Rabat – French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Monday, November 19.Called “Bienvenue en France” (Welcome to France), the international education reform bill is meant to “increase France’s attractiveness” as a study destination.Starting from the 2019-2020 academic year, international students at French universities will pay higher enrollment fees, namely the equivalent of 30 percent of the total cost of their degrees. For bachelor degrees (which cost €10,000), students will be charged €2770, instead of the current €170 registration fee.Read Also: Moroccans, Largest Foreign Student Community in FranceAnd for Master’s and PhD degrees, whose registration fees were €234 and €383 respectively, students will pay €3,770. Even with the increase, international students in France will still be “paying significantly less than they do in North America, Netherlands, Great Britain, and most of European countries.”‘Competing with North America and most of Europe’France, one of the few Western countries where access to education has until now been nearly free of charge and subsidized by the government (except for a tiny number of elite schools called Grandes Ecoles), is now bidding to join other European and North American institutions in the scramble for international prestige.In a global education system where prestige is associated with the amount of university fees, the size of research budgets, and the quality of education facilities, Philippe argued, it is “unfair” to have “rich international students” pay the same fees as their low-income French counterparts whose parents pay taxes.The prime minister said that the increase will serve to fund more education-related projects. The plan includes renovation works as well as establishment of new scholarships to attract low-income students from the developing world.According to French newspaper Le Figaro, France is the fourth country (behind the US, Great Britain, and Australia) with the highest number international students. Students come from developing and emerging countries, especially francophone Africa, North-east Asia, Latin America, and the Arab world.“We can do much better,” Phillipe said, as he explained how the increase can help French learning institutions be more competitive.The funds will be used in building more facilities to accommodate students and invest more in foreign language learning, he said. For Philippe, France should benefit from its status as a prized destination for higher education.The move has come under heavy criticism from education syndicates, however. They argue that many of the concerned international students are not as rich as the prime minister claimed. Instead, the reform will “reinforce social precarity” for students for many of the targeted students.Fage, a students’ rights advocacy group, said in a statement that “it is not students’ job” to help rekindle France’s “underfunded education system.”The bill will only be applied to students who are not citizens of an EU country.
3 February 2008India has played a vital and long-standing role in helping the people of Nepal and also in supporting the efforts of the United Nations across the South Asian region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Friday, Mr. Ban clarified comments to the press made by Matthew Kahane, the UN’s Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal, on 24 January.“His comments were not intended to suggest that the Government of India has influence over Nepalese groups that have recently been limiting the steady flow of essential goods into the Terai region of Nepal, such as food,” the statement noted.“India is an important partner in the region and we appreciate very much the unfailing and long-standing assistance and support that India has provided to the United Nations and, more importantly, to the people of Nepal.”
16 April 2010United Nations officials have called on Member States and private donors to support a trust fund to pay for a permanent memorial at United Nations Headquarters in New York to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communication and Public Information, and Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP), made the appeal yesterday while receiving a donation of $250,000 from India, which is currently the largest single contributor to the fund.In 2007 the General Assembly commemorated the bicentenary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade by designating 25 March as an annual day of remembrance and endorsing the idea of constructing a permanent memorial at UN Headquarters “in acknowledgment of the tragedy and consideration of its legacy.”The trust fund was launched in May last year to pay for the memorial construction and India’s donation means that about $700,000 has been raised so far – less than a quarter of the $4.5 million that is estimated to be needed if the memorial is to be erected by 2012.Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica is heading efforts to erect the memorial, while a committee of interested States is also participating in the trust fund.At a ceremony yesterday to mark the Indian donation, which was handed over by Ambassador H. S. Puri, Mr. Akasaka stressed that the memorial should serve as a living reminder to the international community of the need to maintain momentum in combating the legacy of slavery, including pernicious contemporary forms of the practice.
TORONTO — Falling oil stocks helped pull the Toronto stock market lower Wednesday as further signs of rising crude inventories in the U.S. sent oil prices tumbling.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 67.23 points to 14,995.65, paced by a four per cent drop in the energy sector.The Canadian dollar — a big beneficiary of the recent rally in oil prices — tumbled 1.08 cents to 79.59 cents US after rising two cents over the previous two sessions.U.S. indexes were mixed amid positive news on the employment front two days before the release of the U.S. government’s jobs report for January. Payroll firm ADP reported that the American private sector created 213,000 jobs last month. Overall, economists are expecting the government data to show the economy created 233,000 jobs in January.Other data showed greater expansion of the U.S. service sector last month. The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index rose to 56.7 from 56.5.The Dow Jones industrials gained 6.62 points to 17,673.02, the Nasdaq was down 11.04 points at 4,716.7 and the S&P 500 index shed 8.52 points to 2,041.51. Crude prices gave back a chunk of the 19 per cent surge registered over the previous four sessions, down $4.60 to US$48.45 a barrel. Prices started heading higher late last week following a string of cutbacks in capital spending by oil companies — and in some cases production cuts — raising hopes for relief from a huge imbalance in demand and supply.However, data released Wednesday by the Department of Energy showed U.S. inventories last week rose by 6.3 million barrels, much higher than the 2.8-million-barrel increase that analysts had expected.Crude prices have plunged about 50% since last summer amid a glut of supply on world markets.Analysts have warned that oil prices could retest lows of $44 or even move lower. In the meantime, investors are trying to look past the volatility in the markets.“You look through the valley, as we say. The thing that you have to remember is that equity markets look six months ahead,” said Chris King, portfolio manager and vice-president at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.He pointed out that the U.S. is dramatically cutting shale production while many Canadian companies have announced substantial cuts in spending plans.“The big (energy) names are pricing in high $70s, low $80s for oil because they are looking through (to) the other side.”The other big TSX decliner was the base metals sector, which advanced over the last few days on a run-up in copper prices. The sector gave back 2.65% even as March copper added a penny at US$2.59 a pound.The gold sector was the leading advancer, up 2.7% as April bullion climbed $4.20 to US$1,264.50 an ounce.The TSX was also supported by strong gains in the consumer staples and tech sectors.In earnings news, General Motors Co. posted quarterly profit of US$1.99 billion or 66 cents per share. Earnings adjusted for non-recurring costs were $1.19 per share. The average estimate of analysts was for earnings of 85 cents per share. GM also reported that revenue of $39.62 billion, missing expectations for $40.1 billion but its shares were ahead 5.45% to $35.83.
The JVP leader said that he does not believe the concerns of the Tamils will be addressed by Constitutional changes. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which in 1983 was accused of attacking Tamils, today recognised the legitimate concerns of the Tamils in the North.Speaking in Parliament today, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the Tamils in the North have suffered as a result of the war and continue to face social and economic issues. “The Tamils also face the psychological issue of being second citizens of this country,” he said. Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that while the Tamils elected the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to power the TNA has rarely been seen standing with the Tamils in the North to address their legitimate concerns.Dissanayake said that simply pushing for Constitutional reforms will not see the basic needs of the Tamils in the North being met. (Colombo Gazette)
Marlboro maker Altria’s 1st-qtr net income up nearly 4 pct on higher prices, cost-cutting RICHMOND, Va. – Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Thursday that its first-quarter profit rose almost 4 per cent as higher prices and cost-cutting helped offset declines in cigarette volumes.The owner of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker reported net income of $973 million, or 48 cents per share, for the three-month period ended March 31, up from $937 million, or 45 cents a share, a year earlier.Adjusted earnings were 49 cents per share. That matched analyst estimates, according to a survey by FactSet.Revenue, excluding excise taxes, rose about 1 per cent to $3.99 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected revenue of $4.01 billion.Its shares rose 22 cents to $31.91 in afternoon trading. Its shares have been trading near their 52-week high of $32.10 and traded as low as $23.20 over the past year.Richmond, Va.-based Altria said cigarettes volumes fell 2.6 per cent to 31.1 billion cigarettes compared with a year ago as an increase of nearly 18 per cent in its discount cigarette brands offset declines in its premium brands like Marlboro.Its top-selling Marlboro brand gained 0.1 points of market share to end up with 42.3 per cent of the U.S. market. Marlboro volumes declined 3.4 per cent.The company has introduced several new products with the Marlboro brand, often with lower promotional pricing. They include special blends of both menthol and non-menthol cigarettes to try to keep the brand growing and steal smokers from its competitors.Altria still faces pressure in the current economy from less-expensive brands such as Pall Mall from Reynolds American Inc. and Maverick from Lorillard Inc.Like other tobacco companies, Altria is focusing on cigarette alternatives â€” such as cigars, snuff and chewing tobacco â€” for future sales growth because the decline in cigarette smoking is expected to continue.Volumes of its smokeless tobacco brands such as Copenhagen and Skoal fell 7.5 per cent compared with the year-ago period, which included the launch of several Skoal products. For the quarter, the company’s smokeless tobacco brands had 55.5 per cent of the market, which is tiny compared with cigarettes.Volume for its Black & Mild cigars grew more than 14 per cent during the period.The company also owns wine and financial services business that saw gains during the quarter. It also holds a voting stake in brewer SABMiller.In his final earnings conference call, CEO Michael E. Szymanczyk said he believes the company has many strengths that position it for growth and is “excited about the prospects for Altria’s future.” The company announced last quarter that he would retire following Altria’s annual shareholder meeting on May 17.Altria has been forced to cut costs as tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma make the cigarette business tougher.After completing a $1.5 billion multi-year cost savings program last year, the company rolled out a plan to cut $400 million in “cigarette-related infrastructure costs” by the end of 2013 in advance of anticipated cigarette volume declines.The company said its marketing, administration and research costs fell about 12 per cent to $483 million, and its gross profit rose 2.5 per cent to $2.2 billion.Altria also reaffirmed its full-year adjusted earnings guidance of between $2.17 and $2.23 per share.During the quarter the company also said it repurchased 9.9 million shares for a total cost of about $294 million as part of its previously announced $1 billion share buyback program. It has $378 million remaining in the program and intends to complete it by the end of the year.Altria is the last of the major U.S. tobacco companies to report first-quarter results.On Wednesday, No. 3 Lorillard Inc., maker of Newport and Maverick cigarettes, said its net income fell 10 per cent in the first quarter as higher prices couldn’t offset an about 3 per cent decline in the number of cigarettes sold.Reynolds American, the nation’s second-biggest tobacco company and maker of Camel, Pall Mall and Natural American Spirit brand cigarettes, said Tuesday its first-quarter profit fell 29 per cent as restructuring charges and a 5 per cent decline in the number of cigarettes sold more than offset the effect of higher prices and productivity improvements.___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/MLFelberbaum . by News Staff Posted Apr 26, 2012 3:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“We are concerned that the Supreme Court’s decisions appear to seek to strip her Office of its mandate and responsibilities as enshrined in the Venezuelan Constitution, and undermine the Office’s independence,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), addressing journalists in Geneva. The Venezuelan Supreme Court on 28 June decided to begin removal proceedings against Attorney General Luisa Ortega, freeze her assets and ban her from leaving the country. It also transferred some of the Attorney General’s, until now, exclusive functions to the Ombudsperson.Mr. Colville said that the dismissal of judicial officials should be subject to strict criteria “that do not undermine the independent and impartial performance of their functions.”UN Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors stipulate that governments should ensure that prosecutors can do their jobs without intimidation, harassment or improper interference, among other things.OHCHR noted that since March, the Attorney General has taken “important steps to defend human rights, documenting deaths during the wave of demonstrations, insisting on the need for due process and the importance of the separation of powers, and calling for people who have been arbitrarily detained to be immediately released.”According to the Attorney General’s Office, 75 have been killed and some 1,419 injured so far in the two months of protests.Mr. Colville urged “all powers of the Venezuelan State to respect the Constitution and the rule of law,” and called on the Government to ensure that the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of opinion and expression are guaranteed. “We also call on all people in Venezuela to only use peaceful means to make themselves heard and urge all parties to renounce violence and harassment of opponents,” he continued.
Updated at 8.30pmNIGERIAN POLICE SAY they have opened a murder probe after the discovery of rotting bodies and skeletons in an abandoned building the media has branded a “House of Horror”.Police also rescued several severely malnourished people founded wandering in the bush near the building in the city of Ibadan, while media reports said 15 or more had been found shackled in leg-chains inside.The grisly discovery came after a group of motorcycle taxi riders reported that some of their members had gone missing and were believed to have been kidnapped.“When we got to the abandoned building in the Soka community of Ibadan yesterday, we saw decomposed corpses, skeletons and skulls in the building and surrounding bushes,” Oyo state police spokeswoman Olabisi Ilobanafor told AFP.“Some malnourished human beings looking like living skeletons were also rescued in the bushes surrounding the building,” she said.Ilobanafor said police had launched a murder investigation and arrested some suspects at the scene in Ibadan, Nigeria’s third largest city and the capital of the southwestern Oyo state.Some victims of kidnapping in Nigeria are often tortured or sacrificed in black magic rituals.PicturesThe Ibadan-based Sunday Tribune, Nigeria’s oldest private newspaper, showed gruesome pictures of rotting bodies, human skulls and other body parts littering the scene, as well as ID and and ATM cards, shoes, bags and clothes.It also published a photograph of a haggard woman who was allegedly kidnapped in the southern Edo state in 2008 and rescued at what it called the “House of Horror”.It said said at least one skeletal-looking man was found in the throes of death, groaning in pain as flies hovered around his face.The Tribune said about 15 people suspected to have been kidnapped were found leg-chained in the eight-room house, but the police spokeswoman declined to comment.Some other local newspapers carried similar reports about the discovery.Ilobana said some commercial motorcycle riders had stumbled upon the bodies after complaining to police that some of their members had gone missing in suspicious circumstances.- © AFP, 2014First posted at 3pmRead: 34 dead, as Ebola confirmed as source of Guinea epidemicRead: Nigerian police free pregnant teens in ‘baby factory’ raid
THE IRISH COAST Guard has warned people to take care after two boys were found in a tiny dinghy off the coast of Dublin last night.A routine patrol was in the waters at Howth in north county Dublin last night when it came across the small vessel with the two boys in it.The children were wearing swimming armbands as a flotation aid, rather than life jackets.The Coast Guard said it was an example of the type of dangerous behaviour its patrols have been encountering during the current spell of warm weather.“This ‘vessel’ was encountered by our boat based in Howth tonight while out on safety monitoring and training,” the Coast Guard said.“They were taken aboard [the Coast Guard vessel] for their own safety and brought back to Howth harbour,” the Coast Guard said.There have been repeated warnings about water safety during the spate of good weather, with Irish Water Safety urging people to take precautions when swimming or boating. An average of 140 people drown in Ireland every year.Read: Two swimmers rescued from Howth cliff after being caught by strong currents > Read: Couple in their 50s rescued from rhododendron forest in Tipperary >
Les ambitions spatiales françaises réaffirméesAprès 24 heures de décalage, Ariane 5 a réussi son envol, emportant à son bord Johannes Kepler, un vaisseau cargo qui a pour mission de ravitailler l’ISS. La ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche Valérie Pécresse était sur place, en Guyane, pour assister au décollage.Valérie Pécresse a profité du 200e lancement d’une fusée Ariane pour réaffirmer les ambitions spatiales françaises pour l’année 2011.500 millions d’euros devraient être alloués aux projets spatiaux. La moitié doit être investie dans la navette qui viendra prendre le relais d’Ariane 5 et l’autre moitié dans des programmes visant à la mise au point de nouveaux satellites.La ministre a annoncé que 2011 serait “une grande année pour l’Europe spatiale”. En effet, 11 autres décollages sont programmés, y compris celui du lanceur russe Soyouz depuis la base française de Kourou.Le 17 février 2011 à 19:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Razzia de frelons sur une ruche d’abeillesUn documentaire exceptionnel tourné en Europe par le National Geographic montre le massacre de milliers d’abeilles d’une ruche par des frelons japonais, une espèce invasive qui vole les larves des abeilles pour en nourrir sa propre progéniture.30.000 abeilles mises à mort en trois heures : ce massacre des occupants d’une ruche par seulement une trentaine de frelons n’a pas échappé aux caméras du National Geographic, qui en a fait un documentaire intitulé “Hornets From Hell” (“Les frelons de l’Enfer”). Et le titre suffit à traduire le carnage.À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)Impuissantes face à ces mastodontes presque insensibles à leurs piqûres et 4 fois plus gros qu’elles, les abeilles sont décapitées, leurs pattes et leurs ailes arrachées. Tout comme leurs larves, elles finissent même en ‘boules’ de viande, emportées par les frelons dans leur repaire pour nourrir leurs propres rejetons. Jusqu’à 40 abeilles peuvent être tuées par minute. Un “quota de massacre” dont on ne doute pas à voir la vidéo de ces milliers d’abeilles décimées. Toutefois, une précision : les abeilles de ce documentaire sont européennes et leurs agresseurs sont des frelons géants japonais (Vespa mandarinia), contre lesquels elles ne savent pas lutter, contrairement aux abeilles asiatiques. Ces dernières, elles, ont en effet appris à encercler chaque ennemi pour, battant des ailes, entraîner une véritable ‘surchauffe’, fatale, du corps de l’intrus. Découvrez en vidéo le documentaire du National Geographic sur Maxisciences Le 17 janvier 2012 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambert
With Abdoulie DibbaThis column is devoted to monitor and report on issues that are related to food security in the Gambia as well as the interventions of Government and Non-governmental Organisations. In this edition, Farmers’Eye will explain what The Gambia National Agriculture Database entails with regard to its Users and Beneficiaries, Key features, How it works, and its benefits according to the lead consultant Mr Bho. The lead consultant told the audience at the launch that the Gambia National Agriculture Database is creating a common source of reliable data for The Gambia Agriculture Sector.He continues his presentation as follows:-The Gambia National Agriculture Database, its Users and BeneficiariesThe Government of the Gambia and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) jointly, funded the development of a database application called the Gambia National Agriculture Database (GANAD).The GANAD is the heartbeat of a broader Agriculture Sector M&E system (Ag-sector PM&E), that is designed to capture, store, process and report diverse data types depicting implementation progress and results for MoA and its Ag-sector development partners.The GANAD is centrally managed, enabling it to stand out as a “single common source of Ag-sector data” for all data requirements for national and Ag-sector planning.It focuses mainly on capturing regular progress monitoring data (tracking implementation progress, outputs and immediate benefits, whereas most outcome and impact level data is captured through periodic surveys into SPSS for analysis.Direct beneficiaries and users of the GANAD include all Ag-sector senior and middle level management (who can generate reports), the system Administrator (who administers the database and manage users), M&E staff (who can validate, approve and generate reports) and Data Entry staff (responsible for data entry only).Other beneficiaries include Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, other government sectors and all development partners, who will only receive requested data.KEY FEATURES OF THE GAMBIA NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DATABASEThe GANAD is based on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (a relational database management system) and Visual Basic.NET, as the backend and frontend, respectively.The GANAD currently run on a hard drive capacity of 1.5TB which can be upgraded when necessary.It consists of a login screen and four main menu items: Administrator, Data Entry, Partner Reports and Ag-Sector Reports.The GANAD has an easy to access menu system and user friendly interface, well delineated user and access rights at data entry, validation, approval and report generation, all controlled through user level user names and passwords.The data entry menu has 15 modules i.e. Value Chain Actor (VCA) Registration, Horticulture, Livestock , Field Crops, Infrastructure, VCA Capacity Development, Staff Capacity Development, Budget Allocation, Service Provision, Fisheries, Natural Resources, Imports and Exports, NARI, ITC and Financial service, under which specific data is entered and can be viewed.The GANAD has several setups and drop downs for II non-repetitive data for each module that allows only selection of the applicable options and minimal typing, for example all applicable crops species and varieties, livestock species and breeds, diseases, pests, drugs, pesticides, villages, districts, regions and many others have been set to allow selection instead of typing, at data entry level.The Database Administrator is responsible for adding any newly identified and approved repetitive data and reports.HOW DOES THE GANAD WORK?All data that is entered is grouped by region, district, village, partner/funding source, value chain segment (business type), enterprise type and at lower levels by gender, age, crop/ livestock species etc.The system captures bio-data for 3 categories of VCA, i.e. individuals, partnership and groups (institutions) and either a National Identity Number (NIN) or Registration Number is required as the unique ID, so as to minimise double registration of VCA and double counting.Security features include, passwords, an audit trail module that tracks the activity history of every user to ensure accountability etc.A data quality assurance feature also exists wherein the Central Projects Coordinating Unit/Planning Services Unit M&E Officer can only view and use data that the project and department level M&E Officers have validated and authorised for further viewing and use.Data from regions can only be available when the regional M&E Officer/RAD has approved it. Thus, the system creates an opportunity for the Regional offices and Project Management Units to take full responsibility and ownership of the data that originates from their regions and projects.THE BENEFITS OF THE GANADBoth static and cumulative reports for specific date ranges can be generated immediately once data has been approved at project and department levels.Several prescribed reports and many others can be generated in real time through the partner and Ag-sector level reports menus.The typical report types are: crop, livestock and fish (production, yield, pest and diseases, sales and consumption & technology application); agro-VCAs reached with support and benefits thereof; number and type of infrastructure developed; area of land developed and conserved; service provision (extension, financial); budget allocation and natural resources managed and others.Raw data or reports can be exported from GANAD into Excel and subsequently to other data analysis applications. GANAD data outputs can directly be saved as, and printed from Word and PDF formats.GANAD is one-stop-shop for all Ag-sector progress monitoring data that is essential for evidence based resource allocation, planning, decision making and sector donor coordination.The GANAD enables MoA and its partners to accurately and timely measure its implementation progress and the Ag-sector’s contribution to PAGE, MDG, and Vision 2020 objectives and targets.The GANAD can be used to track extension service provision and activity of extension workers.Although it doesn’t capture outcome and impact data, it provides the primary data that can be analysed to provide further quantitative facts during evaluations. It therefore reduces the time required for surveys and evaluations.It is a one stop shop for Ag-sector progress monitoring data that can be accessed anywhere as long as there is internet connection and one has valid user rights! ]]>
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Festival founder Kevin Lyman has revealed location information, including summer dates, for the celebration that will take place next year Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2018 – 12:47 pm After 24 summers of coming together to hear their favorite punk-rock bands and mosh out in pits, fans were sad to say goodbye to the Vans Warped Tour when Founder Kevin Lyman announced that the last tour would be in 2018. But fans held out hope that there would be one more chance to experience the tour’s energy when a 25th anniversary celebration was promised.Now, Lyman has taken to social media to give fans more clues as to how the celebration will unfold. Lyman has announced that there will be one Cleveland, Ohio show on June 8, two festival dates on the East Coast for June 29–30 and two festival dates on the West Coast from July 20–21. At this time there are no more details as to what other cities the tour will hit. Warped Tour Will Return For 25th Anniversary In 2019, Founder Confirms NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 22, 2018 – 12:03 pm The Used’s Bert McCracken At Warped Tour 2018 Twitter Stay tuned for more as more details surface about the Warped Tour’s 25th anniversary celebration.Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Miley Cyrus & Katy Perry Added To MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Dolly PartonRead more Facebook Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Is “Coming Together” warped-tour-will-return-25th-anniversary-2019-founder-confirms Lyman tweeted that plans for the tour are coming together, but the dates and the location information he provided were the “only thing I can say for now.”The tour site has no further information, only that: “The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2019.”Created in 1995, the tour, which helped bands like GRAMMY winners No Doubt and GRAMMY-nominated act Paramore reach more audiences, was originally meant to “to feel like that backyard party that anyone can go to,” Lyman has said.READ: Doll Skin To Amity Affliction: Inside Day 1 Of Warped Tour 2018The tour began with punk-rock bands, but grew to also embrace additional genres like emo and metalcore. For many bands it was a major milestone in their career to be a part of the tour.At last summer’s Pomona, Calif., tour date, the Used’s Bert McCracken said playing the Warped Tour meant success to him and the band.”Our first couple of Warped Tour shows, I remember standing on the main stage and watching New Found Glory play and in my mind that was like, that was it. That was the ‘It'” he told the Recording Academy. “This band has made it. Seeing that many people jumping up and down, I’m like, ‘You know what? This is it.’ If we have shows like this then we’ve made it.” News Email
Tags After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform. Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly.— Roku (@Roku) January 16, 2019 @slpng_giants Hey guys, Roku just Put an Infowars channel up today, here’s some screen shots of my interactions. pic.twitter.com/fqiiUcpsYf— The Hamberdglar (@DanielMadison78) January 15, 2019 Comments Conspiracist Alex Jones’ Infowars is now a channel on Roku. Tom Williams/Getty Images Roku pulled conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars from its platform amid user backlash early Wednesday, shortly after it was spotted on the streaming service.The Infowars channel’s appearance was highlighted by Digiday early Tuesday, six months after Jones and his controversial show were banned by multiple social and video platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. Digital Media Politics Roku’s initial response was an emailed statement that the company sees the controversy about Jones as a matter of opinions and perspectives. “While the vast majority of all streaming on our platform is mainstream entertainment, voices on all sides of an issue or cause are free to operate a channel. We do not curate or censor based on viewpoint,” a Roku spokesperson said. “We’re not promoting or being paid to distribute Infowars. We do not have any commercial or advertising relationship with Infowars.”The service clearly decided to abandon this approach, since it announced that Infowars would be removed hours later.Infowars and Jones’ other accounts were widely banned last year. In August, he was kicked off YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and iTunes for violating their policies. Twitter permanently banned Jones and his accounts in September. The same month, Jones was also kicked out of Apple’s App Store. “While open to many voices, we have policies that prohibit the publication of content that is unlawful, incites illegal activities or violates third-party rights, among other things,” said the Roku spokesperson prior to the decision to remove the channel. “If we determine a channel violates these policies, it will be removed. To our knowledge, InfoWars is not currently in violation of these content policies.” Jones is a right-wing conspiracist who’s promoted false claims about tragic events such as the 9/11 attacks and the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. He’s faced at least five defamation lawsuits, including three filed by families of Sandy Hook victims.Just last week a Connecticut judge ruled that the families of Sandy Hook victims could review the internal marketing and financial documents of Infowars, according to the Associated Press. Infowars didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the removal.First published on Jan. 15 at 3:58 p.m. PT.Updated on Jan. 16 at 1:54 a.m. PT: Adds that Roku removed Infowars. Other users condemned Roku for allowing Jones on the streaming platform. “After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform,” Roku wrote in a tweet. “Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly.”The sudden removal follows users noticing Infowars on Roku and tweeting at the service seeking answers. Why Alex Jones and Infowars were kicked off YouTube,… Roku Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2:41 Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Unfortunately, until you get rid of InfoWars, I have no further use for #Roku tips, channel news, giveaways, or “more”. Unit is unplugged and gathering dust.Anybody who torments parents who’ve lost their children in a senseless and brutal rampage has no place on Roku.— Greyson Carlisle (@GreysonCarlisle) January 15, 2019 15
Togiak herring fishery, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Kai Raymond)The state has released its forecast for the 2018 Togiak herring fishery. The total forecasted biomass of 136,756 tons of Pacific herring will allow a combined purse seine and gill net harvest of 24,042 tons for the Togiak District Sac Roe Fishery. That biomass is up slightly from 2017’s forecast: 130,852 tons.Listen now“Pretty much as I expected,” Bristol Bay area research biologist Greg Buck said about the 2018 forecast. “Maybe a little small and a little older than I would have predicted, but totally in the ballpark. So I expect a fairly normal run.”Area management biologist Tim Sands said last season saw more interest from the purse seine fleet than the gillnet fleet.“We were able to take most of the seine quota last year — basically all of the seine quota last year but not much of the gillnet quota because there wasn’t a lot interest from the gillnet fleet. And I don’t know how things are going to shake out this year as far as how much gillnet interest there will be, but I think we’ll probably be able to take most of the seine quota again,” Sands said.The forecast is calculated with an age structure model that model relies on two sets of data: total biomass of the run and the age composition estimate of the harvest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game collects that information during the season by flying aerial surveys and sampling the harvest. The budget for managing the Togiak herring fishery was cut in 2016, so biologists could not gather this data. That meant the 2017 forecast was based on historical averages going back to the 1978.However, private industry contributions are allowing the research necessary for biologists to forecast the Togiak herring run to continue.“We are fully back and funded. We’re being funded under a co-op agreement that was organized with a number of different entities including BBRSDA and BBSRI” Buck said, referring to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association and the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute.Weather conditions kept the department from flying aerial surveys during the peak of last season, so the biomass for 2018 is based on an average of previous aerial surveys and 2017 biological data.
The Arctic Domain Awareness Center came to Nome last Friday looking for answers. It wanted to know specifically how rural Alaskans, particularly Alaska Natives, felt they were prepared to handle a major, weather-related crisis.They invited residents from the Bering Strait region to gather at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks (UAF) Northwest Campus in Nome for an event they called Arctic-focused Incidents of National Significance, or Arctic-IONS.ADAC is a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence in Maritime Research. They are a research agency, and currently, their biggest client is the U.S. Coast Guard.Major General Randy Kee, who goes by “Church,” is a retired Air Force general and now serves as the executive director for ADAC.“What we go for is research that is driven by operational concerns… and looking at shortfalls or gaps in capabilities and looking to see how to essentially cover those gaps to improve research or for research that’s addressing the problem set,” he said.So ADAC opened up the floor to let people share where the problems are. More than thirty people from all over the Bering Strait region gathered into a conference room, with yet more still joining by telephone.The workshop at Northwest campus was organized into three parts: presentations, a Kawerak-led “storytelling workshop” where participants shared their stories of storm response, and small workshops where groups were meant to brainstorm solutions to a hypothetical storm situation.In the storytelling session, Bering Strait residents shared how they responded to crisis, both historical and ongoing. Almost every story had a shared element: communication in Western Alaska is difficult.Tom Vaden works with Search and Rescue in Nome. In times of crisis, he says inReach satellite technology and internet data communications are invaluable. But, in this region, that isn’t always enough.“Because there’s times when just the whole West Coast is shut-down,” he said. “And we have good communications in small communities, but I’ve been in winds that are flipping snowmachines over… We’ve got a lot of coms here… there’s a lot of resources regionally, but the reality is, in most cases, it’s going to be a lot of time before you get help.”Brandon Ahmasuk, the Program Director for Kawerak Subsistence Resources, pointed out that many individuals still do not have access to that technology, especially many subsistence harvesters who are working to feed their families with very little cash income.Tony Weyiouanna of Shishmaref agreed with sentiments like Ahmasuk’s and brought forward another element: traditional knowledge and language are key elements in understanding weather.“In our language, we have about 100 different sayings or meanings for snow, so a lot of our young kids can’t read the snow… a lot of our villages, they don’t have those kinds of equipment,” he said. “Communication is a big thing.”Weyiouanna said the villages need to be able to communicate reliably with one another.Velma Johnson, the Tribal Coordinator in Unalakleet, participated through a teleconference line. In Unalakleet, she says, they have had to come up with creative solutions for storm management, like building breakwaters out of snow. Based on those experiences, she shared storm-related solutions with locally available resources.“One of the other things I thought of was to move armories or connexes to places for evacuation shelters for those willing to evacuate,” she said. “There should be one in high-risk villages; for short-term, they should build at least one evacuation shelter or build up around the school.”Through workshops and storytelling, residents identified various shortfalls in the region’s current infrastructure — but also had plenty of potential solutions, too.For someone like Brandon Ahmasuk, that is no surprise: the communities have been weathering storms here for thousands of years. Other disasters cause more concern.“In the events of big disasters, oil spills, pandemics… they’re not capable of handling it,” he said. “Even in a best-case scenario — say, it’s perfect weather, a ship has to anchor out, but they’re getting low on food — where are they going to go? They’re going to the nearest community to get food, but the stores at villages are quite small, and they’re set up to handle their own business, not take on another ship that has two thousand people on it.”Nome’s event is part of a two-part workshop. The second part takes place in May in Anchorage. General Kee says ADAC will continue the conversation there, incorporating the takeaways from Nome.These workshops are meant to be incorporated into further research for the U.S. Coast Guard to serve their mission of finding solution “related to gaps and shortfalls” in crisis management.
Network It’s more than a month since the Redmi Note 7 Pro made its debut in India, but since the launch, only the standard 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model was available for purchase, while there was no information on when the top-end variant with 6GB RAM + 128GB storage would be released.Now, the company has finally revealed that the much-awaited Redmi Note 7 Pro model will finally be up for grabs on April 10 on Flipkart and Mi.com at 12:00 pm for Rs 16,999. It will later come to brick-and-mortar Mi Home shops on April 17.I have used the generic Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) for close to a month and it’s truly the best in the mid-range class of phone. It has a gorgeous glass finish both on top and the back side, while the frame is made of premium metal. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Nebula Red modelKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaUnder-the-hood, it houses powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor and as I told earlier, the review unit I have is a standard model and it comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It worked flawlessly in performing daily chores like loading apps, using camera, web browsing, surfing through social media channels, playing games and yes, PUBG Mobile game will also work smoothly on the Xiaomi’s new phone. I am pretty sure, the top-end model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will work actually better. 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Net inflow into equity mutual funds (MFs) touched a 20-month low last month, as domestic stock markets saw heavy sell-off due to volatility in global markets.The negative sentiment that prevailed in January had hit retail investors hard, making them stay away from buying stocks.Equity MFs witnessed inflows of Rs 2,914 crore in the first month of 2016, while the monthly average inflows stood at Rs 7,550 crore last year. The benchmark BSE Sensex dropped 4.8 percent in January, posting its worst losses since August last year.Strong inflows into mutual funds acquire significance, given the offsetting impact they make when there is a huge sell-off from foreign investors.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have sold stocks worth Rs 11,000 crore in the domestic markets since January this year, while mutual funds have bought shares to the tune of Rs 6,500 crore.”Inflows in equity segment have definitely slowed down as January was quite an unusual month with sharp volatility in the stock prices. During such times, it is a natural tendency of investors to pause for some time and hold back their investments,” Milind Barve, managing director of HDFC Mutual Fund — the country’s largest fund house, told Business Standard.A sharp fall in the equity indices resulted in “erosion” of assets under management (AUM) of equity schemes to Rs 3.84 lakh crore by the end of January compared to Rs 4.05 lakh crore on 31 December, 2015.Concerns over China’s slowdown and continued oversupply plaguing crude oil markets have kept the global markets under pressure last month.However, many fund managers are making use of the fall to buy stocks.”The recent correction in the markets is due to FII selling. Our belief is crude oil prices may bottom in the near term. The fall has presented us with a good buying opportunity in equities as per our investing framework,” S Naren, chief investment officer (CIO) at ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund — the second-largest fund house in the country, told the daily.
Kate MiddletonGetty imagesKate Middleton has been the Duchess of Cambridge for about a decade, and in all that time she has rarely been a time, where the British public did not approve of her. However, there may have been a Royal, who branded Kate “not worthy” of being a member of the family.Over the years Kate Middleton has gone on to win the adoration of the British public as well as the members of the Royal Family. But in her initial days as a Royal, not all members of the Royal Family were fans of Kate. Reportedly Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who herself married into the Queen’s family, reportedly said Kate was “too common” and “not worthy” of a place among the royals.The shock claim was made by royal author Christopher Andersen, who wrote the book Game of Crowns. LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 17: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) arrive at Horse Guards Parade for the annual Trooping The Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England. The annual ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday parade and dates back to the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle.Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesIn the book, published in 2016, Mr. Andersen explored the dynamic between three female royals – Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.In a bold claim, the author said: “Camilla is a bit of a snob.” Now that is quite the claim to make against a Royal. Mr. Andersen said: “She did not look at Kate as someone who was worthy of joining the Royal Family…..Kate is the first working-class woman to be accepted into the Royal Family….She is descended from coal miners and her mother was a flight attendant.”Alright so these statements do make the Duchess of Cornwall sound like a snob. But it looks like she has come around. Kate Middleton may have won over one Royal, but if reports of an alleged feud between Meghan and Kate are true, she still has a lot of work left to do. We hope that Meghan and Kate are able to bury the hatchet and work together soon.