Manipur cut off as crucial Barak Bridge collapses

first_imgThe crucial Barak bridge located along the National Highway-102 collapsed on Monday morning, cutting off land-locked Manipur from rest of the country, an official said.The bridge collapsed when a 10-wheeler goods-laden truck was passing through it, a transport department official said, adding that the structure was in a fragile condition since last night.This has left around 200 goods-laden trucks coming from Jiribam town to Imphal stranded. Repairing works are being carried out on war-footing, the official said. The Barak bridge is located along the Imphal-Jiribam highway and passes through the hill district of Tamenglong.The highway, considered as the second lifeline of the border state, assumed greater importance after a massive landslide at Viswema in neighbouring Nagaland cut off the major Imphal-Dimapur national highway.last_img read more

Gujarat may face severe water crisis

first_imgDespite heavy rainfall last year, Gujarat is set to face a severe water crisis because of the low water availability in Narmada dam — the main source of water in the State — due to deficient rainfall in the Narmada catchment area in Madhya Pradesh.As a result, the State government has repeatedly announced that it will not supply water for irrigation. The entire stock will be reserved for drinking water in Saurashtra and North Gujarat regions, both water starved provinces and highly dependent on water from Narmada canals.Appeal to farmersIn a statement, the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) appealed to farmers not to sow a summer crop unless they had a local water source which could irrigate their fields because in the Narmada dam, the storage level was at 45% of the 15-year average.However, the government’s move to curtail supply has irked farmers as well as the Opposition party, who allege mismanagement by the State authorities.According to Gujarat government officials, they had the inkling that this year Narmada water would not be available for irrigation.However, due to the Assembly polls in November-December, the State government, instead of making proper arrangements, did not even inform the farmers and the public of the likely shortfall.Warning signs”October 2017 onwards, it became evident that the availability of water from the Narmada dam would be substantially lower than the State’s quota of 9 million acre feet (MAF) that it gets as per the Narmada water sharing award. Now, we will get only 4.71 MAF. That is enough for drinking water but not for irrigating fields,” a senior official told The Hindu.Interestingly, when the State government was apparently aware of a sharp drop in water inflows in the Narmada dam, it celebrated the Narmada Festival while Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended an event to announce the completion of dam over the river.“If the SSNNL knew that there would be a shortfall of drinking and irrigation water, why did it allow the criminal wastage of Narmada water for the Aji and Narmada dam inaugurations and other election-related programmes in September 2017”, a prominent farmers’ leader, Sagar Rabari, asked in a statement.Mr. Rabari heads Gujarat’s largest farmers’ outfit Gujarat Khedut Samaj, which is planning to organise a massive congregation of farmers during the Assembly Budget session starting February 19.Poll advantage“The political class used water as a vote-catching ploy during the Assembly polls and is now threatening farmers that it will use police force if they continue to draw water from canals,” Mr. Rabari said, asking the State authorities to give accounts to the people of Gujarat.However, Gujarat’s Chief Secretary J.N. Singh told the media that the State government would ensure that there was no drinking water crisis during summer.Earlier, Congress leader and member of the Rajya Sabha, Ahmed Patel, wrote to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressing concerns over the next season’s crops in the absence of water from Narmada.last_img read more

Police break Hardik’s plan to stage hunger strike

first_imgHardik Patel, leader of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and more than 100 of his supporters were detained here and in other parts of Gujarat on Sunday before he could go on a hunger strike. Mr. Patel had announced a day-long fast in protest against the denial of permission to hold a rally on August 25 to mark the third anniversary of the Patidar agitation for reservation. The police detained him while he and his supporters were on their way to Nikol for the protest.The police said Mr. Patel did not have the permission for the protest. The Ahmedabad municipal corporation had cancelled it. He then said he would fast inside a parked car.Following Mr. Patel’s detention, PAAS supporters blocked roads in Surat, Rajkot and other parts of Gujarat, demanding the release of their leader.“We have assured the authorities that the protest will not affect law and order and will be observed on Gandhian principles of non-violence. But they seem to be helpless in allowing permission even for a peaceful protest,” Mr. Patel said. “Everyone has a right to agitate in a constitutional way but in Gujarat, the BJP government prevents us from mobilising or agitating. We are deprived of our rights by the BJP government but we will not sit quietly; we will fight and win,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Podcast: A recipe for an Earth-like planet, ‘bearded’ female lizards, and more

first_imgWhat does it take to make an Earth-like planet? What advantages do “bearded” female lizards have over their nonbearded counterparts? And what do bears, ants, and plants have in common? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, Vanessa Ezenwa discusses the complex relationship between parasitic infections and tuberculosis in African buffalo and what it can tell us about human health.last_img

Castro rues poor transition D, not his cold shooting, in loss to Globalport

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo And these attempts were point blank floaters and layups that Castro, who finished with 15 points, usually makes.“Everybody has off nights but I think our mistake was our transition defense because once they get the ball we let them start running,” said Castro in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThere were also some calls—or lack thereof—that seemed questionable for TNT but Casto would not comment on the officiating in the loss.“We can’t do anything about it, that was what the referees called so we just have to focus on the game next time around,” said Castro. 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 LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Gavina blows his top after yet another Kia loss: ‘I’m tired of this’center_img The KaTropa failed to stretch their winning streak to three with the loss as they dropped to 4-3. MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—–TNT point guard Jayson Castro had the coldest hands inside Ynares Sports Center in the KaTropa’s loss 119-112 loss to Globalport in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Castro went on a decent 5-of-12 clip from the field but missed multiple crucial shots in the fourth quarter when the KaTropa attempted to come back against the Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ohio State Running Back Has Priceless Reaction To His First Fishing Outing

first_imgA closeup of an ohio state football helmet.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A detail of an Ohio State Buckeyes helmet during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)Ohio State running back Demario McCall has certainly been enjoying his summer it would seem. While plenty of his teammates and classmates are heading to the beach, McCall decided to try his hand at fishing.A new video from running backs coach Tony Alford shows McCall on his first-ever fishing trip, and he even managed to catch a decent-sized fish.But despite being built like a football player, McCall couldn’t resist letting out a few yelps at the idea of putting his hands on his latest catch.He complains several times about touching it before Alford convinces him to put his thumb in the fish’s mouth: Priceless!! @DemarioMccall went fishing for the 1st time. “It’s gonna bite me!!” @ToteNation pic.twitter.com/xKK1C5eLbu— Coach Tony Alford (@CoachTonyAlford) July 14, 2019McCall has been used only sparingly in his first three years at Ohio State.In 16 games played he has rushed 71 times for 431 yards and four touchdowns. Nearly half of that production came in two games against Rutgers in 2016 and 2017.He has also been deployed on kickoff and punt return duties.Though he may have been buried on the Ohio State depth chart, next season could see even more opportunities for McCall to show the Buckeyes what he’s made of.Enjoy the summer!last_img read more

South Africa Looking to Increase Exchanges in Arts and Culture

first_imgSouth Africa, which has long been a friend of Jamaica, is looking to further collaborations with the island under the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture.The agreement, which dates back to 2009, is aimed at encouraging co-operation, as well as facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experience and achievements between both countries in the fields of arts and culture.It covers cultural exchanges, in which artistic people and/or groups including theatre groups, visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians, writers and journalists will participate in festivals, fairs and other events staged in each country, and the swap of cultural professionals across institutions.“We have facilitated discussions and have started talking about further collaborations. So that’s very exciting,” says South Africa’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Mathu Joyini.She notes that already, under the agreement, a number of Jamaican artistes have gone to South Africa to perform, and Jamaican cuisine has been exposed and highlighted in the African country.In addition, she informs, Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile has visited the island, while Minister of Higher Education and Training, Hon. Dr. Bonginkosi Nzimande, led a high level delegation to Jamaica on a four-day visit in November 2012.Last year, principals from the universities of Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand attended the Commonwealth University Conference at the University of West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, and the High Commission is organising a reciprocal visit from educators from the UWI and the University of Technology (UTech).High Commissioner Joyini tells JIS News that her country’s Government is also looking to take the collaboration beyond arts and culture and into other areas such as sports.“The one thing that Jamaica does particularly well is sports from the school level. It is something that we can learn,” she states.Jamaica and South Africa established diplomatic relations in 1994, following the election of a representative majority government in post-apartheid country. The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria was opened in late 2006.Since the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in 1994, Jamaica and South Africa have deepened their relations.There is an active Jamaica -South Africa Friendship Association (JASAFA), and Jamaica observes the annual United Nation’s Nelson Mandela International Day, which is dedicated to furthering tolerance, peace and reconciliation.Mr. Mandela visited Jamaica in 1991 as head of the African National Congress (ANC), and in 2003, President Thabo Mbeki, became the first South African Head of State to visit Jamaica. The ANC was has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa since 1994.The current President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, was a guest of Jamaica during the Golden Jubilee celebrations on August 6, 2012.“I think the visibility of Jamaica has gone further since the visit of the South African President and some of the work that we have been doing. Jamaica has become quite visible in South Africa so all of that has been quite significant in moving forward the relations between the two countries,” Mrs. Joyini said.Jamaica was instrumental in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and was one of the first nations in 1957, together with India, to declare a trade embargo against apartheid South Africa.Successive prime ministers of Jamaica were persistent in stating that apartheid South Africa represented a threat to international peace and have fought alongside the ANC for the liberation of the South African people.Jamaica hosted the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid in May of 1979, where an important declaration calling for new strategies to eliminate apartheid in Southern Africa, including mandatory sanctions against the apartheid regime was adopted.The Right Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey has been an inspiration to the African continent, and had an influence on the founding fathers of the ANC, amongst them, Sol Plaatjie.For his role in the liberation of the people of South Africa, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson was presented with the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo, on South Africa’s Freedom Day, April 27. The Order, named after the late Oliver Tambo, who was the ANC’s president-in-exile for many years, is one of the country’s highest honours.Late former Prime Minister, Michael Manley, was posthumously recognised with the Order in 2004, for his contribution to the fight against apartheid.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Get Immunized

first_imgWhat if I told you that in the coming weeks, a member of your family could become seriously ill and have to be hospitalized? Would you take a simple, easy step to prevent that from happening? Would you get vaccinated against H1N1? Despite what you may hear on the streets, H1N1 is still here, and we expect to see more in the coming weeks and months. In Nova Scotia, there have been 205 hospitalizations due to H1N1 so far this flu season, 720 lab-confirmed cases and five deaths. That’s why you need to get vaccinated. While there are groups at higher risk of severe disease from H1N1, everyone is at some risk. We are seeing otherwise healthy people come down with severe and debilitating illness from H1N1, and some have died. The H1N1 vaccine is safe, effective and the best way to prevent the spread of the H1N1 infection. And now that the vaccine is available to all Nova Scotians, the only sure way you can reduce the impact of H1N1 here at home, is by getting immunized. With the holiday season fast approaching, with exams almost here for university students, and with more people booked to travel over the next few weeks, there are many other reasons for people to want to stay healthy. Getting sick may also cause a financial burden for some. Taking time off work may mean unpaid sick leave. Employers across the province have been watching H1N1 carefully and the recommendation for those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms is to stay home until they are well. Most people can’t afford to take a week off work unpaid – it’s like spending your vacation in bed. So if you don’t want to spend your holiday in bed; if you don’t want to miss your exam; or if you can’t afford to get H1N1 – get immunized. The benefits of immunization will be felt not only by you, but also your family and your community. There are some people in our communities, including very young babies, frail elderly, cancer patients on chemotherapy, and those with immunodeficiency, who cannot be immunized because the vaccine does not work well for them. We can help protect these vulnerable people by having high rates of immunization across our province. High immunization rates will help prevent the spread of the illness, in addition to helping protect our health care system. This will ensure that care will be available when it is really needed, either for H1N1 or any other illness. Perhaps you’re one of the many Nova Scotians who have already experienced flu-like symptoms. After all, you’ve heard that the H1N1 virus is the only flu strain circulating in the province. So naturally, that’s what you must have had. Wrong. Just because you’ve been ill with flu-like symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean it was H1N1. Unless you’ve had a lab-confirmed case of the virus, you should get vaccinated. At the end of the day, opting to not get vaccinated means taking a gamble. It’s a gamble with your health, and the health of all those around you in your home, your workplace and your community. You have the power to make a difference and improve the health of all Nova Scotians. The time to act is now. Get vaccinated and ask those around you to do the same. -30-last_img read more

Intervention dans le cadre de la pandémie de grippe H1N1

first_imgAlors que nous pensons à l’année 2010 et au travail qui doit encore être fait dans le cadre de la pandémie de grippe H1N1, j’aimerais prendre un moment pour remercier les nombreuses personnes qui ont assuré le succès de l’intervention de la Nouvelle-Écosse dans la situation de grippe pandémique H1N1 jusqu’à présent. Tout d’abord, j’aimerais remercier les Néo-Écossais pour leur soutien et leur compréhension alors que nous continuer de gérer la pandémie de grippe H1N1. J’aimerais également remercier tous les Néo-Écossais qui ont choisi de se faire vacciner et de faire leur part pour maintenir leur bonne santé ainsi que celle de leur famille et de leur communauté. Les gens de cette province sont reconnus pour leur nature chaleureuse et pour leur capacité de s’aider les uns les autres pendant des périodes difficiles. Ces derniers mois ne font certainement pas exception. Des milliers d’entre vous avez reçu le vaccin et bon nombre ont adopté de simples mesures préventives pour rester en bonne santé. Vous avez pris soin des membres de votre famille et de vos amis qui ont été malades et vous avez aidé vos voisins. J’aimerais également remercier le personnel de la santé publique, les autres travailleurs de la santé ainsi que les bénévoles. Vous avez tous fait un excellent travail dans la prévention des maladies et la prestation de soins. Il s’agit de personnes dévouées qui ont travaillé sans relâche dans une situation qui est en évolution constante. Malgré le fait que le travail effectué dans le cadre de la pandémie de grippe H1N1, en plus du travail quotidien, a empêché ces personnes d’être avec leur famille et leurs amis, elles demeurent entièrement dévouées et au service des Néo-Écossais. Merci aux équipes responsables des communications à l’échelle du gouvernement, aux médias et aux autres organismes tels que les gouvernements municipaux et les entreprises, pour le rôle que vous avez joué en transmettant des renseignements clairs, uniformes et factuels au grand public. Merci également aux employeurs de la province qui ont fait preuve de flexibilité relativement aux heures de travail en permettant aux employés de se faire vacciner. Le fait d’accorder aux employés le temps de se faire vacciner permet d’assurer leur bonne santé et de réduire le nombre de congés de maladie. À tous les employeurs qui ont organisé des cliniques de vaccination, merci pour vos efforts proactifs visant à assurer un environnement de travail sain. Les renseignements les plus récents démontrent que plus de 50 pour cent des Néo-Écossais ont déjà été vaccinés. Bien que nous soyons satisfaits du nombre de personnes qui ont pris le temps de se faire vacciner, il est important de noter que la pandémie n’est pas encore terminée. Nos efforts se poursuivront au cours de la nouvelle année afin de prévenir une autre vague possible d’activité grippale H1N1. J’encourage fortement ceux qui n’ont pas encore été vaccinés à le faire pendant ou après la période des fêtes. N’oubliez pas que le vaccin est offert dans la plupart des cabinets de médecins à l’échelle de la province, en plus des cliniques publiques et des cliniques organisées par les employeurs. C’est un privilège pour moi d’être au service des gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et je suis heureux de pouvoir continuer de diriger l’intervention au cours de la nouvelle année. Je vous souhaite un très joyeux Noël ainsi que santé et bonheur pour la nouvelle année. Pour écouter le message des fêtes du Dr Strang, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1/fr. -30-last_img read more

Province Supports Organizations Providing Accessible Transportation

first_imgMore Nova Scotians will have easier access to safe, affordable and accessible transportation in their communities, with provincial support announced today, Aug. 28. Through the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program, the province is investing more than $270,000 in rural transit organizations to buy accessible vehicles. “Access to transportation is a necessity for people who are going to work or school, getting groceries, participating in community activities, or visiting the doctor,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.”This year’s funding will help seven Nova Scotia community organizations purchase new minivans and minibuses.” The program provides up to 50 per cent of the total capital cost, to a maximum of $50,000 for new vehicles or $10,000 for used vehicles. Danny MacGillivray, operations supervisor, Central Highlands Association of the Disabled (CHAD) of Pictou, said the $50,000 grant will be used to buy a new 18-passenger wheelchair-accessible bus. “This grant, along with local fundraising activities, will help CHAD Transit continue to serve the residents of Pictou County in a safe, reliable and efficient manner,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “CHAD Transit continues to help those in our community who need assistance the most and, in the process, allow them to lead happier and healthier lives.”last_img read more

Maoists strike on polleve kill poll official torch vehicles in Odisha

first_imgPhulbani (Odisha): The Maoists struck on the eve of second phase election in Odisha, gunning down a woman poll official and setting ablaze two poll vehicles and a motorbike on way to booths on Wednesday, police said.Both the incidents occurred at separate places of Maoist affected Kandhamal district where the red rebels have asked the people to boycott the elections. Following the incidents, the police have set up a Command Centre here for smooth conduct of voting on Thursday. The ultras gunned down the officer when she was taking a team of poll personnel to a booth, police said. Sector Officer Sanjukta Digal was shot dead when she got down from the vehicle to check a suspicious object lying on the road while passing through a jungle near Balandapada village under Gochhapada police station limits, DGP B K Sharma said. Other four polling personnel were in the vehicle and they were unhurt. There were also reports of an explosion at the spot but the police are yet to confirm it. The incident occurred in Phulbani assembly segment under Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat where polling is scheduled to begin at 7 am on Thursday. “The Maoists fired and a bullet hit her on the head killing her on the spot,” DGP B K Sharma said. A Police Command Centre has started opertating at the district headquarter of Phulbai and a comprehensive plan has been put in place, he said.last_img read more

At Geneva conference Ban calls for global partnership to prevent violent extremism

While it may be inevitable to draw on examples, such as Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL] or Boko Haram, “the phenomenon of violent extremism conducive to terrorism is not rooted or confined to any religion, region, nationality or ethnic group,” the Secretary-General told the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward, co-hosted by the Government of Switzerland and the UN. Mr. Ban stressed: “Let us also recognize that today, the vast majority of victims worldwide are Muslims.”Violent extremists seek to divide communities and the goal is to let fear rule, he said. “Let this conference – and our unity today – be the ultimate rebuke to that bankrupt strategy.”Violent extremists pose a direct threat to the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They undermine collective global efforts to maintain peace and security, foster sustainable development, promote the respect for human rights and deliver much needed humanitarian aid, said the UN chief.Violent extremism is clearly a transnational threat that requires urgent international cooperation, Mr. Ban said, explaining that his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism puts forward a comprehensive and balanced approach for concerted action at the global, regional and national levels.The Plan was first submitted to the General Assembly on 15 January. Then, on 12 February, the 193-nation body adopted a resolution that welcome Mr. Ban’s initiative, pledging to give further consideration to the Plan, including in the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy review in June 2016, as well as in other relevant forums.Mr. Ban expressed hope that today’s discussions will galvanize unity for a strong consensus outcome in the Assembly in June.The Geneva Conference, which opened yesterday, aims to provide an opportunity for the international community to share experiences and good practices in addressing the drivers of violent extremism and to build support for the Plan of Action. The first day was dedicated to a meeting of senior experts on key issues related to the prevention of violent extremism.Five points of Plan of Action to Prevent Violent ExtremismThe action plan is based on five interrelated points, Mr. Ban said, namely prevention, national ownership, international cooperation, UN support and united action.Security and military responses sometimes have proven to be counter-productive, and there is a need to address the drivers of violent extremism, he noted.“There is no single pathway, and no complex algorithm that can unlock the secrets of who turns to violent extremism,” he stated. “But we know that violent extremism flourishes when aspirations for inclusion are frustrated, marginalized groups linger on the sidelines of societies, political space shrinks, human rights are abused and when too many people – especially young people – lack prospects and meaning in their lives.” The Plan emphasizes conflict prevention, conflict resolution and political solutions, and urges full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as that will address many of the socio-economic drivers of violent extremism.The Plan offers a menu of recommendations for Member States to forge their own national action plans, which should use an “all-of-Government” approach and engage “all-of-society” to be effective. No country or region alone can address the threat of violent extremism, he said, stressing the need for a dynamic, coherent and multi-dimensional response from the entire international community.He pledged to leverage the universal membership and the convening power of the UN to further strengthen international cooperation at the national, regional and global levels, noting that he plans to create a UN system-wide high-level action group to spearhead the implementation of the Plan at both the Headquarters and field levels.“We will not be successful unless we can harness the idealism, creativity and energy of 1.8 billion young people around the world,” he said, calling for a global partnership to prevent violent extremism. “I have no doubt that we will succeed if we are united in action,” he concluded. read more

Combating scourge of sexual abuse allegations remains key UN priority as 54

The allegations have not all been verified and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.They involve 66 victims, including 13 girls under the age of 18, and 16 victims whose age remains unknown.Farhan Haq, UN Deputy Spokesperson, provided journalists with an update on cases.Overall, he said that 54 allegations had been reported between 1 January and 31 March 2018.Fourteen cases related to on-going peacekeeping operations; 18 from UN agencies, funds and programmes; while 21 relate to implementing partners, and one to a member of a non-UN international force.Two of the allegations have been substantiated by an investigation, while two were not substantiated.Mr. Haq said that with over 95,000 civilians and 90,000 uniformed personnel working for the UN, sexual exploitation and abuse are not reflective of the conduct of the majority of those who serve the organization.“But every allegation involving our personnel undermines our values and principles and the sacrifice of those who serve with pride and professionalism in some of the most dangerous places in the world,” he told journalists at UN Headquarters.“For this reason, combating this scourge, and helping and empowering those who have been scarred by these egregious acts, continue to be key priorities for the Secretary-General in 2018.”UN chief António Guterres has committed to a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual exploitation and abuse.His initiatives to prevent and respond to the issue include appointing a Victims’ Rights Advocate and establishing a Circle of Leadership consisting of Heads of State or Government who have agreed to hold perpetrators to account. read more

AUSTRIA HC Alpla Hard for third Championship title in a row

Austrian champions HC Alpla Hard will try to win the third consecutive title after placement in the Play-Off Final. Team from Hard finished semi-final series against Krems by two victories – 26:23 at home and away triumph 28:27.They are now waiting for the rival at the final. That will be better team from clash between Raiffeisen Fivers WAT Margaretenand SG INSIGNIS Handball. The first match is won by Fiver 28:22. Alpla HardAustria ← Previous Story WORLD BEST LINE PLAYER 2014? Next Story → Vladan Matic leads Tatabanya in the next two seasons!

FC Barcelona Lassa show IHF Super Globe trophy at Camp Nou

Players and coaching staff of FC Barcelona Lassa had a big honour to get standing ovations at famous Camp Nou stadium last night. Xavi Pascual and his boys won the first big trophy in the season – IHF Super Globe, which was taken by team’s captain Victor Tomas, who led his team to the football pitch where a lot of fans showed respect to the handball section of the legendary Spanish team…Take a look…FC Barcelona Lassa win IHF Super Globe 2017 ← Previous Story Goodbye brothers Ivancsik! Next Story → FA Goppingen sign Tomas Urban Camp NouFC Barcelona Lassa Handball

Antarctique la souveraineté de lAustralie menacée

first_imgAntarctique : la souveraineté de l’Australie menacéeAlors que le sud de l’Antarctique est de plus en plus convoité par les groupes miniers et énergétiques, l’Australie pourrait perdre ses droits de souveraineté sur la région, qui concernent aujourd’hui 42% du continent le plus méridional de la Terre. Une mise en garde émanent de l’institut australien Lowy.Face à l’intérêt des grands groupes miniers et énergétiques pour le sud de l’Antarctique, l’institut Lowy s’inquiète de la capacité de l’Australie à conserver ses droits de souveraineté, qui concernent 42% du continent. “L’Australie a une présence limitée en Antarctique, et se positionne plus d’un point de vue environnemental et scientifique qu’en termes de sécurité nationale”, souligne en effet l’institut, dont les craintes sont rapportées par l’AFP. “La question de sa capacité à préserver sa souveraineté sur le territoire” se pose alors, alerte-t-il.Pour l’heure, un accord mondial protège l’Antarctique de toute exploitation des minerais et énergies qu’il recèle. Mais en 2048, le Traité sur l’Antarctique entré en vigueur le 23 juin 1961 devra être reconduit, et certains Etats pourraient en profiter pour se désengager, souligne Lowy. Charbon, manganèse, fer, uranium, et bien sûr des réserves de pétrole comptant parmi les plus importantes du monde : l’Antarctique suscite des convoitises qui pourraient menacer la souveraineté de l’Australie. Le pays possède les plus grands droits sur le continent recouvert de glace. Et seuls six autres Etats ont des droits terrestres sur l’Antarctique : le Royaume-Uni, la Nouvelle-Zélande, la France, la Norvège, l’Argentine et le Chili.Le 9 août 2011 à 18:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pollution les particules fines ont fait chuter les températures aux EtatsUnis

first_imgPollution : les particules fines ont fait chuter les températures aux Etats-UnisLa pollution de l’air par les particules fines aurait eu pour effet de ralentir le réchauffement des températures dans l’Est des Etats-Unis. C’est ce qu’affirment des climatologues de Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) dans une récente étude.Si les gaz à effet de serre tels que le dioxyde de carbone et le méthane contribuent au réchauffement de la planète, les particules fines rejetées dans l’air peuvent avoir un effet inverse, à une échelle régionale du moins. Cette découverte a été réalisée par des chercheurs de la Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) et rapportée par le site Science Daily.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les climatologues ont en effet constaté que la pollution particulaire avait permis de ralentir le réchauffement sur l’Est des États-Unis à la fin du XXe siècle. Dans cette région, la température moyenne aurait ainsi chuté de un degré entre 1930 et 1990. “Nous avons montré que la pollution particulaire sur l’est des États-Unis a retardé le réchauffement que nous nous attendions à observer en raison de l’augmentation des gaz à effet de serre”, explique l’un des auteurs de l’étude, Eric Leibensperger.Le principal moteur de ce phénomène est la pollution par les aérosols, qui reflètent la lumière du soleil et engendrent donc un refroidissement à la surface de la Terre. Le chercheur rappelle toutefois que les particules fines sont dangereuses pour la santé humaine et insiste sur la nécessité de les réduire. En outre, le retard du réchauffement des températures constaté dans cette région des Etats-Unis a déjà été en grande partie rattrapé, affirme-t-il.”Personne ne suggère que nous devrions cesser d’améliorer la qualité de l’air, mais il est important de comprendre les conséquences. Purifier l’air pourrait conduire à un réchauffement régional”, conclut Eric Leibensperger.Le 2 mai 2012 à 20:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Guidance on Prevailing Wage Rate Rule to Benefit Redevelopment at Ft Monmouth

first_imgRecent guidance from New Jersey’s attorney general’s office concluding that the state’s prevailing wage rate rules do not universally apply to new construction at Fort Monmouth should help the LRA reach sales and redevelopment agreements with developers for a variety of projects at the former post. Prevailing wage requirements will apply only if a project includes public work or if the developer receives financial assistance from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) or any state entity, reported Word on the Shore.“The updated language reflects how FMERA now reviews contracts and projects on a case-by-case basis to determine the applicability of prevailing wage requirements in each case,” said Rachel Goemaat, spokesperson for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which oversees FMERA.The clarification should help get several projects moving, according to the story.“That language has been amended and I know that’s a positive move for our efforts to get qualified bidders and very competitive bidders,” Eatontown Administrator George Jackson said at a recent council meeting.Earlier this year Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly said developers are finding it too difficult to turn a profit if they need to comply with both the prevailing wage requirement and the 20-percent, low-income set aside for residential construction. Connelly said several projects, including the Tinton Falls and Eatontown town centers, could be harmed by the prevailing wage rule. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more