This is the first time that a UN Secretary-General is attending the opening of the Games at the invitation of the IOC. In his letter to Dr. Rogge accepting the IOC invitation, the Secretary-General noted that the UN General Assembly’s adoption last December of a new resolution on “Building a better world through sport and the Olympic ideal” was “a welcome reaffirmation of the value of the cooperation” between the United Nations and the IOC. Mr. Annan, who arrived in Salt Lake City on Thursday, also met with his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi. Later in the day, the Secretary-General is scheduled to attend a reception convened by Utah Governor Mike Leavitt in honour of US President George W. Bush.
From the previous week’s low of 9 million barrels, Iraqi exports jumped to 15.3 million in the week ending 31 May, the Office of the Iraq Programme reported today. Baghdad earned an estimated €355 million (euros) or $333 million in revenue from the sales. During phase XI of the programme, which ended on 29 May, 225.9 million barrels of oil were sold for some €4.89 billion or $4.59 billion in revenue. Sixteen per cent of Iraqi oil exports went to Europe, 58.7 per cent to the Americas/Caribbean market, 23.7 per cent to the Far East and 1.6 per cent to South Africa. Despite the resumed oil exports and revenues, the programme is reporting continued funding difficulties. Owing to a budget shortfall, currently 744 humanitarian supply contracts – worth over $1.86 billion – which have been approved by the UN cannot be further processed for lack of funds.
Mr. Ban told an audience at the inauguration of the Centre for International Peace and Stability in Islamabad that he was overwhelmed with gratitude: “gratitude as the United Nations Secretary-General and gratitude as a global citizen for what Pakistan and her people have been doing for international peace and security.“More than 100 countries contribute troops and police for United Nations peacekeeping missions. Pakistan is number one,” he stated, adding that is impossible to speak about the history of UN peacekeeping without highlighting the country’s contributions.He noted that 8,000 of Pakistan’s men and women currently serve in complex and challenging missions, including Darfur, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The new Centre, at the National University of Science and Technology, demonstrates Pakistan’s determination to be a force for peace by drawing on its experiences, sharing its knowledge and deepening its contribution, Mr. Ban said.“Training is a strategic investment in peacekeeping and here you will build the skills in preparing peacekeepers to take on a new generation of challenges.” ‹ › Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes offical visit to Pakistan on the eve of its Independence Day. UN Photo/Mark Garten The Secretary-General said the UN is also working to rise to these challenges, including through the use of new technologies to help in better implementing its mandates and to provide better security for its troops.“Let me be clear that these new tools, such as unmanned unarmed aerial vehicles, are for information purposes only. They are essentially flying cameras,” he stated. “But armed unmanned aerial vehicles are a different matter,” he continued. “As I have often and consistently said, the use of armed drones, like any other weapon, should be subject to long-standing rules of international law, including international humanitarian law. “This is the very clear position of the United Nations. Every effort should be made to avoid mistakes and civilian casualties.”While in the Pakistani capital, Mr. Ban also took part in an event at the Islamabad College for Girls to promote education, especially for girls and women.“You and I have the same passion for education,” he told the audience, recalling that, as a young boy growing up in the Republic of Korea after the war, he had to struggle for his education, just as many young people did in Pakistan.He also recalled the visit to the UN last month of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year for attending classes and who is an advocate for the right to education. “She is a famous student, but I said she is also a teacher. You are also not just students, but teachers. You can teach others about the value of education for your lives – and for the life of your country,” Mr. Ban stated.“Be both students and teachers. Put education first. And be a global citizen.” Also today, the Secretary-General met with Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly, who was joined by a number of ruling party and opposition Members of Parliament.Mr. Ban congratulated Mr. Sadiq and the Government on the recent elections and appreciated the new agenda of the Government, which aims to tackle some of Pakistan’s most pressing issues. The two men also discussed UN-Pakistan cooperation, including joint efforts in the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster risk response and reduction, as well as polio eradication. They also addressed concerns in relation to terrorism and extremism, human rights and gender equality. Mr. Ban welcomed recent legislation aimed at promoting the rights of women in Pakistan and urged full implementation of such laws.Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will have additional meetings with Pakistani leaders, including the Prime Minister and the President, and women parliamentarians. He will also attend part of Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations.
Photo by Jeff BarrettBy Calvin Jensen, USU Eastern VolleyballTwin Fall, ID – Passion and grit were on full display by the USU Eastern women’s volleyball team over the weekend.The Lady Eagles took on nationally ranked #4 Miami Dade Saturday afternoon. The Sharks entered the contest with dominating weekend wins against three other nationally ranked programs. Unable to find answers to a powerful offensive attack, the Lady Eagles dropped the first two sets with scores of 25-14 and 25-20. Realizing the impact of the game, the Lady Eagles found it within themselves to come out fighting in the third set and picked up a 25-22 win. With the momentum, USU Eastern continued to put pressure on Miami Dade. Impressive presence on the net and a scrappy defense catapulted the Eagles to a fourth set victory, 25-19.“After the second set, Coach Jensen helped us realize what we needed to do individually and as a team. Everyone on the team brought so much energy and fire after each point scored and we were able to get into our opponent’s heads. The focus was on the next point and not what happened on the last play,” said freshman libero Avery Best.In the fifth set, the Eagles committed too many errors, allowing Miami Dade to gain an edge offensively and ultimately defeat the Lady Eagles with a final set score of 15-9.“This is a very young team and it took a couple sets for them to gain the confidence and realize they could compete with one of the best programs in the nation in Miami Dade. For the team to be down two sets and come back, pushing it to five, shows the caliber of players that we have this year,” said head coach Danielle Jensen.Middle blocker Kahea Nihipali led the Eagles with an impressive 12 kills and nine blocks. Kiara Richardson also added 12 kills, Ashlee McUne had 47 assists, Kennedy Poulton had four aces and Avery Best had 17 digs.After sweeping Casper College earlier on Saturday, The Lady Eagles leave the Starr Invitational 3-1 and improve to 13-3 overall on the season. This weekend, the Eagles will travel to Sterling, Colo. to attend the Pizza Hut Invitational and will look for wins against #10 Iowa Western, #16 Northeastern, Casper College and Western Wyoming.At the time of this article, USU Eastern women’s volleyball team is ranked nationally #1 in kills, #1 in digs, #1 in assists, #3 in aces and #4 in total blocks. Kiara Richardson is ranked #1 in kills with Breanne Bitter #3 in kills, Avery Best #3 in digs and Ashlee McUne #4 in assists.
With four of the top 10 teams in the nation competing in the 2013 Big Ten Championships this weekend, the road to a conference title will not be an easy one for the Ohio State wrestling team. The No. 6 Buckeyes posted a 5-3 record in Big Ten play this season, earning victories against Michigan, No. 14 Illinois, No. 23 Wisconsin, Indiana and No. 16 Northwestern while suffering losses to three higher-ranked opponents – No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Minnesota and No. 4 Iowa. They did not face No. 12 Nebraska, Michigan State or Purdue. “We have to perform to our best,” said 141-pound sophomore Hunter Stieber. “The Big Ten is stacked with five of the top teams in the nation. It’s a smaller bracket so there’s going to be more of a chance for one team maybe than others. It’s going to be tough.” OSU is one of only four teams to have a seeded wrestler in each weight class. Six Buckeyes were voted in by the conference’s coaches as top five preliminary seeds for the championships. Redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber (133) and his younger brother Hunter Stieber earned No. 1 pre-seeds after going undefeated in the regular season. Logan Stieber, who missed most of January with a leg injury, posted an impressive 19-0 record and will be in search of his second consecutive Big Ten title. Hunter Stieber boasted a 27-0 record and led the team with 10 major decisions. “I feel pretty good (about the tournament),” Hunter Stieber said. “It’s the end of the year so it’s exciting. This is what we’ve been training for all year. I’m ready for it. I’m excited to wrestle.” Earning No. 4 pre-seeds were redshirt junior Nick Heflin (174) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197). Heflin holds an overall record of 12-3 while Campolattano went 15-8. Senior Nikko Triggas (125) and sophomore Cam Tessari (149) were awarded No. 5 pre-seeds after finishing the regular season with records of 17-10 and 13-7, respectively. Rounding out the lineup for OSU are redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184), freshman Mark Martin (165) and freshman heavyweight Nick Tavanello who earned sixth, eighth, ninth and tenth pre-seeds, respectively. Coach Tom Ryan said that in order to have a shot at a conference championship, the team will have to improve the way it trains. “Overall, I just think it’s discipline, that’s definitely a problem for us,” Ryan said. “The discipline of rest, the discipline of warming up right, the discipline of being ready to compete at a high level. We have to do all the little things right.” Redshirt sophomore Matthew O’Hara (174) agreed that the team needs to work on some areas but feels confident that it can come out of the tournament victorious. “Conditioning has been kind of a problem for some people, so we’ll have to work on that,” O’Hara said. “We’ll have to get that under control. But we definitely have the talent, so it’s definitely in our grasp. We’ll be able to do it.” The Buckeyes’ first match is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Big Ten Championships will conclude on Sunday.
Once arrived at the British Virgin Islands, a Royal Navy helicopter had found “devastation”.One source said: “The islands haven’t escaped and it’s pretty grim out there.”A runway on the islands had been closed and engineers were on Friday working to reopen it to allow more aid in.More transport aircraft are expected to fly from the UK to the Caribbean over the weekend, with a C-17 transporter ferrying two Puma helicopters to the area.Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said the UK was “determined to get as much help as possible” to those affected. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Naval sources said RFA Mounts Bay had arrived at the British Virgin Islands after dropping off aid at Anguilla, where engineers had also repaired a police station and the only hospital.Troops of 24 Commando Engineer Regiment put a new roof on the pre-natal facilities just in time for a local woman to give birth. HMS Ocean, which is due to be retired next year, has been redirected from the Mediterranean to sail across the Atlantic after picking up Chinook helicopters at Gibraltar to join the relief effort. He said: “Mounts Bay is there and has been helping the people of Anguilla, getting emergency supplies ashore, and she’s now moving on to the British Virgin Islands to assist there and we will be sending further planes today, transporting engineers and medics and emergency shelter, to get help where it’s needed.” Britain’s response to Hurricane Irma has been “found wanting” and many British territories in the Caribbean are in “grave need”, senior MPs have warned.Tom Tugendhat, a Tory MP and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Stephen Twigg, a Labour MP and chairman of the International Development Committee, warned that the UK’s response “requires improvement”. In a letter to Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, they say that the arrival of HMS Ocean in a fortnight’s time will be “later than any of us would have wished”.They say in the letter: “The devastation caused by Hurricane Irma has been greater than expected. It has left thousands without shelter, power, and the supplies needed to survive. It has also seen many responses tested, and some found wanting.”We are concerned that many in the UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean are still in grave need. Responding to accusations of a slow British response, he said: “We had a ship in the region ready to help with a helicopter, ready to provide help where needed, and we’re backing that up and are determined to get as much help as possible to the people of those islands.” On Friday the Royal Navy arrived at the British Virgin Islands to scenes of devastation in the wake of Hurricane Irma.The support ship RFA Mounts Bay arrived off the British overseas territory as hundreds of troops were due to begin arriving in the Caribbean to bolster relief efforts.Transport aircraft full of Royal Marines, engineers, medics and logistics experts left RAF Brize Norton as the Government fought accusations it had done too little to help the territories.The Government announced a military task group earlier this week to reinforce RFA Mounts Bay after its emergency response was criticised as “pathetic” compared to French and Dutch efforts in the region.Ms Patel, the Development Secretary, denied Britain had been caught under prepared by the biggest storm to hit the region in decades.She said: “We’ve had the vessel out there and that vessel has been equipped with the right people and the right skills and the right equipment and the reality is of course, it’s been a difficult environment to get into because of the scale of the hurricane and the extent to which the devastation has hit the countries as well.” A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter ferrying emergencies supplies ashore to AnguillaCredit: Royal Navy “In Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Turks and Caicos, our response still requires improvement and the arrival of HMS Ocean in two weeks’ time will be later than any of us would wish.”Experts and many in the area have been critical of the overall level of relief currently on offer as well as the apparent lack of forward-thinking once the storm’s route to Florida became more than just a possibility.” Troops board an RAF C-17 at Brize Norton en route to areas hit by Hurricane Irma’s 175mph windsCredit: Andrew Matthews/PA
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions recently signed a contract with OZ Minerals, Australia’s third largest copper producer, to supply crushing equipment in the form of a large primary gyratory for their Carrapateena project. Carrapateena is a copper-gold project currently under construction approximately 160 km north of Port Augusta in South Australia’s highly prospective Gawler Craton and has an estimated mine life of 20 years.Andrew Howie, CEO at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia): “We are proud that OZ Minerals is once again putting its faith in our expertise by choosing us as their supply partner for this important project. The design of our gyratory crushers is based on more than one hundred years of experience in manufacturing these machines and continuous product development. This way we ensure high performance and cost effective operation for our customers.”The KB 54-67 gyratory will be used underground for primary crushing of copper ore. Its proven design offers reliability and low maintenance in everyday operation. OZ Minerals and thyssenkrupp have been working together since 2008, when the company placed an initial order for two grinding mills for their Prominent Hill operation.
Belarus vice-champion, Meshkov from Brest has found replacement for injured Milan Djukić, who will miss the rest of the season because of knee injury. He will be changed by another Serbian right wing, Miloš Kostadinović (24), who is coming from national champion and EHF CL’s team, RK Partizan Beograd. Kostadinović has also international experience, he was a member of silver Serbian NT at the EHF EURO 2012 on home court last January. ← Previous Story Biegler’s first win on the Polish bench – Netherlands was too weak! Next Story → Barbosa plays for Spain at Women’s EHF EURO 2012! Belarus handballMeshkov BrestMiloš Kostadinović
PUBLIC ADVOCATE BILL de Blasio, who ran an upstart campaign pledging to fight New York City’s economic inequality, emerged as the surprising top choice in the Democratic mayoral primary, but could still face weeks — and another electoral fight — before becoming his party’s nominee.The chaotic campaign to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which featured Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal and at least three lead changes in the polls, was fittingly plunged into uncertainty again after the Tuesday primary bled into early Wednesday.With 97 per cent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had about 40.2 percent of the total vote, which puts him a whisker above the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid triggering an automatic 1 October run-off. If he cannot maintain that, he will face former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, who has 26 per cent, for a potentially gruelling three-week, one-on-one showdown, with the winner advancing to face Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the general election.But it may take a week or more before it is known whether that battle will be fought at all.The campaign will take a pause Wednesday as the city stops to observe the anniversary of the 11 September terrorist attacks. Later this week, election officials will recount all the ballots cast Tuesday. It will likely take until early next week before they tabulate an additional 30,000 or more votes as absentee ballots arrive by mail and paperwork comes in from voters who had problems at the polls.(Anthony Weiner received just 5 per cent of the Democratic vote after his sexting scandals. Pic: AP Photo/Jin Lee)Christine QuinnCity Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the early frontrunner who was seeking become the city’s first woman and openly gay mayor, finished third at 16 per cent, followed by current city comptroller John Liu at 7 per cent and Weiner at 5 per cent.De Blasio, who was flanked by the interracial family he made a centerpiece of his campaign ads, made no mention of the potential runoff in his speech to supporters late Tuesday.“We are better as a city when we make sure that everyone has a shot,” de Blasio told the raucous crowd. “We begin tonight.”With de Blasio so close to 40 percent, Democratic leaders may pressure Thompson to drop out of the race in the name of party unity. Exit polling shows that de Blasio would handily defeat Thompson in a runoff, 52 to 34 percent, with 9 percent saying they would stay home.But Thompson made it clear Tuesday he would compete in a potential run-off.“Three more weeks! Three more weeks!” chanted Thompson, the party’s 2009 nominee. “This is far from over.”Read: Irish American NYC Mayor hopeful pledges support for Irish immigrants >Read: Anthony Weiner admits to more cyber affairs, falls behind in NYC mayoral race >
Mammouths laineux : éradiqués par le réchauffement climatique ?Les humains ont toujours été tenus responsables de l’extinction des mammouths laineux. Bien que l’animal fût longtemps chassé pour sa peau et sa viande, les scientifiques sont aujourd’hui de plus en plus nombreux à désigner le réchauffement climatique comme la véritable cause de sa disparition. Il y a environ 21.000 ans, après la dernière période glaciaire, des températures plus chaudes ont entraîné la perte de vastes surfaces de prairies. C’est ainsi que les forêts se sont étendues. Selon une étude de l’université de Durham, ces changements ont rendu impossible la survie de l’animal herbivore, mais aussi de ses prédateurs.À lire aussiVoici pourquoi il faut éviter les aliments ultra-transformésLe professeur Brian Hutley explique : “Cela aurait été difficile pour l’homme de faire disparaître les mammouths, parce que notre espèce n’était pas si répandue”. Il ajoute : “Nous avons des fossiles de mammouths chassés par les humains mais l’animal, étant donné sa taille, n’était pas facile à tuer”. C’est à travers ses recherches que l’homme a peu à peu privilégié la thèse du réchauffement climatique. D’autres espèces, comme le rhinocéros laineux, le lion des cavernes ou le cerf géant, n’ont pas survécu à la hausse des températures. En effet, ces méga-mammifères ont alors eu plus de difficultés à se nourrir. Le Pr. Hutley insiste sur le fait que nous devrions tirer une leçon du passé. Si le schéma vient à se reproduire, les animaux de grande taille comme les éléphants seraient les premiers affectés.Le 21 août 2010 à 19:38 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’interdiction d’utiliser la fracturation hydraulique pour extraire les gaz de schiste a été votée Le texte de loi interdisant la technique de fracturation hydraulique pour l’exploration et l’exploitation des gaz et huiles de schiste a été voté hier par les députés français. C’est chose faite. Les députés ont voté à 287 voix contre 186 pour l’interdiction de la technique de fracturation hydraulique pour l’exploration et l’exploitation des gaz et huiles de schiste. Les députés de l’opposition ont voté contre cette proposition de loi car ils estiment que ce texte ne ferme pas la porte à l’exploitation et à l’exploration de ces hydrocarbures par le biais d’autres technologies, rapporte 20 minutes. À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituelleEn effet, le texte présenté par Christian Jacob, président du groupe UMP, n’interdit que l’utilisation de la fracturation hydraulique et entraîne l’abrogation des permis de recherche qui l’utilisent. D’autres techniques pourraient donc voir le jour pour que les exploitations reprennent. Pour l’heure, les titulaires des permis de recherche disposent de deux mois pour indiquer aux autorités administratives les techniques qu’ils emploient. Si le rapport n’est pas remis ou s’il fait état de l’utilisation de la fracturation hydraulique, le permis sera automatiquement retiré. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, ministre de l’Ecologie, était pour ce texte de loi mais reconnaît que les permis qui avaient été accordés jusque-là l’avaient été dans de mauvaises conditions. “Les choses ont été faites à l’envers”, explique-t-elle. Comme elle le précise, pour elle, “avec ce texte, c’est l’occasion d’aller plus loin dans le principe de précaution”. Mais le groupe socialiste ne fait pas confiance au gouvernement. Le député Pascal Terrasse s’est exprimé en ces termes, rapportés par 20 minutes : “C’est un texte qui ne tient pas du point de vue juridique”, et il demande l’abrogation totale de tous les permis d’exploitation accordés. Cette loi jugée insuffisante avait amené des centaines de personnes à manifester devant l’Assemblée nationale mardi.Le 12 mai 2011 à 10:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
Marée noire en Chine : le nettoyage est presque finiLa société américaine ConocoPhillips a affirmé mercredi avoir pratiquement terminé de nettoyer les dégâts causés par une fuite de pétrole qui avait pollué des milliers de kilomètres carrés dans le golfe du Bohai au nord-est de la Chine depuis sa détection en juin dernier. Le nettoyage de la marée noire est presque terminé. C’est ce qu’a annoncé mercredi dans un communiqué la société ConocoPhillips qui endosse sa responsabilité et fait part de ses regrets sincères, en promettant de continuer à collecter les résidus potentiels qui se retrouveraient sur le plancher marin. À lire aussiLa Chine envoie les toutes premières images de la face cachée de la LuneAu total, c’est l’équivalent de plus de 3.200 barils de brut et de boues polluantes qui s’est échappé de deux plateformes opérées conjointement en mer par la société américaine et la société étatique chinoise CNOOC. Une marée noire que ConocoPhillips avait dans un premier temps grandement sous-estimée alors que la société était déjà accusée d’avoir réagi tardivement à la fuite détectée en juin dernier. Celle-ci n’avait en effet été rendue publique qu’au bout de plusieurs semaines, aggravant ainsi les possibles conséquences pour la santé humaine et l’environnement.Pour sa part, l’Administration d’État chinoise chargée de la gestion des océans a confirmé son intention de poursuivre ConocoPhillips pour les dégâts occasionnés et d’obtenir des compensations. En juillet 2010, le nord-est de la Chine a déjà été victime de l’explosion de deux oléoducs qui avait provoqué l’écoulement d’environ 1.500 tonnes de pétrole vers la mer Jaune. Une fuite qui, selon Greenpeace, aurait en vérité été 60 fois plus importante. Le 31 août 2011 à 18:42 • Maxime Lambert
The Italian police insist that they can “guarantee the safety of Liverpool fans” in Rome ahead of the club’s return leg in the Champions League semi-finalsThe Premier League side has sold 5,000 tickets for Wednesday’s second leg against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico, but there have been concerns among the club supporters in regards to safety after a Liverpool fan was attacked by two men from Rome and left in a critical condition.But Italian Public order commissioner Giorgio Luciani has sent assurances that there will be more than 1,000 police officers patrolling the streets in Rome and that they are “used to managing these events”.“We are used to managing these events. For the Rome Marathon, we organised a police service of more than 1,000 people. For the derby between Roma and Lazio it was the same,” Luciani told BBC.“We can guarantee the safety of Liverpool supporters if they respect the rules and make the day as normal as they can.”“We don’t ask for anything special, just that they respect the rules.”Since the attack on 53-year-old Irishman Sean Cox, two Italian men have been charged with attempted murder.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s a terrible episode,” added Luciani.“We are working in synergy with the English police to solve this problem and help them, and vice versa for this match.”Following the events of the first leg, Liverpool has called for an “extraordinary” meeting with Uefa, Roma and Italian police, and have issued their travelling supporters with safety advice.For non-ticket holders, Luciani confirmed that they will have “no chance” of entering the stadium.“They need a ticket and passport or ID card,” said the commissioner.“This is the only way to gain entrance for the match. Without a ticket, it is not forbidden to watch the match inside a pub, bar or restaurant but not inside the stadium.”He added: “It’s a tough challenge but what is important is for us to enjoy and lead the city for the citizens, supporters, for everyone. We want it to be an important sporting day – nothing else.”
Updated: 8:48 PM July 31, 2018 Ed Lenderman Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter Posted: July 31, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCALIFORNIA (KUSI) – We haven’t even hit August yet and already 2018 is the most destructive wildfire season on record- and this comes on the heels of the previous record in 2017.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has more details. The Ongoing Threats of California Wildfires. Ed Lenderman,
First published Feb. 15 at 8:17 a.m. PT.Update at 5:40 p.m. PT: Edited product details to reflect company changes made to toy line. Ninja Fortnite YouTube Twitch Comments 2 Share your voice It’s not the first time social media stars got their own toy line. In 2015, popular Minecraft players were transformed into blocky plastic action figures with a series called Tube Heroes, made by Jazwares. And last year, 7-year-old toy-unboxing YouTube star Ryan of Ryan ToysReview found success launching his own line of mystery toys, slime, stuffed animals and more, called Ryan’s World.”More and more marketing dollars are being put into YouTube personalities than even television,” said Juli Lennett, a toy industry analyst with NPD. “You have to go where the kids are … It’s very no-brainer marketing.”So what can you buy to show your Ninja fandom?Watch him jiggle with $10 bobble figures. Clip on a pocked-sized plush for $8. Or cuddle with his blue hair on a 12-inch fabric doll, sold for about $20. Many ways to express your Ninja fandom. Joshua Goldman/CNET Fans can also dress up like Ninja with his colorful hair and headband, also going for $20. Or grab a pack of stickers for $5.If you can’t decide how to express your love of the pro gamer, there’s always the Mystery Box: a $40 multilayered surprise to unwrap in five stages that includes a plush, a bobble figure, a collectible figurine, vinyl stickers and head gear.The toy line is scheduled to arrive in stores this fall. 14 Photos The 27-year-old is one of the fastest-growing influencers on social media as a star in the professional gaming world. With 13 million Twitch followers and 21 million YouTube subscribers, fans watch him compete in tournaments and stream battle-royal games like Apex Legends. But this new, plastic form of play will be on display for the first time at the annual New York Toy Fair, kicking off this weekend.Wicked Cool Toys, the company behind the 2017 remake of Teddy Ruxpin, has cooked up nearly a dozen different types of playthings and collectibles featuring a cartoonish persona of Ninja, embracing his goofy, energetic personality. And he’s not the only Twitch gamer being turned into an plastic plaything. One particular set of five-inch vinyl figures — marketed under a toy line called Lamo — includes Ninja alongside other Twitch personalities DrDisRespect, TimTheTatman, Lirik, and Summit1G. Ninja will be a 5-inch vinyl collectible under the toy line Lamo. Point your phone at the toy and watch it come to life with augmented reality. Lamo These Lamo figurines don’t just decorate a shelf — they also come to life in an augmented reality mobile game. Point your phone at the figure and watch animations appear. Each gamer recorded soundbites that play during animated moments. And there’s a Lamo game coming soon in which you can face off against your friends with these characters. It’s called The Game Between Games, designed to be played in five-minute bursts between your Fortnite matches.”You’ve got millions and tens of millions of subscribers who will immediately be engaged with the experience before the product is even on the shelf,” said Jeremy Padawer, co-president of Wicked Cool Toys. “We weren’t taking a human being and creating an action figure. We were taking a brand with tremendous breadth and making it a line.” Toy Fair 2019: Nerf Fortnite, Barbie turns 60 and more Ninja and more Twitch streamers get their own toys 88 Photos Toys and Tabletop Games Culture Bridget Carey/CNET In the video game world, there’s no one bigger than Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. He shot to fame with record-breaking audiences watching him stream Fortnite on Twitch, including a run with Drake. In September, he became the first pro esports player to land on the cover of ESPN’s magazine.And later this year you’ll find him on store shelves taking the form of collectible figurines and plush dolls. Now playing: Watch this: Tags 1:20 Twitch-streamer Ninja toys are here to be your gaming companions
Legislature Adjourns Special Session, Only to Call A New OneAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe Alaska State Legislature gaveled out of special session this morning, without voting on any of the items on the governor’s agenda. Then, almost immediately, lawmakers called themselves back — but on their own terms.Utility to Revive Long-Idled Coal Plant In HealyDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGolden Valley Electric Association plans to start up a long idled Healy area coal fired power plant next week.Hyder Border to Reopen for 24-Hour AccessLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanThe border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, soon will be open 24-hours a day.Sen. Sullivan: Prepare for A Long WarLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is one of five freshmen on the Senate Armed Services committee, and he’s carving out a place for himself among the national security hawks.Alaska National Guard Welcomes New LeadershipZach Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageSince the start of the year there have been several major changes in leadership at the Alaska National Guard. Laurie Hummel is now Adjudant General and Colonel Joe Streff is heading the more embattled half of the organization, the Army National Guard.Wood Bison Bulls to Join Reintroduced HerdTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaA Nenana-based barge line will soon be hauling some unusual cargo. Twenty-eight wood bison bulls are scheduled to travel on Inland Barge from Nenana to the Innoko River near Shageluk, beginning sometime during the next week.Data: Positive Skill Building Improves Youth BehaviorAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageA new study shows kids in Anchorage are better behaved than they were 20 years ago. A comparison of data from 1995 and 2013 shows teenagers are participating in fewer risky behaviors like smoking, drinking, and unprotected sex. And for many measures, they’re doing better than the national average.‘Baby Raven Reads’ Program Nurtures A New Generation of Tlingit SpeakersLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauSealaska Heritage Institute is helping to foster the next generation of Tlingit speakers in Juneau. It recently launched a free early childhood program. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio:
NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha witnessed an uproar on Thursday when Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy said that “Ambanis and Adanis are essential for the government”, drawing strong protest from the treasury benches. Participating in the discussion on the Finance Bill 2019, Roy said the Budget has lowered the tax rate of corporates with turnover of Rs 400 crore from 30 per cent to 25 per cent while it has increased prices of diesel which affect the poor and the common man most. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “Ambanis and Adanis are essential for the government,” he said. Members of the ruling side objected to the remark requesting the chair to expunge the names from the speech. However, Roy retorted saying that he has not named any individual but mentioned industries. The chair (Meenakshi Lekhi) accepted the argument of treasury benches and ruled that it will be expunged. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Bhartrihari Mehtab (BJD), raising a point of order, said in the past names of Tatas and Birlas were taken in this House so the secretariat should check the record. Following this, the chaired ruled that the decision on expunging names would be taken after checking past record. The debate started after her ruling. Roy said increased cess on petrol and diesel will stoke inflation affecting the poor and the middle class most. Advertise With Us Participating in the debate, several opposition members demanded withdrawal on TDS on withdrawal of cash above Rs 1 crore, and doing away with hike in customs duty on the newsprint. The 10 per cent hike will put heavy burden on industry which is already paying 5 per cent GST, Mehtab said. Both Roy and Mehtab also said that the government should desist from bunching other legislations with the Finance Bill as this bypasses the parliamentary procedure. The Finance Bill is a money bill which cannot be amended or rejected by Rajya Sabha. Terming the Budget direction-less, Roy said “this is not going to unleash animal spirit which is required to accelerate growth of country to 8 per cent to achieve the objective of USD 5 trillion economy by 2024-25”. Ritesh Pandey (BSP) said that 2 per cent TDS on cash withdrawal above Rs 1 crore is anti-farmer and should be withdrawn. He also said that surcharge on income above Rs 2 crore will result in brain drain as high networth individual will leave the country. During the discussion on Finance Bill, DMK’s T Sumathi raised the issue of the government allocating Rs 50 crore in this year’s Budget to support the appointment of Hindi teachers in non-Hindi speaking states and said that she was anguished and pained by the step. “The budget is actually a ‘fudge-t'”, she said, adding the Finance Bill was “a poor cousin of budget”.
Vijayawada: The members of Indian Medical Association (IMA) staged a protest here on Thursday, demanding that the Central government unconditionally withdraw the National Medical Council (NMC) Bill which will be presented in the Parliament. They expressed their displeasure over the central government’s ‘careless attitude’ towards the doctors and described the decision taken by the government as senseless. Later, they set fire to the copies of the Bill. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us Addressing the media, they said that all the doctors across the country were against the NMC and were participating in the protest. They said that the central government was acting harshly towards the doctors. They demanded that the Central government maintain the old Medical Council of India with a few changes. They alleged that members of NMC were not from the medical field and IAS officials were being appointed which was objectionable. They further said that with the NMC bill the students pursuing medicine will also be in great loss, they said. IMA president Dr TV Ramana Murthy, honorary secretary Dr Ch Manoj Kumar, chairman Dr MSC Bose, Dr MA Rahaman, Dr Rasik Sanghvi, secretary of women doctors wing Dr PV Durga Rani were present.
Share Mallory Falk/KERATwo protesters hold signs criticizing President Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso on Aug. 7, 2019, to meet with first responders and survivors of the mass shooting that occurred on Aug. 3, 2019.President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited El Paso Wednesday afternoon to meet with first responders and survivors of Saturday’s mass shooting.Those who greeted the president include Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and others.Residents, however, turned out in force to protest the visit.It was hot and humid at El Paso’s Washington Park, but hundreds of protesters were there holding signs that declared: “Not Welcome,” “Brown and Proud,” and “Fuera Trump,” which translates to “Trump Get Out.”Callie Weston brandished a large sign that read “Ban Assault Weapons Now.”The evening of the shooting, which killed 22 people, she said she visited asylum seekers at a local detention center.“And I said them, ‘You realize, you were safe. You were one of the few people in El Paso, because you were locked up in a detention center, you were safe,’” said Weston.Also in Washington Park was Karen Powers, who staffed a table registering people to vote. She said Trump was not welcome in her city.“It’s like inviting the murderer to the funeral to me,” she said. “I think it’s that gross.”Many of the demonstrators carried signs blaming Trump directly for inspiring the alleged shooter through his anti-immigrant rhetoric.Richie Huerta was one of the demonstrators and said he thinks assault weapons should not be available to civilians.“We’re not fighting a war here. Now it seems that’s what it looks like,” he said. “I know people need a handgun or whatever to have for their own protection and everything, but you don’t need those kind of rifles here in the United States. Leave that to the Army.”Less than a mile away, Trump was at the University Medical Center meeting with their staff and other first responders — as well as survivors of the shooting.There were smaller crowds of protesters near side streets of the hospital.Back at the Walmart where the shooting took place, El Pasoans continued to gather near a memorial outside the store. According to reports from the El Paso Police department, some protest groups began “clashing against each other.”Before coming to El Paso, Trump also visited Dayton, Ohio where a mass shooting took place early Sunday morning killing 10 people including the shooter.
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has revealed its new 600 sq m Grand Konotta Villa.The three-bedroom over-water retreat is described as “a resort within a resort”, with guests arriving by speedboat to a private jetty. Jet skis, speedboats and other water sports can also be accessed straight from the villa’s private entrance.The two-storey villa comprises a 65 sq m master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a 24 sq m sea-facing balcony, plus two other 56 sq m guest bedrooms.There is also a large living and dining area and a kitchen with pantry. Outside, there is a 125 sq m sun deck with a 30 sq m pool. Guests are served by a 24-hour butler and chefs who are available to cook on demand.Our beautiful Grand Konotta Villa with its inspirational seascapes helps our guests live their Maldivian holiday dream to the full. The villa is the ultimate relaxing experience with a uniquely Maldivian sense of place,”said the resort’s General Manager, Pascal Billon.The Villa opened on December 14, 2015.