first_imgWe’ve been busy adding to our team of world-class composers! Check out some of the best new tracks to hit our royalty free music library.We’re always expanding our composer lineup, bringing you the best royalty free music you can’t find anywhere else. We’ve recently gone through the newest additions to the PremiumBeat royalty free music library and pulled out some of our favorites. Take a listen below.Need a trendy, electro-pop track to inject your project with energy? The new Liam Aidan and Reaktor Productions tracks really bring it. Maybe your project requires something more peaceful and laid back? Max Brodie’s Touches is a new favorite – warm folk rock with a nostalgic, Americana vibe.You’ve asked for music with lyrics and we’ve delivered. Check out some of our newest composers and their tracks with vocal versions (starred below). Be on the lookout for more royalty free music with lyrics in the future.If there is a particular style or mood track you’re looking for get in touch! We’re happy to help you locate it in our library…or we’ll add it to our ‘wish list’ for future library additions.last_img read more

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first_imgAhmedabad: The Gujarat BJP on Wednesday constituted three committees, including the State Parliamentary Board, election campaign committee, and manifesto committee, ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled later this year. The 14-member Board, which will screen candidates for the Assembly seats, consists of senior leaders like Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, State party chief Jitu Vaghani, former CM Anandiben Patel, deputy CM Nitin Patel, and Union Minister Purushottam Rupala. Former minister Kaushik Patel is in-charge of the campaign committee. Another committee, consisting 14 members, has been constituted to prepare the party’s manifesto. The party also constituted a three-member disciplinary committee.last_img

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first_imgSoon after the Naxal attack on policemen in Gadchiroli on Wednesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promising all help and calling the attack an “act of cowardice and desperation.” “Spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding the tragic incident in Gadchiroli and expressed my grief at the loss of brave police personnel. MHA is in constant touch with the State administration,” the Minister said. Mr. Fadnavis said all help will be provided to the families of the jawans. “I strongly condemn this attack and we will fight this menace with even more and stronger efforts in the future,” he said. The latest attack takes the total death toll of security forces in naxal-related violence in Maharashtra to 163 since 1991. In 2015, an internal security report of the Maharashtra Police had assessed the security threat as ‘low’ after losing only two jawans, compared to 11 in the previous year, asking the forces to concentrate on the Southern parts of Gadchiroli. However, a senior police official said enough intelligence inputs were available of a possible strike in the Northern parts during the Lok Sabha elections, sources said. Denying any intelligence failure, Director General of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal said the attack was ‘indigenous’ and did not have support from any external organisation.last_img read more

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first_imgThe U.S. trucking industry is so massive that not only does it cater to myriads of different verticals, but also houses different ethnicities under its roof, who are part of the industry as truckers, owner-operators, fleet owners, and even as people in gas stations, truck stops, and maintenance sheds. In this mix, the Punjabis or rather the Sikh population have built themselves a bastion in the North American trucking market that is second to none.Read it at Freight Waves Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgContrary to the traditional view that men are more invested in technology, a new study found that more young women are addicted to cell phones and even get agitated when it is not in sight.Women may be more inclined to use cell phones for social reasons such as texting or emails to build relationships and have deeper conversations.The study examined 24 cellphone activities and found that time spent on 11 of those activities differed significantly across the sexesNearly 60 percent of college students are hooked to cell phones, the study found.”Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men college students spend nearly eight, with excessive use posing potential risks for academic performance,” informed James Roberts from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.Respondents overall reported spending the most time texting (94.6 minutes a day), followed by sending emails (48.5 minutes), checking Facebook (38.6 minutes), surfing the Internet (34.4 minutes) and listening to their iPods (26.9 minutes).Men send about the same number of emails but spend less time on each.”That may suggest that they are sending shorter, more utilitarian messages than their female counterparts,” Roberts said.They, however, are not immune to the allure of social media.”They spent time visiting such social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Among the reasons they used Twitter were to follow sports figures, catch up on news or even ‘waste time’,” researchers found.The study was based on an online survey of 164 college students.It examined 24 cellphone activities and found that time spent on 11 of those activities differed significantly across the sexes.advertisementThe study appeared in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.last_img read more

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first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Although the Lakers still have an enormous overall lead in this rivalry, the Clippers have won the season series in each of the past six years. The Clippers have taken two of three heading into the final meeting this season on April 5.UP NEXTClippers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Clippers dealt another blow to the Lakers’ fading playoff hopes with a 113-105 victory Monday night.“That doesn’t bother me or make me happy,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of beating their fellow Angelenos. “I just want us to do well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Clippers did splendidly, despite the odds against them. Although they have broken up their successful core and further stripped the roster with several recent trades, they’re still on target for a playoff return. Rivers dismissed the notion of tanking before the game: “I don’t know that word,” he said.Gallinari led six Clippers scoring in double figures while they comfortably maintained a lead over their co-tenants down the stretch of their latest rivalry meeting. James and his few healthy teammates never threatened late as the Clippers (37-29) took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference standings with their sixth win in eight games. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “This is a critical time to win games, and we’re locked in,” Williams said. “Tonight I felt particularly good about our focus.”James scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo had his 32nd career triple-double, but the Lakers took their ninth loss in 12 games since they beat the Clippers on Jan. 31.While the Clippers’ playoff run is a pleasant surprise for their fans, the Lakers (30-34) dearly want to reach the postseason after a five-year absence.Instead, the 16-time NBA champions have all but fallen apart in February and March. The Lakers are in 10th place in the West, sitting 5½ games behind San Antonio for the final playoff spot with 18 to play.“You keep playing to the end and see what happens,” James said. “I’ve been talking about it for a while now. Everyone has been talking about the postseason, (but) we should be worried about each and every game and how we can continue to get better with our process and get better with our team.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Spurs hold off Nuggets’ late rally Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Two days after an embarrassing road loss to NBA-worst Phoenix put a huge dent in their playoff chances, the Lakers played without forward Brandon Ingram, who developed right shoulder soreness after the morning shootaround. Ingram had played in 50 straight games, averaging 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in a strong first season alongside James.Lonzo Ball was already out with his long-term ankle injury, leaving James without his two most important teammates. Kyle Kuzma then scored 13 points before he limped off the floor with an apparent ankle injury with 6:04 to play, and coach Luke Walton said he “would be surprised” if Kuzma’s injury doesn’t force him to miss the Lakers’ next game.TIP-INSClippers: Luc Mbah a Moute warmed up before the game, but wasn’t quite ready to return from the left knee injury that has kept him out for 61 games since Oct. 23. Wilson Chandler (strained right quadriceps) also sat out. … The 6-foot-1 Williams drove the paint and dunked in the first quarter.Lakers: Lance Stephenson (sprained toe) and Tyson Chandler (stiff neck) didn’t play. … Ball missed his 17th straight game with a sprained left ankle and bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated this week. … LA Galaxy greats Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robbie Keane watched the game at courtside.ZU BACKIvica Zubac started for the Clippers and finished with seven points against the Lakers, who drafted the Croatian 7-footer in the second round in 2016 and fostered his development until trading him last month for Mike Muscala, who had six points for the Lakers. “It was weird to go against guys I used to play with,” Zubac said.RONDO FOR 3Rondo had a season-high 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The veteran point guard broke his tie with John Havlicek to take sole possession of 11th place in NBA history with 32 triple-doubles. Rondo and Mark Jackson are the only players to record a triple-double with five different teams.SHIFTING TIDES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks between Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) and Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years.LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers weren’t much of an obstacle when two teams going in opposite directions passed each other in the Staples Center hallway they share.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next John Barba led the Junior Pirates with 18 points and five rebounds while Guadana had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.No. 26 Sta. Clarita International School-Iloilo was the lowest-ranked team to advance to the Supreme 16 after it beat Cebu’s Uniersity of San Jose-Recoletos, 89-75.Steven Tono and Wilmer Dalumpines combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter where Sta. Clarita outscored the Jaguars, 28-10.Fourth-seed San Beda leaned on Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot to beat 29th seed Holy Trinity-Gen Santos to also secure a spot in the Supreme 16.Amsali tallied 19 points, four rebounds, and two steals in just 16 minutes of action while Ynot finished with 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Third-seed Southwestern University-PHINMA of Cebu dominated 30th seed Dolores National High School-Eastern Samar, 103-49.Harvey Sanchez scored 20 points for the Baby Cobras, who will face the 14th seed Top Flight-Vancouver. Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Forthsky Padrigao hit the go-ahead basket with 46 seconds left to finish with 17 points on top of six assists.“What I like most about the game is that our opponent is a very strong and competitive team. They’re from the NCAA so our players really got tested,” said Ateneo head coach Reggie Varilla.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Kudos to the boys. We weren’t able to practice that much because it’s exam week last week but they were trying But I think we could have done a better job,” Varilla, whose team blew a 14-point lead, added.The Junior Pirates had a chance to tie but Mac Guadana couldn’t get a shot off as time expired. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Kai Sotto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFifth-seed Ateneo-Quezon City eluded an upset after escaping Lyceum-Cavite, 86-84, in the Chooks-to-Go NBTC National Finals Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Kai Sotto had 35 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blue Eaglets, who arranged a showdown with 12th seed FilAm Sports USA on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Big finish needed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgIndia coach Stephen Constantine Sunday implored his players to not get carried away after their stunning 4-1 victory over Thailand in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi.A superb second-half performance saw the India pump in three goals and record their first Asian Cup win since 1964.”We try to win every match that we play in. We don’t go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1. However, we are not trying to get carried away with the emotion,” said Constantine.”We still have two games left and we still need another two points to qualify from the group stages. After we have qualified, we can get a little bit excited but our primary job is still to qualify out of the group stages.India will be playing hosts UAE and Bahrain in their upcoming Group A matches.”It is a cliche as it is just another match for us. It is another win that we wanted and have got in the AFC Asian Cup. Tomorrow morning, we train again,” Constantine added.India are the second youngest side in the Asian Cup with an average age of 25 years.”We gave a good testament of ourselves against Thailand and we are a young side that is capable of a lot many things. People got a taste of what we can do, today.”Although India started slowly and the game was tied 1-1 at half time, three goals in the second half left Thailand stunned.”The main thing was to make the most of our chances and that we did today. I am happy that we are converting from the chances that we are making,” he further said.advertisement”We do start a little slow as the first 15-20 minutes can be a little nervous. It was important to not concede a goal in those minutes and that is what we did,” Constantine concluded.Also Read | Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstlast_img read more

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first_imgFormer Manchester United and Juventus defender Patrice Evra has announced his retirement from football.The 38-year-old also played for Monaco, Nice and Marseille during a glittering 20-year playing career, which ended with a short spell at West Ham in 2018.The defender won 21 major honours throughout his career as well as earning 81 caps for France. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Evra has revealed that he has already started preparations to become a coach and says he has the backing of legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.”My playing career is officially over,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I started training for the UEFA B Coaching License in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the UEFA A license.”In a year and a half, if everything goes well, I’ll be ready to lead a team. Sir Alex Ferguson had predicted at the time that two of his players would become coaches of a high level: Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra.”Evra started his career with Italian sides Marsala and Monza before six seasons in France with Nice and Monaco. His form at the latter attracted the interest of Ferguson, who brought him to Old Trafford in January 2006.He went on to develop into one of Europe’s best left-backs and enjoyed seven-and-a-half fruitful years with the club, winning five Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and the 2007-08 Champions League.Evra left the Red Devils for Juventus in 2014 and won two Serie A titles before returning to France with Marseille.But Evra’s time there ended in controversy after he kicked one of his side’s supporters during the warm-up of a Europa League tie against Vitoria de Guimaraes in November 2017.He was subsequently banned by UEFA for seven months, returning to the Premier League to make five appearances for West Ham during the closing months of the 2017-18 season. Evra made his senior debut for France in August 2004 and went on to appear at five major tournaments for Les Bleus including the 2016 European Championships on home soil.In recent years Evra has also become famous for his exploits on social media, which included putting the leg of a raw chicken in his mouth during an Instagram video meant as a Thanksgiving message.last_img read more

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first_imgAlthough some financial indicators show that the province’s financial position improved during 2014-15, other indicators related to the sustainability, flexibility and vulnerability of government operations remain unfavourable, Auditor General Michael Pickup said in his report issued today, Nov. 4. “Provincial debt is placing an increasing burden on the economy,” Mr. Pickup noted. “For every $1.00 in revenue, there is $1.41 in debt.” The amount of Government of Nova Scotia debt owed by the Province of Nova Scotia increased two per cent during 2014-15, to $15,944 per Nova Scotian. The province has not taken in sufficient revenue over the years to cover the expenses it incurs for the services it delivers. The report, which focuses on the results of work performed in the office’s financial reporting portfolio, includes three chapters as well as a message from the auditor general. The auditor general issued unqualified opinions on both the $9.9 billion revenue estimates included in the province’s 2015-16 budget and on the province’s March 31, 2015 consolidated financial statements, which showed a deficit of $144 million. However, improvements are needed in certain financial management practices, particularly surrounding tax model changes. In addition, the auditor general performed limited testing of hospitality, travel and compensation of senior government bureaucrats. “The current hospitality policy does not address the many situations these senior officials may find themselves in,” said Mr. Pickup. “Senior executives may be hosting delegations or visitors to the province, or may be conducting other business that requires them to incur hospitality expenses. “The current policy needs to be updated to reflect these situations and to provide guidance in accordance with the public’s expectations for these events.” As a result of this testing, the report includes recommendations that the policy be updated and that its use be monitored. The auditor general also recommended that senior government officials’ hospitality and travel expenses be publicly disclosed, including those expenses incurred by the senior bureaucracy in government boards and agencies. This will promote transparency of public expenditures. In chapter three, the auditor general comments on the results of external audits of provincial agencies. This year, the review focused on the audit results of 21 significant entities including all former district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, all school boards, Housing Nova Scotia, and both the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and the Nova Scotia Community College. The number of audit recommendations that remain outstanding from year-to-year in these entities is high. About 40 per cent of the 36 recommendations to address weaknesses in internal control made to these entities have been repeated for several years, as far back as 2009-10. “In order to fulfil their oversight role, boards and other governing bodies should ensure management is implementing audit recommendations in a timely manner.” The chapter includes a recommendation to Finance and Treasury Board to monitor external auditor recommendation implementation results. Entities with low results should be encouraged to fix deficiencies in their operations on a timely basis. Where this is not done, these entities should explain to Nova Scotians, possibly through the public accounts committee, why action has not been taken. In addition, the report includes information on financial indicators that provide a measure of the sustainability, flexibility and vulnerability of the province’s financial position. Although certain indicators show that the province’s financial condition improved during 2014-15, other indicators such as net debt per capita and the continued reliance on federal transfers, point to continued need for concern over the province’s financial condition. The 57-page report contains 13 recommendations to government. The full report is available at www.oag-ns.ca.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the Delhi University students’ union polls, the RSS-affiliated ABVP on Tuesday installed statues of Veer Savarkar, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh ‘without due permission’ outside the gate of the varsity’s Arts Faculty in north campus. The move has been criticised by the Congress-affiliated NSUI and Left-backed AISA which said Savarkar cannot be kept on the same pedestal as Bose and Singh.ABVP-led Delhi University Students’ Union president Shakti Singh said they had approached the varsity administration repeatedly for permission to install the statues but there was no response from it. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We had been approaching the administration for permission since November last year but there has been no response. I requested them for permission again on August 9 but to no avail. Their silence forced us to take the step,” he said. Singh said they will protest if the administration tries to remove the statues. National Students’ Union of India’s Delhi unit president Akshay Lakra criticised the ABVP move, saying, “You cannot put Savarkar on the same pedestal as Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose.” “If the statues are not removed within 24 hours, we will launch a strong protest,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAll India Students’ Association’s Delhi unit president Kawalpreet Kaur too concurred with Lakra. “In the garb of Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose, they are trying to give legitimacy to Savarkar’s ideas. This is not acceptable. The place they have put up the statue is not a private property but a public land,” she said. The land falls under the jurisdiction of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). No immediate reaction was available from the varsity. The DU students’ union polls will be held next month though the dates for the same have not yet been announced.last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER — Several killer whales have been hanging out in Vancouver’s harbour, entertaining onlookers and feeding on seals, sea lions and other cetaceans.Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, director of Marine Mammal Research at Ocean Wise, says the predators called Bigg’s killer whales are discovering hotspots with an abundance of harbour seals and Vancouver’s harbour may be one of those areas.The whales have been spotted in the harbour twice, and Barrett-Lennard’s research team has identified a group of five that came in on Tuesday as being a matriarch and her four offspring, between two and 18 years old.The pod that visited the harbour last week was also a mother travelling with three sons born between 1984 and 1997.The researchers are able to identify each killer whale by the distinctive dorsal fins and white saddle patches on their backs.Bigg’s whales, also known as transients, are still listed as threatened under the Species at Risk Act but the population is recovering with about 300 animals, in contrast to southern residents, which feed mostly on chinook salmon.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Friday arrested a South Delhi Municipal Corporation official for accepting Rs 40,000 in bribe in exchange for giving a job to the complainant, official sources here said. According to officials, CBI identified the accused as Sharvan, an administrative officer in the Health Department of SDMC. He had demanded a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the complainant, a woman to whom he promised a job as a pharmacist in dispensaries under SDMC. Sources added that Sharvan was caught red-handed while accepting the aforementioned amount from the complainant.last_img

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“The Agency’s nuclear security work has clearly improved overall nuclear security,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told the agency’s Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on his latest report on nuclear security and protection against nuclear terrorism. “But much remains to be done in shaping the nuclear security framework, in building up-to-date security systems and in dealing with the legacy of past lax security. This is not a problem that can be solved overnight; it takes time and resources to achieve a sustainable, internationally acceptable baseline level of nuclear security,” he said. Expertise for protection at major events is just one of element is the IAEA’s arsenal of measures. The Agency already provided support in the preparations of July’s Pan American Games in Brazil. Mr. ElBaradei noted that over the past 12 months the IAEA continued to expand Member State participation in the Illicit Trafficking Database and that nuclear security training had been provided to some 1,650 individuals from 90 countries. The Agency assisted in improving physical protection at facilities in nine States. “More than 900 items of security related equipment were supplied to Member States, including border detection equipment for 29 countries,” he said. “Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans were completed in 38 countries, and the agreed activities have been planned or are being implemented in each of the States concerned.” The international community has taken on board a variety of international instruments relevant to nuclear security and he welcomed the rapid entry into force of the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. “However, progress on ratifying the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material remains slow,” he stressed, noting that only 11 of 128 States Parties had so far accepted the Amendment. The Agency is foreseen as playing an important role in implementing these instruments.“To that end, we have started an effort to provide nuclear security guidance that would facilitate implementation,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “This and other programme changes entail transitioning from a situation in which strengthening nuclear security has been addressed as an ad hoc reaction to the prevailing threat of nuclear terrorism to a situation in which nuclear security will be addressed in a normative, sustainable manner.” 10 September 2007The United Nations atomic watchdog agency is providing expertise to support the security of major public events against the threat of nuclear terrorism, including ongoing preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. read more

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High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers arrived in Tehran last night for two full days of talks with senior Iranian officials, including the ministers of the interior, foreign affairs, and labour and social affairs. He will also meet with donors, and UNHCR’s partners in ongoing repatriations to Afghanistan and Iraq.On Thursday Mr. Lubbers will go to Kandahar in Afghanistan to meet with the local authorities and visit a camp for internally displaced Afghans. The next day he is scheduled to hold discussions with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, the Afghan capital, where he will also meet with the ministers of finance, foreign affairs, interior, refugees and repatriation, and rural reconstruction and development. On Sunday, he will leave for Pakistan to meet with the Prime Minister and senior ministers. The mission will end on Tuesday. read more

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Ohio State Is Always Facing High Expectations — Scandal Or Not

2Ohio StateFootball6594 RKTeamSportCountRate* *In preseason polls since 1976-77 season for women’s basketball, 1961-62 for men’s basketball and 1950 for football.Source: College Poll Archive Ohio State has at least five more appearances on the AP preseason poll than any team in any sport, having qualified in 94 percent of available seasons. Since 1989, Ohio State’s average ranking in the preseason AP poll is 10.3. And perhaps no team dominates the opening month of the season like Ohio State, which has gone 21-2 over the last six years in the month of September, winning by an average margin of more than 30 points per game. But preseason rankings aren’t always pinpoint precise: Ohio State typically underperforms relative to its lofty preseason ranking.AP preseason polls typically draw from blue-blood schools, so it’s no surprise that other well-heeled programs like the football teams at Oklahoma and USC and the men’s basketball team at Kentucky are among the most-ranked.But on the gridiron, no team is accustomed to high expectations like the Buckeyes. Columbus has produced the second-most first-round NFL draft picks all time, and the team is expected not only to win, but to dominate. In this weekend’s season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State opened as 38-point favorites, the most lopsided betting line of any opening-week contest for a ranked team. “A place like Ohio State, we’re expected to win every game we play,” Meyer has said. “There’s not many places like that.” Those are expectations that Meyer also noted aren’t always “easy to embrace.” But players and coaches alike should recognize that’s what they’ve signed up for in Columbus: a culture of on-field success, national title aspirations and a preseason ranking. TexasFootball5275 The year was 1956. Ohio State’s college football program was ranked fifth in the annual Associated Press preseason college football poll and was coming off a season in which they had won all but two games. Expectations for a strong season were, no doubt, high.But head coach Woody Hayes was in hot water with the Big Ten for providing loans to his players, and after an investigation, the conference put the team on probation for one year and banned it from playing in that season’s Rose Bowl.Sixty-two years later, Ohio State is once again entering the season with a No. 5 preseason ranking, having won all but two games the previous season. Controversy blankets the campus once more: Head coach Urban Meyer has been suspended for the opening three games of the season after an investigation concluded that he had mishandled domestic assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.High expectations are nothing new in Columbus. For about as long as college football has been around, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been a force. In the annals of the sport’s history, only Michigan (943) — oh, the irony — and Notre Dame (906) have won more games than the Buckeyes (898).1Excluding Yale, which is not currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team. Since the turn of the century, only Boise State, which has played in three non-Power-Five conferences over that stretch, has won more total games than Ohio’s flagship university.And that prodigious success isn’t lost on Associated Press voters.Ohio State has failed to make the poll just four times in the 69-year history of the poll, most recently in 1988. That was John Cooper’s first year at the helm after taking over for the fired Earle Bruce. Cooper wouldn’t miss another preseason poll. Hayes only missed out in 1966 and 1967, the lone instance of the team failing to crack the AP preseason poll in consecutive years.Which got us thinking: Does Ohio State dominate this poll more than any team in any sport dominates its preseason poll? AP voters produce a preseason, weekly and postseason poll for three college sports: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. In 1989, the polls expanded to a 25-team format, which remains the current standard.Across the three sports, only the Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball program has been more of a mainstay on the preseason poll than the Ohio State football team, according to data from the website College Poll Archive. Tennessee has made the AP preseason poll 98 percent of the time. It’s missed just once in the poll’s 42-year history — in 1976, the year the poll was introduced. Largely under their legendary coach, the late Pat Summitt, the Volunteers piled up eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances, controlling the sport for decades before Connecticut assumed the mantle. 3KentuckyMen’s basketball5088 9GeorgiaWomen’s basketball3276 Appearances North CarolinaMen’s basketball4884 1TennesseeWomen’s basketball4198% 8TexasWomen’s basketball3379 7Notre DameFootball5580 4OklahomaFootball6087 UCLAMen’s basketball4375 The preseason eliteTeams with the highest rate of appearances in AP Top 25 preseason polls in men’s or women’s basketball and college football 5USCFootball5884 10AlabamaFootball5275 read more

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first_imgL’objet geek du week end : le SupaBoy Elle arrive bel et bien! D’abord annoncée en Avril dernier, la sortie de la SupaBoy a été repoussé à cette fin d’année, pour les fêtes de Noël. Mais qu’est-ce que la SupaBoy me direz-vous?On pense de suite à la GameBoy, fameuse portable de Nintendo (les fans d’Akira Toriyama penseraient également à Suppaman, le super zéro de Dr Slump…). Ce n’est pas tout à fait cela. La SupaBoy est un peu la fusion entre la Super Nintendo et la Gameboy, sauf qu’on ne peut lire que les jeux de la première. L’idée de l’américain Hyperkin pourra râvir tous les nostalgiques des années 90. La SupaBoy ressemble comme deux gouttes d’eau à la manette originale de la SNES mais avec un écran de 3,5 pouces au centre (les boutons classiques sont présents, ainsi qu’une prise casque). Vous pourrez donc ressortir vos cartouches antiques et les insérer dans la portable de Hyperkin ! Certes cela prendra un peu de place dans votre sacoche, mais imaginez-vous, dans le train ou le bus en allant au travail, jouant à Zelda: A Link to the Past! La classe absolue.”Un nostalgeek, un vrai de vrai”, penseront-les gens qui vous entourent.Mais attention, ce n’est pas tout. La SupaBoy propose aussi deux ports manettes SNES en façade et une sortie AV. Il sera donc possible de jouer à deux sur une télé (tiens, tiens, ça ressemble à la future Wii U…). Points négatifs: la batterie ne tient que 2h30 et il semblerait que la SupaBoy ne lise que les jeux NTSC, autrement dit les versions US et Japonaises. Pas cool pour les pauvres utilisateurs PAL que nous sommes. La portable est désormais en pré-commande ici, au prix de 79,99 dollars (une soixantaine d’euros) ! Si cela reste abordable, n’oubliez pas que les jeux SNES, surtout les titres phares, peuvent coûter très chers…Le 3 décembre 2011 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgUn chimiste français lance le défi de vivre sans huile de palmeUn jeune chimiste français, Adrien Gontier, a décidé de lancer un défi à l’huile de palme en essayant de ne plus du tout en consommer pendant un an. Une entreprise bien plus complexe qu’on ne pourrait s’y attendre.La surproduction d’huile de palme est depuis longtemps dénoncée par les écologistes. En effet, cette huile est devenue depuis une dizaine d’années la première consommée sur la planète, en raison de son utilisation massive par l’industrie agroalimentaire, et ce malgré l’impact sur la santé des consommateurs de cette huile très riche en acides gras saturés. L’explication de son succès : cette matière grasse est considérée par les industriels comme moins chère et plus stable.Pourtant, la culture de palmiers destinés à fournir l’huile a des conséquences désastreuses : des milliers d’hectares de forêt tropicale sont arrachés chaque année en Malaisie et en Indonésie pour faire place à cette culture intensive. Un ravage qui chasse les populations locales et décime la faune. Pour protester contre cette utilisation, un chimiste français depuis peu adhérent à Greenpeace, Adrien Gontier, s’efforce aujourd’hui de repérer l’huile de palme dans l’ensemble des aliments qu’il fait alors en sorte de ne pas consommer. Sur son blog (http://vivresanshuiledepalme.blogspot.fr), ce jeune homme de 26 ans fait ainsi part de ses trouvailles non seulement dans les biscottes ou les pâtes à tartiner, mais aussi dans les dentifrices ou les déodorants. Ce n’est qu’en juillet que son année sans huile de palme arrivera à son terme. Ce défi, qu’il vit “davantage comme un amusement que comme une contrainte”, est né d’un engagement militant au service de l’écologie. “L’idée de ce défi, c’est d’enquêter pour dénicher l’huile de palme partout où elle se trouve, et de réfléchir à la manière dont on peut s’en passer”, résume-t-il. Mais son engagement va plus loin puisqu’il donne régulièrement des conférences sur le sujet dans des salons bio ou écologistes et envoie des centaines de courriels aux industriels pour leur réclamer davantage de transparence sur les emballages.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Vivre sans huile de palme est en effet un défi de tous les instants, excepté si l’on cuisine soi-même. Mais dès que l’on achète des aliments industriels, l’huile s’y retrouve quasiment sans exception. Des fois, elle est même cachée dans les dérivés tels que les émulsifiants, antioxydants et émollients, notamment. Et le fruit du palmier à huile s’invite aussi là où on ne l’attend pas : dans les produits d’entretien, d’hygiène, dans certains médicaments ou encore dans le carburant diesel, par le biais des agrocarburants.Des produits “maison” pour éviter l’huile de palmeAdrien Gontier a donc mis en place des recettes “maison”. Il réalise sa propre pâte à tartiner aux noisettes, son propre dentifrice (à base de bicarbonate de soude et d’argile verte), son déodorant (fait d’alcool, d’eau florale et de pierre d’alun) ou encore son savon (soude et huile d’olive). Pour aider les autres consommateurs, il a créé un “petit guide vert”, disponible sur son site. Grâce à celui-ci, déchiffrer les étiquettes et dénicher l’huile de palme là où elle se trouve devient un jeu d’enfant.”Je ne suis pas naïf : “huile végétale”, sans plus de précision, c’est presque toujours de la palme”. Mais que dire du “monostéarate de glycérol” ? Encore de l’huile de palme souligne le scientifique qui reconnait : “heureusement que je suis chimiste, sans ça j’aurais du mal à m’y retrouver”. Le 6 juin 2012 à 19:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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