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Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lesnar reversed a Spear attempt from Reigns and turned it to an F5 for the pinfall victory.The win assured the WWE Universe that Lesnar will stay with the company after Paul Heyman’s earlier pronouncements that they will leave WWE if he loses the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJinder Mahal continued his reign as the WWE Champion, beating Shinsuke Nakamura thanks to the distraction of the Singh Brothers.The King of Strong Style was primed to hit the Modern Day Maharaja with the Kinshasa before the Indian twins interjected themselves in the match, allowing Mahal to connect with the Khallas. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul In the kickoff show, The Usos reclaimed the SmackDown Tag Team Championships from The New Day after they hit Big E with a double superkick followed by a double frog splash.Neville also became a two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion, avenging his loss against Akira Tozawa last Monday on Raw after nailing a Red Arrow on the Japanese champion’s back.In the night’s other matches, Finn Balor showed his demon side against Bray Wyatt, topping the Eater of Worlds following his Coup de Grace.John Cena beat Baron Corbin with an Attitude Adjustment to open the show, while Randy Orton survived a pre-match attack from Rusev and needed only one RKO out of nowhere to come away with the quick victory.Big Cass, on the other hand, needed a pair of Big Boots and an Empire Elbow to pin the Big Show despite his former tag team Enzo Amore escaping the Shark Cage suspended above the ring.The Miz and his Miztourage gained a measure of redemption against Jason Jordan and the Hardy Boyz after the reigning Intercontinental Champion connected with a Skull Crushing Finale on Raw general manager Kurt Angle’s son for the pinfall win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ PH squash team unhurt after bus crash ahead of SEA Games event Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brock Lesnar successfully defends his WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam. Photo by WWE.comBrock Lesnar escaped his toughest test yet to successfully defend his WWE Universal Championship in the fatal-4-way main event of SummerSlam Monday (Manila time) at Barclays Center.The Beast Incarnate survived Roman Reigns spearing him through the barricade, Braun Strowman driving him through two announce tables and crushing him with another, and Samoa Joe locking him in a Coquina Clutch as he fought back and defied the doctor’s orders.ADVERTISEMENT AJ Styles also completed the trifecta of titlists who retained their title as he beat Kevin Owens with the Styles Clash to keep his United States Championship.However, other champions weren’t so lucky as five titles changed hands in the night.Uneasy as their alliance was, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins wagered on and claimed the Raw Tag Team Championship from Sheamus and Cesaro after Rollins nailed Cesaro with the Ripcord Knee, followed by Ambrose hitting the Dirty Deeds.Sasha Banks won her fourth Raw Women’s Championship, forcing Alexa Bliss to tap out to her Bank Statement.Natalya submitted Naomi with the Sharp Shooter to win the SmackDown Women’s title, her first in six years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The four-time NBA MVP already has missed four games after getting hurt during the Lakers’ victory at Golden State on Christmas. His recovery schedule will keep him out of the Lakers’ upcoming two-game road trip and a home game against Detroit next week.The Lakers are 1-3 without James in their lineup. They host the New York Knicks on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionJames is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists during his first season with the Lakers. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers leans over in pain after he was hurt against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — LeBron James will miss at least four more games with the Los Angeles Lakers while he recovers from a left groin strain.The Lakers on Friday said James’ injury will be re-evaluated in one week.ADVERTISEMENT Shorthanded Celtics beat Mavs behind Gordon Hayward LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Premier League title is tantalizingly close for Leicester City but like all the best fairytales there are usually some frights before everyone lives happily ever after.When Claudio Ranieri’s merry bunch beat Sunderland 2-0 on April 10 they were 10 points clear at the top for a couple of hours until chasing Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester United.Last weekend things took a sinister turn when top scorer Jamie Vardy was sent off at home to West Ham United and Leicester needed a dubious last-gasp penalty to draw 2-2.Tottenham’s 4-0 thrashing of Stoke City on Monday narrowed the gap to five points with four games to play.Vardy will discover on Thursday whether he will receive further punishment after being charged with improper conduct following his reaction to his red card.That is why when Leicester kick off against Swansea City on Sunday, 24 hours before Tottenham host West Bromwich Albion, there will be sweaty palms aplenty at the King Power Stadium.Leicester have ground out points in recent weeks but with 22-goal striker Vardy suspended against Swansea after playing in their last 47 Premier League games, what looks like the perfect home fixture against a side virtually assured of avoiding relegation suddenly looks fraught with danger.Tottenham’s surge is turning the screw ever so slightly and Leicester fans have been reminded of 1963 when the side known as The Ice Kings had the old first division title in their grasp before losing their last four games.Ranieri, who will probably play Leonardo Ulloa in the Vardy role this weekend, has told them not to worry.advertisement”We were worried at the start of the season when we needed to get to 40 points. Now we enjoy,” he said.”Never do I speak to my players about the gap, blah, blah, blah. Everything is in our hands. If we fight and we win then ok. If the other team, it could be Arsenal, Tottenham, I don’t know who, are better than us and win the title, well done.”Tottenham, who have scored the most goals and conceded the fewest this season, are relishing the chase and will be ready to pounce should Leicester slip.Harry Kane, who leads the scoring charts with 24 goals, said that playing after their title rivals was no problem.”Watching all the football over the weekend and having to wait until Monday night to play gets you ready, gets you firing,” said the England striker.”We’ve got to win all our games. We want to win all four of them and then we will go from there.”The battle to avoid joining Aston Villa in the Championship also continues, with Sunderland able to climb out of the bottom three if they beat Arsenal at home on Sunday.Resurgent Newcastle United will also try and take advantage of fourth from bottom Norwich City not playing, although they face a difficult assigment at Liverpool on Saturday.
In Santiago, Chile’s capital, the stadium of Bicentenary saw an interesting world record on May 23. A football match was played that saw the most participants ever – a total of 2,356 players.AP Photo/Esteban Felix In a 90-hour football match, the average distance covered per-game by a footballer is 12 km. Here on the other hand, the entire stadium was taken over by players for 5 days and 120 hours of total game-play.This means, that figuratively, as many as 80 matches were played in just one match.The final score, in case you’re wondering, was 505 to 504 (close right?). No, the match didn’t go into penalties.AP Photo/Esteban Felix Recorded by Guinness World Record adjudicator, Evelyn Carrera, the match was nothing short of a spectacle, breaking the previous record of a 105-hour-long match set last year in Scotland.Each player on the field played for an hour and the participants were a combination of both regular and professional players.Screenshot: Reuters Video Before the kick-off of this epic football match, goalkeeper Cristopher Toselli of the Chile national team said, “It’s many hours, over many days, evidently, but for the regular players, there is plenty of motivation to come out to be able to share in this with professional players.”Screenshot: Reuters Video Alvaro Valenzuela, a Chilean engineer who also participated in the game said, “It’s a really great experience.””It’s extremely enriching, for me at least, as I practically don’t play sports. It’s a unique experience, valuable, and I would like it if there were more initiatives like this one,” he said.advertisementThe amateur players who applied online to take part in the record match were exhilarated to play alongside many Chilean professional footballers.AP Photo/Esteban Felix
How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather We never truly tire of receiving bottles of booze when friends come over for a dinner or party. We don’t get sick of giving them, either. But as the holidays approach and our calendars fill with more festive gatherings, we’re trying to think of fun, creative ways to say thank you for a night of revelry in someone’s home. And really, nothing says you care like a handmade gift, especially one that is edible and delicious.Natasha Breen/Getty ImagesEnter the salted bourbon caramel. Chef Donald Wressell of the Guittard Chocolate Company created this recipe for The Manual, just in time for holiday gift-giving season. These little morsels are simply irresistible, thanks to the addition of bourbon and flaky sea salt that adds a sweet-savory flavor punch. These are perfect for serving at your next holiday soiree, and they make a great gift for even the most discerning party host. Give them to mom, your boss, your kid’s school teacher, or even the mailman to bring some festive cheer. Just try not to eat them all yourself (trust us, it will be difficult).When it comes to the bourbon to use, you have some options as well. High rye bourbons will impart spicy notes while wheated bourbons will contribute to a softer bourbon flavor. Finally, with a bourbon that is heavy on the barley, you’ll find toffee and cereal notes. All of these will change the flavor profile of the final product slightly (allowing you more room to experiment as well). If you need some options, check out this list of affordable whiskies.(Note: 10 grams is equal to around .33 ounces.)Arx0nt/Getty ImagesSalted Bourbon CaramelsIngredients:35 g water150 g bourbon, divided225 g sugar33 g corn syrup135 g unsalted butter215 g heavy cream1.5 g sea salt (such as Jacobsen Salt Co.’s Flake Salt)Method:Combine water, 60 grams of bourbon, sugar, and glucose in a medium saucepan.Bring to a simmer on high heat until color appears, and continue cooking on medium-low heat to a deep amber caramel. Stir carefully as color deepens to ensure even cooking from middle to center of pot.Add butter when amber color is reached, stir in until fully emulsified.Add pre-warmed cream slowly to the pot while stirring with a long-handled whisk. Continue cooking on high while stirring continuously until 120 degrees Celsius is reached.Add remaining bourbon very slowly while stirring, followed by the salt. Return to 120 degrees Celcius (248 degrees Fahrenheit).Remove from heat and hand blend until smooth.Pour into an 8-inch-by-8-inch pan that has been greased lightly, lined with parchment, and then greased lightly again.Allow to cool for several hours or overnight before unmolding and cutting into squares to wrap in cellophane.For gifting, place a chocolate bar, such as the Guittard Chocolate 72 percent Quetzacoatl Bar, in a small paper or cellophane bag and fill around the bottom with the individually wrapped caramels. Tie off with a bow or a piece of twine for a simple present.
The 1994-built reefer vessel Frio Antwerp caught fire in the afternoon hours of May 25 while it was unloading its cargo of 200 tons of frozen fish in the Spanish port of Marin, Pontevedra, local media reported.The fire reportedly originated from a forklift which was located in the third cargo hold aboard the vessel.Pontevedra’s fire department personnel were sent to deal with the incident, and the fire was put out around 4 p.m.Relevant authorities will now conduct an investigation into the incident, however, initial reports show that the fire did not affect the vessel’s structure nor its cargo.The incident did not cause any injuries to the crewmembers, who were allowed to return aboard their vessel after necessary ventilating operations were conducted.Owned by the Greek company Nautilus Shipping and Trading S.A, the 8,032 dwt Frio Antwerp is still moored in Pontevedra, according to AIS data from Marine Traffic.World Maritime News Staff
Whether you are going for a crucial business deal or salary negotiation for your new job, make sure you do not take major decisions on an empty stomach, suggests new research. Hunger significantly alters people’s decision-making, making them impatient and more likely to settle for a small reward that arrives sooner than a larger one promised at a later date, said the study. “People generally know that when they are hungry they shouldn’t really go food shopping because they are more likely to make choices that are either unhealthy or indulgent. Our research suggests this could have an impact on other kinds of decisions as well,” said researchers. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainParticipants in an experiment designed by Vincent were asked questions relating to food, money and other rewards when satiated and again when they had skipped a meal. While it was perhaps unsurprising that hungry people were more likely to settle for smaller food incentives that arrived sooner, the researchers found that being hungry actually changes preferences for rewards entirely unrelated to food. This indicates that a reluctance to defer gratification may carry over into other kinds of decisions, such as financial and interpersonal ones. There is also a danger that people experiencing hunger due to poverty may make decisions that entrench their situation. Researchers found there was a large effect, people’s preferences shifted dramatically from the long to short term when hungry. The research was published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
One Direction has joined Tinie Tempah, Mollie King, Rachel Stevens and some of fashion’s biggest names including, David Gandy, Dolce & Gabbana, Claudia Schiffer and Victoria Beckham to help fundraise for Red Nose Day in a fashion extravaganza on eBay.The auction, which is live now until March 17 is part of the “Blue Steel Appeal”; a series of events and initiatives to help raise money for Comic Relief through fashion led by supermodel, David Gandy.One Direction have donated the clothes they wore for their BRIT Awards performance of the official Red Nose Day single, ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’, to Comic Relief to sell on eBay.Fans will also have the opportunity to bid for a place in an exclusive suite at the O2 to watch their concert on the 2nd April. There are 18 seats available which will be sold as three separate lots of 6 seats each. Food and refreshments will be provided in the box, paid for by the band, and each lot will also come with a Red Nose Day t-shirt signed by all 5 band members and worn by one of them.Finally, bidders will also have the chance to get their hands on a brand new iPad and iPad cover signed by the band in a separate lot on eBay. Fans can support Red Nose Day by bidding now at www.ebay.co.uk/rednoseday and 100% of the final sale price will go to Comic Relief.Iconic fashion brands and individuals have shown their support, offering some rare and unique money-can’t-buy prizes and experiences, bringing high fashion right to your doorstep. eBay sellers are also encouraged to join in the fun by donating any proceeds from their own fashion sales to Comic Relief. – Lunch at the ‘by invitation only’ Louis Vuitton apartment, complete with butler – A day on set with David Gandy in the USA shooting his Lucky Jeans campaign- Spend time with the team at Roland Mouret – A Kate Moss Longchamp handbag – Tickets to Victoria Beckham’s SS14 ready to wear show in New York – Iconic, framed photograph of Claudia Schiffer for Guess by Ellen Von Unwerth signed by the model and photographer – Help British Menswear Designer Patrick Grant behind the scenes at his LCM fashion show for E. Tautz – Create your own bespoke suit with Thom Sweeney – Own a print by iconic photographer, Rankin Exciting new items will be added throughout the week up until March 16th. The auction can be accessed via eBay. If the public can’t get involved with the Blue Steel Appeal fashion auction, the easiest way to show support for Red Nose Day is to pick up an exclusive Red Nose Day t-shirt designed by Stella McCartney, priced varying on design and size. Kids from £5.99 with at least £2.50 going to Comic Relief, adults from £9.99 with at least £5 going to Comic Relief and fashion range £14.99 with at least £8 going to Comic Relief. Available in store and from www.tkmaxx.com.Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money. Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help the lives of those living unimaginably tough lives in the UK and Africa.
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were among the millions who voted on Sunday in the sixth and penultimate round of the Lok Sabha elections in which a BJP worker was killed in West Bengal. Kovind flashed his inked finger after exercising his franchise along with his wife at a polling booth at the Rashtrapati Bhawan as voters trooped to polling booths in large numbers in 59 constituencies across seven states. The polling began at 7 a.m. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework A total electorate of 10.17 crore is eligible to vote in the 14 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Haryana, eight each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. Nearly 40 per cent of the electorate had voted till 2 p.m. A BJP activist was killed in Jhargram in West Bengal while Trinamool Congress supporters sustained bullet injuries at Keshpur in West Midnapore district as a number of incidents of violence were reported in the state. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In Uttar Pradesh, where the contest is intense between the BJP and the SP-BSP alliance with the Congress becoming the third factor, street clashes were reported both in Jaunpur and Sultanpur, where Union Minister Maneka Gandhi is the BJP candidate. In this phase, the BJP is defending 45 seats — seven in Bihar, eight in Haryana, all four in Jharkhand, seven in Madhya Pradesh, 12 in Uttar Pradesh and all seven in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has already voted in Gujarat, urged everyone to vote and added that youngsters should do so in record numbers. “After all, their participation makes the polls even more special.” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah made a similar appeal, saying India needed a “strong government again”. He underlined that the Modi government had transformed India from being a terror-stricken country to one that enemies were now scared of. Rahul Gandhi asserted after voting — he went walking to the polling booth — that his party was set to win the mammoth battle. Accusing Modi of injecting hatred and asserting that the Congress spread love, he said: “Love is going to win.” He declined to comment on the number of seats the Congress could get. “The people will decide that.” Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal voted with his wife after urging voters to reject “hatred”. Sonia Gandhi and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi also voted in the national capital. Prominent among the 979 candidates include three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who faces state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari in Delhi North East, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh against BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in Bhopal, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir (BJP) in East Delhi against AAP’s Atishi and Olympian boxer Vijendra Singh (Congress) in South Delhi against AAP’s Raghav Chadha and incumbent MP Ramesh Bidhuri. Also contesting are Union Ministers Maneka Gandhi, from UP’s Sultanpur, Radha Mohan Singh from Bihar’s East Champaran, Harsh Vardhan from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and Rao Inderjeet Singh from Gurugram, Congress General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia from Madhya Pradesh’s Guna and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda from Sonipat. Bengali film hero Deepak Adhikari ‘Dev’ (Trinamool Congress) will lock horns with the BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer and once a trusted lieutenant of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in Ghatal. The Trinamool had won all the eight seats going voting on Sunday in West Bengal. The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and will end on May 19. The vote count will take place on May 23.
Rabat – Present at the fourth edition of the Crans Montana Forum, America’s Reverend Jesse Jackson joined the already long lists of prominent international figures who have been saluting Morocco’s role in promoting south-south cooperation.The icon of civil rights movements, who seized the opportunity of his opening speech at the Forum, spoke highly of the role Morocco has played in recent years to defend Africa in international fora.Reverend Jackson also said that an event such as the one Morocco organized in Dakhla is a much-needed step towards the South taking responsibility for itself. The political solutions to reduce the broadening gap between the global North and South, Jesse Jackson argued, should essentially come from the South. He also spoke of Morocco and its recent political reforms as a source of inspiration for others in Africa.In his speech, the civil rights champion put a particular emphasis on Morocco’s investments in sub-Saharan Africa, saying that with an awe-inspiring figure of $4.5 billion, Morocco is a top investor in the continent’s path towards sustainable growth and improved living standards.Jesse Jackson concluded his speech by shedding lights on the scholarships and training possibilities that Morocco has been providing for many fellow African nations. In this regard, Reverend Jackson said that the Kingdom is a “light bearer of African solidarity.”
John Suk, centre, with members of the Nycomed teamJohn Suk, a member of Brock’s Board of Trustees, has raised thousands of dollars in support of the Walker Family Cancer Centre.Suk was the highest individual fundraiser in the Big Move Cancer Ride, an event held Sept. 12. The event includes a 50 or 100-kilometre cycle through the Niagara Region.Suk raised $16,445.60 as an individual. His company’s team, Nycomed, placed in the top five with $30,347.60.The event raised $410,000 in total.Links:• The Big Move Cancer Ride• Emotions surface at finish line — St. Catharines Standard
After Ohio State was ousted in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, junior Evan Turner’s dream of hoisting a National Championship trophy this weekend fell by the wayside.However, the Buckeye point guard was in Indianapolis accepting a different trophy.He was named the AP’s Player of the Year Friday, receiving 54 of the 65 votes, and is OSU’s first recipient of the award since Gary Bradds in 1964. Turner led the Buckeyes in nearly every statistical category this season, and averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists.Kentucky’s John Wall finished second with nine votes, and West Virginia’s Deshaun Butler and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody each received one vote apiece.The award could be the first of several for Turner, not the least of which may come Monday night, when the Naismith National Player of the Year is announced.
International environmental firm SLR Consulting continues to expand the services it offers in southern Africa with the acquisition of Bittner Water Consult (BIWAC), a groundwater consulting firm based in Namibia. The deal is SLR’s fifth acquisition in 20 months and its third in southern Africa in the last year, following the purchase of environmental consultancy Metago and engineering firm GreenEng. Water treatment, management and delivery is the subject of an ever-popular International Mining article, this year in the March issue and tomorrow is the deadline for any editorial contributions to the article.BIWAC specialises in the sustainable development, protection and management of ground and surface water resources. Recent projects include the groundwater modelling of the Omitiomire copper mine area for Craton Mining and Exploration and specialist groundwater input for the EIA to support the developing Otjikoto gold mine near Otjiwarongo for AuryxGold.BIWAC does groundwater monitoring and modelling for Langer Heinrich uranium mine in NamibiaOther recent projects include groundwater monitoring for the Marenica uranium mine in the Namib Desert and the development of a regional geohydrological model of the Swakop River catchment as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the ‘Uranium Rush’ in the Erongo Region. This was implemented and sponsored by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the German Geological Survey (BGR).
AN POST WILL deliver cash payments for the Department of Social Protection for at least the next two years and possibly up to six after a new deal was signed.The department say that the contract is worth more than €50 million a year to An Post and was signed as a result of a competitive tender process.It is estimated that as part of the deal An Post will deliver of €9 billion worth of payments to welfare customers next year involving more than 40 million transactions.The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD says that the contract provides certainty for the over 50 per cent of welfare customers who are paid in cash at local posts offices.“This money represents almost 20 per cent of Government day-to-day spending, showing the significance of this hugely important contract,” she said.The department is moving through a phase of significant transformation. The transformation of our local welfare offices into Intreo Centres is key to delivering more modern, efficient and dynamic services to our customers and providing value for taxpayers and the economy.An Post chief executive Donal Connell has pledged that the company will “continue to innovate and invest in next generation systems and products” after he signed the deal with the department.The contract contains the option to extend the initial two-year deal for one or more periods of up to 12 months each, up to a maximum of 6 years in total.Read: Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013 >Read: Social housing waiting list falls to almost 90,000 households >Read: Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people >
Nucléaire : le Japon teste la résistance de toutes ses centralesAlors que Tepco tente toujours de stabiliser la situation de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima, le Japon va lancer des tests visant à contrôler la résistance de tout son parc nucléaire. Les pires catastrophes, comme celle qui s’est abattue sur le pays le 11 mars dernier, y seront prises en compte, afin de rassurer la population souligne le gouvernement.Le ministre du commerce japonais, Banri Kaieda, a annoncé le prochain lancement de tests sur la sécurité des centrales nucléaires nippones. Comme le rapporte le site du Parisien, ces tests visent à contrôler la résistance des sites face à des catastrophes naturelles majeures telles que celle qui a frappé le Japon le 11 mars dernier, mais aussi face à des attaques terroristes, la chute d’un avion, voire la combinaison de plusieurs évènements. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSi peu de temps après l’accident de Fukushima, le Japon a déjà mené des contrôles, cette nouvelle campagne de tests a pour but de “rassurer davantage la population”, et ainsi pouvoir relancer les réacteurs arrêtés depuis la catastrophe, a indiqué Banri Kaieda. Aujourd’hui, la majorité des villes japonaises dans lesquelles des centrales nucléaires sont implantées refusent de donner leur accord pour le redémarrage des réacteurs. Elles attendent les résultats des tests pour prendre leur décision. Or, l’enjeu est aussi économique. Jusqu’alors, le pays couvrait 30% de ses besoins en électricité grâce au nucléaire. A ce jour, seuls 19 des 54 réacteurs nippons sont en fonctionnement. Et d’après Banri Kaieda, ce déficit d’approvisionnement en électricité pourrait ralentir la reconstruction du Tohoku, région du nord-est du Japon dévastée par le séisme et le tsunami qui ont fait près de 23.000 morts et disparus.Des restrictions de consommation En attentant le résultat des contrôles de sécurité du parc nucléaire, les autorités japonaises ont imposé d’importantes économies d’électricité dans les régions de Tokyo et du nord-est, afin de compenser l’arrêt des réacteurs. Une restriction qui sera appliquée pendant tout l’été. Le 6 juillet 2011 à 19:07 • Maxime Lambert
L’iPhone 6 sous iOS 7 dévoilé sur un site de développeurs ?Un identifiant et un visuel apparus sur le site Maypalo.com montrerait “l’iPhone 6.1”, un appareil en test fonctionnant avec le prochain système d’exploitation d’Apple. Alors, info ou intox ?Il y a quelques jours, le cabinet Jefferies créait la sensation sur la Toile en expliquant qu’un iPhone 6 était actuellement en phase de test entre les murs de la firme de Cupertino, en Californie.Et bien le site Maypalo va encore plus loin puisqu’il affirme, par le biais de l’apparition d’une nouvelle référence, la 6.1, et surtout, d’un nouveau visuel, que ce fameux smartphone fonctionnerait sous iOS7, c’est à dire le successeur de l’actuel système d’exploitation d’Apple, iOS 6.Avec iOS 7, plus de pixels perdus !À voir la photo, et dans le cas où elle ne serait pas un trucage, le visuel affiche un iPhone qui fonctionne sur réseau 4G LTE (comme l’iPhone 5), et affiche tour à tour Météo, paramètres de connexion réseau et système comme l’activation et désactivation des réseaux 4G LTE et bluetooth ou le réglage de la luminosité de l’écran. Il arbore également le niveau de la batterie, le calendrier ou encore l’utilisation de la mémoire de stockage ainsi que les messages et appels. Bref, plus de pixels perdus sur le grand écran de l’iPhone !Affichage d’icônes personnalisables ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Du fait de la variabilité des informations, on peut se demander si l’affichage de la page d’accueil ne serait pas personnalisable, dans leur agencement, leur positionnement, leur type et leur nombre, ce qui soulignerait le fait de ne plus gaspiller de l’espace d’écran, mais qui pourrait donc forcément perdre en lisibilité. Le juste équilibre étant sûrement à la charge d’iOS, ce dernier limitant sûrement le nombre d’objets à l’écran.Une crédibilité qui ne pourrait être remise en causeBien évidemment, on pourrait croire à un hoax. En effet, parler d’iPhone 6 sous iOS 7 c’est come annoncer le Galaxy S5 alors que les fans de Samsung attendent la présentation du S4 ! Mais pourtant, le site Maypalo affirme que la signature numérique du visuel serait celle…d’Apple. Elle ne souffrirait donc d’aucune contestation possible et sauf démenti de la part de la firme, il s’agirait donc bien de la première photo de l’iPhone 6…Et d’iOS 7. De plus, la source indiquerait que les tests seraient assez avancés puisqu’ ils se pencheraient sur l’installation d’applications sur le nouvel OS et qu’une sortie serait prévue dans la première moitié de 20013.Il s’agirait donc là d’un vrai scoop pour commencer l’année.Le 3 janvier 2013 à 13:57 • Maxime Lambert
Now that the first big twist of the season is out of the way, Once Upon a Time can start really digging into how this new curse came to be. While it’s still saving most of the details for a future big reveal, the show no longer has to pretend that Lady Tremaine is the ultimate bad guy. We can start to see what led Drizella to cast the curse again, and how she improved upon the Evil Queen’s original design. Her plan is way more complicated than Regina’s ever was. So far, the show’s handling that complication well, only revealing one small detail at a time. The result is that we’re not left feeling confused because the show explicitly tells us that we don’t have all the information yet. OUAT has always done things this way. It only gets frustrating when they’re so obviously dancing around information. Like at the end of this episode.Now that we know Drizella is actually the one in charge, the season can finally start to tell her story. It’s a rough one. One of the things I worried about with this season was that the apparent villain had no redeeming qualities. As much fun as it was watching Victoria Belfrey act like one of the bad guys from Captain Planet, she always felt like a diet version of Regina from season one. Now, we have Drizella, who is much more fleshed out. Like any good fairy tale villain she has her reasons for doing what she’s doing. She’s still evil, but we can at least identify with her more. Just like Regina, she’s had a rough life with an overbearing, uncaring mother. Just like Regina, she intentionally darkens her heart because of it. The difference between the two is that Drizella still directs her anger at the person who hurt her. She just doesn’t care who else gets hurt along the way.Adelaide Kane (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)This was one of those episodes where the flashbacks were way better than the main story. We got a cool scene of Henry and Cinderella fighting off a group of bandits with motorcycle repair tools. Aside from being a well-directed fight scene, it set up two plot points to come later in the episode. One is a scene where Henry and Jacinda fix up her food truck. The other is more important: Regina’s empty nest syndrome. Henry is all grown up now, and he doesn’t need his mother’s magic to protect him. So, while Henry’s off leading the resistance, Regina finds someone else who needs help: Drizella. This is where the story gets interesting. Regina finds a young woman being attacked by a living plant. She dispels the plant with her magic only to find out that she saved Drizella. That’s when we learn all about Drizella’s backstory.Like all good villains on Once Upon a Time, Drizella wasn’t born evil. Her mother always treated her like a second-class kid. Clearly, Anastasia was the favorite, even in death. Drizella assumed it was because she had magic, and that her mother hated it. That’s why she summoned that monster plant. She was trying to practice a skill her mother discouraged. Regina agrees to train Drizella, and it goes pretty well. Henry may be all grown up, but Regina is still a great mom. It’s only after a brief conversation with the reformed Rumplestiltskin that she realizes: nothing in this kingdom goes on without Lady Tremaine knowing about it. She and Drizella consult a magic mirror and find out that Tremaine wants Drizella to learn magic and become a true believer. That way, she can use Drizella’s heart to revive Anastasia. That’s way more messed up than anything Cora ever did.Robert Carlyle (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)That’s why, as great a mom as Regina is, she can’t undo years of trauma. Drizella brings the Prince into Tremaine’s tower and kills him right in front of her. With her heart darkened, it can no longer revive Anastasia. She’s not done yet, though. She announces her plan to make her mother suffer, to compound her suffering and agony. And to do that, she uses another lesson Regina unwittingly taught her: The Dark Curse. As origin stories go, this was one of Once Upon a Time’s better ones. It took a story were told all the way back in season one and twisted it into something new. That’s something this season is really good at. Every week, I continue to be impressed that, even in its seventh year, this show can make the familiar feel fresh. And, just as this show’s always done so well, it ends each episode with us desperately wanting to know what happened next.Well, that was the case for the flashbacks anyway. If they made up the entire episode, it would have been a fine one. This week, the present day scenes didn’t really hold up their end of the bargain. Hook continues his investigation, but it just kind of stalled out. Alice gave him a new way of thinking about the missing girl case, and it led him to a dead man with that mysterious symbol tattooed on his wrist. It’s clearly going somewhere with all this, but there wasn’t enough forward momentum in the story this week to make us really care about it.Lana Parrilla, Adelaide Kane (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)As far as Henry’s story goes, it was mostly inconsequential. Regina’s efforts to figure out the photo were written solely to twist a knife in the hearts of longtime fans. What with her wishing she had a son, Henry wishing he’d had a mom, telling her she’d be a great one… This kind of fan torture is fun, but I wish it had a point beyond that. She pushes him to ask Jacinda out on a date, and he does. He pulls a Say Anything, but the moment doesn’t have any weight to it. It feels like an empty reference, rather than a grand romantic gesture. Probably because they haven’t really gone through any emotional turmoil that we’ve seen. Also, Henry keeps talking about John Hughes movies, which confuses the reference even more. Hey show, Say Anything was Cameron Crowe. John Hughes had nothing to do with it. In the end, she agrees to have a date with him. Said date involves fixing up her new food truck. It’s really cute, despite the fact that her food truck may or may not be a former meth lab.As this show does so well, even a lackluster collection of Seattle scenes leaves us intrigued and wanting to know more. Right at the end, Drizella brings Regina out of the curse. It appears she’s taken the story of the first curse to heart and found a way to make it hero-proof. Or at least more hero-proof than Regina is. She frustratingly dances around exactly what she’s done, which makes the scene extra awkward. Both Drizella and Regina talk as if there’s some secret they don’t want to say aloud even though they’re the only two people in the bar. They speak with an obnoxious vagueness that makes it so obvious that this scene only exists to draw out a big reveal for later in the season. All we’re given for now is that Drizella is somehow threatening Henry so that Regina will do her bidding. And for now, that bidding includes keeping Henry and Jacinda apart. It’s just bad writing, but hopefully, the show feels a little more forthcoming next week, when it has a full two hours to tell its story.Also, Seattle inaccuracy of the week: A restaurant sells pizza by the slice, and it’s good? That’s… not the Seattle I know. Now, if Henry had been eating teriyaki, we’d have something. Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Two-Headed Sea Turtle Hatchling Found on South Carolina BeachWatch: Biologists Rescue Loggerhead Sea Turtle Entangled in Buoy Line Stay on target A dead sea turtle with a spear shaft through its head was found in Biscayne National Park in Florida, officials from the National Park Service said Tuesday.Biscayne National Park Marine Patrol Officers said they are investigating the “poached” turtle and asked for the public’s help in finding those responsible for killing the federally and state-protected animal. The turtle, believed to be a green sea turtle, was discovered by fishermen on the ocean side of Elliot Key Friday afternoon, a park’s service law enforcement ranger told the Miami Herald.All species of sea turtles are either endangered or threatened, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act.Killing a sea turtle in violation of those acts can result in both criminal and civil offenses. If convicted, the person can face a criminal up to one year in prison and/or a fine up to $100,000, according to Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.“If you have any information about the poached sea turtle, please contact Biscayne National Park dispatch at 305-242-7740,” the park posted on its Facebook page.Watch: Chill Turtle Takes GoPro on a Leisurely Swim Through Great Barrier ReefMore on Geek.com:Watch: Biologists Rescue Loggerhead Sea Turtle Entangled in Buoy LineAll the Sea Turtles in This Study Had Microplastics in Their GutsRecord-Setting, 62-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle Found in Mississippi