There was something a little out of the norm happening at Trafalgar Middle School Thursday as a bunch of scary characters showed up for class.It was a Halloween for the ages at the Uphill-based school.Mallard’s Source for sport would like to salute all the students who made Halloween 2013 at Trafalgar just a little more enjoyable with Team of the Week accolades.
With initiatives in place like the 371,000 hectares of forest preserved at Iwokrama, Guyana was on Friday commended by the Secretary General for the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland for its conservation efforts.During a press conference on Friday, Baroness Scotland in fact noted that Guyana was leading the fight. According to Baroness Scotland, Iwokrama is one of the lungs of the world, as its large tracts of forest help with greenhouse gases.“I come to Guyana one month before the beginning of the hurricane season. And we know that climate poses an existential threat to the whole of our Region here. Its worrying cause in the last few days we have seen storms hit Jamaica.”“We also know there has been flooding across Asia,” Scotland said. “Many have died in India. And regrettably, it is an echo of what started last year. Cause if you remember we started with mudslides in India.”The Iwokrama forest account for 1.6 per cent of Guyana’s landmassMaking specific reference to Iwokrama, Scotland noted that the project has served as an example to other countries. This example is a timely one, considering the negative effects climate change is having on other countries.“We had flooding, first in Sri Lanka, then Bangladesh and Pakistan. Then by the time the real hurricane season started, we saw total devastation. We saw Hurricane Irma, which lead to the evacuation of Barbuda.”“And then (there’s) Maria, which virtually destroyed the island of my birth Dominica and caused damage to the GDP. And we know Dominica had suffered years before from tropical storm Erica. So it is with some trepidation that we watch a repeat and oceanographers tell us this year may be as challenging as last year and some fear it could be worst.”Iwokrama is dedicated as a place of research and its forests account for 1.6 per cent of Guyana’s land mass. Its 371,000 hectares is also equivalent to two per cent of Guyana’s forests.The Iwokrama centre itself was established in 1996 in order to manage the forest area. This was arrived at following an agreement between the then Government and the Commonwealth Secretariat.The United Nations (UN) has classified combating climate change as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 13. According to the organisers of World Earth Day, at least two million people die globally, due to indoor and outdoor pollution. It also estimates that by the year 2030, food prices will go up by 50 per cent due to climate change.The rising temperature, global warming and other ecological imbalances are due to the fact that half of the world’s rainforests are gone. The deaths of 70,000 persons in Europe were due to rising temperatures in 2003. These imbalances are also leading to frequent flooding and other disasters across the globe, which include forest fires, again impacting the trees.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is set to expand his Council of Ministers on Sunday with the likely induction off our new Ministers from the Janata Dal(U), party officials said on Saturday.Earlier, Mr. Kumar called on Governor Lalji Tandon amid reports that he would expand his government to fill four ministerial berths, including the vacancies created by three Ministers who had resigned after being elected to the Lok Sabha last month.One post fell vacant last year after Manju Verma resigned as Social Welfare Minister in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter-home sexual abuse case.Mr. Kumar’s meeting with the Governor came a day after the JD(U) leader had made it clear that none of his party MPs would join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in the future.The Cabinet expansion is likely to take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Raj Bhavan, with four JD(U) leaders considered close to Mr. Kumar set to become Ministers, a party official said on condition of anonymity.With only 25 Ministers in the 243-member Assembly, the Ministry is below full strength.“There could be 11 more Ministers in the Cabinet but tomorrow only four are likely to take oath,” said a JD(U) leader, who declined to be identified.JD(U) leaders Ashok Chaudhury, Sanjay Jha, Ranju Geeta, Neeraj Kumar and Lallan Paswan are among the contenders widely tipped to become Ministers. However, no names from the State’s ruling alliance partner, the BJP, have come up as yet for possible inclusion.Miffed allyMr. Kumar is said to be upset with the BJP leadership for their offer of “symbolic representation” instead of “proportional representation” in the Union Ministry.“All along during the NDA government formation, even in State government, we have been following proportional representation,” Mr. Kumar told presspersons on Friday.Mr. Chaudhury, earlier a State Congress president and an education minister in the mahagathbandhan government, had joined the JD(U) after Mr. Kumar left the mahagathbandhan and joined hands with the BJP. Mr. Jha is considered close to Mr. Kumar and took oath as a party MLC about three days ago. Mr. Jha was said to have wanted to contest the Lok Sabha poll from Darbhanga but had to refrain from doing so as the seat had gone to the BJP under the NDA seat sharing pact.Ms. Geeta is JD(U) MLA from Bajpatti in Sitamarhi district and she is likely to be State’s next Social Welfare Minister.Party MLC and spokesperson Neeraj Kumar is said to be close to senior party leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh who was recently elected to the Lok Sabha from Munger.Mr. Paswan had recently joined the JD(U) along with other Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leaders and had supported the chief minister in his political battle with the RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha. “Lallan Paswan and Neeraj Kumar may be rewarded by ministerial berths this time for their continuous support to Nitish Kumar,” said a JD(U) leader, speaking on condition of anonymity.Earlier, three ministers including Mr. Singh and Dinesh Chandra Yadav of the JD(U) and Lok Janshakti Party State president Pashupati Kumar Paras had won Lok Sabha elections from Munger, Madhepura and Hajipur.
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Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPowerhouse defending champion Petron expectedly breezed by Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 25-11, 25-18, Saturday to become the first semifinalist—deservedly so—in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.In scoring their 15th straight win, the Blaze Spikers lined themselves up for a best-of-three semifinals against either the Cignal HD Spikers and the United VC Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew 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 View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A memorable, meaningful Open win for Mondilla Though Petron kept its winning streak intact, the win did not impress import Stephanie Niemer.Niemer, who had 16 points, said they could have done better despite the dominant win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKath Bell led the Blaze Spikers with 19 points as Petron needed just over an hour—and just one game—to march on.“We’re very happy that we’re now in the semis. But, of course, the road ahead will be a lot tougher,” Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said.
LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):10:55 a.m.Germany’s finance minister says Berlin still hopes for a regulated British exit from the European Union but that the country is also prepared for the possibility of a Brexit without a negotiated deal.Olaf Scholz, who is also the vice chancellor, was quoted by the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper Friday as saying that an unregulated Brexit would be bad for everyone, and hit the British the worst.But, he says, “we are preparing ourselves very carefully for both variants, the controlled and the uncontrolled Brexit. Both present us with challenges, but we can and will manage them.”___10:00 a.m.European Union diplomats are meeting to finalize the draft divorce agreement between Britain and the bloc, amid a warning from Spain that it will oppose the deal if it isn’t guaranteed a say over the future of Gibraltar.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted that Britain and Spain “remain far away” on the issue and “if there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”Spain wants the future of the tiny British territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula to be a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.Spain doesn’t have a veto on the withdrawal agreement, which does not have to be approved unanimously. But it could hold up a future free-trade deal between Britain and the EU, which would require approval of all 27 EU nations.The Associated Press
Nadina Taylor, a trustee of the Charles Taylor Foundation and daughter of the late Charles Taylor, is a strong champion of the program. “We’ve seen what a huge impact the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award can have on a writer’s career and wanted to amplify that effect with this opportunity – to help prepare these talented writers for the complex and competitive world of writing and publishing.”“At RBC Wealth Management, we believe it is important to identify, nurture and support the next generation of Canadian talent and to provide writers in the early stages of their career with mentorship opportunities that will help them succeed in the professional world,” said Vijay Parmar, President of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel.Helen Knott of Fort St. John is one of the five “emergent” writers who have an existing body of work, and a non-fiction manuscript close to completion. The participants will correspond with their mentors prior to travelling to Toronto for the Prize weekend, Feb 28 through March 4th. When the participants meet with their mentors, they will participate in an intensive day of professional development, accompany their mentors through media and events, and participate in the Awards Luncheon on Monday, March 4th.Helen Knott — University of Northern British Columbia Knott is of Dane Zaa, Nehiyaw, and mixed Euro descent from Prophet River First Nations, living in Fort St. John, BC. She has published short stories and poetry in the Malahat Review, Red Rising Magazine, through CBC Arts, the Surviving Canada Anthology, alongside other publications and poetry video productions. In 2017, Helen was a recipient of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. In 2016, she was one of sixteen women featured globally by the Nobel Women’s Initiative for her commitment to ending gender-based violence and activism. Her first book, In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Struggle and Resilience, will be released in August 2019. She is currently writing an Indigenous female manifesto entitled, Taking Back the Bones, where a personal narrative is interwoven with humour, academic research and critical reflection.The RBC Taylor Prize was established in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation and first awarded in 2000, 2018 marks the seventeenth year of awarding the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize is awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception. All finalists receive $5,000, and the winner receives a further $25,000. All authors are presented with a custom leather-bound version of their shortlisted book at the award ceremony. All finalists receive promotional support for their nominated titles.The four other participants of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Mentorship Program are; TORONTO, ONT – The RBC Taylor Prize and the RBC Foundation announced the return of this professional development program, that is aimed to support the next generation of Canadian writers.The program pairs five emerging writers, selected from the nation’s writing programs, with the finalists for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. The award honours and celebrates the pursuit of excellence in literary non-fiction.The program is curated by Joe Kertes, Dean Emeritus of the Humber College School of Creative Arts & Performance in Toronto. The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are; Vijay Parmar, David Staines, Edward Taylor, Nadina Taylor, and Noreen Taylor. The Prize Manager is Sheila Kay. Becky Blake — University of Guelph Blake won the CBC Nonfiction Prize in 2017 and the CBC Short Story Prize in 2013. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Guelph, and her work has appeared in journals, magazines, and newspapers across Canada. Her debut novel, Proof I Was Here, is forthcoming from Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books in May 2019. She currently lives in Toronto where she is working on a memoir-in-essays called Everything I’m About to Say Is a Lie. The title refers to the recommended way to answer a phone that’s been tapped (as Blake’s once was). Her memoir draws on this and other experiences ranging from the criminal to the comical as she examines the singular power of a true story and the license we sometimes take to tell one.Kirk Angus Johnson — University of King’s College / Dalhousie Johnson is of both Metis and African ancestry. After graduating from Acadia University and an early career in theatre, he attended Concordia University in Montreal to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. In keeping with the military traditions within his family, Johnson enrolled in the Canadian Forces as an Infantry Officer and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010. Now released from the military, Johnson is returning to a career in writing. He resides in Three Mile Plains, NS, his childhood home, and is in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction at University of King’s College in Halifax. Some Kind of Hero is a compelling account of the circumstances leading to Afghan vet Lionel Desmond’s tragic 2017 murder/suicide, and the lessons we need to learn from it.Miles Steyn — University of Victoria Steyn was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and raised in Vancouver. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Existere, The Xanadu Anthology, Unsubscribe Magazine, Gold Literary Magazine, and his essay “Wire to the Sky” was short-listed for EVENT Magazine‘s Creative Nonfiction Contest. In 2018, Steyn’s essay “From Clay” was long-listed for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. Expanding on the earlier essay, Wire to the Sky, Steyn’s first book of nonfiction is a genre-bending memoir, told through letters from a brother to his late sister, about race, nationality, and the loss of family.Joshua Whitehead — University of Calgary Whitehead is an Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Indigenous literature and cultures at the University of Calgary. In 2016, his poem “mihkokwaniy” won Canada’s History Award for Aboriginal Arts and Stories (for writers aged 19–29), which included a residency at the Banff Centre. His 2018 novel, Jonny Appleseed, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His non-fiction book, Making Love with The Land, is a braid of forms that ruminates on topics such as Indigeneity, queerness, mental health, body dysmorphia, and chronic pain through a variety of literary forms, including horror, speculative fiction, poetry, and confession.
Greater Noida: A 40-year-old businessman allegedly committed suicide inside his flat in Assotech society in Zeta-1 sector of Greater Noida on Monday morning. Police have not received any suicide note from the spot.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Ravindra Malik, a native of Panipat district in Haryana. Cops said that Malik, owner of a polyethete bags manufacturing company in sector Ecotech-III of Greater Noida, was living in flat number ST-013 along with his family. However, he was alone at his house when he committed suicide as the family had gone to native place in Panipat. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that the body was first spotted by Malik’s wife and his father-in-law on Monday morning. “A Police control room(PCR) call was received around 8:50 am on Monday by Malik’s wife who returned home from Panipat along with her father. As she came back home, she found the door locked from inside. Even after making repeated attempts when no one responded from inside the house, she alerted the security guards of society. The guards broke open the door and found Malik hanging with the ceiling fan inside his room. Immediately they alerted police and a team rushed to the spot,” said Jitendra Kumar Tripathi, Station in-charge of Industrial area police station in Surajpur. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that Malik took the extreme step under mental depression. “Victim’s family members told police that he was under extreme metal stress from past few months while he also suffered a loss in his business and was under huge debts. As of now we have not received any complaint into the matter while the body was handed over to family members after getting the postmortem done,” added Tripathi. Malik is survived by his wife and two teenaged children.
Manchester United have signed teenage youngster Reece Divine from rivals Manchester City, according to Manchester Evening News.United who are champions of England at U-18 level have added two more youngsters to the squad as they look to defend their title. Reece has made the switch from blue-half of Manchester to sign for the red-half ahead of the new campaign. The 16-year-old joined signed for Manchester United on a free after he was released by rivals City.Divine isn’t the only recruit to have joined United’s U-18 after the club also confirmed that right winger Connor Stanley has joined the team as a first-year scholar from Birmingham.The pair join a list of other players who have also signed for United as the team prepare for the upcoming season which starts on August 10.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The signings show the progress made by United’s Head of Academy Nicky Butt as he seeks to improve the stream to young players entering the first team. Butt has been credited for bringing youngsters Tahith Chong and Joshua Bohui to the club, both players were part of the Manchester United first team that travelled to United States for preseason training.
Parma defender Federico Dimarco reflects on scoring the only goal of the game as they beat Inter Milan at San Siro.Federico Dimarco came through the Inter academy and they still have an option to buy him. He was the hero on Saturday as he scored the only goal in a shock 1-0 victory for Parma at Inter Milan.Despite Inter dominating majority of the game, it was Dimarco who in the 79th minute scored a stunner to decide the game.“I think we deserved the victory because we fought hard as a group to the bitter end,” he told Sky Sports Italia.Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Reporters were quick to compare his goal that of Roberto Carlos.“Let’s lot exaggerate with comparisons. I scored a goal and I’m happy. I dedicate this goal to my daughter, who will be born in a month.” Dimarco said.“I anticipated Matteo Politano and then saw a gap, so I hit it. It went well. I am a little sad that I scored it against Inter because I am an Interista at heart, but it’s an important goal for the present and the future.”