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Sherbrooke Village Closed

first_imgDue to anticipated poor weather conditions because of Hurricane Bill, and with the safety of staff and the public in mind, Sherbrooke Village will be closed Sunday Aug. 23. It is expected the village will reopen at 9:30 a.m., Monday Aug. 24, weather permitting. The St. Mary’s Chowder Festival, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 30. -30-last_img

Team Nova Scotia Surpasses Previous Medal Record

first_imgAs the 2013 Canada Summer Games officially come to a close in Sherbrooke, Que., Team Nova Scotia has many reasons to celebrate, including surpassing its previous medal record and bringing home more than 50 medals. Premier Darrell Dexter, today, Aug.17, congratulated Team Nova Scotia athletes on their record-breaking performance at the games and thanked coaches, managers and mission staff for their support and commitment to the athletes. “I am unbelievably proud of Team Nova Scotia and everything they have accomplished at these games,” said Premier Dexter. “Our athletes had a great games experience, surpassing their previous record and bringing home 56 medals. It’s been an exciting two weeks for our athletes, as well as for their families and fans, culminating in a strong finish against some great competitors. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, congratulations, Team Nova Scotia. You’ve done a great job and had a record-breaking games. I hope you take some time to enjoy this moment.” Highlights of the 2013 Canada Summer Games include 10 medals in swimming, with five of those won by Pictou’s Timothy Ferris in the Special Olympics Category. The province’s paddlers built on the momentum from week-one athletes, with all members of the team receiving medals at the games. Team Nova Scotia also won medals in athletics, rowing and mountain biking. For a full list of medals and results, visit . “Team Nova Scotia has had a great competition,” said Chef de Mission Lynda Shoveller. “Not only did they make it to the medal podium, they broke our previous medal record, achieved personal bests, and made new friends and lasting memories. I couldn’t be more proud of what this team has accomplished.” Team Nova Scotia athletes achieved 16 gold, 18 silver, and 22 bronze medals, moving the province into a fifth place overall finish. The Canada Summer Games took place in Sherbrooke, Que., Aug. 2-17. The games featured more than 4,000 athletes competing in 20 sports in 20 venues. Team Nova Scotia also takes home the prestigious Jack Pelech Award, which is presented at the end of the games to the province or territory that best combines competitive performance, sportsmanship, cooperation, and friendship. The province has received the award twice before, in 1987 and in 2011. Team Nova Scotia’s contingent consisted of more than 400 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff. The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. They are key in developing Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. The 2015 Canada Winter Games will take place in Prince George, B.C., from Feb. 13 to March 1. For more information, visit .last_img read more

Moosehunting Licence Application Period Begins

first_imgNova Scotian hunters have until midnight, May 31, to apply for a coveted moose hunting licence. Applications can be sent by phone, online or mail. The draw will take place at 11 a.m., June 25 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and winners will be notified by mail. The draw is also broadcast on the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters website at . “Moose hunting is very popular in Cape Breton and a boost for the local economy,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “The moose draw is an important part of our strategy to manage the herd and it gives every applicant a fair chance to win.” Moose hunting is only available in Victoria and Inverness counties, and for seven one-week moose hunting seasons between Sept. 29 and Nov. 8. A special three-day season in part of Inverness County, is scheduled Dec. 9-11. Moose hunting is not allowed on Sundays. To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of Nova Scotia, have a valid Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources Card and be at least 18 years old. Hunters who held a moose hunting licence between 2009 and 2013 cannot apply for a licence this year. Hunters can apply online at by following the Hunting key topic. Hunters can also call 1-900-565-3337 from a landline and the application fee will automatically be added to their phone bill. The phone option does not work with cellphones and it cannot be billed to a different phone number. It costs $7.83 (plus HST) to apply for a licence online or by phone. Applications can also be paid by cheque and submitted by mail, using a form from the Natural Resources website. It costs $11.35 (plus HST) to apply by mail. Cheques should be made payable to HMC Communications Inc. Each licence is valid for one season and in one geographic zone. Hunters must pick their season and zone when they apply. Detailed information about the seasons, the five hunting zones and restrictions on the use of vehicles, is explained on the website. In 2013, there were 10,827 applications for 345 licences.last_img read more

DubaiBased Jetex to Open First FBOs in Morocco

Taroudant – Jetex Flight Support, a trip planning and aircraft handling company, announced it has secured a tender from the Moroccan National Airports Authority (ONDA), and will launch five new Fixed Base Operator (FBO) facilities in the country.The Dubai-based Jetex has already begun private jet ground support at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, Marrakech Menara, and Rabat-Salé airports.The company was named as the exclusive ground services provider for the Agadir-Al Massira and Dakhla airports. “By partnering with Jetex, ONDA marks a new strategic step in the development of business aviation activity across Morocco’s airports,” said Zouhair Mohammad El Aoufir, ONDA’s CEO.“Jetex is a global player in the industry, and these new FBO installations will undeniably bring a significant improvement in hosting and handling passengers across business aviation,” he added.Adel Mardini, CEO and President of Jetex, said that the company is proud to partner with ONDA in order to revolutionize “Morocco’s business aviation industry with its first FBO facility”.“We aim to provide world-class bespoke luxury services and create a memorable travel experience for our valued guests while offering new business aviation routes to meet the needs of this rapidly growing market,” he said.Mardini told AIN ahead of the show that Morocco is very important for his company, “first of all because it’s a stable country, a destination for private jets, and it has the highest number of flight movements in North Africa.” read more

Iraq needs strategies to improve prospects for youth – UN envoy

17 July 2011The top United Nations envoy for Iraq has called on the country’s authorities to develop a vision as well as strategies to improve the economic and social prospects for its young people, noting that a number of youth development indicators in a new report are of concern. The Youth Status Analytical Report found high illiteracy and unemployment rates among the country’s youth. Enrolment in secondary education is 21 per cent, while unemployment among youth between the ages of 15 and 29 is over 57 per cent. In addition to education and employment, the report analyzes the needs of youth in the areas of health and disabilities, access to media and technology, sports, security, political and civil society participation, and poverty. “Youth have legitimate concerns about employment opportunities, delivery of basic services and accountability,” Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, said as the report was launched at a conference held yesterday in Baghdad. Mr. Melkert, who is head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), called on Iraqi decision-makers “to listen to the needs of young people and respond to their legitimate demands and expectations.” Stating that the report provides the Government with a “key planning tool,” he recommended three measures to help decision-makers move forward. The first is agreement on an “Agenda for the Future” with policy targets and timelines that will improve the economic and social prospects for young people.The second is the establishment of a widely representative “Youth Dialogue Platform” with participants between 18 and 25 years of age for regular consultation with the Government and the Council of Representatives, or parliament. In addition, he recommended that a “Jobs for Youth” programme be initiated that will on a month-by-month basis increase the number of young people provided with jobs, training or self-employment opportunities. “Now it the time to bring civil society and the United Nations together within a coordinated platform to reach consensus on how the future of Iraq should look like through its youth,” said Mr. Melkert. The report was compiled by the Baghdad and Al- Rafidain Universities in conjunction with the Ministry of Planning, with the assistance of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). read more

Sri Lanka places great importance on One Belt One Road initiative

The event was the fourth gathering of governors, journalists, scholars, businessmen, and citizens from Tianjin and beyond. The highlight of the afternoon was the ambassador’s speech, during which he introduced Sri Lanka as a pearl and fast becoming a hub in the Indian Ocean. More than 20 officials from Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Agriculture visited an internet technology service provider in Beijing last Thursday, to gain better knowledge of mobile apps and easily accessible website-making software.Sri Lanka has already collaborated with China in many ways, including education, infrastructure construction, import and export. In 2016, Sri Lanka expects 320,000 Chinese tourist arrivals, which is 1.5 times that of 2015. (Colombo Gazette) Karunasena Kodituwakku, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to China, made the remarks at a Dialogue in Tianjin and encouraged Chinese investment, especially in new technology, China Daily reported. He said that Sri Lanka would be open to all kinds of investment from China, but investment in new technology was most welcomed. “Youth today are more tempted to be engaged in new tech,” he said.Chen Weiming, vice chairman of the Tianjin Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, noted “We have built a formal platform between the two countries and offered our various sources to eliminate the risks of foreign investments.” Zhang Bin, founder and inheritor of Jade Zhang, a traditional Tianjin brand selling jade and jewelry, said, “It was such an endurance to deal with the officials directly. The tax preferential policy sounds attractive and I hope they could be more open to small business.”With 30 years’ experience in the jade trade, Zhang noted that the jade market in North China is very large and suggested, “Sri Lanka should bring more jade fairs to the North China.”The ambassador also said that Sri Lanka places great importance on the “One Belt One Road” initiative, such as the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, a great opportunity for cooperation between the countries. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Beijing last month, seeking more investment possibilities. Sri Lanka places great importance on China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative, a Government official said.The Government also encouraged Chinese investments, especially in new technology. read more

Partnership to stop malaria has made unprecedented gains UNICEF says

Malaria kills nearly a million African children under 5 each year, more than any other single infection, and those who survive may suffer from brain damage or paralysis, yet the disease can be prevented by protection against mosquito bites and there is effective treatment, UNICEF said as it prepared to mark Africa Malaria Day 2005 on Monday.”In Tanzania, partnership enabled the introduction of new technology to Africa for the local manufacture of the most advanced, long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Production, which began in 2004, will hit 7 million nets by the end of 2005,” it said.The campaign last December in Togo ensured that 98 per cent of households with children under 5 now owned at least one treated net, with the overall percentage of households covered rising to 62 per cent from just 6 per cent, it said.In some African countries, UNICEF said, local people have launched agricultural projects, with the support of partners, to produce the raw materials needed to make the most effective anti-malarial medicines available, the artemisinin-based combination therapies.”These projects could yield an estimated 35 million or more additional doses of these medicines by the end of 2005,” it said.In China, Europe and the United Sates, pharmaceutical companies have also been increasing production of the medicines, it said.UNICEF said African Malaria Day would be observed around the world, but it drew particular attention to celebrations scheduled to take place in Lusaka, Zambia, Brussels, Belgium, and Washington, D.C. read more

Mayors on frontline of battle against climate change – UN

“We have seen that many countries’ mayors have taken the lead in taking practical steps towards containing greenhouse gas emission in urban scenarios,” Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), told reporters at UN Headquarters on the last day of a meeting that focused on sustainable urbanization.“We hope to sign a compact between different networks…representing more than 10,000 cities around the world that have demonstrated already through everyday work how mayors are committed to [combatting] climate change,” Mr. Clos said at a press conference.The Mayors of the cities of Paris and Kingston, Jamaica, and the Vice-President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which hosted the three-day meeting, joined Mr. Clos at an afternoon press conference during which they discussed about how cities can cities can be at the forefront of new initiatives that will help people prepare for impacts of climate change and strengthen their resilience.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will be convening a climate summit in September when world leaders gather at UN Headquarters for the annual General Assembly meeting, addressed the opening session on Tuesday and applauded the innovative ways that cities are trying to meet the climate challenge.Also at the opening, Michael Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and former Mayor of New York City, said because mayors had executive powers, they did not have to wait for Government actions, which enabled cities to play a critical and innovative role in addressing global challenges.According to UN-Habitat, cities are major contributors to climate change: although they cover less than 2 per cent of the earth’s surface, cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60 per cent of all carbon dioxide and significant amounts of other greenhouse gas emissions, mainly through energy generation, vehicles, industry, and biomass use.At the same time, cities and towns are heavily vulnerable to climate change. Hundreds of millions of people in urban areas across the world will be affected by rising sea levels, increased precipitation, inland floods, more frequent and stronger cyclones and storms, and periods of more extreme heat and cold. The three-day ECOSOC meeting is part of the so-called Integration Segments designed to enhance the coherence of the three pillars of development – economic, environmental and social – in the run up to 2015 when new UN development goals will be established to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will have run their course. read more

In call with Republic of Congo President Ban cites concern over security

“[Mr. Ban] urged President Sassou N’Guesso to ensure that humanitarian and other relevant actors are granted access to the affected areas,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, which said the UN chief also called on the President to ensure that the security forces show restraint in the use of force and comply with the Republic of the Congo’s obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.Underscoring the need for political dialogue to foster national unity following the recent elections, Mr. Ban in the statement emphasized the importance of President Sassou N’Guesso’s personal engagement and reaffirmed the United Nations’ readiness to support the Government and people of the Republic of the Congo in this regard. “The Secretary-General thanked President Sassou N’Guesso for his engagement with the Central African Republic and looked forward to his continued support in the post-transition period,” the statement said. read more

Company secretary traumatised by Tunisia terror attack stole £90k from employer

first_imgBy doing so she betrayed her boss Helen Standing, who had even allowed her to live rent-free in one of her properties to help her recover from financial difficulties after her first husband died and she became caught up in a spiral of gambling debts and pay-day loans.When the thefts came to light she sent her boss a confession by text, saying: “I’m sorry, I will pay them back. I was desperate and so ashamed Helen, I had debts backing up and stole the money.”I know you have been nothing but good to me. I’m a disgrace and I have to live with this for the rest of my life.”Smith, who pleaded guilty, swayed from side to side in the dock as prosecutor Joe Allman described how an external accountant had reviewed the business accounts of the company, Helen Standing Ltd, and asked for an explanation of payments made to two payees. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A company secretary traumatised after witnessing the 2015 Tunisian terror shootings siphoned off £90,000 from her employer to pay crippling debts.Donna Louise Smith, 40, who was said in court to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after witnessing the beach attack, was given a 16-month prison sentence suspended for two years.Preston Crown Court heard that Smith, of Ashton, Lancs, stole the cash over an 18-month period, making more than 400 payments to herself from the estates management company where she had worked for 15 years. Donna Smith witnessed the Tunisian beach shootings in 2015 and is now suffering from PTSD Donna Smith witnessed the Tunisian beach shootings in 2015 and is now suffering from PTSDCredit:Ben Lack Photography Ltd After discovering Smith was paying money into her own and her husband’s accounts Miss Standing contacted the defendant for an explanation and Miss Smith responded by text, apologising and admitting the theft.In subsequent messages she said she did not want to leave her kids, but that she would go to the police station. She revealed bailiffs had attended her address with court orders.Mitigating Bob Golinski said: “It’s clearly a significant breach of trust.”The worst aspect of this is that she broke the trust of her friend, someone with whom she had a very longstanding working relationship and who had placed a significant degree of trust in her.”The background to her debt is a curious one. She does have a history of mental health difficulties since her teenage years and most recently she has been diagnosed with PTSD following her presence at the dreadful shootings in Tunisia.”She lost her first husband. She fell into gambling which led to pay day loans which led to difficulties in repaying those, and the solution she found was through her employment.”Helen Standing Ltd, which is linked to the pub trade and based at the South Preston Office Village, Bamber Bridge, did not wish to comment. A probe found they were the bank accounts of the defendant and her husband.He added: “Miss Smith was the management accountant and also the secretary and one of her daily roles was to pay bills and to manage the cash flow from one of the company accounts.”She had known Miss Standing for many years as she first came to work for her on a youth training scheme.”On February 7, 2011, she moved into a property which Miss Standing owned with her husband Neil.”In 2013 Miss Standing attended her wedding and she was aware Miss Smith had financial difficulties. To help her out of those she allowed her to live in the property the majority of the time without paying any rent.”last_img read more

Chasse à la baleine à la recherche dun compromis

first_imgChasse à la baleine : à la recherche d’un compromisMaroc – Hier s’est ouverte à Agadir la 62e session de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI). Elle devra négocier avec les pays chasseurs, concernant notamment des quotas plus stricts contre une reconnaissance officielle de la pêche commerciale.Pour reprendre la main et obtenir un véritable contrôle des activités de chasse, et donc des stocks de grands cétacés (but affiché lors de sa création en 1946), la commission devrait proposer à la Norvège, à l’Islande et au Japon des quotas officiels qui réduiraient le nombre de leurs prises. Problème : cela reviendrait également à reconnaître officiellement les activités de chasse de ces trois pays “dissidents”.À lire aussiRoi de l’imitation, cet oiseau-lyre peut reproduire le son d’un pistolet-laserLes deux premiers avaient dénoncé le moratoire interdisant toute capture en 1986, pour continuer à se livrer à la chasse commerciale que le Japon, lui, pratique sous couvert de “suivi scientifique”. Le compromis pourrait permettre un apaisement propice à une meilleure gestion au sein des quatre-vingt-huit membres de l’organisme, mais rien n’est encore fait : les Japonais boudent les quotas proposés qu’ils jugent trop faibles, tandis que les protecteurs les plus farouches comme les Australiens craignent une reprise des prélèvements par d’autres pays, et prônent un respect strict des sanctuaires polaires déjà définis. Au nombre des délégations décidées à faire avancer les choses, celle de Nouvelle-Zélande se dit elle-même assez pessimiste, même si le Japon – maintes fois accusé jusqu’ici de soudoyer les pays pauvres pour les gagner à sa cause – semble aujourd’hui moins inflexible. Le 22 juin 2010 à 10:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Italie les archéologues mènent lenquête sur un meurtre datant de lAntiquité

first_imgItalie : les archéologues mènent l’enquête sur un meurtre datant de l’Antiquité Trois squelettes sauvagement mutilés ont été retrouvés lors de l’excavation d’un antique fossé romain dans la région Est de Modène. Selon les archéologues en charge de l’investigation, le meurtre remonterait à plus de 2000 ans.Il n’est jamais trop tard pour mener une investigation. Des archéologues de la région d’Emilie-Romagne en Italie, enquêtent ainsi en ce moment même sur un homicide vieux de plus de 2000 ans. Les squelettes des victimes, deux adultes et un enfant ont été retrouvés à l’est de la ville de Modène lors de l’excavation d’un fossé romain datant de l’antiquité. Selon la Surintendance pour le Patrimoine Archéologique en charge des travaux, cette macabre découverte pourrait requérir prochainement l’intervention de la police scientifique afin d’approfondir les analyses sur les restes retrouvés. Les observations menées par les archéologues de la Surintendance révèlent d’importantes mutilations effectuées sur les corps des victimes. Le squelette le plus vieux, un individu d’environ 30 ans est dépourvu de tout les os du bas y compris bassin et a les poignets liés derrière le dos. Le jeune, présente quant à lui des coupures profondes sur les os des jambes et son buste est absent. Pour l’heure, il est néanmoins impossible de savoir si les mutilations révélées sur le corps des victimes ont provoqué leur mort. “L’absence de réactions inflammatoires dans les parties conservées indique que le démembrement a été fait au moment du décès ou immédiatement après”, souligne au National Geographic l’anthropologue Milani Vania en charge de l’étude des restes.  La théorie de la sépulture a été exclue  Selon les experts, les corps auraient été jetés dans la fosse puis recouverts de briques et de fragments d’amphores pour les cacher. “L’hypothèse selon laquelle il s’agit d’un horrible assassinat est clairement plausible”, explique Gianfranco Purpura, professeur de droit romain à l’Université de Palerme. “Entre outre, les restes retrouvés à proximité de la ville, le long de la voie publique, laissent à penser qu’il s’agit d’un acte effectué sous l’emprise de troubles sévères et incontrôlés”, ajoute le spécialiste. À lire aussiOstéoporose : traitement, symptômes, causes, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les scientifiques ont d’ores et déjà exclu la théorie d’une sépulture commune puisqu’à cette période il était d’usage d’incinérer les morts comme en témoignent les tombes à crémation découvertes dans une nécropole de la région. L’hypothèse d’un épisode tragique de justice personnelle est pour le moment la plus probable. Il s’agirait certainement d’un crime lié à une querelle entre familles rivales ou encore une exécution d’esclaves par un maître belliqueux. Découvrez en images l’investigation menée par les archéologues d’Emilie-Romagne  Le 2 novembre 2011 à 18:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Amazonie un enfant indien dans le feu de la déforestation

first_imgAmazonie : un enfant indien dans le feu de la déforestationL’enquête sur le meurtre supposé d’un enfant indien par des bûcherons en plein cœur de la forêt amazonienne, a permis de confirmer qu’une attaque avait bien eu lieu vers un campement Awà début janvier.Les bûcherons auraient bel et bien opéré à 400 mètres du campement de Awá isolés, l’un des derniers groupes de chasseurs-cueilleurs nomades au Brésil. C’est là que le corps brûlé d’un enfant aurait été découvert vendredi dernier par des Guajajara, un peuple indien vivant également dans la région. L’enquête démarrée après la macabre découverte a en effet fourni de nombreux indices attestant de la présence des Awá et des bûcherons. Les Awa ont laissé des traces montrant qu’ils étaient en train de collecter du miel. À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’air”Les tracteurs des bûcherons ont tout détruit en traversant le campement des Awá. D’après les traces, on peut en déduire qu’il s’agissait d’un gros véhicule”, a indiqué un porte-parole du CIMI, une ONG brésilienne, menant l’enquête avec la Société des droits de l’homme du Maranhão. Le département des affaires indigènes du gouvernement brésilien (FUNAI), a néanmoins repris l’affaire et a déclaré que le décès de l’enfant n’avait pas encore été confirmé. S’ils semblent aujourd’hui avoir fui, les bûcherons mis en cause n’auraient quoiqu’il en soit, jamais dû travailler dans cet endroit reculé de la forêt amazonienne protégée notamment pour sa biodiversité. Une richesse menacée dont les derniers indiens dépendent étroitement pour vivre. Les ONG estiment qu’une soixantaine de ces groupes n’a toujours aucun contact avec le monde extérieur. Leur territoire est reconnu par le gouvernement mais celui-ci fond comme peau de chagrin avec l’avancée de la déforestation. 30% de l’un de leurs territoires a été détruit amenant à une chasse plus réduite. Toutefois, ce n’est malheureusement pas la première fois que ce genre de tragédie se produit. Les Awá ont récemment subi des attaques brutales à répétition par les bûcherons qui tentent de les pousser à sortir de la forêt. Le chef du groupe a ainsi été assassiné en septembre dernier. Un acte qui témoigne de la détermination de ces attaquants.Aujourd’hui,, plusieurs ONG parmi lesquelles Survival International (lien non disponible) tentent donc de faire pression sur le gouvernement brésilien pour expulser les nombreux bûcherons illégaux qui risquent d’anéantir l’une des dernières tribus nomades de chasseurs-cueilleurs du monde. Le 26 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Days after renewing membership Goa BJP worker Pranav

first_imgPanaji: Days after re-enrolling in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as part of its nationwide membership drive, a young BJP worker, Pranav Sanvorderkar, resigned from the party after voicing his discontent over the induction of 10 Congress MLAs into the party fold. Speaking to ANI over the phone, Sanvorderkar said, “I am deeply hurt with the news of 10 Congress MLAs shifting allegiance to the BJP and joining the party ahead of some of them being inducted in the state cabinet.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Sanvorderkar who claims to be working for the party for about two decades now made his resignation public by posting it over social media. “My association with the Bharatiya Janata Party comes to an end today… It was the ideology of the Party which brought me towards this Party… I still remember, during the 1999 elections of Ramakant Angle, I used to write slips, paint the roads/houses… Can still remember attending the Campal rally of our beloved leader late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji for the very first time with my family…” read an open letter the former BJP worker wrote. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “Having said this, I am extremely saddened by the events occurred during the last 2 days… I cannot be a part of this organisation anymore even if the decision is for the betterment of the Party… If I keep quiet now, it would be like suffering a thousand deaths which I already have… The Party may have succeeded in safeguarding the interest of the Government but has lost a sincere karyakarta and core voter… So in my personal interest, I am quitting politics, for now, to start something afresh,” he said. Advertise With Us The development comes two days after 10 Goa Congress MLAs joined the BJP in the presence of its working president J P Nadda and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in Delhi on Thursday. With this, Congress, which is grappling for survival in Karnataka, suffered yet another blow as the BJP’s strength increased from 17 to 27 in the Legislative Assembly of Goa. With 10 MLAs changing sides, the strength of Congress on the floor of the House was reduced to mere five. The MLAs who changed sides include Kavlekar, Isidore Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Jennifer, Atanasio Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Nilakanth Halarnkar, Clafacio Dias and Wilfred D’Sa.last_img read more

Ravi Shastris continuation as India coach recommended by CAC

first_imgLINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), appointed by the BCCI to select the next coach for the Indian team, has recommended continuation of Ravi Shastri in his position as the head coach of the side. The committee, which consisted of former captain Kapil Dev and Shantha Rangaswamy along with former coach Anshuman Gaikwad, conducted interviews with the five candidates that were left in the fray and eventually favoured the incumbent candidate. Shastri was appointed the coach of the team in mid-2017 after Anil Kumble stepped down from his position. The tenure of the former India all-rounder was supposed to end with the 2019 World Cup but he, along with the other support staff members, were given a 45-day extension. India’s captain in all three formats, Virat Kohli, had publicly backed Shastri at the press conference before the team embarked on the tour of West Indies. Other contenders who were shortlisted for the role included former Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput, former coach of West Indies Phil Simmons, former coach of Sri Lanka Tom Moody, etc. The decision of the committee was announced by Kapil Dev at a press conference.last_img read more

3 killed in AL factional clashes

first_imgMap of NarsingdiThree people were killed and 100 others injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy in Nilakkha union of Raipura upazila in Narsingdi on Friday, reports UNB.Two of the deceased are Sohagh Miah and Maram Ali, local residents.Zakir Hasan, additional superintendent of police, said former union parishad chairman and former Raipura upazila AL vice-president Abdul Haque and present union parishad chairman and union AL president Tajul Islam had long been at loggerheads over controlling the locality.As a sequel of the previous enmity, the supporters of both the AL leaders locked into a clash around 3pm.Equipped with firearms and fishing spears (teta), they attacked each, leaving three people dead on the spot and 100 others injured.On information, police rushed in and tried to bring the situation under control.However, sporadic clashes continued till filing of this report around 8pm.The injured were taken to different hospitals, said Mohsin Alam, officer-in-charge of Raipur police station.He also said additional policemen were called in to bring the situation under control.Earlier, a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee was shot dead during a clash between two AL groups at Bashgari of the upazila in the early hours.The deceased is Tofazzal Hossain Rana, son of local Abdullah Fakir.The OC said supporters of former Bashgari union parishad chairman and ex-union AL president Shahed Sarkar and current chairman Sirajul Haque, also an AL leader, attacked each other and exchanged gunfire from around 9pm till midnight on Thursday.After a short interval, they again exchanged gunfire early Friday.Tofazzel, who came out of his home to respond to the natural call, sustained bullet injuries to the head around 6am during the gunfight.Later, he died on the way to Narsingdi hospital.last_img read more

Houston City Council Set to Vote On New Floodplain Regulations Next Month

first_img Listen Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaNew post-Harvey rules for home construction are moving closer to a vote at Houston City Council. The public comment period for the ordinance, known as Chapter 19, runs through March 5. The vote is scheduled for March 21.The ordinance, known as Chapter 19, would set the 500-year floodplain as the minimum standard for new home construction. It would also require new homes be built up to two feet above ground. The current code only requires property be built one foot above the 100-year floodplain.Mayor Sylvester Turner said the rule could affect major renovation of existing homes, “but by and large, Chapter 19, the proposal only applies to new construction and not to existing homes, and we’re trying to do everything we can to kind of minimize any additional cost. But it is important for us to build a stronger and a much more resilient city.”Turner had hoped to put the ordinance before City Council for a vote this week. But when the matter came up before the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee, Council Members Brenda Stardig (District A) and Dave Martin (District E) insisted on a delay to allow more time for public comment. 00:00 /00:45 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

How and why this lifesized Titanfall mech was built

first_imgWord that Germany is host to a 20-foot tall Titanfall mech for the next couple of weeks left all of us here at asking who built it and how. It turns out this creation is one of two made by Daniel’s Wood Land, and the company was nice enough to share with us how this hulking bot came to be.Reaspawn and EA Games reached out to Daniel’s Wood Land a few months back with some artwork from Titanfall to see if they were up to the job. The larger of the two creations is the biggest creation the company has done to date. Originally named Gunslinger before it was delivered for use in countless gaming events, the Atlas mech that is now affectionately called Betty took the team four weeks to carve, paint, and assemble.According to Theming Designer Cj Berg, Gunslinger is made almost entirely out of EPS foam, which was cut using a large format 4-axis router and a large format CNC hotwire from 3D models made from Respawn’s artwork. The steel base for the mech was fabricated in house and then covered in more of the EPS foam, which was then coated and painted while the rest of the build happened. It wasn’t until the very end of the build that they were able to assemble the mech and see how it all looked as a single unit.Gunslinger is more than just foam and steel, there’s some animatronics going on in there as well. The torso has a few basic LEDs across the sides, but the head on the atlas is both posable and configurable, with LEDs that match the lights on the mechs in game. These are the only parts of the Gunslinger build that can be adjusted, but the addition of LEDs add just enough life to the build to make it even more menacing from a distance or in low light.Take a look at our gallery for the whole picture, and see as this project grows from plain white foam to gigantic robot.And, in case you were wondering, no actually asked “Why?” This was clearly something that needed to be done by someone. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY DSC_1593DSC_1593DSC_1643DSC_1655DSC_1683DSC_1695DSC_1709DSC_1721DSC_1732DSC_1735DSC_1738DSC_1744DSC_1746DSC_1760DSC_1808DSC_1813DSC_1817DSC_1835DSC_1840DSC_1847DSC_1849DSC_1871DSC_1933DSC_1986DSC_1993last_img read more

Computer model shows continents sometimes push others out of the way w

first_imgWe see the same pattern in modern collisions at large and small scales. This image shows the collision between India and Asia (the deformation front is shown in red again) and the associated stretching and extension behind the indonesian subduction zone. The collision continues even when the red subduction zone is choked by mountain building because the green areas retreat and allow the indian ocean floor to keep subducting. This keeps the engine running. Credit: Louis Moresi using the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Geophysical Data Center, 2006. 2-minute Gridded Global Relief Data (ETOPO2v2), and imagery from the NASA Visible Earth Blue Marble Play Evolution of the model with the 80 Myr old slab (grey with yellow grid) and weaker overriding plate (blue with light blue grid). The indenter is shown in red. The strain rate field close to the surface is superimposed on the colouring of the material domains to show high strain rates as red tones and intermediate strain rates in yellow/green. Credit: Moresi et al. ( —A team of researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia has created a computer model that accurately predicts some aspects of mountain formation in early Australian history and has now described a new theory suggesting why the Himalayas continue to grow. In their paper, published in the journal Nature, the team describes how their model is challenging previously held theories regarding what happens when continental plates collide. Play Evolution of the model with the 80Myr old slab viewed from beneath the overriding plate looking towards the incoming indenting ribbon. The white/red balls are finite strain markers located under the oceanic plate at the start of the simulation. Credit: Moresi et al. Pleased with their findings, the team next turned to the Himalayas, home to most of the tallest mountains in the world. Scientists have been wondering for years why it is that India keeps pushing north into Eurasia, rather than stopping, as has occurred with the Alps. The new model showed India pushing parts of China and South-Eat Asia aside as it continues to move north, causing the continual rise in height of the mountains there. Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen The new computer model can’t prove what it illustrates but does appear to be a new step forward in explaining how our planet came to look like it does to today, and perhaps what it will look like in the future. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreencenter_img Journal information: Nature More information: Dynamics of continental accretion, Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13033AbstractSubduction zones become congested when they try to consume buoyant, exotic crust. The accretionary mountain belts (orogens) that form at these convergent plate margins have been the principal sites of lateral continental growth through Earth’s history. Modern examples of accretionary margins are the North American Cordilleras and southwest Pacific subduction zones. The geologic record contains abundant accretionary orogens, such as the Tasmanides1, along the eastern margin of the supercontinent Gondwana, and the Altaïdes, which formed on the southern margin of Laurasia2. In modern and ancient examples of long-lived accretionary orogens, the overriding plate is subjected to episodes of crustal extension and back-arc basin development, often related to subduction rollback3 and transient episodes of orogenesis and crustal shortening4, 5, 6, 7, coincident with accretion of exotic crust. Here we present three-dimensional dynamic models that show how accretionary margins evolve from the initial collision, through a period of plate margin instability, to re-establishment of a stable convergent margin. The models illustrate how significant curvature of the orogenic system develops, as well as the mechanism for tectonic escape of the back-arc region. The complexity of the morphology and the evolution of the system are caused by lateral rollback of a tightly arcuate trench migrating parallel to the plate boundary and orthogonally to the convergence direction. We find geological and geophysical evidence for this process in the Tasmanides of eastern Australia, and infer that this is a recurrent and global phenomenon.Press release Earth’s past gives clues to future changes The planet is still evolving, despite what our eyes tell us. The continents, for example, are all moving—some of them are even crashing into one another causing earthquakes and mountain formation. The surface of the Earth is divided into several pieces known as plates, each of which is still moving in one direction or another. When such plates run into others, one of two things can happen: one can slip beneath the other, or the two can smash together causing great upheaval which results in the formation of mountains. Scientists studying plate movement have been trying to predict what will happen when collisions occur—whether there will be subduction or mountain formation, and if it’s the latter, what sorts of features the mountains will have. In this new effort, the researchers in Australia appear to have taken a step forward in doing just that.To gain a better understanding of exactly what occurs when plates collide, the researchers built a computer model that used data and information compiled from prior research. They then added a new idea, in which continents can be squeezed upwards as other parts are pushed aside. They then set the model’s clock back in time to see if it could predict what we see around us today. Remarkably, in the case of one ancient small plate running into Australia, the model proved surprisingly accurate—creating realistic renditions of a mountain range that currently exists in eastern Australia—it even revealed how several formations could have come to exist that had defied earlier explanation. Citation: Computer model shows continents sometimes push others out of the way (w/ video) (2014, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2014 The researchers interpret the complicated geology of South Eastern Australia as having been formed by the collision of an exotic terrane (VanDieland) in the Silurian period over 400 million years ago. We see evidence for a swirling pattern in the geological fabric of Australia which supports this idea. Mountain building at the front of the collision (red) and crustal thinning and stretching along the side and behind the terrane (green) are consistent with our model. Credit: Louis Moresi, Peter Betts and Ross Cayley using data available from Geoscience Australia at the Geophysical Archive Data Delivery Systemlast_img read more

Join hands to gift books to underprivileged kids

first_imgThis world book fair at New Delhi, National Book Trust (NBT) and Snapdeal have come together with an aim to inculcate reading habit amongst the underprivileged kids through their initiative ‘Har Hath Ek Kitab’. On this occasion, NBT and Snapdeal have launched an online portal, to expand its outreach, so that people from across the country can support the movement by gifting books for underprivileged kids. During the fair, which will go on till January 14, Snapdeal and NBT will be promoting this initiative through various activity corners organised at different parts of Pragati Maidan. People interested in donating towards this program can either visit Snapdeal’s stall no. 63, Hall Hangar or they can just go to the website. Through the website or the stall, people can choose to gift anywhere between four to 2000 books at subsidised price of Rs 25 per book. Once a contribution is made, NGOs select relevant books for kids from a catalog of 600+ books by the NBT. These books are then dispatched to kids across India where reading among kids is facilitated by the NGO staff. Several Kids from various NGOs across NCR will also be exploring the fair and attending various workshops being organised as a part of this initiative. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUnder the pilot phase of Har Hath Ek Kitab, 10,000+ books have been contributed for kids across India. With more than 10 NGOs involved – Teach for India, Goonj, Bhumi, 17000ft Foundation, etc. books have been delivered to kids across India from Ladakh to Chennai. During this book fair, Snapdeal aims to reach the milestone of 50,000 books.”We are excited to power the technology for the launch of ‘Har Haath Ek Kitaab’.com and are confident that the new site will enable people from anywhere in the world to donate books to young children. Snapdeal Sunshine aims to enrich life of many Indian citizens and this partnership is just another step in the direction,” said Rajnish Wahi, Sr. V.P Corporate Affairs and Communications, Snapdeal.Baldeo Sharma, Chairman, National Book Trust, India said, “On the occasion of New Delhi World Book Fair 2018, which promotes reading culture in the country, we have joined hands with Snapdeal for a noble cause to launch We are confident that this program will inspire people to donate books to enhance the knowledge of children and shape their future in a better way.”last_img read more

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