How To Get Smart About Smartphone Theft

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Lookout#SFPD#smartphone#Stolen selena larson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Our mobile devices are more than just a vital conduit to our friends and family. They’re where we keep our most intimate and personal details—photos, music, financial data, and personal information. So having our gadgets stolen is more than an inconvenience—it can disrupt our entire life. If you’ve had your smartphone stolen, take solace in the fact you’re not alone. A report from mobile security firm Lookout found that one in ten U.S. smartphone users have been victims of theft, with nearly 70 percent unable to recover their device.Technology like Apple’s Find My iPhone, Google’s Android Device Manager, and other software that locks and wipes missing devices reduces the benefits of stealing them. Still, smartphone theft is on the rise. In 2013, 3.1 million smartphones were stolen in the United States, almost double the year before, according to Consumer Reports. (Lookout has a vested interest in bringing attention to this problem: It offers its own security software for stolen phones.)See Also: Some Jerk Stole My Camera And Forced Me Out Of My Photography RutIt’s become such a rampant issue that policymakers and law-enforcement authorities are getting involved in our software choices. Last fall, New York City police officers hit the streets to encourage users to update to iOS 7, a new version of Apple’s software which made it harder to reprogram a stolen iPhone or iPad. The Business Of Stealing SmartphonesChances are, if someone steals your phone, they’re going to try and sell it. In San Francisco, about 50 to 60 percent of all robberies are smartphone-related, according to the San Francisco Police Department. And if someone doesn’t get their phone back, it could fall into the hands of someone outside of the U.S.“A lot of times a person who steals a phone is simply a middle man—they sell it to someone else,” said Albie Esparza, a public information officer for the SFPD. “There is a network of people involved. The phones can end up overseas or in South America.”As illegal drugs flow south to north, stolen phones move in the opposite direction. Phones taken in the U.S. can end up in places like Colombia or Ecuador. The stolen phone, stripped and repackaged, is then resold to consumers as a brand new product.Stealing and selling smartphones can be a lucrative enterprise. One pair of thieves reselling phones in Hong Kong made almost $4 million in less than a year before they were caught in Northern California.To prevent mobile-phone theft and save consumers money, lawmakers and carriers are lobbying for a so-called “kill switch” to be implemented in all new smartphones that would render stolen phones useless. Privacy pundits are afraid a kill switch would be used for more than destroying stolen property: In theory, governments and carriers would be able to turn your phone off at leisure. However, most Americans support such a measure. A February study showed 99% of consumers thought carriers having the power to turn off mobile devices was a good idea. Don’t Be A Hero To Get Your Smartphone BackIf your mobile phone is stolen, law enforcement and security officials have one piece of advice: Don’t try and get it back yourself. According to the data from Lookout, 68 percent of phone-theft victims are willing to put themselves in danger to retrieve a stolen device. “We were a little bit shocked to see there were so many people willing to resort to vigilantism,” Alicia diVittorio, head of security communications for Lookout, said in an interview. “Police work with our users to track down stolen phones. It makes for a fairly seamless recovery of a phone if the police are willing to work with you.”The problem with taking your own initiative is that you never know when a criminal might have a weapon and do even more damage to you, personally. The information on your phone can be backed up to a computer, but there’s no way to replicate yourself.Officer Esparza stressed that if someone is a victim of theft, they should report it to police. “Instinctively, as humans we want to take what’s ours, and rightfully so,” Officer Esparza said. “The thing is, people that are committing crimes, you never know if they have weapons involved, and you don’t want to find out.” How Not To Get Your Smartphone Stolen According to Lookout, a majority of thefts occurred when the victim left their device in a public place, like a restaurant or nightclub, only to realize later it had gone missing. The obvious way to prevent nonviolent theft is to double-check your belongings before you leave a public area. If you frequently misplace your phone, hardware tags like HipKey or Duet alert you when you leave a location without your phone.Forceful robberies are another matter entirely. “Oftentimes people on their phone are so engaged that they’re oblivious to their surroundings,” Esparza said. “That’s when a criminal sees an opportunity.”San Francisco’s buses and trains regularly play warnings—largely ignored—to “keep your eyes up and phones down” when riding. There are a number of things users can do to prevent theft, according to the SFPD:Be aware and pay attention to your surroundingsAvoid using your smartphone in public when you canIf you’re wearing headphones, keep your music on low to hear people comingIf you’re in a poorly-lit area, don’t be on your phone when no one is aroundCall the police if you’ve been a victim of theft or robberyIf you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to enable tracking and wiping technology like Android Device Manager or Find My iPhone. It won’t make you feel any better about having your phone stolen, but at the very, least you can limit the damage a perpetrator can do. Lead image by *sax on Flickr; smartphone image by Esther Vargas on Flickr Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Centre will respect J&K’s special status, says Rajnath

first_imgAs both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in meetings with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, he said on Monday that the Centre wouldl not go against people’s sentiments on Article 35A, which grants special rights to locals on property and jobs.“There are no issues left, which is why such issues are being raised,” he told a conference here.Article 35A has been challenged through three petitions in the Supreme Court, which will again hear them in November.‘Ready for talks with all’“The Centre is ready to hold talks with anyone. I am inviting everyone willing to help us in resolving the problems of Kashmir. We have never opposed talks. All stakeholders are welcome,” he said.The National Investigation Agency, which has detained a number of separatist leaders since June, “was acting according to the law of the land.” “This should not deter those who want to talk to the government.” Referring to a “permanent solution of Kashmir,” he said five Cs — compassion, communication, coexistence, confidence-building, and consistency — would be its basis.The situation in Kashmir was “improving but not completely normal. What I have seen during the last two, three days has convinced me that the trees of peace have not dried up. I can see green buds of peace on these trees…If I have to come 50 times to bring peace to J&K, I will do that.”Mr. Singh, who met around 55 delegations, asked the security agencies to ensure “no excesses are committed during operations” and “not to treat minors as criminals.”“Minors must be dealt with under the juvenile justice system and not be put in jails. They must be properly counselled,” he said.In Jammu, the Union Minister visited the BSF campus at Naushera and took stock of operational preparedness on the Line of Control and International Boundary.Mr. Singh said fewer people were injured in crowd control this year.“We introduced the PAVA gun to replace the pellet gun, but I was told it is not very effective,” he said. The Minister asked Pakistan “to stop infiltrating terrorists into J&K”.He appealed to tourists and tourist organisations to visit Kashmir. “The people of Kashmir are ready to welcome you. They want to turn it into heaven again,” he said.Former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah welcomed Mr. Singh’s stand on Article 35A, while Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for a “final settlement.”“This is a very important statement from the Union Home Minister. His assurance will go a long way towards silencing the noises against 35A. The Union government must now file a counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court to defend 35A. That is the way to carry this assurance forward,” Mr. Abdullah said.Mr. Geelani called for “a peaceful resolution to Kashmir through the Indian Independence Act of 1947.”last_img read more

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first_imgBengaluru, May 7 (PTI) Scoreboard at the end of the Bengaluru, May 7 (PTI) Scoreboard at the end of the Rising Pune Supergiants innings against RCB in an IPL encounter, here today. ScoreboardRising Pune Supergiants A Rahaneb Watson74 U Khawaja run out 16 S Tiwaryst Rahul b Chahal52 MS Dhoni c Rasool b Watson9 T Pererac Watson b Jordan14 G Baileyc Rahul b Watson0 R Bhatianot out9 R Ashwinnot out10 Extras (lb-1, w-6)7Total (6 wickets; 20 overs)191 Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-132, 3-144, 4-171, 5-171, 6-174Bowling: Binny 2-0-17-0, Rasool 3-0-37-0, Jordan 4-0-43-1, Watson 4-0-24-3, Aaron3-0-31-0, Chahal 4-0-38-1. (MORE) PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more


Premier League: Michy Batshuayi brace helps Chelsea withstand pressure to sink Watford

first_imgChelsea left it late but came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 and avoid a third straight defeat in the Premier League on Saturday.Pedro had given Chelsea the lead in the 12th minute with a superb curling strike but Abdoulaye Doucoure leveled on the stroke of halftime and Roberto Pereyra put Watford in front four minutes after the break.Watford wasted a number of chances to extend its advantage before substitute Michy Batshuayi headed in the equalizer.Cesar Azpilicueta gave Chelsea the lead three minutes from time and Batshuayi doubled his tally in stoppage time to secure victory for the defending champion.Big win!!! Great spirit from all! Come on @ChelseaFC ??? #KTBFFH Csar Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) October 21, 2017Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s relief was clear as he passionately celebrated Azpilicueta’s goal with fans.”We had to dig in until the last minute and we showed our spirit,” Azpilicueta said. “It wasn’t our best game but we got an important win for our confidence after three games without winning.”We started really well and had chances to score the second. The confidence was a bit lower because of their second goal but we didn’t give up. It’s a big win for us. We know it’s a long season and will have ups and downs but this is the first step to get the confidence up.”Chelsea leapfrogged a point above Watford into fourth place. It is six points below leader Manchester City, which hosts Burnley later.”It was a really unfair result. We were in control most of the time,” Watford coach Marco Silva said. “We didn’t create a lot in the first half but we controlled the match. In the second half, for 35 to 40 minutes, I saw one team playing.advertisement”We had clear chances to finish the match at 3-1 but they achieved an unfair result. I think everyone saw this on the pitch.”Chelsea was without a win since September after league losses to City and Crystal Palace. Conte’s side had also chucked away a two-goal advantage in drawing with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.The hosts took a controversial lead when they were awarded a corner despite the ball appearing to have come off the foot of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.The short corner was pulled back to Pedro who curled a fantastic strike in off the top left hand corner of the goal frame.Watford was the better side for much of the first period and netted a deserved equalizer in first-half stoppage time.Chelsea failed to properly clear a free kick and it went out for a throw-in which Jose Holebas launched into the area. David Luiz attempted to head the ball out but it dropped down for Doucoure to fire home through a crowd of players.Watford began the second half much as it had ended the first and took the lead early on when Richarlison picked out an unmarked Pereyra, who drilled the ball past Thibaut Courtois.Richarlison missed two easy chances either side of the goal and Watford had further chances to extend its advantage before Chelsea made it pay for its profligacy.Calling for Batsman ? ??I got yall ??????? Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) October 21, 2017The home side leveled in the 71st when Batshuayi headed Pedro’s cross from the right into the far corner.Another substitute, Willian, had a hand in Chelsea’s third as he crossed for Azpilicueta to head home.Batshuayi secured the victory in the fifth minute of stoppages as Watford conceded possession and he held off Miguel Britos to lift the ball over goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.last_img read more

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Amritraj expresses concern at lack of system in Indian tennis

first_imgKolkata, Dec 16 (PTI) Indian tennis great Vijay Amritraj is “worried” at the future of the sport in the country with no one after the likes of Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi able to make a mark at the world stage.The trio have been the flagbearers of Indian tennis for decades and theres been a huge void after them.In the Davis Cup, India have not able to go past the play-offs in last four years, losing to Serbia, the Czech Republic, Spain and Canada in last four yearsThese were today highlighted by Amritraj, an Indian member of the Davis Cup team who made the finals in 1974 and 1987.”Just look at the facts and we have to be worried. We have not won any medals in Rio, we have not made the world group stage in Davis Cup in Fed Cup,” the 64-year-old player- turned-commentator said on the sidelines of the Premjit Lall Invitational Tennis tournament here.”So the question: Is there a system available to be able to provide that? Like Sania in todays environment, is difficult to emulate by todays boys and girls.””Eventually we need a system in place, like what Australia and Spain do, if we want to compete outside. We are fine if we are competing only at domestic level. But we truly need a system if we want to compete outside,” he said.In the city for the first time in over three decades, the California-based Amritraj said: “Its been a long time.”advertisement”Ive some fond memories of Kolkata, having started my career winning the National Championships. It brings back great memories,” a two-time quarterfinalists in both Wimbledon and Australian Open said. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Graham Reid named chief coach of India men’s hockey team

first_imgHockey India named Graham Reid as the new chief coach of the India men’s hockey team on Monday. The 54-year-old will join the team in Bengaluru shortly for the on-going National Camp at Sports Authority of India.India had been without a head coach ever since Harendra Singh was sacked after the men’s team exited the Hockey World Cup at home in the quarter-final following a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.The senior national team had recently finished runner-up at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup under interim coach John and analytical coach Chris Ciriello.Have always enjoyed watching India play: ReidExpressing his delight over taking on a new assignment, Reid said, “It’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed as Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s hockey team. No other country has a history in this sport that can compare to India.Reid added: “As an opposition coach, I have enjoyed watching first hand, the steady rise of the Indian team to one of the most exciting and threatening teams in world hockey. I have a passion for the fast and attacking brand of hockey that India plays which marries closely with the Australian style.”Reid will be in charge of the team during their next international assignment — tour to Australia in May 2019.Reid has a decorated playing career as a defender of the Australian National team and was part of the silver medal winning team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.He was also part of the Australian squad that won back-to-back Champions Trophy titles in 1984, 1985 and 1989, 1990. With 130 international caps, Reid took to coaching a national team when he was appointed an assistant coach in 2009 for Australia.advertisement”I am looking forward to working with Hockey India, SAI, MYAS, Support Staff & players for the positive development in the lead up to Tokyo 2020,” says the newly-appointed Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team, Graham Reid! Read more: India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 8, 2019During his tenure, he was elevated to the head coach position and he guided the Australian team to their fifth consecutive Champions Trophy title in 2012.He was named head coach in 2014 where he contributed to Australian squad’s reign as world No.1 team. Under his guidance, they won the World League Semi Final in Antwerp and went on to win the World League Final in Raipur the same year.A member of the Queensland Hockey Hall of Fame, Reid moved to the Netherlands in 2017 to serve as the head coach of Amsterdam Club which he was part of as a player in 1993 and 1994. In his recent stint, he worked as the Assistant Coach for the Netherlands team who won the Silver Medal at the 2018 Men’s World Cup.”Graham Reid is backed by a successful career as a player and also comes with strong coaching experience, having worked with the Australian and the Netherlands national teams. We are hopeful his experience and expertise will help the Indian Men’s Hockey Team achieve desirable results leading up to and at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” stated Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India.Also Read | Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: India lose final to Korea as shoot-out woes continueAlso See:last_img read more

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Why Villarreal are starting to get that sinking feeling again

first_img9Celta Vigo16421 Sergio Asenjo just sat there shaking his head. The goalkeeper who has suffered four cruciate knee ligament tears – three in his right knee, one in his left – was in no hurry to get up this time. “I want them to see what’s at stake in our eyes,” Villarreal’s new manager Luis García Plaza had said before the game against Huesca and they could certainly see it in Asenjo’s eyes now that it was all over. Slowly, he stood, went to the end where maybe 100 fans gathered stunned, silently handed over his shirt and turned to walk away, beaten at the last. This was supposed to be a new beginning, but it had ended like that.Asenjo saved a penalty and nine other shots on Sunday evening. On a personal level, it had been the best game of his career, he admitted – a career cut short whenever he was on the verge of a Spain call. He was “simply spectacular”, one report said after a match with “three penalties, one red card and a great keeper”. He’d saved from Gonzalo Melero, Moi Gómez, Cucho Hernández, Pablo Insua and Jorge Pulido, and kept on saving all the way to the final minute. That time, though, the ball came back out and Samuele Longo scored, the ball rebounding in off him. It was the 94th minute and Huesca had made it 2-2 against Villarreal. Which might not sound that bad, but as Villarreal’s manager admitted, the situation is “jodida”.Screwed up. 18Athletic Bilbao15-814 “I’m proud to be back,” he said when he was presented last week, but he knows he is back for a reason. There has been something about Villarreal that just hasn’t convinced this season. Although they have had plenty of the ball, they’ve been exposed, vulnerable: only Girona and Levante have allowed more shots. As one player admitted, they were a “banda” – a bit of a mess, like a bunch of blokes just thrown together. They were “green”, naive. There was a lack of clarity, tactics, an idea, the mechanics of a team. Put simply, they were, in one insider’s words, “muy malos”. And as results slipped away, so too did belief. features Share on Twitter Was this helpful? That was when Villarreal sacked Juan Carlos Garrido, the B team coach who took over the first team. This time, they sacked Javier Calleja, the former player and youth coach promoted to the first team. And the man who has just replaced him is Luis García Plaza, B team coach in 2005-06, the man who spent the first 10 years of his career on the east coast – Altea, Villajoyosa, Villarreal B, Elche, Benidorm and Levante, with whom he won promotion – and the last four years in the Emirates and China. Facebook Share on WhatsApp Hide Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOAL! | Lionel Messi has his hat-trick! 🐐That nutmeg and pass from Luis Suarez was sublime 😍 16, 2018 Which is where García comes in: it is his job to make them aware of the reality and able to confront it, taking over a team with just three wins. “I don’t want a huge revolution, but I do want to put in fresh people who can help us,” he said when he was presented last Monday, and the early signs are four-four-two, a little more physicality, if not yet much more football. “I want to bring out what the players have inside them,” he said. “The quality is there, but we have to be a team and build confidence.” On Thursday, his first game, Villarreal got through to the next round of the Europa League, but Sunday was more significant, his first league match. A “final”, he called it: a relegation battle at Huesca, the tiniest team in the first division, hard though that is to assimilate.Almost as hard as it was to take the late goal they conceded, the draw they gave up in Aragón. “It slipped through our fingers; that’s difficult to accept, because it shouldn’t have escaped us. We have to learn to play those final minutes because we’re playing for our lives,” García insisted. Even the old cliche was disproven: new manager, guaranteed victory, they say. As for García, what he said was a warning: “We have a long, hard season ahead,” he warned. No one expected that, no one was really ready for it, but they know that now. Eventually, Asenjo lifted himself off the Alcoraz pitch. “A win would have been good for us mentally,” he said, finally on his feet again. “We’re not used to this. Five years in a row in Europe and look at the situation we’re in now.”Talking points• Spain did something not very Spain this weekend: all of the top six won. And that includes Getafe for whom Jorge Molina, 36 and getting better, scored the only goal.• Just another week. Weird though it might sound, Barcelona weren’t always that good but then as José Luis Morales put it: “They have Messi.” And Messi was, well, Messi. Three goals, two assists, and a 5-0 victory. (Two assists that could have been four or five, with better finishing). So, so far ahead of the rest, Messi has already reached double figures for goals and assists, something he has done for 12 of the past 13 league seasons. That said, the best moment came from Luis Suárez, when he helped make the fourth. He and Messi have 25 goals, which is more than all Madrid’s players put together. • Sevilla are still there. After they beat Girona, Wissam Ben Yedder put up a picture of him and Pablo Sarabia, saying: “Name me a better pair. I’ll wait.” It could be a long wait. 10Girona16-221 Roma woes find temporary relief with win amid Pallotta protests • Even though Rodrigo finally scored 17 hours later, Valencia drew. Just for a change, like. Marcelino complained about the VAR after it gave Eibar a penalty – over a minute after the handball actually happened. “All I know is that when the VAR began I was the first to moan about it,” said his opposite number José Luis Mendilíbar, “and now it seems everyone is climbing on board.”• Two weeks running Thibaut Courtois has rescued Real Madrid with saves in the dying minutes to secure unconvincing 1-0 victories – first against Huesca, now against Rayo. There were only 55,229 people at the Bernabéu on Saturday and those who are staying away, more than at any other time for years, didn’t miss much. “Madrid bore,” said the headline in Marca … and in AS.• “I don’t see how we’re in a crisis,” Quique Setién said, and he was right. That was less than a month ago, and the fact he was asked said it all. About performances, perhaps, but also about patience. Betis are now up to fifth, just four points behind Madrid, after they defeated Espanyol – who, given the chance to go top a few weeks back, have now lost five in a row. Sergio Leon and Gio Lo Celso were particularly special, while Joaquín played his 500th league game and thanks to a wonderful run won the free-kick from which Tello scored a belter. “We played against a señor of a team,” said Espanyol manager Rubí, and he was right. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more 20Huesca16-188 Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOAL! | Cristian Tello, take a bow! 🎯He’s put Real Betis 2-1 up against Espanyol! 💚 16, 2018 11Espanyol16-521 Thank you for your feedback. Show “It’s sad, but we have to look down,” said the captain, Mario Gaspar.It seems unthinkable but he knows; he’s been here before. Villarreal have Alfonso Pedraza, Carlos Bacca, Gerard Moreno, Santi Cazorla, Manu Trigueros, Samu Chukwueze, and Pablo Fornals and they’re one of only six clubs whose salary limit is over €100m: they’re too good to go down. But then they were supposed to be too good to go down in 2012 when they had Bruno, Marcos Senna, Cani, Diego López, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Giuseppe Rossi, Borja Valero and Mario. They went down then; the crisis still came, that perfect ecosystem disintegrating, the club losing their way, their own sense of identity: they went through three managers, each less suited than the last, and were relegated on the final day.This is not the same, the structure is different – lessons were learnt and some at the club think relegation ended up being good for them, a chance to start again – and the very fact that there are parallels helps them take this seriously, not just assume they’ll be OK, a warning from history. But being here at all concerns. Sixteen weeks into the season, they have 15 points – the same amount they had at this stage in 2011-12. Share on Pinterest Villarreal hadn’t been able to beat Huesca, the team that has won just once all season – and that was back in mid-August, 15 matches ago. Villarreal had gone to the ground where the home side had never won, had scored just four, and sat bottom, seven points from safety, and conceded twice in one afternoon. Yes, Villarreal had gone down to 10 men, but they had not deserved to win either – 28 shots they faced, Asenjo the outstanding player. Worse, they’re the team seven points away, a solitary place and a solitary point from the drop. By Monday night, they could be in the bottom three, the risk of relegation a reality. Death of Christian Gentner’s father at Stuttgart puts game into perspective 1Barcelona162734 2Sevilla161331 8Levante16-322 Quick guide La Liga results center_img Read more Topics 13Eibar16-420 17Villarreal16-415 14Valencia16019 Share on LinkedIn 4Real Madrid16529 La Liga 5Real Betis16125 Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| GOAL! | Huesca snatch a draw late on against Villarreal 😮Samuele Longo the man to get the goal! #LaLiga 16, 2018 15Real Sociedad16-119 Huesca’s Ezequiel Avila keeps tabs on Manu Trigueros. Photograph: Javier Blasco/EPA 7Alaves15124 19Rayo Vallecano16-1610 Share via Email 3Atletico Madrid161231 6Getafe16524 12Valladolid16-320 Sportblog Levante 0-5 Barcelona, Huesca 2-2 Villarreal, Espanyol 1-3 Real Betis, Sevilla 2-0 Girona, Eibar 1-1 Valencia, Real Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano, Valladolid 2-3 Atlético, Getafe 1-0 Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo 0-0 Leganés European club football Wissam Ben Yedder (@WissBenYedder)Nombra un duo mejor…. esperare 😝❤️ @pablosarabia92 siempre en mi radar jajaja 👀⚽️ #vamosmisevilla 👨🏻👆🏻 16, 2018 Share on Facebook Villarreal Pinterest PosTeamPGDPts 16Leganes16-418 Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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SLB Reports Increase in Applications for Discounted Interest Rate Loans

first_img This move is part of the SLB’s undertaking to incentivise students’ selection of courses regarded as priority programmes, rather than those commonly chosen by their peers, which are reportedly often oversubscribed. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting a 47 per cent increase in loan applications for tertiary courses, for which the interest rate on repayments is significantly discounted. Executive Director, Monica Brown, told a recent JIS Think Tank, which was held at the Agency’s head office in Kingston, that the areas include agriculture studies, engineering, information technology, and maritime and logistics studies, for which the interest rate has decreased to six per cent since the start of the 2017/18 academic year. Story Highlights The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting a 47 per cent increase in loan applications for tertiary courses, for which the interest rate on repayments is significantly discounted.Executive Director, Monica Brown, told a recent JIS Think Tank, which was held at the Agency’s head office in Kingston, that the areas include agriculture studies, engineering, information technology, and maritime and logistics studies, for which the interest rate has decreased to six per cent since the start of the 2017/18 academic year.She advised that all loans applications submitted, to date, have been approved.This move is part of the SLB’s undertaking to incentivise students’ selection of courses regarded as priority programmes, rather than those commonly chosen by their peers, which are reportedly often oversubscribed.State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, also encourages students to adequately research the status of courses in order to make the right choices.Mr. Green, who also addressed the Think Tank, noted that students pursuing programmes commonly chosen by their peers tend to encounter challenges securing employment after completing their studies.“It’s not just about doing what you feel like doing when you decide to pursue tertiary education… but you will have to see it as an ability to enable a better way of living. Therefore, I am imploring students to research the areas that are not saturated, (as) there are others not being pursued and need much more people,” he said.Meanwhile, Policy Analyst at the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (JTEC), Tracey-Ann Smith, said the JTEC will be embarking on several activities aimed at assisting students in making their choices.As part of its public education efforts, JTEC has staged a series of road shows with high-school students, explaining some of the affiliated costs for tertiary education. Additionally, they have established a programme tuition fee database on their website.According to Mrs. Smith, this database has a collation of over 200 degree programmes from various institutions, detailing the costs and comparing them by institutions, so that students may get the best value for money. The Commission has also distributed the findings from its annual survey of tertiary institutions looking at enrolment figures, retention and graduation rates, the number and types of degrees awarded, financial assistance to students, and areas of sustainable and strategic planning.“The JTEC’s mandate is to examine the cost of tertiary education as well as to look at the rate of return on investment. We are encouraging students to do proper planning and research as they prepare to pursue tertiary education,” Mrs. Smith said.last_img read more

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More Options for People with Disabilities

first_imgMore options are being introduced for Nova Scotians withintellectual and physical disabilities or long-term mentalillness. Improvements to the Community Supports for Adultsprogram, including new and expanded supports, were outlined in apaper released today, Dec. 16, by Community Services MinisterDavid Morse. “We have heard loud and clear that Nova Scotians withdisabilities and their families want more choices when it comesto living in the community,” said Mr. Morse. “We will now move toexpand the range of options, including more individualizedsupport and funding programs that provide direct assistance toconsumers and families.” Community Supports for Adults is a voluntary program thatprovides residential supports for about 3,100 Nova Scotians. InMarch 2004 the department released a discussion paper regardingsupport for people with disabilities. There were more than 1,700website visits and input was gathered from 200 writtensubmissions and 50 consultation sessions held across theprovince. Responses highlighted a need to provide a broader range ofservices. As a result, one new program will be introduced and twoexisting programs will be redeveloped and expanded, supported byan initial $1 million in funding. Direct Family Support is a new program that will providefinancial assistance directly to families and consumers, enabling individuals to remain at home and in the community. This programwill be similar to the Children’s In-Home Support program, andwill mean that families will continue to receive seamlessservices after their child turns 19. It will be phased instarting in early 2005. Patrice Cantwell’s 21-year old daughter, Charmaine, needs round-the-clock care. “Since Charmaine was born, we have always wantedto have her here with us,” said Ms. Cantwell. “This kind ofsupport will help us continue to care for her at home.” The existing Supported Apartments program encourages independentliving, and is already successfully in place in some areas of theprovince. In the next year, this program will be furtherdeveloped and expanded, both in Halifax and across the province. The Alternate Family Support program is also expanding. It issimilar to foster care and will support families who welcome aperson with a disability into their homes and family. There are alimited number of these homes in Metro Halifax and the AnnapolisValley. Starting in late 2005, the program will be furtherdeveloped and become available across the province. Lorraine Bartlett’s daughter Tracy has lived with an alternatefamily — Patricia and Lloyd Mansfield — for the past nineyears. Ms. Bartlett takes comfort in knowing that this type ofsupport is available to Tracy. “This program has given us a wholenew lease on life, and Tracy is much happier and healthier withthe Mansfields than she had been anywhere else. A weight has beenlifted from my shoulders to know that there is someone who caresfor and loves Tracey as much as I do.” “We have heard from Nova Scotians and are moving forward to puttheir directions into action,” said Mr. Morse. “Improvingsupports for people with disabilities will be an ongoing process.We want to hear from Nova Scotians as we proceed to ensurefamilies and consumers know services are in place when and wherethey are needed.”last_img read more

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Unicorns are real Tech baffles Indonesian candidate

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s presidential candidates have debated some of the most pressing issues facing the world’s third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires — and unicorns.When President Joko Widodo, who is seeking a second term, asked former general Prabowo Subianto about his policies for supporting Indonesia’s unicorns a look of bafflement passed across the former military man’s face.Wondering aloud, he replied: “What are unicorns? You mean those online things?” Widodo sagely nodded in the affirmative.Subianto was probably not alone in his ignorance but social media in Indonesia gleefully seized on Sunday’s exchange as proof of his lack of qualification to be president.In the tech world, a unicorn is a start-up company valued at $1 billion and Indonesia has several of them.The Associated Press read more

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Saudi Arabia UAE Reiterate Support for Moroccos Territorial Integrity

Rabat – A list of 23 states have expressed support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and the Autonomy Plan submitted by the North African country to the UN in 2007 as a possible political solution to end the Western Sahara conflict.Permanent Ambassador and representative of Morocco to the UN in Geneva Omar Zinber said on Tuesday, September 10,  that a group of 23 countries believe that the autonomy initiative “has been recognized by the Security Council as a serious and credible basis for definitely resolving the regional conflict.”The countries expressed their support for Morocco’s cause at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The countries believe that solving the conflict “will contribute to the realization of the legitimate aspirations of the African and Arab peoples in terms of integration and development, an objective to which Morocco is strongly committed.”Zniber, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), said that the countries signed a declaration, in which they emphasize that Morocco has engaged in a constructive, and profound interaction with the UN human rights system, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Read Also: Western Sahara and Alhurra TV’s Affront to the Moroccan PeopleThe group of countries also indicated that 12 special missions visited the Moroccan provinces of Laayoune and Dakha in Western Sahara.  The missions had free and unrestricted access to all places in the region.“It is also in this context that Morocco has hosted a technical mission of the OHCHR, at the invitation of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, aimed at strengthening the capacity of action of international institutions,” said the Group.Saudi Arabia and the UAE were among the countries to express their support for Morocco’s autonomy initiatives, despite rumors of tension between Morocco and the two Gulf countries. The reports of friction between Morocco and its Gulf allies   escalated after Saudi Television outlet Al-Arabiya aired a documentary that challenged Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. Morocco’s government denied any conflict with its allies, emphasizing that it has strong and historical ties with both countries.Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said in March that from “the point of view of Morocco, relations with Gulf countries,” especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, “have always been deep historical relations.”In addition to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan also reiterated their support for the Autonomy Plan.The list of Morocco’s supporters also includes: Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Senegal, Central African Republic, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Sao Tome and Principe, Paraguay, Guatemala, Saint Lucia, and El Salvador. read more

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Ban voices support for continuing efforts to ease ColombiaEcuador tensions

4 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his strong support of continuing regional efforts to help restore normal bilateral relations between the Andean neighbours Colombia and Ecuador. The Organization of American States (OAS) discussed how to restore relations at the group’s latest summit, held earlier this week in Medellín, Colombia, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General is pleased that a report presented by OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza to the foreign ministers of the Americas gathered in Medellín noted progress in efforts to restore normal bilateral relations between the two countries, and that the foreign ministers requested that Mr. Insulza continue to exercise his good offices in this regard,” the statement noted.Tensions between the two countries surged in March after Colombian military forces launched a cross-border raid into Ecuador that led to the killing of a senior member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a rebel group. read more

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105 billion needed by 2005 in global fight against HIVAIDS UN agencies

According to the study, released by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on the eve of the board meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, funding for next year would have to double to $6.5 billion from the present figure of about $3 billion.The organizations say the new estimates took into account declines in the price of anti-retroviral drugs used to delay the onset of AIDS, and the inclusion of three additional interventions to the 22 included in the original estimates.The interventions are universal precautions to prevent HIV transmission in health care settings, treatment for health care workers who had been exposed to HIV/AIDS and the use of safe needles for all medical injections.Prepared by a working group of the UNAIDS Economics Reference Group, the revised estimates reinforce the call by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to increase spending on AIDS to around $10 billion a year by 2005, the agencies say.Initiated in April 2001 by Mr. Annan as the primary financier of public health interventions in developing countries, the Fund has already attracted $2 billion in pledges. But UNAIDS and WHO say substantial increases in expenditures was needed from government, bilateral and multilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in order to keep pace with the epidemic’s rapid expansion.Of the 40 million people around the world who live with HIV/AIDS, close to 30 million are in Africa, 7.6 million in Asia and 1.5 million in Latin America, according to UNAIDS. Last year, three million people died of AIDS and 5 million new infections were recorded. read more

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Vicious cycle of violence undermining UN efforts to rebuild Iraq top envoy

Noting that the “vicious cycle of violence” was continuing even as he addressed the Security Council today, the top United Nations envoy for Iraq warned that lack of security was halting efforts to rebuild the country and undermining the world body’s efforts to assist in elections set for January.”The tragic human dimension of the current situation in Iraq was brought home to all of us today, with almost 50 people losing their lives in yet another bombing,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq Ashraf Qazi said of the blast that tore through a crowded market near Baghdad police headquarters.”It is a sign of the resurgence of the vicious cycle of violence that is halting the process of rebuilding the country. Improving the security situation is a collective responsibility that we all share.”Delivering Mr. Annan’s latest report, Mr. Qazi noted the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) is committed to actively support Iraq’s Election Commission in administering and monitoring a fair and credible electoral process. But, he warned the Council, “the extent and scale of UNAMI activity in this regard will necessarily be determined by prevailing circumstances including the security environment.”He stressed that for many Iraqis, UNAMI’s involvement with the political and electoral processes was a sine qua non for their credibility and effectiveness, but the current security environment was far from conducive to the deployment of UNAMI international staff to Iraq, except in minimal numbers.”As Head of UNAMI and Designated Official for the security of the mission personnel, both national and international, security has to be my paramount if not exclusive concern and obligation,” he said. “It has to be the key operating principle.”In his report Mr. Annan says international staff in Iraq are “operating at the outer limit of acceptable and prudent risk” and he warns that UN presence on the ground is limited because of insecurity until further notice. Most international staff were withdrawn last year after a terrorist bomb ripped though UN offices in Baghdad, killing Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others.”With the deployment of UNAMI to Baghdad, the Blue Flag is once more flying in Iraq albeit, necessarily, in the Green or International Zone. Iraqi expectations of UNAMI are high,” Mr. Qazi said, yet again stressing the security aspect.”It is crucial that the necessary logistical and security arrangements for our operations be finalized as soon as possible,” he declared, noting that the UN was making every effort to support the efforts of the United States-led multinational force in this regard, as well as to generate UNAMI’s own internal security capacity.”It is important, however, that the distinct entity of the multinational force mandated by this Council to provide security for our presence in Iraq should be identified or deployed immediately prior to the deployment of UNAMI guard units,” he added.The continuing violence was also having an adverse effect on achieving inclusiveness in the political and electoral process, Mr. Qazi warned, noting that inducing significant political groups who chose not to attend last month’s National Conference to participate should be a matter of high priority for the Iraqi government.”This will not be an easy undertaking as the recent violence in Najaf and Kufa and the current violence in Baghdad, Falluja, Ramadi, Samarra, Mosul, etc. amply demonstrate,” he said. “The transition process is fragile.”But Mr. Qazi also expressed his confidence in the Iraqi people. “The people of Iraq desperately want peace and to be masters in their own country,” he declared. “They have the talent and the will to peaceably persevere on the path towards these objectives. They see an effective UN role as critical to the realization of their hopes.” read more

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On International Day UN chief Guterres calls on all to stand in

On the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the challenges that UN staff face and urged everyone to ensure that they have the safety they need to help those most in need around the globe. “We are still awaiting news of the fate of two members of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a sanctions-monitoring body established by the Security Council,” said Mr. Guterres in a message. “We are doing everything possible to find and help them.” Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, of the Group of Experts, went missing in the Kasai Central region in the DRC on 12 March along with four Congolese nationals. Noting that the latest case highlighted the perils that UN staff and partners often face while serving the world’s people, the UN chief said that last year, seven UN staff were abducted by non-state actors and four were kept as hostages. “Fortunately, all were ultimately released safely,” he said, but added that more than 20 UN civilian personnel remain in detention, of whom, six are being held without the UN having received any explanation for their arrest. “The Department of Safety and Security and I continue to monitor all of these cases and seek the immediate release of our colleagues,” he added. Mr. Guterres also noted that only 92 UN Member States are party to the 1994 Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel, and that only 30 have ratified the 2005 Optional Protocol, which extends protection to UN personnel delivering humanitarian, political or development assistance. Urging all countries that have not joined these instruments to do so without delay, the UN chief called on everyone to stand in solidarity with all detained staff and to “pledge to work together to ensure that all UN staff have the safety they need to help the world’s most vulnerable”. The International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members is marked each year on 25 March, the date of the abduction of Alec Collett, who was taken by armed gunmen in 1985 while working for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). His remains were finally found in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in 2009. read more

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Mindfulness research claims top 3MT prize

You could hear a pin drop when Kaitlyn Kerridge described how, as an undergraduate student, she lay on the floor, debilitated by waves of anxiety and depression.She eventually did get help. But the experience left an indelible mark on her, motivating the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences master’s student to do in-depth research on a mental health strategy that worked for her: mindfulness.Brock Three Minute Thesis finalists Aly Bailey, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences; Ali Anwar, Goodman School of Business; Cody McMahon, Goodman School of Business; Kaitlyn Kerridge, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences; and Shannon Kitchings, Faculty of Social Sciences, competed on Thursday, March 29.Kerridge was one of five finalists in Brock’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final round, held Thursday, March 29. Her presentation on how mindfulness – living in the present moment, being aware and accepting of one’s thoughts and feelings – can help post-secondary students deal with mental health issues won her the top spot.She will be representing Brock University in the upcoming Three Minute Thesis (3MT) regional competition next month.“I really want students who are struggling to know that they’re not alone and that there are supports available for them,” says Kerridge on sharing her research.Shannon Kitchings, a master’s student in the Faculty of Social Sciences, placed second with her research that examines how spoken accounts of trauma affect both the speaker and the listener. Now in its sixth year at Brock, the 3MT Challenge originated in Queensland, Australia in 2008 as a way for students to explain their research to a broad audience in plain, accessible terms. Presenters have three minutes and a single slide image to summarize their research.A three-judge panel of judges selected five finalists from 12 presentations delivered at Brock’s Feb. 15 preliminary round.A different, three-judge panel evaluated the final round. Presentation topics included transforming how we think about our body shape, balancing personalized marketing campaigns with consumer privacy concerns, and rehabilitating Second World War veterans through university education.“All the rankings came really close,” says judge Mishka Balsom, President and CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.“We really got a sense of the personality behind the research,” she says. “Each one of them was able to make the research uniquely their own; that was really nice to see.”This year’s 3MT co-ordinator, Stacia Heaton, says she was inspired by how much the students developed their communication and presentation skills within the last few months.“The 3MT challenge is a wonderful opportunity for Brock to get our research out there in a way that’s creative and engaging,” she says.Heaton says this and other communications challenges help prepare students for future opportunities.“Being able to share your research in plain language is an essential skill, whether pursuing a career within or outside of academia,” she says.Kerridge takes home $500 and will advance to the 3MT Ontario regional round, to be held at York University April 19. Kitchings received a $250 prize. read more

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Christian Gaudin is fired in Constanta

The winners of Romanian Super Cup 2017, Dobrudga Sud from Constanta ended cooperation with the French coach Christian Gaudin, according Romanian website handball-volei. Despite success in the first match of the season, when team from Black Sea coast won trophy of SUper Cup against champions Dinamo Bucharest, bad start of the season, only two wins in six matches of domestic Championship, were enough reason that Management decided to sack Gaudin.Gaudin worked previously at HSV Handball, but also Selestat, Saint Raphael… Christian Gaudin ← Previous Story WOMEN’S EHF CL 17/18: Neagu leads CSM Bucharest to win opener Next Story → STILL ON 100% Veszprem extend winning run against THW Kiel! read more

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Hellenic RSL commemorates Oxi Day

first_imgThe Hellenic sub-branch of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) invites community members and friends to attend the event on 28 October, to honour all that served and died on this historic day for Greece, in 1940.The service will be conducted at the Church of St Eustathios, 211 Dorcas St, South Melbourne at 9.30 am. For the wreath laying service, meet at 12.00 pm at the corner of Birdwood and Anzac Ave, Domain Gardens. The wreath laying service will take place at 1.00 pm at the Shrine of Remembrance. The luncheon will follow at the Hellenic RSL sub branch memorial hall, 14A Ferrars Place, South Melbourne. When: Tuesday 28 October, from 9.30 am For more information, contact 03 9699 9844 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Prison warden murder tied to crime underworld

first_imgPolice investigating the violent murder of the warden of maximum-security Domokos Prison in central Greece on Saturday are focusing on the criminal underworld, rather than domestic terrorist groups, Kathimerini understands, after ballistics tests showed one of the guns fired in the attack had been previously used during an attempted robbery on a bank in Aspropyrgos, northwest of Athens, in 2012. The guns were found not to have any connections to previous terrorist attacks.The 47-year-old father of two was gunned down while leaving his home near the town of Lamia on Saturday afternoon when a dark SUV pulled up beside him and unidentified assailants opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles and a 9 mm pistol. Police said he was shot over 20 times and dozens of bullet casings were found near his body.Police are investigating the victim’s background to determine whether he had had any serious run-ins with members of Greece’ criminal underworld. They are also planning to access his phone records for any further clues from conversations he may have had earlier in the day.Domokos Prison was recently renovated to house some of Greece’s most dangerous criminals.In a statement issued on Monday, the country’s prison guards sought to draw attention to the tough working conditions and risks that they face. “We are fed up of being beaten up, spat on, knifed, threatened, suffering bomb attacks and the well-known consequences of all this,” the statement said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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LAmazone se remet lentement de la sécheresse de 2010

first_imgL’Amazone se remet lentement de la sécheresse de 2010Durement impactés par la sécheresse qui a frappé le bassin inférieur de l’Amazone en 2010, dauphins d’eau douce, oiseaux et poissons – ressource essentielle pour les populations locales – recommencent doucement à prospérer. Mais des épisodes identiques sont à craindre dans les prochaines années.   Dans la rivière Samiria, un des principaux affluents du cours inférieur de l’Amazone, à cause de la sécheresse de 2010 et de la baisse de niveau de l’eau consécutive, le nombre de dauphins roses avait chuté de près de la moitié par rapport à 2009, passant de 250 à 140 individus dans la réserve nationale de Pacaya Samiria, au Pérou. Mais le Dr Richard Bodmer, de l’Université du Kent, et son équipe de chercheurs péruviens, soutenus par des bénévoles de l’ONG Earthwatch, constatent aujourd’hui un regain de cette population. À lire aussiUne cinquantaine de nouveaux géoglyphes similaires aux lignes de Nazca découverts au PérouEn mars 2011, elle était remontée, dépassant même de 10% les effectifs de mars 2010. Même chose pour les dauphins gris locaux, en hausse de 30%. Retour des aras, également, qui avaient apparemment quitté la réserve ou sont morts en grand nombre lors de la sécheresse. Plusieurs communautés d’Indiens Cocama, vivant sur les rives de la Samiria, attendent anxieusement que les stocks de poisson se reconstituent, et parlent encore de la sécheresse de l’an dernier, inquiètes de la voir se répéter à l’avenir : “Notre collectivité dépend du  poisson. Nous ne pouvions plus en manger, car il était infecté”, dit Tedy Yuyarima, un chaman de 42 ans. Mais les indices observés donnent à penser que le nombre de poissons va se rétablir, selon le Dr Bodmer, qui déclare : “C’est un très bon signe, et cela suggère que la rivière Samiria se remet de la sécheresse de 2010”.Toutefois, la situation du caïman à lunettes reste préoccupante, avec des effectifs encore inférieurs de 60% à ceux du début 2010. Par ailleurs, les niveaux d’eau sont à nouveau extrêmement élevés, et les autorités locales ont même déclaré l’état d’urgence… “Nous ne pouvons pas ignorer ces grands événements mondiaux, qui ont un impact sur les écosystèmes locaux et les gens d’ici. Pour le moment, ces impacts m’inquiètent, mais ils ne sont pas aussi dramatiques qu’ils pourraient l’être. Mais si ces deux extrêmes météorologiques continuent à l’avenir, cela pourrait changer”, avertit le scientifique.   Le 7 mai 2011 à 20:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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