Renesas Electronics announced that Nissan Motor has adopted Renesas’ innovative and high-peformance automotive technology for the ProPILOT 2.0 system featured in the new Nissan Skyline. The driver assistance system combines navigated highway driving with hands-off, single-lane driving capabilities, employing Renesas’ R-Car automotive system-on-chip (SoC) and RH850 automotive control microcontroller to implement core functionality in the electronic control units (ECUs) that handle driving judgment and control. Designed for on-ramp to off-ramp (ramp-to-ramp) highway driving, ProPILOT 2.0 engages with the vehicle’s navigation system to help maneuver the car according to a predefined route on designated roadways. For the first time, the system also enables hands-off driving while cruising in a single lane.To achieve this advanced capability, the Renesas R-Car SoC first creates detailed environment maps of the vehicle surroundings by combining information on nearby vehicles and other objects from the cameras and front radar with the high-precision 3D map data preloaded for navigation. The SoC determines the vehicle’s own position from the map data and lane information and, based on this information, determines the vehicle’s action plan. The RH850 MCU receives the resulting data and sends control commands to the ECUs such as the steering wheel, accelerator, brakes. Combining the R-Car SoC’s high-performance processing with the RH850’s real-time responsiveness and excellent reliability enables judgment and control operations to take place sequentially and accurately. This contributes substantially to the realization of Nissan’s ProPILOT 2.0 driver assistance system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Cervoz: T405 M.2 NVMe solution for industrial storageNext RECOM: DC/DC converters in compact 1 x 1” footprint
Nanjing, Aug 6 (AFP) Pom-pom girls strut their stuff, pop music reverberates around the arena and a “kiss cam” trains its sights on the next unsuspecting couple.Sounds like a basketball or baseball match? Think again: this is badminton, and probably not as many imagined it. It is all part of an attempt by the sport’s governing body to attract and keep new fans, the younger the better. “Increasingly we see ourselves as part of the entertainment business and not only the sports-entertainment business,” Thomas Lund, secretary general of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), told AFP. “That’s a conscious choice… We are competing for people’s time and attention — on television, on social media, online,” the Dane said on the sidelines of the World Championships in Nanjing, China. “We want to engage them in badminton and make them think badminton.” For spectators, that means more than just loud music and the fancy spotlights that rake over the audience between matches. It is also the thudding “heartbeat” sound that plays to the crowd during a video decision review, ratcheting up the tension, and players walking onto court like rock stars. “The big thing for us at the moment is to ensure that it is not really about the court or the surroundings, it is really about the players,” said Lund, a former Olympian in the sport. “It is about… how you present the players, these players that people think of as stars, present them as stars. “It’s a theatre thing.” The notorious “kiss cam”, when couples in the crowd are flashed up on the big screen and encouraged to smooch, was in full effect in Nanjing, where Japan’s Kento Momota was crowned men’s champion and Spain’s Carolina Marin won the women’s title.advertisement- More money -============== Badminton — popular in Asia and bits of Europe but a niche sport in many countries — is “growing as a sport on many different levels”, according to Lund.The BWF has attracted new sponsors, notably global banking heavyweight HSBC, and there is more prize money for players, he said. For the first time, there is a handful of semi-professional referees and later umpires too. Getting children interested, whether as spectators or players, is a key plank of the Kuala Lumpur-based BWF’s drive to make badminton more popular and find the stars of the future. “It’s about getting a racquet into their hand and keeping it in there,” said Lund. To that end, the BWF has a schools programme in 132 countries.Nobody is pretending that badminton will rival football for global popularity, but the BWF believes there is plenty of room to grow.- More competition -==================== At the London 2012 Olympics, China cleaned up, winning all five titles.But those days of Chinese domination have gone, even if the hosts did win the mixed and men’s doubles titles when the World Championships wrapped up on Sunday.Japan took gold in the women’s doubles to go with Momota’s singles title. China’s somewhat waning powers can only be good for badminton’s popularity — who wants to see the same country win everything? “But the good thing is that it is not because China have become worse, it’s that the others have got better, we have seen a rise in standard,” said Lund. “Japan are fantastic, India are fantastic, Thailand, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), the Spain story with Carolina (Marin), Denmark still hanging on, which is good for the sport. “It has become more diverse.” (AFP) ATKATK
Nova Scotians are invited to take part in National Forest Week, Sept. 22-28, and learn how the province continues to support healthy forests and communities. “People working in the forests should be proud of their occupation,” said Natural Resources deputy minister Duff Montgomerie. “Forest products generally have a very light carbon footprint because they are grown with energy from the sun. Most forest jobs are in rural areas and are important to communities across Nova Scotia. That’s why this year’s theme is the Greenest Work Force.” The province has worked with woodlot owners and their associations to improve silviculture techniques, helped upgrade training in forest ecosystem classification to make woodlands more sustainable, and has helped small private woodlot owners improve their lots and better connect with each other to share information. Activities across the province will help to raise awareness about forest resources and how healthy forests help communities. Natural Resources staff will visit elementary schools to talk with students about the importance of forests and have seedlings for the students to plant. On Sept. 27, a Kids in the Forest school event will be held in Scotsburn, Pictou Co., at Karl and Faye Crawford’s woodlot. These events help elementary children learn about forests in an outdoor setting. On Sept. 28, the Crawford’s will host a public field day at their woodlot, where they will be presented with the Central Region Woodlot Owner of the Year Award. Radio “treevia” contests will be held daily and Nova Scotians can win prizes by tuning into: Magic FM 94.9 in Kentville, CKBW in Bridgewater, AVR 97.7 in the Valley, CBC Information Morning in Sydney, and 101.5 the Hawk in Port Hawkesbury. More information about National Forest Week and events is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/education/nfw. National Forest Week is co-ordinated nationally by the Canadian Forestry Association.
New Delhi: Resident doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital have expressed solidarity with their colleagues at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital, who went on strike on Monday over an alleged assault on a medical student by an attendant of a patient. The AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) urged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the the Health Minister to intervene in the matter and address the security concerns of the doctors so that they can continue serving patients. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items The Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) at the Delhi government-run LNJP hospital has claimed that the stir has been triggered by an alleged assault on a third-year post graduate student of Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), who was on duty on Sunday night at the emergency department. LNJP RDA president Saiket Jena has said that a patient was brought to the ER department and later died of some complications. “An attendant then assaulted one of the doctors. In last few days, several such incidents of attack on doctors have taken place in the hospital premises. So, we have gone on a strike,” he has said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Stating that the ongoing violence against doctors in LNJP and MAMC is “worrisome and disheartening”, the AIIMS RDA said there is a complete breakdown of law and order. The RDA said the resident doctor on duty at LNJP sustained multiple bruises on the chest, right shoulder dislocation and injuries to the abdomen. Similar incidents occurred multiple times in the last 10 days, thus making the residents difficult to work in such a hostile environment, the statement said. “The government has failed to provide protection and justice to doctors. The AIIMS RDA condemns this in words and spirit. “Keeping in view of our commitment towards safe and non violent working environment for residents, AIIMS RDA stands in support of our colleagues in LNJP Hospital and MAMC in New Delhi and stands in solidarity with our colleagues who are facing lethal violence and demands special security guards and CCTV cameras in all the emergencies and ICUs with immediate effect,” the statement said. As part of the strike, which started in the morning, both regular and emergencies services are currently shut, affecting patients at LNJP, the medical superintendent of the hospital said. The main demand of the LNJP doctors is augmenting of security deployment, including having marshals in emergency department, Medical Superintendent Dr Kishore Singh said.
Barbara and Frank Sinatra founded the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational in 1988 to raise funds for the young Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA.Frank gathered his golfing pals for a fun-filled weekend of golf and entertainment in support of the Center, and what was once called “Frank’s little party in the desert,” is now one of the most successful fundraising events of its kind.The 25th Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational, February 21-23, 2013, will be held at the acclaimed par 72 Eagle Falls Golf Course and the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.The renowned two day celebrity-amateur golf tournament, three nights of dinner parties with entertainment, and a spectacular luncheon and fashion show are dedicated to the memory and music of Frank Sinatra. Golf legend Ken Venturi, one of Frank Sinatra’s best friends, will co-host the event with Barbara Sinatra. Frankie Valli will headline the Saturday night Gala.Over the years, the tournament has been supported by top entertainers and athletes, including Dean Martin, Tommy Lasorda, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis, Jr., Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Angie Dickenson, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Sorbo, Tom Selleck, Elke Sommer, Tom Flores, and Chad Everett. Long-time Sinatra friend and Children’s Center supporter Dick Van Dyke is the Honorary Spokesman for the tournament. Another friend of the Center and Invitational, Joe Mantegna, star of the hit television show Criminal Minds, has often said there is a very short list of things that he wouldn’t do for Barbara Sinatra. (Coincidentally, Mantegna played Dean Martin in the Emmy Award-winning HBO television movie The Rat Pack.)The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center’s mission is to provide counseling for young victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and to focus on prevention, community education and breaking the generational cycle of abuse. Barbara Sinatra is quick to thank supporters of the Frank Sinatra Starkey Hearing Foundation Celebrity Invitational, and is proud to say, “The children who come to us for help continue to receive the therapy they need and deserve – no child is turned away due to a family’s inability to pay.”Find out more here.
OTTAWA – First Nova Scotia’s Jamie Baillie, then Ontario’s Patrick Brown, and finally Ottawa’s Kent Hehr.The toppling of three politicians in the space of two days obliterated all other talk around federal politics this week, reverberating through caucus meetings in Victoria and Ottawa, and reaching the prime minister during his trip to Davos, Switzerland.While circumstances around each man’s downfall are dramatically different, they all link to allegations of sexual misconduct — and have prompted politicians of all stripes to take a hard look at what happens behind closed doors.Whether the introspection will turn into better working conditions for women in politics and young staffers, or whether it will turn into a tit-for-tat leaking of lurid tales is an open question.Drowned out by the scandals were developments on mail delivery, opportunities for trade and investment with Asia, and the taking root of a Canadian brand of populism.Here’s how politics mattered this week:OF CANADA POST AND ELECTION PROMISESHome delivery was a contentious issue in the 2015 election campaign after the Conservatives moved to halt it and replace the service with community mail boxes that residents would have to walk to.This week, the Liberals rolled out their response. After many months of consultation and close scrutiny of the numbers, they say they will not convert any more home delivery routes to community mail boxes. More controversially, however, they also say they won’t “put the tooth paste back in the tube” by restoring the conversions of 840,000 households that have already taken place.Not going ahead with the Conservative plan to eliminate door-to-door delivery means foregoing $350 million a year in savings. But the Liberals say they are giving Canada Post new freedoms and incentives to spread its wings and compete on parcels, on remittances, and off-hour deliveries.Does all this mean Justin Trudeau has kept an election promise? Many voters had the impression — from comments made by Trudeau and his team — that home delivery would be completely restored. The Liberals’ election platform promises to “save home mail delivery.”OF FREE TRADE WITH JAPANIn the wee hours of Tuesday morning, as Trudeau was consorting with the rich and famous in Davos and the bulk of Canada’s trade negotiators were holed up in Montreal for the renewal of NAFTA, Canadian officials in Japan agreed to sign on to a massive trade and investment agreement with Asia-Pacific countries.The treaty will give Canada free trade with some of the world’s most dynamic economies — Japan, Australia, Vietnam. But the cheers of joy have been tempered in Canada by concerns about secrecy, and an outcry from the auto sector and dairy farmers.Canada held off signing on to the deal late last year because of concerns about the cultural and auto industries. It came away this week with a cultural exemption in hand.On the auto front, officials point to a side deal with Japan that will protect Canada’s interests. But since that bilateral agreement has yet to be made public, the auto sector and its unions fear for the worst — at a time when the NAFTA negotiators in Montreal are also under pressure to make concessions on auto manufacturing.OF CANADA-STYLE POPULISMFormer Conservative leadership contender and MP Kellie Leitch announced this week she would not seek re-election, and massive new polling and research by EKOS and The Canadian Press could give some insight as to why.During her ill-fated leadership campaign, Leitch did not hesitate to invoke Donald Trump. She advocated screening immigrants for so-called Canadian values, and made no bones about adopting some of Trump’s populist tactics. She finished sixth.Research published this week shows that populism may have a foothold in Canada, but it’s unique and doesn’t exactly replicate forces that drove voters to choose Trump.EKOS Research took polls involving 12,604 people who discussed their opinions on economics, culture, openness towards the world and towards immigration. The polling firm formed an index that plotted the respondents according to how “open” or how “ordered” they preferred their world to be.Fewer than half are on the “open” side of the spectrum. About 30 per cent are “ordered” — feeling economically and culturally insecure. And about 25 per cent have a mixed view.The 30 per per cent of “ordered” respondents is not generally linked to race or immigration. Rather, there is a stronger correlation with education, income and hopes for the next generation.
Kolkata: Major telecom companies have come up with curated election sections in their TV apps to ensure that the subscribers do not miss out any update related to the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in the country. The telecom operators such as Jio, Airtel and Vodafone are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that people stay glued to their mobile screens till the polling process is over. An official of a telecom company said Tuesday that the curated content from various sources on the elections to make sure that viewers do not have any trouble while looking for poll related news. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAirtel TV app has created a special ‘Election 2019’ section for poll related updates from across the country for its subscribers. The special section has content from different news channels like Live News TV channels, short news bulletins, collection of top interviews and expert analysis, all on a single screen, the company’s official said. “Whats more there is also is a special Election tab on the Airtel TV home screen more quick one touch access to the section,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostGeneral elections in India are of high interest and people are constantly looking for news and analysis related to the event,” the Content & Apps CEO of Bharti Airtel, Sameer Batra, said. “With Airtel TVs special election section we have made the app the one stop shop for all election related updates curated in convenient and able format,” Batra said. Similarly, JioTV is offering a wide range of 190 plus news channels in 15 languages. Vodafone too has also come up with a special section of news channels for subscribers to catch all election-related action. The operators are also on the social media platform such as in Twitter to offer updates, insights and poll related informations.
Rabat – Morocco’s national team beat Equatorial Guinea by 2-0 on the first leg of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which was played on Thursday night in Agadir.Moroccan fans had to wait until the 27 minutes to cheer for the Atlas Lions’ first goal, which was scored by Granada’s striker, Youssef El Arabi Following El Arabi’s goal, things looked better for Moroccan players who seemed to control the game.But this favorable situation did not last for long. At the return from the dressing room, Moroccan defender Karoushi was expelled at the 46th minute by the referee over a foul that deserved a yellow card at most. As a result of this unexpected turn of events, Bado Zaki, Morocco’s head coach, had to reshuffle his strategy to allow his team to conserve its advantage.At the 57th minute he brought Yassine Bamou to the pitch as a replacement of Abdelaziz Berrada, Olympique Marseille’s mid-fielder.Zaki’s coaching turned out to be successful. Few minutes after he entered the pitch, Yassine Bamou doubled the score after he received a pass from Youssef El Arabi, author of the first goal.Despite this score, the qualification to the second round of World Cup qualifiers is still not guaranteed. The fate of the Moroccan team will be known this Sunday in Bata, Ecuatorial Guinea’s capital, where it will play the second leg of the competition.
Rabat – Following the statement in which prison administrators said that Nasser Zefzafi, a leader of the Hirak Rif protests in Al Hoceima, self-harmed while in prison “to create disorder,” his father denied the story and gave his own account.At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Zefzafi asked for medical care because of pain in one of his legs.According to Zefzafi’s father, Ahmed Zefzafi, the Hirak activism leader had symptoms of hemiplegia, the paralysis of one side of the body, which prison staff did not mention in their statement on Sunday. Nasser Zefzafi “felt pain in one of his legs before it began to become like symptoms of hemiplegia since he could not move or feel the right side of his body,” Ahmed Zefzafi wrote on his Facebook page on Monday, reporting what his son told him in a phone call.“He then asked prison guards to notify the prison director to bring a doctor.”The prison administration said that Zefzafi “threw the treatment tools and deliberately hurt himself by hitting his hand against the edge of a desk and the wall” when a nurse began to treat him.But according to Ahmed Zefzafi, a “guard” came in with “a bottle of rubbing alcohol in his hand to rub it over his body.”Zefzafi’s son was protesting the neglect of his health because the prison guards did not bring in a nurse or doctor. The prison administration said that Zefzafi committed “acts in violation of the law with the intent of causing disorder and chaos” because many Hirak Rif detainees “refused to return to their cells.”Read Also: Morocco’s Hirak Rif Leader Nasser Zefzafi Self Harms in PrisonZefzafi’s father explained that the detainees were showing solidarity with the Hirak Rif leader, declaring that they would not return to their cells unless a doctor came.The doctor came, Ahmed Zefzafi continued, and after checking him, asked to immediately transfer Nasser Zefzafi to the emergency room.“After the diagnosis, my son found out that the prison administration had kept information about his health status hidden since March 1, 2018, when he was first diagnosed with a stroke and hemiplegia,” Zefzafi’s father wrote.Read Also: Hirak Rif Activists Refuse to Appeal Sentences, Start Hunger StrikeIt was only on January 26, 2019, that the prison administration told Zefzafi that “MRI tests for the past year revealed he had arterial contraction on the right side of the head,” he added, expressing his surprise.Nasser Zefzafi said he had never before suffered atrial contractions. The jailed activist said he suspected that the condition was “due to violence he suffered on the day of his arrest as his head was banged against the wall in his house … and his head was hit with iron cuffs while being handcuffed.”The violence did not end here. According to Ahmed Zefzafi’s Facebook post, the prison director mocked Zefzafi’s health status when he was transferred to the hospital. The director said “[Zefzafi] was wrong when he got sick on Saturday” and asked the guards to “get him out of his face.” The director said that he “had family obligations and was not fully available to follow Zefzafi alone.”Read Also: Hirak’s Nasser Zefzafi Boycotts His Appeal HearingsZefzafi “protested the disgraceful behavior which he deemed torture and psychological violence … an insult to a person in a situation needing” treatment and not degradation of dignity, reads his father’s post.Nasser Zefzafi pointed out that the prison director forced him to sign a record acknowledging he broke office supply items in a state of anger－an admittance that the Hirak leader “compeletely denied” and deemed “false and groundless.”Zefzafi’s father called on the prison authorities to publish video footage of the incident to inform the public of the truth.He also requested the prison administration to “urgently” show him his son’s medical file.Prison denies withholding test results In a statement published today, the prison administration said that Zefzafi had a number of medical tests about a year ago, including an MRI and an electroencephalogram, a test that evaluates electrical activity in the brain.The tests revealed that Zefzafi had “a slight congenital defect,” according to the treating physician, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The statement added that Zefzafi “was then notified of the results, in accordance with the ethics of the medical profession” and was given “the appropriate therapeutic prescription.”The prison administration denied that it hid the tests’ results from Nasser Zefzafi, calling Ahmed Zefzafi’s post “false allegations” to mislead the public.Read Also: Jailed Moroccan Activist Nasser Zefzafi Ends 6-Day Hunger Strike“The tests’ result have nothing to do with the conditions of the prisoner’s arrest.”The medical tests that Zefzafi had on Saturday, said the administration, gave the same results, a congenital defect. “The treating physician requested to perform additional examination to identify more precisely the nature of the congenital defect.”“The prisoner was given a new medical appointment for two months later and was provided with a prescription.”If Zefzafi had “hemiplegia resulting from a stroke,” the administration stressed, he would not be able “to remove his clothes and break the desk which he hit with his hand, as recorded by a security camera.”
The case involved movement across three countries, and required officials and non-governmental agencies to join forces, the six-nation UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (UNIAP) announced in Bangkok. The prosecution rested on the testimony of eight Cambodian women, who left their home village believing they would be offered work as noodle and clothes sellers in Bangkok. Instead, they were held in Samut Prakan before being sold into a Malaysian brothel by the Cambodian national, identified as Ms. Khunthea. Malaysian authorities later detained them as illegal migrants. A long process of escape, re-victimization and rescue culminated in their appearance in court to testify against Ms. Khunthea in Bangkok. According to Thai Criminal Procedure, Ms. Khunthea will only serve a 50-year jail term. UNIAP was established in 2000 to facilitate a stronger and more coordinated response to human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, comprising Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. It brings together the six governments, 13 UN agencies and eight international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). At the country level, the project includes an extensive network of government, local and international NGOs, UN organizations, donors and links to networks in south Asia and beyond.
Senior outfielder Caitlin Conrad (left) arrives safely at 1st base during a game against Pittsburgh on March 31 at Buckeye Field. OSU won, 7-3.Credit: Stacie Jackson / Lantern PhotographerWith the Big Ten season coming down the home stretch, the Ohio State softball team wants to keep control of its own fate.“The key will be to beat the teams we know we can,” senior outfielder Caitlin Conrad said before the Buckeyes swept Michigan State last weekend. “By doing this, we can put ourselves in position to get a better seed come tournament time.”Conrad, one of four seniors on the squad, is currently among the hottest hitters on the team with a .394 batting average and is quickly approaching 40 runs batted in to complement her 35 runs scored so far this season.“Caitlin has been the most consistent player for us all season,” coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said before the team departed for East Lansing, Mich.The Buckeyes scored a total of 29 runs against the Spartans, and have either scored or given up double digits 17 times this season. Conrad said she believes the high-scoring affairs are new to Big Ten softball, changing the way she looks at scoring.“It used to be that if you scored seven runs in a game, you would win,” Conrad said. “Now you need to score 12 or so just to be in the game.”And scoring is what the Buckeyes have been doing lately.To sweep Michigan State, OSU tallied six, eight and 15 runs, respectively, over the course of the three games. The 15-5 win on Sunday came in just five innings.The sweep has the Buckeyes riding a four-game win streak entering a week when they will be facing both Penn State and Rutgers.All five of those games, two against the Nittany Lions and three against the Scarlet Knights, are crucial for the Buckeyes (22-16, 6-6) to get better position in the conference and achieve their ultimate goal: making it to regionals in the NCAA Tournament.“We need to keep winning in order to move up in the Big Ten standings,” senior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly said. “Doing this will put us in a position where we can make it to regionals.”The Buckeyes hit the road to face Penn State for a doubleheader on Wednesday. The team lost 7-6 in the first game before falling, 11-6, in the nightcap. They are then set to return home to face Rutgers over the weekend.Despite getting the opportunity to play all over the country, Schoenly said she believes there is nothing like playing at home.“I love to play at home,” Schoenly said. “Of course it’s great to travel other places but there is nothing like home. We love having fans come out to our games. Columbus has a really good softball community.”With home in mind, Schoenly and the Buckeyes make it a point to travel and play in each woman’s hometown at least once during a player’s career as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.“We have the opportunity to play all over the country,” Schoenly said. “So we try to travel to every girls’ hometown during their career.”With 13 Ohioans on the team, eight of whom are from Central Ohio, playing at home can be that much more welcoming.The Buckeyes’ series against Rutgers is set to start on Friday at 6 p.m. at Buckeye Field.
The tourism ministry plans to turn the world’s attention to Athens through a new promotional program, called Athens every week.The launch was made by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos during the annual general assembly of the Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association on Tuesday.Hoteliers welcomed the project saying it would contribute to restoring the capital’s reputation while it was also a starting point for constructive cooperation between the public and private sectors.Addressing the general assembly, Geroulanos said the program would renew interest for Athens offering a chance to extend the tourism season and created a single platform for all actions and events happening in the city.“It is a program capable of promoting with some imagination, a little effort and some money, all the things making Athens a special city, a lively city. It offers an answer to a question set by foreigners again and again during our trips abroad. Where have you been?” the minister said.He also announced a tender for creating a congress centre in the Tae Kwon Do facility would be next.Yiannis Retsos, president of the Association underlined the necessity of promoting Athens’ tourism and presented a series of actions aimed at boosting hotel reservations.He also presented a report on 2010 figures so far, saying that room occupancy in Athens-Attica hotels surpassed 90 per cent during the October 29-31 period, because of the Athens Marathon 2010 event, highlighting the benefits of such large-scale events on Greek tourism. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Déforestation : elle recule aux quatre coins du monde Pour la première fois depuis 10 ans, le rythme de déforestation a reculé dans le monde, a annoncé l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO). Toutefois dans certaines régions du monde, les taux de perte de forêt demeurent “alarmants”.”Pour la première fois, nous sommes en mesure de montrer que le taux mondial de déforestation a régressé grâce à des efforts concertés”, s’est réjoui Eduardo Rojas, sous-directeur général de la FAO (Food and agriculture organization), à l’occasion de la présentation d’un rapport sur les ressources forestières mondiales de 2010.Au cours des dix dernières années, la déforestation a entraîné la perte brute de 13 millions d’hectares de forêts par an, contre 16 millions dans les années 1990. Le rapport précise également que, grâce aux importants programmes de reboisement mis en œuvre par certains États lors de la dernière décennie, la perte nette annuelle a représenté 5,2 millions d’hectares quand elle atteignait 8,3 millions dans les années 1990.En Asie, la FAO a observé un gain net d’environ 2,2 millions d’hectares par an entre 2000 et 2010. La Chine, l’Inde et le Vietnam “ont augmenté leurs superficies boisées de près de 4 millions d’hectares par an” tandis que d’après l’organisation, la déforestation est en léger recul, les pertes étant de 2,6 millions d’hectares par an contre 2,9 millions entre 1990 et 2000.En Amérique du Nord et centrale, les superficies boisées sont restées stables, et en Europe, elles continuent à s’étendre mais à un rythme plus lent.Si la tendance est globalement encourageante, “le taux de déforestation demeure toutefois très élevé dans de nombreux pays”, a tenu à souligner Eduardo Rojas avant d’évoquer l’Amérique du Sud et l’Afrique, qui ont enregistré au cours de la dernière décennie, “les plus fortes pertes annuelles nettes de forêts”, à savoir 4 et 3,4 millions d’hectares.Aujourd’hui, Mette Loyche Wilkie, coordinatrice pour l’évaluation des forêts, appelle “les gouvernements du monde entier à poursuivre leurs efforts de toute urgence”, rappelant que “sans programme de reforestation, nous risquons un retour soudain à de forts taux de perte nette et donc d’émission de carbone”.Le 26 mars 2010 à 10:56 • Emmanuel Perrin
Nasa : le budget 2011 voté par le CongrèsÉtats-Unis – Suite à un dernier vote à la Chambre des représentants, le Congrès a approuvé le budget 2011 de la Nasa. L’agence spatiale américaine prévoit notamment le développement des vols commerciaux et des lancements de navettes spatiales supplémentaires.La Nasa sera dotée d’un budget de 19 millions de dollars l’année prochaine. Les membres du Congrès l’ont approuvé par 304 voix contre 118 mercredi soir, après des mois de débats et de critiques au sujet des ambitions spatiales de Barack Obama, qui a renoncé au projet de retour sur la Lune. Le texte, déjà voté par le Sénat, doit désormais être envoyé au président qui le promulguera. Ce sont au total 58 milliards de dollars qui seront ainsi accordés à l’agence spatiale jusqu’en 2013. Au programme : le lancement supplémentaire d’une navette spatiale en 2011, après les deux vols encore programmés. Est aussi prévue une aide pour le secteur privé afin d’accélérer le développement de lanceurs commerciaux destinés au transport d’astronautes et du fret sur orbite basse.Alors que Barack Obama n’envisageait pas de commencer de tels travaux avant 2015, le texte prévoit également la conception d’un nouveau lanceur lourd qui permettra d’envoyer des astronautes sur un astéroïde ou sur Mars, comme à bord la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Sept milliards de dollars seront consacrés à cette nouvelle fusée afin qu’elle soit opérationnelle au plus tard en 2016.L’adoption de ce texte représente “un pas important qui va nous aider à atteindre les principaux objectifs fixés” par Barack Obama, a estimé l’administrateur de la Nasa, Charles Bolden. Selon lui, il aidera l’agence “non seulement à mettre au point une nouvelle approche pour l’espace, mais aussi à se rééquiper pour les industries et les emplois de l’avenir qui seront vitaux pour la croissance économique à long terme”.Le 1 octobre 2010 à 18:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’irrigation : des réserves en eau qui s’amenuisentLe développement de l’agriculture est lié à celui de l’irrigation mais les paysans épuisent progressivement les gisements d’eau non durables. Un phénomène amené à s’intensifier avec l’augmentation démographique et le réchauffement climatique. Des chercheurs ont entrepris de déterminer la part d’eau non renouvelable exploitée par l’agriculture.Plus il y a de monde sur terre plus les besoins alimentaires augmentent. Avec le développement agricole de plus en plus conséquent, c’est de l’eau dont manquent cruellement les paysans. Dans un article publié par la revue Water Resources Research, Marc Bierkens et ses collègues du département de géographie physique de l’université d’Utrecht, ont réalisé une évaluation de l’utilisation de l’eau non renouvelable dans l’irrigation des cultures. Grâce à une compilation des données hydrographiques, agricoles et des observations satellitaires, ils ont pu reconstituer la consommation d’eau de l’agriculture entre 1960 et 2000 en recensant également les sources de prélèvement de cette eau.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon leurs estimations, en 1960, l’agriculture mondiale aurait consommé 1.217 kilomètres cubes d’eau par an. En 2000, la demande agricole d’eau avait doublé, en atteignant 2.510 km3 et le recours à l’eau non durable aurait triplé pendant la même période. L’accroissement des surfaces agricoles, la course au rendement, et le développement de cultures de pays tempérées dans des zones non adaptées sont les principales causes de ce déséquilibre actuel que connait l’eau, pourtant ressource vitale pour l’homme. L’Inde, la Chine et les Etats-Unis sont les pays qui utilisent le plus d’eau pour l’irrigation de leurs champs. En 2000, ces trois superpuissances auraient consommé 1.207 kilomètres cubes d’eau pour augmenter la productivité de leurs terres cultivées. Les régions arides ou semi-arides risquent d’être de plus en plus tributaires de sources non durables avec l’élévation des températures et la réduction prévisible des précipitations causées par le réchauffement climatique. Ainsi, l’eau pourrait vite devenir un sujet de conflits internationaux pour subvenir aux besoins planétaires.Le 8 février 2012 à 10:58 • Maxime Lambert
The UEFA president criticized the notion that the Spain-Portugal-Morocco bid will not be supported by the federationSpain, Portugal, and Morocco are studying the idea of bidding for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.This would be the first Europe/Africa tournament, as the old Mediterranean Games.But for UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, this is not a good idea.England and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“I’m not in favor of cross-confederation bids, to be honest,” he told The Balls.“Someone should say to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak about who will be hosts for sports events or not.”“I’ve seen many politicians saying that they will be candidates for this or that but they need to speak to their member associations. Some of them don’t even know about the public statements of the politicians,” he added.Ceferin promised to “do whatever I can to have one European bid because that raises the chances of Europe hosting the World Cup extremely.”
Updated: 12:44 PM Alpine Library doubling as County Assistance Center for West Fire victims Related: West Fire: Heroic residents, firefighter stories, and devastating aftermath July 9, 2018 People in need were ushered into the building even as a briefing for the service providers was barely winding up.While the providers included representatives from the California Department of Insurance and the State’s Contractor License Board, County Crisis Counseling and referral services were also on hand.As a County spokesperson told us, people who’ve lost everything may still be in shock, but from a mental health standpoint, its important to let them know we’re here for them.A group with therapy dogs was also on hand. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWith the West Fire emergency over, the County has opened an assistance center for victims at the Alpine Library.Ed Lenderman was live at the Alpine Library to take a look at the recovery and assistance efforts undertaken by the community following the devastation of the West Fire.The 505-acre fire destroyed 34 residential buildings, 22 outbuildings and a commercial building in Alpine, CalFire San Diego announced. As of Monday, it is 92% contained.As the fire was raging and it was obvious homes were being lost, County officials were already looking for a location for a recovery center to be in place the moment the emergency was over.A Local Assistance Center will open today at 9 a.m. at the Alpine Library, 1752 Alpine Blvd. Help will be available for residents impacted by the #WestFire and #BuildingFire. The LAC will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.— SanDiegoCounty (@SanDiegoCounty) July 9, 2018 Ed Lenderman Ed Lenderman, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 9, 2018
The Senate Finance Committee approved hiring former-health commissioner Bill Streur today as a consultant on the Medicaid budget and Medicaid expansion. Expanding the program as part of the Affordable Care Act is a priority of Governor Bill Walker, but many Republican lawmakers say the state can’t afford any new spending.Download AudioSenator Pete Kelly, a Republican from Fairbanks, made the case for hiring Streur. He said he would keep an open mind on Medicaid expansion but was against the idea.“That’s not the path we’re on, we’re not headed for a Medicaid expansion,” Kelly said. “Actually, right now, if you had to ask me for a vote, I’d vote no, but my mind is completely open.”Streur was commissioner under former Governor Sean Parnell, who was resisted expanding Medicaid, saying he didn’t want to accept federal dollars that would increase the national debt.Senator Lyman Hoffman, a Democrat from Bethel, made sure the committee wasn’t hiring Streur to advocate against expansion.Hoffman: “I wanted it on the record that the purpose of hiring Mr. Streur and his contract is not specifically find ways to give us justification not to expand Medicare.”Kelly: “That’s correct.”Hoffman: “Or Medicaid.”Kelly said Streur may have ideas that would convince lawmakers that Medicaid expansion could save the state money. As health commissioner, Streur explored options for expanding Medicaid.
Bareilly (UP):Uttarakhand Education Minister Arvind Pandey’s son Ankur has been killed after the car in which he was travelling hit a truck in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district, police said Wednesday. Ankur, 24, was on his to Gorakhpur on Tuesday night along with two friends to attend a wedding when the incident happened near Future College on Lucknow Road in the district’s Faridpur area. His friend Munni Giri (26) was also killed in the accident, police said. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us The other person has been injured and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital, they added. Both the bodies have been sent for postmortem examination, said Senior Superintendent of Police Muniraj. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the deaths and extended condolences to the bereaved family.
We might be living in a mash-up soaked society, but some are just too cool to ignore. That’s the case with this free mini-game from Star Wars: Force Collection created by Konami and LucasArts that features the classic game Contra with a Star Wars overhaul for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.In the game, you run and flip through four Endor-themed levels as Chewbacca blasting Stormtroopers with your bowcaster.Star Wars: Force Collection is actually a digital collectible card game where players amass a variety of cards, build decks, design blueprints, and take on challengers while figuring out whether they will land on the dark side or not. The game takes its inspiration from the six existing feature films, but will most likely include The Force Awakens-inspired characters around the film’s December 18 release date.The Chewbacca-starring Contra is part of a new update. Beating the mini-game will earn players an exclusive trophy for the main game. Other new additions to the main game include the appearance of a boss battle mode as well as C-3PO and R2-D2.Konami launched Contra in 1987 as an arcade game that was ported over to the NES the following year. The game featured a pair of soldiers named Bill and Lance running through levels taking out enemy soldiers and larger artillery. The game was tough, but offered plenty of fun from the wild level designs to the weapon power ups.If Konami and LucasArts are looking for other games to combine with the greatness of Star Wars, may I suggest Castlevania with Boba Fett, Lethal Enforcers with Han, and Leia or Dance Dance Revolution with Sy Snootles.