first_imgRoma approach Arsenal about Elnenyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma have approached Arsenal about Mohamed Elneny’s availability.TMW says Elneny is a new January transfer target for Roma with the door open to either a loan or permanent deal.Elneny joined Arsenal from FC Basel in January 2016 at a cost of €12.5m, but made only eight competitive appearances this season.Roma are seeking midfield reinforcements, as Daniele De Rossi and Steven Nzonzi are dealing with injury problems. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgFormer UFC champion Conor McGregor arrested in Miami for smashing fan’s phoneConor McGregor was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on suspicion of robbery and criminal mischief.advertisement Reuters MiamiMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 08:50 IST Conor McGregor was taken into custody on Monday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMcGregor has been charged with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischiefThe 30-year-old pleaded guilty to a reduced disorderly conduct chargeMcGregor was charged in April 2018 with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischiefConor McGregor was arrested in Miami Beach on Monday after a fan said the Irish mixed martial arts fighter smashed his phone and then walked off with the shattered remains, police records show.McGregor, 30, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on suspicion of robbery and criminal mischief, according to an arrest affidavit filed in connection with the incident, which took place shortly after 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Monday.”The victim and the defendant were exiting the Fountainbleau Hotel and the victim attempted to take a picture of the defendant with his cell phone,” the arrest report said, without identifying the second man’s name.”The defendant slapped the victim’s phone out of his hand, causing it to fall to the floor. The defendant then stomped on the victim’s phone several times, damaging it,” the report said, adding that the device was valued at $1,000.McGregor was taken into custody later on Monday. It was not immediately clear if he had retained a local attorney to represent him.McGregor was charged in April 2018 with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after police said he attacked a charter bus in New York carrying UFC fighters, throwing a moving dolly through a window and injuring other fighters.He later pleaded guilty to a reduced disorderly conduct charge.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Conor McGregorFollow UFCFollow Conor McGregor arrested Nextlast_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Nasdaq-listed Eagle Bulk Shipping saw a majority of investors vote to approve amendments to the Eagle Bulk ShipCo bond terms to finance more scrubber retrofits.Namely, the company informed that the holders of the USD 200 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.250% Senior Secured Bonds, due in November 2022, approved amendments to the bond terms at a meeting on November 6.Of the bondholders represented at the meeting, at which a quorum was present, 85.36 per cent voted in favor of the amendments, which was a qualified majority, Eagle Bulk Shipping informed.The amendment to the bond terms would allow for the use of proceeds from the sale of security vessels, up to a proposed USD 25 million for the partial financing of scrubbers. This would finance four exhaust gas cleaning systems to be retrofitted to the company’s fleet of vessels and options to purchase 18 additional scrubbers, the company earlier said.In early September 2018, Eagle Bulk signed a series of agreements to purchase of up to 37 scrubbers. The contracts include firm orders for 19 scrubbers and up to an additional 18 units. The projected cost, including installation, is approximately USD 2 million per scrubber system.Eagle Bulk separately released its financial report for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, in which it cited a rise in net revenues and TCE revenue.The company delivered net revenues of USD 69.1 million in the third quarter of the year, representing an increase of 10% compared to the same period in 2017, while TCE revenue for the quarter equated to USD 46.5 million, surging by 31% year-on-year.Net income for the period stood at USD 2.6 million, compared to a net loss of USD 10.3 million for the comparable quarter in 2017.“The third quarter marks the seventh consecutive quarter where we have outperformed the benchmark Baltic Supramax Index; a significant accomplishment in what has been a steadily rising market,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, said.last_img read more

first_imgA three-year project to renovate the historic courthouse in Digbyis underway, with the awarding of a $190,000 contract to CareyBrothers Masonry of Avonport, Kings Co., for the exterior brickwork. Most ofthe brickwork will be done during July and August when court isin summer recess. “The Digby courthouse is one of our provincial treasures,” saidJustice Minister Michael Baker. “It’s vital that we preserve it,not only for its historic significance, but to ensure the properadministration of justice in southwestern Nova Scotia.” The province will spend about half a million dollars over thenext three years to upgrade the brick exterior and repair theroof and windows. The renovations will repair damage caused bydeterioration of the exterior facade and will reinforce thebuilding’s historic character. The courthouse was originally built in 1909. The planned workbrings to almost $1 million, the amount of government fundinginvested in preserving this important building. The Department of Transportation and Public Works will co-ordinate construction with the court administrator and thejudiciary to make sure cases can continue and that staff and thepublic can safely use the building.last_img read more

first_imgPeople struggling with mental health and addiction issues are another step closer to getting the care they need in every region of the province. Health experts, researchers, mental health clinicians and people living with or affected by mental illness are among the 12 members appointed today, Sept. 29, to Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Strategy Advisory Committee. They will join co-chairs Michael Ungar and Joyce McDonald who were announced in June. “This diverse group of people bring a wealth of professional, clinical and personal experience to this opportunity to create a mental health strategy for Nova Scotia,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Their work will help us ensure better health care for you and your family.” The mental health strategy was announced in the March Throne Speech and helps fulfill a commitment by government to revamp mental health and addiction services across the province. The advisory committee will develop a consultation process and recommendations for a Mental Health Strategy. Ms. MacDonald also announced the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation will work closely with the advisory committee on the development of the strategy. It will gather evidence and support extensive consultation to ensure informed development of the strategy. “Given its scientific expertise and methodology, the foundation is well-equipped to help the advisory committee ensure the strategy includes the best evidence available,” said Ms. MacDonald. “We are pleased to contribute our knowledge and expertise to the development of the strategy,” said Krista Connell, chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. “The combination of our consultative approach and our expertise in gathering the best knowledge available will help the advisory committee develop a strategy that addresses Nova Scotia’s needs.” The foundation will also provide administrative and logistical support, offer project management and help oversee the development of the strategy. The advisory committee is expected to meet with Ms. MacDonald and the foundation in October to review the terms of reference and to develop a meeting schedule. Ms. MacDonald anticipates receiving the advisory committee’s recommendations by the summer. The members of the advisory committee are: Additional biographical information on committee members is available at gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/mental-health-strategy.asp. Frank Beazley, Halifax, Chief of Police, Halifax Regional Police Dr. Simon Brooks, Bridgewater, chief of psychiatry, South Shore District Health Authority Andy Cox, Halifax, mental health advocate, IWK Health Centre, Paul d’Entremont, West Pubnico,Yarmouth Co., founding member and executive director of Réseau Santé – Nouvelle-Écosse Daphne Hutt-MacLeod, Eskasoni, Cape Breton, director of Eskasoni Mental Health Services Jessica Inkpen, a young woman from Halifax who has struggled with anorexia for many years Lana MacLean, Halifax, a social work clinician who works extensively with the African Nova Scotian community Cecilia McRae, Merigomish, Pictou Co., president of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia Patti Melanson, Halifax, co-ordinator of the North End Clinic’s Mobile Outreach Street Health Program Dr. Paige Moorhouse, Halifax, principal investigator for several provincial and national grants on geriatric mental health Kathleen Thompson, Halifax, mother of a young woman who is battling an eating disorder, Halifax Catherine Thurston, Tidnish Bridge, Cumberland Co., former director of Mental Health Services for the Cumberland Health Authority.last_img read more

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Uncertainty over federal efforts to protect marine areas has “stranded” offshore oil investment as Newfoundland and Labrador faces an unprecedented cash crunch, Premier Dwight Ball said Tuesday.Ball told a federal panel his province wants to enhance ocean health but future decisions should be collaborative, timely and based on good science — not pressure from what he called special interest groups.Conservationists are pushing for oil and gas restrictions along with other limits in those areas.Ball says it’s a matter of balance.“We have a lot riding on our ocean industries,” he told the National Advisory Panel on Marine Protected Area Standards during its stop in St. John’s.“It’s so important to get this right.”Ball said confusion between existing marine refuge zones and potential marine protected areas has “stranded investment” for offshore oil activity.“We don’t need to shut down the economy to be good stewards of our oceans.”Newfoundland and Labrador has 29,000 kilometres of coastline, by far the most in Canada.Decisions involving the ocean have a disproportionate impact in a province that relies on fishing and offshore oil production, Ball stressed.Newfoundland and Labrador is the only Atlantic province not getting equalization payments from Ottawa as it faces an “unprecedented” fiscal mess since oil prices crashed in 2014, he added.Charlene Johnson, CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association, earlier told the panel that unpredictability threatens offshore momentum.She cited a particular need for clarity between marine refuge areas — where certain types of fishing are restricted but oil exploration licences have been issued — and marine protected areas, which will have regulations still to be determined.There are now two marine protected areas off Newfoundland and Labrador, with a third proposed for the Laurentian Channel off its southwest coast.The panel is collecting input for a report due in September to federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc and the coast guard.It’s to advise on developing standards for marine protected areas using guidelines from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.The federal government has committed to protecting 10 per cent of Canada’s marine areas by 2020. So far it has reached almost 80 per cent of that goal.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil also made his case before the panel this month that environmental protections should be balanced with economic factors.“We want to make sure that we work with the national government to achieve their objective of looking for marine protected areas,” he told reporters. “But it has to be done with a thought that Nova Scotians deserve to maximize the value of the resources off their coast.”McNeil said projects such as the Sable offshore development underscore that oil and gas exploration can be safe.There are now four producing oil sites off Newfoundland’s east coast. Ball said the sector contributed an estimated $13 billion to the federal government by the end of 2016.Those calling for purely off-limits marine protected areas say those benefits have come with a cost.Seabird specialist Bill Montevecchi of Memorial University of Newfoundland also presented to the panel Tuesday.Outside, he said small nocturnal birds known as Leach’s storm petrels are a telling symbol of ocean health. They’ve vanished in the millions since offshore oil production started 20 years ago in the North Atlantic east of St. John’s yet there’s no reliable science to explain why, Montevecchi said.He blames a failure by regulators to require independent analysis and environmental monitoring.“The regulations from the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board have failed,” he said in an interview.Montevecchi said marine protected areas should be “no touch” zones free of any disturbances to offer a baseline against which other regions are compared.“There’s lots of places to get oil,” he said. “We should be talking about the environment. We should be talking about animals, and there’s no reason that’s incompatible with economics.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

12 November 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for greater efforts to prevent the food shortages in parts of Southern Sudan, caused by poor rains and made worse by insecurity, from escalating into a deeper crisis. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for greater efforts to prevent the food shortages in parts of Southern Sudan, caused by poor rains and made worse by insecurity, from escalating into a deeper crisis.“Now is the time to act. Everybody needs to do their best to stop this humanitarian emergency, which is already affecting 1.5 million people across Southern Sudan,” Hilde F. Johnson, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, said after her three-day visit to the region. During her fact-finding mission, Ms. Johnson visited communities in Jonglei State which has been the hardest hit by the food shortages, as well as by increased levels of insecurity.She also travelled to Malakal, Akobo and Bor, where she visited therapeutic feeding centres and saw for herself the impact of food shortages on mothers and severely malnourished children. “Children are the most vulnerable to nutritional shocks and they are the first to succumb when there is not enough food in the home or the community,” she noted. UNICEF has responded to the crisis by providing therapeutic food through its partners which has been used to treat severely malnourished children in 79 therapeutic outreach centres across Southern Sudan supported by the agency.Ms. Johnson welcomed the immediate response of the World Food Programme (WFP) to the problem, but also called on donors and the Government of Southern Sudan to increase their assistance. read more

26 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned this morning’s attack on the United Nations building in Abuja, in which a number of people have been killed or wounded, and said he is dispatching top officials to the Nigerian capital to respond to the emergency. The compound in Abuja, a series of buildings that house the offices of 26 UN humanitarian and development agencies, was struck by a car bomb at around 11 a.m. local time. Hundreds of UN staff members were working in the compound at the time of the attack. “This was an assault on those who devote their lives to helping others,” Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. “We condemn this terrible act, utterly.”Mr. Ban said that the UN did not yet have precise casualty figures but “they are likely to be considerable,” adding that a number of people are dead and many more are wounded. “On this very sad occasion, I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims and their families,” he said. “The UN will undertake every possible effort to assist them during this difficult time.”Nigerian and international search and rescue teams have mobilized and are moving the wounded to hospitals and providing emergency aid.Mr. Ban announced that he is dispatching Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro to Nigeria immediately and mobilizing the UN system to respond to the emergency. She will be accompanied by the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Gregory Starr, and meet with Nigerian authorities on arrival in Abuja.UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that there was no previous threat against the UN compound, which had barriers around it to protect against attack.“It is regarded as a well-defended building and we will need to investigate how it was that the attackers managed to get past different levels of protection so that they could cause the damage that they did,” he said.The Secretary-General added that he will also call the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, soon to discuss the attack. The Security Council observed a minute’s silence before the start of a meeting today on UN peacekeeping operations, during which individual delegations all voiced their strong condemnation of the attack. In a later press statement voicing sympathy for the victims of the “heinous crime,” the Council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” The heads of several UN agencies deplored today’s bombing, including the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, who voiced deep sadness at the loss of UN personnel and Nigerian citizens killed in the attack.“These are unarmed civilians who have dedicated their lives to helping the people of Nigeria,” she said. Miss Clark added that the UN Country Team is working closely with national authorities to account for those still missing.The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, noted that the loss of UN colleagues comes exactly one week after the Organization commemorated the bravery of those working to save lives around the globe during the annual World Humanitarian Day.“This tragic event should remind us all of the courage of so many other aid workers who face similar dangers and who are doing so much for so many around the world,” he said.That sentiment was echoed in a statement issued by the UN Staff Union, which called on the Nigerian authorities to do their utmost to apprehend those responsible. “This event, once again, serves as a tragic reminder of the innumerable risks undertaken daily by United Nations personnel across the globe,” it said in a statement. UN flags will be flown at half-mast for three days starting tomorrow. read more

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging Canadian companies that work with Boeing to speak out against the U.S. aerospace giant’s trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier.The comments come after some of Canada’s largest aerospace firms wrote to Trudeau earlier this month urging his government not to walk away from its plan to buy 18 of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighter jets.The signatories said the country’s aerospace industry stands to greatly benefit from the purchase, an “interim” plan aimed at meeting the military’s immediate needs, and asked him to personally ensure the plan moves ahead.But instead of addressing the government, Trudeau said Tuesday, those companies should be directing any concerns they have about the trade battle — and its potential impacts on their business — at the source of the problem.“They should communicate that message to Boeing,” Trudeau said during a wide-ranging news conference in which he also addressed the deficit and proposed tax changes before flying to the UN in New York.“I encourage people who work with Boeing across the country to tell that company to what extent their actions against Canada’s aerospace industry is not in their interest, certainly not in the interests of Canadians.”The Liberal government has threatened for months to scrap its interim Super Hornet purchase — a temporary shore-up for Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet — at an estimated cost of $6 billion, unless Boeing backs off Bombardier.But Boeing has shown no signs of backing down.The company has accused Bombardier of selling its CSeries passenger jets to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies, and says the case has implications for its long-term health.The U.S. International Trade Commission will release the preliminary results of its investigation next week, and a finding against Bombardier could result in fines or tariffs.It could also threaten Bombardier’s deal with Delta, which involves up to 125 of the Canadian company’s CS100 passenger jets.The prime minister has gone out of his way to step up pressure on Boeing in recent weeks in the wake of unsuccessful secret talks between the Chicago-based company and the federal government.That includes calling the governor of Missouri, where the Super Hornets are built, and enlisting the help of British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose country is home to a large Bombardier plant.Trudeau has also hinted that Boeing could be blocked from taking part in an upcoming competition to replace Canada’s CF-18 fleet in its entirety, which will involve buying 88 new aircraft at an estimated cost of up to $19 billion.Such a course of action is unlikely, given the potential legal implications for the government if it tries to ban a specific company from vying for the contract.Many defence experts believe the real reason the Liberals wanted to buy interim Super Hornets in the first place was to sidestep the legal quandary associated with their promise not to purchase the oft-maligned F-35 stealth fighter.The prime minister said Tuesday that he was still hopeful the government, Bombardier and Boeing would be able to resolve the dispute through talks, even after the trade commission’s ruling on Sept. 25.“Regardless of the results of the preliminary ruling,” he said, “discussions will continue and we will continue to defend aerospace jobs in this country and the economic growth that comes with it.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter. read more

FREDERICTON — The TD Bank Group has become the first Canadian bank to join the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity — a centre for cyber technology research at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.Ali Ghorbani, the director of the institute, says having the bank become a founding corporate member validates the work they are doing to become a hub of cybersecurity research and development.“Cyber threats are everywhere and financial institutions are at the top of the list for cyber criminals to penetrate and do damages,” Ghorbani said.“Our centre has 20-plus years of experience doing research and development in cybersecurity. In the last four or five years we have been focusing primarily on threat intelligence and threat analysis and risk analysis and management,” he said.The institute’s cybersecurity graduate students will work with TD technology teams to develop new ways to detect and deal with online threats.“Our teams are developing next-generation technology solutions in partnership with leading industry players like TD, deepening defences against emerging cyber threats not just in Canada but around the world,” Ghorbani said.Frank McKenna, deputy chairman at TD, said protecting online data is “mission critical” for the bank because they are under constant attacks from hackers.“We have 25 million customers and their data is a sacred trust,” McKenna said in an interview.“Our technology teams have looked all over the world and we’re extraordinarily pleased to find some of the world’s leading experts are right at UNB.”McKenna said the bank plans to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in the institute and will open an office on site with up to 20 employees to start with.He said the Canadian centre is needed, despite the fact that TD also recently announced the opening of a cybersecurity office in Israel.“Israel is an acknowledged expert in cybersecurity but UNB is also recognized as a global expert in cybersecurity,” he said.McKenna said the bank is already collaborating with the university and will begin investing the money and developing office space in the coming year.There have been reports that estimate the global cost of cybercrime exceeded $600 billion last year. read more

Canadian dollar advances despite Fitch downgrade of Spanish banks by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2012 4:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar advanced Tuesday amid mainly higher commodities prices, while a downgrade of Spanish banks deepened pessimism about the effectiveness of a bailout hammered together for that country’s banks.The loonie rose 0.43 of a cent at 97.4 cents US.“Commodity currencies are generally outperforming, as they’ve been hit hard over the past two months and look a little more attractive around these levels,” said senior economist Benjamin Reitzes of BMO Capital Markets.“Of course, that all depends on what happens in Europe. This weekend’s bailout for Spain’s banks has done little to calm market fears.”Ratings agency Fitch said it was downgrading 18 Spanish banks as a result of a previous downgrade of Madrid’s sovereign debt on June 7. Fitch says it had conducted stress tests, both on the Spanish banking sector as a whole and on individual banks, updating results from tests done in 2011.Eurozone finance ministers said Saturday they would make €100 billion available to Spain to revive banks crushed by bad real estate loans. But early relief about the deal turned to doubt as traders worry the money will just add to the Spanish government’s already considerable debts and perhaps force it to seek its own sovereign bailout.That investor wariness was evident on bond markets where the yield on Spain’s 10-year benchmark bond shot up 0.28 of a point to 6.81 per cent, a record high and dangerously close to the seven per cent yield that has forced other countries to seek rescue loans. The bond rate fell back to 6.67 per cent in late trading.Italy’s yields rose to just over six per cent amid market frustration that European authorities seem unable to get ahead of the debt crisis.There is also nervousness ahead of Sunday’s election in Greece. The worry is that a left-wing party that advocates tearing up the country’s bailout agreement will be the big winner. If that happens, Greece could end up leaving the eurozone with unpredictable consequences for other debt-laden eurozone countries such as Italy.Oil prices were up after three losing sessions as traders also closely watched a quarterly meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries on Thursday.Some members of the cartel have suggested recently that OPEC is producing too much crude and the group could decide to cut supplies to help boost prices. The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange climbed 62 cents to US$83.32 a barrel.July copper dipped a cent at US$3.34 a pound while August gold gained $17 to US$1,613.80 an ounce. read more

‘Today’ executive Jamie Horowitz exiting after brief tenure; not ‘right fit,’ NBC memo says AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2014 7:16 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An ESPN executive brought to NBC to take charge of the “Today” show is exiting after less than three months.According to a staff memo Monday from NBC News President Deborah Turness, she and Jamie Horowitz decided that, in her words, it “was not the right fit.”Horowitz started in September as senior vice-president and general manager of “Today.” It was once the network morning show leader but has fallen behind ABC’s “Good Morning America.”In her memo to staff, Turness says Horowitz would be replaced in “due course” and she will help oversee the show in the meantime.NBC News declined to comment on Horowitz’s departure.Horowitz was president of original programming and production at ESPN. His TV career started with an entry-level position on NBC’s Olympics team. read more

Termed the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, the framework is an agreement between the UN chief, 36 Organizational entities, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organization, to better serve the needs of Member States when it comes to tackling the scourge of international terrorism.Speaking at the first meeting of the Compact’s Coordination Committee, at the UN Headquarters, in New York, Mr. Guterres highlighted the need to ensure full respect for international human rights standards and rule of law in countering terrorism.“Policies that limit human rights only end up alienating the very communities they aim to protect and which normally have every interest in fighting extremism,” he said, adding that as a result “such policies can effectively drive people into the hands of terrorists and undermine our efforts on prevention.”He also urged greater vigilance against the misuse of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones and 3D (three-dimensional) printing, as well as against the use of hate-speech and distortion of religious beliefs by extremist and terrorist groups.According to the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, the Coordination Committee will oversee the implementation of the Compact and monitor its implementation. It is chaired by UN Under-Secretary-General for counter-terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov.At its meeting, the Coordination Committee also discussed strategic priorities for the next two years, based on the sixth review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant Security Council resolutions and UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) assessments as well as Member States requests for technical help.It also looked into the organization of work and ways to improve the delivery of an “All-of-UN” capacity-building support to Member States.The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact Task Force will replace the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, which was established in 2005 to strengthen UN system-wide coordination and coherence of counter-terrorism efforts. read more

Then-junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt is greeted by teammates outside the dugout after scoring a run over the weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Arizona. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros MagazineJunior outfielder Tre Gantt knows who he is as a baseball player. Now, as the Ohio State baseball team continues its rigorous baseball season, he is trying to refigure his identity offensively near the top of the lineup. Since April 1, Gantt has a batting average of .192, crossing home plate only four times in those games. Losing five of their last eight games, the Buckeyes thrive when Gantt is excelling offensively, winning every game in which he has scored in during this stretch. In 29 of his 33 games starting for the Buckeyes, Gantt has hit in the No. 1 spot. Through this, the centerfielder has grasped a better idea of what the leadoff man is supposed to do for his club.“I think the main thing for a leadoff hitter is definitely getting on base,” Gantt said. “Getting on base is the most important thing and letting the guys behind you do their thing, move you over and hit you in.”Redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff is one of those middle-of-the-order hitters who reaps the benefits of having Gantt on base. “In that first inning, if we can get Tre (Gantt) on, it normally leads to good things,” Ratcliff said. “He’s really our spark plug and gets us going in games.” Coach Greg Beals said Gantt’s style of play is perfect for the top of the lineup. Beals described him as a prototypical centerfielder, relying on his speed in every part of his game. Once Gantt gets on base, his game revolves around creating havoc on the basepaths. “Once I get on base, my speed really takes over,” Gantt said. “Whether that’s going from first to third on a base hit or scoring from second.” Gantt shows his speed in multiple ways. He has seven doubles and two triples and is second on the team with 50 total bases. Gantt is also second behind senior shortstop Jalen Washington with six stolen bases on nine attempts. Sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell usually doesn’t have to deal with Gantt on base as a catcher. However, Barnwell can see how valuable he is on the bases even from the batter’s box. “When he gets on first base, you always have to be ready for him to take second base and even take third,” Barnwell said. “As a catcher, whenever you get someone like Tre on base, it totally changes how you have to approach controlling the running game.”Struggling to get on base in these last couple of weeks, Gantt can attribute that to his“My tendency is to get a little wild with my swing and try to do too much,” Gantt said. “That’s the main thing, trying not to do too much. Just know who I am and hit the ball and play hard.” Volunteer video coordinator Matt Angle understands from past experiences what Gantt is going through. When he was an outfielder at OSU from 2005 to 2007, Angle played a very similar offensive game to Gantt, relying on on-base percentage and speed to be successful. Drawing from video he has watched of Gantt throughout the season, Angle wants him to utilize his speed and contact ability a bit more in his at bats. “Sometimes it’s just pitch selection, being a little bit more aggressive on the pitches that he wants to hit, staying in on the bunt a little bit longer,” Angle said. “Earlier in the year, he was getting out of the box a little too early and his speed is fast enough that if he just places it in the right spot in the field, it will work out down the line.”Finding an identity is something that every baseball player goes through. Gantt says it is a priority to find your niche as a player and stay with it for the success of the team. “I think everyone tries to push themselves a little too much and that’s when things start to go wrong,” Gantt said. “When everyone sticks to who they are as a player, everything will fall into place.”When Gantt embraces who he is as a ballplayer, Beals said it only helps his team.“When Tre goes, we go,” Beals said. “When he’s playing good, we are playing pretty good. He’s a key part of this ball club and we need him.” read more

first_img AN INVESTIGATION IS underway after a garda car was involved in a two car crash in Cork city last night.It happened on the Commons Road at around 9pm.Two male gardaí were in the garda car and a male driver was alone in the other car.All three were taken to Cork University Hospital following the crash and received treatment for their injuries.Both gardaí have since been released from hospital.The matter is now under investigation.Read: Blair denies report that he’s taking a job with Donald Trump> 22,854 Views Image: Commons Road via Google Maps Short URL Investigation after garda car involved in Cork city crash Both gardaí have since been released from hospital. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cliodhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/3271742 Share23 Tweet Email Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 2:02 PM 7 Comments Mar 5th 2017, 2:02 PM Image: Commons Road via Google Mapslast_img read more

first_imgRhinocéros : arrestation au Népal d’un braconnier très recherchéUn homme soupçonné d’avoir abattu seize rhinocéros lors des six dernières années, a été arrêté au Népal. Il était le braconnier le plus recherché du pays.La police népalaise a arrêté cet homme âgé de 32 ans avec ses deux femmes, sa soeur et sa belle-soeur, à Waling, une ville située à 260 kilomètres à l’ouest de la capitale Katmandou, précise Romandie, citant des informations rapportées par WWF. Cet homme “est notre braconnier le plus recherché et sa famille était impliquée dans le braconnage de rhinocéros dans le parc national de Chitwan”, a expliqué Rajendra Singh Bhandari, le chef de la police.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosAu cours des six dernières années, l’homme aurait en effet abattu seize rhinocéros, espèce menacée ne comptant plus que 378 individus au Népal, selon l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). En Inde, la population de rhinocéros était estimée en 2007 à 2.200 spécimens. Victimes du braconnage, ces animaux sauvages sont massacrés pour leur corne, très recherchée en Chine pour ses prétendues vertus aphrodisiaques. Le braconnier qui vient d’être arrêté au Népal risque quinze ans de prison.Le 1 mars 2011 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgJust a few miles east of Interstate 5 outside of Woodland, Ryon Morrison and Sean Guard walked along a fern-lined path into a clearing surrounded by trees.“I don’t know how you feel, but I feel like I’m in the middle of nowhere,” Morrison said.This middle of nowhere is Bratton Canyon Park, a Clark County-owned property that Guard and Morrison hope will be the future home for Camp Eagles Rest. If their plan plays out, the camp will offer returning veterans recreational opportunities and programming in a tranquil setting that will help them return to civilian life.They’ve formed a nonprofit to manage the camp and are in talks with the county about leasing the park to provide what they said is a sorely needed service for veterans who struggle with family turmoil, as well as physical and mental trauma and other issues after returning from service.But not everyone is on board. The camp would require cabins and a larger building to be built, taking up nearly half of the park. The proposal has raised concerns with nearby residents as well as county councilors who want better assurances that the new nonprofit will be able to deliver.“I’m cautious about it, and I’m skeptical of its feasibility,” said Councilor Jeanne Stewart. “And I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or not support veterans, but I have to look out for the interests of the county.”last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Coaster and Amtrak passengers will need to find another way to travel this weekend. All services between Oceanside and San Diego will be shut down starting Saturday at 12 a.m.It will allow crews to work on 5 rail improvement projects, including upgrades to the Carlsbad and Encinitas stations.Crews will also be working on the San Diego Bridge and Elvira to Morena double track project.SANDAG officials say these upgrades will expand capacity and improve traffic flow. KUSI Newsroom, February 6, 2019 FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: February 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents Coaster, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner services closed this weekendlast_img read more

first_imgDespite email’s long-established role as a critical marketing channel for publishers, diverse challenges remain and, when it comes to return on investment, uncertainty persists. That’s the upshot of an exclusive survey conducted by Folio: and WhatCounts to better understand publishers’ goals, concerns, and tactics as they pertain to email marketing. Click to enlarge. Re-evaluating Your Strategy Despite the more than one-third of respondents who report sending at least one-million emails each month, only 22 percent say they invest at least $5000 per month on email marketing. In-house resources and expertise, data integration, and deliverability followed closely behind, with 50 percent, 44 percent, and 36 percent of respondents citing them as one of their top three challenges, respectively. “If publishers would spend the money to invest in more sophisticated integrations and technologies, and utilize additional agency or professional services, they would be able to accomplish more relevant messaging at a faster rate and see returns quicker,” continues Keye. “Email marketing is the backbone to their digital marketing program. If they don’t take care of it and invest in it, all may come crumbling down.” “Increasing customer lifetime value should be a key focus,” Keye says. “I recommend publishers create audience segments based on customer lifetime value.” When looking at top investment priorities going forward, things become even murkier. Nearly 20 percent of respondents cited optimizing the opt-in and opt-out process to drive list growth as their top priority moving forward, consistent with the 38 percent who named list growth a top challenge. Following closely behind, however, are obtaining a 360-degree view of the customer (19 percent), launching more lifecycle email campaigns (18 percent), and integrating circulation data with their email service provider (16 percent). Mobile optimization and monetization, while still a concern for many, were the two least cited challenges. Despite this, nearly a quarter of respondents say their email templates do not feature responsive design — something that should probably be a given at this stage in the channel’s maturity. Time to Up Your Investment? These different segments might include, for example, print and digital subscribers, newsletter-only subscribers, or engaged vs. inactive subscribers. A total of 151 executives, publishers, marketing directors, and head editors from across the B2B, consumer, and association segments of the magazine industry responded to a 15-question survey, conducted in September, designed to glean some empirical insights into media companies’ email marketing objectives, opportunities, and obstacles. While respondents were well aware of the challenges they face in email marketing, there appears to be little consensus on measuring the channel’s effectiveness. The percentage of web traffic driven from email was the most commonly tracked KPI, but only 72 percent of respondents reported measuring it. About two-thirds reported tracking monthly list growth trends, and just over half of all respondents said they track the percentage of recipients who are inactive (62 percent), and opens on mobile devices vs. desktop (61 percent). Considering that over 88 percent of respondents named email one of their top-three most important marketing channels, a serious disconnect appears to arise when moving from challenges to tactics, analytics, and investment. Perhaps most striking of all is that only 45 percent of respondents plan to re-evaluate their email marketing solutions within the next six months, while 40 percent will either do so “more than 270 days from now” or not at all. Given the importance of email as a marketing channel, and the rate at which consumption habits change and new technology emerges, publishers might want to consider keeping their email marketing solutions more top-of-mind. When asked to rank a selection of seven common email marketing challenges from most to least important, more than a third of respondents (38 percent) cited list growth as their primary concern, and another 20 percent named it their second-biggest challenge. “It’s surprising that deliverability and mobile optimization are such a challenge,” Keye continues. “It’s pretty easy and inexpensive to have a responsive template and most service providers offer deliverability consulting that helps publishers improve inbox placement.”  Click to enlarge. “We need to retrain upper management that it’s less about list size and more about list quality,” Emily Keye, director of strategic service at WhatCounts, tells Folio:. “Challenges like deliverability will become obsolete when list quality is a top priority.” “Once you have your lifetime value segments identified, create automated campaigns to convert subscribers to the next highest customer lifetime value segment. Monitor how each segment is performing to show lift in email ROI.”  Similarly, when asked how they measure the ROI of their email marketing efforts, responses varied significantly. About half of the respondents derive direct advertising revenue from email. Another 46 percent track indirect ad revenue, such as a lift in web traffic driven by email. “Publishers should really take the time and invest in bettering their email marketing program,” concludes Keye. “Without the proper resources, the high-quality subscribers and relevant messaging, their most important communication tool will experience lots of missed opportunities. Think beyond newsletters, and really try to understand each subscriber’s lifecycle within your brand.” Click to enlarge.Diverse Challenges Rather than making list purchases or rentals, says Keye, publishers should instead focus on organic growth through optimized opt-in forms, promotion on other channels, and delivering relevant content to minimize subscriber churn.last_img read more

first_img3:26 Millions of emails and passwords were dumped in an 87GB file. James Martin/CNET In one of the largest public data breaches, a collection containing more than 87 gigabytes of personal information was leaked online. The data dump, titled “Collection #1,” was hosted on the cloud service Mega, and had 772,904,991 email addresses, and 21,222,975 passwords. The treasure trove of private information was discovered by Troy Hunt, a security researcher and founder of the “Have I Been Pwned” service. The login credentials appear to have been stockpiled over years, as some passwords and emails come from 2008, Hunt said on his blog. The information comes from more than 2,000 different sources, Hunt said. You can check if you were affected by the breach by entering your email address on Have I Been Pwned. And you can see if individual passwords were compromised by clicking here. Breaches continue to happen on a massive scale as companies collect data on millions of people and fail to protect them properly. Marriott experienced one of the largest personal data breaches in history, losing personal information belonging to 383 million guests, while hackers hit Yahoo and stole data belonging to 3 billion accounts. The big numbers don’t always equate to dire after-effects; the breach of Yahoo accounts, for instance, isn’t likely to have the same potential for damage as the compromising of 147.7 million Social Security numbers taken in the Equifax breach.   Share your voice 20 Tags But just because your information is stolen doesn’t mean that you’re helpless.You can, and should, change your passwords.When potential hackers have access to this massive amount of login data, they’re not sitting at a computer trying to log into every account one by one. They’re using bots to do it through a technique called credential stuffing, which automatically blasts multiple services with the same set of login information. “Massive data breaches like Collection #1 create huge spikes in bot traffic on the login screens of websites, as hackers cycle through enormous lists of stolen passwords,” said Rami Essaid, a co-founder at bot security company Distil Networks. The company found that websites experienced three times as many login attempts after public breaches happen. The idea is that if you’ve reused those old passwords for different platforms, a potential hacker would use the leaked passwords to break into your newer accounts with these bots. With this recent leak, it’s a reminder for people to change their passwords, or start using a password manager that can automatically generate secure passwords for you.  The best defense…: Data breaches can sucker-punch you. Prepare to fight back.That Marriott breach: Hackers stole more than 5 million passport numbers.center_img Security Comments Now playing: Watch this: Biggest hacks of 2018last_img read more