Category Archives: cfzcwphz
Jasper Cillessen had grown tired of sitting on the bench at Barcelona and does not view his move to Valencia as a backward step.Valencia shelled out €35 million ($39m, £31m) in June to sign Cillessen, who spent three seasons at Barca acting as back-up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The 30-year-old won five major trophies at Camp Nou, including two La Liga titles, but was never able to earn a regular place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI. 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? The Netherlands international made just 12 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan giants last season and believes the transfer to Valencia is a positive move for him at this stage of his career.”I have not had problems with Barcelona or with any team. For me, the most important thing is to play. It’s the only reason I’m here,” Cillessen told Marca.”For me to come to Valencia is not a step back. Between being on the bench of Barcelona or playing at Valencia, playing at Valencia is much better. It is easy. It is not a step back.”When I arrived at Barcelona, Ter Stegen was on a different level than now. And after three years he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”I think we both improved, but it was time for me to leave.”Valencia are reportedly interested in Barca midfielder Rafinha and Cillessen hopes the Brazilian, who has been out of action since November due to a serious left knee injury, follows him in heading to Mestalla.The Dutchman said of Rafinha: “He is a very good player, he has had very bad luck with injuries. But he is a great player, it would be very important here with this system and for the coach.”He is my friend and I want him to come here.”Valencia kicked off their latest pre-season campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Monaco on Saturday, with a clash against Sion up next tomorrow.Los Ches’ first match of the 2019-20 season is against Real Sociedad at the Mestalla on August 17, which is followed by a trip to Celta Vigo a week later.
Nova Scotia is taking action to ensure Nova Scotians are adequately prepared for emergency situations. Nova Scotia will promote three key public safety initiatives as it co-chairs a meeting of deputy ministers responsible for emergency management in Ottawa next week. “We’ve had significant events in Nova Scotia that highlight the need to make improvements,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management. “Public alerting, disaster mitigation strategies and broader disaster financial assistance programs would give Nova Scotians added security.” Craig MacLaughlan, CEO of the Emergency Management Office, says the Ottawa meeting of federal, provincial and territorial representatives is an opportunity to advance practical solutions for even greater public safety. “We’re committed to taking an all-hazards approach to emergency management, which means our residents need to be prepared to handle any kind of emergency, at any hour of the day,” he said. “That’s why we continue to promote the need for individual preparedness, and will also consult with our local and regional broadcasters to find the most effective means of public alerting.” Ministers responsible for emergency management set the three priorities at their annual meeting last January in Vancouver. Nova Scotia will host their next meeting, scheduled for January 2008.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s special adviser Irfan Siddiqui was granted bail on Sunday, a day after a court sent him to jail on a 14-day judicial remand for violating tenancy laws. Irfan Siddiqui, a noted columnist, was arrested during a late Friday night raid on his residence in the federal capital for not informing police while renting out his house under the tenancy law. Judicial Magistrate Mehreen Baluch approved Siddiqui and his tenant Javed Iqbal’s bail against a sum of Rs 20,000, the Express Tribune reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USFollowing the order, the legal team representing the columnist left for Adiala jail to secure his release. The interior ministry has also confirmed that Siddiqui, who served as the special assistant to the prime minister on national affairs during the PML-N government, will soon be released from prison. On Saturday, Siddiqui and Javed Iqbal were presented in the court of judicial magistrate Mehreen Baluch in handcuffs. The former adviser’s counsel contended that Siddiqui was arrested over a house agreement that he never signed, as the house belongs to his son. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, the magistrate had approved a 14-day judicial remand of both accused and they were consequently transferred to Adiala Jail. A copy of the house lease agreement that the paper has acquired shows that Karak district’s Iqbal and Irfan Siddiqui’s son signed a one-year agreement, renewable for another year. The house was rented on a monthly rent of Rs 170,000 with a security deposit of Rs 340,000. Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court convicted him in one of the three corruption cases.
MONTREAL — Jurors hearing the case of a Montreal man accused in the killing of his ailing wife will have to weigh two possible verdicts.Quebec Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo told the eight-man, four-woman jury that they must find Michel Cadotte guilty — the only question is whether his crime was second-degree murder or manslaughter.The judge is giving final instructions to jurors today after which they will be sequestered until they reach a unanimous verdict.Cadotte is charged with second-degree murder in the February 2017 death of Jocelyne Lizotte, his wife of 19 years.Lizotte, 60, was suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to care for herself. Cadotte had been told about a year before the slaying that his wife did not qualify for a medically assisted death because she couldn’t consent and was not considered to be at the end of her life.Di Salvo’s instructions come two years to the day after Lizotte was suffocated with a pillow in her long-term care bed.Cadotte’s lawyers argued that their client was in a depressed state of mind and unable to cope after watching Lizotte suffer for nine years.The Crown has countered that Cadotte understood the impact of his actions and intended to kill Lizotte when he held the pillow over her face.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsNunavut’s annual suicide numbers are in and to put it simply – it’s a nightmare.A record number of people killed themselves this past year in Nunavut.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has the numbers and the response from Iqaluit.
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal is embracing China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects.Despite wariness in other European Union capitals about Beijing’s strategy, the Portuguese government has wholeheartedly endorsed the scheme during a 24-hour state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.The two countries signed Wednesday a memorandum of understanding on co-operation within China’s modern Silk Road initiative, with special emphasis on transport connections and energy.Xi described Portugal as “an important hub in the land and maritime silk routes.”The Portuguese government wants China to help develop Portugal’s biggest Atlantic port and expand national energy company Energias de Portugal overseas, among other things.The two countries signed 17 co-operation agreements. They included deals on joint technological research in the energy and communications sectors.The Associated Press
7 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed replacing the current United Nations operation in Sierra Leone, when it completes its mandate next September, with a leaner integrated office to assist the West African nation in consolidating peace. In his latest report on the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), Mr. Ban recommends that the current operation be extended for a final period of nine months so that it can continue to assist the Government in supporting the local elections scheduled for next year and in strengthening State institutions.“During this period, UNIOSIL would take steps to progressively reduce its strength with a view to completing its mandate by September 2008,” Mr. Ban writes, adding that he intends to submit proposals concerning the drawdown of the mission, as well as the mandate, structure and strength of the successor office, to the Security Council next April.He notes UNIOSIL continues to help the Government consolidate peace and address a myriad of challenges related to good governance, security, human rights and development. In particular, he recalls the significant role the mission played in presidential and parliamentary elections held on 11 August, which led to the swearing in of President Ernest Bai Koroma, as well as in strengthening the security sector and promoting human rights.But Sierra Leone, working to rebuild after a brutal, 11-year conflict, continues to face “daunting challenges,” says Mr. Ban, drawing attention to widespread poverty, worsening unemployment and rising food prices. “A viable economy that can generate employment and sustainable public revenues has yet to be created.”He also notes this summer’s elections highlighted “deep-seated political tensions and cleavages” among the population along ethnic and geographical lines, warning that these have the potential to escalate in the run-up to next year’s local elections. In addition, the holding of the local elections will require UN assistance given that the National Electoral Commission does not have the required capacity to conduct them.While drawing attention to the progress made in the country’s armed forces and police, the Secretary-General states that both institutions are plagued by logistical deficiencies and inadequate funding from the Government. “Given the ongoing political tensions and lack of economic progress, there is a risk that the fragile peace could unravel if those issues are not addressed on a priority basis,” he stresses.
23 July 2009Immigration, asylum and citizenship issues topped the agenda during today’s round of the ongoing United Nations-backed talks between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on the possible reunification of the Mediterranean island. Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat held a two-hour tête-à-tête in Nicosia, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Tayé-Brook Zerihoun told journalists.The two leaders agreed to meet again next Thursday and then on 6 August to continue their discussions on immigration, asylum and citizenship issues, Mr. Zerihoun said.Next Monday the two sides are expected to continue discussions on the implementation of an earlier agreement on a border crossing.The UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (known as UNFICYP) and the UN Country Team are also expected to brief the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the latest developments.Today’s discussions were only the latest round of UN-backed talks between the two leaders aimed at reunifying the island of Cyprus.In May 2008, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.” The partnership would comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status.
The Appeal Court is to deliver the verdict on the monk who had earlier been sentenced to six months in jail for threatening Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda within the Homagama court premises. (Colombo Gazette) The verdict on the contempt of court case filed against the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero, is to be delivered on August 8th.The Attorney General’s Department had filed the case against the controversial monk.
His son Faris was also jailed but both were released by the high court in the capital, Male, after filing fresh appeals against their convictions. He is accused of conspiring to overthrow the government of his half-brother, President Abdulla Yameen. The Maldives, famous for its 26 coral atolls and 1,192 islands, is home to more than 400,000 people.Tourism is a vital part of its economy but there are fears for the archipelago’s future because of climate change. (Courtesy BBC) A former president of the Maldives has been released on bail after he was arrested earlier this year.The high court ordered the release of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who was arrested at home as part of an opposition crackdown in February. The winner, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, urged Mr Yameen to free all political prisoners.President Yameen jailed or exiled most of his rivals during his turbulent five-year term which ends in mid-November. Mr Gayoom, now 80, was in power for three decades, ruling the islands with an iron fist until 2008, when the Maldives became a multi-party democracy.He fell out with his half-brother in 2016 and joined the opposition.He was detained after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency, suspending parliament and sending police to the Supreme Court. Mr Yameen was defeated in a shock result when he stood for re-election last week.
Video of Council meeting [23mins] “Both parties seem to have realized the potential for change inherent in the present situation,” Under-Secretary-General Kieran Prendergast said, citing the smooth Palestinian transition after the death of President Yasser Arafat, the scaling back of Israeli military activity and the “critically important” dramatic drop in the Palestinian public’s support for terrorism.”There exists at present a real opportunity to implement the Road Map’s provisions and to make a huge leap forward towards a settlement of the conflict,” he added in reference to plan calling for parallel and reciprocal steps by both sides leading to two States living in peace by the end of 2005.”But,” he cautioned, “much work remains to be done if potential is to become achievement. We should make clear that we expect both Israel and the Palestinians to seize the moment to act constructively, and to work within the framework of the Road Map.”In a statement to the press after the briefing, Council President Abdallah Baali of Algeria welcomed Mr. Prendergast’s assessment. “Members of the Security Council agree that the moment is propitious for movement to implement the Road Map and look forward to free, fair and open Palestinian elections,” he said.The Algerian Ambassador also encouraged the UN to continue providing full support to upcoming Palestinian presidential elections and to encourage parties “to do their utmost to ensure success of those elections.”Also on the election front, the UN Liaison and Support Unit will open its office in Ramallah on Saturday, a spokesman for the world body said today.A satellite office will open in Gaza soon after, Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. The UN officers will act as an interface between the international observers and the Palestinian Central Electoral Commission.Mr. Prendergast had hailed the smooth preparations to elect a new Palestinian president as well as Israel’s role in contributing “meaningfully to enabling a positive transition period” by resuming security cooperation and taking other constructive measures.”With the emergence of a more positive atmosphere, support among the Palestinian public for violent acts and terror against Israelis has declined dramatically,” he said. “This is a critically important development.” While noting “with satisfaction and hope for the future” that the violence had dropped overall in the past month, he warned that “a disturbing level” still persists.Palestinian militants continued to fire mortars and rockets against Israeli settlements and targets inside Israel, while Israel continued to carry out illegal extrajudicial killings, demolish houses and construct the “barrier” in the West Bank with “worrisome consequences” for the population there.As well as the smooth Palestinian transition Mr. Prendergast cited as the other “catalyst” Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, noting that this “can represent a step forward – with highly symbolic, precedent-setting significance – on the road towards ending the occupation that began in 1967 and towards achieving lasting peace in the Middle East.”He said the UN, together with its diplomatic Quartet partners in the Road Map peace plan – the European Union (EU), Russia and the United States – stood ready to maintain the momentum.”We believe now is the time to engage actively, help the process along and determine how best the international community can contribute to the revival of a sustainable peace process between Israelis and Palestinians,” he added.On the Syrian front, Mr. Prendergast noted that President Bashar al-Assad had reiterated a willingness to resume negotiations with Israel without conditions. “We believe that the outstretched Syrian hand should be grasped,” he said welcoming a statement by Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom today that Israel should not deny a hand reaching out for peace.
Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones holds the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy after OSU’s 42-20 win against Oregon in the title game on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust three days after leading the Ohio State football program to its eighth national championship, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones said in a Thursday press conference at the Ginn Academy in Cleveland he is coming back to Columbus for another season.Jones, who started the last three games of the 2014-15 season for the Buckeyes, led OSU to wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon en route to Big Ten, Sugar Bowl, and national titles.In those games, Jones compiled 832 total yards and six touchdowns.Jones initially won the backup quarterback competition against redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett in spring practice with senior Braxton Miller sitting out because of surgery, but fell to No. 3 on the depth chart behind Barrett and Miller during fall camp.After Miller tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder just 12 days before the season opener, Barrett became the starter, making Jones the primary backup.Barrett went on to become a Heisman Trophy candidate, but fractured his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan, paving the way for Jones to make the first starts of his OSU career.In a performance not many were expecting, Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns against the Badgers without throwing an interception, sparking the Buckeyes to a 59-0 win. He followed up with 243 yards and another score against Alabama to lead OSU to a come-from-behind, 42-35, victory.Jones capped the 2014-15 season by throwing for 242 yards and a touchdown while adding another score on the ground in a 42-20 win against the Ducks in the title game.The Buckeyes are set to open their 2015 campaign against the Virginia Tech Hokies Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.
Just watching it felt exhausting. Hayley Carruthers had just run the race of her life. But so much effort had gone into her own record setting achievement that she collapsed in a heap just yards from the finish.A stretcher was needed after she crawled over the final steps of the 26.2 mile London Marathon course on her hands and knees.But such is her dedication that the NHS worker, the only British elite runner to juggle her athletic career with a full time job, vowed to return to work on Monday morning after putting her name in the history books.The 26-year-old has little time to recover from her efforts as she is also a research radiographer who works with cancer patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”I’m definitely back in work tomorrow,” she told The Telegraph afterwards. “That’s just the nature of the job with the NHS. Although I am proud of the way I got to the finish, I would rather I hadn’t put myself in that situation in the first place by pacing the first half a little more conservatively. The big thing is to learn from it and use it as fuel. Prince Harry also emerged to end speculation that his heavily pregnant wife, the Duchess of Sussex, was about to give birth in Windsor.The Duke of Sussex was seen laughing and joking as he presented medals to early Marathon finishers. The marathon was not only a success for those runners who achieved their personal bests. It also brought good news for the organisers as the total amount raised for charity by the long-running event finally reached £1 billion during its 39th race.The Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year 2019 was Dementia Revolution, a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.Their £3.5 million fundraising target was bolstered by a team running for Dame Barbara Windsor, 81, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.Her husband, Scott Mitchell, and a team of EastEnders cast members including Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, had raised £100,000 before the race started.Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said it was an “amazing marathon” as he hinted he might run next year.”It’s been beautifully organised and it’s so amazing to have raised the big £1 billion,” he said.The marathon is the country’s largest annual fundraiser and a ballot of 444,168 applicants was narrowed down to 56,398 who were given a place. She works nine-hour days and trains at five o’clock in the morning and evening to fit in the miles. “Sometimes it’s hard,” she said ahead of the race. “I can’t have a nap in the afternoon which, some days, is really tough. Once, on a Tuesday night, doping control knocked on my door at 10pm, and I was like, ‘I just want to go to bed.’”After an eventful week, British Olympic champion Mo Farah finished fifth in the men’s race with a time of 02:05:39, behind Kenyan winner and marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, who crossed the line in 02:02:37.Sir Mo, 36, said after the race he “felt good” mid-way through the course but could not match “incredible” Kipchoge, 34. He insisted his widely-publicised spat with Ethiopian Olympian Haile Gebrselassie did not affect his run. Reach out: Carruthers’ final lungeCredit:AP Photo/Alastair Grant It is believed he always planned to go, but did not publicly commit to the event as it was so close to his wife’s due date.He has previously attended the event for the mental health charity Heads Together, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. TV pictures showed Carruthers being carried away on a stretcher to receive treatment as commentator Steve Cram reassured viewers she would be OK. “Well done Hayley. Hayley has just run a personal best. She’s okay. She knows she has to get across the line,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Many spectators were shocked to learn she only started running three years ago, in 2016, after being inspired by a colleague who runs 5km after work. She didn’t even have a pair of running trainers, but a year later she ran her first marathon. On Sunday she finished in a time of 2:34:03, just three minutes off British Athletics qualifying standard for the world championships, and six-and-a-half minutes short of the official qualifying time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. “Ultimately, though, it was about racing the other girls today and our pack definitely went off too fast. I’m not badly injured at all, apart from my pride! I’m really touched that people have been so kind about it. It’s not a reaction I expected – it’s certainly not my goal to end up in that state at the finish. The scale of her injuries were only later revealed when she later shared photos of her bloodied and bandaged knees on Twitter. “We train very hard to cover the whole distance strongly and that will be the goal for next time. I’ve just had a lovely meal with my amazing family, they’ve looked after me brilliantly as always and keep things in the right perspective.” Made it: Marathon officials race to Carruthers’ aid after she crosses the lineCredit:Paul Harding/PA Wire Congratulations to Eileen Noble! 👏👏The 84 year-old was the oldest female runner at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon finishing in an amazing time of 06:28:07!#LondonMarathon #ThanksaBillion pic.twitter.com/XW4JyLss8m— Virgin Money London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 28, 2019 You want to race. So you race. #runbrave 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/Vc30TXJzIZ— Hayley Carruthers (@mileswithhayley) April 28, 2019 Prince Harry with the winner of the World Para marathon T 45/46 category Michael RogerCredit:AP Photo/Alastair Grant End in sight: Carruthers scrambled over the finish lineCredit:Naomi Baker/Getty Images Today I learnt how NOT to run a marathon! 😂🤪 #londonmarathon atleast I PB’d … pic.twitter.com/iD1FYZSA5N— Hayley Carruthers (@mileswithhayley) April 28, 2019 Viewers were worried. Louise Brown tweeted: “Hope Hayley Carruthers is ok. Can someone confirm? I was in absolute tears watching her collapse over the finish line. So hard to watch.”
One of the most important Slovenian media – SIOL.net writes about transfer of Serbian goalkeeper Darko Stanić to the German team Rhein Neckar Lowen! A 36-years-old goalie came to DKB Bundesliga a few months ago to Bietegheim, the team from the bottom of the league, in order to save the season after financial troubles in RK Metalurg Skopje.Stanić has contract with the Germans until end of the season. Source from Slovenia writes that Stanić signed two years contract with the “Lions”, who already signed Swedish youngstar Mikael Apelgreen (25) from MT Melsungen in order to feel the gap after departure of Niklas Landin to THW Kiel next summer.Handball-Planet.com sources also confirmed that Stanić will play in Mannheim in the next two years. Darko Stanić Rhen Neckar Lowen ← Previous Story TSV St. Otmar wont extend contract of Czech coach Jan Filip Next Story → Argentina ‘Gladiators’ ready for Qatar
I’M ORIGINALLY FROM the West-African country of Nigeria and hail from Bayelsa State in the Niger-delta region of the country. I am a mum of five kids and my husband and I moved to Ireland 12 years ago, in 2002, to seek asylum with four of our children. We were fleeing from the risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for my three young girls.My fifth child was born here in the same year we moved and we were then able to withdraw from the asylum process. We re-applied on the Irish Born Child (IBC) scheme and were granted permanent residency on the basis of having a child born in Ireland in 2005.When we first got here, our kids were aged between three and 12 years old, with the eldest just about to enter secondary school. They now age between 11 and 24 years old, respectively. My two eldest are both university graduates now, one with a master’s degree from DCU, and the other with a bachelor’s degree from Institute of the Technology Blanchardstown. My middle child, who only started in Junior Infants when we arrived here, will be going to college next year and my second youngest is doing well in secondary school. The baby of the family, born here in Ireland, can’t wait to start secondary school next year.Ireland has been a huge blessing for me and my familyI won’t pretend to say that it’s been easy for us the entire time because it hasn’t. We’re pretty much well settled in after so many years living here, but the journey to settling down in a foreign country is not always straightforward or easy for anyone. My family has had our fair share of struggles to get us to where we are now, particularly in terms of learning to do a lot of things differently in order to fit in with a new culture.And there was also the issue of racism; unfortunately, I have personally experienced racism in Ireland at different levels and in different forms both from individuals and institutions. I know it’s not an ‘Irish thing’ and it happens all over the world. If I had the divine power to change one thing, it would be to eliminate racism from the planet. People should not be treated differently because of their race and cultural identity.Ireland has been a huge blessing for me and my family in many ways for which I will always be grateful. Living in Ireland has provided me with opportunities and allowed me to achieve things that I could otherwise only imagine. I feel empowered to do the things I really love and since I have been living here. I have gone from being a housewife and stay-at-home mum, which is a very rewarding role of course, to learning a lot of new things and be able to educate myself in many ways.I have been able to run my own crèche as a qualified Early Childhood Education practitioner, write books, and become a publisher and radio broadcaster (on Dublin’s Phoenix FM). I have plans in the near future to run a college in the city centre alongside my husband, who has an MSc in Marketing and Advertising from Leicester University.Educating young children about the countries of AfricaI am delighted to be involved in this year’s Africa Day event in Dublin on 25 May 2014, where I will be at the African Bazaar reading from my children’s book, titled “The Children of Africa” at the Nigerian Diaspora Radio stand.My book has been dedicated to Africa Day celebrations and it’s the story about all of Africa’s countries profiled as the main characters in the book. It gives each of the countries a voice to speak about their importance in the continent of Africa. The main reason I decided to write such a book is to educate young children about the countries of Africa, their differences and distinctions, and for them to have an understanding that Africa is not a single country – many countries make up the continent. Africa Day celebrations, supported by Irish Aid, are taking place nationwide this week and the national Africa Day flagship family festival takes place in Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park, Dublin 15, on Sunday 25 May from 11am to 6pm and is free of charge. Follow Africa Day on Facebook and Twitter @AfricaDay #AfricaDay. For more information visit www.africaday.ie.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meets in Ellensburg Monday to discuss a proposed plan for managing gray wolves in the state.A 17-member citizen advisory group has been attempting to agree on recommendations for a plan, which is nearly five years in the making.The goal is to recover wolves in their historic territory and ultimately delist them from endangered species protections while reducing and managing wolf-livestock conflicts.Some hunting and ranching groups particularly oppose the number of wolves called for in the proposed plan. The proposal calls for 15 successful breeding pairs for three consecutive years to delist the animals.
WATSON ISLAND, Fla. (WSVN) — A hybrid car went overboard after, officials said, the driver accidentally backed it into the water near Jungle Island, Sunday.Officials said the motorist somehow backed his 2010 Toyota Prius into the water at the Watson Island Marina, located at 1050 MacArthur Causeway.The vehicle was completely submerged. A heavy-duty tow truck was called to the scene to pull the car out of the water.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
RELATED: Nike Product Placement on a Cover That Actually WorksThe print ads—for ABC Primetime, ABC News, ABC Daytime, Late Night, ABC.com and Buena Vista Home Entertainment—are part network’s “ABC Start Here” brand campaign.Last fall, TV Guide partnered with ABC to create paper hospital gowns that were polybagged and mailed to subscribers in New York and Los Angeles to coincide with the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.While rare, other magazines have experimented with single-sponsored issues, most notably the New Yorker, which turned its entire August 22, 2005 issue over to Target. The issue featured ads that mimicked New Yorker-style illustrations—all of them incorporating Target’s red-and-white bulls-eye.TV Guide’s Ad PerformanceThe latest move comes at a critical time for TV Guide.Single copy sales for TV Guide fell some 29 percent during the first half, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations Fas-Fax. Overall, though, the magazine’s circulation was essentially flat, with a 2.4 percent increase in subscriptions.Ad pages, meanwhile, were down 1.4 percent during the period.In April, stockholders at TV Guide approved a $2.8 billion merger with Macrovision. The following day, TV Guide laid off an undisclosed number of staffers in association with the merger.Since the deal was announced in December, Macrovision has sought a buyer for the publishing side Gemstar-TV Guide, including the magazine. It is unclear, however, whether or not it intends to sell its online publishing assets, including TVGuide.com. For the first time in its 55-year history, a single advertiser will sponsor an entire issue of TV Guide.The magazine, hitting newsstands August 21, will carry 21 ad pages promoting ABC Television’s fall lineup. (Last year’s “Fall Sneak Peek” contained 26 ad pages, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.) The issue will also include a DVD promoting ABC’s slate of programming.Patrick Dempsey, the star of ABC’s primetime drama Grey’s Anatomy, appears on the issue’s cover.
Even text is increasingly breaking out of its print-based layout and appearing in separate e-reader windows. To cope with the increasing number of screen sizes and user preferences for their mobile experience, publishers are discovering the need to keep their print and mobile presences “federated”—alike in brand, but distinct in content delivery style.Engagement, Engagement, EngagementDeclan Moore, president of publishing media at National Geographic, is enthusiastic about the opportunities that mobile affords publishers. “Mobile gives us a huge brand identity boost, combined with the unique capabilities of the devices themselves,” he says. “With the addition of new media, mobile publishing allows us to tell our story in a way that was just not possible with print alone.”Behavior patterns and preferences of subscribers to a particular brand are quite often the guide to a sound mobile strategy. Moore pointed out that The Economist, who’s readers’ travel time is often their most available free time, has focused a large part of their mobile strategy on digital audio versions of the magazine’s articles. Consumer brands, driven by their readers’ attachment to multiple mobile devices, often strive to make content available anywhere—to be started on one device, and continued on another, notes Moore.Two very different Condé Nast publications have come to similar conclusions regarding audience engagement and mobile. Jason Wagenheim, publisher of Teen Vogue, and Pamela McCarthy, deputy editor of The New Yorker, both emphasize that their brands’ mobile strategy stems in large part from what McCarthy describes as the need “to be everywhere the reader wants to find us.”The New Yorker has been an early adopter of mobile channels, from Kindle and Nook editions in 2009 to various tablet offerings from 2010 on, and an upcoming smartphone version, with a particular emphasis on reading articles on any or all devices and media. Teen Vogue’s “brand everywhere” approach has focused—understandably—on smartphones and social networks, supporting their constituents’ lifestyle and shopping habits. Their new Teen Vogue Insider app is a case in point, facilitating greater interaction with editorial and advertising content, with easier paths to online and brick-and-mortar purchasing.Counting the CostPublishers are finding that time and labor costs are often underestimated, not only in initial development but also in ongoing production of each mobile product. “Unless you want to duplicate your production department, you can’t develop two new editions for two different devices at once,” says McCarthy. “For each new platform, we carefully estimate how many extra hours will be needed, whether that time is available from existing staff, and how much of that time will have to come from a new person.” The New Yorker has come to rely on the standard “toolbox” of its digital publishing environment—in this case, Adobe DPS—to provide a consistent approach to rich media such as infographics and image galleries, optimizing them as much as possible for multiple platforms and devices. McCarthy emphasizes that while a production cost “rule of thumb” is unlikely, a publication’s project-by-project experience typically leads to workflow efficiencies that make multi-platform publishing manageable on an ongoing basis.When it comes to multi-channel publishing infrastructure, Moore points out the need for a more mature “middleware” technology, particularly in the area of content management [For more on this, see “The New CMS Mandate: Managing Multi-Channel Content” starting on page 44.] “With so many platforms, devices, and media capabilities, the need for a common repository of a publication’s intellectual property—including rights—will be the key to greater efficiency in reaching a mobile audience,” he says.Is It Worth the Trouble?Editors and publishers seem to agree on the value of the mobile experience. “Compared with the Web, the tablet is a ‘digital oasis’ for users,” McCarthy says. “It’s a beautiful, quiet experience, with fewer distractions and demands. It’s a digital luxury that people haven’t been able to find on the Web. They tend to stop and stay longer, reading more, going deeper into a story with extras like primary-source documents and infographics.”The “oasis” effect may benefit advertisers as well. An engaging, distraction-free experience may induce an increase in shopping—perhaps at brick-and-mortar locations, but more likely on the mobile devices themselves.“Mobile publishing is helping turn around the overall economics of the publishing business,” says Moore. “It is checking the long-term erosion of the paid content aspect of our business, and is beginning to grow it.” Mobile publishing is the disruptive channel du jour, for which many publishers are anxiously seeking a viable strategy. What was a relatively marginal niche for magazines—content feeds on smartphones—became a broad phenomenon with the advent of tablets in 2010. Delivering rich magazine content to portable devices is the latest opportunity—or threat, depending on who’s talking.False StartsOne thing we are learning, reluctantly, is that digital facsimiles of printed pages are not the ideal medium for mobile publishing, even though they are easy to produce for the desktop—and even practical where print distribution is difficult. Page dimensions dictated by printing realities are less than ideal for even the larger tablets, and certainly for smartphones. Presentations that work exceptionally well in print—like two-page spreads—do not translate well to a different medium.Print-centric page design also does not automatically lend itself to the rich media potential of mobile publishing. There are times when a vertical page can be a good starting point, with video thumbnails embedded like still images in a text layout. However, many publishers are discovering that an entirely new publication, with less text and an initial horizontal view—like a video screen—is a better approach.
Women and children are at greater risk than men.ReutersAround 800 people die every hour due to exposure to air pollution, according to the United Nation’s General Assembly. Globally, 7 million people, including 600,000 children, die each year due to the environmental crisis.The report presented at the Human Rights Council in Geneva revealed that more than 90 per cent (6 billion people) of the world’s population live in regions that exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for healthy ambient air quality.Calling air pollution a “silent, sometimes invisible, prolific killer” which affected women and girls more than men, David Boyd, special rapporteur on human rights and the environment said, “every hour, 800 people are dying, many after years of suffering, from cancer, respiratory illnesses or heart disease directly caused by breathing polluted air,” he said, before highlighting that these deaths were preventable.Envisaging the theme of tackling the global threat of air pollution, the United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres called upon governments to step towards “green economy”.”It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy, not a grey economy,” he said.The theme of “Beat Air Pollution” was chosen by this year’s host country, China. The World Environment Day celebrated every year on June 5th across 100 countries, has been the designated day chosen by the United Nations, since 1974, in addressing the global crisis on public platforms.Fine particles present in the pollutant air, that affects the cardiovascular system causes diseases such as stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections.UN statistics indicate that an estimated 1.2 million premature deaths occur in India each year due to air pollution. Having one of the highest exposure levels to PM2.5 fine particulate pollution in the world, more than 77 per cent of India’s population is exposed to severe air pollution levels.A recent report, ‘State of Global Air’ released by Health Effects Institute (HEI), found that major sources of PM2.5 in India include household burning of solid fuels; dust from construction, roads, and other activities; industrial and power plant burning of coal; brick production; transportation; and diesel-powered equipment.The report also said that in 2017, the annual PM2.5 exposures were highest in South Asia. Nepal, Countries such as India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan were reported to have the highest exposures. Bhutan’s exposure level was the lowest in the region but was still above the WHO’s guideline.It is estimated that around 100 per cent of the population of China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh are living in areas above the guideline.The World Bank estimated that air pollution costs global economies more than $5 trillion every year in welfare costs and $225 billion in lost income.