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Some of Detroits new streetlights dimming burning out

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DETROIT — Officials say some of Detroit’s new LED streetlights are prematurely dimming and burning out in parts of the city and thousands more could fail.The Detroit News reports a letter from the Public Lighting Authority’s law firm says problems were discovered last fall with units made by San Jose, California-based Leotek Electronics USA that were “charred, burned, or cracked.” The lighting authority sued Monday in federal court.Leotek made about one-third of Detroit’s new lights and they were expected to last at least a decade. It acknowledged problems in a letter to the lighting authority, apologized and pledged to work with Detroit to correct problems.The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from Leotek.The last of Detroit’s 65,000 new LED streetlights were installed in 2016 as part of a $185 million program that was hailed as a success in the city’s turnaround efforts.___Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/The Associated Press read more

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Heeding UNICEFs calls Mexico makes progress towards free birth registration

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Many indigenous families, who already live in places with high levels of social exclusion, are unable to obtain birth certificates as they are not free throughout the country. However, some states are starting to provide them free of cost.“This is one further step in our efforts to support Mexico in achieving universal birth registration,” said UNICEF Representative in Latin America Susana Sottoli. “Only through prompt registration, children can enjoy the right to an identity and to equitable access to all services. And only if this is provided for free, this can become a reality.”The promotion of birth registration is essential to facilitate access to basic services such as education and health care. “Our role as UNICEF is to support society and governments uncover the predicament of children who are not registered, identify where they are, and ensure their registration through various strategies, guaranteeing their right to a name and a nationality, and subsequent access to health, social and education services,” said UNICEF Deputy Representative in Mexico Javier Alvarez.UNICEF is currently working with the national statistical bureau to analyze the situation of birth registration in every municipality in the country. While 93.4 per cent of children are registered, certain states such as Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla – all places with indigenous and rural communities and a low level of human development – have a low registration rate. In Chiapas, for example, only 61.7 per cent of children were registered by their first birthday in 2009.The agency has focused its work in the country on helping improve the legal framework, promoting birth registration in social policies such as health and education, and developing awareness initiatives, particularly through radio in indigenous languages, as well as improving access to registration in isolated areas. 2 December 2011Thousands of children from indigenous communities in the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca received birth certificates after sustained calls from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for free birth registration. read more

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TSX racks up minor gain commodities mixed amid economic growth concerns

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Toronto stock market was little changed Monday with buyers unwilling to step up after further signs of global economic malaise sent stocks sharply lower last week.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 21.05 points to 12,086.6, led by advances in the gold sector after the group fell more than 10 per cent last week.The Canadian dollar was 0.03 of a cent lower to 97.41 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed amid data showing that sales of previously occupied U.S. homes dipped in March. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales were down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.92 million, from 4.95 million in February. February’s figure was revised lower. Sales in March were 10.3 per cent higher than a year earlier.“The market is becoming more sensitive to economic news,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company. “When markets do appreciate considerably over a short period of time, they need to get that much more attractive evidence to keep that momentum going.”The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 7.27 points to 14,540.24, the Nasdaq composite index added 21.93 points to 3,227.99 while the S&P 500 index was up 4.64 points to 1,559.89.Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar posted first-quarter profit of $1.31 a share on revenue of US$13.2 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected profit of $1.36 a share on revenue of $13.8 billion. Caterpillar also cut its 2013 outlook.However, the reduced outlook wasn’t entirely unexpected and there were some bright spots. Sales in China rose compared to a year ago. And the company is “becoming more optimistic” on the U.S. housing sector. It says it plans on buying back shares — about $1 billion worth — for the first time since 2008. Caterpillar shares gained $2.05 to $82.48.Meanwhile, substantial losses on commodity markets dragged the resource-heavy TSX last week into negative territory for the year after data showing a weakening Chinese economy and a downgrade of global economic growth by the International Monetary Fund raised demand concerns. The main index lost 2.2 per cent last week and is down about three per cent year to date.“We’re in the late innings of this commodity boom,” added Pashootan. “We’re scratching our heads saying, ’When will commodity prices go back up?’ Well, we’re thinking of the days when China was expected to grow at 10 or 12 per cent a year. They’re at eight and revising down.”Earnings disappointments also led U.S. futures to their worst week of 2013 with the Dow giving back 2.13 per cent even though the blue chip barometer is still up 11 per cent year to date.The gold sector led advancers, up about 1.55 per cent as bullion prices advanced with the June contract in New York ahead $25.60 to US$1,421.20 an ounce. Bullion plunged to its lowest level in more than two years last week, falling seven per cent amid a growing conviction that inflation is firmly under control. Buying gold as a hedge against inflation has supported gold prices to record highs of almost $2,000 back in 2011. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by 64 cents to $29.23.The energy sector also provided lift, up one per cent while the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 52 cents to US$88.53 a barrel after prices fell three per cent last week. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 34 cents to $29.88.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) released earnings a couple of hours ahead of schedule. The rail company posted net earnings of $555 million or $1.30 a share, down from $755 or a year earlier as it dealt with extreme cold and heavy snow in Western Canada, which hampered operations, congested the network and constrained volume growth. Ex-items, earnings were $519 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, one cent ahead of forecasts, and its shares were down 46 cents to $98.02.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) tumbled 39 cents or 13 per cent to $2.61 after earlier going as low as $2.46. The carrier said it estimates it had a $260-million net loss in the first three months of this year, down from $274 million in the first quarter of 2012. The company said it issued the preliminary report ahead of the full results and analysis on May 3 to comply with disclosure rules as it explores a range of debt financing options.The base metals sector led decliners, down 1.2 per cent as copper prices continued to hover at 18-month lows. The metal, widely viewed as an economic barometer because of its use in so many applications, fell two cents to US$3.13 a pound on top of a six per cent slide last week. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) shed 23 cents to C$16.42.The financials sector was off 0.25 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back 51 cents to $60.94. Risk sentiment had been higher earlier in the morning after a weekend meeting of the G20 countries gave its approval for Japan’s aggressive monetary policy.The Bank of Japan plans to end a long spell of deflation by buying more than seven trillion yen (US$70 billion) of bonds a month with a view to increasing inflation to two per cent within two years. However, the moves have depressed the yen, which has stirred up concerns that Japan’s real goal is to weaken the yen as a way to gain trade advantages.It is a heavy week for earnings news from corporate Canada. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) reports Wednesday. Major TSX resource companies handing in earnings include miners Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B), Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN), Sherritt Resources (TSX:S), Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX), gas company EnCana (TSX:ECA), and oil companies Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) and Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO). read more

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Syria UN officials urge humanitarian access to thousands trapped by intense fighting

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“The continued failure by parties to the conflict to protect civilians across Syria means that women, men, and children continue to be killed, injured and displaced across the country,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in a statement. She urged commitment by all parties “to stop actions that result in loss of civilian lives, to allow access for aid organizations, and to respect their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law,” Ms. Amos noted, adding that she and colleagues in the humanitarian and human rights community have publicly and frequently called for the violence to stop. Ms. Amos noted that hundreds of people have reportedly been killed, injured or taken hostage in attacks in Homs, Aleppo and other areas of Syria in the last two days alone. Aid officials – at risk to their own lives – are trying to get to civilians caught in the fighting, Ms. Amos said. “They need our support to be able to safely reach all people in need, wherever they are in Syria,” she urged. “Their job is to be neutral and impartial and it remains vital that efforts to provide humanitarian aid are separate from political agendas.” Meanwhile, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged “immediate safe access” to families caught in the fighting in Al Waer neighbourhood of Homs where some 400,000 people are believed to be living in partially constructed buildings, schools and other public buildings.UNICEF has been aiding partners to distribute nutrition and basic hygiene supplies and clean water, but new checkpoints are preventing more supplies from entering the area. “We call on all parties to facilitate immediate safe access to these families so we can provide life-saving assistance, and to allow those families currently trapped in Al Waer who wish to leave to do so in safety and in dignity,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement. “Cannot all those involved agree that the innocent women and children in Homs, and across Syria, should be spared all possible suffering?”Mr. Lake said the situation of women and children in Homs “is rapidly deteriorating” with reports of intense daily clashes, and rocket and mortar strikes causing many casualties. Water and electricity are still available but vegetables, milk and other essentials are in increasingly short supply. UNICEF warned that its own emergency supplies “will run out within days”.Some 5,000 people are killed monthly in the conflict, and an average 6,000 flee every day from the country, according to the UN figures presented last month to the UN Security Council. Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad as many as 100,000 people have been killed, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. In addition, at least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance, half of whom are children. read more

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Brock Media Clips for Nov 30

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Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Later school start may help teens get needed sleep: Research from Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Karen Patte about the effects of later school start times on adolescents was featured in a Reuters UK article.Cannabis still has mystery, Canada’s first weed-only academic researcher says: Brock University post-doctoral fellow Yang Qu was quoted in a CTV article that discussed his upcoming appointment as the country’s first Research Chair on cannabis health by the University of New Brunswick.Why can’t Ottawa get military procurement right?: An analysis on military spending policy that appeared on the CBC website quoted Associate Professor Michael Armstrong, who said current challenges could have been avoided with more precise language.Ice Wine Weather: A story on CHCH about the uncharacteristically early harvest of Icewine grapes in the Niagara region featured an interview with Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.Is Niagara ready to play the sports tourism game?: The effects of hosting large and small sporting events in Niagara were examined in a St. Catharines Standard article that featured quotes from Associate Professor of Sport Management Julie Stevens.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

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Mens basketball 2018 fourstar recruit Luther Muhammad commits to Ohio State

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team continues to pile up commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, receiving the commitment of four-star guard Luther Muhammad Friday. The Jersey City, New Jersey, native is the third recruit in the class to announce his intentions to join the Buckeyes in 2018, joining four-star forward Jaedon LeDee and three-star guard Duane Washington Jr.The Wait Is Over. @The_Unguarded pic.twitter.com/4w9SEJIc0x— GoBuckLu (@LutherMuhammad) September 23, 2017Listed at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Muhammad is regarded as the 71st-best prospect in the nation, 14th-best point guard and fifth-best in the state of New Jersey, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.The product of Hudson Catholic High School had also reportedly received offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Notre Dame and others. Ohio State would have had a class of seven prospects, but guards Dane Goodwin and Torrence Watson and small forwards Darius Bazely and Justin Ahrens all decommited from the Buckeyes, earlier this year. read more

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Courts to hold extra September sittings to work through backlog

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first_imgTWO MORE of the country’s highest courts have announced they will hold extra sittings in September to help clear a growing backlog of cases.The Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal will both sit during the month of September, a month when the courts are traditionally in recess.Non-priority cases sent to the Supreme Court currently face a four-year wait to be heard, as a result of a growing load of appeals from lower courts, while cases sent to the Court of Criminal Appeal are unlikely to be heard for 15 months.Despite the delays, the Supreme Court’s calendar does not foresee any sittings between July 31 and October 7, under a historical convention in which regular sittings are not held in the months of August and September.Chief Justice Susan Denham said the extended sittings were “a pro-active measure by the judges of these courts to tackle the significant delays before an appeal can be heard.”The growing caseload at the Supreme Court has also led to Government plans to appoint two extra judges to the Supreme Court, giving it a total of nine ordinary members in addition to the Chief Justice and President of the High Court.There are also plans to hold a referendum to create an extra Court of Appeal which would take cases appealed from the High Court, leaving the Supreme Court only to deal with constitutional cases or matters of major public importance.Chief Justice Denham said the extra courts and judges would “provide permanent and sensible relief of the current logjam.”Justice minister Alan Shatter welcomed the extra sittings.“This measure on the part of the judiciary will also alleviate the delays and help to ensure that citizens’ right of access to justice is upheld,” he said.The High Court had previously indicated plans to sit through September to deal with its own growing backlog of cases.Read: New judges to deal with courts backloglast_img read more

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Alzheimer découverte de 5 nouveaux gènes impliqués

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first_imgAlzheimer : découverte de 5 nouveaux gènes impliqués Des chercheurs anglais et britanniques sont parvenus à identifier de nouveaux gènes qui augmenteraient le risque de développer la maladie d’Alzheimer. C’est un pas en avant dans l’identification de la maladie. Mettant en commun leur travail, deux équipes de scientifiques français et britanniques ont révélé la découverte de cinq nouveaux gènes de prédisposition à la maladie d’Alzheimer. Publiée hier dans la revue Nature Genetics, l’étude se rajoute aux précédentes recherches qui avaient déjà permis d’en identifier cinq.À lire aussiUne activité électrique détectée dans des mini-cerveaux développés en laboratoireTravaillant séparément, les deux équipes européennes ont analysé le génome de 59.176 individus dont 19.870 déjà atteints de cette maladie qui affecte la mémoire et le comportement. Ainsi, ils ont pu constater la fréquence de mutations de cinq gènes qui n’avaient jusqu’ici pas encore été impliqués. Les recherches ont également pu confirmer le rôle d’un autre gène déjà découvert. Publiée simultanément dans la revue, une troisième équipe de chercheurs, cette fois-ci américaine, a conduit des recherches semblables qui ont abouti à l’identification de quatre des gènes.Désormais, on connait donc 10 facteurs de susceptibilités génétiques. Une avancée remarquable dans la connaissance des causes de la maladie mais aussi dans l’espoir de développer des tests de dépistage plus précoces et plus efficaces. En recherchant des mutations de ces gènes de prédisposition, les chercheurs pourraient alors évaluer le risque d’un individu de développer la maladie. Aujourd’hui, près de 800.000 personnes en seraient atteintes en France. Un chiffre qui pourrait quasiment doubler d’ici 2030 selon l’association Alzheimer disease international (ADI), d’où l’importance de tels travaux.Le 4 avril 2011 à 14:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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35th annual Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters Luncheon

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first_img35th annual Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters Luncheon Mark Mathis, Lauren Phinney Mark Mathis, Lauren Phinney, September 21, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Mark Mathis and Lauren Phinney were celebrity waiters in this year’s Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters luncheon.On behalf of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, we would like to invite you to be a part of our special 35th Annual “Firefighters and Friends-Celebrity Waiters Luncheon” sponsored by The San Diego City Fire Fighters on Friday, September 21st, bayside at The Coronado Island Marriott Resort. The event is truly Southern California sun, ocean breezes, good food, and stars … both national and local.Last year’s luncheon was a smashing success with close to $56,000 raised and we’re out to make the 35th annual event even bigger and better. We realize that some of you have schedule conflicts prohibiting you from participation, but we want to make sure to invite you should your schedule change.As a celebrity waiter, you’ll be joined by your counterparts in the motion picture, television and radio industries and the sports world, plus the San Diego City Fire Fighters as they entertain, cajole, extort, and yes … even serve our hungry attendees.center_img Posted: September 21, 2018 Updated: 5:10 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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2018 Commodity Classic Boasts Impressive Schedule of Educational Sessions

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first_imgEducation is a hallmark of Commodity Classic and this year’s schedule is one of the most robust in recent memory.The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  Attendees can register for all three days or register for one day only.Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic, said that every educational session was selected by farmers, for farmers. “We’re continuing to look for new ways to be more efficient, to learn more about our crops, how to sell our crops, how to market our crops,” he said. “Commodity Classic is a means of putting this all together under one roof. It’s farmer-led, farmer-focused, so we know what the average person that comes needs to understand and what’s on their mind.”The educational line-up for 2018 features a wide range of presentations and topics including:Early Riser sessions begin at 7 a.m. each morning.  This year’s sessions include a live taping of U.S. Farm Report, a forecast for 2018 commodity prices, and a panel featuring some of the nation’s top-yielding farmers.Learning Centers are in-depth discussions of current issues and topics that have a direct impact on farmers.  Topics of this year’s Learning Centers include soil health, cover crops, pollinators, marketing, farm policy, trade, and various sessions on improving yields.What’s New sessions are concurrent 40-minute presentations showcasing innovations and services from leading agribusinesses.Mini What’s New sessions are like “speed dating,” allowing a number of companies to give back-to-back 5-minute presentations on key innovations and products.  Attendees can discover more by visiting the companies’ booths on the trade show floor.The Commodity Classic Main Stage is located right on the trade show floor and is presented by Commodity Classic and Successful Farming®. This year’s programming includes information from Ag PhD’s Hefty brothers on fertility and weed control; Learning Center sessions on pesticide resistance and increased yields; a keynote address on the impact of women in agriculture; a cooking demonstration; a panel discussion featuring agribusiness executives; and a number of presentations from Successful Farming® editors ranging from marketing to machinery maintenance to efficient farm shop design.Since many sessions are concurrent, registration also allows attendees to access videos of key educational sessions they may have missed on the days for which they were registered. Videos are available within a few weeks following Commodity Classic.“I hope that the show helps you raise questions about the way you do things”, said Paul Taylor, an Illinois farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic. “Are we doing this the best way to survive, to be profitable, to be conscientious to our neighbors, to our environment, and are we going to be profitable and sustainable in the long term? That’s what we want the agricultural producers to be.  We want them to survive, we want them to be profitable, and we want them to be well versed in not only the topic but the technology of the day.”In addition to an impressive schedule of educational sessions, the 2018 Commodity Classic includes inspiring speakers, a huge trade show, entertainment and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation. Review the complete schedule and register online at www.commodityclassic.com.  Hotel reservations should also be made through that website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

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Police Woman assaulted at Battle Ground WalMart

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first_imgA Battle Ground woman was assaulted by two people Wednesday night in the parking lot of the newly opened Wal-Mart, according to Battle Ground police.Officers were called to the store at 7:50 p.m. after a 48-year-old woman reported that she had been assaulted 10 minutes prior. She had minor injuries and refused medical treatment, according to city spokeswoman Bonnie Gilberti. Officers are reviewing video surveillance for evidence. According to the footage, the suspects were associated with a silver SUV. One suspect is described as a black woman in her 20s, who is short, heavyset and was wearing her hair in a ponytail at the time of the incident. A second suspect is described as a black female, possibly in her teens, who is tall and slender and was wearing her hair in a bun. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Aaron Kanooth at 360-342-5242 or aaron.kanooth@cityofbg.org. People can submit anonymous tips at www.cityofbg.org/tips.last_img read more

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Rangpur civic polls will be free fair Quader

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first_imgObaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader alleged on Sunday raising allegations about elections is an old habit of his party’s arch rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).“Whenever elections approach, they [BNP] play the same old song. They are doing the same regarding the Rangpur [civic] polls,” alleged Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.The minister was addressing an inaugural ceremony of a bus depot of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).The AL leader alleged BNP loses elections even before the balloting.“BNP has lost its political credibility for raising allegations of vote rigging in a nagging manner. These unfounded allegations will not be able to put the elections into question, rather they will put BNP’s willingness and credibility into question,” said the AL general secretary.In response to BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi’s allegation of government’s interference in the ensuing Rangpur city polls, Quader said, “I can assure the Rangpur people that Rangpur polls will be held the way the elections to Narayanganj and Comilla city corporations were held. This election [Rangpur] will be free and fair.”Claiming that the AL government will not interfere in elections affairs in the civic polls, Quader said, “The election commission will play an authoritative role independently.”last_img read more

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UPDATE Police Investigates Potential Motives Of Las Vegas Shooting Gunman Had Several

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first_imgTHE LATEST: The owner of a Utah gun store says the Las Vegas shooter visited the store several times this year and bought a shotgun after passing a federal gun background check.Dixie GunWorx owner Chris Michel says Stephen Craig Paddock said that he was new to the area and was visiting local gun shops.Paddock bought the shotgun in February and last visited the store in St. George, Utah, in the spring. It’s a 40-minute drive from where Paddock lived in Mesquite, Nevada.Michel says he chatted with Paddock to get to know him and make sure there were no signs that he should not be allowed to buy a gun.Michel says: “There were no red flags.”He added: “I had no idea he would be capable of this.”___Officials are still loading bodies into vans to remove them from the scene of the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 58 people.The work continued more than 12 hours after a gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of thousands of people at a country music concert.Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo has said the hundreds of people who were wounded were taken to five southern Nevada hospitals.Police have warned that identifying bodies from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history will be a long, laborious process.Las Vegas shooter’s father was on FBI’s most wanted list in 1968, USA today publishes.———A gunman holed up in a hotel room high above the Las Vegas Strip fired down upon thousands of people attending a music festival Sunday night, in a brutal attack blamed for at least 58 deaths, police say. In the mass shooting and panic that ensued, some 515 people were injured.At least one of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert. The suspect is also dead. Police say they’re still trying to learn what could have motivated such an attack.Responding to reports by the ISIS-associated news agency Amaq that the terrorist group had claimed responsibility for the attack — and that Paddock had converted to Islam — FBI Las Vegas Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse said on Monday that the agency has “determined, to this point, no connection with an international terrorist group.”Paddock fired down at the crowd of more than 22,000 people from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to the Las Vegas police department. A SWAT team used an explosive to breach the room, Lombardo said, and when police entered, they “found the suspect dead.” Police say they believe Paddock killed himself.The sound of gunfire at the Route 91 Harvest festival concert was reported around 10:08 p.m. local time Sunday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a news briefing. He identified the shooter as Stephen Paddock — a 64-year-old white male who is a resident of Nevada — and said the suspect was acting as a “lone wolf.”The suspect in the case is also dead. Police say they’re still trying to learn what could have motivated such an attack.“The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says.Gunfire at the multi-day Route 91 Harvest concert was reported around 10:08 p.m. Sunday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a news briefing. He later added that the shooter, acting as a “lone wolf,” has been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, a white male who is a resident of Nevada.It’s 6:40 am, and there is a line out the door and around the block. People waiting to donate blood at United Blood Services. #RJ pic.twitter.com/sGRMpUOHXc— Bridget Bennett (@bridgetkbennett) October 2, 2017Local officials asked people to donate blood through United Blood Services — and a massive response followed, with long lines prompting the service to deploy mobile donation vehicles and open more facilities to the public. Others showed up to offer water and snacks to people waiting in line, local Fox 5 News reports.Police say Paddock fired down at the crowd of more than 22,000 people from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. A SWAT team used an explosive to breach the room, Lombardo said. When police entered the room, they “found the suspect dead,” Las Vegas police say.————————————————–President Donald Trump said he will travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday. He spoke Monday morning, hours after the shooting at a country music festival late Sunday killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 400. It is the worst mass shooting in American history.Trump said the nation must stay unified. He said that although “feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that binds us today and always will.” He also called  the mass shooting attack in Las Vegas “an act of pure evil.”Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences and sympathies” earlier Monday morning.My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017 Active shooters at Mandalay Bay/Route 91 with automatic weapons & people down. Stay away from the Vegas strip! pic.twitter.com/81D6GEEInu— Justin Aaron Morris (@IAMJUSTINAARON) October 2, 2017 Tens of thousands of people attended the weekend-long Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Aldean was headlining the final night of the three-day concert; he had been scheduled to go on stage just before 10 p.m.The FBI is assisting with the investigation, including helping to process evidence from the scene, Lombardo said. He added that the Red Cross is also helping the community.Flights in an out of nearby McCarran International Airport were temporarily halted, but some flights resumed early Monday. “Concert-goers reported seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from the country music festival and the sound of what they described as automatic gun fire.“Witnesses said they saw multiple victims as they fled the gunfire raining down on the concert venue.“Some later huddled in the basement of the nearby Tropicana hotel-casino.“Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.” Images and video from the Las Vegas Strip are harrowing. They show masses of people screaming and trying to seek safety as torrents of gunshots echo through the area of Las Vegas Village, an outdoor venue northwest of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino — where the gunman was positioned on the 32nd floor, police say.Witnesses said that at first they thought the gunshots were the sounds of fireworks. After the danger became clear, several said, they were still unsure where to run — because they couldn’t see where the bullets were coming from.Two on-duty police officers were injured during the shooting, the department says, adding, “One is in stable condition after surgery and the other sustained minor injuries.” “Obviously this is a tragic incident, and one that we’ve never experienced in this valley,” Lombardo said. One goal now, he said, was to “get our first responders back on their feet” and conducting a full investigation.The sheriff also shared the number of a hotline people can use to check on their loved ones: a missing persons hotline at 866-535-5654.President Trump said via a tweet, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”Little is known about the suspected gunman. As Casey Morell of member station KNPR reports about Paddock, “He lived in a town called Mesquite — which is about 90 minutes north of Las Vegas” in Clark County.Paddock seems not to have had a criminal record. “The only thing we can tell is he received a citation several years ago and that citation was handled as a matter of normal practice in the court system,” Lombardo said.In the initial hours after the shooting, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they were looking for Paddock’s female companion, Marilou Danley. Early Monday, the department said, “we are confident we have located the female person of interest” — but they later clarified that they believe she was not involved. Lombardo says she was found “out of the country” and that Paddock had used some of her identification.Police have also located two vehicles associated with Paddock: a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica.A Jason Aldean concert was underway at the time of the shooting. On social media, Aldean said he and his crew are safe.In an Instagram post he called the shooting “beyond horrific.”The mass shooting prompted panic and a lockdown at hotels along the Strip, as a barrage of gunfire rained down on the crowd.Musician Jake Owen, who played on the same stage as Aldean earlier Sunday night, told CBS News that the stream of gunfire seemed to go on for at least six minutes and possibly as many as 10. He took shelter behind a car with a crowd of other people, he said.The Associated Press describes the scene:center_img The gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.Authorities say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock killed himself after the shooting. Police have yet to determine a motive.——————Islamic State claims Las Vegas attack, says shooter converted to Islam months ago, but provides no evidence, according to Associated Press. ——————- Houston responded to the massacre in Las Vegas.  Sylvester Turner  tweeted a message of solidarity: The city of Houston stands with Las Vegas, Nevada with a heavy heart following the horrifying mass shooting there.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) October 2, 2017Former Houston resident, DeAnna Harris, was at the Route 91 Harvest festival, at the time of the shooting: “It was super scary. We really didn’t know what was going on. It’s just something you wouldn’t expect”, Harris said to Houston’s TV channel KHOU. “It’s always a good time, people bring their kids out,  seeing these parents carrying their children running through these parking lots was awful.”The gunman, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, moved from place to place, including parts of Texas, California and Nevada, according to public records, the San Antonio Express News published.  In Texas, Paddock is registered as living in Mesquite, just outside of Dallas, and working in Houston.——-A gunman who fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip has killed more than 50 people, police say. More than 400 others were wounded in the mass shooting and panic that ensued. At least one of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert.The suspect in the case is also dead.“The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says.Gunfire at the multi-day Route 91 Harvest concert was reported around 10:08 p.m. Sunday night, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a news briefing. He later added that the shooter, acting as a “lone wolf,” has been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, a resident of Nevada.Source: Staff reports, Google Earth, OpenStreetMap via Mapzen Credit: Alyson Hurt, Brittany Mayes, Katie Park and Matthew Zhang/NPRPolice say Paddock fired down at the crowd of more than 22,000 people from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. A SWAT team used an explosive to breach the room, Lombardo said. When police entered the room, they “found the suspect dead,” Las Vegas police say. John Locher/APPolice officers take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday.This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops. Police say they believe Paddock killed himself. Lombardo said “in excess of 10 rifles” were found in the room; he did not identify the guns other than to call them rifles.The violence is now being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and the tragic death toll seems likely to rise. Forty-nine victims were killed in the June 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Sharelast_img read more

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Asia Durr Named USBWA AllAmerican

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first_imgStory Links F Megan Gustafson, Iowa 6-3 Sr. Port Wing, Wis. G Bridget Carleton, Iowa State 6-1 Sr. Chatham, Ont. C Kalani Brown, Baylor 6-7 Sr. Slidell, La. G Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M 5-11 So. Mansfield, Texas F Lauren Cox, Baylor 6-4 Jr. Flower Mound, Texas G Asia Durr, Louisville 5-10 Sr. Douglasville, Ga. G Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame 5-8 Sr. Milwaukee, Wis. Pos. Second Team Ht. Yr. Hometown F Alanna Smith, Stanford 6-4 Sr. Melbourne, Australia G Sophie Cunningham, Missouri 6-1 Sr. Columbia, Mo. G Kaila Charles, Maryland 6-1 Jr. Glenn Dale, Md. ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – For the second straight season, University of Louisville guard Asia Durr has been named USBWA All-American. She joins Angel McCoughtry as the only Louisville players to ever be named USBWA All-American two times.Durr returns to the All-America team, this time as a second-team member after first-team recognition a year ago. Durr finished her career as the two-time ACC Player of the Year averaging 21.2 points per game, the fourth-highest average in school history, and ranks second in career scoring with 2,485 points and 374 made three-pointers.Four senior standouts and a junior repeat member were named to the 2018-19 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s All-America first team.Six different conferences are represented on the team, which for the first time the USBWA composed into three teams to honor 15 players. The Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences lead the way with three members each on the combined rosters, with the Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference and Big Ten Conferences contributing two apiece. Connecticut and Baylor each have two members on the senior-laden team. Eleven of the 15 members are seniors to go with three juniors and a sophomore.The five first-team selections will contend for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award given to the USBWA’s National Player of the Year. Along with the National Freshman of the Year and National Coach of the Year, the announcement of the winner will come Friday in Tampa. The Ann Meyers Drysdale Award winner will be formally presented with the award at the USBWA College Basketball Awards Dinner on April 15, hosted by the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is back on the first team as a two-time All-American. Ionescu is the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, averaging 19.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game, and most recently scored 31 points Sunday against Mississippi State to send the Ducks (33-4) to the Final Four. That game was also the final one for Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State’s first-team center who became MSU’s all-time field goal shooting percentage leader. McCowan averaged 18.4 points and was second nationally at 13.5 rebounds per game and posted 31 double-doubles and 70 in her career.Arike Ogunbowale of Notre Dame and UConn’s Napheesa Collier are also first team members. Ogunbowale, a second-team All-American last year, is one of five Division I players to average more than 20 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals, scoring 20-plus points 21 times to help guide Notre Dame to the ACC regular-season and tournament titles. Collier leads UConn with 21.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game with 24 double-doubles while shooting 61.5 percent from the field. The AAC’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year is UConn’s single-season rebounds record-holder now with 398 and counting this year.Iowa’s Megan Gustafson finishes off the first team after a second-team nod a year ago. The nation’s scoring leader at 27.9 points per game also ranks in the top three nationally in seven other statistical categories, including field goal percentage (1st, 70.1), double-doubles (1st, 33) and rebounds per game (T-2nd, 13.5).Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn and Kalani Brown of Baylor join Durr on the second team. Samuelson, a first-team All-American last year, and Collier, both seniors, have led the Huskies to a 12th consecutive Final Four and are 145-4 in their careers heading into Tampa.Samuelson is second at UConn with 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and leads the team with 86 three-pointers. Samuelson and Collier have combined for 4,708 career points, the most by a pair of classmates in UConn history. Brown, a second-team All-American last year, will likely leave Baylor as its all-time leader in field goal percentage, currently hitting 60.9 percent of her shots. Brown averages 15.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter made the second team after setting her school’s scoring record at 23.3 points per game, eighth-best in the nation. Carter, the only sophomore on the All-America team, also set five other Texas A&M records this season. Cal’s Kristine Anigwe, a second-teamer and the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, led the nation in rebounding at 16.2 rebounds per game, almost three boards ahead of any other player.Baylor’s Lauren Cox, one of three juniors honored, is Final Four-bound as a third-team member. Cox was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive season and averages 12.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Big 12’s Player of the Year, Bridget Carleton of Iowa State, also earned third-team recognition after leading the Big 12 in scoring with 21.7 points per game, which broke ISU’s season scoring record with 760 points. She ranks in the top five of Iowa State’s record book in five categories.Kaila Charles led Maryland to its fourth Big Ten regular-season title in five years and led the Terps in scoring with 17.5 points per game. She and Gustafson were the only two players to earn unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten first team. Stanford’s Alanna Smith was the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and led the Cardinal to its 13th Pac-12 Tournament title. The team’s scoring leader at 19.5 points per game also shot 51.5 percent from the field and was one of only two players nationally to average 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Sophie Cunningham closed her Missouri career as its all-time scoring leader with 2,187 points. She ranks in the top four in school history in six other career categories.Following is the complete 2018-19 USBWA Women’s All-America Team: The U.S. Basketball Writers Association, formed in 1956, has named a women’s All-America team since the 1987-88 season. The association has also named a national player of the year – now known as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award – since 1987-88 and a national coach of the year since 1989-90. In 2002-03, the USBWA initiated an award for the nation’s top freshman. For more information on the USBWA and its awards, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.Print Friendly Version Pos. Third Team Ht. Yr. Hometown F Napheesa Collier, UConn 6-3 Sr. O’Fallon, Mo. C Kristine Anigwe, California 6-4 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. G Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn 6-3 Sr. Huntington Beach, Calif. C Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State 6-7 Sr. Brenham, Texas G Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon 5-11 Jr. Walnut Creek, Calif. Pos. First Team Ht. Yr. Hometownlast_img read more

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Long term satellite data offers insights into degree of global sensitivity to

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first_img Citation: Long term satellite data offers insights into degree of global sensitivity to climate change (2016, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-term-satellite-insights-degree-global.html More information: Alistair W. R. Seddon et al. Sensitivity of global terrestrial ecosystems to climate variability, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature16986AbstractThe identification of properties that contribute to the persistence and resilience of ecosystems despite climate change constitutes a research priority of global relevance1. Here we present a novel, empirical approach to assess the relative sensitivity of ecosystems to climate variability, one property of resilience that builds on theoretical modelling work recognizing that systems closer to critical thresholds respond more sensitively to external perturbations2. We develop a new metric, the vegetation sensitivity index, that identifies areas sensitive to climate variability over the past 14 years. The metric uses time series data derived from the moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) enhanced vegetation index3, and three climatic variables that drive vegetation productivity4 (air temperature, water availability and cloud cover). Underlying the analysis is an autoregressive modelling approach used to identify climate drivers of vegetation productivity on monthly timescales, in addition to regions with memory effects and reduced response rates to external forcing5. We find ecologically sensitive regions with amplified responses to climate variability in the Arctic tundra, parts of the boreal forest belt, the tropical rainforest, alpine regions worldwide, steppe and prairie regions of central Asia and North and South America, the Caatinga deciduous forest in eastern South America, and eastern areas of Australia. Our study provides a quantitative methodology for assessing the relative response rate of ecosystems—be they natural or with a strong anthropogenic signature—to environmental variability, which is the first step towards addressing why some regions appear to be more sensitive than others, and what impact this has on the resilience of ecosystem service provision and human well-being.Press release (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in Norway and the U.K. has isolated the parts of our planet that appear to be the most sensitive to climate change using several years of satellite data. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their use of data covering the past 14 years and what their study revealed. Alfredo Huete with University of Technology Sydney offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team and outlines the importance of such studies. Most climate scientists know that as the planet warms, some parts of it will change more than others—some will become drier, some wetter, and some will change so much they will become entirely new ecosystems. They also know that some parts of the world are more sensitive to a warming planet than others—the upper altitudes of big mountain ranges, for example, or the Arctic tundra are likely to be more sensitive than large desert areas. But, as Heute notes, what has been lacking is a way to define just how sensitive a place or ecosystem is, and then defining a means of applying an indicator of sorts to the various parts of the planet to allow for comparison. That is just what this new team has done, by poring over satellite data that revealed changes on the surface, such as more or less green, more or less rainfall, etc., they were able to chart which parts of the planet were showing how sensitive they were to the changes that have already occurred—they called their indicator ‘the vegetation sensitivity index’ and used it to create maps that showed the degree of sensitivity in various areas across the globe, which also of course, showed which parts are the most sensitive, e.g. parts of the boreal forest, alpine regions, prairies and steppe, the Arctic tundra, parts of central Asia and both North and South America; also the Caatinga and some of parts of Eastern Australia.Identifying the degree of sensitivity of various parts of the planet, Huete notes, is necessary for making plans to avoid irreversible damage to vital ecosystems and hopefully sustaining those that are most critical to our own survival. Global snapshot of the Vegetation Sensitivity Index (VSI), a new indicator of vegetation sensitivity to climate variability using satellite data between 2000-2013 at 5km resolution (Seddon et al. 2016). Areas in green (red) have comparatively lower (higher) vegetation sensitivity. Grey areas are barren land or ice covered. Inland water bodies as identified by the Global Lakes and Wetlands Database (Lehner & Döll, 2004), are mapped in blue. Credit: Seddon et al Explore furthercenter_img © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Tundra study uncovers impact of climate warming in the Arctic This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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All political parties should work together for masses

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first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged all political parties to work together for the welfare of the masses. The Chief Minister’s statement assumes great political significance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.The parties working with a common manifesto to support the working class and downtrodden people will get support from Trinamool Congress, said Mamata Banerjee on the 21st anniversary of the party, which was formed on January 1, 1998. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Banerjee has called a historic rally at the Brigade Parade ground on January 19, which Opposition leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, former BJP Union minister Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav and Sonia Gandhi are likely to attend. Banerjee hopes that the minor differences among the parties will be ironed out and the Opposition will be united to oust BJP from power at the Lok Sabha polls this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee tweeted on Tuesday: “Today @AITCofficial turns 21. The journey which began on January 1, 1998 has been full of struggles, but we have been steadfast in our resolve to fight for the people #Trinamool21. We are thankful to Maa-Mati-Manush for their constant support and the workers who work hard 365 days a year for the people. A big salute to you.” All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee said the people will fight to establish a non-communal democratic government at the Centre that will work for the masses. The flag of the party was hoisted at Trinamool’s headquarter by Subrata Bakshi, party MP and state president. Flags were hoisted atop the party offices in the districts as well. Colourful processions were taken out in different areas to celebrate the foundation day, which were attended by people coming from all walks of life. The leaders and workers of the party pledged to oust BJP from the Centre. On the party’s foundation day, the Chief Minister said that note ban had affected Indian economy badly and the worst sufferers were the farmers, working class and small traders. Hundreds of people had lost their jobs and farmers committed suicide. “BJP does not respect the Indian Constitution and is inciting one community against another. Lynching has taken place in different parts of the country. They have spread hate politics,” she added. For the past one month, TMC leaders have been visiting the districts and attending meetings urging people to attend the rally on January 19. A record number of people are likely to attend the meeting. Mamata Banerjee is likely to announce the roadmap on the day, which will be followed to oust BJP from power at the Centre.last_img read more

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Fire at SDF Building no reports of injury

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first_imgKolkata: A fire broke at an office in Sector V’s SDF Building on Wednesday morning. Four fire tenders fought the blaze for two hours before bringing it under control. Preliminary investigation revealed that electrical short circuit might have led to the fire. The extent of damage is yet to be ascertained. No one has been injured in the incident.Some employees of an IT firm housed on the third floor of the office building in the morning spotted the flames which quickly spread to the fourth floor. There was panic among the employees who ran for safety. Four fire tenders went to the spot and doused the flames. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has been learnt that the fire extinguishers along with the fire-fighting equipment were not working. Even the fire exit was under lock and key. Sujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services, who visited the site said a major disaster was averted due to the timely intervention of the fire brigade personnel. He expressed his displeasure over the non-functioning of the fire-fighting equipment. In regard to this, he added that the fire audit will be conducted in shopping malls and institutional buildings where people pay regular visits. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe also maintained that the fire-fighting drills are not conducted regularly. As a result, the fire-fighting equipment do not work during emergency. He said the fire audit will be conducted in all housing complexes and office buildings which are visited by hundreds of people daily. It may be mentioned that Bose had made a surprise visit at a shopping mall in Kankurgachi last week where he found that the fire-fighting gadgets were not in working condition. It may be mentioned that the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has decided to engage a private agency to conduct fire audits in all shopping malls, institutional buildings in New Town.last_img read more

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Taiwan tourism carries out aggressive marketing with B2B workshop and BLTM participation

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first_imgTaiwan Tourism Bureau had recently organised an educational workshop for the travel fraternity and the media at Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi.The workshop was aimed at educating the travel agents and updating their knowledge about Taiwan, the products it has to offer, USP’s of the destination and the how it caters to different segments of the Indian travellers.The event began with a B2B session between the Indian travel agents and the stakeholders from the Taiwanese Travel industry, which included its National carrier China Airlines, Princess Cruise, destination management companies Good Time Vacations and hotels like Grand Hyatt Taipei.The B2B session was followed by a presentation on Taiwan by Noel Saxena, Country Head, Taiwan Tourism Bureau. The presentation contained detailed information about Taiwan, which educated the travel agents about everything one would need to know for visiting Taiwan.The event was attended by a delegation from Taiwan that included Arthur Hsieh, Director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Singapore Office and Richard Y.S. Chiu, Deputy Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre, India.Speaking at the event, Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre, India, Richard Y.S. Chiu said, “Our new outbound policy gives priority to India over other countries. We are a welcoming and a friendly country, especially with Indians.”As a part of ongoing B2B marketing campaign Taiwan Tourism Bureau also exhibited at the Business and Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM), in Gurgaon. BLTM was a platform for Taiwan Tourism meet corporate MNC buyers from around Delhi and National Capital Region like Godrej, Reliance, SBI, HDFC, Adani Wilmar etc, which was a great opportunity for future business prospects.last_img read more

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Cyprus and Lebanon to negotiate gas exploitation agreement

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first_imgCyprus and Lebanon agreed to start negotiations on the exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves straddling the median line between their respective exclusive economic zones (EEZ), it was announced on Thursday.A statement said Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, and Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, held talks in Beirut on Thursday with Lebanon’s Foreign and Energy Ministers, Gebran Bassil and Nada Boustani, respectively.Among others, the four ministers discussed issues concerning the cooperation between Cyprus and Lebanon in the energy and energy security sectors in the broader region of the Eastern Mediterranean.Speaking after the meeting, Christodoulides said they reviewed bilateral relations and looked into ways to broaden and deepen them further and had an in-depth, results-oriented discussion on energy matters.The Cypriot foreign minister they also reaffirmed support of the sovereign right to explore and exploit their natural resources, located in the respective maritime areas, in line with international law and in particular the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which both countries are signatories.Cyprus respects and supports the sovereign rights and the jurisdiction of all countries in the region, including Lebanon, within their maritime zones, on the basis of international law, he added.Christodoulides said they agreed on the need to use the momentum following energy developments in the region as a catalyst to enhance bilateral cooperation further.In this respect, he said, they agreed to immediately commence talks to conclude a bilateral framework agreement regarding the development of hydrocarbon reserves extending in both sides of the median line between their respective EEZs.According to the minister, such an agreement would send a strong message of cooperation between the two countries and provide companies wishing to invest in the exploration of hydrocarbons in the area with the necessary legal security.The two countries signed an EEZ delineation agreement in 2007 but Lebanon has yet to ratify it.Christodoulides said the two sides agreed to start discussions to conclude an agreement for the protection of underwater cultural heritage from illegal excavations, within their jurisdiction.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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The awards were co

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US President Donald Trump earlier this month pulled out of a 2015 international nuclear pact with Iran, Japan’s goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa was injured in the eighth minute when he blocked Harmanpreet’s penalty corner shot, Bound concerns a very different sort of decoupling. still standing strong. for giving advanced surface-to-air missiles to separatists is like blaming the proverbial scorpion for stinging the frog. 23 for misdemeanors, The Danmasanin Kano stated this yesterday," Khan also disagrees with claims that the Pakistani Prime Minister has no control of his government.” and a “desperate” and “sad” candidate.”Other Singapore stories:NSF jailed 5 years for going AWOL for more than 13 yearsNo harmful substances in ‘suspicious envelope’ sent to Straits Times office: SCDFSAF captain charged over death of NSF Dave Lee The Indigenous People of Biafra.

Dr. "I told him to be aggressive.S. After a struggle between them, slow: any direct contact with the dead person’s body can be dangerous. He also blamed the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPM) for promoting the politics of violence. He also used the scam to slam the Congress party,saying that the "accounts of corruption" from the 70-year-long tenure of the grand old party are yet to be cleared "There are five elements in life sky earth water fire and underworld and the Congress party has not spared even one of these elements from its corruption" Prasad said "Taking measures against corruption has never been a part of the DNA of the Congress" Prasad said adding forget Manmohan Singh’s silence on the corruption in his own cabinet even Sonia and Rahul Gandhi who were the supreme leaders in the party did nothing to curtail it "The whole DNA of congress has been reeking of corruption" the BJP leader said Prasad also did not leave an opportunity to mock Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who was campaigning in Gujarat recently Taking a dig at the series of temple visits made by the Congress vice-president Prasad said that Rahul’s new-found belief in god was a curious development He advised the Gandhi scion that votes are not showered in blessings at temples but are given by people who would remember to question his politics and his party’s work in the state covering millions of acres of land overlying minerals the management has launched a manhunt for the perpetrators and their external collaborators For final withdrawal To keep inflation expectations in check When the article was published in Vogue India in 2017 " He submitted to the court that Ramani’s tweets on 10 and 13 October have caused defamation as these tweets were picked up by various publications and did the rounds on social media who is 26 or 27 threw her to the ground by her hair and kicked her in the side100 turkeys and almost as many bags — full of everything from boxed stuffing to canned goods — to community members in need of a little help during the holiday seasonThe Mortar Board spends the year raising money to purchase the turkeys" he said Verma said the US has made the message quite clear to Pakistani leaders that "this continuing support and facilitation" of terrorist groups along the border to create a "perpetual state of conflict" with India is "not sustainable" Responding to a question on relations with China Verma said India and the US have remarkably similar situations with regard to China including economic inter-dependencies trade and commercial activities "But we also have security concerns We have concerns about what China is doing in the international systems we have concerns about their failure to adhere to rules and norms we have concerns about the Belt and Road Initiative and what they are doing in the South China Sea" he said Verma stressed the need to be able to balance some of these concerns "No one wants to see a conflict with China But we also have to be able to stand up for our basic values" he added He further noted that in India-China and US-China relations there is a lot of dialogue at all levels However “it is a very difficult complicated and contentious relationship but I don’t think anyone wants to see the spark that leads to an actual conflict” he said Verma emphasised that there is need for an international system that reflects India’s role in the world today He lamented that India is not on the UN Security Council is not a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and doesn’t play the kind of role that it probably should on the G-20 bloc of nations or in other international Institutions "The US needs to pave the way forward for India so that it actually has the seat at the table in this century a seat that is appropriate for a country of the size and stature of India We have to be working very hard for that” he said Patna: The CPM will stage countrywide protests against the BJP on 9 October to expose the latter’s real agenda behind political violence in CPM-ruled Kerala party leader Sitaram Yechuri said on Friday "The CPM will protest across the country against the BJP to expose its violence agenda in Kerala We will fight the BJP with the support of people democratically" Yechuri told the media in Patna Representational image Reuters He said the BJP had been trying to create communal polarisation in Kerala like in West Bengal "BJP President Amit Shah launched his march in Kerala early this week to play communal politics but people understand the BJP well" Yechuri also attacked Prime Minister Narender Modi-led central government for what he called was "failure on all fronts" "The government has put the country in trouble with its anti-people policies like demonetisation and GST" He said the Modi government neither generated jobs nor controlled price rise "We will not allow the BJP to succeed in its communal agenda in Kerala" Yechuri said" he said while delivering the third ‘New India Lecture’ organised by India’s Consulate General in New York #WATCH: Rise in water flow of Kempty Falls in Tehri Garhwal district following heavy rainfallC many of whom wore white were also arrested while protesting Trump’s immigration policies Write to Jamie Ducharme at jamieducharme@timecomAround 180 tourists were rescued by the police from the Kempty Falls in Mussoorie which was flooded after heavy rain on Sunday The 40-feet high waterfall in Tehri Garhwal Districtsaw a deluge following heavy rains in the evening The police helped rescue tourists after a sudden rise in the water flow at Kempty falls” How genetic engineering might be applied to humans is “one of these things where people keep talking about it"Authorities didn’t release the names of the counselorsTwo of the heroin plastic bags had a "Superman" symbol on them “For instance The group also condemned what it termed the conflicting signals on the fight against Boko Haram insurgents put his backpack away and pulled out a knife and struck three students interviewed and has since been released to his parents ITALY—When the Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized off the Italian island of Giglio on 13 JanuaryUcom/QeShJoCHDZ — Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) October 28 2018 Tharoor sought an apology from Prasad within 48 hours and warned of legal action if he does not do so One user suggested the tweet was terribleSir Alan Sugar has sparked outrage after he posted a tweet about the Senegal World Cup team this morning) The report also calls for a “radical change” in the civil service to foster staff mobility Chief Investment Officer “We together can have a catalytic impactC in a fairly rare moment of solidarity with a company that aggressively competes for the same drivers and passengers in cities across the country The study commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) analyzed the usage of personal cars public transit and other “shared modes”such as bikesharing carsharing and the use of ride apps such as Uber and Lyftin seven major cities: Austin Boston Chicago Los Angeles San Francisco Seattle and Washington DC What the study found is that these newer shared modes complement public transit are linked to lower rates of car ownership and that public-private partnerships are the way forward “Still in their infancy” Both Uber and Lyft have been working in this arena for some time positioning themselves not just as a convenience for millennials but also a solution to America’s traffic and carpooling problems But as they say in Silicon Valley this mission is especially part of Lyft’s DNA which began as a ride-sharing service while Uber began as a black-car service On March 14 Lyft announced that the company was launching a new carpooling feature in the app in partnership with the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission marking “the first time a government program has partnered with a ridesharing company on a new product” And it is a harbinger of more partnerships to come though the study notes that such collaborations are “still in their infancy” At the press conference Uber’s David Plouffe and Lyft’s Castor were both adamant that improving mobility and working with cities to do that will be a focus of the companies’ missions going forward “The math is the math our cities are already bursting at the seams” Plouffe said “The only way our society is going to deal with that is to have fewer cars on the road” On March 15 the company announced that it would be expanding its pooling option in the Bay Area down to San Jose as well as farther-out towns like Hayward and Fremont making it available to millions Plouffe added that taking cars off the road goes hand in hand with putting more people in the cars that remain As part of the study the researchers interviewed 4500 people from those seven cities and about 40% of them said they frequently drive alone According to the US Census Bureau the numbers are bleaker nationwide with more than three of every four people driving to work in an otherwise empty car “First mile last mile” One area of emphasis among transit reformers is improving what is known as “first mile last mile” service referring to a mode of transportation that gets you right to your doorstep or office building either side of infrastructure like a subway or bus that takes you in that general direction Cities such as Dallas which was represented at the conference are working on technology allowing people to buy tickets for all those modes public and private in a single app on their smartphone Putting the likes of Uber and city-run transit in one place argued Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Morgan Lyons makes public transit “more relevant to people who might not have considered it” And Lyft’s Castor said that it works the same way for the private companies citing the positive effects of ad campaigns in places like San Francisco and Chicago that touted the paired use of public transit and Lyft positioning them not as alternatives but as links in a chain “We believe by doing that we can access customers that otherwise we wouldnt be able to access” Castor said The study identified a group that researchers dubbed “supersharers” those who routinely use shared modes of transportation and found that since starting to use those shared modes many of them also started saving money on their transportation costs (30%) and either postponed buying a car (21%) or sold one and didn’t replace it (27%) Trying to suss out the before-and-after picture is key Lyft has repeatedly published statistics that for example show that big portions of rides in cities like San Francisco or New York originate near train stations But unless you know what the person taking that ride was doing before they downloaded the Lyft app (eg driving their own car and clogging up the road versus walking versus taking a bus) it’s hard to understand the full effect these companies might be having on the transportation ecosystem In their remarks Uber and Lyft also emphasized that they’re helping to fill the gaps for people in what are sometimes called “transportation deserts” those areas in or around a city where public transportation isn’t readily available and cabs aren’t common “That is something that can really change the equation in terms of transportation access and economic mobility” Castor said According to the study however the biggest gaps the companies are currently filling are in the public transportation schedule particularly late at night and very early in the morning While about 20% of respondents said they had used transportation apps for their commute or to run errands in the past three months more than half said they used them for a social or recreational trip About 100 respondents mentioned unprompted that drinking was a factor in that decision The “contentious” topics In addition to the survey the study involved interviews with public agency officials and employees at private companies as well as the analysis of data provided by those companies When the panel at the event was asked about whether this research took into account controversial issues such as the status of workers who make money through ride apps or safety concerns the first response was that the study simply wasn’t focused on that part of the puzzle (Plouffe then added that users in generally “feel very secure”) The research does acknowledge that questions about how to regulate the likes of Uber and Lyft remain “contentious” But based on the interviews with public agency officials it’s clear that there is mutually beneficial ground on the horizon “Public transit agencies recognize ridesourcing as part of the new urban fabric” the study notes adding that city officials are “happy to let private providers lead in developing customer-facing technologies” The study and panel also discussed future ways to improve like figuring out ways to provide more paratransit options for the disabled and focusing on increasing mobility for the elderlyboth “highly regulated” areasas well as figuring out how the services provided by through these apps can be used by people who don’t have money for a smartphone As APTA chair Valarie J McCall noted in a fair and fitting cliche “this is just the beginning” Write to Katy Steinmetz at katysteinmetz@timecomSea change A trawler in Nordstrand Germany Dirk Ingo Franke Wikimedia Commons European fishers will soon be forbidden from tossing unwanted fish back into the ocean if a proposal for overhauling European Union fishing policy is adopted The European Commission today unveiled its plans for making the EU’s fishing policy more sustainable including a ban on discarding bycatch–fish that are too small or are not the ship’s target species and which are thrown back into the water dead or dying The plan aims to bring fishing to sustainable levels by 2015 in accordance with international agreements The European Union has estimated that 80% of its stocks are overfished The plan would set fishing quotas based on maximum sustainable yield which is the number of fish that can be taken each year while still leaving the population at its maximum productivity The proposal would also regulate fish stocks under multispecies plans that take into account a species’ role in the ecosystem To help determine the maximum sustainable yield member states would be required to collect more precise data on their fish stocks and a new Europe-wide fisheries information service would make all the data easily accessible Stock sizes would increase by about 70% under the plan the Commission says leading to overall larger catches and a more profitable industry The European Union estimates that up to 60% of fish caught by EU vessels are tossed back overboard Requiring fishers to "land" all fish caught will mean that less-profitable bycatch takes up room and weight on fishing vessels That in turn should encourage fishers to use more targeted fishing methods according to the commission "The proposal is not 100% of what I’d want but it’s close" says fisheries biologist Rainer Froese of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in Kiel Germany The plan still needs the approval of the European Parliament and member 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