Quarries near Kaziranga National Park come under scanner

first_imgAssam’s Director General of Police has asked the Karbi Anglong district police chief to submit an action taken report on a complaint against illegal stone quarrying and mining within 10 km of the boundary of the Kaziranga National Park.On April 20 the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had asked the Assam government to immediately stop all mining, quarrying and stone crushing activities in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape. The 884 sq. km. Kaziranga, home to the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos, is also a major tiger habitat.The quarries are lined along the hills of Karbi Anglong beyond the southern edge of the National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of these are in the corridors animals use to escape when Kaziranga is flooded.“You are requested to enquire (into) the issue (and) take necessary action as per law and submit an action taken report to this headquarters for the perusal of the director general of police, at the earliest,” the August 7 order from the DGP’s office to the superintendent of police of Karbi Anglong district said.The order was “in view of the complaint” environmental activist Rohit Choudhury had filed with the Assam Chief Secretary on July 20 in violation of the Supreme Court (SC)’s order in December 4, 2006.“In spite of repeated written complaints to various authorities with regard to illegal mining in Karbi Anglong hills adjoining the Kaziranga Naitonal Park and Tiger Reserve, the stone mafia in connivance with local political leaders and government officials are running the stone mines non-stop, destroying all elephant habitats and animal corridors,” Mr. Choudhury said.“I hope the CM will take action to stop the stone mining syndicate and implement the SC’s 2006 order,” he said.last_img read more

Drones don’t faze birds

first_imgIf you’re worried about the increasing number of drones that fill the skies, perhaps you should just chill out like birds do. In an effort to establish ethical guidelines for observing our feathered friends, scientists approached mallards, flamingos, and greenshanks with a quadcopter drone more than 200 times and watched for signs of disturbance. The researchers varied the color of the drone from black to blue to white; they approached at speeds of 2, 4, 6, and 8 m/s; and they approached at angles of 20°, 30°, 60°, and 90°. According to the results published online today in Biology Letters, the drone’s speed and color had no effect on whether the birds were bothered by the drone. The only variable that perturbed any of the three species was the angle of approach: When the drone dropped down on the birds from directly overhead (90°), all three species showed signs of disturbance such as moving away from the drone or flying away entirely. No other approach angles appeared to irk the avians at all. Although this is encouraging for the future of drone observation, scientists point out that the birds may be experiencing stresses that aren’t obvious to observers, such as increased heart rate or adrenaline flux. And although flamingos and greenshanks are known for their high sensitivity to disturbance, they’re not representative of all birds. In particular, the researchers point out the wealth of Internet videos depicting birds of prey attacking drones.last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas whips India by 31 points

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Matthew Wright caught fire in the third quarter to wind up with 19 points built on a 5-of-5 shooting from downtown as the Filipinos improved to 5-3 with a game left to play.Almond Vosotros took over in the fourth, scoring 11 straight to push PH’s lead to 37 with under 5 minutes to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsVostros finished with 14 points along with Von Pessumal, who poured 11 of his total in the second quarter where the Filipinos broke the game wide open.Last assignment for the Philippines is Iran on Sunday at 5 pm. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA day after a beating from Lithuania, Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with a 101-70 clobbering of India Saturday in the 2017 Jones Cup at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.Unlike against the Lithuanians, the Filipinos started out strong but were never threatened as they led by more than 30 points for most of the second half.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Pacio leaves frustrations from title match loss behind View commentslast_img read more


first_imgOn why there has been a communication gap between Sushil and WFI after Narsingh had qualified almost eight months back in last September, Brij Bhushan said, “I have never told Sushil or for that matter any other perosn that WFI will hold the trials. Whenever I have been asked by the media if trials would be conducted, I had always said that if I talk about the issue now it would hamper the training of the wrestlers and thats why I never spoke about it. I said when the time will come to take a decision, I would decide on the matter.” The WFI president said if the Court orders us to conduct a trial, this matter would not stop there. “If the court decides that we should hold the trial, the matter would not stop there. Then it will again go to the Supreme Court. “But if court instructs WFI to conduct a trial and if the higher court also says it, then we will have to listen to the court,” he said. Brij Bhushan said Sushil would not be allowed to be in the national camp until the next hearing. Sushil, meanwhile, said that he has put forward his stand that there should be a trial. “I have always wished Narsingh well. He is my collegue and he has also done well for the country. But now what the present situation is in 74kg, the decision can only be taken after conducting the trial,” said the 32-year-old. Asked if he was disappointed with the WFIs stance, Sushil kept up a brave front. “No. They have always supported me. Sent me for training in Georgia. I have always got exposures via the Federation and they have always stood ny me. My chief has also always stood by me,” he said. Sushil had moved court as his last resort having already taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Ministers Office. He had also appealed to the Sports Ministry, IOA, WFI and fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games, as according to the rules, quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler. The former World champion had argued that the government has spent a substantial amount of money on his training and even the federation has been asking him to keep practising. Narsingh, meanwhile, has been staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg. Sushil, who missed the event due to a shoulder injury, has been demanding a trial. PTI CM KHS CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco GP to extend championship lead

first_imgLewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his championship lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.Hamilton struggled with grip in the latter stages and was under constant pressure from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.But Verstappen had earlier picked up a five-second time penalty. So even though he finished just behind Hamilton, Verstappen was fourth overall behind Bottas in third and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second.Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc started 15th, after his team bungled qualifying, and retired after 19 laps.Leclerc damaged his right rear tire trying a bold overtaking move on Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, scattering debris over the track and forcing the safety car to come out.HAMILTON: “I was fighting with the spirit of Niki. I know he’ll be looking down taking his hat off. I was trying to make him proud”#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/AyyTcc5SuHFormula 1 (@F1) May 26, 2019Hamilton extended his lead over Bottas from seven to 17 points, and it is now 14 races since Vettel’s last win for Ferrari at the Belgian GP last August. Vettel’s second-place finish vaulted him past Verstappen into third in the season standings.Earlier, drivers wore red caps for a minute’s silence that was held before the race in memory of three-time F1 champion Niki Lauda, who died on Monday at the age of 70.As the race neared the end, Verstappen tried one final daring move to overtake Hamilton on Lap 76 of 78 and they bumped tires. They were both investigated by stewards over the incident but no further action was taken.advertisementHamilton dedicated his 77th career win, and third at Monaco, to Lauda.This one’s #ForNiki pic.twitter.com/VTH0xKi35oFormula 1 (@F1) May 26, 2019As he climbed out of the car, Hamilton removed his race helmet and pointed to Lauda’s name on the back.”I was fighting with the spirit of Niki,” the British driver said. “I was just trying to stay focused and make him proud.”Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff certainly felt he did just that.”He drove an incredible race, I think only he can drive like that,” Wolff said. “A race from a world champion for a world champion who’s no longer with us.”Wait for it…#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/NZqqMceFv6Formula 1 (@F1) May 26, 2019Hamilton’s ability to hold off Verstappen on degrading tires was impressive, even though it was on one of the most difficult tracks for overtaking and even if he did have the cushion of a five-second penalty on Verstappen, had he got past him.”It was a very good race, it was a shame we got the penalty. But the pace we had was the most important,” Verstappen said. “I tried everything but it’s very hard in Monaco.”Hamilton kept complaining about the state of his front left tire, but his team decided against a tire change because Verstappen even though he was going faster had little chance to pass on the sinewy 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) track.”We’re going to lose this race,” a panicky Hamilton said on Lap 56.Hamilton was losing grip and slipping around, but his team effectively made the right call in overruling him and keeping him on track.Verstappen was given the penalty by race officials after his unsafe release from the pits earlier in the race.When Leclerc’s crash sent the safety car out, drivers came into the pits to change tires. But Verstappen’s Red Bull was released too soon and he clipped the side of the Mercedes driven by Bottas as it drove past.The incident had bumped Verstappen up to the second place, Vettel into third, and Bottas down to fourth.It was the first time in six races that Mercedes has not finished 1-2.Leclerc made a thrilling start from the back of the field, overtaking the Haas of Romain Grosjean with a brilliant attacking move coming out of the turn at La Rascasse.But one lap later the driver from Monaco tried the same move on Hulkenberg and it backfired.”It was not easy, because of where we started from. We had to take a risk may be a little bit too much on my part,” Leclerc said. “It’s a weekend to forget apart from the support which I received here, which was heart-warming.”The only driver from Monaco to win the race was Louis Chiron in 1931.Although the 21-year-old Leclerc has time well on his side, he now must wait at least another year.Also Read | Lewis Hamilton dedicates Monaco GP pole to ‘friend and mentor’ Niki LaudaAlso Read | Charles Leclerc dream and Niki Lauda memories stir Monaco Grand Prix emotionsAlso Watch:advertisementlast_img read more

Oklahoma State gets the SI cover treatment

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Talking Horses: Timeform urges BHA to rethink approach on welfare

first_imgTalking Horses Tinkering with the National weights was introduced by the previous chief handicapper Phil Smith but the practice has been used less in recent years after the adjustments to the fences over the years and which, from 2013, have radically altered the Aintree spectacle.Indeed, the respected ratings organisation Timeform categorically state in their new ‘Chasers & Hurdlers’ annual, out this week, that comparisons between Tiger Roll and Red Rum are “not useful” because the “fences are a far cry from those of yesteryear”, repeating their well-rehearsed argument that since 2013 the National has taken on the defining aspects of other conventional long-distance staying chases.This year’s Aintree meeting still featured three deaths, including Up For Review at the first fence in this year’s National, and, featured, as Timeform point out, “a particularly grim sight for ITV viewers as Forest Des Aigles suffered an untreatable fracture approaching the final fence in the Topham Trophy”.Horse welfare has become an increasingly hot topic and is the burning issue that takes up the bulk of the annual’s introduction and a number of Timeform’s traditionally long essays on the leading combatants in the latest jumps season.Timeform urge the British Horseracing Authority to be more pro-active on the issue. Equine welfare is the BHA’s main priority and an industry-wide welfare strategy is expected by the year end with the way racing’s welfare standards are communicated a key part of the planned report.Racehorse fatalities for 2018 were the highest for four years but, as Timeform point out, the “fatality rates are extremely low … and hardly warranted the headlines and attendant bad publicity generated by the BHA’s press release which should have given more emphasis to put the increase into some kind of perspective”. The long-term trend, they point out, has seen fatality rates fall to the current five-year average of 0.2%. Share on Messenger Frankie Dettori ‘buzzing’ that Enable will race on with 2020 Arc in mind Jonjo O’Neill Jr: ‘The way it’s worked out has just been lucky’ Share on LinkedIn Grand National Show Share on Pinterest Hide Read more Share via Email Share on Facebook Support The Guardian “The BHA pledged to ‘stay ahead of public opinion’ in the wake of the latest increase, chief executive Nick Rust being acutely aware of the power of social media,” state Timeform, who conclude: “If the BHA feels and acts as if public opinion is snapping at its heels, it runs the risk of being chased into a corner form which it cannot escape. Rather then running ahead of public opinion, the BHA perhaps needs to do more to ‘protect the brand’ and even change public opinion.” Tony PaleyTimeform’s Chasers & Hurdlers 2018-19 is published by Portway Press at £75.Champions Day action moves to inner trackAscot has announced that the three round-course races on Saturday’s immensely valuable Champions Day card will be staged on the inner track, where hurdle races are run in the winter. The normal flat circuit remains waterlogged in places and officials now accept it will not be raceable by the weekend. This will be the first time the inner track has been used for Flat racing.Wednesday’s best bets, by Chris CookHurray for the return of jumps racing at Wetherby, where Sky Pirate (4.00) is the most interesting runner in the Bobby Renton. He took well to chasing without winning last season. Jonjo O’Neill has had this race in mind for some time, reasoning that a step back in trip might help this strong traveller. He’s 3-1 from the opening 5s.It’s disappointing that Beakstown (2.55) is odds-on from the opening 9-4 but I guess this reflects a lack of confidence that Sam Spinner, his main rival, will thrive over fences.The 11-2 is fair about Sir Egbert (5.05), who should be helped by the return of the hood and showed at times last season that his jumping can make a difference. Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. British Horseracing Authority Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing tips Horse racing Bath 1.40 Hieronymous 2.10 Jeanie B 2.45 Stag Horn 3.20 Diamond Hill 3.50 Quel Destin 4.25 Lady Alavesa 4.55 Manucci Wetherby 1.50 Paricolor 2.20 Maria Magdalena 2.55 Beakstown (nap) 3.30 West Cork 4.00 Sky Pirate 4.35 Victarion 5.05 Sir Egbert (nb) 5.35 AntunesNottingham 1.55 Zegalo 2.30 So I Told You 3.05 King’s Charisma 3.40 Junooh 4.10 Ventura Flame 4.45 Afandem 5.15 Valentino SunriseKempton 4.40 Twilighting 5.10 Pepper Bay 5.40 Pearl Jam 6.10 Cobber Kain 6.40 Khuzaam 7.10 Redemptive 7.40 Sagittarian Wind 8.10 MaboSouthwell 5.25 Vallarta 5.55 Born To Destroy 6.25 Awa Bomba 6.55 Samovar 7.25 Lofty 7.55 Feebi 8.25 Break The Silence features Was this helpful? Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Quick guide Chris Cook’s racing tips for Wednesday 16 October Topics The extremely welcome announcement last month that dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll is on target to try and win an unprecedented third straight win in the world’s most famous race next April ensures racing will potentially have its biggest single day in living memory, one that may stand comparison with the spring afternoon over 40 years ago when Red Rum completed his hat-trick of victories.The unequivocal statement from the horse’s trainer, Gordon Elliott, put paid to concerns that the horse would duck the challenge, which had been prompted by comments from Tiger Roll’s owner Michael O’Leary and his brother Eddie, the Gigginstown Stud racing manager. The O’Learys warned the National hero may not be risked and, further, that he may not line up unless shown leniency by the race’s weights compiler, who can, for this one race in the jumps season, adjust what the top-weighted runners have to carry in relation to others in the 40-strong field. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Reggae Girlz Get Keys to the City of Kingston

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Williams congratulated the women on their outstanding achievement and said they are helping to make Kingston become the Pearl of the Antilles. The Keys were handed over on Monday (December 17), on the lawns of Flag Circle in downtown Kingston. In recognition of the Jamaica Reggae Girlz’s historic qualification for the 2019 World Cup, His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has presented each member of the team with Keys to the City of Kingston.The Keys were handed over on Monday (December 17), on the lawns of Flag Circle in downtown Kingston.Mr. Williams congratulated the women on their outstanding achievement and said they are helping to make Kingston become the Pearl of the Antilles.“The city of Kingston is really on a mission to be the Pearl of the Antilles, the light of the Caribbean Sea and a prominent international city. You [Reggae Girlz] who have done well, have put a major pillar in that path by qualifying for the World Cup in 2019 in France,” Mr. Williams said.His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams (second right), hands over a Key to the City of Kingston to Team Captain, Jamaica Reggae Girlz, Konya Plummer (centre), at Flag Circle in downtown Kingston, on Monday (December 17). Observing are Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (right); President, Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts (fourth right); and Chief Executive Officer, Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, Robert Hill.center_img For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, announced that the Reggae Girlz would also be receiving Keys to Spanish Town and St. Ann’s Bay this week.“It is the first time that any team sport or any sport personality would be receiving so many keys to so many towns and cities in Jamaica. I hope you will be enriched for that and you will be motivated to bring home the [World] Cup,” Ms. Grange said.Team Captain, Jamaica Reggae Girlz, Konya Plummer, delivered words of gratitude on behalf of the team.“It has been a long hard road to this point and to receive this gift, we are deeply humbled… . Thank you all for celebrating with us. Thank you for your undying support Jamaica,” she said.His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams (second right), presents a Key to the City of Kingston to Team Captain, Jamaica Reggae Girlz, Konya Plummer (left), at Flag Circle in downtown Kingston on Monday (December 17). Witnessing the presentation are: Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (right); President, Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts (second left) and Chief Executive Officer, Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, Robert Hill.The senior Reggae Girlz secured their place in women’s football showpiece event in October with a penalty shoot-out win over Costa Rica, taking third place in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and a spot in the World Cup.As a result, Jamaica became the first Caribbean country to qualify for the Women’s World Cup, and the first to send teams to both the male and female World Cup tournaments, after the Reggae Boyz’s famous qualification to the 1998 World Cup, which also took place in France. In recognition of the Jamaica Reggae Girlz’s historic qualification for the 2019 World Cup, His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has presented each member of the team with Keys to the City of Kingston.last_img read more

WI bank on powerplay to beat Pak

first_imgNottingham: Pakistan and West Indies, the two most unpredictable sides, will take on each other in their first World Cup game at the Trent Bridge, here on Friday. No matter how unpredictable these two sides can be, on their day, they can beat any top side in the world. Pakistan, who have lost their last 10 ODIs, didn’t have the most ideal preparation for the showpiece event. They lost to Afghanistan in their first warm-up game and their second, against Bangladesh, was washed out without a ball bowled. Pakistan at ICC tournaments have traditionally been a notch above what they are at other times and this is what Sarfaraz Ahmad, the Pakistan skipper and the cricket fans would be hoping for. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunWest Indies have been in good form in the recent times. They held favourites England to a stalemate at home earlier this year. They also boast of having the big power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shai Hope in their batting line-up which can explode against any opposition. After having their first warm-up game against South Africa washed out, Windies showed glimpses of their power hitting by scoring 421 runs in their last warm-up game against New Zealand.last_img read more

Saina Sourabh eyeing to regain title at Chinese Taipei

first_imgTaipei: Former champions Saina Nehwal and Sourabh Verma will look to find their best form when they begin their quest to regain the women’s and men’s singles crowns at the Chinese Taipei BWF World Tour Super 300 beginning with qualifiers here on Tuesday. Top seed Saina returns to the tournament for the first time since winning the title way back in 2008, while reigning national champion Sourabh had achieved the glory here in 2016 and will look to repeat his feat. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh On a comeback trail since regaining fitness, former top 10 player H S Prannoy is another Indian shuttler to look out for during the week, especially after his victory over Chinese legend Lin Dan at the recent World Championship in Basel, Switzerland. World No 8 Saina looked good at the World Championships before a few controversial umpiring decisions led to her defeat to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt last week. Saina will face Korea’s An Se Young in the opening round and looks favourite to lift the trophy even though she is likely to face stiff competition from Canada’s second seed Michelle Li, USA’s third seed Beiwen Zhang and Korea’s fourth seed Sung Ji Hyun among others. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later In men’s singles, Sourabh will look to continue his momentum following his triumph at the Hyderabad Open. The Madhya Pradesh shuttler will open his campaign against Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai. Among others, currently ranked 27th, Prannoy, who lost a lot of time after being hit by a stomach problem late last year, will meet local favourite Wang Tzu Wei in the first round. Third seed Sameer Verma, who had clinched three titles last year, will lock horns with Malaysia’s Daren Liew. Women’s doubles pair of Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant too are in the fray. They will take on sixth seeds Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean of Malaysia in the first round.last_img read more

City selects realtor to sell former fire hall

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City has selected a realtor to sell the former Fort St. John Fire Hall at the corner of 100th Ave. and 94th St.At Monday’s meeting, Council reviewed a report from Strategic Services Director Moira Green on the topic of the Brokerage Selection for the sale of the former fire hall, located at 9407 100th Ave. Prior to reviewing the report, Councillor Trevor Bolin was given permission to leave the chamber, saying that his voting on the report’s recommendation made for a potential conflict of interest. Bolin himself is a licensed realtor, but did not submit a bid during the city’s request for proposals process.Green recommended that the City award the contract to realtor Ron Rogers of NorthEast BC Realty Ltd., as he was the proponent with the highest score. The two other bids submitted were from Kathy Miller of ReMax and Kevin Pearson with Century 21. The lot, which is located at the corner of 100th Ave. and 94th St. was most recently assessed by BC Assessment in 2016 with a value of $610,000. Rogers’ commission for the lot’s sale is set at five percent on the first $1 million and three percent thereafter, as per City Council Policy 134/17 – Sale of Strategic Lands.According to Green, the draft 2017 Official Community Plan designates the 100th Ave. corridor as a Major Corridor Development Permit Area. “Objectives for developments within this area are to enhance appearance through landscaping, prioritizing pedestrians and encourage high quality design,” said she in the report.last_img read more

Meeting HIVpositive UN staff Ban Kimoon vows to fight stigma

Mr. Ban said he was touched by the courage shown by the members of UN+, a group of staff living with HIV from across regions and UN agencies, as well as the directness with which they spoke about their lives.“I felt ashamed on their behalf,” Mr. Ban said later, referring to the discrimination that people living with HIV often face around the world, including in Asia and his own country, the Republic of Korea.The Secretary-General said that on his next trip to Asia he would visit an AIDS clinic or similar facility as part of efforts to speak up on behalf of those living with HIV and to help in the fight against the stigma.Mr. Ban’s meeting took place the same day the General Assembly began a session reviewing implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, reached by UN Member States in June 2001.Assembly members concluded their discussion today, adopting a decision welcoming the Secretary-General’s recommendations – contained in his most recent report charting progress towards the Declaration – for setting national targets for achieving universal access to HIV prevention programmes, treatment, care and support.Since the pandemic emerged at the start of the 1980s, HIV has infected 65 million people around the world and claimed an estimated 25 million lives.In a related development, the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that by mid-2007 more than one million people worldwide will be reached with antiretroviral (ARV) treatment under programmes it supports. This represents a dramatic rise on the estimated 544,000 who received ARV treatment in mid-2006.The Fund also announced that the number of insecticide-treated nets distributed to families facing the threat of malaria is expected to rise from 11.3 million last year to 30 million by next month.The number of tuberculosis cases treated under DOTS (directly observed treatment, short course) programmes is forecast to double to 2.8 million by the middle of this year. 22 May 2007Describing his meeting with HIV-positive United Nations staff yesterday as one of the most moving experiences of his life, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has vowed to step up efforts to eliminate the stigma that still surrounds AIDS sufferers in so many countries. read more

TSX closes lower in shortened trading session on stalled fiscal talks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended lower on Monday as concerns about stalled talks over the U.S. federal budget dominated attention ahead of the Christmas holiday break.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 14.90 points to 12,370.80, in a shortened trading session that ended at 1 p.m. ET. The TSX Venture Exchange rose 7.89 points to 1,185.60.The Canadian dollar was at 100.88 cents US, up 0.22 of a cent.Attention was focused on a deadline for U.S. politicians to avoid a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that will go into effect in the New Year. There’s a fear that the U.S. economy could be pushed into a recession of it goes over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”The Republican-dominated House has been at odds with the Democrat controlled White House and Senate over the best way to deal with the U.S. government’s huge deficits. The two sides have been unable to find a workable compromise.“People are just waiting to see what happens,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“Nobody really wants to go out and rock the boat at this point.”In commodities, the January crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slid nine cents to US$88.57 a barrel.March copper was down 1.8 cents at US$3.55 a pound. February gold bullion dropped 40 cents to US$1,659.70 an ounce.On Wall Street, where markets also closed early, investors appeared to be staying cautious as the budget deadline nears.The Dow Jones industrials dropping 51.76 points to 13,139.08, the Nasdaq fell 8.41 points to 3,012.60 and the S&P 500 index was off 3.49 points at 1,426.66.North American markets will be closed for the Christmas Day holiday, and the TSX will also be closed on Wednesday for Boxing Day.Key U.S. lawmakers are already predicting that much of their holiday season will be spent in Washington. Many believe that the most that will be achieved is a stop-gap measure to avoid the federal spending cuts and broad tax hikes that would take effect Jan. 1 if no budget deal is reached.President Barack Obama said Friday that he is “ready and willing” to get a big package done to deal with the fiscal cliff, adding there’s no reason not to protect middle-class Americans from tax increases.Obama said spoke Friday with House Speaker John Boehner and met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He says Congress should pass a plan to extend tax breaks for the middle class and extend unemployment benefits.Senator Joe Lieberman said Sunday that it “It’s the first time that I feel it’s more likely we’ll go over the cliff than not,” following the collapse late Thursday of House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to allow tax rates to rise on million-dollar-plus incomes. Wyoming Senator Jon Barrasso, a member of the Republican leadership, predicted the new year would come without an agreement.In corporate developments, Chevron Canada Ltd. moved to acquire a 50% stake in a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal near Kitimat, B.C., in a series of deals that will Encana and EOG Resources, Inc. sell their parts in the project.The Chevron Corp. subsidiary and Apache Corp. (NYSE:APA) will share the project 50-50.Encana shares were down 47 cents at $19.66 in Toronto. In New York, Chevron slid 98 cents to US$108.63, EOG slipped 80 cents to US$122.77 and Apache dropped $1.32 to $78.68.Shares of Sears Canada Inc. were up 17 cents to $10.83 after the retailer said chief financial officer Sharon Driscoll, who has held the post since December 2010, will leave the company on Jan. 4 to pursue other interests.Most markets across Europe were only open for half a day and will only re-open again on Thursday. German markets, and others, were closed for Christmas Eve.Among those that were open, Britain’s FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed up 0.2% at 5,954.18 while the CAC-40 in France was down an equivalent rate at 3,652.61.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, closed up 0.1% at 22,531.51 while South Korea’s Kospi rose less than 0.1% to 1,981.82. Japanese markets were closed for the Emperor’s birthday holiday.The Canadian Press read more

McMaster may play role in Pan Am Games

Hamilton may be playing a bigger role in the 2015 Pan Am Games.McMaster University has confirmed that they are in talks with organizers of next year’s games to house some of the athletes who will be playing in Hamilton.Tim Hortons Field, which is still under construction, will host Pan Am soccer during the two-week period.The current plans have the 400 members of the 16 soccer teams commuting to and from the athletes village in Toronto, an estimated travel time of 90 minutes each way.This morning, Gord Arbeau, who is the director of public relations at McMaster, confirmed that games organizers contacted the university. Arbeau added that the university is absolutely open to hosting the athletes and their support staff but at this time the talks are preliminary.It’s believed that Pan Am officials have also been in touch with Mohawk College about using their facilities but Mohawk has not yet confirmed they too are in discussions to be part of next year’s games. read more

Professor to receive the Order of Canada

Dorothy Griffiths is receiving the Order of Canada.A Brock professor who has devoted her career to people with intellectual disabilities is receiving the Order of Canada.Dorothy Griffiths, a Child and Youth Studies and Applied Disabilities Studies professor, will receive the country’s highest honour at a ceremony later this year.Griffiths has spent years working to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, particularly those with mental health issues. But it never occurred to her that she’d be honoured at this level.“This award is shared with a lot of other people,” she said.Much of Griffiths’ work has helped Ontarians with intellectual disabilities return to the community after living in institutions. Her passion for the cause stems back to the late 1970s when, while working at a community living organization in southern Ontario, she visited an institution. She saw larger children in cribs. One was sitting in feces. They sat bored, catatonic and unengaged.“It was abysmal,” said Griffiths, who received the Order of Ontario in 2006. “I thought they should be living in the community, in homes just like ours.Slowly, the province has caught up with Griffiths’ vision. Over the past 30 years, the focus has shifted from institutional settings to a community living, where people with intellectual disabilities live in and contribute to their communities. The transition was complete in 2009, when Ontario’s last three institutions closed.Griffiths has made numerous contributions to the movement as a researcher and consultant. She is currently three years into a four-year research project initiated by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services that evaluates how reintegration has impacted the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. She is doing the research with Rosemary Condillac, Frances Owen, Jan Frijters and Maurice Feldman.Having people in the community, rather than in institutions, makes everyone’s lives richer, Griffiths said.“We’re all unique and we each have our own special gifts and weaknesses,” she said. “Why wouldn’t we want these citizens to be involved and contributing in our communities? It is all about rights.”Griffiths was a driving force behind the creation of Brock’s Centre for Applied Disability Studies. Before academia, she was director of the York Behaviour Management Program at York Central Hospital, where she developed an intervention model for people with intellectual disabilities who have challenging behaviours. She also developed treatments for people who engage in sexually inappropriate behaviours.She has represented Canada for 15 years on NADD (Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Challenges — North America) and is a founding member of NADD’s Ontario chapter.“Dorothy is an internationally recognized expert who has devoted more than 30 years to advancing services for and recognition of the rights of people with disabilities,” said Thomas Dunk, Dean, Faculty of social Sciences. “We are extremely proud and grateful to have her as a colleague.”Griffiths is among 50 new appointees to the Order of Canada. Others include Olympic gold medallist and hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, author Malcolm Gladwell, and Samantha Nutt, co-founder of War Child Canada, who also holds an honorary doctorate from Brock. read more

VIDEO Ilija thank you for all – Emotional moment in Skopje

Ilija Abutovic ← Previous Story EHF CL: Pick Szeged still on 100%! Next Story → EHF CL: RK Vardar, PSG Handball and Pick Szeged are still unbeatable It was emotional and very nice when RK Vardar Skopje captain Stojance Stoilov gave T-shirt with sing “Ilija, thank you for all” to his ex-team-mate Ilija Abutovic before clash of his team with Rhein Neckar Lowen last night at Jane Sandanski.Abutovic took jersey with tears in his eyes as he was seven years a part of Macedonian handball project which brought RK Vardar at the TOP of Europe in summer 2017.Take a look…WATCH: Ilija Abutovic is back at @HCVardar tonight playing against his old teammates – but he still got a red and black shirt! #VARRNL #MOTW pic.twitter.com/3AllJ2XZEf— EHF Champions League (@ehfcl) October 6, 2018RK Vardar beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 29:27. There have been a lot of after-game reactions… read more

NEW FACE OF VESZPREM Mikler show in SAP Arena

4.Telekom Veszprem9504263:25510 1.Barcelona8701268:21514 3.Rhein-Neckar9504280:26710 Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Sterbik – Manaskov 1, Ilic, Tonnesen 4, Gajic 2, Nilsson 3, Nagy 2, Marguc 1, Strlek 2, Terzic, Blagotinsek 1, Nenadic 4, Mahé 6 (4), Mackovsek 3, Lékai 2.Vive Kielce8602251:23312 7.Montpellier8116216:2393 ← Previous Story NBSC WORLD HANDBALL GOALKEEPER 2018? Next Story → NBSC WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2018: French-Spanish and PSG Handball domination Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Palicka, Appelgren – Schmid 1, Lipovina, Sigurdsson 1, Radivojevic 3, Tollbring 5, Abutovic, Mensah 6, Fath, Taleski 1, Guardiola 1, Petersson 1, Nielsen 1, Ganz, Kohlbacher 5 PHOTO: Voros David 6.Meshkov Brest8206214:2434 Roland Mikler showed tremendeous performance at SAP Arena, where host Rhein Neckar Lowen weren’t able to suffer third defeat in a row in seven days. Telekom Veszprem goalkeeper had 22 saves in important win of his team 29:25 (14:13).This is the second win in a row of Hungarian vice-champions at VELUX EHF Champions League. Now, Veszprem are again in the race for TOP 4 teams at the end of Preliminary Round.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – Telekom Veszprém 25:29 (13:14) Roland MiklerTelekom Veszprem STANDING: 5.Vardar8503225:21910 8.Kristianstad8116226:2723 read more

Sega confirms Dreamcast Collection for PS3360

first_imgThe other assumption we have to make is that these games will be in their original form, and not updated in any way. That’s because Sega is also selecting key titles and doing a HD update for re-release as a digital download on PSN and XBLA.Read more at GameInformer.comMatthew’s OpinionSega certainly has a lot of titles to choose from, but there’s quite a few that either aren’t popular or released just for the Japanese market. Still, if they put all those titles listed above on a disc it would certainly sell.I actually hope Sega don’t try and update the games included in this collection and just let us play them as they were originally created. I also hope that we aren’t limited to 3 or 4 games, and that this turns out to be a healthy selection of games. GameStop didn’t have a “Volume One” listed after the title, so I’m hopeful. Last month a new game listing appeared and quickly disappeared from GameStop’s website. The title of the game was Dreamcast Collection and it was being compiled/published by Sega. There were no details of what the collection would contain, but we know it is priced at $29.99.This week the Dreamcast Collection has been confirmed as real by Sega. Alan Pritchard, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Sega, referred to the collection as compiling some of the most popular games from the Dreamcast era.Unfortunately that’s all he said:The titles are still to be announced. The Ultimate Genesis Collection did huge numbers on PS3 and 360, so it’s an important part of our business. So we still don’t know what the games are, and whether it will only contain titles from Sega. We have to assume there won’t be any third-party games included, but that still gives the potential for a set of quality titles.Checking down the list of Dreamcast games on Wikipedia, we find 96 titles developed/produced by Sega. These include such classics as:SeamanSega GTSpace Channel 5Virtua Tennis 1/2Daytona USA 2001F355 Challenge: Passione RossaFighting Vipers 2Shenmue I/IIVirtua Cop 2Virtua Fighter 4Jet Grind Radiolast_img read more

Csection rates are on the rise in Ireland but age is a

first_img Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 6:03 AM Ireland’s c-section rate is average-to-high within the OECD, where countries like the Netherlands have rates almost 50% lower than Ireland. Italy has the highest rates of c-section in EuropeThe average age of mothers has increased from 30 in 1999 to 32 in 2014.The proportion of births-to-women aged 35 plus has increased from 20% in 1999 to 33% in 2014, a 65% increaseThe proportion of first births in the total decreased from 41% in 1999 to 39% in 2014The proportion of mothers with high blood pressure (including pre-existing) increased from 3.7% in 2005 to 4.4% in 2014The proportion of mothers with gestational diabetes increased from 1.3% in 2005 to 5.5% in 2014Use of vaginal birth after c-section has fallen significantly over time. C-section rates are on the rise in Ireland – but age is a considerable risk factor, says study The study investigated the factors driving the increasing use of CS using data on births recorded in the 19 Irish maternity units over the last 17 years. Oct 25th 2016, 6:03 AM 18 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3043517 Image: Shutterstock/UzFoto If we wish to maintain this record, we will need to invest to take account of adverse trends whilst constantly striving to coordinate and improve practice in Irish maternity services.The study’s findings were based on data on births recorded in the 19 Irish maternity units over the last 17 years.A conference taking place at the ESRI today will bring together leading researchers and practitioners in the field of maternal health to discuss the increasing use of caesarean section in Ireland and the associated risks for mothers and infants.The conference will discuss this recently published and ongoing research from a collaboration between researchers from the ESRI, the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin and the UCD Centre of Human Reproduction at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.Read: Midlands children in foster care can go months without seeing their siblings or birth familiesRead: Is sexual education in Ireland out of date?center_img 16,183 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/UzFoto A STUDY HAS found that the number of births delivered by caesarean section (c-section), has increased fourfold in the past 30 years.The study conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), UCD and Trinity College Dublin, found that births by c-section has increased from 7% in 1984 to 13% in 1993 and 30% by 2014 (the latest year available).The increase in c-sections is a major reason why deaths among mothers and children in childbirth are a fraction of what they were in the past, as similar increases are evident across other OECD countries.ConcernsBut there are now concerns that the benefits of c-section may be outweighed by the increased clinical risks and economic costs that it carries.The primary reason why use of c-section has increased over time is that medical advances have made the operation much safer for the mother.But the research also shows that factors like the increasing average age of mothers, particularly first-time mothers and the clinical risks that this brings are crucial. Source: Shutterstock/Aliaksei SmalenskiOther research findings from the joint research initiative include: Policy Implications Source: Shutterstock/Africa StudioThe number of births in Irish maternity units increased from 54,000 in 1999 to over 76,000 in 2009 before falling to 68,000 in 2014 – a 26% increase.The average level of risk associated with mothers giving birth in Irish hospitals is increasing.However, funding and staffing levels in maternity services has not kept pace with either the number of births or the risk profile.Prof Michael Turner  from the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction said that:“Irish maternity units continue to deliver results which are among the best in the world. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share83 Tweet Email1 last_img read more