Goa launches monsoon tourism to attract visitors

first_imgPanaji, Jun 9 (PTI) With the onset of the monsoon making it dangerous to venture into the sea, the Goa tourism department has launched activities which provide much more fun than being on the beaches for the travellers.The department is all set to provide alternative activities to the visitors during this monsoon, like Sao Joao, an activity of jumping in the water, playing in the mud and trekking through the Western Ghats.”The rainy season in Goa is a magical experience. The rivers joyfully overflow with their rushing streams, the trees dance to the tune of the winds, the mountains and the fields get covered with a verdant green carpet ready to welcome to a land of eternal beauty,” Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) General Manager Gavin Dias said.As per figures of the state tourism department, there was a 22 per cent surge in tourist arrivals in Goa between June and September 2015 compared to the year earlier.The year-on-year growth was 55 per cent in2016, Dias said.A senior tourism department official said Goas traditional reputation as tourist destination for just half of the year has now been changed and there are activities for the visitors on all the 365 days. ???The department promotes the state as a monsoon tourism destination considering Goas weather, lush greenery, waterfalls, festivals and other activities.”Today, tourists think of Goa during the monsoon as it offers a different kind of adventure which is unique at this time of the year,” the official said.In one of the most recent activities, the department has launched trekking expeditions from June to September.advertisement”These expeditions give the tourists an experience of the hinterlands, water bodies, lakes, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and eateries specialised in serving monsoon delicacies,” the official said.The department is also offering adventure sports like white water rafting at Mahadeyi river in Sattari taluka, he said.Some unique events like Sao Joao, Chikalkalo (playing in mud), Patoleanchem fest (of sweets), Touxachem feast (the annual cucumber festival), Konsachem fest to celebrate harvesting, Sangodd (boat in the water) and Bonderam, the traditional float parade at Divar island), are also held in Goa during the monsoon, he said.”Thousands of tourists come to witness these festivities,” he added. PTI RPS GK SRElast_img read more

Banega: Sevilla win was not about revenge

first_imgSevilla Ever Banega: Sevilla win was not about revenge Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 10:41 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EverBanega - cropped Getty Images Sevilla Sevilla v Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva UEFA Champions League His club may have beaten the Spartak Moscow side that claimed a 5-1 triumph a fortnight earlier, but the midfielder says it wasn’t about revenge Ever Banega insisted Sevilla’s 2-1 win against Spartak Moscow was not a revenge mission, although he hailed his side’s character in bouncing back from a thrashing in Russia.Spartak had won the reverse Champions League fixture 5-1 two weeks earlier, stunning a Sevilla outfit that had chances to take all three points away from home.Sevilla +2 11/8 v Barcelona Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Banega and his team-mates were back on form in Group E on Wednesday, with the Argentina international creating the first goal for Clement Lenglet and adding the second himself.And he was pleased with the way Sevilla conducted themselves, even if he was not interested in avenging their shock defeat.”This wasn’t about revenge, this was about the three points,” he said.”We tried to control the game at all moments, but what was most impressive about our performance is that it demonstrated the personality of the squad. We never lost our cool and we reacted well.”90+5′ | FULL-TIME!!! #SevillaFC hang on to three vital points!#SevillaFC 2-1 @fcsm_official #vamosmisevilla #UCL pic.twitter.com/xLEy98DGug— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) November 1, 2017The impressive Lenglet added: “We played well for 70 minutes, really good football, but we didn’t tuck away a chance for 3-0.”They scored and by the end it wasn’t as straightforward as it might have been.”last_img read more

Disappointed Federation hopes to talk India out of 2022 Commonwealth Games boycott

first_img Reuters New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 16:33 IST Shooting has been excluded from the 2022 CWG Games. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia had threatened to boycott the 2022 CWG after shooting was excluded from the eventCommonwealth Games Federation would meet Indian officials to try and resolve the conflictIOA chief Narinder Batra had earlier said India have the option to pull lout of the GamesThe Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) will meet Indian officials to try and talk them out of their plans to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Games over shooting’s absence in the programme, the governing body has said.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra wrote to sports minister Kiren Rijiju this week, seeking a meeting to explain the proposed boycott.The IOA have decided to boycott the CGF General Assembly in Rwanda, also withdrawing candidatures of two of its officials from the September elections there.The CGF said it was naturally disappointed that India had chosen not to join the assembly.”We absolutely want India to participate wholeheartedly in Birmingham 2022 and look forward to meeting our colleagues in India over the coming months to discuss their concerns and future ambitions”, a spokesperson said.Indian shooters accounted for 16 of their 66 medals, including seven golds, at last year’s Gold Coast Games where they finished third in the medals table.In absence of shooting, which is an optional sport for host cities, India could slip to anywhere between fifth and eighth place in 2022, according to IOA estimates.Shooting federations, including the sport’s global governing body, wanted four disciplines in a single Bisley-based venue in Surrey and turned down the offer to have fewer disciplines in one Birmingham venue.Ian Reid, Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham 2022, hoped CGF would be able to convince India to participate in the Games.”As the organisers of the Games we do, of course, want every nation and territory eligible to compete to take part in our event,” he said.advertisement”We know that the Commonwealth Games Federation is hoping to meet with the IOA soon, to discuss their concerns and we hope that this meeting goes well.”While a number of Indian sports federations have backed the IOA’s proposed boycott of the Games and the CGF General Assembly, the country’s only Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra questioned such moves.”Boycotts don’t win you influence. They just make you irrelevant and punish other athletes, the 36-year-old, who won the 10 metre air rifle gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” wrote on Twitter.”Would be far better if IOA did a campaign to load the CWG committees with their people and allies and push for the inclusion of shooting onto the core list of sports for the future.”Also Read | IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an optionAlso Read | Boycotts don’t win you influence: Abhinav Bindra on IOA pulling out of CWG 2022Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Commonwealth GameFollow CWG Federation Disappointed Federation hopes to talk India out of 2022 Commonwealth Games boycottAfter shooting was excluded from the 2022 CWG, India threatened to boycott the Birmingham Games. However, the CWG Federation will meet the Indian officials to resolve the issue.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

SGO to Search for Unexploded Ordnance on Sunken Iraqi …

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Sterling Global Operations (SGO) has been chosen to provide surface – supplied divers for unexploded ordnance search and removal and salvage operations for the sunken 82,000-ton VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) Amuriyah, an Iraqi tanker sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Kuwait in Jan. 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.Special Diving Services (SDS) Holland hired SGO for this project.“For years SGO has conducted major demining and unexploded ordnance clearance projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries around the world,” said Matt Hulsey, SGO vice president of programs. “Now we’re doing this important work under the sea, an example of SGO’s versatility and ability.”Surface-supplied diving means air or breathing gas supplied via an umbilical from a surface vessel.The VLCC Amuriyah wreck, at an average depth of 33 meters, must be removed because it’s within the tanker turning circle of a future Single Mooring Point (SMP-5) at Iraq’s Al Basrah Oil Terminal, through which 97 percent of Iraq’s crude oil is shipped. The sunken vessel is blocking construction of a vital mooring point for the export of crude oil from SMP-5.Oil sales make up 95 percent of Iraqi government revenues, so anything – such as a sunken ship – that blocks additional oil exports must be removed.“Our employees will work under the supervision of SDS Holland to ensure that no unexploded ordnance remains on the ship or in the close proximity of the mooring point,” Hulsey said. “SDS Holland is known worldwide for its experience and capabilities. We’re delighted the company chose SGO to execute this project.”An on-site ship inspection by survey equipment and divers will assess the wreck’s position and condition. This will include the search and mitigation of any unexploded ordnance that may be within the ship.After the VLCC Amuriyah and surrounding area is cleared, plans are to raise and float the wreck, which is in two sections, away from the area. The ship will be salvaged.The entire project, from survey to re-floating, is expected to take 12 – 18 months. SGO, March 13, 2014 My locationlast_img read more

Pramila Jayapal 1st S Asian American woman to preside over US House

first_imgWashington DC: Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal held the Speaker’s gavel on Tuesday, becoming the first South Asian American woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. Jayapal, 53, a Democrat from Washington DC, took to Twitter to share a clip of Tuesday’s session where she was seen presiding over the House as a temporary speaker. In the text that accompanied the clip, Jayapal, who was first elected in 2016, wrote, “Today, I became the first South Asian American woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. Beyond proud to serve in the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history and to hold the gavel today.” The 116th Congress broke records with women and lawmakers crossing racial and religious barriers, including an all time high for Asian American lawmakers. A record number of 17 Asian Americans serve in Congress, with 14 in the House and three in the Senate.last_img read more

2017 Los Angeles Mission Gala To Honor Catherine ZetaJones

first_imgThe Los Angeles Mission has announced that its 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala will honor multiple award-winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones.Jones will be honored with Anne Douglas’s namesake Award at the November 9th gala.Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio will receive the Legacy of Vision Award at the Mission’s gala. He is the owner of the popular new restaurant ink.well.The gala event will be hosted by Michaela Pereira, Anchor and host of the daily program “Michaela” on HLN. Music will be provided by country music star Adam Craig.The Anne Douglas Award is given each year to the person who has made significant contributions to the community. The award is named for Mrs. Douglas, the benefactor of the Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center for Women and the wife of actor Kirk Douglas.The event is scheduled to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Information and tickets are available by calling the Mission at 213-629-1227, ext. 325.Sponsors for the event included the Johnny Carson Foundation, the Goldwin Foundation, American Airlines, City National Bank, Go Country 105, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, Resource One and Shapiro West Productions.For more than 80 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served homeless and hurting men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.Go to www.losangelesmission.org for more information about the Los Angeles Mission.Find tickets here.last_img read more

Prince Harry Guest Edits BBC Radio 4s Today Programme

first_imgBetween Christmas and New Year, Prince Harry turned his hand to radio programming and presenting for a day as he took over BBC Radio 4’s Today programme as guest editor.He used the opportunity to discuss topics close to his heart including technology, youth violence, the Armed Forces, mental health, the future of the Commonwealth, conservation and the environment.At the start of the programme, His Royal Highness spoke about why he decided to guest edit the programme, and how he had chosen the issues which were covered.And then it was on with the show, starting with a discussion around mental health in the workplace. The issue has been a key area of focus for Prince Harry since he – alongside The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – launched the Heads Together campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health.Next up was the topic of life in the Armed Forces, a subject Prince Harry knows a lot about from his time as a serving officer and from his work with wounded ex-servicemen and women.During the third Invictus Games in Toronto last year, His Royal Highness recorded some thoughts on the impact of the games on competitors as well as their family and friends.Prince Harry is committed to the Commonwealth through his work with The Queen’s Young Leaders programme as well as his visits to Commonwealth countries on behalf of The Queen and in his own right. He asked two young Commonwealth leaders to tell their stories.The subject of youth leadership was picked up later in the programme when His Royal Highness spoke to the former President of the USA, Barack Obama about creating a platform for the young leaders of tomorrow.The Prince interviewed Demis Hassabis, a pioneer in the world of Artificial Intelligence, about the enormous potential benefits of AI.The programme’s Thought for the Day spot preceded a discussion on how to reduce youth and knife crime.The subject then turned to conservation and the environment, subjects returned to later in the programme when Prince Harry interviewed his father, The Prince of Wales.If you missed the Today programme, you can listen to the programme in full, or highlights are available as podcasts at BBC Radio 4 for a limited period.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Urban Meyer announces April 11 as date for 4th annual Student Appreciation

After winning its eighth national title in school history, the Ohio State football team and coach Urban Meyer are set to show their gratitude yet again.In an email to students Friday, Meyer announced that OSU will host the fourth annual Student Appreciation Day on April 11, one week before the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.In the email, Meyer said more details will be released “in the coming weeks” regarding the event, which in years past has been held at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Olentangy River Road where the Buckeyes traditionally practice.Meyer added in the email that, “There will be opportunities to take pictures with the National Championship trophy along with other Ohio State traditions.”The Student Appreciation Day is a tradition Meyer started just months after accepting the OSU job in November 2011.In the past, students have kicked field goals, competed in the 40-yard dash and, as recently as last year, participated in warm up drills with the team.In 2014, it was estimated that 2,500 students attended the event. read more

American Vanadium promotes CellCube vanadium flow energy storage system

first_imgThe US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is currently commissioning the first CellCube vanadium flow energy storage system to arrive in North America. While there are more than 65 CellCube systems commercially installed globally, this will be the first to be showcased in North America. NREL is providing its new, state-of-the-art Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to independently test the CellCube for renewable integration, microgrid and utility scale applications in North America. NREL will provide an independent report on the technical characteristics of the CellCube energy storage system, which American Vanadium will make available to interested parties.       American Vanadium is inviting utilities, renewable energy project developers, industrial microgrid customers and media to visit NREL to view the CellCube system in operation and to further understand its capabilities. “We are very excited about independently showcasing our commercially available energy storage systems at such a leading-edge facility as NREL in Colorado,” said Bill Radvak, President and CEO of American Vanadium. “With our ability to provide reliable, long-duration energy storage systems coupled with long-term financial packages, we are now in position to enable our partners to submit the most competitive bids.”“The ESIF is a megawatt-scale facility that provides industry users with the ability to minimise the risk and accelerate the impact of new technologies and help move them into the market faster,” said Dr Martha Symko-Davies, Director of Partnerships, Energy Integration, at the NREL in Golden, Colorado. “The ability to demonstrate and evaluate technologies that can help integrate renewables into the grid is where the ESIF has an extremely important role for the evaluation of the CellCube.”American Vanadium is an integrated energy storage company and the Master Sales Agent in North America for GILDEMEISTER energy solution’s CellCube energy storage system. The CellCube is the world’s only commercially available vanadium flow battery, providing long duration solutions over a 20+ year life for a broad range of applications including renewable energy integration and demand charge reduction. CellCube is a powerful, durable and reliable energy storage system that ensures a clean, emission-free energy supply at all times.  American Vanadium is developing the Gibellini vanadium project in Nevada to be the only dedicated vanadium mine in the US, providing a critical source of vanadium electrolyte for CellCube energy storage systems.last_img read more

Domes over Sierra Gorda

first_imgSierra Gorda lies in the Atacama Desert 1,700 m above sea level. And is reputed to be the seventh largest known copper and moly development on the planet. Sierra Gorda is a joint venture between KGHM International, Sumitomo Metal Mining and Sumitomo Corp. Concentrate was first produced in July 2014. Last December the mine produced approximately 700 t/d of concentrate. According to KGHM, annual production will ramp up to 120,000 t of copper, 50 Mlb of molybdenum and 60,000 oz of gold, Geometrica reports.Sustainable mining practice with regard for surrounding eco-systems is a foremost concern at Sierra Gorda’s operation. Herbert Wirth, President and CEO of KGHM, noted the company’s uncompromising respect for people and constant dialogue with local communities, along with modern methods and management systems to responsibly extract and process copper ore and other resources.The copper and molybdenum ore and concentrates require special storage solutions. It was imperative that the storage buildings safeguard nearby habitat from air, particulate and water pollution — a principle mandated by all the parties involved. Based on its robust portfolio of applications throughout the Andes, Geometrica was hired to provide ore and concentrate storage for the Sierra Gorda project. Two circular domes were designed to store the stockpiles while protecting the surrounding flora and fauna, including indigenous foxes, birds, lizards and geckos.One application spans a remarkable 122 m over the copper ore stockpile — an immense structure longer than a football field. A second dome, for concentrate, spans 62 m and was welded to embedded plates on a retaining wall. It features internal cladding to protect the galvanised steel structure from any possible corrosive attack by potentially humid copper concentrate stored within the building.With Freedome® technology, today’s domes can be constructed in a variety of dimensions spanning up to 300 m on virtually any topography. Freedomes provide an effective and efficient cover for crushed mineral stockpiles in Sierra Gorda and other mines the world over – see the bulk handling article in the April issue of the magazine.The Sierra Gorda domes were erected by SALFA, a Chilean company with 16 years of experience that had previously participated in several Geometrica dome installations, aided by Geometrica consultants. Local labour was used to build both domes within 5 months.Very little equipment was needed during the installation of the domes. A couple of manlifts were used to lift crew members, tools and structural elements during installation, and a crane was required while closing the apex of the stockpile dome. The resulting maximum capacity of space was achieved due to the absence of internal barriers. This allows for the free flow of traffic, personnel, equipment and inventories.Intermediate columns were simply not required. The dome’s geometry was weaved around a complex conveyor support structure. Yet the resulting structure is very strong… strong enough for the most challenging climates, brutal wind velocity, and seismic loads of the Sierra Gorda region.The cladding on both Sierra Gorda domes was designed with compatible profiles and installed over the course of six weeks without the need for special framing or equipment. Translucent panels contribute natural lighting, energy cost savings and customized symmetrical patterns for additional aesthetic beauty. The result is a continuous surface that provides effective sealing and water drainage.last_img read more

Astronaut Mark Kelly Returning to Space in Wake of Gifford Shooting

first_imgAccording to new report, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is set to announce today plans to return to space later this year on the final Endeavour mission. Kelly’s return to space has been in question since his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in the head last month, during an assassination attempt at a public appearance in Tuscon.Kelly’s decision will be announced today during a press conference. Politico has confirmed that he will, in fact, announce his return, according to “a source familiar with the decision.”Kelly is a veteran of space travel. The two-week Endeavour mission set for April 19th, will be his fourth.last_img read more

Thiago Silva unsure of the seriousness of Neymars injury

first_imgParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva admits that nobody that at the club is certain of how serious Neymar’s injury isThe Brazilian forward was withdrawn early into their 2-2 draw at Bordeaux with another apparent groin problem after scoring the opener.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has ruled Neymar out for their next league match away to Strasbourg with Silva uncertain as to how long Neymar will be sidelined.“Neymar? We don’t know if it’s serious,” said Silva, according to Goal.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“But you know the guy, he doesn’t like to leave a game so if he does, there has to be something. I don’t know what he has.“He has to undergo a test and then we’ll tell you because you’re curious. I think even the doctor isn’t sure yet, but you’ll know [Monday].”Kylian Mbappe was the other goalscorer for PSG on Sunday as their 100% winning start to the Ligue 1 season came to an end.Neymar has managed 14 goals and seven assists in 17 appearances for PSG this season.last_img read more

Nominated Candidates for General Election 2016

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Providenciales, TCI, November 21, 2016 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Elections Department wishes to advise the general public that following on from the stipulated Nomination Day which was held on Friday November 18th, 2016, a total of 52 candidates have been nominated to stand for election.This includes thirty one (31) candidates across the ten (10) Electoral Districts in the Turks and Caicos Islands and an additional twenty one (21) All Island District candidates.Fifteen (15) candidates have each been nominated to stand for election on behalf of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and Progressive National Party (PNP); twelve (12) candidates on behalf of the Progressive Democratic Alliance and ten (10) Independent candidates.TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS DEPARTMENTPRESS RELEASE LIST OF NOMINATED CANDIDATES FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2016ELECTORAL DISTRICT 01 GRAND TURK NORTH1. Derek Rolle PDM2. George Lightbourne PNP3. Kwame Odinga Smith PDAELECTORAL DISTRICT  02 GRAND TURK SOUTH AND SALTCAY1. Noel Terrence Skippings PDA2. Edwin Astwood PDM3. Arthur Lightbourn PNP4. Valerie Jennings INDELECTORAL DISTRICT 03 SOUTH CAICOS1. Ruth Blackman PNP2. Keno Shamado Forbes PDM3. Christopher Emanuel Hall PDA4. Mc Allister Eusene Hanchell INDELECTORAL DISTRICT 04 MIDDLE AND NORTH CAICOS1. Mark Anthony Fulford PNP2. Ralph Higgs PDMELECTORAL DISTRICT  05 LEEWARD, PROVIDENCIALES1. Ezra Ringo Tyrone Taylor PDM2. Calsada Carolie Johnson PDA3. Akierra Mary Deanne Missick PNPELECTORAL DISTRICT  06 THE BIGHT, PROVIDENCIALES1. Dozzlie McLom Delancy PDA2. Porsha Stubbs-Smith PNP3. George C.D.Pratt PDMELECTORAL DISTRICT 07 CHESHIRE HALL AND RICHMOND HILL, PROVIDENCIALES1. Amanda Misick PNP2. Douglas Parnell PDM3. Charles Delancy PDAELECTORAL DISTRICT 08 BLUE HILLS, PROVIDENCIALES1. Ciclyn Been PDA2. Mixmillian Goldray EwingPDM3. Claudine Ewing-Pratt PNPELECTORAL DISTRICT 09 FIVE CAYS, PROVIDENCIALES1. Sean Rickard Astwood PDM2. Rachel Marshall Taylor PNP3. Bobbie D. Chambers PDAELECTORAL DISTRICT 10 WHEELAND, PROVIDENCIALES1. Hudson James Parker IND2. Dameko Canez Dean PNP3. Vaden Delroy Williams PDMALL ISLAND DISTRICT1. Sharlene Cartwright RobinsonPDM2. Josephine Olivia Connolly PDM3. Hugh Derek Taylor        PDM4. Robert A. Been PDM5. Karen Evadne Malcolm PDM6. Rufus Washington Ewing PNP7. Charles Washington Misick PNP8. Sheba Latrice Wilson PNP9. John Malcolm        PNP10.  Ricardo Don-Hue Gardiner PNP11. Oswald Skippings        PDA12. Herbert Andrew Swann jr. PDA13. Shirley Louise Clarke-CalcanoPDA14. Samuel Iotis Harvey PDA15. Michael Misick        IND16. Damian Wilson IND17. Clarence Wesley Selver IND18. Sabrina Elizebeth Green IND19. Oscar O’Brien Forbes IND20. Jasmin Walkin        IND21. Courtney  Missick          INDLister Dudley Lewis Supervisor of Electionscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

FDA report paves way for genetically altered salmon

first_imgWASHINGTON — Federal health regulators say a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption.The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate. The document concludes that the fish “will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States.” Regulators also said that the fish is unlikely to harm populations of natural salmon, a key concern for environmentalists.The FDA will take comments from the public on its report for 60 days before making it final.The FDA said more than two years ago that the fish appears to be safe to eat, but the agency had taken no public action since then.Experts view the release of the environmental report as the final step before approval. If FDA regulators clear the salmon, as expected, it would be the first genetically altered animal approved for food anywhere in the world.Critics call the modified salmon a “frankenfish.” They worry that it could cause human allergies and the eventual decimation of the natural salmon population if it escapes and breeds in the wild. Others believe breeding engineered animals is an ethical issue.last_img read more

Diverse group of volunteers plant trees on MLK Day of Service

first_imgWhat’s reputedly the most gang-affected area in Clark County became the most volunteer-improved area on Monday morning.Hundreds of volunteers swarmed the swampy zone near East 18th Street where the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway passes between Fort Vancouver High School and King Elementary School. Many volunteers were students from those schools, and more than a few said that planting trees and shrubs here on the Martin Luther King Day of Service has become an annual tradition they take seriously.“We see the trees we planted before,” said Fort Vancouver senior Valeriya Golikova. She and her friend Abby Pop enjoy strolling or jogging along the Burnt Bridge Creek trail, and seeing how this spot has grown lush with vegetation they installed with their own hands is an extra treat, they said.“It’s not even bad,” added Fort Vancouver junior Manuel Avalos, referring to the cold, slimy ground and the chilly, misty morning. (Then the shallow hole his group dug for their first sapling started producing cold, slimy earthworms and everybody started screaming.)Alejandra Anaya, a student at King, confessed that she hadn’t realized exactly what the task was going to be — she showed up in fuzzy slippers and sweat pants for an outing that really demanded blue jeans and waterproof boots — but was looking forward to exploring the trail for the first time ever, she said.“You are amazing for being here today,” Eddie Esparza told all the volunteers in a pep talk at Fort Vancouver before they all marched down the sidewalk to the trail entrance. Esparza added that, on this day honoring the slain civil rights leader, a march down the street would help young people experience for themselves at least a little bit of what King himself experienced. Without the protest marches and demonstrations of the civil rights era, Esparza said, such a multicolored group of volunteers never could have come together today at all.last_img read more

Newtok to ask Obama for federal disaster declaration

first_imgThe village of Newtok in western Alaska, in August 2016. (Photo by Eric Keto/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The village of Newtok plans to request a federal disaster declaration from President Barack Obama before he leaves office. The village is facing rapid erosion due to climate change, and officials say a disaster declaration may be the best chance to unlock federal funds for relocation before the existing village becomes uninhabitable…Listen NowThere’s no question Newtok faces disaster. Erosion and melting permafrost have destroyed the landfill, the sewage lagoon and the barge landing. An engineer’s report this month estimates the village of about 350 people will lose four to six homes by next fall, and the school sometime in 2018.Joel Neimeyer is co-chair of the Denali Commission, the federal agency charged with coordinating village relocation in Alaska. He said many places are facing threats from erosion – but Newtok is in a class by itself.The village of Newtok has lost ground at a rate of 67 feet per year since 1954, according to a recent engineer’s report. Here, the shoreline is pictured in August 2016. (Photo by Hanna Craig)“I’ve worked all across rural Alaska for 31 years, been to over 100 communities,” Neimeyer said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”The problem is, Newtok faces a slow motion disaster. And that’s not what federal disaster relief is set up for. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is designed to respond to specific events: a hurricane, a flood, an earthquake.And the federal government has historically insisted Newtok seek funding through more traditional avenues. But Mike Walleri, the attorney for the Newtok Village Council, said at this point, that’s not going to work.“We just simply don’t have time,” Walleri said.That’s the message representatives from Newtok took with them on a trip to Washington D.C. this fall. Walleri said it was an eye-opener for people in the capital. Despite President Obama’s trip to Alaska last year highlighting exactly this issue, he said, official Washington didn’t realize the true state of things.“Most people had not been aware that Newtok could not take advantage of what they call the catalog of federal assistance, simply because the village will be destroyed before the normal federal assistance can be applied for and implemented into the field,” Walleri said.Walleri said despite the traditional limits on FEMA, the president has a lot of leeway in defining a disaster. And a 2013 change in the Stafford Act, which governs disaster relief, allows tribes to request a federal disaster declaration directly, instead of going through the state.That declaration would make the village eligible for funding from agencies across the government. That could include direct assistance to individuals to repair or replace homes, money to replace public utilities and funding that could be used to move to the new village site upriver. Walleri said Newtok needs about $80 million.It’s far from a sure thing. Even if the president issues the disaster declaration, Congress would still have to appropriate the money.But Newtok thinks it’s worth a try. Walleri said the tribe hopes to make the request within two weeks.last_img read more

G7 summit PM Modi highlights Indias efforts towards

first_imgBiarritz: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday highlighted India’s large scale efforts towards eliminating single use plastic, conserving water, harnessing solar energy and, protecting flora and fauna for a sustainable future in his address to a G7 session on environment here. Modi is attending the G7 Summit in this French town of Biarritz on special invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Prime Minister Modi said he addressed the session where he highlighted India’s large scale efforts towards eliminating single use plastic, conserving water, harnessing solar energy and, protecting flora and fauna for a sustainable future. “Reiterating India’s commitment to tackle global challenges PM @narendramodi attended the dedicated session of #G7Biarritz summit on ‘Biodiversity, Oceans, Climate’. Underlined India’s contribution to address reducing biodiversity, climate change, water stress & ocean pollution,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us In his address to the Indian community at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris last week, Modi said India will achieve most of the COP 21 climate change goals set for 2030 in the next one and half years. The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Paris from November 30 to December 12 2015 that saw the participation of 195 nations. Advertise With Us The nations negotiated and adopted the Paris Agreement in which India made four commitments, including reducing greenhouse gas emission intensity of its GDP by 33-35 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, under its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). It also pledged that 40 per cent of India’s power capacity would be based on non-fossil fuel sources and that the country will create an additional ‘carbon sink’ of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030. The country had decided to better adapt to climate change by enhancing investments in development programmes in sectors vulnerable to climate change, particularly agriculture, water resources, Himalayan region, coastal regions, health and disaster management. India had ratified the Paris agreement on climate change in 2016 to become the 62nd nation to join the deal.last_img read more

2 dead as bus collides with truck

first_imgRoad AccidentTwo people were killed and two others injured as a bus collided head on with a truck at Purbo Gongabordi on Dhaka-Khulna highway in the outskirts of Faridpur on Saturday morning, reports UNB.One of the deceased was bus driver Islam from Magura.The Dhaka-bound bus Banaful Paribahan bus collided with the Magura- bound truck in the morning, leaving two people, including the bus driver, dead on the spot, UNB quoted Md Nurul Alam Dulal, senior station officer of Fadirpur Fire Service and Civil Defence saying.The injured were admitted to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital, UNB added.last_img read more

AstrosYankees Seven Things To Know Before The ALCS

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /05:19 The Astros host the Yankees tonight (Oct. 13, 2017) in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park. The two teams will play Game 2 Saturday (Oct. 14) at 3 p.m.The best-of-seven series pits the team with the most World Series championships (the Yankees, with 27) against a team with only one trip to the Fall Classic in its history (a 2005 sweep at the hands of the White Sox). Jeff Balke joins us for a quick preview of the series. He writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.SEVEN THINGS TO KNOW:Extra Arms: The Astros’ roster for the ALCS features one more pitcher than the previous round. Why? Jeff says this is a longer series than the five-game ALDS. And the Astros might need more arms to come in from the bullpen to get through it.First Two Games: The first two games (both at home) are key for the Astros, in which they’ll have their best two pitchers starting. The key will be if they can get their starters to go deep into games — instead of lasting only to the third or fourth inning.Keuchel v. The Yanks: Dallas Keuchel starts Game 1. In the past, he has owned the Yankees. The Astros need that to continue.Verlander v. Severino: In Game 2, Luis Severino starts for the Yankees while Justin Verlander starts for the Astros. While Severino has been good (except for his first start of the postseason). Verlander has been better — especially in the second half.Biggest Horses: Expect the Astros to ride their biggest horses in this series — Verlander, Keuchel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer. These are the guys that got them here, and they’re the ones who will take them beyond.Yankees Relievers v. Astros Hitters: The Yankee bullpen features several really hard-throwing relievers. And while that can strike fear in a lot of teams, the Astros are the best fastball-hitting team in baseball. So it will be interesting to see them pitted against each other.Staying Loose At The Plate: The Astros don’t average a very high number of pitches per at-bat. In other words, they’ve become very disciplined at the plate and are aggressive about it. They know what pitch they’re looking for, and, when the see it, they swing. Here, Jeff says, the matchup favors the Astros. The question will be whether they can continue to be that loose-swinging team when things are tight under the pressure of a World Series berth at stake.last_img read more

National Poetry Month Self Care By Jordan Simpson

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Stephanie BensionJordan Simpson 00:00 /07:53 In this sound portrait, we meet poet Jordan Simpson. He describes how his poems begin with purpose and truth, how his struggles inspire him and the connection between poetry and pharmacy. He reads his poem, “Self Care.”Jordan Simpson is an award-winning slam poet, musician, activist and TEDx presenter. His writings have appeared in HuffPost and the Houston Chronicle. The 23-year-old is a doctoral candidate in pharmacy at Texas Southern University. His debut poetry collection, ON FIRE, is a journey of discovery that sheds light on mental health, immigration, self-acceptance and more, published by 310 Brown Street in May 2018. Self CareThe body’s clotting processIs where healing beginsYour blood hardens at the injury siteTo prevent any more lossA scab is formed to prevent infectionWhile your skin mends itselfThe time it takes your blood to clot may take secondsBut for your skin to repair is undeterminedWhen I think of self careI think of how innate healing isHow my body decides when there has been enough loss to actHow the maintenance of meIs a belief in autonomyI think of how cliché ‘self care’ soundsOf how uncomfortable it feelsLike bleeding gums after your first floss in awhileI haven’t taken care of myself properlyBecause I have a hard time finding the differenceBetween the painful process it takes to overcome my pastAnd my past itselfI’ve been getting in the way of my own healing by picking scabsAfter failed relationshipsThe suicide attemptsAfter losing my eyesight to an autoimmune diseaseAfter depressionAnd I wonder why my body is still full of remindersI’m a body of scars that wants to believe in healingI’m learning self care is an act of giving yourself permissionA covenant between me and my woundsYes, I am hurt, but no, not alwaysYes, I will be okBut no, I don’t always see the hard truthsLike having an autoimmune disease meansI am the most damaging to myselfThat my immunosuppressive therapies remind meThat my vulnerability isn’t always a curseThese timesGrowth is more of an irritationBecause shaving hasn’t been a daily routineUntil nowWhen happiness feels more like hot waterOn an open cut in the showerWhen depression is a cold nightI’m learning I can’t let this fallacy of isolation make me forgetThat I have a lover with a warm smile for those daysAnd it’s hardBeing strong with bruisesWhen you can’t be any more open than you already areAnd there’s nothing anyone can doBut watch your body quiver under the slightest of pressureSo you let the time passAnd pray your body works its magicBut self care is not magicIt’s a lesson in faith backed by hard scienceThat I believe in a God that believes in meEnough to be surrounded with friends as a reminderTo sleepTo cryTo prayTo drink waterTo allow myself to be lovedAnd lookI’ve never brushed my teeth enoughTo make hope feel so fresh in my mouthBut I am hereStill a gap-toothed unwarranted smileStill an infectious laugh amidst the diseaseStill a joyStill blessed and bleeding atop a mountain of bandagesKnowing I’m ok until I’m notUntil I amcenter_img X Share This poem is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Don’t Worry (excerpt) and Optimist Live (excerpt) by Zoë Keating from Into the Trees and Ashes (excerpt) by Hilary Hahn & Hauschka from SilfraTo learn more about this series, go here. Listenlast_img read more