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SLB Disburses $3.1 Billion to Students

first_img “As a Government we want to see more youth accessing tertiary education, and this is a policy directive at the SLB,” he said. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting that for the 2017-2018 academic year it received 13,679 applications. for which more than $3.09 billion was disbursed, with an approval rate of 99 per cent. Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on March 14, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, assured students that the Government is working to ensure that all persons who qualify to access tertiary education will be able to pursue their goal. Story Highlights The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting that for the 2017-2018 academic year it received 13,679 applications. for which more than $3.09 billion was disbursed, with an approval rate of 99 per cent.The SLB provides loans as well as grants to help with non-tuition expenses to students pursuing tertiary studies.Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on March 14, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, assured students that the Government is working to ensure that all persons who qualify to access tertiary education will be able to pursue their goal.“As a Government we want to see more youth accessing tertiary education, and this is a policy directive at the SLB,” he said.There are three types of loans that students may access – Targeted; Pay as you Study and Postgraduate.Executive Director of the SLB, Monica Brown, who also addressed the ‘Think Tank’, said that under the Targeted loan type, where a majority of the students would access tertiary financing, they are required to repay the loan on completion of their studies.The loan repayment period has been adjusted from 10 years to 15 or 20 years, depending on the programme of study.Ms. Brown said that although students accessing Targeted loans are not required to make repayments during the in-school years, the SLB encourages those who are able to make payments during the moratorium period to do so, as this reduces the amount that will be left to repay on completion of their studies.She pointed out that effective April 2016, the Bureau switched from using the ‘add on method’ to using the reducing balance method to calculate the interest rate on repayment, and this has resulted in significant savings for those who borrow from the SLB.The applicable interest rate using the reducing balance is 7.8 per cent during the in-school years and 9.5 per cent when the loan enters repayment stage. Ms. Brown noted that there are areas given priority for the allocation of funds, particularly where the contributions to national development are greatest. They are agricultural studies, engineering, information technology and maritime and logistics studies. The interest rate repayment is six per cent on the reducing balance.Applications, which are now open for persons who wish to access loans for the 2018-2019 academic year, will close on Thursday, May 31.last_img read more

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Minister Offers Condolences to Family of Deceased Worker

first_imgLabour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan is sending condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of a man who died in Halifax today, Feb. 7, while driving to work in a company vehicle. “I can’t imagine how this man’s family must be feeling, and my thoughts are with them during this extremely difficult time,” said Ms. Regan. “I want to assure this family that we will help find answers as to why this happened.” Halifax Regional Municipality Police and officers with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are investigating. A safety officer and investigator from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education are also on site, and will assist in any way they can. This is the first workplace fatality this year. In 2013, 34 Nova Scotians died at work.last_img read more

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World Wildlife Fund survey indicates many Canadian species declining

first_imgAn extensive survey of Canadian birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians over more than four decades has found that half of them are in serious population decline. Here are a few findings from the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Index on Canada:— The 903 species surveyed experienced an overall population decline of eight per cent.— Of the 451 species with diminishing populations, the decline was 83 per cent.— Mammals dropped 43 per cent.— Fish declined 20 per cent.— Reptiles and amphibians fell 16 per cent.— Birds increased seven per cent, mostly due to higher populations in waterfowl and raptors. Grassland birds dropped 69 per cent, insectivores fell 51 per cent and shorebirds lost 43 per cent.— Some 403 species increased and 45 were stable.— Overall numbers in fresh-water ecosystems were stable, largely because of waterfowl numbers.— Overall numbers in marine ecosystems dropped nine per cent— Overall numbers in terrestrial ecosystems dropped nine per centlast_img read more

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Gwitchin people ready to take on Trump over arctic drilling

first_img(Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Yukon. Photo: Luke Smith/APTN)Shirley McLeanAPTN NewsThe Gwitchin peoples in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Alaska are rolling up their sleeves once again to fight for the protection of the Porcupine Caribou Herd against U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempts to reopen drilling in the Arctic.Since 1988, the Gwich’in Nation has successfully resisted multiple attempts by the U.S. Congress to open the Coastal Plain to drilling.But the Trump administration and the Alaskan congressional delegation have renewed their attempts to open it up for oil exploration.“We’re calling in our allies,” said Chief Bruce Charlie of the Vuntut Gwitchin government in Old Crow, Yukon. “These misguided plans from the Trump Administration and Congress put our ancient relationship with the Porcupine Caribou at risk for what amounts to a few months of American oil consumption,” said Charlie. “This cannot be justified and must be stopped.”(Old Crow, Yukon. Photo: Luke Smith/APTN)The herd’s population sits just under 200,000.It has gone up and down in size over time, but it has always been an important part of the ecology of the Western Arctic and the existence of the Gwitchin people.Earlier this month the US house of representatives passed a budget resolution that includes a push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) on the Arctic coast of Alaska to drilling.With 10.4 billion barrels believed to be sitting underneath the refuge, the area is thought to be the largest onshore oil reserve in North America.It’s also the calving grounds for the Porcupine Caribou Herd – and part of president trump’s push to for American energy independence.Dana Tiyza-Tramm is a councillor for the Vuntut Gwitchin.The councillor said multiple studies have shown caribou are sensitive to development and with the plans to open up the refuge for seismic testing throws their future into question.And that the area is sacred to the Gwitchin Nation made up of 9,000 members – not only in Yukon but across the north in Alaska and the Northwest Territories.“At the end of the day we Gwitchin define ourselves of the land and the ANWR lands are our homelands,” said Tiyza-Tramm. “And we can liken that to the land as our bodies and the caribou as our bloodline and what is done to them is done to us”Lorraine Netro sits on the Gwitchin steering committee and advocacy group for the Gwitchin People.She said it’s critical for the nation to gather political support.“We need all of our leaders within the Gwitchin nation, within the Yukon, NWT, our national leaders to stand up and standup up to the plate and stand in unity with the Gwitchin people and let people in Washington DC know that this is unacceptable.”The Resolution instructs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to come up with $1-billion in savings over 10 years in order to fund Republican tax reform plans.Congress has the final say over whether to allow new drilling in the refuge.Dana Tiyza-Tramm said there is a number of moderate Republican senators who are supporting the Gwitchin view right now.And that they need 51 senior senators out of 100 to vote against the proposed budget that is expected to happen any day now.As of today, the nation has installed a public phone so community members in Old Crow can call US senators to make them aware that the Arctic National Wilderness Refuge is a sensitive area with high stakes for the Gwitchin.It is expected that any amendments to regulations to allow seismic testing would require a full-blown environmental assessment which could take 18 months or longer to conductWhich Tiyza-Tramm said gives the Gwithcin still time to lobby if the US Senate votes in favour to open the refuge to drilling.Contact Shirley here: smclean@aptn.calast_img read more

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First Nation wants inquiry into racism assaults linked to hydro development

first_imgThe Canadian PressA northern Manitoba First Nation is calling for a provincial inquiry into racism, discrimination, and violence linked to hydroelectric development on its territory.York Factory First Nation Chief Leroy Constant says people have suffered because of the Manitoba Hydro projects.He says women, in particular, have experienced ongoing trauma.A report released last month by the province’s Clean Environment Commission outlined discrimination and sexual abuse at the Crown utility’s work sites in the 1960s and 1970s.The report says there was also racial tension, environmental degradation and an end to the traditional way of life for some Indigenous people.Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires has called the allegations in the commission’s report disturbing and said she is referring the issue to the RCMP.Constant says members of his >First Nation have struggled to have their voices heard and issues with hydro development continue to this day.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Malaysia urged to free activist arrested over Lankan film

Lena Hendry herself welcomed the international support she has received and added: “Screening a human rights documentary is not a crime. Being penalised for it is a serious infringement of my freedom of speech and expression. Films are a form of creative expression and a more effective way to increase awareness of issues around the world. There should no be restrictions whatsoever for that expression”.Leading filmmakers who signed the open letter include Academy Award winner, Laura Poitras; BAFTA winner, Joshua Oppenheimer; BAFTA fellow, Roger Graef; Emmy Award winner, Joslyn Barnes; Indian filmmaker, Anand Patwardha; Canadian filmmaker, Avi Lewis; Singaporean filmmaker, Tan Tan Pin; and Malaysian filmmaker, Hassan Muthalib.Film and TV executives supporting the letter include Channel 4 CEO, David Abraham; Channel 4 Head of News and Current Affairs, Dorothy Byrne; Sundance Institute Documentary Program Director, Tabitha Jackson; and BRITDOC CEO, Jess Search. Actor Greg Wise has also signed. (Colombo Gazette) The screening was raided by 30 officials from the Malaysian Home Ministry, the Police and Immigration officials. Ms Hendry, who is also Manager of Kuala Lumpur’s Freedom Film Festival, is charged under Malaysia’s Film Censorship law of 2002 which states that it is illegal for anyone to possess, distribute or show a film which has not been approved by the country’s censorship board. The signatories of the letter, who include many well known actors, directors and artists, including the rapper M.I.A, Grammy Award winning Angelique Kidjo and leading film directors from the US, India, Malaysia and the UK, including the director of No Fire Zone, Callum Macrae, as well as writers ranging from Naomi Klein to Meena Kandasamy, accuse the Malaysian authorities of using the law as an act of political censorship. Nearly 100 leading film-makers, writers, artists and lawyers from around the world have signed an open letter calling on the Malaysian government to drop charges against a human rights activist who is due to go on trial on Monday 14 December and could face up to three years in jail for screening a film on the war in Sri Lanka.Lena Hendry, of the Malaysian human rights NGO Pusat KOMAS, has been charged under Malaysia’s draconian censorship laws for screening the award-winning documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka – a film about human rights abuses at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war – to an invited audience in July 2013. The Emmy-nominated film which Lena is charged with showing, No Fire Zone, is now widely and internationally acknowledged to have played a key role in exposing the terrible war crimes committed at the end of the war in Sri Lanka. It also helped convince delegates to the UN Human Rights Council to launch a major inquiry into the events which saw tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians killed in the space of a few weeks – most by government shelling.The raid on the screening followed pressure from the then Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa which is accused in the film of responsibility for war crimes. The director of the film, Callum Macrae, who was present at the 2013 screening in Kuala Lumpur when it was raided, said: “It is deeply ironic that the government of President Rajapaksa – which exerted such pressure on the Malaysian authorities to stop this screening – has now been replaced by popular vote of the Sri Lankan people, and many of its leading members are now facing investigation for war crimes and corruption. So history has vindicated the film, the government which it exposed has gone – yet Lena still potentially faces jail for showing it.” The letter – addressed to Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, as well as the country’s Home Minister and Attorney General – calls for the dropping of the charges and the repealing of the act, noting: “The use of this draconian law to attack and prevent freedom of speech is disturbing, unacceptable and is in danger of bringing Malaysia into international disrepute.” read more

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Chinese Navy ship arrives in Colombo

A Chinese Navy ship arrived in Colombo on a goodwill visit, the Sri Lanka Navy said.The ‘Hai Yangdao’ of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) arrived at the port of Colombo today and was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions. Meanwhile, two Japanese ships “Kaga” and “Inazuma” belonging to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) which arrived in Sri Lanka on 30th September. left the Colombo harbour today after a successful visit.During their stay in the country, the crew members of the ships took part in a friendly Volleyball match and several other programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy. (Colombo Gazette) Upon its arrival at the Colombo harbour, the Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Sha Qi met the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Western Naval Command Headquarters and held a cordial discussion on matters of mutual interest. Mementoes were also exchanged to mark this occasion. Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei, Military, Naval and Air Attaché of the Embassy of China in Sri Lanka, was also present at the event. During the four-day visit, the ship’s crew is expected to visit some of the places of tourist attraction in the island and take part in several events organized by the Sri Lanka Navy.The 135m long and 18.6m wide this PLAN vessel has a displacement of 7,676 tons. The Chinese ship is scheduled to set sail from the Colombo harbour on Sunday. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

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Under pressure to give commercial drones greater access to US skies FAA

Under pressure to give commercial drones greater access to US skies, FAA issues 4 more permits FILE – In this March 12, 2014 file photo, a drone flies over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. A government watchdog says commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations to would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries. The Government Accountability Office (GAO_ also estimated Wednesday in prepared congressional testimony that it will be nearly years or longer before the Federal Aviation Administration issues final rules to permit commercial use of small drones. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2014 9:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.The new permits bring the total number of companies granted permits for commercial operations to 13. They were announced by the Federal Aviation Administration an hour before a House hearing at which lawmakers warned that if the agency doesn’t move faster, Congress will step in.Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, Gerald Dillingham of the Government Accountability Office testified at the hearing.Several European countries have granted commercial permits to more than a 1,000 drone operators for safety inspections of infrastructure, such as railroad tracks, or to support commercial agriculture, Dillingham said. Australia has issued over 180 permits to businesses engaged in aerial surveying, photography and other work, but limits the permits to drones weighing less than 5 pounds. And small, unmanned helicopters have been used to monitor and spray crops in Japan for more than a decade.Canada has had regulations governing the use of unmanned aircraft since 1996 and, as of September, had issued over 1,000 permits this year alone, Dillingham said.The permits announced Wednesday were granted to Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global LLC, Clayco Inc. and Woolpert Inc., which received two permits. The drones weigh less than 55 pounds and the firms have said they will they will keep the unmanned aircraft within line of sight of the operator.Previously the only permits the Federal Aviation Administrational Aviation had issued were to two oil companies in Alaska and five aerial photography companies associated with television and film production.The FAA said it has received 167 requests for exemptions from commercial entities.___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy read more

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Three Brock student videos among Top 15 of national science research contest

A Brock University student has scored third place in a national science research video contest, with two other Brock student videos among the contest’s Top 15 finalists.Science, Action! features student-produced, 60-second videos on research projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), one of Brock’s major research funders.Taylor Lidster took third place with her video, On the Fly. Two other videos – produced by Matthew Mueller and the team of Zakia Dahi and Jina Nanayakkara — were included in the Top 15 of finalists from universities across Canada.All four students are from the Department of Biological Sciences. Mueller, Dahi and Lidster are master’s students, while Nanayakkara has just completed her undergraduate degree.Their videos explore how fruit flies help us better understand the human gut, how cells chat with one another, and how genes “jump.”“It’s wonderful to see Brock student researchers being recognized nationally, both for the excellence of their research projects and for their ability to explain the impact and significance of their work,” says Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon.“The remarkable extent of Brock students’ success in the Science, Action! program is a powerful indication of their calibre, and a great credit to the training and research mentorship they receive from Brock University professors,” he says.Lidster’s On the Fly shows how the fruit fly is used to study inflammation in the gut. The researchers use genetic techniques and microscopy to see any changes in the gut environment, good or bad.Mueller’s Cell Talk explains that the root cause of several contemporary diseases is a disruption in communication between cells, examines the language that cells use to talk to one another, and describes how this changes in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer.DNA: A Mobile Molecule, by Dahi and Nanayakkara, explores how DNA sequences that move around – called “jumping genes” – copy and paste themselves into different parts of our genomes. The research aims to understand how “jumping genes” have led to human variation and disease.The Science, Action! contest enables students to present their NSERC-funded science research to a wide audience.“There is so much great research that goes unnoticed on campuses, and we wanted to bring these stories to Canadians in a way that is fun and accessible,” says Christian Riel, NSERC’s Director of Communications. “Science, Action! challenges students to find new ways of explaining complex research so that anyone from kids to grandparents can understand.”Mueller says he had to “unwrap several layers” of the first draft of his script before coming up with the final wording for his video.“Through the process, I feel like we built up a lot of communication skills,” he says. “I’m noticing a trend: some of the best scientists I know are also the best communicators I know.”Students entering the contest faced some big challenges. In mid-February, NSERC posted 75 video entries from students across Canada; seven of these videos were from Brock. The 25 videos with the most views by March 2 would then make it to the next round. Five Brock videos made it into the Top 25. From there, a panel of judges selected the Top 15.“These videos give a great vision of what our research is all about,” says Dahi. “Our family and friends were asking questions, wanting to know more. It’s a great opportunity for us to tell people what we’re doing on a daily basis.”“It’s a really good way to figure out how to boil down our research, which we usually think of as being so complicated,” says Nanayakkara.NSERC announced the 2018 contest results on Thursday, April 26. All 15 finalists receive cash prizes worth up to $3,500. read more

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Football Notebook Changing season changing role players for the Buckeyes

Replacing Chris “Beanie” WellsOne question in everyone’s mind going into this season was how the Buckeyes were going to make up for losing one of the strongest running backs in college football, “Beanie” Wells. But, in their season opener against Navy, two backs paired up for quite the punch against the midshipmen defense. Dan Herron and Brandon Saine combined for 125 rushing yards. Herron had 17 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. Saine averaged 5.9 yards on nine carries with a 14-yard carry in the second quarter while backup quarterback Joe Bauserman struggled to make a drive. Just two plays later, Saine connected with Bauserman for 13 yards and then carried the ball two more yards for a first down. “It felt really good you know,” Saine said. “I felt like I did what I needed to do out there. I might not have been able to score a touchdown or anything, but I feel like I contributed.” Defense struggles early, but finishes strongEarly on in the game, it looked as if the Buckeye defense was struggling to control the unique Navy offense. On their first possession, Navy had a seven-minute drive that consisted of 15 plays mostly on the ground for 80 yards and a 16-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ricky Dobbs. “We knew coming into this game that they were going to be a lot faster and we felt we needed to execute that first series so we were a little disappointed coming off the field after that first series knowing we had to step it up,” said Kurt Coleman, senior safety and OSU captain. But, it was the defense that eventually saved the day, stopping a two-point conversion with minutes left in the game, when Brian Rolle intercepted a pass from Dobbs and ran it back gaining two points for the Buckeyes. Captains excel and lead in openerThe three defensive captains combined for 13 tackles in the opener against Navy. Coleman forced a fumble in the fourth quarter when Navy was on second down with seven yards to go. Fellow captain, senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington was able to recover that fumble and the two set the offense up for a touchdown drive to put the Buckeyes up 29-14. Duron Carter makes a dazzling debut True freshman wide receiver Duron Carter, son of OSU alum Cris Carter, made his debut as a Buckeye yesterday. Carter played most of the game after sophomore DeVier Posey left with a minor ankle injury. Carter ranked third in the receiving stats for Ohio State with three receptions for 21 yards. “Little Carter was great. He caught a lot of balls and he looked awesome out there as well as a lot of other guys,” Worthington said of the young player. “I’m proud of a lot of guys stepping up, they looked great.” Carter said that he felt really comfortable on the big stage in front of a record of 105,092 fans on opening day. “It feels great. A lot of freshman receivers have started out their career great and hopefully I can be the next one and just step up during the on-coming weeks,” Carter said. Ohio State still having trouble closing in the red zone The Navy defense forced the Buckeyes to settle for a field goal on three separate occasions in the first, second and fourth quarters. And there probably should have been a fourth when instead of kicking, Tressel decided to go for it on fourth-and-one on the 15-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Despite Aaron Pettrey’s success, making good on a 23-yard, 25-yard and 52-yard field goal, it makes one wonder why they couldn’t push the ball into the end zone on four different occasions. “Those are the ones we had trouble with a year ago, the ones that started between the eight and the 10, so do you leave a little disappointed?” coach Jim Tressel asked himself. “Yeah, because you want to score touchdowns.” Ohio State didn’t exactly deliver what everyone had hoped they would in the season opener against Navy, in which they pulled off a shaky 31-27 victory over the Midshipmen. With a lot of young and inexperienced players stepping into the starting roles this season, it was uncertain who would make an impact, and how they would make an impact. With yesterday’s game against Navy under their belts, the Buckeyes cleared the fog a little as to who will be making headlines this season. read more

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IMO accuses Government of pushing spin over substance after meeting

first_imgA MEETING BETWEEN Government officials and GP representatives today doesn’t appear to have eased any doubts among unions that free GP care for children aged under six is achievable in its current form.“What we have heard today has given us no confidence that promises made to patients by Government can be realised,” the IMO’s Ray Walley said following the meeting.“What is happening here is nothing more than an imposition by Government of terms and conditions on doctors and this does not happen in Government dealings with any other sector.”The Irish College of General Practitioners and the National Association of General Practitioners were also involved in today’s discussions.A draft contract will be published by the HSE this evening and the public will have three weeks to make submissions on their views as part of a consultation process.Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White has said that he is hopeful that the public consultation on the issue will achieve “broad engagement”.The Government has committed to introducing, on a phased basis, a universal GP service by 2016 and have set aside €37 million of funding for this year as part of its phased introduction.Once the fee structure is determined, it is envisaged that the he setting of the rates will be a matter for the Minister for Health subject to the provisions of legislation currently being drafted.But the IMO say that the process to date has been “flawed”.“In respect of this issue, the Government has prioritised spin over substance.  They may succeed in impressing the electorate in the short term by pushing through this policy change but if the introduction of this change is mishandled, it will prove a pyrrhic victory indeed,” said Walley.Read: IMO remains “sceptical” about free child GP care and will tell the Government today >Read: IMO accuses Reilly of ‘racing ahead’ with extension of free GP care >last_img read more

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Une éruption fait sortir une nouvelle île en Mer Rouge

first_imgUne éruption fait sortir une nouvelle île en Mer RougeD’après des observations qu’elle a faites, la NASA a révélé la naissance d’une nouvelle île au large du Yémen en Mer rouge. C’est à la suite d’une éruption volcanique que l’île aurait jailli des eaux. Vendredi, l’observatoire de la Terre de la NASA a publié des photos sur lesquelles on aperçoit un panache de fumée blanche près d’un archipel des îles Zubair au large de la côte ouest du Yémen de la Mer Rouge. Un panache qui révèle l’éruption en question mais aussi un bout de terre là où l’eau régnait auparavant.À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit Pompéi”L’image datant de décembre 2011 montre une île là où il y avait auparavant de l’eau. Un épais panache de fumée s’élève au-dessus de l’île, sombre vers le bas et plus clair vers le haut, peut-être un mélange de cendres et de vapeur”, a expliqué la NASA cité par l’AFP. Mais si le phénomène apparait impressionnant, il ne serait pas rare selon le volcanologue Rick Wunderman. Sur CNN, celui-ci a en effet indiqué que ce genre de naissance était fréquent mais que les îles pouvaient ne pas résister aux intempéries. “Les éruptions volcaniques sous-marines donnent parfois naissance à de nouvelles îles, mais beaucoup ne résistent pas aux vents et aux vagues”, a précisé le scientifique. Toutefois, celles qui voient le jour en Mer Rouge ont tendance à être plus résistantes, a t-il ajouté. Le 2 janvier 2012 à 14:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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RoyaumeUni un couple condamné pour mauvais traitement sur un petit ouistiti

first_imgRoyaume-Uni : un couple condamné pour mauvais traitement sur un petit ouistitiLe tribunal anglais vient de condamner un couple pour mauvais traitement envers un bébé primate âgé de 4 mois. C’est la femme qui a racheté l’animal qui a permis de donner l’alerte. L’affaire relance sur le débat sur l’adoption de certaines espèces comme animal de compagnie. En effet, au Royaume-Uni, le tribunal de Dudley vient tout juste de décider de punir un couple pour maltraitance animale. Lee Powell, 50 ans et Julie Ann Jones, 41 ans, originaires de Stourbridge, dans le comté de West Midlands étaient en effet en possession d’un bébé ouistiti âgé de 4 mois qu’ils ont décidé de vendre. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est alors une dame nommée Sheila Lister qui l’a acquis pour 650 livres. Toutefois, celle-ci a décidé de son côté de se rendre chez un marchand d’animaux exotiques dans le but de le revendre, à son tour. En voyant le mauvais état de santé du petit singe, ce dernier a immédiatement alerté la Société royale de prévention des cruautés envers les animaux (RSPCA). Mikey, le bébé primate, souffrait de multiples fractures résultant d’une faible densité osseuse. Selon le témoignage du vendeur, l’animal avait été même incapable de s’agripper au pelage d’une femelle ouistiti vers laquelle, il avait été conduit. “Mikey était condamné à ramper toute son existence”, a précisé le vendeur cité par Ecologie.tv. Après examen, les spécialistes ont expliqué que les souffrances du bébé provenaient d’une déficience en vitamines dans son alimentation et d’une faible exposition à la lumière du jour. Ils ont ainsi préconisé que Mikey soit euthanasié pour ne plus souffrir. Des faits qui ont largement justifié selon le tribunal anglais la condamnation du couple. Ils devront payer une amende de 5.400 livres, soit environ 6.500 euros. Le 26 janvier 2012 à 11:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Family supporters of Aleah Jenkins held press conference

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Aleah Jenkins went into medical distress after being arrested by San Diego Police for a misdemeanor warrant on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.Aleah was subsequently hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury and died one week later after being removed from life support.Aleah’s mother, Keiala Jenkins, viewed officers’ body camera footage on Wednesday, December 12th; the unedited video was released on March 8th; the edited Medical Examiner’s (ME) report was released on March 22nd. Family, supporters of Aleah Jenkins held press conference KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 28, 2019last_img read more

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Source Interlink Media Names Scott Dickey CEO

first_imgSource Interlink Media named Scott Dickey as its new CEO on Tuesday, Feb. 25, replacing Michael L. Sullivan, who will now head Source Distribution as CEO.”The Board of Directors is delighted to have Scott lead the Source Interlink Media business,” chairman Ted Lodge says in a release. “Scott is a seasoned and broad-based executive with significant experience in the traditional and digital media industries, live events, brand licensing and consumer products.”He will be called on to reverse some shaky trends, which became evident in 2009 when SIM filed for bankruptcy and divested several titles. Last year SIM sold nine of its motorcycle brands to Bonnier, and rumors recently surfaced that the company shuttered Modified, and laid off around 100 staffers from multiple titles. Dickey left his post as CEO of Competitor Group Inc. in December, after spearheading the company’s sale to a private-equity group, Calera Capital. He was at CGI since 2008, when he joined as president and COO. His resume also includes a role as president at Transworld Media, which was formally a subsidiary of Time Inc. until Dickey facilitated a 2007 sale to Bonnier. Interestingly, SIM acquired Transworld Media last year, and merged it with its Grind Media division.last_img read more

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US Senate Republican Candidates Debate Addresses Resource Development Government Overreach

first_imgAll three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in August’s senatorial primary election squared off over a variety of issues in Anchorage on Thursday.Download AudioU.S. Senate Republican candidates Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan, and Mead Treadwell faced a crowd of well over 200 people in the East High School Auditorium.Treadwell took shots at the amount of money coming into Sullivan’s campaign from outside of Alaska… Sullivan countered by questioning Treadwell’s fund raising activities….which Treadwell responded to with a sense of levity.Sullivan: “Can you give us a number of how many of those fund raisers you had in 2013 and were you traveling on the state’s dime when you went to these numerous, numerous fund raisers in the Lower 48?”Treadwell: “Thanks, Dan. I’m glad you’re so concerned about outside money…(crowd laughter)”Sullivan, who has raised far more money than his opponents to date, countered – again bringing Treadwell’s fund raising methods into question.“We have been out-raising any of my opponents, and if you take away the self-financing that you’re doing with regard to your candidacy, looking in the mirror and asking yourself for a loan, we’re almost out-raising both of you together with Alaskans, grassroots Alaskans,” Sullivan said.Sullivan also said Alaskans need a doer in Washington DC, not a talker – and Miller questioned which of those groups Sullivan would fall into“What we don’t need is somebody that claims to be fighter, but behind him is being funded by Karl Rove, who is behind the very things that are  destroying this country,” Miller said.As the candidates addressed a variety of other issues ranging from the IRS and foreign policy, to abortion and gay rights, natural resource development and federal overreach remained a common thread throughout the conversation.When asked what the number one impediment to natural resource development is, Miller says it’s compromise and “environmentalism run amok.”“EPA regulations cost more than 5 percent of our annual gross domestic product…the equivalent of the cost of defense and homeland security combined,” Miller said, quoting a Washington Times Op-Ed by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul. “Since EPA regulations have expanded, unemployment in America has increased by 33 percent. This abuse of power by the implementation of regulations infringes upon our basic Constitutional rights.”Miller followed up by saying bold actions, such as scaling back or abolishing the EPA would be necessary.Treadwell says the biggest issue in resource development is access.“We have physical access, we need ports, we need roads, we need railroads, we need pipelines, and those are things that will make our natural resources go to market,” he said.Treadwell also says legal, labor, and intellectual access is imperative to natural resource development, as is access to markets to sell Alaska’s natural resources.Sullivan says federal overreach isn’t just the primary obstacle to natural resource development in the state, but to a plethora of other industries as well.“I used to think it was just in the resource sector…it is everywhere: tourism, financial industry, fishing, small businesses, big businesses,” Sullivan said. “There is hardly an Alaskan that I have met on the campaign trail that does not have some story about federal overreach.”The debate was organized by the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club in conjunction with radio stations KOAN and KVNT.last_img read more

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Nach Baliye 9 Not just MadhurimaVishal UrvashiAnujs ego clashes affecting dance rehearsals

first_imgUrvashi Dholakia; Anuj SachdevainstagramIt’s been just a week since Nach Baliye 9 went on air but the show is making news for the clash between contestants and health issues more than dancing.After Shantanu Maheshwari-Nityaami Shirke had to skip an episode due to the latter’s leg injury, Anita Hassanandani-Rohit Reddy gave another episode a miss as Reddy was diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Ex-couple Madhurima Tuli and Vishal Aditya Singh have also been raising a lot of eyebrows by engaging in a war of words both on and off-screen. Now, another fight took place between former couple Urvashi Dholakia and Anuj Sachdeva, who have been cordial with each other until recently. According to a report, the two ended up in a big fight while rehearsing for their next episode. Apparently, Urvashi and Anuj are finding it difficult to pull off the moves together. In fact, there is always a strain when they rehearse for the performances due to their ego clashes. “Urvashi and Anuj were rehearsing a step and Anuj was not exactly getting it right. He tried a couple of times but it wasn’t happening. Urvashi tried to explain tohim the right way of doing it but that didn’t go down well with Anuj. The two had an ego clash, which led to an argument and the duo is again not talking to each other,” a source from the sets told SpotboyE.Earlier during an interview with the web portal, Urvashi talked about not accepting her relationship with Anuj all these years. “I never accepted because once you do it, a lot of speculations about your relationship start. People talk what they want to and by the time it’s the couple’s turn to speak on it, they are probably not in the mood to or they never get a chance to. Also, I have been very private about my personal life and thankfully the media has respected it. But now, when I finally have an opportunity to vent my heart, I am coming to you guys to do the khulaasa and tell the world, “Yeh lo ji, yeh hain humare Ex,” she had said.Apparently, Urvashi and Anuj’s relationship went for a toss as the latter’s parents were not in approval of the actress who was older than him and a mother of two kids. Nach Baliye 9 ex-couple Urvashi Dholakia and Anuj SachdevInstagramlast_img read more

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India UK launch clean air initiative in Bengaluru

first_imgWomen and children are at greater risk than men.ReutersThe Innovation for Clean Air (IfCA) was launched in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The two-year UK-India joint initiative provides Indian and UK stakeholders opportunities to test interventions related to air quality and EV integration. Speaking at the IfCA launch on Wednesday, British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister said: “I am delighted to launch this joint programme. Such collaborative initiatives are an example of how the UK and India can work as a joint force for good on innovative solutions and can bring the best of our research communities, academia and businesses together to address shared challenges, such as clean air.”The initiative provides a unique measurement system for air quality by integrating satellite and sensor data and helping to support India’s transition to electric vehicles. The programme is led by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and is funded by the Newton Fund with matched resources from various partners in Karnataka and India. Speaking at the IfCA launch, British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister said: “The UK and India can work as a joint force to bring the best of our research communities, academia and businesses together to address shared challenges, such as clean air.”UK Research and Innovation India (UKRI) Director Rebecca Fairbairn said: “This is a really exciting initiative. UKRI has been working with India for over a decade, focussing on excellent research that makes a difference to society and to our economies but this is the first time the UK Catapult network, which drives innovation in highly targeted industries has been implemented here and it demonstrates the creativity possible through India-UK partnership.”The key partners for the programme are the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Enzen, Project Lithium, Confederation of Indian Industries, C40 Cities and Clean Air Platform. Other partners include Citizens for Sustainability, World Resources Institute, Indian Institute for Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B), Shakti Foundation, Shell Technology Centre, Global Business Inroads and India Smart Grid Forum. A current UK partner is Earthsense working in collaboration with the Catapults.Air quality & EV innovation: Bengaluru and London share challenges and opportunities in relation to improving air quality. The two cities are founding partners of the C40 Air Quality Network. The programme will identify innovations that have the potential to improve air quality and provide an environment to test and refine ideas. In parallel, the programme will contribute to a more detailed localised map of the air quality of Bengaluru through the unique combination of satellite and sensor data, including both on-the-ground and mobile data. The programme will identify relevant challenges around EV charging infrastructure, grid management and integrating renewable energy to ensure a sufficient, reliable and clean source power and facilitate opportunities for Indian and UK innovators to collaborate in developing long-lasting relationships to address these challenges.Innovate UK is funding the UK Catapult network in executing this programme. The UK Catapults network established by the UK government is a network of world-leading organisations focused on driving innovation in specific industrial sectors. They bring together the best businesses, scientists and engineers to work side by side on late-stage research and development. Representatives from the UK Energy Systems, Connected Places and Satellite Applications Catapults are in Bengaluru, Karnataka this week to launch the UK-India Innovating for Clean Air programme. They met stakeholders in Bengaluru, including the state government. Due to the enthusiasm of stakeholders such as the success of Lithium Taxis and BMTC’s plan to launch electric buses, the Catapult network has decided to focus on Bengaluru to enhance the progress already made in air quality and electric vehicle transition in Bengaluru.last_img read more

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Oikya Front wants 92 officials be withdrawn from election duty

first_imgBNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal at Nirbachan Bhaban in city. Photo: Tanvir AhmedJatiya Oikya Front on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of more 92 higher public and police officials from election duty before the upcoming 11th parliamentary polls, reports UNB.The opposition alliance made the demand by submitting a list of the officials to Election Commission (EC) secretary at Nirbachan Bhaban in the afternoon.On behalf of Oikya Front, BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal submitted the list and 13 letters signed by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on their various demands and observations to create a level-playing field.Of the 92 officials, 70 are from police administration while 22 from public administration, including deputy commissioners and EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed.The alliance urged the EC not to engage police officials who are the followers of any particular political party in the election duties.Talking to newsmen, Alal said, “We’ve demanded the withdrawal of over 60 officers of different ranks of police, including DIG, additional DIG and police superintendent, who are busy creating obstacles towards ensuring level-playing field.”He said they also submitted detailed information to the EC about the police officials they are seeking to be pulled out from the electoral responsibilities.The BNP leader said the chief election commissioner today (Thursday) called upon the police officials to remain neutral, but the commission has the authorities to give them order.He claimed that some government and EC officials have been carrying out activities that go against the electoral code of conduct after the announcement of the election schedule. “We’ve presented some documents in this regard and sought preventive measures.”Alal alleged that some ‘controversial’ officials at National Telecom Monitoring Centre (NTMC) and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) had blocked Skype and internet services around their chairperson’s Gulshan office as their leader Tarique Rahman was interviewing the party’s nomination seekers. “It’s also a violation of the election code of conduct.”He said police kept arresting BNP leaders and activists, including the nomination hopefuls.Alal said the EC instructed all to remove the election campaign materials, including posters and billboards, but many city areas are still replete with posters of Boat and Plough. “We’ve placed enough documents before the EC in this regard and demanded necessary actions.”He said different city corporations and other government organisations are still carrying out campaigns in favour of Awami League in the name of development. “We demanded the commission stop it immediately.last_img read more

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Pakistan expels Indian envoy suspends trade with India

first_img.Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership on Wednesday decided to downgrade diplomatic relations, expel the Indian High Commissioner and suspend bilateral trade with India in the wake of New Delhi’s move of revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken at a second session of National Security Committee (NSC) within a week presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan to review the situation following the Indian government’s move on Kashmir. “Our ambassadors will no longer be in New Delhi and their counterparts here will also be sent back,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told ARY News. According to a statement issued after the meeting, the NSC decided to downgrade diplomatic relations, suspend bilateral trade with India, review of bilateral arrangements, take the matter to the UN and observe Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14 in solidarity with Kashmiris. “The Prime Minister directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations,” said the statement issued after the meeting. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Hayat, Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, ISI Director-General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and other officials. “Independence Day this August 14 to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination,” the statement read. “August 15 will be observed as Black Day,” it added. On Tuesday, Imran Khan, addressing a joint session of the National Assembly, had said that Pulwama-like attacks can follow the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, which can lead to a war between India and Pakistan. “I can already predict this will happen. They will attempt to place the blame on us again. They may strike us again, and we will strike back,” the cricketer-turned-politician told his country’s Parliament. Slamming the repeal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Khan had called on the world to raise its voice “for the people of Indian-Administered Kashmir”. The last NSC meeting was held on August 4 to discuss India’s “use of cluster ammunition to target the civilian population on the Pakistani side of Kashmir”.last_img read more