Weekly Poll: New APIs Doubled in 2010 So What Does That Mean for the Year Ahead?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#cloud#Trends A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Will this year see another doubling in the total number of APIs? What do you think?Image by Shereen M Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Programmable Web is a guide for the state of APIs. It provides one of the clearest pictures about APIs, the uses and how they are being adopted.This week, Programmable Web did its review of the past year. Here are some of their findings.A total of 1,019 APIs were added to the Programmable Web API directory, that’s double the number added in 2009. Social APIs were most popular and mobile is showing its growing influence.The total number of APIS has increased from 105 in 2005 to more than 2,600 in the past year.last_img read more

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NGT seeks response on destruction of mangrove cover

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal has granted a week’s time to the Deendayal Port Trust to respond to a plea alleging destruction of mangrove cover along coastal Gujarat.A Bench headed by NGT acting chairperson Jawad Rahim, in its order dated May 10, said, “We permit respondent number 6 (Deendayal Port Trust) to file reply and produce such documents as they feel would support their contentions, within one week from now.”The Tribunal’s directions came while hearing a plea moved by the Kutch Camel Breeders’ Association that had alleged that mangroves were being cleared in a “rampant” manner by the authorities in violation of the provisions mentioned in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification of 2011.Earlier, the Bench had issued notices to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the Gujarat State Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) and the State Forest department.Seeking directions to authorities to “immediately stop the ongoing destruction”, the plea had alleged that the Forest department had failed to take preventive measures in checking the “indiscriminate destruction”.“Incessant destruction activities have severely diminished the cover of sparse mangroves found at the said site, as well as destroyed the habitat of the indigenous Kharai camels, in addition to disrupting livelihoods of villagers dependent on these mangroves” read the plea.last_img read more

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Spinal fusion- series

first_imgNormal anatomyThe vertebrae are the bones that make up the spinal column, which surrounds and protects the spinal cord. The intervertebral disks are soft tissues that sit between each vertebrae and act as cushions between vertebrae, and absorb energy while the spinal column flexes, extends, and twists. Nerves from the spinal cord exit the spinal column between each vertebra.IndicationsSpinal fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more vertebrae are fused together to stop the motion between them.Spinal fusion may be recommended for:Abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis or kyphosis)Injury to the spinal vertebraeProtrusion of the cushioning disk between vertebrae (slipped disk, herniated nucleus pulposus)Weak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumorsIncisionDifferent incisions are made depending on the area to be treated. The approach can be made either from the front (anterior), from the back (posterior), or both.Procedure: Posterolateral gutter fusionIn a posterolateral gutter fusion procedure, the spine is approached from the back. Bone graft is taken from the pelvis and laid out in the posterolateral portion of the spine that is to be fused. The back muscles hold the graft in place until it fuses with the vertebrae. A fusion will setup within three months and will continue to get stronger for one to two years.Interbody cage fusionInterbody cage fusion uses a hollow threaded titanium or carbon fiber cylinder to fuse two vertebrae together. The diseased disk is removed and two interbody cages are placed in the opening where the diseased disk has been removed. The cages are filled with bone graft. The bone grows through the holes in the cages fusing the vertebrae.advertisementPedicle screwPedicle screws are used sometimes in a spinal fusion to add extra support and strength to the fusion while it heals. Pedicle screws are placed above and below the vertebrae that were fused. A rod is used to connect the screws which prevents movement and allows the bone graft to heal. After the fusion is completely healed, the screws and rods can be removed. Removal isnt necessary unless they cause the patient discomfort.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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Pakistan hope to host West Indies in day-night Test

first_imgPakistan are hoping to play the West Indies at home in a day-night Test in October ahead of their pink-ball Test match against Australia in December.Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that they will be playing in domestic day-night matches to prepare for the event. Pakistan have also sent a proposal to the West Indies for the Test, cricket.com.au reported on Tuesday.If the offer is accepted, it would be a major boost to Pakistan, who generally play their home matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in front of empty stands.”If you don’t have match practice it will become difficult to play at Test level,” Misbah, who is an advisor to the PCBs cricket committee said.”It was one of the things discussed in the cricket committees previous meeting. The bowlers are at advantage in the evening session and it becomes very difficult for batsmen under lights. That is one reason the cricketers from other countries are also reluctant to play Tests under lights.”One more reason is the lack of match practice with the pink ball. The players have hardly played any cricket under these conditions at the domestic levels. They need more match practice before playing it at international level.”Misbah said that although he has concerns about batting under the lights he would still support the format as it is necessary for rejuvenating Test cricket.”Although we as players have some concerns about playing under lights, especially the batsmen who have found it difficult to bat in the evening session with the pink ball, I think day-night Test cricket is (needed),?? he said.advertisement”There will be excitement among players but at the same time there will be some concerns too because Test cricket is already quite difficult and it will become even more difficult for the batsmen.”last_img read more

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Bigg Boss 12: I get a lot of calls from people who wish to participate, says Salman Khan

first_imgSuperstar Salman Khan has been hosting Bigg Boss since its fourth season and says he often gets calls from people who are interested in participating in the controversial reality show, but he doesn’t take a call on casting the contestants.The show has had actors like Tanishaa Mukerji, Armaan Kohli and Shamita Shetty.”I get a lot of calls but I tell them that I am not part of the casting bit,” Salman told reporters at the Villa Marina in Goa on Tuesday.The upcoming season of Bigg Boss will have “striking jodis” as participants who will battle it out to survive 100 days under the constant glare of multiple cameras.”There will be interesting jodis and the more interesting people are the people in the creative team who will make sure that the jodis break up. So no matter how much they (contestants) plan or whisper, they have a microphone all the time. Everything can be heard. The cameras are there 24/7 and there are three batches of people who watch everyone,” said Salman.When IANS asked if he will have a co-host, he said: “No.”Though he shared what his friend and frequent co-star Katrina Kaif thought about hosting the show with him.”She asked ‘There are jodis this time?’ I said ‘Yes.’ She said ‘I should do it. You do your impromptu thing, I will follow the script’. I asked about the price. She said ‘We will keep it equal’,” said Salman, who will be again seen with his Tiger Zinda Hai co-star in another film titled Bharat for which he will sport a grey beard.advertisementBigg Boss 12, now in its 12th season, will premiere on Colors channel on September 16.Asked about his favourite contestants over the years, he said: “There are so many of them. People who have gone over the top, they don’t have any work. The ones who conquered their weaknesses and developed their strengths, are doing well.”He praised the winner of Bigg Boss 8 – Gautam Gulati – though.”Gautam Gulati lost the plot in the first two weeks and after that, he turned everything around to win Bigg Boss which is a commendable thing,” said Salman.WATCH | Bigg Boss 12: I’m host, not guru. Will evict contestants if they cross limit, says Salman Khanlast_img read more

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Oklahoma State Is 100-1 To Win National Championship

first_imgThe first CFB Playoff rankings are out, and Oklahoma State is No. 18. I think it sort of shows that the committee doesn’t care all that much about the fact that OSU “lost” to Central Michigan (or that it doesn’t much care about who anyone lost to — see: Penn State at No. 12).Anyway, Westgate Superbook in Vegas came out with some new national championship odds on Tuesday, and I found them pretty interesting. This was before the CFB Playoff rankings were released.First Rankings: #CFBPlayoff Top 25 pic.twitter.com/W9tz3euNNL— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 1, 2016Only 18 teams have odds of 100-1 or better.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-11-09-34-amAt No. 18 OSU does have a chance I suppose. A team from nearly that slot has come all the way into the top four in both 2014 and 2015, but neither of those teams had two losses like OSU does (if the committee views it as two losses!)Past two years, first rankings:No. 15 Oklahoma got in.No. 16 Ohio State got in.So: Congratulations to Colorado or Utah!— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) November 1, 2016So yeah, Oklahoma State’s faint playoff hopes are probably dead after the first rankings event if Washington ejects and the Pac-12 is out of the CFB Playoff altogether. Either the Big 10 (five teams in the top 12!) or the SEC (five teams in the top 13) will get two teams in to go with one from the ACC.Even if Oklahoma State (and probably even OU) wins out, the Big 12 is pretty likely to get shut out of the playoffs for the second time in three years. But at least we’re going to make a lot of money next year!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Black NHLers cheer Willie ORees induction into Hockey Hall of Fame

first_imgBlack NHLers are celebrating hockey legend Willie O’Ree’s induction into the sport’s holy shrine — the Hockey Hall of Fame.O’Ree, now 82, was chosen Tuesday to enter the hall as a builder, for breaking the league’s colour barrier in 1958 and his continuing work as diversity ambassador.Multiple current and former NHL players made it clear the induction had particular significance for them, saying he paved their way.Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban congratulated the New Brunswick-born O’Ree in a video posted on Twitter.“It has been a fantastic summer for the game of hockey and for me personally being on the cover of the EA Sports NHL game, and when I look back at my career and all my accomplishments, to think that none of it would be possible without the sacrifices that Willie O’Ree made, and many, many others before me,” Subban said.“Without you Willie, none of it would be possible,” he said.Subban’s father, Karl, wrote a heartfelt letter in support of O’Ree that was included as part of the Hall of Fame submission.“He changed the game and he changed society and he changed minds,” the elder Subban wrote.Through his years in junior hockey and into the NHL, O’Ree was often the object of insults and racial slurs.“In junior, being the only black player, there’d be the racial slurs and remarks that were directed towards me. I learned from my older brother. He said ‘Willie, just forget about these racial remarks because you can’t change the colour of your skin and you wouldn’t want to even if you could. Just go out and concentrate on playing hockey,’” O’Ree said.O’Ree’s first game with the Boston Bruins was in a 3-0 win over the Canadiens in Montreal on Jan. 18, 1958, but he didn’t know he had broken the NHL’s colour barrier until he read it in the newspaper the next day.Grant Fuhr, best known for his time as a goalie with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s, and the first black player to win the Stanley Cup, said on social media Tuesday the hall’s choice was well deserved.Many people responding to the Twitter posts said they were surprised O’Ree wasn’t already in the hall, and couldn’t understand why it had taken so long.Wayne Simmonds, a right winger with the Philadelphia Flyers, tweeted that O’Ree is finally in his rightful place.In an earlier tweet from January, when the NHL celebrated 60 years since O’Ree’s first game, Simmonds said: “I want to give thanks to Mr. Willie O’Ree for making it possible for players like my self to live out our dreams! If it wasn’t for you none of this would have been possible.”Anson Carter, who also played for the Boston Bruins and wore O’Ree’s number 22 in college, said he had a bottle of bubbly ready to celebrate the news.O’Ree will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 12 along with Martin Brodeur, former Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Russian standout Alexander Yakushev and Canadian women’s hockey team star Jayna Hefford.last_img read more

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Made In Chelseas Lucy Watson To Unveil AntiFur Advert

first_imgMade in Chelsea star Lucy Watson knows a thing or two about glamour – and she knows there’s nothing glamorous about wearing fur. That’s why Watson was happy to strip down for a new ad that shows her confidently sitting below the words “Fur? I’d Rather Go Naked”.And to kick off the new campaign, she will hit the streets of Chelsea on Thursday to unveil a larger-than-life poster of her risqué new ad.“Lucy understands that being sexy and glamorous is all about feeling confident in your own skin, not the skin of tortured animals”, says PETA’s Mimi Bekhechi. “She is a great example for other young woman, and proves that you don’t need to kill animals to have a killer look”.For every coat, collar or cuff made of real fur, animals suffer immensely. Animals on fur farms spend their lives in tiny, filthy cages, and they are drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted and even skinned alive. In China, the world’s largest fur exporter, 2 million cats and dogs are skinned every year for their fur – which is often falsely labelled as fur from other animals before being exported around the world.Watson joins a long list of celebrities – including Penelope Cruz, Pamela Anderson, Eva Mendes and Alexandra Burke – who have bared it all in PETA’s anti-fur campaigns.Where: South side of Chelsea Bridge, SW1WWhen: Thursday, 30 January, 12 noonlast_img read more

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Stars Join Super Dads Campaign For UNICEF

first_imgStars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía and Chris Weidman joined Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched for Father’s Day to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.Video: Super dads bring it for Father’s Day I UNICEFWith more than 80 countries celebrating Fathers’ Dayon Sunday, the initiative invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign are posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery.“As a father, I’ve seen for myself the impact that every smile, every bit of love, and every positive action has had on my child during these precious early years of life. Being a new parent isn’t easy. There are many challenges that fathers across the world face. This campaign is about supporting and encouraging fathers so they can be the Super Dads their kids desperately need,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic.“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my dad, there’s no question about that. He was involved right from the start and gave me all the love, guidance, decent food, and care that I could have wished for. I’ll remain forever grateful to him for that,” said UNICEF supporter Lewis Hamilton. “I hope this initiative celebrates dads like mine across the world and helps those who are struggling get the support they need to be super dads too.”“When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”The heart-warming videos and photos of celebrity dads will be coupled with stories of super dads from across the world, including those who are doing their best to raise their children in extremely difficult circumstances.One such super dad is South Sudanese refugee Idro, who is raising three daughters aged 2 months, 3 and 13 years old in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, the largest in the world. Idro fled his war-torn country in July 2016, and is doing everything he can to keep his young daughters’ healthy, happy and safe. “My daughter asks me “when are we going home”, I hold her to my side to comfort her. I play games with her and carry her. She must feel that I love her. If I can’t fulfil for my family, I am not happy,” said Idro.“The earliest years of life present a critical, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape children’s brain development – and it’s their parents who hold the largest stake in this process,” said Pia Britto, UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development.“The more fathers, mothers and other family members shower their babies and young children with love, play, good nutrition and protection, the better these children’s chances are of reaching optimal health, happiness and learning ability. Good parenting for young children living in highly stressful conditions like conflict or extreme poverty can even provide a buffer, helping them to fully develop despite adversity,” said Britto.Good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in children’s brains, laying the foundation for their future successes. Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term.“We need to break down the employment and societal obstacles that deprive fathers – and mothers – of precious time with their young children,” said Britto. “It is critical that the private sector and governments work within their communities to give parents and caregivers of babies the time, resources and information they need to give children the best start in life.”The ‘Super Dads’ initiative forms part of UNICEF’s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, which aims to drive increased understanding of how children’s environments and experiences in early childhood can shape their future health, well-being, ability to learn, and even how much they will earn as adults.last_img read more

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A profile of CFC alumni and company cofounders Damon DOliveira and Clement

first_img(L-R): Sharon Lewis, Clark Johnson, Clement Virgo, Rachel Crawford, Damon D’Oliveira and Karen King at the world premiere of ‘Rude’ at Cannes. On March 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) will present the fourth annual CFC Award for Creative Excellence to Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo and their production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, for creating a compelling body of high-impact work.From the start, Conquering Lion Pictures has been committed to telling stories rich with diverse perspectives and voices. Their films have been selected for international film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, London and Toronto. Past credits include Poor Boy’s Game (2007), starring Danny Glover, Lie With Me (2005) and Rude (1995).In 2015 they adapted The Book of Negroes, a national bestselling novel by Lawrence Hill, into a six-part television miniseries. Co-written by Hill and Virgo, it starred Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lou Gossett Jr., Ben Chaplin, Jane Alexander and Lyriq Bent. In addition to Conquering Lion Pictures, The Book of Negroes was also produced by Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne) and Idlewild Films. Its world premiere was as the Opening Night Selection at MIPCOM 2014, before debuting to record-breaking numbers on CBC in January 2015, followed by its premiere in the U.S. on BET in February 2015. It won 12 Canadian Screen Awards in 2016, the NAACP Award for best mini-series, and was nominated for two TV Critics Choice Awards and a Peabody Award among a multitude of other honours. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Read on to learn more about their history of collaboration and what’s next for this dynamic duo.Formative Years D’Oliveira and Virgo first met at the CFC in the summer of 1991, the inaugural year of the CFC’s Summer Lab initiative. They were invited to participate in the Film Residency Program, with D’Oliveira arriving for the Producers’ Lab and Virgo, the Writers’ Lab. They went on to produce the highly stylized, provocative and award-winning short film, Save My Lost Nigga’ Soul, through the CFC’s Short Film Program. Virgo wrote and directed the film, D’Oliveira produced it, and Save My Lost Nigga’ Soul went on to win Best Short Film prizes at the Toronto, Fespaco and Chicago International Film Festivals, launching them both onto the international film stage.Encouraged by the CFC’s then-executive director Wayne Clarkson, both men joined CFC Features, out of which came their first feature, Rude, in 1995. It premiered at Cannes as an Official Selection in the Un Certain Regard Programme.D’Oliveira recalls that when he and Virgo met at the CFC in 1991, they were part of an “incredible room of people, including Mina Shum, Stephen Williams, Joan Jenkinson, Rob Adetuyi and Beatrice Mosionier.” When he learned Virgo was working on a screenplay of the then-titled Rude Boy, which would eventually become Rude, D’Oliveira adds: “It was one of the best things I had read in my young career, with a voice I had not really seen in Canadian film before.”Both men came to Canada when they were 11 years old; Virgo from Jamaica and D’Oliveira, Guyana. As Virgo reflects, “We both had to leave our parents to come to Canada, so we had a similar background and history as immigrants.” When they started working together on Rude, “the story and the world that it took place in resonated with us both. That’s how we connected.” Conquering Lion Pictures was born when Rude was greenlit. The film also helped shape the company’s name; a majestic lion features prominently throughout the film. Also, because both men came from the Caribbean, where the Conquering Lion of Judah is associated with the Rastafari religious movement, they were drawn to the name “Conquering Lion” because, as Virgo suggests, it gave their fledgling company “good spiritual energy.”CONTINUE READING Twitterlast_img read more

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CREA reports June home sales down 107 from year ago but up

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian housing activity appears to be climbing out of its slump, but is still far from a rebound.The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said Monday sales in June were up 4.1 per cent compared with May, marking what the board described as the first “substantiative” month-over-month increase this year.However, the June sales were down 10.7 per cent compared with a year ago, a five-year low for the month.“The national increase in June home sales suggests activity may indeed be starting to turn the corner,” said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist, in an email. “Even so, the number of homes trading hands has a long way to go before it returns to levels posted in recent years.”More than 60 per cent of all local housing markets in the country reported increased sales activity in June compared with May, but activity was below year-ago levels in about two thirds of Canadian regions, said CREA.Those below year-ago levels were led by British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region, where sales showed signs of tempering and new listings were in decline.The number of newly listed properties for sale fell by 1.8 per cent across the country to 70,187 in June. Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal were the most prominent markets to see listings take a hit.CREA president Barb Sukkau suggested the muted numbers stemmed from the stricter regulations introduced on Jan. 1 for uninsured mortgages.She said the regulations were “weighing on” buyers and sales, but that the extent to which it was affecting those searching for homes was varying based on market and prices.The national average price for a home sold in June was just under $496,000, down 1.3 per cent from a year ago.Excluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets, the average price was just over $389,000 — a 0.9 per cent year-over-year decrease.BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said in a note to investors that Vancouver, and broadly B.C., are “the clear weak spots” because they’ve seen a 1.3 per cent slump in sales in the wake of the recent foreign buyers tax and speculation fees on vacant homes.He also categorized the Prairies as weak because Calgary, Edmonton and Regina all saw sales and prices below year-ago levels in June, but said higher oil prices could soon bring more confidence to buyers.He had much more optimism for Toronto, which he said is stabilizing with sales jumping nearly 17 per cent in June, the strongest seasonally-adjusted monthly increase in more than 14 years.“Keep in mind, however, that activity is coming off low levels not seen since the last recession,” he said. “At any rate, that surge in demand has tightened up the market, even if overall conditions are still relatively soggy.”Montreal and Ottawa, he said, remain the strongest markets in the country, bolstered by strong economies and few provincial measures aimed at cooling real estate.last_img read more

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Video Marrakech Street Food

Rabat – National Geographic Adventure dedicated an episode of its program “Street Food Around The World” to explore the street food in Marrakech. “Amur n Kuch” as it is called in Amazigh language, meaning the city of God, the famous square, Djemaa el Fna, of the ochre city provides along with folklore activities various tasty meals cooked and served in the open air.The actor Ishai Golan took the audience in an amazing tour throughout the street food alleyway in Djemaa el Fna square, which is a high-touristic square in Marrakesh that draws more than a million visitors who come to attend the shows hosted by the snake charmers, monkey trainers, storytellers, musicians and other popular artists from early evening until the call for dawn prayer. Ishai Golden managed to taste most of Marrakech street food available in the giant food market in Marrakech in twenty-four hours.With the help of his  Moroccan friend Habiba, Ishai learned the basics of preparing the traditional Moroccan tagine, an authentic dish that “dates back to more than 200 years ago” read more

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Warning of possible war in Middle East Annan says world must help

“The lack of mutual confidence between the two sides makes a third-party role essential,” Mr. Annan told the 15-member security body. “I truly believe that it is imperative for the Security Council and the wider international community to work in a concerted manner with the parties towards a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Middle East.” In his brief yet blunt speech, the Secretary-General recounted the “grim” news from the Middle East, cautioning that “we are nearing the edge of the abyss.” With more than 60 people killed over the past week, violence threatened to escalate even further, he said. “Particularly alarming is the growing belief, among both Palestinians and Israelis, that there can be no negotiated solution to the conflict.” The key interlinked problems, according to the Secretary-General, remained “occupation; security – the need to end violence including terrorism; and the economic deprivation and suffering.” “Yet, even at this darkest of hours, there is still room for hope,” he added, recalling that both sides had agreed in principle on the Tenet understandings and the Mitchell Committee recommendations, which together defined an array of security, economic, and political measures that would have moved the parties back to the negotiating table. Acknowledging that those plans had not met with success, Mr. Annan called for full consideration of “imaginative new ideas.” While stressing the need to immediately reduce the violence, the Secretary-General said he had “become more and more convinced that trying to resolve the security problem on its own cannot work.” Instead, he argued, security must be addressed alongside key political issues, particularly the question of land, and economic and social issues, including “the increasingly critical, desperate conditions of the Palestinians.” Mr. Annan said he personally, along with his representatives, had been in very close contact with leaders on both sides, in the region and among the international community. In light of the gravity of the situation, the Secretary-General said he had asked his envoy, Terje Roed Larsen, to intensify consultations with all concerned. “The outlook is bleak, but the present course of events is not irreversible,” said Mr. Annan. “Let us do everything in our power to persuade the parties to pull back from the brink, and return to the high road.” read more

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Chao says private investors can help boost transportation

Chao says private investors can help boost transportation by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson) WASHINGTON – The incoming Trump administration is looking to “unleash the potential” of private investors to boost the national transportation networks that underpin the U.S. economy, the president-elect’s pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, told lawmakers Wednesday.Economic gains are being “jeopardized” by aging infrastructure, rising highway fatalities, growing congestion and a failure to keep pace with emerging technologies, Chao testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.Chao, 63, is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate. She was labour secretary during George W. Bush’s administration and deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush. Her husband is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.When McConnell introduced Chao at the hearing, he stole a line from former Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole: “I regret I have but one wife to give for my country.” Dole’s wife, Elizabeth, is a former transportation and labour secretary.Chao joked, “I will be working to lock in the majority leader’s support tonight over dinner.”But she hasn’t been immune from criticism. Unions say that as labour secretary, she mostly sided with industry when enforcing labour and safety rules.Chao advocated using “innovative financing tools” that can “take full advantage of the estimated trillions in capital that equity firms, pension funds and endowments can invest.” She said private investment should be encouraged with “a bold, new vision.”She didn’t detail those incentives, but a paper written by two economic advisers to President-elect Donald Trump recommends providing $137 billion in tax credits to infrastructure investors. His advisers predict that will generate about $1 trillion in investment over 10 years.But transportation experts note that investors are interested only in transportation projects that produce revenue, such as toll roads, and there are relatively few large projects like that. They say states need financial aid from the federal government to help with a growing backlog of maintenance and repair projects for aging highways, bridges and transit systems. Providing tax incentives also runs the risk of providing a windfall to investors for projects that would have been built anyway.Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., asked Chao if she and the incoming Trump administration would support infrastructure legislation that includes direct federal spending on transportation in addition to efforts that generate private financing.“I believe the answer is yes,” she said.That could put the new administration at odds with conservatives who insist that federal spending be restrained. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, urged Chao to consider greatly reducing the federal gas tax that pays for most highway and transit spending, and leaving nearly the entire responsibility for transportation to states.“I am open to all ideas,” she replied.Trump repeatedly promised during the campaign to spend $1 trillion on roads, bridges, railways, airports and other types of infrastructure. It’s one of the main ways he said he would create jobs. But he has said little about this since the election.Republican congressional leaders have said they’ll wait to see what Trump proposes before tackling a public works bill. Trump has said he expects to be occupied early in his administration with cutting taxes and repealing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Infrastructure isn’t expected to be dealt with until late spring.Democrats at the hearing tried to pin Chao down on contentious issues such as whether to privatize air traffic control operations and whether she would enforce a deadline for railroads to install train control systems that can prevent many derailments and collisions. Chao said those decisions would be up to the Trump White House or that she hadn’t been briefed on the issues yet.As transportation secretary, Chao would be responsible for regulating auto, truck, train, transit, pipelines and aviation safety. The department frequently faces pressure from industry to relax safety rules and block new ones.Chao, who has been associated with conservative think tanks, is likely to lend a sympathetic ear to industry pleas for less regulation.___Follow Joan Lowy at http://twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/joan-lowy read more

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Telus Q4 profit falls as it makes 305 million in onetime payments

Telus Q4 profit falls as it makes $305 million in one-time payments to workers TORONTO – Telus Corp.’s fourth-quarter profit fell 69 per cent compared with the same period in 2015 partly because of a $305-million, one-time, lump-sum payment the company made to employees.The payments were in lieu of wage and salary increases for a 30-month period through to the end of 2018.The Vancouver-based company says its net income attributable to common shares was $81 million or 14 cents per share, down from $261 million or 44 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.Telus, like the other Big Three telecommunications companies, added more new net wireless postpaid subscribers — typically those on contracts — in its past quarter than analysts expected.The company added 87,000 such subscribers in the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with 62,000 additions in the same quarter a year earlier.Analysts anticipated a 74,000 customer increase, Drew McReynolds, an RBC Dominion Securities analyst, wrote in a note.However, Telus (TSX:T) lagged behind its competitors Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE), which added 93,000 and 112,393 such customers respectively.“It’s nice to see,” said president and CEO Darren Entwistle in a call with analysts of the industry-wide larger-than-anticipated growth.Some of the factors behind it include a growing Canadian population thanks to immigration, more people owning more than one phone and more tablets coming into play, he said.Telus also added 24,000 high-speed Internet subscribers and 16,000 TV subscribers.Excluding the specialty payments and certain other items, Telus says its adjusted earnings fell 2.5 per cent to $316 million or 53 cents per share from $324 million or 54 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.Overall revenue grew by 2.7 per cent to $3.31 billion from $3.22 billion. The Telus wireless business accounted for $1.7 billion of revenue, up 5.4 per cent from a year earlier. Wireline revenue was $1.5 billion, up 1.3 per cent as it was helped by high-speed Internet subscriber growth.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: CORRECTS wireline revenue increase from 1.9 per cent to 1.3 by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 5:36 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mangakahia scores 18 points as No 14 Syracuse women triumph

CANCUN, Mexico — Tiana Mangakahia scored 18 points with six assists and four steals and No. 14 Syracuse rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Kansas State 70-61 on Thursday at the Cancun Challenge.Digna Strautmane added 13 points and Emily Engstler had 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Orange (4-1), who won their straight after shooting 52 per cent.Mangakahia scored seven points and Miranda Drummond scored her only points with two 3-pointers in a 20-2 run as the Orange went 8 of 9 from the field to take a 68-54 lead, outscoring the Wildcats 24-13 in the period.Syracuse led by nine at halftime but the Wildcats (3-1) outscored the Orange 17-6 in the third quarter.Peyton Williams scored 14 points with eight rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats with Jasauen Beard adding 12 points. Kali Jones, Kayla Goth and Christianna Carr had 10 points each.The Associated Press read more

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Le Canada touché par la tempête Irène

first_imgLe Canada touché par la tempête IrèneIrène, rétrogradée en tempête tropicale a touché durement dimanche après midi les provinces atlantiques du Canada et du sud-est du Québec, apportant pluies et vents violents. Près de 200.000 foyers ont été privés d’électricité.C’est seulement dans la journée de lundi au plus tôt que l’on prendra la mesure des dégâts causés par Irène dans l’Est du Canada. Autour de 23 heures, celle qui fut ouragan puis tempête, perdait du souffle et se voyait rétrogradée au rang de “cyclone post-tropical”, selon la terminologie officielle, non sans avoir causé bien des dommages dans l’Est du Canada, informe Radio-Canada.ca.”Ce n’est pas une petite tempête, c’est une énorme tempête”, a déclaré le ministre québécois de la Sécurité publique Robert Dutil, demandant à tous ceux qui se trouveraient sur le chemin d’Irène de prendre leurs précautions pour pouvoir rester chez eux sans sortir pendant 24, 48 voire 72 heures. Les pluies atteignaient alors entre 10 et 15 millimètres par heure et étaient accompagnés de vents soufflant par moment à 120-130 kilomètres par heure. Le groupe énergétique Hydro-Québec quant à lui estimait en soirée que 245.000 foyers avaient été privés d’électricité par la tempête, principalement dans la région de Montréal. “La société d’État travaille actuellement à rétablir le courant dans ces régions, et des équipes sont à pied-d’oeuvre pour s’assurer que les monteurs travaillent en toute sécurité”, a-t-il ajouté cité par Cyberpresse.ca.Lundi : des vents de 90km/h et 100 millimètres de précipitations À lire aussiQuand un panda s’attaque à un bonhomme de neige au CanadaAujourd’hui, de violentes perturbations étaient encore attendues selon les météorologistes, principalement dans un “couloir” entre Montréal, les Cantons de l’Est, le Bas-Saint-Laurent et la Cote-nord, sur la rive nord du golfe du Saint-Laurent. Ainsi, jusqu’à 100 millimètres de précipitations en 24 heures pourraient tomber dans certaines zones, alors que les vents pourraient atteindre les 90 kilomètres par heure par endroits, peut-être même un peu plus pour la région de Québec, selon Environnement Canada. Après le sud-ouest québécois, Irène se déplacera progressivement vers l’est. L’agence fédérale précise que  “les vents violents associés à cette tempête se produiront pendant une période de grandes marées et favoriseront des débordements côtiers”.  Découvrez en vidéo l’étendue de l’ouragan Irène observée il y a peu depuis l’espaceLe 29 août 2011 à 13:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Three Cubans taken in by Defense Force

first_img Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, Bahamas, February 15, 2017  – Three Cuban migrants were handed over to immigration officials for further processing after they were apprehended in the central Bahamas by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Tuesday morning.Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Cascarilla, under the command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Omarv Saunders, discovered the migrants 23 miles southeast of South Cay, Andros at 7:50 a.m. The 3 males were removed from their vessel and taken onto the Defence Force craft.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to guarding our heritage by protecting the territorial borders of The Bahamas.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel).#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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