Odisha MP Ladu Kishore Swain passes away

first_imgMember of Parliament from Odisha’s Aska Lok Sabha constituency Ladu Kishore Swain has passed away here, said family sources on Wednesday. He was 71.Swain died late on Tuesday while undergoing treatment at a private hospital.The senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader was suffering from kidney-related ailments. He was admitted to the private hospital on the day after he complained of uneasiness in breathing.Born on July 8, 1947, Swain was elected to the Lok Sabha from Aska constituency in 2014. Swain was also elected as an MLA from Kabisuryanagar Assembly constituency in 2004.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his death and conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family. The State Assembly mourned the demise of Swain and paid homage by observing a minute’s silence.“Anguished by the passing away of Lok Sabha MP from Aska, Odisha, Shri Ladu Kishore Swain Ji. He will be remembered for his rich service to society. His work towards rural development was noteworthy. Spoke to his son Nachiketa and expressed condolences,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Twitter post.Swain is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Rare Neutrino Morphing Spotted Again

first_imgFor the fourth time, physicists have spotted a neutrino morphing from a type called a muon neutrino to a type called a tau neutrino. The observation comes from the team working with a massive particle detector called Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus (OPERA) in Italy’s subterranean Gran Sasso National Laboratory. OPERA (above) took data from 2008 to 2012 and created quite a sensation in September 2011, when it announced (mistakenly) that neutrinos fired from the European particle physics lab, CERN, 730 kilometers away in Switzerland, appeared to travel faster than light. But OPERA’s main goal was to spot muon-neutrino-to-tau-neutrino conversion, which was predicted by theory. We may not have heard the last of OPERA: Researchers still have data in the can—and they’ve issued a press release with each tau neutrino they’ve seen.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

I would like to sign off with a win, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgAs India look to avoid a complete whitewash in the English Summer by winning the final One-day International in Cardiff on Friday, all eyes will on Rahul Dravid. The fifth ODI will bring an end to The Wall’s ODI adventures and he will no doubt be looking to sign off with a bang.”At the end of this ODI series, I would like to announce my retirement from ODI and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I am committed, as always, to give my best to India in this ODI series and obviously the Test series that follows,” he had said ahead of the India-England encounters.It’s ironic that a man who has always shied away from the limelight has had to endure such a dramatic end to his ODI career.”I would like to sign off ODI career with a win. It has been a very difficult series for the team. We need to have good bowlers. We have work on bowling as an area if we have to do well. I had ups and downs in my career, but overall it was satisfactory. I have no regrets. I always did my best for the team, gave my 100 per cent,” Dravid told Headlines Today on Friday.When the desperate selectors threw him an ODI curve ball, The Wall graciously agreed to step up for his country, but put a stop to any more such requests.With one match remaining in the series, it’s clear the selectors’ desperation failed to pay off. Playing international ODI cricket after two years, Dravid has averaged a paltry 13 in the series.advertisementNow as he gets set to take to the field for the last time in coloured clothing, Rahul Dravid will no doubt want to go on a high.For someone, who has scored over 10000 runs in one-day internationals and is 7th in the list of the all time highest ODI run-getters, it will be a low-profile exit, but then, that’s probably how he would like it.There’s a perception that Dravid has got a raw deal in the 50-over format throughout his career, having been called in when the chips are down, dropped when the team is flying high.But the fact that The Wall has always given his best whenever called upon is testament to the brilliance of one India’s most reliable cricketers. Now it’s time the rest of the team steps up and finally gets a win for a fitting tribute to the legend.last_img read more

CM Arvind Kejriwal asks minister to consider closing Delhi schools over pollution

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said he has asked his Education Minister Manish Sisodia to consider closing down all the schools due to high pollution in the capital city.The Chief Minister in a tweet said that “considering high level of pollution”, he has requested Sisodia “to consider closing schools for a few days”.Delhi woke up to ‘severe’ air quality today with a thick haze blanketing the city as pollution levels breached permissible standards by multiple times.The Indian Medical Association (IMA) IMA has also appealed to the Delhi government to shut down outdoor sports and other such activities in schools keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on the health of the children.The rapid fall in air quality and visibility began last evening as moisture combined with pollutants shrouded the city in a thick cover of haze.Kejriwal also said that in August, the Delhi government had written letters to neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana, urging them to check stubble burning by farmers.WATCH VIDEO | Delhi engulfed by smog blanket, visibility drops to 15 meterslast_img read more

Sarri: Becoming Juventus Coach Is A ‘Crowning Achievement’ (Video)

first_imgThe 34-year-old Ronaldo scored 21 goals in his first Serie A season at Juventus. His single-season record is 48 goals in the Spanish league for Real Madrid in 2014-15.Sarri said that he left Chelsea after only one season because he “felt a need to return to Italy.”He succeeds Massimiliano Allegri, who guided Juventus to five straight Italian titles but was unable to bring home the most desired trophy — the Champions League — despite two runner-up finishes in the top European competition.Sarri reportedly has a massive bonus in his contract if he leads Juventus to the elusive European title.“I’ve never seen a club so determined to hire a coach,” Sarri said. “That convinced me right away.”Sarri struggled with criticism upon his arrival at Chelsea but then led the London club to the Europa League title.“I’ve always had the fans skeptical at the start. I come from a different breed and it’s fair that there’s this skepticism,” Sarri said. “There’s only one way to get through that and that’s to win. We’ve got to go out there onto the pitch to enjoy ourselves and put on a show.”TweetPinShare0 Shares TURIN, Italy — With his attack-minded 4-3-3 formation, new Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri foresees Cristiano Ronaldo setting more scoring records.Sarri was presented Thursday after signing a three-year contract with the club that has won Serie A for the last eight seasons.Sarri called the Juventus job the “crowning achievement of a long and difficult career.”“I’ve taken a long road to get here, from Serie C2 to B, A, Premier League and now Juventus. It’s special to be here. It’s the best squad in Italy,” Sarri said. “I’m coming from Chelsea, which has an inferior history to that of Juventus. It’s another step forward for me.“Coaching Ronaldo is also an escalation. I coached great players at Chelsea but with him it’s the best in the world. He already holds all of the records you can have in world football but I would like help him break some more records.”last_img read more

England pacer Stuart Broad hopeful of playing in Tests against India

first_imgEngland paceman Stuart Broad has confirmed that he plans to return to action this month after having injections on an ongoing ankle injury.Broad is aiming to recover from the injury in time to play domestic first-class cricket for his county Nottinghamshire later this month, days before the first Test against India.The 32-year-old, who last played for England in the second Test against Pakistan in June, sustained the injury against Worcestershire last week.Broad is eager to return for Nottinghamshire when they take on Surrey in the County Championship, starting on July 22.”I’ve had some injections in my left ankle for an ongoing ligament problem after seeing brilliant specialists and having different scans,” Broad said on his official Instagram account.”It needs five days’ rest, then aiming to run Tuesday and build up quickly with an aim to play for Notts CC against Surrey CCC July 22nd. That’s the plan!!”Following a three-match Twenty20 and one-day international series this month, England and India will face off in five Tests series starting on August 1.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes record pole with Sebastian Vettel in second

first_imgFormula One leader Lewis Hamilton made the most of the changeable conditions to seize pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel on Saturday.French driver Esteban Ocon qualified a remarkable third for Force India for the team’s first race under new ownership, with Mexican team mate Sergio Perez fourth after a rain-hit final session.The pole was Hamilton’s fifth at Spa, a record, and 78th of his F1 career but it was touch and go on a drying track with the clock ticking.More poles at Spa than any other driver in #F1 historyAnother record for @LewisHamilton #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/9o40IHfilkFormula 1 (@F1) August 25, 2018Slipping wide and across the grass runoff, the champion left himself just one final shot at a flying lap before the time ran out and he nailed it.”It was one of the toughest qualifying sessions I can remember,” said Hamilton, who won from pole in Belgium last season and is 24 points clear of fellow-four times champion Vettel with nine races remaining.”We were very close, I was hopeful, Ferrari were very quick on the straights, then the rain came and I can’t stress how difficult it was.”The track looked dry in some places, but it was actually wet. It was so hard, I went off twice, but so glad I managed to keep it together. Everyone is on the edge of their seats.”Sunday’s race looked set up to be a battle between the two great rivals, with Vettel possibly having the faster car, after a qualifying that shook up the grid beyond the two championship contenders.advertisementVettel’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen, a four-times winner at Spa, starts only sixth while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will line up at the back of the field due to accumulated engine grid penalties.The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo qualified seventh and eighth.QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION: @LewisHamilton scores a 78th career pole at a rainy Spa #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/HhhEX34zPcFormula 1 (@F1) August 25, 2018″It got drier at the end, we had done our laps at the beginning thinking it (the conditions) was going to get worse so we were just unlucky I guess,” said Ricciardo.Taking advantage of the drying track, surprised Frenchman Romain Grosjean put his Haas in fifth place behind the Force India pair.Vettel and Raikkonen had both earlier shattered the Spa circuit record, banging in laps of one minute 41.501 and 1:41.627 respectively to better the 1:41.770 set by a Porsche 919 world endurance car in April.Hamilton’s pole time was a comparatively slow 1:58.179, with Vettel managing 1:58.905.”It was a bit chaotic and not great from a management point of view,” Vettel said. “I don’t feel we put everything together in the last lap, we ran out of battery.”It wasn’t a nice ending to a great qualifying up to that point. It’s great fun but obviously not very rewarding when you know you could have done a bit better.”last_img read more

‘Tortillas that taste like glory’ – the secret of Mexico’s World Cup diet

first_imgShare on Messenger Mexico starting to think big but need to refocus for South Korea test Mexico Every member of the squad has a different diet plan, “not just based on his position”, Boullosa said, “but also based on his physique and his performance in training and in games. It’s not the same for someone who played 90 minutes, to someone who stayed on the bench, we take every variable into account to make sure every player gets what they need”.The plan obviously worked for Mexico’s opening match, where their high-tempo game overwhelmed defending champions Germany. Read more Twitter Since arriving in Europe for the World Cup red meat has been finally back on the menu for the players. “Players ask for their quesadillas and their tacos and that really helps psychologically, because you bring them closest to home” said squad nutritionist Beatriz Boullosa, who rejoined the Mexican backroom staff in 2015. She was previously part of the staff that helped Mexico win the under-17 world title in 2011, and also worked for the Olympic team that won the gold medal in 2012.“We brought a lot of food and we also brought a chef to make every dish as the player likes it, we are making corn tortillas that taste like glory.” While every player at the World Cup will be taking great care over their diet and nutrition during the tournament, the Mexican squad have an extra incentive to be careful – to avoid domestic meat contaminated with growth hormones.The squad has bought two tons of food along with them to Russia, but none of the meat will be coming from Mexico itself. Mexico has a history of producing meat contaminated with Clenbuterol, used to promote muscle growth in livestock, but also banned as a performance-enhancing substance in athletes. Having gone without while in Mexico, the squad were allowed to start eating red meat once they arrived in Denmark for a pre-World Cup friendly. “Players are carnivorous by nature and they are happy to get the red meat back on their diet, and in nutrition terms it was also important” Boullosa said.One vital ingredient for their diet has come from Mexico, however – hot sauces. “We made a spicy chili-peanut sauce that is delicious, and we also have traditional salsas some of the super spicy and some mild ones”, added Boullosa. “We also brought cans of beans and corn. We are super loaded.”Still, while the backroom staff take every care over the preparation, it’s not always the case that players will listen. Before their departure from Mexico some of the squad made headlines after being seen out late partying for Javier Hernández’s 30th birthday. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Share on Twitter Reuse this content When used for performance enhancement Clenbuterol increases lean muscle mass and reduces body fat. Agriculturally, although outlawed in most countries, it can be used on cattle, lamb, poultry and swine. The World Anti-Doping Agency has, in the past, issued specific warnings about the problem with agricultural usage in both China and Mexico. In 2011, five players from Mexico’s squad tested positive for clenbuterol, among them Guillermo Ochoa, the starting goalkeeper in this World Cup. The country’s federation ruled the positive tests were caused by contaminated meat. More recently, Mexican boxer Canelo Álvarez tested positive for the same forcing the postponement of his rematch with Gennady Golovkin. Read more US sports Share on Pinterest Mexican squad nutritionist Beatriz Boullosa speaks during an interview in Moscow. Photograph: Eduardo Verdugo/AP Share on LinkedIn World Cup Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is a player of substance Facebook Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 Topicslast_img read more

Only ODI: Ben Foakes, Tom Curran star as England scrape past Ireland in Dublin

first_img graphs Only ODI: Ben Foakes, Tom Curran star as England scrape past Ireland in DublinWicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes scored an unbeaten 61 and all-rounder Tom Curran added 47 not out to give England a scrappy victory. advertisement commentary Reuters DublinMay 4, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 09:11 IST Tom Curran starred with ball and bat to help England beat Ireland by 4 wickets (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland (199/6) beat Ireland (198) by 4 wickets in the only ODIBen Foakes (61 not out) and Tom Curran (47 not out) starred with the bat for EnglandCurran also took 3 wickets while Liam Plunkett bagged 4 in the first inningsTom Curran and Ben Foakes put together an unbeaten 98-run partnership to help England beat Ireland by four wickets in a one-off one-dayer in Malahide on Friday.Chasing 199 to win, England slipped to 101 for six as Ireland’s 19-year-old debutant bowler Josh Little made the most of seaming conditions to claim 4-45.However, wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes scored an unbeaten 61 and all-rounder Curran added 47 not out to give the top-ranked one-day side a scrappy victory.England had won the toss and elected to bowl after the match was put back by two hours and reduced to 45 overs per side amid concerns over a soggy outfield after overnight rain.Ireland captain William Porterfield and Paul Stirling made a steady start and were 46 without loss at the end of 10 overs.But when they had reached 55, England quick Curran lured Stirling (33) into chipping the ball to a diving Jofra Archer at mid-on.Seamer Liam Plunkett removed Porterfield (17) and Lorcan Tucker (seven), before Curran added a second of his own when Joe Denly caught the experienced Kevin O’Brien (four) at backward point.The hosts were 111-6 but debutant Mark Adair hinted at a fightback as he smashed two sixes off Curran.Archer, who conceded 21 runs off his first spell of four overs on his ODI debut, returned to the attack to remove Adair with a 90 mph ball that went clean through the batsman and uprooted the off stump.Barbados-born all-rounder Archer is among a number of players who, despite being left out of England’s preliminary squad for the World Cup, will be hoping to stake a claim for a late call-up to the tournament starting May 30.advertisementPlunkett, who finished as England’s standout bowler with 4-35, and Curran picked apart the Ireland lower order as the hosts were all out with 11 balls to play.”At certain stages we knew it would be challenging, but the bowlers did a great job,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.”Three or four of us batted really poorly but Foakes was outstanding on debut … he and Curran got us over the line.”England next travel to Cardiff for a one-off Twenty20 against Pakistan on Sunday, before the two teams play a five-match ODI series starting Wednesday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ireland vs EnglandFollow IRE vs ENGFollow Tom CurranFollow Ben Foakescenter_img scorecard view more view less No data available!last_img read more

Is BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit weighed down by rising state-based T20 leagues?

first_imgIs BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit weighed down by rising state-based T20 leagues?While the BCCI has continued the practice of maintaining dedicated integrity officers for each franchise in IPL, it has been unable to follow the practice in state T20 leagues.advertisement Next Rasesh Mandani MumbaiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 21:43 IST BCCI’s anti-corruption unit is investigating cases of alleged match-fixing in TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI has initiated inquiry over alleged corruption in Tamil Nadu Premier LeagueThere have been reports of fixers approaching some players in TNPLBCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) keeps a watch on all state-based T20 leagues and the IPLOver half-a-dozen corrupt approaches have been made to cricketers during the course of this season’s Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) as well as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) are inquiring into the matter.But TNPL, best known for unearthing talent for IPL, is suddenly facing credibility crisis. Although BCCI’s ACSU itself monitored proceedings this year; a first in the league’s four year old history. Which begs the question, does the BCCI ACSU has too much on its plate with more and more state units formulating their own T20 leagues?. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Saurashtra and Mumbai Cricket Associations have their T20 leagues going and more are in the pipeline.Former anti-corruption unit chief of ICC, Ravi Sawani thinks so. “BCCI doesn’t have full time employability for these kinds of leagues nor the supervisory resource. Maybe in future they will look at it,” Sawani told India Today.Currently the BCCI’s anti-corruption wing, headed by former Rajasthan DGP Ajit Singh Shekhawat, is eight members strong. The ACU chief has sought five to six more intelligence officers and some additional staff but the recruitment is still in the works.As a result, the BCCI’s ACU has been unable to keep a designated officer with each franchise, as has been the practice in the past.”Till last year we were following a system where we had dedicated integrity officers for each team in TNPL. Officers used to travel with the team, stay with them, develop rapport, build confidence so that they can share anything that is amiss in the system. For some reason that has been stopped,” Sawani said.advertisementSawani’s private security company was employed by the TNPL as well as Karnataka Premier League (KPL) until the BCCI decided to bring all anti-corruption cricket operations, including IPL, under its ACU’s purview, last year. The IPL was earlier overseen by ICC’s anti-corruption unit.The decision taken by BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) was driven by recommendations of Justice Mudgal committee as well as Lodha committee which discouraged use of ICC’s anti-corruption wing for IPL. The committee’s argument was the ICC’s anti-corruption officers would report to the ICC and not BCCI.While the BCCI continued the practice of maintaining dedicated integrity officers for each franchise in IPL, it has been unable to follow the practice in state T20 leagues.BCCI’s ACU Chief Ajit Singh however, does not agree the operational change would make a difference. “We had four officers there who covered each and every game and stayed in the team hotels. So it’s not just manpower that is required. You have to develop information sources, develop confidence and take exemplary action where required,” Singh told India Today.The other handicap in having fixed integrity officers for state leagues revolves around budgeting. “The fact is even the franchisees are operating on low budget. We can’t have dedicated officer for each team like IPL.”The BCCI ACU is spread out during the competition,” TNPL Governing Council Chairman PS Raman clarified.Sheer manpower may not clinch BCCI its anti-corruption drive but with more and more of its state units exploring the T20 league idea to generate revenue, the susceptibility quotient as well as pressure on its ACU continues to rise.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow BCCIFollow TNPLFollow BCCI’s Anti-Corruption UnitFollow Tamil Nadu Premier LeagueFollow Karnataka Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Honduras Ban voices concern over arrest of President

29 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep concern over the situation in Honduras, voicing his strong support for the nation’s democratic institutions and speaking out against the arrest of its constitutional President. According to media reports, President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales was overthrown yesterday, when a referendum was slated to be held on changing the Honduran constitution.Mr. Ban “urges the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country and full respect for human rights, including safeguards for the security of President Zelaya, members of his family and his government,” according to a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson.He also urged all Hondurans to resolve their difference peacefully and “in the spirit of reconciliation.”The statement noted that the Secretary-General welcomes the prompt diplomatic efforts undertaken by the Organization of American States (OAS), whose Permanent Council has held a special meeting on the matter.“He trusts that international and domestic efforts will succeed in the promotion of a peaceful solution to the crisis through democratic means,” it said.For his part, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said he is deeply outraged by the military’s ousting of Mr. Zelaya.Speaking at the start of an Assembly meeting convened to discuss the matter, he said that yesterday’s events are a “throwback to another era that we had hoped was now a distant nightmare.”With regional groups and world leaders having denounced the Honduran military’s action, Mr. D’Escoto called on the 192-member Assembly to “add its voice to underscore the universal rejection of this crime.“Let us denounce the perpetrators with such unanimity that no military-backed regime in Honduras will be able to withstand the criticism and rejection of the world,” he added, calling for those responsible to be brought to justice. read more

Cypriot leaders discuss territory issue during latest round of UNbacked talks

2 July 2009Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders discussed the issue of the territory that each of the two constituent States would occupy in a future federation during their latest round of United Nations-backed talks today. Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat exchanged preliminary views on the territory issue, according to remarks made by Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, following the discussions in Nicosia.Today’s discussions were only the latest round of UN-backed talks between the two leaders aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.In May 2008, the leaders committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.” The partnership would comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status. Mr. Zerihoun said the two leaders also discussed the follow-up to a recent agreement reached on the opening of the Limnitis-Kokkina crossings, and decided to discuss security issues at their next meeting, scheduled for 9 July.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been in place on the island since 1964, following the outbreak of inter-communal violence. read more

Body of Indian fisherman recovered by Sri Lanka Navy

The body of an Indian fisherman has been recovered by the Sri Lanka Navy off the Delft Island.The Navy said that the body was recovered by the Navy, during a search operation conducted in the sea area off the Delft Island today. The Navy said that it also rescued 08 more Indian fishers and handed them over to the Kankesanthurei Police. The body was identified to be that of Karuppaiah Munnasami (55) from Ramanathapuram, India. Meanwhile, the Navy said it spotted over 500 Indian trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters, close to the Delft Island, last night (12th January) and seized 02 trawlers and arrested 09 Indian fishers who trespassed into Sri Lanka’s territorial waters. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Our future rests in solidarity commitment to rulesbased order UN chief tells

UN Photo/Cia PakSecretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly’s 73rd session.‘Two epochal challenges’In his speech, Mr. Guterres made particular reference to climate change and the risks associated with advances in technology, referring to these two problems as “epochal challenges.”Noting scientific evidence that the planet is getting hotter, increasing concentration of carbon dioxide, Mr. Guterres underscored: “Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world.”“If we do not change course in the next two years, we risk runaway climate change … We need greater ambition and a greater sense of urgency,” he said.Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our worldUnderscoring the need to ensure full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Mr. Guterres urged world leaders to make maximum use of upcoming such as the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP24, in Poland in December to strengthen global resolve against the threat.He also announced that he will convene a Climate Summit next September, to bring together countries and cities, as well as political, business and civil society leaders, “to focus on the heart of the problem.”Turning to new technologies, Secretary-General Guterres highlighted the benefits offered by such advances, including to further the sustainable development agenda, but added that alongside the advances, considerable perils are also present.“There are many mutually beneficial solutions for digital challenges. We need urgently to find the way to apply them,” he said, calling on the global community to use the United Nations as a platform to draw attention to the risks and benefits of technological advances and to nurture a digital future that is safe and beneficial for all “As guardians of the common good, we also have a duty to promote and support a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system,” said the Secretary-General, addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at UN Headquarters on Tuesday.“We need commitment to a rules-based order, with the United Nations at its centre and with the different institutions and treaties that bring the Charter to life … There is no way forward but collective, common-sense action for the common good.”Mr. Guterres’ annual opening message, which draws from his yearly report on the work of the Organization, also highlighted the persisting challenges facing the people and the planet, including the seemingly unending conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the suffering of the Rohingya people and the threat of terrorism, non-proliferation and the use of chemical weapons.He also drew attention to increasing inequality and the “discrimination and demagoguery” faced by migrants and refugees, in the context of clearly insufficient international cooperation, as well as cautioned against widening inequalities, tensions over trade and pressures on human rights around the world.“It is our common duty to reverse these trends and resolve these challenges. We need to move ahead based on facts, not fear – on reason, not illusion. Prevention must be at the centre of all we do,” stressed Mr. Guterres.“This session of the General Assembly is a real opportunity for progress.” Full statement here‘Winds of hope’“Despite the chaos and confusion in our world, I see winds of hope blowing around the globe,” said Mr. Guterres, noting the recent signing of the historic peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the start of the peace process between Djibouti and Eritrea, and other positive developments elsewhere.The approval of a compact on refugees and another on migration also represent signs of hope, he said, highlighting also the promise offered by the world’s young people, gender equality gaining ground and growing awareness of discrimination and violence against women and girls.He also stressed that the UN must lead the way in pursuit of gender equality.Despite the chaos and confusion in our world, I see winds of hope blowing around the globe“For the first time in United Nations history, there is full parity in our Senior Management Group and among Resident Coordinators leading country teams around the world. We are firmly committed to equality and empowerment everywhere,” said the Secretary-General.In conclusion, Mr. Guterres recalled the words of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in which Mr. Annan said that the world shares a common destiny and that everyone can master it only if they face it together –that is why we have the United Nations.“Our future rests on solidarity,” said Mr. Guterres, calling on everyone to help repair the broken trust.“We must reinvigorate our multilateral project. And we must uphold dignity for one and for all.” read more

Conductivity an inappropriate measure of water quality says NMA

first_imgIM’s June article on water management is at deadline for editorial contributions and here we note an interesting opinion from America’s National Mining Association. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued guidance on water quality requirements for coal mines in Appalachia. The guidance relies solely on electric conductivity (also known as specific conductance) as an indicator of water quality impairment. The guidance establishes a range of between 300-500 microSiemens (a measure of conductivity) as triggering close scrutiny by EPA of the permit application and anything approaching or beyond 500 microSiemens as cause for EPA to deny a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit. These permits are required to operate coal mines and to conduct mine land reclamation in the region. EPA’s guidance establishes a de facto water quality standard that interferes with the states’ statutory authority to set water quality standards and issue permits. Implementation of the conductivity limit also will make EPA the final decision-maker on permits issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Office of Surface Mining (OSM). The guidance is now open to public comment, but EPA has yet to make the underlying data available for outside peer review or public scrutiny.Two questions arise from EPA’s guidance:Is conductivity an appropriate measure of water quality impairment? Are the conductivity levels set by EPA defensible or achievable?The answer to both questions is -no.Conductivity is a measure of a given quantity of water to conduct electricity at a specified temperature. It is predicated upon the presence of dissolved solids, which conduct an electrical charge. It is not a meaningful measure of contamination or the ability of a given body of water to meet its designated use.Conductivity has generally been used in the field as a first screen for water quality. Elevated conductivity levels indicate that further analysis should be done to determine the specific water chemistry, i.e. the makeup of the specific dissolved particles in the water, and whether those particles occur in amounts that are demonstrated to impair aquatic life specific to that stream. The EPA guidance eliminates this vital step-an approach that is scientifically and legally deficient.The 300 – 500 microSiemens conductivity threshold set by EPA for coal mining permits is not an appropriate basis for determining water quality impairment for the following reasons:Higher levels of conductivity are often the result of virtually any activity that disturbs the surface of the earth (e.g., highway construction), thereby increasing dissolved solids. Background conditions can exceed the 300-500 microSiemens threshold. No evidence has been presented that uniquely correlates higher conductivity levels with coal mining or valley fills. The necessary scientific analysis, including collecting sufficient data, has not been conducted to establish a cause-and-effect relationship between conductivity and adverse effects on water quality. In fact, there is substantial data that show good macro invertebrate populations in streams with conductivity much higher than the 300-500 microSiemens threshold and poor macro invertebrate levels in streams with low conductivity-substantiating the need to look beyond conductivity as a measure of stream impairment. In developing the conductivity levels, EPA did not follow its national criteria development guidelines (1985 Guidelines for Deriving Numerical National Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Aquatic Organisms and Their Use). None of the studies cited by EPA in support of the range applicable to mining indicate the stream uses are harmed by conductivity at those levels. Rather, the studies focus on impacts to certain mayfly populations that are known to be especially sensitive and suggest that the absence of these mayflies in streams with elevated conductivity is directly related to upstream mining. EPA has ignored the fact that other aquatic life in the stream are robust and perform essentially the same stream function as the affected populations. EPA presents no evidence that the designated uses of these waters have been harmed.Further, the levels are unachievable. EPA has noted it expects -few, if any – fill permit applications in Appalachia to meet the levels of conductivity set in the guidance. This limit will apply immediately to all coal mining, including underground operations, in the six Appalachian states. EPA has not ruled out applying the standard similarly to other industries throughout the water program.last_img read more

All five bodies recovered from downed helicopter as Welsh police release photo

first_img Friday 31 Mar 2017, 6:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3317831 All five bodies recovered from downed helicopter as Welsh police release photo of crash site All of the victims were from the same family. POLICE IN WALES have recovered all five bodies from the site of Wednesday’s helicopter crash in Snowdonia.The five people who died were all members of the same family and have now been identified by police as Kevin and Ruth Burke aged 56 and 49, Donald and Sharon Burke aged 55 and 48 respectively and 51-year-old Barry Burke.The five are from the Milton Keynes area in southern England.Ruth Burke is originally from Dublin and the downed helicopter was crossing the Irish Sea en route to Dublin when the crash occurred. Ruth and Kevin died in the helicopter crash. Source: FacebookChief inspector Richie Green of North Wales Police said this evening that all the bodies have now been removed from the crash site. He described it as a “challenging and distressing operation.”“Shortly before 3.30pm this afternoon the last of the five who were on board the helicopter were recovered and they have now been transported to a local hospitals mortuary, ” Green said in a statement.“Thames Valley Police family liaison officers have informed family members and we can now begin the very difficult process of formal identification,” he added.Rescue efforts had got underway on Wednesday after radio contact was lost with the privately-owned helicopter.The search at first focused on an area of the Irish Sea before its location in the Welsh mountainous region was identified.The rugged terrain was inaccessible to vehicles and this along with poor weather conditions had hampered the rescue operation.A temporary exclusion zone over the crash site remains in place and extends to a height of 5,500 feet above sea level but the radius has been reduced from five to two miles.Now that the bodies have been recovered by police, the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch is leading the probe into the crash.“Recovery of the helicopter will begin, weather permitting,  this weekend and led by the AAIB whilst North Wales Police will prepare a file for HM Coroner and assist the AAIB investigation,” Green said. The crash site in Snowdonia, north Wales. Source: North Wales PoliceWith the consent of the family of the victims, police have released a photograph of the scene taken before the crash to show the difficult terrain involved.Read: Recovery of the bodies of five family members killed in a helicopter crash to continue today >Read: Dublin-born woman among five victims of helicopter crash in Welsh mountains > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 30,961 Views By Rónán Duffy Share190 Tweet Email2 Mar 31st 2017, 6:30 PM Short URL 5 Comments last_img read more

Amazon Ordered by Judge to Share Echo Recordings in Murder Case

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target Amazon Echo recordings might have captured a homicide, and a U.S. judge recently ordered Amazon to hand them over for murder case evidence.On Monday, a judge said that New Hampshire authorities who are investigating the deaths of two women can study the recordings, which were made by an Amazon Echo speaker with Alexa, Amazon’s virtual voice assistant, the Associated Press reported.Last year, 48-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old Jenna Pellegrini were murdered at a Farmington home. Timothy Verrill, a man from Dover, New Hampshire, is accused of first-degree murder and pleaded not guilty to the crime.Authorities believed that these Echo recordings might have captured Sullivan’s death and the removal of her body. The potential recording could be located on a server managed by Amazon, however the e-commerce company said it won’t disclose customer data “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”Amazon has not provided additional comment on the case.More on Geek.com:Is Valve Making a New VR Headset, With Half-Life This Time?Smart Eye Implant Uses Magnets To Manage GlaucomaBill Gates Shows Up With a Jar of Poop to Highlight New Toilet Techlast_img read more

Morning Press Ice rink rescued Pollens worse Waterfront timetable Mount St Helens

first_imgRain returned to Clark County the past few days, but what kind of weather will the workweek hold? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Vancouver’s only ice rink to remain open after approved saleVancouver’s lone ice rink is here to stay, after all.After announcing an impending closure in early April, Mountain View Ice Arena owners announced Friday that it will remain open. City Bible Church elders approved the building’s sale Thursday evening, officially shuttering the church’s plan to build a school in its place.Rink owner and church member Bruce Wood said he and rink manager Bob Knoerl delivered a letter of intent to purchase the rink to the church Tuesday. The sale was approved at approximately $4.1 million and included the reimbursement of costs incurred by City Christian Schools to convert the rink to a school.“We’ve begun a journey to purchase the Mountain View Ice Arena and make it our permanent home,” Knoerl said in a letter addressed to rink users.last_img read more

Hyundai donates 50k to Joe DiMaggio Childrens hospital

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels program gave a big gift to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Thursday.A $50,000 donation will benefit the hospital’s Love Jen Cancer Fund, which helps families both financially and emotionally while a child is being treated.With the grant, Hyundai’s nonprofit organization surpasses $130 million in total grant funding in its 19th year helping children fight cancer.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more