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64th annual railways national awards function held

first_imgKolkata: The 64th Annual Railway National AwardsFunction-2019 was held at the Jamshedji Bhabha Theatre (NCPA), Mumbai on Tuesday. VK Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board was the chief guest. S N Agarwal, Member Staff, Rajesh Agarwal, Member Rolling Stock, VishweshChaube, Member Engineering, N. Kashinath, Member Signal & Telecom, V P Pathak, Member Materials Management, Rajesh Tiwari, Member Traction, P S Mishra, Member Traffic, Vijay Kumar, Finance Commissioner, S K Mishra, Secretary Railway Board, General Managers of all Zones and Production Units, other officials and employees of Indian Railways along with awardees and their families were also present at the event. Eastern railway bagged prestigious Safety Shield, Commercial Shield and Rolling Stock (Mechanical Engineering) Shield this year in 64th Annual Railway National Awards Function – 2019. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’P C Sharma, General Manager, Eastern Railway received those prestigious shields along with respective Principal Head of Departments on behalf of Eastern Railway from Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board in presence of Railway Board Members and other dignitaries. In addition, Ramesh Kumar, Dy. Chief Accounts Officer/G of ER Headquarters, Sheikh Safikul Alam, Traffic Gateman & Barun Chandra Barh, SSE/TRS of Howrah Division, VilasiMinz, Sub-Inspector & Ujjal Kumar Das, SSE/P. Way of Asansol Division, Bijan Kumar Biswas, SSE/C&W of Sealdah Division and Shri Surendra Kumar, CTI of Malda Division of Eastern Railway were honoured at the awards giving function for their meritorious contribution in their respective fields. VK Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board gave away medals, cheques.last_img read more

Calgarians asked for 2026 yea or nay in Winter Games plebiscite

first_imgCALGARY – Calgarians head to the polls to declare whether they want the city to host a second Winter Games.The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.Polls close at 10 p.m. ESTCalgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics.The legacy venues from those games form the foundation of a potential second bid, which would now include the Paralympic Games.While the result of the vote is non-binding on a city council that has the final say, the vote will influence council’s decision.The plebiscite was a condition of the Alberta government providing money for a bid. The provincial government is paying for the $2-million cost of the plebiscite.In an estimated $5.1-billion total price tag to host the games, the public investment asked of three orders of government is $2.875 billion.What a cost-sharing agreement between the federal, provincial and municipal governments would look like wasn’t clear to the public until Oct. 31, which was less than two weeks before the vote.The city has been asked to contribute $390 million, while the province has committed $700 million and the Canadian government $1.45 billion.The bid corporation Calgary 2026 says games revenues will cover the remaining cost.No order of government is providing guarantees against cost overruns, but Calgary 2026 has built $1.1 billion in contingency funds into its draft hosting plan.Calgary 2026’s plans includes $502 million to upgrade legacy venues from the ’88 Games to get them Olympic-read again.The two new sport venues proposed are an indoor fieldhouse and a 5,000-seat ice arena.No new stadium or NHL-sized arena is in the draft host plan, although there have been overtures between the city and the Calgary Flames to re-start talks on a new arena.Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi feels the current proposed plan and financial agreement is good for the city and thus supports a bid.“I really want people to make their decision based on what’s before us because we know that’s solid and that’s certain and even that, I think leads to lots of benefits for Calgary,” the mayor said.The International Olympic Committee will accept bids from 2026 candidate cities in January. The election of the host city is in June.last_img read more

President lauds role of air force to defeat LTTE

The President, who was welcomed by the Air Force Officers according to military traditions, was escorted by them to the main stage. The President recalled with honour the war heroes who sacrificed their lives for Sri Lanka and those who were disabled. He also paid tribute to the relatives of the war heroes for their great service to the country.President Sirisena further said that the Sri Lanka Air Force did an excellent service to protect the sea boundaries of the country and has earned the respect for fulfilling their duties trustworthy with a great commitment during the past few decades.The President said that he believes in the future, the officers of the Sri Lanka Air Force would fulfill their duties on national security in a similar manner with the guidance of the new Commander of the Air Force. He also pledged to provide required new technology and facilities to fulfill their duties in a perfectly satisfactory manner. The Sri Lanka Air Force, demonstrating its specific skills, weakened the enemy by attacking them directly when the Army and Navy were facing difficult situations in the operation to eradicate the LTTE, President Maithripala Sirisena said.The President made these remarks while participating at the passing out ceremony to commission Cadet Officers of the Air Force, held today at the Air Force Camp in China Bay. President Sirisena commissioned 46 male and female Cadet Officers of the batch number 55 and number 7 respectively. He also pinned Flying Official Badges to eight officers of 83rd Flying Cadet Officer Course. Five hundred and ninety four (594) Airmen and Airwomen who successfully completed the courses of permanent junior Airmen of Batch number 161 and permanent junior Airwomen of Batch number 31 passed out at this occasion.The President also expressed his satisfaction over the high standards and the quality of the services of Air force. Governor of the Eastern Province Austin Fernando, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Vice Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala, Air Cdre Sagara Kotakadeniya, Dean of the Sri Lanka Air Force Academy China Bay and  officers of the Sri Lanka Air Force Directors Board participated in the event. read more

Sagala orders report from IGP on abduction attempt

Activists accused the Police of attempting to “abduct” Rayan Jayalath of the Medical Faculty Student’s Association.The attempt was blocked by other members of the Medical Faculty Student’s Association. (Colombo Gazette) Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake has ordered Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to submit a report over the alleged attempt to arrest a member of the Medical Faculty Student’s Association.The attempt by plain clothed Police officers had taken place at the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) premises on Thursday. read more

Cheerios maker General Mills to slash up to 725 jobs as it

Cheerios maker General Mills to slash up to 725 jobs as it attempts to offset sluggish sales NEW YORK, N.Y. – General Mills expects to cut 675 to 725 jobs as it wrestles with sluggish sales.The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Progresso said Thursday that it will record pre-tax costs of about $57 million to $62 million, mostly for employee termination benefits.Along with other packaged food makers like Kellogg and Campbell Soup, General Mills Inc. has slashed costs to offset slowing sales growth. Net sales rose barely 1 per cent last year and the Minneapolis company expects core sales to grow at a “low single-digit rate” this year.Big packaged food makers are facing changing tastes and smaller players that position themselves as more wholesome or fresh.General Mills said its current restructuring should be complete by early fiscal 2017, generating annual savings of about $45 to $50 million. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2015 8:43 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2015 at 10:32 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Oxford Universitys chancellor warns  of national security risks when academics collaborate with

Lord Patten was the last British governor of Hong Kong Huawei has faced criticism from intelligence agencies around the world Huawei has faced criticism from intelligence agencies around the world Huawei has faced criticism from intelligence agencies around the world over its close links to the Chinese government. The company has regularly denied any suggestions that its technology could be used for espionage.Lord Patten told MPs of a case where a university was asked to work on a humanities research project along with a consortium of other British and Chinese universities.“You discover that there are some issues that are clearly going to be off-bounds, or you discover that the whole thing is being run not by an academic in the humanities but a Chinese engineer who happens to be….rather senior in the Communist party,” he said.“And if you discover you’re being shut out of some meetings that only the Chinese are going to, then you’ve got a right to be suspicious.” He said that Confucius institutes – Chinese government funded cultural centres attached to British universities – and their activities “raise some issues” since they are  “by-and-large an offshoot of the propaganda department of the Communist Party”.He went on: “If the Confucian  Institute is working on a university campus as a contributor to Chinese language instruction, to understanding about the spectacular Chinese civilisation, that is fine. If it’s trying to shape the curriculum, if it’s trying to shape students’ attitude to Tibet or Xinjan or free speech or other issues like that, then it’s not acceptable.”Lord Patten said that all British universities should take these issues seriously, adding: “It is simply craven to argue you can’t raise this or that issue or that because it will annoy [China] and you won’t do as much business.”Last month, MPs urged British universities to exercise “extreme caution” accepting money from Huawei, amid growing international concern about the security threat posed by the controversial Chinese telecom company.Huawei, the world’s biggest telecom equipment manufacturer, has agreed to pour at least £6m into UK universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester and York despite warnings from intelligence agencies around the world over potential security risks posed by the company’s technology. 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. Oxford University’s chancellor has warned of national security risks when academics collaborate with China.Lord Patten, who was the last British governor of Hong Kong, said there should be a point of contact in the Government for universities chiefs to turn to if they are concerned about a particular project.Joint academic research projects in the field of humanities as well as the sciences could be pose security risks, he added.“If the Government has anxieties about a company, then it should be possible for a university – if it is being offered research collaboration with that company – to ask somewhere in Government what’s happening,” Lord Patten told the foreign affairs select committee.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“I think the more we talk about this – as the Australians, the New Zealanders, the Canadians, and the Americans are – the more we talk about it and the more we’re grown up about it, first of all the more likely we are to get things right and pick up things like intellectual property theft and problems of security.”Lord Patten, a cross-bench peer and former chair of the Conservative Party, said it would be “astonishing” if China was not exercising soft coercion on academics and students in the West, by funding or collaborating on research.It emerged this week that Oxford University has cuts ties with Huawei, the Chinese technology company, amid security concerns.An email sent to computer science doctoral students at the university warned students not to pass sensitive information to Huawei employees. The university said that it has decided not “pursue new funding opportunities” with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related companies. Lord Patten was the last British governor of Hong Kong read more

MIZUNO release a new range ahead of Qatar 2015

← Previous Story Gudmundur chose, Markussen stays home! Next Story → Spain without Sterbik to Qatar! With the 24th running of the Men’s Handball World Championships about to take place in Qatar later this week, leading handball footwear specialist Mizuno drop a fresh new look to their range of elite indoor shoes. Taking inspiration from the Qatari landscape (sun, sand and sea!), Mizuno has reflected this on their 3 most popular silo’s – the Wave Stealth 3, Wave Lightning Z and Wave Tornado 9. We take a closer look at each one in more detail:Wave Stealth 3 – Explode into ActionFor agile, stealth-like movement, Wave Stealth 3 is the ideal shoe for the modern day handball player. The outsole and midsole have been designed to provide support, cushioning and flexibility and to cope with the aggressive, high impact movements of the sport. On the lateral side of the outsole a stability bar acts as more than just scaffolding.  Working in conjunction with two deep grooves it gives stability for lateral cuts, but also great flexibility for those multi directional movements around court.The toe area is enhanced by a cut between the big toe and little toes on the outsole, allowing for more pressure and therefore more feeling, resulting in extra agility and spring. Other new features for Wave Stealth 3 include a pivot point under the ball of the foot for ease of movement and turns. And extra comfort and cushioning is provided by Mizuno’s SR Touch technology in the forefoot for lightweight cushioning and rebound.One of the most popular handball shoes of its time, the Mizuno Wave Stealth is a force to be reckoned with. Coming with an impressive heritage this is a shoe with a difference, taking pride of place in the range of Mizuno handball shoes with a design that ensures it performs on every level.As worn at Qatar 2015 by Lasse Svan Hansen (Denmark), Jesper Noddesbo (Denmark), Marko Kopljar (Croatia), Manuel Strlek (Croatia), Jakov Gojun (Croatia), Jorge Maqueda (Spain), Raul Entrerrios (Spain), Jure Dolenec (Slovenia) and Kentin Mahe (France)Wave Lightning Z – Superlight & fast court agilityA lightweight offering for quick agile players, Wave Lightening Z comes in at 10g lighter than its predecessor the RX3. What it has lost in weight it has gained in construction, with an enhanced no-sew upper providing unrivalled fit and feel during play. Wave Lightening Z is a shoe that always delivers on rebound and provides the lightweight performance that handball player’s demand. Also available in a MID cut boot option for players looking for that extra ankle support.As worn at Qatar 2015 by Dragan Gajic (Slovenia), Kevynn Nyokas (France), Ivan Cupic (Croatia), Robert Gunnarsson (Iceland), Gasper Marguc (Slovenia) and Cristian Ugalde (Spain)Wave Tornado 9 – The powerhouse shoe, cushioned and stableThe powerhouse of the handball range, the Wave Tornado 9 is the shoe that offers players unrivalled levels of cushioning and stability. The supportive upper offers up a combination of a big open wave mesh for breathability but also very supportive synthetics; a construction that allows the foot to be held firmly in the shoe. The Wave Tornado 9, two key areas – the outsole and midsole – have been improved from the previous model. In the outsole, a new feature is the improved design of the Dynamotion Groove™, an innovative outsole design and construction that combines stability and flexibility to give fast-moving yet super-agile movement across the court. The flex groove allows for greater grip and stability for lateral cuts whilst a new circular pivot point positioned under the ball of the foot allows for swift turns. The AP+ midsole has superior rebound and cushion durability while maintaining lightweight performance. And in Wave Tornado 9 extra SR Touch in the forefoot makes for an even better, and more cushioned landing.As worn at Qatar 2015 by Igor Vori (Croatia), Viran Morros (Spain), Guillaume Joli (France), Bo Spellerberg (Denmark) and Patrik Fahlgren (Sweden)“Lasse Svan Hansen is a brand ambassador for Mizuno Handball and will be wearing the new neon yellow/blue Wave Stealth 3. For your chance to win a pair go to http://www.mizuno.eu/static/42681/qatar“ read more

Paddy Power says lowerthanexpected profits because of unfavourable sports results

first_imgPADDY POWER HAS issued a profit warning, telling markets that its profits will be about €11 million lower than predicted for 2013.The company blamed “unfavourable” sports results for the under-par performance.“Sports results have remained poor,” it said in its interim management statement.The adverse sports results outlined in July continued through autumn and the start of winter, dragging gross win versus normal expectations down some €10 million.The most notable results that went against Paddy Power were at the recent Australian Spring Racing Carnival and in Champions League football.Operating profit growth for the year is expected to land at a low-to-mid-single-digit percentage – about €11 million lower than the mid-point of Interim Results guidance.Updating investors on the Irish retail market, the firm said the amount staked between July and November was up 5 per cent on the previous period – the biggest increase since 2007. It also added nine shops to its portfolio since January 2013.Overall online amounts staked were up 15 per cent, while the group’s net revenue jumped seven per cent.Read: Dermot Desmond to significantly increase share in INMHow poitín went from illegal moonshine to being sold in TescoFive smartphones battling for your Christmas stockinglast_img read more

Universities seek more state funds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Funding cuts prompted two of the country’s largest universities to appeal for state support, noting that the ability of the institutions to continue operating was at stake.The University of Athens issued an “urgent and anxious” appeal for funding ahead of the submission of its budget for 2015. The university’s senate said it would submit the 11.5-million-euro blueprint to authorities despite the fact that funding has been docked by 74 percent since 2009, leaving a gap of 9.5 million euros.Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University made a similar appeal. Rector Pericles Mitkas said inadequate funding and an increase in the number of students due to transfers have led to operational difficulties.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Hazard ranks Higuain as one of the best

first_imgEden Hazard feels the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Milan is a no brainer ranking him as ‘one of the best’ strikers in the world.Higuain could only watch the Blues defeat Spurs via spot-kicks to reach the EFL Cup Final from the sidelines.And Hazard believes the former Napoli striker will be bringing something special to the table throughout the campaign.“Diego [Costa] was sometimes not the kind of player who you can play a 1-2 with, but in the box he was amazing, he would score a goal and you won, and at the end, you would have three points,” the Belgium forward was quoted as saying by Football Italia.“That’s what we need. So I think Higuain is this kind of player and he can also link with the wingers and the midfield, but he can also be the proper striker.“This season we are playing well, but sometimes we miss the one guy just to score one goal. So we had a couple of games, where we played well but we didn’t score.Welcome to Stamford Bridge, @G_Higuain! 🙌 #CHETOT pic.twitter.com/ykQJCPUQPW— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We finished with zero goals, but we created a lot of chances, like against Tottenham. If you have a striker who can score three goals it finishes 5-1, but at the moment it is not the case. But Higuain can do that. He is a top striker who can score everywhere.“We all know that I like to play the give and go with my striker, so if the striker just goes deep, I am going to be in trouble, but Giroud understands this, that’s why I like to play with him.“We all know that, and I think Higuain is going to do the same, and of course he is a fantastic striker, he has scored a lot of goals, when you see his career, Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, he has always scored goals.Higuain after Chelsea beat Tottenham on penalties 💪 pic.twitter.com/dExtLHvfbj— SNM (@JackCook95) January 24, 2019“For me as a winger, you know I like to play with top players. With Chelsea, I had the chance to play with one of the best in Diego Costa for three years and I think Higuain is one of the best.“I also like to play with Olivier when he is playing, with Alvaro when he was playing. My position is more winger than number nine, but me, I just try to have fun with my striker, with the other winger, so when the striker is there it is good for me.”last_img read more

State Senate Majority Names New Leader

first_imgThe Republican Senate Majority has named a new president. Sen. Kevin Meyer of Anchorage will be taking the reins from Wasilla’s Charlie Huggins. Huggins will take the position of rules chair.The new organization is otherwise much like the old. Sen. John Coghill of North Pole remains the majority leader, and a number of committees are keeping the same chairs with a few notable exceptions. Sen. Anna Fairclough of Eagle River was promoted a co-chair position on the Senate finance committee, while Sen. Mike Dunleavy of the Mat-Su was made chair of the education committee. Dunleavy was a member of the education committee last legislature, and sponsored a constitutional amendment that would have allowed public funds to be used at private schools. Republicans picked up one Senate seat on Tuesday, with Mia Costello taking over the seat vacated by Democrat Hollis French, giving them 14 out of 20 seats in the state senate. The caucus currently includes all 14 Republican members, 13 of which were present for a press conference held at the offices of a construction industry trade association. Anchorage Sen. Lesil McGuire, who previously held the influential position of rules chair, was absent from the media availability.The last Senate majority included two Democrats whose districts covered areas off the road system. Dennis Egan of Juneau and Donny Olson of Golovin were not invited to Wednesday’s organization meeting. “We are having discussions the minority, but whether or not they want to join us or we want them to join us has not been resolved yet,” says Meyer.With the election just a day behind them, Meyer says the caucus is still working out its legislative priorities. But the state’s gloomy revenue outlook is an issue the organization plans to address.“We all know what oil prices are doing and we know that what we budgeted for and we know we’re going to have a deficit,” says Meyer. “And so we’re focused on budget sustainability and how we can make gradual reductions in our budget while at the same time keep the economy strong and keep jobs and keep people employed.”Legislators may also have to deal with the question of marijuana legalization — whether they want to or not — thanks to the passage of Ballot Measure 2. Rules Chair Charlie Huggins says he was perplexed that the initiative passed and that Alaska could see some legislative “speed bumps” but would not elaborate further.The Senate Republicans also demurred on the question of Medicaid expansion. While the governor’s race is too close to call, unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker holds a narrow lead, and he has said that his first act as governor would be to accept the federal expansion for 40,000 Alaskans. Senate President Kevin Meyer says it’s too early to say what the Legislature’s role will be with Medicaid. He says the caucus is generally willing to work with Walker if he wins election.“You know, it doesn’t matter to us who the governor is,” says Meyer. “We’re going to work together with the executive branch, and we’re going to do what’s best for the state of Alaska.”The Republican House Majority plans to hold its organization meeting on Thursday.Senate Majority Leadership PositionsPresident: Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage)Majority Leader: Sen. John Coghill (R-North Pole)Rules Chair: Sen. Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla)Finance Co-Chair- Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks)Finance Co-Chair – Sen. Anna Fairclough (R-Eagle River/East Anchorage)Resources Chair – Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage)Community and Regional Affairs Chair – Sen. Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks)Education Chair – Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Wasilla)Judiciary Chair – Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage)Health and Social Services Chair – Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka)State Affairs Chair – Sen. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak)Transportation Chair – Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna)Labor and Commerce Chair – Sen. Mia Costello (R-Anchorage)Legislative Council Chair – Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)last_img read more

Central Gulf of Alaska halibut charters may face more closures

first_imgCrewmen load halibut near Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by Gillfoto)The North Pacific Fishery Management Council could be taking additional steps to reduce the catch of halibut by the charter fleet in the central Gulf of Alaska next year. Those charters could see some regulation shifts in 2019 while the rules for Southeast-based charters will likely remain the same.The council regulates halibut charters based upon the expected total allowable catch along the U.S. and Canadian Pacific coast. Those catch limits will be set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January.Customers will be limited to four charter trips annually with a bag limit of two halibut per outing in the central Gulf of Alaska. The current size limit for one of those two fish could increase, but that will depend on if the IPHC increases catch limits in the region. However, that is unlikely as the latest stock assessment shows that Pacific halibut populations continue to decline in U.S. and Canadian waters.Halibut charter fishing in the central Gulf was closed on Wednesdays this year in an effort to reduce the fleet’s catch. Some Tuesdays could be closed as well for a second year in a row. That number will depend on the catch limits set in January.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s input will also determine how closures are scheduled.This year’s preliminary harvest data indicates that central Gulf charters exceeded their allocation. The harvest in Southeast and the eastern Gulf came in below the total allowable catch for the region. The council isn’t planning additional restrictions for the Southeast charter fleet.last_img read more

No electricity in Satkhira hospital for a week

first_imgPatients are currently facing a tougher time at Satkhira sadar hospital as electricity supply remains suspended for the last seven days. Photo: UNBPatients are currently facing a tougher time at Satkhira sadar hospital as electricity supply remains suspended for the last seven days, especially those waiting to get operated, reports UNB.Disruption of electricity supply also hampers water supply, forcing the hospital authorities to bring in water from other sources.Mohabbat Ali, who is attending his wife Shefali Khatun, said she was admitted three days back for a caesarian operation.But the authorities told them to bear the cost of fuel for running a generator during the operation, which they proceeded to do later on.Siddikur Rahman, an attendant of another patient, said his patient was admitted ten days earlier and there was no electricity since then as well.Civil surgeon of the district, Tawhidur Rahman, said that the hospital’s transformer had gone out of order a week earlier.They require a 150KV-powered transformer, but the local electricity office cannot provide more than 50KV, he added.A letter in this regard has already been sent to the district health engineering department, he added.Deputy commissioner of the district Md Iftekhar Hossain acknowledged it and said that the hospital currently has to manage with the existing 50KV power supply.The required transformer will arrive within a day or two, he added.last_img read more

Wary of climate change Vanuatu villagers seek higher ground

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like In this Tuesday, June 2, 2015, photo, a woman weaves a mat in a village on Tanna Island in Vanuatu. Tanna Island was particularly hard hit by Cyclone Pam, which struck in March. Many people in Vanuatu believe the cyclone was the latest manifestation of climate change. (AP Photo/Nick Perry) Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories TAKARA, Vanuatu (AP) — Many people living in this coastal village in Vanuatu believe the March cyclone that sent waves surging through their homes was the latest and most dramatic sign of climate change. They are now considering rebuilding their entire community on higher ground.Cyclone Pam struck the Pacific archipelago three months ago, blasting the islands with winds of 270 kilometers (168 miles) per hour, killing at least 11 people and affecting 180,000 more by destroying their homes and crops. Many residents saw it as part of broader environmental changes they’ve witnessed in recent years, from higher sea levels to trees bearing fruit out of season. “We have seen a lot of changes in our weather patterns. The level of the sea rise. And it is affecting the nation at the moment,” said Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale in an interview with The Associated Press. “The impact of climate change is quite real in Vanuatu.”Parts of Vanuatu are low-lying and are starting to see visible signs of rising sea levels as the earth warms and ice caps melt. The world’s oceans have risen nearly 7 centimeters (nearly 3 inches) since 1992, scientists at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say, and are projected to rise at a faster rate in the decades to come.More damaging than the overall rise, however, are the unpredictable surges brought on by more severe storms. While scientists caution that singular events like the cyclone can’t be attributed solely to climate change, many say there is a link to a general increase in violent weather.“The short answer would be that certainly there is a connection between climate change and extreme weather,” said Debarati Guha-Sapir, a professor at the University of Louvain School of Public Health in Brussels. “The numbers of storms and high wind events have been increasing. So have droughts, in fact, and all of these are very connected to climate change.” Vanuatu has made strides in its rebuilding efforts since the cyclone, and many tourism operators are hoping that the tourists who help power the economy will soon return. But for others, like Vila North School Principal Elina Jaywelson Gilu, the rebuild has been painfully slow.She’s still operating three classes from a tent provided by aid agency UNICEF while she waits for her classroom buildings to get new roofs.“You can just imagine our classes are very noisy, and it’s really, really hard to get the students to concentrate,” she said. “Because they are all under one roof and it’s not been partitioned to separate the classes. And they are all sitting on the floor.”Shirley Laban, the climate change adaptation manager in Vanuatu for aid agency Oxfam, said its time for the world to get serious about tackling climate change.“What more can we show you. Category-5 Cyclone Pam is the real evidence already,” she said. “We need to cut down on this carbon emission. Because as long as we do not cut down, vulnerable individuals, countries, women and children will continue to be impacted.”___Associated Press video journalist Mark Carlson in Brussels contributed to this report. “Staff from the meteorological office and hazard department, they went and assessed the level of sea rise,” said Lonsdale. “And they advised people to move inland. And so they assisted. They assisted the communities and we have moved them further up from the coastal area.”NOAA, NASA, the Japanese weather agency, and the World Meteorological Organization all declared 2014 the hottest year on record, with NOAA putting 2014 at an average of 58.26 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6 Celsius).As the world gets warmer, water expands, so the seas rise. But on top of that, ice sheets in Greenland and west Antarctica are melting, as are world glaciers, and scientists worry that meltwater will dramatically increase sea level by about 1 meter by the end of the century.Islanders are also noticing other effects of climate change, said Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office. He said trees are bearing fruit and nuts all year round, instead of in distinct seasons like in the past.“Not only in Vanuatu, but probably in the Pacific as a whole, climate change does have an impact,” Welegtabit said. “We are beginning to see changes in the weather patterns. We are beginning to have more intense weather, more severe cyclones.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies She said there’s likely to be an increase in catastrophic flooding in coming years and people need to better prepare for that.Vanuatu isn’t the only Pacific island nation figuring out how to face climate change. Low-lying Kiribati has purchased land in Fiji, which Kiribati President Anote Tong says is an investment and also a guarantee in case the entire nation needs to move.In Takara, which is on Vanuatu’s main island of Efate, village chief Benjamin Tamata said he wants to move the village of about 200 people inland by about 300 meters (1,000 feet) to move away from the rising seas and to avoid future storm surges.“When the cyclone came to my village, it’s not only the cyclone,” he said. “With the sea level rising, it came through and damaged our houses. And some of the people run away.”He said many escaped to a nearby school, but now it’s time to plan for the long term.“We try to relocate,” he said. “To take all the people from this village and we try to relocate where we can be safe, or where we can survive from the sea.”If Takara does move inland, it won’t be the first village to do so in Vanuatu. A decade ago, dozens of villagers on Tegua Island moved inland in what the U.N. described as one of the first cases of mass displacement triggered by global warming. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Activists protest Hungarys building of antiimmigrant fence

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Members of the Migration Solidarity Group of Hungary (MIGSZOL) demonstrate in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The group are protesting against the anti-migrant fence being built along the border with Serbia. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Activist Amy Rodgers from MigSzol, an organization which assists migrants and refugees, asked the Hungarian government to open more refugee camps and on the EU to create legal ways for refugees to reach Europe.She also criticized the government for its anti-immigrant billboard campaign, which has slogans like “If you come to Hungary, you cannot take Hungarians’ jobs.”“In the middle of the biggest refugee crisis in recorded history, this government has somehow managed to make it sound like they are the ones with the problem,” Rodgers said, who also highlighted how Hungarian volunteers were helping migrants. “In order for this continent to start looking a bit more humane we need many, many things. The one thing we definitely don’t need is a fence.”Around 80,000 migrants and refugees have reached Hungary so far in this year, with around 800 to 1,000 arriving daily in recent weeks. Most request asylum but leave for richer EU countries before their claims are settled.Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government is staunchly opposed to immigration from outside Europe and he has said that Europe’s Christian identity is at risk from the large number of migrants. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Protesters on Tuesday called on the Hungarian government to abandon construction of an anti-immigrant fence of the border with Serbia and provide more support to refugees seeking asylum in the European Union.About 800 people took part in the protest, some breaking through a makeshift barrier set up outside parliament as a symbol of their opposition to the 4-meter (13-foot) high fence which the government starting building this week.center_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories last_img read more

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