Eastern Himalayas, a treasure trove of Balsams, yields 20 new species

first_imgBetween 2010 and 2019, botanists and taxonomists working on Impatiens — a group of plants commonly known as Balsams or jewel-weeds — discovered 23 new species from the eastern Himalayas. Consisting of both annual and perennial herbs, balsams are succulent plants with high endemism. Because of their bright beautiful flowers, these group of plants are of prized horticultural significance.The details of the new species, including several new records, have been highlighted in the book , recently published by the Botanical Survey of India.Authored by Rajib Gogoi and Souravjyoti Borah and other BSI scientists, the book presents 83 species, one variety, one naturalised species and two cultivated species of Balsams. Running over 200 pages, the publication provides a pictorial guide which can help ordinary people identify these group of plants. Of the 83 species described, 45 are from Arunachal Pradesh, 24 from Sikkim and 16 species common to both states.Mr, Gogoi, who heads the Sikkim Himalayan Regional Centre of BSI and is behind most of these discoveries, said that the study on Impatiens was started by botanists like A. P. de Candolle William Roxburgh in the early 19 th century. Later, one of the most renowned botanists of all times, J.D. Hooker, worked on Indian and southeast Asian Impatiens from 1901-1911.“After the British left India not much work has been done on Impatiens in from northeast India. Before this publication, the number of Balsam species in the eastern Himalayas was pegged roughly at 50 only,” Mr Gogoi said. There are about 230 species of Balsams found in India and majority of them are found in the eastern Himalayas and Western Ghats. Overcoming challengesIt is also interesting to know how these scientists overcame difficulties in identifying these beautiful groups of plants. Prior to 2010, specimens of Impatiens that had potential of being identified as new species would be collected but the dried up specimens looked identical to the species discovered earlier and their effort yielded no results. “After a few failed attempts, we understood where the problem lay and decided that the plants should be dissected in the field before being taken to the herbarium,” Mr. Gogoi said.Other than high endemism, what sets Impatiens apart is their sensitivity to climate change. “Most of the species of Impatiens cannot endure persistent drought or extended exposure to direct sunlight. As a result Impatiens species are typically confined to stream margins, moist roadsides, waterside boulders, near waterfalls and wet forests,” Mr. Borah said.According to the scientists there are at least six Balsam species such as (I. adamowskiana, I. debalgensis, I. albopetala, I. ashihoi, I. idumishmiensis, I. rugosipetala) are confined only to one mountain beltin lower Dibang valley in Arunachal Pradesh. Some species of Balsams highlighted in the publication such as (I. lohitensis, I. pathakiana, I. pseudolaevigata, I. siangensis, I. xanthina) have high horticulture due to presence of big showy flowers.Scientists and botanists behind the publication said the discovery of these new species was not enough. “What is required is further research to create different hybrids with an adaptability to thrive in hot climate, ” Mr. Gogoi said.last_img read more

Molde, Lady Maroons, put off-court frustrations at bay in time for games

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “This is where our maturity should come in because we should be able to handle these types of situations,” said Molde in Filipino after their victory over the Power Smashers 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11, At Filoil Flying V Centre.“When we step inside the court we won’t bring our problems off of it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYee, back in July 15, said he would leave UP but upon talking with school officials he decided to stay.This air of uncertainty hovered over the Lady Maroons and when Yee said he’ll be back, the team felt, Molde said, relieved because of the development. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Belo back in action for Elite, admits still groping for form FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Of course that lifted our morale because we didn’t know what exactly was happening with coach and we were caught off guard that he would be resigning,” said Molde.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines hitter Isa Molde said Saturday their off-court issues have no space when they come inside the four lines of the volleyball mat of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.The Lady Maroons have been in the middle of the public’s curiosity for the past fortnight when head coach Jerry Yee flip flopped on his decision to resign from his post.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games: Dipika Pallikal loses in semi-final, settles for bronze

first_imgDipika PallikalIndia’s squash star Dipika Pallikal lost her semi-final women’s singles match to World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia and settled for the bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games at the Yeorumul Squash Courts here on Monday.The 23-year-old Indian was outplayed 4-11 4-11 5-11 by David, who took merely 25 minutes to storm into the final.The top-seeded Malaysian came into the match as the overwhelming favourite, having not lost a singles match since the sport was introduced in the 1998 Bangkok Games.David was in top form from the word go today as well and hardly gave a chance to Pallikal, who had played a draining semifinal match against compatriot Joshana Chinappa on Sunday.India had won three medals (all bronze) out of four categories at Guangzhou 2010 and this time they look good for medals in all four categories including the team.India has so far won four medals (all bronze) at the Asian Games since 1998. Two of them have come courtesy men’s singles player Saurav Ghosal and the rest in men’s and women’s team event.last_img read more

Encho Serrano ends his slump with a career-best showing for La Salle

first_img“I admit that I’m really frustrated and I kept asking myself why this was happening,” said Serrano in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.“But I also started to think that I should prove myself starting in practice and transitioning to the games.”Serrano averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 15.5 minutes for the Green Archers’ first six games but he broke out of that slump against the Growling Tigers.“The past games were hard for me because I’m not playing that much and my game wasn’t really there,” said Serrano. “I’m the guy who plays around, that’s how I’m known in my team, so I told myself that I just have to focus.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES View comments P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ From being a loud personality in the Green Archers’ bench, Serrano had suddenly become quiet, perplexing head coach Gian Nazario who suspected his guard was going through some troubles outside the basketball floor.Serrano, though, dispelled Nazario’s fears and said was just frustrated with himself since he hasn’t played to the best of his abilities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img MOST READ SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40But that all changed when the Green Archers defeated University of Santo Tomas, 92-77.From playing a support role, Serrano burst through the seams and put up a career-high 29 points on 13-of-22 shooting with five rebounds as La Salle ended the first round with a 3-4 record. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers UAAP: FEU finally finds its offense to turn back Adamson Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man MANILA, Philippines—Encho Serrano had been largely a forgotten man in De La Salle’s campaign early in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Ronaldo’s not easy to replace, says Juve sporting director

first_imgMilan, Oct 9 (AFP) Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici said Monday it was not easy to replace a player of the calibre of Cristiano Ronaldo as he also dismissed a return to Italy for Manchester United’s French World Cup winner Paul Pogba.Ronaldo, 33, joined Juventus from Real Madrid last summer for 100 million euros (USD 115 million).The Spanish club have lost three and drawn one of their last four matches and are currently fourth in La Liga.”Ronaldo is probably the best player in the history of the game so he isn’t easy to replace,” Paratici told journalists at the Manlio Scopigno ceremony at Rieti in central Italy after receiving a “Manager of the Year” award.Paratici revealed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had been keen from the outset to join Juventus.”We talked about it initially, and straight away we got the feeling he wanted to join us, which was a huge advantage,” he said.”Real Madrid had a gentleman’s agreement with him, the ownership kicked things off and negotiations began.” Paratici stressed Juventus’s support for the Portuguese star Ronaldo, currently embroiled in damaging rape allegations.”Cristiano is a very simple person and an excellent professional, he has all our support,” said Paratici.The Juventus sporting director ruled out a return of French World Cup winner Pogba, who played for the Turin side from 2012 to 2016.The 26-year-old Pogba has been told he will not captain United again after reportedly falling out with United manager Jose Mourinho.”We love him very much,” said Paratici.advertisement”We want him to do well since we are close to him but he isn’t a Juve player anymore.”We’re connected to him, but we’ve never thought about it and we’re not going to think about it.” Pogba joined United from Juventus for a then world record fee of 89 million in 2016.Paratici, 46, also denied a move for Lazio’s Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, saying: “He’s a great player, but we haven’t spoken to him or Lazio”.Paratici is set to have more responsibility within Juventus after the departure of general manager Giuseppe Marotta.”Up to now I was happy with my position but things will now probably change a little.”My goal will always stay the same, to make Juve as strong as possible. I want to dedicate the award I won today to Mr. Marotta who was like a father to me.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Maguire: Booking the right decision

first_imgHarry Maguire insists he did not deserve to be sent off for a challenge on Sadio Mane before scoring Leicester City’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Liverpool.Maguire brought Mane down when the Liverpool winger was running in behind the Leicester backline during Wednesday’s game at Anfield, but referee Martin Atkinson opted to only show the defender a yellow card.England international Maguire then went on to cancel out an opening goal scored by Mane, with Liverpool missing the chance to move seven points clear of Manchester City, who suffered a shock loss at Newcastle United on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Jurgen Klopp suggested that Maguire should have been dismissed for denying a goalscoring opportunity but the centre-back did not agree with the Liverpool manager’s assessment of the incident.”I didn’t actually see him coming across my body,” Maguire said to BT Sport of the Mane foul. “I did catch him, I stood on the back of his heel to be fair.”I didn’t mean to catch him so I thought it was the right decision but you’re always worried because it looked like he was going to race through on goal. I’m thankful it was a yellow card.”Inconsistency has dogged Leicester’s campaign to date but, although their performance merited a point, Maguire rued a slow start at Anfield.”It was a great team performance after the first five minutes,” Maguire added. “We’ve been really sloppy in games in the first 15 minutes, we’re the worst team in the league at it.”We keep speaking about it, but we’ve started sloppy again and given them a goal. It was a good reaction to get back into the game and we’ve had spells in the game where we probably should have scored two.”We know they are a top team, [and we] couldn’t open up as much as we’d like. We had periods where we put them under a lot of pressure, maybe we should have capitalised and gone on to win the game. But it’s a tough place to come, [we] would have taken a point before the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

What we know about the victims of the deadly Toronto van attack

first_imgTORONTO – Ten people were killed after a van mounted a sidewalk along a busy street in north Toronto on Monday, ramming into pedestrians in its path. Here’s what we know so far about the victims:Munir AlnajjarAlnajjar, a Jordanian citizen in his 70s, was visiting his family in Toronto with his wife. He had only been in the country for a couple of weeks when the van attack took place, according to Harry Malawi, a family friend and president of the Jordanian Canadian Society.The family is in the midst of a three-day mourning period, said Malawi.“They are secluded right now and they ask everybody to accept their privacy,” he said. “We stand together, we want to help the family heal…physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially, they need all the help they can get.”Renuka AmarasinghaAmarasingha was an active member of Toronto’s Sri Lankan community. A monk at a Toronto Buddhist temple Amarasingha frequented said she was a single mother of a seven-year-old boy.Ahangama Rathanasiri said Amarasingha attended regular services at the temple and brought cookies to Sunday school students every week.The Toronto District School Board said she had worked as a nutrition services staff member for the board since 2015.They said Amarasingha had just finished her first day of work at Earl Haig Secondary School when she was killed Monday.Anne Marie D’AmicoD’Amico worked at Invesco Canada, a U.S.-based investment firm with offices near the scene of the attack, and was remembered by those who knew her as a cheerful, friendly person.Tennis Canada said D’Amico had volunteered at its marquis Rogers Cup tournament every summer since the age of 12, starting out as a “ball girl” and eventually heading its stadium control committee.“She was a really friendly, warm person … always caring for other people ahead of herself,” said Gavin Ziv, vice-president of national events for Tennis Canada.D’Amico had attended Ryerson university in Toronto and a fellow alum remembered her as an active student leader with top grades, a wide social circle and an indelible smile.“Whether you kept in touch with her very closely or you didn’t talk to her for this past year, it just felt like you saw her smile yesterday,” Abdullah Snobar said.Betty ForsythForsyth was a resident of a Toronto Community Housing complex in the area where the van attack occurred. A neighbour said Forsyth’s nephew called her to say she had died.Mary Hunt described Forsyth — who she said was in her 90s — as a “lively person” who loved to feed the birds and squirrels on her regular walks through the neighbourhood.“Everybody knew Betty because she used to walk in the morning to feed the animals,” she said.“I will miss her,” the 84-year-old said of Forsyth, who had been her neighbour for more than 10 years.Chulmin (Eddie) KangKang, who worked at the Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse in downtown Toronto, was identified by co-workers as one of the victims.Joao Barbosa wrote on Facebook that Kang’s “daily happiness” was being missed at the restaurant.“It’s unbelievable that we lost you Eddie,” he wrote. “In our last encounter you called me ‘Amor mio’ smiling to me when I arrived at Copacabana … Rest in peace.”Mailee Ly, another co-worker, remembered Kang as a warm, friendly presence at the restaurant.“It hurts knowing I won’t be able to see your bright smile every weekend, or hear you say ‘Hi’ to everyone in your energetic voice,” she wrote on Facebook. “I don’t think you knew the touch and influence you had on everyone at Copa, simply because of your kind nature, and passion for cooking.”Dorothy SewellSewell’s death was confirmed by her grandson, Elwood Delaney, of Kamloops, B.C.Delaney described his 80-year-old grandmother as an avid sports fan who “almost had as much love for the Blue Jays and Leafs as she did for her family.”“(She was) the best grandmother anyone could have asked for,” he said.last_img read more

Manitoba releases numbers on sex harassment complaints allegations

first_imgWINNIPEG – There were 20 allegations of sexual harassment and hundreds of accusations of other misconduct among Manitoba civil servants in the last fiscal year, the Progressive Conservative government said in a report released Tuesday.Seven of the sexual harassment allegations were substantiated, although the government would not say how many people, if any, were fired.“We know it took tremendous courage for each and every one of these complainants to come forward, and so we were very grateful … that we could get a snapshot of what we were dealing with,” said Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for the status of women.The report is the first time the province has released statistics on the number of complaints related to harassment, bullying and misconduct among the 14,000 members of the civil service, political staff and politicians. The data did not include areas of the broader public sector such as hospitals and schools.The Tories announced in February the new attempt to track and report complaints after female staff came forward with allegations that Stan Struthers, a former NDP cabinet minister, had tickled and groped them.The women alleged that their complaints about Struthers, who left politics in 2016, were never addressed by senior political staff at the time.The province has hired an outside law firm to recommend improvements to its harassment policies.A report is expected this summer. The government has also made it mandatory for managers to forward any complaints of harassment to the civil service commission.“We want to make sure that people throughout the civil service feel confident that they’re in a workplace that’s protective and secure,” Premier Brian Pallister said.The report also said there were 105 allegations of bullying and non-sexual harassment in the last fiscal year, of which 63 have been substantiated so far.There were another 351 allegations of other forms of misconduct — everything from conflict of interest to potential fraud — of which 300 have been substantiated to date.The NDP, now in opposition, accused Pallister of engaging in harassing behaviour in the legislature chamber.The premier often responds in intimidating ways when asked questions, NDP house leader Nahanni Fontaine said, by looking angrily at his opponent.“Imagine from a woman’s perspective, when you have the premier of Manitoba, that is directing his questions to you in a very aggressive and threatening manner. It makes it increasingly difficult to do your job,” Fontaine said, surrounded by other female legislature members from her party and the Liberals.“I just feel so threatened and so intimidated,” added Liberal member Judy Klassen.Several women from the Tory caucus quickly fired back at an impromptu news conference, pointing out it was two NDP members that were chastised by the legislature Speaker in 2016 for targeting them with cries of “shame” during a vote in the chamber. Male Tories were not subjected to the cries.Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said heated words and pointed fingers are an every day experience in the legislature.“There are members of the opposition as well who don’t put their questions directly through the Speaker and who do look over at us … it’s part of the job that we do in the legislature.”last_img read more

New central bank chief takes office in Israel

first_imgJERUSALEM — The Bank of Israel’s new governor says the country’s financial stability should not be taken for granted in a period of “numerous changes in financial markets.”Amir Yaron took office Monday following several weeks of volatility in Israeli and international markets. At a ceremony in the presence of Israel’s president, prime minister and other dignitaries, Yaron says his immediate challenge is “the normalization of monetary policy.” He says he views the interest rate as “the main and most effective tool” for directing such policy.The University of Pennsylvania business school professor is an Israeli national who has taught banking and finance at the Wharton School since 2009. He replaces outgoing Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug, who recently concluded her five-year term.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN officials give eyewitness accounts of moment Haiti quake struck

14 January 2010At 4:53 p.m. on Tuesday David Wimhurst, United Nations Communications Director in Haiti, was working on the third floor of the Christopher Hotel, headquarters for the world body’s mission in the capital, Port-au-Prince, when the massive 7.0 magnitude quake struck. “It accelerated with extreme violence,” he told a news briefing in New York by video-conference from ground zero today. “The entire building was shaking violently and I was hanging on to furniture just to stop myself from being thrown around the room and praying that the big concrete pillar in the middle of my office would not break and bring the whole building down on me.“When it subsided, the central part of the MINUSTAH [UN mission in Haiti] headquarters had collapsed and blocked off access to the outside from my office so all the people like me had to get out of my window and go down three storeys on a ladder, a rather rickety ladder,” he said of the quake that had turned much of the hotel into a pile of rubble.Scores of UN staff were killed or injured and some 150 others are still unaccounted for, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Hédi Annabi, both in the hotel and elsewhere. It must be expected that more bodies will be found as the concrete is moved, said Mr. Wimhurst, adding that he thinks the final overall Haitian toll, which some have estimated at scores of thousands, will be very large. In another part of town Kim Bolduc, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, was working on the second floor of the main UN Development Programme (UNDP) building when the quake struck.“It was extremely violent, I didn’t even have time to seek cover,” she told the same briefing. “I was sitting on my chair and holding on to the table. Everything collapsed around. I saw the wall in front of me opening up with a very large crack and I was just hoping that it would stop. It lasted a long time.”The building was very badly damaged but still standing, while a second UNDP building across the street collapsed completely.Ms. Bolduc, a Canadian citizen of Vietnamese origin, described heart-rending scenes in the aftermath – “many bodies on the streets, a lot of injured just lying around, houses destroyed, very new and lush buildings just collapsed, the situation is very dire” with people sleeping in the streets.“People are all in a state of shock, they’re not really talking, they are just gathering and sitting together, just waiting for something to happen and fearing aftershocks,” she added.Mr. Wimhurst, also a Canadian, warned of potential anger among the population as their expectations outrun the ability of humanitarian organizations to meet their needs. “It’s a hopeless situation,” he said. “They want us, they expect us to provide them with help, which is of course what we want to do but we’re not in a situation yet where we can do that on a massive scale and, unfortunately, they’re slowly getting more angry, I think, and impatient…“We’re all rather aware of the fact that the situation is getting more tense as the poorest people, who do not need so much, are waiting for deliveries, and of course we’re trying to do everything we can to get them the help they need. I think tempers might become frayed.”He said he was confident that MINUSTAH had sufficient numbers of military and police in the Port-au-Prince area to handle the situation, but it would bring in reinforcements from others parts of the country if necessary.“One of the problems is that the national Haitian police are not visible at all, they’ve simply vanished, they’ve disappeared so all law and order requirement have to be maintained by us,” he added, although he said this was not a criticism of the police since their family members had been killed or injured and their homes destroyed.MINUSTAH was set up in 2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. Currently it has more than 9,000 military and police personnel and nearly 2,000 civilian staff. read more

Motorcyclist fights for life after Stoney Creek crash

(Updated) A motorcyclist is fighting for his life after an early-morning collision with a pick-up truck.It happened on Regional Road 20 at Woodburn Road just after 6:30 am. Hamilton Police say the truck was heading westbound on Regional Road 20 when the driver tried to make a left turn on to Woodburn; that’s when he slammed in to the motorcycle. The truck’s driver suffered minor injuries. Collision investigator Matt Hewko told CHCH News any crash involving a motorcycle is serious. “The motorcyclist doesn’t have all the crumple zones and the safety mechanisms that everybody in a four-wheel vehicle has. Even though this was a side impact for the pick-up truck, they still have all of the doors and the safety mechanisms inside to keep this driver and passenger safe. With a motorcyclist we don’t have that unfortunately.” Road and weather conditions are still being investigated; alcohol has been ruled out.Regional Road 20, a major route for traffic between Hamilton and Niagara, was closed for several hours for the investigation; police want anyone with information to give them a call. read more

Despite ongoing crisis UN hails significant progress in helping Syrias children

The announcement came as the UNICEF-backed “No Lost Generation” initiative released its new report at a key meeting on the margins of the UN General Assembly, confirming that educational assistance had already reached some 770,000 Syrian children affected by the violence while another 660,000 children had received psychological support. Speaking at the report’s presentation, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake underscored the importance of assisting the war children, adding that Syria’s youths were the pillars of the country’s future. “Helping the children of Syria is investing in the future of Syria, as today’s children are tomorrow’s doctors, teachers, lawyers and leaders,” Mr. Lake declared.A UNICEF report released in March 2014 highlighted the vulnerability of this generation of Syrian children, noting that up to a million youth remained trapped in under-siege and hard-to-reach areas where they lived in rubble and struggled to find food, medical care or psychological support. It also noted that 1.2 million children lived abroad in host countries, populating crowded refugee camps and beleaguered host communities with scarce resources. The “No Lost Generation” initiative’s new findings noted, however, that host communities and other partners have managed to make “significant progress” in reaching those displaced children with assistance. According to the report, enrolment in formal and non-formal education registered a 188.5 per cent increase since 2013 while 128,000 pupils were helped to attend school clubs in volatile cross-line areas. In addition, 72,000 children inside Syria and 587,000 refugee children living in host countries were provided with psycho-social support. Despite the gains, the report also found that adolescents were particularly vulnerable and underserved, leaving them exposed to the lure of armed groups. The creation of opportunities to prevent them from succumbing to Syria’s deepening violence remained a “critical” necessity amid the overall effort to save the country’s children, the report warned.“Investing in this generation is helping them acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to rebuild their communities when peace returns,” continued Mr. Lake. “We need to heal their hearts and minds. And there is much more to be done.” read more

Goodman to host Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce members this Tuesday

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s February networking event, Business After Five, will be hosted by Brock University’s Goodman School of Business. Business After Five is a regular monthly networking event hosted by different Chamber members.Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) members will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow chamber members and their guests. The GNCC represents more than 1,500 businesses across Niagara.Business After Five will be held on Feb. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the ScotiaBank Atrium, Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.The Goodman School of Business will be showcasing their community focused services including:• Goodman Career Development Office • Goodman Service-Learning• Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE)• BioLinc• Co-op Programs Office• Goodman School of Business Consulting Group• Goodman Graduate Programs• Student clubsMembers of the University community are welcome to attend this free networking event. read more

GCSE reforms are squeezing out arts and technical subjects man who created

In order to obtain the award, which counts towards a school’s league table position,  students must obtain five good GCSEs in maths, English literature, English language, at least… The EBacc has been championed by the Government since being established in 2010 by the former education secretary Michael Gove in a bid to reverse the “dumbing down” of GCSEs. GCSE reforms have led to a drastic decline in music and arts and must be scrapped, the man who created the qualification has said. Lord Kenneth Baker, who was education secretary under Margaret Thatcher, has blamed the English Baccalaureate – known as the EBacc – for “squeezing out” technical, cultural and creative subjects from secondary schools. read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #CRECHE: Links Childcare, one of the creches at the centre of the controversy arising from a Prime Time undercover investigation, has said it “deeply regrets” the distress that has been caused. Meanwhile, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil he was shocked by what he saw in the programme and wondered “God knows what has happened in other locations.”2. #PROPERTY TAX: “Less than five per cent” of homeowners are set to miss property tax deadline. That’s according to the Revenue chairwoman Josephine Feehily who says that 1.72 million properties are accounted for out of an estimated 1.9 million. The deadline for filing for the property tax is 8pm this evening.3. #MICHAELA PICTURES: The editor of the Sunday Times in Mauritius was found guilty today of publishing images of Michaela McAreavey’s dead body. Imraan Hosany’s lawyers confirmed that their client would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. The 27-year-old school teacher was killed while she was on honeymoon at he Legends Hotel on the island in January 2011.4. #ALCOHOL: Irish people drink 700 times more than they should and are at a high risk of cancer as a result. The most recent figures show the average drinker aged over 15 consumes over 11 litres of pure alcohol every year.5. #HADFIELD REPLACED: The International Space Station has welcomed three new members – Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, who will eventually take over from Chris Hadfield as commander of the ISS, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. Their expedition will last 166 days.last_img read more

Oil and gas tycoon remembered

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of America’s wealthiest men Greek American George P. Mitchell – the man who revolutionised oil exploration through fracking – died on July 26 in Galveston, Texas. He was 94. Mitchell was the son of a Greek immigrant whose family migrated from Greece to the USA in the 1900s – a time when a vast majority of Greek nationals were turning to America for opportunities. And, unbeknownst to his father, George Phydias Mitchell was set to become one of the wealthiest men in the US. Born in Galveston on May 21, 1919, Mitchell’s parents, who had come to the United States from Greece separately around 1900, ran a shoeshine parlour in Galveston. His father, soon after arriving in the United States, took the name Mike Mitchell from an employer handing out paychecks who couldn’t say his real name, Savvas Paraskevopoulos, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. Mitchell developed an interest in oil and gas while working in the oil fields for his older brother, Johnny, around age 17. He graduated in 1940 with a degree in petroleum engineering and an emphasis in geology from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, now known as Texas A&M University, in College Station. After serving in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, Mr Mitchell in 1946 joined a newly formed oil exploration company, Oil Drilling, which eventually became Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. and went public in 1972. Mitchell and his brother were early partners in the company. Mitchell participated in about 10,000 wells over his career. His company drilled its first well in the Barnett Shale in 1981 and developed fracturing and horizontal-drilling techniques to unlock gas trapped beneath hundreds of feet of rock, according to Mitchell’s company. In his late 80s, Mr Mitchell turned his attention back to another shale play, this time bankrolling rigs in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania for a company headed by his son Todd and Joe Greenberg, a geologist. The Marcellus Shale formation has since emerged as the largest US gas resource, holding the equivalent of 330 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas, according to ITG Investment Research. The new abundance of cheap gas transformed the US industrial landscape, prompting new investment in power plants that use gas to generate electricity and accelerating the demise of older coal and nuclear plants that were more expensive to repair and operate. His dogged pursuit of the natural gas he and others knew were trapped in wide, thin layers of rock deep underground brought a new – and enormous – trove of oil and gas within reach. His controversial breakthrough led to a revolution in oil and gas production in the US, one that is expected to migrate around the world. The US is now the world’s largest producer of natural gas and is on track to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer by the end of the decade, according to the International Energy Agency. The fracking boom sent natural gas prices plummeting, reducing energy costs for US consumers and businesses. And by boosting US oil production, it has sharply reduced oil imports. It has led to a dramatic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and emissions of toxic chemicals such as mercury in the US by replacing coal in electric power generation. At the same time, some environmentalists worry the fracking process or the disposal of fracking wastewater can leak into drinking water supplies and contaminate them. Mr Mitchell’s idea was to go directly to the sedimentary rock holding the oil and gas, essentially speeding up geological processes by thousands of millennia. He figured out how to drill into and then along layers of gas-laden rock, then force a slurry of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into the rock to crack it open and release the hydrocarbons. This process, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, is now common industry practice. Engineers after Mr Mitchell learned to adapt the process to oil-bearing rock. A family statement said Mr Mitchell “will be fondly remembered for flying in the face of convention – focussing on what could be, with boundless determination – many times fighting through waves of scepticism and opposition to achieve his vision”. For the entire oil and gas age, drillers had searched for hydrocarbons that had seeped out of layers of sedimentary rock over millions of years and collected into large pools. Once found, they were easy to produce. Engineers merely had to drill into the pools and the natural pressure of the earth would send huge volumes of oil and gas up to the surface. “He was a visionary,” said James Rebello, who worked at Prudential Securities when it financed a small part of the exploration and production side of Mr Mitchell’s group. This year, the annual Forbes list of wealthiest Americans ranked Mitchell 239th. Sources: Huffington Post, Forbes, Bloomberglast_img read more

Redknapp reveals Abdoulaye Doucoure Tottenham revelation

first_imgFormer Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp says Chelsea transfer target Abdoulaye Doucoure is also linked with a potential move to Tottenham.The Watford midfielder has enjoyed an impressive campaign for the Hornets, netting nine times, that has seen him linked with a move away this month.“Of course your head will be turned,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports via Daily Star.“He might look at it as his big opportunity as a player.“This is no disrespect to Watford who have had a brilliant season.“But these opportunities don’t come around very often.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If Chelsea were to make a late bid for you, of course, you’d want to take it.“Financially to go and play for one of the best clubs, Champions League football, obviously not at Chelsea, but Champions League football would be a pull as well.“I heard about Tottenham as well maybe being mentioned for him.“He is a real talent, I really like him.“It’s hard sometimes to turn down these moves when they come along.”last_img read more

BC wildfire emergency prompts rebooking options from Air Canada WestJet

first_imgTags: Air Canada, British Columbia, WestJet B.C. wildfire emergency prompts rebooking options from Air Canada, WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >> VANCOUVER – WestJet and Air Canada are offering more flexible flight options for passengers booked to fly in or out of some cities in B.C., where hundreds of wildfires have sparked a state of emergency.WestJet passengers scheduled to travel to or from Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Prince George or Terrace until Aug. 22 can cancel or rebook their flights without a penalty fee, the Calgary-based airline said Thursday.Air Canada tickets for flights up until Aug. 22 heading in or out of six cities in the B.C. interior can be changed to another date before Sept. 1. free of charge, the Montreal-based airline said.The B.C. government declared a state of emergency Wednesday in response to more than 500 fires that have burned through the province’s firefighting capacity and triggered international support.Firefighters from Australia, New Zealand and Mexico are now taking part in the fight.Ottawa announced Monday it would deploy 200 soldiers and several aircraft to help battle the fires, which have prompted evacuation orders covering more than 1,500 properties and affecting about 3,000 people.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsCanadian Forces personnel joined the 3,400 firefighters already fighting the summer infernos. About 150 new fires ignited across B.C. last weekend, according to the B.C. government.The state of emergency applies to the entire province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated manner, B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Wednesday.But humans can only do so much to douse the flames, he said.“The best thing we can hope for is a change in weather: winds to blow smoke away, a good old-fashioned drenching of rain to extinguish fires and improve air quality,” Farnworth said.More than 1,800 forest fires have been recorded since the season began on April 1, charring nearly 3,800-square kilometres of timber and bush, the wildfire service said. Friday, August 17, 2018 Share By: The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Consumer Confidence Dips in Sunshine State

first_img Share The Wells Fargo Economics Group released a recent report outlining consumer confidence in the Sunshine State. The data from April suggests consumer sentiment slipped in Florida one point to 79 for the month, largely due to increased concerns about current economic conditions.The concern, both locally and nationally, outweighed a slight increase in confidence about future conditions for the economy as a whole.The Florida index largely reflected the nation’s attitude, with the overall index dropping slightly to 82.3. While consumer confidence declined, things could have been worse, according to the group. April’s end of the month index for Florida did improve from a mid-month reading, which had put the drop at two points.Despite the monthly decline, the overall rebound in consumer confidence from a “cyclical decline has corresponded with a rebound in home prices and the stock market,” the group found.”The recent moderation in consumer confidence may signal a lessening of these influences,” the group said.Home prices have eased slightly, coming in at a positive 12.3 percent year-over-year change. The Floridian unemployment rate climbed one tenth of a percentage point in March, resting at 6.3 percent.Florida’s unemployment rate reflects a national rate of 6.3 percent. However, the national rate is heading the other way, falling downward nearly half a percentage point as winter weather, sequestration, and a significant buildup of inventory have passed to allow for growth. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Consumer Confidence Dips in Sunshine Statecenter_img May 5, 2014 462 Views Consumer Confidence Jobs Unemployment Rate Wells Fargo 2014-05-05 Colin Robinslast_img read more

Examining the Qualified Mortgage Rule

first_img September 4, 2018 843 Views Examining the Qualified Mortgage Rule Share The Qualified Mortgage Rule (QM), introduced in 2014, was designed by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) to prevent borrowers from obtaining loans they could not afford and to protect lenders from borrower litigation. 400,000 high debt-to-income (DTI) mortgages met the BCFP’s definition of a QM last year, thanks to an exemption that grants QM status to lenders making high DTI loans if those loans are guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.However, this exemption, or “GSE Patch” is set to expire either January 10, 2021, or when the GSE’s exit conservetorship, whichever comes first. In a paper from the Urban Institute, Urban Research Associate Karan Kaul and Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Laurie Goodman Give three possible options for addressing the soon-to-be expired GSE Patch.The first option Urban Institute suggests is the obvious one: preserve the GSE Patch as it is. This can be done by simply extending the rules, or through modest expansion of the GSE Patch. The Urban Institute states that this option may only yield modest benefits, mostly for the high end of the market.The second option is to drop the DTI Cap and GSE Patch fromThe QSE definition, implementing a “safe harbor” standard. Restrictions on risky products, loan terms, and points and fees would not be touched. A lack of DTI cap or patch would “provide safe harbor status to first-lien mortgages as long as their annual percentage rate is no more than 150 basis points over the APOR.”According to Urban, this style of rule would offer several advantages: mortgage rates reflect credit risk more holistically than DTI ratios, it would create a more level playing field, facilitate innovation, and include ample precedent for a rate-spread test.The last option put forth by Kaul and Goodman in their paper is to simply take no action on the patch, letting the GSE Patch run its course through 2021, leaving a hard 43 percent DTI cap for Fannie and Freddie guaranteed mortgages behind. This option, however, would not be so simple due to the fact that the FHA, VA, and USDA would implement their own rules with no cap, forcing some high-DTI to move to the FHA.The paper concludes by stating that the upcoming expiration is a chance for improvement. Find the complete paper here.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, News Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Qualified Mortgage The Urban institute 2018-09-04 Seth Welbornlast_img read more