WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the negative market reaction following the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was “completely overblown.”Mnuchin says the market overreacted, with computerized program trading taking over and driving stock prices down further. In a Fox Business interview Thursday, Mnuchin says that he believed markets were disappointed in Powell’s comments at a news conference following the meeting.The Fed boosted its key policy rate for a fourth time this year but lowered its projections for further rate hikes from three to just two. However, this failed to calm investors’ concerns that the central bank is not taking into account warning signs that the economy is slowing.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
“I’m very touched to be able to visit this place, my second home,” he told journalists following the meeting. “I stayed eight days in this home with love and affection.”Asked about her impression of Mr. Ban, Mrs. Patterson told the UN News Service, “He’s as sincere now as he was at 18.”As a teenager, Ban Ki-moon scored top points on a nationwide English-writing exam as part of the competitive process to win a coveted chance to go to the United States in a trip sponsored by the Red Cross.From his rural hometown of Eumseong in the North Chungcheong Province, Republic of Korea, the young Ban Ki-moon took an unpaved road to the capital, Seoul, where he was selected to participate in the Red Cross’ VISTA programme (Visit of International Students to America) which would take 41 students representing 25 countries to different cities throughout the United States.Writing about the trip in Junior Red Cross, a Korean-language publication, Mr. Ban said, “I was so excited I felt I could grab the stars from the sky, but also concerned about how I should present myself to this new world.” He reminded himself to be “careful not to prejudge” the people he would encounter along the way. The first stop was San Francisco, where the eager foreign student crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County’s town of Novato along Highway 101. The fog resting over the span “is still in my eyes” Mr. Ban wrote in describing his trip to meet the Patterson family, which would host him during his short stay in the western state.Having difficulty with English, Ban Ki-moon asked the family to speak more slowly. The shared communication that ensued would continue over the decades to come. Mr. Ban’s meeting today with Mrs. Patterson was not a reunion of long-lost friends; the two were together last in 2006 before he became Secretary-General, maintaining a relationship that has taken each to the other side of the Pacific Ocean over the years. The 1962 visit included what Mr. Ban called in his Junior Red Cross essay the “great honour to meet with President Kennedy.” Meeting the President in person would have been “unimaginable,” wrote Mr. Ban, who had only seen the US leader in pictures and on television.The President greeted a few students, and Mr. Ban thought of saluting him but did not because there was no time. “I wished that could have happened,” he wrote, “but in vain.” Although he did not make any formal gesture at the time, Mr. Ban “was inspired to pursue his diplomatic career” during the meeting, his spokesperson, Choi Soung-ah, told the UN News Service. 26 July 2007The United Nations Secretary-General today met in San Francisco with the woman who, in 1962, hosted the young Ban Ki-moon when he was a student on the first stop in what would eventually develop into a life of international travel as part of his diplomatic career.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Ethan Thompson had 18 points and seven rebounds, and brother Stephen Thompson Jr. added 17 points to help Oregon State hold off Long Beach State 75-72 on Sunday.Tres Tinkle, who entered second in the Pac-12 with a 21.8 scoring average, was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting in the first half and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Oregon State (5-1). Gilgorije Rakocevic added 10 points and six boards.Ethan Thompson’s 3-pointer and back-to-back buckets by Tinkle gave the Beavers a 46-42 lead with 14:40 left to play. Stephen Thompson’s layup capped a 30-14 spurt and OSU had its first double-digit lead, 63-52, with 7:53 to play.A layup by KJ Byers pulled the 49ers within 69-67, but Ethan Thompson sank a jumper and Tinkle added two free throws to push the Beavers’ lead to six. Once again LBSU battled back, using Byers’ 3-point play and two free throws by Deishuan Booker to get within 73-72 with 34 seconds remaining. But Zach Reichle sank two free throws with 11 seconds to go and Booker and Jordan Griffin missed 3s in the final seconds.Edon Maxhuni scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half for Long Beach State (2-5). Maxhuni was 3 of 4 from 3-point range while the rest of his teammates made just 1 of 12 from distance. Byers finished with 13 points and six rebounds, Temidayo Yussuf added 10 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, and Jordan Robers scored 10.BIG PICTUREOregon State: The Beavers came in leading the Pac-12 in scoring defence at 61.2 points per game. They have held three opponents below 60 points this season after doing so in just 3 of 32 games last season. … OSU shot better from the floor with more rebounds and assists than their first five opponents this season.Long Beach State: Booker came in shooting 95.5 per cent at the free-throw line (42 of 44), fifth best in the nation. He has the top percentage among players with at least 30 attempts. The rest of his teammates, however, made just 50 of 93 at the foul line (54 per cent) through the first six games. Booker hit 5 of 6 from the foul line against OSU, while his teammates sank 13 of 19.UP NEXTOregon State: The Beavers return home to host Missouri State on Saturday.Long Beach State: The 49ers travel to Los Angeles to play Southern California on Wednesday.The Associated Press
Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, head coach Chris Holtmann was confident that his team’s body of work was representative of an NCAA Tournament team. He felt the same the day after, telling Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith he felt the Buckeyes were locked in as an 11 seed, maybe even a 10. Then Sunday rolled around. “As each hour passed today and I studied the numbers, I studied myself into absolute paranoia,” Holtmann said. “I just had to stop. Thank God we had practice.” For the first time in his coaching career, Holtmann experienced what leading a bubble team was really like. And on Sunday, sequestered in a room together as a team, experiencing the pressure of the unknown as a group, the unknown became known. Ohio State was an NCAA Tournament team. “All season long, we have been leaning on each other just throughout the struggles,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. “Obviously this year has had its ups and downs and just to see our name pop up there is a bit of a sigh of relief.” For redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, Ohio State’s name popping up as an 11 seed set to play Iowa State in Tulsa, Oklahoma was validation that he made the right decision to join Holtmann for his final season. This was what came to mind for the second-year head coach when Ohio State’s future became secure, watching Woods achieve what he has wanted for his collegiate career. “Keyshawn, the reason he came here was to play in the NCAA Tournament,” Holtmann said. “It wasn’t me. He basically came here and said, ‘Hey, I’m putting my faith in you that I can get there.’” Woods echoed that sentiment, saying the NCAA Tournament was always on his mind when selecting a school to spend his last season. “It’s the whole reason why I chose to become a Buckeye,” Woods said. “The belief I had in the guys, C.J., coach Holtmann, the staff, it’s a great feeling, especially to see our name pop up there.” But Holtmann said, at the beginning of the season, what Woods strived for was no guarantee. He said the Buckeyes had to establish a new identity from the very start of the season. Even with that, playing well, finding the right players to mold into his scheme and game plan, Holtmann said a Tournament bid was not exactly expected. “I thought we would have to play well. I did,” Holtmann said. “I thought it was if we played well, I thought it would be very close.” Now that Ohio State has made the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row — Holtmann’s fifth-straight season dating back to his head coaching tenure at Butler — the approach is not one of appreciating the bid. Simply put, the Buckeyes want to show up. “I don’t think that was just our goal: just to make the Tournament. We are not here just to play one game in the Tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run. Not winning anymore games up to this point is not our approach and not what we are thinking.” Ohio State will begin that run against Iowa State, a team that had just won the Big 12 Championship Saturday against Kansas and had defeated six ranked opponents this season. Holtmann thought the Cyclones might be the No. 1 team of all the six seeds, saying they could have easily been a five seed. No matter Ohio State’s performance against the Cyclones in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Jackson will end his season in the big dance, in March Madness: where he wanted it to end. And as for the future, Jackson said that is not unknown. “I just think that that shows that Ohio State is back and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.”
We’re used to our smartphones and tablets getting upgraded processors, higher resolution screens, and better batteries. We’re accustomed to seeing their displays get larger, and their casing lighter and thinner. But what if you could one day add “more flexible” to that list? Nokia is investing in this future, with a vision of bendable phones on the market one day. You may have heard some of this before, but what’s new this time is that the company actually has some working demo models to show off at the Nokia World show.The demo hardware is being called the Nokia Kinetic Device. It isn’t just bendable, but its flexibility can actually be used to control various aspects of the interface. The concept model doesn’t appear to be on par with current high-end devices though, as its capabilities in the demo were mostly limited to scrolling through photos.Why would you want a bendable phone or tablet when your current inflexible one is doing just fine? Sturdiness is one advantage here. There will be no question about whether a flexible phone will survive a pavement drop. A collision with a hard surface isn’t likely to damage it much more than it would a banana, a shoe, or a piece of garden hose. The Nokia rep also suggested that you could actually run the device under a water faucet to clean it, without suffering any problems.The flexibility can also serve a means of user control. This particular concept model lets you zoom out of an image by bending the device back. Additionally, bending the upper left corner back can be used as a menu selector. This aspect of the device looks a little gimmicky to me in its current state, but it could be radically advanced by the time it hits market.Speaking of hitting the market, you won’t want to expect to get one of these into your hands anytime soon. The Nokia rep who was showing off the bendy-phone said “hopefully soon” when asked about availability, but added that manufacturing needs aren’t there yet. He also added that “of course the experience would have to be really superior.” In other words, this prototype has limited capabilities, so getting an advanced model to market could be years away.You can see the Nokia Kinetic Device in action in the two videos below: via CNET, IntoMobile
Kehlani, Tove Lo To Headline L.A. Pride Festival kehlani-tove-lo-set-headline-2018-los-angeles-pride-festival News Kehlani, Tove Lo Set To Headline 2018 Los Angeles Pride Festival Facebook Twitter Email The singer/songwriters have earned top billing at one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations of the yearRenée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2018 – 11:29 am We’re still about three months out from the annual nationwide celebration of LGBTQ Pride, but lucky for us, we’re already getting some information on what we can expect from some of the country’s biggest celebrations.On March 12 the Los Angeles Pride Festival, which is produced by the nonprofit organization Christopher Street West, announced that singer/songwriters Kehlani and Tove Lo have top billing for the popular event on June 9–10. “Kehlani and Tove Lo are two of the most daring women in music today,” the festival’s programming lead, Gregory Alexander, told Billboard. “We’re excited to see how they lead the raw and authentic voice of this year’s festival.”Both artists will help celebrate this year’s Pride theme, #JustBe, “a deeply personal invitation for self-expression that, we hope, will empower members of the LGBTQ+ community — as well as our very important straight allies — to embrace, embody and express what Pride truly means to them in the rawest, most authentic ways possible,” said Christopher Street West board member Shayne Thomas.Tickets go on sale March 12 via the L.A. Pride Festival’s website.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
Nomination seekers enter the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman joined the nomination board using a telecommunication app as the party started interviewing its nomination seekers for the upcoming national elections for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday.The interview of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party nomination aspirants will conclude with today’s interview at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office, reports UNB.The party nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee members, started the interview with those who bought nomination forms for Mymensingh and Faridpur districts at 10:00am.The interview of the nomination seekers of Dhaka division will begin around 2:30pm.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamir Uddin Sircar, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Mahbubur Rahman and Mirza Abbas were present there in the nomination board.Though the authorities concerned blocked telecommunication application Skype on Monday the nomination seekers who faced interview said Tarique joined the board on Tuesday as previous days using another application.On Monday, BNP alleged that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked telecommunication application Skype across the country.The move came after election commission secretary Helal Uddin remarked that the commission has “nothing to do” with Tarique Rahman’s involvement in the nomination processes of the party, the party added.
The March 5th deadlineThe Trump administration has not tried to block the injunctions that force it to continue operating the program. Though the March 5 date is now moot, Greisa Martinez, policy and advocacy director for United We Dream, said DACA supporters planned to demonstrate in Washington on that day.“Over 1,000 people will mobilize to Congress on March 5th because although you can apply to DACA based on the ruling, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have the protection of DACA,” Martínez said. The Supreme Court’s announcement Monday that it wouldn’t step in to the case now means the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will likely be the first appeals court to weigh in on the topic, the step before the case would return to the Supreme Court.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who joined other states in lawsuits to keep DACA in place, cheered the Supreme Court announcement Monday.“It’s a victory for all Dreamers, certainly a great victory for California,” Becerra said during a phone call with reporters. “It’s a victory for the rule of law and it’s a victory for our economy.”The Ninth Circuit has set no date to hear arguments but has given lawyers dates by which they must file briefs that run through April. Andrew Pincus, an attorney who represents more than 100 businesses that intervened in support of DACA, said June is probably the earliest that the court would rule.Trump on Monday didn’t seem to hold out much hope of winning at the Ninth Circuit, criticizing the liberal-leaning court by saying “nothing’s as bad as the Ninth Circuit.”“I mean, it’s really sad when every single case filed against us is in the 9th Circuit we lose, we lose, we lose and then we do fine in the Supreme Court,” he said.Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza Statement on DACA:The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the appeal of the decision requiring the federal government to keep DACA in place is good news for thousands of Houston-area families, students and teachers. We remain steadfast in our commitment to make sure every child, regardless of their immigration status, gets a high-quality education. Over the past several months, families have felt a great deal of anxiety and this court decision brings much-needed relief. We continue to support the dreams of our young people and their desire is to build a better life for themselves, their communities, and the nation as a whole. Share MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO / KUTThe U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services will have to accept applications of renewal for DACA after the Supreme Court decision, at least until the appeal process is over. In the image, a group of of people demonstrates for DACA in Texas.The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.The announcement means the case affecting “Dreamers” will have to work its way through the lower courts before any Supreme Court ruling is possible. The case could also become moot if Congress takes action in the meantime. Right now, however, further congressional action is in doubt after the Senate stalemated on the issue two weeks ago.The Supreme Court’s decision for now to stay out of the case on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, wasn’t surprising. It’s highly unusual for the Supreme Court to hear a case before a lower appeals court has considered it.But DACA supporters hailed the decision as a significant — if only temporary — win. President Donald Trump said the case would now be heard by an appeals court and “we’ll see what happens from there.”“You know, we tried to get it moved quickly because we’d like to help DACA. I think everybody in this room wants to help with DACA,” he said to visiting governors. “But the Supreme Court just ruled that it has to go through the normal channels.”DACA has provided protection from deportation and work permits for about 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children and stayed illegally.In September, Trump argued that President Barack Obama had exceeded his executive powers when he created the program. Trump announced he was ending the program effective March 5 and gave lawmakers until then to come up with a legislative fix.But in recent weeks, federal judges in San Francisco and New York have made Trump’s deadline temporarily moot for people who have sought and been granted renewals; the rulings do not extend to people who are applying for the first time. Judges issued injunctions ordering the administration to keep DACA in place while courts consider legal challenges to Trump’s termination. As a result, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed accepting and processing DACA renewals in January, just as it had before Trump’s September announcement.
Comcast’s Xfinity Digital Store has joined digital movie-collection service Movies Anywhere, with the cable giant becoming its seventh digital retail partner — and first pay-television partner.For its October 2017 launch, Movies Anywhere partnered with four initial retailers: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Apple’s iTunes and Walmart’s Vudu. FandangoNow, Fandango’s FandangoNow on-demand video service came aboard this past March, and Microsoft Movies and TV joined in August.Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers are now able to synchronize their accounts with Movies Anywhere, combine eligible movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store with those from other Movies Anywhere digital retailers, and access them on Xfinity X1, the Xfinity Stream app and other Xfinity TV platforms. One year after its debut, Movies Anywhere, which is managed by Disney in partnership with four other studios, had signed up nearly 6 million registered users who had added more than 150 million purchased movies to their collections.For a limited time, Xfinity consumers who sync for the first time with one of the other participating Movies Anywhere digital retailers will receive a free digital copy of “Happy Feet,” a 2006 computer-animated musical family film with a domestic box office gross of nearly $200 million. Those who sync for the first time with two digital retailers also are eligible to receive digital copies of “The Martian” and “The Fate of the Furious.”“Comcast is one of the country’s leading pay-TV providers with a customer base that, like ours, consists of people who are passionate about the movies they love,” said Karin Gilford, general manager of Movies Anywhere. “We are thrilled to now include Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers among those who can benefit from Movies Anywhere’s ability to bring their favorite movies together in one place that can be accessed across a multitude of devices using the Movies Anywhere app and across Xfinity TV platforms.”“Xfinity X1 is the only platform that provides customers with seamless, integrated access to all of their entertainment choices within one user interface, whether that content is live, on demand, streamed, recorded, rented or owned,” said Daniel Spinosa, VP of entertainment services at Comcast Cable. “And by joining Movies Anywhere, Xfinity TV customers can now easily link their accounts across participating digital retailers and watch their consolidated digital library on X1, or anywhere in the country via the Xfinity Stream app and portal.”With the addition of Comcast to the Movies Anywhere lineup, Movies Anywhere collections owned by the cable company’s customers will be accessible for the first time directly on the TV through Xfinity On Demand, and on devices via the Xfinity Stream app and web portal. All Movies Anywheres users are also able to access their collections via the Movies Anywhere app and web portal on an array of additional platforms. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety One of the top digital retailers for new releases, the Xfinity Digital Store offers Xfinity TV customers the ability to purchase and access thousands of movies, many featuring enhanced extras.Movies Anywhere is backed by five Hollywood studios — Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including Focus Features, DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), the Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros.Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate are not part of the service, which also does not extend to television programming.Consumer spending on digital purchases of movies, TV shows and other filmed content rose 18% in the third quarter of this year compared with the same quarter in 2017, a significant uptick from the single-digit gains posted in prior years, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Media Play News.
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Microsoft keeps rolling out with updates. After Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17115 which included Machine learning APIs, Microsoft has now released Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704, two days ago. The new preview SDK build can be used with Windows 10 insider preview build 17704 or greater. It includes bug fixes, MSIX support, and other development changes to the API surface area. In case you want to download the latest Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704, visit the developer section on Windows Insider. Key Updates Here’s what’s new in this latest SDK preview Build: MSIX Support Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704 has finally got MSIX support enabled. You can install and run these apps with MSIX support on devices having 17682 build or greater. Using the MakeAppx tool, you can package your applications with MSIX. Just click on the MSIX file to install the application. If you wish to know more about MSIX, check out the video below: Source: Microsoft Developer MC.EXE Changes are made to the C/C++ETW code generation of mc.exe which is a message compiler. “-mof” parameter has been deprecated. The “-mof” parameter instructs MC.exe to generate the ETW code which is compatible with Windows XP and earlier. If “-mof” parameter is not used, the generated C/ C++ header is compatible with both kernel-mode and user-mode, regardless of whether “-km” or “-um” was specified on the command line. The generated header supports several customization macros. If you need the generated macros to call something other than EventWriteTransfer, you can set the MCGEN_EVENTWRITETRANSFER macro. The manifest supports new attributes such as Event “names”, event “attributes”, event “tags”, etc. The “provider traits” can be now defined in the manifest (e.g. provider group). The EventRegister[ProviderName] macro will automatically register the provider traits, if they are used in the manifest. MC has the capability to generate Unicode (utf-8 or utf-16) output MC now with the “-cp utf-8” or “-cp utf-16” parameters. API Spot Light There is a new LauncherOptions.GroupingPreference property in the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704. This helps assist your app in tailoring its behavior for Sets. Apart from these changes in the release, APIs have also been updated, added, and removed. More information about other known issues and improvements is available on the Windows Blog. Read Next Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider build 17682! Microsoft Cloud Services get GDPR Enhancements
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Travelweek Group LOS ANGELES — How do you touch all seven continents in just 72 hours? Easy, just follow in the footsteps of Kasey Stewart and Julie Berry.The two American travel photographers will depart tomorrow, Dec. 13, from Sydney, Australia in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record by touching every continent in just three days. Is it possible? If all goes to plan and there are no travel delays, the two will traverse across the world and arrive on King George Island, Antarctica the morning of Dec. 16 as world record holders.They’ll be racing against the clock – the current Guinness World Record record for ‘Fastest to touch all seven continents’ is five days.The route they’ll be taking is: Sydney, Australia; Dubai, UAE; Cairo, Egypt; Frankfurt, Germany; Toronto, Canada; Santiago, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile; King George Island, Antarctica.The total estimated elapsed time to touch all seven continents will be 72-79 hours dependent upon weather for the last flight to Antarctica. The two will spend almost 50 hours in an airplane and have on average 3.6 hours on each continent. They will be leaving the airport on each continent for activities that include a limo ride through Dubai, having a drink in a tavern in Frankfurt, ascending the CN Tower in Toronto and winter shopping for Antarctica in Santiago. Quark Expeditions, the leading operator in polar expeditions, is sponsoring their final flight to Antarctica.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthLast year, after stepping foot in Antarctica, Stewart achieved his lifelong goal of travelling to all seven continents. “As a little kid, I always wanted to touch the corners of the earth and get a taste of every part of the world,” he said. “After I did that last December, I felt like I had barely scratched the surface and wanted to push myself to do something bigger.”For live updates on their trip, following them on Instagram: @Kasey and @JulieBerry. You can also visit 7in72.com for more details. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share The race is on! Travelling duo to attempt seven continents in 72 hours
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite thehorrendous terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, French officials have vowed to move forward with a major climate conference set to begin on Nov. 30.COP21 will bring together 100 heads of state, including U.S. President Barack Obama, and 40,000 other attendees. According to Time, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called COP21 “absolutely essential,” and France is expected to deploy at least 30,000 police officers to provide security.In an online statement, Nick Henry, CEO of Climate Action, said, “We are currently overseeing the tightening of event security with Stade de France to ensure that every possible measure is taken to prevent any further potential incident, details of which we will share here as soon as they have been confirmed.”With confirmation from France that COP21 will proceed, much work still remains for participating nations.Can it succeed?Last week – three days after scientists confirmed that average levels of carbon dioxide now exceed 400 parts per million for the first time in recorded history – experts met in Washington to discuss Latin America’s climate change policy ahead of COP21.“The big question is whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about the upcoming meeting in Paris,” said Timmons Roberts, co-author with Guy Edwards of the new report “A Fragmented Continent: Latin America and the Global Politics of Climate Change.” “Will 2015 be different from Kyoto in 1997, Copenhagen in 2009 and all the other meetings since the first one in Berlin in 1995?” he asked.Roberts and Edwards spoke last Thursday at a Washington panel co-sponsored by Inter-American Dialogue and the Brookings Institution, along with Amal-Lee Amin, chief of the climate change and sustainability division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Climate pledges for the COP21 talks, which run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, are consistent with a temperature rise of 2.7 C, implying investment needs of $13.5 trillion in low-carbon technologies and efficiency between now and 2030. Any global deal means that results will be based on climate action plans submitted by some 150 countries – known in official jargon as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions – yet some of these INDCs are clearly more ambitious than others.Roberts called the 51-page text to be negotiated at COP21 “a mess,” noting that includes more than 1,000 brackets – or phrases where there are disagreements.The Brown University environmental studies professor said four broad issues will be hammered out in Paris: whether there should be a long-term carbon reduction goal and what that goal should be; how to share the burden of getting to those targets; who will pay for it all; and finally, what kind of compensation should be offered in the event poor countries simply cannot cope with the damage caused by climate change.“There’ll be a huge difference in how countries respond if Paris fails,” he warned. “The greatest risk is that countries will be left behind as the imperative becomes clear that we’ll have to decarbonize our economies.”There’s also little hope the world’s advanced industrial nations will be able to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries cope with rising seas and temperatures, as promised six years ago in Copenhagen by then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.“Financing is the most challenging aspect of the whole deal,” Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, recently told The New York Times. “There is no credible road map to the $100 billion.” From left, Timmons Roberts and Guy Edwards, co-authors of “A Fragmented Continent: Latin America and the Global Politics of Climate Change.” At right is moderator Harold Trinkunas of the Brookings Institution. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesLatin America blocsThe 304-page report written by Roberts and Edwards focuses on Latin America’s three major blocs at the U.N. climate talks and how they attempt to balance climate action with building prosperity.In the first group is Brazil, which has reduced its deforestation but continues its drive for economic growth and global recognition (as do other large developing countries such as China, India and South Africa). Second is a leftist group led by Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela – which rallies against the injustice of climate change but remains highly dependent on the export of fossil fuels.The third group, which includes Costa Rica, Chile and Peru and is supported by Mexico, offers sharp reductions in their carbon emissions in return for greater action by other countries.“President Luis Guillermo Solís has reconfirmed Costa Rica’s plans to become carbon-neutral by 2021, and its INDC has very ambitious targets for lowering per-capita emissions,” said Edwards. “Costa Rica offers something consistent with the 2C goal. President Solís was very keen to increase climate education and focus on adaptation, given Central America’s vulnerability, but also to create some kind of new mechanism for citizens to participate, so Costa Rica will be a very interesting example to follow.”The goal of reducing carbon emissions has taken on new urgency with a Nov. 9 announcement by the World Meteorological Organization that average levels of carbon dioxide exceeded 400 parts per million in the early months of 2015, a 43 percent rise over pre-industrial levels.In a separate report issued the same day, Britain’s University of East Anglia reported that the Earth’s temperature has crossed the 1C (1.8F) mark, with temperatures over the first nine months of this year exceeding historic norms by exactly 1.02C. All this comes amid concerns that 2015 will surpass 2014 as the hottest year in recorded history.“Around the world, disasters are coming more often,” said Roberts. “Summers are longer, the heat is more intense and rains are less predictable. But the economy is much better than 2009, when it was in free fall. Now things are more stable, except for Brazil and a few other places. Renewable energy, especially wind, has become as affordable as coal-fired power and even more so than natural gas. Solar energy has also come down in price, and Pope Francis has made climate change a priority of the Catholic Church.” Amal-Lee Amin, chief of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Climate Change and Sustainability Division, speaks Nov. 12 at Washington’s Inter-American Dialogue about the upcoming COP21 talks in Paris. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesYet observers say that except for Costa Rica, individual countries’ targets and goals as outlined in their INDCs aren’t ambitious enough.“Climate policies in the region appear to suffer from a lack of implementation, and are often undermined by the energy sector or by mining legislation,” complained Edwards. “To make the INDCs a success, we need to better integrate energy and climate objectives – things like fossil fuel subsidy reform and the promotion of public transport. These countries could send a very strong signal that they’re serious about these INDCs.”The IDB’s Amal said that in 2010, the bank set a target for 25 percent of its lending portfolio to finance climate sustainability and renewable energy projects. The IDB has since exceeded that goal, with 30 percent of loans – or about $2 billion – currently funding such projects.“A key area for the bank is how to turn these INDCs into investable projects on the ground. These investment plans can then form the basis for countries to ensure that their national climate objectives are fully integrated into their other national development plans,” Amal said, warning that climate change could shave up 4 percent of regional GDP in coming decades under a scenario in which temperatures rise by 2.5C.“The countries that are already the most vulnerable are the ones who will be impacted the most,” she said. “They’re also the ones least able to respond to those risks.”Read more COP21 coverage here Facebook Comments Related posts:With COP21 underway, development banks urged to boost ‘green finance’ in Latin America What Paris climate talks have accomplished Scientists say Greenland just opened up a major new ‘floodgate’ of ice into the ocean US inflames debate on climate finance with plan for UN talks
After its first full year of operations Inland NSW Tourism has announced a directional shift, transforming from a regional tourism organisation to a destination management organisation.Inland NSW Tourism chief executive officer Graham Perry said destination management requires a detailed consumer focus.“The foundation for this new approach is Inland NSW Tourism’s $100,000 consumer research program which will determine the propensity of consumers to travel to Inland NSW and their awareness and perceptions of each destination and the cross regional experiences.”This requirement for change has been supported by Inland NSW Tourism chairman Rodger Powell.“Destination Management will allow destinations to align with the needs of visitors,” Mr Powell said. “The outcome will not only inform marketing, but help identify product gaps and product development opportunities to allow regional NSW to thrive in a sustainable way.”Inland NSW Tourism currently manages 50 different co-operative marketing activities and product development programs. “With a combined value of more than $4.7 million, these programs are already delivering strong results,” Mr Perry said.“These campaigns are also starting to contribute to the regions’ overall growth in visitation expenditure.“Most notably, the New England North West area of Inland achieved an 18 percent increase in the year-on-year domestic overnight expenditure to March 2012, according to the National Visitor Survey conducted by Tourism Research Australia.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.
The analysis was inconclusive, with the RAAF concluding that weather condition had hampered efforts to find the apparent remains of the plane, the ABC reported. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has received an expert analysis of RAAF satellite imagery apparently showing the wreckage of MH370 in water in the south-west Indian Ocean. “The objects are relatively indistinct on the imagery,” Mr Young said. “We don’t know what that satellite saw until we can get a much better, much closer look at it at it, but this is the first tangible break-through in what up until now has been an utterly baffling mystery,” Prime Minister Abbott said. ASMA spokesperson John Young said that the debris may not be related to the search for MH370. “I don’t profess to be an expert in assessing the imagery, but those who are expert indicate they are credible sightings.” A source close to the investigation told Reuters that the plane likely flew into the Indian Ocean because South East and North Asian countries have failed to trace MH370 entering their airspace. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also presumptively weighed into the debate about the images. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
(L-R) Edie Rodriguez, Bruce Anderson, Sally MacMillanAlso at the podium will be Bruce Anderson. Anderson is a founding Principal of Starcrest Consulting Group in Seattle and has over 25 years of experience working on critical environmental issues for the cruise industry including major emissions reduction programs. He will speak on Starcrest’s work with port and maritime related air quality issues and development of Clean Air Plans. He has extensive background working in the US and internationally and consulted on White Bay Cruise Terminal for the Port Authority of NSW.Destination Development will be a key theme at this year’s event. Journalist, Sally MacMillan best known as the author of the “Cruise Director” section for Fairfax will draw on her extensive cruising experience to deliver an insightful look at what works and what doesn’t when passengers arrive in port.Additional plenary and group workshop sessions will explore a range of topics critical to the growth of the cruise industry including homeporting, infrastructure development, benchmarking and the regulatory landscape.The Conference is being sponsored by the Port Authority of NSW and Destination NSW. It will be held this year at the Four Seasons Hotel which was chosen in the main due to its close proximity to the Opera House and the Overseas Passenger Terminal where some of the hospitality sessions will take place.Australian Cruise Association CEO, Jill Abel said “On the back of an exciting time for the cruise industry, we are delighted to continue the momentum at this major event which will celebrate our members who play a key role in this multi-billion industry.”“We want to recognise the vital role our members play as the unsung heroes behind the scenes of this amazingly powerful industry. We will help them grow in this role by providing them with rich information and new insights from the speakers while also allowing them the opportunity to network with some of the major players on the global stage” continued Abel. Register hereSource = Australian Cruise Association Registration has opened, and an exciting line-up of initial speakers announced, for the 20th Australian Cruise Association conference to be held in Sydney from September 7-9, 2016.Themed “20 years – Our People, Our Passion, Our Success”, the Conference will celebrate the role of the Association’s members in the successful growth of the cruise industry in this region and will explore the exciting opportunities for growth over the next 20 years.Emceed by Andrew McEvoy, Managing Director of Life Media and Events at Fairfax and Non-Executive Director at Sealink, this year’s speaker line-up reflects the coming of age of the industry and the Association.Edie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Crystal Cruises will give the keynote address. Ms Rodriguez is the first CEO of an international cruise line to speak at an ACA conference. She will speak on the luxury cruising segment, a topic she is well qualified to discuss having worked previously with Azamara Club Cruises, the upmarket division of RCL and for the Cunard and Seabourn brands while at Carnival.Last year, Rodriguez unveiled the blueprint for a major brand expansion for Crystal Cruises which has been dubbed by the travel and hospitality industry as the largest expansion in history for any luxury brand.
(AP Photo/Matt York) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Notable– Our Craig Grialou said he saw Elijhaa Penny line up as a fullback during red zone work.– A couple of the team’s linebackers came up with interceptions, with Scooby Wright plucking a tipped throw and Tre’Von Johnson snagging a ball that was thrown right to him. Sorry, but couldn’t tell which QBs threw the wayward passes.– Sticking with Wright, there was some audible excitement from the Cardinals’ defensive sideline over his level of activity on the field.– Rookie receiver Chad Williams caught a Drew Stanton pass while falling down.– Justin Bethel had another good day, breaking up some passes while making quick tackles on completions he surrendered.– Budda Baker nearly came up with a strip-fumble and recovery after he ripped the ball away from TE Ifeanyi Momah, but much to the dismay of the team’s defensive players, Momah was ruled down on the play. Later in practice Momah was on the receiving end of a Stanton touchdown pass.– Speaking of Penny, on a run to the pylon, he knocked the helmet off cornerback Sojourn Shelton, who came up to try and make the tackle.Injury updateArians said LB Alani Fua and S Ironhead Gallon suffered knee injuries in Monday’s practice, adding they were awaiting MRI results to determine what will happen next. Elie Bouka (ankle) and Jumal Rolle (hamstring) remained out, with their absences expected to cost them each around two weeks. DL Ed Stinson was out with a hamstring issue, while new LB Tevin Floyd also did not practice Tuesday, though the reason for his absence is not yet known.$LB Deone Bucannon (PUP list) and LB Jarvis Jones (NFI) remained out, while WR Larry Fitzgerald, LB Karlos Dansby and DL Frostee Rucker were given the day off.Looking up to FitzThough a rookie, the third-round pick Williams is fairly outspoken and confident in interviews. The situation he finds himself in does not awe him.Apparently the same cannot be said for how he feels about one of his teammates. He said sharing the field with Larry Fitzgerald is “exceptional.”“A guy that I looked up to since I was little,” Williams said. “I could remember mimicking Larry. One time I went on a fishing trip with my dad, and we caught fish and I was trying to catch the fish with one hand like he did on Sport Science at one time.“That’s things I’ve never told him, but those are things I did when I was younger because he was the guy, that’s who I looked up to. Just being able to be on the field with someone like that, it’s amazing.” Williams had nothing but praise for Fitzgerald, who he says is an even better person than he is football player.“He probably has the best character of anyone I’ve ever met,” he said. “Great guy, outstanding; willing to help you learn, willing to do anything, like, he’ll do anything for you. That’s the kind of person he is.”Learning the offenseQB Blaine Gabbert is in his first training camp with the Cardinals, and said Tuesday things are going great. However, the more reps he gets in his new offense, the more comfortable he will be.“It really takes a lot of work at night, in the meeting room, just drawing up the plays, asking some questions and just watching the film to really diagnose things,” he said.For the most part, Gabbert has looked solid in practices. That’s not to say he has not had his rough moments, but he has had his share of positive plays, too.As for being ahead of schedule as his coach has proclaimed, well, that’s not something the former San Francisco 49er and Jacksonville Jaguar is ready to announce.“I’m not the one to judge that,” he said. “I just try and go out and put my best foot forward each and every day. I try and prepare hard the night before but the way you learn the system, the way you master the system is you make mistakes out on the practice field, you watch the film and then you get better the next day. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tuesday morning, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians praised the majority of his team’s Monday practice, save for the receivers, whom he said had a miserable day with drops.A few more catchable passes hit the turf Tuesday afternoon, though we will have to wait until Thursday to get Arians’ opinion as the team has its first day off of camp scheduled for Wednesday.The Cardinals were in pads again Tuesday but not tackling — Arians said they will save that for next week — so the intensity remained at a pretty high level. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 2 Comments Share Top Stories “We’re in that process right now of getting those reps throughout training camp. If I’m better day 30 than I was day one, that will be a good camp.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Cyprus is ready to send a team of firefighters to Portugal to help put out forest fires, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday.According to an announcement, in his message of condolence to Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio da Costa, Anastasiades conveyed his “great sadness” about the fires in central Portugal, that have already taken the lives of tens of people and continue to cause death and destruction.He also extended condolences, on behalf of the people and the government of Cyprus, tο the families, friends and loved ones of those killed, as well as wishes for quick recovery to those injured.“I also want to take this opportunity to commend the bravery shown by the firefighting teams trying, under extreme conditions, to contain the fires. Cyprus is ready to send to Portugal a team of firefighters, in coordination with the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism, to help the efforts to stop the raging fires,” the President concluded.The huge forest fire raging since Saturday in central Portugal has killed at least 62 people, the government said on Sunday, in what is possibly the deadliest-ever forest blaze in the Atlantic coastal country, used to the woods burning almost every summer.Another 54 people have been injured and taken to hospitals, including four in serious condition.The blaze on Saturday hit the mountainous area amid an intense heat wave and rainless thunderstorms. Police said a lightning striking a tree probably caused the fire.Hundreds of firefighters were still battling the flames on Sunday. Various local motorways were shut for safety reasons.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
09Jan Swearing In 2013 Categories: News State Rep.Ken Kurtz, at right, today took the ceremonial oath of office as state representative for the 58th House District.