HOUSTON — Houston Rockets guard James Harden eyed the scoreboard that showed the New York Knicks’ six-point lead with less than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter on Nov. 24.He knew it was time to bring his depleted team back.Harden scored 12 of his 36 points in the last five minutes in a clutch performance at the finish to lead the Rockets over the Knicks 91-86.“I just wanted to be aggressive when my teammates look for me to knock down shots and try to make plays,” Harden said.Houston (11-3) played without center Dwight Howard (knee) and point guard Patrick Beverley (hamstring), but Harden had half of the Rockets’ 14 3-pointers to overwhelm the Knicks, who played the second half without star forward Carmelo Anthony.Anthony left the game with back spasms with less than two minutes remaining in the first half and did not return. Anthony had 14 points.Anthony, who was unavailable to the media following the game, was taken to a local doctor for pain medication before a flight to Dallas, where the Knicks take on the Mavericks on Nov. 26, a team representative said.“Back spasms are really tough to deal with,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “He felt very uncomfortable, and we have to see tomorrow.”Jose Calderon and Travis Wear both had 9 points for the Knicks (4-11), who fell to 1-6 on the road and suffered their 10th loss in the last 12 games. Despite leaving so early in the game, Anthony led Knicks scorers, and none of his teammates scored in double figures.Six other players scored at least eight points, including five bench players. The Knicks made only two field goals in the final five minutes of the game.“We just couldn’t finish,” Fisher said. “We were unable to keep our offense going. The Rockets got running in the fourth, and we weren’t able to stop them.”The Rockets won their 10th straight game against New York and their 19th consecutive game against the Eastern Conference at the Toyota Center, the longest active winning streak of a team against the opposing conference in the NBA.“We got different lineups and different guys playing, but we went out there and found a way,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.The Rockets led by double-digits for parts of the first half, but a 7-2 run at the end of the first half helped the Knicks cut Houston’s lead to 51-46 at halftime.The Knicks’ defense tightened up in the third quarter. They held the Rockets to just 18 points and climbing to a 69-69 tie to enter the fourth quarter.In Anthony’s absence, the bench rose to the occasion on the defensive end as Amar’e Stoudemire had three blocks and Shane Larkin added three steals.Tim Hardaway, Jr., hit a 3-pointer with eight minutes and 50 seconds remaining in the game to give the Knicks a 78-72 lead, but Harden’s scoring in the final minutes of the game proved too much for New York.With Anthony in the locker room and Harden the game’s most dominant scorer, the Houston crowd chanted, “MVP, MVP, MVP!” in the closing minutes.(JORDAN GODWIN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — Teddy Blueger scored two goals, Matt Murray made 33 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins surged to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night.Justin Schultz, Nick Bjugstad and Matt Cullen also scored for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel and Marcus Pettersson each added two assists.Murray improved to 6-0-0 against the Rangers in the regular season and 5-0-0 at Madison Square Garden.Pittsburgh pulled into a tie with the New York Islanders for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 95 points. Both teams trail Washington by one point for first.Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri scored for the Rangers. Alexandar Georgiev, coming off a 44-save effort in a 2-1 overtime win Saturday night at Toronto, stopped 31 shots.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Portwell announces broad support for the Universal IoT Connector (UIC), introduced by SGET. The SGET-defined software interface serves as a universal docking point for cloud services to embedded hardware. Portwell is one of the initiators of the SGET standardization group, which accelerated the definition of the standard. In order to guarantee rapid market penetration, Portwell supports the launch of the UIC with its comprehensive portfolio of modules, boards and systems.UIC is available on Microsoft Windows 10 IoT and Linux, it is addressed to a very broad user base. Portwell fully accommodates this approach as it covers the concept of UIC with a variety of processor classes from Intel Atom to Xeon. This means that Portwell’s products, such as the Intel processor families Baytrail, Braswell, Apollo Lake, Skylake and Kaby Lake, offer great support module- and system-wise.Portwell supports the SGET standards Qseven and SMARC as well as the PICMG standard COMexpress for modules. This means that UIC is currently available for 11 modules out of Portwell’s portfolio. There are currently six boards, such as Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, 3.5″Embedded Board, PICMG 1.3 and ATX and a total of three fanless systems. In order to realize fast and easy cloud connection, Portwell’s M2MGO PST system provides an out-of-the-box solution for OEMs who attach particular importance to time-to-market of new solutions.Many live demos will be featured regarding the use of UIC and M2MGO at Portwell’s booth at embedded world. These demos also include other SGET members. One of the systems is based on the Qseven Module PQ7-M106 and the Carrier Board PQ7-C201. This module is equipped with an Intel Baytrail processor and uses Windows 10 IoT Enterprise as an operating system for the demo.RS4U-B641, a fanless system based on the COMexpress Module PCOM-B641, is powered by the latest Intel Atom processor Apollo Lake. It is also designed for Windows 10 IoT, offers the functionality to be used as gateway or data concentrator and is suitable to be operated in an extended temperature range.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous MEN: rugged COM Express module with AMD V1000Next SEGGER introduces new compression software
Continue Reading Previous COMMELL: PICMG1.3 SBC featuring Coffee Lake processors with Turbo Boost Technology 2Next COMMELL: LS-37L 3.5-inch SBC supports DDR4 memory DIMM 2666 MHz The trend of Industry 4.0 has driven the rise of related technologies including computer vision, motion control, SCADA and AI. To help enterprise transform into Industry 4.0, Lanner introduced LEC-3340, an edge consolidation server (ECS) that can execute multiple virtual machines (VM) to perform the previously mentioned technological functions as the cost-efficient approach to simplify management and maintenance.LEC-3340 is a 3U rackmount fanless industrial edge consolidation server powered by Intel® Xeon® E3-1505L V6, Core i3-7100E or i5-7442EQ CPU. The open architecture and high-performance of the newly launched LEC-3340 make it optimal to run multiple VMs like computer vision, motion control, SCADA and AI to painlessly transform industries into the 4.0 era.For industrial environment, LEC-3340 is compliant with IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 standards and supports -40~70°C wide operating temperatures. The new Lanner’s ECS server also boasts rich I/O ports including 4x PCIe slots, 4x GbE RJ45 ports, 5x USB 3.0, 2x 2.5” swappable drive bays, DP and DVI display, IRIG-B and 2x Isolated COM ports. For expansion and advanced security, the LEC-3340 is designed with 1 x PCIe x16, 3 x PCIe x4 slots, 4 x Intel i210IT 1000Base-T GbE RJ45 ports and optional TPM 2.0 function.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
England’s bandwagon rolled on in Russia as they achieved the ‘unthinkable’ on Tuesday when they beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after the match ended level at 1-1 after a frantic 120 minutes in Moscow.England who moved into the quarters, will now face Sweden on Saturday in Samara. However, it was not rosy for England in the match. The Three Lions went ahead in the 57th minute via a Harry Kane penalty and kept the Colombia players at bay for 92 minutes before Yerry Mina rose above the rest and headed his third in his third goal of this year’s World Cup. The next 30 minutes saw nothing and the teams couldn’t be separated as the game moved into the much dreaded penalty shootout for England.But, the Englishmen, held their nerves and emerged as the winners despite Jordan Henderson missing a penalty. Jordan Pickford emerged as the hero when the Everton goalkeeper stopped Carlos Bacca’s spot kick after Mateus Uribe’s strike hit the crossbar. Eric Dier then came in and converted his penalty from the spot to give England a 4-3 victory via penalties.HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTEngland had earlier lost their last two penalty shootouts in the World Cup and Gareth Southgate’s men scripted history when they became the first English team to win on penalties in the tournament. Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca from the spot (Reuters Photo)With Pickford saving the penalty, he became the first English goalkeeper to save a penalty in a penalty shoot-out at a major tournament since David Seaman at World Cup 1998 against Argentina. Seaman had denied Hernan Crespo that day in Saint-Ettiene. But, Argentina had won the match 4-3 on penalties.advertisementMoving ahead, it can’t be England if you ain’t speaking about Kane. Can it? The Tottenham forward’s good run in the World Cup continued on Tuesday at the Spartak Stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith his 57th minute strike, Kane became the first England player to score in his first three World Cup matches. He’s also the first Englishman to score in six consecutive international matches since Tommy Lawton in 1939.However, it was not all about England in Moscow. Colombia’s Mina also achieved a feat. He matched Germany’s Paul Breitner for scoring the most goals in a World Cup for a defender. The Cololmbian’s goal against England was Mina’s third in this World Cup. He has now equaled the World Cup record for most goals by a defender in a single World Cup, which was set by Germany’s Breitner in 1974.The stoppage time goal was also the 99th goal scored after the 90th minute in World Cup history. On the other hand, it was the first time England conceded a goal in the stoppage time in a World Cup match. 8 yellow cards were shown in this match between Colombia and England (Reuters Photo)However, barring the thrills, the match was mostly ill-tempered. The game in Moscow on Tuesday, saw eight yellow cards combined. The South Americans saw six while the Englishmen saw two. Wilmar Barrios, Bacca, Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado, Carlos Sanchez and Arias saw yellow for Colombia while Jordan Henderson and Jesse Lingard were the culprits for the Three Lions. This was also the most number of cards shown in a single game in this World Cup.The six cards seen by Colombians is also the most seen by a team in this World Cup. Not only that, this is also the sixth time Colombia have failed to beat England. They have drawn three and lost three games so far.
Diwali is here, and millions of people across the country are ringing in the festival of lights with great fervour. From lighting diyas to decorating houses with beautiful rangolis, celebrations are on in full swing.B-Town is also gripped by festive fever; the last few days saw star-studded Diwali bashes hosted by Bollywood celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt.The celebrities also took to social media to wish their fans and well-wishers a very happy Diwali. Take a look at some of their wishes:Happy Diwali to all . Hope you all find the light in you . Be happy , be kind, be safe . pic.twitter.com/X1TmaWSpa6 Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) November 7, 2018View this post on InstagramNacho, Gaao, Deepawali manao! Made this Funked up Diwali video on LIKE. Create your own! @like_app_official #HappyDiwali #LIKE20Million #LIKEIndiaA post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Nov 6, 2018 at 3:46am PST . Happy Diwali! Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) November 7, 2018Happy Happy Diwali from team #AmarAkbarAnthony pic.twitter.com/1U0pWsBu1x Ileana D’Cruz (@Ileana_Official) November 7, 2018Love and happiness to you all on this Diwali. pic.twitter.com/OZUDDkOW7t Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) November 7, 2018Happy Diwali everyone! Hope you all are celebrating with your family and loved ones Let’s make this Diwali memorable !Avoid bursting loud crackers as Animals and small kids get scared and those toxic fumes will only hurt everyone!! #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/dzhEBdd0K0 Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) November 7, 2018View this post on InstagramHappy Diwali to All Celebrate happiness and togetherness #monkeylove #diwali #loveandlightadvertisementA post shared by bipashabasusinghgrover (@bipashabasu) on Nov 6, 2018 at 9:22am PSTHappy Diwali to all of you! Love and light for life…..stay as positive as you can this year ….please wish your families from Mom, Roohi, Yash and me!! pic.twitter.com/Bm2NTYfgRP Karan Johar (@karanjohar) November 7, 2018ALSO READ: Disha Patani wishes fans on Diwali in sports bra and lehenga, gets trolledALSO WATCH: Congress, BJP take out their best crackers for Diwali dhamaka
Abhinav Mukund led Tamil Nadu’s strong reply to Hyderabad’s massive first innings total of 565 for 8 declared in the Ranji Trophy on Wednesday.Mukund was batting on 101 as Tamil Nadu reached 163 for 2 at stumps on Day 3 in reply to Hyderabad’s massive first innings total of 565 for 8 declared.Hyderabad skipper P Akshath Reddy could add only two runs to his overnight score of 248 and the team declared at 565 after CV Milind (33 not out) and Mehdi Hasan (14 not out) put on 27 runs for the ninth wicket.SIKKIM, UTTARAKHAND REGISTER WINSDeepak Dhapola returned with a match haul of 13 wickets as Uttarakhand secured their second straight victory in the Ranji Trophy Plate Group beating Manipur by eight wickets.In Dimapur, Sikkim also registered their second win in their debut season beating hosts Nagaland by nine wickets.Sikkim have 13 points along with Uttarakhand but the former occupy the pole position in the Plate Group on the basis of better net run-rate.RAILWAYS TAKE 130-RUN LEAD VS SAURASHTRARiding on an unbeaten fifty by young Harsh Tyagi, Railways lead Saurashtra by 130 runs at stumps on the penultimate day of the four-day game against hosts Saurashtra.For Railways, Tyagi was impressive in the second outing with his unbeaten innings of 73 in 182-balls.While all others batters failed, 18-year-old Tyagi kept the score-board ticking.His knock ensured that Railways managed to get past the 250-run-mark and ended the third day on 278/8.After opting to bat, Railways were bowled out for 200 in their first outing.Saurashtra then took a crucial 148-run first-innings lead with Ravindra Jadeja remaining unbeaten on 178 as they posted 348 on the board.advertisementDELHI STEP CLOSER TO VICTORYDhruv Shorey’s fourth first-class century put Delhi firmly in sight of an outright victory against Himachal Pradesh in an opening round Group B encounter.Shorey scored his fourth first-class hundred — 106 not out off 177 balls as Delhi declared their second innings at 281 for 4, leaving HP with a stiff target of 376.Earlier, Delhi dismissed HP for 223 in their first innings taking a first innings lead of 94 runs and also ensuring at least three points.At stumps on the third day, Himachal were 44 for 1 with their best bet Prashant Chopra being dismissed by Ishant Sharma (1/14 in 5 overs).With 332 needed on the final day, it will be more about how Himachal survive against left-arm spin duo of Vikas Mishra and Varun Sood on a fourth day track with considerable wear and tear.(With inputs from PTI)
Australia vs England, Birmingham Weather Forecast: Rain interruption likely in World Cup 2nd semi-final
India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 11:29 IST Australia vs England, Birmingham Weather Forecast, Word Cup 2019 semi-final 2 (Reuters Photo)The 1st semi-final between India and New Zealand entered the record books as it became the first World Cup knockout match to spill into the reserve day. A steady drizzle in Manchester on Tuesday forced the match officials to call off play and resume the game on the following day.Wet weather has been an issue in England and as many as 4 matches have been abandoned due to rain in World Cup 2019.With rain returning for the knockout stages as well, all eyes are on the weather forecast. The iconic Edgbaston in Birmingham hosts the second semi-final between hosts England and defending champions Australia on Thursday.England vs Australia, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Weather Forecast for Birmingham on Thursday11:30 am IST: No surprises, there is rain threat in Birmingham on Thursday. The 2nd semi-final between England and Australia is likely to be interrupted by light showers, especially in the afternoon.England and Australia begin their semi-final battle from 10:30 AM BST and 3 PM IST on Thursday.A rather cloudy start with some outbreaks of light rain, but the rain will steadily ease with some bright spells developing. Isolated showers are possible during the afternoon, with one or two on the heavy side. Feeling warm and humid, Met Office forecast says. AccuWeather forecast for Birmingham on Thursday AccuWeather forecast for Birmingham on ThursdayKeep in mind, there is a reserve day for the 2nd semi-final as well.When does a World Cup 2019 match spill into the reserve dayIn the event of poor weather for example, steps will be taken to be able to finish the match that day — reducing the number of overs down to the minimum of 20 overs per team needed to achieve a result, or by extending the match by up to 120 min.advertisementIf there is still no result on the scheduled match day, play will continue on the Reserve Day, using the same start time and hours of play as the scheduled match day.Also See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Birmingham weatherFollow Edgbaston Next Australia vs England, Birmingham Weather Forecast: Rain interruption likely in World Cup 2nd semi-finalAustralia vs England, Birmingham Weather Forecast: The second semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is likely to be interrupted by rain at Edgbaston. Here’s all that you need to know about the latest weather updates from the English city.advertisement
People who face racism may be at an increased risk of inflammation and chronic illness, a study has found. Inflammation serves to protect an organism from a health threat. However, if someone feels under threat for long periods of time, their health may suffer significantly with chronic inflammation. “If those genes remain active for an extended period of time, that can promote heart attacks, neurodegenerative diseases, and metastatic cancer,” said Steve Cole of the University of California, Los Angeles in the US. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe research, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, shows that racist experiences increase inflammation in African American individuals, raising their risk of chronic illness. “We know discrimination is linked to health outcomes, but no one was sure exactly how it harmed health,” said April Thames, an associate professor at University of Southern California in the US. The survival of all living things depends on their ability to respond to infections, stresses and injuries. Such threats trigger an immune system response to fend off pathogens and repair damaged tissues. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painA select group of genes are key to this defense mechanism, and inflammation is a sign that those genes are working to counter the threat or repair the damage. “We’ve seen this before in chronic loneliness, poverty, PTSD, and other types of adversity. But until now, nobody had looked at the effects of discrimination,” said Cole. For the study, researchers focused on a group of 71 subjects: two-thirds of them were African Americans; the others were white. In addition, 38 of the participants were positive for HIV. Their participation gave scientists a chance to study the effects of racism independently from the effects of the disease. The scientists extracted RNA from the participants’ cells and measured molecules that trigger inflammation, as well as those involved in antiviral responses. The team found higher levels of the inflammatory molecules in African American participants. The results found in the study also indicate that racism may account for as much as 50 per cent of the heightened inflammation among African Americans, including those who were positive for HIV. The scientists made sure that all the participants had similar socioeconomic background to account for financial stressors, which eliminated poverty as a potential factor for chronic inflammation among the people in the study. Individuals’ lifestyles can reduce the ill effects of some stressors, but racial discrimination is a chronic stressor that people have no control over.
London: China will not “sit by and watch” and is ready to “quell the unrest swiftly” if the crisis in Hong Kong becomes “uncontrollable”, China’s ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming said on Thursday. “If the situation deteriorates further into unrest uncontrollable by the SAR (Special Administrative Region) government, then the central government will not sit by and watch. We have enough solutions and enough power to quell the unrest swiftly,” he said. (
Every year, 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States. But groups across the country are working with their local shelters to get more people involved to help these homeless animals. Their stories are told in the inspiring film, SHELTER ME, which premieres at Redbox kiosks this week.All proceeds from SHELTER ME rentals between April 23rd through April 29th will benefit Ellen DeGeneres’ Halo Pet Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the well-being of pets and the people who love them. This unprecedented partnership will help to raise funds to help shelter pets and educate people about rescue.SHELTER ME can be found at Redbox here.“I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there,” says Ellen DeGeneres.“We’re honored to support the Halo Pet Foundation and everything they do to promote the well-being of pets and their owners,” said Anne Saunders, president of Redbox. “We hope all pet lovers take the opportunity to watch ‘SHELTER ME’ this week, and in the process, help us contribute to this important cause.”SHELTER ME is hosted by Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked Up) and sponsored by talk-show host Ellen’s natural pet food company Halo, Purely for Pets. The film celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories and shows how people’s lives are improved when they adopt these animals.SHELTER ME, which is distributed by Virgil Films, focuses on how shelter pets are helping war veterans cope with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Filmmakers also go inside a women’s prison, where inmates train shelter dogs to become service animals for people with disabilities. And we see the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to a shelter until the day they become beloved family pets.SHELTER ME, which was produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Steven Latham (NOVA: Saved by the Sun, TED: The Future We Will Create), is about second chances, hope, helping others and making a difference – and about how dogs are truly man’s best friend.Source:PR Newswire
Live webcast of the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
The parties should refrain “from inspiring or promoting any sort of ethnic or religious hostilities, particularly with a view to obtaining political gains,” it said in a statement read by the Council President for March, Brazilian Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg. The Council expressed concern at recent political developments, especially the Partido da Renovação Social’s (PRS) nomination of ex-President Koumba Yala as its presidential candidate. The decision challenged the Transitional Charter and could jeopardize the process leading up to presidential elections scheduled for June, it said. In a report to the Security Council at the end of 2003, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the removal that September of democratically elected President Yala, “however reprehensible,” took place after “constitutional norms were repeatedly violated.” Just over a year later the military mutinied briefly. Peace efforts have not yielded enough social and economic dividends to benefit the population and discourage the use of force, the Council said. With regard to security sector reform, the Council re-affirmed the role of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) in supporting the effort and welcomed initial measures taken by the Chief of General Staff in promoting reconciliation within the military. The Council encouraged “full inclusiveness and renewed commitment to reconciliation in the armed forces and development of constructive civilian-military relations based on the armed forces as an institution subordinated to the elected civilian authorities.”
by Tahirih Foroozan Posted Apr 20, 2017 12:55 pm MDT Calgary|YYC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto is the latest Canadian city to announce a foreign buyers tax, following in Vancouver’s footsteps.The move is an effort to cool down the real estate markets in Canada’s two major cities and it also means foreign buyers are looking elsewhere.Managing Principal at Urban Analytics, Michael Ferreira, found that when Vancouver implemented their foreign buyers tax there was a spike in interest in Calgary, but it didn’t translate the actual numbers.Now that the tax has been announced in Toronto, he said that could change.“I think they’ll look at Calgary and look at the potential for economic growth, combined with the value they get for purchasing there and really, strongly consider it now,” said Ferreira.He does have some words of wisdom for Calgary, so we don’t repeat the mistakes of Canada’s two major cities.“Start encouraging a little bit more supply in the market. That’s the issue that both Vancouver and Toronto experienced when you get a sudden increase in interest.”Ferreira added foreign investment in Calgary could be good news for the short term and that the city hasn’t seen a major highrise project in the past 18 months. Foreign buyers tax could boost Calgary real estate The park near the Peace Bridge is one of many projects to help prevent flooding like we saw in Calgary in 2013. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS)
“Children from the very countries and regions where needs are most acute are missing out on this vital assistance. We urge our supporters not to forget the value the school meals programme brings – a key vehicle to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition – and not let more than a million children slip deeper or back into in poverty and hunger,” the World Food Programme’s Regional Director for West Africa, Abdou Dieng, said in a news release.“We urgently need US$48 million to start or continue our school meals assistance,” he added.In the news release, WFP note that dwindling resources, shifting donor priorities and changed financing mechanisms in some countries have conspired to create a funding gap and jeopardize programmes. However, unless vital funding comes through in the next month, more than half a million children across Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Niger could start the school year without the meals they have come to rely upon and, by the end of 2016, assistance will run out for a further 700,000 children in 11 other countries.School meals have been a lifeline for childrenWFP is the top sponsor of such initiatives in West and Central Africa. While in some countries the government and other agencies lead or complement the UN agency’s programme, in most of the region WFP is the sole or main provider of school meals, targeting areas where hunger and malnutrition levels are highest. Year after year, the agency noted, it has been forced by financial constraints to shrink its areas of coverage. As schools reopen across Guinea, WFP is resuming its school meals programme in all four regions of the country. Photo: WFP/Sanoussy Barry “In most countries in West and Central Africa – in the grip of chronic hunger and malnutrition, and increasingly affected by conflict – school meals have been a lifeline for children, as they are often the only regular and nutritious meals they receive,” said Mr. Dieng.In Chad – where, in some regions, as many as four-fifths of the population do not get enough food for a healthy life – WFP’s school meals programme has shrunk by more than 90 per cent in the past three years due to funding shortages, from more than 200,000 children assisted in 2013 to just 15,000 in 2016. In Senegal, current resources will cover school meals for less than a fifth of the children targeted by the programme. In Mauritania and Cameroon, funds ran out during the 2015-2016 school year, forcing WFP to halt assistance in January and May respectively. In Guinea, WFP will halve its assistance this school year.WFP also flagged that during or after conflict in the Central African Republic, Mali and Niger, or in the aftermath of a major health crisis such as the Ebola outbreak, school meals have played an important role in providing children in need with nutritious meals; encouraging families to send their children to school; and, more broadly, helping children regain their childhood.Key donors to WFP’s school meals programme in West and Central Africa for the 2015-2016 school year are Canada, the European Union, Japan, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Credit: EAST NEWS PRESS AGENCY Simon Winkworth leaving The Military Court Martial Centre in Colchester, Essex Col Simon Winkworth said he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after tours of Afghanistan and believed he was “in immediate danger” during the altercation with Christie Hudson. The Royal Engineers officer, who played a leading role in building Britain’s Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, was described as being in a “high anxiety state” during the September 2014 incident. A British Army officer posted as defence attaché to Indonesia broke his girlfriend’s arm in “self-defence” after she “lost control” and began attacking him, a court martial has heard. Colchester Military Court heard that Winkworth put his partner, a major in the Australian army, in a restraint hold after she ran…
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A family court judge last year heard the child’s case. The council was seeking a case order with the support of his mother, who was unable to cope with the troubled boy’s complex needs and agreed that he would receive greater protection in a residential placement. By law the local authority is obliged to contact all “respondents” when such an application is made. Baroness Newlove, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales, described it as a “perverse situation” adding: “This appears to be a case in which a victim of the worst sexual violence faced the prospect of continuing to be abused by her perpetrator, this time via the family courts.”Louise Haigh, the shadow police and crime minister, said that the council’s decision to offer the serial rapist a role in the proceedings was “appallingly insensitive”.The Ministry of Justice said it was investigating whether the incident was the result of a social worker’s error or systemic failings. A council offered a jailed sex offender the chance to play a part in the future of the child of a woman he raped, it has emerged. The rapist, who was part of a grooming gang in the North of the country and has no parental responsibility for his son, was contacted by the local authority to give him a chance to see the boy, a Times investigation has uncovered. To protect the child the names of the parents and of the local authority have been withheld. The man featured in a criminal trial which saw several men of Pakistani origin found guilty of sex offences against numerous vulnerable women, including the boy’s mother. Upon hearing the news the woman said she was “extremely distressed” that he had been contacted, despite giving evidence against him in court for raping her when she was 15. “I was gobsmacked” she told the paper. “The council knew what he did to me and to other vulnerable girls. They knew he was behind bars and a risk to my son, who wanted nothing to do with him, but they bent over backwards to include him in the case. I felt angry and scared for my son.”
This is the opinion of Roskill, which reports that “in Mozambique, for example, the extractive sector currently represents less than 4% of economic activity but has scope to grow considerably. The recent discovery of huge reserves of mineral resources, combined with ongoing reforms and subsequent improvement of the business climate in Mozambique, provide good opportunities for the transformation of the country into a middle-income nation. The country is host to mineral sands, gold, copper, nickel, iron ore, bauxite, graphite, rare earth minerals, lithium, bismuth and antimony, as well as world-class coal deposits and both onshore and offshore natural gas deposits.“After decades of under investment, geographic challenges and outdated legislation, neighbouring Malawi’s mining industries remain underdeveloped. However, this may all be about to change. Following the country’s fifth successive democratic elections in 2014, the new government has set its sights on expanding the nascent sector, and with the completion of a World Bank sponsored geological survey in 2015 and the anticipated release of the new liberalised mining code, the development of Malawi’s extractive industries may be about to accelerate.“Compared to Mozambique and Malawi, Namibia has a long-established mining sector, which has been developed as a consequence of three key factors: an endowment of a wide array of natural resources, a stable pro-business government and an impressive transport infrastructure. As of 2016, the country had active mines extracting diamonds, uranium, gold, lead, zinc, manganese, iron ore, silver and copper. There is also a diverse pipeline of projects being developed. The launch of offshore diamond mining has reinvigorated diamond production levels, and output is forecast to increase in the coming years. What’s more, reliance on diamond mining is likely to fall as several large uranium projects come online. The country has the recognised potential to produce over 10% of the world’s uranium output and, should demand and prices recover, the supply capacity will be in place to exploit higher margins.”
Les lions d’Afrique de plus en plus vulnérables face à la diminution de la savaneAu cours des cinq dernières décennies, deux tiers des lions d’Afrique ont disparu. L’urbanisation et l’exploitation agricole a entrainé une diminution de 75% de leur habitat. Aujourd’hui, seule une dizaine de zones sont favorables à leur survie. Une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université Duke, en Caroline du Nord tire la sonnette d’alarme sur l’avenir des lions africains. Leurs travaux de recherche, visant à recenser les populations au cours des cinq dernières décennies, ont abouti sur des conclusions extrêmement inquiétantes. En 50 ans, deux tiers de ces félins ont disparu entre autres, sous la pression infligée par la réduction de leur habitat. L’augmentation de plus en plus importante de la démographie, oblige les locaux à urbaniser et exploiter la savane comme terrain agricole.L’étude parue mardi dans la revue internationale Biodiversity and Conservation, estiment qu’il existe actuellement en Afrique entre 32.000 à 35.000 lions. En 1960, ils étaient près de 100.000. Une réalité particulièrement marquée en Afrique de l’Ouest où les populations ne dépassent pas les 500 spécimens. Le déclin est accentué par la disparition progressive des trois quart de la savane sur le demi siècle dernier. En cause : la croissance des populations humaines, qui nécessite l’exploitation de nouveaux territoires. A l’Ouest, la démographie a doublé dans de nombreux pays en seulement une trentaine d’année.Seules dix zones présentent les conditions nécessaires à la survie des félinsStuart Pimm, écologiste et principal auteur de l’étude explique dans un communiqué : “La savane évoque de vastes plaines ouvertes, mais en réalité, aujourd’hui, le défrichement et l’exploitation intensive des sols pour l’agriculture résultant de la rapide croissance démographique ont fragmenté ces espaces ou les ont dégradés”. Il souligne : “Aujourd’hui, il ne reste plus que 25% de la surface initiale de la savane africaine, un écosystème qui était il y a 50 ans 30% plus étendu que les Etats-Unis”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Face au sinistre constat, les chercheurs ont tenté d’identifier les régions du continent africain encore propices à la survie de ces félins. Pour ce faire, ils ont procédé à l’analyse d’images satellites provenant de Google Earth, de données sur la densité démographique et d’estimations locales des populations. Au totale, 67 zones de la savane ont été identifiées, caractérisées par une faible densité de population humaine. Malheureusement, seules dix d’entre elles présentent toutes les conditions nécessaires au bon développement des félins et la plupart se trouvent dans des réserves nationales.Des lions africains bientôt protégés par la loi ? “Cette étude, l’estimation la plus complète à ce jour du nombre de lions en Afrique, est une étape majeure pour élaborer des stratégies visant à sauver ces félins” indique Luke Dollar, un des coauteurs de l’étude. Un programme de mobilisation de fonds, “Big Cats Initiative”, est actuellement mis en place par la National Geographic Society pour tenter de sauver les lions. “La réduction de 75% de la savane africaine est choquante et déprimante, ce qui souligne qu’il est urgent d’agir pour la conservation de cet habitat et des espèces magnifiques qui y vivent, comme les lions” explique le président du comité de l’initiative, Thomas Lovejoy. La semaine dernière, le Bureau américain de la pêche et de la vie sauvage a annoncé qu’il examinerait une demande déposée par des organisations en charge de la conservation des espèces. La requête réclame une considération législative des lions africains, à l’instar de leurs semblables asiatiques protégées depuis 1970 par la loi sur les espèces en danger et menacées. Une mesure qui permettrait d’interdire aux Américains la chasse au lion et la quête aux trophées. Une pratique jusqu’à présent très répandue et autorisée sur les populations relativement abondantes.Le 8 décembre 2012 à 09:51 • Emmanuel Perrin
This week, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program staff participated in a strategic planning meeting in St. Louis, led by agriculture and development consultant Gretchen Flanley, owner and consultant at Sherpa 360°. This is the third meeting led by Gretchen as a part of the WISHH strategic planning process, with the first two involving ASA/WISHH staff and consultants, and the WISHH Committee.The strategic planning process for ASA/WISHH will culminate in December at the WISHH Committee meeting with discussion and possible approval of the new strategic plan.