Casablanca- King Mohammed VI has recently granted plots of land to five members of Casablanca’s Raja football team, according to daily Assabah’s issue of Tuesday, March 18. King Mohammed VI recently granted five Raja football players plots of land, of 300 m2 each, in reward for their achievements for Morocco during the Fifa Club World Cup 2013.In the run up to the final, after a string of victories, the Green Team qualified to play the final match against Bayern Munchen. Raja was the first African team ever to qualify for the FCWC final. According to daily Assabah, the Royal Cabinet informed the five Raja players that the Moroccan sovereign had decided to grant each of them a plot of land worth MAD 150,000. Although Raja lost the final match to Bayern Munchen, its qualification to the final was deemed “a historical event,”and all Moroccans across the kingdom celebrated Raja’s unprecedented achievement. In contrast, the 2014 CAF Champions League was not as successful for the Raja team as the FCWC 2013. The Eagles were eliminated in the second round by the Guinean team, Horoya Conakry.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Senior Deputy President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Nimal Siripala de Silva, General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Dayasiri Jayasekara and MPs Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sarath Amunugama, Duminda Dissanayake, Mahinda Amaraweera, Faizar Muthappa, Ranjith Siyabalapitiya, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Dushmantha Miithrapala, Shriyani Wijewickrama, Mohan Lal Grero and Shantha Bandara were among the group that handed over the letter to the President. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to contest the next Presidential elections.The request was made in a letter submitted to the President today. The SLFP Parliamentarians urged the President to form a joint progressive movement to work against the United National Party at the next election.
But what next for Jeremy and his potential to become a father after being left on the shelf? Researchers are still seeking a suitable partner for him, but Jeremy is said to have embraced his role as a “loveable uncle” and has been observed playing with the baby snails.While he remains on the market for a mate, Jeremy is said to have been “remarkably unphotogenic” lately and will not pose for pictures.Perhaps he just does not want to come out of his shell. They are seeking to study a gene that also affects body asymmetry in other animals – including humans.Research using these snails could offer the chance to develop our understanding of how organs are placed in the body and why this process can sometimes go wrong. “The irony is, it’s like that thing where maybe you introduce your best friend to a girl you’re interested in,” Dr Angus Davison, a biologist at the University of Nottingham who is also Jeremy’s keeper, told Radio 4’s Today programme. “The two snails got together.”Snails mate face-to-face, sliding past each other on the right hand side so their genitalia can meet.To copulate, “lefty” snails must beat one-in-a million odds to find a mate with compatible sex organs.Jeremy has had the benefit of the match-making skills of researchers, who want to study the genetics of left-sidedness and continue to hunt for a partner for Jeremy so they can study his offspring. Love is a hard game to play when you are a rare “lefty” snail.Jeremy the garden snail’s rare genetic mutation means his shell spirals anti-clockwise – leaving his sex organs on the wrong side.Researchers at the University of Nottingham sought to help the sinistral mutant in finding a suitable mate by launching a worldwide hunt. But the search has spectacularly backfired – after Jeremy found himself on the losing side of a gastropod love triangle.At first, things looked promising when two potential left-coiling partners were found for him by a snail enthusiast in Ipswich and farmer in Mallorca.But it has since emerged that Jeremy has been overlooked by his potential lovers. Instead of mating with Jeremy, the other “lefty” snails – called Lefty and Tomeau – have paired up and procreated together.Their first batch of eggs together was laid in April and now a total of 170 babies, which are each right-coiled, have been born. Jeremy in his role as loveable uncleCredit:BBC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
…two ranks demoted, one awaiting charges and another being investigatedTwo ranks attached the Guyana Police Force have faced demotion, while another is expected to be charged internally, and a fourth is being investigated following the escape of a female prisoner from the Timehri Police Station lockups on Monday last.INews understands that an inspector has now been transferred to Force Control, a CID rank was demoted to general duties and transferred to the Police “C” Division (East Coast Demerara), while a female Station Sergeant is awaiting charges and a Lance Corporal is being investigated.The four were all stationed at the Timehri Police Station.Based on information received a female prisoner, who was held for possession of narcotics, was transferred to the Timehri Police Station from the East La Penitence Police Station.However, she reportedly managed to escape during an alleged “lapse in supervision” by the ranks, police say.Investigations are ongoing as officers are trying apprehend the prison escapee. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice says raped prisoner assaulted ranks; Top Cop knew of assault since DecemberJanuary 15, 2014In “Crime”Colwyn Harding’s file sent to DPPFebruary 10, 2014In “Crime”No buggery evidence in Harding’s claims – KennardFebruary 4, 2014In “Crime”
Anglo American, one of the largest copper producers in Chile, has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® Foundation to support the information management handover process for its Los Bronces expansion project (IM, April 2011, pp14-19), which is expected to increase production capacity to an average of 400,000 t/y of fine copper. Anglo American joins hundreds of companies that have implemented SmartPlant Foundation, an information management solution. Anglo American sought to optimiase its present project/plant information management systems handover strategy to reduce risks in all areas of its business.Pixis, the exclusive distributor of Intergraph solutions in Chile and Peru since 1996, is working closely with Anglo American on the project.Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine President, said, “SmartPlant Foundation provides Anglo American the technology and capabilities of the industry-standard solution for information management, used by EPC companies and owner operators globally. The implementation of SmartPlant Foundation at Los Bronces gives Anglo American fast, easy and intuitive access to engineering documentation, allowing it to execute projects and operate safer while increasing quality and productivity.”Intergraph says “SmartPlant Foundation has the broadest solution footprint in the industry with capabilities that span the entire project life cycle, ranging from simple document management to configuration management in highly regarded industries. Its forte is the ability to manage massively interrelated, interdependent and rapidly evolving data that is the backbone of SmartPlant Enterprise, Intergraph’s multi-discipline integrated engineering suite, as well as being the platform for integrated applications such as SmartPlant Construction and SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators.”
THE ORGANISATION WHOSE budget guidelines were used as the model for the insolvency guidelines published yesterday have issued a statement saying that the final figures used were “an adapted version”.The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) – formed in 1996 to work for social and economic change tackling poverty and exclusion – said that it welcomed the publication of the Insolvency Service of Ireland’s (ISI) guidelines on Reasonable Living Expenses.The group said, however, that the ISI model was “an adapted version of the Minimum Essential Budget Standards data” and that it had been altered to “what the ISI regards as appropriate to the context of personal insolvency.”The statement marked for particular attention the following section of the guidelines: The figures used in these guidelines have unique application to personal insolvency and are not intended to be used for purposes other than the stated purposes of these guidelines under the Act.The VPSJ also said that the budget numbers were different to the expenditure and income data available on www.budgeting.ie and the results produced by the Minimum Income Standards calculator www.MISc.ie.Read: Struggling borrowers may have to move house, sell car and change creche to enter new insolvency process >More: PIC: How much a single person can spend under the new insolvency rules >Reaction: New insolvency guidelines protect banks at borrowers’ expense – opposition >
The image above, depicting what might be the iPad 2, has been making the rounds today. It shows the supposed back corner of the next iPad, complete with a large “wide-ranged” speaker, but what is even more interesting is what is missing: both a USB slot and an SD card reader.Japanese tech blog Macotakara posted a report saying they learned from an anonymous source that the 2011 iPad would be 3mm smaller than the current one but would feature the same size display (meaning the bezel will be trimmed). It would also have a back piece that is “flat like an iPod touch” as opposed to the current convex shape. Also the ambient light sensor would be moved to the upper center of the back of the unit and the iPad may have two cameras. The site noted that the camera information is unreliable, despite the fact that most speculation lists this as the most likely change for the next iPad revision.AdChoices广告As for timing, the anonymous source says to expect the product to ship in between the middle and end of January as parts production has already started.Read more at Macotakara, via BGR.Sal’s ThoughtsWhile this report is interesting it’s not one I’m really taking to heart. I don’t doubt that somewhere production for the iPad 2 is beginning but the image above isn’t quite convincing and that speaker grille looks rather ugly. I could definitely see the second iPad shipping with the same size display and without an SD slot though, and a flatter shape for the back wouldn’t be overly surprising.Better sound would be a major plus too, but that image just doesn’t look right. The thing is, it’s in keeping with the case rumors we’ve seen, all of which have some sort of cutout in the rear corner, though not all the rumors seem to agree on the size and placement. Also none of the cases have a hole in the back for the light sensor… not that putting the ALS in the rear even seems to make much sense.So while things do seem to fit together somewhat conveniently, I wouldn’t put money on this being a final design.
Google has sent invitations out for an event on October 29th, a day that has been widely rumored as the day Google will unveil the LG Nexus 4. The invitations don’t explicitly state that this event is for the next Nexus product, but the familiar Google Now layout coupled with the tag line “The Playground is Open” makes it abundantly clear this is about a Nexus device.We’ve seen the photos, heard the rumors, and laughed at the odd pattern on the back. The LG device, codenamed Mako, has been in testing internally by Google employees for weeks. Some leaks have shown Android 4.1.2 on earlier builds, but the quad core Snapdragon-powered phone is expected to launch running 4.2. This Nexus 4 appears to be a GSM only device, and no evidence pointing to a Verizon Wireless model at all. The 4 is expected to have an 8MP camera and 2GB of RAM, but no removable storage or battery info has been found.There’s also a strong likelihood that Google will announce a refresh to the Nexus 7 Best Price at Amazon line. The playground quote in the invitation is straight out of the original Nexus 7 commercial, though that could become something Google uses for the whole Nexus line. If a refresh is coming, the two big rumored features are a 32GB storage model and a model that allows for a cellular connection. In competing with Apple and Amazon, Google will likely continue to drive towards the $199 price point.Google’s announcement falls at the end of a line of announcements, including new products from Apple and the release of Microsoft Surface and Windows 8. Each of these three companies is clearly working overtime to have our undivided attention this holiday season, which in the end is always good for the users.via Engadget
Gaz de schiste : “Gasland” arrive en France Le 6 avril prochain, le documentaire “Gasland” qui met en avant les ravages provoqués par le gaz de schiste aux Etats-Unis sera sur grand écran dans une trentaine de villes françaises. De quoi faire réfléchir ceux qui militent pour avoir recours à ce type d’énergie. Josh Fox a réalisé un documentaire choc sur le gaz de schiste. Sorti en 2010 et nominé aux Oscars, il sera projeté à partir du 6 avril sur les écrans de cinéma français et Canal+ le diffusera deux jours plus tôt en avant-première. Le distributeur du film, le groupe Kanibal, a indiqué à l’AFP que des débats organisés par des militants anti-gaz de schiste suivraient la projection du documentaire. Le film propose de donner un avant-goût de ce qu’implique l’exploitation du gaz de schiste. Cette source d’énergie fait rêver de nombreuses entreprises et est en plein développement à travers le monde. Pour capter le gaz, il est nécessaire d’injecter une eau sous très haute pression additionnée de produits chimiques de façon à briser la roche qui l’emprisonne. La contamination des nappes phréatiques est inévitable et “Gasland” montre à quel point le retentissement écologique est désastreux. Les animaux perdent leurs poils, l’eau du robinet devient marron, un homme parvient à mettre le feu à l’eau qui coule de son robinet, des bulles sont visibles… Grâce à ce documentaire, Guillaume Vermorel, du collectif Stop au gaz de schiste, explique que “la population (…) qui ne serait pas encore au courant du problème des gaz de schiste va en prendre conscience”. À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituellePourtant, l’Amicale des foreurs et des métiers du pétrole ne se laisse pas faire. Elle rétorque que le film, s’il est “fort bien fait”, est par ailleurs “truffé de contre-vérités”. L’argumentaire de l’Amicale qui accompagne une lettre adressée aux députés explique que “les accidents” dont le film fait état sont “presque toujours liés à une mauvaise cimentation des cuvelages dans les puits et non à la technique de fracturation”. En attendant le rapport qui doit être rendu le 31 mai prochain sur l’impact environnemental de ce type de techniques d’exploitation, aucune autorisation de forage n’a été délivrée en France. Les industriels doivent prouver au gouvernement qu’ils peuvent extraire le gaz de schiste par d’autres méthodes que celles employées par les Américains.Le 31 mars 2011 à 12:43 • Emmanuel Perrin
Former Arsenal midfielder and Nice manager Patrick Vieira has expressed his feelings over the attitude of striker Mario Balotelli.Patrick Vieira has had a reasonable start to life as Nice manager and the Italian has been a key member of his squad although he has struggled to find the back of the net this term.Vieira was appointed the manager of the French side in the summer and they are currently seventh place in Ligue 1 table, four points outside the Champions League places.In an interview with l’Equipe, as quoted in Football London, Vieira gave an astonishing response to questions about Balotelli and why he wished he was still a player.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…He said: “When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player.“I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don’t want to say something I’ll regret.“I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jan 2015 – We got em; those 13 Provo Roadrunners were filmed by Magnetic Media this weekend after doing a valiant job in the half marathon and the Sunshine Insurance Agency Marathon Bahamas. You can see photos and our news reports of the participants from the TCI and across the globe when you follow, like, subscribe or link up and you can pinterest your favorites too! Two guys even ran the marathon dressed as Superman and the Green Lantern at the event held in Nassau on Sunday. Related Items:marathon, provo runners, sunshine insurance agency RED CROSS CALLING ON PROVO TO WALK WITH JILL Recommended for you Provo Runners headed to Marathon Bahamas Weekend
Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSummer is here and soon enough the kids are going to be saying, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” So rather than get to that point, we wanted to share some fun things you can do together as a family.Family Entourage joined Good Morning San Diego to help parents create some fun family memories together and be active:• You hear all the time about how tennis and golf are life sports, so start your kids young and grab your clubs and get out on a course. We belonged to a country club growing up and it was so fun to get it out and play as a family. But gone are the days where only the members can play, the San Diego area boasts more than 90 golf courses, laid out among seaside settings, desert mountains or the inland valleys.• Cool down with a family movie-There are those days that it might just be too hot or it is raining, or you have done so many activities that you need to take a break. It can be fun to watch a movie together as a family.• Lake Life -As the summer heats up, you don’t have to go too far to enjoy water activities. Break away from the beach this summer and escape to the sunny shores of Lake San Marcos. Enjoy a leisurely ride in a kayak, or strike a pose on the stand up paddle board, water bikes to a captained luxury Bennington boat rental. You can also cast away in hopes of reeling in the catch of the day while fishing off the docks.• Whether you prefer Storm Troopers or Wizards with Wands, space travel or time travel, patriotic or the classics… the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights is the perfect choice for the whole family to spend and unparalleled under the stars. It’s the long-running summer concert series located on the Embarcadero Marina Park South and this summer’s lineup is top notch. patriotic Star Spangled Pops, 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular, two nights of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ In Concert with John Williams’ unforgettable score performed live to the film, J.K. Rowling’s classic tale Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince™ In Concert and two special Comic-Con week concerts inside Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center featuring the world premiere of Galaxy Quest™ In Concert and Back To The Future™© In Concert.• Go for a ride-Some of my favorite memories growing up were riding bikes with friends around the neighborhood. Whether it is exploring a new trail, cruising along the beach or learning how to ride a bike for the first time, summer time is a great time to take a family bike ride. There are over 20 mountain bike trails in San Diegocounty alone. It can be fun to pick out a new trail or spot and make a day trip out of it. For us, our boys are just at the beginning stages of learning how to ride a bike. Summer family activities with Family Entourage June 11, 2019 Posted: June 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:55Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close What is Daca and who are the dreamers? US President Donald Trump is expected to scrap a program that gives work permits to people who came to America illegally as children. The Obama administration policy protects nearly 800,000 young men and women, often called Dreamers, from deportation and allows them to work legally.
For a games platform to survive it needs a regular supply of good games, but for it to thrive then original IP really is required. Microsoft has that for Xbox, with the biggest hitter being the Halo series. The Xbox One did have another original IP set for release this year called Phantom Dust, but Microsoft recently took the game off developer Darkside Games resulting in the studio’s closure.The game is not canceled, on the contrary, it’s quite advanced in terms of development as a gameplay video leaked this week demonstrates.Phantom Dust was originally released on the Xbox back in 2004 in Japan and 2005 in North America. Microsoft developed and published the title, but the design was done by Yukio Futatsugi, best known for creating the Panzer Dragoon series of games while working at Sega.The action strategy game was well-received, averaging 81 on Metacritic. The announcement of a reboot title for the Xbox One was unexpected, but a clever decision by Microsoft. This leaked video demonstrates 1v1 multiplayer and looks solid and almost complete.For comparison, here’s the original Xbox game in action:Apparently Darkside Games was tasked with recreating 70%t of the original game while adding 30% new stuff. The leaked video clearly looks and feels like the original and uses the same mix of combat and strategic skill use. The destructible environments also look like a nice touch that adds to gameplay and strategy.The game is still being worked on according to Microsoft, but we don’t know if that’s a team just finishing what Darkside created, or starting again. We also still don’t know exactly why Microsoft decided to stop using Darkside, because on this evidence they were creating something potentially great for Xbox One.
Scientists know that the first modern humans to migrate to Europe were hunter-gatherers—they arrived approximately 40,000 years ago. But then, the hunter-gatherers were slowly replaced by new migrants from the Near East approximately 9,000 years ago—migrants that were farmers. But the path they took has been under dispute by historians. In this new effort the researchers sought to lay the arguments to rest by conducting an exhaustive DNA study of the people that live in the region today.The team collected DNA samples from 964 people living in 32 different places in the region—from northern Africa, to the Middle and Near East to islands in the Mediterranean Sea, to the European continent. Each of the DNA samples was scrutinized for markers known as single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). People from the same place tend to have SNPs in common, which makes tracking their migration possible by looking for such markers in different populations. Analysis of the samples allowed the researchers to trace the movement of early people from the fertile crescent in the Middle East, to the Near East and into Turkey, and then as they sailed to nearby islands off the southern coast and finally, as they arrived on the southern shores of mainland Europe. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers note that despite the lack of archeological evidence, such as boats used by the migrants, the DNA analysis allowed for near certainty in plotting the course of Neolithic migration of early farmers to Europe. The SNPs showed very clearly, they claim, the path that the people took, thus, island hopping may be considered the main, if not only route that was taken. That would rule out such possibilities as a northern land route from Turkey to Europe through the Bosphorus strait, or farmers sailing directly to Europe from the Middle East. Explore further More information: Maritime route of colonization of Europe, Peristera Paschou, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1320811111AbstractThe Neolithic populations, which colonized Europe approximately 9,000 y ago, presumably migrated from Near East to Anatolia and from there to Central Europe through Thrace and the Balkans. An alternative route would have been island hopping across the Southern European coast. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed genome-wide DNA polymorphisms on populations bordering the Mediterranean coast and from Anatolia and mainland Europe. We observe a striking structure correlating genes with geography around the Mediterranean Sea with characteristic east to west clines of gene flow. Using population network analysis, we also find that the gene flow from Anatolia to Europe was through Dodecanese, Crete, and the Southern European coast, compatible with the hypothesis that a maritime coastal route was mainly used for the migration of Neolithic farmers to Europe.Press release Genetic markers in modern populations indicate the Neolithic migrants who brought farming to Europe traveled from the Levant into Anatolia and then island hopped to Greece via Crete and then to Sicily and north into Southern Europe. Credit: Modified NASA map Mitochondrial DNA of first Near Eastern farmers is sequenced for the first time (Phys.org) —A multinational team of researchers has concluded that Neolithic farmers migrated to Europe from the Near East via the islands that dot the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and Greece. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they used genetic analysis on a large number of volunteers in the Middle and Near East and Europe to trace the path of early migration into Europe. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Study indicates Neolithic people from Near East migrated to Europe via island hopping (2014, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-neolithic-people-east-migrated-europe.html A coastal route of colonization of Europe. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1320811111
Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments Share A Brotherhood spokesman, Mahmoud Ghozlan, denied the claims.The rumor gained further ground when officials suggested the plot was a reality, though they did not accuse the Brotherhood or any other group.Speaking to journalists Saturday, the interior minister in charge of security forces warned that the pens had indeed been brought in from abroad.Farouq Sultan, the head of the presidential election commission, said that “once the rumor” spread, the commission asked the Interior Ministry to provide 50,000 pens for the polling centers to use. He and the interior minister said that election workers had been instructed not to let voters use anything but the official pens. Sultan said that “as far as he knew,” some vanishing-ink pens had been discovered in circulation.An anonymous SMS sent en masse to some mobile phones Saturday repeated the accusations the Brotherhood were passing out the pens.At a polling center in the Cairo district of Shubra el-Kheima, the supervising judge was tearing his hair out over voters fussing over pens. One woman brought a pen from home because she didn’t even trust the official one. Another wanted to take her ballot outside to wait to ensure her checkmark didn’t disappear, said the judge, Mohammed el-Minshawi. Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Rumor had it a devious conspiracy was afoot: Egyptians voting for a new president Saturday were being tricked into using pens with disappearing ink so their choice on the ballot would vanish before it was counted.“Is this the right pen?” an old man in a traditional galabeya robe shouted, holding one up to the judge supervising at a polling station in Giza, the sister city of Egypt’s capital, Cairo. Top holiday drink recipes More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories “These rumors are corrupting the national consciousness,” he said. “I am hitting the ceiling. This is a dirty election game that aims to make people lose trust in the process,” he said.___AP correspondents Maggie Michael and Sarah El Deeb contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories There was no concrete evidence for the rumors, but some voters in polling stations around the city were clearly concerned as they marked their paper ballots. Talk of a plot just deepened Egyptians’ worries that the dirty tricks rife in elections under authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak were still in play and that powers greater than them still manipulate the system, even after a revolution last year aimed at bringing transparency.The claim seems to have emerged two days before the vote. A right-wing, Rush Limbaugh-style TV host, Tawfiq Okasha, known for his backing of the ruling military, accused the Muslim Brotherhood of importing 180,000 disappearing-ink pens from India. He proclaimed that they intended to distribute the pens outside polling stations to voters they believed would vote for Ahmed Shafiq, the former Mubarak prime minister running against the Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohammed Morsi.“I warn everyone. I warn the Shafiq campaign. I warn all voters,” Okasha shouted on his show on the satellite channel he owns. “The voter will make his mark on the ballot with it and four hours later the mark disappears. The vote counters will open the ballot and find it blank.”
Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Parents, stop beating yourself up Environmental groups say it is time to build a comprehensive database of such violence and mount unified campaigns.“In Asia there has been a rise for some years but this has been off the radar of international NGOs until recently,” says Pokpong Lawansiri, Asia head for the Dublin-based Front Line Defenders. “Political rights activists usually have international connections but environmental ones are often teachers, community leaders and villagers, so they have little profile.”Robertson called for “a waves-to-the-beach strategy. It can be small and irregular but it always has to keep coming.”“Without that constant level of concern and anger, things won’t change. Governments and companies play for time and for most of the victims and their families time is not on their side,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 0 Comments Share More than three-quarters of the killings Global Witness tallied were in three South American countries: Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Another 50 deaths occurred in the Philippines. All have bloody land-rights struggles between indigenous groups and powerful industries.Global Witness’ figures are much higher that those that Bill Kovarik, a communications professor at Virginia’s Radford University, has been compiling since 1996. He focuses on slayings of environmental leaders and does not include deaths in protests that are counted in the Global Witness report. But Kovarik, too, has noticed a substantial jump: from eight in 2009 to 11 in 2010 and 28 last year.“For many years intolerant regimes like Russia and China and military dictatorships tolerated environmental activists. That was the one thing you could do safely, until some crossed into the political area,” Kovarik said. “Now, environmentalism has become a dangerous form of activism, and that is relatively new.”Both Kovarik and Global Witness believe even more killings have gone unreported, especially in relatively closed societies in countries such as Myanmar, Laos and China. Global Witness said there is an “alarming lack of systematic information on killing in many countries and no specialized monitoring at the international level.” Top Stories The dead last year included Rev. Fausto Tentorio, an Italian Catholic priest who fought against mining companies to protect the ancestral lands of the Manobo tribe in the southern Philippines. Affectionately known as “Father Pops,” he was buried in a coffin made from a favorite mahogany tree he had planted.In Thailand, where at least 20 environmental activists have been killed over the past decade, seven hired gunmen were paid $10,000 to kill Thongnak Sawekchinda, a veteran campaigner against polluting, coal-fired factories in his province near Bangkok. Powerful figures believed to have ordered the slaying are yet to be apprehended.In developing countries, bolder and more numerous activists have come into sharper conflict with governments and their cronies or local and foreign companies, some with low environmental and ethical standards. These are moving in to “industrialize” areas where rights of the local people are traditional rather than clearly defined by modern laws.“It is a well-known paradox that many of the world’s poorest countries are home to the resources that drive the global economy. Now, as the race to secure access to these resources intensifies, it is poor people and activists who increasingly find themselves in the firing line,” Global Witness said. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – The eulogies called Chut Wutty one of the few remaining activists in Cambodia brave enough to fight massive illegal deforestation by the powerful. The environmental watchdog was shot by a military policeman in April as he probed logging operations in one of the country’s last great forests.Nisio Gomes was the chief of a Brazilian tribe struggling to protect its land from ranchers. Masked men gunned him down in November; his body, quickly dragged into a pickup, has not been seen since. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Around the world, sticking up for the environment can be deadly, and it appears to be getting deadlier.People who track killings of environmental activists say the numbers have risen dramatically in the last three years. Improved reporting may be one reason, they caution, but they also believe the rising death toll is a consequence of intensifying battles over dwindling supplies of natural resources, particularly in Latin America and Asia.Killings have occurred in at least 34 countries, from Brazil to Egypt, and in both developing and developed nations, according to an Associated Press review of data and interviews.A report released Tuesday by the London-based Global Witness said more than 700 people _ more than one a week _ died in the decade ending 2011 “defending their human rights or the rights of others related to the environment, specifically land and forests.” They were killed, the environmental investigation group says, during protests or investigations into mining, logging, intensive agriculture, hydropower dams, urban development and wildlife poaching.The death toll reached 96 in 2010 and 106 last year, said the report, which was released as world leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro for a conference on sustainable development. The report’s annual totals for the six prior years range from 37 in 2004 to 64 in 2008. Sponsored Stories Julian Newman of the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said the killings will only get worse because one of the key flashpoints _ land ownership _ ignites powerful passions.“To people protecting their lands, their forests, it’s very personal, and they suffer when confronted with influential forces who have protection, be it the police in Indonesia or thugs in China,” Newman said.Targeted assassinations, disappearances followed by confirmed deaths, deaths in custody and during clashes with security forces are being reported. The killers are often soldiers, police or private security guards acting on behalf of businesses or governments. Credible investigations are rare; convictions more so.“It’s so easy to get someone killed in some of these countries. Decapitate the leader of the movement and then buy off everyone else _ that’s standard operating procedure,” says Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director of Human Rights Watch.The countries where environmental killings are most common share similarities: a powerful few, with strong links to officialdom, and many poor and disenfranchised dependent on land or forests for livelihoods, coupled with strong activist movements which are more likely to report the violence. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
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