Chong bow excites Solskjaer & Man Utd

first_imgTahith Chong impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the exciting teenager talent caught the eye in Manchester United’s FA Cup third round victory over Reading.The 19-year-old winger was handed his competitive debut during a meeting with the Royals at Old Trafford.He entered the fold in the 64th minute and offered glimpses of what he is capable of during a productive cameo, with those at Old Trafford having high hopes for the Dutch youngster. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Solskjaer certainly saw enough to suggest that an academy graduate can make more of an impact on a senior stage.United’s interim boss said of Chong’s bow: “He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young.“You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.“But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway.“And the game wasn’t won, it was 2-0 and was still go out there and perform. It’s not like it was 4-0 and it’s just a party, so he did well defensively as well and I think he’ll remember this for a long, long time.”Juan Mata Manchester United 2018-19Solskjaer was also pleased to see a much-changed side secure another shutout, while Alexis Sanchez – who picked up a knock – and Romelu Lukaku got more important minutes under their belts.The Norwegian added: “The pleasing thing is we’re through and another clean sheet, 2-0 flatters us a bit because I think they played some great stuff, but then again we could have had three or four towards the end.“The second goal was excellent with Alexis getting Romelu in, so individual quality managed to get us through, to be fair.”While Lukaku netted United’s second, their first came from a Juan Mata penalty which was awarded courtesy of assistance from VAR.Solskjaer was happy to see technology benefit his side, but feels the match officials should have been able to make the spot-kick call by themselves.He said: “From where I sat it was a clear penalty.“I didn’t need VAR there, but they were probably checking if it was offside or not. Well done by Juan, he gets the ball down and the penalty was well struck.”last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the first time in its history, APTN National News will interview a sitting Prime Minister.On June 3, Justin Trudeau will sit down with APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie to talk about First Nation, Métis and Inuit issues.Want to ask a question about water? Education? Housing? Pipelines? Treaties? Justice?There are a number of ways to do it.Tweet: use the hashtag #aptntrudeauFacebook: Write out your question.Watch live across the network at 12:30ET.Want to ask your question now? Send us an email.last_img read more

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Ugandan rebels said to massacre civilians in eastern DR Congo UN rushes

26 December 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today rushed a company of Government army troops to the north-east of the vast country, following reliable reports that elements of the Ugandan rebel Lord”s Resistance Army (LRA) had massacred at least 15 villagers. According to the reports, the rebels, fleeing a joint military operation by the DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan to flush them out of a remote national park in north-eastern DRC, committed grave violations of human rights against civilians in Faradje, 120 kilometres east of Dungu, killing the villagers, plundering and destroying houses, said the mission, known by its French acronym MONUC. “MONUC is gravely concerned by these reports from reliable sources,” the mission said in a statement.“At the request of the chief of staff of FARDC (the DRC army), MONUC today transported a company of Congolese soldiers to the area in order to prevent further attacks by the LRA,” it added. “Tomorrow a second company will be transported to another town in Haut-Uélé, where another LRA group is operating.”The mission recalled the Security Council statement of 22 December condemning the LRA attacks as a permanent threat to security in the region. “The LRA has been clearly scattered by air attacks against its bases and is now, in flight, taking it out on the civilian population,” it said.“MONUC will do all in its power to ensure the protection of civilians in the area and to facilitate humanitarian aid within the limits of its ability, given the concentration of its force in the Kivus,” it added, referring to the provinces where most of the UN peacekeepers have been deployed in the face of a separate conflict between the FARDC, the mainly Tutsi rebel Congrès national pour la Défense du people (CNDP), and other armed groups. The mission called on the DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan to “do the maximum to prevent and stop the retaliation against the civilian population.”The Security Council has supported the offensive against the LRA. Ugandan Government forces have been fighting the LRA in the north of that country since the mid-1980s. The rebels, who have since spilled over into Sudan and DRC, have become notorious for human rights abuses including the killing and maiming of civilians and the abduction and recruitment of children as soldiers and sex slaves.In its statement on 22 December the Council called on the group to immediately sign a previously negotiated peace accord, condemning the repeated failure of LRA leader Joseph Kony to do so. The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Mr. Kony and two other LRA leaders, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen, in 2005 on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and enlistment of children through abduction. read more

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GOP blameathon over health bill crash but no clear path

WASHINGTON – The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident pathway forward on an issue that won’t go away.In an astonishing cliff-hanger, the GOP-run Senate voted 51-49 to reject Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s last ditch attempt to sustain their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul with a starkly trimmed-down bill. The vote, which concluded shortly before 2 a.m. EDT, was a blistering defeat for President Donald Trump and McConnell, R-Ky., who’ve made uprooting the statute a top priority.“They should have approved health care last night,” Trump said Friday during a speech in Brentwood, New York. “But you can’t have everything,” he added, seemingly shrugging off one of his biggest legislative setbacks.Trump reiterated his threat to “let Obamacare implode,” an outcome he could hasten by steps like halting federal payments to help insurers reduce out-of-pocket costs for lower-earning consumers.Senate Democrats were joined in opposition by three Republicans — Maine’s Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Arizona’s John McCain. The 80-year-old McCain, just diagnosed with brain cancer, had returned to the Capitol three days earlier to provide a vote that temporarily kept the measure alive, only to deliver the coup de grace Friday.“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down,” Trump tweeted Friday. He tweeted later that the Senate needed a rules change to “immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60,” even though on the crucial vote a simple majority of 51 votes, including a tie-breaker by Vice-President Mike Pence, was all that was needed.“Hello, he only needed 51 in the health care bill and couldn’t do it,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., helpfully reminded reporters.Earlier in the week, Republican defections sank two broad GOP efforts to scrap the 2010 law. One would have erased Obama’s statute and replaced it with a more constricted government health care role, and the other would have annulled the law and given Congress two years to replace it.The measure that fell Friday was narrower and included a repeal of Obama’s unpopular tax penalties on people who don’t buy policies and on employers who don’t offer coverage to workers. McConnell designed it as a legislative vehicle the Senate could approve and begin talks with the House on a compromise, final bill.But the week’s setbacks highlighted how, despite years of trying, GOP leaders haven’t resolved internal battles between conservatives seeking to erase Obama’s law and moderates leery of tossing millions of voters off of coverage.“It’s time to move on,” McConnell said after the defeat.Friday morning, House leaders resorted to singer Gordon Lightfoot to point fingers. They opened a House GOP meeting by playing “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” a ballad about the 1975 sinking of a freighter in Lake Superior. Lawmakers said leaders assured them it was meant as a reference to the Senate’s flop.The House approved its health care measure in May, after its own tribulations.In a statement, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pointedly said “the House delivered a bill.”He added, “I encourage the Senate to continue working toward a real solution that keeps our promise.”Conservative Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., running for a Senate seat, faulted McConnell for not crafting a plan that could pass. He said if McConnell abandons the health care drive, “he should resign from leadership.”One moderate Republican said Trump shared responsibility.“One of the failures was the president never laid out a plan or his core principles and never sold them to the American people,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. “Outsourced the whole issue to Congress.”In statements Friday, McCain said the Senate bill didn’t lower costs or improve care and called the chamber’s inability to craft wide-ranging legislation “inexcusable.” He said Democrats and Republicans should write a bill together and “stop the political gamesmanship.”Lawmakers spoke of two possible but difficult routes forward.In one, balking GOP senators could be won over by new proposals from leaders or cave under pressure from angry constituents demanding they fulfil the party’s pledge to tear down Obama’s law. But both of those dynamics have been in play all year without producing results.In the other, there would be a limited bipartisan effort to address the insurance market’s short-term concerns. That would provide money to insurers to help them subsidize some customers and prevent companies from driving up premiums or abandoning regions.Schumer said he hoped the two parties could “work together to make the system better” by stabilizing marketplaces.But many conservatives oppose such payments and consider them insurance industry bailouts, raising questions about whether Congress could approve such a package.McConnell said it was time for Democrats “to tell us what they have in mind.” But saying he was backed by most Republicans, he added, “Bailing out insurance companies, with no thought of any kind of reform, is not something I want to be part of.”____Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Stephen Ohlemacher contributed to this report. GOP blame-a-thon over health bill crash, but no clear path by Alan Fram And Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 6:55 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ther repeal “Obamacare” would impact the expansion of the Medicaid program. read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse loses in exhibition to Navy 1511 after late

Junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens (1) protects the net during a game against Navy Jan. 25 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU lost, 15-11.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has been living on the edge early in 2014.In both of its exhibition matches, OSU fell behind early, and even though the comeback was completed against Hill Academy Jan. 18, it was a different story Saturday against Navy.The Midshipmen, who finished 3-10 last season, took down the Buckeyes 15-11 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Navy got off to a flying start when senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan scooped up a ground ball on the opening face-off and scored 10 seconds into the game.Junior midfielder Jesse King tallied the first goal for OSU to tie the game, but the Midshipmen scored the next four to find themselves leading, 5-1, at the end of the first quarter.After extending their lead to 8-2 in the second quarter, King and the Buckeyes took advantage of Navy penalties to get back in the game.“We all move the ball really well,” King said. “We have a lot of the same guys from last year … I think it is just everyone being a threat and working together that makes our man-up really good.”OSU was able to cut the Midshipmen’s lead to 11-10 with just more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter after senior defenseman Darius Bowling registered an unassisted goal.But that was as close as the Buckeyes got as Navy went on to score four of the last five goals in the game to preserve the victory.OSU coach Nick Myers gave Navy credit for coming out of the gates quickly and putting pressure on the Buckeyes.“They got off to a great start on the very first face off,” Myers said. “We had five turnovers in the first quarter which really dug us into a hole.”The Buckeyes were led offensively by King, who totaled seven points on two goals and five assists, as well as senior attackman Adam Trombley and sophomore midfielder Charlie Schnider who both netted hat tricks in the contest.Sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who was third on the team last year in points with 43, has yet to dress for the Buckeyes in their exhibition games as he is recovering from an injury.Myers did not give specifics about Brown’s injury, but said the team will wait and see if Brown can play next week and has no doubt that he will make an impact offensively when he returns.“He is a little nicked up, so it is up to our medical staff,” Myers said. “Certainly, he will give us a little bit of a boost when he does get back in the lineup.”Buckeye senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the team has to learn from its mistakes in order to avoid a second consecutive loss when OSU takes on Robert Morris Saturday.“It’s just about continuing to work hard,” Meurer said. “We need to get in the film room and see what we are doing wrong in order to not make the same mistakes week after week.”The game against Robert Morris is set to start at noon Saturday and is the final time the Buckeyes take the field prior to starting regular season play at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9. read more

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Barminco partners with Immersive Technologies for underground mine training technology

first_imgBarminco has boosted training capacity and reinforced its approach to safety with the purchase of a UG360 Advanced Equipment Simulator from one of the mining industry’s leading simulator suppliers, Immersive Technologies. The acquisition includes a transportable UG360 simulator, three modular Conversion Kits® (equipment modules) and a virtual Custom Mine Site training environment. Barminco CEO Neil Warburton said the advanced operator training solution would support  Barminco’s ‘Safety First – Safety Foremost’ commitment to its employees and drive improvements in unscheduled maintenance costs and operator efficiencies.“This is a significant addition to our training capacity and we are looking forward to passing the benefits realised through this process onto our clients,” Warburton said. “Maintaining a high standard of training is vital for ensuring high safety standards across all of our projects. This is particularly important as we grow our presence in the international market and seek to maintain a strong position in the Australian market.”Immersive Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer Peter Salfinger said, “Immersive chose not to enter into the underground market until it was confident it could provide the industry’s best simulator solution. The UG360 achieves that goal and we look forward to helping Barminco achieve its business goals.”The sale to Barminco continues Immersive Technologies’ strong growth during 2010 which follows the company’s launch of its next generation product range, the PRO3 for surface mining and the UG360 for underground mining in August 2010.“We are pleased to see the level of positive interest from the mining industry to our new UG360 technology. In addition to partnering with Barminco, two underground mining customers in Australia have already acquired these simulators and have since incorporated them into their operator training programs. These include a leading copper miner in northern Queensland and large nickel producer in Western Australia. Globally, Immersive has a number of additional UG360 simulator deals underway”, Salfinger said.Immersive Technologies was appointed Barminco’s preferred supplier for simulation technology following a rigorous international tender. “Barminco demonstrated a commitment to partnering with their suppliers to develop and commercialise new technologies,” Salfinger said.In development for three years, the UG360 simulator is specifically designed for training in underground mining conditions and delivers the highest level of fidelity through advanced display, feedback and measurement systems intended to provide a trainee with maximum skills transfer in a safe learning environment.The first Conversion Kits® to be made available for the UG360 are a range of Caterpillar underground trucks and LHDs. The accuracy of these Conversion Kits® was made possible through Immersive Technologies’ exclusive technical information alliance with Caterpillar Inc. This sees CAT provide Immersive with access to its engineers and confidential technical information to develop the simulators.Barminco’s simulator will be commissioned in March 2011.last_img read more

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The most anticipated games of 2014

first_imgWITH THE LAUNCH of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One bookmarking the end of 2013, the next twelve months will see developers having the time to get to grips with each console and really making the most of them.On top of that, the PS3 and the Xbox 360 still have a lot of life left in them and let’s not forget about the Wii U, PS Vita and 3DS which will also see some great titles coming their way.Here’s a taster of what you can expect this year.South Park: The Stick Of TruthFor: PS3, Xbox 360 Release date: March 6th, 2014Attempts at bringing the irreverent yet topical humour of South Park into a videogame has been done before with limited success, but Ubisoft’s effort not only looks like a faithful adaptation of the series, but a lot of fun too. Despite it hitting numerous delays, fingers crossed it will arrive in March like planned. (Video: ubisoft/YouTube)Donkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeFor: Wii U Release date: February 2014Donkey Kong Country Returns was a great return to form for the series and the Wii U sequel hopes to continue that success. Tropical Freeze brings Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong into the mix, offering their own unique abilities, for more classic platforming action. (Video: NintendoAU/YouTube)The Waking Dead – Season 2 For: Windows, PSN, Xbox Live, iOS, PS Vita Release date: Episode 1 out now, episode 2 – 5 TBAWhile the first episode of season two came out just before Christmas, it has set the standard for what could be another gripping season.The first season was videogame storytelling at its finest and season two looks like it could easily surpass that with it switching the focus from Lee Everett to the eleven year old Clementine adds an element of vulnerability that will make future episodes tense. (Video: TelltaleGames/YouTube)Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII For: PS3, Xbox 360 Release date: February 2014Final Fantasy XIII got a mostly mixed reaction when it came out, but it is responsible for one of the more iconic characters from the series. Taking control of FF XIII’s protagonist Lightning, the game features an improved battle system and an open-world from the start, allowing the freedom that previous games didn’t offer. (Video: PlayStation/YouTube)Super Smash BrosFor: Wii U, 3DS Release date: TBA 2014Super Smash Bros has always been a reliable first-party title for Nintendo so it’s no surprise that the manic fighting series is making its way to both Wii U and the 3DS. New characters such as Mega Man and Animal Crossing Villager will be making an appearance so expect the same frantic gameplay previous versions offered. (Video: Super Smash Bros./YouTube)The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt For: PS4, Xbox One, Windows Release date: TBA Q2The fantasy RPG series plans to finish with a bang with a very ambitious sequel. Not only is it presenting a world that’s 35 times larger than the one in The Witcher 2, it’s also offering a non-linear experience which means quests can be completed in any order, allowing as much choice as possible. If it lives up to its promise, it could easily be the game of the year. (Video: WitcherGame/YouTube)Yoshi’s New Island For: 3DS Release date: Q2 2014Anyone who’s played the SNES’ Yoshi’s Island will attest to it being one of the best games on the platform. Yoshi’s New Island will continue the crayon styled artwork as you guide Yoshi and baby Mario across each world. (Video: Nintendo/YouTube)The Sims 4 For: Windows, Mac Release date: Q3/4 2014Not a lot has been revealed about the latest edition of the Sims, except for a greater focus on emotions, but it would be foolish to assume it won’t be as addictive and as obsessive as its predecessors.(Video: TheSims/YouTube)Dark Souls II For: PS3, Xbox 360, Windows Release date: March 14th, 2014One of the most unforgiving games ever created, Dark Souls’ managed to be an engrossing and rewarding game. For those worried that it might ease up on the difficulty, Namco Bandai has assured fans that the sequel will be “viciously hard” so no worries there. (Video: IGN/YouTube)ThiefFor: Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneRelease date: February 2014Older PC gamers may remember the first-person stealth game Thief: The Dark Project and its sequels. For those unfamiliar with it, Thief is set in a fantasy Victorian steampunk world where master thief Garrett returns to the city where he made his trade.This time, it’s Eidos-Montreal taking the reigns so it remains to be seen whether they can recreate the magic that made Looking Glass Studio’s efforts so popular. (Video: ThiefVideoGame/YouTube)Metal Gear Solid V: Ground ZeroesFor: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneRelease date: Q2 2014Ground Zeroes builds upon the foundations set by the PSP’s Peace Walker, but what separates it from other installments is the promise of an open-world, allowing you to approach missions as you see fit. (Video: IGN/YouTube)Titanfall For: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One Release date: March 2014A online multiplayer first-person shooter, Titanfall offers more than it appears with parkour, jet packs, and mechs for you to hijack and control featuring in it. The response to the game has been overwhelmingly positive and big things expected from it when it hits stores in March. (Video: Official EA UK/YouTube)Read: 15 free games to play when you’re feeling bored >Read: 26 of the best smartphone apps from 2013 >last_img read more

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La pollution atmosphérique atteint un record inquiétant en Chine

first_imgLa pollution atmosphérique atteint un record inquiétant en ChineL’air irrespirable de certaines villes chinoises fait monter les tensions des habitants et pollue le climat politique. Les médias officiels eux-mêmes exigent des autorités davantage de transparence en critiquant ouvertement les excès du rythme de développement actuel du pays.L’irritation contre la pollution atmosphérique s’exprime de plus en plus ouvertement en Chine. Il faut dire que les autorités ont du mal à masquer l’épais brouillard de particules nocives qui, ce week-end encore, enveloppait le nord et l’est de la Chine. Ce brouillard était tellement dense que la visibilité n’était plus que de 100 mètres dans certaines régions. Il a d’ailleurs affecté les transports routiers et entraîné des annulations de vols dans les aéroports. A Pékin, où circulent quotidiennement plus de cinq millions de véhicules, ainsi que dans plus d’une trentaine de métropoles, les habitants ont été incités à rester chez eux et à éviter les exercices physiques. Lundi, la télévision d’Etat CCTV continuait à conseiller de ne pas utiliser de bicyclette dans la capitale et la population s’est jetée sur les masques filtrants (à la Bourse de Shanghai, le cours de l’action de la société Shanghai Dragon, qui fabrique des masques, a bondi de 10%, soit le maximum autorisé).Selon le centre de surveillance de l’environnement de Pékin, la densité de particules de 2,5 microns de diamètre (PM 2,5), les plus dangereuses, a dépassé dans certaines zones les 993 microgrammes par mètre cube, soit 40 fois le seuil préconisé par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Rappelons que les PM 2,5 peuvent pénétrer jusqu’aux alvéoles pulmonaires et migrer dans le sang. Urbaniser sans compromettre l’environnement Ainsi, même les journaux sous la coupe du Parti communiste chinois commencent à souligner ce point noir et un article titrait dans le Quotidien du Peuple : “Edifier une belle Chine commence par respirer de façon saine”. Pour le journal China Daily, cité par l’AFP, engager le débat sur la pollution atmosphérique est “salutaire”. Dans son éditorial, le quotidien estimait en effet qu’”en plein processus d’urbanisation rapide, il est urgent pour la Chine de réfléchir à comment mener ce processus sans que la qualité de vie urbaine soit compromise par un environnement de pire en pire”.La Chine doit sérieusement et rapidement se poser ce type de question car elle possède de nombreuses industries extrêmement polluantes qui tournent à plein régime. Ajouté à cela son trafic routier en constante expansion, les 70% d’énergie qu’elle consomme issus de la combustion du charbon et son laxisme pour protéger les écosystèmes, il y a de quoi s’inquiéter. En effet, la Chine est aujourd’hui la deuxième économie mondiale et le premier émetteur mondial de gaz à effet de serre.Les journaux appellent à la franchise À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Si nous continuons avec ce mode de développement sans l’ajuster, les dommages à long terme seront graves”, a souligné le journal Global Times. “La pollution s’accumule en Chine” et “le problème s’aggrave”, estime le quotidien. Pour lui, les autorités chinoises doivent “publier des données environnementales en toute franchise” et cesser de sous-estimer ou de cacher à dessein la gravité de la pollution atmosphérique dans les zones urbaines. “Le choix entre le développement et la protection de l’environnement devrait s’exercer selon des méthodes vraiment démocratiques”, a ainsi conclu le Global Times.Le 15 janvier 2013 à 15:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Scientists Discover And Climb Worlds Tallest Tropical Tree

first_img Scientists have announced the discovery of the world’s tallest tropical tree — a 330.7-foot giant yellow meranti tree (Shorea faguetiana) in the forests of Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. The tree is so tall that if it were laid along the ground, it would be longer than a soccer field.A team led by the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford, working with the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP), found the tree growing in the Danum Valley Conservation Area, known as the center of one of the best protected, and least disturbed, tracts of lowland rainforest left in South East Asia.AWESOME! First-ever 100-meter tropical tree discovered – the world’s tallest known flowering plant- has been located, climbed & measured in Sabah, Malaysia. Read more on our website https://t.co/DJlJ60qR6h pic.twitter.com/0TfLokshuA— SEARRP (@SEARRP) April 4, 2019The tree, nicknamed “Menara” (Malaysian for “tower”), was originally detected in 2018 after scientists laser-scanned the forest from an airplane. But in order to verify its height, someone had to climb the tree and measure it by hand with a tape measure, the National Geographic reported. The task fell to a team of tree-climbing experts from SEARRP, led by Field Manager Jamiluddin (Unding) Jami.“The new tree is all by itself, high above the tallest canopy trees, in a small, steep hollow,” Jami told National Geographic. “The science team thinks its record height is due to the hollow providing damp soils and a ridge nearby that offers wind protection. Current theories on the amount of wind stress that trees can withstand, and how far they can pump water and sugars up to their crowns, leads the team to believe that Menara is close to the maximum possible height for an Angiosperm anywhere on Earth currently.”Scientists estimate that Menara, the record-breaking tree weighs 81,500 kilograms (179,676 pounds), or more than the maximum takeoff weight of a Boeing 737-800, excluding roots. The team told the National Geographic its possible an even taller tree is still waiting to be found in the region.The 330.7-foot giant yellow meranti tree (Shorea faguetiana), located in Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, is so tall that if it were laid along the ground, it would be longer than a soccer field. (Photo Credit: Unding Jami)According to the National Geographic, the giant yellow meranti tree is so large that it can contain its own ecosystem consisting of over 1,000 types of insects, fungi, and plants.To climb and measure Menara, Jami’s team used a system called rope walking. “A rope is catapulted over a lower branch and tied off to a nearby anchor tree. Then we use a harness and one directional ascenders to walk up the rope, step by step, like you’re climbing the stairs,” Jami said. “You hook the tape measure onto your harness and climb and check the measurement when you get to the top and try not to drop the tape! It’s not easy. At 80 meters up you’re by yourself in the canopy. You can’t hear [anyone] on the ground anymore. So, we text each other instead.”The yellow merlanti tree is highly endangered and is included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. According to National Geographic, Sabah’s primary rainforest is under protection, but yellow meranti felling still goes on elsewhere in Borneo, often to make molds for pouring concrete and cheap plywood.More on Geek.com:Throw Shade at Climate Change By Planting More TreesWorld’s Longest Salt Cave Discovered in IsraelGeo-Radar Detects Viking Ship Buried Underground in Norway Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Stay on targetlast_img read more

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We came to Chelsea to try and win says Silva

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva says his team went into Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge with the intention of winning the game as they held Chelsea to a goalless draw.Silva was proud of his team’s defensive organization but insisted they played to win the match.Chelsea’s 15 shots failed to find the net as Marcos Alonso hit the post and Alvaro Morata’s goal was ruled out for offside as the game ended goalless.Silva told Sky Sports: “We can grow like we want to grow as a team and we can challenge when we play this type of match.“We had one goal. We came here to try to win the match.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We know they are strong and they can create problems and the first half was amazing because we showed everything; organization, good shape, team spirit, a fantastic attitude and belief in ourselves.“We knew before the match it would be difficult to play here. We planned to come here to challenge them and I think this is the first time they didn’t score one goal in one match this season.”last_img read more

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Minister of Agriculture Conducts Site Visits of Fish Fry Canine Control Unit

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Nassau – The Hon. Renward Wells, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources conducted site visits and was briefed on conditions, improvements and staff concerns at Arawak Cay Heritage Site/Fish Fry, the Canine Control Unit, Chippingham, and the Abattoir, Farrington Road.He is pictured with his team on a guided tour of the Animal Control Unit headed by Dr. Godfrey Springer Chief Veterinarian Officer, and on tour by Dr. Maurice Isaacs, officer in charge of the Abattoir, August 25, 2017.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)BIS Press Release Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Rider shot after stepping off MiamiDade Transit bus on Busway stop

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a male victim to the hospital after, his family said, he was shot near a Miami-Dade Transit bus at a Busway stop in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting near Southwest 272nd Street, just after 12:15 p.m., Sunday.The victim’s mother said he was heading to work and had stepped off a bus when he was shot in the arm.Paramedics transported the victim to an area hospital. His mother said he is listed in stable condition and will need to undergo surgery.7News cameras captured detectives speaking to the bus driver and collecting the victim’s bloodstained shirt.Investigators have not provided further information as to what may have caused the shooting.The victim’s mother said it’s unclear whether or not her son was hit by a stray bullet. last_img read more

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Sudden spurt in the land cost in Jammalamadugu

first_imgKadapa: Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy announcement on Kadapa steel plant triggered wild speculations leading to sudden spurt in real estate values in Jammalamandal. According to the sources one acre of land which costs Rs 7 to 10lakhs till before the chief minister announcement abnormally rose 10 times than old tariff that is each acre present costs Rs 1crores despite there was no clarity in allocating Rs 250crores for proposed unit. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has officially announced that he would be laid foundation stone for establishment of steel plant on 26th January 2020 and see it will start functioning within three years of laying foundation for proposed unit. It may be recalled that with the aim of providing direct and indirect employment to around 1.25lakh people, the steel plant was proposed to establish in Kadapa district. The central government aimed to produce 3lakh tones of steel per year by spending total Rs 10,000 crores in four phases as Rs 2,500 crores in each phase. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The state government prepared to provide 2,000 acres of government land in Mylavaram mandal as there was availability of infrastructure facilities like water, rail, road connectivity, and sufficient availability of iron ore from Obulapuram of Ananthapur district. After intervention of vice president M.Venkaiah Naidu in to the issue in view of speed the works central government has adopted a high level committee headed by the Joint Secretary of Central Mining Department, AP Mining Secretary B.Sridhar, APMDC MD Venkaiah Chowdary, representatives from MECON Advisory Organization as they have visited Mylavaram mandal expressed satisfaction over feasibilities. Advertise With Us However following widening of political gap between BJP and TDP the central government has taken sudden ‘U’ turn over establishment of steel plant leads TDP Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh launched an 11 day indefinite fast later state government has decided to established the unit of its own as the then chief minister N.Chandra Babu Naidu laid foundation for Rayala Seema Steel Corporation (RSSC) at Kambala Dinne village before 2019 general elections. After YS Jagan Mohan Reddy become chief minister the issue again highlighted as YSR Congress government keen on completing project leads once again sudden spurt in the land cost like his father late YS Rajasekhar Reddy laid the foundation stone for Brahmani steel on 10th June 2007.last_img read more

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Lightning strikes kill 3 in 2 dists

first_imgFile photo of LightningThree people were killed and two others injured in lightning strikes in Bagerhat and Satkhira districts on Sunday, reports UNB.In Bagerhat’s Sarankhola upazila, three farmers were struck by the lightning around 12:00pm when they were working in a paddy field. Two were killed on the spot and another was injured.The deceased Md Kalam Gazi, 55, is of Ultarpara village in Sarankhola upazila and Aminul Islam Khan, 35, of Khejubaria village of the same upazila.Officer-in-charge of Sarankhola police station Dilip Kumar Sarkar said the injured was taken to a local hospital.In Satkhira, Subhasi Munda, 65, of Bhetkhali village in Shyamnagar upazila, was killed and another injured being hit by a lightning strike while fishing at Bhetkhali village in Shyamnagar upazila.The injured was rushed to Shyamnagar Health Complexlast_img read more

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Destination Brisbane

first_imgThe upcoming G-20 Heads of State meeting in Brisbane, Australia in mid-November is being convened when urgent policy actions from major economies, advanced and emerging, call for coordinated and focused approach to get the world economy out of the anemic recovery. Latest economic data from global financial institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, OECD and the WTO do not inspire hope that economic growth can pick up pace and verve to allay the jittery nerves of policymakers, planners and political leaders who have a lot of stake in the faster and decisive recovery of the global economy. Also Read – Syrian army suspends ‘Aleppo fighting’There is a distinct lack of sustained demand to drive growth the world over that dodges every economy, though massive amounts of countercyclical steps in the form of injection of liquidity through monetary easing with attendant ultra low interest rates in rich countries and fiscal stimulus in emerging economies and tax concessions to stoke demand continue unabated for quite a long time since 2008 when the global financial crisis struck like a tsunami. Also Read – Alarming seismic activityIn fact, the G-20 was set up as a coordinated response by global community to the global financial crisis. That crisis underscored the inadequacies of the extant institutional arrangements such as the IMF, touted to be the lender of the last resort, when major financial crisis abruptly broke out in one major epicenter but spread its octopus-like tentacles to the rest of the universe through fast and fraught transmission effects. That is why post-crisis, leaders of G-20 including India at the highest level meet once a year regularly to take stock of the situation and evolve a coordinated policy response. So beginning in Washington in 2008, the G-20 conclave was held subsequently in London, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Seoul, Cannes(France), Los Cabos (Mexico) and St Petersburg every year and this year the G-20 leaders including India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will gather together for two days on November 15-16 in Brisbane, the capital city of picturesque Queensland, Australia. Canberra has already stated that building on the St. Petersburg summit, it is easier to structure leaders’ discussions around the key themes of promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes, making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks and to maintaining a tight focus on practical results that would lift growth, boost participation, create jobs and build resilience of the global economy. In preparing a ‘Brisbane Action Plan’, Australia has contended that these growth strategies would need to include ‘practical actions to improve productivity and competitiveness, strengthen investment in infrastructure, encourage trade, make it easier to do business and boost employment’. At September 2014 meeting of G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Cairns in which India’s Minister of State for Finance Mrs. Nirmala Sitaraman and RBI Governor Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan took part as the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley was indisposed,  the leaders discussed the agenda of the G-20 summit. The IMF and OECD reckoned that the new growth strategies of G-20 members collectively would deliver two per cent increase in global GDP over five years. This would imply $2 trillion to the global economy and millions of new jobs.  The host has already made it amply clear that its priority for Brisbane Summit is to link development actions to growth, by creating the conditions for developing and emerging economies to attract infrastructure investment, by reinforcing tax systems and by improving access to financial services. Canberra promised that its Presidency of G-20 would make it a priority to complete financial reforms in four principal areas directly related to the causes of the crisis, viz., building the resilience of banks, helping prevent and managing the failure of globally important financial institutions, making derivative markets safer and improving oversight of the shadow banking sector. For India, this is a key issue as a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) with FSB members under the G-20 umbrella having committed to adopt the maintenance of financial stability. Hence it already sought IMF/World Bank to conduct their joint Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP) a couple of years ago. The mission worked in concert with RBI, the Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (IRDA), the Stock Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) and the Ministry of Finance. One of the FSAP reports—Financial Stability Assessment Update—on India was published by IMF in 2013. In hailing the comprehensive review recognizing that the Indian banking system remained largely stable on account of tightly controlled regulatory and supervisory regime by RBI, the assessment found gaps and constraints in the implementation of regulatory and supervisory framework. It however hastened to note that RBI has been striving to address these gaps and even when the RBI lacks de jure independence, there has been no de facto interference from the government. But this is a refreshing and qualified plaudit from a neutral observer, though the country’s apex bank is now fighting a losing battle to keep its inflation-setting function unhampered from interference by the Finance Ministry!It was also agreed on measures to stabilize the global financial system by looking forward to the challenges and getting on with the job of implementing the priorities of the FSB.  There have also been some major initiatives to be delivered on in relation to the base erosion, profit shifting and international tax. In sum, as the leaders of the world’s most powerful 20 economies gather in Brisbane when at the end Turkey will assume the next year’s Presidency, there would be seamless continuity ‘in delivering our goals, in relation to the FSB priorities, in relation to the growth target of 2 per cent, in relation to the taxation initiatives and in relation to infrastructure and closer partnerships with the private sector’, according to Mr. Hockey.  In sum, as India’s Prime Minister Mr. Modi visits Down Under with a renewed remit to his growing popularity, the world awaits his interaction with global stalwarts in setting policy agenda and taking them up for implementation back home to crank up India’s economic growth, analysts say.last_img read more

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Heres Our Best Look Yet at Apple Arcade

first_imgApple Arcade is likely just about a month from its launch, but the folks over at 9to5Mac have some new details, now that Apple employees are testing the game-streaming service.According to 9to5Mac, Apple has been testing Arcade internally, allowing its employees to get one month free and pay just 49 cents per month for access to the game-streaming service.When they boot up the service, a splash page appears, allowing them to see some of the recently featured games. It also has a sidebar that can help them find games they want to play and see titles that they otherwise wouldn’t search for.Once users find a game they want to play, they can click the “Get” option and download the title from the App Store. While 9to5Mac didn’t provide too much detail on the games, Apple’s Arcade service still says that there will be more than 100 titles available at launch — a claim the company made in March at the service’s unveiling. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: A 6.8-inch BeastThe Galaxy Note 10 Plus sports a gorgeous display, long battery life and new S Pen tricks, but its cameras could be better.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 Launch03:16OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0005:3005:30 Additionally, 9to5Mac learned some information on three games on the service, including Way of the Turtle, which lets you play as a turtle to defeat enemies, Down in Bermuda, a game that lets you play as a character named Milton who’s traveling across the Atlantic Ocean for a quest, and Hot Lava, a first-person game that’s set in a lava-filled environment.Beyond that, however, no real answers emerged from 9to5Mac’s testing. The site didn’t say how well the service performed and there’s still no indication of how much it’ll cost when Arcade launches.However, considering Apple Arcade is up and running and Apple employees are now testing it, there’s a good chance that we’ll see something about it at the press event Apple may have planned for Sept. 10, where it’s expected to unveil new iPhones. Apple is only charging 49 cents per month for Arcade to its employees. We don’t know yet what it’ll charge public customers. Look for more on Apple Arcade in the coming weeks as we inch closer to its launch.last_img read more

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Blood Wedding García Lorca tragedy opens at Teatro Espressivo

first_img“Blood Wedding” is grim, but it relates classic Iberian themes, such as family, fidelity, and vengeance. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)Like its title, “Blood Wedding” is morose: rest assured that everything ends in tragedy. But the 1933 script, written by poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, is also a classic of Spanish literature, covering such Iberian themes as family, fidelity, and vengeance. This month, Teatro Espressivo brings Lorca’s story to life, paying homage to the martyred dramatist.Set in rural Spain in the first part of the 20th century, “Blood Wedding” concerns a love triangle between an unnamed bride, an unnamed groom, and a seductive interloper named Leonardo Felix. The bride once had a fling with Leonardo, who has since married another woman, and the groom is jealous. More awkward still, the Felix family murdered the groom’s father. If you’re hoping that “Blood Wedding” is a tale of happy reconciliation, think again. Indeed, “Death” is an actual character, represented by an actor onstage.Teatro Espressivo enjoyed enormous success with its production of Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits,” which was revived in January, and “Blood Wedding” is another revered Spanish-language work. García Lorca was among the most acclaimed writers of his era, and although no one knows his precise fate, most people assume that the dedicated socialist was executed by fascists in 1936.“When you understand Lorca’s play,” said director José Pablo Umaña, “you should see it as this other kind of passion, which may include sexuality, but it’s more the passion that motivates us to do something, even if there exists an apparent reason not to do it.”While most of the characters are nameless and the narrative is told in a folkloric way, “Blood Wedding” has a good share of meaty roles and a morally ambiguous ending that should provoke a lot of conversation on the car ride home.“We can discover Lorca’s position regarding [violence], which men are obliged to use and lead to death,” said actress Maria Bonilla, who plays the groom’s long-suffering mother. “We see that even today – there are wars, and generations of young people continue to die. We see unrequited love, the social demands that have to be punished and condemned. Love always seeks and finds an outlet. In the case of this writer, that way or outlet is death.”“Bodas de Sangre” performs through March 29 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m. 7,500-10,000 ($15-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Valentine’s Day, lyrical boleros, and other happenings around Costa Rica French film, art walks, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Police officer shows a mothers touchPolice officer shows a mothers touch

first_imgPolice officers are usually on the lookout for suspicious behaviour signalling criminal activity, but don’t forget that they have a heart too.This was evidenced on a cold winter’s morning last week, when Captain Shange from the Ladysmith Community Service Centre (CSC) was on patrol in the Umbulwane area. Her eyes caught sight of three young boys on their way to school. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The youngsters had the bare minimum on and seemed to be feeling very cold. Being a mother, Capt Shange immediately felt sorry for them and gave the children a lift to school.She used this opportunity to jot down the youngsters’ particulars. Once back at the police station, she offered other officers the opportunity to help the children as well. She wasted no time in going out and buying warm items for the boys.She then put together a parcel of other items that were given by personnel from Ladysmith police station and went out with officers from Ladysmith Corporate Communications to Sidingulwazi Primary School, where the items were handed over to the three surprised and delighted boys.last_img read more

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First Fiji Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft to Arrive on December

first_imgFiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline has today confirmed that its first brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 will arrive home on Monday, 3rd December.The new MAX 8 aircraft is registered as DQ-FAB and named Island of Kadavu, a name currently held by the Boeing 737-800NG it will replace in the Fiji Airways fleet.The new MAX 8s will offer our Fiji Airways guests superior customer comfort and amenities with modern interiors, personal entertainment screens reduced cabin noise, better lighting and more overhead cabin space.The post First Fiji Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft to Arrive on December 3rd appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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One statbased projection system believes the Seat

first_img One stat-based projection system believes the Seattle Seahawks are the best team in the NFC West, but that doesn’t mean Pete Carroll and company will end up with the best record.Football Outsiders released their early division-by-division projections for the 2016 season, and two key schedule quirks — one in New England of all places — could help the Arizona Cardinals win their division.The first one is only a problem if we’re correct about Aaron Rodgers returning to greatness: Arizona’s first-place finish last year means the Cardinals go to Minnesota while Seattle has to travel to Green Bay. The second one will require federal court intervention to help the Seahawks: Arizona opens the season at home against the Jimmy Garoppolo-led Patriots while Seattle has to go to Foxborough to play the Patriots with Brady in Week 10.That would be a reference to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his Deflategate suspension to begin 2016. Brady’s suspension, should it stand, could be the difference for the Cardinals, who are projected in this exercise to finish the year with a 12-4 record, a full game ahead of the Seahawks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Here is a look at the entire NFC West, as predicted by Football Outsiders’ DVOA statistics, which “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.”1. Arizona Cardinals: 12-4 (12.0 mean wins, SOS: 18)2. Seattle Seahawks: 11-5 (11.2 mean wins, SOS: 3)3. Los Angeles Rams: 7-9 (7.2 mean wins, SOS: 5)4. San Francisco 49ers: 4-12 (3.9 mean wins, SOS: 1) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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