Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: 3D Billboard

first_imgLearn how to create a 3D billboard with lights in our exclusive video tutorial.Creating textures that interact well with lights is extremely important for anyone looking to become a master at Cinema 4D. Just like in real life, textures need to be able to interact with light in order for them to be perceived as more believable.In today’s Cinema 4D tutorial we will show you how to create some of these textures as we model a 3D billboard in Cinema 4D. We will cover a variety of Cinema 4D techniques including:Luminance TexturesGlobal IlluminationPostioning LightsThis tutorial also comes with free Cinema 4D project files:[maxbutton id=”22″]If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or Cinema 4D in general go ahead and ask in the comments below. I would be happy to answer them!If you are interested in learning more about Cinema 4D check out the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have dozens of Cinema 4D tutorials with new exclusive tutorials every Thursday.Have any questions about this tutorial? Know of any ways to make it better? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

SPORT-ASIA-IND-BOARD 2 LAST

first_imgIndia: India: Rohit Sharma c S Sarkar b Al-Amin Hossain 1 Shikhar Dhawan c S Sarkar b Taskin Ahmed 60 Virat Kohli not out 41 MS Dhoni not out 20Total (For 2 wickets in 13.5 overs) 122 Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-99.Bowling: Taskin Ahmed 3-0-14-1, Al-Amin Hossain 2.5-0-30-1, Abu Hider 1-0-14-0, Shakib Al Hasan2-0-26-0, Mashrafe Mortaza 2-0-16-0, Nasir Hossain 3-0-22-0. PTI AT ATlast_img

World T20: Eoin Morgan urges team-mates to play freely against New Zealand

first_imgEngland have made stunning progress in limited overs cricket over the last year and the current World Twenty20 squad have much in common with the champion 2010 side, skipper Eoin Morgan said ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final against New Zealand.Morgan was at the non-striker’s end when then skipper Paul Collingwood scored the winning run to seal England’s seven-wicket win against Australia in the Bridgetown final in the third edition of the tournament.Six years since the triumph, Collingwood is now a consultant with the team and Morgan believes he leads a side far better than the bunch who crashed out of last year’s 50-overs World Cup after a defeat by Bangladesh. (Full World T20 coverage )”I can’t quite believe where we are with our one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket,” Morgan told reporters at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.”The guys that we’ve selected have done outstandingly well and shown a great amount of attitude in learning.”The 29-year-old has no illusions about the challenge ahead as his team take on a New Zealand side who stormed into the last four as the only unbeaten team of this year’s tournament.”We have a top game tomorrow against a strong New Zealand side who probably have played the best cricket of the tournament so far in the group stages. So we are going to have a very strong game tomorrow to beat New Zealand,” he said.England have a better knowledge of the venue, having played their last two games at Kotla whereas New Zealand played their group matches in four different venues.advertisementMorgan is also deriving confidence from the group’s similarities with the team Collingwood led in West Indies during their 2010 triumph.”Quite a few actually. The main one would be how relaxed everybody is around the group,” the left-handed batsman said.”It’s all about having fun and enjoying what you are doing. If you don’t have the drive to always want to improve, to win a game of cricket, you stand still for a long time, this side has showed strength which is similar to that 2010 (group).”Morgan also drew his experience from the West Indies campaign and encouraged his team-mates to play freely against New Zealand.”Certainly my experience in games in the knockout stage of a tournament is that you’ve done the hard work and it’s almost now you earn a licence to go out and express yourself as much as you can.”If you’ve guys coming out very relaxed about performing and performing on the big stage, I think that takes a lot of weight off the shoulders.”last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Spain outclass Iran in quarters

first_imgSpain produced a sublime performance to defeat Iran 3-1 and enter the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Sunday.Abel Ruiz (13th minute) and Sergio Gomez (60th) gave Spain a decisive advantage before Ferran Torres (67th), who had a hand in both goals, found the target himself.Saeid Karimi (69th) scored the only goal for Iran.Spain will meet African U-17 champions Mali in the semi-finals.FT | #FIFAU17WCQUARTER-FINAL – KOCHI????Spain 3-1 Iran????European champions cruise into the semis pic.twitter.com/55aabxLc9X- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 22, 2017Torres was in excellent form for Spain down the right wing and his combination with centre forward Ruiz created all sorts of problems for the Iran defenders.Iran goalkeeper Ali Gholam Zadeh denied Spain a sure goal when he came off his line to successfully beat Ruiz to a cross from the right and punch the ball away. Mateu Jaume’s attempt off the rebound from outside the box hit the side netting.Spain however, did not have to wait long for their first goal as Ruiz found himself in possession inside the Iran penalty box only a couple of minutes later.Although the Spain centre forward’s first shot was blocked by Iran’s Amir Esmail Zadeh, his first time attempt off the rebound found the net.It was Torres who had started the move, beating the Iranian left back to put in a cross into the penalty box.Spain nearly doubled their advantage soon after, but Gholam Zadeh made another superb save to deny Cesar Gelabert at his feet, with the ball flying over the Iran crossbar.advertisementGomez ended Iran’s chances of making a comeback on the hour mark when he picked up a pass from Torres before turning and beating Gholam Zadeh with a superb strike from outside the box off his left foot.Torres compounded Iran’s misery when he made an excellent run from the midfield before finishing off Mohamed Moukliss’s low cross with a diving attempt.Iran pulled a goal back when Allahyar Sayyad’s header off a long cross went towards Karimi who rose high above the Spanish defence to head the ball in.Sayyad created another superb chance for Iran in the 83rd minute, but Karimi’s diving effort off the pass went inches wide.Spain however, held on to secure their spot in the last four stage.last_img read more

1st Test: Trent Boult leads New Zealand fightback against Pakistan

first_imgNew Zealand came back strongly by dismissing Pakistan for 227 and curtailing their opponents’ lead to 74 runs on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.New Zealand recovered from Tom Latham’s first-ball dismissal to reach 56/1 in their second innings at stumps, trailing by just 18 runs.Captain Kane Williamson, who scored a fighting half century in New Zealand’s first-innings score of 153, was batting on 27. Jeet Raval was not out on 26 as both batsmen batted resolutely against seamer Mohammad Abbas and leg-spinner Yasir Shah.Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 2: Highlights | ScorecardEarlier, fast bowler Trent Boult (4/54) and debutant spinner Ajaz Patel (2/64) limited Pakistan’s lead after Pakistan resumed on overnight 59/2.Boult broke the two half century stands on either side of the first two sessions and Patel took his both wickets in quick succession after lunch before Pakistan was bowled out soon after tea.A couple of milestones clocked for Trent Boult and Neil Wagner todayCatch up: https://t.co/bOC2UgitxI#PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/1Pp4y2TmvKBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 17, 2018Babar Azam (62) was the only batsman to hit a half century before he was the last man to be dismissed, caught low down the leg side by diving wicketkeeper B.J. Watling which gave Boult his fourth wicket.Neil Wagner (1/30) was also rewarded for his steady bowling as the left-arm seamer had Yasir Shah (9) caught behind just before tea for his 150th Test wicket.Pakistan batsmen struggled against Boult’s swing and some tight bowling by Patel, the left-arm spinner. Boult, also the left-armer, broke the 83-run fourth-wicket stand between Asad Shafiq (43) and Azam when he had Shafiq’s offstump uprooted after lunch.advertisementPatel then lured Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (2) into his favorite sweep shot and had him caught at backward square leg before Watling did smart stumping to remove Bilal Asif (11).Pakistan lost both its overnight batsmen, Haris Sohail (38) and Azhar Ali (22), on 91 inside the first hour.Jeet Raval (26) & Kane Williamson (27) make it to stumps on day two – a good one for our boys, after dismissing Pakistan for 227.We trail by 18 runs with 9 wickets. Card | https://t.co/bOC2UgitxI #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/4RiU9xeY3m BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 17, 2018Both batsmen stretched their third-wicket stand to 64 runs until New Zealand struck in successive overs through leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and Boult.Williamson surprisingly held back Boult for half an hour and went with the gentle medium pace of Colin de Grandhomme (2-30) before Boult created an opportunity in his first over of the day.Azhar should have been out on 19 but Paval dropped an easy overhead catch at short mid-wicket. In Boult’s next over, New Zealand wasted one of their two reviews by going for an unsuccessful television referral against Azhar, who struggled to get going in his 95-ball knock.from @RealHa55an #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/g5HV9w8jkuPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) November 17, 2018Sodhi finally got the breakthrough when Sohail hit a low full toss straight to Tom Latham and Watling took a stunning low one-handed diving catch to his right to dismiss Azhar that gave Boult a deserving wicket.Shafiq and Azam then denied New Zealand any more success before lunch until Boult returned after the break and gave New Zealand a much needed breakthrough that eventually limited Pakistan lead.New Zealand had an early setback before it had scored when fast bowler Hasan Ali sent Latham’s offstump cartwheeling off his very first delivery before Williamson and Raval batted solidly and narrowed down the Pakistan lead.last_img read more

Ireland boss O’Neill wary of Eriksen threat

first_imgChristian Eriksen O’Neill wary of Eriksen threat after Republic of Ireland draw Denmark in World Cup play-offs Gill Clark 23:48 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Eriksen Denmark Getty Images Republic of Ireland Denmark World Cup The Boys in Green boss has admitted that the Tottenham attacker will provide the greatest threat to his side’s chances of reaching Russia Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill singled out Christian Eriksen as a big danger to his side after they were drawn against Denmark in the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup.O’Neill’s side clinched their play-off place with a dramatic win over Wales in their final group game as they finished in second place behind Serbia.Their reward is a tie against Denmark who finished second in Group E, behind Poland, and O’Neill is expecting a tough test, particularly with an in-form Eriksen in the team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “Christian Eriksen is playing out of his skin at the moment, playing brilliantly for club and country. He’s scored a lot of goals as well, very, very important goals for Denmark,” he told reporters.”You could go around the squad really, they are a very decent side, Denmark. We will have to tread carefully, be up for both games and take our chance.”Eriksen is a top quality player, he’s exceptional really, he’s been in great, great form for not just club but country and playing brilliantly.”They have very, very good players all around the pitch, playing in big leagues as well, and they are a formidable team.”Martin O'Neill Republic of Ireland 28032017The first leg of the tie will be played in Denmark on November 11, with the return leg back at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on November 14.Republic of Ireland went unbeaten away from home in the group stage, with wins in Moldova, Austria and Wales, and O’Neill is hoping they can take that form into the play-off.”Well the second match is in Dublin and I hope that we still have something to play for by the time that we get there,” he added.”I think that all the teams that were unseeded, probably didn’t want to play Italy, so there was a 50/50 chance of us getting them from that viewpoint, but that said it’s going to be a difficult game for us but we’ll take our chance.”Our away record in this particular competition has been very strong, which is great news. I don’t think the players fear that but they will be very wary.”last_img read more

Van Dijk ignoring critics after £75m move

first_imgLiverpool Van Dijk ignoring critics after record-breaking £75m Liverpool move Chris Burton 08:31 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Virgil van Dijk Liverpool FA Cup Alex Livesey Liverpool Premier League The Netherlands international has become the Reds’ record signing and is aware that his every move is now going to be dissected in minute detail Virgil van Dijk is ignoring those quick to criticise him after a £75 million move to Liverpool, with adjustment still being made to new surroundings.The Netherlands international became the Reds’ record signing when completing a switch from Southampton at the opening of the winter transfer window.A big fee has brought with it big expectation, with Liverpool having acquired the 26-year-old in an effort to plug their leaky defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That has not happened so far, with Van Dijk still lacking match sharpness after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury, but the Dutchman has learned to turn a deaf ear to detractors.He told reporters on a settling-in process at Anfield and those eager to knock him down: “I can’t do anything about that. Obviously, there are so many eyes on me but I am just keeping my head down and playing.“Everybody can say what they want but I am working hard every day and I am getting back to where I need to be with the help of everyone here. I am just doing my thing.“I have been out for eight months – last January until September really – and I didn’t play at Premier League level.“It is not easy to come back, especially when I have made such a big step as now with all the eyes on me and they look at every small detail.“Other people will talk and have their opinions. There is nothing I can do about that. You are always going to be judged but it is not like it is something really strange at the moment.“I know because I made such a big step right now, for a lot of money, everything is going to be analysed.Virgil van Dijk Liverpool ignoring critics“No-one is going to look at the good things that you do. Everybody is going to watch the bad things and that is how it is. But I will discuss it with the people who want to make me better, who can make me better, that is the manager and the players around me.“If they think it is right that is good then that is the way forward.”Van Dijk remains confident that his best form will return once he adjusts to the demands of a new manager in Jurgen Klopp and a markedly different playing style to that he has been accustomed to.He added: “That is pretty clear – the football we play, the pressing, the different options with players it is totally different.“You need time to get used to everything but I am working on it every day together with the team.“I am talking with the manager and everyone who can help me out. I want to improve and get the maximum out of myself and that is what I am going to do.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Avis de précautions à prendre en cas de pluie abondante

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais qui habitent dans l’est et le sud-est de la province doivent se préparer en vue de pluies abondantes causées par deux systèmes météorologiques importants au cours de la fin de semaine. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences demande aux Néo-Écossais d’écouter les prévisions météorologiques au cours des 48 prochaines heures et de prendre les précautions nécessaires. « Les gens qui habitent dans les régions vulnérables doivent être attentifs et se préparer en vue d’inondations possibles, » a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Justice. Environnement Canada annonce qu’une dépression qui se déplace en direction est vers les Maritimes, aujourd’hui 30 septembre, pourrait entraîner des précipitations au cours des deux prochains jours. Dimanche, cette dépression pourrait se combiner au système de l’ouragan Ophelia et entraîner des pluies encore plus abondantes et des vents forts. Des pluies abondantes pendant une longue période pourraient causer des inondations dans les régions de faible élévation et susceptibles aux inondations. Les vents pourraient atteindre 60 à 90 km/h, et des grandes vagues pourraient se produire dans les régions côtières de la Nouvelle-Écosse tard dimanche et jusqu’à lundi. Selon sa trajectoire actuelle, l’ouragan Ophelia longera le sud-est du Cap-Breton et frappera l’est de Terre-Neuve. Les météorologues prévoient toutefois que la trajectoire pourrait changer pour s’approcher davantage du Cap-Breton ou s’en éloigner complètement. Le BGU recommande aux gens d’écouter attentivement les prévisions et de consulter le www.gov.ns.ca/emo pour obtenir des renseignements détaillés sur la façon de se préparer en vue d’une inondation et de toute autre situation liée aux intempéries.last_img read more

First genetically modified salmon to hit Canadian stores as Ottawa gives its

first_imgHALIFAX — Genetically modified salmon raised in Prince Edward Island are poised for the leap to grocery shelves, a Canadian first that has left traditional producers concerned about setting their farmed fish apart.Environment Canada recently gave notice it has approved U.S.-based AquaBounty to grow the salmon at its site about 74 kilometres east of Charlottetown.AquaBounty said in a release it would begin stocking its Rollo Bay facility “as soon as possible,” with the first harvest of AquAdvantage salmon estimated late next year.Sylvain Charlebois, director of the agrifood analytics unit at Dalhousie University, said it’s likely AquaBounty “production will be ramped up in Canada.”“It’s a huge advantage for AquaBounty to be allowed to produce this salmon in Canada,” he said in an interview.AquaBounty, based in Maynard, Mass., has said its salmon will contain genetic material from chinook salmon that help it reach adult size faster, creating a less expensive product.Health Canada said it doesn’t see any need for a mandatory label to allow consumers to spot the genetically modified fish, but existing producers said they may call for that to change.“We are reviewing it,” said Tim Kennedy, executive director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance.“Will there be a disruption in the … entire salmon market? We hope not. But I will say if that’s a possibility, then the response will be: somebody has to label.”The Environment Canada certification has been most strongly opposed to date by environmental groups, who continue to argue there’s a risk to wild Atlantic salmon if there’s an escape.However, the certifications in Canada and the U.S. could draw the traditional aquaculture industry and its lobbyists more closely into the debate, depending on how consumers react to the news of AquaBounty’s products entering the market sometime next year.The Canadian aquaculture alliance says its members don’t farm or sell GM farmed salmon and aren’t researching the practice.Kennedy said a push for labelling could come next.“We are reviewing it. We recognize the United States is moving forward with mandatory labelling, as is the European Union,” he said.“Does it make sense from a trade perspective to align more closely with our major trading partners?”He said the industry could consider setting up a non-GM label, similar to the labelling of organic foods.The federal Health Department has repeatedly said it doesn’t favour mandatory labelling for the genetically modified fish.In a February letter to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network – an active opponent of GM salmon – the department said it prefers “industry-led initiatives such as voluntary standards,” and “the government of Canada intends to maintain its current approach.”Kennedy said this leaves the question of who should pay for a massive labelling redo.“Who bears the burden of that transparency? I don’t think it should be our producers because we’re not the ones putting the new product into the market,” he said.Meanwhile, it remains unclear how significant the level of production in P.E.I. will be in the Canadian market.The company declined a request for an interview with its CEO about its plans going forward for production in Prince Edward Island, providing references to news releases.Over the past two years – as it awaited its Environment Canada licence – the company had shipped eggs to Panama for growing, before the salmon were imported back to Canada and other destinations.Charlebois says the federal decision means the firm can ship more directly to markets, particularly processors that might use the GM salmon in products ranging from sushi to pies to pates.Still, the arrival of a form of labelling in the U.S. could lead to increased pressure to create some form of labelling in Canada, he adds.In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to the AquaBounty production in Indiana, subject to a new regulation that will require it to disclose when a food is genetically modified.That has come amidst a pending lawsuit by a coalition of consumer, environmental and fishing groups that still hopes to block the sale through the courts.Opponents have also criticized the upcoming U.S. labelling system, which they say uses the term “bioengineered,” a less familiar phrase than “genetically modified.”Also, under the rules coming in 2020, companies will be able to provide disclosure of the GM salmon through codes that people would have to scan on their smart phones.Lucy Sharratt, co-ordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, says her group wants Canada to introduce a more transparent labelling system that consumers can easily see on any package.“The lack of genetically modified food labelling is just the most obvious transparency issue undermining public trust,” she told parliamentarians in a hearing last week.“Canadians are also asking for more transparent regulation of genetically modified organisms and opportunities for public engagement.”– Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ricky Martin To Perform At Life Ball In Vienna

first_imgRicky Martin will perform at this year’s Life Ball in Vienna on May 31.The annual event will feature the world of male models with a host of ripped Adonises, beguiling beaus, wild boys and sensual charmers, strutting their stuff in the first Male Fashion Show of the Life Ball, presented by L’Uomo Vogue.Under the aegis of Franca Sozzani – Editor of Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Condé Nast Italy Editorial Director and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion4Development – a manifold of tuxedo-looks by seven of the most renowned designers: Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Etro and Dsquared2, are on parade, leading the way to fashion paradise with masculine elegance and sexy chic. Appearances by legendary female fashion-, music-, and stage divas, in haute couture by the seven designers, literally combine “Adam” with “Eve”.“It’s such an honor to be once again partner of this praiseworthy initiative, representing Italy, where, next June, we will hold the 21st edition of Convivio, thus supporting HIV/AIDS research. It is so important that we all share our efforts for a disease that unfortunately still affects millions of people around the world”, Franca Sozzani said.Life Ball 2014 is also particularly pleased to welcome Ricky Martin for his first live appearance on Austrian soil. For many years he has been active under the auspices of the red ribbon, and says: “I’m honored that Life Ball invited me to come to Vienna for such an important cause that truly matters”.One of Life Ball’s partners, President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and founder of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, will deliver keynote remarks, supporting the way towards an AIDS-free generation.Lust, as a driving force for human action, will be perceptible and omnipresent at the Life Ball and should find its expression in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in all related deeds.Those who want to stroll through the “Garden of earthly Delights” and experience the Life Ball with all its virtues, may still, for a limited time, secure themselves VIP-Tickets for EUR 750, with seats on the VIP grandstand for the opening show, access to the VIP area of the City Hall Ballroom, culinary delights and all beverages (from champagne to spirits, wine and beer), all inclusive. Owners of VIP-Tickets may also function as hosts, with their own Lounge Table for EUR 3.000, to which they may invite up to twelve VIP-Ticket holders, for friends, business partners or clients.Only a limited quota for both VIP categories is still available. For information and reservations, please visit www.lifeball.org.Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, was the first AIDS charity event worldwide to take place in a political building: The Vienna City Hall. Ever since its premiere in 1993, Life Ball raises funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, supports organizations and projects in the most affected regions around the world and contributes to remove the taboos of AIDS in our society. The charitable organization behind Life Ball, AIDS LIFE, which was established in 1992 by Gery Keszler and Torgom Petrosian, decides about the allocation of the proceeds. Beside national initiatives like the Austrian AIDS Helps the majority of the funds raised goes towards international partner organizations such as amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.last_img read more

Morocco’s Health Minister: Vaccine Did Not Cause Infant’s Death

Rabat – The minister of health has announced that the death of an infant at the Orangers Maternity Hospital in Rabat was not caused by “poor vaccine quality.”At the House of Representatives on Monday, Anas Doukkali denied speculations that a new vaccine caused the death of a newborn and sickness in five other babies at the hospital.Based on investigations surrounding the infant’s death, Doukkali confirmed that the maternity hospital uses the same vaccine as all other hospitals in Morocco which have not recorded any “complications.” Read Also: Morocco Provides Healthcare Facilities to 770,000 Diabetics: Minister of HealthDoukkali noted that the medical staff at the hospital were quick to react and immediately transfer the infants to the hospital’s intensive care unit.The infants reportedly experienced symptoms such as breathing problems.The health of the five infants is improving, and four have already been discharged, the minister said.The incident, which took place on December 19, has sparked angry reactions from Moroccans on social media who blamed the infant’s death on the “poor quality of the healthcare sector” in Morocco. read more

Ban appeals for further ratifications of key nuclear treaty

24 September 2008Despite its ratification by nearly 150 nations, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) still has yet to go into force, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lamented today, calling on countries to take urgent action to promote global peace and security. The pact “would outlaw all nuclear tests and move us towards the larger goals of ridding the world of nuclear weapons and preventing their proliferation,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the fourth biennial ministerial meeting in support of the Treaty.The event, held at UN Headquarters in New York, was attended by a number of high-level officials and featured a special presentation by former United States Defense Secretary William Perry and Academy Award-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas.Almost 180 nations have signed the CTBT and 144 have ratified it. However, of the 44 States whose ratifications are required, nine have yet to do so – China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.The Secretary-General said he rejects the “pessimistic view” that the stalemate in the areas of disarmament and non-proliferation will preclude the CTBT from becoming a reality.Achieving disarmament under effective international control depends on the state of global security, “but we cannot wait for the perfect security environment to come along,” he said.“Rather, I believe that the process of moving forward in disarmament, non-proliferation and against the uses of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists will itself contribute to international peace and security.” read more

Equatorial Guinea calls for deferral of UNESCO prize to end immediately

28 September 2010Equatorial Guinea today called for a United Nations life sciences prize it has offered to sponsor to go into effect immediately, saying the current deferral is only occurring because the award is the initiative of an African leader. Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, Foreign Minister of Equatorial Guinea, told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is obliged to proceed with the awarding of the prize.The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, named after the President of Equatorial Guinea, was created in 2008 and aims to reward the projects and activities of individuals, institutions or other entities for research that improves the quality of human life.The prize is designed to be an annual accolade, with up to three laureates chosen each year and granted $300,000 between them, and focuses on efforts to find remedies or solutions to major illnesses and pandemics.But representatives of some countries have accused the Government of Mr. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has been in power since 1979, of widespread human rights abuses and said UNESCO should not agree to award such a prize.In June, UNESCO’s Executive Board endorsed a proposal from the agency’s Director-General Irina Bokova to defer awarding the prize while consultations continue with all concerned parties. The board is expected to consider the issue at its next meeting, scheduled for October.Mr. Micha Ondo Bile described the situation as “unprecedented and therefore disturbing” and said some NGOs were being racist.“We ask ourselves if science, the continent or the borders have colours. If the ones that gave their contribution or shall contribute to the progress of science shall only come from personalities of selected continents or from perfect people,” he said.“And, if it is the case, who are these saints who have reserved themselves the exclusive right to the promotion of the life of other people? And why do these saints allow that each year more than 20 million African people die from AIDS, paludism [malaria] or other endemic diseases?”He said it was especially disturbing because the prize had such potential to lessen the suffering of people worldwide, and particularly in Africa. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 11.57 points to 15,186.38, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 5.84 points to 21,643.58. The S&P 500 index added 2.17 points to 2,461.44 and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 5.06 points to 6,317.52The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.08 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 78.91 cents US.The August crude contract was down five cents to US$46.49 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up five cents to US$3.03 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $5.00 to US$1,232.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was up five cents at US$2.74 a pound. read more

Motor Show does the business for UK plc

Vauxhall signs £200 million order with BSM Record enquiries for Focus RS, Street Ka and three-door FiestaBritain is on track for a bumper year as car sales hit new heights and business is also booming at the British International Motor Show. As the final weekend of the Show begins, exhibitors are reporting record sales leads and massive interest in new models on display.Vauxhall has today announced that a £200 million deal, to supply driver training experts BSM with 22,000 vehicles, was signed at the event this week.Today, MG Rover Group reports £1 million worth of orders for its new X Power SV prompting Kevin Jones, Product Communications Manager to describe the Birmingham event as the ‘perfect launch pad’ for the world debut of its new model.Porsche is also delighted that 700 firm orders have been taken for its new Cayenne off-roader at the event, while GM Daewoo reports sales leads up 10 per cent on the 2000 Show, thanks to new models like the Kalos and interest in the new company. The clamour to see Volvo’s new SUV the XC 90, was so strong during the Show’s business day on 23 October, that the Swedish manufacturer had to bring in a third display model for public days. Even so, some visitors have queued for 40 minutes just to get a close-up of the car.Ford has reported record enquiries at the Show for the new three-door Fiesta, the Focus RS and the new Street Ka. And Mercedes-Benz, exhibiting under its AMG brand, has taken more orders for its products than at the last Show in 2000.But it’s not just car companies that are reporting success at the Show. Rosie Steer, Sales Manager for British Car Registrations said the Show was the most successful the company had attended and that it had ‘exceeded all our expectations’.Quality hi-fi company Bose is at the Show for a second time and reports record business. The company is now working on its plans for an even bigger stand in 2004.Workbench manufacturer PAF systems has seen sales go through the roof since the doors opened on 23 October with orders from racing teams, components companies and private individuals helping their sales double for the quarter.Meanwhile, the response to MINI Adventure Live! – the all action stunt display – has been so positive that additional performances have been laid on to cope with public demand. Two extra shows a day now allow 9,000 visitors to have their own MINI adventure!Notes to editors Porsche signs up 700 Cayenne customers The UK is on course for another record year for new car sales. The SMMT predicts that 2.51million new cars will leave UK showrooms this year, up from last year’s record total of 2.46 million units. The British International Motor Show 2000 was the first international motor show in the world to have an independent attendance audit. 2002 Show attendance figures will be released following audit by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). The Show runs until Sunday 3 November, when the doors close at 5.30 pm. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) GM Daewoo orders up 10 per cent on 2000 read more

A great success

first_imgMelbourne’s 25th March celebrations have been branded a rousing success after 15,000 Greeks turned out to the annual parade to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne last Sunday. The march was attended by Premier Ted Baillieu, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, Simon Crean MP representing the Prime Minister, the Greek Consul-General in Melbourne Eleni Lianidou and Bishop Ezekiel. The Greek parliament was also represented by a bipartisan three-member delegation including Ilias Karanikas, Chair of the Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad (PASOK), Marios Salmas (New Democracy) and Ioannis Ziogas (Communist Party of Greece). Chair of the Organising Committee Kostas Nikolopoulos said the crowd was close to a record turnout. “On behalf of the organising committee I’d like to thank the Greek community for turning out en masse, for respecting the Shrine, and for adding colour and pride to the National Day celebrations,” he said following the event. More than 65 schools, church groups and community organisations took part in the march, including about 3500 children. “The striking aspect was the high number of children, of all ages, that took part in the march, including some infants in national costume,” Mr Nikolopoulos said. It was an event of firsts, with Premier Ted Baillieu and Consul-General Eleni Lianidou attending the march for the first time in their new roles. Speaking at the event, the Premier highlighted the shared histories of Greece and Australia, and paid tribute to the Greek community’s contribution to the state of Victoria. “There is no community at all that has done more for multicultural Victoria and indeed multicultural Australia than the Greek Community, and this celebration is a part of that,” he said. “There is a great spirit of Hellenism, a spirit of 1821. It’s here on display today. It’s here in your hearts and it’s here in that eternal cry, ‘eleftheria i thanatos!’,” Mr Baillieu proclaimed to rapturous applause. He also thanked Mrs Lianidou and the members of the Greek delegation for attending what he described as an “extraordinary, extraordinary demonstration of Hellenic pride here in the heart of multicultural Melbourne”. Visiting Chair of the Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad Ilias Karanikas, also declared the celebrations a great success. Speaking to Neos Kosmos from Greece Mr Karanikas said he was excited and encouraged by the event. “There were a lot of people, lots of children that marched but also lots of spectators, in an amazing place,” he said. “I also went to two schools and it was very touching. I don’t think it’s possible to remain unemotional when you go to the other side of the earth and hear children…singing the Greek national anthem. “I thank all the Greeks that I met there, I thank them for their warmth. It’s a community very much alive and welcoming.” Meanwhile, celebrations also took place in other Australian capitals. Sydney and Adelaide hosted split celebrations as rifts between community groups and the church continued. Rain failed to dampen the Hellenic spirit in Sydney, however, with thousands turning out to the 29th Sydney Greek Festival at Darling Harbour. Tasmania commemorated the National Day with poetry recitals, dancing and speeches at the Centre for Hellenic Cultural Studies, while Queensland Greeks opted to donate funds to the Premier’s Flood Appeal rather than hosting their regular 400-guest reception. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Journée mondiale de la pêche les quotas en ligne de mire

first_imgJournée mondiale de la pêche : les quotas en ligne de mire87% des Français pensent que les ministres de la Pêche devraient être plus pressants en ce qui concerne les quotas de pêche. L’Allemagne, la Grande-Bretagne et les Pays-Bas sont du même avis dans des proportions identiques.Près de neuf Français sur dix (et autant d’Allemands, d’Anglais et de Néerlandais) trouvent que les ministres de la Pêche de l’Union européenne n’agissent pas suffisamment sur les quotas imposés. Selon les personnes interrogées, cela risque de produire un effondrement des stocks de poissons dans les océans.La journée mondiale de la pêche a lieu aujourd’hui et rassemble une cinquantaine d’Etats à Paris. Ils devront entre autre fixer les quotas 2011 en ce qui concerne la pêche au thon rouge. Cette espèce, abondamment pêchée, a vu ses stocks chuter de plus de 80% en l’espace de trois décennies. Par ailleurs, l’ONG Ocean 2012 révèle que plus de 70% des poissons pêchés en UE sont victimes de surpêche. 20% d’entre eux dépassent les limites biologiques durables. Le 19 novembre 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Angry Birds se catapulte dans lespace

first_imgAngry Birds se catapulte dans l’espaceAvec Angry Birds Space, vous pourrez envoyer vos oiseaux préférés dans l’espace. Et c’est la NASA, qui vous présente le concept. C’est Don Pettit, astronaute dans la Station Spatiale Internationale, vient de présenter Angry Birds Space. C’est la NASA qui, a permis à Rovio, de créer les trajectoires des oiseaux, en fonction de la force gravitationnelle.Les vengeurs, non masqués, à plumes auront aussi de nouvelles capacités et des super-pouvoirs.Angry Birds Space sera disponible le 22 mars prochain sous Android et iOS et sur PC et sur Mac.Découvrez Angry Birds Space en vidéo sur Maxisciences. Le 9 mars 2012 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mourinho proud after late win for United

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he was delighted with his side’s 2-1 victory over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League in Turin.The Red Devils went behind courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo strike, but a Juan Mata free-kick and an own goal from Alex Sandro helped secure all three points for the visitors.The former Inter Milan manager has played down cupping his ear to the Juventus supporters at the full-time whistle, saying that he “respects” the Italian giants, but the Portuguese acknowledged that he had been left “really proud” of his players.The 55-year-old told BT Sport, according to Sports Mole:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“On a beautiful Italian day, I made a little thing. I know millions are happy with the win, but I respect Juventus and the quality they have. I am really proud of my boys because they did everything.”“We had to come and not feel inferior. We were in a situation where we thought we needed to go to the last second of the match. The boys started really well and things were under control.”“Juventus have phenomenal players. That Cristiano Ronaldo goal was beautiful and the player [Leonardo Bonucci] that made that beautiful pass, is a central defender! They are a fantastic team with an amazing record at home.”last_img read more

Free Legal Help Available For Those Affected By Cook Inlet Earthquake

first_imgThe type of legal assistance available includes:Replacement of identification documents or other important destroyed legal documentsAssistance with life, medical, and property insurance claimsHelp with home repair contracts and contractorsAssisting in consumer protection matters, remedies, and proceduresCounseling on mortgage-foreclosure problemsCounseling on landlord-tenant problems andAssistance with securing federal disaster assistance and other government benefits available to aid in disaster recovery. The hotline is a partnership between the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Legal Service Corporation, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Alaskans affected by the disaster and facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call the toll-free hotline 855-743-1001 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or go to https://www.alsc-law.org/ Callers should be aware that there are limitations on disaster legal services. For example, assistance is not available for cases that will produce a fee (those cases where attorneys are paid part of the settlement by a court). Such cases are referred to a local lawyer referral service.center_img Callers should leave a message and the call will be returned within 24 to 48 hours. Alaskans can also get disaster assistance by visiting a disaster recovery center or to locate a disaster recovery center, applicants can visit: www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A free legal aid hotline is now available to eligible Alaskans affected by the Nov. 30 earthquake in the Municipality of Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Borough, and Mat-Su Borough. The service allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer to aid in disaster-related matters.last_img read more