Floods in Myanmar prompt UNICEF relief effort

10 July 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing emergency supplies such as medicines, clothing, cooking utensils and water purification tablets in Myanmar in the wake of flooding that has struck the country. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing emergency supplies such as medicines, clothing, cooking utensils and water purification tablets in Myanmar in the wake of flooding that has struck the country.Media reports say thousands of people have been left homeless by the floods, which come two weeks after the start of the annual monsoon season. Schools have had to close, rail services have been suspended in some areas and bridges have also been washed out. The worst affected areas are on and inland from the western, central and southern coasts. A spokesperson for the UN said UNICEF had been able to distribute the relief supplies so quickly in part because they were pre-positioned after the emergency response to the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.Aside from the medicines and water purification tablets, the supplies provided include basic family kits, which contain clothing, a blanket, soap, cooking utensils, candles, matches, a knife, plastic buckets and tarpaulin. read more

Peacekeeping and disarmament focus of Bans talks with Austrian officials

Mr. Ban, who served as the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the European nation some ten years ago, also discussed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the situation in the Balkans in his meetings with Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger and others.Tomorrow, he is scheduled to meet President Heinz Fischer before traveling to Alpbach to address the European Forum and a Security Council retreat.While in the Austrian town, he will also take part in an annual retreat with senior United Nations officials, during which they will discuss how the world body can “better cope with all the challenges and how we can better meet the expectations of the international community,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Vienna.In Vienna, he helped to inaugurate an anti-corruption academy co-sponsored by the UN with the aim of filling the rising global need for training, research and contemporary measures and techniques in the fight against corruption.The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), based in Laxenburg, will educate public and private sector anti-corruption practitioners in more effectively implementing the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).The convention, which entered into force in December 2005, is the world’s first legally binding international anti-corruption instrument. It requires signatories to implement a wide range of measures in areas such as law enforcement, asset recovery and international cooperation.Mr. Ban told today’s inauguration that the academy’s founding represents a “milestone” in global efforts to battle corruption.“Too often in the past, corruption was perceived as a fact of life,” he said. “Too often, many people simply resigned themselves to it. Rarely did corruption cases come to trial. Today, attitudes are changing. Across the world, intolerance of corruption is growing.” 2 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with senior Austrian officials today in Vienna and discussed a range of issues, including peacekeeping and disarmament. read more

Highlevel panel at UN Headquarters debates use of renewable energy technologies

“We cannot realistically talk about bridging the digital divide and improving livelihoods without addressing the needs of the 2 billion people in the world who have no electricity,” said Mohamed El-Ashry, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which sponsored the event. “And if we keep on encouraging countries to generate energy by burning fossil fuels, we threaten not just to push them further into debt, but also to pollute the air they breathe and increase global warming.” The issue of renewable energy is not so much an issue of technologies, but an issue of business planning, Mr. El-Ashry said. “It is a question of looking at capacity, looking at policies, looking at incentives.”Co-chaired by Mr. El-Ashry and Nitin Desai, UN Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, the panel featured Ugandan Energy Minister Syda Bbumba, Professor Jose Goldemberg of the University of Sao Paulo (former Minister of Energy of Brazil) and Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Royal/Dutch Shell Group. All of the panellists agreed that high cost was one of the prime obstacles to wider use of renewable energy technologies. “Solar panels cost between $600 and $800,” Minister Bbumba said, stressing that such an amount was prohibitive for most people in developing countries. Insufficient technical capacity, lack of maintenance services and manufacturing capacity were other impediments, she said. Mr. Moody-Stuart, the co-chair of a G-8 Task Force charged with “working out the barriers” to the use of renewable energies, said the group had identified high cost, insufficient human and institutional infrastructures, “relatively weak incentives” and inconsistent policies as the main obstacles to the use of renewable energy technologies. “If we want to drag the costs down, we have to expand the market,” he said. “And the biggest market is in the developing countries.” Professor Goldemburg, referring to a major assessment prepared for the current session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, said the use of fossil fuel in developing countries was the main contributor to environmental health problems, and that social access to energy was a major cause of political instability. “People [in developing countries] have to be helped on all kinds of grounds and energy is one area where they can be helped to address their problems,” he said, warning that “in 15 years, the developing countries will be consuming as much energy as the developed countries.”Issues related to energy, particularly renewable energy technologies, are high on the agenda of the 9th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, which is meeting in New York through 27 April. read more

At highlevel meeting UN chief to press world leaders to live up

“Convincing world leaders to live up to their commitments – that will be quite an important mission for me,” said Mr. Ban, who is preparing for the first General Assembly high-level debate of his second term in office. In an interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Ban said world leaders need to do more for their people and put them at the centre of their national priorities. “There are many world leaders who have their own national policy priorities. But sometimes they do not deliver,” he said. “I will try to be very frank, to tell them where they are falling short, where they need to do more, particularly when it comes to the Millennium Development Goals.” The Goals – or MDGs, as they are commonly known – were agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000 and sets specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’ The target date for achieving them is 2015. “We have only three years and three months left,” said Mr. Ban. “We have to meet this target by 2015.” Other issues likely to dominate this year’s general debate – to be held from 25 September to 1 October – are the ongoing crisis in Syria and the humanitarian emergency in the Sahel region of West Africa, along with the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and relations between Sudan and South Sudan. “This is going to be the biggest season,” said Mr. Ban, who will not only be meeting separately with over 145 world leaders, but also chairing or participating in around 50 side events on issues ranging from the rule of law and disarmament to sustainable energy and nutrition. “The coming two weeks will be very politically important. At the same time, for me, how to manage this very compact time will be a key challenge,” said the Secretary-General. “I start my day very early in the morning and stay up to very late in the evening. So my time sometimes has to be controlled minute by minute… I hope that my limited time will be used very constructively for common good.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State moves up to No 8 in AP Poll

The Buckeyes gather up during a dead ball in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 10 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAnother top-three win for Ohio State led to another jump in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the Buckeyes.Ohio State rose six spots to No. 8, its highest ranking since it was ranked No. 3 on Jan. 6, 2014. The Buckeyes beat then-No. 3 Purdue 64-63 on the road on Wednesday, giving the team its second top-three win of the season after it beat then-No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 at home on Jan. 7. The Boilermakers are now No. 6 while the Spartans sit at No. 2. No. 22 Michigan also joins the other three Big Ten teams in the rankings.The Buckeyes currently sit at 22-5 overall and 13-1 in Big Ten play, just one season removed from finishing 17-15 overall with a 7-11 conference record. They missed both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT.In the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s first release of its current seeding on Sunday, Ohio State was listed as a No. 4 seed in the east regional with No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Texas Tech. The list was only a look at how the tournament would shape up if seeded Sunday and does not reflect how the official bracket will actually turn out.Ohio State will attempt to avenge its only Big Ten loss Thursday when it travels to State College, Pennsylvania, to face Penn State at 8 p.m. read more

Young goalies battle for time on field

Of the 26 players on the Ohio State men’s soccer team, 18 are freshmen or sophomores.At perhaps the most important position on the field, a pair of young players is competing for playing time.After six non-conference games, sophomore Ryan Dalton and redshirt freshman Matt Lampson have each started three games at goalie. Each has recorded one shutout, and each has received almost identical playing time.  Goalkeeper coach Taly Goode plans to play both men equally until there is a distinction between the two.  “There isn’t much separation between the two just yet,” Goode said. “We are looking for one to establish a good rhythm and consistency.” Through six games, Dalton has played 290 minutes, while Lampson has spent 310 minutes in goal.Ideally Goode would like to see a starter emerge, but maintains that their strengths lie in the same places, and they are playing on an even field.  “It’s not a bad situation to be in with such strength on such a young team,” Goode said.  When asked which player he sees rising to the top, Goode said that they are just about dead even.“Ryan has strong communication with the team and Matt has slightly better distribution,” Goode said.  The No. 24 ranked Buckeyes recently entered the Soccer America Poll for the first time this season.  The team’s record (3-0-3) shows they are off to a good start and deserve their spot in the top 25.  There is less pressure on the young team, and they anticipate catching their opponents off guard.  Lampson, a transfer from Northern Illinois, is taking Ohio State in stride. He began training with the Buckeyes last spring.  “I wanted to be part of a better program that is more renowned and successful,” Lampson said, addressing the reason behind his transfer. “Coach Bluem was happy to have me working with the Buckeyes.”Both players recognize what a fantastic soccer program Ohio State has maintained and are proud to be a part of the fight to the top.The undefeated Buckeyes face IUPUI at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 tonight. read more

Normet Life Time Care spare parts for underground utility vehicles – Global

first_imgA new era for Normet’s LTC (Life Time Care) business has begun with the start of operations at its Global Distribution Centre (GDC) for spare parts in Maarssen, the Netherlands. Simultaneously Normet’s spare parts business isnow run by Normet International of Switzerland. The spare parts GDC is a key part of Normet’s strategy of continuously improving the quality of customer services and solutions. Normet’s LTC business has been growing significantly, and this fact has been the main reason behind the new spare parts business and operation model. With the new GDC, Normet will be serving its customers even more efficiently with genuine top quality spare parts and with fast deliveries, it says.“Normet is now able to serve its customers with shorter response times and close later for same day deliveries”, says Tom Melbye, the President of Normet Group. “The improvements will not stop at [this] milestone. We are constantly developing our services to improve customer satisfaction. Operational processes are re-engineered, ICT tools updated and all business support functions established accordingly.”The first deliveries have already been shipped to various customers in Europe and Asia. “Naturally we all are enthusiastic about this new operation”, says Pentti Köylijärvi, Director LTC at Normet. “Our expectations are high, and we are impatient to show our customers all the possibilities this new setup gives to our spare parts services”. The GDC is the hub from where the spare parts are dispatched to customers all over the world, either directly or via local Normet distribution centres. The GDC in Maarssen is located about half an hour from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and has excellent road and sea connections for Europe and worldwide.Normet produces solutions for demanding customer processes in underground mining. It develops, manufactures and markets equipment and vehicles for mining and underground construction and offers services for the maintenance and usage processes for the entire lifetime of the products.Normet’s partner, CEVA Logistics, provides worldclass supply chain solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies across the globe. CEVA offers customers complete supply chain design and implementation in contract logistics and freight management, alone or in combination.last_img read more

NASAs Robert Frost Busts Space Gravity Myth

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. As mere citizens of Earth, we may never fully understand that vast expanse that is outer space.But there are a few things everyone should know about the great beyond—including the simple fact that gravity does exist in space.NASA instructor and flight controller Robert Frost recently took to Q&A site Quora to bust the biggest myth about the cosmos: That there is no gravity in space.“People do not have a good understanding of what weightlessness is,” he wrote late last month. “They see astronauts floating around inside and outside of a spacecraft and reach the conclusion that there is no gravity.”(To be fair, I think most people don’t reach that conclusion on their own, but are rather taught that forces of attraction cease once you leave Earth’s atmosphere.)In a lengthy-yet-comprehensible explanation, Frost reveals that “anywhere mass and space exist, gravity exists.”Just as the Sun’s gravitational influence keeps our planet in orbit, Earth’s gravitational influence keeps the Moon and International Space Station (ISS) on their respective trajectories.“If these influences were not felt, the astronauts would not stay in orbit.” according to Frost, who has trained cosmonauts on the guidance, navigation, and control of the ISS.The scary truth is that the Space Station and its crew are falling toward Earth*, and because there is no force of one pushing against the other, there is also no sensation of weight.Think of it like being in an elevator when the cab is plummeting down an empty shaft—moments before your gruesome death, you’d likely lift off the ground and float, before splattering into shards of bone and organs.Or, as Frost put it: “We can emulate this freefall here on Earth, in a tall chamber that is pumped to vacuum.”“Weight is the perception of the Earth not getting out of the way” (via Robert Frost/Quora)In a thought experiment, the flight controller paints the picture of an earthbound astronaut standing on a scale.“The scale would indicate weight because gravity is pulling the astronaut toward the center of the Earth, but the Earth isn’t willing to get out of the way,” Frost said. “Weight is the perception of the Earth not getting out of the way.Now, imagine the astronaut in space, orbiting Earth.“He has the same scale, and he stands upon it. Will it show weight? No,” Frost continued. “It won’t show weight because the astronaut and scale are falling together and there is no contact with the Earth to allow the Earth to push back.”I think I get it.*Don’t worry: The spacecraft is moving fast enough that it curves, circling the Earth instead of crashing into it. Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Biodiesel Tax Credit Marker Bill Introduced House Supporters Push Leadership to Act

first_imgRep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) has introduced a bipartisan marker bill, the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019 (HR 2089), that would provide a two-year (2018-19) extension of the $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit. As of today, the House Members that have signed on as co-sponsors include: Reps. Kelly (R-PA), Kind (D-WI) Adrian Smith (R-NE), Axne (D-IA), Bustos (D-IL), Craig (D-MN), Danny Davis (D-IL), LaHood (R-IL), Loebsack (D-IA), Walorski (R-IN), DeLauro (D-CT), Pascrell (D-NJ), Larson (D-CT), Sewell (D-AL), and Pence (R-IN). The marker bill serves as a demonstration of support and, if enacted, would be part of a larger package of tax extenders or tax provisions.Also, biodiesel supporters in the House of Representatives are preparing to send a letter to House leadership urging immediate action on the extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is leading the letter along with Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA). Thank you to all of the state soybean associations and members that have responded to the ASA Action Alert and contacted House offices to request they sign on to the letter.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for February 9 Wilmington Teen Arrested Driver Cited In Crash

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, February 9, 2019:An employee at Bella Terrazzo Salon & Spa on Main Street reported a National Grid scam call. (10:08am)A 2-vehicle crash took place at Main Street and Middlesex Avenue. One driver received a citation for failure to yield at intersection. Both vehicles towed. No injuries noted. (12:40pm)State Police notified Wilmington Police that the 93 South Exit 38 off-ramp will be closed for a couple of hours for guard rail repair. (1:07pm)Fire Department and RMLD responded to sparking wires and flames on Shawsheen Avenue. (3:31pm)Jason Trudelle (19, Wilmington) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Revoked Or Suspended Registration, Unlicensed Operation Of Motor Vehicle, and a warrant. (4:31pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Holy Ashura 21 Sept

first_imgholy AshuraThe holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed in the country on 21 September.The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting as the new moon of Muharram, the first month of Hijri 1440, was not sighted in the country on Monday, an official release said.The meeting was held at the Islamic Foundation meeting room at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque with religious affairs secretary Md Anisur Rahman in the chair.last_img read more

Trump Complains About Very Unfair Treatment Of Flynn

first_img Share Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump makes a statement on the administration’s strategy for dealing with Iran, in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House, on October 13, 2017.Lobbing new criticism at the special counsel’s Russia investigation, President Donald Trump said Monday he feels “very badly” for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who last week pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on the president’s behalf.“I think it’s a shame,” Trump said of Flynn’s situation, adding that it’s “very unfair” and that Flynn had “led a very strong life.”Trump tried to contrast Flynn’s treatment with that of his Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, who he said “lied many times to the FBI and nothing happened.”“Flynn lied and they destroyed his life,” Trump said.The FBI didn’t conclude that Clinton lied to agents, however. Former FBI Director James Comey testified last year that agents found Clinton to be truthful in her interview, telling a House committee, “We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.”Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.Even as Trump sought to minimize Flynn’s misdeeds, the Kremlin insisted that Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. had not influenced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to sanctions imposed by Trump’s predecessor.Flynn was forced to resign in February following reports that Obama administration officials had informed Trump’s team that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, a fact at odds with the public assertions of Vice President Mike Pence. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday it was “absurd” to suggest that the phone conversation could have influenced Putin’s decision and added that “such requests couldn’t have been passed on” to him.Trump, who spoke to reporters Monday as he left the White House to head to Utah, unleashed a string of tweets over the weekend in which he criticized the FBI and raised questions about the federal investigation into Russian election meddling and possible ties to his campaign.In one of his messages, Trump again denied that he directed Comey to stop investigating Flynn.Trump questioned the direction of the federal law enforcement agency and wrote that after Comey, whom Trump fired in May, the FBI’s reputation is “in Tatters — worst in History!” He vowed to “bring it back to greatness.” The president also retweeted a post saying new FBI Director Chris Wray “needs to clean house.”Eric Holder, a U.S. attorney general under President Barack Obama, tweeted in response: “Nope. Not letting this go. The FBI’s reputation is not in “tatters”. It’s composed of the same dedicated men and women who have always worked there and who do a great, apolitical job. You’ll find integrity and honesty at FBI headquarters and not at 1600 Penn Ave right now.”Trump seized on reports that a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from Mueller’s team last summer after the discovery of an exchange of text messages that were viewed as potentially anti-Trump. The agent, Peter Strzok, had also worked on the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server.Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, said Mueller removed Strzok from the team “immediately upon learning of the allegations.” He would not elaborate on the nature of the accusations.Trump tweeted Sunday: “Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI ‘agent’s role in Clinton probe under review.’ Led Clinton Email probe.” In a separate tweet, he wrote: “Report: ‘ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE’ Now it all starts to make sense!”Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI “agent’s role in Clinton probe under review.” Led Clinton Email probe. @foxandfriends Clinton money going to wife of another FBI agent in charge.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017 Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE” Now it all starts to make sense!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017Strzok’s removal almost certainly reflected a desire to insulate the investigators from any claims of political bias or favoritism. Trump and many of his supporters have at times sought to discredit the integrity of the investigation, in part by claiming a close relationship between Mueller and Comey and by pointing to political contributions to Democrats made by some lawyers on the team.Following the tweets, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warned the president to tread cautiously. “You tweet and comment regarding ongoing criminal investigations at your own peril. I’d be careful if I were you, Mr. President. I’d watch this,” Graham said.On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he “had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017The tweet suggested that Trump was aware when the White House dismissed Flynn on Feb. 13 that he had lied to the FBI, which had interviewed him weeks earlier. Comey has said Trump the following day brought up the Flynn investigation in private at the White House and told him he hoped he could “let this go.”With questions raised by the tweet, Trump associates tried to put distance between the president and the tweet. Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd told ABC News that he drafted the tweet and gave it to the president’s social media director, Dan Scavino. Dowd declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press on Saturday night.Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the panel is beginning to see “the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice” against Trump.___This story has been corrected to show Eric Holder was U.S. attorney general under Obama, not U.S. attorney.last_img read more

DC School Chancellor Unveils 5 Million Program to Boost Student Approval of

first_imgDistrict of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson confirmed her commitment to increasing student satisfaction Feb. 25 with the announcement of a $5 million award to be used toward that end for the 2014-2015 school year. “With this new award, we will help our schools meet the needs of our students beyond the classroom,” she said in a telephone conference call with reporters. “I’m a DCPS parent. And for me, I want my two boys not just to do well on their tests. I want them to thrive. I want them to love going to school, and feel great about their school.” Increasing student satisfaction to at least 90 percent of the student body is one of Henderson’s top priorities, as outlined in the strategic plan for DCPS, “A Capital Commitment,” and a top concern of parents, teachers, principals and other stakeholders. School officials characterize the $5 million student satisfaction initiative to come from the budget for the upcoming year as an extension of “Proving What’s Possible,” a $10 million grant program launched in 2012 that gave money to 59 schools to experiment with an extended day, new technology and teacher training, all geared to increasing student satisfaction. According to a survey administered to 20,000 DCPS students in grades three through 12 last year, about 74 percent of Black students said they like their school, compared to 92 percent of White students. To increase those numbers, each of the system’s 111 schools can apply for a grant under the new initiative to invest in field trips, extracurricular activities, clubs, new athletic teams, anti-bullying initiatives and other areas. Schools can apply immediately. The amount of the award will be based proportionally on student enrollment. Final applications are due the week of March 5; the award winners will be announced during the week beginning March 10. “I firmly believe these awards will help put our schools on even stronger footing,” Henderson said. According to DCPS spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz, funding for the program will come through the budgeting process. “The chancellor will make this a priority for the budget when she receives our budget mark from the mayor,” she explained. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has already expressed his support for the program. “Our schools should be places that make our students feel excited and supported,” he said in a statement. “This new award is a great step in the right direction to help improve student satisfaction and ultimately improve our schools,” he added.last_img read more

Thousands Attend Camel Wrestling Tournament in Turkey

first_img Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in FloridaBaby Dugong That Became Internet Star Dies After Ingesting Plastic Forget the Super Bowl. In Turkey, the big sporting showdown this weekend was the annual Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival, held in the UNESCO Heritage area of Selcuk and Ephesus.Camel wrestling in Turkey is a 2,400-year-old tradition, believed to have originated among ancient Turkic tribes.The event, held every third Sunday of January, puts together two bull (male) camels with a female camel on heat nearby that the males fight for. The camels fight by using their necks as leverage to force their opponent to fall down, and a victory is declared when one camel is either forced to the ground, or flees his opponent.AdChoices广告The sport involves two male camels wrestling, typically in response to a female camel in heat being led before them (Photo Credit: Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty Images)This year’s festival saw more than 120 competing camels gathered for the event, and thousands of spectators turned out at the Wrestling Field of Pamucak.Although it has a rich history, the sport of camel wrestling was actually discouraged by the government during the early years of the Turkish republic, characterizing it as too “backwards” of a practice, according to SelcukEphesus.com. But in 1983 it was revived as a tourist attraction. There are an estimated 1,200 camel wrestlers in Turkey, bred specially for the competitions.Around 20,000 spectators attended the event at Wrestling Field of Pamucak. (Photo Credit: Servet Ulku / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)The festival is more than just the wrestling event, however. The day before the competitions, the camels are decorated in colorful bells and bobbles and paraded through town in a beauty pageant.The actual wrestling can seem somewhat underwhelming to someone not familiar with the intricacies of the tournament, said SelcukEphesus.com. Spectators, however, often find themselves having to flee from an oncoming camel that is retreating in defeat from his opponent.In the heat of the tournament, camels tend to spew foamy saliva in excitement.(Photo Credit: Evren Atalay / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)In the heat of the competition, camels also tend to spew foamy saliva in their excitement, so spectators are warned about flying camel saliva, and even flying urine.Officials from Selcuk recently said they will apply to UNESCO for camel wrestling to be included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage List, according to local publications.More on Geek.com:Massive 20-Foot Great White Shark Spotted Off Hawaii CoastPython Covered With More Than 500 Ticks Treated for AnemiaSpiders ‘Rain’ Down on Brazilian Town Stay on targetlast_img read more

The most underrated monsters of Advanced Dungeons Dragons

first_imgPerhaps you have used some of these creatures before, or you have your own underrated monster. If so, we’d love to hear which you like to use and how your players reacted to them. Fantasy worlds should be places of limitless imagination, and while orcs and goblins are great stock monsters, a little diversity makes an adventure a whole lot more memorable. Disenchanter (AD&D 1st Edition Fiend Folio)1/12Are the heroes in your party overpowered? Perhaps you made a mistake and gave away just a few too many magic items early in your campaign? Well I have some good news for you, just open your copy of the Fiend Folio and you will see the answer to all your problems, the Disenchanter. Yes it looks like a weird horse with a disturbingly long tongue, but this monster ain’t trying to win a beauty contest. No, instead this wondrous creation, much like the more often used Rust Monster is there to make your players cry as their Holy Avenger is depowered because they forgot to post a guard at night. <><> Orcs are great. Everyone knows what they are and as a Dungeon Master you hardly have to say a word to describe them. Most importantly, they get the job done. Still, any good adventure should have some variation. I am not talking just the standard substitutes and variations. I love a good gnoll encounter as much as the next gamer, but sometimes I want to be completely in the dark about what I am encountering. Lucky for us, the makers of Dungeons & Dragons over the years have pumped out some great books containing hundreds of monsters to terrify and delight.Are you running a 5th edition game? Don’t throw away those old books just yet. Many of these monsters are easily convertible to 5th edition rules, although you might need to use your imagination to fill in the gaps. While that might require a little more time as a DM, they are a guaranteed party pleaser.Old school gamers will delight in revisiting old foes, while new players will be amazed at your seemingly infinite creativity. So, if you are looking for some inspiration, here are 12 underrated creatures from the 1st and 2nd Editions of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons to add some flavor to your next gaming session.last_img read more

Mexicos Peñafiel bottled water found with high levels of arsenic

first_imgOn Monday, the Peñafiel company, which is owned by Keurig Dr Pepper, announced a halt to its production for two weeks. People are most likely to be exposed to inorganic arsenic through drinking water and to a lesser extent through various foods. Long-term exposure to high levels of inorganic arsenic in drinking water has been associated with skin disorders and increased risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, and several types of cancer. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) According to Consumer Reports, in March, the company provided them with a water quality report from 2018 which stated no detectable levels of arsenic, however this week, the company conducted new testing due to Consumer Reports questioning and confirmed it’s water has an average of 17 ppb, levels well-above the federal limit. Consumer Reports says that Keurig Dr Pepper has “suspended bottled water production for two weeks at its Mexico facility that makes Peñafiel for export to the U.S. It plans to improve filtration at the plant to lower arsenic levels,” however, there was no word on an improved filtration system for its products distributed throughout Mexico. A new Consumer Reports investigation says that Mexico’s bottled water brand Peñafiel contains unsafe levels of arsenic. Peñafiel is not planning a product recall, only an improved filtration system, however, Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at CR said that “Keurig Dr Pepper should recall all Peñafiel water currently on the market that may contain these violative levels. If they do not act, the FDA should mandate a recall.” During the recent Consumer Reports testing, Mexico’s Peñafiel was one of several North American companies found with bottled water containing above-FDA-levels of arsenic. The other companies found with high levels of arsenic in their bottled water products were Starkey by Whole Foods, Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Volvic by Danone, Crystal Creamery and EartH₂O.center_img Although the federal standard for arsenic is 10 ppb, the recommended level is 3 ppb since research shows that consuming amounts above that over an extended period of time can be potentially dangerous. According to the CDC, arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is found in combination with either inorganic or organic substances to form many different compounds. Inorganic arsenic compounds are found in soils, sediments, and groundwater. These compounds occur either naturally or as a result of mining. Peñafiel is part of Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group. The report, which was released last week, says that after testing the Peñafiel water brand, they found it to contain 18.1 ppb, a level well above the allowed 10 ppb as set out by the Food and Drug Administration. Mexico’s Peñafiel has three plants around the country and, according to their website, has been in business for 60 years with a large bottled beverage selection that includes popular brands such as Snapple, Dr. Pepper, Clamato, Squirt, Canada Dry and Aquafiel. last_img read more

Vietjet continues to expand gateway into Japan

first_imgVietjet Vice President, Do Xuan Quang delivering his opening remarks at the launch of the Tokyo – Hanoi route at Narita International Airport.Vietjet continues to expand gateway into JapanVietjet marks the start of the New Year with the official launch of its newest service connecting Hanoi and Tokyo. This is the airline’s third link between Vietnam and Japan, meeting not only the increased demand for air travel, but also contributing to the development of tourism, trade and cultural exchanges between the two countries.Present during the jubilant opening ceremony at Narita International Airport were Mr. Vu Hong Nam, Ambassador of Vietnam to Japan; Mr. Yasuo Ishii, Administrator of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism and Mr. Makoto Natsume, Narita International Airport Corporation President & CEO.Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Do Xuan Quang, Vice President of Vietjet said, “We are delighted to launch a third direct route from Vietnam to Japan following the opening of the Hanoi – Osaka and Ho Chi Minh City – Osaka routes. The launch of this new route brings a new travel option for people – especially travellers from Tokyo and the Kanto region in general, to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam from where they have easy access to many other World famous destinations in Vietnam such as Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Trang An and Son Doong cave.”“Travellers from both countries as well as international tourists can also effortlessly transit to other ASEAN countries or destinations across the North Asia region with Vietjet’s comprehensive and continually expanding flight network. I believe that with our outstanding service quality, new fleet, dedicated and friendly cabin crew, delicious and hot inflight meals together with amazing ticket fares and exciting in-flight entertainments, Vietjet will leave passengers with nothing but wonderful flying experiences,” added Mr. Do.The Hanoi – Tokyo route now operates daily return flights with a flight duration of approximately six hours per leg on a new and modern aircraft. In the fourth quarter of 2018, Vietjet launched two other direct routes to Japan namely the Hanoi – Osaka route on 8November 2018 and the Ho Chi Minh City – Osaka route on 14 December 2018. Tickets for all Vietnam – Japan routes can be booked via www.vietjetair.com or https://www.facebook.com/VietjetMalaysia.Particularly for the Hanoi-Osaka route, Vietjet and Japan Airlines have established a partnership to offer a code-share flight service. The code-share service between the two airlines is also applicable on Vietjet’s domestic routes, including Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi – Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang.With a network comprising 39 domestic routes and 66 international routes, Vietjet operates safe flights with a technical reliability rate of 99.66% — the highest rate in the Asia Pacific region. As a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Vietjet has obtained the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate and has been awarded a 7-star ranking, the world’s highest rate for safety, by AirlineRatings.Source = Vietjetlast_img read more

SpiceJet brings Giving Wings to Dreams programme for underprivileged

first_imgSpiceJet once again embarked on its journey of #GivingWingsToDreams by offering the special treat to around 50 underprivileged children in association with the Rotary Club of Chandigarh. The airline operated a special flight from Chandigarh for a set of kids who had never flown before thus giving them an opportunity of a lifetime.The special initiative programmed a one hour flight for kids between the ages of 12–14 years.  The children were completely attended to and taken care of by the airline crew who engaged with them providing them with information on the voyage experience and the place, thus making the tour even more eventful.Debojo Maharshi, Chief Marketing Officer, SpiceJet, said, “SpiceJet is all about rising up from your daily mundane life, adding a bit of spice and experiencing something new. And when this objective fused with our vision of making every Indian fly, it catapulted into this special initiative called #GivingWingstoDreams. Dedicated to the future of our country this is our bit towards adding zest and offering a ‘wow’ experience to the lives of those special kids who have been deprived of the beautiful things life has to offer.”The children invited for the initiative belonged to states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.last_img read more

Ocwen and NAACP Bring Help Hope to Homeowners

first_img Ocwen Financial Corporation, a leading financial services holding company headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, will again join forces with the NAACP to host a borrower outreach event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to help families having trouble making their mortgage payments.“Over the last three years, Ocwen and the NAACP have worked together on our “Help & Hope for Homeowners” initiative, which helps homeowners explore responsible loan modifications options to remain in their homes,” Jill Showell, SVP of Government and Community Relations at Ocwen said. “We urge Ocwen customers to attend this event, and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with trusted advisors to make your mortgage payments more affordable.”The event, which is part of Ocwen’s “Help & Hope for Homeowners” initiative with the NAACP, is designed exclusively for Ocwen customers and will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., EDT, on Saturday, June 23, at Bright Hope Baptist Church, located at 12th Street & Cecil B. Moore Avenue in Philadelphia near Temple University.Homeowners who attend the event will meet one-on-one with Ocwen Home Retention Agents and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-approved counseling agencies to discuss their unique situations and to receive information about potential options to lower their mortgage payments.“The NAACP has seen firsthand the positive impact Ocwen has made in the lives of many families at risk of losing their homes at these local borrower outreach events throughout the country,” said Marvin Owens, Senior Director of Economic Programs at the NAACP. “Continuing our shared work to help distressed borrowers better afford their homes is one of the most effective ways the NAACP can help strengthen local minority and low-income communities.”Ocwen customers interested in attending this event can learn more by visiting OcwenCares.com.Ocwen currently services approximately 46,000 loans in Pennsylvania. From January 1, 2008, through March 31, 2018, Ocwen has provided more than 33,000 loan modifications to Pennsylvania borrowers, and forgiven approximately $365 million in debt. Nationwide, since January 1, 2008, Ocwen has granted approximately 776,000 loan modifications and provided billions of dollars in debt forgiveness. in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing Ocwen and NAACP Bring ‘Help & Hope’ to Homeowners June 22, 2018 670 Views center_img 2018-06-22 Kristina Brewer Sharelast_img read more

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