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Currently no proposal to scrap Article 370, says govt

first_imgThere is currently no proposal to scrap Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Mr. Ahir was replying to a written question by BJP MP Ashwini Kumar, who asked whether the government was committed to scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution. The MP from Karnal in Haryana also asked what was the present status and the procedure laid down for scrapping Article 370. “There is currently no such proposal under consideration of the Government,” Mr. Ahir said in his one-line reply. Scrapping Article 370 forms part of the BJP’s political manifesto. However, the party, in alliance with the regional PDP, remained silent on the demand in the Agenda of Alliance agreed to in 2015. In a separate question on statements made by the Centre’s interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma on violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Ahir said Mr. Sharma had recently visited border areas in view of recent cease-fire violations and suggested some measures for the local population. These included shifting residents and constructing bunkers. The question was asked by Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia and Gaurav Gogoi. Mr. Ahir said the government was keen to bring peace in the state and was ready to hold dialogue with all sections of society who shun the path of violence. The government has also continuously encouraged policies to bring youth to the mainstream. These include providing employment opportunities to wean them away from militancy, he said.last_img read more

Why katydids sing in unison

first_imgWhen a group of male katydids croon a tune in nearly perfect synchrony, it means the insects are after the ladies. But they’re not aligning their singing with each other to come across as larger or louder, a new study finds; each male is trying to beat out the others to be the first—by mere milliseconds—to hit a note. Katydids, also known as bush crickets (Mecopoda elongata), are among a handful of insects that make noise by rubbing a hind leg on one wing. Scientists knew that the sound attracted females, but they didn’t know why the males sang in synchrony. In the new study, researchers recorded and analyzed the choral performances of 18 different groups of four male katydids. Then, they let females choose between the males in each group. Females preferred males that were the first to broadcast each tone, even if it were only 70 milliseconds ahead of others in the group, the team reports online today in Royal Society Open Science. Moreover, the females preferred these lead singers to katydids that were singing alone—but the increased volume of the chorus didn’t seem to draw more females to the group as a whole. Singing in a group, the authors of the new study hypothesize, might help keep males on a steady rhythm—another trait that female katydids in the study preferred. But more work is needed to figure out why females chose the steadiest, leading singer, and whether the observation holds true in all species of katydids, like the round-headed katydid (pictured) that’s more common in North America.last_img read more

Kerry accuses China of unilaterally asserting claims in SCS

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Apr 13 (PTI) China is unilaterally trying to assert and act on territorial claims in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said and called for resolving the disputes there through diplomacy and negotiation.”We are all aware that right now is a critical time in the Asia-Pacific region,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said.”China seems determined to unilaterally assert and act on territorial claims in the South China Sea that several countries in the region dispute,” he said in his address at the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles.”We dont take a position on the disputes themselves, but we do take the position that they ought to be resolved without unilateral action, without militarisation, through diplomacy, through negotiation,” said the Secretary of State.In his remarks, Kerry also batted for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).”If we dont set these rules in conjunction with other countries in an effort to raise, elevate standards and put our values into the context of our trade ? if we dont step up to the plate and shape the agenda, believe me, others will be all too eager to fill the void by moving in the dangerous direction of low or no standards and no accountability, no transparency, no enforceability, no rule of law,” he said.”Right now, China is working to finish its own version of TPP, binding its market with 16 countries, extending from India to Japan. And you can be sure their agreement doesnt raise labour or climate standards or protect intellectual property or promote fair play or, needless to say, insist on a free and open Internet,” Kerry said.advertisement”I cant think of anything more dangerous or damaging to the rule of law and structure we have worked for since the end of World War II. In other words, supporting TPP shouldnt be a hard choice at all,” he added. PTI LKJ NSAlast_img read more

How Many Times Was Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” Played During The CFB Playoff? A Lot.

first_imgA photo of a stealth bomber flying over the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A B-2 Stealth Bomber flys over before the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The song is surely burned into the memory of every college football fan. So much so that one likely can’t listen to the lyrics without thinking about Ohio State or Oregon or Florida State or Alabama or ESPN. Some legends are told, some turn to dust or to gold But you will remember me, remember me for centuriesIt’s Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” and it was the theme song of the inaugural College Football Playoff. It was played an insane amount of times during the two semifinal games and the championship game. How many times, exactly? According to the Reddit user, Emperor_of_Orange, 45 times – 10 times in the Rose Bowl, 18 times in the Sugar Bowl and 17 times in the CFB Playoff National Championship Game. Here it is for hopefully one, final time. last_img read more

Former Notre Dame Star Has Brutally Honest Quote About Tonight’s Loss

first_imgA closeup of Brian Kelly during a Notre Dame football game.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 15: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is seen during the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on October 15, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 17-10. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)A former Notre Dame football star had a brutally honest quote in response to tonight’s blowout loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.The Fighting Irish have now been blown out on a national stage in both of their recent College Football Playoff/BCS National Championship games.Notre Dame was throttled by Alabama in the national title game at the end of the 2012 season.The Fighting Irish said in anticipation of tonight’s game that this team was much different than the ’12 squad, but the result was the same.Tyler Eifert, who starred at Notre Dame in 2012, had a brutally honest quote following tonight’s loss:“2012 was embarrassing and this is just as bad. ‘Oh you guys played hard’ no embarrassing,” he tweeted.2012 was embarrassing and this is just as bad. “Oh you guys played hard” no embarrassing— Tyler Eifert (@tylereifert) December 30, 2018Notre Dame finishes the season at 12-1.Clemson, meanwhile, is off to the national title game.The Tigers will face the winner of the Alabama-Oklahoma game.last_img read more

Former head of RCMP in Saskatchewan named provinces lieutenantgovernor

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — A former head of the RCMP in Saskatchewan has been appointed the province’s new lieutenant-governor.Russell Mirasty becomes Saskatchewan’s 23rd vice-regal representative.He takes over from Thomas Molloy, who died earlier this month at age 78 from pancreatic cancer.Mirasty, whose first language is Cree, is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in northern Saskatchewan and had a 36-year career with the RCMP.He was the first Indigenous person to command a division of the Mounties.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a news release that Mirasty’s new role is in keeping with the dedicated public service he has given for much of his life.“Known as a relationship-builder, Mr. Mirasty is an outstanding leader who paved the way for Indigenous peoples in the national police force,” Trudeau said in the release Wednesday.“As lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan, I know he will continue to make a difference for the people of his province and all Canadians, and inspire others to create change in their communities.”Lieutenant-governors are the personal representatives of the Queen in their respective provinces and fulfil her roles and functions, including granting royal assent to provincial laws and visiting communities.Their constitutional and ceremonial duties include presiding over the swearing-in of premiers, cabinet members and chief justices.Mirasty joined the RCMP in 1976 and was one of only two Indigenous cadets in his troop at Depot Division in Regina. He served in various roles across the country, including as director general of National Aboriginal Policing Services and as Saskatchewan’s commanding officer.After his retirement from the RCMP in 2013, he helped lead a provincewide consultation with students, parents and teachers on how to improve the education system.He was also appointed to Saskatchewan’s advisory group on poverty reduction.last_img read more

IGP visits Jaffna discusses law and order related issues

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara was in Jaffna today where met police officers in the area and discussed law and order related issues.Police headquarters said that 324 male and female Police officers representing various police divisions and ranks from Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Kankasanthurai, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya took part in the discussion at the auditorium of the Jaffna District Secretariat. The officers had the opportunity to convey matters directly to the Inspector General of Police and were able to find instant solutions, the Police headquarters said. Jaffna District Secretary N. Wedanayagam and male and female police officers including the Officer in charge of the Jaffna Range, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police W. S. U. Fernando, Officer in charge of the Vanni District Deputy Inspector General of Police Deshabandu Thennakoon and Officer in charge of the Jaffna Range, Deputy Inspector General of Police Sanjeewa Dharmarathna participated in the discussion. read more

Calif Sen Boxer denounces utility that runs ailing San Onofre nuclear plant

Calif Sen. Boxer denounces utility that runs ailing San Onofre nuclear plant, pushes for probe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer said Tuesday that she has lost confidence in the California utility that operates the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, as she called for a federal probe into an equipment swap that eventually led to a radiation leak.The chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee accused Southern California Edison of dispensing “gobbledygook” about a 2004 internal letter that Boxer believes reveals possible criminal misconduct within the company.“I don’t have confidence in Southern California Edison, given what I now know,” the California Democrat told reporters in a conference call, referring to the letter. “They ought to just tell the truth. Start now.”Boxer’s statements reflect mounting tension around Edison’s proposal to restart one of two reactors at the seaside plant, while the company faces a tangle of regulatory steps and federal and state investigations.The twin-domed plant between Los Angeles and San Diego hasn’t produced electricity since January 2012, after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water in nearly new steam generators.Meanwhile, Edison released a copy of a June 2005 letter that also shows the company had concerns about key aspects of the generator design, which appear to foreshadow eventual problems with tube wear.Both letters were written to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which manufactured the generators.The state Public Utilities Commission, which is conducting a separate probe into costs tied to the long-running shutdown, said a preliminary review showed Edison failed to provide either letter to the agency or parties involved in its investigation.“We are considering whether Edison had a duty to disclose the letters earlier,” commission executive director Paul Clanon said in a statement. “More importantly, we need to investigate whether Edison took unnecessary risks, or tried to evade regulatory oversight, when the steam generators were replaced.”Edison said the letters show the company “exercised responsible oversight” while the generator designs were being developed. It said both letters were given to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in April.“We believe that the determination for restart must be made based on technical merits,” Pete Dietrich, SCE senior vice-president and chief nuclear officer, said in a statement.“SCE’s own oversight … complied with industry standards and best practices,” Dietrich added. “SCE would never, and did not, install steam generators that it believed would impact public safety or impair reliability.”Boxer said the 2004 letter, written by a senior SCE executive and obtained by her office, suggests “Edison intentionally misled the public and regulators” to avoid a potentially long and costly review of the generators before they went into service. The contents of the letter were first reported by The Associated Press.Anti-nuclear activists trying to block the restart have long argued that Edison duped the NRC about extensive design changes to avoid a lengthy, trial-like review, known as a license amendment, that in some cases can take up to two years to complete.The 2004 letter goes to a central issue at San Onofre, where Edison is seeking federal permission to restart the Unit 2 reactor and run it at reduced power in an effort to halt tube damage.The replacement generators were different than the originals — they were 23.6 tons heavier and hundreds of additional tubes were added as part of design changes, for example. Edison installed the equipment in a $670 million overhaul in 2009 and 2010 without an extended NRC review after concluding the new machines met a federal test to qualify as largely the same as the ones they replaced, requiring little or no changes to safety systems or components in the plant.Such equipment swaps, sometimes referred to as “like-for-like” replacements, are common in the industry.But the Nov. 30, 2004, letter from SCE Vice-President Dwight E. Nunn states that “although the old and new steam generators will be similar in many respects they aren’t like-for-like replacements.”Edison “told regulators one thing and did another,” Boxer said.The company said “at no time did SCE hide the differences from the NRC, nor did it seek to mislead the NRC.”It’s not clear is what, if any, design changes were made after Nunn’s 2004 letter.The 2005 letter, released by Edison and also written by Nunn to Mitsubishi, warned about dry steam that could damage tubes and the potential for wear in an area where the tubes make a U-shaped turn.The “industry’s experience with tube wear in the U-bend region of the large steam generators is not encouraging,” Nunn wrote. “This is of a great concern to Edison, because our steam generators are one of the largest in the Industry.”It’s not clear is what, if any, design changes were made after Nunn’s letters. Excessively dry steam in the generators and damage around the U-bend tube area both factored in damage at San Onofre, investigators found.Boxer also raised questions about transparency at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is considering Edison’s restart plan.She said her office asked the agency months ago for copies of correspondence between Edison and Mitsubishi, but never received the 2004 and 2005 letters. She did not say how her office obtained them.She also said she was alarmed by equivocal statements from the NRC about whether it will conclude ongoing investigations at San Onofre before a restart decision.The NRC has previously disclosed that its Office of Investigations and Office of the Inspector General are conducting probes into “allegations of wilful wrongdoing,” but provided no details.“I don’t appreciate the way this has been handled,” she said.NRC spokesman Eliot Brenner declined comment.Gradual wear is common in steam generator tubing, but the rate of erosion at San Onofre alarmed officials since the equipment is relatively new. Federal investigators last year concluded that a botched computer analysis resulted in design flaws that were largely to blame for the unusual tube wear.Nunn said in 2004 that designing supports for the tubes would be tricky since larger generators appear more susceptible to tube wear, and added that he was “concerned that there is the potential that design flaws could be inadvertently introduced into the steam generator design that will lead to unacceptable consequences,” including tube damage.“This would be a disastrous outcome for both of us,” he said.Costs for the long-running shutdown have topped $553 million.Last month, SCE’s parent, Edison International, raised the possibility of retiring the plant if it can’t get one reactor running later this year.___Follow Michael R. Blood at by Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2013 11:22 am MDT read more

Brodeur Washington help Penn roll past Delaware State 7648

DOVER, Del. — AJ Brodeur had 10 points, matched a career-high with 13 rebounds and added a season-best five assists to help lead Pennsylvania to a 76-48 victory over Delaware State on Tuesday night.It was a consecutive double-double and third of the season for Brodeur. Freshman Bryce Washington had career highs of 16 points and eight rebounds for Penn (6-2).The Quakers have won two straight since double-digit losses to then-No. 12 Kansas State and Oregon State in the Paradise Jam tournament. Penn made 13 3-point shots and has 28 in the last two games. Jackson Donahue, who finished with nine points, and Washington made three apiece from long range.Johquin Wiley scored 19 points to lead Delaware State (1-6).The Quakers had a double-digit lead with about seven minutes left in the first half and built a 41-27 halftime advantage. Penn opened the second half on a 15-2 run to stretch the lead to 56-29 with 13:28 remaining.The Associated Press read more

Mens basketball Ohio State hires Chris Holtmann as head coach

Butler head coach Chris Holtmann directs his team during the first half against Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Virginia advanced, 77-69. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State announced it has hired Butler head coach Chris Holtmann to replace Thad Matta, who was fired Monday. Holtmann, the 14th head coach in OSU history, has agreed to an eight-year contract worth about $3 million annually, according to the press release.The initial report of Holtmann’s hire was first reported by Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch.“Chris is focused on academics, is a high-integrity person, a relentless recruiter with Midwestern ties and a proven winner,” said Athletics Director Gene Smith in the press release. Smith spoke about the importance of recruiting the Midwest at Monday’s press conference announcing Matta’s firing.Holtmann, who agreed to an extension with Butler through the 2024-25 season, spent the past three seasons at the helm of Butler. Last season, the Bulldogs finished 25-9 – Butler’s best record since 2012-13 – and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010-11 season, losing to eventual-national champion North Carolina.Butler finished with over 20 wins and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in Holtmann’s first and second years as head coach.He was originally hired by the Bulldogs as an assistant coach in 2013, and spent a season in the position. In October 2014, he was named interim head coach when Brandon Miller took a medical leave of absence. Butler went 10-4 before the interim tag was removed on Jan. 2, 2015.The 45-year-old began his head coaching career at Gardner-Webb in 2010. His first two years in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, his team finished 11-21 and 12-20. But in his third and final year, the Runnin’ Bulldogs improved, achieving a 21-13 record and earning Holtmann a job offer as an assistant coach from Butler.Prior to being a head coach at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Geneva (1998-1999), Taylor (1999-2003), Gardner-Webb (2003-2008) and Ohio (2008-2010). He was an assistant under former OSU assistant John Groce at Ohio.He has experience recruiting in the Buckeye State, as Butler reeled in commitments from Ohioans in each of its past three recruiting classes. His 2017 recruiting class is the No. 34 ranked class in the nation, according to 247Sports, and features 6-foot-6 small forward Kyle Young, a four-star prospect from Massillon, Ohio.In six years as a head coach, Holtmann owns an overall record of 114-85 and has reached the NCAA Tournament appearances on three occasions.Matta, who also coached at Butler, won 337 games at OSU, the most in program history. He presided over a program that reached the Final Four twice and reached the NCAA Tournament on nine occasions. Matta’s OSU teams won five Big Ten championships and won the conference tournament four times in his 13 seasons. read more

Ohio State mens hockey completes sweep over No 14 Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan came into its game against the Ohio State men’s hockey team Saturday night ranked No. 14 in the country, but for the second-straight game, it was the Buckeyes who played like a team worthy of national recognition. OSU won 4-1 and completed a two-game sweep of the Wildcats after defeating Northern Michigan by the same score Friday afternoon. Four players scored for OSU in the Saturday contest and senior goalie Cal Heeter had 18 saves to help the team to a series sweep. The unranked Buckeyes are now unbeaten in their last seven games, and are riding a five-game winning streak during which they have outscored their opponents 20-2. “Ohio State is a good hockey team. I don’t know if people know how good they are. They were owning the game,” Northern Michigan coach Walt Kyle said. The Buckeyes owned Saturday’s game from the start. Senior forward Danny Dries put OSU on the board with a goal at 10:54 in the first period. Dries received a pass from senior defenseman Sean Duddy just inside the blue line and fired the puck past Wildcats’ goalie Reid Ellingson. Freshman forward Nick Oddo scored at 9:08 in the second period, and OSU led 2-0 after 40 minutes. The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 31-8 through two stanzas, including a 17-2 advantage in the middle period. Northern Michigan cut OSU’s lead to one with a goal at 3:12 in the third period. The Buckeyes went on the power play less than a minute after the goal, and took advantage with a goal from sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig at 4:14. OSU was on the power play four times during the game, while the Wildcats only held a player advantage twice. “At the beginning of the year, we were spending too much time in the box,” Dries said. “We have done a much better job of staying out of the box, especially over the last two weekends.” Oddo found sophomore forward Alex Lippincott in front of the Wildcats goal, who backhanded the puck into the net, giving OSU a 4-1 lead with just more than 12 minutes remaining in the game. The Buckeyes responded to Northern Michigan’s lone goal with two of their own in a span of 3:54, putting the game far from in reach for the Wildcats, preserving a win and series sweep. “When the other team scores, you are going to start second guessing yourselves, but I do not think they did that,” OSU head coach Mark Osiecki said. “It is probably a good thing Northern scored and put us in that position. It let us see how our guys would handle it.” The win puts OSU in a tie for first place atop the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings with Notre Dame and Lake Superior. The Buckeyes are now 8-3-1 on the year, 5-2-1-1 in conference play. “We are taking things day-to-day, and we are not looking at the rankings yet. We are trying to go one day at a time,” Gedig said. Northern Michigan drops to 4-5-3, 1-4-3-2 in the CCHA with the loss. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan in a two-game series starting on Friday. read more

Teenage son of British oil executive killed in Corfu speedboat tragedy

The teenage son of a British oil executive has died after colliding with the propeller of a speed boat piloted by his father during a family holiday in Greece.Toby Finnett, 15, was killed off the island of Paxos, south of Corfu, on Saturday when he fell into the water as his father Paul Finnett, 55, was steering the vessel.Mr Finnett dived into the water to recover his son, who had become caught up in the boat’s propeller, and headed to the nearest port, but the teenager was pronounced dead at a local hospital.The incident happened over the weekend after the family encountered choppy waters on a family day trip.It is thought that strong currents off Paxos also contributed to the incident, and caused the teenager to become caught in the rigid inflatable boat’s propeller.“Doctors and coast guard sped to the site of the accident quickly but when they arrived there they saw the young boy severely cut up by the propeller. He died instantly. There was no chance of rescuing him,“ a local Coast Guard official told The Times. The accident happened about half a mile from the port of Gaois, where Mr Finnett, a managing director at Aon, and his family had been on holiday. The Finnett family are understood to be currently living in Houston, where Mr Finnett works.A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Foreign Office staff are supporting the family of a British child following his death in Paxos, and are in contact with the Greek police about the incident.”It will likely draw parallels with the death of Sky TV executive Nick Milligan, 51, and his daughter Emily, 8, in a speedboat accident in the Camel Estuary, Cornwall.The accident happened as the family were returning the boat to its mooring on a sunny May Day Bank Holiday in 2013, following an afternoon excursion.The accident occurred after, Mr Milligan removed the kill cord – the safety feature designed to cut the throttle in an emergency- from his ankle to go to the toilet. Mr Finnett, from Littlehampton, West Sussex, is thought to have been an experienced sailor and had rented the speed boat for a day excursion to the nearby island of Mogonissi with his three sons – 17, 14 and 15.He was initially arrested by Greek police and made a statement in front of a magistrate on the island, but was released by police after investigators determined that poor weather was the most likely cause of the incident, the newspaper reported on Tuesday evening.“The father was initially arrested on suspicion of driving negligently,” a Greek official said, “but he was released after an investigation determined that the accident was most likely caused by bad weather conditions.“He [the young boy] must have slipped off the vessel during the choppy ride.“At the time of the incident a red alert had reportedly been issued by authorities against travelling between Paxos and the nearby island of Corfu due to poor weather. Paxos is the smallest of the Ionian islands and a popular holiday destinationCredit:iStockphoto We are devastated and we express our condolences to the family of the victimSpiros Vlahopoulos, mayor of Paxos Paxos is the smallest of the Ionian islands and a popular holiday destination The tragedy has shocked Paxos, the smallest of the Ionian islands and favorite holiday destination for British tourists.“We are devastated and we express our condolences to the family of the victim,” Spiros Vlahopoulos, the mayor, said. “We are providing everything we can to assist them in their trying time.” 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. read more

World Leaders to focus on refugee crisis and Syria at UN

first_imgUNITED NATIONS — World leaders meeting at the United Nations starting Monday will be trying to make progress on two intractable problems at the top of the global agenda — the biggest refugee crisis since World War II and the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year which has claimed over 300,000 lives.Against a backdrop of rising ethnic and religious tension, fighting elsewhere in the Mideast and Africa, extremist attacks across the world and a warming planet, there are plenty of other issues for the 135 heads of state and government and more than 50 ministers expected to attend to try to tackle.“It’s no secret there’s a lot of fear out there,” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told reporters Thursday, citing the uncertainties sparked by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the threat posed by the Islamic State extremist group, and attacks in many parts of the world by IS and other terrorist groups.But Syria, where a tense cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington went into effect last Monday, remains at the top of the agenda at the U.N. General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting. An apparently errant airstrike on Saturday in which the U.S. military may have unintentionally struck Syrian troops while carrying out a raid against the Islamic State group could deal a crushing blow to the U.S.-Russian-brokered cease-fire. The cease-fire, which does not apply to attacks on IS, has largely held for five days despite dozens of alleged violations on both sides.The U.N. Security Council scheduled a closed emergency meeting Saturday night at Russia’s request to discuss the airstrike.The Security Council earlier had scheduled a ministerial meeting on Syria for Wednesday. Russia was pushing for a resolution to endorse the cessation of hostilities and look ahead, but the U.S. refused to make public details of the cease-fire deal citing “operational security.” Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin called the U.S. uncooperative and said most likely “we’re not going to have a resolution.”last_img read more

Wenger on next job My target is to play in Europe

first_imgOutgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will not be retiring at the end of the season and is hopeful of taking charge of another big European sideLast week the veteran coach announced that he will be stepping down from his role at Arsenal at the end of the season after another lacklustre season for the Gunners.But Wenger has now hinted that he may be back in European football sooner than what people had imagined ahead of what was supposedly his final matches in a competitive European tournament.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I hope these are not my last European cup games – my target is to play in Europe again.” The 68-year-old told The Telegraph (via Sportsmole).“I’ve had no break for 35 years. You can look around, and that doesn’t exist. I don’t know now how addicted I am. I am like a guy who plays Russian roulette every week and suddenly has no gun. I will see how much I miss that gun.“You live always in extreme situations. When I started at 33, I thought I would never survive in this job, but you learn to dominate your emotions. You are never sure if you do the right thing. It will be surreal when I don’t work. At the moment I work.”last_img read more

Climate scientists worry NOAA cuts will hinder Alaska weather forecasting

first_imgNOAA operates satellites like this that are part of the Joint Polar Satellite System. JPSS, a collaborative program between NOAA and NASA, is the latest generation of U.S. polar-orbiting, non-geosynchronous environmental satellites. (NOAA graphic)Scientists who study Arctic climate say their research will suffer if the Trump administration goes ahead with big budget cuts reportedly under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And they say the proposed cuts also would hinder meteorologists’ ability to forecast weather in Alaska and worldwide.Listen nowPresident Trump has made it clear he has doubts about climate change. And he’s declared he’ll reduce non-defense-related federal spending. So recent reports about big cuts under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, have generated a lot of anxiety among scientists who depend on the agency’s satellites to study Arctic climate.“We are quite concerned about the possibility of losing an eye in the sky,” Mark Serreze said. Serreze is a senior research scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center. He said cuts like those reported last week in the Washington Post would cripple NOAA satellite climate-monitoring programs that provide information to the Colorado-based snow and ice data center and many other research agencies.“Certainly, if there were steep budget cuts, then we and many others would really be hurting,” Serreze said.More importantly, Serreze said the cuts reportedly under consideration would hamper research essential to meteorologists – especially those who predict weather in Alaska, and offshore.Data from satellites and other sensors help the National Snow and Ice Data Center and other research organizations and agencies to monitor Arctic sea ice cover and other phenomena. The data is used by researchers, weather forecasters, private industry and others.(NSIDC graphic)“A lot of other people depend on this information,” Serreze said. “For example, if you want good weather models, good numerical weather prediction, you need to know what the sea-ice cover is doing, where that sea ice is.”Zack Labe, a doctoral student with the University of California-Irvine’s Department of Earth System Science, studies sea ice to among other things determine whether it influences weather in the middle latitudes.“Budget cuts to the satellite network would not only affect climate monitoring but would also affect weather monitoring,” Labe said. The satellites are essential for researchers and weather forecasters here and worldwide, he added.“There in Alaska, there are a lot of locations that don’t have radar observations and Doppler radar for weather,” Labe said. “Meteorologists in Alaska rely on the satellite network to provide weather forecasts.”But Labe and Serreze, and other researchers who spoke on background for this story, all say it’s too soon worry about budget reductions, because the administration hasn’t completed its proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The Post story said NOAA’s overall budget would be cut by 17 percent, and that the agency’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research by 26 percent, and that that office’s satellite data division would be reduced 22 percent.A Commerce Department spokesman declined Thursday to confirm the numbers or to comment on NOAA’s budget. NOAA is part of the Commerce Department.Serreze said he thinks Congress wouldn’t allow those kinds of cuts.“I strongly feel that what comes out of Congress is going to be quite different than what is proposed,” he said.That’s basically how Alaska’s senior senator sees it.Labe, a prolific tweeter of climate data, worries that budget cuts to NOAA’s satellite programs would aggravate the problem of gaps in data that may occur as older satellite systems are phased out before they’re replaced by new systems.(Twitter screenshot)“Those deep reductions would have a negative impact on not only our nation but specifically Alaska,” Karina Petersen said. She’s a spokeswoman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “We rely on timely, accurate environmental monitoring and other services from NOAA that help to secure our communities and boost our economy.”Petersen said Murkowski agrees the federal budget need to be trimmed, but that she disagrees with these purported cuts.“Senator Murkowski will absolutely advocate for these programs within NOAA’s budget, that are key and important to Alaska,” Petersen said.Congressman Don Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow said the numbers cited in the Post story and elsewhere are not official. He said once the president sends a proposed budget to the Congress, Young will go over it and oppose cuts he believes are harmful to Alaska.“There’s been Alaska-specific programs that have fallen under attack in prior years, and the Congressman is very good at going to the floor and defending those interests,” Shuckerow said.The president is expected to send a budget to Congress later in the spring.last_img read more

Sunwing offers its Lowest Prices of the Year with vacations from 995

first_imgTags: Mexico, Promotions, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >> Sunwing offers its Lowest Prices of the Year with vacations from $995 Travelweek Group Monday, April 8, 2019 center_img TORONTO — Sunwing’s Lowest Prices of the Year promotion runs until April 12 with lead-in rates from $995 for all-inclusive packages to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.Among the featured resorts, Viva Wyndham Maya in Riviera Maya features colonial-style accommodations with options for connecting rooms that are ideal for larger families travelling together.Viva Wyndham Maya is also located near lively Playa del Carmen where guests can soak in the local culture.Another family-friendly resort is Caribe Club Princess Resort and Spa in Punta Cana. Nestled on the white-sand shores of the world-famous Bavaro Beach, the resort provides free water and land sports as well as programs for kids and teens.Another option, the Royal Decameron Club Caribbean in Jamaica’s Runaway Bay, offers cottage-style accommodations with views of the garden, courtyard or ocean. Posted by Sharelast_img read more

Hong Kong hits the mark

first_imgSource = Hong Kong Tourism Board Hong Kong hits the markHong Kong hits the mark with Aussie Travellers in 2018The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced the full-year visitor arrival figures from January to December 2018, with overall overnight arrivals hitting 29.26 million, up 4.9 percent from the same period in 2017.Overnight visitors from Australia increased by 2.4 percent, with 443,000 Aussies choosing Hong Kong as their holiday destination in 2018.The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Regional Director – Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Andrew Clark said that HKTB attributes this increase to the growth in air capacity and competitive prices, following the debut of Virgin Australia’s Sydney to Hong Kong route in July, combined with the implementation of the tourism board’s neighbourhood and great outdoor campaigns.“The addition of Virgin’s new route has no-doubt meant that consumers have benefited from very competitive flight prices to Hong Kong across all airline carriers. This has resulted in some of the lowest prices we have ever seen to-date. Who could refuse a full-service flight for less than A$500 return?” said Mr Clark.“From our market research we have also found that 58 percent of Aussie visitors to Hong Kong are repeaters, so they are looking to peel back a few more layers of the destination and we believe that our neighbourhood; great outdoors; and wine and dine campaigns has provided this insight and thus inspired them to return once again. We look forward to building on this further in 2019,” he said.Total visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in 2018 neared 65.15 million, an increase of 11.4. percent year on year.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Icebergs Dining Room at

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIcebergs Dining Room at Bondi Beach was the perfect setting for a small media lunch on Wednesday 24 July with representatives from COMO Hotels and Resorts: Henry Scott, GM at COMO Uma Canggu in Bali; Josefine Norrman, Cluster Sales Manager – Maldives; Roselina Irmawati, Cluster Sales Manager – Bali; Katherine Gordon, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing – COMO Metropolitan London and COMO The Halkin; Gabi Vincent, Director of Sales at COMO The Treasury, Perth; and Orawan Chiraporn Director of Sales – Thailand and Bhutan cluster.While enjoying antipasti, Iceberg’s signature 150-day grain-fed Angus rib-eye and twice-cooked corn-fed chicken, guests heard about COMO’s latest addition in Tuscany, COMO Castello Del Nero, and the partnership with Singapore Airlines that is due to take off in September 2019. The agreement sees COMO Shambhala’s award-winning ‘wellness cuisine’ introduced on select flights departing Singapore, offering passengers nutritious, delicious meals in the air.COMO Castello del Nero, TuscanyCOMO The Treasury in Perth says it is an exciting time to be in the Western Australian capital. The city is brimming with new developments and is gaining popularity as a stopover destination with the launch of direct flights to London and (soon) Tokyo. Guests of COMO The Treasury are encouraged to see more of Western Australia with day trips out to destinations such as Margaret River; the wine region is one hour from Perth by seaplane.COMO The Treasury, PerthIn Bali, COMO Uma Ubud has introduced a spacious family suite to cater for multigenerational travellers, while COMO Uma Canggu is preparing for an 8-day surf and wellness retreat in November, hosted by Australian pro-surfer, Sally Fitzgibbons. The experience includes a 4-night stay at COMO Uma Canggu for surfing classes and wellness and a 3-night sojourn at COMO Shambhala Estate for therapeutic massages, yoga, Pilates, pranayama and high-intensity outdoors activities such as a mountain biking tours and sunrise ascents of Mount Batur.COMO Uma Canggu, BaliCOMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha in Bhutan are an adventurer’s delight, with some 75% of the country covered by jungle, while COMO Cocoa Island and COMO Maalifushi are consistently rated among the Maldives finest island resorts.Lead image: COMO Castello del Nero, TuscanyCOMO Uma Paro, BhutanCOMO Cocoa Island, MaldivesGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

February 9 2018In the first seminar week of every

first_imgFebruary 9, 2018In the first seminar week of every Arcosanti Workshop, we offer a Work Opportunity where participants get to dive into a project with the Construction Team. These brief opportunities allow “Workshoppers” to dive in and get their hands dirty with some serious hard work. February’s Workshop did just that this week by helping the Construction team with the Visitor Parking Fence.Workshop participants here are helping piece together the wooden form work that will hold the wet concrete in place.With guidance from David, Workshop participants Kevin and Bryce remove wooden forms from concrete previously poured to move it in place for the next section of the fence.After all the wooden forms were in place, the team was finished with their first work opportunity. The following Monday, they joined construction again to pour concrete into the forms they built. Stay posted for an Arconews post about their concrete pour.(Pictures by Sue Kirsch, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more