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Rabat – International media reported that Malaysia Sultan Muhammad V announced his intention to abdicate the throne, a decision unprecedented in the country’s history.The Malaysian palace confirmed the decision, but has yet to issue a statement explaining the King’s reason.The 49-year-old sultan held the throne for two years and had another 3 years left to reign before the throne rotated. The country’s rulers are expected  meet to decide on the next leader. Read Also: Russian Beauty Queen Marries Malaysia’s King Mohammed VIn December 2018, photos of the Malaysian King marrying Miss Moscow 2015, Oksana Voevodina, went viral. The wedding was reportedly held at a concert hall in Barvikha, a village in Moscow.The wedding reportedly did not serve alcohol and all food was halal, cooked according to Islamic law.The 25-year-old wife of the resigned king converted to Islam in April 2018. In a photo posted to Twitter last year, Voevodina posed in a hijab with her husband.Despite the release of photos of the sultan’s marriage to  Miss Moscow 2015, to international news outlets, including The National, many are still calling the marriage a rumor because royal officials have not released a statement confirming the marriage. read more

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6 August 2009The rush to produce a vaccine to fight the spread of the influenza A(H1N1) virus will not jeopardize the safety or effectiveness of any new drug, the United Nations health agency said today in a bid to reassure the public after concerns were raised in the media. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the “regulatory procedures in place for the licensing of pandemic vaccines, including procedures for expediting regulatory approval, are rigorous and do not compromise safety or quality controls.”To have the greatest impact, vaccines need to be available quickly and in large quantities as they are among the most effective medical interventions for reducing illness and deaths during a pandemic, WHO said in a news release.In preparation for a flu outbreak in 2007, WHO examined ways to fast-track the approval of pandemic vaccines with the help of health officials, regulatory authorities and vaccine manufacturers.The agency sought to shorten the time between the emergence of a pandemic virus and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, while maintaining regulatory control and setting out in detail precautions to guarantee the quality, safety, and effectiveness of the drugs.WHO noted that in some cases, vaccines are not regarded by regulatory authorities as entirely new, as they build on existing technology used to produce inoculations for seasonal influenza, procedures for testing and regulatory control, and safety data. It stressed that flu vaccines have been used for more than 60 years and have an established record of safety in all age groups, and although some serious adverse effects have been reported. WHO said they are rare and expected during a pandemic when a vaccine is administered on a massive scale.“Time constraints mean that clinical data at the time when pandemic vaccines are first administered will inevitably be limited,” said WHO. “Further testing of safety and effectiveness will need to take place after administration of the vaccine has begun.”WHO calculates that completing the steps involved in developing a new vaccine from start – obtaining a virus sample – to finish, when the first supplies of the approved vaccine available for use, takes around five to six months. read more

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Syria is “calling once more for our mobilization and intervention,” said President Hollande, underlining that the civil war has to date killed more than 250,000 people. He recalled that the “Syrian tragedy” follows an uprising which sought to undermine the “dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad.”Moreover, he stated that eight million people haven’t just fled a war – “they’ve fled Bashar Al-Assad’s regime – the same regime which dropped bombs on innocent civilians.”“It is not because terrorists massacre, loot, and rape that there should be pardon or amnesty for the regime that created the situation,” the French President continued. With 80 per cent of Syrian refugees fleeing to other countries of the global South, “it is the poor and most vulnerable who are hosting the poor and most vulnerable”, he said, underlining that European countries should do more.He insisted that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) must be provided the means to ensure the necessary support, and refugees must be allowed to work in their host countries. He further announced that France is contributing €100 million to WFP for refugees in countries neighbouring Syria. Meanwhile, President Hollande saluted the immense progress accomplished by the United Nations since its creation 70 years ago, while noting that unfortunately the world is still challenged by many conflicts.Enumerating many natural disasters caused by climate change, he said the upcoming climate change conference in Paris must answer the question: “Is humankind capable of deciding to preserve life on the planet?” while noting some progress, singling out recent commitments made by the United States and China.Furthermore, he said he favoured a global climate agreement, differentiating the responsibilities of each country, and laid out three conditions for success in Paris: every country must make commitments on emission reductions; a review mechanism must be established to allow for revisions every five years; and developed countries should fulfil their commitments to developing countries by ensuring $100 billion in support. In addition, he announced France will increase its annual funding for climate from €3 billion to €5 billion to be disbursed, not as loans, but as grants. read more

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Ohio State freshman forward Dorka Juhasz shoots a jumper in practice. Credit: Daniel McNatt | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s basketball team opened the season Tuesday night against No. 22  South Florida, falling in defeat with a final score of 71-47.South Florida freshman point guard Sydney Harvey, senior wing Kitija Laksa and freshman center Beatriz Jordao were constant thorns in the side of the Buckeyes Tuesday night, pouring in 50 of the 71 points with a combined 15-17 on free throw attempts, signifying the Buckeyes jitters and possible lack of discipline on defense to begin the season. The Buckeyes committed over 20 fouls in the game, some on calls that left the players visibly frustrated, but redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro recognizes the importance of fighting through those moments. “Once you get in foul trouble it takes away from your aggressiveness,” Santoro said. “That’s what was happening. But we have to learn how to play through that because not every game are we gonna be able to go out there and play as physical as we want. We have to learn how the refs are calling that game and go out and adjust accordingly.” Through the first four minutes, the Buckeyes looked frustrated during a sequence which seemingly needed to be saved with a timeout, as the team committed four fouls along with a travel call on freshman forward Dorka Juhasz. The frustrations continued as the Buckeyes went into the second quarter trailing 21-11. Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff’s team continued to fight through the second quarter during a stretch lasting until 2:11 left in the half in which the Bulls offense didn’t score a FG for over five minutes, but the Buckeyes shot 25.8 percent from the field in the first half compared to 33.3 percent from USF.Ohio State went into the half down 37-19, its largest deficit of the night to that point. Juhasz earned a double-double in her first collegiate game with a 10-point, 10-rebound effort in the opener, but said she sees more room for improvement. “I think everybody was nervous. It was the first game,” Juhasz said. “It’s like a whole new team. So I think it was just about that, and sometimes our concentration was not really on point, but I feel that like we can really improve on that.”The Buckeyes went on a 6-0 scoring run in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 63-43. In the end, the Bulls handedly defeated the Buckeyes by 24 points. Ohio State faces Detroit Mercy on Friday at 7 p.m read more

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first_img Living alone can be scary, especially if you sit on your own and watch videos about numbers stations and ghost stories at night on YouTube. But it also can make you a prime candidate, in the eyes of criminals. For men and women alike, it could be dangerous to live alone, if the right ne’er-do-well decides to come preying on you. That’s why a cheeky new product called the ‘Man on the Curtain’ system in Japan is hoping to prevent. It’s a strange new projector that works via smartphone to project an image of a man on your curtain so that, to others looking in, it seems like you have a man in your home.The apartment management company Leo Palace 21 is the brains behind this operation, which you can see in the video below. The system creates a silhouette onto your curtains, which makes it seem as though there’s a man doing various activities inside. There are 12 different options, including a boxer, a martial artist, a bodybuilder, sports fan, man vacuuming, doing the laundry, and even a man doing yoga. There are plenty of different activities to choose from, in the event you need help making it seem like you don’t live alone.Each video runs on 30 minutes with various motions, so you have several hours of routines for your “shadow man” to get up to while you go about your business. It’s actually a pretty ingenious system, but you’d have to have light curtains to make it work, of course. This is a pretty awesome invention, especially if you’re consistently faced with situations where you need to make it look like someone’s home and about. While the system isn’t up for grabs for you to just purchase on your own just yet, it looks like something the general public (and outside of Japan) could really use. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘NBA 2K20’ Reveals Star-Studded Story ModeNBA’s App-Controlled ‘Smart Jersey’ Can Change Your Player Name and Number center_img As reported last year, the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive are teaming up to create the first organized video game league operated by a professional U.S. sports league: The NBA 2K League.Posted on Phys.org, this league will be very much like the NBA. Expect a regular season, playoffs, and even a draft overseen by commissioner Adam Silver. The season runs for 17 weeks. This includes a 15-week regular season, followed by two playoffs and three independent tournaments. Players will compete for a total prize pool of $1 million. At the time of this writing, seventeen out of the NBA’s 30 franchises will field teams of six players. Each athlete will receive a salary between $32,000 and $35,000. That is in addition to their compensation.“What’s so exciting today is we’ll be welcoming a new generation of athletes, of NBA players, into this league,” said Adam Silver. “It’s a different set of physical skills certainly, but to watch these gamers/athletes compete, what I’ve read about their training regimens they go through, it’s incredibly hard work.”Players/athletes were selected from an open casting held for those who’ve won 50 games of NBA 2K’s Pro-AM setting (the hardest difficulty). To test their skills, participants had to play 40 matches at a specific position with a predefined profile and physical capabilities. From 72,000 hopefuls, 102 made the cut. They then entered a draft which decided the composition of the 17 teams.Who is this league meant for? NBA officials want to bring in three types of audiences: NBA 2K players, esports fans, and of course, folks who watch basketball. That is an audience consisting of over a billion people, so this virtual league has the potential to blow up rather quickly. If this takes off, many will no doubt tune into Twitch to check out the games. The first game launches tonight with Pistons GT at 5 pm.last_img read more

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first_imgKrzysztof Piatek admitted he was not astonished by his own standards in his full Milan debut against Napoli claiming “I expected a night like this, but it’s just the start.”The former Genoa striker capped his first start in the Rossoneri jersey with a brace in the opening 27 minutes of a 2-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final victory.And he went on to promise the Rossoneri fans of more nights like this as he aims for a prolific career in Milan.FT: Milan 2-0 NapoliYou could not have asked for a better team performance. You could not have asked for a better starting debut for Piatek. Milan are through to the semi finals of the Coppa Italia.#ForzaMilan 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/g6mjDzGT0P— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) January 29, 2019Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I expected a night like this. I said that I was ready and I got a brace, but this is just the start,” Piatek told Football Italia via Milan TV.“Both goals were great, even if they were different. Before the game I spoke to Diego Laxalt and Fabio Borini, asking them to give me the ball high and long, because I prefer it that way.“On the second goal, I had to take on Koulibaly, but it went well. I am already thinking about the next game with Roma and hope the rapport with my teammates is even stronger by then.“I felt good tonight and it was marvellous playing at San Siro.”#Piatek first milan goal 🔫🔫❤️🖤-Y creds @TVACM pic.twitter.com/qU6JjrW15y— ACMilanSwiss (@AcMilanSwiss) January 29, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 20, 2017 – Nassau –  The Ministry of Education held the inaugural High School Diploma graduation ceremony for New Providence district schools June 14 at the Thomas A. Robinson National stadium.   Over 900 students from the four districts graduated having met the Ministry’s requirements, which not only nurtured the academic facet of the student’s life but also promoted holistic development.All students achieved at least a 2.0 grade point average, and in addition to achieving academic stipulations, completed job readiness and community service programmes, and maintained 90 percent attendance/punctuality.    Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd (at podium) admonished the graduates to be their best and to become certified in their chosen fields.Graduating students are pictured marching into the stadium.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgMeredith Corporation has become the latest magazine publisher to reduce its workforce, today cutting 60 jobs and opting not to fill 60 open positions. Twenty of the layoffs come from its magazine business, a Meredith spokesperson tells FOLIO:.The layoffs are “very selective,” according to the spokesperson, and include staffers in editorial, sales, production, digital imaging and other areas. About a third of the eliminated positions are from Meredith’s book division while the other third are from its broadcasting division. The 60 open positions being eliminated are company-wide, the spokesperson says.Meredith attributes the cuts to soft retail sales, noting also that fiscal fourth quarter 2008 advertising revenues are down about 15 percent from the same quarter in 2007. The layoffs were announced as part of a release about the publisher’s acquisition of Big Communications, a Ferndale, Michigan-based pharmaceutical and biotech marketing firm. Big Communications will operate as a division of Meredith Integrated Marketing, the company’s custom marketing unit. According to the spokesperson, the acquisition helps Meredith increase non-advertising sources of revenue and opens a new area for the company in the b-to-b space. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Earlier this week, Reed Business Information eliminated 41 positions company-wide as part of a restructuring effort.last_img read more

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first_img ADC AUTHOR The Senate’s approved version of the annual NDAA last Thursday includes significant repair and recovery funding for military installations that have suffered major extreme weather damage over the past year.The bill, which authorizes a $750 billion fiscal 2020 defense topline, includes several new funding provisions that would aid installations in Nebraska toward repairing severe flooding damage, the Omaha World-Herald reported Friday.This spring Offutt Air Force Base suffered extensive damage from major Missouri River flooding in March, as has On Base has reported.According to Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate’s NDAA would authorize:$340 million for disaster recovery at military installations such as Offutt Air Force Base.$7.2 million intended to clean up and rebuild the Nebraska National Guard’s flooded Camp Ashland.$247 million to determine the scope of rebuilding installations such as Offutt.In addition funding targeted for Nebraska installation repairs, the Senate NDAA would also provide another $1.27 billion in construction funding for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., My Panhandle reported Friday.Tyndall and its nearby communities, which were severely damaged by Hurricane Michael last fall, have worked through the challenging recovery process from the devastating Category 5 storm, as highlighted earlier this spring in an ADC video.Photo provided by Tech. Sgt R. Denise Mommenslast_img read more

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first_imgKapil Sharma, Ginni ChatrathInstagramKapil Sharma is going to become a father to his first child with his wife Ginni Chatrath who has entered into her second trimester. The ace comedian has been juggling between his work and looking after his pregnant wife. And now Kapil has decided to take a break from The Kapil Sharma Show to spend some quality time with Ginni.According to Pinkvilla, Kapil and Ginni will be flying to Canada for a 10-day vacation “as he hasn’t taken her for a long overdue proper honeymoon so far.” The comedian is likely to shoot for the upcoming episodes in advance before going ringing in his babymoon.Kapil had already made a lot of changes in his busy shoot schedule and Ginni had also been adjusting to it. For the past few weeks, Kapil had been flying from Mumbai to Amritsar to meet Ginni who had been staying there with her family as there was nobody to look after her in Mumbai all the time. During the initial days of pregnancy, Kapil used to quickly wind up his work and would rush to home to take care of Ginni.For the uninitiated, Kapil and Ginni had tied the knot on December 12 and 13 last year at a lavish wedding ceremony in Jalandhar in the presence of their close friends and family. Kapil Sharma, Ginni ChatrathInstagramIn the recent episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, Kapil decided to give Sukhwinder, who is not yet married, a piece of advice. He said, “Pehle pehle darr lagta hai, phir darne ki aadat ho jaati hai.” His statement not only gave a hearty laugh to the guests on the show but, even the audience had a good laugh over it.Though the TRP rating of The Kapil Sharma Show has taken a blow in the past couple of weeks, the show has never been out of the top 10 shows and has remained one of the most popular shows on Indian television.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: There seems to be some respite in sight for South Bengal that may get the much-awaited relief from the scorching summer heat early next week as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has predicted thundershowers for a couple of days from Tuesday onwards.The Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Tuesday bringing moderate rainfall accompanied with gusty winds. The entire South Bengal has been under intense heat spell for the past few days with the mercury touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts. A heat wave has also been sweeping through districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. The poll-bound districts where elections will be held in as many as eight constituencies on Sunday may continue to burn on poll day, the MeT office warned. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Rain and thundershowers are likely to take place in various South Bengal districts including Kolkata during the afternoon hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains will push the mercury down by a few notches. People will have some respite from the excessive heat in the later half of the week,” a senior official of the Alipore MeT office said. The districts including West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia were among the others to have registered highest temperature on Saturday with mercury hovering over 40-43 degree Celsius. In case of other South Bengal districts, the mercury remained between 35-37 degree Celsius. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, two poll personnel including a presiding officer fell ill in Bankura and East Midnapore respectively on Saturday. A polling person who went to the distribution centre at Bankura Christian College to collect the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) fell ill. He was admitted to Bankura Sammilani Hospital. On the other hand, another presiding officer also complained of heat-related discomfort at the distribution centre in East Midnapore’s Tamluk. He was taken to the Tamluk district hospital for treatment.last_img read more

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first_imgVisitors to Gauteng may not know that the Province is less concrete jungle and more African bush than almost any other major metropolitan region on earth. With the immense range of truly fantastic wildlife #Daycation destinations to choose from, we thought we’d highlight a few popular favourites that locals and guests swear by. Before jumping into our top 4 picks, we’d just like to remind everyone about the importance of road safety over the festive season. To be #SaferThanSafe these holidays, get some expert advice from your nearest Dunlop Zone or check out Dunlop’s Red Hot Rubber Sale.The Jewel of Gauteng Wildlife – The Rhino and Lion Nature ReserveSituated on an expanse of 16 000 hectares of untamed Highveld bush, the Rhino and Lion park is widely regarded as a reserve that competes with the best in the country in terms of its mesmerising wildlife. The list of animal attractions is as long as it is impressive: along with lions, white rhinos, rare white and Siberian tigers, cheetahs and wild dogs, one may also spot black wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok, black eagles and Cape vultures. The reserve also offers a chance for children to interact with cubs in an animal crèche. And then there are the simply adorable pygmy hippos…Walk with nature’s gentlest giants – Elephant Sanctuary HartebeespoortdamElephants have long been an object of hypnotic mystery. Their bodies are colossal and their tusks menacing; but, despite their power, these mammoths are rarely aggressive and seem as inwardly tranquil as they are tender. A chance to walk hand-in-trunk with these majestic creatures should be grabbed with grateful hands. Situated just outside Gauteng to the west of Pretoria, the Elephant Sanctuary specialises in respectful and kind interactions with these gentle giants.Concentrated brilliance – Pretoria’s Dinokeng Game ReservePerfect for a #Daycation, the Dinokeng Game Reserve packs an entire week’s worth of game viewing into just a few breath-taking hours. Situated about 30 minutes’ drive to the north of the capital, the reserve is designed to offer those of us who can’t afford a Kruger trip, a chance to marvel at members of the Big 5. As the game ranges freely across the reserve, there is, unfortunately, no guarantee that you’ll spot all 5 on a given day – but you certainly won’t leave feeling disappointed!Animal Cities – The Johannesburg and Pretoria ZoosViewing animals in a zoo is undoubtedly very different from the game reserve experience. But, for a sheer variety of fauna (including exceptionally rare species viewed in close quarters) there are very few places in South Africa that can compare with the Johannesburg and Pretoria zoos. Of particular note are the evening/night tours conducted by both. At the Jozi zoo, children can observe exotic creatures like glowing scorpions on the Moonlight Tour, while adults on the Night Tour can immerse themselves in magical nocturnal species.Wherever your #Daycation takes you – drive safelyOnce again, road safety over the festive season is of paramount importance, so ensure that you fit only high quality tyres. Take a moment to Request an Online Quote from Dunlop – it’s quick, easy and completely free.last_img read more

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first_imgAssociated PressGENEVA (AP) – The world urgently needs to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades, top officials with the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday.The World Meteorological Organization says the U.S. drought and its ripple effects on global food markets show the need for policies with more water conservation and less consumption. It is summoning ministers and other high-level officials to a March meeting in Geneva where it will call for systematic measures toward less water consumption and more conservation. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like U.S. officials say about two-thirds of the contiguous United States has been suffering from moderate to exceptional drought this summer, with the extreme dryness and excessive heat killing crops and livestock from the Great Plains to the Midwest.The U.S. drought monitoring map that produced the figures, WMO officials say, is an example of a tool that most other countries should have but don’t.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sivakumar said the agency is also encouraging more continuing support especially for “the poorest of the poor,” small farmers whose daily wages determine whether they and their families will eat on any given day.Another idea whose time has come, he said, is so-called water harvesting, which is the collection of surface runoff. It is the precipitation often lost among farming regions in semi-arid places with irregular rainfall that can’t afford expensive irrigation systems. It also causes soil erosion, but if the rainfall is collected it can be stored for later use.“Those are the sort of people that need to be addressed,” Sivakumar told reporters in Geneva. “One of the major issues is coordination.”The WMO says severe drought developed in parts of East Africa in late 2010 and continued through most of last year, with the worst-affected areas the semi-arid regions of eastern and northern Kenya, western Somalia and some southern border areas of Ethiopia. Elsewhere, it says, the most significant drought of 2011 was in south-central U.S. states and bordering areas of northern Mexico.In India, there has been insufficient rainfall in half of the country’s 624 districts despite the monsoon season that began in early June, and total average seasonal rainfall starting then through August 1 came in below the 90 percent average that is the cut-off line for defining drought. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   center_img U.S. farmers have experienced one of their worst growing seasons in memory. The annual corn harvest, for example, is much farther along than it ordinarily would be and expected to produce the least amount of corn since 2006 _ despite the most acres of corn planted in more than 70 years _ due to unusual triple-digit summer temperatures that disrupted pollination and a severe drought particularly in the middle of the country.“Climate change is projected to increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of droughts, with impacts on many sectors, in particular food, water, health and energy,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said. “We need to move away from a piecemeal, crisis-driven approach and develop integrated risk-based national drought policies.”Mannava V.K. Sivakumar, director of WMO’s climate prediction and adaptation branch, says only Australia has a national policy toward drought and the advantage of a policy _ rather than a disaster management, which some countries have _ is that national action is required no matter who is in political power.Australia’s government says its 2004 policy is no longer sufficient to deal with climate change, however, and over the past two years it has tried a pilot program in western parts of the country aimed at shifting from a crisis-oriented approach to risk management. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBound for Paris in the months ahead? There are really only two places to stay, and they’re both among the premier properties of the Dorchester Collection. Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée have already geared up for spring and summer, introducing a host of seasonal enticements from decadent desserts to stylish street transportation and a pair of guest rooms so dolled up they’d make Barbie blush. For a peek at how the hotels are brightening the City of Light, read on:Guilt-Free Discovery, at Le Meurice: After introducing the joys of a Parisian bicycle ride to its guests, Le Meurice is staying green and introducing its new complimentary scooter to experience the streets of Paris in style. Recently introduced by the historic address on rue de Rivoli, each of the hotel’s nine scooters is perfectly adapted to its urban environment, with sleek design, smooth steering and pistachio green paint. Adjustable columns assure a perfect fit for riders tall and small, and non-skid boards are decorated with the footprints of the hotel’s mascot, Pistache. Available to borrow from the Concierge, Le Meurice scooters are the perfect way to explore nearby cycle paths on the way to discovering Paris.Dropping the Flowerbomb, at Le Meurice: In celebration of their partnership with fashion designers Viktor & Rolf for the fifth anniversary of their bestselling perfume, Flowerbomb, Le Meurice has fashioned a truly unique dessert. Executive Chef Yannick Alléno, Executive Pastry Chef Camille Lesecq and famed perfumer Oliver Polge present “My Sweet Flowerbomb,” the sweetly scented cake that recreates the perfume’s multi-layered experience for the palate. The dessert is presented as a pink cube stamped with an irresistible dark chocolate Viktor & Rolf seal surrounding a mille-feuille of colors and flavors in the flowery tones of the fragrance. Green tea sponge cake contrasts with chips of praline biscuit. And the surprises keep coming as you take a bite: It literally fizzes in the mouth into an explosion of sensations thanks to a secret sugar recipe.Drink to This, at Le Meurice: Regain vitality, happiness, fitness and beauty with a Le Meurice Tonic at Bar 228, part of the hotel’s new spring green menu. The lip-smacking mocktail combines fresh pineapple juice and spirulina, an algae with a natural history dating back 3 billion years and a provenance in the Andes, where plentiful sunshine encourages photosynthesis to optimize vitamins. Created by William Oliveri, Head Barman at Bar 228, Le Meurice Tonic is 100% natural, free of additives, preservatives and coloring, and it tastes great! .Be it Ever So Barbie, at Hôtel Plaza Athénée: For the first time in France, Hôtel Plaza Athénée on Avenue Montaigne is offering the best Barbie accessories yet — two guest rooms completely made over like a little girl’s dream in Barbie’s favorite colors with exclusively signed furniture and accessories galore. Guests ages three to 16 will feel like princesses amid enchanting décor and will receive a very special Barbie-inspired gift. Don’t dawdle: The Barbie rooms will only be available from August 6 through September 2, 2010.Al Fresco Dining at its Best: Summer’s on its way and Plaza Athénée&rsquos garden courtyard, La Cour Jardin, now beckons guests to linger longer with extended hours. Now open midday to midnight,, guests can surround themselves with the famed Plaza red geraniums, hanging ivy and an almost 200-year-old olive tree, and forget the hustle and bustle of Paris with a quiet lunch, tea or dinner. Chef Sylvain Fouilleul, working under the supervision of Alain Ducasse, creates lunch and dinner dishes inspired by the Mediterranean such as a Cookpot of Vegetables from our Market Gardeners with a Spicy Tomato Syrup, Goujonnettes of John Dory with Didier Pil’s Baby Stuffed Vegetables and a Fragrant Stock and Lozère lamb chops with Artichokes and peas with Roast Jus. In the afternoon, La Cour Jardin serves late lunches or lovely teas to those who love this haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of Paris, with a varied menu of savory snacks and sweet delights.Seasonally Sweet Endings, at Hôtel Plaza Athénée: We’d never suggest skipping dinner for dessert, but dedicated sweet fiends might be tempted to do just that with the new Spring/Summer Pastry Collection at Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Dreamt up by Head Pastry Chef Christophe Michalak, the seasonal dessert menu is inspired by motion, equilibrium and elegance. Cast guilt aside and live a little — or, quite a bit — with treats sized in XXL portions, including Strawberry Tart with Pistachio Cream; a Vanilla Rum Baba redesigned from a vintage recipe; Raspberry & Verbana Charlotte in ladyfinger format; Tiramisu Tart; and St. Tropez of My Dreams, newly updated from round to cylindrical.http://www.plaza-athenee-paris.com/ http://www.lemeurice.com/last_img read more

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first_img by Josh Replogle, The Associated Press Posted Aug 31, 2018 10:44 am PDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP Exclusive: Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Grande DETROIT – The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin’s funeral has apologized to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.Bishop Charles H. Ellis III led Franklin’s funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Images of the moment showed Ellis’ hand holding Grande well above her waist, with his fingers pressing against one side of her chest.The preacher apologized in an interview with The Associated Press at the cemetery where Franklin was interred late Friday.“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. … I don’t know I guess I put my arm around her,” Ellis said. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.”He said he hugged all the performers during Friday’s eight-hour service.“I hug all the female artists and the male artists,” Ellis said. “Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.”He added: “The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.”Many people posted close-up images of the moment on Twitter, tagging it #RespectAriana.Ellis also apologized to Grande, her fans and Hispanic community for making a joke about seeing her name on the program and thinking it was a new item on the Taco Bell menu.“I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community,” Ellis said. “When you’re doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”Ellis’ touching of Grande overshadowed some criticism earlier in the ceremony the short dress Grande wore for her performance. Numerous people posted criticisms online that the dress was too short for church.Grande’s representative did not return an email message seeking comment Friday.center_img Ariana Grande performs during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) last_img read more

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