8: Don’t Pee On My Lawn, Please; Driver Issued SummonsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

HSC and equivalent exams begin today

first_imgHSC and its equivalent examinations of 2018 under 10 education boards begin across the country today. Photo: BSSThe Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations of 2018 under 10 education boards begin across the country today amid tough measures taken to check question paper leakage and other malpractices in the examinations.A total of 13,11,457 examinees from 8,864 educational institutions will appear in the examinations this year. Of them, 6, 35,697 are male and 5,47,989 female, said officials of the education ministry.They said only the in-charge officers of respective centres will be allowed to enter the examination halls with mobile phones as they will be given instruction via a text message about the set of question papers.The authorities will open envelopes of question papers about 25 minutes before the examinations start and they have already taken decision to shut down all the coaching centres till completion of the examinations, a top official of the ministry told a meeting recently.He said all the authorities concerned are sincerely working to root out all possible sources of question paper leakage as a vested quarter is involved in the malpractices.A total of 10,92,607 candidates are set to sit for the examinations from eight general education boards while 1, 00,127 under the Madrasa Education Board and 1, 17,754 from the Technical education board. A total of 1, 27,771 candidates have been increased this year comparing to the previous year.Besides, 299 students will appear in the examinations from seven overseas centres.All the examinees have been asked to take their seats in the examination centres 30 minutes before the examinations begin.The written examinations will continue until 13 May while the practical examinations will be held from 14 to 23 May.Candidates with physical disabilities will receive an additional 20 minutes in the examinations while the examinees with special needs, including those with autism, will get 30 additional minutes.A total of 11, 83,686 examinees appeared in the HSC and equivalent examinations last year.last_img read more

Possible new explanation found for sudden demise of Khmer Empire

first_img Explore further Did Climate Influence Angkor’s Collapse? Now, work by a group of scientists indicates it may have been due to drought. The group, led by Mary Beth Day, an earth scientist with the University of Cambridge, is to have the results of their efforts published in a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Khmer Empire existed from the period between the 9th and 15th centuries and was centered around the city of Angkor. During that time, it’s very clear that great effort was put into capturing massive amounts of water that came from the skies during the monsoon seasons in the summer, to support drinking and crop growing during the rest of the year. The system apparently worked great for a long time, then suddenly didn’t. The reasons put forth for this sudden change have varied, from disease or warfare, to public strife, to changing environmental conditions. Now, it appears due to this latest research, that at least one of the major factors was indeed environmental.To find out if the problem was a dearth of water due to changes in the weather or the water system, the team took soil samples from one of the largest reservoirs (called barays) built by the Angkor people. Digging down as far as six feet, the team found that prolonged drought and perhaps overuse of the soil for farming may have led to a society unable to feed itself, a sure and straight path to an untimely demise if ever there was one.In studying the soil samples, the team was able to see sediment deposits that had built up on the bottom of the baray over time. During the years leading up to 1431, thinner layers indicted less water became available for storage. They also showed that the rainfall was more erratic. Instead of steady rains during the monsoon seasons, huge storms would erupt flooding farmlands and dumping massive amounts of soil into the baray, which were then followed by periods of no rain at all. The result was much less water available for drinking and growing crops during the drier seasons, and possible destruction of crops that the people were able to grow, due to flooding.This new research doesn’t prove for a fact that it was drought that led to the demise of the Khmer Empire, of course, as there were other factors involved. War with neighbors, the conversion of many of the inhabitants to Buddhism, and natural dispersion due to increasing trade with other countries, all likely had a hand. But it does appear that changing weather patterns might have been the final straw. © 2011 ( — The Khmer Empire, known to many as the Angkor Civilization, was a society of people that lived for several centuries in Southeast Asia in what is now Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam. What has kept the memory of the empire alive are the huge structures built by the people who lived in the area during that time. Also of note were the roadways, canals and water movement and storage systems that were constructed to support a large population. But like many other lost cultures, what was once a flourishing metropolis, in a very short period of time, gave way to collapse.center_img Map of Southeast Asia circa 900 CE, showing the Khmer Empire in red, Champa in yellow and Haripunjaya in light Green plus additional surrounding states. Image: Wikipedia. Citation: Possible new explanation found for sudden demise of Khmer Empire (2012, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study shows nonlinear pattern of migration due to climatic variations

first_img © 2014 Citation: Study shows nonlinear pattern of migration due to climatic variations (2014, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with its people scattered over many islands. It’s also a place with frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions—approximately 40 percent of the people in that country make their living from agriculture, generally near the coasts. Taken together, these factors will likely mean major disruptions for the country as global warming causes temperatures to rise, rainfall to change and sea levels to rise. In their study, the researchers sought to learn how temperature and rainfall changes impacted permanent migration in the country, from one region or island to another.The researchers used data from the Rand Corporation’s, The Indonesia Family Life Survey, which has been running since 1993/94. Among other things, the survey tracks the movement of 7,185 people living in that country. The researchers compared the migratory data from the survey with weather data from the same period to see if any patterns might emerge. They found that if the average temperature for any given place was below, 25 °C, small increases in temperature did not give rise to permanent migrations. In places where the average temperature was above 25 °C, however, temperature increases did cause permanent migration to occur. And the more temperature increased, the more people moved away. As an example, they noted that a one degree rise, from 26 to 27 degrees raised the probability of migration by 0.8 percent, but the probability jumped to 1.4 percent if the temperature rose from 27 to 28 degrees. They noted that changes in rainfall had a similar impact, but was not as pronounced.The team conducted similar studies on natural disasters in the area to see if they had a similar impact and found migration from such events tended to be short term as people generally moved back when able to do so.The researchers suggest their results indicate that Indonesia is likely to see large permanent migration as global warming causes rising temperatures, with people moving away from some of the most heavily populated provinces, such as Jakarta. They note also that such migration trends are likely to occur in other countries as well. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( —A team of researchers in the U.S. has found that local temperature increases only caused permanent migration in Indonesia when such increases occurred above 25 °C, providing hints of possible migration patterns as global warming continues in the future. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they used data from another study to track migration over a multi-year period as a means of predicting migration patterns due to global warming.center_img Nonlinear effects of temperature and precipitation on annual migration probability. Credit: Pratikshya Bohra-Mishra, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1317166111 Explore further Research duo quantify global human migration numbers More information: Nonlinear permanent migration response to climatic variations but minimal response to disasters, Pratikshya Bohra-Mishra, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1317166111AbstractWe present a microlevel study to simultaneously investigate the effects of variations in temperature and precipitation along with sudden natural disasters to infer their relative influence on migration that is likely permanent. The study is made possible by the availability of household panel data from Indonesia with an exceptional tracking rate combined with frequent occurrence of natural disasters and significant climatic variations, thus providing a quasi-experiment to examine the influence of environment on migration. Using data on 7,185 households followed over 15 y, we analyze whole-household, province-to-province migration, which allows us to understand the effects of environmental factors on permanent moves that may differ from temporary migration. The results suggest that permanent migration is influenced by climatic variations, whereas episodic disasters tend to have much smaller or no impact on such migration. In particular, temperature has a nonlinear effect on migration such that above 25 °C, a rise in temperature is related to an increase in outmigration, potentially through its impact on economic conditions. We use these results to estimate the impact of projected temperature increases on future permanent migration. Though precipitation also has a similar nonlinear effect on migration, the effect is smaller than that of temperature, underscoring the importance of using an expanded set of climatic factors as predictors of migration. These findings on the minimal influence of natural disasters and precipitation on permanent moves supplement previous findings on the significant role of these variables in promoting temporary migration.Press releaselast_img read more

Mozilla launches Firefox Test Pilot

first_imgMozilla launches Firefox Test Pilot by Martin Brinkmann on May 10, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: February 01, 2017 – 22 commentsMozilla launched Firefox Test Pilot a moment ago. It is a new server that lets users test ideas and features that may one day be integrated into the Firefox web browser.Firefox users can install features they are interested in, and provide Mozilla with feedback.Mozilla uses the feature to get early feedback for potentially new features that it may one day integrate into the Firefox web browser.Users help Mozilla eliminate bugs and issues, and may also be vocal about design decisions, and propose changes that improve a feature’s usability or usefulness.Firefox Test PilotEverything is handled via the redesigned Test Pilot extension that users can install in Firefox.Anyone interested in participating in the program needs to sign up using a Firefox Account first before downloads become available. Obviously, the option to do so becomes only available if Firefox is used to connect to the site.The extension adds an icon to Firefox’s main toolbar that controls access to all experiments. A click on the icon reveals a list of available experiments, and clicks on individual experiments opens their profile page on the Firefox Test Pilot site.The profile page reveals information about the experiment, information about developers who contributed so far, version and changelog information, links to the source code on Github, and an option to leave feedback.A click on the enable button activates the experiment in Firefox. A tour explains the basics of the experiments (can be skipped).Firefox Test Pilot offers three experiments currently:Activity StreamActivity Stream opens when you click on its icon in the Firefox toolbar. There you find a different layout and design for the browsing history and bookmarks.The history lists highlights at the top and below that a chronological list of visited sites and pages, and bookmarks displays a chronological list of sites added to the browser’s bookmarks.It is unclear why something is listed as an highlight.The New Tab Page has been redesigned as well. It features a search, below that small icons of six top sites, then highlights, and below that the browsing history again.You can hover over entries to remove them from history or set them to “never show up”.  The other two icons that are displayed when you hover have no function yet. One looks like a download icon, the other a “more” link.Tab CenterTab Center is the second experiment that you can install currently. It moves tabs to the site where only the site’s favicon and the first one or two letters are displayed.Full names are revealed when you hover the mouse over the area, and tabs get out of sight again when you move the mouse out of the area.A close icon is displayed for each tab when you hover over it, and a right-click displays the default tab control options.You may pin full display of tabs instead if you prefer that, and can spawn new tabs from there as well.Universal SearchThe third and final experiment adds search recommendations to the address bar search. Basically, what it does is recommend a site or Wikipedia article once you start to type the first couple of letters in the address bar.Closing WordsWhenever you disable an experiment, you get a feedback prompt. Leaving feedback is optional though and you can simply close if.Considering that your feedback may help improve the feature or may even help Mozilla in the decision making process whether to add it to Firefox or not, it is usually a good idea to leave feedback after tests.Firefox Test Pilot’s usefulness depends largely on user feedback.  The new feature could improve the decision making process in regards to new features of Firefox, and also help Mozilla improve features before they land in the browser (and irritate part of the user base). (via Sören)SummaryArticle NameMozilla launches Firefox Test PilotDescriptionMozilla launched Firefox Test Pilot a moment ago. It is a new server that lets users test ideas and features that may one day be integrated into the Firefox web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more