first_imgYusuf Pathan is a busy man. Not only is he attempting to demolish the opposition, but he also bought two grey parrots in Bangalore, each worth Rs 35,000,and two Amazon parrots for the same price. All four are trained to talk. The batsman who shows no mercy to bowlers is a soft touch when it comes to abandoned and injured animals. Six years ago, Pathan met Snehal Bhavsar of the Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at her husband’s shop for pet foods. He has been associated with the NGO since then. Pathan has three horses, four cats, an imported goat and a couple of parrots at his home. He is getting a special shelter built for pets at his farm house in Nadial, 45 km from Ahmedabad. The 28-year-old is now waiting for a special certificate from the wildlife conservation department before taking the parrots home.last_img read more

first_imgView comments Becoming his own man Equally crucial is the San Sebastian-Mapua duel at 4 p.m., with the Stags looking for a win that could mean No. 4 ranking—and last semifinal seat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I don’t want to look that far ahead. It would be better if we deal what’s in front of us first,” said Fernandez, whose Lions wrap up the eliminations with their finals arch nemesis Lyceum on Tuesday.Game time is 2 p.m. with the Blazers coming into the contest fresh from snapping a six-game losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manAn elimination-round sweep would mean automatic entry into the best-of-three title series, leaving the next three best teams to fight it out for the last berth.As things stand, the Pirates have a lock on No. 2, and that is vital since finishing second would mean playing a fatigued foe in the semifinals as Nos. 3 and 4 will slug it out in a KO match. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES San Beda tries to dispatch the first of two remaining obstacles to an elimination round sweep on Thursday when the razor-sharp Red Lions battle revitalized St. Benilde in Season 95 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.And coach Boyet Fernandez is experienced enough—and definitely wise enough—to keep his players focused on the task at hand.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rosario hits key shots as TNT ‘D’ bares teethlast_img read more

first_imgBritish luxury car manufacturer Land Rover has launched the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic in India at a price of Rs 2.79 crore (Ex-showroom, India). The SUV has been developed and built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team. Rohit Suri, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd (JLRIL), said in a statement, “We are excited to introduce the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic in India. The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team who are passionate in their commitment to explore new frontiers of luxury, performance and technology with the objective of delivering an unmatched experience to our discerning and equally passionate customers.”Underneath the bonnet, the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic has a 5.0-litre petrol V8 which is made fully of aluminium and is also supercharged. The engine is tuned to make 540bhp. All that power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the outside, it gets Graphite Atlas accents, red Brembo brake calipers and new alloy wheels that separate it from the regular Range Rover. On the inside,  diamond-quilted seats which are available in four colours, a red key line on the rotary shifter and Grand Black front and rear door veneers make up the changes that Jaguar’s SVO team has made to the regular Range Rover.Jaguar’s India portfolio of cars created by the SVO team is fast expanding as the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic becomes the fourth car after Range Rover SVAutobiography, Range Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar F-Type SVR to be sold in India. All these four cars have been built by the SVO team of Jaguar.advertisement The latest SVO product in India rivals the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG in the market.Also Read: Jaguar Land Rover commence bookings for Jaguar XE diesel variant in Indialast_img read more

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. – The world champion Kansas City Royals basked in the adulation of thousands of ecstatic fans in a parade and rally Nov. 3 that nearly shut down downtown for hours.After driving a 2.3-mile route in a caravan, team owner David Glass, Manager Ned Yost and several of the Royals returned the love by telling fans they could not have captured the World Series without their support and calling the turnout for the celebration “unbelievable” and “amazing.”“This is a day like none of us have seen before and we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts,” Yost said. “What (the team) wanted most was to come to this city to win a championship for you guys. We celebrate it with you today.”Right fielder Alex Gordon, who has been with the team since 2007, recalled years of losing seasons for the Royals. “To see this unfold to this is unbelievable. We’re the World Series champs and you are the best fans in the world,” he told the crowd.Gordon, who’s not expected to exercise an option on his contract for next season, gave no hint about his possible future with the team.Johnny Gomes, a midseason acquisition from the Atlanta Braves who didn’t make the playoff roster but was credited with bringing positive energy to the clubhouse, was the most animated of the players, forcing the reluctant relieving corps to take a bow and introducing several players.He also asked for a moment of silence in honor of Edinson Volquez’s father, Chris Young’s father and Mike Moustakas’ mother, all of whom died this year.“It’s unbelievable what those guys did,” Gomes said, emphatically.Volquez drew loud applause when he vowed that the Royals would be back on the same stage next season after winning another world championship.No official crowd estimates were immediately available; fans began arriving hours before the festivities and were packed in so tightly that many could not move.Yet the mood remained mostly jovial, with people waving flags, hats and signs, thrilled for their team’s first World Series win since 1985.Hall of Famer George Brett told the crowd this year’s team was better than the one he played on in 1985. “These guys are the best team ever, in my opinion, and I’m sure in yours too,” he said.Several area school districts called off classes for the day and Rachel Bryant, of Kansas City, took advantage and brought her 7-year-old son, Jayden, to the parade.“It’s been 30 years since the last championship. Who knows if it will be another 30 years? It might be a one-time experience for him. I hope not; I hope we’re back here next year,” she said.Steve Templeton, of suburban Lee’s Summit, said the championship brought the city together.“The Royals were a doormat for so long and look at it now, it’s just a sea of blue,” he said. “It’s fun because they are bringing everybody together, every nationality, every kind of person is here together because we love the team.”Downtown was so crowded that some fans who came for the festivities left before they began, realizing they wouldn’t be able to see or hear anything.“It’s a shame because we’re so proud of the team,” said Mary Winston of suburban Overland Park, Kansas, who brought her five children three hours before the rally and left before it began. “But with five children we would have had to be here at 5 a.m. to get a seat.”The Kansas City Transit Authority said those trying to take public transportation to the events endured waits of one- to three-hours.Spokeswoman Cindy Baker said the crowds were “definitely more than we expected,” with a conservative estimate of about 100,000 people being shuttled before the rally, with more after it began. Police spokesman Tye Grant said traffic was so heavy that some drivers parked along the interstate and walked.___By Margaret Stafford and Bill Draper. Associated Press reporter Heather Hollingsworth contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img(Eds: Repeating after making a correction in 2nd para) Jakarta, Aug 25 (PTI) India were today assured of two medals in the debut sport of bridge in the Asian Games after the men’s team and mixed team reached the semifinals here. After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot. The men’s bridge team was placed fourth after playing 13 qualification rounds while the mixed team finished on top after seven qualification rounds. The top finishing team will play the fourth team while the second and third will take on each other in the semifinals. Both the losing semifinalists will win a bronze and India are assured of at least two bronze medals from bridge. The supermixed team, however, failed to qualify for the semifinals. The six-member men’s team comprised Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani, Debabrata Majumder and Sumit Mukherjee. The mixed team is made up of Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal. The men’s team has an average age of 52 while the mixed team has 57. The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games. PTI PDS PDSPDSlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 22:34 IST The 1st semi-final between India and New Zealand wa interrupted due to rain (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand were 211/5 in 46.1 overs when rain arrived at Old TraffordA number of funny memes cropped up on TwitterFans ridiculed the ICC for scheduling the World Cup in EnglandThe World Cup 2019 semi-final being played between India and New Zealand in Manchester has been hit by rain. Showers arrived with New Zealand’s score at 211/5 after 46.1 overs and the ground staff quickly covered the square as the rain threatened to get heavier.With the showers not relenting till 10.00 PM IST, cricket fans had enough time to keep coming up with a number of funny memes and jokes all over social media. While some blasted the ICC for hosting the tournament in England, a few others took a dig at New Zealand’s batting performance.Here are some of the best Twitter reactions:The “Rain” has been lasted longer than any of the New Zealand batsmen did at the pitch…Agree??#INDvNZ #NZvIND #CWC2019 #IndiavsNewzealand #SemiFinal1Prity Singh (@pritsi2101) July 9, 2019Watch and learn @ICC watch and learn! That’s how you do it! @cricketworldcup @BCCI @BLACKCAPS #INDvNZ #CWC19 Bhardwaj (@Saurabhsays_) July 9, 2019I think this structure should be mandatory for evry ground in #England #INDvNZ #CWC19 #indvnz (@KingOf7Lords) July 9, 2019Rain has lasted longer than any New Zealand batsman did at the pitch. #INDvNZ #indiavsNewzealand Kotriwala (@ModijiKaHathHai) July 9, 2019DuckworthLewisStern method should be included in the CBSE class 10 syllabus #INDvNZ @BCCINikunj Choudhari (@Nikunj_nixu) July 9, 2019#INDvNZ1. When Mom tells you to fill all the bottles and put into refrigerator2. When Mom arrives and see no bottles filled. Kumar (@Vishwaj51666629) July 9, 2019advertisementWe need cricket grounds like this #INDvNZ Sankpal (@sankpal_mahesh) July 9, 2019Earlier, slower bouncers, cutters and the knuckle-balls ruled the roost as the Indian bowlers showed why they are considered one of the best in world cricket at present. Even as the team management surprised many by deciding to drop the in-form Mohammad Shami, the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya showed that they were up for the challenge.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson scored a fighting 95-ball 67 even as the Kiwi batsmen found the going extremely tough on the slow wicket on offer.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: How much will India need to chase if New Zealand do not bat again?Also Read | Martin Guptill: Leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, goes through nightmarish time in 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New Zealand Next commentary No data available! advertisement Rain lasted longer than any New Zealand batsman: Funny memes outWith rain playing spoilsport during the 1st semi-final of World Cup 2019 played between India and New Zealand, fans took to Twitter to take a dig at ICC scheduling, rains and everything in between. graphs view more view less scorecardlast_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia artists have until Thursday, Nov. 15, to submit applications for the purchase of their work by the Nova Scotia Art Bank. “The art bank is one more way we are supporting the arts and culture sector in our province,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks. “Through the art bank, the work of Nova Scotian artists and craftspeople receives valuable exposure and inspires others to develop their own creative talents.” The Nova Scotia Art Bank purchase program has supported the careers of local artists for 32 years. Today, it has a permanent collection of about 2,000 works of art, which are displayed in government offices throughout the province and in special gallery exhibitions across the country. For more information on the Nova Scotia Art Bank, see the department’s website at or contact Lois Ward at 902-424-6392 or .last_img read more

first_imgGrief-stricken members of a remote northern Ontario community were still struggling to cope on Friday after the suicide of yet another 12-year-old girl sparked fears a death pact could claim even more young lives.The death last week of Jenara Roundsky, the third pre-teen member of the Wapekeka First Nation to die by suicide this year, prompted an anguished cry for outside help.“We need help, we need help immediately,” band spokesman Joshua Frogg said in an interview. “We have 10 and 12-year-old boys and girls that are acting like front-line workers, first responders and that’s not acceptable.”So far, he said, no help has arrived, although he said Health Canada told him that long-requested federal money — $380,000 — should be in the band’s account next week.In a declaration of a state of emergency this week, Wapekeka’s chief and band council noted the community — which also saw 15 young people kill themselves between 1989 and 1999 — desperately needed help.“These losses and recent suicides have put the community in a state of crisis,” the band said in a formal resolution. “Community members are going through a state of shock where they have been retraumatized to a point where they cannot help themselves.”Of particular concern, the band said, were worries that other youngsters, who were following first responders around the community, were being exposed to traumatizing circumstances after the discovery of Jenara’s body sparked a frantic search for others at risk.Jenara’s father Vernon Roundsky died in 2011, when she was just six years old. Her social media suggest a troubled tween whose postings were often dark.“Suicide people are just angels that want to go home,” she reposted recently.According to a statement from her grandparents, the girl had been diagnosed with “oppositional defiant disorder” — an illness they said affected her thinking.“Her actions were on an impulse,” they said.They also said everyone had done their best to help her and stressed they cast no blame for her death.Sol Mamakwa, health adviser for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represents 49 Ontario First Nations communities including Wapekeka, said Friday that community leaders were exhausted. Among the immediate assistance requested were calls for 20 Canadian Rangers to come in to provide support and help from the Red Cross.What’s clear, Mamakwa said, is that something needs to change with the delivery of mental-health care, given that youngsters simply can’t get the help they need.“The current approach to crisis, the current approach to mental health, it’s not working for the people,” Mamakwa said. “We need to come up with a process that is community-driven and right now that’s not happening.”In January, Chantell Fox, 12, killed herself two days after her friend Jolynn Winter died by suicide in the fly-in Oji-Cree community of 430 about 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.Last summer, the First Nation warned the federal government about a developing suicide pact, but indigenous leaders said the plea for help went unheeded.On Friday, Health Minister Jane Philpott called the suicides of Jenara, Chantell and Jolynn a tragedy and said the federal government will make sure communities get human resources and financial resources to promote healing.Last month, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal said Ottawa’s failure to fully implement Jordan’s Principle —a policy that says no indigenous child should suffer denial, delay or disruption of health services available to other kids because of jurisdictional feuds — may have contributed to the suicides of two teenagers in the community.Ontario’s indigenous relations minister, David Zimmer, called the suicide rate in First Nation communities “devastating.”“We have heard the concerns raised by indigenous communities and I know that we must do more to ensure that young people have the support that they need,” Zimmer said in a statement this week. “The conditions that lead to despair and hopelessness are complex and multi-layered.”Zimmer said provincial and federal officials were, among other things, reviewing proposals submitted by the First Nation for a youth centre and a three-year recreational activity program for youth.last_img read more

first_imgThe Will Rogers Institute (WRI) is proud to announce Jeff Bridges, star of upcoming science fiction film, The Giver, as its 2014 Summer Theatrical Fundraising Spokesperson.Video: Will Rogers Institute Summer 2014 PSA Hosted by Jeff BridgesThe fundraising campaign, happening in movie theaters across the United States, is a time-honored tradition that began in 1936 and featured James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis in the first public service announcement.The Will Rogers Institute is happy to announce that several theater chains have already started participating in the 2014 campaign. Regal Entertainment Group is hosting Summer Movie Express that offers $1 family films at select locations with proceeds benefiting WRI. For tickets and show times, visit Theatres is supporting the campaign with their Shows for Support program. The program offers $3 tickets to see Hollywood’s biggest movies back on the big screen. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to charity, including WRI. For tickets and show times, visit Theaters is reaching out to their members and loyal customers through their alliance with Help reach their goal of raising $10,000 for WRI by making a donation at Tie Cinemas is offering a special combo at their concession stands. Patrons will receive free Twizzlers with the purchase of a large popcorn and large soft drink, and $1 from every sale is donated to the Will Rogers Institute Neonatal Program.Other theater chains joining the summer tradition are Brenden Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark USA, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Malco Theatres, National Amusements, and United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association, to name a few.The money raised from the 2014 Summer Fundraiser will benefit the Will Rogers Neonatal Infant Program. The program is dedicated to providing lifesaving equipment to hospitals nationwide, so little lives have a fighting chance to survive. For more information about the program, or to find out how your theater can participate, visit or call toll-free (888) 994-3863.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier suggests a rejection by the province’s energy regulator for Hydro One’s application to purchase the Orillia Power Distribution Corp. is a win for consumers that demonstrates the system is working.Hydro One had announced a deal to acquire the utility company for $41.3 million in 2016. The figure included the assumption of about $14.9 million in OPDC debt.In its decision, the OEB said it applied a “no harm test” to assess the deal and was not satisfied that the test requirement had been met.Hydro One had said the deal would result in a one per cent reduction in base delivery rates for Orillia Power’s customers in years one to five and rate increases of less than the inflation rate in years six to 10.The utility also said the consolidation would result in ongoing cost savings of approximately $3.9 million per year and reduced capital costs of about $600,000 per year.The OEB said, however, that while it agreed that the deal would “reasonably be expected to result in overall cost savings and operational efficiencies,” they might not necessarily translate to lower rates for customers in the long run.Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday that the decision shows how Ontario ratepayers are protected.“The OEB deemed that the Hydro One proposal was not going to save ratepayers any money and so it wouldn’t go forward,” she said.I think that demonstrates that the system works, that the Ontario Energy Board has a responsibility to make sure that decisions that are made are in the best interests of the people of the province. … I think that should give people confidence about the way the system works.”Wynne’s comments come a day after Ford said his first act as premier would be to fire CEO Mayo Schmidt and board of directors of the partially privatized utility.The newly minted Progressive Conservative leader said he would dump Schmidt because he presided over the dramatic increase of rates and earned a $6.2 million salary.Both Hydro One and the City of Orillia said late Thursday that they are reviewing the decision before determining their options.Negotiations between the city and Hydro One began in September 2015 and the deal was finalized the following August.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version dropped the word “million” in reference to OPDC’s debt.last_img read more

first_imgColombo: The St. Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo bore the brunt of a series of powerful blasts across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday with 74 deaths and a top priest saying pieces of flesh were thrown all over the walls, on the sanctuary and even outside the church. At least 215 people were killed and around 500 others injured when six near simultaneous and coordinated explosions rocked three churches, three luxury hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, officials said. Two separate blasts took place in the afternoon, claiming five more lives, including that of three police personnel. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSri Lankan media reported that the Negombo Hospital has reported at least 74 deaths and received 113 injured worshippers from the Sebastian’s Church. Father Edmond Tillekeratne, social communications director for the Archdiocese of Colombo, spoke to CNN from St. Sebastian’s Church, one of the locations targeted. He said that the blast took place after Easter Mass, and that there were about 30 bodies lying in the area of the church. He said three priests had been celebrating the mass at the time of the blast. Two of them were badly injured by flying glass and debris, and one was only lightly injured because he was behind the altar. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe estimated that more than a thousand people had come to the church for Easter Sunday “because it is a special day.” Many people came from villages, he said. He described the ground as covered in rubble and shattered glass. “You can see pieces of flesh thrown all over the walls and on the sanctuary and even outside of the church,” he added. The church, built in 1946, is one of the many churches in Sri Lanka dedicated to St Sebastian who is considered a martyr in the Catholic Church history. At the St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, journalists saw bodies lying on the floor, some draped with scarves and clothes. Reports say said much of the church roof had been blown off in the explosion, with tiles, glass and splintered wood littering the floor — along with pools of blood. The Archbishop of Colombo has demanded that those responsible for the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka to be punished “mercilessly.” Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, in a strong statement, urged the government to launch a “very impartial strong inquiry” and to punish those found responsible “mercilessly because only animals can behave like that.” All Easter mass in the Colombo District have been cancelled, the Cardinal announced. The Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, which was the site of one of the explosions, released a statement, saying it was one of the several locations in Colombo which were affected by this morning’s attacks. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the casualties and those who have been affected. “We are working closely with local authorities and emergency services to provide our fullest assistance and support to the affected staff and guests. “Our immediate priority is to look after the safety and wellbeing of all involved. A Shangri-La crisis management team has been activated to provide all necessary support. “As this is an active investigation, we are unable to comment further at this stage. We will provide an update once more information is available,” the hotel said.last_img read more

At least 30 people have died in protests over the last month, as different ethnic groups have protested for statehood in the drafting of Nepal’s new constitution. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lankan pilgrims have been urged not to visit Lumbini until further notice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.The Foreign Ministry also said that all Sri Lankan nationals stranded in Lumbini have left safely. The Sri Lankans were stranded following protests in surrounding areas.

The star-studded event brought together 48 prominent personalities from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, literature and public affairs – who are known as UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace. They participated in workshops, shared information on the priorities of the UN system and discussed ways for lending greater impetus to the Millennium Development Goals.Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters, film star Ms. Jolie said that working with refugees as an Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had changed her life. She explained that she was attending the meeting to learn about the other parts of the UN and how best to work with the other UN Goodwill Ambassadors.For his part, actor Danny Glover, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said his decision to become involved with the agency was because of his keen interest in community development and how nations and communities used resources to further advance their particular objectives.Mechai Viravaidya, a senator from Thailand and a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said he worked in Asia to convince governments there that the biggest AIDS problem would soon be in that continent and not in Africa. His role was to convince governments to stop denying the problem and instead, to make political and financial commitments to addressing HIV/AIDS.Introducing himself as “Moore,” “Roger Moore,” the British actor and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador said the role of a Goodwill Ambassador could be summarized by the two words: good and will. “What is ‘good’ about a Goodwill Ambassador,” he explained to assembled media, “is the good we try to do and one good thing is that you’re here to listen to us.” The “will” was the will to do something for the world, he added.Joining the others at the press conference was Belgian television personality Goedele Liekens, an Ambassador on behalf of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). She said she attended the meeting because it was important for Goodwill Ambassadors to learn how the UN works and important for her to know how to address UN-related topics to the public. During the event, Ms. Liekens said, she had learned much about the UN and would use her experience in Belgium to “tell the world to keep up this good work.” read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – A large tug boat was pulling a disabled Russian cargo ship along British Columbia’s coast, ending fears that the vessel carrying hundreds of tons of fuel would drift ashore, hit rocks and spill.Lt. Paul Pendergast of the Canadian Forces’ Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the Barbara Foss arrived Saturday evening and the tow of the Simushir was going well.Pendergast said authorities will wait until the Simushir is comfortably north of Haida Gwaii before they make a decision on where it will be towed. Prince Rupert is the nearest container ship port, 93 nautical miles away.The Simushir lost power late Thursday off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it made its way from Everett in Washington state to Russia.The Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid earlier towed the disabled ship away from shore, but a towline got detached and the ship was adrift again for six hours Saturday.The 10 crew members were trying to repair the broken oil heater that has left the vessel disabled, Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Greg Menzies said.The fear of oil spills is especially acute in British Columbia, where residents remember the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989. Such worries have fed fierce opposition — particularly from environmentalists and Canada’s native tribes — to a proposal to build a pipeline that would carry oil from Canada’s Alberta oil sands to a terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia, for shipment to Asia. Opponents say the proposed pipeline would bring about 220 large oil tankers a year to the province’s coast.The president of the Council of the Haida Nation warned Friday that a storm coming into the area was expected to push the ship onto the rocky shore, but President Pete Lantin later said their worst fears had subsided.“If the weather picks up it could compromise that, but as of right now there is a little sense of relief that we might have averted catastrophe here,” Lantin said.About 5,000 people live on the islands and fish for food nearby, Lantin said.The Simushir, which is about 440 feet (135 metres) long, was carrying a range of hydrocarbons, mining materials and other related chemicals. That included 400 tons of bunker oil and 50 tons of diesel.The vessel is not a tanker but rather a container ship. In comparison, the tanker Exxon Valdez, spilled 35,000 metric tons of oil.A spokesman for Russian shipping firm SASCO, the owners of the vessel, said it is carrying 298 containers of mining equipmentin addition to heavy bunker fuel as well as diesel oil for the voyage.The U.S. Coast Guard had a helicopter on standby in the event that the crew members need to be pulled off the ship. Officials said the injured captain was evacuated by helicopter, but they were given no further medical details.The Simushir is registered in Kholmsk, Russia, and owned by SASCO, also known as Sakhalin Shipping Company, according to the company’s website. The SASCO website says the ship was built in the Netherlands in 1998. by Rudy Kelly, The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 10:32 pm MDT Russian container ship towed away from Canadian coast after drifting again in rough seas read more

His call for a cessation of violence came with emphasis “particularly on the rebels” and he stressed the need for the trilateral contact group to reconvene to work towards a sustainable ceasefire and implementation of the Accords – an agreement signed under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to halt fighting in the Donbass region of Ukraine –prioritizing protection of civilians and reaching those in need.“Over 5,000 lives have already been lost in this conflict,” said Mr. Feltman.“We must find a way to stop it and must do so now.”Full political commitment to a lasting solution was needed at the highest levels, he said, recognising the difficulties associated with diplomatic discussions for a peaceful resolution given entrenched positions.“Nonetheless, efforts to find a political solution must urgently be redoubled,” he said.Mr. Feltman’s briefing came five days after his previous one and follows a period in which close to 50 civilians were killed and nearly 150 were seriously wounded.At least 12 died when their trolleybus was hit by rockets in Donetsk, another 10 died on the same day in Horlivka, while a “barrage of attacks” by multi-launch rocket systems hit the city of Mariupol causing dozens of deaths.“The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reported, based on crater analysis, that the rockets originated from the territory controlled by the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic,’” Mr. Feltman said, adding that Mariupol lay outside the immediate conflict zone and that therefore the rockets deliberately targeted a civilian population, constituting a violation of international humanitarian law.“We must all send an unequivocal message: the perpetrators must be held accountable and brought to justice,” he said.Noting that the leader of the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ had announced a boycott of further consultations with the Trilateral Contact Group, a unilateral withdrawal from the ceasefire and had threatened to seize further territory, he recalled the Secretary-General’s statement of 24 January, which said such a move constituted violation of their commitment to the Minsk Accords and called on the rebels to immediately cease their provocative and violent actions, to abide by international law and to make good on their commitments.“We also urge the leadership of the Russian Federation to use their influence to call on the rebels to cease hostilities immediately,” he said. “This will be a critical step in stopping the bloodshed.”He noted the Ukrainian leadership’s vocal commitment to the Minsk accords and assertions that they remained in a defensive position, while also noting the recent emergency measures adopted by the National Security and Defence Council, particularly those relating to ‘strengthening counter-terrorism measures’ and appealed for the application of maximum restraint.Mr. Feltman stressed the importance of guaranteeing humanitarian workers and goods full and unhindered access to those in need, urging the Government of Ukraine to ensure humanitarian operations were free from taxation.“Bureaucratic hurdles on both sides of the conflict line are impeding humanitarian access and must be eased,” he said. read more

Till now, the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been supporting the authorities in the so-called “hotspots” on the Greek islands, where refugees and migrants were received, assisted, and registered. Under the EU-Turkey deal, which came into effect this past Sunday, these sites have now become detention facilities, and all new “irregular” migrants crossing from Turkey into Greek islands will be returned to Turkey.UNHCR has a policy on opposing mandatory detention. Accordingly, it has suspended some of activities at all closed centres on the islands, including provision of transport to and from these sites.“UNHCR is not a party to the EU-Turkey deal, nor will we be involved in returns or detention,” the agency said in a press release. “We will continue to assist the Greek authorities to develop an adequate reception capacity.” UNHCR’s new role in Greece Going forward, UNHCR will focus on protection monitoring to ensure that refugee and human rights standards are upheld, and provide information on the rights and procedures to seek asylum.UNHCR staff are identifying people with specific needs and will continue to be present at the shoreline and sea port to provide life-saving assistance, including transport to hospitals where needed. They are counselling new arrivals on asylum in Greece, including on family reunification and on access to services.UNHCR expressed concern that the EU-Turkey deal is being implemented before the required safeguards are in place in Greece, noting that Greece does not have sufficient capacity on the islands for assessing asylum claims, nor the proper conditions to accommodate people decently and safely pending an examination of their cases.The Greek authorities have already separated an estimated 8,000 refugees and migrants who had arrived on the islands before 20 March from people arriving after that date and therefore will be subject to the new return policy.Uncertainty is making the new arrivals nervous, the agency said. Many still hope that the border will open. Many have run out of money.There is also an urgent need for information. The Greek police have been distributing leaflets in Arabic and Persian informing people that the border is closed and advising them to go to camps where better conditions are provided. But the capacity of nearby camps has been reached, and more camps need to be opened including for candidates for relocation. read more

Ohio State freshman forward Samantha Bouley skates toward the puck against Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 21. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s hockey team split a two-game series with No. 4 Minnesota (17-5-3, 12-4-3) in Minneapolis this weekend, losing the first game 2-1 and tying the second 1-1,  ending in a 2-1 shootout victory. Saturday’s game marked the first time OSU has earned points against the Golden Gophers since Jan. 11, 2015. The Buckeyes moved to 11-12-3 overall and 5-12-3 in conference.On Friday night, Ohio State had a 1-0 lead through the first two periods. After a scoreless first period, junior forward Julianna Iafallo scored the first goal of the game off an assist from sophomore forward Maddy Field to put Ohio State up 1-0 in the second. Minnesota was kept out of the net for the remainder of the second period thanks to 18 saves from Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve.The Scarlet and Gray got off on the wrong foot in the third period with a penalty to put Minnesota on the power play. At 10:48 on the game clock, the Gophers scored their first goal of the game to tie things up 1-1. Shortly after, Minnesota scored again at 16:23 to take the 2-1 lead. The Gophers held off the Buckeyes for the remaining minutes and won 2-1. Sauve had 31 saves against Minnesota but the OSU offense had only eight shots on goal the entire game.On Saturday, the game started out in a similar fashion with another scoreless first period. At 9:38 in the second, Minnesota scored the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 lead. The two teams had a combined seven penalties in the first two periods. At 1:27 in the third period, OSU senior forward Katie Matheny scored off an assist from Field to tie the game 1-1. Sauve defended the Minnesota attack perfectly for the rest of the period and the two teams went into overtime at Ridder Arena. The Buckeye goaltender had 26 saves through regulation.Through five minutes of overtime, the teams remained scoreless and went to a shootout. Minnesota’s Lee Stecklein shot first and scored for the Gophers, but junior defenseman Dani Sadek responded with a goal of her own. The teams went through seven shooters until Iafallo got one past the Gopher goalie to secure the Buckeye win, 2-1. Due to NCAA rules, all shootout wins are recorded as ties in the record book.Minnesota, the best power play team in the NCAA, had seven power play opportunities this weekend, all of which were killed by the Buckeyes. OSU went 0-3-1 against the top-ranked Golden Gophers this season which is an improvement from last year’s 0-4-0.Next up, the Scarlet and Gray will travel to Duluth, Minnesota, for a two-game series against conference opponent No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth. read more

first_imgThe link between vitamin D and early ADHD symptoms has not been looked at before.Co-authors medical students Jens Bull Aaby and Mats Mossin said: “We were surprised the link was so clear as there was no previous awareness that this could be identified at such an early age.“It’s impossible to say which children will develop ADHD later on, but it will be interesting to further follow up these children.”Previous studies have shown that  vitamin D plays an important role in the early development of the brain.Mr Aaby added: “We cannot say with certainty that vitamin D protects against early symptoms of ADHD. Our study only indicates that there is a link we cannot explain in any other way.” The link between vitamin D and early ADHD symptoms has not been looked at before The trend was clearProf Niels Bilenberg, of the University of Southern Denmark Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The link between vitamin D and early ADHD symptoms has not been looked at beforeCredit: Aliaksei Lasevich / Alamy Stock Photo Prof Niels Bilenberg, of the University of Southern Denmark, said: “The trend was clear. Those mothers who had taken vitamin D, and had a vitamin D level (25OHD) in their umbilical blood over 25 nmol/L, had children with lower ADHD scores.“For every 10 nmol/L increase in the vitamin D concentration in umbilical blood, the risk of a being among the 10 per cent highest score on the ADHD symptom scale fell by 11 per cent.”Prof Bilenberg added: “Other factors could explain the link, such as the mother’s age, smoking, alcohol, obesity, and so on.” Pregnant women who sunbathe are less likely to have children who suffer hyperactivity, a study suggests. Vitamin D, the “sunshine” vitamin, also found in foods such as oily fish and egg yolks, seems to protect against the disorder.In a Danish study, levels of vitamin D were measured in the women’s umbilical cords and the mothers completed a questionnaire on their child’s behaviour at two-and-a-half years old.Children born to mothers with higher levels of the nutrient during pregnancy had less chance of having a child with ADHD, the behavioural disorder.last_img read more

first_imgDavid Duckworth of consulting company Saint Barbara notes that “the issue of high-arsenic (high-As) copper concentrates has been highlighted recently with the start-up of a number of new projects producing this material.“Copper concentrates can be divided into clean or complex types,” he writes in the company’s latest newsletter. ”The main impurities (deleterious or penalty elements) in complex concentrates are Sb, As, Bi, Cd, Cl, F, Pb, Hg, U and Zn. Each element has a threshold level above which a smelter will charge a penalty in addition to treatment/refining charges (TC/RCs). There may also be an upper limit over which the smelter will reject the concentrate. Penalty charges exist to cover the extra costs incurred by the smelter in processing and safely storing contaminated (deleterious) materials.“In 2014/15, production of complex concentrate increased significantly and the volume of complex concentrates available on the market is expected to rise by 700% between 2013 and 2016. New mines, such as Toromocho in Peru (1% As) and Ministro Hales in Chile (4% As), are producing complex concentrates, while As content in concentrates produced at existing mines, including Marcapunta in Peru (8% As), Chelopech in Bulgaria (6% As) and Chuquicamata in Chile (1.2% As), has risen.“Around 30% of world copper concentrates output contains more than 0.1% or 1,000 ppm As. complex copper concentrates have an As content greater than 0.2% (2,000 ppm) with no upper limit, although China imposes a limit of 0.5% As (5,000 ppm) on imported base metal concentrates.“Many copper smelters able to process “dirty” or complex concentrates prior to the 1990s, have either stopped this practice or closed for environmental reasons. These smelters include La Oroya in Peru, San Luis de Potosi in Mexico, Tacoma in the USA, Rönnskär in Sweden, PASAR in the Philippines and Kosaka in Japan.“Currently only a few copper smelters – Tsumeb in Namibia (see map), Altonorte in Chile, Guixi in China and Horne in Canada – can process complex concentrates and Tsumeb is the only option for large volumes of very high-As concentrates, with >1% As. These smelters will charge a penalty to treat high-As concentrate, while Tsumeb charges higher TCs to treat complex concentrates.“In the past, Godfrey and Nicholas-Herreschoff roasters were often used to fume off the As in very high-grade com-plex concentrates to produce arsenic trioxide (As2O3) and calcined copper concentrate with a much reduced As content. Roasters were either located at the mine site or adjacent to a smelter. The only such roasters in operation to-day are those at Tsumeb.“Codelco has installed an Outotec Partial Roaster at its Ministro Hales mine to reduce the As content of the copper concentrates. The fluid bed partial roaster processes high-As copper concentrate to produce a calcine with a low As content and high-copper concentrate. The roaster complex has an integrated effluent plant which removes the As content from the process water. Effluent is treated using calcium arsenite precipitation.“Blending is the most common solution to the problem of treating high-As content in copper concentrates, where high-As concentrate is mixed with clean copper concentrate to dilute the As content to acceptable levels for smelters. As there are only four smelters worldwide which can treat high-As material, capacity is limited. Since 2014, the volume of high-As concentrate has exceeded treatment capacity in smelters.“During 2014, Codelco set up a strategic alliance with Ocean Partners to blend high-As copper concentrate from its Ministro Hales mine with clean third-party concentrate(s) bought in by both companies, at Ocean Partners’ concentrate blending facility in Taiwan. As the blended concentrate grades less than the Chinese custom cap of 0.5% As, it can be sold to Chinese smelters.“EcoMetales‘ Copper Flue Dust Treatment Plant (PTPA for its acronym in Spanish) and Arsenic and Antimony Abatement Process (PAAA for its acronym in Spanish), located near Calama in Chile, treat smelter flue dust, refinery effluent and other solid hazardous wastes from Codelco’s Chuquicamata, Potrerillos (Salvador) and Ventanas smelter and refinery complexes. These products may contain up to 30% Cu and deleterious levels of As (5-17%), bismuth and antimony. In the PTPA plant, dust is acid leached to produce copper pregnant leach solution which is pumped 7km to Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine, where it is used to produce copper cathodes. The leaching waste (with 7% Cu) is dried and conditioned before being sent to the Chuquicamata smelter for processing.“The PAAA plant treats copper-rich solution produced by the PTPA and leached waste from the PTPA, to recover copper, together with scorodite (FeAsO4·2H2O), the environmentally stable form of As. The scorodite is disposed of at a site 1km from the plant, which meets all environmental standards.“Several hydrometallurgical technologies — atmospheric leaching, bio-oxidation and pressure leaching — are available for processing high-As concentrates. Few have achieved commercial application.“One example is CESL high pressure oxidation technology, promoted by Teck Aurubis. A small industrial scale plant operated successfully from 2008 to 2010 for Vale in the Carajás region of Brazil. It is claimed that more than 99% of the As remains undissolved in the leach residue. The copper is dissolved and follows a conventional SX/EW route to cathode. Gold in the concentrate reports to the leach residue from which it can be extracted by cyanidation – with little or no dissolution of As. Silver could be treated similarly, although the quantity reporting to the leach residue is not determined.“In the short and medium term, the problem of high-As copper concentrates will be alleviated somewhat by Codelco’s roaster reaching full capacity, the decline in the As level in the Toromocho concentrate, new mine capacity coming on-stream producing clean concentrates and a possible expansion at Tsumeb.“In the long term, however, the trend towards the exploration of more difficult deposits will continue. Although these new projects will be delayed due to copper price decline, many of them will produce concentrates with elevated levels of As.“The problem of treating high-As concentrate is not going to go away and will be overcome by continued blending, use of existing technology and the development of new technology.last_img read more