India’s Rich Fancy These Foreign Destinations

first_imgIn India, there is no dearth of wealth and the proof of this is the growing number of wealthy Indians. A common trend amid high net-worth individuals (HNWI) in India is that they find the opportunity to live or do business abroad very attractive.Read it at Money Control Related Itemslast_img

Pumaren sets the tone for the Warriors with ‘swaggy’ get up

first_imgOne player, though, who encouraged Pumaren, who had clearly surpassed the half-century mark, is UE star Alvin Pasaol.“Manong is not getting any younger so I’ve been telling him to dress that way so he’ll feel younger,” said Pasaol with a laugh.And Pumaren doesn’t mind that he had become UAAP’s walking “outfit of the day.”“We need to have that swag as we close the season, and if I have to set the tone for that swag,” said Pumaren laughing.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Put simply, Pumaren is now “Millennial Manong.”And that sudden change is his own initiative of being closer to his players who apparently dress a little simpler than him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This change is for my players, because I told them after our game against UST [University of Santo Tomas] that this would be the start of our season,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena when the Red Warriors lost 99-78 to La Salle.UE was 0-6 prior to facing UST at the end of the first round and it was against the Growling Tigers the Red Warriors won their first game. They are now at 3-8 and still mathematically in contention for a Final Four spot. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is no longer a simple “manong,” for he is now undisputed fashion icon of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.“Manong” Pumaren had done away with the simple buttoned-up red shirt of UE paired with slacks and loafers and now regularly sports adidas NMDs, printed t-shirts, an open polo, and that now trademark grey hoodie.ADVERTISEMENT Durham on Game 7: This is why I came back Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

2012 Ducati Monster 795 launched in India

first_imgItalian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati launched the Monster 795 in India. The bike costs Rs. 6.99 lakh, say reports.Ducati has ditched single-sided swingarm and gone in for a conventional double-sided swingarm for the 795 to cut costs. Other changes include the lower, smaller, 696 trellis frame and its components, three-spoke alloys from the 696 and a steel handlebar sourced from India itself.The Monster 795 uses the 803cc, 90-degree V-twin, air-cooled engine found on the Monster 796, say reports. Power and torque figures are 87PS at 8250rpm and 78Nm at 6250rpm.Just like every Ducati, the 795’s ECU is programmed to cut fuel supply instantly whenever it detects high revs at low speeds. The Monster 795 comes with a six-speed gearbox. The 795 achieved the 0-100kmph feat in a mere 4.27 seconds. Top speed is over 200 kmph.The Monster has twin 320mm Brembo discs up front. It sports 43mm, upside-down Marzocchi forks at the front and the preload and rebound adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear wheel.Seating position is lower on the 795, with saddle height lower than the 796 by 30mm, apart from the handlebar sitting 20mm lower.The Monster sports an all-digital dash incorporating a speedometer, tachometer, tripmeter, clock, maintenance warning, oil temperature, fuel tripmeter, lap time recorder, warning light for low oil pressure, low fuel light, shift light and immobiliser apart from the usual tell-tale lights.The system is also ready for connecting to the optional DDA (Ducati Data Analyser) system.last_img read more

Say goodbye to cricket: Qadir to Afridi

first_imgKarachi, May 6 (PTI) Former leg-spin great, Abdul Qadir has advised flamboyant Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi to say goodbye to cricket and slammed Umar Akmal, saying he lost his place in the national team because of his own mistakes. Qadir, known for his candid comments, said at a function in Lahore that Afridi had aged and was no longer fit for top level cricket. “I dont think cricket is any longer the forte of Afridi and he should say goodbye,” Qadir said. He also didnt mince any words on the exclusion of batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and his son-in-law Umar Akmal from the list of probables for the tour to England. “To me Shehzad is simply more of an actor than a cricketer while Umar Akmal has lost his place in the team because of his own mistakes,” he added. Umar, who is married to Qadirs daughter, has in recent months been at the centre of controversies raising questions over his commitment to the game. Qadir also slammed the culture of favoritism and nepotism in Pakistan sports and cricket board. “This culture has destroyed the fabrics of our sports and particularly cricket. In every department in the Pakistan cricket board they are people who have been appointed because of favoritism and nepotism. Najam Sethi who heads the executive committee also came in because of the prime minister,” Qadir said. He said the PCB was wasting its time searching for a foreign coach and should instead appoint a local coach. “And if they still want to have a foreign coach I dont think there is a better choice than the West Indian great, Sir Viv Richards who is also interested himself in working with Pakistan cricket.” On the appointment of former captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector, the former Test spinner said he hoped he (Inzamam) had taken up the job after giving it lot of thought since there was a culture in the board which didnt allow people to work properly. “Many of former players have either declined to join this board or been wasted and this is because they are not allowed to work properly and honestly,” he said. PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

How Messi the Puma turned Russian couple into Argentine fans

first_imgBarely 20 months ago a Russian couple was oblivious of the basic rules of soccer. Now they are ardent fans and the transformation can only be attributed to Messi — not Argentina’s World Cup captain but a pet puma.Messi, a two-year-eight-month-old cougar, lives with Maria and Aleksandr Dmitriev in a one-bedroom apartment in the Russian city of Penza, not in a very different environment from any other pet cat or a dog in the country.Maria, 28, and the 38-year-old Aleksandr are both psychologists by education and fell in love at first sight of Messi at the Penza zoo when he was a sickly eight-month old cub.He was one of three Puma cubs born at Saransk zoo who were named after famous international players — Suarez and Neymar were the others — to celebrate the Russian city hosting four matches in the group stages of the World Cup. Messi was sold to the Penza zoo when he was three months old.”We are not soccer fans… we didn’t even know soccer rules,” Aleksandr told Reuters, while stroking the puma.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”But since Saransk named this cat after Lionel Messi, we, who were entirely indifferent about soccer, cheer for Argentina team simply because of our Messi.”The Dmitrievs already had a sphynx cat named Kira but Aleksandr always wanted a big cat and they decided to bring Messi home after offering a high price to the zoo authorities. The two cats, however, don’t get along and have clearly demarcated areas in the apartment.advertisementFIXTURES | POINTS TABLEMessi was smaller than a normal puma due to his early health problems and needed a lot of medical attention and care. The Dmitrievs took their parenthood seriously.ORDINARY CATThey have converted their hallway into Messi’s den which has a tree in the corner and a hiding hole while the walls are made from bamboo to act as scratching posts. They have also set up a mirrored wall on which Messi watches his reflection while strolling in the hallway. But Messi’s favourite pastime is climbing on the toilet window and staring out of it at the vast grassland surrounding the apartment.”He is just an ordinary cat, but a big one. He has all the habits of a cat,” said Aleksandr, with Messi in tow during an evening stroll.Like any other cat, Messi loves playing with soft toys and also has a miniature soccer ball in his possession, which was gifted to him by a Brazilian journalist.While his passing and dribbling skills are not as mesmerising as those of his namesake, Messi likes playing with the ball, which doubles up as an object to bite.He is already a social media sensation with his Youtube videos being watched by thousands while his Instagram account has over 400,000 followers. Maria manages the social media accounts dedicated to the puma.”He does not realise that he is a star and, thank God, as stars usually have demands… He lives here without any special treatment. He eats what we eat, he sleeps where we sleep.”He does not demand a separate bed and he does not ask for royal shrimps for breakfast.”The Dmitrievs spend 20,000-40,000 roubles (roughly about $300-$600) every month on Messi’s food, which is raw meat, and have had to make a number of alterations to their personal and social life.PERSONAL LIFEOptions for holiday now only include destinations in driving distance although finding a hotel that will take him is problematic.Aleksandr, who works as a deputy manager at a local printing house, also cannot slip out for a drink with friends until after eight in the evening because he needs to take Messi for a walk.Messi currently responds to about 10 commands from Aleksandr but finding a wild animal handler to train him proved futile. A place was finally found at a dog training school where he picked up basic instructions with other canines.The Dmitrievs still have to deal with environmental and animal rights activists who want Messi to be shifted to a wildlife reserve or a sanctuary.But the owners believe he would not survive with other animals as he is not trained to live in the wild on his own.The Dmitrievs want to soon move to a bigger house and hope to add a leopard to their family to give Messi a playmate.last_img read more

a month ago​Arsenal boss Emery reveals new Gunners skipper

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery reveals new Gunners skipperby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal head coach Unai Emery has named Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka as the club’s new permanent captain, replacing Laurent Koscielny, who left for Bordeaux in the summer.Emery is still deliberating over a vice-captain, with forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang understood to be the leading contenders. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tourism Minister Projects 41,000 New Jobs by 2022

first_img In his speech, delivered by Regional Manager of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Dyer, at the Hyatt Hotels’ Eminence Staff Awards at the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in St. James on February 19, Mr. Bartlett said with the continued unprecedented growth in the sector, impending hotel construction and expansion of room stocks, thousands of employment opportunities will be created in the coming years. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will provide 41,000 new jobs by 2022.In his speech, delivered by Regional Manager of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Dyer, at the Hyatt Hotels’ Eminence Staff Awards at the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in St. James on February 19, Mr. Bartlett said with the continued unprecedented growth in the sector, impending hotel construction and expansion of room stocks, thousands of employment opportunities will be created in the coming years.“During the course of 2019, an additional 1,005 rooms are slated to come on stream. When you consider the ratio of 2.3 employees per room, that’s an additional 2,300 workers, and this number does not include people like your bar staff, pool and beach attendants and several other categories of workers,” the Minister added.Mr. Bartlett said that come 2020 and beyond, Jamaica will witness the largest growth in hotel rooms ever with the construction boom, pointing out that the expansion of current hotels and the construction of new ones will add another 18,157 rooms.“Using the average employee-to-room ratio, that’s another 41,000 jobs,” the Minister argued.In the meantime, Mr. Bartlett said the Government will continue its thrust to train Jamaicans to be able to capitalise on imminent employment opportunities.“We have partnered with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to have hospitality training in tertiary and high schools, and that’s why we have the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) to certify all categories of tourism workers. While we train for employment, I want to see Jamaicans benefiting more from tourism by taking control of the supply side of the industry. Jamaicans must invest in themselves by investing in the industry,” the Minister emphasised.The tourism industry directly employs over 117,000 Jamaicans, while generating indirect jobs for another 250,000 Jamaicans. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will provide 41,000 new jobs by 2022.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Nova Scotia Come to life Welcomes 300th Charter Member

first_imgNorth America’s first chamber of commerce has become a charter member of Nova Scotia “Come to life”. The addition of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce means the initiative now has the backing of more than 300 charter members. The Halifax Chamber of Commerce, along with 52 other businesses and associations signed the charter document today, Dec. 18, at a ceremony in Halifax. Charter members pledge to support the initiative and are ambassadors for Nova Scotia, telling the world about the advantages of living, working, learning and investing in the province. Premier Rodney MacDonald welcomed the new members. “Nova Scotia is such a great place to start or expand a business, to raise a family and to live a balanced life,” said Premier MacDonald. “Our charter members prove that you can have it all in this province, and they’re helping to spread the word.” The Halifax Chamber of Commerce helped organize the ceremony and acted as co-hosts. The chamber also recruited new charter members from their membership. “We believe in the power of working together,” said Kim West, Chair of the board of directors for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. “Nova Scotia “Come to life” offers a unified voice for the people, companies and associations in Nova Scotia and we are thrilled to be lending our voice to a growing choir.” In the last year, Nova Scotia “Come to life” has welcomed more than 200 new charter members. Together, the private sector and government are working under Nova Scotia “Come to life” to change the way people think about Nova Scotia. More information about the initiative and its charter members can be found at www.novascotialife.com .last_img read more

Government approves Boeings participation in upcoming fighter competition

first_imgOTTAWA – Boeing has been officially approved to participate in the multibillion-dollar competition to replace Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets — though the U.S. aerospace giant insists it still hasn’t decided whether it will actually bid.The federal government revealed on Thursday that Boeing, which makes the Super Hornet jet, was one of five companies approved as potential bidders in the upcoming competition to deliver 88 new fighters.Companies had been given until Feb. 9 to indicate whether they were interested in participating in the competition, which the government will formally launch early next year after several rounds of consultations with industry.But while Boeing will keep a seat at the table, company spokesman Scott Day said in a statement that there is no guarantee it will submit a formal bid for its Super Hornets when the time comes.“We will continue to evaluate our participation in the (fighter competition) as the government of Canada outlines the procurement approach, requirements and evaluation criteria,” Day said.“We continue to believe that the Super Hornet is the low-risk, low-cost approach and has all the advanced capabilities the Royal Canadian Air Force needs now and well into the future.”The other companies approved to participate are F-35 maker Lockheed Martin, French firm Dassault, Swedish jet maker Saab, and Airbus, which represents the European consortium Eurofighter.Boeing’s Super Hornet was once considered the front-runner to win the upcoming competition after the Liberals promised not to purchase the F-35 — a promise they have since backed away from — and moved to buy 18 “interim” Super Hornets.But that was before Boeing’s trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier saw the Liberals in November scrap their plan to buy Super Hornets and instead begin talks to buy 18 used fighter jets from Australia.The government also warned that companies deemed to be hurting Canada’s economic interests would be penalized when competing for military contracts — a new provision that many saw as a direct shot at Boeing over the Bombardier dispute.Exactly how that provision will operate still has to be worked out, as well as whether it would still apply to Boeing, since the U.S. International Trade Commission threw out the company’s complaint against Bombardier last month.Analysts had questioned the legality of such a provision and wondered how the government would account for the fact Boeing employs about 2,000 people in Canada and contributes around $4 billion to the economy each year.last_img read more

Pot shop raids highly unlikely on Wednesday head of police chiefs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Police departments across Canada are fully prepared for marijuana legalization on Wednesday, but there won’t be swift crackdowns on illegal pot shops or craft cannabis growers, says the head of the country’s police chiefs.Vancouver Chief Const. Adam Palmer, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said he hasn’t heard of any police departments planning raids of unlicensed dispensaries the day pot becomes legal.“I find it highly unlikely that anybody is going to be doing a big crackdown on Day 1,” he said at a news conference Monday.“Oct. 17 is going to come and then Oct. 18 and then Oct. 19, and you’re probably not going to see a whole big change with regard to what the police are doing or what anybody else is doing.”Police have faced questions about their readiness for this week’s historic change in law. Palmer acknowledged Canadians are entering “uncharted waters,” but noted officers have been policing drug-impaired drivers and illicit grow-ops for years.“I’m here to tell Canadians that the police are ready,” he said.Enforcement against unlicensed marijuana stores will primarily fall to provinces, which are using inspectors to levy fines as they do with illegal liquor sellers. However, Palmer says police and city officials will work with provinces on the issue.Provinces are also responsible for approving retail licences and their speed at doing so varies. Alberta will have 17 licensed stores selling weed on Wednesday, while B.C. will only have one and Ontario will have none.Dozens of illegal pot stores have operated for years in Vancouver, Victoria and other municipalities in B.C. Many are planning to scale back because they don’t want to jeopardize their chances of getting a provincial licence, Palmer said.Vancouver marijuana retailer Eggs Canna has slashed prices by 10 to 50 per cent to sell off its illegal stock. Its four stores will close at the end of the day Wednesday and won’t reopen until they hold licences, said Stefana Herman, a member of the chain’s corporate team.“We are trying to actually do this legally, cleanly and correctly,” she said.“I appreciate what the police chiefs are saying and I know that there are a lot of dispensaries in the city that are going to continue to actually stay open … without the appropriate business licences, but nobody else in the city gets to run that way.”Vancouver police have long chosen to avoid cracking down on illegal dispensaries unless they are suspected of organized crime connections or selling to minors. This is in contrast with Toronto police, which carried out sweeping raids of pot shops in 2016.Dispensaries found more underground ways to operate in Toronto and many accept that they will have to close until spring when Ontario launches its licence application portal, said Ian Dawkins, president of the Canadian Commerce Association of Canada.But in B.C., retail outlets are well-known in their communities and serve loyal customers who come in regularly, he said.“You’re talking about shutting down a cash-flowing, operating business with maybe a dozen employees. It’s a whole different ball of wax,” he said. “Should people close their doors? If they do, what if that puts them out of business?”Palmer said he’s not concerned about Canadians losing access to cannabis. Statistics Canada found 16 per cent of Canadians, or 4.6 million people, have consumed marijuana in the last three months, the chief noted.“So with millions of Canadians using an illicit drug supply for decades and decades in our country, when the law changes on the 17th you’re not going to see a big change overnight.”Some police agencies, including Vancouver and Ottawa, have decided against using the federally approved Drager DrugTest 5000 roadside device that tests saliva for the presence of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.But Palmer said there are 13,000 officers trained in standard field sobriety testing in Canada and that number is expected to rise to 20,000 in the next several years. In addition, there are 833 certified drug recognition experts and 500 more are expected to be trained in the coming years.He added police likely won’t focus on shutting down boutique grow-ops that are waiting for federal micro-cultivator licences, and instead will prioritize shutting down growers with alleged gang connections.Organized crime continues to be heavily involved in the whole drug market, including marijuana, he said.“We’re hoping that with the new laws and regulations that they will be able to eliminate them significantly.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Messi wins Ballon d’Or of the decade

Rabat – Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or of the decade, according to a poll conducted by international sports website Goal.The Barcelona forward received 39.7 percent of the votes, while the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo, had 29.4 percent.Former Arsenal player, Thierry Henry, finished in third place with 6.4 percent of the votes.The idea for the poll started when Germany’s coach Joachim Low suggested Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm deserved a Ballon d’Or for being the best player of the past decade, Goal then decided to ask their readers who they think deserved such an award. The other players featured in the poll are as following:4th) Andrea Pirlo 3.6%, 5th) Philipp Lahm 3.3%, 6th) Paul Scholes 2.5%, 7th) Steven Gerrard 2.3%, 8th) Zlatan Ibrahimovic 2.1%, 8th) Francesco Totti 2.1%, 10th) Frank Lampard 1.6%, 11th) others such as John Terry, Martin Demichelis, Luca Toni, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicklas Bendtner, etc. They had 1.5% of the votes.12th) Xavi 1.3%, 12th) Didier Drogba 1.3%, 14th) Wayne Rooney 1.1%, 15th) Arjen Robben 0.6%, 16th) Bastian Schweinsteiger 0.5%, 16th) Andres Iniesta 0.5% and 18th) Manuel Neuer 0.3%. read more

Basketball star Yao Ming becomes first UN Environmental Champion

9 August 2008The Olympic athlete and Chinese basketball star Yao Ming has become the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) first-ever Environment Champion, the agency announced today in Beijing. Mr. Yao will work with young people around the world to raise awareness about green issues and to try to inspire them to plant trees, use energy-efficient light bulbs, harvest rain water and personally advocate for a healthier environment, UNEP said in a press release.Mr. Yao has become a national icon in his homeland and carried the Chinese flag in last night’s opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, where he will compete. He also plays for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States.“I am delighted and greatly honoured to accept” the offer of UNEP, Mr. Yao said, pledging to “work with governments, the private sector and the public to promote good and effective management of our environment so we can preserve the planet for future generations.”Noting the joint efforts of the Beijing Olympics and UNEP, he called on the organizers of all major sports events to ensure they use public transport, build proper waste management systems and use greener forms of energy.“I sincerely believe small actions done by many over a long period of time can really bring about positive change. By doing a little now, we can avoid doing a lot later.”UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner welcomed Mr. Yao’s decision to become an Environment Champion.“As one of the most high-profile athletes in these Games and with a fan base of millions across the world, I am sure he can help us raise public awareness on the environment and climate change issues,” Mr. Steiner said. read more

Plight of conflictdisplaced children deserves greater attention says top UN official

14 October 2009A top United Nations official today urged that greater attention be given to the plight of internally displaced children, among the most vulnerable groups affected by armed conflict. “This is becoming an increasing issue around the world,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, told reporters ahead of the presentation of her annual report to the General Assembly. She noted that annexed to her report is the “rights and guarantees” which should be accorded to children who are among internally displaced persons (IDPs), including the right to education, the liberty of movement, the right to protection against sexual and gender-based violence and the right to basic services.Ms. Coomaraswamy also announced that she is sending Major-General Patrick Cammaert as her representative to Sri Lanka as soon as possible, and that the issue of IDP children “will be among the issues he will raise.” Last month the Special Representative voiced her concern to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council about the fate of internally displaced children who still remain in camps in the north of Sri Lanka following the end of the Government’s military operation against Tamil rebels. “We acknowledge the recent releases of some IDPs from the camps and hope that the others will also be allowed to leave if they wish to do so,” she told the Council. In her briefing to reporters, Ms. Coomaraswamy also welcomed the increased commitment of the international community to combat sexual violence in wartime through the adoption of Security Council resolutions 1882 in August and 1888 in September. She also highlighted a number of other issues contained in her report, including sexual violence against boys, juvenile justice protections – to ensure that children are not prosecuted for war crimes – and the successes with some countries in ending the practice of using child soldiers.In addition, she urged all countries to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child related to the recruitment and use of children, and announced the launch of a ratification campaign which will begin in 2010 towards this goal. read more

Spain doubles aid for UN food operation in Horn of Africa

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a boost today for its emergency relief efforts feeding millions of hungry people in the Horn of Africa, with the announcement of a $112 million donation from Spain.“This extraordinary contribution brings hope and help to the 20 million most vulnerable people that we are committed to assisting in the Horn of Africa,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. WFP has scaled up aid efforts to people living in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia who have been struck hard by prolonged drought, recurring conflict, stubborn high food prices and the global financial crisis.In September the agency launched an emergency appeal for almost $1 billion over the next six months, to provide millions of people throughout the region with food assistance.“Spain has been a model partner for WFP in spearheading both the response to high food prices and now, in taking the lead on our critical appeal for the Horn of Africa,” said Ms. Sheeran.Having already contributed over $107 million to WFP this year, the latest donation from the Spanish Government practically doubles its contribution and puts it on the agency’s list of top 10 donor nations. 19 November 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a boost today for its emergency relief efforts feeding millions of hungry people in the Horn of Africa, with the announcement of a $112 million donation from Spain. read more

On anniversary of Somalias independence senior UN official urges political unity

“This celebration comes at a moment of political opportunity, and of hope. It should not be taken for granted; such moments don’t happen often in a nation’s history,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating. The challenge, he said, is to garner strong and inclusive leadership, as well as meaningful commitment and cooperation, from the people who have the power and influence to make a difference. “Personal agendas must not undermine collective progress,” underscored Mr. Keating, who is also the head of the UN mission in Somalia (UNSOM). He urged all national leaders – whether in the public or private sector – to work together, and reiterated the support of the UN and its international partners to for federal and state initiatives to promote justice and human rights, step up humanitarian aid efforts, and develop more transparent and accountable institutions. read more

Zach Randolph Helps Lead Grizzlies To Overtime Win Over

Zach Randolph scored 21 points and snagged 12 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors 88-81 in overtime on Wednesday.Randolph was 9-of-22 shooting from the field and with his efforts kept the Grizzlies close in the third quarter. Marc Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley started out rough missing  10 of his 18 shots before sinking a wide-open jumper from beyond the arc to give Memphis an 82-79 lead in overtime.”New coach, new offense … we just have to get used to it,” said Conley, who finished with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. ”Now we’ve been able to figure it out.”Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Golden State.  Klay Thompson netted 21 points without the help of Stephen Curry who was benched after suffering a concussion when he hit  his head on the floor while diving for a loose ball in Monday’s game against Utah.Neither team scored in the final 2:02 of regulation and back-to-back buckets by Golden State’s David Lee and Klay Thompson evened the contest at 79-79 before OT.Conley then hit a 3-pointer to put Memphis in front and after Thompson was whistled for an offensive foul, Tayshaun Prince knocked down a left wing jumper to give Memphis an 84-79 cushion.Warriors’ Andrew Bogut then threw down Andre Iguodala’s alley-oop feed before Prince nailed a tough step-back jumper from the top of the key extending their lead to 86-81.Warriors head coach Mark Jackson wasn’t too pleased with his team’s efforts in the final minutes of the game.“We wanted to push the pace,” Jackson said. “That’s when then game changed when we started to walk it up the floor.”The win completed a four-game West Coast sweep for Memphis after the Grizzlies had dropped two of three at home. read more

Le virus Stuxnet pourrait viser plusieurs industries du monde

first_imgLe virus Stuxnet pourrait viser plusieurs industries du mondeL’attaque informatique qui a vraisemblablement visé le nucléaire iranien, représenterait une menace pesant sur des secteurs essentiels de l’économie dans le monde, selon un responsable du ministère américain de la Sécurité intérieure.Plusieurs experts se sont joints aux responsables gouvernementaux pour alerter sur la vulnérabilité croissante des industries face au ver informatique Stuxnet, logiciel malveillant qui se reproduit sur plusieurs ordinateurs du monde. Certains législateurs pensent même qu’il est impératif que le Congrès adopte une loi qui élargirait les contrôles de la part des autorités et fixerait des obligations pour assurer une meilleure sécurité des systèmes.À lire aussiLa dracunculose, quand un ver parasite pénètre et se développe dans le corps humainStuxnet n’est pas seulement capable d’infiltrer et prendre le contrôle de ces systèmes qui gèrent la production dans les industries, mais il peut aussi s’emparer de données sensibles et confidentielles, indiquent les experts.Ces analystes se disent aujourd’hui incapables de déterminer qui a lancé cette attaque informatique. La semaine dernière, environ 44.000 ordinateurs ont été attaqués par Stuxnet dans le monde, dont 1.600 aux Etats-Unis. De plus, 6% d’entre elles ont visé l’Iran, et plus particulièrement les ordinateurs portables d’employés travaillant sur le site nucléaire de Bushehr. Selon ses propres affirmations, l’Iran pense qu’il s’agit d’un complot de la part des pays occidentaux, visant à saboter son programme nucléaire. Cependant les experts voient peu de signes de réels dégâts sur les infrastructures iraniennes.Les autorités américaines craignent que certaines informations mises à jour dans le monde entier sur Stuxnet permettent aux hackers de développer un autre ver ou de modifier celui-là et ainsi viser d’autres industries.Le 18 novembre 2010 à 09:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Witcher 3 Now Runs at 60fps on Xbox One X After Latest

first_imgStay on target New The Witcher 3 Mod Recreates Witcher 1 PrologueThe Witcher 3 Game of the Year edition launches this month, Gwent beta d… The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt received an Xbox One X patch around the time the system launched. The patch introduced higher resolution textures but maintained the standard 30fps of the original. Interestingly enough, the game ran at 60fps on Xbox One X without the patch. Today, players can now play the latest version of the game at 60fps thanks to a new patch that better utilizes the power of Xbox One X.“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has just received an upgrade patch for Xbox One X enhancing the game to take advantage of the additional power offered by the console,” said CD Projekt Red on The Witcher 3 website. “The Xbox One X upgrade patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt introduces a number of graphical features and tweaks to the game across two visual fidelity options — 4K Mode and Performance Mode. In 4K Mode the game will run in 4K resolution (or supersampled on a non-4K display) with stable 30fps gameplay, whereas Performance Mode enables dynamic resolution scaling (from 1080p up to 4K) while targeting 60 fps during gameplay. Both modes support HDR.”4K mode sees the game running with the best possible texture quality at 30 frames per second. On top of enhanced shadows, ambient occlusion, texture filtering and higher resolution textures, the update also adds HDR support. This mode is for those who want the game to look its prettiest on their 4K TVs.Performance mode doesn’t have as many visual effects as 4K mode. What it lacks in visual prowess it makes up for with a smooth 60 frames per second. It achieves this by having dynamic resolution scaling, which slides between 1080p and 4K in order to maintain a higher frame rate. If you don’t own a 4K TV or just prefer smoother gameplay over shiny graphics then this mode is your best bet.This patch for The Witcher 3 is available to download now on Xbox One X. HDR support for PlayStation 4 Pro will arrive at a later date. Happy hunting!center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Salah Mane Aubameyang nominated for 2018 CAF Player of the

first_imgLiverpool strike duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are the three finalists for the 2018 CAF Player of the Year award along with Pierre-Emerick AubameyangLast year’s winner Salah will be looking to add another to his growing collection of individual accolades following a breakthrough debut campaign at Liverpool.The Egyptian superstar scored 44 goals in 52 games across all competitions last season and set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 38-game campaign.Salah’s team-mate Mane, who finished runner-up in 2017, also impressed at Anfield and scored in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.The Senegal international, who has found the net eight times in 18 league games this term, has formed part of a devastating strike partnership with Salah and Roberto Firmino for the Reds.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Meanwhile, Aubameyang has had a sensational start to life at Arsenal following his club-record £56m arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Gabon striker, who won the CAF Player of the Year in 2015, is level with Salah and Harry Kane as the league’s top scorer on 13 goals.The CAF announced on Twitter Aubameyang, Salah and Mane as finalists for the 2018 Player of the Year award as a result of their achievements over the past 12 months.The winner will be announced in a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, next week.The Final 3 nominees for the African Player of the Year 2018 has been revealed, Who will be the King of Africa? @Aubameyang7 @10SadioMane @MoSalah #Final3 #AiteoCAFAwards18 pic.twitter.com/uAZ5BilxKA— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 1, 2019last_img read more

Grace Bay Clubs Signature Restaurant Among Winners Revealed in Wine Spectators August

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar at Grace Bay Club has been honored for the second year running for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Wine List Awards.“After first being recognized in 2016, we are humbled that Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar’s wine program was again recognized in 2017 after our exceptional team of wine experts spent a year continuing to perfect and refine our offerings,” said Nikheel Advani, COO & Principal of Grace Bay Resorts. “We are passionate about properly pairing wine with the outstanding, one-of-a-kind flavors of the Turks & Caicos Islands, which first and foremost aims to please our guests.”Kris Jackman, Sommelier at Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar, was also lauded by Advani for his exceptional contributions to restaurant’s wine program. Jackman joined the resort this year after 7 years at the renowned Sandy Lane resort in Barbados.Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar won the Award of Excellence, which recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.“On behalf of Wine Spectator, I’m thrilled to congratulate each and every award-winning restaurant. They should be very proud,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator.The award marks another watershed moment for the Turks and Caicos Islands’ food and wine scene, which has been growing in prestige thanks in part to events such as the annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival. This year’s festival will be held in Nov 2 – 5 in Providenciales with Chefs Tiffany Derry, Victor Yu and Meherwan Irani, as well as winemakers Greg Stach, Tuck Beckstoffer, and Neil Collins.Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award.The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, and online at the newly minted Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the new Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more.last_img read more