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December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe engine of a Guna-bound passenger train caught fire on Tuesday between Taravat and Bilonia railway stations in Madhya Pradesh, but nobody was injured in the incident, a railway official said. After spotting the fire, the loco pilot of the Gwalior-Bina-Damoh passenger train applied the brakes, following which the passengers got off. “Nobody was injured in the incident which occurred around 12.40 p.m.,” said Guna-Gwalior section engineer Chandra Prakash Gupta. A relief train from Guna reached the spot, and flames were doused by separating the bogies from the engine. The train remained stranded on the tracks for nearly two hours before another locomotive was brought in.last_img read more

December 1, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAll educational institutions in Kangra district have been asked to remain closed on Saturday due to incessant rain, an official said. Six persons stranded near Palampur following flash floods were rescued while several roads in Kangra and Chamba districts were blocked following landslides, the official added. Kangra Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Prajapati issued the directive on Saturday morning following heavy rain in most parts of the district since Friday evening. “Keeping in view the ongoing heavy rain and extreme climatic conditions across the district, I declare holiday for schools and educational institutions for today (Saturday),” he said. On Friday, the met department had issued an orange warning for heavy rain across the State and a red warning for extremely heavy rain in several districts, including Kangra, on Saturday and Sunday Heavy downpour occurred in and around Palampur sub division since Friday midnight which triggered massive flood in Neugal Khad and its tributaries and all other streams, Mr. Prajapati added. As a result, six persons were trapped near Om Hydro Power Project on Neugal Khad. A team of the State police and Home Guard rescued them, he added.Landslides reported Landslides were reported at Mehra village in Hadal panchayat which posed risk to three houses, an official said, adding that the three families were shifted to safer places. Several roads have been blocked due to landslides.last_img read more

November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I don’t know, honestly. I’m not good enough for him,” Kyrgios responded. “You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.”When a reporter returned to that topic, asking Kyrgios to explain what he meant, he said: “I’m not dedicated to the game at all.”“I mean, you know what I mean: There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day. The ‘one-percenters.’ I’m not that guy.”Asked whether he envisions ever being “that guy,” Kyrgios answered: “I really don’t know. Probably not. Honestly not.”He then referenced his impressive run in Cincinnati and described his routine there.ADVERTISEMENT Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “I was playing basketball … every day for two hours. Like, I played an hour of basketball before I played (2013 French Open runner-up) David Ferrer in the semifinal,” he said. “I was … getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this week I was dedicated — and my shoulder starts hurting.”Against Millman, Kyrgios’ shoulder was massaged by a trainer during changeovers in the third set. During that set, Kyrgios also had an argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being warned for using bad language.Kyrgios pleaded that he hadn’t said anything improper, but Ramos said a linesperson had reported him.“For obvious reasons,” Ramos said, “I cannot repeat what he said you said.”As for his body, Kyrgios stopped playing during Wimbledon because of a hip injury — part of a three-match run in which he retired each time.“I have had a diabolical year at these Slams. It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks,” he said. “It’s just a roller-coaster.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to John Millman of Australia during their first round Men’s Singles match on Day Three of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — A post-loss news conference with Nick Kyrgios often feels more like a therapy session, and Wednesday at the U.S. Open was no exception.There was a lot to unpack afterward.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ The 14th-seeded Kyrgios lamented the injured right shoulder that limited his effectiveness from the third set on during a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 exit against another Australian, 235th-ranked John Millman. Kyrgios called the series of health issues that have hampered him all year “diabolical.” He stated that he doesn’t care enough about working hard and, therefore, his coach should find someone else to work with.And he closed by covering his face while saying, “I keep letting people down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingKyrgios is a supremely talented and temperamental 22-year-old who has reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals and just this month beat 15-time major champion Rafael Nadal en route to the final of the Cincinnati Masters. He is also someone who gets in trouble for his on-court actions, such as lobbing insults at his opponent or being accused of not giving his best effort.When Kyrgios was asked Wednesday whether he plans to continue being coached by former player Sebastien Grosjean, the reply was rather startling — or rather, would have been, coming from any other professional athlete. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

November 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRafael Nadal has been given the green light by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to compete at next month’s Rio Olympics despite not fulfilling the qualification criteria.The 2008 Beijing gold medallist’s participation had been in doubt as injury had prevented him from appearing in the minimum number of Davis Cup ties required in a four-year Olympic cycle to qualify for the Games.The Spaniard, who has been out of action since pulling out of the French Open following his second round match with a wrist injury, won his appeal to compete in the Aug. 5-21 Games and was named in the final list of participants issued by the ITF on Friday.The 30-year-old, who missed the 2012 Games through injury, has been named as his country’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony and will be one of four Spaniards competing for the men’s singles gold medal.He will also compete in the men’s doubles with Marc Lopez.Nadal has not travelled with the Spain team to Romania for the Davis Cup Euro/Africa zone playoff as he continues his recovery from the wrist injury.last_img read more

November 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIf Switzerland became B-Town’s mascot of mush since Yash Raj Films blockbusters romanced that nation since the eighties, the banner now looks all set to move base.Aditya Chopra’s upcoming Befikre is all about romancing France. Quite in sync, the film’s stars Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor turned out among a crowd of starstruck Bollywood fans at Eiffel Tower in Paris to launch the film’s trailer.BOLLYWOOD’S CHAMELEON STARRanveer has emerged as Bollywood’s chameleon star and is known for his ever-dynamic makeovers. At the Eiffel, he was spotted sporting a thick beard that complimented gelled-back hair. His navy blue suit complimented Vaani’s longflowing off-shoulder designer gown of similar hue. Both stars looked happy posing for selfies.ALSO READ: Befikre: The truth about Vaani Kapoor’s chin, in 7 photos In all this, Ranveer took a moment to mention victims of the Paris terror attacks during a chat with the international press at the Gustave salon.”Just when we were prepped to begin shooting in November last year, the 13/11 Saint Denis terror attacks hit the city. There was nervousness about feasibility of shooting in Paris, with some advising Adi sir to shift to another city. But having conceived the film entirely in Paris and laced with its inherent spirit of joie de vivre, he decided to shoot here. In a manner, Befikre advocates the typical Parisian spirit of living carefree, and he thought that standing by this idea was very important, in the wake of such aggression,” he said.Befikre tells the story of Dharam and Shyra, Indian youths in Paris who decide to have a good time together but avoid commitment. However, as their bond grows, they increasingly find it difficult to avoid the deeper context of a relationship they were trying to keep undefined.advertisement”Befikre is not just about two characters. There is another very prominent third character, and that is Paris. Aditya Chopra used to tell us how he wanted to present Paris like never before. He wanted to film this city like an insider, and so he chose French technicians,” said Vaani.The trailer has crossed one crore hits in just 24 hours since its launch, and has been a trending topic in India for over 13 hours.ALSO READ:Befikre trailer: Ranveer and Vaani’s new-age romance is a shocker from ol’ school Aditya Chopralast_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMumbai, Nov 24 (PTI) Hosts Mumbai City FC would look to shrug off their defeat against Bengaluru FC and chase their first win of the season when they take on FC Goa in an Indian Super League (ISL) match here tomorrow. Bottom-placed Mumbai, who will miss services of injured Leo Costa, were unable to score against Bengaluru, who thrashed them 2-0. The hosts have some good forwards in Balwant Singh, Rafa Jorda, Everton Santos who need to fire and convert chances. Mumbai City head coach Alexandre Guimaraies would also be keen that his defenders and mid-fielders put up a spirited show and don?t concede any goals. Their hopes also depend on the performance of their star goal-keeper Amrinder Singh, who would look to repeat his last year?s heroics, when he earned the Golden Glove award. Guimaraies today admitted that his side was more prepared for tomorrow?s game then the opening one. ?We have a tough game. Goa did very well against Chennayin. We have to improve our performance from the first game. For tomorrow, we are more complete in our squad compared to first game and we are prepared,? the Costa Rican told reporters ahead of the game. “So we are prepared and are hoping that it?s going to be a good game and we go for a win,? Guimaraies added. Mumbai had only a shot on target in the last game. when asked about it, the coach said, “We had key players like Balwant (Singh) injured after 12 minutes of the game. Leo Costa got injured.” Goa, who are at number four in the table, on the other hand started on a winning note by defeating Chennayin FC 3-2. And they will look to continue the winning streak. With forwards like Adrian Colunga Perez, Ferran Telechea, Manvir Singh and a host of good mid-fielders and defenders, their coach Sergio Lobero would expect a complete performance at the Andheri Sports Complex. “We did have a very good start in the last game, but as it is in football living in the past will not get you anywhere, so all of us are thinking of the next game, and we are all on tomorrow, We don?t want to focus on past results,? Spaniard Lobero said. The FC coach also said that striker Collunga is injured. ?The only injury we have is Collunga. He failed to recover from the injury he was carrying last week but beyond that the team remains the same,? he said. PTI NRB AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

October 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Next We want to win every game wherever we play: Virat Kohli ahead of T20Is vs South AfricaIn terms of preparing for the long season on home soil, India captain Virat Kohli stressed on the fact that their training and hard work remains the same whether they are playing at home or overseas.advertisement India Today Web Desk DharamsalaSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 16:28 IST Virat Kohli addressed a press conference ahead of the T20I series vs South Africa in Dharamsala (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s home season begins with the three-match T20I series against South Africa on SundayVirat Kohli said the team prepares in the same way for home game like they do on overseas toursKohli also answered questions on India’s team selection for this series and their road map for this seasonThe Indian team is leaving no stone unturned in their preparation for the home season which begins with the three-match T20 international series against South Africa from September 15.In terms of preparing for the long season on home soil, India captain Virat Kohli stressed on the fact that their training and hard work remains the same whether they are playing in the country or when touring overseas. The main goal of the team is always to go out there and win every game.”For us as a home team we need to be absolutely sure of our game plan. The way we prepare for overseas series where we have to be very very focussed, it’s the same (for home series). International cricket is about your mindset nowadays.”Every condition can be home condition if you feel comfortable. I think it’s getting into that frame of mind for us which is very important. That’s why we have been one of the most consistent teams in the last 2-3 years.”And that’s been the reason because we want to win every game wherever we play whether it’s home, away, any format… we just want to go out there, play our best cricket and win,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference in Dharamsala on Saturday.”We want to win every game we play” – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/mnisZm8K5ZBCCI (@BCCI) September 14, 2019With a lot of new faces trying to prove their mettle, the skipper outlined the specifics that he is looking in some of the players going forward in the season.advertisement”As far as the road map is concerned, whenever there is a world tournament coming up, it is like a milestone and you start preparing from backwards (back calculate matches). I think every team will go though same process before T20 WC.”These are opportunities where we can try various combinations with new people around — check their ability, character, composure to perform at international level. From that point of view, it is exciting for a captain to try different players and check out combinations. We have all come through that process and I feel happy when I see these new faces emerging, trying to express themselves,” Kohli said.Also Read | Virat Kohli clears the air on MS Dhoni tribute which sparked ex-captain’s retirement rumoursAlso Read | India chief selector MSK Prasad on MS Dhoni retirement speculation: It is incorrectAlso Read | Quinton de Kock has got an incredible cricket brain: David Miller ahead of 1st T20I vs IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs South Africalast_img read more

October 23, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgzoom German shipping company Wessels Reederei has signed a letter of intent with compatriot engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo to convert three of its ships to dual-fuel gas operation.The document was inked at the Europort 2017 exhibition of maritime technology in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.The three ships are sisters to the Wes Amelie, a 1,036 TEU feeder containership with a MAN 8L48/60B main engine that was retrofitted to a multi-fuel, four-stroke MAN 51/60DF unit earlier in 2017.The retrofit enables dual-fuel operation and is the first such conversion of its type the world has ever seen.“The Wes Amelie project was really a pioneering moment in the European container-feeder market and shows clearly that existing MAN engines can be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment,” Stefan Eefting, Senior Vice President, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Head of MAN PrimeServ Diesel in Augsburg, said.“One of the key reasons the Wes Amelie was selected for conversion was its ‘multiplier effect’, that is, its many sister ships that would facilitate follow-up projects at reduced costs owing to the experiences gained from the first project. I believe the signing of this letter of intent validates our approach and points a realistic way towards decarbonisation and a climate-neutral shipping industry by 2050,” Eefting added.Wes Amelie has 23 sister ships, 16 of them structurally identical, which would allow follow-up projects to be implemented, according to MAN.last_img read more

October 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIslamabad: Three suicide bombers attacked a police training centre in Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province on Wednesday, triggering a shootout that killed a security personnel and the attackers, police said. Four police personnel were injured in the attack that took place when the policemen were busy taking an examination and the assailants ambushed the main gate of the Police Lines area in Balochistan’s Loralai district. However, nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack but Baloch nationalists and Taliban rebels often carry out such strikes against the security forces. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London The Pakistan Army, in a statement, said that one attacker was killed on the gate while two succeeded to enter the building. “The suicide bombers were effectively singled out by the police at the main gate. One suicide bomber was killed by a police guard at the entry point, while two others managed to get inside the premises, the statement said. In exchange of fire, one (of the remaining) suicide bomber exploded himself and the other was killed by security forces, the army said, adding that a police head constable was also killed in the exchange of fire. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Soldiers of the Frontier Corps have cordoned the area off, it said. Mohsin Hassan Butt, Balochistan Inspector General of Police, told the media that the attackers were wearing suicide vests. The injured policemen have been shifted to hospital, the Dawn reported. The process of clearing the area has begun and security has been beefed up in and around Loralai in the aftermath of the attack. Condemning the attack, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani said, “the police force fought bravely against the terrorists. The swift and effective action taken by the police today shows that our security agencies are well prepared.” Loralai has witnessed a rise in terror attacks in the past few months. On January 30, terrorists attacked a police recruitment centre in the area, killing nine policemen and injuring 21 people. On January 1, terrorists attacked the training centre of the Frontier Corps in the cantonment area of Loralai. The armed forces shot dead 4 attackers and 4 security personnel were killed while resisting them at the entrance of the training centre.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the Bombay High Court on Tuesday to decide on a plea moved by civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha, seeking to quash the FIR lodged against him in the 2017 Koregaon-Bhima case, within eight weeks.The top court kept the two appeals of the Maharashtra government — filed against the orders of the Delhi High Court and the Bombay High Court respectively — pending. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said the Bombay High Court would decide on Navlakha’s pending plea expeditiously, preferably within eight weeks. Appearing for the Maharashtra government, advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar said the Delhi High Court had on October 1, 2018 quashed Navlakha’s transit remand order in a habeas corpus petition filed by the activist. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the habeas corpus petition was not maintainable in the high court, when a person was in lawful custody pursuant to the orders of the court. Katneshwarkar further contended that even the transit remand order could not be set aside by the high court in the absence of any express prayer for that in the petition. “The high court went ahead and set aside the transit remand order of the magistrate without even asking the petitioner (Navlakha) to amend the prayers in the writ petition,” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe standing counsel of the Maharashtra government argued that the high court had erred in setting aside the magistrate’s transit remand order on the ground that the case diary was not produced before it. “Due to the order of production of case diary, the Maharashtra police was facing problems in conducting the investigation and making arrests across the country as it is not possible for the investigating officer to be present at every place,” he said. The bench agreed with the contention on production of case diary and asked the state government’s counsel about the status of Navlakha’s petition in the Bombay High Court for quashing of the FIR in the case. Katneshwarkar said it was pending before the high court and therefore, they had filed the second appeal seeking direction for expeditious disposal of the petition. The bench said it was keeping both the appeals of the state government pending and requesting the Bombay High Court to expeditiously decide on Navlakha’s petition, preferably within eight weeks. The Maharashtra police had arrested five activists, including Navlakha, on August 28 last year in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave — the “Elgar Parishad” — held on December 31, 2017 that had allegedly triggered violence in Koregaon-Bhima village, near Pune, the next day.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The appeal follows last week’s release of a new report the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) showing that changes in the atmosphere, the oceans, glaciers and ice caps show unequivocally that the world is warming and that its is more than 90 per cent certain that human activities are the cause. “Action is needed to reduce people’s vulnerability to climate-related hazards and the Hyogo Framework provides a blueprint for taking such action now,” UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) director Sálvano Briceño said, referring to the Hyogo Framework for Action: 2005 – 2015, adopted by 168 Governments at the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, in January 2005. “We need to build our houses, schools and hospitals away from landslide-prone locations, using flood-resistant materials. We need to educate people to reduce their own risk, preserve ground cover to avoid erosion, adjust agricultural practices to avoid losing crops to flood or drought, and protect our coasts,” Mr. Briceño told a news briefing in Geneva. “Society’s vulnerability is only increasing as a result of rapid urbanization, population pressure, and other factors. Climate change will aggravate existing vulnerabilities, increase drought, flood and storm risk for millions of people and bring these risks to parts of the world that haven’t felt them before. The need for action is urgent.” The Hyogo Framework seeks to build over a 10-year period the resilience of nations and communities against disasters caused by natural hazards, such as floods, droughts, storms and temperature extremes. Global warming that will have an enormous impact on the frequency and severity of hazards. The increase of temperature by 1.8 to 4 degrees Celsius this century, projected in the IPCC report, will make hot extremes, heat waves and heavy rainfall, more frequent. There will also be greater rainfall at high latitudes and less in most subtropical land regions, and it is likely that tropical cyclones such as typhoons and hurricanes will become more intense. Much is already being done to reduce climate-related risk, and Governments are implementing laws, designating institutions to reduce and manage disasters, developing early warning systems, and creating social safety nets and insurance programmes. But much more needs to be done. “The lessons learned from Vietnam, Bangladesh and the Caribbean for surviving floods and tropical storms need to be shared with the rest of the world,” Mr. Briceño said. The next part of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability will be released on 6 April. A third component on potential ways to mitigate the problem will be released on 3 May. “Those reports will stress even more the need to take action. We face a serious challenge but if we utilize what we know already we have a greater chance to reduce disasters and avoid the worst-case scenario,” Mr. Briceño concluded. 7 February 2007Seeking to counter the potentially catastrophic impact of global warming, a United Nations body entrusted with mitigating natural disasters, such as cyclones, tsunamis and earthquakes, today called on Governments to speed up implementation of a two-year-old accord to reduce the risks facing millions of people exposed to climate-caused calamites. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

UNAMID said about 2,000 people, mostly students, took part in a peaceful demonstration in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, yesterday. The mission has conducted 19 security and confidence-building patrols across the region over the past 24 hours, and UN agencies have also continued to carry out their humanitarian operations. Ameerah Haq, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, said that essential life-saving services will continue to be provided to Darfur’s most vulnerable citizens despite the ongoing insecurity, which has limited aid access to some areas. Ms. Haq called for the support of Sudanese authorities to help ensure that critical services reach the affected population in Darfur, where as many as 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed as a result of direct combat, disease or malnutrition since 2003. Another 2.7 million people have been displaced because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen known as the Janjaweed. UNAMID Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada met yesterday with the incoming UN-AU Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibril Yipènè Bassolé, briefing him on the latest developments, including efforts to speed up the deployment of the mission. Today Mr. Adada met Amr Moussa, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, to discuss cooperation and peace in Darfur in the wake of the recent war crimes charges laid by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary-General Jane Holl Lute and General Martin Luther Agwai, the UNAMID Force Commander, visited troops today in the North Darfur town of Shangil Tobaya to show the support of the mission and the wider UN for their work. Seven peacekeepers were killed on 8 July in an ambush on a UNAMID patrol near Um Hakibah in North Darfur, while another peacekeeper was shot dead in West Darfur last Wednesday. Gen. Agwai wrote today in an op-ed column published in Johannesburg’s Mail & Guardian that the situation has deteriorated so much that the force should be broadened to include more non-African participation. He said the resolution which authorized the mission outlines a predominantly African character for UNAMID, rather than an exclusively African character. “Given the understandable constraints among African contributing nations, we should now be able to turn to those non-African countries willing and able to assist our mission at short notice. Darfurians deserve nothing less,” he said. Gen. Agwai also called for the urgent reinforcement of the mission, including both individual troop deployment and the provision of missing equipment and resources, such as tactical helicopters. The mission currently has just over a third of the 26,000 troops and police officers expected when it reaches full deployment. “I am deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation here. Peacekeeping has become a deadly business,” he wrote, referring to the recent attacks. Darfur’s rebel movements have splintered from a handful two years ago to nearly 30 separate factions and groups today, and they continue to commit attacks, including against members of UNAMID. “The movements have had it too easy for too long. It is time for them to demonstrate that they are serious about peace. They must lay down their weapons and sit around the negotiating table with the government.” Gen. Agwai also urged the Sudanese Government to take steps to achieve a sustainable settlement in Darfur, an arid and impoverished region on the country’s western flank. “Allowing more peacekeepers in from more countries, removing real or perceived bureaucratic obstacles to our mission and the humanitarian effort, engaging with the movement, reining in its reprehensible militia – these all send a powerful message that the Government is doing its utmost to bring about peace in Darfur.” 21 July 2008The security situation in Darfur was relatively calm again over the weekend, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) to the strife-torn Sudanese region – where eight blue helmets have been killed this month – reported today. read more

October 4, 2019 | | Post a Comment

WASHINGTON – Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in an Oregon field, a potential threat to trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.The Agriculture Department said Wednesday that the genetically engineered wheat is safe to eat and there is no evidence that modified wheat entered the marketplace. But the department is investigating how it ended up in the field, whether there was any criminal wrongdoing and whether its growth is widespread.“We are taking this very seriously,” said Michael Firko of the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.A farmer discovered the genetically modified plants on his farm and contacted Oregon State University, which notified USDA early this month, Firko said.No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming. USDA officials said the wheat is the same strain as a genetically modified wheat that was legally tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but never approved. Monsanto stopped testing that product in Oregon and several other states in 2005.The discovery could have far-reaching implications for the U.S. wheat industry if the growth of the engineered product turns out to be far-flung. Many countries around the world will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the United States exports about half of its wheat crop.Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba said in a statement that the discovery is “a very serious development that could have major trade ramifications.” The state exports about 90 per cent of its wheat.“I am concerned that a highly regulated plant material such as genetically modified wheat somehow was able to escape into a crop field,” Coba said.USDA officials declined to speculate whether the modified seeds blew into the field from a testing site or if they were somehow planted or taken there, and they would not identify the farmer or the farm’s location. The Oregon Department of Agriculture said the field is in the eastern part of the state.The discovery also could have implications for organic companies, which by law cannot use genetically engineered ingredients in its foods. Organic farmers have frequently expressed concern that genetically modified seed will blow into organic farms and contaminate their products.U.S. consumers have shown increasing interest in avoiding genetically modified foods. There has been little evidence to show that modified foods are less safe than their conventional counterparts, but several state legislatures are considering bills that would require them to be labeled so consumers know what they are eating.While most of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are already modified, the country’s wheat crop is not.USDA said the unidentified farmer discovered the modified wheat when farm workers were trying to kill some wheat plants that popped up between harvests. The farmer used the herbicide glyphosate to kill the plants, but they did not die, prompting the tests at Oregon State to find out if the crops were genetically engineered to resist herbicides.The tests confirmed that the plants were a strain developed by Monsanto to resist its Roundup Ready herbicides and were tested between 1998 and 2005. At the time Monsanto had applied to USDA for permission to develop the engineered wheat, but the company later pulled its application.The Agriculture Department said that during that seven-year period, it authorized more than 100 field tests with the same glyphosate-resistant wheat variety. Tests were conducted in in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.During that testing and application process, the Food and Drug Administration reviewed the variety found in Oregon and said it was as safe as conventional varieties of wheat.In a statement issued Wednesday, Monsanto noted that this is the first report since its program was discontinued.“While USDA’s results are unexpected, there is considerable reason to believe that the presence of the Roundup Ready trait in wheat, if determined to be valid, is very limited,” the company said.USDA officials confirmed they have received no other reports of discoveries of genetically modified wheat. Firko and Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse said they have already been in touch with international trading partners to try and assuage any concerns.“Hopefully our trading partners will be understanding that this is not a food or feed safety issue,” Scuse said.___Associated Press writers Nigel Duara and Tim Fought in Portland, Ore., contributed to this report.___Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mcjalonick AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email USDA says unapproved genetically engineered wheat discovered in Oregon field by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2013 3:19 pm MDT read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRitchie Bros Auctioneers will sell a large selection of unused mining plant at its unreserved public auction in Moerdijk, The Netherlands, on July 3 and 4, 2014. The equipment includes crushers, feeders, stackers, conveyor belts, vibratory screens, a reclaimer and much more. The equipment will be available for personal inspection in the week before the auction and sold on auction day to the highest bidders without minimum bids or reserve prices. Buyers can bid in person at the Moerdijk auction site, online in real time at rbauction.com and by proxy.“At Ritchie Bros we sell thousands of heavy mining and construction equipment items and trucks each year,” said Jeroen Rijk, Senior Vice President, Sales, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. “And, without a doubt, our upcoming auction in Moerdijk is an extraordinary and unique opportunity for mining companies from all over the world to be able to find an enormous quantity of unused plant equipment and bid on items in an unreserved auction. Additionally, due to the proximity of our auction location to international shipping ports, equipment will be ready to be shipped and be put straight to work – saving potential buyers a considerable amount on transportation.”Some of the unused equipment highlights at the upcoming Moerdijk auction include:•           A 2011 Thyssen Krupp semi-mobile primary & secondary crushing plant•           A 2011 Tenova 40RE6000 reclaimer•           Two 2011 Zoomlion stackers•           Four 2011 Sandvik CH660 cone crushers•           Six 2011 Haver & Boecker TD 2440 x 9760 2 circular eccentric vibratory screens•           Twenty-eight EP420 Sandvik conveyor belts (ranging from 23 to 2,000 m).last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSpace… the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Google. 46 years ago, an entirely new kind of intense fandom was kicked off with the premiere of the original Star Trek TV series. Google is celebrating in the way it usually does, with a Google Doodle on the homepage.The Doodle has the letters of the Google logo spelled out by the Enterprise’s bridge crew. Uhura is an O, Spock is the G, and so on. Most of the letters are non-interactive, but you can open the turbolift to send Kirk on an away mission with a very nervous “red shirt.” On the planet’s surface, you have to take out Gorn the lizard creature in the usual way (diamond cannon, duh).In case you were wondering how deep the Star Trek geekery at the Googleplex goes, you can click on Uhura to get a soft focus close up that imitates that often used shot on the show. There is also a console you can click on that plays the classic Enterprise sound effects. I won’t ruin all the surprises, but there are some tribbles to be found in the Doodle as well (it’s not in the video above).The Doodle will be around all day Saturday, but come Sunday it will disappear. However, it will forever be accessible by visiting the Google Doodle archive allowing you to play around with it whenever you need a Star Trek hit.via Washington Postlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgExploration de Mars : la NASA lance une boîte à idéesLa NASA se fait progressivement distancer par les Européens dans la course à l’exploration martienne. Pour faire face, et ce malgré un budget en baisse, l’agence spatiale américaine a décidé de lancer un appel à idées, de préférence abordables si possible.Pour rester dans la course de l’exploration martienne face aux Européens, la NASA demande aux chercheurs et ingénieurs du monde entier qu’ils soumettent des projets d’exploration de la planète dès 2018. En effet, depuis que l’agence s’est retirée du projet ExoMars auquel elle était censée participer en partenariat avec l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), elle ne dispose plus de moyens suffisants pour poursuivre son programme d’exploration spatiale. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLa NASA compte donc beaucoup sur le robot explorateur Curiosity qui atterrira début août sur Mars. S’agissant du robot le plus sophistiqué et le plus lourd jamais déployé sur une autre planète, sa mission sera de déterminer pour la première fois si la vie a pu exister sur la planète rouge. Suite à l’abandon américain, la Russie devrait se joindre au projet de l’ESA d’ici la fin 2012. De peur d’être complètement dépassée par les événements, la NASA appelle donc les scientifiques américains et étrangers à envoyer, par internet, leurs propositions. Les meilleurs projets seront présentés lors d’un atelier à Houston (Texas, sud) en juin.  De son côté, le président Barack Obama a lancé le défi d’envoyer des hommes sur Mars d’ici 2030. “Nous avons beaucoup de mal à collaborer à court terme avec les missions martiennes, mais on essaie de trouver une solution, et nos partenaires internationaux le comprennent”, a déclaré John Grunsfeld, administrateur adjoint du directorat des missions scientifiques de la NASA cité par l’AFP. Evoquant ExoMars, il a confirmé que “nous n’en faisons plus partie, et je ne pense pas que cela changera”.Le 17 avril 2012 à 19:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgL’apogée des reines guerrières mayasEntre les ans 600 et 800, la civilisation maya a vu émerger un grand nombre de reines guerrières. Longtemps méconnues, elles prennent à présent de plus en plus de place dans les recherches archéologiques et historiques.Après tout, Xena rime avec Maya. L’archéologue Kathryn Reese-Taylor, de l’université de Calgary au Canada, travaille à faire connaitre une catégorie assez particulière de souverains : les reines guerrières mayas. Loin d’être des cas isolés, nombre d’entre elles se sont hissés aux plus hauts échelons de cette fascinante culture précolombienne. Un article est consacré à ce sujet dans l’édition du mois de mars du magazine Discover.Ces féroces reines ont surtout régné du septième au neuvième siècle de notre ère et ont étendu leur pouvoir aussi bien au commerce qu’à la politique ou à la guerre. C’est lors de fouilles archéologiques sur le site très isolé de Naachtun, au Guatemala, que Kathryn Reese-Taylor a découvert un pilier en pierre sur lequel était représentée une reine à l’allure fière et belliqueuse.A la tête de campagnes guerrières”Alors que je commençais mes recherches, j’ai constaté que les travaux existants suggéraient qu’il n’y avait que quelques cas isolés de ces reines guerrières au sein de la société maya, explique-t-elle. Mais j’ai commencé à me rendre compte que c’était faux. Il y a en fait de nombreux exemples de ces nobles guerrières”.Des centaines de cas sont en effet connus à partir de l’an 600, alors qu’ils étaient jusque-là extrêmement rares. Cette montée en puissance a ainsi culminé sous la princesse Ix Wak Chan Ajaw, qui a lancé pas moins de huit campagnes militaires en cinq ans.Un phénomène sous-estiméQuant à la question de savoir pourquoi le phénomène a été aussi longtemps sous-estimé, l’archéologue évoque plusieurs pistes. D’abord la connaissance en hiéroglyphes s’est considérablement affinée, ce qui donne accès à davantage d’informations. Il est également possible que des biais culturels aient pu entrer en jeu.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”A la fin du XIXe siècle et au début du XXe, l’idée que des femmes puisse être des guerrières était inédite, précise Kathryn Reese-Taylor. Les femmes ne menaient pas de batailles, des personnages comme Catherine II la Grande ou Jeanne d’Arc étaient vus comme des exceptions historiques. Pourquoi aurait-on alors cru que dans cette culture les femmes auraient pu avoir de tels rôles ?”Des découvertes ont également donné davantage d’importance au phénomène. En 2012 notamment, une équipe d’archéologues américains a annoncé avoir mis au jour la sépulture de la reine guerrière maya connue sous le nom de K’abel qui a régné durant 20 ans au cours du VIIe siècle.  Le 15 mars 2014 à 17:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHudson’s Bay High School students will have a candlelight vigil for their classmate Doug Combs at 5 p.m. Friday near the corner of East 20th and C streets in downtown Vancouver. Combs, a suspect in a shooting and two robberies, was fatally shot by police near the intersection last Friday night.East 20th Street will be closed from Main Street to Broadway starting at 4 p.m.Awesome Flowers is donating flowers to the vigil and another local business is donating 180 candles. Community members are welcome to attend.last_img read more

September 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhile the 2.0 strategy is aimed at consolidation, the Quad 3.0 strategy focuses on the company’s ability to expand their capabilities quickly with appropriate resources to scale significantly, according to Quadracci in the Q4CC. The most recent merger for the company took place in March of this year when the company took majority ownership stake of Rise Interactive for an undisclosed amount, and the other consolidations made by Quad in the printing industry from most to least recent are Ivie & Associates, Marin’s International, Brown Printing, UniGraphic, Vertis Communications, and Williamson Printing Corporation. LSC Communications has also participated in shrinking the industry with five acquisitions of its own in 2017. Between July and November of last year, the company purchased Creel Printing, Fairrington Transportation, Publishers Press, Cenveo Envelope Group, and Clark Group, in that order. “Since becoming a standalone public company at the end of 2016, LSC Communications has added critical scale, capabilities and technologies,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, LSC Communications chairman, CEO, and president in a statement. “We have done so through acquisitions and divestitures as we work to strengthen our position as a leading innovator in print and multichannel logistics. We are now taking the next major step in our evolution.”The newly combined company will be headed by Joel Quadracci, who will serve in the same capacity. The board of Quad will also expand to include two members from LSC Communications’s existing board, however the names of those board members have not yet been announced. For shareholders of the acquired printer, under the terms of the agreement, each LSC Communications share owned will transfer into 0.625 shares of Quad Class A common stock. The former LSC shareholders will represent roughly 29 percent total ownership of the combined company, as well as hold approximately 11 percent of the vote, which supports Quad’s long-term strategic vision of preserving the Quadracci Family’s leadership and voting control within the company.As a result of the merger, Quad estimates $135 million in net synergies between the elimination of redundant staff, operations consolidation, and creating efficient supply chain organizations, and it expects this to be achieved in no more than two years. “Our clients will benefit from a highly efficient print platform, and the additional cost- and time-saving opportunities generated from enhanced production and distribution efficiencies and flexibility, expanded mailing and logistics services, and strengthened print management services,” said Quadracci. “We are confident in the synergies we will generate from this transaction.” Two of the top magazine printers in the U.S. are set to merge next year, continuing in the years-long trend of consolidation within the printing industry.Quad/Graphics will acquire LSC Communications in an all-stock transaction with an approximated value of $1.4 billion, which is expected to close in mid-2019. As of Sept. 30 of this year, the estimated combined annual revenue of the company would have been $8 billion. “This is a defining moment in Quad’s 47-year journey,” said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics chairman, president, and CEO, in a statement. “Together with LSC Communications, we will create a compelling combination of talent, expertise and client technology to further fuel our Quad 3.0 marketing solutions transformation and strengthen the role of print–a proven and trusted media form in today’s multichannel world.”This acquisition will mark the ninth merger for Quad within the decade. According to Quadracci in the printer’s 2017 Q4 Conference Call, these mergers are part of the Quad 2.0 transformation plan, which started in 2010 with the $1.3 billion purchase of World Color and is aimed at making the company a “disciplined industry consolidator.”last_img read more

September 1, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAP Live footage from WSJ Live news report.MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.The measures came as authorities said that three health workers in the country who received an experimental drug for the disease are showing signs of recovery, though medical experts caution it is not certain if the drug is effective.At least 1,229 people have died of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the current outbreak, and more than 2,240 have been sickened, according to the World Health Organization. The fastest rising number of cases has been reported in Liberia, with at least 466 dead.Authorities here have struggled to treat and isolate the sick, in part because of widespread fear that treatment centers are places where people go to die. Many sick people have hidden in their homes, relatives have sometimes taken their loved ones away from health centers, and mobs have occasionally attacked health workers.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks to health workers. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced late Tuesday that a curfew is going into place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Security forces also will be ensuring no one goes in or out of West Point, a slum in the capital where angry residents attacked an Ebola observation center over the weekend.“We have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the government,” she said. “As a result and due to the large population concentration the disease has spread widely in Monrovia and environs.”“May God bless us all and save the state,” she later added.Saturday’s attack on the observation center in West Point was triggered by fears that people with the disease were being brought there from all over the country, the Information Ministry said Tuesday. Dozens of people waiting to be screened for Ebola fled the center during the chaos. Looters made off with items, including bloody sheets and mattresses that could further spread the virus.All the patients who fled are now being screened at a hospital in Monrovia, and those who tested positive are being treated, the ministry said. It was unclear how many of the 37 who fled were confirmed with Ebola.Liberian authorities also are searching for a pastor who ran away from a different Ebola treatment center outside Monrovia. State radio asked the public to look out for the preacher but did not say whether he had tested positive for Ebola.Three Liberians are currently being treated with the last known doses of ZMapp, a drug that had earlier been given to two infected Americans and a Spaniard. The Americans are also improving, but the Spaniard died.“The medical professionals have informed the Liberian information ministry their progress is ‘remarkable,’” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the patients are showing “very positive signs of recovery.”Experts have said it is unclear if ZMapp, which had never before been tested in humans, is effective. Even if it is, the California-based maker has said more supplies won’t be available for months.Fact sheets for the Ebola virus are distributed during an awareness campaign in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa could last another six months, Doctors Without Borders said Friday, and an aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is unknown. Meanwhile, new figures released by the World Health Organization showed that Liberia has recorded more deaths — 413 — than any of the other affected countries. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)In the meantime, experts say the best way to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa is to identify the sick, isolate them from the healthy and monitor everyone with whom they have been in contact.The WHO said it is seeing some encouraging signs in other parts of West Africa. In Guinea, people from villages that had previously rejected outside help were beginning to seek medical care, according to a WHO statement. The statement said the situation is “less alarming” in Guinea than in Liberia and Sierra Leone.Although the outbreak began in Guinea, Liberia has now recorded the highest number of deaths and Sierra Leone the most cases.The WHO also said there is “cautious optimism” that the spread of the virus in Nigeria can be stopped. Late Tuesday, health authorities there announced a fifth Ebola death — a doctor who had treated a man who flew to Nigeria from Liberia while infected. So far, all recorded cases have been linked to that man.“The outbreak is not under control,” the WHO cautioned. “As recent experience shows, progress is fragile, with a real risk that the outbreak could experience another flare-up.”To try to stem the spread of Ebola, officials have imposed quarantines and travel restrictions on the sick and those in contact with them, sometimes shutting off entire villages and counties.Those restrictions are limiting access to food and other necessities, said the WHO. The U.N. World Food Program has said that it is preparing to deliver food to 1 million people over the next three months.___Associated Press writers John Heilprin in Geneva; Sarah DiLorenzo in Dakar, Senegal and Maram Mazen in Lagos, Nigeria contributed to this report.last_img read more