Vanity Fair Executive West Coast Editor, Krista Smith, and Dakota Johnson hosted Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris’ toast to “Young Hollywood” on Tuesday, in support of the Roar Foundation Shambala Reserve, a foundation established by host Dakota’s grandmother, Tippi Hedren, to provide sanctuary to exotic felines who have suffered from gross mistreatment and neglect.Krista Smith and Dakota JohnsonCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThis invitation-only event was held at Delilah and featured music by DJ Myles Hendrik. This event was part of Vanity Fair’s Campaign Hollywood.Guests included Jovan Adepo, Riz Ahmed, Rowan Blanchard, Luke Bracey, Madeline Brewer, Dove Cameron, Reeve Carney, Sofia Carson, Emmanuelle Chiriqui, Cleopatra Coleman, Amanda Crew, Poppy Delevingne, Nathalie Emmanuel, Cynthia Erivo, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, Eiza Gonzalez, Kat Graham, Grace Gummer, Chris Hardwicke, Colton Haynes, Lydia Hearst, Victoria Justice, Arielle Kebbell, Normani Kordei, Tali Lennox, Lola Lennox, Jane Levy, Natalie Alyn Lind, Zoe Lister-Jones, Melanie Lynskey, Ashley Madekwe, Max Minghella, Shay Mitchell, Cameron Monaghan, Shameik Moore, Natalie Morales, Jason Ritter, Naya Rivera, Emily Robinson, Holland Roden, Louise Roe, Halston Sage, Cara Santana, Angela Sarafyan, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Serayah, Yara Shahidi, Alia Shawkat, Lucky Blue Smith, Pyper America Smith, Lakeith Stanfield, Patrick Starr, Fuschia Kate Sumner, Brenton Thwaites, Hannah Ware, Zelda Williams, Scout Willis, Rumer Willis, Ariel Winter, Edgar Wright, Odessa Young, Maddie Ziegler and more.
Charlotte (US): A man armed with a pistol opened fire on students at a North Carolina university during the last day of classes Tuesday, killing two people and wounding four, police said. Officers who had gathered ahead of a campus concert raced over and disarmed the suspect. The shooting prompted a lockdown at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and caused widespread panic across campus as students scrambled to take shelter. “Just loud bangs. A couple loud bangs and then we just saw everyone run out of the building, like nervous, like a scared run like they were looking behind,” said Antonio Rodriguez, 24, who was visiting campus for his friend’s art show. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCampus Police Chief Jeff Baker said authorities received a call in the late afternoon that a suspect armed with a pistol had shot several students. He said officers assembling nearby for a concert rushed to the classroom building and arrested the gunman in the room where the shooting took place. “Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” Baker said at a news conference. He said two people were killed, and three remained in critical condition late Tuesday. He said a fourth person’s injuries were less serious. Students were among the victims, but officials would not say how many. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22. They said he’s in custody with charges pending. Monifa Drayton, an adjunct professor, was walking onto campus when she heard the shots. She said she directed students fleeing the scene to take cover inside a parking deck. “I heard one final gunshot and I saw all the children running toward me,” she said. “We started to get all the children pulled into the second floor of the parking deck and the rationale was if we’re in the parking deck and there’s a shooter and we don’t know where he is, he won’t have a clear shot.” She added: “My thought was, I’ve lived my life, I’ve had a really good life, so, these students deserve the same. And so, whatever I could do to help any child to safety, that’s what I was going to do.” The suspect’s grandfather Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, said that Terrell and his father moved to Charlotte from the Dallas area about two years ago after his mother died. Terrell taught himself French and Portuguese with the help of a language learning program his grandfather bought him and was attending UNC-Charlotte, Rold said. But Terrell never showed any interest in guns or other weapons and the news he may have been involved in a mass shooting was stunning, said Rold, who had not heard about the Charlotte attack before being contacted by an Associated Press reporter. “You’re describing someone foreign to me,” Rold said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. “This is not in his DNA.” Shortly after UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown, aerial shots from local television news outlets showed police officers running toward a building, while another view showed students running on a campus sidewalk.
Rabat – Agadir will be the fourth Moroccan city to have a technopark, after Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier, and will receive 80 companies. the technoparks managing company in Morocco, unveiled the 2020 roadmap for Agadir. The city lies on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast in the Souss Massa region.“For the first axis of regionalization, in the course of 2019, we will open the fourth technopark in Agadir to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the southern region, in line with the 2014-2020 industrial acceleration plan in the Souss-Massa region,” said Lamiae Benmakhlouf, MITC’s general manager in a statement. The project is a result of a partnership between the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Commerce, and Digital Economy; Souss Massa’s Regional Council; and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Services of the region.The Agadir Technopark will be located in a 10,000 square meter area in the Tilila neighborhood. The project’s total budget is estimated at MAD 30 million. Souss Massa’s Regional Council is contributing MAD 15 million, according to LesEco.The new technopark will have the same services as the other technoparks in Morocco with the involvement of the regional ecosystem, Benmakhlouf noted.The project is a result of a partnership between the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Commerce, and Digital Economy; Souss Massa’s Regional Council; and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Services of the region.The technoparks ecosystem in Morocco will host more than 320 companies operating in the digital sector, including more than 200 companies only in Casablanca Technopark.“Every year, more than 70 new companies join our various sites, representing an annual turnover of 25 percent, which reinforces the sustained strategy of renewing our hubs and boosts our regionalization policy outside the Casablanca-Tangier axis,” Benmakhlouf told Media24.She added, “The success rate of our startups is 83 percent, thanks to the quality support provided by our partners, but also thanks to the proximity services offered by the technopark.”She continued, “Since the opening of the first technopark in Casablanca in 2001, we have hosted more than 1,000 technology startups with several success stories.”
MIN56MIN64MIN 37, NYJ 17+4.5– IND9.24.7OAK1.00.75.41402 GB23.08.7LAR98.21.310.01558 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Philly’s Super Bowl hangover is among the worst everWorst seven-game starts to a season (by Elo and win-loss record) for defending Super Bowl champions, 1967-2018 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. BAL57NO53NO 24, BAL 23+8.4– 2013Ravens1591-372005Patriots4-3.571 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com 198549ers1620-73198549ers3-4.429 2005Patriots1641-712002Patriots3-4.429 1970Chiefs1624-612018Eagles3-4.429 Biggest Elo DeclinesWorst Starts CAR57.512.8BAL61.912.225.01581 Elo declines are relative to preseason Elo ratings for the season of the title defense.Sources: Pro-Football-Reference.com, ESPN.com JAX72JAX66HOU 20, JAX 7+6.6– MIA56MIA52DET 32, MIA 21+2.4– DEN10.75.2KC188.8.131.52551 PHI69PHI64CAR 21, PHI 17+5.3– Five of the teams on the lists above managed to recover enough to make the playoffs: the 1976 Steelers, 1985 49ers, 2001 Ravens, 2005 Patriots and 2010 Saints. (Pittsburgh even came within a game of returning to the Super Bowl.) But most of the defending champs who came out struggling could never quite recapture the magic of their championship runs — or, at least, they dug themselves too deep of a hole to climb out of. A 3-4 record might not sound too terrible, but since 1995 only 19 percent of teams that start 3-4 end up making the playoffs. (Yes, the Eagles are almost certainly more talented than a typical team that starts 3-4, but the odds aren’t great even after isolating teams that won at least 12 games the previous season.)So, this hasn’t exactly been the start coach Doug Pederson was looking for. But what’s to blame? And how can Philadelphia buck the odds and get back to its winning ways?It might be tempting to point the finger at a passing offense that went from fifth in adjusted net yards per attempt before Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury late last season to just 17th this year. And it’s true that backup Nick Foles was a shell of his Super Bowl self when starting the first two games of 2018, and that Wentz has had less time to throw deep and create big plays than he did while putting up MVP-caliber numbers a season ago. Certainly the Eagles’ offense has sputtered to a mere 22.0 points per game (22nd in the league) this year, after averaging 31.1 with Wentz in the 2017 regular season.2And 31.3 in the playoffs with Foles at the helm, for that matter.But by and large, Wentz has continued to be effective in orchestrating the Eagles’ passing attack, ranking eighth in the league in adjusted net yards per attempt — only two slots lower than last year — despite working his way back from a serious injury. Wentz’s average pass has traveled 2.3 fewer yards through the air according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, contributing to a decline in touchdowns per attempt (admittedly a problem for a red-zone offense that has dropped from first to 17th in efficiency). And yet Wentz is still moving the chains at the same rate,3His first downs per attempt are higher this year (37.9 percent) than last (36.4 percent). completing a sky-high 70.8 percent of his throws and tossing only one interception in 195 attempts.If Wentz’s performance has dropped off, it has only been a slight dip at most, perhaps one amplified by an abrupt change in clutch splits. In the final five minutes of one-score games in 2017, Wentz’s passer rating was 114.8 — 12.9 points higher than his rating for the season. This year, his passer rating in the same situations is 92.7 — down 15.4 points from his overall rating. But those plays make up only about 23 percent of Wentz’s passes, an unfair sample upon which to judge his entire body of work, even if it does have an outsize effect on the Eagles’ chances of winning from week to week.More significantly, the team around Wentz has been trending in the wrong direction. The QB is having to rely on tight end Zach Ertz more than ever, with wideouts Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery struggling to get open downfield. (Mike Wallace was supposed to replace Torrey Smith as a complementary receiving threat, but he landed on injured reserve after just two weeks.) Meanwhile, Philly’s running game has declined from fourth in yards per carry (and third in yards per game) to 21st in each category, with Eagles ball-carriers slipping from third in yards after first contact per run to 19th.“I have no lack of confidence whatsoever in our run game,” Pederson insisted Monday. But after a contest in which Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement combined for just 38 yards on 17 carries (a 2.2-yard average), perhaps his belief should be wavering. With Jay Ajayi on injured reserve, Philly is down to Smallwood (who ranks ninth in yards after contact per rush but hasn’t always been able to find a clear path to the second level4He ranks 28th of 47 qualified running backs in yards before first contact.) and Clement (who ranks 35th in yards after first contact per run). The result has been a less dynamic running game — Philadelphia’s longest rush is just 21 yards, tied for the least-impressive long run of any team — and an inability to slam the door when leading, such as in Sunday’s loss.Speaking of that defeat, it exposed another, even larger area of concern for the defending champs: defense. Last season, Philly ranked fourth in defensive expected points added (EPA) per game; this year, its ranking has slipped to 15th, with declines coming in near-equal measure against the pass and the run. Injuries have piled up, including ailments to 2017 starters Timmy Jernigan and Rodney McLeod. And while Fletcher Cox and the front seven have still managed to apply plenty of pressure,5According to Football Outsiders, Philly ranks eighth in pressures per dropback, and Cox ranks second in the league (behind the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald) with 25.5 pressures. the secondary has done a poor job in coverage — according to Football Outsiders’ charting data, Jalen Mills is allowing a staggering 11.7 yards per pass attempt (and is the fourth-most-targeted cornerback in the NFL) — plus the team ranks 21st in yards per rush allowed.Coordinator Jim Schwartz hasn’t altered his defense’s identity much: The Eagles don’t blitz often, relying on the line to generate pressure and counting on sound coverage and pursuit to limit opposing gains. But so far, that plan hasn’t worked as well as it did during the Eagles’ championship push.Philadelphia’s saving grace, though, might be its division. According to Elo, only the AFC East and AFC South are easier prey for their top-rated team than the NFC East, in terms of the quality of the next-best team in the division. (Philly remains the highest-rated team in the NFC East, by a whopping 91-point Elo margin over Washington.) Although our playoff odds give a slight edge in the division to the Redskins (41 percent to 39 percent, with Dallas checking in at 19 percent), things could be much worse for the Eagles if their competition were tougher.The banged-up Eagles have just one obstacle between them and a much-needed bye week: a showdown with the equally tailspinning Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in London. Despite the teams’ disappointing starts, this is one of the best games of Week 8, both in terms of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs: 1981Raiders1555-91198249ers2-5.286 CHI27.99.3NYJ9.25.314.61457 2010Saints1581-541976Steelers3-4.429 LAR71LAR81LAR 39, SF 10+2.9– BUF52IND59IND 37, BUF 5+8.0– MIN67.7%±13.3NO78.0%±10.123.31609 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 7Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 7 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game LAC62LAC69LAC 20, TEN 19+3.1– HOU51.313.9MIA29.013.627.51460 WSH53.013.9NYG0.70.814.61433 SEA37.916.0DET34.713.729.61543 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality 1987Giants1534-1591987Giants1-6.143 Even for an NFL champion, life comes at you fast. Eight months ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were on top of the football world, having captured the franchise’s first Super Bowl title with a thrilling win over the New England Patriots. But after blowing a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead to the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Eagles have started 2018 with a mediocre 3-4 record, sinking them to just a 45 percent chance of making it back to the playoffs (according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo prediction model). Few defending champs have experienced a bigger drop-off to start the following year, and the early-season malaise has Philly’s faithful wondering whether this is just a standard Super Bowl hangover — or something worse.Going back to 1967 (the season after Super Bowl I), 52 teams have attempted to defend an NFL championship. Of those, just four — the 1987 New York Giants (1-6), 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5), 1999 Denver Broncos (2-5)1A team that was beginning life after John Elway. and 1982 San Francisco 49ers (2-5) — started the season with a record worse than the Eagles’ 3-4 mark over their first seven games. And in terms of Elo, only 11 Super Bowl winners lost more points of rating through seven games than the Eagles have, relative to preseason: CIN44.311.8TB184.108.40.206486 The best matchups of Week 8Week 8 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 198249ers1531-861981Raiders3-4.429 1999Broncos1593-961999Broncos2-5.286 2006Steelers1581-1012006Steelers2-5.286 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION For Philadelphia, a win over Jacksonville could help stabilize its championship defense, boosting its playoff chances up to 53 percent. But a loss would knock those odds down to 30 percent, making a bad situation much worse.Defending champs rarely find their season hanging in the balance in Week 8. But if Philly doesn’t correct some of its problems against the Jaguars, the Eagles could quickly find themselves staring at one of the biggest post-Super Bowl letdowns in NFL history.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIn addition to our updating NFL prediction interactive (which uses FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season), you can pick against the algorithm in our prediction game. The prize? Bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field of prognosticators last week: ARI61%DEN52%DEN 45, ARI 10+12.1– PIT61.76.1CLE0.70.66.71445 NE60NE64NE 38, CHI 31+0.7– PHI45.510.4JAX21.89.019.41537 Playoff %Playoff % WSH53WSH53WSH 20, DAL 17-1.6– 2002Patriots1549-602013Ravens3-4.429 Week 7 contained a special milestone for FiveThirtyEight prediction contestants: It was the first week of the season in which the average reader actually beat Elo’s picks! The readers picked up an average of 33.7 points against the model last week, with their only major slip-up being too little confidence in the Buccaneers against the Browns. (Elo looked particularly dumb when it picked Arizona to beat Denver, only to watch in horror as the visiting Broncos thrashed the Cards 45-10.) On the season, though, Elo still leads by an average of 199.6 points — so more weeks like this will be needed to chase down the computer.Particular congratulations are in order to Jesse Goddard, who led all (identified) users in Week 7 with 220.0 points, and to Scott Duhaime, who pulled into the season-long lead with 533.3 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2001Ravens1601-511970Chiefs3-3-1.500 ATL80ATL77ATL 23, NYG 20-3.2– NE91.36.0BUF220.127.116.1126 2018Eagles1599-481968Packers3-3-1.500 SF0.70.7ARI0.20.10.81387 KC76KC74KC 45, CIN 10-2.8– TB77TB61TB 26, CLE 23-12.7– YearTeamElo RatingChangeYearTeamRecordWPct
INTERNATIONALSenator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to reporters waiting outside a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans as news emerged that leaders reached a last-minute agreement to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government. Pic: AP Photo/J Scott Applewhite#AFRICA A charity says “appalling scenes of murder” have been witnessed in the Central African Republic.#USA The US reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling just hours before it defaulted on its debt.#UK Staff at Royal Mail in the UK are set to go on on strike on 4 November.#USA An American man, William Happ, confessed to the murder of Angie Crowley in 1986… on the day he was executed.#IRAN Iran has ruled that a man should be hung for possession of crystal meth a second time – after he survived the first hanging. [The Guardian]INNOVATIONTwitter has shunned the Nasdaq and decided to get listed on the New York Stock Exchange.Here’s a man who can predict within four hours if a Kickstarter project will fail. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTWant to be insufferable on Facebook? Here are seven ways you can do just that. If you really want to… [Huffington Post] NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news…Jane Cowen from Offaly joins protesters and youth campaigners under the banner We’re Not Leaving, at a protest against Budget 2014 outside Leinster House this evening. Pic: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandIRISHGPs have warned that Health Budget measures could have “dangerous and unintended” consequences.The Immigrant Council of Ireland has said that racial profiling must not be included in social welfare garda checks.The Quinn family have begun new legal action against the former Anglo Irish Bank. [RTÉ]Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the outlook for Dublin Bus is ‘stark’ if a new effort doesn’t succeed.The government announced €10 million for pyrite repairs at 1,000 properties.The Reform Alliance was critical of Budget measures, but the rebels are not united in opposing it.Budget airline Ryanair committed to carrying a million more passengers.A man was arrested in connection with the murder of Kevin Kearney.The PSNI said Kieran McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Barry McRory.Gardaí seized a gun and arrested a man after a late-night fight in Crumlin.There is concern about possible attacks on firefighters as we get closer to Halloween.The €600k bill for Fine Gael over the Moriarty Tribunal was paid by the Taoiseach’s department.Labour Youth criticised social welfare cuts from Fine Gael and Labour.
Tiny Mexican porpoise on the brink of extinction can only be saved by captivity Captivity is the only thing that can save the Mexican vaquita, who are already extremely genetically inbred. A rare photo of two live vaquita. Source: Lauren Packard/Paul Olsen for NOAAIn a recent feature on the creature published in the New York Times, experts and conservationists who’ve been working to save the vaquita say that their demise is directly caused by human intervention. Robert L. Brownell Jr, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said this might be one battle the fishermen had won. “The fishermen just think, ‘Oh, good, if we can get rid of the last one, then we can get on and keep fishing.’” If that hasn’t already happened, many scientists now believe, it may soon.According to the WWF report, poaching of vulnerable and endangered animal species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers occurs in 42 of the UNESCO-listed natural sites, while illegal logging of rosewood, ebony and other valuable plant species happens in 26 of them.Illegal fishing, including of sharks and rays occurs in 18 of 39 listed marine coastal world heritage sites, it said.‘Double outrage’Such illegal activities inside what should be the best-protected sites on the planet are “a double outrage,” said O’Criodain, who used to work as an adviser to the Irish government.“We’re talking about very iconic species, and we are also talking about iconic sites,” he said, demanding more efforts at the national and international level to beat the trend.But it is difficult to fight the illegal wildlife trade, which rakes in between €14.1-18.8 billion annually, making it the fourth largest illegal global trade, after drugs, counterfeiting and human trafficking, according to UN numbers.At the same time, the illegal timber trade, which is responsible for up to 90% of all deforestation in major tropical countries, is valued at between $30-100 billion annually.There are large economic interests in bringing an end to such illegal activities, especially inside world heritage sites, WWF said.This is because poaching and trafficking inside these sites threatens not only species, but also livelihoods and entire tourist industries.- © AFP 2017Read: ‘Zero prospect’ of recovery after Great Barrier Reef decimated by the heat and Cyclone DebbieRead: Indonesia’s ‘selfie monkey’ threatened by hunger for its meat 10,410 Views Monday 1 May 2017, 8:30 AM Urgent action needed this week or vaquitas may be gone by next @CITES. RT to tell China, the US, and Mexico to act now! #CITES #CoP17 pic.twitter.com/iGyfQobt05— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) September 28, 2016 Share Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15 Comments Short URL Mexican government extends fishing restrictions to protect #vaquita through the end of May #4aporpoise https://t.co/ZE4LVEMaNf pic.twitter.com/sHJv3GeqJT— MMCommission (@MarineMammalCom) April 23, 2017 ILLEGAL POACHING, LOGGING and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world’s most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF have warned.The species most at risk because of illegal activity within natural world heritage sites is probably the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, which is indigenous to Mexico’s Gulf of California, Colman O’Criodain, WWF’s wildlife policy manager, told AFP.Efforts to boost population numbers of the animal have failed, which leaves captivity breeding as the only way to save the sea creatures. May 1st 2017, 8:30 AM Source: Leonardo DiCaprio/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3363026 Source: MMCommission/Twitter While the vaquita itself is not being fished illegally, it is being caught in nets used to poach the totoaba – a giant Mexican fish coveted in China for its swim bladder, which itself is considered a threatened species.“When I started working on the issue of vaquita two years ago, there were 96 left. Now it is less than 30,” O’Criodain said, adding that at the current rate the tiny porpoise could be extinct within a year.The vaquita has been described, by some of the few people who have seen one of the elusive porpoises alive, as the smiley-faced sea panda because of the dark outlines around its mouth and the black circles around its eyes.
Les Mayas créaient leurs propres sols pour l’agricultureLe 1er avril, lors de la réunion annuelle de la Société archéologique américaine, à Sacramento, des chercheurs américains présenteront leur étude, qui explique pourquoi les Mayas installaient leurs cités près de zones marécageuses, propices à la fertilisation.Pourquoi les plus importantes et les plus prospères communautés mayas étaient-elles localisées le long des vastes marécages de Tikal, dans le nord du Guatemala, où pyramides, palais et temples datant du IVe siècle avant J.-C. témoignent encore de la grandeur de cette civilisation ancienne et sophistiquée ? C’est sur cette question que se sont penchés, durant trois ans, le Pr Nicholas Dunning, géographe, David Lentz, biologiste, et Vern Scarborough, anthropologue, de l’Université de Cincinnati.À lire aussiBoson de Higgs, chèvre et masque maya, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 30 août”Il ne faut pas beaucoup de pluie pour rendre [l’endroit] impossible à pénétrer. Ce sont des marécages saisonniers. La boue devient très vite profonde”, explique le Pr Dunning, décrivant le site. Mais les chercheurs ont découvert que, lorsque les Mayas ont commencé à construire leurs villes près de ces zones humides, il en était autrement. Certaines parties de la zone étudiée peuvent avoir été des lacs peu profonds, avec des zones d’où les populations pouvaient extraire de la tourbe pour fertiliser les champs voisins, où les Mayas cultivaient principalement le maïs.Au fil des années, ces pratiques agraires, sur des terrains en pente, conduisirent à une érosion des sols aboutissant à la création de tabliers de sols profonds et riches le long de la zone intermédiaire entre le plateau et les marais. “Nous avons de bonnes preuves que Tikal et d’autres sites de cette région, comportant de ces sols anthropiques, sont devenus le point focal où l’agriculture s’est développée durant cette période”, explique Dunning. Les importantes quantités de pollen trouvées là indiquent l’importance des quantités de maïs produites.”Un des aspects fascinants de l’archéologie, c’est que, dans la reconstruction de civilisations entières, on ne peut comprendre, d’un point de vue unique, comment travaillait une population ancienne, de sorte que cela se prête naturellement à un travail interdisciplinaire”, conclut l’auteur.Le 30 mars 2011 à 09:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
We’ve seen many genius methods when it comes to set-pieces over the years, but Japan’s “second wall” idea went horribly wrong for one unlucky fellaLast year, a Japanese high school reformed the way set-pieces are taken in the country with a method like none other seen before.It involves a three-player-wall, linked arm in arm, edging slowly back from the ball and towards the defence.Now a Sunday League side have introduced something similar, but it did not end well for the guy who got hit in the face.In the video below, two players in green stand in front of the wall in an attempt to confuse the free-kick taker.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.But it ended in disaster with one of the two green players lying on the ground after being hit in the face as play resumed.There has been no update on him since, but don’t be surprised if he woke up with a large ball print etched across his face after seeing this.The greatest and most inventive free kick I have ever seen pic.twitter.com/27RQiYybiN— Mario (@MMLe0) August 20, 2018
Earlier today, in a party-line vote of 216-208, the House of Representatives passed a stripped down version of the 2013 Farm Bill, containing only farm programs. American Soybean Association (ASA) President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., issued the following statement on the vote:“ASA is relieved that we will finally see a conference on the farm bill. However today’s approval by the House on a partial bill will mean nothing if we can’t get a bill back from conference that both chambers will pass. In that sense, there is still much work to be done.“ASA is opposed to the replacement of permanent law by whatever legislation may result from this process. If only Title 1 of a new farm bill is made permanent, other titles – including conservation, research, energy and trade – would risk not being reauthorized when the bill expires after five years, since Title 1 would remain in place. Also, we are very concerned that Title 1 of a new bill could include provisions that would distort plantings and production in years of low prices, and that it would be extremely difficult to change these provisions if the legislation were made permanent.“ASA now calls on both the House and Senate to work in a bipartisan manner to craft a conference bill that has the ability to pass both the House and Senate and be signed by the President before September 30 when existing authorities for important risk management, trade expansion, conservation, bio-energy, and agricultural research authorities all expire.”
Around two-thirds (62%) of respondents state that a contributory pension scheme is one of their top five most valued benefits, according to research by global advisory and brokering organisation Willis Towers Watson.Its survey of 2,000 UK employees also found that respondents most valued health insurance (43%), life insurance (40%), critical illness cover (35%) and health cash plans (32%) within their employee benefits package.Mark Ramsook (pictured), director, health and benefits at Willis Towers Watson, said: “The first few weeks of the new year sees a significant upturn in the number of job listings, to coincide with the spike in new job-hunters who, after taking the holidays to re-evaluate their employment and levels of job satisfaction, have decided on a fresh start.“As this research shows, benefits are a key component to attracting and retaining talent. [Organisations] looking for high-quality candidates, or wishing to hold on to their existing employee base, should consider this as part of their talent management strategies.”The majority (89%) of respondents think that benefits provision is an important consideration in their decision to work for an organisation, although 67% state that their employer has never consulted them on their reward and benefits preferences.Approximately half (48%) of respondents are satisfied with their benefits package; this increases to 60% for employees earning more than the national average of £28,758 a year and drops to 43% for those earning less than £28,758 annually.Ramsook added: “A gulf exists between what [employees] want and what employees think they need. A disparity between low and high earners may be expected, as provision increases with salary, but [employers] should ask if they are adequately catering for their lower paid [staff], as they form the backbone of any operation.“[Organisations] should look to consult with [employees], so they can create a benefits package that truly reflects their needs and goals. This not only breeds a sense of loyalty among employees, leading to better recruitment and retention, but can also significantly benefit the employer; after all, benefits will only be perceived as valuable if they are used.”
Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless begins its annual count of Houston’s homeless population this week. Housing advocates say the count this year will offer insights into how Houston’s most vulnerable stand as they continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey.At the same time, the continuing partial shutdown of the federal government is threatening to affect people in subsidized housing who are fighting their way out of homelessness.Davis LandAn encampment under I-69.Last year, for the first time in years, the number of people going unsheltered in the Houston area went up, an uptick that was mostly attributed to Hurricane Harvey — 18 percent of people surveyed, sheltered and unsheltered, said Harvey had contributed to their homelessness. The Coalition’s Eva Thibaudeau-Graczyk said she expects they’ll be asking about the storm for years. “The effects of a disaster are not always seen the day after the disaster, but have ripple effects for many years after,” she said. “Those ripple effects tend to drastically impact persons who were very vulnerable before the storm and maybe barely hanging on.”Surveyors will also be working to get people in shelters during the count if they are eligible. That may be difficult though, as the city has lost some of its shelter capacity in the past year, Thibaudeau-Graczyk said.Concern regarding the lack of shelter capacity is compounded by the continuing partial shutdown of the federal government. Housing advocates are now starting to worry some of Houston’s most vulnerable may be affected, as grant applications with the Department of Housing and Urban Development are not being processed.“This is rental subsidies, this is your case manager. This is not a case where we can say ‘Well, we’re just not gonna open the doors this month and accrue costs.’ This is literally, these 15,000 people who we’ve permanently housed, it’s threatening to disrupt them,” Thibaudeau-Graczyk said.She added that even if the government re-opens soon, the time lost may still end up delaying crucial assistance. Share
September 27, 2013 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This month marks 15 years since the launch of Google. A company that now has a market cap of nearly $300 billion, Google first started in a garage as a research project by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.You’ve probably already noticed today’s Google Doodle video marking the anniversary. But in the search bar, type in “Google in 1998.” You’ll see what the search results for the name “Google” were back then. And here’s what Google’s home page looked like in 1998, courtesy of the Stanford University Internet Archive. It’s pretty neat to see how the site’s design has evolved.Related: Google It! Anatomy of a Tech Giant (Infographic) This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Beach goers wishing to use the Sea Turtle Sanctuary at Xcacel-Xcacelito at Playa del Carmen will now have to pay to access the beach.After metal gates were installed and the road closed for more than two weeks, the result has been the implementation of user fees.Initially, the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment explained the reason for the Xcacel-Xcacelito turtle sanctuary closure was to make adjustments and perform maintenance in the land and infrastructure.The Secretariat of Ecology and Environment and the Institute of Biodiversity and Areas Protected Naturals of the State of Quintana Roo have announced that as of June 1, fees will be collected.“In compliance with the Treasury Law of the State of Quintana Roo, as of June 1, 2018, for access to this Protected Natural Area, one must comply with the provisions of Article 206-Quater which establishes the following payment for income and services in the State Natural Protected Areas according to the following value rate of the unit of measurement…”The new quotas determined for the turtle sanctuary are 24 peso for state residents, 40 peso for Mexican nationals and 81 peso for tourists. For filming and photo sessions inside the sanctuary, the cost is 12,896 peso for a day.For tourists who want to visit the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve, the fee will be 355.18 peso and will be sponsored by the hotel or service provider for snorkeling, free-diving, diving or swimming with whale shark, through the Conservation Passport.The prices have been set by the Department of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo.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)
A Spanish collector who is creating a permanent home for art that has been censored just made his latest high-profile acquisition. Tatxo Benet bought the sculpture censored from Japan’s Aichi Triennale earlier this month. Ironically, the piece was removed from an exhibition about censored art.The sculpture, which has caused controversy in the past, is now destined for Benet’s planned “freedom museum” in Barcelona, a hub for contemporary art that has been banned or suppressed in countries around the world.Benet moved quickly to snap up an edition of Statue of a Girl of Peace (2011) by the South Korean artists Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung for his fast-growing collection. The sculpture depicts a “comfort woman”—one of many thousands of women sold into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.Immediately after the exhibition, titled “After ‘Freedom of Expression’?”, opened as part of the Aichi Triennale, the work drew hundreds of complaints; one person even threatened to burn down the museum. As a result, organizers decided to close the section of the triennial just three days later.The backlash was swift: 85 of the nearly 100 participating artists issued a statement requesting that the show be reopened under proper security measures. Ten artists, including Pedro Reyes and Tania Bruguera, also demanded that their own works be removed from the triennial in solidarity with the censored sculptors.Benet told the news agency EFE that as soon as he heard about the controversy, he contacted the artists to buy their work. The triennial’s ban “is a double contradiction because not only an artistic work is censored, but an exhibition against censorship is closed,” he said.The collector told Reuters that he now has enough material for a permanent exhibition “and perhaps even a documentation and archive center about censorship in the art world.” The former journalist and millionaire businessman, who co-founded the Barcelona-based communications group Mediapro, is planning to open his museum in the Catalan capital in the not-too-distant future, although no opening date has been made public.Santiago Sierra’s Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain, which includes jailed Catalan separatists, was removed from the leading art fair Arco Madrid. Photo by Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images.Benet first came to international prominence in the art world when he bought a work by the Spanish artist Santiago Sierra that was censored at the ARCO fair in Madrid in 2018. The artist’s installation featured partially obscured portraits of jailed Catalan separatists and other political prisoners in Spain.Benet told EFE that he has began collecting censored work less than two years ago. He now owns more than 60 pieces, including a video by the late American artist David Wojnarowicz that was pulled by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, in 2010. The Smithsonian’s decision to self-censor A Fire in My Belly from the exhibition “Hide/Seek” after complaints by members of Congress as well as members of the Catholic League was was widely condemned in the art world.Benet’s international collection includes work banned in France, Turkey, China, England, Argentina, the US, and from Arab countries. “All have been censored, although the motives vary: political, religious, sexual, social, moral,” he explained. He added that when he contacts artists, they often lower the price of their work when they learn it is destined for a museum championing censored art. Follow artnet News on Facebook: Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.
BESydney has already secured 34 events for this financial year Sydney’s convention bureau, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) says it is well on its way to delivering 2011/12 results “above and beyond” the AU$186.5 million earned by the company the year before.Just two months into the new fiscal year, BESydney has secured 34 events estimated to be worth AU$69 million to the New South Wales economy. BESydney acting chief executive Lyn Lewis-Smith said the company’s strategies were “definitely paying off”.“Aligning our bid focus to the NSW Government’s priority growth sectors and increasing our efforts within the Asian market have seen Sydney enjoy a very strong start to the financial year,” Ms Lewis-Smith commented.As well as highlighting the economic benefits events brought to NSW, the acting BESydney boss pointed to the “opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking, and trade and investment” successful tenders produced. “Business events bring like-minded professionals, often at the pinnacle of their field, to our doorstep and help to raise awareness of Australia’s intellectual capital,” she said. “Beyond the tally of tourism receipts, business events deliver far-reaching legacies across sectors that will help to grow NSW’s future prosperity.”BESydney head of bidding Virginia Loyola said the team was working towards “a record year”, calling the early results “really inspiring”.“Hard work, coupled with a strong, clear vision, has resulted in good wins to date and there are more to come,” Ms Loyola remarked. “Whether it’s securing international conferences, national conventions and symposiums, or incentive travel from the Asian market, Sydney is competing strongly as a global city and a leading business events destination.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Now, here is the other one that I heard…Per sources, I understand that Foley considers New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels a viable candidate and is vetting him as well. McDaniels, the former Denver Broncos head coach, has been with the Patriots the past few years after his one year stint with the Rams (as offensive coordinator) didn’t work out. Other than his two years with the Broncos as head coach and his year with the Rams, McDaniels has spent most of the past decade with the Patriots in various capacities and would come with the very high recommendation of Robert Kraft and more importantly Bill Belichick. McDaniels first coaching job was as a grad assistant at Michigan State … wait for it … under Nick Saban.From my channel checks, I didn’t get the sense that an offer to either of these guys or to anyone else was imminent but Foley is doing his diligence and working towards a hire. From the feedback I was getting, I think this search has at least a few more days, and perhaps a few more turns as well.As always, we’ll keep you posted on The Scoop. FoxNews.comSunday night, SB Nation published a report citing their sources that said that Hugh Freeze had an offer in hand to become the next head coach Florida.As you’ve likely seen by now, Jeremy Foley released a statement this morning stating that the report is not true and that they have not offered the position to anyone yet.To follow up, this morning I made some calls in the coaching circles and here’s what I’ve got…First, to give credit. Last night, Pat Forde of Yahoo reported that Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain was a leading candidate. I offered a number of thoughts on Twitter as to why I didn’t feel that Mac would be the right fit at Florida, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a candidate. Sources I checked with this morning believe that Foley does consider Mac a serious candidate. No one disputed any of the concerns that I offered about fit, but they tell me that Foley is continuing to consider Mac.
The Papua New Guinea Government has agreed to relax visa requirements for some citizens of China arriving in the country, in particular government officials and tourists travelling in a group, an official says.They will be allowed to obtain a visa on arrival. They include citizens arriving on Air Niugini “on diplomatic, service, and passport for public affairs”, according to Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha.Kantha said in a letter addressed to Air Niugini acting chief executive Tahawar Durrani the rule it included “Chinese citizens travelling on ordinary passports under organised tour groups sanctioned by the Tourism Promotion Authority”.“It does not include individual Chinese tourists as yet,” Kantha said.He said PNG expected “these arrangements to be reciprocated.”Kantha said the visa policy change had also been relayed to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) traveller information manual automatic (Timatic) – to update traveller information for Papua New Guinea.“Internally, the Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) has already made adjustments to its border management system which allows visa on arrival for Chinese citizens with these specific entry conditions,” he said.“In view of the developments so far, and noting that Air Niugini will be transporting Chinese citizens into PNG on its aircraft under these new arrangements, the ICA would like to know if there are any other outstanding policy or operational requirements that we need to satisfy before the government’s decision is fully operationalised.”Tourism Promotion Authority chief executive Jerry Agus welcomed the decision, saying it would open up opportunities for PNG to be competitive in the Chinese tourism market.He said China had the fastest-growing outbound tourism travelling group, fuelled by its increasingly rich middle class which now had more disposal incomes.He said processing and issuing of tourist visas have been a major impediment to general tourism growth in PNG over the years.He said the decision was a positive step, especially when Air Niugini was planning direct flights to Shanghai.The post Visa on arrival granted for Chinese entering PNG appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
agentsfamil A group of five very happy travel consultants was recently treated to a fabulous Fiji famil at Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, in conjunction with Tourism Fiji and Island Escapes. Exploring the remote and beautiful northern island group, the agents ventured to the famous Blue Lagoon Caves, relaxed and indulged at Yasawa’s beachfront Baravi Spa, and enjoyed the culinary delights of the resort’s new 2018 all day gourmet dining menu, including a private beach picnic on one of Yasawa’s stunning 11 white sand beaches.Embracing the continuing demand for luxury product, Fiji’s Yasawa Island Resort & Spa has introduced a range of exciting enhancements for 2018. Bringing extensive experience from high profile and award-winning operations across Southern Africa, Australia and Fiji, renowned Food and Beverage Specialists, Brent Assam and Claire Stiles, have introduced fresh ideas, new flavours and creative concepts further enriching the resort’s culinary journey.Complementing these culinary changes Yasawa’s accommodation has also seen an update with all new soft furnishings and upgraded bathrooms. IMAGE: On Yawini Island for a private beach picnic – L to R: Richard Hankin, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa; Visnja Pearson, Eltham Travel & Cruise; David McMahon, Tourism Fiji; David McCredie, Flight Centre Mosman; Liora Sarif, Sabra Travel; Nicole Grant, Destination HQ; Sue Chadwick, Island Escapes Front: Liesl Jensen, Benalla Travel
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share Clemons played in the first five games of the season for Arizona, tallying two special teams tackles and one tackle on defense. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 14 and then reached an injury settlement with the team on Oct. 19.In 78 career games, Clemons has 257 tackles, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact New Orleans Saints fullback Austin Johnson (35) is knocked out of bounds by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The Arizona Cardinals officially placed safety Tyrann Mathieu on injured reserve Tuesday.Mathieu suffered a torn ACL in his right knee late in Arizona’s 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday and will miss the remainder of this season.The 23-year-old finishes 2015 with 89 combined tackles, five interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and 16 passes defensed.In a corresponding move, the Cardinals re-signed safety Chris Clemons. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo