Lawmakers talk special session

first_imgThe smart money says your representatives and senators won’t spend much time in Jefferson City for this month’s special and veto sessions.Cole County Rep. Rudy Veit says they’ll focus on the bill that limits how many cars you can trade in to get a sales tax break on a new one.“It should be something that’s fairly quick and easy, there may be some other issues that are brought up.”Veit doesn’t think any of Governor Parson six vetoes will be overridden.Lawmakers are back for the special session and will start the veto session Wednesday.last_img

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PM calls meeting to discuss CWG preparations

first_imgAgainst the backdrop of a spate of controversies surrounding the Commonwealth Games, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold a meeting with the ministers concerned on Saturday evening to review preparations for the mega event to be held in October.The meeting will be attended by Sports Ministers M S Gill, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and others involved, official sources said.The meeting assumes significance in view of questions being raised over the state of preparedness for the sports event and allegations of corruption surrounding it.Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi is in the eye of a storm because of the allegations.The Prime Minister’s action came a day after the Congress top brass, including party chief Sonia Gandhi, deliberated on the matter at the meeting of the party’s Core Group.During the discussions in Parliament on the Games this week, there were suggestions that the Government appoint a high-level committee on the lines of the one formed during the 1982 Asian Games which was headed by late Rajiv Gandhi with the then Sports Minister Buta Singh working under him along other officials.However, the Sports Minister had turned down the proposal.The BJP on Friday demanded that the Prime Minister speak on the issue failing which it would press for suspension of Question Hour in both Houses of Parliament on Monday.last_img read more

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(RPTG CORRECTING WORD IN THIRD PARA)

first_imgCong should see reason, help GST pass, says JaitleyNew Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today hoped the Congress will “see reason” and help in passage of GST legislation, stuck in Rajya Sabha, in the Budget session of Parliament beginning next month.”It (GST) is the important reform of UPA. If I had to credit the authorship of it, I have to give credit to them. Now, If the author turns against his own script, what do I make… I have reached out (and) I have spoken to them. I have explained to them and I hope they will see reason… (and) see the rationale behind passing GST,” he said.Speaking at The Economic Times Global Business Summit, Jaitley said the three objections raised by the Congress “go against the grain (rpt) grain of what they themselves had brought”.The minister further said every party with the exception of the Congress is actively supporting the GST Bill.”The UPA allies like the RJD, the NCP and the JD-U are openly supporting it,” Jaitley said, adding that even the Congress-ruled states are for GST.”I dont see a reason why they (Congress) should have a rethink on the Bill. If there is a discussion on a particular idea in the Bill, I am willing to discuss with them… certainly, we cant bound future generations to a flawed legislation,” the minister said.GST which will subsume all indirect taxes such as excise duty, service tax and sales tax into one uniform rate, is stalled in the Rajya Sabha as the Congress is pressing for three changes.advertisementOn whether he took up the GST issue with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at a recent reception hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee, Jaitley answered in the negative.”These are informal occasions, and it is not necessary that you get into a discussion at these forums. I certainly didnt have any political discussions,” the minister said, adding that he had earlier talked about GST with Congress leaders on several occasions. MORE PTI JD DP CS ANZ ARDlast_img read more

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Champions League: Barcelona draw 0-0 at Juventus to seal top spot in group

first_imgWithout Lionel Messi for almost an hour, Barcelona managed to get the draw it needed to reach the Champions League match knockout stages. It was drab 0-0 draw at Juventus, though, despite Paulo Dybala’s efforts to spark it into life for the home side.Messi was rested for the first half before coming on for Gerard Deulofeu in the 56th minute. He went close with a couple of free kicks but Barcelona barely troubled Gianluigi Buffon.The point was enough for Barcelona to secure top spot in Group D. Juventus remained second in the group but is only a point above Sporting Lisbon, which beat Olympiakos 3-1.Juventus, which reached the final in two of the last three seasons, visits Olympiakos in the last round, while Sporting travels to Barcelona.”Leaving Messi out was difficult but he has played a lot this season and has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders too,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “Today we saw a long and tough contest so we thought a rest would do him good.”We knew the game could open up in the second half, so I wanted to both let him rest and have an option to shake things up.”Ivan Rakitic went closest for Barcelona, with a first-half free kick that went past a number of players before hitting the right post.Dybala almost scored in stoppage-time for Juventus but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen palmed his effort around the post.”We had our chances, what a pity for that ball at the end,” Dybala said. “Now we have to be good and win the match against Olympiakos and not wait to see what Barcelona do,” against Sporting.advertisementJuventus had beaten Barcelona 3-0 in Turin in last season’s quarterfinals on its way to the final. But the Bianconeri had lost at Barcelona by the same scoreline earlier this campaign.”We played against a very good team and it was not an easy game to win,” Dybala said. “In comparison to last year, they defended much better and it wasn’t easy to get into the area.”Dybala has long been compared to Messi – his international teammate at Argentina.Dybala was at the heart of most of Juve’s good moves and he also almost scored at the end of the first half when he took the ball round a couple of defenders before unleashing a shot which flashed over the bar.Apart from brief moments like that, the match was short on quality, despite featuring two such prestigious sides.There were plenty of mistakes, notably from Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, who slipped in the middle of the area on one occasion and also lost the ball in a good position.The Argentine also fired an opportunity over the bar, while both lineups were guilty of some sloppy passing.last_img read more

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IPL 2018: KKR’s record 245 too good for KXIP

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders thrashed Kings XI Punjab on Saturday to keep their play-off chances alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL).In a must-win game at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, the Dinesh Karthik-side produced this season’s most impressive batting display and then did enough with the ball to secure a 31-run victory.Having asked to bat first, Kolkata made full use of batting-friendly conditions to post the fourth highest IPL score as they made 245/6 in 20 overs.HIGHLIGHTSIn reply, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle gave Punjab the perfect start as they put up 51 in first five overs. But two consecutive wickets by Andre Russell’s in the sixth over took the sting out of Punjab’s chase.Gayle was the first to depart when Russell bowled him for 21. On the very next ball, the West Indian removed Mayank Agarwal for a golden duck to reduce Punjab to 57/2In his next over, Russell got rid of Karun Nair (3) to make the matter worse. On the other hand, Rahul continued his good form as he scored his third consecutive fifty in IPL 2018.The scoreboard pressure, however, proved to be too much to handle as Sunil Narine got better of Rahul (66) in the ninth over.KKR storm to 4th highest IPL score after back-to-back defeatsAaron Finch made 34 off 20 deliveries before falling to West Indian pacer Javon Searles.Ravichandran Ashwin (45), Axar Patel (19) and Andrew Tye (14) provided some late resistance, but it was never going to be enough as KXIP succumbed to their seventh loss of the season.advertisementRussell returned match figures of three for 41, while Prasidh Krishna scalped two wickets. Narine, Searles and Kuldeep took a wicket each.With the win, KKR moved to the fourth position on IPL table with 12 points. KXIP are currently third on the points table.Earlier, a 23-ball 50 from skipper Karthik coupled with Narine’s 36-ball 75 helped KKR post their highest ever total in IPL. It was also the highest total posted by any team in the 2018 edition.Narine set the stage for a big score, his whirlwind innings studded with nine fours and four sixes.Narine was involved in a 75-run stand for the second wicket with Robin Uthappa (24; 17b; 2×4, 1×6) while Karthik, who hit five boundaries and three sixes, joined hands with Andre Russell (31; 14b; 2×4, 3×6) for a 76-run fourth wicket partnership off just 31 balls.KKR never let their foot off the gas and scored 139 runs in the last 10 overs.In the final over, 17 runs came off Barinder Sran (1/48) as Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 16 off 8 balls alongwith Javon Searles (6), making his IPL debut.For the hosts, purple cap holder Australian pacer Andrew Tye (4/41) was by far the pick of the bowlers.KKR were given a good start by opener Chris Lynn and Narine with the visitors racing to 59/1 after six overs.Lynn 27 (17b 2×4 2×6) looked tentative from the outset, almost chopping the ball onto his stumps in only the second and third ball of the match off Mohit Sharma. On both occasions, the ball went to the fine leg boundary.The dashing Australian was removed by the brilliant Tye to bring Uthappa to the crease.Along with Narine, the pair helped KKR to 106/1 after 10 overs. Narine was severe to Barinder Sran in the 11th over, hitting him for two sixes and a four.The West Indian mystery spinner turned batsman brought up his second fifty of the season in 26 balls and looked set for a hundred.But Tye had other plans as he sent both Narine and Uthappa back in the hunt in one over.While Narine nicked behind a brilliantly executed short delivery, Uthappa mistimed slower one to Mohit Sharma who snaffled a good catch at backward point.Andre Russell was promoted to No.4 to keep the onslaught going and together with Karthik, the duo took the bowlers to the cleaners. While 19 runs came off Axar Patel’s 15th over, Mujeeb Ur Rahman was taken for 21 runs in the next.Tye took Russell’s wicket to break the quickfire partnership as Karthik also fell to Sran but the damage was already done. In between, Nitish Rana also chipped (11) before Mohit Sharma (1/40) took his wicket.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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Positioning Indonesia’s Climate Commitment on the Global Stage

first_imgThis blog post was originally published for The Jakarta Post on September 11, 2015.It looks like the plane on which all of us are flying is going down dramatically and quickly, and we are fighting between the business class and economic class and we didn’t save the plane,” remarked Felipe Calderon, chair of Global Commission on the Economy and Climate at an international conference in Jakarta several months ago, referring to the debate over who should pay and act to tackle climate change.Indeed, the politics of climate change remains contentious and filled with uncertainty, despite the conclusive scientific findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirming that human activity has been responsible for and continues to intensify global warming. These days, as national leaders struggle with economic downturn, migrants, the Islamic State (IS) movement, geopolitical tensions and other pressing issues, many find it hard to focus on climate change, let alone make national commitments to reduce emissions.There is a danger that collective action will give way to collective malaise, and the very short window of opportunity to control climate change will slip away. Rather than sliding back, countries must be stepping up.In 2009, Indonesia made a bold move by voluntarily pledging to achieve a 26 percent reduction in emissions against the business-as-usual scenario in 2020, or 41 percent with international support. Being a developing country with so much promise for economic growth and development, the international community applauded Indonesia for this daring target, which became a game-changer in the stagnant climate negotiations at the time. The National Action Plan on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission (RAN-GRK) was soon issued to guide its implementation.To really understand what this contribution means for the planet as a whole however, we need to zoom out and look at the big picture.Under the climate change convention (UNFCCC), countries agreed to limit the global temperature rise to 2oC above pre-industrial levels. Should we fail to accomplish this, we will be the generation that witnesses an extreme rise in the sea level that will drown out thousands of small islands. This, in addition to failing agriculture due to intensified droughts and other catastrophic predicaments.Responding to this, countries have agreed to create a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris this December. Heading there, countries will submit their post-2020 climate action plans publicly, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). These commitments will largely determine whether the world will reach an ambitious 2015 agreement and will finally set itself on a path toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.According to the CAIT Climate Data Explorer developed by World Resources Institute, China and the US — the world’s number one and two emitters — intend to achieve fairly ambitious emission mitigation goals of 60 to 65 percent per unit GDP from 2005 levels by 2030, and 26 to 28 percent from 2005 level by 2025, respectively.This is a significant turnaround, especially given that little has been done by these countries in terms of emission reductions.Continuing its leadership in the past, Indonesia has now signaled that it plans to set out a substantial pledge of 29 percent reduction against the business-as-usual scenario by 2030.It is fair to say that this new commitment is based on a relatively more robust method and fairly inclusive public participation, which hopefully will lead to a stronger buy-in from stakeholders to implement the pledge moving forward.So far, 61 countries (including 28 from the European Union) have submitted their INDCs, and we are looking forward to seeing more good-willed commitments in the coming months. The INDCs, of course, are not a final step: countries who submit them must ensure that their emission targets will be internalized across government departments and economic sectors at home. Implementation and delivery may prove more difficult than formulation.Key components in the INDC are the concepts of fairness and ambitiousness. Countries are expected to produce a goal that falls in line with the 2oC limit while still enabling growth and development. There are parties who are not willing to go far enough, and this needs to be responded to in a constructive manner by the international community. Shaming those who are not willing to participate does not help anyone; a more effective model would be the creation of a new international system that incentivizes bold low-emissions, and discourages business-as-usual practices.Does this mean that we are finally going to do something about the falling plane? Probably, but at the present rate it is still not enough to lift the plane back up to its path of survival.This is a time for statesmanship. Of all the things that are going wrong in our turbulent world, at least the community of nations can finally set right the climate conundrum in Paris in December.See more at The Jakarta Post.last_img read more

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Baltic Trading Completes Acquisition of Two Capesize Vessels

first_imgzoom Baltic Trading Limited announced today that it has taken delivery of the Baltic Lion, a 2012-built Capesize vessel. The Baltic Lion is the second of two Capesize vessels to be delivered to the Company under Baltic Trading’s agreements previously announced on November 5, 2013.John C. Wobensmith, President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We are pleased to take delivery of the Baltic Lion following the successful delivery of its sister ship, the Baltic Tiger, earlier this quarter. With these vessels, combined with the delivery of two Handysize vessels in September, we have completed as planned two of the three acquisitions announced by Baltic Trading during 2013. Upon the anticipated delivery of two Ultramax newbuildings in the second half of 2014, our six newly acquired vessels will expand Baltic Trading’s modern high-quality fleet by a total of approximately 82% on a tonnage basis. As we continue to execute our growth strategy, we have an option exercisable in January 2014 to acquire two additional Ultramax newbuildings during the second and third quarters of 2015. By taking advantage of an attractive acquisition environment, we have strengthened our ability to capitalize on the positive long-term fundamentals in the drybulk industry and enhanced our future earnings and dividend potential.”The Baltic Lion delivered to its charterer, Cargill International S.A., on December 29, 2013 to commence a spot market-related time charter for 10.5 to 13.5 months. The rate for the spot market-related time charter, which is subject to the completion of definitive documentation, is based on 102.75% of the average of the daily rates of the Baltic Capesize Index (BCI) published by the Baltic Exchange, as reflected in daily reports. Hire will be paid every 15 days in arrears, net of a 6.25% brokerage commission, which includes the 1.25% commission payable to Genco Shipping & Trading Limited. Baltic Trading will not be responsible for voyage expenses, including fuel.The Company used proceeds of approximately $22.6 million from its $44 million credit facility in addition to cash on hand to pay the remaining balance of approximately $42.0 million for the Baltic Lion. The Company also used borrowings of approximately $21.4 million under the $44 million credit facility to refinance a portion of the purchase price of the Baltic Tiger, which delivered to the Company on November 26, 2013.Baltic Trading, Decembar 30, 2013last_img read more

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Selling to Government in Northeastern Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotia suppliers want a bigger piece of the $1 billion governments spend on goods and services in Nova Scotia every year, and government is helping them get it. On Tuesday, June 21, the Antigonish and Guysborough regional development authorities are co-hosting the latest in a series of reverse trade shows. Municipal, provincial and federal governments, hospitals and school boards will be at St. Ninian Place on the St. Francis Xavier campus from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with suppliers. Rather than local businesses, manufacturers or service providers holding a trade show to introduce potential buyers to their products, the roles are reversed — the buyer is holding a trade show for potential suppliers to find out what goods and services they need. “The province is working with Nova Scotia suppliers to help them increase access to business opportunities and improve competitiveness,” said Justice Minister Michael Baker, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. “One way we are helping is through initiatives of the Supplier Development Program such as reverse trade shows.” Nova Scotia businesses currently get about 80 per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends each year on goods, services and construction. This program is making suppliers more aware of the opportunities to buy and sell locally. Reverse trade shows were held in four regions of the province this year, where they introduced hundreds of suppliers to procurement procedures. Suppliers also had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential buyers. Shows were held in Amherst, Cornwallis, Stellarton, and Sydney. Plans for the coming year include shows in Yarmouth, Truro, Bridgewater, Port Hawkesbury and Halifax. Reverse trade shows are only one component of the Supplier Development Program. The program also provides outreach services and community workshops on accessing procurement opportunities, among other initiatives. For more information on the June 21 trade show, suppliers can contact either the Antigonish Regional Development Authority or Guysborough Regional Development Authority. For information on the Supplier Development Program and public sector procurement, see the Office of Economic Development website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders .last_img read more

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Fourfold increased rapes against children between 1994 and 2016 Report

first_imgNew Delhi: India has registered a four-fold increase in the number of rapes against children between 1994 and 2016, according to a new report by an alliance of six child-focused organisations. The report quotes National Crime Records Bureau data, which shows that the number of rapes against children in 1994 was 3,986 while in 2016 it was 16,863, accounting for a rise of 4.2 times. Titled ‘Child Rights in India – An Unfinished Agenda’, the report talks about a number of issues including, malnutrition, crime against children and education. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! It has also identified four components of child rights that, it says, have received lesser attention. These four components are sexual and reproductive health, access to play, recreation and leisure, family and community-based protection mechanisms and engagement of children in decision-making at family and community level. The report states that decreasing sex ratio and increase in incidents of rape are the two indicators that demonstrate the increased vulnerability of girls. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Girls, especially from rural areas across the country, believe that security concerns are leading to limited mobility, thus hampering their economic and social development. “In all states, girls reported that their mobility is severely compromised due to safety and security reasons and this does not affect boys to the same extent,” it said. According to an NCRB report, ‘Crimes in India 2016’, a total of 106,958 crimes were committed against children that year. A majority of these crimes were kidnapping and abduction (52.3 per cent) and sexual offences (34.4 per cent), including child rape. The child rights report has also identified that social disaggregation on the lines of gender, social groups and religion increase vulnerability of children and their inability to demand their rights. It acknowledges India’s progress in combating under-five deaths due to preventable causes, which has reached current global average of 39 per 1,000 live births, and is more likely to achieve the target set in (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals. The India report is aligned to the global report — ‘A Second Revolution: 30 years of child rights and the unfinished agenda’ — launched recently in New York by Joining Forces Alliance. Representatives of the alliance that has brought out the India report said, “The country has progressed well on a number of child-related indicators. Introduction of a number of legislations and policies to resolve the issues are commendable. However even today, violation of child rights is of great concern.” “We call upon the government to develop a strong and robust system to meet the child rights obligations of the country to ensure that every child has the right to survival, development, protection and participation,” they said. The report also touched upon various aspects of child welfare that includes their health and education. According to the report, though progress has been noted in reducing malnutrition, the rate of reduction, however, is not as expected. In India, NFHS-4 data (2015-16) states that 38.4 per cent children are still stunted, which is disconcerting, it said. Significant progress has been made in a number of areas, including universal enrolment in primary education as literacy rate among 7-14 years children has gone up from 64 per cent (Census 1991) to 88 per cent (Census 2011), the report said.last_img read more

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BJP misleading people of Delhi on full-statehood: Gopal Rai

first_imgNEW DELHI: A day after Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari in his Twitter Choupal reportedly said that the Supreme Court refused to grant complete statehood to Delhi, AAP slammed the BJP claiming that the party has tried to confuse people of Delhi on the issue of full-statehood.As per media reports, responding to a question on the issue of full statehood, Tiwari on Friday said that the BJP never took a U-turn on the issue but the Supreme Court made it clear that it cannot be done. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Six weeks since the Aam Aadmi Party launched its intensive campaign demanding full statehood for Delhi, a rattled, confused and desperate BJP has been resorting to daily lies in an unsuccessful attempt to divert attention fearing that it stands fully exposed before the people of Delhi and will not be able to face them during the Lok Sabha elections,” a party statement noted. Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai said, “I am saying with full responsibility that Manoj Tiwari is completely lying and misleading the people of Delhi. I am placing before you the Supreme Court judgments of 4th July 2018 of the five-judge Constitution Bench and 14th February 2019 of the two judges bench.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAAP challenged Manoj Tiwari to show which case regarding full statehood for Delhi was filed in the Supreme Court and when. “Who filed the case and what was the Supreme Court judgment in the Delhi statehood case? He should put that judgment in the public domain? Is Manoj Tiwari not even aware that full statehood for Delhi will be granted by parliament through a Constitutional amendment bill, like the one which was presented by LK Advani in the parliament in August 2003, or is he deliberately misleading the people of Delhi?” asked Rai. He added that Manoj Tiwari claimed Delhi can’t be granted statehood since Arvind Kejriwal sat on a dharna outside Rail Bhawan in January 2014, then why did his party promise statehood for Delhi in March 2014, when BJP released a Delhi-specific manifesto? “What is BJP’s stand on statehood for Delhi, is what Manoj Tiwari is saying is the official stand of BJP? AAP will not allow the BJP to escape its decades of false promises with the people of Delhi and its ultimate treachery with Delhiites,” said Rai.last_img read more

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Nearly 100000 Somalis displaced in capital in past month UN reports

Since fighting broke out last month between Government forces and armed opposition groups, almost 100,000 people have been driven from their homes in the capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported today.Out of the more than 96,000 people uprooted since 8 May, some 35,000 are still in the city because they have no means to leave, while 26,000 others have fled to makeshift sites in the so-called Afgooye corridor 30 kilometres south-east of the capital, joining 400,000 other internally displaced persons (IDPs). The remaining 35,000 people have fled to other parts of the Horn of Africa nation.Some of those who have escaped recent fighting in Mogadishu are making their way to other countries, such as neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, to begin new lives, Ron Redmond, UNHCR spokesperson, told reporters today. More than 1,000 people have indicated they are considering risking their lives to make the perilous journey with smugglers across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen.Since the beginning of this year, nearly 32,000 Somalis have crossed the border into Kenya, bringing the total number of refugees from Somalia in the country to almost 300,000.“We continue to rush aid to the displaced in Somalia,” Mr. Redmond said, with deliveries of UNHCR supplies – including plastic sheets, sleeping mats and blankets – having reached 12,600 people since 26 May.The next phase of aid distribution on the south-eastern outskirts of Mogadishu, which sought to supply humanitarian aid to almost 30,000 people, set to begin earlier this week was called off due to clashes between the Government and opposition for control over the main road from the capital to Afgooye.“UNHCR is leading a task force to coordinate the response and interventions of all humanitarian actors in this new emergency,” the agency’s spokesperson said.Last week, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, told a news conference in New York that after visiting the Horn of Africa nation, it was “very sad to see how the city [Mogadishu], the population and the country are taken hostage by those who have been fighting and destroying their country over the last 20 years.” 5 June 2009Since fighting broke out last month between Government forces and armed opposition groups, almost 100,000 people have been driven from their homes in the capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported today. read more

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Security Council to continue consultations on request for meeting on Middle East

Speaking to reporters after the adjournment of the consultations, the Council’s current President, Ambassador James Cunningham of the United States, said the members “expressed their great concern with the continuing levels of violence and desire to do what’s possible to promote a resumption of dialogue and to stabilize the situation.””They agreed on the need to reflect on how to assist that process, and to consult on the timing of the meeting, and they agreed then to consult further on the request of the Arab Group members in that light,” the Council President said. “So we haven’t made a decision; it will be part of our ongoing discussions.”The request was communicated to the Council in a letter dated 16 May from the Permanent Observer of Palestine, Ambassador Nasser Al-Kidwa, in his capacity as the President of the Arab Group of States for the month of May.The letter calls for an immediate Security Council meeting “to discuss the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, concerning the continuous escalation of repressive practices against the Palestinian population by Israel, the occupying power, in addition to its policy of premeditated assassinations.” read more

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Andreea Cristea Romanian woman who fell in Thames during Westminster attack dies

first_imgAndreea Cristea, who plunged into the Thames as Khalid Masood rammed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge during the recent terror attack, has died.The 31-year-old Romanian woman passed away while in hospital being treated for her injuries, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.She had been receiving medical treatment in hospital following the attack and life support was withdrawn on Thursday, 6 April. Ms Cristea was in London for a short break with her boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, who was discharged from hospital shortly after the attack.Her partner had planned to propose to her during their trip to London. Andreea Cristea and her partner Ms Cristea was transferred from the Royal London Hospital last month for specialist care at Barts.Four other people were killed in the attack. Keith Palmer, an unarmed police officer, Aysha Frade, a mother of two, Kurt Cochran, an American tourist and Leslie Rhodes, a south London pensioner.50 others were injured after the attack which brought terror to the heart of Westminster. A statement from Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We are greatly saddened by the death of Andreea Cristea at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where we have cared for her following the Westminster terror attack.”The thoughts of all our staff are with her family and friends at this difficult time.” Andreea Cristea and her partnerCredit:PA “There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.”Our family, together with Andrei, are deeply touched and eternally grateful for the unimaginable efforts and never-ending dedication provided to her and us by the entire medical personnel of each and every hospital involved. Their kindness and empathy are beyond compare.”We would not have been able to live through these trying and tragically hurtful weeks without the support of the Metropolitan Police, the UK Government and every department involved.”Our hearts and love go out to our two Family Liaison Officers, Detective Sergeants Tony De-Wilde and Geraint Jones, who stood beside us every single step of the way. You were our lifeline and we will never be able to thank you enough.”Many politicians and others have given their condolences to the family, and expressed their sorrow over her death. After the attack, she remained unconscious in hospital until life support was withdrawn.A joint statement from her family and partner says: “After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea – wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine – was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.”She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.”Andreea is now unfortunately not able to have part of the money that was raised for her recovery, so we would like to donate it to charity. She would not have it any other way.center_img Thoughts with the family of Andreea Cristea – sad news today.— Seema Malhotra (@SeemaMalhotra1) April 7, 2017 Very sad. https://t.co/UxNz4Vs0br— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) April 7, 2017 This is desperately sad news. Our prayers are with Andreea’s loved ones. Terror can never prevail. https://t.co/tDlrpWj2kZ— Jeffrey Donaldson MP (@J_Donaldson_MP) April 7, 2017 Prayers going out to the families and friends of Andreea Cristea, the latest victim of the Westminster attack.— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (@DrRosena) April 7, 2017 So sad to hear Andreea Cristea has died following Westminster terrorist attack. My thoughts are with her partner, family & friends.— Paul Brummell (@PaulBrummell) April 7, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Woman busted at CJIA with cocaine gets 3 years fined 11M

…said she did it for her kidsNatasha BlairA 37-year-old beautician was on Thursday sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,117,200 when she appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for trafficking cocaine.Natasha Blair of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) pleaded guilty to the charge after it was read to her by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge stated that on July 2, 2018, while she was an outgoing passenger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri she attempted to smuggle 532 grams of cocaine.Facts presented to the court stated that on the day in question, the woman was destined for the JFK International Airport when a CANU officer, acting on information received, approached Blair and told her of his suspicion to which she subsequently denied.The mother of two was then cautioned and taken to a medical facility where an x-ray exam revealed foreign objects in her stomach.She was admitted, and subsequently excreted 32 pellets containing suspected cocaine which weighed 322 grams. Moreover the woman had also inserted 210 grams of cocaine in her lower extremity, which was also removed.According to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Blair used her body to accomplish ‘two risky concealment methods’, that is, ingestion and insertion.Blair’s attorney, Keoma Griffith, asked that the court show compassion for his client since it was an unfortunate risk she took while citing that she has an 11-month-old baby.Further, the woman was asked if she had anything she wanted to say and she replied “I’m sorry for causing my family any hurt and pain but I did it for my kids”. The tearful woman said as she apologized for her crime.Meanwhile, CANU said that they are now in search of the father of the suspect’s child for questioning into the discovery.He has been identified as Sherwin Stoby called “Kong”. His last know addressed was given as Lot 87 Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice businesswoman jailed, fined for cocaine traffickingSeptember 21, 2016In “Court”Unemployed woman jailed for 4 years, fined $6.2M for trafficking cocaineSeptember 21, 2017In “Court”Mother carrying toddler intercepted at CJIA after inserting, ingesting cocaineJuly 3, 2018In “Crime” read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…1. #BAILOUT Ireland remains on track to exit the bailout, the IMF mission chief said today following the country’s final review. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the credit for the exit goes to the people, and that there is a sense “we’ve come through a very difficult period”.2. #CORK The body of an elderly man was found in a house in Cork today. The scene has been sealed off at Knockgorm in Cloyne, and the office of the State Pathologist has been notified. A post-mortem is due to take place.3. #MARRIAGE The first poll since the announcement of a same-sex marriage referendum has found that 76 per cent of likely voters support the introduction of same-sex marriage into the Constitution. The Red C poll for Paddy Power showed Fianna Fáil supporters are most likely to oppose same-sex marriage.4. #WATER Water restrictions in Dublin are to be lifted from tonight, but water pressure will remain low in the evenings over the coming weeks. Dublin City Council thanked customers for their patience during the water restrictions.5. #IDENTIFIED The young Australian woman found by gardaí in a ‘distressed’ state near the GPO in Dublin a month ago has been moved to the adult mental health care section of the HSE. In the High Court this morning, the representative for her guardian ad litem said she “remains very concerned” about her.last_img read more

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Incredible brain scans reveal intricate inner workings

first_imgIn spite of all we’ve learned as a species, the brain still holds some mysteries. Our behavior, desires, and even many diseases are products of how well the meat between our ears is working. In an effort to better understand how the brain works to produce both genius and dysfunction, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are taking the highest-resolution brain scans ever attempted. The results are beautiful, and according to scientists, quite enlightening.This project is at the heart of the Human Connectome Project (HCP), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health with $40 million. The HCP custom scanner uses powerful magnets to take its intricate readings, and ‘powerful’ really cannot be stressed enough. The scanner pipes 22MW of power to the magnets, which is about the same wattage produced by a nuclear sub.The vivid 3D computer model of each brain scan looks a bit like bundles of multi-colored wire. Major fiber pathways are color coded so researchers can see how signals traverse the breadth of the brain. This is important because scientists are increasingly of the opinion that many diseases and disorders are associated with distinct structural abnormalities in the brain. One example is Alzheimer’s, which neuroscientists believe could cause disruptions in cingulum fibers near the middle of the cerebrum. This could lead to early detection of the disease.It’s not just devastating diseases like Alzheimer’s that the HCP could detect early. Simple learning disabilities like dyslexia are thought to be marked by variations in the language pathways. These new fibrous diagrams could provide the data to identify these, and other markers with ease.The Human Connectome Project just showed off its first images at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston, but the work continues. The NIH is funding HCP for 5 years with the goal of scanning 1,200 Americans. Only 50 full scans have been completed at this time. There’s still a lot to learn.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgThe 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Monica Laveder Short URL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #MR MOONLIGHT: Patrick Quirke was found guilty of the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ known as Mr Moonlight, in the ‘love rival’ trial. 2. #ANA KRIEGEL: The mother of murdered schoolgirl Ana Kriegel said she was instantly worried when she heard that Ana had left her home with Boy B because “nobody ever called for her”. 3. #BEEF: The Taoiseach and other ministers were met with protests from farmers and others before holding a Cabinet meeting in Cork city this morning.4. #ASSANGE: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail in the UK for breaching a court order seven years ago.5. #COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT: Caster Semenya lost her landmark case against athletics’ governing body, the IAAF. The Olympic champion will now have to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels. Share6 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4615326 No Comments May 1st 2019, 4:55 PM Wednesday 1 May 2019, 4:55 PM 8,289 Views By Ceimin Burke Image: Shutterstock/Monica Lavederlast_img read more

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Des repas trop variés pourraient favoriser lobésité

first_imgDes repas trop variés pourraient favoriser l’obésitéPlusieurs études démontrent qu’une trop grande variété d’aliments lors des repas pourrait être l’un des facteurs responsables de surpoids et d’obésité. Elle inciterait une prise alimentaire plus importante quand la “monotonie” aurait à l’inverse, tendance à réduire l’appétit. Selon plusieurs chercheurs et nutritionnistes, une trop grande variété dans les menus pourrait favoriser le développement d’habitudes alimentaires excessives, conduisant à la prise de poids voire à l’obésité chez certains. Face à de nombreux aliments, les personnes seraient en effet davantage tentées de consommer plus que ce que leurs besoins n’exigent. La variété accroitrait ainsi l’appétit comme l’explique les chercheurs de l’Université de Floride Nicole Avena et Mark Gold, cités par RelaxNews : “La diversité des menus favoriserait les excès, particulièrement parmi les sujets développant une dépendance à la nourriture.”À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Mais cette étude n’est pas la seule à mettre en évidence l’impact de la variété des menus sur la prise alimentaire. Au cours de précédents travaux, des chercheurs de l’Université d’Etat de New York ont soumis un groupe de femmes, obèses et de poids normal, à un menu identique composé d’un plat de pâtes au fromage. Après cinq jours, ils ont alors observé que les participantes réduisaient progressivement leur portion, indiquant ainsi que des repas “monotones” auraient tendance à réduire l’appétit et donc la prise alimentaire. Des résultats qui se sont avérés pertinents même chez des personnes présentant une dépendance à la nourriture.  Si les chercheurs évoquent la possibilité d’utiliser la monotonie des repas comme stratégie de régime, une porte-parole de la Société américaine de nutrition tient surtout à rappeler l’importance d’une alimentation équilibrée alors que l’obésité est devenue un problème de santé publique dans plusieurs pays, dont la France.   Le 28 juillet 2011 à 15:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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