Hot weather could cause more flood woes in parts of BC as

first_imgVANCOUVER – An emergency operations official in southern British Columbia says a forecast of warm weather has residents bracing for the possibility of more flooding from melting snow while at least one town starts bailing out.Damage from torrential rain has already had a “catastrophic” impact on the community of Grand Forks, said Chris Marsh of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.“The effects from this event will be long lasting,” said Marsh. “We’re talking years and years and million of dollars.”Nearly 2,800 residents have been forced out of their homes, Marsh said Friday, adding rescue efforts have come with some challenges.“We have a lot of people who refused to leave under order and we had to put a lot of our rescue resources into going back into rescuing these people,” he said.On Thursday, two days of heavy rain pushed the Kettle, West Kettle and Granby rivers to levels higher than those recorded during devastating floods 70 years ago while smaller creeks had record-high flows, Marsh said.A dyke also breached in one neighbourhood, knocking out power to much of the downtown area in Grand Forks, he said.Dan Derby, the regional fire rescue deputy chief, said getting people back into their homes as quickly as possible is one of the top priorities following assessment of infrastructure such as roads and bridges.David Campbell, head of the B.C. River Forecast Centre, said an extended period of dry weather is expected across the province next week.The temperature over the past three weeks has been about five degrees above normal in the Interior, and that could mean more trouble for parts of southeast B.C., Campbell said on a conference call from Victoria.“We’re really racking up to a month of hot weather by the end of next week and that’s driven rivers up much, much earlier than normal.”The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said nearly 1,400 properties were ordered evacuated, with waters rising so quickly that many people were trapped in their homes in Grand Forks.Chris Duffy, executive director of programs with Emergency Management BC, said 31 evacuation orders have been issued across the province, affecting 1,993 homes. Evacuation alerts, warning residents they may have to leave with little notice, are in place for 930 residences.Duffy said 23 states of local emergency were also in effect and sandbag machines were brought in from Saskatchewan while firefighters were deployed to assist with sandbagging in various communities.People should stay away from fast-moving water and not drive through areas that are flooded, he said.“We encourage local governments and First Nations right now to be looking at activating their operation centres. As we start to consider the lower Fraser (River) we’re in dialogue with those communities so we can get some advance planning and communications in place.”The River Forecast Centre said flood warnings are in effect on waterways throughout the Okanagan and Boundary regions, along the Canada-U.S. border, while flood watches are posted for many other rivers and streams, including the Similkameen and Tulameen rivers west of Grand Forks.Parts of the town of Osoyoos were ordered evacuated Thursday and flooding was also reported in Keremeos, Cawston and Okanagan Falls.Osoyoos declared a state of local emergency and ordered homeowners with flooded basements to stop pumping the water back into the town’s sewer system.“The act of causing this water to enter the sewer system in current conditions is causing pump infrastructure to function beyond capacity, which may result in a breakdown of the town sewer management system,” the town said in a news release.last_img read more

Highway 97 closed near McLeod Lake

first_imgEmergency crews are on scene.For more updates, visit www.drivebc.caHere is the full message from Drivebc.caHighway 97, in both directions. Vehicle incident between Hodda Lake FSR and Haight Rd (12 km south of McLeod Lake). Road closed. Crews are on scene. Estimated time of re-opening Mon Jul 1 at 8:00 AM PDT. Next update time Sun Jun 30 at 9:00 PM PDT. Last updated Sun Jun 30 at 6:43 PM PDT. (DBC-9745) UPDATE as of 7am the Highway is open in both directions.McLEOD LAKE, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed in both directions at McLeod Lake after a motor vehicle collision.According to Drivebc.ca, the Highway will be closed until at least 8 a.m. July 1, 2019.  The collision is between the Hodda Lake FSR and Haight Road approximately 12km south of McLeod Lake.last_img read more

SC reserves verdict on Rafale review, Rahul’s contempt case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved verdict on petitions challenging its December 14 judgment against a probe into the controversial fighter jet deal. The court also reserved its orders on the contempt proceedings against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions seeking review of its December 14 judgment last year which had dismissed the pleas challenging India’s agreement with France to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghLawyer Prashant Bhushan, during two-hour-long hearing, referred to various aspects including alleged suppression of material facts from the court and said that an FIR should have been lodged and a criminal investigation launched into the case. He also referred to the documents relating to alleged parallel negotiations being undertaken by the PMO and said that three members of the Indian Negotiation Team had objected to the parallel negotiations. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe said that a prima facie cognisable offence has been committed and it warranted registration of the FIR. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, objected to the review petition and said that the basic grounds for seeking review of the verdict are the same as they were in the main petition. The petitioners are seeking review of the judgment on the basis of secret “stolen documents”. He also referred to the secrecy clause of the inter-governmental agreement between India and France and said that this matter pertains to defence deals and not to the award of contract for construction of flyover or dams. Venugopal sought dismissal of the review petitions. In the contempt case, Congress President Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court that he has already tendered unconditional apology for “wrongly attributing” to it the “chowkidar chor hai” remarks and the criminal contempt proceedings against him should be closed. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserved the verdict on the criminal contempt plea filed against him by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Gandhi, told the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, that the Congress President has already tendered unconditional apology and has expressed regret over the wrongful attribution to the apex court. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi, told the bench that the apology tendered by Gandhi should be rejected and action must be taken against him as per the law. Rohatgi also argued that the court should ask Gandhi to make an apology to the public for his remarks.last_img read more

UN emergency relief fund largely successful Ban reports

The Fund “has become, in a short time frame, a valuable and impartial tool for humanitarian action by helping to accelerate response and increase coverage of needs,”Mr. Ban writes in the report to the General Assembly, citing the findings of an independent review of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).“Several challenges, however, exist in order to ensure that the Fund continues to meet its objectives,” Mr. Ban says, again quoting from the review and pledging to take up “expeditiously” the areas of improvement pinpointed by the evaluation. These include increasing the size of CERF progressively in line with demands and in parallel to improvements in the implementation capacity UN agencies; securing greater consistency in the quality of CERF-funded programmes by further refining criteria for project approval; and reinforcing the current 12-member CERF secretariat and the UN coordinating field teams to ensure timely funding review and faster disbursement.When the CERF was launched in March 2006 with an annual goal of $500 million, UN officials noted that under the previously existing system with a $50 million reserve, four months elapsed between the lifting of access curbs in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and the commitment of relief funds. In that time, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) climbed to 1.6 million and mortality rates rose above emergency levels. In the case of locust swarms infesting the African Sahel area in 2004, a $9 million appeal by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in February to spray larvae and prevent their spread was inadequately funded. That summer, the locusts multiplied throughout eight countries and FAO had to revise its appeal upwards to $100 million.It was with those figures in the cross-hairs that the Assembly set up the CERF, as part of overall UN reforms, to ensure that adequate resources are available within days but also to fund ongoing crises that have not been sufficiently financed. In contrast to the Sahel crisis, Mr. Ban notes that CERF approved $2.4 million in 2007 for FAO to control a fast spreading outbreak of desert locusts in Yemen within one working day.“A time-critical response was needed to prevent damage to livelihoods and to prevent the outbreak from spreading into neighbouring countries, which would have impacted severely on the already difficult food security situation and potentially cost hundreds of millions of dollars in aid,” he writes in the report, covering the 18 months from 1 January 2007 to 30 June 2008.“With funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund, FAO was able to control the spread of locusts from its starting point, which was the first time in its history that it had stopped an outbreak before it started to spread. Previously, funding had never arrived in time.”He stresses that for the CERF to remain an effective tool “during a period of increased climate-related natural disasters, and continuing complex emergencies,” it must be adequately supported so that it can reach the annual target of $500 million on a consistent basis.“All Member States are encouraged to contribute to the Fund to ensure the Assembly’s ‘global engagement’ and as a gesture of solidarity with those affected by disasters around the world,” he says.During the reporting period the CERF approved $600 million in projects to 13 UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies. Of that, $375.1 million was committed to rapid response emergencies and $224.9 million to under-funded crises. For natural disasters, some $183.6 million were provided from the rapid response window to jump-start relief for over 50 crises in 36 countries, with 80 per cent split evenly between Asia and Africa.The rapid response window has also been used to fund essential needs stemming from the unprecedented rise in food prices. A reserve of $100 million was set aside in May 2008 for related humanitarian projects to cover not just food and agriculture but also health, water and sanitation, nutrition and logistics to ensure a multi-sectoral approach. Of allocations from the under-funded window, 28 countries benefited, with about 85 per cent provided to sub-Saharan Africa, to support existing efforts, including several refugee programmes.With regard to speed, Mr. Ban notes that after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar in May 2008, an initial tranche of funding was approved within one day of receipt of the grant request, enabling agencies to provide assistance quickly to up to 120,000 victims. The average rapid response grants are now down to less than three days.On under-funded crises, $6.8 million was granted for the Central African Republic, enabling UN agencies and partners to assist over 1.2 million people with life-saving support. Overall on such crises, the independent review recommends improving communications on and transparency of the decision-making process and data used. 10 October 2008The United Nations $500 million emergency fund set up to speed relief for natural and man-made disasters and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay has largely achieved its objectives, but Member States must ensure it receives adequate financing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today. read more

Las Vegas attack leaves costly wake for uninsured Canadian victims

CALGARY — Hudson Mack says he doesn’t know the cost of his Victoria-based son’s intensive medical care after being shot Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, only that he’s sure it’s already “catastrophic.”Like many who make a short trip to the United States, his 21-year-old son Sheldon didn’t buy travel health insurance before crossing the border, and is now facing the potential of a staggering medical bill after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history left him with gunshot wounds that required major surgery.“It’s a lesson to Canadians to not cross the border without coverage,” said Mack.Thanks to a patchwork of funds for victims of violent crime, however, Mack says at least they might not have to worry about the hospital bills, on top of the emotional toll the family is facing.“Emotionally, it’s been hellish,” Mack said. “We didn’t know what we were going to find when we got down here. So this has been terrible for Sheldon, a horrible thing for him, and a very difficult thing for us.”He said he’s been told Nevada has a fund for victims of violent crime who don’t have insurance, while the FBI’s mass casualty unit may help him get Sheldon home, which he’s hoping will happen as soon as this weekend.The Canadian consulate is also helping, with the potential to tap into a government program that provides financial assistance for Canadians victimized abroad, though the program is capped at $10,000 and doesn’t cover lost wages.Friends have also set up an online crowdfunding page at GoFundMe to help with Sheldon’s recovery, as have friends of several other Canadians injured in the attack.Mack said he’s not sure he would have set up the account on his own, but that it’s good to see people want to help.“There’ll be a need for that money down the road because there’s going to be counselling and ongoing emotional support that Sheldon and the others are going to need after this.”Money is also being raised online for Ryan Sarrazin of Camrose, Alta., who, according to a GoFundMe page started by Tamara Johnson, was “seriously injured” after being shot at the concert.“This fund is to assist medical and travel expenses for Ryan and his family,” she said on the funding page, which has already surpassed the original goal of $50,000 and is nearing the $75,000 mark.In a statement posted on the page, Sarrazin’s family thanked those who have supported them, while asking for privacy going forward.“The Sarrazin and Moore families would like to extend our sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for all the contributions to the GoFundMe page as well as all the prayers and well wishes we have received.”Braden Matejka from Lake Country, B.C., has also started a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $25,000, saying on the page that the money will help cover his required time off work and other recovery costs after being shot in the back of the head.Victims may also find help from a general GoFundMe campaign started by Las Vegas’s county, which has already raised more than US$9 million, though it does not specify how much, if any, will go to Canadians.Canadian travel health insurance policies generally have at least a million dollars of coverage, said Will McAleer, president of Canada’s Travel Health Insurance Association.Once contacted, insurance companies will contact next of kin, co-ordinate with doctors and hospitals and manage care and flights home, so it’s important to have insurance, and your insurance card ready.However, Canadians shouldn’t expect much support from their provincial coverage, where the daily coverage ranges from between $50 and $400 depending on the province, McAleer added.“The amounts that you’d be paid for under a provincial medical plan are certainly insignificant, they’re almost non-existent.”He said intensive medial care for an emergency such as a critical gunshot wound can cost upwards of $10,000 a hour as teams of specialists go into action.“For significant emergencies, it’s not even a fraction of the coverage.” read more

New roadmap for UN agency stresses inclusive and sustainable industrial development

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today adopted a new roadmap which charts the agency’s priorities for the coming years and emphasizes the need to ensure inclusive and sustainable industrial development.Almost 40 years ago, Member States gathered in Peru adopted the Lima Declaration on Industrial Development and Cooperation, which aimed to increase the developing countries’ share of world industrial production. It also paved the way for UNIDO to become a UN specialized agency.The new Lima Declaration, which was adopted as UNIDO kicked off its week-long General Conference this morning, stresses the relevance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development as the basis for sustained economic growth.“While integrating in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – we believe that the effective measures towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development should encompass enhancing productive capacities in a way that supports the structural transformation of the economy; encourages economic growth and the creation of decent jobs; enhances productivity and development, transfer and absorption of technology on mutually agreed terms; and supports related research and development,” states the document.Speaking at the opening of the General Conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world faces inequality, volatility and uncertainty. “We see rapid urbanization. A growing world population means we need to produce more goods and services while using ever less resources and emitting ever less waste and pollution.”While these are “formidable” challenges, the world also faces a wealth of opportunities for common progress. “Knowledge and technology of the 21st century continue to advance. We have growing examples of progress and success that can be scaled up with the right policies, incentives and wise investment,” said Mr. Ban.“The world needs inclusive and sustainable industrial development to do its part in seizing the moment and contributing to the common good.”He also highlighted three ways in which UNIDO is especially well placed to contribute to “steering the human family on a safer, more prosperous and sustainable path.” The agency can help build on progress made in reducing poverty and shape the future global development agenda; create momentum for environmental sustainability; and help meet the challenge of climate change.The Lima Declaration states that UNIDO should serve as a global facilitator of knowledge and advice on policies and strategies towards achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development. It also says the Vienna-based agency should focus on the three thematic priorities in which it has comparative advantage and expertise: productive capacity-building, trade capacity-building, and sustainable production and industrial resource efficiency.Li Yong, the Director General of UNIDO, said the document is a manifestation of Member States’ support for and confidence in the agency, and highlights UNIDO’s critical expertise and experience in the field of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and in forging new development partnerships.“There is a diversity of ways to achieve sustainable development and each country has the primary responsibility for its own development and the right to determine its own development paths and appropriate strategies. UNIDO stands ready to support these needs,” he added.Meanwhile, the latest statistics issued by UNIDO show that world manufacturing output increased modestly at 2.4 per cent during the third quarter of 2013 amid a continued recovery in industrialized countries, while manufacturing growth rates in developing and emerging industrial economies have slowed. Manufacturing output in the United States of America grew by 2.3 per cent and in Japan by 2.0 per cent in the third quarter. However, the recovery in eurozone countries remained fragile and could not maintain the recently observed growth trend. Manufacturing output again dropped in France and Italy.Among developing and emerging industrial economies, China maintained an exceptionally high manufacturing growth rate of 9.3 per cent. The combined growth rate of other developing and emerging economies was just 2.0 per cent in the third quarter.“The slow pace of manufacturing growth has become a common phenomenon for developing and emerging industrial economies,” the agency said in a news release. “The major obstacles are related to high input prices, including energy costs, low demand and a reduced outflow of capital from industrialized countries.” read more

Carlos Hyde rushes for 3rd highest total in Buckeye history against Illinois

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) is hit by defenders during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit Shelby Lum / Photo editorEddie George and Keith Byars.These are the only players who have ever ran for more yards in a game for Ohio State than senior running back Carlos Hyde did in the Buckeyes’ win against Illinois (3-7, 0-6) last Saturday.In the 60-35 victory, Hyde rushed for 246 yards, which tied Archie Griffin for the third best single game rushing performance in school history. Hyde also added four rushing touchdowns and two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown.All of this without getting the start at running back. Before the game, it was announced Hyde would not be starting because of a “class issue.” Freshmen Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott played in place of Hyde, who returned on the third play of the game.“I just kind of had my mindset ‘once you get in there, you have to go. You didn’t start the game off so once you get out there, you have to go,’” Hyde said in the postgame press conference.Although Hyde did score twice in the first half, once rushing and once receiving, it wasn’t until late in the game when he left his stamp on the OSU record books.After Illinois cut the lead to 12 points with 8:49 left in the game, Hyde scored on back-to-back runs of more than 50 yards with less than five minutes left to put the game out of reach.“That last one, in my head I was thinking like ‘we could have done this the whole game,’” Hyde said. “The offensive line, they love power and my receivers, they do a great job on the outside of blocking. I give credit to those guys and my big runs and the offensive line. That last run I had energy and I feel like we could have had that momentum the whole game.”Junior quarterback Braxton Miller struggled on the day, only completing 13 of 29 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns, which forced OSU to rely on the running game.“We went back to basics a little bit because the passing game wasn’t working as we thought,” Miller said. “We kind of got the ball out to Carlos or me. We’ve got the best (offensive line) in the Big Ten or country (so) why not?”As a team, OSU totaled a season high 441 rushing yards against the Illini, with Miller also adding in a season-high 184 yards on the ground.Hyde said he came into the game knowing success could be had against Illinois on the ground, then-ranked No. 117 in the country in rushing defense.“I watched film and we have a cut out where it’s all explosive runs and I saw other teams have a lot of success on their running plays,” Hyde said. “I kept that in the back of my mind, ‘just be patient on your runs and let it come to you, and when it comes just explode.’ That’s exactly what I did.”After the game, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he feels like Hyde has been under utilized so far this season, but it is nice to have a crutch like Hyde to lean on in tough situations.“He’s one of the best players on the team. I used him way too much last year and I don’t feel like we used him much this year,” Meyer said. “When you’re struggling throwing the ball and they’re loading the box, you have to create (something and) he certainly did.”Meyer added he thought the offensive line didn’t play “Ohio State-ish,” but improved as the game went on.One of the lineman, redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort agreed with Meyer, and added although Hyde’s performance was big, it could have been a lot bigger.“We have a lot of stuff to clean up. That wasn’t, in my opinion, one of our best performances on offense,” Mewhort said Monday. “We had a big rushing game but we left a lot of yards out there so it could have been better … Carlos runs hard and if we block the guys we’re supposed to block, we’re going to get a lot of yards.”Next up, the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0) are scheduled to face another bottom five run defense in Indiana (4-6, 2-4), who ranks No. 122 in the country but No. 16 in total offense, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Mens gymnastics Jake Martin named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week

OSU redshirt senior Jake Martin competes during a meet. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State men’s gymnastics redshirt senior Jake Martin was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week following the 47th Windy City Invitational on Saturday. Martin, a captain of the team, now has the fifth highest all-around score in the NCAA this year with his performance.“I was very proud of Jake tonight, and how he competed,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said on Saturday night.Despite it being his first meet since an Achilles tendon injury in 2016, Martin was the highest Buckeye scorer in the high bar (14.250) and floor (14.300). Martin excelled in the pommel horse, scoring the third-highest total in the meet with a tally of 13.800. He also averaged 13.450, 14.150 and 13.450 in the rings, vault and parallel bars, respectively. This is the third time in Martin’s career that he has been named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week. read more

Starving for human rights

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece can not “open its borders to thousands of migrants arriving from the Middle East, or offer legal status to all migrants living in Greece”, Government officials said on Thursday.Citizens’ Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis told Kathimerini that they had agreed that Europe “will not tolerate an uncontrollable influx of illegal immigrants crossing its external borders and staying on its territory”.The ministers from Greece, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, France and Spain said in a joint statement that the EU’s borders were already under pressure from a large influx of would-be migrants from Tunisia, where pro-reform protesters brought down the government last month. It is expected that there will be further pressure from citizens of other Arab states currently in turmoil. The joint statement said that the impending influx could cause “serious consequences and potential risks to the EU’s internal security”.The wave of migrants entering Greece through the Aegean islands could effect the tourism industry there and have a negative effect, said Papoutsis. In Athens, 237 undocumented immigrants have entered the fourth week of a hunger strike. Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis has asked they call off their protest, saying that the government could not grant them the legal status they demand.“We cannot do mass legalisations; it would be a major risk,” Ragousis said. The minister said that boatloads of immigrants from Africa were expected to reach Greece soon. “If they go on hunger strike too, what do we do?” he said.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Deal struck to settle discrimination suit against Motel 6

first_imgPHOENIX — Motel 6 has tentatively agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleges it discriminated against some Latino customers at two Phoenix locations by giving their whereabouts and personal information to immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests.The lawsuit alleges Motel 6 had a corporate policy or practice of giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement information that guests provided at check-in. It also accused Motel 6 of providing such information without requiring authorities to get a warrant or without having a reasonable suspicion that crimes were being committed.Details of the tentative deal, revealed Friday in court records, haven’t been publicly released. Lawyers said they need until mid-August to turn in the settlement paperwork. Motel 6 has agreed in principle to settle the lawsuit. The deal is subject to the approval of a federal judge.The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which filed the lawsuit in January, was planning to present to the court a public filing with the full details of the settlement in the next couple of weeks, said Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF’s president and general counsel.Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE, said the agency declined comment Monday on the tentative settlement.Don Bivens, an attorney representing Motel 6, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the tentative settlement.The national budget motel chain said in September that its Phoenix employees will no longer work with immigration authorities after the Phoenix New Times reported that workers were providing guests’ names to agents who later arrested 20 people on immigration charges.last_img read more

50 Dominican fisherman apprehended by Royal Bahamas Defence Force

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, Bahamas, November 3, 2016 – Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Madeira, under the command of Acting Senior Lieutenant William Sturrup, apprehended two Dominican fishing vessels while on routine patrol in the southern Bahamas yesterday afternoon.Both vessels attempted to flee the area and warning shots had to be fired across the bow of the Dominican vessels by HMBS Madeira after all attempts were made to stop and board the vessels. One of the fleeing Dominican vessels rammed HMBS Madeira to prevent capture but was unsuccessful.HMBS Madeira then quickly deployed its sea boat and boarding team to apprehend the second Dominican vessel in 12-foot seas near the Old Bahama Channel. The incident occurred approximately 27 miles east-south east of Cay Lobos–a small cay on the perimeter of the Great Bahama Bank.Captain Tellis Bethel, the Commander Defence Force (Acting), commended the Commanding Officer and the brave men and women of HMBS Madeira for their courageous efforts in helping to tackle a vexing problem that has threatened the livelihood of many Bahamians.Captain Bethel also extended his thanks to the dedicated Officers and Marines throughout the Defence Force, who have committed themselves to the success of the organization, and the security of our borders.“The Defence Force has been successful to a large extent in rolling back this poaching problem, and local fishing communities are beginning to see the benefits of The Bahamas Government’s $232 million dollar investment under the Sandy Bottom project,” said Captain Bethel. “We’re making it clear that foreign poachers are not welcomed here.”Upon searching the two steel-hulled vessels, the Defence Force boarding teams found a combined total of 50 foreign poachers from the Dominican Republic and a large undetermined quantity of fisheries resources.  The vessels will be escorted to the capital where they will be handed over to the relevant authorities for further processing.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to Guarding Our Heritage and maintaining a continuous Defence Force presence throughout The Bahamas. Related Items:#50dominicanpoachesapprehended, #stoppoachinginthebahamaslast_img read more

FBI searches for armed robber who targeted Foot Locker in Sunrise

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Foot Locker inside of a Sunrise mall.The man was caught on camera walking into the shoe store at Sawgrass Mills Mall, located at 12801 West Sunrise Boulevard, at around 10 p.m. on April 22.FBI officials said the man entered the store, brandished a gun and demanded money from an employee.No customers were inside of the store at the time of the armed robbery and there were no injuries reported.The crook fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.He was last seem wearing a black hoodie, black pants, white sneakers and a blue bandanna over his mouth.If you have any information on this retail store robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Geneedited babies are unethical and unlawful says Chinese investigation

first_imgBut with the Health Commission’s preliminary investigations over, new light has been shed on exactly how He conducted his experiments, revealing startling breaches of medical ethics, forged documents and blood tests.The investigation believes He began the project in June 2016, recruiting eight volunteer couples containing male HIV positive patients and female HIV negative patients. A “fake ethical review certificate” was forged in this process. Xinhua reports the experiments were carried out between March 2017 and November 2018.Of the eight couples, one has given birth, five did not conceive and one dropped out of the experiment halfway through. The investigation also revealed He’s claims that another couple is pregnant to be true.He also evaded the Chinese authorities — which does not allow HIV carriers to undergo IVF — by having volunteers take blood tests.Officials involved in the investigation said He and “other relevant personnel and organizations” will receive punishment according to laws and regulations.”Those who are suspected of committing crimes will be transferred to the public security department,” Xinhua reports.Chinese authorities immediately suspended He and his team’s work after the announcement in November 2018. On Jan. 21, following the results of the investigation, the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen released a statement confirming He’s contract had been terminated. Share your voice New gene-editing ‘pencils’ rewrite DNA to erase disease Gene editing and ‘playing God:’ How far should we go? Human gene editing is about to happen, but don’t freak out just yet Sci-Tech Tags 13 Photos In the genescenter_img CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. The Art of Science draws beauty from medical research 0 Post a comment Anthony Wallace/Getty Chinese authorities have concluded preliminary investigations into the Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who claimed to have created the first gene-edited babies, reports Chinese state-run media service Xinhua. The Guangdong Provincial Health Commission investigation, which has been operating since November, concluded He Jiankui’s actions “seriously violated ethical principles and scientific integrity and breached relevant regulations of China”, stating that the research was conducted “in the pursuit of personal fame and gain.”In November 2018, He Jiankui made explosive claims that he had edited the genes of two embryos, which were carried to term and resulted in the birth of twin girls “Lulu” and “Nana”. Jiankui claimed to have edited their DNA with CRISPR to make them resistant to infection from HIV.He unveiled his research in a series of YouTube videos before presenting his findings at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, drawing the ire of the scientific community. However, He’s experiments have not yet been published in an academic journal, leaving many questions beyond his presentation at the Summit.last_img read more

Senate Democrats want another hearing on TMobileSprint merger

first_imgT-Mobile CEO John Legere, left, and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure are sworn in last June, prior to discussing the proposed merger before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee are calling for a hearing on the proposed $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. In a letter to Republican leadership Thursday, Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut expressed concern the merger would have negative consequences for consumers. “The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint would reduce the number of national wireless carriers from four to three,” the senators said. “This reduction in competition raises a number of important questions that the committee should address.”Opponents of the merger say the reduction in competitors would consolidate the market too much. But supporters, including the companies, say scale is needed to build new 5G infrastructure and to compete in a market that’s quickly becoming commodity. Now playing: Watch this: Last June a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee held a hearing on the merger, but senators on the Commerce Committee say questions still need answering. Specifically, the senators argue that reducing the number of national players will result in higher prices, fewer choices and less flexibility in switching carriers. They point to the competitive pricing and promotions both T-Mobile and Sprint have offered in the market, which have pressured AT&T and Verizon to lower prices and ditch contracts. They also point to the fact that in 2011 the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department each concluded that AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile should be rejected based on the notion that a reduction in national carriers would harm consumers. In addition, they question Sprint and T-Mobile’s argument that the merger is necessary to build out 5G infrastructure. 5G is the next generation of wireless. It’s expected to be faster and more responsive than today’s technology and to help usher in new technologies and services like self-driving cars and advanced virtual reality. Because 5G infrastructure will be very expensive to build, the companies have argued they need the scale of a larger, combined company to afford the build-out of such a network. But the senators aren’t buying that position. “T-Mobile and Sprint have argued that their merger is necessary for successful deployment of a robust nationwide 5G network, despite previous individual assertions by each company made prior to the merger boasting of their own progress building towards 5G,” the senators wrote.While the FCC’s review of the merger is on hold during the partial government shutdown, opposition to the deal is growing. A group called the 4Competition Coalition was formed last month to challenge the merger. Several rural carriers, including C Spire, Blue Wireless and Pine Belt Cellular have joined the coalition. The group now has 23 members. Ranking wireless networks: Verizon dethrones T-Mobile, according to OpenSignalCNET en Español: Get all your tech news and reviews in Spanish. T-Mobile’s free year of Pandora Plus could be a big deal Comments 8 Tags AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Share your voice 1:58 Mobilelast_img read more

Yupik Fishermen Case Likely Headed for Alaska Supreme Court Federal Court

first_imgThe Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished for King salmon during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued Friday.Download AudioThe Attorney for the Yup’ik Fishermen is James Davis with the Northern Justice Project. He says the court asked the wrong question.Salmon strips drying on a rack in Bethel, 2015. Photo by Daysha Eaton“The court asked ‘should the Yup’ik fishers be allowed to be allowed to catch any fish when there are not fish to be caught?’ and therefore got the wrong answer which is, ‘no they shouldn’t be allowed to catch any fish,” said Davis.In 2012, dozens of Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen living a subsistence lifestyle were charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders when they fished for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River. Thirteen defendants are appealing.The defendants moved for dismissal of the charges, asserting that their fishing for king salmon was a religious activity, and that they were entitled to a religious exemption from the emergency orders under the free exercise clause of the Alaska Constitution.Davis says there are two right questions he asked the court to consider and they ignored:“If there were no king salmon to be caught by the Yup’ik fishers, why did the state open up the fishery to allow 20,000 king salmon to be caught the very next week after citing the Yup’ik fishers for catching any king salmon? And the second question which the court ignored as if it hadn’t been asked is, if there were declining runs of  king salmon on the river over the last few years, why did the state continually vote for high salmon bi-catch by the pollock fleet?, which the court of appeals effectively ignored,” said Davis.Davis says he plans to appeal the case to the Alaska Supreme Court. Myron Naneng is President of the Association of Village Council Presidents, the regional tribal non-profit. He says their organization is pleased the case will be appealed but they are also considering taking the case to federal court.“We should have gone to the federal court in the first place because the feds did not do their responsibility under title 8 of ANILCA section 807 where they’re required to give priority to rural Alaska and they’re supposed to have federal management first instead of requiring the state of Alaska to issue citations like they did in 2012. That’s something that we’re gong to be looking into,” said Naneng.Federal managers took over the Chinook fishery in 2014 and have requests to take over management again this season. Naneng cites a case from the 1970’s upon which Attorney Davis’s case for the fishermen was built: Frank versus the State of Alaska, in which a judge ruled an Athabascan man from the Minto area could take moose out of season for a funeral potlatch, on religious grounds.“When there’s a death in families, there’s a law in the state of Alaska that currently exists where families can go harvest a moose for religious purposes. And we feel that being able to harvest salmon for food as well as for the well being of, to feed our families that’s part of our life and has been our livelihood,” said Naneng.Naneng and Davis reason that the Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen’s spiritual connection to the salmon as their primary food source, should be reason enough for the exemption.Laura Fox is the Assistant Attorney General with the state who argued the case before the Court of Appeals. She says the decision is sound.“It will allow the state to continue to protect threatened fisheries by enforcing fishing restrictions when necessary, when there’s a shortage like there was on the Kuskokwim in 2012,” said Fox.The District Court said the state’s responsibility to protect the declining species of fish outweighed the men’s claim of religious rights. The Court of Appeals decision affirms the lower court’s decision.last_img read more

Free blood checking camps held in Karimnagar

first_imgKarimnagar: The representatives of Indian Youth Secured Organisation (IYSO) celebrated its 14th anniversary and observed National Doctors Day here on Monday. Marking the occasions, IYSO representatives organised free blood group check-up camps at various locations in the city.Deputy Transport Commissioner of Karimnagar and Adilabad Dr Puppala Srinivas had inaugurated the check-up camp at the Collectorate while the camp at RTC bus stand was inaugurated by City Municipal Commissioner G Venu Gopal Reddy. Also Read – District Collector Bharathi Hollikeri inspects Model School in Mancherial Advertise With Us Another two camps conducted at Kaman Circle and Tower Circle were inaugurated by Karimnagar Rural Mandal Inspector of Police Sashidhar Reddy. Several people attended and checked their blood groups at the free blood group check-up camps. Meanwhile, a special health camp was organised at Kundanapalli village in Ramagundam, under National Thermal Power Corporation on National Doctors Day. Dr Pradeep and his team from Dhanwanthari hospitals conducted the camp and checked the health of as many as 120 patients and distributed medicines free of cost to them.last_img read more

Jet Airways To Gain From Kingfisher Air India Crisis International Expansion On

first_imgJet Airways will begin massive expansions of its international operations owing to the escalating crisis in Kingfisher Airlines and Air India, according to the global aviation consultancy firm Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).In a 2012-13 outlook report, CAPA has projected that the passenger carrier is likely to order around 100 narrow-body aircraft in the coming years.”Jet Airways is expected to seize the opportunity and aggressively expand its international operations” the aviation think tank said according to the Economic Times.CAPA, on its website, said that Jet Airways’ fleet expansion strategy will meet the airline’s “replacement and growth requirements” and that Jet will expand its European route network by leasing about 10 wide-body A-330s.Jet Airways will consider Frankfurt and Munich as its top destinations, the website said. Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris and Rome, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington are amongst the other routes the carrier will include in its global expansion strategies. The Naresh Goyal-owned carrier is also projected to increase frequencies to existing routes.The national carrier may also join Star Alliance thereby becoming the first Indian carrier to gain membership in the global airline network, according to the study.Air India, which was denied entry into the alliance the previous year on failure to comply with the joining requirements, had in March 2012 given consent to Star Alliance for another national carrier to pursue membership.”Air India’s ongoing problems mean that this restriction makes even less sense than it did before and this may force the government to rethink its position.This would pave the way for Jet Airways to become the first Indian carrier to join a global alliance,” CAPA said according to the Economic Times.”Jet Airways has been the main beneficiary of the negative situation at Air India and Kingfisher. Despite the carrier’s own weakness, it may decide to take advantage of the situation to expand both domestically and internationally as it had done in 1996 when a number of its competitors had closed down,” the aviation body continued.Meanwhile, CAPA estimated domestic capacity growth of 7-8 percent by 2013. A previous forecast put the Indian domestic traffic growth at 17 percent for 2011-2012 but the traffic growth was eventually lower at15 percent owing to massive job cuts in Kingfisher Airlines.last_img read more

Colin Texas AM is the most underachieving college football program in the

first_img Advertisement Watch Colin’s rant here:“Texas A&M is the most underachieving program in the country.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/FVeEmM6GxO— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 24, 2017 How is that even possible?They have NFL caliber players, but in terms of draft prospects, they turn out a lot more Luke Joeckels and Johnny Manziels than Von Millers and Mike Evans.Colin thinks A&M should be a perennial Top 10 program based on their resources and prime placement in arguably the top high school football recruiting state in the country. There’s something wrong with the culture if Bill Snyder is winning 10 games a year in the middle of nowhere at Kansas State and A&M has one legit contender in 20 years.“Texas A&M, to me, is the most underachieving program in the country, and has been for years.”center_img NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp was recently critical of potential #1 overall NFL Draft pick Myles Garrett. Sapp said he didn’t see consistent effort and production when watching Garrett’s tape, and isn’t convinced he is going to be a star in the league.While both sides can debate if Garrett is the next Julius Peppers, or another Courtney Brown, the idea of an NFL Draft bust coming out of College Station is hardly a foreign concept.Today in The Herd, Colin called A&M out for perpetually turning out NFL underachievers, and underachieving as a program.Despite being the second largest university in Texas, they’ve had one double digit win season since 1998. They’ve only finished ranked in the top 25 three times in the last 17 years.last_img read more

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