Bengal records 100 dengue cases

first_imgAt least 100 cases dengue have been reported from West Bengal’s Birbhum district.“We have received reports of at least 100 cases of dengue since July 23. While about 60 of these cases are from the Dubrajpur town in the district’s Suri Sadar sub-division, the rest are from other areas such as Bolpur and Rampurhat towns. But no one has died so far,” Chief Medical Officer of Birbhum, Himadri Ari, told The Hindu. He also said that no cases of dengue have been reported from the flood-affected Labhpur block in the district. According to district officials, a large-scale awareness campaign has been undertaken.last_img read more

Crickets and pillbugs feed on human remains

first_imgInsects love dead bodies. Blow flies, beetles, and other bugs flock to decomposing remains to feed, lay eggs, or prey on others at the scene. But entomologists were recently surprised to find two new creepy-crawlers nibbling on human flesh. While observing how carrion insects naturally assemble on a decaying human body, scientists witnessed the bush cricket Pediodectes haldemani (pictured above) and pillbug Armadillidium cf. vulgare munching on the corpse. The behavior had not been seen in either species before and left small marks that could be misinterpreted as drug abuse, defense wounds, or torture in forensic investigations, the researchers warn. The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology, describes in gory detail how the two arthropods fed on the cadaver.last_img read more

McDonald’s And Starbucks Hit by Plastics Ban in India

first_imgMcDonald’s and Starbucks have been caught in a crackdown on plastics in India.The restaurant chains were among dozens of companies hit with fines in Maharashtra state — India’s second-largest with a population of more than 100 million — at the weekend, a government official said. Read it at WTKR Related Itemslast_img

St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Bisping, who had eight fights during St. Pierre’s break, is eager to add another big name to his improbable late-career surge of victories. Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson last year, and St. Pierre is a second straight opponent who isn’t among the top middleweight contenders for his title.The fight has been attacked as nothing but a money grab for Bisping and a desperate attempt by UFC to give MSG some star power in a year that has lacked in must-see main events.But the fight legend is back and Bisping would walk out of the cage with the biggest name win of his career should he stop St. Pierre. GSP was at UFC’s pinnacle in his prime — but a four-year layoff could be cruel to the fighter.“Why would I not want to come back, fighting Michael Bisping for the title in the Madison Square Garden, this mythical place?” St. Pierre said. “I would be fool to not take this opportunity.” FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Britain’s Michael Bisping, left, and Canada’s Georges St. Pierre face off during a news conference in Toronto, to promote their upcoming UFC 217. At center rear is UFC President Dana White. The pair square off on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK — Georges St. Pierre waved his hands as a conductor would to a chorus of “G-S-P” chanted by fans wrapped in Rising Sun headbands inside Madison Square Garden.“These are your people? These are your people, Georges?” fighter Michael Bisping chirped as he dismissed the rising cheers with a wave.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GSP is back for his people and on top of a UFC card one more time.But is it for the final time?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSt. Pierre (25-2) was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. After a lengthy sabbatical, he returns Saturday to headline UFC 217 in a 185-pound championship bout with Bisping (31-7), the gritty English veteran who won the middleweight championship in a surprise upset of Luke Rockhold last year.St. Pierre, now 36, left UFC as one of its biggest box office draws, holder of the second-longest winning streak in the promotion’s history and with enough stardom to grace the cover of a video game.center_img MOST READ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC St. Pierre, who hasn’t revealed any career goals beyond claiming Bisping’s 185-pound title, hasn’t decided if this bout would be his last.“Nothing for sure,” St. Pierre said. “Sometimes you win the fight and you could lose and sometimes you lose but you should have won. It depends how it happens and how I will feel and depend on a lot of stuff. But I don’t see myself going away for a long time so it’s going to be a good match.”St. Pierre hasn’t lost since April 2007 when Matt Serra took away the 170-pound belt. St. Pierre reclaimed the title later that year and beat Serra in a rematch shortly afterward.But St. Pierre didn’t fight between April 2011 and November 2012 while recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. He bounced back from injury with wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.He beat Hendricks, who has a fight on the 217 card, by split decision, then decided it was time for a hiatus. St. Pierre had lamented the stress of his prominence in the sport, saying his obsessive nature prevented him from enjoying life while maintaining the focus necessary to train for title fights.“It’s hard on my nerves, but when I close my eyes at night, I give myself the choice would I want to be there or not,” St. Pierre said. “Yes, I want to. I don’t do it because I have to do it, because I really want to. I’ve never been forced to do anything I don’t want to in life, but I felt like I had that pressure from outside and I was stuck into a pattern. Now, I am doing it and I’m happier than ever.”GSP smiled and appeared happy on the MSG stage as foul-mouthed Bisping tried his best to rattle him with trash talk to fuel the fight.“There’s no other place and moment I want to be,” St. Pierre said. “I’m back now.”Bisping yelled, “I’ll retire him!”Robert Whittaker, the interim middleweight champ, could be on deck for the winner in a fight to unify the belt. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Four years later, St. Pierre returns to a UFC world that blew up into a $4 billion company without him.His fights with Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn that drew two of the biggest buy rates in UFC history have been passed six times, notably by cards headlined by Conor McGregor. Ronda Rousey came (and went?) and bulldozed her way into becoming a mainstream superstar. St. Pierre’s 12-fight winning streak that he takes into Saturday has been topped by Jon Jones and matched by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. And it was McGregor again, with a championship belt draped over each shoulder, who was announced Friday as the EA Sports UFC 3 video game cover boy .But the use of a PS4 controller may be the only way to make sure McGregor steps into a cage any time soon. With Rousey, McGregor and Jones all sidelined, and UFC struggling to build a new crop of pay-per-view stars, the big attraction for 2018 just might be a blast from the past in St. Pierre.Another change, MMA wasn’t even legal in New York the last time St. Pierre fought. He’ll top UFC’s fourth card in the state in 12 months and the first at MSG since a McGregor-headlined show helped draw an arena-record gate of $17 million.Cody Garbrandt defends the 135-pound belt against T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts the 115-pound women’s title on the line against Rose Namajunas in the other two big PPV bouts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Meralco stays alive, barely survives Phoenix

first_imgPBA IMAGESCoach Norman Black could only heave a sigh of relief after Jeff Chan missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer and Meralco escaped Phoenix, 92-90, Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“For us, it was a championship game,” the veteran mentor said as the Bolts stayed alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoff race.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MERALCO 92 — Lanete 24, Hodge 17, Canaleta 9, Caram 9, Newsome 9, Tolomia 9, Hugnatan 6, Amer 5, Salva 4, Ballesteros 0, Baracael 0.PHOENIX 90 — Wilson 24, Wright 16, Jazul 13, Perkins 10, Chan 8, Mendoza 6, Dehesa 5, Intal 4, Kramer 4, Alolino 0, Chua 0, Eriobu 0.Quarters: 29-18, 54-40, 70-75, 92-90. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding White wins USA’s 100th winter gold, gets grilled by media LATEST STORIES Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cliff Hodge finished with 17 markers, three rebounds, and three assists, but had to exit the game after incurring a knee injury on a collision with Willy Wilson late in the third quarter.“We really had to dig deep to get in this basketball game. It takes a lot of will power for the players to say, ‘No, we will win this game,’ and that’s what the players did today,” said Black as his side snapped their three-game losing slump.Wilson led Phoenix with a season-best 24 points and eight rebounds, while Matthew Wright got 16 markers and eight boards, but shot 0-of-5 from downtown and fouled out  with 2:58 still left to play.The Fuel Masters remain at seventh place with their 4-5 card, but are now tied with TNT.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ With their backs against the wall, the Bolts almost saw their season go down the drain after the Fuel Masters made a huge run in the third quarter to erase a 16-point lead and storm back again in the last 1:23 to cut the 92-87 advantage down to just two.Jaypee Mendoza forced a jumpball on Chris Newsome with 13.5 seconds left, giving Phoenix one last chance to steal the game, but the 2016 Rookie of the Year did just enough to nudge Chan in the waning seconds and force him to heave the desperation three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That was really a hard-fought game. I’m just happy with my guys staying in the game and kept fighting until the end,” remarked Black.Garvo Lanete stepped up for the undermanned Meralco with career second-best 24 points on a 4-of-9 shooting from threes to help his side rise to 3-6. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao awaits Adrien Broner bout in crossroads fight at age 40

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ He fights Saturday night against Adrien Broner in a true crossroads bout that will determine a lot about his future in the ring. Chasing a second fight with Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao will be tested by a younger and talented fighter who has a lot to prove himself.He’s 40 now, an age where fighters either have long stopped lacing up the gloves or are very careful in picking opponents. Pacquiao is not only still fighting, but willing to take on a 29-year-old who thinks of himself as a young Mayweather.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd he’s not terribly concerned about the possibility he might lose.“I still have that killer instinct and the fire in my eyes is still there,” Pacquiao, who weigh in at 146 pounds the day before the fight, said. “That aggressiveness, the interest in this career is still there 100 percent. The speed and the power are still there.” View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Manny’s a great guy to have on your side,” Roach said.Indeed, Broner has done his part to sell the fight by acting boorish and flashing money around like his mentor, Mayweather. At this week’s final news conference, Broner went into a profane rant about Showtime announcer Al Bernstein, though his comments about Pacquiao were more respectful.“Pacquiao’s a legend,” Broner, who came in at 145.6 pounds, said. “He’ll always go down as one of the best in the boxing business. But I just feel like it’s my time to take over this sport and I’m coming to take the throne from Pacquiao.”Broner (33-3-1, 24 knockouts) certainly has the skills to do just that. He has long been considered an elite fighter, though he has lost most of his bigger fights and tends to be undisciplined in the ring.To beat Pacquiao he will have to use his speed to match that of the Filipino senator, and figure out a way to deal with an unorthodox style that has puzzled opponents since Pacquiao began fighting for $2 purses so he could help his mother feed the family.“Adrien Broner is not a tuneup fight,” Pacquiao said. “He’s a former champion. He’s fast, he moves fast and he’s a good boxer.”Unfortunately, a lot of fans won’t be watching. The fight is on Showtime pay-per-view and the price ($74.95) is lofty for a fighter a few years removed from his prime.Still, Pacquiao will make millions, and Broner will have a big payday of his own. Both would also profit with a win, with Broner regaining some of his reputation and Pacquiao putting himself in line for another possible huge payday against Mayweather, who still says he is officially retired.Pacquiao blamed an injured shoulder for his poor performance in the 2015 bout, a lackluster affair won by Mayweather. A second Mayweather fight would cap Pacquiao’s career and put him closer to retirement and full-time duties in the Senate in his home country. It’s on Pacquiao’s mind, as well as the mind of his millions of fans.“You cannot avoid people will ask if there’s a rematch with Floyd Mayweather,” Pacquiao said, “because I think they have a big question mark in their mind and also in their heart about what happened in that fight.” That showed in a gym session this week in Hollywood, where Pacquiao looked sharp and fast while hitting the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. The two have reunited for the fight, Pacquiao’s first in the U.S. in more than two years.But while Pacquiao is favored, there’s always a chance in boxing that age often catches up to a fighter in the wrong place — the ring.And that adds some intrigue to seeing a fighter who has been so much of a part of the fabric of boxing for the last 15 years.“He’s unbelievable,” Roach said. “His work ethic is great, he has fast hands and he still hits hard. I think he actually wants to knock this opponent out.”That may be asking a lot since Pacquiao went nearly a decade without knocking anyone out before stopping Lucas Martin Matthysse in a fight in Malaysia last July. But if Pacquiao needed any more motivation he got it after Broner mocked the Parkinson’s that Roach has.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner face off during the weigh in at MGM Grand a day before fight night. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao has been beating the odds since he was a teenager in the Philippines stuffing his pockets with metal at weigh-ins so he wouldn’t look like a 98-pound weakling.Nearly a quarter century later, Pacquiao is still up for a challenge.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Gionee India ties up with RCB for IPL 10,Gionee India ties up with RCB for IPL 10

first_img× Gionee India had signed captain Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador.   –  BusinessLine Becomes first brand ever to sponsor front jerseys of two IPL teams in the same edition April 04, 2017 SHARE COMMENTS advertising and marketing Published oncenter_img COMMENT Gionee India had signed captain Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador.   –  BusinessLine cricket IPL 2017 Handset maker Gionee India today announced its association with the ‘Royal Challengers Bangalore’, as their presenting sponsors for the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.Gionee is already the principal sponsor of the Kolkata Franchise — ‘Kolkata Knight Riders’.Gionee has become the first brand ever to sponsor front jerseys of two IPL teams in the same edition and will have its logo feature on the front jersey of both the teams, the company said in a release.The smart phone manufacturer had signed Captain Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador in November last year. “This partnership puts us at the forefront in the IPL with the Gionee brand being visible in 26 of the 56 games till the knockouts.We are immensely proud to associate with Royal Challengers Bangalore – a team that has an eclectic talent mix and has entertained its fans over the years,” Gionee India CEO and Managing Director Arvind R Vohra said.The company said the announcement comes as a part of Gionee’s aggressive brand strengthening in India which includes launching its flagship product of the year, A1.The company had spent close to Rs 500 crore in marketing last year, and in 2017-18, they plan to increase the same by almost 50 per cent, the release said. SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Virat Kohli renews deal with MRF worth 100-crore

first_imgVirat Kohli is all set to hit another century, this time off the field. According to reports, the captain of the Indian cricket team has renewed his bat sponsorship deal with MRF for an astronomical sum of Rs. 100 crore. The reported deal is for a period of eight years.This comes after reports in the media of Kohli signing a deal with Puma for another Rs.110-crore for a similar period, meaning that he has two 100-plus endorsement deals.Apart from Kohli, MRF also sponsors Shikhar Dhawan and South African captain AB de Villiers. In the past the company had their names on the bats of legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Steve Waugh.Recently, Kohli was named in the world’s 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list.  He is the sole sportsperson from the country to feature in the list topped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.The 28-year-old, has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Forbes list of ‘The World’s highest paid athletes’ with a total pay of USD 22 million that includes USD three million from salary and winnings and another 19 million from endorsements.He had decided not to renew his six-year deal with PepsiCo worth multiple crores again, saying that he would only endorse products that he consumes or can relate to.”If I myself won’t consume such things, I won’t urge others to consume it, just because I am getting money out of it,” said Kohli in an interview with CNN-IBN.Kohli is a known for his fitness conscious public image and especially with his posts on social media.advertisement”When I started my fitness turnaround, it was more of a lifestyle thing initially. If something goes away from that, I would not want to be a part of that or be promoting that,” he added.last_img read more

a month agoSwansea defender Wilmot admits mixed emotions blocked facing Watford

first_imgSwansea defender Wilmot admits mixed emotions blocked facing Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSwansea City defender Ben Wilmot won’t face Watford in the Carabao Cup.The Hornets’ defender is on loan with the Swans but has not been allowed to play by his parent club as both sides go head to head in the competition’s third round. “I would’ve loved to have played because it’s another opportunity for game-time and Watford are a very good side so it should be a great game,” said Wilmot.”But it would’ve also been weird having to play against people I still class as teammates.“Also, if I had played then my first game at Vicarage Road wouldn’t have even been for Watford, so it would’ve been a weird one. As it happens, I’m not allowed to play but I’ll be there watching the game anyway and it should be a good evening.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Administrative blunder costs India chance to compete in World Squash Championship

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 19:36 IST India have a competitive men’s team comprising world number 10 Saurav Ghosal. (Twitter @SouravGhosal)An administrative blunder by the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) has denied the national men’s team a chance to compete in the World Championship in Washington from December 15-21.It is learned that SRFI officials were not able to get the necessary clearances in time from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the biennial event.”The SRFI was not able to get a meeting with SAI and that is why the approval did not come and SRFI didn’t register the team. It is really sad that players have to bear the brunt of this,” a source told PTI.Despite repeated attempts, the SRFI top brass was not available for comment.The players, both men and women, are already struggling for guidance with the SRFI not being able to appoint a foreign coach after Egyptian Achraf Karargui left on a bitter note ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, calling the Indian federation “unprofessional”.India were not exactly title contenders but have a competitive men’s team comprising world number 10 Saurav Ghosal, 48th-ranked Ramit Tandon and 55th-ranked Mahesh Mangaonkar.Defending champions Egypt are favourites to lift the trophy as the United States gears up to host the event for the first time in its 52-year history. India too has hosted the prestigious once, back in 2007 in Chennai.Hosts USA will be joined by 22 teams representing Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong China, Ireland, Jamaica, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Wales.advertisementThe last edition was held in Marseille, France in 2017.Since the tournament’s inception in 1967 in Australia, the men’s world team championship has been staged in 12 countries.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Squash Rackets Federation of IndiaFollow World Championship Administrative blunder costs India chance to compete in World Squash ChampionshipIndia were not exactly title contenders but have a competitive men’s team comprising world number 10 Saurav Ghosal, 48th-ranked Ramit Tandon and 55th-ranked Mahesh Mangaonkar.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Oilsands could eventually acidify area size of Germany study

first_imgThe largest and most precise study yet done on acid emissions from Alberta’s oilsands suggests they could eventually damage an area almost the size of Germany.The study finds that in 2013 more than 330,000 square kilometres in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan absorbed acid deposits high enough to eventually damage life in rivers and lakes.“This work is a warning,” said Paul Makar, an Environment Canada scientist and lead author on the paper published in the Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.“If emissions continue at 2013 levels, there will be ecosystem damage over a very large area.”Some industry players have invested heavily in recent years to reduce sulphur and nitrogen emissions, which lead to the acidification of water and soil. But it’s not clear whether overall oilsands emissions have fallen.The research involved scientists at Environment Canada as well as their counterparts in Alberta and Saskatchewan and from Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.Their work began with a study of 90,000 lakes to determine how different water bodies responded to acids and at what point they would no longer be able to buffer them. That data was used to create a map of carrying capacities across a large swath of the northern prairie provinces.Previous studies used grids of 45 square kilometres. This one resolves to 2.5 square kilometres.The team used the latest datasets and techniques — including satellite imagery — to model how 2013 emissions were likely to affect forests, rivers and lakes. Predictions were checked against measurements in the field and the model was then refined.“If those emissions levels continue, there will be ecosystem damage for aquatic ecosystems over an area that’s about the size of Germany,” Makar said.The study says if emissions continue at the level studied, tree growth would be stunted. Water plants would suffer from increased toxins. Fish and the bugs they prey on would get sick and reproduce less easily.Although previous studies have suggested dust from plant operations would provide a buffer, Makar said that effect falls off well before the acidification does.The study also shows some ecosystems are much more sensitive than others. A nearby lake could remain relatively healthy if it could buffer lots of acid, but the research suggests sensitive lakes could be affected as far east as Manitoba.“There’s quite a far-reaching effect hundreds of kilometres downwind for ecosystems that are sensitive,” Makar said.The paper’s conclusions rest on 2013 measurements. Syncrude and Suncor say they’ve substantially improved their performance since then — Syncrude installed a sulphur scrubber in 2014.But production increases mean Suncor’s overall oilsands emissions — which also include some other chemicals — increased 20 per cent from 2013 to 2017.Terry Abel of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers acknowledged sulphur has been an issue in the oilsands “as far back as I can remember.”Abel said oilsands facilities scrub the vast majority of sulphur from their stacks and he cautioned the study remains a modelling exercise.“It’s a prediction of what might be happening, not necessarily what is happening.”Actual field data pointing to rising acid levels in waterways and soils remains inconclusive, Abel suggested.“There are studies out there that say there are changes. There’s others that say changes are well within natural variability. Direct measurement is inconclusive as to whether there’s any significant change taking place.”Abel said industry-funded, government-run monitoring programs are in place.Makar said the paper can’t estimate the rate of acidification.“This ecosystem is being pushed past its buffering capacity and it will eventually go. I don’t have the when.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Corus chief operating officer Barb Williams retiring at the end of October

first_imgTORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. says chief operating officer Barb Williams will retire at the end of the month.Williams joined the company as part of its acquisition of Shaw Media.Corus acquired Shaw Media in April 2016 for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.The company says Williams played a key role in the integration of the two companies.It says it will not be filling the role of chief operating officer.Corus owns specialty and conventional television stations, including the Global Television network as well as radio stations, a children’s book publishing business and other services.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)last_img read more

International Criminal Court Prosecutor seeks charges against rebels in Darfur

20 November 2008The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today presented evidence against three rebel commanders for their role in last year’s deadly attack against peacekeepers in the war-ravaged Sudanese region of Darfur, vowing that he “will not let such attacks go unpunished.” The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today presented evidence against three rebel commanders for their role in last year’s deadly attack against peacekeepers in the war-ravaged Sudanese region of Darfur, vowing that he “will not let such attacks go unpunished.”Some 1,000 rebels attacked the Haskanita camp in South Darfur state on 29 September 2007, killing 12 peacekeepers serving with the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) – a predecessor to the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID – and wounding eight others.The three commanders “planned, led their troops and directed the attack… and completely destroyed AMIS facilities and property, directly affecting aid and security for millions of people of Darfur who are in need of protection,” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said, according to a press release issued by the Court.“No one is above the law,” he added.The Prosecution has concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe the three commanders bear criminal responsibility for three counts of war crimes for murder, intentionally directing attacks against personnel and objects involved in a peacekeeping mission and pillaging.He later told the UN News Centre that the rebels’ names are sealed because “the best way to ensure their appearance is to keep confidential their names for now,” adding that they must “recognize that they have to respect the Court.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo expressed outrage against the attack on peacekeepers in Haskanita, saying that “this cannot happen,” for “if you attack them, there is no hope for the civilians.”Although he said that he expects no cooperation on the part of the Sudanese authorities, he stressed that it is his “duty to show that the law will be enforced very seriously.”Today’s presentation of evidence to the ICC could help to further the Darfur peace process, the Prosecutor said, because “applying the law will help to establish law and bring peace to the region.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said in a statement issued by his spokesperson that he “emphasizes that the United Nations respects the independence of the Court and its judicial process, and stresses the critical importance of full compliance by all parties to the actions of the Court.”He said that the two UN peacekeeping missions operating in Sudan will continue to work in an “impartial manner, cooperating in good faith with all partners to further the goal of peace and stability in the country,” adding that the world body will also press ahead with its humanitarian and development efforts in the country.The investigation of the three rebel commanders is the ICC’s third arising from the situation in Darfur, which was referred to The Hague-based Court by the Security Council in 2005.In July, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo requested an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for allegedly committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide over the last five years in Darfur.The ICC has issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Muhammad Harun, former Sudanese Minister of State for the Interior, and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb. In presenting his evidence against them to the Court, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said that they “jointly committed crimes against the civilian population in Darfur.”More than 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Darfur, an impoverished and relatively arid region on Sudan’s western flank, since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen in 2003. Another 2.7 million civilians have had to flee their homes. read more

Ban applauds Brazilian efforts to curb poverty and inequality

In their meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban and Celso Luis Nunes Amorim also discussed Brazil’s support for UN peacekeeping operations, especially MINUSTAH in Haiti, and to peacebuilding missions, such as in Guinea-Bissau.Mr. Ban congratulated Mr. Amorim on Brazil’s progress in reducing poverty and inequality, and for its role in the G20 bloc of major developed and developing economies and its contributions to so-called South-South cooperation among developing nations.The Secretary-General also noted Brazil’s leadership on climate change and on efforts to attain the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to information released by a spokesperson for Mr. Ban. 24 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the Brazilian Foreign Minister today, discussing poverty, climate change and efforts to boost cooperation among the world’s poorer nations. read more

Senate confirms White to head SEC making her first exprosecutor to lead

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Mary Jo White’s nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, making her the first former prosecutor to lead the federal agency that oversees Wall Street.White was approved Monday by a Senate voice vote. She will replace Elisse Walter, who has been interim SEC chairman since Mary Schapiro resigned in December.President Barack Obama nominated White, who had served as U.S. attorney in Manhattan from 1993 through 2002.Critics have complained that the SEC has failed to act aggressively to charge top executives at the biggest U.S. banks who may have contributed to the crisis that set off the Great Recession.White told the Senate Banking Committee last month that she would aggressively pursue enforcement and hold accountable “all wrongdoers — individual and institutional, of whatever position or size.”As SEC chairman, she will also lead efforts to complete and enforce complex regulations called for by Congress in response to the 2008 financial crisis.White, 65, was the first woman to be named U.S. attorney in Manhattan, one of the most prestigious jobs in law enforcement. During her tenure, she built an extensive record of prosecuting white-collar crime, won convictions in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1998 terrorist attacks on two U.S. embassies in Africa, and put crime boss John Gotti away.She left the U.S. attorney’s office in 2002 and went to work for Debevoise & Plimpton, where she served as head of litigation for the prominent New York law firm. Her clients included JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, General Electric and Toyota, and former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis.During her confirmation hearing, White pledged to avoid potential conflicts of interest from that work. She also promised in writing to step aside as SEC chairman from any decision affecting a former client for one year after she represented them. That’s in line with federal ethics guidelines for agency officials. The same pledge has been made by a number of SEC chairmen, many of whom were formerly private securities lawyers.The SEC chairman and commissioners must vote to approve enforcement actions against specific companies or individuals as well as new rules that apply generally.“The American public will be my client, and I will work as zealously as possible on behalf of them,” White told the Senate Banking Committee.In addition, White has pledged to abstain from all decisions before the SEC brought by the law firm of her husband, John White, who is a corporate attorney and a former high-ranking SEC official. Senate confirms White to head SEC, making her first ex-prosecutor to lead watchdog agency AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 2:59 pm MDT read more

SMMT welcomes £500m boost for low emission vehicles

The future of the UK as a leader in the development and take-up of low emission vehicles has been given a boost with government’s announcement of how the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will spend its £500m funding allocation over the next five years.Representing the UK motor industry, SMMT called on government to instigate a balanced approach to the 2015-2020 funding package, incorporating elements of consumer incentives, a strategic investment in infrastructure and increased R&D support. Furthermore, we asked that all parts of the road transport industry should benefit. The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Transport Minister Baroness Kramer delivered on this ask, announcing a package of measures which will help the UK lead the global shift to low and ultra-low carbon vehicles and technologies. It also provides crucial strategic opportunities for growth and jobs across the UK automotive industry.The key features of the OLEV package are:£200m for the continuation of the Plug-in Car Grant, securing the government contribution of up to £5,000 towards the cost of qualifying, new ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).£30m to assist the purchase of other vehicles.£100m for R&D projects.£20m for taxi infrastructure and incentives.£30m for buses.£35m for a new city scheme.£32m on infrastructure (including for a rapid charging network).£4m for gas refuelling network for HCVs.Speaking at the announcement, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, commented, “The move towards a low carbon vehicle future must be built around the three pillars of consumer incentives, strategically focused infrastructure and increased leverage for R&D support. We therefore welcome this announcement which reflects that balanced approach but, significantly, seek to incentivise technical developments in all segments of road transport, not just passenger cars.“UK vehicle manufacturers are already committing significant investment to the UK’s ULEV ambitions through research, development and production of zero and low emission vehicles and technologies. This funding package will help secure additional private sector investment, but more needs to be done to support academic research in this area – as well as developing the skills that will be essential if the UK is to become a global leader in ultra-low emission technologies.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Welcome Week at Brock offers a safe inclusive introduction to incoming students

September has arrived and for Brock University, school is back in session.Welcome Week officially kicks off Sunday, Sept. 2 with the annual Move-In Day blitz, when nearly 2,400 mostly first-year students will move into Brock’s seven residences. That day also marks the beginning of BadgerFest 2018, a week-long schedule of activities organized by the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU).Welcome Week and BadgerFest offer a full slate of on-campus activities designed to help first-year students familiarize themselves with their new home through safe, fun and educational programming.“BUSU is excited to have the opportunity to welcome countless first-year students to the Brock community and into the next phase of their lives,” said BUSU President Aidan Hibma. “Although this transition can be scary for many, I encourage all students to take full advantage of the week by participating in some truly amazing programming, getting familiarized with the University and taking the opportunity to make new friendships that will last a lifetime.”BUSU Vice-President, Student Services Joyce Khouzam said lots of planning has gone into making BadgerFest 2018 a great series of events.“We have been gearing up for the past four months and we couldn’t be more excited,” she said. “I still remember my Orientation Week, and I hope in four years this group of students can say the same thing.”After Move-In Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, incoming students will have their first residence dinner Sunday night, followed by a BadgerFest kickoff event that includes Live Burn, a demonstration by the St. Catharines Fire Department and Brock Campus Security that teaches students about fire safety in their residence rooms. Sunday wraps up with a BadgerFest party in the field in front of Schmon Tower.On Monday, Sept. 3, students will be competing in the ‘Summer Games’ in Weather Station Field organized by Residence Services, followed by comedy night at Isaac’s. Tuesday and Wednesday will see a massive Vendor Fair taking place in Weather Station Field, which will introduce students to local businesses and various departments and activities on campus.On the academic side of things, various departments and Faculties are holding orientation sessions Tuesday, which will be followed by the first day of classes on Wednesday.The annual BadgerFest Paint Party will take place in Weather Station Field from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.On Saturday, hundreds of Brock students will fan out across Niagara for Brock Cares, an annual day of volunteering and fundraising throughout the community. That night, the week wraps up with the BadgerFest Big Ticket Concert, which this year features NAV, a Canadian hip hop artist nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2018 Junos.Hibma said BUSU is educating students on the importance of starting the year on a positive note.“We want both first-year and returning students to have fun this week in a safe and responsible manner,” he said. read more

Mens basketball What exactly is wrong with Ohio State

Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFew things have went right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team since Big Ten play began on Jan 1. The Buckeyes have lost three straight games to conference opponents, most recently a 78-68 loss to Minnesota in Williams Arena.Things will only be getting tougher from here on out for OSU, as the Buckeyes are set to take on No. 18 Wisconsin. Last season, Thad Matta’s team lost 79-68 to the Badgers.The Badgers are 13-3 this year, and are coming off an 11-point loss to Purdue, a team that OSU lost to by just one point on Thursday. Although Wisconsin was downed by the Boilermakers, there seems little to convince anyone OSU can easily handle a team as dangerous as the Badgers.After the loss to Purdue, senior forward Marc Loving said he felt confident in OSU’s ability to right the ship this season, regardless of how rocky the start had been.“We know what we’re capable of,” he said.Whatever he feels the team is capable of has yet to be seen this season. The Buckeyes have appeared sluggish on defense and disconnected on offense at times.Even with occasional glimpses into the capability of players like Loving and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, OSU is shooting a feeble 38.8 percent from the field, with just a 31.8 percent mark from outside the arc.Williams, who started the year shooting 56 percent from 3-point range through the team’s first six games, has gone just 4-for-14 from 3 since the start of conference play. Although other players like Loving and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle present a perimeter threat, the lack of outside scoring has stifled the Buckeyes’ offense.Correcting mistakes from outside might be an easy fix with more practice. However, the Buckeyes have struggled to limit opposing scoring attacks, giving up an average of 65.6 points per game, which puts OSU at No. 55 in the nation.More worryingly, the Buckeyes force an average of 13.06 turnovers per game, tied with Army West Point as 221st in the nation. Without forcing turnovers, there seems little hope of OSU putting up enough points to overcome opponents, especially a Badgers team that averages 76 points per game.With a lack turnovers and shooting struggles, the Buckeyes will need nothing short of a mid-season miracle to make OSU relevant in the Big Ten again. Regardless, veterans like junior forward Jae’Sean Tate are remaining positive through the hard times.“I wouldn’t say (there is) concern because we work our butts off every day,” Tate said. “We’re in here every day. We’ve just got to keep grinding it. We’ve got to keep working and trusting (Matta.) The outcome is going to be there.”He went on to say he felt the Buckeyes will hit their stride soon. However, until OSU corrects the glaring problems in front of them, the team will be taking nothing more than baby steps. read more

Toshibas new LCD panels set to break records for viewing angles

first_imgViewing angles may not be the single most important spec of a display panel, but if they aren’t up to snuff, you will definitely notice them. While the high-end devices on the market right now don’t draw too many complaints in this department, that hasn’t stopped Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD) from improving on the spec even more. The company has a couple of new LCD panel prototypes that promise unprecedented viewing angles, along with a healthy pixel density to boot.Toshiba calls the new panel “Soludina,” and it uses a technology that handles display gradations in a new way. It drives liquid crystal molecules by horizontally applying an electric field to them. This is similar to what is already done with in-plane-switching (IPS, used in devices like the iPhone, the Kindle Fire, and many more) and fringe field switching (FFS), but with Toshiba’s new method, the pixel structures of electrodes are different.What this adds up to is a contrast ratio of 800:1 or higher, as well as viewing angles of 176° (for both horizontal and vertical planes). The panel can display 16,777,216 colors, at a 71% color gamut (on NTSC standards). TMD has two versions of the panel, a 4.3 inch version for smartphones, and a 7 inch one for tablets. The smaller panel has a 720 x 1280 resolution (343ppi), and the larger’s res measures in at 800 x 1280 (217ppi).The highest density on the market at the moment still belongs to the iPhone 4 and 4S. Their “Retina” display has 330 pixels per inch. That has finally been equalled by the new Galaxy Nexus, which will release next month. The floodgates may just be opening, though, as this new panel’s 342ppi ups the ante. Toshiba also showed a different panel earlier this year, which had an even higher pixel density, 367ppi on a 4 inch display.The highest-end of the current generation of smartphones (like the Galaxy Nexus, iPhone 4S, and Droid Razr) aren’t exactly hurting in terms of viewing angles (or PPI, or contrast ratio, for that matter), so the improvements in this panel may not radically change the next generation of handsets. But it does still gives those specs a bump, and that certainly isn’t going to hurt anything.Toshiba says that the “Soludina” panel will ship in smartphones and tablets within the 2011 fiscal year (which could mean early-to-mid 2012).More at Toshiba Mobile Display, via Tech-Onlast_img read more