India have the edge over New Zealand, England and Australia: Muralitharan

first_imgSri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday wished his one-time rival Anil Kumble good luck for India’s upcoming New Zealand series, asserting that under the new coach the hosts stood a good chance of winning not only against the Kiwis, but also against England and Australia. (Defence will be the key against Kiwi spinners: Rahane to India Today)”Anil is very knowledgeable. He knows what to do. They have good chance of winning not only the New Zealand series but England and Australia as well,” Murali said.New Zealand are presently in India to play three Test matches and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) till October 29. (Four-day net session for Team India ahead of first Test in Kanpur)England are slated to tour India from November, 2016, to the beginning of February next year for five Tests, and three ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals each. Australia are scheduled to visit later next year.SPIN ADVANTAGE FOR INDIAMurali, the highest wicket taker in Test history, gave Indian spinners the edge over their New Zealand counterparts despite the visitors coming with three spinners. (New Zealand get down to business: Low bounce and spin on their mind)”India have the edge over anyone else. They have far better spinners,” said the Sri Lankan, who snared 800 wickets in Tests and 534 in ODIs. (WATCH: Virat Kohli gears up for New Zealand series)On Virat Kohli’s Test captaincy, the happy-go-lucky tweaker said: “Virat is doing well. India are winning matches under him.”Murali, who arrived in the city on Thursday to fulfil his commitment as bowling consultant with regard to the Cricket Association of Bengal’s “Vision 2020″ programme, feels the only disadvantage in playing the Ranji Trophy at a neutral venue is lack of home support. (Competition for opening slot good for Indian cricket, says Shikhar Dhawan)advertisement”Only thing is there will be no supporters. Otherwise there is no problem. It is good to play on different wickets.”Recently Sri Lanka whitewashed Australia 3-0 in Tests in their own lair.”Sri Lanka did well in Tests. It is a young team and the wicket was spin friendly,” he said.last_img read more

A Day In The Life

first_imgGreat video here, wish schools would do more stuff like this. A few of my favorite parts…0:45 – Chelf’s “hmmm, who am I hooking up with tonight” face.1:18 – Gundy looks like he’s been up for like five hours. He’s not even fazed by the fact that it’s barely 7 AM. 1:31 – If those are ever Adidas I’m going to have to find a new team to blog about.1:45 – Lunt looking like he’s been up for five hours also, tossing balls into a net the size of a breaker box. Baller.2:03 – I love Chelf, he might be my favorite player (besides Gilbert of course).2:09 – I can promise you (and @nolancox can back me up) those Gatorade milkshakes are the greatest thing you’ve ever tasted.2:15 – I’m pretty sure that’s Gilbert and I’m pretty sure that’s hilarious.2:49 – I wonder how much money is spent on food for college football players every year…3:23 – Yes.3:38 – Is that Charlie Moore? Brah, the Sigma Nu initiation is that way —->4:05 – Prediction: Quinn Sharp’s hair will have its own meme by the end of the season.All in all, great video from the athletic department.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

ILO Regional Office Supports OSH Bill

first_imgThe Regional Office of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has pledged its commitment to continue its support of the Government’s efforts to legislate the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Bill. The Bill, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, seeks to safeguard the welfare of employees in the workplace. In an interview with JIS News, Officer in Charge at the ILO, Dr. Giovanni di Cola, said passing the Bill is directly related to competitiveness and productivity within the labour market. Dr. di Cola also added that approval of the Bill “is a way to enhance a number of standards – international labour standards, quality standards, occupational, safety and health standards.” The ILO Representative noted that the OSH Bill would provide various opportunities for increased productivity among the workforce. Additionally, Dr. di Cola noted that when the Bill is finalized, the quality of jobs at the manufacturing, service or industry level would also be improved. “When you bring up the quality of jobs, you (will also improve) a number of other components of employment-related matters and that is why its (Bill) passing and implementation is so crucial.” Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, in his recent address to the University of Technology’s Diabetes Outreach Programme (UDOP) International Conference, also underscored the importance of the passing of the OSH Bill into law. He highlighted that the process is proving challenging, because of new and emerging innovations; and production systems and technologies that are giving rise to new and robust issues in occupational safety and health. “The Government is reaffirming its commitment to the Occupational Safety and Health Bill,” Minister Kellier said, as the legislation will encourage the maintenance of safety and health standards for workers. “The Bill will set the groundwork for the implementation of protection for all workers in all spheres of economic activities, and will comprehensively address all manifestations of occupational hazards,” he outlined. Mr. Kellier said the Attorney General’s office is currently reviewing the OSH Bill to ensure that it fits into all legal requirements, and that on completion of the checks, the Bill will be submitted to the Legislative Committee of Cabinet for approval before it is tabled in Parliament. By Toni-Ann Rankine, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Nova Scotians Sought For National Health Council

first_imgThe province is looking for qualified people interested inserving on the soon-to-be-created National Health Council. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac said today, Oct. 7, that NovaScotia is looking for potential candidates for a position as anexpert and public representative. The health council was a key commitment of the February 2003First Ministers Accord on Health Renewal. It will monitor andmake annual public reports on the implementation of the accord,particularly its accountability and transparency provisions. “Nova Scotia supported the idea of a national health council fromthe beginning, and we’re pleased to see it coming together,” saidMr. MacIsaac. “We are looking for individuals who want torepresent this province and give a voice to Nova Scotians and ourhealth community in shaping the future of health care in Canada.” Implementation of the accord will be governed by a 27-membercouncil that includes a chair, 13 people acting as federal,provincial and territorial representatives, and 13 peoplerepresenting expert and public input. Nova Scotia can nominate up to four potential candidates to serveas an expert and public representative. The province is inviting the public, health care organizationsand other groups to suggest potential candidates. Mr. MacIsaac also emphasized the importance of the $2 billion infunding expected from the federal government as part of theaccord. “We welcome accountability, but we also need the fundingto provide the health care services we’re accountable for,” hesaid. Nova Scotia’s share of the $2 billion is estimated at $60million. The deadline to submit candidates’ names to the Department ofHealth is Monday, Oct. 27. Suggestions should be submitted with a short biography or resumeby e-mail to healthcouncil@gov.ns.ca by fax at 902-424-4570 or bymail at the Office of the Deputy Minister, 4th Floor, Joseph HoweBuilding, 1690 Hollis St., Halifax, N.S. B3J 2R8. Potential candidates should agree to have their names andcredentials submitted to the selection process.last_img read more

Digby Nursing Home to be Replaced

first_imgDigby and area residents will benefit from new nursing home facilities with the replacement of Tideview Terrace, an 90-bed long-term-care facility in Digby. “Nova Scotians want to know that, if they need it, long-term-care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Tideview Terrace has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility that will be better able to meet the needs of residents now and in the days to come.” The replacement of Tideview Terrace became necessary in part because of its age and demands placed on the facility by the changing needs of residents, who generally require more complex care. New long-term-care facilities being built in the future will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. This will allow them to be located in more communities around the province, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources will include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location even as their health requirements change. The new facility for Digby is expected to be completed by March, 2010.last_img read more

Inquiry to examine funeral home mishap where family says woman wrongly cremated

first_imgHALIFAX – An inquiry will look into a bizarre mix-up at a Nova Scotia funeral home that saw the wrong body presented to a grieving family, who say their loved one was cremated against their wishes.Adam Tipert of the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors said Wednesday that the agency will convene a hearing in Halifax on Feb. 7 to determine what happened at the Serenity Funeral Home in Berwick last month.“I can confirm that our board has served notice to the respective individuals who we feel are required to participate in the hearing,” he said. “We need to determine the chain of custody and just exactly what were the events that unfolded at the funeral home that day.”Relatives of Sandra Bennett say they arrived at the home on Dec. 27 for a visitation following her death a week earlier, but found the body of another woman dressed in Bennett’s clothing in the casket.They say they were presented with another body in the casket. Again, it wasn’t their 65-year-old relative.Bennett’s niece, JoAnne Dominey, said the family was then told Bennett was mistakenly cremated, contravening their request for an open casket service.Serenity Funeral Home did not respond to a request for comment.Tipert would not reveal who would be participating in the hearing, but he said the findings could lead to changes affecting other funeral homes in the province.Lawyer Paul Walter is representing Bennett’s husband. He did not respond to a request for comment.He has said his firm is in the process of gathering information and arranging meetings with affected family members.Tipert said the board was notified about the matter by the funeral home. He said the board was gathering information about what discussions were held with family members and what documentation was in place.He said the documents required for a legal cremation explicitly spell out what the wishes are for the deceased.Tipert also said employees at the home raised concerns about the facility with the board in 2015, but the board found there wasn’t enough information to proceed any further. He would not reveal what those concerns were.Tipert said he has spoken about the case with Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan, whose department oversees the licensing of funeral homes, and that the findings of the inquiry will be provided to the government.The board has the authority to suspend or revoke professional licences.“Once we have the matter we’re dealing with taken care of, it will be time to move forward and look at what safeguards and checks can be put into place to make sure that this situation will never happen again,” he said.“There was nothing about this mistake that was good, but we certainly hope that when it’s over we can come out of it with some sort of positive message.”last_img read more

Judge proposes ordering PGE to shut off power for wildfires

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge in San Francisco is considering ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to re-inspect its entire electric grid and cut off power during certain wind conditions to prevent wildfires.Judge William Alsup proposed the requirements in a court order late Wednesday. He said his goal was to prevent the utility from causing any wildfires in the 2019 fire season.PG&E said it was reviewing Alsup’s order.Alsup is overseeing a criminal sentence against PG&E stemming from a deadly explosion of one of the utility’s gas lines in 2010. He has asked PG&E whether any requirements of the sentence might be implicated if its equipment ignited a wildfire.He also asked the utility to explain any role it may have played in a massive wildfire in November.The Associated Presslast_img read more

President arrives in London for Commonwealth summit

President Sirisena will attend the special celebration of the 92nd birthday of the Queen Elizabeth. He will also visit the Buddhist shrine in London to pay his homage. (Colombo Gazette) President will take part in the CHOGM, of which the theme this year is “Towards a Common Future” and the special attention will be given to the areas of prosperity, security, fairness and sustainability to achieve the goals of Commonwealth countries. The position of  Commonwealth Chair-in-office, held by the government leader of the CHOGM host country, will be transferred at the summit from the Prime Minister of Malta to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May who will hold the post until the 26th CHOGM expected in 2020. President Maithripala Sirisena reached London this morning (April 16) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018.He was received by the Commonwealth officials and Sri Lanka High Commission staff. A Sri Lakan child offered beetle leaves to receive the President in accordance with the traditional custom. A girl offered a boquet to Madam Jayanthi Sirisena. Within the official visit, President Sirisena is scheduled to meet the British Prime Minister Theresa May and also to hold discussions with several state officials who will be participating on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.Despite attending this conference the President is scheduled to address the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and is also invited to deliver the key note speech on the conference regarding achieving sustainable development goals. read more

Tory senate leader steps down

At the federal level, Senator Marjory Lebreton is stepping down as Government Leader in the Senate.Lebreton says she’ll stay on as a Conservative Senator for Ontario until she’s required to retire when she turns 75 in two years. The latest move comes before an expected cabinet shuffle in the Conservative caucus. Lebreton is a veteran political organizer who worked closely with Brian Mulroney, who named her to the senate in 1993. She also worked as an adviser to Prime Minister Harper, who brought her into his Cabinet as government leader in the upper chamber in 2006.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Trudeau to speak at Niagara Falls conference

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is back in Southern Ontario and will begin his visit with a stop in Niagara Falls. Trudeau is slated to participate in a question-and-answer session at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Conference at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. The conference brings together leaders in the residential construction industry across Canada.After the sun sets, he will attend a community Iftar dinner in Milton. Iftar is the evening meal that Muslims eat during Ramadan.Niagara Regional Police Service said Trudeau’s motorcade will pass through St. Catharines and Grimsby during his exit from the region. read more

Head teachers tribute to happy smiley Alesha MacPhail as police inquiry continues

alesha Alesha MacPhail went missing on Monday bute Wendy Davie, head teacher of Chapelside Primary School in Coatbridge, said Alesha would be greatly missed.She said she had just finished primary two, adding: “She loved being at school and enjoyed all aspects of literacy, in particular writing. She was such a perfectionist in her handwriting and was very proud of her work. “Alesha was very friendly and she welcomed everyone first thing in the morning at breakfast club.“She was a very considerate child who loved being part of a group and she was popular with all the other children and was a smiley and happy young girl.”Police have urged all those involved in the public search for Alesha to contact them and are currently treating her death as “unexplained”.There is a large police presence on the island, with local officers reinforced by collages from the mainland.High Road in Ardbeg was shut by a police cordon and a floral tribute was laid near police accident signs.A separate cordon was set up outside houses on Ardbeg Road and police tape was set up at the seafront on the opposite side of the street.Police have also taken the details of ferry passengers who have travelled to and from the island this week, while Det Supt Stuart Houston repeated an appeal for all those who took part in the search to come forward. A police cordon on ButeCredit:SWNS Messages on the floral tributes laid outside the homes read “sleep tight little angel” and “forever in our thoughts”.Alesha was reported missing at around 6.25 am on Monday and her body was found by a member of the public less than two hours later. A six-year-old schoolgirl who was found dead on the Isle of Bute hours after being reported missing has been described by her head teacher as a “smiley, happy and considerate” child.A major police investigation is underway on the island in the Firth of Clyde after the body of Alesha MacPhail was found in woodland on the site of a former hotel in the Ardbeg area of Rothesay on Monday morning.She had been visiting the island home of her grandparents Angela Kelly, 46, and Calum MacPhail, 49.Her father Robert MacPhail, 25, was said by witnesses to be “white” as he helped search for his daughter and called her name.Alesha’s mother, Georgina “Genie” Lochrane, from Airdrie, Lanrkashire, who found out her daughter was missing through a Facebook post from Ms Kelly, is now understood to be on the island.A post mortem examination was due to be carried out later on Tuesday. 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. read more

Internet Archive saves 490000 songs that MySpace lost

first_img1:31 Now playing: Watch this: Internet Archive to the rescue: The nonprofit digital library has saved some of the songs deleted from MySpace. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images If your MySpace music was deleted in last month’s server migration disaster, the Internet Archive might have some good news for you.On Wednesday, the nonprofit digital library unveiled the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, a collection of 490,000 mp3 files from 2008 to 2010 on the long-abandoned social media site.”This set of 450,000 songs was done by an anonymous academic group who were studying music networks and grabbed 1.3 terabytes of mp3s to study from MySpace in roughly 2008-2010 to do so,” Jason Scott, who works with the Internet Archive, tweeted. Scott also asked Twitter users to contribute music files they have “lying around.” The team is still working on optimizing the Hoard’s search index.MySpace’s faulty server migration in March resulted in the deletion of millions of photos, videos and audio files between 2003 and 2015. The loss included 50 million songs. Apple revamps iPads, MySpace loses lots of data Share your voice Music Digital Mediacenter_img 0 Tags ANNOUNCING THE MYSPACE MUSIC DRAGON HOARD, a 450,000 song collection of mp3s from 2008-2010 on MySpace, gathered before they were all “deleted” by mistake. https://t.co/oIunuHF7wc includes a link to a special custom search and play mechanism that lets you search and play songs. pic.twitter.com/aGkFPDBN7r— Jason Scott (@textfiles) April 4, 2019 Post a comment MySpacelast_img read more

UltraTech Cement net profit rises 29 in June quarter

first_imgUltraTech Cement reported a 29 percent rise in its net profit for the first quarter ended June 2016. The Aditya Birla Group company’s net sales grew 4 percent to Rs. Rs. 6,538 crore as against Rs. 6,281 crore during the year-ago period, according to its regulatory filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The company’s net profit for the June 2015 quarter stood at Rs. 604 crore.Shares of India’s biggest cement company by capacity were trading at Rs. 3,539 apiece at around 9.35 a.m. on Wednesday, up 0.97 percent from their previous close on the BSE. UltraTech Cement has an annual cement capacity of 63 million tonnes. It is the largest maker of white cement and ready mix concrete in the country.The company was confident of the industry’s prospects in the current fiscal, given the government’s infra push.”During the year cement demand is expected to grow around seven percent, given the government’s focus on infrastructure development, housing sector, smart cities, roads,” the company said.However, brokerage Angel Broking did not share the bullish tone of the company.”The volume growth after picking up in Q4FY16 has gained seems to be cooling off while realisations are still not in an uptrend,” Siddharth Purohit, Equity Research Analyst- Cement, Angel Broking said in a note on Wednesday. On July 4, UltraTech cement amended its deal with Jaiprakash associates and Jaypee Cement to acquire 21.1 million tonnes of cement business. Under the revised agreement, UltraTech Cement will pay Rs. 16,189 crore as against Rs. 15,900 crore agreed upon in March this year. The transaction, which is subject to the approval of shareholders and creditors, high courts and all other regulatory approvals as may be required, will be completed within the next 12 months, the company had said in a statement.last_img read more

Trump launches 2020 reelection bid

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida to officially launch his 2020 campaign on 18 June 2019. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday much the same way he rode to power in 2016 — with a raucous, nationalist rally stirring fear of illegal immigration and vowing to fight for blue collar workers.Lashing out at his Democratic opponents as radical leftists fueled by “hatred” and out to “rip your country apart,” Trump promised an “earthquake at the ballot box” next year.“We did it once and we’re going to do it again,” he promised some 20,000 ecstatic supporters in Orlando, Florida.“And that is why tonight I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as president of the United States.”There were no substantial new ideas or plans for the future in Trump’s nearly 80 minute speech in the Orlando arena, where the crowd formed a sea of Trump campaign red baseball caps, chanting “USA” and “Four More Years.”Instead, the unconventional Republican made his reelection pitch by touting economic gains, renewing his longstanding vow to build a wall along the Mexican border.In a speech filled with his customary boasts and rhetorical exaggerations, Trump did say—though giving no detail—that he would oversee cures for cancer and AIDS and pave the way to send US astronauts to Mars.But the meat of his address aimed at the grievances and fears of the same white working and middle class voters who underpinned his surprise victory as an utterly inexperienced politician against the seasoned Hillary Clinton in 2016.Striking a dark note, Trump repeatedly encouraged the crowd to boo journalists covering the event, calling them “fake news.”Then Trump turned on the Democrats, whom he said have “become more radical, more dangerous, and more unhinged than at any point in the modern history of our country.”“They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it,” he said to roars of boos. “Not acceptable. It’s not going to happen.”Even if dismal early poll numbers show he faces a difficult race, Trump goes into his fight buoyed by this fiercely loyal right-wing base.Trump—himself accused by opponents of a slew of serious crimes—told the crowd that together they had formed “a great political movement” that had “stared down a broken and corrupt political establishment.”“We are going to keep America great again,” Trump told the packed arena in Orlando, Florida. “Oh, we will keep it so great.”Economy and immigrationSupporters lined Orlando’s downtown sidewalks all day, waiting in tents and chairs overnight to be the first in the door.“This is a historic event, we would not miss this for anything,” one fan, David Meloney, told AFP.Florida will be one of the key swing states in 2020 if Trump is to defeat the nominee chosen from a field of 23 Democratic hopefuls.Trump’s strongest card is the current health of the US economy, which he described as “the envy of the world.”But Trump said that the “American dream” itself is in peril from illegal immigrants, insisting that his stuttering Mexico wall project would still go ahead.“Illegal mass migration brings in millions of low wage workers to compete for jobs, wages, and opportunities against the most vulnerable Americans, cutting off their path to the American dream,” he said.Oddly, he did not mention his announcement earlier in the day that he was ordering the deportation of “millions of illegal aliens.”The startling threat was announced in a tweet in the morning but quickly was followed by media reports that government officials had no idea what the president was planning.Hours before the rally, the president had insisted that officials were in fact on board with the project.“They’re going to start next week,” he told journalists at the White House.Polls indicate tight raceAfter more than two drama-filled years at the White House, the fast-talking real estate salesman is betting that Republicans and enough centrist blue collar workers will turn out again in 2020.But there’s no question that a lengthy probe into Trump’s murky dealings with Russia and his divisive, bruising style have left him wounded.A wide range of polls show Trump lagging far behind Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, who is campaigning on a promise to return the country to what he portrays as the calmer, gentler days of Barack Obama, under whom he served as vice president.Another big Democratic candidate, the left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders, scorned Trump after the Florida speech.“Listening to Trump made me feel very much like he is a man living in a parallel universe… and is a man who must be defeated,” Sanders said.A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Biden leading Trump 50-41 per cent in Florida, while Senator Bernie Sanders is up 48-42 per cent over the president in the state.Polls so far in advance have limited value and in 2016 they famously failed to predict Trump’s defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton. If anything, the surveys point to another bitterly fought, tight race.But in a sign of frayed nerves, Trump has lashed out at what he calls “fake” polling, while multiple US media reports say that his campaign has fired several of its own pollsters.last_img read more

Texan Group Added Then Removed As Partner For Womens March On Washington

first_imgTodd Wiseman / Callie RichmondA Texas-based feminist group that describes itself as “pro-life” learned Monday it had been abruptly removed as a listed partner of the Women’s March on Washington scheduled for the day after the presidential inauguration.New Wave Feminists founder and president Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa of Dallas told the Tribune a friend made her aware of an outcry on Twitter from supporters of the march calling for the removal of her group as a partner after The Atlantic published an article that mentioned the group’s participation.The Women’s March on Washington is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Hundreds of similar protests are expected that day worldwide, including two officially recognized Texas “sister marches,” in Austin and Brownsville.Late Monday afternoon, the protest’s organizers appeared to retreat from its earlier embrace of the group.“The Women’s March’s platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one,” the organizers wrote in a statement. “We want to assure all of our partners, as well as participants, that we are pro-choice as clearly stated in our Unity Principles. We look forward to marching on behalf of individuals who share the view that women deserve the right to make their own reproductive decisions.“The anti-choice organization is not a partner of the Women’s March on Washington,” the organizers added. “We apologize for this error.”Herndon-De La Rosa told the Tribune she believed organizers were “bullied” into removing her group as partner after its participation was made public.“Isn’t that the irony of how Donald Trump is president right now? We kinda shove people down and make them take their weird beliefs and put them in a closet versus having open dialogue,” she said. “I’m definitely a Never Trumper, so I’m not saying that like it’s a good thing, I’m just saying, have we not learned anything from this?”The march has been billed as a grassroots, feminist rally that participants hope will make a statement to the incoming administration. Co-sponsors include organizations that support access to abortion, including Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation.According to the march’s website, “the Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and the world, that women’s rights are human rights.”“We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” the march’s mission statement reads. “We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities.”In the article from The Atlantic, march organizers were quoted as saying that pro-lifers would be welcome.“Intersectional feminism is the future of feminism and of this movement,” Bob Bland, one of the event’s co-chairs, told The Atlantic. “We must not just talk about feminism as one issue, like access to reproductive care.”Similarly, Herndon-De La Rosa told The Atlantic her group’s members are “true feminists” and said it would look terrible for any pro-life group to protest women instead of supporting them.“We’re not just pro-lifers who are also feminists,” Herndon-De La Rosa said. “We’re feminists first and foremost.”Herndon-De La Rosa told the Tribune described the organizers’ shift as disappointing and ironic but said New Wave Feminists still planned to attend the march in Washington, D.C. Aside from abortion, her group probably agrees with the rest of the march’s platform “95 percent of the way,” she said.“It’s not like we’re trying to take abortion away,” she said. “We’re trying to get out there and help women and say ‘Dude, how can we help women better?’ Because it’s not pro-choice when a woman goes into an abortion clinic because she feels like she has no other choice.”Read more:Reproductive rights advocates have expressed concern that Texas lawmakers will take bolder steps in the upcoming session to defund abortion providers and dismantle access to abortion, birth control and other sexual health services.Earlier this month, Texas health officials delivered a final legal notice to nix the funding Planned Parenthood receives through the Medicaid program.Disclosure: Planned Parenthood has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/16/texan-pro-life-group-removed-womens-march-partners/. Sharelast_img read more

Turner Administration Plans Overhaul Of Retiree Health Benefits To Avert Budget Crisis

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:04 View Fullscreen Listen Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaCouncil Member Dave Martin, chair of Houston City Council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs CommitteeRecent shutdown aside, working for the government has its perks, such as generous retiree packages. Known as Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), they help pay for a retiree’s health insurance. But hundreds of state and local governments, including Houston’s, have chronically underfunded OPEB. And now with baby boomers retiring, the bill is coming due.“Our initial $2.4 billion liability has been mentioned, but we’ve projected it out over the next 30 years, and it became $9 billion,” said David Berger, an actuary and vice president with Segal Consulting. He testified earlier this month before Houston City Council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. “And so that would increase far faster than your revenues, your tax revenues, and so that kind of highlights the need for not only a current solution but a longer term, what can we do to control the longer-term costs as well?”Houston is far from alone. Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research conducted a study in 2016. It found that states, counties, and cities collectively owe more than $860 billion.So how does Houston plan to deal with the problem? Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration, in cooperation with Segal Consulting, proposed a set of reforms, with the aim of limiting the pain for current retirees and older workers. The first reform, Berger said, would be to reduce subsidies for Medicare Supplement plans.“The second thing that you see there is no spouse subsidy or dependent subsidy for anyone with less than 15 years of service or under age 40,” Berger said.At present, employees’ spouses get subsidies until the day they die, even if the employee dies first.Council Member Dave Martin chairs the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. “We have some retirees that are marrying younger men and women,” Martin said. “For instance, a 50-year-old man marries a 30-year-old woman or a 50-year-old woman marries a 30-year-old man. The obligation in the retirement goes with the younger spouse, so that adds some more costs to us because we have a longer period of time after the employee passes that we have to cover the spouse.”The Turner administration also wants to contain costs that go along with the rising price of health care by capping subsidies. But at least current employees and retirees would still get some help.Actuary David Berger said future employees wouldn’t be so lucky. “And then lastly no post-65 coverage for new hires,” he said. “We really had to bring that long-term cost down, and so this was the way we decided to go about it.”That could make it more difficult to attract new people to work for the city. But Houston has little choice. Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, said that unfunded liabilities from OPEB could have consequences for cities similar to those of unfunded pensions.“Where we’ve seen bankruptcies so far have been purely a pension problem. That was the problem in Detroit,” Fulton said. “I do think – I can’t say which ones, but I do think probably some jurisdictions will be at similar financial risk as [Other] Post-Employment Benefits become more expensive.”The City’s plan would set up a trust fund to pay down the debt. But money paid into the fund can’t be used elsewhere.“As cities must address questions of, for example, aging infrastructure, roads, water systems – in Houston, flood protection – if the investments in those things have to be reduced in order to cover Other Post-Employment Benefits, then what is the impact on the ability of the business sector to do business in that city if the infrastructure is crumbling?” Fulton said.Houston City Council is expected to vote on the proposal to overhaul retiree benefits in a matter of weeks.center_img X Sharelast_img read more

Scientists urge halt to road through Serengeti

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Image credit: Nature, doi:10.1038/467272a A group of 27 scientists, reporting in the journal Nature yesterday, say the proposed two-lane 50 km road through the northern end of the park would curtail the migration of wildebeest, and according to their computer simulation, this would cause a collapse in what is the largest migratory system on Earth, and could lead to a drop in the wilderbeest population from 1.3 million to under 300,000. It would also affect the annual migration of 1.5 million zebras in the park, and have knock-on effects on the grasslands ecosystems.The road would be used by vehicles carrying goods, including herbicides, pesticides, and seeds of potentially invasive species. The scientists say it would be a source of chemical pollutants such as lead and other heavy metals that would flow into waterways in high concentrations in the rainy season. They say a road dividing the park would also make life easier for poachers, and would increase human conflicts with the animals in the park.The planned road is to form part of links between the coast of Tanzania and Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Lake Victoria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and there has been growing pressure to build a road to facilitate commerce and trade in the region.The scientists, led by Andrew Dobson of Princeton University, propose an alternative route running to the south of the park, which they say will bring greater benefits to the environment and development without threatening the wildebeest population or the tourist industry, which supports thousands of people. If built in the south the road would need to be longer, but would be less expensive, and would also serve almost five times as many people as the planned route through the north.Nature cautioned in an editorial that the current proposal is for a gravel road and the predictions are based on a fenced tarmac road, which the scientists say would probably follow. The journal also cautioned that criticisms from foreigners could have a negative backlash or cause entrenchment of attitudes. (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists have appealed for a halt to plans to build a road through the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in 2012, saying it will be an environmental disaster. Zoological Society: Commercial road would disrupt world’s greatest migration Explore further Citation: Scientists urge halt to road through Serengeti (2010, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-scientists-urge-halt-road-serengeti.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Road will ruin Serengeti, Nature 467, 272-273 (16 September 2010) doi:10.1038/467272a ; Published online 15 September 2010last_img read more

Where does the Amazon start Study points to source

first_img Citation: Where does the Amazon start? Study points to source (2014, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-amazon-source.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (Phys.org) —The Amazon is believed to be the world’s largest river. A tough question has been where that river actually begins. Naming its source has evidently been difficult as centuries of efforts indicate. With technology and scholarship on hand why should deciding on the true source be so difficult? Various sites in Peru have been pinned as the source through the years. A study published online this month in the journal Area makes the case for Amazon’s source to be the Mantaro River in southwestern Peru, even though the Apurímac River has been said since 1971 to be the source. Jane Lee of the National Geographic wrote on Thursday that, if accepted, the newer findings could affect measurements of the length of the Amazon River. That length is measured at about 4,000 miles by the U.S. Geological Survey. The discovery would add 47 to 57 miles to the Amazon’s length. New river dolphin species found in Brazil (Update) Solimões, the section of the upper Amazon River. Image: Wikipedia. More information: Correct placement of the most distant source of the Amazon River in the Mantaro River drainage, Area, Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 27–39, March 2014. DOI: 10.1111/area.12069AbstractThe Amazon River (‘Río de las Amazonas’) has the highest discharge of any river in the world and is also the longest or second longest. Its source has therefore intrigued scholars and explorers for centuries. A river’s source is often defined as the most distant upstream point in the drainage basin. For the past several decades, the longest upstream extension of the Amazon River has been held to be the Nevado Mismi area of the Río Apurímac drainage. We overturn this longstanding view by employing topographic maps, satellite imagery, digital hydrographic datasets and GPS tracking data to show that the Cordillera Rumi Cruz (10.7320°S, 76.6480°W; elevation ∼5220 m) in the Río Mantaro drainage lies 75–92 km further upstream than Nevado Mismi. We compare various methods for measuring each of the Río Apurímac and Río Mantaro lengths, and show that high-resolution satellite imagery and GPS tracking most closely follow the path of the water. Our results reposition the ‘most distant source’ of the Amazon to a more tropical location, change the uppermost ∼800 km of river to this point, and add 75–92 km to the river’s maximal length. © 2014 Phys.org Exploring the source of the Amazon in this recent effort made use of a variety of measurements including GPS tracking data and satellite images. Explorer and kayaker James “Rocky” Contos embarked on the effort to identify the source. The study in the journal Area, authored by Contos and anthropologist and archaeologist Nicholas Tripcevich, is titled “Correct placement of the most distant source of the Amazon River in the Mantaro River drainage.” They wrote that “Our results reposition the ‘most distant source’ of the Amazon to a more tropical location, change the uppermost ∼800 km of river to this point, and add 75–92 km to the river’s maximal length.”Contos, a kayaker, had said elsewhere in a biographical sketch: “In 2012 I discovered the true source of the Amazon, paddled all the headwaters of the Amazon and then completed the journey to the Atlantic, making the first complete descent of the Amazon River.” Why had the Mantaro been overlooked before this recent naming? The authors say that a bend or kink in the river’s lower half makes it look much shorter than it really is. Also, how do you define a river’s source? The definition affects the determination of the Amazon’s source, and there appears to be more than one definition. An historical definition of the “source” of a river is the point at which water must flow the greatest distance to flow into the river. Lee said that, according to the geographer at National Geographic, Juan Valdes, continuously flowing water is important in determining the true source of a river. Lee also said that the internationally accepted definition is the most distant point of a river’s longest tributary that flows continuously. The Mantaro River is said to run dry for about five months of the year. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Andrew Johnston, geographer, considers the new study as providing a fresh perspective, according to Lee’s report in National Geographic. Assuming the measurements stand up to scrutiny, said Johnston, the Mantaro could be considered as a new source of the Amazon. Scientists, he added, should view three of proposed source tributaries—the Marañón,—throughout the 1700s, the Marañón River in northern Peru had the distinction of being the Amazon’s source—the Apurímac, and the Mantaro—in order to truly understand the Amazon.last_img read more

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