Blue Whale Challenge Strikes Benguerir, Severely Depressed Teen Transferred to Casablanca

Rabat – A 13-year-old boy has been officially identified as the first victim of the “Blue Whale Challenge” an infamous social media craze that incites its participants to commit suicide.Ibrahim, a 13-year-old middle school student from Benguerir, is “the first victim of the challenge, officially recognized by the authorities,” Al Ahdath Al Maghribia reports in its February 12 edition.The young boy is currently receiving mental help at the University Hospital of Casablanca, where he is being supervised by a specialized medical committee. The ‘game’ reportedly consists of 50 tasks to be accomplished over 50 days. It starts by telling its users to wake up at unusual hours to watch horror movies, listen to sad songs, and insult their parents. The tasks get gradually more extreme throughout the 50 days, finally ending with suicide incitement.The child said that he downloaded the “Blue Whale Challenge” application on his phone out of curiosity.Jumping from challenge to another, he managed to “win” 30 tasks out of the 50 imposed on him.“At first, it was easy,” he said. But as the game progressed, the challenges became more and more difficult.Ibrahim was instructed to carve a whale in his arm using a blade and hammer a nail in his thigh and foot. He had to travel to deserted places in the middle of the night and drive a motorcycle at excessive speeds.As he advanced in this dreaded “game,” the child was slowly falling into depression. When he realized that the challenges he was taking were no longer just “fun and games,” Ibrahim decided to stop playing along.He then started received disturbing messages threatening to kill his family, as he had already given details to the game moderator  about his environment, his family and his daily life.The young teenager also suffers from severe depression, says the newspaper.His parents were concerned about his mood shift, as he showed lack of appetite, significant loss of weight, and a lack of interest in his studies.They decided to take him to see a doctor. And as the nurse in charge was preparing to inject him with serum, she noticed a strange wound, shaped like a whale on his arm.The nurse immediately alerted her superiors, prompting a general mobilization within the Benguerir public hospital. The local authorities were then alerted and the boy had to be transferred to Marrakech for a more appropriate follow-up and then on to Casablanca.Ibrahim is currently in good hands, the paper says.The local authorities have held a meeting with the security services and health services of the city to prevent the repeat of such a tragedy.According to Assabah newspaper, two Moroccan children were victims of the game in late 2017.The first alleged victim of the game, was a 8-year old boy from Hay Mohammadi, Casablanca, and the second was a 12-year-old girl from Casablanca’s Douar Rhamna.Many teenagers, across the world have fallen prey to this dreadful challenge. The game was reportedly created in 2013 by its alleged mastermind Ilya Sidorov, a 26-year old Russian postman.Sidorov was arrested in June 2017 by Russian authorities. Since its creation, the game caused 130 deaths in Russia, while in Algeria, 5 children aged between 11 and 16 have  taken their own lives. read more

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Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is down 76.58 points to 15,076.54.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 115.54 points to 21,362.63.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 15.35 points to 2,417.19.The Nasdaq composite index shed 54.13 points to 6,096.73.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.26 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 77.03 cents US.

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Texas governor to speak at T Boone Pickens Dallas funeral

DALLAS — Speakers at a funeral in Dallas for T. Boone Pickens will include Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.The service for family and friends will be Thursday afternoon at Highland Park United Methodist Church. The public can view the service from a hall in the church and it will be livestreamed on Pickens’ website .The brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts died Sept. 11 at the age of 91 at his Dallas home.There will be a public memorial Sept. 25 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. Pickens donated hundreds of millions of dollars to OSU.A message Pickens wrote before his death was posted online Wednesday. He recalled lessons he’d learned throughout his life.The Associated Press read more

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More progress needed to maintain indigenous livestock diversity UN food agency says

In a news release, FAO noted that 80 national Governments are highlighting their actions in reports presented to the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which is meeting from today until Friday in Rome, and is being attended by representatives of almost 100 countries.In the reports, FAO said, the Governments recount their progress in implementing the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, which, adopted in 2007 by delegates of 109 countries, marked the first internationally-agreed framework aimed at supporting the sustainable use, development and conservation of the world’s livestock biodiversity.“The encouraging news is that, on average, the countries that submitted reports have begun to implement about half the actions agreed under the Global Plan of Action, ranging from conservation schemes, to surveys of livestock numbers, to the development of policies and legal frameworks addressing livestock biodiversity,” said the Chief of FAO’s Animal Genetic Resources Branch, Irene Hoffmann.But progress has been more marked in developed countries with many countries in Africa, the Near East and Latin America and the Caribbean “still lagging behind,” according to the FAO news release, noting the “substantial gap… needs to be urgently addressed.”“In Africa and Latin America, pockets of national success are reported in almost all the priority areas of the Global Plan of Action,” FAO highlighted, in contrast with countries submitting reports from Asia, which, FAO added, were “relatively well advanced in establishing conservation schemes for their threatened breeds.”“There are about 45 countries that are preparing, or have already prepared, national strategies and action plans for their animal genetic resources, and about half of these are developing countries,” said Ms. Hoffmann.Despite the generally limited amount of progress made in developing regions, the country reports indicate that “some examples of more active implementation can be found in every region of the world,” FAO stated.Indigenous breeds are important in agriculture because they are adapted to often harsh local conditions, contain unique genetic material important for breeding programmes and are often a livelihood bastion for poor households because they are easier to keep than exotic breeds, according to the UN food agency. “In a world threatened by climate change, breeds that are resistant to drought, extreme heat or tropical diseases are of major potential importance,” it added.Of areas where action is “lagging,” FAO said that the Near East is regarded as one of the cradles of livestock diversity where “several species, including cattle, sheep, goats and dromedary camels, were first domesticated.” The UN agency said Africa’s diverse tropical and subtropical environments make that continent “another important hotspot of diversity.”In addition, FAO said that true state of livestock diversity is difficult to estimate because breed population figures are often unreported or out of date. But it added that the latest available figures show that about 22 percent of the world’s livestock breeds remain at risk of extinction. read more

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Rumors of KobeDwight Howard Blowup Show LA Strife

Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard had to be separated by teammates following a New Year’s Day loss to Philadelphia, according to a report that two Los Angeles Lakers sources vehemently refuted. What is certain is this: the Lakers are in turmoil.They dropped their third straight Sunday night to the Denver Nuggets, dropping them to three games under .500. The storied Lakers fired coach Mike Brown after just five games, passed on a chance to re-hire the winningest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson, and, instead, hired Mike D’Antoni, whose style of play does not seem to fit the personnel.Acquiring D’Antoni, Howard and Steve Nash has done nothing to spark the Lakers, who are 11th in the Western Conference, meaning they have to pass three teams just to make the playoffs.That is bad enough.Now comes a report by the New York Daily News that Bryant goaded Howard in the locker room, saying Shaquille O’Neal was right about Howard, that he was not physical enough. Howard then moved forward toward Bryant, but was stopped by teammates, according to the article.ESPNLA.com reported that two sources adamantly denied any such event occurred. Whatever the case, it is apparent there is not enough harmony among teammates, considering Howard’s remarks Saturday:“Those guys on the (Los Angeles) Clippers team, they really enjoy each other off the court and it shows,” he said after the Laker practice. “It’s something we have to do to get better. We have to play like we like each other. Even if we don’t want to be friends off the court, whatever that may be, when we step in between the lines or we step in the locker room or the gym, we have to respect each other and what we bring to the table.“It really starts off the court. I think you have to have that relationship and that chemistry off the court for it to really blossom on the court. It takes time to develop that. You just don’t come together and then expect to be best friends right away. It just doesn’t happen like that” read more

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Mine improvements at Panasqueira

first_imgPrimary Metals has completed planned mine improvements at its Panasqueira tungsten mine in Portugal. Capital expenditures on improvements totalled €9.1 million (C$13.7 million) over the past two fiscal years and included major acquisitions of new mining and processing equipment, as well as development of the new underground D9 mine ramp to access new tungsten reserves.The commitment to these improvements over the past two years has created a solid foundation for the continued long-term operation of the mine. Management’s decision has been justified by the recent announcement of increased tungsten reserves at the mine. The combined proven and probable reserves and indicated resources now total over 5 Mt with a grade of 0.261% WO3 (tungsten trioxide) containing 1.34 million MTU of WO3. The current tungsten price is around $260 per MTU). There is also an additional inferred resource and extensive exploration potential at Panasqueira.Planned expenditures for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, are budgeted at €800,000 (C$1.2 million), a significant reduction in cash requirements compared to the previous two years. Capital expenditures include purchases of minor equipment, improvements in underground mine crushing and development activities, building maintenance and miscellaneous items.Capital expenditures during the past two years have included acquisition of Europe’s largest fleet of low profile underground mining equipment including six low profile LHD units and five low profile underground jumbo drilling rigs. The fleet is now fully operational on level 3 of the mine, the main production level, and the original equipment is being used on mine level 2.A new development programme to access new tungsten ore has been addressed with the completion of the D9 ramp between levels 2 and 3 of the mine. Historically, development work at the mine had been neglected due to limited cash flow during an extended period of low tungsten prices. This situation has now been resolved, with tungsten prices trebling since 2004.The underground mine hoist has been refurbished with new cables and the underground conveyor belt has been replaced. A new fine ore storage bin has also recently been completed that trebles the ore storage capacity for the process plant.The process plant has been refurbished and new equipment, including a Knelson concentrator, a hydrosizing unit, roll crusher and new duplex tungsten concentrating tables, and extensive pumps, pipes and spare parts have been provided to improve the mill efficiency and operating schedules.Management is confident in the improved performance and efficiency of the mine and processing plant and has taken further steps to improve the profitability of the operation. As a result of the reduced requirement for development work, the labour force at the mine has been reduced from 315 to 285 with plans for further reduction to 265 by the end of 2007. Greater selectivity of mining will be possible with the new equipment and the completion of the D9 development ramp, and an increase in mined ore grade is expected compared to recent levels. Tungsten prices remain strong and management anticipates some increase in demand and tungsten price in the future. Overall, these factors should combine to result in improved profitability, as well as an extended life, at the Panasqueira tungsten mine.Primary Metals owns a 100% interest in the mine and is currently annually producing some 100,000 MTUs of tungsten trioxide in concentrates. Tungsten is currently trading at around $260/MTU. The Panasqueira mine has a long history of production of high-quality wolframite concentrates and is the dominant producer of high-grade tungsten concentrates outside China.last_img read more

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Cardinal Brady says he is truly sorry to survivors

first_imgCARDINAL SEÁN BRADY has said he is “truly sorry” to abuse survivors following the publication of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church’s review of practices in the Archdiocese of Armagh.“The Review finds that this diocese is fully committed to safeguarding children and young people. Nevertheless, my first thoughts today are with those who were abused,” he said in a statement. ”“I know that for you, survivors of abuse and your families, days such as today are especially difficult. You have suffered terribly and I am truly sorry. I pray for you and will work to ensure that you are supported on your journey towards healing and peace.”He claimed that ‘vigilance’ continues to be the watchword in all Church activities.Recognising that past practices failed children, he said:While we acknowledge the report’s findings that in the past the response was not as prompt, robust and coordinated as in the present, we will continue to do all we can to ensure that current high standards of safeguarding practice are maintained. As I have already stated, we must remain attentive and vigilant. Our children, and especially those who have suffered, deserve no less. The review examined 36 allegations against 16 priests that were made between 1975 and 2013. The last alleged incidence of abuse was in 2000.All 36 have been reported to the relevant authorities but just one conviction was secured.Reviewers acknowledged that positive steps have been taken to encourage complainants to come forward. Since 1996, there is also a “more focused and committed approach to the safeguarding of children”.Six recommendations were made following the review in August this year.For a larger image, click here. Read: Safeguarding board has “no remit” to deal with abuse by Irish priests abroadFor more from the fourth tranche of reports:Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectivesAccused ‘Kiltegan Fathers’ on African missions “afforded too much tolerance”Diocese of Kerry dealt with 67 allegations of abuse about 21 priestsArchbishop of Cashel and Emly praised for speedy reaction to abuse claimsDiocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectivesTwo allegations in last six years at the Diocese of OssoryJust 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegationslast_img read more

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Celebrate Padres opening weekend at the East Village Block Party

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSwing into the 2018 baseball season with the 8th Annual East Village Opening Day Weekend Block Party. Step up to the plate to start your Major League celebrations.The San Diego Padres play the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2018 opening ballgame.This family-friendly community event has become a San Diego tradition where locals and visitors show off their team spirit at PETCO Park while exploring East Village.With games, live entertainment featuring local bands and DJs, baseball-themed beverages, and grub. On J Street between Sixth and Tenth. March 31, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Celebrate Padres opening weekend at the East Village Block Party Posted: March 31, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Padres FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Recapping the San Diego Tourism Authoritys annual meeting

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Recapping the San Diego Tourism Authority’s annual meeting KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:03 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week was National Travel and Tourism Week and San Diego Tourism Authority recognized the nearly 200,000 people in San Diego who work in tourism.The President and CEO of San Diego Tourism Authority, Joe Terzi, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss what the organization has planned for 2019.Including:San Diego’s 250th AnniversaryThe Tourism Authority’s 65th Anniversary SeaWorld’s 55th Anniversary The Padres and Comic-Con’s 50th AnniversaryThe Convention Center’s 30th AnniversaryThe USS Midway’s 15th AnniversaryThe tourism authority said in 2018 San Diego saw nearly 36 million visitors who spent more than $11 billion at attractions, restaurants and shops.center_img Posted: May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Minor flooding slows evening commute

first_imgMotorists should beware of standing water and heavy spray as they drive home this evening. Drivers are reporting standing water on Interstate 5 in the vicinity of the Main Street exit, and up to a foot of standing water south of Northeast 134th Street.No serious problems were reported, though there were a couple of minor accidents. At 5:20 p.m., emergency crews were headed to a two-car accident after a spin-out near the 39th Street overpass. Another was reported a few minutes later on I-5 northbound near Northeast 134th Street.Heavy rain has snarled traffic intermittently all afternoon. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., three-quarters of an inch of rain had fallen at the National Weather Service’s Pearson Field station, and Doppler radar indicated heavy rain is likely to continue through the rush hour. For the latest weather information, click HERE.At 5:30 p.m. the Washington Department of Transportation’s traffic site reported traffic was slow on I-5 and along Highway 14. It was also slow on Interstate 205 northbound south of the Highway 500 exit.To view real-time road conditions, click HERE.last_img read more

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Vancouver council to vote on fireworks rule change

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council on Monday advanced plans to ban all but “safe and sane” fireworks similar to those allowed in Oregon, although residents speaking to them from both sides of the controversial topic seemed dissatisfied.The first reading of an ordinance that would do away with aerial and mortar-style fireworks passed without comment from the city council members; it will go to a public hearing and vote on June 18.Five speakers took three minutes each to give their take on the ordinance; no one expressed support of the plan.“Politically, it will look like you did something,” Vancouver resident Gary Wiram said of next week’s vote. “But practically, it’s doomed to fail and will leave both sides dissatisfied.”Under the proposed change, Roman candles and mortars would be banned, as would anything that travels more than 12 inches vertically or more than 15 feet horizontally from the source of ignition. Sparklers, base and cone fountains, ground blooms and smoke devices would remain acceptable.If approved, the change would affect only activities within city limits and would not take effect until 2013.The plan has divided both fans and foes of personal fireworks in Vancouver. Those who enjoy fireworks decry the new limitations, and point out that Indian reservations and stands in the unincorporated county will still offer more exciting options. Owners of nonprofit stands have expressed concern about revenue loss.last_img read more

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Women unhurt after minivan fire on I205

first_imgTwo people escaped injury midday Monday when their minivan burst into flames on southbound Interstate 205.The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. on I-205 just north of Padden Parkway, said Clark County Fire District 6 Battalion Chief Bryan Baum.Baum said two women were borrowing a minivan from a relative and noticed it was overheating. The two pulled over to the right shoulder and black smoke started coming out of the engine compartment.The two fled from the minivan.Firefighters with District 6 responded and extinguished the fire. Crews temporarily blocked the right lane of traffic while fighting the blaze, Baum said.Traffic was backed up in the area.last_img read more

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Woman hurt after falling on cargo ship at Port Everglades

first_imgPORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (WSVN) — A woman was taken to the hospital after, officials said, she fell on the top deck of a cargo ship at Port Everglades, Friday morning.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the accident and used a ladder to retrieve the victim.Paramedics transported her to Broward Health Medical Center in unknown condition.It remains unclear how the woman fell. #update @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue #TRT adult female removed from top deck of superstructure #trauma➡ @BrowardHealth Med Ctr @FirehouseNews pic.twitter.com/09PEtGO1il— PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) November 25, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Four siblings to die for killing in Habiganj

first_imgA Habiganj court on Wednesday sentenced four siblings to capital punishment for killing a farmer five years ago.District additional and sessions judge Mafroza Parveen handed down the verdict to Toiob Ali, Safor Uddin, Arzu Mia and Rafiqul Islam, residents of Shorikandi village under Chunarughat upazila of the district.According to the prosecution, the convicts strangled their co-villager Ful Mia over previous enmity and dumped his body into a pond on 5 October in 2012.Ful Mia’s elder brother Abdul Mannan filed a case with Chunarughat police station in this connection the next day.last_img read more

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Great Depression Grub – 5 Makeshift Meals People Made when Food was

first_imgWhen the going gets tough, the tough get cooking—and at no time in U.S. history was that more evident than during the Great Depression. Faced with hard times, people became not only thrifty but resourceful—employing good old American ingenuity to use the limited food they had on hand to feed themselves and their families.It took smarts. It took resourcefulness. It took a really, really strong stomach.Al Capone’s soup kitchen during the Great Depression, Chicago, 1931To help home cooks, the Bureau of Home Economics published recipes in newspapers and magazines. One questionable offering: peanut-butter-stuffed baked onions. (Admit it: You read that twice.)Ready for some other stomach-churning staples…Creamed Chipped Beef on ToastA plate of creamed chipped beef on toastMore commonly known back then as S.O.S (or “Sh*t on a Shingle), this monstrosity was exactly what it sounds like: dried beef, topped with a milk-based sauce.(Blame the Pennsylvania Amish for this bad boy.) It would become a staple of the U.S. military during World War II, giving new meaning to the phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished.”Hoover StewPresident Herbert Hoover portraitAs if it wasn’t humiliating enough to have shantytowns named after you, Herbert Hoover—the guy elected President just before the Depression hit—also had to endure this back-handed tribute: Hoover Stew. To be fair, not one of the worst of the lean-time offerings: macaroni mixed with sliced hot dogs, two cans of stewed tomatoes, and canned corn or peas.Corned Beef Luncheon SaladTraditional homemade jelly meat with mustard and horseradish on the table.Gelatin isn’t a big deal today, but back in the Thirties, it was considered something of a culinary revelation. So why not incorporate the jiggly stuff into inexpensive dishes? Gelatinous meat anyone?This one consisted of canned corned beef, canned peas, vinegar, lemon juice, and, yep, gelatin. Little wonder, Andy Coe, co-author of A Square Meal, described the recipe as “wrong in every possible way.”Vinegar PiepieThis treat was dubbed a “Depression-era favorite.” We’ll take their word for it. Basically, an apple pie, minus the apples (apple cider vinegar was swapped in to mimic the fruit’s tart taste). Before getting all judgy, know this: A few years ago, the Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd introduced Vinegar Cobbler on the menu of his Houston eatery, Underbelly. Reportedly, it “leaves the roof of your mouth tingling.” Again, we’ll have to take his word for it.Mulligan’s StewPreparing Mulligan stew at the Hotel de GinkTwo words: hobo food. This grub was made from (stolen) onions, corn, and potatoes, added to a stew of foraged greens, “bits and pieces” of meat, and navy beans, likely “carried in a pocket for a month,” according to Errol Lincoln Uys, author of Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression. The top-secret ingredients behind that thick, smoky favor: tobacco and lint.One of the spunkiest-ever First Ladies, Eleanor Roosevelt, was not only a big supporter of the bureau—she practiced what they preached. In an act of “culinary solidarity with the people who were suffering,” the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ate modestly.Read another story from us: The reason why some Great Depression photos were punched full of holesWitness one of the seven-and-a-half-cent lunches fed to poor FDR: deviled eggs in tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, coffee, and, for dessert (wait for it) prune pudding. That may—or may not—have been marginally more appetizing than another White House offering: spaghetti (cooked for 25 minutes, so it was nice and mushy), mixed with boiled carrots, a sauce made from milk, butter, and flour, then baked into a kind of casserole.last_img read more

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first_img Share Tweet Submit Are you out on a hunt for a brand new case for your iPhone or iPad? Your hunt ends here as we have a plethora of options from ESR that will definitely tickle your fancy.Finding a case these days is super duper easy thanks to pretty much everyone diving into the mobile accessories market these days. But, if you apply a good discount on top of a good accessory, then things start to get really, really interesting. Today, we have some cases from the wonderful and ever-trusted ESR, who are offering a bunch of great options for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and even the new 2018 iPad Pro.If you find something that interests you, then you can pick it from the link below. Remember, there’s a special discount code with each product. Make sure you apply that before checking it to get the discount.Buy ESR Metal Kickstand Case, with Vertical and Horizontal Stand] – Was $19.99, Now just $11.99 using discount code EVKWAMRKBuy ESR Bumper Hoop Case for iPhone X/XS – Was $14.99, Now just $8.99 using discount code VZ6JEAALBuy ESR Metal Kickstand Case, with Vertical and Horizontal Stand] – Was $21.99, Now just $11.99 using discount code NV5KZIYIBuy ESR Metal Kickstand Case, with Vertical and Horizontal Stand] – Was $19.99, Now just $11.99 using discount code EVKWAMRKBuy ESR Bumper Hoop Case for iPhone Xs Max – Was $15.99, Now just $9.59 using discount code KQEI4NFEBuy ESR Slim Clear Soft TPU Case – Was $10.99, Now just $5.49 using discount code L752D4PNBuy ESR Metal Kickstand Case, with Vertical and Horizontal Stand] – Was $19.99, Now just $11.99 using discount code EVKWAMRKBuy ESR Bumper Hoop Case for iPhone XR – Was $16.99, Now just $10.19 using discount code X8B7UPSOBuy ESR Yippee Magnetic Smart Case for iPad Pro 12.9″ 2018 – Was $23.99, Now just $6.50 using discount code LVO79U99Buy ESR Yippee Magnetic Smart Case for The iPad Pro 11″ 2018 – Was $23.99, Now just $6.50 using discount code OMIHRUNFlast_img read more

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Costa Rica starts aid distribution to Guanacaste farmers stricken by drought

first_imgRelated posts:National Emergency Commission lifts drought warning for Pacific provinces Costa Rica experiments with aquaponics to fight drought Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions Tempisque River: History of neglect threatens Guanacaste people and environment Officials from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) began distributing animal feed and other supplies to help nearly 4,000 farmers affected by a lack of rainfall in the country’s northwestern province of Guanacaste.MAG officials will distribute aid throughout this month and into July, including seed, bales of hay, minerals, molasses, dried orange pulp, corn and concentrated food. Later this month, MAG also will begin distributing sugar to beekeepers.The CNE approved a total allocation so far of ₡1 billion ($2 million) to assist Guanacaste’s farmers, the ministry’s regional director, Oscar Vásquez Rosales, said.Residents in 11 districts from the cantons of Carrillo, Liberia, La Cruz, Santa Cruz, Nicoya and Nandayure are the most affected by the lack of rain, MAG reported.Leonardo Murillo Torres, research director at the National Cattle Farmers’ Corporation, said he does not yet have exact figures on losses, but the association has received reports that at least 200 cattle have died due to a lack of water this year. He expects up to 400,000 cattle to be affected at some level by the lack of water.Rainy season in Costa Rica runs from May to November, but rains have been scarce in the northwestern province. The first showers began just last week, and according to National Meteorological Institute (IMN) forecasts, drought conditions might return starting next week.Drought in Guanacaste in recent weeks has caused lost crops and livestock, and the damage is still being studied by MAG. A preliminary report is expected later this week, the ministry’s press office reported.Rainfall levels in May reached record lows for Guanacaste, and according to the IMN, showers at the end of last week were the first with normal rainfall levels for the season.According to IMN data, several communities in Guancaste registered rainfall levels below 1 centimeter (0.4 inches) last month. Liberia regostered 0.5 millimeters – the lowest since 1967, when the community had 7.5 mm – while Cañas recorded 7.1 mm and Santa Rosa 4.8 mm.MAG plans include investing an additional ₡1.2 billion ($2.2 million) in supplies to assist farmers during the second half of this year and the first half of 2016.Ministry experts also are outlining plans to improve water supplies on farms by building mills to pump water and installing solar water pumps and other options for alternative irrigation to the most-affected areas. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Diethelm Travel Group Announces Profitable First Half

first_imgDiethelm Travel Group Announces Profitable First HalfDiethelm Travel Group Announces Profitable First Half Plus More Projected Growth for 2018Diethelm Travel Group, an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, today announced its two best quarters since 2009, less than one year after CEO Stephan Roemer joined the company.The company’s performance is within planned expectations for a solid profit and projected growth forecasted to hit more than 30% by the end of 2018. With 13 regional offices in countries across Asia plus remote teams in the U.K., U.S., France and Turkey, the leading inbound tour operator is showing growth not only in profitability but also global reach, luxury offerings and rates of incoming travellers.Additionally, Diethelm Travel Group is continuing to meet the highest international standards when it comes to corporate governance and compliance, matching its parent company, the Swiss Diethelm Keller Holding. Along with clean business practices, safety is also of utmost importance for Diethelm Travel Group staff, partners and guests. The company boasts the highest possible third party liability insurance covering all regions, as well as crisis management plans, and health and safety programmes that meet global standards.While Diethelm Travel Group has maintained its superior safety and compliance practices over the years, the company, which employs more than 600 staff worldwide and offers nearly 4,000 custom tours throughout Asia, is enjoying a renewed sense of growth under the stewardship of Stephan Roemer. Roemer is known as a determined hands-on manager and took over as CEO in October 2017 while merging Diethelm Travel Group with Switzerland-based Asian travel specialist, Tourasia. The merger marked Diethelm Travel Group becoming one of the largest incoming tour operators in Asia.“Since opening in Bangkok in 1957, Diethelm Travel Group has long been considered a pioneer in the region,” said Stephan Roemer, CEO of Diethelm Travel Group. “Now, we’re proud to say that Diethelm Travel Group is staying true to its roots while surpassing our goals for 2018 and moving forward into a new era of service.”With more than 60 years of operation and one-of-a-kind authentic experiences in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, Diethelm Travel Group is not only well positioned to serve seasoned travellers Journeys of a Lifetime but business partners and agents with sustained service backed by respected business practices.For more information, please contact us at press@diethelmtravel.comSource = Diethelm Travel Grouplast_img read more

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