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Eight Key Characteristics About Princess Lalla Salma

Fez – Lalla Salma, consort of Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, has attracted the attention of international mass media thanks to her elegance, benevolence, and involvement in social projects. Here are eight things you might not know about the princess:The first Moroccan consort to be given a royal title Unlike her predecessors, Lalla Salma is the first consort to appear in public and be given a royal title. Many consider this a transitional period in the history of Morocco which symbolizes modernity, transparency, and a huge initiative to promote the role of women in the Moroccan society.She is from an upper middle class family She was born in Fez. Her father was a teacher, and her mother died at the age of three. She moved to Rabat, where she lived with her maternal grandmother and attended school.The princess grew up in the Qbibat neighborhood of Rabat. This is the same place where the princess sometimes takes her kids to remember her childhood, according to Telquel.She was valedictorian of her class at ENSIASAfter receiving her baccalaureate in mathematical sciences, Lalla Salma spent two years of preparatory classes in Moulay Youssef  High School in Rabat and entered Higher National School of Computer Science and Systems Analysis (ENSIAS)  in 2000 Where she was valedictorian and received the State engineering  diploma in computer Engineering.Queen Letizia of Spain and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco walk down the red carpet at Rabat Airport on July 15, 2014 in Rabat, Morocco. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images EuropeThe most elegant guestPrincess Lalla Salma attended the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, among several public figures. The elegance of Lalla Salma caught the attention of the British magazine Hello and its fans who elected the princess as “The Most Elegant Guest” of the ceremony by 55 percent due to her sumptuous pale pink caftan, which was decorated with gold.Princess Lalla Salma at the Prince William and Kate Middleton weddingLalla Salma is fond of travelingLalla Salma loves traveling, a passion she shares with her husband, Mohammed VI. From Greece to China, via Egypt or Ireland, the royal couple does not miss the chance to spend holidays with their two children. She was elected world’s third most beautiful first lady and Africa’s most beautiful first lady In a ranking published by the American site Richest Lifestyle in 2014, Lalla Salma dominated the third position with her taste for fashion, sophisticated kaftans, distinctive red hair, and commitment to the fight against cancer. The princess founded an association in 2005 which aims at preventing and treating cancer. The association succeeded in drawing many partners, raised public cancer awareness in Morocco, and enabled patients to have higher standard of cancer care. The same site ranked Lalla Salma as the most beautiful first lady in Africa in 2014.Mohammed VI helps to choose her outfitsLalla Salma has a team of stylists who help the princess to be elegant in all circumstances, but Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, also advises his wife about her outfits. A source close to the royal family said that “the king chose her official uniforms.’’ This was revealed in a dossier on “the privacy of the three kings” published by Tel Quel in 2012.She is down to earthLike Mohammed VI, Lalla Salma does not hesitate to take pictures with passersby. She is also attentive to the needy and the poor and sometimes shares the same table with her staff, according to the Arabic-language newspaper Al Jarida Al Oukhra, which published a record of the wife of the Moroccan king in 2005.Princess Lalla Salma Chairs Opening Ceremony of 22th Fez Festival of World Sacred Music read more

Five Sri Lankan fishermen arrested in India

Coast Guard sources said the fishermen’s boat had developed a technical snag resulting in draining of fuel. Five Sri Lankan fishermen on board a mechanised boat were arrested by the Coast Guard after they were found in Indian waters south east of Nagapattinam on Thursday, The Hindu newspaper reported today.The Coast Guard ship ICG Anand, which was on patrol, found the Sri Lankan fishermen and detained them along with their boat. As a result, the boat drifted towards the Indian waters. The fishermen were brought to Karaikal where they were interrogated by the Coast Guard officials before being handed over to the Coastal Security Group of the State police for further inquiry. Police sources gave their names as B.Kithisre (44), I. Iymadhava (33), W.A. Sujeet Piyandha (44) E. Magesh Kumar and D.W.Lahiru Romesh (23). They hailed from Mattara and Trincomalee.The Vedaranyam Marine Police arrested the fishermen and booked a case against them under the Maritime Zone India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessel) Act. read more

Prominent Argentinean lawyer to be elected ICC prosecutor

The formal election of Luis Moreno Ocampo as Prosecutor for the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal is expected to take place when the resumed session of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC convenes from 21 to 24 April at UN Headquarters in New York. The countries had agreed informally on Mr. Moreno Ocampo as their choice last Friday.In a statement released yesterday, Prince Raad Al Hussein of Jordan, President of the Assembly, praised Mr. Moreno Ocampo’s “recognized integrity,” saying the Argentinean prosecutor had been chosen by consensus from a list of strong contenders. “In agreeing to Mr. Moreno Ocampo, the States Parties are confident the newly-established Court will benefit in the coming years from a gifted prosecutor with proven abilities,” he saidThe ICC was inaugurated in The Hague on 11 March, with the swearing-in of its judges in a solemn ceremony hailed by top UN officials as an historic day for international justice. Outlining the importance of their task, the Secretary-General called on the judges to show great patience, compassion and an unfailing resolve to arrive at the truth, adding “in all your functions – judicial administrative and representational – you must act without fear of favour, guided and inspired by the provisions of the Rome Statute.”The 18-judge tribunal will have jurisdiction over the most serious crimes, including war crimes, genocide, mass murder, enslavement, rape, torture, and, once defined, the crime of aggression. The Rome Statute – the treaty establishing the ICC – entered into force 1 July 2002, and the Court’s jurisdiction will cover only crimes committed after that date. The Statute allows States Parties as well as the UN Security Council to refer situations to the Court for investigation. read more

Surge in new missions may strain UNs capacities peacekeeping chief says

With fewer wars beginning and many more ending, the demands of those that are winding down are stretching the UN’s peacekeeping capacities, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said in a commentary in the International Herald Tribune newspaper today. The United Nations must continue to avoid taking part in hot wars, he said. It must follow the recent trend of partnering with such regional organizations as the European Union, NATO and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), use the right tools for the job and persevere until peace takes root in the country. “Building peace from the ashes of war takes time and the international community must be willing to work with local institutions until they are ready to shoulder responsibility for democratic governance, the rule of law and continued economic development. Peacekeeping operations must be linked to a longer term plan for achieving this sort of stability,” he said. Support for successful peacekeeping must come from both developed and developing countries, which must provide the men and women in uniform, the specialized military support services from those countries that have them, the financial resources, the strategic force reserves and the sustained commitment, Mr. Guéhenno said. To ensure that current conflicts end completely, the UN Security Council has deployed new peacekeeping missions in Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, bringing to 15 the number of UN-led missions, with 50,000 soldiers and police on three continents, while in Haiti, a multinational force will soon be replaced by UN troops. The numbers of soldiers and police could rise to 70,000 or more by the end of 2004, he said. “There is a paradox, though, in this growing peace: The military resources needed to help keep the peace are being strained by so much peace to keep,” he said. The UN peacekeeping bill could rise to $4 billion a year, but that would be less than 1 per cent of what the United States alone spends each year on defence, he said. Perhaps a more difficult problem would be that for every staff member in the UN peacekeeping headquarters, more than 100 would be stationed in the field, creating major challenges in planning, force generation, logistics, procurement and command and control. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 13 January 2012

DOWNLOAD1. UK automotive registration 2011 figures2. Government launches ‘Going for Growth’ campaign to support mid-sized businesses3. Large vans and minibuses low emission zone introduced4. Ed Miliband delivers key policy speech5. Transport Committee report on motor insurance published6. UK manufacturing figures published7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Nicolas Cage reveals he went on a Holy Grail quest to Glastonbury

Nicolas Cage went on a quest to find the Holy Grail which took him to Glastonbury, the actor has revealed, where he drank from a stream that he said tasted like the blood of Christ.He went on a “grail quest”, inspired by religion and mythology, in which “one thing lead to another”, he said, and ended up there.According to mythology, Glastonbury was the location where Joseph of Arimathea brought the Holy Grail from Jerusalem, as well as the site of King Arthur’s grave.”One thing would lead to another,” the actor told the New York Times, “It’s like when you build a library.”You read a book, and in it there’s a reference to another book, and then you buy that book, and then you attach the references. For me it was all about where was the grail? Was it here? Was it there? Is it at Glastonbury?”He added:  “If you go to Glastonbury and go to the Chalice Well, there’s a spring that does taste like blood.” “But that led to there being talk that people had come to Rhode Island, and they were looking for something as well.”It is thought that the natural spring at Glastonbury is the spot where the Holy Grail was hidden. “I guess it’s really because there’s a lot of iron in the water. But legend had it that in that place was a grail chalice, or two cruets rather, one of blood and one of sweat. Chalice Well in Glastonbury, SomersetCredit:Getty Chalice Well in Glastonbury, Somerset 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. read more

9 fictional deaths that you will never ever forget

first_imgTwitter/VeeHeartrush_ox5. Duke and Allie in The NotebookSeriously. Not able.videogum.com6. Marley in Marley and MeSo *sob* faithful *weep, slobber*.Twitter/hilaryduffelbag7. Bambi’s mother“We made it, mum!” Oh no. Oh no you didn’t.fanpop.com8. Jack Dawson in TitanicOK, so he’s a little annoying in retrospect. But if this didn’t make you weep like a garden hose as a teenager, your heart is a shard of Arctic iceberg.Twitter/ThingsIGrewUpOn9. Carl’s wife Ellie in UpOfficially the most heart-rending montage of all time.Hold us.Twitter/abbie_yuleCheck out the real life Moe’s Tavern, Kwik-E-Mart and Krusty Burger!>The 38 best rollercoaster poses of all time> WE SHOULD PROBABLY warn you that this contains spoilers. Death-related spoilers.But not for Game of Thrones. Anyway, here are the most traumatic on-screen deaths:1. Mufasa in The Lion KingDad. We gotta go home.*BAWL*Twitter/Renzo_Soprano2. Littlefoot’s mother in The Land Before TimeI mean, come on.Twitter/TheScottyAdams3. Jenny in Forrest GumpDAMN YOU, UNKNOWN VIRUS.Twitter/KurtYourDa4. Johnny in The OutsidersStay gold, Ponyboy.*WEEP*last_img read more

Mayo legend Andy Moran announces retirement from intercounty football

first_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Short URL Mayo legend Andy Moran announces retirement from inter-county football ‘I left the WhatsApp group last night and it sounds silly, but that was the toughest moment of it all.’ 46,020 Views MAYO LEGEND ANDY Moran has announced his retirement from inter-county football. Moran revealed the news to Richie Sadlier on Second Captains’ Player’s Chair. “My career is finished as of yesterday, to be honest”, Moran revealed. “We had a conversation with James [Horan] yesterday and let him know it was finished, so I am now refocusing.“My mind is clear now, I can think what is my next step and what I want to get into. I left the WhatsApp group last night. I have had some great memories and made some great friends, and it sounds silly, but that was the toughest moment of it all.” Moran won eight Connacht senior titles with Mayo, and he came exasperatingly close to All-Ireland success, ultimately losing six finals in 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017. He also won a National League title with Mayo earlier this year.  Aug 26th 2019, 6:40 PM Monday 26 Aug 2019, 6:40 PMcenter_img By Gavin Cooney 40 Comments He was the Footballer of the Year in 2017, the same year as he won a second All-Star award to go along with his recognition in 2012. More to follow Share231 Tweet Email Image: James Crombie/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Climat les thèses de Claude Allègre réfutées par lAcadémie des Sciences

first_imgClimat : les thèses de Claude Allègre réfutées par l’Académie des SciencesFrance – L’Académie des Sciences a remis ce jeudi 28 octobre à la ministre de la Recherche Valérie Pécresse, un rapport sur le réchauffement de la planète et l’impact de l’activité humaine sur ce changement climatique. Ce document réfute les thèses défendues par Claude Allègre, l’un des membres de l’Académie.L’Académie confirme en effet dans son rapport adopté à l’unanimité par ses membres, que l’augmentation du CO2rejeté dans l’atmosphère, engendrée par les activités humaines, est bien la cause principale du changement climatique. “Plusieurs indicateurs indépendants montrent une augmentation du réchauffement climatique de 1975 à 2003. Cette augmentation est principalement due à l’augmentation de la concentration du CO2 dans l’atmosphère”, lit-on dans les conclusions de l’étude.Le rapport est donc en totale contradiction avec les idées soutenues par l’ancien ministre de l’Éducation Claude Allègre. Membre de l’Académie des Sciences, ce dernier contestait en effet dans son livre L’Imposture climatique, la thèse largement adoptée par les climatologues internationaux quant au lien existant entre changement climatique et émissions de CO2dont l’Homme est responsable. Dans son livre, M. Allègre met en cause les travaux du Giec (Groupe d’experts intergouvernementaux sur le climat), s’insurgeant contre la mobilisation internationale autour “d’un mythe sans fondement”. Il assure que les nuages ou l’activité solaire ont des impacts plus déterminants sur le changement climatique que l’augmentation du CO2, dont il dément le lien avec le réchauffement planétaire. Or, “l’activité solaire, qui a légèrement décru en moyenne depuis 1975, ne peut être dominante dans le réchauffement observé sur cette période” assure l’Académie. Les conclusions de cette dernière ayant été adoptées à l’unanimité, il semble que Claude Allègre ait finalement changé d’avis. “Il a le droit d’évoluer”, s’est contenté de déclarer à ce sujet le président de l’Académie, Jean Salençon. Pour la ministre de la Recherche Valérie Pécresse, qui avait réclamé en avril dernier cet état des lieux, “la polémique est close”.Le 28 octobre 2010 à 16:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Great American Eclipse is on the way

first_imgSome people have been looking forward to Monday’s solar event ever since the 1979 total eclipse came through Clark County.Other people might still be a bit vague on the details. After all, it’s a day away, right?That is correct, so we’re up to speed on that, at least.Here are few other things to keep on mind for local viewers of the Great American Eclipse:• 99 percenters: When umbraphiles rhapsodize about the life-changing experience of a total eclipse, please remember that Clark County will not be experiencing a total eclipse. In our sky, the moon will cover 99 percent of the sun, which means we are getting a partial eclipse. (The 65-mile-wide path of totality runs through Salem, Ore.)• Timetable: We will see the moon take its first nibble from the right edge of the solar disc at 9:06 a.m.; our eclipse will max out at 10:19 a.m.; and the show will be over at 11:38 a.m.• Look-alikes: To get a sense of how dark it will get Monday morning, astronomers advise going outside today at 9 or 9:30 p.m.; that’s about how dark it will get when our eclipse peaks at 99 percent Monday.• Eye safety: Solar eclipse glasses are mandatory for looking at the sun during our eclipse. There is no guarantee you can find them on sale today, by the way. Don’t assume you can just take a quick look with the naked eye. The 1 percent of sunlight that peeks around the moon is enough to damage your eyes.• Viewing spots: Groups and agencies hosting free public gatherings include Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (the Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.); Fort Vancouver National Trust (in front of the Grant House, 1101 Officers Row); Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.; Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth St.; La Center Community Library, 1411 N.E. Lockwood Creek Road; Woodland Community Library, at Hoffman Plaza at Horseshoe Lake, 510 Goerig St. The libraries will have a limited number of free solar eclipse glasses.last_img read more

Convicted sex offender appears in court on child porn allegations

first_imgA convicted sex offender living in Vancouver who allegedly sent child pornography to an unwitting acquaintance made his first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court.James C. Voreis, 33, was arrested Feb. 1 on suspicion of dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and failing to register as a sex offender, according to court records. On Monday, Judge Suzan Clark set his bail at $60,000, court records show.After meeting a man during a brief encounter and communicating by text, Voreis sent him numerous images of child pornography through a cellphone app, according to an affidavit of probable cause. The man did not ask for the images and provided his phone to forensic investigators with the Vancouver Police Department Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit, the affidavit says.Voreis, who’s required to register as a sex offender for a 2000 conviction, has a listed address in Longview, according to the affidavit. But he was routinely spotted by a police officer leaving his mother’s residence in Vancouver. After obtaining a search warrant, an officer arrested Voreis as he left the home in sleepwear, according to the affidavit.“How did you know I was here; my registered address is in Longview?” he asked the officer, according to the affidavit. A family member later confirmed Voreis had been living at the Vancouver home since November, the affidavit states.Voreis’ next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.last_img read more

Death toll passes 290 as swaths of South devastated

first_imgTwisters likely among largest, strongest ever recordedPLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) — Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation’s deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 291 people were killed across six states — more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind.The death toll from Wednesday’s storms seems out of a bygone era, before Doppler radar and pinpoint satellite forecasts were around to warn communities of severe weather. Residents were told the tornadoes were coming up to 24 minutes ahead of time, but they were just too wide, too powerful and too locked onto populated areas to avoid a horrifying body count.“These were the most intense super-cell thunderstorms that I think anybody who was out there forecasting has ever seen,” said meteorologist Greg Carbin at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. “If you experienced a direct hit from one of these, you’d have to be in a reinforced room, storm shelter or underground” to survive, Carbin said.The storms seemed to hug the interstate highways as they barreled along like runaway trucks, obliterating neighborhoods or even entire towns from Tuscaloosa to Bristol, Va. One family rode out the disaster in the basement of a funeral home, another by huddling in a tanning bed.last_img read more

GeForce Now levels up for Android and RTX servers

first_img Preview • Nvidia Shield microconsole streams PC games via Nvidia’s Grid, runs Android apps The latest information on Google Stadia Post a comment 4:48 Nvidia Shield Android TV The gaming experience isn’t complete without a good chair Now playing: Watch this: Nvidia Computers Gaming Mobilecenter_img 56 Photos Tags 0 GeForce Now has been steadily adding games since its original Nvidia Shield launch four years ago. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET With Google’s Stadia cloud-gaming service launch only months away, it shouldn’t surprise me that Nvidia’s almost ready to release its big competitor, GeForce Now, into the wild. In one of its many announcements at Gamescom on Monday, the company revealed “the sun is starting to set on the free beta period.” It’s possible that the company’s been waiting for one of the heretofore big missing pieces, Android support, to be put in place, and now the beta app for the beta service is rolling out to beta subscribers. The RTX Blade servers Nvidia announced last March are also coming online to (hopefully) bring better scalability, quality, performance and stability to the service, starting with Germany and California.Nvidia highly recommends using a Bluetooth controller for Android, since “some games will be unplayable on an Android phone without a gamepad.” Of course, we still don’t know how much it will be when people have to start ponying up or if Nvidia will stick to its “for x hours of gaming” model, two of the huge unanswered questions.GeForce Now, which lets you play games on a relatively low-power local device by rendering them in the cloud and “streaming” the frames to you while sending your input back, is unusual in that you can’t buy games through it, nor is it an all-you-can-play vault service. The app is essentially a hub for games you already own (that have GFN support), and when you hit “play” it runs the relevant launcher for a particular game, such as Steam. Review • Nvidia Shield review: A gamer-friendly 4K streamer in search of mass appeal Share your voicelast_img read more

AVCP aims to establish tribal court in every YK village

first_imgAn Alaska non-profit wants to do something new—set up courts for about one-fourth of Alaska’s tribes. The Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, is a nonprofit representing 56 villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and they want each village to develop its own tribal court. Before they can do that, AVCP has to develop a model for something that has never existed.Download AudioMonique Vondall-Rieke, AVCP Tribal Justice Center Director, with a map of the YK Delta. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.Tribal courts exist in the Lower 48 but are rare in Alaska. There are 10 courts in the YK region.Monique Vondall-Rieke is working to change that.“It’s a really big order to fill, but it’s part of history,” said Vondall-Rieke.AVCP has tasked its Tribal Justice Center with developing a court in each of its 56 villages. Right now, Vondall-Rieke is the director and sole member of the department. She comes from North Dakota where she served as a tribal court justice for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.“Through development of tribal courts, you’re saying, we are empowering ourselves to be able to deal with our own issues,” said Vondall-Rieke. “And it increases your exercise of sovereign immunity.Tribal courts often deal with civil issues like disputes between tribal members, between businesses and members, and between tribes and agencies. They handle child custody cases, adoptions, and juvenile cases. They also try and prosecute misdemeanors committed within the tribe’s jurisdiction.Because this process operates without law enforcement, it protects tribal members from racking up criminal records and it saves the state money.The current hitch is that in Alaska lands cannot be taken into trust, which makes it difficult to define a tribe’s jurisdiction and impossible to secure federal funding to run the courts.But AVCP is moving forward anyway with the hope that Gov. Walker’s administration will drop the lawsuit fighting trust status.AVCP received a multi-million dollar federal grant that allows the Bureau of Indian Affairs to fund the court assessments without taking land into trust. Last month, Vondall-Rieke and a group of consultants from the lower-48 travelled to two YK villages—Emmonak and Kongiganak—to begin creating the model, which they will roll out at the annual BIA Providers Conference in Anchorage this December.“The plan is that once we have this assessment model tool designed, then the BIA can take that to the other nonprofit organizations that represent tribes in Alaska, and do the same thing there. So their turn will be coming,” said Vondall-Rieke.What makes the assessment model unique is that it is being solicited by a tribal organization rather than a tribe, as what usually happens in the lower-48.After the conference, people can begin applying to conduct the assessments.The lower-48 consultants are looking for specific credentials— Yup’ik speaking, local, Alaska Natives with law degrees.“That’s kind of a tall order for our area. We’re very limited in the law degrees that are held by tribal members in our area, especially Yup’ik speaking tribal members,” said Vondall-Rieke.Even if the assessors don’t carry law degrees, they’ll need specialized education.“Certainly you have to have some knowledge of tribal courts or law. You have to probably have to have at least a Phd, be a good researcher. It’s a lot of data gathering and it’s a lot of footwork, but it’ll leave a legacy behind.”Vondall-Rieke hopes the assessments will begin in January.“I’m looking for updated tribal constitutions, updated tribal codes, the case load of each court that’s in existence already,” said Vondall-Rieke.She also wants to begin trainings for court judges, clerks, and staff as well as law enforcement and tribal council members at that time.Vondall-Rieke hopes the 56 assessments will be completed by late 2018.last_img read more

Study asks why species bounced back – or didnt – after Exxon

first_imgA sea otter in Resurrection Bay. (Photo by Heather Bryant)When the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound in 1989, the immediate effects were obvious. Researchers estimate that hundreds of thousands of sea birds and thousands of sea otters died within months, among other impacts.But in the years that followed, some populations rebounded quickly, while others still haven’t recovered. Now, nearly three decades later, scientists are starting to understand why.Listen nowDan Esler is a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Anchorage. He started studying the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1994. And he definitely didn’t expect he’d still be studying it all these years later – in part because biologists didn’t believe it would take that long for wildlife to recover.“Even back in ’94 there were some surprised about the evidence that some species weren’t fully recovered already,” Esler said. “And this was five years after the spill. So even that seemed like it was a long duration for recovery.”Little did they know. Species like sea otters and harlequin ducks wouldn’t be declared “recovered” until 2014 — 25 years after the spill.But other species did much better.So Esler and his team asked: why? Why did some species bounce right back, while others still haven’t recovered?One reason, they found, was that some wildlife kept running into oil, years after the spill. That oil lingered buried in beach sediment, in areas where species like harlequin ducks or sea otters forage for food.“Especially in the case of sea otters, as they’re digging in the sediment to pull out clams and other prey, there’s a risk they would dig into a pocket of oil,” Esler said.Biologists found signs of oil exposure in harlequin ducks up until 2011. And even otters that didn’t die from their initial oil exposure showed possible health effects years later.Other species didn’t have that problem – bald eagles for instance. Once the initial spill had dispersed, eagles weren’t particularly likely to encounter oil again. And eagles can reproduce pretty quickly. The bald eagle population was declared recovered in 1995.But for species that take longer to reproduce, the spill was devastating. Two groups of killer whales – a resident pod and the AT1 transient population – still haven’t recovered.“And it’s not that they’re still being exposed to oil,” Esler said. “It’s that, because of the life history of these animals, which is really based on very long-lived adults and relatively low annual reproduction, it’s almost impossible for them to have recovered in a short time frame.”Or even a long one. Esler’s team notes research indicating that one of the two, the AT1 population, may never recover.The takeaway? Esler said there’s no such thing as a single response to an oil spill. Some species can shake it off. For others, a spill can have ripple effects for generations.last_img read more

14party JaPa to join polls in alliance Quader

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe Awami League-led 14-party alliance and the Jatiya Party-led Sammilito Jatiya Jote on Monday agreed that they will join the next general election together under the banner of Grand Alliance, reports UNB.”We’ve reached a consensus that we, the Grand Alliance, including the 14-party, will contest the election in alliance and form the government together,” said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader.He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a dialogue between the 14-party and Sammilito Jatiya Jote at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.Quader said the Jatiya Party also agreed with the 14-praty to hold the election as per the law and the constitution.He also said they did not take any decision about the seat shearing with Jatiya Party as it will be finalised later after a small-group discussion. “It’s not a problem.”In her introductory speech at the dialogue, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the country’s ongoing development trend will continue through a meaningful general election. “There’ll be the continuation of the development trend through a meaningful election,” she said.Prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad a 32-member team of the Jatiya Jote at the talks that began around 7:15pm and ended around 9pm at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.Describing vote as the rights of citizens, the prime minister said the country’s people will certainly exercise their voting rights.She said it is Awami League which struggled for long to establish people’s voting rights.She mentioned that the responsibility of the politicians is to work for people’s welfare and the Awami League government has been working to this end.Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman developed the war-ravaged country soon after the Liberation War and turned Bangladesh into a least developed one only in three and a half years of his tenure.Following his footprint, she said, the Awami League government has worked for the socio-economic uplift of the people for which Bangladesh has now been established as a developing country.The prime minister thanked the opposition in parliament, Jatiya Party, for cooperating with the government in unleashing development.Jatiya Party senior co-chairman and opposition leader in parliament Raushon Ershad, its co-chairman GM Quader, secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader and presidium member and environment, forests and climate change minister Anisul Islam Mahmud were among the Jatiya Jote delegation memebrs.last_img read more

ThinkGeek unveils the JOYSTICKIT arcade stick for iPhone

first_imgWhen the JOYSTICK-IT removable arcade stick came out for the iPad, it was an immediate hit. One of the complaints a lot of people have about virtual joysticks on the iPad’s display is that they can be difficult to use when you’re holding your device. Still, a number of people complained that there should be a smaller version of the arcade sticks for the iPhone. ThinkGeek has answered the call and the JOYSTICK-IT arcade stick for iPhone is available now.The iPad version of the JOYSTICK-IT arcade stick was released back in January, but the iPhone version is smaller and obviously designed for smaller screens. It therefore won’t take up as much space, and is meant to give you the functionality of a real joystick without obscuring the action.If you’re playing a game on your iPhone that uses an on-screen joystick, the JOYSTICK-IT will automatically work with your game. Just attach the JOYSTICK-IT to your screen, and use it like a normal arcade stick. The bottom has a suction cup and soft foam so it won’t scratch your iPhone’s display, and it can be easily removed or placed on a different part of the screen for a different game. Plus, while the JOYSTICK-IT was made for the iPhone, it will work on any device with a capacitive touchscreen, so Android users and Windows Phone owners can get in on the action as well.The foam bottom of the JOYSTICK-IT mimics finger-presses and fools your capacitive touchscreen into thinking you’re actually tapping the directions on the display instead of just using the joystick. It’ll only work with games that use virtual d-pads or joysticks, so you won’t have much luck with it in games like Fruit Ninja or Angry Birds. Games like Pocket Legends or PacMan, however, are perfect candidates for the JOYSTICK-IT arcade stick.It’s available now for $17.99. The iPad version is still on sale for $24.99 for one or $34.99 for a two-pack.Read more at ThinkGeeklast_img read more

Panetta orders ethics training review for officers

first_imgPanetta told Dempsey to work with the chiefs of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to review ethics training for officers to determine whether they are adequate, and to provide views on “how to better foster a culture of value-based decision-making and stewardship” among senior officers and their staffs. That is another way of saying Panetta wants a game plan for ending the string of bad behavior.He said the initial results of the chiefs’ review, along with their recommendations, should be ready in time for Panetta to report to President Barack Obama by Dec. 1. The text of the Panetta memo, which he signed on Wednesday, was provided Thursday to reporters traveling with the Pentagon chief, who was in Bangkok for talks with senior Thai government officials in advance of Obama’s visit here this weekend.“Beyond mere compliance with the rules, I also expect senior officers and civilian executives to exercise sound judgment in their stewardship of government resources and in their personal conduct,” Panetta said. “An action may be legally permissible but neither advisable nor wise.”Panetta said he intends to raise these issues in a meeting next month with all of the military service chiefs, the services’ civilian leaders and the generals and admirals who lead major commands like U.S. Central Command. “I am not aware of any others that could be involved in this issue at the present time,” he said, adding that he wanted the American public to understand that the vast majority of military officers serve ethically.“One thing I do demand,” he said, “is that those who seek to protect this country operate by the highest ethical standards.”Panetta declined to describe the nature of the emails and other correspondence between Allen and Florida socialite Jill Kelley, which others have called flirtatious and potentially problematic for the Marine four-star general.Asked whether any of those emails are sexually explicit, Panetta said, “What I don’t want to do is to try to characterize those communications because I don’t want to do anything” to limit the ability of the Pentagon inspector general to conduct an objective review of the Allen matter.Panetta ordered the investigation Monday after the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon’s top lawyer. Allen issued a statement through his lawyer saying he is committed to cooperating fully with the investigation.Panetta also told reporters he could not rule out the possibility that the Taliban in Afghanistan would try to use Petraeus’ admission of an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, for propaganda purposes. Petraeus, who resigned Friday from his post as CIA director, was Allen’s predecessor as top commander in Afghanistan, leaving in summer 2011. Panetta is the first U.S. defense secretary to visit Thailand since 2008. The U.S. has no troops permanently stationed in Thailand but it conducts regular exercises with the Thai military and has numerous other forms of cooperation..(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories AP National Security WriterBANGKOK (AP) – Citing a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review ethics training and to brainstorm on ways to steer officers away from trouble.The move is a reflection of the depth of concern triggered by a series of misconduct cases in a military that prides itself on integrity and honor but has suffered an unusual number of stumbles after a decade of war. Dempsey said Thursday that he has been concerned for many months about an apparent slip in ethical standards within the military _ both in the officer corps and in the enlisted ranks. In an interview with the Pentagon’s internal news service, American Forces Press Service, Dempsey said he noticed disturbing trends last spring.“In response to these issues I have communicated through a memorandum to every four-star in every service,” Dempsey said. “I expressed my concern and encouraged their interest and their active involvement in helping us to understand what really is going on and what’s not.”Ethics issues associated with the Petraeus and Allen matters were raised during Panetta’s joint news conference Thursday with his Thai counterpart, Sukampol Suwannathat. The two spoke to reporters after signing an update to a 1962 U.S.-Thai statement framing the security relationship. The United States and Thailand are treaty allies _ a relationship that Washington sees as a cornerstone of its security interests in Asia.Panetta said he knows of no other senior U.S. military officers being linked to the Petraeus investigation, and he said he retains “tremendous confidence” in Allen. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help In a memo to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Panetta made no explicit reference to the David Petraeus sex scandal, which also has ensnared the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Panetta’s press secretary, George Little, said the memo was the product of internal Pentagon discussions that began before Petraeus announced he was resigning as CIA director because of an extramarital affair.“I will emphasize very strongly that the secretary was going to embark on this course long before the matters that have come to light over the past week,” Little said. He added that Panetta believes the vast majority of senior military officers serve with distinction and in accordance with ethical standards.Panetta mentioned no specific cases of officer misconduct but noted in his memo to Dempsey that, “as has happened recently, when lapses occur, they have the potential to erode public confidence in our leadership and in our system for the enforcement of our high ethical standards. Worse, they can be detrimental to the execution of our mission to defend the American people.”A number of senior officers have faced disciplinary action this year for misconduct, including Gen. William “Kip” Ward, who was reduced in rank from four stars to three this week after investigators determined that he had misused government funds for lavish spending while commanding U.S. Africa Command.last_img read more