Congress may repeat 42 MLAs in M.P.

first_imgWhile the ruling BJP is thinking of not giving ticket to between 70 and 80 of its MLAs in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is ready to renominate 42 of its 57 legislators.A Congress leader, on condition of anonymity, said on Saturday that those MLAs had done satisfactory work. He said the final list of candidates had been submitted to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who would take a call on it.“Congress State chief Kamal Nath is not in favour of dropping sitting MLAs without a valid reason,” he said.last_img

Road-Tripping With Rodman

first_imgIf you happened to catch any of the news coverage of Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea last week, you might have spotted in the big man’s entourage a white guy with an Amish-style beard, as in clean-shaven cheeks and no moustache. That’s Joseph Terwilliger, 48, a statistical geneticist who splits his time at Columbia University and the University of Helsinki. Suffice it to say, even losing the beard Terwilliger would be no ordinary geneticist.For starters, his passion is the tuba. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and has since tooted with groups as diverse as the New York City Opera and the Tubonic Plague tuba quartet. “About 15% of my income comes from music,” Terwilliger says. Other diversions include impersonating Abe Lincoln and taking second place in a Nathan’s hot dog eating contest.Terwilliger’s scientific career is equally intriguing. He has jetted off to western China, the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan, and Iran in search of novel traits in nomadic populations. “Most of my work has been on trying to identify natural experiments that mimic experimental conditions in a way that might help us to understand the genetics of normal human variation in health and disease,” he says. Terwilliger has also lectured in Cuba, China, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, and, he says, “many other places where relationships between their government and ours are poor.” He’s a longtime critic of the human genome project and the HapMap project, arguing that backers of those massive enterprises were misleading in suggesting that genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and other approaches would quickly pinpoint disease-risk genes meaningful for public health. “GWAS has been an abject failure in uncovering much of the etiology of complex human diseases,” he argues. “Many of my colleagues who work for large genome centers have no choice but to continue to promote the technology they have invested millions of dollars in, as they have factories set up and employees whose livelihoods hang in the balance.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“Joe is a unique character, eccentric, brilliant, libertarian, and a lot besides,” says longtime collaborator Kenneth Weiss, a geneticist at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. “He is a voice to be heard, and thinks 10 times faster than most of the rest of us. He’s basically a very good-hearted guy, but one who does enjoy notoriety!”Which brings us to North Korea. Terwilliger has been to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as the country is formally known, eight times in the past 5 years. Twice he went as a tourist, and twice to study the North Korean dialect. He has a good professional reason for visiting the Hermit Kingdom: He and colleagues have a large, ongoing study of the Korean diaspora aiming to compare the relative contributions of genetics, culture and the environment to health-related traits. Last July, he taught human evolutionary genetics at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), founded in North Korea’s capital in 2009 by Christian Korean-Americans. And now he’s been to North Korea with Rodman—three times and counting. ScienceInsider caught up with Terwilliger at his perch in Helsinki.Q: Any big surprises last week?J.T.: Every time I visit the DPRK I see things from a different perspective.  Of course going there with Dennis Rodman is entirely different from going there as a teacher and shopping at local markets as we did last summer. I have been all over the country, and seen Korea from many different perspectives, and the one thing that is invariant in all those different vantage points is how sweet and kind the citizens of the DPRK are.  The Korean word 소박함 describes perfectly the innocence, warmth, sincerity, and kindness of the North Korean people.One anecdote from last week. We were at the new Masik Pass ski resort near the East Coast of the DPRK, which was just opened in the last month. We were the first foreigners to visit it after it opened. I was sliding down the bunny slope in a tire tube and got turned around and lost control. A Korean man then blocked my tube and was knocked down hard enough to the ground to have been hospitalized for a possible concussion from the collision. I then kept moving in the tube and five other Korean men also were knocked to the ground in their effort to stop my tube from going off a 100 foot cliff that was located at the bottom of the bunny slope.I had the chance the next day to meet these men and thank them, and every one of them was gracious, sweet, and wonderful to me, even though one of them even had to go to the hospital because of my accident. This genuine sweetness and kindness is typical of people in the DPRK. People are the same everywhere, and interaction with them can only be a good thing. [wysiwyg_field wf_deltas=”0″ wf_field=”field_assets” wf_formatter=”styles_file_original” wf_settings-field_delimiter=”” wf_settings-field_multiple_limit=”-1″ wf_settings-field_multiple_limit_offset=”0″ contenteditable=”false” wf_cache=”1390321518″ wf_entity_id=”111440″ wf_entity_type=”node”]Q: How did you become part of the Rodman entourage?J.T.: In April of 2013, I saw an online auction for charity where people could bid on the chance to play H-O-R-S-E with Dennis Rodman. So I bid and won, solely because I wanted to tell him that I supported what he was doing and would be happy to assist him if he needed any help on the ground, as I was going to be in the DPRK teaching and living there in July.A few weeks after the H-O-R-S-E game, Dennis’s agent contacted me and asked if I could help find a way to get Dennis back to the DPRK without involving Vice magazine and their media crews who made his previous visit less than ideal. We eventually chose a friend of mine, Michael Spavor, a Canadian living in Yanji, China, to organize the visas and logistics with the DPRK Olympic Committee and Sports Ministry. Together, he and I and two student volunteers organized the return trip in September and helped with translation and cultural advising during his trip.The September trip was one of the most amazing things I have ever been involved with in my life. And I almost could not even go, as I suffered a retinal detachment the last night I was teaching in Pyongyang in July and had to have emergency surgery on my return to NYC to repair the retina. They had to perform a complete vitrectomy and attach a scleral buckle to the eye, and I had to remain face down with a gas bubble in my eye until the third week of August. The trip to Korea was on September 1st, so I was very close to missing the entire thing. While my vision was not good, I was cleared to travel and had the experience of a lifetime.The rest is history, as we then worked on the logistics for setting up the basketball game held last week, and the training session in late December.Q: Has the experience changed your life?J.T.: No, I have kept a very low profile. Sure, it has come out that I was there, and my photo is all over the place, but most people just ask, “Who is the crazy looking bearded guy with Dennis?” so it has had very little direct effect on my life. I was just there to assist him, to help with translation. Basically I was there as Dennis’s friend who happens to speak Korean.While it seems very normal to me at this point, if someone had told me in January 2013 that a year from then I would be hanging out in Pyongyang with Marshal Kim Jong Un, Dennis Rodman, Cliff Robinson, Charles D. Smith, Kenny Anderson, Doug Christie, and Sleepy Floyd, I would have laughed in your face. But they were all wonderful to me, and especially to the basketball players who joined us for this game. They were all there for positive reasons, to interact with local people, to teach basketball, to make people smile by doing what they do best, and by generating money to support deaf children in Korea. Their intentions were entirely selfless and noble, and they did a positive thing, despite the enormity of the criticism they have received on returning home. Any form of interaction is a good thing when done between people of nations whose governments have hostile relationships.Q: Last July, you spent 3 weeks teaching at PUST. What was that like?J.T.: I viewed this as a great opportunity to experience the DPRK as a resident, and also to help build a positive and trusting relationship with people in the DPRK, a necessary prerequisite for some future scientific exchanges. I viewed my role there as one of showing the positive side of the American people to a population who has heard mostly negative stereotypes about us.I engaged the students, taught them scientific critical thinking, and showed an understanding of their society and culture which most foreigners do not even try to get into. I spoke Korean with their grammatical styles and their accent, and I showed familiarity with their culture. Students all wrote me very sweet notes attached to their final exams about how they really appreciated my efforts to understand their country and needed to think twice about their opinions of the American people as a result of our interactions.They said the very same thing about their experiences viewing Dennis Rodman’s visit to their country in February of 2013. Many students talked about how much they loved watching that basketball game on television, and how many had even read Dennis’s autobiography and admired him for being so frank about the difficulties he had in his life. And when they saw him saying nice things about their country and their leader it really affected their views of American people, seeing one in this light for the first time. To this end, an enormous amount of goodwill had been engendered by Dennis’s efforts at sports diplomacy, as well as the impact I think I was able to have on my small class of students by doing the same things with science as the vehicle of choice.Q: Rodman’s basketball diplomacy is one of the few things the United States has going with North Korea right now. Do you see an opportunity to engage the North Koreans through science diplomacy?J.T.: I have tried to do this by teaching at PUST last summer, and may go back in the future as well to pursue that further. I would love to have the chance to help them with epidemiological or genetic studies in the DPRK, and would love to work with their students to help them going forward. Every time I have been there, including last week, I was asked when I would come to teach again, and they seemed very positive about the potential for further interactions on a scientific level going forward. I have no specific agenda at this time, but hopefully something will materialize in the near future! Science, music, sports, culture, academics all have the potential to build bridges between people with no risk to government and no political overtones, and I hope that I will be able to help build such bridges between our countries in the future, using the trust and connections I have built with them over the past several years.I hope to have more opportunities to interact with the North Koreans on a scientific level—in fact that was a large part of my motivation to get involved with Rodman’s efforts as a way to build contacts, connections, and trust, so something positive could happen down the road.last_img read more

Mike Gundy yells more, this time it’s hilarious

first_img“Hell, everybody on the team’s wide open. They didn’t even cover you.”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

a month agoReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for career

first_imgReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has recalled walking out on PSG.The France defender signed for Real this summer from Olympique Lyon. Mendy spent eight years with PSG before quitting for Le Havre to launch his first team career.Mendy recalled to Canal+: “If PSG was correct after my injury? Yes, I came back and I trained. But I was training with the DH. And after all, I thought that the best option was to leave.”I think I made the best choice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Churches’ Emancipation Lecture Set for July 30

first_img The lecture will offer insights into the rapid growth of information and communication technologies and their implications for Jamaican young people and the wider society. Members of the public are invited to the 2017 Churches’ Emancipation Lecture to be held at the Meadowbrook United Church, 2 Flemington Drive, Meadowbrook, Kingston 19, on July 30 at 4:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to the 2017 Churches’ Emancipation Lecture to be held at the Meadowbrook United Church, 2 Flemington Drive, Meadowbrook, Kingston 19, on July 30 at 4:00 p.m.The lecture, which will be held under the theme: ‘Youth and Technology – Exploring the Societal Impact’, forms part of Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations.The lecture will offer insights into the rapid growth of information and communication technologies and their implications for Jamaican young people and the wider society.It will also explore the evolution applications, such as robotics, social media platforms, big data and the 4th Industrial Revolution.Adjunct Professor at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and member of the Churches’ Emancipation Committee, Fay Durrant, told JIS News that the annual lecture is one of the churches’ contribution to education, and so this is a means of bringing certain issues [to light] and provoking thought.“Young people need to prepare themselves for jobs in the future,” he said, highlighting that there are few jobs that do not require knowledge of information technology.Director of the Geo-Informatics Institute at the UWI, Mona, and Musgrave Youth Medal Award Recipient, Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, Jr., will deliver this year’s Lecture.Attendees will also be treated to performances, including a cultural presentation.The event, which is in its 24th staging, is organised each year by the Churches’ Emancipation Lecture Committee with members drawn from a group of Jamaican churches. These include Bethel Baptist, Boulevard Baptist, Hope United, Meadowbrook United, and Webster Memorial United, as well as the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI).center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

BW Chemicals Sells 13 Tankers to Ace Tankers

first_imgzoomImage courtesy: BW Group Bermuda-based BW Group has sold a fleet of 13 chemical tankers to Ace Tankers Management BV.The deal was closed in December last year, between BW Chemicals Pte. Ltd. and Ace Tankers Management BV, BW Group confirmed to World Maritime News. Based on the data from the group, the company has a total of 15 chemical tankers in its fleet.The sale was rumored back in November 2018, and the price tag for the acquisition was said to be around USD 350 million. Once acquired, the ships were reportedly intended to join the Ace-Quantum Chemical Tankers (AQCT) Pool, a joint venture between Ace Tankers and Eastern Pacific Shipping.The AQCT Pool manages a fleet of over 20 stainless steel 19,900 dwt chemical tankers.BW Group’s spokesperson was unable to confirm the said details of the deal to WMN.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Yoga Among New Offerings This School Year

first_img Grade 7 arts curriculum in English schools that includes band instruments, music and visual arts. Family Studies curriculum for the English grade 7, with special focus on textile arts and design. New Family studies curriculum for Grade 10, including Food Technology 10, that will count toward the mandatory technology credit. Expanded co-operative education. Grants of $390,000 expanded the program by 39 schools, bringing the total number of schools in co-op to 74. CSAP this year has all 10 of its high schools now offering the co-op program. Communications Technology 11 represents a new step in expanding the number of high-quality, tech education offerings. It offers students hands-on learning with digital photography, digital video, broadcasting, and a host of communication video. Construction Trades 11 launches in six English schools across the province. The course builds on the material taught in Skilled Trades 10 and gives teens the opportunity to continue to work in a cutting-edge learning environment to further develop their skills through working like tradespersons at a construction site model. Options and Opportunities, O2, the department’s innovative program designed to re-engage students through more hands-on learning and workplace experiences, is also expanding with two more schools offering the program in the CSAP. The day of the lotus has arrived in school gyms, putting a new twist on the traditional physical education class. Yoga, the ancient practice that develops both strength and flexibility, along with mental discipline, is now one of a number of new course options that fulfills Nova Scotia’s physical education requirement. Physical education became a graduation requirement last year. Yoga 11, successfully piloted in three school boards last year, has proven popular with students looking for a non-competitive alternative to the traditional phys-ed class. Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial will pilot the program in two schools this spring. The course addresses the province’s commitment to increasing the participation rate of female students, as well as males, in physical activity. “It is essential that we continue to work at getting more of our youth engaged in healthy, active living,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “Part of that strategy is to develop physical education programs that will interest girls and young women and inspire more of our students to get and stay active over their lifetime.” The Department of Education is also introducing two additional physical education options in English schools that will count toward the new phys-ed credit: Physically Active Lifestyles 11 and Fitness Leadership 11. Fitness Leadership 11 is unique because it gives students an opportunity to earn certification as fitness leaders, providing them with the credentials they need to work as leaders in community physical activity programs. “This program develops leadership skills for young people so that they can take these new skills into the community, making them healthier places to live and work,” said Ms. More. CSAP is in the second year of implementing its new physical education courses in grades 10, 11 and 12. All schools now offer these phys ed programs, which contain a fitness leadership unit. Also among the new and expanded programs in school this year are:last_img read more

Livestock Producers learn about Anthrax at community session

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Many concerned livestock producers came out to learn about anthrax at the Anthrax Information Session held Monday night at the Stoneridge Hotel.The meeting was organized after anthrax was confirmed in the death of 13 bison on a farm near Fort St. John.  Dr. Chris Clark, of Western College of Veterinarian and Medicine, gave a lecture on the anthrax disease and the risk it may pose to livestock and humans.“One thing about the disease anthrax is it conjures up a lot of spectres in people’s minds, and they get very nervous when they hear about anthrax, and I do firmly believe that knowledge is a way that we counter those,” said Dr. Clark as he addressed the audience. “This is nothing new. Anthrax is essentially the oldest disease known to medicine. We’ve got evidence that it’s been around for, at least, 4,000 years”, said Clark.Anthrax is a naturally occurring disease caused by a spore-forming bacterium.Clark reassured producers that the risk to humans is minimal as it is not a directly contagious disease. The only way to get infected is if you were to ingest the bacteria. If you were to get infected, there are very effective vaccines that prevent and cure anthrax.Clark suggests that if a producer has any concerns about the risk of anthrax, they are encouraged to speak with their veterinarian.More about the anthrax disease can be found on the Government of Canada website.You can watch the entire anthrax session with Dr. Clark below:last_img read more

The Passing of a Local Unsung Hero

first_imgKyle shares, with the number of miles (PSA), dogs put on, they sometimes do not retire well yet Barter retired very well enjoying his remaining years living with the family.“His favourite thing was just to hang out with all of us, stealing my wife’s foot massage ball while she was using it, which became his favourite toy which he took everywhere,” said Kyle. Kyle recounts, no matter the time of day, how much the team had worked already, or extreme weather in the North, Barter would meet him at the gate ready to go.Kyle’s proudest moment working with Barter was a call to assist in locating a suspect who had ran into the bush, The key to this story was the incident took place 6 hours driving time away. Shortly after arriving on scene Barter located the track of the suspect and half-hour later the suspect was in custody.“I was always so proud to tell people that this was Barter’s longest headstart,” said Kyle.Barter and Kyle worked the Peace Region until April of 2017 with Barter retiring at 8 years of age. Barter, named in honour of retired Cpl Terry Barter would pass all of his tests in training. In 2010 Kyle and Barter would enter training in Innisfail, AB. Upon graduation, the team returned to their detachment in Rocky Mountain House, AB. Kyle shares, there was an immediate success in the work they did together there.The team would arrive in Fort St. John, April of 2011 to work the Peace Region. “We rode together for thousands of km and ran hundreds with Barter leading the way,” said Kyle.“Barter saved my life on many occasions as well as protected the members and I on high-risk calls,” said Kyle.Over the years Barter was instrumental in capturing perpetrators yet he also participated with North Peace SAR and was integral in helping to find individuals that were lost in the bush or were having a hard time and needed help. After Barter’s retirement, Kyle went back to Innisfail for a few months and retrained with a new PSA dog, Hawkes who he currently still works with. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The community recently lost an important member, who spent his life serving and protecting FSJ.Police Service Dog (PSA) Barter was laid to rest last week, he was a valued member of the Fort St. John detachment and a loyal partner and companion to his handler Cpl. Brady Kyle.Kyle and Barter would become a team in May of 2009 when Barter was 7 weeks old. When leaving the kennels with Barter, Kyle was told ‘he’s a sure shot so don’t screw him up.’ As shared on the Rivers Animal FB Page post, ‘he was still a working dog at heart and remained steadfast in his loyalty and service to those he loved. He will be missed by those that knew him. He truly was . . . One of Canada’s finest.’last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral encouraged by deal resolving political crisis in Honduras

30 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he is encouraged by news that an agreement has been reached to resolve the political crisis in Honduras that began when President José Manuel Zelaya was ousted from power in June. The deal between Mr. Zelaya – overthrown in a 28 June coup d’état which was condemned by Mr. Ban and other top United Nations officials – and the de facto authorities was reached last night in the capital, Tegucigalpa.According to media reports, that deal would allow the deposed President to return to office.The Secretary-General “hopes Honduras is now on the path to the full restoration of democratic, constitutional rule,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Earlier this month, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, dispatched a team to Honduras on a three-week mission to look into violations of rights in the wake of the June coup. read more

Toys R Us Canada president resigns after 2 decades with retailer

Toys “R” Us Canada’s president resigned from the top post after more than two decades with the company.A spokesperson says Melanie Teed-Murch tendered her resignation to accept a new opportunity, which has not been disclosed.The company, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, did not say when the resignation takes effect or whether it has appointed an interim president.Teed-Murch started her career with the toy seller as a store manager in Kitchener, Ont., in 1996 before working her way up to the top post in Sept. 2016.She oversaw the company during a tumultuous time as its American and U.K. counterparts liquidated stores, and the Canadian business sought creditor protection.Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. eventually purchased the Canadian operation for $300 million and Teed-Murch embarked on a media offensive to reassure customers that the retailer remained open for business.The Canadian Press read more

Bundesbank chief Weidmann critical of new ECB stimulus

BERLIN — The head of Germany’s central bank says the European Central Bank “overshot the mark” in delivering a new blast of monetary stimulus to help the continent’s shaky economy.The ECB decided Thursday to cut a key interest rate and restart its bond-buying stimulus program. Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, who has long been skeptical about buying bonds, was quoted Friday as telling German daily Bild that the ECB’s governing council approved the “very extensive package” above all because the German economy is cooling, “but from my point of view, it overshot the mark.”Weidmann argued the economic situation isn’t really bad and “such a far-reaching package” wasn’t necessary. And he said that, having decided to buy more bonds, it will become even more difficult for the ECB to exit that policy.The Associated Press read more

Security Council deplores heinous murder of British aid worker by Islamic militants

“This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press.According to media reports, Mr. Haines, 44, was seized in Syria last year. He was being held by ISIL which had already killed two United States hostages, and a video of his death was released on Saturday night. Council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of the United Kingdom as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL.“The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” said the statement. They further emphasized that such “continued acts of barbarism” perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida.The Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by these groups. It also demanded that all parties involved in an armed conflict comply fully with their obligations to ensure the respect and protection of all humanitarian personnel.Further, Council members stressed that those responsible for the killing of David Haines should be held accountable, and urged all States to cooperate actively with the UK and all other relevant authorities in this regard. read more

Novembers CV registrations up 34 per cent

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ‘With just December’s registrations to come, the new CV market in 2002 should see the year out in good form.   We think the year-end figure may be over 317,500, comfortably bigger than 2001,’ he added.Click through to download the full news release and data tables for November 2002. CV registration growth maintained, up 3.4 per cent on November 2001Eight out of 11 months this year see registrations growthSecond highest November registration total, only bettered by 1988’s 32,338YTD CV registrations up 2.5 per cent at 299,527 vehiclesLight CV registrations up 1.4 per cent, and 4.5 per cent for YTDOctober’s rebound in truck registration growth continues into NovemberNovember sees bus registration growth falter again.‘CV registrations this November confirmed that the year’s firm growth trend remains intact.   This month the momentum swung to the heavier end, as trucks over 15t gvw did particularly well.   For the year as a whole it has been more typical to see heavy vans leading the way,’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. read more

Ohio State field hockey battles Indiana for chance at B1G tournament

Members of the Ohio State field hockey team sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a 2-1 loss to Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field.Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State field hockey will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday for its final road game of the regular season where the Buckeyes go head-to-head with the Indiana Hoosiers.The Buckeyes (5-10, 0-6) look ahead to the match after a tough weekend of Big Ten play. OSU fell to both Rutgers and No. 5 Maryland at home, remaining winless in conference play.As OSU approaches one of the last games of the season, junior midfielder Maddy Humphrey said that the goal is to end the season on a high note and get a chance to compete in the Big Ten tournament.“We say that we don’t have anything to lose but we do because we are a part of Ohio State,” Humphrey said. “We need to represent (the school) by getting to the Big Ten tournament because that’s what Ohio State is all about.”Humphrey continues to dominate OSU’s offense with 11 goals and seven assists for a total of 29 points. After Humphrey’s performance over the past weekend, she jumped to No. 14 on the all-time points list with a career total of 85 points.Junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro leads the Big Ten for the second year in a row with 96 saves this season. Tamburro also boasts a .716 save percentage. Also protecting the net is junior back Caroline Rath, who has had six defensive saves this season and is tied for fourth nationally.Indiana (8-8, 3-3) comes to the match after upsetting No. 12 Michigan, but falling to Michigan State the previous weekend.Returning to represent the Hoosiers is senior midfielder Katie Barber, who has finished 16 goals and four assists for a cumulative 36 points. Junior midfielder Taylor Pearson follows Barber with 19 points made up of eight goals and three assists.Sophomore goalkeeper Noëlle Rother is ranked second in the Big Ten behind OSU’s Tamburro with 91 saves and a .740 save percentage. Rother was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the weeks of Oct. 11 and Oct. 18.Coach Anne Wilkinson said that the Buckeyes have really stepped up their game in practice this past week as they have prepared to face Indiana.“They came out with energy and focus, which was good,” Wilkinson said. “We’re … still working through how we handle (tough) situations…and I think they’re managing themselves appropriately in that they’re having the right focus going into this game on the road.”Friday’s match will mark the 27th time that the Buckeyes and Hoosiers have faced off since 1974. OSU leads the series with a 16-9-1 record and has won three of the last five games.Friday’s faceoff is set for 3 p.m. and will be streamed live on BTN Plus. read more

Firefighters thrown from boat during sea rescue in Jersey

first_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. This is the dramatic moment two firemen are hurled from a boat while trying to rescue a swimmer in Jersey.Footage taken on board a lifeboat shows three fire crew battling rough conditions en route to saving a 31-year-old woman off Green Island on Saturday.One fireman manages to hoist himself back onto the boat while the other remains stranded in the sea for a few moments. He is then pulled back on board.Joy Godfray was rescued but later died in hospital.last_img

Ants work in a daily rat race receive promotions

first_imgThere are two tidbits about ants that are common knowledge. First, ants can lift an enormous amount of weight proportional to their own body weight. Second, ants live and work in colonies, forming mesmerizing worker paths, almost as if they’re following some kind of sophisticated real-time strategy game’s pathing model. A new study has found that when ants are traveling along those worker paths, they’re actually partaking in something of a rat race, working hard toward a job promotion — which they eventually receive.Biologists at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland tagged every worker ant in a colony, as they are difficult to tell apart, and thus difficult to track. Thanks to the tags, the ants were tracked with a computer, and the team of biologists found that the workers performed three types of jobs. One is taking care of the young and the colony’s queen (essentially nurses), another is cleaning up the colony, and the final one is searching for food. What’s unique about the different jobs is that the ants seem to get promoted from one task to another as they get older. Essentially, they put in work, then get promoted.The team studied six groups of carpenter ants that contained around 100 individuals each, and tagged them with a piece of paper containing something similar to a QR code. The ants were watched over by a computer, which ended up recording over 9.4 million interactions between the workers alone. The age-to-job-experience ratio isn’t exactly similar to that found in humans. Nurses are the youngest, foragers are the oldest, and cleaners are in the middle. Normally, out of a deliveryman, janitor, and nurse — though they all provide an important function — the nurse would require the most experience, yet in the ant colony, nurses have had the least amount of time to prepare for their job. However, just like human careers, the team of biologists did find exceptions to the average.As to why the ants change jobs as they get older, there’s no clear reason as of yet. Studying the gathered data in the hopes of finding out will be the University of Lausanne team’s next priority.last_img read more

Latest on short term rental debate in Mission Beach

first_imgLatest on short term rental debate in Mission Beach Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMISSION BEACH (KUSI) — It’s an issue that is pitting neighbor against neighbor in San Diego.The fight over short-term vacation rentals, especially along our beaches, has gone on for years. And now Mayor Kevin Faulconer has come up with a plan.But as KUSI’s Dan Plante shows us, critics of the plan are lining up. Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 13, 2018 July 13, 2018last_img read more

Rohingyas need urgent funding IOM

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. ReutersHead of the UN Migration Agency William Lacy Swing has said almost a million Rohingyas living in Bangladesh face a triple threat of extreme weather, funding shortfalls and uncertainty about their future, reports UNB.The Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it was crucial for the world to remain focused on the crisis, as a “failure to do so would have tragic outcomes for the nearly a million Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh.”He made the remarks after reviewing progress by IOM and partners in managing the world’s largest refugee settlement in Cox’s Bazar discussions with Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka and an earlier meeting on Thursday with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.Swing praised the great hospitality of the local community and the government and people of Bangladesh as a whole in supporting the Rohingya refugees in what is now one of the world’s largest humanitarian responses.He said the world must recognize the hugely generous support that the Bangladesh government and host community in Cox’s Bazar has offered these refugees who arrived in such desperate conditions with nothing.”The Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar are in danger of becoming the wretched of the earth, homeless and without a future,” he said in a statement issued by the IOM, adding, “The world must rally to support them.”Quoting prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the IOM said, “The wellbeing of the Rohingyas is our concern while they are here (in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh).”She also underscored the enormity of the impact that so many refugees are having on the local population and the need for global solidarity to find a solution to their plight and humanitarian aid to support them and the surrounding host communities.Swing previously visited Cox’s Bazar in October 2017, less than three months into a violent crisis which has sent more than 700,000 people fleeing over the border from Myanmar since late August 2017.The Rohingyas now live in desperately cramped conditions on bare sandy slopes, with only bamboo and tarpaulin shelters to protect them from the elements, says the IOM.All this in an area that suffers two cyclone seasons yearly and some of the heaviest monsoon conditions in the world, it said.Swing noted the major improvements to the camps’ management and infrastructure carried out by IOM, and an entire spectrum of other UN agencies, NGOs as well as other organisations and the government, including access ways, bridges, drainage, sanitation and improved shelters.However, as monsoon rains turned many hillsides to mud, ambassador Swing warned that with just one quarter of joint funding appeal for the entire response met so far, much of the progress made in recent months was at serious risk of collapsing.That, he said, would create yet another life-threatening disaster for the Rohingya community.Swing, who met young mothers from the refugees and local Bangladeshi host community who had recently given birth at an IOM medical facility in the heart of the sprawling mega-camp stressed the vital role that such health services played for people in Cox’s Bazar whether refugees or local residents.”Everyone must recognize, in addition to the refugees’ needs, the tremendous impact this crisis is having on the host community,” he said.IOM has been working in Cox’s Bazar providing medical care to the local community long before the crisis which began last August, he noted.”All mothers – refugees and locals – should have access to safe, hygienic facilities to give birth and it’s profoundly worrying that funding shortages are now threatening these crucial maternity services which are making such differences to the lives of women and babies from all backgrounds.”Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq at a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Tuesday said Swing stressed that it is crucial for the world to remain focused on the crisis, warning that, as monsoon rains turned many hillsides to mud and with just one quarter of joint funding appeal for the entire response met so far, much of the progress made in recent months was at serious risk of collapsing.The IOM DG left Dhaka on Monday night wrapping up his three-day visit.The number of people in need in Cox’s Bazar district is now 1.3 million with 706,364 new Rohingya arrivals since 25 August last year, according to IOM.­­last_img read more