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Vredefort Dome to be protected

first_img28 May 2012The Vredefort Dome is a step closer to being formally recognised and protected under South African law, after a memorandum of agreement was signed by the government and landowners in the area on the weekend.Located about 120 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, the Vredefort Dome is the oldest meteorite impact structure or astrobleme on earth. It resulted from a meteorite 10km in diameter crashing into earth two billion years ago.The site was added to the Unesco World Heritage list in July 2005 – being described as having “outstanding universal value to human kind” – and was intended to be proclaimed in terms of national legislation. It was gazetted in December 2007, but has not yet been proclaimed due to concerns raised by landowners.The signing of the agreement will pave the way for the proclamation of the area and appointment of a management authority which will serve as a precursor for the development of an integrated management plan.Edna Molewa, minister of water and environmental affairs, said the agreement will give the area a formal status like other sites such as Robben Island, iSimangaliso, Mapungubwe, Cape Floral Region, Richtersveld, uKhahlamba Drakensberg, and the fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa encompassing the Cradle of Humankind, Taung Skull and Makapan Valley.The management system will address issues relating to the preservation of archaeological sites, land use management and zoning, pollution and waste management, water resource and fire management.As part of this management system, tourism development will be ensured in order to support local economic development.Molewa said they had addressed most of the concerns and established a multi-stakeholder steering committee for coordination purposes.She added that her department would be embarking on a consultation process towards final proclamation of the area as a World Heritage Site.“The management authority will be given full powers and resources to manage the area in terms of relevant policies in order to maintain the highest management standards in terms of an integrated management system and ensure full compliance with Unesco World Heritage prescripts and South Africa’s World Heritage Convention Act of 1999,” said the minister.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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BJP on mission Rajya Sabha now

first_imgThe BJP, which has a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha with 282 MPs, is eyeing the support of parties like the AIADMK and BJD to shore up its numbers in the Rajya Sabha, where it is in a minority. Amid speculation that the BJP is trying to lure the AIADMK into the NDA fold, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met Modi on Monday and demanded special category status for his state and other central aid but remained evasive on allying with NDA.Number gameBJP needs the AIADMK’s support to push through around 60 bills pending in the Upper House of Parliament. According to data compiled by PRS Legislative Research, 18 of these bills were introduced before 2009.The BJP has only 42 members in the Rajya Sabha, which has a total strength of 245 and this figure falls short of the halfway mark of 123. While the AIADMK has 10 members in the Upper House, the BJD has four. Both can help the NDA, political observers said.The Congress, which is in the opposition in the Lok Sabha, has 67 members in the Rajya Sabha and may prove to be tough on the government’s efforts to get key bills passed.Patnaik said Modi responded quite positively to his demands and hoped that the NDA government would treat Odisha better than the previous UPA regime. When asked if his party would join the NDA and the BJD’s stance in the Rajya Sabha, Patnaik said his party would play a constructive role.advertisementJayalalithaa is expected to bargain for a better deal from the centre in return for possible backing to the NDA. She is likely to raise the issues of allocation of additional power to Tamil Nadu, which is facing an energy shortage, and of fishermen facing trouble from Sri Lankan authorities.Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad and Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman are likely to meet Jayalalithaa when she arrives in Delhi, sources said.Of the bills pending in parliament, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare tops the list with 11 bills. These include The Mental Health Care Bill of 2013, The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill of 2013, The Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill of 2013, The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention And Control) Bill of 2014. With eight bills pending, the Ministry of Law and Justice is next. These include the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill of 2013 and the Readjustment of Representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies (3rd) Bill of 2013.The Ministry of Labour and Employment has seven bills pending. Some of them are the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act of 2012, the Building and Other Construction Workers Related Laws (Amendment) Bill of 2013 and the Mines (Amendment) Bill of 2011.last_img read more

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NWAC to challenge Conservative government over core funding cuts

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Native Women’s Association says it will be “denouncing” the Conservative government over its decision to slash 10 per cent from core funding to Aboriginal organizations across the country.NWAC president Michele Audette says her organization will show the country the government’s true colours.“I’ll make sure that Canadian society sees what this government does to an organization that is really important,” said Audette. “They know that family violence is an epidemic in our communities, they know that women are being murdered, we are the ones pushing on this every day. I will make sure people know.”The department of Aboriginal Affairs announced this week it would slash 10 per cent from the core funding to Aboriginal organizations.The department announced on Tuesday it would be changing the funding formulas for so-called “Aboriginal Representative Organizations” and tribal councils. On Wednesday, Michael Wernick, deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs, sent letters to band councils, tribal councils the heads of the AROs, which includes NWAC and Assembly of First Nations, outlining the cuts.The department, however, couldn’t say how much the cuts would save or provide an official to explain the move.According to Wernick’s letter, on April 1, 2014, core funding for national Aboriginal organizations will be cut by 10 per cent and regional organizations will face the same cuts and be put under a $500,000 core funding cap.Wernick said the department would also be reducing money available for “proposal-based” projects, which was one of the sources for NWAC’s much-vaunted Sisters in Spirit initiative. Wernick said only proposals in line with the department’s priorities, like education, economic development and infrastructure, will be considered.“We are ensuring that government funding is directed primarily at the delivery of essential services and programs for Aboriginal peoples,” said Wernick.Tribal councils will also face funding changes for the first time in 30 years, said Wernick, in the letter. Tribal councils will no longer receive money for “advisory services” to member First Nations. The department will now focus funding for tribal councils that “support increased delivery of Aboriginal Affairs…programs and services to communities.”Audette said that the 10 per cent cut will take about $67,000 from NWAC’s core budget, which is a major hit for their small organization.“For them, it’s probably not that much, but for what we do every day … it is going to impact us a lot,” she said.last_img read more

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Witsel praises Pulisic and Sancho

first_imgThe Borussia Dortmund midfielder says his teammates have the potential to become two of the best wingers in the worldBorussia Dortmund is currently enjoying a good run in the German Bundesliga, thanks to seven wins and three draws.Dortmund is the only team that has yet to be defeated in the tournament.And for midfielder Axel Witsel, his teammates Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho can become two of the world’s best.“We have a lot of new players and the way we are playing right now, usually it takes more time,” he told ESPN.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“I cannot explain why we are doing really well and this is good for us, and we will, of course, do our best to keep going like this.”“The coach, the message he gives to us, everybody listens to him, and this is important. The way we play now on the pitch is because of the players but also the message the coach gives every day in training,” he added.“[Pulisic and Sancho are] young but really talented.”2If they keep going like this, they can be — I will not say the best winger — but they can become one of, because they’re really talented, but they need to keep working hard, and I hope we will keep them for a few years,” he explained.last_img read more

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When art heals reforms

first_imgIn order to ensure the rehabilitation of the adolescent inmates of Tihar Jail, the Legends of India have brought in Ratno Rudro, the leading Art Director of the national Capital to train the young inmates in visual art. Ratno Rudro is an external faculty, who is assisted by eight artists to guide the inmates in this art project. The endeavor began on June 24. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Alok Kumar Verma, the Director General of Delhi Prison (Tihar) played a pivotal role in organizing the visual art classes and said that “the training sessions shall be held every fortnight for the adolescents, as their rehabilitation is a major concern. The aim is to bring in positivity into their lives by providing them a path to settle in today’s competitive world.”He added that the art classes will also bring out the creative side of the inmates and help jail authorities to have an insight into their thinking. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMore than 100 inmates were present for the art session. In the session, they were taught to creatively use their hand and foot prints to paint small leaves, bushes and birds. Dipayan Mazumdar, the Chairman, Legends of India said, “Some of their art work was so encouraging that we hope to hold an exhibition of their works by the end of this year for the world to see. A Facebook page for the inmates shall soon be created to present the work online. It would reflect the creative and aesthetic side of the Tihar inmates. Many of these inmates have a great artistic sense.” At the end of the session, he announced that 20 adolescent inmates shall be handpicked based on their existing skills for a short course in graphic design. This will help the inmates to become eligible for self-employment and it will also help them to find a job in the competitive market.  While concluding the session, he also appreciated the efforts made by the Tihar inmates and has many plans for them in the future. He added that they reflected upon ideas and stories that they were trying to tell via their respective paintings.“This exercise will enable them to raise above the root cause of crime, violence and addiction and also provide them an outlet to their emotions, enabling emotional growth,” He further added.last_img read more

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One TMC worker killed five injured after miscreants hurl bombs at rally

first_imgKolkata: Hamidul Islam (21), a Trinamool Congress worker from Jalangi in Murshidabad was killed while many others suffered splinter injuries when a gang of miscreants hurled bombs at a rally taken out by the Trinamool Congress leaders in the district.According to police, as many as five Trinamool Congress activists received splinter injuries and were taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital. A rally was taken out by the local Trinamool Congress leaders from Ghoshpara area under Jalangi police station on Monday morning when the incident occurred. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA few minutes before the start of the rally, some miscreants hurled at least 20 bombs at the party workers taking part in the rally and fled the place. The incident had triggered tension among the party workers and locals alike. Following the incident, all the injured victims were taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital where Hamidul was declared brought dead. The other injured persons have been undergoing treatment at the hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was learnt that the rally was organised to make some preparations ahead of the Trinamool Congress’ grand rally at Brigade Maidan in the city on January 19. The party supporters started congregating near the Ghoshpara area from Monday morning. When the rally was about to start some miscreants hurled bombs at the Trinamool Congress activists. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that Congress backed goons have been involved in the attack and demanded a high-level enquiry into the incident. After being informed police reached the spot and started an investigation. They are yet to ascertain to motive behind the attack. After interrogating locals, police came to know the names of some youths who might have been involved in the incident. The investigating officers also collected samples from the place of the incident. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.last_img read more

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Try a fusion look this festive season

first_imgAs the festival season is approaching, update your wardrobe with fusion wear and look different. Invest in a boho jumpsuit, white sneakers, semi ethnic accessories , say experts. Here are a few fusion looks that could be tried:From boho to ethnic: It’s important to strike the right balance between the East and the West. Try a Boho jumpsuit with nicely coordinated ethnic accessories. Play up with your shoes for more detail. Crop top and dhoti look: Pairing a designer Gujarati cold shouldered crop top with a plain bold coloured dhoti looks elegant and classy. Carry it with a stylish pair of jhumkas and matte lipstick which will absolutely complete your look. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGetting the right mix: Pick western wear basics, and weave them into a look that’s absolutely ethnic. Add semi-ethnic accessories for more drama.The cool tones: Indian prints and fabric are more glamorous than they are perceived to be. An Indian indigo print top paired with white distressed jeans, metallic choker and sneakers would be a good example.Tradition with a twist: Talking about fusion/Indo-western, rev-up your cotton kurtas by giving it a fusion twist. Pair up an undyed cotton kurta with a flared Yellow midi skirt, throw on a pair of sneakers or high-tops, pull up a backpack. Finish the look with some chunky metallic bangles. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFloral and mute colours: Instead of shimmery and glitters, wear muted colour prints either on a bold colour base or just some added embellishment on the floral. Layered organza tops in print outer layer and sequin under layers is the stress free combination, whether you’re wearing a high waist trouser or a typical lehenga or maybe even a sari.Pathani suit and Kohlapuri: There are also various options available for men. You can stick to classic kurta pyajamas and pathani suits and team them with ethnic footwear or go experimental with modern times.Dawn a hand block print kurta with readymade dhoti or stick to modern shirt kurtis and fusion them with scarf and shoes and classic shades.last_img read more