Maharashtra’s leading business houses must loosen their purse strings to ensure greater participation in the government’s efforts towards battling drought, the Opposition has said.Raising a demand for imposing a 2% duty on companies outside Maharashtra which operate in the State, leader of the Opposition Dhananjay Munde said the State government must ensure greater scrutiny of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of out-of-State companies. “Firms that have been registered in the State prior to March 31, 2018 must pay a 2% cess on the net profit towards drought-relief measures. As it is, the CSR regulations in Maharashtra are not properly implemented,” Mr. Munde said in the Upper House on Wednesday.According to Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, all companies with earnings above specified thresholds for turnover, net worth or net profit have to spend at least 2% of the average net profit calculated for three immediately preceding financial years, on CSR activities specified in Schedule VII of the Act.The data released by the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs shows CSR funding in Maharashtra stood at ₹702 crore in 2017, an over 61% drop when compared to the ₹1,810 crore committed by companies in 2016.Non-bank contributionThe leader of the Opposition had raised a motion on the current drought-like situation. In suggesting measures to counter it, Mr. Munde urged the State to not only regulate private companies but also push non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) to make a contribution towards drought-relief efforts. The Nationalist Congress Party leader in the Legislative Council said, “NBFCs extend loans to farmers at high interest rates — personal and housing loans — later pressurising them for repayment. The government must restrict district officers from issuing orders to seize homes of farmers who are not able to pay NBFCs back.” Corporates roped inMaharashtra has roped in major corporate houses to take part in drought-relief work. Among the ongoing CSR schemes in the State are Reliance Jio’s offer to provide free connectivity in 22 villages and other corporates covering 1,000 villages under the Jalyukta Shivar and the Village Social Transformation Scheme (VSTS). Under the VSTS, corporates have committed ₹134 crore over the next three years.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power at today’s Security Council meeting. Ebola’s devastation in three West African countries today compelled the U.N. Security Council to convene its first emergency meeting ever to discuss a public health crisis. It unanimously passed a resolution that declared the spread of the virus a “threat to international peace and security” and called on the world to send more health care workers and supplies to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and not to isolate those countries.Several speakers stressed that the epidemic is especially tragic because the three countries have made significant progress in their development in the past few years.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, who chaired today’s meeting, noted that the resolution had 130 co-sponsors, more than any previous one in the history of the Security Council.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(*)Here are excerpts of speeches made by Power and others.Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary-general:”The gravity and scale of the situation now requires a level of international action unprecedented for health emergencies. … The leaders of the affected countries have asked the United Nations to coordinate the global response. We are committed to do what is needed with the speed and scale required …This unprecedented situation requires unprecedented steps to save lives and safeguard peace and security. Therefore I have decided to establish a United Nations health mission combining the World Health Organization’s strategic perspective with a very strong logistics and operational capability. This international mission, to be known as the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER, will have five priorities: stopping the outbreak, treating the infected, insuring essential services, preserving stability, and preventing further outbreaks.”David Nabarro, senior U.N. system coordinator for Ebola virus disease:”There is a disease outbreak that is advancing at an exponential speed. … The doubling speed is about every 3 weeks. … The response is increasing at more like a linear speed, so if you had a graph, it would look like a straight line. What that means is the outbreak is accelerating away from the control effort. … The challenge is to make sure that all these different offers [for support] are coordinated effectively with a very powerful platform that enables everybody to work in the region safely and not get themselves infected with the virus. … What’s absolutely vital, Madam President, is a very big tent, because this requires the whole world to come in behind the countries and behind their people to get a rapid outcome.”Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization:”This deadly and dreaded Ebola virus got ahead of us in a fast-moving outbreak as described by Dr. Nabarro that keeps delivering one surprise after another. Now we must catch up in the most urgent and pragmatic way possible. …This is likely the greatest peacetime challenge that the United Nations and its agencies have ever faced. None of us experienced in containing outbreaks has ever seen in our lifetimes an emergency on this scale with this degree of suffering and with this magnitude of cascading consequences. … In some areas, hunger has become an even greater concern than the virus. … Everything now is unprecedented. Everything now is happening faster than ever before. The needs are immense and we know it.”Jackson Niamah, a physician’s assistant at an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia run by Doctors Without Borders:”One day this week, I sat outside the treatment center eating my lunch. I met a boy who burst through the gates. His father had died from Ebola a week ago. I saw him with blood at the mouth. We had no space. We could not take him in. … When he turned away, he walked into town, and I thought to myself, this boy is going to take a taxi and he is going to go home and infect his family. …Please send your helicopters, your centers, your beds, and your expert personnel. But know that we also need the basics. There are still homes in Monrovia that do not have soap, water, and buckets. Even these simple things could help curb the spread of the virus.The future of my country is hanging in the balance. … We do not have the capacity to respond to the crisis on our own. If the international community does not stand up, we will be wiped out. We need your help. We need it now.”Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations: “Looking away will not make this go away. One of the main reasons this outbreak has spread so dramatically is that up to now, we haven’t come together sufficiently to confront it. … Isolation is effective and indeed necessary for dealing with individuals who may have been exposed to Ebola, it is utterly counterproductive when applied to entire countries. It deprives them of the very resources they need to bring the virus under control. So when governments in the region tell over 70 disease investigators that if they travel to the infected areas to volunteer, they will not be allowed back into their own countries, they not only put the currently affected countries at greater risk, but also their own countries.Today instead of isolating the affected countries we call for flooding them, flooding them with the resources that are desperately needed to turn the tide in this fight. … If today’s resolution is not followed by action on a scale and scope commensurate to the virus, this resolution will be cited years from now as evidence that we raised hope that we didn’t deliver on.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public. United Nations
View comments it’s my first time to watch a game live. I mean, even on TV I don’t get to watch because contrary to what people think, I’m even busier now,” Tiu told reporters.“So I haven’t really been following.. watching the games. But I follow the news and I text with coach Caloy and some of the players every so often.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 33-year-old Tiu wears many hats but he still took time to support the Elasto Painters, the only franchise he played for in the PBA.And Rain or Shine made sure to greet Tiu the best way it can after it rolled past NorthPort to enter the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ateneo, La Salle add another chapter to storied rivalry Saturday Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I promised them I’d come and support. So Sunday was a perfect time because I didn’t have much to do. I told my kids and my wife that I’m just going to support the team and it’s a crucial quarterfinal match,” Tiu, who played six seasons in the PBA, said.“So I’m happy to be here and I’m happy to share this winning moment with them. Hopefully, they get through to the semis and make the finals and win the championship.”Tiu hopes Sunday won’t be the last time he shows up and catches the game live this conference.“As long as my schedule permits, why not?”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Chris Tiu was back in the PBA on Sunday three months after announcing his retirement from basketball.But it’s not the kind of return one would think of as Tiu was in street clothes and he sat behind his former team Rain or Shine’s bench at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
BRUSSELS — European Union nations are rejecting for now the idea of sanctioning Russia’s high-profile sports events, such as its hosting of the 2018 World Cup, as part of a new round of penalties on the country.Diplomats from three member states said that while the 28-nation group is considering sports sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine, it is unrealistic to think they will target big events.They said ambassadors would more likely seek a deepening of current sanctions on individuals and companies in a round of new penalties they aim to have by the weekend. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were ongoing.The EU and the United States have so far imposed penalties against dozens of Russian officials and the financial and arms industry.The bloc’s officials were looking whether a ceasefire agreed between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin would hold, but there was no immediate indication that the fighting would stop.Sporting sanctions against nations have often been fraught with difficulty. A Western boycott of the 1980 Moscow summer Olympics for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was not fully followed up and athletes and sporting federations appeared to be as hurt from them as the Soviet Union itself.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, sounded skeptical about any such move for the World Cup. “It is now 2014, the World Cup will happen in 2018, so I don’t think that this is something we have to discuss here today,” he said.Instead, EU nations would seek to toughen the existing measures, which also included an export ban for some high technology and oil exploration equipment, Seibert said.Soccer governing bodies FIFA and UEFA have both declined to punish Russia despite apparent breaches of their rules in recent weeks, including the Russian Football Union’s attempt to integrate clubs from Crimea, which Moscow annexed in March, into its competitions.UEFA was urged by Ukraine’s football federation to act against Russia before high profile matches this month.UEFA’s ruling board is also likely to choose the Russian city of St. Petersburg on Sept. 19 as one of 13 host cities for its Euro 2020 tournament.And even if EU nations decide on some sporting sanctions, for example on soccer, they would face sporting federations that have always insisted on not mixing with national politics.___By Raf Casert. Graham Dunbar contributed from GenevaTweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom Wärtsilä AQUARIUS UV BWMSA total of 22 bulk carriers, being built by Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding Co. Ltd in China for Singapore based Pioneer Marine, will feature Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). The Wärtsilä systems will enable the vessels to comply fully with the IMO’s ballast water convention. The contracts were finalised in August.Each of the 38,000 DWT vessels will be fitted with two Wärtsilä AQUARIUS UV BWMS, and the scope of supply includes also the commissioning and sea trials of the equipment. The contracts thus involve a total of 44 Wärtsilä BWMS units, which represents the biggest ever single owner order to date for any BWMS manufacturer. It is expected that all 44 systems will be delivered before the end of 2015, with the first delivery scheduled for December 2014.The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV is one of only four systems tested and approved for fresh water operation under the United States Coast Guard’s AMS (Alternative Management System) criteria. This approval was cited as being an important factor in Pioneer Marine’s decision process when selecting a BWMS supplier.Whilst the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, which will require the owners of up to 40,000 vessels worldwide to install a ballast water management system (BWMS), is still to be ratified, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has already implemented its own legislation.This states that all ships will have to be in compliance with the regulations when sailing in US coastal waters. The intention of the legislation is to address the issue of invasive aquatic species being carried in the ballast water of ships and then discharged to the sea where they can harm local species. Wärtsilä’s AQUARIUS UV systems have been type approved for the IMO regulations.“When looking for a ballast water treatment manufacturer, we wanted to partner with a company having a global presence and a recognized brand to support their products. It was critical that whomever we chose had a proven history in supporting their products. This is particularly relevant when looking at this piece of equipment as no one yet has USCG type approval, and we felt that with the weight of Wärtsilä behind it this will ensure our equipment complies within the time frame allotted,” said Stuart Crawford, Senior Vice President, Head of Technical, Pioneer Marine Advisers Pte Ltd.The bulk carriers are based on the Green Dolphin design, a concept that meets current and anticipated air and water emission regulations.“This is an important order and is indicative of the growing need for ballast water discharging to be properly managed. These vessels will operate in and around US waters, and it was imperative that the selected BWMS have the appropriate approvals. Wärtsilä has a strong track record in this field, and the components used have been used and thoroughly tested in the marine environment for many years,” said Dr. Joe Thomas, Director, Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems. Press Release; September 11, 2014
zoom Three largest Japanese shipping companies – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (”K” Line) – have all posted improved net profit for the quarter ended June 30.The biggest winner was NYK, reporting JPY 43 billion (USD 346 million) net profit in its 1QFY2016, a 321.3% jump compared to JPY 10.2bn net income recorded in 1QFY2015, largely due to the USD 550 million sale of Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong.NYK’s quarterly revenues increased by just 1.1% at JPY 588.7bn, compared to JPY582.4bn reported a year earlier. The modest rise in net revenue was attributed to yen depreciation, lower bunker oil prices, and cost reduction, which helped cushion the blow caused by weakness in container and dry bulker market.”K” Line was the second biggest earner in the quarter ended June 30, recording JPY10.19bn net profit for the period, over two times more compared to JPY 4.28bn reported for the 1QFY2014. The company’s quarterly revenue increased to JPY 335.46bn, compared to JPY 319.8 bn net revenue posted a year earlier.”In the business environment for shipping there were some negative factors, such as declines in market conditions in the containership and dry bulk business. However, as a result of slow steaming and other ongoing cost saving along with the effect of the recovery of the oil tanker market, the Yen’s further depreciation, and the decline in oil prices, business performance improved year-on-year,” said ”K” Line.MOL posted JPY 12.8bn net profit for the quarter, up around 50% from JPY 8.5bn the company had earned in the same period a year earlier. The company’s quarterly revenue was JPY 449.4bn, compared to JPY443.91bn in 1QFY2014.World Maritime News Staff
In May 1999, twenty-five-year-old tall, slim and soft-spoken Flying Officer Gunjan Saxena, posted at Udhampur with 132 Forward Area Control (FAC) Flight, gets orders to move to Srinagar. The daughter of an Army officer, Gunjan is looking for action and happy to go to Srinagar. Before leaving she calls up her parents, Lt Col. (retd) A.K. Saxena and Mrs Saxena, who are settled at Lucknow, and tells them that she is being sent out of Udhampur on deployment and might not be able to call them for some time. Being an Army officer himself, Lt Col. Saxena is not unnecessarily perturbed by his daughter’s adventures. He wishes her well and puts the phone down. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalAt that time, the intrusions in Kargil have just started coming to light and no one has any inkling about the magnitude of the operation. When Gunjan moves to Srinagar she too believes India is facing a small incursion by the mujahedeen. Four helicopters are positioned at Srinagar Air Field during May. Gunjan, who has been flying Cheetahs for a while, is one of the ten pilots based there. Initially, she causes quite a few raised eyebrows at the pilot briefings since she is the only female in a largely male bastion, but the officers soon get used to seeing her around and start treating her with casual bonhomie. Later, when the conflict escalates and the assignments are considered dangerous, she is asked by her detachment commander if she has any problems operating in the area. She says she doesn’t and continues to fly, refusing the option to move out of Srinagar and the danger zone. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceAround that time, her parents realize that she is flying over the battleground and her life could be at risk, but being a hard-core Army family, they do not interfere with her course of duty. In the initial phase, the small but sturdy Cheetah helicopters that have an established record in high-altitude flying are sent on surveillance sorties. Gunjan is amongst the pilots who fly into the valley covering the Kargil–Tololing–Batalik area, surveying it from the air and reporting any activity they spot. Often they fly over mountainous terrain where Indian and Pakistani soldiers are firing at each other. Around this time, casualties start being reported. The helicopters now start ferrying wounded soldiers from the heights where a gruesome war is raging. Gunjan too does her share of medical evacuations, often landing close to 13,000 feet on makeshift helipads, hastily cleared by soldiers at war. Landing on the helipads, she waits for the injured soldiers to be carried into her chopper. Then, signalling a thumbs up to the battle-weary soldiers watching her machine—only a few of whom notice her gender—she quickly pulls the throttle and lifts off, manoeuvring the Cheetah towards Srinagar and safety. The pilots have to be very careful since they cannot risk their helicopters being shot down.The Cheetah is adept at high altitude flying but it has no defences against the enemy. Pilots routinely carry assault rifles and pistols to face the eventuality of enemy encounter in case of a crash or capture. Since Kargil is under intermittent enemy shelling through the war months, once, when Gunjan is preparing to take off from the Kargil airfield, an enemy missile misses her helicopter and crashes behind it. Undeterred, she takes off and continues with her duties.The Cheetahs carry out reconnaissance of enemy territory, bringing information about suspected enemy location for the artillery gunners and fighter pilots, besides dropping food, medicines and other supplies for troops battling the enemy in high-altitude terrain, and landing at great personal risk to pick up injured and dead comrades. They are a lifeline for the infantry soldiers who are risking their lives for their country. Gunjan operates in the area spanning Kargil–Tololing–Batalik. She conducts around ten sorties over a period of twenty days after which the IAF withdraws its small helicopters, launching full-scale offensive support for the fighting troops, and she comes back to Udhampur. She has attained the glory of being the only woman involved in the Kargil War. An Army Background Gunjan came from an Army family and always wanted to join the forces. After completing her graduation from Hansraj College, Delhi, she cleared the SSB entrance exam and joined the IAF in 1994. She has been quoted as saying, ‘One of our main roles (in the war) was casualty evacuation. I think it is the ultimate feeling that you can experience as a helicopter pilot. It is a very satisfying feeling when you save a life because that’s what you are there for.’ Aviation Corp’s Role Besides IAF helicopters, two squadrons of the Army Aviation Corps participated in the Kargil War, clocking a mind-boggling 2500 missions and 2700 flying hours. The shrill whine of the single-engine Cheetah and the characteristic deep whirring of its rotors brought a sigh of relief to hundreds of soldiers deployed in the war. The Cheetah mostly operated at heights touching 18,000 feet, which forms its upper flying limit. Not only did the daredevil pilots of the Army Aviation Corps initially lift troops and carry material to points close to where the bloodiest battles were fought, they dropped essential supplies to the fighting troops and evacuated over 900 casualties during the war, carrying injured soldiers to field hospitals and martyrs closer to their grieving families. They did this with fearless disregard to enemy small-arms and artillery fire, landing and taking off from makeshift helipads. There are innumerable instances of pilots risking their own lives to save those of fellow soldiers. The Army Aviation Corps was awarded two Vir Chakras, one Yudha Seva Medal, three Sena Medals (Gallantry) and one Sena Medal (Distinguished) for its exception role in the Kargil War. (Excerpted with permission from Kargil; written by Rachna Bisht Rawat; published by Penguin. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘Kargil’s Lone Woman Warrior’.)
OTTAWA — The Liberals now have a candidate in the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville, where their biggest rival will be someone they once called their own.Taleeb Noormohamed, a 42-year-old tech entrepreneur, has been acclaimed as the Liberal vying to unseat Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister now seeking re-election as an Independent candidate.Wilson-Raybould, who won the seat for the Liberals as a star candidate with about 44 per cent of the vote in 2015, rocked the Trudeau government earlier this year with allegations that she had been improperly pressured to end a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.The controversy, which saw her resign from cabinet and ousted from the Liberal caucus, sent the party into a tailspin, from which its fortunes have not fully recovered.Trudeau has maintained that no one did anything wrong in exploring a deferred prosecution agreement, as allowed by law, for the Montreal-based engineering firm.Noormohamed says he wants to focus his campaign on local issues such as housing, transit and climate change, which he says he is hearing about a lot more than SNC-Lavalin.“I think that most people are focused on the future,” he says.The New Democrats, who placed second with about 27 per cent of the vote in 2015, chose climate activist Yvonne Hanson as their candidate. Zach Segal, a former political staffer in Ottawa, is running for the Conservatives.The Green candidate is Louise Boutin, a realtor, and Naomi Chocyk, a one-time constituency staffer to Wilson-Raybould, is running for the People’s Party of Canada.Noormohamed, who saw some of his campaign signs defaced when he ran unsuccessfully for the Liberals in North Vancouver in 2011, says he also wants to talk about the importance of guarding against racism.“I think people here are very concerned that we make sure that we, all of us who are going to be engaging in the debate and the dialogue, do not turn our backs on the whole idea of pluralism and the incredible value that diversity brings to this country,” said Noormohamed, whose parents immigrated from East Africa in the 1970s.Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press
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Authorities: 11 cars of freight train derail in Iowa; 3 cars catch fire, 3 plunge into river DUBUQUE, Iowa – Authorities at the scene of a freight train derailment in eastern Iowa say 11 cars have derailed, with three of them catching fire and three plunging into the Mississippi River.Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines tells the Dubuque Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/1I2it7t ) 10 derailed cars were carrying ethanol, which is spilling into the river but it’s not clear at what rate.The cars on the eastbound train derailed around 11:20 a.m. in a rural unpopulated area about 10 miles north of Dubuque. The tracks run along the Mississippi River.Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins says his department has officers at the scene to assess the environmental impact. But he says it’s difficult to get close because there are no roads and authorities are keeping everyone a half-mile away as a precaution. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2015 12:02 pm MDT
Guinea’s National Emergency Response Centre is convening a meeting today to further coordinate a rapid response to contain the flare-up, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a press release.“WHO continues to stress that Sierra Leone, as well as Liberia and Guinea, are still at risk of Ebola flare-ups, largely due to virus persistence in some survivors, and must remain on high alert and ready to respond,” the agency said.Guinean health officials in the region alerted WHO and partners on Wednesday to three unexplained deaths in recent weeks in Koropara, a village in the southern prefecture of Nzérékoré.Yesterday, Guinea’s Ministry of Health, WHO, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sent in investigators. Samples were taken from four individuals. A mother and her 5-year-old son, relatives of the decreased, have been taken to a treatment facility after the two confirmed positive for Ebola virus in lab tests.In coordination with Guinea’s health ministry, WHO today deployed an initial team of epidemiologists, surveillance experts, vaccinators, social mobilizers, contact tracers and an anthropologist to support an inter-agency response.More specialists are expected to arrive in the coming days. Response teams will work to investigate the origin of the new infections and to identify, isolate, vaccinate and monitor all contacts of the new cases and those who died.The new infections in Guinea were confirmed on the same day that WHO declared the end of the latest Ebola flare-up in neighbouring Sierra Leone. WHO said recurrences of the disease should be anticipated and that the 3 Ebola-affected countries must maintain strong capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks.The worst Ebola outbreak in history first began in Guinea in December 2013 and has since claimed more than 11,300 lives, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
On second thought, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said he would have traded LeBron James instead of being in the weakened position of allowing James to bolt as an unrestricted free agent to Miami with his team receiving no compensation.Gilbert had expressed anger and dismay when James announced he was “taking his talents to South Beach” two years ago. Gilbert even said in a scathing open letter that his Cavaliers would win a championship before James.Tuesday night, Gilbert said that if he and then-general manager Danny Ferry could do it all over again, they would have assured the team would get some assets in return instead of allowing James to leave a huge hole in the organization.“The key thing, whoever you are and wherever you are, you cannot wait,” Gilbert said. ”The big lesson was if a player is not willing to extend, no matter who they are, no matter where they are playing, no matter what kind of season you had, you cannot risk going into a summer and having them leave in unrestricted free agency and get nothing back for it.”Gilbert admitted there would have been some backlash to trading James at the height of his career.“I’m sure the player or whoever would have said, ‘Of course I would have stayed. You guys screwed up and ruined the whole franchise.’ You’re in a no-win situation,” Gilbert said.His proclamation of winning a title before James came back to haunt him in June, when James concluded a brilliant season with his first NBA title. That, according to Gilbert, should close that chapter of the aftermath of James’ departure.“If you’re going to predict something that doesn’t happen and you’re going to do it publicly, you’d for sure take it back,” Gilbert said. “When that happened, when they won, it was the end of the end of the end of that whole thing. Now there’s nothing more to talk about.“In a way it was like a little bit of a relief. If they didn’t win it, it would’ve been still another thing of who’s going to win it [first]?”As for his team, “We want to win as much as the fans do,” Gilbert said. “No matter how long it takes, and no matter what it takes, we’re just going to keep going until we get there.”
Experts said patients were being put at risk by a scarcity of family doctors Credit:Alamy Forecasts suggest that on current trends, Britain will face a shortfall of almost 10,000 GPs within four years. Rising numbers of family doctors are retiring early, partly fuelled by Treasury rules which have increased tax rates for those with pension pots worth more than £1 million. In total, 10 of 104 commissioners of out-of-hours care said there had been occasions when patients had no out-of-hours GP cover at all in 2016, the investigation by Pulse magazine found.In Peterborough, there were nine shifts where 230,000 patients were left without access to an out-of-hours GP. All children under the age of four were “defaulted” to A&E.In Tower Hamlets, east London, no GP was available on 12 occasions. This meant a population of more than 250,000 was told to contact A&E or the “community night team”.In Doncaster, nurses and paramedics had to cover a population of 300,000 patients on three occasions, with no GP even available by phone on one occasion. And in the Scottish Highlands, there were 31 times when out-of-hours centres were closed due to staff shortages. 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. National quality standards say all patients should be able to access a GP face to face at any time if it is clinically appopriate.In 2012, private out-of-hours provider Serco was criticised after a whistleblower revealed the company only had one GP covering a population of 500,000 people in Cornwall.But GPs suggested the situation is rapidly deteriorating, with many areas now sometimes left with no cover at all. Four million patients have been left without a GP available at night or weekends at some point in the last year, an investigation has found.One in ten areas did not have a single doctor available to cover the shift, heaping pressures on Accident & Emergency departments, new figures show.Senior doctors said the findings exposed “worrying” holes in patient safety, which meant patients had to rely on those without medical qualifications or turn to A&E. The national shortages have contributed to lengthening waiting times to see a doctor and a sharp rise in the number of practices refusing to take new patients. Official figures show the number of patients waiting at least a week to see a GP has risen by one third in three years, with more than 14 million patients waiting a week to get an appointment, or giving up, in 2015.
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. Divorces rose by six per cent to 106,959 in 2016 from 2015’s figure of 101,055. The overall number peaked in 2004, when 152,923 divorces took place. Paul Brencher, health and protection director at Aviva said: “Aside from the costs of a new home, separating couples across the UK spend £1.7bn getting back on their feet after the breakdown of a relationship on costs including legal fees, buying a car or paying for a newfound need for childcare. Show more Living under the same roof as an ex is most people’s worst nightmare. But it’s a reality for an increasing number of estranged couples who are forced to stay in the marital home even after a divorce.Rising house prices are behind the trend, with one in six former couples forced to live together following their split, a report has found.The figure has risen from one in 10 since the last report, by insurer Aviva, was produced in 2014. In London, where property is more expensive, it is 28 per cent of couples. Almost 90 per cent of those who stay living together do so for more than a month, with 39 per cent living in the same house for more than three months. Some couples stay living together for a year or more because they cannot afford to separate. The survey suggested that the rise was down to increasing house prices which made it more difficult for individuals to buy a property alone. Figures from the Office for National Statistics published last year showed that average house prices had reached record levels, at 7.6 times average England and Wales earnings. In some central London areas the figure is as much as 38 times. “As a consequence, it is little surprise that they are drawn towards their savings for support or borrowing from friends and family. Many additionally find themselves priced out of the property market. One in six couples did manage to buy new homes, and spent an average of £144,600 per person, almost £100,000 lower than the average UK house price, suggesting that they were forced to downsize into smaller accommodation following their split. Many couples who had owned a home were also forced to rent for an average of 4.7 years, with one in five divorced people still renting a decade after their split. Renters were pessimistic about their future buying prospects, with 70 per cent saying they did not think they would own their own home again. Women were more likely than men to remain in the marital home and fully own it after divorce or separation, possibly because they were more likely to live with the couple’s children until they became adults.In more than one in five cases, parents said their children had been forced to move home following a split. The overall cost of divorce had risen from £12,432 in 2014 to £14,561 per couple in 2016, a 17 per cent increase.The largest expenses were on legal fees, with UK couples spending an estimated total of £337.8m on this, and childcare costs, which came to £216.9m.
“I am sure we are close to 50:50 participation- it’s not like we are only five per cent of the runners. Every year previously the finisher t-shirt has always been the new balance unisex one that has been given out. I haven’t heard anything about it being different to what it usually is this year. There is no fit to them and they usually have much longer sleeves which causes its own problems when it’s baggy under the arm, which traps a lot of heat so it’s not particularly comfortable to run in. Some women have stopped taking the t-shirt when they see unisex because they know it doesn’t fit.” 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. 2018 London Marathon Finishers T-Shirt She told The Telegraph: “We all pay the same entrance fee so we are not getting the same deal as the men. I think it is sexist as being male is the default and women have to put up with it. It isn’t ever the other way around. T-shirts are trivial but it’s another side of the same issue of the world being designed around men. If organisers want to increase the amount of participation and make women feel more welcomed this would be a good way to do it.” The London Marathon is facing pressure to make separate ‘finisher T-shirts’ for male and female runners following complaints that their current unisex design is “sexist” to female participants.Equality campaigners have said the fits of the New Balance t-shirts given to all runners who cross the finish line are too big for women as they cater to the size of an average man.Far from leaving female participants with a sense of pride after completing the 26.2 mile event, many discarded the garments or refused to pick them up at last year’s race because they assumed they wouldn’t be the correct shape.There are now mounting calls for the London Marathon to provide a range of t-shirts for each gender so it falls in line with the polices adopted by other major marathons such as TCS Amsterdam and Paris International.Maud Hodson, a member of the East London Runners and a representative from the Run Equal Campaign, who champion gender equality in athletics, said the oversized t-shirts can make many women feel unwelcome.Ms Hodson, who has been running for a decade, found the thin dark Grey polyester t-shirt given to competitors at the end of the 2018 London Marathon far too big for her. A record 40,273 people finished the London Marathon last year, with 50.2% of the total runners being female.With such a high rate of female participation in the event, which began in 1981, there are questions as to why the t-shirts have not become more representative of the body shapes of different women.Although female sport attire has traditionally been variations of the uniforms made for men, there have been recent moves to provide more bespoke outfits.Nike has announced the new football kits made for the fourteen national teams ahead of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France will be especially designed for the women’s team for the first time.But many feel like not enough is being done by major UK marathon competition organisers to ensure gender equality at their races. Sorry to have a bee in my bonnet .@NewBalanceUK .@LondonMarathon It took me 2hrs to sew my @OfficialBigHalf Men’s T-shirt so it actually fits me…Am I expecting a similar ill fitting Men’s T-shirt on Sunday at arguably the biggest/best marathon in the world? #londonmarathon 😕 pic.twitter.com/g5bL5cOVvh— Heather Castle (Rainsbury) (@jamandstuff) April 24, 2019 Heather Castle, a 38-year-old from Lee, South-East London, has been running for seven years and has completed the London Marathon twice before.She said: “Men aren’t made to wear women’s t-shirts, so I don’t get how in 2019 that we are still being made to wear mens t-shirts. I have altered a few of my race t-shirts because I work in theatre so I know how to use a sewing machine. It makes you feel like you are not really supposed to be there and not a member of the community. We run equal distances and there a lot of fast women out there but it still feels like we are not supposed to be here. The London Marathon organisers were asked to provide details for the t-shirt designs for this years competition but said they wanted to leave it as a surprise.A spokesperson said: “We have sizes XXS – XXL at the finish. Runners select the size they want and if they want to exchange after they get home they can contact us and we will endeavour to help.”
…says territorial integrity should be at the forefront of diplomats work programmeSeated from right: Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Audrey Waddell, Veteran Guyanese Diplomat, Sir Shridath Ramphal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo with Guyana’s overseas Heads of Missions at State House.President David Granger said that a small State like Guyana, with limited resources, can ill afford the contentious and confrontational amphitheatre of international relations and, therefore, it must pursue in its national interest, the safeguarding of its territorial integrity and promotion of trade and economic development through diplomacy.He noted too, that an important part of Guyana’s diplomatic policy is to garner international and regional support to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. The President was at the time delivering an address to Guyana’s overseas diplomatic representatives, who are all in the country for the 2017 Heads of Missions Conference, which opened on Monday at the Pegasus Hotel.“The protection and projection of Guyana’s sovereignty are essential elements of Guyana’s diplomacy. Guyana lacks both the economic strength to sanction other states and the military capability to extend its power beyond its borders. A small state, notwithstanding its limitations, can seek to influence international relations in order to achieve its foreign policy objectives,” the Head of State said.It is against this backdrop, that he charged the Heads of Missions to ensure that the pursuit of the national interest, which is inextricably linked to territorial integrity, is at the forefront of their work programme.He explained that in the face of threats to security and sovereignty, Guyana has sought and obtained the protection and support of the international community, noting that Guyana has consistently elicited assurances of solidarity and support for its sovereignty and territorial integrity from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Commonwealth and other international organisations such as the United Nations. “The United Nations General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/49/31) of 1994 called on the Security Council and other relevant organs of the United Nations to pay special attention to the protection and security of small States…,” President Granger reminded.Speaking of Guyana’s commitment to regionalism, the President spoke of country’s early diplomatic exertions, which contributed significantly to the establishment of the Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA), CARICOM and later bodies such as the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Community of Latin American States (CELAC), Organisation of American States (OAS) and Union of South American States (UNASUR).He explained that as the only English-speaking country on the South American continent, Guyana projects itself as a Caribbean country with continental characteristics and can, therefore, influence international relations by exploiting this geo-strategic advantage. It is for this reason he said, that regional bodies such as CARICOM are especially vital to the country’s economy and security.President Granger spoke of the leadership role played by Guyana in establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1972 and said that the identity of the Caribbean and the hemisphere is inseparable to the foreign policy of individual countries in the region.He also urged the Heads of Missions not overlook the strength of the Guyanese Diaspora. “The enormous size, extensive dispersal and enthusiastic patriotism of the diaspora are assets to be prized… It is important to be Guyanese, it is important to be Caribbean,” the President said.The Head of State also emphasised the importance of citizenship and said that, “the state of Guyana has an obligation to extend its protection to every citizen. No one should be stateless.”Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, who also spoke directly on the matter of Guyana’s territorial integrity, said that Guyanese have an obligation to preserve and maintain the country’s 83,000 square miles of land mass and to ensure that it is not diminished or compromised even to the extent of a blade of grass. This resolve is necessary especially in light of the ongoing Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.With regard to Venezuela, the Minister told the diplomats to ensure that every channel of communication remains open and active with the representative of the United Nations Secretary General, Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway.Notably, however, the controversy with Venezuela does not stand alone, the country’s eastern neighbouring State, Suriname, has also laid claims to some of its territory and Minister Greenidge said that, “Guyana is the only country in this hemisphere whose border problems pose a threat – an existential threat – to its very existence as a state. This is why we cannot afford to be confused by those who with the best intentions in the word urge us to go softly in our reactions to challenges to those borders.”He explained that foreign policy is an extension of national policy, which must have as its primary aim, the overall development of the nation. As such, it is necessary for diplomatic representatives to understand their role and responsibilities as external actors as well as the underpinnings of national development. “Changing international alliances, new long-term trends in global power underpinned by uneven economic development are all contributing to what at times appears to be the fraying of the global system. That process is inevitably throwing up special challenges and difficulties for small developing states, such as Guyana,” he said.The Foreign Affairs Minister also spoke at length on “economic diplomacy”, which is an important part of the Government’s wider development agenda. “It [economic diplomacy] goes beyond trade and investment to the resolution of multiple causes of international conflicts. The agenda of economic diplomacy is comprehensive and includes amongst others issues pertaining to foreign trade and import-export relations, promoting of national economic interests in other countries, informing and updating potential foreign investors on investment opportunities, negotiating economic and trade agreements on economic and trade co-operation, as well as co-operating with a view to eliminating problematic divergences and harmonising standards in various sectors,” he said.Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Audrey Waddell, in her remarks said that over the next five days, the diplomatic envoys will be deliberating with stakeholders in the public and private sectors on how, together, they can strengthen their efforts to promote and protect the country’s interests abroad. “This Heads of Missions Conference avails us of an unparalleled opportunity to undertake collectively, a review of the discharge of our responsibilities, in order to obtain our pivotal foreign policy objectives. Equally, it allows for high-level strategising on how to advance Guyana’s diplomacy in the 21st century,” she said.Following the opening ceremony, President Granger hosted a special lunch for the Heads of Missions at the Baridi Benab at State House. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinistry of Foreign Affairs to host Heads of Missions ConferenceMarch 31, 2017In “latest news”Guyana and Finland hoping to enhance bilateral relationsDecember 14, 2016In “latest news”President Granger calls on CARICOM to reject oppressive, obnoxious Venezuela decreeJuly 3, 2015In “Politics”
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.A minor girl, who along with four other people sustained burn injuries after an underground reservoir of a house exploded in Pallabi area on Tuesday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early Wednesday.Ruhi, 3, succumbed to her injuries at the DMCH burn unit around 1:00am, said sub-inspector Bachchu Miah of the DMCH police camp, reports UNB.Five people, including Ruhi and her mother Yeasmin, 27, suffered burn injuries as a fire broke out following the explosion of the water tank of the six-storey building around 11:30am on Tuesday.The blast occurred when worker Hasan lit a candle inside the water tank while cleaning it.All the victims were taken to the DMCH burn unit. The other victims are building owner Yakub Ali, 70, his wife Hasinara Khanam, 60, and Hasan, 32.Of them, Hasinara suffered 95 per cent burns while Hasan 85 per cent, Yeasmin 41 per cent and Yekub 25 per cent, said the police officer.
Palestinian-prime-minister-Rami-HamdallahPalestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah is poised to visit Gaza for talks, a senior official said Monday, after Hamas agreed steps towards resolving a decade-long split with its West Bank-based rival Fatah.Hamas announced Sunday it had agreed to demands by president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party to dissolve what is seen as a rival administration in Gaza, while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations towards forming a unity government.Hamdallah plans to travel to Gaza City to meet Hamas officials and assert the government’s control over ministries, Nabil Shaath, a senior adviser to Abbas, told journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah, as a first step towards implementing a larger agreement.“We await the first steps on the ground. We want to see Mr Hamdallah received by Hamas, the door to all the ministries open,” he said. “That really could happen in the next 24 hours.”Abbas’s internationally recognised Palestinian Authority (PA) is located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, but it has had no control in Gaza for a decade-after the Islamist movement Hamas seized the territory in a near civil war in 2007.Hamdallah has not visited the territory since 2015, and a previous attempt at a unity government fell apart that year, with the two sides exchanging blame.The head of the Arab League on Monday hailed the steps taken by Hamas and called for full reconciliation.Ahmed Aboul Gheit “welcomes the important positive developments” regarding “ending the division” between the Palestinian factions, the Cairo-based organisation’s spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said in a statement.In recent months Abbas has sought to squeeze Hamas by reducing power supply to the strip, with the two million residents receiving only three or four hours of mains electricity per day as a result.He has also reduced the salaries of some employees in Gaza, while the number of Gazans receiving PA permits to travel for medical care has declined.Hamas on Monday called for the measures to be reversed after dissolving the so-called administrative committee, seen as a rival government and created in March.In a statement they called on Abbas to “take urgent steps to cancel all his punitive decisions and measures against our people in the Strip.”Shaath said Abbas wanted to reverse the punitive measures, but he did not give a timetable.“When the president supported these economic measures (against Gaza) he said they will stop immediately once the self-rule governance of Hamas ends and the consensus government takes place. He didn’t put any other conditions whatsoever.”Abbas is due to address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, after meeting with US President Donald Trump.
The historically Black Coppin State University and the University of Baltimore have formed a partnership to boost educational opportunities for their students in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, the institutions recently announced.With STEM-related fields accounting for a growing percentage of jobs in the United States, the partnership can create a “STEM-rich” environment in which students can grow into the jobs of the future, the schools’ leaders said.“STEM education is vital to the careers of the future,” Coppin State President Mortimer H. Neufville said in a statement. “We are jointly committed to make science education accessible to all students in order to gain the skills needed to compete in a global economy.”Through the partnership, Coppin’s New Science and Technology Center, which opens in the fall, will act as a hub where faculty and students from both institutions can collaborate on STEM-related research, including sharing lab facilities, equipment and inter-institutional software. A shuttle service would be provided to take students and faculty between the two campuses.“Together, we’ll have a real impact on Baltimore,” said University of Baltimore President Kurt L. Schmoke. “Our faculties recognize that meaningful collaborations among higher education institutions advance the goals of One Baltimore.”This is the second shared venture between Coppin and UB; the institutions currently offer a shared master’s degree program in human services administration.