Rabat- Essaouira has ranked among the top 10 retirement destinations in 2018 for foreigners to retire by the French website Retraite sans Frontieres.Morocco continues to attract foreigners from all around the world with its rich and colorful culture, mesmerizing landscapes, and hospitality. Morocco’s Atlantic port city, Essaouira, came tenth in the list of “Top 10 Overseas Paradise Escapes for 2018.” Another North African city, Houmt-Souk on the Tunisian island of Djerba, made it to the list. The list includes Portugal’s Cascais ranking ninth, Houmt-Souk eighth, Indonesia’s Ubud seventh, Dominican Republic’s Boca Chica sixth, Greece’s Paros fifth, Thailand’s Ao Nang third, Mauritius’ Trou aux Biches second, and Portugal’s Tavira first.Like every year, the site bases its judgment on specific criteria suitable for retirees: The cost of living, security and stability, infrastructure, natural and cultural heritage, climate, and environment.The survey notes the widespread use of the French language by Moroccans which makes it easier and comfortable for French retirees to communicate with the locals, in addition to the country’s geographic proximity to Europe. Essaouira’s charm lies in its combination of beach and desert, “its narrow streets, vivid colors, white houses with blue shutters … its medina and fish markets, fabrics and spices,” the website states.Essaouira/ Photo credits: TripadvisorRead Also: 8.7 Million Tourists Visit Morocco in First 8 Months of 2018Essaouira, Morocco,.Photo by Jeanette Clopton/MWNEssaouira is nicknamed both “Morocco’s windy city” and the “Atlantic Blue Pearl.”Enamoured with its charm, American actress Halle Berry and Canadian actor Keanu Reeves are currently exploring the city while shooting their action/thriller franchise, John Wick 3.“I’m free here, I’m me here,” Berry wrote of Essaouira next to an Instagram photo while enjoying a camel ride, among other photos of the star and the city.Keanu Reeves is also enjoying Essaouira. The Hollywood star shared photos of him and his fans in the city and magical moments in Essaouira’s breathtaking desert.Morocco received 8.7 million tourists from January to August 2018, according to the latest statistics by the Ministry of Tourism.Tourist arrivals from Italy made the most considerable increase between the first eight months of 2017 and 2018, rising 14 percent. German tourist numbers increased 10 percent, French 7 percent, and Dutch 6 percent.
1 June 2009The first batch of Afghan police wrapped up a training programme today that will eventually reach tens of thousands of officers in preparation for this year’s presidential and provincial council elections, announced the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The first batch of Afghan police wrapped up a training programme today that will eventually reach tens of thousands of officers in preparation for this year’s presidential and provincial council elections, announced the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Some 25 police officers have completed a two-day course in Kabul in the first phase of a programme that will train 350 officers in Herat, Kabul, Mazar and Kandahar who will then pass on their skills to 35,000 officers across the country ahead of the 20 August polls. The programme aims to prime the police officers to tackle security threats and provide voters with the confidence needed to come out in large numbers and cast their ballots without fear, a UNAMA spokesperson told reporters in Kabul.The elections support project of the UN Development Programme in Afghanistan (UNDP/ELECT), together with the European Union’s Police Mission (EUPOL) and the Ministry of Interior, is training officers on the electoral process, Afghanistan’s election law, international standards of elections and their role during the elections.UNAMA and the UNDP/ELECT project are supporting Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission in organizing the polls, for which nominations closed on 8 May with 44 candidates in the running for the presidential election and 3,324 for the provincial council elections.The UN Mission also announced that a girls’ high school has opened in the Qaramqul district of the northern province of Faryab with $257,000 in funding from Norway.The project was implemented by the Department of Rehabilitation and Rural Development under UNDP’s National Area Based Development Programme.The school, which can house 640 students at a time, is one of nine school projects which are under construction or rehabilitation by the area based programme in Faryab province with a total budget of close to $2 million.In addition, children in the north-eastern province of Kunduz will have a new school building, where 15,000 students in the Qala-i-Zal district will be able to study in the school’s 16-classrooms thanks to the UNDP Afghanistan New Beginnings Programme. The Department of Rehabilitation and Rural Development is building the school which costs $127,818, said UNAMA.
The management of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) today accused Professor Carlo Fonseka of making false statements to the media.SAITM says the false statements made by Fonseka is an attempt to provoke University students who are being misled by various fractions in order to halt private medical education in the country. In regard to the accusations made by Prof. Fonseka, SAITM wishes to clarify with the public that at no point has SAITM earned a profit of Rs.1265 million. “SAITM expressed its sympathy towards Prof. Fonseka who does not know the difference between mere Income and Profit. The false propaganda conveyed by him is appalling and are not worthy of his caliber,” SAITM said. SAITM says the income that has been obtained through student and patient fees has annually been reinvested in improving facilities at the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital and SAITM for the benefit of students and its patients. (Colombo Gazette) SAITM says it was built with a personal investment from Dr. Neville Fernando at a cost of Rs. 700 million within a 4-acre land in Malabe housing 120,000 sqft.Following the obstructions from the GMOA to carry out clinical training, SAITM built its own teaching hospital to accommodate the necessary training. Subsequently, SAITM acquired a loan of Rs.2 billion for its construction and equipment where annually around Rs. 500 million is repaid to service the loan in addition to other operational expenses incurred by the institution.
Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their first NHL championship.Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis. The Blues woke up on New Year’s morning with the worst record in the league but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games and soared through the playoffs to reach the final for the first time since 1970.Coach Craig Berube, who took over when Mike Yeo was fired in November, is the fourth coach in the past 11 years hired in midseason to lead his team to the NHL title.Matt Grzelcyk scored the Bruins’ only goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots for Boston.Boston outshot St. Louis 33-20, but the Blues went ahead at the end of the first period on goals from Reilly and Pietrangelo about three minutes apart. The second period was scoreless, then Schenn put it out of reach with 8:35 to play and Sanford made it 4-0 before the Bruins spoiled Binnington’s bid for a shutout.St. Louis can stop singing the blues.It’s time to play Gloria.Returning to the site of their last appearance in the final, which ended when Bobby Orr sailed through the air after scoring the Cup winner, the Blues won for the third time in Boston this series and an NHL record-tying 10th time in the post-season.O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the post-season. He is the first player since Wayne Gretzky to score in four consecutive Stanley Cup Final games.Not so surprising with Gretzky, who is the NHL’s leading regular-season and playoff scorer, but O’Reilly had just three goals in his first 22 post-season games.Boston will have to console itself with the two major sports championships it has already won in the past year, or the dozen trophies that have been chauffeured through Boston in a parade of the city’s iconic, amphibious Duck Boats. Three of them have come at St. Louis’ expense.The Bruins tried to harness all the local karma they could.Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman and Julian Edelman waved a banner before the game while wearing David Ortiz jerseys; the Red Sox slugger is recuperating just a mile or so away from an assassination attempt in his native Dominican Republic.Retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling also was in the crowd, wearing his World Series ring and a Bruins jersey. Portable party Rob Gronkowski also made an appearance on the video board.And the Bruins responded, dominating for long stretches of time except in the way that mattered most.The Blues had just one shot on goal heading into the final minutes of the first period, but they scored first when O’Reilly deflected a shot from Jay Bouwmeester into the net. Then with just 8 seconds left in the period and Bruins forward Brad Marchand tentative on a line change, Pietrangelo beat Rask to make it 2-0.Bouwmeester played in 1,184 regular-season games – the third most among active players who had not gotten their names etched on the Stanley Cup.
Domino’s Pizza UK replied: “Glad we were able to make your trip better, @Pam_Tuckett. Hope you enjoyed those ‘tastilicious’ treats!”Susan Howson also tweeted: “GWR booking taxis home for their staff whilst passengers stranded at Taunton station with free pizza promised!” GWR booking taxis home for their staff whilst passengers stranded at Taunton station with free pizza promised!— Susan Howson (@susanhowson20) November 22, 2016 Great trip home from London on train, stuck at Taunton with dominoes pizza and a chap in pyjamas #flooding @GWRUK pic.twitter.com/nxEznBiTtP— Pam Tuckett (@Pam_Tuckett) November 22, 2016 As Storm Angus brought flooding and gale force winds to the South West of England, a few stranded train passengers were cheered up thanks to a pizza treat.Commuters waiting on a Great Western Railway (GWR) train in Taunton, Somerset, due to flooding were cheered up when the food arrived. GWR staff ordered 60 large pizzas from Domino’s and collected the order before staff handed them out to passengers. “The railway line between Taunton and Exeter [was] damaged by floodwater; so we were taking passengers by replacement buses where possible,” a GWR spokesman said. “Conditions on the roads became hazardous – leading to passengers queuing at the station.”With waiting room facilities limited we had a train brought in so passengers could wait on the train and stay warm and dry – We also ordered 60 large pizzas for them, and offered complimentary refreshment.” Pam Tuckett, who took a photo of the pizza delivery, tweeted: “Great trip home from London on train, stuck at Taunton with Domino’s pizza and a chap in pyjamas.” Glad we were able to make your trip better, @Pam_Tuckett. Hope you enjoyed those tastilicious treats! #Greatness https://t.co/PwvkvE3nBx— Domino’s Pizza UK (@Dominos_UK) November 22, 2016 Domino’s store manager, Hannah Collins, said she was delighted her staff could assist the passengers.“When we received a call from passengers stuck on the train at Taunton we did everything we could to make sure they had something fresh and hot to eat. They were very happy when we arrived and it was great to do something to help make them smile!” she said. Earlier this year, this man got Domino’s pizza delivered to a train with this genius move.While another man managed to check his grandmother was OK post-hurricane by ordering a pizza. 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.
“It is necessary to maintain public confidence and reputation of the police service.”ACC Beale, who headed the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, was prosecuted last year, and admitted a breach of the Official Secret Acts at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in December, for which he was fined £3,500.He is weeks from retirement but is now set to lose a £215,000 tax-free pension lump sum if his chief constable agrees with the panel recommendation.John Beggs QC, representing Mr Beale, said: “This is a moment of utmost seriousness to ACC Beale.“If Mr Beale had appreciated what he was doing consciously, he would have seen the risk – he plainly didn’t otherwise he wouldn’t have done what he did.“Although my learned friend said the harm could have been catastrophic, there is no evidence for you that actual harm has flowed from the misconduct.“There is no personal gain, no attempt to shift blame, no attempt to cover up, any of the traditional aggravating factors.“The police officer in England and Wales who most understands importance of security is Mr Beale.“Dismissal would be patently and grossly disproportionate.”The final decision on ACC Beale’s future now rests with the Chief Constable David Thompson, in a meeting scheduled to take place in the next few weeks. The impact of the loss could have been “catastrophic” a hearing at force headquarters heard.Corinna Ferguson, chair of the panel, said: “We have decided to recommend dismissal is the appropriate outcome.“It is the necessary sanction for what we regard as a serious breach of protocol in relation to top secret and secret material. A senior counter terrorism police officer should be sacked for losing top secret documents that were stolen from the boot of his car, a disciplinary hearing has said.Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, of West Midlands Police, was on Tuesday found guilty of gross misconduct for leaving the papers unattended for days.ACC Beale, 54, left the documents in a briefcase in his car boot for five days, in which time he went to the pub, went for a weekend away with his wife – leaving the car parked at a train station – and went supermarket shopping.He only discovered the case was missing when he stopped at Warwick Services on May 15 2017 while on the way to Oxford.The briefcase, containing four documents, included minutes from a high-level counter-terror meeting, counter-terrorism local profiles, details of regular organised crime and highly sensitive information about a high-profile investigation. 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. Assistant Chief Constable Marcus BealeCredit:Peter Manning / Alamy Live News
It is hoped the scheme will boost officer numbers in remote rural areas 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. Simon Kempton, operational policing lead with the police federation, said the project was an attempt to “paper over the cracks” caused by cuts in funding.He said: “If I was having a heart attack I would want a full trained and equipped paramedic attending the scene. Similarly if my house was on fire I would want a specialist who knows what they are doing. “This just feels like an attempt to paper over the cracks and it just exposes how scant resources are in some rural areas.”Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, said: “Community Responders and Tri Service Safety Officers are helping to make communities in Devon and Cornwall safer and are the fruition of many years of hard work, collaboration and innovation between the emergency services.“They are a great addition to rural communities and importantly represent extra resource for blue light services. It’s no surprise to me that our communities have welcomed them with open arms.“Vitally they are not a replacement to full time sworn police officers, whose ranks we are also adding to with a further 85 being recruited this year, taking our numbers to the highest level since 2012.” A police force has become the first in the country to train firefighters as special constables in a bid to plug shortfalls in officer numbers in rural areas.Seven members of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have just completed two months of legal and practical training and are ready to start work as police officers across the region.Described as community responders, the firefighters will enjoy many of the powers of their warranted colleagues, including the ability to arrest suspects.They will also retain their firefighting duties and will be available to attend blazes and other emergencies in their local communities.The project, which has been funded by Devon and Cornwall Police, aims to bolster police presence and improve response times in rural locations in Devon. Devon and Cornwall Police have lost around 600 officers over the last decade but are recruiting againCredit:PA Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, has agreed to fund the scheme for the first two years with the possibility of extending it further in the future.Areas of Cornwall already operate Tri-Service Safety Officers, who combine the roles of a retained firefighter, an ambulance first responder and Police Community Service Officer.Supporters of the scheme claim it will offer members of the public more reassurance and help reduce crime. Devon and Cornwall Police has lost around 600 officers over the past decade, although it has started to recruit more numbers over the last couple of years.The seven community responders will be based in the areas of Cullompton, Crediton, Dartmouth, Honiton, Okehampton, Newton Abbot and Totnes.Kevin Pearce, who will be the community responder for Cullompton, said he had a lifelong interest in police work.He said: “I think this pilot will be really beneficial – it will mean I can be more of a presence in the community and a face that people will recognise and can approach about both police and fire related incidents and we can help reach more people.”Everyone that I’ve spoken to about the project seems excited about it. It’s great to be able to enhance the presence of emergency services in communities where it’s needed.”I’m really looking forward to being at the forefront of this trial.”Chief Inspector Tom Holmes, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “This project provides an excellent opportunity for both police and fire to add additional officers into our communities who will be able to approach every issue from two points of view. Firefighters have retrained as Special Constables But critics have warned that it threatens to blur the lines between the emergency services and is simply an attempt to provide a quick fix solution to solve a long term funding crisis. “Importantly they will also be able to answer calls for service and maintain fire cover in some of our most isolated communities.”But Dave Green, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national officer, said: “Independence from the police is vital to ensure that communities know firefighters exist save lives, not to enforce the law.”The FBU is strongly opposed to any measures which undermine the neutrality of fire and rescue services in the eyes of the public.”Mr Green said despite FBU concerns, Devon and Cornwall Police had decided to proceed with the programme.He said while a decade of austerity had left both services chronically underfunded, the answer was not to introduce a scheme that eroded trust in firefighters.He added: “We remain opposed to any attempt to turn firefighters into law enforcement, either in Devon and Somerset, or elsewhere in the country.”
Here is the schedule of Women’s World Championship – Day 3.Sunday, December 3:GROUP A14.00, Slovenia – Romania18.00, Angola – France20.30, Paraguay – SpainGROUP B14.00, Poland – Czech Republic18.00, Hungary – Sweden20.30, Argentina – NorwayGROUP C14.00, Tunisia – Brazil17.45, Montenegro – Russia20.30, Japan – DenmarkGROUP D14.00, Cameroon – Serbia18.00, China – Holland20.30, South Korea – GermanyPHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story Veszprem beat Kielce for a good finish of 2017 Next Story → Norway takes first step to defend the title
BOSS TOM MULLALLY said Mount Leinster Rangers are AIB Leinster club hurling champions because they played to their strengths, not because of their ‘silken skills’.The pragmatic coach admitted that his team aren’t blessed with star talent but ‘make up for it in other ways’.They did exactly that yesterday at Nowlan Park, scoring just four points from open play overall against Oulart-The Ballagh yet still walking away with provincial honours, the first time a Carlow club has ever done so.“Being bigger only counts if you use it properly and there were a few balls that we won where our physique helped but you use what you have,” said Mullally.“We mightn’t have the silken skills so we make up for it in other ways.“We’re not under any illusions, we knew we were underdogs and while we mightn’t have played great hurling, our job was to win the game. That’s what we came to do and that’s what we did.”Mount Leinster are just two more wins from a remarkable All-Ireland double having won the intermediate crown in 2012.“To me, this is a special bunch of players,” added Mullally. “They pride themselves on doing things right. And they don’t get carried away with success.”Oulart were unable to handle Mount Leinster’s physicality, particularly in the second-half which the Borris men won by five points.But Oulart also looked nervous as they chased their own piece of club history after three final losses in a row.Manager and Wexford legend Martin Storey was at a loss to explain the cycle of final defeats and accepted that it could be psychological.“It’s very hard to put your finger on it exactly,” said Storey. “Is it a psychological thing? Is it a physical thing? Are we too predictable in how we play? You can come up with 10 scenarios. I’ll sit down and come up with five or six scenarios to change it for next year.”Match report: Mount Leinster shock Oulart to win first Leinster senior title5 reasons why Mount Leinster Rangers are a great 2013 hurling storyIn pics: Unbridled joy as Rangers rise to Leinster summit
Many of us now choose to watch sports from the comfort of our homes via interactive TV with multiple camera angles, live pausing, and the convenience of not having to travel to an event. But even so, your view of the action is still limited to whatever the production crew decides to focus on.Two students from the National Cheng Kung University aim to change that, though. They have designed the FANs Cam, which promises to offer up the view any and all players have by attaching a tiny camera to each of them.The FANs Cam (short for Free Angle and Naked Camera) is a waterproof, lightweight camera that simply clips on to the shirt of a player and then wirelessly transmits footage of what they see live as the game progresses.The inventors, Sheng-hung Lee and Wai-Yeh Chan, envision fans using a smartphone to select the player they want to view and getting the most “authentic” experience yet of the action. It’s also going to help if you find yourself sitting behind really tall people in the stands.As well as offering up new views of sporting events, Lee and Chan believe the FANs Cam could aid in training. Coaches can view the footage recorded as their athletes train and use the data to pick up on problems or improve on training regimes.Depending on how long the battery lasts, the FANs Cam could easily be modified to become a life cam anyone can wear to record their day. The cost of the camera is surely going to be quite low due to the limited parts required and how cheap HD cameras can be picked up for today.Lee and Chan have won a Reddot design award for the FANS Cam which they will be collecting in Singapore in October. Whether the camera actually makes it to professional sports events will depend on whether the TV networks like the idea as well as the cost of implementing it, but I wouldn’t mind having this option available for a range of sports. We already have a limited form of it in certain sports, e.g. cockpit cams in F!, so why not just add more cameras?More at the National Cheng Kung University
Feb 10th 2017, 1:11 PM 11,261 Views By Steve O’Rourke http://the42.ie/3232860 Follow us: the42.ie Savinova celebrates her win. Image: Anja Niedringhaus/AP/Press Association Images Short URL SOUTH AFRICAN RUNNER Caster Semenya is in line to take the 800m title from the 2012 Olympic Games after Russian athlete Maria Savinova was stripped of her gold medal.Savinova was also banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) who found her “to have been engaged in using doping” from July 2010 until August 2013.”Savinova won the race in a world-leading time of 1:56.19, beating the South African favourite into second place.In 2013, another Russian, Elena Arzhakova, was found to have violations in her biological passport and was suspended backdated to July 2011. She had finished seventh in the race.Then, in 2014, Savinova was filmed by Yulia Stepanova — the Russian doping whistleblower — admitting to injecting testosterone and taking another banned steroid.This prompted a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation into the country’s athletics programme and, following further evidence of widespread drug use, the Russian track team was suspended from all international competitions, including the 2016 Olympic Games.Savinova’s disqualification also means that her compatriot, Ekaterina Poistogova, will be promoted to silver while Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo will take bronze.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Savinova celebrates her win. Image: Anja Niedringhaus/AP/Press Association Images ‘They got Tom Brady though’ – Even at 21-0 up, one Atlanta player was still nervousSarah Keane elected as the new president of the OCI Friday 10 Feb 2017, 1:11 PM Share14 Tweet Email 11 Comments Caster Semenya in line to take London 2012 gold after another Russian is banned 800m winner Maria Savinova has been banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target Hubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring SystemHubble Captures Gorgeous Star’s Final Stages of Life Images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope show the formation of a “great dark spot” on Neptune for the first time, reported scientists in a new study.The study, which was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, observed the Hubble Space Telescope’s photos of Neptune taken over the past several years and recorded the growth of a new huge dark spot that became visible in 2018. By analyzing companion clouds that appeared two years before the new great dark spot, the team discovered that, “dark spots originate much deeper in Neptune’s atmosphere than previously thought,” said an American Geophysical Union press release..@NASAHubble, what’s the weather… on Neptune? A storm tracking team at @NASAGoddard analyzes telescope data to observe the formation and paths of weather systems on the icy planet. What’s next? Studying the storms’ vortex and wind speed: https://t.co/z171Kv7JHh pic.twitter.com/B9C6IOkRms— NASA (@NASA) March 25, 2019Neptune’s great dark spots are known as storms that form from high atmospheric pressure areas, unlike Earth, where storms typically form around low pressure areas. Scientists have spotted a total of six dark spots on Neptune over the past 30 years: In 1989, the Voyager 2 noticed two storms and since the Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990, it has viewed four more of these dark storms on the icy planet.When NASA’s Voyager 2 probe flew past Neptune in 1989, it took pictures of two large storms brewing on the planet’s southern hemisphere and scientists called these storms “The Great Dark Spot” and “Dark Spot 2.” In 1994, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped sharper pictures of Neptune that showed the disappearance of “The Great Dark Spot” and “Dark Spot 2.”This bulls-eye view of Neptune’s small dark spot D2 was obtained by NASA’s Voyager 2 narrow-angle camera on August 24, 1989. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)Then, in 2018, a new great dark spot showed up on Neptune, and it was similar in size and shape to the one the Voyager 2 witnessed in 1989. Amy Simon, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and her team were busy tracking another small dark spot that appeared in 2015 and were shocked when the 2018 great dark spot appeared on the blue planet.Neptune’s bright, cirrus-like clouds change rapidly. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)Interestingly enough, the team spotted small white clouds in the region where the 2018 great dark spot would later become visible. According to the study, these high-altitude clouds contain methane ice crystals, which give them their bright white hue. Scientists believe that these methane clouds accompany the storms that cause dark spots.Thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope images, the scientists were able to also determine the lifespan of dark spots on Neptune. Simon and the study’s co-authors, Andrew Hsu and Michael Wong at the University of California Berkeley, monitored the methane clouds from 2016 to 2018. They discovered that the clouds were the most bright in 2016 and 2017, before the new great dark spot became visible in 2018.Computer models of the icy planet’s atmosphere have demonstrated that the deeper the storm, the brighter its companion clouds will be. Since these white clouds appeared two years before the 2018 great dark spot and they became less bright when it became visible, the study’s research shows that some dark spots might originate deeper in Neptune’s atmosphere.With these findings, scientists might have new insights on ice giant planets, such as Neptune, and how companion clouds might play a role in stormy conditions.More on Geek.com:Hubble Space Telescope Snaps Dazzling View of Two Colliding GalaxiesHubble Space Telescope Observes Weather on Neptune and UranusHubble Space Telescope Spots ‘Living Fossil’ Galaxy Outside of Milky Way
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering another calf injury.A medical report on Madrid’s official website confirmed tests had shown a ‘grade-I calf injury’ to Bale’s left leg.Consequently, Reports from Football Espana is speculating a recovery time in the region of ‘2-4 weeks.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Meaning he will be out of Los Blancos’ upcoming Liga games against Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Sevilla, as well as their Copa del Rey tie with Leganes.Further reports also alluded to the Welshman’s fitness problems on its front page for Saturday, noting ‘he has now suffered 22 injuries and missed 84 games, amounting to 54.2 percent of minutes on offer.’Real Madrid drew their last game 2-2 with Villareal and they face an uphill task to keep up the pace with runaway leaders Barcelona in the title race.
Two significant industry conferences in the last couple of weeks were dominated by the question of whether print is dead. At the American Magazine Conference two weeks ago, Ben Horowitz, co-founder, Andreessen Horowitz, said this:“Babies born now will never read anything in print. At the same time, people in their 40s and 50s will never stop reading print. Face the reality that print will eventually go away.” (You may recall that Mark Andreessen and some college classmates invented the browser that became Netscape in 1994.) Similarly at the AMC, Jeffery Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC said this: “Some magazines will always remain in print. Especially those with strong design principles. However, the majority will see their print roots begin to completely break down by the end of the decade.”(It’s worth noting that a futurist who heads “The Center for the Digital Future” would probably be fired for predicting the print business model will prevail into the future.)In a fiery opening speech at the AMC, the new CEO of MPA, Mary Brener, said the old-line magazine industry can prevail if it has “chutzpah and balls.”“I love magazines and I believe in magazines. I believe that magazines—on both print and digital platforms—have a bright future. I am pissed that we as an industry have allowed others to hijack our story, our narrative. A narrative that is now dismissive of print magazines.”But I say the whole definition of the argument—print versus digital—misses the point. It frames the question inaccurately. Of course we’re both.Berner also said, “We are not in the printing business. We are in the content business.” That reminded me of all the times I’ve heard industry prognosticators describe the supposedly fatal error of the railroad industry early in the last century. Railroads thought they were in the railroad business, the thinking went, when they actually were in the transportation business. Well, the truth is the railroads—with their thousands of miles of track and their expensive, highly specialized locomotives and heavy equipment—were in the railroad business. And railroads got superseded by better technologies in the form of cars and airplanes. That they didn’t transform was not their fault. It was unrealistic to think they could. This pattern has been repeated countless times in the history of enterprise.But: Berner is right in saying the media companies are in the content business, and as such, should not be tied to a particular distribution form. At the other conference, the ACT III Experience at Samir Husni’s Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi, the keynoter, ASME’s Sid Holt, correctly said that no one really knows what the future will bring in media. Anyone who says they do is bluffing. But we do know this: Those who say print in its current form will live on, and ignores the opportunities and threats in new technologies, are playing a risky game.There are plenty of positive statistics presented by Berner and others:• The number of brands advertising in magazine media has increased by 57 percent since 2009.• Combined unduplicated magazine media audiences, across print and online, have increased by 4 percent.• 91 percent of U.S. adults read magazines.• 96 percent of adults 18-24 read magazines.• The top driver of Web search is print magazines.But for every stat along those lines, there are other, unclear signals:• Magazine ad pages for the first half of 2012 are down 8.8 percent, according to PIB, following declines in consecutive prior years. • Ad spending on magazine media is declining. • Spending on marketers’ own Web sites is dramatically increasing. • Technologies have emerged that connect buyers more directly to sellers, meaning the role of traditional media must evolve. At the ACT III conference, Bob Sacks said the loss of dominance doesn’t necessarily equal death. But the truth is, sometimes it does equal death. New technologies frequently totally replace older ones. Has anyone bought a typewriter lately? Or a word processor? Horses supplied human land transportation for 6,000 years. They don’t anymore. Have you bought an LP lately? Or film for your camera?And transitions can take a long time. Johannes Gutenberg gets credit for inventing the printing press, but the Phaistos Disk, discovered on Crete 104 years ago, is the earliest known printed document, dating to 1700 B.C., 3,100 years before Gutenberg. Why didn’t printing take hold earlier? Because the technology was not enough of an improvement on existing technologies to cause people to change.And Nikolaus Otto built the first internal-combustion gas engine in 1866. But it wasn’t’t until the third decade of the 20th Century, nearly 70 years later, that cars became ubiquitous. And you can bet that at annual horse-and-buggy conferences and trade shows for every one of those 70 years, prognosticators were insisting there would always be a role for the horse and buggy. Bob Sacks is right. We’re in an era of realignment. And realignments can take a long time. In the meantime, we can better understand our customers, innovate, iterate and reinvent our businesses before someone else does for us.
When you’re running a business, you need to get things done no matter where you are. Say you’re onsite with a vendor and need to send a quick update to your team back at the office, or perhaps you bump into a potential client at Starbucks and want to make a compelling pitch on the fly.Doing more on the go requires that you have the right tools available right when you need them. Luckily, your smartphone can serve as an excellent portable office, provided you have loaded it with the right tools to meet your needs. Here are five apps that will help you actually do work while on the go:1. Acompli.Email is the backbone of an organization, linking networks of people with the information they need to keep a business running. However, most mobile email apps focus on triage and deferral, forcing the user to tap out a short and barely adequate reply to a message that probably demands a concrete action. The app switching that is often required to actually compose or reply to an email (to access contacts, calendar, cloud storage, etc.) derails productivity and slows you down.Acompli, a mobile email and calendar tool, streamlines mobile workflow, because replying to emails, attaching documents, looking up contacts and perusing your calendar are all accessible within the app. No switching required. Acompli also works with Microsoft Exchange, which is still the gold standard for corporate email: over half of business email accounts in 2014 are on Exchange.Related: 9 Tools That Can Help Grow Your App Business2. Quip.Sending and receiving updated Word docs with nearly indecipherable, jumbled-together file names has become something of a rite of passage for the busy professional. Unfortunately, this practice fails on the efficiency front. Quip lets groups of people work together on the same document or spreadsheet in real time, and saves the hassle of crossed connections or miscommunication because it creates a chat thread around each document.The conversation threads provide the context that is necessary when working with a group. Quip also sends push notifications that keep collaborators abreast of when and how their docs are changing, making Google Drive feel unsophisticated by comparison. You can also create a shared task list within each project so everyone stays on the same page.3. Expensify.Imagine a task so stressful that even getting paid after you complete it doesn’t allay your dread. This sums up many peoples’ relationship with expense reports.Expensify streamlines the chore of reporting expenses by allowing you to scan receipts with your phone. Expensify automatically generates an expense from each receipt, and allows you to easily select which expense report each expense should go into. You can then use the app to submit your expense report to your company. Businesses can also use Expensify to keep track of their company expense policies, so employees will always have the guidelines at hand when creating expenses, freeing employees to do work instead of fretting over expense reports.Related: 5 Habits of Productivity App Super Users4. Talko.In its earliest incarnation, mobile was all about making calls from anywhere on the go. Talko hearkens back to this earlier era and allows a network of co-workers or collaborators to have voice conversations, whether live like a walkie-talkie, or in the form of recorded messages. Conversations are recorded and stored in the cloud and cached, so as to avoid old messages getting jumbled in with newer, more pressing ones. Voice communications are more personal than email, and better suited to conveying complex ideas and emotions, nuances which can get lost in email messages.5. Prezi.A good presentation should tell a compelling story, but PowerPoint often falls short. Presentation software Prezi puts all others to shame, allowing you to create beautiful, compelling and engaging stories. While you can’t create a Prezi using the smartphone app, you can build presentations using the Prezi iPad app, and use the smartphone app to access all of your presentations or ones that others have shared with you.The Prezi team has gone to great lengths to optimize Prezi for mobile, so while they might not have quite the impact of a Prezi thrown up on a projector, they still look great. You can take them everywhere, whether you want to practice for a big talk or if you want show off your business to anyone, anywhere.These tools won’t run your business for you, but they will make it easier to get more done while away from your desk. They could even make the difference between a new partnership and a missed opportunity.Related: 13 Business Productivity Apps for the Real-World Entrepreneur December 11, 2014 Register Now » 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
WASHINGTON — Early Monday, before the public doors are opened and the day officially begins, the State Department will hang a new flag among the 192 banners displayed in its lobby atrium, a silent acknowledgment of the formal re-establishment of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations after more than 54 years.A few hours later, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, on his first-ever visit to Washington, will raise his country’s flag in front of the 16th Street NW mansion that will once again become Havana’s embassy. In the afternoon, Rodríguez will meet and hold a joint news conference with Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department.Members of Congress who have long supported rapprochement between the countries will attend, along with an administration delegation headed by Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson.President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro set the date in an exchange of letters on July 1, nearly seven months after announcing the two governments would restore diplomatic ties.While the Cubans hold their ceremony in Washington, an invitation-only event to be followed by a festive reception, the U.S. Embassy in Havana will quietly open for business without the Stars and Stripes. Officials said the flag-raising and festivities would await a visit from Kerry, expected early next month.“Legally, the [U.S.] embassy will be functioning on Monday,” said a State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity under rules imposed by the department. “It is not a legal requirement to fly a flag, and we wanted the secretary to be there to oversee these important events.” Kerry will also unveil new “signage” on the embassy, the official said.Like its Washington counterpart, the U.S. Embassy in Havana once served that function, before relations were severed in January 1961 and the U.S.-Cuban deep freeze began. But while the American building is a squarely built example of the utilitarian architecture of the 1950s, Cuba’s embassy here has a long and colorful history.As soon as the Cuban Embassy opened in 1919 in the Colonial revival mansion built for that purpose, it was a hit in Washington’s high society. One headline of the time enthused: “Cuban Legation Home: Style to be Louis Quinze, Building with Indiana Limestone Exterior and White Marble Interior Will Be One of the Handsomest Occupied by Diplomats in Washington.”The building is considered significant in the capital’s architectural history because it was the first purpose-built embassy in the Meridian Hill neighborhood, then being established as a diplomatic center, according to a history compiled by David Maloney, the state historic preservation officer for the District.Fidel Castro himself was feted at the embassy in April 1959, a few months after his guerrilla forces overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista.After relations were broken, the Cuban building in Washington — and the U.S. one in Havana — remained closed until 1977, when a thaw under President Jimmy Carter led to the establishment of Interests Sections, quasi-diplomat entities to handle bilateral affairs, under the auspices and protection of the Swiss government in both capitals.Each country was allowed a small number of officials, and their movements were restricted outside Washington and Havana. The new diplomatic agreements that take effect Monday allow for an expanded presence and greater freedom of movement, although neither government has released the precise details.The two governments have made clear that opening their embassies is only the first step on a long road to “normalization” and that they have many remaining differences on issues including the ongoing U.S. economic embargo and human rights, and outstanding legal claims against each other.Neither side has named an ambassador yet, and the Obama administration has indicated that it may bide its time, as congressional opponents of its opening to Cuba have vowed to block any nominee. For now, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the head of the Interests Section, will become chargé d’affaires in Havana, serving as the chief of mission.By the time it was reoccupied nearly 40 years ago, the red carpet leading up the grand central stairway in the Cuban mansion had already faded. The parties at the Interests Section were never as glittering as in pre-revolutionary days. Instead, they tended to be low-key and political in nature — attended by representatives of supportive think tanks and members of Congress sympathetic to restoring ties, if not to Cuba’s Communist government.Still, the annual Cuban cultural celebration in early January drew large crowds to sip free mojitos at a small bar called Hemingway’s set up in a salon. There was an especially large turnout as the new diplomacy got underway, with the guests including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.Rodríguez, who will also hold meetings Monday on Capitol Hill, arrives Sunday night as the head of a 28-person delegation, including other high-ranking officials, former diplomats, and Cuban cultural and sports icons.In recent weeks, the Cubans have painted inside the embassy-to-be and cleaned up the yard, replanting and mulching shrubbery beds. A new flagpole has been installed out front.– – – – –Washington Post staff writer David Montgomery contributed to this report.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Progress but no agreement in US, Cuba talks on diplomatic relations Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for US embargo end What the US can learn from its ‘Cuban immigration policy’ US, Cuba agree to let airlines begin ﬂights
Mission Produce reveals avocado ‘size interchangea … U.S. eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme … Peruvian produce company Camposol says that the country’s total avocado exports to the Chinese market have almost tripled this season.Around 850 containers are due to have been shipped to relatively new market by the end of week 43, Camposol’s country business manager for China, Luis Miguel Baanante Cerdeña, told Fresh Fruit Portal.Last season a total of 309 containers were shipped to the market, which opened for Peruvian avocados in 2015.Camposol has led the country’s avocado exports to China this year, shipping 191 containers, compared to the next largest company with 131 containers, he says.”We want to grow in this market and we want to have a very good balance with what we are shipping into the world,” he says.Peru shipped avocados to China for longer this year, beginning four weeks earlier than last season, in week 14, and ending three weeks later in week 43.”If you compare with [the exports] last year at this period in time, there were no containers sent to China,” says Baanante. “We had some weeks this year where we received close to 100 containers per week. Last year, the peak was only about 35 containers per week.”Market performanceAccording to Baanante, Peruvian avocados started and ended the season at high prices. He said prices started “more or less the same” as the previous season and then dropped gradually until week 31, after which they began to rise again.”The price rose initially at the season because we went out to the market with low volume. There was a market void that was good for Peruvian avocados,” he says.”What we have seen in fact is that normally Mexican avocados are very low during those months, so there is room for the Peruvian market to increase.”Overall prices dropped to a level we were forecasting since the beginning of the season. It was not a surprise for us.” Baanante explained that the drop in price was due to the increase in export volume, and has nothing to do with the quality of the fruit.Consumer preferences in China Regarding recent industry reports that Peruvian avocados suffered slight quality problems this season, Baanante feels these do not reflect avocados from Camposol.“China is a market that when you have good fruit, the market gives you a premium price. But when you have fruit that doesn’t arrive with the quality that Chinese consumers and buyers like, you have a big penalty,” he says.”So now, through our farming, supply chain and sales channels expertise about Chinese market demand in terms of quality, our fruit has a strong preference among buyers.”But the definition of good-quality avocado differs across regions, Baanante explains. “The appearance of the avocado is a very important factor in China, totally different from the USA or European market – Chinese buyers pay extreme attention to the skin,” he says.Preferences toward the color of avocados also seems to have also evolved in the Chinese market.”Because Camposol has been playing very aggressively in the retail channel, especially opening an office in Shanghai to be in more contact with the consumers and gain feedback from them, what we have learned and realized this year is that surprisingly consumers in the supermarkets prefer black ripened avocados instead of green ones,” says Baanante.”Just one year ago, this situation didn’t happen – retailers were asking for green avocados; they didn’t want the black avocados. So now, just in one year, the trend has changed a lot. The consumer is understanding that the black avocado is the one that is ready to eat, not one in bad condition.”But with increasing demands of Chinese consumers, Camposol too had to change the way it packages avocados. This year, the company introduced a “four-piece clamshell pack”, where four avocados of two different stages of ripeness – two ready-to-eat and two unripe ones – are packed together for sale.”The feedback that they gave us was that the consumers like the option to take home two avocados that are ready to eat on the same day, and another two avocados that they can store for some extra days.”Double-digit growth over the next five yearsWhen asked about projections for the future, Baanante said the next season will likely keep growing at double-digit rates.”This year the market grew by 2.74 times. How much can it grow next year? I don’t know. We need to see how this year’s Mexican and Chile seasons go, and how the Chinese consumer keeps learning and getting more knowledge on how to eat avocados,” he says.”This is the first year, I believe, that importers, exporters, and customers had more confidence in Peruvian avocados.”However, much has to be done on the education level, Baanante says.”We are making some efforts in promotions, advertisements and via education in the stores, but the industry needs to come together where importers and exporters can participate – that is going to be a winning strategy.” October 29 , 2018 Image of peculiar ‘long neck’ avocado goes viral … You might also be interested in Del Rey sees amazing opportunity in Peru …
Go back to the e-newsletter >Discover the World and Hurtigruten have announced the release of the new 2016/17 Norway Coastal and Explorer Voyages brochures.Hurtigruten 2016/17 Norway Coastal Hurtigruten have revamped its coastal product to include new expedition style voyages and a la carte dining, as well as a number of new excursions & private transfer options.Highlights include:From January 2016, 3 of Hurtigruten’s coastal ships (MS Nordnorge, MS Nordkapp and MS Nordlys) will offer all the activities and services of a Hurtigruten voyage but with an expedition team on-board, who will be offering a series of hikes in selected ports as well as daily lectures about flora and fauna, fishing traditions, polar & Viking history as well as geology, glaciology and climate.Sample local specialities with a new a la carte dining option – implemented on nine of the coastal ships, most voyages are based on half or full-board, but for a small supplement, guests can upgrade to a more intimate dining area and a la carte menu. With locally sourced ingredients like cod, scallops, crayfish & langoustine, reindeer, tender sirloin of beef and cloudberries, the menus will change with the season and there will be options to suit every taste. The a la carte option is only bookable on-board with supplements from approximately £16. It is not currently available on MS Lofoten or MS Vesterålen.Clearer cabin choices. Guests booking a suite will also now get wine included with dinner and private transfers (Bergen only) as well as an upgraded amenity kit. Those booking a superior cabin can also arrange private transfers, but at an additional cost.Hurtigruten 2016/17 Explorer Voyages Between November 2016 and March 2017 Hurtigruten will have two ships offering in-depth expeditions to Antarctica. The MS Fram embarks from Ushuaia and MS Midnatsol will take its guests to Antarctica via the Chilean fjords and Cape Horn.Go back to the e-newsletter >
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