UN agencies resolve to improve wellbeing of drylands communities

Deserts, grasslands, savannahs and other drylands cover an estimated 40 per cent of the world’s land area and support around 2 billion people, 90 per cent of whom live in developing countries. Some 10 per cent of the world’s dryland ecosystems are already degraded due to factors such as unsustainable land and water use, jeopardizing the well-being of millions of people.A new UN report launched today, entitled “Global Drylands: A UN system-wide response,” sets out a common vision and agenda for action across the Organization on drylands management.A central element of the common agenda is the need to address the underlying causes of land degradation and create enabling conditions for the sustainable development of drylands, according to a news release issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“Drylands have all too often been the poor relations in respect to more high profile ecosystems such as forests and coral reefs,” noted UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, who is also chair of the UN’s Environment Management Group (EMG).“Yet as this report underlines, they play a critical role in the Earth’s planetary systems and support the lives and livelihoods of around two billion people.”The report was prepared by 18 UN agencies through the EMG and presented today at the meeting of States parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) being held in Changwon, Republic of Korea.It calls for increased investment in drylands, strengthened links between science and policy, and diversified livelihoods for communities to relieve pressure on natural resources to realize the potential of drylands.The report also states that the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cannot be achieved without addressing the needs of drylands communities.Among its key findings is that human well-being in relation to health, food security, nutrition and security is at risk from dryland degradation which costs developing countries an estimated 4-8 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) each year.The drylands of Africa and Asia pose special challenges, according to the report. Climatic fluctuations may be most pronounced in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, resulting in the poorest regions with the highest levels of chronic undernourishment being exposed to the greatest degree of instability.The report also states that dryland biodiversity provides important ecosystem services that benefit local communities. For example, dryland forests and woodlands provide shade and moisture, are home to pollinators, protect nutrients and help reduce erosion and flooding. Drylands have also contributed to ecosystem services including pharmaceuticals and raw materials.The overriding imperative for investing in drylands must be poverty reduction, says the report, which adds that the UN system is uniquely positioned to promote increased investments and there is great potential for mobilising partnerships. 20 October 2011United Nations agencies have agreed to step up their efforts to protect and revitalize drylands, and help improve the social and economic well-being of the communities that rely on these ecosystems. read more

UN sets up emergency fund to help GuineaBissau maintain key social services

The West African nation currently faces a $18.3 million shortfall. Some of the new resources will go to pay health workers and teachers, and to enable public utilities to function.The Government was virtually bankrupt and public services curtailed when President Kumba Yala was overthrown in September. A transitional charter agreed on by the military, political parties and civil society organizations calls for legislative elections in March and presidential elections within another 12 months. It also spells out arrangements for transitional rule. UNDP will administer the fund, which has received $2 million so far from the Netherlands, with Sweden also pledging its support.UNDP Resident Representative Albéric Kacou said the money would serve as a bridge during the transition. “While the resumption of a full-fledged dialogue on development priorities will have to wait for the return to constitutional order, the fund will provide crucial support in the interim period,” he noted. read more

USChina trade talks break up without breakthrough

FILE – In this Saturday, July 8, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. After a cordial meeting between Trump and Xi in April 2017, tensions are simmering again between the world’s two biggest economies. As U.S. and Chinese economic officials prepare to meet Wednesday, July 19, in Washington, the U.S. is weighing whether to slap tariffs on steel imports and risk setting off a trade war, a dicey option to deal with a problem caused largely by China’s massive overproduction of steel. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File) by Paul Wiseman And Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 8:48 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. and Chinese officials on Wednesday wrapped up high-level talks without announcing any breakthroughs on the contentious economic issues that divide them.The daylong talks at the Treasury Department began with prickly comments from both sides. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said the world’s two biggest economies need to co-operate and warned that “confrontation will immediately damage the interests of both.”Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called for Beijing to provide more access to U.S. firms and to help reduce America’s trade deficit with China. He blamed the trade gap — $347 billion in goods last year — on “Chinese government intervention in its economy.”After taking office, the Trump administration reached an agreement with China to continue the high-level meetings that were begun in the George W. Bush administration and continued in the Obama administration.A one-day session on security issues was held last month. The session Wednesday covered economic issues and included Mnuchin, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a White House adviser.In a statement after the meeting, Mnuchin said the two countries agreed to “work co-operatively” to reduce the American trade deficit. Earlier, the two sides had cancelled planned news conferences without saying why.The Trump administration is considering slapping tariffs on steel imports to combat a glut caused largely by massive Chinese production. And Trump has criticized China for not doing enough to pressure North Korea to reign in its nuclear weapons program.___AP economics writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report. US-China trade talks break up without breakthrough read more

UN chief Security Council denounce appalling murder of Jordanian pilot by ISIL

According to media reports, the terrorist group released a 22-minute video today purporting to show the execution of the Jordanian pilot by burning him alive. This latest murder comes on the heels of Saturday’s beheading by the group of a Japanese journalist.In a statement read out to the press at Headquarters by UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, the Secretary-General condemned the killing, referring to ISIL as Da’esh, an Arabic acronym for the group. Mr. Ban said his thoughts are with Mr. Al-Kasasbeh’s family and loved ones, and added that he shares their sorrow and stands today in solidarity with the Government and people of Jordan in denouncing this appalling act.The UN chief also urged all Governments to strengthen their efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism and extremism within the bounds of their human rights obligations. Groups like ISIL have “no regard for human life,” he added. In a separate statement expressing equally strong condemnation, the Security Council said the “heinous and cowardly murder…once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities, and without regard to any basic value of humanity.” Underlining the need to bring the perpetrators of such reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council stressed that those responsible for the killing of Muath Al-Kasasbeh shall be held accountable, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Jordan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.“The members of the Security Council stressed that such a crime by ISIL demonstrates that terrorism is a scourge impacting all of humanity and people from all regions and religions,” the 15-nation body continued in its statement, which stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out. Council members further emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida, as the Council resolved in its resolution 2170 (2014).Further to their statement, the members of the Security Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida. read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State advances to Big Ten semifinals with

Ohio State junior forward Freddy Gerard (15) evades a defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter a resounding 6-2 victory for the No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team in Game One of the Big Ten quarterfinal best-of-three series against Michigan State, Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik knew that they would get the Spartans’ best effort Saturday with their season on the line.Ohio State needed extra time against a Michigan State team that proved to be a tough out even as a seventh seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Sixty minutes proved insufficient with the Buckeyes requiring overtime to (23-8-5, 16-8-2-1 Big Ten) beat Michigan State (12-22-2, 6-18-2-1 Big Ten) 4-3 at the Schottenstein Center to set up a matchup against Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals Saturday. “I thought we played a complete game tonight,” Rohlik said. “It was good to get the win, and move on in the tournament.” Junior forward Freddy Gerard netted the winner in the extra session on a deflection off a shot from junior defenseman Sasha Larocque at 5:53 of overtime. Gerard scored the winner, but was quick to credit his teammates in the win.“It wasn’t just me tonight. Our team, we all fought hard,” Gerard said. “[Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo] played well in net, [junior forward Mason Jobst] stepped up big, [junior forward John Wiitala] had a big goal. Top to bottom.”Jobst added two goals, while Romeo had 15 saves on 18 shots in the win. Jobst extended his point streak to five games. He has six goals, four assists and 10 points in that span.“I’m feeling good. I feel in great shape right now,” Jobst said. “My line mates have been great in finding me in soft spots and it’s been working out.” Throughout the contest, the Buckeyes found themselves down by a goal on two separate occasions and clawed back to force overtime and eventually win.Both teams traded power play goals in the opening frame. Jobst picked up the goal for the Buckeyes and junior forward Cody Milan scored for the Spartans with just 27 seconds left in the period. The back-and-forth play continued early into the second period when Michigan State took the lead just 29 seconds in of sophomore forward Patrick Khodorenko, his 12th goal of the season.The Buckeyes answered at 7:43 of the second with another goal from Jobst, but the tie didn’t last long as the Spartans pulled ahead again 25 seconds later with a goal from freshman forward Tommy Apap.Ohio State added another goal off the stick of junior forward John Wiitala, that pulled the score to 3-3 headed into the third period.The third period continued with Ohio State dominating in possession and shots, but couldn’t solve Spartan sophomore goaltender John Lethemon with the game headed to extra time.In overtime, both teams traded chances, until 5:53 into the extra session, Gerard sent the Buckeyes to the semifinal when he tipped-in Larocque’s shot from just inside the blue line for a 4-3 final. Shots were 41-18 in favor of Ohio State. Lethemon made 38 saves on 41 shots in the loss.The Buckeyes advance to the single-elimination Big Ten Tournament Semifinal to play fourth-seed Michigan next Saturday. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. read more

Dogs can talk to humans study suggests

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Just good friends Just good friendsCredit: SWNS.com Dogs have a surprising ability to make humans understand what their barks and growls mean, a study has shown.Women were better than men at recognising when a dog was being playful or threatening, or feeling fear, scientists discovered.For the study, 40 volunteers listened to different growls recorded from 18 dogs that were guarding their food, facing a threatening stranger, or playing a tug-of-war game.Overall, participants correctly classified 63 per cent of the growl samples – significantly more than would be expected by guesswork alone, said the researchers. Each growl type was also recognised above chance level. The human listeners identified 81 per cent of the “play” growls but were less good at recognising food guarding and threatening growls.Dr Tamas Farago and his team from Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary wrote in the journal Royal Society Open Science: “Participants associated the correct contexts with the growls above chance.”Moreover, women and participants experienced with dogs scored higher in this task.”During play, dogs produced a larger number of shorter, less separated, growls than when they were aggressive or fearful, the research showed.Play growls and food guarding growls also had distinctively different pitch characteristics.As well as identifying growl contexts, the volunteers also had to rate growls on a sliding scale according to five emotional states – aggression, fear, despair, happiness and playfulness.Context had a “significant effect” on reading dog emotions, said the scientists. Playful growls were rated lowest for aggression, and food guarding growls highest.The scientists concluded: “Our results … indicate that dogs communicate honestly their size and inner state in serious contest situations, where confrontation would be costly, such as during guarding of their food from another dog.”At the same time, in contexts with assumedly more uncertain inner states, such as in play or when threatened by a stranger, they may manipulate certain key parameters in their growls for an exaggerated aggressive and playful expression.”According to our results, adult humans seem to understand and respond accordingly to this acoustic information during cross-species interactions with dogs.”last_img read more

Dublin priest sentenced to seven years in prison for child sexual abuse

first_imgRead: Vatican says it will protect children – but criticises UN for ‘interfering’Read: United Nations denounces the Vatican for allowing priests to rape children He was obliged to co-operate and engage with the Diocesan priest support co-ordinator, who monitors priests in such situations to ensure compliance with restrictions placed on their activities.All information received by the Diocese was given to the Gardaí and the HSE. A PRIEST OF the Dublin Archdiocese has been convicted in relation to child sex abuse charges and sentenced to seven years in prison.61-year-old Fr Denis Nolan, who had been working in Wicklow Town and Rathnew until two years ago, was sentenced in court in Bray earlier today.He was ordered to step down from service after a complaint of child sexual abuse not related to today’s proceedings was first received by the Archdiocese.According to a spokesperson:center_img Child Safeguarding and Protection Director Andrew Fagan then visited the parish of Rathnew to meet with parishioners and other community measures.Further information from that visit was also passed on to authorities, according to the Archdiocese, and “a thorough investigation by the Gardaí led to the conviction today”.The spokesperson said that Archbishop Martin had been “distressed by the details of this case as they emerged in court today”.Archbishop Martin wishes to express his sympathy to the young person who was abused and to unreservedly apologise to him and his family.He encourages anyone else to may have information to come forward.last_img read more

Were gonna need a better boat Tory Island protest outside Leinster House

first_img Share210 Tweet Email4 Feb 14th 2018, 6:11 AM Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 1:30 PM 27,925 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Local representative Marjorie Uí Chearbhaill said that the proposed ferry service was “unsuitable for the seas around Tory Island”.She said that yesterday, it took the service two hours to dock due to challenging weather conditions. “That’s what we’re up against, and that’s with a purpose-built ferry.”She clarified that this wasn’t about making unreasonable demands, but asking for a service that would sustain the island community. Margaret Jackson is here to support the Tory Islanders outside Leinster House. She’s been visiting the island since the 1960s. pic.twitter.com/QEgiljdBbt— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 14, 2018 Short URL Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter 70 Comments Source: TheJournal.ie PoliticsA PROTEST HAS taken place at Leinster House against a ‘new’ ferry, built in 1976, that’s been chosen to service Tory Island located north of the Donegal coast.Several families who live on the mainly Irish-speaking island have told local representatives that they plan on leaving the island if the “unsuitable” ferry is introduced in April.Following a government tendering process, the contract for the service was awarded to the operator of the four-decade-old Queen of Aran, Réalt na Maidne Teo.Islanders and locals from Donegal took two coaches from Letterkenny and Gort a’ Choirce this morning and were joined by Irish-language groups in Dublin. Among the banners hoisted outside the 11am protest outside the gates of Leinster House was one that bore the slogan: “We’re gonna need a better boat”.Margaret Jackson, who’s been visiting the island  since the 1960s, told TheJournal.ie:“It’s so important to have access, to be able to cross that dangerous channel to get in and out of Tory. The people of the island know what is needed and that’s all they’re here for today – to get what is necessary to [travel] from the island to the mainland in most types of weather.” ‘We’re going to need a better boat’ say Tory islanders pic.twitter.com/Y7DuEMU2Gn— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 14, 2018 ‘We’re gonna need a better boat’: Tory Island protest outside Leinster House The island’s 150-odd residents say the 42-year-old ferry that’s been chosen to service the island isn’t suitable. https://jrnl.ie/3850363 Public consultation is key. If they had listened to people from the start, we wouldn’t need to go to Dublin today.- with reporting from Christina Finn and Daragh Brophy.Read: Families say they will leave Tory Island if 42-year-old ferry comes into serviceRead: ‘It’s been an absolutely crazy week’: Bere Island’s syndicate collects Euromillions winnings Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter It’s important that we protect it and ensure that there are years ahead of them – they’ve enough of a fight without fighting this too. They need a good service to keep this place alive. Nobody on the streets of Kildare would put up with buses of 42 years of age. Nobody would travel on the Luas into Dublin if the Luas was 42 years of age. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We’re not looking for a brand new ferry, we’re looking for a proper service.She said that other suggestions made at a series of local meetings were “just not enough” to meet the needs of the islanders. Source: Ianmitchinson via ShutterstockJoe McHugh, the junior minister with responsibility for the islands, who is also a local TD and an Irish-speaker, attended a meeting with locals to hear their concerns.Following those meetings, McHugh said that the Department was considering “the possibility of purchasing a new vessel, building a bespoke vessel” or “subsidising the provision of a separate fast ferry service for the island” to supplement both the new service scheduled to commence on 1 April 2018 and the island’s subsidised weekly winter air service.Local representatives including local councillors Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig and Ian McGarvey are also at the protest, and are hoping a better ferry service will be secured before 1 April, when the contract kicks in.Speaking to TheJournal.ie yesterday, Mac Giolla Easpaig echoed those comments that a ferry service was necessary for residents of Tory Island.“It’s very important that we do everything to protect the island,” he said. Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty, who’s at the protest, told TheJournal.ie that six families have said they would leave the island if this ferry is the only service they’re given.“When we talk about rural Ireland, when we talk about supporting the Irish language, when we talk about supporting rural communities, you can get no more rural than Tory Island.”He said that the government needed to buy out the contract and re-tender it to get a new service that wasn’t “built in the 1970s” or was built “before I was born”.last_img read more

Moffat Theres Always a Chance for Rivers Return

first_img ***Spoilers***Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat this week tipped the return of River Song—maybe.In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat answers a fan’s question, “Do you feel that River Song’s story is done?”, with classic Moffat misdirection.“Well, yes, that does seem like the end to me. Except, of course, it isn’t, and can’t be,” he said. “There’s always the chance that River will show up again, at some other point in her timeline, with a stolen camel, seven more husbands, and a nuclear submarine.”Just don’t expect the saucy archaeologist to ride in on two humps anytime soon.“For me, I think, I’m done,” Moffat admitted.Played to a T by Alex Kingston (ER), River first appears in the 2008 two-parter “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead,” which subsequently mark the Doctor’s first meeting with River and River’s last meeting with the Doctor.The actor’s last appearance, though—thanks to some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff—is in the 2015 Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song,” in which the Doctor takes River for one final date on Darillium and gives her the sonic screwdriver she uses in “Forest of the Dead.”“Back when I thought I might be leaving at the end of 2015, I specifically planned [that] scene as my goodbye—bringing everything full circle, to the moment (in “Forest of the Dead”) just before I took over,” Moffat said.A time traveler herself, River’s adventures with the Doctor and his companions occur out of sync—from her conception and birth to regenerations and graduation to the assassination of the Doctor. You’ll need to sneak a peek at her TARDIS-themed diary for all the juicy details.This isn’t the end of River Song, though. Whether or not she reappears in Moffat’s final season, the character features in some audio adventures from Big Finish (The Diary of River Song: Series 2 launched last month with Kingston and former Doctors Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy).And, there is also a chance showrunner-in-waiting Chris Chibnall will find new stories to tell about River starting in 2018.“Any reason to get Alex Kingston back in action is a good one,” Moffat said. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

Geek Gift Guide Best Toys Fashion and Media Gifts of 2018

first_img It is, as they say, the most wonderful time of the year. Whoever “they” are, they aren’t wrong. We love this season here at Geek. From the killer Cyber Monday sales to finishing the holiday season strong with SyFy’s New Year’s Day Twilight Zone marathon, there’s a lot to love.You know what’s not fun, though? Stressing over what gifts to pick up for your friends and family. Acts of kindness and expressions of affection shouldn’t come with this much stress if you ask us. We figured we’d help you get ahead of the stress with this, a holiday gift guide encapsulating every corner of geek culture we can imagine. We’re covering toys, fashion, movies, and everything in between, something a little more creative than another Funko Pop you pick up an hour before the gift exchange. Hopefully we can help you find that special something that will make the nerd in your life light up.FashionPeep photos from any major comic convention or gaming expo and you’re likely to be shocked by how far nerd fashion has come. Cargo shorts and oversized tees have long since faded away in favor of cutting-edge trends and innovative looks that draw just as heavily from Akira Toriyama comics as they do streetwear.Puma x TransformersFor starters, the Transformers fan in your life would love the recently announced Puma x Transformers collaboration. While official release dates aren’t available yet (this may have to be a belated gift given that it’s scheduled to be available at Foot Locker in mid-December) official photos of the shoes are widely available and they look killer. Blending Puma’s signature sleek design with some killer Transformers iconography we think these are a shoe-in.Puma x Transformers (Photo Credit: Puma)Cool JewelryBuying jewelry for guys is always uh, tough to say the very least. But if you know a guy who’s looking to experiment with some new accessories, we’d highly recommend checking out Clocks and Colours. Their rings, necklaces, and bracelets draw heavily from mythology and nautical lore, featuring Krakens, skulls, and wolves aplenty. Forget gender norms for once and get your dude a cool ring that will make him look about 10 times tougher than he already is.Kraken Ring (Photo Credit: Clocks and Colours)Festive SweaterThe holidays aren’t complete without ugly sweaters and luckily ThinkGeek and Merchoid have you covered. Their lines of nerd-influenced ugly holiday sweaters are atrocious in all the best ways. You’ve got a wide variety to choose from, though we’ve gotta say that if you really want to impress at the office Ugly Sweater party you should go with Merchoid’s Thor digs.Thor: Merry Mjölnir Knitted Christmas Jumper (Photo Credit: Merchoid)adidas x Dragon Ball ZFew sneaker collaborations over the last year have been as hotly anticipated or as acclaimed as the adidas x Dragon Ball Z line. We’ve covered some of the hit sneakers recently but adidas managed to save the best for December. The Vegeta silhouette drops later this month and while it may be tough to snag (every other shoe has been a pretty quick sellout) there’s no better way to surprise the DBZ fan or the sneakerhead in your life.adidas x Dragonball Z Ultra Tech Shoes (Photo Credit: adidas)Nike PG2.5 PlaystationWhile we’re talking sneakers, Nike recently revealed a new Playstation collaboration, this time an update on the previously-released PG2.5 Playstation shoe, which sold out crazy fast earlier this year. This new one draws heavy inspiration from the OG Playstation with a gray color base and old-school accents. It drops December 1st, just in time for the holidays.Nike PG 2.5 x PlayStation (Photo Credit: Nike)MeUndies x Star WarsAre you comfortable buying underwear for a friend or loved one? We totally get it if you aren’t, but if you’d consider it, check out MeUndies. If you’ve ever listened to, uh, any podcast ever you’ve probably heard an enthusiastic advertisement for the brand, which primarily operates as an underwear subscription service. You can buy individual pairs though, and their recent Star Wars release is excellent. It features some adorable original art of a number of characters and the material itself is super comfy (and perhaps most crucially, they glow in the dark). Yes, we know buying underwear for someone can be uncomfortable, but come on, it’s 2018. Let’s break some stigmas.Star Wars Boxers (Photo Credit: MeUndies)Nixon x Star WarsIf Star Wars apparel is up your alley but buying underwear for loved ones isn’t, we’d direct you towards the collaboration between Nixon and Star Wars. A good watch is always a great gift and these pieces pay subtle but excellent homage to a variety of characters from the franchise.Nixon x Star Wars Darth Vader Watch (Photo Credit: Nixon)ToysGetting creative with gifts is fun but sometimes you’ve just gotta stick with something reliable.Marvel LegendsMarvel Legends has been killing it for years and they pulled out all the stops for the 10-year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year. From iconic team-up/battle packs to individual figures, Marvel Legends did a stellar job of paying tribute to the most iconic superheroes in cinematic history in 2018. If you aren’t feeling like sticking to the MCU, the Sentinel/Days of Future Past Wolverine is second to none — maybe even the best Marvel Legends release of the year.Marvel Legends Series Wolverine and Sentinel (Electronic) Figure 2-Pack (Photo Credit: Amazon)Mondo CollectiblesYou may know Mondo best for their famous movie poster line that brings on some of the best illustrators in the game today to reimagine movie posters for iconic properties. What you may not know is that it’s far from the only game they’re involved in. From enamel pins to tee shirts, Mondo’s line is diverse as they come. Some of their most impressive work is in the field of collectibles, with their Batman: The Animated Series ⅙ scale figure being particularly impressive. Another preorder that won’t arrive until after the holidays, we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait. Mondo’s collectibles are highly detailed and well-designed. This one in particular captures the likeness of one of the most iconic depictions of the Caped Crusader better than anyone yet. If you’re willing to wait a little bit longer (these ship next year), it looks like Mondo’s He-Man and Skeletor ⅙ scale figures are going to be their best yet.He-Man 1/6 Scale Figure (Photo Credit: Mondo)Transformers RobotsLook, sometimes you just need a giant robot and there’s no better giant robot on the market right now than the Transformers Titan Class Predaking. It’s a giant robot made up of several smaller (but still large) robots. If that don’t scratch your robot itch we don’t know what will — but we’re happy to suggest some alternatives. If Transformers are your speed but you aren’t feeling Predaking there’s a bevy of options available online — the recent Rodimus Prime rerelease is especially killer. If you’re not feeling Transformers, hit up our friends at ThinkGeek for your Jaeger fix. Their selection of Pacific Rim figures is sure to please.Pacific Rim Figure (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Star Wars Prop ReplicasWe’re down with pretty much anything the Star Wars Black Series drops these days, be they vehicle sets or just a standard 6-inch figure. That said, their prop replicas have been particularly impressive as of late. You can’t go wrong with a killer Force FX lightsaber (seriously, how long have Force FX sabers been this great? Ten years? More?) but we’re also very partial to the First Order Riot Baton, perfect for sending a passive aggressive message to the “TRAITOR!” in your life.Star Wars The Black Series Force FX Z6 Riot Control Baton (Photo Credit: Amazon)Pokemon Snorlax PillowIs a giant pillow a toy? Of course. Anything is a toy if you believe in yourself and try hard. Anyways, there’s a giant Snorlax-shaped pillow that you probably didn’t know you needed. It’s available on ThinkGeek and is exactly what you’d expect: a giant plush life-sized bean bag chair in the shape of everyone’s favorite lazy boy.Lego Millennium FalconMuch like how it’s hard to say no to a giant robot, you can’t really go wrong with a giant Lego Millennium Falcon. Far from the first, but perhaps the most impressive, the 2018 release is a 7500+ piece behemoth sure to challenge even the most elite builder. It is, as they say, an absolute unit. It’s also $800 so make sure the person you’re getting it for is someone you really care about.LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon (Photo Credit: Amazon)MediaLook, contrary to what you may believe, there’s never been a more crucial time to start investing in home media. At this rate we’re about a year out from having to invest in a dozen different streaming services if you want access to like, half of your favorite movies. So this holiday season, maybe consider picking up a Blu-ray for the first time since 2011.Batman: The Animated SeriesFor starters, remember that definitive, iconic incarnation of Batman we mentioned earlier? It’s available on Blu-ray for the first time ever this year. That’s right, the legendary Batman: The Animated Series has received a pristine restoration complete with enough special features to satiate the most die-hard of fans. We certainly don’t mean to take the wind out of this section of the gift guide too early but this is for sure the home media release of the year.Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition (Photo Credit: Amazon)Horror ClassicsYeah, you could grab three copies of Avengers: Infinity War but if you want to really impress the genre film fan in your life, we’d recommend checking out Arrow Video and Scream Factory. Both have made a name for themselves over the last few years with their killer reissues of long-lost genre films and well-regarded classics. From Arrow’s excellent new edition of Dario Argento’s infamous giallo Deep Red to Scream Factory giving genre master John Carpenter’s complete filmography the Criterion Collection-esque treatment it deserves, we’re grateful for their presence in the industry. Their selections are full of killer flicks sure to satisfy anyone on your gift-buying list.Photo Credit: AmazonClassic Movie and Video Game Soundtracks on VinylThe folks at Mondo, as we’ve mentioned, kill the print game on a weekly basis, it seems. It’s difficult to recommend a specific one as they tend to put them up on very short notice — and almost always see an instantaneous sellout of the limited-run prints. Sign up for their mailing list via their website to stay in the loop on the next drop. That said, they bring the same pristine art and design to their vinyl output. The company reissues classic soundtracks like Batman Returns, newer gems, and even some classic video games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The attention to detail in these releases is spectacular and sure to please any vinyl collector you’re looking to shop for.Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Original Video Game Soundtrack (Photo Credit: Mondo)More on Geek.com:Awesome Gifts for ‘Deadpool’ Fanatics11 Gifts for the Nintendo LoversCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Stay on targetlast_img read more

Harvard Lifestyle Magazine Featured Eliot Spitzer Wife In Happier Times

first_imgIn Happier Times: Eliot Spitzer and wife Silda Wall on the “Power Couples” issue of 02138, the lifestyle magazine for Harvard influentialsPhoto Credit: Jake Chessum at Capsule Studio in New YorkEliot Spitzer’s shocking admission about his involvement in a prostitution ring has rocked the political arena today.Not long ago, Spitzer and his wife Silda Wall posed for the cover of the Winter 2007 “Power Couple” issue of 02138 magazine, the lifestyle magazine for Harvard influentials. The Harvard-educated couple, selected because of their influential careers and continued commitment to maintaining a strong and lasting relationship, seemed the picture of political marital bliss. The black-and-white cover photo showed a part of Spitzer and Wall’s relationship not often depicted in the public realm.To read the full article from the “Power Couple” issue of 02138, go to http://www.02138mag.com/magazine/article/1113.html.For a jpeg of the Winter 2007 02138 cover with Eliot Spitzer and Silda Wall, please contact me at [REDACTED] or [REDACTED].Best,[REDACTED]Note: It appears Domino recently conducted a video interview and tour of the Governor’s mansion with Silda. Perfect timing, that. That didn’t take long.A scant two hours and 17 minutes after the New York Times broke the story that linked governor Eliot Spitzer to a prostitution ring, I got this press release from a publicist for 02138, perhaps the last (only?) magazine to feature Spitzer and his wife on its cover.From: [REDACTED]Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 6:03 PMTo: Dylan StablefordSubject: Eliot Spitzer & wife Silda Wall on cover of 02138 —in happier timeslast_img read more

Indias Victorian Gothic Art Deco buildings win UNESCO status

first_imgThis file photo taken on 8 November, 2017 shows vehicles passing by an Art Deco building on Marine Drive in Mumbai. Photo: AFPMumbai’s Art Deco buildings — believed to be the world’s second largest collection after Miami — were added on Saturday to UNESCO’s World Heritage List alongside the city’s better-known Victorian Gothic architecture.The decision was approved at a UNESCO meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama.A not-for-profit team of enthusiasts are in the process of documenting every single one of Mumbai’s Art Deco treasures but they estimate there may be more than 200 across India’s bustling financial capital.The majority of them, built on reclaimed land between the early 1930s and early 1950s, are clustered together in the south of the coastal city where they stand in stark contrast to Victorian Gothic structures.”The Victorian ensemble includes Indian elements suited to the climate, including balconies and verandas,” UNESCO said in a press statement announcing the decision.”The Art Deco edifices… blend Indian design with Art Deco imagery, creating a unique style that has been described as Indo-Deco,” it added.The two vastly different architectural traditions face off against each other across the popular Oval Maidan playing field, where enthusiastic young cricketers hone their skills.On one side lie imposing and rather austere 19th century buildings housing the Bombay High Court and Mumbai University, with their spires and lancet windows.This file photo taken on 08 November, 2017 shows an Art Deco building in Mumbai. Photo: AFPOn the other side stand sleeker buildings boasting curved corners and balconies, vertical lines and exotic motifs.They were built by wealthy Indians who sent their architects to Europe to come up with modern designs different to those of their colonial rulers.”Mumbai’s Art Deco buildings have always lived in the shadow of the Victorian Gothic structures built by the British but this recognition by UNESCO today helps elevate Art Deco to its rightful place,” Atul Kumar, the founder of Art Deco Mumbai, told AFP.”Across a 22-acre stretch of playing field we have two distinct architectural styles. One symbolic of India’s colonisers. The other representing the aspirations of a new, wealthy Indian class.”Mumbai’s Art Deco buildings house residential properties, commercial offices, hospitals and single screen movie theatres, including the popular Regal and Eros cinemas.Their characteristics include elegant Deco fonts, marble floors and spiral staircases.Most of the Art Deco buildings, including along the three-kilometre long palm-fringed Marine Drive promenade, are five storeys high and painted in bright colours such as yellow, pink and blue.Some of Mumbai’s most recognisable buildings are built in the Victorian Gothic style, including the city’s famous main train station, which used to be known as Victoria Terminus.The Bombay High Court, Mumbai University and the headquarters of the city’s civic authority are other examples of that style.They were built in the 19th century as Britain strengthened its hold over India. Many of the edifices boast tinted windows, flying buttresses and ornate carved figures.last_img read more

Sri Lankan officials deliberately withheld intelligence on attacks

first_imgA man with a backpack walks in Shangri La hotel restaurant in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 21 April 2019 in this screen grab taken from a CCTV footage released on 24 April 2019. Photo: ReutersSenior officials deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks on Sri Lanka, where a rash of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday killed at least 359 people, the leader of parliament said on Wednesday.“Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully. Information was there, but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions,” Lakshman Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, told parliament.He said information on possible suicide attacks on churches, hotels and politicians were received from Indian intelligence on 4 April and a Security Council meeting was chaired by president Maithripala Sirisena on 7 April, but the information was not shared more widely.“Somebody is controlling these top intelligence officials,” the minister said. “The Security Council is doing politics. We need to investigate into this.”Separately, Sarath Fonseka, former army chief and minister of regional development, told parliament he believed the attacks “must have been planned for at least 7-8 years”.last_img read more

Mexico Drug lord escape tunnel was deep and hightech

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said as much Monday night. He announced that three prison officials had been fired, including Valentin Cardenas, director of the facility known as Altiplano, a maximum security prison 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City.“They had something or a lot to do with what happened, and that’s why we made that decision,” Osorio Chong said.Still, he did not say who exactly is suspected of aiding the escape. Nor did he talk about rooting out the kind of corruption that led to the escape.The prison has the same high-security standards as those in the U.S. and Canada, he said, and Guzman was given extra surveillance, including a tracking bracelet, although it worked only inside the prison.Osorio Chong said the 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) tunnel had been dug 19 meters (about 62 feet) below the surface and called it a “high-tech” breach of the prison’s extensive security measures, including 750 cameras and 26 security filters.The Mexican government announced that it is offering a 60 million-peso ($3.8 million) reward for Guzman’s recapture. An Interpol alert was sent to 10 countries and at least 49 people have been questioned by the government’s organized crime unit, including more than 30 prison employees. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A tunnel of such sophistication — with lights, air venting, and a customized motorcycle rigged up on a rail line — would normally take 18 months to two years to complete, said Jim Dinkins, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.“When it’s for the boss, you probably put that on high speed,” he said.If anyone was capable of pulling off such a feat, it was Guzman, who is believed to have at least a quarter-century of experience in building large, sophisticated tunnels to smuggle drugs under the U.S.-Mexico border and to escape from hideouts as authorities closed in.His Sinaloa Cartel also has been most successful in coopting officials, said Edgardo Buscaglia, an organized crime expert at Columbia University.“By far they are the most infiltrated in Mexico’s government institutions,” he said.Experts expressed skepticism that such an engineering project could go on undetected.Joe Garcia, who retired this year as interim special agent in charge of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego, has extensive experience in tunnel investigations. He said the tunnel at Altiplano was longer than any passage ever found on the U.S.-Mexico border. Sponsored Stories In this photo provided by Mexico’s attorney general, authorities inspect the exit of the tunnel they claim was used by drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to break out of the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya, west of Mexico City, Sunday, July 12, 2015. A massive manhunt is underway after Guzman, escaped from the maximum security prison through the tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, the country’s top security official announced. (Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office via AP) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   ALMOLOYA, Mexico (AP) — The kind of tunnel that led Mexico’s most powerful drug lord to freedom would have been more than a year in planning. The digging would have caused noise. The entrance would have to be in a place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico’s toughest prison.As authorities hunted Monday for any sign of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, it was clear that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s escape must have involved inside help on a grand scale. To pull off such a feat, rescuers likely had intelligence on the prison even before Guzman was arrested, Dinkins said.Designers and workers would have needed access to sensitive information such as prison floor plans and alarm and camera systems. And just the noise alone as they bored the final 30-foot (10-meter) vertical shaft directly under the prison to reach Guzman’s cell would have generated some attention.“It’s not just like someone took a couple tools, shovels and pickaxes. This is a very sophisticated operation,” said Alonzo Pena, a former senior official at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “How could they be there and not hear that construction was going on underneath? It’s just impossible.”The area around the prison is a sprawling construction site, with giant water pipes, trenches and excavation crisscrossing the landscape, and that would have made it easy for the tunnel work to go unnoticed, Garcia said.“It’s the removal of dirt and debris that can cause attention,” Dinkins said.An Associated Press reporter who viewed the partially built house where the tunnel ended observed that the dirt level in the yard surrounding the house was 2 feet to 3 feet higher than the rest of the terrain, indicating workers may have just spread dirt around the property rather than haul it out. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Osorio Chong also said much of the excavated dirt, which he described as fine and thin, may simply have been scattered or compacted at the site.By Monday afternoon, the search for Guzman in the area near the prison had died down dramatically. Road blocks were gone and Federal Police patrols had lightened. Reporters traveled the area unhampered. Flights at the nearby Toluca airport that had been suspended on Sunday were back to normal.The prison break is the second for Guzman, who infamously fled a different maximum-security facility in 2001. He was on the loose for 13 years before being captured in February 2014 at a condominium overlooking the Pacific in Mazatlan.He last was seen about 9 p.m. Saturday as he entered the shower area of his cell, where Osorio Chong said there are “blind spots” from the cameras in respect of human rights. After a time without seeing the prisoner, guards went to look for him and found something else entirely — a 20-by-20-inch (50-by-50 centimeter) leading into the tunnel.___Associated Press writer Christopher Sherman reported this story in Almoloya, Mexico, and Elliot Spagat reported from San Diego, California. AP writers Mark Stevenson and Maria Verza in Mexico City and Alicia A. Caldwell in Washington contributed to this report. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Groundbreaking online kit helps Australian tourism sector

first_imgLiz Ward, the chief executive officer of the Australian Tourism Data warehouse which manages the e-kit on behalf of Australian DMOS, said that the positive response was much greater than was expected. The e-kit is an online education program that helps Australian tourism businesses market their products and create branding opportunities and was designed by the Australian government. “This free online training tool has been more successful than anyone could have predicted,” Ms Ward said. In response to a number of Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs), the e-kit is now being licensed by the government for use by tourism businesses all over the world. Australian tourism businesses have benefited from the creation of a new Tourism e-kit, in their marketing and promotional activities.center_img The tourism e-kit features 60 tutorials across nine topics, including how to build a website information and content featuring specific examples including online bookings and distribution. “It has been downloaded more than 350,000 times and earned National and State awards including recognition at the recent Australian National Tourism.”  Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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first_img RelatedSouth of France holidays: 5 incredible road tripsGlitz, glamour and Grace Kelly: the south of France has it all in slick spades, so join us now as we take you on a tour of the best driving routes in the region. British playwright and novelist, Somerset Maugham once referred to the French Riviera as a ‘sunny place…Top 8 things to do in NiceFrom posing to paddleboarding, surfing to socca, our pick of the best things to see, do and eat in sunny Nice.Skyscanner Beach Patrol: last minute flights for seaside holidaysSkyscanner Beach Patrol: last minute flights for seaside holidays 3. Look out for restaurant dealsThere are some phenomenal restaurants along the coast, but they often come with phenomenal prices. However, look for the lower-price carte du jour (menu of the day) which can offer some decent discounts, particularly at lunchtime. If you’re looking for amazing value, try the PhilCat kiosk in Cannes, which does enormous lunchtime salads for a few euros, or join the queue snaking out of the door at Pizza and Co in next-door Antibes. The family-run La Sousta in Cannes also offers delicious and excellent-value evening meals at about $12–15 for a main course. But if you want a real treat, try the €35 menu of the day at the swanky Mantel restaurant – for the price of one of their usual mains you get an amazing three-course meal.4. Take a budget flightThe easiest and cheapest way to get to the Cote d’Azur is to fly into Nice. Various budget airlines fly there from all over the UK, and fares start at around £33 in the off-peak season, but increase steadily over the summer.5. Hop on the busFor the airport transfer, the local bus is a snip at just €1.50 per journey (better still, pay €10 for a book of ten tickets to save money on later trips). The number 200 bus goes all the way to Cannes (timetable here), although be prepared for a long journey. The open-top number 8 is the cheapest tour bus you’ll ever take: for €1.50 you get stunning views of Cannes’ palm-tree-lined waterfront. 8. Watch some free eventsFête de la Musique is a day of free music that takes place all across France on 21 June – check the Cannes website for details offer concerts. Keep an eye on what’s happening at the Palais de Festivals too – this is where the Cannes Film Festival is held, but it holds concerts and events all year round, some of which are free (like the International Games Festival). The Fireworks Festival in July and August sees rival pyrotechnics manufacturers attempting to outdo each other, and you can watch the spectacular results of their efforts for nada. The International Yachting Festival in September also comes with free fireworks, and you can expect to see a chain of superyachts filling the horizon. As the oligarchs fly in, you can sit smugly on the beach and admire the view, knowing that you’ve paid a fraction of the cost of their helicopter ride to sample the glamour of Cannes.More:14 fabulous places in France: in pictures20 free things to do on a city break in Europe12 free things to do in 12 of the world’s most expensive citiesWant to visit? Find a hotel with Skyscanner Hotels.Want to find the very best flight prices? If you’re flexible on when you fly, use Skyscanner’s ‘whole month’, or ‘whole year’ search tools to find the cheapest days to fly to your destination.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Suck up some bargain cultureThe Matisse Museum in Nice houses a collection of artworks by local resident Henri Matisse, and best of all, it’s totally free! The lighthouse-topped hill in Antibes offers commanding views of the superyachts nestled in Antibes harbour, while Fréjus has a Roman amphitheatre that’s free to look around. Finally, no trip to the French Riviera would be complete without a stroll around stunning Monaco – and perhaps a walk along the Grand Prix track if that’s your thing. All of the above towns are easily reached by train – a return to Monaco from Cannes costs around €18.7. Hit the beachLarge stretches of the coast are taken up by private beaches, where sun loungers can cost upwards of €30 to hire, but the public beaches are free to enter, and loungers cost as little as €4. Bijou Plage, a public beach on the Pointe Croissette in Cannes, has a sandy beach with excellent snorkelling, and there are various rocky outcrops along the Cap d’Antibes where you can plunge in for free and say hi to the fish (or even an octopus, if you’re lucky). The exclusive Plage Garoupe on the east side of the Cap also has a slither of public beach for the hoi polloi and lots of rocky outcrops to snorkel around. The beaches get rammed at weekends, so plan your visit for a weekday if possible. But if the temperature is below about 24 degrees C you’ll probably have the beach to yourself – locals tend to stay away on ‘cold’ days. And sharing a bottle of rosé at sunset on the beach is a great alternative to blowing your budget on expensive restaurant wine. Cannes is the ideal place to suck up the glamour of the French Riviera: when walking along the famous Croissette, it’s difficult to shake the idea that you’re in a James Bond movie…Lamborghinis and Ferraris roar out of side streets, glamorous bronzed women stalk the beaches, and casinos pay host to VIPs dropping in by helicopter from their yachts (yes, that really does happen). All this might seem out of reach to anyone lacking a millionaire’s budget, but there are plenty of ways to grab a slice of the Cote d’Azur glitz on the cheap. Cannes resident Lewis Packwood shares his secrets.1. Rent an apartmentThere are thousands of holiday flats along the Cote d’Azur that stand empty for most of the year, and you can get some surprisingly good deals in Cannes – as little as £200 a week in the Pointe Croissette for an apartment that sleeps four. However, prices rise dramatically in May on account of the Cannes Film Festival, and you’ll be lucky to find somewhere in August, so September or spring are generally the best times to find a good deal, and at these times the weather is usually still hot enough to hit the beach.2. Eat like the French doYour biggest expense on the Riviera will undoubtedly be food (unless you happen to drunkenly stumble into a casino). Expect at least London prices in most restaurants, and be prepared to pay considerably more than you’re used to in local shops. The key is to self-cater: the Carrefour hypermarkets in Antibes and Nice have some good bargains, so stock up and cook yourself whenever you can. Even better, eat like the locals: French bread and cheese are comparatively cheap, not to mention delicious.last_img read more

New Orleans police arrest man after rapper was gun

first_imgNew Orleans police arrest man after rapper was gunned down AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 2:04 pm PDTcenter_img New Orleans police have arrested a man accused of being involved in the slaying of rapper Young Greatness outside of a Waffle House.Citing records, Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports 38-year-old Donald Reaux was arrested Wednesday. He was booked on charges including accessory to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.Police didn’t immediately say how Reaux was connected to the 34-year-old rapper’s death. Young Greatness may be best known for his 2015 song, “Moolah,” which reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart.The rapper’s real name was Theodore Jones. He was fatally shot outside the eatery Oct. 29.Police recovered Jones’ stolen car after the shooting and released images of Reaux as a “person of interest.” They also sought another man for questioning.It’s unclear if Reaux has a lawyer who could comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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