Blue whales being struck by ships

first_imgHumans no longer hunt blue whales, but we’ve found a new way to put the endangered cetaceans at risk: plowing into them with our ships. After using satellites to track 171 blue whales that spend time off the west coast of the Americas over a 15-year period, scientists have fingered whale-ship collisions as a possible factor in why blue whale population numbers have remained low despite international protections.The 171 tracked whales are members of what’s known as the eastern North Pacific population, which comprises about 2500 individuals. (There are about 10,000 blue whales worldwide.) “It’s an amazing and unprecedented sample size; there’s nothing like it for any other species of whale,” says Phillip Clapham, a cetacean biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, who was not involved in the study.The study began in 1993 after Bruce Mate, a cetacean biologist at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute (MMI) in Newport, developed methods for attaching satellite tags to the backs of large baleen whales. The researchers approach a whale in a rigid inflatable boat and then deploy a tag designed to implant in cetacean skin from modified crossbows or compressed air guns, aiming for an area near the animal’s dorsal fin. Of these baleen whales, the blues (Balaenoptera musculus) are the largest; indeed, they’re the largest animal to ever live (even beating out the heftiest dinosaurs), with some of the creatures measuring 30 meters in length and weighing 170 metric tons. 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They were also curious about why there weren’t more blue whales, because the populations of other species of baleen whales have increased dramatically since the International Whaling Commission banned industrial hunting of some whale species in 1966.  “When compared to other large whales that inhabit the same area, the blue whale population doesn’t appear to have increased at a similar rate,” says Monica DeAngelis, a marine mammal biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA’s) National Marine Fisheries Service in Long Beach, California, who collaborated with the paper’s authors on this project. Humpback whales in the North Pacific, for instance, now number about 20,000, up from 1400 since the ban.To find out more about the blue whales’ movements, the researchers programmed some of the tags to transmit location data either daily or every other day; other whales were fitted with tags that transmitted every day for the first 90 days, then switched to every other day until the tags’ batteries ran out. Tags implanted by crossbow lasted 58 days on average; those deployed by the air gun method kept ticking an average of 85 days. One whale’s tag continued beaming data for a remarkable 504-day period.The team’s analysis of the tagged cetaceans’ movements, reported today in PLOS ONE, showed that they faithfully return each summer to the rich, upwelling zones off Santa Barbara and San Francisco that produce masses of krill, their main prey. But these same areas are also crossed by major shipping lanes, with vessels traveling to and from the busy ports of Los Angeles and San Francisco.“It’s an unhappy coincidence,” Irvine says. Over a 2-week period in 2007, for example, at least three blue whales were killed by ships striking them near California’s Channel Islands. (Two other blue whale carcasses were spotted during the same 2 weeks, but the scientists weren’t able to study them.) “That made everyone say, ‘Whoa,’ ” says Irvine, who recalls seeing the injury to one of the dead whales. “It had a huge hematoma from what was clearly a massive, blunt trauma.”The scientists don’t know how many of the eastern North Pacific blue whales are being hit by ships. (“Some vessels are so big they may not even know that they hit a whale,” Irvine says.) And they still can’t say if such strikes are the most important factor keeping the cetaceans’ population numbers low. “At a minimum, it’s not helping,” Irvine says. And because the eastern North Pacific population is the best studied stock of blue whales, scientists suspect that the whales are suffering elsewhere from ship collisions. “The reality is … ship strikes are a global threat to this species,” DeAngelis writes in an e-mail.Happily, there is a model for improvement. In the Bay of Fundy on the Atlantic coast of North America, lethal ship strikes posed a similar problem for right whales in the 1990s. Then, 11 years ago, the maritime industry there moved one key shipping lane and agreed to have ships enter and exit ports at slower speeds—which was especially effective, Clapham says. “Speed restrictions give whales time to get out of the way.” The changes reduced the likelihood of vessels striking the endangered whales by about 80%.In this case, the researchers say shipping lanes near the Channel Islands and off San Francisco would need to be moved to end the collisions. They recommend altering the routes through the Santa Barbara Channel during the height of the whales’ feeding season, from July to October, and closing the northern shipping lane to and from San Francisco Bay ports between August and November. And although such changes are not easily made, NOAA is taking a first step. It will be conducting a review—informed by this study—of the especially busy shipping lanes off southern California and consulting with the various stakeholders about a “plan that would be beneficial to everyone,” Irvine says. After all, he points out, a ship hitting a whale that weighs as much as 25 elephants isn’t good for the vessel, either.last_img read more

Bangladesh beat England by 2 wickets

first_imgBangladesh relied on their tail-enders to return from the dead and pull off a sensational two-wicket upset victory over England in a World Cup group B match to keep their quarter-final hopes alive at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday. ScoreChasing a modest 226, the hosts were precariously were placed at 169 for eight before Shafiul Islam (24 not out) combined with Mahmudullah (21 not out) to steer their side to a dramatic victory with six balls to spare.It was England’s second upset defeat in the tournament as their experienced bowlers buckled under pressure in the thrilling final moments to make the task easier for the hosts.England had suffered a humiliating three-wicket defeat at the hands of Ireland in an earlier league match.Bangladesh had bowled out England for a modest 225 after electing to bowl as their bowlers, specially the spinners, did a fantastic job.Bangladesh were staring at defeat as they were 169 for eight in the 40th over but Shafiul and Mahmudullah batted with grit under intense pressure with a match-winning 58-run unbeaten partnership for the ninth wicket.With this win Bangladesh have moved to fifth place in the points table with four points and England are standing at third with five points.England now must win their last encounter against the West Indies while Bangladesh have two more match to play against The Netherlands and South Africa. Bangladesh almost messed up the run-chase by slumping to 169 to eight from a comfortable 155 for three, rasing hopes of England, but Shafiul and Mahmudullah ensured that the hard work done by their bowlers does not go waste.advertisementAjmal Shahjad (3/43) and Graeme Swann (2/42) did well for England but could not save their side from defeat. The 33 extra runs, including 23 wides, also cost England dearly.Bangladesh’s chase could not have started better as the openers raised a-run-a-ball 52 stand with Tamim Iqbal playing a quick-fire 38-run knock.Iqbal was cleaned up by Bresnan in the ninth over and his side suffered two more jolts in form of Junaid Siddique (12) and Raqibul Hasan (0) within 30 balls.Imrul Kayes (60) though was rock solid on the other end and was well supported by his skipper Shakib Al Hasan (32) as they raised 82 runs for the fourth wicket.The runs came in singles and twos and there was a time in their partnership when not even a single boundary was scored in nine overs. Yet, importantly for the hosts, the scoreboard was ticking and the asking run-rate was never out of reach.Kayes raised his seventh half-century with a single off James Anderson and then ended the boundary drought with a cover drive off Ravi Bopara. With that boundary he became only the 17th Bangladeshi batsman to score 1000 ODI runs.However, the well-set Kayes ran himself out when he attempted a double, which never was, and that brought a twist in the match, with England now hoping for a turnaround.At that stage, Bangladesh needed 71 runs from 114 balls but wickets fell in a heap after that.Skipper Hasan edged one off Graeme Swann onto this stumps and paceman Ajmal Shahzad bowled Mushfiqur Rahim (6) and Naeem Islam (0) to reduce Bangladesh to 166 for seven.Swann took his second wicket when he had Abdur Razzak caught by Tim Bresnan, much to the shock of the home crowd, but Shafiul hit the same bowler for a four and six to bring back the match alive.Bangladesh took the final powerplay in the 46th over needing 33 from 30 balls. James Anderson leaked 11 runs in the first over of the powerplay which he started by bowling wide.Mahmudullah suppported Shafiul well with his sensible batting and hit the winning boundary four off Bresnan, sparking wild celebration at the packed stadium.Earlier, Jonathan Trott (67) and Eoin Morgan (63) hit fifties and shared a 132-ball 109-run fourth-wicket stand to save England the blushes as they were struggling at 53 for three at one stageThe 24-year-old Morgan, drafted in the team as a replacement for Kevin Pietersen, hit eight fours en route to his 72 ball knock, while Trott’s innings came off 99 balls with two fours.England, however, lost their way, suffering another collapse in the face of a disciplined Bangladeshi bowling and lost their last six wickets for just 63 runs.Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak and skipper Shakib Al Hasan accounted for two wickets each, while Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam and Mohammad Mahmudullah got one apiece.Sent into bat, wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior walked out with skipper Andrew Strauss to open the England innings and combined for a 32-run partnership before losing his wicket in a bizarre fashion in the seventh over.advertisementStrauss, too, was dismissed in the 11th over with Junaid Siddique taking a brilliant catch at slip off Naeem Islam. A lot was expected of Ian Bell but the right-handed batsman became Mohammad Mahmudullah’s victim as England slipped to 53-3 in 16.4 overs.However, Trott and Morgan steadied the ship, adding 109 runs to lift England to 162.The duo shrugged extravagance and toiled hard on the field, taking singles and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking.Morgan, who is returning from an injury, picked up his first boundary in the 21st over when he lofted Mahmudullah over mid-wicket, before welcoming skipper Shakib Al Hasan with a boundary over mid-off.The left-handed batsman showed excellent footwork and sent Mahmudullah for another four over midwicket, before pulling him along the carpet for another boundary.Trott picked his first boundary in the 28th over off Rubel Hossain, bisecting the fine leg and deep square boundary. Morgan, meanwhile, swept Islam for another four, before using his feet to good result against Rubel.In the 35th over, Morgan brought up his fifty with a single off Shafiul Islam, while Trott cantered to his individual half-century in the next over.However, Naeem Islam brought Bangladesh back into the game, removing Morgan in the 39th over with Imrul Kayes taking a brilliant diving catch running in from deep fine leg.After the 41st over, England took their batting powerplay but couldn’t utilise the five overs. With pressure mounting, Trott went for a big shot and holed out at long off to trigger another collapse.Graeme Swann and Paul Collingwood took England across the 200-mark but, in pursuit of quick runs, wickets kept tumbling, as Bangladesh held things back in the end.last_img read more

Laver Cup: Europe Ahead But Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios Keep Team World Alive

first_imgGeneva: Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios paired up to defeat Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas as Team World cut Europe’s lead to 7-5 heading into the final day of the Laver Cup in Geneva.Sock and Kyrgios won Saturday’s doubles 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 after Nadal defeated Milos Raonic in his first match since his US Open triumph in the singles. “There was a lot on the line there,” said Sock. “We obviously wanted to keep the overall weekend close. Being down 9-3 is different than 7-5.”We’ve had so many chances this weekend, it’s been crazy, so I think the score could be the other way round.”I thought it was a high quality match and we’re definitely happy to get the win.”Nadal, who won his 19th Grand Slam title in New York, had earlier overcome Canada’s Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) after defending eight break points in the first set.”I feel very lucky,” said Nadal. “I think he deserved that first set for sure. Later in the match I think I started to play a little bit better.”Roger Federer, who won his first match alongside Alexander Zverev in Friday’s doubles tie, beat Australian Kyrgios 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 10-7 to the delight of his 17,000-strong home crowd.”The crowd could feel it, I could feel it. I needed to get some energy going but you can’t do that if you don’t play any good shots and Nick was playing very well,” said Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion.”I was just trying to stay focused. If you can turn the momentum, the crowd gets back into it and I need some earplugs next time, it was just phenomenal.”Bjorn Borg’s holders had seen Team World draw level with John Isner’s victory over Zverev.Isner fought back from a set down to beat Zverev 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 10-1 and haul Team World level at 3-3 after Europe led by two points after the opening day.The scoring system sees one point awarded for each win on the first day, two points given for each victory on the second day, and three points on offer in each match on Sunday’s final day.This year is the first time the tournament has been played since being added to the ATP Tour.Europe won the 2018 edition 13-8 in Chicago. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevEuropeJack SockJohn Isner First Published: September 22, 2019, 8:56 AM ISTlast_img read more

Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton in first Monza practice

first_imgNico Rosberg led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in another show of strength by the dominant Formula One champions in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday. (Latest F1 stories)The German lapped the fastest track on the calendar with a best time of one minute 22.959 seconds, 0.203 quicker than championship leader Hamilton.Ferrari were best of the rest at their home track with Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen third on the timesheets but more than a second off Rosberg’s pace while teammate Sebastian Vettel was fourth.The Italian team have used the last of their season’s engine ‘tokens’ for a power boost at the track outside Milan after ceding second place in the championship to Red Bull. (Also Read: Felipe Massa to retire at the end of season)Hamilton leads Rosberg by nine points going into the last European race of the season but can hope to extend that on Sunday.The Briton is chasing his third successive Italian Grand Prix win, a feat that has not been achieved since the late Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s, and 50th career victory.Rosberg, winner in Belgium last weekend, set his best lap on the soft tyres as did Hamilton, who was one of several drivers to have off-track excursions as they probed the limits.ALONSO SUFFERS GEARBOX PROBLEMMcLaren’s Fernando Alonso provided the only real incident of the session when he crawled back to the pits with a gearbox problem five minutes from the end.Mexican Sergio Perez was fifth fastest for Force India, ahead of Romain Grosjean’s Ferrari-powered Haas and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.advertisementDutch teenager Max Verstappen, whose aggressive defending against Raikkonen at Spa last weekend is still the talk of the paddock, was eighth for Red Bull.Verstappen and McLaren’s Jenson Button lapped with a version of the ‘halo’ head protection device attached to the cockpits of their cars.last_img read more

Ferrari unveil new car designed to end an era of Mercedes domination

first_imgFerrari turned a page on their recent past on Friday as they unveiled the Formula One car designed to end an era of Mercedes domination and shatter Lewis Hamilton’s dreams of a sixth championship this season.The sport’s oldest and most successful team, who last won a title more than a decade ago and finished runners-up last year, presented the SF90 with plenty of fanfare at their Maranello factory.”I’m looking forward to this year. I think the team is on the right path and hopefully we can continue improving,” four times world champion Sebastian Vettel, winner of five races in 2018, assured the audience.Newborn #SF90Discover all contents at https://t.co/bS2YGkBDkv#essereFerrari pic.twitter.com/FvzpUdWrGtScuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) February 15, 2019The German has a new teammate in Charles Leclerc, replacing 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen, and a new principal following the departure of Maurizio Arrivabene and appointment of Mattia Binotto.”I’m extremely excited to start this new adventure,” said Leclerc. “It’s a dream since childhood. I’ve always been looking at the red cars, hoping to be one day in this car, so it’s a very emotional day for me.”Ferrari chief executive Louis Camilleri said Raikkonen, now at Alfa Romeo, and Arrivabene would always be part of Ferrari’s history but made clear the team was entering a new era.Noting that Ferrari had enjoyed their best season in 10 years, he said they had still fallen short of their objectives in a setback that was “never easy to swallow.advertisement”I can assure you that we look ahead with strong commitment and determination,” he added.Camilleri said Vettel was as hungry as ever, and Leclerc a youngster with a great future.He hailed Binotto as a “team player, decisive, talented and determined to make a huge difference at all levels.””Despite all the obvious pressure that exists, the atmosphere in the team from top to bottom will be one in which serenity will prevail,” said Camilleri.”It is a precondition to a tightly-knit team where creativity, talent and transparency will flourish.”Ferrari were far from serene under Arrivabene, adopting something of a siege mentality with the media often shut out and insiders talking of a climate of fear at Maranello.Binotto said there were a lot of positives to take from 2018 but the new car was a step up.”We simply tried to raise the bar, raise the level, tried to be as extreme as we could,” he added. “Certainly we tried to push very hard, being innovative. The roll hoop is very narrow and very slim. The bodywork from the back, very slim.”In terms of engine installation, power unit installation, packaging, a lot of effort has been done and I think the final shape is the result of all these efforts.”Testing starts in Spain on Monday with the first race in Australia on March 17.Also Watch:last_img read more

Low: Heynckes a good solution for Bayern

first_imgBayern München Heynckes billed as a ‘very good solution’ for Bayern by Germany boss Low Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 18:14 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jupp Heynckes Bayern Munchen Getty Images Bayern München Northern Ireland v Germany Germany WC Qualification Europe Bundesliga The experienced coach looks set to return to the Allianz Arena in the near future, with his appointment being considered a smart choice Germany coach Joachim Low believes Bayern Munich will give themselves “a very good solution” should they re-hire Jupp Heynckes as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor until the end of the season.Heynckes is expected to be appointed as Bayern coach for a fourth time this week after Ancelotti was sacked at the end of September following a 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.Bayern 13/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ancelotti was reported to have lost the support of several key members of the Bayern dressing room before his dismissal, with speculation suggesting his training methods left a lot to be desired.Heynckes confirmed on Thursday that Bayern have approached him and that he was considering their offer.Should he accept, Low believes Bayern have made a good choice.Speaking after Germany’s 3-1 win in Northern Ireland, Low said: “He [Heynckes] is, of course, an incredibly experienced coach who has already had great successes and has a great impact on the team.”In the situation that Bayern find themselves, he is certainly a very good solution.”Bayern defender Jerome Boateng was similarly glowing about Heynckes, who was in charge of the Bavarian club when the centre-back joined from Manchester City in 2011.”Jupp Heynckes [as an option] speaks for himself,” Boateng said. “He is a great coach with a lot of experience and a lot of tact.”Mats Hummels has also backed the appointment, should it go ahead: “I don’t know the official status, or the unofficial. But I have heard only positive things about him. And logically you’ve been damn good if you win the title.”The most important thing is there will be a decision everybody is happy and satisfied with. Then we’ll try as a team to be as good as possible.”Joshua Kimmich is another who would welcome the return of Heynckes to Bavaria, saying: “I don’t know him myself, but many here do. Bayern won the triple with him so I think he is a very good coach.”last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Sancho and Tielemans to Manchester United?

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on WhatsApp features Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Read more Transfer window Football Share on Pinterest Rumour Mill European roundup: Barça in 4-4 thriller while Juve’s Kean takes on racists Time for Ole Gunnar Solskjær to go. He’s had long enough to get it right. Three defeats in his last four games simply isn’t good enough for the new Manchester United manager and it can’t be a coincidence that Sam Allardyce has explicitly ruled himself out of the running for the vacant West Bromwich Albion job. Big Sam knows. Something’s up. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Move along, Ole. Big Sam’s going to be at the wheel next season and he’s already got big plans for the summer, with United ready to splurge £100m on Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and rival Leicester City for Monaco’s Youri Tielemans. Both players will surely be unable to resist the chance to play for the former England manager, who could also have Philippe Coutinho at his disposal if Barcelona decide to sell the Brazilian. Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also eyeing the former Liverpool attacker.However United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Raphaël Varane after Zinedine Zidane said the defender will not be allowed to leave Real Madrid. The struggling European champions are more interested in signing players than losing their biggest stars – a policy that doesn’t apply to Thibaut Courtois, who will be allowed to leave in the summer – and are rivalling Juventus for Benfica whizzkid João Felix.Speaking of Juventus, Arsenal sent scouts to watch them play against Cagliari on Tuesday night. Turns out they were watching Cagliari’s Nicolò Barella, though. The 22-year-old midfielder will cost £43m.Staying in Italy, Inter and Milan are trying to nab Pedro from Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri will try to convince them to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi instead. Be serious, Chelsea can’t be doing without Pedro.Leicester are preparing a move for Victor Camarasa, who has spent the season on loan at Cardiff from Real Betis. Sneaky. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Injury Update For Notre Dame RB Jafar Armstrong

first_img Jafar Armstrong suffered a groin injury early in the first quarter, a source tells The Athletic.That’s why you’ve been seeing a large amount of red-shirt freshman running back Jahmir Smith.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 3, 2019There’s no word yet on the severity of the groin issue Armstrong is dealing with, but it clearly behooves Notre Dame to be cautious here.Jones is already over 100 yards rushing, and both he and Smith have found the end zone. The Notre Dame ground game is still working fine without Armstrong.However, the ninth-ranked Irish find themselves in a dogfight, leading Louisville 21-14 midway through the third quarter.You can catch the action on ESPN. Michigan's Khaleke Hudson lays a hit on Jafar Armstrong.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 01: Khaleke Hudson #7 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Jafar Armstrong #8 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Notre Dame fans watching tonight’s game against Louisville are all wondering what happened to running back Jafar Armstrong.Armstrong, who was a key contributor in the backfield last season after moving from wide receiver, played a key role on Notre Dame’s opening drive. He carried twice for 10 yards and caught one pass for 16 yards as the Irish moved downfield for a touchdown.However, after that series, Armstrong hasn’t seen the field. Notre Dame has been using Tony Jones Jr. and Jahmir Smith, and concerned Irish fans weren’t sure why.Now, it looks like we have an answer. According to The Athletic’s Pete Sampson, Armstrong suffered a groin injury in the first quarter.last_img read more

Major Drop in Murders in St. James

first_img Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Charge of Operations in St. James, Kevin Francis, says that the enhanced security measures in the parish have resulted in a major reduction in murders.“This time last year there were 259 murders in the parish and as of October 26 we are at 83, which is a reduction of 176 lives or 68 per cent of the figures compared to last year,” he said.DSP Francis was speaking at a press conference hosted by the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis at the St. James Municipal Corporation building in the parish on Friday (October 26).The implementation of the State of Emergency (SOE) in St. James, which was recently extended until January 31, 2019 and the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Mount Salem in the parish, which was extended for 60 days on October 16, has resulted in a general downward trend in crime in the parish.DSP Francis appealed to the citizenry to aid in the maintenance of law and order in the parish, especially during the upcoming holiday season.“The police cannot do this by ourselves, so we are seeking the assistance of all stakeholders, which includes our citizens, to ensure that our plans, not just for the Yuletide season, but to secure the parish of St. James year round will continue to work,” he pointed out.“The reduction in murders is good, however, we want to make it even better, and we are asking for the stakeholders’ continued support with regard to our efforts in crime fighting; if you see something, say something,”  DSP Francis urged.For his part, Mayor Davis said that the JCF has the St. James Municipal Corporation’s full support.  “We are committed to working with (the police). We are committed to making this parish safer, we are in your corner,” he said. Story Highlights DSP Francis was speaking at a press conference hosted by the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis at the St. James Municipal Corporation building in the parish on Friday (October 26).   “This time last year there were 259 murders in the parish and as of October 26 we are at 83, which is a reduction of 176 lives or 68 per cent of the figures compared to last year,” he said. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Charge of Operations in St. James, Kevin Francis, says that the enhanced security measures in the parish have resulted in a major reduction in murders.last_img read more

Deep rooted conspiracy by coal mafia to kill SAIL Chairman 6 held

first_imgNew Delhi: The coal mafia was behind the brutal attack on SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary on August 7. A deep rooted conspiracy was hatched by a Delhi-based coal industrialist who hired assailants to eliminate Chaudhary, who had rejected a contract worth over Rs 100 crore. Six persons, including A.K. Singh, owner of a coal firm, has been arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police in connection with the case. The coal industrialist had paid Rs 6 lakh to hire criminals to allegedly kill Chaudhary. Chaudhary was attacked by four assailants on August 7 in South Extension near his office in the posh HUDCO place in South Delhi. The assailants had trailed the SAIL Chairman’s car from his office and after overtaking his vehicle at a secluded spot, they hit him with blunt objects, leaving him severely injured. Chaudhary later said that the assailants had a clear cut intention to kill him.last_img read more

Samantha Harris Kicks Off Juicy Juice Fruit For All Project

first_imgNESTLÉ JUICY JUICE, Feeding America and celebrity mom and anti-hunger advocate Samantha Harris celebrated the kickoff of the JUICY JUICE Fruit for All Project at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on May 31, 2012.Samantha Harris and Feeding AmericaThe program is designed to help alleviate summertime childhood hunger by delivering up to 35 million pieces of fresh fruit to children and families at risk of hunger nationwide. Until August 31, one piece of fruit will be provided to hungry kids and their families each time JUICY JUICE is purchased.“I’ve always felt passionately that no one should have to suffer from hunger, but now that I am a mom, I know how devastating it would be to struggle to provide healthy meals for my kids,” said Samantha Harris. “I’m delighted to be involved in a program that will help provide nutritious fruits that are so critical to a child’s development.”An estimated 16 million American children are food insecure and live at risk of being hungry, particularly in the summer months when they are out of school and away from federally assisted school meal programs. Food pantries, soup kitchens and other charitable food assistance organizations report seeing an increased need for food assistance for children during summer months.“The Fruit for All Project is a natural extension of the JUICY JUICE vision, which is to provide at least one full serving of fruit per serving,” said Rob Case, president of Nestlé’s Beverage Division. “We’re thrilled that through the Fruit for All Project, we’re able to broaden that commitment by partnering with supportive organizations and providing fruit servings to those in need.”Surprisingly, America’s battle against hunger is not about having enough food; the real problem is of equity, distribution and access to food. Juicy Juice will become part of the solution this summer by supporting the harvesting and transportation of fresh, nutritious fruits, helping to mitigate the loss of more than six billion pounds of produce that are wasted each year in America. In addition to contributing with Juicy Juice purchases, families can volunteer at their local food bank or visit Juicy Juice’s Facebook page to complete challenges like games, quizzes and puzzles to earn even more fruit donations.“We’re honored JUICY JUICE is partnering with Feeding America to help provide up to 35 million pieces of fresh produce to those in need,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “This partnership will drive a significant increase in the fresh fruit distributed through our National Produce Program while at the same time engaging families to join in the fight against hunger within their own communities.”The Fruit for All Project complements Nestlé USA’s ongoing commitment to fighting hunger in partnership with Feeding America. Since 1990, Nestlé has donated more than 250 million pounds of food and beverages, including Juicy Juice, to regional food banks nationwide.To learn more, find the food bank nearest you or earn fruit donations for people in need, visit FruitForAllProject.com.last_img read more

Saskatchewan premier says his province will also table oil ban bill

first_imgEDMONTON – Premier Scott Moe says Saskatchewan will join Alberta in a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by introducing its own legislation on oil exports.Moe says his government will bring in a bill in the coming days that could result in less oil moving to British Columbia.“We do ship some energy products to British Columbia but not a huge amount. The majority of the energy products that are shipped to British Columbia come from Alberta,” said Moe in Regina.“What we’re saying is if they (Alberta) turn off those taps, Saskatchewan won’t be here to fill those (B.C.) fuel tanks.”Moe said he wants the legislation passed in the current session of the legislature so that it can work in tandem with Alberta’s legislation.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government introduced a law on Monday that would give the province power to unilaterally reduce exports of oil and natural gas.The bill aims to give the energy minister authority to intervene in the market, via direct licences to companies, to decide when and how certain oil and natural gas products are exported.Moe said his bill is still being worked on, but it is likely to involve a similar permitting process.“That’s something that we would look at very closely, and if not mirroring (Alberta’s bill) being something similar.”In Edmonton on Tuesday, Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd welcomed Saskatchewan’s actions.“I appreciate that they also see the importance of the energy industry to Alberta and indeed to the country,” she said.Alberta and B.C. have been at odds over the Trans Mountain project, which was approved in 2016 but has been hamstrung by court challenges and permit delays in B.C.Alberta says the expansion is critical to reduce bottlenecks that cost Canada $40 million a day in lost revenue, but B.C. says it remains concerned about potential oil spills on its waterways and coastline.The future of the $7.4-billion project is uncertain. Earlier this month, pipeline-builder Kinder Morgan announced it was ratcheting back spending on it, because the actions of the B.C. government have sown investor uncertainty.Kinder Morgan has set a deadline of May 31 to get a tangible sign from Canada that the project can and will be completed.Alberta and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are discussing taking an equity stake in the pipeline to ensure it gets done.Moe said he’s not concerned that the bills might result in court challenges and fines as a breach of free-trade rules.He said it’s an unusual and unfortunate situation that began with B.C. interfering in a federally approved interprovincial pipeline.“We hope it doesn’t come to this. We truly don’t. This is not a conversation we want to be having,” he said.Alberta’s oil sells at a discount on North American markets due to lack of market access outside the United States.Moe said that same discount affects Saskatchewan and has a domino effect, because oil transported by rail means delays in moving other products such as grain and potash. He estimates the oil differential costs Saskatchewan $150 million a year.last_img read more

Aussie MP slammed for Christchurch attack remarks

first_imgCanberra: The Australian Senate on Wednesday slammed a lawmaker for blaming Muslim immigration as the cause for the New Zealand mosque attacks that killed 50 people. Senator Fraser Anning, a far-right independent, made his comments on the day of the shootings in Christchurch. The Upper House passed the censure motion against him without a single unfavourable vote, in what was a symbolic move that does not carry with it Anning’s expulsion from the legislative body. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Lawmakers from across the political spectrum condemned his “inflammatory and divisive” remarks. In response, Anning said the censure was “an attack on free speech”, the BBC reported. The reprimand, the fifth to be passed by the Senate in the past decade, stated that Anning’s remarks on the March 15 attack did not reflect the views of the Parliament or the Australian people. “It’s absolutely right to censure Senator Anning and anyone else within our community who seeks to use a horrific tragedy like this one as an opportunity to vilify and divide people based on their religious belief,” said Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Following the Christchurch carnage — the deadliest in New Zealand’s history — Anning had said that “the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration programme that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place”. The leader of the opposition in the Senate, Penny Wong, described Anning’s anti-Muslim remarks as “pathetic” and “shameful”, Efe news reported. Wong said that “his inflammatory and divisive comments seek to attribute blame to the victims of a horrific crime and to vilify people on the basis of religion”. Anning was not present in the Senate during the motion against him. The Queensland Senator had said before the motion that “my real crime is that I simply told the truth” when the media and the leaders did not want to hear it. Anning, who in the past used a term linked to the Nazi plan for exterminating all Jewish people – “final solution” – by calling for it to be applied to immigrants in Australia, was also involved in an altercation with a teenager who cracked an egg on his forehead following his comments about the attack.last_img read more

Irans Moral Police Detains 230 Young People for Partying in Tehran

By Sana ElouaziRabat – The Iranian vice squad arrested 230 young men and women at two separate parties in Tehran while they were celebrating an ancient Iranian tradition, reported several international media outlets on Saturday.The young party goers had gathered on Thursday night to celebrate the traditional Yalda festival, on the eve of the the winter’s first day. The raids took place after many participants live-streamed the parties and posted images on Instagram calling others to join, alerting the authorities.“When the police arrived, there were mixed groups of people dancing and stomping their feet while drinking alcohol,” said the Anti-Vice Police chief Colonel Zolfaghar Barfar to the semi-official news agency Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA).“The singers hired for the parties were arrested and taken to the Morality Security Police station with their confiscated equipment,” added Bafar.Furthermore, the police also claimed to have seized psychotropic drugs along with alcoholic beverages from the parties.Under Iranian Penal Code, the detainees could face punishments such as fines, lashes or jail terms for holding parties in a private place with “unrelated members of the opposite sex.” They can also be prosecuted for the illicit consumption or possession of alcohol, which have been banned in Iran since the Islamic revolution of 1979.Breaking up private parties is quite common in the Islamic Republic backed with its notorious vice squad or morality police, a branch of the security forces co-directed by the Revolutionary Guards and the Interior Ministry. However, the scale of the latest arrests remain unprecedented.According to the ISNA news agency, Iranian Police have already closed 20 grocery stores for selling alcoholic beverages and arrested their managers, adding that the majority of alcohol consumed in Iran is smuggled in through Kurdistan and Turkey or locally produced and sold in bottles of an Iranian brand of non-alcoholic beer. read more

UN food agency works to aid flood victims in central Sudan

12 July 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched an emergency relief effort to deliver food and supplies to displaced people in Central Sudan, where recent floods destroyed an estimated 15,000 homes. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched an emergency relief effort to deliver food and supplies to displaced people in Central Sudan, where recent floods destroyed an estimated 15,000 homes.“WFP has joined forces with other UN agencies and the Sudanese Government to get emergency supplies, including food and non-food items, moving quickly to the victims of the flooding,” said Kenro Oshidari, WFP Sudan Representative.Thousands of Sudanese people were driven from their homes by floods that began late last week and have now inundated dozens of communities across central Sudan.The agency plans to distribute food to 20,000 people in five locations near the city of Kassala, close to the Eritrean border, where the Gash River has burst its banks. WFP has 3,000 metric tons of food stockpiled in Kassala, enough to feed the flood victims for three weeks.The agency said in a news release that it will work in the coming days with other UN agencies to determine the full extent of the damage and the level of assistance that may be required in affected central Sudanese cities. The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is providing helicopters for the effort. read more

Local communities must be trained to combat humancaused wildfires UN says

19 April 2010With wildfires worldwide affecting an area larger than India each year, and up to 95 per cent of them caused by humans, it is essential that local communities be mobilized to control the scourge, according to a United Nations handbook released today. The risk, frequency, intensity and impacts of wildfires can be reduced through more integrated approaches to fire management, including fire detection and suppression but also monitoring, early warning, prevention and preparedness, says a new version of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Wildland Fire Management Handbook for Trainers, co-published by the agency and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.“When local communities benefit from protecting their natural resources they are more likely to be mobilized to prevent fires,” FAO Forestry Officer Pieter van Lierop said, noting that where people have a direct interest in protecting their natural resources, the number and size of unplanned wildfires started by them are likely to drop significantly. “There should be the right balance between activities involving suppressing fires and investing in costly forest-fire equipment on one hand, and establishing effective prevention and awareness-raising among local communities on the other,” he added. Globally, more than 350 million hectares, or 3,500,000 square kilometres, are estimated to be affected by vegetation fires each year, with about half or more of this area in Africa. By comparison the area of India totals 3,287,590 square kilometres.An estimated 150 to 250 million hectares of tropical forests, and 700,000 to 1 million hectares in the Mediterranean area suffer from fires every year. Ninety to 95 per cent of all such fires have a human cause, FAO said. The expansion of agriculture and other forms of land conversion in developing countries, negligence, increased use of wild lands for recreation, such as picnics and barbecues, and tourism in both developed and developing countries are among the causes for the increasing incidence and impacts of fires, many them intentionally set to clear land for agriculture but often burning much larger areas than originally intended.Simply banning burning is not a practical solution. “People will light fires anyway, even if it is legally banned, in order to clear land or to dispose of rubbish,” Mr. van Lierop said. “So it is more beneficial to train local communities in fire management and to develop alternative less harmful solutions with them. Burning land at the end of winter, for example, will lower the risk of bigger devastating fires.”Fire, while very destructive, can at the same time be a very useful land management tool if carefully timed and used. It is important that planned burning in ecosystems take place to maintain biodiversity, ensure regeneration, and forage production, FAO said.For instance, in Southern Africa controlled burning of savanna provides edible forage for animals and reduces the fire risk by reducing the accumulation of dry and inedible older grasses. In grassland ecosystems, fire is the primary mode of decomposition, crucial for returning nitrites to the soil and allowing the grasslands to sustain their high productivity.Successful fire management requires training of local communities to improve their knowledge of the impact of fire on food security and rural livelihoods. Land-use authorities and managers around the world need to be educated in ecological fire management. Creating special forest fire control units in each country is another important step to monitor and prevent disastrous forest fires. In Thailand, massive education and training programmes involving foresters and the general public have resulted in a reduction of indiscriminate burning by 30 per cent, the handbook says. “Developing countries should look into such positive practices and put more efforts into community-based fire management education and prevention of fires,” Mr. van Lierop added. read more

WatchAmazing deal or pricing error Air Canada glitch sets off classaction lawsuit

VANCOUVER — A mistake by Air Canada in offering a package of flights at just 10 per cent of the value has triggered a proposed class-action lawsuit by customers who thought they got an amazing deal.Court documents, filed in both Quebec and British Columbia, stated the flight pass was offered between Aug. 25 and Aug. 28 at just under $800, but customers were told days later the cost of 10 one-way business-class flights in the western U.S. or Canada was actually $8,000.The documents said Air Canada refused to live up to its contractual obligations and illegally removed the flight passes.Garrett Munroe, a lawyer with Munroe and Company, the B.C. firm behind the legal action, said the lawsuit could involve thousands of people, but only Air Canada knows exactly how many people purchased the deal.“Our view here is that Air Canada has made an enforceable contract, it delivered the flight packages to consumers and it has improperly taken them away,” he said in an interview.“Air Canada is duty bound and legally obligated to honour its bargain.”Ontario court certifies cargo price-fixing class-action lawsuit against Air CanadaAir Canada shares take a beating despite record second-quarter earningsNothing has been proven in court.Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit but released a previous statement that said a “computer-loading error” was responsible for the “temporary mispricing.”“Air Canada has contacted purchasers to apologize and provided a refund,” the statement said.The airline said any flights already booked with the pass would be honoured.But Munroe said they want the courts to force Air Canada to live up to its original bargain.“They say it’s a mistake, but how much recklessness is reasonable in terms of allowing the website to show an offer that they don’t intend to be bound by,” he said.“It would create a significant amount of confusion and uncertainty in the marketplace if consumers were conducting business with the possibility that the merchant is going to come back and attempt to undo the deal that it made.”It was an attractive price and people bought the package expecting to be able to use it, he said. “It shouldn’t be up to the consumer to second-guess the merchant’s motivations in advertising a particular product for sale at a particular price.”The next step is to ask the courts in both provinces to certify the class-action lawsuit that would represent all those who ask to be part of it.“Rather than having tens-of-thousands of lawsuits, it can be dealt with as one,” Munroe noted.Even if Air Canada decided to honour the agreements for the same price now, that doesn’t take care of the legal action because the consumer has lost out on potentially planned trips, he said. read more

WatchSwoop Canadas first ultra lowcost airline to fly to US this October

Swoop will become Canada’s first ultra low cost airline to fly to the United States when it launches service this fall to five popular tourist destinations in Florida, Nevada and Arizona.The subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd. will start Oct. 11 with flights to Las Vegas from Abbotsford, B.C., and Edmonton, Alta., about four months after Swoop began to fly.Service will be added over the following couple of weeks between Hamilton, Ont., and Las Vegas as well as to the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay. Flights between Edmonton and Phoenix will start Oct. 27.Most destinations will be serviced a few times per week but daily service will be flown between Edmonton and Las Vegas.The transborder service will be launched to these U.S. gateways as Swoop receives delivery of its fifth and sixth airplane, said Swoop president Steven Greenway.“They really blend well to the model that we provide in terms of low cost, high volume type of leisure profile that we definitely are targeting,” he said in an interview.Everyday one-way fares start as low as $149 including taxes and fees through April, however it will offer 4,100 seats at low promotional fares of $99 and $119 for travel booked online until Feb. 13.The airline’s model is based on passengers paying ancillary fees for additions such as bags, premium seats, and Wi-Fi that inflate travel costs depending on individual passenger needs.Swoop currently receives about $36 per passenger, twice the level at WestJet. But more of these non-fare revenues are expected to be generated as others services are added like car rental, hotel, third-party travel insurance and beefed up food and drink offerings.“As we mature, as we grow the airline, that’s really where we start seeing some differences,” Greenway added, declining to forecast potential per passenger ancillary revenues.WestJet’s goal is to use Swoop’s low fares to stimulate demand from people who don’t typically fly and help to repatriate some of the five million Canadian travellers who cross the border to depart from U.S. airports.“I think we can get a reasonable chunk both out of Abbotsford and Hamilton,” he said.While the low Canadian dollar is making U.S. flights more expensive, the launch of Swoop’s service should also help increase Canadian transborder demand and Americans flying to Western Canada, Greenway said, adding prices are likely not low enough to persuade Americans to fly out of Canada for destinations in their own country.The U.S. expansion will see Swoop operate to a mix of secondary airports — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport — and highly popular ones like McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas where there are no alternatives.Swoop faces domestic competition largely from Kelowna-based ultra low cost rival Flair Airlines, Air Canada and WestJet but also from lower cost competitors like Sunwing and Transat with large tour operations on transborder and Caribbean routes, Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial wrote in a report.“We therefore see limited room for new (ultra low cost carriers) to capture significant sun destination traffic, unless it is sold at heavily discounted (and potentially unsustainable) fares.” read more

BATS Global Markets buys Direct Edge bringing together securities exchange operators

BATS Global Markets buys Direct Edge, bringing together securities exchange operators by The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2013 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stock exchange operator BATS Global Markets is buying Direct Edge to create the nation’s second-biggest stock exchange.The new company will account for about 21 per cent of the approximately 6.5 billion shares that are traded daily on exchanges, according to BATS. It would leapfrog over the Nasdaq and rank behind the New York Stock Exchange.The combination is “an important milestone for the U.S. equities market,” said BATS CEO Joe Ratterman, who will serve as CEO of the merged company.The deal is part of a trend of consolidation among global stock exchanges. Technology has increased the speed at which trades are processed, but reduced the profit margins that exchanges can make on shares traded.Earlier this month, regulators approved a $8 billion sale of the NYSE to Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange, or ICE. The NYSE’s parent company was itself created by a merger of the NYSE Group and Europe’s Euronext exchange company.The NYSE has a market share of about 23 per cent and the Nasdaq has a market share of 18 per cent.The four U.S. stock exchanges run by BATS and Direct Edge will continue to operate.Both companies are privately owned. Direct Edge is owned by a consortium that includes International Securities Exchange, Knight Capital Group, Citadel Derivatives Group, The Goldman Sachs Group, and J.P. Morgan.BATS Global Markets is owned by a group that includes Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley.The combined company will use BATS technology and be headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.The deal is expected to close in the first half of next year. read more