Djimon Hounsou Joins Stars In Supporting Strong Arms Trade Treaty

first_imgAs the United Nations gears up for a final round of negotiations on the international Arms Trade Treaty, Oscar-nominated actor and Oxfam America Ambassador Djimon Hounsou joins a number of Nobel Peace Prize winners, celebrities, faith community leaders, retired generals, and civil society organizations calling on President Obama to support a robust Arms Trade Treaty.More than 325,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives because of armed violence since negotiations for the treaty were halted last year, and next week negotiators start anew in the hope of finally delivering an international treaty. Fresh from a trip to South Sudan where he saw first-hand the devastation that the poorly regulated weapons trade is having on families and communities, Hounsou arrived in Washington to make the case for Washington support.“It felt like a Hollywood movie to see young boys carrying AK-47’s,” said Hounsou. “A strong Arms Trade Treaty would help restrict the flow of such weapons and bullets to countries like South Sudan. We all have a moral obligation to bring about a robust ATT and make the world a safer place.”The proliferation of guns in South Sudan where war raged for nearly five decades has led the government to begin collecting guns from civilians. However, collection has only occurred in some areas and recently disarmed communities have fallen prey to heavily armed attackers. During the week-long trip, Hounsou visited the states of Warrap and Lakes where community members explained that the free flow of guns and ammunition have made the problem of inter-communal violence and cattle raiding worse.“For many families in South Sudan, cows are like money in the bank,” said Hounsou. “While cattle theft has been going on for generations, today, with guns instead of spears, the conflicts have turned far deadlier.”The United States has some of the strictest regulations when it comes to the export and import of weapons such as tanks, guns, missiles, ammunition and other arms, but many countries, such as South Sudan, don’t have any laws on arms imports at all. The Arms Trade Treaty would establish a global framework and bring the rest of the world more in line with the rigorous standards and regulations already in force in the United States.“As the government of South Sudan continues with the disarmament process, the international community can help slow down the flow of weapons and ammunition into the country by agreeing to the global Arms Trade Treaty,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America. “The Arms Trade Treaty would close the loopholes exploited by irresponsible arms dealers and help prevent regional and civil conflicts from spiraling out of control.”Hounsou joined a number of other actors, musicians and directors in a letter to President Obama urging him to support the treaty.“The world looks to the United States to lead on human rights. Now is the time for us to demonstrate that leadership by endorsing the Arms Trade Treaty,” stated the letter also signed by actors Kristin Davis, Rooney Mara Q’orianka Kilcher, and Tim Roth, musicians Jackson Browne and Angelique Kidjo and Russell Simmons, as well as director Ed Zwick and artist Yoko Ono. “As Americans of conscience, we have a responsibility to ensure that children and their families, wherever they are, can live free of violence.”Four other letters from diverse constituencies, including a dozen retired generals, more than 500 legal professionals and scholars, and Nobel Peace Laureates, were also addressed to President Obama today, urging him to support a robust Arms Trade Treaty during this critical battle for responsible arms trade.“As humanitarians and peacemakers, we cannot accept the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world who are gunned down each year, with millions left maimed and traumatized,” stated the Nobel Peace Laureates letter signed by Oscar Arias, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, and Leymah Gbowee, among others. “The poorly regulated arms trade fuels conflict, violence, and serious violations of human rights, with devastating effects on health, security, and sustainable social and economic development.”last_img read more

Champs Élysées Attack Late Officers Partner Gives Touching Eulogy

Rabat – The partner of Xavier Jugéle, the policeman killed in last Thursday’s terrorist attack at Champs Élysées, paid his respects to the officer at a national memorial ceremony held on Tuesday in Paris.Étienne Cardiles left for work last Thursday morning while his partner was still sleeping. He did not expect that it was the last time he would ever see him.Cardiles’ Xavier Jugelé, was the sole police officer killed on April 20 when French national Karim Cheurfi opened fire on a police van. Two other officers and a French tourist were injured before Cheurfi, acting on behalf of the Islamic State, was fatally shot by police.At the national ceremony held in police headquarters in honor of the deceased, Cardiles delivered a eulogy to his partner, describing the day of the tragic incident. Restraining tears, Cardiles addressed his late partner.“Xavier, Thursday morning, as usual, I went to work and you were still asleep. We talked over the course of the day about our holiday project […] Visa details, our accommodations. These concerns invaded our messages with a frenzy all the more joyful as our airline tickets had been booked since Tuesday.”In the presence of the President François Hollande and current presidential candidates, including centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, Cardiles spoke in an open courtyard surrounded by his partner’s grieving colleagues.“When the first messages appeared that warned Parisians that a serious event was ongoing on the Champs Élysée and that a police officer had lost his life, a little voice told me it was you,” he said.Attempting to hold his tears, Cardiles went on to say that he hopes such this tragic event will never happen again and that he is grateful that his partner breathed his last breath immediately.“You were taken on the spot, and I thank your lucky star,” he continued. “I went home in the evening without you, with deep and extreme pain. That may calm one day, I don’t know.” read more

Security Council hopeful about progress on issues pending since 1990 Gulf war

“Members of the Council noted that the total number of positive identifications of human remains by the Kuwaiti authorities had increased since the last report and were encouraged and hopeful about the possibility of further progress in the repatriation of remains,” according to a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Alejandro Wolff of the United States, which holds the body’s rotating presidency for June.The number of Kuwaiti and third-country nationals whose remains have been identified has reached 235 – two more since the Council was last briefed on the issue in December 2007. At the same time, Council members “noted with regret that there had been no further progress on the fate of the Kuwaiti national archive,” and called on anyone who may have information about these documents to help clarify the matter.Earlier today, the Council was briefed on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the issue by High-level Coordinator Gennady Tarasov, who was appointed to his post in April following the death of former envoy Yuli Vorontsov last December.Council Members were pleased to note the Secretary-General’s observation that the Iraqi Government had shown “sensitivity and understanding as well as its sincere intention to assist in resolving the outstanding cases,” and were confident that all parties, in particular Iraq and Kuwait, could work towards a “satisfactory solution.” In addition, the Council welcomed the news that Iraq has now formally invited Mr. Tarasov to the country to discuss outstanding issues, “early progress on which would help cement the existing friendly relations between Iraq and Kuwait.” 25 June 2008The Security Council today said that recent identifications of human remains provided reason to hope for further progress in determining the fate of Kuwaitis and other nationals missing since Iraq’s 1990 invasion, but lamented the lack of progress in finding the Kuwaiti national archive. read more

UN industrial agency partners with China to tackle climate change

Under an agreement signed in Beijing yesterday by UNIDO Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella and Chen Huan, Deputy Director-General of the China CDM Fund Management Centre, the two bodies will implement schemes – including transitioning to a low-carbon economy and expanding the transfer of adoption and technology – over the next three years.The CDM allows industrialized countries to generate credits through investment in emission reduction projects in developing countries.Also yesterday, Mr. Yumkella entered into an agreement with Chinese and Sierra Leonean officials to build a small hydropower plant on the Bankasoka River in the West African nation, with construction slated to begin next month and be completed by the end of 2009.The project hopes to pave the way for further trilateral cooperation under UNIDO’s Lighting-up of Rural Africa initiative, which aims to reverse the lack of access, low purchasing power and over-dependence on traditional fuels currently characterizing the continent’s energy situation.Also in Beijing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need for increased funding for clean technology, given that global energy demand is estimated to surge by over 50 percent by 2030.“Clean technologies have proven their worth again and again,” he said in an address delivered by Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to the High-Level Conference on Climate Technology Development and Technology Transfer.“Investments in clean technologies can generate jobs and growth while safeguarding the environment, in effect addressing the financial crisis and climate change at the same time.”Mr. Ban stressed that the poorest and most vulnerable, who have contributed least to global warming, face the greatest challenges in adapting to its impact.He called for “decisive action and global solidarity,” urging participants to ensure that the next round of UN climate change talks in Poznan, Poland, next month will be successful and to usher in a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol when talks wrap up in December 2009 in Copenhagen. 7 November 2008The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has joined forces with China to address climate change by increasing clean energy projects under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and boosting the use of hydropower in Africa. read more

UN humanitarian chief urges full and unhindered access to Darfur camp

13 August 2010The United Nations humanitarian chief today called for immediate access to a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sudan’s Darfur region that has been closed off to aid workers for nearly two weeks, voicing concern about the needs of the 82,000 people residing there. “I am extremely concerned about the welfare of the IDPs at Kalma camp, to whom we have not been able to deliver relief for 13 days,” said John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. The Kalma camp in South Darfur has been the scene of recent tensions following the conclusion of the latest round of peace talks in Doha, Qatar, with some groups contending they were unrepresented. Thousands of IDPs took part in deadly protests in the camp. In addition, Government officials in South Darfur are demanding that the joint UN-AU peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, hand over six local leaders – five men and one woman – who sought protection at the mission’s community policing centre (CPC) outside the camp following last week’s protests. A UNAMID team that visited Kalma on Tuesday reported that large parts of the camp appeared deserted, the inhabitants having left for either the CPC or one of the surrounding villages. UN humanitarian agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have aid programmes in Kalma are still being prevented from entering the camp by local authorities on the ground, despite recent reassurances that such restrictions had not been imposed, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release.“We need immediate access so we can respond to the needs and conditions of those remaining there. We also need to find out how many people have left, and where they have gone, in order to provide relief to them too,” said Mr. Holmes, adding that many thousands of IDPs from Kalma remain unaccounted for. UN agencies and NGOs are prepared to resume humanitarian operations immediately to provide the IDPs with the necessary food, water and sanitation, health, nutritional support, shelter and non-food items. OCHA noted that constraints on aid agencies operating in the strife-torn region have been steadily increasing since March 2009, when 11 international NGOs were expelled from Darfur, where some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and another 2.7 million others displaced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003 between rebel groups and Government forces backed by Janjaweed militiamen.Two staff members from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) were also expelled last month. In addition to the obstruction of aid efforts at Kalma camp, approximately 100,000 people affected by fighting in the eastern Jebel Marra region have been unreachable since February, it added. “The United Nations has been in close contact with the relevant Sudanese authorities to restore access to both Kalma and eastern Jebel Marra, but until today progress has not been forthcoming,” said Mr. Holmes. If access is not urgently restored, the situation could deteriorate rapidly, he warned. read more

Tax defaulters to get a wake up call

The Minister also said that the Government will be introducing a revolutionary budget this month and under the budget the Government hopes to earn most of its revenue through taxes next year. (Colombo Gazette) Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says tax defaulters must be given a wake up call by the relevant officials.Speaking at a function held today to mark the 15th anniversary of the Inland Revenue Department, the Finance Minister said that it is those who can pay taxes who fail to pay. The Minister said that some people take advantage of what the Government has to offer but yet fail to pay their taxes on time. He said that tax defaulters must be encouraged to pay taxes on time and this is part of the responsibility of the Inland Revenue Department. read more

Annan deplores actions of mutinous soldiers in GuineaBissau

The Secretary-General has asked his Representative in Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo Honwana, to continue to lend the necessary support to help all parties resolve the crisis peacefully and quickly, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said.The Security Council also condemned the killing. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for October, said the 15-member body was concerned “over the tragic turn of events at a time when Guinea-Bissau is making steady progress towards the full restoration of constitutional order.””Members of the Council condemned the use of force to settle differences or to address grievances regarding long-standing problems in the military sector,” he said in a statement to the press after the Council heard a briefing on the situation by a senior UN official.They deplored the loss of life, including the killing of Gen. Verissimo Correia Seabra, and called on all concerned to come to a speedy agreement consistent with respect for constitutional authority and the rule of law, Mr. Jones Parry added.Council members also called on the international community to maintain its confidence in the process of democratic consolidation in Guinea-Bissau and to uphold their commitment to development in that country.They welcomed the readiness of the African Union, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to provide support for the peaceful conclusion of dialogue among the parties, the Council President said. The members also encouraged Mr. Honwana to maintain his assistance in that dialogue. read more

Bank of Americas barely turns a quarterly profit but earnings beat expectations

by News Staff Posted Oct 17, 2012 7:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of America’s barely turns a quarterly profit, but earnings beat expectations NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bank of America said Wednesday that it narrowly turned a profit from July through September, good enough to beat Wall Street expectations.The bank earned $340 million in the most recent quarter, which works out to a fraction of a penny per share. Financial analysts expected an 11-cent loss, according to a poll by data provider FactSet.Last month, Bank of America announced it would settle a legal dispute with shareholders who said the bank misled them about its purchase of Merrill Lynch, announced in 2008.Profits were also hurt by a controversial accounting rule that cuts into banks’ net income when the value of their corporate debt rises.Without those charges, Bank of America revenue was essentially flat at $22.5 billion, beating the expected $21.9 billion.Bank of America stock was up 7 cents at $9.53 in premarket trading. read more

Toronto stock market advances amid positive US Chinese data earnings misses

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2012 4:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market advances amid positive U.S., Chinese data, earnings misses TORONTO – The Toronto stock market registered a solid advance Thursday as resource sectors benefited from signs of a recovering Chinese manufacturing sector. But the market was held back by earnings disappointments in the telecom and mining sectors.Overall market sentiment also got a lift from American data showing a better-than-expected reading for consumer confidence and strength in the U.S. manufacturing sector.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 76.85 points to 12,499.76 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 6.81 points to 1,321.29.“It looks like the housing market has bottomed, manufacturing seems to be picking up in different areas of the world, so there’s encouraging stuff there,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president of Investment Management and Research at Richardson GMP Ltd.“But eventually that will take time to flow through to corporate earnings as well.”The Canadian dollar shook off early losses to move up 0.22 of a cent at 100.32 cents US.U.S. markets racked up solid gains as the Dow Jones industrials closed up 136.16 points to 13,232.62, the Nasdaq composite index gained 42.83 points to 3,020.06 and the S&P 500 index rose 15.43 points to 1,427.59.The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index increased in October to 72.2, the highest level in almost five years.Consumers were more confident after seeing better job growth, the report noted.And a day before the U.S. non-farm payrolls report is released, payroll firm ADP said that the American private sector created 158,000 jobs in October. Economists had estimated the U.S. created about 120,000 jobs last month.Meanwhile, the Institute for Supply Management says its index of factory activity rose last month to 51.7, up from September’s reading of 51.5. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.There was also some rare good news for the global economy as the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing’s monthly purchasing managers index improved to 50.2 from 49.8 in September. Numbers above 50 on the 100-point scale indicate activity is expanding.Economic growth fell to a 3 1/2 year low of 7.6 per cent in the quarter ended in September but other indicators, including retail sales and investment, improved.“The improvement in both measures reinforces our expectation that China’s growth will pick up in Q4, ending a seven-quarter streak of slowing activity,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) weighed on the Toronto market, moving down $3.83 or 9.48 per cent to $36.56. Barrick’s third-quarter profit missed expectations as revenue fell amid lower gold prices. Net income before adjustments fell to US$620 million or 62 cents per share, less than half what Barrick earned at the same time last year. Its adjusted EPS was 85 cents per share, 15 cents short of expectations.December bullion slipped $3.60 to US$1,715.50 an ounce and the gold sector lost about two per cent.The telecom sector was also lower as BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) said its net income in the third quarter dropped to $569 million and adjusted net earnings fell to $588 million, or 76 cents per share. The adjusted EPS was a penny below estimates. BCE’s revenue was just under $5 billion, compared with about $4.9 billion a year earlier. Most of that came from Bell Canada, BCE’s main subsidiary. BCE shares were down 51 cents to $43.15.Metal prices advanced in the wake of the Chinese PMI data with December copper up three cents to US$3.55 a pound and the base metals sector was ahead 4.8 per cent. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) ran ahead $1.88 or almost six per cent to $33.58.But shares in uranium miner Cameco (TSX:CCO) fell 97 cents or five per cent to $18.40 after it reported quarterly net earnings of $82 million or 21 cents per share, compared with $39 million or 10 cents per share for the same period a year earlier.Adjusted earnings were $52 million or 13 cents per share compared with $104 million or 26 cents per share in 2011. Quarterly revenue came in at $408 million, compared to $527 million a year ago. Analysts expected profit of 27 cents per share and $562.3 million in revenue.Cameco also reduced its long-term production target to 36 million pounds of annual supply by 2018, down from 40 million pounds a year, due to ongoing market uncertainty following last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.Meanwhile, oil prices rose as refineries in the storm-hit northeastern United States restarted.The December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 85 cents at US$87.09 a barrel.The energy sector climbed 1.34 per cent as Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) said higher margins at its refineries were the main reason for a 21 per cent jump in its third-quarter profit, handily beating analysts’ expectations.Net income rose to $1.04 billion or $1.22 per diluted share, compared to $859 million or $1.01 a share for the same period last year. Imperial’s shares climbed $1.36 to C$45.55.In other corporate news, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) plans to invest about US$1 billion in a new natural gas pipeline in Mexico. The pipeline giant has been awarded a contract to build, own and operate the pipeline by Mexico’s federal power company, the Commission Federal de Electricidad or CFE. Its shares were up 32 cents to $45.29.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) was a major gainer, up 80 cents or 10.15 per cent to $8.68 on a heavy volume of 6.7 million shares. The jump added to a 3.7 per cent rise Wednesday after it said its new BlackBerry smartphones are being tested by 50 phone carriers around the world, another step towards their release next year. read more

First food convoy through Sudan humanitarian corridor arrives in South Sudan –

“Reopening this humanitarian corridor from Sudan will help reduce our heavy reliance on costly air operations to provide assistance in conflict affected areas of South Sudan,” WFP South Sudan Country Director Joyce Luma said today. Airdrops and airlifts are critical in sustaining food assistance to remote areas but cost six to seven times more than delivery by barge or road. Today’s delivery crossed into South Sudan from Kosti, a Sudanese city on the western bank of the White Nile River.The new cross-border operation will see WFP use trucks and river barges to deliver a total of 4,650 metric tons of food to feed around 275,000 people for one month in the northern parts of South Sudan who have been affected by the conflict. “This will allow WFP and partners to reach more vulnerable people with the urgent food assistance that they need,” Ms. Luma said. Since the start of the crisis in South Sudan in December 2013, WFP has reached 2.5 million people with lifesaving food and nutrition assistance. read more

Ohio State mens hockey splits weekend series with rival Michigan Wolverines

Coach Steve Rohlik addresses members of the OSU men’s hockey team during a game against Michigan on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Isabelle Beecy / Lantern photographerAs the Ohio State men’s hockey team got set to take on the Michigan Wolverines for the last time in the regular season, the Buckeyes were looking to improve on the ice with improved preparation.“We practiced a lot better this week then we did last week. Preparation is key,” coach Steve Rohlik said. “You win the game Monday through Thursday, and we didn’t do that last week. If we continue to do well in practice, we have a better chance at success.”The Buckeyes had a bit of success as they split the home-and-home series with the Wolverines. On Sunday, the Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play in Yost Arena, where they lost to the Wolverines, 5-2. Sunday was the polar opposite of Friday night as the Buckeyes couldn’t rally against an aggressive Wolverine defense. Sophomore goalie Christian Frey was in the net for OSU both nights and recorded 54 saves total over the weekend. “(Frey) has literally given us a chance this second half (of the season). He looks comfortable, confident, he’s made some great saves for us,” Rohlik said. “He’s given us a chance every game he’s been in, and if we can go out there, chip away and score some goals, I like our chances.” The Buckeyes were unable to gain offensive momentum throughout the game and struggled to finish against Michigan junior goaltender Steve Racine. The Buckeyes rallied in the third with goals from senior captain Tanner Fritz and junior forward Tyler Lundey, but it wasn’t enough to make a comeback. OSU and Michigan were fairly even in shots, but Racine held the advantage with 28 saves. With freshman Dylan Larkin and senior Zach Hyman taking the lead, the Wolverines were able to break down the Buckeye defense. Going into Sunday’s matchup, Michigan looked to improve its defensive effort, after OSU was able to bury five goals in Friday’s game. OSU celebrated a 5-3 victory over the No. 15 Wolverines in the series opener at the Schottenstein Center, giving the Buckeyes their first win over Michigan since 2011. Senior forward Matt Johnson proved be an offensive leader for the Buckeyes, scoring two goals in the first period. Fritz also found the back of the net and recorded his 100th point as a Buckeye.Senior forward Darik Angeli also tallied one for the Buckeyes, scoring off a one-timed slap shot to give OSU the 4-2 lead. In the third period, Michigan pulled its goalie, and sophomore forward Nick Shilkey scored his seventh goal of the season on the empty net. “This was the best win for us all year. When you don’t win as many games as you would like to, it could go one of two directions. I think we had some good talks this week as a team and I think we put in the best week of practice,” Rohlik said. The Buckeyes are looking to gain some momentum as they prepare for a matchup against the second-ranked team in the Big Ten, the Penn State Nittany Lions, on Friday in Columbus.Johnson said Friday’s game was a step in the right direction, but added OSU needs to continue to play that well every night. “Once you start playing that way, it’s kind of contagious,” he said. read more

Mens Volleyball No 1 Ohio State drops first match of the season

Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen spikes the ball during the NCAA national championship game on Saturday. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterIt took five sets, but the No. 6 BYU men’s volleyball team (3-1) upset No. 1 Ohio State (2-1) 3-2 Saturday night at St. John Arena in front of 2,237 spectators. The first set of the early-season rematch between the two teams in the past two NCAA championship games foreshadowed what proved to be a competitive match. The Cougars had an impeccable set for serving, committing only two service errors. Despite powerful jump-serves drilled by the Cougars, the Buckeyes were able to get the ball up and to setter Sanil Thomas, who was then able to work in-system plays.Consistent, quick and powerful attacks from senior outside hitters Nicolas Szerszen and Maxime Hervoir and redshirt senior opposite Jake Hanes put the ball to the wood and started the Buckeyes off with a win in the opening set 25-21.Despite losing the first set, the Cougars came onto the floor hungry for the second set. The Buckeyes won the first point after a kill from Hervoir, but the Cougars managed to side-out and take the lead and run with it for the entire set as communication diminished on Ohio State’s side of the net. BYU’s defense improved significantly in the second set, lowering Ohio State’s hitting percentage from .750 in the first set to .300. The Cougars claimed the set 25-21. In the third set, the Cougars maintained their momentum, shutting down Ohio State’s offense with three blocks and 13 digs. Ohio State’s hitting percentage dropped further to .258 and the home team was unable to overtake the Cougars, losing 25-20. Ohio State won the first point of the fourth set after a right-side kill by Szerszen and kept swinging hard throughout the set, eventually adding a second set 25-21. Thomas assisted on 15 of the Buckeyes’ 18 kills.At the beginning of the fifth set, the game remained largely up for grabs. BYU pulled away after a 5-5 tie and ended the fifth set 15-8, winning the match 3-2.Cougar outside hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez scored 24.5 points in the match — the most for both teams. BYU setter Leo Durkin assisted on 42 of the Cougars’ 53 kills. Outside hitter Brenden Sander contributed 15 of BYU’s match points.Hervoir had 20 kills for the Buckeyes, the most kills in the match by a player for both teams. Thomas topped both teams in assists with a total of 55, and Szerszen tied second for kills in the match with Cougar player Garcia Fernandez with 19 kills. read more

EYEWITNESS Water water everywhere…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Misdiagnosis…March 19, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: “Boat gone a wata”…September 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Out of the loop…September 29, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …but none for rice?Some folks might’ve been taken aback by the news of 2000 acres of rice over in Berbice that was threatened by drought – in the midst of all the rains we’ve been experiencing. And therein lies a story that hasn’t been told often enough to us coastlanders. We go about blithely with our business –- which is generally to figure out how to escape a government that only knows “tax and splurge! – with nary a thought about how tenuous our habitation on the coast is.Point of the matter, we’re all pretty much living in a trench on the coastland. And you should get those eyebrows down, right now, if you think about it! Remember that word “backdam”, which most of us think is a PLACE where cane cutters labour? Well…think again! The “backdam” is a real “dam” that was created years and years ago by the Dutch and the British at the BACK of the cane fields to do two things.Firstly to collect and hold back the waters that came down during the rainy season…and in the process, creating “conservancies” of water!! The water’s then released, in regulated amounts by IRRIGATION CANALS – to the cane fields and later the RICE fields. And that’s why the rice farmers complained when GuySuCo closed off the irrigation canals. But back to that trench, your Eyewitness mentioned a while back…Doesn’t that need another dam to form another bank?Glad you asked, observant reader! And that’s just what our SEA wall, is!! When it was first constructed by the selfsame Dutch and British, they were called “sea dams”. They were needed for the simple reason that our coastland is BELOW sea level! Remember what we learnt in Primary School? So between the seawall and the backdam, we live in the trench!!We get away with it (most times) because in addition to the irrigation canals, we also have DRAINAGE CANALS – all ending at kokers into the ocean – or rivers. During heavy rainfall, the folks in Albouystown know they’ll be flooded because the kokers can’t be opened to let out the water until the LOW tide. In really heavy extended rainfall, the East Coast – especially Buxton – floods for the same reason.And now, armed with that lesson on our coastland hydraulics, patient readers, we should be able to appreciate not only the rice farmers’ woes…but potentially those of all of us on the coast where the sugar factories have been shuttered.To cut to the chase, no one will keep those irrigation and drainage canals clear. Forget about the NDIA!And within a year we’ll all be looking for canoes to move around!!…with oil under themWith ExxonMobil striking oil with practically every hole under our waters, the French just jumped in. The oil company “Total” will now be trying to get a piece of the action. The question that arises, however, is: who’s in charge of negotiating for GUYANA’s share of the action?? God forbid it’s the same Raphael “Nassau” Trotman who gave away the store – and then some! – when he was jetted off to Texas!Imagine what’ll happen if he’s taken over to Paris and the Eiffel Tower!! All those French sauces and Champagne will certainly make him giddier than the Texas Sirloins he wolfed down. But seriously folks, shouldn’t there be a proper team doing our negotiating for us? It’s not just that Trotman negotiated a terrible contract…it’s that he just won’t ADMIT to it when the smoking gun’s been shoved up his nose!!What we can expect, then, if he’s allowed to be the “negotiator” again, we’d be adjudged “insane” by Einstein’s test.Doing the same thing again and again…and expecting a different result!!…including the Cricket StadiumSeems our outfield at Providence has been hit by a “Mole Cricket” infestation. NO!! It’s not fellas who dig out “ground balls”. It’s a burrowing insect attack.Just cover the ground with detergent – and they’ll be washed out!! read more

Poll Should Sunday premium pay for frontline staff be reduced

first_img Yes, it should be reduced to time-and-a-half (1289) Yes, it should be scrapped altogetherYes, it should be reduced to time-and-a-halfNoI don’t knowVote Yes, it should be scrapped altogether (539) I don’t know (1848) THE GOVERNMENT IS determined in its plans to reduce premium payments for frontline staff in the public service, despite strong opposition from unions representing workers.Earlier this morning, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation told that it would “not be moving on this issue”.The Taoiseach has warned that if a successor to the Croke Park Agreement on public sector pay and reform is not agreed by the end of this month, the government will legislate for certain cuts.There is plenty on the table but today’s focus seems to be on premium pay for frontline staff. The coalition has proposed reducing Sunday double-time down to time-and-a-half. What do you think – should it be protected or slashed?In today’s poll, we ask: Should Sunday premium pay for frontline staff be reduced? No (2546) Poll Results:last_img read more

Major Irish IPO off the table

first_imgDespite receiving overwhelming interest in our initial public offering, we have decided to postpone our offering until market conditions are more favourable for our company and our customers.Globoforce makes software that allows companies to monitor and reward employee performance. It has 240 employees worldwide. Founded in 1999, the company booked €135m ($187m) in sales last year.Mosley said that company strategy and goals remained the same.Apple buys back $14bn of its own shares in two weeks>Candy Crush Saga makers plan to go public in €364m IPO> IRISH SOFTWARE COMPANY Globoforce has postponed plans to run an initial public offering on the US NASDAQ market.The company had already scaled down plans to raise up to €57m ($79m) by reducing its offering and the price on its shares, but pulled the whole scheme earlier today.Chief executive Eric Mosley insisted that Globoforce planned to return to its IPO, which would have been among the largest Irish share bonanzas in recent years, at a later date.last_img read more

Bedbug Registry A Holiday Must

first_imgThere’s a lot to take into account before heading off for the holiday season. Now you can add one more thing to the list of concerns during the busiest travel time of the year: bedbugs. The little bloodsucking monsters have been making quite the comeback, in the last couple of years, so it’s not really a huge surprise that the phrase “Bedbug Registry” is beginning to trend on search engines, as travelers make plans for Thanksgiving and beyond.The Bedbug Registery was founded in 2006 by writer Maciej Cegłowski, after a traumatic bedbug experience. Since then, it has grown to collect nearly 20,000 reports in 12,000 locations. The site is largely focused on hotels, but does also include other communal spots like cruise ships. Enter a hotel name and address, and the site will let you know whether you’ve got an infestation report to worry about. You can also check out an interactive map of infestations, which, at first glance, is more than a little troubling–particularly for those of us in New York City. AdChoices广告last_img read more

50yearold man missing from Co Carlow found safe and well

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: William MurphyUpdated 24 January, 10.40amA MAN MISSING from his Co Carlow home has been found safe and well.50-year-old Edward Canavan had been missing from his home since Saturday morning.Read: Man arrested following shooting of PSNI officer in BelfastRead: Cork researchers on the trail of way to ‘tame’ cancer to launch new campaign By Cormac Fitzgerald Jan 23rd 2017, 7:26 AM 2 Comments Share3 Tweet Email 50-year-old man missing from Co Carlow found safe and well The man had been missing since Saturday morning. Monday 23 Jan 2017, 7:26 AM Short URL 15,383 Views last_img read more

Teenager missing from Dublin found safe and well

first_img Monday 18 Jun 2018, 10:26 AM By Paul Hosford 21,624 Views Short URL A TEENAGER WHO was missing from Dublin has been found.Ahmed Salah had been missing from the Templeogue area.However, the 16-year-old has now been found safe and well.Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance. Teenager missing from Dublin found safe and well The 16-year-old had been missing from the Templeogue area in Dublin. Jun 18th 2018, 10:26 AM 3 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland! Share347 Tweet Email Image: Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland!last_img read more

Le cancer du testicule est en augmentation depuis 1998

first_imgLe cancer du testicule est en augmentation depuis 1998Un rapport de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) rendu le 26 mai indique qu’entre 1998 et 2008 le taux annuel de patients opérés pour des cancers du testicule a augmenté de 2,5% en moyenne, et ce en Europe et en France. Sont principalement victimes de ce cancer les hommes âgés de 20 à 64 ans.Dans son rapport “Cancer du testicule : évolution nationale et variations régionales du taux de patients opérés”, l’Institut de veille sanitaire s’est basé sur les données du Programme de médicalisation des systèmes d’information (PMSI) de 1998 à 2008 pour réaliser son étude. L’enquête révèle deux choses bien distinctes. D’une part, les spécialistes ont constaté un accroissement du nombre d’interventions chirurgicales pour des anomalies telles que les cryptorchidies ou encore les hypospadias. La cryptorchidie est l’absence, dès la naissance, d’un ou des deux testicules dans les bourses. Quant à l’hypospadias, il s’agit d’une malformation du pénis dans laquelle l’urètre s’ouvre sur la face inférieure de ce dernier. En France, l’augmentation annuelle de ces deux malformations chez les petits garçons de moins de 7 ans s’élève à 1,8% pour la cryptorchidie et à 1,2% pour l’hypospadias selon le rapport de l’InVS. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosD’autre part, en moyenne, le cancer du testicule est diagnostiqué chez les hommes de 37 ans et les opérations augmenteraient d’environ 2,5% par an. Il est également indiqué dans le rapport qu’il existe une certaine différence de taux selon les régions. En effet, l’Alsace, la Lorraine, la Bretagne et les pays de la Loire sont les régions les plus touchées par ce cancer. A l’inverse le Languedoc Roussillon et l’Ile-de-France ont les taux les plus bas.Les raisons de ces différences de taux, par région, ne sont pas encore connues. Cependant l’InVS déclare dans son communiqué que les résultats de ses études “incitent à explorer l’hypothèse d’un lien avec des expositions environnementales”.Le 29 mai 2011 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Toshiba Canvio 30 mise à jour du boîtier externe Toshiba

first_imgToshiba Canvio 3.0 : mise à jour du boîtier externe ToshibaLes disques durs Toshiba Canvio ont été mis à jour et peuvent accueillir un disque d’une capacité de 1,5 To en USB 3.0.Toshiba a annoncé une mise à jour de sa solution de stockage externe Canvio. Désormais un disque dur d’une capacité de stockage de 1,5 TB pré-formaté en NTFS pour Windows sera proposé. Ce disque dur externe pourra également fonctionner avec des ordinateurs Mac. Aussi, les échanges entre disques durs Mac et PC seront possibles.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le Toshiba Canvio 3.0 sera livré avec un logiciel facilitant les sauvegardes et l’archivage de fichiers informatiques. Ensuite, grâce à un port USB 3.0 le taux de transfert sera optimal en vélocité.Enfin, la troisième génération de disques externes Canvio est équipée d’un système antichocs pour protéger les données contre les chutes. Les disques durs Toshiba Canvio 3.0 seront disponibles en noir, argent, blanc, rouge, bleu et vert. Le boîtier sera vendu à partir de 156 euros. Il existe aussi avec des disques de 500 ou 700 GB, ou 1 TB.Le 17 mai 2012 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more