10 months agoEverton boss Silva has big plans for McCarthy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva has big plans for McCarthyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are ready to release James McCarthy for loan next month.The Mirror says McCarthy is returning to full fitness after a double break in his leg suffered last January and will be involved over Christmas, but the club want him to get back to regular action – and that is unlikely to be on offer at Goodison Park.Marco Silva sees a big part for McCarthy in his long-term plans, but he is happy to let him leave on a loan deal for the season.The Republic of Ireland star, 28, has interest from Fulham, Brighton and Burnley, and will talk with Silva before deciding on which club would be best. last_img read more

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Jason Whitlock Thinks Chip Kelly Will Be Miami’s Next Head Coach

first_imgJason Whitlocks and Colin Coward talk about Chip Kelly on ESPN.jason whitlocks chip kelly to miamiThere are many who believe that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will eventually wind up back in the college game, where he saw great success as the leading man for the Oregon Ducks. One Fox Sports analyst – Jason Whitlock – thinks that it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.Whitlock joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show Wednesday afternoon and made a bold prediction. He thinks that Kelly will be Miami football’s next head coach. He believes that Kelly’s system would be a great fit for the Hurricanes, given the talent in the area.We’re not sure we agree, but it’s fun to think about. Miami needs to make a splash, and being able to land Kelly would certainly do just that.last_img read more

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Drewry Big Threes Liner Merger Is All about Survival

first_imgzoom The latest merger of liner shipping businesses, revealed by Japan’s Big Three shipping companies yesterday, is further evidence of survival mergers and acquisitions sweeping the industry, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Namely, the agreement between Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), subject to resolution by the board of directors of each company and shareholder/regulatory approval, would form a new joint-venture company which would operate a fleet totaling 1.4 million TEUs. The company  is planned to be established on July 1, 2017.Drewry said that, while this is considered to be an important step towards making container shipping an industry that can sustain profitability, the process of integration will be challenging.“Whilst the consolidation that took place in container shipping pre-2008 was driven by a desire for growth, the current wave of M&A activity is more about survival and the need to address structural industry issues by strengthening balance sheets, addressing poor investor returns and adapting to the low growth environment,” Drewry said.At the time of acquisitions pre-2008, growth or scale was the primary strategic imperative behind M&A. The industry was still in growth phase fuelled by globalisation and manufacturers shifting sourcing to Asia.However, Drewry noted that recent acquisitions have been driven by necessity and the promise of synergies from cost saving, economies of scale, improved competitive positioning and better protection from the prevailing weak industry fundamentals.“Alliances, along with M&A, have been a response to the low-growth environment, where a significant number of carriers have not made money in the recent past. We anticipate further consolidation activity but the industry may need to wait until the earnings impact of the consolidation become tangible,” said Drewry’s director of container research Neil Dekker.last_img read more

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PengrowthNova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant Winner Announced

first_imgKathleen Gould, a master of science student at Saint Mary’s University, is receiving a boost for her career plans in the energy sector. Ms. Gould has been selected to receive the 2005 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant. The $15,000 grant supports her research into chemical changes in sandstones that affect the quality of natural gas reservoirs on the Scotian Shelf. This will allow Nova Scotia’s offshore industry to further understand reservoir management in the Sable sub-basin. “Nova Scotia’s offshore industry continues to grow and develop because of the commitment of many bright Nova Scotians like Kathleen Gould,” said Cecil Clarke, Minister of Energy. “We’re pleased to help Ms. Gould advance in her career and studies in petroleum exploration, while also helping to secure the future of our province’s offshore industry. I’m confident she will achieve great success in our energy sector.” Ms. Gould is a native of Windsor and has completed a bachelor of science degree in geology at Saint Mary’s University. “Our involvement in Nova Scotia’s offshore has been very rewarding for Pengrowth and the citizens of Nova Scotia,” said James Kinnear, Pengrowth’s president and chief executive officer. “The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is an example of fuelling a secure energy future for the province where our team members and their families live and work. We are delighted to help fund Ms. Gould’s research that shows strong possibility to make a difference in Nova Scotia’s offshore.” The $2-million Pengrowth-Nova Scotia scholarship fund was announced in March 2005 and includes an energy scholarship for high school students pursuing energy-related careers, and an innovation grant for students at the master’s level beginning studies in energy-related disciplines. It is funded by contributions from the Nova Scotia government and Pengrowth Corporation of Calgary, one of the owners of the Sable Offshore Energy Project.last_img read more

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New Fire Depot for Chester Grant

first_imgThe Chester Grant area will continue to be well protected from forest fires thanks to a new satellite Department of Natural Resources facility. The new Chester Grant building will replace an aging facility in the area and will supplement a larger depot in Lunenburg County. It will house firefighting equipment and Department of Natural Resources staff from April 1 to Oct. 31 annually. “We have listened to the concerns of the people who live in the area and agree that this is a good idea,” said Minister of Natural Resources Richard Hurlburt. Forest fire preparedness will be the principal priority for staff at the site, but they will also maintain Graves Island Provincial Park and support other departmental activities in the area. -30-last_img read more

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Anand needs big wins in final stretch of Grand Chess tour

first_imgZagreb (Croatia): Looking for an elusive win in the tournament, Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has his task cut out when he sits across Ding Liren of China in the seventh round of the Grand Chess tour here. The five-time world champion started the super tournament with a loss against Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia. He had five draws since then to collect 2.5 points out of a possible six. With five rounds still to come in the 12-player 11-rounds tournament, Anand will look forward to an improved performance and all the Indian ace needs are a couple of victories that will take him closer to the top. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAnand has had to do some hard work in the tournament thus far but apart from one bad day in office against Nepomniachtchi, the younger players have not been able to crack him. The game against Magnus Carlsen of Norway is surely going to find its way in the history books, given the way the Indian defended and came out unscathed in what looked like a lost endgame. After the first and only rest day in the tournament, the next two rounds will be most crucial for Anand as he plays both with white pieces. If the Indian is able to dent Ding Liren’s hopes in the tournament, Fabiano Caruana will be the next big hurdle. The tournament still looks wide open but reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen has not quite displayed the terrific form he has been in the last six months. After the rest day breather, Carlsen, who won a nice game against Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the fifth round, might just have his say if he finds his winning ways.last_img read more

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Your Chance To Meet Shania Twain During Her Tour

first_imgHere’s your chance to bid on the ultimate Shania Twain meet and greet package, and help a good cause.The singer is putting a package under the hammer that includes concert tickets to the venue of your choice during her Shania Now Tour, as well as airfares and hotel for two. And, of course, the chance to meet Shania herself.Proceeds from the auction benefit Point Hope. Point Hope’s mission is to raise awareness and champion the cause for forgotten children so that: Every child has a loving and nurturing environment; every child has the basic essentials to live a healthy life; local communities are equipped to deal with the challenges facing children; government, business, education and religious communities are encouraged to partner for the welfare of children. The staff of Point Hope are dedicated individuals who work diligently to help others that are in need, providing hope and care in the form of programs, individual attention and the creation of self-sustainable programs that benefit families and persons worldwide.“It’s unacceptable for us to stand by and watch any child in this modern society suffer right before our eyes when there is something we CAN do about it,” said Shania.To find out more about the auction, click here.last_img read more

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EU leaders support Merkel over NSA spying

first_imgBRUSSELS –  28 EU leaders discuss the scandal of the US NSA’s monitoring of Merkel’s phone at the EU summit.Twenty-eight European Union (EU) leaders made a joint statement at a two-day EU summit noting the intentions of France and Germany in seeking bilateral talks with the United States (US).The EU leaders announced that other EU countries were welcome to join the initiative which underlined close relations between Europe and the US and the value of that partnership.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the summit aimed to arrive at a common understanding of the services between the United States, Germany and France for the establishment of a framework for cooperation.Regarding the recent scandal over reports claiming the US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, French President Francois Hollande said, “A special European cell is already set up to deal with the wave of snooping disclosures.”A recent examination by the German secret service BND and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) following Spiegel magazine’s report on files revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has supported suspicions that secret surveillance targeted Merkel’s private mobile phone.According to press reports, German authorities believe the possible surveillance operation had been controlled by a team at the US embassy in Berlin.Stressing that experts must accelerate efforts on the matter with their US allies, Hollande added, “This issue is not going away and there will be more revelations in the future.”Call for talks come “with the aim of finding, before the end of the year, an understanding on mutual relations in that field,” EU President Herman Van Rompuy said.“Any new understanding applies to relations between European countries, as well as to relations with the US,” emphasized Van Rompuy.last_img read more

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Iraq new UN envoy voices cautious optimism but cites potential dangers

“Although statistics tell the story of a downward trend in the overall level of violence, reality is still tainted by an unacceptably high level of indiscriminate attacks on civilians,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ad Melkert told the Security Council, following his first visit to Iraq in his new capacity.“This is an unparalleled moment of opportunity, but also one of great sensitivity,” he said, referring to the withdrawal of the multilateral force from the country’s cities on 30 June and their replacement by Iraqi security forces. “There are many factors – some internal, some external – that could tip the scale,” he added, calling on the Iraqi Government and security forces to live up to the new responsibilities of their regained sovereignty by winning the people’s trust and respecting fundamental human rights.In the face of a host of problems ranging from youth unemployment of one third and a budget deficit to drought and agricultural underperformance, the time has come to place economic and social issues upfront. Iraq will find a ready partner in the UN, which will base itself on “Iraqi ownership,” selective priorities and the nexus between national reconciliation and economic development, Mr. Melkert said.But economic diversification, jobs for youth and better services cannot wait for political consensus, but can instead themselves become a platform for consensus, he added, with the UN aligning its aid with Iraq’s five-year National Development Plan, with a particular focus on agriculture and water resources.Noting that the UN’s $547-million consolidated appeal for Iraq for 2009 was only 33 percent funded as of July, and that needs have since increased by over $100 million to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to their homes, he called on Member States to fill the gap.Turning to two of the most critical priorities currently facing the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) in promoting long-term stability, Mr. Melkert cited preparations for national elections in 2010 and the issue of ethnically disputed areas, including oil-rich Kirkuk, stressing the UN’s role as an “impartial connector.”“Dialogue rather than precipitous decision-making should be the method to disentangle complex and sensitive facts and perceptions,” he said.In his latest report on Iraq yesterday, Mr. Ban urged the Kurdistan Regional Government to reconsider the provisions in the draft Kurdistan regional constitution, which could have the potential to aggravate tensions and affect ongoing discussions on the disputed boundaries.He called for an end to provocative statements, including those which pre-judge in any way the future of areas such as Kirkuk, and to any unilateral actions on the ground which the other side is likely to see as hostile in intent.Mr. Melkert underlined the role that the international community still has to play in ensuring Iraq’s progress.“Whilst working towards ‘normalization’ this is most certainly not the time for the international community to disengage on Iraq or lessen its commitment,” he declared.“The theme I would prefer to stress at this early juncture is ‘strategic acceleration’ – building on progress in the political sphere and throwing our full support behind economic growth and social development benefiting the people, in partnership and constant consultation with Iraqis themselves.” 4 August 2009The new top United Nations envoy for Iraq voiced cautious optimism today as the country regains its sovereignty, but warned of potential dangers ahead, pledging full UN support for the economic and social development of the violence-scarred nation. read more

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Acosta to take questions on his handling of Epstein case

WASHINGTON — Labour Secretary Alex Acosta plans to make a statement Wednesday regarding his handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.The Labor Department said Acosta will “make a statement and answer questions” from reporters at 2:30 p.m.Acosta, a former federal prosecutor in south Florida, is under fire for his role in a secret 2008 plea deal that let Epstein avoid federal prosecution after allegations he molested teenage girls.Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday to new child sex-trafficking charges and could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.President Donald Trump has praised Acosta’s work in his Cabinet and said he feels “very badly” for him, but said he’ll be looking “very closely” at the matter.Jill Colvin, The Associated Press read more

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PeoplExpress suspends flights Virginiabased startup had launched with a familiar name

PeoplExpress suspends flights; Virginia-based startup had launched with a familiar name by The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2014 1:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Start-up airline PeoplExpress says it is suspending flights because of problems including a shortage of crews and only one plane, but it hopes to resume flying next month.The airline based in Newport News, Virginia, said Friday that it was processing refunds for passengers holding tickets through Oct. 15. The company said travellers booked on later flights will get an email once plans for resuming service on or about Oct. 16 are complete.PeoplExpress, which took its name from another airline that operated in the 1980s, started flying on June 30 and offered flights to seven destinations from Newport News on Boeing 737 jets operated by Vision Airlines.PeoplExpress said that it struggled to operate a full schedule due to aircraft, crew-availability and maintenance issues. One plane was damaged by a vendor’s truck on Sept. 19, leaving just one aircraft because the airline lacked a planned spare.Last month, the airline’s founder, Mike Morisi, apologized to passengers after delays that he blamed on a “perfect storm” of setbacks, including an eye injury to the plane’s captain and an accident that left the co-pilot’s wife hospitalized. He also scolded passengers who “believe that screaming and cursing a 25 year-old customer service representative” is acceptable behaviour.PeoplExpress sought to capitalize on consolidation in the airline industry, which has reduced service for travellers in smaller cities such as Newport News. The airline charged low base fares but added fees for items that are free on many airlines, such as non-alcoholic beverages and putting a carry-on bag in the overhead bin.The original PeoplExpress operated from 1981 to 1987 and grew rapidly by offering rock-bottom fares. It was briefly the nation’s fifth largest airline before falling victim to costly overexpansion. It was bought by Continental Airlines, which dropped the name. read more

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Youth leaders ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work

Marie Chatardová, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UN Photo/Manuel Elias Around the world, the population of young people is now almost 1.8 billion – the largest ever. And it offers both immense potential as well as considerable challenges ranging from 71 million unemployed youth and an additional 161 million in situations of moderate or extreme poverty despite having a job. In this situation, building on the work of young people to address the problems of the young people is critical, highlighted Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth. “We will be discussing the issues [the youth] care about like sustainable energy for all, safe and inclusive cities, access to clean water and sanitation, protecting bio-diversity and forests and partnerships to achieve the [SDGs],” said Ms. Wickramanayake. As a subset of the partnerships agenda, she explained, is the involvement of the youth in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.Started in 2012, the Youth Forum is the only gathering of its kind to bring together young people and senior Government officials in-charge of youth matters in their countries, such as youth ministries. This year’s overarching theme is the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities.In addition to discussing youth action for specific SDGs, the agenda also includes regional perspectives and a roundtable on means of implementation, including finance, technology, capacity building and trade.The outcomes from the Youth Forum will flow into this year High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the global UN forum to which discusses and reviews the status of implementation of sustainable development. At UN Headquarters in New York on 30 and 31 January, youth leaders from every corner of the world will lead discussions with government officials, civil society and other stakeholders on policy frameworks and innovative initiatives to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a 15-year plan to create a prosperous world for everyone on a clean planet. Marie Chatardová, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council, the UN body that convenes the annual Youth Forum, has said that it is vital to empower young people to break cycles of poverty allow them to fulfil their potential to the fullest. “If young people have the right support, education, and means, they can go on to build better societies. They have energy, creativity, and innovation to power entrepreneurship and create jobs for themselves and others,” she wrote in an opinion piece, published in the Miami Herald on Friday.Citing examples of the youth taking action on pressing global concerns, such as on impacts of climate change or growing pollution, Mr. Chatardová said that young people do not wait idly for others to transform their ideas into reality.“They are leaders who roll up their sleeves and work hard to transform their societies,” she added. read more

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The Eastern Conference Playoffs Are All About Grudge Matches

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (April 23, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss three tight series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Toronto, Boston and Cleveland are each tied 2-2 against their lower-seeded opponents — how much trouble are the favored teams in?The Lab will be back with another episode later this week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner Embed Code read more

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Athens on the 15th

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Look at tourist guides, when-to and how-to articles about Greece and its summers, and Athens on the 15th of August is probably not going to come highly recommended. You might get Mykonos, some Crete, a dash of Santοrini, maybe a sprinkle of the wonders and beauty of the Ionian sea, but Athens? Not so much. The 15th of August in Athens is, however, probably one of the best kept secrets for well-informed urban travellers. Empty, quiet and sleepy, the very air of the place is different, unburdened by the constant rumble of car engines, the out of synch drumming of countless heels on pavements and the thick cloud of radio wave chatter and millions of everyday words and conversations, as they bounce feverishly around the cityscape. It is, truly, a city abandoned. The only living souls you’re likely to see are perplexed tourists, scratching their heads as to why the city seems deserted, and the lumbering stray dogs of Syntagma square, as they slowly carry their bulk from shade to shade, trying to move as little as possible under the sweltering gaze of the August sun. The few shops that remain open on a day like this go through the motions at an almost island-like pace, servers visibly relaxed and laid back, not having to balance ten or so orders in their heads. Up and down Panepistimiou Avenue, one of the main roads that connect Syntagma Square with the rather more gritty Omonoia area, shops hang up small signs, hand-written or otherwise, informing customers that they’ll be back sometime between the 16th and the 20th. It’s a common saying on Greece: “Nothing happens in August.” Athens on the 15th is a hat-tipping acknowledgment to just that. Having spent the last seven or eight summers in the city, the particular date is a huge favourite of mine. Riding the train into town, I try and pick a carriage that is utterly empty and concentrate on the clear sound of the rails rattling beneath my feet, only ever interrupted by an arrival announcement, when a station pulls into view. It’s an exercise in urban silence of the highest order, an opportunity one seldom gets the chance to experience in a bustling city like Athens. Arriving at Syntagma metro station, I climb the escalators towards the exit and out onto the parliament square, where I’m greeted by the sun, so hot and bright it almost screams. While the heat is not to be taken lightly, the best way to experience a city in a state like this is to just decide to walk. To put one foot in front of the other, repeat the process for a good hour or so and take it all in. You could head towards Monastiraki, strolling down Ermou street, which is usually alive with shoppers on any other day but this one, or make your way to the paved walkway of Areopagitou. Wherever you go, just make sure you do it when the sun is up. Athens has a funny way of coming alive at night, even when most of its inhabitants are away on holiday. Empty or not, when the sun sets there will be plenty of bars that will open their doors, and as the music starts tumbling out of speakers and ice cubes jingle in glasses, the noise will return. Perhaps not as loud as it would normally, but return it will. No, the 15th of August in Athens is very much a morning exercise. Bright, sunny, empty and heart-warmingly lonely, it’s a rare chance to listen to what an urban landscape has to say when its engines are off. For one day only, you can hear it whispering, not shouting like a concrete gorilla. For one day only, every breath you take is the loudest sound there is. To this day, I still remember meeting a guitar player in Athens, on the 15th of August back in 2006, playing his instrument on a deserted Ermou street, each note ringing out true, clean and undiluted by any other sound. It was halfway between a surf track and a lover’s song, with the reverb cranked up high, sending the guitar sound soaring up the walls of the buildings and into the bright sky. When he took a break, he smiled at me and simply said: “This is my favourite day of the year.”I looked into his guitar box, noticed it was almost empty and was about to comment on it, but he was already one step ahead. “It’s not about the money, not today. Today is about how different everything sounds. Every note stands on its own, did you hear it? It’s almost like everything goes silent and you can have one day to provide the only sound. Isn’t that amazing?”And with that he started sending notes in the air once more, pleased at the world. Because yes, it was amazing. It still is. For one day in the year, with the sun at its mightiest, Athens lays back, closes its eyes and just whispers. There’s nothing else quite like it.last_img read more

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La rencontre GoodPlanet Pilai Poonswad la grandmère des calaos

first_imgLa rencontre GoodPlanet : Pilai Poonswad, la grand-mère des calaosLe site goodplanet.info fondé par Yann-Arthus Bertrand part à la rencontre de ceux qui se bougent pour l’environnement et la préservation des patrimoines culturels. Retrouvez les meilleurs extraits sur Maxisciences.Elle a réussi à convertir des braconniers et des coupeurs de bois illégaux en gardiens de la nature. Durant de longues années, Pilai Poonswad, microbiologiste et professeur émérite à l’université de Bangkok, a dialogué sans relâche avec les communautés musulmanes du sud thaïlandais. Son but : les convaincre de l’aider à protéger le calao-rhinocéros, un oiseau tropical rare, chassé pour sa viande et son bec cornu, vendu sous le manteau à prix d’or, au même titre que l’ivoire.À lire aussiQuand des éléphants apprennent à un petit tout juste né à se nourrirCet amour pour les calaos ne date pas d’hier. Depuis 1978, Pilai Poonswad, 64 ans aujourd’hui, voue sa vie à étudier et protéger ces grands oiseaux. “La première fois que j’ai vu un calao, j’ai été impressionnée par le bruit de son battement d’ailes. On aurait dit une locomotive! J’ai tout de suite été fascinée !” Sur treize espèces recensées sur l’ensemble du territoire thaïlandais, cinq sont en danger, quatre en voie d’extinction. Il faut dire que malgré leur taille imposante (entre 1 m et 1,50 m de hauteur, et 1,90 m d’envergure !), les calaos sont de nature fragile et vulnérable. “Même sans la menace des braconniers, ce sont des oiseaux qui se reproduisent difficilement. C’est un vrai problème car leur présence est indispensable à l’équilibre de l’écosystème et à la régénération des forêts, explique la microbiologiste. Je ne pouvais pas les laisser s’éteindre dans l’indifférence. Il fallait réagir”. Pilai retrousse alors ses manches. Et commence à réaménager les cavités naturelles des troncs d’arbres dans lesquelles les calaos sont habitués à couver. Elargir l’entrée pour qu’ils puissent s’y introduire, combler les trous pour qu’ils soient moins profonds… Tout un système D mis en place pour favoriser la nidification de ses protégés.Pendant seize ans, Pilai agit seule, avec l’aide ponctuelle de ses amis et de quelques étudiants… Mais en 1994, elle découvre la présence inattendue du calao-rhinocéros à la frontière malaisienne – on croyait l’animal disparu… Lire la suite sur GoodPlanet Tout savoir sur la biodiversitéGoodPlanet.info est un projet de la fondation GoodPlanet, présidée par Yann Arthus-Bertrand, reporter, photographe, documentariste et écologiste français. Le site présente de manière pédagogique les enjeux écologiques et humains majeurs de notre époque. Le 9 avril 2011 à 14:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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State AGs office seeks to civilly commit sex offender

first_imgOver the next couple of weeks, prosecutors with the Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit will be making their case for why a Ridgefield man, convicted of multiple sex offenses against children, should not be released back into the community.The trial for Timothy McMahon, 56, began earlier this week in Clark County Superior Court, and is expected to continue for two weeks, according to a press release from the Attorney General’s Office.McMahon has been convicted of multiple sex crimes dating to 1985. He had been scheduled for community release in February, after serving time on his 2004 convictions. But the Attorney General’s Office filed for his civil commitment before he would have been released. He’s since been awaiting trial at the Special Commitment Center.Under the state’s Sexually Violent Predator law, the Attorney General’s Office can petition for the involuntary commitment of violent sex offenders who, because of mental illness or a personality disorder, are found to likely re-offend if they are released.The Attorney General’s Office must prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt in court. Assistant Attorneys General Mary Robnett and Rose McGillis are handling the case.last_img read more

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BNSF crews replace lights at downtown Vancouver crossing

first_imgA BNSF Railway signal team on Friday morning replaced two crossing signals in downtown Vancouver.Crews diverted traffic on West Eighth Street at Harney Street around 8 a.m. Two teams removed old railroad crossing lights and installed new ones to coincide with the new port access project, said Gus Melonas, BNSF Railway spokesman.New lights will also have traffic gates that lower before a train crosses the street.BNSF will shut down the Eighth Street crossing between April 30 and May 4 to replace rail ties and install new rock, new approaches and a new concrete surface, Melonas said.The railway also tore out the Jefferson Street crossing and replaced it in March.“The result is a new crossing,” Melonas said. “It’s smooth. It’s safe and it’s a benefit for the railroad as well as the public.”The two crossings are slated for permanent closure as part of the $44 million waterfront access project. No date has been set as of yet.BNSF Railway is going forward and paying for the improvements at this point because railroad management believes it is necessary for the safety of the crossing, Melonas said. The crossing is frequently used by heavy trucks en route to Pacific Coast Shredding, Albina Fuel and other commercial businesses.Trains will continue to sound their horns at the crossing, even with the additional safety equipment, Melonas said.last_img read more

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Port of Vancouver faulted in graininspection dispute

first_imgIn the dispute over the lack of inspections at United Grain Corp., the Port of Vancouver is now coming under sharp criticism from the federal government. In a letter sent Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency said its safety experts have concluded “that the Port of Vancouver has not been enforcing its rules of conduct” to enable state or federal grain inspectors to safely move through a picketed gate to reach United Grain’s export facility.The letter, written by Lawrence Mitchell, an administrator for the U.S. Agriculture department based in Washington ,D.C., was in response to requests by United Grain to direct federal personnel to take over inspections in the absence of state officials. The U.S. Agriculture department has refused to do so but says it’s reviewing the matter.Citing threats from union pickets, Washington state Department of Agriculture inspectors have refused to enter a gate at the port since July 7. Their refusal has all but shut down the West Coast’s largest grain elevator.A similar labor conflict at the Columbia Grain facility at the Port of Portland has been managed better than at the Port of Vancouver, Mitchell wrote, “and does not present the same safety concerns for the (federal) inspectors” who examine grain in Portland.last_img read more

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Turos Carculator lets you see potential earnings from renting your ride

first_img Earnings Volkswagen 1 36 Photos More From Roadshow Car Culture Share your voice Volkswagen Peer-to-peer car sharing — Airbnb for cars, essentially — is a relatively new concept, and its biggest proponent right now is Turo. If you’ve thought about joining the service, but weren’t sure what kind of money could or couldn’t be made, Turo now has a tool for that.Turo’s “Carculator” (clever name) is pretty straightforward — plug in a year, make, model and location, and it will spit out your possible potential earnings with an estimate of how often it would be rented out. It calculates this estimate by looking at data from rentals that have already happened, so it’s not just pulling figures from thin air.Enlarge ImageConsidering my station wagon isn’t exactly an objet d’art, I’m not surprised its earnings potential is lower than the examples Turo provided in this image. Turo If the number is hilariously low, perhaps you won’t get much out of renting on Turo, but if you have a highly sought-after car, it might replace your pupils with dollar signs, cartoon-style.As a quick example, I looked up my personal car, a 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen SEL. Detroit wasn’t listed as a location, so I just used the national average. According to that information (with my specific trim selected), my VW could earn $551 per month, which is slightly under my monthly payment. That number is calculated based on a possible $41 in earnings per day spent rented, and the Carculator estimated I’d be able to pawn my wagon off on people about 13 days each month.Of course, that won’t work for me, because the car is tied up in daily commutes every weekday, but when it comes to sports cars and other vehicles that are only used occasionally, it could very well be a solid stream of supplemental income.center_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen gushes with value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tagslast_img read more

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