France Supports Autonomy Plan as ‘Serious, Credible Solution” to Western Sahara

Paris- France underscored on Thursday its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan as a serious and credible basis for a political, fair, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara.In a final statement issued at the end of the 12th French-Moroccan high level meeting in Paris, France reiterated support for the efforts led by the UN to find a settlement to this conflict.Morocco and France stressed that a political resolution of the Sahara issue and a steady cooperation between the countries of the Maghreban union will help foster the region’s stability and security. The two countries also expressed willingness to act in favor of development and stability in the African continent.In this respect, Morocco and France advocated new partnerships with the continent notably in terms of investments, higher education and food security.They recommended strengthening triangular cooperation mechanisms benefiting Africa and reaffirmed shared vision with regard to the Francophonie as a venue for solidarity.As for Libya, France and Morocco stressed the need for a political solution as part of the mediation led by the UN special envoy.France also congratulated Morocco for facilitating the Libyan peace talks.MWN with MAP read more

Aava group leader remanded more arrested

The suspects were arrested in the Chunnakam area.The Aava group was accused of being involved in recent sword attacks in the North. (Colombo Gazette) The suspected leader of the  “Aava group” was remanded till August 22 after being produced in court today.Meanwhile, three more suspects believed to have links to the Aava group were arrested today.

Youngster handcuffs self to chair

Police in Norfolk County were required to take off a pair of handcuffs rather than put them on a resident Tuesday morning.Just before 11:30 a.m. parents of a 6-year-old child – who live in Waterford – contacted the OPP. Police discovered that earlier in the day, the child discovered the handcuffs and attached them to the chair. Officers were able to safely unlock the handcuffs, the child was not injured.

US new home sales edge up 07 per cent in October to

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2014 8:07 am MDT US new home sales edge up 0.7 per cent in October to fastest pace since May AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.New home sales advanced 0.7 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The result followed a smaller 0.4 per cent gain in September and put sales at the highest point since May.The strength last month stemmed from a big 15.8 per cent increase in sales in the Midwest and a smaller 7.1 per cent rise in the Northeast. Those increases offset a 1.9 per cent fall in sales in the South, which accounts for half of the new-home market, and a 2.7 per cent drop in the West.The median price of a home sold in October was $305,000, up 16.5 per cent from a year ago.Housing has struggled to recover since the recession ended in June 2009. Many potential buyers lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home, causing them to rent or remain in their existing homes instead of upgrading. New home sales remain sharply below the annual rate of 700,000 seen during the 1990s.A combination of factors has depressed sales. An unusually harsh winter crippled sales at the beginning of the year and even after the snow had melted, tight credit, rising home prices and flat incomes for many Americans have limited the number of buyers who could afford a home.A separate report Wednesday showed that the number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell slightly in October. The National Association of Relators’ pending home sales index declined 1.1 per cent to 104.1.But in an encouraging sign, sales of existing homes rose 1.5 per cent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million, NAR said last week. October marked the first month of 2014 in which sales of previously owned homes were higher than the same month in 2013. read more

Another month of robust US hiring and modest pay gains clears way

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.A solid November job gain of 211,000 showed that despite weak overseas growth and struggling U.S. factories, the U.S. economy appears healthy enough to withstand a Fed hike from record-low rates later this month.The unemployment rate remained at a low 5 per cent in November for a second straight month, the government said Friday. More Americans started looking for jobs, and nearly all found them.Average hourly pay rose, though modestly, and the government revised up its estimate of job growth for September and October. Employers have now added a robust average 213,000 jobs a month over the past six months.The healthy jobs figures indicate that consumer spending is helping the economy surmount some lingering challenges. They include a strong dollar, which has made exports pricier overseas and squeezed U.S. manufacturers, and sinking oil prices, which have led drilling companies to slash orders for steel pipes and other equipment.Even so, Americans are spending more on restaurant meals and on big-ticket items like cars and homes.The U.S. economy “is strong enough to withstand an initial hike in interest rates from what were seen as emergency record-low levels,” said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit. “A December rate hike now looks to be in the bag.”The economy’s strengths were evident in last month’s hiring patterns: Construction firms added 46,000 jobs, the biggest increase in two years. Spending on construction projects, including homes, roads and office towers, reached an eight-year high in October.In addition, restaurants added 31,500 positions, retailers nearly 31,000.Investors cheered the jobs report, which helped send the Dow Jones industrial average soaring 360 points in afternoon trading.This week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the economy appeared to be improving enough to justify a rate hike as long as no major shocks undermined growth before the Fed meets Dec. 15-16. The Fed has kept its key short-term rate at a record low near zero for seven years.A Fed rate hike typically lifts interest rates for mortgages, auto loans and other borrowing, though those increases might not occur immediately.For the Fed, conditions seem nearly ideal for a period of small and only gradual rate increases in coming months: Job growth has been solid, and wages have begun to rise but not so much as to cause concern about future high inflation.Since the recession ended, average hourly pay has grown at only about two-thirds of the pace typical of a healthy economy.In November, average hourly wages rose 2.3 per cent from 12 months earlier to $25.25. That is below October’s annual increase, which had been the strongest in six years. It’s still far below the roughly 3.5 per cent pace typical of a strong economy.Still, many economists say they’re optimistic that Americans’ pay will keep rising. Companies are advertising near-record levels of available jobs. And layoffs are at very low levels. Both figures point to strong demand for workers.“Companies are holding onto people pretty tightly, and at some point that’s going to manifest itself in higher wages,” said Michael Dolega, senior economist at TD Bank. “Their workers are going to get poached. They are going to have sweeten the deal at some point.”Sarah Raminhos landed a new accounting job last month at a firm in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with a salary about 5 per cent higher than her old one. She saw more opportunities than she did during a previous job search two years earlier and even felt confident enough to turn down offers.“This time, I felt like I could be a more picky,” said Raminhos, 29.Dolega said wage gains are being held back by steep job cuts in mining, a category that consists mostly of oil and gas drilling and has shed 14 per cent of its jobs in the past year. Government data show that drilling firms were handing out big raises as recently as last year to attract workers, but average pay in the industry is now declining.The sizable gain in construction jobs last month, even as the Fed is preparing to raise rates, suggests that few expect higher borrowing costs to derail home building or sales.More jobs with heftier pay checks are lifting Americans’ ability to spend. Auto sales, for example, jumped to a 14-year high in November. Industry analysts expect auto sales to total a record 17.5 million for 2015.And sales of existing homes have increased nearly 4 per cent from a year ago, while new home purchases have jumped almost 16 per cent.A healthier housing sector has benefited Genpact, a New York City-based company that provides mortgage processing services to companies. CEO Tiger Tyagarajan says Genpact has added about 400 people to its 4,000 person U.S. workforce this year, many of them in highly skilled areas such as software programming and management consulting.“The U.S. economy seems to be steady, and that’s good because that means we have to hire more,” Tyagarajan said.Still, Genpact hasn’t felt compelled to boost pay. Instead it’s stepped up training and recruiting and is seeking to make it easier for employees with families to work part time. Another month of robust US hiring and modest pay gains clears way for a Fed rate increase read more

BC government will not reconsider tax on foreign homebuyers says premier

by Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 4:38 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The plunge in real estate sales and deceleration in price increases in the Vancouver area last month were exactly what the government was trying to manoeuvre, and Premier Christy Clark says there will be no changes to the foreign-buyers tax.Clark told reporters Tuesday that her government will not reconsider the 15-per-cent tax that is intended to calm what she called a “distorted market.”“The prices were going up way too fast and if we helped slow that down, that’s good,” she said.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver announced last Friday that August sales were down by 26 per cent compared with last year, signalling a return to more typical levels.The largest drop in property sales last month was among detached homes, with a decrease of 44.5 per cent.Along with the slowdown in sales, the board said prices that were once skyrocketing may be tapering off.The average price of a detached home fell to $1.47 million last month, a 16.7 per cent drop from the month before. Dan Morrison, president of the real estate board, said on Friday that the region was seeing fewer sales of the highest-priced detached homes and fewer sales of detached homes compared with other kinds of housing, causing average prices to slump.But the real estate board prefers to measure prices using the benchmark price, which is a representation of a “typical” property sold in the area.The benchmark price for detached properties reached $1.57 million in August, representing a 12-month increase of 35.8 per cent. However, compared with July, the figure was down 0.1 per cent.Clark said it is too early to tell what the impact of the foreign-buyers tax and a luxury sales tax on homes priced over $2 million has had on the market.While the premier said changes to the new legislation are not an option, the government will be doing even more to try to address housing affordability in Metro Vancouver.“We need to make it easier for first time home buyers to get into the market and that’s not just about price.”Housing supply is a contributing factor to the problem, Clark said, with prospective developments “languishing” in city planning departments for years.Without giving away specifics, Clark said her government will look at ways to ensure cities are “moving some of that inventory” and increasing supply. B.C. government will not reconsider tax on foreign homebuyers, says premier read more

Extending mandate of UN mission in Mali Security Council adds observers to

Through a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body extended MINUSMA’s mandate until 30 June 2016, and decided that it should perform tasks related to, among others, the monitoring and supervision of ceasefire arrangements; supporting the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali; protecting civilians under imminent threat of physical violence; and assisting the Malian authorities in their efforts to promote and protect human rights.The Council welcomed the signing of the agreement over the past weeks by the Malian Government and the coalitions of armed groups that had remained outside the accord – the Plateforme, and the Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad, as “a historic opportunity” to achieve lasting peace in Mali. At the same time, the Council strongly condemned the violations of the ceasefire by the Malian parties, which had led to loss of life, including of civilians, and displacement and undermined the peace process. Through the resolution, the Council urged the Government of Mali, the Plateforme and Coordination armed groups to fulfil their commitments under the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, and further urged all parties to immediately and fully respect and uphold the ceasefire agreement of 23 May 2014, the Arrangement sécuritaire pour une cessation des hostilités of 5 June 2015, and the declarations of cessation of hostilities of 19 February 2015 and 24 July 2014.The Council further expressed its readiness to consider targeted sanctions against those who undermined the peace process, notably by resuming hostilities, violating the ceasefire, or taking actions to obstruct or threaten the implementation of the Agreement, as well as those who, among other things, attacked and took actions to threaten MINUSMA, international security presences or humanitarian personnel. It demanded that all armed groups in Mali put aside their arms, cease hostilities, reject the recourse to violence, cut off all ties with terrorist organizations and recognize, without conditions, the unity and territorial integrity of the Malian State. Further to the resolution, the Security Council expressed its concern at the slow pace of deployment of personnel and equipment of MINUSMA, which had seriously hindered the Mission’s ability to fully implement its mandate since its establishment on 25 April 2013. It nevertheless welcomed efforts by the Secretary-General to accelerate that deployment and to provide adequate training to improve the security and safety of MINUSMA’s personnel in a complex security environment. read more

Clothing needed for Brock Swap n Drop

Drop the old and swap in the new at the Student Life and Community Experience clothing drive.From March 27 to 31, students, staff and faculty are invited to donate washed, gently used clothing items for the Brock Swap ‘n Drop.Donated items can be exchanged for other articles of clothing available at the one-day event on March 31.A stamp card will be provided to track how many items can be redeemed at no cost. A maximum of 10 items can be exchanged for free.Additional items can be purchased for $2 each, with all proceeds benefitting the on-campus food bank at the General Brock store. Remaining items from the clothing drive will be donated to various community organizations in Niagara.The event will take place in Market Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations can be dropped off in the Student Life Involvement Commons (MC A204) beginning March 27. read more

Gene Smith named athletic director of the year

Ohio State athletic director and vice president Gene Smith was named 2010 Sports Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year.Over the past year, Ohio State has enjoyed much on-field success, including a victory in the Rose Bowl over Oregon in January.Off the field, the Buckeyes recently celebrated the accomplishments of 503 scholar-athletes, who achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Smith beat out other athletic directors from the University of North Carolina, Boise State University, UCLA and the University of Alabama. Other winners on the night included Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as Sports Executive of the Year, Super Bowl XLIV as Sports Event of the Year, CBS Sports as Best in Sports Television, and the Seattle Sounders of the MLS as the Professional Sports Team of the Year. Smith was named athletic director in 2005 and was a finalist for the AD of the Year Award in 2008. The event was held in New York City on Thursday night. The awards are presented annually by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily and judged performance from Jan. 1, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010. read more

Women are put off smear tests because they worry it will reveal

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. Women could be put off smear tests because they fear the results will imply promiscuity, according to new research. Polling of more than 2,000 women found that around four in ten thought that being diagnosed with the human papilloma virus (HPV) – which can cause cervical cancer – was a cause of shame.Around eight in ten women will become infected with HPV at some point over their lifetimes, but only those with specific high-risk types of the virus will go on to develop cancer.The survey by charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer trust found that four in ten women would be worried about what people thought of them if their smear test results detected HPV.And they were equally fearful that the result meant their partner had been unfaithful – although the virus can lie dormant for decades.The findings, presented at Cancer Research UK’s early diagnosis conference in Birmingham, comes as the NHS in England prepares to replace standard cervical cancer screening, which looks for abnormal cells, with HPV screening, later this year.Studies suggest the number who develop cancer could be cut by a fifth, because the tests detect abnormalities far earlier, when they are easier to treat. Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “We must address the level of misunderstanding that exists around HPV. Most people will get the virus in their lifetime so it is worrying to see such high levels of fear or shame associated with it. Research suggests the number of cases each year will fall from 2,500 to 2,000 a year, under the plans.The new poll found seven in 10 women would be scared to hear they had HPV and two thirds would worry it meant they had cancer.Many women who responded did not understand the link between HPV and cancer. One in three did not know it can cause cervical cancer and almost all of them did not know it can cause throat or mouth cancer. Researchers found that only 15 per cent of those questioned realised HPV was commonplace.Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of early diagnosis, said: “It’s really concerning that there’s so much misunderstanding about HPV. It’s a very common virus and most of the time, it will sit dormant and not cause a problem.“Testing for the virus is a better way to identify people who may have changes in their cervix, which, if left untreated, could develop into cervical cancer. So HPV screening is an excellent way to prevent cervical cancer from developing in the first place.“Every woman has the choice whether to go for screening but busting the myths and removing the stigmas surrounding HPV is vital to ensure people feel more confident to book and turn up for their cervical screening appointment.” read more

Seasonending injury for Jan Stehlik

← Previous Story Alexandros Vasilakis signs for HBW Balingen Next Story → NO EUROPEAN FINAL IN DOHA: Al Sadd beat Flensburg! handballjan stehlikst raphael A ligaments rupture in the right knee is most likely the cause for the season ending injury for St Raphael’s player – Jan Stehlik. The Czech international suffered this in the friendly against PSG Handball, and the additional screenings have revealed a more serious injury, giving a blow to the ambitions of St Raphael this season on the right back position. read more

Can 8Hour Forensic Spacewalk Solve Galactic Whodunit

first_img Russia’s Humanoid Robot Returns Safely to EarthCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on target STABBY STAB pic.twitter.com/DUvpumTvNF— Loren Grush (@lorengrush) December 11, 2018NASA and Roscosmos agreed to “defer any preliminary conclusions … until the final investigation has been completed.”Prokopyev, Gerst, and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor are scheduled to depart the station in the Soyuz MS-09 on Dec. 19, returning to Earth after a six-and-a-half-month mission.More on Geek.com:Penguin Poo Images From NASA Reveal Antarctic Ecosystem Changes‘Beam’ Your Support to New Horizons Ahead of Historic FlybyNASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Reaches Interstellar Spacecenter_img Wielding sharp knives and what looked like garden shears, two Russian spacewalkers this week examined a mysterious hole in a Soyuz craft, docked on the International Space Station.Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev cut samples of material around the tiny dimple, first identified in August, when the two-millimeter cavity caused an air leak at the ISS.During a difficult spacewalk (that lasted nearly eight hours), the cosmonauts managed to cut away insulation covering the hole, taking photos and collecting residue for analysis.A new thermal blanket has been placed over the area.Over the summer, flight controllers in Houston and Moscow noticed a drop in pressure on the ISS; an exposure was discovered in a side compartment of the Soyuz MS-09, which docked at the orbiting lab in June.At the time, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst reportedly confirmed the puncture—thought to be the result of a micrometeoroid—by running his hand over it (some even say he plugged it with a finger).The Expedition 56 crew then MacGyvered the hole from inside the station, initially using heat-resistant tape, and later a sealant and gauze cloth.The dent has since become a point of contention between the United States and Russia, as Russian media speculated that a NASA astronaut deliberately sabotaged the spacecraft.“It was done by a human hand,” Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, told the TASS news agency in September. “There are traces of a drill sliding along the surface. We don’t reject any theories.”While he is willing to admit it could have been a manufacturing error, Rogozin isn’t ruling out vandalism—fueled by a theory that a NASA astronaut was the culprit.last_img read more

ARGI Merges with iPacesetters

first_imgTwo of the publishing industry’s more prominent suppliers, the fulfillment and database management company ARGI, and the teleservices firm iPacesetters, have combined to form a new supplier whose core vision is to not only house and analyze audience data, but also to use call centers to enrich it. The new company, which keeps the name iPacesetters, will have over 1,000 employees and be based in Montvale, New Jersey. ARGI CEO Ray Butkus will be CEO of the combined company. Frank Royal, currently president of iPacesetters, will continue in that capacity for the combined entity and Gerry DeBiasi, partner of the private-equity firm Kidd & Company and Executive Chairman of iPacesetters, will also continue in that role.Essentially, the transaction is an acquisition of ARGI by Kidd & Company, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based firm. ARGI’s primary owner, private-equity firm Shore Points Partners, will continue as a minority investor in the new company, while two other private-equity investors in ARGI have been bought out. “The company brings together the call center/contact center capabilities of iPacesetters and the technology and database-management capabilities of ARGI,” Butkus said in an interview. “The vision that brought the two companies together was shared between me and Gerry DiBiasi. We believe the publishing industry is moving toward enriching data, so that they can do more with it. Publishers want data that can help them drive revenue. “In order to do that, it isn’t sufficient to just house data or analyze it, you need to provide a capability to enrich it. And contact centers are a great way, maybe the best way, to enrich that data.”The new company will serve two verticals, publishing and cable. It will have facilities in several Wisconsin cities and Mesa, Arizona in addition to New Jersey. Coming in to run the publishing operation are two magazine-industry veterans. Jeffrey Reinhardt, a former executive with Cowles Business Media, Intertec Publishing and Primedia, will run the business development, sales, marketing and account management operations for the iPacesetters Publishing Group. And Eric Rutter, a longtime audience-development executive with Reed Business Information, will handle the account management operation for Reinhardt’s group. The iPacesetters that exists today was formerly known as American Pacesetters. It grew through two major acquisitions, the purchase of an Indian research and database firm, IQ Resources, in 2009, and the acquisition of Charleton Telemarketing in May.last_img read more

Outsourcing staff in government hospitals boycott duties

first_imgHyderabad: Outsourcing Fourth class employees working in 24 State hospitals and health centres in twin-cities boycotted their duties on Tuesday in protest against non-payment of salaries for last three months. According to M Narsimha, president of TS Medical Contract Employees and Workers Union, nearly three thousand employees including sanitation staff, helpers, ward boys have been working without salary from May. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Striking staff belonged to hospitals and health centres falling under Directorate of Medical Education, Vaidya Vidhana Parishad and Directorate of Public Health. He said that senior officials were aware of the plight of Fourth Class staff as three-day protests were held from July 8 to 10. On July 10, officials called for a meeting and assured that salaries would be released shortly, but that did not happen, Narsimha lamented. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us According to the union leaders, nearly Rs 10 crore amount has to be released by the government for payment of three months salaries to over three thousand workers employed in city hospitals and health centres. Narsimha said that talks were held with the higher officials on Tuesday evening, following the day-long strike, and it was conveyed to them that government released the amount and accordingly cheques are being issued. He said that they would take a further decision on continuation of strike seeing government response over the next 24 hours.last_img read more

Godrej Consumer Products declares 11 bonus Rs 12 as fourth interim dividend

first_imgA woman shows the new Rs 500 denomination currency note outside an ATM kiosk in Kolkata on Nov. 20, 2016 (representational image).IANSGodrej Consumer Products Ltd. (GCPL) rewarded shareholders on Tuesday with a liberal bonus issue of 1:1 (one bonus share for one equity share held), in addition to a fourth interim dividend of Rs 12 per share. The company declared its Q4 and FY2017 results and also announced that Nisaba Godrej, daughter of chairman Adi Godrej, will succeed him as the head of the company.”Issue of Bonus Shares in the ratio of 1:1, i.e. one bonus equity share of Re. 1/- each for every one fully paid-up equity share held, as on the record date. The record date to ascertain members eligible to receive bonus shares will be fixed in due course.”Declared a fourth interim dividend @ Rs. 12/- per share (1200% on the shares of the face value of Re. 1/- each) for the financial year 2016-17. As intimated earlier the Record Date for ascertaining the names of the shareholders who will be entitled to receive the said dividend is May 17, 2017. The dividend will be paid on May 31, 2017,” the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.The 39-year-old Nisaba is currently one of the executive directors of the Mumbai-based company. Adi Godrej will now be the chairman emeritus of the company. Vivek Gambhir will continue as Managing Director and CEO of the company.The changes will be effective from May 10, 2017.Q4 resultsThe company’s fourth quarter consolidated net profit increased 212 percent to Rs 390 crore for Q4 in comparison to Rs 125 crore in the year-ago period. Sales rose 12.2 percent to Rs 2,390 crore.The increase in sales was driven by 10.3 percent growth in India and 47 percent in Africa. GCPL shares closed 9.74 percent higher at Rs 1929 apiece on the BSE on Tuesday.last_img read more

Norwester kills 7 causes huge damage

first_imgNor’wester kills 7, causes huge damageSeven people were killed as nor’wester lashed Jaldhaka and Domar upazilas of Nilphamari district on Thursday night.Ibrahim Khalil, officer-in-charge of Domar police station, said Abdul Gani, 40 of Golnati Chourangibazar, was killed when a portion of a mud wall collapsed on him while he was in his cattle shed during the storm at night, reports UNB.Also, Jamirul Islam, 12, son of Abdur Rahman of Bogdapuri village in the upazila, was killed as a tree fell on him during the storm.Two others — Fatema Begum, 55 and Abdar Rahman, 50, — were killed in wall collapse in separate places in the night.In Jaldhaka upazila, Abdur Rahim, 35 of Mirganj union and Shawkat Ali, 47 were killed in wall collapse during the storm in the night, said chairman of Mirganj Union Parishad.In another incident, Alam, 35, son of Tafizuddin of Dharmapal union, was killed when a tree collapsed on him when nor’wester hit the area.Besides, a number of houses were damaged and tress uprooted in the two upazilas of the district during the storm.last_img read more

1 killed in Gazipur factory fire

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationA security guard was burned to death in a fire at a spinning mill at Faripur of Sreepur upazila in Gazipur on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Russel, 45.Ram Prasad Pal, station officer of Sreepur fire service control room, said the fire broke out around 2pm, reports UNB.Six firefighting units went to the spot and extinguished the blaze. They also recovered Russel’s body from inside the mill.The cause of the fire and extent of damage could not be known immediately.last_img read more

Groups At Odds Over Feral Hog Poison To Control Population

first_img  According to Kaput’s label, the hog’s meat is contaminated by the poison within 24 hours of eating it.  The poison turns the pig’s fat layer blue.  “Certainly whether the fat is blue or not, we’re still going to have to test the product. It has to be a scientific proof that it’s not contaminated for us.” And Wharton says the testing is expensive.  He also believes the number of animals tainted with the poison will greatly reduce the overall meat production at his plant. Eydin Hansen with Texas Hog Hunters Association agrees. Hansen says the feral hog meat business has become a billion dollar industry in Texas.  He supports legislation being filed by Rep. Lynn Stucky, a Republican veterinarian from North Texas.  It would prevent the poisoning of feral hogs until the safety of doing that is studied further. “For the bill it actually stops the poisoning.  Before any poison could be used in the State of Texas, it would have to be studied for long term use in actual environments because the science they’ve put in place actually came from the company who makes the product.” The Hog Hunters’ Association has joined other meat producers in a lawsuit that has put Agriculture Commissioner Miller’s regulations for using Kaput on hold.  A hearing on the suit is scheduled for the end of the month.  A Miller spokesman says without the Texas-specific plan – anyone who can get their hands on Kaput can use it in this state.   But the manufacturer says it won’t sell the hog poison in Texas until the state adopts application rules. So, until that happens the hogs’ biggest worry may be the meat producers and the hunters who see them as tasty Texas barbecue. First there’s the sheer number of feral hogs- the state estimates 1.5 million are running rampant all across the state.  And with every litter, their numbers grow.  The Agriculture Department says the hogs cause more than $50 million in damage a year. Anthony Gola knows that first hand.  He grows corn and other vegetables northeast of Taylor and says the hogs can wipe out an entire season’s crops in  span of a week. “They destroy the crop, corn especially, at planting and at harvest when the corn is ripening, it will be a total failure, you’ll have a total crop loss.”That’s why Gola welcomes Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s support for using the poison known as Kaput Feral Hog Bait in Texas. “It may be available for in-season use but doesn’t look like it will be available for planting.”Kaput works on hogs a lot like rat poison.  It contains Warfarin which slows the blood-clotting process.  In human application, Warfarin can prevent strokes and heart attacks.  When used in high doses as in rat poison it can cause the animals to bleed to death.Wildlife experts with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are concerned Kaput could affect wildlife besides the hogs who eat it.  That it could affect wildlife that feed on hog carcasses.“Studies show that rodents and raptors can be affected through primary and secondary consumption of warfarin,” says Josh Havens, the communications director for Texas Parks and Wildlife.Warfarin was used to kill feral hogs in Australia then Australia banned its use.  A spokesman for Agriculture Commissioner Miller says the amount of Warfarin in Kaput is lower than the amount in Australia’s application.  Miller says he’s not worried about the hog poison affecting other animals. “We sent the information to the EPA for a registration, they said you know this product is Warfarin and we’ve already labeled Warfarin.  So, it’s relatively safe and because of that low strength level it’s not toxic to anything except in extremely large quantities, other than hogs.”Still, the company’s label urges users to wear protective gear when handling it  and to keep children, pregnant women, pets, livestock and other wildlife away from the feeders that dispense the poison. Beyond the potential health risks, others worry that using the poison will hurt businesses in Texas.  Texas Natural Meats, Northeast of Temple, processes feral hog meat.  C.W. Wharton is the plant’s manager and says the wild pork has become increasingly popular among high-end restaurants throughout country. “It doesn’t appear that much thought was given to how this was going to affect the State of Texas, the product we are talking about here and the population.” Wharton says his facility is a federally-regulated USDA processing plant.  That means the hog meat is carefully inspected for possible contaminates before it is sold.  Share AP Photo/Eric Gay, FileFILE – In this Feb. 18, 2009 file photo, feral pigs roam near a Mertzon, Texas ranch. The Texas agriculture commissioner announced Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, that he has approved the use of a poison that he says may herald a “feral hog apocalypse” in a state where an estimated 2.5 million hogs roam. Commissioner Sid Miller said this week that bait food will be laced with warfarin, which is used as a blood thinner but has proven lethal to hogs.You may have heard Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller supports using a poison that will kill feral hogs ruining Texas crops and farm land. Miller likes to say the poison will bring about a “Hog Apocalypse” in Texas.Opponents have filed a lawsuit putting Miller’s rules for the poison on hold.  The EPA has approved the use of the poison but the company that makes the poison says it won’t sell it in Texas until the state rules for using it are in place.  Copyright 2017 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM.last_img read more

Panel Tackles Combating Human Trafficking in Nigeria

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRONigerians in the diaspora are tackling issues of human rights, not only in Nigeria but throughout the world. The Washington D.C. Chapter of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization formally known as NIDO brought a difficult but necessary conversation to the Nigerian Embassy on Oct. 2  with their panel on “Combating Human Trafficking in Nigeria, New Trends, Challenges and The Role of Nigerians in Diaspora,” a discussion with a diverse array of knowledge and solutions to the horror that is human trafficking engaged on next steps.The Washington D.C. Chapter of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization formally known as NIDO, conducted a panel on human trafficking on Oct. 2 at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Northwest, D.C.NIDO is an alliance of Nigerians with the mission: “To promote a spirit of patriotism and co-operation among Nigerians in the Diaspora, thus mobilizing the vast resources of manpower and machinery towards building a greater Nigeria.” Building a community of Nigerian and Nigerian allies, they host panels, symposiums and job fairs as well as a wide range of services for the NIDO community and their surrounding communities.Hosted at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Northwest, D.C., NIDO brought together strong Nigerian leaders including Dr. Sadia Ali Aden, Samuel Adewusi (moderator), Chike Anyanwu, Dr. Doris Johnson, Asma Inge-Hanif, Dr. Juliet Mbonu, and Joseph Osuigwe to discuss ways to combat human trafficking in Nigeria and throughout the diaspora. The event had a much later start than advertised, but the audience was immediately captivated when the event began. Each panelist was given their own time slot to present their information.Offering an invaluable perspective on the detrimental effects of human trafficking on one’s health was Dr. Sadia Ali Aden and Dr. Doris Johnson. Johnson, a medical practitioner with a focus on clinical nutrition focused on the effects of mental health in relation to human trafficking. Delving into the various forms of trafficking (i.e human trafficking, labour trafficking and organ trafficking), Johnson highlighted the mental health implications that come along with human trafficking and the effects of physical acts of violence. Aden shared on the indicators and implications of trauma by way of human trafficking and emphasized that, “We should pay a lot more attention to the health aspect because there is a lot more to it (than) the physical trauma we see every day.”Joseph Osuigwe is the founder of the Devatop Centre for Africa Development, a Nigerian based non-profit committed to “combating human trafficking, ending gender-based violence, [and] protection and promotion of human rights.” Sharing the shocking statistic that 1.3 million Nigerians are victims of human trafficking, Osuigwe challenged everyone in attendance to take immediate action, reminding people that human trafficking is a worldwide issue and not only rampant in Nigeria.“Human trafficking is a stoppable crime, and apart from the works of government and non-government organizations, Nigerians in Diaspora have essential roles to play in stopping it,” Osuigwe said.Chaplain and Nurse Asma Inge-Hanif is the executive director and founder of Muslimat Al Nisaa Shelter, a refuge for victims of human trafficking, refugees and domestic violence. Hanif shared how her 40 years of experience within the community, led her to understand that homeless women and children among the most vulnerable populations to be targeted by human traffickers. Approaching the issue of human trafficking with a heart full of empathy she has not only opened her heart to these survivors but her home, “I need to be able to provide a safe haven for these individuals.”The Multifaceted CEO of Rika Film Productions, Dr. Juliet Mbonu shared a trailer for her film “Breakout,” exposing the ways in which women in developing countries are at risk of human trafficking. Candidate for State Delegate District 21, Chike Anyanwu discussed his personal sentiments around human trafficking and possible political solutions.To learn more about the Washington DC Chapter of NIDO and their upcoming events check out their website, http://www.nidodcchapter.org.last_img read more

In quest of the coldest possible antihydrogen

first_img More information: G. Cerchiari et al. “Ultracold Anions for High-Precision Antihydrogen Experiments.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.133205, Also at arXiv:1712.08275 [physics.atom-ph] Citation: In quest of the coldest possible antihydrogen (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-quest-coldest-antihydrogen.html © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters Currently, one of the major goals in ultracold science is to cool antihydrogen atoms to as close to absolute zero as possible. Ultracold antihydrogen would pave the way toward ultraprecise antimatter experiments that could help answer some of the most perplexing questions about antimatter. For example, how does gravity act on antimatter? Why don’t we see any antimatter in the universe? And could it be possible to create antiatoms of all of the elements from the periodic table in the lab? Graph showing new data of electron transitions in the lanthanum anion. Credit: G. Cerchiari et al. ©2018 American Physical Societycenter_img In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, a team of physicists from Germany and the US has investigated one of the most promising candidates for precooling antihydrogen, which is the negatively charged lanthanum ion. The reason why lanthanum anions may play a key role in antimatter experiments is that they have just the right electronic properties to undergo laser cooling, a procedure that can cool a system down to some of the coldest possible temperatures. Once the lanthanum anions are laser-cooled, they can then be used to sympathetically cool antiprotons, which are one of the two basic constituents of antihydrogen atoms (the other is the positron, which is a positively charged electron). Ultracold antihydrogen can then be produced from the antiprotons that have been sympathetically cooled by the laser-cooled anions.In order to successfully implement this approach, however, it’s necessary to investigate several properties of the lanthanum anion as they relate to laser cooling. As the scientists explain in the new paper, the complicated electronic structure of lanthanum anions make this type of analysis very challenging, and previous efforts have resulted in large inconsistencies between theoretical and experimental data. To address these challenges, the scientists performed new experiments using cutting-edge spectroscopy techniques, and also presented a new theoretical approach. In their theoretical approach, they separated the treatment of the electronic correlations into two problems. As the lanthanum anion has 58 electrons, the researchers treated the lanthanum anion as a Xenon-like core (with 54 electrons) with four additional valence electrons. By addressing the core electrons and the valence electrons separately, they were able to calculate theoretical data that closely matched the experimental data. One of the encouraging results was that they found a stronger-than-expected cooling transition, which suggests the promising potential of lanthanum anions for producing ultracold antihydrogen.”We have now fully characterized the relevant transition in the lanthanum anion, including all its decay channels, and know that the ion can be laser-cooled. Exactly 40 years after the first laser cooling of a positive ion, the laser cooling of a negative ion is just around the corner,” coauthor Alban Kellerbauer, at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, told Phys.org. “To summarize, we accurately measured the transition frequency and, most importantly, the cross-section (which can be used to directly calculate the transition rate). The theoretical calculations were mostly on branching ratios and also on transition rates, including the measured one of the laser cooling transition. The calculated and measured values (of the Einstein coefficient, which is yet another way of expressing the cross-section/rate) agree well, which supports the much smaller uncertainties of the calculated values as compared with previous efforts.” Explore further Physicists zoom in on mysterious ‘missing’ antimatter 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.last_img read more