No clarity on proposed water audit, say Pune activists

first_imgPune: A number of noted city-based activists have hit back at State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan’s call to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to conduct a water audit to plug ‘leakages’ in Pune’s water supply and distribution system.Activists asserted that the water resources department had no clarity on the proposed audit, while alleging rampant water theft with the knowledge of local corporators, many of whom have a thriving water tanker business.“What do they exactly mean by a water audit? The city’s supply system is in shambles. There aren’t sufficient meters and water resources as well as civic authorities are utterly clueless as to the water drawn by the PMC from the Khadakwasla dam,” said Major Gen. (retd.) S.N. Jatar of the Pune-based Nagrik Chetna Manch.The water drawn from the city’s lifeline — the Khadakwasla dam — goes to main purification station in the Parvati area where the meters don’t work, observed Mr. Jatar.“It is astonishing that given the push, authorities have very crude metrics to determine water taken. Both the Congress-NCP and the BJP have governed the civic body and the State at some point and have done nothing to ameliorate the situation,” he said.Maj. Gen. Jatar further alleged that 60 % of the so-called leakages are in fact diversions of precious water to unauthorised connections with the blessings of politicos in cahoots with the civic administration.Mr. Mahajan, who visited the city last week, had remarked that the PMC’s efforts to recycle 6 tmc water for irrigation purposes were “inadequate” while rapping citizens of Pune for consuming more water than necessary.“The Water Resources department, in a bid to cover up its own incompetency, is shifting the blame on citizens. It is the department which ought to be facing an audit instead,” said environmentalist and RTI activist Vivek Velankar, founder of the Sajag Nagrik Manch. Mr. Velankar pointed out that the Mundhwa jackwell, which was constructed by the PMC at the insistence of the Water Resources Department, had proved wholly ineffectual.The purpose of the ₹90 crore project was to recycle water and divert 6.5 tmc for irrigation purposes in the district’s rural areas.An average 515 millions of litres of water per day (MLD) was to be utilised for irrigation through this project.“However, the department has managed to utilise a paltry 140 MLD for irrigation over a six-month period from October 2017 to March this year,” said Mr. Velankar, adding that in October, the department did not draw any water from the project while in November, it drew a mere 10 MLD for irrigation. What is more disturbing is that residents in the villages along the jackwell project have claimed that polluted water released from it has contaminated canal water.“This is not merely a waste of precious water resources, but a crime. The Water Resources Minister blames Pune’s citizens for consuming more water and hints at levying more taxes,” Mr. Velankar said.Tanker mafia benefitsThe city’s water woes have translated into pelf for the ‘tanker mafia’, which has established itself as an alternate water supply source.Activists note the endemic corruption in the private tanker business.The civic body gives water to tankers at very low prices, which gets sold outside PMC limits at higher rates.“The economics of this illicit tanker enterprise benefits local politicos, many of whom control the business. Despite the PMC making it mandatory to install a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) in each vehicle, the civic body has failed to set up any sort of monitoring system to maintain records on the vehicles,” says RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar.Maj. Gen. Jatar said the fact that tankers are supplying corporation water proved it is available, and that the so-called shortage was ‘artificial’.last_img read more

Giroud reaches century as Arsenal beat BATE Borisov 4–2,Giroud reaches century as Arsenal beat BATE Borisov 4–2

first_imgOlivier Giroud Olivier Giroud scored his 100th Arsenal goal as a youthful Gunners side beat BATE Borisov 4–2 in Belarus in the Europa League.Theo Walcott netted twice for the Gunners and Rob Holding was also on target as they eased to a second victory in as many matches in Group H.Arsene Wenger’s side beat Cologne 3–1 at home in their first outing a fortnight ago, and the Germans lost again on Thursday, going down 1–0 at home to Red Star Belgrade.Wenger made nine changes to the Arsenal team after they travelled to eastern Europe on the back of a 2–0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday. Only Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny kept their places, while a number of youngsters featured with Joe Willock being handed a first senior start.It was two comparative veterans who combined for Arsenal’s early opener, though, with Jack Wilshere setting up Walcott to head in from close range.Walcott made it 2–0 midway through the first half after an awful error by BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski, who miscued a clearance straight to the England forward. Holding then bundled in his first Arsenal goal but a superb header by Mirko Ivanic allowed the Belarusian champions to pull one back before the half-hour.Holding and Walcott hit the woodwork and Giroud converted from the penalty spot early in the second half, becoming the 19th player to reach a century of goals for Arsenal.That was not the end of the scoring, though, as Mikhail Gordeichuk got the hosts’ second of the night.“When you score four goals away from home, you’re always likely to win,” Walcott told BT Sport, adding, “There was a chance for me to take the penalty for a hat-trick, but knowing Olivier was on 99 goals, it was a great opportunity for him so that’s why he took the penalty.” Olivier Giroud × football COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img SHARE sport Published on September 29, 2017 COMMENTSlast_img read more

PH’s top gymnast Carlos Yulo qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Yulo wound up 16th overall in the preliminary round out of the 20 Olympic qualifiers from 14 countries after compiling a total output of 82.164 points from the six apparatus in the MAG.The 4-foot-11 dynamo will accompany pole vaulter EJ Obiena to Tokyo after the latter became the first Filipino qualifier by surpassing the Olympic standard in his event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“Caloy performed beautifully and he is No.1 in the list in as much as Russia, China and Japan, which already qualified last year in Doha, Qatar,’’ said Cynthia Carrion, president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines.“He had a lot of international exposure and trained in Japan for two years before going here,’’ added Carrion, also a board member of the Philippine Olympic Committee. LATEST STORIES Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers With Japanese Munehiro Kugimiya as his coach and heavily supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Yulo scored 14.633 in the floor exercise, 12.466 in the pommel horse and 13.166 in the rings.The 19-year-old from Leveriza, Pasay City who grew up watching the national gymnasts at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex registered14.433 in the vault and parallel bars and capped it off with 13.033 in the horizontal bar.Russians Nikita Nagornyy and Artur Dalaloyan finished 1-2 in the preliminaries with 87.333 and 86.531 while Xiao Ruoteng wasn’t far behind at third with 85.831 points.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ FILE – Carlos Edriel Yulo competing in floor exercise during day nine of the gymnastics championships. —AFPMANILA, Philippines— Carlos Edriel Yulo can now book a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The country’s top gymnast qualified in the global Summer Games after advancing to the finals of the men’s all-around event of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

England reaches round of 16 after 0-0 with Slovakia

first_imgSAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — England qualified for the round of 16 at the European Championship after being held to a 0-0 draw by Slovakia on a frustrating Monday night for Roy Hodgson’s team.The result meant England was leapfrogged by Wales at the top of the Group B, after Gareth Bale helped his team beat Russia 3-0 in the other Group B match.England created but failed to take a series of chances against a very defensive Slovakia side that can still reach the knockout stages as one of the four best third-place teams. Slovakia has four points, with England on five and Wales with six.Slovakia had never kept a clean sheet in six previous games at a major tournament and had lost its three previous matches against England.“It was disappointing for us tonight. In the three games, we have had the majority of the possession and today we have dominated play from start to finish and we couldn’t unlock the door,” England defender Gary Cahill said.England needed a win to be sure of topping its group and avoiding a potentially dangerous opponent in the last 16. Instead, it will meet Group F’s runner-up, with a game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal now a possibility.Hodgson took a gamble by making six changes and leaving captain Wayne Rooney on the bench. It did not pay off, but his players kept the pressure up throughout the game and managed 30 shots while Slovakia rarely played in England’s final third.“If we had won the game, people would say we didn’t miss (the players who were left out) and when we don’t, they say the team selection is wrong, I am used to that one,” Hodsgon said. “Finishing second is a disappointment but we are still in the last 16 and who is to say the team we will play will be that much stronger. You just don’t know, the way we are playing I am not frightened of anybody.”Following good performances in a 2-1 win over Wales, Hodgson started Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge up front, with defender Cahill getting the captain’s armband.Earning first starts at the tournament were Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Sturridge and Vardy, while Slovakia coach Jan Kozak named an unchanged team from its win over Russia.Wilshere and Lallana looked to have proved Hodgson right with a bright start to the game.Quickly releasing the ball, Lallana and Wilshere soon set a fast tempo, with England limiting Slovakia to harmless counterattacks.England first went close in the ninth minute after a scramble in the box when Sturridge could not make the most of Vardy’s clever pass and saw his shot blocked by right back Peter Pekarik.After Lallana sent a shot wide from the edge of the area, Henderson had an angled effort blocked by left-back Tomas Hubocan.England’s Harry Kane, left, shakes hands with Slovakia’s Martin Skrtel at the end of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between Slovakia and England at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Monday, June 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Slovakia’s defenders kept their team in the game, while goalkeeper Matus Kozacik made some decisive saves. He first denied Vardy when the Leicester striker was superbly played through by Henderson in the 17th minute, and then blocked Lallana’s fine shot in the 33rd.The pressure continued after the break as chants of “Rooney, Rooney” by the England fans resonated around the stadium.But England was nearly caught out when Chris Smalling failed to control the ball properly with his chest as he made an attempted back-pass, forcing keeper Joe Hart to scramble to the ball to thwart the danger.At the other end, Kozacik made another big save to block an angled shot from Clyne on the break, and England fans finally got what they wanted when Rooney came in for Wilshere in the 56th minute.Hodgson then replaced Lallana with Dele Alli, who had an immediate impact but saw his goal-bound volley cleared off the line by Liverpool and Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel.England continued to push in vain until the end. Sturridge made way for Harry Kane in the final 15 minutes but the siege of Slovakia’s area remained ineffective.“We knew that England had already secured their qualification and probably would not attack that much, but obviously they have good attacking qualities, they wanted to win,” Kozacik said. “We needed at least one point, we managed to do that and hopefully we can go through.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Samsung unveils Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50 with premium 3D Glasstic body, in-screen fingerprint sensor

first_imgSamsung stunned the world last week with the launch of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold last week. Both the phones showcased the pinnacle of what Samsung could pack in a smartphone. However, Samsung isn’t done yet and wants a considerable share of the pie in the midrange segments. Hence, at the MWC 2019, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy A series.Ditching the older nomenclature, the new Galaxy A series will spawn two handsets as of now – Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50. Teasers on the Indian website showed that Samsung would also unveil a cheaper Galaxy A10 as well.Galaxy A50 specificationsThe Samsung Galaxy A50 focuses primarily on premium camera features, a long-lasting and fast-charging battery and an Infinity-U display. The Galaxy A50 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. The display also houses an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The A50 is made of what Samsung calls a “3D Glasstic” material, which is essentially a highly polished plastic material with premium glass-like glossy surface and gradients. Photo: India Today TechThe Galaxy A50 is powered by a new Exynos 9610 chipset with four 2.3GHz performance cores and four 1.7GHz power efficient cores. The A50 will come in two variants – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the other with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.The Galaxy A50 has a triple camera setup – 25-megapixel primary sensor with F1.7 lens + 5-megapixel F2.2 depth sensor + 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. The front-facing camera also gets a 25-megapixel sensor, but with F2.0 aperture. A 4000mAh battery keeps the handset alive.advertisementGalaxy A30 specificationsThe Galaxy A30 is a toned down version of the A50. Instead of the Exynos 9610, the A30 uses the older Exynos 7885 with two Cortex-A73 cores and six Cortex-A53 cores. Instead of the triple camera setup at the rear, the Galaxy A30 gets a dual 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel wide-angle setup, the second having a wide-angle lens. There’s also a 16-megapixel selfie camera with a brighter aperture.The Galaxy A30 will come with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage. The Galaxy A30 also ditches the in-screen fingerprint sensor and goes for a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.last_img read more

10 months ago​Cagliari midfielder Barella reluctant to join Chelsea

first_img​Cagliari midfielder Barella reluctant to join Chelseaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are struggling to convince Nicolo Barella to join the club.According to the Evening Standard, the player is the one the Blues want to replace Cesc Fabregas.The Spaniard is set for a switch to Monaco this month.But the 21-year-old Barella is in fine form with Cagliari and he is worried that he would not get the necessary game time at Stamford Bridge.He has started 18 Serie A games in central midfield this season.A possible move for Barella would cost Chelsea roughly £45 million. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

AthletesCAN Ambassadors Inspire the Next Generation of Top Athletes

first_imgIn addition to making memories, young athletes from the 2011 Canada Games are gaining a better understanding of what it takes to compete nationally. On hand at a news conference today, Feb. 24, were current Canada Games athletes Dylan Landry (judo) from Nova Scotia, Colin Adams (boxing) from British Columbia and Alex Starker (alpine skiing) from Alberta. The athletes said their experience in Halifax has helped them to further understand what makes this competition so unique to Canada. “I’ve learned a lot here. Working with different coaches has been really good. They are really supportive and have helped me out a lot, so I have learned how to work with different coaches which is real good,” said Colin. “My dad came to the Canada Games when he was about my age. I really wanted to beat him.” Also in attendance were AthletesCAN Ambassadors, made up of Olympians and Canada Games alumni who passed along advice and inspiration to the 2011 competitors. Gina Kingsbury, a two-time Olympic Champion in women’s hockey, and 2006 Olympic figure skater Craig Buntin, joined 2010 Olympic Silver medalist Mike Robertson (snowboard cross) and Olympians Anna Rice (badminton) and Catherine Roberge (judo), to share their stories. “The presence of AthletesCAN at the Canada Games is unique as it focuses on the leadership development and mentorship of the provincial and territorial athletes,” said Jasmine Northcott, AthletesCAN executive director. “Through a variety of athlete-focused events, our athlete ambassadors are able to guide and support these young athletes through a tough competition and important career decisions and to encourage them to continue on in high performance sport after the Games.” “I’m so pleased to have been asked to attend the 2011 Canada Winter Games as an ambassador for AthletesCAN. This week, I have not only been given the opportunity to see some amazing performances, but I’ve also been able to share some of my experiences at both Canada Games and the Olympics with Canada’s future champions,” said Mr. Buntin. “My story is unique in that I truly underperformed at the Canada Games. That loss, however, fanned the flame that would eventually drive me through the senior ranks and on to the Olympic stage.” “It’s a true honour to be an AthletesCAN Ambassador at these Games,” said Ms. Kingsbury, two-time Olympic Champion. “As an athlete, the Canada Winter Games remains one of my favourite sport experiences. It was the 1995 and 1999 Games that solidified my dream of one day becoming an Olympian and I hope that the 2011 Games will inspire the next generation of athletes to pursue a career in their respective sport as well.” Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international, Olympic and Paralympic champions.The lasting legacies of the Games continue to be the catalyst for the growth of sport and recreation across the country. As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Morocco Takes Pride in Being African

Rabat – Many have questioned the sincerity of Morocco’s Africa agenda, arguing that Rabat is only trying to respond to the urge to reclaim Western Sahara by advancing Morocco’s own continental agenda.But to those still raising eyebrows and doubting Morocco’s African u-turn, King Mohammed VI has given an answer: Morocco feels genuinely proud of being historically African.The King, who was speaking to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Green March, a 1975 peaceful rally against Spain’s presence in Western Sahara, reaffirmed his attachment to Morocco’s African roots. Contrary to widely circulated ideas, the King elaborated, the Western Sahara question was not the primary reason for Morocco’s return to the African Union.“I decided that Morocco’s return to the African Union had also to be based on clarity and ambitious goals…. Morocco’s return to its institutional family was not intended as a means to defend the question of the Moroccan Sahara, given that the position of most African nations is similar to ours.”Dominant discourses have always cast doubt on Morocco’s—and North Africa’s—“Africanness.” The region is generally associated with the Arab world, thereby undermining its connection—geographical, historical, or cultural—to the rest of Africa.Morocco ready to share responsibilityAccording to King Mohammed VI, Rabat’s return to the AU after decades of absence and ideological divergence is a token of Morocco’s readiness to contribute to the emerging narrative of African responsibility. Morocco wants to contribute as the continent feels overwhelming pressure to come to terms with its numerous socio-economic issues.In the King’s eyes, it felt natural to return and share responsibility on growing continental dynamics.“Our return to the African Union was dictated by the pride we take in belonging to Africa, as well as by our commitment to share in the development dynamic it is witnessing and to contribute to tackling the various challenges facing the Continent, without compromising our legitimate rights and best interests.”Even as reclaiming Western Sahara remains of paramount importance to Moroccans, “the aim is to make sure the Moroccan Sahara can once again play its historical role as an effective link between Morocco and its sub-Saharan African roots, be it from the geographical or historical perspective,” the King said. read more

Saab plans Air Force jet facility near Purdue campus

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Swedish manufacturer Saab says it will open an Indiana manufacturing site as part of its production of a new Air Force training jet.Company officials announced Wednesday plans to spend $37 million on the facility at Purdue University’s Discovery Park District Aerospace in West Lafayette. The move comes after Saab and Boeing won a $9.2 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force last year to build at least 351 T-X training jets.Saab says construction on the facility is expected to start next year and that it could eventually have 300 workers, including jobs for assembly operators, airplane mechanics, manufacturing engineering and management.Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Saab will bring more research partnerships with the university’s faculty and boost the region’s economy.The Associated Press read more

UN food aid agency starts land crossing point for relief shipments into

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today started the first land crossing point for regular humanitarian shipments into crisis-torn Lebanon, where an estimated one fifth of the population has been displaced by continuing bombardments since hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah fighters erupted two weeks ago. The border crossing at the Mediterranean town of Arida, on the Syrian side of the north Lebanese border, is the only crossing point remaining open to traffic between the two countries. Over the past few days, tens of thousands of refugees have been flooding across the border point to escape the fighting. WFP has sent ten trucks from Beirut to pick up the first consignment of aid from Arida. Seven trucks will be loaded with tents, mattresses and other shelter materials from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the remaining three with supplies from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “The opening of Arida represents the unblocking of a major channel of humanitarian assistance and means that the aid agencies will be able to bring in more supplies, while continuing to procure inside Lebanon,” said Amer Daoudi, Emergency Coordinator for the agency’s Lebanon operation. “There are still tens of thousands of people in the south of Lebanon in desperate need, particularly in the smaller villages south of Tyre, which we still have not been able to reach for security reasons.” Over the coming days and weeks, WFP plans to expand international access to Lebanon by negotiating the opening of the sea ports of Beirut and Tyre. Yesterday, WFP sent two convoys south, one to Jezzine, carrying 90 metric tons of wheat flour, 15 tons of canned meat and blankets and other shelter materials for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and the second to Sidon, with six truckloads of food for Palestinian refugees for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), as well as relief supplies for UNHCR, UNICEF, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). “We are now organizing two convoys a day to the south and every day expanding the range of our operations, in order to reach as many of the displaced as we can,” said Mr. Daoudi. The Lebanese conflict has left over 800,000 people displaced amidst the wreckage of damaged infrastructure and a shortage of essential goods and services, WFP said, noting that this has been accompanied by soaring prices, with many commodities more than doubling in price over the past few days. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said its first relief convoy – carrying 140 tonnes of emergency aid for thousands of displaced people in Lebanon – arrived safely in Beirut today after making the journey from Syria. The supplies of blankets, mattresses and kitchen sets will be distributed rapidly in the mountain areas outside Beirut where tens of thousands of people are crammed into schools. “The arrival of this first convoy is really good news. We are relieved that our emergency supplies are finally able to enter Lebanon, and this is just the start,” said UNHCR’s representative in Lebanon, Stephane Jaquemet. “So far we’ve been buying goods on the local market to help the displaced, but the market is getting depleted and the situation in the communal shelters is becoming increasingly dire.” The convoy, loaded with 3,500 blankets, 3,600 mattresses, 2,820 collapsible jerry cans and 54 kitchen sets drove from Damascus to the Al Arida border crossing point on Friday night. On Saturday morning, the aid was transshipped at the border to six UN trucks for the two-hour journey to Beirut. Two more convoys are planned for Sunday and Monday bringing in mainly tents which will be used to help decongest overcrowded existing communal shelters. More convoys carrying supplies from UNHCR’s huge stockpiles in the region will follow. In neighbouring Syria, where some 100,000 Lebanese are staying after having fled their homeland, around 20,000 are living in communal shelters and are in need of assistance, which UNHCR is delivering in close collaboration with the Syrian Red Crescent. Syrian families have been extremely generous in hosting Lebanese crossing the border and needing accommodation, but they also need help with relief items to relieve the strain, said UNHCR’s Laurens Jolles from Damascus. UNHCR teams estimate that around 10,000 people a day are crossing over into Syria through four major border points. With more people arriving, the local capacity to cope will become increasingly stretched. UNHCR is setting up field units with mobile teams to monitor the northern borders of Lebanon and help assist those displaced in the Syrian cities of Homs, Tartous and Aleppo. UNHCR has substantial regional stockpiles to draw from to send urgently needed items to Lebanon and Syria. In Jordan and Syria alone the agency has 250,000 blankets; 50,000 mattresses; 30,000 kitchen sets; 22,000 family tents; 17,000 stoves and other relief items. Additional quantities are also available in stockpiles in Iraq and Kuwait. read more

South Sudan UN food relief agency warns of worsening food nutrition status

In an update on the regional impact of the crisis in South Sudan, the World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted that reports indicate that attacks by armed groups in Raja town on 15 June resulted in death, destruction of property and displacements. In addition, clashes between Government forces and an armed group were reported in Leer town, Unity state. “The deteriorating economic conditions, coupled with rising prices of essential commodities, is contributing to rising criminality in most parts of the country,” WFP said in the update. In Sudan and Uganda, the rate of new arrivals has slowed compared with previous months, according to the update. WFP noted that it remains to be seen whether the numbers will increase given the deteriorating food security conditions in South Sudan. In that regard, WFP indicated that food insecurity remains a key concern throughout the country. “The economic decline and high inflation combined with disrupted harvests and livelihoods continue to worsen the food security situation,” the agency said, noting that Eastern Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal are exhibiting the most rapid decline in that regard. WFP said it is scaling up its efforts to reach food insecure households through the lean season to prevent a further decline in the food security and nutritional status of the population. General food distributions are ongoing alongside food assistance for assets programmes in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria. The agency said it requires $74 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. Food stocks are stretched and immediate funds are required in particular for Sudan and Uganda. In addition to providing food assistance inside South Sudan, WFP provides food assistance for refugees at border crossings, during transit, at reception centres and upon settlement in the camps. Nutrition interventions are ongoing to treat and prevent malnutrition for children younger than 5 years old, as well as pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. read more

New Vauxhall Astra comes to Ellesmere Port

After months of speculation, motor industry body SMMT has reacted with delight to news that the new generation Vauxhall/Opel Astra will be made at Ellesmere Port on Merseyside from 2010. The announcement secures 2,200 jobs and means production will increase to 180,000 units annually with staff working on three shifts. Ellesmere Port will build the Station Wagon and five-door hatchback with a significant proportion of production for export. Since 2002 Ellesmere Port product quality has improved by 76 per cent, while productivity has risen by 13 per cent in the last year alone. This achievement, alongside close work with the local community and development agency, has helped bring the Astra to Britain. ‘This is an endorsement of hard work and commitment by British workers,’ commented SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan. ‘We all recognise the pressures on manufacturing in global markets but today’s decision is proof that Britain can still hold its own when it comes to driving up quality and productivity. It’s great news for all the staff on Merseyside and for the British motor industry as a whole.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Real Talk World Series Predictions

The Major League Baseball season is chugging right along. It’s past the halfway point, putting the World Series title within sight for many teams.In this video, Bleacherreports‘ Gabe Zaldivar predicts which clubs have the best chance of clinching the world championship. You’ll have to watch to find out who they’re favoring these days. But beware, this is an official spoiler alert.See if Zaldivar’s predictions support or contradict yours. Feel free to make good use of the comments section if you have something to add. read more

Nintendo will release new Wii U details tonight at 6PM

first_imgIf you’ve been checking the schedule for this year’s E3 keynotes, the press events where the major players usually make their big announcements, you need to add one more item to the list. Nintendo will be streaming a pre-E3 Nintendo Direct video tonight at 6PM Eastern time, during which President Satoru Iwata will provide new Wii U information. So what could the company be planning?This isn’t the first time Nintendo has released new console information ahead of their keynote. Last year President Iwata announced the Wii’s successor more than a month before E3, and in 2006 the company unveiled the “Wii” name two weeks before the expo. It’s possible that history will repeat itself this year, and we’ll see the Wii U get a new name during tonight’s stream — according to rumor, Nintendo has been considering a name change for their next console, due to lackluster reaction to the “Wii U” branding and consumer confusion over the DS and 3DS handhelds. Another possibility is that Nintendo will show off the revamped Wii U controller that leaked late last month.As with Nintendo’s past pre-E3 announcements, dropping a new name or controller design tonight would give everyone a couple of days to get used to it, and prevent other Wii U news from getting buried.Of course, Nintendo has another motive for releasing information early: taking some of the wind out of Sony and Microsoft’s keynotes. Since neither of those other big players are expected to make next-gen console announcements, unveiling a few tantalizing hints ahead of time might keep everyone’s mind on Nintendo’s Tuesday keynote.Keep an eye on the Nintendo Direct placeholder page for tonight’s revelations, whatever they turn out to be. Nintendo’s Facebook page should have information as well.last_img read more

France is back Macron smiling as rivals face crushing defeat in election

first_img Image: Liewig Christian/ABACA/PA Images Image: Liewig Christian/ABACA/PA Images Source: Artur Widak SIPA USA/PA ImagesFew MPs were elected outright on Sunday.If no candidate wins over 50%, the two top-placed contenders go into the second round – along with any other candidate who garners at least 12.5% of registered voters in the district.France’s youngest-ever president at 39, Macron has gained praise for appointing a balanced cabinet that straddles the left-right divide and taking a leading role in Europe’s fight-back against US President Donald Trump on climate change.German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Macron on a “great success” yesterday.The French press today noted Macron’s success but stressed the record abstention rate keeps its political significance in perspective.“Macron on the move to an overwhelming majority” said national daily Le Figaro while Le Parisien hailed “A master stroke”.However “neither his 24% in the first round of the presidential election, nor the 50% abstention this Sunday should give the illusion of a France converted to ‘Macronmania’,” noted Nicolas Beytout in L’Opinion.If the seat projections are confirmed next week, Macron will have a strong mandate to push through the ambitious labour, economic and social reforms he promised on the campaign trail.New facesMacron, who had never held elected office before becoming president, will also have succeeded in ushering in a younger and more diverse parliament with more women and ethnic minorities.His party fielded political novices in around 200 constituencies.They include Marie Sara, a retired bullfighter, who went through to a runoff against FN stalwart Gilbert Collard in southern France, and star mathematician Cedric Villani.Macron is also trying to bring in an era of cleaner politics. His government’s first bill proposes to ban lawmakers from employing family members or performing consultancy work while in office.The measures follow the scandal that destroyed the presidential bid of Republicans candidate Francois Fillon, who has been charged over payments to his wife and two of his children for suspected fake jobs as parliamentary assistants. Fillon denies the charges.Macron’s party has largely avoided controversy but one of his ministers who is running for re-election in Brittany, Richard Ferrand, is being probed over a property deal involving his girlfriend.FN falls shortForecasts show Le Pen’s party will struggle to win the 15 seats it would need to form a parliamentary group and help shape the assembly’s agenda.The radical-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party of Jean-Luc Melenchon who finished fourth in the presidential race also fell short of expectations. His camp was tipped to only take 10-23 seats.Macron has urged voters to back his reform proposals including an overhaul of the rigid rules governing the job market, blamed by many economists for holding back growth.© – AFP, 2017Read: French elections: Macron on the way to overwhelming majorityRead: Macron takes on Trump – this time with a ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ website FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL Macron’s party is on course for an overwhelming parliamentary majority, after yesterday’s first round of voting for the National Assembly left traditional parties in disarray.Projections showed Macron widening his centrist revolution, with his Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) party and its ally MoDem tipped to win between 400 and 445 seats in the 577-member National Assembly in next Sunday’s second round.Such a share would give Macron one of the biggest parliamentary majorities for 60 years, despite his party only being founded last year.“France is back,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe declared triumphantly.“For the past month, the president has shown confidence, willingness and daring in France and on the international stage,” Philippe said, calling the result a vindication of Macron’s “winning strategy”.But the vote was marked by record low turnout of 49%, possibly reflecting fatalism among Macron’s opponents in the face of his seemingly unstoppable advance, experts said.The right-wing Republicans – who had hoped to rebound from their humiliation in the presidential vote – were shown trailing in second with a predicted 70-130 seats while Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (FN) was forecast to garner between one and 10 seats.The FN’s result showed the party is struggling to rebound from Le Pen’s bruising defeat by Macron in the presidential run-off. Source: Michel Spingler AP/Press Association ImagesThe FN’s deputy leader Florian Philippot admitted to “disappointment” and called on voters to “mobilise massively” for the second round.The worst losses, however, were for the Socialists of Macron’s predecessor Francois Hollande and their allies, who are predicted to lose a staggering 200 seats.The party’s chief Jean-Christophe Cambadelis and its failed presidential candidate Benoit Hamon both lost their seats.Conceding that the party was facing “unprecedented” losses, Cambadelis appealed to voters to rally behind Macron’s rivals to avoid the president monopolising power.Parliament risked having “no real oversight powers and no democratic debate worth speaking of,” he warned.Former Republicans party leader Jean-Francois Cope said the results were “a disaster”.“It’s the continuation of the real disaster that the presidential election was… we need to rebuild everything,” he told BFMTV.Official resultsOfficial final results released early today showed Macron’s one-year-old REM and MoDem winning 32.32% in the first round, ahead of the Republicans on 21.56% and the FN on 13.20%.The Socialists and their allies secured just 9.51% while the radical left and communists were on 13.74%. 12,791 Views Short URL Jun 12th 2017, 7:23 AM Share162 Tweet Email center_img By AFP ‘France is back’: Macron smiling as rivals face crushing defeat in election The French press, however, are focusing on the low turnout for yesterday’s election. 45 Comments Monday 12 Jun 2017, 7:23 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Refugee relief in near east exhibition

first_imgA photographic exhibition entitled Refugee Relief in the Near East will be launched Sunday at the Dandenong Library and is presented by Return to Anatolia and the Armenian General Benevolent Union. The exhibition focuses on the photographic documentation of Australia’s role in the refugee relief efforts in the near east (1915-1925). Refugee Relief in the Near East will take place on Sunday 19 August at 1:00 pm at the Dandenong Library, Stuart Street, Dandenong. For further information call sofia on 0425 822 257. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Never Be Without A Toilet With This Quirky Japanese App

first_img If you find yourself having to go to the bathroom all the time like me, you’ve probably already memorized the locations of all the toilets near you, but for everyone else, a Japanese company has created an app that will direct you to the nearest empty toilet. It’s meant for use at work, introduced by the telecommunication company KDDI. If that’s not a ridiculously useful idea to keep employees from going to each other’s throats, then I don’t know what is.The app could potentially predict if toilets are being used if there are special sensors on bathroom stall doors to see if they’re open or closed and estimate whether or not stalls or open space toilets/urinals are available in the area.A spokesman for telecommunications company KDDI stated that the idea for the app came about because people “often waste time looking around for an available toilet” on various floors of a building where they work or end up waiting until one is available. That means they’re not working and walking around being idle. And that means money’s being wasted. Time is money. Idle hands are the devil’s plaything. Also, not having a toilet around when you need one on the job is rough.“We believe this service will help people waste less time,” the KDDI spokesperson explained.This app will also assist people in that it can tell administrators if a stall has been occupied more than 30 minutes to eliminate potential tragedies or accidents or to simply tell when someone’s decided to hit up the bathrooms for a snooze. KDDI will start using the service in office buildings, but if it works out will likely roll it out to malls, train stations, stadiums, and more.It might seem a little bizarre, however, to be monitoring toilets that are open and how long they’re occupied, which could lead to some admittedly strange workplace rules But it’s still a good way to make sure there’s at least some employee comfort when someone needs to make number two a number one priority while on the clock. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on targetlast_img read more

Early buyrate estimate for WWE Battleground 2015 on PPV

first_img WhatsApp According to the latest Key Performance Indicators released by WWE, WWE Battleground on 7/19 headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship drew an early estimate of 76,000 buys on traditional Pay Per View. The breakdown was 24,000 buys domestic and 52,000 buys international.Last year’s Battleground PPV, headlined by John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, drew 99,000 buys.As always, these buys only factor in purchases on traditional PPV and not the WWE Network.Source: WWERecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Video: Watch the announcement of the new UK Performance Center from London Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Seth Rollins WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling presents Rebellion this Sunday from Toronto, streaming live globally on Twitter Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Shawn Michaels Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Video: Impact announces Rebellion Pay Per View for April 28 live in Toronto Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Alaska Man Killed After Being Partially Buried By Avalanche

first_imgTroopers requested a medical flight from the Alaska Air National Guard, which deployed a Pave Hawk helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to the avalanche site, located about 9 miles (14 kilometers) southwest of the city of Whittier. It wasn’t immediately clear if each person had their own snowmobile or if people had doubled up to ride near the glacier. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim of the Wednesday afternoon accident as Chad Christman. He was part of a group of people riding snowmobiles near Blackstone Glacier, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Anchorage, Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead with the Alaska National Guard said in an email. The avalanche caught six of the snowmobilers. “Five were OK, but one person had to be dug out,” she wrote. Two witnesses on snowmobiles reported to troopers that they saw Christman buried by the avalanche. “When they arrived at Blackstone Glacier, at 4,800-foot (1,463-meter) elevation, a landing area for the helicopter had been stamped into the snow by the snowmachine group,” Olmstead wrote. Snowmachines are what Alaskans call snowmobiles. “When the avalanche stopped, Christman was only partially buried,” troopers said in a web posting. “The two men and other people in the area were able to dig Christman out. CPR was started.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 41-year-old Anchorage man driving a snowmobile in Alaska’s backcountry died after being partially buried by an avalanche, officials said Thursday. Christman was transported to an Anchorage hospital but didn’t survive, troopers said. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the avalanche or how big it was. A message sent to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.last_img read more