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Molestation charge on IRS officer in Bihar

first_imgAn Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer posted in Patna was arrested on Wednesday allegedly for ‘molesting’ a minor girl from Sikkim at a coaching institute mentored by him. The girl was attending classes for her medical entrance exam and residing in a hostel along with other students in Patna. “The officer was arrested after an FIR was filed at the Digha police station. The complainant stated that she was molested by the officer in the hostel room on the night of February 17,” Shibli Nomani, Deputy SP (Law and Order), said. The officer was living in the same flat in which the coaching centre is located.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: Pupils Predict the Future

first_imgWant to read someone’s mind? Look at their pupils. A person about to answer “yes” to a question, especially if they are more used to answering “no,” will have more enlarged pupils than someone about to answer “no,” according to a new study. Normally, pupils dilate when a person is in a darkened environment to let more light into the eye and allow better vision. But pupil size can also be altered by levels of signaling chemicals naturally produced by the brain. In the study, published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists observed the pupils of 29 people as they pressed a “yes” or “no” button to indicate whether they’d seen a difficult-to-detect visual cue on a screen in front of them. When a person was deciding how to answer—in the seconds before pressing a button—their pupils grew larger. And if a person was normally biased toward answering “no” when they weren’t sure on the visual cue, then the pupil change was even more profound in the decision-making seconds before a “yes” answer. The finding could lead to new ways to detect people’s intrinsic biases and how confident they are in an answer given, important variables in many sociological and psychological studies.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Rajasthan education to get a boost after ₹1,581 cr. allocation in budget

first_imgThe 2019-20 budgetary provision of ₹1,581 crore and the announcement of a new policy are set to make a turnaround in the infrastructure of education in Rajasthan. The Congress government has claimed that its new initiatives, including the holding of ‘Baal Sabha’ (Children’s Assembly) at public places, have helped reduce dropout rate in the schools.Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasara has announced the establishment of English medium schools in 167 blocks and an increase in the annual income ceiling from ₹1 lakh to ₹2.50 lakh for admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. He said this while replying to the demands of grants for his department in the State Assembly during the ongoing Budget session.The ₹1,581 crore sanctioned under the Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan School Infrastructure Scheme would be utilised for construction of over 14,000 classrooms, laboratories and libraries and 23 new school buildings as well as renovation of 83 buildings. Besides, the new education policy would incorporate fresh initiatives, experiments and research.Mr. Dotasara also announced the widening of purview of the student police cadet scheme to cover 930 government schools and a new “exposure to vocational education” programme for the students of VI to VIII classes. The existing agriculture subject would be replaced with the full-fledged agriculture faculty, which would include agricultural chemistry and agricultural biology.The demands were passed by voice vote in the Assembly after the Minister’s reply. Mr. Dotasara informed the House that the schools closed by the previous BJP government, despite their fulfilment of all parameters, would be reopened. A committee had received proposals from 1,511 secondary schools and 1,324 primary schools for reopening on the basis of fulfilment of the RTE norms.An initiative taken by the Rajasthan Council of School Education for organising ‘Baal Sabhas’ of government schools at public places in the villages has raised academic standards and reduced dropout rate of students. The participation of parents and village elders had especially made these events interactive.Council’s Deputy Director Manaram Jakhar said here that ‘Baal Sabhas’ had led to an effective participation of local communities in the management of schools and helped bring qualitative improvement to school education, besides enhancing creativity of students. He said the Education Department was making efforts for increasing enrolment of students and ensuring their stay at various levels in the schools.In another significant decision, the Education Department has allowed the students enrolled with the open schools to write their examination in Rajasthani language, which has also been included as a subject. The State government will also prepare a draft report to provide maximum benefits to the students studying in open schools.last_img read more

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Michigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind

first_imgMichigan State guard Jack Hoiberg walks to the court for a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — Hunker down, hoops fans. This one might be ugly.The Final Four’s second semifinal Saturday features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “This team is very connected,” Izzo said. “It’s like, when they move, they all move together, and that’s why we’ve been pretty good defensively ourselves.”EIGHT IS ENOUGH: For all his trips to the Final Four, Izzo has only won it once. He says he does not take much solace in getting close a bunch of times.“I talk to them all the time, and part of it’s my fault because I say, ‘You know, I’ve been there, and nobody can take that away from me, but my dream is for you guys to get there,’” Izzo said. “So if they get there, they’re taking me along for the ride. So, that’s why I still have bigger fish to fry and bigger things to go after.”NO DESSERT FOR YOU: Beard has been trying to teach his team self-sacrifice this season, asking all his players to give something up for the larger good of the team. Some said goodbye to Netflix; others took a break from social media; others have handed over their cell phones.For Beard, it was beer, desserts and candy. One detail, though.“Did you know a Pop-Tart is not a dessert? It’s a breakfast. I’ve eaten a lot of Pop-Tarts since October,” he said.ANY TIPS: Culver had a fairly simple answer when asked how he would play ‘D’ on himself: “Pray.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles It’s a non-glamour pairing pitting two teams that thrive on the grind. Texas Tech (30-6) has allowed more than 70 points only five times this season and not at all in the tournament. Michigan State (32-6), with the ninth-best defense in the country, got here by shutting down more-talented, more-star-studded Duke.The over/under on the game is 132.5, meaning there’s a good chance the first team to 65 will win.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, logistics“We try to guard at a high level,” Red Raiders coach Chris Beard said. “It’s been the identity of our teams at all different levels, and currently at Texas Tech. It’s something we try to recruit to. We certainly coach and emphasize it.”His players are listening. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “This team isn’t as physically tough, but they might be as mentally tough as any team I’ve ever had,” Izzo said. “So the word ‘toughness’ is still there.”Guard Matt McQuaid is considered the team’s best defender. In its media guide, Michigan State unfurls a long list of top players — including Purdue’s big-scoring Carsen Edwards and pretty much all of the Big Ten — he has held under their season average. The Spartans were fourth in the nation in blocked shots (203) this season. Virginia and Auburn match contrasting styles in Final Four Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Jarrett Culver is the team’s leading scorer (18.9 points a game) and main NBA prospect, but the defensive help comes from all places. Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens were named to the All-Big 12 defensive team. Owens was also a semifinalist for the Naismith defensive player of the year. His swoop-in rejection of Rui Hachimura was the game-sealer in the Elite Eight victory over Gonzaga last week.Texas Tech’s defense has the best points allowed-per-100 possessions ratio (84) since stat guru Ken Pomeroy started tracking the figure in 2002. The Red Raiders have held teams to 36.9 percent shooting this year, second-lowest in the country.“The defense, you don’t know until you go out there,” Michigan State guard Cassius Winston said. “You’ve got to feel it out, but it doesn’t take that long to figure out what you can and can’t do at this point.”Michigan State’s defense isn’t bad, either. It’s built around the hard-nosed lessons coach Tom Izzo has been teaching for years. Back when Izzo was making his first of eight appearances in the Final Four, he would suit his players up in helmets and shoulder pads for rebounding drills.Yes, the Spartans can be physical.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Davis Cup draw: Yuki Bhambri to start India’s campaign against Czech Republic

first_imgIndia’s top singles player Yuki Bhambri will start the proceedings in the Davis Cup World Group Play-off against the Czech Republic at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) complex here on Friday.India’s highest-ranked player at No.125, Bhambri was drawn against Lukas Rosol in the first singles with Somdev Devvarman locking horns against Jiri Veseley in the second singles.On Saturday, Indian aces Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes will go up against Adam Pavlasek and the experienced Radek Stepanek in the lone doubles rubber.Also read: Paes in high spirits ahead of Davis Cup battlePaes just returned on Wednesday evening from New York where he won the US Open mixed doubles title with Swiss star Martina Hingis.In Sunday’s reverse singles, Bhambri will face Vesely while Devvarman will take on Rosol for the fifth and final match of the tie.The winner of the contest will proceed to the World Group in 2016 while the loser will be relegated to its respective Group 1 zone.last_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane full of praise for Jürgen Klopp’s ‘formidable work’ at Liverpool

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Jürgen Klopp Zidane said he expected a clash of styles in Kiev on Saturday evening. “I don’t think we play the same kind of football as a team,” he said, adding that Real would be fully prepared and did not expect any surprises.“Everyone speaks about the three up front [Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané] and says they’re less at the back, but they’re a team unit. They’ve got to the final and deserve to be there, just like us.”Inevitably talk turned to Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah but Zidane was unequivocal when asked whether he would swap the Portuguese for Liverpool’s Egyptian forward.“Cristiano is the best; he shows it every year,” he said. “Sometimes pressure gets to players and it spurs others on. He is certainly the latter. He’s of maximum importance to us.”Zidane warned Liverpool that Real are as hungry as ever to win the Champions League, rejecting claims that they might have lost their edge, having won the past two finals and three of the last four.“We always have the same desire and nobody can say we don’t,” he said. “We’re in a third final [in a row] and we have the chance to do something historic and win it three times in a row. You can’t say Liverpool have more hunger than us; it simply isn’t true. Nobody can take our hunger away from us. We’re Real Madrid … We always want more and will always give our all to get more.” Topics Share on Pinterest Zinedine Zidane has praised his “formidable” opposite number Jürgen Klopp before Real Madrid take on Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.The Frenchman was full of praise for the German manager, who has led Liverpool to two European finals since he took over towards the end of 2015.“I don’t know him personally, I’ve never spoken with him but I’ve seen his work and it’s formidable,” Zidane said. “He has shown it over the years, not only at Dortmund but also now with Liverpool. I respect him a lot for what he’s doing in the Champions League and Premier League.” Desire can deliver Champions League dream for Liverpool, says Jürgen Klopp Share on WhatsApp Champions League Share on Twitter Real Madrid Read more Share on Facebook Share via Email Liverpool Zinedine Zidane Share on Messenger news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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A 4-Star Ohio State Football Commit Has Suffered A Torn ACL

first_imgOhio State players holding their helmets before a game.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Ohio State Buckeyes players hold their helmets on the sideline during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)A torn ACL is a brutal blow for any athlete. It is especially tough to see when it occurs during a player’s senior season.Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic star Ronnie Hickman has suffered just such a fate. The Ohio State commit is done for the year after tearing his ACL last weekend.Hickman was injured in DePaul’s win over Hudson Catholic last week. He sat out the Spartans’ 59-28 loss to Don Bosco Prep on Friday.Hickman finishes his career with 71 tackles, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups. Offensively, he hauled in 70 catches for 1,418 receiving yards and scored 22 total touchdowns.The No. 11 safety recruit in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Hickman has been committed to Ohio State since April.He was a onetime Rutgers lacrosse commit earlier in his high school career.Bad news for @dpfootball: Two-way star and @OhioStateFB commit Ronnie Hickman’s senior season is over after tearing his ACL #NJFootball @Buckeye_Nation @Buckeyes @OhioStateRivals https://t.co/mqysGk5Ko3— Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoobHS) October 21, 2018Hickman getting hurt now means he likely won’t be fully healthy for training camp at Ohio State next summer. That will leave him a little behind in terms of development.We’d imagine the Buckeyes will keep Hickman on scholarship and wait for him to heal. He’s a talented player and it is common practice for schools to stick with recruits who suffer serious injuries.last_img read more

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PM Announces Cabinet Changes

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has made adjustments to the Cabinet.During the regular meeting of the Cabinet, this morning (Monday, March 26), Prime Minister Holness informed his Cabinet colleagues of the changes which are as follows:Hon. Dr Horace Chang moves to the Ministry of National Security. He was previously the Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.Hon. Robert Montague moves to the Ministry of Transport and Mining. He held the portfolio of National Security.Hon. Lester Mike Henry moves to the Office of the Prime Minister, as Minister without Portfolio, from the Ministry of Transport and Mining.Hon. Audley Shaw moves to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. He moves from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Dr Nigel Clarke is to be appointed Minister of Finance and the Public Service.Hon. Fayval Williams is to be appointed Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Minister Williams previously held the post of Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Hon. Karl Samuda moves to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.The Prime Minister also announced changes in the junior Minister ranks.Alando Terrelonge is to be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports.Zavia Mayne is to be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. moves to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. He previously held the post of State Minister in the Ministry of National Security.Hon. Rudyard Spencer moves to the Ministry of National Security. He previously held the post of Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Other members of the Cabinet previously appointed remain in their respective portfolios.last_img read more

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AHTS Magne Viking 1st to Comply with IMO Polar Code

first_imgzoom The AHTS Magne Viking, owned by Viking Supply Ships A/S, is the first vessel to become compliant with the new IMO Polar Code, DNV GL and the Danish Maritime Authority confirmed. “Having followed the development of the Polar Code for some years, it is a great achievement to finally survey the first vessel to comply with the Code,” says Morten Mejlænder Larsen, responsible for the Arctic and Polar activities in DNV GL Maritime.Viking Supply Ships opted for an early implementation of the IMO Polar Code and the process has included updates of vessel and equipment as well as providing the required documentation.“As this vessel was already winterized and built for operation in cold climate, most of the additional requirements in the Polar Code were already fulfilled before we started the implementation process,” says Andreas Kjøl, Project Director at Viking Supply Ships.The IMO Polar Code is mandatory for all SOLAS vessels entering Arctic and Antarctic waters after 1st January 2017. The Code is an add-on to existing IMO codes where the main requirements are related to safety (SOLAS) and protection of the environment (MARPOL). DNV GL will, on behalf of the Flag Authorities, issue the Polar Ship Certificate for vessels complying with the new code.As a result of less ice and easier access to polar waters, IMO saw the need for a common set of minimum requirements for vessels going to operate in these areas not covered by other regulations. In addition to shipping along the traditional sea routes, increased shipping to support the oil and gas industry, export of minerals and cruise initiated IMOs work with the code.The main additional risks identified when operating in polar waters are addressed in the IMO Polar Code and the different chapters describe different measures to mitigate these risks.last_img read more

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Spotted: Magnolia State Christened by NASSCO

first_imgImage Courtesy: NASSCOOne day after the Earth Day celebration all over the world, Californian shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO held a christening ceremony in San Diego for the Magnolia State, the second of five ECO Class 50,000 DWT LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity being built for American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The 610-foot-long tankers were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.The design incorporates improved fuel efficiency concepts through several features, including a G-series MAN Diesel & Turbo ME slow-speed main engine, a ballast water treatment system and an optimized hull form. The tankers will also have the ability to accommodate future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system.The first tanker, the Lone Star State, was delivered in December 2015 and deliveries of the remaining ships are expected to continue in 2016 and 2017.Image Courtesy: NASSCOlast_img read more

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Site C Projects Generate Opportunities Fund contributes 65000 to nine local nonprofit

first_imgSo far, $381,091 has been distributed to 43 projects.Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis and funds are distributed quarterly over an eight-year period.For more information on the fund, including past recipients and application details, you can visit the Site C Project’s website.Here is a list of the recipients:Sources Community Resources Society for its ADHD Conference;North Peace Family SuperPark Society;North Peace Justice Society for its restorative justice volunteer facilitator training program;Peace Passage Skating Club for its 2019/2020 season;Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society for its community outreach;North Peace Gymnastics Association for its special abilities program;Fort St. John Literacy Society for its Dolly Parton Imagination Library program;Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair Society for its 27th Annual Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair; andCommunity Bridge for its Daddy and Me events. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Through the Site C Project’s Generate Opportunities Fund, B.C. Hydro is contributing $65,000 to support nine Peace Region non-profit groups.Award recipients for this funding provide community-enriching services in areas such as sports, literacy and social advocacy in support of youth, women, and families in the Peace Region.According to B.C. Hydro, since established in September 2016, this is the tenth time grants have been awarded from the $800,000 fund.last_img read more

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Countries must step up disaster reduction efforts UN official says

As climate change exacerbates and compounds the effects of disasters, countries must improve their readiness to minimize damages, stressed the head of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). The agency’s Director, Sálvano Briceño, cited recent heavy rains in Pakistan, India and northern England, as well as heat waves in Greece, Italy and Romania as indications of what might happen more frequently and severely due to global warming. “We are not trying to scare people but we want to alert every Government of the urgency to put disaster risk reduction as a top priority of their political agenda as no country will be immune,” he said. “We cannot wait to be taken by surprise, we know what is going to happen and we can prepare for it,” he added. Steps that countries can take include devising early warning systems, building flood shelters, establishing contingency plans to evacuate people quickly and protecting homes and key buildings and infrastructures such as hospitals, schools, water supplies, electricity installations and transport systems. Recent reports by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have warned of increased rainfalls and higher temperatures resulting from global warming. “We can no longer afford to ignore growing and compelling warnings from the world’s leading experts,” Mr. Briceño said. “The situation is not beyond remedy and building resilience and minimizing costs, through adaptation to climate variability and change, is essential to secure the future of societies and economies.” Flooding has killed over 200 people recently in India and Pakistan, while people in northern England are struggling to recover from the effects of one month’s worth of rain falling in several hours. 27 June 2007As climate change exacerbates and compounds the effects of disasters, countries must improve their readiness to minimize damages, stressed the head of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). read more

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Alberta hopes to have environmental monitoring panel running by early 2014

EDMONTON — The pressure is on for the Alberta government to get its long-promised environmental monitoring panel running, says one of the government’s advisers on the project.“I hope that act gets passed in the next two weeks,” Howard Tennant said Tuesday, a day after the Alberta government introduced legislation to create the arm’s-length monitoring agency.“That starts the process,” said Tennant, who led the advisory panel on the agency’s creation. “If it doesn’t, we’re in deep trouble.”Tennant said Alberta’s oilsands customers are watching closely to see how serious the government is about ensuring the province’s resources are developed responsibly.“(U.S. President Barack) Obama’s not all crazy in this area and the State Department is holding the world (up) to say there has to be some standards there,” said Tennant, referring to American hesitation about approving pipelines that would take Alberta bitumen south.The federal government is concerned enough to have tendered a contract Tuesday to buy $18 million worth of international advertising to reassure potential trading partners about Canadian environmental policies.The proposed Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency has no leaders, scientific advisers or permanent funding mechanism.First Nations say they’ve been left out of the process. One group has already announced it won’t participate in the government’s oilsands monitoring and another is dissatisfied.Environment Minister Diana McQueen knows there’s a lot to do to get the agency on its feet by the government’s announced target of early 2014.“It is an aggressive timeline, but we’re pretty certain we can meet that.”McQueen added finding the right people to run the agency will be the biggest challenge.But candidates for the board of governors and scientific advisory panel are coming forward, said Ernie Hui, the environment deputy minister charged with creating the new agency.McQueen said the members will have to reflect all regions of the province. The chairperson, she said, will likely be someone with leadership experience.“What we’re going to look for is who has the best experience in board governance. We can fill board members with some of those other specifics.”The agency would be likely to receive up to $15 million a year from the province as it took over functions from Alberta Environment, Hui said. That’s in addition to $50 million the oilpatch has agreed to pay for three years.Hui said there haven’t yet been discussions over who would pay for monitoring outside the oilsands. Tennant said it could come from municipalities and industries such as ranching and irrigation.McQueen acknowledged the agency won’t have much credibility if local people and aboriginals aren’t supportive.“We do additional consultation with aboriginals and Metis because it is a special relationship,” she said.Tennant said finding a leader trusted by both the scientific and business communities, as well as the environment minister, will be crucial for the agency’s long-term success.Given the tight timelines to get the agency running, Hui suggested it initially could be led by someone from Alberta Environment.McQueen said Albertans — and the rest of the world — can be confident in the new agency.“The science and the data has to be arms-length, so when we receive it as a government that Albertans, Canadians and anyone can receive it at the same time,” she said. “A science advisory panel that can do peer review is very important as well.“We’re very proud of where we’ve gotten to date and now the hard work begins.”Tennant concedes the whole project is fraught with risk.“Wrong chairman, wrong minister and things could take a nosedive. But we’ve got an opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done before.”Canadian Press read more

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UK Q2 GDP down bigger than expected 07 per cent extending recession

by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 4:46 am MDT UK Q2 GDP down bigger than expected 0.7 per cent, extending recession into a 3rd quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Official data show that Britain’s economy shrank by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter compared to the first, a deeper than expected fall that extended the country’s recession into a third quarter.The consensus in the markets was that output would fall by a far more modest 0.2 per cent in the three months ending June 30.The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that output from the service industries including the financial sector was down 0.1 per cent, manufacturing and other production industries were down 1.3 per cent and construction fell 5.2 per cent. read more

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2 dead as motorbike car collide on railway embankment

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPedestrian killed in accident on Felicity Railway EmbankmentNovember 1, 2018In “Crime”Strathspey accident victim succumbsNovember 13, 2018In “latest news”Another motorcyclist killed in early morning accidentSeptember 10, 2017In “Local News” An ex-policeman and his partner met an untimely demise following an accident at Cummings Lodge on the railway line embankment earlier this morning. Dead is 38-year-old Malcom Ross called Shabba and his  20-year-old girlfriend Jewel Pestran of Bel Air Street, Albouystown. Based on reports received, the couple were returning home after celebrating the woman’s birthday when they met their demise.INews understands that at around 02:30hrs, motor vehicle, HC 4097, driven by 25-year- old Mark Cameron, was proceeding east along the northern side of the Cummings Lodge railway embankment on the East Coast Demerara, while motorcycle CE 9653 driven by Ross was proceeding west along the northern side of the road, also at a fast rate, when the two collided.It is reported that Cameron was driving without lights making his vehicle difficult to see when the accident occurred. As a result of the impact, pillion rider, Pestran, was flung from the bike and onto the road where she sustained multiple injuries.She along with Ross were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival while she succumbed to her injuries at around 05:10hrs this morning while receiving treatment. The driver was of the car was said to be intoxicated and is in Police custody assisting with investigations. read more

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Ministers visit Greek school

first_imgMinister for Education Martin Dixon and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Nicholas Kotsiras visited the Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College last week. As special guests, the ministers were treated to a tour of the school, watched classrooms engage in learning and saw first-hand innovative teaching practices. They were even lucky enough to see a rehearsal of the Year 4’s upcoming Peter Pan play, participate in Greek dancing and get their hands dirty with some cooking in Food Technology. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Baltakos probe gets under way

first_imgPanayiotis Baltakos, a former aide to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who resigned last week over a video showing him in conversation with the spokesman of neo-fascist Golden Dawn Ilias Kasidiaris, told a prosecutor that he had no idea he was being filmed, as a top Supreme Court judge warned that anyone found to have made use of illegally acquired recordings would face immediate arrest.Baltakos, who testified for two-and-a-half hours before prosecutor Calliope Dagianta as a witness, said the meeting with Kasidiaris had taken place “about six months ago” in his office in Parliament “with the doors open” and had not been secret. According to sources, the former aide reiterated that it had been his initiative to “have contact” with Golden Dawn in a bid to understand the workings of the neo-fascist party with the ultimate aim of drawing back old New Democracy voters. He suggested, however, that his stance had not harmed the conservative party or the government. “I did not reveal anything to them or give them information,” he said.On leaving the prosecutor’s office, Baltakos sought to reiterate his allegiance to the conservative party, saying “I was, I am and I will always be ND.” According to sources, Baltakos also insisted during his testimony that Samaras had not been aware of his meetings with Golden Dawn cadres, much less ordered them. “The prime minister had Merkel and Barroso to deal with,” Baltakos was quoted as saying, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. “Should I have left him to deal with Kasidiaris too?”Baltakos’s testimony is expected to lead to further charges being brought in the coming days against Kasidiaris, who already faces charges of setting up a criminal organization and illegal weapons possession.Meanwhile, Supreme Court Prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani ordered Greek prosecutors to initiate proceedings for the immediate arrest of anyone found to have used illegally acquired footage. According to Koutzamani’s order, MPs found to have used such videos will face immediate arrest without the need for Parliament to vote to lift their immunity from prosecution.Koutzamani issued the order in response to a request by Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias, asking her to investigate claims by the ultra-right party there are more secret videos.In a development that appeared to be indirectly related, Failos Kranidiotis, a lawyer who is another close aide to Samaras, announced Monday that he would not be standing as a New Democracy candidate for European Parliament in May’s elections. Kranidiotis was elected to the conservative’s political committee last summer but has critics within ND and among opposition parties because of his strong nationalist views and hardline opinions on issues such as immigration. It was PASOK, the junior coalition partner, that sought his withdrawal however, Kathimerini understands.“The agenda that our ideological opponents are trying to impose is to identify every nationalist voice with fascism, racism, the far-right and to make our party feel guilty about issues that have nothing to do with us,” Kranidiotis said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Off Beat Vancouver aces flight jacket now in World War II museum

first_imgClayton Kelly Gross’s jacket seemed to have a swagger of its own, even when he wasn’t wearing it.It wasn’t just the rich brown leather. There was also the faded white block lettering across the back reading “Live Bait,” recalling when he was ordered to fly low and maybe attract German fighters.In the center was the painted image of a P-51 Mustang. That was one of the aircraft Gross flew as a member of the 354th Fighter Group when he became a World War II fighter ace, with 6 1/2 kills in the skies over Europe. (It took five to become an ace.)Now the jacket is an artifact in one of America’s most popular historical showcases. Before his death in 2016, the former Vancouver resident donated it to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.That jacket showed up a few times in the pages of The Columbian after reporters and photographers visited Gross, former president of the American Fighter Aces Association, over the years.Another keepsake was a reminder of the only time he was shot down. It was the rip-cord handle from his parachute. Gross literally couldn’t let go. After he was picked up by a couple of G.I.’s, one of them offered the pilot a cigarette.last_img read more

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Ranieri talks about the time he was at Chelsea

first_imgThe Italian coach managed the Blues from 2000 to 2004 and for many his time there came to an unfair endItalian manager Claudio Ranieri has coached since 1986.He has been in Europe’s top leagues, with a small sting in Greece.And now, he talked to Sky Sports about his Chelsea time from 200 to 2004.“My job was to make Chelsea always high in the table, but we didn’t have so much money to spend,” he said.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I remember my third year, we didn’t sign any players. We achieved the Champions League, finished fourth in the table, and then Roman Abramovich arrived.”“I bought Frank Lampard, and I watched John Terry in the second team, and thought: ‘My God, this guy is very, very good’,” he added.“I tried to improve everything at the club, in the squad, and in the first year with Abramovich, we went around London to find the solution, to choose the training camp.”“We went around London, but for me, I said Cobham was the best solution for Chelsea. And then they started to build something, but I didn’t see it. I spoke two or three times with the architect, and then that finished,” Ranieri explained.last_img read more

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