The Canadian PressA federal judge in Montana has ordered an environmental assessment for the altered route of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.The ruling comes as the latest potential setback for a pipeline that the Calgary-based company has been trying to build for a decade.Plaintiffs including the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Plains Resource Council had brought the lawsuit after Nebraska approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state.They argued that the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the changed route.United States District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled that federal defendants need to supplement their environmental assessment, but declined to revoke the presidential permit.Morris said in his ruling that the added environmental assessment should be completed before TransCanada’s planned start to construction in the second quarter of 2019, and will consider further remedies if that becomes no longer possible.TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said the company was studying the ruling and had no immediate comment.The proposed 1,897-kilometre, $10-billion pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alberta to Steel City, Nebraska.
2010 was one of the deadliest years for natural disasters in the past two decades and unless better preparations are put in place now, many more disasters can be expected in years to come, the UN’s top disaster reduction official said today.Some 373 natural disasters claimed the lives of more than 296,800 people last year, affecting nearly 208 million and costing nearly $110 billion, according to annual data compiled by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and supported by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the UN body charged with helping coordinate efforts to achieve substantive reduction in disaster losses and build resilient nations and communities.“These figures are bad, but could be seen as benign in years to come,” said the head of UNISDR and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström. “Unless we act now, we will see more and more disasters due to unplanned urbanization and environmental degradation. And weather-related disasters are sure to rise in the future, due to factors that include climate change.”According to the data, the 12 January earthquake in Haiti killed more than 222,500 people, while the Russian summer heat wave caused about 56,000 fatalities – making 2010 the year with the highest disaster-related casualties in at least two decades.Currently, moderate to strong La Niña conditions are well-established in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, and are likely to continue until the first quarter of this year, according to the El Niño/La Niña update issued recently by the UN World Meteorological Organization, the data notes. El Niño is a large-scale warming of water in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean every three to five years and can last up to 18 months, while La Niña refers to the large-scale cooling of the ocean temperatures in the same region.La Niña is thought to be linked to the floods and landslides that occurred in Colombia last year, and more recently the floods in Queensland, Australia, triggered by rains that began in late December.“It’s critical for local governments, city leaders and their partners to incorporate climate change adaptation in urban planning,” Ms. Wahlström said, stressing that disaster risk reduction was no longer optional. “What we call ‘disaster risk reduction’ – and what some are calling ‘risk mitigation’ or ‘risk management’ – is a strategic and technical tool for helping national and local governments to fulfil their responsibilities to citizens.” According to CRED’s data, for the first time, the Americas became the world’s worst affected continents in terms of fatalities, with 75 per cent of total deaths caused by the earthquake in Haiti. Europe was the region with the second highest number of deaths, with the heat wave in Russia accounting for nearly a fifth of 2010’s total fatalities. Other extreme climate events in Europe included Storm Xynthia last February, floods in France in June and the extreme winter conditions all over Europe throughout December.Asia experienced fewer disaster-related deaths with 4.7 per cent of total fatalities, but remained the region most prone to natural disasters. An estimated 89 per cent of the total number of people affected by natural disasters last year resided in Asia.Five of the ten most deadly disasters occurred in China, Pakistan, and Indonesia. Earthquakes killed almost 3,000 people in China in April and 530 people in Indonesia in October. Between May and August, floods killed more than 1,500 people in China, and another 1,765 were killed by mudslides, landslides or rock fall triggered by heavy rainfall and floods in August. Nearly 2,000 people were killed by the massive floods in Pakistan.Floods and landslides during the summer in China are estimated to have cost $18 billion in losses, while flood-related destruction in Pakistan was estimated at $9.5 billion. The Haiti earthquake caused damage worth $8 billion, according to the CRED data. The costliest event in 2010, however, was the earthquake in Chile in February, with damages valued at $30 billion.The other two years when natural disasters caused higher losses were 2005, when damages from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma alone amounted to $139 billion; and 2008, when the earthquake in Sichuan, China, caused $86 billion worth of damages, a figure than brought the total losses for that year to about $200 billion. 24 January 20112010 was one of the deadliest years for natural disasters in the past two decades and unless better preparations are put in place now, many more disasters can be expected in years to come, the UN’s top disaster reduction official said today.
In a statement to the press following closed-door consultations, the Council President, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, said the members “welcome the measures announced by Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe and Rwanda for the full withdrawal of their troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the start of their implementation.” Members emphasized the need for this withdrawal to be “transparent and verified” by the UN Mission in the country, which goes by the acronym MONUC.Concerning other developments on the ground, Council members called on the parties to secure a halt to human rights violations in eastern DRC, particularly in Ituri and South Kivu. “They demand that neither of the parties should seek to derive a territorial advantage from the current situation,” Ambassador Tafrov said.Council members welcomed steps taken by the DRC Government aimed at settling the issue of armed groups, particularly the prohibition of the activities of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), according to the statement. The Kinshasa authorities were encouraged to continue on this course and in particular to ensure the hand-over of persons sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).Members of the Council emphasized the importance they attach to achieving progress in the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration process, the President said. They also reiterated their support for the efforts of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy, Mustapha Niasse, and the need for an inclusive political agreement on the DRC’s internal political transition.Council members are currently studying “ways in which MONUC could extend support to the parties in the implementation of the Pretoria and Luanda agreements,” Ambassador Tafrov said, referring to the accords which form the basis for the DRC peace process.
FForeign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey Felipe On a broader regional level, Mr. Kamilov called for large infrastructure projects in the transport and communications sphere connecting Central Asia to global markets, promoting regional trade, attracting investment, and developing infrastructure. At the same time, it is unacceptable that some countries of the region plan to build large hydropower stations with gigantic dams in high-mountain or highly seismic zones. They must conduct expert examinations first. Since gaining independence in 1991, Uzbekistan’s economy has grown five-fold and during the last ten years, its annual GDP growth exceeded 8 per cent. Around 60 per cent of state expenditures are channelled to funding social development through education. The share of women in the employment sector grew to 45.4 per cent and the mortality rate among children has dropped. The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, said that his country’s economy accounts for more than 80 per cent of that of the South Caucasus. This “unrivalled high rate” of economic growth has reduced the poverty rate from 49 per cent in 2004 to 5.3 per cent in 2014. Over the same period, the unemployment rate has decreased from 10.6 per cent to 5 per cent. In his remarks to the General Assembly, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Erlan Idrissov, said he was particularly concerned with the continuing violence in the Middle East and Africa, and now Ukraine, whose impact extends to the entire region including through sanctions being imposed by countries that together make up 60 per cent of the world GDP (gross domestic product). To help adjust to emerging global challenges, the UN should focus on the promotion of tolerance, justice and peace. “We believe a stronger UN presence in Almaty would allow the UN to better support Central Asia and wider Eurasia at a critical time in its history, ‘filling in’ the geographical gap between UN offices in Istanbul and Southeast Asia,” he said. Two weeks ago, on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, the UN commemorated the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site – a defining moment for Kazakhstan and a starting point towards peaceful foreign policy. Kazakhstan is also working hard to transition to a “green economy”, having recently adopted voluntary commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Along with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), it is developing a training system in the sectors of oil and gas, agriculture and medicine. As the largest landlocked country in the world, Kazakhstan understands the need to address the special transportation and trade vulnerabilities of such nations. On Afghanistan, he welcomed the election of the new President and said that economic development is key to the country’s re-emergence as a peaceful and prosperous Central Asian neighbour. Afghanistan’s integration into the region must be in all areas including trade, energy and transportation. Echoing that sentiment at the podium, Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister, Abdulaziz Kamilov, said there is no military way to achieve peace in Afghanistan. The recent presidential elections have demonstrated that only reasonable way to tackle the Afghan problem is through peaceful negotiations and consensus. Foreign Minister Elmar Maharram oglu Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Azerbaijan was establishing itself as a reliable supplier of energy with a $50 billion dollar project which envisages construction of pipeline systems as well as a Trans-Eurasian information super highway (TASIM) to facilitate access to the Internet for 20 countries throughout the region. Regional transport projects are also in the works, said Mr. Mammadyarov. For more than 20 years, Mr. Mammadyarov said that Armenia has been using force against the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Recently several Azerbaijani civilians visiting graveyards of their relatives in the occupied territories were taken hostage, tortured and some were even killed by security forces in Armenia. Two days ago, he said, the President of Armenia in his remarks to the General Assembly tried to mislead by distorting the facts and the situation on the ground.
gajickarabaticMontpellieroslakselestat Finally Montpellier is back on the winning track. After a disappointing draw against Selestat last round, now Karabatic and co. scored a much-expected victory. At home, Aix was defeated with 36:32. Gajic scored 9 goals, while Karabatic had 6. Borut Oslak was Aix’s best with 7 goals. After this victory, Montpellier are now with 12 points from 9 games, 4 behind Paris HC (who have a game less). ← Previous Story Mirko Milosevic in Swiss St. Otmar from the next season Next Story → Luka Karabatic joins Aix!
FIRST OFF, LET’S just be clear. Don’t get sunburned. It’s dangerous. (And – almost more importantly – it won’t turn to tan.)We Irish are a pasty race. And when the weather gets good (it’s supposed to be 25 degrees this week!) we like to shed our clothes and dash outside.Avoid these consequences.1. The ‘My Crocs, My Rules’ Source: Imgur2. The ‘Reverse Wifebeater’ Source: Imgur3. The ‘Forever Alone’ Source: Imgur4. The ‘Neapolitan’ Source: Imgur5. The ‘Knicker Tattoo’ Source: Imgur6. The ‘Elastoblast’ Source: Imgur7. The ‘Builder’s Tramp Stamp’ Source: Imgur8. The ‘Giving It Socks’ Source: Imgur9. The ‘Bikini Classic’ Source: Imgur10. The ‘Fell Asleep Eating Cereal’ Source: Imgur11. The ‘Out Cold Droopyhand’ Source: Imgur12. The ‘Yesterday’s Neckline’ Source: Imgur13. The ‘Hipsters On Tour’ Source: Imgur14. The ‘Full-Body Extreme Discomfort’ Source: Imgur15. The ‘Full-Body Extreme Discomfort (Facial Expression Edition)’ Source: Imgur16. And The ‘Reverse Baseball’ Source: Imgur(Actually, his has turned to tan. Result.)For more information on how to protect your skin in the sun, go here.More: 8 sentences that you will overhear on an Irish sunny evening>More: 100% accurate portrayal of Ireland when the sun comes out>
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WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Jen Kennedy, Vice President of Sole Sisters Running Club. The club has organized its First Annual Winter SOLEstice 5K this Saturday, December 8 at 10am, beginning on the Town Common.#1) What is the Sole Sisters Running Club? How long has it been around? How many members does it have? Are many from Wilmington?Sole Sisters Running Club is an all-women’s running club based in Wilmington, MA. SSRC is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) as well as United States Track and Field (USATF). Our club was founded in 2013. We currently have 317 members with 128 of them being Wilmington residents.#2) How did the Winter SOLEstice 5K come about?It had been on our radar to put on a race. Last December we decided to officially pull the trigger. With several other local races taking place throughout the year, we thought this would be a fun and festive time to have our event. We challenged our members to come up with some possible names for the race and Winter SOLEstice, submitted by Tricia White, was the clear favorite. All the design work was done by the talented Nicolle Renick.#3) What can registrants expect at your 5K?Fun, competition, and holiday spirit — we have something for everyone! We are excited to announce SSRC had this locally known course USATF certified and it’s now an official 5K distance. Post race will include warm beverages and cookies. Oh, and we should warn everyone to be on their best behavior — word on the street is both Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be running this race!#4) How many registrants are you expecting? Where will the funds from the 5K go?Online registration closed on Tuesday night and at that time, we had 385 participants. With the forecast calling for sunny skies, we are anticipating many same day registrations. Four hundred plus would certainly exceed our initial expectations. Proceeds from our race will support event costs as well as help our team’s mission of encouraging women in running, including support of our annual scholarship program, which benefits deserving Wilmington and Tewksbury high school seniors every year.#5) How can non-runners support the 5K and the group in general?Walkers are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a family friendly event so bundle up the kids and bring your family down for a nice holiday walk!To learn more about SSRC, please visit our website: https://www.solesisters01887.com.BONUS QUESTION: It’s going to be in the low 20’s for the race. What’s the coldest weather you’ve ever run in?I don’t mind running in the cold — it’s all about your clothing game. That said, anything under 10 degrees usually gets me a date with the treadmill.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPublic Invited To Run (Or Walk) In Sole Sisters Winter SOLEstice 5K On December 14In “Community”Public Invited To Participate In Wilmington’s Newest 5K — Sole Sisters’ Winter SOLEstice 5K — On December 8In “Community”VIDEO: Learn About Wilmington’s Sole Sisters Running ClubIn “Videos”
1 Wellness SmileClubDirect Prescriptions, makeup, candy and… braces? Starting today, you’ll be able to kick off the process of straightening your teeth at CVS thanks to a partnership with SmileDirectClub.SmileDirectClub, which launched in 2014, makes clear plastic aligners that straighten your teeth without the need for highly visible traditional metal braces. To get started with SmileDirectClub, you can visit a SmileShop — available in 45 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and several Canadian provinces. At a SmileShop, you meet a SmileGuide who takes a 3D scan of your mouth, determines if your teeth can be straightened by plastic aligners, provides a rendering of what your straight teeth will look like once, and explains the process to them there. Soon, you’ll be able to get that same experience at hundreds of CVS stores starting this year. These SmileShop clinics are currently available in 13 CVS locations, with many more on the way.You can also sign up for SmileClubDirect through their website, and you’ll get a kit with dental impression trays to create a 3-D mold of your teeth (similar to what’s used in an orthodontist’s office). With that impression, SmileDirectClub creates a plan for straightening your teeth and the plastic aligners needed to get there. Comment A team of dentists and orthodontists will assess your (and every patient’s) case and check in with you every 90 days to monitor your progress. It’s important to note that not everyone is a candidate for plastic aligners. Those with severe overcrowding, overbites, underbites and other concerns often need traditional orthodontic interventions.Beyond traditional braces, SmileDirectClub also provides an alternative to Invisalign plastic aligners, which have been available since 1997 and are only available through an orthodontist or dentist. Patients must go into a clinic to get an exam, which includes multiple x-rays of their teeth and a full assessment to determine if they’re eligible to receive orthodontic treatments, before they can get Invisalign.Read more: Quip toothbrush review: Is it better than brushes twice the price?SmileDirectClub was founded to make the process of straightening your teeth more accessible, by letting anyone order a kit without the need to visit a dentist. Their plastic aligners also cost less than traditional braces. SmileDirectClub’s cost is up to $2,200 versus the $3,000 to $7,000 you’d pay for metal braces.SmileClubDirect uses plastic aligners to straighten teeth. SmileClubDirect The company’s approach to teeth straightening has been controversial, however, with individual doctors and dental associations filing civil complaints against SmileDirectClub. Those complaints allege that SmileDirectClub doesn’t meet the standard of care — which includes looking for cavities and assessing a patient’s bone density via x-rays — in providing orthodontic treatments for its patients (Bone density plays an important role in the process of straightening teeth, and can only be examined by x-rays).The company does not have the seal of approval from the American Dental Association, and the group strongly cautions people to not use direct-to-consumer dental services and “DIY orthodontics.” SmileClubDirect is aware of these issues, and says it believes that what it’s doing brings about more good than harm. A spokesperson for the company told CNET:In the US, 60% of counties do not have access to an orthodontist and SmileDirectClub is bridging that gap. We have served more than half a million people with a quality, customer-first experience directed by state-licensed dentists and orthodontists. We are working with state dental boards to clarify misperceptions about our business model, and we will continue to work vigorously to defend against any entity that seeks to impact access to care.Despite the complaints and controversy, SmileDirectClub’s new CVS clinics could make it easier for people who have wanted straight teeth, but can’t afford braces, to get that process started or learn more about what that process entails for them. Share your voice Tags 2:25 Now playing: Watch this: Future of 5G: Better Healthcare Outcomes
Swift had some serious warrior vibes going on during the Reputation stadium tour. Jason Kempin/TAS18 If, like me, you’ve been wondering what global superstar Taylor Swift was up to in the years 2016-2017 other than writing her bestselling album Reputation, you’ll be thrilled that we finally got an answer this week.It was a period of downtime in the star’s life that she hasn’t spoken much about publicly. But thanks to an interview with Entertainment Weekly we now know that just like the rest of us she was binge-watching Game of Thrones.The epic HBO TV drama has a way of getting into your head and infiltrating your thoughts, and so it was the case with Swift as she wrote Reputation. “So much of my imagination was spent on Game of Thrones,” she said in the EW interview.Swift revealed that some of the songs on the album were even inspired by the show, including King of My Heart, my personal favorite from the album, which was fuelled by Daenerys’ relationship with Khal Drogo. “It’s even got this post-hook of drums — I wanted them to sound like Dothraki drums,” she said. The drums on the record are amazing, but for the full effect see the Reputation Stadium Tour Movie on Netflix.The first single from the album, Look What You Made Me Do, was inspired primarily by Arya Stark’s kill list, but also has Daenerys and Cersei vibes, said Swift. Then there’s I Did Something Back with its killer drop, which Swift wrote after watching Sansa and Arya conspire to kill Littlefinger.Swift first spoke about her love of the show in a series of radio interviews following the Battle of Winterfell episode and the release of her new single, ME! In particular, she praised the way the episode was scored — and if you too appreciated the music, you can check it out on Spotify or YouTube.In her cover shoot for Entertainment Weekly she wore a denim jacket covered in pins, hinting both at what we can expect for her upcoming seventh studio album (she is big on planting Easter eggs and clues) and her cultural preferences. The pins included one of Sansa, one of Arya, one of Daenerys and one of a dragon. Swift also has a theory for who will end up on the Iron Throne that seems pretty on the money. In her opinion, Sansa will be queen, and Arya will be her hand. “If I’m being realistic, I think Sansa has the skill set and the ability to delegate and put on a brave face but a stoic demeanor,” she said in the interview.As endings go, this would be pretty in keeping with what has happened this season so far. In the first episode of season eight, Arya points out that Sansa is smarter than all the rest of them. It felt like clear signposting that at some point soon Sansa is going to outwit all of the other players. And having Arya by her side to take the throne and keep her safe would be entirely fitting. In many ways Arya’s storyline peaked in the Battle of Winterfell, and she’s never expressed any interest in taking the throne for herself, plus her relationship with Sansa is strong.We can’t wait to find out if Detective Swift’s theory is right, and discover if she’s as good at solving cryptic puzzles as she is at setting them. 0 Now playing: Watch this: Game of Thrones Taylor Swift Share your voice Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell: We’re still shaking 6:04 Tags TV and Movies Music Post a comment
Migrants on a rubber boat are rescued by the SOS Mediterranee organisation during a search and rescue (SAR) operation with the MV Aquarius rescue ship (background) in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan Coast on 14 September 2017. Photo: ReutersSpain has offered to take in a ship stranded in the Mediterranean with 629 migrants aboard after Italy and Malta refused to let the vessel dock, as an NGO raised fears for their safety due to deteriorating weather conditions.Aid workers warned that fresh food and drink supplied by the Maltese navy to the Aquarius on Monday would only last until Tuesday.The migrants, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by French charity SOS Mediterranee on Saturday.”This mobilization is a very positive signal although reaching Spain would require several days of sailing. With so many people on board under deteriorating weather conditions could become critical,” the NGO said on Twitter late Monday.”Safety of all rescued people should remain the priority before all.”Malta and the new populist government in Italy both refused to take the migrants in, accusing each other of failing to meet their obligations.The refusal to accept the Aquarius in Italy was the first major anti-migrant move since far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini took office this month.Salvini tweeted “VICTORY” after two days of confrontation with Malta over the migrants ended with Spain’s offer of help.The new Spanish administration headed by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez agreed to allow the Aquarius to dock at its eastern port of Valencia, insisting that it was an “obligation” to do so.But Spain’s new foreign minister, Josep Borrell, said the gesture was also intended to underline the need for solidarity from the entire bloc.”Italy has received an enormous influx of migrants and so far other European countries haven’t shown much solidarity,” Borrell told a news briefing in Madrid.There was, he said, a “need for Europeans… to face up, in a united and coordinated manner, to a problem that is a problem for all, and not just for Greece one year and for Italy the next”.- Fresh supplies -SOS Mediterranee director general Sophie Beau earlier warned that the ship would have to travel some 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) to reach the Spanish coast — which AFP estimates could take at least four days — and that by Tuesday “there will be no more food (on board) apart from energy biscuits”.”The Aquarius has just received a resupply of 950 bottles of water, 800 packs of noodles and snacks from a vessel of the Maltese navy,” the SOS Mediterranee tweeted Monday, adding that this would only allow for one more meal on Tuesday.Malta and Italy thanked Spain for stepping up, but maintained their dispute over who was responsible.Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted his thanks to Sanchez “for agreeing to accept the Aquarius after Italy violated international law and caused an impasse”.He added: “It will be necessary to sit down and discuss how to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future. This is a European issue.”Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said his country had “asked for a gesture of solidarity from Europe and this gesture has been made”.Conte is set to head to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday ahead of the European summit on June 28-29, with a particular focus on migration, Macron’s office said Monday.But Beau said that under maritime law the ship should be allowed to dock in one of the nearest countries, Italy or Malta.- ‘Close the doors’ -The UN had called on Malta and Italy to immediately allow the boat to dock, describing the situation as “an urgent humanitarian imperative”.The EU and its biggest member state Germany made similar pleas.”The priority of both the Italian and Maltese authorities should be ensuring these people receive the care they need,” European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters, calling for a “swift resolution”.But Salvini refused to back down.Migrants are rescued by staff members of the MV Aquarius, a search and rescue ship run in partnership between SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres in the central Mediterranean Sea on 10 June 2018. Photo: Reuters”Saving lives is a duty, turning Italy into a huge refugee camp is not. Italy is done bending over backwards and obeying, this time THERE IS SOMEONE WHO SAYS NO,” he wrote on Twitter followed by the hashtag #closethedoors.Despite his refusal to accept Aquarius, the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotto, carrying 937 migrants, was expected to dock in Sicily Tuesday or Wednesday.- ‘Vulnerable patients at risk’ -MSF Sea (Doctors Without Borders) said the medical situation of those on the Aquarius was “stable for now but unnecessary delay to disembarkation in safe port puts vulnerable patients at risk.””Particularly seven pregnant woman, 15 with serious chemical burns and several critical drowning hypothermia patients,” MSF Sea added.Conte said Sunday that Rome had sent two patrol ships with doctors on board “ready to intervene and ensure the health of anyone on board the Aquarius who might have the need”.The migrants were rescued in six separate night-time operations in the central Mediterranean on Saturday.- ‘Land of refuge’ -Under EU rules, migrants must apply for asylum in the European country where they first arrive.That has put pressure on Italy and Greece, the entry points for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia since 2015.EU leaders in December had set an end-of-June deadline for an overhaul of rules to create a permanent mechanism to deal with migrants in the event of a new emergency.
X 00:00 /50:50 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Authorities have executed a search warrant at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office says it’s tied to the investigation into Father Manuel LaRosa-Lopez. We bring you the latest.And the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is at its lowest level since 2004, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. We learn why.Also this hour: From potential legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by Pres. Trump, to more legal trouble for Paul Manafort, to the tear gas response to migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico, our local experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Then, State Rep. Joe Moody has proposed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would make possession of under an ounce of marijuana a civil offense — instead of a crime. Is this a sign that attitudes in Texas about marijuana are gradually relaxing? Could the state ever legalize the drug as several other states have? We talk it over with a local drug policy expert.And writer Marjorie Herrera Lewis tells the true story of Tylene Wilson, who stepped up to coach the Brownwood High School football team during World War II.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Sony’s PlayStation 4 was released two years ago to critical acclaim and commercial success. To coincide with this anniversary, Sony has today revealed that their current-gen consolehas sold over 30 million units worldwide.“We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago,” said President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, Andrew House, in a press release. “We are committed to bringing engaging games and entertainment services to users worldwide. Thanks to the support of our partners, PS4 continues to be the premier platform for game and interactive entertainment innovation.”The PlayStation 4 “continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history,” according to Sony. Though the PlayStation 2 is currently the best selling console of all time with 155 million units sold worldwide, the PlayStation 4 has outsold its predecessor during its first two years on the market, comparatively speaking.Recently, the PlayStation 4 received a permanent price cut in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. The console will drop to $299.99 during the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend which will no doubt help bolster sales of the console. Add to that the number of anticipated titles being released in the upcoming months including: Bloodborne: The Old Hunter’s Edition, Dragon Quest Builders, Gravity Rush Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and it’s a safe bet that the PlayStation 4 will continue its success well into 2016.
A pair of researchers with Dartmouth College has found that Pacific hermit crabs use vibration to ward off other crabs trying to steal their shells. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Louise Roberts and Mark Laidre describe their study of hermit crabs attempting to protect their shells and what they found. Journal information: Biology Letters Explore further Hermit crabs are unique among crustaceans—they have soft abdomens that are not protected by a naturally grown shell. To protect themselves, hermit crabs have to take possession of the shell made by another mollusk. From there on, they carry the shell around and hide from predators inside of it. But because they do not grow the shell themselves, hermit crabs must obtain new shells periodically as they outgrow the ones they have. The process by which they obtain a new shell generally involves either finding one that is uninhabited or taking one away from another hermit crab. In places where empty shells are scarce, competition for shells can become intense. In this new effort, the researchers have found one of the ways hermit crabs ward off the advances of would-be shell thieves—by using vibration.Noting that hermit crabs sometimes vibrate their shells, the researchers designed experiments to find out why. They consisted of grabbing one of the empty shells off the beach and affixing a device inside of it that made the shell vibrate. They then placed the shell on a beach where hermit crabs resided and waited for a hermit crab to wander by to check it out. The vibration device was connected to a wire that ran along the beach for several yards to where the researchers were waiting hidden behind an umbrella. When a crab approached the shell, they had the option of doing nothing, applying gentle vibration or applying strong vibration.The researchers report that when the shell vibrated very strongly, a shell-seeking crab would immediately climb down and run away. When feeling just a small vibration, however, the crab tried to turn the shell over, the first move when attempting to evict a current tenant. The crabs did the same thing when encountering no vibration. The researchers claim these findings suggest hermit crabs have learned to vibrate as a means of warding off interlopers. ‘Junk’ science? For some crabs at least, size does matter More information: Louise Roberts et al. Get off my back: vibrational assessment of homeowner strength, Biology Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0819 Citation: Hermit crabs found to use vibration to ward off would-be shell evictors (2019, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-hermit-crabs-vibration-ward-would-be.html Assessing homeowner strength via vibration. Two individuals of the highly social terrestrial hermit crab (Coenobita compressus) engage in a property conflict, with the individual below making vibrations as the individual above tries to evict it from. Credit: Biology Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0819 © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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7 days ago 151 Views Gross domestic product has slowed down, but not as much as expected, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In Q2 2019, GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.1%, compared to Q1 2019’s rate of 3.1%. According to the Bureau, the increase in Real GDP reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), federal government spending, and state and local government spending. This was partly upset by negative contributions from private inventory investment, exports, nonresidential fixed investment and residential fixed investment.Q2 2019’s growth exceeded the National Association of Homebuilder’s (NAHB) forecast of 1.6%, reflecting the 21st consecutive quarter of growth. The NAHB notes that residential fixed investment (home building and remodeling) has been a drag on economic growth for six consecutive quarters, due to the housing affordability crisis.The Federal reserve will soon be meeting to discuss whether to slash interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, and their decision may be based on the Bureau’s report. According to the New York Post, the Fed is expected to cut interest rates by one quarter of 1%, Wall Street economists expected growth of around 2% for Q2 2019. As Friday’s report exceeded expectations, the Post notes that the financial markets are going to have some “pretty nervous days” until the Fed makes its decision on July 31. The Fed has said it will only cut rates to boost a slowing economy. Bloomberg reports that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is looking to ease interest rates by around a quarter of a percentage point at the July meeting. Earlier this year, Powell stated that though the economy remained strong, “crosscurrents, such as trade tensions and concerns about global growth, have been weighing on economic activity and the outlook.”Meanwhile, President Donald Trump recently signaled to the Fed that he believes now is the best time to cut interest rates.“Very inexpensive, in fact productive, to move now,” the President tweeted. “The Fed raised & tightened far too much & too fast.” Home Building Drags as GDP Increases GDP Home Building Remondeling sales 2019-07-26 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Share
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