Insecticide poisoning: 7 more die in three days in Yavatmal

first_imgSeven more farmers have died in the past three days owing to improper spraying of ‘Profex Super’ insecticide on cotton plantations in Yavatmal district, taking the toll to 15.Kishor Tiwari, chief of Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban Mission, said over 600 cases of insecticide infection have been reported in Yavatmal district. He blamed indiscriminate use of wrong combinations of insecticides, and direct and continuous exposure to toxic substances owing to lack of protective gear for the death of farmers and farm workers over the past one week.The deceased farmers have been identified as Dashrath Chavan of Naygaon village, Devidas Madavi of Kalamb town, Kailash Pendor of Jamni village, Ayub Sheikh of Kalgaon village, Anil Chavan of Kalamb, Ramesh Chirawar of Ghatanji village, Ravi Rathod of Uchegaon village, Vithal Parkewar and Pradip Soyami from Kelapur town, Vasant Sidam of Maregoan village, Maroti Pimpalkar of Kalegoan village, Divakar Ghoshi of Ghoddara village, Shankar Kedam of Talki village, Dipak Madavi of Arni town. and Bandu Sonurle of Manoli village.Mr. Tiwari also blamed genetically modified Bt cotton seeds for the deaths. He said, “Bt cotton seeds are supposed to be resistant to bollworm and other infestations. However, they failed to tackle the pests and this resulted in the use of the toxic and internationally banned Monocrotophos, a highly toxic pesticide, which makes plants look green and healthy but causes the resurgence of pink bollworm. The chances of exposure to toxic chemicals increase as farmers use non-recommended combinations.”Mr. Tiwari said Maharashtra had the largest area under cotton cultivation (over 40 lakh hectares) and tribal farm workers would continue to die if the State did not ban chemical farming in regions seeing a spate of suicides over crop failure.last_img read more

Qatar Set to Increase Minimum Wage for Workers by End of 2018

first_imgThe minimum wage for migrant workers could be hiked in Qatar by the end of 2018, unions said on April 30. This will be the first time the monthly wages will be altered since the move was introduced by Qatar in November 2017, AFP reported.“By the end of the year we expect a new minimum wage to be set, that’s good news,” Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, said, the news agency reported. She made the statement following a meeting with Qatar’s Labor Minister, Issa al-Jufali al-Nuaimi, as well as other government officials in Doha over the last two days.Although a figure was not mentioned, Burrow said that the new wage would be computed after evaluating a “basket of goods,” according to the report.Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is seeking to pull through labor reforms.Regarding the current minimum wage — which is 750 Riyals a month — Burrow said: “We believe it is not good enough due to the cost of living.” Along with the salary, laborers get free accommodation, food as well as healthcare plans, which are all taken care of by the employers.While introducing the minimum wages last year, Nuaimi had said that it could be increased after a review, the report said. “We will not approve any employment contract if the salary is below 750 Riyals per month. All contracts must now be approved by the ministry of labor,” he had added.Nuaimi had also said that further improvements will be made towards labor reforms and it is a long-term commitment, since migrant workers were a “part and parcel” of Qatar.An International Labour Organization (ILO) office was also opened in Doha on April 29 by Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA), the Gulf Times reported.“Qatar welcomes the opening of the ILO office in Doha. This is another step towards ensuring Qatar has a labour system that reflects global best practice. The government of Qatar now has another partner to promote and protect the rights of our guest workers,” Nuaimi said while leading the opening of the office.The ILO’s Doha Office is the first in the Gulf region and will help in facilitating co-operation between the organization and the Qatar government. The technical agreement concentrates on five areas, including  improvement in wages, work and occupational health, and safety inspections.In 2017, some major changes were announced by Qatar after a three-year program of technical cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) was signed. The introduction of minimum wages was a part of these changes. The other proposed changes include putting an end to the “kafala” system, which stops workers from switching jobs and exiting Qatar without the employer’s permission.Qatar had earlier announced that it would reimburse the recruitment fee of bringing in 30,000 migrant workers for the construction of the FIFA 2022 World Cup facilities. The move was welcomed by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).Qatar has been criticized for making laborers work in difficult conditions ever since it was chosen to host the global football event in 2022. In May 2017, an Indian carpenter died of a heart attack while he was working at the Qatar World Cup stadium. The tournament organizers, however, said that his death was not due to the working conditions. Related ItemsEmploymentQatarlast_img read more

‘Dream fight’: Eduard Folayang wants to test his mettle against Eddie Alvarez

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño After Broner bout and one more fight, Jinkee Pacquiao wants Manny to retire SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week02:42PH 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 Krauss The Grand Prix will feature the top eight lightweights with the winner challenging the champion.Folayang is the current lightweight king but is scheduled for a title defense in a rematch with Japanese legend Shinya Aoki on March 31 in Japan.Beating Aoki again will then pit Folayang against whoever emerges the victor in the Grand Prix, which many believe will be Alvarez.The 34-year-old Folayang has three fighters in mind who have the upper hand in the Grand Prix.“Eddie Alvarez, Lowen Tynanes and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev are probably the top three favorites to win the tournament,” he shared.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img “I have my sights on Eddie Alvarez,” Folayang revealed. “He is a multiple-time world champion, and I want to test myself against him. It’s my dream fight.”A two-time lightweight champion, Folayang has little to prove but he is always aching for a stiff challenge.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 starsBut there are a lot of moving pieces that would need to fall into place first before Folayang sets up a showdown with Alvarez.The 35-year-old Alvarez will make his ONE debut in the Lightweight World Grand Prix, which gets going on January 25 in Manila. Eduard Folayang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang made it a fact that he has his eyes locked in on decorated champion Eddie Alvarez, who is one of the biggest names in combat sports.Alvarez, who is a former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion, just signed with ONE Championship three months ago.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “When it comes to experience, Alvarez has the biggest advantage. Youth is on the side of Tynanes and Dagi.”But nothing’s guaranteed.As great as Alvarez is in his craft, it only takes a single blow or one wrong move to be the difference from winning and losing.“The ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix is a great test to find out who’s the worthy challenger to the champion. Each competitor has their own style and talent. Only the best will emerge out of this tournament,” Folayang said.Folayang also has an ideal scenario in mind with his Team Lakay teammate Honorio Banario competing in the Grand Prix as well.“Honorio Banario has his sights on winning the Grand Prix as well,” he said. “I am not thinking of fighting my teammate, but the idea of him being the tournament champion and me being the lightweight champion is the best possible scenario for our team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more


first_imgBelgium broke quickly with Lukaku releasing De Bruyne Belgium broke quickly with Lukaku releasing De Bruyne wide on the right. The Manchester City playmaker worked the ball back into the middle for Lukaku, who took a touch before beating goalkeeper Darren Randolph with a neatly-placed shot into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards. Belgium lost Dembele to injury before doubling their lead just after the hour mark with a goal of stunning simplicity. Meunier collected a pass from Carrasco on the right and crossed for Witsel, who stole away from James McCarthy to head in from point-blank range, with Randolph only able to help the ball on its way in. Ireland were demoralised and Belgium picked them off on the counter to make it three with 70 minutes played. Again Meunier was involved, robbing James McClean near his own corner flag and finding Hazard. The Chelsea star flew down that same right flank and into the middle before squaring for Lukaku, who had an easy finish in front of the massed Belgian support. AFP KHS KHSlast_img read more

Kontron: KBox B-202-CFL with compact design, quiet operation and maximum expandability

first_imgKontron announced the addition of the KBox B-202-CFL to its Embedded Box PCs family. The KBox B-202-CFL offers high performance with maximum expandability and low noise level (maximum 34 dB(A)). Due to 8th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and the Intel® Q370 Express Chipset, the KBox B-202-CFL handles CPU-intensive processes and large amounts of data effortlessly. Among the highlights are the expansion options, which include up to two PCIe x8 cards or one PCIe x16, so that graphics or network cards can be easily added. This makes the new KBox B-202-CFL ideal for demanding applications such as high-end image processing, SCADA/MES applications, artificial intelligence and machine learning. In addition, it is EN55032 Class B certified, which means it meets stricter RFI limits than Class A. This makes it suitable not only for use in industrial environments, but also for use in residential and business areas or in their immediate vicinity. Along with its modern design this makes the KBox B-202-CFL the ideal computer for architecture and graphics offices as well as music studios.The core of the KBox B-202-CFL is a motherboard in the Mini-ITX form factor (170×170 mm) with a CPU with up to six processor cores: Depending on requirements, three 8th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors can be selected.With the KBox B-202-CFL, a 2.5″ SSD and an M.2 SSD can be chosen as mass storage. As an alternative to the 2.5″ SSD, a Raid system with 2x M.2 SSD can also be installed. Further options with up to four mass storage devices are available on request. The system features two DisplayPorts V1.2 as well as a DVI-D connector. Numerous interfaces such as four USB 2.0, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 and two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports as well as a serial interface (COM1/RS232) ensure high flexibility. In addition, the system is equipped with two Ethernet ports 10/100/1000 MBit/s (WoL).The new KBox B-202-CFL is optionally available with a DVD drive. The Box PC supports Windows 10 IoT operating system. The compact housing of the KBox B-202-CFL with the dimensions 190x120x190 mm is made of hot-dip galvanised sheet steel (EN10215) and aluminium. The Box PC is equipped with an almost silent fan and can be operated at a temperature range from 0 to plus 45°C.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Alibaba cloud hosts new high-performance AI inference chipNext Axiomtek: 3.5-inch Embedded SBC for mission critical and harsh environmentslast_img read more

Vawdon Cup – Round 1 Wrap

first_img2007 Vawdon Cup winners, the Canterbury Bulldogs, claimed the scalp of Penrith in the opening round of the Men’s Premier League with a 8 – 6 victory. Easts put eleven past Manly with Matt Garthon being the recipient on four occasions. Touchdowns to Jamie Stowe and Dean Wilbow was not enough for Parramatta with the Sharkies winning by one. Dylan Hennessey got off to a stellar start to the season with a hat-trick enabling his Hornsby Lions to half the points on offer against Wests.In the Women’s Premier League, Wests got their campaign off to a winning start over Wollongong. Manly got up by one over Cronulla while Easts defeated the 2007 State Cup Champs, Canterbury, 3 – 1. Wests had a win over Penrith in the newly created Mixed Premier League division. Menai and Parramatta could not be separated with a 8 touchdowns apiece. The Coasties threw the gauntlet down to the rest of the competition with a 10 – 1 victory over the Easts Roosters. The Berryman boys proved valuable additions to the Dolphins line-up with three touchdowns between them.Men’s Premier League ResultsCronulla Sharks – 3 (Mitchell Brown 2, Rhys Bevan) defeated Parramatta Eels – 2 (Jamie Stowe, Dean Wilbow)Wests Magpies – 6 (Robert Nakhla 2, Edwin Farrah, Michael Moussa, Cameron Nicholls, Adrian Tan) drew with Hornsby Lions – 6 (Dylan Hennessey 3, Michael Abood, Heath Cooper, Jonathan Palau)Easts Roosters – 11 (Matt Garthon 4, Michael Stone 3, Christian Frost, Jonathan Rooke, Hayden Ruawai, Elijah Van Der Kwast) defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 5 (Jono Bailey, Joe Biskup, Sion Cousins, Mark Leonard, Andrew Windsor)Canterbury Bulldogs – 8 (Joel Willoughby 3, Matt Prowse 2, Stuart Brierty, Mark Heiss, Stephen Roberts) defeated Penrith Panthers – 6 (Dean McKechine 2, Nathan Byrnes, Grant Harris, Shane Lee, Ben Moylan)Women’s Premier League ResultsWests Magpies – 7 (Bonjani Mali 2, Nicky Albery, Amanda Dodson, Stacey Lapham, Tara Mohi, Tini Mohi) defeated Wollongong Devils – 3 (Kylie Evans, Stephanie Jackson, Cara Zaremski)Manly Sea Eagles – 3 (Te Aroha Paki, Rebecca Laing, Phillipa Robinson) defeated Cronulla Sharks – 2 (Brandi Elliot, Justine Johnston)Easts Roosters – 3 (Alison Bradley, Peta O’Connor, Maribel Ziade) defeated Canterbury Bulldogs – 1 (Jennifer Winchester)Mixed Premier League ResultsParramatta Eels – 8 (Ricky Hetherington, Mark Kovacic, Liam Simbolon, 5 scoreres not listed) drew with Menai Bulls – 8 (Matthew Fairbirne, Mark Lancaster, Michelle Lane, Christopher Suter. 4 scoreres not listed)Wests Magpies – 8 (Teava Terangi 3, Kate Hilyard, 4 scorers not listed) defeated Penrith Panthers – 3 (Rebecca Jones, Kyle Joyce, 1 scorer not listed)Central Coast Dolphins – 10 (Peter Sanders 4, Putatau Berryman 2, Nash Beeby, Harry Berryman, Kimberly Irwin, Kate Podryhula) defeated Easts Roosters – 1 (Mika Tagelagi)The remaining divisions (Men’s Division 1, Women’s Division 1, Mixed Division 1, Men’s Division 2, Women’s Division 2, Men’s Senior, and Men’s Masters) commence this Friday, 18 July 2008.For more details, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website – read more

Transport Minister Makes Proposals to Adjust Rules

first_img At IGL Blue’s Health, Safety and Environment Road Safety Incentive Awards Ceremony, held on the grounds of the gas manufacturing company’s Spanish Town Road location on Wednesday (June 13), Mr. Montague said since he was appointed the Minister in March, he has been working on these new proposals. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, has made proposals to adjust the rules for public passenger vehicle operators, with the objective of reducing road crashes, safeguarding the lives of Jamaicans and accommodating drivers who want to design their own routes. “Another area of concern since I’ve become Minister is our public transportation industry, and I have made some proposals to treat with those who participate in that industry. The proposals we have made are not cast in stone, but we have made some proposals because the public transportation system… cannot continue to operate the way it is,” Mr. Montague said. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, has made proposals to adjust the rules for public passenger vehicle operators, with the objective of reducing road crashes, safeguarding the lives of Jamaicans and accommodating drivers who want to design their own routes.At IGL Blue’s Health, Safety and Environment Road Safety Incentive Awards Ceremony, held on the grounds of the gas manufacturing company’s Spanish Town Road location on Wednesday (June 13), Mr. Montague said since he was appointed the Minister in March, he has been working on these new proposals.“Another area of concern since I’ve become Minister is our public transportation industry, and I have made some proposals to treat with those who participate in that industry. The proposals we have made are not cast in stone, but we have made some proposals because the public transportation system… cannot continue to operate the way it is,” Mr. Montague said.“One of my proposals is having a GPS tracker on a public passenger vehicle that is on at all times. That is to ensure that the Transport Authority knows where a taxi is at all times, so that when a taxi driver is accused of committing a crime, we at least know where the car was, [as] the taxi driver is not always at fault,” he said.Mr. Montague said he also proposes for operators of public passenger vehicles to create their own routes, as this will allow rural-area taxi operators to be able to register with the Traffic Authority of Jamaica, given that many of their routes are not on record.The Minister said feedback and suggestions from Jamaicans are welcome on the proposals he has made.“If we agree that the system cannot continue the way it is, and you don’t like my proposals, fine, but you also have a duty as a Jamaican, to put some alternatives on the table. Let us come up with the best set of proposals to treat with the industry,” he said.In addition to the proposals, Mr. Montague said the Ministry is looking at placing machines at the Island Traffic Authority locations that will issue fitness certificates.“We have moved to include more technology in the Island Traffic [Authority], because a lot of persons will note that they are now getting a printed fitness certificate. It’s no longer being handwritten, and the next stage we are moving to, is to have a spot at the depots, geolocated and geofenced, that if your vehicle is not parked in that spot, and the reader doesn’t read your vehicle and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle, the machine will not produce a fitness certificate,” he said.He noted that for far too long, vehicles are being certified with fitness certificate, but they are not brought to the depot for tests, and this can result in road crashes and the loss of lives. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Cdn US scientists consider novel plan to save endangered orca on deaths

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – American and Canadian scientists are considering a Hail Mary effort to save an endangered orca that may have only days to live.The female killer whale known as J50 appears emaciated, lethargic and has lost about 20 per cent of her body weight, said Michael Milstein, spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States.J50 is one of just 75 remaining southern resident killer whales that travel the coastal waters from British Columbia to California.“She’s a female about four years old and obviously very valuable to the population as a reproductive female, so we’re looking at all the possibilities for whether we could make a difference in her survival,” Milstein said. “The challenge is that the biologists are saying they haven’t seen a whale deteriorated to this point pull out of that before.”Officials with both NOAA and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada are considering options, including feeding the underweight killer whale chinook salmon with medication in it — a strategy the U.S. department believes hasn’t been used before.At this stage, they are weighing whether intervening could be worse than doing nothing and are considering ways to feed the whale without encouraging a dependency on humans, Milstein said.At the same time, the scientists are keenly aware that they’re racing against the clock.“They feel the situation is dire, that she probably has potentially a matter of days. Nobody knows for sure, (and) if we were going to attempt something that we would need to do it pretty soon,” Milstein said.The first step is observing the whale to pinpoint her ailments with drone footage and by collecting fecal and breath samples from her blow hole, he said.J50 has a syndrome called “peanut head,” where her head appears too small for her body. Biologists believe the syndrome occurs when orcas don’t get enough food and don’t develop properly. A white spot has also been observed near her blow hole, which could indicate an infection, he said.Scientists were out on the water Thursday looking for J50’s pod, but the whales were last seen heading toward open water, he said.Linda Rhodes, a research microbiologists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, said researchers held a petri dish over J50’s blowhole to collect a sample of the spume on July 21.While the emergency sample showed evidence of bacteria and fungus, it wasn’t enough to determine an infection because it could have come from the surrounding environment, she said. They’re hoping to collect some fresh samples when they find the pod again.As a young female with reproductive potential, J50 could play a vital role in the survival of the species.“That’s where the births would come from to help recover the population in the longer term,” Milstein said.The same pod includes a whale known as J35 that has been seen as recently as Wednesday pushing the body of her deceased newborn calf through the water. The calf died shortly after birth on July 24.The southern residents are facing threats from many angles, including chemical pollutants that accumulate in their blubber and noisy ship traffic that interferes with their communication. Chief among the concerns is the lack of availability of their primary food source, chinook salmon.The Canadian government limited the chinook salmon fishery recently in an effort to help the recovery of the southern residents. It also imposed a minimum distance of 200 metres for vessels to stay away from killer whales in Canadian waters and is conducting research on the impact of pollution.While Milstein was not aware of any other attempt to feed a struggling killer whale medicated salmon, he said the closest example was the rescue of an orphaned killer whale in 2002.The northern resident killer whale known as Springer, or A73, made headlines around the world when she was reunited with her pod off the coast of British Columbia.Springer was two years old when she was found in Puget Sound near Seattle, ailing and separated from her pod. She was the first orca to be rescued, rehabilitated and successfully released back into the wild.last_img read more

Federal Court of Appeal decision on Trans Mountain coming next week

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Federal Court of Appeal is scheduled to release its decision next week in a case that combined nearly two dozen lawsuits calling for the National Energy Board’s review of the Trans Mountain pipeline to be overturned.The board, Trans Mountain and the federal government defended the project as viable during two weeks of hearings in Vancouver last fall.First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh, argued the federal government did not adequately consult them, although federal lawyers told the hearings extensive consultations were conducted.Environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby also challenged the project and were supported by the province of British Columbia, which was an intervener in the case.Alberta was also an intervener and a lawyer for the province said Ottawa’s decision to approve the expansion of the pipeline between Edmonton and Metro Vancouver was based on a broad base of evidence that considered environmental, economic and Indigenous interests.The federal government announced in May that it was buying the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion to ensure what it calls a vital piece of infrastructure is built.The Federal Court of Appeal tweeted Friday that the decision would be released next Thursday on its website.last_img read more

Man running from Alaska to Florida passing through Fort St John this

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Run Pete Run! A man who has made it his goal to run from Alaska to Florida will be making his way through the Energetic City this Saturday.American born Peter Kostelnick is in the 30th day of his historically long journey. The man is running 65-110 kilometres per day and hopes to reach Key West, Florida by early November.Kostelnick, who was in Pink Mountain this morning, will be one of the first ever to run the entirety of the Alaska Highway. Two years ago Kostelnick broke the world record for running across America in just 42 days, six hours and 30 minutes, beating the previous record by four whole days. He has also won the Badwater 135 twice, a race regarded as the “toughest footrace on the planet.” Kostelnick’s current run is completely self-supported which means he is pushing a stroller with his gear and food. He also enjoys company so residents are encouraged to join his run as he passes through Fort St. John.Residents can track Kostelnick’s location via his Strava on Anyone interested in learning more on his journey can click here.last_img read more

Least developed countries most vulnerable to climate change – UN official

28 June 2007Efforts must be intensified to assist the world’s least developed countries and small island developing States, the most vulnerable nations in the world to the impact of climate change, a top United Nations official said today. “The UN debate on climate change will lose credibility if the concerns of these countries are sidelined or marginalized,” Anwarul Chowdhury, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), told reporters in New York.Mr. Chowdhury, whose last day in his position is this Saturday, launched a new study entitled “Climate Change Report 2007,” which was presented to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning.While acknowledging that the report is neither academic nor scientific, he said he hoped it would spur interest among the media and support groups to advocate on behalf of these countries and raise awareness of the obstacles LDCs and SIDS face.Aside from the environmental effects, the report said that climate change impacts LDCs and SIDS in the economic, human and social cultural realms as well.Reduced rainfall and prolonged droughts could lead to dwindling water supplies, while subsistence agriculture, on which these countries depend heavily, will be harmed by increased tropical cyclones, droughts and loss of soil fertility. Coastal flooding, droughts and disease could also force many people out of their homes.Due to their limited financial and technical resources, high rates of poverty and – in the case of the SIDS – small size, these countries are not as adept at adapting to climate change, noted the report.At the global level, the study recommended that these countries be provided adequate financial and technical support to better deal with climate change and that partnerships with international organizations be established to aid LDCs and SIDS.Meanwhile, the report suggested that at the national level, these countries demand that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publish a report specific to their situation. read more

US consumer borrowing rose 138 billion in June to record high despite

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 3:06 pm MDT US consumer borrowing rose $13.8 billion in June to record high despite fall in credit cards WASHINGTON – Americans borrowed more in June to buy cars and attend schools. But they were frugal again with their credit cards, as many remain wary of taking on high-interest debt.Consumers increased their borrowing $13.8 billion in June from May to a seasonally adjusted $2.85 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its monthly report on consumer credit. That’s the highest level ever.The category that includes credit card debt dropped $2.7 billion in June and remains 16.5 per cent below its July 2008 peak.Borrowing for autos and student loans rose $16.5 billion in June. Gains in this category have lifted overall consumer credit to record levels in all but one month since June 2011.Since January 2011, the measure of student and auto loans has risen $312.6 billion. During that same 2 1/2-year period, credit card debt has increased just $16 billion.The Federal Reserve’s consumer credit report does not separate student loans and auto loans. But the Federal Reserve Bank of New York tracks consumer credit on a quarterly basis. Those reports show that student loan debt has been the biggest driver of borrowing since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009. In part, that’s because many unemployed Americans have returned to school for training in hopes of landing a job.More credit card borrowing could help boost consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity. But many consumers have been hesitant to run up high-interest debt since the Great Recession ended. And this year consumers have been hit by higher Social Security taxes.The economy grew at a lacklustre annual rate of 1.4 per cent in the first six months of this year. Economists expect growth is accelerating to an annual rate of around 2.5 per cent in the second half of this year, as the impact of higher taxes and spending cuts begin to fade. Also, hiring gains are expected to boost income, supporting more spending.The economy has been adding jobs this year at a steady but inconsistent pace. In July, employers added 162,000 jobs. While solid, that’s much slower than the average pace of 192,000 new jobs a month so far this year. And many of the jobs added last month were low-paying or part-time.The unemployment rate fell in July to 7.4 per cent, down from 7.6 per cent in June.The Federal Reserve’s borrowing report covers auto loans, student loans and credit cards. It excludes mortgages, home equity loans and other loans related to real estate. read more

Sue Abbott

Fannie Sue Abbott- “Granny”- passed peacefully on Saturday the 27th of April 2019, at North Shore Health and Rehab in Loveland, Colorado.Sue was born January 4, 1929 to John Rivers Grimes and Annie Maude Grimes in Milledgeville, GA. She graduated from Peabody High School and attended two years at Georgia State College for Women.She married the love of her life Joe Abbott on April 13, 1952. She enjoyed church activities, family, camping, and golfing.  Joe & Sue lived in Price, Utah for 28 years before moving to Loveland, Colorado.  People who met Sue fell in love with her southern charm and fire.She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Joe; their two children, Dale (Carmen) & Christy (George) and three grandchildren: Melissa Abbott; Daryl (Steph); Andrew (Katie).Internment will be at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Littleton, CO.Condolences may be left at read more

Ohio State mens basketball getting contributions from more than just DAngelo Russell

Senior forward Sam Thompson (12) drives toward the basket during a game against Purdue on March 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-61.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith just two games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is in a full sprint toward the finish line.The Buckeyes have rattled off back-to-back wins at home, including coming back from 12 points down to beat Purdue on Sunday night, 65-61.The win put the Buckeyes in a three-way tie for fourth in the Big Ten conference and was sparked by freshman sensation, guard D’Angelo Russell.Russell scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half of the game, and while it looked like the Louisville, Ky., native did most of the heavy lifting, he received ample help from three experienced seniors.While it might not have always been in the scoring column, center Amir Williams, guard Shannon Scott and forward Sam Thompson all contributed in their own way.Williams, who took on the Big Ten’s leading shot blocker in Purdue’s junior center A.J. Hammons, matched the 7-footer in rebounds and blocked shots, the last of which helped seal the win for OSU.While Williams has been known to be inconsistent at times, Matta said he was pleased with how his senior played against the Boilermakers.“I thought Amir, with three blocked shots, was as good as he could be,” Matta said after the game.Then came Scott, who has become known for his defense more than anything in his four years in Columbus. While he didn’t light up the scoreboard against the Boilermakers, recording just one assist, block and steal each, it was what didn’t show up on the stat sheet that impressed his coach.“Shannon, nobody would ever see it, but he did some things defensively tonight via scouting that was tremendous and really disrupted them,” Matta said.Scott scored just five points in the win, all coming at the free throw line, three of which came in the final minute to help seal the Buckeye win.Finally there was Thompson, who recorded 14 points in the win while hitting all six of his free throws, three per half.With games against Penn State and Wisconsin remaining before the start of the Big Ten Tournament, Thompson said his performance and the win were important moving forward.“This is the type of win we need to get, especially in the month of March,” Thompson said. “It’s too late for us to be taking steps backwards, and it’s our time to hit our stride, get going and to put together a run.”While Russell still is stealing the show, ranking second in the conference in scoring, he credited his fellow Buckeyes for the team’s success after the win.“My coaches put me in a great position to facilitate for my teammates,” Russell said. “Coaches kept running the same play, and we kept making the best out of it.”And although Russell hasn’t yet played in a postseason basketball game in his college career like most of his teammates have, he said he has already gotten a taste of things to come and wants more of it.“I could get used to this. This is great,” Russell said. “Every win counts and any win can trigger a run, and just getting this win on our home court is great going down to Penn State.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are set to tip off at 6 p.m. Wednesday in State College, Pa. OSU won the first matchup between the two teams, 75-55, Feb. 11 in Columbus. read more

Ohio State womens basketball team full of question marks ahead of NCAA

Ohio State coaches Mark Mitchell (left) and Kevin McGuff (right) watch OSU’s 82-63 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorNot too long ago, the Ohio State women’s basketball team was a unit with all the answers.OSU had won 11 straight games, the outright Big Ten regular-season title was within its grip and at least a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament was nearly a lock, with a top seed a realistic proposal.Now, just a couple of weeks after those extremely positive outcomes of coach Kevin McGuff’s third season in Columbus seemed inevitable, all of those achievements have been entirely wiped out.With the Buckeyes losing three of their last four games, including an embarrassing 82-63 loss to Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, the one thing OSU needs before the NCAA tournament begins is what it had an abundance of when it last played in Columbus: an answer.OSU doesn’t have an answer as to what seed it will be when the NCAA tournament begins. It doesn’t have an answer as to how it came up empty-handed in the Big Ten regular-season title despite having a one-game lead with two games left to play. And it doesn’t have an answer as to what happened to one of the best offenses in the nation.The Buckeyes, who average 86.7 points per game, the third most in the country, had a season-low 20 points at the half against Michigan State in a game they trailed in by as many as 36 points.After the game, senior guard Cait Craft chalked much of that up to the ineffectiveness of fellow senior guard Ameryst Alston, who was held back by a sprained right wrist and didn’t score, but said there were still concerns about the way the team played as a whole.“Not having Ameryst hurt a little bit, but at the end of the day, we as a team didn’t come ready to play really until the last quarter,” Craft said. “Not having her does hurt, but it shouldn’t have been that detrimental to us. And I think we let that get in the way more than it should have, obviously.”McGuff said he doesn’t know what Alston’s status will be moving forward after the game, noting only the diagnosis of her injury and that he “hopes” she will be able to accelerate through her rehab and be good to go for the NCAA tournament.But missing Alston’s first-team All-Big Ten production was only a steep section of the mountain the Buckeyes were sliding down, not the point of departure from the top.The night before against Rutgers, in which Alston was perfectly healthy until the closing minutes, the Buckeyes only put up 26 points on the scoreboard at the half. They ended up winning the game 73-58 behind sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell’s tournament-record 43 points, but, especially after losing their previous two games, the concerns were already in the air before the seismic semifinal debacle.A lot of the Buckeyes’ issues in the tournament were inexplicable, such as junior Shayla Cooper, a steady contributor off the bench throughout the year, suddenly being largely absent from the offense.Cooper averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during the season, but against Rutgers she put up seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, and the next night she had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting through three quarters, including a second period absent from the floor.She ended up finishing off the night strong with 14 points in the garbage-time fourth quarter, hitting all six shot attempts. But Cooper has been one of the Buckeyes’ most valuable players all season long, and the need for her to step up inflated with Alston physically unable to shoot. Instead, she was nowhere to be found.After the Michigan State game, McGuff didn’t have an explanation or assessment for the sorry performance. He simply didn’t have an answer.“It didn’t have anything to do with effort or competitiveness,” McGuff said. “We have to learn from tonight that we’re going to hit some adversity again. I don’t know what it will be. Maybe it will be foul trouble, something. And how we react to it is going to determine everything.”Two weeks ago, OSU was a team that many were pegging as a Final Four contender. It had already beaten Maryland twice — the only two in-conference losses the Terrapins have had since joining the Big Ten — and had lost to powerhouses South Carolina and Notre Dame on the road by a combined 11 points.But now, the Buckeyes are trying to rebuild from the ground up with the NCAA tournament a week and a half away — trying to understand when it all turned around. “That’s the great thing about college basketball, you get a chance to tip it up again here before too long,” McGuff said. “And I think we have a great opportunity ahead of us. We just have to get back to the gym and kind of get back to being who we are.”The Buckeyes will learn their tournament seeding and opponent on Monday, and whether their first-round game will be set for March 18 or 19. read more

National Trust sitting on reserves of £1bn

first_img​The Trust said: “Around 80 per cent of investments are held in restricted funds , meaning they can only be spent on specific places or purposes. The charity also has to keep a proportion of funds s general reserves… This is good governance.”​The revelations come after the National Trust told hundreds of tenants in leasehold properties that they faced ground rent hikes of up to 10,000 per cent.One 87-year-old man was reportedly told his payments would go up from £148 to £15,000 per year.Meanwhile, the Trust is calling for cash support from the public for a series of “vital” restoration projects, such as the repair of the roof of a Tudor palace in Hampshire. The National Trust is sitting on reserves of more than £1 billion while it continues to plead for donations and hike rents for tenants, it has emerged.According to its latest accounts, the conservation charity boasted an investment pool of £1.008 billion in the year to February 2016.In that period, it received an income of £522 million, which included £51 million left in wills and £178 million in membership fees.The charity spent £540 million in the same 12 months, with a dozen staff earning six-figure salaries, the Mail on Sunday reported. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Welsh landowner grows Britains first crop of worlds most soughtafter truffles

Such specimens can be sold for hundreds of pounds, But despite this, local restaurants have so far been among the main beneficiaries as part of an an effort to celebrate Monmouthshire’s role in Britain’s emerging truffle story.Mr Sims had already made history in 2016 by growing the first ever summer truffles in Wales, but the chances of successfully growing Perigords were always far slimmer.He began the project in 2008 as a means of putting spare to use, planting 4,800 summer truffle trees and 200 Milano oaks in a sunnier, elevated part of the estate as an experiment.”I have always been fascinated by fungus and mushrooms and all that sort of thing and back then I though if I start growing truffles now I could end up 10 years ahead of everyone else.”Truffles are very expensive and I thought it might be a very good return for the future.” After first making the soil less acidic by spreading more than 300 tonnes of chalk and lyme, Mr Sims settled back for a wait of several years during which he trained up his two dogs to search for truffles, Bella and his Jack Russell-Patterdale terrior-cross, which he named Truffle.The first sign that truffles may be growing came when Mr Sims noticed what is known as areas of brule, patches round the tree where other plants and grass are dying.While the ‘burn’t patch indicates the fungus from which truffles derive is active, it does not necessarily mean a truffle has fruited.”I was just walking the dog as normal and it started truffling. When I saw that the truffle was there I pulled the dog away. “It was fantastic. I gave my wife a ring to video me. It was quite a big moment. I knew straight way it was a Perigord as soon as I smelled it. “While the black Perigord truffle (Tuber malonosporum), from the area of the same name in Dordogne, are generally considered to be the finest examples of their kind in the world, many Italians consider the white truffle (Tuber magnatum) to be superior. In 2016 a large Italian white truffle sold for £45,250. Britain’s first crop of one of the world’s most sought-after truffles has been successfully grown by a Welsh landowner who is now giving them away for free to local restaurants.Matt Sims, with the help of his sprocker spaniel Bella, has now unearthed 25 of the valuabe Perigord truffles in his 11-acre plantation as a result of a 10-year project.Until now UK devotees of the pungent black delicacy have had to source them from abroad, mainly southwestern France.But Mr Sims, 49, says his groundbreaking success in the Monmouthshire countryside proves that, with the right skill, British soil can support Perigord growth.The businessman discovered his first Perigord in March last year, towards the end of winter truffle season, and had to wait for the following winter to find out whether the growth had been a fluke.However, he has since unearthed more than two dozen, including one more weighing more than 100g. Mr Sims' truffles Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Landowner Matt Sims  Mr Sims’ trufflesCredit:Jay Williams for the Telegraph Landowner Matt Sims Credit:Stephen Shepherd for the Telegraph read more

Strictly cheats shun romantic dance for second week as Seann Walsh and

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Seann Walsh will perform a quickstep to avoid a romantic dance with partner Katya Jones when Strictly Come Dancing returns.The comedian and his professional partner were pictured kissing and have been at the centre of a media storm around their behaviour, for which they have apologised.After the “dance of shame” Charleston, which avoided any romantic moves, the pair will continue the competition with yet another safe dance.They will be performing the high-tempo and light-hearted Quickstep to Lightning Bolt, by Jake Bugg.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Walsh’s actions led to the break-up of his relationship with Rebecca Humphries, although his last dance was greeted with cheers from the Strictly audience on the weekend.  Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton will attempt the Samba, Faye and Giovanni have the Foxtrot, while Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec will have the Viennese Waltz.Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden have the Jive, and Charles Venn and Karen Clifton went for Couples’ a Street and Commercial with their couple’s choice.Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse return this week with the Tango, with Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell taking on the Waltz.Sign up for Ballroom Bulletin, your essential weekly companion to this series of Strictly Come Dancing. The average number of viewers was up 1.4 million from last week’s episode.Comedian Walsh and dancer Jones were  scored 28 points for their performance, putting them in fourth place on the leaderboard.The pair had been surrounded by speculation that they would leave the show for the controversial kiss, for which they apologised.Walsh’s now ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries broke her silence soon after, claiming the kiss had happened on her birthday.In a withering statement, actress Humphries claimed that Walsh had called her “psycho/nuts/mental” when she suspected something was going on between him and Jones, who is married to Strictly dancer Neil Jones.Saturday’s Strictly barely made any reference to the furore around the stars’ personal lives, with Walsh and Jones ignoring it completely in their pre-recorded material.However, hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly did make a light-hearted reference to it as they opened the show, quipping about the “odd headline” over the past week.Who is dancing what in week five of Strictly?Week five will also see Vick Hope and Graziano Di Prima dancing a Cha Cha to More Than Friends, by James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh.Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard will be going Contemporary, Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara will be dancing the American Smooth, and Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev are attempting the Rumba. Seann Walsh and Rebecca Humphries pictured in 2015Credit:Getty Saturday saw Strictly score its highest ratings of the series so far as more than 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the “Dance of Shame”.All eyes were on the comedian and the dancer as they performed for the first time since being wrapped up in the controversy around their kiss.Viewers had to wait until nearly the end of the almost two-hour long broadcast to watch Walsh and Jones, the penultimate couple to perform.It peaked at 11.9 million viewers, had an audience share of 51.2 percent and was the most-watched show across all channels on Saturday, the BBC said. Seann Walsh and Rebecca Humphries pictured in 2015 read more

Exclusively on HandballPlanetcom – From my angle EHF F4 BLOG by Antonio

Antonio Carlos OrtegaEHF F4 Blog is proud to announce that our special blogger from the biggest event in European handball, Velux EHF F4 in Cologne next weekend will be Spanish handball legend and the new coach of Hungarian champion, MKB Veszprem, Antonio Carlos Ortega. Exclusively for one of the fastest growing handball community on the Web,, Mr. Ortega will write about his expectations from the event, his memories from the “crucial matches” with F.C Barcelona , semi-final and final matches in “Lanxess Arena”, bad and good sides of the F4 teams, players, things around the court, etc.“FROM MY ANGLE” EHF F4 BLOG BY ANTONIO CARLOS ORTEGAEnjoy in the next few days. Only on ← Previous Story Eurocups Finals: FA Goppingen and SG Flensburg on the “heaven’s door” Next Story → Sonja Barjaktarovic is substitute for Suslina in Rostov! read more

Ortega leaves KIF Kolding after 18 months

← Previous Story POLISH FINAL: Kielce conquer Plock once again! Next Story → 13 TITLES: HC Tatran Presov extend domination in Slovakia! Antonio Carlos Ortegakif kolding kobenhavn Antonio Carlos Ortega leaves KIF Kolding Kobenhavn after season and a half in Denmark. Spaniards, who came to the Danish giant at the beginning of 2016 as former coach of Telekom Veszprem with whom he played VELUX EHF Champions League Final 2015, couldn’t cope with financial problems in Kolding, influental for two seasons without trophy.If I knew that before, I would never come – said Ortega for Danish TV2.KIF Kolding Kobenhavn ended eight at the Danish Championship, without place at the Play-Off semi-final.With Ortega, all his signings will leave the team as Niko Mindegia, Konstantin Igropulo and Fabio Chiuffa, while Antonio Robledo Garcia did it before by signing for FC Barcelona Lassa in March.Ortega had contract with KIF Kolding until summer 2019.The Danish stars Kasper Hvidt and Lars Jørgensen will retire, while Bo Spelerberg contract can’t be extended as club is blacklisted by Danish Handball Federation. PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Uroš Hočevar. read more