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United States Embassy in Rabat hosts 15th Annual Blood Drive

By Kainoelani LeeRabat – The United States Embassy in Rabat held its 15th annual blood drive on Wednesday.The embassy organized the blood drive as a way to give back to the local community and had scheduled the event to meet the very urgent annual need for blood donations before Ramadan begins. Ramadan marks the ninth month of the Islamic year, where strict fasting from sunrise to sunset occurs. Ramadan will begin June 5, 2016 and is scheduled to end on July 5, 2016. This blood drive is conducted annually in response to the national blood shortage in Morocco, where initially, the National Center for Blood Transfusion made an urgent request, calling on Moroccan citizens for blood donations on the need for blood in certain cities in Morocco.The U.S. Embassy of Rabat reported that nearly two thirds of its personnel participated in the blood drive and donations. Even U.S. Ambassador, Dwight L. Bush, and his wife participated in donating their blood.In total, the U.S. Embassy of Rabat was able to collect a whopping 35 liters of blood.If you haven’t donated blood recently, and would like to, the U.S. Embassy of Rabat encourages contacting the National Center for Transfusion to locate and learn about blood drives in your local community.Further contact information for the blood drives/donations:Centre national de transfusion Sanguine, Public Health DepartmentAddress: Madinat Al Irfane, Rabat, Morocco. Phone:+212 5377-74993 read more

Spots filling up for dragon boat team

Last year’s Brock dragon boat team paddled to victory in its time division.Those wanting a spot on Brock’s dragon boat team this year had better hurry and register.Eighteen of the team’s 20 spots are filled, many with returning dragon boat fans who got hooked on racing in previous years, said Kristen Smith, Community Connections community services co-ordinator. The team also takes a few spare participants.Each participant raises a minimum of $35, which goes to Wellspring Niagara. The boat registration fee helps the St. Catharines Museum.The St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival is July 24 at Henley Island. The Brock team practices twice that week, meeting on July 20 and 22.Last year, the team surprised itself by winning in its time division.While the team participates for fun, “over the course of the day, we develop a competitive edge, and that paid off last year,” Smith said.The day includes a barbecue and vendors. The races are fun to watch, she said.“It’s also a great spectator sport, so I would encourage people to come and watch if they’re not interested in paddling.”Anyone interested in joining the team can contact Jamie Wheeler, Community Connections volunteer and event management assistant, at jw05qt@brocku.caLink:• St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival read more

UN experts raise concerns over landmark Southeast Asian human rights declaration

In an open letter to ASEAN member states, the experts said that adoption of a “credible” ASEAN Human Rights Declaration would represent a “significant step” by the 10-nation bloc to develop a “regional human rights system.”The letter expresses reservations with the current draft, noting that it is “imperative” ASEAN’s landmark human rights instrument “maintains international standards” if it is to complement the work of the United Nations human rights system.The experts’ key concerns include provisions in the draft addressing the right to life, a so-called “balance” between rights and individual duties, and conditions restricting people’s rights, according to a news release of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“The group of international experts stressed [ASEAN’s] need to reaffirm in their Declaration the duty of States to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms regardless of their particular political, economic and cultural systems,” OHCHR said, adding the group highlighted that 171 states had adopted this principle by consensus in the 1993 Vienna Declaration, and that ASEAN states had made a “significant contribution” to that effort in the Austrian capital.The regional declaration is one of the key mandates of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, which the association created in 2009, saying it was intended to “promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedom” of the 600 million people within their borders. Leaders attending the ASEAN Summit in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh on Sunday are to consider it for adoption.For their part, the UN experts drafted their letter as members of the so-called Coordination Committee they created in 2005, under the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council’s so-called Special Procedures mechanism, which mandates them to independently investigate country specific or thematic human rights issues.The Coordination Committee effectively amplifies the experts’ individual messages by enabling them to speak as one, and also by giving them an opportunity to collectively coordinate and consult with OHCHR, and the broader UN human rights framework and civil society.The Committee’s chair, Michel Forst, noting that the main function of regional human rights instruments was to “establish minimum standards” that countries’ domestic laws must meet, indicated that the ASEAN draft declaration might benefit from more input by stakeholders outside government, according to the OHCHR release.“We call on all ASEAN member States to consult further with the people of the region, including civil society organizations, and to take on board their concerns and aspirations,” he said.The call reflects an appeal last week by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who asked ASEAN leaders to review their work on the draft, and indicated she believed it reflected insufficient input from civil society and other stakeholders.Mr. Forst said the expert group was on hand to provide further advice to ASEAN in the “historic task” of finalizing the declaration, as he also detailed the group’s concerns with the current draft, the OHCHR news release indicated.“The right to life, for example, is a fundamental right upon which all other rights depend, and any credible human rights instrument should unconditionally protect it without making it contingent on the provisions of domestic law,” Mr. Forst said.“In relation to the right to life,” the Committee Chair added, “provisions such as ‘in accordance with national law’ could be used to shield States against scrutiny by international human rights mechanisms concerning the excessive use of force by law enforcement officers, state failure to protect people against non-state actors and the continuation of the use of the death penalty.” On provisions in the draft declaration that seek to “balance” rights with individual duties, the experts pointed out that wording does not reflect international human rights law, said OHCHR.“Advocating a balance between human rights and duties creates much greater scope for Governments to place arbitrary, disproportionate and unnecessary restrictions on human rights,” the letter says.In commenting on the draft’s “legitimate restrictions” provisions on the grounds of “morality,” “public order” and “national security,” Mr. Forst said the experts were “acutely aware of the risk of these terms being used as a pretext by Governments to place arbitrary, disproportionate and unnecessary restrictions on human rights.”“We strongly encourage the inclusion of language which makes explicit that the restrictions must be provided by law and conform to the strict tests of necessity and proportionality, and that these restrictions may not put in jeopardy the right itself or apply to rights that are non-derogable under international law,” he said, according to OHCHR.The experts also called on ASEAN leaders to consider in their declaration the issues of statelessness, the right to seek and to enjoy asylum from persecution in other countries, and the international customary law principle of “non-refoulement,” which would guard against the return of people to countries where, for example, they might be subjected to torture.“Again, such provisions should not be contingent on domestic laws,” said Mr. Forst.Separately today, OHCHR reported instances of harassment of peaceful activist meetings in Cambodia ahead of the ASEAN summit, saying some discussing human rights issues had been closed down “under pressure from the authorities.”“The High Commissioner is concerned about the actions of the Cambodian authorities,” OHCHR said in a statement.It added that at least 60 people had been arbitrarily detained during an “operation to ‘sweep’ Phnom Penh clean of street people” prior to the arrival of heads of government. It also highlighted the arrest of “members of a community protesting their threatened eviction by writing messages on the roofs of their house,” but added that group was later released.“The summit should be an opportunity for all parts of ASEAN to come together and peacefully share their views,” OHCHR said.“The actions of the Cambodian Government are not concordant with Cambodia’s human rights obligations or with the values of ASEAN of peace and prosperity for all.” read more

Gardaí confiscate contraband DVDs and cigarettes at Balbriggan market

first_imgAS PART OF an ongoing operation against the sale of contraband products, gardaí in Dublin confiscated a number of counterfeit items on sale at the Balbriggan Sunday market today.Members of the DMR North Divisional Task Force seized 6,600 counterfeit cigarettes and a quantity of DVDs.During the year, the unit has taken more than 60,000 contraband cigarettes into its possession. It has also seized 12,000 illegally made DVDs and CDs, as well as items of clothing and cosmetics.Ten people have been arrested and prosecuted as a result.Read: Man dies and woman escapes unharmed after car crashes into a lakeMore: Parents ‘gobsmacked’ after autistic son pricked by syringe on trainlast_img read more

Local experts say workplace violence remains extremely rare

first_imgIt’s impossible to say there’s a trend of increasing gun violence in Vancouver or across the nation, according to sociologist Clay Mosher, who analyzes crime trends and teaches criminology at Washington State University Vancouver.“This could be just a blip,” he said, after two workplace shootings and one drug-related shooting in two days left three people dead and three injured.“You could see this many things in this many days,” Mosher said. “Then you could see nothing for quite some time.”But it’s absolutely possible to say that we as a society are growing accustomed to hearing about random gun violence breaking out anywhere and everywhere — even right here. When it’s not in Chicago or Philadelphia but Fruit Valley and Fourth Plain, Mosher said, local folks just aren’t as shocked as they used to be.“We have become desensitized,” Mosher said. “I do think there’s a normalization of this kind of thing. Whether it’s happening here or somewhere else, it’s seemingly happening all the time.”That has mostly to do with the media universe we live in, he said. “I definitely think the media attention is greater. I think a lot of this is copycat stuff. It’s a catch-22, because the media has to cover it, of course,” he said.last_img read more

Theres a Pokemon inspired by Gene Simmons and hes taking it really

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $289 See It See It Comments Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe welp— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) August 7, 2019 See it Amazon Nintendo Switch $299 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Walmart Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the gocenter_img $299 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 2 13 Photos Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 Best Buy Tags He knows. Nintendo/Getty/CNET The Pokemon Company probably reached a tipping point when it released a Pokemon that looks like a bong with eyes on it. After finding inspiration in cherries, cakes and other foodstuffs, the company has now expanded into heavy metal musicians. Hello Obstagoon.Obstagoon is a regional-specific final evolved form of Zigzagoon that looks incredibly similar to Gene Simmons of Kiss. The racoon hybrid shares Simmons’ trademark black-and-white stage makeup look as well as his angry, tongue-sticking-out persona.How does Gene Simmons feel about it? He’s taken it really well, actually.”Pokemon has been part of our household for decades, ever since our kids first discovered them,” he said in a statement to Newsweek on Wednesday. “To see Pokemon pay homage to KISS is flattering.”Although, Simmons’ reaction on Twitter was slightly more muted. The Pokemon Company introduced Obstagoon as one of the new species featuring in the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield games for the Nintendo Switch. Neither The Pokemon Company nor Pokemon game developer GameFreak have released an official statement about the similarities between Obstagoon and Simmons.Catch Pokemon Sword and Shield when they’re released worldwide Nov. 15. See It Share your voice Culture Gaminglast_img read more

Hugh Neff banned from 2019 Yukon Quest due to poor dog care

first_imgHugh Neff has been banned from the 2019 Yukon Quest race for poor dog care. (File Photo by Patrick Yack/Alaska Public Media)Two-time Yukon Quest sled dog race champion Hugh Neff of Tok has been banned from participating in the 2019 race for poor dog care. Yukon Quest organizers announced the censure today, along with final necropsy results for a Neff dog that died in this year’s race. Quest head veterinarian Nina Hansen says the four-year-old male husky named Boppy died from inhaling vomit. Hansen says that’s a somewhat common accidental cause of sled dog deaths, but Boppy had other preventable health issues.Listen now”There were stomach ulcers, intestinal inflamation, there were whip worms — so parasites — muscle necrosis and severe weight loss and muscle wasting,” Hansen said.Boppy died while Neff’s team was resting at a trailside cabin located before the Quest halfway point at Dawson City, where Neff scratched from the race. Hansen says the dog should have been pulled from the race at the previous checkpoint at Eagle.”It was a failure on the vet team, and I’m going to admit that,” Hansen said. “That dog was looked at in Eagle, and it was recorded to have a poor body condition. And that was not brought to my attention. It is noted in the vet book. I had left Eagle before Hugh got there so that it something I need to evaluate on the vet team as well.”Hansen says mushers are ultimately responsible for care of their dogs, and the Quest rule committee and board decided to censure Neff. Neff cannot run in next year’s Quest, and will have to run the shorter Quest 300 before entering the 1,000-mile race in the future. The 50-year-old Neff has competed in the Quest 17 times, including wins in 2012 and 2016, and is also a regular top contender in the Iditarod. Neff has 30 days to request an informal hearing. He did not respond to messages requesting comment earlier today.last_img read more

Stocks to watch PNB SBI Gitanjali Gems Indoco Remedies

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesPunjab National Bank, Gitanjali Gems: Stocks are likely to remain under pressure amidst reports India’s Enforcement Directorate will probe the possibility of money laundering in a $1.77 billion fraud case.Infosys: UCAS, the admissions service for UK higher education, has extended its existing partnership with the software company to support its business strategy up to 2021.HDFC: The company allots 2.49 crore shares to investors at Rs 1,726.05 per share on a preferential basis.Bank fraud: State Bank of India, Allahabad Bank Axis Bank and Union Bank are said to be exposed to $1.8 billion Punjab National Bank fraud case, reported Bloomberg.Indoco Remedies: The company gets European Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification for its Goa manufacturing facility.Prakash Industries: The company to raise Rs 208 crore from promoters by issuing 1 crore convertible warrants.Aster DM Healthcare: The IPO closed on Thursday and the issue was subscribed 1.2 times.last_img read more

Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri army repels but hundreds flee

first_img Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The curfew is “to protect lives and property of innocent and law-abiding people of Maiduguri,” said a statement from Col. Tukur Gusau, spokesman for the army’s 7th Division that is leading the fight against Boko Haram.A multinational force and Nigerian troops backed by bombing fighter jets and helicopter gunships drove the extremists from all towns in the northeast in a 14-week-long offensive. Nigerian officials have said they have the militants hemmed into their stronghold in the vast Sambisa Forest, which is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Maiduguri.An offensive on forest camps has freed some 700 girls and women held captive by the extremists. But it appears to be bogged down by militants’ land mines and booby traps.Maiduguri has suffered several attacks, including a March 14, 2014 assault in which Boko Haram invaded Giwa Barracks and freed hundreds of detainees. More than 600 people were killed that day, mostly unarmed detainees gunned down by Nigerian troops, according to Amnesty International.Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, used to be a city where people didn’t lock the doors to their homes. Its population of 2 million has been swelled by more than 300,000 refugees. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Many villagers were killed by shells that hit the outlying village of Kayamla, where the soldiers engaged hundreds of militants, according to Muhammad Gava, a hunter who is secretary of the self-defense Vigilante Group of Nigeria.“Many of them (Boko Haram) were killed outside the trenches while some fled back,” said another civilian fighter, Ibrahim Musa.“We were with the soldiers during the attack and I was shocked to see that Boko Haram could be in such large numbers,” Musa told The Associated Press.An army officer said three women blew themselves up as the troops moved into Kayamla, one killing three self-defense fighters and the other two suicide bombers killing only themselves. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not supposed to give information to journalists.In Maiduguri, panicking people took flight, some women hefting babies on their backs while other children clung to their skirts. An elderly woman trying to run had an asthma attack.The army imposed a 24-hour curfew amid fears some insurgents have slipped through trenches and sand walls constructed to prevent a motorized assault after a Feb. 1 offensive in which the Islamic extremists attacked Maiduguri from four fronts. Check your body, save your life More than 1.5 million people in Nigeria have been driven from their homes, some across borders, during the nearly 5-year-old Islamic insurgency. Last year was the bloodiest, with some 10,000 people killed, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.—Faul reported from Lagos, Nigeria.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists tried to attack the biggest army base in northeast Nigeria overnight but met fierce resistance from soldiers who fired artillery throughout the night.Booming cannon and whooshing rockets woke up people living around Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the northeast’s biggest city. The ground shook as people prostrated themselves for evening prayers. Hundreds fled, though some were returning home on Thursday morning. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

EU launches antitrust investigation into Amazon over ebooks

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Amazon, which is the largest distributor of e-books in Europe and owns the popular Kindle e-book device, has already faced pressure from the commission over its tax structures, specifically over whether its European operations enjoyed an unfair competitive advantage by being based in low-cost Luxembourg.Margrethe Vestager, the commission’s top official on competition policy, stressed that the investigation, which will center on the largest markets of English and German e-books, doesn’t call into question Amazon’s successful and comprehensive service.“However, it is my duty to make sure that Amazon’s arrangements with publishers are not harmful to consumers, by preventing other e-book distributors from innovating and competing effectively with Amazon,” she said. “Our investigation will show if such concerns are justified.”If the European Commission finds that Amazon’s arrangements limit competition and reduce consumer choice, then it could be violating antitrust rules in Europe that prohibit companies from abusing their dominant market position. The firm could be fined or forced to change its business practices.Amazon said it is confident that its agreements with publishers are legal and “in the best interests of readers,” and added that it will “cooperate fully during this process.” How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   Top Stories LONDON (AP) — The European Union has launched an antitrust investigation into online retailer Amazon over its distribution of e-books, which have become increasingly popular in recent years.The European Commission said Thursday it will investigate certain clauses in Amazon’s contracts with publishers, including a requirement for publishers to inform the company about arrangements it has with Amazon competitors. How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Amazon faces competition from a number of distributors, including Apple’s iBooks. There are many other rival offerings too from much smaller firms including Foyles, one of Britain’s most venerable book chains.Without directly referencing Thursday’s probe, Foyles CEO Paul Currie said he supported any move “that creates a more equal business environment for all retailers of books, be it bricks and mortar or digital, is very welcome.”This isn’t the first time that the commission has investigated the e-books sector. In December 2011, it raised concerns that Apple and five international publishing houses may have colluded to limit price competition. By July 2013, those companies had offered a number of commitments to address the commission’s concerns.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Its really hard to believe that he would somehow

first_imgIt’s really hard to believe that he would somehow just suddenly drop off. And it’s not like his injury from last season is the kind of injury that should hamper him now, or hold him back mentally. For his part, he’s still saying all the right things. And he wants to be the one who triggers a turnaround for the entire offense.“Yes I definitely do,” Johnson said. “I want to be the guy that everyone leans on, that everyone looks at to get momentum going for the offense. That everyone looks to to get a play, an explosive play, so we can get some momentum going, get everyone motivated and get some excitement throughout the offense.”Thursday might be the best time to do it. To put that in perspective, Johnson averaged 77.4 rushing yards per game in 2016. And that’s when he was contributing a lot more as a receiver, on top of the ground game.So yes, they need to get him going. And if there’s ever a time to do it, this week’s game against Denver might be the best opportunity. The Broncos actually give up more yards per game on the ground than the Cardinals do (161.3 to 151.2), and their defense isn’t being left out on the field nearly as much as Arizona’s is.It gets worse for Denver. Todd Gurley just torched the Broncos for 208 rushing yards. And before you just dismiss that as Gurley reminding everyone of his MVP candidacy, Isaiah Crowell of the Jets ran for 219 the week before. Yes, that Isaiah Crowell. You know, the one who has 211 total rushing yards in New York’s other five games combined.Related LinksRosen confident, Wilks realistic Cardinals can fix broken offenseWeek 7 injury report: Denver Broncos vs. Arizona CardinalsCorey Peters hopes Cardinals take the Von Miller approach (less publicly)Cardinals Boston, Iupati ruled out against the Broncos on Thursday“My biggest thing when I see that, it’s probably a little bit more pressure,” Johnson acknowledged. “Because of that reason. So me, I have to really just focus in on every little thing, all the details, and let the yards come as they come.”Offensive lineman Justin Pugh downplayed the idea that the clear way to beating this Denver team on Thursday night is to run wild though. 13 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Simply converting third downs and sustaining drives as an offense would go a long way to helping get Johnson more touches. But his carries are up noticeably over the last three games anyway – 19.3 per contest, as opposed to 11.3 over the first three weeks – yet the yards still haven’t been there. He’s averaging 3.2 yards per carry for the season, compared to the 4.2 he was putting up in 2017 and the 4.6 he was delivering in his rookie year.Of course, there’s been a growing concern that the reason Johnson hasn’t been as effective is because the offense has become too predictable. And it’s true that an overwhelming number of the running plays have gone up the middle.In fact, according to Sharp Football Stats, 55 of the 92 handoffs to Johnson have gone right up the middle. Seven have gone to the right side of the line, 18 have gone to the left and the remaining 12 have bounced outside. Even if those numbers are slightly off, it’s undeniable that the majority of the running plays are going straight ahead.Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy pointed out that some of those plays may not have necessarily been designed to go up the middle though. They may have just ended up there, because a block was missed or someone made the wrong read or a play was simply broken. There is an opposing defense on the field too, after all. Still, that’s a high percentage of runs to seemingly the same area. And it’s tough to argue that the play calls are going entirely based on matchups when the stats show so much consistency, spread out against six different opponents. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, left, runs in front of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) TEMPE, Ariz. — This strategy might sound familiar. For the Arizona Cardinals to win, they need more from their offense. And for the offense to really get going, they need more from David Johnson.It sounds simple, but it hasn’t played out that way. After putting up 2,118 yards from scrimmage in 2016, Johnson missed virtually all of the 2017 campaign. Everyone expected a bounce back this year, but he just hasn’t been able to find any sort of rhythm in Mike McCoy’s offense. Yes, he has six of Arizona’s nine offensive touchdowns in 2018, but his season high for rushing yards in a game is 71, against Seattle in Week Four. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There’s one troubling stat that can’t just be pinned on play selection though. Johnson somehow hasn’t put together a 100-yard performance on the ground since Nov. 20, 2016. That’s nearly two full years. Sure, he missed essentially all of the 2017 campaign with a wrist injury, so that number is a little inflated. But still, that’s 13 consecutive games where one of the best running backs in all of football hasn’t eclipsed the century mark.“I think it’s the same,” head coach Steve Wilks pointed out, when asked about Johnson’s confidence. “I don’t think he’s fallen off at all. I think his attention to detail is there. He’s focused. I know he talked about a few things last week, a few weeks ago, about his mental [errors], but everything that he’s doing in practice is showing me that he’s ready to play a good football game.”That’s the key. Because it doesn’t matter how the plays are designed if Johnson isn’t running with the same authority that we’re used to seeing from him. But that seems unlikely, given the fact that he’s still only 26, he was dominant the last time he played a full season and the only silver lining to what happened last year is that he’s more rested than many of his counterparts around the league now. “There’s no pressure,” he said. “We’ve got to go out there and we’ve got to do our job. I think there’s more pressure to win a game. I don’t care how we win the game. I’d rather get the win and have four yards rushing and throw for a bunch of yards and just get the win. There’s no beautiful way to get 200 yards – like ‘oh yeah we rushed for 250 but we lost’ – I don’t care about that. I want to get a win, any means necessary.”That feeling’s pretty prevalent around the Cardinals’ locker room. And it’s likely the same for most Arizona fans. But it doesn’t change the fact that Johnson is the team’s most dynamic offensive weapon – two years ago, he looked like the most dynamic offensive weapon in football – so there’s been a concerted effort to get him the ball more lately.“That’s a big thing,” Johnson explained. “Especially me. I feel like I need to get into a rhythm. I feel like I get better as I get more carries, as I get more touches, as the game goes along, seeing what the defense is giving me. And I feel like when we have momentum, not just me, but everybody – the blockers, the O-line, the tight ends, the receivers – all thrive off that.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Health and Fitness Tra

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHealth and Fitness Travel is seeing a growing demand for twin and multi-destination escapes.Whether island hopping in South East Asia, or discovering different corners of the Americas, these diverse escapes allow globetrotting enthusiasts to experience numerous regions and cultures as they travel between cities, beaches, mountains and jungles. For those seeking more varied experiences, the added bonus of healthy holiday activities, from fitness breaks to yoga retreats, means travellers can mix-up their perfect holiday cocktail of culture and adventure – all supplied with a dose of health and fitness.Italy & CroatiaTravellers can experience a cultural wellness escape as they discover these two Mediterranean gems the healthy way. Discover the sites of Rome, Florence or Dubrovnik, before recovering at wellness retreats nestled in the Tuscan countryside or overlooking the azure waters of the Croatian coastline.Top 3: Discover Recover Italy, Discover Recover Croatia, Ti Sana (Italy)Health and Fitness Travel offers 14 nights in Italy and Croatia from £3570 per person or £4490 for single occupancy.Africa & Indian OceanGuests will spot zebras, rhinos and giraffes on an unforgettable safari spa holiday in South Africa, or reach their fitness goals with a boot camp under the African sun in Zanzibar. Combine with a revitalising surf and yoga retreat in Morocco, or unwind with toes in the sand on a wellness spa holiday in Mauritius or the Maldives.Top 3: Karkloof Safari Spa (South Africa), Paradis Plage (Morocco), Maalifushi by COMO (Maldives)Health and Fitness Travel offers 14 nights in Africa and the Indian Ocean from £3445 per person or £4320 for single occupancy.ThailandExplore every inch of Thailand’s diverse landscape and culture while biking around the bustling city of Bangkok on a cultural holiday, before recovering at a luxury beachfront wellness retreat. Island hop from idyllic Koh Samui to picture perfect Phuket, and relax with holistic spa therapies and wellness activities.Top 3: Thailand Discover Recover, Phuket Cleanse Detox & Fitness (Phuket), Kamalaya (Koh Samui)Health and Fitness Travel offers 14 nights in Thailand from £2905 per person or £3225 for single occupancy. The CaribbeanSoak up the Caribbean sun and explore the idyllic islands of this tropical archipelago. Discover the breathtaking natural scenery of St. Lucia with a mountain climb; explore hidden depths whilst scuba diving in Grenada, and enhance wellbeing with yoga or Pilates on the private white sand beaches of Parrot Cay.Top 3: The BodyHoliday (St Lucia), LaLuna (Grenada), Parrot Cay (Turks & Caicos)Health and Fitness Travel offers 14 nights in the Caribbean from £3625 per person or £4060 for single occupancy.Bali & JavaExplore the renowned islands of Indonesia by jetting off to tropical Java and Bali. Discover diverse marine life on a scuba-diving holiday in Bali, before taking a hop, skip and a jump over to Java to relax on a wellness holiday nestled amongst spectacular volcanoes and tropical jungles.Top 3: Como Shambhala Estate (Bali), Komune Resort & Beach Club (Bali), MesaStila (Java)Health and Fitness Travel offers 12 nights in Bali and Java from £3015 per person or £3690 for single occupancy.The AmericasLive the American dream and explore further afield with a multi destination escape to northern, central and southern Americas. Head to Utah and hike the Red Mountains, before cooling off with water sports on the blissful beaches of Cancun in Mexico and appeasing the adventurous side with surfing and horse riding in Costa Rica.Top 3: Red Mountain Resort (Utah), Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun (Mexico), Florblanca (Costa Rica)Health and Fitness Travel offers 12 nights in the Americas from £3160 per person or £4400 for single occupancy. The Philippines & VietnamVisit South-East Asia for an explosion of colourful culture, beautiful beaches and rich rainforests. Soak up the unique traditions of the Philippines and Vietnam, whether hiking the Taal Volcano or exploring the floating market of the Mekong Delta. Recover at a choice of luxury wellness retreats with yoga, healthy cuisine and indulgent spa treatments.Top 3: Philippines Discover Recover, Vietnam Discover Recover, Fusion Maia (Vietnam)Health and Fitness Travel offers 14 nights in the Philippines and Vietnam from £4705 per person or £5585 for single occupancy.Australia & New ZealandExperience Australia’s renowned golden beaches with a wellness break on Hamilton Island or fitness retreat in Noosa National Park. Hop across to New Zealand and breathe in fresh air like never before with a luxury hiking and wellness getaway nestled amongst majestic mountains and alpine lakes.Top 3: Qualia (Australia), Life’s A Gym Bodibreaks (Australia), Aro Ha Wellness Retreat (New Zealand)Health and Fitness Travel offers 10 nights in Australia and New Zealand from £6420 per person or £6845 for single occupancy.Portugal & SpainMix it up in the Mediterranean, choosing from a selection of fitness holidays, detox escapes and spa retreats from the Portuguese Algarve to the orange groves of Spain’s Andalucía region. Continue on the island of Ibiza and discover its quieter northern coastline while revitalising with everything from yoga to kickboxing.Top 3: Epic Sana (Portugal), SHA Wellness Clinic (Spain), 38 Degrees North (Ibiza)Health and Fitness Travel  offers 14 nights in Portugal and Spain from £2785 per person or £3200 for single occupancy.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Singita Intros New Southern Africa CircuitNew Yo

first_imgSingita Intros New Southern Africa ‘Circuit’New York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSingita has introduced a new seven-night Southern Africa package affording guests the opportunity to book a combi-nation of Singita’s Southern African lodges at a 10 percent saving. The new package provides guests a chance to experience the individual flair of the lodges while enjoying all the best Singita has to offer. Showcasing the four South African Singita lodges as well as Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe, the package includes complimentary flights between the Southern African lodges and an overnight stay in Johannesburg.Conveniently packaged, this luxury safari adventure offers guests two nights at one of Singita’s flagship lodges Ebony or Boulders in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a location known for its magnificent leopard viewing. This is followed by two nights at either the Lebombo or Sweni lodge in Singita’s private concession within the Kruger National Park, an area re-nowned for its spectacular scenery, teeming with the highest concentration of wildlife found in the park. The seven-night safari ends at Singita Pa-mushana, nestled in 130,000 acres of wild and untamed land and consid-ered one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Africa’s critically endangered wild dogs are flourishing at Pamushana, and this is one of the very best places to view these magnificent creatures.ww.singita.comlast_img read more

Cabinet approves €10m in aid for Greece

first_imgThe Cabinet on Wednesday approved a €10m aid to Greece as assistance for those affected by the deadly fires near Athens.The government will also coordinate a collection campaign and appealed to private individuals, groups and companies that are collecting funds to deposit them in special accounts set up by the state treasury.“The government express their deepest sorrow, condolences for the victims, hope for locating persons that are still missing and wishes for the recovery of those injured,” government spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou said.He added that cabinet, as a sign of solidarity of the Cypriot people to Greeks, approved a €10m aid to Greece.The money will be deposited in a special account the state treasury will open at the Central bank of Cyprus and commercial banks.The government also called on the business world but also members of the public that wish to also contribute, to deposit donations to those accounts. Further details will be announced shortly.It also urged organised groups that aim at organising fund-raising events for the same cause, to also deposit the money they will collect, if they wish to, to those accounts.The overall amount that will be collected will be given to projects and actions for the relief and support of the victims, following consultations with the Greek government.You May LikeloveMONEYThe US states where salaries are rising fastestloveMONEYUndoElectric Mosquito TrapThis New $69 Trap Finally Solves The United States Mosquito ProblemElectric Mosquito TrapUndoHousediverSeniors Should Be Eating This To Wash Out ArteriesHousediverUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Moodys says Bank of Cyprus sale of bad loans credit positive

first_imgMoody’s investor service said Bank of Cyprus’ sale of nonperforming exposures (NPEs) to Apollo Global Management LLC, is credit positive in its Monday’s Credit Outlook.Bank of Cyprus announced on August 28 it had agreed to sell a portfolio of loans with a gross book value of €2.8 billion to Apollo Global Management LLC, a global alternative investment manager.The loans are predominantly NPEs in the bank’s corporate and small and midsize enterprise portfolio totalling €2.7 billion and are secured with real estate collateral. According to Moody’s, the sale, for a consideration of €1.4 billion, will significantly reduce the bank’s nonperforming exposures and increase its capital buffers upon completion, a credit positive.It also pointed out that this is Bank of Cyprus’ first sale of NPEs as part of its effort to accelerate the de-risking of its balance sheet and the largest sale of NPEs in Cyprus, whose banks are saddled with significant volumes of problem loans.Moody’s also said that after the completion of the NPEs sale, Bank of Cyprus’ NPE/gross loan ratio will improve to 38%. The sale to Apollo is equivalent to six quarters of organic NPE reduction, with the bank reporting an additional €435 million of NPE reduction during second-quarter 2018. The sale accelerates the bank’s balance sheet de-risking and reduces net NPEs to €2.7 billion, a 7 2% decline since peak NPEs of €9.9 billion in December 2014.The €1.4 billion consideration, Moody’s added which is equivalent to 48% of the portfolio’s gross balance sheet value, and the associated transaction costs resulted in a €135 million loss in first-half 2018 results, with Bank of Cyprus reporting a net loss of €54 million. The €135 million loss’ immediate effect on capital is negative, reducing the bank’s Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio by 80 basis points. Net of this effect, the bank reported a CET1 ratio of 11.9% as of June 2018. However, completion of the transaction will add 140 basis points because risk-weighted assets will decline, leading to a 60-basis-point net positive effect.The rating agency also pointed out that following completion of the NPE sale and the disposal of the UK subsidiary, the bank’s pro forma CET1 ratio will increase to 14%.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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important Sedna doesn’t come any closer than 76 AU—more than twice as far out as Neptune That puts it beyond the gravitational influence of that last ice giant Something else had to pull it into its strange elongated orbit: perhaps a passing star or the gravitational tides of the Milky Way We each want to be the one to find it Scott Sheppard Carnegie Institution for Science Or maybe a giant planet When Brown and Batygin found five more TNOs curiously clustered in the sky they realized with extensive modeling that a giant planet’s gravity would have flung any objects away from its path leaving the orbits of the remaining objects huddled on the opposite side of the solar system Now additional objects may be adding to the pattern At the conference Sheppard and his colleague Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hilo Hawaii presented the first two new entrants: 2014 SR349 and 2013 FT28 “The big question is do they make the planet case better or worse” Sheppard says “And they make it better” The first 2014 SR349 falls right in line with the earlier six objects The second 2013 FT28 is on the opposite side of the sky—well within the proposed orbit of Planet Nine where computer modeling suggests it would be safe from gravitational kicks L91—the third new TNO and one of the most distant objects in the solar system—looks as if it might fit in with the antialigned group but astrophysicist Michele Bannister of Queen’s University Belfast who described the object at the meeting cited modeling that suggests maybe it does not have anything to do with Planet Nine Kavelaars thinks Brown and Batygin’s clustering is unlikely to be real To spot these objects at all astronomers have to look away from the bright Milky Way It may be that the odd ones occupy similar parts of the sky because that is the easiest place to look He expects that as additional distant bodies are discovered their orbits will start to look more random Kavelaars’s collaborator Cory Shankman of the University of Victoria has created models with the exact orbits of the six distant objects but found that a massive planet would not maintain the telltale clustering for long periods Hide and seek In order to spot Planet Nine astronomers need to look away from the bright Milky Way using powerful wide-field telescopes Since 2007 one team has ruled out parts of the sky using three different telescopes (colored dots) and is now homing in on a likely part of Planet Nine’s orbit (Diagram) G Grullón/Science; (Data) Scott Sheppard Not to be deterred Planet Nine enthusiasts can now invoke two more lines of evidence As they spin around the sun the known planets asteroids and most TNOs stay in roughly the same plane known as the ecliptic But this year yielded some striking exceptions One new object known as 2016 NM56 has an orbit tilted so far out of the ecliptic that it essentially orbits backward Another has a near-perpendicular orbit relative to the ecliptic In a talk at the meetingBatygin showed how Planet Nine might create these wonky trajectories Through what’s known as the Kozai mechanism a massive object can induce a gravitational ratcheting effect that slowly changes the inclination of smaller worlds and “leads their orbits to flip upside-down” he says Batygin and Brown’s proposed orbit for Planet Nine is itself rather slanted poking out about 30° relative to the ecliptic Their graduate student Elizabeth Bailey showed how the tilted orbit could potentially explain a curious feature of the sun: Rather than being pointed perpendicular to the ecliptic its north pole is off by about 6° Researchers have tried to explain the anomaly discovered in the 19th century by invoking interactions between the early sun’s magnetic field and the disk of gas and dust that gave rise to the solar system Bailey’s simulations showed instead that over the course of the solar system’s history the lopsided orbit of Planet Nine would have exerted a gravitational force on the sun that could have pushed it almost exactly 6° to one side Astronomer Rodney Gomes of the National Observatory of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro and his collaborators independently came up with the same idea in July Few will believe in Planet Nine until it is seen directly Planets spend the most time in the most distant part of their orbit where they travel slowest For Planet Nine that would put it somewhere in the constellation Orion which is just where astronomers are searching with the largest widest angle telescopes they can find Batygin Brown Sheppard and Trujillo are all using the 8-meter Subaru Telescope because its Hyper Suprime-Cam can cover large parts of the sky with each shot After their recent run in late September which covered 10% of the most distant part of Planet Nine’s putative orbitBatygin believes “there’s a 10% chance it’s in the bag” Sheppard’s team has also been awarded time on two telescopes in Chile where Orion is also visible: the 4-meter Blanco Telescope and the 65-meter Magellan Telescopes He says his team should scrutinize about a third of the outlying parts of Planet Nine’s proposed orbit this year and feels there’s a good chance they might see it by the end of 2017 Computational astrophysicist Peter Nugent of the University of California in Berkeley is taking a different tack: His graduate students will trawl through archival data from a survey begun in 2009 on the venerable 51-meter telescope on Mount Palomar in California to see whether it happened to spot the planet To the victors will go the glory of discovering a new planet “We’re trying to keep it friendly” Sheppard says but adds that it’s definitely a race Early on the different groups talked about sharing their intended search fields so as to avoid duplicative efforts on the sky—but now “we each want to be the one to find it” Sheppard says And should that happen what then “I’d basically retire at that point” he says laughing For more coverage on the solar system visit our Planets topic pageAmericans’ opinions 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