AFSPA in Assam extended for six months from August 28

first_imgThe Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been extended for six months in Assam, effective from August 28, after reviewing the law and order situation in the State, a government release said on Saturday. The Act that empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice has been continuing in Assam since November 1990. The declaration was made under Section 3 of the AFPSA by the State Home and Political Department, the release said.“Consequent upon review of law and order situation in Assam, in the past six months, the State government vide a notification issued to this effect by the Home and Political Department, Assam and as per Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, has declared the entire State of Assam as ‘Disturbed Area’ w.e.f 28-08-2019 upto six months unless withdrawn earlier”, it added. The Act was imposed in Assam in 1990 but it ceded its power in September 2017 and asked the State government to decide whether it should continue.last_img read more

State looks at disaster management model

first_imgThe State government is looking to put in place a ₹140-crore disaster risk management tool with the help of the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to reduce the damage caused by floods, as recently witnessed in parts of western Maharashtra. The USTDA, an independent American think tank, has assessed the losses from floods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to $2 billion (₹14,350 crore) within an area of 4,355 sq km in over a decade. Between 2005 and 2015, the USTDA had said in a preliminary report submitted to the government in August, that over 3,000 people have died in floods in the MMR while near 1,50,000 fell sick after flooding.The government has agreed to the preliminary report, which assesses the losses, and points to the lack of flood management in the region as a cause of concern. According to the report, vulnerable disaster-prone areas are not being identified, new infrastructure projects are not taken up with hazard levels in mind, among other loopholes in the system. The report recommends that the government implement a flood management and vulnerability risk framework through an integrated technology platform. A senior official of the State Relief and Rehabilitation Department said, “They (USTDA) are suggesting the platform collect and disseminate data, be applicable during and post disaster support while also devising a disaster vulnerability risk index.” A similar tool was designed earlier in Brazil and Thailand, on GIS-based flood maps and zoning for early warning and forecasts. The system has been implemented in the Thailand Chao Phraya River Basin where flood management was improved in 1,60,000 sq. km. A real-time decision support system provides short and medium-term flood forecasting, reducing the damaging impact of floods, officials said.The government has assessed the damage from the recent floods in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara to add up to ₹6,813 crore, and has asked the Centre for assistance to pay compensation to the victims. The floods also invited criticism from experts who had questioned the government’s handling of the crisis and providing relief on time.A vulnerability index as part of the tool could include a measurement framework with key indicators and reliability assessment to respond to data quality issues. The index will comprise three key components: assessment of vulnerable zones, monitoring of flood impact and the undertaking of continuous assessment, said a senior official.last_img read more

Pasaol pleased with UE’s campaign despite 3-11 record

first_imgProtesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next But the 6-foot-3 swingman is sticking to the positives in his breakout season, with the brightest moment his 49-point outburst against La Salle.“I’m happy that I was able to break the record of my idols in the PBA. But again, I’m thankful for them because they gave me so much trust,” he said.Pasaol’s performance may have very well landed him in the roster of awardees this year, but he maintained that he’s not content with his showing, noting that just like the rest of Red Warriors, he’ll continue working hard in the offseason.“That’s the lesson we got this year, that we need to continue the hard work in everything we do. If you can give more than 100-percent, you should give it your all,” he said. “I know I have to work hard because if I won’t perform, the team won’t play well. I have to push myself on everything on the court.”Pasaol also said he’s eyeing a stint in the PBA D-League this season.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I’ll work on applying in the D-League and improving there,” he said. “I’m so happy with our run. Even though we’re at the bottom of the standings, I’m happy with the way we fought on the court,” he said.“I’m grateful that I had the chance to play with our graduating players like (Mark) Olayon, (Clark) Derige, and (Rey) Acuño. I wouldn’t be where I am if not for the trust of my teammates.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol ended his sophomore year with UE on a four-game losing streak, the last of which an 85-88 defeat to University of Santo Tomas on Sunday.READ: UST averts winless season, beats UE Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jacobs easily outpoints Arias in return to ring MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Alvin Pasaol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netForget the record. Alvin Pasaol is still satisfied with how University of the East fared this UAAP Season 80.Finishing the year at seventh place with a 3-11 record, the 22-year-old Pasaol couldn’t be more proud with how the Red Warriors competed.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Torrid 2nd half comeback lifts Meralco past TNT

first_img“We’ve been getting off to bad starts this conference that’s why I tried to switch up my starting lineup today,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.Chris Newsome, Baser Amer and Nico Salva conspired in the Bolts’ second half turnaround highlighted by a 33-19 third quarter run to wrest the advantage from the KaTropa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsA sustained effort by the same trio in the payoff period snuffed out any chance for TNT to mount a comeback.“It was good that our defense wasn’t bad at the first half, because if it was we would’ve gotten blown out in that first half,” Black said. “We just tried to hang in there and we tried to get into the halftime break with just a manageable deficit.” MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Lesson learned’: Early setbacks in 2019 won’t deter Team Lakay Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Meralco  improved to 2-2 and joinsedColumbian and defending conference champion San Miguel Beer at No. 4.TNT, on the other hand, slid to 2-3, good for seventh in the standings.The Bolts face NLEX next, while the KaTropa go up Magnolia Hotshots.The scores:Meralco 88 – Newsome 20, Amer 17, Dillinger 16, De Ocampo 11, Salva 11, Hodge 5, Canaleta 5, Caram 3, Pinto 0, Hugnatan 0, Tolomia 0, Jackson 0.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Chris Newsome leads Meralco Bolts’ comeback. PBA IMAGESIt was a tale of two halves between two sister teams in Wednesday’s 2019 PBA Philippine Cup curtain-raiser at Cuneta Astrodome.Trailing by as many as 21 points in the first half, Meralco returned from the halftime intermission with guns blazing to put TNT in the back seat en route to an 88-77 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES TNT 77 – Castro 20, Pogoy 15, Trollano 8, Taha 8, Reyes 7, Semerad 7, Heruela 6, Rosario 5, Williams 1, Carey 0, Miranda 0.Quarters: 9-22, 30-39, 63-58, 88-77.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Australia should brace for a strong New Zealand backlash: Darren Lehmann

first_imgAustralia coach Darren Lehmann had little to complain about after his team wrapped up the first Test against New Zealand inside four days but he says the challenge for his young squad will be to build on that victory in the second match next week.A superb bowling effort on the first day, and a double century from Adam Voges that drove them to a mammoth first innings of 562, helped the visitors to an innings and 52 run victory on Monday at the Basin Reserve. (Also read: Australia close in on top Test ranking, Steve Smith thrilled) While Australia can take top spot from India in the Test world rankings if they avoid defeat in the second match, Lehmann knows the hosts will be fired up for the game in Christchurch starting on Feb. 20.”The challenge for a young group is how they play away from home and I’m pleased with the way we have started this tour,” Lehmann said. “The challenge is to back that up next week in Christchurch.”New Zealand will come back at us hard and we need to prepare for a side that plays very well at home and need to back up that performance again.”Lehmann’s team is in the midst of a rebuild following the retirements of batsmen Chris Rogers and Michael Clarke, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, all-rounder Shane Watson and pace bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris in the last year.Captain Steve Smith felt the team was ‘gelling well’ after successive series wins at home against New Zealand and West Indies, and said players such as Usman Khawaja were making the most of their opportunities.advertisementKhawaja, who has scored four Test centuries since his return against New Zealand in Brisbane last November, said his confidence had been helped with the knowledge he would get the chance to prove himself because the team was rebuilding.With quality waiting in the wings, Lehmann said the players still needed to perform if they wanted to cement their place.”With the retirements it gave people a little bit of a run at it for a couple of series,” he added. “You can go speak to them and confidently say ‘you’re going to get a good run without chopping and changing'”.”We’re happy with our top six. We are leaving a bloke out who made 182 in his last Test match and that is tough on Shaun Marsh, so you have to keep making runs when you have blokes sitting on the sideline, there’s no doubt about that.”Everyone needs to do their job day in and day out.”last_img read more

Photo Of Ohio State Monster Chase Young Is Going Viral

first_imgChase Young celebrates a play for Ohio State football.INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after a defensive play in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State defensive end Chase Young burst onto the scene in 2018 in relief of injured starter Nick Bosa. But ahead of what is expected to be a big year for him, a truly stunning photo has emerged.The photo in question, shared originally by Ohio State, shows Young standing side-by-side with running back J.K. Dobbins. There’s just one issue: Young absolutely towers over the 5-foot-10 Dobbins.As if that weren’t enough, Young looks way thicker as well. But Dobbins is still a respectable 220 pounds.Whoever it is that measured Young at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds may need to double check their instruments. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Imagine being a Big 10 offensive tackle and seeing Chase Young lined up across from you.For reference, the player to his right (J.K. Dobbins) is 220 pounds. pic.twitter.com/DP2zkXS5Kx— Carter Donnick (@CDonScouting) August 19, 2019Young is one of Ohio State’s captains for the 2019 season.I am the captain now 👀#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/Vk5TyQa4i5— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 19, 2019As a freshman, Young had 18 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.But he really exploded as a sophomore, recording 33 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and five passes defended.For his efforts, Young earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors at the end of the season. He has also been named a captain for the 2019 season.Young’s status as an elite pass rusher should come as little surprise though. Coming out of high school he was a five-star prospect and one of the top recruits in the nation.247Sports had him as the No. 7 overall player in the country in 2017. He was the No. 2 weak-side defensive end in the nation and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Maryland.On top of all of that, he is currently projected as one of the top defensive prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft.last_img read more

PM Medal to Windrush Migrant who Returned in 1989 to Help Build Community

first_img Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation (PMMA), Stanley Roy Archer, lives by the famous quote of former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation (PMMA), Stanley Roy Archer, lives by the famous quote of former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”.Born in the parish of St. Ann, Mr. Archer grew up in Jeffery Town, St. Mary, but migrated to the United Kingdom in 1954 and as part of the Windrush generation. “I am humbled by this recognition,” he tells JIS News, after collecting his award recently at Jamaica House for service to Jamaica (Agriculture and Civic Development).Mr. Archer says being able to give back to his community and Jamaica is what keeps him going.“On my return to Jamaica in 1989, the year after Hurricane Gilbert totally destroyed farms, I knew I had to do something for Jamaica land I love,” he says. Mr. Archer recalls that when he visitedJamaica then, the intention was to return to England, but he was so alarmed at the situation in Jeffery Town, he changed his mind. “There was nothing here in farming, everything was mashed up, not even the boiler house was standing, so I decided to stay and help build back my community,” he tells JIS News.One of Mr. Archer’s first tasks was to ensure that there was piped water in Jeffery Town and its environs. He lobbied the political representatives on both sides to support his efforts and was able to obtain three miles of four-inch pipes.With assistance from the National Water Commission (NWC), farmers and members of the community volunteered their services to lay the pipes, which are, today, still providing piped water for the community.Members of the community worked with Mr. Archer to orchestrate the revival of the farms and livelihood of Jeffery Town, which is famous for bananas, breadfruit, dasheen and sugar cane.According to Mr. Archer, after hearing several complaints from farmers who expressed their frustration at not being able to find markets for their produce and livestock, he formed the Jeffery Town Farmers’ Association (JTFA) on his verandah. Three decades later, the JTFA is one of Jamaica’s most successful farmers’ associations, recognised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).In 2014, the JTFA was one of 26 indigenous communities from across the world that were awarded the Equator Prize.The members were lauded for their work to protect environmental resources and sustainably manage natural ecosystems, and for their efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management and water conservation.According to a UNDP case study, JTFA presently employs a multimedia approach to inform and educate farming communities on alternative energy options, sustainable agricultural techniques and disaster risk reduction.As part of his efforts to ensure that there was sustained development of the farming community in the early 1990s, Mr. Archer bought several milking cows, which were distributed to individuals.This insightful individual also initiated dairy milk production to supply Nestlé Limited. He also started a goat-rearing project by cross-breeding South African goats with local ones.His contribution to the development of Jeffery Town is not only limited to farming. His approach to community development is holistic, and he has brought in several medical teams from overseas to offer free medical check-ups. He also coordinated the official ground-breaking for the Jeffrey Town Health Centre.Schools and children of farmers also benefited from his philanthropy through the donation of computers and computer desks. In 2006, Mr. Archer started the annual Jeffrey Town BreadfruitFestival and was instrumental in the start-up of the multimedia centre, funded by UNESCO (2008-2009) and was involved in the initial planning of the local community Radio Station, JET FM 88.9.Mr. Archer was among 65 institutions and persons who were bestowed with the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for service to Agriculture and Civic Development. Story Highlights Mr. Archer says being able to give back to his community and Jamaica is what keeps him going. One of Mr. Archer’s first tasks was to ensure that there was piped water in Jeffery Town and its environs. He lobbied the political representatives on both sides to support his efforts and was able to obtain three miles of four-inch pipes.last_img read more

Bluenose II Update

first_imgThe province is accepting recommendations from an engineering review of the steering system of Bluenose II. The report, produced by Langan Design Partners, recommends replacing the ship’s existing steel rudder with either a wooden rudder or a composite made of fiberglass with a carbon stock. The report said the weight of the heavier steel rudder would over time, shorten the life span of the vessel. The full engineering report is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/docs/2016/03/03/ . The 2016 sailing season will take place as scheduled. Work to replace the rudder will be done during the fall and winter. Meanwhile design work is underway on a new rudder, including determining which is the better material to use. “I want to be clear – this is not a safety issue,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan. “The Langan report’s findings are about eventual wear and tear on the vessel. While we can continue to safely operate the ship with the current rudder, we want to move on replacing the rudder now to avoid issues down the road.” The province has also resolved the outstanding delay claims with the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance with a settlement from the province of $5 million of which $1.8 million had already been advanced prior to the final settlement agreement. “Sixty thousand people enjoyed Bluenose II first-hand last season and we acknowledge the work of the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance and the role they played in bringing Bluenose II to life,” said Mr. MacLellan. The settlement brings the total cost of the project to $23.8 million, which includes the cost of the steering system review. The cost of the rudder is not expected to push the final total beyond the allocated capital budget of $25 million for the project.last_img read more

Huge EVM snags on poll day Naidu to CEC

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora here and submitted a memorandum alleging that a large number of EVMs malfunctioned during polling in the state on Thursday and inadequate security led to incidents of violence. Questioning the transfer of several officials ahead of voting, he alleged that the poll body “failed to live up to the spirit of constitutional duty” during elections in Andhra Pradesh which was “dangerous for the future of democracy in the country”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDuring the election in the state on April 11, voting was delayed by two to six hours at many polling stations as a large number of EVMs malfunctioned, forcing many voters to return home, the TDP chief claimed. The chief electoral officer of the state himself had trouble casting his vote because the EVMs were not working, he alleged. The TDP requested the poll body to countermand polls at 618 polling stations where voting could not start even many hours after the scheduled commencement time. “Inadequate security arrangement at polling booths emboldened criminal elements that resulted in many law and order incidents, costing one man his life. Many polling stations were manned by just a home guard or a volunteer,” he claimed. Claiming that EVMs were not foolproof and there was a possibility of tampering, the TDP chief demanded that the EC should ensure counting of VVPAT slips in at least 50% of the polling stations so as to infuse confidence among the voters. “This will preserve the sanctity of the electoral process”.last_img read more

Palestine should become observer State at UN as an intermediate step France

21 September 2011Palestine should become an observer State at the United Nations as an intermediate step towards becoming a full Member State, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said today, calling for the immediate resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with a strict timetable to produce a lasting settlement within the next year. Addressing the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Mr. Sarkozy said granting Palestine the status of observer State “would be an important step forward” in resolving the long-running Middle East conflict.“It would mean emerging from a state of immobility that favours only the extremists,” he said. “We would be restoring hope by marking progress towards the final status.”On Monday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he plans to submit an application for full UN membership on behalf of Palestine this Friday. Currently, Palestine has observer status at the world body.Mr. Sarkozy told world leaders gathered today that “each of us knows that Palestine cannot immediately obtain full and complete recognition of the status of United Nations Member State. The first reason for this is the lack of trust between the main parties. “But who could doubt that a veto at the Security Council risks engendering a cycle of violence in the Middle East?”Mr. Sarkozy said the Palestinian authorities must reaffirm Israel’s right to exist and to its security, and pledge to not use any new status as an observer State “to undertake actions incompatible with the continuance of negotiations. “In parallel, Israel must observe the same restraint – it must abstain from any actions that would prejudice the final status. The ultimate goal of peace negotiations must be mutual recognition of two nation States for two peoples, established on the basis of the 1967 lines, with agreed and equivalent exchanges of land.”The French President said those negotiations – which stalled at the end of September last year – ought to resume within a month, with a timetable to reach an accord on borders and security within six months and a definitive agreement within a year.He added that France proposes holding a donor conference to assist the Palestinians in the construction of their future State.“We can wait no longer. All the elements of a solution are known and enshrined in numerous documents, from the Madrid Conference of 1991 to President Obama’s speech on 19 May this year, and including the Roadmap, the Arab Peace Initiative and the parameters agreed on by the European Union.” read more

Home construction picks up in June boosted by apartments Toronto condos

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of home construction picked up last month, boosted by work beginning on apartments in Ontario and especially condominiums in Toronto.The housing agency said Monday the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 218,333 units in June, up from 186,709 in May.Canada’s top banking regulator tightens scrutiny of mortgage lending practices amid soaring home pricesForeign buyers snapped up 5% of B.C.’s real estate deals in JuneEconomists had expected June to come in at 190,000, according to Thomson Reuters.“We’ve argued that Canadian housing wasn’t going to fall off a cliff, but we didn’t exactly expect it to climb again,” CIBC economist Nick Exarhos said.The increase came as the pace of urban starts increased by 18.1 per cent in the month to 202,702 units, boosted by multiple urban starts, which gained 26.7 per cent to 142,819. Single-detached urban starts increased by 1.7 per cent to 59,883.Regionally, the pace of urban housing starts rose in B.C., Ontario and in the Prairies, but fell in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.“Residential construction activity remains a highly regional story in Canada, as it should given how widely economic conditions differ below the surface right now,” BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said.The health of the Canadian housing market has been a key focus for economists.The Bank of Canada has identified the housing sector as an area of risk and warned that the pace of home price increases in the red-hot markets of Vancouver and Toronto is unlikely to be sustained.Kavcic noted that the national pace of housing starts looked to be settling in around 200,000, up from the rate in recent years.“This level of construction activity is somewhat stronger than needed to support demographic demand, but if there is ‘overbuilding’ starting to take shape, it is largely centred in one area — British Columbia,” he wrote in a report.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15,631 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rate increased to 197,918 in June compared with 190,302 in May.© Thomson Reuters 2016 read more

Road injuries leading cause of death for the young despite safety gains

“What’s killing our young children and adults, is road traffic crashes now,” Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO department that deals with violence and Injury prevention, told UN News.Increases in average speed; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and inadequate post-crash care, are among various factors making traffic injuries the number one killer of persons aged five to 29, the 2018 Global Status on Road Safety reveals.© World Bank/Simone D. McCourtieAdditionally, of the total number of road traffic deaths, 90 percent occur in low and -middle-income countries.It’s important to notice this is a “real issue of inequalities,” Dr. Krug said, citing that only one percent of the vehicles in the world are in poorer countries, and yet 13 percent of all vehicle-related deaths occur there. High-income nations account for 40 percent of the world’s cars, and only seven percent of total traffic fatalities.Dramatic increases in fatalities for many low- and middle-income countries, are in part reflective of their rapid development, associated with “new roads, new cars, new drivers”, Dr. Krug explained.While no low-income country has demonstrated a reduction in overall deaths, compared to previous data from 2015, 48 middle and high-income countries in Europe, the Americas and Western Pacific, have reported road traffic death declines; largely attributed to improved legislation around speed limits, intoxicated driving and seat-belt safety, among others.The tried and true method of mitigating the situation via policy changes has worked for richer nations, but poorer countries are not keeping up when it comes to positive changes.Director-General at the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus said that “these deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility”, calling inaction inexcusable.“This is a problem with proven solutions. This report is a call for governments and partners to take much greater action to implement these measures,” he urged.WHO has contributed to the reduction of road tragedies through its collaboration with the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), which prioritizes high-risk countries in intervention through building sustainable transportation alternatives, safer roads, monitoring vehicle standards, and policy strengthening. In 2017, the health organization released evidence-based measures to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries; Save LIVES a road safety technical package, which recommends strategies to address risk factors and guides Member States in reaching the target of halving the global road injuries and deaths by 2020.Twenty-two countries have improved their legislation since 2015, and several have taken measures to improve trauma care services, and infrastructure, signaling moves toward progress, Dr. Krug said, “we just need to see more of them.”“What we need to see is real high-level political will to take on the problem…We know we needs to be done, that’s not the issue, we just need to do it,” he added. read more

Mens CL Ademar and Savehof with important wins

← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL: Larvik and Itxako share points Next Story → Metalurg with 7.000 fans waiting for HSV Group A:Chambery Savoie (FRA) vs. FC Barcelona Intersport (ESP) 19:30 (10:15)20 good minutes were not enough for Chambery Savoie to repeat the last season’s success against FC Barcelona Intersport. The defending champions played in a sovereign way in the lion’s den and secured a clear victory. Without playmaker Edin Basic the French runners-up did not have the means to stop the “Barca express” with their outstanding fast wings and counter attacks. Aside goalkeeper Danijel Saric saved impressive.After the 8:8 in minute 20, the Barcelona engine was in full swing, as the Catalans increased the gap easily to 15:10 at the break. After the first ten minutes of the second half and the score of 16:19 Chambery could hope again, but four straight goals brought the Catalans back on the winner’s way. Latest at the 26:18 in minute 51 the match was decided.As Barcelona only need one more point to secure the Group victory, the next duel on Thursday at Schaffhausen (both teams equal with six points) is crucial for Chambery.IK Sävehof (SWE) vs. RK Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb (CRO) 28:25 (12:10)The Swedish champions remain the big surprise in this Group: Thanks to their fourth victory in the last five matches, Sävehof took the third position in this Group, two points ahead of Schaffhausen and Chambery. Having their next match at Sarajevo (still zero points) they can secure their qualification for the Last 16 already next weekend.On the other hand their first away defeat in this season meant a huge kickback for the Croatian champions in their race for the Group victory. Now Zagreb need to win at Barcelona next weekend to still have chances to become number one.After a strong start of the host (12:7) the game was equal until the score of 16:16, before the strongest period of Sävehof started. Led by top scorer Fredrik Larsson (13 goals) the Swedes played their best 15 minutes in this season of the VELUX EHF Champions League, scored a series of 11:3 and had decided the game at the score of 27:19. The Croatian catch-up chase came to late to endanger the host.Group B:Füchse Berlin (GER) vs. Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS) 31:28 (17:19)The Foxes tame the Bears: Thanks to this close and hard earned victory the Germans overtook the Russians in the table. Ranked third Füchse are only one point below MKB Veszprem and one point ahead of Vive Targi Kielce and two points ahead of Medvedi.The guests had the better start in a match on eye level for nearly 60 minutes. Until the score of 27:27 in minute 56, no team could outdistance the opponent. Then the last four minutes decided the game, as Mark Bult hammered a penalty shot into the Russian goal, scoring the 30:28, latest Sven-Sören Christophesen secured the victory with the final goal. Top scorer was Marcus Richwien with eight Füchse goals.Group C:St. Petersburg HC (RUS) vs. HSV Hamburg (GER) 25:36 (13:17)Even missing their team captain Pascal Hens due to an injury could not stop HSV Hamburg on their way to their eighth victory. In a highly dominant way they imprinted the one-sided game and took the early victory in Group C.  Top scorers were Bertrande Gille (HSV), Eldar Nasyrov and Ruslan Gaboev (St. Petersburg) with each six goals.Hamburg started better, but St. Petersburg was close until the break. When Matthias Flohr scored four straight goals to 23:17 the game was decided already in minute 40. Goalkeeper Johannes Bitter saved 17 shots and Guillaume Gille (in his 400thmatch for HSV) scored the most spectacular goal. 100 German fans in the Baltic city celebrated a clear victory.The host now need a miracle to reach the Last 16, as St. Petersburg are four points below fourth ranked team of Wisla Plock.Statements after the match:Jens Häusler (coach Hamburg): It was a very important success, as we knew that this game will be a very intense and physical one. We took the points well deserved.Dimitry Torgovanow (coach St. Petersburg): We cannot cope with an international top team like my former club is. We lost our concentration in the second half, so the distance rose minute by minute.Group D:AG Kobenhavn (DEN) vs. RK Partizan Beograd (SRB) 29:23 (18:11)A Sunday walk for AG Kobenhavn against Belgrade, still waiting for their first point. Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson and Niclas Ekberg paved the way for the easy-going victory for the Danish champions, who remain second in the Group, one point below Kiel.Nine of the first 18 AGK goals in the first half were scored by the duo Sigurdsson/Ekberg, aside goalkeeper Kasper Hvidt saved 61 per cent of all Belgrade shots. The distance was comfortable all the time, the victory was never endangered – so Kobenhavn could save some power for the upcoming two hurdles in the VELUX EHF Champions League: at Montpellier and at home against Kiel.Reale Ademar Leon (ESP) vs. Montpellier Agglomeration (FRA) 29:28 (13:12)Ademar Leon is is still unebatable at hoem: After the draw against Kiel and the victory over Kobenhavn now the Spaniards took both points against MAHB Montpellier and remain on third position, only one point below Kobenhavn, but already three points ahead of the French champions, who need to fight hard to leave the fourth rank, which would mean a top opponent already in the Last 16.The match was on the edge the complete 60 minutes – with light advantages for Leon, fighting like lions. Both goalkeepers – Alamo (Leon) and Stochl (Montpellier) – had a brilliant day in this nail-biting thriller.After the 9:9 the host increased the gap to 13:10, but then Montpellier returned and led for the first (and last) time at 17:16 in minute 37. Both teams played very intense, bot no team could outdistance the other. Five minutes before the end at the score of 27:25 for Leon, Montpellier coach Patrice Canayer took his time-out: succesful, as his team equalized again. Time-out Leon 2:11 minutes before the final whistle – then Garcia and Ruesga decide the game with two goals for 29:27.TEXT: EHF read more

PSG WIN ONLY IN SMALL FINAL Chambery Savoie win French Super Cup

Chambery SavoiefranceLNHPSG Handball ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014: Magdeburg beat Flensburg – Goppingen still on “zero” Next Story → German Leipzig qualify for the Women’s EHF Champions League! Suprise in France, actually, in Tunisian city of Sus, where the French Super Cup weekend took place! The fourth team of the last season in LNH, Chambery Savoie win the trophy in battle against Dunkerque 23:21 (11:13). The two biggest favorites, Paris Saint German and Montpellier played only in “small final” – 43:25 for the third place and team from the capital were much better than day before, when PSG lost against Chambery 33:31.Dunkerque beat Montpellier 32:23 at the semi-final. Montpellier have played without some important players… read more

Qatari El Jaish on European tour before IHF Super Globe

The best team of Asia, El Jaish begins European tour as a part of preparation for the IHF Super Globe 2014 which will start on September 7 in Doha, Qatar.  Qatari team taking part in training camp in Zagreb, Croatia, from August 19-27, during which team coached by Zoran Kastratovic will play three friendly matches against Croatian teams – RK C.O Zagreb, Varazdin and RK Dubrava.That will be a good preparation before the trip to French Strasbourg, where ElJaish will take part in one of the biggest summer tournaments EuroTurnoi (August 28-31).Qatari best team will play in Group A against PSG Handball and best Russian team Chekhovskie Medvedi. French team Montpellier and Chambery will meet Polish VIve Targi Kielce in the Group B.El Jaish has the highest ambitions in the upcoming IHF Super Globe in Doha, especially after signings players as Egyptians, Hachem Mamdouh, Ahmad Lahmar and Hassan  Yossri, three Tunisians Mosbah Sanai, Slim Hedoui and Haykei Megannem and three high-class European players, Hungarian goalkeeper Nandor Fazekas, Montenegrian right back Zarko Markovic and his compatriot, goalkeeper, Goran Stojanovic, who will play for Qatar at WCh 2015.ElJaish couldn’t count on five players of Qatari national team for the IHF Super Globe. ← Previous Story SC Magdeburg overcomes financial deficit Next Story → VIDEO: DHB Super Cup 2014 in 60 seconds read more

Watch this bead chain loop defy gravity and bend physics

first_imgScience is unendingly cool because it can consistently confound the expectations of researcher and layman alike. Case in point, what do you figure would happen if you had a bead chain coiled up in a small container, then pulled one end out? You probably didn’t guess that it would leap up and uncoil like a tiny metallic snake, but that’s what happens.This demonstration is sometimes called Newton’s Beads. It’s an unexpected trick of physics, but the mechanics behind it are fairly simple. When the end of the chain is dropped from the container, it exerts upward force on the next section of the chain. At first the links slowly slither out, but as the fallen portion gets longer, it pulls more strongly and causes the chain to be pulled faster.The effect seen above in slow motion is a function of momentum. The chain still in the beaker is being jerked upward to get out before it can fall down. However, it can’t shed all that energy at once, so it loops up into the air, then falls. The heavier the end is, the faster the chain moves, and the higher the loop.It’s not a smooth arch like you might expect, even after coming to terms with the fact that it’s happening. See, the slightest disturbance in the chain causes waves and loops to form. The constant motion of the chain causes the waves to propagate very slowly, almost appearing to stand still. It’s hypnotic, and neat, and it’s science!last_img read more

Republicans nominate Romney for president

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the “man America needs” and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.The hall erupted in cheers when Romney strolled on stage and shared a hug and kiss with his wife of more than 40 years.“This man will not fail. This man will not let us down,” Ann Romney said in a prime-time speech that sounded at times like a heart-to-heart talk among women and at times like a testimonial to her husband’s little-known softer side.“It’s the moms who always have to work harder, to make everything right,” she said. And she vouched firmly for her husband, who lags behind Obama in surveys among women voters: “You can trust Mitt. He loves America.”Earlier, the Romneys watched on television at a hotel suite across the street from the convention hall as delegates sealed his hard-won victories in the primaries and caucuses of last winter. They ended the evening together in a VIP box just above the convention floor.To send Romney and ticketmate Paul Ryan into the fall campaign, the convention quickly approved a conservative platform that calls for tax cuts — not government spending — to stimulate the economy at a time of sluggish growth and 8.3 percent unemployment.last_img read more

US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

first_imgWASHINGTON — The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.“It’s really urgent that we address the weak links and blind spots around the world,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press. “Ebola is a powerful reminder that a health threat anywhere can affect us.”Ebola sprang from one of those blind spots, in an area that lacks the health systems needed to detect an outbreak before it becomes a crisis. Now the Obama administration has requested $600 million for the CDC to implement what it calls the Global Health Security Agenda, working with an international coalition to shore up disease detection in high-risk countries and guard against the next contagion.There’s little doubt there will be a next time. Just in recent years, the world has seen bird flu sicken people in Southeast Asia, the respiratory killer SARS spread from China, the 2009 flu pandemic, growing threats from antibiotic-resistant germs, and SARS’ new cousin in the Middle East named MERS.And what if the next bug spills across borders even more easily than Ebola?If bird flu ever mutates to spread between people, “we better look out. It will make Ebola look like a picnic,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, warned a recent Senate Appropriations Committee as he questioned whether $600 million was enough to do the job.last_img read more