New Delhi: BJP state chief Manoj Tiwari Thursday raised the issue of pollution in River Yamuna in the Lok Sabha and demanded that steps be taken to stop it. “Yamuna is in danger. It is more in danger around Okhla where 3,000 houses are being built along Yamuna banks. There should be an inquiry into this and steps should be taken to check pollution of Yamuna,” Tiwari said in the Lok Sabha. Speaking during the Zero Hour, Hasnain Masoodi (National Conference) said Kashmir is cut off from India every month for at least 10-12 days and demanded an early completion of the Banihal-Qazigund Road Tunnel to ensure that commuting becomes convenient. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Stating that tickets on the Delhi-Srinagar route are costlier than that of Delhi-Dubai, Masoodi also sought intervention of the Ministry of Civil Aviation to ensure that air fares remain in check. Meanwhile, as CPIM member A M Ariff sought to read out his speech from his phone, BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the House should come out with a bulletin on how to use advanced technological devices like iPad. To this Speaker, Om Birla said a bulletin would be issued.
Ian Buruma’s decision to publish a controversial essay by disgraced former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, seen here in 2016, led to his resignation from the New York Review of Books this week. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press) A former editor at the New York Review of Books says he stands by his decision to publish a controversial essay written by disgraced former radio host Jian Ghomeshi.Ian Buruma told Vrij Nederland, a Dutch magazine, that he lost his job after an intense backlash to the article from social media and magazine advertisers.“It is rather ironic: as editor of the New York Review of Books I published a theme issue about #MeToo offenders who had not been convicted in a court of law but by social media,” the Dutch native said to Vrij. Advertisement Advertisement “And now I myself am publicly pilloried.” Last week, the magazine published Ghomeshi’s essay, titled “Reflections from a Hashtag,” where he wrote he had “deep remorse” for the way he treated people, but said the accusations from the women were inaccurate.Ghomeshi was acquitted in March 2016 of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking involving three women and later signed a peace bond after apologizing to a fourth woman that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn.The essay sparked an online backlash from those who said the former CBC Radio host should not have been given such a prestigious platform to write an unchallenged first-person piece. Critics complained that the piece wasn’t properly fact-checked and was self-serving to a man trying to rehabilitate his image.On Wednesday, the magazine added an editorial note clarifying several details about the allegations against Ghomeshi, how they emerged and the legal proceedings that followed.‘I feel forced to resign’Buruma says he was not fired from the prestigious literary magazine, but felt forced to resign after he was told by his publisher that university publishers who advertise in the Review of Books were threatening a boycott.“They are afraid of the reactions on the campuses, where this is an inflammatory topic,” Buruma said to Vrij.“Because of this, I feel forced to resign — in fact, it is a capitulation to social media and university presses.”He admits he didn’t gauge the forces of the #MeToo movement.“I still stand behind my decision to publish,” Buruma said.“I expected that there would [be] intense reactions, but I hoped that it would open a discussion about what to do with people who behaved badly, but who were acquitted in a court of law.” Login/Register With: Advertisement In 2008, British-Dutch writer Ian Buruma, left, met with Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander (who is now king). Buruma says he lost his job because of a backlash on social media and by advertisers to his decision to publish the Ghomeshi essay. (Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook
Rabat – “Moroccan Feminisms: New Perspectives” is a new book edited by the Morocco university researchers Moha Ennaji and Fatima Sadiqi and the Dutch Philosophy Professor Karen Vintges. Published by Africa World Press in the US, this book, of 252 pages, deals with the types of Moroccan feminism and their developments and ramifications for women and society.It includes ten chapters motivated by the growing interest in gender and women’s studies, and explores the various aspects of Moroccan feminism from a historical, a sociological and comparative perspective. The chapters discuss women and politics, women’s NGOs, female identities, women and Sufism, their role in the 20 February movement and in society in general.The chapters address these issues from various but inter-related perspectives: secular, Islamic, grassroots, etc., often referring to feminist figures to make a point. Taken together, the chapters tell the story of feminisms born and developing in Morocco, a Muslim and emerging country where women’s and gender issues are increasingly becoming central to political actors on the national level. As such, the chapters of this volume carry hope for future academic research on Moroccan feminist voices and discourses. The book argues that feminism in Morocco is becoming polyvocal in character, which necessitates the use of the plural form “Moroccan feminisms” rather than “Moroccan feminism.”The present volume aims to take stock of these feminisms as constitutive of Morocco’s current political scene, and as an aspect that qualifies the country as an important player in the Middle East and North Africa. The multilingual and multicultural aspects of the country obviously color Moroccan feminisms as well.This book also seeks to promote academic debates about the interplay between women’s movements and corresponding counter movements in the region. It discusses the various strands of Moroccan feminisms and women’s organizations which strive for the empowerment of women. Its main focus is the various practices of female Moroccan activists and the discourses they use to underpin their struggle for women’s emancipation, political participation, and legal rights. Using a comparative approach to underscore women’s agency in various political and socio-economic contexts, the book highlights the fact that agency can be appreciated only if women’s specific socio-cultural context is well understood.Moroccan and international experts partook in the writing of this book, namely: Mario Buitelaar, Valérie Orlando, Mohamed Yachoulti, Aziza Ouguir, Souad Eddouada, Soumiya Belhabib, Raja Rhouni, Sara Borrillo, Meriem Yafout, Susan Schaefer Davis, Amina Yabis, in addition to Moha Ennaji, Fatima Sadiqi, and Karen Vintges.
By Ahlam Ben SagaRabat- The third edition of Smart City Expo Casablanca will discuss issues such as urban innovation and civic technology under the theme “Liveable Cities and Urban Social Innovation,” from April 18-20, in Casablanca.Under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI, the third edition for 2018 titled “Liveable Cities and Urban Social Innovation,” will include speeches made by 85 participants, as well as conferences lead by city representatives, government officials, international organizations, and research centres. Smart City Expo consists of two major events: “Smart City Expo Casablanca” for professional debates on the development of smart cities in Africa, and “Smart City Connect Casablanca,” an open event to raise general public awareness of the issues surrounding Smart City.This edition will underline issues surrounding sustainable development and discuss urban innovation and new technologies smart cities on the African continent, as highlighted on the Smart City website:“[The] objective is to present safe city models, which set up digital devices to strengthen the safety in town, but also collaborative cities, which encourage the social and cultural innovation.”Last year’s second edition of Smart City Expo Casablanca themed “Cities by All” covered topics like resilience and climate change, urban innovation and technology, future mobility, and collaborative society.The previous edition witnessed participation from 15,000 attendees: 160 local and international delegates, 112 journalists, and 85 speakers, and 73 presenters from four continents.Smart City Casablanca aims to develop Casablanca’s infrastructure, sustainable mobility, living environment, and ecology through a development plan “Casablanca 2015-2020,” which strives to make the city smart and sustainable.
The United Nations General Assembly today decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence each year on 2 October – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Introducing the resolution adopted by the 192-member body, Anand Sharma, India’s Minister of State for External Relations, said the idea originated at an international conference on “Peace, Non-Violence and Empowerment – Gandhian Philosophy in the 21st Century” convened in New Delhi in January this year. The late leader’s “novel mode of mass mobilization and non-violent action” brought down colonialism, strengthened the roots of popular sovereignty, of civil, political and economic rights, and greatly influenced many a freedom struggle and inspired leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Sharma stated. The Assembly, “desiring to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence,” invited States, UN bodies, regional and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals to commemorate the Day, including through education and public awareness. In a further effort to promote a culture of peace and cultural diversity, the Assembly also decided to recognize the year from 12 September 2007 to 11 September 2008 as “the year commemorating the Ethiopian Millennium.” Highlighting the significance of the event, Ethiopian Ambassador Negash Kebret Botora, said it is “not only for celebrating the unique and distinct nature of our system of calendar” but also “helps promote and further strengthen cultural understanding among the people of the world.” The Assembly began its work today by extending its condolences to the family of former UN Secretary-General and Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, who died yesterday, as well as to the Government and people of Austria. Leading the Assembly’s remembrance of Mr. Waldheim, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to him and all his predecessors, who have served in what has been called “the most impossible job on earth.” 15 June 2007The United Nations General Assembly today decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence each year on 2 October – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
OTTAWA — The annual pace of new housing starts defied expectations and picked up in January, as more multiple-unit starts offset a drop in single-detached starts, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says.The federal agency said Monday the seasonally adjusted annual rate increased to 187,276 units in January, up from 179,637 in December.Economists had expected the rate to come in at 178,000, according to Thomson Reuters.The increase came as the rate of new home starts in urban areas rose to 172,322 units in January from 161,940 in December, led by an increase in multi-unit homes including condominiums, townhouses and apartments.The rate of multiple urban starts increased to 115,008 units in January from 102,384 in December, while single-detached urban starts fell to 57,314 units last month from 59,556 in December.CMHC expects moderation in Canada’s housing market this year and nextLow rates seen fuelling Toronto’s surging housing market as Alberta markets stall“The expected slowing in housing starts in energy dependent regions in January failed to materialize, indicating that at this stage, the commodity price plunge is not yet negatively feeding through to confidence channels and into homebuilding activity,” Royal Bank economist Laura Cooper said.“Weakness also has yet to show up in the labour markets of oil-dependent provinces; however, recent reports indicate that existing home sales fell sharply in these regions in the month and downside risks to the resilience of these housing markets remain.”The Prairies saw the pace of urban housing starts climb to 53,326 in January, up from 41,192 in December, while Atlantic Canada also saw reported a jump in urban starts to 7,794, up from 5,377.Urban starts in Quebec slipped to 26,819 last month compared with 29,408 in the final month of 2014 as Ontario improved to 59,316, up from 56,798.B.C. saw urban starts drop to 25,067 from 29,165.Rural starts dropped to a rate of 14,954 in January from 17,697.CMHC said the six-month moving average in January was 188,956 units, down from 191,627 in December.
Scott McRoberts, left, and a group of Sport Management students escorted players for the U.S. Anti Doping Agency.Brock students played an important role in the recent World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY.Thirty-two Sport Management students volunteered at the event, which ran from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. The students staffed information booths with local volunteers from Buffalo.Scott McRoberts, director of Niagara Sport Commission, spearheaded the initiative. McRoberts, a Sport Management alumni and adjunct faculty member at Brock, said there was overwhelming interest in volunteering.The information booths were stationed at both the HSBC and Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena, as well as the three player and media hotels in the area.“All the Brock students I worked with were very well spoken, polite, and a real pleasure to work with,” American volunteer Paul Murphy said.The student representatives included qualified volunteers and students completing practical components of courses offered through the Sport Management program. Sport Management student John Bell said he’d love to volunteer again for a similar project.“It was a great experience to be a part of, and numerous people commented to me at the booths about how well organized everything was,” he said.A number of Brock staff also volunteered at the World Juniors.
The average Canadian family will pay about $400 more for groceries and roughly $150 more for dining out next year, an annual food price report predicts.Food prices will rise between 1.5 to 3.5 per cent in 2019, according to the report from researchers at the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University. That means the average family of four will spend $12,157 next year — up $411 from 2018.Vegetables will see the biggest price jumps — between four and six per cent for the category, according to the report.Meanwhile, meat and seafood prices are expected to fall, with the meat category to decline by one to three per cent and seafood costs to remain the same or fall up to two per cent.Since 2015, the team has predicted prices in those two categories would rise as high as six per cent each year.“This is a bit of a risk for us… We’ve never done that,” said Sylvain Charlebois, one of the lead researchers and a professor at Dalhousie University, referring to anticipating a decline.But the team is confident in its prediction.They believe there’s an oversupply of meat, he said, and Canadians are eating less animal protein. Instead, they’re showing more interest in alternative proteins, like quinoa and lentils.The plant-based protein trend is evident in recent manufacturer and restaurant moves as well.Meat processors Maple Leaf Foods Inc., for example, acquired two companies in this niche in recent years, Lightlife Foods and Field Roast GrainMeat Co.At the same time, fast food chains have started adding vegan and vegetarian options to their menus. A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. even temporarily sold out of its Beyond Meat patties shortly after adding them to its menu.Vegetables will see the biggest price jumps â between four and six per cent for the category, according to the report. Postmedia Network Industry watchers have attributed the demand for plant-based protein to millennials, health-conscious baby boomers and concerns around antibiotic use in agriculture.A turning point for animal protein, though, was 2014 when beef prices started to rise dramatically, said Charlebois.Between December 2013 and December 2014 the monthly average retail price for one kilogram of ground beef rose more than 26 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data. For comparison, the price advanced about 3.5 per cent from December 2012-13. It reached a record high of $13.23 in October 2015.“It really spooked consumers,” said Charlebois, adding they started substituting plant-based protein into their diet.Butchers and grocers will likely take it easy on beef prices next year in an effort to bring people back to the red meat, he said.Consumers’ embrace of plant proteins will help push vegetable prices higher next year, as will the weather, according to the report.“Fruit and vegetables are some of the most perishable, fragile food products that are on the grocery shelf,” said Simon Somogyi, a lead researcher on the report and a University of Guelph professor.They’re particularly influenced by climactic events, like the El Nino expected to occur this winter, he said, which can result in warmer and drier conditions, and create shortages in the supply chain.As far as which vegetables may see the biggest increases, it’s difficult to know what produce item will become the next cauliflower, Charlebois said. The cruciferous vegetable saw soaring prices per head in 2016.Charlebois points to lettuce and tomatoes as possible candidates for big price fluctuations. Meanwhile, Somogyi said produce imported into Canada is more susceptible to weather events and the corresponding price changes.The report predicts more modest increases for bakery (one to three per cent), dairy (zero to two per cent), fruit (one to three per cent) and other food items, such as non-perishables, not covered by the other categories (zero to two per cent).Restaurant prices will rise between two and four per cent, according to the report, mainly because operators’ labour costs increased as several provinces and territories boosted their mandated minimum hourly wage recently.The researchers’ predictions for 2018 were fairly accurate. Fruit prices, which they estimated would rise between one to three per cent, stayed stagnant — the only category where they missed the mark.
Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, travelled to West Darfur state, on the start of a three-day mission with other members of the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM).JIM was set up last month to ensure that the UN and Khartoum implement their pledges to alleviate the humanitarian crisis engulfing Darfur, where more than 1.2 million people are internally displaced and another 200,000 refugees have fled across the border into Chad.Next week Mr. Pronk will brief the Security Council on the progress made by Khartoum, which had been given 30 days to take action or face possible measures under Article 41 of the UN Charter, including economic penalties and severing of diplomatic relations. The Council set the deadline in a resolution adopted on 30 July.Under the Plan of Action agreed to with the UN, the Sudanese Government agreed to take steps to disarm the Janjaweed militias, accused of killing civilians and displacing thousands of people, and restore security to troubled Darfur.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said today that two other UN envoys are also in Darfur to monitor the latest developments. Mr. Pronk’s deputy Manuel Aranda da Silva is travelling to South Darfur while the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan Erick De Mul is in North Darfur.
He addressed the Council as it received a report from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour on the findings of the five-member International Commission of Inquiry on the conflict in Sudan’s vast region in the west.”The Commission has established that many people in Darfur have been the victims of atrocities perpetrated on a very large scale, for which the Government of Sudan and the Janjaweed are responsible – including war crimes and very likely crimes against humanity,” he said.”The Commission has also found credible evidence that rebel forces are responsible for serious violations, which may amount to war crimes.”The panel recommended referring those responsible for the Darfur situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) so that their crimes would not be left unpunished, he said.In her briefing, Ms. Arbour underscored that point by saying that referring the matter to the ICC is “the only credible way” to bring the perpetrators of the crimes to justice since the measures taken so far by the Khartoum Government to deal with the crimes have been “grossly inadequate and ineffective.”Most estimates put at 70,000 the number of people killed since the conflict began two years ago, with another 1.65 million internally displaced and 200,000 more who fled over the border into Chad.While concluding that the Government had not committed genocide, the Commission said it found that Government forces and militias had committed crimes against humanity that “may be no less serious and heinous than genocide.”It listed the indiscriminate killing of civilians, torture, enforced disappearances, destruction of villages, rape and other forms of sexual violence, pillaging and forced displacement.Rebel forces were also responsible for possible war crimes, including the murder of civilians and pillage, it said.”As others have said before me, while the United Nations may not be able to take humanity to heaven, it must act to save humanity from hell,” Mr. Annan said.”This report demonstrates beyond all doubt that the last two years have been little short of hell on earth for our fellow human beings in Darfur. And, despite the attention the Council has paid to this crisis, that hell continues today.”
Former Nalcor head says province approved controversial $1.4 million severance ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Growing controversy around severance for the ex-CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown energy corporation erupted Monday as he flatly denied Premier Dwight Ball’s explanation of the $1.4-million payment.In a statement to media, Ed Martin contradicted what Ball has repeatedly said about Martin’s abrupt departure as president and CEO of Nalcor Energy on April 20.He said the government had requested and received a copy of his employment contract several weeks prior to a meeting on April 17.Martin said during that meeting with Ball, the premier’s chief of staff Kelvin Parsons, and Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady, he offered to either stay on and finish Nalcor’s Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project or leave the company with his contractual severance paid out.“In a professional effort to address the expressed lack of confidence in Nalcor management I suggested these two options,” Martin wrote. He said criticism of Nalcor’s performance by Finance Minister Cathy Bennett in her budget speech earlier that month had undermined his ability to do his job.Martin said he met again with Ball on April 19 and was told the government felt the best option was his immediate departure with severance.The former CEO said he agreed to step down but was informed Nalcor’s board of directors had invoked one of the termination provisions in his employment contract to “give effect to the government’s decision.”“And that (the board) had accepted the fact that my ability to effectively fulfill my mandate had been seriously undermined by the actions of the only shareholder of Nalcor Energy.”Martin said he spoke out because of a lack of clarity that has had an impact on the integrity of board members.“This is a bigger issue as it touches right and wrong,” Martin said. “This I cannot abide.”Ball has said the former Nalcor board fired Martin without cause the same day he stepped down, triggering a severance payment amounting to more than twice the former CEO’s salary.The premier has also said he didn’t learn details about the severance package until May 5.On Monday Ball issued a statement saying he would leave the matter to the auditor general and, like Martin, pledged to hand over all relevant information.“I trust that the auditor general’s review will be comprehensive and that he will consider all the information available in the course of arriving at a determination as to the appropriateness of the severance provided to Mr. Martin by Nalcor’s past board of directors,” said Ball.Opposition Progressive Conservative Leader Paul Davis said Martin’s statement “called into question” the honesty of both Ball and Coady over the severance issue.“Based on the information to date, Premier Ball has deliberately misled the people of our province,” said Davis. “He has been asked numerous times to provide the truth on the resignation of Mr. Martin and has changed his position daily.”Davis also said the auditor general’s review was too narrow to get at “the most grievous issue,” which is whether Ball and Coady were truthful about what they did and what they knew.The province has spent almost $4.8 billion building the Muskrat Falls dam and power house on the lower Churchill River, the largest publicly funded project in its history. Construction costs have soared over budget and first power that was expected in 2017 has been delayed several months.Still, Martin indicated the departure was his decision and said he had no regrets about how the project was managed.— By Keith Doucette in Halifax. by The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2016 1:51 pm MDT Last Updated May 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Wrapping up its three-day meeting in Bali, Indonesia, the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel tasked with advising on the global development agenda beyond 2015, issued a communiqué that that highlights key areas that need progress for realizing its post-2015 vision.These include reshaped and revitalized global governance and partnerships; protection of the global environment; sustainable production and consumption; strengthened means of implementation; and data availability and better accountability in measuring progress.“At this week’s meeting, we agreed on the need for a renewed global partnership that enables a transformative, people-centred and planet-sensitive development agenda which is realized through the equal partnership of all stakeholders,” the panel stated in the communiqué.“Such partnership should be based on the principles of equity, sustainability, solidarity, respect for humanity and shared responsibilities in accordance with respective capabilities. Our vision is to end extreme poverty in all its forms in the context of sustainable development and to have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity for all.”The eight MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’Before and during the meeting, the panel consulted with a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from civil society, academia, the UN, national governments, business and other sectors, on many different development issues.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed the panel last year to recommend an ambitious yet achievable framework for the world’s post-2015 development agenda. The panel’s next scheduled meeting will take place in May in New York, and the panel aims to submit its final report to the Secretary-General by the end of May.Also today, a report released by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) called for the post-2015 framework to address economic inequality as a priority. ‘Inequality within countries has been a long-standing feature of human societies. Yet, the magnitude, complexity and scope of the deterioration observed in the last 30 years make it stand apart,” Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development said as he launched the report, entitled “Inclusive Future.”“Important progress towards the MDGs has been made on many fronts since 2000, despite significant setbacks due to the recent economic downturn, food and energy crises. However, progress towards the MDGs is highly uneven across and within regions and countries,” the report states.The report advocates the mainstreaming of indicators across the future goals in order to measure the degree of “inclusiveness” of growth and development, as well as use of new technologies to provide wider access to financial services.It draws on the event convened by UNCDF, in cooperation with the UN Development Fund and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in New York on 7 March 2013, brought together senior representatives from six UN agencies, national governments and diverse organizations, businesses and civil society groups.
“The passage of this historic law represents a significant milestone in Ethiopia’s long history of welcoming and hosting refugees from across the region for decades,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.He said the move makes Ethiopia “a model” for other refugee-hosting nations around the world.In a statement released one day after the Ethiopian Parliament adopted the revision, UNHCR called it “one of the most progressive refugee policies in Africa.” Ethiopia hosts over 900,000 refugees, primarily from neighbouring South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as smaller numbers of refugees from Yemen and Syria.UNHCR was involved in the drafting process of the refugee law revision, which was led by Ethiopia’s Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs, ARRA.
It was a tough call Sunday with great games across the board, but ultimately it’s Argentina — the second-ranked team in our Soccer Power Index (SPI) — that we want to see play.IN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHArgentina has one of the most storied World Cup histories, winning the championship in 1978 and 1986 (the latter after Diego Maradona’s infamous quarterfinals goal), but then failing to find that level of international success ever since.This year might be different. After the host and favorite Brazil, Argentina has the greatest chance of winning the tournament at 13 percent. Its opponent on Sunday, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has a less than 1 percent chance of being this year’s champion. Their matchup has the Argentines favored to win at 62 percent compared to the Bosnians’ 15 percent — much of which has to do with Argentina’s strong offense.The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero is one of the strongest in the tournament, with an SPI offense score of 2.9 (that means we would expect Argentina to score 2.9 goals against an average team), behind only Brazil and Germany. Still, Bosnia’s offense is strong, too, with an SPI offense score of 2.3, so goals may abound in Sunday’s game.To see who’s more likely to find the back of the net, we looked at each team’s three leading scorers since 2011 and how they’ve been performing at their respective clubs in the run-up to the World Cup (some leagues keep spotty game data; we pulled data from a broad set of league games that had the most extensive statistics — the trends are clear).The projected average goals for each team in Sunday’s matchup are 2.0 for Argentina and 0.9 for Bosnia. And it’s pretty clear how much more dominant Argentina’s three best forwards are compared to Bosnia’s best three: Together, Messi, Aguero and Higuain are better at passing, shots on target, “take ons” (as opposed to passing in a one-on-one situation) and goals per game. Even though Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko scores a fair bit for his club team, Manchester City, his broken-down stats don’t seem very impressive.Messi, on the other hand, sweeps the table in almost every category (except goals per shot). And that’s a big reason why Argentina versus Bosnia is our game to watch — because when we say we want to watch Argentina play, what we really mean is that we want to watch Messi play.YesterdayLed by Andrea Pirlo, Italy’s 35-year old midfield Methuselah, the Azzurri completed an astonishing 92.2 percent of their passes in Saturday’s 2-1 win against England, the highest by any team in a World Cup match since 1966 (the start of Stats & Info’s data set). Italy’s experience and efficiency stood in stark contrast to an England side that was wasteful in attack.The final third actually belonged to the English — at least in volume — especially after Mario Balotelli gave Italy the lead in the 50th minute. England had a 192-117 advantage on touches in the attacking third, but struggled to create chances by passing into the penalty area (two chances created off 8-of-37 passing). One goal on 18 total shots wasn’t enough for England, with Wayne Rooney’s 0-for-3 shooting performance bringing his career drought to 25 World Cup shots without a goal.The most glaring English inefficiency was their reliance on the wings to generate offense while failing to deliver quality crosses. England connected on one of 25 crosses (4 percent) in the match, its lowest cross completion percentage in a World Cup match in 44 years.The Italians opted for quality in their attacking-third approach, especially in the match’s final 60 minutes. Over the last two-thirds of the match, the veteran Italian midfield picked apart the English back line. Italy completed eight of 14 passes into the box, creating five chances and a game-winning assist on Balotelli’s 50th-minute header. Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Daniele de Rossi (16 combined World Cup games entering Saturday) were a combined 5-for-6 in that span. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHNo matter how small the probability, there’s a chance that Argentinian players could have Bosnian souls soles. Tanned horse and cow hides are the biggest single import from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Argentina. Although, they’re only worth $6 million dollars per year.The data, taken from the BACI International Database of trade, shows another surprising reliance between two countries in another of Sunday’s matchups: 28 percent of all French imports to Honduras is packaged medicine (another 4 percent is perfumes, and 3 percent is beauty products).Does Switzerland live up to the assumption that it’s all about the chocolate? Kind of: 22 percent of all exports from Ecuador to Switzerland is cocoa beans, worth a total $34 million. Swiss footballers’ WAGs may also be offered jewelry made of Ecuadorian gold (which makes up 41 percent of all Swiss imports from the South American country and is worth $64 million annually) or one of the thousands of bunches of Ecuadorian cut flowers imported each year (worth $17 million).What about Swiss exports to Ecuador? After chemical products and machinery are Swiss watches, of course, worth $5 million in 2011 alone. — Mona ChalabiFURTHER READINGSpain Is Now an Underdog to Make the Knockout Stage
The Duchess of Sussex’s Together cookbook has made £557,638 for the Grenfell survivors of the Hubb Community Kitchen, it has emerged, after the royal charity invested £232,551 to help them.The cookbook has sold 130,000 copies worldwide, with the income raised for the Al Manaar mosque made public by coincidence on the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.The annual financial report for the Royal Foundation, the first complete version since the Duchess of Sussex joined her husband and inlaws as a patron, details the money dedicated to the project, unveiled by Meghan in September 2018.The royal charity spent £204,031 on refurbishing the kitchen of Al Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Trust, and a further £28,520 on training and development schemes.Sales of the Together cookbook have made £557,638 – held by the Royal Foundation to reinvest – with the women who worked on it gaining 23 qualifications. This year’s Foundation income also includes £145,168 for “the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s engagement gift fund”, understood to have come via one or several major American donors ahead of the couple’s chosen wedding charities being announced.The report confirmed imminent changes to the shared charity, after the Cambridges and Sussexes went their separate ways into two households.“In light of recent changes in the lives of Their Royal Highnesses, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex setting up their own household, a review is currently underway to assess the implications these changes may have for the Royal Foundation,” it said.“It is likely there will be changes to the current structure of the Royal Foundation.” The women of the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West LondonCredit:PA The report states: “In her first programme with The Royal Foundation, The Duchess of Sussex worked closely with the women she’d met at the Hubb Community Kitchen.“As she established her new home in London, Her Royal Highness saw the power and vibrancy of this community and suggested they create a cookbook together to raise money.“The proceeds have already provided funding to renovate the kitchen and enable it to open throughout the week.“By March 2019, 130,000 copies of the Together Cookbook had been sold worldwide.“The women have been working with the social enterprise charity, UnLtd to develop their own plans and ideas to support others in the wider community.” Members of the Guinea Pig Club, who underwent specialist plastic surgery with Sir Archibald McIndoe to treat their injuries in World War Two Credit:Alamy “The members had all undergone experimental reconstructive plastic surgery after receiving life-changing burns and other injuries, which gave the club its name.“The men and women in The CASEVAC Club will follow in their forebears example by maintaining a close-knit community through a lifetime of cohesion, during which they will assist in the advancement of medical science and help others experiencing traumatic injury.”The club is receiving ongoing operational support from the Royal Foundation. It also revealed details of how the young members of the Royal Family have quietly funded a modern day version of the famous Guinea Pig Club, continuing their legacy to “ a new generation of wounded warriors” from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.The Royal Foundation, the charity of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gave a £15,000 seed fund for the launch of a new club for seriously injured members of the Armed Forces which now has 130 members.While the CASEVAC Club has been running under the radar for more than a year, its royal links can now be fully reported after they were included in the charity’s annual financial review.“The CASEVAC Club is inspired by The Guinea Pig Club, a social club that began in 1941 as a support network for British aircrew and allies that had been severely injured in World War 2,” it explains. Surviving members of the Guinea Pig Club photographed in 2016Credit:Guzelian The report confirms changes to the Royal FoundationCredit:Eddie Mulholland The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and her mother Doria launched the cookbook in SeptemberCredit:AFP Writing a foreword to a book about the Guinea Pig Club, quoted in the report, the Duke of Sussex said: “Today’s CASEVAC Club will help us to once again recognise the success and most importantly, the pertinence of the Guinea Pig Club –far beyond the lives of its original members – and continue to build on a vital legacy that continues to benefit many generations to come.”Financial aid assigned under the category “those who serve”, previously known as the “military”, grew by 15 per cent to £1.3m, the report said.
Facebook really wants you to use its video feature, whether it’s in streaming live video or in watching originals posted by media outlets (ask any body you might know who works in the media and how Facebook is forcing everybody to make video. They’ll tell you stories). It comes as no surprise then that Facebook is launching its own content, paying for original shows that’ll flesh out its video tab, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Our goal is to kickstart an ecosystem of partner content for the tab, so we’re exploring funding some seed video content, including original and licensed scripted, unscripted and sports content, that takes advantage of mobile and the social interaction unique to Facebook,” Ricky Van Veen, head of global creative strategy at Facebook, said. “Our goal is to show people what is possible on the platform and learn as we continue to work with video partners around the world.” Van Veen, who moved over to Facebook from CollegeHumor, is leading the effort. He said that the company is having discussions with video producers.Facebook has already begun funding people and companies to produce original content. In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that it had paid around 140 companies and celebrities to create videos for live streaming, dishing out around $50 million in payments to places like Vox Media, Buzzfeed, CNN, the New York Times, and others.However, this move will push it closer to Netflix or YouTube Red territory, where it funds new series for exclusive streaming rights. It’ll probably be less TV series with hour-long episodes and closer to what YouTube has. In Facebook’s endless quest to compete against rival Google, which owns YouTube, this could signal the next step.“While video is somewhat limited as part of the news feed, we believe that Facebook has broader ambitions to introduce more video communications features, more in-feed video options, and potentially a stand-alone app that could compete more directly with YouTube,” Ben Schachter, a Macquarie Capital analyst, wrote in a report.This year, Facebook has been moving towards prioritizing video as a way to gain new users and keep a user base that’s moving toward other social media services like Snapchat. Live was a way for people to keep broadcasting the same thoughts that have powered Facebook’s early days, except with more interaction and less scripting. This is just the next step in that strategy. We’ll see if it pays off in the long run, but considering how many people have been using live streaming, whether they want to or not, it’s clear Facebook will at least get some people to be guinea pigs.Facebook hasn’t announced a preliminary lineup or what companies it might work with. Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on target
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego police responded to a fatal shooting in the near Alvarado Hosptial Thursday morning.According to SDPD the victim passed away after being taken to the hospital.Police said the incident happened on Alvarado Rd. near College Ave. and are asking people to avoid the area while they investigate.Officers tweeted that the “last known suspect description was 3 black males wearing ripped jeans and black t-shirts. Reportetly last seen running southbound on Reservoir Drive.” Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego police investigate deadly shooting near Alvarado Hospital May 2, 2019 Updated: 7:16 AM Posted: May 2, 2019 Update: Last known suspect description was 3 black males wearing ripped jeans and black t-shirts. Reportetly last seen running southbound on Reservoir Drive.— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) May 2, 2019This is a developing story. Jonathan Halvorson
Mnuchin stopped in Alaska on his way back to Washington, D.C., from Indonesia. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was briefed on a proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas project during a weekend stopover in the state. During the visit, Walker’s office says Mnuchin also heard about major projects being led by Alaska Native corporations. Austin Baird, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Walker, says the main purpose of the stop was a briefing on the gas project. The trip was not announced in advance. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski also attended the meetings. The state-sponsored Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has been courting Chinese partners in efforts to advance the project.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy, Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on Thursday held a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., marking an agreement for eight Navy installations and six Marine Corps bases in California to obtain power from a 210-megawatt direct current solar facility scheduled for construction 60 miles west of Phoenix.The agreement — which will meet one-third of the installations’ energy requirements over its 25-year term — is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity, according to a Navy press release.Sempra will begin constructing Mesquite Solar 3, which will include more than 650,000 photovoltaic panels on ground-mounted, horizontal, single-axis trackers, this month. The renewable energy developer expects the project to be finished by the end of 2016.Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus underscored the deal’s significance.“The collaboration on Mesquite Solar 3 is a triumph of innovative problem solving, and will help to increase the DON’s [Department of the Navy’s] energy security by diversifying our power portfolio and improving energy efficiency,” said Mabus. “This agreement is also projected to save the DON at least 90 million dollars over the life of the project,” he said.In addition to helping the 14 installations diversify their energy portfolio and provide long-term cost stability, the project will help them comply with California’s renewable portfolio standard. The solar facility will contribute 21 percent of the power needed to meet Mabus’ goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015.With the signing of the Mesquite Solar 3 project (210 megawatts), the recent groundbreaking at Camp Lejeune, N.C., (17 MW) last month, and a groundbreaking coming shortly at Kings Bay, Ga., (42 MW), the Navy is on track to meet that goal, with a total of 1.2 gigawatts of projects in the pipeline, according to the release.California installations that will be supplied energy from the Mesquite 3 Solar farm include: Naval Base (NB) San Diego, NB Coronado, NB Point Loma, NB Ventura County, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, Naval War Station (NWS) Corona, NWS Seal Beach, NWS Fallbrook, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Marine Corps Recruitment Depot San Diego and Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport.
Visakhapatnam: Students should get along with one another in a friendly manner and not resort to ragging, Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G Nageswara Rao said on Saturday while launching an anti-ragging poster. He said that concrete measures were in place to make the campus ragging-free. The poster launch was attended by Rector M Prasada Rao, Registrar T Bairagi Reddy, Academic Dean MVR Raju, Students Affairs Dean G Sudhakar, among others took part in the programme.