All these years, jallikattu has been successful in winning a joint support from all the political parties in Tamil Nadu.Jallikattu is a very popular sport in the heartlands of Tamil Nadu, as it is seen as an integral part of the Tamil culture.ALSO READ: Vishnu Manchu says Bollywood got Deepika, Aishwarya from the South ALSO READ: Kamal Haasan reveals why he left Bombay and returned to Tamil cinemaALSO READ: Baahubali director SS Rajamouli wishes to direct MahabharatIt is not just the politicians, but the film fraternity demanding the sport. At the India Today Conclave South 2017, veteran actor Kamal Haasan said, “It is not jallikattu as it was earlier called yerithazuvudal, which means to embrace the bull. I am one of the very few actors to have played jallikattu and I want it to be allowed.”When asked about the brutality that lies behind the sport, Kamal said, “If jallikattu has to be banned, why not ban biryani?”His biryani remark took the country by storm. Though animal rights activists have come down strongly on Kamal’s statement, it seems like the support for the sport is only increasing as Pongal is fast approaching.Here’s what Kollywood celebrities have to say about jallikattu.In a statement, Simbu wrote, “Jallikattu is the cultural symbol of the state and it is our pride too. We have been practicing this art of valour for years, and it is utterly disgraceful when some groups and individuals manage to misguide and misinform the authorities of the governance and Judiciary on this art that is considered a cultural symbol of our state.”advertisementConcluding his statement, Simbu said, “I am awaiting to see the raging bulls and the courageous men together in the arena promoting the sport of valour this Pongal itself. After all this is our festival, our culture and our sport.Actor-composer GV Prakash Kumar and singer Arun Kamaraj of Neruppu Da fame, took to social media and showed their support on jallikattu.Actor-turned-politician Khushubu Sundar at the India Today Conclave South 2017, narrated a story of how a widow lost her husband in jallikattu and yet continued to nurture a bull at home. The woman also said that she would never stop her son from taking part in the same sport that she lost her husband to.Speaking at the event Khushboo said, “As a true blooded Chennai-ite, I have been living here for the last 30 years and I personally feel that we need jallikattu. It is not just about the traditions, but about the misconception that people in the North have about the bull.”Playback singer Chinmayi Sripada too supported jallikattu. She said, “After extensive research on the subject, I understood that it has a lot of cultural association and yes, there have been unfortunate incidents in the past. Because too many negative connotations are associated with the sport, it is seen as a evil deed. With proper regulation and monitoring, jallikattu can be conducted.”Condemning jallikattu, an animal activist said, “It is a well known fact that there is cruelty towards animal that is involved in this sport. Why do all these people want to support it? Jallikattu is important for the film fraternity as there are many Pongal releases and it is the time of revenue for them.”WATCH HERE: Experts react to Kamal Haasan’s jallikattu comment
Durban ReactionsIn the wake of the UNFCCC climate talks in Durban, WRI experts provide perspective and analysis on the outcomes of COP17.Reflections on COP 17 in DurbanTransparency of Climate Finance: Did Durban Show Us The Money?Ambition in the Durban Climate Deal What does MRV mean and why does it matter?You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This is one reason it is important to track countries’ individual and aggregate progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A fundamental issue in the climate negotiations has been the design of an effective system to “measure, report, and verify” countries’ emissions, commitments, and actions. This process is known as MRV. MRV procedures are an essential cornerstone of the climate regime for several reasons – they can help build trust among countries and are essential to track progress towards country-specific and collective climate goals.In Durban, Parties needed to achieve twin objectives: making the MRV system adopted in Cancun in December 2010 operational, and ensuring that its provisions are rigorous. Specifically, the talks focused on eight elements including reporting, review, accounting, and clarifying the details behind countries’ GHG mitigation pledges.What was achieved in Durban on reporting and review, and where did the agreement fall short? The Durban climate deal reached in December 2011 marked an important milestone in the design of a system to measure, report, and verify (MRV) countries’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their actions to reduce them. The deal succeeded in making the MRV system operational. However, the text still falls short on several important issues that WRI outlined before the meeting. In this post, we review the main MRV elements of the Durban deal. In Durban, Parties agreed to a detailed process for countries to produce regular reports on their GHG emissions and actions, and a process for those reports to be reviewed:Developed countries must submit biennial reports starting in January 2014. These reports will include information on GHG emissions, progress in implementing the country’s quantified economy-wide emission reduction target, projected emissions for 2020 and 2030, and the provision of financial, technological, and other support to developing countries.The COP revised and strengthened guidelines for the GHG inventories of Annex I Parties, based on the 2006 IPCC Guidelines. The COP decided to use global warming potential values (GWPs) from the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and agreed to systematically report on an additional gas: nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), which is most commonly emitted during the production of semiconductors, photovoltaic solar cells, and LCD screens.Developing countries must submit biennial update reports starting in December 2014. These reports will include a national GHG inventory report; information on mitigation actions and their effects, including methodologies, assumptions, and descriptions of domestic MRV processes; and information on support needed and received.Developed countries’ biennial reports will be reviewed every two years through a process of International Assessment and Review (IAR) composed of two steps: a technical review by experts and a multilateral assessment under the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) involving all Parties.Developing countries’ biennial update reports will be reviewed through a process of International Consultations and Analysis (ICA) composed of two steps: a technical analysis by a team of technical experts in consultation with the Party concerned and a facilitative sharing of views under the SBI open to all Parties.The text includes time-bound provisions for revising the IAR and ICA processes, based on the first round of reviews and no later than 2016 and 2017 respectively.The MRV text specifies some issues to be completed in the future:By COP18 in 2012, Parties will need to agree to the tables they will use to report actions and finance.The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) was also tasked with developing general guidelines for developing countries to perform domestic MRV on their pledged mitigation activities.Developed countries also committed to increasing support to developing countries for MRV.There are other issues that the Durban text did not resolve:While the COP agreed to revise the guidelines for developed countries’ national communications by COP20, it failed to begin a similar process for developing countries, whose guidelines are similarly outdated.There are no clear provisions to make the IAR and ICA processes public by allowing observers to attend or contribute to the meetings. This will likely reduce the level of public interest in countries’ reports and diminish the “name and shame” effect of these reviews.How does the Durban text help clarify countries’ GHG mitigation pledges?The pledges that countries made in Copenhagen and Cancun are framed in general terms that leave many questions unanswered. For example, it is not clear in which sectors of their economies countries commit to reducing emissions, or, for those countries that have put forward deviations from business-as-usual goals, what information they are using as the basis of their projections. The Durban negotiations made some progress on “clarification” of these pledges but the outcome still falls short of what is needed to track individual country goals and collective progress towards the overall goal of keeping global temperatures from rising by more than 2°C.The final text established that Annex I Parties will submit information about their economy-wide emission reduction targets in a common template to clarify specific categories such as the base year, coverage of gases, coverage of sectors, and expected emission reductions.The UNFCCC Secretariat will convene a workshop and update a technical paper on these emissions reduction targets.Developing countries, on the other hand, are not required to clarify their pledges in a template like Annex I Parties. In fact, the text simply “invites,” rather than requires, non-Annex I Parties to submit further information on their actions. Therefore, it is possible that information will not be forthcoming, and therefore it will be difficult to track progress towards pledges and assess overall global emissions reductions.Workshops will continue in an effort to understand the diversity of developing country actions.It remains unclear whether the information provided on the pledges will lock countries into such assumptions. For example, if a country states that it does not use offsets, can it not use offsets at a future date? The lack of clear procedures for updates regarding details and assumptions underlying pledges is problematic. It could lead to countries updating their assumptions and conditions in a non-transparent way and without justification (for example, adjust accounting methodologies to paint a more favorable picture of their emission reductions).The Durban text does not establish common accounting rules for greenhouse gas emissions. What are the consequences of this?Accounting methodologies are used to assess the emissions reductions or enhanced removals associated with a target or action. The Copenhagen Accord stated that the COP “will ensure that accounting [of Annex I quantified economy-wide emissions targets] is rigorous, robust, and transparent.” Yet the Durban deal does not include an agreement on such accounting rules under the COP.The final Durban text simply “acknowledges the value of ex ante information, and the need to elaborate rigorous, robust and transparent approaches” for developed countries’ targets. It does not create a mandate for the development of accounting rules. Neither does it launch a process to develop assessment methodologies for developing countries. Without accounting rules, it will be very difficult to aggregate emissions reductions globally, ensure quality in the carbon market, and assess comparability of effort across Parties. This can be viewed as a significant shortcoming of the Durban agreement.The Kyoto Protocol, which was extended into a second commitment period, does include accounting rules that can guide the development of similar rules under the Convention applicable to all Parties. In Durban, Parties to the Protocol came to agreement on initial revised accounting rules for LULUCF, expanded covered greenhouse gases to include nitrogen fluoride (NF3) and common metrics to estimate the Global Warming Potential (GWPs) of such gases.What are the overall takeaways from Durban on MRV?The Durban text provided a much-needed process to help countries report on their mitigation efforts frequently and in detail. However, the clarification provisions for non-Annex I Parties are not sufficiently detailed. The absence of common accounting rules severely limits the ability to compare and add up countries’ emissions reductions, as well as feed necessary information into the Periodic Review, which is meant to assess the overall effect of Parties’ efforts.
A CHILD RIDING A BIKE WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH INJURIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE BACKING UP IN THE GREENVILLE AREA OF SIOUX CITY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.SIOUX CITY POLICE SGT. SCOTT HATTING SAYS THE EVENTS LEADING TO THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED IN THE 2900 BLOCK OF 2ND AVENUE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BIKE-ACC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………… ON A BICYCLE. ;22HATTING SAYS THE CHILD WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AND SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES.THE CHILD WAS TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION.THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After years of running the option offense at Georgia Tech, it appears the Yellow Jackets are embracing a new era. With Geoff Collins entering his first year as the head coach, the program is now looking for traditional quarterbacks.Well, Collins already has a commitment from a signal-caller from the 2020 class. Florida native Tucker Gleason will become the first pro-style quarterback to join Georgia Tech under the current regime.TaQuon Marshall, the starting quarterback for Georgia Tech in 2018, only had 900 passing yards. This move should officially signal the changing of the guard for the Yellow Jackets.Instead of relying on dual-threat athletes to command the offense, the team will shift to a balanced attack.Gleason announced his decision on Twitter, saying “I am extremely excited and proud to say that I am committing to Georgia Tech. I am ready to be a Yellow Jacket!”Here is the full statement:🐝🐝🐝 #GOLDblooded20 #TogetherweSwarm 🐝🐝🐝 pic.twitter.com/b6PoUhCMZT— Tucker (@TuckGleason) March 7, 2019According to 247Sports, Gleason is the No. 30 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2020. He also holds scholarship offers from Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, among other programs.He is the first player of his class to commit to the Yellow Jackets, but that can change in the near future.If Collins can translate his success from Temple to Georgia Tech, then he’ll turn out to be an excellent hire for the ACC program.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Chandler Morris is a 2020 quarterback recruit from Texas, whose recruitment started to heat up over the past year. He is also the son of a prominent college football coach: Arkansas’s Chad Morris.Earlier this week, Chad Morris revealed he wasn’t involved in his son’s recruitment to the Razorbacks – but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t interested.Arkansas offered the four-star quarterback recruit over a year ago, but it wasn’t even the first program to do so.Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers saw the talent and jumped, becoming the first Power-5 program to offer Morris. Despite Swinney’s advancements, Morris decided family was bigger than anything else. He took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce his commitment to Arkansas to play for his father.“I want to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for putting me in the position I am in today. And a special thanks to my supportive family and coaches for pushing me to be the very best I can be on and off the field,” Morris said.“I am extremely excited to announce that I am committed to the University of Arkansas!”Excited to continue on this journey as a Hog! #DiamondGangXX pic.twitter.com/dUGqaBPpWu— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) June 14, 2019Morris is the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He’ll go to work for a familiar face after his senior season.
MONTREAL – About 60 daycare centers in Montreal and Laval will be closed today and Thursday due to a strike.About 6,000 children are affected by the walkout, which also includes about a dozen daycares in the Eastern Townships southeast of Montreal.Union members were scheduled to hold a protest starting at about 9:45 a.m. at an intersection near Olympic Stadium in east-end Montreal.They are upset with the pace of negotiations toward a new contract and say the employer wants to impose cutbacks.Workers at about 40 other daycares in the Greater Montreal Area have already reached an agreement or are about to reach one.
CREDIT: MATT BARON/REX/SHUTTERSTOCKFresh off its debut season and now available on TMN GO, BARRY took home three awards last night. Bill Hader added a second Emmy to his collection, winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Hollywood legend Henry Winkler also took home an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, his sixth nomination and first win.Here is the full list of HBO wins at the THE 70TH EMMY® AWARDSGAME OF THRONES *streaming now on CraveTVOutstanding Drama SeriesOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage)Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi CostumesOutstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or SpecialOutstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour orMore)Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)Outstanding Special Visual EffectsOutstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or MovieLAST WEEK TONIGHTOutstanding Variety Talk SeriesOutstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesOutstanding Interactive ProgramOutstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming. CREDIT: JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/APPowerhouse Thandie Newton won her first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as brothel madam-turned freedom fighter Maeve in WESTWORLD, currently available on TMN GO. Taking the stage for her acceptance speech, Newton was sure to give a special shout out, saying “I don’t even believe in God, but I’m going to thank her tonight.” CREDIT: MICHAEL BUCKNER/VARIETY/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK WESTWORLDOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Thandie Newton)Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted ProgramOutstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera SeriesOutstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) Late-night funnyman John Oliver won his third consecutive Emmy in the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category for LAST WEEK TONIGHT, currently airing Sundays at 11 p.m. ET on HBO Canada and available on TMN GO. Oliver was also awarded a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement BARRYOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Bill Hader)Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Henry Winkler)Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and AnimationTHE ZEN DIARIES OF GARRY SHANDLINGOutstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special Television’s biggest night of the year didn’t disappoint for HBO, with the network taking home awards in some of the top categories at THE 70THEMMY® AWARDS in Los Angeles last night.Stand-out wins included:CREDIT: FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY IMAGESGAME OF THRONES led with nine Emmys, including wins for Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage, his third win overall. GAME OF THRONES, which is now streaming on CraveTV, also took home seven awards at the Creative Arts Emmys held on September 8 and 9, including Outstanding Special Visual Effects and Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes. Last night’s awards bring the total wins for the series to 47 overall, the most wins ever by a comedy or drama series. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter
New Delhi: An alleged terrorist of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) carrying a reward of Rs two lakh was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell from Srinagar, officials said. Faiyaz Ahmad Lone, a resident of Kupwara, had been evading arrest since 2015. He was wanted in a case in which a non-bailable warrant was issued against him by the Delhi High Court, police added. Lone was carrying a reward of Rs two lakh, they said.
By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Following a long-term stay out the country, the dinosaur skeleton has been brought back to Morocco.The 9-meter-long skeleton has been handed over to the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water, and Environment, Morocco’s News Agency (MAP) reported. The restitution of the reptile fossil was carried out through an agreement between Morocco and the Binoche and Giquello auction company in Paris with the aim of avoiding a tedious judicial process.The skeleton porters unconditionally recognized Morocco as the original owner of the skeleton and agreed to ensure its transfer to the country. The plesiosaurus skeleton was exhibited at the Drouot Hotel in Paris on March 4-7.The plesiosaur, a 9-meter-long marine reptile with a long neck and turtle-like flippers, was originally discovered in Khouribga, Morocco. According to Spanish news outlet La Republica, the fossils were illegally transported out of Morocco in 2011.The Moroccan Association for the Protection of Geological Heritage and paleontologist experts are still striving to find out how the fossils of a species that only existed in Morocco was able to leave the country.Following four years of restoration work, the plesiosaurus skeleton has been restored to 75 percent of its original state. The skeleton is rumored to be exhibited at the History and Civilizations museum in Rabat.
The Supreme Court today rejected a petition filed by Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga against his arrest warrant and restrictions on his bank accounts.Weeratunga was recently detained in Dubai but the authorities refused to hand him over to Sri Lanka. The authorities in Dubai had arrested Weeratunga based on investigations and submissions made by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).An Interpol warrant had been issued for Weeratunga’s arrest over ongoing investigations into the controversial MiG aircraft deal. (Colombo Gazette)
TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday amid disappointing economic data from Canada and the U.S.The currency was down 0.03 of a cent to 98.34 cents US as Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 2.4 per cent in April to $48.2 billion.It’s the fourth decline in five months and the largest monthly percentage drop since August 2009.The agency says lower sales in the petroleum and coal product and primary metal industries were largely responsible for the decline.Other data showed signs of a weakening American manufacturing sector and consumer sentiment.May industrial production was flat. Economists had expected a 0.3 per cent increase after production fell by 0.5 per cent in April.And the University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index came in at 82.7, well below expectations that it would remain at a five year high of 84.5.In the meantime, traders hope next week’s interest rate meeting by the U.S. Federal Reserve will provide some clarity about plans for its bond purchasing program.“We expect the Fed to use next Wednesday as an opportunity to clear up confusion about the outlook for quantitative easing and interest rates,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.The Fed holds its next regularly scheduled meeting on interest rates next Tuesday and Wednesday and wraps up with a news conference by Bernanke.Speculation about Fed intentions has weighed on markets since late last month when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said that the central bank might pull back on its US$85 billion-a-month bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing, if economic data improves, especially hiring.The QE program has underpinned a strong rally on U.S. markets by keeping interest rates low.Equity markets have been volatile and U.S. treasury yields have increased on concerns about how quickly the Fed might taper its bond purchases.But markets rallied and yields declined Thursday following a Wall Street Journal story that suggested Bernanke will likely use next week’s meeting to try to calm market worries that the central bank is in a hurry to moderate its bond purchases.Markets have also been weighed down by concerns that the Bank of Japan has done all it is prepared to do to stimulate the Japanese economy.In April, the Bank of Japan announced a massive stimulus in an attempt to get inflation up to two per cent. The euphoria that drove the Nikkei up to five-year highs has been followed by wild fluctuations. The index is now around 20 per cent down from its May 23 peak, leaving the market in bear market territory.Meanwhile, commodity prices were higher with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.16 to US$97.85 a barrel.July copper was up two cents to US$3.20 a pound while August bullion rose $9.80 to US$1,387.60 an ounce. Loonie down amid negative data; markets look to Fed for clues about stimulus by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2013 8:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Mr. Brahimi said invitees to the so-called “Geneva II” conference include the UN, the five permanent members of the Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States), the League of Arab States, the European Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and 26 other countries.“On Iran, we haven’t agreed yet. But it is no secret that we in the United Nations welcome the participation of Iran,” he told journalists in Geneva following meetings there with the United States and Russia, and then with a wider group of countries.“But our partners in the United States are still not convinced that Iran’s participation would be the right thing to do,” he noted, adding that the remaining list of invitees for the 22 January 2014 conference has been agreed to.The conference, originally scheduled to take place in Geneva, will now be held in two parts, with the opening session in Montreux, and, after a day’s break, moving on 24 January to UN headquarters in Geneva. The conference will bring the Syrian Government and the opposition to a negotiating table for the first time since the conflict started in March 2011.The goal of the conference would be to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué, adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012.The communiqué lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.Turning to the situation on the ground in Syria, Mr. Brahimi told journalists that he wanted to express his “strong disappointment, and maybe anger and regret.”“The fighting is intensifying all the time, and aid that is available is not reaching the people who need it,” he added. “Prisoners are … many, many prisoners are detained for no apparent reason. And a lot of people have been kidnapped all over Syria, again for no reason.”He stressed that access is “very, very important” with UN and partners working on getting aid to about 10 million people out of the 23 million who need help.Today’s discussions also focused on women, Mr. Brahimi said, and the importance of making sure that their voice about the future of their country is heard.A meeting on the topic was held yesterday with a larger conference organized by UN Women scheduled for 12 and 13 January.“We want it to be a Syrian process, not an international process with Syrian participation,” the joint envoy said. “These Syrian women have got to express themselves about their country and the future, and we will make sure how, we will discuss with the Syrian parties, how the voice of the women will be heard during negotiations.”
Engine output – rolling year total Engine manufacturing output returns to growth, up 6.7% in December. “Last year was one of underlying positivity for UK engine manufacturing with full year output down on 2013, due to retooling for new products at a number of plants,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Investment exceeding £1 billion over the last few years from manufacturers, including BMW, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, is expected to add £2.5 billion to the sector’s turnover in the coming years. This is beginning to manifest itself in monthly output growth.” Engine output – petrol vs. diesel Output falls 6.2% over the year, following retooling at a number of facilities. Outlook bright thanks to major investments into UK engine manufacturing. Click through to download the UK engine manufacturing news release for December 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Serbian Handball Federation received a letter from European Handball Federation in which main point is that their attention to organize Serbian Cup F4 in Kosovo and Metohija (City of Zubin Potok with Serbian majority) has to be aproved by Kosovo Handball Federation or Cup venue has to be changed for some place in “territory of Serbia”.SHF announced that final decision will be made after consultation… EHFkosovoKosovo and MetohijaserbiaSerbian Handball Federation ← Previous Story Valero Rivera had the first training as Qatar coach Next Story → Barcelona win ASOBAL!! Ademar Leon defeated 30-25
Someone has finally created a fully functional cell phone with the open-source Arduino microcontroller. While many previous applications have tinkered with the module’s ability to interact with cellular technology, this is the first valid example of an complete cell phone solution using the open platform.The concoction is based on the SIM900 GSM/GPRS radio module. It is compatible with the SIM908 GSM/GPRS module, which enables GPS functionality. There is also a pair of audio jacks, allowing users to plug in a microphone and headphones.To finish off the package is a library of code called the GSM SHield library, which is what gives your the call making functionality on the Arduino platform. Bring that all together and you have the makings of a functioning phone, albeit an incredibly simple one. That still makes it a very impressive project.As it stands right now, however, this is still a rather impractical solution. To get a GSM or GPRS connection actually established would cost a lot of money for an individual user. That being said, this is definitely the first step to creating what could be a new and popular way to make calls with a phone you build yourself. And as it uses the Arduino as a base, any final design created would probably ship under an open hardware license.There is no shortage of incredible Arduino-powered creations out there, ranging from an NFC app dispenser to personal earth-orbiting satellites, there’s even an Angry Birds force-feedback controller using one. It has become the heart of some very creative hobbyist projects as well as some serious Kickstarter campaigns.More at Open Electronics, via Hackaday
A Greek government delegation is to meet representatives of the country’s troika of international lenders in Paris today for two days of talks aimed at bridging a rift between the two sides and relaunching a stalled economic review in a last-ditch attempt to prepare for a Eurogroup summit on December 8.Sources close to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras struck an upbeat tone, saying the Paris talks could secure the return of the troika to Athens as well as an agreement regarding Greece’s prospects after the end of the European part of its bailout on December 31.Samaras and his coalition partner, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, met to finalise Greece’s positions on key issues. Venizelos said the Paris meeting would bring Athens “a step closer to the end of this negotiation.” Earlier in the day, the Finance Ministry struck a similar tone, saying the meeting had been arranged to “advance the review and examine the framework for the day after.”But troika officials indicated that the talks in Paris would focus only on the current review and not the prospects for next year. “Both parties continue to work closely together with the aim of concluding the review,” European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said. Another troika source said it would be “very difficult” for the audit to be completed this year.Despite the reservations, Greek officials hope two days of talks in the French capital will yield a compromise by Thursday when eurozone officials are to hold a Euro Working Group summit in preparation for the December 8 Eurogroup.Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis, who is to lead the delegation of ministers in Paris as he did in a similar meeting in early September, has prepared responses to a 19-point to-do list sent to Athens by the troika. On Sunday, Hardouvelis sent the troika some proposals for narrowing a fiscal gap that creditors foresee for next year but they are believed to fall short of the bold interventions being demanded by creditors. Key points of contention are overhauls to the labor market and pension system with Athens unwilling to make major interventions in these controversial areas. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
E17 Alpen: Fiio présente la nouvelle version de son amplificateurLe modèle d’amplificateur de son pour PC ou appareils nomades passe en version E17. Pas de grandes révolutions mais un appareil qui tient ses promesses.Les amplificateurs de Fiio ont toujours su tenir leurs promesses sur quelques machines que ce soit, leur grande force venant de la très grande compatibilité avec de nombreux acteurs du marché, comme les iPod ou les smartphones.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le E17 Alpen conserve les grandes lignes de la gamme de produits et propose un système accessible de modification et d’amplification de son. On trouve toujours un écran LCD et un menu permettant d’accéder facilement à de nombreux réglages. Le système de basses a été revu et est désormais plus riche dans sa restitution indique Engadget. Trois modes automatiques ont été intégrés, avec plus de richesses sur les basses, les aigus ou les médiums, mais évidemment, tout est paramétrable à l’envie par l’utilisateur.Pour la compatibilité, l’ampli est livré avec nombre d’adaptateurs pour le connecter par une prise 3,5 mm jack vers un USB, mini USB ou connecteur propriétaire comme le 30 broches, popularisé par Apple. Il dispose également d’une batterie intégrée, avec une autonomie annoncée par le constructeur de 15 heures.L’appareil sera en vente par Fiio dès la semaine prochaine pour un prix de 150 dollars, soit environ 115 euros. Le 28 janvier 2012 à 18:45 • Emmanuel Perrin
A wintry storm is poised to hit to Southwest Washington Tuesday evening into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.Actually the convergence of two weather systems, the storm is forecast to bring wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph to Southwest Washington, along with as much as an inch of rain. Snow levels will fall to 1,500 feet, which means the Hockinson Hills and other higher elevations could get some snow.Heavy snow is predicted for the Cascades, including mountain passes, and winds of 60 mph are possible at the coast.The storm could last into Thursday.For updates, check http://columbian.com or the National Weather Service.
Vancouver-based Riverview Bancorp on Tuesday reported net earnings of $1.6 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30 as it continues to recover from effects of the Great Recession that hit Northwest lenders.Earnings were similar to the previous quarter and in contrast to a loss of $1.8 million, or 8 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2012.“Our strategic plan remains on schedule,” said Pat Sheaffer, chairman and CEO, in a statement released after markets closed. As the economy has improved, the company, which operates 18 branches of Riverview Community Bank, has continued to improve its credit quality and reduce its level of problem assets, including nonperforming loans and bank-owned real estate. These so-called classified assets totaled $59.8 million on June 30, compared with $67.6 million on March 31 and $109.6 million on June 30, 2012. Specifically, nonperforming loans totaled $21.4 million at the end of the quarter, up about $300,000 due to a newly classified nonperforming loan of $4 million on a Portland office building. A $2.5 million sale is pending on part of that property. The total value of bank-owned real estate declined to $13.2 million, the lowest level in more than four years.“We continue to be aggressive in the pricing of our existing REO properties in an attempt to liquidate these properties more quickly,” said Ron Wysaske, president and chief operating officer. “Based on sales activity during the quarter, as well as pending sales activity, the updated pricing strategy appears to be working successfully.”Riverview’s shares, which trade on the Nasdaq exchange, closed unchanged at $2.83 Tuesday.
Special interest publisher I-5 Publishing is launching print versions of its Catster and Dogster digital properties. The two sites were acquired from Say Media in July in a deal that foreshadowed the digital publisher’s planned exit from the content business. Dogster and Catster magazines will launch as bimonthlies in February and March 2015, respectively. Both started out as websites 10 years ago. Concurrently, Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy—monthlies on the eve of their 50th and 45th anniversaries—will be shuttered and existing subscribers will be transitioned to the new titles. The Fancy titles were acquired by I-5 in early 2013. According to I-5, the launch year circulation goal for Dogster and Catster is 200,000. Annual subscriptions are $19.95.The company is still closing on the debut issues, but is projecting 58 ad pages in Catster and 77 in Dogster. Both will be perfect bound and on heavier stock.I-5’s shift in focus to the newer brands takes advantage of their digital legacy and a younger audience. “We feel that the tone, content and frequency of the new titles are a better fit for the contemporary pet owner and how they consume their pet-related information,” says Kim Huey-Steiner, I-5 Publishing’s chief sales officer. “The integration of online and print brands also allows us to be more focused in our mission, provide advertisers greater continuity across media and drive the greatest value for pet owners and brands alike.