Economic sanctions worsening hunger in Madagascar UN expert warns

“All food security indicators are in the red,” Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said at a press conference in the capital, Antananarivo, as he concluded his official mission to the Indian Ocean island nation. “The result is that Madagascar today has one of the highest levels of child malnutrition in the world, with levels comparable to those of Afghanistan or Yemen,” he stated. Madagascar has been subject to economic sanctions ever since the political crisis that erupted in 2009. Mr. De Schutter said the decision to suspend Madagascar from the African Growth and Opportunities Act by the United States has cost at least 50,000 jobs in the textile sector, which had accounted for half of Madagascar’s exports.In addition, the European Union has halted programmes that were ready to be signed before the political crisis, suspending all development aid channelled through the Government.“The total loss in expected aid is estimated to be about 600 million euros,” said the expert, adding that while humanitarian aid by donors channelled through non-governmental organizations has significantly increased, the nature of this assistance does not allow for a sustainable reduction of poverty levels.“It’s high time now to reconsider the sanctions regime,” Mr. De Schutter stated. At the same time, he added, the country’s transitional authorities must not use the sanctions as a “pretext for inaction to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe for its population.” He noted two “promising dynamics” that had been launched prior to the crisis: the development of high performance ecological agriculture and land reform aimed at securing access to land for the population. “Madagascar has a unique potential for ecological agriculture,” he said. “We know that the system of intensive rice cultivation, a pure Malagasy invention, allows to double, triple or even quadruple yields.“A national strategy to support this type of ecological production could make the large island self-sufficient in rice in thee years, whereas it is currently importing annually 100,000 to 150,000 tons of rice. But for this to happen, the authorities must decide to act,” he stated. “Similarly, the process of securing land titles also appears to have stalled,” Mr. De Schutter said, noting that before the crisis investors were eager to acquire the best lands of the island. But today, investors are scarce, “chilled by the political conflict,” and the land certification process has slowed down. “What used to be a race is now moving forward in slow motion,” he said. 22 July 2011An independent United Nations expert said today it is time to reconsider the economic sanctions imposed on Madagascar following the 2009 political crisis, warning that they are aggravating an already dire situation in which one in two inhabitants of the country is food insecure. read more

Government slams MRs Uganda trip but defends paying for air ticket

The Government today slammed the visit undertaken by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Uganda recently but defended the decision to pay for his air ticket.Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said that Rajapaksa was in Uganda, a country accused of corruption, while President Maithripala Sirisena was in London where he discussed ways of fighting corruption with world leaders. Karunathilaka, speaking to reporters at the post cabinet press briefing today, said that the Foreign Ministry had paid for the air ticket of the former President on his request for a “private visit” to Uganda. However, speaking at the same media conference, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said he does not agree with the decision to pay Rajapaksa for the air tickets.He questioned how a former President going on a private visit can be paid for the air tickets by the Government. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in Uganda for the swearing-in ceremony of Yoweri Museveni in his fifth term as President. He said that Rajapaksa had issued a list seeking payments during his Uganda visit but the Foreign Ministry agreed to pay only for the air ticket.Asked why the Government paid for a private visit, Karunathilaka said that this will most likely be the last time such a payment is made and that the procedure will be reviewed in future. read more

Security Council welcomes resumption of direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians

In a statement read out at an open meeting by Ambassador Joel W. Adechi of Benin, the Council President for February, the 15-member body underscored the understandings reached by the parties, “in particular that all Palestinians will stop all acts of violence against all Israelis everywhere and that Israel will cease all its military activities against all Palestinians everywhere,” and called for the “full respect by the parties of their commitments in this regard.”The statement said the Council “recognizes these understandings, along with other recent positive developments, as primary steps towards restoring confidence between the two parties and as a significant opportunity to enhance a new spirit of cooperation and to promote an atmosphere conducive to the establishment of peace and coexistence in the region.”The statement also expressed the Council’s appreciation to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for the invitation to both parties to the summit, and to King Abdullah II of Jordan for his participation in the meeting on 8 February in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.”The Security Council commends the role being played by Egypt and Jordan in facilitating a successful resumption of dialogue between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority within the framework of the Road Map,” it said, referring to a peace plan for the Middle East sponsored by the UN, European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States – the so-called Quartet – that calls for a series of parallel and reciprocal steps by both sides leading to two States living side by side in peace by the end of this year.The Council welcomed the initiative of the United Kingdom Government in convening an international meeting on 1 March in London to support Palestinian efforts to prepare the ground for a viable Palestinian state, as well as the upcoming talks between the Quartet in the margins of that meeting. read more

Game of Thrones What you dont know could get you killed

This image provided by HBO shows John Bradley as Samwell Tarly in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Samwell Tarly knows more than the maesters of the Citadel. Littlefinger knows more than Arya. And Bran knows more than anyone in “Game of Thrones.” The imbalance in knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Economists call it “asymmetric information,” when one party in a transaction knows more than the other and can exploit the advantage. It can be bad for economies. And it’s certainly bad for the people of Westeros as the threat of Whitewalkers drew closer in the seventh season’s fifth episode, Eastwatch. (Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO via AP) Game of Thrones: What you don’t know could get you killed WASHINGTON – Samwell Tarly knows more than the maesters of the Citadel. Littlefinger knows more than Arya. And Bran knows more than anyone in “Game of Thrones.”The imbalance in knowledge is what economists call “asymmetric information” — when one party in a transaction knows more than the other and can exploit the advantage. It can be bad for economies. And it’s certainly bad for the people of Westeros as the threat of Whitewalkers drew closer in the seventh season’s fifth episode, Eastwatch.The episode ended with Jon Snow leading six others beyond the Wall. They’re on a possible suicide mission to capture a wight — a re-animated corpse controlled by the Whitewalkers. Why? Because of the imbalance of the knowledge, the group hopes to prove that the threat is real to Queen Cersei in order to unite Westeros’ warring factions against a common and demonic enemy. Little do they know that Cersei is already prepared to call a truce, providing only more evidence about the challenges caused by asymmetric information.The Associated Press’ economics team digs into this problem with Moody’s Analytics economist Adam Ozimek in the latest episode of “The Wealth of Westeros.” Later, author and journalist William Cohan joins the show to discuss the connections between “Game of Thrones” and Wall Street.“Asymmetric information” is often a cause of markets failing. Think about sub-prime mortgages that Wall Street firms sold to investors as safe. Or used cars where the dealership knows more than the buyer — the example cited by George Akerlof in his Nobel Prize-winning paper on the issue. This problem makes it difficult to foster any sense of trust. Economists have developed ways to handle an imbalance of information, but Westeros lacks those strategies.Consider Samwell Tarly’s frustration with the council of maesters.He killed a Whitewalker with a dragonglass blade while stuck north of the Wall, so he knows that they’re a legit threat. But now he’s at the Citadel training to be a maester, where the most valuable books that might contain secrets for defeating this threat are kept under lock-and-key. Nor can Tarly convince the maesters that Whitewalkers are real.“Definitely for the maesters this is a problem,” Ozimek said. “It gets at kind of the closed-off and cloistered nature of knowledge and information in this economy. … The role of information gathering and the role of spreading knowledge and sharing knowledge is held almost exclusively within the maesters.”This means that the maesters distrust any outside voices.So what does Tarly do? He steals the relevant books and hightails it out of town on a horse-drawn cart. He’s ready to share whatever knowledge he might glean, even though the public might be just as doubtful as the maesters.But even Tarly is subject to asymmetric information. He departs unaware that Daenerys ordered one of her dragons to flambe his father and brother to death for refusing to follow her as queen. So Tarly isn’t just a maester dropout. He’s now the lord of the family estate, Horn Hill.Storytellers have relied on dramatic irony since Ancient Greece. But Game of Thrones is really detailing a fundamental challenge that markets are struggling to address — what to do when information is far from perfect and carefully guarded instead of shared.___Follow Josh Boak on Twitter at Paul Wiseman on Twitter at Chris Rugaber on Twitter at to the “Wealth of Westeros” audio series: by Josh Boak, Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 15, 2017 11:38 am MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State defensive line adopting a pack mentality to replace departed starters

OSU then-redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) celebrates after a fumble recovery during a game against Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe change in seasons is not the only change this spring at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. With 22 players having departed the program, the remaining players and staff for the Ohio State football team are left trying to fill those voids. A lot of that change can be seen in the defensive line. A gaping hole at the right side of that line is leaving many wondering how OSU will fare without Joey Bosa. Bosa, a two-time winner of the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award and a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, leaves big shoes to fill. OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he believes that the new contributors don’t need to be carbon copies of the player they’re stepping in for but can find ways to make themselves successful in different ways. “My philosophy is that you don’t try to replace them, you just try and find a guy to raise their game to the next level,” Johnson said. “I think the talent is there, and they want to be very good. What I do as a coach is to try and get them to raise their game.” Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard is one such player expected to raise his game to the next level. The 6-foot-5 Cincinnati native is well aware that the ghost of No. 97’s shadow will be looming over the defensive line all season long, but he’s trying to avoid that pressure. “I don’t want to be Joey Bosa,” Hubbard said. “He’s a great player, but I just want to be the best Sam Hubbard.”Fortunately for Hubbard, he was able to accumulate enough experience last season to set him up for his newfound spotlight. Hubbard, who recorded 6.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman, was in the rotation, often giving Bosa a few downs off or even playing on opposite sides of the line. His biggest test, however, was when he replaced Bosa after the starter was ejected in the first quarter against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. From that point forward, Hubbard said he knew he needed to be a leader of the unit. “I used to watch the older guys, and now the younger guys are watching me,” Hubbard said. “There are great players that came before us, and if we have any drop off, then our possibility of losing the game is higher. We have to continue at the level of play that is expected at Ohio State.”One of the younger guys who could be a factor next year has a familiar surname: Nick Bosa. Before he even takes a snap donning scarlet and gray, one of the most highly touted recruits in the nation already has exceedingly high expectations. Although Nick Bosa is still on the road to recovery after sustaining a torn ACL as a high school senior, Johnson said he believes that once the younger Bosa gets back to work after his injury, the sky’s the limit.“He is so far ahead in his rehab right now, and we are talking and communicating. I am getting great video of what he is doing,” Johnson said. Johnson and his staff have yet to make a decision on where on the defensive line Nick Bosa will play. His older brother played on the outside, but the incoming freshman could find himself on the interior.“He can do both,” Johnson said. “We are going to see what’s the best fit for him and put the best 11 guys on the field. If he is a part of the best 11, we are going for it.”Alongside Hubbard is Tyquan Lewis, a redshirt junior defensive end from North Carolina. After playing through a shoulder injury last year, Lewis is spending his spring rehabilitating to get back and lead the younger guys. For Lewis, though, it’s not about one guy but the whole unit defensively. “We all have to play within ourselves but understand that we are playing together as one,” Lewis said. “The expectations for all of us are high because this is big-time football at a big-time university, so we want to make sure everyone gets a piece of the pie.”The culture that Johnson is helping bring to the defensive line is to limit the expectations of the individual but heighten expectations of the unit. This kind of collectivist thinking is influencing the players to think of themselves as one of 11. Hubbard, a primary leader of the defensive line, said he sets the example for not only the younger guys but for the entire defense.“I just want to never lose a rep, be a disruption, make plays, do my job, and be my one-eleventh part of the defense that everyone can rely on,” Hubbard said.OSU is set to make its return to the field on Saturday in the annual intrasquad spring game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium following the men’s lacrosse game against Michigan. read more

Letter Parliamentary Opposition amused at invitation to tour CJIA expansion project

Dear Editor,The Parliamentary Opposition notes with great amusement the invitation, under the signature of the Clerk of the National Assembly, being directed by Speaker on the behest of the Minister of Public Infrastructure to a tour of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project site, schedule for Friday 27th April 2018.The purported purpose of this tour, according to the correspondence, is to provide all Members of Parliament (MPs) with relative information so that a more informed discourse on the project may occur in the future.However, we wish to reiterate the following:The Parliamentary Opposition will not participate in any charade, of any kind, at any time, to lend any semblance of legitimacy and to camouflage any appearance of transparency to this unaccountable Administration;We remind all Guyanese of the hostile, diatribe and near sabotage of this project by the then Opposition, AFC and APNU, jointly. This was suppose to have been, according to their interpretation, a corrupt under hand deal by the then Jagdeo Administration;The CJIA expansion project was part of a number of transformative projects, which included the Marriott Hotel, to bring in a new sector, mainly tourism with its eco brand. Guyana was being poised to become a hub for air traffic to facilitate regional and international traffic, with one of the main effects being lower airfares and lower freight, which would have resulted in a ‘big boom’ for the export of non-traditional projects, not forgetting the Speciality Hospital with a view to provide for medical tourism. The development of the synthetic track and other world class facilities to encourage sports tourism;This contract that was entered into under the PPP/C Administration is a fixed price design and build contract, the documents clearly defined what was to be done. The expansion and lengthening of the runway, the new size of the tarmac, the number of boarding gates eight (8) according to the document and the square footage of the building. It was clearly understood that all the risk, including the geo-technical risk, was to be borne by the contractor in this arrangement. We are aware that significant alterations and changes have been made to the design. It is our intention, and we will at the appropriate time, call for a performance audit of this project, to ensure that the Guyanese people got value for their money and what was paid for was delivered. The Minister of Public Infrastructure on numerous occasions in the National Assembly, failed to answer questions or deliver information promised in regards to this project. His usual style of much rhetoric is now common place with very little to show;I suspect the reason that we have had the entire Cabinet visit this PPP/C project and now an invitation to the entire Parliament, is that the environment is being prepared for supplementary request and approval for more monies for this fixed price project. At the appropriate time, in the National Assembly, we will address these matters.It has been three years since this Administration has been foisted on the Guyanese people and they have not a single project, of a developmental nature, to show. Is this now an act of desperation for some media coverage, to show that things are happening? Maybe the now embattled Minister, who is facing private criminal charges for Misconduct in Public Office, through the Speaker may soon invite the entire Parliament to visit two other PPP/C projects, specifically, the East Coast Highway expansion and the West Coast Demerara road expansion and upgrade.Yours truly,Bishop Juan A. Edghill, PPP/C MPParliamentary spokesperson on Public Infrastructure Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA expansion:$346.5M being sought for 2 more air bridgesApril 28, 2018In “Business”CJIA’s design of new terminal building to be completed by MarchJanuary 31, 2014In “Local News”Airport expansion continues without approval – Benn fends off questions on accountabilityJanuary 16, 2015In “Local News” read more

EHF CL knockout phase starts in Kiel

← Previous Story Tibor Ivanisevic two more years at Skjern! Next Story → IHF Amateurism: Beat Lithuania and Belgium to become World’s Best Coach!? The European Handball Federation announced schedule for EHF Champions League TOP 16 clashes. The knock-out stage will begin in Kiel on March 22 with German derby between THW Kiel and Rhein Neckar Lowen.VELUX EHF Champions League – Last 16 overviewHBC Nantes (FRA) vs Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA)1st leg: 25 March, 20:45 / 2nd leg:  1 April  17:00Montpellier HB (FRA) vs KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)1st leg: 26 March, 17:00 / 2nd leg: 2 April, 18:00HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo Zagreb (CRO) vs Telekom Veszprém (HUN)1st leg: 25 March, 18:00 / 2nd leg: 1 April, 17:30Bjerringbro-Silkeborg (DEN) vs MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)1st leg: 26 March, 16:50 / 2nd leg: 2 April, 17:00HC Meshkov Brest (BLR) vs SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)1st leg: 26 March, 17:00 / 2nd leg: 2 April, 19:30THW Kiel (GER) vs Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)1st leg: 22 March, 18:30 / 2nd leg: 30 March, 19:00 read more

Heres why foreign airlines are queuing to set up operations in Ireland

first_img Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: By Fora Staff Short URL Feb 5th 2017, 8:45 AM Take me to Fora Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 8:45 AM 39 Comments Here’s why foreign airlines are queuing to set up operations in Ireland Sweden’s SAS airline is the latest carrier to apply for an Irish air operators licence. Share Tweet Email7 48,286 Views SWEDISH AIRLINE SAS announced this week that it has applied for an Irish air operator certificate, or AOC.That means it will set up a management team and register planes here.Those Irish-registered jets will be based in London and Spain for use on “a small number of departures to complement existing services” that SAS operates, according to a statement on the airline’s website.Of course, SAS won’t be the first foreign airline to apply for an AOC in Ireland –  its Scandi rival, Norwegian Air, was granted a certificate for its subsidiary in Dublin three years ago.SAS is following Norwegian’s flight path so it can “reduce the cost differential to newly established competitors” – a clear message that it wants to up its game against its ‘low-cost’ competitor.So, how exactly would having an Irish licence help the overseas carrier drive down costs? Let’s look at why foreign airlines are queuing to set up offices in Ireland. A SAS Boeing 737 Source: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA ImagesWhat is an AOC?A company that operates commercial flights is required by law to hold a valid AOC from any national aviation authority.In Ireland’s case, the IAA is responsible for registering civil aircraft and approving AOCs.In a nutshell, the certificate means that the airline operates under the regulations in the chosen jurisdiction. The company is granted the protection of that country’s aviation agreements.For SAS, having an Irish AOC means it plays by labour laws here, which are comparatively favourable to employers than the much stricter rules in Sweden.SAS has made no secret about this. It said it will hire staff locally. In a statement to several news outlets, spokesman Fredrik Hendriksson said that the cost advantage of an Irish AOC would come from having lower social security expenses and taxes.It’s interesting that one of the main objections to granting Norwegian’s Irish subsidiary access to the US market was over fears that Ireland was being used to skirt labour laws.Bilateral agreementsA key selling point of an Irish AOC is that it grants airlines access to the clatter of bilateral agreements Ireland has struck up with other regions around the globe.Many of the treaties Ireland signed with other countries date back to the days when Shannon Airport was a compulsory refueling stopover for airlines operating long-haul routes.A historical accident caused by our barrage of bilateral deals is that Ireland is more favourable to airlines in terms of tax law, accountancy rules and on a bureaucratic level.For example, Ireland offers a tax depreciation on aircraft of 12.5% per year over an eight-year period. That can be used to reduce the amount of taxable income reported by a business. A private jet refueling at Shannon Source: Shannon AirportOur national bilateral agreements became less important in recent years, especially after the EU-US open skies agreement was signed, which made it easier for carriers to fly between Europe and the US.They’re becoming an attractive asset again with Britain set to exit the EU. There’s a good chance you’ll hear more about Ireland’s AOC as airlines move UK-registered jets to maintain access to the EU travel zone.HistoryThe noble story of Ireland’s great aviators – like leasing legend Tony Ryan, who went on to co-found Ryanair, one of the country’s most successful companies – certainly helps Ireland live up to its reputation as a ‘centre of excellence’ in the air travel business.But the story alone isn’t exactly a deal breaker when it comes to making boardroom decisions. It’s more significant that our long history of flight means we know how to ‘talk aviation’. Tony Ryan Source: Rollingnews.ieRegulation agencies here are more familiar with how the industry works because it is so big: aviation contributes an estimated €4 billion to our economy, according to the IAA, and roughly half of the world’s aircraft are owned by Irish-based leasing companies.We have developed a culture of aviation and we understand the requirements of an business in the industry.Anywhere there’s a meeting of airline bigwigs putting together a business plan, there’s a good chance an Irish person is sitting somewhere at the boardroom table.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ielast_img read more

Lépidémie de grippe arrive dans plus de régions selon les groupes régionaux

first_imgL’épidémie de grippe arrive dans plus de régions selon les groupes régionaux d’observationSelon les groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe (GROG), on observe actuellement une hausse de la fréquence des consultations pour infection respiratoire aiguë (IRA) présentant des symptômes grippaux, ce qui indique que l’épidémie, déclarée hier par le réseau Sentinelles-Inserm, semble s’installer sur le territoire.Les données des GROG, Groupes Régionaux d’Observation de la Grippe, confirment les données du réseau Sentinelles-Inserm parues hier, informant, elles, que le virus était entré en phase épidémique.Dans leur bulletin du 26 décembre ils indiquent une augmentation de la fréquence des consultations pour IRA d’allure grippale chez les médecins. En parallèle, les prélèvements réalisés par les GROG révèlent la présence de virus grippaux A (H1N1 et H3N2) et B.Selon les vigies du réseau, le seuil épidémique atteindraient les régions Ile-de-France, Alsace, Rhône-Alpes, Centre d’ici le week-end notamment.À lire aussiLes chercheurs révèlent les secrets d’un virus tueur de cancerHier, le réseau Sentinelles-Inserm indiquaient que cinq autres régions ont connu une élévation brutale des cas de grippe : la Champagne-Ardenne où 682 cas pour 100.000 habitants avaient été identifiés, le Nord-Pas-de-Calais avec 475 cas, le Poitou-Charentes, l’Aquitaine et la Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.Parallèlement, les GROG constatent une diminution du taux de bronchiolites chez les plus jeunes tout en rappelant les gestes d’hygiène d’usage (se laver rigoureusement les mains, aérer les pièces, tousser dans sa main et d’éternuer dans le pli du coude).Face à la grippe, en rappel, les personnes âgées, diabétiques et personnes souffrant de carences immunitaires doivent particulièrement faire attention à ces gestes. La vaccination étant également conseillée.Le 27 décembre 2012 à 13:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8s meme lord is Bran Stark

first_img 20 Photos Where my elephants? #GameOfThrones— Westeros Watch (@WesterosWatch) April 15, 2019 20 things we’re dying to see in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ YOU: [switches to private browsing]BRAN STARK:— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 15, 2019 Game of Thrones Season 8: All your questions answered… One of Reddit’s dedicated Game of Thrones subreddits, r/FreeFolk, were also all about it. This one, from user GaryOaksAlcoholism, was my favorite.niz95qbThe FreeFolk subreddit was very much into mocking Bran Stark. Reddit user GaryOaksAlcoholism The episode opened with Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and their army of Unsullied, Dothraki and dragons marching to Winterfell. Jon reunites with Bran after years apart — the last time Jon saw Bran, the young Stark was in a coma after Jaime Lannister pushed him off a window ledge — and introduces Sansa Stark to Daenerys. Now playing: Watch this: Arya and Gendry need to stop playing games and do what the late King Rob predicted them to do #GameOfThrones— Deepa (@deepahere1807) April 15, 2019 Game of Thrones Bran interrupts, saying there’s no time for such formalities when a White Walker dragon is on the way to Winterfell. Oh, and that old friend Bran was waiting for. It’s Jaime Lannister, who has been riding to Winterfell since the end of season 7.Both moments have been memified. #GameofThronesDaenerys- “The north is as beautiful as your brother claimed,as are you”Sansa- “Winterfell is yours, Your grace.”Bran-— _CLiFF_ (@Ayyee_CLiFF) April 15, 2019 A trailer for next week’s episode teased a trial for Jaime Lannister, who killed Daenerys’ father and paralyzed Bran, as well as the first of what will surely be many White Walker battles. With luck, Bran will retain his status of GOT season 8 meme king. With no luck, he might die. Hey, it’s a dangerous game. Ok cool, but why is Bran Orin from parks and rec #GameofThrones— big tuna (@ItsAllens) April 15, 2019 #gotGet the woman elephants!!— Colm McWeeney (@ColmMcW) April 15, 2019 #GameofThronesThe Hound: You left me to die.Arya: I robbed you firstThe Hound:— Slartibartfast (@Slartib60957079) April 15, 2019 5:50 arya&jon reunion #GameofThrones— elif (@alxithymia) April 15, 2019 Preview • Hound vs. Siri vs. Google Now: Who is really the best personal assistant? TV and Moviescenter_img Another episode highlight, at least when it comes to meme creation, was when Euron Greyjoy and his Iron Fleet brought the Golden Company mercenary army to Cersei in Kings Landing. Cersei was expecting the army to include elephants. Elephants couldn’t travel across the world on boats, though. Cersei got no elephants.  Lmao someone said “when you get done watching GoT and look outside your window” IM DEAD WITH THEE BRAN MEMES #GameOfThrones— Kimberly (@yoookimberly) April 15, 2019 Who wins the Iron Throne is anyone’s guess and, at this point in the show, not even the point anymore. So far, though, it looks like Bran will be Game of Thrones’ 2019 meme lord. But he’s got competition. Arya enjoyed reunions with both big brother Jon, friend/enemy The Hound and fellow Fleebottom scumbag Gendry, both of which caused some strong reactions. It was a feelstrip for sure. Me when Arya and Jon reunited vs. Me when Arya and The Hound reunited #GameofThrones— Garner of House Montgomery (@garner_mont) April 15, 2019 Hound Bran Stark. HBO Bran isn’t exactly a Game of Thrones favorite. His plot in the fantasy epic has surrounded the esoteric Three-Eyed Raven, who can best be described as an all-knowing tree man. Bran, in season 6, becomes the Three-Eyed Raven and has been an odd little chap ever since.But season 8 could be his redemption story. Not because of anything in the plot, but because the post-premiere memes circulating Twitter and Reddit mostly starred Bran. He wasn’t alone, obviously. Arya’s activities were also meme-worthy, and an unexpected request from Cersei was guaranteed to go viral.Warning: Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers below.Bran’s schtick is that he can see most of history in his mind if directed to it, which is why, in season 7, he knew what Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish had said to Ned Stark after betraying him aaaaaall the way back in season one. In the first episode of season 8 (recap here), Bran spends a lot of the show sitting in Winterfell’s square and staring at people from a distance. He tells Samwell Tarley that he’s waiting for an old friend.The awkwardness was not lost on the internet. Share your voice I present to you..Dr. Dre’s The Next Episode ft. Bran#GameOfThrones— Shahbaz Khan (@ShahbazMKhan) April 15, 2019 She really wanted those elephants #GameOfThrones— Westeros Watch (@WesterosWatch) April 15, 2019 Bran literally the whole episode.#GameOfThrones— Sam Mercoli (@SamMercoli) April 15, 2019 1 Arya:— The Big Bag Wolf (@KidFury) April 15, 2019 Cersei reaction to no elephants is exactly how I am when Postmates forgets the extra spicy salsa.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 15, 2019 Bran has been getting absolutely destroyed for 24 hours.— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) April 15, 2019 Comment Originally published April 14.Update, April 15: Adds day two memes.  Tagslast_img read more

LNG Project Gets Export Approval

first_imgA federal agency has approved the export of liquefied natural gas from a proposed mega-project in Alaska to free-trade nations.Download AudioThe U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that the automatic approval, which was required by law, should not be read to indicate the department’s views on a still-pending request to export to non-free trade countries, like Japan.Pacific Rim nations such as Japan have been eyed as possible markets for the project, which is being pursued by the state, TransCanada Corp., and the North Slope’s three major energy companies. A final decision on whether to build the project has not been made.Federal pipeline coordinator Larry Persily said more significant than Friday’s order was the relatively little opposition the department received related to the project’s export license application.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Jan 6 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Autopsy yields nil on pregnant soldier’s deathLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.It’s been almost five years since Michelle Clark died, and her family doesn’t know why. Neither does the state medical examiner. She was 31 and pregnant when she collapsed in her Eagle River home. Clark was also a staff sergeant in the Alaska Army National Guard, and she told other soldiers she knew about crime in the Guard but was afraid to talk about it. Her family suspects she was killed.15-year-old in custody for Anchorage double homicideJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageA 15-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter Tuesday in a south Anchorage home.Pipeline communities near TAPS tax settlementRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksThere is a tentative settlement in long-running series of court actions between local government and the owners of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, or TAPS.Budget cuts close rural road maintenance stationsJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageUnder Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget, five road maintenance stations in eastern Interior Alaska will close.Stranded whaling fleet, miraculous survival make for archaeological jackpotLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageFederal scientists discovered the battered remnants of two whaling ships near Wainwright in the Chukchi Sea this fall.Gov’s housing summit seeks solutionsEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageGov. Bill Walker convened a housing summit in Anchorage today, which included sessions on housing concerns in rural Alaska, and boosting private sector investment.High court tosses proposed commercial set-net banQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerThe State Supreme Court ruled Thursday Alaska’s commercial set net fishermen have the same right to harvest salmon as any other group. Set net fishermen are relieved with the ruling.Huslia pleas to rein in burgeoning pike populationTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaA proposal aimed at reducing the number of pike around the northern Interior village of Huslia will be considered by the Board of Fisheries when it meets next week in Fairbanks.last_img read more

Ariana Grande to Headline Amazon Music Prime Day Concert

first_imgToday, Amazon Music announced that Ariana Grande will headline the Amazon Music Unboxing Prime Day concert in New York on July 11, streaming for fans globally on beginning at 8 p.m. ET.  The singer will perform a selection of hits and songs from her upcoming album, “Sweetener,” out August 17.Grande joins a previously announced lineup of artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Alessia Cara and Julia Michaels. And unlike the company’s one-time-only “Experiences” with U2 and Justin Timberlake, these performances will be available for replay a limited after the 11th; more details will be available in the coming days.Prime members and fans around the world will be able to stream the performance on and at July 11 beginning at 8 p.m. ET. More information is available at ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Prime Day begins on July 16 at 3 p.m. ET and run through July 17, offering more than 1 million deals for Amazon Prime members, along with select deals at all U.S. Whole Foods stores.In addition to the unboxing event, Amazon Music is now offering an exclusive deal for Prime Day: Prime members who haven’t yet tried Amazon Music Unlimited can get four months of the premium, on-demand service with access to tens of millions of songs and hands-free listening, for just $0.99. To learn more, Popular on Variety last_img read more

Fashion of the future

first_imgA recently organized fashion show, ‘Fashion Blazon 2017, held at the Footwear design and development institute (FDDI), evidently proved that future of Indian fashion and styling industry is in safe hands. Amalgamating creativity with contemporary ideas, numerous students of the institute presented self-designed attires, jewellery and footwear. Each and every presentation spoke of the efforts and the innovation put in by the students, who explored the new limits of the fashion world. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOrganised within the college premises on November 17, the show was attended by renowned designers, fashion industry experts, and officials. Amidst claps and applause, the show opened with the first sequence ‘Marigold, which was entirely inspired by the Maharashtrian culture. The collection beautifully depicted ‘modernity in tradition’. Next in line was a collection around the theme of ‘Yoga’ followed by ‘Valentine special collection’. The glamorous garments, perfect for a romantic evening, totally stole the show. Other presentations based on themes like, ‘Tie and dye’– presenting ancient art majorly used in Rajasthan and Gujarat; ‘Game of Thrones’ – showcasing the inspiring characters from the famous TV show thereby capturing the Westeros feel; ‘Van Gogh’, ‘Silver’, and ‘Madhubani’ themes, were equally innovative. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGiving a beautiful closure to the fashion show, a collection inspired by the queen of Chittor, Rani Padmavati, was also showcased. The story of valour and sacrifice was depicted via this sequence featuring royal attires of Rajput and Khalji dynasties.Mr Ravinder, Joint Secretary of DIPP graced the occasion as the chief guest. Harpreet Narula, head designer for the upcoming periodic drama Padmavati, was also present at the show. Impressed by the entire showcase, he went on to praise the hard work and efforts put in by the students. FDDI is an apex organisation which has been playing a pivotal role in facilitating the Indian industry by bridging the skill gap in the areas of footwear, leather, retail and management areas. FDDI has been functioning as an interface between the untapped talent and industry and its global counterparts by fulfilling the demand of skilled manpower with its state of art machines and world-class infrastructure.Overwhelmed with amazement, Arun Kumar Sinha, Managing Director, FDDI, congratulated the students for presenting such stupendous collections. “It was a great show considering the efforts of the students. I can see that many of them are quite professional. I loved the way they presented their ideas. When I came here, I had a notion that everything within this campus revolves around footwear designing. But looking at the versatility and the talent, I feel happy.”Speaking further about his plans to take FDDI to new heights, Sinha said, “There are two things which we are aiming at. Firstly, we are trying to bring more designers to the institute so that our students can learn from the professionals. Secondly, we want to provide better exposure by stepping out of the institute. This would help them get firsthand experience in designing, styling, and management. In the words of Aakriti Choudhry – a student who designed two of the garments for the show (one of which was inspired by the petals of the rose) – FDDI is the best platform for anyone who is enthusiastic about fashion or anything related to this industry. “This college is the perfect place to learn new things. It gave us innumerable opportunities to go places and learn, not just through words and teachings within the four walls of the classroom but through experiences. They also provide us with opportunities to go and attend events like the Amazon fashion week and other fashion events of the sort. Not every person wants to get into core designing like I want to be. The college faculty and the staff help us figure out what are we meant to do. I am really happy to be a part of this college and the event as well. Every designer has put in a lot of effort to make it a success.”last_img read more

Commission says additional tourist ferry fee to Cozumel will not be applied

first_imgEmiliano Ramos Hernández, president of the Finance Commission defended the charge, which is similar to the one applied in Isla Mujeres, indicating that the municipality require resources, noting that the charge was aimed at tourists, not local citizens.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The decision, says deputy Fernando Zelaya, was made after objections by the ferry companies who claimed the collection of the fee was unconstitutional, a claim later confirmed by deputy Jesus Zetina Tejero. He explained that Cozumel will only be able to charge the new Right to Sanitation fee through hotels, however, non-residents crossing to Isla Mujeres will still be charged the crossing fee. Cozumel, Q.R. — The announcement of an additional 16 peso fee to non-residents to use the ferry service from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel will not be applied. The ruling was announced by local deputies of the Finance and Municipal Affairs Commission, for which they say, Cozumel will only charge this Right to Sanitation fee in hotels, the same as in other municipalities. Zelaya noted that while Isla Mujeres tourists cross because they already have hotel reservations or a package purchased, in the case of Cozumel, visitors to the island are those who have arrived in Riviera Maya and are attracted to the island. He says they just decide to go and are more fickle toward an additional charge. The new fee, which was supposed to take effect January 1, has not been approved for the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferry crossing. last_img read more

Deutsche Banks decade old faulty software may have stopped it from reporting

first_imgOn Wednesday, Germany’s biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, shared that it has found a bug in its decade old software that it has using for flagging suspicious transactions. This news came out just a day ahead of the bank’s annual shareholders meeting held on May 23. According to a Deutsche Bank spokesman the faulty software was one of the many anti-financial crime systems that the bank uses. The glitch happened because two of 121 parameters in the software were not defined accurately. It was detected when employees from the bank’s anti-financial crime unit started working on improving the bank’s internal processes last year. In a statement the bank said, “Deutsche Bank is working on correcting the error as quickly as possible and is in close contact with the regulators.” This news has further dealt a major blow to the bank’s reputation as it is already facing several accusations regarding its involvement in money laundering. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that during 2016-2017, the bank’s executives were informed by its anti-laundering-specialists about several suspicious transactions. These transactions, which also involved Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were first flagged by a computer system. Despite these reports, the bank refused to take any action. “Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes. But executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice,” wrote The New York Times in its report. Following these news, the bank’s share price reached a new record low on Thursday morning and needless to say, this left its shareholders unimpressed. At the bank’s Annual General Meeting, Christian Sewing, the Deutsche Bank chief executive, faced discontent of the shareholders regarding the bank’s top management. He has now promised to improve the bank’s internal controls and is planning to “make tough cutbacks” to reverse the damages. Addressing the investors, Sewing said, “We will accelerate transformation by rigorously focusing our bank on profitable and growing businesses which are particularly relevant to our clients.” Read the full story on The New York Times. Read Next Lloyds Bank’s online services which were down due to DNSSEC issues have been restored! Wells Fargo’s online and mobile banking operations suffer a major outage Apple’s March Event: Apple changes gears to services, is now your bank, news source, gaming zone, and TVlast_img read more

Police Woman not infant fell from Belfast ferry

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Police say other passengers on the ferry from Scotland reported seeing a baby with the woman, but after interviewing her family, they now believe she had no child with her.The search lasted 18 hours and involved a police helicopter and several vessels.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img DUBLIN (AP) – Police in Northern Ireland say they have ended an overnight search of Belfast Lough after a woman’s claim that her baby fell from a ferry into the water proved to be false.The story that a 37-year-old woman and her infant plunged together into the harbor _ but only the mother was rescued _ made headlines Thursday across Britain and Ireland.But police said officers have concluded the woman fell alone. She spent 15 minutes in the water and was treated for hypothermia in a Belfast hospital. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Voters make their mark in Acaciavale

first_imgVoters made their way to voting stations in the Acaciavale area yesterday (Wednesday) to make their mark.Short queues were the order of the day at ML Sultan Primary School, as the majority of people were registered to vote elsewhere in the area.Other voting stations were busy, with long lines of voters happily anticipating their chance to make a difference in the leadership of the country.After the voting, people showed their marked thumbs at Wimpy to qualify for a free cup of coffee with family and friends.Now it’s a matter of waiting until all the votes are tallied to see the overall outcome.Preliminary results point to a convincing ANC victory, with the DA in a distant second. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more