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NGT pulls up Ministry for not furnishing proper data

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first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has pulled up the Union Environment Ministry for not furnishing proper data on monitoring mechanism for compliance of conditions of environment clearance granted by the Ministry. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed a senior official of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to appear before the tribunal on April 29.Precautionary principle “The data furnished is wholly inadequate to evaluate the effectiveness of functioning of mechanism. Adequate mechanism is the mandate of “precautionary principle” and “sustainable development” to be enforced by this tribunal. It appears that either the data is being withheld or the response of the officer is otherwise inadequate,” the Bench observed. The observations came following submissions by the Ministry that “a mechanism existed to periodically monitor the compliance of environmental clearance conditions which was being strengthened”. The tribunal had in January directed the MoEF to furnish data on the same following which it submitted that a total of 6,779 projects were monitored between 2013-2014 and 2018-19.The Ministry informed the Bench that while in 2013-14, 843 projects were monitored, in 2018-19, it was 1,002.Extent of defaults “The data merely mentions figures of the projects monitored, without mentioning the extent of defaults found and further action taken, in absence of which the effectiveness of monitoring mechanism cannot be assessed,” the Bench observed. Following the observations, the NGT asked the officer concerned to be present before the tribunal with the “entire relevant data”.last_img read more

Controversial Dance Paper Finally Retracted

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first_imgAfter years of wrangling, a 2005 study on symmetry and dance published in Nature has been retracted. The paper reported that Jamaican men and women with more symmetric bodies were also better dancers. Because symmetry is seen as an indicator of genetic quality, this would bolster the theory that human dance evolved as a sexually selected courtship ritual. The retraction notice gives no reason.Biologist Robert Trivers of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, one of the authors, says he became aware of problems with the data after publication. He accuses co-author William Brown of preselecting the dancers and changing the values on some of the dancers’ measures of symmetry. When Trivers’s early attempts to have the paper retracted failed, he wrote a short book about it called The Anatomy of a Fraud that he sent to researchers who cited the paper. “Everybody in the fraud network, that is the journal, the university, the fraudster, they all benefit by stringing the thing out,” he said earlier this year.In April, an investigation at Rutgers University finally concluded that “substantial (clear and convincing) evidence exists that research fraud has occurred in several areas” including “biased selection of subjects who were to be included in the symmetry/asymmetry comparison groups so as to artificially obtain desired results.” At the time, Brown denied the accusations. He could not be reached for comment.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Even though the paper has now been retracted, Trivers says he is not entirely happy. “It took them 8 years after publication of the paper, and 5 after we submitted a retraction, and 4½ years after we published proof of fraud (later borne out by Rutgers’ investigation) for them finally to ‘retract’ a paper now cited 136 times,” he writes in an e-mail. “Journals see no upside in admitting fraud–especially intense in the U.K. because of their ‘upper-class protection’ (as they are called) libel laws.”last_img read more

Sushma Swaraj Asks for DNA Test of Body Found With Sunken Ship’s Life Jacket in Indonesia

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first_imgThe Indian government has asked for DNA identification of a body that was found wearing a life jacket with a mark belonging to the sunken ship Emerald Star, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Nov. 19.  The MV Emerald Star, which had 26 Indians on board, sank off the coast of Philippines in the Pacific Ocean on Oct. 13.The cargo ship weighed 33,205 tons and sank due to a typhoon. The ship was built in 2010 and carried a Hong Kong flag. Of the 26 Indians on board, 16 were rescued in an operation conducted by the Indian Navy, and the Philippines and Japanese authorities. The cargo ship was traveling from Indonesia to China with nickel ore, reported Maritime Bulletin.An unidentified body was found buried on Oct. 28 on the island city of Banua, the Philippines Coast Guard informed New Delhi recently, Swaraj tweeted. The body was severely decomposed.“I have asked Indian Ambassador in Manila that the body be exhumed and brought to Manila for identification by DNA,” Swaraj said on Twitter.The ship sank about 600 km south of the Ishigaki island in South West Japan, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.The Japanese Coast Guard said it had received a distress signal from the ship when it was about 280 km east of the northern tip of the Philippines.The rescued crew were taken to the Gerry Filippetto Memorial Foundation Hospital for further medical treatment. They had sustained multiple physical injuries and head trauma, Maritime Bulletin reported.Those identified among the rescued Indian nationals are: chief cook Kharty Kerthikeyan, 46; deck fitter Dasari Prakash Rao, 37; chief officer Kishore Kumar, 46; trainee Rama Durai Umadurai, 23, and trainee Joseph Pragash, 24.Those missing are Captain Nair Rajesh Ramachandran, second officer Rahul Kumar, third officer Subramaniam Giridhar Kumar, chief engineer Rajput Shyam Singh, fourth engineer Subbiah Suresh Kumar, junior engineer Chauhan Ashok Kumar, Perumalsamy Gurumurthy, Malavaranan Silambarasan, Murugan Gowtham and Bevin Thomas.Chief engineer Shyam Singh Rajput had alerted the crew that they would have to abandon the ship. Until Oct. 15, it was believed that it’s likely the rest 10 crew members survived the typhoon as they were wearing life jackets. Related ItemsIndonesiaPhilippinesSushma Swarajlast_img read more

Adityanath allots land to 281 persons affected by Sonbhadra killings

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first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday handed out land documents to 281 persons in Sonbhadra district, two months after 11 tribals of a local village were killed over a long-standing land dispute. Mr. Adityanath allotted the lease of 852 bighas of land to the beneficiaries at a function in Umbha village, where a village head and his associates opened fired at the villagers on July 17.Taking a dig at Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had raised the issue of the killings and sought to blame the State government, Mr. Adityanath said he wanted to “ask the Congress ki shehzadi (princess)” if she would apologise to the poor in Sonbhadra for the “injustice” suffered by its tribals under various Congress governments since 1952. Faced with heavy criticism over the Umbha incident, the State’s BJP government has sought to pin the blame on previous Congress administrations.“Will she [Ms. Vadra] seek punishment for those who looted the rights of the poor,” Mr. Adityanath asked in Umbha, where he initiated 35 projects worth ₹340 crore.By distributing the land leases to locals, the BJP government was restoring their rights that were snatched away during Congress party rule, he asserted. This was his second visit to the affected village since July 17, as the BJP looks to contain political fallout from the incident.Mr. Adityanath alleged that more than 1 lakh bighas of land were grabbed in just Sonbhadra and Mirzapur districts during the rule of the SP, BSP and Congress. An SIT probing the matter would submit its report to the government soon, the chief minister said, promising that nobody would be spared. A new tehsil would be formed in Sonbhadra, while a police post and Kasturba Girls School would also be established in Umbha village, Mr. Adityanath said.To cover those who had not been included under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Umbha, 510 Ayushman Bharat golden cards were issued at the gram panchayat and 210 golden cards were being issued under the Chief Minister’s Jan Arogya Yojana, the U.P. government said.A solar mini drinking water project worth ₹23.5 crore was also initiated in the village, while 292 families would be provided houses under the Mukhyamantri Awaas Yojana.last_img read more

Olympic tennis: Maria Sharapova in women’s singles final

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first_imgRussia’s Maria Sharapova ousted Maria Kirilenko in straight sets in an all-Russian semifinal at the Olympic tennis tournament in London on Friday.Sharapova swept past Kirilenko 6-3, 6-2, her aggressive style of playing racking up many more winners than Kirilenko, but also far more mistakes at the All England Club.Meanwhile, Serena Williams thrashed Belarusian top seed Victoria Azarenka in the semifinal of Olympic tennis Friday to set up a battle for gold with Russia’s Maria Sharapova in women’s singles final.Fourth seed Williams of the US swept past 23-year-old Azarenka recording 16 aces and 33 winners on her way to a 6-1, 6-2 win.Sharapova ousted fellow Russian and World No. 15 Maria Kirilenko in the other semifinal earlier Friday.Azarenka and Kirilenko will face off for the bronze medal Sunday.last_img read more

Just too good

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first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Celine Domingo failed to score the entire match despite averaging 11.9 points coming into the game.“We are just happy the players responded to the challenge, it is instinctive of them to be fighters,” added Almadro. “So we really leveled up our energy.”Deanna Wong orchestrated the plays, tossing 30 excellent sets to feed Kat Tolentino, Ponggay Gaston, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon.Ateneo had 35 attack points compared to 27 by FEU and had more kill-blocks (8-3) and aces (5-1). The Lady Eagles also committed fewer errors (18-27).“I think it showed how prepared we are with how Deanna distributed the ball and how we won the match convincingly,” said Madayag, who accounted for seven points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kaya draws with PSM in Indonesia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid It was Ateneo’s ninth straight win as it continues to highlight its most dominant campaign since winning the title back-to-back five seasons ago.“We really thank the Lord,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “We know FEU will give us a challenge, so we told ourselves to expect FEU to come up with a strong fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut the Lady Tamaraws weren’t up to the task.Already losing to injury their prized rookie Lycha Ebon, the Lady Tamaraws’ other vaunted gun was seemingly absent in the straight sets loss. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tolentino and Gaston each scored 11 points, while De Leon also had seven in the rout.Far Eastern thus dropped into a three-way tie for third with idle University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines at 6-4.The Lady Maroons drew the needed points from their bench to overcome University of the East, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-11, in the first game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo was bracing itself for an all-out war against last year’s finalist Far Eastern University on Wednesday night.What it got was  token opposition as the Lady Eagles blew right by the Lady Tamaraws with a 25-21, 25-10, 25-18 triumph to take another step closer to the UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Dhoni’s 1st Public Appearance After Team India’s World Cup Exit

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Pakistan in another U-turn, refuse to fly to India after government nod

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first_imgPakistan have made another dramatic U-turn after the government gave the nod for the team to travel to India for the ICC World Twenty20. Pakistan had been demanding a written assurance about security arrangements from the Indian government. However, when that did not come through, the govenrment allowed the team to travel to India tomorrow. But less than two hours later, the Pakistanis went back to their original demand as Interior Minister Chaudry Nissar Ali Khan said the team would not travel unless the Indians gave them a written guarantee.”Till we get a public assurance from the Indian government about the security of our players, we will not let our team travel to India,” Khan said.This has created a complex situation because Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju specifically told India Today that the Indian government could not address concerns for specific countries. (Also read: Uncertainty continues over Pakistan’s participation in ICC World Twenty20)Pakistan Cricket Board had wanted their match against India shifted out of Dharamsala. The ICC and BCCI, after much deliberation, moved the marquee clash to Kolkata. But that has not yet appeased Pakistan, who are adamant on extracting more commitments from India.”Pakistan should be satisfied with our level of commitment. Advisories to all police forces have been placed on record,” Rijiju said. (Also read: Pakistani fans in race against time for visas after change in World T20 venue)The Indian minister said he would not comment on Pakistan’s demand for a written assurance.advertisement”I will not comment on what Pakistan has said or talk of specific commitments to any country. I cannot specify my comment to any one country.”Security will be provided as per need. If the Pakistan cricket team deserves special security, they will be provided with that,” Rijiju said.PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan briefed the team players and officials in Lahore today and was hopeful the Indian government will publicly guarantee the Pakistan team’s safety during the tournament. Pakistan play their first match in the World T20 on Wednesday and they have two warm-up matches lined up before that. Pakistan play Bengal on Saturday before facing Sri Lanka on Monday.But Pakistan can forget about written assurances from India.”We have to provide security for everyone. For international events, it is our sovereign duty to provide security to any country, including Pakistan,” Rijiju said.last_img read more

BJP leader held for duping Mukul Roy named in complaint

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first_imgKolkata: A trade union leader of the BJP was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly duping a businessman by promising him a berth in one of the railway committees.According to police, businessman Santu Ganguly, lodged a complaint against BJP trade union leader Baban Ghosh and a few others on duping charges. BJP leader Mukul Roy was also named in the complaint. Ghosh was produced at the Alipore Court and has been remanded to police custody till August 28. Ganguly said he had given Rs 65 lakh to Ghosh between 2015 to 2016. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, Ghosh allegedly took Mukul Roy’s name to instill confidence in Ganguly and exact the money out of him. Ganguly had given the money in phases between 2015 to 2016. Several years passed but Ganguly did not get the railway committee berth and failed to meet Ghosh or get in touch with him over the phone. On January 25, this year, Ganguly lodged a complaint at the Sarsuna police station against Ghosh and a few others. On Tuesday night, Ghosh was detained at his house at Sakuntala Park in Patuli. He was grilled throughout the night and was arrested early on Wednesday morning. Earlier, Ghosh had tried to set up an organisation by involving Tollywood film actors. At present, he holds the post of BJP trade union president in Bengal. He had reportedly admitted before the police that he took money from Ganguly. However, while he being taken to the Alipore Court, he claimed he was innocent.last_img read more

Soft drink consumption linked to risk of early death

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first_imgConsumption of soft drinks – whether sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners – may be associated with an increased risk of premature death, according to a study. The study, involving over 450,000 participants from 10 European countries, found that those who drank two or more glasses of soft drinks, including sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened soft drinks, per day had a higher risk of mortality from all causes than those who consumed less than one glass per month. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSpecific associations were also observed between artificially sweetened soft drinks and deaths from circulatory diseases and sugar-sweetened soft drinks with mortality resulting from digestive diseases, researchers said. The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, surveyed participants on their food and drink consumption between 1992 to 2000 and followed up an average of 16 years later. “This study adds to the growing body of evidence that suggests possible negative associations between soft drinks and common causes of deaths such as heart disease and stroke,” said Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard from Imperial College London in the UK. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile the study found an association between consumption of soft drinks and increased mortality the researchers stress that the link is a complex one and cannot be assumed to be causal. “We found that compared with those reporting low consumption, participants who reported high consumption of soft drinks were at greater risk of all-cause death in our study sample,” said Neil Murphy, one of the study’s lead authors, based at International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in France. “This doesn’t mean that soft drinks cause early death as in these types of studies there are other factors which may be behind the association we observed,” Murphy said. “For instance, high soft drink consumption may be a marker of overall unhealthy diet. Also, in our study, high soft drinks consumers had higher body mass Index (BMI) and were also more likely to be current tobacco smokers,” he said. “Additionally, and importantly, we generally saw similar associations in people smoking and non-smoking and among lean and obese participants which adds weight to the soft drink and mortality association not being strongly influenced by smoking habits and BMI,” Murphy said. “However, we cannot rule out the possibility that these factors were influencing our findings, hence why we cannot say the associations we observe are causal,” he said.last_img read more

ALBERTA FILM AND TV PRODUCTION NOW ON ELECTION PLATFORMS OF POLITICAL PARTIES

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first_imgAdvertisement After months of lobbying for attention from politicians and the public, the province’s beleaguered screen industries have made it onto the election platforms of four major political parties running in the April 16 election, with three suggesting they would follow other jurisdictions in making incentives more enticing for big-budget productions.The Alberta Party, United Conservative Party and Alberta Liberals all make reference to the industry in their official platforms, promising to change from a grant-based program to one based on tax credits. The NDP also released its platform, although it was considerably more vague, vowing to consult with industry stakeholders about changes.Damian Petti, spokesman for the Alberta Screen Industry Action Committee and president of the film workers union IATSE 212, said it’s a sign that politicians see the industry as a key player in economic diversification and recognize its system of incentives needs to be changed if Alberta is to compete with Ontario, British Columbia and, increasingly, Manitoba. This is the first time the industry has been mentioned in election platforms of the major political parties, he said. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img “In Alberta, we’ve survived despite our quirky incentives,” said Petti. “There is kind of a feeling this time around that this is our one big shot to finally fix some of these problems. I’ve not seen the type of unity that we have right now before.” Director Bruce McDonald n the set of Heartland Courtesy, Andrew Bako Andrew Bako / jpg Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Infrastructure bank could help build Indigenous projects chairwoman says

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first_imgOTTAWA – The chairwoman of a new federal agency that will help finance the construction of new highways, transit systems and electricity grids says it could also help fund multiple, smaller projects that are badly needed across Indigenous communities.The needs in some Indigenous communities are many: hydro, clean water, safe housing and broadband internet, to name a few.On First Nations reserves alone, the infrastructure gap — the amount that it would cost to replace and repair crumbling roads, homes, bridges and pipes — is estimated to be as much as $40 billion. The Liberals are turning to the private sector for help. Earlier this month, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott challenged private companies to work with Indigenous communities to design, cost and transfer some of the financial risk of projects.Janice Fukakusa, chair of the Liberal’s new infrastructure bank, said the agency could help further by taking a concept or project on one reserve, or one community and rolling it out over a number of communities to build interest from institutional investors.“The ideas you have and what you’re rolling out has to be somewhat repeatable,” said Fukakusa, a former Royal Bank executive.“If you can find a way of leveraging the one thing into many things, then you’ll have a flow of projects, infrastructure that is constantly rolling out and then you’ll get the attention of institutional investors who are always looking for that flow.”The Toronto-based bank will take $35 billion in government funding and seek to leverage three or four times that much in private dollars to help finance infrastructure projects across the country. Eligible projects will have to generate revenue, meaning roads, bridges, water and transit systems will need user fees to defray costs.The agency will help make projects financially viable, either through funding construction, or helping investors project revenues so they can feel more comfortable putting in long-term capital, Fukakusa said in an interview Thursday.“The outcome will be more infrastructure for Canada for the future, because we can attract capital, long-term capital, that will feel the risk profile is acceptable (and) therefore invest more,” she said.“We definitely can’t support all the infrastructure we need through government of Canada balance sheets.”But before that can happen, Fukakusa and the new board of directors have to create an organization from scratch.The federal government unveiled Thursday the 10 people who will guide the new agency as it evaluates projects to see which ones it can help make reality. The list of directors for the Liberal government’s infrastructure bank includes lawyers, business people and Indigenous leaders.Fukakusa said board members have experience overseeing large projects and know what interests investors.The board’s first big project will be to help the Trudeau government decide who should be the agency’s first chief executive.An announcement is expected in the coming weeks, as the agency is supposed to be up and running by the end of the year.last_img read more

MarrakechSafi Region Receives MAD 2 Billion Investment Projects

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Rabat – The Regional Commission for Investment and has approved 30 projects in the Marrakech-Safi region, with an investment amounting to 2 billion dirhams and 4,191 prospective jobs.Morocco’s Regional Commission for Investment has recently validated 30 new projects for the benefit of the Marrakech-Safi region. The projects will take a MAD 2-billion investment (USD 201 million) and will center on three vital sectors, namely tourism, services, and housing. The projects are also expected to generate 4,191 jobs.One of the approved projects is the construction of a factory specializing in the production and exportation of frozen fruits and vegetables. The construction of this plant, which will be located in the rural commune near Marrakech, will cost MAD 24 million and will generate no less than 60 employment opportunities. This plant is expected to improve the industrial fabric in the area and attract local and international investors to the region of Marrakech-Safi.In addition to this factory, 8 municipalities will benefit from 19 projects that will require an investment of MAD 412,77 million and create 458 stable jobs. 12 of these projects will go to the tourism industry, including the construction of a residential and tourism complex that will cost 170 million DH and will generate 30 jobs in the commune of Tamsloht.The coastal city of Safi will also take its share of the investment. Morocco’s OCP is set to make one of its largest investment in the city of Gantour, Safi, which will amount to MAD 51 billion. read more

Growing number of deaths in Gulf of Aden sparks alarm from UN

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15 April 2011The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm at the growing number of deaths in the Gulf of Aden this year, noting that just this week 16 people have drowned and another five are missing – nearly all of them Somalis fleeing strife in their homeland – in two separate incidents. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 89 people are known to have drowned in January and February alone – compared to 15 during the whole of 2010. “We also note with the great concern the resurgence of violence and inhumane treatment by smugglers of the refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants that they are transporting,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. “The deadly record for the first three months is a stark manifestation of this trend,” he added.The agency expressed concern after survivors from the latest incidents said that their cries for help while at sea to a nearby foreign naval ship and cargo vessel went unheeded.“This is disturbing,” Mr. Mahecic stated. “UNHCR appeals to all shipmasters in the Gulf of Aden to uphold the long-standing tradition of rescue at sea and helping vessels in distress.”On Wednesday a boat carrying 45 Somali refugees sank some two kilometres off the Yemeni shores near the town of Murais, more than 300 kilometres east of Aden, after it reportedly ran into heavy winds and rough seas. Fifteen of those on board are known to have drowned and five are missing, while 25 people managed to swim to shore. The vessel approached the Yemeni coast in the afternoon of 12 April but the smugglers, fearing interception by the Yemeni Coast Guard, refused to approach the shore, said Mr. Mahecic. “The passengers, who by then were dehydrated and hungry, began crying and shouting. Despite their appeals, the crew decided to stay out at sea til the morning. The tattered vessel ultimately sank in rough seas.”The survivors say that during the voyage they saw a cargo vessel and foreign naval ship. Although the naval ship approached their boat, it ignored their cries for help, he reported. In a separate incident, another boat that left from Somalia carrying 79 passengers – 77 Ethiopians and two Somalis – arrived off the coast of Yemen near Al-Kaida in Shabwa governorate on 13 April at around 6 a.m. Mr. Mahecic said that the smugglers dropped anchor in a deep area and forced the passengers into the sea. An Ethiopian man succumbed to the heavy waves and drowned. More than 6,500 Somalis and 18,800 Ethiopians have arrived in Yemen by boat so far this year, according to UNHCR. read more

Police blotter Food truck target of break and enter

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A food truck parked on Colborne Street South in Simcoe was the target of a break and enter in the early morning hours of May 27.The cash register was damaged and a quantity of Canadian currency was removed.OPP are seeking the public’s assistance in this investigation.Driver chargedA 24-year-old woman from Barrie has been charged with driving while suspended in Norfolk County.On May 28 around 8:15 p.m. police were patrolling Highway 24 in Windham when their Automatic Licence Plate Recognition detected plates in poor standing.The vehicle was stopped. The woman is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.Attempt to kick in business doorOn May 27 around 5:50 p.m. someone was observed attempting to forcibly enter a business on James Street in Delhi.They attempted to kick down the business door, and then tried to pull down a piece of sheet metal off of the side of the building. Both attempts were unsuccessful. The suspect then rode away on a bicycle in an unknown direction.The suspect is described as white, no shirt, shaved head and was wearing camouflaged pants.Police continue to investigate.Street crime unit charges driverOn May 27 around 4:35 p.m. a 50-year-old Norfolk County woman was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration 80 plus.The OPP community street crime unit was patrolling Decou Road in Simcoe when they spotted the vehicle that caught their attention.The woman is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.Speakers taken during break and enterAt some point between May 24 and 27 a home on Donly Drive South in Simcoe was entered and two Sony speakers were removed.The break and enter was investigated around 1:41 p.m. on May 27.Police continue to investigate.Licence plate stolenThe front licence plate of a vehicle parked at a Lynnwood Avenue, Simcoe, address was stolen at some point between May 24 and 27.The missing plate was reported on May 27 at 1:22 p.m.Members of the OPP are asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation. read more

Coroner told to drop cab rank rule and prioritise Jewish and Muslim

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This legal victory will bring immense relief for grieving families to bury their loved ones with respect and dignityRabbi Asher Gratt “What on its face looks like a general policy which applies to everyone equally may in fact have an unequal impact on a minority.”In other words, to treat everyone in the same way is not necessarily to treat them equally. “Uniformity is not the same thing as equality,” they said. They ruled that the policy was unlawful and said she should introduce a new one. Religious groups welcomed the ruling.Rabbi Asher Gratt, speaking on behalf of the Adath Yisroel Burial Society, a charity which arranges burials for Orthodox Jewish people in north London, and which originally brought the case, said: “This legal victory will bring immense relief for grieving families to bury their loved ones with respect and dignity, preventing further unnecessary anguish at the darkest moment of their lives.”Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said Ms Hassell must “consider her position”. “She has previously said that she does not believe that using her discretion to order cases, which she needs to do to uphold the religious freedom of the diverse communities she is meant to serve, is ‘fair’. “If she cannot carry out this basic function of her role, she must vacate her position.” A statement issued by Ms Hassell’s office said that she would implement a new policy following a consultation process.The Chief Coroner is also expected to issue new guidance reflecting the ruling.”In future, instead of considering no family for prioritisation, the Senior Coroner will consider every family for prioritisation. “In deciding the order of priority, she will take into account all relevant considerations, including the special needs of each individual family,” the statement said.  A coroner who operated a “cab rank” system for burials has been told by the High Court to drop her policy and release the bodies of Jews and Muslims first.Judges said the “equality protocol” policy introduced by Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for inner north London, was “discriminatory” and “incapable of rational justification”. The protocol said that “no death will be prioritised in any way over any other because of the religion of the deceased or family, either by the coroner’s officers or coroners.” This meant cases were assessed and bodies released for burial by the coroner’s office in order of when they were received, taking no account of any religious requirements. Ms Hassell introduced the policy at the end of October last year, prompting protests from Jewish and Muslim groups, whose beliefs require a funeral to take place as soon as possible after death.She told the court that she was concerned about the “negative impact that prioritisation of one sector of the community above others has had upon the families of those other deceased”. She also relied on guidance issued in 2014 by the Chief Coroner which said “the law does not allow the Coroner to give priority to any one person over another”.  But in a judgment released on Friday Lord Justice Singh and Mr Justice Whipple said her understanding of the law was “misguided” and the guidance was incorrect. 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. read more

50 years of lignite production

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first_imgNorth American Coal Corp last week celebrated 50 years of lignite coal production, which began in July 1957 when the company acquired the Indian Head Mine in North Dakota. “We are excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary of producing lignite,” said North American’s President and CEO Robert Benson. “The talent, initiative, and passion of the employees of North American Coal have been central to the development of our lignite surface mining and reclamation operations.”“Every day and every night, lignite mined by North American Coal is powering the businesses and homes of America.[i]t is propelling our country forward toward energy independence in an economical and environmentally sensitive manner,” Benson said.last_img read more

Its official Westport is the best town in Ireland

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first_imgPEOPLE OF WESTPORT and Kilkenny, you can feel pretty smug today.Retail Excellence Ireland have named you Ireland’s best town and city respectively, following a survey of 16,000 residents and business owners in 100 locations around the country.However, in terms the overall results table, Kilkenny came in eleventh.Westport came out on top overall with a total score of 85.6 per cent, with Killarney a close second at 84.6 per cent. Swords in Dublin was in third place, followed by Ashbourne in Meath and Dungarvan in Waterford.The towns were rated on factors like car parking, chose of retail stores, restaurants and pubs, safety and family friendliness.REI has stopped short of naming the ‘bottom 25′ of the 100 towns surveyed, instead breaking the bottom 75 towns and cities into the second, third and fourth quartile.Source: Retail Excellence Ireland (PDF)5 unusual ways to reach very special Irish places>last_img read more

No decision on Irish Water charging Gilmore

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first_imgTHERE IS NO way of saying that people who don’t pay their water charges will have their flow stopped, the Tánaiste has said.Eamon Gilmore was responding to comments made this morning by John Tierney, the head of Irish Water.Tierney had told Newstalk Breakfast that customers who don’t or can’t pay would suffer disruption to their services.However, Gilmore said that he “didn’t see how that could be the case”.“The government has made it very clear that the charging regime will be on top of a household allowance. There has to be an allowance.“In any event, the question of what regime will be in place is not yet determined and it’s too early to be speculating.”Gilmore also reiterated his comments that the €50 million that has already been spent by Irish Water would have to prove to be money well spent.Read: Tánaiste: Irish Water must show €50m spending on consultants was necessaryRead: ‘A national scandal’: Irish Water facing questions from PAC over €50m consultancy feeslast_img read more

After facing a delay Irish troops will return home from Golan Heights

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first_imgAfter facing a delay, Irish troops will return home from Golan Heights and Syria this evening The soldiers are now due to touch down at Dublin Airport at 7.15pm tonight, where they will be greeted by their families. 12,051 Views Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 1:56 PM Share242 Tweet Email Apr 7th 2019, 1:56 PM IRISH DEFENCE FORCES personnel who were due to return home from their six-month tour of the Golan Heights and Syria on Thursday morning will now touch down at Dublin Airport this evening.The delay faced by the 130 troops from the 58th Infantry Group was the second occasion in the past year when soldiers didn’t return from their tour of duty on time.When the delay became apparent on Wednesday, union PDFORRA said the delay was totally unacceptable. “We are absolutely gutted for their families and we are deeply disappointed this has arisen, especially as it occurred last October too,” its general secretary Ger Guinan said.The soldiers are now due to touch down at Dublin Airport at 7.15pm tonight, where they will be greeted by their families.In this case, the troops had served with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). The 58th Infantry Group was the first unit to deploy directly to Syria since the UN evacuated personnel from the area in 2014.They have been replaced by the 59th Infantry Group, who are now serving with UNDOF in the region.In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Defence said the UN is responsible for organising the rotation flights out of the region, and approval had not yet been granted for the aircraft due to carry the Irish soldiers out.Minister Paul Kehoe said his officials had worked with military and UN “round the clock to have this matter resolved”, and that it will be a “relief for our troops and their families” when they arrive home this evening.  Image: Defence Forces 20 Comments Short URL Image: Defence Forces https://jrnl.ie/4580812 By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more