Nariyal Paani, Festival by The Sea

first_imgThe third edition of Nariyal Paani, which is known as the ‘Festival by the Sea’, is a mashup of Indian and international independent artists performing live original music. Related Itemslast_img

Valeri named MLS Most Valuable Player

first_imgMLS Diego Valeri named MLS Most Valuable Player Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 03:13 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Valeri MLS Portland Timbers 09242017 Jaime Valdez MLS Portland Timbers The Argentine star’s fifth season in Cascadia was his best yet, as he reached several milestones en route to being named the league’s top player Major League Soccer announced on Monday that Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri has been named the 2017 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player.Valeri tallied 21 goals and 11 assists in 2017, becoming just the second player in MLS history to record at least 20 goals and 10 assists in the same season. The Argentine reached another milestone during the campaign when he scored in in nine consecutive games from July 29 to Sept. 24, the best run in MLS history.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 31-year-old also set a league record for the most goals scored by a midfielder in a single season, beating the previous mark (18) set by Preki in 1996.Valeri’s heroics helped Portland finish atop the Western Conference, winning the division on a tiebreaker over arch-rival Seattle.It was an unforgettable season for El Maestro.Relive his magical 2017 @MLS MVP campaign. #RCTID— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) December 4, 2017The 31-year-old easily won the vote, earning just over 50 percent of the combined tally between MLS players, club management and the media.Last season’s MVP, New York City FC striker David Villa, came in second in the voting with 16 percent of the combined vote. Villa was followed by Chicago’s Nemanja Nikolic, then Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and Miguel Almiron of Atlanta United to round out the top five. Valeri is the seventh South American to be named MLS MVP and the third from Argentina, joining Christian Gomez (2006) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (2008).last_img read more

Jordan Henderson says England wanted to make racist fans ‘suffer’

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Paltry fines and spineless words helped create the poison in Sofia Read more Share on Pinterest Barney Ronay Topics Bulgaria Share on LinkedIn Euro 2020 qualifying newscenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter England Jordan Henderson has admitted England’s players decided to play on in the face of racist abuse from Bulgarian supporters during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday because they wanted their opponents and their fans to “suffer”.With the match having already been halted twice before half-time following repeated monkey chants and Nazi salutes from more than one section of the Vasil Levski Stadium, the manager, Gareth Southgate, left it up to his team to discuss whether or not to come out for the second half in Sofia. But despite discussing before the match what action they would take should there be a repeat of the racist abuse which marred England’s qualifier in the Bulgarian capital in 2011, Henderson insisted that the entire team was in accordance about continuing because they felt to do otherwise would have sent the wrong message. “I obviously wasn’t happy with the situation that we were in, it wasn’t nice to be involved in and it shouldn’t be happening in 2019, it is very disappointing,” said the Liverpool midfielder. “But at the same time, I felt as though as a team we dealt with it so well, we touched on it before we came here just in case it did happen and unfortunately it did. So we spoke together and the decision was that we carried on because if you leave the pitch and stop the game they win, really.”Henderson added: “That is how we looked at it and what the message was in the dressing room at half-time. We wanted to go out in the second half and make them suffer and make their team suffer on the pitch and I think we did that.”England’s 6-0 victory was Bulgaria’s biggest-ever home defeat, with Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling both scoring twice either side of goals from Marcus Rashford and the captain, Harry Kane. Henderson paid tribute to the professionalism shown by Southgate’s side in managing to rise above the racist abuse and singled out Tyrone Mings for the way the Aston Villa defender handled the situation on his first appearance for his country at any level.“It shouldn’t be happening and will obviously tarnish that,” he said. “But at the same time I thought he dealt with the situation so, so well. It was a top performance for his debut, I thought he was magnificent. That just shows the character in him and in the team and it will just make us stronger, no doubt. We stayed together like we should have and we spoke about it before, handled it well and if one player didn’t want to carry on we would have stopped playing, simple as that, no problem. But everyone wanted to carry on and we wanted to let football do the talking.”Henderson also praised the reaction of England’s supporters after they were among the first to hear the abuse, responding with a chant featuring the words: “You racist bastards, you know what you are” as early as the 20th minute. “I thought our fans were brilliant. All night I thought they were outstanding,” he said. “They stood behind us like they always do. They are unbelievable all the time but it is times like that you want them right behind you and they certainly were. That just brings us together even more.”Henderson added: “We are obviously happy with the performance but still feel like it shouldn’t be happening in this day and age. To hear the announcement about the racism and then the whole stadium whistling was a bit strange. I’m sure something will be done.” Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

NTL Referee Coach Appointments 2016-2017

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken the process of Referee Coach Appointments for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. TFA concurrently have been undertaking a review and update of our Referee Coach pathway and education in alignment with the introduction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) FTEM framework of athlete development – TFA have aligned this framework in both our coach, referee and athlete development programs. This specifically commenced with the Foundation Referee Coach Course which was piloted late in October and December 2015, and will continue into the Talent, Elite and Mastery areas in 2016.The appointment process included and expression of interest and ranking assessment, followed by a suitability interview. The process highlighted the following findings: – The process unearthed new talent to support the direction of renewal in the referee coaching area.– The separate functions of Upgrade and Appointment are still relevant at the NTL, but the refereecoaching within those functions also need to mirror the requirement, and the expectations communicated to the referees in either category. – Clear and direct organisation communication promoting a unified message in relation to expectations is paramount to the success of the discipline.– An improved approach to coaching appointments is required and committed to by the coaching group. This will result in less games for coaches to improve quality of feedback, more resources to improve coverage and pathway of the coaching and/or coaching to suit the purpose/goals of the referees.– The behaviour and conduct, and expectations of all members of the contingent must be set to reflect that of a national event. – To supplement the requirements of referees and assist with self and peer analysis we will look to identify and allocate referee mentors (injured, retired, or international referees) to events.TFA congratulate the following individuals who have been appointed to the Referee Coaching Panel for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. Related Files2016-17_ntl_coach_appointment_-_roles_and_responsibilities-pdfRelated LinksNTL Referee Coacheslast_img read more

18 days agoReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard: I’ve heard the chatter

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard: I’ve heard the chatterby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard hopes he’s gone some way to silencing his critics after his first goal for Real Madrid.Hazard struck in victory over Granada on Saturday.And he said, “The first goal is always complicated, but then you play with more confidence. I hope to score many more for this great club. It is important to score. “People are talking and I have heard many things.”That is why it is important to score goals for me.” last_img read more

Notable College Football Head Coach Fired

first_imgA pylon at the CFP National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A notable college football head coach has reportedly been fired this afternoon.Terry Bowden, the son of former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, has reportedly been fired by Akron.The 62-year-old head coach had been the school’s head coach since 2012.Bowden previously coached at Samford, Auburn and North Alabama.Pete Thamel and Brett McMurphy first reported the news.Source: Terry Bowden is out as Akron’s head coach.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 2, 2018Terry Bowden has been fired after seven seasons at Akron, sources told @WatchStadium. Bowden, who coached Auburn to an 11-0 season in 1993, was 35-52 at Akron— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 2, 2018Bowden went 35-52 as Akron’s head coach.The program went 4-8 this season.last_img read more

4-Star Recruit Announces Decommitment From Alabama

first_imgNick Saban reacting to an Alabama football game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)A four-star safety recruit took to Twitter for a message on his recruitment.Unfortunately for Alabama fans everywhere, the announcement won’t make them happy. Four-star safety Javier Morton revealed his decision to walk away from his commitment to the Tide.Morton initially committed to Nick Saban and company nearly two years ago.However, over the past few months, Morton has taken several visits to Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida and Tennessee.In the wake of those meetings, Morton decided now was the right time to re-open his recruitment.“I am decommitted from The University Of Alabama… Respect my decision,” Morton said on Twitter.I am decommitted from The University Of Alabama… Respect my decision.— J² (@Hunchezzz) August 28, 2019Morton is the No. 20 safety recruit in the country and the No. 22 player from the state of Georgia.The top recruit holds 33 offers and the Yellow Jackets could be the team to land him. New head coach Geoff Collins has been hot on the recruiting trail and seems to be in the market for a star safety.last_img read more

Sisodia hands over cheques of Rs 15L each to families of Ankit

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Thursday handed over cheques of Rs 15 lakh each to families of Ankit Saxena and Dhruv Tyagi.AAP’s Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj and Madipur MLA Girish Soni visited the residence of Saxena, 23, who was stabbed to death in West Delhi’s Khyala area allegedly by family members of a woman with whom he was in a relationship. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier assured the family of financial and legal support after the incident. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkSisodia also visited the residence of Tyagi, 51, who was killed in Moti Nagar last month while defending his daughter from attempted harassment. Both the killings had led to communal tensions in their respective areas. Earlier in the day, Delhi Waqf Board chairman and AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan also announced Rs 5 lakh and a job to the wife of Tabrez Ansari, 24, who was killed in alleged lynching in Jharkhand. BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa accused the AAP government of playing politics over religion. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Ankit’s (Saxena) family did not get a single rupee compensation and the family of Tabrez is getting Rs 5 lakh. People will teach @ArvindKejriwal a lesson for doing politics of religion,” Sirsa tweeted. Saxena’s parents, who broke down after receiving the compensation, were asked by Sisodia if the government could assist them in any other way, a statement said. Yash Pal, Saxena’s father said, “It is my wish that the road.. or the square where my son lost his life be named after him in his memory, if it is possible.” Sisodia immediately directed local MLA Girish Soni to send a representation to his office to this effect, and said, “Within the next 10 days, the government will call a meeting of the relevant road naming authority and carry out your wish.” Yash Pal was hailed last year for his role in maintaining calm in the area with the Delhi Police, preventing attempts to create a communal divide in the name of the killing.last_img read more

Khloe Kardashian Slams Moroccan French Montanas Haters

Rabat – American celebrity Khloe Kardashian has posted an angry message on Instagram directed at “haters” objecting to her romance with Moroccan-born hip-hop star French Montana.French Montana and Khloe Kardashian’s romance has been getting more and more controversial since Montana has been the subject of ongoing rumors and harsh remarks. In an attack on the couple, some said the rapper is only dating Khloe for the fame. But it seems that nobody can stop their ongoing romance.Recently, it was rumored that Khloe’s family is very skeptical of the Moroccan-born rapper. Some US magazines claimed that her family made bad remarks about French, and said “being with Khloe means everyone knows who French is now….so he’s getting a lot out of it.” Responding to this rumor Khloe Kardashian posted an Instagram image with a message reading: “You’re still going to be criticized, so you might as well do whatever the f–k you want.”Following Khloe’s post, Hollywood Life magazine reported that Khloe Kardashian has made it clear that “she is no longer concerned with what people think of her, and she’s taking to — where else? — Instagram to prove it! Khloe is happily dating French Montana, and she’s sick of hearing friends, family, and fans tell her how worried they are about her new relationship.”Earlier this month, Montana slammed detractors on Twitter: “There will always be haters. The more you grow the more they hate; the more they hate the more you grow.”French Montana, originally named Karim Kharbouch, was born in Morocco on November 9, 1984. He is a rapper and CEO of Cocaine City Records. He grew up in Morocco, where he enjoyed football and rapping. At the age of 13 he immigrated with his family to the United States and settled in the Bronx, in New York. He married Deen Kharbouch in 2007, but the two have since split. There have been rumors he is dating Miami rapper Trina.Khloe and the rapper began dating in December 2013. The couple were spotted together everywhere, from Miami to South Africa, until they made their romance public in Toronto, where the couple co-hosted the official after-party for the Muchmusic Video Awards.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

Royal Air Maroc And UNESCO Partner To Promote Culture in Africa

New York – Morocco’s national carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signed a partnership agreement to promote culture in Africa.RAM and UNESCO have joined forces and will be working together to facilitate transportation and foment a wide array of cultural events in the African continent, according to Les Eco news website.The partnership was signed on Friday in Paris, by Royal Air Maroc’s President, Driss Benhima and UNESCO’s CEO, Irina Bokova, in presence of the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Morocco to the UNESCO, Zhour Alaoui. According to the same source, the terms of the agreement outline the commitment agreed by both organizations.RAM will provide air transport support in several events organized by UNESCO in Africa. Morocco’s airline will also use its marketing, press releases and all other communications to promote the UNESCO events around the world.One of the Moroccan airline’s top strategies is the continental promotion of culture and artistic events.“The conclusion of this partnership is part of the Royal Air Morocco policy, which aims to defend and enhance the image of the African continent around the world by supporting major cultural events organized in Africa,” a joint statement said.The carrier is the official airline of several events across Africa. RAM transports, supports, and promotes the arts and African traditions.The events that RAM supports are: The Pan African Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the Dakar Bienniale (Dak’Art), Market of African Arts and Entertainment in Abidjan (MASA), the Bamako Photography Biennial Festival, and the Black Screens Festival in Cameroon.RAM is fully owned by the government of Morocco, and has its headquarters on the grounds of Casablanca-Anfa Airport. read more

New guide published by UN agency aims to teach children good eating

9 October 2007The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has issued a wide-ranging new guide on teaching good eating habits to primary school children in an effort to reduce malnutrition and diet-related diseases. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has issued a wide-ranging new guide on teaching good eating habits to primary school children in an effort to reduce malnutrition and diet-related diseases. The agency notes that one of the most effective strategies for overcoming malnutrition and chronic diet-related diseases, such as excess weight and obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, is educating school children in healthy nutrition. Good nutrition education helps children become aware of how to eat a well-balanced diet, how to prepare and handle food safely, and how to avoid food-related risks. “What many people don’t realize is that it is not only the amount of food, but the quality of a diet that has a critical effect on children’s growth, health and learning capacity,” said Ezzeddine Boutrif, Director of FAO’s Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division. “Eating is not just a biological process, it depends on learned habits and perceptions, on the cultural and social environment. This is why nutrition education is so important,” he noted. Mr. Boutrif added that governments should make nutrition education a priority since teaching nutrition in schools can help reduce the costly impact of nutrition-related diseases in the future. Chronic diet-related diseases are on the rise around the world due to new lifestyles and eating habits. Globally, 1.6 billion adults are overweight, and at least 400 million are obese, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Peter Glasauer, FAO nutrition education expert, pointed out that globalization and economic development have introduced new foods and altered dietary habits and lifestyle patterns in many countries, particularly in developing States. “Migration from rural communities to urban areas, for example, is on the rise with less and less people producing their own food and the majority depending entirely on commercial food supply. Nutrition education in primary schools is an effective way of promoting good nutrition,” he stated. read more

Brock alumni volunteers needed for Spring Convocation

Brock is looking for alumni to hand out graduation pins at Spring Convocation and to welcome graduates to the Brock University Alumni Association.As an alumnus, your connection to Brock University doesn’t end with graduation. By handing out pins you will proudly represent the Brock University Alumni Association and welcome new graduates into the Brock University Alumni Association.Volunteers handing out pins should plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to the ceremony they will be volunteering for in the Bob Davis gym to pick up your hood and gown.Dates and times of convocation:Tuesday, June 3: 10 a.m.Wednesday, June 4: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.Thursday, June 5: 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.Friday, June 6: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.Saturday, June 7: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.Brock is also looking for volunteers to help staff the Brock University Alumni Association welcome tent after each convocation ceremony.The shifts are as follows:Tuesday, June 3: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, June 4: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OR 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.Thursday, June 5: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OR 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.Friday, June 6: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OR 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.Saturday, June 7 – 1:30 p.m. OR 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.Interested? Contact Alumni Programs officer Meaghan Moore. read more

UN agencies help Tanzania to set up HIVAIDS national body

UNDP said it was working with the Prime Minister’s Office to establish the “Tanzania Commission for HIV/AIDS.” Since government funds are not available for the 2000-2001 fiscal year, UNDP and the Royal Danish Embassy, on behalf of the other partners, have contributed $375,000 to help establish the Commission, the agency said in a statement issued yesterday in New York. Partners supporting the new Commission include the foreign aid agencies of Denmark, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNDP and the World Bank. “Government recognition of the need for a more aggressive multisectoral response is very welcome,” said Sally Fegan-Wyles, UNDP’s top official in Tanzania. “We can already see an increased awareness of the need for action by all segments of society.” While action against HIV/AIDS is under way in communities around the country, the Ministry of Health was until recently the main government agency involved in anti-AIDS work. The authorities are now committed to mobilizing all sectors of society – public and private – for prevention and care activities, which the new Commission will help promote and coordinate. read more

UN to hold solemn ceremony of remembrance on 11 September

The event will serve “as an expression of shared loss with New York, our Host City, and with people throughout the world who lost loved ones,” said UN spokesperson Hua Jiang.In addition to Secretary-general Kofi Annan, the President of the UN General Assembly and the US Ambassador to the UN are expected to participate.

UN sends teams to assess needs after Cyclone Percy hammers South Pacific

Tokelau comprises three sparsely populated atolls half-way between Hawaii and New Zealand. The cyclone caused widespread damage to all three: Atafu, with a population of more than 500; Nukunonu, with a population of nearly 450; and Fakaofo, with a population of 500.In the Cook Islands, which already had experienced Tropical Cyclones Meena, Nancy and Olaf, OCHA said, only 10 houses remained intact on Pukapuka, with 600 residents. All the houses belonging to the 70 people on Nassau Island were severely damaged or destroyed.Percy was now heading towards Palmerston Atoll and its 50 inhabitants, according to the Australian-Pacific Centre for Emergency and Disaster Information (APCEDI), OCHA said. read more

Buenaventura to reduce arsenic content of copper concentrate

first_imgRoque Benavides, President of Cía. de Minas Buenaventura, presented a keynote address at the PDAC’s opening session last week, entitled What Drives Success in Our Industry? Benavides outlined several initiatives that have helped the 64-year-old Peruvian precious metals producer adapt to change and succeed. One of the main things for Buenaventura is staying a step ahead of its peers by harnessing new technologies to increase resources, cut costs and solve difficult environmental problems in Peru.The most recent is a technique developed in-house that reduces the amount of arsenic in copper concentrates, a problem that plagues copper operations in Peru and worldwide. “We already have some patents and expect to commercialize this technology soon,” Benavides told the audience.Buenaventura had a similar metallurgical breakthrough at the Uchucchacua silver-lead-zinc mine in the mountains northeast of Lima. By developing a technology to leach manganese from high-grade silver ore, the company was able to improve the marketability of its silver concentrates and increase reserves at the mine.The company also plans to experiment with Technosol, a manmade topsoil used in Spain and Canada for mine reclamation, when it closes the La Zanja gold mine in northern Peru. Benavides feels passionately that Peru must retain more water in the highlands to generate hydroelectricity for mining, which is often accused of monopolizing the water supply at the expense of agriculture. “It’s absurd,” he said. “We have far more water than we use. We are destroying value by allowing it to flow into the sea instead of using it to generate more energy.”In the past decade, Buenaventura has opened three gold mines and two base metal mines in Peru, built a hydroelectric plant, and partnered in the expansion of the Cerro Verde copper mine. It is also shareholder of Minera Yanacocha, with Newmont, Latin America’s largest gold mine.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Mar 29th 2017, 8:40 AM 11,012 Views EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 today, starting the process of the UK leaving the European Union.2. #STRIKE: Irish Rail and Dublin Bus users could face delays as workers may join a protest by Bus Éireann employees outside Leinster House today.3. #ABUSE: A woman with intellectual disabilities was left in the care of a foster family for two years after allegations of sexual abuse were made against the foster father.4. #CLIMATE CHANGE: A number of US states and environmental groups are set to challenge President Donald Trump’s plans to roll back a slew of environmental protections enacted by Barack Obama.5. #GARDAÍ: An Garda Síochána is due to publish a report detailing financial irregularities at the Garda College in Templemore over a number of years, RTÉ News reports.6. #BURGLARY: An elderly man was tied up and had his head covered by a pillowcase in a burglary in Newry last night.7. #SMOKING: The government will bring forward legislation today for the standardised packaging of tobacco.8. #VOTING AGE: The Seanad is set to debate lowering the voting age to 16.9. #SHOPLIFTING: An increased number of parents are using their children to shoplift for them, according to retailers. Image: Shutterstock/JLMcAnally Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 8:40 AM 2 Comments Image: Shutterstock/JLMcAnally By Órla Ryan Short URL Share3 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

2017 Predictions that will come true

first_imgAs 2016 salutes us, let’s roll on our inner Nostradamus for 2017. Remember, you read it here first.To say that 2016 has been a tough year would be an understatement. We lost so many legends, Donald Trump got elected US President, the EU is rapidly falling apart, and Kanye West had a mental breakdown. But 2017 is going to be even whackier. Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of what’s in store:January Donald Trump takes his presidential oath of office. He immediately fires all members of his cabinet via expletive-filled tweet and hands the Vice Presidency to his number one fan, Paris Hilton. Her first delicate assignment is secret talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Trump’s final piece of advice is to “grab him by the p***y”. Paris’ reply is “don’t worry Mr President, that’s my field of expertise”.February After months of boiling tension in Greek-Turkish relations, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos decides that enough is enough. During a surprise visit to Turkey he stands on the Bosphorus Bridge with a baseball bat, wearing only his tighty whities and an ‘Erdo-GONE’ t-shirt. Prime Minister Tsipras denies any knowledge and begs President Obama to sort out this mess. His assistant tells him that he’s out in the gym playing hoops with Luc Longley. He’ll hold.March Hollywood puts a halt on all movie productions, with the exception of 80s movie sequels with all-female casts. The Goonies, Platoon, The Breakfast Club, This Is Spinal Tap, even Crocodile Dundee get their due reboot, all of them starring the Kardashian sisters, as every other actress is ruled out due to low numbers of Instagram followers.April Influential fashion bloggers, food critics, and highly-rated Uber drivers from around the globe form the WEIA (We Are Important Association). They seek to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with their respective states that includes retirement packages and free Snapchat shares, but talks break down when they demand a lifetime supply of quinoa for all members.May Disappointed by the ineptitude of his cabinet, Prime Minister Tsipras seeks the help of well-known Greek Australians. He offers the Ministry of Culture to Nick Giannopoulos, courts Nick Kyrgios to become Ambassador of Sportsmanship, and gives carte blanche to Con Makris to become a developer in Athens with an offer he can’t refuse: high taxes, bureaucracy at its finest, and his own Ministers trying to sabotage any investment.June A survey in Oh Boy magazine suggests that 87 per cent of women over the age of 30 view ‘an organic food-eating, bearded, cat-loving headcase with a history of domestic violence, preferably a member of a rock band that’s going nowhere, with a love of tattoos, brunch, malt whiskey, thrift shops,and gentrification’ as the ideal boyfriend. July Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro breaks his leg in a jet-ski crash after one margarita too many on Margarita Island. The entire Greek government flies over to Caracas in a show of solidarity, while Trump and Putin blame each other for the incident in their monthly golf tournament. British PM Theresa May is once again denied entry to 10 Downing Street, because still nobody recognises her. She is reduced to tears and subsequently quits. She tries to land a role as an extra in the final season of Game Of Thrones, but the producers’ response is “you are no Conor McGregor”.August Pokemon Go afficionados hold a minute of silence in every park around the world in remembrance of the tragic events that followed the game’s sudden drop in popularity after the heyday of July 2016. To mark the occasion, Niantic launches Stalkemon Deluxe, a location-based augmented reality game for all devices, in which you can track down old flames.September Airbnb has taken over the world. It’s not just a homestay network anymore. Through its platform you can now sub-rent your spouse, your dog, your company, even that little black dress that you haven’t worn since that New Year’s Eve party in 2005. Angry civilians host protests everywhere, while Nigel Farage, leader of the ‘We Want Our Stuff Back’ movement rallies the troops in a TV interview via satellite saying that “‘I’d love to join with all you fine people, but I’ll be having Wagyu beef with my billionaire friends in The Hamptons”. October The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Justin Bieber for his valiant effort thwarting a sea of young Believers from storming his hotel room during a recent visit to Singapore. He pulls a Bob Dylan and misses the ceremony, because Oslo is close to Stockholm and he’s scared of getting Stockholm Syndrome-d. He sends Selena Gomez instead, who botches the lyrics to Baby and goes on a five-year hiatus.November For the entire month, downtown Athens is under road closure due to an unprecedented amount of marathons. Events include ‘Marathon for blind children under five years of age’, ‘Marathon for brunettes in long-term relationships awaiting the proposal’ and ‘Marathon for middle-aged men who wear awful wigs’. Mayor Kaminis brands the effort a success and proposes its extension over 365 days.December Cyber-terrorist group ‘The Artists Formerly Known As Anonymous’ releases every Facebook PM by every user ever. After weeks of riots in the streets, destroyed wedding rings, trashed office desks, a record number of arson attempts, and myriads of flatmates gone missing, countries are forced to declare martial law until further evaluation. All Christmas and New Year festivities are cancelled. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des tonnes de déchets souillent le Pacifique après le tsunami

first_imgDes tonnes de déchets souillent le Pacifique après le tsunami L’association Robin de Bois a publié un rapport selon lequel des tonnes de déchets ont été rejetées en mer après le tsunami du 11 mars au Japon. Certains feront le tour du monde en dix ans ; d’autres intoxiqueront les milieux marins dans lesquels ils sombreront.Le 31 mai, l’ONG de protection de l’Homme et de l’environnement Robin des Bois a publié un rapport concernant les tonnes de déchets qui ont été relarguées dans l’océan lorsque le tsunami du 11 mars a reflué. En effet, sur les 25 millions de tonnes de déchets jetés à terre, une importante partie a été emportée en mer. Le document indique que, parmi les plus toxiques, se trouvent divers liquides, les bombes aérosols, les pesticides, les médicaments mais également les avions, les bateaux et les voitures qui vont “progressivement rejeter en mer les hydrocarbures” qu’ils contiennent. La Tribune rappelle qu’il ne faut pas non plus oublier les déchets radioactifs liés à la catastrophe nucléaire de la centrale de Fukushima.L’association a prévu le parcours que suivront ces déchets : ils mettront tout au plus deux ans avant de rejoindre la côte ouest des Etats-Unis, arrivés là une partie se dirigera vers l’Alaska au nord et une autre vers le sud dérivant pendant deux années supplémentaires, au gré du courant de Californie. Ces déchets seront alors soit pris dans un courant circulaire à proximité de Hawaï soit reprendront leur route vers l’ouest en direction du Japon. “Le tour complet se fait en dix ans”, affirme l’association Robin des Bois.Le pire est à craindre car d’une part les déchets qui ne couleront pas représentent des dangers potentiels pour les navires et les sous-marins, d’autre part ceux qui sombreront mettront en danger l’ensemble de la faune et la flore océanique. En effet, lorsque “les appareillages électriques ou électroniques relarguent en mer des polluants persistants comme les PCB et les composés bromés qui se nichent dans les chaînes alimentaires”, indique l’ONG.Le 22 juin 2011 à 18:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Biggestever earthquake recorded on North Slope

first_imgThe main earthquake was recorded 52 miles Southwest of Kaktovik. (Image courtesy United States Geological Survey)This story has been updated.The biggest-ever earthquake on the North Slope was recorded just before 7 a.m. Sunday morning, about 50 miles southwest of Kaktovik.Listen nowSo far, there are no reports of any significant impacts to communities or infrastructure as a result of the 6.4 quake.“This is the biggest earthquake within a few hundred miles, at least, of that area that we have records for,” Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Michael West said.In the hours after the main quake, there were series of substantial aftershocks in the region, including a magnitude 6 earthquake at 1:15 p.m. — that’s the second largest earthquake ever recorded north of the Brooks Range.West said earthquakes are common in the region, but what was surprising about this event was its size.“This earthquake will definitely cause people to re-evaluate the seismic potential of the Eastern Brooks Range and ANWR area,” West said.A North Slope Borough spokesperson said Sunday they were not yet aware of injuries or damage, but the event was felt across the Arctic.Kaktovik resident Amanda Kalaek was at home when she felt the earthquake hit.“I was actually sleeping and got woken up because my bed started swaying and I could hear the pilings on my house shaking as well,” Kalaek said. “I couldn’t believe it was actually shaking the house. I was kind of freaked out, but then I was good after a while.”Kalaek got up and checked on her three daughters, who all slept through the event. But it wasn’t long before people across the North Slope were taking to social media to talk about it.“Everybody was posting on Facebook, and there were family members in different places that were checking to make sure we were okay, and we told them we were all okay,” Kalaek said.The quake was also felt in the state’s biggest oil fields — the Alaska Earthquake Center reports the epicenter was 85 miles southeast of Prudhoe Bay. But North Slope oil operators aren’t reporting any problems.Kate Dugan, a spokesperson for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, said Sunday that the trans-Alaska pipeline is operating normally. Alyeska has sent up helicopters to survey for any impacts along the northern part of the pipeline.“At the same time, we’re dispatching crews out to our facilities, to the pipeline itself, to work pads, to check for any settlement or movement,” Dugan said.Reached on Sunday, spokespeople for ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and BP were also reporting no damages as a result of the quake.“Our team did a walkthrough this morning and for now it appears everything is fine,” BP spokesperson Megan Baldino said in an email.Reporter Ravenna Koenig contributed to this report.last_img read more