It will soon be easier for people interested in visiting Nova Scotia to make reservations and plan their vacations. Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, announced today, Oct. 12, that the department is calling for proposals for a redesigned system that will bring together the province’s reservation booking service and tourism website. “We want to provide tourists with the best experience possible, even before they arrive in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacDonald. “This new system will ensure people have access to the most up-to-date information regardless of how they choose to book their vacation.” The Check In call centre contract is currently held by Corporatel, a division of The CCL Group. The new system will consolidate the Check In database and the novascotia.com database to create a state-of-the-art customer contact system. Once in place, the system will offer a seamless service to visitors and to tourism staff who provide information and assist with reservations. The reservation booking service and tourism website represent important components of the province’s tourism marketing efforts. Improving these services through enhanced technology is one of the recommendations of the Tourism Industry Vision and the long-term marketing plan developed by the Tourism Partnership Council. “This enhanced system will offer some exciting possibilities for Nova Scotia’s tourism industry,” said Mr. MacDonald. “It will allow us to create a more streamlined, interactive service for visitors and tourism operators. It will also reinforce our position as a world-class destination.” The request for proposals will close on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Responses will be reviewed and evaluated in November and the contract is expected to be awarded in early December. Copies of the request for proposals are available at the Public Tenders Office, 6176 Young St., Halifax; by calling 902-424-3333; or by visiting the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/tour/ . Tourism is a $1.3-billion industry in Nova Scotia, generating more than 33,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI formally stated Morocco’s intention to return to the African Union (AU) in a message to the AU summit in Rwanda on Sunday. Noting Morocco’s historical connections and increasingly strong economic ties to the rest of Africa, the monarch asserted that the “time has come” for Morocco to reclaim its seat in the organization and promote African unity.Morocco is the only African state recognized by the United Nations that is not a member of the AU. The kingdom left the organization, then called the Organization of African Unity, in 1984 to protest its decision to admit the Polisario’s self-declared Arab Sahrawi Republic (SADR) as a member state.Morocco considers the Western Sahara region, which the Polisario seeks to control, as its southern provinces. However, the African Union officially recognizes SADR as a member state, and multiple members have independently recognized this entity. 32 years later, the status of the Western Sahara remains the crux of the tensions between Morocco and the AU. There are two requirements for AU membership: that the state be located in Africa, and that the state sign and ratify the AU Constitutive Act. Once a state fulfills these requirements, the assembly must vote to approve the new member by a simple majority. Morocco hopes to formally begin this process during this summit.However, the contents of the Constitutive Act will pose difficulties as the AU determines whether to admit the kingdom. The Act includes among its objectives to “defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member States” and pledges to function in accordance with the principle of “non-interference by any Member State in the internal affairs of another.”If the AU accepts Morocco as a member state while continuing to recognize SADR, it will face a precarious political dilemma. Since Morocco and SADR claim the same territory, it would be impossible for the AU to uphold its principles of non-interference and sovereignty for both members.Therefore, King Mohamed urged the bloc to reconsider the membership status of the Self-proclaimed SADR. Calling SADR a “pseudo-state,” he noted that this entity is not recognized by powers across the globe, nor is it a member of the UN or the Arab League. “Institutional Africa can no longer bear the burden of the historical error [of recognizing SADR] and its cumbersome legacy,” the monarch claimed.Brahim Ghali, the newly-appointed head of SADR following the death of longtime Polisario leader Mohamed Abdelaziz, is attending the summit. Ghali, backed by economic power South Africa and other supporters of the SADR regime, will undoubtedly clash with the Moroccan delegation and its allies as the organization debates Morocco’s reentry.As the AU considers Moroccan membership, the kingdom’s recent efforts to deepen economic and diplomatic relationships with other member states will play an important role. Under King Mohammed VI, Morocco has worked to become a continental power by expanding its influence in sub-Saharan Africa.The kingdom has signed dozens of deals in the past two years alone promoting economic cooperation with Gabon, Mali, Senegal, the Cote d’Ivoire, and other African countries. As of 2014, the kingdom is the second-largest foreign investor in African nations. This economic diplomacy has helped Morocco increase its political capital, even in nations that hold opposing political views with regard to the status of the Western Sahara.King Mohammed VI has also relied on traditional diplomacy to gain allies. When Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the host of this summer’s AU summit, visited Morocco last month, the King awarded him the Order of Muhammad, the highest level of recognition in the Kingdom.The King’s economic and diplomatic efforts have elevated Morocco’s political power across the continent. The investment already appear to be paying out: recently, Zambia decided to cut diplomatic ties with SADR. These deepened relationships will help Morocco when the assembly votes on their membership application.In Morocco, however, support for the pan-African unity espoused by the AU is not uniform. Many citizens do not identify Morocco as a part of Africa, preferring to associate the kingdom as a part of the Arab world and rejecting the racialized categorization of “African.”However, King Mohammed VI is attempting to shift this attitude. Although Morocco’s population is not predominately black, the King noted in his message, the kingdom is as much a part of the continent as any other nation. Emphasizing the importance of brotherhood and pan-African consciousness, he stated that Morocco “has always been and always will be animated by an unshakable faith in Africa.”“Morocco, although it left the African Union, never left Africa,” the king asserted.Morocco’s reentry to the union could enhance economic and diplomatic prospects for the Kingdom and fellow member states. As nations around the globe question the power of liberal institutions in the wake of the Brexit, Morocco’s request to join the African Union is a nod to the enduring power of the African Union and the benefits such institutions can bring.
Rabat – Morocco’s economy will post a 3.9% growth in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 1.7% a year earlier, the High Commission for Planning (HCP) said.This performance is the result of a 11.1% rise in agricultural added value, the source added.This year will be marked by a 3.2% increase in global demand for Morocco, which will boost the profits of several exporting industries, including the automotive, electronics and textile industries, according to the HCP. Morocco’s economy posted a 1.2% growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 0.8 % in the previous quarter, HCP noted.During this period, revenues from Moroccans living abroad posted an increase of 1.8%, the source said.
8 December 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began airlifting much-needed relief supplies to the war-torn north-eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help tens of thousands of people living in terror of one of Africa’s most notorious rebel groups. The WFP operation is bringing food and emergency equipment to Dungu, a town in Orientale Province, where civilians have been attacked in recent months by Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a notorious rebel group that has waged war against Ugandan Government forces since the mid-1980s. “The suffering in Dungu has been overlooked as events further south in Goma and North Kivu have taken centre stage in recent weeks,” said Mustapha Darboe, WFP Regional Director for East, Central and Southern Africa. “Many thousands have been displaced, and are living in fear of their children being abducted. Their situation could hardly be any worse.” The agency said that at least 70,000 people are believed to be in need of help in an area where insecurity has severely hampered humanitarian access. More than one dozen cargo flights loaded with WFP food aid will be flown into Dungu from Uganda’s main airport at Entebbe. It will also airlift UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) emergency supplies, UN World Health Organization (WHO) medical kits and 10,000 liters of diesel fuel. Food rations are also being distributed to nearly 200,000 people – including many who were uprooted by fighting between the Congolese army and several armed groups in the region – in Bunia in Orientale province. WFP is continuing to help those affected by heavy clashes in North and South Kivu provinces. Last month, the agency reached over half a million people in eastern DRC, 383,000 of whom are in North Kivu. But it noted that it still cannot reach some 70,000 people in the province due to the fighting and poor road conditions. Escalating conflict between Government forces (FARDC) and a rebel group militia known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP) has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August, mainly in North Kivu. Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines. WFP is also feeding the 17,000 Congolese who have fled across the border to neighbouring Uganda. In a Op-Ed published in The Washington Times yesterday, the UN peacekeeping chief stressed that with a “humanitarian tragedy” unfolding in the eastern DRC, it is imperative that action be taken immediately to protect the population and bring an end to the fighting. “The situation in the Congo highlights the dilemma, and limits, of peacekeepers caught in ongoing conflict,” said Alan Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. The UN mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, is the Organization’s largest, with 17,000 personnel. “However, compared to the enormity of the tasks it is assigned and the vast expanse of the DRC – roughly the size of the United States east of the Mississippi and virtually without infrastructure – this number is actually rather small,” Mr. Le Roy said. For example, in Kosovo, NATO deployed 40,000 highly-trained and well-equipped troops to an area 200 times smaller than the DRC, he added. “Civilians have suffered from intense and often chaotic fighting, driven from their homes, caught in the crossfire and subjected to direct attacks and reprisals by armed groups and undisciplined elements of the national army,” the official said.
12 December 2011Eight years after assuming office as prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo spotlighted today the transformative changes taking place in international law, with countries increasing their support for ending impunity of international crimes, adding that this trend must continue to grow. “A new global order based on law is coming. Seventy years ago the crime of genocide did not exist.” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo at the tenth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Stature of the ICC.“Today we are discussing how States and the court are enforcing the new concept of crimes against humanity and genocide. In the 21st century the Assembly is leading the international community to protect every citizen in the world.” The gathering, which is taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, brings together representatives from the 118 States parties to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, to discuss matters central to the Court’s operation.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, whose term end in June next year, told the Assembly that support for the ICC is growing, as evidenced by the ratification of the Rome Statute by 42 additional States in the past eight years including “all South America and Europe and most of the Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo also highlighted the recent accession of Tunisia, which adopted the Statute two weeks after the fall of the old regime.“It sent a clear message: there is not turning back to abuse of power.” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said, adding that the recent accessions of Bangladesh and the Philippines also show a promising trend in Asia.However, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said it is crucial for the ICC to remain independent while also avoiding isolation from the international community so it can do its job effectively.Judge Sang-Hyun Song, the ICC’s President, echoed Mr. Moreno-Ocampo’s remarks, saying that “if we are to end impunity and achieve lasting respect and enforcement of international justice, then along with the running of an effective court and progress towards universality we also need to protect the court’s independence.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo will be succeeded by Fatou B. Bensouda of the Gambia, who was officially elected today. Ms. Bensouda said at a press briefing that she would continue Mr. Moreno-Ocampo’s work and would remain committed to fighting impunity of atrocious crimes.In her address to the Assembly, Deputy Secretary-General Ashe-Rose Migiro congratulated Ms. Bensouda on her new position and reiterated the UN’s support for the ICC, which includes providing services and facilities for the court’s field missions, as well as facilitating the provision of information.“The ICC is the vital and indispensable centrepiece of our system of international criminal justice. It is our best hope of ending impunity for international crimes. It is the vehicle with which our generation can significantly advance the cause of justice and, in so doing, reduce and prevent unspeakable suffering. If we fail to support the ICC and its noble cause, we fail humanity,” Ms. Migiro said.
The world has exceeded the targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, according to a report released today in Addis Ababa by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “Fifteen years ago there was a conspiracy of silence. AIDS was a disease of the ‘others’ and treatment was for the rich and not for the poor,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We proved them wrong, and today we have 15 million people on treatment—15 million success stories.” How AIDS changed everything – MDG 6: 15 years, 15 lesson of hope from the AIDS response was released at a community event at Zewditu Hospital in the Ethiopian capital, by Mr. Sidibé, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ethiopian Minister of Health Kesetebirhan Admassu, and Abiyot Godana from the Ethiopian community of people living with HIV. “The measure of success for the United Nations is not what we promise, but what we deliver for those who need us most,” Mr. Ban said at the event, held on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. “When it comes to halting and beginning to reverse the AIDS epidemic, the world has delivered.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Zewditu hospital to launch UNAIDS’ MDG6 Report. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › He noted that 15 million people on HIV treatment means millions of families protected and billions of dollars saved. It means that the world is on its way to an AIDS-free generation. It also means that nearly 75 per cent of all pregnant women living with HIV have access to antiretroviral medicines that improve the quality of their lives and protect their children from HIV. Mr. Ban congratulated Ethiopia for leading the way in ensuring all children are born HIV-free, and noted that the country has reduced new HIV infections among children by more than 85 per cent in the past 15 years. By 2014, UNAIDS estimates that 85 countries had less than 50 new HIV infections among children per year, and in 2015 Cuba became the first country to be certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated new HIV infections among children. According to the report, the AIDS targets of MDG 6 – halting and reversing the spread of HIV – have been achieved and exceeded, new HIV infections have fallen by 35 per cent and AIDS-related deaths by 41 per cent, while the global response to HIV has averted 30 million new infections and nearly 8 million AIDS-related deaths since 2000, when the MDGs were set. “The report demonstrates that the response to HIV has been one of the smartest investments in global health and development, generating measurable results for people and economies,” UNAIDS said. “It also shows that the world is on track to meet the investment target of $22 billion for the AIDS response by 2015 and that concerted action over the next five years can end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.” To do so, the report calls for dramatically changing the status quo in terms of both resources and efforts. “Simply put, we will not end the AIDS epidemic by continuing business as usual. We have to urgently and rapidly scale up our efforts over the next five years,” it says. It also underscores that international assistance, especially for low-income and low-middle-income countries, will be necessary in the short term before sustainable financing can be secured in the long term. Sub-Saharan Africa will require the largest share of global AIDS financing: $15.8 billion in 2020. The report is both a look back on the journey of the last 15 years and a look forward to the future of the AIDS response and the path to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. “Knowing that one day the ribbons will be gone and the lights will be dimmed as the world celebrates ending the AIDS epidemic, what a wonderful day that will be,” it concludes.
This is the first time the Automotive Academy has entered. The students on the Academy New Graduates Programme have spent the last 8 months honing their engineering, communications, team-building and leadership skills as they begin their careers in the motor industry. They recently spent a week learning new skills in team management and leadership at the Sandhurst Military College. Speaking at the launch, Ryan King from the Academy Racing team, said, ‘We have spent months creating the car to our own design, sourcing the materials and generating sponsorship, so we are really looking forward to putting it through its paces in the next few weeks. We want to do the Academy proud at our first ever race meeting in July.’ Reaching speeds of over 90 mph, ‘Academy Racing’ will drive in the Class 1 (200) Series of the IMechE Formula Student competition at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, on 8-10 July 2005. The vehicle has been designed and manufactured by the 10 students, often in their own spare time. It will be raced alongside 74 other entries from 18 different countries, including teams from Venezuela, India and Australia. The Academy’s New Graduate Programme manager, Bob Lyall, said, ‘The graduates have all learnt so much during the last eight months and we wish them well in the competition. The car looks great and I know that the new skills they have learnt through the course will help them as they make their way through the motor industry in the years to come.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The IMechE Formula Student competition promotes careers and excellence in engineering, by challenging students to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single seater racing car. Students on the Automotive Academy New Graduates Programme have unveiled their debut IMechE Formula Student racing car.
One study showed that of women who were still in their teens when they married, 53 per cent had divorced by their 30th anniversary. One in four had divorced by the same anniversary if they were aged 30 to 34 when they married, and just 7 per cent had done so if they were aged 45 to 49 when they married.Andrew Newbury, a partner with Hall Brown Family Law, said that “romance can be overtaken by reality” among couples who marry young. “Couples who start out with a common goal grow apart as they take on the responsibilities of marriage and adulthood, including children, careers and mortgages,” he said. Men’s average age at marriage has risen by almost a decade, from 23.7 in 1970 to 33.5 in 2014, and women’s has increased from 21.8 to 31.3.Meanwhile older people have become much more likely to wed. There has been a 56 per cent increase in the marriage rate for women aged 65 and over and for men the rate increased by 41 per cent.Some experts suggested that a spate of recent high-profile divorce cases had put couples off. The figures do not show couples who have separated without divorcing, so those who have not formalised their split would not be counted. Figures show that teenagers have had the largest percentage decrease in marriage rates since 2009. Since then 33 per cent fewer men and 27 per cent fewer women in this age group have got married.Couples who do marry young are much more likely to split. “It may be that some are being put off divorce by the spate of recent high profile big money cases in the press, deciding instead that ‘for better, for worse’ is the mantra,” she added.Another factor is likely to be a rise in cohabitation, with many younger couples increasingly likely to live together for a long period without getting married. The number of cohabiting couples more than doubled from 1.5 million to 3.3 million between 1996 and 2016, making it the fastest-growing family type.Harry Benson, research director at the Marriage Foundation, which works to promote marriage, said that despite falling divorce rates, Britain “continues to lead the developed world in family instability”. He said: “Cohabiting parents now account for one in five parents yet more than half of all family breakdown. “The stability that marriage brings protects couples against splitting up, protects health and well-being, and supports children’s education.”The first divorces by same-sex couples were also recorded in 2015. There were 12 divorces by female couples and 10 by male couples. Couples who start out with a common goal grow apart as they take on the responsibilities of marriage and adulthood, including children, careers and mortgagesAndrew Newbury Jo Edwards, partner and Head of Family at Forsters LLP said that “greater equality and contentment” in marriage, caused by both men and women having their own careers, could also be a factor. Marrying your childhood sweetheart might be a romantic dream for many – but figures show it more often becomes a nightmare. Analysis suggests that a plummeting divorce rate is partly being driven by sensible couples who are now more likely to wait before they walk down the aisle.New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in 2015 101,055 couples divorced, the lowest number since 1971. The number of opposite-sex couples divorcing fell by more than a third between 2003 and 2015 and by 9.1 per cent between 2014 and 2015, the biggest drop in more than 40 years. In its report the ONS said: “Age at marriage is also considered to be closely linked to the risk of divorce with those marrying in their teens and early twenties being at greater risk of divorce; our marriage statistics show that the average age at marriage has increased steadily since 1970 for both men and women.” Last year ex-model Christina Estrada won a ‘record’ £53m cash settlement in her divorce battle with Sheikh Walid JuffaliCredit:Geoff Pugh 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.
“Even if the proposed bypass provides some temporary relief for this section of the A27, evidence shows that the building of more and bigger roads often induces new traffic on those roads.” Project manager Sophie Hartfield said: “A better A27 will not only draw traffic away from other, smaller roads through the national park, it will also reduce traffic in and around Arundel’s historic town centre.”Nick Field, from the pro-bypass pressure group One Arundel, said: “Nobody wants to have a road built near them, there is no perfect solution. The South Downs National Park Authority has also applied for a judicial review, claiming that Highways England has not considered the various options in equal depth.Its chair, Margaret Paren, believes any scheme should take vehicles out of the park, rather than through it, causing “significant damage.”Highways England insists that the proposed bypass would save eight minutes and 12 minutes on journeys in each direction on the A27 at Arundel, currently “one of the worst traffic bottlenecks on the south coast.”It said more than 21,000 journeys were made on that section of the road every day, which was expected to rise to 26,300 by 2041 and confirmed that current delays were six minutes. “The A27 ahread goes through the park. The delays that take place at Arundel not only affect local people but the economy as a whole. If you look at it at face value, it makes sense.” The delays that take place at Arundel not only affect local people but the economy as a wholeNick Field Plans to build a bypass through the South Downs in order to avoid evening rush hour delays of just six minutes have been branded “illogical” and “heavy handed” by campaigners.The £250million project is expected to take the traffic away from the small town of Arundel, West Sussex, solving congestion and giving the local economy a boost.But opponents warn that Highways England’s preferred route for the new dual carriageway, which will cut through a section of the South Downs National Park, will cause significant damage to wildlife and ancient woodland.Campaigner Emma Tristram, who has submitted an application for a judicial review of the decision, told The Telegraph: “It would be incredibly damaging and the worst of the three options, having a major adverse effect on wildlife, the countryside, the villages it will tear through.“It’s absolutely terrible. This countryside is a paradise, full of bats, badgers, barn owls… It is completely illogical to throw it away for the sake of a six minute delay.”Daniel Carey-Dawes, senior infrastructure campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “Carving up the countryside in order to prevent a six minute delay is an excessive and unnecessary response. 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.
Maladie d’Alzheimer : la recherche progresseLa Conférence internationale sur la maladie d’Alzheimer s’est ouverte à Paris depuis le 17 juillet. Plus de 5.000 experts sont réunis pour cinq jours afin d’échanger les résultats de leurs recherches sur les maladies neurodégénératives et plus particulièrement sur la maladie d’Alzheimer. En tout, 2.400 présentations scientifiques sont prévues pour cinq jours au Parc des Expositions à Porte de Versailles (Paris) où se tient la Conférence internationale sur la maladie d’Alzheimer. Au programme : partage des résultats de la recherche médicale pour répondre à des enjeux tels que la prévention, les traitements et le diagnostic. Une étude fait déjà état du lien entre les traumatismes cérébraux et la maladie d’Alzheimer. En analysant les dossiers médicaux de 281.540 vétérans américains âgés de 55 ans ou plus, l’équipe du Pr Kristine Yaffe de l’Université de Californie a en effet montré que le risque de développer une démence pendant la durée de l’étude (7 ans) était plus que doublé chez les vétérans atteints d’une lésion cérébrale. Alors qu’aucun des sujets ne présentaient au début de l’étude des signes de démence, le risque d’en développer une avoisinait les 15,3% pour ceux qui souffrait d’une lésion cérébrale contre 6,8% chez ceux qui n’en avaient pas.Toutefois, les résultats diffèrent selon les études : certaines mettent en évidence un risque accru de développer la maladie suite à des traumatismes crâniens d’autres au contraire ne montrent aucune relation entre les deux.Mieux connaître le déclin cognitifÀ lire aussiGaz du sang : définition, comment cela se passe, y a-t-il des risques ?Quoi qu’il en soit la recherche médicale permet de mieux connaitre les maladies neurodégénératives : des centres spécialisés de diagnostic et d’accompagnement se multiplient. L’IRM est utilisée à des fins de tests et de nouveaux marqueurs biologiques se développent. Par ailleurs, dans certains cas, l’examen du liquide céphalo-rachidien peut permettre de détecter de façon très précoce la maladie. Différents types de « démence » peuvent ainsi être identifiés. De même, de nouvelles pistes de traitement des symptômes se développent alors que des thérapeutiques à visées curatrices sont également évoquées, comme le rapporte santélog.Agir en amontA l’heure actuelle, c’est la prévention qui prime. Car plus le diagnostic est précoce, plus il est possible de retarder l’installation irréversible de la maladie. En ce sens, une autre étude a d’ailleurs été présentée le 17 juillet, invitant à mettre en place une standardisation des biomarqueurs de la maladie.Pour le futur, des pistes thérapeutiques voient le jour : bloquer ou ralentir la progression des plaques séniles qui envahissent progressivement l’hippocampe, corriger des facteurs de risque cardiovasculaire, neuroprotection et stimulation cognitive. Aujourd’hui, 35 millions de personnes dans le monde sont touchées par la maladie d’Alzheimer, dont 900.000 en France. Ce chiffre pourrait doubler d’ici 2030. D’où l’importance des recherches qui seront présentées ces prochains jours à la conférence. Le 18 juillet 2011 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambert
Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu A new game has graced the Steam storefront, and it’s all about panties. Panty Party is exactly what it sounds like, and it’s hilarious. It’s an adventure all about keeping the whole of humanity from being turn into adorable pairs of panties.Sound insane? Sure, but it’s pretty fun to play. You control a pair of panties as this is essentially a third-person combat title where you can unlock a variety of different pairs to fight against enemies with. Follow the Warriors of Love as they set out, with their magical panties, to save humans from being transformed into the frilly garments.It’s a no-holds-barred kind of silly that’s available right now via developer and publisher Animu Game. And while you might assume for a moment that it’s all about nearly-nude characters and whatnot, it’s not that kind of game. Put your torches and pitchforks down and check it out for yourself for a whole series of tongue-in-cheek panty puns, panty-loving characters, and bizarre translation that doesn’t always make a whole lot of sense.But what there is a whole lot of are various pairs of panties. Some of them carry gatling guns. Some of them have adorable bears on them. Some are bikini cut; some are full cut. But they all flutter around in the breeze and act like “real” characters, so the only weird thing here is the fact that, well, you’re controlling a pair of underwear.I’ve got a thing for these kinds of weird games, and am a huge proponent of the idea that we need more of them. I think a sequel or DLC is quite warranted: how about Boxer Blitz? Or Boxer Bash if we want to keep with the party theme. That’s a good idea. You’re welcome for that freebie, Animu Game.Panty Party is available for purchase on Steam. Stay on target
Teacher David Quinn worried for months that some of his students might not be able to pay to take the exams they must pass to earn the rigorous International Baccalaureate diploma.With no federal funding available this year, the Edmonds-Woodway IB coordinator agonized over the possibility that his low-income students probably couldn’t afford the full fee themselves. Coordinators for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs across the state had the same concern.So when Quinn found out earlier this month that the fees would be covered in full, he said he started crying at his desk from relief. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib had pledged to raise money to help the students, and succeeded in getting about $400,000 in donations. Another $400,000 came from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.That means about 15,000 low-income students from across the state will have their exam fees covered this spring. And while they usually end up paying about $15 per test, this year they won’t have to pay anything.Habib “has displayed the kind of educational and policy leadership that the students in our state have been waiting to see for years,” Quinn said. “This is an amazing opportunity for low-income students and families, and I am confident that this will promote high achievement.”
HOUSTON — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape.Juan David Ortiz, 35, was in custody in Laredo on four counts of murder along with charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint, Webb County jail records showed.Ortiz was arrested a day earlier, after being found hiding in a truck in a hotel parking lot in Laredo, at about 2 a.m. Saturday, capping what investigators portrayed as a 10-day string of violence. Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said Saturday that investigators “consider this to be a serial killer” whose victims were believed to be prostitutes.Alaniz described how the Customs and Border Patrol intel supervisor continued going to work as usual throughout that time.“As law enforcement was looking for the killer … he would be reporting to work every day like normal,” he said.It all began with the discovery Sept. 4 of the body of 29-year-old Melissa Ramirez. According to a police affidavit , Ortiz said he killed Ramirez a day earlier. Like the other victims, Ramirez was shot in the head and left in a road in rural northwest Webb County.She was a mother of two.A second victim, 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera, was found shot and left in the road Thursday morning, badly injured but still alive, according to the affidavit.
Nestled in the woods near White Salmon is a small group of Theravada Buddhist monks following the Thai Forest tradition.The Pacific Hermitage has been in White Salmon for nearly a decade and depends on the small community for its daily meal.The monks still arouse interest and inquiries from newcomers and people visiting the area.What questions do Columbian readers have about the hermitage? Visit https://www.columbian.com/clark-asks/ to submit questions about Thai Forest Buddhism, the monks and their connection to the community.
#BahamasGeneralElections2017 #ObieWilchcombePromisesToWinBiminiForPLP Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 5th 2017, Bimini: Obie Wilchcombe is promising victory for the PLP in Bimini! The tourism minister send a strong message on Thursday night to his FNM Opponent Pakesia Parker, “You never get a lickin’ til you come to Bimini”. He says “this time we aint taking nobody for fun, this time we are serious here, to continue the path of growth” and promised to score big for the PLP come May 10th. The PLP’s gold team rolled into town, along with a slew of promises to expand the airport. Wilchcombe says flights direct from New York and Mexico were ready to come into Bimini, along with shops and restaurants for Biminites that would promote the sale of indigenous items.He went on to warn constituents not to give the FNM a chance, as Bimini could not afford to stop in its path of growth. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews
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Senate Finance Committee Co-Chairman Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, during budget deliberations, April 3. The Finance Committee budget bill would cut per-student school funding by $69 million, or roughly $300 per student. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska schools would see a $69 million cut in the amount of money the state provides based on the number of students each school district serves, called the base student allocation, under the budget proposed by the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. The Base Student Allocation would drop roughly $300 per student, from the current level of $5,930.Listen nowBethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman, the Senate Finance Committee co-chairman, said the cut to the Base Student Allocation was needed to help close the gap between the amount the state government spends and the amount it raises in oil royalties, taxes and fees.“We as a state are continuing to struggle with the fact that we are living beyond our means today,” Hoffman said.This per-student allocation is the biggest piece of the $1.3 billion the state spends each year on schools.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon, the committee co-chairwoman, said it’s impossible to control state spending without considering the amount spent on the BSA.“It’s huge, when we go to look at any cuts, when you hold that large of a department harmless,” MacKinnon said.Senators also introduced three bills intended to reshape education, with an emphasis on providing lessons online. Senate Bill 103 would eliminate funding for the Alaska Performance Scholarships, which help Alaska students with high grades attend college in the state. The money would instead fund online, or virtual, education.Online education could help address a teacher shortage, according to Palmer Republican Sen. Shelley Hughes. She said the state hasn’t been able to retain teachers in many school districts.“Virtual education will help beam great teachers across the state, where it’s difficult to recruit and retain them,” Hughes said.Leaders of the House majority didn’t like the Senate proposal to cut the Base Student Allocation.House Speaker Bryce Edgmon noted the House didn’t cut any of the BSA.“I think what concerns me is not only the cost that reduction incurs upon schools and smaller communities, but it’s the notion there could be an equal of reductions next year, and then maybe the year after, if you look at the Senate’s overall plan of $750 million in cuts,” Edgmon said.Edgmon said he supports increasing faster internet connections in schools, but said nothing replaces having teachers in classrooms.The other education bills senators introduced Monday are: Senate Bill 102, which would fund school broadband connections so that their speeds increase, and Senate Bill 104, which would suspend a state mandate that school districts periodically review their curriculums.The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to discuss the bills Tuesday.
Maruti Suzuki is reportedly gearing up to launch its much anticipated Ciaz ahead of the festive season this year, claims a new report.Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the replacement of the company’s underperforming SX4 sedan has hit the web numerous times through spied images and reports. Now a latest report in Financial Express, citing its sources close to the development says that Maruti will launch the Ciaz in the domestic market by September this year. The report also states that the company has started the trial production of Ciaz at its Manesar facility.The Ciaz, the new sedan offering of Maruti was first seen at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 and is based on the Suzuki Authentics concept car, which was displayed at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The car will be pitted against Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento in the sub-continent and is expected to fall in the price brackets of 7.2 lakh to 10.5 lakh.Under the hood, Maruti’s new C-segment offering, Ciaz is likely to pack the same 1.3 liter Multijet diesel or 1.4 liter K Series petrol engine of Ertiga and is expected to carry some of the features of both SX4 and Ertiga.Ciaz is expected to come loaded with safety features like with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The car is also likely to accommodate premium features like 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push button start, puddle lamps and leather seats.Earlier last week, the company had showcased the near production version of Ciaz at the Beijing Auto Show 2014. The mid-sized sedan concept dubbed Alivio measures 4545mm in length, 1475mm in height, 1730mm in width and has a wheelbase of 2650mm. Suzuki’s Alivio sedan draws power from 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder petrol engine and comes mated to six-speed automatic transmission.With the launch of new sedan, Maruti hopes to cash in during this festive season. The auto industry in the country, which has been witnessing poor demand for the past few months is also getting ready to welcome the festive season in hopes of finding a change in the market condition.(ED:AJ)
Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg speaking at F8 developer conference. Zuckerberg’s pet blockchain project is likely to unveil a white paper on the cryptocurrency that may be named Libra on June 18.facebookThe cryptocurrency world is abuzz with reports of the likely release of a white paper by Facebook about its rival to Bitcoin that may be called Libra. Speculation is rife whether a likely Facebook proposal to allow its use on Fb Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram could kill off its rival blockchain currencies including Bitcoin. But Bitcoin currency continues to trade rangebound at $7,925 and the cryptocurrency’s users have not reacted to the reports.However, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will face huge problems in getting regulatory nods from national regulators the new blockchain currency. Meanwhile, there are reports that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is proposing a law to imposing up to 10 years’ jail for buying and selling of cryptocurrencies. Libra was reportedly born out of Zuckerberg’s pet project by the same name to head which he has recruited former boss of PayPal David Marcus, who heads the Facebook blockchain team. There is a proposal to peg the new currency against a basket of major global currencies and not to just one currency like the US dollar. TechCrunch says a source told it Facebook was targeting a 2020 formal launch of the cryptocurrency.There is intense speculation about the name of the new cryptocurrency, which could be called Libra after the project name. TechCrunch cites a report in the tech magazine The Information to claim that the name would not be GlobalCoin as reported earlier by several news sources including BBC.The cryptocurrency has been conceived as a ‘stable coin’ — a token designed to have a stable price to prevent discrepancies and complications due to price fluctuations during a payment or negotiation process, the article in TechCrunch says. It says Facebook has spoken with financial institutions on forming a $1-billion basket of multiple international fiat currencies and low-risk securities to serve as collateral to stabilise the price of the coin. Facebook is also working with various countries to pre-approve the rollout of the stable coin. A view of Ducatus cafe, the first cashless cafe that accepts cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, on their opening day in Singapore on December 21, 2017.REUTERS/Edgar SuFacebook plans to make the cryptocurrency transferrable with zero fees via Facebook products including Messenger and WhatsApp. Facebook is working with merchants to accept the token as payment, and may offer sign-up bonuses, the article says. Facebook may also want to roll out physical devices for ATMs so users can exchange traditional assets for the cryptocurrency.Mark Zuckerberg may create an independent foundation to oversee its cryptocurrency operations so that Facebook may not face regulatory hurdles when approaching national regulators for necessary approvals. Facebook may ask companies to pay an upfront fee to operate a node that validates transactions made with its cryptocurrency in exchange for a say in the governance of the token. Meanwhile, a report in MoneyControl says the proposed new law of the RBI seeks to jail anybody in India dealing in cryptocurrencies for up to 10 years. According to the draft of Banning of Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2019, the penalty is applicable to those who “mine, generate, hold, sell, transfer, dispose of, issue or deal in cryptocurrencies directly or indirectly.”
UK foreign minister Boris Johnson. Photo: ReutersThe government will inform the international community that Khaleda Zia was jailed for misappropriating money donated to the state for spending at an orphanage trust.A top government official told this to Prothom Alo on Thursday.Ruling Awami League (AL) took the stand after a Dhaka court had convicted and sentenced the former prime minister, also the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, to five years imprisonment.Foreign ministry officials think the issue will be raised during meetings with the visiting British foreign secretary Boris Johnson and the European Parliament delegation.Boris is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues with a special focus on the Rohingya crisis.Johnson will call on Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali this evening (Friday). He will go to visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.Besides, four separate teams consisting 11 representatives of the European Parliament will arrive in Dhaka on Saturday. Three of the teams will directly go to Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka to visit the Rohingya camps.One of the teams of European Parliament, led by Jean Lambert, was scheduled to call on Khaleda Zia on 14 February.