Iraq UN refugee agency issues urgent appeal to evacuate seriously ill Palestinians

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) believes that there could be more Palestinians who could be in urgent need of medical attention.“UNHCR continues to receive reports from Baghdad of Palestinians who refuse to go for medical care because they are afraid for their safety,” the agency’s spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “We know of some people who refused to seek medical attention for fear of attacks and later died in their homes as a consequence.”Palestinians residing in Iraq are in desperate need of a humanitarian solution, as 1,450 live in grim conditions at two border camps, while up to 13,000 are still living in Baghdad, down from 34,000 in 2003.Those living in Iraq – who continue to be targeted – have no access to other countries and no communities to seek refuge from within Iraq.Despite their best efforts, UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross are facing obstacles in their efforts to help. The two “have been trying everything to provide proper medical care but this is very difficult in the dusty border camps and volatile Baghdad,” Mr. Redmond said.Earlier this week, UNHCR spotlighted the plights of children – suffering from such conditions as Hodgkin’s disease, a hole in the heart and vascular problems – in desperate need of medical care living in Al Waleed camp, home to over 1,000 Palestinians.There is only one doctor to tend to patients in the camp, and he alone cannot treat all those in need, Mr. Redmond noted.Residents of the camp include a two-year-old with cerebral palsy whose immune system is not functioning properly and has stopped eating.Another camp inhabitant, a 13-year-old girl, has a spinal injury and will be permanently paralyzed from the neck down without prompt treatment. Her mother died several years ago, her father was murdered in January and her home was burned down by militia.Meanwhile in Baghdad, urgent cases include a 14-year-old boy who has had 13 operations but suffers from severe urinary and bladder problems, and a 15-month-old boy with spinal problems at risk of permanent paralysis from the waist down.“And there are more,” Mr. Redmond said. 29 June 2007Without immediate evacuation and life-saving medical help, roughly one dozen seriously ill Palestinians – mostly young children stranded in Baghdad or in a make-shift camp close to the Syrian border – could die or suffer complications, the United Nations refugee agency said today, appealing for urgent assistance. read more

Knicks Expected to Match Houston Offer on Jeremy Lin

[Update] The Knicks are expected to match Houston’s offer on Jeremy Lin—though they could be scared off by a back-loaded contract that forces them to pay heaby luxury tax in 2014-15. Jeremy Lin, the former Harvard guard who made a month-long splash in the NBA last season with the New York Knicks before suffering a knee injury, plans to spend his 4th of July in Houston discussing a contract offer from the Rockets.Lin became a phenomenon with his stellar play that included scoring 38 points against the Los Angelese Lakers on national television. The Asian-American’s play leveled off after teams began to game-plan for him, but he still displayed scoring and passing acumen.He wants to remain with the Knicks, reports say, and New York has the right of first refusal, meaning it can match any offer sheet he signs to retain him.If Lin is offered a back-loaded contract that pays him an eight-figure salary in the third and fourth years, the Knicks could be hesitant to match the offer. With the new collective bargaining agreement employing a more punitive luxury tax beginning in the 2013-14 season, the Knicks are extremely concerned about the financial ramifications of such a deal.The Knicks can offer Lin a four-year deal worth $24.5 million. But an opposing team can offer Lin a poison pill that could go as high as $40 million over four years. Such a contract would pay Lin $5 million in each of the first two years and then go as high as $15 million in each of the last two years.Matching such a contract would give the Knicks four players — Lin, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler  — making more than $14 million in the 2014-2015 season. Those four players alone would have a combined salary of $72 million, nearly $2 million above the luxury tax.The Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets have all expressed interest in Lin, according to sources, though he is a backup plan for each of the clubs. read more

Commentary Big East should take a back seat to the Big Ten

The Big Ten Tournament is a middle child. No one outside of the conference pays much attention to it because they’re too busy watching the golden boy of postseason conference tournaments, the Big East Tournament. Year after year, the Big East Tournament provides college basketball fans across the country with classic games and classic performances in the mecca of the basketball world (Madison Square Garden). There was the six-overtime game between Connecticut and Syracuse in 2009 and Kemba Walker’s epic one-man run to win the Big East Tournament (and ultimately the National Championship) last year. If the Connecticut-West Virginia, Connecticut-Syracuse and Cincinnati-Georgetown games are any indication, this year’s Big East Tournament won’t be any different. But times might be changing. The middle child might make a very loud cry for attention this year. The past few years, the Big East has dominated college basketball. Yeah the conference has a higher number of teams than any other top-six conference, but the conference was stacked like a magician’s deck of cards. That’s not the case in 2012. Top to bottom, no conference in the country is stronger than the Big Ten. Five of the 12 Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 15 in the country, compared to three out of 16 teams in the Big East. Last year at this time, the Big East had seven teams in the top 25. This year they have just four. The fact is when talented teams already familiar with each other get together with high stakes on the line, there are going to be some high-intensity, quality basketball games played. This year, the tournament with the most overall talent will be in Indianapolis and not coincidentally, that’s where the best postseason conference tournament will be as well. To put in perspective how tough the Big Ten tournament will be this year, No. 14 Wisconsin, the fourth-seeded team in the Big Ten, will have to play their first game of the tournament against No. 15 Indiana Friday. So much for a warm-up. And don’t forget, the regular season of the Big Ten ended in a tie. Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State finished with identical 13-5 records in the conference and split their regular season meetings. You don’t think players will be fighting for bragging rights? You don’t think Michigan State is furious they lost their final two games of the year including its Senior Day against OSU? There will be emotion. There will be passion. And in the case of some teams, there will be desperation. Mix those things together and it’s a basketball fan’s heaven. Best of all, the whole thing will be broadcast live to you by the most over-the-top but awesome commentator in sports, Gus Johnson. ESPN columnist Bill Simmons always talks about the “Law Of Gus.” It states that in games he announces, crazy things happen. Buzzer beaters, comebacks, men with overgrown hair and a mole mustache crying in the middle of the court (Adam Morrison), you name it. If Gus is there, everything is in play. The law has been proven and re-proven so many times. It’s only a matter of time before it gets published in a scientific journal. The Big East Tournament may have Madison Square Garden, but I’ll take better teams, unfinished conference feuds and ridiculously over-dramatic announcing. I’ll take the Big Ten tournament. read more

Mental health crisis among children as selfie culture sees cases of anxiety

first_imgSoaring numbers of children are being admitted to hospital suffering from anxiety, official figures show.NHS data shows the number of young patients being treated on hospital wards has risen by 42 per cent in just one year, with thousands of pre-teen children receiving such a diagnosis.Experts said the figures were “deeply alarming,” reflecting a generation under pressure from “around the clock” social media, fuelling bullying, insecurity and concern about body image.In the last five years, cases have tripled, the figures show.The NSPCC last night warned that their Childline service has seen a 35 per cent rise in calls about anxiety from children in just twelve months.  The charity said children and teenagers were becoming increasingly distressed by disturbing events they saw on social networking sites, as well as by world events such as Brexit, the US election and troubles in the Middle East.The new figures show that in 2015/16, more than 10,000 patients under the age of 18 were admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of anxiety. Research shows girls ‘binge’ on social media for longer periods than boysCredit:Chris Jackson/ Getty Recently published figures show the number of children and young people self-harming has risen dramatically in the last decade.The number of girls treated as hospital inpatients after cutting themselves has almost quadrupled in a decade, the latest statistics show, while the number of cases among boys has close to tripled.Last year a report warned that young women have become the most high risk group in society, with one in four among those aged between 18 and 24 having self-harmed. Girls were twice as likely as boys to be diagnosed with the condition, with 7,314 cases among females under 18s compared with 3,184 among boys and young men. signpost Children and young people face a huge range of pressures, including stress at school, body image issues, bullying on and offline, around-the-clock social media and uncertain job prospectsDr Marc Bush, chief policy advisor at YoungMinds They include almost 2,500 children who were 12 and under, with more than 200 cases involving children aged four and five, as well as 92 diagnoses of children aged three or less. Research shows girls 'binge' on social media for longer periods than boys John Cameron, head of NPSCC helplines said: “We are seeing an increasing number of children and young people being struck down by anxiety, with causes ranging from body image problems, cyber-bullying, the pressures to do well at school and issues in the family home.“These problems are often impacted by a need to keep up with friends and to have the perfect life; and the 24/7 nature of technology means that young people can never escape this pressure.The charity’s figures show the number of children and young people contacting the NSPCC’s Childline about anxiety rose by 35 per cent during 2015/16, with a total of 11,706 calls.More recent figures show a continuing surge in calls, with around 1,100 such contacts a month.The charity said it had received significant numbers of calls in which children said they worried about wars and the plight of children around the world after seeing images of refugees being pulled from bomb-damaged homes.“Sufferers cited world affairs such as Brexit, troubles in the Middle East and the US election, as well as disturbing events they saw in the media and on social networking sites as being the source of their worries,” said Mr Cameron. 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. Rising numbers of children and teenagers are struggling to cope, charities said Credit:PA  It follows warnings of rising numbers of children suffering deep psychological problems, with a steep rise in self harm among children and young people.Dr Marc Bush, chief policy advisor at charity YoungMinds said: “The sharp rise in the number of children being treated in hospital for anxiety is deeply alarming.“We know from our research that children and young people face a huge range of pressures, including stress at school, body image issues, bullying on and offline, around-the-clock social media and uncertain job prospects.”He called for schools to do more to prioritise “wellbeing” of children, not just exam results. The figures from NHS Digital represent hospital inpatients who were given a primary or secondary diagnosis of anxiety.In total, there were 10,499 such cases in 2015/16 – a rise of 42 per cent on the 7,375 cases the year before – and a tripling from the 3,047 cases recorded five years before. ​In 862 cases, anxiety was the primary diagnosis – meaning it was the main reason they were admitted into hospital for in-patient treatment.last_img read more

Belarus wins Yellow Cup

← Previous Story Lithuania wins Riga Council Cup 2013 Next Story → HANDBALL-PLANET.COM IN 2013: 440.000 unique visitors! Belarus handballyellow cup handball Belarus wins the Yellow Cup in Switzerland by victory ove the biggest rival – Russia 30:29 (18:14) in the last match of the tournament. Second place won Russia, while Egypt was third in front of domestic team….December 27:Switzerland – Belarus 31:25 (15:17)Russia – Egypt 31:31 (13:12)December 28:Egypt – Belarus 26:29 (9:11)Switzerland – Russia 31:35 (16:19)December 29:Switzerland – Egypt 27:28 (13:14)Belarus – Russia 30:29 (18:14)STANDINGS:Belarus 4Russia 3Egypt 3Switzerland 2 read more

Man sentenced to seven years for attacking police officer with knife

first_imgWhile I was injured I was not the only police officer there. This was a team effort and we worked together to make sure everyone came through the incident safely.“I am aware of the perception in some communities that police are heavy handed and I hope the comments from the Judge dispels some of this thinking,” he continued.During the sentence hearing, Judge Lynch commended police for using minimum force, noting that it was ‘meritorious’ and proportionate.“I was lucky in this instance that my injuries were superficial but it has still taken time for myself and the other officers who attended that evening to process the incident and the danger we faced,” concluded Wright. “I really hope that something worthwhile comes from this and that the local community will have more confidence in us and in reporting incidents to us.”Related: PSNI officer sustains knife wound to headMore: Plans to allow children aged 12 to use guns legally in NI“If it was any other country, it would be investigated like a war crime,” – Jean McConville’s daughter A WOUNDED POLICE officer in Belfast has expressed his satisfaction at the seven-year sentence imposed by the court on his attacker.The 42-year-old convicted man was sentenced to seven years in prison on 4 October.He was charged with wounding a member of the PSNI with intent to do grievous bodily harm and assault on police, as well as affray and possession of an offensive weapon.The charges relate to an incident at a property in Filbin Crescent during the early hours of 5 February 2012. Police responded to a report of a domestic violence and found a male locked in a house with two small children, aged one and three years old.The man opened the door as officers attempted to gain entry. He attacked Sergeant Mark Wright with a knife before attempting to injure another officer. He was eventually restrained, disarmed and arrested. The two children escaped uninjured.Sergeant Wright, who sustained two knife wounds to his head during the assault, said today that he believes the sentence to be fair.“For all of the police who attended that night this was a life and death situation,” he said after the sentencing. “We knew there was a man in the house who had already assaulted a number of females and that two young children were also present in the house. Our priority was to ensure the safety of the kids. When the male appeared at the door, armed with two knives, our first priority was to disarm him and this is what we did.last_img read more

Its common sense you dont interfere with the judiciary

first_imgTHE OIREACHTAS DOESN’T need rules around politicians writing to judges, three TDs have agreed.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week In Politics, Fine Gael Minister for Europe Paschal Donohue, Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath and independent John Halligan all said that the practice shouldn’t take place, but that set rules were not explicitly needed.The issue has taken centre stage this week, with two Fianna Fáil TDs – Niall Collins and Eamon O’Cuív – both having been revealed to have written letters in support of convicted criminals.Halligan said that he was asked to do something similar during his mayorship of Waterford, but had refused. It’s common sense, you don’t interfere with the judiciary. We don’t need anything set in stone in the Oireachtas.“We rarely hear of political representation for victims.”Donohue said that there had to be “a clear separation of judiciary and government”.McGrath said that there should be an “open debate” on the subject, but defended Collins’ intentions.Read: Niall Collins admits that asking a judge not to jail a drug dealer was ‘a mistake’Read: Ó Cuív defends asking for a man convicted of manslaughter to be moved to an open prisonlast_img read more

10 Amazing PreBlack Friday Deals

first_imgWe’re just about three weeks away from the big day: Black Friday. Black Friday is a special time when thousands of shoppers wake up at the crack of dawn and drive to their beloved retail stores to find the best deals for the holiday season. If the thought of waiting three more weeks to start your holiday shopping is stressing you out, don’t worry — there are plenty of pre-Black Friday deals to be found online. Many people are starting their shopping earlier this year. According to a Financial Times report, “Retail analysts say this year’s deals mark a significant acceleration of pre-Thanksgiving activity, as retailers try to secure an early share of holidayspending.” But, that doesn’t mean that U.S. consumers will be spending like they did before the recession. The National Retail Federation said people will only be spending an average of $7 more than they did last year.PCMag rounded up 10 eye-popping deals that are hot on the Web right now. For example, for the glasses-wearing audiophile, you can save 49 percent off the Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones with Sound Channeling, which feature velour ear pads for comfortable listening. They’re on sale right now for $87.34 at Amazon.Another great deal comes from Crutchfield, who offers the TomTom XXL 550TM 5-inch Portable GPS Navigation System (pictured above) for $169.99 with coupon code “3A825“. It has a list price of $259.99, and comes with Crutchfield’s lifetime tech support. The TomTom XXL 550-TM was rated a 3.5 out of 5 by reviewer Jamie Lendino. He said it makes a compelling case for replacing an older standalone navigation device, thanks to its large screen, solid GPS performance, and free map and traffic updates. He liked its accurate navigation, clear voice prompts, free maps and real-time traffic information, and its fast boot-up.Check out PCMag’s full list of 10 Amazing Pre-Black Friday Deals. Remember, these deals are valid at time of publication and may not last long. The early bird gets the worm!last_img read more

UK must leave as one nation Foster refutes reports the DUP would

first_img 47 Comments By Hayley Halpin DUP leader Arlene Foster Image: PA Archive/PA Images ‘UK must leave as one nation’: Foster refutes reports the DUP would accept Irish Sea checks The London Times reports that the DUP is prepared to accept the North abiding by some EU rules post-Brexit. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article DUP leader Arlene Foster Friday 13 Sep 2019, 7:38 AM 28,988 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:center_img Share23 Tweet Email1 Fri 7:37 AM Image: PA Archive/PA Images DUP LEADER ARLENE Foster has refuted reports in the London Times that the party is prepared to shift its red lines to abide by some European rules after Brexit. The newspaper reports that it understands the party has agreed it would accept Northern Ireland abiding by some European Union rules post-Brexit in a deal to replace the Irish backstop. It reports that the DUP also said privately that it would ditch its objection to regulatory checks in the Irish Sea. However, Foster tweeted that the “UK must leave as one nation” and that “anonymous sources lead to nonsense stories”. “We are keen to see a sensible deal but not one that divides the internal market of the UK,” Foster said. “We will not support any arrangements that create a barrier to East West trade.” Source: Arlene Foster/TwitterWhen questioned about the story on BBC NI’s The View, South Belfast MLA Christopher Stalford said he didn’t “recognise that as our party position”. “I was at an event this evening [Thursday] before I came here, where three members of parliament were speaking and that is not the position of the party,” he said.In recent weeks, a backstop, solely for Northern Ireland, has been mooted as one option that could break the impasse between the UK and the EU over the issue of the border. The idea was raised in negotiations between the UK and the EU as a way to avoid a hard border. However, in February 2018 Theresa May ruled out the idea. However, Foster on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had ruled out the idea of a Northern Ireland-only backstop. “History teaches us that any deal relating to Northern Ireland which cannot command cross community support is doomed to failure. That is why the Northern Ireland backstop is flawed,” Foster said in a statement after a meeting with Johnson.On Wednesday, Johnson said: “I’ve seen a bit of chatter about this, stuff in the media about this – we will not accept a Northern Ireland-only backstop. That simply does not work for the UK.”‘Terrible example’  Meanwhile, the Commons Speaker John Bercow has promised “creativity” in UK Parliament if Johnson does not abide by the law designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit. In a speech, Bercow said he believes the only possible Brexit is one the House of Commons has “explicitly endorsed”. A new law has passed that would force the government to seek a three-month extension on the Brexit deadline if there is no-deal with the EU by 19 October. Last week, Johnson said he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than seek another Brexit extension”. Speaking yesterday, however, Bercow said not obeying the law would be a “terrible example to set for the rest of society”, according to the BBC.  Short URL The only form of Brexit which we will have, whenever that might be, will be a Brexit that the House of Commons has explicitly endorsed.Bercow went on to say it is “astonishing” that “anyone has even entertained the notion”.He said that if the government comes close to disobeying the new law, Parliament “would want to cut off such a possibility and do so forcefully”. “If that demands additional procedural creativity in order to come to pass, it is a racing certainty that this will happen, and that neither the limitations of the existing rule book nor the ticking of the clock will stop it doing so,” he added.last_img read more

Vatskalis slams CLP for fishing ban

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kon Vatskalis, shadow minister for fisheries in the NT, says the new CLP government in the Territory should assess the effects on tourism and hospitality industries before putting a stop to commercial barramundi fishing at Chambers and Finke Bays near Darwin. The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT (AFANT) have long campaigned against commercial barra fishing in the area, and Mr Vatskalis says that the CLP offered the ban in the run-up to the recent election to buy votes from the influential lobby group. “Several Territory businesses have already made it clear that they will be decimated by this decision, but the effects will be felt much wider than just the commercial fishing and seafood retail industry,” Mr Vatskalis told Neos Kosmos. “There will be no fresh wild-caught barramundi in Territory restaurants, only frozen or farmed – or coming in from Thailand or Vietnam.” Mr Vatskalis said that the CLP is keen to claim the benefits to recreational fishing tourism, but have ignored the adverse effects on tourism and hospitality as a whole. “Fresh barramundi is an icon of Darwin restaurants. No fresh barra in Darwin is like no souvlaki in Greece,” said the former ALP minister. “The decision has been made without science, without consultation. The CLP hasn’t spoken to the Seafood Council, hasn’t spoken to the commercial fishermen – it’s made an arbitrary decision. “90 per cent of the wild-caught barramundi that is sold in Darwin and interstate is caught in that area. If it’s caught further out, it has to be filleted and frozen.” Vatskalis says that the CLP’s deal with recreational fishermen could decimate the commercial fishing industry in the Top End and dismisses AFANT’s claims that commercial fishing has depleted barramundi stocks.“When I was minister we conducted research which showed only around 8 per cent of the resource was being fished commercially. It absolutely sustainable. “If this goes ahead it will mean you will not be able to get reasonably priced fresh-caught barramundi from the NT, in Darwin or interstate.” The NT shadow minister for fisheries has called for the closure of the bays to commercial fishermen to be delayed until an economic assessment has been made on the full impact of the ban.last_img read more

Protestors demand justice for cat shot with arrows

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man who confessed to shooting a cat with arrows appeared in court, Wednesday.A group of protesters lined up outside the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, demanding justice for the cruel crime against the cat.“There is no excuse for animal abuse, so we want the judge to hear that,” said Sylvia Grimaldi, “and we want the killer of Strushie, a beautiful cat, to know that we are standing for Strushie as well.”Police said Georgios Lollias confessed to shooting the cat with arrows.Related: Man accused of shooting cat with arrow initially claimed to have found itThe injured cat was found near the Franklin Hotel in Miami Beach, where Lollias worked, on April 26.The cat had to be euthanized.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

20 breweries on tap for Haines Beer Fest

first_imgBeer drinkers will take a flavorful tour of Alaska and the Yukon at the upcoming 24th annual Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Fest. More than 20 brewers will share their concoctions with nearly 2,000 attendees.Southeast Alaska State Fair (Photo courtesy of KHNS)Haines Brewing Company owner Paul Wheeler says the local festival was a major motivation for him to start his brewery.“Having a beer festival in Haines without having a brewery in Haines just seemed kind of ridiculous, so I got working on building the brewery,” Wheeler said.The Haines Brewery’s Spruce Tip Ale, Ripinski Porter and more will be joined by beer from around 20 Alaska and Yukon Breweries. Jessica Edwards is director of the Southeast Alaska State Fair, which organizes the beer festival.“New beer this year at the festival will be from Kodiak Brewing,” Edwards said. “We’ll have several from Anchorage, a couple from Fairbanks. Southeast Alaska will be will represented again. Yukon of course, we’ve got two now from the Yukon, we’ve got Winterlong and Yukon Brewing.”As people drink, they can listen to music at two stages on the Fairgrounds, and sample food from eight vendors, including one devoted to bacon.The festival is made up of a few events. On Friday, May 27, is the home brew contest that tends to attract around 100 entries each year. The main beer tasting is on Saturday May 28 from 1 to 5 p.m.For 200 people who want to have more time personal time with the brewers, organizers added an hour-long Connoisseur’s Tasting right before the regular event.  Wheeler said he thinks it’s a great idea.“There’s a want for this opportunity to be able to talk to the brewer who is at the table pouring the beer,” Wheeler said. “And it’s really hard to do that in a big crowd. And so this is an opportunity for the brewers to talk about their product with the people interested in it.”The Friday night before the festival, Seattle-based restaurateur Travis Kukull will chef the Gourmet Brewers Dinner for the fourth year.“Travis really likes locally sourced foods and he has done a great job refining the menu as he learns what he can get locally here in Haines,” Edwards said.She adds that U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski plans to attend the dinner.The festival sold out in record time this year, but Edwards says there’s been some worry about how a new event could impact Beer Fest. Alaska Crafted is an Anchorage festival to showcase state brewers and distillers. It’s scheduled the weekend before Beer Fest, which could pose a problem for smaller breweries that don’t have the staff to travel two weekends in a row.“I think it won’t have a huge competing effect in terms of Beer Fest vendors for us this year,” Edwards said. And I’m hoping just with some thoughtful discussion of dates we can avoid potential conflict next year.”Edwards said the hint of competition with Alaska Crafted has shown how supportive many brewers are of the Haines festival.“It has been an opportunity for people to say how much they love this festival, and how it feels like their festival,” Edwards said.Tourism Director Leslie Ross said accommodations around town are booking up fast  for the last weekend in May. The borough allows overflow camping at Tlingit Park and Port Chilkoot Beach during the festival. It also has extra staff working to keep things clean. Ross says the borough will meet with organizers this week to plan for the summer’s first major influx of visitors.Information about Beer Fest can be found read more

The Science of Bears

first_imgThe world’s bear researchers meet every 18 months.  Past meetings have beenin Greece, the Georgian Republic, etc. This one’s in Alaska, starting June12. This is a big deal.  Among other events, there are evening lecturesopen to the public, one by mauling survivor Dan Bigley, the guy who had thetop of his face removed by a bear in Alaska, another by well-known publicbroadcaster Richard Nelson.  But our guests will be biologists.  Our panelwill delve into the science of a subject that is always of acute interestto Alaskans, from Polar Bear tundra to Brown Bear stream to Black Bearrainforest.  Bear biology, status and bear/human behavior will be on theagenda.A bear cub on the Chilkoot River in 2010. (Ray Morris/Flickr Creative Commons)Download AudioHOST: Steve HeimelGUESTS:Steve Amstrup, Chief Scientist, Polar Bears International, bytelephone from Wyoming.Dave Garshelis, Bear co-chairman, International Union for the Conservationof Nature, by telephone from MinnesotaMargaret Williams, World Wildlife Fund, one of the conference organizers,in studioStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Reverse tender notification for Polavaram project to be released

first_imgAmaravati: AP government has decided to call for the reverse tender for the Polavaram project on August 17. The tenders for Rs 5,070 crore, which includes the remaining works of headworks, and hydel project. The Polavaram authority has warned the government that the reverse tender will result in delay and project cost escalation. The authority has suggested the government to conduct a thorough study over the reverse tender process. However, the government has decided to go for reverse tender of the project. The tender notification will be released on Saturday (August 17).last_img read more

Third lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan2 performed

first_imgNew Delhi: The third lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Wednesday using the onboard propulsion system, ISRO stated. The lunar bound orbit maneuver began at 9:04 hrs (India Standard Time). The orbit achieved is 179 km x 1412 km, ISRO added.The space agency stated that all spacecraft parameters are normal and the next lunar bound orbit maneuver is scheduled on August 30 between 6-7 pm. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Chandrayaan-2 will explore a region of the moon where no mission has ever set foot. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover together referred to as “composite body”. ISRO chief K Sivan had on August 20 announced Chandrayaan-2’s successful completion of lunar orbit insertion while stating that the mission would carry out a soft landing on the moon on September 7. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to carry out a soft landing on the moon. After revolving around the Earth’s orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft began its journey to the moon on August 14. The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.last_img read more

BSE closes points 21182 down on September 12

first_imgNew Delhi, September 12 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 211.82 points down to stand at 19,785.63. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 62.45 points down to stand at 5,850.70. Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. and TV 18 Broadcast were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 18.03% and 15.38% along with Tata Communications Ltd. and MCX with an increase of 6.07% and 4.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. and Siemens with a decrease of 11.87% and 8.22% along with Yes Bank and Jaypee Infratech Ltd with a decrease 7.43% and 6.39% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 210.10 points at 10,848.24 while the banking sector is down 213.40 points at 11,579.48 and the realty sector is up 3.96 points at 1,280.39. The Indian currency is down 0.48% at Rs 63.69 per dollar.last_img read more

Myanmar pushes ARSA issue before Rohingya repatriation

first_imgFile PhotoMyanmar has urged Bangladesh to investigate and provide information about the list of what it called “terrorists and criminals” belonging to the ARSA, reports UNB quoting Myanmar media.Such a list, which was also sent to Bangladesh earlier, was reportedly forwarded again, during the most recent bilateral meeting that could not finalise a date for beginning repatriation of almost 700,000 Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.Myanmar’s home affairs minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe made the request during his meeting with home minister Asaduzzaman Khan held in Dhaka on Friday, said UNB.Myanmar, earlier, sent a list containing names of more than 1,300 members of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a group which, according to an adviser to the European Centre for the Study of Extremism, Maung Zarni, was born out of “systematic abuse” of Rohingya people.”This is not a terrorist group aimed at striking at the heart of Myanmar society as the government claims it is,” Zarni was quoted by Al-Jazeera.Bangladesh was requested to extradite the ARSA extremists in accordance with the 1980 Myanmar-Bangladesh Border Agreement, said UNB.During the meeting held in Dhaka on Friday evening, matters relating to increasing work on border security and stability, combatting the illegal transport of drugs, sending back displaced persons from Bangladesh to Myanmar, increasing understanding and cooperation on security along the border of the two countries, terrorism and cross border crimes, and cooperation in combatting crimes occurring along the river border of the two countries were discussed, and the following was agreed upon.According to the memorandum of understanding on security sector discussions and cooperation, arrangements are to be made for regular meetings between authorised officials, according to The New Global Light of Myanmar, a Myanmar media outlet.Preparations for deputy minister/secretary-level annual meetings are to be set and, if necessary, a minister level meeting is also to be held.To increase mutual understanding and cooperation, meetings between the Bangladesh Border Guard force and Myanmar Border Police force at different levels and sectors are to be continued.Liaison officers are to be assigned at basic, intermediate, central/top levels for mutual coordination, communications and exchanges of news.Exchanges between cultural and sports groups are to be scheduled, along with conducting the readings of papers, training programmes and study tours to establish cooperation.The quick setup of liaison offices is to be implemented for bilateral security and the rule of law in Maungtaw on the Myanmar side, and at Cox’s Bazar on the Bangladesh side, officials said.last_img read more

Panama bus crash kills 18

first_imgMap locating a deadly bus crash in Anton, Panama on Sunday. AFPAt least 18 people died and 33 were injured in Panama Sunday when a bus veered off a highway and flipped into a ravine and then a river, the authorities said.Civil Defense officer Jose Donderis said the bus headed from the Bocas del Toro province on the Caribbean Sea to a ranch in Chame-a town on the Pacific Ocean some seven hours away-crashed near Cienaga Vieja in Anton, Cocle province, southwest of Panama City, around 1900 GMT.“It is a really dramatic accident,” he said, adding that the cause was not yet known.“The entire bus, the inside part of the bus, was squeezed into the part where the driver would be and a lot of people were trapped there.”Many of the injured were in critical condition, Donderis said. He had previously reported 10 people died in the crash.Other passengers drowned when the bus fell into the river, Donderis added.Helicopters and ambulances have been sent to the scene, he said.last_img read more

Russian way or the highway

first_imgAura is Delhi’s only speciality vodka bar offering 55 select and rare vodkas. It effuses classic Russian charm along with a comfortable ambience, perfect for unwinding after hours. The concept of Delhi’s only vodka based bar is reflected in the unique menu offerings. The chilli vodka based cocktail and the raisin infused white rum are only some of the signature cocktails which are sure to appeal to the vodka lovers in the city.  A pioneer in innovative cuisines and F&B offerings, The Claridges New Delhi has also created a unique East European and Russian flavours infused menu to compliment the vodka. Traditional Russian potato dumplings like Pelminis, Ruskies and Perogies, Caviar along with East European and Russian favourites like salmon, cured meats, pickles, etc will be on the menu at Aura.The theme is further enhanced by European lounge music making Aura the first of its kind in the Capital. The rich champagne gold interiors provide the ideal setting for pre dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The hotel is home to award winning restaurants which include Sevilla, Pickwicks, Dhaba by Claridges offering a complete experience for diners.  Timings : 6pm to 1amlast_img read more

Global Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers Market Expected to Reach 113116

first_imgAccording to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers Market by Type and Age Group: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023,” the global fitness and recreational sports centers market size was valued at $83,680 million in 2016, and is expected to reach $113,116 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 4.4% from 2017 to 2023. North America dominated the global market, accounting for more than one-third share in 2016.Download Brochure to Know More Information About Folding Furniture Industry Insights @ : in awareness about the benefits of fitness is anticipated to increase the number of individuals in the gyms, thus driving the growth of the overall fitness and recreational sports centers market. In addition, increase in cases of obesity and rise in prevalence of osteoporosis & lowering of bone density have prompted people to focus on health and fitness seriously. Furthermore, rise in disposable income of consumers is expected to boost the growth of the global fitness and recreational sports centers industry during the forecast period.The gymnasiums segment held the major share in the global market in 2016, and is anticipated to retain its dominance till the end of forecast period.Send Me Enquire On@ population below the age of 35 is estimated to hold a significant share in the global market in 2016, as this age group constitutes major working population. Moreover, the number of these individuals going to gyms is on an increase to counter the side effects of their hectic urban lifestyles.Many global corporations have already installed in-house fitness centers within their office premises, which promote the growth of the market. Moreover, the hospitality industry and residential societies are also following the same trend. Furthermore, the international fitness chains have taken up franchise routes to tap the developing markets such as India, Indonesia, and China, which is projected to provide lucrative opportunities for market expansion.Key Findings and Scope of The Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers Market:In terms of value, the handball sports segment is anticipated to be grow at the highest rate during the analysis period.North America is estimated to maintain its lead throughout 2023, registering a CAGR of 3.1%, in terms of value.In terms of value, the aerobic dance segment occupied approximately 10.2% of the total market in 2016.China occupied 32.0% of the Asia-Pacific fitness and recreational sports centers market in 2016.In terms of value, UK is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 5.8% in the European region.In 2016, North America and Europe collectively accounted for around 68.0% of the total fitness and recreational sports centers market; however, its market share is anticipated to decrease by the end of the forecast period. Moreover, increase in middle class population in Asia-Pacific is expected to drive the market growth in this region.The major companies profiled in the report include 24 Hour Fitness, Equinox, Gold’s Gym, Planet Fitness, Life Time Fitness, Town Sports International, Fitness First and Virgin Active, Konami Sports Club, McFit, and CrossFit Inc.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1?855?550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more