SASKATOON – A Saskatoon city committee studying pond safety following a five-year-old boy’s death is proposing a fence be built to separate a nearby school from the park.Kindergarten student Ahmedsadiq Elmmi was found in the pond near Ecole Dundonald School after recess ended one morning last September.The boy was pronounced dead in hospital.The committee suggests a wrought-iron fence just over a metre high be built on the school side of the park pathway.Other ideas include educating students on storm pond safety and revising signs for increased clarity — particularly for younger children and people with language barriers.The recommendations still need approval from city council.The boy also attended a nearby daycare, where staff said he was autistic and needed close supervision.An imam who was called to the school after Ahmedsadiq died said the Muslim boy’s attendant had told him the tragedy happened in seconds.The pond is about 120 metres from the school property line. It was built four years before the school in 1983 to catch storm water and was converted to a pond in 2005.Bronwyn Eyre, who was Saskatchewan’s education minister when the boy died, said at the time that school divisions should review safety measures at schools that are close to ponds.(CKOM, The Canadian Press)
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the administration of President Donald Trump was prepared to take military action to stem the crisis in Venezuela. “The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do,” Pompeo said on Fox Business Network. Pompeo said the US would prefer a peaceful transition of power, with President Nicolas Maduro leaving and new elections held to choose new leaders. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”But the president has made clear in the event that there comes a moment — and we will all have to make decisions about when that moment is and the president will ultimately have to make that decision — he’s prepared to do that if that’s what’s required.” In a separate interview with CNN, National Security Advisor John Bolton said Pompeo would be speaking later today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation. Bolton and Pompeo have accused Russia and Cuba of standing in the way of a change in the regime in Caracas. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsPompeo said Tuesday that Maduro was set to leave the country for Cuba but apparently was talked out of it by the Russians. “The Russians like nothing better than putting a thumb in our eye,” Bolton said. “They’re using the Cubans as surrogates. They’d love to get effective control of a country in this hemisphere.” “It’s not ideological, it’s just good old fashioned power politics. That’s why we have the Monroe doctrine which we’re dusting off in this administration, why the president indicated last night that the Cubans better think long and hard about what their role is,” he added. The Monroe doctrine is a 19th century US policy opposing interference in the western hemisphere by European powers, which later was invoked to justify US intervention in Latin America.
Rabat – As China develops its soft power around the world, language learning has become a centerpiece of its strategy.This past weekend, the 2017 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Africa was hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Zambia with the goal to “exchange experiences to enhance cooperation and promote the development of Confucius Institutes of Africa” according to the university’s events calendar.The Institute at the University of Zambia is part of a network of similar organizations around the world including three in Morocco. These Confucius Institutes are Chinese government backed institutions associated with the Chinese Ministry of Education that offer courses in Chinese language as well as cultural programing. These institutes, located around the world, partner with local affiliate colleges and universities and, in addition to teaching, develop educational materials and facilitate cultural exchange. The spread of Confucius Institutes across Africa, however, is only half of China’s language strategy. In addition to promoting Chinese language learning, China is also encouraging its own citizens to learn the native languages of those countries that is has diplomatic relations with – even when there are few native speakers.This year, China’s prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) adds seven more African language programs to their existing course offerings. These languages include Amharic, (Ethiopia), Tigrigna (Ethiopia and Eritrea), Afrikaans and Zulu (South Africa), Malagasy (Madagascar), Somali (Somalia) and Comorian (the Comoros Islands).Sun Xiaomeng the Dean of the School of Asian and African Studies and BFSU explained the addition of the new programs to the Beijing Review, an English-language news source published by the Chinese Government: “If you interact with Africans only through English, French and other foreign languages imposed by colonizers, you perpetuate hegemony.” She added, “by learning the indigenous African languages, we fill the gap between engagement and understanding, and at the same time, help Africans preserve their heritage and retain their cultural values.”In September, Chinese students of these languages will travel to Ethiopia, South Africa, Madagascar, Somalia and Comoros to continue developing proficiency and to “gain insights into the local cultures” with the goal of these students eventually being teachers and researchers in the new language departments according to the Beijing Review.The increased interest in building relationships with Africa through language compliments the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative which were announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping. This ambitious soft power diplomacy initiative also known as “One Belt, One Road” has already brought new development to Africa including a railroad between Addis Ababa and Djibouti and another railway in Kenya connecting Nairobi and Mombasa.
Rabat – In a long Facebook post, the head organizer of the Gnawa and World Music Festival, Neila Tazi, has blamed the Ministry of Culture for “confusion and deficiencies” that she said have undermined the institutional preservation of Gnawa music.Tazi wrote that she led an initiative back in 2012 requesting the Ministry of Culture to submit an application to UNESCO to classify the Islamic musical tradition as Intangible Cultural Heritage.However, the festival organizer said that the request was met with “contempt” and a “lack of interest on the part of senior Moroccan officials and administration.” “After 5 years of requests, letters, and constant appointments,” Tazi learned on October 27, the day of her post, that the file she submitted to the ministry would not be treated for at least two more years.After it was widely shared on social networks, Tazi’s Facebook post attracted the attention of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laâraj, who rejected her claims.“Contrary to what has been circulating on social media, the Ministry of Culture has started the procedure and respected all the steps,” he said on October 30.The minister said that the ministry had treated the file in 2014, sending it to UNESCO the next year, where it is currently under study.A Tradition ‘Passing Away’As the president of the Gnawa Festival and of the Yerma Gnawa association for the preservation of the social rights of Gnawa musicians, Tazi described that she and her team had “worked hard to restore the culture of Gnawa its nobility and grandeur.”Despite growing over the past 20 years to become one of the most popular festivals in the country, Tazi said the event has faced many difficulties, particularly with financing. Nevertheless, she wrote, “we have persisted to give the art of Gnawa recognition on the international music scene.”However, with “many senior Maalems passing away, carrying with them a whole repertoire of the Gnawa oral tradition,” Tazi said that the need safeguarding measure like the UNESCO designation was becoming urgent.
2 June 2008The Security Council today deplored acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia which impede the delivery of vital relief supplies, calling on States to cooperate more to tackle the problem. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body said it was “gravely concerned by the threat that acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels pose to the prompt, safe and effective delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalia, the safety of commercial maritime routes and to international navigation.”Dozens of attacks and hijackings of ships operated by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other relief agencies have been reported recently, obstructing the delivery of much-needed aid.The Council called on States whose military ships and planes operate off the Horn of Africa nation’s coast to be alert to piracy and to coordinate efforts to curb the problem with other nations, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and international organizations such as the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).Today’s resolution also said that for a six-month period, countries working with the TFG in combating piracy can enter Somalia’s territorial waters to repress such acts.
24 April 2009The United Nations envoy tasked with protecting the rights of children in armed conflict today warned of the dire security situation in some parts of strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, told reporters in New York that during her week-long visit to the DRC earlier this month the security situation “seemed less tense and more programmes were evident with regards to children” than two years ago, especially in the North Kivu capital of Goma.However, in the Province Orientale town of Dungu, “a dire security situation exists,” with almost 1,000 children killed and some 300 abducted since last September by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan militia notorious for seizing children to use as soldiers and sex slaves.“Most of the schools [in the area have been] attacked and destroyed by the LRA,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy, underscoring the need to beef up security and to ensure that security personnel themselves do not commit grave violations. Minors make up almost half the victims of sexual violence and 64 per cent of the perpetrators are men in uniform, noted the Special Representative. “The issue of impunity was the central question on the minds of people in civil society and the children themselves and the need for justice mechanisms to work.”She emphasized that the reintegration of child soldiers into their families remained the focus of child protection teams in the area, noting that in the last month alone, some 1,300 child soldiers had been demobilized from the mainly Tutsi rebel militia, known as the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), in North Kivu. But concerns remain that many children are passing through into the ranks of the newly integrated Congolese Forces (FARDC). “In fact when I arrived at the airport in Masisi, the Mai Mai [a rebel group] commanders wearing FARDC uniforms had bought with them four children as part of their troops and the child protection actors in our team actually separated them,” she said.Referring to the latest annual report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Coomaraswamy said, “we have also urged that the Security Council move towards setting up a system for setting sanctions against the 19 persistent violators who continue to recruit and use children.” The Secretary-General’s report to the Security Council explicitly lists in its annexes 56 parties, both State and non-State, who have committed grave violations against children, including the 19 persistent violators who have been listed for more than 4 years. The report also documents grave violations against children in 20 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, CAR, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, the Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and Uganda. Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that the child protection community was waiting for a strong signal from the Council on its commitment to tackle the protection of children during armed conflict when it discusses the report on 29 April.
The Toronto stock market gained traction on Tuesday morning as traders focus on a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve Board meeting that could lead to an attempt to boost economic confidence.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 124.14 points to 11,725.27. The TSX Venture Exchange was up 9.58 points at 1,269.33.The Canadian dollar was up 0.63 of a cent at 98.28 cents US.Some observers expect the Fed will make a move to extend its Operation Twist, under which it sold $400 billion in short-term securities and replaced them with long-term securities in an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term rates.For now, that appears to be enough to keep traders bullish, despite some mixed U.S. economic data.The U.S. Commerce Department said overall housing starts fell 4.8 per cent in May, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 708,000. However, the report showed that U.S. builders started work on more single-family homes, which suggested a slow recovery in the housing market.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average increased 105.84 points to 12,847.66. The Nasdaq composite index rose 32.34 points to 2,927.67 and the S&P 500 index was up 13.09 points at 1,357.87.In commodities, the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 87 cents to US$84.14 a barrel.July copper was up one cent at US$3.40 a pound, while August gold was up $1.80 to US$1,628.80 an ounce.The TSX gold stocks led the declines, dropping 1.7 per cent, with Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) off 36 cents at C$40.82.The metals and mining sector was up 2.3 per cent with Ivanhoe Mines gaining 59 cents to $10.87.Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales rose 1.5 per cent in April to $49.3 billion, mainly due to a 48.5 per cent increase in sales of agricultural supplies. Excluding that industry, overall sales were unchanged from March.In corporate developments, fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems (TSX:BLD) cut its 2012 sales guidance and said Monday it now expects an adjusted operating loss due to delays in signing a deal in Brazil. Revenue is expected to total about $85 million for the year, down from an earlier estimate of $100 million. Ballard shares were up six cents at $1.18.FedEx says higher costs and slow global growth will crimp its earnings results over the next 12 months. The company also posted lower fourth-quarter earnings of US$550 million or $1.73 per share in the last quarter, compared with $558 million, or $1.75 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $11 billion from $10.55 billion.Microsoft has unveiled Surface, a tablet computer to compete with Apple’s iPad, part of what it says will be a new family of devices.World stock markets were largely flat as relief from Greece’s election results evaporated amid worries that the financial crisis in the 17 countries that use the euro was far from over.A narrow victory by Greek conservatives, who favour upholding an austerity program that their country accepted in exchange for an international financial bailout, initially relaxed fears of a chaotic exit by Greece from the euro.But now the focus is back on Spain, whose borrowing costs surged Monday above the seven per cent level that had forced Greece, Portugal and Ireland to seek international help.The rate reflects what return investors are willing to accept when a country auctions its bonds. Spain’s high bond yields are a sign that investors are increasingly concerned about the struggle the country faces to save its crippled banks.European stocks posted limited gains. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.58 per cent and Germany’s DAX added 1.21 per cent. France’s CAC-40 increased 1.61 per cent.Asian stocks were sluggish. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.8 per cent to close at 8,655.87. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell slightly to 19,416.67 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 500 lost 0.3 per cent to 4,123.30.South Korea’s Kospi was 0.3 per cent down at 1,886.96. Benchmarks in mainland China and Taiwan fell. But those in India, Singapore and Indonesia rose.
CALGARY — Solid New Year’s resolutions can help you close in on your long- and short-term money goals, whether it’s saving for retirement or paying off a mortgage. There are numerous new habits that you can adopt in your day-to-day life that will reduce spending for long-term results.Here are some suggestions from a wide variety of experts that you might consider adding to your own personal agenda as you head into 2019.No personal budget? Make writing one a resolution for the new year“Resolve to get real with your numbers. You need to know what’s been going on and what you’ve been doing with your money. Take stock. Then decide what you’re going to do to stop adding to your debt and start to pay it down.”— Leslie Gardner, financial planner, Money Coaches Canada“You should resolve to always buy your gasoline on a Sunday, preferably in the evening, because that tends to be when you will see lower prices than during the rest of the week.”— Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst, GasBuddy.com.“Resolve to save money on skiing by buying a multi-visit card that offers discounts and free ski days. And save money on transportation by using free or low-cost shuttles offered by some ski resorts.”— Jasper Johnson, spokesman, Lake Louise Ski Resort“If you sign up for a free trial online, look for already-checked boxes. That checkmark may give the company the green light to continue the offer after the free trial or sign you up for more products — only this time you have to pay.”— Shawna-Kay Thomas, spokeswoman, Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta and East Kootenay“The instant gratification of toys or clothes are certainly appreciated by children and grandchildren; however, a gift that goes toward post-secondary education will have the greatest long-term impact. Resolve to make contributions to an RESP (registered education savings plan) that allows the funds to grow on a tax-deferred basis.”— James McCreath, portfolio manager, The McCreath Group, BMO Nesbitt Burns Private Client Division“This winter, resolve to keep warm by dressing for the temperature. Don’t leave your car running to keep it warm. If you are parked and waiting, turn off your vehicle. Idling can burn one to two litres of gas per hour, while restarting your car only uses about 10 seconds worth of fuel.”— Kristine D’Arbelles, senior manager of public affairs, Canadian Automobile Association“Budget permitting, resolve to maximize your charitable tax credit by giving more than $200 for the year. For every dollar you give beyond that amount, you get a 29 per cent tax credit federally, and you may reach over 50 per cent tax credit when you factor in the provincial credit. Remember that this credit is also transferable between spouses and can be carried forward for five years.”— Gerry Vittoratos, Canadian tax software company UFile“Resolve to be patient with yourself. Purchasing a gym membership will seem like a great investment when you achieve results. Also, choose a location that is convenient for you, speak to a fitness professional about your options and check to see if your employer has a corporate rate.”— Jason Sheridan, senior vice-president of operations, GoodLife Fitness.“Resolve to save money, live comfortably and reduce pollution by upgrading your lighting, insulation and appliances at home and at work to energy-efficient alternatives to reduce your utility bills. Use the sun’s free energy with renewable energy technologies to meet your heating and power demands.”— Saeed Kaddoura, analyst, Pembina Institute“Book your flights early. The closer you get to departure date, the prices can often be more costly and selection can be limited. And book with a travel agent — they can provide plenty of price options to maximize your savings and minimize layover times.”— Gary Howard, vice-president marketing, CAA Atlantic
Geoscience BC last week commended the provincial government for its commitment of C$5 million in new funding to support mineral, water and energy earth science in British Columbia. “We sincerely appreciate the generous support and confidence the government of British Columbia has shown in Geoscience BC over the years,” said Robin Archdekin, President and CEO, Geoscience BC. “Through this funding, Geoscience BC will continue to build on our reputation as a trusted source of independent, world class earth science, supporting responsible resource development that benefits all British Columbians.”“When I ask exploration companies and prospectors what distinguishes BC as an attractive place to invest, the answer I get back most often is the quality and availability of geoscience information,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review. “Our decision to form Geoscience BC more than a decade ago is paying huge dividends to all British Columbians in the form of new mining projects and hundreds of new jobs.”For 11 years, Geoscience BC, an independent, non-profit society, has worked in partnership with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector to unlock the province’s resource potential through the generation, interpretation and delivery of publicly available earth science.“Geoscience BC’s research on seismicity and water has been invaluable in strengthening our regulation of the natural gas industry,” said Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development. “They have done outstanding work identifying deeper saline aquifers appropriate for industry use, which goes a long way towards better protecting ground- and surface-water needed to sustain First Nations and other communities in northeast BC.”As part of its 2016 activities covered under the previous round of funding, Geoscience BC announced that it will launch its largest airborne magnetic survey to date this summer — the Search Phase II project in west-central British Columbia which will produce new data used to identify hidden mineral potential and guide land-use decisions in this highly prospective area.Geoscience BC recognizes this project will occur over the traditional territories of the Carrier Sekani and Wet’suwet’en First Nations. The organization has been in contact with some of the communities and will be working with them throughout the project.The Search Phase II survey will cover a 24,000 km2 grid that extends north to Pathway Lake and south to Ootsa Lake and east-west from Fort Fraser to Smithers — an area equivalent to 75% the size of Vancouver Island. The area is home to the former Bell-Granisle porphyry copper-gold mines and the idled Endako mine, one of the largest molybdenum mines in North America. Just beyond the survey’s extent is the proposed Blackwater gold mine to the south while the Huckleberry copper mine operates just to the southwest.“The Search Phase II project represents a new generation of airborne magnetic survey,” said Bruce Madu, Vice President, Minerals and Mining, Geoscience BC. “The line spacing we will fly will be much tighter than in previous surveys of this scale providing a data resolution that is much more detailed and accurate.”“The Search Phase II survey is a key piece of the puzzle that will bridge the gap between the Search Phase I geophysical survey completed last year and the TREK survey in 2013,” added Madu. “Together, these three adjoining projects will provide a continuous modern survey of high-quality magnetic data covering a 55,500 km2 area — equivalent to the size of Nova Scotia.”The Search II project involves flying an aircraft equipped with a very sensitive magnetometer over the survey area in a pre-determined grid pattern. The magnetometer detects and records local disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field that are caused by magnetic minerals in the upper regions of the earth’s crust. These magnetic signatures are then represented plotted on multi-hued maps for explorers to analyse and focus their on-the-ground exploration activities.“What I like about the work done in our backyard by Geoscience BC is that these detailed results are available to everyone,” said Smithers Exploration Group President Rob Maurer. “Usually only the largest companies have access to this kind of data. But in BC, the innovative work conducted by Geoscience BC puts tools in the hands of any individual who wants to go out and prospect for minerals.”Geoscience BC has issued a Request for Proposal for interested contractors to carry out the Search Phase II airborne magnetic survey on its behalf.Results from the Search Phase II project will be publicly available in 2017 available on Geoscience BC’s data release page and on its Earth Science viewer.
← Previous Story Captain stays with his Team, Vedran Zrnic in VfL Gummersbach until 2015 Next Story → Polish League (Round 12): Poor Wisla lose in Olsztyn! GREAT Britain made a thrilling start to their London Handball Cup campaign, beating African Champions Angola 22-20 in their first match at the Olympic Handball Arena on Wednesday afternoon.With Sports Minister Hugh Robertson in attendance, GB dug deep and had to battle back from three goals down to take the points.Warrington’s Holly Lam-Moores and Kathryn Fudge from Bury teamed up as joint top scorers with four goals each, and it was Fudge who scored the first goal after just a few seconds of the match which helped GB open up a three-nil lead just three minutes in and leave the Angolans on the back foot.The Africans battled back to 11-11 at half time and led by the odd goal at various times during the second half, but Great Britain kept their cool and chipped away at the lead.Leading by one goal, a GB timeout helped the clock tick down, and a penalty in the final 30 seconds from Britt Goodwin sparked celebrations in the 1,000-plus crowd as Great Britain were finally assured of victory.After the win, a delighted coach Jesper Holmris said: “It was a great performance in a great arena, so it’s been a good day for us. Home advantage is always a big advantage.“It’s the first time we played an African nation and they are African champions, so it was good for us to see we can compete against them – and there are still nine months to go before the Olympic games.”In other action on Wednesday, China scraped past Slovakia 26-28.The competition continues on Thursday with China playing Poland at 10.30am, while Angola take on Austria at 1pm.Great Britain’s next match is on Friday at 10.30am when they play Austria.PHOTO: MICHELE DAVISON
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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #TRAGIC: A Louth haulage company has been fined €25,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of legislation which resulted in the death of a toddler in 2009. Dundalk Circuit Court imposed the fine on Patrick Monahan (Drogheda) Ltd after a three-year-old was killed when he was struck by a falling pole.2. #WATERFORD: Gardaí have discovered a woman’s body in Waterford – the second separate discovery of a body in the city today. The woman, in her 20s, was found in a house in Grange Cohan at about 8am – but Gardaí say there appears to be no connection to an earlier incident where a man’s body was found at St Herblain Park at 1am.3. #CHEESE: The Broadcasting Authority has published new rules concerning advertising food and drink with high salt, fat and sugar content to children – but given an exemption for cheese, which had originally been earmarked amid great controversy. The dairy industry has welcomed the move.4. #NOBEL PRIZE: You’ll have to make some room on your mantlepiece: you just won a Nobel Prize. The European Union has won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in transforming Europe over six decades and all but eliminating the prospect of war between its nations. Don’t go spending your winnings immediately though – because you won’t get much cash for the prize. As for how we won it? Well, it might have something to do with chocolate.5. #RISE AND SHINE: One of Ireland’s most popular broadcasters is moving. Ray Foley is leaving Today FM’s midday slot to take up a new gig hosting the breakfast show on Dublin’s 98FM, a stablemate of Today FM’s under Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp umbrella. Foley previously worked for the station before moving to Today FM in 2004.
L’univers pourrait s’éteindre dans 3,7 milliards d’annéesUne équipe d’astrophysiciens américains et japonais estime que l’univers pourrait disparaître d’ici 3,7 milliards d’années. Ces chercheurs rejettent en effet la théorie admise par la plupart des cosmologistes quant à l’expansion éternelle de l’espace-temps, et avancent l’hypothèse selon laquelle l’univers pourrait avoir une fin.”Il est improbable que l’univers s’arrête durant notre durée de vie mais il y a 50% de chance pour que le temps connaisse une fin dans les 3,7 milliards d’années”, déclarent ces chercheurs à l’issue de travaux publiés sur le site internet arXiv.org. Cette étude explique en effet que certaines méthodes et hypothèses admises depuis des décennies par les astrophysiciens, et notamment une limite arbitraire du temps afin de calculer les probabilités d’un univers s’étendant à l’infini, conduisent en réalité à la conclusion que le temps pourrait vraiment avoir une fin.”En d’autres termes, cette limite du temps, considérée seulement comme un outil de calcul statistique, se comporte en fait comme un événement physique réel qu’on le veuille ou non”, indique à l’AFP Raphael Bousso, astrophysicien à l’université de Californie.La théorie communément admise fixe à environ 13,7 milliards d’années la naissance de l’univers grâce au Big Bang. Il continuerait depuis de s’étendre à une vitesse s’accélérant de façon exponentielle et à l’infini, poussée par l’énergie du vide. “Il est très important de comprendre que nous ne disons pas être certains de cette conclusion que le temps aura une fin mais ne pouvons pas exclure que cela puisse vraiment arriver” précise M. Bousso. Et de souligner : “Si cette conclusion n’est pas vraie, cela veut dire qu’une des hypothèses retenue dans le modèle mathématique est fausse, ce qui serait aussi extrêmement intéressant pour les astrophysiciens qui, durant de nombreuses années, la jugeaient très raisonnable”.Le 23 octobre 2010 à 13:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTourism numbers increased by 29 per cent for the first half of the year in Montserrat. The country which was tremendously upset by the 1995 volcano eruption is continuing to see renewed interest in the destination. Three thousand two hundred and five visitors took in the still breath-taking beauty of the British overseas territory from January to June. The Caribbean Tourism Organization statistics reveal that last year the tiny island near Antigua with a population of just over five thousand; had 7,310 tourists visit.
EXCLUSIVE: Commodity trading organisation Freepoint Commodities has seen 45% of UK employees who are members of its workplace pension scheme check their pensions online on a monthly basis since the launch of a new group pension and workplace savings platform in January 2016.The organisation introduced the new group self-invested personal pension (Sipp) and workplace savings platform, provided by Hargreaves Lansdown, to encourage its UK staff to take a more active role in their pension investments and retirement planning.Upon the scheme’s launch, 12% of staff increased their pension contributions. Since the launch, 56 out of 61 employees have transferred pension savings into the new group pension, with 31% of transfers coming from outside of the existing workplace pension plan.Almost two-thirds (65%) of pension scheme members have registered for online access, and a third have invested outside of the default fund.The scheme also includes other workplace saving options, with 16% of employees choosing to invest in an individual savings account (Isa) alongside their pension.Four presentations and 48 individual meetings were held to communicate the launch of the new scheme to staff.Joe Minichiello, European controller at Freepoint Commodities, said: “Our existing pension scheme had become tired and we were keen for our staff to take control of their retirement planning. Introducing [these] services has taken our workplace pension to the next level. Our people can now access their pension far more easily online.“While we need to employ financially savvy people, they are not pension experts so the opportunity for one-to-one meetings has really hit the spot. Some of our employees have also been impacted by changing pension legislation, so having experts on hand to explain this has been really useful.“All in all, I’ve never seen this level of interest in a workplace benefit before.”
Something for the weekend: Actor Letitia Wright has been named by movie ticket website Fandango as the highest box-office earning star of 2018, but she does not feature on the top ten list of best-paid actors.Wright has featured in a string of hit movies, including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, The Commuter and Ready Player One; when combined, these blockbusters have earned $1.55 billion at the box office.Earning a collective second place on Fandango’s list with $1.38 billion are Chadwick Boseman, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba and Sebastian Stan. Third, fourth and fifth are Samuel L Jackson, Chris Pratt and Josh Brolin.However, Wright hinted via her Twitter account that her personal pay does not necessarily reflect her box-office Midas touch. “Just deposit that amount into my bank account,” she remarked wistfully.Indeed, Wright is conspicuous by her absence on Forbes’ list of the top 10 highest-paid actors, as are the other top box-office draws listed by Fandango.According to Forbes, George Clooney was the highest-earning actor in 2018, despite not starring in a single film during the year. However, his partnership with Nespresso and the sale of his own tequila company enabled him to take the top spot even without the benefits of a blockbuster.Here at Employee Benefits, we think it is time for the movie studios to do the Wright thing and pay up…
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – One man is in custody, after allegedly shooting at a tow truck driver along Interstate 95, early Thursday morning.Hollywood and Miami-Dade Police responded to a call of a pursuit and shots fired along the northbound lanes of I-95, right before the Griffin Road exit in Dania Beach.According to tow truck driver Colby Gonzales, it all started when he went to a house in Northeast Miami-Dade to repossess a car. Gonzales said he stopped at a nearby gas station to make sure the car was secured, and shortly after getting back on the road he noticed gunshots coming from a black Hummer.“I was coming out, getting on I-95 to go north, gentleman started shooting at me,” said Gonzales, “and I called the police, didn’t stop and kept going until the cops caught up with me.”The shooter, 31-year-old Max Kenneth Dieuveil, managed to hit the side of the tow truck. However, Gonzales, who is a father of two, was not injured and said he is just lucky to be alive. “Craziest moment of my life right now.”Hollywood Police pursued Dieuveil all the way to Dania Beach and was detained along the northbound lanes of I-95, near the Griffin Road exit. Police then turned him over to Miami-Dade Police.“I think he was just blasting and just letting go of his gun because he wanted to,” said Gonzales, “and now he’s going to jail over a 2006 Nissan Altima.” Thursday, surveillance footage surfaced from a nearby business that officials believe showed the Hummer approaching the tow truck.Gonzales’ wife said she’s shaken up by the events and is now scared for her husband’s life. “Thank God he’s OK, you know. Nothing happened to him,” she said. “It’s really ridiculous how somebody could try to shoot you or try to hurt you for a car. It’s just a vehicle, you know … this person could have taken my husband and could have taken you know, my kids’ father.”Dieuveil is being interviewed and his charges are pending. The tow truck driver was not injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police worked to catch a small alligator that was spotted by residents in a South Florida neighborhood.Two Pembroke Pines Police officers responded to the residential neighborhood, Friday, and took the small reptile into custody.One resident in Pembroke Pines posted a picture of the alligator on Twitter after officials handled the situation. @PPinesPD Thanks to the two officers who helped keep our neighborhood safe. We appreciate you! pic.twitter.com/KG1KBFCWSs— Jenny Smith (@jasm518) March 10, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Miyapur: Locals staying near Satyabharati Function Hall, Prajay City Apartments and Allwyn X Roads bus stop are furious over the indifferent attitude shown by the civic authorities in clearing the fallen trees and tree branches from the locality.The locals allege that the tree branches were cut down weeks ago as a precaution during monsoon as trees are uprooted and branches fall due to heavy rains. A local resident shared, “A team of workers came on a vehicle and cut down overgrown branches of trees to avoid it falling when it rains, but they seldom clear the branches as it is the responsibility of other department.” If these branches are not cleared immediately, they would start decomposing and foul smell will begin to emanate causing inconvenience to the locals and commuters, they said.
HDFC BankReutersHousing Development Finance Corp Ltd (HDFC) on Wednesday said it will buy a 51.2 percent stake in Apollo Hospital Group’s joint venture, Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company for 13.47 billion rupees.German reinsurance company Munich Re, which formed the joint venture with Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals, will pay 2.94 billion rupees to Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd and Apollo Energy Ltd as termination fee, HDFC said in an exchange filing.HDFC added that it will buy 50.8 percent stake in Apollo Munich Health Insurance for 13.36 billion rupees from Apollo Hospitals Group and 0.4 percent stake held by some employees for 108.4 million rupees.”The funds from the divestment will enable us to focus on investing and growing our core healthcare business,” said Shobana Kamineni, chairperson, Apollo Hospitals.Post the deal, Apollo Munich is proposed to be merged with HDFC’s general insurance unit, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company, Mumbai-based HDFC said.