APTN National NewsTsawwassen First Nation near Vancouver is facing opposition to its multi-billion dollar gateway development project.The opposition is coming from area farmers.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has this story.
Islamabad – Morocco and Pakistan have recently signed in Islamabad a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in the field of training and scientific and academic research.The MoU was inked between the Moroccan universities of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah in Fes, Hassan II in Casablanca, and the international Islamic university of Islamabad.Under this agreement, teaching staff, administrative executives and students of the three universities will exchange visits to take part in training sessions and inquire about teaching systems and the quality of research in Morocco and Pakistan.The Memorandum is also meant to develop common research tools and educational material. Both parties to the agreement decided on this occasion to set up a committee to ensure the implementation of the Memorandum.With MAP
“Here there is an opportunity to shape the landscape and the trajectory of humanity’s response to the loss of its natural and nature-based assets in profound and transformational ways,” Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), told the opening session of the 12-day Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD).“Here and together we can begin to put in place the kinds of far sighted policy-responses and smart mechanisms that have been incubating for years in many countries and communities,” he added.During the event, more than 15,000 participants – the highest number ever recorded for such a meeting – representing the 193 Parties and their partners are expected to wrap up negotiations on a new strategic plan on biodiversity for the 2011-2020 period.That plan will be submitted to the high-level segment of the conference, which will begin on 27 October and will be attended by several world leaders and more than 100 environment ministers.Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Executive Secretary of CBD, said that species extinction rates are now as high as a thousand times the natural rate, and that the world is nearing a “tipping point” where there could be irreversible loss. “Let’s have the courage to look in the eyes of children and admit that we have failed,” he said.Mr. Steiner highlighted the findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005 which concluded that 60 per cent of the services provided by the world’s ecosystems that support human well-being are now either degraded or are nearing degradation.It also found that changes in biodiversity as a result of human activities have been more rapid in the past 50 years than at any other time in human history.The UNEP chief said that the report “underlined that rather than exercising the brake, the world continues to choose the accelerator.“This is hurtling us all on a collision course towards an extremely sobering destiny. The issue in front of this meeting is whether human beings have the collective intelligence, wisdom and common humanity to read the writing on the wall.”Mr. Steiner underlined the need for humanity to recognize that the stability and human well-being in the 21st century will rest on the fate of all life on Earth.“Science tells us that we are currently going through the sixth wave of extinctions,” he said, questioning how long until human beings are included on the list of threatened species issued by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).“If that is what science is telling us, what will this meeting tell the world it is doing about it? The plants and animals, fungi and micro-organisms that produce and clean our air, generate drinking water, hydro-power and irrigation; provide food, shelter and medicines and also bring to many joy and a spiritual dimension to our daily lives need a big helping hand from this 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties – if not for their sakes, but for ours.”In a related development, UNEP announced today that a mapping exercise to identify where countries’ carbon stocks overlap with areas that are rich in wildlife and important for local peoples’ livelihoods is under way in Asia, Africa and Latin America.The project aims to support international efforts to conserve forests in order to combat climate change, in a way that delivers other benefits, including conservation of economically-important ecosystems linked with water, fertile soils and other crucial services.Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), governments are negotiating a mechanism to provide payments for the so-called UN REDD+ scheme, which seeks to create incentives to reverse the trend of deforestation and conserve forests’ carbon stocks.According to UNEP, nearly 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions result from changing the way land is used, mainly through deforestation. 18 October 2010Delegates from across the world have gathered in the Japanese city of Nagoya today for a United Nations conference to discuss a new strategy to halt the alarming loss of the Earth’s biodiversity, driven largely by human activity, a trend experts warn threatens the planet’s capacity to sustain human well-being.
The Ministry of Defence has advised Sri Lankans to avoid Tamil Nadu as a result of the anti Sri Lankan sentiments in the south Indian state these days.Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that even Sri Lankans on transit should try avoid Tamil Nadu. He said that if any Sri Lankan is compelled to travel to Tamil Nadu then they should keep the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai informed. It said that the Government of India, in consultation with the concerned state governments, has taken and will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu. The state government of Tamil Nadu has taken immediate action to identify and prosecute the miscreants, in respect of the recent incidents. (Colombo Gazette) CLICK FOR AUDIO “In the event such visits were to take place to Tamil Nadu due to compelling reasons, Sri Lankan nationals are requested to keep the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai informed well in advance,” the travel advice said.The statement said that the Government of Sri Lanka regrets the recent incidents of intimidation of Sri Lankan nationals particularly instances of violent assaults against Buddhist Monks in Thanjavur and at the Central Chennai Railway Station, India. Just yesterday the External Affairs Ministry said that it was constrained to request Sri Lankan nationals to exercise caution when undertaking visits to the State of Tamil Nadu in India. The Ministry of External Affairs has lodged strong protests with the Indian Government through its High Commission in New Delhi and the Deputy High Commission in Chennai over the incidents of assaults on Sri Lankan Buddhist monks in the State of Tamil Nadu.The Government said it condemns such assaults carried out by extreme elements with vested interests in attempting to tarnish our friendly relations with India.Meanwhile the Indian High Commission in Colombo had said that India has noted with concern the recent incidents involving Sri Lankan citizens in Tamil Nadu.
Two women have been found hacked to death in Kosgama, the Police media unit said.The Police said that the two women, aged 34 and 78, were found killed in a house. Investigations are underway.
by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 1:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Pokemon Go sign directing people to the front door of Rock Candy Boutique in Halifax has only been up for a week, but Jeff Powers says he is already seeing it pay off.“Downtown is alive in a way that I haven’t seen in a long, long time,” said Powers, a manager at the store, which sells various rock music T-shirts, hoodies, hats and other paraphernalia.“There is just a flood from everybody, from young kids to older adults, and you can tell they’re playing this game.”That would be Pokemon Go, which officially launched in Canada on Sunday. The wildly popular video game sends players on a quest to find superimposed animated characters on a map-like interface using the camera on their smartphones. It is currently the most downloaded app in the Apple app store.Powers said Tuesday the sign has brought people into the store who wouldn’t normally shop there but hear it’s a good place to play the augmented reality video game.“This has just blown up bigger than anybody has expected,” he said, adding that the various Pokemon merchandise the store carries have also been flying off the shelves.“It leads people to travel down streets they normally wouldn’t. It’s bringing a lot of foot traffic down to the side streets and a lot of people are coming in and buying things because they were just in the area.”Some Canadian businesses have been jumping on the craze by actively encouraging potential customers to use their shops as PokeStops or Pokemon gyms — locations to play the game.But marketing professor Ken Wong cautioned that although it may seem like a no-brainer for businesses to capitalize on Pokemon Go’s popularity, it can also backfire.“It’s a statement of what your brand is, who it stands for and who it seeks to appeal to,” said Wong, who is with the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.“While it may generate traffic for you, whether or not that traffic generates profitability in the short, and more importantly, long term is a different story. If you’re in a business that needs a promotion to stay in business, you’re already on a slippery slope.”Wong said the publicity stunt would mostly profit businesses that appeal to the biggest demographic of Pokemon Go players or have a link to the game — for example, stores that sell cellphone accessories or comic books.There may be a potential to grow business in the short term, but he doesn’t see that enduring.“Eventually the novelty will wear off. There will always be diehards but it’s no different than the Trivial Pursuit craze,” he said.“If you are the right kind of business, get in as soon as you can when the fad has the greatest duration of effect, because if you wait too long, the fad will be over.”In Toronto, Peter Coulter set up a chalkboard sign Monday outside his optical store featuring a promotion offering passersby a free glasses cleaning if they can capture a Pokemon creature inside.Although he says he hasn’t seen any direct sales from the sign, he stands behind it.“It’s quite the phenomenon,” said the manager of Optical Thirty 8. “The sign was just something catchy to encourage people to come in and use their phones so we can show them some of our services and at the same time, maybe they’ll buy some new glasses.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. Canadian businesses catch Pokemon Go fever, trying to capitalize on the craze
Always be moving forward.That’s the motto the Ohio State men’s track team has going into this weekend’s Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind.“It should be a competitive meet,” head coach Ed Beathea said on the teams the Buckeyes are set to run against.Teams like Alabama, Xavier, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois and Indiana are among those set to compete in the meet this weekend.Junior sprinter and hurdler Timothy Faust said he expects the opponents to push the team to greater success and even help him run his best race yet in the 200-meter dash.“This is a chance for us to compete against some good guys from the conference,” Faust said.He added that the team goal for the meet is to continue doing the things they have been doing right and to work hard.Redshirt-freshman sprinter and hurdler Donovan Robertson is expecting the same work ethic the Buckeyes have shown all season from at the meet.“Every week, we are getting better and better,” Robertson said. “Last week was a solid week, I hope we can continue.”Robertson added that getting the chance to compete against conference teams is good for the Buckeyes.“I couldn’t really tell you which (team) is bigger than the other but the fact that they are Big Ten conference teams I think they are all really important,” Robertson said.At the meet, Robertson is slated to only run the 200-meter dash instead of his usual sprints and hurdles. Robertson said this is his first time running the 200-meter dash since high school, but he is excited to run it.Beathea said the coaches start to put runners in single events to get them more competition-minded as they move into February and get closer to the indoor Big Ten Championships.Aside from individuals competing at a high level this weekend, Beathea said he is looking forward to seeing the relay teams show what they can do.“We anticipate running our A (4×4) team this weekend,” Beathea said. “Right now (it’s) a top 10 relay team in the country, we hope (it) will be competitive.”As the indoor season continues on into another weekend of races, Beathea said it is exciting because team members are becoming more tightly knit.“It’s nice to go to the meet and see the guys engaging in what other guys are doing. Guys supporting each other, that’s what it is supposed to look like — less like an individual sport and more like a team sport,” Beathea said.That camaraderie of the team is something he anticipates will help make them successful this weekend.“We want to go out and compete. We want for other teams to know that we were at the meet,” Beathea said. “We want to have a presence at the competition.”The meet is scheduled to start Friday and continue through Saturday.
Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterJust weeks after Maryland ended Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse team’s hopes for a Big Ten tournament title, the Terrapins ended the Buckeyes’ shot at their first NCAA championship in program history.Maryland defeated OSU 9-6 in the 2017 NCAA championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Monday. OSU’s six goals tie the team’s lowest total of the season.This was the third matchup of the season between these teams. OSU beat the Terrapins 11-10 in overtime on April 22 on the Buckeyes’ senior night. On May 6, Maryland defeated OSU’s men’s lacrosse team defeated the Buckeyes in the Big Ten tournament championship game. OSU struck first in Monday’s game as senior attackman Austin Shanks scored the first goal of the game, putting Maryland behind on the scoreboard for the first time in the postseason. Both teams battled through a back-and-forth first quarter before the Terrapins took their first lead of the game when a familiar face to OSU, junior midfielder Connor Kelly, scored his 45th goal of the season. The offensive threat scored five goals against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten tournament championship game.Maryland didn’t just capture the lead, it built a multi-goal advantage. Two upperclassmen – senior attackman Dylan Maltz and junior midfielder Adam DiMillo – found the back of the net early in the second quarter to extend their teams lead to 5-2.The Buckeyes had no answers.Maryland shut down the OSU offense, holding them scoreless the entire quarter. The Buckeyes managed only four shots the entire quarter and struggled to control the ball, turning it over on multiple occasions.OSU ended its 24-minute scoring drought with 10:53 remaining in the third quarter when Logan Maccani found the back of the net to pull within two goals. But unlike in Saturday’s game against Towson when the Buckeyes stormed back from a five-goal deficit, the Buckeyes couldn’t cut into their lead.Maryland junior attackman Tim Rotanz scored his second goal of the game with 5:30 left in the quarter to give the Terrapins a 6-3 lead. His team hadn’t scored in nearly 20 minutes. Maryland extended the lead to 8-3 early in the fourth quarter when Maltz scored his second goal of Monday’s game and senior attackman Matt Rambo scored his 42nd goal of the game.Senior midfielder Jake Withers quickly responded, scoring OSU’s first goal in over 15 minutes, when he won a faceoff and found the back of the net with 10:24 remaining in the game. And finally, after being absent for the first three quarters, freshman attackman Tre Leclaire sniped his first goal to pull within three goals.The run continued with 2:25 remaining when senior midfielder Johnny Pearson scored as the Terrapins led dwindled to 8-6.But, that’s as close as the Buckeyes could come to completing their comeback.Rotanz took advantage of OSU pulling its goalie and scored an empty net goal with :58.1 remaining to take a 9-6 lead, which Maryland hung onto until the clock struck zero.OSU relied heavily on redshirt senior goalie Tom Crey to keep them in the game. He saved X shots against Maryland.The Buckeyes reached the NCAA championship after defeating Loyola Maryland 7-4 in the first round, Duke 16-11 in the quarterfinals and Towson 11-10 in the semifinals on Friday. Maryland earned its spot in the final after beating Bryant 13-10 in round one, Albany 18-9 in the quarterfinals then Denver 9-8 in the semifinals.Moving onThough OSU extended its run further than any prior group of seniors in program history, eleven players played in their final game as Buckeyes on Monday. Of the talented group, over half will have an opportunity to play their sport at the professional level.A program-record six OSU players were selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft on Sunday. Withers was selected ninth overall – the third-highest OSU player ever drafted – by the Atlanta Blaze.OSU will have to replace graduating goalie Tom Carey, who led the conference in save percentage (.544). He was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the eighth round of the draft.Leclaire, who finished second on the team with 63 points and led the Buckeyes with 48 goals, returns along with fourth-leading point scorer attackman Colin Chell.
12.30am from Connolly serving all stations to Bray.Cork is also offering similar services with a late night bus on the weekends in the run-up to Christmas from Cork city to Carrigaline, Ballincollig and Midleton.The services will operate from Cork city centre on the 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st.Buses on each service will depart from St. Patrick’s Street at 1am, 2am and 3amAA Roadwatch have a full list of the Christmas Nightlink Services here.Ireland’s Public Transport Now In Google Maps>One in Seven Head Traumas Caused By Road Accidents> 12.30am from Pearse serving all stations to Howth. LET THE CHRISTMAS madness begin!Public transport is getting all revved up for the festive period with DART services running, wait for it….after midnight.Don’t go too crazy though, it’s just for the weekends in the run up to Christmas.The decision to run the late night services was made after an online survey showed strong support for the extra DART.So from Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th and the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can get the late DART as follows; 12.35am from Pearse serving all stations to Malahide.
Stay on target Pluto, the ninth not-planet from the Sun, is a puzzle astronomers continue to assemble.The latest piece—an official validated global map and topographic maps of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon—was released this week.The New Horizons team published their discoveries and detailed the process of creating them in two research articles published by the journal Icarus.Researchers, led by Universities Space Research Association (USRA) senior staff scientist Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, registered and assembled mosaics with painstaking accuracy.(Imagine sitting hunched over a computer screen, trying to perfectly align surface features like craters and mountains in overlapping images.)The maps were constructed over two years using images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC).“This was one of the most complex yet most exciting planetary mapping projects I’ve had the pleasure to be involved with,” Schenk said in a statement. “Every time new images came down, something new would be revealed.”The New Horizons interplanetary space probe launched in 2006 with the primary mission to perform a flyby of Pluto before studying other Kuiper belt objects.In the years since it’s 2015 encounter with the dwarf planet, the craft has been slowly trickling data back to Earth.Preliminary maps of Pluto and Charon have been released before. But these final, “validated” cartographic and topographic versions, according to USRA, represent the best current understanding of the cosmic bodies.These maps expose a variety of landforms on both orbs, confirming the highest known mountains on Pluto as the Tenzing Montes range—stiff peaks of water ice that rise nearly four miles above the ground.“Pluto’s degree of topographic relief on the hemisphere we explored with New Horizons is truly amazing,” principal mission investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute, said. “I can’t wait to see the other side of Pluto revealed in detail by a future mission to orbit the planet.”Maps of Charon, meanwhile, highlight deep depressions some 8.7 miles deep near the north pole.“These and other features make Charon the most rugged mid-sized icy satellite other than Saturn’s high-contrast moon Iapetus,” according to Ross Beyer, a research scientist at the SETI Institute in California, who assisted in the mapping.The global image and topography charts of Pluto and Charon have been archived in the Planetary Data System, and will be available to the scientific community and the public.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet
By Yankuba Jallow‘Jollof Tutors’ has on Thursday 9th November 2017, dismissed allegations proffered against it by NAQAA. The National Quality and Accreditation Authority (NAQAA), recently issued an order for five institutions to seize operations including Jollof Tutors.The Managing Tutor of ‘Jollof Tutors’ Mr. Alhaji Mamadi Saidy Kurang, told journalists that the allegations are baseless. “Our position is clear, the bullying, arbitrary and extra judicial executive orders must stop. This shall not be obeyed or considered in this new dispensation and we are here to stay and contribute our quota to national development”, he said. “I have been treading the corridors of the NTA and NAQAA for the past 10 to 15 years or more. What is strange is that even though you can be issued a license to teach Accounting, you are not subjected to any relevant test or evaluation in Accounting. Infact I have never met a qualified Accountant in NAQAA, responsible for checking the quality of teachers teaching Accounting, before or after licensing. I have sent several tutors to be assessed and certified by NAQAA and they all have the same experience. None of us ever met an Accountant in NAQAA to assess us”, he said.He questioned where NAQAA accountants have been hiding for 15 years since the inception of ‘Jollof Tutors’ because he has never met one. He described the attitude of the Accreditation Authority as clandestine and urged them to list the names of qualified accountants who do the assessment of ACCA for them. “What we can now see with NAQAA is a display of Authority without credulity to assess objectively”, he said. “If NAQQA is serious about quality assurance as their press release purports, then why do they insist on accrediting qualifications that they do not possess”, he questioned. He said Jollof Tutors at the moment offers professional training in only Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).“The ACCA qualification does not require any accreditation anywhere in the world for a student to study and sit for exams. For more than one hundred years, people all around the world study at home and qualify as Chartered Accountants”, he said. He said Jollof Tutors was founded in the year 2000 to help poor Gambians achieve their dreams, even if they cannot travel to Europe. “NAQAA (former NTA) have no institutional knowledge about the ACCA and have no willingness or empathy for a Gambian initiative that is meant to fight poverty and has trained more than 15,000 young Gambians to find jobs and take care of their families”, he said. “Jollof Tutors is not a school. It is a limited liability Company. We registered the entity even before we started tutorials. Under what section of the Companies Act is NAQAA saying we must close”, he said. He reminded NAQAA the idea that led to the formation of Jollof Tutors which was to help kids and persons, to teach each other basic skills under the trees, community centres, attaya vous among other places.“To become a professional accountant requires no formal qualification to start with. Even if you fail your WASSCE exams, you have a second chance in life to be independent”, he said. He said in 2017, 86 young Gambians are undergoing a 9 months intensive program of ACCA level 1 which is equivalent to studying Accounting in the first year of a 3 year UK University accounting degree program; that at Jollof Tutors there are those who graduate from CRR, LRR, NBR and NBD for D1,800.00. For those from WCR the fee is D3,000.00 whilst there is no other institution that charges below D10,000.“The move by NAQAA to issue an executive order to try and control what they know little about is considered by us as suspicious, illegal and ultra vires. I simply call it Bureaucratic Dictatorship because it is only a dictator that tries to control what it does and does not understand”, he said.“Like many Gambian social entrepreneurs, we are incensed, beaten and broken by years of unending institutional decrees, bureaucratic and executive orders that give little consideration to the needs of young Gambians struggling to make a living. From beach bars razed to the ground by bull dozers under the watch and supervision of bureaucrats to neglected school teachers trying to make a living, the weight of bureaucratic suppression in today’s Gambia continues unabated and suffocating for businesses”, he said.“The Gambia is probably the only country in the sub-region where citizens are deficiently under-represented in teaching our own children” he said.
Tags Share your voice Priscilla Chan spoke at SXSW. Jim Bennett/Getty Images Priscilla Chan has seen measles, and the disease isn’t pretty.”As a pediatrician, I’m a huge believer in the power of vaccines. We often forget how far we’ve come,” Chan said Friday during a session at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Chan, a doctor, former teacher, co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, addressed the topic a day after Facebook said it would demote rankings of pages and groups on the platform that spread misinformation about vaccines. Facebook also said it wouldn’t recommend those groups and pages when people search for vaccine information on the platform. In Chan’s discussion with CNN’s Poppy Harlow, the issue of taxes also came up. Though Chan noted she isn’t a politician and wasn’t endorsing any specific plan, she did say she supported higher taxes on the wealthy. “For people who can afford it, paying higher taxes isn’t a bad thing,” she said. Chan also talked about putting resources toward tech that can address societal issues. In 2015, Chan and Zuckerberg said they’d give 99 percent of their stock to their philanthropic organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.They founded the nonprofit in 2015 and have since taken on topics such as affordable housing, criminal justice reform, biochemical research, and education. In February, the organization helped launch a program in Oklahoma to teach women inmates how to code. And in 2016, the organization promised to put $3 billion over the next decade into an effort to cure all diseases. Comment 1 Tech Industry
Darshan’s Kurukshetra and Sudeep’s Pailwaan.PR HandoutDarshan’s Kurukshetra and Kiccha Sudeep’s Pailwaan have avoided the clash at the box office. The initial plans to release the films on August 9 have gone for a change.As per the latest reports, Kurukshetra release is advanced by a week. It means the mythological film will see the light of the day on August 2. Whereas Sudeep’s film is pushed to September.Although the makers of Pailwaan have refused to confirm the date, sources say that the idea is to release the film for Sudeep’s birthday (September 2) which will coincide with Ganesh Chaturthi festival this year.The release of Naganna-directorial Kurukshetra is advanced due to Prabhas’ multilingual movie Saaho, which will be out on August 15 for the Independence Day weekend holiday.”We need at least two weeks between Kurukshetra and Saaho which is also releasing in multiple languages and in a huge manner. There will be disruption in the theatre allotment if there is a clash. So we decided to advance the release,” Rockline Venkatesh, who is distributing the film, told Bangalore Mirror.Kurukshetra is based on the Hindu mythology The Mahabharatha. Apart from Darshan, Ravichandran, Arjun Sarja, Sneha, Nikhil Kumaraswamy and many others are part of the flick.Whereas Pailwaan is a multilingual film which will reportedly release in 2,500 screens worldwide. The makers do not want to compromise on the quality as they aim to win the hearts of the non-Kannada audience. Hence, it is delayed.Pailwaan is a sports-drama directed by S Krishna of Hebbuli fame. Aakanksha Singh is the female lead in the multilingual movie.
Top leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance will hold an emergency meeting this (Thursday) evening to discuss various issues, including formation of the national unity and their next course of action, reports UNB.The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, said Khaleda Zia’s press wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.A BNP standing committee member, wishing anonymity, said they will discuss some ‘important’ issues at the meeting and take the opinions of the alliance leaders.He said issues relating to the national unity, future action programmes, the next general election and possible verdict in 21 August grenade attack case, will come up for discussions at the meeting.The BNP leader said the party is going to announce some action programmes from their planned rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday. “We’ll discuss our possible action programmes, and seek cooperation from the alliance partners in making those a success through their active participation.”
00:00 /01:06 Share Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he expects the bill for the city’s pension reform will be filed in the Texas Legislature in the next two weeks.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner hopes the City’s pension reform plan soon starts gaining traction in the Texas Legislature.Attorneys and legislative experts are currently writing the pension reform bill and Mayor Turner thinks it will be filed in the next two weeks.Turner notes the City and representatives from the pension boards of the municipal workers and the Houston Police Department agree on 95 percent of the plan.However, “the Fire representatives and our team are not moving as fast as the other two,” the Mayor acknowledged in the customary press conference held after the Wednesday meeting of the City Council.Turner said the representatives from the pension boards of the firefighters are “moving in a positive direction, but not moving as fast.”The Mayor also specified there will only be one bill with three sections, not three separate bills.The Council approved the pension reform proposal last October.The plan entails changes in benefits, such as reducing cost of living adjustments and increasing employee payroll contributions.Turner says the plan also would eliminate an unfunded pension liability of more than seven billion dollars in 30 years.Republican State Senator Paul Bettencourt has expressed doubts about the plan, specifically regarding how the City and its employees would negotiate adjustments to the pensions if the annual costs are higher than the limits they agree on. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Ever wonder what kind of mind could come up with a show like Attack on Titan? What must they be going through to conjure giant, remorseless beings that gobble up humans left and right without any real biological need to? The mind in question belongs to Hajime Isayama, creator of Attack on Titan, and he opened up not long ago in an interview with Japan’s NHK network on what inspired him as a youngster to write such an out-there story to begin with.Isayama was originally inspired to write about humanity being forced to build walls to keep enemies out because he was brought up in a similar way. Except Isayama’s “walls” were mountains, and not enormous Titans shambling around looking for a new human snack. The mountainous range in Oita made him feel isolated from the world around him, and he sometimes wondered if monsters were lurking just beyond the mountains.The Titans aren’t even just mindless monsters, according to Isayama. Originally, he wrote them the way they were to represent frustration. They’re not something that humanity is able to understand or even parse even in the series, and as such he hopes they’ve instead come to represent the challenges mankind continues to face out in the real world. Originally, he made this type of connection when he worked at an internet cafe and encountered drunken customers who couldn’t really communicate with their sober friends. Thus, an idea was born that would eventually turn into Titans that we know (and love?) today in the show and manga.AdChoices广告It’s interesting to think about how such simple moments of happenstance could go on to inspire a creator like Isayama, but we’re certainly thankful that they did, or we wouldn’t have the excellent series that we’re sinking our teeth into today. Let us know how hype you are for the next season of Attack on Titan, while you’re at it! The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Stay on target
The cardboard box found in Metal Gear Solid games has always been an amusing feature. It’s there to let Snake hide from the enemy, nothing more. But for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hideo Kojima has decided to give it a major upgrade in terms of functionality. The cardboard box is no longer just for hiding in.As the video below shows, the box in The Phantom Pain will be really useful. Sure, you can still use it to hide, but that’s just the beginning. Venom Snake can pop out the top to shoot someone, you can use the Fulton without exiting the box, it can be used as a decoy to put the enemy off your scent, and most amusingly of all, a picture of a saluting enemy soldier printed on the box can trick an enemy from distance into thinking you are an ally.The image on the box feature extends way beyond a saluting soldier, though, and some would say it gets a bit silly. Swimsuit models? Yep, that will work as a distraction for the enemy. The fact it will distract an enemy long enough for your character to vacate the box and run away suggests the enemy soldiers are more than a little stupid.Long time fans of the Metal Gear Solid games won’t be surprised swimsuit models are making an appearance. Previous games used magazines for the same purpose, only that makes more sense as a real distraction than a picture of a girl on a box.Apparently the upgrades preview video doesn’t include all the new features being introduced to the cardboard box, and it ends with Venom Snake wearing a PS4 box on his head. What other gems does Kojima have in store for us?Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is set to launch in the first quarter of 2015.
Just before E3 kicked off this year a rumor started making the rounds that Mark Cerny had been put in charge of finishing development of The Last Guardian. Cerny is well known within Sony for not only being the lead architect of the PS4 hardware, but also for PS Vita. He also has a long history of helping to create some of the most popular games including entries in the Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, and Uncharted series.So is Mark Cerny finishing The Last Guardian development now it has been confirmed as a 2016 release on PS4? No, he isn’t.The rumor was a big embellishment of what the facts actually are. Cerny is in high demand across Sony’s development teams because nobody knows the PS4 and PS Vita hardware better. He led design of the platforms, after all. So The Last Guardian team, like many others, turn to Cerny for advice and guidance on how to get the best out of the PS4. It also helps he knows what works and what doesn’t when it comes to gameplay.The Last Guardian is being developed by an internal team at Sony’s Japan Studios. Mark Cerny is available for advice and to answer questions. That’s it. On the final credits it looks likely he’ll be listed as “Design Consultant” as he has been on many other games, such as Killzone 3, God of War III, and Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction to name but a few.
Related posts:In Bolivia, silver mountain at risk of collapse NOT GUILTY: 7 men acquitted of murder of Costa Rica sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora With COP21 underway, development banks urged to boost ‘green finance’ in Latin America To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Some of the world’s largest concentrations of blue whales, dolphins and sea turtles sit just off of Costa Rica’s shores. For years, this biological hot spot, known as the Central American Dome, has been an unregulated haven for fishermen. Now a group of ocean conservationists and National Geographic filmmakers hope to change that.“If you care about humankind and our future, then you should care about the ocean,” National Geographic explorer Sylvia Earle said in a press conference at ocean conservation organization MarViva’s offices on Friday.The Central American Dome is particularly important because of its high concentration of phytoplankton. The dome’s explosive plant life feeds a host of small organisms that, in turn, feed larger ocean life. The result is a 1,570,470 square-kilometer area of ocean with one of the highest populations of sea creatures. Sylvia Earle Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesMission Blue, Earle’s ocean conservation alliance, has named the Central American Dome as one of its “Hope Spots.” The organization has demarcated 50 of these areas due to their important roles in ocean biodiversity and production.“Many of these spots are in deep ocean, a part of the unregulated global commons,” Earle told The Tico Times. “They belong to everyone and to no one, but if we can get people to agree to protect them then we can begin to repair our oceans.”The National Geographic team began filming a documentary about the dome Monday on Costa Rica’s Playa Grande, a Pacific beach. The film will follow leatherback sea turtles on their journey from the deep waters of the Central American Dome to shore to lay their eggs. The second phase, deep-ocean filming, is set to start in 2015.Along with spreading awareness, the documentary is supposed to inspire action.“Costa Rica already has a reputation globally for being leaders in conservation of the green,” Earle said. “Now we want them to compliment that by being leaders in the conservation of the blue.” Facebook Comments