Uber loses UK court case expected to appeal

first_imgLONDON — Lawyers say the taxi hailing app Uberhas lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers in a case with broad implications for the gig economy.Law firm Leigh Day says Britain’s Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that found the company’s drivers are workers, not independent contractors and therefore should receive the minimum wage and paid holidays. Uber is expected to appeal.Though the company argued that the case applies to only two drivers, Uber has tens of thousands of drivers in the U.K. who could argue they deserve the same status as the former drivers covered by decision. The court says some 40,000 drivers use the platform in the U.K., though the company said the number had grown since the submission to 50,000.The Associated Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Launches Major Economic Projects in Kenitra

Kenitra – King Mohammed VI launched and visited, on Tuesday in Kenitra, important socio-economic projects that will turn the Gharb capital into a major development hub likely to have the effect of a lever on the region.The sovereign launched the construction works of a wastewater purification plant for the city of Kenitra and the communes of Mehdia and Sidi Taibi, and of the Kenitra regional hospital, and visited the integrated industrial platform (P2I) at the commune of Ameur Souflia (Kenitra province).Worth 600 million dirhams, the wastewater purification plant is basic to the city’s liquid purification system as it will ensure the purification of all wastewater by the city of Kenitra and the communes of Mehdia and Sidi Taibi before reaching the Sebou river. The future plant, which will meet international standards and use the latest technologies in wastewater treatment, will adopt the medium-loaded activated sludge process, with a capacity of treating 700,000 equivalent of inhabitants in 2020, and 1,050,000 equivalent of inhabitants by the year 2030.Built over 12 hectares, 7ha for the first phase and 5ha for future extension, the plant will produce 50% of its electric energy needs thanks to a biogas cogeneration sludge treatment chain and photovoltaic panels.This project is part of the implementation of the Kenitra province liquid purification program carried out over four stages (2004-2019) for an amount of 1.287 billion dirhams.As for the Kenitra regional hospital project (600 mln MAD), it is in line with the goals of the strategic plan for the province’s integrated and sustainable development (2015-2020), launched by the sovereign on Apr. 7 and which seeks to equip the Kenitra province with community-based social infrastructure that meet the citizens’ health care needs.With a capacity of 450 beds expandable to 600, the future hospital, which will benefit 1,840,000 inhabitants (52% in the rural area), will include four departments (mother-child, surgery, medicine, emergency-intensive care), high tech wards, checkup services, and a hemodialysis center.This hospital, whose construction will span 36 months, will ensure more complementarity in the region’s medical offer and decrease the congestion at the Rabat Avicenna university hospital center.On this occasion, the King handed three equipped SAMU ambulances to the health regional delegation. The sovereign also gave an equipped mobile medical unit and an ambulance to the Benmansour rural commune, as well as four ambulances to the Souk Larbaa El Ggharb city council and to the rural communes of Lalla Mimouna, Mograne and Sidi Mohamed Lahmer. The last five ambulances and the mobile medical unit were purchased under the national initiative for human development.As regards the integrated industrial platform (Atlantic Free Zone) which the monarch visited, it is part of the implementation of the national pact for industrial emergence, which consists of formalizing Morocco’s offer and capturing investment nationally and internationally.Located 10 Km away from the Kenitra city’s northern access point, the Atlantic Free Zone, whose building works were launched by the sovereign on Apr. 23, 2010, had, since the launch of the 1rst phase’s marketing late 2012, a great success with national and international economic operators with the creation of over 10,500 direct jobs and the generation of more than 2 billion dirhams of investment.This is one of the first new generation integrated industrial platforms which target the industry sector as car equipment, related activities, industrial logistics and industry supporting services (maintenance, study offices, business centers..).Stretching over a surface area of 345 hectares, including 192 ha developed in the first phase with a budget of 580 mln MAD, the Atlantic Free Zone comprises currently 20 marketed projects and 8 active units. These multiple nationalities units (Japan, USA, France, Tunisia and Austria) are specialized in the sectors of car industry (production of windshields, plastic components, cable and wiring harness manufacturing and assembly), metalworking industry and plastics manufacturing.The Atlantic Free Zone offers enterprises, which gained a foothold on its ground, attractive tax and customs measures. It puts at the investors’ disposal equipped plots of land, ready for use units, areas for offices, a logistical and an administrative zones, public and community-based facilities for trade and services.The platform project includes also a solar firm with a provisional production capacity of 3.418 GWh/year. This project (32 mln MAD) will use green energy to supply plants set up inside the platform with electricity.The second phase of the P2I Atlantic Free Zone will be launched after the marketing of 70% of the first phase. read more

Telescope viewing suspended as protesters block Hawaii road

HONOLULU — Astronomers have indefinitely stopped looking through 13 existing telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii while protesters block the road downslope in an attempt to prevent the construction of a giant new observatory.Dozens of researches around the world won’t be able to gather data and study the skies as a result of the move. Observations won’t resume until staff have consistent access to the summit, said Jessica Dempsey, the deputy director of the East Asian Observatory, one of the existing telescopes.The announcement came as Native Hawaiian protesters blocked the base of the road for a second day on Tuesday. They object to the construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope, which is expected to be one of the world’s most advanced when it’s built, out of concern it will further harm an area some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.Hawaii authorities haven’t arrested any protesters, though have indicated they would. Jason Redulla, chief of the state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, said law enforcement was focused on preparing a path to construction on Tuesday.Jessica Dempsey, the deputy director of the East Asian Observatory, said consistent access to summit is needed to ensure the safety of staff. She said researchers would understand the need for suspension.“Our science time is precious but in this case, our priority is just to make sure all of our staff is safe,” Dempsey said.The East Asian Observatory was scheduled to study carbon monoxide clouds in star-forming regions inside the Milky Way galaxy on Tuesday night. Dempsey called the clouds “the DNA of how baby stars form” and said they help astronomers figure out how stars work.Protesters said they told law enforcement they would allow telescope technicians to pass so long as they would be allowed to drive one car to the summit each day for cultural and religious practices. They said they wouldn’t allow National Guard members to pass.No agreement was reached between the two sides.“We are at a standstill,” said Kaho’okahi Kanuha, one of the protest leaders.He told reporters that efforts to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope were about protecting the indigenous people of Hawaii.“This is about our right to exist,” he said. “The way our kupuna existed,” he said, using the Hawaiian word for elder.“We fight and resist and we stand, or we disappear forever,” he said.Gov. David Ige announced plans last week to close the summit access road on Monday to allow construction to begin. The decision attracted hundreds of protesters to the site, who formed their own road blocks.Other Native Hawaiians say they don’t believe the Thirty Meter Telescope will desecrate Mauna Kea. Most of the cultural practices on the mountain take place away from the summit, said Annette Reyes, a Native Hawaiian from the Big Island.“It’s going to be out of sight, out of mind,” she said.Reyes said there are many others like her, but they’re reluctant to publicly support the telescope because of bullying from protesters, a group she calls a “vocal minority.” She says she’s been called a fake Hawaiian for supporting the project.Reyes said Hawaii’s young people can’t afford to miss out on the educational opportunities, citing telescope officials’ pledge to provide $1 million every year of the 19-year Mauna Kea sublease to boost science, technology, engineering and math education.She challenged the characterization of the dispute as a clash between science and culture.Science was an integral part of ancient Hawaiian lives, Reyes said. “Everything they did was science, from growing fish and taro to wayfinding.”The Thirty Meter Telescope’s primary mirror would measure 98 feet (30 metres) in diameter. It would be three times as wide as the world’s largest existing visible-light telescope, with nine times more area.The company behind the telescope is made up of a group of universities in California and Canada, with partners from China, India and Japan.The project has been delayed by years of legal battles and demonstrations. Last year, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled the group had legally obtained a permit for the project, clearing the way for construction to begin.Telescope opponents last week filed another petition in court, saying the project must post a security bond equivalent to the construction contract cost before starting to build.Doug Ing, an attorney for the Thirty Meter Telescope, said this latest lawsuit has no merit and is just another delay tactic.The summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest peak, is one of world’s best spots for astronomy because it has clear weather for most of the year and has minimal light pollution.Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press read more

US retail sales edge up just 02 pct in June a sign

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 7:08 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year.Retail sales rose just 0.2 per cent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, held back by a sharp drop at building and garden supply stores. Sales also fell at restaurants and at auto dealers.The figures suggest that Americans are still reluctant to spend freely, limiting growth in the April-June quarter. While employers have stepped up hiring since January, wage growth remains weak and is barely keeping up with inflation. Retail sales are closely watched because consumer spending accounts for 70 per cent of the economy.Still, economists were encouraged by some of the details in the report. A measure of retail sales that excludes volatile categories such as gasoline and autos rose at a solid 0.6 per cent clip. Clothing stores, sporting goods stores and department stores all recorded decent sales gains. And a category that includes online and catalogue retailers jumped 0.9 per cent in June and has increased 8.1 per cent in the past 12 months. That’s nearly double the 4.3 per cent growth in overall retail sales in the past year.“While the headline number for June was disappointing, there were some underlying pockets of strength,” Jim Baird, chief investment officer for Plante Moran Financial Advisors, said. “The solid advance … across numerous retail sectors suggests that consumers are spending, but doing so selectively.”Sales at auto and auto parts dealers fell 0.3 per cent, which contradicts strong data released by the automakers themselves earlier this month. The automakers had said sales reached an eight-year high in June. The two sets of data can sometimes conflict on a month-to-month basis.Retail sales were revised higher in May to 0.5 per cent from 0.3 per cent, and in April to 0.6 per cent from 0.5 per cent.Most analysts now expect the economy will expand at about a 3 per cent annual pace in the April-June quarter, a forecast that was little changed by the retail sales report. That’s not as strong a rebound as many economists had hoped from a weak first quarter, when the economy shrank 2.9 per cent, largely because of cold weather.Economists had expected second-quarter growth of 3.5 per cent rate a month ago, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics.Several retailers have reported disappointing sales in the past month. Family Dollar, the Container Store and the Gap have all blamed falling sales on consumer caution. The CEO of the Container Store said the chain has been hurt by a “retail funk.”Yet some other stores reported healthy sales gains, including the discount club chain Costco and grocery chain Kroger’s.Purchases of large items like autos may be leaving many Americans with less money to spend on discretionary items like clothes and electronics. Rising grocery prices have likely also squeezed household budgets.Still, employers are hiring at a healthy pace, which may give Americans more confidence to spend. Employers have added an average of 230,000 jobs a month in the first half of this year, up from 194,000 a month in 2013. That’s knocked the unemployment rate down to 6.1 per cent, the lowest in nearly six years.___Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber/ US retail sales edge up just 0.2 pct. in June, a sign cautious consumers may restrain growth read more

Canadian dollar falls below 90 cents US against strong US greenback

Canadian dollar falls below 90 cents US against strong U.S. greenback AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2014 9:55 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar headed lower Thursday, pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar and a weaker overall global economic outlook.The loonie declined 0.41 of a cent to 90.03 cents US.The U.S. greenback has been steadily making gains against other major currencies due to the widely held belief that the U.S. Federal Reserve is getting closer to a rate hike.“The theme driving the U.S. dollar continues to be a strengthening U.S. economy relative to other economies,” Rahim Madhavji of Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange said in a note.“However, with Canada’s economy closely tied to the U.S. economy, over time Canada should eventually benefit from a strengthening U.S. economy.”“What people can expect is a wide and volatile range for the loonie,” saidBrian Belski, chief investment strategist with BMO Capital Markets, said investors should expect a “wide and volatile” range for the loonie.“But it shouldn’t dip lower than 85 cents US,” he said.Although the overall outlook for the U.S. remains upbeat, figures released Thursday showed that some weakness remains.The U.S. Commerce Department says business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record 18.2 per cent in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft.It was similarly disappointing news from the U.S. Labor Department, which said the number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the U.S. increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Weekly applications rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 293,000 last month.In commodities, the November crude oil contract dipped 27 cents to US$92.53 a barrel, December gold bullion added $2.40 at US$1,221.90 an ounce and the December copper contract fell two cents to US$3.03 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter read more

Russian rocket carrying Mexican satellite fails after launch latest in series of

by Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2015 2:49 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2015 at 3:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Russian rocket carrying Mexican satellite fails after launch, latest in series of problems BAIKONUR RUSSIAN ROCKET 051615: Map locates Baikonur, Kazakhstan, where a rocket was launched that malfunctioned; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm; KIEV, Ukraine – A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch — the latest mishap to hit Russia’s troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a series of launch failures.The rocket, a Proton-M, was launched from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, said a problem involving steering engines occurred in the rocket’s third stage about eight minutes into its flight, 161 kilometres (97 miles) above the Earth. The agency said the rocket and Boeing-constructed satellite did not reach their planned orbit and almost all of the debris from the two burned up in the atmosphere.A search for possible debris was conducted in the Zabaikalsky region of eastern Siberia bordering Mongolia and China after people there reported hearing loud claps at the time of the launch. The federal agency leading the search said no debris had yet been found.The last failed launch of a Proton-M occurred exactly a year ago, also caused by a problem in the rocket’s third stage. Since then, there have been six successful flights.The Interfax news agency quoted industry sources saying the failure could result in the suspension of all upcoming Proton-M launches, including the next one in June for a British satellite.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered a commission be set up to determine the cause of the rocket failure.Mexico’s secretary of communications, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, stressed that the satellite was completely insured and that the country would not suffer any financial losses. Another launch would be planned, this time from Cape Canaveral in Florida, to send up a telecommunications satellite that would provide the same services as the one lost.In a separate space failure Saturday, Roscosmos also reported that a Progress spaceship attached to the International Space Station failed to ignite its engine, thus failing to adjust the orbit of the space station. The agency said it was looking into why that happened, but added that the space station’s crew was not in any danger from the incident.Russia’s space program has seen a string of launch failures in recent years. Space experts say the program has been hampered by a brain drain and a steady erosion of engineering and quality standards.“It seems that the Russian space industry is disintegrating with cosmic speed,” Yuri Karash, a leading space scientist and member of the Russian Academy of Space Science, told the Interfax news agency. Due to low pay and a lack of new projects, those working in the space industry are “far from the best specialists and have no interest in cobbling together cosmic stools such as rockets developed a half-century ago.”In April, an unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying 3 tons of supplies failed to dock with the International Space Station after it went into an uncontrollable spin after the launch.That failure prompted Roscosmos to delay both the landing of some of the space station’s crew and the launch of their successors. Roscosmos space agency chief Igor Komarov said the April 28 launch failure was caused by a leak of fuel tanks in the Soyuz rocket’s third stage. Left in low orbit, the Progress cargo spaceship fell to Earth over the Pacific on May 8.Due to that failure, a Russian official said three of the orbiting space station’s six-person crew, who had been scheduled to return to Earth in early May, were asked to stay in orbit until early June and the launch of their replacement crew was pushed back from late May to late July.___Lynn Berry contributed from Moscow. read more

United Nations alarmed over reports of further massacres in eastern DR Congo

“The deterioration of the overall security situation in North Kivu following the M23 mutiny and related ruthless attacks against civilians is extremely alarming,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, Roger Meece, said. The eastern DRC – particularly its provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu – has been plagued by violence over the past few months. One of the key actors is a group of renegade soldiers known as the 23 March Movement (M23). The M23 has clashed with national army troops, which have been supported by peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), and has caused massive displacement of local residents, in addition to raising concerns about the region’s stability. In addition, on the humanitarian front, the fighting in eastern DRC has uprooted nearly half a million people over the past months, including some 220,000 people in North Kivu province, 200,000 in South Kivu province, and more than 51,000 who have fled to neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda. The M23’s activities have led to condemnation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council. According to a joint press release from MONUSCO and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC – known as UNJHRO, and made up of MONUSCO and OHCHR staff – has documented, since May, more than 45 attacks on some 30 villages and towns in the Ufamandu I and II areas, in Masisi territory, in North Kivu province. UNJHRO has conducted four missions to the remote affected area and carried out dozens of interviews with victims and witnesses. Some of the attacks have been carried out by the armed group known as Raïa Mutomboki and others by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (known by the French acronym FDLR), at times in coalition with the armed group known as Nyatura. This has resulted in serious human rights violations, including civilian massacres and the destruction and looting of homes and property, as well as the mass displacement of thousands of civilians. “Allegations of hundreds of killings are still being verified,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said. “However, the preliminary findings suggest that a significant number of people – most of them women and children – were slaughtered. The sheer viciousness of these murders is beyond comprehension. In some cases, the attacks against civilians may constitute crimes against humanity.” The attacks on villages by Raïa Mutomboki and FDLR occur in the context of an increase in security vacuums exacerbated by desertions from the Congolese Army (known by the French acronym FARDC) in April, the subsequent creation of the M23, and the redeployment of FARDC units to contain it, MONUSCO and OHCHR said in a joint news release. They added that many armed groups have also taken advantage of this situation to expand their own area of influence, often carrying out brutal attacks against civilians in the process. “Proclaiming to protect local populations against the predominantly Hutu FDLR, the Raïa Mutomboki are targeting civilians of Hutu ethnicity whom they consider to be foreigners and allies of the FDLR,” MONUSCO and OHCHR noted. “In turn, the FDLR retaliate against civilian populations they believe to be associated with the Raïa Mutomboki.” Eastern DRC is home to various ethnic groups, including Hutus. In addition, some 100,000 Rwandans, mainly Hutus, fled to the area in 1994 in the wake of the genocide there, with some of them joining the FDLR. Ms. Pillay has called on all armed groups to immediately cease attacks against civilians and noted the possible consequences for those responsible for such attacks, referring to the recent court case of a former rebel leader, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. In July, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced the former Congolese warlord to 14 years of imprisonment for his involvement in child soldier recruitment in the early 2000s. Mr. Meece, in turn, has noted with “grave concern” that the M23 mutiny had required MONUSCO and FARDC to divert resources away from some areas. He has also underscored MONUSCO’s recent civilian protection activity in localities most affected by Raïa Mutomboki and FDLR, and reiterated the priority which the peacekeeping mission accords to civilian protection. read more

UN health strategy making access to new revolutionary hepatitis C treatment possible

Credit: WHO “Some middle-income countries, which bear the largest burden of hepatitis C, are still paying very high prices,” said Dr. Suzanne Hill, WHO Director for Essential Medicines and Health Products. For instance, among middle-income countries, the price for a three-month treatment of sofosbuvir and daclatasvir, two medicines used to treat the disease, varies greatly. Costs range from $9,400 in Brazil to $79,900 in Romania. According to WHO, high costs have also led to treatment rationing in some countries, including in the European Union, where price agreements have not accounted for the full cost of treating the whole affected population. “[We are] working on new pricing models for these, and other expensive medicines, in order to increase access to all essential medicines in all countries,” added Dr. Hill.The essentials: will, advocacy and negotiationWHO, in a new report, Global Report on Access to Hepatitis C Treatment: Focus on Overcoming Barriers, released today highlighted that political will, civil society advocacy and pricing negotiations are helping address Hep C. “Today’s report on access, prices, patents and registration of hepatitis C medicines will help create the much needed market transparency which should support country efforts to increase access to DAAs,” said Dr. Hirnschall, adding: “We hope countries will update their hepatitis treatment guidelines, work to remove barriers to access, and make these medicines available promptly for everyone in need.” In May 2016, at the World Health Assembly – the supreme decision-making body for the UN agency, 194 countries adopted the first-ever Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, agreeing to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. According to WHO, hepatitis C kills almost 700,000 people annually. The disease also places a heavy burden on the capacities and resources of national health systems. The Global Health Sector Strategy includes a target to treat 80 per cent of people in need by that date. However, an initial estimated price of $85,000 for the drugs meant that most of the 80 million people with chronic hepatitis C infections worldwide, even those in high-income countries, were not able to afford the treatment. But thanks to a series of access strategies supported by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners, a range of low- and middle-income countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Georgia, Indonesia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Thailand and Ukraine – are beginning to succeed in getting drugs to people who need them. “Maximizing access to lifesaving hepatitis C treatment is a priority for WHO,” said Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of WHO’s Department of HIV and Global Hepatitis Programme in a news release today. “It is encouraging to see countries starting to make important progress. However, access still remains beyond the reach for most people,” he added. The strategies to strengthen the access to Direct Acting Antivirals (DAAs), the new treatment first approved for the disease in 2013, include competition from generic medicines through licensing agreements, local production and price negotiations. Making treatment more affordable but differences persistAccording to a senior WHO official responsible for essential medicines, licensing agreements and local production in some countries have gone a long way to make these treatments more affordable.As an example, the agency said the price of a three-month treatment in Egypt dropped from $900 in 2014 to less than $200 in 2016. But there are still huge differences between what countries are paying. read more

Porsche is in the Zone as Panamera S EHybrid arrives at SMMT

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid at SMMTWorld-renowned sports car manufacturer, Porsche, is showing off its ultra-low emission Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in luxury GT at the SMMT’s headquarters in Westminster from 31 March to 11 April.Launched last year, the S E-Hybrid version of the four-seat Porsche is a highly advanced plug-in hybrid with a combined fuel consumption of over 91 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 71 g/km. These figures allow the vehicle to enter the London Congestion Charge zone free-of-charge, an area in which the SMMT headquarters is located.Not only this, but the Panamera S E-Hybrid is the first vehicle in its class to qualify for the OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) Plug-in Car Grant, which contributes up to £5,000 toward the price of an eligible ultra-low emission car.With 416bhp of combined power, including a 95bhp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged on the move or in four hours, the Panamera S E-Hybrid boasts the driving characteristics of a true grand tourer. This is proven by the car’s highly impressive dynamics and performance of 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 167 mph.The Panamera is not the only Porsche to utilise plug-in hybrid technology. The company’s most powerful production car to date, the 887bhp 918 Spyder supercar, also features this technology for similar emission levels, while a further model will join the range later this year.Also on display at SMMT is the new 300hp Panamera Diesel. Replacing the 250hp model, this new, more powerful Panamera is also one of the most fuel efficient cars in its class, with combined fuel consumption of 44.1mpg and CO2 emissions of only 169g/km. While these frugal statistics might not be what one might expect of a Porsche, the performance numbers are certainly in line with expectations: 0 to 62mph in six seconds and a top speed of 160mph. read more

Leonard with 39 points Raptors even up series with Sixers

Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points including a huge three-pointer with 1:01 to play to lift the Toronto Raptors to a hard-fought 101-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.And now the Raptors head back to Toronto for Tuesday’s Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference series all tied up at two wins apiece.Leonard shot 13-for-20 in 42 minutes and grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds on another magnificent night. He has 152 points through the four games of this series. And for the first time in a couple of games, he got some decent help from his teammates. Marc Gasol had 16 points, Kyle Lowry had 14, Serge Ibaka chipped in with 12, and Danny Green had 11.Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka had been a horrible 4-for-22 combined in Game 3.A day after he was listed as doubtful with a calf injury, Pascal Siakam started for the Raptors, but the lingering injury seemed to affect his shooting – the team’s second-leading scorer in the post-season went 2-for-10 for nine points.Jimmy Buttler had 29 points, while JJ Redick had 19 for Philadelphia. The Raptors held Joel Embiid, who had scored a playoff career best 33 points on Thursday, to just 10 points.Lowry and the Raptors traditionally bounce back after big losses, and there’ve been few bigger losses than Thursday’s 116-95 rout that made Sunday’s matchup a “must-win” according to Lowry, and one of the most important in franchise history.So much is riding on this series, including Leonard’s future in Toronto.The Raptors were 5-1 after back-to-back losses in the regular season, and hadn’t lost three straight since Nov. 12-16. And they revved up their intensity from the get-go, particularly on the defensive end, assembling an 11-point first-quarter lead.Lowry cranked up his intensity about five-fold, blowing past Simmons and feeding Ibaka for a first-quarter dunk. A Raptors fan stood in the arena’s aisle and rocked an imaginary baby two days after a showboating Embiid did the same thing.The Sixers took their first lead since early on a minute into the third quarter and would go up by five in front of a raucous capacity Wells Fargo Center crowd of 20,639 fans that included Julius (Dr. J) Erving, retired NFL star Terrell Owens, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.The Raptors responded. And when Lowry dished to Siakam for a dunk, the power forward’s first field goal of the game, it capped a 7-0 Raptors run and put Toronto back up with 4:15 left in the third quarter.The fourth quarter started all tied up at 75-75.In a final nailbiting 12 minutes, a Butler three-pointer had the Sixers up by three before the Raptors slugged back with a 6-0 run to go up by three with 4:55 to play. A Redick three-pointer sliced Toronto’s advantage to just a point with 2:08 left, then with 1:01 on the clock, Leonard launched a three-pointer over Embiid as the shot-clock buzzer sounded, putting Toronto up by four points and all but clinching the victory.Game 6 will be back in Philly next Thursday. The series would return to Toronto for Game 7 if necessary.Raptors coach Nick Nurse matched the Sixers’ size in Game 4 by playing both Gasol and Ibaka together for significant minutes, an adjustment that proved effective.The Raptors, who were the best three-point team in the league heading into the post-season, shot just 2-for-11 from long distance in the first quarter, but still went up by 11 eight minutes into the game. They took a 24-21 advantage into the second.Toronto continued to struggle from outside in the second, shooting 3-for-10 on threes. The Sixers pulled to within a point several times in the second, and Butler hit a three with 0.4 seconds on the clock to make it a 47-45 lead at halftime.The Raptors would have dug themselves a massive hole with a loss. Only 11 teams in NBA history have won a playoff series after falling behind 3-1, including the Cleveland Cavaliers who clawed their way back to beat Golden State in the 2016 Finals. read more

Build rain gardens to prevent floods says Wildlife Trusts

first_imgNew homes should be built with “rain gardens” to prevent future flooding, the Wildlife Trusts has said.The national organisation believes the small depressions which can accommodate rainwater runoff, as well as permeable drives and connected waterways, could reduce the likelihood of damage for millions of householders.Responding to the Government’s pledge to build at least 300,000 homes a year for the next four years, the Trusts also called for wildflower road verges and wildlife-friendly green roofs in new developments.The Wildlife Trusts said the current focus on numbers of new homes – 1.5 million over five years – should be matched by a “visionary” approach on where and how to build them.Government house-building targets mean around 36 square miles will be given over to new housing developments annually, an area larger than Brighton and Hove, the Trusts said.They want to see developments located in areas already served by infrastructure to avoid destroying wild places and designed to protect existing woods, wetlands, hedgerows and meadows, while creating new areas and corridors for wildlife.The Trusts said this does not necessarily entail prioritising urban brownfield sites over greenfield land, as farmland sites could provide an opportunity to restore land which has become inhospitable to wildlife, while some brownfield sites are nature-rich. Streetscape's Holding Back the Flood was a star attraction at the 2017 Hampton Court Flower Show Streetscape’s Holding Back the Flood was a star attraction at the 2017 Hampton Court Flower ShowCredit:Jeff Gilbert Rachel Hackett, living landscapes development manager for the Wildlife Trusts, said: “A huge challenge lies ahead – we need thousands of new homes and we need to restore the natural world.”We’re calling on the Government and local authorities to build beautiful, nature-friendly communities.”She said natural habitats had been lost on an “unprecedented scale” in the past century, but added that nature makes people happy and society is dependent on the things it gives us.”With good design, the costs to do this are a tiny proportion of the overall cost of development, but represent a big investment for the future,” she said.Housing developments should avoid losing any existing wildlife sites, create new habitat, and design in woods, hedges and streams as a key part of the project.Schemes should include features such as wildflower verges, lighting designed to avoid disturbing wildlife, sustainable drainage to avoid flooding and provide habitats, green corridors to link up wild areas, allotments and community orchards.Philip Hammond announced the Government’s housebuilding pledge in the November Budget but was accused of failing to deliver the “bold” changes needed to fix the housing market. 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.last_img read more

Why Varoufakis was suspended from the Greek program of SBS radio

first_imgIn 2005, Yanis Varoufakis was suspended from an SBS radio show for what the station called the promotion of anti-Jewish stereotypes. Varoufakis, who at the time was an economics professor at the University of Athens, defended himself a few years later by stating that in his criticism of Israeli policies he was merely basing himself on reports in the Israeli daily Haaretz.During his weekly broadcast at the Greek language radio program Australian of SBS on August 29, 2005, Varoufakis had claimed that Israel used the blockade of Gaza as part of “a strategy for retaining a large part of the West Bank” and called the West Bank security fence a “concrete monster”, according to his blog. Varoufakis claimed that the then Howard government legislated to terminate his services from SBS.SBS has since denied this. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Produire plus de blé le nouveau défi de lagroalimentaire mondial

first_imgProduire plus de blé : le nouveau défi de l’agroalimentaire mondialMercredi, les autorités scientifiques du G20 se réunissent afin de trouver une solution à la pénurie de blé qui pourrait survenir dans quelques années. Produire plus sans s’étaler, voici la problématique des chercheurs après avoir interpellé le monde sur l’avenir de la céréale.Lors du sommet agricole du G20 en 2011, le message était passé. Le blé vient à manquer et la demande augmente. Mais une fois le problème mis en lumière, il convient désormais de trouver une solution. Comment accroître les rendements de la production de blé sans nécessairement s’étaler constitue aujourd’hui la grande problématique pour la “Wheat Initiative”, approuvée en juin 2011, en marge du sommet des 20 principales économies de la planète.Celle-ci rassemble les experts d’une quinzaine d’instituts publics et sept entreprises privées qui vont tenter de résoudre le problème en engageant de solides perspectives d’avenir. La volonté première est ainsi de produire plus de blé que ce n’est le cas aujourd’hui. Et la barre est haute au vu du “déficit de recherches sur le blé” estime le docteur Hélène Lucas, directrice de recherche à l’INRA (Institut national de la recherche agronomique) et coordinatrice scientifique internationale de la Wheat Initiative.Amasser un maximum de bléOn estime à 650 millions de tonnes la production de blé annuelle, la plaçant troisième céréale la plus cultivée. 58% pour la consommation humaine, 34% animale et les 8% restants utilisés dans l’industrie. La Chine se place au premier rang des producteurs (16,9%), suivie par l’Inde, la Russie, les Etats-Unis et la France. En Europe, la culture est intensive et on enregistre en 2010 127 millions de tonnes échangées. Mais la population ne cesse d’augmenter, provoquant une hausse constante de la demande. Pour exemple, en Afrique, un habitant consommait 25 kilos par an dans les années 60 contre 50 aujourd’hui. L’ensemble constitue pourtant une répartition inégale à l’échelle mondiale. D’un point de vue rendement, la moyenne serait de 3 tonnes de blé produit par hectare dans les pays en développement, lorsque la France et le Royaume-Uni en enregistrent sept.Maîtriser la productionLe plus important semble aujourd’hui de maîtriser cette production, la comprendre, pour mieux l’améliorer. D’après le docteur Lucas, il faudrait mieux connaître les méthodes de rendement qui permettraient d’améliorer celui-ci de manière à pouvoir augmenter la production mondiale de 60% d’ici 2050. Elle parle également d’une “bonne maîtrise des rotations”, d’une “préparation des sols” mais également d’un “apport de nutriments en utilisant des variétés adaptées aux conditions pédoclimatiques (conditions climatiques au sol affectant une plante)”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les progrès selon elle, seraient faciles à faire à la condition de s’y mettre rapidement. Mais un des plus gros enjeux de cette réunion reste le séquençage des gènes de blé. Bien que le riz ou d’autres céréales ont vu leur génome déjà séquencé, celui du blé reste encore mystérieux et un seul de ses gènes a été séquencé. Or, mieux connaître les gènes de la plante pourrait permettre de gagner en prudence lors du choix d’un blé plus résistant aux maladies et aux agressions climatiques. Les maladies attaquant la céréale sont diverses et constituent un véritable fléau (carie, septoriose, fusariose). Mais pour séquencer les 21 chromosomes du blé, il faut s’organiser, estime Hélène Lucas et mobiliser au moins 15,5 millions d’euros. Heureusement, le G20 agricole de 2011 a permis “une re-prise de conscience que le blé est important”, se félicite le Dr Lucas. La recherche s’axe donc aujourd’hui sur l’organisation des actions à mener. Le blé génétiquement modifié laissé de côtéLe sommet rassemble de nombreuses institutions comme le CIMMYT (Centre International pour Amélioration des Cultures de blé et de maïs). Des contacts ont été pris avec le Kazakhstan et l’Ukraine qui sont de gros exportateurs de blé. La Sibérie et le Canada se distinguent également par une culture semée au printemps, supportant mal les basses températures. Les recherches sur un blé génétiquement modifié continuent cependant, en France et en Angleterre. Mais sa commercialisation n’a pas encore été évoquée.Le 15 mai 2013 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Niantic Teases Harry Potter AR Game—Again

first_imgStay on target Niantic’s long-awaited Harry Potter-themed AR game is … still not available.Instead of a release date, the Pokemon Go creators this week offered a sneak peek at the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.“For the first time, you’ll soon embark on your own wizarding world adventure together with friends in the real world,” a Monday blog post said.Set in both J.K. Rowling’s fictional universe and our genuine one, the augmented reality romp invites players to help protect the wizarding world from exposure to muggles.“A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artifacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the muggle world,” according to the game maker.As a new recruit for the newly established Statute of Secrecy Task Force, you must work with witches and wizards around the globe to solve the mystery of The Calamity and return so-called “Foundables” to their rightful place.Based on a teaser trailer Niantic tweeted in November, it appears players will use their mobile handsets to capture magical creatures running loose in parks, banks, municipal buildings, college campuses, libraries, monuments, zoos, and art galleries.Sneak peak at the upcoming AR game (via Niantic)Hunting magical creatures can take a lot out of you: Don’t forget to replenish your Spell Energy by collecting food and drinks at Inns, hidden among international muggle venues.Also, keep an eye out for ingredients to brew potions, as well as portmanteaus, which unlock to reveal portkeys that whisk you away to iconic wizarding-world locations.“For the first time you’ll be able to step into a full 360-degree advanced AR immersive experience in places like Ollivander’s Wand Shop,” Niantic boasted.Practice makes perfect, though, and you can hone your skills by visiting one of the various Fortresses indicated on the in-app map. The digital garrisons host wizarding challenges—real-time multiplayer battles against dangerous foes like Death Eaters and Dementors.Players can also choose to specialize in different magical professions—from Auror to Magizoologist, so you can bring a unique proficiency to the team, tipping the scales in your favor.“It’s up to you,” Niantic said, “to ready your wand, prepare your potions, brush up your spells, and help prevent The Calamity from exposing the secrets of the wizarding world.”Sign up now to receive email notifications as more information is released. Pre-registration is now available on Google Play for Android owners.Jam City and Portkey Games last year launched Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a new title that takes players into the acclaimed institution to live and learn as a pupil.More on Geek.com:MIT Student Develops Real-Life Hogwarts Sorting HatSomeone Get This Magical Dog a Hogwarts Acceptance LetterHow I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Harry Potter’ Again11 ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie Grab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21‘Pokemon Go’ Finally Lets You Battle Other Players last_img read more

La Center cardrooms continue casino fight

first_imgLONGVIEW — The Cowlitz Tribe’s decades-long battle for a reservation may not be over.Opponents to the Cowlitz Tribe’s Ilani Casino Resort have appealed their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the tribe’s right to have a reservation on 156 acres of property near La Center.The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde and Clark County have dropped out of the case, following the City of Vancouver’s withdrawal earlier this year. That leaves Citizens Against Reservation Shopping, the La Center cardroom owners and three private landowners in the suit.“We have believed in the principle of our issue from the very beginning. I haven’t sensed any waiver at all,” said John Bockmier, spokesman for the La Center cardrooms.Construction of the Cowlitz Tribe’s casino is about 70 percent complete, according to the tribe. The casino resort is expected to generate 1,000 new jobs when it opens next spring near Exit 16.Although Cowlitz Tribe is a relevant party in the case, the suit is actually against the U.S. Department of Interior, which took the land into trust on behalf of the tribe last year. In July, an appeals court sided with a lower court’s 2014 ruling in favor of the federal government.last_img read more

Unai Emery gives his verdict on Bernd Leno Lucas Torreira

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has shared his thoughts on new signings Bernd Leno & Lucas Torreira after handing them their first starts in the club’s 4-2 win over Vorskla PoltavaEmery made eight changes to his line-up for Arsenal’s Group E opener against Poltava in the Europa League with summer recruits like midfielder Torreira, full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno all being included.Speaking after winning a record 32nd game in the competition, Emery shared his thoughts on how well Torreira and Leno are adapting to his style.“Well, Lucas is playing with his progress on the team and on our ideas, our performance with a passion and with a performance. Each minute he is playing, he is doing very well,” Emery told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“And for Leno, it’s the first match also. I think that we conceded two goals but not for a mistake [from him].“For him, it takes minutes for the game and confidence for continuing also because he will be continuing to play matches in the next week.A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang along with goals from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil ensured Arsenal of a win.The Gunners will next face Everton at the Emirates on Saturday’s Premier League fixture.last_img read more

Shanice welcomed home in Grand Style in Grand Turk

first_img Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:grand turk, miss universe, shanice williams, welcome Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2015 – Shanice Williams, Miss Turks and Caicos Universe today arrived home in Grand Turk and not only was there a warm welcome for her at the JAGS McCartney International Airport, but there was a motorcade and the beauty ambassador paid a visit to the House of Assembly. Premier Rufus Ewing informed House Members that they would have an opportunity to personally congratulate Shanice upon the steps of the NJS Francis Building; most likely they did so.last_img read more

Weston home destroyed in fire 3 dogs rescued

first_imgWESTON, Fla. (WSVN) — Crews came to the rescue of three dogs in Weston after what started as a kitchen fire destroyed a home, Sunday afternoon.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze near Park Ridge Street and Waters Edge Street, just after 2 p.m.Firefighters rescued the dogs from the burning home and gave them CPR.Next door neighbor Vanessa DeFreitas-Hansen told 7News the fire intensified after crews pulled the canines to safety. “The fire just got worse and worse and worse,” she said. “They tried to get inside, but they could not take care of the fire from the inside, so they left, and there’s still some fire going on there. They’re doing a good job, but it’s going to be probably a house that they cannot use any longer.”The house was indeed declared a total loss. Officials said the cause of the fire was electrical.Three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation, and one of them sustained a hand injury.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man arrested in fatal shooting near Fort Lauderdale

first_imgNEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man in connection to a shooting that claimed the life of one man in unincorporated Central Broward, near Fort Lauderdale, Monday afternoon.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene along the 2700 block of Northwest 14th Street. They then set up a perimeter in this residential neighborhood.7Skyforce HD hovered above the football field at nearby Dillard High School as paramedics airlifted the victim to Broward Health Medical Center. He was later pronounced dead.The victim was identified as 20-year-old Vincent Woodard of Lauderhill.Deputies later arrested a suspect who was identified as 20-year-old Peter Belony III, also of Lauderhill.Detectives continue to investigate.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.  Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tindora farmers stage dharna in Eluru

first_imgEluru: Tindora farmers under the auspices of AP Rythu Sangham staged dharna at Collectorate here, demanding compensation to crop affected by pest. They also demanded that the government provide support price for the produce. The agitators exhibited the affected yield and raised slogans for immediate action by the administration. Speaking on the occasion, the sangham state assistant secretary K Srinivas said that the pest had affected the crop in hundreds of acres in the district. The farmers had invested about Rs 2.5 lakh per acre and incurred heavy loss due to the pest. He demanded that the government immediately register the loss caused to farmers and announce Rs 1.5 lakh per acre compensation without delay. The sangham leaders G Venkata Krishnarao, K Bhaskararao and others spoke.last_img read more