Expedition to Mt Gorichen flagged off

first_imgItanagar, May 2 (PTI) An expedition to Mount Gorichen was flagged off today at the Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) campus at Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. The 24-member expedition team to be led by NIMAS Director Colonel Sarfraz Singh would attempt summiting the 21,410 feet high mountain comprising of five peaks in about 22 days from tomorrow, an official communiqué said. Mount Gorichen in Arunachal Pradesh is the third highest peak in the north east. The pre-monsoon expedition has been planned to foster the spirit of adventurism among the locals. Besides the NIMAS personnel, a total of eight local young people, including two women are part of the expedition team, the communiqué added. PTI UPL KK KKlast_img read more

5 ways to plan your term break vacations

first_imgIt has been quite a hectic few months in the past and you would want to make the most of your free time. Yes, it is all over for now — the exams, results and post result blues, until it starts again that is. Although, there is no harm in stocking up on those TV shows you had been abandoning all these months and binge watch them, the key to a successful vacation is to plan it the right way! A well-planned vacation should include a balanced mix of productive and leisure activities.Here are five ways in which you can spend your term break vacations:TravelTravelling not only reduces the stress level and refreshes you, but it also expands your horizon towards the outer world. In school, your kid lives in their own little protected bubble. When they travel, they meet new people, which help them shape newer opinions. If there is a kid’s special trip happening in or outside your city, encourage them to go. Trust us, your child would come back more independent and would have made many new friends in the process. In addition, the ability to work independently and networking are two crucial skills to be successful in any career, which they can imbibe through travelling. Some of the famous camps for kids across India also inculcate life skills in children.Binge watching TV seriesFrom TV shows to movies, we know how remarkably well you have been maintaining your self-control by leaving behind your binge watching habit. Yes, you can go back to it. Now that you have some free time, make sure you watch shows that blow your mind and movies that are awe-inspiring.advertisementShows like House of Cards, Suits, Friends etc broaden your minds, way of thinking, increases concentration power and lightens the mood up! Movies like Rocky, Jerry Maguire, The Social Network and The Pursuit of Happiness will give you serious career and inspiration goals. However, in the process of binge watching, do not spoil your body posture or your eyesight. Keep stretching in between breaks and give your eyes some reast.Attend a career guidance programmeIt is that time of the year. No matter how long you avoid the question ‘have you decided what stream/college/career you’re choosing’, it will still keep haunting you. Instead of diving into the unknown without any guidance, it is advisable to listen to an expert. A career guidance program will help you find answers to all your queries.These one-on-one sessions help your child figure out the best possible career option matching his/her interest, passion and aptitude. A career guidance expert then provides you all the necessary information required to build a solid foundation for your child’s career.CookingSooner than you think, your plus two or college will be over and there will be a high chance that you might have to move out of your parents’ house. You might know all the household chores, but cooking is not only a hobby, it is a necessity. It is important to know how to cook to survive the odds of living alone. Devote some time of the day to learn how to cook from your parents, which in turn will lessen their burden too.Join an ‘extra’ somethingWhen we say extra ‘something’, we mean anything. It can range between any extracurricular activities– be it dance classes, sports academy or even gift-wrapping classes. Yeah, that is a real thing. Explore your options well about what you want to join as it can help you hone your life skills and garner interest towards things you did not know you could like. Indulge in whatever your passion is and work towards it. Remember, any kind of passion can turn into a career if you really put your heart, head and soul in it.If you and your child have figured out the ideal career, the next best thing would be to experience it in real life before taking the plunge. We would also highly recommend either joining an internship or volunteering in an NGO. Volunteering inculcates values of gratitude, sharing and caring. They realize the gift they have and become a better human being.- Article contributed by Lodestar Career GuidanceRead: EB-5 visa programme: First choice of Indian parents for higher education of children Read: 5 things every student applying for undergraduate degree should knowlast_img read more

New PCB chief Ehsan Mani wants to rebuild relations and trust with BCCI

first_imgNewly appointed chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani said that PCB and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should rebuild their relations like they did during the times when Jagmohan Dlamiya and IS Bindra were heading the Indian Board.Mani said that he will try and discuss with his Indian counterparts on possibility of resumption of bilateral ties between the two cricket boards.Mani went on to add that Imran Khan took a positive step by inviting Navjot Singh Sidhu for his swearing in and that is how things should move ahead.The PCB has filed a law suit before the International Cricket Council (ICC) arbitration council against BCCI for not adhering to the MOU signed between the two cricket boards over proposed bilateral series. However, the newly elected PCB chief insists the way forward is negotiations and discussions.In the past, Mani had said that filing cases is not the solution to resume bilateral ties.Special meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) underway at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Chairman PCB, Mr. Ehsan Mani is chairing the meeting. pic.twitter.com/iH7bAoJu6dPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 4, 2018The former ICC president has been appointed as the official chairman of the PCB for a period of three years and will succeed Najam Sethi.Mani has also served as the ICC’s Finance and Marketing Committee Chairman and a played a key role in the organising the 1996 World Cup in the subcontinent.It was also during his tenure that ICC moved its headquarters from London to Dubai and women’s cricket was integrated with the men’s game.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce a new sponsorship deal with Sportscover, the worlds leading sports insurance underwriters.The partnership will see Sportscover become the major sponsor of TFA referees and an Official Supporter of TFA National teams.They will be providing an annual scholarship for referees for the value of $2000.The agreement is a great step forward in providing another financial avenue for the development and growth of all aspects of Touch.Sportscover Chief Executive Officer, Murray Anderson is confident the partnership will be a positive one.“We are delighted to be involved with Touch Football Australia, and over the next three years look forward to supporting not only the referees, but all TFA members around Australia.”last_img read more

Wärtsilä to Power Worlds First LNGFuelled OCV

first_imgzoom Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has been selected to equip the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled offshore construction vessel, being built at the Cosco shipyard in China, with propulsion machinery.Ordered by Belgian ship operator Dredging International (DEME), the vessel will feature Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel engines, an LNGPac fuel storage, supply system and propulsion systems. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in February 2017.The 210-metre-long vessel, the Orion, will be powered by four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 46DF dual-fuel electric propulsion engines, and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. Wärtsilä will also supply two custom made retractable thrusters, four underwater demountable thrusters, the Wärtsilä LNGPac storage and supply system, as well as commissioning, site supervision and extended project management services. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the latter part of 2017.“The decision to utilise clean burning LNG fuel represents our commitment to provide environmentally sustainable solutions for our operations. Wärtsilä has extensive experience and vast technological know-how in this field, which is why we have selected them as our partner in this project,” Jan Gabriel, Head of newbuilding and conversion department at DEME, said.Scheduled to be delivered to its owners in 2018, the Orion will undertake operations involving the installation of offshore windfarms in locations around the world.last_img read more

Two Seriously Injured in Explosion aboard Tanker off Cyprus

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Cyprus Joint Rescue Coordination Center – JRCC Larnaca Two crew members were seriously injured in an explosion aboard a Malta-flagged chemical tanker in the morning hours of December 29, according to Cypriot authorities.The 7,000 dwt tanker Athlos suffered an explosion, followed by a fire, some 3 nautical miles off the southern coast of Cyprus.The explosion threw five crew members overboard. Cypriot authorities recovered the seafarers and transferred all five, two of whom suffering extensive burns, to a hospital.The 2010-built vessel was crewed by 17 seafarers at the time of the incident, including 7 Greeks, 9 Indians and 1 Georgian. The explosion occurred shortly after the ship sailed from the port of Larnaca.Only hours after the incident, Cypriot authorities confirmed that the fire aboard Athlos, which is operated by the Greek shipping firm Enea Management, was under control.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Andy Murray Serena Williams form Wimbledon mixed doubles dream team

first_imgLondon: Andy Murray and Serena Williams will form a mixed doubles dream team at Wimbledon, his management announced Tuesday, as he gradually returns to tennis following career-saving surgery. Murray, who is easing his way back into the sport following a radical hip resurfacing, will join forces with Williams in an all-star partnership when the draw is announced on Wednesday. The Scot is already entered into the men’s doubles at Wimbledon where he is playing alongside France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe two-time Wimbledon champion’s partnership with seven-time winner Williams will make them instant favourites for the title. “We’re a lot alike on the court. I’ve always liked that about him,” Williams said of her fellow former world number one. “His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That’s something I’ve always respected about him. His fitness, everything. “To do what he’s done in an era where there’s so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. He’s actually one of the few. There’s so many things to be admired.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenShe added: “Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women’s issues no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think above all that is just fantastic.” Murray had been searching for a mixed doubles partner but had complained that he had been turned down by a number of players. “I do want to play,” the 32-year-old said on Saturday at a pre-Wimbledon media day. “We’ve had a number of conversations with a few players. Yeah, the plan’s definitely to play. “Conditions look like it’s supposed to be good for the fortnight, which is a positive thing. “I was speaking to some of the doubles guys, asking them why they don’t play mixed. It was for the reason that they had some years where they’ve been backed up. Sometimes the mixed is not the priority to get on the court.”last_img read more

Woman sues after rental home was used to shoot pornography

first_imgAQUINNAH, Mass. – A Massachusetts woman has filed a federal lawsuit accusing her tenant of using her Martha’s Vineyard home to shoot pornographic videos without telling her.The lawsuit filed this week says Leah Bassett had no idea when she rented out her home in 2014 that it would be used to shoot adult films.Bassett says the filmmakers used “nearly every room of her home for their porn production purposes,” including her bedrooms, sofas, dining room table and laundry room appliances.Bassett says the “highly disturbing discovery” has caused her emotional and psychological distress.The lawsuit was filed against the adult film company, Quebec, Canada-based Mile High Distribution Inc., and several individuals. Stephen Roach, an attorney for Mile High, says the matter arose out of a basic landlord-tenant dispute and the allegations in the complaint are “unfounded.”last_img read more


first_imgOther highlights of the festival will include a biopic of singer Elton John called Rocketman, which will be screened out of competition and was directed by Dexter Fletcher. The aging rocker will bring his own inimitable brand of star power to the festival when he attends the screening. Advertisement Xavier Dolan Canadian actor and filmmaker, Paris, FRANCE – 30/09/2014/JDD_132501/Credit:Eric DESSONS/JDD/SIPA/1410061331 Director Xavier Dolan poses after winning the Grand Prix award for It’s Only the End of the World, in Cannes in 2016. (Joel Ryan/The Associated Press) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cannes Film Festival organizers have announced the festival’s 2019 competition lineup, which pits revered directors such as Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodovar and Bong Joon-ho against each other for the top Palme d’Or prize.Festival veterans Loach and Almodovar, as well as the Dardenne Brothers, Jarmusch, Terrence Malick and Xavier Dolan — all of whom have previously won accolades at the French Riviera festival — will return for the May 14-25 event.Four female directors were among the 19 nominated in the main category. They are Atlantiqueby Mati Diop, Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe, Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma and Sibylby Justine Triet. Advertisement Login/Register With: Cannes 2019 lineup, announced ThursdayCompetitionPain and Glory, Pedro AlmodovarThe Traitor, Marco BellocchioWild Goose Lake, Yinan DiaoParasite, Bong Joon-hoYoung Ahmed, The Dardenne BrothersOh Mercy!, Arnaud DesplechinAtlantique, Mati DiopMatthias and Maxime, Xavier DolanLittle Joe, Jessica HausnerSorry We Missed You, Ken LoachLes Misérables, Ladj LyA Hidden Life (previously known as Radegund), Terrence MalikNighthawk, Kleber Mendonca Filho, Juliano DornellesThe Whistlers, Corneliu PorumboiuFrankie, Ira SachsThe Dead Don’t Die, Jim JarmuschPortrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline SciammaIt Must Be Heaven, Elia SuleimanSybil, Justine TrietOut of CompetitionRocketman, Dexter FletcherThe Best Years of Life, Claude LelouchMaradona, Asif KapadiaLa Belle Époque, Nicolas BedosToo Old to Die Young, Nicolas Winding Refn (2 episodes of TV series)Special ScreeningsShare, Pippa BiancoFamily Romance LLC, Werner HerzogTommaso, Abel FerraraTo Be Alive and Know It, Alain CavalierFor Sama, Waad Al Kateab and Edward WattsMidnight ScreeningsThe Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Lee Won-TaeUn Certain RegardInvisible Life, Karim AïnouzBeanpole, Kantemir BalagovThe Swallows of Kabul, Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé MévellecA Brother’s Love, Monia ChokriThe Climb, Michael CovinoJoan of Arc, Bruno DumontA Sun That Never Sets, Olivier LaxeChambre 212, Christophe HonoréPort Authority, Danielle LessovitzPapicha, Mounia MeddourAdam, Maryam TouzaniZhuo Ren Mi Mi, Midi ZLiberté, Albert SerraBull, Annie SilversteinSummer of Changsha, Zu FengEVGE, Nariman Aliev Facebook Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, a zombie comedy starring Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Chloe Sevigny as police officers protecting a small town, will open the festival on a starry and surreal note.It’s not the first time Jarmusch has competed for the Palme at Cannes using the undead — his 2013 Only Lovers Left Alive featured erudite vampires.Other Americans in the running include Malick, who returns after Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or in 2011 with the long-awaited A Hidden Life, about an Austrian anti-Nazi conscientious objector who was executed in 1943. Memphis-born Ira Sachs will present Frankie starring Isabelle Huppert.Two-time Palme d’Or winner Loach will unveil Sorry We Missed You, about a young British family struggling to stay afloat in the modern era of casual jobs and gig work.No shift on NetflixAlmodovar will be back on the festival’s red carpeted steps with the new film Pain and Glory — a self-referential movie about an aging filmmaker played by Antonio Banderas, alongside longtime muse Penelope Cruz. It’s been compared to Italian filmmaker Fellini’s masterpiece 8 1/2.The Host and Snowpiercer director Bong is set to debut his new film Parasite. He was last at Cannes in 2017 with his action adventure Okja, one of two Netflix films permitted to compete at the festival that year (the other was Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories).The inclusion of the streamer sparked a major protest, especially by French exhibitors, and prompted Cannes to introduce a requirement that all films in submitted for competition also be planned for release in French cinemas. Despite recent talks, Frémaux reiterated on Thursday that position.“We don’t want to accept films in competition that won’t meet audiences in theaters,” he said, adding however that festival officials were in contact with Netflix earlier this week and “there is no battle between us.”Inarritu leads juryThere was dismay that Quentin Tarantino missed out from being included with the highly anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.Frémaux lamented to critics during the press conference that the movie was still in editing — explaining that Tarantino’s insistence on using laborious 35mm will delay its completion.Oscar-winning director Alejandro Inarritu will be jury president, although the jury members have not yet been announced. The Associated Press with files from CBC News and Radio-Canada The last time four women were nominated at Cannes was in 2011, when that number set a record for the festival.Cannes has increasingly come under criticism for its tradition of overwhelmingly selecting films by male directors. Last year, Agnès Varda, Ava Du Vernay, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek and Kristen Stewart joined a star-studded red-carpet demonstration protesting gender inequality in the film industry.The festival’s artistic director Thierry Frémaux subsequently signed a pledge to raise the prominence of female filmmakers at festivals.Festival artistic director Thierry Frémaux unveils this year’s Cannes Film Festival lineup in Paris on Thursday. The festival will run from May 14 to May 25. (François Mori/Associated Press)A total of 13 women were included in all categories this year — although male artists still dominate.Among those 13, Quebecer Monia Chokri will compete for the Caméra d’or with her film La femme de monfrère (A Brother’s Love).“I am hugely touched,” said 35-year-old Chokri, who is from Quebec City. “It’s huge for a first film. I am a little elated.”A Brother’s Love, which Chokri wrote as well as directed, tells the story of siblings whose close relationship is torn apart when the brother falls in love.“Comedy comes naturally to me,” Chokri told Radio-Canada. “It’s something that is part of my life: laughter, humour, all of that.Although it’s her first time at Cannes as a director, Chokri has walked the red carpet before as an actor. She starred in Xavier Dolan’s Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), which took the Regards jeunes prize at Cannes in 2010.All the way up. As high as she could go.Agnès Varda will be the inspirational guiding light of this 72nd edition of the Festival!La Pointe courte © 1994 Agnès Varda and her children – Montage & design : Flore Maquin.More info: https://t.co/RoyeCYyM7m #Cannes2019 #AgnesVarda pic.twitter.com/aW4YKmo3Ct— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) April 15, 2019New Dolan dramaCanadian Dolan will be back at Cannes with the French-language drama Matthias and Maxime, revolving around a group of friends in their late-20s. Earlier, the Quebec filmmaker won the Jury Prize (in 2014 for Mommy) and shared in the Grand Prix (for 2016’s It’s Only the End of the World). Twitterlast_img read more

Marrakech to Host 2nd International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship

Marrakech – The Moroccan Center for Civic Education in collaboration with its international and local partners will organize the Second Annual International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship, in Marrakech, on February 4 through 8, 2015.The conference specifically tackles aspects of education for democratic citizenship under the theme of “The Role of Youth in Promoting Global Citizenship Education: Challenges and Opportunities.”The conference expects scholars and participants to contribute with such investigations as fostering the field of education for democratic citizenship, and promoting youth’s sense of civic education. Education is no longer merely for enhancing literature and numeracy, but it is a means of shaping the democratic life of youth, helping them embrace global citizenship, and opening their eyes and minds to their rights and responsibilities in society.The news release quoted the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon as saying, “We must foster global citizenship. Education is about more than literacy and numeracy. It is also about citizenry. Education must fully assume its essential role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful and tolerant societies.”The conference, will in detail deal with certain aspects of education. Among them are: education for democratic citizenship, intercultural dialogues, civic engagement, and education for the rule of law.The organizers invite all those who are interested in contributing and participating in the event, for a successful conference and for a wide spread of knowledge and best practice in Global Citizenship.For more details, including the goals and objectives of the conference, please check the conference website: http://iacedc.civicmorocco.org/Photo courtesy Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE ) read more

As floods inundate Belize UN crisis officials offer emergency support

Staff from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have been providing logistical and technical support over the past week to authorities, according to a UNDP news release issued yesterday.Flooding remains particularly widespread in southern Belize, more than a week after Tropical Storm Arthur, which formed on 31 May and immediately made landfall, dumped about 15 inches of rain on the small country.Tropical Storm Alma, which developed over the eastern Pacific Ocean in late May, also made landfall in Belize, ensuring four days of intense rain.At least five people have been killed and three others are still missing, UNDP said. The homes of about 8,000 people have been destroyed, submerged or otherwise damaged.National authorities have identified food, water, medicines and clothing as among the most important short-term needs, with housing construction materials and household items important in the longer term.UN officials say they are also concerned about water and sanitation, and the risk that infectious diseases could spread as a result of contaminated waters. 10 June 2008United Nations crisis officials are working with local authorities in Belize to coordinate relief efforts in the wake of flooding across the Central American country caused by the first storm of the annual Atlantic hurricane season. read more

Peace means dignity wellbeing for all not just absence of war –

“We know that peace cannot be decreed solely through treaties – it must be nurtured through the dignity, rights and capacities of every man and woman,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks to the High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, convened by the General Assembly. “It is a way of being, of interacting with others, of living on this planet.”In September 1999, the Assembly adopted, by consensus, a resolution on the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace. Since then, it has met annually to discuss the issue, as well as how to advance this noble goal.Mr. Ban said that peace means access to education, health and essential services – especially for girls and women; giving every young woman and man the chance to live as they choose; and developing sustainably and protecting the planet’s biodiversity.“More than ever, it means living with others on the basis of tolerance, respect and mutual understanding,” he added.“We are challenged today. We join forces here to promote a culture of peace, and yet all around us we see a spreading virus of war, of conflict, extremism, violence, hatred and terrorism. “But I am convinced that our strongest arsenal in the face of these threats is not weapons or missiles or guns,” he stated. “It is our shared values … our common vision for peace, development and human rights … our universal aspiration for a meaningful culture of peace.”Delivering remarks on behalf of Assembly President John Ashe, Vice-President Isabelle F. Picco said the desire for a culture of peace knows no boundaries and is inherent in the hearts of all people.“It transcends gender, culture, religion, faith and belief, and unites the rich and poor, the old and young, East and West, North and South around a common desire.”She added that the post-2015 development agenda that Member States are currently working on must be rooted in a culture of peace. “Peace as an overarching theme must be woven throughout the goals and underpin the targets,” Ms. Picco stated. “And our new agenda must be backed by the political will, commitment, partnerships and financial support to help usher in a new era of peace on a global level.” read more

DOUBLE DOMINATION IN POLAND Kielce and Plock with new points

11Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski4013110:1341 9KPR Legionowo310280:902 Easy passage had Polish champions in the fourth round of PGNiG Superliga – Vive Targi Kielce demolished Zagłębie Lubin, winning in front of a home crowd 41:26 (21:13). The match wasn’t very spectacular, because for the most part the team from Lubin was unable to equal fight. Despite a pretty good start for guests, Vive had incrased advantage with every passing moment, taking away wish to continue a game from the opponents. Especially Mateusz Jachlewski, who hasn’t played in the last Kielce’s battle in Champions League, take its toll on Zagłębie’s players and scored eleven goals. Guests didn’t help even a good attitude of their goalkeeper, Marek Kubiszewski and they suffered a second defeat of this season. Kielce can now start thinking only about the impending duel in the Champions League against FC Porto and have hope that all the players will be ready for this match.Most goals: for Vive – Jachlewski 11, Chrapkowski 8; for Zagłębie – Szymyślik 6, Paluch 5Orlen Wisla Plock beat “black sheep” – Piotrkowianin 35:28. 2Orlen Wisła Płock4400132:1028 3Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin3300112:806 Piotrkowianin – Orlen Wisła Płock 28:35 (16:20)Piotrkowianin: Ner, Wnuk, Procho – Głowacki, Mróz 1, Daćko 4, Tórz 4, Woynowski, Trojanowski 4, Różański 2, Swat 2, Iskra, Pilitowski 4, Pożarek 1, Pacześny 4/3, Wasilewski 2.Orlen Wisła: Sego, Wichary, Morawski – Kwiatkowski, Nenadić 6/2, Kavaś, Ghionea 5/3, Jurkiewicz 7, Toromanović 7, Lijewski 2, Paczkowski 2, Eklemović 2, Milas 4 ← Previous Story FROM LEON TO EISENACH: Faruk Vrazalic to DKB Bundesliga! Next Story → The Brazilian National League 2013 started 12Gwardia Opole300380:980 10SPR Chrobry Głogów310285:982 8MMTS Kwidzyn310287:972 4KS Azoty Puławy320181:884 6SPR Stal Mielec310288:872 7Górnik Zabrze310279:862 1Vive Targi Kielce4400142:948 TEXT: IDA BARAN, Z.B handballhandball matchKielcePlockPoland handballPolish Handball 5Zagłębie Lubin4112109:1313 read more

Feel its too late to do anything about the Poolbeg incinerator Not

first_img Short URL Laura Fano Morrissey The new Covanta plant seen here to the right of the iconic Poolbeg towers. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieGrave concernAll this explains my total dismay when I found out, accidentally, that an incinerator had been built in the centre of Dublin. I felt even more dismayed when I realised how little awareness exists in Ireland around the dangers of incinerators. I found out there had been some protests before the plant was built but now that it is set to be fully operational by August and will start burning some waste next month, the prevailing attitude has become one of resignation, a feeling that nothing can be done.This is far from true. There are a series of issues surrounding the Poolbeg incinerator that should be a grave cause for concern for both residents and the wider population.Firstly, the issue of emissions controls. At the moment, Covanta, the company that runs the incinerator, has agreed to publish the following data on its own website: Furnace Temperature, Total Dust, Total Organic Carbon (TOC), Hydrogen Chloride (HCL), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Oxide (NO2), Carbon Monoxide. However, no continuous publications on dioxin and furan level, the most dangerous particles, will be provided.Independent monitoring neededSecondly, there needs to be an independent body in charge of the monitoring, a body that has yet to be appointed. Strangely enough, the EPA licence allows the company itself to appoint independent bodies in charge of monitoring emissions and verifying their engineering in the plant. How independent can these bodies be if they are appointed by the potential polluter? The local Social Democrats have asked for an independent monitoring site to be opened at Poolbeg with an emphasis on the monitoring of furans and dioxins, but so far they have not received any concrete assurance from the EPA.The third issue is Covanta’s track record. Last year, the company had to shut down one of two of its stacks at its plant in Durham Yorke, Canada, as the dioxins released in the air had surpassed the limits by 13 times the legal limit. The company defended itself by saying that the Canadian laws in terms of emissions are too stringent. The ones set by Dublin City Council on the other hand are almost certainly too loose, which means that if pressure does not mount, the company could easily release the same amount of dioxins in the air with no legal consequences.I would like to believe that this won’t happen, but my own experience suggests that without a movement of citizens that forces the authorities and the company to be transparent and accountable, these measures are very unlikely to happen spontaneously. I am not comfortable with the idea of an incinerator sitting in the middle of a city, in a densely populated area and right across from an area with a cluster of schools.I think there is enough international evidence against these plants, but even for those who remain sceptical, the precautionary principle should be enough. The precautionary principle dictates that, unless proven otherwise, things that can be dangerous for human health are to be avoided. The risk of finding out too late that the substances released in the air are highly toxic is too big a risk to take.Laura Fano is a social anthropologist and translator based in Dublin. She has been a long-time activist on issues ranging from global inequality, environmental justice, feminism and education. By Laura Fano Morrissey 703 Views Feel it’s too late to do anything about the Poolbeg incinerator? Not so Fear of an incinerator in the city of Dublin is not irrational – and we need to demand better controls and monitoring before it begins to burn. LIFE GOES ON as normal in Sandymount, Dublin, where the sea front bustles with life, people jogging, children running around on the beach when the tide is out.Such a beautiful spectacle of nature, one you would hardly find in any other capital’s city centre.But for me, an Italian who has been an environmental activist for many years and has recently moved to this part of the world, the Poolbeg incinerator is a very ominous presence. In my country incinerators have been around for a couple of decades and a few more are in the pipeline. Almost everywhere, the presence of incinerators has generated widespread protest among the local population. I remember visiting one in Acerra, in the South of Italy, while I was accompanying a delegation of international activists. Local protestors were escorting us, recounting the experience of their fight against what they considered a serious danger to their health.Theirs was not an irrational fear, nor an example of the NIMBY syndrome. There are national and international studies that link the presence of incinerators to an increase in a series of pathologies, ranging from respiratory diseases to tumours. A study conducted in Tuscany confirmed the epidemiological evidence on health effects and the increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.Similar studies also confirmed increased risks of miscarriage and preterm births among local populations exposed to incinerators in different sites in Italy. According to Patrizia Gentilini, an oncologist with the organization ISDE-Medici per l’Ambiente (Doctors for the Environment) the link between incinerators and tumours cannot be denied, especially for those tumours primarily affecting women and children.That is why, sadly, many of the protest groups fighting these plants are called “Moms against the incinerators”.Cocktail of toxic elementsDespite this incontrovertible data, incinerators are presented by governments and local authorities, desperate to find a solution to a growing waste disposal problem, as the green alternative for a bright future.The reality however is that they release into the air a cocktail of toxic elements such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, nickel, chromium, and even more worryingly dioxins and furans, whose effects on human health can be transmitted to future generations. Dioxins in particular get into the soil and water, entering the food chain, and take decades to be eliminated from the environment. It is estimated that they remain in the soil for 100 years and in the human body for seven years.The problem of incinerators and the conflicts they have generated is in no way confined to Italy. The case of Detroit, the largest solid waste incinerator in the United States, is one of the most iconic environmental and social justice fights in the country. In France, the Association for Research and Treatments Against Cancer (ARTAC) has also linked incinerators to cancer and its President Dominique Belpomme even went as far as describing environmental pollution, including chemical air pollution, as a crime against humanity. Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM Mar 11th 2017, 9:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3274708 Share Tweet Email2 45 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

2016 National Honor and Awards Ceremony

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 7, 2016 – Today the TCI Government sent out an invitation to all media houses to come be a part of and capture the 2016 National Honor and Awards Ceremony, which will be held on October 10th on the Parade Grounds, Grand Turk, at 10:00 a.m.   Here is a list of the awards and the nominees:THE ORDER OF TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS – For service with distinction in any field of disciplineBasden, Marjorie, Mrs.Pratt, Sybil Ianthe, Mrs.THE PATRIOTIC AWARDCAYOS MEDAL – For demonstration of a keen sense of national consciousness and for rendering exceptional sacrificial service to the islands and the peopleBrooks-Clare, Elaine, Mrs.Coalbrooke, Juanita S., Mrs.Robinson Austin Mr. OBEScott-Williams, Delphine I., Mrs.THE LONG SERVICE MEDAL – For outstanding and exemplary public service to the islands and its people for a minimum period of twenty yearsAriza, Aswaldo M, Mr.Burton, Beatrice Ms.Durham, Kathleen, Mrs.Forbes, Elaine, Mrs.Gardiner, Enos, Mr.Gardiner Walter Snr., Mr.Houseman, Valeria, Mrs.Johnson, Lamuel, Mr.Jolly, Lillian, Mrs.Lightbourne, Claudius, Inspector.Mills, Debby-Lee, Ms.Mills, Madeline Ms.Misick, Charles W, The Hon.Outten, Carolyn Jean Mrs.Robinson, Aldora Mrs.Saunders, Norman W. HonSimmons, Sarah, Mrs.Skippings, Oswald O. Hon.Smith, Claudia Mrs.Swann, Susan Mrs.Taylor, Hugh Derek Hon.Taylor, Olga Mrs.Williams, Valeria Beatrice Ms.Wilson, Almaida V. Mrs.Wynns, Kathleen Mahalia Ms.THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL – For sacrificial and meritorious service in a field of service that is inherently challenging or for a brave or humane act in the islands or abroadForbes, Mary, Mrs.Malcolm, Hugh Dr.Williams-Gibbs, Ethlyn, Mrs.Williams, Norean Mrs.NATIONAL YOUNG ACHIEVER’S MEDAL – For Turks and Caicos Islanders between the ages of twelve and twenty-five years who has performed exceptionally well on a national, regional or international level in the areas of culture, academics, performing arts and sports among othersClare, William Jude Duval, Mr.Forbes, Sanadia A.,Hillaire Darron Jr. Mr.Simmons, Dekkel, Mr.Simmons, Angel, Ms.Williams, Natalia Ms.Williams, Shanice Ms. Related Items:2016 honor and awards ceremony tcilast_img read more

Triveni School organises Best Out of Waste programme in Khammam

first_imgKhammam: Triveni School students participated in ‘Best Out of Waste’ programme held on school premises on Thursday. During the programme, school Principal Rajendra Prasad explained the students to how to make something useful from the waste material.Directors of the school Dr Gollpudi Verendra Chowdary and Y Venkateswara Rao presented participation certificates to the students during the programme. Academic In-charge Mustafa, Kids In-charge Sri Devi, Campus In-charge Charles, Transport In-charge Sandeep, teachers and students attended the programme.last_img read more

CU teacher Maidul suspended

first_imgChittagong University (CU) authorities on Tuesday suspended assistant professor of Sociology department Maidul Islam, who was sent to jail in a case filed over making ‘derogatory remarks’ on prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook, reports UNB.CU vice-chancellor Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury said they took action against Maidul as per the university rules.Earlier on Monday, Maidul Islam was sent to jail after he surrendered before the court on expiry of his eight-week anticipatory bail granted by the High Court.On 24 July, former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and CU student Md Iftekhar Uddin Ayaz filed the case with Hathazari police station under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.On 15 July, the Sociology teacher had to leave the campus along with his family following continuous threat reportedly from BCL activists over his Facebook post in support of the quota reform movement and demeaning the prime minister.The BCL men also declared Maidul Islam and another CU teacher persona non-grata on the campus.last_img read more

Rice Program To Teach Executives How To Lead Effectively

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaBrent Smith, PhD, teaches executives in Rice University’s new Leadership Accelerator. 00:00 /04:01 X center_img Listen Share Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has launched a leadership accelerator, a four-day program that teaches executives to become better leaders.“The value of leadership education is to prepare people for a set of responsibilities that they’re generally not prepared for, honestly,” said the course’s instructor, management professor and senior associate dean of executive education at Rice Business Brent Smith.The program includes four “building blocks”: leading oneself, leading others, leading the team and leading the enterprise.Smith said people are often looking for a simple recipe to improve their leadership skills. But it’s not that simple.“I can’t define leadership,” he said. “It’s not something that I’ve ever attempted to do in my two decades being a professor. Because as soon as I define leadership at a general enough level to apply to a large population of leaders, it’s so general that it’s meaningless.”Instead, Smith tells his executive students to understand the context of what they are leading.“The people that you lead and what are their expectations,” he said. “The outcomes that you’re expected to accomplish and how those might be different from the outcomes that you were expected to accomplish six months ago; strategy and how it might have changed in your organization; culture and what you’re trying to reinforce.”Smith said studies consistently show bad leaders are unable to understand emotions, whether in themselves or others. They are insensitive or intimidating in their management style, don’t adapt to different people or the circumstance they are in, and don’t take responsibility for their team’s performance.The first Leadership Accelerator course is fully booked and starts on Monday, June 17. The next one will be offered in The Woodlands Oct. 7 through 10.The one after that takes place at Rice Nov. 4 through 7.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Smith.last_img read more

The Baltimore Metro Chapter of the Bennett College Alumnae Association Annual White

first_imgThe Baltimore Metro Chapter of the Bennett College Alumnae Association will hold its Annual White Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on April 1 at the Hilton Doubletree in Pikesville, Md.  This year’s theme for the White Breakfast is “Bennett College- 90 Years of Educating Women and Fostering a Nation.”  This year the Chapter will honor U.S. Representative Dr. Alma Adams of North Carolina District.   For more information about the White Breakfast email baltimorebelles@gmail.com.last_img