Shimla, Apr 22 (PTI) A three-day travel mart to promote tourism got off to a colourful start here.Representatives of tourism industry from 10 countries have been invited to Himachal Travel Mart, while officials from eight states, including Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar, are also taking part in the event, Vice Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Vijai Singh Mankotia said.The state is looking for private investment for tapping the potential of adventure tourism like mountaineering, para-gliding, rock climbing and mountain biking, he said.Besides, we need investments for starting cruise services, including shikaras and water sports in Bilaspur and Chamba lakes, he added. PTI PCL GVS
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza feels that star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will come good at the World Cup beginning Thursday in England and Wales.The number one ODI all-rounder had a rather off day with both bat and ball in their warm-up game against India which Bangladesh lost by 95 runs on Tuesday.Shakib went for 58 runs in his six overs and picked up two wickets. While batting, he was bowled on the very first ball he faced, thanks to Jasprit Bumrah who bowled a brilliant yorker to get rid of the Bangladesh all-rounder.”Shakib (Al Hasan) had an off day but he has the experience to come back in a great way,” Mashrafe was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “I think he will do something big in this World Cup.”Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman’s opening spell was one of the most heartening takeaways for Mashrafe even as Bangladesh lost to India at the Sophia Gardens.”I am quite relieved seeing Mustafiz (ur) bowl at his old pace,” Mashrafe said.The 23-year-old left-arm pacer Mustafizur, who took 1 for 19 from his first five overs against India, bowled more accurately than he has done since the New Zealand ODI series in February.”He bowled well too and picked up his pace around 140 kph at times. If he can bowl like he usually does, our bowling becomes a very different unit. I also got a lot out of Rubel (Hossain) and (Mohammad) Saifuddin. We expected to do better with the new ball after not having done well in Ireland.”advertisementSince the Asia Cup in September last year where he took 10 wickets in Bangladesh’s runners-up finish, Mustafizur has struggled with consistency.”(Medidy Hasan) Miraz, too, has been bowling well recently. In this game (warm-up), we tried to give all our spinners difficult situations to bowl at, so that in the tournament proper they become mentally equipped to deal with a storm of big hitting,” said Mashrafe as Bangladesh tried several things, including pushing bowlers out of their comfort zones.On the batting front, Mashrafe sounded less pleased and said it would have been better had the batsmen, who got the starts, stayed for long at the crease.”Mushfiq (ur Rahim) remains consistent, which is important,” Mashrafe said.”Liton (Das) is doing his job. It would have been better had they both scored centuries. We would have reached 300 had (Mahmudullah) Riyad been there for a little bit longer. I think playing India’s high-quality attack in the practice match is going to help us (in the tournament proper).”But we can’t lose wickets in pairs. It makes chasing 350-plus very difficult. Liton and Mushfiq got out just when they were becoming aggressive, while Shakib and (Mohammad) Mithun got out first ball, although too good deliveries,” he added.Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 2 at The Oval.Also Read | Absence of left-handers not a concern for India at World Cup: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Time away from the game helped me bounce back, says KL RahulAlso See
Transfers Liverpool make club-record bid for Arsenal target Lemar Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 18:49 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Thomas Lemar Monaco Premier League Ligue 1 The versatile and talented attacker, targeted by the Gunners all summer, would fortify an already explosive offensive roster for the Reds Liverpool are attempting to push through a club-record deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar understood to be worth over £70 million inclusive of extras, with the France international enthusiastic over a switch to Anfield.The 21-year-old, adept with both feet, that can operate across the frontline or as an attacking midfielder, would provide more vibrancy to Jurgen Klopp’s options with Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho unavailable.Liverpool 18/1 to win a sixth European crown Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The move is not linked to Barcelona’s pursuit of the latter, with the Merseysiders insistent their “definitive stance” will not shift before the window shuts .Lemar, targeted by Arsenal all summer, would fortify an already explosive offensive roster for Liverpool.Monaco have not wanted to sanction his sale following an already extensive talent drain, but Divock Origi could potentially be used as a sweetener to conclude a deal.The Belgium striker, left out of the last two matchday squads, is desperate to secure more game time this term and has already been under consideration by the Ligue 1 champions , with Lyon and Marseille also interested.When asked about the 22-year-old’s future, Klopp admitted that Liverpool would have to trim numbers if they did succeed with the incoming business they want to conclude.“If players come in, I think it makes sense to think about what we do on the other side,” he said following his side’s 4-0 embarrassment of the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.And if the Reds sign Lemar, it will be a further punch to the gut of Arsene Wenger, who stated Arsenal’s attempt to recruit him was “dead because Monaco have closed the door.”Liverpool’s offer has dwarfed the proposals their rivals have submitted for the accomplished dribbler, who also poses a threat from set-pieces.“We are not afraid of big numbers at the club, we are not afraid to spend,” Klopp previously told Goal about the club’s objectives in the market.“But we have to do the right things, look at the right players and negotiate with the right clubs.”Liverpool’s biggest issue this summer hasn’t been convincing elite talent to opt for Anfield, or the inflated valuations, but the unwillingness of clubs to negotiate with RB Leipzig and Southampton standing firm with Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk respectively.Liverpool have mirrored this hardline approach with Barca over Coutinho, but will hope Monaco are more receptive to a lucrative amount.They are still optimistic of landing Keita for next season , while it remains to be seen whether they will table an offer for Van Dijk after having to publicly end interest in the centre-back following a tapping-up saga in June.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches is not understood to be on the agenda for the Reds.Carlo Ancelotti has “no problem” if the 20-year-old wants to depart the Allianz Arena in order to secure more game-time, but the Portugal international has not been one of the candidates considered to enhance Klopp’s options. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester: After missing out on yet another opportunity to score big in the ongoing World Cup, Indian opener KL Rahul has admitted that he was disappointed for being unable to convert his starts into big scores. In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul has opened the innings in the last three World Cup matches for India and has managed scores of 57, 30 and 48. Although, his scores are pretty decent but considering India’s batting performance in the last two matches against Afghanistan and West Indies where it was the Indian bowlers who won the games for the teams while defending totals of 225 and 269. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “At this level, you need to be ready for anything. Playing for your country requires you to have an open mindset… Last one-two years I have been preparing for dealing with each type of situation. Opening the batting is a little more comfortable and easier for me as I have done that for most of my career,” Rahul said after the West Indies game which India won by 125 runs at the Old Trafford on Thursday. “Bit disappointing to not score big. After doing the hard work and after getting through the first 10 overs or 15 overs… Or as an opening batsmen to get the first 25-30 runs is the hardest time. And to do that, and when the time comes to accelerate and maybe take the game deeper so our lower order can come in and play freely… We know when they come after the 35th over or at the 40, they can do maximum damage. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships “So it’s important that we do that and that’s the plan, that’s the role of the top three, top four. So a bit disappointed that I haven’t been able to do that. But again, I will sit and assess, but it won’t worry me that much because there are a lot of things I’m doing right, and I know that the mistakes I’ve made, I can learn from them and get better,” he added while saying that he will sit and assess it and will try to learn from his mistakes and correct them in the upcoming matches. Rahul also lauded skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 72 off 82 balls and played a pivotal role in India posting a competitive total of 268/7. “I do not think Virat is doing something different. He has the same regime and he has been consistent throughout. He finds the way to put bowlers under pressure. He has been batting well wherever you see him. He keeps showcasing consistent performances and it is important for us to learn from him,” Rahul said. He, however, refused to criticise middle-order batsman and said every time teams cannot score 300 runs. “We cannot always go on and think it’s a 300-run wicket. You have to look at the positive side of it, no one scored a century for us today still we managed to score 268 runs. We have played dot balls, but still we managed to score 268, sometimes you need to take time and assess the wicket. “India will next take on England for whom the game on Sunday is a must-win. “If we play the best cricket, we will end up on the winning side. Big game against England, hopefully, we will be able to come up on the right side of the result,” Rahul added.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Embattled Canadian pop-rock band Hedley, which is facing mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, says it will take an “indefinitely hiatus” after its cross-country tour at the end of March.The Vancouver pop rockers have been under fire since sexual misconduct allegations began surfacing online two weeks ago, suggesting inappropriate encounters with young fans.Since then, a radio host in Calgary and a woman in Ottawa have also come forward alleging sexual misconduct and assault by the band’s frontman Jacob Hoggard. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement In a statement posted on Twitter, Hoggard says he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but acknowledges his treatment of women has been “reckless” and “dismissive.”pic.twitter.com/SZetyqdFFk— Jacob Hoggard (@JacobHoggard) March 1, 2018The group has also been dropped by its management team, blacklisted by scores of radio stations and abandoned by bands booked as tour openers.The band’s next show in their Cageless tour is scheduled for Thursday in Brampton, Ont., but a March 11 performance in Windsor, Ont., was cancelled by the venue on Tuesday. The last show on the tour is scheduled for March 23 in Kelowna, B.C.Live Nation Entertainment-owned companies have been providing refunds to some fans who now regret buying tickets to Hedley in concert, but subsidiaries of the company have also been denying refund requests for others.Hedley also withdrew itself from consideration for the Juno Awards.. Advertisement Twitter
More than 200 scientists conferring in the 25th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) animal committee in Geneva agreed on technical recommendations to control animal trade in several species, CITES said in a press statement.The committee focused on high levels of trading in three snake species: the oriental rat snake, the reticulated python and the Indonesian cobra. They endorsed recommendations that include tightening the controls on snake-breeding facilities and the supply chain for skin trade. Snakes from the forests and jungles of Asia play a vital role within their ecosystems. For example, if snakes were to disappear from the rice fields or other crop-producing landscapes of Asia, their prey, left behind with no predator to control their numbers, could have devastating effects on agricultural production, food security and national economies, CITES said.Snakes are consumed for food, traditional medicines and skins. They are also sold as pets and found in expensive luxury leather goods and accessories, in the boutiques of Europe and North America.The committee also examined volumes of international trade in the long-tailed macaque, originating mainly in China, Indonesia and Cambodia, which is used in biomedical research and which has experienced a rapid surge in international trade since 2004. Carlos Ibero, chair of the animals committee, said “many of the individual species that have been reviewed and considered at this meeting occur in South-East Asia, which has become a sort of hotspot for wildlife trade. This is due to the fact that it is a region rich in biodiversity with an increasing prosperous population as well as many people relying on wildlife for their living.” The committee also asked CITES, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other international organizations to provide financial and technical support for the implementation of a three-phase work-plan focused on stock-assessment for sturgeons and paddlefish in the Caspian Sea.CITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. It is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva. 22 July 2011Animal experts from 50 countries meeting at a United Nations-backed conference today expressed concern about the sustainability of current levels of trade in snake skins used in luxury products and another 20 animal species used in biomedical research, the food industry or as pets.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the security situation in Southern Kordofan, which has been the scene of fighting between Government forces and members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), as well as the eruption of fighting in Blue Nile state. “The Secretary-General urges the parties to immediately cease all hostilities and allow access to the humanitarian agencies to all affected areas to provide vital assistance to the civilian population,” said the statement. Mr. Ban also welcomed the recent efforts led by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, to help the parties resolve their differences through peaceful political means. Last month the UN called for a thorough investigation into violations of international law committed in Southern Kordofan which it said could, if substantiated, amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes. A preliminary report, produced jointly by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the former UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), described a wide range of alleged violations of international law in the town of Kadugli, as well as in the surrounding Nuba mountains, during the month of June. Reported violations included extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, enforced disappearances, attacks against civilians, looting of civilian homes and destruction of property, as well as massive displacement. 2 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for an immediate end to the fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states and for access for humanitarian agencies to the affected areas.
Indigo Books & Music Inc. will rethink its general merchandise strategy as sales slowed in the past year, said the company’s founder, but it remains convinced that’s where the company’s future growth lies and not with a return to books.“Last year, we just hit a wall,” said CEO Heather M. Reisman during a conference call with analysts Wednesday, a day after the company released its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results.Up until last year, the company had several years of roughly 20 to 30 per cent year-over-year growth in general merchandise, she said. Where AI meets humanity: Gerald Schwartz, Heather Reisman announce $100M donation toward U of T innovation centre Indigo’s latest earnings were ‘severely hurt’ by the Canada Post strike: CEO How adding candles and baby toys to its lineup of books helped Indigo survive Partly due to the lack of recent growth, Indigo decided to change its creative direction and take a fresh look at how it approaches the category, she said.“There’s a real need for newness on a continuing basis and that’s our job,” she said, adding the company wants to put its efforts this financial year into the overall evolution of its general merchandise and lifestyle products.The company announced Tuesday it hired Nathan Williams to be its chief creative officer starting June 3. Williams co-founded Kinfolk magazine and Ouur, an apparel and home wares collection.Reisman said it will take a couple of quarters for his impact to come onboard.She noted the future of the business does not lie in returning to books, which remain the base, but in making sure the general merchandise category is strong and growing. Once that’s established, she said, the company will return to look at its U.S. strategy.Indigo opened its first American store this past financial year in New Jersey.“It’s going to do okay,” she said. “It’s not knocking it out of the park.”The traffic in the mall where the store is located took a significant dip this year, she said, noting the customers who have visited tend to become repeat customers.The margins in the American store are also “so much higher” than in Canadian Indigo locations, she said, as the company prices items the same in both countries.Indigo feels the basic orientation of its American strategy is correct, she said.“I say that respectfully given these numbers are nowhere near what any of us want them to be,” she said, adding the company won’t open any new stores this year.The commentary came a day after Indigo reported a nearly $40-million net loss for its 2019 financial year, widely missing analyst expectations. The company said the loss was due partly to a Canada Post strike and less consumer spending in the final quarter.
The computer programmes feature a “bug” which represents all the problems the UN struggles to resolve. Beating it in a frenetic race in the games, being released on CD-ROM this week, requires providing the right answers to questions that are accompanied by colourful images and sounds.”How long is the term of the Secretary-General of the United Nations?” is one. “How many regional commissions does the United Nations have?” ask another. “When does World Environment Day take place?” a third poses.Discovery of UN activities not only enriches knowledge, but reinforces the world body’s initiatives, the ECE said, quoting Secretary-General Kofi Annan: “Much of our work here at the United Nations is aimed at giving you, the peoples of the world, greater power over your own lives and your environment. The better informed you are, the greater our chances of success.”
GENEVA, (Reuters) – Nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees have fled violence in Myanmar, an “untenable situation” for neighbour Bangladesh, the country’s U.N. envoy said on Monday, calling on Myanmar to let them return.Rohingya refugees line up to receive humanitarian aid in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKaySome 600,000 people have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when insurgent attacks on security posts were met by a ferocious counter-offensive by the Myanmar army in Rakhine state which the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.“This is the biggest exodus from a single country since the Rwandan genocide in 1994,” Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told a U.N. pledging conference.“Despite claims to the contrary, violence in Rakhine state has not stopped. Thousands still enter on a daily basis,” he said.Bangladesh’s interior minister was in Yangon on Monday for talks to find a “durable solution”, Ahsan said.But Myanmar continued to issue “propaganda projecting Rohingyas as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh”, Ahsan said, adding: “This blatant denial of the ethnic identity of Rohingyas remains a stumbling bloc”.Myanmar considers the Rohingya to be stateless, despite tracing their families’ presence in the country for generations.The United Nations has appealed for $434 million to provide life-saving aid to 1.2 million people for six months.“We need more money to keep pace with intensifying needs. This is not an isolated crisis, it is the latest round in a decades-long cycle of persecution, violence and displacement,” U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the talks.“Children, women and men fleeing Myanmar are streaming into Bangladesh traumatised and destitute,” he added.“We assess we have pledges of around $340 million,” Lowcock said before the mid-day break in the meeting.New pledges included 30 million euros announced by the European Union, $15 million by Kuwait, 10 million Australian dollars by Australia and 12 million pounds from Britain.He reiterated the U.N. call on Myanmar to allow “full humanitarian access across Rakhine” where aid agencies have been denied entry.Myanmar must “guarantee the right to safe, voluntary and dignified return so that the Rohingya can live in peace with their human rights upheld in Rakhine”, Lowcock said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRohingya villagers in Myanmar beg for safe passageSeptember 18, 2017In “latest news”Bangladesh to move 800,000 Rohingya into single enormous campOctober 6, 2017In “latest news”Rohingya refugees die after boat capsizes off Bangladesh coastSeptember 29, 2017In “latest news”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 27, 2016 – Seven Starts Resort and Spa was recently honored at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards as Turks & Caicos’ leading hotel. Ken Patterson, CEO of Seven Stars Resort & Spa, attended the ceremony to accept this influential award on September 17th in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.Since 1993, World Travel Awards has served to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Awards are determined by members and travel industry professionals who vote on a wide range of sectors within the global tourism industry. “We are thrilled that Seven Stars Resort & Spa was honored by the prestigious World Travel Awards,” said Ken Patterson, CEO of Seven Stars Resort & Spa. “We work tirelessly as a team every day to provide guests with the best luxury experience on property and we are humbled by this distinct recognition.”Seven Stars Resort & Spa’s recognition come on the heels of several notable accolades from prominent industry outlets in 2016. Seven Stars Resort & Spa was once again named to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards list of the ‘Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean.’ Seven Stars achieved a number 19 ranking – six spots higher than it’s ranking in 2015. The resort also earned a coveted spot on U.S News & World Report’s Best Caribbean Hotels list taking the number 17 spot, progressing 25th on the same list in 2015.Seven Stars Resort & Spa lives up to its recent accolades by offering guests top-notch service and well-appointed luxury suites that are among the Island’s most spacious. Seven Stars is home to the Island’s only heated salt-water pool and offers guests private pool deck cabanas for lounging, beach butler service, on-site spa and wellness services and award-winning top gourmet dining options. For more information on Seven Stars Resort & Spa visit: www.SevenStarsGraceBay.com Related Items:seven stars name leading turks and caicos hotel at world travel awards, seven stars ranking 19th on trip advisor’s top 25 hotels in the Caribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts The three sites were the former Tsukiji market site on 23 hectares, North Aomi, Rinkai Satellite covering between 10 and 30 hectares and Shinagawa-Tamachi with 10 to 13 hectares. The North Aomi region was found to be most suitable.Evaluations also looked at proposals for developments both with and without a casino, however the Authority found that it would be necessary to include a casino in the development alongside the operation of MICE facilities for it to be a “profit engine” due to the problems in achieving independent profitability.It was considered that construction costs would be up to JPY360 billion (US$3.33 billion) assuming the MICE facility is an international meeting and exhibition hall, hotel, and commercial facility equivalent to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions The Tokyo Metropolitan Port Authority has named North Aomi, Rinkai Satellite as the most suitable location for an IR in Tokyo, according to the Akahata Shimbun.In a report this week, the newspaper – best known as the mouthpiece of the Japanese Communist Party – said the Authority had listed and evaluated three areas of unused land covering more than 10 hectares each as potential candidate sites for an IR. Load More Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move
It’s power politics of an electrifying kind. What should the rules be for selling independently generated power to utilities, who have borrowed money and invested heavily to assure reliability for their customers?Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Robert Kahn, director, Northwest and Intermountain Power Producers CoalitionSuzanne Gibson, Senior Director of Energy Development, Cook Inlet Region IncorporatedCallers statewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVE
Share (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Donald Trump pauses while speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017The Latest on President Donald Trump and the weekend’s violence and death in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local):12:45 p.m.President Donald Trump is saying that “racism is evil” as he condemns the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “criminals and thugs.”He is speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI director Christopher Wray about the race-fueled violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.Trump has come under fire for his comments Saturday that “many sides” are to blame for the violence. In those remarks, he did not single out white supremacists or any other hate group, even as Republican lawmakers and others in his White House did condemn them by name.___11 a.m.President Donald Trump is back at the White House and ignoring shouted questions about the race-fueled clashes in in Charlottesville, Virginia.Trump briefly waved as he walked alone into the building, which is under renovation. He did not respond to loud queries from reporters about whether he condemns white supremacists and whether he condemns the actions of neo-Nazis.One woman was killed Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters who’d gathered to oppose a rally by white nationalists and others who oppose a plan to remove from a Charlottesville park of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.Trump has said “many sides” are to blame for violence.The president is in Washington for one day during a working vacation mostly in Bedminster, New Jersey.___9:20 a.m.The CEO of the nation’s third largest pharmaceutical company is resigning from the President’s American Manufacturing Council citing “a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”President Donald Trump lashed out almost immediately Monday at Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier on Twitter, saying Frazier “will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”Frazier’s resignation comes shortly after a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead and 19 injured. He said in a tweet on Monday that the country’s leaders must “honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”Trump responded to Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville by blaming bigotry on “many sides.” He has not explicitly condemned the white supremacists.___9:15 a.m.Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, “does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute.”Sessions said the Justice Department is pursuing the case “in every way.”He added: “You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation towards the most serious charges that can be brought, because this is an unequivocally unacceptable and evil attack that cannot be accepted in America.”Sessions also says he is meeting with President Donald Trump and officials from the FBI on Monday to discuss the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.___7:00 a.m.Attorney General Jeff Sessions says “too much has been read into” President Donald Trump’s statement Saturday amid violence at a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, related to the removal of a Confederate monument.In several television interviews on Monday, Sessions said Trump had “explicitly condemned” violence and that “he totally opposes” the values espoused by white supremacy organizations. Trump referenced violence “on many sides.”He tells NBC News that Trump ” will be speaking to the people today” although he isn’t sure what Trump will say. Sessions added: “He’s been firm on this from the beginning. He is appalled by this.”___3:44 a.m.As President Donald Trump remained out of sight and silent, pressure mounted from both sides of the aisle for him to explicitly condemn white supremacists and hate groups involved in deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.Trump, who has been at his New Jersey golf club on a working vacation, was set to make a one-day return to Washington on Monday to sign an executive action on China’s trade practices. But he will likely be unable to escape questions and criticism for his initial response to the Saturday’s violence, for which he blamed bigotry on “many sides.”The White House tried to stem the damage on Sunday. Senior aides were dispatched to the morning news shows, yet they struggled at times to explain the president’s position. A new White House statement on Sunday explicitly denounced the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups, but it was attributed to an unnamed spokesperson and not the president himself.
Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Study shows decline of shark populations even in remote ‘pristine’ archipelago (2018, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-decline-shark-populations-remote-pristine.html © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Humans—the disturbing neighbours of reef sharks Silvertip sharks. Credit: Dan Bayley More information: Francesco Ferretti et al. Shark baselines and the conservation role of remote coral reef ecosystems, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaq0333AbstractScientific monitoring has recorded only a recent fraction of the oceans’ alteration history. This biases our understanding of marine ecosystems. Remote coral reef ecosystems are often considered pristine because of high shark abundance. However, given the long history and global nature of fishing, sharks’ vulnerability, and the ecological consequences of shark declines, these states may not be natural. In the Chagos archipelago, one of the remotest coral reef systems on the planet, protected by a very large marine reserve, we integrated disparate fisheries and scientific survey data to reconstruct baselines and long-term population trajectories of two dominant sharks. In 2012, we estimated 571,310 gray reef and 31,693 silvertip sharks, about 79 and 7% of their baseline levels. These species were exploited longer and more intensively than previously thought and responded to fishing and protection with variable and compensatory population trajectories. Our approach highlights the value of integrative and historical analyses to evaluate large marine ecosystems currently considered pristine. In this modern age of human encroachment across the planet, there are still some places that are believed to be very much like they were before humans arrived, including the Chagos archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean, thousands of miles away from any major land mass. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if, despite its remoteness, the archipelago might actually have been changed by humans. They chose this particular archipelago because unlike similar ones, it has a recorded history. Humans have been visiting the archipelago and places near it for hundreds of years, and many of them have kept records of things like fish and shark population estimates. The researchers chose to focus on sharks, because they are so abundant and because they are a dominant species, and thus have a major impact on the environment in which they live.The researchers gathered data from a variety of sources, starting with a survey conducted in the area back in 1948. They were also able to obtain data from the 1970s as teams of researchers in the area began conducting surveys by actually getting in the water. They also consulted catch records going back approximately half a century.The team analyzed their data with an algorithm designed to offer population predictions given a variety of environmental conditions. It suggested that despite appearances, shark populations in the archipelago are far lower than they would have been had humans not appeared on the scene—in some cases, dramatically so. One example, they note, was silvertip sharks. The computer showed them to be 93 percent below predicted baseline levels.The reduced populations, the researchers suggest, are almost certainly due to overfishing by humans—some legit, some not. The big takeaway from their study is that looks can be deceiving—the Chagos archipelago might appear undisturbed, but it is not. You can even find human trash among the coral, the researchers point out. A team of researchers with members from the U.S., France and the U.K. has found evidence showing reductions in shark populations in a part of the Indian ocean thought to be nearly pristine—the Chagos archipelago. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their study of shark populations in the archipelago over time and what they found.
Microsoft Office February 2018 Patch Day by Martin Brinkmann on February 07, 2018 in Microsoft – 5 commentsMicrosoft released non-security updates for the Office suites Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013, and Microsoft Office 2016 on the February 2018 Office Patch Day.The first Tuesday of each month is Office Patch Day at Microsoft but the company limits the releases to non-security updates. Security updates follow on the second Tuesday of each month.Please note that the updates apply not to click-to-run installations of Microsoft Office, for instance Office 365 Home, but only to msi-installer-based editions.I recommend that you don’t install the updates directly unless you are affected by one of the described issues.Office 2010 updates February 2018KB4011187 — The update addresses an issue in PowerPoint 2010 which saw files open slower than before after installing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.Download update KB4011187 for 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010Download update KB4011187 for 64-bit version of PowerPoint 2010KB4011191 — Same as KB4011187 but for PowerPoint Viewer 2010.Download update KB4011191 for 32-bit version of PowerPoint Viewer 2010Office 2013 updates for February 2018KB4011700 — The update fixes an issue in Excel with values going to the wrong worksheet after switching sheets from a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) user form.Download update KB4011700 for 32-bit version of Office 2013Download update KB4011700 for 64-bit version of Office 2013KB4011646 — Fixes a crash issue that “occurs when a chart contains a filtered out series that has percentage data labels”.Download update KB4011646 for 32-bit version of Office 2013Download update KB4011646 for 64-bit version of Office 2013KB4011676 — Fixes the same issue as described in KB4011187. Also includes improved translations for terms in the Estonian and Korean version of Microsoft Office 2013.Download update KB4011676 for 32-bit version of Office 2013Download update KB4011676 for 64-bit version of Office 2013KB4011679 — The update fixes three issues in Microsoft Project 2013. A issue where MOD_DATE properties have the same value even though they should not, a issue with tasks that have splits in them, and one where values of custom fields may be lost.Download update KB4011679 for 32-bit version of Project 2013Download update KB4011679 for 64-bit version of Project 2013KB4011678 — Update for Skype for Business 2015.Download the 32-bit version of Skype for Business 2015 update package nowDownload the 64-bit version of Skype for Business 2015 update package nowMicrosoft Office 2016 February 2018 updatesKB4011684 — Addresses two issues in Excel 2016. One that is addressed by KB4011700 for Office 2013, and another that resolves that the drillthrough action with CubeValue function does not work in Excel 2016.Download update KB4011684 for 32-bit version of Excel 2016Download update KB4011684 for 64-bit version of Excel 2016KB4011664 — Only two or three Office add-ins are displayed in the Office Store at a time. The update corrects the behavior so that more add-ins are displayed.Download update KB4011664 for 32-bit version of Office 2016Download update KB4011664 for 64-bit version of Office 2016KB4011668 — Fixes the same issue as described in KB4011646.Download update KB4011668 for 32-bit version of Office 2016Download update KB4011668 for 64-bit version of Office 2016KB4011685 — Fixes an issue on Windows 7 where the recent documents list is not populated if the regional setting is changed to select Spanish regional variants (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay). Resolves an issue in Outlook where changes made to Outlook contacts were not saved.Download update KB4011685 for 32-bit version of Office 2016Download update KB4011685 for 64-bit version of Office 2016KB4011566 — Improves translation of some terms in Office products to make sure the meaning is accurate.Download update KB4011566 for 32-bit version of Office 2016 Language Interface PackDownload update KB4011566 for 64-bit version of Office 2016 Language Interface PackKB4011571 — The update fixes a quota issue in the German version of OneNote 2016 and adds a property to enable pages to be set to read-only.Download update KB4011571 for 32-bit version of OneNote 2016Download update KB4011571 for 64-bit version of OneNote 2016KB4011663 — The PowerPoint 2016 update addresses the issue described in KB4011187 for Office 2010. It furthermore resolves an issue that returned the error message Run-time error 0x80048240, and a crash in Presenter View when presenting a slide on two monitors in Duplicate mode, and updates the translation of the Estonian and Korean version of PowerPoint 2016.Download update KB4011663 for 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2016Download update KB4011663 for 64-bit version of PowerPoint 2016KB4011672 — This update addresses several issues in Project 2016. It fixes an issue with custom field values being lost, a timesheet issue where work may be split over the whole duration, and the error messages ” This field only supports numbers. If you’ve only typed numbers, try entering a smaller number with up to two decimal places”, and “The date you entered isn’t supported for this field. Dates must be between January 1, 1984, through December 31, 2149. Enter the date in the correct format, eg., 15/06/00 or 15 June 2000”.Download update KB4011672 for 32-bit version of Project 2016Download update KB4011672 for 64-bit version of Project 2016KB4011681 — An update for Word 2016 that fixes the following three issues: numbering in right-to-left texts is displayed in incorrect fonts, missing sentences in a Text Form Field in a Word printout after upgrading to Office 2016, incorrectly displayed file names in the Info pane when you clear File name.extensions options in File Explorer.Download update KB4011681 for 32-bit version of Word 2016Download update KB4011681 for 64-bit version of Word 2016KB4011662 — Update for Skype for Business 2016.Download the 32-bit version of Skype for Business 2016 update package nowDownload the 64-bit version of Skype for Business 2016 update package nowSummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Office February 2018 Patch DayDescriptionMicrosoft released non-security updates for the Office suites Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013, and Microsoft Office 2016 on the February 2018 Office Patch Day.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
You’ve all seen the show. It sucks being busted abroad. We knew Chope was the informant. And Minor Vargas, arrested in the U.S. in 2011 for his role in a mutli-million-dollar fraud scheme. “God (Jackie Chan) sees all.” In this one, Ronald McDonald is calling former Sele coach Jorge Luis Pinto to tell him to stop liking this shit on Facebook. (Pinto and Li allegedly didn’t get along very well, to say the least.) Ticos certainly are no strangers to corruption scandals. In fact, they’ve even put two of their own presidents in jail (albeit briefly). So they’ve developed a collective defense mechanism rooted in humor and the infamous meme. (Although be warned: No one has ever accused Costa Ricans of being politically correct.)In light of the arrest yesterday in Zurich of Eduardo Li, president of the Costa Rican Football Federation and FIFA executive committee member, in a sweeping corruption case brought by U.S. authorities, it wasn’t long before the memes started flooding social media in Costa Rica.Here are some of the funniest. We’ll do our best to translate. (Our apologies for not giving credit to the creators. Most of these came to us via WhatsApp.)“They arrested you in Switzerland? Novice,” goads ex-President José María Figueres, aka “Chema” (1994-1998). Bruce Lee’s pissed about Eduardo Li defaming his last name. Except they’re not spelled the same. Oh well. Bwajajajaja. Paulo “Chope” Wanchope wants to make sure he’s still head coach of the men’s national team, known as the Sele. This one’s hilarious. If you need an explanation, you don’t spend enough time playing video games. And what enredo would be complete without La Chilindrina from “El Chavo del Ocho”? Related posts:Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ‘suspicious’ FIFA cases Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests FIFA: The ‘World Cup of fraud’ FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal A mamón chino is Tico for the rambutan fruit. Literally translated, however, it would be “Chinese sucker.” Jackie Chan wants nothing to do with this whole situation. We don’t know how to translate this one. Share your memes with us on Facebook. Facebook Comments
Pope Francis’s six-day trip to the U.S. is highly anticipated – and not just among U.S. Catholics. The pope’s progressive stances have earned him nearly unprecedented favor with liberal-leaning North Americans, and his aggressive position on climate change has been one of his most applauded moves.While the pope has made his concern about human-caused climate change known on numerous occasions, his position was largely summed up in his second encyclical, “Laudato Si,” released earlier this summer – a document that made headlines around the world for being the first papal encyclical based entirely around environmental issues. Now, as Pope Francis makes his way through Washington, New York City and Philadelphia, climate activists are expecting a reaffirmation of his commitment to environmental issues and to climate action in particular.In the past, the pope has received criticism for what some experts perceive as a somewhat simplistic understanding of the economics of climate change interventions, a field he’s professed is not his strong suit. In particular, his suspicion of carbon pricing has garnered negative feedback from experts pointing to its past success as an emissions reduction strategy. And some have pointed out that the arguments the pope presents in his encyclical hardly offer any new information to the climate change conversation.But there’s a lot that Pope Francis gets right about climate change – in particular, a deep understanding of the ways it will affect the most vulnerable people and places in the world.Here are some of the highlights:1. Climate change is linked to every aspect of life on Earth.More and more, scientists are emphasizing the fact that climate change isn’t just about global warming. Temperatures will rise, yes, but they’ll also bring about a complex series of intertwined effects that will have consequences for many aspects of life on Earth. These include sea level rise, changes in global weather patterns, agricultural losses, declines in water quality and availability, reductions in biodiversity and even the potential for forced migrations and civil unrest.In his encyclical, Pope Francis expresses an understanding of this complexity when he writes, “At the global level, [climate change] is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life.” And, indeed, this attitude is reflected throughout the rest of the document, which goes on to describe a number of interconnected environmental concerns, including pollution, water quality, deforestation and loss of biodiversity – all of which could be exacerbated by a changing global climate, or even help accelerate global warming.And because humans depend on natural resources to support so many aspect of life on Earth, the pope also writes that the effects of climate change will not just manifest themselves in the form of environmental degradation: These implications will also be “social, economic, political, and for the distribution of goods.” In other words, all aspects of the planet, including the finest details of human infrastructure, have the potential to be affected. (NASA/Wikimedia Commons)2. Climate change is fed by vicious cycles.Pope Francis also understands the global carbon cycle and the ways in which human activities can influence it. In his encyclical, he writes that warming “creates a vicious circle which aggravates the situation even more” – a statement backed up by considerable science.As the pope goes on to describe, many of the consequences of climate change also have the added effect of contributing to more global warming in a sort of feedback loop. “The melting in the polar ice caps and in high altitude plains can lead to the dangerous release of methane gas, while the decomposition of frozen organic material can further increase the emission of carbon dioxide,” he writes. The release of this extra gas further accelerates warming, which then causes more melting and thawing – a vicious cycle. Less ice in the Earth’s polar regions also means that less sunlight is getting reflected back out into space. More sunlight being absorbed in these regions can cause more warming, which leads to more melting.Francis also notes that climate change has the potential to affect some of the Earth’s most important carbon sinks, like forests and oceans. These sinks absorb carbon emissions that would otherwise go into the atmosphere. But as the pope notes, the effects of climate change can damage their ability to absorb carbon. For example, if droughts, fires or extreme temperatures cause forests to die off, they can no longer act as carbon sinks. Additionally, dead forests release all the carbon they previously contained into the atmosphere, leading to even more warming. A protestor at a climate march in San José, Costa Rica, Sept. 21, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico Times3. Climate change isn’t just an environmental issue – it’s a social justice issue.Perhaps the pope’s biggest point of all is that this isn’t just an environmental issue – it’s a human issue, one which experts agree will disproportionately affect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.Study after study has concluded that the world’s developing nations – those countries least responsible for changing the climate in the first place – will face some of the worst climate-related effects, including sea-level rise, extreme weather events and drought. Additionally, the people who will likely suffer the most from these effects, which are expected to have big consequences on global food and water supplies, are those already living in poverty.Historically, the Catholic Church has placed a great emphasis on issues of social justice, and Pope Francis has established a particular reputation as a champion of the world’s poor and disenfranchised. So it’s not surprising that he has made the social aspects of climate change one of his biggest platforms.“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental,” the pope writes in his encyclical. “Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” Illustration by Haime Luna/The Tico Times4. Developed nations must lead the way in reducing emissions.Noting that the world’s developing nations are likely to be hit hardest by climate change, Pope Francis also acknowledges that developed nations must bear the greatest burden when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.The pope touches on one of the biggest international sticking points when he writes:“The developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries to support policies and programmes of sustainable development. The poorest areas and countries are less capable of adopting new models for reducing environmental impact because they lack the wherewithal to develop the necessary processes and to cover their costs. We must continue to be aware that, regarding climate change, there are differentiated responsibilities.”This idea has arisen time and again in the global climate discussion, but became a particular focus of discussion at last year’s UN climate summit, when many developing nations in attendance reasserted that wealthy nations like the United States should bear a burden of the world’s emissions reduction goals proportional to the amount they’ve already contributed to global climate change. Greenland’s melting glaciers. Michael Kappeler/Pool/AFP5. Greater international cooperation will be required to address the issue.Building on the previous idea, the pope also acknowledges that a greater, more unified global effort will be necessary if we’re going to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The efforts that have been put forth so far by world leaders may be a good start, but so far they’re not enough.The pope writes, “It is remarkable how weak international political responses have been. The failure of global summits on the environment make it plain that our politics are subject to technology and finance.” And indeed, on the climate front, international responses are still falling short. Granted, many nations have put forth ambitious carbon-slashing goals for the coming decades – but, cumulatively, many experts agree that it’s still not enough.Worldwide, policymakers have set a goal to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above their preindustrial levels, a threshold intended to prevent a catastrophic series of climate-related effects from taking place. But so far, the goals that have been submitted by countries around the world don’t look as though they’ll cut emissions by enough to meet that goal.While there’s still time to enact more aggressive environmental policies, international cooperation is of the essence. The biggest test this year will take place in just a few months at the 2015 U.N. climate summit in Paris, where world leaders will meet to discuss their emissions reduction plans. A clear dialogue and a unified approach to the climate problem will be necessary for the summit to be successful.And whether or not he’s right about this one, the pope seems to be optimistic that such cooperation is still possible. He writes, “Although the post-industrial period may well be remembered as one of the most irresponsible in history, nonetheless there is reason to hope that humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Catholic Church to take more activist role on environment following Pope’s call to action When Pope Francis visits Cuba, he’ll find many priests aren’t Cuban Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated
Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – As Americans braced Sunday for Hurricane Sandy, Haiti was still suffering.Officials raised the storm-related death toll across the Caribbean to 65, with 51 of those coming in Haiti, which was pelted by three days of constant rains that ended only on Friday.As the rains stopped and rivers began to recede, authorities were getting a fuller idea of how much damage Sandy brought on Haiti. Bridges collapsed. Banana crops were ruined. Homes were underwater. Officials said the death toll might still rise. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day In the Bahamas, Wolf Seyfert, operations director at local airline Western Air, said the domestic terminal of Grand Bahamas’ airport received “substantial damage” from Sandy’s battering storm surge and would need to be rebuilt.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “This is a disaster of major proportions,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told The Associated Press, adding with a touch of hyperbole, “The whole south is under water.”The country’s ramshackle housing and denuded hillsides are especially vulnerable to flooding. The bulk of the deaths were in the southern part of the country and the area around Port-au-Prince, the capital, which holds most of the 370,000 Haitians who are still living in flimsy shelters as a result of the devastating 2010 earthquake.Santos Alexis, mayor of the southern city of Leogane, said Sunday that the rivers were receding and that people were beginning to dry their belongings in the sun.“Things are back to being a little quiet,” Alexis said by telephone. “We have seen the end.”Sandy also killed 11 in Cuba, where officials said it destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of houses. Deaths were also reported in Jamaica, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. Authorities in the Dominican Republic said the storm destroyed several bridges and isolated at least 130 communities while damaging an estimated 3,500 homes.Jamaica’s emergency management office on Sunday was airlifting supplies to marooned communities in remote areas of four badly impacted parishes. Comments Share Top Stories Check your body, save your life 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The FARC says the 63-year-old was visiting troops to discuss progress at the peace table when they were surprised by the air and ground assault.While Martinez wasn’t one of the handful of FARC peace negotiators, he did in the past form part of the delegation at the talks. He had also played a prominent role in a previous attempt at peace talks that ended in 2002.President Juan Manuel Santos has yet to comment on the rebel’s death. But analysts and many leftist activists say the intensification of military action against rebel targets is eroding confidence in the peace process.“The government has to explain why a person involved in the peace process has ended up dead in a military action,” Sen. Ivan Cepeda of the leftist Alternative Democratic Pole party told The Associated Press.In April, Santos lifted a suspension of aerial bombings in retaliation for the FARC’s killing of 10 soldiers during a midnight attack on an army patrol unit while it was sleeping.In the past week, government forces have launched three raids on rebel camps resulting in 38 deaths.The FARC has also hardened its position. Following the raid that killed Martinez last week, negotiators in Havana decided to lift a unilateral cease fire in place since December that had been intended to give a boost to the talks. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Representatives of the guarantor nations at the Havana peace talks, Norway and Cuba, expressed concern Wednesday about the “escalation of the armed conflict in Colombia” and called for a cease-fire on both sides.Tensions from the recent bloodshed “undermine confidence gained in the two years of negotiations,” said the statement from Dag Nylander of Norway and Rodolfo Benitez of Cuba.___Joshua Goodman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apjoshgoodmanCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2014 file photo, Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, center, speaks to journalists accompanied by Commander Fabian Ramirez, left, and Commanders Jairo Martinez, second from right and Fidel Rondon, during the continuation of peace talks with Colombia’s government in Havana, Cuba. The FARC issued a statement issued Wednesday, May 27, 2015 that said the man known by the alias Jairo Martinez was among 27 rebel fighters killed during an attack on a guerrilla camp in southwest Colombia last week. The FARC says Martinez was visiting troops to discuss progress at the peace talks when they were surprised by the air and ground assault. Martinez’s real name is Pedro Nel Daza. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Leftist rebels in Colombia claimed on Wednesday that one of their most-veteran fighters, a former envoy to peace talks with the government, was killed during a military raid last week.The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said in a statement that the guerrilla known by the alias Jairo Martinez was among 27 rebels killed in an attack on a jungle camp in southwestern Colombia.Martinez, whose real name is Pedro Nel Daza, had been a close confidant of the FARC’s ruling secretariat and was last year seen in Havana advising negotiators trying to bring an end to Colombia’s half-century conflict. Comments Share