Maryland enacted legislation expanding the personal income tax credit for student loan debt to include graduate school debt.Previously, only undergraduate school debt was eligible for the credit.Credit BasicsA refundable credit up to $5,000 is available for taxpayers who:incurred at least $20,000 in student loan debt; andhave at least $5,000 in outstanding student loan debt.The credit will be recaptured if the taxpayer does not use it for repayment of the debt within two years.When Credit is AvailableThe expansion of the credit applies to tax years beginning after 2017.Ch. 382 H.B. 593, Laws 2018, effective July 1, 2018, applicable as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
We know the victim’s name in the 2015 death case in Jefferson City that has two people now facing first-degree murder charges.Moniteau County authorities say Sandy Gallaspie admitted to killing Jon Williams, who was identified as the body found off Bess Hill Road in Jefferson City on June 27.Ponder was the ex-wife of Williams and was allegedly involved in the killing as well.Both had already been charged with abandonment of a corpse after being arrested within the past week.(This story was last updated at 4:51 a.m. Wednesday.)
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AdvertisementThe Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James lost their sixth game of the NBA season as the Toronto Raptors defeated them 121-107 at the Staples Center.James failed to assert his dominance on the game and had just 18 points and 6 assists. Kyle Kuzma scored 24 for the Lakers, but it was not enough as they slumped to yet another loss.Kawhi Leonard, their star man did not feature, but the Raptors looked quite comfortable without him. They raced to a huge lead in the first quarter and did not squander it. The score was 42-17 to them after the first quarter, as the Lakers struggled to cope.Serge Ibaka had 34 points and 10 rebounds, and coach Nick Nurse’s decision to start him at center paid off. Kyle Lowry had a great game as well, with 21 points and 15 assists. It was his eighth straight game with 10 or more assists, which is a franchise record.“They just came out and just hit us right in the mouth,” said LeBron after the game. “It’s very, very hard to make a game out of that when you’re trying to expend so much energy trying to get back into it.”It has been an underwhelming start for the Lakers, but Luke Walton will be hopeful of turning it around. As for the Raptors, they look the real deal, as the improved to 9-1 this season.Advertisement
Lewis Hamilton: Sebastian Vettel would not want to be in the same team as me “I am not here to make friends,” he says. “I am not here to please anyone. I am here to get results. What he says doesn’t matter to me. I don’t care what he thinks. What matters to me is that I get the most out of myself and my racing.”Hülkenberg proved incapable of ignoring the issue and went on to call him a “wannabe Verstappen” and wryly added that having “hot-headed and sensitive” drivers was good for the show.Magnussen remains insistent he has no regrets and that there would be no apologies. “I don’t have to defend myself to him,” he says. “I really don’t have to. Its a race on track and that’s it. I don’t care about anything else.”Magnussen is no stranger to controversy. He has packed an awful lot into a what has been a deceptively short F1 career. Taken on as part of McLaren’s young driver programme, he made his debut for the team alongside Jenson Button in 2014. His second place in the opening race that year in Australia was the last podium the team scored. He was demoted to reserve driver the next season, when Fernando Alonso returned to the team, and was released at the end of 2015. One season with Renault followed before he joined Haas this year. They have just confirmed he will be driving for them next year – the first time he will have concluded two racing seasons in a row for the same team. Support The Guardian Eyes down for the run-in as F1’s season reconvenes at Spa interviews Read more Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… He has, he insists, made the most of every opportunity he has been given. “F1 has been my dream since I was a kid,” he says. “I am here. That feeling of having achieved that and a step in my life’s dream of winning the championship – there is no way I wouldn’t work extremely hard – I put the time in. I feel like Haas is a much better fit for me, it is less political and there is room for me to be me.”With F1 resuming with the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday after the sport’s summer break, he currently trails his team-mate Romain Grosjean by seven points and has a best finish of seventh. But now Magnussen has a solid season behind him, it is a position he expects to improve upon as the team attempt to secure seventh place in the constructors’ championship. His goal remains a seat at one of the top teams for a tilt at the title, a target he believes is still achievable by proving himself at Haas but not, he insists, at the cost of his fiercely independent character. “I say what I think,” he concludes. “I will not change myself or my opinions for anyone.” Kevin Magnussen cannot help but smile when reminded of his riposte to Nico Hülkenberg after the pair had clashed at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Magnussen discarded years of careful media training with his childishly gleeful retort of “suck my balls” when Hülkenberg berated him for his driving. Magnussen is unrepentant but the grin swiftly disappears, to be replaced with a look of cold conviction. Although his flippancy hit the headlines the young driver is more concerned with emphasising just how seriously he takes his role in Formula One.The 24-year-old had squeezed Hülkenberg wide in Budapest and was given a five-second penalty for doing so. Hülkenberg was still fuming about the incident after the race and interrupted an interview Magnussen was conducting to accuse him of being “the most unsporting driver”. Magnussen’s reply was impudent but he is unafraid of a fight, a character trait reflected on and off the track. It has given the Dane a level of confidence and allowed him to relax and race freely; he is finally under no pressure to earn his place. As Hülkenberg discovered, it has not, however, made Magnussen any less tenacious. “I don’t see myself as a tough person off the track, I see myself as friendly, open and calm,” he says. “But on track I do my best and I don’t give anything away. I try to push the limits. Maybe I am uncompromising on track. The stewards judge whether I’m fair or not, it is my job to extract the most from the rules and circumstances. I admit sometimes I go over the limit but sometimes I don’t and I get results. You need to be pushing the limits and I am not going to change that.”That he pushes on the track has been clear enough but his mindset off it has been called into question. That second for McLaren remains his best result and his work ethic was questioned by a senior figure within the team. The single season with Renault ended with recriminations after the managing director, Cyril Abiteboul, said he lacked discipline and commitment.Indeed, the claims were still doing the rounds this season, so much so that Magnussen’s current team principal, Guenther Steiner, backed his driver publicly last week, saying he had “never seen that he’s lacking effort or anything”. Sources within the team back up Steiner’s opinion, believing Magnussen is working hard and well because he is finally genuinely comfortable with the set-up at the American squad. He denies that he has ever shown a lack of focus. “When I was there McLaren was not a healthy place to be for a young driver,” he says. “McLaren at that time was a giant on the way down, people were panicking and under huge pressure and it was a very, very tense environment. To come in as a young guy with no experience and try to find your feet in F1, that was not the right environment to be in.” Motor sport Topics Formula One 2017 Share on Pinterest When I was there McLaren was not a healthy place to be for a young driver Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Rumour mill Share on Pinterest Topics Elsewhere in Spain, Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona sent scouts to keep tabs on Tottenham duo Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane during Tuesday night’s match between Real and Spurs. While the quality of both players can hardly be questioned, neither man was at his absolute best during an outstanding Tottenham Hotspur performance in which several other players stepped up and caught the eye. Those Harry Winks and Hugo Lloris to the Camp Nou rumours start here. Still only 18, Ajax central defender Matthijs de Ligt is another man wanted by the Catalan club, who have also approached representatives of the Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn.Chelsea are hopeful of securing the signature of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly come season’s end, but will have to fend off interest from – you’ve guessed it – Barcelona to bring the Senegal international to Stamford Bridge. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has previously confirmed that he attempted to sign Koulibaly during the summer, but couldn’t afford Napoli’s £60m asking price. “Kalidou stayed because he has a strong contract and he knows that with these team-mates and this staff they can have important ambitions and try to win the Scudetto,” said the player’s agent, Bruno Satin, back in early September. So far, so good – Napoli lead Serie A and have yet to drop a point after eight matches. Crystal Palace are ready to ramp up their interest in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, who scored twice for the Turkish side in their Champions League win at Monaco this week. Meanwhile in the Midlands, West Brom and Wolves are both hopeful of signing Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, whose manager Eddie Howe has said the 24-year-old will not be going anywhere in the next transfer window. And finally, West Ham goalkeeper Adrián wants to find a new club after losing his place in Slaven Bilic’s first team to Joe Hart. Yet to feature in the league and aving made just two appearances in the Carabao Cup this season, the Spanish goalkeeper feels he needs a move elsewhere to boost his chances of making Spain’s World Cup squad. Uneasiness pervades at Chelsea, with Antonio Conte among the malcontents Football Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more Share on Twitter Spanish sports news purveyors Don Balon say Gareth Bale could make a surprise return to Tottenham, despite his current employers, Real Madrid, having previously rebuffed advances from Chelsea and Manchester United. With Isco and Marco Asensio proving more than capable of filling his Adidas Predator Precisions, the injury prone Welshman is fast becoming surplus to requirements at the Bernabéu and has even been subjected to jeers and whistles from the cheap seats during some of his appearances this season.Bale, 28, was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer and speculation persists. Nevertheless, Don Balon report that he would rather move to Tottenham, the club that helped make him a star. In May 2015, at a time when Bale was being heavily criticised for poor performances towards the end of his second season in Spain, Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham were “open to receive” him back at White Hart Lane if he was “not comfortable” at Real Madrid. “Tottenham will always have a place in my heart,” said Bale a year after his move to Spain. “I hope the fans still love me even though I’ve moved on. I love Spurs fans; you never know, I could come back one day.” Reuse this content Share on Facebook features Share on LinkedIn Share via Email
Next Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships: India men, women’s teams win titlesIndia women’s team clinched their maiden Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships title, beating England 3-0 in the final. The men’s team survived a stiff challenge from England in the final in Cuttack on Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India CuttackJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 23:17 IST India women won their maiden Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships title on Friday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia women clinched their first-ever Commonwealth Table Tennis titleIndia men pipped England 3-2 in the final in CuttackMaika Batra has pulled out of individual events at the tournamentIndian men defended their crown beating England while the women blanked Singapore for their maiden title at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Cuttack Friday.England tried to change the script but the Indian men brought in a twist to the tale through birthday boy Harmeet Desai to end the English hopes to lift the Host Association’s Cup.The men beat England 3-2 while Indian women defeated England 3-0 to dethrone the defending champions Singapore who had a stranglehold on the trophy since 1997. After having won the Cup for eight consecutive times, their vice-like grip was snapped when they chose to send a weak team.Men, on the other hand, could extend their reign for the second successive time after annexing the title in the previous edition at Surat in 2015. The Indian men had won their first crown in Kuala Lumpur in 2004.Indian Men’s & Women’s team on the victory podium after winning their respective golds at 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships 2019.#Smash_It #CTTC2019 #Odisha2019 pic.twitter.com/S3KZAWbHm2 Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) July 19, 2019Archana Kamath began it all for India but it took some time before she could shake off her rustiness to overcome Ho Tin-Tin, the promising player of Chinese origin with a pen-holder grip.Archana, when attacked on the forehand, found her returns going awry but her strong backhand rescued her against the Briton. After she won the extended second game, the Indian never looked back to put India on a winning path. Manika Batra decimated Denise Payet and Madhurika woke up from her passive play to tighten the noose around Emily Bolton and England for a 3-0sweep.advertisementHarmeet Desai, celebrating his 26th birthday, not only presented himself a wonderful gift but also brought India from the brink to a face-saving title victory. India, trailing 0-2 in the final, needed Desai to give that spark which was lacking. And he did not disappoint with a fantastic win over McBeath to pave the way for Sathiyan and Sharath to complete the task in their reverse singles.If Sharath was awful against Thomas Jarvis, who is No. 186 in the world, in the opening tie, Sathiyan was equally guilty of plotting his own downfall against Samuel Walker, ranked No. 86. And that too after taking a 2-0 lead. But credit must be given to the two English players, especially Jarvis who not only blocked superbly but had the experienced Sharath in a tangle with his accuracy.Unable to counter him, Sharath threw in the towel earlier than one had expected him to.Sathiyan faced a determined Walker who inched his way slowly but surely to first draw level and up the ante in the decider, keeping a sizeable lead. But Sathiyan was able to break the shackled and twice levelled the score at 7-7, 8-8 before the Briton romped home winners to give a nice cushion (2-0).Desai then defeated David McBeath to provide the much-needed oxygen and India snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.Manika Batra pulls out of Individual events, starting July 20Manika Batra, who withdrew at the eleventh hour from singles and doubles, forced the referee to re-draw the seeding list this afternoon. Manika informed TTFI and the referee of her pullout this morning, citing her indisposition. She, however, played her part and helped India win the women’s crown.The results (Team): Men: Final: India bt England 3-2 (A. Sharath Kamal lost to Thomas Jarvis 7-11, 8-11, 4-11; G. Sathiyan lost to Samuel Walker 11-5, 11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 8-11; Harmeet Desai bt David McBeath 4-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8; G. Sathiyan bt Thomas Jarvis 11-2, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4; Sharath Kamal bt Samuel Walker 15-13, 12-10, 11-6).Women: Final: India bt England 3-0 (Archana Girish Kamath bt Ho Tin-Tin 8-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9; Manika Batra bt Denise Payet 11-6, 11-4, 11-3; Madhurika Patkar bt Emily Bolton 11-9, 11-7, 11-6).For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Fred. Olsen Cruises Longest Voyage – Taking Place in Autumn 2019 January 31st, 2019 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched its new ‘Exceptional Explorations’ brochure, showcasing great-value offers on once-in-a-lifetime adventures to the world’s most exotic destinations in 2019/20. Holidaymakers looking to embark on an ‘Around the World’ odyssey with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can enjoy double FREE On Board Spend – of up to £1,400 per person – on boardBoudicca’s 168-night D19GV ‘Grand Voyage’, setting sail in October 2019, on all new bookings made by 28th February 2019 inclusive. Guests can choose to use this free On Board Spend to immerse themselves fully in the destinations with award-winning shore excursions; enhance their onboard experience further by purchasing food and drink; or enjoy Boudicca’s many onboard facilities throughout the duration of this exceptional cruise. Meanwhile, those looking to enjoy an exotic holiday within a shorter duration can take advantage of a ‘FREE Drinks & Tips’ upgrade on a number of exciting fly-cruises in 2019/20, as part of Fred. Olsen’s popular ‘Cruise Sale’, when booking by 28th February 2019 inclusive. In its ‘FREE Drinks and Tips’ offer, Fred. Olsen guests can enjoy selected house wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks all day and evening, without the added hassle of settling a bar bill, plus all gratuities will be paid by the cruise line. Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Boudicca’s ‘Grand Voyage’ – of an epic 168 nights – is set to be the longest, most extensive sailing ever undertaken in Fred. Olsen’s history! Guests will get the chance to visit no fewer than 61 different ports, towns and cities right across the globe, taking in far-flung destinations rich in culture and steeped in history. “We wanted to make our guests’ holidays even more special by doubling the amount of free spending credit available on our ground-breaking ‘Grand Voyage’, enabling them to make the most of their time on board with immersive shore excursions, a spa treatment or two, or a sumptuous meal in our speciality steak and seafood restaurant, The Grill – all compliments of Fred. Olsen! “Of course, we appreciate that not everyone is able to sail away for an entire 168 nights, so we hope that those looking to take a shorter, but equally exotic, Fred. Olsen fly-cruise will enjoy our ‘FREE Drinks & Tips’ upgrade, all the while making memories to last a lifetime!” Details of Boudicca’s ‘Grand Voyage’ are as follows:– Boudicca’s 168-night D19GV ‘Grand Voyage’, ex Dover on 3rd October 2019. Prices start from £15,999 per person. On Fred. Olsen’s ‘Grand Voyage’, guests will be able to go in search of lemurs and chameleons in their native Madagascan habitat; behold the beautiful, unspoilt beaches, dense jungle interiors and spectacular coral reefs of Indonesia; and meander through the colourful ‘floating garden’ island of Madeira. In South Africa, guests will continue to tick items off their ‘bucket list’, as they seek out the ‘Big Five’, on unmissable safari adventures, during stops at Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay; see the penguins of Boulders Beach on a tour from Cape Town; while, in Australia, ‘Boudicca’ will sail to the Great Barrier Reef and Kangaroo Island, home to wild kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.For more information: Visit D19GV ‘Grand Voyage’ Meanwhile, those looking to jet set across the world on a shorter Fred. Olsen fly-cruise will have the added benefit of a ‘FREE Drinks & Tips’ upgrade, for bookings made by 28th February 2019 inclusive. Visit culturally-diverse Singapore and the famous ‘James Bond Island’; wonder at the incredible temples of Burma and the ravishing landscapes of Bali; and explore the fascinating city of Mumbai, before retiring for an evening of fine dining and entertainment aboard stylish, 880-guest Boudicca. Fred. Olsen’s ‘FREE Drinks & Tips’ upgrade is available on the following sample fly-cruises:– Boudicca’s 16-night D1926 ‘African Wildlife & Landscapes’ fly-cruise, ex Cape Town, South Africa (flights from London Gatwick / Manchester / Scotland) on 30th October 2019. Prices start from £2,999 per person.Ports of call: Cape Town, South Africa (overnight stay) – Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Richards Bay, South Africa – Mamoudzou, Mayotte, Comoros – Hell-Ville (Andoany), Nosy Be, Madagascar – Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles (overnight stay)For more information: Visit D1926 ‘African Wildlife & Landscapes’ – Boudicca’s 14-night D2002 ‘Singapore, Bali & Burma’ fly-cruise, ex Benoa, Bali, Indonesia (flights from London Gatwick / Manchester / Scotland) on 22nd January 2020.Prices start from £2,999 per person.Ports of call: Benoa, Bali, Indonesia (overnight stay) – Singapore – Phuket, Thailand – Yangon (from Thilawa), Myanmar (Burma) (overnight stay) – Colombo, Sri Lanka (overnight stay)For more information: Visit D2002 ‘Singapore, Bali & Burma’ All prices shown are based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded Interior Room, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, port / airport taxes, and flights and transfers, where applicable. Guests booking their holidays with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can also benefit from its ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee. This means that, once a booking is confirmed, Fred. Olsen guarantees that no surcharges or supplements will be added to the cruise price. Bookings are underpinned by the security of ABTA and ATOL protection, as well as Fred. Olsen’s industry-leading ‘Enjoyment Promise’, giving real peace of mind. What is more, all cruises, shore tours and purchases made on board Fred. Olsen’s ships are priced in Pounds Sterling – so that guests can explore the world without having to worry about exchange rates. For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website atwww.fredolsencruises.com/agent or call the Trade Support Team on 01473 746164.
Ethanol use reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 50 per cent in comparison to gasoline, and keeps harmful chemicals like petroleum additive, MTBE, out of the air. Story Highlights “We’re not there just yet (but) I have asked my team at the Ministry and at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to see how best we can increase it,” he said, at the launch of Total Jamaica’s Excellium fuel at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 16. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is contemplating an increase in the percentage of ethanol used in petrol, in order to reduce emissions in the environment. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is contemplating an increase in the percentage of ethanol used in petrol, in order to reduce emissions in the environment.“We’re not there just yet (but) I have asked my team at the Ministry and at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to see how best we can increase it,” he said, at the launch of Total Jamaica’s Excellium fuel at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 16.Ethanol is a clean-burning, high-octane fuel that can be produced from common crops such as corn, sugar cane, potato, cassava and hemp.Ethanol use reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 50 per cent in comparison to gasoline, and keeps harmful chemicals like petroleum additive, MTBE, out of the air.Currently, service stations across the island offer E10 fuel, which is a blend of 10 per cent ethanol from sugar cane in both 90 and 87 octane gas.Dr. Wheatley said that many other countries around the world are offering a 15 per cent ethanol blend.He noted that increasing the percentage of ethanol content in the local fuel blend “will lead to a reduction in the carbon footprint and (will) not interfere with the overall performance of the motor vehicle”.President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA), Phillip Chong, told JIS News that he would welcome the move by the Government.“There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It would be an attempt to keep the rising (fuel prices) down. As the price of fuel increases, we have to get a bit more innovative in finding ways to reduce cost. Ethanol was originally introduced on that premise and leaves a better footprint where the ecology is concerned,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley and French Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Jean-Michel Despax, who was also in attendance, lauded Total for introducing Excellium to Jamaica.Total’s Excellium is a new generation of high-tech fuel optimised with specific detergent additives to clean and provide lasting protection to the engine’s vital components, resulting in up to 93 per cent less build-up for diesel engines and up to 99 per cent less for gasolene engines.The result is improved efficiency in fuel use and fewer polluting emissions in the environment.Excellium will be available in unleaded 90 gasolene and ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) at all 57 Total service stations across Jamaica.Total’s Managing Director, David Ducognon, said the introduction of Excellium to Jamaica is in keeping with the company’s commitment to improving energy efficiency and utilising more renewable sources.Mr. Ducognon advised that his company will increase its use of electricity from renewable energy sources by five gigawatts within five years by leveraging the expertise of its subsidiaries – SunPower, Total Solar and Total Eren.“In Jamaica, we are committed to having solar panels in at least 90 per cent of our service stations by the end of 2021. Of course, this requires significant investments in our service stations over the next three years, but we are proud to demonstrate the commitment of the Total Group towards better energy sources in Jamaica,” he said.The Total Foundation has worked with local partners, including the University of the West Indies, the Road Safety Unit and National Road Safety Council towards promoting environmental stewardship and road safety, among other things.
WINNIPEG – The federal and Manitoba governments moved closer to a clash over carbon pricing Friday, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government will impose a carbon tax in Manitoba if need be.“There will be a federal backstop and if any province doesn’t move forward in an appropriate way, the federal government will ensure that the equivalent price on carbon is applied to the specific jurisdiction,” Trudeau said in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, just east of Montreal.“We will respect what Canadians asked us to do and show the leadership on protecting the environment and growing the economy that all Canadians expect of us.”Any carbon-tax money collected by Ottawa in Manitoba would be spent in the province, he added.Trudeau’s words came hours after Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced he will defy federal demands by introducing a carbon tax of $25 a tonne next year and keeping it at that rate. Ottawa has demanded provinces implement either a cap-and-trade system or a tax that would start at $10 a tonne in 2018 and ramp up to $50 a tonne by 2022.Pallister indicated he is ready for a battle with the federal government, which he suggested is using intimidation.“If Manitobans are favourable to our plan, I think it will be difficult for Ottawa to invoke theirs on our province,” Pallister said.Most provinces have already agreed to follow Ottawa’s proposal. Saskatchewan is the only one threatening not to impose a carbon tax at all.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Manitoba will be in good shape for the first few years of the carbon pricing plan.“After that, they’ll need to up their game,” she said in a statement on her Facebook page.Pallister released a legal opinion from a constitutional law expert earlier this month that said Ottawa has the right to demand or impose a carbon tax. But the expert also said Manitoba might be able to defend a lower price in court if its tax were as effective as the federal plan in reducing emissions.The $25 avoids hitting people too hard in the pocketbook, Pallister said, and gives Manitoba credit for the billions of dollars it has spent building its clean-energy hydro-electric grid.The tax will add about five cents a litre to the price of gasoline and also apply to items such as natural gas and coal. A couple with two kids will pay about $356 a year more than they do now, government officials said.Vehicle fuel for farm operations will be exempt and agricultural emissions will not be targeted for specific sector reductions.The tax will raise about $260 million a year and there will be public consultations on how the province should spend the money. Possibilities include income tax cuts, home energy subsidies and spending to help municipal transit systems switch to electric buses.A handful of large industrial emitters, such as the Koch Fertilizer plant in Brandon, will pay an output-based carbon price similar to the plans proposed by the federal and Alberta governments. They will be given a target for emissions and pay the $25-per-tonne levy only on the amounts above that level.The province estimates its carbon tax will cut emissions by about one million megatonnes over the next five years, largely by encouraging people to cut their consumption.But Climate Change Connection, a non-profit Manitoba group, said an extra five cents on a litre of gas is unlikely to convince people to change their driving habits.“Nobody is going really to downsize their vehicle at that rate,” spokesman Curt Hull said.The Pembina Institute, a clean-energy think-tank, said Manitoba’s lower rate is less likely than Ottawa’s plan to convince people and businesses to move away from carbon consumption.“A $50 price is going to drive different behaviours than a $25 price will,” said spokesperson Erin Flanagan.Business and municipal leaders at Friday’s announcement said they recognize the need for a carbon tax and are interested to see where the province will spend its new money.“We do not want to see any of these costs downloaded to municipalities,” said Chris Goertzen, head of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Climate Change Connection was a coalition of non-profit groups.
Paris- A weekly newspaper with a front page comparing a black government minister to a monkey hit newsstands in France on Wednesday, despite legal objections and a nationwide outcry over the racist slur.Amid mounting concern over similar recent incidents, the far-right satirical publication Minute went on sale with a cover featuring a picture of Justice Minister Christiane Taubira and headlines which read: “Crafty as a monkey” and “Taubira gets her banana back.”The text is deliberately ambiguous: the term “crafty as a monkey” in French can be used as praise while getting your banana back is roughly the equivalent of recovering the spring in your step. But the provocative cover page was also an obvious reference to two other recent cases of Taubira being publicly likened to a monkey, incidents which have triggered much soul-searching among liberal commentators over a perceived surge in intolerance.Taubira herself warned last week that the country’s social cohesion was under threat from a disintegration of long-standing taboos on the expression of overtly racist ideas.Minute’s front page provoked an outcry amongst politicians with many of them calling for the magazine’s editor and publisher to be prosecuted for incitement of racial hatred.Even the far-right National Front (FN), branded the coverage “extremely shocking and unacceptable.”Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault registered a formal complaint with the Paris prosecutor over the contents of the magazine.The move triggered the opening of a preliminary investigation but, in light of France’s strong tradition of freedom of expression, legal experts indicated there was little the government could do to prevent the 40,000 copies of the magazine that have been printed from reaching the public.A spokesman for the distributor, Presstalis, said it could only block the magazine’s distribution on the basis of a court order, which had not been issued.Taubira is a hate figure for some on the right in French politics, partly as she was the minister responsible for the legalisation of gay marriage earlier this year.At the end of last month, a group of children attending an anti-Taubira/anti-gay marriage demonstration were filmed chanting “monkey, eat your banana”.That came shortly after an electoral candidate of the National Front was expelled from her party for writing on her Facebook page that she would prefer to see the minister “swinging from the branches rather than in government”.‘A verbal lynching’Taubira’s government colleague Yamina Benguigui on Wednesday described such abuse as “worthy of the Ku Klux Klan”.“Today it is a verbal lynching, tomorrow what will it be?” the minister for relations with other French-speaking countries told Nice Matin. “I never thought I would hear the things I am hearing today.”In a front-page editorial, Le Monde said there were real reasons for concern over the “abject” attacks on Taubira.“It shows that the expression of a pure and hard form of racism … far from having disappeared, is, on the contrary, becoming commonplace,” the influential daily said.“Little by little, dykes have been broken, taboos have been lifted, inhibitions have disappeared.“And the incessant attacks on… ‘political correctness’ have awoken some old and hateful reflexes…”Founded in 1962, Minute was once one of the biggest-selling weeklies in France with its appeal based on a cocktail of right-wing politics, initially centred on opposition to France’s retreat from its former colony Algeria, cartoons and show business coverage.It’s fortunes have declined considerably since the 1970s with its focus narrowing to an exclusively far-right agenda and it has a record of publishing highly provocative articles with the apparent aim of drumming up publicity.The most famous example of that was a story before the 2006 World Cup which questioned whether there were too many black players in France’s squad.Minute was also the first news outlet to report that former president Francois Mitterrand had a secret daughter — although such was its reputation for unreliability that no other media followed up its scoop at the time.
By Majid MorceliSan Francisco- When Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal committed murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys, Psychologists and prison psychiatrists immediately diagnosed him as someone suffering from a borderline personality disorder (BPD).Conversely, the so-called Islamic State terrorists who commit the same crimes if not worse are diagnosed as “Islamic terrorists.” As if decapitating, beheading, and burning alive other humans are normal things to do in the Muslim world, and, therefore, these heinous acts are part of the Muslim persona. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) states that anyone with BPD can experience the following symptoms:Extreme reactions—including panic, depression, rage, or frantic actions—to abandonment, whether real or perceivedA pattern of intense and stormy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, often veering from extreme closeness and love (idealization) to extreme dislike or anger (devaluation)Distorted and unstable self-image or sense of self, which can result in sudden changes in feelings, opinions, values, or plans and goals for the future (such as school or career choices)Recurring suicidal behaviors or threats or self-harming behavior, such as cuttingIntense and highly changeable moods, with each episode lasting from a few hours to a few daysChronic feelings of emptiness and/or boredomInappropriate, intense anger or problems controlling angerHaving stress-related paranoid thoughts or severe dissociative symptoms, such as feeling cut off from oneself, observing oneself from outside the body, or losing touch with reality.You do not have to be a mental health professional to conclude that ISIS fighters suffer from BPD described above.on Wednesday the New York Times published this piece From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria (With Video) which depicts an Egyptian jihadi who went from a normal middle class upbringing in Egypt to a jihadi showing himself in Facebook with human corpses he decapitated. If Beheading a human being and proudly posing with the corps is not a mental illness, then what it is considered as such?Treating mental illness in the Muslim world and in the Arab world especially is almost inexistent. Mentally ill persons are considered possessed by demons and they usually fall prey to charlatans who claim that reading to them verses from the Koran is the ultimate cure. Many of these young men and women suffer in silence from this disease, and instead of getting help from professionals, as it is the case in the West, they instead turn to mosques that are run by fundamentalists like Muhammad Hussein Yacoub who called for genocide against Jews and non Muslims. Little that he know that some of his followers took his advice a step further and went on to decapitate Muslims who do not believe in the so called Islamic Caliphate.The world is making a big mistake fighting mentally ill individuals with airstrikes and bombs. Why not declare ISIS terrorists seriously mentally ill persons who need serious therapy to control their illness.Why spend funds on weaponry when these funds can be spent on preventing this population from falling into the darkness of the disease?People regardless of their religious belief are born to be good citizens, but when a small majority deviates from what is considered normal, intervention needs to take place quickly. The family of a deranged person should get all the help it needs for a successful intervention. Governments should set aside budgets to help families in need, and not wait until they hear that these families’ sons or daughters bought one-way ticket to Syria or Iraq.Obama just asked Congress for permission and funding to fight ISIS. He believes that air power alone will defeat the Islamic State terorists. I wish he could know that for every terrorist killed using F16s and B2 bombers, 100s are patiently waiting to join their comrades. Just on Thursday, Moroccan authorities arrested three Individuals in Casablanca and Oujda before joining IS in Libya and last month eight were arrested over ISIS recruitment.The world has been increasing its budget and coordination to fight terror, from purchasing surveillance technology to information sharing to capturing terrorists before they commit the crime. This is a feel-good solution and not the real solution. How about preventing the problems before it occurs and declare war on mental illness?Time is now ripe to look at mental illness as one very possible root of the terror problem the world is facing. In the Arab world especially, time has come to recognize that Arabs too succumb to this disease. Arab decision-makers need to urgently start looking at putting a mechanism to treat this illness before the problem becomes unmanageable.The NYTimes clip shows clearly that ISIS members were not born terrorists. Many of them never even prayed before succumbing to mental illness. Mental illness comes in all shades and colors, i is varied it does not discriminate based on religion, race, gender, etc. The solution has to be varied as well, using all means to find the cure, rather than relying on one-size-fits-all solution.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
6 March 2009There is “enthusiasm” in the current United States Government to pass laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a willingness to work towards a new global climate change pact, a top United Nations official said today. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was speaking to journalists in New York after returning from his recent trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with leaders in US President Barack Obama’s administration, as well as members of Congress.“I must say I come back from those meetings very much encouraged,” Mr. de Boer stated. “There is, I believe, a huge enthusiasm and energy in both the House and the Senate to put cap and trade climate change legislation in place in this country,” he added.Mr. de Boer also underscored the willingness in the current US administration “to work towards an agreement in Copenhagen, to come with an ambitious domestic policy [and] to engage with international partners” to come to an accord.At the UN climate change conference slated for December in Copenhagen countries are expected to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding regime for reducing greenhouse gas emissions whose first commitment period ends in 2012.Mr. de Boer noted that the US administration realised that financial support for developing countries to help them adapt to becoming more environmentally friendly and mitigate their carbon emissions is going to be an essential part of the Copenhagen “puzzle.”“The new administration with the full backing of the House and the Senate is working towards and ambitious agreement in Copenhagen,” said Mr. de Boer.The climate change official also found encouragement in the US economic stimulus package, saying that “What I believe President Obama is trying to do is use the recovery money to create the clean economy of tomorrow instead of trying to prop up the economy of yesterday.”
Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara and the late Leonard Cohen are leading the pack of Canadian contenders for the 2018 Grammy Awards.Bieber has been nominated for his contributions to the hit song “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The track is up for record of the year, song of the year, and best pop duo and group performance.Cara is also up for song of the year and best music video for “1-800-273-8255,” which is named for the U.S. suicide prevention hotline. The Brampton native has also been nominated for best new artist.Cohen, who died last November, received nominations for best rock performance and best American roots performance for two songs off of his final album.Other Canadian nominees include Michael Buble and Sarah McLachlan, who are up for best traditional pop vocal album. The Weeknd’s “Starboy” has been nominated for best urban contemporary album, while Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now” is up for best alternative album.The 60th annual Grammy Awards are happening Jan. 28 in New York City.
In a presidential statement read after an open debate on the issue, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, which holds the rotating presidency for January, acknowledged the right of countries to acquire arms for legitimate reasons of security and self-defence.But he also called on all States to implement the Programme of Action against small arms and light weapons adopted at a 2001 UN conference and to support efforts to negotiate a legally binding international instrument that would help to track illegal arms sales.”The Council encourages the arms-exporting countries to exercise the highest degree of responsibility in small arms and light weapons transactions,” Ambassador Muñoz said. “It also encourages international and regional cooperation in the consideration of the origin and transfers of small arms and light weapons in order to prevent their diversion to terrorist groups, in particular, Al Qaida.”Some of the almost 40 delegates who spoke at the meeting noted that the easy availability of arms and weapons had sustained several conflicts, especially in Africa. Speakers also drew attention to the problems experienced by countries that are used as transshipment points. There was widespread agreement on the need for regional cooperation, including through combined law enforcement efforts, to combat the destabilization caused by the proliferation of small arms. At the outset of the debate, the Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, Nobuyasu Abe, presented the most recent report on the issue by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who highlights the progress achieved in disarming and demobilizing former combatants in several post-conflict countries, and in tracking the flow of arms and weapons. But his report also underscores the continuing need to fund disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes in post-conflict nations through the UN’s peacekeeping.In addition, the report notes that more political will and technical capacity are necessary to punish States that deliberately breach arms embargoes. Video of meeting – Morning session [3hrs] – Afternoon session [1hr 30mins]
by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2014 6:26 am MDT $35M government fine closes one chapter of GM recall saga, but lawsuits, DOJ probe still loom AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – General Motors’ agreement to pay a $35 million federal fine for concealing defects in small-car ignition switches and to give the government greater oversight of its safety procedures closes one chapter of the automaker’s recall saga. But it’s far from over.Besides agreeing to pay the penalty — the largest ever assessed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — GM admitted that it broke the law by failing to quickly tell the government about the problems. The automaker agreed to report safety problems a lot faster — it only started recalling 2.6 million small cars this February, more than a decade after engineers first found a flaw in the switches.The switches in older-model small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion can slip out of the “run” position and shut down the cars’ engines. That disables the power-assisted steering and brakes and can cause drivers to lose control. It also disables the air bags.The company says at least 13 people have died in crashes linked to the problem, but trial lawyers suing the company say the death toll is at least 53.GM faces issues both in the near-term and longer term related to the recall. Here’s a breakdown:— THE INTERNAL INVESTIGATION: Late this month or early in June, former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas will finish an investigation for GM into why the company delayed recalling the cars. GM has promised an “unvarnished” report and said it will make at least some of the results public. The company must provide NHTSA with the full report.— THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION: The U.S. Justice Department is investigating GM’s conduct and may bring criminal charges. The same team that got Toyota to agree to a $1.2 billion penalty for hiding unintended acceleration problems from NHTSA is working on the GM case. In the Toyota case, the company agreed to a long statement of facts that included multiple allegations of coverups. That investigation lasted four years.— CONGRESSIONAL ACTION: Two congressional subcommittees have promised to call GM CEO Mary Barra back to Washington for further hearings after the Valukas report is released. At hearings in April, Barra repeatedly said she couldn’t answer questions because the internal investigation wasn’t finished.— RECALLS: Barra promoted longtime engineer Jeff Boyer as GM’s safety chief, with the mandate to look into other safety issues that should have resulted in recalls. On Thursday, GM announced it would recall another 2.7 million cars and trucks. So far this year the company has had 24 recalls with a total of 11.2 million vehicles. GM is working to get new ignition switches as well as parts for the other recalls from suppliers. Its ignition switch maker plans to add two assembly lines this summer to the one already working. GM expects to have all the switches made by Oct. 4.— BOTTOM LINE: So far, recall-related charges are up to $1.5 billion, mostly for repairing vehicles. GM also faces dozens of lawsuits from families of those killed in crashes and from people who were hurt. The company has hired compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg to negotiate settlements. Lawyers say they have at least 400 possible cases against GM. That could cost the company billions. GM also faces lawsuits from shareholders and people whose cars have lost value. In addition, GM must pay NHTSA $7,000 for every day it fails to answer a list of questions from the agency. The fines started April 4 and already are above $300,000.
I have never in my life eaten a chicken rendang which is crispy and sauce not stuck to the skin. Either judges at masterchef UK had wrong rendang in UK or theybare just plain ignorant on how to cook certain dishes. Have they mistaken rendang with KFC dipped in chilli sauce?— funnlim (@funnlim) April 3, 2018 Maybe regardless of origin, no rendang is cooked crispy or with the sauce on the side. You are more than welcome to visit 🇲🇾 🇮🇩 🇸🇬 🇧🇳 🇹🇭 to sample some chicken and beef rendang. Bring your friend @GreggAWallace too! ❤️— SunshineSt (@NadirahOthman) April 2, 2018 And another wrote: “Hahaha, rendang should be crispy? Hahaha, interesting, how to make crispy rendang i would like to know.”Some said the confusion could be due to the fact her rendang was served with nasai lemak, a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk. In Singapore, a similar rice dish is served with crispy meat. The British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicki Treadell, tweeted at Wallace and Torode: “Rendang is an iconic national dish not to be confused with Indonesian options … it is never crispy & should not be confused with the fried chicken sometimes served with nasi lemak.” Mana ada orang makan rendang ayam ‘crispy’? #MalaysianFood pic.twitter.com/nWBbaVN8HY— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) April 3, 2018 Mr Wallace critiqued the dish, saying: “I like the rendang flavour, there’s a coconut sweetness. However, the chicken skin isn’t crispy. It can’t be eaten and all the sauce is on the skin so I can’t eat it.”Malaysian commentators were furious at these remarks, and said the judges had misunderstood the dish, which was made by someone from its origin country.Malaysian people left hundreds of angry comments on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, arguing that rendang is a stew, and the meat should be tender and juicy, not crispy. Of course the chicken isn’t crispy. Of course the chicken is covered in sauce. It is SUPPOSED to be like this, soft and juicy. If you want to critique on the food, do your research first, judges. @MasterChefUK This is just preposterous.https://t.co/THOPfhYfAM— Leland (@itisLELAND) April 2, 2018 One person wrote on Facebook: “If they want crispy chicken, they should go to KFC.”Another said: “Utter ridiculousness. Crispy chicken rendang? You think this is fish and chips Judges? Don’t be a judge if you don’t know how to judge. Call themselves ‘Chef/Celebrity Chef’ and they only know about their own food from their own culture. Shame on them really. “Such limited knowledge on cuisine from around the world. Gordon Ramsay himself knows what is chicken rendang and even made it himself. I bet Ramsay would love to smash a plate of ‘crispy chicken rendang’ on the floor or.. on your heads after watching this episode… the Hell’s Kitchen way!!!” A Masterchef viewer explained on Facebook: “#masterchefuk judges, rendang is a stew and there is nothing crispy about the chicken skin. Don’t mix up Malaysian styled nasi lemak, usually served with rendang chicken or beef, with Singapore styled nasi lemak which is usually served with fried chicken.” The Prime Minister of Malaysia has criticised the judges of Masterchef UK, who started an intercontinental row after eliminating a Malaysian-born woman because they did not think her rendang dish was “crispy enough”.Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak questioned: “Does anyone eat chicken rendang ‘crispy’? #MalaysianFood”.Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace said Zaleha Kadir Olpin’s chicken rendang did not have the requisite”crispy” skin.She told them it was a childhood favourite of hers, explaining: “There was a special stall outside my school that sold the best nasi lemak so I used to save up pocket money on Fridays. “The dish is very special to me.” However, not all were as forgiving. A critic wrote: “What idiots! Don’t know anything about true Malaysian cooking and then want to make STUPID remarks.” A MasterChef spokesperson said “MasterChef has always celebrated international cuisine and on this occasion our judges’ comments were relevant to the dish that had been cooked on the show.“Gregg wasn’t suggesting that the dish should traditionally have crispy skin – he was saying that he couldn’t experience the flavours of the dish as it was presented.” Why isn’t the chef in masterchef being prosecuted for fake news when he wanted crispy rendang?— William Koh. (@liamkohwil) April 3, 2018 Ms Kadir Olpin said she made her rendang the traditional way, and it was inspired by the dishes she had eaten as a child.After being eliminated, she wrote: “Gutted to be eliminated on#masterchefuk but I stand by my traditional way of cooking Nasi Lemak . Will not change it for the world. The memories of my amazing time at Masterchef kitchen will forever stays with me. Thank you so much for all your support and good wishes. As my friend said, what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger!”Judge John Torode responded to the criticism, writing: “Love this !! Brilliant how excited you are all getting .. Namaste.”Namaste is a common greeting on the Indian Subcontinent – it is not used in Indonesian or Malay.Some also pointed out that Mr Torode was taught how to make rendang on an episode of John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure – and was shown the traditional method, with no crisping of the skin necessary.Many left comments on the YouTube video of the episode, with one critic writing: “He tasted it, and it doesn’t look crispy at all!! LOL!!! Apparently, he seems to have a severe case of amnesia, lol!!” Ill-informed? MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Atlas Copco has again been recognised as one of the most sustainable companies by the annual Global 100 list. The list, presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, ranks companies that show they are increasing productivity while using less resources. Atlas Copco is ranked 18th on the list. Sustainability lies at the heart of Atlas Copco’s innovative products and employee mindset. “Being socially and environmentally responsible is not only the right thing to do but is how we develop and grow our business in a profitable way,” said Ronnie Leten, President and CEO at Atlas Copco. “The very latest examples of this are the new compressor factories in India and China, which are built according to LEED, he continued.” The manufacturing facility in Pune, India, will be inaugurated on February 21, the same day that Atlas Copco celebrates 140 years. The factory in Wuxi, China will be inaugurated in March. Both are top-modern facilities built according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard.Other sustainability initiatives include:Boosting customer energy efficiency by at least 20% between 2010 and 2020 by continuously making products more efficientStriving for zero work-related accidentsDeveloping effective HIV/AIDS and wellness programs in countries where diseases have an impact on employees and the local communityReducing Atlas Copco’s water consumption, and promoting clean drinking water in countries in needIncreasing diversity in both nationality and genderWorking actively to eliminate corruption.The Global 100 list is presented annually at the World Economic Forum. It is based on a selection of 4,000 developed and emerging market companies, which are measured against key performance indicators such as revenues in relation to consumption of energy and water. It’s the seventh time that Atlas Copco is included on the list.
La Chine va envoyer une nouvelle mission habitée vers sa station TiangongLa Chine s’apprête à réaliser un nouveau vol habité vers sa station spatiale expérimentale Tiangong. L’occasion d’assouvir les envies de grandeur extra-terrestre du pays qui ne cache plus ses ambitions. C’est aussi la continuation d’un programme vieux de plus de dix ans. La mission Shenzhou 10e édition devrait bientôt voir le jour, d’ici quelques semaines. Selon un porte-parole du programme habité, la Chine enverra en effet courant mi-juin, un nouveau vol habité vers sa station spatiale. La fusée porteuse (Longue Marche2F) ainsi que le vaisseau ont déjà été amenés sur le lieu de lancement dans le désert de Gobi. Une fois en orbite, les trois spationautes devront arrimer leur engin à la station Tiangong, placée le mois dernier dans la bonne trajectoire orbitale.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCela fait des années que la Chine rêve de sa propre station spatiale expérimentale. C’est chose faite avec le programme Shenzhou et l’installation de la station Tiangong lancée en orbite le 29 septembre 2011. Plusieurs missions Shenzhou ont vu le jour dès 1999 bien que le projet soit développé depuis 1992. Les premiers vols étaient inhabités jusqu’au cinquième, le 15 octobre 2003. Fin 2011, Shenzhou enregistrait 4 missions habitées dont les préoccupations étaient surtout expérimentales (prises de mesures, tests, calculs, configuration de vol). C’est durant Shenzhou 7 que la première sortie d’un astronaute chinois se déroula avec Zhai Zhigang le 27 septembre 2008. En juin 2012, lors de Shenzhou 9, les astronautes (au nombre de trois) ont réussi pour la première fois à arrimer le vaisseau de manière manuelle à la station spatiale. Le vaisseau chinois est très proche de celui des Russes Soyouz quoiqu’un peu plus grand. Il est de plus équipé de panneaux solaires lui permettant une totale autonomie. Par ce vol, la Chine continuera sa conquête de l’espace, au même titre que les Etats-Unis et la Russie. Elle s’est équipée de manière importante ces dernières années avec notamment son lanceur Longue Marche mais également des satellites de télécommunication, reconnaissance militaire, météorologique ou surveillance de la Terre. Le 3 juin 2013 à 19:49 • Maxime Lambert
Plus de 12 000 fossiles retrouvés dans des gisements pétroliers au VenezuelaUne compagnie pétrolière a récemment découvert au Venezuela une série de très nombreux fossiles datant d’entre 14.000 et 370 millions d’années. Les restes appartiennent à environ 12.000 spécimens différents. Au delà des abondants gisements pétroliers, les sous-sols vénézuéliens recèlent de richesses archéologiques. Lors d’une opération d’exploration de terrain, une compagnie pétrolière a récemment découvert de très nombreux fossiles datant d’environ 14.000 à 370 millions d’années. Les restes appartiennent à environ 12.000 spécimens datant d’époques différentes. Parmi eux, les chercheurs ont identifié une sorte de tatou géant de la taille d’une voiture, d’un crocodile gros comme un bus et d’un tigre à dents de sabre.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les fossiles, sont actuellement stockés à l’Institut vénézuélien de recherche scientifique. Les chercheurs du laboratoire de Paléontologie de l’Institut se sont d’ores et déjà attelés à l’étude des restes pour identifier ceux humains, attestant de la présence d’hommes dans la région à l’époque de la préhistoire. “Nous avons déjà trouvés des pointes de lances. Ce qui manque, c’est une indication fiable que l’homme chassait la mégafaune que nous sommes en train de découvrir. Il nous manque seulement des fossiles humains” indique à l’AFP Ascania Rincon, directeur du laboratoire.Malheureusement, l’identification de fossiles prend du temps. Certains demandent même plusieurs années de travail pour le laboratoire comprenant seulement 5 experts et manquant cruellement de moyens technologiques et logistiques. Toutefois, le directeur s’avère particulièrement optimiste. Dans peu de temps, sa structure annoncera officiellement la découverte d’un fossile appartenant à une nouvelle espèce dans une région reculée du Venezuela.Situé dans le nord de l’Amérique du Sud, le Venezuela se caractérise par une structure géologique complexe où d’abondants fossiles baignent dans de riches gisements de pétrole, conservés depuis très longtemps. Le 9 septembre 2013 à 13:08 • Emmanuel Perrin