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MoroccanIvorian Consortium to Build Thermal Power Plant in Abidjan

Casablanca – A Moroccan-Ivorian consortium will join efforts with an energy firm to build a MAD 450 million thermal power plant in the Ivory Coast’s economic capital, Abidjan. The consortium, Vinci Energies Côte d’Ivoire / CGELEC Morocco, and the company, Starenergie 2073, signed an agreement on Friday, December 16 for the first phase of infrastructure construction associated with the Songon thermal power plant. The plant is set to be constructed in the northern suburbs of Abidjan, with an investment exceeding MAD 450 million.This thermal power plant will have an energy discharge capacity of 720 MW and 470 MW N1 safety, for an output of 372 MW ISO. The construction is scheduled to begin in February 2017. According to Starenergie 2073, which will be in charge of the construction of the thermal power plant, the infrastructure construction will last for 18 months and will include a high voltage section, which will supply around 150,000 inhabitants of Songon by 2025.The Ivorian Press Agency (AIP) quoted director general of Starenergie 2073, Venance Guessend, saying that the new project will be in two parts. The first phase, construction of the combined cycle 372 MW power plant, will be powered either by primary fuel natural gas delivered or by Ivorian block exploitation.The second phase will integrate the evacuation network, including the elevation and source stations, as well as the 225 KV lines from Songon to Akoupé-Zédjn, Dabou and other cities.The choice of the Vinci Energies-CI / CEGELEC Maroc consortium is justified for the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Starenergie 2073, Amon Richard, by the conformity of its technical and financial offer. “No country can emerge without energy,” he noted, inviting the government and donors to invest in the project.It is worthy to recall that on December 18, 2013, Starenergie 2073 signed an agreement with the State of Côte d’Ivoire authorizing it to build a thermal power plant at Songon. This future project will include two steam turbines with a capacity of 126 MW each and a third steam turbine of 120 MW. read more

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Report National Enquirer paid 200K for private Bezos texts

SAN FRANCISCO — The Wall Street Journal reports that the National Enquirer’s publisher paid $200,000 to obtain intimate texts between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his mistress Lauren Sanchez. American Media Inc., the supermarket tabloid’s publisher, reportedly paid that sum to Michael Sanchez, Lauren’s brother.The Journal’s finding, attributed to people familiar with the matter, parallels the conclusion reached by private investigators working for Bezos as of early February. Those investigators reportedly found that Michael Sanchez had leaked the texts to the Enquirer, although they didn’t appear to conclude who might have paid for them.Bezos has said AMI threatened to publish explicit photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer obtained his private exchanges and publicly declared that the Enquirer’s coverage of him was not politically motivated.The Associated Press read more

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UN agency issues new locust warning for northeast Africa

28 March 2007In a new offensive against locusts, the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called on countries in northeast Africa to intensify surveys and control operations against the crop-devouring insects, particularly on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea and Sudan and in northwest Somalia. If the swarms are not controlled on the Red Sea coast, they are likely to migrate to cropping areas in the Tokar Delta on the coast of Sudan and to the Eritrean Highlands where it will be difficult to stop them from attacking pastures and crops. “Once the locusts invade the Highlands, there is a slight risk that some swarms could migrate towards the summer breeding areas in the interior of Sudan before the rainy season starts,” FAO Desert Locust expert Keith Cressman said. “In this case, they could continue westwards in search of favourable green vegetation in Chad, Niger and Mali. “Swarms could even reach Mauritania next June, in time for the beginning of the summer rains,” he added, recalling that a similar movement towards West Africa from the Red Sea occurred in 1993. FAO and the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA) have already launched aerial control operations on the Red Sea coast near the Sudanese and Eritrean border to eliminate small swarms forming from a local outbreak that has been underway since the end of last year. Ground control operations against hopper and adult infestations have been in progress in both countries for several months. DLCO-EA aerial operations will also start this week on the coast of northwest Somalia near Djibouti. This new offensive against an old enemy is being conducted in close cooperation with local anti-locust teams.FAO urged all concerned countries to keep monitoring the situation carefully, especially in the coastal plains in northwest Somalia as well in neighbouring areas in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Yemen.Small immature swarms that escape control operations in northwest Somalia could move in any direction – up the escarpment towards the Ethiopian border, northwest towards the Eritrean highlands, east along the coast, across the Gulf of Aden to southern Yemen, or simply stay on the coast and eventually breed once the long rains commence. So far, a few swarms have crossed the Ethiopian border and were seen near Jigjiga. FAO is also following the situation carefully in two other important areas, the Red Sea coastal plains of Saudi Arabia and in the spring breeding areas of Southwest Asia. Local breeding occurred on the Saudi coast south of Jeddah and, earlier this week, reports were received of small swarms. National teams have been deployed to the infested areas to conduct the necessary control operations. Unusually good rains fell earlier this month over a large area of northern Oman, southeast Iran and western Pakistan, and locusts are expected to increase due to breeding during the spring. There is a slight risk that if more swarms form in northwest Somalia, some could reach these breeding areas. Iran and Pakistan are conducting a joint ground survey on both sides of their border in Baluchistan during April to clarify the situation. read more

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UN prepares to feed Kenyas drought victims

20 May 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun pre-positioning supplies in eastern Kenya to feed an estimated 3.5 million people who are facing food shortages as a result poor harvest caused by inadequate rainfall. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun pre-positioning supplies in eastern Kenya to feed an estimated 3.5 million people who are facing food shortages as a result poor harvest caused by inadequate rainfall.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), trucks have begun rolling out of warehouses, filled with foodstuff in preparation for increased needs. Last month, WFP delivered food to selected health facilities in eastern Kenya and supported training to district health staff on supplementary feeding for children under the age of five and pregnant and nursing mothers, OCHA said.An inter-agency group of humanitarian organizations and government ministries is concerned that the delayed onset of the current long rains will affect crop yield in the grain basket areas of the Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza provinces, which produce over 90 per cent of the national food output.There is also increasing morbidity among livestock in the arid areas that is leading to loss of breeding stock, OCHA added. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is assisting on health issues, including with assessments and the response to cholera outbreaks in northern and western Kenya. read more

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TSX Wall Street rally after Irma damage less than expected loonie less

TORONTO — North American stock market indexes jumped Monday after hurricane Irma weakened without causing as much damage as feared, while the loonie slowed its pace of recent gains.On Bay Street, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 54.98 points to 15,040.30, with most sectors climbing.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average soared 259.58 points to 22,057.37. The S&P 500 index was up 26.68 points to 2,488.11 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 72.07 points to 6,432.26.“I think today is really a bit of relief rally coming on the weakness from last week that we some in reaction to the anticipation of the hurricane over the weekend,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“A good portion of today’s upside is just related to the fact that despite the clear devastation that the hurricane did cause, it was perhaps a little bit less than the expectations.”Irma weakened shortly before it came ashore Sunday, and while the damage is still being assessed, insurers anticipate they won’t have to pay out as much in claims as it looked like they would last week.Global investors were also relieved after a North Korean national holiday passed without any other actions that would raise tensions between that country and the U.S.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.45 cents US, up 0.02 of a U.S. cent.While that’s the seventh straight day of gains for the loonie, Fehr said the dollar appears to be settling down after surging more than three cents U.S. over the past six sessions.“We’ve seen a huge surge in the loonie over the last couple of months,” said Fehr, who attributed the upward movement to the Bank of Canada hiking interest rates twice in two months and U.S. data suggesting the Federal Reserve may not be quite as aggressive with upcoming rate hikes and winding down its balance sheet.“I think now we’ve found a point where the market is just gaining a little bit of a footing after some of these expectations recalibrated,” he said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised to see the loonie flatten out a bit from here.”In another sign investors were willing to take more risks, the December gold contract fell $15.50 to US$1,335.70 an ounce.Elsewhere in commodities, the October crude contract advanced 59 cents to US$48.07 per barrel.The October natural gas contract gained six cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added two cents to US$3.07 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO. read more

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Hamilton Mountain gas station robbed at gunpoint

(Photo Courtesy Google Maps)Hamilton police are investigating following an armed robbery at a gas station on Hamilton Mountain.Police say a man entered the Pioneer gas station located on Upper James St. around 11:00 p.m. last night.The suspect pointed what was believed to be a handgun at the employee and tried to grab cash from the register.The employee knocked the gun away from the man and the suspect ran from the store with a small amount of cash.Police believe the firearm was actually a BB or Pellet gun. No one was seriously injured during the robberyDetectives are looking for a South Asian man, 19 to 23 years old, with a thin build. He was wearing dark coloured clothing with a hood over his head.Police are also looking for the man pictured below who was caught on camera  during the robbery.Anyone with information is asked to contact Hamilton Police Service. read more

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Afghanistan will need international help to build future beyond elections Security Council

Afghanistan will need sustained international help way beyond September’s legislative elections marking the completion of the Bonn accord that set up the country’s transitional phase after the ouster of the Taliban regime in 2001, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report delivered today.This need “is rooted in the realization that a number of post-conflict peace-building tasks have yet to be fulfilled, including the restoration of countrywide security, full resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), the rehabilitation of key economic and social infrastructure and the establishment of functional state institutions across the country,” he writes, seeking a 12-month extension of the UN mission there until 25 March 2006.“The consensus on the need to extend the common endeavour that began in 2001 also rests on a keen awareness that the degree of destruction visited upon Afghanistan in the past three decades has been so high that nothing less than the close partnership established during the implementation of the Bonn agreement will measure up to the challenge,” he adds.Presenting the report to the Security Council today, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for the country, Jean Arnault, called on the 15-member body to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as requested and to urge donors “to respond timely and generously” with the $110 million still outstanding from the $148.67 million needed for September’s elections.Mr. Annan outlines a list of important lessons learned after more than three years of intensive UN engagement, among them the need for an extended presence of international forces to tackle terrorism, insurgency and factionalism which, although waning, will remain a threat. “A credible international military deterrent will therefore remain a key component of the post-Bonn framework until Afghan security institutions are fully established and functional,” he writes.A “massive skills deficit” in such sectors as police, teachers, engineers and qualified labour must also be remedied, state institution need to be re-created, and “a bold strategy for economic development is necessary,” he adds.He will submit to the Council definitive recommendations on UNAMA’s future role following consultations with the Afghan leadership and the new parliament to be elected in September.Despite a relative calm in the security situation, partly due to winter as well as a disarmament programme, an increase in strength of the Afghan army and police and an expanded presence of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), “these positive developments should not lead to complacency,” he warns.“The determination of extremist elements to take advantage of the open political environment of the parliamentary elections should not be underestimated,” he adds, noting that disarmament of Afghan militias remains insufficient to guarantee security. Illegal armed groups which perpetuate the drug industry must also be dealt with, according to the report.Illicit narcotics dominates Afghanistan’s economy with more than 350,000 families, some 10 per cent of the population, estimated to depend on opium poppy cultivation, which generates income equivalent to 60 per cent of the legal gross domestic product and 87 per cent of global supply, he writes.“There is a consensus among Afghan and international experts that Afghanistan’s position as a leading narcotics supplier must be turned back in 2005.”Meanwhile, in his briefing to the Council, Mr. Arnault noted that two roadside bomb attacks directed against UN convoys had taken place since the report was compiled, killing six people and injuring 31. “Protecting the life of UN staff will remain a priority for us, with the benefit of the strengthened security arrangements that have been put in place since last year,” he said.“The agenda of the next nine months is a heavy one. It will place demands on all human and material resources of the United Nations in Afghanistan, including those of UNAMA,” he added. read more

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Feds ban some types of Medicare providers from enrolling in Miami Chicago

Feds ban some types of Medicare providers from enrolling in Miami, Chicago, Houston AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MIAMI – For the first time in history, federal health officials said Friday they will ban certain types of Medicare and Medicaid providers in three high-fraud cities from enrolling in the taxpayer-funded programs for the poor as part of an effort to prevent scams.The strict moratoriums, which start Tuesday, give federal health officials unprecedented power to choose any region and industry with high fraud activity and ban new Medicare and Medicaid providers from joining the programs for six months. They wouldn’t ban existing providers.The administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the agency is targeting providers of home health care in eight counties in the Miami and Chicago areas. All ambulance providers would be banned in eight counties in the Houston area.The moratorium, which was first reported by The Associated Press, will also extend to Children’s Health Insurance Program providers in the same areas, agency administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a statement.It’s unclear how many providers will be shut out of the programs.There were 662 home health agencies in Miami-Dade in 2012 and the ratio of home health agencies to Medicare beneficiaries was 1,960 per cent greater in Miami Dade County than other counties, according to figures from federal health officials.South Florida, long known as ground-zero for Medicare fraud, has also had several high profile prosecutions involving that industry.In February, the owners and operators of two Miami home health agencies were sentenced for their participation in a $48 million Medicare fraud scheme.The number of home health providers in Cook County, Ill., increased from 301 to 509 between 2008 and 2012. There were 275 ambulance suppliers in Harris County, Texas, in 2012. The ratio of providers to patients in both regions was also several hundred times greater than in other counties, federal health officials said.Top Senate Republicans have criticized the agency for not using the powerful moratoriums sooner as a tool to combat an estimated $60 billion a year in Medicare fraud. Senators Chuck Grassley, who is the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and Orrin Hatch, who is the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, sent a letter to federal health officials in 2011 urging them to use the bans.“While it’s certainly better late than never, it’s unfortunate that it took CMS three years to use the tools it’s had to protect seniors,” Hatch said in a statement Friday, adding he hoped “to see more action like this.”Officials for the Department of Health and Services inspector general lobbied hard to ensure moratorium power was included under the Affordable Care Act as the Obama administration focuses on cleaning up fraud on the front end by preventing crooks from getting into the program in the first place.“There’s no shortage of bad actors to defraud the taxpayers, and the number gets bigger all the time, so it’s good to see the administration at last using this new tool to fight fraud,” Grassley said in a statement.In the past, federal health officials tried to stall new provider applications from being processed, hoping to slow the number flocking to high-fraud sectors. But when providers inevitably complained, the agency had to process their paperwork.The federal agency can also revoke the IDs of suspicious providers, but those are temporary and many companies are able to reenroll later or enrol under a different name.Federal health officials have been reluctant to use one of its most powerful new tools, worrying moratoriums may harm legitimate providers and hamper patients’ access to care. Tavenner said in the statement that would not happen, but the agency didn’t elaborate. Agency officials said they intend to consider other moratoriums in different industries in other cities going forward.The ability to target certain industries and cities is especially helpful as Medicare fraud has morphed into complex schemes over the years, moving from medical equipment and HIV infusion fraud to ambulance scams, as crooks try to stay one step ahead of authorities. Fraudsters have also spread out across the country, bringing their scams to new cities once authorities catch onto them.The scams have also grown more sophisticated, using recruiters who are paid kickbacks for finding patients, while doctors, nurses and company owners co-ordinate to appear to deliver medical services that they are not.The moratoriums come as budget cuts are forcing federal health officials to retract its watchdog arm as it launches its largest health care expansion since the Medicare program.Health and Human Services inspector general officials said they are in the process of cutting 20 per cent of its staff, from 1,800 at its peak to 1,400, and cancelling several high profile projects, including an audit that would have investigated technology security in the federal and state health exchanges launching in October. The project was slated to examine issue including whether patient information was secure from hackers on the online marketplace, where individuals and small businesses can shop for health insurance. T__Follow Kelli Kennedy on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kkennedyAP by Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2013 4:27 pm MDT read more

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UN expert group urges new Icelandic authorities to sustain gender empowerment efforts

“There is no room for complacency regarding the gains achieved by Iceland, as equality guarantees in the law are still far from being fully implemented on the ground,” said Kamala Chandrakirana, who currently heads the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice. The country was designated number one in the world for gender equality by the World Economic Forum during the years it was dealing with the worst economic crisis in its history.The UN experts praised the Government for integrating gender equality throughout its policy making, but noted that “persistent gaps” remain on employment and gender based violence, “In both these areas, implementation of laws is lacking and women do not have sufficient trust in the system to seek redress for violations of their rights.”Despite the fact that an act on equal pay for equal work has been in force since 1961, the gender pay gap still persists, noted human rights expert Frances Raday, the other member of the Group’s eight-day delegation visiting Iceland.“The gender pay gap cannot be divorced from the highly segregated job market in Iceland,” Ms. Raday stressed. “Women’s work is concentrated in public service jobs, most prominently nursing and elementary teaching, both notably low paid. Women hold a low percentage of leadership positions, especially in the private sector.”Regarding the issue of Gender-based violence, the experts highlighted that there is no specific and separate provision targeting domestic violence in the Penal Code.In addition, the Working Group noted that disparities between the number of prosecutions and convictions related to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women have not been addressed sufficiently.The Working Group also encouraged the Icelandic authorities to pass an anti-discrimination bill and to provide adequate support for organizations which enable persons of foreign origin, particularly women, to participate fully in economic, social, public and political life.During its eight-day mission, the Group’s delegation met with Government officials at national and local levels, representatives of civil society organisations, as well as experts and academics and other stakeholders in Reykjavík, Akureyri and Dalvík.Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Their report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June of next year. read more

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UN to begin polio and measles vaccinations as Ebola transmissions plummet in

“On 9 May, 42 days will have elapsed since the burial of the last confirmed case and the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease will be declared over in [Liberia],” according to the World Health Organization in its latest update on the outbreak.The vaccination campaign in Liberia “aims to vaccinate more than 683,000 children against polio and 603,000 against measles,” according to a joint press release by Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued in Monrovia, Liberia.“The polio vaccines will be given to children aged up to 59 months, and the measles vaccine to children between the ages of six and 59 months,” said the release. “Children aged 12-59 months will also receive deworming medicine.”The massive vaccination campaign had been scheduled for last year, but was suspended due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has affected more than 26,500 people, including over 11,000 deaths in the most-affected countries Guinea and Sierra Leone, as well as Liberia.But because there is still a risk of reintroduction from Guinea and Sierra Leone – where transmission continues – infection prevention measures will be heightened during the campaign, including temperature checks and the use of single-use syringes and new gloves for each child vaccinated, according to the agencies involved in the campaign.Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and one of the leading causes of death among young children globally. Polio, also a highly infectious viral disease, can lead to paralysis and sometimes death, with children under the age of five the most vulnerable. Both diseases are easily preventable as vaccines are effective and inexpensive.“A major social mobilization effort has been deployed to convince communities of the need to have their children vaccinated and to explain the measures being taken to minimize any risk of infection,” the press release said.Later Friday, WHO issued interim advice on the sexual transmission of Ebola, that said “sexual transmission of the Ebola virus, from males to females is a strong possibility, but has not yet been proven. Less probable, but theoretically possible, is female to male transmission.” read more

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Ohio State womens basketball set for rematch against No 24 Georgia

OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston (14) goes up for a lay up during a game Nov. 16 against St. Francis at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 113-97. Credit: Tessa DiTirro / Lantern photographerAfter splitting the first two games of the season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team will look to gain momentum against a physical No. 24 Georgia team.After losing on the road to Virginia and beating St. Francis (Pa.) in a game where the Buckeyes scored 113 points, the Buckeyes are now focused on the visiting Bulldogs. Junior guard Ameryst Alston said she recognizes that the Bulldogs are a quality team.“Last year, I thought they were a pretty good team,” Alston said. “They have really good guard play and some pretty good post, so overall as a team, I think they’re pretty good.”OSU lost, 53-49, on the road last season to the Bulldogs. Coach Kevin McGuff said the team struggled offensively in that game and wasn’t able to make enough plays toward the end.“We had a hard time putting the ball in the basket,” McGuff said. “It was kind of an ugly game I think for both teams last year, and they made more plays down the stretch than we did, which is why they won and deserved to win.”The Buckeyes shot just 14.3 percent from the field in the second half of last year’s game and were six for 11 from the free throw line. Alston said she blames the loss on a lack of focus from the team.“It came down to a little mental toughness,” Alston said. “I think overall we played really well as a team, and it was just a couple missed assignments.”OSU will look to gain an advantage in the post against Georgia. Freshman forward Alexa Hart, who had eight blocks and 11 rebounds in the game against St. Francis, said she plans to use her agility to be a threat on defense.“From what the coaches have been saying, their post players are really physical,” Hart said. “I plan to use my speed to get around them and still be able to protect the basket at all times.”McGuff added that he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from Hart when she’s outside of the paint.“She’s done a little more away from the basket than I thought she’d be able to do,” McGuff said. “That’s what probably surprised me the most about her, but it’s great.”The Buckeyes will also look to redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach to provide help in the post. Beach, who returned to the team this year after suffering ACL injuries in each of the last two seasons, had 12 points and nine rebounds in the win against St. Francis.“I’m just really excited for her to be able to have the opportunity to be out on the court,” McGuff said. “She’s worked incredibly hard to put herself in this position so I’m just really happy for her that she’s out there and she’s contributing.”McGuff said he’s seen Beach work hard in the first games of the season and expects her to be back to her old self sooner than later.“You can’t really get that back until you do it in a game setting,” McGuff said. “Already since the scrimmage, the exhibition and the two regular season games, she’s made progress, and I think she’s really kind of on the fast track of getting back to 100 percent very quickly.”For the game against the Bulldogs, McGuff said the team will need to play tough if it wants to win.“They play really hard and they’re really physical so we’re going to have to bring our hard hats for 40 minutes to compete against them,” McGuff said.OSU is scheduled to play Georgia on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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SOSHadopifr un site pour aider les internautes accusés de téléchargement illégal

first_imgSOS-Hadopi.fr : un site pour aider les internautes accusés de téléchargement illégalFrance – Afin de contester les mesures mises en place par la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi), le site SOS-Hadopi.fr compte soutenir les internautes accusés de téléchargement illégal. Son lancement est prévu le 15 septembre prochain.L’objectif de SOS-Hadopi.fr est d’apporter une assistance aux internautes accusés de téléchargement illégal. Les fondateurs de ce site accusent les logiciels d’Hadopi d’être de véritables spywares (logiciels espions), capables d’enregistrer toute activité des internautes. D’après la loi Création et Internet, les internautes qui n’auront pas tout mis en oeuvre pour empêcher le téléchargement illégal sur leur ligne seront déclarés fautifs et mis à l’amende, en plus d’être privés de connexion Internet. SOS-Hadopi voit dans ces dispositions une “atteinte violente à la vie privée” et veut offrir aux internautes victimes de ce système “une réponse légale aux dérives de la Hadopi”.Le 6 septembre 2010 à 11:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les astronautes de Mars 500 ravis de leur simulation de séjour spatial

first_imgLes “astronautes” de Mars 500 ravis de leur simulation de séjour spatialAu cours d’une conférence de presse données hier, les six pionniers du voyage simulé vers Mars ont estimé que les principales difficultés d’un voyage vers la planète Rouge seraient la monotonie et les rations de nourriture peu variées. Par ailleurs, tous se sont réjouis de leur grande contribution à la science.Selon les six volontaires ayant participé à l’expérience Mars 500 consistant à simuler un voyage aller-retour vers Mars en étant enfermé pendant 520 jours dans une réplique de vaisseau spatial, les principales difficultés d’un véritable voyage vers Mars seraient la monotonie et la nourriture trop peu diversifiée.”C’est vraiment long, ennuyeux par moments, [ … ] votre humeur ne peut pas rester constante”, résume le Chinois Wang Yue, quatre jours après la fin de l’expérience. La “monotonie était très pesante”, renchérit son collègue de l’expérience Mars 500, le Français Romain Charles, lors d’une conférence de presse.Pour ne pas sombrer dans l’ennui durant cette expédition au cours de laquelle ils ont effectué des expériences scientifiques, certains, comme le Français, jouaient de la guitare, tandis que d’autres, comme Wang Yue, faisaient de la calligraphie. Tous avaient emporté des films et des livres en quantité suffisante et s’étaient de surcroît fixés des objectifs tels qu’étudier la langue d’un de leurs collègues. Les six “cobayes” disposaient par ailleurs d’une petite salle de sport et d’un sauna, rappelle TV5monde. Une communication avec les proches indispensable Ils pouvaient communiquer avec l’extérieur, avec les équipes techniques et leur famille, essentiellement par courriel, avec une réception retardée de 40 minutes pour simuler la distance. Une communication jugée indispensable par les volontaires. Ceux-ci expliquent ainsi que la monotonie se faisait davantage sentir lorsqu’ils recevaient moins de nouvelles de leurs proches, par exemple lors des périodes de vacances au mois d’août, explique M. Charles.Le Français rajoute également : “tous les lundis on mangeait la même chose, au bout de six mois ça commence à peser”. Un avis partagé par son collègue chinois : “La nourriture était européenne. Pour moi, ce n’était pas du tout un plaisir [ … ] mais je mangeais pour ne pas mourir de faim, pour avoir de l’énergie”, raconte-t-il, précisant que le nourriture consistait surtout en des pommes de terre. Il avoue d’ailleurs avoir eu “des flatulences à cause de la nourriture”.Contents d’avoir “apporter sa petite pierre à l’édifice” À lire aussiUn rover détecte un étrange gel sur la face cachée de la LuneMalgré ces difficultés et quelques tensions, aucun conflit n’a divisé l’équipage durant cette longue période d’isolement en espace réduit comme le souligne Romain Charles : “On n’a jamais eu de conflits entre nous [ … ], mais bien sûr il y a eu des moments où nous n’étions pas d’accord, où [ … ] il y avait des différences culturelles”.Globalement, l’équipage de Mars 500 se dit ravi de l’expérience. “Je suis très heureux et assez fier. C’est assez gratifiant d’avoir pu apporter sa petite pierre à l’édifice qui je l’espère mènera le plus rapidement possible l’homme vers Mars”, indique M. Charles. “Je voulais intégrer ce monde de l’espace, et en voyant les gens qui sont là aujourd’hui [ … ], j’ai l’impression que j’en fais partie maintenant, c’est génial”, conclut-il.Le 9 novembre 2011 à 18:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Prime Day 2019 Best Gaming Deals on Amazon

first_img Amazon Had Another Record-Breaking Prime DayPrime Day 2019: Best Deals on Audio, Headphones, and Speakers It’s the second day of Amazon Prime Day, also known as the Black Friday of summer, and the savings on video games, gaming consoles, and accessories continue.Gamers can take advantage of deals on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and lots of other gaming goodies, including console and game bundles, controllers, gaming headsets and monitors. Not a Prime member? Sign up online now to get your shopping on or start a free trial. Check this page regularly as we will be adding new Prime Day gaming deals as they are released.Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con + $35 Nintendo eShop Gift Card for $299.99 (list price $334)Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controller for $59.99(list price $79.99)PlayStation Plus: 12-Month Membership (Digital Delivery) for $39.99 at Amazon (list price $59.99)Nintendo Switch + $35 eShop Gift Card for $299.99 at Amazon (list price $333.99)Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for $29.99 (list price$44.26)Marvel’s Spider-Man – PlayStation 4 for $28.73 (list price $40)Kingdom Hearts III – PlayStation 4 or Xbox One for $19.99 (list price $59.99)Days Gone – Playstation 4 for $39.99 (list price $59.99)LEGO DC Super-Villains (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch or Xbox One) for $24.99 (list price $50)Lego Marvel Collection (Xbox One or PlayStation 4) for $19.99 (list price$59.99)Sekiro Shadows Die Twice (Xbox One or PlayStation 4) for $47.30 (list price $59.99)LEGO Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One) for $19.99 (list price $39.99)Just Cause (Xbox One or PlayStation 4) for $29.99 (list price $59.99)SteelSeries Arctis 7 (2019 Edition) Lossless Wireless Gaming Headset for $123.99 (list price $150)Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Xbox One Standard Edition for $27.99 (list price $59.99)HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset 7.1 Gaming Headset (Top Selling) for $69.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99)New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo Switch for $49.94 at Amazon (list price $59.99)Playstation 4 Pro 1TB + Gods of War and Days Gone for $349.99 at Amazon (list price $463.61)Razer DeathAdder Elite 1600dpi Gaming Mouse w/ Chroma RGB Lighting for $34.99 at Amazon (list price $69.99)Logitech G602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse for $24.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99)Logitech G29 Dual Motor Racing Wheel w/ Pedals (PS4) for $199.99 at Amazon (list price $399.99)Logitech G920 Dual Motor Racing Wheel w/ Pedals (Xbox One) for $199.99 at Amazon (list price $399.99)Elgato Stream Deck Live Content Creation Controller w/ 15 LCD keys for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99)Elgato Stream Deck Mini Live Content Creation Controller w/ 6 LCD Keys for $59.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99)Elgato Cam Link 4K Broadcast USB 3.0 Capture Device for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $129.99)Elgato HD60 S 1080p60 USB 3.0 Game Capture Card for $119.99 at Amazon (list price $179.99)Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro PCIe x4 Card for $249.95 at Amazon (list price $399.99)Elgato Key Light Professional Studio LED Panel for $149.99 at Amazon (list price $199.99)Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mouse w/ Mechanical Switches for $54.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99)Corsair Ironclaw Wireless RGB FPS and MOBA Gaming Mouse w/ 18,000DPI & Sub 1ms Slipstream Wireless for $49.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99)Razer Lancehead TE Ambidextrous RGB Gaming Mouse for $34.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99)HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB Gaming Mouse for $19.99 at Amazon (list price $29.99)Cooler Master CM310 1000dpi RGB Gaming Mouse for $14.32 at Amazon (list price $28.99)Corsair K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Speed for $79.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99)Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Speed for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $169.99)Razer Huntsman Opto-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Purple Key Switches for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $144)HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $79.99 at Amazon (list price $109.99)Cooler Master Devastator 3 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo for $29.99 at Amazon (list price $39.99)Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $89.99 at Amazon (list price $179.99)See more Gaming Deals here.More Prime Day 2019 on Geek.com:Best Deals on Amazon DevicesBest Deals on Audio, Headphones, and SpeakersBest Smart Home Deals Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Brush fire in SWMD threatens horses homes

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A brush fire erupted in Southwest Miami-Dade on Sunday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Forestry responded to the fire, which threatened nearby homes and horse-riding facilities near Southwest 139th Block and 205th Avenue.MDFR dropped gallons of water via helicopter to contain and eventually extinguish the fire.Several horses were saved, and no injuries were reported, fire rescue crews said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Pakistan stock exchange sees a rise as nation awaits election results

first_imgA woman casts her vote during Pakistan’s general election at a polling station in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. – Polls opened on July 25 in a tense, unpredictable Pakistani election that could be former World Cup cricketer Imran Khan’s best shot at power, after a campaign marred by allegations of military interference and a series of deadly attacks.AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty ImagesWith Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) seemingly in the lead, the Pakistan stock market witnessed a bullish trend on Thursday morning, gaining 767 points in the early trade.With the country voting for its second consecutive democratic transfer of power, the KSE-100 index reached 42,106 points early in the day, a new high for the nation struggling to combat terrorism and corruption.Unofficial results have shown that so far, the PTI, helmed by the former world cup winning captain is leading the national assembly with 118 seats, just short of the magic 137 required. Despite not winning a clear majority, party workers across the country are busy celebrating the success.However, the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has rejected the results, calling them “outright rigging”. However, these claims have been denied by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), who said that the elections were 100 percent fair and transparent, despite a few glitches with the new electronic results system.Earlier this month, Sulaiman S Mehdi, the CEO of private equity firm Cyan Limited was appointed as the chairman of the PSE following the removal of Hussain Lawai. Lawai was removed after a directive by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, following his arrest on July 6 on money laundering charges.Lawai was accused by the Federal Investigation Agency in connection with an Rs. 35 billion scams, that involved multiple bankers, politicians and businessmen including former president Asif Ali Zardari and several of his close associates.last_img read more

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Heavy rain likely in S Bengal today

first_imgKolkata: Several South Bengal districts will witness moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied with strong wind in the next 24 hours, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore.An alert has been issued to the fishermen in the coastal districts, warning them not to voyage into the sea as it may remain turbulent in next two days. According to the weather office prediction, the districts like North and South 24-Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and Jhargram may receive heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, while other South Bengal districts including Kolkata may receive moderate rainfall accompanied by wind measuring around 40-45 km per hour. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe coastal districts may witness a stronger wind of around 65 km per hour, a weather official said.According to the weather office a low pressure area was created over North Odisha and adjoining Bengal, which has brought rainfall in various parts of Bengal since Saturday morning. The situation is expected to improve from Tuesday. The prediction also says that there may be isolated rainfall in the states like Odisha, parts of Chhattisgarh and North Telangana. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe city, however, received light to moderate rainfall in various parts of the city and adjoining districts on Sunday. Rain lashed several parts of the city and the districts on Sunday evening, disrupting regular life.The states like Jharkhand, some parts of Bihar and Sikkim may also see light to moderate rains, weather experts said. The low pressure area hovering over Bay of Bengal has gained some strength, resulting in rain in the South Bengal districts.It may also be mentioned that some of the districts in South Bengal have received scattered rainfall on Sunday.The intensity of the rainfall may be reduced from Tuesday as the low pressure area over Bay of Bengal will start moving towards West and North-West Bengal, the weather office said.last_img read more

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Obama Stepped up strategy against IS not yet ready

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories The fight against the Islamic State was among the issues discussed during Obama’s two days of meetings with world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Germany. Earlier, Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ELMAU, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Pentagon is still working on a plan to accelerate the fight against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.Obama says “we do not yet have a complete strategy.” He adds that’s because the plan requires commitments from the Iraqis.Obama says one problem is a lack of Iraqi recruits in some areas where the U.S.-led campaign is ready to train fighters. He says another key is getting Sunni tribes to do more to counter the Islamic State. Obama says those tribes have had successes but not quickly enough. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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Finnair flies its first Push for change biofuel flights

first_imgFinnair flies its first Push for change biofuel flightsFinnair flies its first “Push for change” biofuel flights from San Francisco to HelsinkiFinnair today announced that it will fly the first biofuel flights backed by its “Push for change” carbon decreasing initiative this week.On both August 5th and 7th, the Finnair flight departing San Francisco Airport bound for Helsinki, Finland, will be flown with a biofuel mix of 12 percent, reducing the total C02 emissions for the two flights by approximately 32 tons.“The launch of our Push for Change initiative was an important step for Finnair in order to provide our customers with the opportunity to conveniently offset or decrease the emissions from their travel,” says Arja Suominen, SVP, Communications & Corporate Responsibility at Finnair. “We have been pleased with the early phases of the initiative so far and we are now excited to move forward and fly our two first biofuel flights supported entirely by the Push for change contributions. We naturally hope that customers will be increasingly willing and interested in using the service in the future as well.”Finnair’s biofuels partners in San Francisco are SkyNRG and World Energy; Shell Aviation has provided logistics and supply chain support for the project. The sustainable biofuel is produced from used cooking oil in California, which does not compete with food production or the agriculture industry.Additional information on Finnair’s Push for Change initiative, including the options to purchase biofuel for future flights as well as the offsetting of carbon emissions through certified projects, can be found on Finnair.com’s Push for change site.Source = Finnairlast_img read more

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Find more useful car hire tips and road trip inspi

first_imgFind more useful car hire tips and road trip inspiration on Skyscanner’s news site. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Want to hire a car the next time you go on holiday without worrying about being ripped off by hidden fees?If you’ve ever been confused by some of the terms and conditions that car rental firms use then check out our useful guide. Here we explain some of the small print and help make sure you get the best deal on your next hire car. RelatedCheap car hire dealsMany of us don’t always think about car hire when we go on holiday, but when there are such cheap deals available, why not rent a car so you can save money on taxis and explore that much more of your next holiday spot.How to save money on driving abroad: Skyscanner guide to car hire chargesHere’s our handy guide to car hire charge costs, with some money-saving advice on getting a cheaper car hire deal that’s right for you. Skyscanner have checked the policies and prices of the big car hire companies so you can see clearly what the charges are if you’re driving in…How to find the best travel deals with the Skyscanner appThe Skyscanner app helps you search and book your trips easily, by finding the best travel deals while saving you time and money! Whether you’re planning a family holiday to the Algarve, a long weekend in Europe or planning a backpacking trip in Thailand our app has got you covered.…last_img read more