Nursed back to health after poisoning, 30 vultures released in Assam

first_imgThirty endangered vultures nursed back to health after poisoning due to feeding on pesticide-laced cattle carcass were released in the wild near eastern Assam’s Sivasagar town on April 9.These vultures had undergone treatment at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) at Kaziranga, about 200 km east of Guwahati.“These vultures were among 34 brought to our centre on the night of March 29 from a village near Demow where they had been poisoned. Three died during treatment, while one is still in a critical condition,” Rathin Barman, joint director of Wildlife Trust of India and head of CWRC, said.Demow, in Sivasagar district, is about 180 km east of where CWRC is located.The release of the vultures belonging to three species — Himalayan griffon, white-backed, and slender-billed — has enthused wildlife activists who have been facing hurdles in efforts to conserve the big scavenging birds crucial for maintaining the ecological balance.A study by Bombay Natural History Society and other organisations in the 1990s found that the population of vultures found in India and Nepal declined by 99.9% from about 40 million in two decades.“We carry out awareness campaigns on the importance of the vulture, a much-derided bird. But poisoning of the birds keep happening from time to time,” Sachin Ranade of the Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre at Rani near Guwahati said.The 30 vultures revived at CWRC were among some 70 that were poisoned at Bam Rajabari village in Sivasagar district on March 29. These birds had fed on a cattle carcass that was apparently poisoned to kill feral dogs.Mr. Ranade said 37 vultures died that day before members of a wildlife rescue team could reach them. Bam Rajabari is about 15 km from Udaipur village where 20 vultures died similarly in April last year.last_img read more

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Stolen methanol used in killer Assam hooch

first_imgMethanol stolen from a tanker went into the toxic country liquor that killed 168 people, mostly tea plantation workers, in eastern Assam’s Golaghat and Jorhat districts in February.This was stated in a chargesheet the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the State police filed against 41 people in connection with the hooch tragedy. The chargesheet was presented before the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Golaghat town on Thursday.Deputy Superintendent of Police Partha Protim Saikia, who heads the SIT, said the statements of 65 witnesses were recorded to identify the culprits involved in the supply and distribution of the spurious liquor.The 1,000-page chargesheet said the methanol used in the killer liquor was pilfered from a tanker carrying the chemical from a distillery at Khatkhati near the Nagaland border.The SIT probe found that the victims suffered from optic nerve damage, blurring and loss of vision, excessive sweating, restlessness, abdominal pain, vomiting, severe headache and cardiorespiratory problems.Mr Saikia said 15 people found responsible for the hooch tragedy have been charged under Sections 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 55 of the Assam Excise Act.last_img read more

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LS passes Aadhaar Bill; FM says will save crores of rupees

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) The Lok Sabha today passed the Aadhaar Bill, providing statutory backing to the unique identification number for transferring government subsidies and benefits, as a money bill after government overruled opposition objections. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said thousands of crores of rupees would be saved by plugging leakages and diversions as he rejected opposition demand for referring the Bill to a standing committee and their concerns of privacy as well as Aadhaar potentially being used for “mass surveillance” and “ethnic cleansing”. Overruling Congress objections that the legislation has been turned into a money bill to avoid voting in the Rajya Sabha where the government does not have a majority, he said Aadhaar was a money bill in true definition. The Bill “will empower the states to distribute resources of the State to deserving people and save the resources that undeserving people get,” the Minister said while replying to short debate on the Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016. “The effect is going to be on the Centre and state governments which will save thousands of crore,” Jaitley said just before the measure was adopted by a voice vote. Justifying bringing Aadhaar as a money bill, he said any measure which leads to money going into the Consolidated Fund of India and coming out of it, qualifies as money bill. There are certain procedures which are followed for a money Bill, he said. Earlier participating in the debate, BJDs Tathagat Satpathy said there are fears that a government of the day may use the provisions of the bill for “mass surveillance” and “ethnic cleansing”. When a BJP member countered him saying there are no different races in the country, Satpathy said there are at least four groups in the country and Indians can be divided on these lines. He claimed that the United Nations had recently “misutilised” biometric data of refugees coming from Iraq and Syria to help certain countries keep a tab on them. “More dangerous is collection of biological data,” he said opposing the Bill. MORE PTI DP CS ANZ MRadvertisementlast_img read more

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Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 with Snapdragon 435, 6660mAh battery, Android Nougat launched

first_imgHuawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 launched on Thursday. It is no secret that Huawei has been lately concentrating on expanding its MediaPad tablet series. The newly announced tablet — Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 is already listed on the company website, possibly for pre-orders. No availability details revealed as of now.The key highlight of the Hauwei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 is that the tablet comes is collaboration with Harman Kardon audio lab and Huawei’s acoustic engineers in order to deliver an much enhanced audio experience to the consumers. Not only this, with the newly announced MediaPad M3 Lite 10, Huawei is aiming to deliver the better ever musical experience it the users.To achieve that, the device comes packed with quad-speakers and Huawei’s very own SWS 3.0 sound management system. Further, in terms of features, the newly launched tablet runs on EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat.Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 comes with include – View to Multitask. This will bring split screen multitasking feature onboard. Other features are — gesture-based functions. Further, Kid’s Nook also comes preloaded with some kids-specific apps. This makes the device pretty much kid friendly.In terms of specifications, the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 tablet sports a 10.1-inch full-HD IPS display and comes with 1920×1200 pixels resolution. Further, the tablet is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (MSM8940) processor. As far as the storage and RAM is concerned, the new Huawei tablet comes in three variants — 3GB RAM and 16GB storage, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.advertisementFurther, the tablet supports LTE Cat. On the camera front, Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 tablet sports an 8-megapixel on both back and front panel. Apart from the audio system being the key highlight of the tablet, the device is backed by a 6660mAh battery.The newly launched Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 is expected to go on sale three colour variants — in gold, space grey, and white. Not details about the pricing and the availability have been revealed by Huawei as of now.Also Read: Huawei Matebook X is company’s first laptop and it’s a total copy of Apple MacBooklast_img read more

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Ashes 2017: Deja vu for England as visitors look to rewrite 30-year-old history at WACA

first_imgTwo-nil down and with a harried captain insisting his team was neither dead nor buried, there was an unnerving sense of deja vu at the WACA as England made their final preparations on the eve of the third Ashes Test on Wednesday.Four years on from the last doomed trip to Western Australia, Joe Root led a mostly different set of players through their drills under a big Perth sky while facing the same unenviable predicament as his predecessor Alastair Cook.The glorious weather did little to ease a feeling of foreboding surrounding Root’s team, one that also weighed on Cook’s England before their meek surrender in 2013-14.The tourists need a draw to keep the five-match series alive before they head to Melbourne, but holders England have not managed one in over 30 years at the WACA, where they have lost their past seven Tests in succession.We have named our team for the third #Ashes Test.?? https://t.co/TB40EJmOfi pic.twitter.com/nXf9FSYx4r- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 13, 2017Like his former captain Cook, still present as an out-of-form opening batsman, Root has endured a tour Down Under littered with distractions and tawdry off-field problems.He has also echoed Cook’s words from the last tour, insisting his side can defy 80 years of history and join Don Bradman’s Australia as the only team to come back from 2-0 down to win an Ashes series.A 150-run thrashing followed days after Cook’s backs-to-the-wall bravado, along with the ignominy of handing back the coveted urn with two tests to spare.advertisementRoot’s rallying cry might prove just as futile but on Wednesday, at least, the young captain was adamant his team was better equipped than Cook’s to pull off something “special”.The last #Ashes Test at the Waca starts on Thursday! pic.twitter.com/8LlqVhncWy- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 12, 2017″I think we’re in a much better place this time round if I’m being brutally honest,” said Root, who was a 22-year-old middle order rookie during the 5-0 whitewash of 2013-14.”The guys have got a really clear idea of where they want to go and how they’re going to look to play.”I’m not sure that was quite the same the last time round. I think we were a bit more shell-shocked about how things had turned out.”SENIOR PLAYERSMuch of England’s shell-shock was delivered by Australia’s man-of-the-series Mitchell Johnson, who grabbed six of his 37 wickets at the WACA with his intimidating left-arm pace.None of Australia’s current pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have enjoyed Johnson-style dominance yet, but each have made vital contributions and denied England’s batsmen a morale-boosting century.”I’d be hated by every Australian!” -some good fun here from @MitchJohnson398: https://t.co/lX6VyGf16i pic.twitter.com/QUdhFhiVet- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 13, 2017Root said it was up to senior players like he and Cook to lead the way with big scores at the WACA but in truth, the pitch might ultimately prove to be the most decisive actor.The WACA’s traditional bounce and pace once played into the hands of Australia’s fast men for decades but recent years have seen it lose potency.Australia and New Zealand’s batsmen dominated a bore-draw two years ago, and the home side were beaten by South Africa last year after the Proteas set a mammoth 539-run victory target.The home side’s quicks have had fingers crossed this week for a reprise of the WACA wickets of old and while curator Matt Page left grass on the pitch to give them some hope, captain Steve Smith seemed disappointed with the surface on Wednesday.”Probably not as hard as I would have liked it to be a day out but 24 hours can change a wicket and we’ll have another look in the morning,” he told reporters after a test-eve inspection.Captain Steve Smith says potential recall of Mitchell Marsh for Perth Testwould say more about WACA pitch than Peter Handscomb’s batting https://t.co/y8YmmHWyXl #Ashes pic.twitter.com/3FiNEbdB3k- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 13, 2017It delayed Smith from naming his side, though he suggested Western Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh might be in line for a recall, most likely at the expense of number five batsman Peter Handscomb.(Courtesy: REUTERS)last_img read more

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Chris Ashton: ‘A year ago I’d never have thought I’d be playing France’

first_imgEngland rugby union team It does not take long in Chris Ashton’s company to get the feeling he is still pinching himself. Since returning to the England fold last autumn he has won four caps, made two starts and scored one try but still he speaks of how surreal it is that only 12 months ago the closest he could get to the Six Nations was a spot of punditry for a France match while running in tries for fun at Toulon.“Thinking that was a year ago, I’d never have thought we’d be sitting here with me about to play France,” said Ashton. “I think everyone’s in that boat. When you’re younger and you’re in the team, you never think it’s going to be your last game. You think you’re going to have good, long years at it, but that wasn’t the case for me. I understand what it’s like to not be involved and not have the shirt, so it’s a big privilege for me to be back in.” Quick guide France’s recent Twickenham troubles Hide France recall Mathieu Bastareaud in bid to turn tables on England Was this helpful? Since you’re here… Topics Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Jones also publicly insists he wanted to pick Ashton long before last autumn but two lengthy suspensions denied him the chance, which does not seem like the whole picture. Jones was unimpressed by Ashton’s decision not to tour with the Saxons in 2016 and the 31-year-old’s move abroad was taken because he felt his chance had been and gone. He has even spoken of the need to move to France to prove himself, previously wondering aloud: “I thought, why didn’t [Eddie] need me in there?” Jones is at least right to say all that has previously passed is now history and it was a word in the ear from the head coach minutes before Ashton scored a hat-trick for the Barbarians against England last summer that set the wheels in motion for a move back from Toulon to Sale. Understandably, Ashton feels a sense of vindication. Six Nations Thank you for your feedback. Read more Share on Facebook It is one of the more surprising sequences in rugby union – France have not won a Six Nations match at Twickenham for 14 years, and have won only twice there since the game turned professional in 1995:March 1997: England 20-23 FranceEngland led 20-6 after an hour but France staged a remarkable comeback with tries by Laurent Leflamand and Christophe Lamaison. Lamaison was a one-man points machine, scoring 18 from a try, two conversions, two penalties and a drop goal. Abdelatif Benazzi’s side would go on to claim a Five Nations grand slam.February 2005: England 17-18 France Tries from Olly Barkley and Josh Lewsey gave England a 17-6 half-time lead, but the scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili kicked six penalties while Charlie Hodgson and Barkley missed six between them, as France inflicted the world champions’ eighth defeat in 11 Tests.The other matches: England’s gloryEleven home wins since 1995, from the resounding – the 55-35 triumph in March 2015 with England chasing the title on the last day (they came up just short) – to the narrow 19-16 win two years ago, when Ben Te’o’s 71st-minute try made the difference. Quick guide England v France teams Was this helpful? Hide Reuse this contentcenter_img FranceY Huget (Toulouse); D Penaud (Clermont Auvergne), M Bastareaud (Toulon), G Doumayrou (La Rochelle), G Fickou (Stade Français); C Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne); J Poirot (Bordeaux-Begles), G Guirado (Toulon, capt), D Bamba (Brive), S Vahaamahina (Clermont Auvergme), F Lambey (Lyon), Y Camara (Montpellier), A Iturria (Clermont Auvergne), L Picamoles (Montpellier).Replacements: P Bougarit (La Rochelle), D Priso (La Rochelle), D Aldegheri (Toulouse), P Willemse (Montpellier), G Alldritt (La Rochelle), A Dupont (Toulouse), R Ntamack (Toulouse), T Ramos (Toulouse). features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe Thank you for your feedback. Show Show Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Chris Ashton EnglandE Daly (Wasps); C Ashton (Sale), H Slade (Exeter), M Tuilagi (Leicester), J May (Leicester); O Farrell (Saracens, capt), B Youngs (Leicester); M Vunipola (Saracens), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), C Lawes (Northampton), G Kruis (Saracens), M Wilson (Newcastle), T Curry (Sale), B Vunipola (Saracens).Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), B Moon (Exeter), D Cole (Leicester), J Launchbury (Wasps), N Hughes (Wasps), D Robson (Wasps), G Ford (Leicester), J Nowell (Exeter). Share via Email Rugby union Share on Pinterest Six Nations 2019 A year on and he has been named to face France in what will be his first start in the Six Nations since 2013. He made a four-minute cameo against Ireland last week but is preferred to Jack Nowell on Sunday – a considerable vote of confidence judging by how well the Exeter wing played in Dublin. Eddie Jones has been convinced by Ashton’s try-scoring threat and, perhaps just as significantly, the fear that will strike into France. He did, after all, score a record-breaking 24 tries in 23 appearances in the Top 14 for Toulon last season – a feat in which he evidently takes great pride – and has eight in nine matches for Sale this campaign.For wherever Ashton lays his hat, he scores tries, but his serendipitous take on how he finds himself integral to England again does not chime with Jones’s view. “I think you have to show an unrelenting desire to want to play for your country, which he’s done,” said Jones. “He brings us something different that we think is going to be valuable at the start of the game. Perseverance is a big thing in high-performance sport.” “I had always thought I wanted to get in here and in the environment and to get to know [Eddie],” he added. “Me being around here would hopefully help us both, and me in terms of getting a chance. That is the way it has fallen, I’m just grateful to Eddie for giving me the chance again. I do think he likes to get people into the environment to get to know them more and see what they’re like as players. I think he’s wise enough and has enough experience to not think of those [different ideas of me].”Of all the areas of Jones’s squad, the back three is perhaps the most competitive with Anthony Watson still to come back into the fold in the long term and Joe Cokanasiga, perhaps not quite ready to face France, in the short. To force his way into the World Cup squad then, Ashton needs a point of difference. “He’s a finisher,” said Jones. “We feel that maybe early in the game, as he did against New Zealand, he can find the line for us, could be important. He’s got a good awareness of opportunities. It’s not something that you coach, it’s something players develop at a young age and then continue to develop. He’s a try poacher.”last_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Leicester midfielder Iborra says ‘right time’ to join Villarreal

first_imgDONE DEAL: Leicester midfielder Iborra says ‘right time’ to join Villarrealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester midfielder Vicente Iborra has joined Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee.The 30-year-old Spaniard joined the Foxes from Sevilla in July 2017 after winning the Europa League three times.Iborra made 37 appearances, scoring four goals, but started only three league games this season. “We feel that it’s time to come back home,” he said. “I’ve felt privileged for wearing this jersey and playing beside these great supporters. “You made me feel one of yours, thanks from my heart for your unconditional support.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Le premier ministre annonce un financement pour le 250e anniversaire de Yarmouth

first_imgLe premier ministre Darrell Dexter a annoncé, aujourd’hui 15 novembre, que le gouvernement provincial fournira 150 000 $ pour aider Yarmouth à célébrer son 250e anniversaire l’année prochaine. Les célébrations mettront en vedette la communauté à titre de destination unique et aideront à renforcer l’économie de la région. « Il s’agit d’une occasion idéale pour le gouvernement provincial de collaborer avec Yarmouth afin de créer de bons emplois, renforcer l’économie et faire de la région une destination touristique de premier choix, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Nous devons saisir toutes les occasions de miser sur nos investissements et de créer un réel dynamisme dans la région. » Le financement du gouvernement pour les célébrations d’anniversaire proviendra principalement du ministère du Développement économique et rural et du ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « Nous continuons de travailler avec nos partenaires de l’industrie sur le marketing, le développement de produits et la formation afin d’établir une industrie du tourisme durable dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit Percy Paris, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Le 250e anniversaire de Yarmouth constitue une occasion intéressante pour célébrer et attirer davantage de visiteurs dans la région. » Un comité formé de plus de 100 bénévoles a été formé pour organiser les célébrations, qui dureront toute l’année, dans le cadre de l’anniversaire de la fondation de Yarmouth. Plus de 60 événements sont prévus, y compris l’incroyable fête d’anniversaire le 9 juin, la foire des fondateurs, la présentation de la pièce de théâtre Baltimore, ainsi que plus d’une dizaine de festivals à l’échelle du comté. « Nous travaillons dur pour créer une incroyable célébration des 250 ans de communauté, de patrimoine et de culture de notre région, a dit Ken Langille, président du comité des célébrations du 250e anniversaire de Yarmouth. Il s’agit d’une première étape intéressante pour nous de faire équipe avec le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse en vue de faire de Yarmouth une destination de choix. » Les célébrations débuteront le 1er janvier par un feu d’artifice et des cloches qui sonneront pour annoncer la nouvelle année. Ensuite, tout le monde sera invité à une célébration à l’hôtel de ville, le jour de l’An.last_img read more

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Pakistans heaviest man dies after left unattended in ICU due to commotion

first_imgLahore: Pakistan’s heaviest man, who weighed over 330 kg and recently underwent a successful liposuction surgery, died here on Monday after he was left unattended due to a commotion in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital here, according to a media report. Noorul Hassan, 55, a resident of Sadiqabad, some 400kms from Lahore, underwent the weight reduction surgery on June 28 after he was air lifted on a Pakistan Army helicopter to Lahore for treatment on the special directives from Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Dawn news reported. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingAfter the surgery he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to be kept under observation. On Monday, Hassan and a second patient died after they were left unattended following a chaos by the attendants of a female patient who passed away at the Shalamar Hospital earlier during the day, the report said. “In the chaos that ensued, Noor and a second patient died due to the unavailability of staff,” Dr Maazul Hassan was quoted as saying in the report. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHe added that the relatives of the female patient did not intend to cause the deaths but the situation worsened due to the violence. Maazul said that while the chaos was taking place, Noorul was feeling unwell and was left unattended for nearly an hour. “When they (hospital staff) noted this, they attempted to resuscitate him but were unable to successfully to do so,” he added. Hospital staff said that relatives of the female patient had broken windows, switched ventilators off and attacked the doctors. They added that nurses left the ICU during the commotion. A spokesperson for the hospital said that they were investigating the incident and needed to look at the CCTV footage. “Everyone was trying to save themselves during the chaos in the hospital,” the spokesperson said. Prior to Hassan’s weight reduction surgery, Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa made special arrangements for his transfer and treatment. Personnel from the Rescue 1122 had to break the wall of his house to take him outside as he was too big to pass through the main gate of his house. According to media reports, Hassan was the heaviest man in Pakistan, but there is no official confirmation about this. Earlier in 2017, Pakistan’s most obese person with a weight of 360 kg underwent a laparoscopic surgery and succeeded to bring his weight below 200 kg. According to a survey report released by the Pakistan Endocrine Society last year, 29 per cent of the Pakistani population is overweight, out of which 51 per cent are categorised in the obesity class.last_img read more

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BJP worker accused of TMC activists murder found dead

first_imgKolkata: The body of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, accused in the murder of a Trinamool Congress activist, was recovered from a canal in Hooghly district’s Goghat on Sunday, police said. The body of Kashinath Ghosh, 45, who was missing since the last few days, was fished out from a canal at Kota village of Goghat, about 90 km west of Kolkata, police said. The BJP has accused the ruling Trinamool of murdering Ghosh. “Kashinath was an active worker of our party. He was killed by goons sent by Trinamool Congress,” BJP’s organisational president in Arambag area, Biman Ghosh said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaGhosh was one of the accused in the killing of Trinamool activist Lalchand Bag, who was allegedly beaten to death at Nakunda village in the area on July 22 for attending his party’s Martyr’s Day rally in Kolkata on the day before (July 21). Six local BJP supporters have been arrested in the incident. The saffron party leaders, however, claimed that Bag’s murder was a result of Trinamool’s internal feud and said the BJP supporters were arrested in false cases to protect the real culprits. The local Trinamool leadership claimed Ghosh died due to binge drinking and distanced itself from the incident. “We do not believe in the politics of violence and murder. I have heard that the body of a man, who is known to be a BJP supporter, has been found. Let police investigate the death. BJP names our party after each and every incident,” a local Trinamool leader said.last_img read more

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Education vital for achieving all other development goals Ban tells Doha forum

“It is, in short, the lifeblood for a nation’s future economic growth and prosperity,” Mr. Ban told a high-level event focusing on financing to achieve “education for all” – the pledge made by world leaders in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, in 1999.Mr. Ban said that education at every age plays an empowering and essential role in reducing poverty and building better livelihoods. It promotes innovation, communication and mutual understanding. In addition to being one of the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), education can also be a catalyst for progress towards other goals, such as public health and gender equality. “The Millennium Development Goals cannot be achieved without education,” he stressed.The Secretary-General said a major concern right now is the impact of the current financial crisis on the development gains in education made since 2000, particularly for the most vulnerable. He noted that 75 million children around the world have no access to education, and millions more in poor communities are receiving only a very basic education.And in areas of conflict, a child continuously prevented from attending school is too often the rule, not the exception, he added. At the UN High-Level Event on the MDGs held in New York in September, world leaders and partners made significant financial pledges to improve health, education and access to clean water and sanitation. “Coming in the midst of financial turmoil, this was an encouraging display,” said Mr. Ban.“We must maintain this momentum,” he stated. “By ensuring that all children get the education they deserve, we can put both individuals and countries on a sure footing toward a more stable and fulfilling future.”Ensuring sufficient financing to meet key development goals amid mounting concern about the impact of the current global economic slowdown on poor nations is the focus of the four-day conference that began in the Qatari capital yesterday. 30 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants at a global finance meeting in Doha to ensure that all children receive the education they need, without which countries will not be able to achieve their development targets. read more

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Hamilton police continue to investigate downtown stabbing

Hamilton Police Service is looking for two suspects after receiving reports of a stabbing in the downtown core. Officers were called to the area of King St. and Emerald St. North shortly after midnight on Sunday.When police arrived, the victim and suspects had already fled the scene. Police are looking for two men who are described as black, 25 to 30 years old, 5’10”, with short dreadlocks.Police believe the incident was targeted and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Jon Van Oene at 905-546-3818, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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Beavers reduce river pollution by building dams study shows

Beavers were thought to be extinct in Britain but were spotted for the first time around 10 years ago Beavers were thought to be extinct in Britain but were spotted for the first time around 10 years ago 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. “However, we are heartened to discover that beaver dams can go a long way to mitigate this soil loss and also trap pollutants which lead to the degradation of our water bodies.”Were beaver dams to be commonplace in the landscape we would no doubt see these effects delivering multiple benefits across whole ecosystems, as they do elsewhere around the world.”Beavers were thought to have been extinct in Britain since the 16th century after being hunted for their pelts, meat and scent glands.But 10 years ago a colony was discovered on the River Tay in Scotland, and in 2009 a population was released into Knapdale Forest in Argyll as part of a trial reintroduction by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Royal Zoological Society of London.In 2010 a wild family were also spotted in the River Otter, in Devon, and are currently monitored by the Devon Wildlife Trust. They have since bred to six family groups.The new study lends further weight to reintroduction schemes.  Devon Wildlife Trust’s Director of Conservation and Development, Peter Burgess which monitors the River Otter beavers: “Our partnership with Exeter University working on both our fenced and unfenced beaver trials is revealing information which shows the critical role beavers can play, not only for wildlife, but the future sustainability of our land and water. “It is truly inspiring to have our observations confirmed by detailed scientific investigations.” Beavers should be reintroduced into the wild to help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research suggests.The study,  by scientists at the University of Exeter, found that a single family of beavers removed high levels of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus from water that flowed through a 2.5 hectare enclosure in Devon. The group of beavers, which have lived in fenced-off site at a secret location in West Devon since 2011, have built 13 dams, slowing the flow of water and creating a series of deep ponds along the course of what was once a small stream.Researchers measured the amount of sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen in water running into the site and then compared this to water as it ran out of the site after it had passed through the beavers’ ponds and dams system.They also measured how much of the chemicals, and sediment had been rapped by the dams in each of the ponds.The results showed the dams had trapped more than 100 tonnes of sediment, 70 per cent of which was soil, which had eroded from ‘intensively managed grassland’ fields upstream.And that sediment contained high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus, which are nutrients known to create problems for the wildlife in rivers and streams and which also need to be removed from human water supplies to meet drinking-quality standards.   Professor of Earth Surface Processes, Richard Brazier of Exeter said: “It is of serious concern that we observe such high rates of soil loss from agricultural land, which are well in excess of soil formation rates. read more

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Momir Ilic for HandballPlanetcom With Veszprem to Cologne next season

Momir Ilic for Handball Planet Serbian NT captain and THW Kiel player in the last four years, Momir Ilic speaks exclusively for Handball-Planet.com about his last efforts with German team and signed four years deal with Hungarian champion, MKB Veszprem:-I expected two very tough matches with TOP quality Veszprem. In the first match we won after -6, even I don’t know how. We showed that we never stop to fight, that is our biggest strentgh. We knew how tough will be to play in front of fantastic fans in “Veszprem Arena”. Our tactics was to keep the ball, to try to be calm and make a good chances to scoring goals. It’s really sad because of handball that two big teams as Kiel and Veszprem had to play at 1/4 final, that one of them can’t play in Cologne – says “Serbian Bombardier”.You have a chance to become the first Serbian player who can win three EHF Champions League trophies (2010, 2012 and 2013)?– Firstly I wanted to win just once, but then, you know as every sportsman, you want more and more. We had amazing last season, we stayed unbeatable. The last season in Kiel is somekind of TOP of my career. I would like to leave Germany with “hat-trick”. It will be extremelly difficult. Barca, HSV and Kielce waiting us. Trophy in “Lanxess Arena” could be unforgeatable the end of my Bundesliga part of career.WISH BARCELONA IN THE FINALWhich rival you want in F4 semi-final?– I don’t want to play against Barcelona in the first match. Kiel and BArca are the best teams in Europe. As I said for Veszprem, it would be really sad if we can’t meet them in the final. That clash in the final would have more quality and fight for new great event in Cologne.You have played two times in “Lanxess Arena”. Is that your biggest advantage, because you know how to react in front of 20.000 fans, who are mainly your fans from Kiel?– You know, you have only two days to show everything you know. One bad afternoon can get you out of the competition, so even the fans can’t help you. All teams coming to play until the end. Some minor could decide.WITH VESZPREM TO COLOGNE NEXT YEARYou were in specific situation last two weekends. You played against your future team? How do you feel?– Yes, it was really specific situation, such an important matches, I was really excited. I am happy that I signed a deal with Veszprem. That is TOP team, real handball city with fantastic fans. I will have my place in the plans of coach Ortega. Team gives all efforts at the Champions League and I hope that I will go to Cologne next year also, this time with Veszprem.After seven years (Vfl Gummersbach 2006-2009 and THW Kiel 2009-2013) you are leaving DKB Bundesliga. Hungary will be a start of new chapter of your career?– When I decided to left Kiel, I wanted to find team who wants trophies. That was the first condition to be satisfied in my case. TOP goals were always some kind of “rule” in Kiel. Kiel is the biggest team in the World. I spent there fantastic four years, won a lot of trophies and that is for player TOP of career, but also, Veszprem is TOP team with great ambitions. I wish to make great results in Hungary also, I will give 100% for that…That isn’t “Hungarian Veszprem” anymore. There are a lot of players who know how to win EHF CL (Nagy, Rodriguez, Oneto, Ugalde)…– Team is very good,no doubt about that. It will be very interesting to see how far we can go…Your move to Hungary will mean that you won’t have such a enormous efforts in the rhytm “wednesday – saturday”, what can be good for Serbian NT also?– That is also one of the reason why I decided to leave Germany. Bundesliga takes 100% of you, tough matches, long trips, etc. Hungarian championship is weaker, that is good for me to save energy for big matches in the Champions League. I will be fresh also for the NT. I will be there to help as much as I can. There were situations in the last few years when I couldn’t give more to the them, because I was exausted.That means that you won’t say “godbye” to Serbia?It’s difficult to say now. It depends from headcoach, does he has me in the plans, etc. As I said before – I can’t say NO to my country – concludes Serbian captain. ← Previous Story Tatiana Khmirova to Vardar SCBT Next Story → VELUX EHF CL F4: German derby in Cologne – Barca VS Kielce! read more

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Sommet de Cancun les ministres sont arrivés au Mexique

first_imgSommet de Cancun : les ministres sont arrivés au MexiqueLa ministre française de l’Ecologie et du Développement durable, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, est arrivée à Cancun, au Mexique, aujourd’hui pour participer à la conférence de l’Onu. Au total, 190 ministres de l’environnement étaient attendus pour la deuxième semaine de réunion.Le gouvernement français a dépêché à Cancun la ministre de l’Ecologie et du Développement durable Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, pour participer à la deuxième semaine de réunion sur le climat. Pour le moment, les engagements pris “ne sont pas à la hauteur”, estime le ministère. L’objectif fixé lors de la réunion de Copenhague, il y a un an, visait à limiter l’augmentation de la température mondiale à deux degrés.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?La ministre a prévu dans son emploi du temps, en parallèle de son intervention en séance plénière de la conférence d’aujourd’hui, de rencontrer le Premier ministre kenyan, le vice-ministre parlementaire en charge des Affaires étrangères du Japon ainsi que le ministre de l’Environnement de l’Inde.”L’enjeu de ces négociations est de poser les fondations d’une coopération multilatérale efficace pour faire avancer concrètement la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique”, a souligné le ministère.Le 8 décembre 2010 à 17:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Winks focused on positives after loss to Wolves

first_imgTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks insists he’s focusing on the positives after the team’s disappointing home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.Spurs suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Nuno-Espirito Santo’s side on Saturday at Wembley, a result which has seen then fall to the third position on the Premier League table.However, Winks is taking a positive outlook on the club’s current position.“It shows how well we are doing this year to be considered title contenders and to be sitting here disappointed that we aren’t closer to the top than we’d expect, it just shows us how far we have come and how well we are doing,” he said, according to BT Sport.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have high expectations ourselves and if we don’t come away with a win against Wolves at home we get frustrated at that. It just shows how high our standards are set at the moment and how ambitious we are.”Mauricio Pochettino’s men get the chance to return to winning ways against Cardiff on New Year’s Day and Winks insists the players are determined to put the Wolves result right.“We said before the game that it was must-win so to come away with a defeat is a down dressing room – everyone is fuming but it is football,” Winks added. “We have to bounce back against Cardiff on the first.”“We are still in the race, we have had some great results, we can’t get too down about this, we have to get ourselves ready for the next game and bounce back with a win.”last_img read more

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Fit and fine

first_imgA fitness workshop has been organised by Bodhi, a NGO in association with  Bindiya Bhandari and Chirag Sethi that can help you to cultivate a healthy body, quiet mind, open heart and vibrant spirit. The workshop will start off with talk about the process Kundali Yoga, and the philosophy behind it, understanding the workings of the mind and its psychology.  The technical aspects about the process imply the holistic science, posture alignment and breathing techniques. Moving toward the  process which comprises of a combination of kriya’s which is called movements, asanas( posture), breath, focus, chant and the music intelligently sequenced to co-ordinate with the movements, followed by guided yoga nidra and conscious relaxation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kundali Yoga is  a combination of all the yogic and scientific methods working with the nervous systems, glandular systems and the other systems within the body. It is perhaps the only yoga practice that divide the yoga community into two halves- the believers and the scepties. Bodhi is a international organisation devoted towards transforming human consciousness. Working on human problems such as stress, depression, emotional, anxiety, relationship, marital, addiction, psychological, physiological, philosophical, it has developed various courses and workshops specially designed for the generation of today considering all the difficulties faced by the individuals of today and the compatibility of body-mind to deal with all these issues and difficulties.last_img read more

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M6 motorway closed in Lancashire due to multivehicle accident

first_imgThe M6 motorway is closed in Lancashire following a multi-vehicle accident on the southbound carriageway this morning. Police, paramedics and firefighters, along with traffic officers from Highways England, are at the scene of the ‘serious collision’ between junction 36 and junction 35 near Carnforth. The accident was first reported at around 1.30am today (Sunday November 25 2018), with the road being confirmed as closed by 2.20am. The carriageway remains shut as of 6.45am. Collision investigation work is taking place – with the M6 southbound expected to be shut for some time. A diversion (see below) is in place and motorists are being advised to seek alternative routes. A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “All traffic is now stopped at J36 due to a multiple vehicle collision. Lancashire Police remain on scene with Fire & Ambulance. “Accident Investigation are attending the scene. ” Read MoreDrugs seized following raid in Stoke-on-Trent A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 in Lancashire is closed southbound between J36 for the (A65 & A590) and J35 (A601M) near Carnforth due to a serious collision. “Lancashire Police are on scene and working with Ambulance and the Fire service. “Lancashire Police advised that the road will be closed for some time. “Please allow extra time for your journey, should you be travelling in the area.” Diversion on the M6 in LancashireA diversion route has been implemented and drivers are advised to follow the Solid Square Symbol: Exit the M6 at J36 and join the A590 and follow towards the Brettargh Holt roundabout. Continue on the A590 after the Brettargh Holt roundabout and turn left onto the A6 signed Milnthorpe. Follow the A6 towards Milnthorpe/Lancaster until reaching J35a. At this junction take the second left on to the A601 (M) to J35. At M6 junction 35 take the third exit to rejoin the M6 southbound.last_img read more

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Sunwing Vacations adds two new Sun flights from Winnipeg

first_imgSunwing Vacations adds two new Sun flights from Winnipeg Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Friday, September 16, 2016 center_img TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations is offering more vacation packages departing directly from Winnipeg with the introduction of two new weekly, direct flight services to Puerto Plata and Mazatlan.These new flights bring the number of destinations offered by the tour operator from Winnipeg to 15. New for this coming season, clients will be able to choose between Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic and Mazatlán in Pacific Mexico, along with the company’s established lineup of vacation hotspots that includes Cancun, Punta Cana and Montego Bay.The new service to Puerto Plata departs Thursdays between Dec. 15, 2016 and March 30, 2017. The service to Mazatlan departs Fridays between Dec. 15, 2016 and March 31, 2017.“We are pleased to offer our customers from Winnipeg even more choice this coming winter. Both these destinations appeal to vacationers looking for a fun-filled beach getaway at a price that won’t blow the travel budget and we are certain that they will prove popular amongst Winnipeg residents,” said Andrew Dawson, President of tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaThe news was also welcomed by Pascal Bélanger, Vice-President & Chief Commercial Officer of the Winnipeg Airports Authority who said, “These new destinations will add to the variety of great vacation options offered to our community. Warm-weather destinations have never been more popular, and travellers will now have access to even more choices as they make their vacation plans to Mexico or the Dominican Republic.” Tags: Dominican Republic, Mexico, New Routes, Sunwing Posted bylast_img read more

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