Analyse pollution in Mandovi: Cong. to NIO

first_imgPanaji: The Congress has urged the National Institute of Oceaonography (NIO) to analyse the pollution level of the Mandovi river in and around the area where the Lucky Seven casino vessel has run aground, and near other casinos ships. A delegation of the party, led by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Shantaram Naik, met NIO deputy director P.S. Rao at Dona Paula on Friday to make the demand. The delegation told Mr. Rao that the Congress is seriously concerned about the pollution in the Mandovi river caused by the damaging commercial activities of the casinos. Mr. Naik told Mr. Rao that Lucky Seven, which is grounded in the Mandovi river, is likely to cause serious environmental damage if necessary preventive measures are not taken.The delegation further demanded that the NIO should analyse the discharge of sludge water by casino vessels. They also urged the organisation to examine the effect on fishing activities in the river and on seafood consumption.Last month, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had declared in the State Assembly that a new casino policy would soon cap the number of casinos in a particular area.last_img read more

Chemist shoots Punjab drug officer dead, kills self

first_imgA woman officer working with the Punjab government’s Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory was shot dead by a chemist at her office in Kharar on Friday. 38-year-old Neha Shorie, posted as zonal licensing authority of the lab was shot dead by Balwinder Singh, a resident of Morinda, whose chemist shop’s licence was cancelled a few years ago. The accused killed himself as well.“The accused went to the victim’s office and fired two rounds. Thereafter, he tried to run away but was nabbed, he then shot himself,” said an official police statement.The statement added that the local police team reached the spot immediately and took the accused into custody. The assistant was shifted for treatment at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research where he later succumbed to his injuries.The assailant, a resident of Morinda in Punjab had a chemist shop there. The shop was closed a few years ago after his licence was cancelled following recovery of intoxicants during a raid conducted by the victim officer.SHO of Kharar City police station Bhagwant Singh Riar said the police have registered a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and and under the Arms Act against the accused and investigation was underway.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed state’s Director General of police to ensure speedy probe into the murder of Neha Shorie. Mr. Singh ordered prompt investigation into the matter to get to the bottom of the case esides ensuring exemplary punishment to the accused.The Chief Minister said no one would be allowed to interfere or intimidate any public servant in the discharge of their duties.last_img read more

India vs Bangladesh, FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier HIGHLIGHTS in Kolkata: Adil Salvages 1-1 Draw

first_imgRanked 83 places below India, Bangladesh looked more threatening and could have easily doubled the lead in the 54th minute when the right winger Mohammad Ibrahim’s shot hit the crosspiece.India woke up from their slumber only late in the second half, making a flurry of chances but then Bangladesh defence gave a good account of themselves with Ibrahim making a goal-line clearance from Anas Edathodika’s header.In the 88th minute, Adil Khan equalised, a minute after Chhetri’s shot was deflected. Brandon set it up with an accurate corner and Adil found it near the post to find the goal.The Igor Stimac-coached side paced up their attack but it was too little too late then as Bangladesh proved a point, opening their account in Group E.Earlier in the first-half, India had their share of chances. One such chance was in the 18th minute when Bheke’s powerful header zoomed over the crosspiece.India had their first shot on target in the fifth minute when Manvir Singh floated in a long-ball with Ashique Kuruniyan leaving it for Chhetri but the Indian captain volleyed it straight to the Bangladeshi goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana.Bangladesh also looked to penetrate early and came close in the 31st minute when Adil Khan made a mess of a back pass as Biplo Ahmed took the control of the ball but thankfully Anas Edathodika averted the danger.The 104-ranked India thus are yet to win against Bangladesh since 1999 when the Blue Tigers had won 1-0 in the SAFF Games.Bangladesh stay unbeaten from three matches against India. The last two matches between the two teams, in 2013 and 2014, ended in 1-1 and 2-2 draws respectively. Bangladesh were the more organised and penetrating side as they put up a spirited show against India who were backed by a full-capacity crowd at the Saltlake Stadium.Inspirational captain Sunil Chhetri was not at his best as also goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who kept at bay the marauding Qataris in the memorable drawn game in Doha.Gurpreet misjudged the flight of the ball to let in the Bangladesh’s goal to the stunning silence of the packed 65,000-plus crowd.It was Rahul Bheke who conceded a freekick on the left and Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan curled it in to the far post where Gurpreet missed the flight completely and Saad Uddin finished it with a diving header.🚨 Matchday 🚨#BlueTigers 🐯 will clash their swords ⚔ with Bangladesh 🇧🇩 in the @fifaworldcup qualifier today.🏟 VYBK Stadium, Kolkata⏳ 07:30 PM📺 @StarSportsIndia, @asianet, @hotstartweets#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽ #INDBAN ⚔— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 15, 2019last_img read more

Cultural shift

first_imgIn the budget for 2017-18, five ministries – tourism, culture, sports and youth affairs, environment and climate change and social justice and empowerment – were allocated a total of Rs 16,104 crore, just 1.51 per cent of the Rs 10,62,751 crore allocated for various sectors. This number is some indication,In the budget for 2017-18, five ministries – tourism, culture, sports and youth affairs, environment and climate change and social justice and empowerment – were allocated a total of Rs 16,104 crore, just 1.51 per cent of the Rs 10,62,751 crore allocated for various sectors. This number is some indication of the Modi government’s emphasis – or lack of it – on these ministries. According to a March 2017 report by the World Travel and Tourism Council, the tourism industry in India directly supported 25.3 million jobs, which is 5.8 per cent of the country’s total jobs.In the World Economic Forum’s list on travel and tourism competitiveness this year, India has been ranked 40, a considerable jump of 12 places from 2015. It’s also the biggest leap any country has taken in that ranking. India’s travel and tourism sector was also the fastest growing amongst G20 nations, growing by 8.5 per cent in 2016.Experts believe the growth has been propelled by initiatives such as recognising five tourist circuits and a boost to religious tourism, but poor infrastructure still remains a big impediment to growth. “The government should focus on building world-class leisure destination infrastructure,” says Deep Kalra, chairman and CEO of What also remains a challenge is that these figures are predominantly generated by domestic travel, which accounted for 88 per cent of the sector’s contribution to GDP in 2016.However, Mahesh Sharma’s performance as a minister for culture doesn’t match up to his achievements as a tourism minister. He has introduced some transparency in the grants of funds and scholarships, but several institutes under the ministry remain headless.advertisementThe biggest reform by the ministry of social justice and empowerment has been the decision to disband the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) and replace it with a National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NCSEBC). More than reform, it was a reaction to two developments. Firstly, it was the BJP’s tacit acknowledgement that support from Other Backward Classes played a crucial role in its victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections. The decision came within a week of Jat agitators from Haryana threatening to disrupt life in Delhi. The UPA government had included that community in the Central OBC list a day before the 2014 parliamentary polls were announced, but the notification was scrapped by the Supreme Court. The BJP government perhaps doesn’t want a repeat of that situation.Another development is the 35 per cent rise from last year in funds allocated for the welfare of Scheduled Castes. Nearly 54 per cent of the ministry’s budget is spent on scholarships for Scheduled Castes. With the launch of the Accessible India Campaign, special camps have been organised for distribution of aids and assistive devices to 600,000 people with disabilities. The types of disabilities have been increased from 7 to 21. Quota for people with disabilities in government jobs has been increased from 3 to 4 per cent.In sports, despite minister Vijay Goel’s personal intervention, there has been no major reform. The government is planning to table the new national sports code in the monsoon session of Parliament. Panels have been set up to prepare athletes for the next Olympics and new schemes launched to find sporting talent, but the pace of execution remains slow. “The government must create an institutional framework that instils confidence in parents and children to take up sports as a full-time career,” says team India footballer Gouramangi Singh.In the environment ministry, Anil Madhav Dave’s target is to bring down the average waiting period for project approval to 100 days. His toughest challenge, however, will be to make a final decision after the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee recommended approval for the commercial production of GM mustard. The BJP’s ideological parent, the RSS, is vehemently opposed. For now, there is respite for Dave as a parliamentary standing committee is looking into the issue. MAHESH SHARMAMoS (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR CULTURE AND TOURISMPhoto: Chandradeep KumarFrom introducing e-visas to recognising tourist circuits and launching a vernacular interface for international travellers, Mahesh Sharma has offered a significant promotional boost to the industry. “We have sanctioned Rs 4,800 crore for theme-based circuits under the Swadesh Darshan Yojana; Rs 488 crore has been allocated for spiritual tourism,” he says. “It will take us about a year to complete these projects.” The ministry’s drafting of a new tourism policy has been welcomed by Aditi Chanchani, director of Equations, a non-profit organisation that studies the impact of tourism on local communities. At the same time, she is not entirely pleased with the ministry’s approach. “The ministry sought contributions only from formal stakeholders…. There is no acknowledgement of people whose homes and backyards are promoted as tourism destinations,” she says. As culture minister, Sharma has fewer accomplishments. “It has revived the IGNCA, and it is easier for artists to apply for and get grants,” says Ashish Mohan Khokar, an authority on Indian arts and culture. But there is still no word on a cultural policy and no assessment of organisations such as the Sangeet Natak Akademi.-Kaushik DekaadvertisementTHAWAR CHAND GEHLOTMINISTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENTPhoto: Rajwant RawatA major reform carried out by the ministry of social justice under Thawar Chand Gehlot was the scrapping of the National Commission for Backward Classes, and its replacement by a National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes.”During the UPA regime,” said Gehlot, when asked how the ministry for social justice changed after the Modi government came to power, “the ministry had no identity and people were not even aware of its work. Under the Modi government, the ministry has become alive and active, and has gained recognition worldwide.” Gehlot’s ministry can also claim credit for the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, as well as significantly increased protections for members of scheduled castes. Another new initiative by his ministry was the launch of the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojna for senior citizens in April 2017, aimed at providing physical aids and living assisted devices to senior citizens belonging to the BPL category.-Santosh KumarLATE ANIL MADHAV DAVEMoS (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGEPhoto: Pankaj NangiaTo do, or what else to do? This complicated phrase describes the situation Anil Madhav Dave has found himself in ever since the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) – an apex body in his ministry to regulate the manufacture and use of genetically engineered organisms in the country-gave its go-ahead for the commercial production of GM Mustard.His party’s ideological parent, the RSS is vehemently opposed to it, and so are his party’s chief ministers. The fight between his bureaucrats and the Sangh’s ideologues has caught Dave (who is himself a former pracharak) in the crossfire. However, he has some respite-the issue is also pending at the Supreme Court.Dave is also working to reduce the time taken for environmental approvals to be granted. His predecessor Prakash Javadekar brought down the average waiting period for approvals to 190 days from 600 days during the UPA regime. Dave’s task is reduce that to 100 days.Dave was appointed as MoS with independent charge in July last year, after Javadekar was elevated to cabinet minister. An activist and expert in river conservation, Dave is determined to reduce the environmental costs affecting urban life as well. At a discussion on amendments to the Montreal Protocol at Kigali in Rwanda, Dave made a commitment that India would not permit the use of HFC 23 greenhouse gas, which is used as a refrigerant in air conditioners and refrigerators. Besides that, Dave has mostly toed the line drawn by Javadekar. In January this year, at a lunch for 40 expert members of various appraisal committees working all over the country, he described his five-point programme: Zero corruption; no holding up of development projects; facilitating the ‘ease of doing business’; a wariness of NGOs funded by foreign interests, and shape up or ship out.advertisementDave died of cardiac arrest on May 18.-Anilesh S. MahajanVIJAY GOELMoS (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTSPhoto: Rajwant RawatFrom offering to mediate between warring tennis legends Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes to a Twitter spat with Dangal actor Zaira Wasim, Vijay Goel has been in the news since he took charge. But beyond headlines, he is a hands on minister. “There is no institution or department that I have not visited, whether it is the SAI centres or Gopichand Academy,” he says. Appalled by the state of some SAI centres, he has sought an assessment report of the facilities as well as the coaches employed there. He also claims to be the first sports minister to have held meetings with all the Dronacharya and Arjuna awardees and Olympic medallists to seek inputs. “Yes, the ministry is making the right noises. But there has been a lot of backlog because of poor implementation, so the crucial part will be how this noise is converted into action,” says Hakimuddin Habibulla, co-founder of GoSports India, a sports management company. For better implementation, Goel plans to bring Sports under the concurrent list. There may also soon be a comprehensive national sports development code, to ensure that sports federations follow certain basic norms.A task force has been set up to prepare an action plan for effective participation of players in the next three Olympics. The government has launched “Khelo India” for the development of a sporting culture at the grassroots level. Goel has also set up a high-level committee to address the grievances and complaints of women sportspersons. And after setting up the Manipur Sports University, government is exploring the possibility of a similar university in Gwalior.-Kaushik Dekalast_img read more

Donald Trumps golf clubs up for auction

first_imgBoston, Jul 6 (PTI) A full set of iron golf clubs owned and used by US President Donald Trump may fetch over USD 30,000 when it goes under the hammer, according to an auction house.Each club features a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shaft with red-and-black Golf Pride Dual Durometer grip, and the hosel of each club head is engraved, with the initials D Trump, according to the RR auction house in the US.The clubs were gifted to Trumps personal caddie, Andrew Lombardo, at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster in New Jersey.Trump exclusively used these irons for a two-and-a-half month period while playing with and against a variety of celebrities, powerful businesspeople, and golf professionals at Bedminster, Lombardo said.The clubs are accompanied by a notarised letter by Lomabardo.It states that “the clubs were given to Mr Trump by the TaylorMade CEO Mark King at the TaylorMade Media Day we had at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster when we became a TaylorMade club and the clubs were used by Mr Trump for the rest of the season.””The clubs were put in our bag room for the winter and next season Mr Trump had a new set of clubs from TaylorMade,” the letter said.According to the auction house, the clubs are of the utmost rarity and represent the well-documented relationship between the sport of golf and the nations commander-in-chief and are estimated to fetch more than USD 30,000, said.Long before entering the White House, the Trump name had become synonymous with many of the worlds most stunning golf courses.advertisementAfter premiering West Palm Beachs Trump International Golf Club in 1999, Trump proceeded to amass a total of 17 idyllic courses in a span of two decades, with locations that include the Hudson Valley, Scotland, and Dubai, with another set to open in Indonesia next year.The auction will take place on July 12. PTI APA MHN MHNlast_img read more

Bengaluru FC fail to reach AFC Cup final after draw with FC Istiklol

first_imgBengaluru FC crashed out of the AFC Cup football tournament following a 2-2 draw with FC Istiklol in the second leg of the Inter-Zone Final here on Wednesday.Nuriddin Davronov (4th minute) and Dmitry Barkov (56th) scored for the visitors from Tajikistan while Rahul Bheke (24th) and Sunil Chhetri (65th) replied for the hosts.Bengaluru FC were reduced to 10 men shortly before half-time as Harmanjyot Singh Khabra was sent off following a second yellow card.FC Istiklol clinched the tie 3-2 on aggregate as they had won the first leg 1-0 at home.FULL-TIME |@fcistiklol_2007 will face Air Force Club in the #AFCCup2017 Final after defeating @bengalurufc 3-2 on aggregate! #BENvIST AFC Cup (@AFCCup) October 18, 2017Istiklol will now face defending Champions Air Force Club of Iraq in the final on November 4.????????? Congratulations to @fcistiklol_2007 for qualifying for the #AFCCup2017 Final! AFC Cup (@AFCCup) October 18, 2017last_img read more

Bale’s Real return hampered by another setback

first_imgPrimera División Bale’s Real Madrid return hampered by further setback as Zidane refuses to risk star Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:56 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Bale Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Gareth Bale Zinédine Zidane Los Blancos will once again be without the Welsh star for their upcoming game, but his coach insists the latest blow is a “niggle” Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid comeback this week has proved to be short-lived after head coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed he would miss Saturday’s La Liga match against Athletic Bilbao with another calf complaint.Bale had not featured since scoring in September’s 3-1 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund due to calf and groin injuries before being introduced as a second-half substitute during Tuesday’s Copa del Rey fourth-round tie against Fuenlabrada.It proved to be a dazzling cameo, with the Wales star creating both goals for Borja Mayoral in an otherwise laboured 2-2 draw with Madrid’s third-tier opponents that closed out a 4-2 aggregate win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But the 28-year-old, who has been ravaged by fitness problems over the past two seasons once again felt soreness in his troublesome calf muscle and Zidane is not willing to take any undue risks for the trip to San Mames.”It’s nothing serious, it’s just a niggle and when it’s a little niggle we just don’t want to risk anything,” Zidane told a pre-match news conference.”I can’t tell you exactly when it happened, [some time] on the day of the game, when he suddenly stated having pain.”At the end he started feeling a little bit of pain in the bottom of the calf and that was it.”Although he played down the severity of the injury, Zidane was unable to offer guarantees that Bale will be available for next week’s match against Sevilla – Madrid’s final La Liga game before departing to the UAE for the Club World Cup.The new @RMFootscout season kicks off on Friday! Mark the occasion by watching this @GarethBale11 free-kick and joining us! — Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) November 30, 2017 “It depends on him, definitely. I can’t give you a date. I just hope he’s ready for next week,” he said.”The problem with Gareth is that he has to be 100 per cent fit to play. He can’t feel small niggles.”He’s a very powerful, strong player and when it’s something in his calf, as it has been, it’s something complicated and we recognise it as a problem.”Zidane added: “We try to be positive with him. It’s a bad moment right now but things will get better.”We just have to help him and make sure he gets back to fitness. We can’t forget that he’s a very important player for us.”When he’s fit he’s a great payer so we have to be patient. I believe in Bale, we all do. We’re always supporting him and we hope that things will go well for him quickly.”last_img read more

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Nalini released on parole

first_imgChennai: One of the convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, S. Nalini, was released from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore jail on one month parole on Thursday.The Madras High Court on July 5 had granted a one month parole to Nalini on her plea for a six month parole to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.Nalini argued her case in person.The court had stipulated that Nalini should not meet politicians and media.In her plea, Nalini said every life convict was entitled to one month of ordinary leave after completing two years in prison and she had not taken the leave even once during the past 27 years she had spent in jail.Besides Nalini, the six other convicted in the case are her husband V. Sriharan alias Murugan, A.G. Perarivalan, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Ravichandran.All the seven convicts have been in prison since 1991 after a female Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up while meeting Gandhi at an election rally near Chennai.last_img read more

Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

first_imgNEW YORK — Around two dozen employees will be laid off in a re-organization at Hachette Book Group.The publisher announced Tuesday that various imprints would be consolidated and merged, ranging from the religious imprint FaithWords to the feminist Seal Press. Among those leaving are Hachette Books publisher Mauro DiPreta.In a statement Tuesday, the publisher said it wanted to “focus resources” in areas of growth and to “improve” its ability for future investment. Authors at Hachette Book Group include J.K. Rowling, David Sedaris and James Patterson.The layoffs come just days after parent company Lagardere announced a “sparkling” third quarter for Hachette Book Group, with sales up 5.1 per cent over the same period a year ago. Lagardere also reported sharp declines in other countries.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Opinion: Good Riddance, Christopher Ross

Majid MorceliSan Francisco – Well aware that the new United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will not keep him, Christopher Ross the Envoy for Western Sahara has thrown in the towel and resigned his post.Not surprising given his total failure in 7 years in making any progress regarding the Western Sahara question.  To the contrary, the Sahara dossier is now even worse than when he came on board to “help” the parties. Morocco’s mistake was in accepting his nomination by Ban Ki Moon.  Ross, being an American, the U.S. State Department would always have condoned his actions and would never have disagreed with one of their own no matter what decision he made.Another former American special envoy, James Baker, should have served as a vivid example for the Moroccans when he suggested in 2001 that half of the Moroccan Sahara be handed over to the Polisario — essentially giving away half the Sahara to Algeria.In 2012, Morocco finally realized that Christopher Ross was taking the side of the Polisario and Algeria and declared him persona non grata and refused to work with him. Ban Ki Moon was able to convince the Moroccan monarch to allow Ross back to negotiate the peace settlement mandated by the UN.  Again, Ross’ support for the Polisario continued, which pushed Morocco to stop all scheduled meetings with the Polisario.Mr. Ross’s apparent mission was to kill the autonomy proposal presented by Morocco. The peace plan supported by the international community with the exception of a few dictators such as the defunct Chavez of Venezuela who left his in country in ruins before his death, the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries on earth, and the Algerian dictator Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Maghreb Arab Union exterminator who is still hanging onto power even though he is too ill to govern.There is no doubt that Morocco has learned from past miscalculations and will no longer accept anyone who will not at least appreciate the autonomy proposal. The king of Morocco has already announced to the whole world that the Sahara will remain Moroccan until the end of time, and anyone who believes that Morocco will give out an inch of its territory through negotiations, should think twice before applying for the job or accepting any nomination by the new UN Secretary General.Many Moroccan observers were pleased that Antonio Guterres was selected for the post of Secretary General, and perhaps they were right to be pleased. Any European would likely be much more informed than an American about the conflict and its ramification on the entire region.Unlike Ban Ki Moon, who when he remembered in his last couple of months in office that North Africa has its own conflict, and tried to fix it, traveled to Tindouf in Algeria and erroneously called Morocco an occupying force, there appears to be  a good chance that the United Nations new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will not repeat his predecessor’s grave mistake.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

As new drought hits Ethiopia UN urges support for Governments remarkable efforts

Showing solidarity with Ethiopia is a matter of self-interest “because the link between humanitarian and development with peace and security is growing everywhere, and to invest in building resilience of populations and to invest in the best humanitarian needs in situations of stress like the one we are facing is also to contribute to strengthen peace and security,” said Mr. Guterres, noting that a number of countries around Ethiopia are in the midst of deep crises – Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea.In Ethiopia and beyond, development and peace and security must be tackled jointly – UN chiefDescribing Ethiopia as a “pillar of stability” in the region, he said the international community cannot allow the effect of drought to be a promoter of additional instability, social unrest, or conflict as this would have dreadful consequences “not only in relation to the conflicts in the area but in connection to displacements of populations, in a world that is so little inclined to receive more migrants, and to global terrorism that is now a threat everywhere.” With all this in mind, he urged the participants to “transform this session of solidarity in a commitment to work together not only to address the pressing humanitarian needs of Ethiopia but to join efforts in addressing the huge challenges from a development perspective, a sustainable development perspective and from a peace and security perspective the world faces today.”Just back from a three-day visit to Ethiopia to see first-hand the impact of failed rains in the southern parts of the county, Mr. O’Brien, who is the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that in Warder zone in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, he had witnessed the “immense impact” the drought is having on people’s lives and livelihoods.Below average rains in south and southeastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole have led to a new “lowland” drought. Among the most affected areas are parts of Somali and Afar regions and a number of lowland areas of Oromia and SNNP regions. The new drought has led to severe shortages of water and pasture in the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. Deteriorating livestock body condition and loss of livestock are also being reported as well as high levels of acute and moderate malnutrition. “We have no time to lose” – UN Emergency Relief Coordinator“We need to act now before it is too late,” said Mr. O’Brien, calling on the international partners to join the Ethiopian Government in funding the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document, which seeks $948 million to assist 5.6 million people, whose lives, livelihoods and well-being depend on support from relief partners.As effective as the humanitarian response to the 2016 El Niño drought has been, Ethiopian farmers and herders in affected areas are still living on the brink, unable to build back their livestock herds, or reinvigorate their small farms, and struggling to sustain themselves and their families, said Mr. O’Brien. “We have no time to lose. Livestock are already dying; pastoralists and farmers are already fleeing their homes in search of water and pasture; children – more often girls – are dropping out of school to support with household chores, and hunger and malnutrition levels will rise soon if assistance does not arrive on time, particularly among women who are more likely to suffer from health problems and malnutrition during droughts,” he stressed. Commending the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners on the response to last year’s El Niño drought that left 10.2 million people needing food assistance, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien today said the international community must show “total solidarity” with country as it faces a new drought.“This High-Level event must express our total solidarity with the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian Government. And let’s be clear: that solidarity is not a matter of generosity. It is a matter of justice and of self-interest,” the Secretary-General told those gathered for the event, held earlier today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on the margins of the 28th Summit of the African Union.It is a matter of justice in relation to the enormous generosity of the Ethiopian people themselves, he said, recalling that during his 10 years as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, he had witnessed the way Ethiopia became not only the largest African refugee-hosting country but the country with the most determined policy of keeping all its borders open, even in the most difficult security situations; “an example that, I would say, needs to be thought about in a world where unfortunately, so many borders are being closed.”Moreover, he said, the current crisis has not caught the Government and the people of Ethiopia unprepared, even if the magnitude of the crisis clearly is above the capacity of the Horn of Africa country to resolve. “Ethiopia has persistently applied a policy of building resilience in relation to the natural disasters that unfortunately with climate change have come to be more and more frequent and intense,” explained Mr. Guterres. A village in Ethiopia weathers the drought where many have lost their livestock. Photo: FAO/Tamiru Legesse read more

Bentley launches all new UKengineered V8 for Continental

500bhp at 6000rpm.660Nm (487 lb/ft) of torque.0-60 in 4.6 seconds.Top speed of 188mph.Eight-speed automatic transmission.Bentley Motors has launched an all new 4 litre, twin-turbo V8 engine for the Continental GT and GTC. Capable of over 500 miles on a single tank and delivering a 40% improvement in fuel economy over the W12, the new engine is efficient and sporty, hitting 60mph in 4.6 seconds.At Bentley’s Crewe HQ, it’s engineers worked to optimise power delivery and efficiency, leading to the development of a new ground breaking technology – variable displacement. This system deactivates cylinders when they are not needed – driving at a steady speed or decelerating – but under acceleration, the full V8 power is employed.Bentley’s global sales for 2011 were up 37% to 7003 cars. In Europe, the business saw sales up by over a half to 1187 cars, led by a German market which increased by 88%. In the UK, the brand increased registrations by over 5% to 1031 units.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Junior WCh 2013 TOP 16 Switzerland sent Denmark home

Sweden36:21Argentina Denmark26:29Switzerland ← Previous Story “STRUGA 2013” – HANDBALL STARTS HERE Next Story → Alfred Gislason calls for “World League” Brazil Egypt28:25Bosnia and Herzegovina IHF 20:25 Slovenia Hungary28:38Spain Germany20:21France Many surprises have seen the fans at Junior WCh 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1/4 final on Wednesday will play:Croatia – Tunis (21)Egypt – France (13:30)Netherlands – Sweden (16)Switzerland – Spain (18:30)Results of TOP 16 stage: Netherlands26:25Serbia Tunisia17:29Croatia

WWF report shows Greece lags behind in environmental law implementation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) rings alarm bells over Greece’s poor performance regarding environmental protection in a review of the organisation’s local branch.According to its recently released 14th annual report, which was published with support from the national NGO Nomos + Physis, the country has a disappointing record in EU environmental law implementation exhibiting non-compliance with 11 EU court rulings.Greece also accounts for 27 open cases of environmental law violation, a number only surpassed by Spain among its EU counterparts with 30 infringement cases.“The Greek state must safeguard the respect for environmental legislation and unimpeded access to this information as is appropriate to a country governed by the rule of law,” said WWF Hellas’s legal coordinator Giorgos Hasiotis. Among the shortcomings cited in the assessment were the recent east Attica wildfires, fines of up to 100 million euros imposed by the EU for non-compliance issues – mainly relating to illegal and dangerous waste disposal – as well as the lack of clarity in licensing frameworks governing seismic exploration and oil and gas extraction.During a press conference, WWF Greece chief executive Dimitris Karavelas highlighted hydrocarbon extraction as a primary threat to environmental protection urging the government to act on concerns expressed by citizens and organisations alike, while head of policy Theodota Natsou criticized the way of tackling environmental violations merely with financial sanctions as failing to support prevention and cultivate environmental awareness.The report made mention of the country’s positive developments as well, such as the expansion of the Natura 2000 Network which provides for the designation of special protection areas and conservation sites.last_img read more

Les applaudissements seraient contagieux comme une maladie

first_imgLes applaudissements seraient contagieux comme… une maladieUne nouvelle étude suédoise affirme que notre tendance à applaudir à un spectacle par exemple, ne serait pas nécessairement liée à ce qu’on en a pensé. Nous serions surtout influencé par les personnes qui nous entourent. Imaginez, vous êtes à un spectacle et celui-ci est en train de se terminer. Soudain, un tonnerre d’applaudissements résonne dans la salle… Cela veut-il dire que le public a adoré le spectacle ? Pas forcément. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme une étude menée par des chercheurs suédois et publiée dans la revue Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Ces travaux suggèrent que l’applaudissement est une pratique socialement contagieuse. Autrement dit, il suffirait que quelqu’un applaudisse dans une salle pour que tout le monde le suive. Et plus les applaudissements seraient forts, plus nous serions enclins à participer. Pour en arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont formé des groupes de 13 à 20 étudiants et les ont fait assister à une courte présentation. Durant toute l’expérience, les sujets ont été filmés sans qu’ils le sachent puis les scientifiques ont visionné les séquences. L’expérience a été répétée six fois avec la même présentation mais un public différent.Des sujets soumis à une pression sociale En observant les moments où les sujets commençaient et s’arrêtaient d’applaudir, les scientifiques ont constaté qu’il suffisait qu’une à deux personnes frappent des mains pour que tous les sujets en fassent de même. Les applaudissements agiraient alors comme une réaction en chaine, en fonction du volume de ces derniers. “La pression vient du volume d’applaudissement dans la salle plus que de ce que fait le voisin assis à côté de vous” ou de la qualité de la performance, explique le Dr Richard Mann de l’University of Uppsala. En moyenne, les sujets ont commencé à applaudir 2,1 secondes après que la présentation se soit achevée. Toute la salle applaudissait après environ 2,9 secondes et pendant 6,1 secondes en moyenne. Mais “il y avait un point de bascule”, où un certain nombre de personnes se mettaient à applaudir et étaient suivies par tous. “La pression sociale pour applaudir a augmenté proportionnellement au nombre de personnes qui le faisaient déjà”, a précisé le Dr Mann cité par BBC News. Et pour arrêter, le même principe serait observé selon les chercheurs. Autrement dit, une fois les applaudissements démarrés, il existerait également une pression sociale qui inciterait à ne pas cesser, jusqu’à qu’une des personnes présentes ne prenne l’initiative d’arrêter. C’est pourquoi la durée des applaudissements à varier d’une expérience à l’autre, soulignent le Dr Mann et ses collègues. D’après eux, cette pratique suivrait alors le modèle d’une maladie contagieuse.Mieux comprendre la diffusion des comportements À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Plus le nombre de personnes qui ont un rhume est important, plus vous avez de risque de l’attraper, relève le Dr Mann cité par LiveScience. Décrite ainsi, la découverte n’apparait pas d’une importante cruciale mais elle confirme le caractère contagieux de certains de nos comportements, chose qui avait pu être observée mais jamais vraiment confirmée expérimentalement. C’est d’ailleurs précisément ce sur quoi travaillent les scientifiques suédois.Ils cherchent à comprendre comment certains comportements comme des idées politiques, la mode ou encore le suicide, peuvent se répandre parmi les humains. Aussi, le Dr Mann et son équipe espèrent maintenant étendre leurs travaux à des comportements plus complexes afin de comprendre les facteurs qui interviennent. Les amis proches, par exemple, pourraient avoir une influence importante. Dans certains cas, le nombre de personnes parlant d’un certain sujet sur les réseaux sociaux, Facebook ou Twitter notamment, pourrait également intervenir. “Ici, nous avons cherché à savoir si nous étions plus influencés par le nombre total de personnes dans la salle ou par la personne assise à côté de vous”, ajoute le Dr Mann. Le 20 juin 2013 à 15:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Deputies want help IDing theft suspects

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men suspected of stealing from the Kohl’s store in Hazel Dell.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office posted photos of the suspects Tuesday on Facebook. The post says the two men stole “multiple items of merchandise” around 2 p.m. Sunday from the store at 9312 N.E. Fifth Ave. The photos show the men looking at and holding clothing.The men drove away from the store in a green, four-door Saturn with no license plates and front-end damage, according to the sheriff’s office.Anyone with information about the suspects should contact Deputy Elijah Page at

Riise confident Liverpool can win Champions League

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender John Arne Riise is confident that the club have the potential to win this season’s Champions League after their convincing 3-0 win over Manchester City last weekThe Norwegian’s former side gave City a shock 3-0 thrashing in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Riise, who won the Champions League with Liverpool back in 2005, now certain that Jurgen Klopp’s side can make it to the final.“This year, although it’s going to be very tight, they have a good chance of going all the way,” Riise told Sky Sports.“You have the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid and Bayern still there, and they have to go through against City.“There’s some great teams left but if they play like they did at Anfield on Wednesday there’s not many teams who could stop them.“All the other teams left will have seen that performance, it was amazing. The high pressure, the intensity in the game was unbelievable, they almost did it for 90 minutes. Liverpool proved if they are at the top of their game, they can beat anyone.“A club like Liverpool should always be in the quarter-finals, semi-finals of the Champions League and competing with the best clubs in the world.“I think the fans have been waiting for it, the players the same, it’s the best competition for a player to be involved in and you want to try to give something back to the fans when you get there.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m happy for Klopp. They expect a lot, and now he’s proven he can bring the club back to the Champions League.”Riise is confident that Liverpool can score at the Etihad stadium in the return leg and believes that an away goal will almost certainty put the tie beyond doubt.“City lost against Liverpool, they lost against United, Liverpool have a habit of always scoring,” Riise said.“It’s important for City not to concede, because they will have to score five then.“I think Liverpool will go through, because they’ve got that 3-0 lead, but the game is not over. We’ve seen what City can do. If they start playing as they have most of the season, keeping the ball and scoring goals, it could be a close game.“They’re good at counter attacks, which is going to be very important, and I think the main thing is not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes.“The players and the club have to go into the game like any other. Probably more compact than usual, but if they get too comfortable, and City score a goal they will get nervous again.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. **The proposed detox facility — relative to its septic system — is on the agenda.** … The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.At Town Hall: The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office Housing Coordinator, Laurie Stanton, will be holding office hours from 4pm to 7pm in the Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. She will assist residents with their affordable housing questions.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.At The Library: Cookin’  The Books at noon. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Zumba at 9am. Middle School Chorus Performance at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm.Go Wildcats!: The WHS Girls Tennis battle Wayland at 4pm at Wilmington High in first-round state tournament action.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in NKorea summit

first_imgGurkha police officers stand guard outside the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, Sunday, 10 June, 2018, ahead of the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Embarking on a self-described “mission of peace,” president Donald Trump’s seat-of-the-pants foreign policy is facing its toughest test yet as he attempts this week to personally broker an end to North Korea’s nuclear program in talks with Kim Jong Un.The impulsive American president, who just this weekend sowed chaos within the Western alliance, is set to face his match on the global stage as he prepares to meet Kim in Singapore on Tuesday.In the historic first meeting between the leaders of the technically-still-warring nations, Trump is prioritizing instinct over planning. Unlike traditional summits between heads of state, where most of the work is completed in advance, US officials say the only thing certain ahead of these talks will be their unpredictability.Ever since Trump shocked allies, White House officials and, by some accounts, the North Koreans themselves when he accepted Kim’s March invitation for a meeting, the two leaders have lurched toward an uncertain encounter that could affect millions.”It’s unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident,” Trump told reporters Saturday. “I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity and he won’t have that opportunity again.”Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, about four hours after Kim arrived in the island city-state. The two are scheduled to meet for the first time Tuesday morning.Trump’s engagement with Kim fulfills the North Korean ruling family’s long-unrequited yearning for international legitimacy, itself a substantial concession after more than a generation of U.S. efforts to isolate the country on the global stage.”It’s never been done before,” Trump said. “And obviously, what has been done before hasn’t worked.”A triumvirate of forces is bringing the meeting to fruition, said Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea Studies and director of the Program on US-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He describes the summit as “produced by Kim, directed by (South Korean President Moon Jae-in), and inspired by Trump.”Each man has his motivations: Hard-hitting sanctions and a desire for legitimacy brought Kim to the table. Moon’s efforts to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. first strike pushed Trump and Kim to take a risk. And Trump is the first U.S. president willing to sit-down with Kim with so few concessions, believing his self-professed negotiating prowess will guide him though uncharted diplomatic waters.Raising expectations in advance of the meeting, Trump said the outcome will depend heavily on his own instincts. The US president said he will know “within the first minute” of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about nuclear negotiations.”I think I’ll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen. And if I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time. I don’t want to waste his time,” Trump said.”This is a leader who really is an unknown personality,” Trump added of Kim. “People don’t know much about him. I think that he’s going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside.”White House aides described Trump in the days after receiving the initial Kim invitation as being obsessed by visions of winning the Nobel Peace Prize and of using the skills he laid out in his book “The Art of the Deal” to put his mark on the global order.In recent weeks, though, Trump’s enthusiasm has been tempered somewhat by the challenge of deal-making with such an unpredictable opponent. And there are worries from the White House to East Asian allies that Trump’s desire for an agreement will lead him to accept any deal – even if it’s a bad one.Trump is dangling before Kim visions of protection, economic investment and even a White House visit, in return for a commitment to abandon his nuclear weapons program. Kim, US officials say, has agreed to put his stockpile of 50 or more weapons on the table for negotiation, but the two countries have offered differing visions of what that would entail.Despite Kim’s apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are doubts that he would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as the guarantor of his survival.US defense and intelligence officials have assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile – a capacity that Trump and other U.S. officials have said they would not tolerate.Trump reiterated his promise Saturday that the US “will watch over and we’ll protect” Kim and his government in return for him giving up the nuclear program.With his Singapore summit, Trump is looking to temporarily escape his flaring personal conflicts with key US allies over trade as well as domestic pressure like the swirling Russia probe. Acutely aware of his coverage in the media, Trump has enjoyed how the impending North Korea summit has overshadowed some of the more negative coverage of his tumultuous White House.Still, Trump’s team has not always been on the same page, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – who has been leading the administration’s efforts – more supportive, while the hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton has been more skeptical. Bolton has been far less visible in the planning process, after a comment he made about favoring the “Libya model” for denuclearization enraged the North Koreans.Libya gave up its nuclear program at an early stage only to see its longtime dictator overthrown and killed less than a decade later.En route to Singapore, Trump left behind a trail of diplomatic wreckage as he exited the annual Group of Seven summit Saturday in Quebec, highlighting the extent to which he increasingly keeps his own counsel, eschewing the cautionary advice of aides and confident in his ability to single-handedly attempt to redraw the global order.In Canada, the US president threatened longtime allies over trade practices at a defiant exit press conference before abruptly withdrawing his endorsement of the group’s final joint statement and tweeting that host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was “weak.””His message from Quebec to Singapore is that he is going to meld the industrial democracies to his will – and bring back Russia,” said Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign and White House adviser.last_img read more

First lady to promote initiatives in London Italy

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement In Italy, she will lead members of a still-to-be-named presidential delegation to the Milan Expo and highlight her program to combat childhood obesity. The Milan world’s fair opened May 1 for a six-month run with the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”The U.S. delegation will tour the American pavilion at the expo and participate in activities to support healthier families.While in Italy, Mrs. Obama will also visit U.S. service members stationed in Vicenza as part of her work supporting military families.Unannounced cultural stops are on tap for Venice.The first lady will be accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ErrorOK ErrorOK New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama plans to put an international spin on her core initiatives when she visits Europe later this month.The first lady’s itinerary includes stops in London and the Italian cities of Milan, Vicenza and Venice from June 15-21, the White House said Thursday.Her first stop is London, where Mrs. Obama will meet with students to discuss how the U.S. and the United Kingdom are collaborating to help young girls around the world attend and stay in school. She promoted the “Let Girls Learn” initiative during stops in Japan and Cambodia in March. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more