Giannis will play in the pre-Olympic tournament

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo will lead the Greek national team in the upcoming pre-olympic tournament of Turin, Italy.The Greek player met today with the Bucks’ owner Marc Lasry and expressed his wish to play with the Greek national team. Despite the fact that the initial plan of the Bucks for Giannis was to take a break from the national team and work on his game during the summer, they understood what playing for Greece means to him.After all, with Giannis Bourousis being the only veteran left from the 2005 European champions, the team is ready to turn the page and be build around Giannis.This is how the Greek freak announced the outcome of the meeting.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

The Cactus Bowl Infographic

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What Justin Herbert’s Decision Means For Dwayne Haskins

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The biggest news in college football today is the decision by Oregon’s Justin Herbert to return for his senior season. Herbert was projected to be the top quarterback off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.With Herbert coming back to school, the herd of an already-slim quarterback class is thinned some more. His announcement is bad news for NFL teams needing a quarterback, but good news for one potential draft entry.Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins has been rocketing up draft boards with his performance this fall. There were many who thought Haskins would be a top-10 pick in 2019 if he came out, even if Herbert was in the draft.Well, with Herbert remaining a Duck, Haskins is now the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback in the 2019 class, assuming he leaves school early.Herbert staying in school might make Dwayne Haskins leaving OSU a near lock. Potential QB1 and top 10 pick.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 26, 2018Haskins has said recently he is focusing on Ohio State’s upcoming Rose Bowl game against Washington. He’ll announce his NFL decision after that.At this point, it seems like a formality that he will forego his final two seasons and turn pro.Outside of Haskins, Missouri’s Drew Lock, Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier should also merit long looks from NFL teams.last_img read more

Russian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two finish to end Ferrari’s 3-race winning run

first_img Next Associated Press SochiSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 19:06 IST Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after finishing 1st at Russian GP. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLewis Hamilton finished in a Mercedes one-two in RussiaWith this win, Hamilton stretched his lead to 73 points in drivers’ championshipFerrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third as his teammate Sebastian Vettel retired on 28th lapLewis Hamilton coasted to a comfortable victory and led a Mercedes one-two finish at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday to tighten his grip on a sixth World Championship.In a calamitous few laps for Ferrari, the Italian team threw away a possible one-two finish of its own after Sebastian Vettel broke down and Charles Leclerc dropped from first to third.Valtteri Bottas followed team-mate Hamilton home at the Sochi Autodrome as Mercedes secured the full quota of points. Hamilton now leads Bottas in the championship by 73 points with just 130 remaining. Leclerc is 107 points behind the British driver.Max Verstappen finished fourth ahead of Red Bull team-mate Alex Albon, who started last after he crashed out during qualifying.Ferrari had already got themselves into a needless mess before Vettel retired with an engine failure on lap 28.Vettel got the jump on pole-sitter Leclerc on the long drag down to the second corner but a curious pre-race arrangement had Leclerc calling for the roles to be reversed.It appears that the team had agreed that if Vettel benefited from Leclerc’s slipstream and moved ahead of the Frenchman off the start line, he would have to concede the position.Ferrari were on the radio to tell Vettel to let Leclerc by, but the four-time world champion resisted the order.Leclerc protested over the radio.”You put me behind and I respected everything,” he said. “We will talk later.”The Ferrari pit wall were on to Vettel again, but again the German refused to let his teammate pass, fearing that he would be exposed to Hamilton in third place if he slowed down.advertisementLeclerc was the first to stop on lap 22, but instead of calling in Vettel the next time around Vettel was left on old tires as his teammate put in several fast laps on his fresh tires.Four laps after Leclerc pitted, Vettel was eventually called in and by the time he emerged he had fallen behind his teammate and into second place.Just moments later disaster struck as Vettel broke down with an engine failure.It was then to get worse for the Scuderia. With Vettel’s broken down machine in a precarious position, the virtual safety car was deployed to slow down the field, allowing Hamilton, who had yet to pit, a free stop for tires and the lead of the race.Leclerc, meanwhile, declined to blame the team or his teammate for the mid-race drama.”I will always trust the team but the tactic was me giving the slipstream and for us to be one-two, which happened, but then I don’t know. I need to speak to the team to know the situation better.”Standing in the drivers’ championshipLewis Hamilton 322Valtteri Bottas 249Charles Leclerc 215Max Verstappen 212Sebastian Vettel 194Also Read | Russian GP: Charles Leclerc emulates Michael Schumacher with 4th pole in a rowAlso Read | Great job, really happy for you: Hamilton congratulates Vettel for Singapore GP winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Russian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two finish to end Ferrari’s 3-race winning runLewis Hamilton’s closest rival and Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas took second place, with Hamilton also banking an extra point for the fastest lap.advertisementlast_img read more

Risk Mitigation Capacities of Four Communities Being Strengthened

first_imgThe disaster resilience and risk mitigation capacities of four communities are being boosted, under a project to be implemented by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), at a cost of $6 million.The project, ‘Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MoSSaiC)’, primarily entails drain infrastructure improvement works, among other activities, aimed at reducing flooding, and improving slope stability to curtail the incidence of land slippage, and other occurrences resulting in dislocation for the residents.Approximately 20,000 residents will benefit from the undertaking in the targeted communities where the project will be undertaken as a pilot, beginning in the next few months. These are Harbour Heights, Melbrook Heights, and Bedward Gardens in St. Andrew; and Breastworks, in Portland.[RELATED: Bill to be Tabled to Boost Disaster Fund]Funded through the World Bank with financing from the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), the project is slated for execution over 12 months by the National Works Agency (NWA).A contract for the work was signed by ODPEM’s Acting Director General, Richard Thompson, and NWA Chief Executive Officer, E.G. Hunter, during a brief ceremony at ODPEM’s Haining Road offices, in Kingston, on June 25.Senior Director for Mitigation, Planning and Research at ODPEM, Kareema Aikens-Mitchell, informed that the communities are the first beneficiaries of the programme, and outlined the rationale for their selection.“We had a number of criteria that we used to evaluate the need. Because (the undertaking) is looking at improving landslide risk in certain communities…you had to have high density, and we can clearly see that in the communities that we are working with. There has to be some element of social vulnerability. Also, we had to be working with a particular slope gradient, where landslide risk is prominent,” she explained.Mrs. Aikens-Mitchell said the work will see the construction of main drains, intercept drains, and feeder drains, among other features.“At the end of the project, we hope to replicate the methodology across other communities in Jamaica,” she said.For his part, Environmental Engineer at the NWA, Dr. Mark Richards, indicated that the agency has commenced surveys in the project areas and will shortly be “going into the design phase” for the project plans being drafted.“We expect to be in the communities within a few months, so once the designs are complete and we get contractors on board, then actual work will start,” he assured.[RELATED: Labour Minister says All in Place for Active Hurricane Season]In his remarks, Mr. Thompson pointed to ODPEM’s “role and responsibility” in ensuring that “our communities are more resilient.”He underscored that “this community-based landslide risk reduction project is part of a bigger framework as it relates to building disaster-resilient communities.”Mr. Hunter said the NWA welcomed the opportunity to partner with ODPEM in executing the project. Noting that the agencies are “usually united” in national disaster recovery efforts, he pointed out that “it is good to see that we are now engaged in a mitigation effort.”He assured that the NWA is committed to “delivering this project on time, within budget, and in accordance with stipulated specifications.”Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Team probes death of man who fell from overpass after police arrived

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – Nova Scotia’s police watchdog is investigating the death of a 27-year-old man who fell from a highway overpass after officers arrived on scene to deal with a possible dispute.A Serious Incident Response Team statement says police were called to an overpass over Highway 125 in Sydney at about 5 p.m. Thursday.The team says sometime after a Cape Breton Regional Police officer arrived and found two men on the overpass, one of them fell from the overpass onto the highway below.The force contacted the team, which has sent three investigators to Sydney to look into the matter.It is also asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the agency.The team investigates all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, regardless of whether there is an allegation of wrongdoing.last_img read more

Spence camp waits for chiefs opposition leaders to sign declaration before ending

first_imgAPTN National NewsChief Theresa Spence is planning her exit strategy to end her weeks-old fast Thursday by demanding a commitment from federal opposition leaders and chiefs to press the Conservative government on a list of demands going forward.The list includes the eight points laid out by the Assembly of First Nations to Prime Minister Stephen Harper during their meeting Jan. 11, that included proper funding for education and respect of treaties.“The eight-point plan, plus straightforward additional commitments that reflect our needs in our communities in terms of housing, in terms of funding issues. All those things have to come into play. All those things need to be discussed openly and transparently,” said Spence spokesperson Danny Metatawabin to APTN National News Wednesday. The full story airs tonight on the APTN National News.Spence and her supporters have been in discussion with Liberal leader Bob Rae and NDP MP Romeo Saganash, who is said to be leading the negotiations, to determine the list of demands and ensure their parties are on board to campaign on behalf of First Nations.“I’ve been involved for some time now in trying to allow Chief Spence to end her fast with dignity. This has meant extensive discussions with the AFN, individual chiefs, Chief Spence and her team, and others,” said Rae in a statement. “She has done a lot to galvanize opinion around an issue of critical importance to Canadians.”If they don’t sign on Spence said she will continue her fast that began Dec. 11 on Victoria Island in Ottawa.Also on the list is demands original demand – a meeting between Harper, the governor general and First Nation leaders.Metatawabin said they don’t feel a commitment was made from the Jan. 11 meeting, although Harper said there would be further meetings, but the next one will only be with AFN national chief Shawn Atleo.“We stand firm. We stand united to add those commitments on to a declaration and endorsed by chiefs and endorsed by opposition parties to carry this forward,” Metatawabin said Wednesday. “Everybody is in all this together and we need to support that movement together for future generations.”He said accepting to carry the torch, so to speak, for Spence and First Nations is what they need to see before Spence packs up and heads back to Attawapiskat as members of her band council head to Ottawa to demand she quit her fast or quit her role as chief of their community.“It’s up to (the leaders) to accept those commitments and if they don’t accept those commitments we continue here,” said Metatawabin, who believes they’ll be successful in achieving their goals. “Eventually we will get there.”A source close to APTN National News said Wednesday morning Spence will end her fast Thursday, the same day a ceremony is being held in Ottawa to honour Spence.last_img read more

Peace Region McDonalds raise over 17000 on McHappy Day

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Morocco Withdraws From USled Coalition Against ISIS

Rabat – King of Jordan Abdullah II said on Monday that Morocco pulled back from the US-led coalition against terror group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.The Jordanian monarch, who was interviewed on Fox News’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” said that Jordan is now the only Arab country carrying airstrikes alongside the United State in Syria.He said that the UAE and Bahrain joined his country straight after the murder of a Jordanian pilot burned to death earlier this year by Islamic State terrorists. They have since pulled back because of the ongoing tensions in Yemen, he added. “We are the only Arab country operating alongside the Iraqis in Iraq alongside the coalition,” he said. As the Iraqis and the coalition increase their tempo for the next operation in Iraq, so will Jordan increase their tempo inside of Iraq.”He said he is glad to see his country’s relationship with Morocco is getting stronger, especially as both countries are dealing with threats from terrorist groups.“The king of Morocco is a strong partner with me in dealing with Khawarij [the outlaws of Islam] the Islamic terrorist organizations, especially in Western Africa. His relationship with the United States has improved and I think that is a good thing,” he told Fox News’s Bret Baier.King Abdullah II said he hates to use the word “extremists” to describe terror group the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, “because they take that as a badge of honor.”“These are outlaws that have nothing to do of understanding what our religion is about. And they have basically targeted Muslims before they target other religions and more Muslims have died because of them than any other religion,” he said.Asked about the Islamic State, King Abudllah II said that it’s a franchise whether it is Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram in Nigeria or Somalia’s Al Shabab.“The next worst element that comes up whatever name they give themselves everybody else will turn and give allegiance to that group,” he said. read more

Eradicating arms trafficking will further peace in Central Africa say UN officials

19 March 2010The efforts of Central African nations to consolidate peace and further development are being thwarted by weapons trafficking, top United Nations officials warned today, calling on Member States to do all they can to eradicate this scourge. “Central Africa is awash with illicit weapons – exacerbating inter-communal violence, increasing cross-border crime and threatening ongoing peace and national reconciliation processes,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said in her remarks to a debate in the Security Council.“Peace and security in Central Africa require a strong commitment by States in the sub-region together with State suppliers of weapons to expand their individual and collective efforts to eradicate weapons trafficking,” she stated.Such efforts, Ms. Migiro added, must include greater commitment by the States of the sub-region to implement global instruments and to strengthen their capacity to identify and combat those involved in illicit brokering activities.These instruments include the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects; the UN Firearms Protocol; and the International Tracing Instrument.In addition, Central African States should make the best possible use of tools and expertise made available by the world body, including from the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, she said.The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) noted that today’s conflicts take place within rather than between nations, and are fought with light rather than heavy weapons. The global illicit arms trade is estimated to be worth $200-$300 million annually, and Africa, the most profitable market for smugglers, suffers the largest number of casualties because of it.“Even small amounts of arms can undermine the socio-economic progress of a nation, break the State’s monopoly on the use of force, or create a tipping point in political in political (or military) stalemates,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa.“In short, illicit arms fuel the violence that undermines security, development and justice,” he added, stressing the need to tackle both the demand and supply of illicit arms. “Arms trafficking is another pandemic. The therapy is known, the surgical instruments available. I hope this meeting will spur Member States to use these tools to cut the arms flows that fuel conflicts, undermine States and enrich criminals.”The Council, in a presidential statement, encouraged Member States to “undertake vigorous actions aimed at restricting the supply of SALW [small arms and light weapons] and ammunitions to areas of instability in Central Africa.”Among other things, the 15-member body also called on international partners to assist countries in the region to strengthen their capacities to prevent the illicit proliferation of such weapons, and to take measures related to the security and management of stockpiles of arms. read more

UN declares deadly cattle plague eradicated after global campaign

The United Nations today declared that the world has completely eradicated a cattle disease that has killed millions of bovines for millennia. It is the first animal disease to be officially declared eradicated – and only the second disease ever, after smallpox. A resolution approved by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at its meeting in Rome today stated that the world was free of rinderpest, or cattle plague, but also “called on the world community to follow up by ensuring that samples of rinderpest viruses and vaccines be kept under safe laboratory conditions and that rigorous standards for disease surveillance and reporting be applied.” The announcement followed verification last month by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that the disease was no longer circulating in its natural habitat. The last outbreak of rinderpest was registered in wild buffalo in Kenya in 2001, and the last vaccination took place in 2006. “The declaration is the final step in a decades-long global campaign implemented by FAO, in close coordination with the OIE, and other partners to eradicate rinderpest,” the agency said. The highly infectious disease has killed many millions of cattle, buffalo and other animals, and caused hunger and economic hardship, primarily in Africa, Asia and Europe. Since 1994, FAO has spearheaded the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme (GREP) with the OIE, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other institutional partners, governments, regional organizations such as the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources, and communities worldwide. The agency said the international cooperation was funded by the European Union, Japan, Ireland, Italy, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) among others. The programme’s success had “demonstrated the importance of political and financial support for veterinary services, community outreach, regional cooperation, and research,” FAO said. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said: “We must also focus our attention on measures to be taken to ensure that this result is sustainable and benefits future generations. To do this, a post-eradication strategy should be put in place to prevent any recurrence of the disease.” Rinderpest is a highly contagious viral disease affecting several species of wild and domestic split-hoofed animals, notably cattle and buffalo. Many species, including sheep and goats, can show milder clinical signs of the disease when infected, but the mortality rate can reach up to 100 per cent in highly susceptible cattle or buffalo herds. An outbreak of rinderpest in imported animals in Belgium in 1920 was the impetus for international cooperation in controlling animal diseases, and a key factor leading to the establishment of the OIE in 1924. The global eradication of smallpox was certified by a commission of eminent scientists in December 1979 and subsequently endorsed by the World Health Organization in 1980. 28 June 2011The United Nations today declared that the world has completely eradicated a cattle disease that has killed millions of bovines for millennia. It is the first animal disease to be officially declared eradicated – and only the second disease ever, after smallpox. read more

CBK says inequality breeds terrorism

Boko Haram Islamists have killed hundreds in Africa’s most populous country since 2009, with analysts arguing that crippling poverty in the mainly Muslim north is underlying much of the violence. Sri Lanka’s 1972-2009 war with Tamil rebels claimed more than 100,000 lives, according to UN estimates.In Nigeria, aside from Boko Haram’s campaign, clashes linked to ethnic and religious divides have killed thousands in Nigeria in recent years. (AFP) “The continued existence of inequality gives rise to violence and even terrorism,” she added. Kumaratunga was invited to speak by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, an independent think-tank that hosts an annual lecture by a prominent world leader.She urged Nigeria, roughly split between Muslims and Christians and with some 250 ethnic groups, to “celebrate” diversity, adding that she had made efforts to reach out to members of the minority Tamil ethnic group while in power. Sri Lanka’s former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga warned that inequality can fuel “terrorism” during a speech in Nigeria, a country grappling with a deadly Islamist insurgency.“Poverty, socio-political injustices cause frustration and anger among the marginalised groups,” said the Sri Lankan leader, who led the south Asian nation from 1994 to 2005. read more

Security Council renews sanctions against Liberia refugees return home

By a resolution that was approved unanimously, the arms and travel bans and timber export sanctions, originally imposed in September 2003, were renewed for a year, but with a promise to review the progress made in six months.Diamond sanctions were renewed for six months, but would be reviewed after three months, since the country had made some progress towards implementing the Kimberley Certificate of Origin regime for its rough diamonds, the Council said. Liberia had also scheduled a visit from Kimberly representatives for early next year.The Council noted that the measures remained in force “to prevent former President Charles Taylor, his immediate family members, senior officials of the former Taylor regime, or other close allies or associates from using misappropriated funds and property to interfere in the restoration of peace and stability in Liberia and the sub-region, and reconfirm(ed) its intention to review these measures at least once a year.”It repeated earlier calls for the international donor community to assist the peace process, especially with reintegration of former combatants and reconstruction, to respond to humanitarian appeals and to help the National Transitional Government with financial, administrative and technical needs, especially in fulfilling requirements for lifting the sanctions.The Council also called for no more than five experts on arms, timber, diamonds, finance, humanitarian and other relevant issues, drawing as much as possible on the expertise of the previous panel, to be appointed by the Secretary-General and Council members and given a six-month mandate to investigate any violations of the sanctions worldwide.The Panel of Experts would detect “various sources of financing, such as from natural resources, for any illicit trade of arms,” if any, and would assess progress in meeting the standards that would allow the sanctions to be lifted.Meanwhile, a ship carrying 384 Liberian refugees docked at a port in the capital Monrovia, bringing to 1,375 the total returning from Ghana. Those coming back from elsewhere under UN auspices numbered 3,625, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.The returnees were given food and other relief items and were trucked to join families and friends, it said.In addition, nearly half of the 10,000 Ivorian refugees who fled fighting in Côte d’Ivoire and took shelter in Liberia had gone home, leaving 5,482 people behind, UNHCR said.The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said today that it conducted a six-day workshop on reporting and ethics last week for 34 journalists from 17 community radio stations. The mission has now trained more than 180 journalists in Liberia. read more

UN envoy to Iraq says all parties must honour sanctity of holy

Reacting to an incident at the Umm al-Qura mosque in Iraq, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today stressed that all parties must honour the sanctity of holy sites. In a statement released in Baghdad, Ashraf Qazi voiced regret at the event yesterday, when some security forces entered the mosque. Mr. Qazi called on the responsible authorities to ensure that the issue is investigated as quickly and transparently as possible. This incident, following others in recent weeks involving places of worship, should serve as a reminder of the need to eschew violence and build mutual trust and confidence, Mr. Qazi said, calling on all concerned to support a fully inclusive political process that would increase stability and a peaceful future for the people of Iraq. Also today, on the occasion of the holy Muslim holiday Eid Al Adha, Mr. Qazi wished the country’s citizens a peaceful celebration. “Eid Al Adha El-Mubarak is always a time for people to reach out to one another and solidify the common bonds amongst them,” he said in a message released in Baghdad. “For the Iraqi people, this particular Eid Al Adha holds a special meaning as they undergo a process of national healing and unity,” he added. Mr. Qazi wished all of the Iraqi people, representatives and their leaders “a festive and peaceful holiday.” read more

Climate change An existential threat to humanity UN chief warns global summit

“We must build on this,” the UN chief emphasized, calling renewable energy – which already produces a fifth of the world’s electricity – power that also delivers significant health benefits.The World Health Organization reports that more than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas are exposed to poor-quality air that is damaging human health. Financing to accelerate climate action is necessary if we are to bend the emissions curve Secretary-General António Guterres“Investments in clean, green infrastructure need to be scaled up globally,” he explained. “For that, we need leadership from the finance and investment community and by local, regional and national governments who will decide on major infrastructure plans over the coming years.”Mr. Guterres encouraged private sector leaders attending the UN General Assembly-backed summit in the Austrian capital, to announce new financing for clean energy projects. While the 30-member independent International Energy Agency estimates that 2017 investments in renewable electricity amounted to $242 billion, said the UN chief, that was still far less than the funds invested in new fossil fuel development. Billions of dollars more needs to be invested in renewables if we are to see a “full-scale transition to clean energy” by 2020, said Mr. Guterres.Moreover, some 75 per cent of the infrastructure needed by 2050 has still not been built. “Mobilizing and equipping local governments with the capacity and financing to accelerate climate action is necessary if we are to bend the emissions curve,” he maintained. Noting that climate change continues to move faster than climate action, Mr. Guterres quoted the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change saying: “The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts.” “But,” he added, “it does not have to be that way,” pointing to solar, wind and cutting-edge technologies, such as electric vehicles or energy from algae in the ocean, which promises a new era of clean air. “Let’s join a race to the top, a race where there are only winners,” concluded the Secretary-General. Both leadership and innovation are essential for climate action, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his keynote address to the global gathering, known as the R20 Austrian World Summit – a long-term initiative to help regions, States and cities implement the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the Paris Agreement targets. Mr. Guterres spelled out: “We must use all our resources to build a sense of urgency”, to raise ambition, while keeping temperature rises in the years ahead, as close to 1.5 degrees Celsius as possible.He said there was reason to hope, declaring that “the world is seeing a groundswell of climate action”,  citing examples, including Morocco’s building of a solar farm “the size of Paris, that will power over a million homes by 2020” and China’s achievement in already passing it’s 2020 goal of producing 105 gigawatts of solar power capacity. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse finding its identity through defense

OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey (3) tries to recover a ground ball during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorIf there’s a word to describe what a lacrosse defense needs, it is unity.In almost any team-oriented sport, it is difficult to win if the team is not playing with unity on the defensive side of the ball. While one player might be able to carry the load offensively at times, an out-of-sync defense usually spells disaster.Unity is one thing that the Ohio State men’s lacrosse defense has prided itself on this year.After losing two of the top three goal scorers from last year in Jesse King and David Planning, OSU coach Nick Myers said the players on defense knew they would have to rely on each other in order to help an offense with a lot a fresh faces.“I think it’s big … anytime that you have relationships that you can lean on, that you have confidence in each other,” Myers said. “A lot of defense, and a lot of high-level defense, is trust and communication.”OSU’s scoring defense currently ranks in the top 20 in the nation, only allowing nine goals per game. Senior defensive midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos said he and his teammates have a special relationship that allows them to find their best stuff.“We have that comfort level with each other where we play together, and we can also push each other,” Kapinos said.The starters that make up the defensive side of the ball — seniors Robby Haus and Chris Mahoney, sophomore Erik Evans and redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey — have had the opportunity to play together for more than a year now, helping to create that unity every defense needs.”It’s really beneficial for us. I think me and Chris have been there for the longest amount of time, so we have a really good relationship. Then Tommy came in and we hit it off immediately,” Haus said. “Erik is a young guy, but he acts a lot older than he is, and I think being around some of these seniors and redshirt juniors has helped him a lot.“Our chemistry is awesome.”Carey continued, elaborating on what experience playing with each other means as opposed to playing with freshmen on the team.“I think the relationships we have with one another — (Robby) and I, and Chris and Evans, too — (they) just allow us to hold each other to a little bit different standard than the first-year guys,” Carey said.Those first-year guys, like freshmen midfielders Logan Maccani and Noah Best, have had a great mentor in Kapinos, Haus said.“I know we’re trying to develop some young faces at the defensive midfield, and he’s done a really good job bringing them in and building chemistry with them,” Haus said.OSU senior defender Chris Mahoney (21) during a game against Notre Dame on March 26 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Cameron Carr | Lantern PhotographerCommunication has been essential in the OSU defense’s success this year. Lacrosse is a sport that involves a lot of switching, commonly referred to as sliding.If an on-ball defender lets his man get past him, the defender has to be ready to slide in order to double team the ball-carrier. Then the whole defense has to slide in order to cover the now-open man. It’s a complicated process, one that would result in allowing a goal without constant communication, Kapinos said.“It’s just keeping everybody on the same page so that we’re all organized and making sure that we’re all doing the same thing,” Kapinos said. “You can’t have one guy doing one thing and five guys doing the other.”A lot of what the defense does is communicated by the goalie, and Kapinos said Carey is excellent at his job.“It helps with Tommy in the goal,” Kapinos said. “Tommy gives us a lot of communication and kind of quarterbacks the defense.”The Buckeyes are set to commence Big Ten play on Sunday. They’re scheduled to face a No. 18 Penn State team that ranks 12th in the nation with 12.67 goals per game.The team will be trying to sever its four-game losing streak, including a 15-6 loss to No. 1 Denver in which OSU gave up eight fourth-quarter goals after only being down 7-5 heading into the final period.Carey said he blames himself for the fourth quarter meltdown but said the defense as a unit cannot be making so many mistakes.“I think a lot of that falls back on me, and at the same time we play as a unit,” Carey said. “So, I’ve got to be a lot better, but we have to be better as a whole unit in stopping shots, getting the ball up and out in transition and … getting back to the basics and getting better every single day.”With the chances of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament dwindling, the Scarlet and Gray will need to turn things around quickly in order to be invited to the Big Ten tournament. A Big Ten championship would give the Buckeyes an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.However, it will take the whole defense, and, really, the whole team, in order to make this happen.“You’re only as strong as your weakest link,” Haus said. read more

ThreeDify releases OptimCut 10 a constrained Nbest cutoff grade optimiser for mining

first_imgThreeDify Inc. says “OptimCut 1.0 is an ideal tool for mine planners who seek to maximise the Net Present Value of their mine-mill operations. OptimCut 1.0  features:Both standard and constrained optimisation modes with allowance for flexible constraintsModern GUI that allows user to easily create custom solutions for experimenting with what-if scenariosInterface with ThreeDify FlowPit 2.0 and ThreeDify MoneyMatrix 1.1Extensibility via a COM interface that is accessible in VB, Java, C++ and C#.Interested parties can request a free demo version of ThreDify OptimCut 1.0 at no cost.last_img

Mapping 3D droid – M3D2

first_imgM3D2 is a Smartphone operated droid from Penguin ASI that gathers geospatially correct information about difficult to go or no-go areas and situations wirelessly. The droid works based in a number of ways to gather very accurate positions in both GPS and GPS denied environments. With the addition of any form of scanning system 3D maps can be provided to anyone solving a tough mapping problem. Further sensor packages can provide for example environmental information such as temperature, pressure, velocities and other information to understand ventilation in a mine.M3D2 is also able to add various others information gathering for specific situations.last_img

Les hommes préhistoriques pratiquaientils déjà le recyclage

first_imgLes hommes préhistoriques pratiquaient-ils déjà le recyclage ?Le développement durable, un phénomène du XXIème siècle ? Il semblerait qu’il faille plutôt remonter à un demi-million d’années. Des chercheurs ont montré que les ancêtres de l’Homme avaient des règles de vie bien précises qui consistaient à réduire, réutiliser et recycler dès que possible.Les premiers pas du développement durable auraient-ils eu lieu dans les grottes de nos ancêtres ? Plus de 50 scientifiques de 10 pays différents se sont rassemblés en Israël pour une conférence sur les “Origines du Recyclage”. Selon les premiers résultats, il semblerait que les hommes préhistoriques avaient déjà pour habitude de recycler leurs déchets il y a des centaines de milliers d’années. En effet, les chercheurs pendant qu’ils conservaient et réutilisaient délibérément des objets de leur vie quotidienne, rapporte Phys.org. Ils auraient même recyclé des outils en os cassés ou inutilisés afin de créer de nouveaux ustensiles, expliquent les chercheurs. “Pourquoi nous recyclons le plastique ? Pour économiser l’énergie et les matières premières”, souligne Avi Gopher, archéologue à l’Université de Tel Aviv, en Israël.”De la même façon, si les hommes préhistoriques recyclaient des silex, cela leur éviter d’aller en chercher à la carrière. Ils conservaient alors leur énergie et les matériaux”, détaille t-il.Une nouvelle utilité pour les objets usésPour en arriver à cette conclusion, les scientifiques ont mis au jour plusieurs sites, à travers le monde, où des signes de recyclage préhistorique ont été relevés. Au cœur de la grotte de Qesem, un site archéologique vieux de plus de 420.000 ans près de Tel Aviv, les ancêtres de l’Homme moderne auraient transformé des éclats de silex en de petites lames pour couper la viande. Plusieurs sites d’Espagne, d’Afrique du Nord ou encore d’Italie ont également livré des preuves similaires de réutilisation d’objets. Selon Giovanni Boschian, géologue à l’Université de Pise, les hommes de Néandertal auraient brisé des os d’éléphants pour en extraire la moelle osseuse avant de transformer les fragments d’os en outils. Ces derniers auraient ensuite été abandonnés puis récupérés afin d’être recyclés pour être réutilisés, rapporte IBTimes. Un professeur de géographie canadien a ainsi noté qu’il existe “des réponses similaires aux challenges et opportunités présentées par la vie de tous les jours, même au sein de civilisations séparées les unes des autres par des centaines de milliers d’années”.Faire face aux famines ?Certains scientifiques estiment toutefois que ce phénomène n’était pas délibéré chez les hommes préhistoriques. Ils ont d’ailleurs invité leurs confrères à ne pas tirer de conclusions trop hâtives en tentant de connaître ce qui est passé par la tête de nos ancêtres. Selon eux, ce qui est interprété comme un processus de “recyclage” pourrait, en fait, s’apparenter à de l’approvisionnement. Ils estiment que ce phénomène ne serait apparu que pendant les périodes de grand besoin comme les famines, les épidémies, les sécheresses ou les grands froids… À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les ancêtres de l’Homme comme l’Homo erectus ou l’Homme de Néandertal auraient donc utilisé le recyclage comme une stratégie de survie. “Cela s’ajoute néanmoins à de nombreuses recherches, qui tendent à démontrer que l’Homme de Néandertal était capable de produire des objets sophistiqués, de façon assez similaire à celle de l’Homme moderne”, énumère Rachel Wood, archéologue en datation au radiocarbone à l’Université nationale d’Australie.En effet, cette étude fait suite à la découverte d’anciennes reliques en os, délicatement ciselées, dans le Sud-Ouest de la France. Cela monterait que, contrairement à certaines études européennes, la création d’objets précis était particulièrement bien maîtrisée par l’Homme de Néandertal. Le 14 octobre 2013 à 20:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

How Archie Grew Up Into a Sexy Scary Comics Company

first_img Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on target For decades, American kids have been picking up the adventures of teenage redhead Archie Andrews, his vixenish love interests Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper, gluttonous best friend Jughead Jones, and arch-rival Reggie Mantle, in digest-sized comic books at supermarket checkout lines. Archie has almost always been a corny relic of a long-gone time — so how did a company born in the 1940s miraculously reinvent itself for the 21st century? Come with us as we get ready for Netflix’s Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina with a trip down memory lane.Teen DreamsFirst, a little backstory. In 1939, publisher John Goldwater founded MLJ Comics, which put out a slate of mostly superhero books. A few years later, Goldwater and artist Bob Montana tried something new — the adventures of an everyday American teen named Archie Andrews and his friends in the fictional city of Riverdale (based on their own small-town upbringings). As an attempt to capitalize on the successful “Andy Hardy” movies of actor Mickey Rooney, Archie Comics mixed humor and romance into a formula that would remain nearly unchanged for 80 years.If you’ve read one Archie, you’ve read them all and know the drill, but here’s the gist: Archie is torn between two women — the devoted, blonde Betty and the spoiled, raven-tressed Veronica (with an occasional third thrown in for good measure). Jughead couldn’t care less and Reggie is scheming for the affections of whichever girl Archie is more interested in at the moment. Throw in the supporting cast that includes super-genius Dilton Doiley, lunkheaded Moose, and a handful of adults and you have a clearly realized fictional world that plays host to wholesome hijinks.Sex AppealSo here’s the thing: Archie is never explicitly sexy. The furthest the Andrews boy ever goes with either of his love interests is a chaste kiss. But there’s a tremendous undercurrent of horniness that has percolated beneath the pages for almost the franchise’s entire history. To find out the source of that horniness, we need to head to the Archie offices at the end of the 1950s when a young artist named Dan DeCarlo walked in the door looking for work.DeCarlo quickly became Archie’s go-to guy as his clean, open style replaced the more primitive look of Bob Montana. The pulchritudinous physiques of Betty and Veronica under DeCarlo’s pen came to define the characters looks — wasp waists, wide hips, and some serious D-cups. Sure, the look wasn’t very “teen,” but it stuck.Dan DeCarlo’s knack for drawing sexy girls wasn’t honed at Archie — before he started with the company, he’d drawn literally hundreds of bawdy gag cartoons for men’s magazines like Humorama featuring buxom babes in the same style. DeCarlo even drew smutty pin-ups featuring Betty and Veronica for private collectors. We’re sure the brass at Archie knew about his mature portfolio, but realized that a dose of sex appeal would bring the book to a slightly older and more hormonal audience. In an amusing story, when DeCarlo was forced out at Archie in the 1990s for younger, cheaper talent, he did an X-rated parody for Penthouse Comix and Archie immediately hired him back to prevent their iconic artist from sullying the brand any further.A Giant StepIt’s fair to say that the tipping point for Archie’s modern-day transformation came in 2010, in the pages of Veronica Issue #202. In it, Veronica turns her affection to a new kid in town — hunky Army brat Kevin Keller — only to find out he’s not interested in her because he’s gay. Kevin was the first openly gay character in Archie history, and the formerly staid company discovered that not only was their audience ready for them to take risks, but they were also guaranteed good publicity. Sure, a few moral scolds complained, but overall Kevin Keller was a tremendous success.From there, bringing the timeless world of Riverdale into the 21st century became Archie Comics’ new mission. Sure, the old-school reprints would continue, but the company was dedicated to modernization and diversification. They’d dabbled in different kinds of books before — most notably a few ill-fated superhero lines — but this was different. They wanted to take the core of Archie and make it something 21st century kids could relate to.Over the next few years, Archie Comics would essentially split their business in half. Long-term artists and writers like Dan Parent would continue producing the same general stuff they had been — lighthearted teen tales in the classic vein. But they would also reach into a wider talent pool, bringing in critically acclaimed names for a fresh, new approach.July 2015 saw the launch of Archie #1, written by Mark Waid, with art by Fiona Staples. This book looked and read like nothing the company had ever published — it was effortlessly modern and new-feeling while still hitting the key notes, and it was soon followed by spin-offs that did the same for most of the cast. Suddenly, Archie had gone from background noise to the talk of the comics industry.Horror BusinessIn 1962, writer George Gladir and Dan DeCarlo added a new figure to the Archie universe — Sabrina Spellman, a young half-witch who lives with her aunts and her talking cat in Greendale (which is somewhere around Riverdale, naturally). Sabrina’s adventures let the company dabble in fantasy, and the character quickly became a hit. Sabrina anchored her own book, a 1970s cartoon series and more. In 1996, a live-action TV series based on the character premiered and ran for seven seasons with Melissa Joan Hart in the title role.Naturally, these were all pointed directly at the tween-age market that Archie had cultivated for half a century. But as part of the big pivot in the early 2010s, things changed for Sabrina as well. The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina series by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack takes place in the 1960s, with a teenage Sabrina dealing with the consequences of magic. That series spun out from 2013’s sleeper hit Afterlife With Archie, which told a surprisingly dark story about a zombie apocalypse overtaking bucolic Riverdale.The fact that the company was willing to put their iconic characters in these strange and mature situations was a big deal, and what came to be known as the “Archie Horror” line grew with books about a vampire Veronica and a werewolf Jughead. The new Sabrina book is the direct inspiration for the Netflix series of the same name, starring Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka.Getting RealIn 2014, the CW announced that showrunner Greg Berlanti — who had already caught lightning in a bottle with Arrow — was working on a new comic book adaptation, this time away from the DC universe. Titled Riverdale, it would be a live-action drama targeting older teens, and it would start with a murder. Riverdale High quarterback Jason Blossom drowns in Sweetwater River, but when his body is found with a gunshot wound in the head it kicks off a twisted tale of intrigue, passion, and mystery with references to shows like Twin Peaks and Black Mirror. Riverdale‘s tremendous success — it just started a third season and continues to improve in the ratings — shows just how durable the Archie archetypes are after nearly a century. They’ve transformed into narrative icons, capable of hanging any sort of story on from innocent romps to mature soap operas.Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina looks to be taking the same tack. And that’s really the big success story of comic book media in the 21st century. These characters that have had the last few generations to establish themselves in the collective consciousness are now figures of American myth, and like all myths they’re transforming with the tellers. Nobody could have predicted that Archie would claw back from cultural insignificance to become such a potent force, but they’re just getting started. May America’s favorite horny teenager continue to change with the times.3 Things to Read Next:Geek.com’s Riverdale RecapsFrom PCMag: The Evolution of the Modern Comic BookFrom PCMag: 10 Digital Comics You Need to Read Right Nowlast_img read more