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  • Placido Domingo Performs For Acapulco Flood Relief

    first_imgThe proceeds will be used for the construction of 200 homes. Theproject is a model for self-assisted reconstruction, with additional support from the federal, state and municipal governments, as well as private donors. Ps.14,627,000 collected through Movimiento Azteca and Tiempo de Ayudar. Three water treatment plants were sent to the emergency area. Two million water purifiers were donated by Fundacion Azteca. Partnered with the Mexican Red Cross to deliver tons of groceries donated by Mexican society. Partnered with the State Government to deliver mattresses and household goods to affected families in San Pedro Cacahuatepec. Benefit concerts by Esperanza Azteca Orchestras throughout Mexico Grupo Salinas, a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies, deeply committed to the modernization of the countries in which they operate and founded by entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas, is pleased to announce that Placido Domingo and the Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra and Choir performed a benefit concert on December 28 for more than a thousand people at the Imperial Forum in Acapulco.Placido Domingo and the Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra and ChoirAs a continuing effort to support victims of deadly flooding this fall, Placido Domingo, Guerrero Governor Angel Aguirre, Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton Aburto and Grupo Salinas Chairman Ricardo B. Salinas have reiterated their commitment to the affected families.The benefit concert included the participation of 215 youth from across Mexico, as well as the sopranos Angel Blue and Micaela Joy West, who joined the tenor Placido Domingo, under the direction of Maestros Eugene Kohn and Julio Saldana.Mexican volunteers and Fundacion Azteca have supported reconstruction efforts of Acapulco since the hurricanes and flooding through programs such as the Tiempo de Ayudar campaign with important results:last_img read more

  • VANCOUVERS JACOB TREMBLAY JOINS CHRISTOPHER LLOYD KENAN THOMPSON AND MEL BROOKS IN

    first_imgJacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Kenan Thompson and Mel Brooks have been cast as the voices in Lani Pixels’ untitled 3D animated feature that will mark the directorial debut of Kim Pagel, who also scripted the family story.The film will follow Patrick and Susan as they attempt to rescue their grandfather, Mr. Campbell, from supernatural forces that have invaded his isolated island. Guided by Jack, a charming Irish rogue, the siblings end up on a dangerous journey filled with magic and mystery.READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

  • A clear message Alberta proposes legislation to limit oil shipments

    first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would give the energy minister power to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas leaving the province.Once passed, Marg McCuaig-Boyd would be able to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.“The bill sends a clear message: we will use every tool at our disposal to defend Albertans (and) to defend our resources,” Notley said Monday before introducing the proposed law in the legislature.Existing pipelines are near capacity and the bill aims to give Alberta the power to adjust what is shipped and where it goes to ensure maximum profitability, she said.Alberta is locked in a dispute with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline. An expansion to the West Coast has been approved by the federal government, but B.C. is fighting it in the courts.Notley said the proposed legislation is not punishing B.C. for the Kinder Morgan project’s delay, which she says costs Canada $40 million a day in lost revenue due to market bottlenecks and higher shipping fees.But she said Alberta is “very committed to putting pressure on B.C. to come around and focus on what this pipeline actually means.”B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman said his province will carefully examine the legislation Alberta has tabled.“I’m not counting on Alberta taking extreme or unlawful actions, but if they do we’re prepared to defend British Columbians’ interests with every legal means available and in the courts,” he said.Heyman said the government would consider court action if the legislation were to cause gasoline prices in B.C. to spike.“If they do that, we’ll examine exactly what legislation they bring in and if we believe it’s flawed … we’ll certainly take them to court.”The B.C. attorney general, David Eby, said B.C. is prepared to sue Alberta if the law punishes his province.“We know, as I’m sure they know, that the constitution forbids discrimination around energy between provinces,” Eby said.Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney said he’s glad the government appears to have followed the party’s suggestion to “turn off the taps,” to demonstrate real economic consequences.“I don’t want a trade war, but if B.C. starts a trade war, we’re going to end it.”Liberal legislature member David Swann said Alberta must use the power carefully because it could hurt the province’s economy and divide the country.About 80,000 barrels a day of refined fuels go to British Columbia.Much of B.C.’s energy from Alberta comes from shipments on the existing Trans Mountain line from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. Reducing oil flows could lead to immediate gas price spikes at the pumps, along with other higher costs.B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016. Horgan has said there are still concerns relating to oil spills and protecting B.C.’s coastline.The Kinder Morgan project would triple the amount of oil shipped on the current line, but has faced repeated court challenges and permit delays.Kinder Morgan announced earlier this month that it is pulling back on spending for the project and has given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal that the project will proceed.Trudeau met with Notley and Horgan on Sunday and said Ottawa has joined negotiations with Alberta to buy a stake in Trans Mountain, if necessary, to see that it gets built.Notley suggested May 31 will be key if the viability of the pipeline project is still in question.“That might be the point at which we’re going to have to be a lot more strategic around what products get shipped to what markets by what means,” she said.Alberta will work with resource companies as things develop, she said.“There will be no surprises.”Alberta is building on precedent.In 1981, under then-premier Peter Lougheed, Alberta reduced oil shipments to Central Canada during a fight with the federal government over oil pricing and resource ownership.The result was a new agreement with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that allowed Alberta to retain ownership of its resources along with a more amenable pricing schedule.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

  • Abdelilah Benkirane Pledges Support for El Othmani Government

    Rabat – Abdelilah Benkirane, Secretary General of the Justice and Development Party (PJD,) has pledged support for the government headed by the PJD’s  Saad Eddine El Othmani.During a meeting of the party’s National Council on Saturday,Benkirane said that PJD members should show support for the government.“The government is ours, and we need to support it. There’s no going back,” he said. Benkirane’s public endorsement for the highly controversial PJD-led government came amid talks of divergences within the party leadership. The Secretary General is said to not be on good terms with El Othmani and other PJD ministers.According to media reports, there are two main points of discord between the two sides.The first is related to the concessions made by El Othmani and other leading party members during negotiations to form the coalition government. El Othmani accepted conditions that Benkiranehad previously refused and ended up forming a loose coalition of six parties, instead of four as Benkirane had advocated.The second point of discord is the government’s management of the crisis in Al Hoceima and its neighboring towns. Protesters have been met with violence and dozens have been arrested and prosecuted for heavy crimes.Benkirane criticized the government in June for accusing local Al Hoceimaresidents of separatism, calling it a huge mistake.Later that month, media reported that Benkirane and other party ministers engaged in a heated argument during the first meeting of the PJD’s Secretariat General, the party’s executive body, since the appointment of the government in April.Several PJD members and MPs publicly addressed criticism of the government. Critics of the government within the PJD believe the party will lose credibility and popularity because of the government’s policies.El Othmani’s charisma-free personality, which stands in total contrast to that of Benkirane’s, is also another source of worry for those same members.Between 2011 and 2016 the PJD’s popularity increased despite five years leading the government. In October 2016 PJD won 125 seats in the general elections, an unprecedented result in Moroccan electoral history. This was largely attributed to the personality of the party leader and then head of government, Benkirane.For this reason, many are hoping that Benkiranewill run for a third term as PJD leader, despite internal party laws which limit Secretary General mandates to two.The next party convention, most likely to be held in December, will provide an answer as to whether the PJD will choose to prolong Benkirane’s leadership or turn the page on the glory days of the moderate Islamists. read more

  • CPPIB invests 678 million in Chinese bank

    TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it is investing about $678 million in the common equity of Postal Savings Bank of China.PSBC is one of the largest retail banks in China with more than 400 million retail customers and nearly 40,000 branches.It is China’s largest bank by customers and distribution network and is the sixth largest bank by total assets in China.Other strategic investors, including global banks and Chinese Internet companies, are investing alongside CPPIB.Canada Pension Plan Investment Board consortium agrees to US$4.6-billion deal to acquire PetCoA peek inside the costs of running the CPPIB: They are growing quickly“We welcome the opportunity to invest in Postal Savings Bank of China as it is a business that is well suited to CPPIB’s long-term investment horizon,” said CPPIB president and CEO Mark Wiseman.“China is an important market for a long-term investor like CPPIB and we view this investment as a great opportunity to work alongside a highly respected financial institution to participate in the future growth and rising consumption patterns of the Chinese population.”The CPPIB invests funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan and had $272.9 billion invested as of Sept. 30, 2015. read more

  • President begins US visit to attend UNGA sessions

    This year’s theme of the UNGA Session is, “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.” Tomorrow (September 24) President Sirisena will be one of the prominent speakers at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, the most important global peace event organized on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.During the visit an agreement is to be signed between the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and Sri Lanka. President Sirisena is scheduled to address the UNGA Tuesday afternoon. President Sirisena will also have meetings with the United Nations Secretary General and the Commonwealth Secretary General. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena began his visit to the United States (US) today to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).The President will address the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (September 25). This will be his fourth consecutive annual address to the world body. read more

  • UN officials highlight efforts to help disabled persons participate fully in daily

    Marking the International Day of Disabled Persons, United Nations officials today highlighted efforts to find innovative approaches to help people with disabilities achieve full and equal participation in all aspects of economic, social, cultural and political life.In a message to commemorate the occasion, Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that the commitment to full and effective participation of disabled persons in economic and social development is deeply rooted in the principles of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights instruments.The Secretary-General also urged the international community to pledge to fight exclusion, create opportunities for all people, and “build societies in which persons with disabilities are seen not only as beneficiaries of society’s support, but as an empowered and empowering source of social, cultural, political and economic development.”For his part, General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic noted that the UN system has played a powerful, catalytic role, first by placing the issue on the world agenda more than a generation ago and then through regular monitoring and reporting of the progress achieved at national and international levels.Mr. Kavan pointed out, however, that there is no comprehensive database on disability statistics and the application of benefits of treaties and conventions dealing with human rights and the elimination of discrimination of populations with disabilities remains lacking.”At this critical juncture, it is imperative that relevant governmental and regional institutions focus on the issue of sustainable livelihood and independent living through infrastructure for education, training, capacity building, rehabilitation, medical and social services, safety nets and promotion of employment opportunities,” he said.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, stressed that disability must be understood as a human rights issue, and that violations of civil liberties and humanitarian law are often causes of disability. “Discrimination undermines human dignity and deprives persons with disabilities of those basic rights and fundamental freedoms that most of us take for granted,” he said.The High Commissioner also referred to the process undertaken by the UN General Assembly to consider proposals for a new international treaty to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, stressing that a new accord would enhance dramatically the “visibility” of persons with disabilities, and would represent an important step forward in the recognition and protection of their human rights. read more

  • Global hotspots top agenda as UN chief meets with new US Secretary

    “US leadership will remain crucial in the period ahead,” Mr. Ban said during a press encounter with the newly-appointed Secretary of State.The Secretary-General said there was much for the two men to discuss, including Syria, where nearly 70,000 people have been killed since the crisis began almost two years ago and “the tragedy continues to deepen without any prospect of a political resolution.”Also on the agenda today was the crisis in Mali, the recent nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“We all need to make special efforts to forge a two-State solution before the window of opportunity closes,” said Mr. Ban, who welcomed the plans of President Barack Obama and Mr. Kerry to visit the region.“It is important that the right of Israel to exist should be respected and also the viable Palestinian authorities, in terms of the political and financial situation, be supported so that both can live side by side in peace and security. That is a two-State solution,” he stated.Mr. Ban also noted that at a time when families and government everywhere are feeling severe financial strains, the benefits of working with the UN are clear – burden-sharing, wise use of the global taxpayers’ money, and international solutions in the national interest. “I look forward to strengthening the US-UN partnership and working closely with Secretary of State Kerry towards our shared goals of peace, development, and human rights.”As part of his two-day visit to the US capital, Mr. Ban held meetings yesterday with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, and addressed the Organization of American States (OAS). read more

  • Mens Soccer Senior Day arrives for Ohio State as No 8 Michigan

    Ohio State senior midfielder Michael Prosuk (8) takes a shot in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFriday evening’s match against No. 8  Michigan State will mark the annual Senior Day match for the Ohio State men’s soccer team. It’s a time to honor the seniors that have endured tough losses, winning streaks and a change of coaching staffs, providing leadership through it all.“I’ve said it before, it was a lot to ask of this group, and without that senior leadership, Brady [Blackwell], Alex [Nichols] unfortunately has been injured since the second game of the season, Michael [Dichlian] and [Michael] Prosuk, it’s a good group and without them to help get everything going and keeping everything together, and obviously we’ve hit a lot of hurdles and bumps in the road and if it wasn’t for those guys, you know, we wouldn’t be continuing to grow and develop,” first-year Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve said.For the seniors, it will not be the last time they step onto the pitch at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, as the team still has two home matches to play before the close of the regular season. But it will be a night for them to enjoy with their families and reflect on their time as soccer players at Ohio State.“It means a lot obviously. I’ve been here three seasons now and it’s been a long journey, so this is kind of getting closer to the end of it. So it means a lot being able to walk out on the field with the other seniors and families. It’s a good opportunity, and it’ll be a good experience,” redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell said. “Being a Buckeye is always an honor,” senior forward Michael Prosuk said. “I mean these past two years have gone by pretty fast [and] I enjoyed every single minute of it on the field. I got to meet new people, especially the new coaching staff, which was a pretty hard transition but they’ve got the program better.”The Spartans (9-2-2) come into Columbus to face Ohio State (1-9-2) as the No. 8 ranked team in the nation in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll, but are coming off a loss to Akron on Tuesday night. “Obviously they’re good. Every team we’re playing down the stretch is pretty good. Michigan State, especially the past few years, has been a big time program,” Blackwell said. “They don’t give up a lot of goals, so if we can get one early I think it will help us out, but it will be a battle.”Michigan State boasts a potent attack led by senior forwards Dejuan Jones, Ryan Sierakowski, who each lead the team with five goals, and Hunter Barone, junior midfielder Giuseppe Barone, who leads the team with eight assists, and freshman forward Farai Mutatu.  “Michigan State is another top 10 opponent. They’re a fantastic team, they got good leadership. A lot of their guys have been around quite a long time with the Barone’s, Sierakowski, they’ve got a really nice team,” Maisonneuve said. The Spartans are just as stingy defensively as they are dangerous on attack. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague has compiled a .068 goals against average and a .804 save percentage this season.“They move the ball really well but yet defensively they don’t give much up,” Maisonneuve said. “It’s going to be a really tough team, not only that but their excellent on set pieces, so I mean they’ve got it all and they’re well coached.”Even though it is a top 10 matchup for the team, this match in particular means much more to the seniors than just a win or loss. “My time here at Ohio State, I’ve loved every minute of it and I wish it didn’t have to come to an end but obviously it does so it’ll be a nice day I think,” Blackwell said.Ohio State and No. 8 Michigan State are scheduled for a 5 pm kick on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

  • CyanogenMod releases CM Tapp an NFC mobile payment solution

    first_imgThere’s no shortage of companies working on an NFC payment system. Unfortunately, it has become a contest to be the most important and it is hurting the customers. For example, Verizon Wireless phones aren’t allowed to install Google Wallet via the Play Store, Visa has publicly stated that carrier negotiations are one of the hurdles in delivering a product to the US, and AT&T has gone as far as to disable NFC on some phones to deny access to competing services. As a user, I find it routinely frustrating to be blocked from this viable technology for any reason. Thanks to the CyanogenMod team I was able to help them test run CM Tapp, which allowed me to experience secure payments on any NFC-enabled device running CyanogenMod.CM Tapp, powered by Simply Tapp, allows you to create what are essentially gift cards for supported locations. For example, if you’re a Whole Foods, McDonald’s, or Tim Horton’s (etc.), customer you can create a gift card on your device for those locations. Alternatively, you can create a universal gift card that will work everywhere NFC readers are used to accept payments. The setup is simple, and the gift card system works just like Google Wallet. While testing out CM Tapp I found myself relying on the CyanogenMod Tapp Reloadable cards, mostly because it was inefficient for me to put $20 on multiple various gift cards and then let the money just sit there if I wasn’t actively using it.It’s not an entirely free service — each card type has a different transaction fee associated with it, based on what CM Tapp is charged for completing transactions with those cards. The price varies for whatever kind of card you are using. If you get a McDonald’s card, your transaction fee is fairly low. If you go with a Tapp Anywhere card, your transaction fee is much higher. The notion of spending money so that you spend your money is awkward, but there’s no major credit card company that is alright with hemorrhaging money for market share involved, so the costs are reflected onto the user.What makes CM Tapp special is how the transaction happens. Google Wallet relies on a secure element, a physical piece of hardware in the phone, to hold the secure credentials of the transaction. This allows the transaction to happen even when the device is offline, but also creates a single hard point of failure if the transaction is ever spoofed by a malicious attacker. CM Tapp requires a data connection, as the secure element needed to complete the transaction lives “in the cloud”. There’s yet to be any third party evidence to suggest that one method is more secure than the other, but at the very least there would be more steps involved in capturing secure data from the CM Tapp method.CM Tapp is available now to any NFC enabled Android device running CyanogenMod 9 Stable Release. This makes CM Tapp supported on more devices than any other mobile payment solution on the market. Obviously this isn’t the end all solution for mobile payments on Android yet, since you must be a CyanogenMod user in order to take advantage of the software right now. While the 3 million strong in the CM community is impressive, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the vast Android ecosystem growing at 900,000 activations per day. Of those activations, however, more and more of those users will have NFC built into their phone. Those users are going to want mobile payments, and right now CM Tapp is the only app willing to give it to them without some string attached.last_img read more

  • BSO deputies make second arrest in string of Cooper City car burglaries

    first_imgCOOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies have made a second arrest in a string of car burglaries in Cooper City.Carlos Echemendia, 18, went before a judge in bond court, Thursday, facing six charges, including armed burglary.Deputies say he and his accomplice Joseph Peters, broke into three cars on Aug. 23.Peters reportedly shot at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer when they were being chased. Fortunately, no one was hurt.Officials believe there might be a third burglar and are continuing the investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Google Nest Hub chimes in so its less annoying when you turn

    first_img See All Share your voice Google Home Hub taught me how to do my makeup Walmart Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Mentioned Above Google Home Hub Google Nest Hub 2:38 See it Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat 14 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected 0 Google announced the change Tuesday in a blog post. It’ll work on smart light bulbs and smart plugs and switches labeled as lights. Keeping it to lights in the same room makes the most sense, as you can visually confirm the command worked, but I’d hope this option will roll out more broadly to other device types too, perhaps as something you can enable for all devices at certain hours.  • $99 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Chris Monroe/CNET In an attempt to make smart displays less disruptive, Google is trimming back on some verbal responses. Specifically, if you tell a device like the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub) to turn off your lights, the device will chime instead of saying something like, “Turning off two lights.”The change makes sense, especially if the chime is quieter. The idea is that if you give a voice command to turn off the lights as you’re about to go to sleep, a loud vocal response could be overbearing. This update is rolling out to Google’s smart displays — including the upcoming Google Nest Hub Max — and smart speakers like the Google Home Mini. It will only trigger if you’re talking about lights in the same room as the device, so both your Nest Hub and your smart bulbs need to be labeled “bedroom.”center_img Dell Nest Google Post a comment CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home See It Smart Home News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Best Buy $99 See It $79 reading • Google Nest Hub chimes in so it’s less annoying when you turn off the lights Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop See It Tags How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the year $99 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

  • Coffee Day Files for IPO to Raise Funds Worth ₹1150 crore

    first_imgCoffee Day Enterprises Ltd (CDEL), the company that owns Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) chain of restaurants, has filed a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to float an initial public offering (IPO) to raise ₹1,150 crore (nearly $180 million).The funds raised from the IPO will mainly be used towards repayment of debt and in opening new stores across the country.”The company plans to open over 215 Cafe Coffee Day outlets and 105 kiosks in the next two financial years,” the company said, according to The Economic Times.CDEL filing for an IPO suggests the return of confidence among corporates to raise funds from the capital markets.”About 50% of the net issue would be allotted on a proportionate basis to qualified institutional buyers (QIB) – a large select group of investors – where the company may also allocate up to 60% of the QIB portion to anchor investors on a discretionary basis,” Hindustan Times reported, citing bankers close to the company’s IPO plans.CDEL was started in 1996 and its founder VG Siddhartha is the son-in-law of former Union minister SM Krishna.As of March 2015, there were 1,530 CCD outlets across 29 states. The outlets are also present in countries such as Vienna, Prague, Dubai and Karachi.The company recorded a consolidated revenue of around ₹1,800 crore in the first three quarters of FY15, with a loss of nearly ₹75 crore, Livemint reported.Infosys Ltd co-founder Nandan Nilekani, billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and stock broker Ramesh Damani have also invested in the company in the past.Over the past few years, competition in cafe business in the country has got fierce with the entry of international chains such as Starbucks Corp and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.CDEL also holds Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts Pvt Ltd, Global Technology Ventures Ltd and Tanglin Developments Ltd.last_img read more

  • Turkish president accuses Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya

    first_imgTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Myanmar of “genocide” against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled in the tens of thousands across the border into Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence.“There is a genocide there,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul during the Islamic Eid al-Adha feast, which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son.“Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators”.Around 400 people-most of them Rohingya Muslims-have died in violence searing through Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state, the army chief’s office said Friday.Reports of massacres and the systematic torching of villages by security forces-as well as by militants-have further amplified tensions, raising fears that communal violence in Rakhine is spinning out of control.To escape the violence, about 20,000 Rohingya have massed along the Bangladeshi frontier, barred from entering the South Asian country, while scores of desperate people have drowned attempting to cross the Naf, a border river, in makeshift boats.Erdogan said he would bring up the issue at the next UN General Assembly in New York later this month, adding that he had already talked to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other Muslim leaders.According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Bangladeshi authorities to “open your doors,” adding that the country would cover the costs associated with letting in more Rohingya.Bangladesh already hosts 400,000 Rohingya and does not want more.“We have called upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,” Cavusoglu said. “We will organise a summit this year” on the issue. “We have to find a definitive solution to this problem”.The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the violence, but there was no formal statement on the crisis.On Friday, Guterres said he was “deeply concerned” by the situation in Myanmar and called for “restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe”.The Rohingya are reviled in Myanmar, where the roughly one million-strong community are accused of being illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.last_img read more

  • Smoking may affect male fertility

    first_imgMale infertility accounts for about 30 to 50 per cent of all infertility cases, and infertile men tend to have high levels of damage to the sperm DNA.“More and more studies are demonstrating a harmful effect of smoking on male fertility,” said a senior author of the study Ricardo Pimenta Bertolla from Sao Paulo Federal University in Brazil.“Our results point in the direction of important semen alterations: Semen of smokers presents an inflammatory nature, associated with decreased capacity of sperm to achieve fertilisation and generate a healthy pregnancy,” Pimenta Bertolla noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study involved 20 nonsmoking men and 20 men who smoked. Researchers also assessed 422 proteins in the participants’ sperm. The analysis revealed that one protein was absent, 27 proteins were underrepresented, and six proteins were over-represented in smokers. Analyses of these proteins suggest that cigarette smoking may promote an inflammatory response in the male reproductive tract. The study was published in the journal BJU International.“It is especially noteworthy that, in our study, sperm DNA fragmentation was increased. Other studies have proposed this to be a potentially pro mutagenic effect, which is to say that sperm with altered DNA may lead to health problems in the offspring,” Pimenta Bertolla explained.last_img read more

  • They survived a helicopter crash

    first_imgTwo Costa Rican pilots and a Supreme Elections Tribunal official survived a harrowing incident on Monday when the Public Security Ministry helicopter in which they were traveling crashed east of Cartago.The accident occurred at 1 p.m. in the indigenous region of Nimari-ñac in Chirripó, Turrialba, when the aircraft experienced a malfunction in its tail rotor upon takeoff, the ministry reported.On board were pilot Francisco Allón Herrera, co-pilot Sebastián Gadea Castro and TSE official Adriana Vega Solís.Emergency crews transported the three by helicopter to Hospital México Hospital in San José, where they were treated for minor injuries.Solís was transporting 3,952 ballots from Sunday’s elections. The ballots were not damaged and will be taken to TSE facilities in San José by another helicopter, TSE President Luis Antonio Sobrado said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Head of election monitoring mission expresses support for Costa Rican election authority Supreme Elections Tribunal begins manual recount of presidential votes Evangelical editorial constituted ‘threat’ to free elections, says Costa Rica’s Supreme Elections Tribunal The Tico Times releases the most accurate election poll – and predicts an Araya-Villalta runofflast_img read more

  • In San José Nicaraguans march in memory and call for justice

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