8 killed, 30 injured in road accident in UP’s Greater Noida

first_imgEight passengers, including a minor and two women, were killed and 30 injured when a privately-operated bus rammed into a tanker on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida on Friday morning, officials said. The bus was en route to Delhi from U.P.’s Jalaun district.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the deaths, while top officials of Gautam Buddh Nagar, including District Magistrate B.N. Singh and police chief Vaibhav Krishna, rushed to meet the victims in hospital.“I am saddened by the demise of eight people in a bus accident in Greater Noida today. Praying for the peace of the departed souls and strength to their families. Also wishing speedy recovery to the passengers injured in the accident,” Mr. Adityanth tweeted. Police Circle Officer, Jewar, Sharat Chandra Sharma said, “Eight people were killed and 30 injured in the incident. The victims were rushed to the nearby Kailash Hospital in Jewar. The speeding bus rammed into a tanker which was moving relatively slowly.”“The exact cause of the incident is yet to be confirmed, but prima facie it appears the driver was drowsy. The tanker was moving at a slower pace and the speeding bus could have comfortably overtaken it, but instead rammed into it,” Mr. Sharma said. The deceased have been identified as bus driver Mahesh Kumar (48), helper Bandu (25), passengers Vineeta (32), Arun (42), Asad (12), Suman (35) and Vishwanath Tiwari (75).last_img read more

Vaquita, the Mexican porpoise, nears extinction

first_imgAn international team of scientists says that the critically endangered vaquita, a species of porpoise (Phocoena sinus) found only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, is fast approaching extinction and that all gillnet fishing in the animal’s range must be banned. The team, which was established by the government of Mexico, warns that the number of porpoises has been cut in half since 2012, when about 200 remained. Now, a mere 97 are believed to survive. Of these, 25 are thought to be reproductively mature females.The vaquitas, whose popular name translates as “little cow,” are dying at an accelerated rate because of an increase in the illegal gillnet fishery for the totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi). Totoaba, which can grow to more than 1.8 meters and 135 kilograms, are also critically endangered. Their swim bladders are highly prized as a traditional health food in China, and a single bladder can command thousands of dollars. Consequently, a surge in illegal gillnetting has undermined Mexico’s efforts to ban all commercial fishing in a vaquita refuge and to guide fishers toward other careers.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(*)The scientists report that one in five vaquitas are drowning each year in the nets; the population is declining at a rate of 18.5% each year. In a report to the Mexican presidential commission on vaquita conservation, the scientists urge that the country establish a gillnet exclusion zone for the small porpoises’ entire range beginning in September 2014. The commission will be meeting again at the end of August to discuss the possible ban.last_img read more

India enters quarterfinals of U-19 World Cup

first_imgSpinner Anukul Roy claimed a maiden five-wicket haul emerging as the wrecker-in-chief for India COMMENTS January 16, 2018 U19 World Cup: India record 100-run win over Australia COMMENT File photo of India Under 19 cricket captain Prithvi Shaw.   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL ×center_img SHARE RELATED Published on cricket File photo of India Under 19 cricket captain Prithvi Shaw.   –  The Hindu India breezed into the ICC U-19 World Cup quarterfinals after hammering minnows Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in a low-scoring group B clash here today. Skipper Prithvi Shaw slammed a strokeful fifty while spinner Anukul Roy claimed a maiden five-wicket haul at Bay Oval here to earn India the win.Roy emerged as the wrecker-in-chief for India as he run through the opposition, returning with impressive figures of 6.5-2-14-5 after skipper Shaw won the toss and elected to field first under overcast conditions. Ovia Sam (15) and opener Simon Atai (13) were the top- scorers as Papua New Guinea folded for a paltry 64 in 21.5 over, the tournament’s lowest score so far.India then returned to overhaul the target, reaching 67 for no loss in 8 overs, riding on Shaw’s 39-ball 57 which was studded with 12 boundaries. It was Shaw’s second half-century of the tournament, while Roy picked his maiden five-wicket haul in youth ODIs.In conditions that aided swing and bounce, India fast bowler Shivam Mavi picked up two wickets, while Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Arshdeep Singh snapped one wicket each. India will take on Zimbabwe next on January 19.Brief Score:Papua New Guinea Under-19s: 64 allout in 21.5 overs (OL Sam 15; AS Roy 5/14)India: 67 in 8 overslast_img read more

Germany win the right to host Euro 2024

first_imgAdvertisementUEFA’s 2024 host announcement event in Nyon confirmed that it will be Germany to host the 17th edition of UEFA European Championships. Germany beat Turkey’s stubborn bid to be home to another major international footballing event 18 years after the World Cup 2006.Image : Germany confirmed as Euro 2024 hosts. Source : UEFA.comBerlin’s Olympic Stadium will host the final of the 24-team tournament, with 51 games scheduled for up to 32 days in June and July. The nine other cities that will be used for games are Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.Turkey failed to secure yet another bid in the UEFA bidding race , raising their tally of four failed bids in last five bidding races. UEFA executive committee were inclined to vote for Germany given its high quality infrastructure and steadfast rate of development. Turkey’s bid failed to secure votes among UEFA executives due to the need to upgrade airports, railways, roads and stadiums. The Turkish economy is not sturdy at the moment and their human and civil rights record was flagged up by the UEFA evaluation report.Fans can keep their aspirations up for another glamorous event under the same stars where Lionel Messi scored his first World Cup goal, Zidane bowed out of football with a red card in the World Cup final, the battle of Nuremberg took place and Marcelo Lippi lit up his victory cigar after guiding Italy to the World Cup trophy in Olympic Stadium.All the key information as Germany are selected as UEFA #EURO2024 hosts  👇 https://t.co/Wi4Hfvt0L6— UEFA (@UEFA) September 27, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly turns 44, Virender Sehwag gets nostalgic

first_imgSourav Ganguly turned 44 today and his former teammates took Twitter to wish the former Indian captain. While newly elected coach Anil Kumble wished Ganguly blessings from the Almighty, Virender Sehwag took a walk down memory lane. (Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: Looking back at his most memorable innings)’#HappyBirthdayDada’ trended on Twitter for the former batsman, who was the most successful Indian captain before the feat was surpassed by the present limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.HappyBirthdayDada @SGanguly99.May you keep on helping India wave our flag high,just like u waved ur shirt at Lords pic.twitter.com/2ohxDlIKT5 Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2016Ganguly, who took charge as India’s captain back in 2000 after the ugly match-fixing row had rocked the cricketing world, turned the team’s fortunes around, especially overseas.The Bengal southpaw blooded in youngsters and alongwith heavyweights Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Javagal Srinath and Kumble, made India a dominant force in world cricket.Happy birthday @SGanguly99! May the almighty shower lots of love and blessings! Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 8, 2016Ganguly, who had made a memorable Test debut with a century at Lord’s in 1996, went on to claim 11 wins from 28 away Tests, a record by any Indian captain. In the course of an illustrious career, he amassed 7213 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs from 311 ODIs.Ganguly also led India to the finals of ICC Champions Trophy in 2001 (Sri Lanka), ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 in South Africa, and won the famous NatWest series against England after which he celebrated by taking off his shirt at the Lord’s balcony.advertisementHappy Birthday @SGanguly99 ?????????Have a gr8 year??? VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 8, 2016He retired from international cricket in 2008 during the home series against Australia and currently leads Eden Garden in an administrative role — Cricket Association of Bengal president.last_img read more

IOC: 31 caught in retests of 2008 Beijing Olympic samples

first_imgLONDON (AP). In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports were caught in retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games, the IOC said Tuesday.The International Olympic Committee opened disciplinary proceedings against the 31 unidentified athletes from 12 countries who competed in Beijing and were planning to take part in the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.The positive cases emerged from the recent retesting of 454 doping samples from Beijing with “the very latest scientific analysis methods,” the IOC said. The Olympic body stores samples for 10 years to allow for retesting with improved techniques.The IOC said it would inform the relevant national Olympic committees in the coming days.“All those athletes infringing anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games” in Rio, the IOC said after a teleconference meeting of its policy-making executive board.Results of retesting of 250 samples from the London Olympics will be announced shortly, the IOC said. Those tests were also aimed at athletes planning to compete in Rio.The IOC said it would also undertake a “wider retesting program” of medalists from both the Beijing and London Games. Samples of athletes who could be promoted to medals following disqualification of drug cheats will also be retested.The IOC also asked the World Anti-Doping Agency to launch a “fully-fledged investigation” into allegations that the drug-testing system at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi was subverted by Russian officials.The IOC said it would ask the Lausanne anti-doping lab and WADA to proceed with analyzing Sochi samples “in the most sophisticated and efficient way possible.”Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory, told the New York Times last week that he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones for Russian athletes who were part of a state-sponsored doping program. He has offered to assist in retesting.The statute of limitations for retesting was extended in 2015 from eight to 10 years, meaning the Beijing samples remain valid through 2018.It’s not the first time that samples from Beijing have been retested. A few months after those games, the IOC reanalyzed nearly 1,000 of the total of 4,000 samples with a new test for the blood-boosting drug CERA. Five athletes were caught, including 1,500-meter gold medalist Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain.Nearly 500 doping samples from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin have already been retested. The IOC has not disclosed whether those retests had produced any positive cases.Five athletes were caught in retests of samples from the 2004 Athens Olympics, including men’s shot put winner Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine.On a separate issue, the IOC said it would “work to shed full light” on bribery allegations tied to Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics.French prosecutors said last week that 2.8 million Singapore dollars ($2 million) was apparently transferred from Japan to the Singapore account of a company tied to the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, who is facing corruption charges.Tokyo bid leaders acknowledged the payments were made, but said they were for legitimate consulting fees.The IOC said it would remain a civil party to the French investigation and its chief ethics officer would “actively cooperate” in the inquiry.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Former OSU Signee Devon Thomas Found Out He’s Facing Armed Robbery Charges via Twitter

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State player Devon Thomas, who signed with OSU in 2014, is facing more criminal charges after an alleged robbery with a firearm and possession of firearm, according to Tulsa News on 6. The reported incident took place on July 22, 2015.Apparently, Thomas was unaware.@NewsOn6 @KellyHinesTW that’s news to me— Average Ol’ Firecracker?? (@DevonThomas28) August 24, 2015AdChoices广告Then it got even more bizarre.Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 1.13.02 PMThomas eventually just said he was going to turn himself in…Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 1.15.09 PMThomas was arrested in May 2014 on charges of armed robbery and intent to kill, and was subsequently released from the football program. He is set to go on trial in 2016 for the charges stemming from 2014.Thomas was a four-star running back from Broken Arrow and early enrollee who never played a down for the Cowboys. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Beer Lovers in 2019

first_img Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest A brand new year means brand new beers. For beer drinkers, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to look back and look ahead. As you reflect on your favorite beers of the past, you may also be looking for ways to evolve your beer experience. Whether you are a brew newbie (a brewbie?) or a seasoned disciple of the almighty craft beer, here are three tips for a successful new year of enjoying what you drink.ElevateKeep a Tasting JournalGood beer is everywhere and it’s easy to lose track of your tasting experiences. Have I had this beer before? Where? Did I like it? If you’re planning on drinking multiple beers in a session, some of the answers to those questions may be fuzzy at best by the end of the evening. The best way to remember a stellar drinking experience is to write it down. If you’re old school and like analog resources, you might want to carry the Field Notes beer tasting pocket notebook. Digital devotees may prefer using an app like Untappd, Beer Advocate, or a custom Google Doc. Whatever your method, take time to make notes on your favorite brews. This resource makes it easy to recall what you really thought of a beer, and comes in handy for making recommendations or buying beer gifts for others.Drink Your CellarIf you’ve been immersed in the world of craft beer for very long, chances are you’ve amassed a collection of beers in your cellar or beer fridge. Next year, be pro-active and inventory your stash. Make a list of the beer name, style, alcohol percentage, and (most importantly) when it was bottled. Then, plan out a drinking calendar. Spread it out around holidays and birthdays, or just create your own special occasion to pop open a years-old bourbon barrel stout (we suggest any of the following: first or last game of the season for your favorite team, paying off a student loan, or the first time your new puppy successfully doesn’t mess your carpet). Be sure to invite a few friends over and share the wealth. Remember, beer karma is real and even the burliest beer won’t last forever.ElevateGo to the SourceGive back to the brewers you love in 2019. Plan visits to your favorite breweries and patronize their tap rooms and stores. Sales made on-site typically net the brewery much more cash, which they can put back into making even more of the beer you enjoy. Most breweries also have tours or chances to meet the brewers. With that opportunity, you can say thank you in person. Can’t make it cross-country to visit your favorite brand? Instead, go visit your local breweries. These men and women are making great beer right in your own community and they deserve a pat on the back, too. Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxinglast_img read more

Jamaica’s HIV/AIDS Response Programme Lauded

first_imgThe success of Jamaica’s national HIV/AIDS response programme in reducing the number of deaths among infected persons has been lauded by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, and the Pan American Organization (PAHO). Speaking at the Ministry of Health’s Annual HIV/STI Review Forum at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, recently, Dr. Ferguson pointed to a 50 per cent decline in the number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths, between 2004 and 2011. An estimated 1.7 per cent of the population, aged 15 to 49 years, is deemed to be living with the disease in Jamaica, He attributed this to improvements in healthcare delivery, inclusive of increased availability of and access to Antiretroviral Drugs (ARVs), used in the treatment of infected persons; and improved surveillance programmes and testing processes. “Three hundred and thirty three (333) AIDS deaths were reported in 2010, compared to 665 in 2004. This represents a 50% decrease in AIDS deaths since the inception of universal access to ARVs in 2004 (a)… significant improvement over this period,” he informed. The Health Minister informed that procurement of a significant supply of ARVs was facilitated, primarily through the provision of a US$23 million grant from the Global Fund. Dr. Ferguson noted that improved healthcare in Jamaica, consistent with international standards, has contributed to more persons with HIV/AIDS, being able to live normal lifestyles. This, he contended, augurs well for the country’s prospects in securing continued assistance, particularly from international donor agencies, to further strengthen the sector’s capacity to effectively tackle the disease.  Jamaica’s HIV/AIDS Programme is financed mainly by the Government of Jamaica, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, and the World Bank. Significant expenditures have been made on activities geared towards prevention, with approximately $676 million being allocated in this regard in 2009/10, and $625 million in 2010/11. Encouraged by the progress in Jamaica’s fight against HIV/AIDS, Minister Ferguson assured that the country will seek to fulfill new targets, in this regard, by 2015. These, he outlined, include: further reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS through sexual transmission, reducing the risk of persons engaging in substance abuse being infected, particularly where the sharing of needles occurs; reducing the number of tuberculosis-related deaths among persons living with HIV/AIDS; reducing the number new cases of the disease among children; and increasing the number of persons accessing treatment. “I feel very confident that we can see further improvements in our HIV and AIDS targets within the next three years. Jamaica’s HIV programme has been lauded as among the most successful in the Latin American and Caribbean Region,” the Minister said. Dr. Ferguson said, against the background of tight fiscal constraints, Jamaica continues to lobby international donor agencies for additional funding support to maintain the national programme. “We have to secure the gains that we have made. I am confident that our global partners will support our efforts at reducing the HIV prevalence among our population, thereby putting our country firmly along the path of development,” he underscored. A recent World Bank study on Jamaica’s HIV/AIDS Programme, conducted in collaboration with the Government of Jamaica and UNAIDS, recommended that priority areas be identified for long term and sustainable funding. “Assess the allocative efficiency between prevention and treatment, and between specific programmes within prevention, to guide targeted efforts. Effective prevention, in the short term, will result in lower spending on treatment in the long term,” the World Bank study concluded. Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Advisor on HIV/STI Surveillance, Dr. Paul Edwards, who also addressed the HIV/STI Review Forum, in commending the effectiveness of Jamaica’s programme, as well, suggested that the country share its “best practices” with the rest of the Caribbean. “You have made tremendous achievements in 2011; a lot of very good work (is) being done here in Jamaica. There are a lot of best practices that need to be documented and shared across the Caribbean. I encourage you to do that,” Dr. Edwards said. In his recent message, focusing on the region’s AIDS prevention campaign, United Nation Secretary General Special Envoy for HIV in the Caribbean, Dr. Edward Greene, pointed to the prospect of “an AIDS-free generation” in the region that was “unimaginable” a generation ago. “Yet, we are cautioned by the reality that biomedical and behavioural tools still have to be brought to scale and that scarce resources and the persistence of stigma and discrimination are impediments to this dream,’ he stated. As such, Dr. Greene stressed the need for a redoubling of efforts to strengthen the health system’s response, advance treatment to prevent HIV/AIDS, and eliminate mother to child transmission, among other key focus areas. “These require creative and collective leadership, shared responsibility in public/private partnerships, and the engagement of all stakeholders,” Dr. Greene underscored.last_img read more

Keeping Young People Safe and Prepared in an Emergency

first_img Do I dial 911 if grandma falls or should I call my mother atwork? What do I do if there’s another hurricane and our powergoes out? What will happen if a world crisis happens close tohome? Children of all ages have questions like these. With the help ofthe Nova Scotia Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) and theCanadian Red Cross, educators and parents throughout Nova Scotiacan help find the answers they need. Teachers, families and children may also Prepare Now! and LearnHow! during this week, Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1 to May7). The 911 Activity Pack, available on the province’s EMO website,is used to help teach younger children about the 911 service andhow they can properly identify an emergency. Nova Scotia’s 911 service is one of EMO’s key programs. Thisprovincewide service is the first of its kind in Canada. “Having guides like the 911 Activity Pack in the classroom and athome is an important step toward improving emergency preparednessamong all Nova Scotians,” said Mike Myette, manager of theprovince’s 911 service. Activities like field trips and role-playing exercises givestudents the opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness ina fun and interactive way. The activities in the 911 ActivityPack are also designed to help reassure students that emergencyhelp is available when they need it, even if a parent isn’tnearby. The pack also contains simple household chores and activitiesthat parents can complete with their youngsters at home. Theactivities– which include things like preparing a familyemergency kit and making a list of emergency phone numbers andaddresses — are only some of the many ways parents can helptheir children prepare for the unexpected. “The 911 Activity Pack fits in well with the curriculum andlearning objectives for my students and can be easily taught byparents as well,” said Mary Osborne, who teaches grades two andthree at Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School in Halifax. “Younever know when a child will have to be the one to make a 911call and this pack is very helpful in teaching young people whatthey need to know in order to feel comfortable making that call.”The Canadian Red Cross is also doing its part to encourageemergency preparedness among students, teachers, and families. Children between the ages of five and 16, for example, canbenefit from the Expect the Unexpected and the Facing Fearprograms. Available on the Canadian Red Cross website, theseprograms are filled with lesson plans, videos and other toolsthat help students prepare for and cope with emergencies liketerrorist attacks and natural disasters. The Expect the Unexpected program focuses on helping youths andfamilies learn disaster preparedness techniques and deal withunexpected natural disasters, like Hurricane Juan, which struckNova Scotia on Sept. 29, 2003 as one of the most powerful anddamaging storms in Canada. But children not only need to be prepared for an emergency, theyneed to know how to cope with one. The Facing Fear program, themost recent emergency preparedness program offered by theCanadian Red Cross, helps young people deal with the aftermath ofa tragic event. It encourages teachers to talk to their studentsabout managing their feelings. It also deals with the role of themedia and their impact on public opinion, and with internationalhumanitarian law. “Our programs help teach young people how to be prepared foremergencies and how to cope with them as well,” said JoanneLawlor, manager of community development for the Canadian RedCross. “These programs give teachers the opportunity to preparechildren for emergencies, build their confidence in their ownskills and give them the techniques to deal with an emergency.” For more information on the Expect the Unexpected and Facing Fearprograms, see the Canadian Red Cross website at www.redcross.ca .For more information on the 911 Activity Pack and emergencypreparedness, see the province’s EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo. -30- EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Keeping Young People Safe andPrepared in an Emergencylast_img read more

Hill transporters unite against coupon system for entry to Tiger Hill threaten

first_imgDarjeeling: The transporters’ associations of Darjeeling have given a clarion call to all drivers to discard the coupon system of the police and not to collect passes to Tiger Hill from Wednesday. They have also threatened to launch an agitation if the system is not rolled back by Saturday.Incidentally, the Darjeeling police have implemented a number of changes to the traffic system from September 1 to ease the traffic problem that the town faces, especially during tourist season. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We request all drivers not to collect coupons to Tiger Hill from Wednesday as we do not support this system. The system has to be rolled back in the next two days. The administration and police have assured us that this was a trial and that a review meeting would be called soon. If the review meeting is not called then on Saturday we will hold a meeting with the stakeholders and announce our agitation programmes. We could even drive up to Tiger Hill without coupons and if they turn us back we might leave our vehicles there and return,” threatened S N Pradhan, president, Himalayan Transport Coordination Committee. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Darjeeling police have capped the number of vehicles to the world famous sunrise point Tiger Hill at 300 from September 1. Coupons are issued the previous day from the traffic police office in Darjeeling town to visit Tiger Hill. A drop gate has been put up at Jorebungalow on the access road to Tiger Hill, where police conduct checks. Vehicles without valid coupons are not allowed to Tiger Hill. Recently, a team representing the travel and tourism industries of this region met state Tourism minister Gautam Deb in Siliguri and handed him a memorandum appealing for a rollback. The minister had subsequently assured them of a review meeting. “We had even given a memorandum to the Superintendent of Police. The whole of Darjeeling depends on tourism directly or indirectly. This system is just causing glitches and is not practical. It has to be rolled back immediately,” said Pradeep Lama, spokesperson of the West Bengal Tourism Forum. The travel trade industry representatives claim that with the Forest department allotting space for car parking at Tiger Hill, around 1,000 vehicles can fit without causing a traffic snarl. The police have called for a meeting with the stakeholders on Saturday at 11:30 am in the conference hall of the Police Lines, Dali. “Our system will stay in place. We will not allow any vehicles without valid passes,” stated Dorjee Sherpa, Traffic OC.last_img read more

Independent MLA proposes four Indigenous seats in Manitoba legislature

first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN NewsIndigenous people have been “let down” by the electoral system and a way to fix it would be having better representation in the province’s legislature, says Steven Fletcher, and independent MLA for the riding of Assiniboia in Manitoba.The Indigenous Representation and Related Amendments Act 2019 is to being introduced Monday.It calls for four Indigenous seats in addition to the 57 seats that exist in the province.“In general terms there would be one seat in the north, one seat in rural southern Manitoba and two seats in Winnipeg (Winnipeg North and Winnipeg South),” the document reads.To pay for the new seats, he says all MLA salaries and expenses should be cut back 7.5 per cent to maintain current spending levels.Support for the act would mean MLAs from the Progressive Conservatives, NDP and Liberals would vote themselves a pay and expense cut.“I am hopeful that the government and the opposition will give this bill their due consideration,” Fletcher said.The Legislative Assembly Act would be amended to allow each individual Indigenous representative to consider themselves a political party.Fletcher said the act was inspired by New Zealand’s electoral system, which guarantees Maori a certain number of seats in parliament.Currently seven out of 120 seats are occupied by Maori politicians.“The idea is that with four seats created for indigenous representation in our legislative body, the system will do better for all Manitobans,” the document says.After being introduced today, it’s on the order sheet to be advanced to second reading.“Assuming it passes a vote on second reading, it will go to Standing Policy Committee where it will undergo scrutiny and be opened to public consultation,” Fletcher said. “If the bill does not go for second reading, the government who votes against it will need to have a really good reason to explain why they won’t allow it to proceed.”  Any Manitoban, regardless of their ethnicity, could vote in their constituency or in an Indigenous constituency, but not both says the proposed legislation.Fletcher is a former Member of Parliament and served under Stephen Harper as a cabinet minister as the minister of State (Transport) before switching to provincial politics where he joined the Conservatives.He was removed from caucus after a series of disagreements with leader Brian Pallister and is the leader of the Manitoba Party in the province.mridgen@aptn.calast_img read more

To curb suicides Delhi Police asks districts to send list of cops

first_imgNew Delhi: Concern over the suicides of their staff, a department of Delhi Police has written to all districts and units asking them to submit the list of the police personnel who needs medical care and special attention.The city police said that they have taken different measures for the welfare of their staff. Police sources told Millennium Post that a letter was written from the office of the Special Commissioner of Police Welfare and Estate Oversight to all the districts, units including Principal PTC with the subject regarding psychological disorders of police personnel in Delhi Police. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”It has been noticed that a considerable number of police personnel posted in different districts and units of Delhi Police are facing psychological disorders which restrict them from active police duties as well as developing the tendency of committing suicide,” sources said quoting the letter. Recently two cases of suicides of police personnel have come to notice in which they had been facing some psychological problems. They further added that it is directed that a list of police personnel posted under your control having psychological disorders, who need medical care and special attention, be provided to this office within a week. This has the approval of Special CP/Welfare and Estate Oversight. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that in the year 2017 more than 10 suicides were reported whereas last year as many nine police personnel took the extreme step. According to police, they took various initiatives including yoga to ease out the stress of the police personnel. A press statement of city police said that at the grass root level, yoga for the personnel shall not only improve productivity but also keep them mentally and physically fit. In the year 2018, yoga cell of Delhi Police conducted 122 camps in which 2,155 personnel participated. Another major initiative is Sampark Sabha, where senior police officers interact with the different ranks to gather information on field-oriented issues being faced by the lower functionary. By holding Sampark Sabha the grievances of police personnel can be addressed and further action can be initiated. “We also conduct health awareness camps for the police personnel,” police said. In a bid to motivate police personnel, the city police always reward cops for their bravery.last_img read more

Egypt to release hungerstriking Al Jazeera journalist

By Kevin KriedemannLondon – Egypt’s prosecutor general has ordered the release of Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy on medical grounds, ending almost a year of imprisonment without charge.A statement from the prosecutor’s office on Monday said Elshamy, who has been on hunger strike since January, would be set free due to “health conditions.” The statement said 13 other people would be freed on the same grounds. Elshamy, born in Egypt but raised in Nigeria, has been on hunger strike for 147 days in protest of his prolonged imprisonment without charge. He was arrested on 14 August 2013 while covering the violent dispersal of a sit-in by supporters of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown by the army in July.Commenting on the Egyptian prosecutor’s statement that Elshamy will be released, Al Jazeera spokesperson Osama Saeed said, “This is a relief rather than a cause for celebration. Abdullah has been through a terrible ordeal for over ten months. He’ll want to spend time with his family and recuperate. When he’s ready, we look forward to seeing him back in action, doing the vital job of journalism that he so clearly loves.”Al Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy are still behind bars, and Al Jazeera continues to call for their freedom. A verdict in their case is due on 23 June 2014.In a final plea from defence lawyers, the court yesterday was reminded that this “trial is not a trial for these defendants alone – but a trial of all journalists.”Fahmy, who was allowed to address the judge before the case was adjourned, also said: “This case is a political case.”Saeed said, “Yesterday was the final summation by the defense. Again the weaknesses of the prosecution case have been exposed. On the balance of arguments, Al Jazeera hopes the judge will take into consideration the facts presented to him and acquit Peter, Baher and Mohammed of any wrong doing. On June 23rd, the entire world will be watching Egypt to see whether they uphold the values of press freedom.”Previous court dates have bizarrely included the prosecution showing footage of Sky News Arabia tourism reports, BBC podcasts, songs by Gotye, photoshopped images of Fahmy, Greste’s family photos, and some of Greste’s award-winning work from East Africa.Calls for the release of the Al Jazeera staff have been made from the White House, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Union. Similarly public calls of support for the #FreeAJStaff campaign have been made from prominent media personalities with over 60,000 people supporting the #FreeAJStaff campaign, which has had over 1.2 billion impressions on Twitter. Various media freedom and human rights groups have also issued statements ranging from the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Press Institute, Amnesty International and The Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa. read more

Heads of UN bodies discuss reform and closer cooperation

Mr. Deiss met yesterday with Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, according to a statement issued by the Assembly President’s spokesperson.The ambassador and Mr. Deiss discussed the Council’s upcoming debate on peacekeeping, scheduled for 26 August, as well as current hotspots such as Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.The two officials also discussed how to strengthen coordination and interaction between the 193-member Assembly and the 15-member Council.In a separate meeting with Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe of Zambia, the current President of ECOSOC, and members of ECOSOC’s bureau, Mr. Deiss discussed reform of the 54-member Council so that it can more effectively implement its resolutions.Mr. Kapambwe also briefed Mr. Deiss on ECOSOC’s recent annual substantive session, which wrapped up at the end of last month in Geneva. 12 August 2011General Assembly President Joseph Deiss has met with the heads of the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to discuss increased cooperation, United Nations reform, regional crises and other issues. read more

PotashCorp reports thirdquarter profit down from year ago sales up

SASKATOON — Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. says it earned $53 million in its latest quarter, down from $81 million a year ago, as it works to close its merger with Agrium Inc.Chief executive Jochen Tilk says the company has obtained regulatory approvals in four jurisdictions with only the U.S. and China remaining.Tilk says the company still expects to close the deal by the end of the year.The company says the profit amounted to six cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of 10 cents per share a year ago.Sales in the quarter totalled $1.23 billion, up from $1.14 billion.PotashCorp (TSX:POT) and Agrium (TSX:AGU) announced a deal to merge last year.The combined company, to be named Nutrien, will have its official head office in Saskatoon while keeping a corporate office in Agrium’s home city of Calgary. read more

New activitybased planning tools with MineSight Atlas

first_imgMintec believes the latest addition to its MineSight suite will prove to be a market leader in activity-based planning tools. MineSight Atlas is built on a completely new planning database and exploits the strength of MineSight 3D (MS3D). It answers the ever-complex needs of productive mines, filling many of the gaps for short-term planning. These include multiple activity scheduling, resource assignment and leveling, direct interaction with MS3D, smart stockpile reclaim, animation and more.Pages: 1 2last_img

Sandvik LH202 improves narrowvein loading safety and productivity

first_imgSandvik is introducing a new 3-t narrow-vein LHD that, it says, “offers reliability, productivity and increased safety that has not previously been seen in its size class globally.” The new Sandvik LH202 loader is targeted for narrow-vein mining applications with drift widths between 2 and 2.5 m. It has been designed to help reduce dilution and improve flexibility and operator safety when working in narrow-vein operations.The LH202 is full of features to help mines maximize tonnes and minimize extraction costs. It has been engineered to optimize machine width, length and turning radius. Sandvik says the “LH202 can reduce cost per tonne by up to 36% thanks to its reduced operating width and larger capacity compared to other loaders in the same size class.”“Due to its compact size and advanced transmission, Sandvik LH202 is both easy to drive and manoeuvre in confined spaces typical of narrow-vein tunnels”, says Kimmo Ulvelin, Product Line Manager, Narrow Vein & Low Profile loaders at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. Ashleigh Braddock, Global Sales and Marketing Support Manager, Product Area Load and Haul at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, says an operator compartment located in the loader’s rear frame helps improve operator safety and comfort.“With this safety design, we have moved the operator further away from falling rocks during bucket loading,” Braddock says. “Improved visibility and powerful LED lights help reduce collision risk while ground-level daily maintenance reduces risk of slips, trips and falls. Enhanced ergonomics in the operator compartment keeps the operator more comfortable during the shift, enabling to focus on production”.With sustainable operation in mind, and to enable the use of this LHD in markets with low engine emission requirements, the new loader will be available with either a standard Tier 2 engine or a lower-emission Tier 4 engine in the future.The new LH202 completes a comprehensive offering of Sandvik loaders engineered for narrow-vein operations. These range from the LH201, the smallest loader with a payload of 1 t and capable of operating in drifts as narrow as 1.5 m, up to the Sandvik LH307, with a tramming capacity of 6.7 t in drifts that are greater than 3 m wide.last_img read more

Poll Should we introduce selfservice public libraries

first_img No, theft and vandalism would ruin the initiative. (964) Yes, it increases ease of access to books which can only be a good thing.Yes, give it a run on a trial basis to see how it works.No, theft and vandalism would ruin the initiative.No, having more staff can be helpful.Vote Yes, give it a run on a trial basis to see how it works. (578) Poll Results: LIBRARY USERS MAY soon be trusted to borrow books without talking to a librarian under new proposals put forward by the Department of Environment.The ‘open library’ concept is widespread in Denmark with staff on duty for only part of the library’s opening hours. The remainder of the time the library operates by self-service with the public checking out and returning books themselves.The concept has been successful in Denmark with a growth in rates of visits and an increasing number of loans, but we want to know would it work here?So today’s question, Should we introduce self-service public libraries? No, having more staff can be helpful. (814) Yes, it increases ease of access to books which can only be a good thing. (168)last_img read more

Fronditha Care holds recruitment conference in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After a landmark deal in 2014 which created a direct labour agreement with the Australian government to sponsor 20 Greek nationals per annum, Fronditha Care held a recruitment conference in Greece last week.The existing agreement with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection allows Fronditha Care to sponsor people qualified in nursing and aged care, and when a rare opportunity presented itself, CEO George Lekakis told Neos Kosmos the community care organisation took advantage of direct links to hold a conference in the Greek capital. “We took the opportunity to host a seminar in Athens to raise further awareness of the labour agreement provisions that we have and the need to recruit future personal care workers on a 457 visa at Fronditha Care,” he said.“This once-off seminar was hosted by one of our HR officers, Yiannis Androulakis, who was in Greece for personal holiday reasons, but I wanted him to use the opportunity to spread the word and to recruit future employees for our wonderful organisation.”The event, advertised via student recruitment networks, was hailed a success, with large numbers pouring into the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens, many of whom, he said, have made further enquiries into prospective employment.“A lot of people in the networks now know of the availability of this 457 visa and people are referred appropriately. People make direct contact through us and also look out our website for necessary information and follow the appropriate steps, which are what steps one needs to take in order to qualify for employment, and also the recruitment processes as well.”Along with the conference, Fronditha Care is also appealing to people locally who are keen to work in personal care and can comfortably speak Greek.last_img read more