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Contaminated underground water leads to rise in many diseases

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first_imgNew Delhi: Citizens dwelling in the areas, where use of contaminated underground water is prominent to meet the demand of their basic needs, are on the verge of getting more prone to water pollution related disorders as experts raise the alarm the regarding the city’s underground resource- contaminated by lethal toxin such as arsenic, nitrates and fluorides in some parts of Delhi.Experts pointed that how much the city is overdrawing its groundwater. The over-exploitation was to the extent of 27 percent -that is, for every 100 litres that gets replenished, Delhiites draw out approx 127 litres. It’s based on analysis of groundwater use between 2011 and 2013, the latest year for which data is available. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe arsenic contamination is not widespread, but it may point to unacceptable ground pollution in the city, expert informed. “Arsenic contamination has been found in some parts of the Yamuna flood plains but it’s still a rare occurrence. Though arsenic pollution is considered geogenic (naturally occurring) in other parts of India, some papers have attributed arsenic contamination to fly ash from thermal power plants in Delhi,” said an official from Delhi University. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe official further said that nitrate pollution in Delhi may be linked to sewage seepage, runoff from landfills into groundwater aquifers in different parts of the city. Fluoride contamination is restricted to the western part of Delhi where there is high groundwater salinity. Some studies have linked fluoride contamination to brick kiln activity while some say it is geogenic,” he said. Experts believe citizen are bound to meet their demand for waters from underground water in some part of national city, consequently, number of diseases such contamination, pneumonia, Rhodesia, gastroenteritis, typhoid, hepatitis and jaundice rises in a proportion in such specific zones. All three pollutants have severe health impacts. While arsenic is carcinogenic, high nitrate levels are known to cause methemoglobinemia, or “blue baby” disease, the official added. The expert further suggested that people residing in these areas should use treated water through UV and RO system, which maintains the magnesium, calcium and zinc type of essential minerals.last_img read more

Lebanese generals held in Hariri murder case granted release by UNbacked court

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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon said that the court’s Pre-Trial Judge, Daniel Fransen, had received a submission declining to seek continued detention of the generals from Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare on Monday.The prosecutor concluded that the evidence was insufficient at this time to warrant filing indictments against Jamil Mohamad Amin El Sayed, Ali Salah El Dine El Hajj, Raymond Fouad Azar or Mostafa Fehmi Hamdan.On 15 April, Judge Fransen ordered the prosecutor to file, by 27 April 2009, reasoned submissions stating whether or not he requested the continued holding of the generals, who had been detained by Lebanese authorities since 2005.The judge stressed that that it is a fundamental right, enshrined in all human rights instruments, that any individual arrested or detained be brought promptly before a judge to rule on his or her status.In declining to seek the continued detention, Mr. Bellemare said that he was guided by three basic legal principles: the presumption of innocence, the principle that detention of persons presumed innocent must always be the exception and not the rule, and the need for sufficiency of credible and admissible evidence. The Tribunal, an independent body located in The Hague, is designed to try those accused of a series of recent political murders in Lebanon, particularly the February 2005 bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and 22 others in downtown Beirut.It took over from the Beirut-based International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) in the beginning of March 2009. The investigation of the murders continues under the guidance of Prosecutor Bellemare, who also headed the probe while the case rested with the IIIC, and a trial will take place when he has sufficient evidence in place.“The scope of the investigation is broad and remains focused on its objective: to assist the court in establishing the truth by uncovering credible and legally admissible evidence that can lead to the filing of indictments and, later, trials,” the prosecutor wrote in his Monday submission.Asked by journalists in New York about the position of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the releases, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq stressed the independence of the Tribunal.“The Secretary-General was not involved in earlier decisions to detain people or today’s decision to release them. He respects the independence of the process,” Mr. Haq said. 29 April 2009A judge in the tribunal set up to try suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri today decided to grant the release of four generals detained in connection with the 2005 bombing. read more

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Nearly 300000 uprooted Pakistanis return home to northwest – UN

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Last week, the Pakistani authorities began a programme for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to some parts of Buner and Swat, among the areas hardest hit by the operations pitting Government forces against militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).The returns are “largely individual and spontaneous,” with the Government providing support in some instances, Wolfgang Herbinger, the acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, told the UN News Centre.Over the past week, some 280,000 people have returned to Swat and Buner, where he estimated that over half those who fled fighting have now returned.The vast majority of the 2 million people who have escaped the violence are sheltering either in schools and other public buildings, with host families or in rental accommodations.With the monsoon season set to start shortly, the camps housing a portion of the IDPs are in danger of flooding, and the Government “is making efforts to move people and ask whether they want to return” to their homes, Mr. Herbinger said.Last week, the top UN humanitarian official underscored the need for returns to be voluntary, with “no obligation to return before people are ready.”Under-Secretary-General John Holmes, who visited Pakistan earlier this month, stressed the need for proper consultation with the people concerned and to ensure that the right conditions are in place for their returns. “There has to be basic security there… the power needs to be on, the water needs to be running, the police force needs to be there, the local administration needs to be in place.“The main point is that returns have got to be sustainable,” he stressed, adding that the worst scenario would be if people went back and were then displaced again.The UN, Mr. Herbinger said today, is “trying to ease” the return of displaced people, with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) providing food in places of return and setting up humanitarian hubs where items will be handed out.With plans in place for a military offensive in Waziristan, also in north-west Pakistan, the UN, he said, is undertaking contingency plans, planning to set up logistics centres where it believes people might escape to.In a related development, the UN humanitarian arm announced today that only 43 per cent of the $542 million required to assist Pakistan, the scene of what is currently the world’s fourth largest displacement crisis, has been provided for.Although support for the most essential needs such as food has been relatively well-funded, Mr. Herbinger voiced concern that given the start of returns, IDPs will need support for the foreseeable future.“I do not think the international community ahs given the depth and extent of this humanitarian crisis the attention that it deserves,” he said.The funds appealed for have increased ten-fold from the original 2009 appeal for Pakistan, launched last November, due to the unravelling humanitarian situation in the South Asian nation’s north-west.Last week, Zill-e Usman, a 59-year-old Pakistani national who had served with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 1984, was shot by unidentified gunmen in the Kutcha Gari camp on the border of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in NWFP. Four to five gunmen reportedly opened fire as he was walking back from the camp administrative office to his car during a routine visit to the site.Top UN officials roundly condemned the killing, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemning the “brutal attack on humanitarian personnel who are working for the well-being of the Pakistani people,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres voiced his outrage at the killing of Mr. Usman, who leaves behind a wife and four children. “There is no justification for attacks on humanitarian workers dedicated to the protection and care of the most vulnerable people,” he said. The slain UNHCR staff member was working on the repatriation of people displaced by a conflict in Pakistan’s tribal areas that broke out in August 2008. 21 July 2009Almost 300,000 Pakistanis – out of some 2 million uprooted by clashes in the country’s northwest – have returned home, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today, hailing the returns as a “positive development.” read more

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MR says he will prosecute members of current administration

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will prosecute members of the current administration if he comes to power.In a twitter question and answer session today, Rajapaksa said that the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) is illegal. He said that under his administration, the existing legal system will be used to take legal action against members of the current Government. “FCID is an illegal entity. We’ll investigate & prosecute perpetrators of the Yahapalayana government based on existing #SriLanka law,” he tweeted. He also said that he has no issue with China and added that he feels new US President Donald Trump will lead the US with a new foreign policy which will respect the sovereignty of nations unlike the previous administrations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Seoul US understands seriousness of SeoulTokyo trade fight

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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea says the United States fully understands the seriousness of Seoul’s growing trade dispute with Tokyo.Senior presidential official Kim Hyun-chong made the comments Wednesday after meeting with David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia policy, in Seoul.Kim says he told Stilwell about Seoul’s position on the trade dispute and that the U.S. diplomat “sufficiently understood the seriousness of this problem.”South Korea and Japan are key U.S. allies that host a total of about 80,000 American troops. But the Asian neighbours have become embroiled in diplomatic fights after Japan tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea.South Korea’s foreign minister last week discussed the trade issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by phone.The Associated Press read more

Journalist faces subpoena in lawsuit over lottery scandal

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa journalist who wrote a book about a lottery insider who rigged jackpots in several states has been subpoenaed to turn over notes related to his reporting.Perry Beeman received the subpoena last week from a law firm representing Larry Dawson, an Iowa jackpot winner who contends that the rigging reduced his prize by millions of dollars.Beeman co-wrote the recent book “The $80 billion Gamble” with former Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. It tells the inside story of how now-imprisoned lottery security contractor Eddie Tipton altered number-picking programs on computers to win jackpots for himself, friends and family in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma.The subpoena orders Beeman to turn over his correspondence with Rich since January 2018, including notes related to four interviews they conducted last year. Beeman said Tuesday that he is considering how to respond to the request, which demands the records by Sept. 16.“But I can say that in past cases like this, I have resisted the subpoena because it has a chilling effect on the reporting process,” said Beeman, who is the managing editor of the Des Moines Business Record and a former reporter for the Des Moines Register.The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a reporter’s sources, unpublished information and notes are privileged material and may be subject to court-ordered disclosure only under limited circumstances. The legal precedent suggests that lawyers issuing subpoenas to reporters may be successful only if they show they have a substantial need for the information and have exhausted less burdensome means of obtaining it.Dawson is suing the Iowa Lottery and the Multi-State Lottery Association, where Tipton worked. He contends that a $9 million Hot Lotto jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as big.Tipton had purchased the winning ticket for the previous, $16.5 million jackpot that he rigged and had associates claim. Rich, then the Iowa Lottery chief, refused to pay the award because the person who claimed the prize would not reveal who had bought the ticket. Rich requested a criminal investigation that ultimately uncovered Tipton’s stunning scheme, in which he installed computer code that allowed him to predict winning combinations on certain days of the year.Dawson’s lawsuit contends that under the game’s rules, the $16.5 million prize should have rolled over to the next jackpot, which he won. Instead, the proceeds went back to the states that sponsored the game. The Iowa Lottery used its share for a “Mystery Millionaire” promotion, which included a $1 million prize drawn at the Iowa State Fair.The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 2.Dawson is represented by the Crawford Law Firm, which recently helped obtain a $4.3 million class-action settlement to reimburse lottery players nationwide who bought tickets for drawings that were rigged. A court still needs to approve the settlement, including a request for $1.43 million in legal fees for the firm and other lawyers who represented the plaintiffs.___Follow Ryan J. Foley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rjfoleyRyan J. Foley, The Associated Press read more

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Climate change protests hit Frankfurt as auto show opens

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FRANKFURT — Thousands of people are demonstrating in Frankfurt to demand more action against climate change as the German city’s auto show opens to the public, with some cycling into the city along highways that were temporarily closed for the occasion.Demands raised by the organizers of Saturday’s protests include an end to the combustion engine, climate-neutral transport by 2035, a speed limit on the autobahn and a strong German climate policy package.Environmental groups say the trend toward bigger and more powerful cars, particularly SUVs, is eating into the fuel efficiency gains of recent decades.On Thursday, when the Frankfurt Motor Show officially opened, Greenpeace activists unfurled large banners branding the models on display “climate killers.”The Associated Press

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Greece UN refugee agency concerned at possible problems in asylum procedures

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“Although, on the face of it, Greece has one of the more liberal asylum systems in Europe, its current recognition rate ranks as one of the lowest, despite the fact that the main groups of asylum seekers come from countries that are well-known producers of refugees, such as Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Kris Janowski, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Less than half of 1 per cent of all asylum seekers were granted refugee status so far this year, compared with 11.2 per cent in 2001. Last year, the total recognition rate, including those granted humanitarian protection status, was 22.4 per cent – against just 1 per cent this year.By comparison, the average recognition rates across the European Union last year were 15.8 per cent receiving refugee status – a figure which rises to 26.9 per cent when including those given humanitarian status.“The disparity between Greece and most other European countries is thrown into even more stark relief when one looks at the recognition rate for the largest single group – namely Iraqis,” Mr. Janowski said, noting that the average recognition rate for Iraqis in Greece is almost 100 times lower than the most recent European Union average. read more

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Continuing Asian trip Annan confers with Chinese Prime Minister

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At the meeting in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People the two leaders also discussed the Global Compact, an initiative launched by Mr. Annan to advance good corporate citizenship and responsible globalization and to promote human rights and fight corruption.On the third leg of an Asian trip, the Secretary-General also met with the UN country team and spoke with UN staff at the world organization’s offices in Beijing.In the afternoon, he conferred with State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan on topics that included Iran and East Asian relations.Mr. Annan met with President Hu Jintao on his arrival in China on Friday. Over the weekend, he and his wife Nane visited the Yellow Mountains where they met regional officials.Mr. Annan, who came to Asia from Vienna, where he attended a European Union-Latin American summit, has already visited the Republic of Korea and Japan. From China he goes on to Viet Nam and Thailand. read more

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Mens hockey ready to drop puck for 2014 season

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Loose pucksOSU junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple is injured and will not play this weekend, Rohlik said.OSU is 2-1-0 all-time vs. ProvidenceThis weekend’s games are part of the Hockey East/Big Ten challenge that awards a trophy to the conference with the most points in inter-conference play. OSU players are introduced into a game against Guelph on Oct. 4 at Value City Arena. OSU won, 7-1.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerWhen the puck drops in Columbus this weekend, the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s coming-out party will be officially over. The Buckeyes won’t be surprising anyone this year, including themselves.OSU’s regular-season opener against No. 4 Providence will mark the beginning of a season where expectations are clearer than they’ve been in the past, Buckeye junior defenseman Sam Jardine said.Goals to win the Big Ten title and reach the NCAA tournament are built upon the OSU’s loss in the conference championship last year, Jardine said.“It’s been fresh in our memory all summer,” he said. “(We are) very bitter about it, but very motivated, very empowered to get back to that spot where we were last year.”The Buckeyes return 19 players after going 18-14-5 last season. Back for another run at the postseason, a roster that lost Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel to the NHL is eager to show it can compete without its high-profile forwards.“I think we’ve got a group that wants to prove to people that we have what it takes,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said.That group is one making an offensive transition. This season, the Buckeyes will become a four-line team that relies less upon its top-six forwards, Rohlik said.OSU’s balance was exemplified last weekend when 13 players registered at least one point in the team’s 7-1 exhibition win against the University of Guelph. Forwards Matt Weis and Luke Stork earned points for the Buckeyes’ freshman class.In their first week of official practice, OSU’s eight newcomers have quickly adjusted to practice and game-speed, senior forward Tanner Fritz said.For Fritz, the loss of former linemates Alex Szczechura and McCormick has forced him to make an adjustment of his own. OSU’s top returning scorer has been paired with junior forward Anthony Greco and senior forward Darik Angeli in practice.“Those are guys that bring a ton of speed to the game, so it’s just kind of me keeping up with them,” Fritz said.But while the Buckeyes’ offense is changing, its goaltending is not. Sophomore goalies Matt Tomkins and Christian Frey, who combined for a 2.53 goals against average last season, will each play this season, Rohlik said.Rohlik did not reveal this weekend’s starter, but said he was comfortable with either player between the pipes.In front of the goalies, the defensive keys will be to avoid odd-man rushes and keep the Friars to the perimeter of the offensive zone, Jardine said.“We know with the guys that we have behind us that if we give outside shots they’re going to take care of those,” Jardine said.This weekend against Providence might prove to be a goaltending showdown.The Friars’ junior goalie Jon Gillies has a career 2.12 GAA and .931 save percentage, while his backup, sophomore Nick Ellis, posted a 2.35 GAA and .904 save percentage last season.Gillies and Ellis propelled the Friars to a 22-11-6 record and NCAA tournament berth last season. The Friars, like the Buckeyes, also have high expectations with 19 returnees.“If there’s a year for Providence, this is probably their year,” Rohlik said. “We’re playing a very good hockey team and we have to be ready.”OSU’s preparations for Providence were made easier by the teams’ agreement to trade game film. Rohlik said the Friars initiated the offer to swap tape from last season, an exchange the OSU coach had not made in the past.Despite having film to analyze, Rohlik said he understands his team won’t be mistake-free on Friday. He said his hope is for his team’s effort and accountability to compensate for its mistakes.For a team eager to start the season, it’s just the first of many expectations.The Buckeyes are set to open their season on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Russias foreign minister threatens to hit back at Britain over response to

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first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However, President Donald Trump skipped the issue when congratulating Putin on his re-election and proposed a summit in the “not-too-distant future.”Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced “outrage” over the attack in a call to Mrs May, according to her office.Skripal, 66, a former Russian officer who sold secrets to Britain and moved there in a 2010 spy swap, remains in a coma along with his 33-year-old daughter after they were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury. Russia’s foreign minister threatened on Wednesday to retaliate against Britain for “anti-Russian measures”, with the two countries at loggerheads over the poisoning of a spy in southern England.Speaking after a meeting with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, Mr Lavrov said: “If the British government continues taking some anti-Russian measures, we will hit back under the principle of reciprocity.”Mr Lavrov urged the British government to “respond calmly” over the March 4 attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who remain in critical condition.Britain says only Russia had the capability, motive and intent to be behind the attack, which used the nerve agent Novichok reportedly developed by the former Soviet Union.Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed this as “nonsense”.Britain reacted by expelling 23 Russian diplomats and their families – around 80 people in total – and has also cut off high-level contacts. A spokesman for Theresa May said London was “actively considering” other measures.On Tuesday, the head of the OPCW chemical watchdog said it would take two to three weeks to complete laboratory analysis of samples taken from the poisoning.The affair has poisoned Russia’s already shaky relations with many Western countries.The EU has expressed its solidarity with Britain and leaders at a summit later this week will agree to “coordinate on the consequences” for Russia, according to a draft statement seen by AFP. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis suggested on Tuesday that Moscow’s suspected involvement shows Russia has “chosen to be a strategic competitor.”last_img read more

Russian cargo ship back out at sea minutes before tide turned as

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“With coxswain John Blakeston at the command, the lifeboat proceeded to the scene off Gyllyngvase beach, arriving shortly after 6.20am. The lifeboat has been standing by the vessel since to ensure everyone’s safety.”The volunteers have missed a day at work and have re-arranged their plans for the day to help the situation, illustrating their dedication and commitment to saving lives at sea”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However, the deputy director of the Murmansk Shipping Company, which owns the Kuzma Minin, said the ship had become stuck due to “unsafe shipping conditions” off the British coast.Murmansk is one of the primary shipping companies operating in northern Europe and Arctic Russia “The ship got caught on some sort of chain that was on the bottom of the strait,” Ildar Neverov told state news agency RIA Novosti.”That is to say there were unsafe shipping conditions in the place where the ship was located. As a result, it passed some distance out of control and ran aground. The situation is under control.” An incredible sight here at Gylly beach in #Falmouth where a huge cargo ship has run aground. Updates at @CornwallLive pic.twitter.com/lJUKmp9Zul— Graeme Wilkinson (@Graemewilki) December 18, 2018 He said that he may bring legal action, adding: “We will clearly state our position on the fact that the conditions for safe navigation in this area have not been created… we will definitely look at recovery of damages.”The Falmouth coastguard declined to comment.It was thought that the weather conditions contributed to the accident, and Met Office had issued a yellow warning for severe weather with 65mph winds forecast. Gales were recorded at up to 74mph in Cornwall and 40 knots on the River Tamar – disrupting traffic.Former Falmouth senior pilot captain David Barnicoat told BBC Radio Cornwall: “It’s a classic grounding in bad weather and strong winds. The wind overnight was pretty horrendous. Where I live I hadn’t heard wind like it for quite a few years. The massive vessel, believed to be the Kuzma Minin, grounded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth at about 05:40 GMT. pic.twitter.com/d9XIuMdS4N— Mike Beard (@1stdefence) December 18, 2018 Volunteers battled through gale force 9 winds to get the Kuzma Minin which had sailed from the Netherlands to the UK some days previously, safely afloat.There were worries that if they did not manage to float it at high tide, around 1.15pm, they would have to wait until the tide came back in at around 1am, leaving the crew members stuck onboard. Luckily, they managed to tug it out to sea at around 2.30pm.Dramatic footage showed a coastguard pilot being winched onto the ship from a helicopter to help those on board. Kuzma Minin cargo ship grounded in Falmouth The Kuzma Minin cargo ship grounded off FalmouthCredit: PA /Nigel Kitto/@NDK72 The Falmouth coastguard has been contacted for comment about the safety of the shipping conditions. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the 590ft ship had dragged its anchor and has a list of about five degrees.The RNLI added: “Falmouth RNLI volunteers have been afloat since 6.15am in horrendous conditions assisting a 16,000 tonne Russian cargo ship which ran aground off Gyllyngvase beach earlier this morning (Tuesday 18 December).”Volunteer crews were woken abruptly to the sound of their pagers shortly after 6am, with a request from Falmouth Coastguard to launch the all-weather lifeboat Richard Cox Scott. The captain of a Russian cargo ship which ran aground in Cornwall before being rescued by the British coastguard has blamed “unsafe” UK shipping conditions and threatened legal action.The ship had more than 100 faults at its latest inspection and was held in the Netherlands for seven months before driving to the UK. However, the company has blamed unsafe conditions and said it could bring legal action to recoup the cost of damage to the ship and the Russian Embassy has launched an investigation.The 16,000 tonne ship was grounded in the early hours of Tuesday morning and the Falmouth coastguard and the RNLI undertook a day-long mission to rescue it and its 18 crew members. “It sounds as if she dragged anchor and the engines may not have been ready or she may have had some other problem. Once that anchor breaks from the sea bed and you start dragging then you have no control whatsoever.” #kuzmaMinin grounded at #Gyllingvase #Falmouth has been successfully refloated pic.twitter.com/Rt9wAsh99k— m k (@fuzzier1) December 18, 2018 read more

Filip Jicha – six weeks out

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← Previous Story EHF CL 2014/2015 (Round 1): From Plock to Zagreb! Next Story → EHF CL: RNL storm over Montpellier – Fantastic Sterbik helps Vardar to win in Celje! Filip Jicha One of the world’s best players, Filip Jicha, won’t be able to help his team-mates in Kiel, but also in Czech national team in the next six weeks. A 32 years old left back went under the knife due his ankle injury and recovery will take next six weeks.In that period Jicha will miss the first few matches at EHF Champions League, but also the first two clashes at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 qualification.

Pentagon rules cyber attacks and sabotage constitute an act of war

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first_imgThe US Department of Defense has ruled that attacks on computer networks and sabotage of information systems that stem from other countries officially constitute an act of war, and can be responded to with traditional military force. This opens the door to military strikes against nations that knowingly allow cyber attacks against the United States in order to prevent the damage that could be caused by those attacks.The Pentagon’s decision is designed to provide a physical threat against nations in a world where virtual threats and attacks are becoming more and more common. It’s also designed as a way to give the US military more options to retaliate against information attacks aside from defending against them and waging their own.AdChoices广告The popular examples given for the types of computer sabotage or attacks that would warrant military action are things like shutting down or sabotaging safety systems in US nuclear reactors and shutting down or disabling parts of the US power grid. These are examples of when a cyber attack can have a major impact on non-cyber targets, crossing that same line that the US armed forces would be able to with a military strike.The Pentagon’s report, which is the first official document on cyber strategy, includes references to attacks on the Pentagon’s computer networks, and an reference to the Stuxnet computer worm that targeted nuclear power systems in Iran – a worm that many analysts believe is complicated and enough that only a nation would have had the resources to develop and inject it.The report is also the subject of controversy both inside and outside the US military. For one, many military officials note that the report leaves open the notion of whether the US can ever have absolute certainty to where an attack originated – or even enough certainty to start launching missiles or scrambling bombers. Other defense analysts have pointed to the concept of “equivalence,” meaning an attack should be met with equal but overwhelming force, as a way to determine how broad a retaliatory strike should be in response to a cyber attack.Even so, the Pentagon’s statement represents two major shifts in US military thinking when it comes to information warfare: first that the Pentagon recognizes they’ve been slow to build a comprehensive information security posture to protect American military and civilian networks, and second, that the Department of Defense is taking threats and attacks against American information security very seriously.Read more at the Wall Street Journallast_img read more

La douane de Roissy aurait congelé des oiseaux vivants

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first_imgLa douane de Roissy aurait congelé des oiseaux vivantsLes douanes de l’aéroport de Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle de Paris ont saisi il y a dix jours près de 80 oiseaux transportés illégalement. Ils auraient été “congelés vivants” par les services vétérinaires, affirme la Ligue de protection des oiseaux (LPO), qui a dénoncé des “actes insupportables et injustifiables”. La France est “un des derniers pays à ne pas avoir les conditions minimum” pour gérer les animaux vivants saisis sur les aéroports, qui sont “souvent euthanasiés sans chercher à les replacer parce qu’on n’a pas le temps”, explique Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, président de la LPO. “J’ai vu des poissons tropicaux, par exemple, rester sur le tarmac pendant toute une nuit et, évidemment, ils étaient morts le lendemain, parce qu’il n’y a pas de lieu d’accueil, pas de compétences”, a-t-il souligné, dénonçant une “double peine”: “Non seulement ils font l’objet d’un trafic mais, en plus, on les tue dans des conditions inacceptables.”Sciences et Avenir rapporte que, selon lui, “pas loin de 80 oiseaux” (chardonnets gris, cardinaux rouges ou à poitrine rose, des espèces d’Amérique du Nord) transportés illégalement par un passager en provenance du Mexique, ont été saisis par la douane de l’aéroport de Roissy-Charles-de-GaulleCes 80 oiseaux saisis il y a dix jours par les douanes ont été “congelés vivants” par les services vétérinaires. “Nous savions déjà que, faute de structures et de moyens adaptés, l’euthanasie était pratique courante au sein de l’aéroport de Roissy [ … ], mais de là à les congeler vivants, il y a un pas que la direction des services vétérinaires a osé franchir !”, ont dénoncé dans un communiqué commun la LPO et la Fondation Brigitte Bardot.Les services vétérinaires “ont récupéré les oiseaux et les ont tout simplement mis au congélateur et, [ … ] à midi, tous les oiseaux étaient morts”, a-t-il affirmé, précisant avoir été alerté par “des marchands d’animaux et par des douaniers” et posséder des photos des oiseaux morts.  Le 23 décembre 2011 à 19:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver man fatally struck by pickup in Gorge identified

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first_imgWashington State Patrol has identified 20-year-old Tyler L. Gillespie of Vancouver as the man fatally struck by a pickup truck Saturday morning in the Columbia River Gorge.Gillespie was reportedly hit around 1:06 a.m. on state Highway 14, about three miles west of Skamania, according to an earlier statement from the state patrol.David L. Drott, 75, of Washougal, told investigators he had been driving west on the highway in his 2015 Ford F-250 when he saw an object in the roadway, around the time another vehicle passed going eastbound. He struck the object and pulled over to the shoulder.Another passerby who stopped to help then found a pedestrian had been hit. Gillespie died at the scene, the according to WSP. Drott was not injured.The crash was caused by a pedestrian in the roadway, according to the WSP. Drugs are alcohol were not involved in the crash, the statement said, and no charges were expected.last_img read more

Soy Growers in DC to Talk Tariffs Importance of Trade with China

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first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) farmer leaders from across the country took to Capitol Hill today to talk with lawmakers about the potential impact of Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans. ASA President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer issued the following statement:“China purchases 61 percent of total U.S. soybean exports, and more than 30 percent of overall U.S. soybean production. In short, trade with China matters and is vital not only to the hundreds of thousands of U.S. soybean producers but the rural economies and communities that depend on them.“Today we’re asking lawmakers to support their communities and constituents by joining ASA in encouraging the Administration to rethink the Section 301 tariffs and instead, empower soybeans to continue to be part of the solution.“We’ve come to D.C. and left our fields during planting season to educate and convey the importance of trade with China. Our message is clear: a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans into China will have a lasting effect on every soybean farmer in America.”last_img read more

ICC team in Dhaka to visit Rohingya camps

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first_imgRohingya Camp. File PhotoA delegation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday morning on a weeklong visit to Bangladesh to talk to senior government officials and representatives of international organisations over the Rohingya issue, reports UNB.They landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:54am. The delegation will leave Dhaka on 22 July.Apart from holding meetings with the senior officials of the law and home ministries, the ICC delegation members will also visit Rohingya camps to see the situation on the ground, officials said.The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has already requested its judges to authorise an investigation into alleged crimes like deportation, other inhumane acts and persecution committed against Rohingyas.As Myanmar is not a state party to the Rome Statute, but Bangladesh is, it is important to keep in mind that the authorisation to investigate, if granted by judges, would not extend to all crimes potentially committed in Myanmar, but will focus on crimes allegedly committed in parts on the territory of Bangladesh, according to the ICC.Investigating deportation will, however, mean taking a close look at the alleged violence that left the Rohingya no genuine choice but to flee Myanmar.The request seeks authorisation from the court’s judges to open an investigation into alleged crimes within the jurisdiction of the court in which at least one element occurred in the territory of Bangladesh and within the context of two recent waves of violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, as well as any other crimes which are sufficiently linked to these events.The requested authorisation to investigate the situation covers the period since the 9 October, 2016.The prosecutor’s request follows her office’s thorough preliminary examination which, in its assessment, concluded that the legal conditions required under the Rome Statute to open an investigation have been met.On 9 April last year, the prosecutor filed a request with the court’s judges for a legal ruling on the question of jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh.The second phase of the preliminary examination of this situation started last September, following the judges’ ruling in response to that request, which confirmed that the court may assert jurisdiction pursuant to article 12(2)(a) of the Statute, “if at least one element of a crime within the jurisdiction of the court or part of such a crime is committed on the territory of a state party to the Statute.”Following the office’s preliminary examination process, the prosecutor has determined that there is a reasonable basis to believe that at least 700,000 Rohingyas were deported from Myanmar to Bangladesh through a range of coercive acts and that great suffering or serious injuries have been inflicted on the Rohingyas through violating their right to return to their state of origin.More specifically, the information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that, in the context of the 2017 wave of violence, the following crimes were committed, in part on the territory of Myanmar and in part on the territory of Bangladesh.Although the coercive acts forcing the Rohingya population to flee took place on the territory of Myanmar, the victims crossed the border-an essential element for the crime of deportation-by entering into the territory of Bangladesh, according to a media statement of the ICC.Other inhumane acts under article 7(1)(k) of the statute, namely, the infliction of great suffering or serious injury by means of intentional and severe violations of the customary international law right of displaced persons to return safely and humanely to the State of origin with which they have a sufficiently close connection.The office of the prosecutor has carefully assessed available information on relevant national proceedings.In light of the gravity of the acts committed – the details of which are outlined in the request – and the absence of relevant national investigations or prosecutions in Myanmar or in relevant third states, against those who appear to be most responsible for the most serious crimes within this situation.The prosecutor considers that the potential cases that her office has identified as likely to be the focus of an investigation in this situation, would be admissible pursuant to articles 53(1)(b) and 17(1) (a) and (b) of the statute.The prosecutor has determined that there are no substantial reasons to believe that the opening of an investigation would not serve the interests of justice, taking into account the gravity of the crimes and the interests of victims.As per the applicable rules, the prosecutor also notified victims or their legal representatives, of her intention to request authorisation to initiate an investigation in the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar informing them that they have until 28 October to submit representations to the judges of Pre-Trial Chamber III on her request.The office of the prosecutor of the ICC conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.last_img read more

Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trumps Chopping Block

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first_img Share Paul Sakuma/APThe Energy Star program started in 1992 to rate the efficiency of computer monitors and now covers dozens of product categories.Appliance manufacturers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., today to celebrate a popular energy efficiency program, even as it’s slated for elimination in President Trump’s proposed budget.You probably know the program’s little blue label with the star — the Environmental Protection Agency says 90 percent of U.S. households do.“The Energy Star brand has brand recognition on par with, like, Coke and Pepsi,” says Steve Byers, CEO of EnergyLogic. His company, which is among those receiving an Energy Star award at this year’s event, inspects buildings to make sure they qualify for the program’s seal of approval. “This is a very successful program,” he says. “I don’t know what more one could want out of a government program.”In fact, the 25-year-old Energy Star program appears to be targeted simply because it’s run by the federal government. It’s one of 50 EPA programs that would be axed under Trump’s budget plan, which would shrink the agency’s funding by more than 30 percent. (The U.S. Department of Energy also helps administer Energy Star, and would see a 5.6 percent budget cut.)Critics of Energy Star say the government should get involved in the marketplace only when absolutely necessary. But that argument doesn’t hold sway for the program’s legions of supporters, which span nonprofits, companies and trade groups.“These cuts make no sense,” says Lowell Ungar, senior policy adviser with the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. His group, along with about 80 other nonprofits and companies, has written to Congress urging it to keep the program. More than 1,000 companies have called for strengthening the program in another letter, organized by the Alliance to Save Energy.“The bottom line is proposed cuts to Energy Star would harm American consumers, they would destroy jobs, and they would make air pollution worse,” Ungar says.The federal government launched Energy Star in 1992 to rate the efficiency of computer monitors. Now it covers dozens of product categories, from washers to electronics and homes.Here’s how it works: The government sets criteria for efficient products. A third party inspects goods or housing, and if they meet the criteria, manufacturers can use the familiar blue sticker to market the product as energy efficient.In a North Denver development called Midtown, Steve Eagleburger of EnergyLogic was recently inspecting a home while construction workers put on finishing touches. This part of the Energy Star program has existed since 1995.“What we’re doing here is checking to make sure this attic is insulated,” Eagleburger said as he stood on a ladder and peered through a raised attic hatch. “This one is not insulated at all.”He makes a note on a tablet, then he’s off to the next thing — a checklist of dozens of items such as fans and air-duct seals. This house won’t get the Energy Star label unless it fulfills all the requirements.Energy Star is a voluntary program. It costs about $50 million a year to run but punches above its weight in impact. In 2014, the EPA estimates the program helped American consumers and businesses save $34 billion dollars, and prevent more than 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.A study published last month in the journal Nature Energy found that Energy Star-rated buildings in Los Angeles used nearly 20 percent less energy compared with other buildings.The little blue label also has an audience in countries such as Mexico and Canada.“We do see that actually as a distinguishing factor,” says Mike Gazzano of Delta Products, which makes fans for bathroom ventilation and other uses. He says customers consider Energy Star the mark of “a premium product” in terms of engineering and technology.The idea for eliminating Energy Star might have come from conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation, which targets a range of efficiency programs in its own budget blueprint.“This is something that the private sector can market and sell as a great quality for their product. So why is the government trying to nudge people in one direction when they simply shouldn’t need to,” says Nick Loris, an energy and environment policy fellow at the foundation.Another critic is Myron Ebell, a climate change skeptic with the Competitive Enterprise Institute and head of Trump’s EPA transition team. “It’s good that Energy Star is a voluntary program,” he says in a statement, “but it’s not clear why taxpayer dollars should be used to promote some products over other products.”Energy Star has also weathered a scandal. In 2010, workers at the Government Accountability Office posed as product developers and got the Energy Star label for fictitious products. That launched the third-party certification that exists now.Doug Johnson, vice president of technology policy with the trade group Consumer Technology Association, says that process can take time out of the already crunched product development cycle.“It’s a part of the program that we think should be reexamined,” he says. “In fact we’ve been advocates for improving that part of the Energy Star program.”Johnson says there are also other successful federal programs such as EnergyGuide that measure efficiency. Still, he doesn’t think the entire Energy Star program should go away.Ultimately, it will be up to Congress to decide whether shoppers continue to see the familiar blue sticker on goods in the showroom.Grace Hood is an energy and environment reporter with Colorado Public Radio. You can follow her @gracehood.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 29 Whos Challenging Ted Cruz

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first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Gov. Greg Abbott celebrating Christmas early? Doug Young for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to supporters at Fourth of July festivities in McAllen.On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of: Beto O’ Rourke gets into a scuffle with Party Politics co-host Brandon Rottinghaus Do the Democrats have a real gubernatorial candidate?Then, the gents take a good look at the Republican primary, is Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Cruzin’ for a challenge? By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.center_img 00:00 /20:29  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Joaquin Castro’s new challenger and will Castro run for Attorney General?Villalba Twitter rant against conservative blogger/Sarah Davis – Dan Patrick dust up Attorney General Ken Paxton, price gouging investigationslast_img read more