Quarrying doom foreseen in Kaziranga

first_imgA report by the divisional forest officer has underlined the imminent threat that Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and prime one-horned rhino habitat, faces from unscientific stone quarrying in its vicinity.The 884 sq. km. Kaziranga is also a tiger reserve with one of the highest population densities of the striped cat. The National Tiger Conservation Authority had on April 20 asked the Assam government to immediately stop all mining, quarrying and stone crushing activities in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape.The southern edge of Kaziranga adjoins the hilly Karbi Anglong — the park’s animals flee there during high floods.“There are numerous waterbodies and streams flowing down the Karbi Anglong hills and joining larger streams, including the Diffolu river, to flow into the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve area. The stone quarrying process is affecting the water quality and thereby affecting the wildlife habitat in and around Kaziranga, and the environment as a whole,” the June 26 report by the DFO of the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division to the National Park’s director said.Recently, environment activist Rohit Choudhury obtained this and other similar reports by officials submitted after field visits. He had petitioned for them via the Right to Information Act.“The [stone quarrying] process will also affect soil quality and will have an impact on the vegetation and agricultural fields downstream and around the area,” the DFO’s report said, adding that the threats had been outlined in a letter to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council in October last year.Natural springs The report further said the unscientific quarries were blocking natural springs originating from the hills and physically changing the course of water flow. “There is also a higher degree of siltation and increase in turbidity of water due to the carrying of unfertile soil from the quarrying sites by the rains during monsoon season,” it said.“The quarrying process is also causing noise pollution in and around the southern boundary of the Bagori, Kohora and Burapahar ranges [of the KazirangaNational Park]. Noise pollution is adversely affecting animal behaviour and their movement in these areas,” the report said.B.V. Sandeep, assistant conservator of forests, Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, had made similar observations in his report on February 28.“These reports are evidence that the Assam government ignored the NTCA recommendations and made a mockery of Kaziranga’s World Heritage Site tag by not taking any action to close down the illegal stone quarries operating in the Karbi Anglong hills within 10 km from the boundary of the National Park,” Mr. Choudhury told The Hindu.last_img read more

Modi govt more responsible for CBI tussle: Mayawati

first_imgBahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday said that the Narendra Modi-led government was “more responsible” for the crisis in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) than its officers.Ms. Mayawati said more than the officers of the CBI, the Central government was “responsible” for the current crisis and tussle within the CBI.The four-time former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in a statement issued said “due to the malicious, casteist and communal policies and functioning” of the BJP government, “every high-level government, constitutional and autonomous institution has been put in crisis and under stress.”Ms. Mayawati said the crisis within the CBI had become a “matter of concern for the nation,” and with the continuous debates over its internal wrangling, people’s trust in the agency had shaken.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93 Preview: With key guys out, Cardinals to bank on defense

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “I’ll expect them to score 30 each and every night,” said Co, making himself believe in the words he’s saying.It’s clear, though, that with his top four offensive options gone, Mapua must double down on defense and do the dirty work.“For us, defense is the most important part so that we can give a very good fight. Whoever is the opponent’s top guy, we’ll double him and rotate on defense,” Co said.With little expectations coming into the season, all the PBA legend wants is to see a Mapua squad fighting until the end and not a listless team that is ready to get blown out of the water whenever they come to play.“Every game, we will be there, we will give a good show,” he said. “We will fight. I don’t want us to lose in a humiliating fashion. Even though we lost a lot, we want the other teams to have a hard time against us. We’ll still do our part.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ “We’ll be in the Finals,” he joked before feigning a laugh.But it’s clear to Co that what happened to the Cardinals in the offseason is no laughing matter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFrom the drama that surrounded reigning two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme to the departure of lead playmaker Darell Menina, it’s obvious that Mapua will look far from the squad which made the Final Four for the past two seasons.Though the return of Leo Gabo softens the blow,  putting the responsibility on him, senior Andoy Estrella, and the comebacking JP Nieles might just be too much to ask for the Cardinals. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img NCAA Season 93 Preview: Mapua Cardinals1.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Head coach: Atoy CoLast Season: 12-6 (3rd)Holdovers: Andoy EstrellaKey Losses: Allwell Oraeme, Darell Menina, Joseph Eriobu, CJ Isit.Key Additions: JP Nieles, Leo GaboRather than dwell on his losses, Mapua coach Atoy Co is approaching the upcoming NCAA Season 93 with a sense of humor.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Valdez lauds Morado’s leadership in Creamline’s strong startlast_img read more

Kaushal Silva released from hospital after blow on head

first_imgSri Lankan batsman Kaushal Silva has been discharged from hospital and the doctors have given him a clean bill of health. He was hit on the head while fielding at short leg during a practice game at Pallekele on Sunday.Silva was immediately airlifted to a Colombo hospital as a precautionary measure and kept under observation. However, scans have revealed that there is no danger of a long-term injury and the team management has said that he will be available for selection for the upcoming tour of England. (Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Silva suffers blow on the head)”Kaushal was released this morning and given a clean bill of health. The report indicates no major trauma,” team manager Charith Senanayake said.Sri Lanka Cricket in a release said that Silva has been completely cleared to resume physical activity and could gradually restart training with “mild gym and ground activity”. He is also expected to resume batting from next week. (Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Silva out of danger)Silva was standing at short leg during a practice match in Pallekele when he was hit by a sweep shot from Dinesh Chandimal. But luckily, the ball hit the rear padded attachment of the helmet. There is also a strong chance of Silva getting picked for the England tour after scoring a century in the same practice match.The 29-year-old Silva has played 24 Test matches so far and has two hundreds to his name. His injury had raised concerns in a cricket community that is still coming to terms with the untimely death of Phillip Hughes, who took a fatal blow on the head while batting for South Australia against New South Wales during a Sheffield Shield game in 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

Germán Wins Again, Yanks top Twins 4-1 in Rain-Stopped Game

first_imgNEW YORK — Domingo Germán already possessed an impressive fastball, curve and changeup. This year, he’s added two equally important elements to his repertoire — confidence and concentration.Germán kept delivering on a wet, raw afternoon, tying for the major league lead with his sixth win as the New York Yankees stopped the Minnesota Twins 4-1 Sunday in a game called in the bottom of the eighth inning because of rain.“All his pitches again,” praised manager Aaron Boone. “Really good effort.”Mike Tauchman hit a two-run homer to help New York win for the 11th time in 15 games. The Twins lost two of three after coming into Yankee Stadium this weekend with the best record in the majors.New York Yankees’ Mike Tauchman follows through on a two run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)It was 51, windy and damp at gametime, and the start was pushed back three hours in advance to avoid an expected storm. Still, rain fell for most of the day and pelted the park hard in the late innings before the game was halted.Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez fell on the slippery grass retrieving a passed ball, pitchers pawed with their cleats at the muddy mound and infielders chased gust-blown popups. Then the weather got worse and play became sloppy.“The wind was really bad. I think it was actually affecting the way the ball was moving, even from a pitcher’s standpoint, which is pretty rare,” Twins catcher Jason Castro said. “You don’t see wind affect the way a pitcher’s ball moves. That was tough.”Germán (6-1) stayed in control, giving up one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and threw a career-high 108 pitches.The 26-year-old right-hander with a 2.35 ERA matched Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow for most wins in the majors. It made for an unlikely duo atop the leaderboard — Germán had a career record of 2-7 going into this season and Glasnow was 4-16.“I think the first thing I would say is confidence,” Germán said through a translator. His turnaround, he added, was boosted by an attitude of “never lose your concentration.”Boone said that back in spring training, the Yankees felt Germán would be a key contributor. They just weren’t sure what role he’d play on a team that became beset by injuries.“I think we did think he’d be a huge part of it,” Boone said.Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle struck out Max Kepler with two on to end the seventh with a 4-1 lead. Aroldis Chapman fanned Marwin Gonzalez with two on to finish the eighth, and got his seventh save in eight chances.Michael Pineda (2-3) struck out eight in five inconsistent innings.Pineda’s previous start at Yankee Stadium was July 5, 2017, the final game he pitched for the Yankees before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He missed the 2018 season while recovering, and returned this year with the Twins.“Today is a big day for me. I’m going back to pitch at Yankee Stadium, but I play for the Minnesota Twins right now,” he said.“I felt excited, but I tried to control my emotions and focus on my game. Make good pitches. That was my focus today,” he said.Tauchman struck out with the bases loaded in the second, but lined a two-out drive in the fourth for a 4-1 lead. Pineda slapped his shin as the ball sailed out.TOMMY TIMEKahnle fanned the only hitter he faced. Opposing batters are 0 for 28 with two walks in his last 11 appearances.NOT THIS YEAR, EITHERThe Twins haven’t won a series at Yankee Stadium since 2014. They had lost nine in a row overall at the park until winning Saturday.Minnesota has won two in a row in the Bronx in the same season just once since 2001, doing it in 2013.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Ace Luis Severino (lat strain) isn’t expected back until after the All-Star break, general manager Brian Cashman told Sirius XM. SS Didi Gregorius (rotator cuff) could begin DH duty in extended spring training on May 20 and reliever Dellin Betances (shoulder impingement) is expected back in June, Cashman said. … OF Clint Frazier (sprained ankle) will rejoin the team Monday, Boone said. LHP Stephen Tarpley was sent to Triple-A after the game.UP NEXTTwins: LHP Martin Perez (4-0, 3.41 ERA) starts at Toronto vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (1-4, 2.20). Perez threw a team-high eight innings in his last outing, blanking Houston.Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 2.66) pitches at home against Seattle RHP Felix Hernandez (1-2, 4.31). In his previous start, Sabathia became the third lefty to record 3,000 career strikeouts.By: Ben Walker, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Deepika Kumari gets engaged to fellow archer Atanu Das, to tie the knot in 2019

first_imgIndian archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das exchanged rings in an engagement ceremony here, and they will tie the knot next year.Wearing a cream and green coloured ‘lehenga-chunhi’, the 24-year-old Deepika was seen performing a traditional puja with the 26-year-old Atanu at her Ratu-Chatti residence Monday.Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda and his wife Mira Munda were present on the occasion.After the engagement ceremony, both the archers told the media that 2019 will be a busy year, which will include the Olympic qualifications.”So we have decided to tie the knot around November next year,” Das and Deepika, who were part of the Indian contingent at Rio Olympics, said.A former world number one and a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Deepika has slipped to number five currently.A two-time Olympian, Deepika has won three silver medals and one bronze in World Cup Finals but has repeatedly failed to make a mark at the Olympics.Kolkata’s Das, who is world number 17, has been a regular in the men’s recurve team, but has flattered to deceive in showpiece events, and returned empty-handed from the Asian Games in Indonesia.(With PTI inputs)Also Watch:last_img read more

BW Confirms VLCC Order at SHI

first_imgzoom BW Group is behind the order for four crude carriers at South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) that was revealed yesterday, the company’s spokesperson confirmed to World Maritime News.“BW Group has contracted 4 VLCCs at Samsung Heavy Industries with various options attached, including other ship types,” the statement reads.Furthermore, BW Group said that “DHT has been kept abreast of the talks along the way” so as to cooperate on the vessels.Namely, BW plans to grant DHT the opportunity to either buy or manage the vessels.“The intention is to enter into discussions to grant DHT an option to acquire the vessels, or manage the vessels commercially/technically,” BW Group’s spokesperson added.Samsung Heavy Industries informed that the contract has a value of KRW 378.4 billion (USD 334.8 million), with each of the ships priced at around KRW 94.6 billion.The shipbuilder is expected to deliver the vessels by July 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Holder confident about Russell regaining full fitness vs Aus

first_imgNottingham: West Indies captain Jason Holder on Wednesday said that he is “very, very hopeful” of star all-rounder Andre Russell getting fit in time for their World Cup game against Australia here on Wednesday. Russell has had to deal with recurring knee issues over the years and was seen limping in the field after his fiery spell against Pakistan. While Chris Gayle has regained full fitness, Russell has not, said Holder on eve of the game. “The beauty with both of those guys (Gayle and Russell) is they’ve played enough cricket. We just tend to trust them, take their word and then make a final determination on the team then,” said the captain. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”Chris was at practice for the last couple days, so he is all well and ready to go for me. Andre will be assessed in training, and we’re very, very hopeful that he’ll be fit.” Trent Bridge will play host as Holder’s side and Australia renew a battle that goes right to the start of World Cup history with this game a repeat of the first final in 1975. The West Indies came out on top then but it’s their counterparts who have boasted the record since, with no side winning close to the five titles they have in their collection. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upYet when it comes to Thursday’s titanic tussle, what’s written in the history books is firmly in the past for Holder. Instead the focus is on maintaining the form that inspired victory over Pakistan last Friday, with a tough test in store against an Australia side also on a high from victory over Afghanistan. “It’s always been a great rivalry between West Indies and Australia. I think everybody is expecting a really good contest.”last_img read more

Two Canadians among dozens injured in bus crash in Peru that killed

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Peruvian officials say a double-decker tour bus went out of control and rolled over on a narrow road in the hills in the country’s capital, killing nine people and injuring 48 others, including two Canadians.The Ministry of Health says the rollover happened Sunday night about two kilometres from the presidential palace in Lima.The agency says eight foreigners — two Canadians and six Chileans — were among the injured being treated in local hospitals.Prosecutor Luz Pena said the bus was driving on San Cristobal hill to give the passengers a panoramic view of the city and appeared to have been moving at excessive speed.Global Affairs Canada says it is following the situation in Lima and is providing consular assistance to the Canadian citizens been affected by the accident.— With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Keanu Reeves return to Winnipeg after two decades to be less dramatic

first_imgAdvertisement Presumably, Reeves will feel more comfortable with his Winnipeg gig this time out. Not long after performing the Melancholy Dane, Reeves told this reporter he had initially felt like a “deer in the headlights” confronted by a looming truck with the word “Hamlet” across its front.Siberia may be more in his comfort zone. The film is to be directed by Matthew Ross, best known for the recent feature film Frank & Lola, another story of obsessive love starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. The script was written by Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan).Reeves is one of three actors making a return trip to Winnipeg. Sir Ben Kingsley, currently in town shooting the serial killer thriller Nomis opposite Henry Cavill and Alexandra Daddario, played the lead role of an alcoholic hitman in the 2007 film You Kill Me directed by John Dahl.According to the Internet Movie Database, actor Stanley Tucci has also joined the cast of Nomis. Tucci played a passionate ballroom dance contestant in the 2004 film Shall We Dance opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.The year continues to be a busy one for the Winnipeg film industry, which enjoyed a genre movie boom beginning in November with the back-to-back shooting of the First World War zombie thriller Trench 11, starring Rossif Sutherland, Incident in a Ghostland, starring French pop icon Mylène Farmer, the psychological thriller Behind the Glass, starring India Eisley, Mira Sorvino and Jason Isaacs, and Cult of Chucky, the seventh film in the Child’s Play franchise, starring Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, which wrapped production last week.In that vein, city crews are also gearing up for a post-apocalyptic genre film titled Break My Heart 1000 Times, an adaptation of a young adult novel by Daniel Waters.According to a report in Variety, actress Bella Thorne (The DUFF, Scream: The TV Series) is set to star in the film, set in a world in which the barrier between the living and the spirits of the dead has been lifted.randall.king@freepress.mb.caTwitter: @FreepKing Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment IT was 22 years ago when actor Keanu Reeves, a freshly minted action star after the hit movie Speed, made a bold career pivot, signing on to perform the title role of Hamlet on the stage of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the winter of 1995.According to local industry sources, Reeves will be returning to Winnipeg this spring to shoot the movie Siberia (not to be confused with the 2013 NBC TV series of the same name, which was largely filmed in Birds Hill Provincial Park).The 52-year-old actor, still a hot action star in the wake of the US$130 million gross of John Wick Chapter 2, plays a diamond dealer trying to sell blue diamonds of questionable origin in Russia, falling in obsessive love with a Russian café owner along the way. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Singapore offers to assist Sri Lanka to establish peace

Singaporean Foreign Affairs Minister V. Balakrsihnan and Sri Lanka’s non-resident High Commissioner to Singapore Chandra Das were also present during the meetings. (Colombo Gazette) During the discussion, the Prime Minister had discussed on how counter-terrorism measures could be collectively implemented by both countries. Singapore would assist Sri Lanka in its efforts to establish peace in the Asian region, Singapore’s Law and Order Minister K Shanmugam said.The Minister had made these remarks during a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is on an official visit to Singapore, the Prime Minister’s Office said today. Wickremesinghe had also discussed matters concerning social, economic, and political interests, the Prime Minister’s office said. read more

Ford recalls 550K vehicles for seat strength problem

DETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 550,000 trucks and SUVs in North America because seat backs may not properly restrain people in a crash.The recall covers certain 2018 through 2020 F-150 pickups, 2019 and 2020 Super Duty trucks, 2018 and 2019 Explorer SUVs, and 2019 and 2020 Expedition SUVs. All have manual driver or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanisms.Also included are some 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs with rear seats with manual seat-back mechanisms.Ford says the trucks may not have a third pawl needed for seat strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries.Dealers will inspect seat structures and replace them if needed. Most are expected to pass. Owners will be notified starting Oct. 7.The Associated Press read more

Slow European economy means demand for loans wont pick up for a

Slow European economy means demand for loans won’t pick up for a while yet, ECB head says by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 10:37 am MDT FRANKFURT – European banks, flush with cheap credit from the European Central Bank, are making it easier for consumers and companies to get loans — but demand for credit remains very low due to worries over the region’s economic prospects.The ECB’s closely watched survey of lending practices released Wednesday indicated a substantial thawing of credit conditions among banks since it gave them €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) in cheap loans.On paper, that is a hopeful sign for the European economy as it struggles with a crisis over too much government debt.However, the survey also indicates businesses and households are not applying for that credit because they are concerned about the outlook for the eurozone economy, which is expected to shrink 0.3 per cent this year according to EU forecasts.In particular, banks said they saw less demand from consumers for mortgage loans and from businesses for credit to expand their plants and equipment. That adds to recent indicators that the eurozone economy remains in weak shape as governments cut back spending to fight the debt crisis.ECB head Mario Draghi said the survey indicated that restraints on the supply of loans “have decreased considerably,” but that lending was likely to remain subdued “for some time” because of a slow economy.“We see demand still very, very weak for credit,” he said.Draghi urged governments to step up their efforts to reform their economies and promote more growth.He said Europe needed a “growth compact,” echoing his earlier call for a “fiscal compact.” That call was met when European governments agreed on a treaty tightening rules on spending. But he didn’t specify what the growth compact would consist of.The ECB bank lending survey showed that far fewer banks had tightened their loan standards in the first three months of the year compared with last year. Of 131 surveyed banks, only a net 9 per cent said they had made their lending practices tougher.That’s a significant improvement from a net 35 per cent that tightened credit in the fourth quarter of last year, when markets were seized with fear that a large eurozone country such as Spain or Italy might default on its debts. That feared financial collapse didn’t happen, and market conditions improved after the ECB made huge amounts of cheap credit available to banks on Dec. 21 and Feb. 29.The ECB’s massive loans supplied banks with plentiful cash, many of them small banks that loan to the small and midsize companies that provide most eurozone jobs. That means “central bank lending has come very close to the real economy,” Draghi said.But the money won’t reach businesses and consumers until they see a reason to ask for it. Demand for loans from both businesses and households remains low, a fact the ECB cannot directly affect through its monetary policies.“We cannot replace the lack of demand,” Draghi said before the European Parliament’s committee on economic and monetary affairs.He declined to say if the bank would make more cheap long-term loans to banks. “We never precommit,” he said.The ECB’s loans, handed out in two batches to banks on Dec. 21 and Feb. 29, are credited with ensuring banks had enough funds to operate and removed fears of a bank collapse that could have further shaken the eurozone. However, the calming effect on markets has evaporated in recent days, with investors demanding higher interest rates to loan money to Spain and Italy.The increasing market tensions have led to calls for the ECB to do another series of loans, dubbed longer-term refinancing operations, or LTROs. Draghi and other ECB officials however have stressed that it’s up to governments to reduce their deficits and improve prospects for growth by cutting excess regulation that discourages hiring and starting businesses. They say the LTROs only gained governments time to do that.Commerzbank economist Michael Schubert said the easier credit conditions “probably confirm the ECB council members’ view that for the time being there is no need for a further long-term tender operation.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mali begins rebuilding mausoleums from Timbuktus golden age UN agency

“The rehabilitation of the cultural heritage of Timbuktu is crucial for the people of Mali, for the city’s residents and for the world,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), marking today’s ceremony.“The very name Timbuktu sparks the imagination of millions of people in all parts of the planet,” she added.Timbuktu was an economic, intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa during the city’s golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries. According to UNESCO, the three mosques and the sixteen mausoleums comprising the property are part of the former great city of Timbuktu that once numbered 100,000 inhabitants.The site was heavily destroyed by occupying extremists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.The reconstruction of the mausoleums is being carried out by Malian masons under the supervision of Imam of Djingareyber. The reconstruction, financed by Malian authorities and UNESCO, with contributions from Andorra, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Croatia and Mauritius, as well as logistical support from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), is expected to last one month. “Today’s start of the reconstruction of Timbuktu’s mausoleums is important as they constitute an inalienable feature of the city’s identity whose very purpose is to protect its inhabitants,” said Albert Gerard Koenders, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of MINUSMA. The fighting also destroyed parts of the Djingareyber Mosque, one of three madrassas comprising the University of Timbuktu. It is believed to have been built around 1327, mostly out of straw and wood with some limestone reinforcements. The emblematic El Farouk independence monument in the shape of a horse at the entrance to the city was also razed. read more

Samantha Prahalis hopes to rise with Mercury

During four years at Ohio State, point guard Samantha Prahalis earned her place in the record books of women’s basketball. On April 16, Prahalis received the opportunity to continue her stardom at the professional level when she was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with the No. 6-overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Prahalis set Big Ten conference and OSU school records with 901 assists over her four-year career. She ranks fourth on the Buckeyes’ all-time scoring list with 2,010 points, and was only the second player in Division I women’s basketball history with at least 2,000 career points and 900 career assists. She was also named the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, and was a first-team USBWA All-American. Prahalis said making it to the WNBA has been a goal of hers since she “got serious about basketball in high school.” “To get drafted, and just to be in the room and get your name called and hold the jersey up with the commissioner,” Prahalis said. “It was just cool. It’s reaching a dream.” Prahalis said she was “super excited” to be drafted by the Mercury and thinks her new team is the right fit for her. “They’re a fast-paced team, they’re up-tempo,” Prahalis noted. “So I think that fits me perfectly.” Mercury coach and general manager Corey Gaines said he was in attendance for Prahalis’ final home game on Feb. 23, when she set the OSU single-game scoring record with 42 points in a victory against Minnesota. Gaines said he believes the system his team runs will suit Prahalis well. “The way she plays, she makes other people better,” Gaines said. “I think she’ll flourish, I think she’ll be one of those players to leave college and expand her game to a better style.” Prahalis joined Jessica Davenport, who was selected second overall in 2007, and Jantel Lavender, selected fifth overall in 2011, as the third OSU alum to be a WNBA first-round draft pick. Prahalis also became the seventh player to be drafted from OSU under Jim Foster’s tenure as head coach. Foster began coaching the Buckeyes in 2002. Prahalis gave credit to Foster in helping her get to the WNBA. “I am confident in the way coach Foster prepared me for the league,” Prahalis said. “He really taught me to deal with different situations.” Like Gaines, Foster also said he thinks playing for the Phoenix Mercury will be a “great fit” for Prahalis. “I think that she’s going to a very transition-oriented team, and that by far is her strength,” Foster said. Prahalis joins a roster that features Diana Taurasi, who has led the WNBA in scoring for the past four consecutive seasons. Gaines said he believes adding Prahalis to a talented roster will make her better. “She has good players to pass to,” Gaines said. “So it should improve her game, and also make her game a little easier for her playing in our league.” Gaines said he hopes Prahalis is ready to start at point guard this season but also recognizes that the transition from OSU to the Mercury will be challenging. “It’s going to be a drastic change for her,” Gaines said. “It’s probably going to go against everything she’s learned or been taught before. And I’m not saying what she’s been taught before is wrong. It’s just that we teach things a little differently, and it’s a different style of game.” Prahalis said she felt her personality was sometimes misunderstood, but hopes WNBA players and fans will be more accepting. “I think in college, I was kind of scrutinized because I was being me,” Prahalis said. “So hopefully the WNBA has a little bit of a more open mind.” Prahalis also said she hopes OSU basketball fans will remain interested in her WNBA career. “I hope the fans from OSU will come over to WNBA and continue to support me,” Prahalis said. “They believed in me, all my flashiness, my style, my competitiveness, so I hope they just continue to follow me.” read more

HP releases Open webOS 10

first_imgDespite many tech enthusiasts calling webOS a dead platform, HP hasn’t finished with it just yet. After months of silence, version 1.0 of Open webOS has been released and demoed on video. HP’s chief webOS architect, Steve Winston seems a little dejected as he shows off what webOS has become, but now at least the bits are out there for the community to play with.Open webOS 1.0 comes with all the core apps built in, and the Enyo 2.0 framework has hooks that developers can use to deploy the software on a wide variety of platforms. To illustrate this, Winston shows webOS running on an HP Touchsmart PC. He claims that it only took an engineer a few days of work to get webOS running on the device.While Open webOS is designed to support a lot of hardware, it’s not going to be easy to port it to last generation’s webOS devices. HP already made is clear that the Touchpad, Veer, and Pre3 won’t see direct support from Open webOS. That likely means that the drivers for those devices are not included in Open webOS.This release is far from complete, though. It lacks Bluetooth support, multimedia playback, and advanced network management. A future build will include these features as well as faster UI rendering and new versions of both Qt and WebKit. You can still load up Open webOS in an emulator if you’re curious. The more daring might even try to develop something with the software.More at Open webOS, via Engadgetlast_img read more

A logistical problem Over 800 people arrested in Extinction Rebellion protests in

first_img 15,580 Views Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 1:25 PM ‘A logistical problem’: Over 800 people arrested in Extinction Rebellion protests in London The climate change protests have now entered a seventh day. Apr 21st 2019, 1:25 PM No Comments Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4601492 By Cónal Thomas A climate change protester is removed by police. Source: Victoria Jones/PA ImagesOVER 800 PEOPLE have been arrested as part of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests in London. Demonstrators continued to block Waterloo Bridge in the city and the central Oxford Circus junction yesterday despite the removal by police of the pink sailing boat which had acted as a natural focal point for the movement.Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus have now re-opened, the Metropolitan Police (MET) has said. But protesters remain at Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. The MET said today that 831 people had been arrested and that 40 people have now been charged in relation to the protests, which have caused disruption for commuters in London. The protests are organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements.Campaigners want governments to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new “citizens’ assemblies on climate and ecological justice”.On Friday, climate change demonstrators in Dublin staged a sit-down protest on O’Connell Bridge in the city centre. Police in London have been trying to confine the protests to one site in the capital, at Marble Arch on the corner of Hyde Park, but the protesters have ignored the threat of arrest and continued to block other sites.“We are trying our best to give the businesses a chance to return to ‘business as usual’,” police said.“One thing that is unusual about this demonstration is the willingness of those participating to be arrested and also their lack of resistance to the arrests.”The large number of arrests has created a “logistical problem” for police in terms of cell space but also the “wider criminal justice system”.With reporting from © AFP 2019 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Zeal Optics iON un masque de ski doté dune caméra

first_imgZeal Optics iON : un masque de ski doté d’une caméraLa firme Zeal Optics vient de dévoiler un nouveau modèle de masque de ski. Baptisé iON, il permet de dévaler les pistes tout en réalisant des vidéos grâce à sa caméra HD qui enregistre les images en 1080p.Le spécialiste des lunettes GPS Zeal Optics va certainement faire des heureux avec son nouveau masque de ski, le iON. Grâce à lui, les skieurs pourront partager leurs souvenirs de descentes des pistes et de paysages enneigés grâce à la caméra haute définition dont il est doté. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Celle-ci enregistre des vidéos en grand angle de 170 degrés et en 1080p, et prend également des photos de 8 mégapixels. Pour l’activer, l’utilisateur n’aura même pas besoin de retirer ses gants, grâce à des boutons situés sur le côté des lunettes. Malheureusement, le masque iON ne bénéficie pas de connexion sans fil. Il ne sera donc pas possible de partager immédiatement les vidéos et photos capturées. En revanche, une carte microSD est fournie avec le masque. Ce dernier est aussi livré avec un logiciel permettant d’ajuster tous les paramètres de la caméra et de télécharger vidéos et images sur un ordinateur PC ou Mac via une connexion mini-USB.En matière d’autonomie, la batterie rechargeable au lithium-ion offre environ six heures de fonctionnement. Mais côté prix, le masque iON n’est pas à la portée de toutes les bourses. Il faudra en effet compter 399 dollars (310 euros) pour s’offrir le masque, qui comme le promet Zeal Optics, “changera votre façon de voir la montagne”.Le 22 janvier 2012 à 09:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Measures being undertaken to improve access to water for residence of Clarendon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 5, 2017 – Kingston – Several development projects and strategies are being undertaken by agencies of Government and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to improve access to water for the 246,000 citizens of the parish.  Less than two months ago, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, commissioned the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply Project into service, bringing the commodity into some homes for the first time in 30 years.A joint venture between the National Water Commission (NWC) and the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), the project was completed at a cost of $38 million, representing savings of $12 million to the NWC on the original cost.  The works involved installation of 3.4 kilometres of pipelines, service laterals and reinstatement of pipeline trenches.The RWSL, which has been mandated to provide water solutions to communities not covered by the NWC, is constructing a pump station, which will form part of the Southern Clarendon Water Supply Scheme Phase 2, and will serve the communities of Portland Cottage, Shearer Heights and much of Lionel Town.   Director of the RWSL, Audley Thompson, says the pump station is slated for completion during the current financial year.Phase one of the project included rehabilitation of an existing pumping station as well as the installation of two new vertical turbine pumps, fencing, operators’ amenities and a pumping main.   The supply scheme was designed to serve approximately 17,000 residents, and provisions were made to serve an additional 5,000 residents, in the event of a population growth.   The Managing Director further points to the development of a well in the New Bowens area, which, he notes, allows for service to the nearby Longville Park housing scheme.In the meantime, the Clarendon Municipal Corporation is looking to find more sustainable methods to address the parish’s water problems by identifying and developing as many community-based sources as possible.   These sources, which include springs and rivers, will have to be assessed by experts from the NWC and RWSL to determine their viability.Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, says two potential water sources have been identified in Frankfield and Brandon Hill.“We are going to make sure that the people of Brandon Hill and surrounding communities get water from the sources,” he assures.Mayor Maragh notes, further, that the Corporation is “far advanced” in sourcing funds for a water project in Thompson Town that will serve over 300 residents.  Meanwhile, more than 1,000 persons from Pennants are to benefit from a $10-million water shop.The complex, which comprises eight 1,000-gallon water tanks plus administrative offices, is set to open shortly, providing residents with reliable access to water.   Persons will receive three months’ free service, after which a cost will apply.   The facility has capacity for development to serve more than 5,000 persons.The water-shop concept will see facilities being established island-wide to dramatically improve the availability of potable water for residents in communities and regions of the island usually affected by drought.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the provision of potable water is part of a “critical mission” being pursued by the Administration under instructions from the Prime Minister.   He informs that funding is being finalised in order to bring the commodity to all Jamaicans, including those in remote sections of the island.“We will move access to potable water from 55 per cent to near 85 per cent. All Jamaica will have good quality water supply,” the Minister says, noting that in some communities, water-harvesting systems will have to be utilized.Minster Chang is urging the residents of Rosewell to “make every effort to protect the system”, noting that while the water agencies have a responsibility for management, “the citizens have a responsibility to ensure that it is treated well”.Under the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply project, the Rosewell Primary School benefited from a new drinking/hand-wash station, and refurbishing of its sanitary facilities.By: Garfield L. Angus Related Items:last_img read more