NEW DELHI: India has put on hold plans to sell a stake in debt-laden state-run carrier Air India because of high oil prices and volatile foreign currency movements, the country’s junior civil aviation minister said on Thursday. “The present environment is not conducive to stimulate interest amongst investors for strategic disinvestment of Air India in the immediate near future,” Hardeep Singh Puri said in parliament. The government will revisit the sale once global economic conditions become more conducive, he said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIndia’s aviation sector is facing turmoil with one of its biggest private carriers, Jet Airways, facing bankruptcy, while passenger growth in the market overall has slowed. India last year failed in its attempt to sell a 76% stake in loss-making Air India due to a lack of interest from bidders and said it would return with an alternative proposal soon. While the government said at the time that it was forced to review the plan because of high oil prices, a weaker rupee and rising interest rates, potential bidders suggested they found some of the stake sale terms too onerous, making it a non-starter. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe government has since hived off a part of the airline’s debt, about 300 billion rupees ($4.34 billion), into a separate entity and is trying to sell off some of its assets and subsidiaries, such as the ground-handling unit, piecemeal. “The government has prepared a revival plan for Air India which includes a comprehensive financial package,” Puri said, adding it would focus on increasing revenue and reducing costs. The government injected 39.75 billion rupees into the airline in the fiscal year that ended March 31. Air India is expected to report a loss of more than 76 billion rupees for the same year, Puri told parliament. ($1 = 69.0962 Indian rupees).
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It seems Canadians are having trouble disconnecting from the Internet. A report from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority finds most of us haven’t been off the grid in the last year.More than eight in 10 surveyed had not spent more than one week offline, and only one in five had disconnected for even eight consecutive hours.RELATED: Cut-rate prices online: shoppers’ win, businesses loseThe report also finds three quarters of Canadians surf the Internet while watching TV and close to half admit to using their mobile device in the bathroom – and even more were too embarrassed to say.And the bathroom isn’t the only part of our lives that’s been forever changed by the Internet. 10 per cent of those surveyed said they found their spouse online, and nine per cent said they completed their education online.
Bordeaux – The court of the Moroccan city of Agadir sentenced the murderer and rapist of a 3-year old to death penalty on Friday.The tragic event took place in Taroudant last May. The victim, Fatma L’Ghandour, a two-year old girl from Taroudant, was lured by a stranger to a deserted building in the city where he continuously raped her until she dropped dead.The main suspect in the case, a jobless, 30-year old individual, suspected to be Fatima’s rapist and killer, was arrested last Thursday, May 9. Moroccan courts rarely rule in favor of death penalty, therefore, the decision seems to be the result of the civil society’s growing indignation regarding child sexual abuse in the country.Indeed, thousands of outraged Moroccans demonstrated in front of the parliament last summer after King Mohamed VI pardoned Daniel Galvan, a 63 year old pedophile serving a 30-year sentence for raping 11 children between 2004 and 2006.The ruling proves that Morocco intends to be inflexible with rapists and that the matter will no longer be taken lightly.
By Ouassima BoujradFez – The 16TH annual Arab World’s Short Films Festival, is being held in Azrou and Ifrane, Morocco, on August 28-31. The festival is one of the biggest events highlighting short films and celebrating significant figures in Moroccan cinema.Under the theme “Man and Environment,” the association “Screen Club for Children and Youth” is organizing this year’s session which will honor two brilliant Moroccan actors, Tourya Jabran and Kamal Kamal. The festival is an opportunity for participants to present their most valuable cinematic works. It is also a venue for young competitors to present their new short films focusing on the environment, which is the topic of this year’s festival.Competitors vie for the “Larbi Doghmi” award for the environment. Larbi Doghmi (1931-1994) was one of the most famous and popular Moroccan actors preferred by local and international directors. The competition runs for two days on August, 29-30.The jury includes director Ali Ess-afi, actress Amal Sakr, actor Ezz El-Arab Alkaghat, and artistic journalist Abdul Aziz Bena’abo.Seven Arab countries will participate with 16 short films, including Morocco (8), Egypt (3), and one each from the following countries: Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan, Oman, Mauritania.Sixteen short films produced between 2012 and 2014 are participating in the competition:– “Sandalat Al Ard” Sandala which is an Israeli village, by Mansour Khadem Allah from Tunisia.– “Halaouan wa ana” or “Halaouan and me” by l’mhammad Adil from Egypt.– “Atlal” or Ruins by lhazem mahdi from Egypt.– “Ramadi” or “Gray” by Hassan Nouaima from Egypt.– “Taxi” by Loualid El afaorossi.– “Khamssa” or “Five” by Ahmed ettarablossi from Jordan.– “Mahmoud…” by Aydmou Oueld Lghali from Mouritania.– “Hayfa Dagha” by Darin j. Salam from Palestine.The following eight are Moroccan short films:– “Arra’ia” or “the Herdswoman” by Fatima Aklaz.– “Hala” or “Situation” by Morad Khalou.– “Rihla ma’a Jaddi” or “ A trip with grandfather” by Mohammed Essamlali.– “Bela’aman” or “anemone flower” by Faten Janan Mhamdi.– “Fakiha Mamnou’a” or “the forbidden fruit” by Noura Azroual.– “Allaouha” or “the slab” by Mostafa Fermati.– “Hayat Ouarda” or “life is a flower” by Bouchra Karimi.– “Chta” or “the rain” by Saad Kettani.The last day of the festival will pay tribute to [the gallery of youth creativity, and will include an exposition of old cameras.
The lorry crashed into the three-wheeler which was heading towards Embilipitiya from Ratnapura.Both vehicles crashed head-on killing the three people in the three-wheeler. The driver of the lorry has been arrested. Three people wee killed in an accident involving a three-wheeler and lorry in the Udawalawa area this morning, the police media unit said.The police said that the lorry was heading to Ratnapura from Embilipitiya when the accident took place.
Courtesy The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe other three playoff losses in the last four years would have paled in comparison to what was unfolding Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Up by 20 points against the Seattle Seahawks, the Atlanta Falcons found a way to trail by one point with just 31 seconds left.Another post-season defeat would have brought tight end Tony Gonzalez to tears. Instead, the tears he released were tears of joy – and relief. On a Matt Bryant 49-yard field goal with six seconds left, the Falcons edged the Seahawks 30-28, to advance to the NFC Championship game next week against the San Francisco 49ers, who beat Green Bay Saturday night.“I’ve never cried after a win,” said Gonzalez, who had the key catch that set up the winning kick. It was the first playoff win for Gonzalez in his illustrious 16-year NFL career.He was so emotional because for much of the afternoon, Atlanta looked awesome. The Falcons – behind strong running by Michael Turner and a stifling defense – led 20-0 and seemed destined for a pedestrian victory.But the Seahawks found a groove, led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and ate away at the lead. Wilson was remarkable, hitting on 24 of 36 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns. And when Marshawn Lynch scored on a 2-yard run, Seattle led 28-27 with 31 seconds to play.“I was thinking: ‘Here we go again. It wasn’t meant to be,’ ” Gonzalez admitted.But, apparently, it was. The Falcons had two time outs remaining. Quarterback Matt Ryan hit Harry Douglas for a 29-yard gain on first down and then found Gonzalez over the middle for a 19-yard gain and just like that, Atlanta was in range to save the season.Bryant’s kick was good, and Gonzalez cried, the sold-out Dome erupted and the entire organization breathed a collective sigh of relief.“Wow,” said coach Mike Smith, whose job very well could have been lost with a defeat.“It was just a crazy game,” said Ryan after his first playoff win. “I feel good right now. We kept fighting and found a way to win. . . It was tough. . . Everybody just hung in there. That’s one thing this experienced team has gone through. We’re just mentally tough.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related …says it will recommend action be taken against Region 8 REO Several pertinent concerns were raised and articulated during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting in Parliament Chambers on Monday, including over payments to contractors and the shortages of drugs.Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Executive Officer (REO) Gavin Clarke told the PAC meeting that resources in the national budget for the procurement of drugs for the Region were spent but were not meant to be spent.Moreover, it was brought to the attention of the Committee, that there were severe shortages of drugs in the Region and the money set aside for drug purchases had already been utilised.Clarke was also cautioned about information he presented to the PAC, as he was in the habit of withdrawing answers when quizzed on occupation of Government quarters by members of the PAC.The REO was further cautioned by PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali about his responses.Meanwhile, REO for Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Rafel Downes was grilled about over-payments to contractors and could not provide answers as to the measures being taken to address the situation.Ali said the Region was not only faced with that issue, highlighting that the office has also been faced with financial mismanagement over the past two years.Downes was advised to issue the defaulting contractors with letters from the Region’s attorney in an effort to recover the monies owed.One PAC member also highlighted the fact that at least five of the 11 delinquent contractors tendered and signed additional contract documents at the REO’s office, but did not repay what was owed.Ali said it was unacceptable, because the Region continued to drag its feet on the issue.The meeting was subsequently suspended, and the REO was advised to implement all outstanding recommendations.The REO was then instructed to procure the information requested and provide answers to the Finance Secretary of the Finance Ministry, the Accountant General and the Auditor General’s Office.Recommendations were also made to have measures put in place to ensure that regional officials are fully equipped and prepared to appear before the PAC.The PAC says will be making several recommendations for swift action when it submits a report to the National Assembly that includes taking action against the REO.A meeting between regional officials and the PAC is due in all 10 administrative regions.
A worldwide leader in bulk materials handling technology has announced a new sales and service location, as Martin Engineering opens its offices in Lima, Peru. The new facility will provide products and technical support to the central and northern regions of the country, with plans to continue developing the emerging market in Bolivia. Martin Engineering Peru began operations in April of 2010 with the opening of its main office in Arequipa. With the addition of the new location, the company plans to divide the region into five territories to facilitate sales and track activities. Martin Engineering has begun serving customers with a number of conveyor products and flow aids, such as belt cleaners, transfer point equipment, air cannons and dust containment products. “We are initially focusing our efforts on the cement and mining industries, including copper, gold, zinc, lead and silver operations,” commented Sales Manager Jorge Manrique. “Once we are well established, we plan to expand our concentration to other industries, such as coal handling and rock/aggregate processing.”Plans are already in place to showcase Martin Engineering products in regional trade shows during the coming months, including Expomina 2011 in Lima and Extemin 2011 in Arequipa. Long-term plans include engineering and manufacturing facilities to deliver the firm’s complete range of bulk material handling solutions to the growing Peruvian market, including railcar unloading products, engineered vibration and fugitive material control.The company plans to use its expanded FOUNDATIONSTM Training Program to help introduce Martin Engineering technologies and educate the industry, focused on the design and development of more productive bulk material handling systems. The program features three levels of training: Introduction to Conveyors and Conveyor Safety; Operation and Maintenance of Belt Conveyors; and Advanced Topics and Conveyor Engineering. The FOUNDATIONS series has been teaching bulk materials handling personnel how to operate and maintain clean, safe belt conveyors for nearly 20 years.Manrique said the Peruvian market represents a significant opportunity for the company, as increased industrialization and improved infrastructure continue to drive the country’s development. “There is a definite need to introduce the latest bulk material handling technology to industries throughout the nation,” he continued. “Peru is quickly gaining ground on neighbouring countries in a wide range of industries and applications, and the available natural resources are rich in minerals, fossil fuels and biomass products.”
A 17-YEAR-OLD Irish girl was allegedly forced into stripping on Skype by a 19-year-old US man who has been charged with hacking into the webcams of several women to extort nude photos and videos from them.The claim is contained in an FBI affidavit that was presented in court as Jared James Abrahams from California was charged with crimes known by police as “sextortion”.Abrahams is alleged to have used malicious software to remotely operate webcams to capture nude photos and videos of at least seven women as they changed clothes, some of whom he knew personally and others he found by hacking Facebook pages.The FBI claim that the man then threatened the women that he would distribute the photos online unless they provided nude pictures of themselves.The teenager in Ireland is one of the women and she is said to have responded to the demands by writing: “Please remember I’m 17. Have a heart,” according to the court record.Abrahams allegedly responded: “I’ll tell you this right now! I do NOT have a heart. However, I do stick to my deals. Also age doesn’t mean a thing to me!!!”The girl then allegedly stripped during a Skype session, according to the FBI affidavit.Gardaí said that they were not aware of the case and that if the offence was committed in another jurisdiction they would not be involved.Miss Teen USA Cassidy WolfThe case came to public attention after one of the Abrahams’ victims Cassidy Wolf, who subsequently won the Miss Teen USA beauty pageant, went public about what happened.Cassidy Wolf told the website of NBC’s “Today” show that earlier this year she had received an anonymous email in which the sender claimed to have stolen images from the camera on her home computer.Instead, Wolf went to authorities, and an investigation was launched in March.Abrahams subsequently surrendered to agents at the FBI office in Orange County to face a charge of extortion that could send him to federal prison for up to two years.He was later freed on $50,000 bail but a judge confined him to his family home, ordered him to wear a GPS monitor, and said he could only use the home computer for schoolwork, with software to be installed that will monitor its use.- Additional reporting by Rónán Duffy
Recently, Deputy Caoimhghín O Caoláin asked if there were plans to recognise Travellers as an ethnic group. Minister Kathleen Lynch said there were no immediate plans to introduce legislation necessary for such recognition, but said that consideration on the issue is ongoing. Robbie McVeigh says this approach by the Irish Government is profoundly flawed. WHILE ‘EXPERTS’ HAVE different perspectives on ethnicity, it isn’t simply a subjective thing. In law, in fact, ethnicity has some meaning grounded in existing jurisprudence – so a government can’t just arbitrarily say it doesn’t exist. Moreover, individuals cannot repudiate ethnicity – one person can say ‘I am not a Traveller’ but they can’t say ‘Travellers are not an ethnic group’.In other words, the approach adopted by the Irish government is profoundly flawed – the notion that all Travellers have to decide that they are an ethnic group before Traveller ethnicity is recognised, is simply wrong. It carries no weight academically or legally.When the connection between Travellers and ethnicity has been asked in a legal context, the conclusion is that Travellers fulfil the two ‘essential characteristics’ of ethnicity: they have a long shared history of which they are conscious as distinguishing them from other groups, and they have a cultural tradition of their own. If one symbolic piece of evidence of this is required, it is the Traveller graveyard in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.This confirms that Travellers went to the US in the mid-1800s with an already fully-developed sense of distinct identity. It bears emphasis that no academic or lawyer has ever suggested that the Travellers in the USA aren’t an ethnic group.Government failureI think that the denial of Traveller ethnicity by the Irish Government is bad for Travellers.In 2004, the Irish Government in the course of its reporting to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), declared that Irish Travellers, ‘do not constitute a distinct group from the population as a whole in terms of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin’. Importantly, this has very negative implications for the rule of international law – ignoring the courts and the CERD has implications far beyond Travellers and Ireland.In this sense, the Irish position makes us a ‘rogue state’ – ethnicity denial in Ireland creates a dangerous precedent for every human rights-denying government that wants to justify racism or genocide.In relation to ethnicity, Ireland’s key comparators are England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In England, Travellers are recognised as an ethnic group after the decision in the O’Leary v Allied Domecq 2000 case. In Northern Ireland, Travellers are recognised as an ethnic group in law through the Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 .In the US, Travellers are routinely described as an ethnic group. There is discrimination against Travellers in each of these jurisdictions but there is also protection from race discrimination which is missing in Ireland because of ethnicity denial.DiscriminationEthnicity denial is a complex question without a simple answer. The government insisted that it remained committed to challenging discrimination against Irish Travellers and has defined membership of the Traveller community as a separate ground on which it is unlawful to discriminate under equality legislation. This was not meant to provide a lesser level of protection to Travellers compared to that afforded to members of ethnic minorities.It is also clear that much of the discourse about Irish Travellers in Britain and Ireland is very similar to racialised discourse about groups whose ethnicity and experience of racism is commonly accepted. The term ‘ethnicity’ is also used by many Irish Travellers to make sense of Irish Traveller identity and separateness from settled society.There is an overwhelming weight of evidence that supports the recognition of Travellers as a specific ethnic group. The continued policy of ethnicity denial by the Irish government flies in the face of all meaningful evidence and has wider negative implications.Government policyIn short, the Irish government policy on Traveller ethnicity is both perverse and discriminatory. This has immediately negative consequences for Irish Travellers.They are not afforded the automatic protection of international and regional standards on ‘race’ provided to Irish Travellers in Northern Ireland or Great Britain – this is directly contrary to commitments on equality given in the Good Friday Agreement, the EU Race Directive and the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.We must await with foreboding the first time that a state stands before the International Court of Justice accused of genocide and says, ‘There is no case to answer – it was our view that they were not an ethnic group’.Robbie McVeigh is researcher and activist. He has taught on racism and anti-racism at Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Ulster and UCD. He has researched racism and ethnicity in Irish society and is the author of many books including The Racialisation of Irishness: Racism and Anti-Racism in Irish Society (Belfast, 1996), Theorizing Sedentarism: The Roots of Anti-Nomadism (Hertfordshire, 1997), Travellers, Refugees and Racism in Tallaght (Dublin 1998) and is co-editor with Ronit Lentin of Racism and Anti-racism in Ireland (Beyond the Pale, 2002).Read: FF councillor criticised for anti-Traveller comments>Read: Martin ‘very annoyed’ by Fianna Fáil councillor’s call to ‘segregate’ Travellers>
THE TERM ‘TYPE 2 diabetes’ is leading medical researchers astray, and resulting in suboptimal treatment for patients.That’s according to Professor Edwin Gale, of Southmead Hospital in the UK, who believes applying the term ‘type 2 diabetes’ to the complex and varied set of symptoms that us associated with the disease is wrong.In a Viewpoint published in The Lancet, Professor Gale said, “If you give something a name, you imply that this thing actually exists. In practice, when somebody like myself talks about type 2 diabetes, I’m saying ‘a form of diabetes for which I can find no other cause’. In other words, it’s a diagnosis of exclusion…There are various conditions, spectrums, and severities of diseases, all wrapped into this one definition.”Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when a patient’s body can no longer produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly, which leads to problems maintaining a normal blood glucose level.According to Diabetes UK, type 2 diabetes is estimated to affect around 2.6 million people in the UK.However, Professor Gale argues that because the symptoms referred to by the term ‘type 2 diabetes’ have such widely varying causes and treatments, the term is misleading both researchers and patients.Treating type 2 diabetes as a single disease has wasted the times of young investigators says Professor Gale, by the introduction of one-size-fits-all guidelines for disease management.Although Professor Gale says an interim solution would be to replace ‘type 2 diabetes’ with the term ‘idiopathic hyperglycaemia’, which would encourage clinicians to stop thinking about the condition as a disease in its own right, but rather as an outcome of many interacting processes.“When a century of scientific endeavour brings us round to the conclusion that we cannot define what we are talking about, it might be time to consider adjusting our minds. It is widely appreciated that type 2 diabetes is not a uniform disease entity with a definable cause, mechanism, and treatment, so why are these terms always used?” asks Professor Gale.Read: Could your soft drink habit give you diabetes?>More: “Promising” stem cell treatment for diabetic wounds>
Thierry Henry is a “perfectionist” like Pep Guardiola and will bounce back from his disastrous spell in charge of AS Monaco, says Benjamin Henrichs.The French club turned to Henry last October in a desperate bid to overturn their terrible season shortly after sacking Leonardo Jardim.In what was his first managerial role, Henry only oversaw five victories in his 20 matches in charge. Monaco languished down in the Ligue 1 relegation zone and crashed out of the Champions League group stages.The Arsenal legend was given his marching orders in January and, ironically, replaced by Jardim in the dugout.“I suffered with him,” Henrichs told Goal and SPOX.“When a coach is sacked, it usually means that you’ve done something wrong as a team. For him personally, it is extremely sad.“Although he did not succeed in Monaco, I’m convinced that he has the potential to become a great coach.”Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…Upon being confirmed as Monaco manager in October, Henry declared that his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola would be his “reference” point.And Henrichs certainly did see something of Guardiola in Henry, but feels Monaco’s crisis at the time of his arrival was something out of his control.“He is a perfectionist and has put a lot of emphasis on doing every single exercise cleanly,” Henrichs said.“He was a little fanatic and I think he has learned a lot from Pep Guardiola from his time at Barcelona.“He took over the team in a very difficult phase because nobody knew exactly how to deal with the relegation battle.“In addition, some regular players were injured and young players with less experience had to fill these gaps. It [the situatuon] was very unfortunate for him.”Since Henry’s departure, Monaco have won four of their last eight games in all competitions under Jardim and sit 16th in Ligue 1.MONACO, MONACO – NOVEMBER 06: Thierry Henry the coach of Monaco ahead of the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between AS Monaco and Club Brugge at Stade Louis II on November 06, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people have been hospitalized after a helicopter made an emergency landing in Key West.Monroe County Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene near South Roosevelt Boulevard on Monday night and helped the passengers out of the helicopter.The Key West Police Department as well as the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office captured the sightseeing helicopter in the water.The pilot and two passengers were transported and taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center with minor injuries.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently investigating.According to the owner of Air Adventure Helicopter Tours, the pilot has been a part of the company for a year and a half and is very experienced. This is the first incident in the company’s five years of operation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
It’s herring time.The multi-million dollar Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery could open as early as the end of this week. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced Monday evening (3-17-14) that as of 8 a.m. Thursday (3-20-14), the fishery will be placed on two-hour notice. That means seiners could have their nets in the water as soon as Thursday morning, if the department’s test samples find a high enough percentage of mature roe, or eggs, in the fish by then.Download AudioThe Sitka herring fishery packs a major economic punch in a short time span. The roe is sold to markets in Asia, and the fishery, which only lasts about a week, is worth an average of nearly $6 million to fishermen at the docks.Seiners wait at the newly reopened ANB harbor for the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery to open. Photo by Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – Sitka.Seiners will target over 16-thousand tons of herring in Sitka Sound this year. That’s considerably more than last year’s limit — but it’s a target, not a guarantee. For the last two years, the herring spawn has happened so fast that the fleet wasn’t able to catch the full limit.To harvest the roe, the herring must be caught before they spawn, in the window of time between when the female fish develop mature eggs and when they actually move to shore to lay those eggs. Determining that window is the difficult job of Fish and Game biologist Dave Gordon. He said the Department decided to put the fishery on notice this week so that they’ll be ready in case things start to move fast.“We have very large fish,” Gordon said. “The sample we saw yesterday was really as big as they get in Sitka Sound, 200-gram-plus fish. And from what we’ve seen from those larger fish, when they get ready to spawn, they go. And they do it in a hurry, so we want to be prepared for that.”Once it opens, the fishery will progress in stages. There’s only enough processing capacity in Sitka to handle about four- to five-thousand tons of herring at once. With 48 seiners participating in the fishery, that typically means the opening only lasts a few hours, Gordon said.“You’re really putting them on the fish,” he said. “The fish are there, and you’ve got 48 boats that have fairly huge capacity to get fish, and it doesn’t take long to get the kind of tonnage that we’d be looking for. Four- or five-thousand tons can be caught in 15 minutes depending on the situation.”After an opening, the fishery must close for about two days to allow the processors to work through the catch. With a harvest level of about 16-thousand tons, Gordon said, he’s anticipating about four separate openings.The department’s research vessel, the Kestrel, will be in Sitka starting Wednesday (3-19-14). Fish & Game will also be conducting daily aerial surveys.The department will hold an organizational meeting for fishermen and processors at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Westmark Hotel in downtown Sitka.
Indian stock markets are expected to decline on Tuesday amid weakness in global markets.BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty were slightly recovered on Monday, helped by gains in metal and banking sector shares, after losing more than 6 percent in the last two weeks. The benchmark BSE Sensex gained 0.10 percent, or 18.24 points, to 19,182.26. The 50 share NSE Nifty rose 0.13 percent, or 7.50 points, to 5,685.40.Asian markets declined in early trade as stronger-than-expected US services data raised fears that the Federal Reserve would start scaling back its asset buying program as soon as in September.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 declined 1.20 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite fell 0.31 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng plunged 1.64 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI slipped 0.79 percent.”The ramp-up in the U.S. economy is not only gaining momentum, but is accelerating. This is increasing the hawkish view of the Fed. This is why the September taper talk will continue. The blueprint for monetary stimulus tapering will be laid out in September with the first wind-back in October,” Evan Lucas, a Melbourne-based market strategist at IG Markets Ltd., told Bloomberg by e-mail.US stock markets ended mixed on Monday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 retreating from their record closing highs last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.30 percent, the S&P 500 Index was down 0.15 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.09 percent.The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Monday that US services sector rebounded from a three-year low in July, helped by a jump in business activity and new orders. ISM’s non-manufacturing purchasing managers Index (PMI) rose to 56 in July from 52.2 in June and also topped analysts’ expectation of a 53.1 reading.
Little Grey and Little White, two 10-year-old Beluga whales reached their retirement home in Iceland after entertaining tourists for many years in China. The two aquatic animals named after their colour undertook an 11-hour air journey to finally shift to their abode at Westman Island which has become a final home for many captive marine animals from around the world.The two whales weighing 900 kg each were reportedly doing well throughout the air travel and were fed herring- for satiating the appetite of not so frequent flyers. Naturally, their new home may feel difficult since they were not accustomed to living in the wilderness, the caretakers will put them in a specially designed indoor pool for 40 days where they will be fed and extra food to develop insulation cover for bearing the extraordinary minimum temperature at the Island.A British Entertainment Corporation, Merlin, which bought the Changfeng Ocean World aquarium in China has tied up with the wildlife fund Sea Life Trust as a part of its policy to help the marine animals return to their natural habitat and release them from the captivity. As a part of the drive, the two whales who were initially bought from Russia for $150,000 will now witness a sea of change in their surroundings after acting as an entertainment source for millions of their visitors in China.Similar efforts of transporting the whales who were used to the human company into the more natural and wild surroundings have failed in the past. Experts say that these whales are originally the residents of Arctic waters which is home to 135,000 such animals. The human intervention of buying these whales, using them for entertainment value and eventually shifting them to new environments have drawn criticism, which may even make them prone to life-threatening disease and early deaths. The researchers are even sceptic of the motive behind the uneasy transportation of these giant mammals and doubt the move will be any good for their future lives. “Why bring two whales, whose species is not naturally in Icelandic water, and keep them in captivity here?”Marianne Helene Rasmussen, a research professor at the University of Iceland questioned, the Associated Press reported.Even at their new address in Iceland, the Beluga Whales would not be cut-off from human contact. In fact, the Westland Island administration is all geared up for queries from human visitors who would land up to see them once the animals are dropped into the ocean.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X After years of delays, two Meyerland flood victims will finally get their homes elevated.The two homes in the southwest corner of the 610 Loop by Brays Bayou were inundated during the Memorial Day flood of 2015.The contractor, Titan Lifetime Foundations, was approved to receive FEMA grants to elevate these and several other homes, but never finished due to financial problems. The company’s president died last year, shortly after an ultimatum by the city.Now, City Council has voted to award contracts to another company to complete the work.Some council members had an issue with the price tag – more than $634,000 for both homes combined.“My point is, I can build a really nice house for $368,000 from scratch,” said District E Council member Dave Martin.At-large Council member Michael Kubosh initially tagged the item to delay a vote, but changed his mind after some of his colleagues argued that the homeowners have waited long enough. He ended up voting for the measure.Council members Martin, Jack Christie and Greg Travis voted against it.The FEMA grant will cover nearly all of the costs, except $438.50 per home in administrative costs that the city will pay.The council also approved two other home elevation contracts, which are mostly paid by FEMA grants. Listen Share 00:00 /00:49
Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Because of its cuteness factor, people tend to overlook the fact that giant panda’s are in fact bears, though very few likely forget that most other bears do eat meat. A lot of it. It’s hard to overlook those really big teeth designed to tear and eat flesh. Thus, it seems rather odd that a big bear living in the wild would forgo meat, even though it is still technically a carnivore, and subsist instead almost entirely on bamboo. Yet that’s just what the giant panda does, eating some 12 kilograms of the stuff each day, a feat that would lead to starvation in most other species of bear. So, the question of how they do it has come up, and researchers in China believe they have found the answer. It’s because they have bacteria in their guts that break down some of the cellulose in bamboo for them. Fuwen Wei, and colleagues at the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, how they found, using DNA analysis, previously unknown types of bacteria in stool samples taken from both wild and captive giant pandas, that they believe allows the animals to get the nutrients they need from simple bamboo.The problem with bamboo is that its cell walls are made of difficult to digest cellulose fibers, which makes it rather useless for most carnivores because most can’t break it down to get at the sugars, fats and proteins that it contains. Other animals (herbivores), such as cows, are able to do it only because they have multiple processing stomachs with all sorts of special microbes to do the job. But carnivores for the most part, simply don’t have the tools necessary to get the job done. One exception, of course, is the giant panda.Wei and his team believe that some of the bacteria they’ve found in the panda stools help the bears break down that cellulose, if only a little bit. A very little bit. In a study conducted at the Washington National zoo several years ago, it was found that pandas only process something like eight percent of the cellulose in the bamboo they eat. Thus, they have to eat not just a lot, but constantly to get enough nutrition from the bamboo to survive.Also helpful for the pandas are strong jaw muscles, sharp teeth and paws that help them to grip stalks. And while all these things contribute to the ability of giant pandas to survive on such a limited diet, they clearly aren’t enough to help them overcome they problem of finding places that have enough bamboo to live on as humans continue to convert land to farm use; thus, their status as an endangered species. Old-growth forests are what giant pandas need More information: Evidence of cellulose metabolism by the giant panda gut microbiome, PNAS, Published online before print October 17, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1017956108AbstractThe giant panda genome codes for all necessary enzymes associated with a carnivorous digestive system but lacks genes for enzymes needed to digest cellulose, the principal component of their bamboo diet. It has been posited that this iconic species must therefore possess microbial symbionts capable of metabolizing cellulose, but these symbionts have remained undetected. Here we examined 5,522 prokaryotic ribosomal RNA gene sequences in wild and captive giant panda fecal samples. We found lower species richness of the panda microbiome than of mammalian microbiomes for herbivores and nonherbivorous carnivores. We detected 13 operational taxonomic units closely related to Clostridium groups I and XIVa, both of which contain taxa known to digest cellulose. Seven of these 13 operational taxonomic units were unique to pandas compared with other mammals. Metagenomic analysis using ∼37-Mbp contig sequences from gut microbes recovered putative genes coding two cellulose-digesting enzymes and one hemicellulose-digesting enzyme, cellulase, β-glucosidase, and xylan 1,4-β-xylosidase, in Clostridium group I. Comparing glycoside hydrolase profiles of pandas with those of herbivores and omnivores, we found a moderate abundance of oligosaccharide-degrading enzymes for pandas (36%), close to that for humans (37%), and the lowest abundance of cellulases and endohemicellulases (2%), which may reflect low digestibility of cellulose and hemicellulose in the panda’s unique bamboo diet. The presence of putative cellulose-digesting microbes, in combination with adaptations related to feeding, physiology, and morphology, show that giant pandas have evolved a number of traits to overcome the anatomical and physiological challenge of digesting a diet high in fibrous matter. Citation: Researchers believe giant pandas can survive on bamboo because of gut bacteria (2011, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-giant-pandas-survive-bamboo-gut.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com
Kolkata: A 20-year-old woman was allegedly beaten to death by her husband at Mathurapur in South 24-Parganas on Sunday. Later, police arrested her husband on charges of murder.According to sources, approximately two months ago, Jasmina Mondal of Bakultala got married to Sahensha Gazi of Tentulberia in Mathurapur. Before marriage Gazi’s family members did not claim any money or valuables as dowry. On the contrary, they had reportedly told Mondal’s family that they do not want any dowry. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBut the scenario changed after their marriage. After a few days of their marriage, Gazi allegedly demanded money from Mondal. When she refused, she was allegedly beaten up regularly by her husband. On Sunday, Mondal was supposed to go to Bakultala as her name in the voters’ list was registered there. When Mondal was about start her journey to Bakultala, Gazi allegedly picked up a fight with her. When she told Gazi that she would go to cast her vote, Gazi reportedly started beating Mondal. Gazi called up Mondal’s family to inform them that their daughter had committed suicide. After her parents and other family members reached the hospital, they found that Mondal was dead. Later, Mondal’s family lodged a complaint against Gazi and his family members at the Mathurapur police station. On the basis of the complaint, police officers arrested Gazi. However, his family members managed to escape and evade arrest.
Germany’s Daimler AG wants to reset consumers’ expectations about self-driving cars with its futuristic Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept, unveiled Monday evening at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.”Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society,” said Daimler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche, one of this year’s keynote speakers at CES. “The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.”Until now, automakers such as Daimler and Volkswagen AG’s Audi have largely focused on developing automated systems, including braking and steering, that make cars safer and easier to operate.The F 015 luxury sedan concept, with its spacious cabin and lounge-like seating for four, explores new possibilities for self-driving cars that can double as virtual living rooms on wheels. And in keeping with Mercedes tradition and the concept’s “luxury in motion” theme, the post-modern passenger space is trimmed in walnut veneer, nappa leather, polished aluminum and glass, with soft blue LED lighting.The F 015 can be operated autonomously or manually. When the vehicle is in fully driverless mode, the four motorized lounge chairs can be rotated to allow face-to-face conversations. When required for manual operation, the driver’s chair swivels back to face forward.To facilitate connectivity with the outside world, the F 015 is equipped with six digital display screens throughout the cabin. The screens can be activated via gestures, eye-tracking or touch.Mercedes wrapped all that fancy hardware and software in a lightweight, impact-resistant structure of carbon-fiber, aluminum and high-strength steel. The concept was also designed to accommodate an electric motor and hydrogen fuel cell.The F 015 represents a huge leap forward conceptually and stylistically from the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive research vehicle that piloted itself on a 100-kilometer journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim in August 2013.The 2013 journey, made in a specially modified S-Class sedan equipped with various automated systems, traced the path driven 125 years earlier by Bertha Benz, wife of company co-founder Karl Benz, in one of the world’s first gasoline-powered automobiles.Mercedes currently equips several of its production vehicles with a variety of semi-automated systems, including parking assist, traffic jam assist and steering assist.The company’s forward vision, embodied in a project titled “City of the Future 2030+”, sees self-driving cars as a springboard for redesigning traffic-dense urban spaces with unique “safety” zones accessible only by autonomous vehicles.(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Las Vegas; Editing by Alan Crosby) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Reuters January 6, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read Register Now »