Nigerian arrested for fraud

first_imgHyderabad, Oct 16 (PTI) A Nigerian national was arrested from Delhi for allegedly cheating a city-based man of Rs 75 lakh for delivering solvents (chemicals) which was used for washing “black” US Dollar currency notes, Cyberabad Police said today.Cyber Crime Police of Cyberabad arrested Nigerian national David Fletcher from Delhi on October 13 and brought him to Hyderabad on transit warrant, they said.David, along with other accused, allegedly cheated the complainant to deposit money of around Rs 75 lakhs in various bank accounts for the sale of solvents used in cleaning defaced US currency notes, a release from Cyberabad Police said.The victim lodged a complaint with police recently stating that in November 2013 he got an email and later a phone call from Delhi that there was a consignment to be delivered to his address.”The victim immediately went to Delhi to obtain the delivery of the consignment, a metal container, wherein it was stated that it contained USD 1 lakh and the victim paid Rs 1 lakh and brought the same to his home,” police said.”He (victim) met one Mark in Delhi, who later met him in Hyderabad, and opened the container but found black bundles of papers. Mark informed him that they were not papers but USD currency notes,” police said.”Mark later washed three notes with some solution and they appeared to be genuine US Dollar notes. He further promised the victim that he will send cleaning solution for De-blackening of all the notes,” police said.Later on the pretext of cleaning the defaced currency notes and several other reasons, including claiming to be FBI and police officers, the accused made the victim come to Delhi, Mumbai and Nagpur, and also made him deposit a sum of Rs 75 lakh in various bank accounts over the past few years, police said.advertisementAfter this, the victims family members burnt all the black papers/defaced USD notes and boycotted him from his family. Later he lodged a complaint with police and during the course of investigation one Nigerian allegedly involved in the crime was arrested on October 13, the police release said.Further probe is on, police added. PTI VVK DK ISHlast_img read more

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Aguero’s Anfield hoodoo continues as Man City held

first_imgSergio Aguero’s Anfield drought continues as Manchester City were held at their lowest possession figure yet in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola during a drab 0-0 draw with title rivals Liverpool.Riyad Mahrez spurned a late penalty chance to hand the visitors victory at Anfield and though the result lifts City nominally back to the top of the league table, their performance was less than assured against Jurgen Klopp’s side.The decision to make five changes to the line-up that defeated Hoffenheim 2-1 in the Champions League midweek may have hindered City’s ability to create free-flowing attacks as they struggled for traction against a resilient Reds defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! With only 51 percent of the ball against the team many see as their key threat to consecutive Premier League crowns, Guardiola’s team found it hard going, mustering only six shots throughout the entire game, with five of those in the second half alone.The Sky Blues also managed only a single cross from open play after the break, compared to 11 made by the hosts.As for Aguero, the City striker made the 10th appearance of his career at Anfield but once again was unable to find the back of the net.The Argentina international has played eight times on Merseyside with the champions and a further two with Atletico Madrid, yet has never managed to get himself on the scoresheet.The goalless encounter furthers Guardiola’s poor personal streak in managerial meetings with Klopp in all competitions; he has now won once against the former Borussia Dortmund boss in their last eight meetings, and has lost three of the last four.The result ensures that both teams at least remain unbeaten this season in the Premier League; they will however rue their inability to open up a two-point gap against the other and fellow league leaders Chelsea at the summit.3 – With Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all yet to suffer a league defeat this term, this is just the second time in Premier League history that as many as three teams have gone unbeaten in their opening eight games of a single season (also 2011-12). Race.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 7 de octubre de 2018Both teams now take a fortnight off for the international break, and resume their domestic campaigns on October 20.City host Burnley at the Etihad Stadium while Liverpool travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town, before Champions League games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Red Star Belgrade respectively. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Tata Motors settles with gains of 3%; M-cap rises by Rs 3,566 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 4 (PTI) Shares of Tata Motors today defied the broader market trend and ended the day with gains of more than 3 per cent, following which the market capitalisation of the company improved by Rs 3,565.87 crore.Shares of the company opened at Rs 349.85 and touched an intra-day high of Rs 363.45, up 5.85 per cent over the previous closing price.At the end of todays trading session, the stock was quoted at Rs 355.70 apiece, up 3.60 per cent.Following the uptick in the counter, the market capitalisation of the company rose by Rs 3,565.87 crore to Rs 1,02,702.99 crore.On the NSE, the stock opened at Rs 346.80 apiece and jumped to a high of Rs 362.90 intra-day. Its shares ended the day at Rs 354.80, higher by 3.41 per cent.The companys new products such as the fifth-generation all-new Land Rover Discovery and the New Range Rover Velar have been received very well in the market.Besides, other models like Jaguar XE, XF and F-PACE and Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque have also done well during the year, said Jaguar Land Rover India President & Managing Director Rohit Suri. PTI DRR MKJlast_img read more

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A Closer Look at the American Clean Energy and Security Act

first_imgWRI analyzes emissions caps, allowances, offsets, and other critical components of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.What are the key elements of the climate bill approved by the House of Representatives on June 26?The bill contains four major elements:A clean energy requirement, designed both to set new standards for current types of power generation and to accelerate development and deployment of clean energy technologies such as renewables, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage.An efficiency requirement that provides funding for energy efficiency programs, and the setting of stronger building codes and product efficiency standards.A cap and trade program that sets mandatory caps on 87 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions including the electric power and oil and gas sectors, and heavy industry.Measures designed to ease the transition into a low carbon economy by providing assistance to those impacted by a cap – including industry, affected sectors of America’s workforce, and low income households; these also include support for international climate change programs.What emission reductions would be achieved if this bill was implemented?Implementation of the cap would require emissions reductions from covered sources to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. Total U.S. GHG emissions would be reduced, as a result, by 15% below 2005 levels by 2020. This exceeds President Obama’s goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (approximately 14% below 2005 levels). Covered sources would be permitted to use offsets in place of on-site reductions to meet a substantial amount these requirements. In addition, implementing the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACESA) would result in emissions reductions beyond those generated by the pollution cap.The bill contains substantial complementary requirements, including emissions performance standards for uncapped sources and emission reductions from forest preservation in developing countries. When these are taken into account, GHG emissions could be reduced by 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 75 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. The bill also contains requirements related to international offsets – used for compliance with the federal cap and trade regime. Factoring these in would make potential emission reductions from the bill even greater, reaching up to 33 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and up to 81 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, depending on the quantity of offsets used.For more information, see WRI’s analysis of emission reductions under cap-and-trade proposals in the 111th Congress. What are the bill’s offset provisions?The bill allows for up to 2 billion metric tons of offsets a year, split 50/50 between domestic and international activities. Domestic offsets would come from GHG emissions sources not covered by the carbon cap, such as carbon sequestration in forestry and agriculture. International offsets would be generated from activities that reduce forest loss, as well as sectoral crediting mechanisms and other programs in developing countries. Authority over almost all offsets will rest with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will oversee the domestic forestry and agriculture component of the offsets program.Once approved by the appropriate regulator, these offsets would be traded in domestic and international carbon markets, purchased by capped sources, and used toward their legal compliance with the emissions cap.(If the Administrator finds that 1 billion metric tons domestic offsets are unavailable in any given year, the 50/50 split may be adjusted to increase the amount of international offsets – up to a 25/75 ratio.)What aspects of the bill are causing concern?Several areas of the bill raised concerns among different interests and constituencies, including environmental groups and carbon intensive industries. These included, but were not limited to, the following issues.Role of USDA: The bill gives authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the administration of domestic GHG emissions offsets generated by farms and forests in the U.S. While USDA has an important role to play supporting carbon sequestration, it has less expertise on regulating pollutants which is the province of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The respective roles of the two agencies in ensuring robust carbon accounting for offsets under a U.S. cap and trade program remains to be satisfactorily resolved.Trade Provisions: The final version of the bill introduced controversial new trade provisions which would enable the United States, from 2020, to use aggressive, unilateral border measures to impose duties on certain energy intensive foreign goods. President Obama publicly expressed concern about the provision which he described as “protectionism.”Allowance Allocations: These remain an area of contention. Some constituencies – including various environmental groups – argue that industry received too much assistance. Others – including carbon intensive industrial corporations – argue that more assistance is needed to cushion the transition to cleaner technology. Some in the international community believe too few allowances are dedicated to assisting developing countries as they adapt to climate change impacts and adopt clean energy technologies.Biomass Emissions: There are concerns that the bill’s provisions accounting for emissions from biomass may potentially include fuels that yield a net increase in GHG emissions.What happens next?The historic passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act has generated substantial momentum for U.S. climate legislation to become law, possibly as early as the end of 2009.Action now moves to the Senate, where the Environment and Public Works Committee will take up its own climate legislation in July. Other Senate committees including the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Commerce Committee, Agricultural Committee, Finance Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee all are likely to take actions on parts of the legislation that fall within their jurisdiction. The EPW committee will work on the bill after the summer recess with floor debate likely later this fall. Then, the Senate leadership will need to pull these various parts together for a vote on the Senate floor. EPW Committee chair Barbara Boxer and the Senate leadership have made it clear that passage of climate legislation is a key priority.If the Senate does pass a bill, it will need to be reconciled with the American Clean Energy and Security Act. To become law, the joint legislation would then receive a final vote in both chambers, before being sent to the president for signing. This entire process could conceivably be completed in 2009. In December, the U.S. will attend negotiations to conclude a post-2012 international climate change agreement in Copenhagen. A firm U.S. commitment to emissions reductions will be key to a successful outcome. What assistance would industry and consumers receive to cushion the transition?Title III of the bill provides details on the distribution of emission allowances to aid industries and consumers affected by the transition to a clean energy, low carbon economy. The vast majority of these allowances – 76 percent – are directed to consumer assistance and other public benefits between 2012 and 2025. (This is true regardless of whether they are distributed by allocation or auction.)For example, the largest component of allowances devoted to public benefit – 39 percent between 2012 and 2025 – is awarded to electric power distributors, with the requirement that the benefit from these allowances must be passed on to consumers to cushion against potential increases in energy bills. Similarly, allowances are designated for consumers of natural gas, heating oil and propane. States would also receive some allowances, to be used for specific purposes such as deployment of clean energy technologies. Between 2012 and 2025, at least 18 percent of total allowances would be auctioned. The proceeds would be channeled into programs to assist low income energy consumers and support other federal programs on adaptation, worker assistance and deficit reduction. The bill also earmarks a small percentage of allowances to the automobile industry to help re-tool factories to manufacture new, clean vehicles such as plug in hybrids. Finally, between 2012 and 2025 up to 19 percent will be given away for free to petroleum refineries, certain electric power generators, and trade exposed industries to aid their adjustment to a carbon constrained economy.For more information, see WRI’s analysis of allowance distribution.last_img read more

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Wentworth Road Roundabout Nears Completion

first_imgThe $2.1-million Wentworth Road Roundabout is still under construction, but open to traffic. When completed, it will provide safe access between Exit 5A on Highway 101 and a busy commercial area in Windsor. Modern roundabouts are intersections with traffic circulating around a central island. Drivers in roundabouts yield when entering and travel in a counter-clockwise direction. Roundabouts have a proven track record around the world for reducing the number and severity of collisions, and for keeping traffic moving smoothly. An information sheet and diagram of the Wentworth Road Roundabout, describing the rules for roundabouts in Nova Scotia, is available at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/roundabout/wentworthroad.pdf .last_img read more

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Traffic on top of the world

first_imgWhen discussing Mount Everest, the first image that flashes past one’s mind is that of Tenzing Norgay atop the greatest mountain of the world in 1953. The photograph has become an enduring symbol of human spirit.Some decades down, now, in 2019, the only image circulating the internet is of a “human traffic jam” comprising around 320 mountaineers queued up at the Khumbu icefall and death zone near the summit. 11 people have already died while summitting this year. So, what changed in the journey to Everest, in these 66 years? Also Read – A race against timeSherpa Tenzing Norgay had failed six times before successfully reaching the summit with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Just a year before, in 1952, he and Swiss climber Raymond Lambert had successfully climbed to 28,210 feet – a bare 900 feet from the summit – when they were forced to abandon their climb and return.Much has changed atop Everest since then. Gone are the days of responsible climbing and camaraderie. Fierce competition, attempts at breaking records and racing are the rules of the day. There have been incidents when climbers have refused to share their oxygen and water with ailing fellows. Also Read – A Golden Loot”The Government of Nepal has to restrict the number of climbers and also set a strict system to decide who can attempt. Too many rookie climbers are attempting and increasing the fatality count,” said mountaineer Jamling Tenzing. Jamling, son of Tenzing Norgay, has successfully summitted Everest and was also a part of the first team making an IMAX film in 1998 on the peak. He had even assisted in rescue operations during the May 1996 disaster atop Everest which had left 14 climbers dead. Many blame the crisis on over-commercialisation. Nepal charges foreign climbers $11,000 for the permit alone. The total cost of the six-week long expedition, including guides, equipment, food and lodging, ranges between $45,000 and $60,000. The permit charge for Nepalese climbers is $700. “There is too much competition among operators. They are now compromising on the quality of service to cut down upon costs and decrease rates. It has become a commercial venture,” Jamling added. One can even find operators charging $30,000 per person for the expedition. Eager to grab dollars, these operators are ready to guide just about anyone to the top. “It is more of a guided tour these days where everything is done by the Sherpa,” says Jamling. More than 800 people climbed Everest from Nepal this year with 11 deaths on record. Around 300 climbed from the Chinese side (where rules are much more stringent) with two deaths on record. Under Nepal’s current rules, a climber needs to submit a copy of their passport, bio-data and health certificate, assuring that the climber is fit enough to make it to the 8,848 m summit. There is, of course, no verification system in place. “This system has to change. The Government of Nepal should have a system to check the credibility of a climber. The government of a climber’s country or at least a reputed mountaineering institute should certify that the mountaineer is fit to climb. There are many climbers who lack basic knowledge and are ready to climb as soon as they save the required money. This is a very dangerous trend,” Jamling lamented. “Earlier too, there were many climbers waiting in Camp 3 or 4 for a suitable window period (with favourable weather and wind speed) to start for the summit. However, the recent traffic jams on the summit ridge are very dangerous. Because of them, climbers are dying. With 1/3rd oxygen, climbing continuously for more than 12 hours, no sleep and no food, the climber is already facing death challenges from the last camp to the summit. On top of that, if a climber has to wait for hours, perched precariously on the rope to make it to the summit or while returning back, death is almost inevitable. In these hours of wait, the canned oxygen further depletes and the body starts giving up,” Jamling explains. Two separate routes, one for ascending and one for descending would be a great option but it is next to impossible to lay a new route near the summit, added the ace mountaineer. He further suggested that commercial operators should get together at the base camp and conduct coordination meetings so that the number of climbers could be divided among the number of days that the window period offers. This would ease the traffic and rate of casualty. ‘Chomolungma’ (as Mount Everest is called by Sherpas) is not a killer mountain. Lack of fitness and training, inexperience and overconfidence have all contributed to the steady rise in casualties. The climbing Sherpas, despite being born in the mountains, spending most of their time in the mountains and being physically adapted to mountain life, do not take Mount Everest for granted. Instead, they revere the mountain, stay fit and train hard to meet the challenges it presents. Jamling stated, “Even my father would not be happy to see how mountaineering has changed. It was about teamwork and discipline but these days everything is done by Sherpas ensuring that mountaineers climb peaks successfully. The more I witness garish displays of ego and individualism, the more I am disheartened. The whole essence of mountaineering is lost.” According to Jamling, a Sherpa can usually climb from Camp 4 (7940 m) to the summit (8848 m) in six to eight hours. A fit mountaineer will take 12 hours, but the unfit, inexperienced climbers take 16 to 18 hours. Usually, each mountaineer consumes four bottles of oxygen (two for the ascent and two for the descent). If a climber is unfit and climbs slowly, they land up using three bottles on the ascent with only left for the descent. This further increases risk. Many climbers are on a budget and compromise on quality facilities. “Slashing prices means reducing services as well. It can be fatal. One must choose their climbing agency carefully without compromising on facilities and services,” advised Jamling. “Nepal needs to review its Everest policy. The number of permits has to decrease,” stated Kusang Sherpa. Kusang is associated with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. He is the first mountaineer in the world to have summitted Mount Everest from three sides. He has summitted twice from South Col, twice from North Col and once from the challenging Khangsung face. At present, around 50 groups have permission and each group consists of around 16 persons. “With a window period of around two days this year, one can imagine the rush. Not more than 25 groups should be permitted to climb in a year,” advised Kusang. He also reiterated that two ropes (routes) would be a great option, one for ascending and one for descending. “Nothing can be done on the razor-sharp edge where one has to place one foot at a time. Below 8,200 ft, two routes are feasible but a herculean task. It takes around 13 to 14 hours to fix a 45-metre rope at that altitude,” added Kusang. “As long as Everest is there it will attract climbers. However, the onus is on Nepal to make it safe. Safety should be given priority over commercial gains. The numbers of permits issued need to come down drastically to avoid human traffic jams,” stated Group Captain Jai Kishan, Principal, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling. The successful ascent of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, gave a major boost to mountaineering in India. One year after this historical accomplishment, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on November 4, 1954 – a personal initiative by Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr BC Roy, then Chief Minister of West Bengal – to promote mountaineering in India. The world-class mountaineering institute has trained thousands of mountaineers, many of whom have become mountaineering greats. With Nepal Government’s policy coming under the scanner of the global mountaineering community, the country said it was considering a change of rules. “We are discussing reforms. Certain criteria will be put into place for all Everest aspirants. The issue of inexperienced climbers has been discussed,” said Mira Acharya, a Nepal tourism official. The Nepal Government, in the past, had made such commitments but failed to translate them into action. After all, climbing dollars are a major contributor to Nepal’s tourism coffers.last_img read more

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Wildfire forces evacuation affecting about 1100 people east of Kelowna BC

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – An evacuation order affecting about 1,100 people living east of Kelowna, B.C., was issued Thursday because of the threat of a wildfire.Fire crews from the Joe Rich, Kelowna, Ellison and Lake Country departments along with the BC Wildfire Service were fighting the blaze that was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m.The wildfire service says the blaze located roughly 25 kilometres from Okanagan Lake has grown to about 380 hectares in size. It’s suspected to be human-caused.A reception centre for evacuees was being set up at a church in Kelowna.Elsewhere, calmer weather and continuing progress battling some of the other wildfires in the province means more people can return home while campers and hikers will be able to access more of the backcountry in the Interior.The Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operation Centre said evacuation orders in the Maeford Lake, Tatla Lake and Kleena Kleene areas were downgraded to alerts late Thursday.The B.C. government said select campsites and trails in the Cariboo fire centre were scheduled to reopen at noon on Friday.It follows a decision on Wednesday to rescind a sweeping ban on access to Crown land in the region.“We wanted to get a return to normalcy as soon as it was safe, as soon as it was practical,” said Kevin Skrepnek with the wildfire service.The sites were closed July 13, one week after a lightning storm tore across the central Interior, sparking dozens of separate wildfires that forced 45,000 people from their homes.The number of evacuation orders has declined over the last two weeks and Emergency Management BC said earlier Thursday about 2,500 people remained out of their homes as 154 fires continued to burn.Although some backcountry areas will reopen Friday, the ministry said other trails and recreation sites remain closed.People are encouraged to check the websites of the wildfire service, sites and trails, and BC Parks for the latest information on closures.The extent of the damage caused by a record-breaking year of fires that have scorched more than 10,000 square kilometres of land is still being tallied.But Chief Richard William of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation said at least 10 wild horses were killed by a massive blaze in the Cariboo region that has consumed an area more than 2,300 square kilometres in size.A photo circulating on social media, taken by rangers in the area, shows the carcasses of several horses surrounded by blackened trees in the Chilcotin southwest of Williams Lake.William said the total number of wild horses lost is unknown, but the discovered carcasses have his community worried about loss of other wildlife, particularly moose that they rely on for hunting.As situation continues to be volatile, a campfire ban remains in effect throughout the Cariboo fire centre, which covers most of central B.C. including Williams Lake and Quesnel, the closest commutes to a 4,600 square kilometre wildfire that is the biggest ever recorded in the province.The campfire ban is also in effect for most of the southern half of the province.Skrepnek said although weather conditions have improved, dry conditions across the province are unprecedented, leaving it unclear when the campfire ban can be lifted.There are scattered showers in the forecast for some fire-affected areas, but Skrepnek said there is still no sign of significant rainfall coming.last_img read more

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Not to glorify war

first_imgThe raging frenzy against Pakistan following Pulwama massacre after a suicide bomber rammed in an explosive-laden SUV into a CRPF convey leading to the death of 40 soldiers on February 14, had toned down considerably and was nearly put to rest until Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed in a statement that based on their intelligence report, India is planning another attack on Pakistan. The western neighbour’s “reliable intelligence” specifies the time of this attack to be in between April16 and April 20. The foreign Minister’s concern was shared with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. As a matter of fact – and politics – the retaliation to Pulwama came with the widely-sensationalised Balakot air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed establishment in PoK just two weeks later. The relation between these nuclear-armed nations nose-dived to unprecedented lows after successive events of aggression. Qureshi did not give any comprehensive point on the evidence Pakistan had or the basis on which he could be so specific with the timing, but confirmed that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country. Such a stunt in politics deserves an independent and elaborate commentary. Prime Minister Khan blames Indian establishment for whipping up war hysteria over claims of India shooting down a Pakistani F-16 during the February standoff. India’s accomplishment in the Air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad militant camp, however, is given to doubt after satellite images betrayed little evidence of damage. Also Read – A compounding difficultyIndia refrained from making a statement immediately but eventually replied befittingly and politically correctly that it rejects the statement by Pakistan Foreign Minister and termed it as irresponsible and preposterous. Also, that his statement comes with a “clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” the spokesperson of Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. War hysteria was, in fact, whipped up a fortnight earlier when Pakistan sponsored the suicide attack on Indian soldiers. War-mongering is deployed as a political tool. Both sides have a pressing need to focus on development over politics at the cost of development and welfare. The possibility of war between two nuclear-armed nations is a serious international concern and will end up affecting sovereignty and integrity of especially India, given how it has carved an image in the global arena in the past 5 years. Elections happen routinely but the impact of war is suffered for generations together.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Invites Ghanas President to Visit Morocco

Casablanca – The Moroccan Monarch, King Mohammed VI, has invited the Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to visit his “second country” at his earliest convenience.Earlier on Thursday, toward the end of his official visit to the Republic of Ghana, King Mohammed VI sent a letter to Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, asking him to pay an official visit to Morocco.“With my belief that you share with me the same impression and orientation, I am pleased to extend to your Excellency an invitation to visit the kingdom of Morocco, at your earliest convenience,” stated King Mohammed VI. The letter adds that the Ghanaian President’s visit to “[his] second country, Morocco, will represent an opportunity to continue the political discussion around issues pertaining to the continent, and will consolidate the gains realized” during the King’s official visit to the republic of Ghana, which began on February 16.The Moroccan Monarch further asserted that his first visit since his coronation to Ghana “has opened wide and promising horizons” ahead for the Moroccan-Ghanaian relations.“The in-depth constructive talks that we conducted, and the identical views that characterized them, in regards to the diverse bilateral and regional issues, and the important agreements that were signed, has enabled us to lay solid bases for the work of the economic operators in the two countries,” asserts the letter, noting that these will improve bilateral relations in various fields.During the visit, the Moroccan Monarch and the Ghanaian President chaired the signing of 27 agreements pertaining to government in addition to public-private agreements. read more

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UN atomic agency helps developing countries considering going nuclear

Twenty of these nations could have nuclear power programmes in place by 2030, according to the IAEA, which is currently holding a workshop, bringing 50 experts from 40 countries together to discuss long-term energy planning.The agency expects to help 38 national and six regional nuclear programmes over the next two years, marking a three-fold increase from the previous two years, as countries seek to boost living standards.“A national energy policy should involve a proper assessment of a country’s energy needs,” said Yury Sokolov, IAEA’s Deputy Director General of Nuclear Energy. “Based on this analysis, nuclear’s role can be defined.”He said converting to nuclear power is a 100-year-long commitment, stressing that countries must take a “holistic” approach to designing nuclear schemes, taking into account infrastructure needs and energy planning.The four-day workshop, under way at IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria, wraps up tomorrow. 22 July 2009Many of the 60 developing countries considering whether nuclear power is in their future are turning to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assess their readiness to embark on the nuclear path for their energy needs. read more

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Liberian President credits UN for 16 years of unbroken peace outlines plan

“After being devastated by a brutal civil conflict that lasted for 14 years, peace was restored and maintained by what was then the largest peacekeeping force in the history of this Organization”, he explained. “Under the auspices of the UNMIL [UN Mission in Liberia] peacekeepers, Liberians enjoyed 16 years of unbroken peace”.President Weah explained that when the peacekeeping force withdrew two years ago, the Government stepped up to maintain the peace.“However,” he said, “long after the guns have been silenced, the survivors have to live with the collateral damage of the war-wounded, the shattered families, the displaced populations, the resettlement of refugees, and all the other negative consequences of a national socio-economic fabric that has been torn apart”.  Despite the many challenges the country has endured, Mr. Weah proudly said “our country is today a beacon of democracy in Africa”, with the freedom of press, expression, association and other political and democratic rights respected under the law.And yet, there is an emerging threat to the country’s “hard-won peace and stability”, he lamented.“Some individuals, within and outside of our country, particularly those who have lost democratically-held elections, have resorted to incitement, threats of violence, misuse of social media, and hate speech, with the aim and objective of achieving power through undemocratic means”, he detailed, adding “this is unacceptable… we must all learn to respect the mandates of the electorates, even when that mandate is not in our favor”.‘Faith and confidence’ in the UNThe Liberian President pointed to today as “a time of uncertainty and heightened tension in global politics, security, and trade”. And yet, despite a global economy is under stress, security tensions on the rise and trade protectionism and climate change causing consequences, especially on developing countries, Mr. Weah “strongly” believes in the UN’s ability to “maintain international peace and security, foster friendly relations among nations, and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights”.“We continue ‘to have faith and confidence in the United Nations as the best universal institution to guide the nations of the world in peaceful and harmonious interactions”, he spelled out.In closing, President Weah assured those in the Assembly Hall that “Liberia will remain engaged as a responsible member of the international community, on all bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.“We will continue to work with the United ‘Nations and its organizations to foster peace, security and harmony among the peoples of the world”, he concluded. read more

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NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM HARVEY AND TROPICAL STORM IRMA

first_imgNEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM IRMA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6PM WEDNESDAY 30TH AUGUST 2017.… IRMA INTENSIFYING STEADILY OVER THE FAR EASTERN ATLANTIC …AT 5:00PM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.4° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 31.2° WEST OR ABOUT 480 MILES WEST OF THE CABO VERDE ISLANDS.TROPICAL STORM IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST AT 15 MPH. THE TROPICAL STORM IS EXPECTED TO TURN SLIGHTLY TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT A SLOWER RATE OF SPEED FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE THURSDAY OR FRIDAY.THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 6AM.PREPARED BY FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM HARVEY ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6PM WEDNESDAY 30TH AUGUST 2017.… HARVEY STILL PRODUCING TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS NEAR THE LOUISIANA COAST …… FLOODING RAINS CONTINUING OVER EXTREME EASTERN TEXAS AND WESTERN LOUISIANA …AT 5:00PM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HARVEY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.8° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 93.1° WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES NORTH OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA OR 50 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ALEXANDRIA LOUISIANA.TROPICAL STORM HARVEY MOVING ERRATICALLY TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 8 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TONIGHT.  A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED THURSDAY OR THURSDAY NIGHT.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF HARVEY SHOULD MOVE THROUGH SOUTHWESTERN AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA TONIGHT, THEN MOVE THROUGH NORTHEASTERN LOUISIANA AND NORTHWESTERN MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS HARVEY MOVES FARTHER INLAND, AND THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION TONIGHT.THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 6AM.PREPARED BY FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Shuttle Discovery carrying Camas native ends space mission

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Discovery ended its career as the world’s most flown spaceship Wednesday, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece.NASA’s oldest shuttle swooped through a mostly clear noontime sky to a touchdown at its home base. Among the crew was Mission Specialist Mike Barratt, a Camas native.“To the ship that has led the way time and time again, we say, ‘Farewell Discovery,’” radioed the Mission Control commentator.Florida’s spaceport was packed with shuttle program workers, journalists and even some schoolchildren eager to see history in the making.The six astronauts on board went through their landing checklists with the bittersweet realization no one would ever ride Discovery again. They said during their 13-day space station delivery mission that they expected that to hit them hard when the shuttle came to a stop on the runway.At three minutes before noon Eastern Time — Discovery landed and ceased being a reusable rocketship.“For the final time: wheels stop,” Discovery’s commander Steven Lindsey called out as the shuttle rolled to a stop.Even after shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis make their final voyages in the coming months, Discovery will still hold the all-time record with 39 missions, 148 million miles, 5,830 orbits of Earth, and 365 days spent in space. All that was achieved in under 27 years.Discovery now leads the way to retirement as NASA winds down the 30-year shuttle program in favor of interplanetary travel.NASA estimates it will take several months of work — removing the three main engines and draining all hazardous fuels — before Discovery is ready to head to the Smithsonian Institution. It will make the 750-mile journey strapped to the top of a jumbo jet.last_img read more

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North Miami Beach home destroyed in fire no injuries reported

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A North Miami Beach home was destroyed after an electrical fire sparked, Sunday morning.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the fire started in the garage of the residence, located near Northeast 163rd Street and 12th Avenue.Crews responded to the scene and extinguished the flames.The house was left uninhabitable. The American Red Cross was called in to assist the residents.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Maharshi impact Mahesh Babus weekend farming leads to AgricultureChallenge trend

first_imgMahesh Babu farming in MaharshiTwitterThe weekend farming concept featured in Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi has started making an impact on the lives of the common people and also inspired many of them to take up #AgricultureChallenge.Mahesh Babu is a popular Telugu actor, who is known for his commercial entertainer films. But of late, he is picking up message-oriented films, which bring transformation in society. His recent movies like Srimanthudu and Bharat Ane have brought great impacts and inspired many to do social service. His latest out Maharshi is another such attempt, which has started yielding results days after it hit screens.The Indian agriculture sector is facing many problems, which have led some farmers to commit suicide, which is one of the most burning issues of the country. Mahesh Babu decided to explore the farmers’ problems through his 25th movie Maharshi, which has struck a chord with many film gores. “Farmers don’t need sympathy…They need our respect.” It is the most popular dialogue from the movie.Maharshi has made many realize how important is the weekend farming and it can make a huge difference to the lives of farmers. After watching the film, some people have already headed to villages and started helping the farmers in different activities of agriculture. They took to Twitter to their photos and videos with a hashtag #AgricultureChallenge, which is currently trending on the social media.Interestingly, some celebs are also inspired by Maharshi. Madhura Sreedhar Reddy tweeted, “Farmers don’t need sympathy…They need our respect!. Such a wonderful thought by #Maharshi makers! Appreciate @urstrulyMahesh garu,  @directorvamshi garu and Dil Raju Garu for taking up farmers issue genuinely. I really loved the concept of #WeekendFarming! Because I do! . Madhura Sreedhar ReddyTwitterMahesh Babu was thrilled to see massive impact and inspiration of Maharshi on the general public. He responded to Madhura Sreedhar and Amit’s post and wrote, “#Maharshi… Blockbusters are always special but when the motive of your film impacts & inspire lives the feeling is immeasurable… @directorvamshi #AgricultureChallenge #FarmerIsKing.”Mahesh Babu added, “#WeekendAgriculture has caught up now & this is the beginning for a great future… not just for our generation but for generations to come… Big thumbs up to people like @madhurasreedhar & @amit5284sajane for taking this great initiative on their shoulders. ” After watching Maharshi, viewers headed to villages to take up weekend farmingCollage of photos taken from Twitterశివానంద్ రెడ్డి ™‏ @mr__shivanand The real journey starts now sir….#weekendAgriculture #Maharshi  this movie is going to inspire a lot of people… People are crazy about that heart touching concept…. The Farmer is the only man in our Economy who buys Everything at retail, sells Everything at Wholesale, and Pays the Freight Both Ways.”  I’m pro to Say my Father is a Farmer #weekendAgriculture #Maharshi inspire thank you @urstrulyMahesh sir @directorvamshi #WeekendAgriculture has caught up now & this is the beginning for a great future… not just for our generation but for generations to come… Big thumbs up to people like @madhurasreedhar & @amit5284sajane for taking this great initiative on their shoulders. ?? pic.twitter.com/a1N2CVUqHZ— tollywood tv (@tollywood_tv) May 12, 2019 So Happy to see that the concept of #Maharshi inspired many people #Superstar always inspires us with his movies  no other actor can bring these type of concepts and inspires to make them real other than @urstrulyMahesh #EpicBlockbusterMaharshi #WeekendAgriculture Always fond of rural lifestyle. But a bit shy or feeling of embarrassment always stopped me. With #Maharshi showing Agri in a glorified way, now I got confidence to do what I like. (In below pics I’m spending some quality time in fields) Thanku @urstrulyMahesh @directorvamshi My friend inspired by @MaharshiTheFilm went to farming ? impact of content when delivered by superstar like @urstrulyMahesh ? #weekendAgriculture #AgricultureChallenge @MaheshFanTrends @SVC_official @MBofficialTeam @hegdepooja @ThisIsDSP @directorvamshi ??? pic.twitter.com/PbRYXHlDFb— urstrulysrikanth (@srikanth_1434) May 12, 2019 Inspired by #Maharshi we are planning to start #WeekendAgriculture in selected cities within 2 months. Movie inspired TN people also..All proceeding will go towards betterment of their lives and stock. Soon we will register our Organisation. @urstrulyMahesh @directorvamshiWeekend agriculture by School students .@urstrulyMahesh ????@directorvamshi ???#BlockbusterMaharshi #Maharshi #MaharshiMania #WeekendAgriculture #WeekendFarming pic.twitter.com/GYh2uBhEFp— Venkatesh chowdary kilaru (@kilaruvenki) May 12, 2019 Mahesh‏ @urstrulymahii Viswateja‏ @viswate79136728 Vijay prakash‏ @vijiitd UrstrulyMouli‏ @mouli_mr Prakash Dasari‏ @PrakashDasarii At one point in time no one talks about box office collections . The important thing is only impact that made in society makes difference . I think SSMB   is the torch bearer & the one who creates difference with each of his work #Maharshi #MaharshiEpicBlockbuster Inspiration #Maharshi#WeekendAgriculture @urstrulyMahesh pic.twitter.com/ALMFpDuNqx— MaharshionMay9th (@urstrulysra1) May 12, 2019last_img read more

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Drone attacks target Jizan Airport in Saudi Arabia Report

first_imgRepresentational image.Pixabay CommonsYemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched multiple drone attacks targeting Jizan airport in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, a tweet on Sunday by the group’s TV Al-Masirah said.The attacks targeted Saudi drone bunkers and stations in the airport, it added.There was no Saudi confirmation of the attacks.last_img

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Disneys Aladdin enters the billiondollar club Earns 1 billion at the global

first_imgDisney’s Aladdin crosses $1 billion. TwitterDisney crosses a new milestone as their venture, Aladdin, has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. Despite lukewarm reviews, Disney’s live-action managed to rake in a very good amount at the box office. Well, perhaps the music-infused family drama with its colours and pizzazz brought about such a big feat.Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negabhan, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar in pivotal roles, Disney’s retelling of the classic 1992 animated film has become a big hit. This also marks the first time for Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie to enter the billion-dollar club. The breakdown of the collection goes like this – North American total of $343.1 million and $656.2 million overseas. This brings their collection to a total of $999.3 million. This is the third Disney movie that managed to cross this feat this year. Earlier, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel were the two releases that put Disney at the top position. Disney’s AladdinInstagramThe studio has had quite a few films to cross the $1 billion mark. Aladdin is the fifth film to have crossed the mark after Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and two of the Pirates of the Caribbean instalments. Interestingly, just earlier it was revealed that Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Far From Home achieved this feat as it entered the $1 billion club. Avengers: Endgame which was distributed by Disney has already surpassed the $1 billion mark and has, in fact, entered the $2 billion club, surpassing the lifetime collection of James Cameron’s Avatar! Disney’s AladdinInstagramGuy Ritchie’s Aladdin surprisingly enjoyed a good stand at the box office. For the first nine weeks, Aladdin stayed at the top seventh spot. Even at the overseas market, the earnings have been remarkable. In Japan, the film neared a total of $100 million box office collection while in South Korea, the film stands tall at the #4 spot with an all-time record of $81 million. In the Middle East region too, the film has become the highest-grossing of all time!last_img read more

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Snake bite kills two in Narail

first_imgTwo people including a minor were killed in separate incidents of snake bite in Lohagara and Kalia upazilas in Narail on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Samiul Molla, 13, son of Ohidul Molla of Kaldanga village in Kalia upazila and Shanto Dey, 35, son of Bishwajit Dey of Nalia village in Lohagora upazila.Narail General Hospital officials said Samiul was playing with friends near his home in the evening when a snake bit him, immediately poisoning him.He was rushed to the Narail General Hospital but the antidote to the poison was not available there either, forcing another shift to Khulna hospital.On the way to Khulna Hospital, Samiul died.Meanwhile, in Lohagora upazila Shanto was working in the kitchen when a snake bit him and he succumbed to his injuries while going to the hospital, said Naldi Union member Badsha Mia.last_img read more

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Isme Azam Portrait of a researcher

first_imgResearcher Isme Azam. Prothom Alo File PhotoBarnoi is a small river that flows by the Bagmara upazila township of Rajshahi. There was a heap of old bricks by the bank of the river that the local people assumed was an old brick field. Young boys of the village used to hang out there in the afternoon.When Isme Azam was a young schoolboy, he used to live near the site and would often walk around the area. One day he found a figurine of a meditating man in the heap. He talked to local elders and consulted books, later learning that the small statue was of the 11th century Buddhist scholar Srijnana Atisa Dipakara.This inquisitive mind led Isme Azam delve into the history of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. In the last few years, he has discovered much startling information about the people who used to live in the area more than 1000 years ago and the artefacts of that period. The meticulousness of his work and value of his findings have astonished even professional archaeologists of the country.Isme Azam was born in Rangpur but his childhood was spent in different areas of the country since his father was a police officer. He only completed secondary school in formal education, but never actually stopped studying.“Actually, I can’t stop reading. I acquired this addiction to reading from childhood. While staying in Puthia, Rajshahi, I read all the books of the children’s section in the local library. To tell you the truth, I always look for libraries and museums whenever I visit new places,” he said.After giving up academic studies, he engaged himself in various activities. In 2010, he worked with the members of Wild Team, an international conservation organisation which began in 2003 as The Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, and went to Khulna in 2012 with them.“While working to preserve the tigers of the Sundarbans I decided to know more about the local people. How would I make them aware if I didn’t know about their lifestyle, professions or their past?”This spark of thought led him to begin reading books on the Sundarbans, its history, life and tradition of the people dwelling in the area. His interest grew as he read more.Archaeologist Mohammad Sohrabuddin of Comilla University is busy excavating settlement traces in the Sundarbans that might be around 1,500 years old. Photo: Ehsan-ud-DaulaFor the first time, he went into the deeper parts of the Sundarbans in 2015 and stayed there for 45 days. He had visited all four administrative ranges of the mangrove forest of the Bangladesh part to have firsthand experience of the forest and collected innumerable artefacts and photos of the area that time.Returning home, he bought many books, consulted specialists and started doing research on his findings. But new questions arose. Once again, Isme Azam took a tour to the Sundarbans for four months in 2016. He made a very significant discovery during the second tour. He found a settlement older than 1000 years old.He said installations of the settlement, earlier covered by forest land, emerged into the open following soil erosion. “This was probably a seaport of ancient times, ruined over the ages.”According to the findings, the largest structures were located around 83 kilometres away from Shyamnagar of Satkhira, along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, in Khejurdana, Arpangashia and Shekhertek.More structures were discovered along the bank of the river Kholpatua in the Satkhira part of the Sundarbans and in Katka, in the Khulna part of the forest.Professional researchers collected more data from the site. At the initiative of Prothom Alo, a team of researchers visited the area discovered by Isme Azam. The discovery drew attention of the academics.This year he had stayed in the deeper parts of the Sundarbans for three months. The amateur archaeologist said he has made progress in his research works alongside the survey of tigers in the forest. He has made new discoveries: graves of salt-workers, many earthen utensils, bones of animals and establishments. Azam is hopeful he would be able to draw up a complete map of the salt industry in the area.Being a fieldworker his workplace is near Munshiganj of Satkhira, adjacent to the Sundarbans. There he has been taking his research further alongside his regular professional tasks.Recently Azam has started writing a book. “I have two dreams – publishing a book about my research and establishing a museum and research centre. I hope the book will be published in the next Ekushey book fair. But it’s not possible for me alone to set up the museum and research centre. Government and private help is necessary for their dream to materialise.”He gave hints about the content of the book. “I’ll discuss about the earliest settlements, their geological and ethnological sides, a complete mapping of the salt industry of the area, natural history and folklore of the Sundarbans.”Isme Azam wishes to study the Chattogram Hill Tracts area once these two dreams materialise.*Sajib Mia is an apprentice sub-editor of Prothom Alo. The report, originally published in the special supplement marking 20th founding anniversary of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more

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