Durant didn’t practice with the Warriors on Tuesday, and he has yet to get on the court for a structured session since getting injured May 8 in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets. Durant was set to some work on the court later Tuesday at the practice facility.Guard Klay Thompson practiced two days after sustaining a mild strain to his left hamstring that forced him out of Game 2. He is listed as questionable for Game 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe best-of-seven series with the Toronto Raptors is tied at 1-all.Thompson said his discomfort Tuesday was bearable — “the pain level wasn’t too crazy at all.” Revengeful Pasig Chooks, Balanga to go all out in Moscow Challenger Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant watches during basketball practice at the NBA Finals in Toronto, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors will take the floor once more without two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, counting on their depth and home court to carry them as they try to inch closer to a three-peat.Durant is out for Game 3 of the finals on Wednesday night, still not ready to return for the two-time defending champions as he works back from a strained right calf suffered during the Western Conference semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT All that after he had been out with a torn left quadriceps muscle sustained in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers. Cousins didn’t even make his season debut until Jan. 18 at the Clippers following a nearly yearlong absence while recovering from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon.RAPTORS SHOOTINGToronto went just 35 for 94 (37.2 in Game 2, compared to 50.6% while winning the series opener, including 11 of 38 from 3-point range. The Raptors’ missed shots and defensive stops are exactly what the Warriors count on to get out into their push-the-pace transition game.“It’s always a game of rhythm a little bit and you have to watch what’s happening. As you know, we talk a lot about our shot spectrum, the shots we’re trying to get,” Nurse said. “We have to get a certain amount of paint touches. We have to get the ball side to side. Those are things you just have to keep an eye on. I think we just had some lulls in those three areas in Game 2.”The Raptors were outscored 18-0 to start the third — “the quarter from hell” as Nurse called it — and that all but did them in before a late rally that fell short.GOLDEN DEPTHKerr prepares his role players all season to be ready for moments on the big stage — because Kerr was one of the backups in his day. At home, Quinn Cook, who scored nine points with three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, regularly resumes his shooting routine moments after the final buzzer sounds.With all the injuries, all the Warriors must be ready to contribute.“The way that we play, everybody feels involved on both ends of the floor and has an opportunity to impact the game, not necessarily scoring every possession but just playing within the flow and sharing the ball, moving, playing unselfishly,” Stephen Curry said. “Just a style where everybody is going to get touches and you just have to be confident and aggressive. So again, day to day it’s just whoever is healthy. Be ready to go, compete, have fun doing it. Whoever is out there on the floor, just feel like you can help us win the game.” Don’t mind Kawhi Leonard’s limp. Like Thompson, little will keep Toronto’s star guard off the court on the NBA’s biggest stage. Not with no more than five games left.“A hundred percent,” Leonard said of his health. “I’m on the floor. There are no excuses. Everybody knows everyone’s banged up, bruised up at this moment.”Leonard is averaging 30.9 points this postseason.BOX-AND-ONE?Raptors coach Nick Nurse was still hearing about his move to use an old school box-and-one with Fred VanVleet on Curry.“In ninth grade a team played one against me,” Kerr joked. “Very proud to announce that. I had a box-and-one, just like Steph.”“Yeah, I know, everybody’s making fun of me for it, right?” Nurse quipped.COUSINS’ IMPACTDeMarcus Cousins shined during his first NBA Finals start and just the fourth postseason game of his career.The big man had 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots over 28 minutes while playing in foul trouble in the 109-104 Game 2 win Sunday. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It will be a game-time decision. But for me personally, it would be hard to see me not playing. Hopefully, I’ll feel much better tomorrow and be a go for tipoff,” Thompson said.Along with Durant, Golden State is also down backup big man Kevon Looney. He suffered a non-displaced cartilage fracture on the right side of his collarbone area and will miss the remainder of the finals.“He’s had such a great season, such a great postseason run,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Fortunately it won’t affect his future, but it’s a big loss for us.”Here are some things to watch for going into Game 3:KAWHI SORE? 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Is this man in the picture wearing kilos of gold ornaments the grandson of DMK leader MK Stalin?The claimFacebook user Tushar Natrajan posted the picture of a young man sporting several flashy gold chains and other ornaments on Facebook page ‘New India’.He wrote in Tamil about the Dravidian pride and claimed that the man in the photograph is Stalin’s grandson.The archived version of the post can be seen here.The post on Facebook page New India’ has been shared more than 400 times at the last count.The truthIndia Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be misleading. The man in the viral picture with gold ornaments is not Tamil politician MK Stalin’s grandson. He is Harshvardhan Pandharkar, known as the youngest golden boy from Pune in Maharashtra.The golden boy of PuneWe found Instagram profile of Pandharkar by using reverse image search on the viral picture. Pandharkar has more than 52,000 followers on Instagram.Among several other pictures of him sporting gold ornaments, we found the same picture in a different frame along with bouncers and the same black SUV parked behind him.Pandharkar is fond of gold ornaments. There are many pictures and videos of him available on the Internet.Who is Stalin’s grandsonThere are not many news reports or photographs available on Stalin’s grandson. According to Tamil entertainment website News Bugz, Inbanithi is the son of actor-turned-politician.Inbanithi is a son of actor turned politician Udhayanidhi Stalin and grand son of DMK leader, M. K. Stalin. Moreover he is the great grandson of Late CM M. Karunanidhi. His mother Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi is one of the famous directors in Tamil Film Industry. She has directed movies like Vanakkam Chennai and Kaali. Inbanithi Biography advertisementUdhayanidhi Stalin and grandson of MK Stalin. He is the great-grandson of late Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi.The photograph of MK Stalin’s son and grandson together can be seen here.The conclusionThe picture of the man with gold ornaments on Facebook page New India’ is not of politician MK Stalin’s grandson. He is Harshvardhan Pandharkar, known as the golden boy’ of Pune because of his obsession for gold ornaments.Also Read | Fact Check: No, this is not a Made in India’ train transported to AustraliaAlso Watch | Is this lion roaming free in Mumbai? INDIA TODAY FACT CHECK ClaimA man sporting gold ornaments is DMK leader MK Stalin’s grandson.ConclusionHe is Harshvardhan Pandharkar, known as the ‘golden boy’ of Pune as he loves to sport gold ornaments.JHOOTH BOLE KAUVA KAATEThe number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.1 Crow: Half True2 Crows: Mostly lies3 Crows: Absolutely false If you have a story that looks suspicious, please share with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on the WhatsApp number 73 7000 7000
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Manchester City 1: Hosts through thanks to third home win Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 12/7/17 Getty Images Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season as Shakhtar Donetsk followed them into the Champions League knockout rounds. Bernard and Ismaily scored to send Shakhtar Donetsk through as Group F runners-up after a 2-1 home win against already-qualified Manchester City at the Metalist Stadium on Wednesday.City’s first defeat in any competition since April ended their 11-match winning streak away from home, although Pep Guardiola named an experimental team with an eye on Sunday’s Premier League derby at Manchester United.Teenager Phil Foden was given his full debut, becoming the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League game, with Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Ederson and Fernandinho the only regular starters included, and City’s lack of cohesion proved costly. 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 Shakhtar knew a draw would be enough to send them into the knockout rounds, regardless of Napoli’s result at Feyenoord, but they took the lead after 25 minutes, Bernard beating Danilo and bending a fine shot beyond Ederson after Marlos did superbly to create space.Right-back Danilo was at fault again six minutes later when Shakhtar extended their lead, a ball over the top from Marlos sending Ismaily clear and, when Ederson raced out of his box without getting the ball, his finish into the gaping goal was straightforward.City improved after the break – Sergio Aguero netting an injury-time penalty after Jesus was tripped – but Shakhtar closed out their third home win of the group stage, denying Guardiola’s men the chance to qualify with a perfect record from Group F.17 – Phil Foden is the youngest player to start a Champions League match for Manchester City (17y 191d). Promise. pic.twitter.com/gLujaXkIW3— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017Taison fired a warning shot and Facundo Ferreyra had an effort blocked early on his 100th Shakhtar appearance as the hosts started on top against a much-changed City side.A Shakhtar break saw Marlos bend an effort straight at Ederson and the hosts took the lead after 25 minutes thanks to a tremendous strike from Bernard.Shakhtar moved the ball swiftly from their goalkeeper to the other end of the pitch, Marlos finding space to drive away from three City players to tee up Bernard, who sent Danilo the wrong way before whipping a glorious finish into Ederson’s top-left corner.Bernard almost added a second moments later, Taison this time creating the space with a clever run, but Ederson was equal to the Brazilian’s effort.But the second goal duly arrived after 32 minutes, Marlos sending a sensational ball in behind City’s sloppy defensive line for Ismaily, who capitalised on indecision from Ederson to slot home into an open goal.City finally created an opening of note when a superb Foden throughball sent Jesus in on goal, but the Brazilian hesitated and goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov made the tackle..@PhilFoden is the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League game. #fcsdvcitypic.twitter.com/Uk0PxoEqmr— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 6, 2017Leroy Sane forced a smart save from Pyatov seconds after the restart, Bernardo Silva’s cross turned goalwards on the volley by the winger as City aimed to avoid a first loss of the season.Guardiola replaced Sane with another youngster, Brahim Diaz – who had an effort turned onto the post – in a clear sign of where his priorities lay, although Aguero was sent on for former Shakhtar star Fernandinho for the last 20 minutes.Taison fired wide and Yaroslav Rakitskiy fired a free-kick at Ederson as Shakhtar sought to make the result even more emphatic, but City grabbed a consolation from 12 yards in stoppage-time as Aguero smashed in a penalty.ANOTHER GREAT VICTORY AND WE ARE THROUGH TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUT STAGE! #ShakhtarManCity https://t.co/R61xEiQzqw pic.twitter.com/BIS2fNnI1l— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) December 6, 2017 read more
Ten things to look out for this weekend Nigel Adkins plays the peacemaker in struggling Hull City’s civil war Reuse this content Share on Messenger • Ryan Mason forced to retire from football after head injury• Football League: Sessegnon and January arrivals keep Fulham’s dreaming3) Blackman faces tall task of keeping out LeicesterJamal Blackman does not turn 25 until October but already has quite the CV, and doubtless a trophy cabinet to match. The 6ft6in Sheffield United goalkeeper, on loan from Chelsea, picked up a Champions League winners’ medal in 2012, after being part of Roberto Di Matteo’s successful squad in Munich. The same year he lifted the FA Youth Cup with Chelsea and last year was part of the Wycombe Wanderers team that ran Tottenham almightily close in a 4-3 defeat at White Hart Lane in this competition. Since progressing through the Chelsea academy, he has been loaned to Middlesbrough, Östersunds and beyond. Most importantly, he has impressed for the Blades this season and another strong display on Friday night, when they travel to Leicester looking to shutout Kelechi Iheanacho and co on home turf, will only enhance his development. BF• Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds United: Sharp at the double• David Squires on LDN, also home of the beatables4) Has Sanchez created a Pogba problem? José Mourinho’s relationship with Paul Pogba has become a simmering problem for Manchester United. Subbed off in his last two starts, both defeats, benched in the game between that, a 2-0 home stroll past Huddersfield, has an £89m signing become dispensable? A suggestion made by L’Equipe on Thursday was that Pogba holds regrets about re-joining United in the summer of 2016. Pogba played his best football on the left of a midfield trio for Juventus but Alexis Sánchez’s arrival on the left wing has Mourinho reluctant to leave that side of his defence unprotected. Sánchez’s demands to play every game, including cup matches, caused problems with Arsène Wenger, and whether Mourinho is similarly indulgent at Huddersfield will be telling. And where might that leave Pogba? From a choice of left midfield, sitting deeper or substitute, Pogba’s favourite position seems the least likely Mourinho option. Resting Pogba altogether from action at the Kirklees Stadium might be the pragmatic, expedient decision. JB• Mourinho’s stodgy, unstructured Manchester United are labouring Twitter Share via Email 5) A tie both teams will be happy to lose?In an episode of the criminally under-rated sit-com Malcolm In The Middle entitled Water Park, the titular character’s older brother, Francis, incurs the wrath of his Marlin Academy superior Commandant Spangler when the military veteran discovers he has been letting him win at pool and is in fact an accomplished hustler. To cut a long and convoluted story short, the pair end up in a titanic battle, featuring a dizzying array of outrageous trick-shots, to see who can lose each frame of 8-ball in the most spectacular fashion. While we are not suggesting that either West Brom or Southampton would deliberately tank their chances of advancing to this season’s FA Cup quarter-finals, it is this scene – minus the skill and technique – that springs to mind while pondering what might unfold between these two relegation-threatened Premier League sides when they face each other this weekend. BG• What difference do West Brom think sacking boardroom suits will make?• Corbyn on racism in football, Arsenal’s ‘library’ and pricey Freddos6) Are Conte’s eyes on FA Cup prize? If Antonio Conte actually wants to stay in the Chelsea job – and the outward signs are that he is not bothered either way – then Monday’s 3-0 victory over West Brom gave welcome respite. With reports of Luis Enrique being a shoo-in for his role, the FA Cup, should he last as long as May, could be an ideal way to wave off to those fans who still sing his name in the Stamford Bridge stands. For a manager of such standing, it is curious that Conte is still yet to celebrate victory in a knockout competition. His team selection against Hull might indicate how serious he might be about breaking that duck, though with Barcelona next week in mind, Friday is almost certainly a night for the fringe performers. The likes of Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley, players whose presence at Chelsea appears to bemuse their boss, seem likely to be given a low-key chance to shine against Championship strugglers. JB • Giroud the well-groomed, half-speed Costa, looks an ideal fit• Conte vows to fight job speculation ‘to the end’ Share on Twitter features Twitter Share on LinkedIn Pinterest 7) A Carvalhal reunion at HillsboroughSwansea’s surprise managerial appointment, Carlos Carvalhal, gets a quick return to his former stomping ground of Hillsborough, where he will stand in the adjacent technical area to his former club’s equally surprising choice of successor, Jos Luhukay. Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager had not got off to the best of starts, but a maiden league win against Derby County on Tuesday night will have silenced any hoots of disapproval from Owls fans. Lucas João scored either side of half-time in that win, prompting Derby manager Gary Rowett to describe him as unplayable. A peripheral figure in Wednesday’s squad during Carvalhal’s reign, the 24-year-old appears to have hit his straps at exactly the right time to show his former manager exactly what he can do. BG• Swansea owners: ‘We’ve made mistakes. But unfair to say we haven’t invested’ England friendlies with Qatar on cards after FA agrees partnership Read more Facebook Share on WhatsApp Calvin Andrew celebrates against Millwall during the FA Cup fourth-round replay. Photograph: Conor Molloy/Action Plus via Getty Images Topics Pinterest Despite his team’s troubles, Conte remains popular with fans at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Craig Mercer/CameraSport Read more Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Alexis Sánchez does not like being rested, as Arsène Wenger found. Photograph: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images Pinterest Facebook Share on Pinterest 8) City an unwelcome distraction for WiganWigan have wobbled since toppling West Ham in the previous round, losing to Blackpool and Southend so the visit of Manchester City – although a free hit – is the last thing Paul Cook’s promotion chasers need. The Liverpudlian manager joked this week that he has asked the Football Association whether they can tackle City with 14 men. After hitting seven past Oxford before Christmas, they were seven points clear of third place but now have Blackburn Rovers breathing down their necks. These kind of games tend to go one of two ways; they either galvanise a team before the run-in or act as a distraction, leaving them devoid of all legs. Bristol City, for example, are still recovering from doing battle with City over two legs. After facing City, they face three league games in eight days. So, what will be the lasting effect of Wigan’s joust with City on Monday night? BF• City’s Gabriel Jesus in race to be fit for Carabao Cup final9) Locadia ready to make Seagulls bowThe lowest ranked side left in this year’s competition, Coventry City sit 63 places below their hosts, Brighton, on the league ladder. Despite a lowly League Two status inflicted upon them after years of hideously neglectful ownership, an incredible 28,343 supporters turned up at the Ricoh Arena to see them lose against Accrington last weekend following a successful promotion run by the club to help take the usual bare look off a stadium that usually struggles to attract crowds of more than six thousand. An insipid midweek defeat against Colchester, their third on the spin, has derailed Coventry’s promotion push and the absence through injury of their captain Michael Doyle, who will be forced to sit out their trip to Brighton this weekend. Few beyond Brighton fans would begrudge the 1987 FA Cup winners a place in the quarter-finals but unless they massively improve on recent performances, the Amex Stadium is where this year’s fairytale journey will end. Those same Brighton fans will be keeping their eyes peeled for a first sighting of their record signing, the Dutch striker Jürgen Locadia, the £14m January acquisition from PSV Eindhoven who has recovered from a hamstring injury and looks guaranteed to feature in Chris Hughton’s match-day plans. BG• Classic YouTube: Futsal finals, muddy faceplants and Boa Morte on MTV Cribs10) A shop window for Rochdale’s relegation-threatened journeymenRock bottom of League One, nine points from safety and with just one win in the third tier since late November, Rochdale welcome Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as they attempt to make the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. They have played in the fifth round twice before, going out to Crystal Palace in 1990 and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2003. Sunday’s visitors to Spotland get a considerable amount of stick for being relentlessly fawned over without ever actually winning any silverware, while Rochdale have quite literally never won a trophy on which the word “Lancashire” was not engraved. A team comprised of jobbing low-end journeymen who look destined for relegation could ask for no better shop window to showcase their talents and will be relishing the prospect of getting stuck into a Tottenham team that showed little or no appetite for a similar kind of scrap against Newport County at Rodney Parade. For Tottenham, this is quite the return to earth after their midweek adventures in Turin and romantics will be hoping Keith Hill will have his team primed to ensure their opponents landing is anything but smooth. BG• Alli says Rochdale pitch won’t worry Tottenham on Sunday• First the knife but then Juve’s assassin turns into a Sunday League fat bloke 1) Are Leicester City genuine contenders?Of the remaining teams in this season’s FA Cup, it could justifiably be argued that only one is in a position to give the competition their full and undivided attention. Whether it’s chasing other domestic or European titles (or several in the case of Manchester City), a Champions League or play-off place, or simply battling against relegation, no fewer than 15 of the 16 clubs have more pressing concerns , while Leicester City have no such distractions. Safely positioned in mid-table and just five points shy of the 40 that probably won’t even be required to guarantee safety, they may well secure theirs in consecutive league matches against Stoke, Bournemouth and West Brom. With that in mind, it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that it would be a gross dereliction of duty if Leicester did not go all-out to win the FA Cup for the first time, having lost the most recent of their four final appearances in 1969. They have rested key players in previous rounds, but with a home draw against Sheffield United and a quarter-final place up for grabs, Claude Puel ought to wheel out this heaviest artillery. With so many high end Premier League sides left in the competition, there would be no shame in not winning the competition, but as things stand it would be remiss of them not to give it their very best shot. BG• David Squires on Riyad Mahrez and Leicester City• The Knowledge: Footballers joining and leaving a club soon after2) Hull down to barest of bonesNigel Adkins is probably without more players than he can call upon. Three of his squad, Fikayo Tomori, Ola Aina and Michael Hector, are ineligible to play against Chelsea, their parent club while Seb Larsson is suspended and there a handful of injury doubts too. Therefore the onus will again be on the impressive Jarrod Bowen, the 21-year-old who netted at Nottingham Forest in the previous round. The striker, who joined the club from Hereford in 2014, has scored 13 goals this season and has been one of few highlights amid the doom and gloom of Hull’s disastrous season, with the club fighting to stay in the Championship. He has quickly won several Premier League admirers too. A trip to Chelsea will likely prove testing for an out-of-sorts Hull team but Bowen, at least, is sure to relish rising to the challenge. BF FA Cup
Nova Scotia high school students are debating the use of clean energy and lowering the voting age as part of the sixth annual Model Legislature. The event, organized by the Department of Education, begins today, May 23, and continues until Sunday, May 25. The student MLAs, representing each of Nova Scotia’s 52 constituencies, will divide into caucuses to debate and vote on the mock bills at Province House. “Model Legislature offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities faced by the men and women who work as their elected representatives,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “Students will see many different aspects of life at Nova Scotia’s legislature, how decisions are made, and how they are communicated to Nova Scotians.” Ms. Casey will meet the student MLAs and speak with them about the importance of young Nova Scotians getting involved in public affairs. As part of the weekend’s events, students will attend a workshop on the role of the media and organize their own news conferences addressing the mock bills. The students will also get public speaking and debating tips from speaking coach Brian Casey. Model Legislature has been held every spring since 2003.
Washington: The American corporate sector Friday hailed the maiden Budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, noting that it is not only inclusive but also attractive for foreign investments. President of US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF) Mukesh Aghi said the budget is inclusive and policy decisions are encouraging for American companies. It’s “good news” for companies like Apple, Aghi told PTI. The Budget opens up the Indian market, and encourages US companies to invest more, at the same time it ensures prosperity and growth for the lower sections, he said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The Budget is trying to make positive structural changes, he added. “We are pleased to see a 2019-2020 Budget that delivers a forward-looking and reform-minded approach for the Modi government’s second term,” Nisha Desai Biswal, president of US India Business Council, told PTI. USIBC welcomes proactive measures to double farmers’ income, liberalise FDI in a number of sectors and allow 100 per cent FDI for insurance intermediaries, and increase FPI investment limits – all reforms USIBC has actively supported, she said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang USIBC members will be encouraged by the Budget’s focus on skilling Indians, with an emphasis on jobs in data analytics, artificial intelligence, and robotics, Biswal said. “Goals like transforming India into a global space and aviation hub also demonstrate the longer-term thinking of the new government. We look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi and the Government of India to make these priorities, and the larger vision for a modern India a reality,” Biswal said. “This is a visionary budget from the first woman Finance Minister of India marked with a long-term 10-year plan while retaining focus on immediate priorities,” said Karun Rishi, president of USA-India Chamber of Commerce told PTI. The focused impetus for sustainable job creation via targeted investment in infrastructure will have a ripple effect on secondary and tertiary employment. The mission to provide housing to all by 2022 has the potential not just for growth in downstream sectors such as cement and steel but also for overall job creation in these vital industries, he said. It is a relatively cautious Budget, considering the government’s election mandate, noted Rick Rossow from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think-tank. “I expected some bigger ideas, but instead we saw a continuation of key programmes such as infrastructure development, expansion of social programmes in rural areas, and nods to big campaigns like Digital India and Make in India,” Rossow told PTI. From a foreign business perspective, it was a mixed bag, he said. “On the positive side, several sectors were listed for foreign investment reforms including insurance, media, and single brand retail,” he added. “Customs duties are to be reduced in some narrow areas like specialty chemicals and capital goods for electronics manufacturing. But in a range of other sectors, customs duties will be increased including auto parts, video recorders, metal fittings, and more. This Budget is not going to alleviate the current state of trade tensions between the US and India,” Rossow said. Lauding the fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent for FY 2020, Rishi told PTI that much will depend on the execution and global economic factors. The budget strikes a reasonable balance between addressing the objective of inclusivity and laying the path for Prime Minister Modi’s vision of a USD 5 trillion economy by focusing on infrastructure spending incentivising affordable housing and providing growth capital for PSU banks, he said. Setting up the National Research Foundation (NRF) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and co-chaired by Principal Scientific Advisor K Vijay Raghavan to fund, coordinate and promote research in India will be a game changer, Rishi said. “The NRF’s focus on promoting and funding multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, multi-investigator led research by having robust industry-academia collaboration could tremendously benefit the biopharma and healthcare industry in India. Indian and global patients can look forward to cutting edge innovative medicines coming out of India in the next five to ten years,” he said. Stating that USA-India Chamber of Commerce has been encouraging structured research in India for over 12 years, Rishi said the current setup is not efficient. The NRF can correct the deficit in research, he asserted. As per data released by the central government, India’s research and innovation investment vis-a-vis global standards in terms of percentage of GDP is quite less (0.68 per cent) in comparison to the United States (2.8 per cent), China (2.1 per cent), Israel (4.3 per cent) and South Korea (4.2 per cent). “If India aims to emerge as a global research and innovation hub, apart from just increasing the funding, we also need to have a central systematic mechanism to fund and monitor research and innovation outcomes, especially in the fields of national importance. “Under the guidance of top leadership, the NRF has the potential to make India a global partner in BioPharma Research and Development. A 15.4 per cent increase in allocation to the healthcare sector compared to the previous year’s revised budget is a remarkable step,” Rishi said.
OTTAWA – The social media movement known as #MeToo prompted people around the world to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment, but elected women on Parliament Hill appear unsure about where things are headed.In a recent Canadian Press survey of female MPs about their experiences with sexual misconduct, 55 per cent of respondents said they believe the global conversation that grew out of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein marks a key turning point.However, about a quarter of the respondents said they believe the movement could prove fleeting.“I fear that this is only temporary because the apologists will soon come forward and say the stories are exaggerated and driven by ambitious or scorned women,” said one of the 38 out of 89 female MPs who took part in the voluntary, anonymous survey.“The balance of power and control in the world still rests with men.”Another MP expressed concern that the pendulum could swing too far.“I believe it is a good thing that people are being exposed for past behaviour, however I am concerned that some are possibly being swept up in the fray, fired, etc., like a nationwide lynching without research into accusations.”More than half of respondents to the survey — 58 per cent — reported having personally experienced one or more forms of sexual misconduct during their time in office, including inappropriate or unwanted remarks, gestures or text messages of a sexual nature.The survey also asked about the process for handling complaints regarding harassment, set up in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct levelled in 2014 against two Liberal MPs who were subsequently booted from caucus and barred from running again for the party.The process made headlines again late last year when Liberal MP Sherry Romanado expressed her dissatisfaction with the outcome after she filed a complaint against Conservative MP James Bezan regarding inappropriate remarks he made while they were posing for a photo with a veteran in Ottawa.One-third of the survey respondents said the process is difficult to evaluate, while MPs called it a first step, but insufficient on its own. Only five MPs called it both necessary and effective.Some MPs shared their thoughts on the process; one called it “punishing to the victim,” adding that it “takes way too long and becomes public.”Another MP said: “This needs to be in place, but (it’s) frustrating that it’s used as a political tool to discredit in some instances.”The House of Commons is working to bring in-person training on workplace harassment to MPs, with about 20 two-hour sessions expected to be offered beginning next month. That’s in addition to the 620 people — including 560 MPs or their staffers — who have viewed an online harassment prevention course launched in December 2016.Liberal MP Alexandra Mendes said she found it a useful exercise, but was also struck by how much comes down to basic good manners.“If you learn to be courteous and respectful of others, a lot of these things wouldn’t happen,” Mendes said in an interview last month.The MPs who participated in the survey said there are many things the federal government should be doing to prevent sexual misconduct and to better respond to victims in general, both on and off Parliament Hill.The most popular response was mandatory sexual education in schools, including on issues surrounding consent — an idea supported by 66 per cent of respondents. Nearly as many called for more awareness campaigns.Simplifying the complaint process, training for police officers and judges and better enforcement of existing laws were also popular answers.Only six MPs, however, recommended introducing tougher laws.A couple of respondents highlighted the need to involve men — both as perpetrators and bystanders — in solving the problem, including by offering help to men who want to change their ways after years of working in a culture that tolerated what is now deemed to be unacceptable behaviour.Another MP said it is important to focus on prevention.“I believe that most people are good people and very few mean to be awful to people and treat people badly,” she wrote.“Let’s work as hard on prevention — helping people how to be in a workplace — as much as we work on helping victims.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
HALIFAX – After two meetings and a phone call with the head of Nova Scotia’s teachers union, Premier Stephen McNeil says his government is ready to introduce its education reform bill on Thursday.The move comes three days after McNeil emerged from a one-on-one meeting with union chief Liette Doucet saying he felt there was room for compromise over Liberal government’s reform plans, which include the removal of 1,000 principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the union.McNeil said Wednesday he told Doucet about the legislation in a phone call, and sent a copy to the union.Neither he nor Doucet would discuss the bill’s contents, and the premier was coy on whether it included changes based on concerns raised by the union.“I’ve considered them and I’ve sent the bill to her and all of you will see the bill tomorrow,” McNeil told reporters.In a statement late Wednesday, Doucet confirmed the union has seen “an embargoed copy” of the bill and said: “The NSTU provincial executive will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the contents of this bill, and to determine an appropriate response.”McNeil said he wants to get the legislation passed before the March break.In a vote last week, more than 80 per cent of public school teachers voted for strike action to protest the province’s decision to largely endorse reforms contained in a recent report from education consultant Avis Glaze.Glaze said principals and vice-principals should be moved into a new professional association to eliminate any potential conflict of interest when both management and employees are in the same union.Her report also recommends eliminating the province’s seven English-language school boards and creating a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the teaching profession.McNeil was asked whether teachers would be happy with the legislation.“I hope they are,” he said. “The reality of it is I’ve yet to make a decision here that’s made everybody happy. My goal is to do what is in the best interest of all of us and I’m doing what I believe is in the best interests of kids.”McNeil said his conversation with Doucet was cordial and said they didn’t discuss whether the bill would prompt some kind of job action by the union.Any strike would be illegal — and teachers could face fines of up to $1,000 a day.Doucet also met with Education Minister Zach Churchill last Friday.The extensive reforms come a year after teachers walked off the job for a day and staged a protest outside the provincial legislature. The Liberal government eventually passed legislation ending a 16-month contract dispute with teachers, which also ended a work-to-rule job action.
Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe movement of evacuees continued Friday as firefighters continued to battle a growing wildfire that penetrated Fort McMurray earlier this week. About 88,000 people were evacuated from the city this week and many are still on the move.
French businessman Yazid Sabeg has become the latest addition to the roster of celebrity advocates who use their talent and fame to raise awareness of the work and ideals of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Director-General Irina Bokova designated Mr. Sabeg as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony earlier this week at the agency’s Paris headquarters in recognition of his efforts to promote equality, young people and cultural diversity, and his support of the digitization of knowledge, according to a news release.Born in 1950, Mr. Sabeg was an advisor in charge of industrial restructuring in the cabinet of French Prime Minister Raymond Barre.In 1990, he became head of the Compagnie des signaux, later renamed Communications et systèmes (CS), which employs nearly 4,000 people and specializes in the integration of information and communication systems for the telecommunications, transportation and defence sectors. He has published several works focused on the fight against discrimination based on ethnic origin, and is also the author of Manifeste pour l’égalité réelle (“Manifesto for genuine equality”).UNESCO’s roster of Goodwill Ambassadors also include such luminaries as the Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala and the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale. 19 February 2010French businessman Yazid Sabeg has become the latest addition to the roster of celebrity advocates who use their talent and fame to raise awareness of the work and ideals of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The United Nations agency’s sampling of more than 1,800 factories found that many workers are put on “administrative leave” for many months, or are uncompensated despite showing up for work. And although Ukraine is one of the most populous countries in Europe, with 50 million people, the population has shrunk by nearly two million due largely to the drop in life expectancy among men.The survey also discovered a unique feature to Ukraine’s economy in that women account for a majority of all those who are employed, even as employment has shrunk by one-third since 1991.Meanwhile, a survey of 8,200 adults has found that more than 80 per cent of Ukrainians lack access to adequate health services, one in every seven works in “very unsafe” conditions and that more than 40 per cent of workers have not been paid over the previous three months. On average, adults thought that real unemployment in the country was about 40 per cent, more than three times the official rate, and a majority expected it to rise.The ILO warns that mass unemployment has arrived in Ukraine and that much more is to come, a worrying development because most jobless workers do not receive unemployment benefits while those who do, get an extremely small amount. The agency says it is essential for the welfare of workers and their families that these benefits are raised and be made available to more unemployed people. “The labour market situation in Ukraine is desperate, contributing to the reduced life expectancy in the country and the flow of people into central and western Europe,” ILO says. “Many millions of workers are suffering acutely. Their plight deserves more attention than it has received.”
The Assembly makes a big splash every year in late September when world leaders come to UN Headquarters in New York City to present their views about pressing world issues over a number of days, in what is known as the General Debate.However, the issues and themes under discussion by the General Assembly lend themselves to more effective discussion in smaller settings covering different topics. So, once the Debate is over, the General Assembly’s six Main Committees select their officers and get down to dealing with the items on the Assembly’s agenda – in 2012, the Assembly had nearly 170 items on it, most of which were carried over from previous years.All Member States take part in each of the Committees’ discussions and the agenda is divided up thematically. The issues are debated, corresponding resolutions are voted on and then forwarded to all UN Member States – in the so-called General Assembly Plenary – for a final decision.Here, in the fourth of a series providing a snapshot of the Main Committees, the UN News Centre takes a look at the Fourth Committee.*****The UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Susana Malcorra, briefs the Fourth Committee on the work of her Department. (October 2011) UN Photo/Mark GartenThe past, present and future pepper debate in the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee, which deals with special political and decolonization issues over a timeline that arguably makes it the most versatile of the six Main Committees of the UN General Assembly.Yet the Committee’s thematic name – Special Political and Decolonization – offers just a hint of its many responsibilities.Initially mandated to address decolonization in the post-World War II era, the Fourth Committee has taken on ‘Special Political’ duties in 1990 after the independence of most colonies and all UN trust territories. However, the Committee continues to address a mix of political issues and the contentious issues of decolonization which still raises tempers and inspires heated debate. If the ‘decolonization’ tag clearly indicates the Committee’s commitment to seeing the world’s remaining colonial territories liberated, the ‘special political’ designation is distinctly more wide-ranging.Alongside actor Javier Bardem, film director Alvaro Longoria addresses the Fourth Committee on the issue of Western Sahara, a disputed territory on the north-west coast of Africa. (October 2011) UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeUnder the latter can be massed a group of issues related to Palestinian refugees and human rights, peacekeeping, mine action, outer space, public information, atomic radiation and the so-called University for Peace. But it is precisely this eclectic spectrum that has led to the committee’s temporal elasticity.The modern colonial era stretches at least back to the 1500s, when European powers began establishing empires made up of colonies in the Americas, Africa and Asia. While most of the former European possessions are now independent UN Member States, 16 territories remain classified by the UN as ‘Non-Self-Governing Territories.’The list is not universally endorsed, making for lively exchanges in the Fourth Committee, where states with claims to the territories, sometimes with the backing of their allies, spar with one another over the merits of their respective arguments.Nasser Al-Kidwa, Palestine’s representative to the United Nations, addresses the Fourth Committee, which approved resolutions to do with the UN agency providing humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees. (November 2003) UN Photo/Evan SchneiderAt the other end of the temporal spectrum is the Committee’s eye to the future in its consideration of how to use outer space. UN interest in things celestial began in 1958 when the General Assembly, acting a little more than a year after the Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite in the form of Sputnik 1, resolved to create a Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.Today, the UN’s architecture for dealing with celestial governance includes the Vienna-based UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, which supports the intergovernmental discussions of both the Fourth Committee, as well as the 71-member Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.The annual space debate in the Fourth Committee has taken on increasing significance as emerging space exploring nations join the space-faring pioneers, thereby rendering the space environment more congested, but also creating opportunities for technology cooperation and transfer.Various committee members regularly raise questions about how to handle the mounting space ‘junk’ that has been accumulating above Earth since space flights began, while some argue for a comprehensive legal framework governing oversight of humankind’s ‘final frontier.’ In addition, the committee annually discusses the activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA). Created by the General Assembly in 1949, the agency is the main provider of education, health, social and other basic services to the five million registered Palestine refugees, who trace their roots to those displaced amid the fighting that followed the division of the former British mandate for Palestine.The Fourth Committee’s Chairman, Ambassador Jonathan C. Peters of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, takes part in discussions on Morocco-Polisario negotiations for cease-fire and self-determination referendum for Western Sahara. (October 1988) UN Photo/Yutaka NagataThe Fourth Committee’s focus on peacekeeping has regularly produced debate over many of the great questions surrounding the evolution of UN peacekeeping operations. Those questions include looking for ways to deploy peacekeepers more rapidly; enhance the protection of civilians; and develop police, judicial and other institutions in war-torn countries to advance peacebuilding capacity.The atomic radiation consequences of Japan’s 2011 earthquake- and tsunami-related accident at its Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, and the contributions of the UN’s University for Peace to helping bring about a peaceful world are just two of the additional recent considerations that make the Committee’s debating schedule a full one.
“The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece is accelerating dramatically and has now reached the 160,000 mark,” William Spindle, spokesperson of for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said at a press briefing in Geneva. The latest data from the UN agency shows that as of 14 August, 158,456 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea while 1,716 entered by land through turkey.“The pace of arrivals has been steadily increasing in recent weeks,” said Mr. Spindle, adding that more refugees and migrants arrived in Greece during the month of July (50,242) than during the whole of last year (43,500).During the week 8 to 14 August, 20,843 people arrived in Greece by sea, almost equal to half of those arrived in 2014, with the majority coming from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. According to UNHCR, the up-to-date figures from Greece bring the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year to some 264,500, including 158,456 to Greece, approximately 104,000 to Italy, 1,953 to Spain and 94 to Malta.However, there is a lack of reception infrastructure and registration procedures both on the islands and on the mainland, which need to be strengthened urgently.As UNHCR is working to support Greece, “we are recommending Greek authorities to designate a single body to coordinate an emergency response and set up an adequate humanitarian assistance mechanism,” stated Mr. Spindle.He also urged the Government to build up the conditions in the whole country, and said there was a need for neighbouring countries, such as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to do the same.
A former Team GB Olympic cyclist attacked his girlfriend after suffering a brain injury which made him aggressive when drinking, a court heard.Jonathan Bellis, 30, who represented the team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, admitted hitting his girlfriend at their home on March 8 after the couple had been out for drinks. He left his “distraught” victim with injuries to her face, arm and ear and pain “all over her face and head”, after telling her “I’m going to explode”, the court heard.Bellis, who retired from professional cycling in 2015, could not remember carrying out the assault, Cheltenham Magistrate Court heard.The cyclist, from Cheltenham, returned to the sport after suffering a brain injury in 2009, which left him in a three week coma. He crashed a scooter into a wall in Tuscany.The court heard the injury triggered aggression in him when he drank alcohol.Prosecutors said the couple went to the Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham for drinks with friends, before returning to the flat. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The victim was aware of Bellis’ mood darkening and asked him not to drink any more alcohol. He agreed to her request – but told her: “I’m going to explode.” Jonathan Bellis, at the front, during the men’s team pursuit qualifications at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in 2009Credit:Peter Andrews/Reuters Fearing for her safety, she rang 999 before Bellis took the phone out of her hand. He then blocked her exit as she went towards the front door of the home they shared, before hitting his girlfriend on the side of the face.The court was shown photographs of the victim’s cut lip and bruised arm and ear, and heard Bellis had drunk two-and-a-half pints of ale and two-and-a-half glasses of wine before the assault.Nicky Shaw, mitigating, said a pre-sentence report prepared for the court was supportive of Bellis and there was a low risk of him offending again in the future.She added: “The brain injury and alcohol is what’s caused this. It isn’t a negative attitude towards women or relationships. It does appear this is very much linked to a brain injury.”District Judge Bopa Jai, fined Bellis £635 and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the victim after finding him guilty of assault.She also imposed a five-year restraining order on him and said he must make no contact with the victim.Bellis declined to comment as he left the court after the case. British Cycling also declined to comment.
Penny Lancaster, the model and wife Sir Rod Stewart, has revealed she was assaulted by school bullies until she bled. In the most vicious attack, two girls followed her home from school with a boy who they spurred to ram his bike up the back of her legs until they bled. “I ran home to my mum crying. I thought I was strong enough to deal with the bullies,” she says. She is one of more than 25 personalities and celebrities who have re-lived their childhood torment at the hands of bullies on video to encourage today’s… The TV presenter breaks down in tears as she recalls the bullying at her secondary school which culminated in her being pelted with eggs and flour by a gang of girls on her last day.
‘It doesn’t need to be said what is expected when you wear a 13 jersey with Ireland’ Chris Farrell delivered a magnificent performance on his first Six Nations outing. By Sean Farrell Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 46 Comments Share67 Tweet Email4 Updated at 22:00Sean Farrell reports from Aviva StadiumTHE AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES dipped to shivering lows for Six Nations day on Lansdowne Road, but Chris Farrell was never in danger going off the boil.On the day of his third cap, the Munster centre delivered a man-of-the-match performance to help Ireland secure a bonus point 37 – 27 win over Wales.Right from the opening kicks of the game, the 24-year-old placed himself at the heart of Irish efforts, haring after a high, hanging Jacob Stockdale clearance kick to deliver a perfectly-timed thunderous tackle on Leigh Halfpenny.That was him on the front foot, and he hardly rocked back.“When you get into the game early, like I did, I had a few involvements within the first maybe 30 seconds, that sort of gives you a bit of confidence when you go well and it gives you a platform to build on.“You get a feel for what’s in front of you and what way the defence is going.”More often than not the Welsh defence was bunched in front of him, and Farrell was continually put to work in breaking it down, using some excellent footwork to make full use of his imposing frame and putting Ireland over the gainline time after time.“I suppose I did feel like I was making yards everytime I got on the ball and that’s probably partly to do with Johnny (Sexton) and the way he controls defences and shows out the back and helps you along.”Though his performance included the odd missed tackle – always a difficult metric for a 13 in an Andy Farrell defence – there were flashes of his soft hands and even a restart take to ensure positive side of the ledger massively out-weighed the negative.Stepping in to replace a Lions tourist in the shape of Robbie Henshaw is an inescapable part of the story, yet Farrell seemed like the only man not walking out of Lansdowne Road shocked by the high standards he hit today.“I wasn’t necessarily surprised. I expected to fit in like that. If I’m in a Six Nations squad, and if Joe is going to select me, I expect to fit in in the same way as anyone else would.“That’s the expectation that Joe has whether you are second, third or fourth choice, whatever it might be. If you get a chance to be called up you need to fit in the same way anyone else has.”He added: “I don’t think it needs to be said what is expected when you wear a 13 jersey with Ireland, because of who has been there before and what they’ve done.“Between Garry (Ringrose), Robbie (Henshaw) and Brian O’Driscoll before me, they’ve all been unbelievable and so there’s a certain expectation. And I know it, because I’ve watched them for the last 10 years or whatever it’s been, and they’ve all done amazing things there.“So there is a pressure, without a doubt, but for me it was almost like going back to the Fiji game I played in November, and just trying to fit in. Then whatever else goes with that is a bonus again.” Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAs Schmidt mentioned earlier this week, Farrell’s road to performing at this level on the international stage began much further back than November. The Kiwi made sure to keep tabs on the Ulster native while he was an Exile plying his trade with Grenoble.It’s often easy to consider anything happening outside the provinces as a blind spot for Irish caaches, but that is only the case in terms of selection. A move to the Alps won’t keep you out of range of Schmidt’s work-on bullet points.“I would have been talking to Joe a good bit the three years in France, I would have had a few phone calls from home and a few messages with clips from matches.He’d be saying: ‘you could do this better, you could do that better, defensively you could have done this’.“He was just giving me advice on how to play the game and a few things that he had seen. The very small details are what he prides himself on and he prides his team on, and those kind of things are what have benefitted me.“I had spoken to (Schmidt) before I had even played a game in France, so I was just thinking he obviously just wants Irish players back in Ireland. I hadn’t played a game so I hadn’t impressed him in any way. Source: The42.ie/YouTube“Then I got to play some games and played well.Then year two: I was playing better and he was still chatting to me, driving me on, gave me goals and then all I wanted to do was, pretty much, come back and play rugby in Ireland.“It’s been fantastic. Even just to come back and play in Munster, what it is and the history they have, it was such an honour to me.“And what has come on the back of it is such a bonus.”‘I apologise to Joe if I upset him’: Schmidt and Gatland trade frosty complimentsRussell’s redemption as sensational Scotland end 10-year wait for England win Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 10:30 PM Feb 24th 2018, 8:57 PM Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO https://the42.ie/3870701 43,255 Views Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Citizens’ Protection Ministry announced a new program aimed at returning 7,000 undocumented immigrants to their homelands as part of a voluntary repatriation scheme being financed with 7.5 million euros from the European Union and 2.5 million euros in state cash.The program forms part of a “broader national plan aimed at managing immigration flows”, according to the ministry, which has also stepped up deportations of undocumented immigrants in recent weeks.The new program is the latest in a series of voluntary repatriation schemes that have been coordinated by the Greek office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which cites a 50 percent increase in applications by migrants. But according to the director of the IOM’s Athens office, Daniel Esdras, bureaucracy has delayed implementation.A total of 2,258 migrants have been voluntarily returned to their homelands since March 2010. This is less than half the number of those who have lodged applications. Source: Kathimerini
Alerte aux particules fines dans plusieurs départementsLe seuil d’alerte aux particules fines PM10 a été dépassé hier en Alsace et ce matin à Angers dans le Maine-et-Loire et à La Roche-sur-Yon en Vendée à cause d’une masse d’air chaud et la baisse de la vitesse des vents.Situé à 80 microgrammes par mètre cube d’air sur 24 heures, le seuil d’alerte aux particules fines a été dépassé hier en Alsace, d’après l’Association pour la surveillance de la pollution atmosphérique en Alsace (ASPA). Une augmentation dont une masse d’air chaud et la baisse de la vitesse des vents seraient responsables. Mais la région alsacienne n’est pas la seule à monterr une telle pollution. Le seuil d’alerte a également été dépassé vendredi matin à Angers (Maine-et-Loire) et à La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée), d’après, le réseau de surveillance de la qualité de l’air dans la région (Air Pays de la Loire). Mulhouse et Strasbourg se trouve à la limite. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastique”L’arrivée d’une masse d’air chaud en altitude, et la baisse de la vitesse du vent ont conduit à un moindre brassage de l’air, verticalement et horizontalement. La stabilisation des basses couches de l’atmosphère conduit à une accumulation des particules fines”, a expliqué Julien Bernard, ingénieur à l’ASPA cité par l’AFP. En conséquence, les préfectures du Bas-Rhin et du Haut-Rhin ont conseillé une limitation des transports routiers de transit et des véhicules diesel non équipés de filtres à particules. Les autorités recommandent également d’éviter le chauffage par le bois et le charbon. Les émetteurs industriels doivent également réduire leurs émissions de particules et d’oxydes d’azote. Les particules fines PM10 sont des micropoussières contenues dans l’air. Elles apparaissent avec la combustion industrielle mais sont aussi émises par les moteurs automobiles, et le chauffage urbain. D’après les spécialistes, inhaler une trop importante quantité de particules fines pourraient endommager les poumons. Les activités sportives en plein air comme l’endurance sont donc déconseillées. Néanmoins, l’alerte devrait être levée dans la journée.Le 10 février 2012 à 10:55 • Maxime Lambert
Les squelettes fossilisés d’un antique poisson découvert dans un gros rocher au CanadaLe fossile d’une espèce inconnue de poisson, vieille de 60 millions d’années, a été découvert à la fin du mois de février, près d’Okotoks, dans la province d’Alberta, au Canada. Ron James n’en est pas à son premier fossile. L’homme âgé de 69 ans a déjà découvert une ammolite, pierre ornementale d’origine biogénique, ainsi que le fossile d’un homard préhistorique. Mais cette fois-ci, il a mis la main sur un objet de taille : un rocher de deux mètres à la forme étrange. C’est alors qu’il se baladait sur un chemin près d’Okotoks qu’il fait sa découverte.En creusant un peu, Ron James s’est aperçu que le rocher était incrusté de 17 squelettes complets et exceptionnellement conservés, d’une espèce de poisson, vieille de 60 millions d’années. Elle serait notamment parente du brochet alligator (Atractosteus spatula), une espèce primitive de poisson mais avec des écailles épaisses et des dents capables de mâcher d’autres poissons, les écrevisses et les oiseaux. Les squelettes mesurent entre 25 cm pour le plus petit et 75 cm pour le plus long, et ont été dénichés dans la formation géologique de Paskapoo et datent de l’ère Paléocène.Des fossiles à l’origine mystérieuseLe musée Tyrrell a récupéré le rocher qui semble avoir été la scène d’un mystérieux “meurtre massif”. En effet, selon les responsables, ces17 poissons seraient morts simultanément avant d’être enfouis dans le sable, à l’ère du Paleocène. “C’est l’un des défis que présente le rocher. Quel genre d’événement peut causer la mort de ces poissons, au même moment”, explique Don Brinkman, directeur du département préservation et recherche du Musée Tyrrell, au Calgary Herald.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’origine de ce bloc de rocher de 2.744 kilogrammes, épais de 50 centimètres, reste encore floue. Ron James a supposé qu’il avait dû être extrait d’une carrière de pierres puis abandonné. “Les gens ont dû passer à côté depuis au moins trois ou quatre ans sans jamais y faire attention. Il est impossible de distinguer ce rocher d’un autre, à moins de vraiment le regarder de près”, remarque-t-il. Le bloc a été extrait du sol grâce à une grue puis transporté au musée à l’aide d’un camion. “Chaque année environ, nous recevons des fossiles de personnes qui ne sont pas des chercheurs. Ils ne sont pas tous aussi importants, mais ces découvertes ont souvent bien fait avancer la recherche”, précise M. Brinkman.(Crédits photo : Royal Tyrrell Museum) Le 1 avril 2013 à 17:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton has a lot of plans for 2017, including some reflections on her stunning loss to Donald Trump.The former secretary of state, senator and first lady is working on a collection of personal essays that will touch on the 2016 presidential campaign, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for this fall and will be inspired by favorite quotations she has drawn upon. Clinton also will reissue her best-selling “It Takes a Village” in an illustrated edition for young people.She will also resume her relationship with the Harry Walker Agency, the speakers bureau through which she made the paid talks that were criticized by Sen. Bernie Sanders and others during the election race.