Trump commerce secretary says new study proves need for NAFTA changes

first_imgWith the next round of NAFTA negotiations set to begin in Ottawa, U.S. President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary says a new study proves the need for tougher rules on auto-parts imports in the continental trade agreement.Wilbur Ross, says a study from his department to be released Friday shows American content dropped six per cent in Canadian auto imports, and 10 per cent in Mexican imports, from 1995, the year after NAFTA was enacted, through 2011.Ross wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post that the majority of this shifted imports away from North America, to continents not subject to the three-country trade agreement, in an apparent reference to growing purchases from Asia.Ross wrote that this demonstrates the need to toughen the rules under NAFTA to increase how much content must come from within this continent to avoid tariffs.“We cannot forget that the point of a free-trade agreement is to advantage those within the agreement — not to help outsiders,” Ross writes.“Instead, NAFTA has provided entry into a bigger market for outside countries, and the United States is paying the price. While NAFTA has achieved its goal of increasing three-way trade in absolute terms, American workers and businesses are not benefiting in a way that is fair and reciprocal.”The current NAFTA requires that most vehicles contain 62.5 per cent North American content to avoid a tariff. The Trump administration is pushing for a higher threshold, perhaps beyond 70 per cent, and it has also hinted at a possible goal of insisting on a certain percentage of American-made content, a nation-specific carve-out that does not exist in the current agreement.Automakers have also been able to skirt the existing 62.5 per cent content requirement by including modern electronics that did not exist among the categories of parts that were defined when the initial NAFTA went into effect in 1994.“If we don’t fix the rules of origin, negotiations on the rest of the agreement will fail to meaningfully shift the trade imbalance,” Ross writes.“Our nation’s ballooning trade deficit has gutted American manufacturing, killed jobs and sapped our wealth. That is going to change under President Trump, and rules of origin are just the beginning.”Numerous auto parts makers have warned against tinkering too much with the rules.They say that some of these components simply are not produced in North America, and that too-stringent rules will only induce producers to leave the continent entirely, shift production to Asia, and just pay the tariffs.The third round of NAFTA negotiations is about to start in Ottawa, and the fourth round will be held early next month in Washington.U.S. negotiators have hinted at their overall goal of more domestic content but have not provided specific details of their demands. Those details are expected to be put forward in the upcoming negotiating rounds.last_img read more

Mexicos new president fuel theft an inside job

first_imgMEXICO CITY — The theft of $3 billion in fuel every year from Mexico’s state-run fuel depots and pipelines is an inside job, the country’s new president said Thursday.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said thieves didn’t just drill taps into government pipelines. He said company employees stole fuel and distributed it, or helped thieves by ensuring fuel continued to run through pipelines.The country’s top prosecutor said criminal investigations have been opened against three employees of the state-owned oil company Pemex for their alleged involvement in the scam.While thieves drill an average of about 42 illegal taps per day, Lopez Obrador said that represents only about 20 per cent of losses. The rest was presumably stolen from distribution centres aboard tanker trucks.“There is a hypothesis that of all the (fuel) thefts, only about 20 per cent is done by illegal pipeline taps,” Lopez Obrador said. “It’s a kind of smoke-screen, and the majority is done through a scheme that involves the complicity of authorities and a distribution network.”Lopez Obrador suggested much of the stolen fuel left distribution centres aboard about 600 tanker trucks every day carrying fuel worth about $10 million per day.Authorities have long suspected Pemex employees of complicity in the thefts, since drilling illegal taps and extracting fuel without causing an explosion requires inside knowledge.But an even bigger mystery has been how that much stolen fuel gets sold; simply selling it on roadsides to passing truckers could never account for the vast amount of stolen gasoline and diesel.A few dozen gasoline stations have been implicated in selling stolen fuel, but that also wouldn’t account for enough sales volume.“If we’re talking about 600 tanker trucks per day, we’re not just talking about “huachicol” pipeline thefts,” Lopez Obrador said. “We are talking about a scheme that has involvement inside the governments and has a fuel distribution system, because it is not easy to distribute and sell 600 tanker trucks per day.”Officials say that by targeting corrupt employees and monitoring fuel shipments they have already managed to reduce the thefts since Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1.Military personnel are participating in a new plan to monitor distribution depots.Still, the problem remains strikingly widespread; authorities found 12,581 illegal pipeline taps in first 10 months of year, equivalent to about 42 per day. Fuel theft gangs also have brought extreme violence to previously peaceful states in central Mexico, and the gangs frequently recruit entire neighbourhoods to block police raids and acts as lookouts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Government introduces stiffer rules and fines to reduce wildfire risk

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson announced today that new rules and penalties for off-road vehicle users to reduce the wildfire risk around the province will go into effect immediately.Donaldson announced today that the government has increased some wildfire-related penalties up to $100,000 to help prevent fires and discourage irresponsible off-road vehicle use on Crown land. He said that all off-road vehicles that operate on Crown land are now required to have a spark arrestor installed.A spark arrestor is a small screen or other device that is installed in an exhaust system to stop sparks or other exhaust residue from exiting the tailpipe. Not having a spark arrestor could result in a fine of $460 or a penalty of up to $10,000 if an ORV without a spark arrestor is operating at a time or place where there is a risk of a wildfire starting. Anyone operating an ORV that starts a wildfire could receive a fine of $575, a penalty of up to $10,000, or a court fine of up to $1,000,000 and/or up to three years in jail. The person responsible could also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. “These changes reflect the tougher stand that our government is taking to eliminate unnecessary wildfire risks, encourage compliance, protect communities from harm and help keep British Columbians safe,” said Donaldson.Donaldson also announced today that fines for failing to comply with area restrictions or evacuation orders would be increasing from $767 to $1,150. The Wildfire Regulation was also amended to add a new penalty of up to $100,000 for violations related to power line operations.last_img read more

15000 Moroccan Conscripts Begin Military Service Training

Rabat – On Tuesday, September 3, the training operation for the 15,000 conscripts for the mandatory military service for the year 2019-2020 began. The conscripts are now undergoing training in the different training centers of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR).The training will take place at 14 centers spread across the national territory, namely El Hajeb, Kasbet Tadla, Guercif, Temara, Casablanca, Nador, Ksar Sghir, El Hoceima, Meknes, Kenitra, Sidi Slimane, Ben Guerir, Marrakesh and Benslimane.Throughout the military internship, conscripts will be taught moral education, physical education, military history, order and regulation, in order to instill in them moral values, a new lifestyle, and exemplary discipline. The training process will be supervised by qualified executives, officers and non-commissioned officers who have taken courses in pedagogy and personal development to better communicate with the new recruits.Read also: Morocco’s Armed Forces Receive 50 Military Trucks, Vehicles from US ArmyAll conscripts will receive monthly salaries based on rank. Soldiers receive MAD 1,000, non-commissioned officers receive MAD 1500, and officers receive MAD 2,000. Conscripts sent to the southern provinces will receive a bonus of MAD 300.After the end of the one-year military service on August 31, conscripts of both sexes will be assigned to the different ranks of the first military regiment based on their qualifications. read more

UN agency and Microsoft plan increased collaboration

26 June 2008The head of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates have discussed enhancing their collaboration on using information technology to spur development around the world. During a meeting with Microsoft officials in Redmond in the United States, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said that connecting the world and fulfilling everyone’s fundamental right to communicate could make the world a better and safer place. “Connectivity must be our focus for the coming years to empower people everywhere with access to information on health care, agriculture and the environment,” Dr. Touré told Mr. Gates, according to a statement released by the ITU today. “My dream is to connect the world and I hope that Microsoft will join me in fulfilling this dream.” Dr Touré highlighted the importance of internet safety for children and his plans to launch a global coalition to focus on protecting children in cyberspace. He is seeking collaboration with Microsoft to promote digital literacy in ITU’s Internet Training Centres and to make libraries of digital resources available in schools and other institutions in developing countries. ITU also discussed ways to cooperate with technology companies such as Microsoft to explore the options for shared access and inexpensive information devices, including mobile smartphones and low-cost notebooks. At the meeting, Mr. Gates emphasized that information and communication technologies are a key component for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He expressed interest in ITU’s standardization work, especially on audio and video coding. In collaboration with Microsoft, ITU has developed an online information platform called “Global View.” read more

TransCanada toll proposals to ship natural gas again rejected by NEB

CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. says it is disappointed by the National Energy Board’s latest rejection of its proposals on how the company charges customers to ship natural gas across the country.TransCanada is studying its options and says it may launch an appeal after being informed of the rejection by the NEB on Tuesday.The regulator told TransCanada that it had rejected in its entirety the company’s request for a review and variance of a March 27 decision covering tolls and service on the Canadian Mainline. It said reasons for dismissing the application would follow at a later date.Although the NEB dismissed the application, it set a separate process for consideration of the tariff revisions that were included in the review and variance application.“We are very disappointed that the NEB rejected our review and variance application without the opportunity for a full hearing and without issuing rationale for its rejection,” TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling said in a release Wednesday.“Our application was specifically designed to work within the new regulatory framework established by the NEB in its March 27 decision without trying to undo it.”TransCanada has described the March decision as having created a new model for the mainline’s tolls that was a departure from what TransCanada applied for and from the regulatory framework that has been in place for decades.The 257-page NEB decision set the multi-year fixed transportation toll from the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary to southern Ontario at $1.42 per gigajoule.TransCanada wants that increased to $1.52 gigajoule — still a big drop from the tolls the company has charged since 2011.Among other things, TransCanada also wanted the NEB to implement its decision on Nov. 1, rather than July 1, when natural gas is in lower demand.Stock in TransCanada, which disclosed the rejection after markets closed, was up a penny at $46.13 Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Canadian Press read more

Ban appoints deputy special representatives for UN missions in both Mali and

Mbaranga Gasarabwe of Rwanda, to serve in MINUSMA, will also serve as UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Ms. Gasarabwe succeeds David Gressly of the United States who served as Deputy Special Representative from July 2013 to April 2015. Mr. Ban thanked Mr. Gressly for his dedicated service at a critical moment in Mali’s history and during the establishment of MINUSMA’s presence. Ms. Gasarabwe brings more than 20 years of experience with the UN in development and humanitarian assistance. From 2001 to 2011, she served as Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Benin, Djibouti, Guinea and Mali. She was appointed Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Safety and Security in 2011. Today Mr. Ban also announced the appointment of Mourad Wahba of Egypt as the Deputy Special Representative for MINUSTAH, where he will also serve as UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UNDP. Mr. Wahba will succeed Peter de Clercq of the Netherlands, who Mr. Ban also thanked today for his dedicated service and contribution to the work of the UN in Haiti. Mr. Wahba brings to the position extensive experience in development, policy making, and operations management. He currently serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Bureau for Arab States of UNDP in New York. Prior to this role, Mr. Wahba was the Director of the Security Office in the Bureau of Management of UNDP in New York from 2009 to 2013, and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Morocco from 2006 to 2009. read more

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday.Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn’t been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. Kraft has denied wrongdoing.FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)Jupiter police said details about the charges against Kraft will not be released until next week.The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County. About 200 arrest warrants have been issued in recent days and more are expected. Police said they secretly planted undercover cameras in targeted massage parlors and videotaped the interactions between men and the female employees.In a statement, a spokesperson for Kraft said they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”The Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month in Atlanta, their sixth in the last 18 seasons.Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was shocked to learn Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was paying for sex inside a strip-mall massage parlor, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.“We are as equally stunned as everyone else,” Kerr said.The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, which would prosecute the case, had no comment.Kraft lives in Massachusetts and has a home in the Palm Beach area. He is a frequent guest of President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club. Though a Democrat, he is friendly with Trump.Kraft’s wife Myra Hiatt died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.The NFL did not immediately respond to a message Friday seeking comment.Most people charged for the first time for soliciting a prostitute in Florida are allowed to enter a diversion program, said attorney David Weinstein, a former prosecutor. Kraft would have to perform 100 hours of community service and pay to attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking.Kraft, who made his initial fortune through a packaging company, was a Patriots season ticket owner when he purchased the team’s previous stadium during in 1988, then used his leverage to buy the team in 1994 for $172 million to keep if from moving to St. Louis.He hired Bill Belichick to be his coach in 2000 and the team subsequently drafted quarterback Tom Brady, launching their nearly two decades of success.Under Kraft, the Patriots have been the most successful team in pro sports, having made it to 10 Super Bowls, winning six, including this year against the Los Angeles Rams.But there also have been issues involving team actions under Belichick.In 2007, the Patriots were caught filming signals from New York Jets coaches; New England was suspected of doing so against other teams, as well, and that was confirmed later on. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fined the Patriots $250,000 and stripped them of their 2008 first-round draft pick. Belichick was fined $500,000, the most an NFL coach ever was fined.In the 2014 AFC championship game, the team — specifically, star quarterback Tom Brady — was accused by the Indianapolis Colts of doctoring footballs.The NFL concluded that Patriots employees were involved in deflating the footballs and Brady was “at least generally aware” it was being done. After lengthy legal battles, Brady served a four-game suspension at the beginning of the 2016 season and the Patriots were fined $1 million — the heftiest for a team in league history. New England was stripped of a first-round and a fourth-round draft choice.Neither Kraft nor Belichick were implicated after the investigation. read more

How The Eagles Are Winning Matters As Much As Their 20 Record

The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0, but they’re living dangerously. The Eagles fell behind 17-0 against Jacksonville on opening day before hanging 34 unanswered points on the Jaguars defense. And Philadelphia was at it again in Monday night’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Trailing 20-6 at one point in the third quarter, the Eagles came back to win on a Cody Parkey field goal as time expired.Philadelphia has an average points-per-game margin of +10 so far this season, which ties it for fifth-best in the NFL. If you look at how the Eagles’ games have developed, though, you’d never guess they’d have such a positive scoring margin. To measure this phenomenon, FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart has created a metric called Game Scripts, which attempts to more accurately measure how the totality of a game played out beyond the final score line. A team’s Game Script in a given game (or season) is its average point margin at any given moment.Against Indianapolis, the Eagles had a Game Script of -4.8, meaning they trailed by nearly five points at any given moment in the game. Needless to say, teams that post a Game Script of -4.8 tend to lose. Historically, only about 17 percent of teams with that particular Game Script win the game in question. But that’s nothing compared with Philadelphia’s game vs. Jacksonville — the Eagles won despite a -7.1 Game Script. Teams with such a negative Game Script tend to win only 9 percent of the time.Adding those two winning percentages up, we’d expect the Eagles to have won just 0.26 games so far this year, based on the degree to which they’ve trailed and the amount of time they’ve spent trailing. That represents a huge difference from their actual win total (two). Through two games, it’s the biggest difference between actual wins and Game Script-predicted wins of any team since 1978 (when the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978).But that gap is probably unsustainable. After all, impressive late-game comebacks aren’t necessarily very predictive of how a team will play in the future. However, I decided to test which statistic was a better descriptor of a team like the Eagles: two actual wins in two games, or 0.26 Game Script-predicted wins?For both metrics, I looked at teams’ two-game starts to the season (excluding strike-shortened campaigns) and their records over the remainder of the season. For example, the average 2-0 team ended up winning eight games out of its next 14. So just from Philadelphia’s record alone, we’d expect them to finish the season 10-6. But the average team with 0.26 Game Script-predicted wins through two games won only 5.9 of their next 14 games, which would yield a predicted record of about 8-8 for the Eagles despite the 2-0 start.I then tested which mixture of actual and Game Script-predicted wins yielded the best prediction about how a team would finish the year. The result? Both variables carry almost exactly the same weight. Accuracy is maximized when predicting a team’s rest-of-season record by giving 50.7 percent weight to that which would be predicted from its actual record, and 49.3 percent to that which would be predicted from its Game Script. (And both variables are statistically significant.)For the Eagles, this means they aren’t quite the team we’d expect from their 2-0 record. But they also shouldn’t have their big average deficits completely held against them. Combining the two metrics, we’d expect them to finish with almost exactly seven wins in their final 14 games, which would yield a record of 9-7. read more

Smart meters would need to be installed at a rate of 30

Smart meters would need to be installed at a rate of 30-a-minute to meet the government’s target amid a slowdown in the roll-out, Which? analysis has found. The consumer watchdog said energy suppliers would have to fit 30 meters every sixty seconds for the next two years to replace 46 million existing meters by the 2020 deadline.The report comes days before the National Audit Office is due to publish its investigation into the Government’s handling of the costly project which has so far topped £11billion. The public spending watchdog is expected to heavily criticise the project which is running behind schedule and over budget due to technical issues. With just over two years to go until 2020, Which? is concerned that delays and increased costs will result in reduced savings for consumers. Government estimates for the expected savings for an annual dual fuel bill in 2020 have already fallen from £26 to just £11. So far, just 11 million smart meters have been fitted. In February Which? found large energy companies would need to install 24 smart meters per minute to meet the deadline. But rather than speeding up the roll-out, firms have slowed down.Up to 53 million smart meters, designed to replace traditional gas and electricity meters across homes and businesses, are due to be installed across Britain by the end of 2020 with the main energy companies responsible for rolling out 46 million of them. 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. Energy suppliers maintain that they will meet the 2020 target, but as the deadline draws closer, experts belive tihs is highly unlikely. Dubbed as the “next generation of gas and electricity meters,” smart meters provide customers with an accurate reading of their energy usage and automatically send this information to suppliers – potentially meaning an end to meter readings and estimated bills.However, the rollout has been plagued with problems from the outset, including faulty in-house display monitors and meters that were no longer compatible when customers switched energy suppliers.Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Products and Services, said: “The smart meter rollout has been plagued by problems and been massively delayed, the benefits have been overstated and the savings they could bring consumers are at risk. Therefore it’s time for the Government to replan with industry and consumer groups to ensure people get the maximum benefit at the minimum cost.”A spokesman for Energy UK, which represents the energy industry, said suppliers were committed to ensuring all eligible households and businesses are offered a smart meter by the deadline date.”The industry is working hard to reach as many customers as possible and to ensure the roll-out is carried out safely, efficiently, cost-effectively and delivers a positive experience for customers,” he said. “With more than 12 million smart meters now installed in the UK, more and more customers are enjoying the benefits that smart meters bring and are reporting high levels of satisfaction.”Guy Anker, deputy editor of Money Saving Expert, described the entire roll-out process as “a total embarrassment” but said smart meters in themselves were not a bad thing.He told The Telegraph: “This whole saga has been a total embarrassment. There is no way the industry was ever going to meet the 2020 deadline but while the roll out has been completely botched, it is important to remember smart meteres aren’t bad things. “Thecan help you understand your useage better. They have their faults but they can save consumers money.” Earlier this month Npower was accused of coercing customers into getting smart meters as energy companies seemingly feel the pressure of the looming deadline. Valerie Harbidge, 72, from Yorkshire, said she felt “coerced” by the company when she received an email telling her engineers would arrive to install her smart meter in the afternoon of November 22.The email, which had the subject line “your smart meters are coming”, said she could confirm or change her appointment, but did not give her the option to cancel. It told her she had only five days to confirm the appointment.Charity Citizens Advice has raised concerns in the past over the aggressive tactics used by suppliers to encourage customers to sign up for a smart meter. Firms face fines if they miss installation targets.  read more

TOP 10 goal scorers at WCh 2015 Dragan Gajic leads the Balkan

← Previous Story Group B: Croatia win Balkan derby – Tunisia beat BIH for eight-final Next Story → IHF SUSPENSION: Nikola Prce goes home! Slovenian right wing Dragan Gajic scored 13 goals in the victory of his team against Brazil in fourth match at World Championship 2015 in Doha, which helped him to stay at the top of goalscorer list after Day 7. Here are the TOP 10:1 GAJIC Dragan SLO 392 MARKOVIC Zarko QAT 323 LAZAROV Kiril MKD 294 CUPIC Ivan CRO 285 WEBER Robert AUT 266 SANTOS Raul AUT 247 RIBEIRO Felipe BRA 238 GENSHEIMER Uwe GER 228 RIVERA Valero ESP 2210 ESTEKI Sajad IRI 21

Greencore Bolognese sauce contained 48 equine DNA

first_imgGreencoreGreencore produces 150 million prepared meals a year at its five British plants, and said that beef in the products that were found to have equine DNA had been supplied by ABP Food Group and produced at its plant in Nenagh.However, ABP said that it carried out a traceability exercise on the consignment of beef sent to Greencore Group that was used in the batch. It said in a statement that ABP Nenagh is satisfied that they are not the source of the positive equine result. It also said that it has never processed, purchased, traded, stored or handled equine product and it will continue to test for equine DNA.ABP is the parent company of Silvercrest Foods.The latter’s Monaghan facility was among the first to be found with beef products containing equine DNA. Up until the discovery that equine DNA was in the Asda fresh bolognese sauce, all the other products found to contain horsemeat were frozen items.Minister Coveney convened a special meeting of his EU counterparts in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the horsemeat scandal. He said afterwards that a pan European testing programme is being agreed on, and that Ireland is liaising with Europol on the horse DNA issue.Read: Horse DNA found in products supplied by firm run by minister’s brother>Read: Horsemeat: Focus on Naas company over imported Polish meat> GREENCORE HAS SAID that tests on food items made using its products showed they contained almost 5 per cent equine DNA.Further to its announcement on Thursday, Greencore said it can confirm today that it has been informed by Asda that the results of the quantitative tests on Asda’s Chosen By You 350g Beef Bolognese Sauce have shown above trace levels (4.8 per cent) of equine DNA.The company, whose CEO is Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney’s brother Patrick Coveney, said:Greencore only sources products from customer and Greencore approved suppliers, which are regularly audited, and insists that they in turn use approved suppliers. The company is therefore carrying out a thorough and comprehensive investigation to fully determine how its supply chain came to be compromised in this way.The company has received assurance from Asda that it “remains supportive of Greencore and the steps it is taking with regards to this matter”.Greencore continues to participate in full with the intensive industry testing programme to examine the full supply chain in order to restore consumer confidence. All other test results on Greencore products have been negative, and none of its other sites have been affected.last_img read more

Déforestation 1 million darbres plantés pour la sortie du film Avatar

first_imgDéforestation : 1 million d’arbres plantés pour la sortie du film AvatarLe 22 avril prochain sera célébrée la Journée de la Terre. La sortie en DVD du film Avatar coïncidant avec cette journée, la Fox s’est engagée à planter 1 million d’arbres à travers le monde d’ici fin 2010.En partenariat avec l’association Earth Day Network, la société de production américaine 20th Century Fox lancera, à l’occasion de la sortie du DVD du film Avatar au succès phénoménal, un programme mondial visant à planter 1 million d’arbres d’ici à la fin de l’année, et ce dans quinze pays différents.”Je suis content d’avoir l’opportunité de partager, grâce à Avatar, un message environnemental durant le 40e anniversaire du Jour de la Terre […]. L’engagement et les actions d’Earth Day Network pour promouvoir le développement durable et une planète saine s’accordent parfaitement avec les thèmes d’Avatar”, a souligné James Cameron, le réalisateur du film.Quant à l’association Earth Day Network, qui s’engage à entretenir ces arbres jusqu’à leur maturité, elle estime que le film Avatar “envoie un message universel sur le danger que représente la surexploitation de nos ressources naturelles et place au premier plan de la conscience mondiale la nécessité de protéger notre planète et l’humanité”. Et Kathleen Rogers, présidente d’Earth Day Network, d’espérer que cette initiative “inspirera les autres à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique pour le Jour de la Terre”.Le 29 mars 2010 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le parlement hongrois autorise le prolongement de létat durgence à la pollution

first_imgLe parlement hongrois autorise le prolongement de l’état d’urgence à la pollutionAlors que la Hongrie était touchée en octobre dernier par un important accident chimique qui a coûté la vie à dix personnes, le parlement du pays a autorisé le prolongement de l’état d’urgence dans trois départements hongrois jusqu’au 31 mars prochain.Le 4 octobre 2010, la Hongrie a connu un important accident chimique qui s’est déroulé à plus de 160 kilomètres de Budapest. A Ajka, le réservoir d’une usine contenant de la boue toxique s’est rompu, déversant son contenu (700.000 mètres cubes) aux alentours, blessant ainsi 150 personnes et en tuant dix. Face à cette situation critique, l’état d’urgence à la pollution avait été décrété, état qui a été prolongé pour trois départements de Hongrie par le parlement du pays, et cela avec 301 voix contre 2.Le ministre de l’Intérieur hongrois estime comme plus que nécessaire cette nouvelle mesure. Il explique ainsi : “L’hiver très humide a ralenti les travaux de nettoyage, de reconstruction ainsi que les travaux de protection en cours pour protéger les lieux d’autres catastrophes éventuelles”, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. De son côté, l’ONG Robin des Bois dit s’inquiéter des conséquences de cet accident et notamment concernant la faune et la flore. L’association demande à ce que le nettoyage de la zone polluée se fasse consciencieusement et méticuleusement, redoutant qu’une fois le plus gros du travail effectué, le gouvernement n’abandonne ses bonnes résolutions.Le 21 décembre 2010 à 15:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Inde RIM Nokia et Apple seraient impliqués dans une affaire despionnage

first_imgInde : RIM, Nokia et Apple seraient impliqués dans une affaire d’espionnage Les trois constructeurs de téléphonie auraient mis à disposition de l’armée indienne les données transitant sur leurs réseaux afin d’espionner une organisation supervisant les relations économiques entre les Etats-Unis et la Chine.La découverte de cette entente entre Apple, RIM, Nokia et l’armée indienne aurait été réalisée par des hackers, dont le groupe se nomme Dharmaraja. Ces derniers ont réussi à inflitrer différents serveurs, le fait d’arme le plus retentissant étant la publication du code source du logiciel Norton Antivirus.À lire aussiUne monstrueuse avalanche filmée dans le Nord de l’IndeMais dans leurs actions, les hackers ont fait des découvertes bien plus sensibles. Il s’agit de fichiers démontrant l’existence d’un espionnage organisé par l’armée indienne et permise grâce aux trois constructeurs, ayant laissé les militaires utiliser les informations collectées sur leurs réseaux. Le groupe est appelé sur les fichiers “RINOA”, l’acronyme selon les hackers de RIM, NOkia, et Apple.Les cibles de cet espionnage seraient les membres de l’USCC, une organisation sino-américaine rappelle Clubic, qui supervise les relations économiques entre la Chine et les Etats-Unis et dressent des rapports réguliers à destination du Congrès Américain.Pour prouver leurs dires, les hackers ont mis à disposition du public des extraits des mails des différents membres de la commission et interceptés par l’armée. Une sombre histoire dont aucun acteur de l’industrie téléphonique n’a encore jugé bon de commenter.Le 9 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Mutants Will Be a Horror Movie Might Star Rosario Dawson

first_imgStay on target Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Wolverine’s story may have ended with Logan, but 20th Century Fox still has big plans for the X-Men franchise. They’re not letting those rights revert back to Marvel Studios anytime soon.  Not that they necessarily need to. The movies, especially Logan and Deadpool, have been fantastic, providing us with a different tone and take on the Marvel universe. As confusing as it is that the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. can’t interact with the X-Men, it has given us some pretty great movies lately. So what’s next?Fox is planning a different kind of comic book movie for their upcoming New Mutants adaptation. Director Josh Boone told Entertainment Weekly what fans should expect. The most interesting part: It’s going to be a horror movie.“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different,” Boone said.That’s an incredibly interesting idea, and I’m definitely curious about what a horror movie with superheroes looks like. When your main characters have supernatural powers, what scares them? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. This is one of the benefits of having multiple studios make movies with Marvel’s characters. It can lead to experiments like this. Can you see Disney’s Marvel Studios making a real horror movie with any character? It’s unlikely. Their movies are too bright and colorful to contain any legitimate scares.The comic is based on the 1984 run of the New Mutants comic series, drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz. Boone says that’s when the comic became a lot more surreal and impressionistic than it had been in the past. “It felt like Stephen King vs. John Hughes,” he says. If that’s the tone Boone is going for with the movie, it could really be something amazing.Rosario Dawson at the 2009 Streamy Awards.(Photo by Lan Bui,, via Wikimedia Commons)Details on the plot are secret for now, but we do know a little bit about the casting. Rosario Dawson is reportedly in talks to join the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dawson is being considered to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a medical doctor who can create a protective force field around herself. She would be a mentor to the main cast of young mutants. Dawson would join Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy, who have both already signed on to the project.Yes, Dawson already has a Marvel role she’s currently playing, but once again, different universes. The Marvel Studios and X-Men universes do not intersect, and likely won’t until long after this dual-casting isn’t an issue anymore. Dawson is a great actress and always fun to watch on screen, so I won’t complain about her getting more Marvel screen time. It is a little funny that she plays a medical professional in both universes. Something about her just screams “medicine” to comic book casting directors, I guess.(Via Marvel)Finally, over in the MCU proper, some news about the upcoming Captain Marvel movie came out of the studio. Comic Book reports that the character, played by Brie Larson, will debut in Avengers: Infinity War and the movie will be a follow-up to her appearance there. It will also connect to another movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ant-Man.Dr. Spiros Michalakis, a quantum physicist at the California Institute of Technology, has worked as a consultant on Marvel movies in the past. Yes, these movies employ real-life scientists to make sure the comic book ideas are at least theoretically possible. In a recent interview with Inverse, Michalakis spoke about the quantum realm Ant-Man enters in his movie. “he doesn’t just go to just a smaller space like Fantastic Voyage. This is a place where the nature of reality changes around you. So, when you enter the quantum realm, its different set of laws takes hold.”Michalakis says he can’t talk too much about Captain Marvel yet, but understanding the quantum realm will be helpful in the upcoming film. “This is exciting for the future. There are different ways that some of these ideas appear on-screen in a few years. Not just for Ant-Man, but also for Captain Marvel and all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” he said. So it’s possible that Captain Marvel’s powers will come from the same place as Ant-Man’s.At some point, when you’re dealing with multiple universes and reality-altering stones, I guess it only makes sense to hire a quantum physicist at some point. Just to make sure your science passes the sniff test. Captain Marvel is scheduled to be released on March 3, 2019.last_img read more

87 WWE Smackdown Live Preview AJ Styles returns Finals for the Tag

first_img Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE Smackdown is live tonight from Orlando, Florida.Scheduled for tonight’s show is the return of WWE Champion AJ Styles where he will address Samoa Joe’s comments about their WWE Championship match at SummerSlam.Also set for the show is the finals of the Smackdown Live Tag Team Tournament featuring The New Day vs. The Bar, with the winners advancing to SummerSlam to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships.As reported earlier, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch vs. The IIconics was also announced for the show tonight. The Miz is also set to make some kind of SummerSlam will have live coverage of Smackdown tonight at 8:00 PM ET. Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

Lovren says Salah could top Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes if Mohamed Salah leads the club to win the Champions League, he could possibly be deemed a player of the rank of Messi and Ronaldo, and even better – the best player in the world.The Reds will be facing Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night as they will be looking to add a sixth European Cup to their collection. Los Blancos, on the other side, will be trying to get their hands on their third consecutive Champions League title and fourth in the last five years.Ahead of the clash, Lovren voiced his opinion that Salah could easily compete with and even win over Messi and Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or.“I spoke to Mo about that. It is still quite an early stage but if we win definitely he is one of the contenders,” said Lovren, according to Sport360.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When you score 44 in all, definitely. When you look, Messi, Ronaldo, Mo Salah, he deserves to be in the top three.”“He has the quality, the world-class experience already.”“He is so calm, a man down to earth and he deserves every credit for every goal he scored for now and definitely we will help him achieve this dream,” Lovren shared.last_img read more

Ashford to join TSB

first_imgLiz Ashford is to join financial services organisation TSB as its new HR director, subject to regulatory approval.Ashford, who has experience across the retail, utilities and financial services sectors, is expected to start at TSB in summer 2019. She specialises in leading change and business transformation as well as people strategy.Ashford will join TSB from insurance business Aviva, where she has worked as HR director, global investors and group function. Previously, Ashford has also worked as head of human resources at Kleinwort Benson and head of human resources at RWE.last_img

PBSO deputy helps turtle cross busy road

first_imgWe have Jaywalker detained for crossing the street too slow. #YouMightThinkItsOk but is not. Move it buddy.— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) March 31, 2019The caption read, “We have a jaywalker detained for crossing the street too slow.”The deputy made sure the slow crosser made it safely to the other side.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – How did a Palm Beach County turtle cross the road? With a little help from law enforcement.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office posted a video on Twitter on Sunday showing a deputy picking up the reptile as it appeared to be crossing a busy roadway.last_img