Infant girl dies as man gags her after rape bid

first_imgWarangal (T’gana): A nine-month-old girl died after a man apparently gagged her following an alleged rape bid here on Wednesday, police said.The accused, aged around 28, took the baby in the wee hours while she was asleep alongside her parents on the terrace of their house and sexually assaulted her, a senior police officer said. The man, who stays in the same neighbourhood as that of the victim, seems to have gagged her when she started crying, resulting in her death, the officer said. In the meanwhile, the parents of the girl informed the police that their daughter was missing. The police traced the accused, a labourer, and found the baby with him. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was declared “brought dead”, the officer said. A case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder) and the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against the accused, who was taken into custody and was being questioned, a police official involved in the investigation said. The body of the victim was shifted to a state-run hospital and the exact cause of her death and whether she was sexually assaulted or not would be known after an autopsy, he added.last_img read more

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Katy to perform in Mumbai on November 16

first_imgMumbai: Grammy-nominated singer Katy Perry is set to return to India, this time to headline the a music festival in her first-ever performance in Mumbai on November 16. “I am so happy to be returning to India and excited to headline my first-ever performance in Mumbai. I am looking forward to seeing and singing with all of my Indian KatyCats at the festival,” said Katy, who had married comedian-actor Russell Brand in Rajasthan in 2010. The couple later parted ways. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaSpeaking about her performance, one of the organisers said, “We are super excited that Katy Perry will be starring in our Music Festival in India. We decided to host this festival to share our passion for music with our community, which is at the heart of everything we do. With Katy on board, this is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience.” Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia, added: “Katy is a not only a massive global pop superstar with a big Indian fan base, but is someone who has been relevant for some time now, starting with ‘Teenage dream’ to ‘Prism’ and ‘Witness’, and now her newest singles ‘Never really over’ and ‘Small talk’. “Her songs have been legends for her Indian fans and they can’t wait to see her perform in Mumbai.” According to a source, singer Dua Lipa will also be performing at the event on November 16.last_img read more

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Tina Fey Participates In Jumpstarts Annual Scribbles To Novels Event‏

first_imgOn April 17, Jumpstart – a national early education organization – brought New York Times best-­selling author, acclaimed actress and producer Tina Fey (Bossypants) and Cindi Leive, editor-­in-­chief, Glamour magazine to its 8th annual Scribbles to Novels event at Cipriani Wall Street.Tina Fey and Cindi LeiveCredit/Copyright: Via Duffy & ShanleyThe event spotlighted the work of these luminaries while bringing attention to Jumpstart’s mission of working towards the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.In addition to Ms. Fey and Ms. Leive, The Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey joined Jumpstart at the event. Just six months ago, Jumpstart launched its program in Newark and now 43 Corps members from Montclair State University are serving 105 children at the Early Childhood South School.“Jumpstart helps young children develop the essential skills they need to be ready for kindergarten and a bright academic future. We know that children from economically disadvantaged communities tend to fall behind and stay behind their more affluent peers,” said Sharon Reilly, executive director of Jumpstart in the Tri-state area. “Jumpstart is an organization that helps close this achievement gap before it starts. We are deeply thankful to Tina Fey, Cindi Leive and Cory Booker for their help in celebrating Jumpstart’s 20th anniversary and for building much-­needed awareness to this urgent issue.”Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels brought together an audience of 600 supporters and raised more than $1 million in support of Jumpstart’s program in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.last_img read more

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Morocco, EU Sign Agreement to Set up Program of Training on…

Rabat – Mohamed Boussaid, Economy Minister, Khalid Berjaoui, Minister Delegate for National Education and Vocational Training and Miguel Arias Canete, EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action  signed, on Monday in Rabat, an agreement to finance the program of the Institutes of Training on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Jobs (IFMEREE).Worth MAD 284 million, of which over of MAD 109 million  is funded by Europe, this program seeks to build infrastructure that will host three vocational training institutes located in Oujda, Tangiers and Ouarzazate. It also lays provisions for offering technical equipment and assistance to elaborate programs, and train supervisors.“Part of the implementation of the partnership agreement signed on May 31, 2011, under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI, between the State and professionals in the sector of renewable energy and energy efficiency, these institutes are tasked with training operators, technicians and intermediary executives on jobs related to renewable energy and energy efficiency”, said Bousaid in a speech on the occasion. He added that these institutes will enhance coherence between active donors involved in the energy sector, through coordination between the EU, the French Development agency (AFD) and German Cooperation (GIZ).Upon completion, the program will help create a network of training centers which are modern and flexible with a capacity of 1,000 interns yearly. The program will also provide quality training in six branches: windmill exploitation and maintenance, solar thermal and photovoltaic equipment, thermodynamic solar power, energy efficiency and biogas deposit.This program is in support of the new Moroccan vocational training strategy by the year 2021 which is aimed at maximizing professional integration by improving the quality of training and enterprise competitiveness. read more

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Three Turkish Soldiers Killed in Syria by Airstrike

Rabat – Turkey’s military said three of its soldiers were killed early Thursday in Syria in a deadly airstrike.The strike also wounded 10 Turkish soldiers, the general staff in Ankara said in a statement.The alleged airstrike comes as Syrian rebels backed by Turkish forces expanded their control in northern Syria to a 700-square-mile area and advanced on the town of al-Bab, which sits just 25 miles east of Aleppo. Turkey launched its military offensive inside Syria on Aug. 24, seeking to oust Islamic State from a 60-mile stretch of its border days after blaming the extremist group for a deadly bombing in the border city of Gaziantep. read more

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Lyft reveals financial details ahead of its IPO

NEW YORK — Ride-hailing giant Lyft is releasing financial details about the company in a federal filing before it begins selling its stock to the public.The company said its revenue grew from $343.3 million in 2016 to $1.1 billion in 2017 and $2.2 billion in 2018, representing year-over-year growth rates of 209 per cent and 103 per cent respectively.Lyft has been in a race with competitor Uber to be first to offer its stock to the public. Uber is expected to file its own initial public offering later this year.Together, the two could raise billions of dollars to fuel their expansions and offer the first chance to buy into the ride-hailing phenomenon.Lyft, which operates in the U.S. and Canada, was valued at just over $15 billion last year.The Associated Press read more

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Darfur peace process reaches critical juncture Security Council warned

Ibrahim Gambari, the head of the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (known as UNAMID), told an open Council debate that there were encouraging signs pointing towards a possible deal to end a conflict that has raged for seven years. “Civil society is now more involved in peace talks than ever, the Government of Sudan is demonstrating renewed commitment to negotiations, and the leaders of most armed opposition movements are either participating in or are expressing an interest in participating in the talks,” he said. The latest round of peace talks wrapped up earlier this month in Doha, Qatar, where the Government has been mediating discussions between Khartoum and the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM). Mr. Gambari said today that UNAMID has also begun a process of internal political dialogue within Darfur that aims to give civil society a greater voice in the peace process. “The purpose of the dialogue will be to focus in detail on issues that affect a wide cross-section of Darfurians, and in particular on those issues that are the root causes of the Darfur conflict, including political and economic marginalization, land, justice and reconciliation. “In this way, the dialogue will both inform and ensure Darfurian ‘buy in’ on the final contents of the peace agreements to be signed between the Government and armed movements.” But Mr. Gambari, who is also the Joint Special Representative of the UN and AU in Darfur, warned that the overall security situation continues to deteriorate in the remote and arid region on Sudan’s western flank. Government forces have clashed with members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), dislodging the rebel group from several of its traditional strongholds and disrupting its main supply routes. JEM withdrew from the Doha talks as the fighting resumed and is yet to re-engage, Mr. Gambari noted, adding that the Abdul Wahid faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) also attacked Government forces recently, leading to civilian casualties. Inter-communal fighting between the Misseriya and Nawaiba communities, two semi-nomadic Arab tribes, also spiked in May and June before a peace agreement was reached at the end of last month. More than 250 people were killed in those clashes in those two months alone. “It is fortunate that this agreement is largely holding and fighting between the groups has largely ceased,” the Joint Special Representative said. Given these developments, and an increase in attacks against humanitarian personnel, which has hampered the delivery of aid to people in need, “the Darfur peace process is at a critical juncture,” he warned. In line with the Secretary-General’s most recent report on the work of UNAMID, the Security Council is being asked to extend the mandate of the mission, which begun operations in Darfur at the start of 2008. Meanwhile, a UNAMID helicopter was today used to pick up and transport to safety two German aid workers who have been released after 35 days in captivity in the north of the region. The mission said both workers appear to be in good health. 27 July 2010The peace process in Darfur has reached a critical point, with the security situation deteriorating just as prospects for a negotiated settlement have slightly improved, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council as he urged all parties to the conflict to step up their efforts to reach a deal. read more

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Helping hands needed for Reading Week

Students looking to take a break from their books during fall Reading Week are being encouraged to spend time giving back to the community.Brock’s Alternative Reading Week — Local program, held during the week of Oct. 8 to 13, channels the spirit of the University’s spring Reading Week service trips abroad while offering assistance to local organizations.Along with students, faculty and staff from the University are also invited to participate.Volunteers will head to one of three local sites to volunteer their time. They will visit residents of Loyalist Retirement Residence in St. Catharines on Wednesday, Oct. 10; paint rooms at Christian Horizons group home in Port Colborne on Thursday, Oct. 11; and help with the Pumpkinville 2018 event at Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm in St. Catharines on Saturday, Oct. 13.Megan Brown, Brock’s Community Engagement Co-ordinator, says students have the chance to discover opportunities for outreach in the region that they may not have heard about before.“Brock is an important part of the community,” she said. “By volunteering during your time off, it’s a great way to give back and learn something new while also promoting longer-term connections with various organizations around Niagara.”Brown said the Reading Week program also allows students to take in some of the colours of the fall season in parts of Niagara they might not normally visit.To sign up or learn more about Alternative Reading Week — Local, visit the ExperienceBU website. read more

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Mummys little lifesaver The brave girl 4 who called 999 when her

first_imgSuzie calmly explained that “Mummy’s got her eyes closed” and that she could not talkCredit:Northumbria Police After Mrs McCash is able to say the word allergy down the phone, Mr Hall asks Suzie to keep talking to her mother until help arrives.Mrs McCash was taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital where she stayed overnight before being released the following day. Four-year-old Suzie McCash with her Commendation for BraveryCredit:Northumbria Police Suzie calmly explained that "Mummy's got her eyes closed" and that she could not talk Superintendent Nicola Musgrove said: “Suzie’s mum stopped breathing altogether but paramedics were able to stabilise her. Had it not been for the quick actions of Suzie she would undoubtedly have died.”She rang 999, knocked on a neighbour’s door and opened the front door for the police officers and paramedics. She is a very brave little girl.” Suzie was presented with a commendation for bravery from Northumbria Police at force headquarters.During the call, Suzie, who wants to be a paramedic when she grows up, answers questions from call handler Adam Hall explaining what has happened. Suzie with her mum Rowena McCash and father William Credit:Claire McKie/ncjMedia Ltd Suzie McCash, 4, receives VIP treatment as she collects her Police Commendationcenter_img Four-year-old Suzie McCash with her Commendation for Bravery They say the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree – and that is certainly true for young Suzie McCash.When her mother – a doctor  collapsed from an allergic reaction the brave four-year-old acted quickly and helped save her life by calling 999. Suzie, from Tynemouth, North Tyneside, stayed calm and rang police to explain that “Mummy’s got her eyes closed” and that she could not talk.This led paramedics to mother Rowena’s home after she had suffered a respiratory arrest in the hallway. Suzie with her mum Rowena McCash and father William  Suzie McCash, 4, receives VIP treatment as she collects her Police CommendationCredit:ncjMedia Ltd 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.last_img read more

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Social media firms exploit children like drug barons head of NSPCC warns

Social media companies are acting like drug barons in the way they exploit children without ensuring their safety online, the chief executive of the NSPCC, Britain’s leading child protection charity has warned.In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph to open the NSPCC’s annual conference on child safety online, Peter Wanless said he was “fed up” of sitting down with firms like Facebook, Google and YouTube trying to persuade them to take effective action to protect children.For years, he said the NSPCC has campaigned for the social networking companies to design safety into their businesses such as simple technical blocks to prevent sexual predators finding children’s location, sending out mass friends requests to entrap them or invading their privacy.Yet, said Mr Wanless, it remained a “wild west web” where, according to NSPCC’s annual report ‘How safe are our children?’ to be published on Wednesday, a quarter (23.6 per cent) of children aged 11 to 16 have been contacted by an unknown adult, one in six (15.5 per cent) have been asked to supply a sexual image or message and more than 3,000 online child grooming cases have been recorded in just a year.He recalled talking privately to the NSPCC’s council last year where he contrasted how a duty of care was built into the offline world for children’s products and services – such as bans on chokeable objects, lead paint and sharp points – yet there was no equivalent duty of care in the online world. Peter Wanless in the NSPCC’s head officeCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  Now it was “all to play” for with the government in the form of Mr Hancock signalling the prospect of legislation.“The companies get it up to a point. They tell us child safety is important to them. We are not here to abuse children, they say, and look at the efforts we have taken over the last years to make things better. Look at these people we have employed to make things better,” he said.“But look at what young people are experiencing and what young people are telling us at the NSPCC and all the crimes that are being committed against children. It doesn’t add up when you look through the other end of the telescope.”Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media Peter Wanless By contrast, said Mr Wanless, you had in the offices, warehouses and bars of Shoreditch and Hoxton, the buzz of the next wave of internet entrepreneurs dreaming up new apps and web applications but without any regulatory duty of care.“All round here will be people thinking about how they hook people into something that will make money. They are not giving the first thought to children’s safety. Why would they as they are excited about new services,” he said.“But if they were aiming a product at young people that wasn’t on an online service, they would have all sorts of protections and regulations. I struggle with why some of these larger companies are not embracing minimum standards that protect children from crimes online.“I don’t know why one of them hasn’t taken the lead. It would be a brilliant decision because of the public impatience and appetite for a safer internet. But if they are not going to take advantage of that individually, let’s do it together.“The beauty of doing it together [with the government, other charities and the firms] is that we can then design the safety into the new and emerging sites. In economic terms, it is said these minimum standards are barriers of entry to new services but they feel fundamental to me.” Sitting in a fifth floor office at the NSPCC’s headquarters overlooking the trendy bars of Shoreditch and Hoxton in East London, he described how the location epitomised the battle lines between the “wild west web” and the young victims of internet predators.On the one hand you had Gemma Ward, a 17-year-old who Mr Wanless has helped at the NSPCC and who waived her right to anonymity to provide lessons for others in her experience of being groomed online aged 15.Paedophile Michael Wood, 34, messaged her through Twitter then used “emotional blackmail”, promised Coldplay tickets and begged for naked snaps before meeting and abusing her.“Gemma wrote an open letter to Matthew Hancock [the culture secretary] about the need for legislation. She wanted to help us raise awareness of being groomed online,” said Mr Wanless.“She is extraordinarily brave and determined and untypical of young people who have experienced this type of [crime]. For the majority, they are utterly ashamed, devastated and disappointed at their behaviour. Helping them to understand it is not their fault is quite a challenge.“Gemma is pretty special in the sense that she has got beyond that and is turning that experience into something she really wants to help others understand.” I struggle with why some of these larger companies are not embracing minimum standards that protect children from crimes onlinePeter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive Instead, he said: “Some of these social media companies deploy tactics that drug barons would be proud of. They are very sophisticated in hooking young people into being present on their sites and logged on with them.“This fear of missing out idea is a feature of a considerable number of anxiety-related calls that we get through Childline. There’s no doubt the number and nature of experiences with which they are seeking to hook young people can feel overwhelming to them.”He did not want statutory time limits for children as the web could benefit them educationally and socially but he believes in legally-enforced minimum standards to protect children from online abuse or crime and ensure they had a “healthy experience” on the internet.“It’s great that The Telegraph is promoting a national conversation [through its Duty of Care campaign] about all this,” he said. We all feel that everything in moderation is how life is healthy.“Yet, let’s not deny children their passions but let’s be absolutely confident that if they are online for one, three or six hours that they are not betraying their geographic location, not engaging with people that leaves them open to being groomed and potential criminal activity and even death.” In his speech to the NSPCC conference on Wednesday, which the culture secretary will also address, Mr Wanless will outline his vision for new laws including safe accounts for under 18s with high privacy settings, controls over who they connect with and clear, child-friendly rules and reporting buttons.In addition, he will say he wants the social media companies to come clean about how many safety reports and complaints they get and how they deal with them.In the past five years since he came to the NSPCC, there has been an explosion in online abuse. In 2013, there was just one person in its online safety team. Today there are 15.In the 10 years since clinical psychologist Tanya Byron, an NSPCC trustee, first proposed a voluntary code of minimum standards for social media and gaming firms, there have been 14 attempts at voluntary agreements to police the web – and none have been effective, said Mr Wanless. 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

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Met Police reveal Epsteins London links revisited but insist investigation not necessary

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was photographed aged 17 with Prince Andrew’s arm around her waist, claimed in 2015 that she had been recruited as a “sex slave” by Epstein and forced to have sex with the prince in London, New York and on Epstein’s private atoll in the US Virgin Islands.However despite possible information sharing between US and French authorities, the force confirmed this morning that it stands by its original decision and will not investigate his links to alleged crimes committed in the UK capital.Following the publication of the Duke of York’s personal statement, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We acknowledge the considerable interest and concern around this case and have revisited that decision making and believe it remains entirely appropriate. “Therefore no further action is being taken. The Met will always take seriously any allegation concerning sexual exploitation.” The Metropolitan Police has previously received an allegation of non-recent trafficking for sexual exploitation but had closed the matter after deciding that the case would not progress to a full investigation.  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.  Prince Andrew has said on August 18, 2019 he was “appalled” by allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jeffrey Epstein after a video was released purporting to show him at the home of the convicted paedophile in 2010.Credit:./AFP  David Greenwood, head of the Child Abuse department at Switalskis Solicitors, said. “If he has nothing to hide he should help the police in the UK and US with their inquiries.” The Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to comment on Prince Andrew’s statement about his relationship with Epstein, telling the BBC earlier today: “I don’t want to get into commentary about royal matters, it’s not my job”.The lack of commentary has prompted fresh calls from lawyers specialising in child abuse for Prince Andrew to assist in US authorities with their investigation.  Richard Scorer specialist abuse Lawyer at Slater & Gordon added: “I would urge Prince Andrew to provide full and speedy cooperation to the authorities and tell them everything he knows without any delay.” In his statement, the Duke of York, 59, said he met Epstein in 1999 and “saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year”, but acknowledges that he “stayed in a number of his residences”.Earlier this week, a video emerged of Prince Andrew inside the convicted paedophile’s New York mansion reportedly in December 2010.This was after Epstein had admitted prostitution charges relating to an underage girl in 2008. However he struck a The financier struck a plea deal and served an 18-month sting in prison. Detectives have revealed they have “revisited” the decision not to investigate Epstein’s London links but say their choice “remains entirely appropriate”.This comes following an unprecedented personal statement issued by Prince Andrew over the weekend regarding his relationship with the convicted paedophile saying he did not “see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction”.The Duke of York has been under increased scrutiny regarding his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier, after he committed suicide earlier this month while in US custody awaiting trial for alleged sex trafficking.After Buckingham Palace released a brief statement earlier this week, the Duke of York released his own comments, adding that he “would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour” linked to the allegations surrounding his friend.It was reported over the weekend that the prince could be summoned to Paris to assist French prosecutors in their investigation into sexual abuse and rape by Epstein. The businessman owned an apartment  – which featured photographs of naked women on the walls – in the French capital.   Prince Andrew has said on August 18, 2019 he was "appalled" by allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jeffrey Epstein after a video was released purporting to show him at the home of the convicted paedophile in 2010. read more

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Mercury emissions from coal reduced by over 90 with existing technology

first_imgAleks Tomczak, WCA Policy Manager, represented the World Coal Association (WCA) at the Third Mercury Forum in Warsaw, Poland. The Forum discussed the recently adopted Minamata Convention on Mercury. The conference brought together Ministry representatives, stakeholders involved in the Minamata Convention negotiations, the energy sector and academics. Tomczak says “it provided an excellent forum for both high-level and detailed discussions about the future of mercury legislation internationally and at the EU level.“Mercury emissions from coal can be reduced by over 90% with the use of existing technologies such as those addressing particulate matter, SOx and NOx emissions. Efficiency improvements at coal-fired power plants and the replacement of old inefficient plants with best available technology are also a great strategy for achieving comprehensive environmental and climate goals regarding coal-fired power generation.“WCA Members support an effective response to the challenge of mercury emissions and will continue working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), through membership in the Coal Combustion Partnership, to ensure that the goals of the Minamata Convention are achieved.”last_img read more

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Open thread Is it ok to use your phone during dinner

first_imgWE’VE REACHED A stage now where it’s tough to be away from our phones for any length of time without developing a mild form of separation anxiety.We’ve gone mad checking in to make sure everyone on the knows we’re having a great time, WhatsApping friends in Bondi Beach to tell them it’s raining, taking photos of anything that will hold still long enough, and smugly hashtagging that we #JjustSawBonoOnTheStreetAndImPrettySureHeGaveMeTheNod.It’s time to get up to speed on the current etiquette surrounding phones and mealtimes. When is it ok to have your phone in your paw or on the table? Is it ever okay?We’ve weighed up both sides; for and against…FORHow else will anyone know about the delicious food you’re eating? Or that you’ve been slaving over a hot oven? There might be genuine emergency and you really should answer your phone and rush to someone’s aid YouTube/IgnoramuskyMaybe you’re on a hideous date and need to be rescued asap Mmmm a goats cheese, marmalade and kumquat pie. Sounds delicious (Instagram)You might want to show your dinner companion(s) an hilarious cat video AGAINSTMaybe nobody wants to know about the delicious food you’re eating Pictures Of Hipsters Taking Pictures of Food If it’s just the two of you, maybe you shouldn’t have you face in your phone, tweeting about how you just saw a pigeon eating sick Tell us, do you use your phone at dinner, or have it out on the table in a bar?When is it acceptable to text or call when you’re among company? Where do you stand on the Facebooking, Tweeting and Instagramming?What’s on Nidge from Love/Hate’s iPod? Watch: Beaver documentary becomes horror film>Pajo, Fortycoats, Kevo… 13 things that should be on RTÉ’s new kids’ channel> Nobody wants to sit there listening while you have a conversation with A.N. Other about how your day wentlast_img read more

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Missing rafters found safe

first_imgOn 6/5/2010 at 8:25:25 PM Clark County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to assist in locating missing persons on the Lewis River. Members of a family had gotten into 2 inflatable rafts at Lewisville Park (on SR 503 north of Battle Ground) and had planned to float on the Lewis River to the Storedahl Pit access area. Family members in one raft reported last seeing 31 year old Heith Hammond and his two daughters (9 and 10 years of age) about 1/4 to 1/2 mile east of the Daybreak bridge. Heith’s raft was moving much slower so the other raft continued. After waiting at the agreed extraction point for nearly 3 hours, family members called 911 to report Heith and his daughters as missing. It was reported that the children were wearing personal floatation devices. Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to Daybreak Park and began coordinating search efforts. La Center Police Department, Portland Police Air Unit, the Regional Tactical Rescue Team (made up of Vancouver Fire and District 6 Fire), AMR, and about 20 ground searchers from Clark County Sheriff’s Office Civilian Search and Rescue Team, Clark County Search and Rescue Team, Silverstar Search and Rescue Team, and the Volcano Rescue Team, all responded to Clark County’s request for assistance. Many of the ground searchers had been involved in the all day search for the missing child in Multnomah County yet still responded to this call out. Two boats were deployed down the river, one from Daybreak to head downriver to the planned extraction point, and one from the original starting point at Lewisville Park to float down to the Daybreak boat ramp. The air unit flew the river looking with a FLIR, and ground units were deployed to the North and South side of the river to search East and West of the Daybreak bridge. At approximately 00:27 hours, members of one of the boat teams announced they had located the family members. They were cold and wet, but uninjured. The raft they were using (a two person vinyl inflatable raft) had been punctured and deflated. Because of the recent rains and fast moving water, the family could not move off the sandy shore they were stranded on. They had lost their shoes so rescuers had to transport them by raft back to the boat launch at Daybreak Park. Once they arrived they were checked by AMR, released, and reunited with family.last_img read more

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EU asks for UNSC referral on Rohingya issue to ICC

first_imgFatou Bensouda speaks at a session of ICC. Photo: Prothom AloThe United Nations Security Council should refer the atrocities committed against the Rohingyas by the Myanmar army to the International Criminal Court (ICC), said European Union on Wednesday.The EU made the demand at the ICC where 123 state parties gathered for their 17th assembly in The Hague.The state parties made their position on Myanmar clear on the very first (inaugural) day, even though the assembly is scheduled to continue for over a week, according to a press statement.“There was a forceful demand from the international community to address the atrocities committed against the Rohingyas from Rakhine state of Myanmar. The EU, on behalf of all 28 member states, went on to demand the UNSC’s referral to the ICC,” the note pointed out.A number of other state parties such as Austria, France, Sweden, and Liechtenstein expressed grave concerns over the crimes committed against Rohingyas.They encouraged the states concerned to cooperate with the ICC to ensure accountability of the perpetrators for the displacement of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh.More than 730,000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state in the wake of a brutal army crackdown in August 2017, the UN agencies observed. The Rohingyas are now living in crowded Bangladeshi refugee camps.“It may be noted that Myanmar, for the first time, made an application to the ICC requesting participation in the ICC assembly despite not being a signatory to the Rome statute. Myanmar’s presence is seen as an outcome of growing international pressure against Myanmar,” the statement added.International community is hopeful that the ICC investigation will eventually help bringing accountability and justice to the Rohingyas, it also added.The office of prosecutor of the ICC, releasing its annual report earlier in the day confirmed that the situation in Bangladesh and Myanmar has been “under preliminary examination” since 18 September 2018.last_img read more

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Mapping system shows dramatic changes in surface water over past 32 years

first_imgMap of the distribution and change in surface water over 32 years from over 3 million Landsat satellite images. The map shows the Paraná River in North-Eastern Argentina and shows how rivers meander and move, floodplains flood intermittently and new areas of permanent and seasonal water are being created and lost through time. Credit: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2016 More information: Jean-François Pekel et al. High-resolution mapping of global surface water and its long-term changes, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20584AbstractThe location and persistence of surface water (inland and coastal) is both affected by climate and human activity and affects climate, biological diversity4 and human wellbeing. Global data sets documenting surface water location and seasonality have been produced from inventories and national descriptions, statistical extrapolation of regional data and satellite imagery, but measuring long-term changes at high resolution remains a challenge. Here, using three million Landsat satellite images, we quantify changes in global surface water over the past 32 years at 30-metre resolution. We record the months and years when water was present, where occurrence changed and what form changes took in terms of seasonality and persistence. Between 1984 and 2015 permanent surface water has disappeared from an area of almost 90,000 square kilometres, roughly equivalent to that of Lake Superior, though new permanent bodies of surface water covering 184,000 square kilometres have formed elsewhere. All continental regions show a net increase in permanent water, except Oceania, which has a fractional (one per cent) net loss. Much of the increase is from reservoir filling, although climate change is also implicated. Loss is more geographically concentrated than gain. Over 70 per cent of global net permanent water loss occurred in the Middle East and Central Asia, linked to drought and human actions including river diversion or damming and unregulated withdrawal. Losses in Australia and the USA linked to long-term droughts are also evident. This globally consistent, validated data set shows that impacts of climate change and climate oscillations on surface water occurrence can be measured and that evidence can be gathered to show how surface water is altered by human activities. We anticipate that this freely available data will improve the modelling of surface forcing, provide evidence of state and change in wetland ecotones (the transition areas between biomes), and inform water-management decision-making. Map of the distribution and change in surface water over 32 years from over 3 million Landsat satellite images. This map shows an inlet in the south of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia and captures the spatial and temporal patterns in surface water. Dark blue colours are areas of permanent water and the pink colours show areas of where water occurs less often. Credit: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2016 Explore further The team reports that their mapping system also offers statistics such as the total amount of various types of water surface area across the globe, or parts of it, which can be used to identify trends such as decreasing water availability in areas where humans are pulling more water out of a system than nature can replace. It can also highlight potential trouble spots by noting, for example, certain details such as the fact that North America holds approximately 52 percent of all global surface water while hosting just five percent of the population. In order to better manage water resources, scientists need to gain a historical perspective on the water systems that cover the planet—from huge lakes to tiny streams. But up till now, there were no available high-resolution maps that show not only where such water systems currently exist but how they have changed in the recent past. To rectify that situation, the researchers collected satellite image data taken every month during the years 1984 to 2015—3,066,102 images in all. They pulled that data into an expert computer system that was tied to the Google Earth Engine. After configuring the system, the team produced a series of high-resolution (to 30 meters) maps. Users of the system can begin with a general overview of an area and then zoom in to study the finer details of a given water system—all while noting changes that have occurred over the recent past.The researchers report that they were able to see some startling changes, such as many water systems completely disappearing from areas in the Middle East. They were also able to pick out new water systems such as places where flooding had changed the course of a river or where dams had been built. The maps also revealed some of the changes that have already been wrought due to climate change—the expansion of lakes in the Tibetan Plateau, for example, that has come about due to increased snow melting on nearby mountains. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and Google Switzerland has combined historical data with modern mapping engines to produce high-resolution maps of the world’s surface water (which excludes oceans). In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they created the new maps and offer some examples of clear changes to surface water over the past several decades. Map of the distribution and change in surface water over 32 years from over 3 million Landsat satellite images. This map shows the upper stretches of the Yenisei River (Река Енисей) in Russia and captures the spatial and temporal patterns in surface water. Dark blue colours are areas of permanent water and the pink colours show areas of where water occurs less often. Credit: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2016 Map of the distribution and change in surface water over 32 years from over 3 million Landsat satellite images. This map shows Lake Gairdner National Park in Southern Australia and captures the spatial and temporal patterns in surface water. Credit: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2016 Citation: Mapping system shows dramatic changes in surface water over past 32 years (2016, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-surface-years.htmlcenter_img New look at how water surface area has changed over the past 30 years Map of the distribution and change in surface water over 32 years from over 3 million Landsat satellite images. This map shows Lake Gairdner National Park in Southern Australia and captures the spatial and temporal patterns in surface water. Credit: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2016 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Map of the distribution and change in surface water over 32 years from over 3 million Landsat satellite images. This map shows Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province, China and captures the spatial and temporal patterns in surface water. Dark blue colours are areas of permanent water and the pink colours show areas of where water occurs less often. Credit: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2016 Journal information: Nature © 2016 Phys.org Map of the distribution and change in surface water over 32 years from over 3 million Landsat satellite images. This map shows an inlet in the south of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia and captures the spatial and temporal patterns in surface water. Dark blue colours are areas of permanent water and the pink colours show areas of where water occurs less often. Credit: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2016 Map of the distribution and change in surface water over 32 years from over 3 million Landsat satellite images. This map shows the River Ob (Река Обь) in western Siberia, Russia and captures the spatial and temporal patterns in surface water. Dark blue colours are areas of permanent water and the lighter blue colours are areas of seasonal water. Green colours represent new areas of seasonal water and pink colours represent areas of lost seasonal water. Credit: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2016last_img read more

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Eating cheese may lower high blood pressure

first_imgConsuming sodium in the form of a dairy product, such as cheese, may protect against some of sodium’s effects on the cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure, researchers say.According to researchers, the protection comes from antioxidant properties of dairy proteins in cheese. The results suggest that when sodium is consumed in cheese it does not have the negative vascular effects that researchers observed with sodium from non-dairy sources. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“We found that when participants ate a lot of sodium in cheese, they had better blood vessel function – more blood flow – compared to when they ate an equal amount of sodium from non-dairy sources – in this case, pretzels and soy cheese,” said Anna Stanhewicz, post-doctoral fellow at the Pennsylvania State University. “The novel finding may have implications for dietary recommendations. Newer dietary recommendations suggest limiting sodium, but our data suggest that eating sodium in the form of a dairy product, such as cheese, may be protective,” added Lacy Alexander, Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania State University.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the researchers fed participants dairy cheese, pretzels or soy cheese on five separate occasions, three days apart.  They then compared the effects of each food on the cardiovascular system using a laser-Doppler, which shines a weak laser light onto the skin. The study revealed soy served as an additional control to match the fat, salt and protein content from a dietary source that is not dairy-based. Participants who had more nitric oxide-moderated dilation after eating dairy cheese.last_img read more

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Clean Up with Clean Tech

first_imgMay 21, 2010 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 6 min read Register Now » If clean technology is any indicator, things are definitely looking up. According to a recent report by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte, clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India totaled $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2010, up 83 percent from a year ago and 29 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009. That represents the strongest start to a year ever recorded by the Cleantech Group.In part, this might be due to the expanding range of clean technologies. Once comprising primarily renewable energies, clean tech now encompasses a number of other areas, including: air, water and waste, energy efficiency, green building, smart power and transportation. This expansion has led to opportunities for many entrepreneurs, including Samantha Simonnet, who recently started the Cleantech Management and Organization Network, an executive search firm that specializes in clean technology and alternative energy.Simonnet first became involved in clean tech in 2007, while working for an executive search firm based in Singapore. An avid diver, she developed an awareness of environmental issues as a result of her passion for the ocean. “My interest initially was in marine conservation–how climate change is affecting the quality of coral, sustainable fisheries and that type of thing. Then we started seeing companies in Europe looking to expand into Asia and looking for executives in that area; so I volunteered [to lead that search], specifically in renewable energy.”When she came to the United States, Simonnet found a dearth of clean-technology development and decided to become actively involved with organizations that promoted education and funding for clean-tech entrepreneurs. Currently, she serves as the Orange County, Calif., chair for the Clean Tech Open, an organization dedicated to finding, funding and fostering entrepreneurial solutions to energy, environmental and economic challenges.Since 2006, the Clean Tech Open has organized a national competition for “ecopreneurs” with early-stage clean technology. Registration for this year’s competition ends May 22. Regional finalists will receive $30,000 in cash and services, and the national winner will receive a $250,000 prize package. In addition, all semifinalists are eligible to participate in an extensive training program that includes seminars, business clinics and an accelerated course in business planning and pitching to investors.In addition to her work with the Clean Tech Open, Simonnet also serves as an outreach committee member for Clean Tech OC, a trade association that promotes economic growth in the Orange County, Calif., clean-tech industry. Long associated with the high-tech and biotech industries–Southern California has been known as the “Tech Coast” for years–Simonnet hopes to see that industry base expand to include clean technologies.”San Diego is pretty well-positioned for anything in biofuel because of [its] industry base. Orange County is well-positioned for anything involving manufacturing or process manufacturing–transportation and energy storage are two areas that might work. Los Angeles could be anything–manufacturing, solar, energy storage–really, anything. Which ones are going to prevail? That’s difficult to predict,” Simonnet says. “If we don’t make a leap forward in energy storage, then wind and solar aren’t going to advance as quickly as we would like. Transportation also has the issue with energy storage. Storage, basically, is the platform for everything else at this stage.”Simonnet credits the recent economic downturn for culling some of the less-viable technologies. “In 2008 there were too many companies jumping into too many industries, and they just weren’t viable. They didn’t really evaluate the technology. Now investors really understand what it takes to do this; they have scientists and other experts on their boards. They aren’t just dumping money into it. In the end the recession will have streamlined some technologies, and only the ones that will really make a difference will be selected.” Still, she says, there are significant obstacles to overcome. “Only people who are really passionate about the area will stay. It’s going to take time before it works, but there are people coming out with great technologies that are going to make a difference.”Clean Tech TipsIf you really want to get involved in clean tech, take note of these three tips:Take stock of your core competencies. “You’re not going to invent yourself with a scientific or engineering background overnight,” Simonnet says. “But clean tech still needs core competencies in business development, marketing and finance. For example, I met a lady in San Diego who was from a traditional finance background. She became the COO/CFO of a solar startup.”Attend classes and get certification. Several organizations offer professional training and certification. For example, The U.S. Green Building Council offers LEED certification education resources, and the Residential Energy Services Network offers information and standards for becoming a home energy rating systems rater or a home energy survey professional. In addition, many colleges and universities offer sustainability certification courses and even “Green MBAs.” Simonnet offers an online “Future of Energy” class through the University of California, Irvine, Extension program.Get involved in trade associations in your area and volunteer your time. “You’ll meet others who have core competencies that complement yours, and maybe something will happen,” Simonnet says. “You get access to professionals at solid companies and, if a position opens, why would they go look for someone else if you’re right in front of them? It’s really a step away from networking; it’s professional activities within networking. That’s what works nowadays. They need to trust you and know who you are and then they’ll hire you, especially in a job-constrained market.”Kimberly B. Keilbach is the author of Global Warming I$ Good for Business, winner of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award. Kimberly has more than 20 years’ experience writing for and about entrepreneurial and high-tech companies. She also has a studied interest in natural ecosystems, which has had a strong influence on her own business and life practices. Her ability to examine environmental issues from a business perspective has allowed her to demonstrate how today’s most sustainable businesses can make a profit while benefiting the environment and adding value to their communities. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Solarpowered plane lands in Morocco

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressRABAT, Morocco (AP) – An experimental solar-powered plane landed in Morocco’s capital late Tuesday after a 20-hour trip from Madrid in the first transcontinental flight by a craft of its type.With the wing span of a Boeing 777, the plane appeared out of the pitch darkness over the runway, suddenly turning on its lights and gliding to a landing in Rabat, the four propellors that flew it already silent. Patients with chronic pain give advice Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The single-seat aircraft is fitted with 12,000 solar cells across its immense wings and weighs just as much as the average family car, according to organizers.The plane is the first of its kind to fly both during the night and day as the solar panels charge the batteries that power its turbo-props.Pilot Bertrand Piccard descended from the plane and said the Solar Impulse project had chosen Morocco because of its pioneering work in solar energy.“This is why we wanted to be here,” he said. “This is why we accepted the invitation of the Moroccan solar energy agency.Morocco is set to begin construction on a huge solar energy farm in the south as part of an ambitious project to lessen its dependence on fossil fuels.Solar Impulse arrived from Switzerland in late May on the first leg of the journey.The mission is being described as a final dress rehearsal for a round-the-world flight with a new and improved plane in 2014.The project began in 2003 and is estimated to cost about $100 million over 10 years.The two-leg Europe to Africa trip covers 2,500 kilometers (1,554 miles).(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

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