Morocco condemns car bomb explosion in Egyptian police station

first_imgRabat – Morocco condemned on Wednesday the car bomb explosion against a police station in the Egyptian city of Mansoura as a “vile criminal act”. ”The Kingdom of Morocco condemns this vile criminal act that runs counter to teachings of tolerant Islam and to the lofty human values advocating the right to live”, says a release of the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.The release also reiterates Morocco’s refusal of all forms of violence and terrorism, as well as any attempts to jeopardize Egypt’s security and stability at a time the Arab country is carrying on with resolve and courage the implementation of its roadmap which includes mainly a constitutional referendum. Morocco underscores that Egypt needs presently “the commitment of all parties to promote reason and get more involved in serious and open dialog, while taking into account the interests of the interests of the Egyptian brother people”.Morocco also offered condolences and sympathy to the government, the Egyptian people and relatives of victims and wished prompt recovery to hose wounded in the attack which killed 14 people.last_img read more

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Samira alFayzazi The Weather Lady Dies After 4Year Battle with Cancer

Rabat – Renowned weather forecast reporter Samira al-Fayzazi died on Friday, May 19 at a hospital in Rabat, after having suffered from colon cancer since 2012.The 55-year-old weather reporter, originally from Nador, has been buried in the cemetery of the Riyadh neighborhood in Rabat after the Friday prayer in the presence of family members and close friends.The Moroccan “Lady of the Weather” reported the weather newscast to the Moroccan audience for over 25 years. Al-Hussein Bouaid, Chairman of the Communication Department of the National Directorate of Meteorology, presented the channel director’s condolences to the friends and family of Al-Faqida.“Samira Al-Fayazi provided great services to the citizens through the weather bulletin. Moroccan television and meteorologists lost one of the characters who gave much to this area,” said Bouaid.False rumors of her death swept over national media last week. A source close to Al-Fayazi had denied these rumors, explaining that the journalist had left the clinic where she was hospitalized but “suffered enormously,” reported Huffpostmaghreb.The accomplished TV personality was interviewed by Hit Radio four years ago, saying that “cancer does not equal death. It is a disease like any other, and there are several other more serious diseases.”Sadly, four years later, the “Weather Lady”, who fought a courageous battle against cancer, died on Friday morning. read more

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Sri Lanka does not support calls for the US to arrest Gotabaya

The Sri Lankan Government dos not support calls for the United States to arrest former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse.Minister of Public Enterprises Development Kabir Hashim said that any allegations raised against a Sri Lankan citizen over a domestic issue must be dealt with only under local laws. In an appeal to US President Barack Obama last week, two major Tamil groups in the United States, the ‘Tamils for Obama’ and ‘American Tamil Forum’ have urged the United States to arrest Rajapakse who was reported visiting the US at the time. “We will not allow a domestic issue to be dealt with internationally owing to outside pressure, he said. “Gotabaya Rajapakse is one of the main architect – along with the former President and the current President – who were responsible for the large scale killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women. According to United Nations internal review report around 70,000 Tamils were killed in six months during the early part of 2009 and the abuses committed by the Sri Lankan forces amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Some international legal experts believe that there are elements of these abuses that could amount to Genocide,” the two organisations said.The Tamil groups said that the US should not miss the opportunity to arrest and prosecute one of the main war criminals in recent times visiting the US adding that failure to do so would encourage others to commit abuses amounting to war crimes. The UN Human Rights Council, led by the US, last year passed a Sri Lanka resolution to hold a credible investigation to punish those responsible for these killings.“United States should take the same leadership it took at the UN to initiate investigation for the visiting Sri Lankan war criminal,” said these two organizations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN troops heading out to troubled regions of Democratic Republic of Congo

The MONUC chief, William Lacy Swing, said the troops would move out to several sectors outside of the headquarters town of Bunia in Ituri province as part of a programme called “Bunia Without Weapons.”Mr. Swing also said he would visit Kashele, 70 kilometres northeast of Bunia, also in Ituri province, where the bodies of 65 persons, mostly women and children, were discovered on Tuesday. He vowed that perpetrators of the massacre would be brought to justice.He said the massacre “is a challenge for all of us: the UN Mission, the Transitional Government in Kinshasa, and the Committee of Armed Groups in Ituri.””We must work together, “he said, “so that such acts do not repeat themselves in Kashele or anywhere else.”The troop movements were made possible by the arrival in the country of a unit of Pakistani soldiers, bringing to 3,500 the number of UN soldiers in Ituri province. With the expected arrival of Nepalese troops the strength in Ituri province should soon reach 5,000, UN spokesmen said. read more

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iPad 2 on eBay Only 1700

first_imgNeed an iPad 2 and need it now? Good news: there are a bunch up for sale on eBay right now. Actually, you can get one right this second for the low, low Buy It Now price of $1,699. That’s the high end, or course. There’s also one for $1,299 and another for $1,200. Heck, it all makes the 64GB Wi-Fi version going for $950 seem downright reasonable.The bidding situation is better, but not all that much. A 32GB Wi-Fi model ending in 38 minutes is currently going for $860–there’s also a 64GB version for $300, but that one’s still got four days and eight hours left on it.Great than anticipated demanded is push up these tablets to crazy levels. Apple Stores and a number of other mainstream retailers sold out of the devices on launch weekend. The company also recently pushed the online ship time for the devices back to four to five weeks. For those who absolutely need a tablet, there are still plenty Xooms available, apparently. AdChoices广告last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img Short URL 6,844 Views By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Share Tweet Email Image: Oksana Shufrych via Shutterstock Image: Oksana Shufrych via Shutterstock EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #LIAM MILLER: The funeral of former Irish football international Liam Miller has taken place in his native Cork.2. #OXFAM: The deputy chief executive of UK charity Oxfam has resigned over its handling of the prostitution scandal in Haiti involving staff members.3. #STORMONT: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has met British Prime Minister Theresa May for last-ditch talks on the progression of negotiations to form an Executive in Northern Ireland.4. #RAPE TRIAL: A woman who claims she was raped by Ireland and Ulster teammates Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding accepted today that some of her memories of the night in question are “slightly hazy”.5. #CYRPTOCURRENCY: Ireland’s National Cyber Security Centre has said that it is aware that a number of websites have been infected by hackers using the sites’ to “mine” cryptocurrencies without their permission. Monday 12 Feb 2018, 4:50 PM Feb 12th 2018, 4:51 PM The 5 at 5: Monday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…last_img read more

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Irelands wars the first Dáil and rural electrification A look at the

first_imgIreland’s wars, the first Dáil and rural electrification – A look at the National Museum of Ireland’s 2019 programme The museum will stage five temporary exhibitions alongside its usual long-term collections. 7,956 Views File photo. Image: Sam Boal File photo. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Sam Boal 2 Comments We have a rich and varied programme of events planned for the year, with a view to engaging, entertaining and educating as many audiences and communities as possible, old and new.    A HISTORY OF Ireland’s wars, the Irish pictures of a renowned photojournalist and the impact of rural electrification on the lives of women in the home are some of the main features of this year’s National Museum of Ireland programme.The NMI today launched its 2019 programme, which will see five temporary exhibitions staged by the museum alongside its usual long-term collections. The museum said its programme will keep in line with its Master Vision Statement 2018 – 2032 with a commitment to engage diverse and new audiences.The theme of the 2019 programme of events is “Community”. The five flagship temporary exhibitions which form part of this year’s programme are:The First Dáil – ‘Marching on the Road to Freedom: Dáil Éireann 1919′A new exhibition on display at Collins Barracks since January and running until the end of the year, it commemorates the first meeting of Dáil Éireann on 21 January 1919.Notable artefacts include the ‘Declaration of Independence’ handwritten by Éamon de Valera; boots worn by Harry Boland during his secret trip to the USA; the seal of Dáil Éireann, used by the first and second Dáil. (A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths – An artistic response to the legacy of mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries by Alison LowryThis exhibition is an artistic response to exposing parts of the countries past that were hidden truths for many years, including – the Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools and rape culture.It will launch at Collins Barracks next week and run for the remainder of the year.Henri Cartier-BressonAn exhibition of 50 images of Ireland – as well as notes, correspondence, original contact prints, and associated artefacts – taken by world-renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson will run at Collins Barracks from May to September. Kitchen Power: Women’s experiences of rural electrificationAn exhibition looking at the impact of rural electrification, and in particular the effect of rural electrification on women in the Irish home in the 1950s and 1960s.It will run from July this year until May 2020 at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Irish WarsA conference and exhibition commemorating Ireland’s War of Independence and Civil War. The exhibition will open on 3 December this year. As well as the temporary exhibitions NMI will have its long-term collection spanning archaeology, decorative arts, history, ethnography, folk life and natural history open to the public. It will also host and sponsor a number of education and community outreach events throughout the year.‘Preserve and present the stories of Ireland’Commenting on the upcoming programme, Lynn Scarff – who became director of the NMI in July of last year – said:“At the National Museum of Ireland, our role is to preserve and present the stories of Ireland and its place in the world and it is with that in mind that we have designed our programme of activities for 2019. Mar 21st 2019, 11:43 AM Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 11:43 AM Share56 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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Start Saving Robby the Robot Goes Up for Auction

first_imgStay on target Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Adaptation Will Be ‘True to Spirit’ of Novel11 Geek Authors Whose Lives Would Be Great Movies Robby the Robot, star of Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy, will be available for auction next week.A centerpiece of Bonhams’ upcoming “Out of This World” auction, the robot suit is expected to fetch seven figures when it goes on sale Nov. 21.“We’ve been pals for a long time now,” movie director William Malone said of Robby, the lovable machine first seen in MGM’s 1956 film Forbidden Planet.It’s been 38 years since the collector purchased his mechanical friend—along with studio storage cases containing spare parts—from the Stars Museum in Buena Park, Calif.Standing tall at seven-foot-six, the 300-pound bot cost $125,000 (or roughly seven percent of the movie’s budget) to manufacture. (That’s more than a million dollars by today’s standards.)Robby the Robot (via Bonhams)Forbidden Planet was one of the first big-budget sci-fi pictures released in color by a major studio. In fact, it was MGM’s first science fiction movie of any kind.Following his film debut, Robby enjoyed a career most actors can only dream of, collecting more than 30 credits in 50 years, including follow-up flick The Invisible Boy, as well as movie and TV appearances in The Twilight Zone, The Addams Family, Lost in Space, Columbo, Hollywood Boulevard, Mork & Mindy, The Love Boat, Gremlins, and Earth Girls Are Easy.Fans can purchase a life-size animatronic copy of Robby the Robot for $32,000 from Hammacher Schlemmer.You’ll probably need some extra pocket cash, though, if you want to own the original (albeit oft-repaired) version.Robby’s Jeep (via Bonhams)Robby—along with his Jeep, control panel, MGM packing cases, and several original spare parts (including an alternative head) will be available next week.Under Malone’s ownership, Robby has met fans at numerous events, including some organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. But a lack of public exposure for the robot and “impractical”-to-arrange appearances has led Malone to a tough decision.“I think it’s time Robby finds a place where he can be displayed, and someone who can look after him in the future,” he told Bonhams. “Of course, he will leave an empty spot in my house.”Other auction highlights include a lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, George Reeves’ Superman costume from Adventures of Superman, and an original Harper Goff scrapbook of his work on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Countertop Contraption Turns Your Kitchen Scraps Into Edible Protein

first_img Gadgets like AeroGarden and Click & Grow make it easy to grow greens, herbs, and small vegetables in even the smallest kitchens. Protein is a different story… at least it was until now!Meet the Hive 2.0 Explorer, a new product that’s being crowdfunded over on Kickstarter. It’s a self-contained unit that lets you turn items you’d ordinarily chuck in your composter into protein-rich, bite-sized morsels. Specifically those morsels are mealworms.Hive Explorer combines the awesomeness of nature with the convenience of technology. Basically, it’s a high-tech insect home. You barely have to lift a finger apart from dropping in leftovers and picking out a wriggly little munchable.Mealworms love to get their grub on, and they’re not terribly picky what they eat. If you’re planning on eating them yourself, hiding them in another dish and serving them to unsuspecting guests, or feeding them to your pets, you’ll want to make sure they only eat things like fruits and veg. San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles Stay on targetcenter_img According to the Kickstarter, you’ll be able to harvest between 10 and 20 grams of mealworms every week without upsetting the balance. Pluck them out, freeze them to put them into “eternal winter sleep,” and then prep ’em up as part of one the included recipes.The folks behind Hive 2.0 say mealworms have “a mild nutty flavor.” I can’t personally vouch for that, but I do know that they’re pleasantly surprising when turned into a crispy snack.If you want to get more experimental you can feed your mealworms certain plastics. Stanford scientists watched them power through polystyrene during an experiment a few years back. Word of warning: that sort of diet makes them unfit for consumption.Another cool thing about mealworms is that even their waste makes great food. Not for people or pets, mind you, but for plants.You can score your own Hive 2.0 Explorer for as little as $135, but you’ll want to move quickly. There are a limited number available for early birds and they’re going fast. If 20 grams a week just won’t cut it you can order one of Livin Farms’ tower units through their online shop.More on Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable PlasticBoise Is Turning Sewage Into Beer and CiderWorld’s Most ‘Meta’ Bakery Makes Bread From Old Breadlast_img read more

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New Universe Map Reveals 300000 Unknown Galaxies

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Our map of the universe is expanding: A group of international astronomers just discovered 300,000 unknown galaxies in space.On Tuesday, more than 200 astronomers from 18 countries published the first phase of a new radio sky survey using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) said in a press release. The team, which shared their findings in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, said this discovery might help astronomers learn more about the physics of black holes and how clusters of galaxies evolve.Radio astronomy unveils universe processes that humans can’t see with optical instruments. For this astronomy research, the LOFAR telescope observed 25 percent of the northern hemisphere at low radio frequencies. Roughly 10 percent of this data is public, and it maps 300,000 undetected light sources that are thought to be distant galaxies in the universe, AFP reported.Using the LOFAR telescope in the Netherlands, the team detected “jets” of ancient radiation created when galaxies merge together. These traces, which were previously unknown to astronomers, can produce radio emission that spans millions of light-years. Following these observations, the team used a high throughput compute cluster (Grid) and data collected from the LOFAR telescope to create a high-quality map image.“With radio observations we can detect radiation from the tenuous medium that exists between galaxies. This radiation is generated by energetic shocks and turbulence,” Amanda Wilber, a Ph.D. staff member at the University of Hamburg (Germany), said in the press release. “LOFAR allows us to detect many more of these sources and understand what is powering them.”LOFAR can also help astronomers study black hole activity: The team’s 26 research papers only covered the first two percent of the LOFAR telescope sky survey, however, the team has greater ambitions: Eventually, it would like to develop high-resolution pictures of the entire northern sky, which could disclose 15 million radio sources.“If we take a radio telescope and we look up at the sky, we see mainly emission from the immediate environment of massive black holes,” Huub Röttgering, a professor from Leiden University in The Netherlands, said in the press release. “With LOFAR, we hope to answer the fascinating question: Where do those black holes come from?”To learn more about the LOFAR telescope survey, you can watch this ASTRON YouTube video, which gives a quick tour of four galaxies and how to tell the difference between detecting optical and radio waves.More on Simulations Expose Weak Spots in NASA Mars MissionNASA Captures Image of Bright Blue Objects in SpaceWatch: Satellite’s Harpoon Successfully Spears Space Junklast_img read more

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Dhaka finds claim of 5member Rohingya family repatriation ridiculous

first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday termed ridiculous Myanmar’s claim of repatriating a five-member Rohingya family saying that Bangladesh does not have any information about that so-called repatriation.“It’s ridiculous to us. We’ve no formal information about the repatriation of a five-member Rohingya family. Myanmar didn’t inform us about it. We’re trying to know about it,” he told reporters apparently expressing displeasure over the claim through international media.Minister Khan came up with the remark when his attention was drawn about Myanmar’s claimed that one Rohingya family was repatriated from a refugee camp across the border in Bangladesh.The home minister said some 6000 Rohingyas are living on the zero line along Bangladesh-Myanmar border, and they are not inside Bangladesh.He said they heard that the family was part of 6000 Rohingyas living on the zero line.“These people do not need any identity verification. We’ve long been asking Myanmar side to take them back from the zero line,” said the home minister.He, however, hoped that the Myanmar side will take back all its nationals from Bangladesh, not one single family.Director of Centre for Genocide Studies at Dhaka University professor Imtiaz Ahmed said Bangladesh currently has a Rohingya population, which is far more than Bhutan’s entire population.Bhutan has around 800,000 people whereas Bangladesh had to give shelter to some 1.2 million Rohingyas.The Associated Press (AP) report says Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the UN says it is not yet safe for them to return home.A government statement says five members of a family returned to western Rakhine state from a refugee camp across the border in Bangladesh, reports AP.The statement says authorities determined whether they had lived in the country and provided them with a National Verification card – a form of ID that does not mean citizenship that Rohingya have been denied in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they have faced persecution for decades.It is not clear if more repatriations are planned. There are concerns Rohingya would be forced to return and face unsafe conditions in Myanmar.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation agreement on 23 November 2017. On 16 January, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’ which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.The ‘Physical Arrangement’ stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.The government is planning to send the second list consisting of up to 10,000 names of Rohingyas to Myanmar as part of the repatriation process.Bangladesh has already handed over a list of 1,673 Rohingya families (8,032 individuals) to Myanmar to start the first phase of repatriation of the displaced people to their homeland in Rakhine but there is no sign of their repatriation yet.last_img read more

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Solo travellers are not lonely people

first_imgAre solo travellers lonely people who are deprived of a suitable company and forced to go alone? No, says a study, adding that they are actually the most fun-loving people who want to enjoy it alone.Solo travellers do not go alone because they have to. They do it because they want to, the team from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) said.According to lead researcher Constanza Bianchi, there were a growing number of people who preferred to travel alone, despite having family and friends. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Research shows solo travel is the fastest-growing tourism segment and figures support this with solo traveller numbers increasing by almost 20 per cent between 2007 and 2011,” Bianchi said.The solo travellers were choosing freedom, uncompromised fun and meeting new people over the desire to have a companion to share their experiences.Although most participants had family and friends, they chose to travel alone because they enjoyed it. Other motivations of travelling solo were feeling free, the possibility of meeting new people and the opportunity for self-discovery, the study found.A participant said: “You discover a lot about yourself and you learn to be at peace with your inner monologue due to time spent alone and the challenges you must overcome alone.”The study was published in the international journal of Tourism Research.last_img read more

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Menstruation does not affect brain function

first_imgLadies, take note! Menstruating does not affect your working memory, cognitive bias or ability to pay attention to different tasks at once, say scientists who contradict the belief that anyone who is on their period is not working at top mental pitch. Researchers examined the three aspects of cognition across two menstrual cycles, and found that the levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone have no impact on cognitive abilities. While some hormones were associated with changes across one cycle in some of the women taking part, these effects did not repeat in the following cycle.Overall, none of the hormones the team studied had any replicable, consistent effect on the participants’ cognition, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.”As a specialist in reproductive medicine and a psychotherapist, I deal with many women who have the impression that the menstrual cycle influences their well-being and cognitive performance,” said Brigitte Leeners, from University Hospital of Zurich.Wondering if this anecdotal evidence could be scientifically proven, researchers set out to shed some light on this controversial topic. The study uses a much larger sample than usual, and follows women across two consecutive menstrual cycles.”The hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle do not show any association with cognitive performance,” said Leeners.”Although there might be individual exceptions,” she said.last_img read more

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Children with siblings more Susceptible to bullying

first_imgHaving more than one brother or sister may put a child at the risk of sibling bullying, with firstborn kids and older brothers more likely to be the perpetrators, according to a study. “Sibling bullying is the most frequent form of family violence and it is often seen as a normal part of growing up by parents and health professionals, but there is increasing evidence that it can have long-term consequences, like increased loneliness, delinquency and mental health problems,” said Dieter Wolke from the University of Warwick in the UK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, analysed data from 6,838 British children born in either 1991 or 1992 and their mothers. The kids were put into four categories: victims, bully victims – defined as being both a perpetrator and victim of bullying – bullies or uninvolved. When the children were five years old, their mothers reported how often the children were victims or perpetrators of bullying in the household. Sibling relations were analysed two years later when the mothers were asked how much time the children spent engaging with their siblings on various activities, such as crafts or drawing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSeveral years later, at age 12, the children reported if they had been bullied by a sibling or if they had bullied a sibling within the previous six months. The boys and girls were also asked their ages when they first experienced sibling bullying and when they first bullied a sibling. About 28 per cent of the children in the study were involved in sibling bullying and psychological abuse was the most common form. The majority of those children were found to be bully victims, meaning they bullied and were bullied, according to the study. “Bullying occurs in situations where we cannot choose our peers, like in families,” said Wolke. “Siblings live in close quarters and the familiarity allows them to know what buttons to press to upset their brothers or sisters. This can go both ways and allows a child to be both a victim and a perpetrator of bullying,” Wolke said. Family structure and gender were the strongest predictors of sibling bullying by middle childhood, according to the researchers. “Bullying was more likely to occur in families with three or more children and the eldest child or older brothers were more often the bullies,” said Slava Dantchev, also from the University of Warwick. “Female children and younger children were more often targeted,” he said. Researchers believe bullying can happen in larger families because resources such as parental affection or attention and material goods are more limited. “Despite our cultural differences, humans are still very biologically driven. A firstborn child will have their resources halved with the birth of a sibling, and even more so as more siblings are added to the family,” said Wolke. “This causes siblings to fight for those limited resources through dominance,” he said. Although the researchers investigated whether marital and socioeconomic status would be associated with more or less bullying, they did not find any evidence.last_img read more

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Sydney Airport welcomes Qatar Airways

first_imgSydney Airport welcomes Qatar AirwaysSydney Airport has welcomed a new airline, with Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight touching down in Sydney yesterday.“We’re thrilled to welcome Qatar Airways to Sydney Airport. Qatar Airways is a three-time Skytrax Airline of the Year winner and will provide passengers with more choice, a quality product and seamless connectivity through Doha’s new Hamad International Airport to destinations around the world,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.“Qatar Airways’ new daily service will boost tourism, providing an additional 245,000 seats per year, generating an estimated 3,000 jobs and contributing more than $240 million to the Australian economy.“It will also foster trade, providing greater air cargo capacity and access to the Middle East. Australian exports to Doha grew by 23 per cent last year, and the State of Qatar’s high demand for livestock, cereal, meat, dairy products and crops provides a significant opportunity for Australian exporters.”The daily Doha-Sydney service will be operated on a 335-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring the new Oryx One inflight entertainment system with more than 3,000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes. In Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class, passengers will experience fully flat beds and an on-demand à la carte menu service allowing them to order anything from the menu at any time during the flight.“Touching down here in Sydney for the first time is an important milestone for Qatar Airways and for the people of Australia,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said.“We are delighted to be able to offer passengers flying from Sydney the opportunity to connect to more than 150 places on our global network via our state-of-the-art airport in Doha. We look forward to taking the people of Sydney to the places they want to go on our modern aircraft, and giving them a taste of the Arabian hospitality and comfort which earned us the aviation industry’s most prestigious title of Skytrax Airline of the Year in 2015.“I would like to personally thank Sydney Airport and city authorities for welcoming us and we look forward to strengthening our relationships with them and the people of Australia in the coming years as we all go places together.”Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said: “I am delighted to welcome the first Qatar Airways flight to Sydney which will provide a valuable increase in aviation capacity from the Middle East and greater connectivity to Sydney and Regional NSW, particularly for travellers flying from the United Kingdom and Europe via Doha.“The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will be working in close partnership with Qatar Airways to promote travel to Sydney and the surrounding NSW regions from the United Kingdom and Germany.“Our State is Australia’s home of international travel and the NSW Government is committed to working with the aviation industry to increase air travel to Sydney via airline partnership agreements.”Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan also welcomed the airline’s arrival.“In recent years, we’ve seen the Middle East become an important aviation hub for international travellers wishing to fly on to Australia from some of our most important European markets, including the UK,” Mr. O’Sullivan said.“The launch of Qatar Airways’ new Sydney service provides air travellers with another convenient option to explore Australia and generate additional international expenditure for our tourism industry.”Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. The airline is a member of the oneworld global alliance, which includes airlines servicing Sydney such as Qantas, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, British Airways, JAL, Malaysia Airlines and LATAM. Sydney AirportSource = Sydney Airportlast_img read more

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July 29 2019

first_imgJuly 29 , 2019 The USDA is increasing the number of areas in Florida under quarantine to halt the spread of citrus black spot (CBS).Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding eight sections in Charlotte County, nine sections in Lee County, 28 sections in Hendry County, and five sections in Collier County to the list of restricted areas.This action is in response to the discovery of CBS during the service’s annual survey of groves and residential areas.The disease can be hard to detect early because affected fruit typically shows no symptoms until after the leaves die. Symptoms of CBS are most evident on mature fruit, says the USDA.Florida is no stranger to such quarantines. The service detected the citrus disease in Florida last year. However, the USDA notes that this is the first time APHIS has detected CBS on a residential property since 2010.In response to the finding, APHIS is limiting the interstate movement of fresh citrus fruit and citrus plant parts. Groundbreaking plant gene discovery could lead to … Berry People transitions to Pacific Northwest blue … New study finds managed honeybees spread deadly vi … center_img You might also be interested in Calavo delivers ‘all-time record performance’ in Q … It’s also restricting the foreign trade of these products from the quarantine areas.Fresh citrus fruit that is moved interstate from the CBS quarantine areas must be packed in commercial citrus packinghouses operating under a compliance agreement with APHIS.Moreover, workers must process the fruit using APHIS-approved methods.The USDA has prohibited people from moving citrus plant parts other than fresh fruit outside the quarantine areaIt has provided a list of the current CBS quarantine areas, Federal Orders, and APHIS-approved packinghouse procedures at: additional information regarding the CBS Program, you may contact Citrus Health Response Program National Coordinator Angela McMellen-Brannigan at 301-851-2314.last_img read more

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asiaTravel CounsellorsWide Eyed Tours

first_imgasiaTravel CounsellorsWide Eyed Tours Wide Eyed Tours Sheriff of Sales and National Sales Manager Greg Wilson, on behalf of the Wide Eyed Tours team, has issued an ecstatic “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU” after being named Top Supplier 2017 at Travel Counsellors Australia’s recent National Conference. Wide Eyed Tours has been operating in SE Asia for more than 13 years, under the leadership of its founders Travis Fennell and Mike Keenan, and has earned a solid reputation for delivering a high level of service. The Travel Counsellors’ recognition comes on the back of Wide Eyed Tours’ Best Supplier in Holland & Belgium 2016 award from Travel Counsellors worldwide. Fennell and Keenan and their teams have also garnered outstanding reviews on Trip Advisor, and agent loyalty, for their guarantee that once you factor in the inclusions and personalised service, the company’s packages represent the best value in the region.At the start of this year Wide Eyed Tours released their FIT brochure, allowing clients and agents to tailor and design their own tours based on their expertise and knowledge. “We seriously care about the types of holidays we deliver. It is vital that we understand who is travelling with us so that we can customise the holiday to perfectly suit each individual. Every traveller is different and so should every holiday be different. We like being creative and we love making people happy,” says Fennell. “We’re welcoming more agents every week to the Wide Eyed Tours family as agents discover that there really is a different way in the industry, for better service, knowledge, price and flexibility,” Keenan adds. last_img read more

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Byron,S. they say" Xol said he faces constant questions from nosy villagers about his trip to the border "They say You went because you are dumb" he said "Thats the first thing they say How did you not think You left your son in the US" As Byrons separation from his parents stretches into its fourth month small-town gossip and family tension are the least of Xols problems To finance his unsuccessful journey north he had to borrow money from a friend and take out a third mortgage on his house Now hes scrambling to make payments on $8000 in debt handing all his monthly earnings to the bank A trip designed to build a better life for his children has turned into a financial nightmare With the family struggling to pay bills and his son stranded in Texas Xol said he has contemplated suicide "Its not that I am not a man" he said "But I dont know how to pull through anymore" Xol and Florinda got a boost on June 24 Byrons eighth birthday when three dozen congregants from the local evangelical church gathered at their cottage to eat tamales and pray "I had never received so many people at my house" Xol said But even in the company of dozens of friends and well-wishers he said the family felt more acutely than ever the absence of the one person who couldnt be there "We spent that day very sad without him" Xol said "We felt very alone" A thousand miles away at the shelter in Baytown Byron didnt celebrate much either "No no" he said on a recent call home "Here I didnt have a birthday" Editor’s note: The Texas Tribune and TIME have partnered to closely track the family separation crisis at the US-Mexico border This story was reported and written in collaboration with Nómada a Guatemalan news organization founded in 2014 and based in Guatemala City Contact us at editors@timecomIDEAS Jordan Schneider is a fellow of the Hertog War Studies Program One of the most flawed pro-Donald Trump arguments currently circulating suggests that his political inexperience wont matter Since most presidential decisions are toss-ups the theory goes all you have to do is pick good advisors who will help you make the right calls But Trump a poor judge of character who doesnt understand the basics of governing will probably stumble from unforced error to unforced error On Monday the Wall Street Journal reported that when President Obama met with Trump "Mr Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country and Mr Trump seemed surprised by the scope said people familiar with the meeting" Advisorsespecially second-rate ideologues like Newt Gingrich Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon and Trump’s neophyte childrendon’t replace the need for Trump to have the personal knowledge and initiative to solve complex political problems Decisions that make it to a Presidents desk are often the most intractable and important in the world Thousands of senior administration officials conduct innumerable interagency meetings to find consensus before kicking an issue to the President The job of the President is more akin to directing the worlds most complicated orchestra than flipping a coin You cant look at the different sections individuallyeach decision you make about the violins also impacts the winds and percussion And as the conductor youre the only one accountable for how the music sounds But unlike conductors presidents have to rewrite the score constantly History has shown us countless examples of national leaders who changed history with initiatives their advisors either overlooked or vigorously opposed Take Churchill rallying the UK to continue the fight after France fell Presidents know that finding creative solutions is where they can matter the most When asked about what keeps him up at night President Obama said his Syria policy "I do ask myself was there something that we hadnt thought of Was there some move that is beyond what was being presented to me that maybe a Churchill could have seen or an Eisenhower might have figured out" Creative decision making is one critical component to evaluating a President’s “Value over Replacement” The concept lifted from baseball analytics tries to look at how the president acted differently from their average replacement For instance while Thomas Jefferson commonly earns praise for making the Louisiana Purchase most of his contemporaries also agreed it was a good idea making his decision to pay up for the French-owned land less impressive The US is not a company If a CEO messes upas Trump frequently hasthe worst-case scenario sees a few thousand folks out of work The risks in government are immeasurably higher Defaulting on debt triggers not an orderly Chapter 11 proceeding but a global recession Overplaying a hand in a negotiation doesn’t just sour a deal but could start a war Policy experience helps presidents better evaluate advice and predict consequences in turn decreasing the odds of catastrophe As Arthur Koestler writes in Darkness at Noon Soviet leaders "all thought one could treat history like experiments in physics The difference is in physics one can repeat the experiment a thousand times but in history only once" Trump has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment at one thing and one thing onlywinning a presidential election Trump will fail as president for many reasons chief among them his ignorance As Newt Gingrich said in August "He cant learn what he doesnt know because he doesnt know he doesnt know it" Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsMergers and acquisitions in the food sector rarely draw the eye of supermarket shoppers The companies involved are sometimes too obscure for customers to care – take for example the ongoing litigation surrounding the attempt to merge Americas two largest food service companies Sysco and US Foods But name recognition has brought last weeks announced merger of HJ Heinz Co and Kraft Foods Group Inc to the fore of business news After all these companies products are household staples most readers of this article probably have a Heinz or Kraft product in their refrigerator right now While this merger may seem innocuous who cares that the mac and cheese company owns the ketchup company there could be serious ramifications for consumers and producers The new Kraft Heinz Company would be the third-largest food company in America and the fifth-largest worldwide with an expected market value of over $80 billion The merger was coordinated by Heinz owner 3G Capitala Brazilian private investment group with its fingers already deep in the food and beverage sectorand Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway This is the second time in as many years that these two firms have worked together on a major food company acquisition In 2013 3G and Berkshire orchestrated a hostile takeover of Heinz in a $28 billion deal Independently 3G is deeply invested in the fast food sector In 2010 the group acquired Burger King which it then merged with Tim Hortons in 2014 to create Restaurant Brands International now a $23 billion international quick-service restaurant company 3G also has close ties with Anheuser-Busch InBev the largest beer brewer in the world and also a Brazilian-owned company Four founding partners of 3G sit on ABIs board Deal-makers say that one of the benefits of this merger is huge savings in cost-cutting "synergy potential" in industry jargon to the tune of $15 billion But where will this money come from Analysts point to economies of scale but theres also 3Gs looming history of slicing jobs in the name of greater shareholder profits After 3G led InBevs takeover of Anheuser-Busch it cut 1400 jobs mostly in St Louis And after its acquisition of Heinz it slashed 600 jobs around North America As for Tim Hortons 350 Canadian workers lost their jobs in January And job cuts arent the only reason 3G has come under fire for its merger activity Just last year the group found itself embroiled in conflict after critics wondered whether its relocation of Restaurant Brands International to Canada was an attempt to evade US corporate taxes The alliance of these two giant companies means even further consolidation in a market that is already dominated by a small number of corporate players We commonly associate these brands with their anchor sectors over which they have impressive market power: Kraft alone controls 80% of packaged macaroni and cheese sales and Heinz controls 60% of ketchup sales But according to a report from Food & Water Watch these companies influence is felt in many other supermarket aisles Kraft is among the top 4 companies producing mayonnaise salad dressing pickles cottage cheese sour cream "natural cheese" bacon and lunch meat Heinz is among the top 4 companies producing meat sauces pasta sauces frozen appetizers and "frozen handheld food" United the Kraft Heinz Company would bring in $222 billion annually in sales The Kraft/Heinz deal makes it "even more difficult for us to envision a world where we [have] a competitive market for food" according to Patrick Woodall Research Director and Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Watch For consumers this will likely mean less competition to lower prices In recent years giant retailers like Walmart have learned how to place enormous pressure on distributors and producers to meet a low price point Smaller independent producers usually have to meet those demands But giants like Heinz and Kraft are far better able to protect their profit margins "When a company as big as Kraft joins a company as big as Heinz they have a bigger footprint in the supermarket" Woodall explains This can sometimes result in higher prices overall as the food processors "work closely with the supermarket to extract money from consumers" For shoppers this merger will also further narrow our options as we wander down the supermarket aisles "Consumers think theyre making choices" Woodall says "But oftentimes these choices are sold by the same company manufactured by the same plant and just bear different labels" It is already difficult for new small companies to get their products in front of supermarket customers Woodall says "Really the supermarket is about real estate" Given that Kraft and Heinz dont compete head-to-head on many products most antitrust experts believe that this merger will be approved by the Federal Trade Commission Not that the agency has given them much reason to think otherwise in recent years "The FTC has rubber-stamped a tidal wave of mergers" Woodall says In the food sector alone Shuanghui LLCs (now WH Group) acquisition of Smithfield Foods and the Sysco/US Foods merger have raised eyebrows among both antitrust analysts and food advocates And so monopoly finds a seat at the dinner table This summers barbecues will feature Oscar Meyer hot dogs Boca burgers A1 steak sauce and Heinz ketchup except now the buffet of products will all be owned by the same company Leah Douglas is a reporter an analyst with the Open Markets Program This piece was originally published in New Americas digital magazine The Weekly Wonk Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox each Thursday here and follow @New America on Twitter More from New America: Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsGlosser first told his family’s immigration story in a lengthy 2016 Facebook post that highlighted his differences with his nephew. 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He added that the students’ comments come from outside influence. a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump has a history of making controversial comments. Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon said India was a priority market for the retail behemoth as the country was the largest and fastest growing economy.

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