Watch: Sakshi Dhoni dances to DDLJ song at friend’s sangeet ceremony

first_imgThe Dhoni’s are winning the internet once again thanks to Ziva and Sakshi’s amazing dance performances at a recent wedding function in Mumbai.MS Dhoni has returned from the England tour and he was seen attending former Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel’s daughter Poorna Patel’s sangeet ceremony.After Ziva giving it her best shot on the dance floor, it was time for Sakshi to take up the mantle from her daughter and set the stage on fire with her performance.Watch: Ziva Dhoni rocks the stage with her dancing skillsDhoni’s wife was seen grooving on the hit song, Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, from the blockbuster Bollywood film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge at Poorna Patel’s sangeet and had a few of her friends on stage for company.Sakshi Dhoni’s performance was fabulous but it was her daughter Ziva who stole the show at the function.Ziva has already proved her credentials with her singing skills and now it was time to rock the dance floor and she didn’t disappoint.Praful Patel’s daughter is getting married to entrepreneur Namit Soni and Dhoni was one of the celebrity guests in the three-day ceremony.Papa Mahi Enjoying his Bundle of Joy Dance Move #poornabanisoni #MSDhoni #Sakshi #Ziva pic.twitter.com/pLpT6loXTADhoni Raina Team (@dhoniraina_team) July 20, 2018Other than Dhoni, the likes of Parthiv Patel, RP Singh, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir also graced the occasion. Sophie Choudhary, Nushrat Bharucha and Guru Randhawa were also present in the star-studded affair.advertisementAmidst the ceremonies and party atmosphere, Dhoni was seen speaking to Parthiv and RP Singh in what looked like an intense conversation in a hotel lobby. Other photos of the former India captain also surfaced, where he was seen enjoying the ceremonies with his wife and daughter.Lovely to meet old mates. Had a great time at Poorna’s wedding!#Poornabanisoni pic.twitter.com/RqD10nFPzYR P Singh (@rpsingh) July 20, 2018Dressed in traditional clothes, Dhoni was seen enjoying his time away from cricket after so much has been written about him and his future.Two wicketkeepers and one fast bowler. Guess what we are discussing? #Poornabanisoni pic.twitter.com/SvCTEODcciR P Singh (@rpsingh) July 20, 2018The former India captain was booed at Lord’s for his slow batting in the second ODI and things didn’t change in the next one-day match as well. The wicket-keeper batsman struggled to get runs at a brisk pace as India went down 2-1 in the three-match series.Following that, a video of MSD surfaced on social media, where he was seen asking for the match ball from umpires and that send social media abuzz about him retiring from international cricket.However, Team India coach Ravi Shastri came out and cleared the air, saying that MS Dhoni is going nowhere.last_img read more

Athletes like buffet spread at Games’ village but wish for bigger rooms

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Palembang, Aug 17 (PTI) Athletes including Indians have given a thumbs up to the variety of food on offer at the Asian Games’ Village here but say they would have been better off with more space in their accommodation. “Rooms are on the smaller side. It has three beds each and a single bathroom. It would have been better if they had more space. You feel a bit cramped but it is okay. It is the same for everyone,” an Indian athlete told PTI here today. Furusho Daijiro, captain and coach of the Japanese women’s tennis team, said it would have been nicer to stay in bigger rooms. “Yes they are a bit on the smaller side but it is fine. It is the same for everyone. That is the beauty of being part of a multi-sporting event like the Asian Games and Olympics. “But I really like the food being served. They have a nice mix of Indonesian and world cuisines,” said Daijiro, who fondly remembers his playing days alongside former India Davis Cupper and current coach and captain Zeeshan Ali. He also had a word of encouragement for India’s number one women’s player Ankita Raina. “She has improved a lot in recent times,” he added. Indian food is also on offer and the country’s athletes are not complaining. “As an athlete you have to be used to all kinds of cuisines but it is always nice to have the Indian food option. Sometimes you only want to eat. So food-wise there is nothing to complain.advertisement “The rooms are on the smaller side but it is not much of an issue. Everyone adjusts and we have adjusted too,” said another Indian athlete. Shooters, rowers and tennis players form a chunk of the Indian athletes staying at the Palembang Games’ Village. The bigger Games Village is in Jakarta. It is the first time that the quadrennial event is being co-hosted by two different cities. “It is always a challenge to do it in different locations but going forward this could become the norm as it benefits the economy of both the places,” Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee chief Erick Thohir had said in the lead-up to the event. PTI BS AHAHlast_img read more

Monterrey divided as fans await second leg

first_imgLiga MX Monterrey divided as Tigres, Rayados fans eagerly await second leg Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 09:26 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andre Pierre Gignac Tigres Monterrey Liga MX Monterrey Monterrey v Tigres UANL Tigres UANL Fans of both teams are flying their flags high and hoping they’ll have a lifetime of bragging rights after their side wins Sunday’s decider MONTERREY, Mexico — “The city is really … tense,” a musician named Victor Jose says Saturday.”Because of the potential of violence?” I ask.”No!” he says with a laugh. “Because we know that the fans of whichever team wins won’t let us hear the end of it until the next time there’s a Final Regia.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player This is the first final between Tigres and Monterrey in the 43 years the rivals have been playing, and no one can stand the thought of being at the wrong end of the trash talk for the next 43 years. That’s how the rivalry goes in Nuevo Leon, the state that houses both of Liga MX finalists. After a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the first leg, tensions are high ahead of Sunday’s decider not because of the chance of clashes but rather the potential of embarrassment.Unlike other derbies where your location within the city or membership in a social class determines your loyalties, most people here just … decide. Victor Jose supports Monterrey, Los Rayados, because his friends in school did, but his father and girlfriend are die-hard Tigres fans. Some choose their loyalties based on their connection to city’s universities – Tigres are affiliated with UANL while Rayados played for years on the Monterrey Institute of Technology’s campus before moving to Estadio BBVA Bancomer. While some families are all in on one side or the other, others are split like Victor Jose’s.Many businesses here also are struggling to pick a side, with some displaying flags for both teams at the risk of alienating one group of supporters or the other. Even Oxxo, the convenience store chain that shares a parent company with Rayados, has Andre-Pierre Gignac on banners and Tigres merchandise with the company’s logo available for purchase at many locations.Once fans have decided, they go all out. Flags have been the chosen method of expression, most affixed to windows though several fans in central Monterrey were manually waving them from their back seats while stuck in gridlock on Saturday. Some of those wearing yellow had been up early to attend Tigres’ final training session before Sunday night’s big game. More than 30,000 fans showed up to the Estadio Universatario, leading to scenes that forward Andre-Pierre Gignac said he’d never seen the likes of before.Con este ambiente entrenó #Tigres rumbo al partido de vuelta de la #GranFinalRegia Grande Afición!!! pic.twitter.com/MDxQo9cJ7i — Angel Quirarte (@angelquirarte) December 9, 2017 Más de 30 mil incomparables en el entrenamiento de hoy !! Nunca viví esta experiencia !! Gracias y vamos con todo por este título ! Lo merecemos #equipo #aficion #siemprejuntos 💛💙👊🏻💪🏻🙏🏻🇲🇽🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/71ud2C61Tl — Gignac Andre-pierre (@10APG) December 9, 2017 Rayados fans are more concerned about their showing in the stadium Sunday night but more than a thousand went to Monterrey training ground El Barrial to show their support as well, while others climbed a wall to provide a ‘serenata’, a singing send-off for the players to ponder as they head off to sleep. It’s a tradition generally reserved for soccer teams or girlfriends, meant to show the love one has for the other party.🎥 ¡Impresionante! Así manifiesta su apoyo la afición de @Rayados a su equipo. Viajaron a “El Barrial” , lugar de entrenamiento del equipo para alentarlos de cara la vuelta de la #FinalRegia pic.twitter.com/CaEJcMi4ui — Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) December 9, 2017 Each team has a well-established style that suits its personnel, and either manager is likely to still be held in high regard if they come out on the losing end . Both Tuca Ferretti and Antonio Mohamed have big decisions to make with changes required thank to red cards in the first legs. Center back Hugo Ayala is missing from Tigres’ back line while left back Leonel Vangioni misses out for Rayados. There are direct replacements available to each coach in the form of Francisco Meza for Tigres and Luis Fuentes for Monterrey.The managers will be tempted to make bigger changes, though, especially in Mohamed’s case as Fuentes has yet to play a minute of the Liguilla. Tossing him in to start the a final as even as this one will be is a huge risk. It’s one Mohamed may have to take. For Ferretti, his team’s lack of finishing in the first leg looms large. Tigres have a nasty reputation for falling short in the first leg of finals and despite the pragmatic 63-year-old saying he’s not concerned about the same happening this time around he’s running a real risk if he doesn’t get his tactics just right Sunday. No matter the decisions the managers make, the choices will be analyzed for years to come by fans here. One team will lift the trophy Sunday, and no matter which club comes out victorious the celebration will head to the Macroplaza. The parade, which in Mexico often takes place a few hours after the game, won’t be until Monday because of security concerns (which do exist despite the friendly nature of the Clasico). The fans will flock to the central strip even if the players aren’t present. There, in front of the state capitol building, the winning team’s fans will be throwing the party of a lifetime while the other half of the city will settle in for a lifetime of jokes at their team’s expense.last_img read more

The curious incident of the opossum and denied time

first_img Pinterest Share on Facebook Facebook Non. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images Read more SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in these emails, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVEЯ LETTERS“For no reason in particular, here’s the England team at the 1986 World Cup in Panini form (stickers not bread) and also the stickers for them at their clubs. Interestingly, Chelsea appeared to have no sponsor, Ipswich Town were sponsored by the darkly named Radio Orwell and Spurs seemed intent on warning us there was a left turn coming up soon” – Noble Francis.• Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com with “The FiveЯ” in the subject line. Or just “World Cup Fiver” if that’s easier. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime BST. Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSMichel Platini has raised his standing on the international stage by suggesting a “little trickery” was used to increase the chances of France meeting Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final.Radja Nainggolan has dispatched each and every toy from his pram in a perfect parabola after not being included in Belgium’s squad by immediately retiring from internationals. “The reason is tactical,” sniffed Bobby Martínez, whose tactics, however, do include Christian Benteke.Adrien Rabiot has told Didier Deschamps he must be off his bascule if he thinks he’ll sit on France’s standby list rather than in the main squad, and has sent the manager a snotty email to that effect. “He made a bad decision,” bof, zut-alorsed a French FA suit. Pinterest Football Rafael Márquez: Naomi Klein-approved. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images Share on Messenger Twitter Twitter Now, the Fiver is not suggesting English referees should be thankful they aren’t good enough to have been selected for this summer’s Ethics World Cup or that there is any chance of marsupials being deployed as weapons in Russia. We’re just noting that there are good and bad ways of channelling anger and Peru seemed to get it right in 1970. Aragua, not so much.All of which brings us back to Guerrero, who is likely to miss the Ethics World Cup after the court of arbitration for sport ruled on Monday that his ban for testing positive for the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine should be extended from six to 14 months. Cas accepted the player did not seek to gain an advantage but maintained he should have been more careful, disappointing the player who had explained: “I had an anise tea in Peru because I had indigestion, and I had black tea with lemon and honey in Argentina because I had the flu. I don’t blame anyone, but the substance could have been in a jar or a cup.” Indeed, the player’s lawyers suggested there’s no way of knowing for sure when the substance invaded their client’s system, noting that remnants linger for ages if traces found in three perfectly preserved 16th century Inca mummies discovered in 1999 are anything to go by. That cut no ice with Cas, apparently.Peruvians have mobilised to persuade Fifa otherwise, as have the captains of France, Denmark and Australia. “We believe that in the interest of fairness and proportionality (…) Paolo who — as everyone agrees did not cheat — should be able to participate with, and against, his fellow professionals in the [Ethics] World Cup,” wrote Hugo Lloris, Simon Kjaer andCaltex Caltex Mile Jedinakeroo in a letter to Fifa. Guerrero even met this week with Fifa overlord Gianni Infatino – to little effect. “The Fifa president stressed the fact that the sanction had been imposed by the court of arbitration for sport, after an appeal lodged against a decision of an independent Fifa judicial body,” a Fifa wonk wibbled.In happier news, Fifa also announced this week that all of Russia’s players are clear to play at the tournament after an investigation into anti-doping violations found “insufficient evidence” of any cheating by anyone in the hosts’ squad.QUOTE OF THE WEEK“We have consulted with different experts and we decided to take actions that, to our understanding, will not prejudice Márquez” – The Mexican Soccer Federation explain that defender Rafael Márquez will train in a strip featuring no sponsors in case a training kit emblazoned with logos somehow affects a US Treasury Department investigation into him for alleged drugs trafficking. He denies the accusation. PERU PERUSALNews that Peru fans have been protesting in the streets against the doping ban imposed on the country’s captain, Paolo Guerrero, has got the Fiver looking forward to some thrilling attacking football from the South American side and wondering again about a vengeful marsupial. We may be extrapolating too much from the precedent set by Peru’s 1970 campaign but you knew the risks when you signed up for this guff. And the fact is that 1970 was Peru’s most successful World Cup and it, too, was preceded by popular rage against a perceived injustice – and followed by a curious incident of an opossum and denied time.In the qualifiers for the 1970 tournament Peru lost 2-1 to Bolivia in circumstances that led to the referee becoming a marked man down Lima way. The Venezuelan whistler disallowed one Peruvian goal, sent off two Peruvian players and detonated the golden age of Peruvian swearing, with new terms invented at a rate of 73 per minute just to pour scorn on the official. Even though Peru overcame that defeat and went on to play dazzling attacking football all the way to the quarter-finals, some folks remained embittered enough to smile when they read three years later about a Venezuelan cup match between Aragua and Portugesa that ended in mayhem as the same referee was accused of blowing for full-time five minutes early, leading to furious Aragua players hitting him with fists and feet and, in the case of goalkeeper Dario Castillo, reportedly with a black-eared opossum that happened to be passing.center_img Share on WhatsApp World Cup Fiver England will train their squad in how to be racially abused over fears they could be targeted in Russia. Meanwhile, new England captain Harry Kane says anything other than winning the Ethics World Cup “is not good enough” so let’s see how that one unfolds.Argentina’s Sergio Romero will miss the Ethics World Cup due to knee knack, while Mauro Icardi will miss it with selection-gah after he was left off Jorge Sampaoli’s 23-man list.Will Smith is supposed to be recording the official Ethics World Cup anthem with reggaeton star Nicky Jam, and Kosovan dancehall EDM singer Era Istrefi.STILL WANT MORE?Ruben Loftus-Cheek is not intimidated by anyone, not even Panama.Remember when Brazil were thwacked 7-1? That was good.Being a captain is pretty redundant nowadays, so just score some goals Harry, writes Paul Wilson.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!AH, 2014 features Rival teams ask Fifa to lift Paolo Guerrero ban for positive cocaine test Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Facebook Topicslast_img read more

Christina Nielsen sets sights on another memorable Le Mans 24 Hours

first_imgfeatures Casual observers of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours might be forgiven for believing that despite boasting a grid of 60 cars, encompassing 180 drivers, the meeting concerns but two.Inevitably it is Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button who have caused the furore as the two former Formula One world champions attempt to add winning the world’s greatest grand prix d’endurance to their CVs. Yet, as always, this magnificent event is so much more and for Denmark’s Christina Nielsen, racing at Le Mans is almost a family affair.Nielsen is competing for the third time at Circuit de la Sarthe, having already blazed a trail with a hugely successful career. She competes for the Ebimotors team in the GTE-AM class in a Porsche 911 RSR. Porsche are the race’s most successful manufacturer with 19 overall wins and have chosen Nielsen as the first woman with whom they have an official association, with the title of Porsche selected driver. Topics For the 26-year-old it is honour and pleasure. Her father, Lars Erik Nielsen, drove a Porsche in four of his five runs at Le Mans between 2004 and 2008. In 2007 Nielsen attended the race to watch him when she was 15. This time he will be at the track to watch her.She is in the car wholly by right. Having begun karting relatively late at the age of 13, she threw herself into the sport. “In my family you either don’t do it or you give it 100%,” she says. “When you do, the goal keeps getting higher and higher.”Her ambition was rewarded in 2016 when she became the first woman to win the IMSA sportscar championship in the US in the GT Daytona class and remarkably repeated the feat the following year. The class is hugely competitive, as it will be at Le Mans, but the close racing is the attraction for Nielsen. Le Mans 24 Hours Twitter Support The Guardian Jenson Button Reuse this content It was Denmark’s Tom Kristensen who really put the race on the map in their home country, becoming the most successful driver at Le Mans with nine wins, but Nielsen too has made her mark and is putting it to good use. She is active in the Danish Women’s Society. “Our common goal in the organisation is to promote equality,” she explains. “So in a sport like racing, where men and women compete equally, to have those results to back me up is really important.”She has the credentials then but others still have lessons to be learned and there is some exasperation already at Le Mans. “I get annoyed when I am in a drivers’ briefing and the race director for the third year in a row continues to say: ‘Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen.’ Instead of ladies and gentlemen, or he could just say ‘drivers’. I picked them up on it for the last two years but this year I didn’t because it didn’t change, so all I can do is go out and do my thing on the race track.” Share on Messenger The important thing was sitting in the car, saying: ‘We can win this bastard.’Derek Bell When Nielsen does, she knows she will not be the centre of attention and this week it has been impossible to ignore Alonso and Button. However, another former Porsche driver, Derek Bell, who won four of his five race victories for them, remembered gloriously in his new book, All My Porsche Races, believes the same principles for success apply across the grid when drivers share the car for 24 hours.“You have to work as a team,” says Bell. “You have to have total respect for your team-mates. The important thing was sitting in the car and saying: ‘We can win this bastard.’ And you have confidence your team-mates agree.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Facebook center_img Share on Facebook Christina Nielsen with her Le Mans 2018 co-drivers – Fabio Babini, left, and Erik Maris. Photograph: Porsche Fernando Alonso Pinterest Read more Motor sport Fernando Alonso might consider F1 future after McLaren’s Canada failure Share via Email Bell drove with the great Jacky Ickx for three of his five wins, a formidable pairing indeed, but good team-mates are only part of the story. The 8.46‑mile La Sarthe circuit has unique demands but drivers must also cope with the volume of traffic and the high closing speeds between classes – all skills Nielsen possesses but ones that Alonso and Button must learn in short order.“They both have enough brains but you have to be able to analyse,” Bell says. “You mustn’t look at every gap and think it is a chance to go past and win. You have to think: ‘Will I benefit, or will it bugger up my lap?’”He is optimistic, however, that both have what it takes to prove themselves at the first attempt on the 24. “Fernando will adapt very quickly as he has been in the car already and Jenson will adapt because he knows what he has to do to win,” he says. “It’s more of a thinking race than F1 or any other.”Nielsen know all this already and brings a professional detachment to the maelstrom around the superstars. “It’s great that they are part of making it a success,” she says. “But once they are behind the wheel they are just like everyone else.”For her it is an event greater than any individual, no matter their fame. “Le Mans is so much bigger than anything else,” she says. “Every driver leaves with the same feeling: that I hope I can be back here next year – another 364 days and I can’t wait.” Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Since you’re here…last_img read more

Photos: A Top 25 Team’s Crowd Was Embarrassing Last Night

first_imgA view of Stanford's scoreboard in a game against Oregon State.PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 25: The scoreboard at Stanford Stadium shows the Stanford Cardinal taking a big lead against the Oregon State Beavers on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Stanford won 38-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Stanford’s 2018 football team began its season on Friday night. The Cardinal had little difficulty with its Week 1 opponent, knocking off San Diego State, 31-10, to improve to 1-0 on the season.The crowd, unfortunately, was not at peak performance for Stanford’s Week 1 game. It was kind of embarrassing, actually.There were thousands of empty seats at Stanford Stadium, especially at kickoff.It wasn’t the best of looks for the Pac-12 and College Football Playoff hopefuls.#49ers DL Solomon Thomas serves as honorary captain for No. 13 Stanford’s opener against San Diego St in front of a not so large crowd pic.twitter.com/I7Pmq2roDf— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 1, 2018CFP organizers are counting on Bay Area fans to get excited for the national title game in Santa Clara.Here is the crowd five minutes before kickoff of a ranked team’s season opener 25 minutes away. pic.twitter.com/IDMQ5D08u6— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 1, 2018It’s unfortunate that a team of Stanford’s caliber didn’t have better fan support for its Week 1 game. Hopefully it improves going forward.The Cardinal are set to take on No. 15 USC at home next weekend.last_img read more

Farmers Markets Good For The Economy

first_imgProvincial farmers’ markets are good for the province’s economy, suggests a survey of customers and sellers. The survey, conducted at 11 farmers’ markets, shows that between 10,000 and 15,000 customers are served weekly in the summer and between 4,000 and 6,000 per week in winter. The markets have annual sales estimated at more than $15.6 million. The Halifax Farmers’ Market generates about 75 per cent of this total. The study was conducted for the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative Limited and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries by the Saint Francis Xavier Enterprise University Development Centre. It measured the impact farmers’ markets have on the economy including the number of customers served, businesses involved in the industry, and jobs created, as well as the value of sales. “Producer-operated farmers’ markets are a wonderful way to deliver locally grown food to consumers,” said Fred Kilcup, executive director of the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative Limited. “We believe the personal connection between producer and consumer is important to the markets success.” “Farmers markets provide Nova Scotia growers and processors an opportunity to sell their products directly to consumers,” said Claire Hanlon Smith, planning and development officer with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. “We also see new markets emerging in other communities around the province.” The Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Cooperative Limited, founded in 2004, is a co-operative of 10 community markets in Hubbards, Wolfville, Lunenburg, Halifax, Dartmouth, Truro, Tatamagouche, Antigonish, Amherst, and Sydney. The group helps local producers, communities and government build networks in local communities and find distinctive ways to market their products. The study is available on the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/marketing/research/abstract.shtml .last_img read more

WebMD Magazine Celebrates StarStudded 10th Anniversary Issue

first_imgWebMD is celebrating the 10th anniversary of WebMD Magazine with the release of a special issue featuring a cover-story interview with Robin Roberts called, “Profile of Courage” where she reflects on 10 heroes in her life who helped her through her own health struggles and shaped the woman she is today.Robin Roberts on the cover of WebMDThe special anniversary issue also features “Top 10” lists, including “Star Power”, which looks back on 10 former cover celebrities and their health stories, and “10 Years of Health”, which highlights 10 medical breakthroughs that made headlines and continue to transform lives, as well as other health-related stories that reflect WebMD’s commitment to delivering high-quality, credible health information.“This milestone not only marks a decade of WebMD Magazine, it’s also a jumping off point for the next 10 years as we continue to empower and motivate people to live happier, healthier lives,” said Kristy Hammam, Editor in Chief, WebMD. “We are so honored to have the radiant Robin Roberts on our 10th Anniversary cover, and to feature her story, along with a powerful selection of Top 10 lists within the pages of this special issue of our Magazine.”More than 70 celebrities have shared their health-related stories with WebMD Magazine over the years, and for the anniversary issue, its editors selected 10 to highlight from individuals including Katie Couric, Matthew McConaughey, Barbra Streisand, and Sofia Vergara, because their personal story or continued commitment to a cause are in some ways more important than ever.During her cover shoot in New York City earlier this year, Robin Roberts danced and sang, noshed on healthy snacks, hoisted 10s that were heavier than they actually looked, and when it was over, sat down with writer Gina Shaw to talk about her top 10 “health heroes” – the people and organizations who helped her through her consecutive health battles.Highlights from her cover story include:“I really appreciate that he [Dr. Sergio Giralt, MD, chief of the adult bone marrow transplantation service at Memorial Sloan Kettering] asked me if I would be part of a clinical trial. There’s a reason why, as a black woman, you’re told – which is hard to hear – that you’re less likely to get cancer but more likely to die from it,” says Roberts.When speaking about her nurses, Roberts says, “One night post-transplant I was convinced I was slipping away. And then I heard a voice saying my name over and over again. There was a nurse named Jenny, pleading with me not to slip away. I don’t know what would have happened if she wasn’t there.”On her Fans and Prayer Warriors regarding her return to Good Morning America after a six-month hiatus Roberts says, “They didn’t forget about me, and you don’t take that for granted. There isn’t a day that someone hasn’t said, ‘I prayed for you.’”Roberts also talked about her cause, Be The Match saying, “When you’re going through a mess, find the message in it not just for yourself, but for other people. So when I made the announcement about my disease, I knew there was going to be an outcry, and I was partnered with Be the Match to channel that.”In honor of Roberts’ involvement in the 10th anniversary issue, WebMD Magazine partnered with Be The Match, to help raise awareness and funds for patients with life-threatening blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma, and other diseases that are in need of a bone marrow transplant. WebMD is offering readers the opportunity to purchase an exclusive gift bag filled with items, including a copy of Robin Roberts’ book “Everybody’s Got Something”, WebMD branded items, gift cards and more from shop.BeTheMatch.org/WebMD, with all proceeds going directly to Be The Match.Originally launched in 2005 with a circulation of one million print copies, today WebMD Magazine is available in 85% of doctors’ offices nationwide; reaching an audience of more than 10 million through print, online and tablet editions, which are available as a free download for iOS or Android devices or via www.WebMD.com/magazine.last_img read more

Puerto Rico utility moves to scrap 300M Whitefish contract

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The head of Puerto Rico’s power company said Sunday the agency is cancelling its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid scrutiny of the tiny Montana company’s role in restoring the island’s power system.The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility to scrap the deal for Whitefish’s help in rebuilding the electrical system from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria.“It’s an enormous distraction,” Ramos said of the controversy over the contract. “This was negatively impacting the work we’re already doing.”The current work by Whitefish teams will not be affected by the cancellation and that work will be completed in November, Ramos said. He said the cancellation will delay pending work by 10 to 12 weeks if no alternatives are found.Ramos said he had not talked with Whitefish executives about his announcement. “A lawsuit could be forthcoming,” he warned.Whitefish spokesman Chris Chiames told The Associated Press that the company was “very disappointed” in the governor’s decision, and said it would only delay efforts to restore power.He said Whitefish brought 350 workers to Puerto Rico in less than a month and it expected to have a total of 500 this week. Chiames said the company completed critical work, including a project that will soon lead to a half million people in San Juan getting power.“We will certainly finish any work that (the power company) wants us to complete and stand by our commitments,” he said.Roughly 70 per cent of the U.S. territory remains without power more than a month after Maria struck on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 154 mph (245 kph). Ramos said Sunday that the total of cost of restoring the system would come to $1.2 billion.The cancellation is not official until approved by the utility’s board. Ramos said it would take effect 30 days after that.Ramos said the company already has paid Whitefish $10.9 million to bring its workers and heavy equipment to Puerto Rico and has a $9.8 million payment pending for work done so far.Ramos said cancellation of the contract will not lead to a penalty, but it’s likely the government will pay at least $11 million for the company to go home early, including all costs incurred in the month after the cancellation.Federal investigators have been looking into the contract awarded to the small company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown and the deal is being audited at the local and federal level.Ramos said the company contacted Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority two days before the storm hit, at a time when it was becoming clear the hurricane could cause massive damage.Ramos earlier said he had spoken with at least five other companies that demanded rates similar to those of Whitefish, but also wanted a down payment the agency did not have.He said Sunday he hadn’t consulted with anyone else about signing the deal and didn’t notify the governor’s office for a week. He again praised Whitefish’s work.“They’re doing an excellent job,” he said.“There’s nothing illegal here … Of that, we’re sure,” he said, adding that he welcomes a federal investigation. “The process was done according to the law.”Ramos said his agency at first believed the Federal Emergency Management Agency pre-approved contracts, something the agency has denied.FEMA said it has not approved any reimbursement requests from the power company for money to cover repairs to the island’s electrical system. The contract said the utility would not pay costs unallowable under FEMA grants, but it also said, “The federal government is not a party to this contract.”FEMA has raised concerns about how Whitefish got the deal and whether the contracted prices were reasonable. The 2-year-old company had just two full-time employees when the storm hit, but it has since hired more than 300 workers.The White House had no comment Sunday. Last week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the federal government had no role in the process that led to awarding the contract.“This was something solely determined by the Puerto Rican government,” she said Friday.Rossello said he has requested that crews from New York and Florida come help restore power in Puerto Rico as he criticized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for not meeting its goals. The agency could not be immediately reached for comment.The governor also announced the appointment of an outside co-ordinator to oversee the power company’s purchase and contracting division.“If something illegal was done, once again, the officials involved in that process will feel the full weight of the law, and I will take administrative actions,” Rossello said.A Whitefish contract obtained by The Associated Press found that the deal included $20,277 an hour for a heavy lift Chinook helicopter, $650 an hour for a large crane truck, $322 an hour for a foreman of a power line crew, $319 an hour for a journeyman lineman and $286 an hour for a mechanic. Each worker also gets a daily allowance of $80 for food, $332 for a hotel room and $1,000 for each flight to or from the mainland.The company is based in Whitefish, Montana. Zinke, a former Montana congressman, knows Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski, and Zinke’s son also had a summer job at a Whitefish construction site.“I had absolutely nothing to do with Whitefish Energy receiving a contract in Puerto Rico,” Zinke recently said in a statement linked to a tweet. “Any attempts by the dishonest media or political operatives to tie me to awarding or influencing any contract involving Whitefish are completely baseless.”Democrats also have questioned the role of HBC Investments, a key financial backer of Whitefish. The Dallas-based company’s founder and general partner, Joe Colonnetta, has contributed thousands of dollars to President Donald Trump and other Republicans. Chiames, the Whitefish spokesman, has said that Colonnetta’s political donations were “irrelevant” and that the company would co-operate with any federal authorities.This week, Rep. Rob Bishop, the Utah Republican who heads the House Natural Resources Committee, sent the power company director a letter demanding documents, including those related to the contract with Whitefish and others that show what authority the agency has to deviate from normal contracting processes.“Transparent accountability at (the power company) is necessary for an effective and sustained recovery in Puerto Rico,” his office said in a statement.A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances announced this week that retired Air Force Col. Noel Zamot will be in charge of power reconstruction efforts. Rossello and other officials have rejected the appointment, saying the local government is in charge of a power company that is $9 billion in debt and had struggled with outages before hurricanes Irma and Maria last month.last_img read more

Amine Harit Sets Hopes on WAC

Rabat – The Moroccan international player, Amine Harit, who currently plays for Schalke 04, has announced his wish to play for the Moroccan club, Wydad of Casablanca (WAC).In an interview with a national radio station, the midfielder expressed his love for his homeland:“I really like Wydad, I’ve been a fan of this club since I was a kid and I hope that one day I will be able to wear its colors before the end of my career.” Harit has also discussed about his gameplay, saying that the priority is to improve both his technique and tactic. read more

North American markets tumble as Chinese market selloff takes hold

North American markets tumble as Chinese market sell-off takes hold TORONTO – North American stock markets closed sharply lower Wednesday following a big sell-off in China and continuing uncertainty over Greece’s debt woes.The decline came as an unspecified technical glitch halted trading on the New York Stock Exchange for more than half the session.Trading of NYSE securities on other platforms — including the Nasdaq — were unaffected by the halt. Other North American markets also continued to trade.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index plunged 212.43 points to end at 14,412.07, with all sectors lower, while the Canadian dollar was down 0.18 of a U.S. cent at 78.49 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell even more, down 261.49 points at 17,515.42, while the Nasdaq plummeted 87.70 points to 4,909.76 and the S&P 500 fell 34.66 points to 2,046.68.On Wednesday morning, the NYSE sent an alert to users about a “critical issue” with its services and halted trading at 11:32 a.m. ET. Trading resumed at about 3:15 p.m. ET.The stock exchange, which is the world’s largest by market capitalization, didn’t explain what caused the outage but said it was internal and not due to a breach of its systems.Despite the short-term attention focused on technical problems, more important global issues were still the heaviest weight on the markets, said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall MacDougall & MacTier Inc.“The main event is what’s going on in China and Greece — this (outage) is an irritant,” Nakamoto said.“It adds to a sour mood.”The pullback on North American exchanges followed another big drop on Chinese markets, which have been on a month-long skid that has wiped out trillions of dollars in market value.On Wednesday, the Shanghai composite sank six per cent despite new attempts by China’s government to stop the selling, among other things ordering state-owned companies to buy shares and promising more credit to finance trading. The Shanghai index has lost a third of its value in the last month, but is still up 70 per cent over the past year.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, a casualty of the turmoil in mainland Chinese markets, also lost six per cent.In Europe, Greece rushed to put together a detailed economic reform plan by Thursday, a deadline set by its European creditors.The creditor countries say they want time to review the plan before leaders of the European Union’s 28 countries meet on Sunday in what some say is Greece’s last chance to stay in the euro.On the TSX, energy stocks were down, with the index dropping 2.2 per cent, as the August crude contract pulled back 68 cents to US$51.65 a barrel.August gold rose $10.90 to US$1,163.50 an ounce.Follow @dj_friend on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect closing figure for the S&P 500. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 6:17 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Screens display financial information on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Hong Kong’s main stock index plummeted as much as 8.5 percent on Wednesday as a sell-off in mainland Chinese shares accelerated despite new measures to support the market; U.S. stocks were poised to open lower. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) read more

Alabama pipeline blast sparks worries about South gas prices

Alabama pipeline blast sparks worries about South gas prices A flame continues to burn after a Monday explosion of a Colonial Pipeline, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Helena, Ala. The blast, which sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over the forest, happened about a mile west of where the pipeline ruptured in September, Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) HELENA, Ala. – A deadly explosion that sparked a geyser of fire has shut down a vital pipeline supplying gasoline to millions of people across the Southeast, raising fears of another round of gas shortages and price increases after the pipeline’s second accident and shutdown in two months.Continuing fires in the drought-stricken area of central Alabama hampered officials’ efforts to fully assess the damage Tuesday afternoon, and firefighters built an earthen berm to contain the burning fuel.The accident happened when a dirt-moving track hoe struck the pipeline, ignited gasoline and sparked a blast Monday, killing one worker and injuring five others, Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline said.Four of the injured remained hospitalized, Colonial spokesman Bill Berry said Tuesday afternoon in nearby Helena, Alabama. UAB Hospital, where the injured were treated, declined to release information on them, citing requests by their families for privacy.Another worker was treated for less-severe injuries and released from a hospital, Berry said.The company said it hoped to restart the pipeline as early as the weekend. As much as 168,000 gallons of gasoline could have burned, spilled, evaporated or remained in the pipeline, the company said.The explosion happened a few miles from where the Colonial pipeline sprung a leak and spilled 252,000 to 336,000 gallons of gasoline in September. After the leak, the company used one of Colonial’s two main lines to move gasoline as it made repairs, but it still led to days of dry pumps and higher gas prices in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas while repairs were made.Contractors were working on repairs related to the September leak when gasoline ignited and spread fire to the pipeline, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Tuesday.The nine-member crew was using the track hoe to excavate the pipeline so that permanent repairs from the September leak could be made, Colonial Pipeline executive Gerald Beck said.The pipeline provides nearly 40 per cent of the region’s gasoline and usually runs at or near full capacity. Together Colonial’s two lines carry more than 2 million barrels of fuel a day.By mid-day Tuesday, Colonial Pipeline said it was able to restart the second of its two main lines, which carries diesel fuel and jet fuel.The severity of the gasoline shortage will depend on how long the gasoline pipeline remains closed, AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said.“We would encourage drivers not to panic, so don’t run to the gas station and start filling up every gas can you can,” said AAA spokeswoman Tamra Johnson.After the September leak, Colonial said it made up some of the gasoline shortfall by sending gas through the line that usually carries diesel and jet fuel. The company has not said whether it will do so again.Colonial Pipeline, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, operates 5,599 miles of pipelines, transporting gasoline, jet fuel, home heating oil and other hazardous liquids daily in 13 states and the District of Columbia, according to company filings.Plagued by a severe drought after weeks without rain, the section of Alabama where the explosion happened has been scarred by multiple wildfires in recent weeks.Pete Valenti, deputy fire chief in Helena, said the pipeline was spewing a geyser of flame several hundred feet into the air when crews arrived.“There was a hole in the pipeline. Product was just shooting out,” he said.From 3,000 feet in the air, a flame could be seen still burning in a haze of smoke Tuesday when an AP photographer flew over the site.Photographer Brynn Anderson said the blackened earth and a large area of charred trees are surrounded by other trees awash in fall colours just beyond the burned area.Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal temporarily eased limits on the hours that truckers carrying gasoline may drive. Other governors took similar action following the September leak, which allowed truckers to transport more gasoline by highways, making up for some of the shortage.In North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper reminded residents that North Carolina’s price gouging law remains in effect. Gov. Pat McCrory urged citizens not to participate in panic buying. McCrory, a Republican, and Cooper, a Democrat, are rivals in the 2016 governor’s race.In 2003, the EPA fined Colonial $34 million for gross negligence after it spilled almost a million gallons of diesel in South Carolina, polluting waterways in four states. The company also agreed to spend $30 million to upgrade environmental protections on its pipeline system.Since 2006, the company has reported 178 spills and other incidents that released a combined 193,000 gallons of hazardous liquids and caused $39 million in property damage. Most were caused by problems with materials, welding or some other equipment failure, according to federal accident records reviewed by The Associated Press.The company paid $381,000 in penalties for violating safety rules during the same period.___Associated Press Writer David Koenig in Dallas contributed. Jay Reeves reported from Helena, Alabama; Jeff Martin reported from Atlanta. by Jay Reeves And Jeff Martin, The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2016 10:04 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN rights expert deeply concerned about reprisals against those she met on

“There is one word that has hung heavily on my mind during this visit – reprisals,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said in a press statement wrapping up her 9 to 21 January mission to the country. She said she is deeply concerned about those with whom she met and spoke, “those critical of the Government, those defending and advocating for the rights of others, and those who expressed their thoughts and opinions which did not conform to the narrative of those in the position of power.” Moreover, she noted the increasing use of section 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Law against many, “merely for speaking their minds.” “It is particularly alarming to learn that the security forces’ counter operations in the villages of Maungdaw north in Rakhine state have reportedly been resumed following a brief lull, with raids conducted in several villages including nearby the villages I visited,” Ms. Lee stressed.There are further allegations of arbitrary arrests and detention in relation to these latest reported raids.The expert was especially dismayed to note that during the visit, feelings of optimism and hope had appeared to be fading among the country’s ordinary people – just one year after nationwide elation over the last general elections.The Special Rapporteur regretted that due to security reasons, she was only allowed to go to Myitkyina, and not Laiza and Hpakant in Kachin, stating that the situation “at the northern borders is deteriorating.” “Those in Kachin state tell me that the situation is now worse than at any point in the past few years. Whilst I was not able to travel to the areas most severely affected, the situation is now such that even in Myitkyina, the capital of the state and home to over 300,000 people, residents are afraid – and now stay home after dark,” the UN expert explained.In visiting a hard labour camp in Mon state, Ms. Lee was concerned over prisoners’ living conditions, pointing to the use of shackles as a form of additional punishment and the lack of transparency regarding their transfer to the hard labour camp. Without an individual complaint system in prisons she was “struck by the fear of those prisoners who were afraid of what would happen to them after speaking to me.” A report from the visit will be presented in March to the UN Human Rights Council.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Brock faculty alumni nominated for 2019 St Catharines Arts Awards

Congratulations are in order for the numerous faculty members and alumni of Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) nominated for the 2019 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards.The awards recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of artistic creation and seek to increase the visibility of St. Catharines’ artists and cultural industries, honour cultural leaders and their achievements and cultivate financial and volunteer support for the arts sector.Visual Arts alumna Kylie Haveron (BA ’18) is among the nominees selected for the Emerging Artist category, while Dramatic Arts Chair Joe Norris and Assistant Theatre Professor Danielle Wilson were both nominated for the Arts in Education award.Nominated in the Established Artist category are Wayne Corlis (BA ’05, MA ’12), who majored in Visual Arts and earned a master’s in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts, and Colin Anthes (BA ’14, MA ’16), who completed a combined Psychology/Dramatic Arts degree with a minor in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Philosophy. Anthes currently works as a part-time instructor in Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts.Nominated in the Making a Difference category are alumna Emma German (BA ’14), who majored in Visual Arts and worked as a curator at the City of St. Catharines and Brock’s Rodman Hall Art Centre, and alumnus Chris Illich (BA ’13), who majored in Popular Culture and is a part of Brock’s international community engagement team. Illich is Editor-in-Chief at The Sound, a source for arts and culture news in Niagara.Also nominated in the same category is the Willow Arts Community, a non-profit arts organization based at Rodman Hall that provides free artistic training and exhibition opportunities to community members with lived experience of mental health and addiction.The recipients of the City of St. Catharines Arts Awards will be recognized at a reception on Friday, May 3 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Tickets will be available in March.A full list of nominees is available online. read more

Bosna Sarajevo saved – BH Telecom new last name

← Previous Story “Match of the Week” – Kielce’s win in Veszprem! Next Story → Pick Szeged has lost the leading position in Csurgo! To great pleasure of all handball fans in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the region, good handball will continue to be played in Sarajevo. That is to be guaranteed by BH Telecom, which is from today the new general sponsor of RK Bosna, which experienced great organizational and player turbulences in the past few months, and with which the rest of the season was under the question mark:As you already know, RK Bosna in the previous period, except the activities in the organizational part of the club as well as complete change of the player’s squad, was largely regarded as one of the best Bosnia and Herzegovina brands, but had the problem of whether it will continue it’s competition in the Champions League and all other competitions (SEHA League, Premier League and Cup BH). Luckily to everyone in the club and to all handball fans, our club in these hard times was given great support, and perhaps key support in the fight for club’s survival, by the company BH Telecom. With pride we can say that from today our club is called RK Bosna BH Telecom – was outlined in club’s announcement to the media. read more

GOLDEN LEAGUE France and Denmark win

Denmarkfrancegolden league handballhandball Men’s EHF EURO 2014 finalist France and Denmark won their matches at the Round 1 of the Golden League in Horsens. French team beat Norway 27:25 (15:11) with outstanding Nikola Karabatic who scored 9 goals for the winners, while Hippe with 4 goals was the TOP scorer for Norwegians.In the second match of the day, Denmark had no problem against Slovenia 31:25 (15:12). ← Previous Story MORE THAN HANDBALL: Polish-Hungarian handball friendship Next Story → LJUBOMIR VRANJES: Shot-Clock should be given a chance read more

Un an après le Japon se remet peu à peu de la

first_imgUn an après, le Japon se remet peu à peu de la catastropheCela fait aujourd’hui précisément un an que la Japon a été frappé par l’une des plus graves catastrophes de son histoire. Le 11 mars 2011, un séisme de magnitude 9 se déclenchait au large des côtes nord-est de l’île de Honshu et provoquait un tsunami dévastateur.C’est un triste anniversaire que célèbre le pays du Soleil levant. Aujourd’hui, cela fait un an jour pour jour qu’a débuté l’une des plus graves catastrophes qu’ait jamais connu le Japon. Un évènement qui a en réalité plutôt pris l’aspect d’une triple catastrophe. Le 11 mars 2011, un séisme de magnitude 9 est survenu au large de la côte nord-est de l’île de Honshu. Créant la panique chez les habitants, il a secoué pendant plusieurs minutes les gratte-ciels des villes côtière et fait littéralement bougé plusieurs immeubles. Pourtant, celui-ci n’a en réalité causé que des dégâts relativement mineurs grâce à la qualité des constructions parasismiques japonaises. C’était sans compter la deuxième catastrophe que celui-ci allait entrainer. Peu après le séisme, c’est un gigantesque tsunami de plus de 10 mètres de hauteur qui a déferlé sur la côté, engloutissant tout sur son passage : maisons, immeubles, routes, voitures et habitants. D’après la NASA, le tsunami était en fait composé de plusieurs vagues, au moins deux, qui ont fusionné, renforçant la puissance du phénomène. Or, les murs construits pour contrer une montée des eaux dans les villes côtières n’ont aucunement suffi à contenir les eaux qui ont inondé tout le territoire voisin. Sous le choc, le Japon ne pouvait alors pas imaginer la dimension de la catastrophe. Au cours des heures et des jours suivants, la mer a rejeté des milliers de corps inertes, aggravant sans cesse le bilan. Mais la suite des évènements s’est révélée encore plus désastreuse. Alors que les secours s’affairaient toujours dans les décombres et que les eaux laissaient peu à peu place à des paysages de désolation, une troisième catastrophe survenait : l’accident nucléaire de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi qui a également dû faire face à la gigantesque vague à laquelle elle n’était pas préparée. Quelques heures après le tsunami, la centrale a commencé à multiplier les problèmes, en raison notamment d’une panne des systèmes de refroidissement des réacteurs. Le lendemain, une explosion survenait dans l’un des réacteurs, captant l’attention du monde entier.  Un avant et un après Fukushima La suite, tout le monde la connait. Les autorités qui craignaient tout d’abord une fusion dans les réacteurs ont ensuite tout fait pour éviter que des fuites radioactives ne se produisent, les matériaux n’étant plus confinés correctement. Au fil des jours, la situation s’est peu à peu aggravée touchant plusieurs des réacteurs de Fukushima et induisant d’importants rejets dans l’environnement. La catastrophe a alors pris une échelle internationale, ravivant le débat sur l’utilisation de l’énergie nucléaire et sa sûreté. Mais un an après, où en est-on ?Une chose est sûre : alors que la situation de la centrale n’a été considérée comme stabilisée qu’en décembre dernier, il y a un avant et un après Fukushima pour les Japonais comme pour le monde entier. Dans les premiers temps, alors que l’accident semblait s’aggraver de jour en jour, le gouvernement japonais comme l’opérateur de la centrale Tepco n’ont cessé de clamer que la situation était sous contrôle. Pourtant, les difficultés se multipliaient. De même, en ce qui concerne la radioactivité. Les autorités nippones se sont toujours voulu rassurantes, indiquant à la population qu’elle ne courait pas de risques. Rapidement, le doute s’est ainsi de plus en plus installé dans les esprits, mettant en évidence un clair manque de transparence de la part des autorités. Dans le monde entier, les instituts spécialisés dans le nucléaire ont dû donner leurs propres évaluations pour confirmer ou non les dires du gouvernement nippon. Aujourd’hui, ces faits ont laissé place à un clair manque de confiance de très nombreux Japonais dans les dires des autorités. Sans oublier le spectre de la radioactivité qui plane toujours sur le pays. Il y a peu, l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire français (IRSN) a estimé que la contamination, bien qu’elle ait diminué, demeurait “chronique et pérenne”. Ainsi, la plupart des habitants qui vivaient à proximité de Fukushima ne savent toujours pas s’ils pourront rentrer chez eux un jour. D’autres en revanche ont choisi de rester dans les zones contaminées, sachant très bien le risque qu’ils encourent, malgré les opérations de décontamination actuellement mises en oeuvre dans plusieurs villes. Un débat ravivé sur le nucléaire A l’échelle mondiale, le retentissement de l’accident n’a pas été moindre, ranimant même le douloureux souvenir de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl survenue il y a un peu plus de 25 ans. Depuis, l’utilisation du nucléaire et surtout la sûreté de cette énergie sont revenus sur le devant de la scène. Dans plusieurs pays dont la France, le pourcentage d’habitants désireux de sortir du nucléaire a fait un véritable bond passant même à 80% au Japon. Néanmoins, la tâche est loin d’être aisée car qui dit renoncer au nucléaire dit trouver une autre source d’énergie. Et bien que les énergies renouvelables connaissent un succès croissant, selon bon nombre de pays, celles-ci ne suffiraient pas à répondre à la demande.   Même l’Allemagne qui a pourtant annoncé sa volonté de sortir du nucléaire, a dû freiner son projet face aux besoins engendrés par l’hiver. Aujourd’hui, ce sont 31 pays qui exploitent des centrales nucléaires pour 435 réacteurs sont opérationnels, en comptant les 48 “provisoirement” fermés au Japon, précise le Figaro.fr. Mais pas moins de 64 réacteurs sont actuellement en construction et des projets continuent d’être mis au point.  Un an après le séisme et le tsunami, la page est très loin d’être tournée pour les Japonais. Au total, la catastrophe a fait 15.689 morts et 4.744 disparus, selon un bilan établi en août 2011. Mais il continue en vérité de s’alourdir alors que des disparus sont encore retrouvés. “Les corps peuvent être rejetés par la mer dans des endroits que nous avons déjà fouillés. Il faut donc passer plusieurs fois. Le problème n’est pas que ces cadavres soient sales ou qu’ils sentent mauvais. Nous considérons que nous devons les traiter avec beaucoup de soin afin qu’ils puissent être restitués aux membres de leur famille”, explique Kaname Endo, officier de police dans la ville de Rikuzentakata touchée par le tsunami. À lire aussiDes Japonais s’apprêtent à tester un premier modèle d’ascenseur pour l’espace”Certaines personnes estiment que nous devrions cesser nos recherches puisque cela fait un an. Mais il reste des corps qui n’ont pas été retrouvés. Nous allons continuer jusqu’à ce que nous soyons sûrs qu’il n’y en a plus”, affirme encore l’officier cité par l’AFP, laissant l’image d’un Japon en pleine reconstruction mais qui reste profondément marqué.  Découvrez les images des villes japonaises après la catastrophe et un an plus tard sur MaxisciencesLe 11 mars 2012 à 13:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Final 33 WWE Smackdown rating overall number is up

first_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Google+center_img This week’s 3/3 WWE Smackdown on USA drew a 1.76 cable rating with 2.49 million viewers. This is up from last week’s 1.74 rating with 2.62 million viewers.So while overall viewers were down from last week, the rating did see an increase. Smackdown averaged a 0.77 rating among adults 18-49.Source: Prowrestling.net, Showbuzzdaily.com Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Facebook WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

UPDATE ZERO Letters Of Interest Received For Vacant School Committee Seat So

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen and Wilmington School Committee will hold a joint meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018 to fill the School Committee seat recently vacated by Peggy Kane.  The meeting will take place within the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting scheduled for that evening.Per Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41, Section 11, the remaining six School Committee members and the five Selectmen are responsible in appointing a resident to fill Kane’s unexpired term, which is up in April 2019. The “winning” candidate would need a simple majority — affirmative votes from at least six of the eleven officials — to secure the appointment.Residents wishing to serve on the School Committee must send a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s Office (directed to Kevin A. Caira, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, MA 01887) by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:30pm.At the Monday, July 9 Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that ZERO letters of interest had been received since the announcement two weeks ago.“We have not received any applications to this point. I would encourage individuals with an interest in serving on the School Committee to please submit a letter of interest,” requested Hull.The Town Manager’s Office will distribute any received letters to each member of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, giving them a couple of weeks to have conversations with candidates prior to the August 13 meeting.**UPDATE** What do you know? After telling Wilmington Apple several weeks ago he was interested in the seat, Jesse Fennelly — who was the runner up in April’s School Committee race — reports he did just send his letter of interest to Town Hall.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more