For this weeks Friday Field Notes we are offering some reflections by Jim Deidrick, Military/Extension Program Specialist, DoD-USDA Partnerships, Extension Center for Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension.For the past 11 years I have had the honor and privilege of working with USDA military partnerships: first as a State 4-H Military Liaison and then nationally with the Department of Defense and Army Child, Youth and School Services. I have been privileged to see first-hand the value added benefit that can be achieved through this national partnership focused on supporting geographically dispersed school age children and youth through the deployment and reintegration of their loved one.Through partnerships with state and local military communities, Extension staff nationwide have expanded and refined their expertise in working with military youth and families. And in true Extension fashion, built effective community outreach teams with non-military partners for launching local and statewide support efforts. Working together with military partners, Extension staff trained and supported local outreach teams in creating and implementing strategies for supporting military youth and families within their own communities; i.e. offering training to public school teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and other youth organizations; developing local support programs; hosting recognition events, etc.As I reflect on and generalize some of my observations, seven important themes come to the surface in building and supporting effective partnerships:Community awareness of the need and of the partnership – It is important that the community be able to see that this is a need in their community. Why should they care? Why is public support necessary? And they need to know that there is a team that they can connect with in addressing this need.Intentional recruitment of key community stakeholders – As a core group begins to form it is important to not only rely upon those that voluntarily come forward but to also develop an ongoing strategy for the recruitment of other key community stakeholders.A champion to monitor and support a balance between partner relationships and outcomes – To sustain an effective team, it is important that healthy relationships are built among partners. Partners need to learn about each other, how to work together effectively, and that they can depend upon each other. But having good working relationships is not sufficient. The team needs to be actively doing something to address the reason they came together. The partners need to know that their investment of resources is making a difference. A skilled “champion” is needed that constantly pays attention to balancing team relationships and outcomes. Swinging too much one way or the other will have an impact on team effectiveness and sustainability. This balance is constantly changing as teams gain experience, new partners join, and as personnel change.Active commitment to common mission among all partners – It is important that all partners share in a common mission and see an active role on the team for themselves and their organizations. But, active commitment does not mean the same thing to each partner and the team needs to honor and respect what each partner is able to contribute.Leadership provided at some level by all partners – It is both highly effective and motivating for partners to provide leadership for team efforts within their area of expertise/resource.Utilize existing and new resources to fill gaps, reduce duplication, and make a tangible difference – Effective teams systematically scan for needs, gaps and duplication of available supports for military connected youth and families in their community. They strategically assess and utilize resources at their disposal in planning and delivering impactful programming.Celebration of impact (in order to celebrate, need to evaluate effectiveness) – It is important that teams recognize and celebrate the good work they are doing. In order to know if programming is making a difference, some form of evaluation must be done. Not every effort needs a formal quantitative evaluation. Collecting comments, feedback and stories from participants are also effective.One of the resources that we developed to assist teams in many of these areas was the Operation: Military Kids Ready, Set, Go! Implementation Guide 2nd DRAFT available on the 4-H Military Partnerships website. Included are many tools that can be adapted for use with a variety of teams.
Xiaomi has been ridiculously busy off-late, launching one powerhouse smartphone after another. Mostly in China, but India has always been its proverbial second home. Quite obviously then, it can’t afford to take it for granted. And it hasn’t, mostly. Every time, the company sees a – noticeable — lull of sorts here, it makes a comeback and how. It launched the Redmi Note 3 in India in March. The phone is doing well for the company. On Thursday – Aug 25 – the company launched the Redmi Note 4 in China. It isn’t exactly the successor to the Redmi Note 3 that came to India though. It is in fact successor to the Redmi Note 3, China specific variant that came with a MediaTek Helio X10 processor. In Xiaomi’s defense, everything else, save the CPU remained the same in both the versions.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 launched, comes with 10-core CPU, 4100mAh battery One look at Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 and it is pretty evident that it is a turbo-charged Redmi Note 3. Take a look.Design and build qualityThe Redmi Note 4 marks subtle changes over the Redmi Note 3 in design. So subtle, that it’s hard to tell between the two phones unless you’re nitpicking. The Redmi Note 4 boasts of a full metal unibody, just like the Redmi Note 3, but unlike the latter, the former comes with prominent antenna lines on the back, and 2.5D curved glass on the front. The camera (and the dualLED flash) and the fingerprint scanner are in the same place, on the rear, but the speaker out has been shifted to the bottom.advertisementThe Redmi Note 4, if you were to observe carefully, looks more like the Redmi Pro, another Xiaomi power-house phone that comes with a dual-camera setup. The Redmi Note 4 also comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing purposes, just like the Pro. The weight and thickness are also more or less the same. The only difference is that in the case of the Redmi Pro, the fingerprint scanner lies on the front.Xiaomi is maintaining a consistency in design language, across its entire smartphone portfolio over quite some time now, which isn’t bad. Its smartphones look good, and they are equally well-built as well.DisplayThe Redmi Note 4, like the Redmi Note 3 also comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. Processor, RAM and connectivityThe Redmi Note 4 is powered by a 2.1GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor with support for expandable storage of up to 128GB via microSD card. It will be available in two variants: one with 2GB RAM and 16GB memory, and another with 3GB RAM and 64GB memory.The dualSIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE-ready).The Redmi Note 3 which is sold in India is powered by a 1.8Ghz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM/16GB memory and 3GB RAM/32GB memory. It runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based MIUI 7 out-of-the-box.CameraThe Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dualLED flash. There is also a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The Redmi Note 3 on the contrary sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear.BatteryThe Redmi Note 4 is backed by a 4,100mAh battery which is bigger than the one on the Redmi Note 3 (4,000mAh). Fast charging is supported.Price and availabilityPrices start at CNY 899 (roughly Rs 9,000) and go all the way up to CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs 12,000). Both the variants will be available for buying in China, starting from August 26, via the company’s online store, Mi.com. There is however no word on global availability and pricing for now.Should India be excited?Not really. Xiaomi isn’t permitted to sell its MediaTek-based devices in India, due to an ongoing legal tussle with Ericsson. As things stand, the case is still in court and the company is in no position to make a comment, as long as the judgment is pending. We have reached out to Xiaomi for some more clarity on the issue, but the fact that the case is still in court means Xiaomi still cannot launch MediaTek-based devices in India. Only, its Qualcomm-based devices can come to India.Remember, the Redmi Note 3 Helio X10 variant did not make it to India. The company later built a Qualcomm-based version, which then came to India. The same fate awaits the Redmi Note 4. India will have to wait for Xiaomi to come out with a Qualcomm-based Redmi Note 4 that could take at least a couple of odd months or more, going by Xiaomi’s previous track record. The Redmi Pro, similarly, may never come to India, unless Xiaomi specifically builds a Qualcomm version of the same.Also Read: Redmi 3S Prime review: Xiaomi’s greatest hitadvertisementThe Redmi Note 4 looks like a fantastic smartphone on paper. It’s rocking MediaTek’s latest and greatest chipset. There is a slight possibility that the Qualcomm version may pack a Snapdragon 820, you know, because that’s Qualcomm’s latest and greatest right now. Xiaomi however tells me that Snapdragon 820 would be overkill for most users. But then, the next-best, the Snapdragon 810 is infamous for its heating issues. According to Xiaomi, that would depend on the device, meaning, as long as the device has good thermal efficiency (through some kind on internal cooling process) the Snapdragon 810 can be tamed, for good. Will the Redmi Note 4 India edition come with Snapdragon 810, then? It’s still too early to comment on that. India will have to wait and find out.
Tata has officially started taking in bookings for their upcoming Harrier SUV. The SUV first made its Indian debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. Booking amount is Rs 30,000, refundable. The bookings can also be made on the newly launched Tata Harrier’s website.The Tata Harrier has been close on the heels of becoming one of the most awaited cars this year since its Indian debut at the 2018 Auto Expo held in February 2018.The Harrier will be built on the Omega platform. The L550 platform is a derivative of the L550 platform from the stables of Jaguar Land Rover for the Discovery Sport.Interior wise, the Harrier will feature front and rear AC vents, sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, electric seats with memory function, parking sensors, and reverse camera.Tata designers have pointed to the fact that the final production model will be very much similar to the concept model. Other styling similarities include wheel arches, front and rear armrests, slim headlamps which are in accordance with their Impact Design 2.0 language.The Harrier is expected to be powered by a Kryotec, 140bhp, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine with a 4-wheel drive system which will be developed by Tata. The powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed manual or a Hyundai sourced 6-speed automatic. The engine will get multiple drive modes which are already available on Tata’s Revotron and Revotorq line of engines.The Tata Harrier is expected to be priced starting at around Rs 15.50 lakh for the base variant and will go up to Rs 20 lakh for the top-spec variant. The Tata Harrier will go head-on with the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, and the upcoming Nissan Kicks SUV.advertisement
Transfers Man Utd and Real Madrid see Sessegnon transfer door opened by Fulham Jamie Smith 21:33 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Fulham Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Championship Premier League The Premier League and La Liga heavyweights have been linked with the talented full-back, and Slavisa Jokanovic accepts the teenager could leave Ryan Sessegnon’s future is out of Fulham’s hands, says coach Slavisa Jokanovic, as European giants including Real Madrid and Manchester United continue to be linked with the teenager.Sessegnon has scored five league goals, including a hat-trick in a 5-4 win at Sheffield United, to establish himself as one of the hottest properties in the Championship.Liverpool and Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the 17-year-old, who signed his first professional deal in June and can play anywhere down the left. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jokanovic accepts Fulham, 11th in the Championship, will be powerless to resist a massive bid for the £30 million-rated starlet, a key player in England’s triumphant 2017 European Under-19 Championship campaign.”It’s nice for him [to be linked with a move] and for the club too,” Jokanovic said. “And if you want to say, it’s nice for myself, I must be satisfied because big clubs are interested in our player.”I wish he is going to stay with me, but it’s not in my control. I believe he’s a clever man, believe the people around him are clever enough, he’s played more than 50 games, he’s 17.“I know in the past in the last summer there’s been interest around him but he took the decision to stay with us – a fantastic decision in my opinion.”With Fulham six points outside the Championship play-off places, the club are vulnerable to losing their prized asset, but Jokanovic told Sessesgnon to focus on life at Craven Cottage for now.”At the end of the day he’s only 17 – he’s got time,” the former Watford boss added. “I try not to mention this name so many times. I expect he won’t listen to anything that I say, he’ll be ready for the Hull game and push like he does for all the games.”The future for this kid is bright, I don’t know when some news will happen. Right now this kid plays so well, I can’t control this situation.”We believe he’s going to be an important player in this country and in the future for the English national team.”
Transfers D.C. United acquires goalkeeper Ousted from Vancouver Whitecaps Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 06:14 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ron Chenoy Transfers DC United Vancouver Whitecaps MLS The 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year finalist has joined Ben Olsen’s side in exchange for a second-round draft pick D.C. United has acquired goalkeeper David Ousted from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 MLS draft, the clubs announced Monday.Ousted, who was out of contract after the end of the 2017 season, has signed a two-year deal with United.A finalist for 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors, the 32-year-old will compete with Steve Clark for the starting job at Audi Field following the offseason departure of Bill Hamid to Danish side Midtjylland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player #VWFC acquire 2018 second round MLS SuperDraft pick from D.C. United in exchange for David Ousted’s MLS rights→ https://t.co/0LSyyL8pSF pic.twitter.com/2JbnLW9EoI— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) January 8, 2018″We are thankful to David for his five seasons in Vancouver,” Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said in a news release. “We’re happy that we were able to help David move into a situation that was attractive for him and his family, and we wish him the best at D.C. United.”Ousted has recorded 43 shutouts in 144 appearances over five MLS seasons since joining the Whitecaps from Randers in 2013.He compiled a 13-8-6 record over 28 starts last year but lost his spot late in the season to New Zealand international Stefan Marinovic, who started all three of Vancouver’s playoff games.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This tweet got me thinking the other day about what the most perfect corporation-Big 12 school marriages would be. Which companies could proved the best synergistic experience to Big 12 schools by sponsoring them on their football jerseys. Obviously this is not how real business works (and team sponsors are not a thing at all), but it’s still July so you’ll have to forgive me for having a little fun.If we could pair Big 12 football teams with Fortune 500 companies and get these logos on their football jerseys, this is who we would pick.Baylor-Fannie Mae: The bubble has burst.OU-WalMart: Powerful, useful, impressive in size and ability to manufacture products/wins. But not cool. Not in any way. Actually quite boring and unexciting (to the tune of 10 wins/$10B every year … but still).West Virginia-Burlington Stores: I have no idea why, but this just fits.TCU-IBM: You’re not totally sure what they do or how they do it, but they seem to be unquestionably successful.Texas-Goldman Sachs: Still think they’re the best. Are clearly not the best. Every year is their year. No leadership. Got too high on the hog in times of excess and got housed when they weren’t looking.Oklahoma State-Southwest Airlines: I’m going to ignore their recent technology failure and go with their ability to think outside the box and perform differently from every other school. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Never going to be Delta or American Airlines in terms of size but have a real ability to beat them some quarters/seasons.Iowa State-Honda: Not a U.S. Fortune 500 but Sam A. suggested this one, and for some reason it’s perfect. He said, “they’re just kind of out there” which is true. Also, lots of succeeding because of transfers/imports for both.Texas Tech-Disney: Always fun. Never Pixar.[1. I know Disney bought Pixar. Don’t @ me.]Kansas-Circuit City: I know this is not a Fortune 500 company either (or a company at all anymore). That’s sort of the point.Kansas State-Microsoft: Just a bunch of boring white guys who somehow created something incredibly impressive.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 3, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Late last week our friend and colleague Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations released this response to a request from Capitol Hill staffers. Laurie and her team have gathered and analyzed a great deal of data showing the causes and consequences of reduced US overseas development assistance for global health. It’s an incisive portrait of a timely debate, which we believe will have significant impact on maternal and neonatal health challenges. The policies and funding that the Obama administration and the US Congress decide to make amid ongoing uncertainties in the global economy are likely to have a domino effect on ODA worldwide. Let’s all stay tuned and stay engaged in these conversations.Share this:
World Cup Lampard: England can win the World Cup Goal 07:45 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) Getty World Cup England England v Belgium Belgium The Three Lions began their campaign in Russia with little expected of youthful side building for the future, but opinions are starting to change fast Former Chelsea legend and current Derby County manager Frank Lampard has stated his belief that England can ‘go all the way’ at the World Cup.Expectations of the Three Lions were dampened somewhat heading into the showpiece in Russia, with many keen to keep the pressure off what is a historically underachieving side at major tournaments.A successful qualifying campaign was marred by what many perceived to be boring football, leading to speculation over whether Gareth Southgate’s charges would be able to make their mark on the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Southgate opted to switch to a more attacking formation ahead of the World Cup, however, with an exciting 3-5-2 set-up delivering more free-flowing football that fans immediately warmed to.And now, following England’s 6-1 thumping of Panama, those same fans have been joined by Lampard in starting to believe that football could indeed be coming home.“I think we can go all the way, I genuinely do,” Lampard told the BBC’s World Cup Daily Podcast.“I don’t see why we would be negative enough to start going ‘oh we have to get to the quarter finals’“I think the team have shown in their performances – and this is not me getting ahead of myself – just look at the talent in our squad and the way they’re playing, why should we write ourselves off?“Yes, the players will focus game by game and day by day, that’s tournament football, that’s what they have to do. “But ourselves from the outside, we can look in and say ‘this team has a real chance’.“I think it was one of a multitude of issues in previous years that we analysed everything specific on individuals and ended up creating a lot of arguments around what is a team sport – and we want the best for the team.“I think huge credit to Gareth Southgate there that he’s been so fluid with the system, he’s changed the philosophy of the team over the last two years to the way they’re playing.“We’ve got so many more options when we’re on the ball now because we’re not playing a very basic 4-4-2, which we played for many a year.“So we can come into tournament football and feel like we can get a lot of possession in midfield which is key.“Gareth’s made all these moves that make us talk more now about the team rather than ‘this position’ and ‘that position’.”Now successfully qualified for the last 16, England’s next clash against Belgium on Thursday will decide which of the two sides finishes at the head of Group G.
Omar Gonzalez is heading back to Major League Soccer, and credits a couple of his U.S. national team teammates with helping make the decision to join Toronto FC an easy one. The defender won MLS Cup three times with the LA Galaxy prior to his move to Pachuca in January 2016 and has been plying his trade in Mexico since then. His move back to MLS will see him link up with one of the league’s leading clubs along with two longtime international teammates in the form of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? All three were starters on the fateful night in Trinidad that saw the USA miss out on the 2018 World Cup and they have all been consistent members of the national team since Gonzalez broke in with the side in 2010. Now they’ll be club teammates, and Gonzalez says conversations with both the forward and the midfielder helped him come to the conclusion that joining TFC was the right call. “I know from speaking with Jozy in the past, how much he loves being in Toronto, loves playing for the club. That speaks volumes about a place,” the 30-year-old told reporters on a conference call. “With Michael, we were roommates in last camp back in March. Mike was talking to me about what the possibilities could be – just us having a conversation – spoke really highly about the club, the city. It really made my decision easy.” Those conversations weren’t the only draw for Gonzalez, who points to the team’s recent history of success as a big draw. ⭐️ A resume that speaks for itself ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/JMTirvAYLK— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) June 3, 2019The 2018 season was a disappointment for TFC. Though the Canadian club did reach the final of the Concacaf Champions League, they never recovered from a poor start in the league and missed out on the playoffs. Despite those struggles, Toronto has been a dominant force in MLS over the last half decade, reaching back-to-back MLS Cup finals and putting together a historic season to win the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup in 2017. “For the past few years, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Toronto and when the opportunity arose to come back and they were first in the allocation list, it just made sense because they’re such strong team, have a streak of making it in late into the playoffs, and have aspirations of winning a Concacaf title. “That’s everything that I want to be a part of.”
Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 08:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSOnePlus 7 is expected to launch very soon.The new renders show the OnePlus 7 with pop-up selfie camera setup.The renders also show the OnePlus 7 with triple rear cameras.OnePlus 7 is expected to launch very soon. Some details about the phone have already been leaked in the past. Now, some new renders and a 360-degree video showing the phone have been leaked by a popular tipster Onleaks in association with website Pricebaba. The new renders go in line with the old ones and show the OnePlus 7 with pop-up selfie camera setup.The OnePlus 6 and the OnePlus 6T introduced the wide notch and waterdrop notch, respectively. The OnePlus 7 – as the rumours suggest – will not come with any sort of notch. To avoid the notch it seems OnePlus is introducing the pop-up selfie camera similar to what we have seen on the Vivo V15 Pro so far. In fact, the Oppo F11 Pro which is set to launch in India on March 5 will also come with pop-up camera on the front. The only difference in the pop-up between the OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo phone will be of the placement. In the Vivo V15 Pro, the pop-up sits on the extreme right, on Oppo, it will be on the middle, while the renders show that the OnePlus 7 will include the pop-up in the middle of extreme left and centre.The presence of pop-up should mean all screen display. But looks like that isn’t happening. The renders show the OnePlus 7 with a fair amount of chin at the bottom. Rumours suggest the OnePlus 7 will come with a big 6.5-inch display and we believe the company will use AMOLED panel for it. The renders also show the OnePlus 7 from the back side.advertisementThe renders show that the OnePlus 7 will not come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, in fact, include an in-display fingerprint sensor on the front. The renders also show the OnePlus 7 with triple rear cameras. This is for the first time a OnePlus phone is said to come with three cameras on the rear panel which will be paired with a LED sensor.During the Mobile World Congress 2019 OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shut all rumours and confirmed that the next OnePlus phone will not come with wireless charging as the company doesn’t feel the need for it as of now. The renders also show the OnePlus 7 to come alert slider and home button on the right side of the phone while the volume rocker will be on the left. The pictures also show the phone with USB type-C port at the bottom next to which is the speaker grill. Past rumours had suggested that OnePlus 7 will come with Snapdragon 855 processor and Warp Charge 30 fast charging.ALSO READ | 5G smartphones are all over MWC 2019, but you should not be excited just yetALSO READ | OnePlus hasn’t forgotten OnePlus 3, will rollout Android Pie update very soonALSO READ | Meizu teases its OnePlus 6T killer for India, rumoured to sport Snapdragon 855 chipsetGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow OnePlus 7Follow android OnePlus 7 with pop-up selfie camera and triple rear cameras leaked in new rendersDuring the Mobile World Congress 2019 OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shut all rumours and confirmed that the next OnePlus phone will not come with wireless charging as the company doesn’t feel the need for it as of now.advertisement
zoom The current container market downturn is forcing some independent shipowners to either reduce charter rates to help save ailing carriers or opt for idling, selling or scrapping their vessels, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Much of the focus on the recent slump in the container shipping market has been on the bottom lines of the operators moving cargo on the water, with ever-diminishing profits, that have now almost universally turned to losses, being the driver of a new round of M&A and alliance forming.However, Drewry said that less is known about the financial health of the roughly other half of ship owners who charter their assets out. This is mainly because very few non-operating owners make their financials available to the public and, with some notable exceptions; they tend to prefer to stay in the background.The available annual results for 2015 of some of the leading independent owners show that last year was generally still a profitable one, but the financial pressures are building up.Firstly, charter rates are plummeting as demand for their assets fall and secondly, the risk of charter renegotiations is increasing as the financial health of their clients worsens.A problem for independent owners is that they tend to own a greater share of the smaller size ships, which are slowly becoming less attractive due to the cascade of larger and more fuel efficient ships into new trades, according to Drewry.Even when the ownership of size classes is more equal, such as with the 4,000-5,000 teu Panamaxes, carriers inevitably look to off-hire chartered tonnage before their own, which is why independent owners have shouldered a far greater share of the idle fleet burden.The expansion of the Panama Canal will add more Panamaxes to the idle fleet as carrier’s upsize services, most of which are expected to be owned by independents.There can be no doubt that this will be a challenging year for all types of owners of containerships, Drewry said.
Cara Currie Hall, de la Nation crie d’Enoch, en Alberta, espère amener les électeurs autochtones canadiens à voter. (Photo : Brandi Morin/APTN)Brandi MorinNouvelles nationales de l’APTNUne des fondatrices du mouvement « Rock the Indigenous Vote » aux États-Unis appelle les peuples autochtones du Canada à exercer leur droit de vote.Cara Currie Hall a déclaré qu’il est temps que les voix des peuples autochtones se fassent entendre haut et fort.« Je pense qu’ensemble, nous pouvons faire résonner le tonnerre dans tout le pays », affirme-t-elle. « Nous entendons le battement des tambours. Prêtez l’oreille, écoutez-les, parce que nous nous levons! »Mme Currie Hall, qui est née et a grandi à Maskwacis, en Alberta, sur le territoire de la Première Nation de Montana, est issue d’une longue lignée de personnes influentes sur le plan politique.Le père de sa mère était un chef tribal de sa communauté.Son père, Cecile Currie Senior, fut le chef de la Première Nation de Montana dans les années 1960, tout comme son père l’avait été avant lui.Mme Currie Hall relate que son père a été l’un des initiateurs de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones et qu’il a collaboré étroitement avec Wilton Littlechild, qui a contribué à la rédaction et à l’élaboration de la Déclaration.« Mon père a été l’un des premiers à travailler à la défense de vos droits issus des traités. Le vote fait aussi partie de la défense de vos droits issus des traités.« Le gouvernement essaie de nous opprimer et d’éliminer ces droits; nous devons le faire reculer comme dans les années 1960 avec le Livre blanc. »Depuis 16 ans, Cara Currie Hall vit au Dakota du Nord, dans la réserve indienne de Fort Berthold. Son mari est un chef tribal membre du conseil de bande de la réserve.En 2007, pendant la première campagne à la présidence de Barack Obama, Mme Currie Hall a aidé à amener les Amérindiens à voter en bloc pour lui. Elle affirme que ce geste a débouché sur la nomination d’une Amérindienne au sein du personnel dirigeant du bureau du président Obama et d’un avocat amérindien au titre d’ambassadeur des États-Unis.La fille de Cara Currie Hall, Faith, en veste rose, serre la main du président Barack Obama à l’occasion d’une visite présidentielle à la tribu sioux de Standing Rock en 2014. Photo fournie à titre gracieux par Cara Currie Hall.« Nous avons aux États-Unis un président qui a reconnu que nous pouvions lui apporter un vote massif, et les Amérindiens l’ont appuyé à 80 %. »Elle déclare que les électeurs autochtones sont une force avec laquelle il faut compter.« Quand nous avons gagné, Obama a respecté ses promesses. Nous avons eu un accès et un dialogue directs avec le président », rappelle-t-elle. « Maintenant, il organise un sommet annuel axé sur le dialogue avec des chefs tribaux, et la rencontre se fait de nation à nation. »Mme Currie Hall explique que « Rock the Indigenous Vote » est un mouvement populaire, par le peuple et pour le peuple, né d’un petit réseau de personnes qui ont fait passer le mot et qui ont atteint leur objectif.Elle est persuadée qu’il serait possible d’avoir un impact similaire au Canada aux prochaines élections.Cara Currie Hall avec sa fille Faith et des amies lors de la visite du président Barack Obama à la tribu sioux de Standing Rock en 2014. Photo fournie à titre gracieux par Cara Currie Hall.La semaine dernière, elle est revenue au Canada pour aider à convaincre les Autochtones d’aller voter.« Au Canada, nous ne sommes pas pris en compte dans les statistiques. Ensemble, les Premières Nations, les Métis et les Inuits représentent plusieurs millions de personnes; ça, c’est un vote en bloc. Au moins 50 candidats autochtones tentent de se faire élire », explique-t-elle.« Voici ce que nous pouvons faire. Premièrement, nous faisons passer le mot : il faut aller voter. Deuxièmement, nous allons vraiment voter. Puis, nous renversons les statistiques », dit-elle. « Ainsi, nous devenons le bloc qui n’a jamais été pris en compte dans les sondages et les statistiques. Nous élisons ensuite 50 députés. Nous pourrions amener 50 personnes à la Chambre des communes. C’est tout à fait faisable en 14 jours! »Mme Currie Hall a déclaré que l’une de ses principales motivations la poussant à « secouer le vote autochtone » est de faire entendre et de représenter la voix des Autochtones à l’échelle du pays.« C’est là toute notre histoire : nous n’avons jamais été soutenus. Ils (les dirigeants canadiens) ont tenté par tous les moyens de nous assimiler et d’en finir avec nous, comme le font la plupart des gouvernements du monde. C’est ce que fait le gouvernement canadien aujourd’hui. »Le gouvernement fédéral a adopté la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones, mais il maintient que ce document ne représente que des aspirations et qu’il n’est pas juridiquement contraignant au Canada.« Tout d’abord, il s’agit de mettre en œuvre le consentement préalable, libre et éclairé », a souligné Mme Currie Hall. « Cela signifie qu’aucun plan d’aménagement ne va de l’avant sans avoir reçu le consentement préalable, libre et éclairé des Autochtones, car ce sont eux les propriétaires du minerai et du territoire. Cela signifie que rien ne se fait sans leur plein consentement. »Elle soutient aussi que les Autochtones doivent invoquer l’inclusion du Dieu Créateur et en appeler à Lui pour s’orienter dans le processus électoral.« Nous sommes un peuple spirituel, nous prions et nous reconnaissons l’existence d’un Créateur. Dieu est le Souverain suprême. Notre peuple a compris que “souverain”, dans ce contexte, signifie qu’il y a quelqu’un au-dessus de nous et que nous avons besoin de son aide. Les répercussions de nos actions d’aujourd’hui seront ressenties par les générations qui nous suivront. »Cette semaine, Cara Currie Hall discutera avec des Chefs de partout au Canada à l’occasion d’une réunion à Enoch, en Alberta, dans le cadre du Forum ouvert sur les Premières Nations et l’élection fédérale, organisé mercredi par l’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN).De gauche à droite : Cara Currie Hall, le Grand Chef Tony Alexis de la Confédération du Traité 6, Nicole Robertson et Sharon Seright appuient le mouvement « Rock the Indigenous Vote » lors d’une danse ronde sous forme de mobilisation éclair, jeudi dernier à Edmonton. (Photo : Brandi Morin/APTN.)Le Chef régional de l’APN pour l’Alberta, Craig Mackinaw, a déclaré qu’il appuie le mouvement « Rock the Indigenous Vote » et qu’il prévoit voter le 19 octobre.« Le gouvernement ne nous a vraiment pas écoutés, et c’est un peu pour cela que je vais aller voter », a déclaré M. Mackinaw.Il se dit d’accord avec Mme Currie Hall sur le fait que le vote autochtone pourrait avoir une incidence à l’échelle fédérale.« Quand on regarde ce qui s’est passé en Alberta (à la dernière élection provinciale), quand les gens décident d’aller voter, cela fait vraiment une différence. »À ceux qui sont indécis quant à l’exercice de leur droit de vote, Mme Currie Hall a déclaré que les traités sont enchâssés dans la constitution canadienne et que le fait de voter ne compromet en rien la souveraineté d’une nation.« La citoyenneté nous a été donnée à la signature du traité. Nous avons donc la double citoyenneté. Nous sommes un peuple souverain, nous sommes des peuples signataires de traités, mais nous sommes aussi des citoyens canadiens. Il faut voir là une occasion de changer le gouvernement auprès de qui nous sommes engagés », fait-elle valoir.Cara Currie Hall travaille au sein d’une équipe répartie dans tout le Canada afin de faire circuler le message de « Rock the Indigenous Vote ».La semaine dernière, à Edmonton, une mobilisation éclair (flashmob) a donné lieu à une danse ronde; les médias sociaux et d’autres initiatives populaires sont en marche, mais le but ultime est d’amener les gens aux bureaux de scrutin.Cara Currie Hall à la Nation crie d’Enoch, en Alberta. (Photo : Brandi Morin/APTN.)« Usez de stratégie. Nos ancêtres étaient des guerriers, et nous devons nous aussi en être aujourd’hui. Nous ne voulons pas faire de compromis. C’est pour nous une formidable occasion de changer la façon dont le monde fonctionne pour nous », soutient Mme Currie Hall. « Nous ne nous soulevons pas dans la confrontation; nous reprenons ce qui nous appartient déjà. Nous reprenons notre place dans la société, notre propriété du territoire et le mode de fonctionnement de ce gouvernement. »
APTN NewsInformation is starting to trickle out about the next phase of the missing and murdered inquiry.Four hearings – two ‘expert’ and two ‘institutional’ – are scheduled for Quebec, Toronto and Saskatchewan in May and June.A fourth location has yet to be named, the inquiry said in a release Monday.Described as Parts II and III of the “truth-gathering process,” this is where commissioners will grill decision-makers, policy-setters and professionals in the world of politics, policing and child welfare.There was no response to APTN’s request for more information about who will be appearing.But commissioners have said they will subpoena top figures to help them understand the systems that contribute to ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls.Their final report is due at the end of 2018 unless they get the two-year extension and budget boost they are seeking.A federal government spokesman said no decision has yet been made on an extension.Hearings into Part I and Part II for May and June:*First Expert Hearing – May 14-17, 2018 – Human Rights Framework, Quebec City*Second Expert Hearing – June 12-14, 2018 – Racism, Greater Toronto Area*First Institutional Hearing – May 28-June 1, 2018 – Government Services*Second Institutional Hearing – June 25-June 29, 2018 – Police policies and practices, Regina
In the Philippines, where floodwaters have left many roads impassable and washed away bridges and houses, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have pledged emergency funds and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has requested a further grant of $100,000. Many people have been stranded on rooftops and OCHA reported that rubber boats, tents, food and drinking water were urgently needed.In Panama, OCHA reported that flooding in the Darien region – where more than 7,500 people, mainly in indigenous communities, are estimated to have been affected – could lead to severe food shortages in the next seven to eight months. The UN team in the country has already conducted two missions to affected areas.A joint UNICEF and UN World Health Organization (WHO) mission to Yaviza delivered water purification materials and oral rehydration salts after water-borne diseases were identified as the greatest threat to people living there.A second team helped bring in a government-supplied portable water plant and transport 18 Health Ministry personnel to El Salto, which is completely flooded. Its population has relocated to a neighbouring village on higher ground.OCHA has released an emergency cash grant of $20,000 from its Norwegian Grant Reserve for the purchase of emergency relief items. Priority needs include food and clean water, water purification tablets, portable latrines, cooking supplies and materials for repairing aqueducts.
“It is critical that we all understand that we must never allow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict todrift into the abyss of the extremism and radicalism sweeping the region,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefing the Security Council.“Palestinians, Israelis and the international community have a duty to act responsibly, avoid escalating tensions, refrain from unilateral actions and work together to uphold peace,” he added.He also drew attention of the Council members to the recently adopted so called “Regularisation Law” which has the potential to retroactively regularise thousands of existing settlement units built on land owned by Palestinian individuals living under occupation, as well as dozens of illegal outposts.Noting that the “Regularisation Law” is in contravention of international law and that according to the Israeli Attorney General it is also unconstitutional, Mr. Mladenov told the Council that the Supreme Court is expected to rule on its constitutionality soon.“If the Law stays in place, it will have far-reaching consequences for Israel, while seriously undermining prospects for the two-state solution and for Arab-Israel peace,” he cautioned.RELATED: Israeli legislation on settlements violates international law, says UN chief GuterresAlso in his briefing, the UN envoy expressed concern over daily violence and so-called “lone wolf” attacks against Israeli civilians. In one such recent incident, six Israelis were injured in a shooting and stabbing attack by an 18-year-old Palestinian from Nablus (a city in northern West Bank).He further told the Security Council members that the volatile situation in Gaza continued to exacerbate humanitarian and development challenges, related in large part to the crippling closures of the Strip and the continuing political divide.“This winter has borne witness to a serious electricity crisis which in December left Palestinians in Gaza with only two hours of electricity per day,” he said, informing them of UN’s work to address the electricity challenges in a sustainable manner.The two-state solution remains the only way to achieve the legitimate national aspirations of both peoplesHe also spoke of the situation in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) areas of operations, noting that the ceasefire between Israel and Syria (under UNDOF area of operations) is holding, albeit in a volatile security environment.Concluding his briefing, the UN envoy recalled that the Middle East Quartet Report and Security Council resolutions clearly outlined what is required to advance a sustainable and just peace in the region.“The two-state solution remains the only way to achieve the legitimate national aspirations of both peoples,” he said, noting that Israel can take the necessary step to stop settlement expansion and construction in order to preserve this prospect, while the Palestinian leadership can demonstrate their commitment to tackling the challenges of violence and incitement on their side.“This will create an environment that will facilitate bilateral final status negotiations that the international community can support,” he added.
“This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation,” read a statement attributable to the UN chief’s Spokesperson. “The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations,” it added. According to reports, the latest launch was conducted over the Sea of Japan. In the statement, Secretary-General Guterres also underlined the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge. Last month, condemning “in the strongest terms”, the DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities, the UN Security Council had unanimously adopted a resolution, applying existing sanctions to 14 individuals and four entities from the country.The individuals are now subjected to travel ban and asset freeze, and the four entities subjected to asset freeze. They are listed in the annexes to the resolution.
The advent of smartphones proves that the Loch Ness Monster is a myth, a leading scientist has claimed.The ubiquity of camera-enabled devices means the creature would have been photographed by now if it existed, according to palaeontologist Dr Darren Naish.However, the University of Southampton expert on cryptozoology – the pseudoscience of mythical creatures – said the last few years had seen a record low of reported sightings.The same goes for other “cryptids”, such as the Himalayan Yeti, the Australian Bunyip and American’s Bigfoot.“Everybody has good phones,” said Dr Naish. “You really would think they’d be more and better photos, but the only things that ever have ever appeared are terribly low resolution little blobs in the distance.“I would say that the fact that we haven’t got any of the evidence that we should have by now – alarm bells are ringing.“It’s all speaking towards the fact that this is a cultural event, a belief system.” As sales of camera-equipped phones have soared, there have been droughts of several years with no new Nessie pictures, he said.Those that have emerged are unconvincing. Cryptozoologists have taken to calling them “blobsquatch pictures”.The name is a play on “Sasquatch” meant to convey how the purported monster invariably appears as a tiny, indistinct blur.Most scientists argue it is unlikely that a creature such as Nessie – which purportedly resembles a cold-blooded reptile – could survive in the cold Scottish waters.They also say the 22-tonne stock of fish in the loch would not be sufficient to sustain a population of giant plesiosaurs.Sceptics further argue that if such a creature did or had existed, the bones of its ancestors would have been detected by now.In 2003 the BBC took part in a large search for the monster, including the use of 600 sonar devices, but nothing was detected. Show more 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.
EMED Mining has told International Mining that permitting risks across its European projects have been reduced. This follows the rejection by the European Commission of a proposed ban on the use of cyanide in mining activities. The potential prohibition of cyanide use has been a concern to the European gold industry in particular and discussions were recently brought to a head by a European Parliamentary call for a general ban. EMED Managing Director Harry Anagnostaras-Adams and Head of Government Relations and Managing Director of EMED Slovakia Dr Demetrios Constantinides, advised on the consultation process as part of industry committees organised by Euromines – The European Association of Mining Industries.These committees provide support for the European Raw Minerals Initiative of the EU. One specific task has been the protection of international metal production from the proposals of some single-issue lobby groups to ban the use of the industrial chemical cyanide.EMED says it “continues to work in support of the European Raw Minerals Initiative of the EU to promote and facilitate Europe’s access to minerals and the resurgence of the mining industry in Europe. The following statement is a direct extract from a press release made by euromines, the industry’s representative association based in Brussels. The resolution of the European Parliament calling for a general ban on the use of cyanide mineral processing technologies in the European Union has received the full attention of the European Commission. On June 23, 2010 the European Commissioner for the Environment – Mr Potočnik – published the following statement on behalf of the Commission in response to a Parliamentary question on the issue.“After an in depth analysis of the issue, the Commission considers that a general ban of cyanide in mining activities is not justified from environmental and health point of views. Existing legislation notably on the management of extractive waste (Directive 2006/21/EC) includes precise and strict requirements ensuring an appropriate safety level of the mining waste facilities. The limit values for cyanide storage as defined in the Directive are the most stringent possible and implies in practice a destruction step of cyanide used before its storage.“Due to the lack of better (in the sense of causing less impact on the environment) alternative technologies, a general ban on cyanide use would imply the closure of existing mines operating in safe conditions. This would be detrimental to employment without additional environmental and health added value…” The rest of the statement can be sourced on request or from euromines or the European Commission directly via the relevant link as follows: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=P-2010-3589&language=ENIn Slovakia EMED Mining has made a significant gold discovery at Biely Vrch and is advancing planning and permitting for its potential development. The company says one of its core values “is to invest in a socially and environmentally responsible manner with a view to creating enormous social benefits via collaborative partnerships. A matter of equal importance to the assessment of the technical merits of our projects in Slovakia is the degree of social licence gained. EMED Mining personnel have built-up outstanding relationships with the Slovak government, local communities, business chambers, scientific societies and other stakeholders that are based on integrity, transparency and progress. These stakeholders have been very supportive of the responsible development of metal production operations in Slovakia.”
Et si le plaisir pouvait se détecter dans les yeux ?Une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université Drexel à Philadelphie, aux Etats-Unis, indique qu’il est possible de repérer le plaisir provoqué par un aliment en mesurant l’activité de la rétine du consommateur. Comment savoir si votre plat cuisiné fait réellement le bonheur de vos invités ? En regardant leurs yeux ! C’est du moins ce qu’affirment des chercheurs de l’Université Drexel à Philadelphie aux Etats-Unis, selon qui, il serait possible de repérer le plaisir provoqué par un aliment en mesurant l’activité de la rétine des consommateurs et plus précisément la quantité de dopamine libérée.On sait depuis longtemps que la dopamine est un neurotransmetteur libéré sous l’effet de stimuli appétitifs (par exemple lorsque l’on mange du chocolat). Toutefois, d’autres types de stimuli existent comme l’activation du nerf optique en réponse à une exposition lumineuse qui provoque également une libération de dopamine. L’équipe de l’Université Drexel a donc cherché à comprendre si ces deux facteurs, la réponse neuronale et la réponse oculaire, pouvaient être en corrélation. Un biscuit qui fait du plaisir à l’oeil Leur expérience a consisté à mesurer à l’aide d’un électrorétinogramme (ERG), l’activité rétinienne de neuf volontaires a qui l’on proposait un gâteau au chocolat ou un verre d’eau. Tous les sujets étaient légèrement en surpoids mais ne présentaient aucun désordre du comportement alimentaire. Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Obesity, indiquent une augmentation significative de l’activité rétinienne et par conséquent de la libération de dopamine, lorsque les volontaires se délectaient du biscuit. À lire aussiVoici pourquoi il faut éviter les aliments ultra-transformésCette hausse état absente chez les sujets qui ont bu un verre d’eau. “Ce qui rend ce résultat si excitant est que le système de la dopamine de l’oeil a été considéré comme séparé du reste du système cérébral de la dopamine”, relève le Dr. Jennifer Nasser qui a dirigé l’étude. “La plupart des personnes – et bien évidemment de nombreux rétinographes m’ont dit cela – dirait que goûter de la nourriture qui stimule le système cérébral de la dopamine n’aurait pas d’effets sur le système oculaire”. Mais les résultats suggèrent le contraire.Mieux étudier le comportement alimentaire Reste que les recherches doivent encore être poursuivies afin de confirmer ce processus dans la mesure notamment où l’étude n’a impliqué que neuf volontaires. Toutefois, d’après les auteurs, cette découverte pourrait permettre de mettre en place un test oculaire pouvant mesurer les réactions chimiques d’un individu face à certains aliments. Le dispositif pourrait alors remplacer les techniques actuelles, malheureusement couteuses et invasives. De même, ce protocole pourrait permettre aux chercheurs de continuer leurs travaux pour la mise en place de traitement contre la dépendance alimentaire. “Mes recherches adoptent une approche pharmacologique à la réponse du cerveau à la nourriture”, a ajouté Nasser dans un communiqué. “La nourriture est à la fois un système d’apport de nutriments et un système de distribution de plaisir et l’effet secondaire est un excès de calories. Je veux maximiser le plaisir et l’apport nutritionnel en minimisant les effets secondaires, et pour cela, nous avons besoin de plus d’outils faciles à utiliser”, conclut-elle. Le 25 juin 2013 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrin