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Five Maoists killed in Odisha encounter

first_imgFive Maoists including three female cadres were killed during an exchange of fire with security personnel in Odisha’s Koraput district on Wednesday afternoon.According to Koraput Superintendent of Police (SP) Kanwar Vishal Singh, the encounter took place in the hilly jungle terrain of Kituba area under Padua police station limits at around 2.45 pm. Based on intelligence reports of a congregation of Maoist cadres in the region, an operation had been launched on Wednesday morning.One of the maoists killed in encounter is apparently an accused in MLA Kidari killling caseFour teams of Special Operation Group and one team of District Voluntary Force of Koraput were involved in this operation. Security personnel were able to locate the Maoists, which led to the exchange of fire that lasted around 30 minutes. During this exchange of fire, three female and two male armed cadres of outlawed CPI (Maoist) organization were killed. Their uniformed bodies were recovered from the spot.Two INSAS rifles and two self-loading rifles were recovered from the possession of the killed Maoists. During the search operation in the area, several other articles of Maoist camp like kit bags, battery charger, solar panels and other goods were seized.Combing operation has been intensified in the area following this exchange of fire to track down other Maoists, who are suspected to have escaped from the spot.Efforts are on to ascertain the identity of the Maoists. “They were members of Nandapur area committee of the Koraput division,of Maoists,” said the SP.last_img read more

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Thanks, volcanoes! Earth cooler than expected due to recent eruptions

first_imgMinor volcanic eruptions substantially slowed Earth’s warming between 2000 and 2013, a new study suggests. The small particles, or aerosols, were spewed high into the atmosphere and scattered sunlight back into space, preventing the global average temperature from rising from 0.05°C to 0.12°C. That cooling effect represents between 25% and 50% of the expected temperature rise during that period because of rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, the scientists say, so the finding helps explain the so-called hiatus in global warming over the last 15 years.“This is an important paper,” says Brian Toon, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The team’s results “help us understand why Earth didn’t warm as much as expected by climate models in the past decade or so.”Scientists have long known of the cooling effect of major volcanic eruptions, which spew large amounts of light-scattering aerosols into the stratosphere. The Philippines’ Mount Pinatubo, for example, cooled Earth by a few tenths of a degree Celsius for months after it blew its top in June 1991. But the chilling effect of minor eruptions has been hotly debated, says David Ridley, an atmospheric scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. That’s because scientists have presumed that most of the aerosols from minor eruptions do not rise beyond the troposphere, the layer of Earth’s atmosphere where weather occurs and where natural processes quickly clear particles from the atmosphere.As a result, scientists typically ignore satellite data for altitudes lower than 15 kilometers, Ridley says. That’s because the individual droplets or ice particles in clouds (which are, after all, aerosols themselves) in those layers of the atmosphere can confuse the tally, he notes. In the tropics, the boundary between the stratosphere and the troposphere is about 15 kilometers. But in temperate and polar regions, the boundary can be as low as 10 kilometers, Ridley says. That leaves a gap as much as 5 km thick in the lower stratosphere where climate-cooling aerosols can persist, yet not show up, in satellite data.So, Ridley and his colleagues scoured data from other sources. Some came from ground-based lasers that probed the atmosphere from four sites in the Northern Hemisphere. By measuring the amount of laser light reflected back to Earth, the researchers could estimate the concentrations of aerosols at various altitudes. Data gathered by high-flying balloons and satellites helped provide crosschecks on the laser measurements. Also, a worldwide network of sensors measured the total amount of sunlight reaching the ground, which gave the scientists a sense of how much radiation was being scattered back into space by atmospheric aerosols at all levels.The team’s analysis reveals that the lower stratosphere indeed contains many untallied aerosols from minor eruptions. Data gathered at a site near Tsukuba, Japan, show that about a third of stratospheric aerosols—much of them from small volcanoes—sit below 15 kilometers. A site near Tomsk, Russia, found that, on average, about half of the stratospheric aerosols resided below 15 kilometers, the researchers will report in a forthcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters. In these lower layers of the stratosphere, aerosol concentrations rose after known volcanic eruptions and then dropped off, Ridley says.“What they’ve found makes sense, and it’s important to quantify,” says Alan Robock, a climate scientist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The better scientists can pin down natural influences on climate, he says, the better they can understand the impact of human activities.Yet the cooling effect of these minor eruptions does not completely account for the global warming hiatus in which the rise in Earth’s average temperature has slowed since the late 1990s, Toon says. Scientists increasingly believe that most of the rest of the missing heat has gone into deep ocean waters. Another source of cooling is suspected to be aerosols from industry in East Asia.In any case, Robock suggests, scientists should develop new sets of sensors or analytical techniques to measure stratospheric aerosols. Whereas some of those instruments could be space-based, others could be borne by high-flying balloons. The latter type of sensors, Robock notes, could directly measure the size distribution of aerosols, which could help researchers better model their effects on climate.last_img read more

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India Hopes to Draw Old Pal Russia Out of Pak Dragnet

first_imgIndia has sensitised Russia about its concerns over its proposed military (four helicopters) sales as well as joint drills with Pakistan Army. Related Itemslast_img

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India Wants Pact With UK on Short-term Visas For Students

first_imgIndia hopes to reach a deal with Britain for facilitating short-term visas for Indian students, academicians and businessmen. Related Itemslast_img

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Wayne Rooney conundrum is Jose Mourinho’s biggest headache

first_imgOf all the managerial dilemmas facing Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho after three success defeats, the future of his captain Wayne Rooney is by far the most pressing.The England captain, deployed in a central midfield role this season, has been a peripheral figure in a team struggling to gel and his lacklustre performance in the 3-1 defeat at Watford on Sunday led to widespread calls for him to be dropped.Rooney mustered one shot, did not play a single through ball and created only two chances for team-mates with the nine corners and free kicks he took.His defensive contribution was also negligible, failing to make a single tackle and registering one block and one interception in a tetchy 90 minutes during which his main priority appeared to be engaging in a constant dialogue with referee Michael Oliver.”Alex Ferguson knew it more than three years ago…Wayne Rooney is no longer worth a place in the Manchester United team,” veteran United watcher Jim White wrote in the Daily Telegraph.”Slow of thought and legs, United are a side currently functioning as if running through custard and much of the blame lies with the continued selection, in the most critical position in the team, of a man who is playing on his reputation.”Mourinho has never been afraid to make tough decisions during his trophy-laden managerial career and he faces a huge one on the 30-year-old Rooney, who is four goals short of overtaking Bobby Charlton as the club’s all-time leading scorer.advertisementRooney has been a key part of United’s attack since scoring a brilliant hat-trick against Fenerbahce on his debut for the Old Trafford club 12 years ago after arriving from Everton.In recent years, with his pace diminished, he has operated in an ever-deeper role.Former manager Louis van Gaal played him in midfield towards the end of last season and he fill that role with negligible impact for England in this year’s dismal Euro 2016 campaign.Mourinho has opted to do the same, banking on Rooney’s range of passing and experience to create chances for strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford.But his lack of mobility makes United predictable and easy to defend against and Mourinho must be tempted to play the sharper Ander Herrera or a natural holding midfielder such as Morgan Schneiderlin to allow Paul Pogba more freedom to get forward.United fans have voiced their concerns about Rooney on social media and radio call shows in a rising groundswell of discontent and Mourinho faces a tense few days in which to ponder the situation.Although Rooney was unlikely to be in the squad to face third-tier Northampton Town in the League Cup on Wednesday, his selection for the Premier League game against champions Leicester City on Saturday has become the manager’s burning issue.last_img read more

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Pakistan Cricket Board sends legal notice to BCCI for not honouring MOU

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sent a legal notice to the BCCI, initiating proceedings to seek compensation from the Indian board for not honouring the MOU to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. (Shaharyar Khan to continue as PCB chief, PM Nawaz Sharif rejects resignation)An official source in the PCB confirmed to PTI that the notice was dispatched on Wednesday.”The legal notice has been sent after our legal advisors consulted a reputable law firm in London and have prepared a strong legal case to get compensation from the Indians,” he said. (BCCI not in touch with PCB for India-Pakistan bilateral series: Shaharyar Khan)The MOU, signed in 2014, was part of a deal between the two boards under which Pakistan supported the Big Three governance and financial model in the ICC. The source said that in the legal notice Pakistan had pointed out that the BCCI didn’t honour the MOU despite it being signed in the presence of the ICC officials.”The notice also says that due to India’s repeated refusal to commit itself to the MOU, three series have not been played since 2015 two of them which Pakistan was supposed to host,” he said. (Pakistan ready to play India if BCCI gets government nod: PCB chief)The PCB claims that it has lost between USD 200 and 300 million due to India’s refusal to play the series that Pakistan was supposed to host.”We were even willing to host our series at neutral venues as part of the deal but even then the BCCI kept on stalling us and then eventually refused,” the source said.advertisementThe PCB will now decide its next course of action after receiving an official response from the BCCI.”We are prepared to go the courts or the ICC disputes resolution committee to get the compensation,” he said further. (India must compensate for cancelling bilateral series: PCB)The BCCI has repeatedly turned down offers from the PCB for bilateral matches on the grounds that it is not being given clearance by its government due to tense relations between the two countries. The PCB informally told the BCCI representatives at the recent ICC meeting of its decision to start legal proceedings against them to claim compensation for the MOU not being honoured.last_img read more

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Axar Patel replaces Ravindra Jadeja for Pallekele Test

first_imgAxar Patel has been named in the India squad on Wednesday to replace Ravindra Jadeja for the third Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Axar has played 30 One-Day Internationals for India where he picked 35 wickets and scored 170 runs. If Axar is picked in the 11-man squad, this will be his Test debut.After playing a starring role in the second Test against Sri Lanka, where he scored an unbeaten 70 and picked up a five-wicket haul in the second innings, Jadeja was banned for breaking the ICC Code of Conduct.On the third day of the second Test, Jadeja threw a ball at Malinda Pushpakumara when he hadn’t left the crease and the ball missed Dimuth Karunaratne narrowly. The umpires deemed this ‘dangerous’ and hence, ICC has banned him.”India’s Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the upcoming Pallekele Test after his accumulated demerit points reached six within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for which he received a 50 per cent fine and three demerit points, an ICC release stated.Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.On Tuesday, Jadeja reached the pinnacle of the ICC Test rankings for all-rounders and while captain Virat Kohli congratulated the ‘sword master’ for the achievement, Jadeja thanked Kohli and MS Dhoni for their contribution in his success.India are looking for a series sweep after winning the Test series against Sri Lanka 2-0, thus registering their record eighth consecutive series win.advertisementThe third Test is set to begin on August 12.last_img read more

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Urban Meyer’s Daughter’s Outfit For Today’s Ohio State Game Is Going Viral

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is returning to the Ohio State football sideline this afternoon. The Buckeyes’ head coach is officially done with his three-game suspension. His first game of the 2018 regular season comes at 3:30 p.m. E.T.It’s been a brutal couple of months for Meyer, obviously. The Ohio State head coach was punished following an investigation into his handling of allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.Meyer has served his punishment, but he’s still facing a number of critics. There are some who believe he hasn’t handled things well lately, while others believe he’s been unfairly bashed.Regardless of all of that, Meyer is getting back to football on Saturday.The family of the Ohio State head coach is certainly pumped to see him back.Urban Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, is wearing a very special T-shirt to this afternoon’s game. She wants other Ohio State fans to wear the same thing.“TOMORROW!! I’m taking a selfie with everyone I see wearing this! Make your own if you don’t have one, LOL! I’m rockin it baby bump and all!” she wrote.The shirt reads: “Urban Legends Never Die.”TOMORROW!! I’m taking a selfie with everyone I see wearing this! Make your own if you don’t have one, LOL! I’m rockin it baby bump and all! pic.twitter.com/PZKRzZb4Gl— Nicki Meyer Dennis (@Nicki_07) September 22, 2018Meyer’s family, unsurprisingly, has been extremely supportive of him throughout everything.Ohio State and Tulane are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. this afternoon. The game will be televised on BTN.last_img read more

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Sobro is the Multi-Functional Coffee Table Your Home is Missing

first_img Everyone loves a good coffee table. Not only does it serve as a place to prop your feet, throw down your mail and magazines, and, you know, rest your coffee, it also offers a window into the owner’s style and aesthetics. A marble-topped table with thin gold legs indicates its owner is more of a minimalist who fancies high-end finishes; a battered wooden table upcycled from vintage barn siding points to an owner that values environmentalism and heritage (and probably enjoys the idea of farming); and then there’s the Sobro, a shining, futuristic, and sleek table that serves as a sound system, refrigerator, party hub, storage space, coffee table that wouldn’t be amiss in a movie about a tech-loving man living it up in the 22nd century.And that’s because Sobro, the design outfit that created the namesake table, wants you to know that it’s on its way to becoming the future of furniture — and the Sobro coffee table is just a taste of that. And what a delicious taste it is.The coffee table, which is available in black, white, or wood-grain, boasts a tempered glass top, so the same surface where you place your feet and your wine glasses is unbreakable, won’t crack or scratch, and will never require the use of a coaster. Spill some bourbon? A whip around the table with a paper towel and the Sobro top shines like new. The table’s surface also features a touch control panel that functions as the Sobro’s brains, allowing you to alter the LED under-carriage lighting to set the mood for date night, raise and lower the volume of the music blasting through the table’s bluetooth operated speaker, and set and monitor the temperature in the table’s built-in beverage cooler. Yeah, it’s got a fridge inside it.And that fridge is pretty big considering it can hold up to 32 cans of beer. It can, obviously, hold other beverages like sodas or juices, but really, you should probably just stick to beer. Alongside the refrigerator are two additional storage compartments  that can hold all your usual living room refuse; whether you have charging cords, earbuds, or multiple remote controls for your television, Roku, and sound system, there’s a place to hide them all away.But wait, there are even more features to this table. Need to charge your laptop but the outlet’s too far? Not so with Sobro, because you’ve got four standard power outlets along two additional USB charging ports. You can charge your laptop, your phone, your tablet, and whatever else your heart desires all at the same time, and all without ever leaving the comfort of your couch.The best part of the Sobro, however, is the bluetooth enabled speakers. Not only can you bump your latest Spotify playlist from wherever you are in your house, you can also connect your television to the Sobro to offer a semi-surround sound system (minus the soundbar and subwoofer) running right out of your table.It’s not all beer fridges and party jams with the Sobro, though. Unfortunately, it does require a source of electricity. If you, like most people, have your coffee table placed in the middle of the room, it will necessitate running an extension cord. This can be a deal breaker for clean line-loving minimalists. But, if you’re using the Sobro in your man cave, rumpus room, or family room, no one is going to care much about that cord on the floor, unless they trip over it. However, Sobro very kindly supplies an anti-trip cord holder to prevent possible tumbles.Another feature that’s not exactly up to snuff at this point: the glass top. While not needing a coaster for drinks is an obvious benefit, the fact that the glass (at least on the black version) shows fingerprints can be infuriating, especially if you’re the type of person who likes a pristine surface. That being said, if you don’t care about fingerprints on your stainless steel fridge, you shouldn’t give a damn about these fingerprints either.Fingerprints or no, the Sobro is an awesome accessory for any living room, man cave, or office. The Manual has one in our office lobby, and every day at least one new person to the office asks about it. So, at the very least, the coffee table is a conversation starter — no caffeine needed.For more information, pricing, and the chance to own your very own Sobro, check out the official website. The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More Sobro is the Multi-Functional Coffee Table Your Home is Missing Close Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster center_img Editors’ Recommendations 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Evolution and History of the Home Stereolast_img read more

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Hawaii Breaks Ground for New Kapalama Container Terminal

first_imgzoom The US state of Hawaii started the construction of the Kapalama Container Terminal, the largest capital improvement project in the history of the state’s commercial harbor system, on January 16.The Kapalama Container Terminal project will be constructed in two phases over a four-year period with an estimated project cost of USD 448 million. The works are expected to be finalized in 2022.The new terminal, covering Piers 41, 42, and 43 in Honolulu Harbor, features an 84-acre cargo yard and 1,800 linear feet of new berthing space“I’m proud to say the construction of the Kapalama Container Terminal Project is underway, and in four years we’ll have a new state-of-the-art cargo facility that will allow us to consolidate cargo operations, enhance operational efficiencies and improve cargo handling capacity,” David Ige, Governor of Hawaii, said.More than 80 percent of all goods consumed by Hawaii are imported to the islands, and of that, more than 98.6 percent flows through the Port Hawaii commercial harbor system.The Harbor Modernization Plan initiative identified key improvements designed to expand harbor capacity, address advancements in containerized cargo handling, alleviate congestion issues and the lack of available operational space, and develop more adaptable and resilient port facilities.last_img read more

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Now AI can detect racial gender discrimination

first_imgWashington: Scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool for detecting unfair discrimination — such as on the basis of race or gender. Preventing unfair treatment of individuals on the basis of race, gender or ethnicity, for example, has been a long-standing concern of civilised societies. However, detecting such discrimination resulting from decisions, whether by human decision makers or automated AI systems, can be extremely challenging. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “Artificial intelligence systems — such as those involved in selecting candidates for a job or for admission to a university — are trained on large amounts of data,” said Vasant Honavar, a professor at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in the US. “But if these data are biased, they can affect the recommendations of AI systems,” Honavar said. He said if a company historically has never hired a woman for a particular type of job, then an AI system trained on this historical data will not recommend a woman for a new job. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “There’s nothing wrong with the machine learning algorithm itself,” said Honavar. “It’s doing what it’s supposed to do, which is to identify good job candidates based on certain desirable characteristics. But since it was trained on historical, biased data it has the potential to make unfair recommendations,” he said. The team created an AI tool for detecting discrimination with respect to a protected attribute, such as race or gender, by human decision makers or AI systems. “We can minimise gender-based discrimination in salary if we ensure that similar men and women receive similar salaries,” said Aria Khademi, graduate student at Penn State. The researchers tested their method using various types of available data, such as income data from the US Census Bureau to determine whether there is gender-based discrimination in salaries. They also tested their method using the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk programme data to determine whether there is discrimination against people of colour in arrests made after stops. “We analysed an adult income data set containing salary, demographic and employment-related information for close to 50,000 individuals,” said Honavar. “We found evidence of gender-based discrimination in salary. Specifically, we found that the odds of a woman having a salary greater than USD 50,000 per year is only one-third that for a man. “This would suggest that employers should look for and correct, when appropriate, gender bias in salaries,” he said. Although the team’s analysis of the New York stop-and-frisk dataset — which contains demographic and other information about drivers stopped by the New York City police force — revealed evidence of possible racial bias against Hispanics and African American individuals, it found no evidence of discrimination against them on average as a group. “You cannot correct for a problem if you don’t know that the problem exists,” said Honavar. “To avoid discrimination on the basis of race, gender or other attributes you need effective tools for detecting discrimination. Our tool can help with that,” he said.last_img read more

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St Jude Angels And Stars Gala To Take Place This Weekend

first_imgSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will celebrate its 12th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, co-founded by Daisy Fuentes, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to support children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala Co-Founder Daisy Fuentes Cuban-American author, entrepreneur, television personality and Miami-based Chef Adrianne Calvo will be recognized for her commitment to giving back to others by visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to spread cheer that exemplifies the spirit of giving thanks for so many during the holiday season. For the past five years, Chef Calvo has prepared a traditional Cuban meal for patient families to bring the comforts of her home to them.Calvo will join approximately 600 guests for an evening of celebration that includes a cocktail hour, fine dining, silent auction and live performances by GRAMMY Award winning artist Willy Chirino and singer/songwriter Jencarlos Canela.“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital touches my heart because its doctors and scientists are not afraid to take on the global fight against childhood cancer and freely share their knowledge to help others save lives,” said Calvo. “I’ve enjoyed meeting many patient families from around the world at St. Jude by sharing some Latin home cooking at the hospital that I hope brings them some comforts of home while they fight against cancer.”Among the noted celebrity award presenters will be television and radio personalities Ana Maria Canseco, Raul Gonzalez, Alberto Sardiñas, Pamela Silva Conde, Jon Secada, Charytin Goyco, and more.“The FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala brings together a diverse group of supporters in South Florida that are united for one purpose – to help save children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are so thankful to the community and to the Latino artists’ who lend their support for this event, helping St. Jude to save the lives of thousands of children around the world.”For more information about tickets, sponsorships and auction items, visit stjude.org/miamigala or contact Carolina Masri at (800) 278-3383 or carolina.masri@stjude.org.last_img read more

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Inquest makes recommendations following Nutaraluk death

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn inquest in Nunavut has made three major recommendations to the RCMP regarding proper techniques for dealing with intoxicated detainees.The inquest follows the December 2009 death of Adamie Nutaraluk, who died while in RCMP custody.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has the details.last_img

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Ban rejects Georgian claim he was blackmailed by Russia

Last week, Mr. Ban’s report to the Security Council – in which he wrote that the UN Mission in the country (UNOMIG) has contributed to the local population’s overall security but cautioned that an agreement on a revised security regime is needed for lasting stability – was made public.Yesterday’s claim made by Ambassador Alexander Lomaia of Georgia “that the Secretary-General amended his report on Georgia in response to ‘Russian blackmail’ is categorically rejected,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. Mr. Lomaia made the claims at a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.The statement added that the Secretary-General’s main concern in the drafting of his report on Georgia has been that “all concerned parties should engage on the substantive issues in question, more specifically on a mechanism to guarantee safety and security in this troubled region.”The adoption of the publication’s title – “Report of the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1808 (2008), 1839 (2008) and 1866 (2009)” – “was meant to avoid unnecessary politicization of the debate among members of the Security Council and reflected his view of what all members could live with.” 28 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against Georgia’s claim that he was coerced by Russia into amending his recent report on the Caucasus nation. read more

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AEA to test imported milk

It also said that the ITI and SLSI is ready to provide lab facilities to conduct tests on imported milk. The Atomic Energy Agency (AE) is to test imported milk powder for radiation, the Ministry of  Technology, Research and Atomic Energy said today.The Ministry also said that the AEA will continue tests for radiation in fish and canned fish. Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, urged the public to refrain from drinking imported powdered milk saying there could be hazardous chemicals. He did not specify the source of imports but New Zealand is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of imported milk powder. Meanwhile Zimbio.com reported that the New Zealand Government assured the safety of its milk and dairy products, quickly responding to local weekend newspapers reports that imported milk could be unsafe for consumption.“There is no need for consumers in Sri Lanka to be concerned about the safety and quality of New Zealand dairy products. Extensive research has shown no food safety risk at the levels of DCD detected. It is of very low toxicity, and even with extremely high doses it has been difficult to identify any adverse effects,” a statement issued by the country’s high commission in New Delhi, said. “The New Zealand Government can assure all consumers that New Zealand dairy products are safe. The New Zealand Government’s senior official for food safety, Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) Director General, Wayne McNee, has previously acknowledged that low levels of DCD have been detected in a small number of New Zealand milk powder products. (Mr.) McNee is clear however there is no food safety risk. In New Zealand no dairy products are being withdrawn from sale, because they are all safe for consumers,” the statement said.It said DCD itself is not poisonous. It is a non-harmful, water soluble compound that has been used in fertilisers on pastures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the leaching of nitrogen into waterways.The statement added that despite DCD being safe, New Zealand has stopped using DCD while New Zealand considers whether to seek an international standard and what other steps should be taken concerning the use of DCD. It said the MPI notified New Zealand’s trading partners, including Sri Lanka, about the presence of low levels of DCD in some New Zealand milk product in January 2013. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Mars Inc suing Wisconsin woman over her brand of chocolates

by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2017 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mars Inc. suing Wisconsin woman over her brand of chocolates MILWAUKEE – Candy maker Mars Inc. is suing a Wisconsin woman over chocolates she is selling under a name that the company argues is “confusingly similar” to its cocoa extract supplements called CocoaVia.The McLean, Virginia-based company said in a federal lawsuit filed March 24 that the chocolates sold in Madison by Syovata Edari will likely “confuse and deceive consumers” because they’re branded as CocoVaa. The company contends the similarity in the brand names hurts Mars’ reputation and Edari should be barred from using CocoVaa on her products.The company is also seeking damages to be determined at trial and all of Edari’s profits.Edari said Tuesday the lawsuit is “trademark bullying” and noted her chocolates are distinctly different than the product in question that Mars sells. Mars markets the cocoa extracts in CocoaVia as promoting “healthy blood flow from head to toe,” according to the lawsuit.Edari said she picked her brand name because “Vaa” was her father’s nickname for her as a child. She said it’s clear that what she’s making are mousses, caramels and ganaches, not health supplements.“I actually invited them so they could see, ‘Hey, you don’t have to worry about me. I’m doing something completely different,’” she told The Associated Press.Her trademark was registered March 14.But the company maintains the name similarity will mislead the public and create the impression that Mars manufactures or approves of the chocolates Edari is selling.“We work hard to create and build our brands, and so we protect our trademark rights,” Denise Young, a company spokeswoman, said in a statement. She said Mars could not comment further because the lawsuit is pending.Edari, who began making chocolates to promote her law practice, said she will be representing herself in the case, which is being handled in Virginia’s Eastern District Court.“I’m comfortable in federal court,” Edari said, noting her experience as a federal public defender. “I welcome that opportunity to put this in front of a jury.”___Find Ivan Moreno on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ivanjourno read more

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Peace incomplete without demining UN chief says on World Mine Awareness Day

“Peace without mine action is incomplete peace,” the Secretary-General said in his message for the Day, which is centred this year on the theme of ‘Needs driven. People centred.’ “I urge all Member States to keep this issue at the top of the international agenda when negotiating peace, when seeking to prevent harm during conflicts and when deploying emergency humanitarian responses in war zones,” he added.Each year, landmines and other explosive hazards kill or maim thousands of people around the world.“Mine action establishes the foundations for lasting recovery and development,” added Mr. Guterres. “No one should have to live in fear of dying even after the fighting stops.” This year marks 20 years since the creation of the UN Mine Action Service, a collaboration of UN departments, agencies, programmes and funds. Known as UNMAS for short, the entity currently works in 18 countries and territories to save lives and rebuilds communities.To promote mine action and raise funds for its work, the UN Global Advocate, actor Daniel Craig – aka James Bond – has lent his likeness to a campaign to give away a customized Skyfall Silver 2016 Aston Martin Vantage car. The winner will also have an opportunity to chat with Mr. Craig in a secret location. In his message for the Day, Mr. Guterres applauded UNMAS for “its leadership, courage and commitment to peace.” He also commended the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action – which brings together representatives from all UN mine-action entities – for its “needs-driven, people centred approach.” So far, UNMAS and its partners – much of the demining and mine-risk education is carried out by non-governmental organizations and commercial contractors – have cleared and returned 72 per cent of known contaminated land to communities, and cleared 31 hospitals and 35 educations sites, as well as markets and water wells. To honour this work and raise awareness about eradicating landmines and unexploded ordinance, the UN General Assembly, in 2005, established 4 April as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. AUDIO: The Ordnance Disposal Office at the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been locating and destroying these hazards, as well as educating people about the danger they pose. UNAMID Radio prepared this report on the International Day of Mine Awareness. read more

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Brazilian student wins Tokyo photo contest on UN Global Goals

Other award winners include students from Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Japan, Peru, Russia, and Viet Nam. Other judges were Akira Ono, Photo and Multimedia Editor, The Asahi Shimbun; Yuichi Kimura, Comedian, Yoshimoto Creative Agency Co., LTD.; Hiroaki Mizushima, Professor, Department of Journalism, Sophia University; and Mark Garten, Chief of the UN Photo Unit, Audio-Visual Services Section, UN Department of Public Information (DPI). Brazilian Luis Gustavo Cavalheiro Silva (centre), winner of the Grand Prize, poses for a commemorative photo with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane (right) and Sophia University President Yoshiaki Terumichi. Photo: UNIC Tokyo/Takashi Okano “The contest has encouraged students from all over the world to capture a moment that reflects their own ideas and views on SDGs,” said Kaoru Nemoto, Director of UN Information Centre in Tokyo at the opening of the award ceremony held Tuesday, the United Nations Day. “In their photos, we find the power to communicate humanity’s urgent issues to everybody,” Ms. Nemoto added. The winning entry, from Luis Gustavo Cavalheiro Silva, a student at Universidade Estadual Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil, depicts a woman who earns her income to support her children by collecting recyclables. “Thanks to the community’s support, the woman can support her family and at the same time contributes to keeping the community environmentally sustainable. I saw in her work the valuable message that the SDGs are conveying, and I thereby wanted to share my feelings with others,” the contest winner states in his comment attached to the photo. The SDGs Student Photo Contest, jointly held by UNIC Tokyo and Sophia University in Japan, drew more than 1,000 entries, up 60 per cent from last year, from 73 countries.“I was surprised by quality photos submitted by the students,” stated Leslie Kee, a photographer who headed the judging panel. “We have selected photos to best reflect the young generation’s enthusiasm to achieve the SDGs.” read more

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Aid stepped up to Syria camp new arrivals say terrorists blocked their

In just the past week, more than 10,000 people have fled conflict in Hajin in eastern Deir-ez-Zor governorate, UN refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told journalists in Geneva.“Since fighting escalated in Hajin in early December, more than 23,000 people have fled to Al Hol (camp), effectively tripling its population,” he said. “Many more are expected.”They travel at night with barely any belongings, often having to wade through the minefields and open fighting – Andrej Mahecic, UNHCRThose fleeing Hajin described fierce fighting and said they were blocked from leaving by ISIL, or Da’esh extremists, who used to control large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria.“Families fleeing the Hajin enclave and surrounding areas have also told us of a harrowing journey to safety,” Mr Mahecic explained. “They travel at night with barely any belongings, often having to wade through the minefields and open fighting.”On reaching positions controlled by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the “hungry and cold” civilians – mainly women and children, according to UNHCR – “describe being herded into open trucks” and transported northwards to Al Hol camp.Little or no assistance is given to them, Mr Mahecic noted, adding that since early December, “we have recorded 29 deaths among children and newborns”.More than two weeks ago, humanitarians asked the SDF to designate a site en route for Al Hol, where emergency assistance can be provided. This has yet to happen, the agency confirmed.“We have approached the authorities who are effectively in control of the area where we need to work”, Mr Mahecic said. “We have also appealed to those fighting and those with influence over those involved in the fighting to do their utmost to grant safety for the civilians fleeing and to allow humanitarian access in the areas where we need.”Many sleep in the open in freezing cold weather and walk or travel in open trucks from there – Christian Lindmeier, WHOChristian Lindmeier, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) described the life-threatening delays imposed on vulnerable families: “Fleeing civilians are stopped at Al Omar oilfields for days for screening and we need access to this area to assist the people there,” he said. “Many sleep in the open in freezing cold weather and walk or travel in open trucks from there.” Amid a surge in arrivals to Al Hol camp and overcrowding, UNHCR and its partners have set up 24-hour response teams to identify the most vulnerable arrivals and provide assistance, especially to unaccompanied or separated children.A number of other emergency measures have been put in place, with additional large tents to provide immediate shelter for new arrivals. The camp already has more than 4,500 tents, with another 3,600 ready to be erected.Child-friendly spaces are also open, along with schools and communal kitchens to shelter new arrivals temporarily, UNHCR said.The majority of those fleeing the fighting are Syrian residents of villages in south Deir-ez-Zor province, who have been caught up in the fighting as ISIS retreated south. Mr. Mahecic noted that they are anxious about their confinement to Al Hol camp and the confiscation of their documents.“Most hope to be allowed to join their relatives and friends in Deir-ez-Zor province and return to their homes as soon as the fighting is over,” he said.’Much more help is required’ WHOWHO, which is ramping up its response to Al Hol camp, has already delivered thousands of medical treatments to support two mobile clinics and four health teams there.The UN health agency has also supported vaccination campaigns, set up disease surveillance and training for volunteers to provide “psychological first aid and basic counselling”, WHO’s regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean tweeted.“A week ago, WHO airlifted more than 28 tonnes of medical supplies, equipment and vaccines to Al Hassakeh Governorate to respond to growing health needs in north-east Syria,” WHO’s Mr Lindmeier confirmed.“This was the second shipment the organization has airlifted to Al Hassakeh this month,” he added. “It’s also worth mentioning that the first shipment this year was airlifted to the governorate on 8 January. It contained 20 tonnes of medical supplies sufficient to cover 110,000 medical treatments.”Despite the airlifts, much more help is required. “Access does remain the key issue, just to remind everyone, and we need guaranteed approvals to access the camp and the roads leading to it,” Mr Lindmeier explained. read more

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It could have been a very different story Petrol bomb thrown into

first_img 7 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3351035 Friday 21 Apr 2017, 12:58 PM 5,376 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/Nikoleta Ivanova Share Tweet Email center_img Image: Shutterstock/Nikoleta Ivanova Short URL I know many in the community including myself, cannot understand why this family home has been targeted in this way. This is a close-knit community and one which does not want to have this type of activity taking place in Ballymena.“I would ask anyone with any information to contact and assist the police.”Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin called on anyone who saw anything suspicious in the early hours of the morning to contact detectives at Ballymena on the non-emergency police number 101, quoting reference 147 of 21/4/17.Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: ‘It’s threatening the future of the scheme’: One third of Belfast Bikes stolen or vandalisedRead: Police want to speak to 19-year-old after teenage girl sexually assaulted in Belfast city centre ‘It could have been a very different story’: Petrol bomb thrown into Antrim family’s home Three adults and a 12-year-old boy were in the house at the time, but were uninjured. POLICE IN BALLYMENA are appealing for witnesses after a petrol bomb attack on a house in the Alfred Street Place area of the town earlier Friday.A petrol bomb was thrown at the property around 3.45am this morning. Three adults and a 12-year-old boy were in the house at the time, but were uninjured.A window in the house was smashed and scorch damage caused to an exterior wall. It’s understood that extensive damage was done to the kitchen and that gas pipes were also damaged.North Antrim DUP member Paul Frew condemned the attack, saying “we could have had a very different story”.“This attack has caused a great deal of shock to the family involved and the wider community of Ballymena. Apr 21st 2017, 12:58 PM last_img read more