General Assembly adopts new agreement to protect worlds forests

The agreement, entitled the “Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests,” was negotiated in April within the UN Forum on Forests and transmitted to the Assembly following its approval by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).Hailing today’s action by the Assembly, the Director of the Forum’s Secretariat, Pekka Patosaari, said it “significantly advances efforts to monitor the state of the world’s forests and secure long-term political commitment to sustainable forest management.”While not legally binding, the agreement sets a standard in forest management that is expected to have a major impact on efforts to reverse the loss of forest cover, reduce deforestation, prevent forest degradation, promote sustainable livelihoods and reduce poverty for people dependent on forests for their survival.“There is much more to this instrument than just protecting trees,” Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said at a special event following the adoption of the Instrument, emphasizing the growing recognition of the role of forests in stabilizing climate change, and protecting biodiversity and ecosystems. “And let us not forget that today, over 1.6 billion people depend on forests for fuel, food, medicine and income. So protecting forests really means fostering sustainable development,” he said.Forests needed to be protected because they were disappearing at an alarming rate, he added, noting that over the past 15 years, more than 3 per cent of the planet’s forests had vanished. “The instrument we have just adopted thus expresses our will to respond to this alarming trend,” he said. The Assembly today also strongly condemned all threats and acts of violence against UN and associated humanitarian personnel. In a resolution adopted soon after a system-wide minute of silence for the 17 UN staff that perished in the terrorist attack on the world body’s offices in Algiers last week, the Assembly expressed its “deep concern” at the dangers faced by such personnel, who operate in increasingly complex situations. In other actions, the Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 2010 the Year of Rapprochement of Cultures, and recommended that, during the course of that Year, appropriate events be organized on interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Also adopted today were texts on the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010); strengthening UN humanitarian and emergency assistance; assistance to the Palestinian people; and assistance to survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.In addition, the Assembly adopted a number of resolutions recommended by its Special Political and Decolonization Committee – also known as the Fourth Committee. 17 December 2007Fifteen years after discussions began on a global approach to protect the world’s forests, which are disappearing at an alarming rate, the General Assembly today adopted a new landmark international agreement to safeguard this critical natural resource. read more

UN anticrime agency begins work on prison reform in South Sudan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has begun assisting the Government of South Sudan in its prison reform process in the agency’s first project in the region as it emerges from a decades-long civil war. The project, funded by Canada and undertaken in cooperation with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), will boost the prison system’s capabilities in the areas of information management, staffing, policy development and regulations, according to information released today by UNODC.“This includes enhancing the capacity of the Southern Sudan Prison Service to respond more effectively to the needs and circumstances of children, women and other groups with special needs in prison,” said Mark Shaw, UNODC Inter-Regional Adviser, who leads UNODC’s work in Sudan.At the moment, the prison service functions with almost no reliable information on the prison population and its own staff, Mr. Shaw said. The UNODC website carries a photograph of a wooden board on a prison facility, on which numbers of prisoners had been chalked in by hand. “As a first step, a survey of the current prison population will be carried out to understand its characteristics and the needs of the detainees,” Mr. Shaw stated. A system to manage such information will then be developed.In addition, senior staff will be trained in issues crucial for prison reform, including administrative procedures, planning, international standards, and responding to the needs of prisoners with special needs, including women, children and the mentally ill. In order to improve the management of the Prison Service as well as to develop longer-term penal policies focusing on vulnerable groups, UNODC is providing expertise to support the drafting of relevant legal, policy and regulatory frameworks, the agency said.As many as two million people were killed and 4.5 million others displaced during Sudan’s north-south civil war, which is separate from the conflict in the country’s western region of Darfur.In 2005, the region of Southern Sudan was granted autonomy by the Government of Sudan through the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), leading to the creation of the Government of Southern Sudan whose responsibilities included management of the prison service. 26 March 2008The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has begun assisting the Government of South Sudan in its prison reform process in the agency’s first project in the region as it emerges from a decades-long civil war. read more

The Latest Dutch navy ships in Bahamas hurricane aftermath

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas — The Latest on hurricane aftermath in the Bahamas (all times local):7:10 a.m.Two Dutch navy ships have arrived in the Bahamas to help with the relief operation after the region was devastated by Hurricane Dorian.The Defence Ministry says that around 550 military personnel who arrived Wednesday on board the ships Snellius and Johan de Witt will deliver aid to residents on Abaco island.The Johan de Witt is a transport ship that uses landing craft to bring supplies to shore, while the Snellius surveys underwater damage and obstacles in a first step to clearing access to ports and harbours on Abaco.The ships also are carrying building materials, food and water that can be flown in by helicopters.The official death toll in the Bahamas stands at 50. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said he expects the number to significantly increase.___12:15 a.m.Bahamians are beginning to tackle a daunting cleanup a week after Hurricane Dorian devastated the archipelago’s northern islands.Residents sift through debris hunting for prized possessions as they prepare to rebuild from one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history.People are piling up wreckage. Some are burning ruined clothes.A preliminary report estimates Dorian caused a total of some $7 billion in damage, although the government of the Bahamas has not yet offered any figures.The Associated Press read more

UN closes camp in Guinea after relocating refugees at Governments request

Kris Janowski, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the Massakoundou camp in southeastern Guinea was closed after the remaining 227 refugees were transferred to a safer area in central Guinea on Thursday.”Since the beginning of March, over 8,000 refugees were transferred from Massakoundou to one of UNHCR’s new sites in central Guinea,” Mr. Janowski said, adding that several thousand had opted for repatriation by bus to Conakry and by boat to Freetown.Having completed its relocation of all refugees from Massakoundou site, UNHCR will now return the camp and the remaining basic infrastructure to the local authorities. The Massakoundou camp had been used as a transit point as part of the agency’s massive relocation of refugees out of Guinea’s troubled Parrot’s Beak region. Since that effort began in early February, UNHCR has relocated some 44,000 refugees to more secure locations further inland in Guinea. Mr. Janowski predicted that the relocation operation would be completed by the end of May. read more

Haitian pop star joins forces with UN to feed some of the

Large-scale food distributions had been significantly decreased or even stopped altogether last year in Cité Soleil and Bel Air because of the level of danger there, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and Yéle Haiti, which was created by Mr. Jean after the devastation of Tropical Storm Jeanne in 2004.In June this year, Yéle Haiti organized local hip hop musicians to distribute rice, beans and vegetable oil to the poorest people in the two neighbourhoods and WFP has agreed to provide food for continued distributions. Twice-monthly distributions feeding approximately 2,700 people, and there are plans to increase that number.Beneficiaries are chosen by local community centres, and the musicians distribute the food mainly to women, the traditional heads of families in Haiti.”Working with Yéle Haiti has allowed us to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in Haiti, namely the women and children of Cité Soleil and Bel Air. We are therefore very happy about this new cooperation,” says WFP Haiti Country Director Mamadou Mbaye.The neighbourhoods, said WFP, are the poorest slums in Haiti, which is itself the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Overall unemployment in Haiti is at 80 per cent, and even higher in these districts. Open sewers run through the slum shacks, which are often built on mounds of garbage.Mud pies have been part of life in Cité Soleil and Bel Air for decades, the agency said. The polluted clay is formed into patties and laid in the sun to bake. read more

United Way campaign sets goal of 130000

The Brock University United Way campaign has set a fundraising goal of $130,000 in 2014.Brock’s latest campaign kicked off Tuesday with its popular Souper Star Lunch at Guernsey Market.All 140 Souper Star Lunch tickets were sold, and $1,400 was raised. Six Sodexo chefs made leek and potato, chicken wing, mulligatawny, autumn harvest vegetable, Spanish lentil chorizo sausage, and pumpkin and black bean soups.The potato and leek soup made by Chef Ron, and served by Goodman School of Business Professors Ernest Biktimirov and Carmen Cullen, won the coveted Soup-er Bowl with 51 votes from hungry judges.“It’s such a great event for staff to get together and share their lunch hour and do something fun and taste some of the amazing soups that Sodexo puts on for us,” Brock United Way staff co-chair Diana Panter said. “It’s a fun event that staff love to attend.”Last year’s campaign raised more than $150,000 for United Way St. Catharines and District, which funds 70 programs delivered by 40 agencies. Money benefits those who need the most help across Niagara, such as youth, people with physical or mental disabilities, and the elderly.“(That) was astronomical,” Panter said. “That was the most we had ever raised in a campaign, so we were very happy with the results.“We wanted to increase it (this year) but we didn’t want to be too ambitious.”The next event is a Spin-A-Thon Oct. 31. Cost is $100 per team of eight (limit of 18 teams) or $15 for an individual.Each team member will spin for 50 minutes, with a 10-minute transition between teammates. Register at the Walker Complex registration desk with cash or cheque.The Spin-A-Thon replaces the Halloween Fun Run, which lasted for three years. After rain dampened attendance in 2013, the decision was made to create an indoor event that would also give staff and students the chance to do something active.“We felt moving it to an event indoors would be safer,” Panter said.Participants can still dress up for Halloween, and there will be a prize for most money raised.Other events include Trivia Night Friday, Nov. 14 at Club Roma. Tickets are $30, or $200 for a table of eight. Tickets are available from the Centre for the Arts box office x3257.Brock employees have been generous over the years in their support of the United Way. Last year 21% of employees donated money through a monthly payroll deduction. The campaign wrap-up and appreciation party is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 9. read more

Aviation authority places more focus on safety regulations

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAviation boss announces drone rules in effect from todayFebruary 27, 2017In “latest news”Domestic Airways Inc. receives Air Operators CertificateJanuary 15, 2018In “Business”GCAA’s suspension of shuttle operations not a “knee jerk” reaction- FieldsSeptember 14, 2017In “Business” The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) is prioritising safety regulations this year as it strives to achieve a higher level of compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).Director General of the GCAA, Egbert FieldsDirector General, Lieutenant Colonel (retd), Egbert Field was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that one of the Authority’s main objectives this year will be to revise its regulations to reflect the standards and recommended practices outlined by ICAO.“Seeing that we will be bringing out the revised Civil Aviation Bill, it will require that we revise our regulations. They will include safety management systems, regulations pertaining to drone operations, revised operations regulations for the industry so a number of items will be revised,” Field explained.Currently, the Civil Aviation Bill is before the Parliamentary Select Committee and it is anticipated that approval will be granted before the end of the year. According to DPI, Fields said that the passage of the bill does not see the industry being burdened with additional regulations.In fact, he explained that the industry is already operating under the regulations spelt out in the Bill. “The only thing we’re doing is putting it in its proper format and ensuring that it is being presented to them in the way ICAO wants it to be presented.”According to DPI, in addition to revising its regulations, GCAA will also be conducting a compliance and enforcement training programme in February. Field stated that the exercise will play an integral role in aiding the Authority to respond positively to those items requested by ICAO and bring GCAA closer towards compliance.Guyana is currently third from the bottom in compliance ranking, having moved up one place. However, the Authority, which is currently around 70 percent in compliance has been doing corrective actions to move toward 80 percent, before the end of the year, DPI said.In 2017, the Authority was awarded the ICAO Council President’s Certificate for its significant progress in safety oversight. read more

Two TDs setting up new United Left political party

first_imgA NEW LEFT-WING political party is set to be launched next month following the apparent collapse of the United Left Alliance.TDs Clare Daly and Joan Collins are set to launch ‘United Left’ sometime in May, has learned, but many of the Dáil’s most high-profile left-wing members, including Joe Higgins and Richard Boyd-Barrett, will not be involved.This follows the apparent break-up of the United Left Alliance (ULA) – an umbrella body of the Socialist Party, People Before Profit and the Workers and Unemployed Action Group – amid divisions over the advancement of the organisation.The split became public last September when Daly resigned from the Socialist Party, saying it was time to “prioritise the building of the ULA” amid criticism from the Socialists of her links to controversial TD Mick Wallace.However in January, the Socialist Party said it was withdrawing from the ULA citing the alliance’s “weakened state as ordinary working class people had not joined it in any significant numbers”.It is understood that Wallace will have no affiliation to the United Left party which was registered with the registrar of political parties and clerk of Dáil Éireann, Kieran Coughlan, earlier this month.The registration appears in the latest edition of Iris Oifigiúil which lists the new party’s address at 30 Ring Street, Inchicore in Dublin 8. The domain name has also been registered in the name of Clare Daly “as an unincorporated association”.Daly did not respond to numerous requests for comment.Her colleague Joan Collins acknowledged that she was part of discussions about the formation of a new political party, adding: “But it’s only discussions at this point in time.” has learned that the collapse of the ULA was partly down to many members believing it was no longer working as many proposals to advance the party had been vetoed by some of its member parties.Initial divisions over the progress of the ULA emerged in an article on this website last June when Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said that his party would not give up its existence in favour of being subsumed into the ULA straight away.By contrast, Collins said it was “imperative” that left-wing parties united, saying: “It would be irresponsible of organised groups not to move forward in that direction.”Previously: ‘It’s imperative the left unites’: How the ULA wants to become a political partyRevealed: The 7 TDs who say they won’t pay the property taxlast_img read more

Now is finally your chance to buy that bank youve always wanted

first_imgTHE LARGEST PROPERTY auction ever in Ireland will be held at the start of next month, comprising of properties with a combined reserve value of €40 million.This latest auction by Allsop Space will consist of 184 properties including, among others, 87 commercial and 97 residential properties, including 62 houses, 19 apartments, three hotels, five public houses, 26 industrial properties, 39 retail outlets – and a bank.Six of these are worth more than €1 million, including an entire development of 14 properties in Porterstown, Dublin 15, and dozens of units worth a total of €5 million at at a business park in Rathcoole.“It is encouraging to see such a strong offering of Dublin properties – €23 million worth in this catalogue alone,” Robert Hoban, director of Allsop Space said, ”because demand to secure a property is highest in the capital city.”Included in the Dublin portfolio is “renowned watering hole” The Deadman’s Inn in Palmerstown. The Deadman’s Inn Source: Google MapsOutside of Dublin, a post office and garage generating €133,000 per year in rent are up for grabs in Mallow, Co Cork, for between €1.05 million and €1.15 million, and a building currently rented by Permanent TSB branch on O’Connell Street in Sligo.The auctioneers added that it stands by their pledge “to not handle the sale of repossessed family homes, or any properties subject to a legal dispute”.Read: Allsop signs agreement to end auction protestors’ sit-in >More: Ever wanted to live in a nice old mill? Now you can… >last_img read more

National OptOut Day a TSA Revolt in the Making

first_imgA group of concerned “ordinary citizens” are calling on their fellow travelers to make the day before Thanksgiving (November 24th) National Opt-Out. The event is an attempt to protest the perceived privacy invasions of the TSA’s full body scanners.The group is asking that travelers opt into a security pat-down, rather than the submit to the scanners–oh, and here’s the rub: the organization wants you to do it in full sight of fellow passengers so “every citizen [can] see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens.”A man named Brian Sodegren runs the group. He calls himself “just an ordinary citizen who is concerned about what is happening. The event is his attempt “to provide an educational platform and outlet to highlight what is going on.”AdChoices广告The group hopes to help do away with “naked body scanners” and “government-approved groping.”last_img read more

Ötzi lHomme des glaces était sujet aux maladies cardiovasculaires

first_imgÖtzi, l’Homme des glaces était sujet aux maladies cardiovasculairesPubliant leurs travaux dans Nature Communications, des chercheurs européens ont établi, notamment à partir du génome d’Ötzi, l’homme congelé dans un glacier depuis 5.000 ans, que ce dernier était prédisposé à des affections comme les troubles cardiovasculaires ou la maladie de Lyme.Décodé voici 18 mois, le génome complet d’Ötzi, l’homme préhistorique vieux de plus de 5.000 ans momifié dans un glacier des Alpes, découvert il y a une vingtaine d’années, révèle, à l’issue de nouvelles analyses, des éléments importants sur son origine et sur sa santé. Les chercheurs de l’Institut de Bolzano (Italie) et des Instituts de génétique humaine de l’Université de Tübingen et de l’Université de la Sarre (Allemagne) ont établi qu’il était d’une lignée aujourd’hui surtout répandue en Sardaigne et en Corse, et originaire du Moyen-Orient, depuis lequel les tous premiers agriculteurs sont venus en Europe.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les scientifiques ont d’autre part détecté qu’Ötzi était génétiquement prédisposé à des maladies cardio-vasculaires, dont il portait d’ailleurs un symptôme : l’artériosclérose (durcissement des artères). “La preuve que cette prédisposition génétique existait déjà à l’époque d’Ötzi est d’un intérêt énorme pour nous. Il indique que les maladies cardiovasculaires ne sont pas des maladies principalement associées aux modes de vie modernes”, a expliqué l’anthropologue Albert Zink cité par le New Scientist.Les études génétiques ont également révélé une intolérance au lactose, ce qui appuie la théorie selon laquelle, en dépit de la propagation croissante de l’agriculture et de la production laitière, l’intolérance au lactose était encore monnaie courante à l’époque d’Ötzi. Enfin, l’organisme de cet homme portait des traces de bactéries de genre Borrelia, transmises par les tiques et pouvant provoquer la borréliose (maladie de Lyme).Le 29 février 2012 à 14:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le lanceur Vega obtient son premier contrat commercial

first_imgLe lanceur Vega obtient son premier contrat commercialLa société Arianespace a annoncé que le petit lanceur européen Vega avait obtenu son premier contrat commercial. En 2014, il placera en orbite un satellite d’observation de la Terre pour le gouvernement du Kazakhstan.Un peu plus de quatre mois après que la petite fusée européenne Vega ait réussi son vol inaugural, c’est une bonne nouvelle qu’a annoncée la société Arianespace chargée de sa commercialisation. Le lanceur vient en effet tout juste de signer son premier contrat commercial avec un organisme privé. Si le montant de la commande n’a pas été communiquée, le principe de la mission lui a été dévoilé. Il s’agira pour Vega de placer en orbite un satellite d’observation de la Terre pour le compte du Kazakhstan. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Construit par la société européenne Astrium (groupe EADS), le satellite DZZ-HR affiche un poids au décollage d’environ 900 kilogrammes et sera lancé au deuxième trimestre de l’année 2014 depuis la base spatiale de Kourou située en Guyane. Il devra alors atteindre une orbite héliosynchrone à environ 750 kilomètres d’altitude. Néanmoins, ce ne sera pas le premier engin lancé par Vega puisqu’il a déjà placé en orbite neuf satellites dont deux expérimentaux  lors de son vol inaugural. De plus, il a déjà obtenu deux contrats, cette fois-ci conclu avec des organismes publics européens, pour le lancement des satellites Sentinelle 2 et 3, chargés de l’observation de la terre et des océans.”Aujourd’hui, avec Vega, nous sommes en mesure de proposer à nos clients une nouvelle offre de lancement pour ce type de missions. Après les contrats de lancement de Sentinel 2 et 3, c’est notre troisième contrat pour Vega, cette fois pour un utilisateur final non-européen”, s’est félicité le PDG d’Arianespace Jean-Yves Le Gall à l’occasion de la signature du contrat kazakh. Cité par l’AFP, celui-ci a souligné que sa société était désormais en mesure, avec Vega, d’offrir une solution plus adaptée aux lancements de petits satellites.Le lanceur Vega mesure pas moins de 30 mètres pour un poids avoisinant les 137 tonnes au sol. D’après les informations communiquées, il est capable d’emporter jusqu’à 1,5 tonne en orbite basse, soit à quelque 700 kilomètres d’altitude. Après le premier vol réussi en février dernier, un second vol est prévu pour début 2013. Le 22 juin 2012 à 11:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le Costa Rica veut fermer ses zoos et libérer les animaux dans

first_imgLe Costa Rica veut fermer ses zoos et libérer les animaux dans la natureEn début de semaine, le Costa Rica a annoncé qu’il comptait fermer l’an prochain ses deux zoos publics. Le pays projetterait de libérer dans la nature les animaux qui le peuvent et confier les autres à des centres spécialisés. C’est une nouvelle initiative de taille que vient d’annoncer le Costa Rica. Après avoir interdit en 2002 les cirques présentant des animaux et banni la chasse sportive, le pays compte désormais fermer ses deux zoos publics, le zoo Simon Bolivar et le Centre de conservation Santa Ana. Une fermeture qui prendrait effet dès l’an prochain. Mais plus impressionnant encore, le gouvernement aurait décidé de relâcher dans la nature tous les animaux des zoos qui le pourraient. Les autres ne pouvant pas l’être, seraient eux confiés à des centres spécialisés. Le Costa Rica abrite une biodiversité phénoménale qui comprend quasiment 500.000 espèces différentes de végétaux et d’animaux (6% de la biodiversité mondiale). Ceci inclut de nombreuses variétés de grenouilles, trois espèces de fourmiliers, environ cinq espèces de chat sauvage et plus de 900 espèces d’oiseaux. “Nous en avons assez des cages”  Aussi, à eux deux, les zoos nationaux abritaient quelque 400 animaux appartenant à 60 espèces différentes, pour la plupart locales, parmi lesquelles un lion, des crocodiles, des singes ou encore un tapir. Selon l’annonce faite par le ministre de l’Environnement Rene Castro, le but serait de transformer le zoo Simon Bolivar qui existe depuis 97 ans en parc botanique et d’en faire de même avec le Centre de conservation Santa Ana. Plusieurs espèces d’animaux pourraient alors s’y ébattre en toute liberté.”Nous ne voulons plus voir d’animaux en captivité ou enfermés d’une quelconque manière, sauf s’il s’agit de les sauver”, a expliqué le ministre justifiant un “changement dans la conscience environnementale des Costariciens”. “Nous en avons assez des cages et nous souhaitons renforcer l’idée d’interaction avec la biodiversité en milieu naturel”, a t-il encore ajouté cité par Associated Press. Une réintroduction pas si facile Si cette décision est une bonne nouvelle, elle soulève tout de même un certain nombre de questions. En effet, réintroduire des animaux dans la nature est loin d’être une tâche facile. En particulier, si ceux-ci ont vécu longtemps en parc animalier ou même qu’ils y sont nés. La vie sauvage implique que les animaux doivent à nouveau se débrouiller seuls, trouver leur nourriture par eux-mêmes et faire face à des congénères pas toujours très sociaux.Autant de choses qui ne sont pas si évidentes pour un animal qui n’y est pas habitué. Au cours des dernières années, peu d’espèces ont donc pu être réintroduites avec succès dans la nature. De plus, les spécimens relâchés pourraient transmettre des bactéries ou des virus qu’ils auraient contracté à cause d’une trop grande proximité avec d’autres animaux (dont les humains) et qu’ils n’auraient pas attrapé autrement.Si la réintroduction n’est pas impossible, elle est donc plus difficile qu’ouvrir simplement les cages et dire aux animaux de filer reprendre leur liberté. Une difficulté dont semble être conscient le ministre puisqu’il a indiqué que les espèces qui ne pouvaient être réintroduites seraient envoyées en centres de soin, sans pour autant préciser lesquels. Mais cette décision a suscité une vive réaction de l’organisation en charge des deux zoos.Le sort des animaux inquièteÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En effet, Fundazoo a saisi le tribunal administratif pour bloquer cette fermeture avec le motif qu’elle casserait un contrat qui ne devait pas se terminer avant une décennie. Selon Eduardo Bolanos, porte-parole de l’organisation, le contrat devait se prolonger au moins jusqu’en 2024 alors que le Costa Rica prévoit une fermeture dès le printemps 2014. Mais l’organisation s’inquiète aussi du sort des animaux. “Nous sommes inquiets de là où le ministre pense envoyer les animaux dans la mesure où le zoo Simon Bolivar et le Centre de conservation sont les seuls à avoir un vétérinaire spécialisé dans les espèces forestières et un nutritionniste pour animaux”, a souligné Bolanos. Un argument que beaucoup jugent non négligeable. Ceci relance une nouvelle fois le débat sur le rôle joué par les zoos dans la conservation des espèces.Aujourd’hui, bon nombre de parcs animaliers participent à des programmes de sauvegarde et certains animaux ne parviennent à survivre que grâce à ce type d’initiative. De plus, les zoos procèdent à un travail de recherche de qualité et permettent d’éduquer et de sensibiliser le public à la protection de la biodiversité. Reste que les parcs demeurent toujours des lieux où les animaux sont mis dans des cages. Et c’est précisément cet argument que soulève le ministre de l’Environnement.Le 7 août 2013 à 12:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE announces Seth Rollins returns to RAW this Monday to address Brock

first_img Google+ Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE has announced on their website and Twitter that Seth Rollins will return to RAW this Monday night in Grand Rapids in which he will address Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.Rollins last appearance on Monday Night RAW was two weeks ago when he was laid out with multiple F-5’s from Lesnar at the end of the show.Previously announced for this Monday’s RAW is a segment with the “suspended” Becky Lynch being invited back by the McMahon Family after she attacked Stephanie McMahon in the ring last week in Portland. will have live RAW results this Monday night beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00p.m. Central.Mike and Victoria Tedesco will be live on YouTube immediately following RAW!You can view WWE’s Twitter post below making the announcement of Rollins return..@WWERollins will address his #WrestleMania 35 opponent, #UniversalChampion @BrockLesnar THIS MONDAY on #RAW! @HeymanHustle— WWE (@WWE) February 9, 2019center_img WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterestlast_img read more

2500 to talk with Boehner Herrera Beutler

first_imgHouse Speaker John A. Boehner will appear this month at a fundraising event for U.S. Rep Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas. Invitations are being sent out for a $2,500-per-person “roundtable discussion” with Boehner, R-Ohio, and Herrera Beutler at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Vancouver home of auto magnate Dick Hannah.There will be a 9 a.m. breakfast, which costs $500 per person.The invitation notes that contributions are limited to $5,000 per person or $10,000 per couple. Herrera Beutler will be up for re-election next year. The freshman congresswoman defeated Democrat Denny Heck last year to represent the 3rd District, which covers most of Southwest Washington.According to the Federal Elections Commission, between Jan. 1 and June 30 she raised $438,187 for her re-election campaign.She’s got a war chest, she’s got Boehner, but she doesn’t yet have an opponent.Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz has said the party will recruit a strong candidate to run against Herrera Beutler in 2012. “I absolutely think she’s beatable,” he said this summer. Pelz doesn’t expect a candidate to enter the race until the commission that is redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative district boundaries completes its work at the end of this year.Because the fast-growing 3rd District must shrink in size, many observers expect it will lose heavily Democratic Thurston County, the seat of state government and home to many state employees, changing the 3rd from a swing district to one that leans Republican.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt said Wednesday he’s still having conversations with people about the viability of having enough money to run a Congressional race. He said local Democrats are also trying to recruit what he called a “pure D” Democrat, as he describes himself as a moderate. As for the Sept. 24 breakfast, no other details were available Wednesday, at least not to a reporter who was not asking to buy a ticket.last_img read more

Google Maps will now tell you how packed your train will be

first_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo Angela Lang/CNET Mobile Google Maps,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It See it An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal Find out if your train or bus will have standing room only, or if you’ll be able to snag a seat. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Now you can know just how miserable your commute will (or won’t) be before you even get to the train station. Google Maps on Thursday rolled out a feature that predicts how crowded a train, subway or bus will be based on previous rides. Riders can see this information and then decide if they want to stick it out or wait for things to clear up.  The company also launched live updates on traffic delays for buses in locations where it doesn’t already have real-time information from local transit agencies. Riders can now see if their bus will be late and how long they’ll have to wait. They’ll also get more-precise travel times based on live traffic conditions, and will be able to see where the delays are on the map.   The two features roll out Thursday in around 200 cities worldwide, and are available on both Android and iOS.  Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate Comments $155 at Google Express $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the AirPods review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Google Maps for Android $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250)center_img Best Buy $520 at HP Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo $999 See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $299 at Amazon 2 Comments See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sprint Tags Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview 7 Sarah Tew/CNET Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Amazonlast_img read more

16th amendment verdict shakes govt Khandker Mahbub

first_imgKhandker MahbubThe 16th amendment annulment verdict has shaken the government in such a way that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has considered this an opportunity to reap benefits out of it.BNP vice chairman and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Khandker Mahbub Hossain said this in an interview that came up in Prothom Alo print edition on Wednesday.Prothom Alo joint editor Mizanur Rahman Khan took the interview on the 16th amendment annulment verdict that scrapped parliament’s power to remove judges on the grounds of misconduct and incapacity.”I think that the observations made in the verdict are accurate and timely. The chief justice in his observations depicted a true picture of irregularities and injustice prevailing in society,” said Mahbub Hossain.When his attention was drawn to the observation made by justice Hasan Foez Siddique that Bangladesh lost its character as a sovereign and people’s republic during the autocratic rules of Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad, the BNP leader said this observation has grieved them.”We are aggrieved at this observation. Ziaur Rahman had built friendly relations with the neighbouring country and taken all-out measures to protect the sovereignty. We are scrutinising the pros and cons of the verdict,” he said.Asked about the allegation of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) that the BNP is using the verdict for its political goal, Mahbub said, “BNP is not doing politics centring on the verdict. Maybe, our party is trying to gain a political leverage from it.”He said, “The government is so shaken by the judgement that we see this as an opportunity.”Asked why the BNP is considering the verdict a historic one whereas it branded its founder Ziaur Rahman as a usurper, Mahbub said the independence of judiciary is the basic pillar of an independent democratic society and the 16th constitutional amendment was a big blow to the judiciary.Asked if the BNP would seek to expunge observations that go against Ziaur Rahman and the BNP, the party vice chairman said observations are the opinions of the judges. It will contain both good and bad. “I think BNP will take a decision after a thorough scrutiny of the verdict.”Mahbub Hossain went on to say, “The verdict accurately reflects the socio-political condition of the country. In which, it has been said in an oblique reference to Bangabandhu that no achievement can be made by a single person. And Zia’s name came in the observation by the way of talking about the martial law.”*The article is rewritten based on the interview by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

Monsoon rains kill 17 in Nepal 6 in India

first_imgA Nepali resident walks through floodwaters after the Balkhu River overflowed following monsoon rains at the Kalanki area of Kathmandu on 12 July, 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 17 people have been killed across Nepal after torrential monsoon rains induced floods and landslides, officials said Friday.In neighbouring north-eastern India the death toll from floods rose to six, with 870,000 people affected, officials said.Heavy rains since Thursday have hit several districts in Nepal, especially in the country’s eastern region and the southern plains.According to figures released by Nepal’s police, 17 people have died, seven are injured and another seven have been reported missing.Three were killed when a wall collapsed in the capital Kathmandu.”Local authorities and our security officials are all working to rescue people and bring them to safety. Helicopters are on standby if needed,” Home Ministry official Umakanta Adhikari told AFP.Indian villagers and goats stand near the portion of a broken bridge connecting nearby villages, carried away by floods, at Taipu village some 25 kms from Siliguri on 12 July, 2019. Photo: AFPNepal’s weather department warned Thursday that heavy rains were expected to continue for two days, and advised people to stay alert.Nearly 150 people died last year in Nepal during the rainy season, which typically begins in late June and lasts until the end of August.In the northeastern Indian state of Assam monsoon floods have now inundated 21 districts, officials said Friday.In Bangladesh aid groups were providing rations to Rohingya refugees in the southeast of the country with the UN World Food Programme saying Friday that two people including a child had died.last_img read more

7 Steps to Hiring the Perfect Mobile App Developer

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Finding an app developer isn’t that tough these days, it’s finding just the right one for your business that can be tricky.  As someone who has built an app development company and worked with clients across industries on their apps, I can tell you that finding the right partner is more important than saving a few hundred or thousand dollars in building your product. The right partner can add value in more ways than just development, which will help you maximize revenues for your app business.Let’s get started with what you should look for in an app developer to make the right decision for your app business.1. Look for a developer interested in your business, not just the development. A good development company should be able to not only guide you through the process of development, but also give you creative input based on their experience with similar apps.The good ones know what works and what doesn’t on the app store because they’ve worked with many clients.2. Assess their portfolio. A good developer must also have excellent U/UX skills. When looking at their portfolio, keep an eye out for beautiful looking apps with excellent user interfaces. Sixty percent of your application is about how a user interacts with it.3. Check client references. Look for developers who will readily extend client contact information so that you can get real feedback on their company.4. Choose someone you can build a relationship with. Mobile app development is not a one-time activity. Apps have to go through many evolutions and cycles based on constant user feedback. Look for a developer who will stick with you through the lifecycle of the product and not abandon ship once the initial development is done and the app is hosted.5. Don’t let price drive you. Do not, and I repeat, do not select a development partner based on a price quote. You need a great product, not the cheapest product.Every startup or entrepreneur has a budget. But often the lowest cost option can turn out to be more expensive in the long run, if, say, for example, it’s necessary to redo the app with another developer because it didn’t turn out as expected.6. Think of the whole package, not just the coding. Building an app is not just about coding. It’s also about creating a functional design and thinking about the user experience. Do not select an independent developer unless you already have access to a team who will perform the rest of the functions such as design, usability and testing. 7. Make design a top priority. How a website or an app looks is as important as how it works. Go a step further and look at partners who can add value to the usability aspect of your website or mobile app, which will define how users interact with your product.Focus on the right aspects of your business and you’ll have a better shot at choosing the right app developer. It’s an important decision. The realization of your vision is often in your developer’s hands. Choose wisely. November 12, 2013 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more