first_imgLionel Messi’s brothers has been ordered to be arrested by a prosecutor in Argentina.Authorities say that Matias Messi illegally carried a gun. The weapon was found inside a blood-stained boat after he crashed it in the Parana river.Prosecutor Jose Luis Caterina says Messi is being investigated and will eventually be detained for illegally possessing a firearm in “a suspicious context.”The weapon was found inside a blood-stained boat. The 35-year-old is recovering from a fractured jaw and other injuries at a hospital in Argentina’s Santa Fe province.The prosecutor says that after the crash, the brother of the soccer star was helped by a local resident.Messi’s attorney, Ignacio Carbone, said that his client crashed into a sandbank and denied that he owns the gun.last_img read more

first_imgBellamy steps down from Cardiff City coaching roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCraig Bellamy will step down as a youth coach at Cardiff City in order to fight bullying allegations. The former Bluebirds star was accused by parents of bullying their children, something Bellamy “categorically” denies. However, while he fights the accusations, Bellamy has stepped down from his coaching role.”I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” Bellamy said in a statement.”I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.”Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them.”I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position. I will be making no further comment until the full investigation by the club has concluded.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed was declared guilty of “terror financing” by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in a Pakistani court on Wednesday. Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was presented before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Gujranwala, some 80-km from Lahore, in high security where he was charge-sheeted of terror financing by the CTD of Punjab police. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A CTD official told PTI that it submitted challan in the ATC declaring Saeed guilty of terror financing. “Since the case is related to Mandi Bhauddin district of Punjab therefore the prosecution requested the court to shift it to Gujrat ATC court (some 200-km from Lahore),” he said. On the prosecution’s request, the ATC Gujranwala shifted the case to the Gujrat ATC. He said next hearing of the case (which is yet to be fixed) will be held in the Gujrat ATC. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Saeed was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested on July 17. Saeed is being kept at the Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore in high security. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The CTD on July 3 registered 23 FIRs against 13 JuD leaders including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different cities of Punjab province. Since the Imran Khan government has taken control of the JuD and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following immense international pressure built up after Pulwama attack, Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore’s Jauhar Town residence. He was even barred from entering the JuD headquarters in Lahore and Muridke. The Pakistani government had also arrested the JuD’s second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki, who is brother-in-law of Saeed, on the charges of making a public speech and terror financing charges. The CTD said it booked Saeed and his 12 aides for ‘terror financing’ in 23 cases after “irrefutable evidence against them was detected. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala & Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/ Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc. The CTD said investigation launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations — JuD and LeT — in connection with implementation of UN Sanctions against these Designated Entities & Persons as directed by NSC (National Security Committee) in its Meeting of January 1, 2019 chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan. “These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held & used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing & money laundering under Anti Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said. Makki, MaliK Zafar Iqbal, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yahya Aziz, Muhammad Naeem Sh, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Raqeeb, Ahmad Daud, Muhammad Ayub, Abdullah Ubaid, Muhammad Ali and Abdul Ghaffar are other suspects. The other suspects reported to have been hiding since the government took over over the properties of these organisations.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – A teenager has been charged with maiming a police animal after a Calgary police dog was stabbed multiple times in the head over the weekend.A six-year-old German Shepherd named Jester was hurt early Sunday trying to catch the youth outside a Calgary school where officers were responding to a break-in.The 14-year-old is also charged with break-and-enter and possessing a weapon dangerous to the public.It’s the first time the Calgary Police Service has laid charges under a new section of the criminal code that protects law enforcement animals.That youth, along with a 15-year-old who has been charged with break-and-enter, cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.Jester’s condition has been upgraded from life-threatening to serious and the six-year-old dog is now recovering at home with his handler.Jester has been a canine officer for five years and it’s not clear if he will be able to return to duty.The 14-year-old is being charged under the Justice for Animals in Service Act, known as Quanto’s Law, which came into force in 2015. The law was named after an Edmonton police dog named Quanto who was stabbed in the RCMP headquarters parking lot while helping to catch a fleeing suspect in 2013.Anyone convicted of intentionally killing or maiming a police dog or service animal under the law faces a maximum of five years in prison. If the animal dies, the minimum sentence is six months.Edmonton police were the first to lay a charge under Quanto’s Law last year when one of their dogs suffered non-life-threatening injuries while helping police catch a driver they said fled on foot after a lengthy vehicle chase.last_img read more

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has given up on making a bid for Taiwan’s presidency.Gou announced his decision in a statement late Monday, one day before a deadline to register for the race.In a video message Tuesday, he cited a bad election atmosphere, blaming personal and factional interests for dividing society.He said he couldn’t bear to see his supporters being bullied.Gou’s possible candidacy threatened to divide the opposition Nationalist Party. He lost the party primary in July but retained support among many party members. He resigned from the party last week in what was seen as a precursor to an independent run.He stepped down earlier this summer as head of Foxconn, a major contract manufacturer of electronics including the iPhone.The Associated Press read more

At least two Police and Crime Commissioners have visited or endorsed the clubs, of which there are 160 across the UK. Cannabis Clubs first appeared in Britain around seven years ago with the first groups launched by people who used the drug to treat a variety of medical conditions. Despite the fact possession of cannabis remains illegal and can result in a maximum five year prison sentence, many forces no longer treat the offence as a priority, with some police leaders even calling for the law to be relaxed. But the failure of police to investigate… Police have been accused of giving tacit support to ‘cannabis clubs’ where paying members can meet and take the drug without fear of prosecution. 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. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP to SARA Head: ‘Clean your own house if you are serious about fighting corruption’April 18, 2018In “latest news”PPP to SARA: Irresponsible to say Billions lost without providing evidenceApril 21, 2018In “latest news”Harmon fires back at PPP/C’s scandal dossierOctober 7, 2016In “Politics” Dear Editor,The litany of accusations of corruption that continues to be hurled at the former PPP/C administration and even public servants who were merely doing technical jobs have not ceased and has assumed new momentum as the coalition government attempts to deflect attention away from the downward spiral to which they have taken the economy.The persecution, on nebulous grounds, of PPP/C leadership and affiliates has assumed new dimensions with the misuse of SOCU and the formation of SARU. The initial forays against members of the private sector by these two bodies were merely obfuscatory actions that are intended to divert attention from their pursuit of their real prey, the man they hate and fear the most, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo: and hence the Pradoville 2 debacle.After having assumed administrative office in a devastated nation, the aggressiveness with which Dr. Cheddi Jagan implemented policies for the elimination of poverty is well-documented, nationally and globally.Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo’s role in this continuum of achievement is well-admired, well-respected, even by some coalition supporters; and, I believe, envied by some who aspire to his reputation and capabilities for exemplary leadership. Dr. Jagdeo, in my view, can best be described as the architect of modern Guyana.The ministers in the PPP/C administration worked indefatigably, relentlessly, trying to reverse the severe downslide in every sector. Slowly, inexorably, the country was fulfilling its promise of a transformed and incrementally-appreciating developmental growth trajectory.Dr. Jagdeo was subsequently instrumental in creating synergies for access to loans, even without collateral, to build homes; and he had engineered the reduction of interest rates to manageable proportions.Additionally, as more lands were opened up for housing projects, the scope of qualifying home-ownership aspirants widened, with Guyanese of all colours, class, creed, race, religion – with no differences being recognized or considered, benefitting from the PPP/C’s home-ownership initiative. The Housing Ministry’s records will attest to this fact.Former President Jagdeo and PPP/C ministers also aspired to own homes in this land of their birth, for which they had worked hard and sacrificed much; and they are prepared to show the world how they afforded to acquire lots at the disputed Sparendaam Housing Project and build their own homes.We are refuting the accusations of all the anti-PPP/C protagonists that the Sparendaam lands were acquired under questionable circumstances that gave a distinctive advantage to then government functionaries.Those who have authored articles and have spoken to the press appears to have unwittingly or not ignored the fact that the Sparendaam housing development was consistent with the policies and practices of the PPP/C administration, as it relates to housing development countrywide. Secondly, the price paid for the Pradoville 2 lands were comparable to the market generated prices from a publically advertised competitive bidding process for the sale of lands to private developers in close proximity right on the East Coast of Demerara.The actions by the current government, which can justifiably be described as spiteful, vindictive, petty political witch-hunting, is because former President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, opted to build his home, a right afforded every Guyanese citizen, in the Sparendaam Housing Development; so they have conjured a plethora of accusations denouncing him for acquiring a home in this country, to which he gave decades of selfless and unstinting service.We in the PPP/C have endlessly called on our accusers to show to the public figures and statistics, and their sources of information of all their allegations of fraud committed by the former administration; as well as to reveal where all these monies they claim were stolen by the PPP/C administration went.Since this issue is one in a continuum of sensational national discussions I take this opportunity, through this missive, to publicly urge the convening of a public forum on corruption for stakeholders countrywide, where accusers and accused can debate the allegations of fraud and corruption against the PPP/C leadership; and where the accusers can – and should, present irrefutable evidence to validate their accusations; or admit that their accusations have no merit. An apology would also be nice.However, we are of the considered opinion that they will never rise to the challenge because their unfounded allegations are vented with an evil intention and a specific agenda; and that is to discredit the PPP/C leadership and to cast doubts in the public’s mind about the soundness of their character and commitment to working for the national welfare, as opposed to enriching themselves at the expense of the Guyanese taxpayers.Until proven otherwise, we are convinced that this smear campaign against the PPP/C leadership, and the proclivity of the intellectual authors to fabricate and publicize sensational figures to capture headlines, as both ego-boosters and attention-grabbers, and this mastered art of creating fictional stories designed to denigrate and demonize opponents, are ploys to deflect public attention from their abject failure in all areas, their incompetence, ineptitude, and poor leadership and administrative skills, all of which characterize this current government, where the twin sins of arrogance and ignorance flourish.So let us assemble accusers and accused, the voices of reason in the Guyanese society; and yes, any interested party, to settle this matter once and for all.If those who feed the nation with their daily concocted diatribes of irrational hate want to retain any credibility then they should take up our challenge. The gauntlet is thrown.Yours faithfully,Bishop Juan Edghill read more

first_imgSpeaking at the 2009 Paydirt Uranium Conference in Adelaide, Australia, Hon Paul Holloway MLC Minister for Mineral Resources Development said that the “South Australian Government has worked hard in the past six and a half years to create a climate of certainty in this state that provides investors with the confidence they need to plan long-term investments in the resources sector. We realise investment in our resources sector is critical for the continued development and growth of the South Australian economy. While initially this confidence-building policy led to a record surge in investment and exploration in this state, with mineral exploration expenditure reaching A$355.2 million in the 2007-08 financial year, the latest quarterly result brings overall spending for calendar year 2008 to A$317.5 million, down from A$331.3 million in the 2007 calendar year.“The figures published just last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show exploration spending slowed in all jurisdictions except New South Wales and the Northern Territory. South Australian wasn’t immune from this slowdown with the A$68 million spent on mineral exploration in the December quarter of 2008, down from A$75 million in the previous three-month period. The main minerals sought during the December quarter were copper with A$20.7 million in spending. Of most interest to this conference is spending on uranium exploration, which ranked second overall with A$17.8 million in expenditure during the quarter, down from A$22.4 million in the previous three-month period.“The ABS figures show total exploration expenditure in 2008 was still more than triple the A$100 million annual target set by South Australia’s state strategic plan. [It] remains in third place behind resource-rich Western Australia and Queensland, states that also experienced a significant slowdown in exploration spending during the December quarter.”Commenting on the effect of the global financial situation Holloway continued: “As I have been warning for some time, even before the global financial crisis began to take its toll on commodity prices, a slowdown in exploration spending in South Australia was inevitable as many projects moved from the exploration to construction and development phase. Even taking the recent slowdown into account, South Australia is still recording historically high levels of spending compared with total exploration expenditure of about A$40 million/y experienced just seven years ago when this Government came into office.“The fact that these numbers continue to hold up in the current environment confirm that the global exploration sector continues to have the highest levels of confidence in South Australia’s mineral potential. With the global financial crisis generating so much uncertainty in world markets, it is quite timely that South Australia has firmly established itself as a low-risk destination for investment.“While the current economic climate is casting a shadow over the short term outlook for the minerals sector, the fundamentals of the mining industry, including demand for resources from Asia, remains positive. Mining companies tend to take a long-term view and so does the Rann Government, and in those terms the investment outlook for South Australia remains promising.”Commenting on the prospects of expansions in the State, Holloway stated: “This Government remains confident in the prospects for BHP Billiton’s proposed expansion of the Olympic Dam mine with a comprehensive environmental impact statement due to be made available to the public for two months of consultation from early May. The continued strength in mineral exploration expenditure in South Australia in 2008 further reinforces the overwhelming success of the Rann Government’s plan for accelerating exploration (PACE) initiative.“This year’s State budget allocated an additional A$14.1 million to ensure South  Australia is better able to translate the hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in exploration into new mines and energy projects. With a second wave of mine projects in the pipeline we are committed to ensuring that South Australia realises its full mineral wealth potential. I am, however, acutely aware of the pressures the current economic situation places on your industry. Funds for exploration are essentially unavailable at present and companies need to preserve their cash.  Similarly funds for the development of projects will be difficult to source until the global credit squeeze eases.“To that end we intend to ramp up our efforts in the promotion of South Australian projects overseas, particularly in China, Japan, and India. These countries continue to invest in South Australia and we have developed excellent relationships with companies such as Sinosteel, CNNC and CITIC in China, JOGMEC and Mitsui in Japan, and the Reliance Group in India. The longer term demands for commodities in China and future demand from countries such as Japan, India and Korea remain fundamentally sound.”He then went on to address the uranium sector in particular: “South Australia continues to make progress toward developing several world-class projects. The recent PDAC Convention in Toronto heard the long-term growth prospects for the nuclear industry and uranium mining remain optimistic. It was predicted that the global industry of 436 nuclear reactors will rise to more than 606 reactors within the next 20 years, with the potential for even more rapid expansion. That is a 40% increase in the number of reactors in the space of two decades, with a consequent surge in the expected demand for uranium.“Much of that increased capacity comes from the search for alternatives in Asia and Europe to carbon-emitting power sources as countries strive to reduce their contribution to global warming. This nuclear generating capacity relies on an international fuel cycle that can ensure a stable and secure supply for decades to come. It is estimated that the global nuclear industry today needs about 181 MIb/y of uranium to supply reactor feed requirements. Primary production provides about two thirds of this annual requirement, while the remainder is drawn from secondary supply which is basically stockpiles of previously produced uranium.“However, these secondary supplies are finite and more primary production will be needed as capacity begins to climb. South Australia is clearly well positioned in the coming decades to be a leading provider to this growing clean energy industry. South Australia’s Premier Mike Rann led the charge to overturn the ALP’s no new uranium mines policy and South Australia has been in the forefront of exploration and development of new projects, as well as putting in place a world’s best-practice regulatory system.“While we expect increased competition within Australia now that Western Australia has dropped its long-standing opposition to uranium mining, this State still retains its first mover advantage. Only a few months ago, Uranium One of Canada and Mitsui & Co of Japan signed a joint venture agreement to develop Honeymoon uranium mine in South Australia, as well as Uranium One’s Australian exploration portfolio. This commitment from Mitsui of approximately A$104 million will help to advance the development of the Honeymoon project into commercial production by 2010 and expect some further news on progress on that project within the next few weeks.”On closing his speech, he announced that: “As before, this downturn will eventually turn into an upswing and this Government aims to be ready to take advantage of this period to lock in the projects and the supporting infrastructure and skilled workforce required to make the most of our State’s mineral wealth.”last_img read more

first_imgCertain recent news reports have suggested that the world is running out of certain essential metals, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS). However, they “are just scaremongering,” say scientists from the organisation. The basis for these stories is the idea that we have reached ‘peak metal’ – that we have used more than is now available to mine – but they ignore some very basic facts about the science and economics of mineral deposits within the Earth’s crust. Andrew Bloodworth from the BGS said “We are unlikely to run out of metal as long as we continue to invest in the science needed to identify where new mineral deposits can be found, and to use what we already have more efficiently. These unfounded concerns deflect attention from more pressing issues regarding our use of resources from the Earth”.Subscribers to ‘peak metal’ correlate declining production with serious depletion of metals in the Earth. Experience of the last 200 years suggests otherwise. Metal production is highly cyclical, with intermittent peaks and troughs which are closely linked to economic cycles. Declining production is generally driven by falling demand and prices, not by scarcity.The total stock of metal in the earth’s crust is finite, but it is also extremely large. The stocks of metal for which we know the precise location, tonnage and which we can extract economically with existing technology (reserves) are tiny in comparison to the total amount. Together with production data, ‘peak metal’ advocates tend to use these reserve figures as a basis for their calculations, despite the fact that both production and reserves are continually changing in response to movements in markets and scientific advances.In the longer term, advances in science and technology mean that we are getting better at finding and extracting metals – a significant proportion of global uranium reserves are in a single deposit in Australia which was unknown 30 years ago. For these reasons the use of reserve and production data to predict ‘peak metal’ is highly dubious as these figures are closely related to the state of the global economy and scientific and technological advancement.Bloodworth said “As the global population grows and more people aspire to improved standards of living, continued scientific research will help ensure that future demand for metal is met by a combination of new resources in the Earth, better recycling of metals in our society and from more efficient end-use. That is essentially doing more with less. For example, in 1985, 1 kg of aluminium made 46 drinks cans. Today the same amount makes 70 cans. This shows how we can become much more efficient in our everyday use of metals. The big catch is that this needs to be done without compromising our environment, so we also need science to break the link between our use of metals and greenhouse gas emissions.’last_img read more

Serbian Handball Federation announced that all the tickets for the EHF EURO 2012 Preliminary Group B, where will play national team of Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic and Macedonia are sold! Reconstructed sports hall “Cair” with 4.500 seats will be full in three days of competition. Majority of fans will have Macedonia, what was expected, because their Capital, Skopje is only 200 km away from the biggest city in Southern Serbia.Macedonian PRESS is writing that Kiril Lazarov and his teammates can expect about 2.000 fans from Skopje and other cities. ← Previous Story Ivan Lapcevic in Italian Romagna Handball Next Story → Bundesliga 2011/2012 (Round 5): Kiel beat RNL – HSV had problem again with “Gumi” EHF EURO 2012 read more

first_imgSamsung présente son NX100 en imagesCorée du Sud – Samsung propose le deuxième appareil de la génération NX après le NX10. Voici donc le NX100 qui reprend les standards de son prédécesseur en y ajoutant plusieurs nouveautés et particularités bien à lui.Quatorze mégapixels, monture NX et écran AMOLED 7,6 cm, vidéo haute définition en 720p : pas de doute, le NX100 a pour base les mêmes caractéristiques que le N10. Néanmoins, le dernier né des usines de Samsung est plus compact (12x7x3,5) et propose une ergonomie différente. À lire aussiOlympus dévoile le Tough TG-1 pour des photos en conditions extrêmesChose surprenante : la répartition des boutons est unique, ce qui est plutôt dommageable pour les utilisateurs fidèles aux futurs autres appareils de la même gamme. Enfin, le NX100 pourra bénéficier de deux objectifs : un 20-50 mm f/3,5-5,6 (avec lequel il sera livré) et un 20 mm f/2,8 ultra-plat. Il devrait être disponible à la fin du mois au prix de 599 euros.Découvrez-le en images : 14 septembre 2010 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgMer du Nord : une fuite de kérosène entraînée par une collision Pays-Bas – Un tanker grec transportant du kérosène est entré en collision avec un porte-conteneurs chypriote ce mardi vers 7H00, au large des Pays-Bas. Le choc a engendré une fuite d’hydrocarbures.C’est à une trentaine de kilomètres de la côte, près de Scheveningen, que cet accident s’est produit. Vingt-cinq personnes se trouvaient à bord du tanker et douze sur le porte-conteneurs, qui transportait principalement des box vides. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueSi d’après un porte-parole des gardes-côtes néerlandais, personne n’a été blessé, “le tanker transportait du kérosène et il y a un trou au niveau de la ligne de flottaison qui provoque une fuite”. D’après l’agence ANP, il s’agirait d’un trou de cinq mètres sur six.Les secours seraient toutefois intervenus rapidement et à temps pour endiguer la fuite d’hydrocarbures. “Ils ont pompé le carburant qui s’échappait d’une cuve percée vers une autre cuve du bateau” ont assuré les gardes-côtes. Et d’ajouter que si du brut flotte encore à la surface de la mer, le kérosène devrait s’évaporer très vite. Aucune opération de nettoyage ne serait ainsi nécessaire. Le 12 octobre 2010 à 15:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgClark County’s unemployment rate climbed to 5 percent in December, an increase over November’s 4.6 percent but matching the 5 percent reported for December 2017, according to Washington Employment Security Department data released Wednesday.Despite the rise in the unemployment rate, the county saw an unadjusted net increase of 200 jobs during December. When asked about the discrepancy, regional economist Scott Bailey stressed that the unemployment rate is an estimate.“There’s a big plus-or-minus around that unemployment rate,” he said. “It has to move at least half a (percentage) point before we can say it was significantly different.”Wholesale trade, information services, professional services, health care, food services and K-12 public education each gained approximately 100 jobs, but those gains were partially offset by a loss of 200 jobs in business services, 100 in state government and 100 in local government, resulting in a net gain of 200 jobs for the month, bringing total nonfarm employment to 170,400.When reporting the state-level jobs numbers, the employment security department posts the actual change in jobs and a “seasonally adjusted” figure, which is recalculated to exclude large changes in the workforce that reliably occur at the same point in each year, such as thousands of students seeking summer jobs in June.last_img read more

first_imgThe average advertised salary in the UK increased by 3.9% between December 2017 and December 2018, according to research by job search engine Adzuna.The UK job market report: January 2019 is based on online vacancy data from across 500 sources. It also found that the average advertised salary in the UK is £34,213 as at December 2018, an increase of 1.6% from the £33,682 average salary recorded in November 2018.Those in the teaching profession have reaped the biggest increase in rewards over the last 12 months, with the average advertised salary increasing by 14.4% to reach £30,511. This is followed by a 7.8% average salary increase for legal professionals, equating to an average advertised wage of £43,733. IT positions generate an average annual salary of £51,401, a 5% rise over the last year.At the other end of the scale, the retail sector has seen its average advertised salary in the UK decrease by 5.9% between December 2017 and December 2018, for an annual average salary of £25,385. Maintenance jobs have seen a similar fall, decreasing by 5.1% to reach an average of £28,980.Wales is the only UK region that has seen an overall fall in its average advertised salary in the last year (0.5%). In comparison, South West England has enjoyed a 8.2% hike, with an average wage of £32,552. London still offers the highest average salary throughout the UK, with £41,859; this is an increase of 5.3% since last year.Andrew Hunter, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “With salaries at their highest and vacancies at their lowest for four years, there may be room for cautious optimism at the moment. However, one sector where the picture is not so rosy is retail, where [employees] are feeling the pinch.“We recently published reports that say they are the unhappiest [employees] in the UK and it’s clear to see why: low salaries, declining vacancies and the looming threat of closures make retail a challenging place to be.”last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The National Guard plans to stand up 13 new cyber units across 23 states by the end of fiscal 2019 as part of the ongoing growth of cyber forces throughout DOD, officials announced last week.“Working with the Army and Air Force our cyber squadrons and teams will provide trained and ready soldiers and airmen to support requirements established by the services and U.S. Cyber Command,” Army Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said in a press release.Seven new Army Guard cyber protection teams will be activated across 18 states. They will join four previously announced Army Guard cyber teams spread across six other states.In partnership with the Air Force, the Air Guard will activate four new cyber operations squadrons in Idaho, Michigan, Texas and Virginia. In addition, a cyber information surveillance reconnaissance (ISR) squadron will stand up in California and a cyber ISR group in Massachusetts.The Guard’s new cyber units will establish a foundation for future cyber forces to be activated.“This is the beginning,” said Air Force Col. Kelly Hughes, chief of the Space and Cyber Warfare Operations Division at the Air National Guard Readiness Center. “This is a massive amount of force structure the Guard has laid into this mission, but this is just the first layer,” Hughes said.The latest rollout of cyber units allows the Guard to fulfill Army and Air Force cyber missions while positioning cyber protection units in each of the 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) response regions, according to the bureau.“The focus is to get that presence in as many states as possible and especially making sure we have all the FEMA regions covered,” Hughes said.Ensuring each FEMA region has coverage ties into the Guard’s mission to respond to large-scale emergencies and disasters at home, said Air Force Col. Timothy Lunderman, director of joint cyber operations at the National Guard Bureau.Cyber teams and squadrons, Lunderman added, are another asset governors can use at the state level should they be needed.last_img read more

first_imgPriyadarshini Sen Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Priyadarshini Sen News Priyadarshini Sen,Load Comments,VA’s revised policies on symbols, displays aim to protect ‘religious liberty� … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,SRINAGAR, India (RNS) — In his starched kameez pajama and a blue turban —vestments of distinction in this northernmost part of India — Sartaj Sofi holds the gaze of over 500 devotees during Friday prayers.“We need to follow the teachings of Islam to practice sound ecology in our valley,” says the 30-year-old religious preacher, his voice rippling through the large prayer hall.Sofi’s sermons, though impeccably religious, vary from tradition in one surprising detail. For three years, Sofi has been one of a growing number of preachers in the Kashmir Valley to sensitize the local Muslims to eco-consciousness through an appeal to their faith.“Years of violence and state surveillance have depleted our natural resources, along with climate change,” said Sofi. “Ordinary people are now turning to religion,” he said.There are more than 7,500 mosques and seminaries in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, of which more than 6,000 are of the Hanafi Sunni order. Another approximately 200 are shrines of the mystical Sufi sect of Islam.Since 1947, the majority-Muslim region of Kashmir has been caught between India and Pakistan, which emerged as two sovereign states after the wrenching end of colonial rule by Britain. The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two wars here, which both claim in full but control in part.Religious preacher Sartaj Sofi. RNS photo by Priyadarshini SenAfter years of conflict that has harmed the valley’s natural beauty, the locals here have more faith in religious preachers like Sofi to protect their heritage than they do the government, explained Farooq Ahmed, an imam from Srinagar.“Civilians are distrustful of government programs since they haven’t stopped activities such as deforestation, soil erosion and extinction of biodiversity in Kashmir,” said Ahmed.In particular, locals blame government apathy and corruption for the state of Dal Lake, an urban waterway once hailed as a jewel in the crown of Kashmir, that is now a weed-clogged swamp.Illegal encroachments and sewage disposal in the lake have imperiled the livelihoods of the owners of shikaras, colorful wooden houseboats that lodge tourists, as well as the vegetable sellers who make their living along the lakeshore.Ghulam Rasool Dar, a boatman who has spent more than 70 years around Dal Lake, says the absence of a proper anti-pollution program is due to the unstable political situation in Kashmir.Moreover, in the last two decades or so, security forces have allegedly cleared vast tracts of forestland to prevent militants from taking cover in the forests.One result of the deforestation in recent years has been the unprecedented floods that have killed more than 300 people in 2014, as hundreds of villages, bridges and roads were washed away.The Centre for Science and Environment, a research and advocacy group in Delhi, attributed the floods to “unplanned urbanization, encroachments, climate change and a lack of preparedness.”Shaheena Parveen, a government municipal committee president in Bijbehara, a town outside Srinagar, defended the local government’s efforts to reverse the effects of the conflict. “The government is working tirelessly to boost Kashmir’s economy, tourism and environment. Years of conflict have derailed the state.”Since 2015, the government has dispatched mobile vans in neighborhoods around Srinagar to spread eco-consciousness; shiny billboards and hoardings with verses from the Quran are more commonly seen in villages and towns; and street theater has gained popularity.But imams in the Bijbehara town said people’s crisis of faith has increased since the 2014 floods, and they continually blame the government for never rising above conflict.“People are therefore inclined to disengage with government programs since they are hollow promises. They are looking to faith leaders for solutions,” said imam Farooq Ahmed.“The floods were the flashpoint,” says Pir Masood-ul-Haq, an administrator at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, widely considered the holiest Muslim shrine in Kashmir. “The calamity spurred us to sensitize people at shrines and mosques about conserving our environment.”Masood-ul-Haq has taken to teaching the nearly 50,000 devotees who congregate at the white marble shrine each Friday how a strict ascetic discipline can restore Kashmir’s natural diversity. He makes his case by citing Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali, a 14th-century Kashmiri Sufi saint who founded the Rishi movement, promoting harmony with nature in ways that seem to anticipate contemporary responses to climate change.Muslim devotees at the Aishmuqam Shrine, near Anantnag District of Kashmir Valley, India, where a sermon on environmental conservation was held on June 21, 2019. RNS photo by Priyadarshini SenThe Rishis would plant fruit-bearing trees wherever they went and espoused non-violence, based on their view that religion should primarily focus on man’s treatment of his fellow beings.Their eco-consciousness, Masood-ul-Haq said, “comes not from focusing on the afterlife as religious leaders have done, but by cultivating a strong spiritual tradition in this life like the Rishi order.”Inspired by the Rishi’s ethic, Kashmiri religious leaders are mobilizing action to prevent use of plastics, fossil fuels and pesticides.Besides the appeal to ancient philosophies, the imams’ environmental push is relying as well on the urgency felt by young Kashmiris. “There’s a spurt in religiosity among the youth who see mosques and shrines as platforms to reach a wider audience at the grassroots level,” said Fayaz Ahmed Rather, an administrator for the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Waqf Board, a local religious charitable endowment.“Mosques have been used for socio-political ends in our conflict-ridden society,” said Asif Hussain Wani, a student at an industrial training institute near Srinagar. “But now, we see them as powerful vehicles to spread environmental consciousness.”It is no coincidence that Sufis are leading voices in the green movement here. Fayaz Rather, who also preaches at a mosque in Aishmuqam that is dedicated to a key Rishi figure, believes that the ecological crisis arises from a modern faith in science over a characteristic Sufi asceticism.In the days when “people relied on mythologies and ancient texts over scientific knowledge,” said Rather, care for the environment was a given.That sometimes abstruse connection between faith and the planet, however, has recently trickled down to NGOs and academics, who have begun collaborating with religious leaders.Since last year, the Community of Education, Research and Development, an NGO in Kashmir’s Anantnag district, has convinced more than 20 imams to start the conversation on “environmental spirituality” in cities, towns and villages.“Many anthropogenic activities and policy paralysis have destroyed Kashmir. We want to regain our paradise,” said Aabid Hussain Mir, the organization’s president.Azra Nahid Kamili, a professor of environmental science at the University of Kashmir, says scientists are also working closely with religion scholars and preachers.In 2017, the Central University of Kashmir organized an international conference on conservation of the environment and the role of religion, where theologians and religious leaders were invited from the United States, Bosnia and India.Amid all the emphasis on religion, Sartaj Sofi says that environmental consciousness is a matter primarily of the welfare of Kashmiri society.“It’s important to remember what Sufi saint Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali had said in the 14th century. Our food will last as long as forests last.” Share This! By: Priyadarshini Sen AP-NORC Poll: Americans rarely seek guidance from clergy Share This! 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first_imgNo coins, no power-ups, and no kills from the beginning of Super Mario Bros. to the end. Could you do it?There’s nothing quite as mesmerizing as a speed run for classic games. Portal, for instance, has been completed in less than nine minutes, while Skyrim has been finished in just over two hours. Reflex gamers who have played the same game over and over record themselves gliding through Super Mario Bros. like it’s nothing. Every movement is a deliberate attempt to get to the flag as quickly as possible. What if you went about it a different way, and instead played a level in an attempt to get the lowest possible score? More importantly, what if you played the whole game that way?The lowest possible score you can get in any given level of Super Mario Bros. is 100 points, which is what happens when you touch the base of the flagpole with zero seconds left on the clock. If you’re familiar with SMB, you know there are warp pipes that allow you to cut through huge sections of the game, but there are a few levels you absolutely must complete. So, in this run, you see the entire game defeated by meticulously avoiding coins, kills, and power-ups, finally ending with Bowser taking the lava bath we all know he’s going to take.Best of luck trying this with Super Mario 3D World.last_img read more

first_imgTeenagers’ natural desire to rebel against authority could be tapped to drive them to replace junk food with healthier choices, a study has found. Food marketing, designed to foster strong positive associations with junk food in kids’ minds and to drive overeating, is one of the biggest obstacles in the public fight against obesity. The study, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, found that a simple and brief intervention can provide lasting protection for adolescents against these harmful effects of food marketing. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe method works in part by tapping into teens’ natural desire to rebel against authority, researchers said. The team from the University of Chicago in the US went into classrooms and had one group of students read a fact-based, expose-style article on big food companies. The article framed the corporations as manipulative marketers trying to hook consumers on addictive junk food for financial gain. The stories also described deceptive product labels and advertising practices that target vulnerable populations, including very young children and the poor. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA separate, control group of students received traditional material from existing health education programs about the benefits of healthy eating. The researchers found that the group that read the exposes chose fewer junk food snacks and selected water over sugary sodas the next day. Teens first read the marketing expose material, and then did an activity called “Make It True,” meant to reinforce the negative portrayal of food marketing. The students received images of food advertisements on iPads with instructions to write or draw on the ads – graffiti style – to transform the ads from false to true. The study found that the effects of the marketing expose intervention endured for the remainder of the school year – a full three months. The effects were particularly impressive among boys, who reduced their daily purchases of unhealthy drinks and snacks in the school cafeteria by 31 per cent in that time period, compared with the control group. Researchers found that reframing how students view food-marketing campaigns can spur adolescents, particularly boys, to make healthier daily dietary choices for an extended period of time. “Food marketing is deliberately designed to create positive emotional associations with junk food, to connect it with feelings of happiness and fun,” Christopher J Bryan, from University of Chicago. Teenage boys, a notoriously difficult group to convince when it comes to giving up junk food, started making healthier food and drink choices in their school cafeteria. “One of the most exciting things is that we got kids to have a more negative immediate gut reaction to junk food and junk food marketing, and a more positive immediate gut reaction to healthy foods,” said Bryan. This relatively simple intervention could be an early sign of a public-health game changer, researchers said.last_img read more

first_imgAkumal, Q.R. — As of Monday morning, the road used to access the beach at Club Akumal Caribe will be ordered permanently closed by the municipality mayor.A judicial order to close the road and reinstall the fence that was torn down with machinery last year was defied by the mayor until a February judgement left Tulum’s mayor with an ultimatum. To restore the property or risk contempt.Romalda Dzul Caamal, mayor of Tulum, has ordered the restoration of the property with assistance from security personnel who will see the vendors removed and the road closed as of 8:00 a.m. March 5.Staff from the General Directorate of Public Safety and Transit of Tulum, in addition to officials of the Directorate of Revenues, will arrive at the property to ensure complete compliance.The order to close the beach access road was given to the director of municipal Public Safety, Commander Gabriel González Ornelas, via a letter signed by mayor Romalda Dzul Caama.Last month, the lawyer representing Club Akumal Caribe warned Romalda Dzul Caamal that she is not in a judicial position and that by refusing to close the road used to access the beach, could put her job in jeopardy.Last year, a judge ruled that the road used to access the beach by the public was on private property belonging to Hotel Club Akumal Caribe, SA de CV and the Ukana I Akumal Center, AC.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “We are still searching if there are more bodies because many people were in the market and some are still in their shops,” said police officer Eric Bambue, describing the scene as the worst thing he had ever seen.There were no details about the bombers, but two previous suicide attacks have been carried out by women, a hallmark of the militant group that also uses suicide attacks in Nigeria. Cameroon recently banned women from wearing burka veils after suicide bombers used them to conceal explosives in Fotokol on the border with Nigeria.Hundreds of people were wounded in the crowded market, said local businessman Ousmaila Toukour.“Almost all of the goods sold here are brought in from Nigeria, and it is very likely that the bombs were hidden in the goods,” he said. “I think the market should be closed and searched.”On Monday, residents of Kamouna village, in the same northern region, said 80 members of Boko Haram attacked and killed 23 people at night, including many children.Nigeria-based Boko Haram, which this year became the West African franchise of the Islamic State group, has targeted northern Cameroon repeatedly in retaliation for Cameroon’s participation in a regional military effort against the extremists. Last week, bombs planted at a bar in north Cameroon by suspected Boko Haram fighters killed 14 people. YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — At least 20 bodies have been found in northern Cameroon’s regional capital of Maroua after two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Wednesday in a busy marketplace and a popular neighborhood.Cameroon, which borders Nigeria and has contributed troops to the multinational force fighting the Boko Haram Islamic extremist rebels there, has been repeatedly attacked by the insurgency as recently as Monday. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more