APTN National NewsPoliticians returning to business on Parliament Hill were greeted by hundreds of Idle No More supporters Monday.But protests were also happening across the globe.Places like San Francisco, Oklahoma and New Zealand held demonstrations.And here in Canada dozens of cities took part.APTN National News reporter Nancy Pine has the story.
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FRANKFURT — 2019 is set to be a year of major change for Europe, with big decisions that will affect the continent’s economy.Britain is due to leave the European Union but there is no clarity on how that will happen, or how painful it will be economically. The EU has long seen deepening ties among countries as the best way to create prosperity, but a rise in populist and nationalist politics is likely to further test that commitment. And threats loom from outside, including possible U.S. tariffs on cars.The economy is already slipping. Growth in the 19 EU countries that use the euro enjoyed slipped from a decade-high of 2.4 per cent in 2017 to an estimated 2.1 per cent this year. It is expected to ease further to 1.9 per cent next year, according to the EU’s executive Commission.Here’s a look at the major events and challenges that will shape the coming year in the European Union.___BREXIT CHAOSEurope confronts one risk early in the year, as the British parliament faces a possible vote in mid-January on Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiated deal on terms of an exit from the EU. If the deal is rejected, and no other solution such as a second referendum is found, the risk will increase that Britain would leave the EU as scheduled March 29 without any clarity on new trading rules. That could cause widespread disruption to business and complex supply chains such as those involving auto factories. Some predict it could even ground flights and lead to shortages of produce and some medicines.___TRUMP AND TRADEEurope and the U.S. are discussing new terms of trade after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on European cars. The tariffs would hurt growth in Germany and in Europe more broadly and could be imposed in 2019 if the talks fail. Angel Talavera, lead eurozone economist at Oxford Economics, says that U.S. car tariffs would lower German GDP by 0.2 per cent in 2020. That’s in addition to the U.S.-China trade conflict, which could sideswipe Europe because it trades extensively with both.___POPULISMElections to the European Parliament slated for May 23-26 can serve as a chance for voters to express dislike of their government and as a platform for populist parties that don’t like the EU. A strong showing by groups like Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France, the League in Italy and the Alternative for Germany could make it harder for the EU to agree on legislation.Italy’s populist government could further complicate things. It has smoothed over a disagreement with the EU on a budget that drastically increases spending. But the plan could leave Italy, which has a debt load of 133 per cent of GDP, more vulnerable to new financial trouble.___YELLOW JACKETSWith Britain leaving and Germany’s Angela Merkel planning her political exit, French President Emmanuel Macron had hoped to seize the European spotlight in 2019 and push his agenda of economic change at home and strengthening EU unity. But weeks of protests by yellow-vested masses angry over high taxes and shrinking pocketbooks have hobbled his credibility.Riots forced him to offer billions of euros in tax relief and aid — which in turn is damaging his European credentials, because it risks pushing France over the EU deficit limit.Some yellow-vest groups are considering a bid for the European elections, though the movement has no single political bent.Macron and his parliamentary majority don’t face new elections until 2022 and he could yet rebound. Still, he is expected to scale back the pace of change to France’s long-stagnant economy, with repercussions for the whole region.___NEW TEAMAfter the elections, European governments will choose a replacement for European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, whose eight-year term expires Oct. 31, and for Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the EU Commission, who isn’t seeking a new term.Draghi has pushed the ECB into new territory by using bond purchases to push 2.6 trillion euros ($3 trillion) in newly created money into the economy as a way of supporting a weak-post-crisis recovery. His vow to do “whatever it takes” to rescue the euro from its debt crisis — followed by a program to quell trouble in bond markets — is credited with halting market turmoil in 2012.Stimulus skeptic Jens Weidmann, head of Germany’s national central bank, was an early front runner but has faded amid media speculation Merkel may push for a German to replace Juncker. That would make it tough for Germany to also claim the ECB job under typical EU horse-trading. Other possible successors are former Finnish central bank head Erkki Liikanen and Bank of France governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau.___INTEREST RATESThe ECB could raise interest rates for the first time since 2011.The bank, which has already closed out its bond-buying stimulus program, has signalled no increase in rates before the fall. That leaves it open whether it will be Draghi or his successor to lead the decision-making on the timing of a first rate move.Higher rates could increase consumer and business borrowing costs and improve returns for savers. The first rate increase could be postponed, however, if the economy looks weak.___Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.David McHugh, The Associated Press
Rabat – Among the promised reforms of higher education for 2017-2018 academic year, Minister of National Education Mohamed Hassad revealed that three higher institutions will open to accommodate increased numbers of students.Hassad announced that the three institutions expected to open their doors this year are the Faculty of Law, Economic, and Social Sciences in Tetouan, the School of Technology (EST) in Kenitra, and the School of Technology in Sidi Bennour.Speaking last week to the members of the Committee on Education, Culture, and Communication of the House of Representatives, Hassad also assured that the initiation of the school year will be completed during the first nine days of September at all academic institutions. Part of the higher education reform includes the reinforcement of bed capacities in university campus.The former interior minister and current Minister of Education promised that his ministry will put up 6,140 additional beds by this September, while four new university campuses will open their doors to students in the cities of Nador, Safi, Agadir, and Meknes.Four academic restaurants will also open in the cities of El Jadida, Settat, Safi, and Nador, with a capacity of 4,000 meals served daily, said the official, adding that 15 medical centers and three newly-rehabilitated centers will see the light of day starting in the 2017-2018 school year.The sector of vocational training will also see reforms, said Hassad. 29 new establishments, of which 22 are part of the Office for Professional Training and Promotion (OFPPT) will be inaugurated for the 2017-2018 school year.796 new trainers will be assigned to work in the various vocational training institutions around Morocco, said the minister.Vocational training institutions will also increase their capacity with the establishment of three new boarding schools, particularly for trainees from rural or disadvantaged areas.
TORONTO — Postmedia Network Canada Corp. lost nearly $5.1 million in its second quarter as revenue dropped 7.5 per cent compared with last year as a result of shifting advertising and circulation patterns.The owner of the National Post and other newspapers reported Thursday that it had $145.7 million in total revenue for the quarter, including $28.2 million from its digital businesses and $110.8 million from print advertising and circulation.A year earlier, Postmedia’s total revenue amounted to $157.6 million, including $26.4 million from its digital businesses and $123.7 million from print advertising and circulation.Postmedia chief executive Andrew MacLeod said the company has made progress in slowing the decline in traditional revenue and reducing its long-term debt while growing its digital business.Overall digital revenue was up $1.8 million from last year, mostly due to a 10.2 per cent increase in digital advertising.“Our success in extending the legacy runway is providing us the time to allow our digital transformation to continue, demonstrating traction with its ninth consecutive quarter of double digit digital advertising growth,” MacLeod said.Postmedia’s second-quarter loss for the quarter ended Feb. 28 amounted to five cents per share, compared with a loss of $1.25 million or one cent per share last year.As of Feb. 28, Postmedia’s long-term debt was $238.3 million, down from $264 million a year earlier.MacLeod, who took over as CEO from Paul Godfrey earlier this year, has since been appointed to Postmedia’s board of directors.He announced Thursday that Mary Anne Lavallee has been appointed Postmedia’s chief operating officer, with a primary focus on digital growth.“Since joining the company in 2014, Mary Anne has been instrumental in driving our transformational strategy,” MacLeod said.MacLeod also joined Postmedia in 2014 as chief commercial officer. He became chief operating officer in 2016 and added the role of president in 2017. He became CEO in January as Godfrey became executive chairman.Companies in this story: (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B)
Meeting in the early hours of Saturday morning in an emergency session on Middle East violence that followed a four-hour debate the previous night, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution calling on Israel to withdraw troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah, and urging both parties to move immediately to a meaningful ceasefire. The Council adopted resolution 1402 by a vote of 14 in favour to none opposed. Syria, the 15th member, did not participate in the vote. Prior to the vote, the Council President, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, said it was the common understanding of the members that the draft’s operative paragraph 1, which listed the specific demands to the parties, did not indicate any sequence of the elements contained in it. Expressing grave concern at the further deterioration of the situation in the Middle East, including the recent suicide bombings in Israel and the military attack against the headquarters of the President of the Palestinian Authority, the Council called on the sides to cooperate fully with United States Special Envoy Anthony Zinni. With the aim of resuming negotiations on a political settlement, the Council urged the parties to implement the understanding reached by the Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, George Tenet, as a first step towards implementation of the recommendations made by a committee chaired by former US Senator George Mitchell. The Council also reiterated the demand of its earlier resolution, 1397, for an immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction. It expressed support for the efforts of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the special envoys to the Middle East to assist the parties to halt the violence and to resume the peace process. Late on Friday, at the outset of the debate that preceded the Council’s action, the Secretary-General urged the Council to consider how the international community could help ensure that the relevant Council resolutions become a reality, and how to help bring the parties back to the negotiating table. He urged Israel to halt its assault on the Palestinian Authority and called on the Palestinians to accept the Zinni peace plan. Terrorism would not bring the Palestinian people closer to the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, he stressed. At the same time, he noted that he had consistently voiced criticism over Israel’s use of disproportionate lethal force. In his statement, Israel’s representative, Ambassador Yehuda Lancry, stressed that the voice of the Palestinian leadership had been the voice of terrorism rather than moderation and wondered what Israel was to do in the face of the deliberate massacres and the failure of the Palestinian leadership to fulfil its commitments. He said Israel had no intention of occupying any territory under Palestinian control; rather, it sought to uproot the terrorist network there. Israel, he said, would keep its hand outstretched towards peace. Chairman Arafat could be convinced to fight terrorism, but, for that to happen, the message sent to him must be clear, comprehensive and unrelenting. The Permanent Observer for Palestine, Nasser Al-Kidwa, said the current Israeli military action represented the beginning of the destruction of the elected Palestinian Authority, getting rid of Mr. Arafat, and reoccupying Palestinian territory. That action, he pointed out, came directly on the heels of the Arab League Summit in Beirut, which had adopted landmark resolutions that could change the entire situation in the Middle East region. The Council must uphold its responsibilities under the Charter and follow up on implementation of resolution 1397, he said. It must also address the grave situation created by the latest actions by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and ensure that Israel put an end to acts of aggression and withdrew its forces from the Palestinian territories, including Ramallah. The Council debate, which involved representatives of some 30 countries, began at 6:40 p.m. on Friday, a UN holiday, and was suspended an hour before midnight. The Council then reconvened at 4:25 on Saturday morning to vote on the resolution.
Speaking to reporters in New York, Mr. Annan said the report would be ready by the end of the month but emphasized that there was still time for the IAEA and Iran to explore diplomatic channels to resolve the issue.“What is important is that both sides have said negotiations are not dead, negotiations are not over, and they are prepared to talk, and I would urge them to continue,” the Secretary-General said.“In the meantime it would be important that no steps are taken that would escalate the already tense situation. And I hope Iran will continue to freeze its activities, the way they are now, to allow talks to go forward,” he added.The Secretary-General said such a decision by Iran would also “allow negotiations with the European Three and the Russians to come back to the table.”Earlier this month the Board of Governors of the IAEA passed a resolution in Vienna requesting the Agency’s Director General to report to the Security Council on Iran, marking the first time the 15-member body will become directly involved in the issue.The Board requested Iran to “extend full and prompt cooperation to the Agency, which the Director General deems indispensable and overdue, and in particular to help the Agency clarify possible activities which could have a military nuclear dimension.”That action followed three days of debate sparked when France, Germany and the United Kingdom – the so-called “EU-3” – requested a special meeting of the Board after Tehran broke IAEA seals on equipment used to produce enriched uranium.Last September, the Board of Governors found that Iran’s breaches of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty were within the competence of the Security Council, which can impose sanctions, but did not refer the matter then.
“Access to basic and essential services, such as water and electricity, is sporadic, at best. People are living under daily threat and terror. Those who remain in eastern Aleppo, roughly 300,000 people, live in constant fear over the next attack from the air, including from barrel bombs,” he explained, adding that “there can be no explanation or excuse, no reason or rationale, for waging war on civilians.”Mr. O’Brien’s remarks also focused on the “inexcusable, deeply disturbing attacks” on medical facilities: “We have all seen the harrowing images of bombs and mortars raining down on medical facilities and medical personnel across Aleppo in recent days. These terrible attacks not only claim innocent lives, but also have a multiplier effect, leaving tens of thousands of civilians unable to obtain even the most basic levels of care, even as fighting intensifies around them.”In the last few days, many humanitarian actors have had to suspend their operations while tens of thousands of children could not be vaccinated last week. Mr. O’Brien said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which he heads up, is “dismayed” that the Syrian Government did not approve their request for a cross-line inter-agency convoy to eastern Aleppo city in May. “My question to you today is again: how many more deaths, how much more suffering can we tolerate before there is a collective push towards an end to this senseless and shameful crisis affecting Syrians, their neighbours and many more people beyond?” the Emergency Relief Coordinator asked.Meanwhile in Geneva, Jan Egeland, the Special Advisor to the Special Envoy for Syria, briefed the press on humanitarian efforts, saying that the fighting and bombardment in recent days is creating new areas with endless suffering and no access for human right workers. Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland. UN Photo/Pierre Albouy The cessation of hostilities in Syria must be put back on track, the United Nations political chief today told the Security Council, as the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said “there can be no explanation or excuse” for waging war on civilians, in Aleppo or anywhere else in the crisis-riven country.“Unfortunately, the ever more shocking reports have been received from Aleppo city over the past two weeks,” Jeffrey Feltman, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, recalled during a briefing on Syria and the situation in the country’s largest city. “You have all seen the horrifying images of attacks on hospitals in both government and opposition-held neighbourhoods of the city. Let me be absolutely clear once again: intentional and direct attacks on hospitals are war crimes,” he declared.Mr. Feltman took note of the recent arrangement concluded between the United States and Russia for a “day of silence” in Aleppo and its surroundings. It was scheduled to start at 00:01 Damascus time last night, but the implementation has reportedly proven challenging even as it has led to an overall decrease in violence.“Consolidating and extending this agreement would be an important step in the right direction. We also hope that the earlier announced arrangements of ‘days of silence’ in parts of Damascus and Rural Latakia will also be consolidated and welcome the news that the ‘silence’ has been extended in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus for the next 48 hours,” the UN official said.Turning to the political process, he told the 15-member Council that the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has clearly stated that in order to be credible, the next round of negotiations should be supported by “tangible” progress on the ground, including through increased humanitarian access.Mr. de Mistura intends to re-convene intra-Syrian talks in May to arrive at an agreed way forward by August. Doing so without progress on the ground “runs the real risk of a failed political process,” the UN political chief warned. The Security Council also heard from Stephen O’Brien, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, who said he is “horrified” by the further death and destruction in Aleppo, and that life for people there “has lost all sense.” Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien briefs the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas On a positive note, he reported that during April, humanitarian workers reached more than 40 per cent of all of the people in the besieged areas, compared to about 5 per cent of people in such areas being reached during all of 2015.Altogether, 778,000 people in hard-to-reach and besieged towns have been reached. In one of the key achievements, virtually all of the civilians in the city of Deir ez-Zor received aid from 22 air drops that have been conducted successfully in recent days. In addition, the four towns of Madaya, Zabadani, Foah and Kefraya were reached, following weeks of obstacles. But going forward, Mr. Egeland added, requests to reach besieged areas have only been granted for about 25 per cent of the affected people, with another 25 per cent of beneficiaries being approved only with a significant number of conditions.At the same time, in Berlin, following a meeting with the German and French Foreign Ministers, Mr. de Mistura said the top priority remained what was most important to the Syrian people: “They are telling us we are looking for peace, we are looking for the end of this conflict, we believe in discussion in Geneva but we need to see with our eyes that the cessation of hostilities is again [taking place]. And the test is Aleppo now.”Expressing the hope that his current diplomatic meetings, as well as the efforts of the Council, would revitalize the truce, he said: “The alternative is truly quite catastrophic because we could see 400,000 people moving through the Turkish border. We could see what, at the moment, looks like a possibility of a political transition to be actually handicapped by a cessation of hostilities, which is still there, [but] could be collapsing.”
United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day: , by UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe“Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power” he stated, saying that a still male-dominated world has “ignored, silenced and oppressed women for centuries – even millennia”.Despite women’s achievements and successes, their voices are still routinely overlooked, and their opinions ignored, with everyone paying the price for inequality and oppression. “Increasing the number of women decision-makers is essential”, Mr. Guterres remarked, adding that the UN has reached gender parity among its leaders around the world.Shocking statisticsGeneral Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés told the event that she had mixed feelings about the Day.“On the one hand, it is important that we celebrate the gains we have made”, she said, noting that Barbados, Ethiopia, Georgia, Romania and Trinidad and Tobago welcomed their first female leaders last year and, among other firsts, Uruguay saw its first conviction for femicide.However, she regretted that nearly four decades after the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted and some 25 years after the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, “we are still not even close to equal”.On pretty much any measure of development, women are behind, she said. “Every woman and girl knows that her lived reality is very different to that of her father or brother” Ms. Espinosa said, adding: These statistics are shocking”.We are sitting centre-stage and we have absolutely no plans to lower the volume Geraldine Byrne NasonNoting that just 11 years remain to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, she spelled out: “We desperately need to close the gender education gap and get more women into science and technology”.In a bid to push women forward, she encouraged the support of grassroots organization, “to take the fight into our communities and into the corridors of power”. To boost the number and diversity of women in leadership positions, on 12 March she will convene a high-level event on “Women in Power”.Ms. Espinosa concluded her address by recalling “Audre Lorde’s powerful words: ‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.’”The Chair of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Geraldine Byrne Nason, recalled the early days of the UN, when “women were few and far between”.“It took us quite some time for our voices to be heard and for our messages to register”, she stated, but today “we are sitting centre-stage and we have absolutely no plans to lower the volume”.Get inspired and innovate, to lead the way UN Secretary-General António Guterres opened the event by enumerating some of the world’s collective challenges, “from climate change…to the weakening of commitment to multilateralism,” stressing that “gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to addressing each of these”.“We can only re-establish trust and rebuild global solidarity by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all”, he maintained. “We can only achieve sustainable development and peace by drawing on all our assets and capacities.” The event host and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said that “we want women and girls themselves to be inspired to innovate and influence the whole ecosystem of innovation.”“Women are not simply consumers of prescribed solutions, they also design solutions for whole societies and they are equipped to address the issues that affect their lives”, she told the group.She said her equality and empowerment agency was “injecting the gender lens in the DNA of innovation” adding: “Women and girls have a vital role to play in the fourth industrial revolution, shaping the policies, services and infrastructures that affect their lives.”Education propels you to far-away placesDelivering the keynote speech, former Director of the Johnson Space Centre in the United States, Ellen Ochoa – the first female Latina astronaut – credits her education in science with propelling her into four outer space missions.She said her mother had been a role-model who took one college course each semester for 20 years to earn her bachelor’s degree, underscoring to her family, the importance of education. Ms. Ochoa herself emphasized that it was essential that girls study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as STEM.“Engineering, development and innovation is about curiosity, creativity, working with teams and solving problems,” she explained, saying “Girls love to do those things!”But describing the uphill struggle for women to be admitted to astronaut training programmes, she credited activists working tirelessly to change the laws, adding that she was pleased now to serve as a role model for “girls around the world who are dreaming big dreams”.
OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle (13) scans the floor during a Big Ten tournament game against Penn State on March 10 in Indianapolis.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team took just over 40 minutes to find a sliver of rhythm against the Akron Zips in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.After a back-and-forth physical battle riddled with sloppy play and field-goal percentages hovering around a meager 30, the five minutes allotted in overtime was the narrow time window the Buckeyes needed to advance in postseason play.OSU held the Zips to just one point in the extra period, while redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams led the offensive charge over the course of the second half and overtime. The Buckeyes’ focus during the extra period pushed the team into the second round of the NIT with a 72-63 victory at the Schottenstein Center.“They were very competitive, and it was a game down to the wire where I felt like we showed a little bit of growth,” said OSU junior forward Marc Loving. “I felt like at times this season we might’ve lost that game.”Loving, who recorded the sixth double-double of his career, was one of three Buckeyes who finished with 18 points on the night. Williams added 18 points as well as five rebounds, while freshman guard JaQuan Lyle also registered a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.“We felt like there was a lot of room for us to play our style of basketball,” Lyle said. “We really didn’t have much pace on offense, and we really weren’t disrupting them on the defensive side as much as we wanted to.”Lyle’s comments were primarily true to the first half of the game. The team’s six lowest-scoring halves this season all occurred during the first 20 minutes of gameplay, with one of those periods taking place against Akron on Tuesday.While OSU struggled early on to close out possessions down low and outside, the Buckeye bigs constantly challenged the boards to keep Akron within striking distance, totaling 57 rebounds. The problem was with following through and finishing.The two teams combined to begin the game shooting 2-of-14 from the field, but the Buckeyes eventually pushed through the lethargic start to find their momentum later on in the contest.“We were a little bit shaky at the beginning, and I thought we did a pretty decent job of playing through that,” said OSU coach Thad Matta.However, despite collecting 18 offensive boards as a team, the Buckeyes only managed to muster up 12 second-chance points, two fewer than the Zips. In a postseason game in which neither team led by more than single digits, missing multiple scoring opportunities during a single possession usually spells out defeat.Heading into halftime with a 29-25 deficit, there was very little room for error on either side.OSU struggled to break the 20-point threshold throughout the course of the first half, but some minor halftime adjustments led to the Buckeyes outscoring Akron by 13 points over the final 25 minutes of the contest.“I thought they did a great job of closing the game out,” Matta said.With just over two minutes left in the second half, Lyle came up with arguably the game’s most important two-way play. After a 3-pointer by Akron senior forward Reggie McAdams put the Zips up by two points with just under three minutes left in regulation, Lyle stole the ball from senior guard Jake Kretzer and took it down to the other end to tie the game.“To have something like that disappear from your lineup that fast, the next man has to step up, and we all had to contribute in a different way,” Loving said.Despite falling short to the Buckeyes, Akron’s night consisted of a trifecta of effective players. The sharpshooting abilities of McAdams and Kretzer helped to combine for seven converted threes.Although the Zips shot just over 21 percent from beyond the arc, Akron junior center Isaiah Johnson added a more physical presence to the team’s contrasting perimeter play. Johnson tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds on the night, but that was not enough to offset the team’s uncharacteristic struggles from beyond the arc.“If you would’ve told me we would shoot 9-of-42 from three with the shots we got, I would tell you I’d be surprised,” said Akron coach Keith Dambrot. “That probably was a determining factor.”Even though OSU was sluggish at times, too, Akron’s inability to garner extended momentum might have been trifled by the team’s recent schedule. The Zips competed in their fourth contest in six days Tuesday, but Dambrot was not going to let possible fatigue excuse the team of a loss.Dambrot said after the game he still believes his team had the talent and discipline necessary to knock off a major school like OSU.“I felt like we should’ve won the game,” Dambrot said. “If we play up to our capabilities and they play up to their capabilities, I have enough respect for my team to think we should’ve won the game.”Williams, Matta’s usual sixth man, stepped in as a starter in aid of sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, who was held out of Tuesday’s contest with an undisclosed illness. Even though Williams was starting his first collegiate game against the Zips, he did not succumb to the pressure.The Buckeyes are next set to host the Florida Gators on Sunday in the second round of the NIT. Tipoff is slated for noon at the Schottenstein Center.
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. Fatima Khan, from Ilford, north London, later told police she was addicted to Snapchat. She denies murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. The trial continues. She threw the gift at him out of an upstairs window because her family did not know about the relationship, Ms Bex said.The lawyer told jurors that Raza Khan was “a rival for her affections” and Fatima Khan was “essential to the success of the plan” to get rid of Mr Safi.She said: “She told Raza Khan where to find Khalid Safi and she ensured Mr Safi was still there by the time Mr Khan travelled to the scene.” Jurors were shown the disturbing footage as well as CCTV images allegedly showing the fatal fight between Mr Safi and 19-year-old Raza Khan.Prosecutor Kate Bex QC said the two men had fought over Fatima Khan a few years earlier, during which Mr Safi was hurt.And in the run-up to the killing, Fatima Khan had been in daily contact with Raza Khan via Snapchat, jurors heard.She became upset when Mr Safi bought her a watch and presented it to her at her home five days before his death, jurors heard. This is what happens when you f— with meFatima Khan’s alleged caption on Snapchat On the day of the killing, Mr Safi and Fatima Khan had gone to a Costa Coffee near to her work at Vigilant Security in North Acton.The couple were hanging around benches outside the coffee shop, before Raza Khan arrived in a minicab.A witness noted that it was obvious the couple were together but there was a “weird atmosphere” between them, jurors heard.When Raza Khan arrived, he went straight up to them holding a large knife in his hand, jurors heard.Ms Bex said: “Raza Khan spoke briefly to either the defendant or Khalid Safi and then turned to face him at which point the prosecution suggest the knife would have been in plain view.”Mr Safi produced a screwdriver and they began to fight. The fight lasted 15 seconds at most and it is caught on CCTV. Mr Safi died at the scene having received a number of wounds to his chest, one penetrating his heart.” Raza Khan was injured in the fight, but calmly left the scene and his whereabouts remains unknown, the court heard. A self-confessed “Snapchat addict” orchestrated the murder of her on-off boyfriend and then posted a video of him dying in a pool of blood, a court heard.Fatima Khan, 20, is accused of plotting with a rival for her affections to kill Afghan asylum seeker Khalid Safi, 18, who she had been seeing for two years.Mr Safi was repeatedly stabbed in the chest by Raza Khan in North Acton, north London, on the evening of December 1 2016, jurors were told.Rather than calling for an ambulance, Fatima Khan allegedly filmed him as he laying dying in the street.She posted it on Snapchat with the caption: “This is what happens when you f— with me”, the Old Bailey heard. Raza Khan was a rival for Fatima Khan’s affections, a court heard Credit:PA/Metropolitan Police
Stay on target Water Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ PlanetMigrating Exoplanet Sculpts Disk Around Young Star in Neon Photo Can’t afford a vacation this year? Have no fear, NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) is here.The website takes armchair astronomers on a digital journey light years away, to new planets outside our Solar System—including a molten world called 55 Cancri e.Astronomers are constantly discovering new planets outside our Solar System. But even the nearest of these mysterious orbs is too far to sojourn.Thankfully, NASA has done most of the heavy lifting, launching 360-degree visualizations of alien worlds—depicted as “an artist’s impression of what an exoplanet surface might look like, based on limited data.”Keep in mind that no actual images of these planets exist (yet).The site’s latest addition is 55 Cancri e, a globe that may be covered in a lava ocean, with a star 65 times closer to the planet than the Sun is to Earth. On its cooler nightside, silicate vapor in the atmosphere may condense into sparkling clouds that reflect the molten rock below.Simply move your mouse to experience a full 360-degree view; mobile and VR headset users can tilt their phone/face up, down, right, and left to see every aspect.NASA also unveiled a new ExEP vintage travel poster, illustrating futuristic explorers gliding in a protective bubble over the red-hot landscape of 55 Cancri e.The fun doesn’t end there, though.A new interactive Web feature, called “Life and Death of a Planetary System,” takes readers on an in-depth journey through the formation, evolution, and eventual demise of a Solar System.Plus, virtual tourists can explore thousands of new worlds via NASA’s Eyes on Exoplanets 2.0.Fly through the galaxy and visit any of the nearly 4,000 known exoplanets, all visualized in 3D. Interstellar ports of call include the TRAPPIST-1 system, 55 Cancri e, WASP-12b, and Kepler-16b.In 2018, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) began its two-year-long search for undiscovered worlds orbiting nearby stars; data collected by the observatory will help scientists look for signs of water or other molecules that might hint at a planet’s capacity to harbor life.More on Geek.com:Barnard’s Star Hosts Icy Planet With Potential for Alien LifeCitizen Scientists Help Find Super-Earth ExoplanetNASA Planet Hunter Discovers Third New Planet
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Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioFour bills aimed at cutting state costs raise local concernsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSenators introduced four new bills Monday that would require local governments and schools to pay more for pensions, end two college scholarship programs, and cut the amount that municipalities receive in state funding. Municipalities and schools are concerned about the effect on taxes and services.‘Huge anomaly’: warm winter limits sea-ice formation, experts sayTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksScientists say warm winter weather around the circumpolar north has led to another record-setting year of decreasing sea-ice coverage of the Arctic Ocean. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, the extent of sea ice formed over this past winter was even smaller than the previous record-low extent set last year.Murkowski holds hearings to discuss public lands handlingRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksU.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is in Alaska holding field hearings as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Monday she invited leaders from the state’s energy, mining and labor sectors to offer their perspectives on how the federal government is doing its job managing public lands.‘Gateways for Growth’: New plan to make Municipality more inclusiveAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Municipality of Anchorage is launching a new initiative to make the community and the economy more inclusive. The city received a grant to participate in the Gateways for Growth Challenge.Severed cable in Kansas hampers test grading in SitkaRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaAlaska’s star-crossed educational testing system suffered another setback Tuesday when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 10:30 this morning Alaska time.Ketchikan responders train for terrorismLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanAbout 33 law enforcement officers and first responders from 10 different federal, state and local agencies in Ketchikan recently came together for a two-day anti-terrorism training event. They learned how to be more aware of potential terrorism plots and, just as important, built inter-agency relationships.Russian and American officials sign wildlife management agreementEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeCooperation across the Bering Strait was strengthened last week when the US and Russia signed a joint wildlife agreement. Officials from the two Arctic nations met in San Diego to discuss polar bear and snow goose monitoring efforts in Alaska and Chukotka.Peninsula ‘Food Hubs’ set to launch in MayDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerFarmer’s markets are going virtual. Soon Kenai Peninsula residents will be able to buy locally grown food online. The new marketplaces are called ‘Food Hubs’.
.The Police Officers Multipurpose Cooperatives Society has filled up a portion of Boalia canal to set up a housing facility where the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (RAJUK) had launched a Tk 50 billion excavation campaign. RAJUK chairman Abdur Rahman has alleged that the police officers’ society had violated the ‘water-bodies conservation law’. The RAJUK in April had sent a letter to the society asking it to refrain from filling up the canal, but to no avail.However, the police officers’ society is saying the area they had filled up was actually bought by them and hence no law had been violated.If the Boalia canal cannot be connected to the 100-feet Kuril-Purbachal canal that is being excavated, it will flood both sides of the Tk 50 billion canal, say experts.Locals, RAJUK officials and experts say already some parts of Dakkhinkhan, Khilkhet, Kawla, Gulshan, Baridhara, the cantonment, Nikunja and Joar Sahara areas have been experiencing water-logging because of the filling of the canal.”At some places the Boalia canal is deeper than the river Balu. So, it has to be ensured that its flow does not get affected. Rather there should be dredging to preserve the canal. Since the nearby areas are yet to be fully urbanised, the expenses will be less as well,” said Md Ashraful Islam, director of the new Detailed Area Plan (DAP) project.”We do not know who are behind this, but we will certainly evict the grabbers, even if it needs additional funding,” housing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain said at a programme where the owners of the lands acquired for the 100-feet canal project were handed over their compensation. “We are digging these canals to address the city’s water-logging problem., but they are filling up an entire canal,” lamented Md Nurul Islam, director of the 100-feet canal project and a caretaker engineer of RAJUK.Police officers’ society office secretary Gazi Md Mozammel Huq, however, told Prothom Alo, “Although the DAP says the canal is 150 feet wide, as per CS and RS surveys it’s 30 feet here and 40 feet there. The canal is there as per the design that was made while acquiring the land. So, there is no chance of filling up the canal.”To this end, RAJUK chairman Abdur Rahman said, “They are not admitting to filling up the canal. But we will go our own way to maintain the flow of the canal. The district administration and survey authorities will hopefully play their part. The public works minister also wants strict action.”*The article, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.
BALTIMORE, Maryland- Friday marked the last day residents of Baltimore City’s Guilford Avenue downtown homeless encampment could opt in to a dorm-style shelter located across town. While it was an easy decision for some, others protested and said Baltimore needed to do more to correct the city’s overall housing problem.
Peer-to-peer file services like BitTorrent were seeing a decline in traffic over the last decade, with the increasing popularity of affordable streaming services like Netflix. The number of piracy streaming options fell and was said to be accounted for the services provided by the on-demand video services and strict anti-piracy laws. However, recent reports published by Sandvine, who has been keeping a close eye on the file-sharing traffic, suggested that the traffic for streaming file-services is now growing. The report also noted that BitTorrent was earlier evidently losing out on market share but is now emerging to be the leading file-sharing place with 97% share. Over the past few years, Netflix had emerged as the leader in the streaming market and was single-handedly responsible for hosting a wide variety of content. While this was happening, the market observed a decrease in upstream and downstream file sharing of content, popularly called the torrents. This went on to suggest that the streaming market was rising and piracy downloading was reducing. However, Netflix is no more the single most popular streaming services that exist. Other video streaming services like Amazon Prime videos, Hulu, and others have fragmented the market with popular content playing over multiple services. This seems to have re-introduced the traditional practice of file-sharing over the internet and BitTorrent has gained the market. Sandvine’s report further stated the following in its report: “More sources than ever are producing ‘exclusive’ content available on a single streaming or broadcast service – think Game of Thrones for HBO, House of Cards for Netflix, The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu, or Jack Ryan for Amazon. To get access to all of these services, it gets very expensive for a consumer, so they subscribe to one or two and pirate the rest.” File sharing involves uploading and downloading a part of a file over a peer-to-peer network. Reportedly, file sharing makes up for 3% of all download and 22% of all upload traffic. Here, BitTorrent enjoys the lion’s share with a massive 97% of all upstream file-sharing traffic. Evidently, fragmentation in the subscription video-on-demand market is playing the major role. To know more about this in detail, check out the discussion thread on Hacker News. Read Next The cryptocurrency-based firm, Tron acquires BitTorrent Facebook Watch is now available world-wide challenging video streaming rivals, YouTube, Twitch, and more Implementing fault-tolerance in Spark Streaming data processing applications with Apache Kafka
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