Theatre is actors medium Anupam Kher

first_imgThough cinema and theatre are branches of the same tree, there is one aspect that sets them apart – execution. Cinema, on one hand, is guided and controlled by the directors/editors, whereas theatre is said to be actors’ medium.After giving more than three decades of his life to cinema and theatre world, Veteran actor Anupam Kher, today, feels more inclined towards the latter. His love for the theatre is unparalleled, and he believes that stage is where his soul resides. “The magic of theatre is that you don’t need real settings. You have to be productive with the limited resources that are available. Once the actors come on stage (after all the rehearsals and instructions), it is their domain. Everything is left to acting, and it’s on the performers to take the story forward. That’s why I personally feel that stage is actors’ medium,” states Anupam. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”However, in movies, it is the other way around. After the shot is taken, actors have no idea how the scenes will be edited, or how the film will be shaped for the final release. All they can do is give their best and leave the rest on directors and editors,” he adds. The actor is at that stage of his career, where he does theatre and films out of choice and not compulsion. “I have done all kinds of films and plays – historical, experimental. But today, I want to play characters which people can relate to. I cannot be a part of something where the audience just sits back, and not feel connected to what’s happening on stage.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”I have always made sure that my plays have some universal emotions like happiness, disgust, fear, anger, surprise, and sadness. When the viewers experience those emotions and relate to them, they become a part of that story.” Till date, Kher has been a part of more than 500 films and uncountable plays, but the energy, seriousness towards his character, and passion for acting hasn’t changed at all. Even today, he rehearses before every performance. “Of course I rehearse. In fact, I am petrified before every play of mine,” he mentions. “I don’t talk to anybody, I don’t eat anything. Even now, while I am talking with you, somewhere in my mind the thought of next performance is scaring me. No matter how many shows I have done, the feeling remains the same. Ask anybody from the unit, they know that ‘Mr. Kher will be quite before his appearance on the stage. He won’t eat, and might have breakdowns anytime’,” he adds.last_img read more

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Saffron bedsheets in Rae Bareli hospital for Yogis visit

first_imgRae Bareli: Bedsheets with saffron stripes were laid out in wards of the district hospital in Rae Bareli on Tuesday, ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit there. Chief Medical Superintendent Dr N.K. Srivastava said there was nothing unusual about the bedsheets. “The bedsheets are colour coded to ensure they are changed every day,” he said. Sources, however, said this was the first time that saffron striped bedsheets were used in the hospital. The Chief Minister is likely to pay a surprise visit to the hospital though it is not a part of his itinerary. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He is visiting Rae Bareli to pay homage to Rana Beni Madho Singh’s statue. He will also offer tributes at the Shaheed Chowk and then attend another function before returning to Lucknow. Incidentally, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is also reaching Rae Bareli, later in the day, to pay her condolences to the family of former MLA Akhilesh Singh, whose daughter Aditi Singh is now a Congress legislator. Akhilesh Singh passed away on August 20 after a prolonged battle with cancer.last_img read more

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Othmani Breaks Silence Govt Will Meet Rif Protest Demands Stability Important

Rabat – The Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has finally broken his silence over the ongoing protests in city of Al Hoceima and neighboring areas in the Rif region.During a government council meeting on Thursday, El Othmani said that the “issue of Al Hoceima is always on the government’s agenda,” adding that the focus has been on following up the development projects in the region.“Ministers went there to oversee the realizations of the projects that have been launched before. Some are behind schedule; others are running according to the timetable. These projects are strategic. The construction of a hospital doesn’t happen overnight,” he said. El Othmani promised to meet “protesters’ demands as quickly and duly as possible.”“I urge the ministers whose departments are in charge of projects in the region, whether we are talking about housing, health, transportation, agriculture and maritime fishing to efficiently follow up these projects,” said El Ohmani. “It is important to positively react to the citizen’s demands wherever they are, especially in the city of Al Hoceima today. That’s the government’s preoccupation.”On the other hand, the Head of Government stressed on the importance of “protecting public and private property and the country’s security and stability.”“It is paramount that we preserve our country’ security because this is something that everyone benefits from,” he said. read more

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US President voices support for strong UN to meet global challenges

25 September 2007United States President George W. Bush today told the General Assembly that he supports a “strong and vibrant” United Nations empowered to carry out the shared goals of the world body and its host country, from addressing global pandemics to stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to dealing with climate change. United States President George W. Bush today told the General Assembly that he supports a “strong and vibrant” United Nations empowered to carry out the shared goals of the world body and its host country, from addressing global pandemics to stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to dealing with climate change. “As America works with the United Nations to alleviate immediate human needs, we are also coming together to address long-term challenges,” President Bush told the annual high-level general debate. “Together, we are preparing for pandemics that could cause death and suffering on a global scale. Together, we are working to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. And together, we are confronting the challenges of energy security, environmental quality, and climate change.” President Bush voiced appreciation for “the discussions on climate change led by the Secretary-General last night,” when the two attended a dinner that capped a day of events devoted to galvanizing the international community on the issue. The US President, whose speech ranged over numerous global crises from hunger to violence in the Middle East, said resolving those problems “cannot be achieved overnight – and they cannot be achieved without reform of this vital institution.” “The United States is committed to a strong and vibrant United Nations,” he declared. He paid tribute to the UN’s “noble efforts” to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need. “Today, more than half the world’s food assistance comes from America,” said the US President, announcing plans “to alleviate hunger under which America would purchase the crops of local farmers in Africa and other places – rather than shipping in food from the developed world.” The aim would be to “help build up local agriculture and break the cycle of famine in the developing world,” he said. President Bush also announced a series of measures against Myanmar, referring to the country by its former name. “The United States will tighten economic sanctions on the leaders of the regime and their financial backers. We will impose an expanded visa ban on those responsible for the most egregious violations of human rights – as well as their family members. We will continue to support the efforts of humanitarian groups working to alleviate suffering in Burma,” he said. “I urge the United Nations and all nations to use their diplomatic and economic leverage to help the Burmese people reclaim their freedom.” The President addressed the political situations in Cuba, Zimbabwe and elsewhere, and called for action to help those living in the Darfur region of Sudan, where “many are losing their lives to genocide.” The UN, he said, must “live up to its promise to promptly deploy peacekeeping forces to Darfur.” On poverty, he said the UN “provides vital economic assistance designed to help developing nations grow their economies and reach their potential.” He called for global economic measures, saying “the best way to lift people out of poverty is through trade and investment.” Open markets “ignite growth, encourage investment, increase transparency, strengthen the rule of law, and help countries help themselves,” he said, calling for a successful conclusion to the Doha round of trade talks. “A successful Doha outcome would mean real and substantial openings in agriculture, goods, and services – and real and substantial reductions in trade-distorting subsidies,” he said. President Bush spoke out against “the failures of the Human Rights Council,” saying it had been “silent on repression by regimes from Havana and Caracas to Pyongyang and Tehran – while focusing its criticism excessively on Israel.” The UN, he said, must reform the Human Rights Council in order “to be credible on human rights in the world.” The US, a permanent member of the Security Council, supports reform of that body, he said. “We believe that Japan is well qualified for permanent membership on the Security Council, and that other emerging powers should be considered as well.” The President pledged US leadership toward achieving “a world where opportunity crosses every border.” “This is the founding conviction of my country. It is the promise that established this body,” he said. read more

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Certificate of Absence will not hamper probe on missing

He said the certificate will help family members of those missing obtain services from Government institutions which requires either a death certificate or other form of accepted documentation. The Government today told Parliament that the ‘Certificate of Absence’ will not hamper investigations on those reported missing.Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said that the certificate of absence is only a temporary measure. The Minister said that the proposal to issue a certificate of absence has been given cabinet approval and it is now before the Attorney General. Families of missing persons who are not convinced of the death of their relatives are eligible to receive the certificate of absence. (Colombo Gazette)

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UNESCO chief voices alarm at destruction of Syrian heritage site

“The human suffering caused by this situation is already extreme,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a press release on Sunday. Aleppo’s souk, known locally as the Souq al-Madina, suffered extensive damage following a blaze yesterday which reportedly destroyed hundreds of shops as fierce fighting between the Syrian army and opposition forces continued throughout the city. “That the fighting is now destroying cultural heritage that bears witness to the country’s millenary history – valued and admired the world over – makes it even more tragic,” said Ms. Bokova. The Souq al-Madina, an arcaded area extending some 13 kilometres and replete with stone- and wood-work carvings, is considered to be the world’s most extensive covered market and has long been a coveted tourist destination. In addition, Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, is also widely reputed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Located at the end of the Silk Road, it featured prominently throughout history as a cultural crossroads and its Ancient City, of which the souk is a part, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. However, recent months have seen the violence of the Syrian conflict take a heavy toll on the city’s cultural and historic heritage as Government forces and rebels have become increasingly entrenched in a bitter stalemate within the city’s walls. Pointing to the “distressing and dismaying” reports of destruction, Ms. Bokova called for all sides to respect the cultural importance of the Ancient City and safeguard it from any further damage. She appealed to all forces to “spare these monuments to human history,” recalling that Syria is a signatory to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.The Syrian civil war has already killed more than 18,000 people, many of them civilians, and driven hundreds of thousands more from their homes and over the country’s borders since erupting some 19 months ago when protestors first called for the end to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. According to media reports citing opposition sources, rebels in Aleppo controlled close to 90 per cent of the Ancient City’s territory following the latest bouts of fighting in the city streets but were struggling under heavy artillery fire from Mr. al-Assad’s army.Ms. Bokova announced that a UNESCO team was ready to be dispatched to Aleppo to survey the overall damage once the security situation in the city permitted. The team of experts would provide emergency assistance for the protection of the heritage site and seek to mitigate it from any further damage. read more

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Traves urges Brock community to have say in futuring campaign

President Tom Traves is urging the Brock community to get engaged and have a say in an important discussion about Ontario’s future — and the role the University will play.Brock is working with the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) to gain insight into the hopes and concerns students and families have when thinking about the future of the province.Through the #futuring campaign launched last fall, community input has been sought through an online survey on topics such as the economy, research and innovation, jobs, technology and environmental sustainability.The campaign aims to help define the role universities can play in shaping Ontario of the future.Feedback will continue to be collected until the end of June, when the findings will be compiled, analyzed and used to develop a policy report to be released in 2018. The report will be used to make recommendations to the government and to highlight the work universities are doing to help create a better future for Ontario.“This is an opportunity for students, their families, and the entire Niagara community to share with the University what worries and excites them about the future — and how we can help to address those concerns,” said Traves, who encouraged everyone interested to take a few minutes to express their thoughts.“That information will allow Brock to become more responsive to the needs of our students and prospective students moving forward.”Since the survey’s launch, more than 6,000 responses have been received from across the province.The survey explores what skills students and parents believe Ontarians will need to prepare for the future, such as leadership qualities, entrepreneurial spirit, problem solving or communications experience.It also solicits opinions on how strong industries and jobs can be created in the future, growing service sectors can be strengthened, artists can be supported, natural heritage protected, and health and wellbeing promoted.The campaign, which involves all 21 Ontario universities, strives to gather input from not only students and families, but also businesses, health and social service agencies, arts and culture creators, researchers, non-profit organizations and governments.More information about the campaign is available at ontariosuniversities.ca.In addition to taking the online survey, people are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using @futuringON and #futuring. read more

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Ohio State football hears from Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell defense wins first

Sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) tackles a player during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorSometimes it takes hearing it from someone who’s been in the field of battle to really get your attention.That was the case Saturday for the Ohio State football team, as special guest Marcus Luttrell — whose heroics as a Navy SEAL inspired the movie “Lone Survivor” — watched the morning practice and then spoke to the team on leadership, camaraderie and working together.“They’re a good bunch of guys, and they’re going to do well this season,” Luttrell told a field of reporters after speaking at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “It’s an everyday thing. You just don’t come in giving 60-70 percent one day and 100 percent the next day. And the whole play like you practice, practice like you play thing. They put everything they got into this part of it, and obviously when they get out into the game, it’ll come out when the rubber hits the road. It’s the same thing we do in the SEAL teams. We train like we fight, so it’s every day, it’s as hard and as fast as we can possible go.”Luttrell had the eyes and ears of OSU coach Urban Meyer as well, who stood watching and listening with his son, Nate, and scribbling down notes. The former Navy SEAL watched the whole practice, which ended with the defense winning what was the first offense-defense scrimmage of spring ball.The victory came even though the unit — as it has all spring — played base defense throughout, not applying any pressure or performing any stunts along the line, junior linebacker Joshua Perry said.“We’ve got some things in there that can help us out in coverage. We got a Sam linebacker playing to the field on a speed guy,” Perry said, mentioning some of the changes that newly added co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash along with Meyer has implemented. “So that’s the one thing about defenses is that we’re just going to adjust to the guys out there and go play hard and fast.”Sophomore linebacker Darron Lee — who has continued working with the first team and received plenty of praise from Meyer — is a guy who could potentially play the hybrid “star” position defensively, being able to play the pass as well as stop the run, Perry said. But that remains to be seen until the nickel defense is put in. Either way, Perry is confident the Buckeyes will be more prepared to face an uptempo and fast offense like the Clemson one that torched them in the Orange Bowl Jan. 3.“They hurt us a lot on things on the edges and right now that’s one of the things that we stress is a defense with great leverage,” Perry said. “And that’s why, a lot of times, we like to have Darron Lee out there. Because he’s a guy who’s got enough tools where he can leverage the ball.”Another unit undergoing a major overhaul is the offensive line, who must replace four starters from a year ago.One guy vying for a starting spot is senior Darryl Baldwin, who said the competition has been good since practice started.“It’s been two weeks, and a lot of rotating,” Baldwin said. “We’re still not sure yet, but there’s a good competition going on. Everyone’s doing a great job.”Baldwin said every player looking to fill the massive shoes left by the likes of Andrew Norwell, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall and Corey Linsley is extremely high in character and fully abides by Meyer’s 4-6 second culture of playing hard.“We’ve really taken that to heart. We’re all high character guys, real good guys,” Baldwin said. “And we just need to be very consistent. That’s what we need to be as an offensive line. Develop a consistency and really play well together.”The Buckeyes are set to continue spring practice Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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Cardale Jones benched but Ohio State grinds out 3810 win over Penn

The “Dark Night at The ‘Shoe” turned out to be a dreary one for Ohio State’s passing game, but the ground attack and defense pulled through for a 38-10 win over Penn State in front of the second-largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history of 108,423.For the second time in 2015, redshirt junior starting quarterback Cardale Jones was benched in favor of redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett for an extended time after going just 9-of-15 for 84 yards. Combined with Barrett’s 30 yards through the air, the Buckeyes were held to a season-low 114 yards passing.“That’s one of the best defenses in the country,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “And statistically, the personnel, they are.”Donning black uniforms for the first time in program history, the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) were able to shake off the ineffective aerial game to pile up 315 yards on the ground against the visiting Nittany Lions (5-2, 2-1), led by junior running back Ezekiel Elliott with 153.“We went out there in the nice uniforms, the crowd was into it, they were in all black also, so I definitely think it lived up to the hype,” senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington said.Despite the energy from the crowd, Penn State quickly took the first shot in the game, holding OSU to a loss in its first possession before generating its own offense. A first-play 11-yard run followed by a 45-yard pass from junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg to freshman receiver Brandon Polk got the Nittany Lions inside the red zone. The Buckeyes held from there, however, holding the visitors to a 33-yard field goal to grab a quick 3-0 lead.The Penn State defense, which came into the game ranked 10th in the nation, continued to give OSU problems in the passing games on its next two drives, both resulting in punts. Through three drives, Jones was just 3-of-7 for six yards.The fourth finally featured life from the OSU offense, as redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller had consecutive gains of 17 and 15 yards — a catch and run, respectively — to move OSU inside the Penn State 30-yard line.After a run by Jones lost three yards to end the first quarter, Barrett supplanted him to begin the second. Barrett and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott traded runs of six, 12, eight and five yards — the last of which was by Barrett after a fake handoff — to find the end zone and take a 7-3 lead.The score was Barrett’s fourth rushing touchdown in six trips inside the red zone since Meyer implemented a two-quarterback system in Week 6 against Maryland. The Buckeyes scored a touchdown in each of their first seven trips to the red zone with the system.Barrett made it 8-for-8 in OSU’s next drive, handing off to Elliott on his first play for a 10-yard touchdown run, in which Elliott dodged several tacklers to muscle into the end zone. The score was Elliott’s 11th of the year.“I think it’s really my mindset,” Barrett said about his improved performance in the red zone. “The first two weeks, I was coming out trying to make plays, trying to force it. You’re asking for bad things when you try to force it instead of letting the game come to you.”Looking to answer, the Nittany Lions drove the ball into OSU territory, but a 4th-and-8 attempt from OSU’s 31-yard line was stopped when sophomore linebacker Chris Worley sacked Hackenberg.OSU went right back to work after the stop, rapidly moving the ball 66 yards in six plays to extend its lead to 21-3. Barrett entered the game at the 16-yard line, and just two plays later, he was in the end zone, this time from 13-yards out after faking a handoff to Elliott. At the half, Jones was 7-of-12 for 56 yards, while Barrett did not attempt a pass but filled in for 30 yards and two scores in three runs. Elliott had 78 yards in 15 carries.For Penn State, Hackenberg struggled mightily, going 4-of-9 in the first half for 56 yards, 45 of which came on his first attempt of the night. Freshman running back Saquon Barkley picked up the load for the Nittany Lions, piling up 86 yards in 13 carries.Not going down quietly, the Nittany Lions erupted in the second half, traveling 78 yards in just three plays. The first play was a 56-yard pass, followed by a run of 14 yards from Barkley and an eight-yard touchdown catch-and-run by redshirt sophomore receiver DaeSean Hamilton to cut OSU’s lead to 21-10.“The D-line, we take some credit for that, because we’ve got to get some pressure on (Hackenberg),” Washington said. “We can’t just let him sit back there and pass the ball.”Both offenses stalled for the rest of the third quarter, but early in the fourth OSU padded its lead by three when redshirt senior Jack Willoughby connected on a career-long 39-yard field goal. On that drive, which started from OSU’s own 25-yard line, Barrett took over for Jones for the entirety.“The No. 1 job we have is to win football games and give Ohio State the best chance to win,” offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said about the change. “Whoever can help us do that at the time, is what we’ll do … we’ll go any direction in a game to win a game.”Barrett said he feels that whether he is starting, coming in for red-zone sets or simply replacing a struggling Jones, his role and mindset must remain the same.“At the end of the day I’m just trying to help the team win,” Barrett said. “Whether it be going in the red zone or if I’m starting quarterback, at the end of the day I don’t think it really matters.”Penn State was able to get the ball into the OSU red zone on the ensuing possession, but a fourth-down sack by senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt gave OSU the ball back. Barrett then engineered an eight-play, 85-yard drive culminating in a five-yard jump-pass to Miller to extend the lead to 31-10.“Coach Meyer’s made that famous over the years,” Warinner said of the jump-pass, which was a common weapon of Tim Tebow when Meyer was at Florida. “That’s always something that’s been in our package, and it happened to have the perfect opportunity there.”After a Hackenberg fumble forced by Washington, Barrett put the exclamation point on the game with another touchdown pass, a six-yard fade to redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas.“I think he sparked us,” Warinner said about Barrett. “Some of the things we did with him in there helped get us get some momentum. He had a big impact.”With his 153 rushing yards, Elliott became the ninth OSU player to eclipse 3,000 career yards on the ground.Junior punter Cameron Johnston starred on special teams for the Buckeyes with four punts downed inside the 10-yard line. With Johnston’s help, the Nittany Lions’ average starting field position was at their own 17-yard line.For Penn State, Hackenberg finished 6-of-12 for 120 yards, while Barkley led the way with 26 carries for 194 yards, something Meyer called “alarming.” Overall, OSU outgained Penn State 429 to 315.OSU senior linebacker Joshua Perry suffered what Meyer said after the game was an ankle sprain on OSU’s third defensive play of the game and was carted to the locker room. He did not return to the game, and Meyer said he will be reevaluated later in the week.OSU is next set to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to battle Rutgers on Oct. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. A “blacked out” OSU crowd on Oct. 17 during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 38-10. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

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Football Ohio State defensive tackle Malik Barrow will miss season with torn

Ohio State redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL he suffered during the Buckeyes’ 54-21 win versus UNLV Saturday, head coach Urban Meyer announced Monday.“It’s just a tough — prayers for him,” Meyer said. “He’s such a good kid.”Barrow has not played much in the first four games of the season and has not recorded a tackle. He played in Saturday’s blowout victory with Ohio State’s backups.The former four-star prospect from Tampa, Florida, suffered an ACL injury in his other knee as a senior at IMG Academy.

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What is Britain doing to tackle flooding in the face of extreme

first_imgLondon is protected by the Thames Barrier which was constructed after widespread flooding in 1953Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Thousands were evacuated in January because of flood warnings caused by a storm surge on England’s east coastCredit:Paul Grover/Telegraph The concrete wall could have simply been extended, but council leader Stephen Parnaby praised the glass as “sympathetic along a river front which is popular with visitors”. Paull glass flood defence wall near Hull Local authorities and groups are coming round to a combination of tactics, marrying up natural measures, such as tree planting and wetland restoration, with traditional hard engineering approaches such as concrete barriers.The National Trust’s work in Exmoor has gone back to nature to tackle the effects of climate change. Their project involved diverting surface water and creating catch pools and water meadows on the moors. It has given the villages of Bossington and Allerford extra protection by using natural processes to slow the rivers that flow down to them. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is spending £2.5 billion to protect against flooding in a six-year programme until 2021, which it claims will better protect 300,000 homes.The majority of this goes to the Environment Agency, whose capital budget is spent directly on building flood defences and refurbishing substandard ones. In 2016, 130 schemes were completed as part of this capital investment. “A mix or a mosaic of approaches across our landscape allows us to harness all of the opportunities to soak up rainwater, hold back the rainwater where it falls, slow the flow in rivers and make room for floodwaters downstream, whilst protecting existing communities at risk of flooding.” Professor Robert Duck, a coastal expert at the University of Dundee, warned that although hard engineering is important, we cannot use it to “defend at all costs” and instead must look at natural solutions – including managed retreat in the face of rising seas.He said: “We cannot defend our coasts at all costs with hard engineering structures such as sea walls and rock armour. This would cause many more problems than it would solve – and the costs would be astronomic. Nature and natural processes will always win in the long term. We must, where possible, work with nature rather than against nature and adapt to the impacts of climate change rather than fight the sea as an enemy.” The toll of flooding on BritainThe Committee on Climate Change, whose job is to look into Government policy, sees flooding as the UK’s biggest threat over the next five years.Devastating floods have left thousands homeless and caused billions of pounds of damage in recent years, hitting areas such as Cumbria, Yorkshire and Somerset. I think until we totally accept that flooding seems to be now part of living in Britain we can never be fully preparedSue Cashmore, Cockermouth resident Storm Desmond causes widespread flooding in Cockermouth in December 2015Credit:Toby Smith/Getty Images While there is substantial funding going into flood defences, we need to rethink how the whole landscape can be used to manage water. The UK is set to be hit by a vicious combination of extreme storms, intense downpours and rising sea levels as it faces the next century.Seven of our 10 wettest years have occurred since 1998. 2013 had the UK’s wettest winter in history, and it was followed just two years later by the next wettest.For centuries, Britain has been draining wetlands, reclaiming salt marshes and lining rivers with concrete banks. Taken from the water, this land has been built on and has driven rapid development. We must […] work with nature rather than against nature and adapt to the impacts of climate changeProfessor Rob Duck, University of Dundee The Paull flood defence includes the UK’s longest glass flood wallCredit:East Riding of Yorkshire Council But this isn’t enough, according to experts, who advocate working upstream with natural water processes to hold back floodwater. This is why further funding has been targeted at areas upstream of the city, where trees have been planted in the upper catchment to slow the flow from the river’s source in the Yorkshire Dales.Professor Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology at the University of Reading, argued that lots of similar small interventions upstream, used in conjunction with larger engineered defences in urban areas downstream, could be the key. Despite this, Ms Cashmore warned that “until we totally accept that flooding seems to be now part of living in Britain we can never be fully prepared”.The price of not being prepared is clear. Just two years before the latest flooding, another wave of floods caused an estimated £1.3bn of damage. Defences that might historically have provided protection against a 1 in 100 year flood will […] be overtopped more frequentlyLord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change Natural flood management already forms an important part of our approach in protecting communities from flood riskDefra We are now in a situation where 5.9 million properties in England and Wales are at risk, according to the Environment Agency – one in six of the total.Properties in Hull, Peterborough and Doncaster are particularly at risk from rivers and the sea. In the PE11 postcode area of Peterborough, 68 per cent of properties – a total of 18,110 – have a chance of flooding in any given year of greater than one in 100. Storm Desmond broke a new record for national rainfall accumulation in a 24-hour period, dropping 34cm of rain at Honister Pass in Cumbria in the 24 hours after 6.30pm on 4 December 2015. The subsequent floods impacted 16,000 homes, amounting to a cost of over £5 billion. Around £1 billion of this wasn’t insured.In Cockermouth, many shops still remain empty and difficult to rent, according to local community groups.Sue Cashmore, from the Cockermouth Flood Action Group, told The Telegraph: “Recovery is always slow and protracted but we do recover. Repeated floods are changing the town though. My area has flooded four times in 10 years and is now a different community. Many of the houses are now rentals which means the community is transient with no commitment.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. [Floods] will happen and they’ll happen across the country and will often be unexpected and sometimes unpredictableProfessor Hannah Cloke, University of Reading Is this enough when the problem is going to get worse?Former Prime Minister David Cameron warned that “we’re in it for the long haul”. Weather forecasts indicate that we’re not only in it for the long haul – but we have to be prepared for worsening conditions.Met Office scientists have said that, by the end of the century, climate change will lead to drier summers that have intense, heavier downpours – carrying a risk of flash flooding.Winters will be wetter, with the potential for higher daily rainfall. This is because a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, which in turn leads to intensified rainfall.The Met Office’s latest exercises concluded that, in any winter, there is a one in 10 chance of existing monthly rainfall records being matched or broken in any of the UK’s regions.Rising seas add to the problem. The Government’s flooding review said that the UK will likely face a further 11-16cm of sea level rise by 2030, relative to 1990. £45m of funding was provided to Leeds, where a flood alleviation scheme on the River Aire will be completed in May. It includes the UK’s first moveable weirs, which can be lowered in flood conditions to reduce river levels. Defra says this will better protect 200 homes and businesses. The University of Reading’s Professor Cloke believes this strategy can work.She said: “We have a lot of people living at risk of flooding in this country and there are many situations where structural defences such as barriers and riverside protections are essential. We cannot remove the resources required to implement and maintain these defences. But defences should be supported by a wider flood risk management strategy that also thinks about the landscape around us and how we can use it to help us prepare for floods.”This means that we consider how farmland is managed and how land is developed for properties. Lots of small natural interventions could have a significant overall effect. There’s a great deal of scientific research into this problem underway at the moment.”There are barriers to this work, not least of which are the financial incentives for farming practices that reduce flood risk, according to the National Trust’s Freshwater and Estuaries National Specialist, Stewart Clarke.He said that “until there’s a market for green farming that helps reduce flood risk […] landowners and farmers are always going to think twice about natural flood management initiatives.” The deserted, flooded streets of Cockermouth after Storm Desmond caused the river to breach its banks But as the climate changes and rainfall records are broken through the next century, there are concerns about the country’s ability to tackle the floods it will bring. Already they’re forcing a retreat: Defences are being built further back from their predecessors, sea walls are being allowed to be breached, and experts are warning that our current defences can’t hold back extreme flooding.Experts are now saying that we can’t fight every flood with our armoury of flood walls and barriers, and that we must work with nature to combat this old but increasingly dangerous adversary.Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, warned: “Despite the significant investment that has taken place in recent years – £38m was spent improving flood defences in Carlisle after the 2005 floods; £4.4m in Cockermouth and £6m in Keswick after 2009 – severe flooding can still be expected. Role models for defenceThere are areas that, despite being at high risk, have been able to protect themselves.Near Hull – a city which has thousands of properties at risk of flooding – the UK’s longest glass flood wall was installed last year. The aluminium-framed glass wall is 520 metres long and is designed to protect 14,000 homes along the Humber estuary. It added 1.1 metres to the defence which was already protecting the town of Paull, which now stands at 6.8m above the sea. This has hit the town’s tourism, local economy and, according to Ms Cashmore, the beauty of the town. To combat this, the group has created an Emergency Response Group so people can be called on to help move the vulnerable. “Defences that might historically have provided protection against a 1 in 100 year flood will, with climate change, provide a much lower level of protection and be overtopped more frequently. The latest projections suggest periods of intense rainfall could increase in frequency by a factor of five this century as global temperatures rise.” According to a study by the Woodland Trust and Coed Cymru, planting trees on slopes increases the amount of water the soil can absorb by up to 60 times compared to pasture. London is protected by the Thames Barrier which was constructed after widespread flooding in 1953 A Defra spokesperson said:  “We are investing a record £2.5 billion to better protect the country from flooding over six years, bringing an end to year on year fluctuations in spending. This includes over 1,500 flood defence schemes, which will better protect more than 300,000 homes by 2021.”Traditional hard defences are just one of the many important ways we look to reduce the risk of flooding. Natural flood management already forms an important part of our approach in protecting communities from flood risk – that is why we are spending a further £15m on such schemes across the country.”But even if we do build a greater focus on managing natural water processes across the country, we will always be at the mercy of the next extreme weather event.Professor Cloke added: “It is so very important to remember that even a full mosaic of measures can never protect us from the biggest floods, particularly for those living with the legacy of floodplain housing. We saw this in Carlisle. The defences were built to a high flood protection standard, but then some particularly heavy rainfall lead to a large flood. We need to become more resilient to these large floods. On top of this, one in 10 new homes were created in areas of high flood risk last year, allowing more people to live under the threat of flooding. Waiting to combat these barriers isn’t an option for some. There are currently hundreds of key sites that are at risk of floods. The Government estimates that 530 important infrastructure sites across England – including water supplies, telecommunications and health systems and electricity networks – are vulnerable. Residents of Jaywick waiting for tidal wave floods “They will happen and they’ll happen across the country and will often be unexpected and sometimes unpredictable. Holding back the water with whatever method will not always work, and so we must prepare for floodwaters and ensure our houses and businesses can withstand them if they do come.” The solutions are varied and complexWe can never know when or where the next flood will hit. Data tells us that they’re likely to become more frequent, and that there are particular areas that are more at risk than others, but forecasting can only go so far.last_img read more

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Arch Coals Thunder Basin sweeps surface mine rescue competition

first_imgArch Coal’s Thunder Basin Coal Co achieved a first place finish in the 28th Annual International Surface Mine Rescue Competition held in Campbell County, Wyoming, August 21-23. A total of 12 teams from the USA and Canada participated in the three-day event hosted by the Powder River Basin Safety Association and the Campbell County Fire Department. “We’re extremely proud of Thunder Basin’s mine rescue team,” said Ken Cochran, President and General Manager of Thunder Basin. “These individuals are highly dedicated and train year-round in high-angle rescue, first aid and fire-fighting techniques for use in coal mine emergencies.”Thunder Basin’s award-winning mine rescue team is comprised of Tom Barber (Captain), Wade Christensen (Co-Captain), Randy Roby, John Gunnels, Zach Nelson, Amy Love, Neil Wood, and Lanny West. Lynn Busskohl and Ron Holt serve as trainers.In addition to earning first place in the skills stations and first place in the field problem, the judging committee awarded Thunder Basin’s Amy Love, a certified EMT, with the 2008 Travis Roy Spirit Award as the individual who most exemplified the ideals of surface mine rescue competition.“Mine rescue is an important part of our overall safety program,” said Tim McCreary, Safety Manager of Thunder Basin. “While it’s essential to prepare, we hope we won’t need to use our mine rescue teams. The employees of Thunder Basin’s Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines are working hard to eliminate all accidents and injuries. Our ultimate goal is to attain a perfect zero.”last_img read more

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Mens EHF CL Round 8 Flensburg and Montpellier made a surprise

Mladen BojinovićMontpellier handball Derby matches of groups B and D in the Round 8 of the EHF Champions League are finished with surprising results. SG Flensburg beats Ciudad Real 26:23, while French Montpellier won in Hamburg – 28:27.Group BKolding : Sävehof 33:27 (22:11)Veszprem : Tatran Prešov 33:22 (21:10)Hamburg : Montpellier 27:28 (10:13)HSV Handball: Bitter (16/1 saves, 1.-60.); Sandström;M. Lijewski 6, Hens 5, Schröder 4, Duvnjak 4, Lindberg 3/2, Vori 2, Kraus 1, Jansen 1, B. Gille 1, Flohr, G. Gille, Schliedermann n.e.,Montpellier Agglomération HB: Stochl (19 saves, 1.-60.); Robin n.e.; Andry n.e.;Bojinovic 9/5, Accambray 5, Guigou 4/3, Kavticnic 4/1, Hammed 3/1, N. Karabatic 2, Juricek 1, Tej, L. Karabatic, Dipanda n.e., Honrubia n.e., Grebille n.e.,Standing:1. Veszprem* 8-142. Montpellier* 8-123. Kolding* 8-104. Hamburg* 8-95. Sävehof 8-26. Tatran Prešov 8-1Group DZagreb Croatia Osiguranje : Constanta 34:30 (19:16)Bosna Sarajevo : St. Petersburg 25:24 (16:11)Flensburg-Handewitt – Ciudad Real 25:23 (11:10)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Eggert 9/4, Hansen 5, Boesen 5, Fahlgren 3, Heinl 2, Mocsai 1BM Ciudad Real: Abalo 5, Canellas 5, Aguinagalde 3, Morros 3, Parrondo 3/2, Guardiola 2, Davis 1, Entrerrios 1Standing:1. Ciudad Real* 8 – 132. Croatia os. Zagreb* 8 – 123. Flensburg-Handewitt* 8 – 124. Sankt Peterburg 8 – 45. Constanta 8 – 46. Bosna Sarajevo 8 – 3Photo: www.sport24.com ← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL (Round 8): Draw in Mannheim – Barcelona protest Next Story → Christopher Nordmeyer a new coach of TSV Hannover Burgdorf read more

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Here is the list of witnesses to appear at abortion hearings

first_imgFriday, 17 May9.30am – 11am: Policy – Overview of Heads of BillMinister James ReillyDr Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General at the Department of HealthDr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer11.15am – 1.45pm: Regulatory and Representative BodiesInstitute of Obstetricians & GynaecologistsIrish College of General PractitionersIrish Medical CouncilIrish Medical OrganisationRoyal College of Physicians of Ireland2.30pm – 5pm: Obstetric Care Facilities – Larger HospitalsDr Peter Boylan, National Maternity HospitalDr Sam Coulter-Smyth, Rotunda HospitalDr Rhona Mahony, Master, National Maternity Hospital5.15pm – 7.45pm: Obstetric Care Facilities – Other HospitalsDr Gerard Burke, Mid-Western Regional Maternity Hospital, LimerickDr Mary McCaffrey, Kerry General Hospital, TraleeDr Máire Milner, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, DroghedaDr John Monaghan, Portiuncula Hospital, BallinasloeMonday, 20 May9.30am – noon: Psychiatry and Perinatal PsychiatristsDr Anne Jeffers, Consultant Psychiatrist, College of Psychiatrists of IrelandDr Maeve Doyle, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, College of Psychiatrists of IrelandDr Joanne Fenton, Consultant Perinatal PsychiatristDr Anthony McCarthy, Consultant Perinatal PsychiatristDr John Sheehan, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist12.15pm – 2.45 pm: PsychiatryDr Yolande Ferguson, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght HospitalDr Peadar O’Grady, Consultant Child & Adolescent PsychiatristProf Veronica O’Keane, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital & TCDDr Eamonn Moloney, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cork University Hospital3.30pm – 6pm: PsychiatryProf Kevin Malone, Consultant Psychiatrist, St Vincent’s University Hospital & UCDDr Bernie McCabe, Consultant Psychiatrist, Navan HospitalDr Jacqueline Montwill, Consultant Psychiatrist, Mayo Mental Health ServiceDr Sean O’Domhnaill, Consultant Psychiatrist6.15pm – 8.45 pm: Other Medical SpecialtiesClaire Mahon, President, Irish Nurses & Midwives OrganisationJohn Saunders, Chair, Mental Health CommissionDr Kevin Walsh, Consultant Cardiologist, Crumlin & Mater Misericordiae HospitalDr Janice Walshe, Consultant Medical Oncologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital Tuesday, 21 May9.30am – noon: Medical LawPaul Brady, Barrister at LawSimon Mills, Barrister at LawTony O’Connor, SCCaroline Simons, Solicitor12.15pm – 2.45pm: Constitutional LawProfessor William Binchy, Barrister at Law, Trinity College DublinDr Maria Cahill, University College CorkFrank Callanan, SCJustice Catherine McGuinness, retired Supreme Court Judge3.30pm – 6pm: Medical EthicsCiaran Craven, Barrister at LawDr Ruth Fletcher, Keele UniversitySunniva McDonagh, SC6.15pm – 8.45pm: Members Times/Closing StatementsMinister of State, Alex WhiteProceedings can be watched live on UPC Channel 207 and online at the Oireachtas website. They will also be streamed live on TheJournal.ie.Here’s what we know about the Oireachtas abortion hearingsRevealed: The three independent TDs voting against abortion proposals THE OIREACHTAS HEALTH Committee has finalised its list of witnesses for three days of hearings on proposed abortion legislation.The public proceedings on the 17, 20 and 21 May will discuss the Heads of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 with medical and legal experts, as well as members of the administration.Unlike the committee’s previous hearings, chaired by Jerry Buttimer, there will be few representatives from advocacy or religious groups giving evidence.Buttimer described the proceedings as “pre-legislative scrutiny” of the heads of bill. He noted that the committee will also examine written submissions from interested parties, as well as hearing from invited experts from the medical, psychiatry and legal fields. He said he regrets that all requests could not be accommodated.“As a committee, we hope that the debate is conducted in a temperate and moderate fashion, and that the hearings make a considered contribution to the shaping of this significant piece of legislation,” he added.The following individuals and organisations are scheduled to appear in the Seanad:last_img read more

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Nokia offers cheap Windows Phones with Lumia 720 and Lumia 520

first_imgNokia has got a pair of new Windows Phone devices to offer budget-conscious shoppers, the Lumia 720 (above) and Lumia 520 (below). Yes, both are going to be available in a wide array of Lumia colors. The new models continue Nokia’s charge to snag first-time smartphone buyers and boost sales in emerging markets, as well as to secure the company’s existing market share in regions where it retains a strong market presence.They’re more akin to the humble Lumia 620 and 710 than they are to the flagship Lumia 920. As you’d guess from the numbering, the 720 is the mid-range offering in this new tandem. Nokia has opted for a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, half a gig of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage with a micro SD expansion. The rear-facing camera features a 6.7MP sensor, and a front-facing camera sits atop the 4.3-inch 800×480 touchscreen display. The included 2000mAh battery is good for an estimated 13.4 hours of talk time.Though it’s a lower-end affair, the Lumia 520 also features a 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. It’s teamed up with the same 512MB of memory, 8GB of SD-expandable built-in storage, and a 5MP rear-facing camera (without an LED flash). No front-facing camera here. The Lumia 520 sports a slightly smaller 4-inch display, though it maintains the 800×480 resolution. It’s fairly light at 124g, and it’s not overly thick. The Lumia 520 measures 9.9MM from front to back — just slightly more than the iPhone 4.Both the Lumia 720 and 520 support CDMA, GSM, and HSPA networks — and the 720 also offers dual micro-SIM slots. While Nokia decided to skip NFC on the Lumia 520, the Lumia 720 is fully equipped to handle all those tap-to-pay transactions.Nokia is pitching both the 720 and 520 as affordable, fun ways to enjoy Windows Phone 8, and the bold colors and rock-bottom price tags will certainly garner plenty of looks from budget-minded shoppers. The 520 is expected to sell for under $200 when it starts shipping next month, while the 720 will sell for about $130 more.last_img read more

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Découverte dun nouveau cousin de lHomme

first_imgDécouverte d’un nouveau cousin de l’HommeDes travaux publiés hier révèlent que des chercheurs ont découvert un nouveau cousin de l’homme de Néandertal. Jusque-là inconnu, le génome de cet hominidé a pu être étudié à partir de l’os d’un doigt, découvert en Sibérie.Une équipe de recherche internationale est parvenue à séquencer le génome de l’os d’un doigt découvert dans le sud de la Sibérie, rapporte l’AFP. Celui-ci s’est avéré provenir d’un hominidé, disparu depuis au moins 30.000 ans. Ces nouveaux cousins de l’Homme ont été baptisés les Denisovans, nom de la caverne où ils ont été retrouvé.À lire aussiPourquoi les hommes ont-ils une érection le matin ?”Le fait que les Denisovans aient été découverts dans le sud de la Sibérie et aient contribué au patrimoine génétique des populations modernes de Nouvelle-Guinée montre que la présence de ce groupe pourrait avoir été étendue en Asie depuis la fin du Pléistocène”, soit entre 400.000 et 50.000 ans avant notre ère, explique David Reich qui a mené l’analyse génétique des populations.Svante Pääbo avait quant à lui conduit le séquençage du génome de l’homme de Neandertal. Il avait ainsi découvert que l’humain moderne aurait de 1 à 4 % de gènes néandertaliens. Pour lui, “la combinaison du génome de l’homme de Neandertal et de celui du Denisovan révèle la complexité des interactions génétiques entre nos ancêtres et les différents groupes d’hominidés anciens”. Le 23 décembre 2010 à 15:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Perdre de largent influencerait la prise de décisions

first_imgPerdre de l’argent influencerait la prise de décisionsUne perte d’argent affecterait notre compréhension de la réalité et pourrait conduire à des comportements irrationnels. C’est ce que montre une étude tout juste publiée par des scientifiques israéliens. Des travaux qui pourraient également avoir un impact sur notre connaissance des mécanismes neurologiques impliqués dans les stress post-traumatiques.Publiée dans la revue scientifique Journal of Neuroscience, et menée par l’équipe israélienne de Rony Paz de l’Institut Weizmann, une étude montre qu’une perte financière perturberait fortement nos sens. Plus sérieux encore, elle altérerait par là-même notre capacité à agir et à prendre des décisions. Pour fournir un tel résultat, les expériences ont consisté à demander à des volontaires d’apprendre trois notes de musique : une première note correspondant à un gain d’argent, une deuxième à une perte d’argent et une troisième à un compte monétaire restant stable. Les notes ont ensuite été ré-entendues au milieu d’autres notes similaires. Les personnes devaient alors reconnaître quelles notes correspondaient à une augmentation, une diminution ou une stabilisation de leur compte. D’après les résultats publiés, les personnes sondés auraient alors progressé au fil du temps dans l’identification des notes liées à un gain d’argent ou à un compte stable. Elles auraient par contre eu de plus en plus de mal à reconnaître la note équivalant à une perte financière parmi les notes similaires. Pour en savoir plus, une imagerie fonctionnelle à résonance magnétique (IRMf) des différentes parties du cerveau impliquées dans le processus d’apprentissage des volontaires a été réalisée et a ainsi révélé une forte stimulation émotionnelle. Autrement dit, les scientifiques se sont aperçus que le complexe amygdalien du cerveau, lié aux émotions et notamment au plaisir, avait été très stimulé au cours de l’expérience. Mais ce n’est pas tout. L’équipe a également noté de l’activité dans une autre partie, à l’avant du cerveau, qui sert à modérer la réponse émotionnelle. Les sujets montrant une activité forte dans cette partie du cerveau avaient moins d’aptitude à distinguer les notes. “La meilleure réponse a un rugissement de lion est de s’enfuir rapidement””Les origines de cette difficulté à distinguer sont positives : si la meilleure réponse a un rugissement de lion est de s’enfuir rapidement, ce serait contre-productif de distinguer les sons proches d’un rugissement. Tout son similaire pourrait nous faire fuir sans avoir à réfléchir. Malheureusement, le même mécanisme peut être activé aujourd’hui dans le stress et dans des situations ne menaçant pas notre vie (comme perdre de l’argent) et cela pourrait nous nuire”, explique ainsi Rony Paz cité par Techno-science. Par exemple, les processus décisionnels chez les traders qui, en période de crise économique, font plus souvent l’expérience de pertes que de gains d’argent, pourraient se trouver altérées. Par ailleurs, ces résultats pourraient également expliquer les problèmes liés au stress post-traumatique. Si les personnes souffrantes sont incapables de distinguer un stimulus pouvant causer une réponse de panique d’un stimulus similaire, mais non-menaçant, ils pourraient vivre des réactions émotionnelles fortes dans des situations inappropriées comme c’est souvent le cas. Le 8 juillet 2012 à 18:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hours after killing man being questioned in womans death

first_img Murdered father of two, shot in the head Arrests, Fake gun, bank account hacked and armed robbery Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 May 2015 – Back at home… Police have a 24 year old man in custody for the brutal killing of a 44 year old woman in Kew Town, Providenciales yesterday. It is confirmed that the man is assisting in the investigation and was detained by about 4pm after the murder report on Monday. The woman, who remains unidentified was examined at the scene and pronounced dead there. This is the second domestic violence incident in the Kew Town community in two weeks; the first woman was lit a fire, allegedly by her husband. Related Items:domestic violence, jail, kew town Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Temporary amendments to visa application procedures – Bahamas Embassy Haiti

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise the travelling public applying for visas at The Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that, with immediate effect, temporary measures have been put in place regarding the issuance of visas by the Embassy.  This was necessary due to technical constraints.While the temporary measure may initially result in minor delays, the Ministry wishes to assure the public that every effort will be made to process applications in a timely manner. All other functions of the Embassy will continue uninterrupted. The Ministry will advise the public in due course when the Embassy resumes its normal visa issuing function.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs apologises for any inconvenience caused. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Indicted Rep Hunter heading for reelection over CampaNajjar

first_img SAN DIEGO (AP) — Despite being under federal indictment for alleged misuse of campaign funds, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, was on pace Wednesday for re-election, holding off a challenge from Democratic candidate Ammar Campa- Najjar.With about 68 percent of precincts reporting from Tuesday’s election, Hunter had about 54 percent of the vote, compared to about 46 percent for Campa- Najjar.“The voters of California’s 50th Congressional District have once again made it clear that their issues and priorities are consistent with my issues and priorities as their Representative in Congress.  This election reflects what is important to us here in San Diego and Riverside Counties, issues on which President Trump has had success, but understanding that there is undoubtedly more work to be done.  For 10 years, I have consistently and unapologetically focused on rebuilding the military, protecting the border, which includes a border wall, cutting taxes, supporting our veterans, creating small business jobs and economic development, upholding the 2nd Amendment and protecting the sanctity of life.  I am proud of this record and I intend to make it business-as-usual in working with President Trump for the next two years to achieve more success, especially given the challenge of having a Democrat-led House.  I thank my constituents for their continued trust and support and I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to continue serving them in Congress,”said Duncan Hunter in a statement.Ammar Campa-Najjar has not yet released a statement. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:05 AM Posted: November 6, 2018 Indicted Rep. Hunter heading for reelection over Campa-Najjar AP AP, A federal grand jury indicted Hunter and his wife Margaret in August over allegations of improperly using campaign funds between 2009 and 2016 for personal expenses, such as vacations and dental bills. In spite of the indictment, Hunter maintained a polling lead over Campa-Najjar, a small business owner, for most of September and October.The 50th Congressional District includes parts of Riverside County and San Diego County, including San Marcos and Escondido.Despite his win, Hunter’s lead dwindled from 15 percentage points in a late September poll from Monmouth University to just three points in an Oct. 25-29 poll from SurveyUSA.Hunter’s campaign released a much-debated TV ad in September that framed Campa-Najjar as a terrorist sympathizer and claimed he is supported by the fundamentalist Sunni Islamic extremist group the Muslim Brotherhood. The ad also called Campa-Najjar a security risk, despite the fact he served as a White House staffer during the Obama administration.There are currently 139,636 registered Republicans in the 50th district compared to 94,699 registered Democrats, according to the Registrar of Voters.Hunter, a former U.S. Marine and son of former Rep. Duncan Lee Hunter, has served in Congress since 2009. Hunter first represented District 52, but redistricting after the 2010 census shifted him to the 50th district.Campa-Najjar, a former Obama White House aide, was largely unknown in the district east of San Diego until Hunter and his wife were charged in August with illegally spending more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses ranging from family trips to shots of tequila.Campa-Najjar, 29, grabbed attention because of the charges and Hunter responded by fueling a bitter campaign that some say exploits racial prejudice and xenophobia.Hunter, 41, who first won the seat 10 years ago after his father stepped down, has called the charges a political witch hunt. He and his wife have pleaded not guilty.Hunter is one of two Republican congressmen seeking to win re-election while under indictment, a rare feat in U.S. history. The other is Rep. Chris Collins of New York, who is charged with insider trading. Both representatives ran low-key campaigns that largely avoided the media and relied on attack ads.The campaigns of both lawmakers, who were early supporters of President Donald Trump, are considered a fresh test of partisanship in the Trump era and whether voters will overlook the taint of suspicion to help the GOP remain in power.Janet Wallace, a nurse “over 60” from Santee, said she couldn’t believe Hunter had the audacity to run after being indicted. Campa-Najjar got her vote, but she said she would have voted for anyone but Hunter.“I would have voted for my dog over that man,” said Wallace, who didn’t disclose her political party affiliation.Robert Knapp, 59, a Santee Republican, who services trucks and buses, said he voted for Hunter in the past, but struggled with whether to continue that support after the charges. Ultimately, he decided to stick with the incumbent.“I had a lot of regrets about deciding to go with Duncan Hunter, but I was also more concerned about the border and things like that, which overtook my decision,” Knapp said.The region east of San Diego was not among the California districts Democrats targeted to pick up 23 seats nationwide to win control of the House. Registered Republicans have a nearly 15-point edge over Democrats in the inland district that went double digits for Trump in 2016.In the June primary – before the indictment – Hunter received 47 percent to Campa-Najjar’s 17 percent.But in the last month, polls suggested the race was tightening and Campa-Najjar’s campaign contributions nearly doubled after the indictment.Hunter, a Marine veteran, stepped up his attacks, raising questions about Campa-Najjar’s Palestinian father who served in the Palestine Liberation Organization, and his grandfather who was involved in the 1972 attack on the Munich Olympics that killed 11 Israeli athletes.Campa-Najjar was raised by his Mexican-American mother in San Diego and said he had little to do with his Palestinian father. His grandfather was killed by Israeli commandos before he was born.Hunter’s campaign ad claimed his rival, who was given security clearances to work in the Obama administration, is a “security risk.”Dozens of national security experts assailed the Hunter ad as racist.It’s unclear how effective the attacks have been in the district that abuts Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base and has a large veteran population.Campa-Najjar has tried to appeal to voters by emphasizing he wants to work with the Trump administration on job creation and infrastructure improvements.His campaign ads call Hunter an embarrassment and ask voters to “put country over party.”On the eve of the election, Campa-Najjar sent to voters what he called a “farewell letter” to Hunter that criticized the congressman for not attending numerous town hall and debate events and for sending his father, Duncan Hunter Sr., as a proxy to confront him at a press conference.“Neither of our fathers are running for Congress,” he wrote. “For this reason and so many others, I believe you are unfit to serve.”Hunter spent the last day of the campaign walking the 50th District, waving signs and meeting people in person to talk about his support of Trump’s border wall plans, rebuilding the military, cutting taxes, and defending the Second Amendment, among other issues.His spokesman Michael Harrison said in response to Campa-Najjar’s letter, “it’s amateur hour over there.” November 6, 2018last_img read more

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