Court extends by a day interim protection to Naths nephew

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Monday extended by a day the interim protection from arrest granted to Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in the VVIP chopper scam related money laundering case.Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd, had on July 27 approached the court seeking anticipatory bail in the case, saying he feared arrest in the case. The court had on Saturday granted the interim protection till today. During the argument, he told special Judge Arvind Kumar that he was cooperating in the probe and there was no need of his arrest. Puri recently appeared before Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the case pertaining to the now scrapped Rs 3,600 crore chopper deal with AgustaWestland.last_img read more

Oceans acidifying rapidly due to carbon dioxide emissions says UNbacked study

14 December 2009The levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would be much higher if oceans did not absorb the amount they do, but this has lead to their rising acidity levels, according to a new United Nations-backed study issued today. Approximately one quarter of the emissions resulting from human activities – including deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels – are taken in by oceans.Without absorption by oceans, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide would be far higher, amplifying the effects of climate change worldwide.But as a result, the chemical balance of oceans has changed dramatically, with scientists predicting acidification will occur at a rate 100 times faster than any change in acidity experienced in the marine environment over the past 20 million years. The rapid pace has left little time for evolutionary adaptation within biological systems.“Substantial damage to ocean ecosystems can only be avoided by urgent and rapid reductions in global emissions of carbon dioxide,” said Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.“Attention must be given for integration of this critical issue at the global climate change debate in Copenhagen,” he said, referring to the historic UN summit under way in the Danish capital that is set to conclude on Friday with negotiators wrapping up talks on a new agreement.Some 70 per cent of cold water corals, which serve as a feeding ground for commercial fish species, will be exposed to corrosive waters by 2100, the study found.In a related development, another UN-backed report issued in Copenhagen today underscored that any agreement reached there to provide funds to curb emissions could generate multiple benefits so long as resources target sites that are both carbon and biodiversity-rich.But it also found that safeguards are also vital to ensure that funding for UN-REDD – an initiative aimed at combating climate change by creating incentives for poorer countries to reverse the trend of deforestation and invest in more sustainable forms of development – could displace and intensify activities such as agriculture into lower carbon but equally biodiversity-rich areas, such as parts of East Africa and Brazil.The publication is said to be the first map-based analysis of the distribution of carbon and biodiversity, showing areas where the double benefits could be reaped, including the Amazon, Sumatra and Borneo. read more

Lyft is coming to Toronto in its first expansion outside the US

Ride-hailing company Lyft is bringing its service to Canada.The company announced Monday that it is coming to Toronto in what will be its first expansion outside of the United States.“Our passports are packed and we’re crossing the border,” the company said in a post on its corporate blog.“We’ve been looking forward to taking our brand of ridesharing international for some time, and we’re super pumped to share this with our close friends up north.”The company did not say exactly when the service would be available in the city, but says it will be “around to help ring in the holidays.”The move follows the controversial launch of rival Uber in Toronto a few years ago, which saw protests by taxi drivers.Toronto city council introduced rules to allow the service to operate legally last year. Uber also has been embroiled in a fight in Quebec over the province’s rules for ride-hailing services.In September, the province announced it would renew a pilot project agreement for one more year, but added new provisions that included 35 hours of mandatory training, police background checks and a vehicle inspection every year.Uber has argued the 35-hour provision hurts the firm’s model of employing part-time and casual workers, who couldn’t even try the service without the training. read more

Karunanidhi slams US on Lanka resolution

M.H. Jawahirullah of MMK said the U.S. government was against the Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka as it had close ties with China.Now that the U.S. has a friendly government with the rulers in Sri Lanka favourable, it might scuttle an international inquiry. “Internal inquiry is unacceptable,” he said.PMK MLA Ganesh Kumar, Puthiya Tamizhagam leader K. Krishnasamy, CPI floor leader M. Arumugam and Congress MLA J.G. Prince spoke in favour of the resolution. Welcoming the resolution moved by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urging the Centre to take the lead for an international probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka, political parties in the State raised apprehensions that the United States could be acting on geo-political interests (in the South Asian region).DMK leader M. Karunaniadhi also urged the Centre to move a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for an international probe. During the debate on the resolution in the Assembly on Wednesday, DMK deputy leader Durai Murugan termed it as a “timely resolution.” He recalled his remarks condemning the U.S. government’s decision to support a local inquiry into the war crimes. “America’s stand on the issue will cover up the genocide,” he said. Recalling the efforts taken by his party for an international probe, he said the Union government should be steadfast in its demand for international probe. “Tamil Nadu’s stand should be India’s stand,” he said.CPI(M) floor leader A. Soundararajan said the Centre should demand an independent inquiry by a panel of international jurists to close the escape routes for the perpetrators of war crimes. K. Pandiarajan, an MLA from the splinter group of the DMDK, said the resolution strengthened the voice of Tamils in northern Sri Lanka and pointed out that India has a greater leverage with the United States than Sri Lanka. Both concurred in their view that the U.S. could be acting on geo-political interests. read more

Sri Lanka discusses maritime security at ARF conference

Delivering Sri Lanka’s statement at the Forum, Foreign Minister Marapana highlighted the important areas of cooperation for Sri Lanka, including maritime security, disaster management, defence related confidence building measures and preventive diplomacy, and for sustaining the growing economic dynamism and prosperity of the region. The Foreign Minister also welcomed the steady advancement in the areas of cooperation in the ARF and unreservedly supported the process. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana led the Sri Lanka delegation to the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting held on 4 August 2018 in Singapore.Inaugurated in 1994 in Thailand, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is the principal forum for security dialogue in the Asia-Pacific region which seeks to promote regional development and prosperity while recognizing challenges to regional peace, security and prosperity. Foreign Minister Marapana held a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the ARF with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Brunei, Lao PDR and Cambodia, and discussed on areas of mutual interest. The Sri Lanka delegation included the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Singapore and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. read more

Blast at NH ball bearings plant shakes walls breaks windows injures 15

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Blast at NH ball bearings plant shakes walls, breaks windows, injures 15 people; cause unknown Emergency crews from several towns work an area outside the New Hampshire Ball Bearing plant after an explosion, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in Peterborough, N.H. At least 13 people were injured, but a company spokeswoman says none of the injuries appears to be life-threatening. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – An explosion rocked a small-town ball bearings plant on Monday, shaking walls, shattering windows and sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening.A New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. machine operator, Paul Clark, said he was outside in the parking lot on Monday afternoon when he heard the blast.“I was in my car backing out when I felt a rumble and heard a bang,” he said. “I looked up, and snow on the building’s roof was flying into the wind.”The blast blew out windows on the three-story building’s ground floor, Peterborough Fire Department spokesman Eric Bowman said. There was no fire, and a hazardous-materials team was investigating.It was unclear what caused the explosion, company spokeswoman Kathy Gerrity said. First responders will try to determine the extent of the damage to the facility, and it was unknown when it will be back in operation because it would need to be inspected and deemed safe first, she said.The plant, in the southwest New Hampshire town that was the inspiration for Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town,” manufactures high-tech parts for the aerospace industry and employs 700 people. Gerrity said she wasn’t sure how many people were inside when the explosion happened Monday afternoon but there are usually about 450 working around that time.Clark, who operates a machine used in a rolling procedure, said his girlfriend, Andrea Painchaud, was at work in the shipping department when the explosion knocked shelves off the walls and part of the roof came down around her. He said she was uninjured.“Smoke came pouring out,” said Clark, who lives in nearby Pepperell, Mass. “I could hear somebody screaming.”Bill Brock, owner of the Manhattan East Hair Design shop about a quarter-mile from the plant, said he heard and felt something but didn’t know what it was. Then about 30 ambulances and fire trucks went by.Gov. Maggie Hassan said the state emergency operations centre was open to monitor the situation and she was “very encouraged” to hear that all employees had been accounted for.“My thoughts and prayers go out to those injured in today’s explosion, to their families and loved ones, and to the entire Peterborough area where NH Ball Bearings is such an important member of the community,” she said in a statement.Police advised drivers to avoid Route 202 through Peterborough, which has about 6,400 residents.Local hospitals were asked to prepare for patients who may have been exposed to hazardous materials. Two of the 15 people who were treated at Monadnock Community Hospital later were flown to other hospitals, spokeswoman Laura Gingras said, and the rest were released by Monday night.Peterborough, besides inspiring “Our Town,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play first performed in 1938, is home to the MacDowell Colony, a prestigious retreat for artists, writers and composers. Wilder based the fictional town of Grover’s Corners on Peterborough, where he often spent his summers.New Hampshire Ball Bearings’ corporate headquarters are in Chatsworth, Calif. It’s a division of Japanese company Minebea.___Associated Press writers Holly Ramer in Concord, Dave Gram and Wilson Ring in Montpelier, Vt., and Cara Rubinsky in Boston contributed to this report. by Norma Love, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2014 2:34 pm MDT read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO – Five things to watch in Canadian business this week:Premiers’ confab: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits down with the country’s premiers on Monday, the first such meeting since 2009. The new prime minister invited Canada’s 10 premiers and three territorial leaders to Ottawa for the meeting, being held a week before he heads to Paris for a global conference on climate change.Aviation assembly: The country’s new transport minister, Marc Garneau, is expected to attend the International Civil Aviation Organization forum on Monday in Montreal. The event is billboarding aviation as the “engine of development and socio-economic prosperity.” Garneau will likely face questions about beleaguered aircraft-maker Bombardier and Canadian Pacific’s play for U.S. railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corp.Bombardier boon: The Quebec transportation giant holds its annual investor day on Tuesday in Montreal. Things appear to be looking up for the struggling Bombardier — it’s received a US$1 billion infusion from the Quebec government, and last week it inked a deal that would see the province’s pension fund manager invest US$1.5 billion for a minority stake in the company’s rail business.Crude spill report: The Royal Society of Canada will release a report Wednesday looking at the environmental effects that crude oil spills have on water. The study is bound to create waves in the energy sector as companies try to forge ahead with their pipeline plans.Oilpatch battle: The Alberta Securities Commission hears Suncor’s challenge to takeover target Canadian Oil Sands’ poison pill defence on Thursday in Calgary. Suncor, Canada’s largest energy company, says it’s in no rush to sweeten its bid for Canadian Oil Sands. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 22, 2015 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week read more

Liberal government opens spending taps projects 294B deficit

by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2016 4:14 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 6:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberal government opens spending taps, projects $29.4B deficit Jean-Francois Perrault, chief economist at Scotiabank who served as a deputy minister at Finance Canada until the end of 2015, said the Liberals are over-confident in their projections of the budget’s impact on Canada’s economic growth.But he repeatedly praised the budget’s many specifics.“There’s a lot of interesting stuff in there,” said Perrault. “It’s a smartly designed piece of policy, no question about that.” The new Liberal government delivered a sunny ways budget Tuesday brimming with optimism and billion-dollar spending increases spread across a wide spectrum of society.But the bold effort to spur economic growth after almost a decade of fiscal restraint will add more than $100 billion to the federal debt over the next five years as Finance Minister Bill Morneau plunges Ottawa back into the red.And like March sunshine in the frozen national capital, there’s concern that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bright budget may not heat up the economy quite as much as the Liberals promised it would.“We act for the years and decades to come,” Morneau said in his maiden budget speech in the House of Commons.“We act for our children and our children’s children.”Related stories:Full budget coverageHighlights from the federal budgetWinners, losers from 2016 federal Liberal budgetThere’s billions in new spending on infrastructure, Aboriginal Peoples, and transfers to middle and lower income Canadians in a budget blueprint framed by Morneau in terms of Canada’s great post-war expansion of the last century.“Confidence inspired investment,” Morneau said of those high-growth, post-war decades. “Investment inspired confidence.”Audio Playerhttps://www.citynews.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/10/2016/03/22/morneau-interview1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Liberals claim their budget will create 100,000 jobs and boost national economic growth, as measured by gross domestic product, by half a percentage point per year _ a huge increase on a $2 trillion economy.The promised sunny future comes with an immediate fiscal chill.The Liberals are projecting a $29.4-billion deficit in 2016-17, followed by a $29-billion shortfall the following year and almost $23 billion in 2018-19. Over the next five years, Tuesday’s budget shows $113.2 billion in red ink, including a $14.3 billion shortfall for 2020-21 _ after the next scheduled federal election.During last year’s campaign, the Liberals promised “modest deficits” of no more than $10 billion over the course of their mandate and to balance the books by 2019-20.Times, it seems, have changed: The word “deficit” appeared nowhere in Morneau’s budget speech, nor did “spending.” “Investment,” on the other hand, registered 22 times.“Canadians gave them an inch and they’re taking miles,” Conservative interim Leader Rona Ambrose said in a release, while calling the Liberal budget a “nightmare scenario for taxpayers.”Related stories:What’s missing from the first Liberal budgetText of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget speechLiberal budget includes billions in new spending for Aboriginal PeoplesBudget revamps tax benefits for families, focuses on low and middle incomeThe relatively slim, 269-page budget is packed with spending promises for all and sundry on every page. The final Conservative budget of April 2015, by contrast, weighed in at 518 pages while ratcheting down spending in a government-wide effort to show an election-year surplus.“I think budget 2016 runs the risk of over-reaching,” said Craig Alexander, vice-president of economic affairs at the C.D. Howe Institute.“The reality is the amount of money they have to make an impact is relatively limited.”It’s the central paradox of the first Liberal budget: while plunging the country back into deficit, Liberal spending is constrained by a worse-than-anticipated economy that forced the government to spread its election promises over a longer time frame.Put another way, the federal deficit balloons by almost $25 billion in 2016-17, yet new budgetary measures are costed at only $11.57 billion. New spending the following year is forecast at $14.9 billion.“The challenge the government has faced is how do you actually deliver on as many of your election promises as you can, but with a binding fiscal constraint?” said Alexander.New Democrats, who campaigned five months ago on a balanced budget platform, accused the big-spending Liberals of being cheap.“Families across Canada are worried about their jobs and struggling to make ends meet, but today’s budget told them they would have to wait longer for help,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.Over the last three years, federal spending was held to an average 0.4 per cent increase per year, said Mary Webb, senior economist at Scotiabank. The next three years show average increases of 6.3 per cent.“How do you close this gap here?” Webb wondered, short of tax increases or sharp cuts down the road.The budget promises a slew of studies and commissions to develop more innovative economic policy, presumably with future price tags on top of the many funding announcements in the current budget.These include:$8.4 billion over five years to help indigenous communities, including $2 billion on water and wastewater systems in First Nations and $2.6 billion over five years for primary and secondary education on reserves.$10 billion more over two years for a new Canada child benefit, absorbing and replacing both the Canada child tax benefit and the universal child care benefit.$6.6 billion over two years for infrastructure, less than the $10 billion promised in the Liberal election platform.$3.4 billion over five years to increase the guaranteed income supplement top-up benefit for single seniors, and restore the old age security eligibility age to 65 from 67.$2 billion over three years for a new strategic investment fund for infrastructure improvements at colleges and universities.$2 billion over two years for a low-carbon economy fund, beginning in 2017-18. read more

Concerns raised about possible ongoing problems at CNRL well in Alberta

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 20, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Environmentalists and First Nations are raising concerns about a heavy oilfield in northeastern Alberta that may still be seeping water and bitumen years after the flow was first discovered.The field, owned by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ), was the subject of a major investigation by the province’s energy regulator after a major “flow-to-surface event” in 2013.Surface water collected near four fissures in the ground continues to show an oily sheen. The Alberta Energy Regulator says a fifth, which first leaked in 2009, stills oozes small amounts of fresh bitumen.The regulator says the situation is well-managed and CNRL considers the leak over and cleanup complete.Fraser Thompson of the environmental law firm Ecojustice said it’s disturbing the leakage may be ongoing.“There’s reason to be concerned that after what’s been about 3 1/2 years, the bitumen is still coming to the surface and the AER hasn’t been able to tell us when it’s going to stop.”In June 2013, the Alberta Energy Regulator reported a leak in CNRL’s Primrose field near Cold Lake, Alta. Eventually, it emerged that nearly a million litres of bitumen mixed with water had seeped from fissures in the ground.In a report released in the spring, the regulator blamed CNRL’s extraction method, which depended on injecting waves of high-pressure steam underground to soften the bitumen and force it toward collection wells from where it was pumped. The company was using too much pressure, the report concluded.The regulator required CNRL to use a different approach, with lower steam pressures, and granted permission for the company to resume production from the field.Surface water from the four sites involved in the 2013 leak continues to show effects, confirmed Julie Woo of CNRL.“Bitumen seepage is not present in the surface runoff water currently being collected at the sites. That said, the water may contain a residual sheen.”Bitumen continues to seep from the 2009 site, said AER spokeswoman Carrie Rosa.“That first flow-to-surface still experiences occasional seepages,” she said.“When it’s cold and frozen, the flow will stop. It is very, very slow and very, very minimal.”The regulator, which has its own field inspectors, doesn’t have information on how much has leaked. The water and the bitumen are collected and kept out of the ecosystem, Rosa said.Woo said biweekly visual checks revealed no bitumen this year at the 2009 site.“Based on these observations, we are confident that the seepage has ended. We continue to monitor and visually inspect the site.”The company website states: “Canadian Natural has fully cleaned up the flow-to-surface sites.”Crystal Lameman, treaty co-ordinator for the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, said her band has had concerns about the site since 2008 and is in court trying to get access to it. The site is within the band’s traditional territory.The band is worried about the cumulative effects of heavy industry impact on its land. Lameman said the band isn’t satisfied with CNRL’s response.“Our ancestors are buried there,” she said, speaking as a band member.“We have a right to question and we have a right to receive an honest, transparent answer. And that’s what we’re not receiving.”Nancy Scanie, an elder from the Cold Lake First Nation, said energy development in the area has taken a heavy toll.“We have no more animals. We have no more fish. We have no more berries, no more medicines. How much more damage do they want to do?”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 Concerns raised about possible ongoing problems at CNRL well in Alberta read more

UK new car registrations for 2006 meet SMMT forecast

‘2006 was by no means an easy year for the motor industry and the fall in new car registrations comes as no surprise. Uncertainty, fuelled by factors like interest rate rises, political instability and fuel price fluctuations conspired to make the market place a difficult one,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Although we can expect another tough 12 months ahead, that is not to say that it is all doom and gloom – 2007 promises a host of new models along with the potential for attractive showroom offers to tempt the buyer.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK new car registrations for 2006 meet SMMT forecast* December new car registrations down 14.7 per cent to 133,810 units* Full year volumes down 3.9 per cent to 2,344,864 units* Diesel registrations up 0.1 per cent to hit record volume of 898,521 units* Ford Focus tops annual best sellers for past eight years read more

Guyana signs US40m loan agreement with IDB

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, yesterday, signed four loan agreements with the Inter-American Development Bank to secure US$40 million in developmental resources to finance key initiatives within the Ministries of Legal Affairs, Agriculture, Business and Public Health.Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan and President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno signing one of the agreements at the hemispheric bank’s Washington DC headquarters.The following is a press release issued by the Ministry of Finance in relation to the signing: Guyana, on Tuesday February 21, 2017, signed four loan agreements with the Inter-American Development Bank to secure US$40 million in developmental resources to finance key initiatives within the Ministries of Legal Affairs, Agriculture, Business and Public Health.The agreements were signed by Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan and President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno at the Headquarters of the IDB in Washington, D.C.These loan resources will support Government’s developmental agenda of promoting investment; improving connectivity throughout Guyana; diversifying the economy; and providing citizens with quality healthcare and social services.The US$15m Sustainable Agricultural Development Program will aid in the country’s focus on diversifying the agricultural sector and improving its competitiveness and viability. The loan seeks to increase productivity of the agricultural sector while maintaining sustainable and climate resilient use of natural resources in Guyana. Specifically, this program is aimed at (a) producing high quality data for the agricultural sector; (b) increasing productivity, especially for medium and small farmers; and (c) increasing sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) standards and access to meat processing facilities. It is expected that higher productivity will also contribute to reduced pressure on forest and fragile ecosystems, and at the same time, increase incomes for small and medium-sized farmers.To augment our diversification and enhanced competitiveness thrust, the US$9m loan is programmed for the Ministry of Business to support economic diversification and exports through the enhancement of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) and through a National Export and Investment Promotion Strategy. Specifically, the project will seek to enhance the capacity of the NQI, improve facilities for the NQI and enhance the capability of GOINVEST for export and investment promotion. Importantly, this project will seek to enhance the ability of Guyana to connect with regional and global value chains through the promotion of exports and foreign direct investment, particularly agri-business.The Ministry of Health will benefit from the US$8m loan, which will provide support to improve maternal and child health. Specifically, this project will contribute to the reduction of maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. This project will not only seek to increase access to and use of reproductive, maternal and neonatal health services, but, importantly, it will seek to improve the quality of those services.The Ministry of Legal Affairs will benefit from the US$8m loan, which will provide support for the Criminal Justice System. It is anticipated that through this project, there will be a significant reduction of high concentrations of prison population in Guyana. The intent is to reduce the use of pre-trial detention of persons accused of minor, non-violent offences by aggressively  promoting the use of alternative sentencing options such as probation, community service, restitution and fines. This intervention will also seek to ensure that our public institutions responsible for the administration of justice are effective, transparent and accountable.The inking of these agreements is yet another demonstration of the robust relationship shared between the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the IDB. The IDB, Guyana’s main development and multilateral partner, plays a critical role in helping Guyana to access a wide range of concessional resources from other donor countries and agencies. In addition to its own lending window, the IDB is currently involved in an innovative blending of grant and loans with the European Union in two projects, valued over US$96 million. Additionally, the Bank is working with Guyana as the Implementing Partner in some of our programmes under the Guyana- Norway GRIF Scheme.The IDB Country Strategy with Guyana for the period 2017 – 2021 is currently under preparation, which will see further collaborations between Guyana and the Bank, as we seek to advance our nation along a ‘green’ trajectory. read more

Germany smash Qatar in Leipzig

Germany stayed powerful squad even 40 days after golden party in Krakow! Dagur Sigurdsson guys smashed Qatar 32:17 in front of 7.000 fans in Leipzig, in their first friendly match. Valero Rivera had no answer for fantastic German defense with Andreas Wollf between the posts…Germany – Qatar 32:17 (17:9)Germany: Gensheimer (4/1), Sellin (4/1), Groetzki (4), Ernst (4), Wiede (3), Häfner (3), Kühn (3), Drux (3), Lemke (2), Pevnov (1), Späth (1)Qatar: Capote (6), Roine (4/2), Bagaric (3), Lopez (2), Fernandez (1), Tomic (1) für Katar germany handballQatar handball ← Previous Story HANDBALL MANIA IN WETZLAR: “Ausverkauft” until summer 2016 Next Story → Season is over for Xavier Barachet! read more

RIO 2016 Six teams ready for the most important 60 minutes

1RUSRussian Federation8 1NORNorway6 GROUP B: 6ARGArgentina0 Six of eight quarter-finalists are know at Women’s Olympic tournament in Rio! With Brazil and Norway from Group A, all four spots for knock-out experience got their owners in Group B. Russia, France, Sweden and Netherlands wait for the rivals in the “most important” 60 minutes of the tournament.In the last round, Spain and Angola will play for the TOP 8, but also chances has Romania with a victory over Norway.GROUP A: 3ESPSpain4 4ANGAngola4 5KORRepublic of Korea1 4NEDNetherlands4 3SWESweden5 2BRABrazil6 6MNEMontenegro0 2FRAFrance6 5ROURomania4 ← Previous Story SWEDEN IN 1/4 FINAL: Snelder buzzer-beater for another Dutch draw Next Story → END OF AN ERA: Dragan Adzic to quit in Montenegro read more

10 reasons why we love Ruby Walsh

first_imgI’m biased because I was sitting in the stand at the end where all the goals went in, but winning the Champions League to clinch the treble in 1999 was undoubtedly the greatest achievement of Alex Ferguson’s time at Manchester United. To build such an incredible team, winning a league, FA Cup and then have them come back in the manner they did to complete the treble, there’s nothing like it.Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images8. He’s a proud LilywhiteCredit: Goracing.ie9. He enjoys a good practical jokeDavy Russell is on the receiving end here:YouTube credit: TG410. No matter how many falls he has had over the years…Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesCredit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesCredit: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS SportOr injuries he has sustained…Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images(see Paddy Powers’ infographic of all Ruby’s injuries)You just can’t keep him downCelebrating with Hurricane Fly at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.Credit: INPHO/Dan SheridanHere’s what the GAA schedule looks like this weekGroom-to-be Pilkington aiming to make it third time lucky at Wembley 1. He’s got his own Christy Moore songAnd that one by Kaiserchiefs too. Sort of.YouTube credit: pddybrry2. He’s part of a great racing dynastyCredit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesCredit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images3. He’s the jockey we pin all our hopes (and bets) on when Cheltenham comes around each yearCredit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images4. He’s a true professional but also knows how to enjoy himselfAt a Bon Jovi gig, no less…Credit: aronhynes225. If horse racing was an Olympic sport, he’d be a multiple gold medallist by nowCredit: Danny Lawson/LOCOG/Press Association Images6. He’s our favourite person named Ruby (not that he has much competition)Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images7. He knows his footballA long-time Manchester United fan, he recently wrote in his Paddy Power blog:last_img read more

Un champignon géant découvert en Chine

first_imgUn champignon géant découvert en ChineLa plus grande fructification de tous les champignons répertoriés jusqu’à présent vient d’être découverte sous un arbre en Chine. Le spécimen appartenant à l’espèce, F. ellipsoidea, a fait l’objet d’une publication dans la revue Fungal Biology.C’est un nouveau record. La plus grande fructification de champignon découverte en Chine mesure 10,85 mètres de long, 82 centimètres de large et pèse environ une demie-tonne. Le spécimen âgé d’au moins 20 ans est le plus important répertoriés jusqu’à présent.À lire aussiCe time-lapse surprenant va vous faire changer d’avis sur la moisissureLa fructification, située sous un arbre a été découverte par une équipe de chercheurs étudiant initialement les mécanismes de développement de champignons dans le bois en décomposition. “Nous n’étions pas spécifiquement à la recherche de ce champignon. Nous ne savions même pas que le spécimen pouvait grossir autant. Un des petits morceaux du champignon fait presque ma taille”, confie le professeur Yu-Cheng Dai, à BBC Nature. 10 mètres de long pour 450 millions de spores Le champignon, appartenant à l’espèce F. ellipsoidea, est connu par les mycologues pour être un polypore vivace. Ce spécimen à tube se développe sur le bois mort et peut vivre pendant de nombreuses années, atteignant ainsi une taille considérable. Selon les chercheurs, le nouveau géant posséderait près de 450 millions de spores, destinés à produire les générations futures. Le détenteur du précédent record était un spécimen de Rigidoporus ulmarius, un polypore dont la fructification a été découverte dans les jardins de Kew en Grande-Bretagne en 2003. Il mesurait environ 150 centimètres de diamètre avec une circonférence de 425 centimètres.Le 6 août 2011 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Loyal to the Craft Tour stops in San Diego County

first_img KUSI Newsroom Loyal to the Craft Tour stops in San Diego County KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 12:04 PM February 8, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SJC Drums has teamed up with Vans and Frank Zummo of Sum 41 to present the Loyal to the Craft Tour to cities along the West Coast and Texas.In an effort to bring the passion of musical creativity to drummers and fans of all ages, these events are completely free and open to the public, according to SJC Drums.The event features performances by local drummers, a workshop with Frank Zummo and the opportunity to hear a story of entrepreneurship/SJC’s humble beginnings from co-founder Mike Ciprari. “Drummers of all skill levels will leave the event feeling inspired to hone their own craft and take their passion for music to the next level,” said Mike Ciprari.The Loyal to the Craft Tour is Friday, February 8th at 5pm at Drum Flip in Vista.Fans can RSVP to attend The Loyal to the Craft Tour at https://www.sjcdrums.com/. Posted: February 8, 2019 Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

EPA fines BP Hilcorp for spills on the North Slope

first_imgBP Exploration Alaska and Hilcorp Alaska have agreed to pay fines after spilling oil and waste on the North Slope.Listen nowCleanup personnel wipe oil from well piping on May 4, 2014 where a BP Exploration Alaska pipe ruptured and contaminated nearby tundra. (Photo by Don Fritz/ADEC)The Environmental Protection Agency announced the companies will pay $130,000 in federal penalties.According to the EPA, the Clean Water Act violations by both companies affected Arctic wetlands that support wildlife like caribou, ptarmigan and geese.EPA spokesman Mark MacIntyre said the North Slope is one of the harshest environments where companies operate in Alaska. It’s also one of the most ecologically sensitive.“We know that the tundra is kind of like a big sponge and is completely overlaying water that drains off and runs to various tributaries to rivers and then rivers to the sea,” he said.Hilcorp had a breach in a production line in its Milne Point field. The leaky pipeline caused nearly 10,000 gallons of crude oil and water to spill onto about an acre of land. The company will pay $100,000 to the EPA.BP will pay $30,000 in federal penalties for spilling 700 gallons of waste onto 33 acres of tundra and gravel pad. That spill was caused by a frozen rupture in one of the company’s lines in Prudhoe Bay.Piping showing oil from the BP spill in Prudhoe Bay on May 2, 2014 in Alaska. (Photo by John Ebel, ADEC)MacIntyre said spill cleanup on the North Slope can be complicated by winter weather. Hilcorp response crews had to struggle through blizzard conditions while BP workers had to remove acres of contaminated snow.“A lot of times, frankly these spills happen at the worst time of the year, when it’s the coldest, when it’s the darkest, when (it) really puts people at risk in terms of responding and trying to fix things when they spill,” MacIntyre said. “So it’s really in nobody’s interest to have anything spill.”Neither company agreed to interviews about the incidents. Both sent prepared statements.Hilcorp spokeswoman Lori Nelson said it is proud of its response to the spill and inspected other similar pipeline sections as a result of the incident. While BP spokeswoman Dawn Patience said the company has worked to strengthen safety and risk management.EPA relies on the companies to report spills. After the agency notifies a company it is considering a fine, MacIntyre says the companies can weigh-in.“They come in and negotiate with us and we end up with a final penalty,” he said.Each case is resolved differently. Sometimes the money goes to the state, sometimes to the federal government. In BP’s case, the company will pay $30,000 in penalties directly to a federal fund that is used to pay for cleanup when spills occur and the responsible party is either unknown, or refuses to pay.BP also settled its case with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation after its spill. It will pay the state $100,000.Hilcorp could still face further fines from its Milne Point spill. A spokeswoman from DEC said the state is investigating the incident and its case is still open.Both companies have reported dozens of spills in Alaska since 2014, but most of the discharges are minute amounts of fuel or oilfield chemicals.last_img read more

How Can Texas Continue Its Economic Success Better Childcare This Group Says

first_imgEconomic success in Texas depends in part on a more robust childcare system, a new report from child advocacy group Children at Risk claims. The report examines the quality of childcare across Texas and how the system impacts a parent’s ability to participate in the workforce as well as their child’s eventual success. Davis LandHouston Council Member Jerry Davis speaks at a press conference announcing Children at Risk’s new report on the role of childcare in the Texas workforce.“For working families, they need a place to put their kids – a quality place to put their kids – so that they can go to work,” said Bob Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk. “For our children to develop well, to be part of a high-quality workforce, they need to go to high-quality childcare, high-quality Pre-K, and then high-quality K-12 schools.”Only 18% of eligible childcare facilities in Texas have gotten a certification from the state saying they exceed the minimum requirements for having a license, according to Children at Risk.Shay Everitt, Director of Early Childhood Education Initiatives at Children at Risk, says the quality of pre-kindergarten and daycare programs affects kids until they grow up and start working, even more so than other support programs in high school.“By then you are putting a band-aid on an open wound; you are trying to triage something that needs stitches with a band-aid,” Everitt said. “Really you could prevent that whole problem from beginning from the get-go if you have this early childhood education.”Everitt says one way to improve the childcare system is by bringing Pre-K programs to childcare providers, hopefully increasing the hours childcare centers are open and boosting the quality of care. “Coordinating these two programs can really help locally, and it’s happening a little bit around here, but our biggest school districts aren’t doing it,” Everitt said. “Other big cities in Texas and many other states are really making this kind of mixed-method delivery for their early childhood programs the norm.” Everitt says the price of quality childcare excludes many families, and on top of that, the hours childcare is available can keep some parents out of certain jobs. Sharelast_img read more

EdFest 2015

first_imgMy School DC will host EdFest 2015, D.C.’s only citywide public school fair on Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Parents, guardians and students can explore the city’s many public school options  from Pre-Kindergarten 3-12th grade. Representatives from more than 180 D.C. public (DCPS) and D.C. public charter schools will showcase their programs. The event will be held at the D.C. Amory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE at noon. For more information, visit myschooldc.org.last_img

ExBengal Minister Nirupam Sen dead

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader and former West Bengal Commerce and Industries Minister Nirupam Sen died early on Monday, party said. Sen was 72. The former politburo member succumbed to multi-organ failure around 5 a.m. at a private hospital in the satellite township of Salt Lake. Sen, who handled the industrial reconstruction, planning and power portfolios in the erstwhile Left Front regime under Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, was suffering from neurological and kidney related ailments. Sen was elected to Bengal state assembly in 1987, 2001 and 2006 from Burwan South seat. He lost to Trinamool Congress candidate Rabi Ranjan Chattopadhyay in 2011. He was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.last_img read more