California Water: Is Anyone Listening?

first_img Water scarcity and endangered species troubles will keep growing unless politicians make “hard decisions” about priorities for water use in the California Bay delta, according to a new report out today by the National Research Council (NRC). Blue-ribbon panels, working groups, and stakeholder meetings have tried to come together to make such choices for decades. But because there are so many entrenched competing interests among farmers, fishers, and urban populations that depend on the water, to date there has been no consensus about the best path forward. The runoff from California’s northern Sierra flows into the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries, through the delta, and eventually out San Francisco Bay. Some 25 million people throughout California depend on delta water. Pumping stations divert massive quantities to farmers in the Central Valley as well as cities in southern California. But these water removals are increasing the stress—along with dams, declining river habitat, and pollution—on regional fish populations, including several species of salmon and a fingerling called the delta smelt. These troubles will likely be exacerbated by climate change if it shifts spring runoffs earlier in the year and raises water temperatures in the summer months, the NRC panel concludes. The panel’s conclusions do little but restate a problem that has been locked in policymaking gridlock for decades. “Science is necessary to inform actions and proposals,” says committee member Henry J. Vaux Jr., professor emeritus of resource economics at the University of California, Riverside. “Societal and political considerations are also integral factors in determining the most appropriate policies toward managing the water resources in the delta and balancing the needs of all water users.” In other words, unless politicians negotiate a solution between all the parties, the delta’s problems are only going to get worse. 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Ginebra snaps 3-game slide, deals San Miguel its 1st loss

first_imgThe Scores:GINEBRA 100 — Tenorio 23, J. Aguilar 23, Cruz 17, R. Aguilar 16, Ferrer 11, Thompson 6, Caguioa 2, Mercado 2, Wilson 0.SAN MIGUEL 96 — Fajardo 33, Ross 16, Lassiter 16, Santos 12, Lanete 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Pessumal 4, Heruela 2, De Ocampo 0, Mamaril 0.Quarters: 19-33, 44-52, 75-66, 100-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Road Warriors: Alab posts 3rd straight win LATEST STORIES The Gin Kings even held a 10-point lead, 97-87 with 2:10 remaining before the Beermen made one last rally, bringing the lead down to two, 97-95 with 1:00 left to play.Tenorio could only muster a split on his free throw with 24.6 seconds remaining, opening the door for San Miguel. Arwind Santos, however, muffed a couple of game-tying 3-pointers and Chris Ross was called for a technical foul for deliberately shooting a free throw that was supposedly for Chico Lanete with 4.5 ticks left that led to another freebie by Tenorio.Lanete made his first charity and intentionally missed his second, but a fight for the loose ball gave Ginebra the possession. Aguilar was fouled and he sealed the game at the line.It was a valiant effort from four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, who anchored his side with 33 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the defeat.Lassiter and Ross both had 16 markers and combined for 15 boards and nine dimes as San Miguel saw its five-game winning run snapped.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PBA IMAGESGinebra halted its three-game losing skid and dealt San Miguel its first defeat, 100-96, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Despite missing Greg Slaughter in the rematch of last year’s all-Filipino Cup Finals, the Gin Kings drew huge contributions from Jervy Cruz and unheralded big man Raymond Aguilar while also getting big games from LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar.ADVERTISEMENT Cruz fired 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while Raymond Aguilar stepped up with 16 points. Tenorio had 23 points, four rebounds and six assists while Aguilar also scored 23 to go along with nine rebounds.“It was tough. Who would’ve thought that we can come out and win that game after the way we’ve played the last three games?” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone as the Gin Kings leveled their record to 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Today, we played a very controlled game and was able to make plays. At the start of the game, I thought this is a mismatch. The first quarter looked like an absolute mismatch and we had no chance. But our guys dug in, made a run at halftime, and carried that momentum in the second half. We got ahead and started believing. I think we forgot how good of a team we can be.”Starting slow and falling behind by 16, 33-17, in the first half, Ginebra swung the momentum to its favor as it staged a telling 22-2 blast in the third quarter to take a 68-61 lead. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sottolast_img read more

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Chris Gayle picks Virat over AB De Villiers as the best batsman

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle.Chris Gayle is one of those batsmen who would certainly have been averaging a lot more than his 42 in test cricket if he had applied his mind better. But than there would be those who would wonder if we would get to see some of his ‘Gayle force’ innings, if he would start taking his batting more seriously.In getting two triple centuries and almost 7000 test runs in test cricket, Gayle is now one away from completing 100 test matches which he would in June against New Zealand at home in Jamaica. In an interview with India Today, Gayle talks about that approaching milestone, playfully challenges Sachin Tendulkar that he will make it to 201 test matches. He also calls his RCB skipper Virat Kohli world’s best bat and gets chatting, some football as well. Excerpts…Chris, you are approaching a milestone to remember. 100th test match at home in Jamaica. How eager are you to play that test match?Gayle: It’s a big milestone to achieve for me. 100 test matches in Jamaica! It should have happened a few months ago but injury stopped me from playing. I think to be able to get to that milestone at home will be a big accomplishment. I will know the conditions but you know, there will be pressure. I have started preparing mentally for it. 100 test matches and Sachin, I am looking forward to get to 201 test matches now, so beware. I have another 100 tests to catch up with you.advertisementWill Jamaica make it as special for you as Mumbai did for Sachin. You were at the receiving end in that test match..Gayle: Ya I remember was a part of that Sachin’s final test but was happy I could be part of that game, live against him. And we had mixed reactions playing against him then because we respect Sachin so much.Talking of the IPL, do you think RCB will be able to break the deadlock this time of never having won the IPL? The way things are going you will have to work very hard from here.Gayle: Ya hopefully, fingers crossed we can break the deadlock and win IPL this time. It would be nice to get two three wins back to back, than gain some momentum. Once you get to the final four anything can happen. Than we can look to push for a place in the final and hopefully lift the trophy this year.AB De villiers played that great innings the other day and Virat Kohli said, AB is the best batsman in the world for him. There are others who think its Virat himself who is the best. Which one of the two would you pick?Gayle: I am all about Virat being the best player in world. If you look at his stats and the circumstances he has played some of his innings recently he is the best player according to me.Tell us of the emotions during the RCB-MI game. What did you tell Pollard when he was having that altercation with Mitchell Starc? He calmed down else it could have gone even uglier.Gayle: I asked him to get on with the game. We were getting late with the over rate and I told him if you want to fight will give you a pair of boxing gloves and you punch it out otherwise get on with the game.But you don’t think it was a West Indies- Australia thing?Gayle: No I don’t think it was a West Indies-Australia thing. There is an Australian in his side and my side. Such things can happen in a game of cricket. Things can flare up sometimes.You are now team mates with Yuvraj Singh. He had a very tough T20 World Cup. Some believe it will be tough for him to have a longer international career from here. What do you think?Gayle: It ‘s been tough time for Yuvraj recently. He hasn’t got the performances he wanted. But it’s all about getting some confidence back. You need to remember what you have done in the past. Past is history but it can give confidence. If you have your belief back you can go and stamp your authority. Than its easy pickings and everybody will be back in your group. One spectacular innings can change your mindset and form. If you want it you have to dig deep.You said football was your first love till cricket happened. You are wearing Brazil colours. Can they go all the way playing at home in the World Cup, you think?advertisementGayle: It will be difficult for Brazil but am sure they are prepared for it mentally. They have been playing well as a team in the warm up games. I have been a Brazil fan ever since I remember ?and that will never change. Hopefully they can put it across the lineAnd your favourite footballers? Who do you reckon will win the Golden boot?Gayle: I hope its Cristiano Ronaldo, although he is not Brazilian. ?If not than I hope its Ronaldinho, hopefully. He deserves another chance.last_img read more

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Shane Warne offers to help England spinner Adil Rashid

first_imgLegendary spinner Shane Warne has offered to work with England and help leg-spinner Adil Rashid build an international career.England has employed former Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene to prepare their batsmen for the conditions they will face in the upcoming series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.Andrew Strauss, the England director of cricket, and coaches Paul Farbrace and Trevor Bayliss are keen to use specialist coaches, with Paul Collingwood set to join the squad for some of their One-Day International commitments this winter.Warne has worked with bowlers around the world and spoke to Rashid, at the urging of Michael Vaughan, when Rashid first broke into the Yorkshire side.A leg-spinner has not taken a five-wicket haul in Test cricket for England since the 1950s. Rashid is the next to try his luck with a Test debut in Abu Dhabi next week.Also read: Sachin, Warne confirm participation for T20 all-star series “Yes, 100 percent I would like to work with Rashid,” Warne was quoted as saying by the Telegraph on Thursday.”I spoke to him when he was a young kid and he was pretty impressive. I help a lot of leg-spinners or general spinners during the year and I would love to help Adil Rashid if the opportunity arises. I hope he grabs his opportunity as it would be great to see England have a leg-spinner,” he said.While Rashid tries to follow in Warne’s footsteps, the great leg-spinner is facing his own huge challenge: persuading Americans to fall in love with cricket.advertisementWarne and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar have combined to arrange a masters cricket tournament featuring fellow retired cricketers such as Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram and Curtly Ambrose to play three Twenty20 matches at baseball stadiums across the United States in November.The Cricket All Stars series will begin in New York on November 7 before moving to Houston on November 11 and finishing at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium on November 14 with an evening match played under lights.Warne said tickets are already “flying out the door” for the matches which have been given official sanction by the International Cricket Council at a time when the governing body has been heavily criticised for failing to take the sport to new markets.”We are trying to spread the word of cricket around the globe and to take it to countries that don’t normally get international cricket,” Warne said.”We want to play 15 games over the next three years. We want to play a series in America every year and take it to other territories as well where people have not had a chance to see world class cricket and their heroes play,” the former leg-spinner said.last_img read more

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OILSEEDS-PRICES(BCM20)

first_imgMumbai, Jul 14 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs per 100kgs)Mumbai, Jul 14 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs per 100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 6800 Groundnut Bold 60/70 8650 Javas 60/70: 9850 Javas 70/80: 9600 Javas 80/90: 9350 Kardi 3225 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 6750 Sesame 95/5/1: 6750 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 5800 Sunflowerseed 3900 Nigerseed 9225 and Castorseed Bombay 3385.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 1360 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 650 Refined 720 Cottonseeds Refined 708 Palmolein Refined 532 Soybean Refined 620 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 910 Rapeseed Expeller 880 Copra White 795 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 1150 Castoroil Comm 707 FSG 717 Kandla 679 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 625.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 28,500 Kardi Extraction 14,500 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 28,000 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 20,800 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 34,640 and Castor Extraction 4225. —– Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%):32,000/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD PTI JBH MR SDMlast_img read more

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US-3RDLD TRUMP 2 LAST

first_img“Illegal border crossings will go down. Peace will be”Illegal border crossings will go down. Peace will be restored. By enforcing the rules for the millions who overstay their visas, our laws will finally receive the respect they deserve. We must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place,” he said.”We dont want them in our country,” the New York billionaire said to huge cheers and applause in his speech during his partys ongoing National Convention amid chants of “U-S-A” and “Trump, Trump, Trump”.Trump had earlier called for a complete ban on Muslims immigrants, which had drawn widespread global condemnation.He said to make life safe in America, they must also address the growing threats the country faces from outside.”America: we are going to defeat the barbarians of ISIS. Once again, France is the victim of brutal Islamic terrorism.”Men, women and children viciously mowed down. Lives ruined. Families ripped apart. A nation in mourning. The damage and devastation that can be inflicted by Islamic radicals has been over and over ? at the World Trade Centre, at an office party in San Bernardino, at the Boston Marathon, and a military recruiting centre in Chattanooga, Tennessee,” he said.To protect the US from terrorism, he proposed a three pronged strategy.”We must have the best intelligence gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria,” he said.advertisementInstead, the US must work with its allies who share the goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror.”This includes working with our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel. Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place,” he said.Trump said anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in the US and never will be.Terming an attack on law enforcement as an attack on all Americans, Trump said: “This Administration has failed Americas inner cities. Its failed them on education. Its failed them on jobs. Its failed them on crime. Its failed them in every way and on every level.”When I am President, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally.”He used his major primetime address as the opportunity to call for protecting the “LGBTQ community”, elevating the issue to a Republican nomination address for the first time.Trump said he recently pointed out that NATO was obsolete, because it did not properly cover terror, and also, that many of its members were not paying their fair share.”As usual, the United States has been picking up the cost. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that NATO will be setting up a new programme in order to combat terrorism – a true step in the right direction,” he said. PTI LKJ AJR SAIlast_img read more

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It’s what happens when breakfast is not on time, Chhetri on viral video

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 11 (PTI) The plea brought about an outpouring of emotion but Sunil Chhetri’s detailing of what went into making the video, that had him seek fan support with folded hands, brought the house down here today. Fresh from netting eight goals in the title-winning Intercontinental Cup campaign in Mumbai, Chhetri spoke about his thoughts leading up to the twitter video that got thousands of retweets and lakhs of likes, but more importantly infused new life into Indian football’s fandom. “Actually I am ageing. That’s why you get these weird kind of thoughts in the morning when you don’t get your breakfast on time. And then you post that kind of a video message,” Chhetri quipped when asked what was on his mind the day he posted the twitter video that ensured sold out turnouts in the tournament. “Had my PR team got a whiff of it, they wouldn’t have allowed me to post that message. Kya karein buddhe ho rahein aur ab shaadi bhi ho gayi hain (What to do, I am getting old and now I am married too),” Chhetri joked during a promotional event here. It wasn’t the first time he was answering the question but it was the first time the veteran chose to answer it in a lighter vein. The three and a half minute video was one of the most stirring moments of Indian sports last week in which Chhetri touched a chord when he asked the fans to show up even if just to abuse the team.advertisement Today, he blamed a tiny bit of that emotion to ageing as well and expectedly a question cropped up on his future. The skipper was quick to turn serious at the very suggestion of the ‘R’ word. “It was a joke sir. I am not going anywhere. I am very much here and playing the game,” said Chhetri. As the event was about KIA Motors sponsoring young Official Match Ball Carriers (OMBC) to the upcoming Russia World Cup, Chhetri spoke about how parents need to encourage their kids to pursue sport. “My parents were extremely supportive when I wanted to pursue football. My mother had played for the Nepal national team and she knew what it meant to represent the country. “That’s why I keep telling parents that please encourage your child. You need to be extremely patient with them. One day they will come up and tell that they want to become Bhaichung Bhutia. “The next day they will say that they want to become Leander Paes. On another day, they would like to become doctor or engineer. You can’t lose patience with your kids,” he said. PTI KHS PM PM PMlast_img read more

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Baylor Starting Receiver Is Happy OSU Beat TCU

first_imgOklahoma State trounced TCU in Stillwater on Saturday afternoon, 49-29. Not only were OSU fans and players excited, but apparently so was Baylor starting receiver KD Cannon.Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 8.38.35 PMCannon is excited because regardless of the outcome of the Baylor-TCU game in the coming weeks, TCU’s one loss now places Baylor as the Big 12 title favorite.The Bears still have to travel to Stillwater on Nov. 21. There’s still plenty of football left to play, but it’s becoming more apparent that the road to a Big 12 title may run through Stillwater.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Cabinet Approves Contract for the Purchase of Licence Plates

first_imgCabinet has approved a contract in the amount of $649.28 million to Musson Jamaica Limited for the procurement of motor-vehicle licence plates for Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) for a period of two years.This is contained in a Ministry Paper tabled in the House of Representatives on June 6.The document notes that the TAJ is moving to a system of distance/camera readable licence plates employing Radio Frequency Identification Technology.“However, as this transition has not yet been completed, the TAJ needed to renew the contract for one year to ensure a continued supply of licence plates, pending the implementation of the revised Road Traffic Act,” the Ministry Paper said.Meanwhile, Cabinet approved the award of a contract in the amount of US$1,750,000 to Ocean Dredging DS Inc. for the dredging of the Petrojam Main Dock and EKT Dock.The dredging activities will improve the capability of the Petrojam docks to accommodate larger ships.last_img read more

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UP Mob assaults man over rumours of transporting slaughtered cattle 5 held

first_imgNoida (UP): A contractor engaged by Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation was assaulted by a mob in Greater Noida over rumours that he was carrying slaughtered bovine, officials said on Saturday. Five of the accused have been arrested, while a search is on for others, the police said. The contractor, Mahendra, was carrying carcasses of three cows, two calves and 12 buffalow claves for disposing them when he was attacked around 9 pm on Friday near Gaur City roundabout, the police said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The contractor was carrying the dead animals with permission from officials concerned and taking them in a vehicle with an attached trolley to the dead animal disposal plant near the Chijarsi river,” a police spokesperson said. “Anti-social elements intercepted the vehicle near Gaur City and damaged the vehicle, breaking its windshield and overturned the vehicle. They also attacked the driver,” the spokesperson said. He said two of the cows belonged to an NGO president and a Delhi High Court lawyer, both of whom have told the police that their bovines had died and were being taken for disposal by the contractor through the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Despite permission, the anti-social elements spread the rumour of animal slaughter and attacked the contractor,” the police official said. When the matter was reported to Bisrakh police station, a team soon reached the spot and five accused, including a woman, were arrested, he said. An FIR has been registered against them under Indian Penal Code sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault on public servant to deter them from performing duty) , 341 (wrongful restraint), 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), among others. They have also been booked under provisions of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, he said. Some other accused in the case are at large and will be nabbed soon, the spokesperson added.last_img read more

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Tax watchdog director regrets heated email spat with Winnipeg FNs man

first_img(Photo: Gerald McIvor, 46, of Winnipeg and Sandy Bay band member. Courtesy Gerald McIvor)APTN National NewsOTTAWA-The federal director of a taxpayer watchdog group says he regrets sending a heated email calling a First Nations man in Manitoba “racist” during a flurry of exchanges over the organization’s release of chief and councillor salaries.Kevin Gaudet, federal and Ontario director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), found himself in a heated war of emails with Gerald McIvor, who lives in Winnipeg, that was triggered by his organization’s release of Indian Affairs documents showing dozens of band politicians making more money than the prime minister and provincial premiers.The email exchange highlights how emotional the issue of band politician pay can get for all sides.“If I had to do it over again I would have deleted that email,” said Gaudet, in an interview. “It does wear on one after a while doing this type of work being criticized like this. I let that frustration out in an inappropriate way.”Gerald McIvor, 46, a band member with Sandy Bay First Nation, said he became angry when he read Gaudet’s email.“I was really angry, but I wasn’t going to stoop to his level and nowhere did I imply racism,” said McIvor, in an interview. “If you read my actual email, nowhere do I imply racism.”Gaudet was responding to a Nov. 24 email from McIvor who demanded to know the names of the people who had asked the organization to look into chief and band councillor salaries. McIvor also said that chiefs should file “libel and slander” lawsuits against the organization for damaging their integrity.Gaudet dismissed McIvor’s demand the organization release the information before taking the issue to a personal level.“You should be disgusted with yourself and embarrassed and ashamed,” wrote Gaudet, in the now widely disseminated emails. “You are willing to justify and defend elected officials of the First Nations taking million dollar salaries and then you blame the messenger because I am white. You, sir, are racist.”McIvor said he wanted the names because he doubts the request came from a grassroots First Nations person. He is also calling on the CTF to release their list of 17,000 donors.Gaudet said the organization is private and protects the confidentiality of its sources and donors. He said the majority are “mom and pop farmers from Western Canada.”The CTF’s release of band councillor salaries, which was obtained under Access to Information, has already triggered proposed federal legislation from Conservative Saskatchewan MP Kelly Block. The legislation would force the publishing of the names of each chief and councillor alongside their salaries and other band revenue.The released Indian Affairs documents had names blacked out.Chiefs also appear to have felt forced to respond. They plan to debate a resolution this week to publish salaries, honoraria and expenses associated with their band work. First Nations chiefs are gathering for a special chiefs assembly meeting in Gatineau, Que., which begins Tuesday.last_img read more

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Liberal senators launch inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberal senators say they’re launching an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls due to the “inaction” on the issue by the federal government.The inquiry was initiated by First Nation Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas from the Tobique First Nation.Lovelace Nicholas said she did so to spark a debate that will hopefully lead to solutions down the road.“As legislators and advocates on behalf of Canadians, it is our duty to study these matters with all the tools at our disposal, both here in Senate and in the appropriate standing committees,” said Lovelace Nicholas in a press release. “We hope that this inquiry will finally convince the government to take the concrete actions required to put an end to this tragedy.”The inquiry is the first one into the “crisis” of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and senate inquiries are debated in the Senate Chamber said the release.Statistics indicate more than 600 Aboriginal women and girls have gone missing or been murdered in the last decade according to the Native Women’s Association of Canada“Aboriginal women and girls are the most vulnerable and at-risk group in Canadian society,” said Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck in the release. “We have a duty as parliamentarians to ensure that their safety and the concerns of their families are made a national priority.”The federal government has refused to call an inquiry despite pleas to do so.last_img read more

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Man arrested for robbing killing farmer in outer Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly robbing a 65-year-old farmer and bludgeoning him to death in outer Delhi’s Alipur, police said Tuesday. The accused was identified as Naveen, a resident of Tajpur village, they said. The matter came to light on April 7 when the son of the deceased Ravinder Singh found him lying in an injured condition at a cattle shed and reported about it to police. Singh suffered critical head injuries and a blood-stained farm tool was found lying next to him, police said. He was rushed to Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra hospital in Narela where he was declared brought dead, Gaurav Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer North) said. Investigations revealed that Singh used to sleep alone at the cattle shed and was last seen on April 6 at around 9 pm, he said. A murder case was registered and investigation was taken up. Eight teams were formed to check the CCTV footage of the entire village and men with criminal records, drug addicts, relatives of the deceased, call details of the suspects were also analysed, the officer said. In one of the CCTV footage, Naveen was spotted following which he was apprehended and interrogated during which he confessed about his involvement, he said. Robbed cash worth Rs 26,072, blood-stained cloth of the deceased, a blood-stained brick and a wire used for strangulation was also recovered, police said.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral dispatches senior UN political aide to Madagascar

26 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dispatched a senior United Nations political aide to Madagascar, following a request from the Government for a more active role by the world body in dealing with the political tensions in the Indian Ocean island nation. Assistant Secretary-General Haile Menkerios, who had been sent to Madagascar in early February to assess the situation, was travelling with Mr. Ban in Africa when he was asked to return to the country to continue the UN’s good offices work there. President Marc Ravalomanana and the Mayor of the capital, Anatananarivo, Andry Rajoelina, declared earlier this month that they are committed to start a United Nations-facilitated dialogue and to resolve their differences peacefully. Close to 100 people were killed and many more injured in violence that erupted several weeks ago amid their dispute.Upon his arrival in Madagascar today, Mr. Menkerios met with Mr. Ravalomanana. He was also expected to meet with Mr. Rajoelina. Last night, the Secretary-General met at the airport in Johannesburg with two government ministers from Madagascar, who asked for a more active UN role in dealing with the parties in the country. Mr. Ban assured them that a mediator has been appointed who would arrive in Madagascar shortly, in addition to Mr. Menkerios. read more

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Scourge of slavery still claims 40 million victims worldwide must serve as

The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Urmila Bhoola, explained that over 40 million people are enslaved around the world, a quarter of them children. Due to problems of environmental degradation, migration and shifting demographics, the scourge of modern-day slavery is expected to grow.Over 60 percent of those in forced labour work in the private sector, Ms. Bhoola said, with women and girls disproportionately affected. Of the female victims involved in forced labour, 98 percent have experienced sexual violence.Global estimates from the International Labour Organization (ILO) indicate that 24.9 million people are in forced labour situations worldwide, and 15.4 million live in forced marriages.This sort of trend, “must serve as a wakeup call,” Ms. Bhoola said, highlighting that the astounding statistics come four years after States committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with relevant targets 5.2 and 8.7 aimed at stamping out trafficking, ending violence against women, and eradicating modern slavery.The problem is exacerbated by the pressing climate conflict of our time. “In wake of climate change, people may lose their livelihoods, young people who don’t have access to decent work may migrate through unsafe channels and changes in the world of work, such as automation, may push already vulnerable people out of their jobs,” all of which could increase people’s vulnerability to slavery, the expert explained.Even for those who escape, life for survivors is often difficult. Investigations by the NGO Human Rights Watch, highlight how even victims who manage to extricate themselves, can return home to the same desperate circumstances that made them vulnerable to begin with, but now facing stigma or blame.Beyond these tragic realities for individuals, “slavery leads to increased public health costs, productivity losses, negative environmental externalities and lost income,” Ms. Bhoola added, urging for States and business to “act now.” “We cannot afford to stand by while more and people are driven into forced labour, servile marriage or child labour,” she said.  Looking forward, the UN expert highlighted that for youth approaching working age, the situation is more dire – “By 2030, some 85 percent of the more than 25 million young people entering the labour force globally will be in developing and emerging countries,” she noted. “Their perspectives to access jobs offering decent work will determine their level of vulnerability to exploitation, including slavery.”To prepare for this, “it is imperative” anti-slavery efforts are “systematic, scientific, strategic, sustainable, survivor-informed, and smart” she maintained.Current efforts to end slavery are falling short and States and businesses “must take more decisive action to end slavery,” Ms. Bhoola concluded. This must be done “by committing more resources to this effort and by adopting and implementing public policies which address contemporary forms of slavery effectively.” read more

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September new car preregistration figures

September new car pre-registration figures Today, SMMT releases figures for September pre-registrations in the UK car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in September 2001 that were defined as pre-registrations. The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis. Since the first report in September 2000, a total of 2,200 cars have been pre-registered. More than 2.74 million new cars were sold in the UK during the same period.Notes to Editors The Supply of New Cars Order 2000: Pre-registered car A new car which a supplier has caused to be registered before the terms and conditions of its supply to an end-user have been agreed, but does not include: (a) a car so registered because its certificate of conformity with a vehicle type-approved under the EC Vehicle Type Approval Scheme is about to become invalid (b) a car retained for a period of at least three months. Supplier A person that manufactures cars for supply within, or imports new cars for supply into, the UK, who had a market share of one per cent or more of the total supply of new cars in the UK in the preceding calendar year.Pre-registrations data The attached table shows the pre-registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball falls to No 12 Illinois in five sets

Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) follows through during a match against Rutgers on Nov. 8 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern photographerDespite defeating then-No. 15 Illinois in October, the No. 17 Ohio State women’s volleyball  was unable to complete a season sweep in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, as it lost in five sets (17-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 12-15).However, a pair of Buckeyes set career highs against the now-No. 12 Fighting Illini.Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger also set a career high in kills with 27.  Her 27 kills is also a season high for the Buckeyes. Sophomore libero Valeria León set a career-high in digs with 26. Her previous high came against both Syracuse and Michigan State earlier in the season with 23 in each outing.In addition to Sekinger, who led all players in kills, junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell added 18 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had 17.Senior setter Taylor Sherwin also moved into OSU’s all-time top five for assists ahead of setters Jen Flynn (1996-99) and Jen Boleyn (1994-96) when she got her 3,215th career-assist. She had 55 assists for the night and now has 3,264 helpers in her career.But the big numbers still weren’t enough for OSU.Illinois senior opposite side hitter Liz McMahon, a native of Liberty Township, Ohio, led the Fighting Illini in kills with 15, followed by redshirt-junior outside hitter Jocelynn Birks with 14. Junior setter Alexis Viliunas had 42 assists and freshman defensive specialist Brandi Donnelly had 19 digs.Buckeye junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said nothing had changed much from the first match back in October.“We followed the game plan,” Mitchell said. “Defensively we’ve gotta make some adjustments, but we’re gonna get better. We have another week in the gym to get better on our defense.”Junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said every team improves throughout the season, but added that the Fighting Illini played well in areas it hadn’t planned for.“They just grew in some ways that we weren’t able to defend tonight,” Kacsits said.With the loss, the Buckeyes are now 18-9 overall and 9-6 in the Big Ten, and have played in nine five set matches this season. Illinois moved to 20-6 this season and 12-3 in conference play.In the past three seasons, the Buckeyes have gone to five sets against the Fighting Illini in four of six matches.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Michigan — which has lost six of its last seven matches — on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.  The match is set to start at 5 p.m.Clarification: A previous version of this story said Illinois was No. 9, when in fact, it was No. 9 in RPI and No. 12 in the AVCA poll. read more

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You didnt even know her Prince William and Harry on their confusion

first_imgPrince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales at Diana’s funeral “He was the one out of two left and he tried to do his best and to make sure we were protected and looked after.”But, you know, he was going through the same grieving process as well.”The Duke also paid tribute to the Queen’s decision to keep her grandsons at Balmoral in the days following her death on August 31, 1997.Then, she weathered heavy criticism from the public who accused the Royal family of keeping the children “prisoner” away from the people. The Duke said: “I don’t think anyone, even my grandmother, had seen this anything like this before. I think all of use were on new territory.“But for Harry and I, my grandmother and father believed we were better served at Balmoral, having the walks and the space and peace to be with the family and not be immersed having to deal with serious decision or worries straight away. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have spoken of the bewilderment they felt at the public grief following their mother’s death, admitting they had struggled to understand why so many strangers were crying when they “didn’t even know her”.The Duke, who was 15 when Diana, Princess of Wales, died, said he had felt “a bit protective at times about her” as he walked behind her coffin with his brother, who was just 12.Admitting the “alien environment” of grieving in the public eye had been among the most difficult moments of his life, the Duke said he had wondered of weeping members of the public: “You didn’t even know her, why and how are you so upset?”He has since come to understand how much the Princess had meant to people, he said, as he and his younger brother speak candidly about how the duty of performing for the watching world in 1997 affected them. Prince Harry speaks to the BBC In hindsight, he said, he was “really glad” he had walked behind the Princess’ coffin, saying he had come through a phase of wishing his Royal status away to devote himself to duty and “making her [Diana] proud”.The Duke added: “When you have something so traumatic as the death of your mother when you’re 15, it will either make or break you. I wouldn’t let it break it, I wanted it to make me.” “I think it was a very hard decision for my grandmother to make. She felt very torn between being a grandmother to William and Harry, and her Queen role.” “They were shouting and literally wailing at us. Throwing flowers, yelling, sobbing, breaking down, people fainted, collapsed.” Prince William and Harry meet the public in the days after their mother's death “The wailing and the crying and people wanting to touch us… I was 15 and Harry was 12. It was like nothing you can really describe, it was very unusual. The programme, Diana, 7 Days, will be broadcast on Sunday, August 27th at 7.30pm on BBC One. Prince Charles visits flowers outside Kensington Palace with his sons It is the first time in a series of high-profile interviews about the Princess’ death that they have praised their father for his part in helping them grieve.Prince Harry said: “One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died.”How you deal with that I don’t know but, you know, he was there for us. The Duke and Prince Harry spoke as part of a documentary for the BBC, which sees them publicly defend the decision made by the Prince of Wales and the Queen to keep them at Balmoral following the car crash which killed their mother. Duty first: Princes William and Harry meet the public “I did feel a bit protective at times about her. I was like, ‘you didn’t even know her’. Why and how are you so upset?”Now looking back, over the last few years I’ve learned to understand what it was she gave the world and a lot of people.”Prince Harry added: “The way that people were grabbing us and pulling us into their arms… I don’t blame anybody for that, of course I don’t, but it was those moments that were quite shocking.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The weight of expectation placed on the young Princes required them to put on a “game face” in order to avoid “completely and utterly breaking down”, said the Duke. Duty first: Princes William and Harry meet the public Prince Harry accepts flowers five days after his mother's death Speaking of the funeral procession, he added: “I couldn’t understand why everyone wanted to cry as loud as they did, and show such emotion as they did when they didn’t really know our mother. Prince William and Harry meet the public in the days after their mother’s death The Duke of Cambridge speaks to the BBC  Prince Harry added he had not cried in public at the time and was probably still unable to, explaining: “Whatever happened then has changed me in that sense.”Describing coming back to London to meet the public, the Duke said: “What was very peculiar but obviously incredibly touching was everybody crying. Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales at Diana's funeral Prince Charles visits flowers outside Kensington Palace with his sons Prince Harry accepts flowers five days after his mother’s death Prince Harry speaks to the BBC The Duke of Cambridge now understands why the public felt so strongly Saying he was thankful there had been no smartphones to keep them up-to-date with what was happening in London, he added: “We had the privacy to mourn and collect our thoughts, and have that space.”Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Diana’s sister, added of the Queen’s decision: “She did absolutely the right thing. If I was her I would have done that.”In contrast to the peace of Balmoral, the streets of London were lined with members of the public overcome with emotion and demanding sight of the senior members of the Royal Family.last_img read more

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