16 Oct

One Direction Teams With Office Depot To Fight Bullying

first_imgOffice Depot is proud to announce its alliance with the world-renowned music group, One Direction, who officially become partners in the retailer’s Anti-Bullying campaign that will launch across the U.S. during the 2013 Back-to-School season.One Direction Fights BullyingThe 1D/OD alliance will feature a collection of limited edition back-to-school products, which will be exclusively sold at Office Depot. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be used to fund an anti-bullying educational program to encourage kinder behavior among students. This message will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign that includes an anti-bullying message from One Direction, which will be broadcast on television and at their concerts, as well as print and digital advertising, online and social media activations.“We are thrilled to launch the ‘1D + OD Together Against Bullying’ alliance with One Direction,” says Bob Moore, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer for Office Depot. “Office Depot is committed to making a difference in students’ lives with meaningful anti-bullying education, and thanks to the powerful voices of Niall, Harry, Zayn, Louis, and Liam, we will make considerable progress.”The “1D+OD LIVE.LOVE.MOVE Together Against Bullying” integrated cause marketing campaign and product collection has been created by SEW Branded, a New York brand image and marketing consultancy.last_img read more

14 Oct

Indigenous rights taking back seat to trade investment at COP21

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsIndigenous delegates at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) conference are left waiting outside negotiating rooms in Paris to learn the fate of their rights currently on the cutting board.Those rights related to climate change are in the hands of delegates and trade experts whose main interests lie in economic initiatives expected to be birthed following the signing of an international treaty to prevent dangerous levels of global warming.Negotiations are heading into the final stages at COP21 with the aim of creating a Paris Agreement to replace the failed Kyoto Accord.The agreement, expected to be completed by Friday, will come into force in 2020. World leaders continue to work out details of the deal that focuses on curbing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while keeping global warming below an increase of 2 degrees Celsius.On Monday, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples warned that the outcome of the debates at the COP21 and including reference to Indigenous rights will determine whether the world succeeds in slowing the earths heating.“Should human rights for Indigenous Peoples be struck from the final agreement, negotiators will have destroyed any pretense of their intention to mitigate climate change,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in a statement.“Failure to protect Indigenous Peoples rights in a final agreement will fuel destruction of the forests and other ecosystems managed since time immemorial by Indigenous Peoples.”The dispute arose last Friday following the first week of negotiations when the text at issue was removed from the draft document of the proposed worldwide legally binding treaty on climate change.Although there is mention of adapting Indigenous knowledge in the preamble of the text, concerns are centered on references in Article 2.2 of the main document that included the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The section, which is the legally binding aspect, was bracketed and placed on the chopping block.Jurisdictions opposing the inclusion of the text are the European Union, Denmark, Norway and the United States, said Alberto Saldamando, legal counsel for the Indigenous Environmental Network who is in Paris lobbying states to reinsert the mention of Indigenous rights in the agreement.He said he’s puzzled as to the exact reasoning behind the resistance because countries like Denmark and Norway have historically given support to Indigenous causes.“Even Denmark, Norway and all these countries that used to be our friends- they’re stone cold against the mention of Indigenous rights and language. I can’t figure out why…it doesn’t make sense,” said Saldamando.He believes it might be connected to the fact that many countries sent delegates who are experts in trade negotiations and not well informed on matters related to human rights.Human rights and gender equality listed in the same section of the agreement have also been removed.“They (delegates) don’t understand (human rights) because they understand trade language. I do believe that a lot of these guys do not know what they’re doing- it’s shocking really,” he said.With big money to be made in investments to green energy initiatives, COP21 has been steered by the influence of wealthy nations, the corporate sector and other interest groups.According to Saldamando, they lack an understanding of the correlation between Indigenous rights and the commodification of the earth. “It’s colonization all over again, it’s a taking. That’s what we’re afraid of,” said Saldamando.Mitigation methods agreed upon at COP21 have the potential to violate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP.)Initiatives such as carbon trading involving Indigenous lands pose threats by leaving vulnerable Indigenous groups to corporate interests and development without free, prior and informed consent.“Those countries are over there talking about reducing green house gases, but we’ve already been violated by activities that cause climate change,” said International Indian Treaty Council Executive Director, Andrea Carmen.“Now as the states plan to put programs in for litigation, for adaptation solutions- we have some of the last pristine forest, water and biodiversity in the world and we see our resources as kind of being on the table again and up for grabs in the solution stage,” said Carmen.“It’s kind of ironic for Indigenous Peoples whose treaties are being violated, along with land rights, health and subsistence by these energy developments and projects- then they’re (states) over there talking about reducing, mitigating and adapting without our rights secured- we’ll be on the menu again.”Saldamando referenced Indigenous Peoples living in countries such as Brazil who don’t technically own title to lands who are losing control over their forest homelands. Industries investing in carbon credits in efforts to reduce emissions via way of buying carbon stored in trees places Indigenous livelihoods at stake, he said.It leaves open opportunities for corporate interest in and access to traditional territory, loss of food security and ceremonial and spiritual practices.“Essentially the investor has an ownership interest in those trees. That means the community can’t log or cut down trees for housing, can’t clear a field to grow crops. And it really doesn’t protect the forest from development- as long as there’s a net increase in carbon sequestration they can mine and do whatever they want. Those are violations of UNDRIP done without free, prior and informed consent,” said Saldamando.Having returned from Paris as part of the Global Indigenous Caucus, Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit in British Columbia said the Paris agreement needs to go beyond talks of trade, and alleviating climate change.“They also need to include how to deal with the impacts on vulnerable people,” said John.“Such as the Inuit in the far north or First Nations who are impacted by the mountain pine beetle in British Columbia; or First Nations in BC who are impacted by warming waters in the Fraser river where 19 degrees becomes lethal to salmon in the summer time. These are the issues that we are dealing with – the first and the lasting impacts are on Indigenous Peoples,” he said.However, John remains optimistic because of the help of countries like Canada advocating on the behalf of Indigenous Peoples rights in Paris. A stark shift in the political landscape in comparison to past adversarial relationships between First Nations and the Canadian government.Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna is part of a 14 member facilitating panel from around the world directing negotiations.“Canada’s position remains that we strongly advocate for the inclusion in the Paris Agreement of language that reflects the importance of respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” according to a statement from McKenna’s office.Other countries going to bat for the inclusion of human and Indigenous rights language include the Philippines, Mexico, the Independent Alliance of Latin America and the Caribbean.With final negotiations underway and the world readying to sign the Paris Agreement Friday, Tauli-Corpuz appealed for opposing countries to follow suit in supporting Indigenous and human rights.“We call on the US, the UK and Norway, all of which have extended their hand to indigenous peoples in the past, to stand up for human rights and principles of democracy and inclusion,” she said.“The social conflict that will erupt in the forests, should our peoples have no rights to defend themselves, will exact tremendous economic harm, as our forests are our homes, our lives, our culture, and the heart of our spirituality. We will not go quietly, and neither should you.”bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

14 Oct

DNA test gives BC man hope after 34 years behind bars

first_imgAPTN NewsAn Indigenous man who has spent 34 years behind bars for a crime he says he didn’t commit may get a new shot at freedom.Phillip Tallio, of Bella Coola First Nation in British Columbia, learned Monday DNA from the victim can be tested.It’s a major development and important part of the argument to free Tallio, said lawyer Rachel Barsky of Vancouver.“He was very glad about it,” Barsky said in a telephone interview. “He said it was a long time coming.”Tallio, 51, pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of toddler Delavina Mack in 1983, but claims his confession was fabricated. Barsky took the case as part of the Innocence Project at UBC law school.DNA has been a key factor in helping overturn wrongful convictions around the world. This tissue sample will be tested at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague.“RCMP will personally fly and accompany the sample,” Barsky added.APTN Investigates looked into the Tallio case last fall when lawyers argued about DNA.Mack was just 22 months old when she was killed and the crime split the remote community featured in this story.The Crown opposed the DNA testing on the grounds age had degraded and potentially contaminated the sample. But three judges from the B.C. Court of Appeal were unanimously in favour.“It is in the interests of justice to allow the testing to occur,” they said in a written decision.Tallio claims the guilty plea to second-degree murder was entered without his consent. And says he didn’t understand what was happening.Testing has shown he has a low intellect.Barsky has been working seven years to exonerate Tallio.“It’s a mix of emotions for him,” she said. “This is just another step towards an appeal.”last_img read more

13 Oct

Study funds that Vermont is top state for inbound moves

first_imgST. LOUIS — Vermont’s population is among the smallest in the U.S., but a study from United Van Lines indicate people are moving to the New England state.The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Wednesday released its 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns.Vermont has the second-smallest population among states, exceeding only Wyoming. Yet Vermont saw the highest percentage of inbound moves in 2018.Four Western states filled out the top 5: Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.New Jersey had highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, Connecticut, New York and Kansas.The study showed that Americans continue to move west and south. The Mountain West and South regions saw high percentages of inbound moves. The Northeast and Midwest had high percentages of outbound moves.The Associated Presslast_img read more

12 Oct

Obesity speeds up puberty onset in boys

first_imgBoys with obesity, or excess belly fat, enter puberty at an earlier age than average, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Chile conducted the study on 527 Chilean boys ages four to seven years. They found that both total body obesity and central obesity, or excess belly fat, were associated with greater odds of starting puberty before age nine. “With the increase in childhood obesity worldwide, there has been an advance in the age at which puberty begins in girls,” said Maria Veronica Mericq, the lead investigator of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”However, in boys the evidence has been controversial,” said Mericq. Some studies have found that obesity delayed puberty, whereas another study showed that only overweight but not obesity induced earlier puberty in boys. Early puberty — called precocious puberty — is linked to possible problems including stunted growth and emotional-social problems, researchers said. The team found that the prevalence of total obesity increased with age, from 22 per cent of boys ages 6 to 7 years to 28.6 per cent at 11.4 years, the average age at onset of puberty for this group. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCentral obesity also increased in that timeframe, from 11.8 per cent to 17.4 per cent. Precocious puberty reportedly occurred in 45 boys, or nine per cent. Total obesity and central obesity from ages four to seven raised the odds of early puberty compared with having a healthy weight. For instance, among boys age five or six, those with obesity had nearly 2.7 times the odds of starting puberty early, and those with central obesity had almost 6.4 higher odds of puberty before age nine, Mericq said. She explained that central obesity more closely relates to fat mass, because a higher BMI may reflect increased muscle, especially in athletes. “Early puberty might increase the risk of behaviour problems and in boys could be related to a higher incidence of testicular cancer in adulthood,” Mericq said.last_img read more

12 Oct

Economic integration can spur development in Western Asia – SecretaryGeneral

“Growing political tensions and intense conflicts… [have] underscored the need for greater and improved regional cooperation and economic integration,” Mr. Ban said in a statement to the current session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), being held in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.His statement was delivered by ESCWA’s Executive Secretary Bader Omar Al-Dafa.The Secretary-General stressed that the world is now past the midpoint in the race to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets relating to poverty, education and health that are supposed to be achieved by 2015, and said that too many countries are lagging behind.“ESCWA’s research and technical support can help regional governments focus their efforts and resources on key areas, and make up for lost time,” he added.At the opening of today’s ESCWA session, Mr. Al-Dafa said there had been noticeable economic growth in the region in recent years, but cautioned that this growth, particularly in the Gulf States, is fragile because it is closely linked to the price of oil. “We must therefore work together to make optimum use of this opportunity and diversify the economic base, develop the capacities of institutions and build effective partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society,” he said.The two-day conference in Sana’a has brought together ministers from 13 countries in the region, as well as representatives of UN agencies, funding institutions and regional experts. 28 May 2008Closer economic integration can help the Western Asian region overcome recent conflicts and political tensions and also spur progress towards internationally agreed anti-poverty goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

11 Oct

Cyprus settlement could foster peace in wider region Turkish leader tells UN

Reaching a “just and lasting settlement” on divisions between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots could propel peace and stability in the greater region, Turkey’s President told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.United Nations-led reunification talks began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.“Any positive outcome emerging from these negotiations would rapidly transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a pillar of peace, stability, cooperation and welfare within the European Union,” President Abdullah Gül stressed in an address to the Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York.Turkey, he said, shares Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s vision that a settlement is within reach before the end of the year.“But this process should not be open-ended,” Mr. Gül emphasized.The Turkish Cypriot side, he said, has demonstrated that it is in favour of a settlement, “but they continue to suffer unjustly” from the lack of an agreement.“I would like to repeat the call made by the UN Secretary-General to the international community to take the necessary steps to eliminate the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and to enable their integration with the world,” the President said.In his address, he also called on UN Member States to explore the possibility of setting up a mechanism to address natural disasters, food shortages and epidemics.“This would also help maintain international peace and security by mitigating the threats stemming from weak governance, collapse of public order and domestic or inter-State conflicts over diminishing natural resources,” Mr. Gül noted.Dedicating just a small fraction of nations’ defence expenditures to financing this new mechanism could more cost-effectively achieve results in maintaining global peace and stability, he said.“Moreover,” the Turkish leader said, “If we could pool some of our defence equipment that lost its effective utilization in military terms but are still relevant disaster relief operations, we would swiftly build the said rapid reaction capability.” 23 September 2010Reaching a “just and lasting settlement” on divisions between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots could propel peace and stability in the greater region, Turkey’s President told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today. read more

6 Oct

East Timor UN Indonesia agree on border demarcation plan

The agreement on Border Demarcation Reconnaissance was made at a Monday meeting of the Tactical Coordination Working Group in Atambua, West Timor. Dates for the survey are expected to be finalized within a few days. The working group, which includes representatives from UNTAET’s Peacekeeping Force (PKF) and Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), also discussed the establishment of a new Border Control Service post and ways to improve the repatriation of East Timorese refugees currently living in camps across the border. In December, UN and Indonesian delegations had agreed at a special technical meeting on border demarcation in Jakarta that a reconnaissance of the border should be undertaken in February. The reconnaissance survey will study the riverbanks, river islands, customary usage and technical issues, followed by a number of technical steps prior to the resolution of the location of the borderline. Meanwhile, East Timor’s Constituent Assembly today pushed to 16 March the final vote and signing ceremony for the territory’s first constitution. After an hour-long debate on how much time was needed for a nationwide public review of the draft constitution, members voted overwhelming for the one-week delay – 62 in favour, 2 against, 4 abstentions, with 20 absent. An initial proposal for a two-week delay was rejected by majority party FRETILIN over concerns that it would interfere with the 15 March to 12 April presidential election campaign. Minority parties UDT and PSD argued that more time was needed for the public review process. read more

6 Oct

UN marks World Television Day highlighting its communicative powers

“People everywhere are living in more and more of an information society,” said Mr. Annan, and television “has a key role to play as these changes deepen and spread further still.”Urging the television industry to produce and distribute diverse, high quality content, in the developed and developing countries, Mr. Annan said “our interdependent world requires an information society that is universal and inclusive, that promotes mutual understanding and tolerance, and that presents a plurality of views.” In his message, General Assembly President, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic highlighted television’s indispensable role in the proper functioning of genuine democracies, and said that “television is a decisive factor in globalization [as] it supports cultural diversity and helps to establish freedom of information.”Next December, the deliberations of the World Summit on Information Society, which will bring together all key stakeholders to discuss the information revolution and its impact, will be complemented by a UN organized World Electronic Media Forum to be held in Geneva. The Forum will bring together diverse players from the developed and developing world to focus on the role of the electronic media in the information society. read more

2 Oct

South Sudan slaughter of civilians gang rapes among shocking crimes committed by

“The constant attacks on women, the rape, enslavement and slaughter of innocents; the recruitment of thousands upon thousands of child soldiers; the deliberate displacement of vast numbers of people in such a harsh and poverty-stricken country – these are abhorrent practices that must be halted,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, whose Office (OHCHR) compiled the report along with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).The country, which only gained independence in 2009 after breaking away from Sudan, its northern neighbour, was thrown into turmoil when conflict erupted between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar in December 2013, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, 650,000 of whom fled abroad, and impacting the food security of 4.6 million.“Very few places in areas of conflict have been safe, as the parties have intentionally attacked traditional safe havens, such as places of worship, hospitals and, from time to time, United Nations bases,” the report said. “These attacks reveal a shocking disregard for civilian life, with an increasing number of armed groups and communities being involved in the violence.”From the middle of 2015, a new pattern emerged, particularly in the central and southern counties of Unity state, with entire villages being burned down, food crops destroyed and livestock looted, amid indications that this may have been a deliberate strategy by the Government or army to deprive civilians of any source of livelihood and force their displacement, it added.It documented at least 280 cases of conflict-related sexual violence, including gang-rape, sexual slavery and forced abortion, as well as a sharp increase in child recruitment, with at least 13,000 to 15,000 child soldiers, recruited mainly, but not solely, by opposition forces, as of December 2015.“Despite the severity of the human rights and humanitarian law violations perpetrated by both sides to the conflict, there are no tangible accountability mechanisms beyond the rhetoric of the main belligerents,” the report stressed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative UNMISS chief Ellen Margrethe Løj underscored that accountability must be a fundamental element in the ongoing peace process seeking to end the strife. “It is time to end the cycle of impunity that has allowed these violations to occur and embrace a brighter future of sustainable peace for all South Sudanese,” she said.Mr. Zeid added: “Accountability and justice sound like empty words in such a bleak landscape, but they are essential if South Sudan is to come out of this terrible period. The current regional and international peace efforts offer some hope that this perpetual cycle of bloodshed and misery can be brought to an end, and I urge all sides to negotiate in good faith.” read more

25 Sep

My wife was empowered by sexual activity with a young stranger exBBC

first_imgJoe Giddens/PA Wire Joe Giddens/PA Mrs Wadsworth, has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of indecent assault, while her 69-year-old husband denies nine counts of the same offence.Asked by his barrister Michelle Clarke why he allowed his wife to be approached by another male, Mr Wadsworth claimed his spouse’s past with an abusive partner had left her “damaged” and insecure.He told jurors that he wanted to prove others found her sexually desirable.Mr Wadsworth said: “Julie and I have a very deep loving relationship – I get quite emotional just talking about it.”But because of Julie’s past history with an abusive partner I think it’s fair to say that Julie was and to some extent still is today a damaged person.”She was not confident in her appearance, certainly not confident in her body and I just saw this beautiful person not just on the outside, but on the inside as well.”So, a very special human being. “And as our relationship developed she began to confide in me and tell me about her abusive partner who was absolutely vile – the things he perpetrated on her.”So I did my best to bring out the woman inside her, I suppose.”Appearing at times emotional, Mr Wadsworth said: “I guess I took a juxtaposition, and tried to demonstrate nobody owns anybody, nobody is a physical possession of anything else but a person in their own right, with their own rights.”So I encouraged her to be the woman that I see today and I love her to bits, and I’m very proud of her.”He added: “So yeah, this was all part of it.”Julie’s unreasonable possessiveness and jealousy, then as the years went by, I tried my best to bring out the life in her by demonstrating to her I was not a jealous type.”I wanted to show her she wasn’t just attractive to me but to others as well.”It was a moment in time, I looked at Julie and Julie looked at me, and I stepped to one side and this guy moved in.”It’s terrible to have to describe it like this.” An ex-BBC presenter has told a court he “stepped to one side” to let a young stranger engage in a public sex act with his wife because it “empowered” her.Tony Wadsworth said his wife, Julie Wadsworth, was “a very special human being” who had found the daytime encounter with the male in woodland in the 1990s “exhilarating and exciting”.He added: “It was a positive, because she felt empowered as a woman.”That it’s not just me – the world and his wife can see the beautiful woman that she is.”The Wadsworths are on trial at Warwick Crown Court accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity in Warwickshire woods between 1992 and 1996. Both have accepted having sexual encounters with what Mrs Wadsworth described as “young men” in the forest, but deny they were children.Giving evidence in his defence on Friday, Mr Wadsworth said that in two separate encounters, involving up to three males each time, they appeared to be “16, 17 – possibly 18”.He described a claim he had sexual encounters with anyone aged 16 as “outrageous”, and denied a prosecution allegation he had a “threesome” with his wife and a boy at his then home in Warwickshire.Explaining their “first encounter” in the woods with one of the complainants in the trial, Mr Wadsworth said he found it “erotic” to watch his wife masturbate the lone stranger in front of him. Afterwards he said the couple agreed what was happening was “ridiculous, foolhardy and stupid and there would be no repetition”.The couple, from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, deny five counts of outraging public decency which allege they engaged in sexual activity “against a tree” in view of others between July 1992 and June 1996. Credit:Joe Giddens/PA Wirecenter_img They are accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity in wooded areas of Warwickshire between 1992 and 1996 The Wadsworths are accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity between 1992 and 1996Credit:Joe Giddens/PA Mr Wadsworth told the court his wife had found the woodland encounter ’empowering’Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire In his account of the moment, the couple were “kissing and cuddling” when they became aware of a young man watching them in the undergrowth. Mr Wadsworth said: “I turned, looked around and saw this fella and must confess it was something of a shock.”I didn’t know what he was going to do. But very shortly after it was clear what he was hoping to do.”He added: “It just happened, he came forward as I stepped to one side.”The 69-year-old claimed the whole incident had taken place in woodland, well off the beaten track, without a word being exchanged.He said: “After the heat of the moment was over, it was all very embarrassing and awkward. We tidied ourselves up and we all went our separate ways.”Mrs Wadsworth has accepted going on to have a sexual relationship with that complainant, after bumping into him some years later, but has repeatedly denied he was under-age.Her husband has claimed that when he discovered that tryst, he told the man to “f— off”, also rejecting a Facebook friend request from him in 2015.Mr Wadsworth described what he claimed was the second and final occasion in the woodland in the 1990s, involving three males being masturbated by his wife as happening much the same as the first encounter. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

25 Sep

Airlines urged to cut ticket prices as cost of oil continues to

first_img“There’s a very real argument here to say that airline customers are being ripped off. The price of tickets must go down to reflect the fall in the price of fuel, but airlines are failing to pass on in full the savings they are making as a result of falling fuel prices,” he said.The price of crude oil has plummeted in the past three years, from $115 per barrel in April 2014 to around $50 per barrel this month – a fall of 56 per cent.Figures from the SkySkanner travel website show that between July 2015 and June this year the average cost of an economy ticket from the UK to all destinations fell from £351.70 to £328.36, a drop of 6.6 per cent. Michael Fabricant MP Credit:PA The average cost of an economy ticket from the UK to European destinations fell by 7.6 per cent over the same period, from £151.17 to £139.54.Mr Fabricant highlighted the case of a £1,380 flight from London to Sydney with Emirates, which includes a fuel surcharge of £364.He is now calling on Ministers to act to force those airlines which impose fuel surcharges to cut or even scrap them altogether.Emma Coulthurst, travel expert from holiday price comparison site, TravelSupermarket.com said: “The last few three years have been some of the best for the airline industry in terms of profits; airlines have enjoyed huge cash piles since oil prices slid significantly in mid-2014. The airlines are quick to increase prices when oil prices increase. But, the same discounts have not seemed apparent in ticket prices when fuel prices have slid over the last few years.”She added: “Airlines need to convince us that they are passing on savings to us. These fuel surcharges – – and it is mainly the flag carriers who are to blame for them – make customers feel that the airline industry is taking advantage of them.”Lufthansa said it scrapped its fuel surcharges around two years ago, and said competition between airlines was so “fierce” that passengers were benefitting from “very competitive prices”. Michael Fabricant MP  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Consumer campaigners have accused airlines of ripping off passengers by failing to pass on the full saving of the fall in fuel prices.They say the current low price of oil is not reflected in the cost charged by airlines.The row comes as around two million people headed overseas this weekend as the holiday season got underway.The Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said that although the cost of flights has been falling over the past few years customers are still not seeing the full benefit of the fall in fuel costs over the same period. In a statement responding to Mr Fabricant, BA said: “All prices our customers see are inclusive of taxes and charges. We clearly identify the carrier imposed charge to our customers during the booking process on ba.com. The carrier imposed charge is not linked to fuel prices.”Emirates did not respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

25 Sep

England beat India by 60 runs to wrap up series

England’s Moeen Ali celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Ajinkya Rahane Action Images via Reuters/Paul ChildsEngland sealed a series victory over India with a 60-run win on a gripping fourth day of the fourth Test in Southampton. Set 245, India looked beaten when they were reduced to 22-3 on an uneven pitch.Captain Virat Kohli could have been given out lbw to off-spinner Moeen Ali on nine, but survived to share a painstaking stand of 101 with Ajinkya Rahane.Even after Kohli was caught at short leg off Moeen for 58, Rahane dragged the runs required down below 100.However, Rahane and Rishabh Pant fell in successive Moeen overs, beginning a demise that saw India lose four wickets for 13 runs and eventually be dismissed for 184.Man of the match Moeen, on his recall to the side, ended with 4-71 to complete match analysis of 9-134 to go with 40 runs in England’s first innings. Victory extends a run which has seen England lose only one home series since 2012.They take a 3-1 lead to the fifth and final Test, which begins on Friday at The Oval. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJadeja becomes No. 1 Test allrounder and bowlerAugust 8, 2017In “latest news”England complete big win over West IndiesFebruary 12, 2019In “latest news”India attempt to sweep away Moeen miserySeptember 6, 2018In “latest news” read more

21 Sep

Haile Gebrselassie accuses Mo Farah of blackmail after British runner complains about

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41,867 Views Short URL Haile Gebrselassie accuses Mo Farah of blackmail after British runner complains about hotel robbery The Olympic champion claims his watch was stolen at the Ethiopian’s hotel last month. 51 Comments Share Tweet Email1 Apr 25th 2019, 11:39 AM https://jrnl.ie/4606122 center_img Sir Mo Farah at a press conference for the London Marathon yesterday Image: SIPA USA/PA Images ATHLETICS ICONS MO Farah and Haile Gebrselassie have become embroiled in a bitter public dispute after the Ethiopian accused the British Olympic champion of blackmail.Farah alleges that Gebrselassie had made no effort to recover a number of items he claims were stolen from his room at the Ethiopian’s hotel near Addis Ababa.Farah was staying at the hotel in late March as part of training for Sunday’s London Marathon.Yesterday, he claimed that around £2,500 (€2,891) was stolen from his hotel on 23 March, along with a watch given to him by his wife Tania.“Someone’s got the key from reception, opened it up, took my money, took my nice watch that my wife got me, and two phones,” the 36 year-old said.“The watch was sentimental – it can’t be replaced.”Farah also revealed the contents of a text message which he sent Gebrselassie when he lost patience at not having his pleas for help answered.“I want to inform you that I’m disappointed you have not made any effort to find my stolen money, and especially my watch,” the text read.“I have tried to contact you by telephone several times.“Know that I am not responsible for what I say during the press conference in London and what influence it will have on your personality and your business. Greetings, Sir Mo.”However, Gebrselassie hit back by accusing Farah of not paying his heavily discounted hotel bill and claimed that the text message looked like “an act of blackmailing and accusation”. Haile Gebrselassie Source: Nick Potts/PA ImagesHe also said there had been “multiple reports of disgraceful conduct” at the hotel leveled against Farah and his entourage.Among his complaints against the Somalia-born Briton was an allegation that he was involved an assault on another athlete in the hotel gym – something Gebrselassie claimed had only been dropped following his intervention.“He was reported to the police for attacking an athlete in the gym,” said the 46-year-old Ethiopian.“But due to my mediation role, the criminal charge was able to be dropped.”Gebrselassie denied the alleged robbery had been taken lightly, saying that five hotel staff were held in custody for three weeks while it was investigated.“They were later released by legal bodies after they were found clear,” said Gebrselassie.“The police were doing all their investigation thoroughly, but found nothing on the reported robbery case.”Farah denied Gebrselassie’s accusations, saying they were an effort to “distract from the situation, where members of his hotel staff used a room key and stole money and items from Mo Farah’s room”. By Stephen McDermott Sir Mo Farah at a press conference for the London Marathon yesterday Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 11:39 AM Image: SIPA USA/PA Imageslast_img read more

20 Sep

Accord de Copenhague des engagements insuffisants pour lONU

first_imgAccord de Copenhague : des engagements insuffisants pour l’ONUMonde – Suite à la signature de l’accord préliminaire de Copenhague, soixante-quinze pays ont pris des engagements de réduction de leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre à l’horizon 2020. Toutefois, d’après l’ONU, ces engagements ne suffiront pas à limiter le réchauffement climatique à 2°C comme le préconisent les experts du climat.Dans l’accord signé in extremis à Copenhague en décembre dernier, le seul objectif que les États signataires se sont engagés à respecter est de limiter à 2°C le réchauffement global de la planète.Depuis, un grand nombre d’États a pris des engagements : une quarantaine de pays industrialisés dont les États-Unis et les 27 membres de l’Union européenne, et une trentaine de pays en développement, représentant plus de 80% des émissions mondiales. Mais ces objectifs sont encore trop timides, alerte l’ONU. “S’il est clair que les engagements sur la table sont un pas important vers la limitation de l’augmentation des émissions, ils ne suffiront pas en eux-mêmes pour limiter le réchauffement en deçà de 2°C”, a en effet déploré Yvo de Boer, secrétaire général de la Convention de l’ONU sur les changements climatiques (UNFCCC).Outre les engagements de réduction ou de limitation des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, l’accord de Copenhague prévoit la création d’un fonds de 10 milliards de dollars par an pour la période 2010-2012 afin d’aider les pays les plus pauvres à lutter et à s’adapter aux effets du changement climatique. Ce fonds augmentera ensuite progressivement pour atteindre 100 milliards de dollars en 2020. Ce sont au total 111 pays qui ont affirmé “soutenir” cet accord tandis qu’ils sont 80 à ne pas s’être encore prononcés.Selon Yvo de Boer, l’accord de Copenhague pourrait servir de document de base aux négociations préalables à la prochaine conférence internationale sur le climat qui se tiendra en fin d’année à Cancun, au Mexique. Toutefois, nombreux sont ceux qui doutent de l’issue de ce sommet quand les négociations semblent toujours dans l’impasse trois mois après l’échec de Copenhague.Le 3 avril 2010 à 10:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

20 Sep

Bold 9900 RIM travaille sur un correctif

first_imgBold 9900 : RIM travaille sur un correctifLe Blackberry Bold 9900 connaîtrait une panne assez importante touchant déjà de nombreux utilisateurs. Elle toucherait visiblement la batterie, puisque les possesseurs de ce smartphone ne parviennent pas à rallumer leur mobile après une longue charge.Le concepteur canadien de smartphones Research In Motion (RIM) doit faire face à un problème technique qui affecte son dernier appareil, le Bold 9900. Un correctif est en train d’être développé pour répondre à la grogne des utilisateurs. Après une longue charge, le téléphone refuserait simplement de se rallumer !À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?RIM a reconnu qu'”un nombre limité de clients rapporte un problème avec leur terminal qui refuse de se rallumer.” Le problème est semble t-il inédit après une panne mondiale survenue (et une baisse de l’action en bourse) cette année. Selon Cnet, au vu de l’étendue de cette panne, certains revendeurs ont cessé de commercialiser ce modèle. Les forums d’utilisateurs se remplissent de témoignages mécontents au point qu’il doit maintenant tarder à RIM de tourner la page 2011, une année décidement difficile pour le constructeur. Le 21 novembre 2011 à 21:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

20 Sep

Nicolas Copernic découvertes biographie tout savoir sur lastronome

first_imgNicolas Copernic : découvertes, biographie, tout savoir sur l’astronomeNicolas Copernic passait son temps la tête dans les étoiles. Le père de l’héliocentrisme s’oppose à Ptolémé et à Aristote. Qui est réellement Copernic ? Maxisciences vous explique tout !Biographie :Naissance :  né le 19 février 1473 à  ThornMort :  le 24 mai 1543 à FrauenburgNicolas Copernic né dans une famille aisée d’un père, appelé aussi Nicolas. Sa mère, Barbara Watzelrode vient d’une vieille famille de Thorn. Il est initié des son plus jeune âge à l’art et à la musique. À lire aussiAlbert Einstein : QI, citations, biographie, tout savoir sur le plus célèbre des scientifiquesSon père meurt en 1483 et c’est son oncle, qui deviendra le futur évêque de Varmie qui prend sa place. Lukas Watzelrode s’assure que son neveu soit intégré dans les meilleures écoles. Il étudie d’abord l’astronomie et les mathématiques à l’université de Cracovie et en 1496, il intègre l’université de Bologne. Il y apprend le grec et loge chez Domenico Maria Novara, un astronome qui remet en cause les théories de Ptolémée. Il obtient le titre de docteur en droit canon en 1503 et retourne en Pologne. Il loge chez son oncle et l’aide aux activités du diocèse. Il observe dès son retour d’Italie le ciel et continue ses recherches en astronomie, convaincu que les théories de  Ptolémée sont fausses. Il écrit entre 1511 et 1513 Commentariolus un traité où il évoque le système héliocentrique, qui à l’opposé du géocentrisme, met le Soleil au centre de notre univers plutôt que la Terre. Durant la même période, le concile du Ve Latran lui demande ses conseils afin de travailler sur la réforme du calendrier.  Il meurt le 25 mai 1543 et ses deux ouvrages, Commentariolus et De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (Des révolutions des sphères célestes) sont publiés bien des années après la mort du scientifique. Le système Copernic, permet même jusqu’à mesurer la distance entre les planètes et le soleil, une chose impossible si l’on part de la théorie géocentrique. Le 11 décembre 2017 à 16:53 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

20 Sep

Switch Games That Arent Zelda Tumbleseed

first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Tumbleseed is a game I made a concerted effort to keep coming back to. Wanting to replay a game is certainly a sign of quality, but not necessarily the biggest one. However, considering that Tumbleseed is a roguelike, a genre that even the developers themselves know how much I dislike, that’s telling. I would be lying if I said I enjoyed this Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda (also available on PC and PS4) because of its roguelike elements, but the rest of it is so strong it did soften my stance against the genre ever so slightly.In Tumbleseed players guide a humble organic ball up a treacherous mountain. As they roll their way to the top, they face enemies, obstacles, numerous gaps to fall through, and encouraging one-eyed villagers. Instead of controlling the seed directly, players make use of the tense and trusty arcade control mechanic of balancing. The seed rolls along a long vine bar players tilt up a down. Starting, stopping, ascending slowly, or sharply rolling downhill are all controlled through constant, subtle analog stick movements.Compared to any other 2D locomotion, the novelty and delayed satisfaction of this system serve as great rewards for tolerating nonstop avoidable deaths. But what makes it even cooler is that this is a digital recreation of an obscure physical arcade game called Ice Cold Beer in which players control a real beam and balance a real ball. The subtle ball vibration and momentum of HD rumble on Switch goes a long way toward replicating this tactile heritage.Then come the roguelike elements. The mountain is always made up of the same four biomes, but their layouts randomly change after every (frequent) death. It’s an idea seemingly carried over from mobile slalom game Dudeski, which was developed by one of the Tumbleseed developers Benedict Fritz. So instead of memorizing specific paths, players must become adept enough with the controls while learning enemy behaviors to make each new run more successful than the last.Nimble rolling is crucial, but to really survive long-term, you’ll need to make use of the dozens of seed powers. Rolling over special soil patches powers up an ability, but these patches are finite, making tough choices inevitable. The four core abilities plant checkpoints, restore hearts, cover you with protective spiky thorns, and generate the crystal currency needed to activate the soil patches in the first place.However, you’ll also find wilder abilities throughout your travels, from cannons that shoot foes to flash floods that fill in nearby deadly holes to passive toxic auras you can stack with other powers. You’ll lose these abilities after each death, and the ones you’ll find next time are random. I get why that is. Hoarding skills would make the player overpowered. But many of these powers also require large amounts of crystals to wield, crystals that might be more valuable spent elsewhere.Again, I understand that dilemmas like that are part of the point, but the hamstrung resource management just led to me mostly ignoring what feels like a huge part of the game. Powers are just too fleeting to rely on. The core rolling mechanic is demanding enough to create a baseline difficulty and subsequent level of satisfaction that’s already pretty high. The game wouldn’t lose anything with a less stingy economy.After playing countless rounds of Tumbleseed over the past few weeks, I did feel myself actively improving. I’m not good enough to compete for a daily challenge cash prize, but I am better. The most tangible way to check your progress is by completing quests. These sort of act as tutorials, challenging you to reach certain milestones or complete certain objectives. They encourage to take your runs in different, one-off directions and master skills that could positively influence your next real attempt up the mountain.I usually try to gain as much health as possible at first, but one quest opened my eyes to the value of immediate thorns. It’s like trying different build orders in a strategy game. Completing enough quests also opens up teleporters to different biomes higher up the mountain, vital for staving off game-ruining frustration later on for the impatient.When I think about why Tumbleseed mostly works for me in a way other roguelikes don’t, the answer I keep coming back to is that repeating the core gameplay loop is enjoyable enough to put up with the artificial endlessness, to revel in it even. Compare it to something like Has-Been Heroes. That game has a nifty RPG battle mechanic. But without the other arguably essential parts of RPGs like leveling up, collecting permanent loot, and exploring exquisite environments, the rest of the game collapses on top of the combat, crushing whatever potential it had.To me, a game with Tumbleseed’s mechanics but with actual discreet physics-based platforming levels, or even just arcade screens with high scores to chase, would be fantastic, and preferable to this roguelike. But these mechanics are still good enough on their own here to prop up the more questionable elements. It’s why I imagine Spelunky and The Binding of Isaac (also great on Switch) broke out like they did, by grounding their harsh roguelike aspects in palatable 2D sidescroller and dual-stick shooter dungeon crawler frameworks, respectively.Also uplifting the game is its mesmerizing art style. The pastel colors and soft geometric designs are reminiscent of the superb puzzle game Threes! (co-developed by Tumbleseed developer Greg Wohlwend) but with an added adorable nature theme. Also, this time the tranquility of the visuals is directly contrasted against the brutality of the gameplay. The chime that plays when you accept a quest is just a zen prelude to pain, set against the chill ambient tunes of Joel Corelitz.I’ll admit I’m biased in favor of Tumbleseed because it was developed by indie devs I had the pleasure of meeting during my Chicago days, and it was incubated by Cards Against Humanity, a company I’ve done freelance work for in the past. But I am also so incredibly biased against roguelikes that I think those two things cancel each other out, leaving me pretty confident in my ability to judge the game objectively.So here’s my verdict: Tumbleseed is knowingly not for everyone, and I disagree with some of its fundamental choices. It didn’t get me to win the victory over myself and love roguelikes. But despite all of that, I still think Tumbleseed is a great, impressive, incredibly cool, and utterly unique Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda I may ultimately end up playing even more than Zelda.Want to learn more? 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20 Sep

World of Final Fantasy Maxima Is More Final Fantasy Than Final Fantasy

first_img New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake Trailer Puts Us on Cloud Nine‘Final Fantasy XIV’ and ‘Masters of Doom’ Are Yo… Stay on target World of Final Fantasy released two years ago. While I enjoyed the demo, I never actually got to play the full game. Ironically enough, I was too busy playing Final Fantasy XV at the time. It’s a good thing Square-Enix decided to re-release it in the form of World of Final Fantasy Maxima. Though it’s certainly a big departure from the usual Final Fantasy fare, it does a remarkable job of capturing the spirit of the franchise. If you can get past the cutesy chibi aesthetic, there’s a lot to like here for fans of the series.For those who didn’t play the original, World of Final Fantasy stars two siblings (Lann and Reynn) who travel to a world called Grymoire in order to regain their lost memories. To do this, they must fight creatures called Mirages and capture them to battle other Mirages. Along the way, they encounter famous Final Fantasy characters such as Cloud, Squall, Lightning, and more. Like many JRPGs, the story is too convoluted for its own good. Fortunately, the core gameplay of capturing and leveling up monsters makes the incomprehensible plot tolerable.AdChoices广告If you’re going into World of Final Fantasy Maxima fresh, then all of the new additions will seem like a natural part of the game. This includes more Mirages, a new difficulty setting, the ability to play as famous Final Fantasy characters, and some extra end-game content. You can also have two additional Mirages with you, which makes things a bit easier. While the new features are nice, I’m not sure those who already have the game will feel it’s worth the $15 asking price. They’re a nice bonus, but nothing crucial.In order to use Mirages effectively, you’ll have to “stack” them. This amounts to wearing little monsters as hats. Here, size matters. Small Mirages go on top of medium which go on top of large. You’ll either have to grow or shrink your main characters accordingly. You can have two Mirages on their head if they’re fully grown, or have one small Mirage on their head while riding a large creature at medium size. It’s a weird system to wrap your head around, but it actually ends up working quite well.When stacked, you gain all the abilities of the Mirages in your stack. Conversely, you also get all of your Mirage’s weaknesses. Careful consideration of what monsters to put into your stack is crucial. You can’t create a one-size-fits-all stack that’s useful for every situation. Each area has different enemy Mirages with their own strengths and weaknesses. Thankfully, you can freely mix up and change stacks as required. This also gives the game a deeper level of strategy since you need to think about your formations.Collecting and leveling up Mirages is highly enjoyable during the first half of the game. Unfortunately, it becomes somewhat of a slog in the middle portion. If you’re playing World of Final Fantasy Maxima on the Switch, this is probably not an issue since you can grind away while going to work or school. If you’re playing at home, it can become a chore. Thankfully, there are some sidequests and activities to partake in to help break up the repetition. These usually involve colosseum battles and the aforementioned popular Final Fantasy characters. Things pick up in the latter part of the game, but the middle is decidedly laborious.One of the best things about the original World of Final Fantasy is that you could play outdoors on the PlayStation Vita. This portability continues on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, some have reported issues with the Switch version. This includes slow down to the point where a hard reset is required. Hopefully, Square-Enix will address this and other issues soon. The Switch version should technically be the best because you can play it both outdoors and on your TV. Switch users may just need to hold out a bit longer until fixes arrive.Different players will dig World of Final Fantasy Maxima for different reasons. Some will appreciate its cutesy art design. Some will love the Pokemon “gotta catch ‘em all” gameplay. For folks like myself, it’s all about the Final Fantasy nostalgia. The game is bursting at the seams with endless references to past games in the series. Sure, the graphics are almost too adorable and there’s an overall air of whimsy to everything. However, it also feels more authentically Final Fantasy than some of the most recent mainline entries. Square-Enix should look at the way World of Final Fantasy honors the legacy of the franchise and bring some of that into the inevitable Final Fantasy XVI.Considering all the games released this fall, World of Final Fantasy Maxima will likely get lost in the shuffle. This is unfortunate considering it’s actually quite a lot of fun. It isn’t a “must-play” or anything, but it is a very enjoyable experience, especially if you’re a hardcore fan of the series. With that said, people who already own the original may want to carefully consider whether the $15 upgrade is worth it. Truthfully, this probably should have been a free update since the additions don’t introduce anything overly necessary. This release is really for the uninitiated who want to unwind with a chill JRPG. It’s also a reminder of why Final Fantasy is such a great franchise.More on Geek.com:The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Is (Probably) Coming to Nintendo SwitchCool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversA Photographer’s Guide to ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’last_img read more

16 Sep

Off Beat ROTC rifle squad gets the lead out for the win

first_imgDuring the school year that just wrapped up, Columbian readers have been able to follow the exploits of lots of successful students.Some of their accomplishments came in the classroom, and some were achieved in a wide range of competitions.But the students tended to share some characteristics, and often followed similar paths to success.The to-do list for one championship team might serve as an example — with a notable exception.• Talent? Check.• Instruction? Check.• Hard work? Check.• Ammunition? Czech.That would be the Junior Air Force ROTC air rifle squad at Battle Ground High School. The BGHS sharpshooters and their counterparts at Prairie High were able to overcome a pellet problem on their paths to success.According to a Battle Ground district newsletter, there were local concerns about possible health hazards posed by lead ammunition in indoor shooting ranges, so the two teams shut down their practices in March 2010. ROTC instructors looked for an alternative, and practice finally resumed in October with nonlead pellets.Despite missing a lot of practice, Battle Ground went on to win the precision class this year in the national championships, where Prairie High’s riflemen also excelled.The pellets, made of tin and bismuth, are manufactured in the Czech Republic.Strictly businessAnother topic that combines health and the possibility of projectiles came to our attention. A man was talking about his diagnostics business for a piece on local employers.His company creates technology that tests saliva to diagnose medical conditions. His products can check a wide range of physical indicators, all without the use of needles.last_img read more