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  • Alzarri Joseph stands tall for West Indies despite death of his mother

    first_img West Indies thrash hapless England by 10 wickets to seal series victory Topics Reuse this content Read more Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger England in West Indies 2019 Four golf buggies buzzed around the boundary rope during lunch on a memorable third day in Antigua, their passengers waving to all in the ground and beaming with well-earned smiles.Last week in Barbados a similar motorcade celebrated a host of cricket legends from the island, including Sir Garfield Sobers, but here it was the relatively lesser-known quartet of Elvira Bell, Christal Clashing, Kevinia Francis and Samara Emmanuel that was being presented to the spectators. Support The Guardian These four Antiguan women – known as The Island Girls – arrived in English Harbour on Monday just before the West Indies and England teams. They had not come by air, however, but sea, having rowed for 47 days, eight hours and 25 minutes across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands as part of the Talisker Challenge. They are reportedly the first all-black female team to cross any ocean in this manner and have raised thousands of dollars for The Cottage of Hope, a charity that offers refuge for abandoned or abused girls on the island.After their arduous 3,000-mile journey they were met at Nelson’s Dockyard by a large crowd that included Viv Richards himself. Five days later, at the ground that bears his name, they were a source of local pride swelled further by the efforts of the solitary Antiguan in this victorious West Indies side.Alzarri Joseph is just 22 years old and his first Test match at his home ground had begun like a fairytale. This wiry fast bowler’s opening delivery on day one had brought the wicket of Joe Denly, toe-ending a wide one in maddening fashion, before returning the prized scalp of Joe Root to a brutish delivery that took off from this capricious surface.But before play on day three news filtered through that Joseph’s mother, Sharon, had passed away that morning following a long battle with illness. A young man who had been riding the crest of a wave as part of an impressive four-pronged West Indies pace attack was now dealing with a life-changing event in the harsh glare of Test cricket.Few would be expected to report to work on such a day. And yet as the West Indies players rallied round their tearful teammate in the pre-match huddle, it soon became clear that he intended to carry on. Both sides donned black armbands and as Joseph emerged at No 10, before battling it out for seven precious runs as the home side set up their lead of 119, a warm standing ovation greeted him. Cricket features England cricket team Share on Facebook The Observer Read more Since you’re here… Share on Twitter What later followed with the ball had an increased local presence positively in raptures. Amid a hostile seven-over spell from second change that saw him pass 90mph on the speed gun, Joseph repeated his victims from the first innings, teasing an inside edge behind from Root and detonating the stumps of Denly when the debutant offered no shot.Neither wicket was celebrated exuberantly – indeed Joseph didn’t appeal for that of Root, which required a review – but he was swarmed by his colleagues. Team spirit is not always an illusion only glimpsed in victory; this West Indies side had it before their incredible series.Taking the field in such trying circumstances is not unprecedented. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan recently played for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League 24 hours after losing his father on New Year’s Eve. In 2002 the England team were midway through a Test at New Zealand’s Basin Reserve when they learned the much-loved Ben Hollioake had been killed in a car crash in Perth.An 18-year-old Virat Kohli made an unbeaten 90 in a Ranji Trophy match for Delhi in 2006, having lost his father to a stroke the night before. In 1953 New Zealand’s Bob Blair surprised all at the Wanderers when emerging at No 11 to try and save a Test against South Africa still fresh from the news that his fiancee was among the 151 dead in the Tangiwai rail disaster days earlier.It never ceases to amaze how sportspeople can still perform at times of such grief. Judging from a photograph of the pair embracing at the VC Bird Airport in 2016, Joseph’s bond with his mother was strong. He had just returned home as part of the West Indies side that had won the Under-19s World Cup and Sharon’s delight with her son, who shot to prominence in the tournament with 13 wickets, could scarcely be contained.Her heart would doubtless have swelled at her boy taking the field on Saturday too, never mind the feats that followed. Needless to say, they make them tough in these parts. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up West Indies cricket team Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

  • Liverpool in talks with Roma over £15m Lovren deal

    first_imgLiverpool are in talks with Roma over the £15 million ($18m) transfer of Dejan Lovren, Goal can confirm.The Croatian defender is open to leaving the Reds before the end of the European transfer window, having fallen down the pecking order at Anfield.Lovren, 30, finds himself behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the battle for centre-back positions at the minute, and is understood to be keen on the idea of a move to Italy, where he would receive regular first-team football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Roma are currently leading the race for the former Southampton man, and have opened talks with Liverpool over a potential deal. They could, however, face competition from Serie A rivals AC Milan.Lovren joined Liverpool in a £20m ($24m) move back in 2014, and has since made 170 appearances for the Reds. But a series of niggling injuries and illnesses have allowed both Gomez and Matip to move ahead of him in the fight to partner the brilliant Van Dijk.Lovren played just 18 times last season, compared to Gomez’s 25 and Matip’s 31, and was not in the squad for Liverpool’s Premier League opener with Norwich last week.He will also miss out on the Super Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday, with the player having not travelled with the rest of the squad to Turkey.Liverpool are appreciative of Lovren’s desire for regular football, and have promised he will be allowed to leave providing the offer is suitable for the club.They did similar with Lucas Leiva, who joined Lazio in 2017, and Simon Mignolet, who completed a move to Club Brugge earlier this month.Lovren’s exit would call into question the strength of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, with both Gomez and Matip having missed a significant amount of games due to injury in recent years.Klopp was forced to use midfielder Fabinho at centre-back last season, while in one memorable game the previous campaign he fielded a back three featuring both Gini Wijnaldum and Emre Can.The arrival of youngsters Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg, though, may offset any fears of a repeat.Hoever, who can play anywhere across the backline, made his senior Reds debut at Wolves in January, while fellow 17-year-old Van den Berg has already featured for the under-23s in the EFL Trophy. Both are seen as first-team stars of the future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

  • Technology Will Be Utilised in Creating Safer Society – Charles Jr.

    first_img The app, which is a crime-fighting mechanism, has a panic mode that, when activated, sends an alert to the police that the user is in an emergency situation. It also facilitates reporting of incidents. Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. says the Government will continue to utilise technological solutions as a key component in creating a safer society. Senator Charles highlighted other areas in which technology can be used to respond to crime. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. says the Government will continue to utilise technological solutions as a key component in creating a safer society.Mr. Charles was speaking at the opening ceremony for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Social Good Summit at the University of Technology campus, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on September 28.“We have found ways to access and utilise technology to our benefit, particularly with regard to communication for prevention and public awareness through our website, through the Stay Alert Application and other mechanisms,” he said.Senator Charles highlighted other areas in which technology can be used to respond to crime.“Whether it is, perhaps, a digitised diary in the police station or some equipment that is used within the police vehicle, it is all around the aspect of better use of technology for the efficiency and effectiveness of how we are going to create a safer and more secure Jamaica,” he noted.The State Minister reiterated a call for persons to download and make use of the Ministry’s crime-fighting and safety software application, ‘Stay Alert’.The app, which is a crime-fighting mechanism, has a panic mode that, when activated, sends an alert to the police that the user is in an emergency situation. It also facilitates reporting of incidents.The Stay Alert app includes alerts that provide users with the latest news, tips and updates from the police and other information from the police blotters; iReport, which allows users to anonymously upload video, audio, photo or messages about suspicious individuals or crimes; and the laws component, which provides snippets of Jamaican legislation. The Social Good Summit, a flagship annual global event of the UNDP, examines the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world.The Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time.last_img read more

  • Inspections training needed to prevent ammonia leaks at ice rinks experts

    first_imgVANCOUVER – Some industry experts are asking questions about the staffing and inspections of arenas using ammonia refrigeration systems, months after a leak killed three men at an ice rink in southeastern British Columbia.Ammonia is inherently dangerous and should be not used in skating and curling rinks, said Lou Roussinos, who spent decades inspecting refrigeration and boiler systems across B.C.“It’s an absolutely wonderful refrigerant, but it’s dangerous,” Roussinos said. “It’s highly toxic, it will kill you in less than 30 seconds in high concentrations, and we know that.”Last October, three men died following a leak of the colourless gas at a rink in Fernie. The victims included City of Fernie employees Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith and refrigeration contractor Jason Podloski of Turner Valley, Alta.The city previously said in a Facebook post that the arena was closed for “emergency maintenance” the morning of the leak.Several agencies continue to investigate, including RCMP and WorkSafeBC.A report from Technical Safety B.C., which oversees the installation and operation of technical systems like refrigeration and boiler systems, shows there were 40 reported “refrigerated release incidents” involving ammonia across the province between 2007 and 2015. The report says 10 of the incidents included injuries.Two experts in the industry say more inspections and stricter staffing requirements are needed to protect against leaks.Facilities using dangerous chemicals like ammonia used to be checked annually, said Roussinos, former head inspector with the B.C. Safety Authority, Technical Safety B.C.’s predecessor.“Now there’s very few inspections being conducted. You can go from place to place in the province and most places will tell you they haven’t seen an inspector in years,” he said.A spokeswoman for B.C.’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs, which is responsible for recreational facilities, said in an email that annual inspections have not been required since the Safety Standards Act was enacted in 2003.Janice Lee, director of safety oversight at Technical Safety B.C., said the agency does inspections when equipment is installed and conducts “periodic assessments” throughout the lifespan of the system.Timing of the assessments is determined using a “risk-based inspection criteria” that includes factors such as the equipment’s age and whether the building is a public space, she said.There’s no national standard for how often ammonia refrigeration plants in ice rinks are inspected.Ontario can require as little as six months between checkups, depending on the previous report, while facilities in Alberta can go as long as five years between inspections.In B.C., when “imminent safety issues” are found during an inspection, they are dealt with immediately on site, Lee said. Other “non-compliance” issues may be dealt with in a variety of ways, including a safety officer following up with the facility’s operator by phone or email.Reports obtained by The Canadian Press under the Freedom of Information Act show the B.C. Safety Authority inspected the Fernie Memorial Arena six times between September 2007 and when the fatal leak occurred on Oct. 17, 2017.Technical Safety B.C. said in a statement the agency was advised that all of the items noted during the latest inspection in December 2014 had been addressed.Reports filed between September 2007 and December 2014 noted several issues at the arena, including leaking, corroded and uncertified equipment, and non-compliance with required staffing levels. In the final report, a safety officer made note of potential issues with a compressor, oil fill pumps, an ammonia sensor and staffing on statutory holidays.Liz Rhodes, a City of Fernie spokeswoman, declined to comment on the inspection reports, citing ongoing investigations into the fatal leak.Keeping an ice rink safe requires more than just inspections, said Lee, with Technical Safety B.C.People who own and operate the rinks have a responsibility to make sure maintenance is kept up, emergency measures are in place, and the facilities are properly staffed.“All those things add up to the safety of the equipment as well as the overall site for the public,” she said.A former inspector in Manitoba said he’s concerned those measures aren’t always being followed.“These accidents should not happen,” said Ray Kolbuch. “We’re not being proactive enough with these plants.”He said he’s concerned that arena staff don’t always have the training necessary to keep a rink safe.The province needs to make sure that trained individuals are working whenever an indoor rink is occupied, he said.Manitoba’s Office of the Fire Commissioner, which oversees ice arenas, said in a statement that staffing requirements vary depending on the size of the refrigeration plant and what type of additional safety controls are part of the facility.“All refrigeration plants are required to be inspected annually under The Steam and Pressure Plants Act. Inspections are done across all of Manitoba an in each case the plant owner is responsible to ensure that they are meeting staffing requirements. These requirements are verified at the time of inspection,” the statement said.Technical Safety B.C. put out a safety order last December, reminding rink operators of staffing requirements for rinks with ammonia refrigeration plants.“Technical Safety B.C. has determined that a number of ammonia refrigeration plants within the scope of this safety order are currently being operated by person(s) that are not appropriately qualified,” the bulletin said.Ultimately, whoever owns an ice rink’s refrigeration plant is responsible for its inspections, maintenance and operations, said Terry Piche, technical director with the Ontario Recreational Facilities Association, whose more than 6,000 members operate and manage recreation facilities in municipalities.Often that person ends up being the mayor or chief administrator of a municipality, but municipal officials often have little idea how a plant works, he added.“Sometimes the operators are qualified to run the plant, sometimes they’re not. Sometimes they get enough resources, sometimes they don’t.”Complicating the issue is the fact that Canada’s recreation facilities are aging, Piche said, noting that in Ontario, they’re estimated to be, on average, between 50 and 60 years old. The “natural life expectancy” of a recreation facility is about 32 years, he said.He compared rec centres to old cars, saying regular maintenance and proper operation can help extend the life cycles, but even preventative maintenance only goes so far.“I can give it a coat of paint, maybe a new roof, windows and doors. But the veins of the buildings are still 50 or 60 years old. That’s really the challenge that’s going on from coast to coast.”A new refrigeration plant for a single-rink community arena can cost between $600,000 and $900,000, Piche said.“Most municipalities can’t afford it.”Oversight agencies don’t have the resources to police how facilities are run day-to-day, so instead they rely on operators to comply with the rules and be honest, Piche said.“Really what needs to happen is the commitment to do the checks, balance and maintenance by the operators and owners. And it will greatly reduce the opportunity for any similar event (to the deaths in Fernie) to happen.”Piche disagreed with the notion that ammonia refrigeration plants are inherently dangerous. Artificial ice rinks operated across Canada for more than 100 years before the first “catastrophic event” last fall, he said.“Shifting to another refrigerant doesn’t mean you’re going to be any safer.”Roussinos, the former B.C. inspector, said some municipalities have already moved to replace their ammonia refrigeration systems with what he considers to be safer alternatives, like freon or carbon dioxide.He’d like to see B.C.’s government require all the remaining ammonia systems to be replaced, too.“This government has an opportunity to do it … they can do the right thing this time. Take ammonia out of the places where there’s young children playing hockey or old men like me go curling.”— Follow @gkarstenssmith on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said it was believed there had been no fatalities from ammonia leaks in Canada before those in Fernie, B.C.last_img read more

  • Renault chief confident partnership with Nissan on track

    BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France — Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard has expressed confidence that the French automaker’s alliance with Nissan remains on track following the appointment of a new board at the Japanese firm in the wake of the scandal involving Carlos Ghosn, who chaired both companies.Senard also told reporters Thursday that there has been no effort to renew merger talks with Fiat-Chrysler, which halted discussions last month despite making the initial approach.He also said that during regular discussions with Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, Ghosn’s name has not been mentioned recently.Nissan’s profits have tumbled since the November arrest of Ghosn on financial misconduct charges. He denies all charges against him.Senard said that for Nissan to fix its problems, a “sense of urgency must be shared” by the new board.The Associated Press read more

  • Ecuador month after quake humanitarian needs acute many without roof over heads

    Rubbing salt into the wound, two aftershocks of 6.7 and 6.8 magnitude, which occurred on Wednesday, caused one death and injured some 90 people, spreading damage across the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas, said spokesperson William Spindler of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).According to official figures, some 73,000 people have been displaced as a result of the earthquake and are now living in organized shelters and camps, with host families, or in spontaneous sites. Over 30,000 people are currently staying in collective centres, where protection mechanisms and community-based strategies need to be strengthened to minimize risks of violence and abuse, especially for women, girls and boys, and reduce increasing anxiety among the displaced.Thousands of people are also being hosted by vulnerable families whose resources are already overstretched, thereby increasing the risk of tensions among the population. In addition, around 15,000 people have lost their identity documents, making it difficult for them to access basic services and social programs, Mr. Spindler said.Over the past month, UNHCR chartered two airlifts to provide immediate assistance to the most affected communities, including 900 tents, 50,000 sleeping mats, 7,000 kitchen sets and 18,000 mosquito nets.“We are also supporting the Government’s efforts to reissue documents to those who have lost their identification, asylum and refugee documents, as well as property and land titles,” the spokesperson said.UNHCR is also leading the protection response in Quito, the capital, and in Manta, Pedernales and Muisne, and working closely with local authorities to coordinate activities relating to child protection and fighting sexual and gender-based violence.The disaster has added challenges to the local integration process for some 17,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly from Colombia, who lived in the quake-hit areas.UNHCR called on donors to urgently fund the Flash Appeal of US$73 million, which was launched on 20 April, to respond to the life-saving, protection and self-reliance needs of 350,000 people. The appeal is currently funded at only 15 per cent, he said. read more

  • Des bananes vendues sous emballage plastique

    first_imgDes bananes vendues sous emballage plastiqueAux Etats-Unis, le producteur Del Monte commercialise depuis peu des bananes emballées sous plastique. Une initiative qui fait polémique alors que l’on tente de limiter le suremballage.L’enveloppe naturelle des bananes ne semble plus suffire à Del Monte, l’un des plus grands producteurs au monde de fruits et légumes. Depuis quelques temps, celui-ci a décidé de commercialiser des bananes à l’unité et emballées sous plastique. Pour l’instant, ceci ne concerne que les Etats-Unis mais la société s’apprête à faire de même en Angleterre.À lire aussiNéandertal, plastique et trésor, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 2 juinAlors que les fabricants tentent de plus en plus de lutter contre le suremballage, l’initiative parait très surprenante. Mais Del Monte a multiplié les arguments pour affirmer que son choix était bien écologique. Le but des sachets plastiques serait en fait d’augmenter la durée de vie des fruits. Emballées encore vertes, les bananes mettraient alors jusqu’à 6 jours pour mûrir, autorisant ainsi le producteur à espacer les livraisons. “Ce nouvel emballage, qui est de plus recyclable, a été conçu pour fournir des économies significatives d’empreinte carbone, en réduisant la fréquence des livraisons et la quantité de déchets qui finissent à la décharge”, a indiqué au Fresh Produce Journal, James Harvey, directeur général de la filière britannique de Del Monte.Pourtant aux yeux des associations, cette mesure jugée inutile est tout sauf écologique. “Les distributeurs et les fabricants doivent réduire l’emballage, non en créer. La nature a fait en sorte que les bananes n’aient pas besoin d’un emballage supplémentaire. C’est leur enveloppe jaune qui les protège sur l’étagère du supermarché”, a expliqué Gary Porter de l’Environment Board of the Local Government Association. Les bananes emballées constitueraient ainsi un “véritable pas en arrière” contribuant à l’abondance des déchets. Néanmoins, il semblerait qu’elles rencontrent déjà un certain succès dans les commerces américains et ce, malgré un prix plus élevé que celui des bananes “en vrac”.Le 12 mars 2011 à 12:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Licences 4G un syndicat conteste lappel à candidatures

    first_imgLicences 4G : un syndicat conteste l’appel à candidaturesQuelques jours après que le gouvernement a donné son feu vert à l’appel d’offres sur les licences de téléphonie mobile 4G, le syndicat CFE-CGC/Unsa a décidé de le contester devant le Conseil d’État.Il y a un peu plus d’une semaine, le ministre de l’Industrie et de l’Economie numérique, Eric Besson, a signé le décret d’appel à candidatures pour l’attribution des licences de téléphonie mobile de quatrième génération (voir notre article). Mais le syndicat CFE-CGC/Unsa rejette cet appel et a décidé de le contester devant le Conseil d’Etat, rapporte Le Figaro. Le syndicat de salariés reproche au texte de ne pas prendre en compte les impacts de l’attribution de ces licences sur l’emploi en France.À lire aussiL’iPhone 5 serait compatible avec la 4G françaiseDans l’appel rédigé par l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep), trois critères sont considérés comme prioritaires : le prix que les opérateurs seront prêts à payer, la promesse de partenariats avec les opérateurs virtuels (MVNO), et celle de renforcer la couverture du territoire. Mais pour Sébastien Crozier, délégué CFE-CGC/Unsa au Comité central d’entreprise de France Télécom, “l’Arcep doit se préoccuper de l’emploi”. Et de rappeler : “C’est inscrit dans le code des postes et télécommunications. C’est aussi une question de constitutionnalité”.Le syndicat réclame alors la mise en place d’une clause qui imposerait aux futurs propriétaires des licences 4G de relocaliser leurs centres d’appel en France. Une mesure qui engendrerait la création de quelque 25.000 emplois, affirme le CFE-CGC/Unsa. “Certes, cela augmenterait les charges pour les opérateurs, soit 1 milliard d’euros au lieu de 650 à 700 millions pour les mêmes emplois en délocalisé, mais cela générera des recettes importantes pour la collectivité”, assure Sébastien Crozier.En outre, le syndicat reproche à l’appel à candidatures l’exclusion des départements d’outre-mer du périmètre des licences. “Le cahier des charges établi par l’Arcep oblige à couvrir 99,6% de la population française d’ici quinze ans. Or les DOM ne sont pas concernés. Nous contestons ce point au nom de la continuité du territoire. Il faut arrêter l’aberration du roaming dans les DOM”, s’insurge Sébastien Crozier. Le 10 juin 2011 à 19:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Le Système solaire compte une nouvelle planète naine

    first_imgLe Système solaire compte une nouvelle planète naineAvec 2012 VP113, le système solaire à un nouvel objet à l’orbite la plus lointaine. Au plus près, cette planète naine se situe à 80 fois la distance Terre-Soleil de notre étoile. Les chercheurs l’étudient pour mieux cerner le mystérieux nuage d’Oort.Malgré la rétrogradation de Pluton au rang de planète naine, le système solaire reste une grande famille et vient de se découvrir un nouveau membre très éloigné. Sobrement appelée 2012 VP113, cette planète naine est l’objet le plus distant jamais observé à graviter autour du Soleil. Elle se situe au plus près de son orbite à une distance de 80 unités astronomiques du Soleil, soit 80 fois la distance Terre-Soleil. Cela équivaut à près de douze milliards de kilomètres. Ces travaux ont été publiés le 27 mars dans la revue Nature par des chercheurs issus de l’Institut pour la science Carnegie à Washington et de la NASA. Pour eux, 2012 VP113 fait partie du mystérieux nuage d’Oort qui représente l’ultime limite gravitationnelle du Système solaire. Le premier objet transneptunien de ce type a été découvert en 2003. Baptisé Sedna, son orbite s’approche du Soleil à un maximum de 76 unités astronomiques.Le système solaire est composé de trois parties connues : les planètes rocheuses, les planètes gazeuses et la ceinture de Kuiper où gravitent des corps gelés. C’est encore au-delà que se situe, en théorie, le nuage d’Oort dont Sedna était le premier indice concret.Des objets parfois indétectablesÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreSedna et 2012 VP113 ont des orbites particulièrement excentriques qui les amènent à plusieurs centaines d’unités astronomiques du Soleil. Une telle distance les rendrait indétectables à l’heure actuelle. Les chercheurs pensent que ces orbites pourraient être dues à des perturbations de la part d’un corps céleste aussi massif qu’inconnu. Un tel astre pourrait être jusqu’à dix fois plus massif que la Terre.Les auteurs principaux de l’étude, Scott Sheppard et Chadwick Trujillo, estiment qu’il pourrait y avoir jusqu’à 900 objets tels que Sedna et 2012 VP113, avec une taille de plus de 100 kilomètres de diamètre. Au total, le nuage d’Oort serait bien sûr plus peuplé que cela en comptant les corps plus petits.”Certains de ces objets de la partie la plus proche du nuage d’Oort pourraient avoir une taille avoisinant celle de Mars ou même de la Terre, explique Scott Sheppard. Beaucoup d’entre eux sont si distants que, même pour les plus gros, il n’est pas possible de les détecter avec la technologie actuelle”.Le 27 mars 2014 à 09:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Razer is Developing a Portable Gaming Device to Compete With Switch

    first_imgStay on target These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingFinally, Razer Is Making a Gamer Toaster There’s no denying the Switch is a successful gaming device. A huge reason for that is its portability. There’s little doubt others are thinking about trying to replicate what Nintendo is doing. One manufacturer is Razer, who is apparently going to release a portable gaming device of its own.“One of the most hotly rumored things about Razer is that we’re coming up with a mobile device. And I can say that we are coming up with a mobile device specifically geared toward gamers and entertainment,” said CEO and co-founder of Razer, Min-Liang Tan to CNBC. “We’re hoping to have it come by the end of the year, so that’s something we’re working on.”Razer is best known for producing gaming PCs and peripherals. As noted by Gizmodo, Razer is also known for wild concepts like the triple screen Project Valerie laptop, the modular Project Christine PC, and the Project Fiona gaming tablet — all products that never saw the light of day. Because of that, recent rumors of Razer creating its own portable gaming device weren’t taken very seriously. But it appears Razer is going to move forward with this venture.“The mobile market is one of those that we’ve taken a long-term view to look at. We realized that a lot of our gamers are also passionate about the mobile gaming market, so we’ve done a couple of moves,” said Tan.How will Razer fare in the portable/handheld market? If we go by history, it’ll be a challenge. Many companies have tried to compete with Nintendo in this field only to meet with defeat. Only Sony’s handhelds managed to stay afloat, and even those weren’t exactly successful outside of Japan (especially the PS Vita). Razer has a tough battle in front of it. Still, it will be interesting to see how its portable gaming system will differ from Switch and what (potential) innovations it will bring to the portable gaming space.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

  • Occupy protests Shop momandpop on Black Friday

    first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Occupy protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides door-buster sales and crowded mall parking lots on Black Friday.Some don’t want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the actions don’t appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day’s dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.Nearly each one promises some kind of surprise action on the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.In Seattle, protesters are carpooling to Wal-Mart stores to protest with other Occupy groups from around Washington state. Washington, D.C., is offering a “really, really free market,” where people can donate items they don’t want so others can go gift shopping for free.Others plan to hit the mall, but not for shopping. The 75-person encampment in Boise, Idaho, will send “consumer zombies” to wander around in silent protest of what they view as unnecessary spending. In Chicago, protesters will serenade shoppers with revamped Christmas carols about buying local. The Des Moines, Iowa, group plans flash mobs at three malls in an attempt to get people to think about what they’re buying.“We didn’t want to guilt-trip people at a mall,” said Occupy Des Moines organizer Ed Fallon. “We wanted to get at them in a playful, friendly way, to support local businesses.”Protesters say the movement shouldn’t take away money and seasonal jobs from the working-class majority it purports to represent. The corporations, not the shoppers, are the focus of any protests, they say. But organizers do hope their actions drive people to reconsider shopping at national chains and direct their attention to small, locally owned stores.last_img read more

  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting October 24

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will receive presentations on pilot programs for elementary science.The School Committee will receive a presentation from Boutwell, Wildwood, Shawsheen, Woburn Street, North and West officials on their schools’ improvement plans.The School Committee will approve a $1,000 donation from Union Office.Superintendent Glenn Brand will update the Committee on Special Education IEP Procedures and the district’s Coordinated Program Review.The School Committee will finish voting on resolutions associated with the Massachusetts Association of School Committee’s Annual Meeting.The School Committee will receive and discuss the final FY18 financial report.The School Committee will receive subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At May 8 MeetingIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”last_img read more

  • Low clouds a possible factor in WrangellAngoon plane crash

    first_imgWeather may have been a factor in April 8th’s plane crash on Admiralty Island. The crash killed the pilot and two passengers and badly injured another person on board.Download AudioA photo of a Cessna 206 from Sunrise Aviation’s website.The Sunrise Aviation flight began in Wrangell and was headed to Angoon, about 110 miles to the northwest.A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report says pilot David Galla had changed course due to low clouds and reduced visibility.Shaun Williams is a safety board investigator.“From what we’ve been told when he spoke with the director of operations at Sunrise (Aviation), he did turn around because he could not get through Pybus Bay,” Williams said. “So now we just want to verify everything and verify how the weather was at the time.”Pybus Bay is on the south end of Admiralty Island, about four-fifths of the way from Wrangell to Angoon.Williams said information from the plane’s GPS unit and a weather study could provide more details of the conditions and route change.Pieces of the Cessna 206 were helicoptered to Juneau for examination. Williams said no obvious problems were found.“The engine and propeller have both been retained for shipment down to Mobile, Alabama, for further examination and testing at a later date,” said Williams.In addition to the pilot, the crash killed Greg Scheff and Thomas Siekawitch of Wrangell.The injured passenger, Morgan Enright of Ketchikan, remains at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.A website post from her mother Friday says Enright is improving. She is breathing on her own and recognizing family members.Medical center staff could not be immediately reached for an update of her status. As of Thursday, she remained in critical condition.last_img read more

  • In Iliamna EPA hears mixed reactions to its new course on Pebble

    first_imgEPA officials traveled from Washington, D.C. to Iliamna to hear local input on EPA’s recent settlement with Pebble (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The Environmental Protection Agency was in the remote community of Iliamna on Thursday for the second of two public hearings on whether the agency should roll back its Obama-era proposal to impose restrictions on the Pebble Mine.Listen nowDespite pouring rain, over 50 Alaskans from across the region filled seats in the Old Crowley Hangar at the Iliamna Airport and spoke directly to EPA officials.Unlike the hearing the day before in Dillingham — where public input was unanimously against the proposed Pebble Mine and EPA’s new course — the reaction in Iliamna was more mixed.Representatives from Pebble Limited Partnership and the Alaska Miners Association spoke in favor of pulling back from imposing Clean Water Act restrictions on the mine. Several local residents also spoke in support of EPA’s new course, saying they hope for more job opportunities in the region.That included Iliamna resident Margie Olympic, who has been employed by Pebble for 11 years.“I take pride from where I come from and what I was taught growing up,” Olympic said. “But I also know the value of having a job and supporting my family at this age. Fishing does not and could not support me and my family 12 months out of the year.”Olympic and others urged EPA to allow the project to begin the normal permitting process.But many speakers criticized EPA for considering rolling back the restrictions, voicing fears about the mine’s potential impact on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.“The only true economy with longevity is a renewable economy, and we have that,” Everett Thompson, a commercial fisherman from Naknek, told EPA officials. “It is scary to keep investing into the fishery with an ever-looming threat of Pebble Mine. Please do what is right, do not withdraw your Clean Water Act proposed determination.”Several speakers also criticized EPA administrator Scott Pruitt for making the decision to settle with the Pebble Limited Partnership this spring without public input from local communities.“I’ve been involved in the Pebble debate since longer than I care to remember,” Nanci Morris-Lyon said. She owns a sport fishing business near King Salmon. “Since the debate began, I have raised a daughter. She became a full-time fly-fishing guide this summer….These things take a very long time. Much longer than it took Director Pruitt to decide that all the time we committed to scientific study proving why Pebble Mine should not happen in Bristol Bay was not worth reviewing.”EPA will take comment on its proposal until October 17.last_img read more

  • 30 dead as Sudanese military breaks up protest

    first_imgA Sudanese protester walks past a burning tyre near Khartoum`s army headquarters on 3 June after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. Photo: AFPSudan’s military forcefully broke up a weeks-long sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters on Monday, leaving more than 30 dead and hundreds wounded in a crackdown met with sharp international condemnation.Heavily armed members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces were deployed around the capital, guarding entrances to the bridges that cross the Nile, and moved in convoys around the city.The United States called it a “brutal” crackdown on protesters, who want the generals behind the overthrow of veteran president Omar al-Bashir to hand over to civilian rule.UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres condemned the use of excessive force by the security forces against protesters and called for an independent investigation.The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss Sudan, after Britain and Germany requested the talks, diplomats said.The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, which is close to the protesters, said the “massacre” toll had “risen to more than 30,” with “hundreds of wounded”.An eight-year-old child was among those killed, it said, and called for “urgent support” from humanitarian organisations to help the wounded.Footage from the Royal Care hospital earlier in the day near the site of the sit-in showed people on the floors of the wards receiving treatment as men in uniforms sitting in pickup trucks gathered outside.An AFP correspondent said the streets of the capital were largely empty Monday night, a time the city is usually busy.Bloody massacreSome streets were blocked off by demonstrators who had erected barricades made from stones, tree trunks and burning tyres earlier in the day.Many shops and businesses were shuttered around the city.The military council denied its forces violently dispersed the sit-in in front of army headquarters, as demonstrators took to the streets in towns elsewhere in the country.But protest leaders said the main site in Khartoum had been cleared.”The Rapid Support Forces and the army and police and militia battalions dispersed the peaceful sit-in,” said the Alliance for Freedom and Change.Outside the army headquarters “there is no one, but the pure bodies of our martyrs that it has not been possible to evacuate from the site”.The Sudanese Professionals Association, which spearheaded nationwide protests that started in December, said Monday’s crackdown amounted to a “bloody massacre”.It called on Sudanese to take part in “total civil disobedience” to topple the military council.It also asked people to go out on Tuesday to hold Eid prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, “pray for the martyrs” and then “demonstrate peacefully”.The official date of Eid al-Fitr in Sudan has been fixed for Wednesday, official news agency SUNA said.The doctors’ committee said forces had opened fire inside the city’s East Nile Hospital and had chased “peaceful protesters”.Rallies against Bashir’s authoritarian, three-decade rule led to his ouster in April, but protesters had remained outside the army headquarters calling on the generals to cede power to a transitional authority.Heavy gunfireBritain’s ambassador to Khartoum, Irfan Siddiq, said he had heard “heavy gunfire” from his residence.The US embassy in Khartoum said “security forces’ attacks against protesters and other civilians is wrong and must stop.””Responsibility falls on the TMC. The TMC cannot responsibly lead the people of Sudan,” it added, referring to the transitional military council.Tibor Nagy, the assistant secretary of state for Africa, tweeted that it was a “brutal and coordinated attack, led by the Rapid Support Forces militia, that mirrors some of the worst offences of the Bashir regime”.Moussa Faki, the head of the African Union Commission, urged “an immediate and transparent investigation in order to hold all those responsible accountable”.Amnesty International urged the international community to consider “all forms of peaceful pressure, including targeted sanctions on those members of the Sudanese transitional authorities responsible for this morning’s violent attack on sleeping protesters.”The Alliance for Freedom and Change announced “the end of all political contact and negotiations with the putschist Council” following the deaths, even as the United Arab Emirates and Egypt appealed for the two sides to talk.last_img

  • State has seen less hike in power tariff in last 7 yrs

    first_imgKolkata: The state has witnessed significantly lesser increase in power tariff in the past seven years, compared to the period between 2008 and 2011, during the erstwhile Left Front government’s regime.Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, the state Power minister, informed the state Assembly in reply to a question that there was an increase in power tariff by 269 paise per unit between 2008 to 2011, while the same between the 2011-12 and 2017-18 fiscals has been 107 paise per unit. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state Power minister also maintained that the power tariff in the state is much lower compared to most other states. It is also lower in Kolkata than other cities in the country. He stated that in the past seven years, the number of power consumers in the state has doubled and the number of industrial consumers has been 1.27 lakh and 97,407 in 2018 and 2017 respectively. The number was 78,074 in 2011. Chattopadhyay said that all steps have been taken to ensure power supply in every nook and cranny of the state and at the same time, the number of consumers has also increased. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCiting the reasons behind the minimum increase in power tariff, the minister said it is the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission that regulates it and there are certain factors that led to the minimum increase in power tariff. He said: “Coal price has gone up by 77.10 percent, while clean energy cess has increased by 800 percent, between 2011 and 2018.” In reply to a question related to introduction of the monthly billing system, Chattopadhyay said that the matter would be discussed. But it might lead to an increase in power tariff, as there would be necessity for more manpower.last_img read more

  • Egypts justice minister resigns after comments raise uproar

    first_img Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Saber’s comments were particularly embarrassing since they ran contrary to the image that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has sought to promote of himself as a leader championing the poor and marginalized.One of the main objectives of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak was social justice. But little has been done to realize change in what many Egyptians see as an entrenched classist system in a country where nearly half the population of 90 million lives near or below the poverty line.It was Egypt’s 1952 “revolution” — a coup by young army officers that toppled Egypt’s Turkish monarchy — that first tried to bring a more egalitarian society. The coup ended a centuries-old feudal system and introduced socialist policies. Egypt’s subsequent presidents came from relatively humble origins — for example, the father of Gamal Abdel-Nasser, who was in office in the 1950s and 1960s, was a postman.But it never came close to achieving equality or a meritocracy in the country. To this day, the judiciary, the diplomatic service and the officer classes of the armed forces and police are mostly off-limits to the poor. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s justice minister resigned on Monday after raising a public uproar by saying in a TV interview that the children of sanitation workers are too lowly to become judges.The Sunday night comments by the minister, Mahfouz Saber, brought a heavy backlash on social media from Egyptians denouncing elitism and what some saw as the arrogance of Egypt’s judiciary, already under criticism for harsh sentences against government opponents. FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, Egyptian garbage collectors carry paper on a truck as they sift through garbage in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s justice minister, Mahfouz Saber, raised an uproar after he said in a Sunday, May 10, 2015, television interview that the children of sanitation workers are too lowly to become judges, saying those who join the judiciary must hail from “appropriate” backgrounds. The comments brought a heavy backlash on social media from Egyptians denouncing elitism — and what some saw as the arrogance of Egypt’s judiciary. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober During Mubarak’s 29 years in power, inequality spiraled, with senior government officials and wealthy businessmen forging an alliance that ignored the needs of the country’s poor.“The fault is not with the sanitary worker, but with our classist society,” Radwa Aboul-Azm, content manager at a large media company and a popular blogger, wrote on Facebook. “The minister did no wrong. He made realistic comments that hit us hard over the head. It’s like he slapped us.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said in a statement that Saber resigned out of “respect for public opinion.”In an interview late Sunday with the private TV channel 10, Saber was asked about charges of favoritism in the appointment of judges. When he said appointments are made according to objective standards, the interviewer said, “So the son of a sanitation worker could be made a judge?”“Let’s not go too far,” Saber replied. “With all due respect to cleaners and those above or beneath them, a judge must hail from an appropriate environment … Thanks are due to a cleaner who raises and educates his children, but there are other jobs that they can take.”He said if the children of sanitation workers became judges they would face problems and eventually suffer from depression and leave.On Monday, the head of Cairo’s garbage collectors, Shahata Muqdis, shot back, telling the Youm Al-Sabea newspaper, “The son of a garbage man can be smarter than your son. And the son of a garbage man won’t be ashamed of his father.”There were multiple calls for Saber’s resignation. A group of activist lawyers, called Haqaniyah, demanded prosecutors investigate Saber on criminal charges of inciting hatred and violating the constitution. 0 Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

  • Relatives of Americans in Iran press for their release

    first_imgSarah Hekmati, right, whose brother Amir Hekmati has been detained in Iran, is overcome as she speaks about her brother and the recent illness of her father, accompanied by Naghmeh Abedini, left, wife of U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini, who is also being held in Iran, listens during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with families of U.S. citizens detained in Iran, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) “If top Iranian officials cannot be counted on to assist these wrongfully jailed Americans, can they be counted on to honor the commitments they make at the negotiating table?” asked Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Call me a skeptic.”After the testimony, the committee passed a bipartisan measure introduced by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., which states that Iran should immediately release the three Americans it holds and provide all known information on any U.S. citizens who have disappeared within its borders.Daniel Levinson — son of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who has been gone for more than eight years — said his father has missed the births of three grandchildren, two weddings and numerous high school and college graduations.“To say these past eight years and three months have been a nightmare would be an understatement,” Daniel Levinson said. “I am one of my parents’ seven children and my mother just marked their 41st wedding anniversary last month. … He has missed too much of our lives.”He said U.S. officials need to step up their engagement with Iran on freeing the Americans as they meet in coming weeks to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. “We need — in fact, we implore — negotiators to take a more aggressive approach than merely asking for Iran’s help in locating him,” he said. Comments   Share   Also testifying was Sarah Hekmati, sister of Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who was sentenced to death for alleged espionage. His sentence was later reduced to 10 years.She broke down in tears as she testified how their father, a former college professor with a doctorate in microbiology, is suffering from terminal brain cancer and has recently suffered several strokes.“My hope, as the mother of two young children, was always to one day take my children to visit Iran to meet family and learn about their heritage,” she said. “It breaks my heart that my children’s only frame of reference for Iran is that the Iranians hurt the uncle they love.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up He called the charges against his brother “absurd” and said he is worried about his health.“While in prison, Jason has suffered painful and debilitating infections and he has lost more than 40 pounds. He also has chronic high blood pressure and a respiratory condition that is exacerbated during the hot summer months in Tehran,” he said.Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said he is “infuriated” and outraged that Iran, while sitting at the negotiation table, could “spit in our faces” by putting Rezaian on trial. He said he would wait to see the details of any nuclear deal, but thinks it’s “ludicrous” for the United States to sign a deal and act as if it’s business as usual with Iran when Americans are being held there.Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini, a pastor arrested in September 2012 and later sentenced for holding a Bible study session, said she is faced with the choice of staying with their two children, ages 8 and 7, or leaving them to travel and advocate for his release. To testify, she wore a necklace with a photo of her husband.“Every day I wake up with excruciating pain … I wake up to the reality of our life,” said Naghmeh Abedini, who claimed her husband has been tortured and suffers internal bleeding. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories The FBI has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the return of Robert Levinson, 67, who went missing March 9, 2007 from the Iranian resort of Kish Island. The Iranian government has never acknowledged arresting him.An Associated Press investigation published in 2013 revealed that Levinson vanished while working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission. He retired from the FBI in 1998.Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, a reporter from The Washington Post who has been held for more than 300 days for alleged spying, also testified. His trial began a week ago on allegations of “espionage for the hostile government of the United States” and propaganda against the Islamic republic — charges that could send him to jail for up to six years.Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two photojournalists were detained on July 22 in Tehran. All were later released except Rezaian, who grew up in Marin County, California, spent most of his life in the United States and holds both American and Iranian citizenship.“Jason became a husband two years ago when he married Yeganeh Salehi,” Ali Rezaian said. “Sadly, Jason has spent nearly half of their young marriage in a Tehran prison.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of four Americans missing or detained in Iran told Congress on Tuesday of milestones missed — weddings, graduations, birth of grandchildren — and asked U.S. officials to push harder for their release in negotiations with Tehran on a nuclear deal.Lawmakers from both parties said that if Tehran doesn’t release them immediately, they would find it difficult to trust the Iranian government to adhere to terms of the deal international negotiators are rushing to finalize before the end of the month. 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  • Europes largest Jewish sporting event opens in Germany

    first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s president welcomed Jewish athletes on Tuesday to the first European Maccabi Games to be held in the country, at a site built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics.About 2,300 athletes from 38 countries are expected to compete in 19 events at the games. President Joachim Gauck stressed the symbolism of holding a Jewish sporting event at a site built under the Nazis, and in a year when Germany and Israel are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The European Maccabi Games, which take place every four years and were last held in Vienna, feature traditional sports like basketball, football, field hockey, and swimming, but also chess and bridge.Though only Jewish athletes can compete, “let’s play together” matches are also being staged with non-Jewish professional and celebrity teams. The Berlin games are the event’s 14th edition.Training events and some competitions began before the opening ceremony.About 600 police officers are providing security. The games run through Aug. 5.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories “I’m glad and I think it is significant that you chose this place, and I am very moved that this country and this city will now see the Jewish games,” he said at the opening ceremony.Organizers have said it was a difficult decision to host the games in Berlin, but that it should be seen as a sign of reconciliation seven decades after the end of World War II. A Holocaust memorial event was held ahead of the opening ceremony.“I would like to ask you to take part … in memory of my brother and all other athletes who did not survive,” said Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlander, whose brother, Ralph, was killed at the Auschwitz death camp.The spirit of the games “stands for tolerance, being open to the world, and for a peaceful living together, and there is no better place to send this message into the world than here, 70 years after the war,” said Friedlander, 93.The World Jewish Congress’ president, Ronald Lauder, said that holding the games at the Nazi-built venue “represents a triumph of good over evil.”In a note of greeting, Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote that “in view of the past, Germany may truly be thankful for the restored diversity of Jewish life in our country and for the renewed trust of the guests from abroad.”center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories From left, Israel’s Arman Vanaian, Larry Sherman, Greg Meyers and Victor Hugo Carmona try to block the ball during the Open men hockey match between Israel and Germany at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. More than 2,000 Jewish athletes are gathering in Berlin for the European Maccabi Games, being held for the first time in Germany, and at sites constructed by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer) The vital role family plays in society 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

  • Agents now have until 30 April 2018 to book their

    first_imgAgents now have until 30 April 2018 to book their clients on a 2018 Scenic Tour to receive:Included return flights for 23 Day Treasures of the West Coast (includes taxes up to $190 per person) – a saving of up to $1,350* per couplePartner fly free for bookings on the 12 Day Top End and Kimberley Spectacular, 17 Day South Western Tapestry or 21 Day Territory Explorer and The Kimberley (includes taxes of up to $250 per person) – a saving of up to $900* per coupleEarlybird savings of up to $600* per couple for bookings on the 9 Day Territory Explorer, 13 Day Ultimate Tasmania, 11 Day Taste of South Australia or 8 Day Historic Norfolk IslandFor more information call Scenic on 138 128 or visit scenic.com.auIMAGE:Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia earlybirdsSceniclast_img