Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday claimed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured the party that the Centre would sympathetically consider its appeal to reconstruct the Guru Ravidas temple at its original location in Delhi’s Tughlakhabad.The temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.Mr. Badal, who met Mr. Shah along with Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, said the Home Minister had assured the Akali Dal that he would look into the matter and that the Centre would take action keeping in mind the sentiments of the Ravidasia community.“This includes taking up the case with the Supreme Court,” he said in a statement. Mr. Badal said as per historical record, the land for the temple was granted to the community by Sultan Sikander Lodhi. He said it seemed the managing committee of the temple could not represent itself adequately in court due to which it had lost the case.Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar has approached the Supreme Court seeking to rebuild the temple in Tughlakhabad. The petition, filed by Mr. Tanwar and former Haryana Minister Pradeep Jain Aditya, sought enforcement of the Right to Worship, which they submitted had been denied to them due to the demolition of the temple.The petition said, “The land at the site is of utmost historical and religious importance to all followers of Guru Ravidas as the Guru himself had lived there.”
Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal has sued former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot for alleging he had used performance enhancing drugs.”I am making public the defamation lawsuit against Roselyne Bachelot that I have filed today April 25 before the Paris law courts. This legal proceeding was instigated after Bachelot made offensive remarks last March on Le Grand 8 program on French channel D8,” Nadal said in the statement.Bachelot had said in the wake of Maria Sharapova’s positive in this year’s Australian Open that Nadal’s 12-month absence through injury in 2012 was “without doubt due to a positive (drug test). When you see a tennis player who stops playing for long months, it is because he has tested positive and because they are covering it up”.”Through this case, I intend not only to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career,” Nadal said.”I also wish to prevent any public figure from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete using the media, without any evidence or foundation,” he added.He also said that if he won the case he would not keep the damages for himself, but give them to a French-based charity.(With inputs from IANS)
The West Indies were expected to do well in the T20 internationals, but a five-wicket loss in the first outing of the three-match rubber against dominant India showed the script might not change when the two sides clash in the second contest at the Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday.India have won the Test series 2-0 and ODIs 3-1 in an utterly lopsided fashion. On Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the current world T20 champions were restricted to a paltry 109/8 by Rohit Sharma and company.The Windies bowlers did well to reduce India to 54/4 at the halfway stage before seasoned stumper Dinesh Karthik (31 not out; 34 b, 3×4, 1×6) and debutant Krunal Pandya (21 not out; 9b, 3×4) got the home side over the line.India’s last win against the West Indies before Sunday came was way back on March 23, 2014 in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.Preview – India look to capture Twenty20 International series vs West Indies in LucknowThe win for India came despite the absence of talismanic regular captain Virat Kohli.Rohit, who has an enviable record at the Eden, failed on Sunday and would look to make up for it with a big score on Tuesday.Besides Rohit, opener Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Manish Pandey also had a bad day in office in the series opener.Karthik kept his cool and played a crucial knock along with an unbeaten cameo from Krunal to steer India home in 17.5 overs.advertisementLucknow will be hosting its first international match at the newly-built stadium.Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was at his lethal best on Sunday with superb figures of 3/13 from his four overs, while left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) and Pandya (1/15) were also impressive.Read – From golgappa-loving Delhi boy to lean, mean and fit: Harbhajan recalls Kohli’s transitionIndia will also be bolstered by the return of pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed the first T20 due to gastric problems.West Indies, on the other hand, would be desperate to get back to the winning ways. The shortest format is where they do well on a regular basis with their players plying their trade in T20 leagues around the globe as well as the Caribbean Premier League.India vs West Indies Live Streaming, 2nd T20 Match: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast on TV and OnlineWhat time does the 2nd T20I between India vs West Indies start?2nd T20I starts at 7 PM IST on November 6, Tuesday at the Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd T20I between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs West Indies match.Where will the 2nd T20I between India and West Indies be played?The 2nd T20I between India and West Indies will be played at the Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow from 7 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 2nd T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 2nd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and West Indies?India: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (Capt), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas
Premier Rodney MacDonald told his fellow Canadian premiers today, Aug. 9, that Nova Scotia is leading the search to attract the world’s best technology to harness energy from the world’s biggest tides. The premier told his counterparts at the Council of Federation meeting in Moncton, N.B., that Nova Scotia has issued a request for proposals to find the most efficient, durable, non-invasive technology in existence that will allow the province to tap into the natural power coming through the tides and establish an industry center for technology. “The Bay of Fundy provides a significant opportunity for Nova Scotia and Canada. We will champion the effort for world tidal power innovation,” said Premier MacDonald. “We’ve invited developers from around the world to help us find the best technology, and we’re excited by both the power generation possibilities as well as the potential technology innovation benefits for our province and country.” The request for proposals asks developers to demonstrate in-stream tidal devices through a common demonstration facility in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy. The innovative facility will allow pioneering developers to share costs, limit any potential impacts, and test under similar conditions. “We want the best technology for the Bay of Fundy,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks, “And today we are calling on developers to show us the best. We need to know which machines can survive the enormous force of our tides, what kind of power they can deliver, and what impact, if any, they have on our environment.” No final decision on a demonstration facility will be made until the results of the strategic environmental assessment by the Offshore Energy Environmental Research Association is completed. This will have input from developers, fisherman, and other interested parties around the Bay of Fundy. In addition a site specific environment assessment will be required by the Department of Environment and Labour. The demonstration facility does not exclude the possibility of additional tidal energy projects in other locations in the future. “I am pleased that environmental issues are being considered through the strategic environmental assessment process,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Environmental protection and sustainability need to be carefully reviewed when exploring the future of tidal power in the Bay of Fundy.” All devices must meet the strict requirements of a project-specific environmental assessment. Natural Resources Minister David Morse added “When all federal and provincial assessments are complete, we look forward to leasing Nova Scotia’s submerged land for an in-stream tidal demonstration facility. We are pleased to be part of this joint effort to increase energy supply and conserve our natural resources.” The devices are expected to go in the water in the spring of 2009. “We recognize these are early days in the tidal industry, and that’s why we need to start now,” said Mr. Dooks. “We need to find opportunities for research, business, and growth that move Nova Scotia towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy economy.” Research identifies the Bay of Fundy as potentially the best site for tidal power generation in North America, with a world-class resource in close proximity to an existing grid and potential consumers. Nova Scotia’s regulations demand nearly 20 per cent of the province’s electricity supply come from renewable sources by 2013. Tidal energy represents an opportunity to meet that target and possibly surpass it. The tender is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders . Developers with technical questions may contact Nancy Rondeaux by e-mail at RONDEANA@gov.ns.ca, or by phone at 902-424-4458, after Aug. 12.
Nova Scotians interested in improving their understanding and use of the Gaelic language can further their studies with a bursary program funded by the Scottish government and administered by Gaelic Affairs. The bursary program, now in its second year, will support up to five Nova Scotians to attend language training in Scotland with travel, meal and accommodation costs. The individual bursaries are valued at about $2,800. “The bursary program from the Scottish government is an excellent opportunity and motivation for Nova Scotians to acquire Gaelic language and cultural skills through international travel and study,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey. “The province is grateful to the Scottish government for the support, and we are pleased to help promote the program through Gaelic Affairs and its community partners.” Recipients will enrol in Gaelic-language study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a national centre for Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Skye. In addition to formal classes, recipients will choose a Gaelic dialect as a focus for their study. They will interview a native Gaelic speaker to learn more about their specific dialect and related cultural expression, practices, values and beliefs. “With links between Scotland and Nova Scotia so strong, it made perfect sense to open up Gaelic language training in Scotland to a small number of Nova Scotians,” said Minister for Gaelic, Scottish government, Alasdair Allan. “Scotland and Canada share a strong cultural heritage which includes our indigenous languages. “Gaelic has been spoken in Nova Scotia for over 200 years and we are keen that this tradition continues and the number of people learning and using the language increases. Through this continued funding, we hope to strengthen Gaelic’s presence in Nova Scotia by giving more people the opportunity to learn the language and participate in academic exchanges to Scotland.” Applicants must be at least 18 years old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify. They must submit a detailed letter outlining their experience and commitment to using the language, along with a letter of reference and proof of acceptance to a minimum two-week course. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 7. “The Scottish government will continue to work closely with the Office of Gaelic Affairs in Canada and we will extend a special invitation to visit Scotland in 2014, during our year of homecoming,” said Senior Cabinet Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning, Scotland government, Michael Russell. For more information about applying to the bursary program, contact Lewis MacKinnon, Gaelic Affairs at 902-424-4298 or email@example.com .
Savoir faire la différence entre les mythes et les bons conseils au sujet des feux d’herbe contribue à éviter des risques à la population et aux biens. « Chaque année, nos experts dans le domaine de la prévention des incendies rappellent aux Néo-Écossais de ne pas perpétuer l’absurde tradition d’allumer un feu d’herbe, a déclaré le ministre des Ressources naturelles Zach Churchill. Il n’y a aucune preuve scientifique qui appuie l’idée que les feux d’herbe favorisent la croissance de l’herbe ou l’apparence générale d’une pelouse. » Malgré ce qu’en disent les traditions, les feux d’herbe : Les feux d’herbe peuvent conduire à la perte de forêts, de maisons, de granges et d’habitats fauniques. Pour la liste complète des mythes sur les feux d’herbe, consultez le site Web à http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/firecentre/grass-burning.asp. Les feux de camp et les feux d’amas de broussailles sont encore plus risqués quand le temps est chaud et sec. Il est illégal de faire un feu entre 8 h et 14 h durant la saison où les risques de feux de forêt sont les plus élevés, soit du 15 mars au 15 octobre. Si vous devez procéder à un brûlage, il est préférable de le faire plus tard dans la journée et d’avoir une source d’eau à proximité. La carte qui indique où et quand vous pouvez sans danger et légalement faire un feu de camp ou brûler un amas de broussailles se trouve à l’adresse www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe. Elle est mise à jour quotidiennement à 14 h. Le gouvernement a dépensé près d’un million de dollars pour combattre des feux de forêt l’an dernier. Le compte est déjà de 92 feux de forêts cette saison. Les gens sont à l’origine de plus de 99 p. 100 de tous les feux de forêts. Si vous voyez un feu de forêt, signalez-le au 1-800-565-2224 ou au service 9-1-1. réduisent entre 50 et 70 p. 100 la croissance de l’herbe; ne font pas pousser une herbe plus verte; favorisent la croissance des mauvaises herbes en faisant de la place pour la croissance des graines de mauvaises herbes laissées sur le sol avant l’arrivée de la neige.
BURLINGTON, ON and MONTREAL, QC – Edge Imaging and Walter Capital Partners are pleased to announce a significant investment to accelerate the growth of the largest Canadian owned school photography company headquartered in Burlington, Ontario into a truly national brand. Advertisement Moving forward, Dave Pond will maintain his position as President of Edge Imaging wherein he will focus on strategic initiatives as well as sit on the Board of Directors. Dan Boudreau, a Senior Executive with over 25 years of experience in the school photography industry, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Edge Imaging. Mr. Boudreau will be working in partnership with Mr. Pond to drive success as Edge Imaging expands across Canada.About Edge ImagingBased in Burlington, Ontario Edge Imaging is the largest Canadian owned school photography company. In business since 2005, the fully vertically integrated company prides itself in delivering exceptional photography products, a great customer experience and leading the industry when it comes to the privacy and security. At the height of its business cycle, Edge Imaging employs over 400 people in Ontario and British Columbia.About Walter Capital PartnersWalter Capital Partners (Walter Capital) is a private equity firm and part of Walter Financial and the Walter Group of Companies. Walter Capital invests capital and know-how in established small and medium-sized businesses to help accelerate their growth. Drawing on the entrepreneurial values of the Walter Group and the business leadership experience of its Managing Partners, Walter Capital offers solutions that are above and beyond purely financial transactions. Headquartered in Montreal, Walter Capital provides a solid international network. Advertisement Facebook “We are very enthusiastic to partner with Edge Imaging to share our capital and expertise to foster their growth,” states Managing Partner Sam Ramadori of Walter Capital Partners. “For this new investment, we have found a senior leadership team who shares our values and vision for the future potential of school photography. Together, we will put all the ingredients in place to replicate the successes we have had with the companies in our portfolio.”“The future of school photography is bright, and we couldn’t be happier to move Edge forward with Walter Capital Partners,” shares Dave Pond, President and CEO of Edge Imaging. “It was very important for us to join forces with a like-minded investment partner who is just as committed as we are to both the growth of the company and the team that helped us achieve the success we’ve had to date. Along with the monetary investment, the knowledge and expertise that Walter Capital Partners brings will allow us to invest in the right equipment, technology and people to accelerate our growth plan.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
Rabat – The UN Security Council welcomed, on Wednesday, the meeting in Morocco of the participants in the Libyan political dialogue with a view to reaching an agreement on a government of national accord based on the fourth draft of the Political Agreement facilitated by the UN Envoy, Bernardino Leon.“The members of the Security Council emphasized the urgency for the Libyan parties to agree on a Government of National Accord and, in this context, welcomed the meeting of the participants of the Libyan Political Dialogue in Morocco on 8-9 June,” the Security Council said in a press statement.Skhirat in the outskirts of Rabat has hosted five rounds of political talks between the Libyan rivals under the umbrella of the UN. The fifth round was held last week and ended with a “positive” feedback from the participating delegations representing the different stakeholders in the crisis.While recalling the different resolutions of the 15 members of the Council reaffirmed full support for Libya’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity.
by News Staff Posted May 18, 2012 3:40 pm MDT If you’re lucky enough to live in some parts of the United States, you may see gas pump prices fall to around US$3.25 a gallon or less in the next week or two. Even West Coast drivers should get some relief from prices that are still above $4 a gallon.Retail gasoline prices dropped by a penny to a national average of $3.71 per gallon on Friday. That’s 22 cents less than the high of $3.94 per gallon reached in early April. Lower oil prices are the main reason. Weaker demand is also helping to push down prices, as consumers watch their spending in the sluggish economic recovery.Motorists on the West Coast, in Illinois and New York are paying the most for gas â€” from $3.83 per gallon to $4.54 per gallon â€” according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. The lowest prices, from $3.39 to $3.51 per gallon, were in the South and parts of the Midwest.In Canada, the price was C$1.274 per litre, down from $1.339 a month ago, headed into the Victoria Day long weekend.Prices in the U.S. should continue to decline heading into Memorial Day on May 28. The national average is expected to be around $3.60 per gallon for the long holiday weekend, but a smattering of cities may see prices much lower. “You could see these prices of US$3 to $3.25 populate the country like popcorn thunderstorms do in the spring,” said OPIS chief oil analyst Tom Kloza. “And that may happen in the next week.”Some drivers already pay 30 to 40 cents less than the national average. That’s because the gasoline they buy is refined from oil produced in the Gulf Coast region, where prices are among the lowest in the country, Kloza said. And state and local gas taxes there are lower than in other areas.By July drivers may face a different situation because of the simmering dispute between Western countries and Iran over its nuclear program. The European Union is set to begin a ban on oil imports from Iran if the situation isn’t resolved by then. Some analysts think that could drive oil prices higher.On Friday crude oil prices fell ahead of a weekend meeting in which President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s biggest economies will search for ways to help Europe resolve its ongoing debt crisis. Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.08 to finish at $91.48 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price many international varieties of oil, fell 35 cents to end at $107.14 in London.Heating oil fell 1.9 cents to finish at $2.83 per gallon, gasoline futures rose 1.13 cents to end at $2.89 per gallon and natural gas increased 15 cents to finish at $2.74 per 1,000 cubic feet.The price of natural gas has been rising steadily from the 10-year low it hit a month ago. Friday’s increase of almost 6 per cent had a lot to do with the weather. Long-range forecasts predict temperatures well above average for much of the country over the next few weeks. That means more demand for natural gas to run generators that produce electricity to power air conditioners and refrigeration units.â€”â€”â€”(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) Pump prices should fall to US$3.25 a gallon or less in some areas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“While I recognize the damaging legacy of colonialism, progress has not been forthcoming at the necessary pace,” said the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda, upon her return from a fact-finding mission to the country. Ms. Sepúlveda pointed out that Namibia had enjoyed political stability and steady economic growth since its independence from South Africa in 1990, adding that the country was also rich in natural resources and boasted a gross domestic product classifying it among the world’s middle-income countries. Nevertheless, extreme poverty remained prevalent and the country’s developmental policies and programmes had had “very limited success” in improving the situation of the poorest Namibians, she noted. In addition, the Special Rapporteur listed an array of impediments which she said had prevented “good policies from producing the intended outcomes,” despite substantial budgetary investments, including inefficiency, limited institutional capacity, skills shortages, a slow decentralization process and poor monitoring. “The fact that the country remains one of the most unequal in the world is a clear sign that the benefits of economic growth have not reached the poor,” Ms. Sepúlveda stated. “Social policies in areas ranging from health and education to employment and land reform are undermined by severe implementation gaps.” Ms. Sepúlveda, in particular, highlighted the plight of Namibian women, noting that they continued to be economically marginalised, received unequal access to land and productive resources, and were disproportionately affected by unemployment and HIV/AIDS. She also expressed concern at the alarming rates of maternal mortality and gender-based violence, emphasizing that this long chain of predicaments “perpetuate women’s social exclusion and poverty in a vicious cycle.” The UN expert urged the Namibian Government to implement systematic structural changes to address the levels of socio-economic inequality throughout the country, as well as develop more comprehensive social protection programmes and invest heavily in expanding access to public services. “Poor Namibians cannot wait any longer for the benefits of economic growth to ‘trickle down,’” continued Ms. Sepúlveda. “The Government must address the critical needs of the poorest and most marginalized as a matter of priority.” Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Sepúlveda, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes.
The new sites added to the list – designated by the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – include the transnational serial site of the Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement, along with the Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites in Antigua and Barbuda, the Pampulha Modern Ensemble in Brazil, and the Khangchendzonga National Park in India. Those four sites were added during the morning meeting of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which opened on 10 July in Istanbul, Turkey, and closed today. The session was suspended yesterday due to the attempt on Friday to overthrow the Government of Turkey. This afternoon, the Committee also inscribed eight new sites on the list: one transnational site (in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan), and others in Canada, Chad, China, Iraq, Iran, Mexico and Sudan. Architectural Work of Le Corbusier The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement, is spread over Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland. The 17 sites comprising the property were chosen from the work of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, and are a “testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past,” UNESCO said. The sites were built over a period of a half-century, over the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research.” The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh in India, the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan, the House of Dr. Curutchet in La Plata, Argentina, and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille, France, reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society, according to the agency. “These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet,” UNESCO said. Antigua and Barbuda The Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites – the first property in Antigua and Barbuda to be included on the World Heritage List – consist of a group of Georgian-style naval buildings and structures, set within a walled enclosure. With its deep, narrow bays surrounded by highlands, the natural environment of this side of the island of Antigua offered shelter from hurricanes and was ideal for repairing ships. UNESCO underscored that the construction of the Dockyard by the British navy would not have been possible without the labour of generations of enslaved Africans since the end of the 18th century. Its aim was to protect the interests of sugar cane planters at a time when European powers were competing for control of the Eastern Caribbean. Brazil The Pampulha Modern Ensemble was the centre of a visionary garden city project created in 1940 at Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State in Brazil. Designed around an artificial lake, the cultural and leisure centre included a casino, a ballroom, the Golf Yacht Club and the São Francisco de Assis church. The buildings were designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in collaboration with innovative artists. The Ensemble comprises bold forms that exploit the plastic potential of concrete, while fusing architecture, landscape design, sculpture and painting into a harmonious whole. It reflects the influence of local traditions, the Brazilian climate and natural surroundings on the principles of modern architecture, according to UNESCO. Canada Mistaken Point is a fossil site located at the south-eastern tip of the island of Newfoundland, in eastern Canada. The site consists of a narrow, 17 kilometre-long strip of rugged coastal cliffs. Of deep marine origin, the cliffs date to the Edicarean Period (580-560 million years ago), representing the oldest-known assemblages of large fossils anywhere. These fossils illustrate a watershed in the history of life on earth: the appearance of large, biologically complex organisms, after almost three billion years of micro-dominated evolution. Chad Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape is a sandstone in the northeast of Chad that has been sculpted by water and wind erosion over time into a plateau featuring canyons and valleys. In the largest canyons, the permanent presence of water plays an essential role in the Massif’s ecosystem, sustaining flora and fauna as well as human life. Thousands of images have been painted and carved into the rock surface of caves, canyons and shelters, presenting one of the largest ensembles of rock art in the Sahara. China Located in Hubei Province, in central-eastern China, Hubei Shennongjia is one of three centres of biodiversity in the country, and consists of Shennongding/Badong to the west and Laojunshan to the east. The centre protects the largest primary forests remaining in central China and provides habitat for many rare animal species, such as the Chinese Giant Salamander, the Golden or Snub-nosed Monkey, the Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard and Asian Black Bear. The site features prominently in the history of botanical research and was the object of international plant collecting expeditions in the 19th and 20th centuries, according to UNESCO. India Khangchendzonga National Park – located at the heart of the Himalayan range in the State of Sikkim in northern India – includes a diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the world’s third-highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga. Mythological stories are associated with the mountain and with a great number of natural elements, such as caves, rivers and lakes, which are the object of worship by the indigenous people of Sikkim. UNESCO highlighted that the sacred meanings of these stories and practices have been integrated with Buddhist beliefs and constitute the basis for Sikkimese identity. Iran The Lut Desert, or Dasht-e-Lut, is located in the south-east of Iran. Between June and October, this arid subtropical area is swept by strong winds, which transport sediment and cause aeolian erosion on a colossal scale. Consequently, the site presents some of the most spectacular examples of aeolian yardang landforms (massive corrugated ridges). It also contains extensive stony deserts and dune fields. Iraq The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities is made up of seven sites: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas. The archaeological cities of Uruk and Ur and the Tell Eridu archaeological site form part of the remains of the Sumerian cities and settlements that developed in southern Mesopotamia between the 4th and the 3rd millennium BC in the marshy delta of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. UNESCO highlighted that the Ahwar of Southern Iraq – also known as the Iraqi Marshlands – are unique, as one of the world’s largest inland delta systems, in an extremely hot and arid environment. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Western Tien-Shan is a transnational site located in the Tien-Shan mountain system, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. The site is situated at an altitude of 700 to 4,503 metres and features diverse landscapes that are home to exceptionally rich biodiversity. Mexico Located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, Archipiélago de Revillagigedo is made up of four remote islands and their surrounding waters: San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarión. The archipelago is part of a submerged mountain range, with the four islands representing the peaks of volcanoes emerging above sea level. The islands provide critical habitat for a range of wildlife and are of particular importance for seabirds. The surrounding waters have a remarkable abundance of large pelagic species, such as manta rays, whales, dolphins and sharks, UNESCO said. Sudan Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park consists of two separate areas: Sanganeb is an isolated, coral reef structure in the central Red Sea and the only atoll, 25 kilometres off the shoreline of Sudan. The second element of the property is made up of Dungonab Bay and Mukkawar Island, situated 125 kilometres north of Port Sudan. It includes a highly diverse system of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, beaches and islets. The site provides a habitat for populations of seabirds, marine mammals, fish, sharks, turtles and manta rays. Dungonab Bay also has a globally significant population of dugongs. The World Heritage Committee has inscribed 21 properties to the World Heritage List thus far in 2016, with the list now numbering 1,052 sites in 165 countries. Also today, the Committee said that its 40th session will resume in Paris in October to examine outstanding issues that could not be discussed over the past seven days. The Committee adjourned its work three days before schedule due to the UN security protocol put in place following the events that occurred in Turkey on Friday. The Committee also announced that its 41st session will be held in Cracow, Poland, in July 2017.
The Queen celebrates her 91st birthday today and is expected to spend the anniversary privately.After her 90th birthday last year, which saw national festivities held in her honour, the 2017 milestone will seem more subdued.But royal gun salutes will still echo across the capital later, fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company. The curious decision to give monarchs two birthdaysdates back to Edward VII, who was born on November 9 but celebrated the birthday in May and June as the weather was better during these months for outdoor events.Subsequent monarchs helpfully had birthdays at more convenient times of the year, but the Queen’s father, King George VI, reintroduced the tradition which she has continued. The Queen traditionally has two birthdays, her actual birthday and an official birthday marked every summer by the Trooping the Colour ceremony. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Credit:Preparation begins for the gun salute in Hyde Park In Hyde Park at midday, 41 volleys in honour of her birthday will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.Then an hour later the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London – an extra 21 for the City of London.
“Tourism is a key sector of our economy and I am pleased that the Authority has moved into this area with its Leap card”.Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority said that the Leap Visitor Card will make people’s holiday in our capital easier and more enjoyable.Language StudentsA specialist product for students at language schools in the Dublin area was also launched today.The Leap Trainee Card will be available to trainees through their language schools and directly from Dublin Bus, in 1-week, 2-week, 3-week and 4-week versions (Priced at €46.50, €70.00, €94.00 and €119.00 respectively).Similar to the Leap Visitor card, it will allow foreign students travel on Luas, DART, Iarnród Éireann’s short-hop zone and on Dublin Bus.Read: Half a million people now own a Leap Card>Read: New infographic breaks down how Dublin commuters get to work> TOURISTS CAN NOW get a new Leap Card that’s specially made just for them.It offers 72 hours of unlimited travel on Luas, DART, Iarnród Éireann’s short-hop zone and Dublin Bus for €19.50.It’s only available from Dublin Airport Leap Card outlets but it includes the return trip between the airport and the city centre on the Airlink Bus.It’s going to be marketed and promoted to intending visitors to Dublin online and at the airport arrivals area.Minister Alan Kelly said that “the Leap smart card opens up opportunities to create innovative and attractive fare products.For those coming to the Dublin region from abroad, whether to visit or to study, we need to make public transport easier to use and more appealing in its pricing.
Share via bridenstine.house.govCongressman Jim Bridenstine was confirmed Thursday as the 13th NASA administrator.NASA’s latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice of a tea party congressman to run the space agency in an unprecedented party-line vote.In a 50-49 vote Thursday, Oklahoma Rep. James Bridenstine, a Navy Reserve pilot, was confirmed as NASA’s 13th administrator, an agency that usually is kept away from partisanship. His three predecessors — two nominated by Republicans — were all approved unanimously. Before that, one NASA chief served under three presidents, two Republicans and a Democrat.The two days of voting were as tense as a launch countdown.A procedural vote Wednesday initially ended in a 49-49 tie — Vice President Mike Pence, who normally breaks a tie, was at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — before Arizona Republican Jeff Flake switched from opposition to support, using his vote as leverage to address an unrelated issue.Thursday’s vote included the drama of another delayed but approving vote by Flake, a last-minute no vote by Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth — who wheeled onto the floor with her 10-day-old baby in tow — and the possibility of a tie-breaker by Pence, who was back in town.NASA is a couple years away from launching a new giant rocket and crew capsule to replace the space shuttle fleet that was retired in 2011.“I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the president’s vision for American leadership in space,” Bridenstine said in a NASA release after the vote.Democrats opposing Bridenstine said his outspoken divisiveness, earlier rejection of mainstream climate change science and lack of space experience made him unqualified. Republicans praised him as a qualified war hero.“His record of behavior in the Congress is as divisive as any in Washington, including his attacks on members of this body from his own party,” Florida Democrat Bill Nelson said. “It’s hard to see how that record will endear, and by extension NASA, him to Congress, and most importantly, endear him to the American people. “Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, cited past Bridenstine comments that rejected mainstream climate science, invoking the movie “Apollo 13.”“Houston, we have a problem,” Markey said. “NASA’s science, NASA’s mission and American leadership will be in jeopardy under Congressman Bridenstine’s leadership.”During his confirmation hearing, Bridenstine said he acknowledges that global warming is real and man-made, but wouldn’t say that it was mostly human-caused, as the overwhelming majority of scientists and scientific literature do. And Bridenstine told Nelson, “I want to make sure that NASA remains, as you said, apolitical.”Texas Republican Ted Cruz praised the NASA nominee as “a war hero.”“NASA needs a strong leader and it will have that strong leader in Jim Bridenstine,” Cruz said.Sean O’Keefe, who was NASA chief under President George W. Bush and was confirmed unanimously, said the close vote “is a consequence of an erosion of comity in the Congress, particularly in the Senate. Political fights will always break out, but now most policy choices are more likely to emerge based on the party with the majority than the power of the idea.”Alan Ladwig, a top NASA political appointee under Democrats, said this was a case of both party politics and a divisive nominee who doesn’t accept science.
Demonstrator Arthur Johnson carries a sign advocating justice for Freddie Gray on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, outside the courthouse in Baltimore where the trial of Offcer William Porter enters its second week. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)BALTIMORE (AP) — A Virginia police chief who is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement testified Thursday as an expert witness in the trial of Baltimore Officer William Porter, saying his actions were “objectively reasonable” on the day Freddie Gray was injured.Charlottesville Chief Timothy Longo was called to the stand by attorneys for Porter, who faces charges of manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in the arrest and death of Gray.Gray’s neck was broken April 12, when he was in the back of a police transport van that made six stops over a 45-minute ride that covered just a handful of city blocks. Longo said Porter responded to Gray’s request for help at the fourth stop by lifting him, handcuffed and shackled, onto the bench in the van.Porter used his discretion and good judgment in deciding not to buckle Gray in, and he properly informed van driver Caesar Goodson, and later his supervisor, that Gray had asked to go to the hospital, Longo said.“I believe his actions were objectively responsible given the circumstances,” Longo told jurors.“Is there anything more that Officer Porter should have done?” defense attorney Joseph Murtha said.“No, sir,” Longo said.But on rapid-fire cross-examination by prosecutor Michael Schatzow, Longo said: “I suppose he could have gotten on the radio and called for a medic and been asked, ‘What are the circumstances?’”This file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department on Friday, May 1, 2015 shows William G. Porter, one of six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Porter took the stand Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 in his own defense. If convicted on all charges, the maximum penalty he faces is about 25 years. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, FILE)Porter is the first of six officers to go on trial in Gray’s death. Prosecutors say Porter was criminally negligent when he ignored departmental policy requiring officers to seat belt prisoners and for failing to call a medic to the scene immediately after Gray indicated he needed aid.Longo told jurors that all officers must use their discretion when determining how to interpret a policy or procedure, such as the Baltimore department’s requirement that detainees be buckled in. Longo said general orders such as the seat belt policy “don’t create a higher standard in criminal or civil proceedings. They’re clearly administrative in purpose.”Longo said Goodson was ultimately responsible to make sure Gray was belted in because Gray was in his custody. Goodson faces the most serious charge of second-degree “depraved heart” murder.Also Thursday, a neurosurgeon testified that Gray’s broken neck could not have occurred the way the state autopsy report concluded.Dr. Matthew Ammerman told jurors that Gray’s “catastrophic injury” would have immediately paralyzed Gray’s ability to breathe, speak and use his limbs. He said it must have occurred after Porter’s primary interaction with Gray, during the van’s fourth stop when Gray was able to speak, move his legs and support his own weight.Ammerman’s testimony was contrary to the state’s expert witnesses, including the assistant medical examiner who conducted Gray’s autopsy. She told jurors that Gray’s injury occurred sometime between the van’s second and fourth stops, and the injury was exacerbated throughout the van ride by Porter’s failure to seek immediate medical attention.Ammerman also testified that Gray’s injuries were so severe he likely wouldn’t have survived even if he received immediate medical attention.“I don’t think it was a survivable injury,” he said. “With these types of spinal injuries, even with the best medical care, the outcome is usually death.”
“They’re aggressive and they threaten to kill everyone. They say they’re going to run around the world and they’re going to upload it to social networks. That’s what always happens. Now a Comptroller is present,” he said. “The boys are more supervised by personnel of the Comptroller,” he said explaining that this type of operation is delicate because they have to deal with detained people under the influence of alcohol. He also says that there are more supervisors at each breathalyzer site to ensure processes are done according to law. “Weekend breathalyzers are a fact, and now we have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday where people were not used to being tested on those days. Some people get upset and question why we are doing it on a Monday,” he said adding that authorities must create the check stops when they feel it’s necessary. Of those pulled over between Wednesday and Sunday, 300 breath tests were conducted resulting in 72 being deemed over the limited and arrested. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancún, Q.R. — Due to the success of the weekend breathalyzer program around the city of Cancun, the head of transit has announced the program has been extended to six days per week. The surprise has been that on weekends for example, they send between 15 or 20 people to the Torito, but during the week, they have caught up to 40 people intoxicated at the wheel on a Monday or Tuesday. Head of the Municipal Transit Office Jesús Ángel Salas Cruz, says that the breathalyzer roadside program Drive Without Alcohol, now operates every day in the municipality except Thursdays. He says the extension of the program is an effective way of removing drivers from the roads who over-drink during the weekdays, rather than on weekends. He says since they have extended the program, the amount of women being arrested for driving under the influence has increased. According to la Dirección de Tránsito, their last statistics resulted in the Policía Quintana Roo de Benito Juárez pulling over 769 vehicles.
Thursday, July 4, 2019 WESTERN CANADATravellers will have a choice of 20 South and Europe destinations from Vancouver. Beach vacations will be available from Calgary, Victoria, Edmonton and Winnipeg as well.As of December, Air Transat will become the sole airline to fly direct from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale (two direct flights a week), while also adding departures to Liberia and San Jose, Costa Rica, (two flights a week) as well as a direct flight to Punta Cana. Along with its new destinations from Vancouver, Air Transat will enhance its flight program from Calgary, adding another direct flight to Puerto Vallarta for a total of four direct flights a week.From Vancouver, several of Canadians’ favourite European Sun destinations including Faro and Lisbon, and Barcelona and Malaga, will be accessible via Montreal and Toronto. Flying through Toronto or Montreal, passengers will also be able to holiday in London, Glasgow and Manchester as well as in Paris. Posted by Air Transat’s ready for winter 2019-20 with new Sun and Europe details QUEBECAir Transat will have a total of 42 South and Europe destinations out of Montreal, and 13 out of Quebec City. Air Transat will put increased focus on Florida travel this winter, continuing its Orlando service (three direct flights per week) and adding frequency to Fort Lauderdale, with direct flights now available daily out of Montreal during the peak season. The carrier will also boost frequency on its Quebec City–Fort Lauderdale route, offering five direct flights a week.Also out of Montreal, Air Transat will be enriching its D.R. program with one additional direct flight each week to Puerto Plata (for a total of five direct flights a week), as well as adding another flight to Montego Bay (four direct flights per week). Cuba will be more accessible for travellers flying out of Quebec City, with the addition of direct service to Holguin, for a total of two direct flights weekly.On the Europe front, the carrier will now serve Spain’s Costa del Sol year-round, with direct service to Malaga from Montreal (two flights a week), and will also fly to Madrid starting in December (two direct flights weekly).More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Air Transat has released detailed listings, including frequencies, of its winter sun 2019-2020 schedule, with a complete rundown of Winter Sun and Europe destinations available in the coming winter months from Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the West.The news follows up on Air Transat’s winter 2019-20 product launch in June, where it outlined in broad strokes its plans for the coming season.The addition of Air Transat’s new A321neoLRs for winter 2019-2020 “will allow the carrier greater flexibility to offer a broader choice of destinations to travellers”, says the company.Here’s a look at where Air Transat will be flying this winter, region by region…ONTARIOFrom London, ON Air Transat will add a new direct flight to Puerto Plata. From Hamilton there will be a new direct flight to Santa Clara, as well as a second weekly direct fight to Punta Cana.From Toronto, along with its daily flight to London, UK, Air Transat will offer two direct flights a week all year long to Glasgow and Manchester. The airline will extend to mid-January its flights to Barcelona and Rome, with two direct flights a week to each city. Travellers will be able to fly to Portugal from Toronto, with two weekly direct flights to Lisbon, and one direct flight to Porto. Air Transat will also offer a direct flight from Toronto to Faro during the winter, with one flight a week.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading” Tags: Air Transat Share ATLANTIC CANADAAir Transat will offer direct service to 10 South destinations out of Halifax, and to four departing from Moncton, from Feb. 15 to April 30, 2020. Vacationers will enjoy easy access to the beaches of Cuba, the D.R., Mexico, Jamaica and Florida. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Milan Trajkovic on Sunday became the first ever athlete from Cyprus to win a gold medal in European Indoor Championships history.Trajkovic clinched the gold medal in the 60 metres hurdles at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, clocking 7.60.https://youtu.be/-BQif8xXLyEFrench Pascal Martinot-Lagarde won the silver medal with 7.61 and Aurel Manga, also from France, took bronze with 7.63.Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades congratulated Trajkovic. Anastasiades wrote in a post on his twitter account: “Well done Milan Trajkovic, you made a magnificent effort, and the result was amazing. Enjoy the top position in indoor athletics and continue to be strong for your next goals. You have made us proud!”CNAYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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