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Shaquille ONeal Helps ToysRUs Raise 58 Million For Charity

first_imgToys”R”Us has announced that its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation raised more than $5.8 million and collected over 200,000 toys.During the 2015 campaign, customers helped bring holiday joy to some of the 15.5 million kids in need across the U.S. by donating new, unwrapped toys at Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores nationwide and through monetary contributions made in stores and online at“In our twelfth year of partnership with Toys for Tots, we are grateful to our passionate team members and loyal customers for helping us make a difference for families in need this holiday season,” said David Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “Their tremendous support and the success of our 2015 campaign has allowed us and Toys for Tots to once again create magical experiences for the millions of kids living in poverty in the U.S who may have otherwise gone without a toy to open on Christmas morning.”As part of this year’s campaign, NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal suited up as Shaq-A-Claus to help Toys”R”Us support its partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and encourage customers to #PlayItForward, an initiative designed to further spread awareness of the cause and to inspire families to donate.“I’m so thrilled to have partnered with Toys”R”Us for another holiday season to ‘Play It Forward’ and help families in need through the amazing work of Toys for Tots,” said Shaquille O’Neal. “I want to extend my thanks to everyone who donated. Your contributions gifted countless kids the awesome moment of finding a toy under the tree this Christmas. As Shaq-A-Claus, my role is to ensure we put smiles on the faces of children in need, and I am happy to report that with your help, we did just that!”Additionally, hundreds of online shoppers purchased and donated toys featured on The Great Big Shaq-A-Claus Wish List, which were shipped directly to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and distributed to children in impoverished communities across the country this holiday season.As the largest retail partner in the history of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Toys”R”Us has raised nearly $48 million and collected more than 4 million toys since the partnership began in 2004.The Shaq-A-Claus #PlayItForward initiative was supported by the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys”R”Us, Inc.last_img read more

How the AFNs fiscal agreement with INAC almost fell apart in the

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National News NIAGARA FALLS – An agreement that supposedly lifts the two per cent cap on funding to First Nations programs and helps get money flowing into the communities became a source of controversy and heated debate between AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day behind the scenes at this year’s annual general assembly.Bellegarde signed the fiscal agreement or memorandum of understanding (MOU), with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett on Tuesday.But two executive chiefs wanted the signing delayed saying more consultation was needed according to a chain of emails leaked to APTN National News.According to the emails, the AFN executive saw the document for the first time on Sunday as part of their “executive kits” which were prepared for the 37th annual general assembly.“Some chiefs concerned about this fiscal relations signing,” wrote Saskatchewan Regional Chief Bobby Cameron in an email to the AFN executive Monday. “Do we as AFN exec proceed and wait for more dialogue from our folks?”Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day said the MOU signing needed a special motion to move forward, writing it was being “rammed through”.“I did not agree to the MOU; we are going to have to address this,” Day wrote addressing Bellegarde. “We did not discuss the MOU specific at the executive table — PERIOD!”That email followed what appeared to be a heated telephone call between Day and Bellegarde earlier that day that ended with Bellegarde hanging up Day.“Your tone and questioning my ‘unity being nothing but bullshit’ – is very unbecoming of our efforts to collaborate,” wrote Day. “You indicated that INAC folks are hyped up and excited about signing this MOU and that ‘I’ (you) are going ahead. Perry, we need to examine closer.”Bellegarde responded that the AFN executive would hold an emergency meeting Monday night to vote on a motion to proceed.“This is about getting rid of the 2 percent cap and reestablishing our Chiefs Committee on fiscal and getting long term sustainable funding for our first Nations,” replied Bellegarde. “We are on solid ground with this and are proceeding with the signing ceremony.”Later that night the AFN executive voted to proceed as Bellegarde said they were going to, but Day abstained from voting in protest.The next day at the opening of the ceremony Bellegarde and Bennett signed the MOU. It’s not clear how the MOU will help with the federal government funding First Nations or what role the AFN will play in doing that. But they did say a working group would be made.Day avoided questions from APTN Tuesday about the tension.Bellegarde held a press conference and APTN asked him about what happened the day before.He said the MOU was the product of chiefs’ mandates and resolutions to get the two per cent cap removed.“Because there was issues and concerns that we didn’t get a formal resolution (for the MOU signing) I called an emergency meeting to clear the air,” said Bellegarde, who named Day as the single member of the executive to abstain.On Wednesday, Day spoke to the assembly about his reservations over the MOU that were first reported Tuesday by APTN.“Not only did the AFN executive not receive time to review this MOU, but many chiefs are still uncertain about the need for an MOU to develop a new fiscal relationship,” said Day before chiefs at the assembly in the main hall.Bennett told the chiefs the two per cent cap had been lifted but Day called for Bennett to provide proof Wednesday.“We also need to be informed that the two per cent cap is in fact gone, which includes a cap on base funding. This is an election commitment that must be realized now not through an MOU,” he said.Immediately after Day was done speaking he and Bellegarde signed a new protocol that will ensure lines of communication are more effective between the AFN and Chiefs of Ontario.Then they posed for pictures.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Man involved in illegal deal held with Rs 30 lakh cash

first_imgKolkata: A man has been arrested with cash worth Rs 30 lakh from Burrabazar on Wednesday night. It is suspected that the money was being used for an illegal transaction.According to police, on Saturday afternoon, detective department sleuths got a tip-off that a deal involving huge amount of money was being made around M G Road in Burrabazar. Based on the information, plain-clothed police personnel started patrolling the vicinity. While keeping a strict vigil, one of the police sources identified one person as a suspect. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe person was identified as Sunil Sharma of Rabindra Pally in Keshtopur. He was detained on suspicion. Sleuths found Rs 30 lakh in his bag. When asked about the source of money he could not provide a satisfactory answer. Sharma was immediately arrested and taken to Lalbazar. There he claimed that the money belonged to a businessman in Burrabazar. Police got in touch with the businessman. Sources informed even through the businessman claimed that the money belonged to him, he could not produce any supportive document. Later, police seized the money. The businessman was not arrested but sleuths are keeping an eye on him. The information about the seized money has been shared with the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate for necessary actions from their part. Sleuths suspect a section of people are trying use black money during the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and for the reason money is being circulated through hawala.last_img read more

Yemeni children head back to school thanks to UNsupported campaign

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also supporting the Yemeni health ministry to carry out a six-day campaign to immunize 1.7 million women of child-bearing age against tetanus. The campaign, which started on Sunday in 14 governorates, will last until Thursday.Both the back-to-school and immunization campaigns, supported by UNICEF, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Save the Children, CHF International and other partners, aim to contribute to progress towards reaching the poverty reduction and social development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Yemen by the 2015 deadline.More than a quarter of all school-age children in Yemen do not attend school. The problem is more acute in Sa’ada, Amran and Hajjah governorates, where the majority of school-age children are out of school as a result of a protracted conflict between the Government and al-Houthi rebels.“Education is one of the most critical contributions to peacebuilding,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative in Yemen. “Many children in Yemen have been deprived of education for too long because of the conflict, and we welcome the commitment from all sides to actively contribute to the success of this campaign.”During the past decade, Yemen has improved under-five and maternal mortality indicators, one of the many MDG targets. Significant challenges, however, remain. Coverage of tetanus immunization for women of child-bearing age, for example, is still only 20 per cent.“As we count down to the 2015 deadline for the MDGs, we have fallen far short of our commitments and promises to the children of this country,” Mr. Cappelaere said. “There is an urgent need for the Government and development partners to accelerate efforts and increase investment in order to meet our MDG targets and make a real difference in the lives of the children and women of Yemen.” 12 October 2010An estimated half a million children in Yemen, including some from refugee and internally displaced families and other conflict-affected youngsters, are headed back to classrooms as part of a major campaign organized by the education ministry, United Nations agencies and their partners. read more

Heavy fighting in South Sudan wounds 34 people seeking shelter inside UN

The base hospital was also considerably damaged, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported, noting that it is already protecting 22,000 civilians in Malakal. Overall, UNMISS is sheltering more than 70,000 civilians who have fled to eight bases since conflict erupted between President Salva Kiir’s forces and those of former deputy president Riek Machar on 15 December.The fighting close to the Malakal base stopped late in the day, but continued with small arms fire in other parts of the town, UNMISS said.“The Mission once again condemns any fighting taking place nearby its bases and calls on all parties to respect the integrity of UN installations and the safety and security of civilians taking refuge inside the bases and all UN personnel,” it added in a statement.Secretary-General ban Ki-moon has already demanded that all parties to the conflict respect the sanctity of UNMISS protection sites.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that 494,000 people are internally displaced and 86,100 have fled to neighbouring countries.UNMISS, which the Security Council has ordered reinforced by another 5,500 troops, bringing its total to nearly 14,000, said it has conducted more than 140 patrols in the past 24 hours, including in various locations in the capital, Juba, as well as in Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile states.On 9 January, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous said it could take up to eight weeks before the full 5,500-strong surge in UN force and equipment, including helicopters, is deployed on the ground.But once they are there, UN peacekeepers, who currently lack the necessary vehicles, will take on “more proactive patrolling around the bases and beyond because, of course, the situation in terms of violation of human rights remains terribly critical,” he added. read more

BJ Upton Inks Historic 75Million Deal With Braves

B.J. Upton signed the richest contract in Atlanta Braves history Wednesday, a five-year, $75.2-million deal that initiates what promises to be an active free-agent season in baseball.Upton, whose father Manny and uncle Bill Upton, were baseball stars at Norfolk State University in the 1980s, refused a one-year, $13-million offer from his old team, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to test the open market.The Braves swooped in, as they were intent on filling the position vacated by free agent Michael Bourn, whose asking price would likely been too expensive for Atlanta’s budget. Upton’s contract easily eclipses the Derek Lowe’s four-year, $60 million deal as the Braves’ largest ever contract.Upton, 28, whose younger brother Justin is a star with the Arizona Diamondbacks, had spent his entire career with the Rays and hit .246 with a career-high 28 homers along with 31 stolen bases in 2012 — an off year for him. He will provide the Braves a some right-handed power in the middle of the lineup and pair with right-fielder Jason Heyward to give them two-thirds of a strong outfield.Inking Upton allows the Braves to move on to fill other needs, most notably left field. Once, Upton had the speed to be a leadoff hitter, but no more. Now, they are, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constituion, considering Minnesota’s Denard Span, who could play left field and be the leadoff batter that Bourn was last season.A source close to the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Upton wanted the Braves over the Philadelphia Phillies, and his agent, Larry Reynolds, and the team worked long and hard to come to an agreement.Upton actually sought a sixth-year contract, but the Braves would not go that far.On the field, Upton has increased his home-run totals each of the past four seasons, and has 51 homers and 159 RBIs over the past two years. read more

CCJ fixes case management hearing in challenge of GECOM Chairmans appointment

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM’s statutory meeting today cancelledJune 25, 2019In “latest news”CCJ to hear no-confidence cases on May 10March 29, 2019In “latest news”CJ’s ruling on GECOM paves way for more unilateral appointments- PPPJune 8, 2018In “Court” The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has set a date for a case management hearing in relation to the appeal filed to reverse the Court of Appeal’s ruling in relation to the appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).File photo: President David Granger presents the Instrument of Appointment as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to Justice James Patterson at State HouseThe case management conference has been set for March 29, 2019 via video conference at the Appeal Court.A notice from the CCJ’s Deputy Registrar states that the conference will give directions regarding an application to treat the Notice of Appeal as an urgent matter and to also determine the orders that are appropriate and necessary including the provision of timelines for filing submissions and other documents to further progress the case.People’s Progressive Party (PPP’s) Executive Member, Zulficar Mustapha, had approached the High Court to challenge President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice Patterson as the GECOM Chairman.However last June, acting Chief Justice Roxane George upheld the appointment and efforts to reverse this ruling at the level of the Court of Appeal were futile.As such, Mustapha’s legal team, led by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, approached the CCJ and were granted leave to overturn the Appeal Court’s ruling. read more

BCBShimron Hetmyer Intermediate 40 overs Albion stroll into final after 127run

– Ritesh Umrao hit 94Home team Albion humbled Tucber Park in a 127-run defeat in the Berbice Cricket Board’s (BCB’s) Shimron Hetmyer Intermediate 40-Over tournament played on Saturday last at the Albion Sports Complex.Batting first, Albion scored 240 all out, with former Guyana youth wicket-keeper batsman Ritesh Umrao smashing a brilliant 94 to take the game away from the Tucber Park team. Umrao, the brother of current Windies selectee Kelvin Umrao, was out caught on 94 off the bowling of the lively Leon Swamy after he had stroked seven fours and displayed good running between the wickets.He received support from his Albion teammate Sharaz Ramcharan, who stroked a classy 56 in the complete batting effort.Albion had earlier lost their big guns when Adrian Sukwah (00) was trapped in front by Gevon Schultz, while David Latcha went for 34, being out caught from the bowling of off-spinner Kwesi Mickle.Bowling for the Tucber Park team, Guyana youth player Gevon Schultz with his right arm medium had 3-41, while Leon Swamy had 2-58 and Kwesi Mickle had one wicket.In reply, Tucber Park got off on the wrong foot, losing promoted opening batsman Gevon Schultz for 01. Tucber Park’s finest youth batsman, Garfield Benjamin, joined forces with Malcolm Mickle, and the pair added 70 runs to the score.After that partnership was broken, the floodgates were open for the Albion bowlers to take wickets. Garfield Benjamin scored a composed 33 batting at number three, while Malcolm Mickle regained his form with a top-score of 35 as Tucber Park crumbled to 113 all out, losing eight wickets for 42 runs.Bowling for Albion, off-spinner David Latcha destroyed the boys from Tucber Park with a haul of 4-32. (Brandon Corlette) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRising star Hetmyer teams up with BCB to launch Intermediate Cricket TournamentJanuary 12, 2019In “latest news”Jawahir’s all-round heroics lead Blairmont to crushing winNovember 30, 2016In “Sports”Young Warriors dethrone Rose Hall Town in BCB/Ivan Madre 100-Ball finalJanuary 6, 2019In “latest news” read more

Public Servants no longer have to wait 3 months for salaries

Persons who have joined the public service unit will not have to wait three months before receiving their salaries, according to newly appointed minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.This new measure will take effect after July 2019.Currently, new public servants are required to work for three consecutive months before receiving their first salary.“Many public servants have reiterated the issue of having to work for three months before being paid. I have thus far found no rule or policy that substantiates this.”“I find this practice unconscionable and thus should no longer be a practice in any government agency after the month of July. I am working with my staff to remove this bugbear from those who are desirous of joining the public service,” said Sarabo-Halley. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMoTP denies firing PSM staff …but termination letter proves otherwiseJune 5, 2019In “latest news”BoI’s probe into arbitrary firing of PSM staff delayedJuly 1, 2019In “latest news”Govt tight-lipped on findings of probe into ‘arbitrary’ firing of PSM staffAugust 5, 2019In “latest news” read more

Russia equipment simulator training demand on the rise Immersive says

first_imgImmersive Technologies says it has seen strong demand from mining companies in Russia for its tailored workforce development solutions as equipment sales have risen in the past six years.The proportion of global mining equipment being deployed in Russia was 22% in 2018, compared with 9% in 2012, with regional growth of 13% over the past six years, according to Immersive.“As a result, the industry is demanding more skilled personnel,” Immersive said.In line with this industry growth, Immersive is experiencing a surge in simulator and service sales, which have been proven to achieve safety and productivity improvements throughout all stages of the mining cycle, according to Immersive.David Anderson, Executive Vice President – Sales and Support at Immersive Technologies, said: “It is an exciting time for mining in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). We are proud to support this region in delivering the safest and most profitable operators.Immersive highlighted some results from this growth, with the following four customer case studies:First, Vostochnaya Technica, a long-time customer, is implementing an Immersive simulator as a key part of delivering “mine assessments” to their customers, Immersive said. It is using a PRO4 Surface Mining simulator at one of the SUEK mine sites to improve truck and excavator operator behaviours. “The simulator will then move to a new mine site to assess truck operators and to make clear recommendations on equipment usage with the expected result of quantified productivity improvements,” Immersive said.Second, a continuous improvement project aimed at enhancing operator skills is underway at Norilsk Nickel. Upon conclusion, the goal is to increase productivity, decrease cycle times, and reduce operator variability. The initial project focuses on underground LHDs but will likely expand to other equipment including bolters, according to Immersive.Third, Komatsu CIS, in the Kuzbass region, will be using simulation to train new operators, along with assessing experienced operators to improve their skills. “Immersive Technologies will be providing support via our Training Advisor Team to meet their requirements and tailor curricula to their specific needs,” the company said.And, finally, KAZ Minerals has engaged Immersive Technologies to deliver a training solution which includes multiple IM360-B transportable simulators, interchangeable modules and supporting products and services like Pre-Start Inspection, Instructor Led Training and Training Systems Integration. “As part of this technology and services solution, the Immersive Technologies’ Training Advisor Team is providing support to facilitate the simulation training process to ensure training objectives are achieved,” Immersive said.Anderson concluded: “Russia and the CIS will continue to be a key market attracting increased investment from Immersive Technologies, over the coming years. We will be there to support the industry growth and needs of our customers.”last_img read more

ALE powers up De Beers offshore diamond mining vessel

first_imgDe Beers recently turned to ALE to replace two engines on its Debmar Pacific mining vessel, in use at its offshore diamond operations in Namibia.Since 2002, diamond mining operations in Namibia have taken place in larger volume offshore than onshore, as gemstones washed into the Atlantic Ocean over millions of years are dredged and processed. It’s an expanding market, generating over a 100 Mct/y, according to ALE.When, as part of routine maintenance operations the Debmar Pacific mining vessel required removal and replacement of two engines, De Beers turned to ALE to ensure a swift and efficient job, the company said.The company said: “As time in port at Cape Town was limited to just a few weeks, several other similar procedures were taking place at the same time, meaning this work had to take place under strict space limitations.”Prior to the lift operation, ALE installed two custom-designed gantries on either side of the vessel parallel with the floor of its engine rooms. These gantries were enlarged at the client’s request, in order to provide better access to the engines, ALE said.Each engine was then jacked-up to a height of around 1 m, using four 60 t jacks. A medium skid track measuring 25 m was then laid, from a position underneath the engine to the custom-designed gantry at the vessel’s exterior.Each 38 t GE engine was then skidded the length of this track, where it was uplifted using a 400 t crawler crane and set down in a nearby storage area, ALE said. This procedure was completed in reverse in order to install both 80 t Wartsilla engines.The company said: “ALE needed to liaise with several onsite authorities and contractors during the project, in particular during the construction of both access gantries. Having executed a large number of vessel upgrade procedures in the past, ALE was well-placed to advise on the lift procedure that would deliver the best value whilst upholding the highest standards of safety.”The Debmar Pacific was built in 1977 and converted into a mining vessel during 1997. It will return to active service mining gemstones 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, once all maintenance operations on it are completed.last_img read more

Six in 10 Americans support citizenship path for illegals

first_imgNEARLY TWO-THIRDS of Americans favour a path to citizenship — with conditions — for undocumented immigrants, according to a new poll out Thursday, as lawmakers debate reform plans.Lawmakers from both sides of the US political divide, as well as President Barack Obama, have expressed optimism about striking a deal on immigration reform in 2013, but a potential pathway to citizenship remains a hurdle.In a poll of 4,500 people by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution, 63 percent said that the 11 million people living in the US illegally should be allowed to become citizens.That was three times as high as the 21 percent who thought they should be found and deported. Another 14 percent said illegal immigrants should be allowed to get permanent resident status.Even among conservative Republicans, a majority, 53 percent, were in favour of allowing the possibility of citizenship. That figure was higher, 71 percent, among Democrats.Currently, a legal immigrant can generally seek to become a citizen after living in the US for five years.The poll also reflected significant racial divisions in perceptions of the impact of demographic and cultural changes in the US since the 1950s, with 61 percent of whites saying American culture has “changed for the worse.”The reverse was true among blacks and Hispanics, with a majority of both groups — 56 percent of blacks and 51 percent of Hispanics — responding that American culture has “changed for the better” since the 1950s.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Varoufakis unsettles Germans with blunt admissions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has described his country as the most bankrupt in the world and said European leaders knew all along that Athens would never repay its debts, in blunt comments that sparked a backlash in the German media on Tuesday.A documentary about the Greek debt crisis on German public broadcaster ARD was aired on the same day euro zone finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss whether to provide Athens with further funding in exchange for delivering reforms.“Clever people in Brussels, in Frankfurt and in Berlin knew back in May 2010 that Greece would never pay back its debts. But they acted as if Greece wasn’t bankrupt, as if it just didn’t have enough liquid funds,” Varoufakis told the documentary.“In this position, to give the most bankrupt of any state the biggest credit in history, like third class corrupt bankers, was a crime against humanity,” said Varoufakis, according to a German translation of his comments.It was unclear when the program was recorded.Although strident criticism of the way Greece has been treated is typical for Varoufakis, a Marxist economist, the remarks caused a stir in Germany where voters and politicians are increasingly reluctant to lend Greece money.Bild daily splashed the comments on the front page and ran an editorial comment urging European leaders to stop providing Greece with ever more financial support.“The Greek government is behaving as if everyone must dance to its tune. But there must be an end to this madness. Europe must not be made to look stupid,” wrote a commentator.Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Une extinction de masse bien plus brève quon ne pensait

first_imgUne extinction de masse bien plus brève qu’on ne pensaitSelon une nouvelle étude, la grande extinction de la vie animale et végétale qui s’est produite à la fin du Permien il y a 252 millions d’années a été plus courte qu’on ne pense : 60.000 ans. Une période brève à l’échelle géologique.La Terre a connu au cours de son histoire, cinq extinctions massives. La dernière remonte au Crétacé il y a 65 millions d’années et a tué 50% des espèces existantes, y compris les dinosaures. La plus massive s’est produite à la fin du Permien, il y a 252 millions d’années. Celle-ci a conduit à l’extinction de plus de 95% de la vie marine et 70% des espèces terrestres, animales comme végétales. Mais en combien de temps ces espèces ont-elles disparu ?Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, les chercheurs estimaient que cette extinction s’était produite en moins de 200.000 ans. En vérité, elle aurait été bien plus brève. C’est du moins ce qu’estiment des chercheurs du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) après avoir réalisé une nouvelle étude. Selon eux, l’extinction se serait produite en seulement 60.000 ans. “Nous avons pu déterminer le moment et la durée de l’extinction quasiment en terme absolu”, a expliqué Sam Bowring qui a dirigé les recherches.Une estimation plus précise Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs ont effectué de nouvelles datations d’échantillons de roches volcaniques prélevés en 2006 à Meishan en Chine. A cet endroit, se trouvent plusieurs types de sédiments remontant à avant, pendant et après l’extinction du Permien. D’où l’intérêt des géologues. Au cours d’une première analyse, les scientifiques du MIT avaient confirmé que l’extinction s’était produite sur une période inférieure à 200.000 ans.Grâce à des techniques plus poussées, ils ont aujourd’hui réussi à préciser leur datation. En étudiant l’uranium contenu dans les cristaux de zircon des roches, ils ont déterminé que la disparition des espèces s’est faite sur environ 60.000 ans. Une durée très courte à l’échelle géologique. Plus précisément, l’extinction aurait démarré il y a 251.941 millions d’années (plus ou moins 37.000 ans) et serait achevée il y a 251.880 millions d’années (plus ou moins 31.000 ans).Des océans acidifiés Mais “comment peut-on imaginer la disparition de 96% de tout ce qui vivait dans les océans en quelques dizaines de milliers d’années ? Une extinction exceptionnelle nécessite une explication exceptionnelle”, a souligné Sam Bowring repris dans un communiqué. Au cours de leur étude, les scientifiques ont découvert que 10.000 ans avant l’extinction, les océans ont enregistré un accroissement de carbone qui s’explique probablement par une forte augmentation du dioxyde de carbone (CO2) dans l’atmosphère.Ce changement dramatique a peut-être conduit à une vaste acidification des océans et à une augmentation des températures océaniques de 10°C voire plus, soit largement de quoi éliminer la majorité de la vie marine, estiment les scientifiques dans leurs travaux publiés par la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Une éruption volcanique massive ? “Il est clair que quel que soit l’évènement qui a déclenché l’extinction, il s’est certainement produit très rapidement”, a commenté Seth Burgess, principal auteur de l’étude. Il s’est produit “assez vite pour déstabiliser la biosphère avant que la majorité des plantes et animaux n’ait le temps de s’adapter pour survivre”, a t-il poursuivi. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les conclusions obtenues par l’équipe du MIT semblent conforter la principale théorie : des éruptions volcaniques massives en Sibérie qui auraient déversé des substances chimiques volatiles dans l’atmosphère et les océans, dont du CO2. Au vu de la durée estimée, il est possible selon Bowring, qu’une seule éruption massive ait suffi à déclencher l’effondrement des écosystèmes de la planète.”Nous avons redéfini notre approche et maintenant nous avons une meilleure précision. Vous pouvez voir cela comme une lente avancée vers la vérité”, a indiqué Bowring repris par Science Daily. Désormais, les chercheurs prévoient de tenter de déterminer la date à laquelle les éruptions ont eu lieu en Sibérie afin de comparer le résultat à la nouvelle estimation réalisée pour l’extinction du Permien. (crédits photo : José-Luis Olivares/MIT) Le 12 février 2014 à 11:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

County Democratic Party to make early endorsement in mayoral race

first_img August 20, 2019 County Democratic Party to make early endorsement in mayoral race KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 20, 2019 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Democratic Party will consider endorsing a candidate for mayor of San Diego today, potentially opening the door to funding help for one of the three Democrats in the race.The party’s Central Committee, made up of elected members from each of the county’s Assembly districts and other local leaders and elected officials, will discuss a potential endorsement of Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry and community activist Tasha Williamson.If the party endorses a candidate, it can fundraise and spend in support of that candidate in larger amounts than the city’s current donation cap of $1,150 per election. The committee could also choose to forego an endorsement and let the three candidates hash it out before the March 3, 2020, primary.Gloria has garnered the most buzz since the campaign began in January, earning endorsements from local, state and federal officials like Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Assembly’s Democratic caucus, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott, among others.Bry, meanwhile, has framed herself as a political outsider who is more connected to San Diego residents than politicians in Sacramento. She has leaned on her background as a technology entrepreneur to argue that she wouldbe an effective ally of the city’s thriving biotechnology industry as well as local business leaders.Gloria and Bry have also raised the most money among the mayoral candidate pool. From Jan. 1 to July 31, Gloria raised $646,000 from more than 2,100 donors, while Bry raised $531,591 from about 1,200 donors. Williamson, the candidate with the third-most money raised, mustered less than $1,000.Bry recently drew the ire of local Democratic activists after taking a thinly veiled dig at Gloria in June for voting in favor of state legislation that would force cities to hasten housing development.A fundraising email from Bry’s campaign alleged that Sacramento politicians like Gloria are “coming for our homes.” Although the email did not mention Gloria by name, it referred to him as “my opponent” and includeda screenshot of the YIMBY Democrats of San Diego endorsing him via Twitter.Party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy called the slight “out of bounds” and “not a good look for any candidate, especially a wealthy one” in a pair of Twitter posts.The party is scheduled to vote on a potential endorsement at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569, located at 4545 Viewridge Ave., Suite 100. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Clark County housing market heats up in May

first_img2012 $197,0002011 $189,9002010 $200,0002009 $215,0002008 $250,0002007 $250,000Source: RMLS, Portland.Clark County home sales were even warmer than the weather in May, as a growing number of investors and buyers made their way into the local market.Closed sales grew 12.9 percent to 473 homes sold across the county in May, up from 419 houses sold during the same month last year, according to RMLS, a Portland-based listing service. More homes were sold in May than the 400 houses sold in the previous month, which represented the fourth consecutive month-to-month increase, the RMLS reported.Sellers also fetched higher asking prices for the existing homes sold last month, due in part to a smaller supply of available listings.New listings in May dipped 7.9 percent from the same month last year, the RMLS reported. At the same time, the median price — half sold for more, half for less — was $197,000 in May for all homes sold in Clark County, a 3.7 percent increase compared with the same period last year.Brokers are seeing pent-up demand from a wide variety of buyers, including some who are tired of renting during the long housing slump, said Terry Wollam a broker with Re/Max Equity Group in Vancouver.He’s noticed, among other trends, that some buyers are keeping their first-time house to rent out and hold as an investment, and then buying a second home. “They’re keeping the new house to live in,” he said.last_img read more

Hrithik Roshans sister texting Kangana Ranaut to apologise says Rangoli Chandel

first_imgSunaina was recently in the news after a leading publication reported that her bipolar condition has worsened and is under medical observation. She later clarified on Twitter that the report was false and she was absolutely fine. She also denied suffering from bipolar disorder.Sunaina, in an interview with an entertainment portal, made some shocking statements saying that she is fed up with the constant intervention of her parents in her life. She had said that she wanted to move out of her parents’ house, but the financial crisis was preventing her from doing so. Hrithi Roshan’s sister has been messaging Kangana Ranaut to apologise, says Rangoli ChandelInstagramKangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel has yet again made some scandalous tweets involving Hrithik Roshan. This time, Hrithik’s sister Sunaina Roshan is also in the controversy.Rangoli has now tweeted that Hrithik’s sister has been calling and texting Kangana and Rangoli to apologise to them for not supporting them during the big controversy. She made the remark while replying to a Twitter handle that tried to mock her for praising her sister Kangana.”Don’t act too smart @chakrabarti_r everyone isn’t nice to their siblings, Hrithik Roshan’s sister Sunaina Roshan has been calling and messaging Kangana and me only to apologise that she didn’t stand up for her when Hrithik framed her as they were friends when Kangana &Hrithik were close,” Rangoli said in the first tweet.She then went on to accuse Hrithik of trying to portray Sunaina as someone suffering from bipolar disorder. “When Hrithik found out he & his PR tried to prove her a bipolar on a nervous breakdown, poor lady was so hassled with all the public shaming and blaming. Day before it was all over the media, so don’t give this BS everyone is kind to their siblings,” Kangana’s sister said.last_img read more

Democrat Christina Morales Wins Texas House Seat Formerly Held By Alvarado

first_imgMiguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneChristina Morales.Democrat Christina Morales has handily won the special election runoff to fill the former Texas House seat of state Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston.With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Morales had 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent for fellow Democrat Melissa Noriega, according to unofficial returns. Morales is the president of her family’s funeral home in Houston’s East End, while Noriega is a former Houston City Council member who temporarily held the House seat over a decade ago.Alvarado gave up the seat in House District 145 when she won a promotion to the upper chamber in December.Morales and Noriega were the top two finishers in the initial eight-way contest for HD-145, which was held Jan. 29. Morales got 36 percent of that vote, while Noriega received 31 percent in the initial contest.Morales had the support of U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, who Alvarado replaced in the Texas Senate. Morales was also aided by the same campaign team that helped elect Alvarado in December.There is still one more vacant seat in the Legislature — that of former Rep. Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, now a Bexar County commissioner. That vacancy will be filled by a March 12 special election runoff between Democrat Ray Lopez and Republican Fred Rangel. Early voting in that race started Monday.This article was originally published on The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  Sharelast_img read more

Rev Heber Brown Fights Against a Return to Normal

first_imgRev. Heber Brown, III, (third from left) with many of the young protestors.Last Friday was an increasingly normal day for the Rev. Heber Brown III. The pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in North Baltimore was at a May 8 bail hearing for a protester charged during the riots in late April.The protester was a local teenager named Allen Bullock. The 18-year-old was charged with eight counts, including rioting, after police said he broke the windshield of a car with a traffic cone on April 25. Bullock’s case has achieved a measure of notoriety because his bail was set at $500,000 while that of the police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray was not nearly as high.Ultimately, Bullock was released on bail. “He’s got a very stable two-parent home,” Bullock’s attorney, Brandon Mead, told the Baltimore Sun. “He’s got a ton of family support. He’s got a ton of community support. Many from around the country and the world are supporting this young man.”Part of that support was Rev. Brown and the activist coalition he works with, BaltimoreUnitedforChange, The recently formed group is made up of organizations such as the Baltimore Algebra Project, Baltimore Bloc, Casa de Maryland, City Bloc, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Kinetecs and the Tyrone West Coalition. “Bail conditions are grossly unjust, particularly against Blacks. The average bail for the protesters is $100,000,” said Rev. Brown. “Something we have to keep an emphasis on is that it [high bail] is a scam against poor Blacks.There are 34 more people locked up. We have our lawyers and bail team trying to get the rest out of prison. We’re not the type of people to invite people out and then leave them high and dry.”In addition to working on getting protesters released from jail, the coalition has been holding workshops on civil disobedience, hosting speakers such as Cornel West, registering people to vote and distributing free food.At the workshops on civil disobedience, the actions of civil rights pioneers such as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are held up as the ideal. “We teach the time honored principles of non-violent direct action. You have to be disciplined, that’s the main part of it,” said Brown. “We’re making sure the principles and the historical perspective really gets a chance to sink in. You have to approach any civil disobedience with the same discipline as the riot police displayed a few weeks ago when they just stood there in a line.”As some of the media attention has died down, many areas of the city are close to being back to normal. The coalition is looking to prevent that.  “People want things to go back to normal,but we see that as not good because normal is unjust against our community. Our position is we’ve got to keep the pressure on and address some of the root causes,” Rev. Brown said. Asked what those root causes were, he replied, “Institutional racism, white supremacy and gross inequality.”last_img read more

Colin LeBron and Magic can both elevate beyond Michael Jordan with a

first_imgMagic Johnson reportedly closed the deal with LeBron James during a marathon three-hour late-night meeting at James’ house in L.A., and Colin thinks they have bonded because they both have a lot in common, including being overshadowed by Michael Jordan.In the current G.O.A.T debate, LeBron is considered 2nd behind Jordan, and during Magic’s playing career he was largely overlooked once Jordan started winning titles. If LeBron can win a championship with the Lakers, he can make a convincing case he’s better than Jordan. This is also Magic’s chance to surpass Jordan in his post basketball life as an exec, where Jordan has largely been a failure.If LeBron and Magic can team up to win a title, they’ll help each other elevate beyond MJ.LeBron James and Magic Johnson are now ready to elevate beyond Michael Jordan@ColinCowherd explains why— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 2, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more