Gujarat HC rejects farmers’ petitions challenging land acquisition for bullet train

first_imgIn a set back to farmers in Gujarat, the High Court has rejected their petitions challenging the land acquisition process for the ambitious Ahmedabad Mumbai bullet train project on grounds of “inadequate” compensation.In their petitions, farmers had challenged the Gujarat government’s notification for the acquisition of their land, contending that the State had no power to acquire land for a multi-State project like that of the bullet train.‘Higher compensation’The High Court, however, has said the aggrieved farmers can approach the government to seek higher compensation for their lands.The Bench upheld the validity of the Land Acquisition Act, amended by the Gujarat government in 2016 and subsequently approved by the President.The High Court Bench of Justice Anant Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav declined to entertain the petitions challenging the land acquisition for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, a 508 km-long project being undertaken by National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited.The Division Bench verdict now clears a major hurdle in the way of the ambitious project that is being implemented with funding from Japan.Upholding the validity of the Gujarat amendment in 2016 to the Centre’s land acquisition law, the Division Bench noted that though the project is a multi-State, the Centre had approved executive powers to Gujarat to acquire land for it.Retrospective effectThe court has observed that the President has given assent to this delegation of power, with retrospective effect, to Gujarat, hence it enjoys legal validity for undertaking the land acquisition process.The court, however, noted that initially the State had no power, but after the President’s assent, this was authorised.The court was also of the opinion that the provision of not conducting social impact assessment under the amended Act does not fall into the category of “excessive delegation”, as contended by the agitating farmers in their petitions.The court justified the State’s move to skip mandatory provisions of conducting Social Impact Assessment (SIA).The court said that the SIA process carried out under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) guidelines was appropriate and satisfactory.More than 5,000 of the total 6,900 farmers affected by the project had registered objections to the land acquisition process initiated by the State authorities.Challenging verdictAccording to sources, farmers are likely to approach the apex court challenging the Gujarat HC’s verdict.In 2018, five farmers from Surat district moved the court against Gujarat’s land acquisition notification. In their petitions, they claimed that the Centre has the power to issue the notification, and the State government does not have the power to acquire land, for the multi-State railway project.Though these five petitioners withdrew their petition, more than 100 farmers from the south and central districts of Gujarat moved the High Court, challenging the amendments made by Gujarat in the Central land acquisition law.Nearly a 1,000 farmers, while the hearing was ongoing, had filed a one-page affidavit registering their objection on the land acquisition process and demanded the nature of compensation should be aligned with the Centre’s land acquisition law, which incorporates socio-economic impact of the project on the people affected by it.Current valueThe farmers also insisted that compensation should be based on the current market value of the land.The Railways, however, claimed that the State government has power to acquire land, as the President’s assent had already delegated these powers to it.The bullet train corridor will have 12 stations across its 508-km stretch between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.last_img read more

Russia vs Saudi Arabia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel

first_imgRussia v Saudi Arabia Russia vs Saudi Arabia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:05 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Alan Dzagoev Russia 2018 Getty Images Russia v Saudi Arabia World Cup Russia Saudi Arabia Friendlies Powerade Goal brings you all the details and information you need to know ahead of the opening World Cup game between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Russia make the perfect start to the tournament with a hammering of Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men dominated their opponents with their clinical edge in the final third. Yuri Gazinskiy got them off the mark in the tournament with a fine headed finish from close range before Denis Cheryshev scored the first of his two strikes, displaying great composure. Artem Dzyuba was the second player to come off the bench to find the net when he headed home. In stoppage time Cheryshev scored a beauty with the outside of his left foot before Aleksandr Golovin capped off the game by curling home a free-kick.FULL-TIME: RUSSIA 5 SAUDI ARABIA 090+4 Mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! 5-0!!!!!! GOLOVIN GETS A DESERVED GOAL!!! Russia compound Saudi Arabia’s agony as the winger curls a fine strike from the free-kick. Golovin lifted his effort over the wall and it had the perfect amount of bend on it to drift inside the post before nestling into the back of the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 90+4 Mins: Goal Aleksandr Golovin with an outstanding free kick.90+1 Mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! RUSSIA HAVE FOUR!!!! CHERYSHEV SCORES A STUNNER!! The winger ends the game on the highest of notes with a screamer into the top corner. Dzyuba won the knockdown in the final third. Cheryshev collected on the edge of the box and took a touch before firing at goal with the outside of his boot. His effort flew over Al-Mayoof into the top corner of the net. A stunning goal, which caps a brilliant performance off the bench.90+1 Mins: Goal Denis Cheryshev, assisted by Artem Dzyuba.90 Mins: There are to be three minutes of added time.88 Mins: Booking. Aleksandr Golovin recieves the first yellow card of the 2018 World CupSTAT: Dzyuba scored just 89 seconds after coming off the bench, the quickest substitute goal at a World Cup tournament since Marcin Zewlakow scored for Poland vs USA in 2002.87 Mins: Zhirkov sends a dangerous delivery in from the left flank, but Aseri is there to send the ball behind for a corner.85 Mins : Saudi Arabia Substitution: Al Sahlawi has been starved of service today and makes way for Aseri for the closing stages.84 Mins: OVER! Kuzyaev gets carried away with himself as he goes for a strike from distance, only to blaze his attempt well over the bar from 35 yards. Not the best of efforts.82 Mins: Bahebri wins the ball in the Russia box from Zhirkov and looks for space to fire at goal. His shot is blocked, but Al Muwallad tries to latch on to the rebound. However, the presence of Ignashevich is there to clear the danger ahead of the forward.80 Mins: Dzyuba wins the ball in the middle of the park and raids forward down the right. However, Russia cannot create an opening as Golovin’s cross towards Cheryshev is cut out.79 Mins: Saudi Arabia have had 63.3% possession in the match, but have not had a shot on target. Proof that statistics do not always tell the story of the match.77 Mins: Golovin swings the ball into the box from the right flank, but Gazinskiy on the charge can only direct his header wide of the post.76 Mins: Russia continue to threaten down the right flank and they win a free-kick that Golovin will take. His deliveries have been pinpoint today.74 Mins:  Saudi Arabia Subsititution: Babhir enters the action to replace Al Shehri on the flank, who has been underwhelming today.73 Mins: WIDE! Al Dawsari cuts in from the left flank and goes for a rasping strike from distance. He has the power, but not quite the placement as the ball flies wide of the target.Artem Dzyuba Russia 201871 Mins : GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! 3-0!!!!!! DZYUBA MAKES IT THREE FOR THE HOST NATION!! The forward peels off the back of Omar Hawsawi in the box and guides his header into the bottom right corner. Saudi Arabia are opened up easily at the back, allowing Golovin to float a cross from the right flank towards the middle. Dzyuba makes the move to beat the attention of the Saudi defender before placing his effort past Al-Mayoof.71 Mins: Goal Artem Dzyuba with his first touch finds the net, assisted by Aleksandr Golovin70 Mins: Russia Substitution: Fyodor Smolov comes off for towering striker Artem DzyubaSTAT:  Saudi Arabia still are yet to manage a shot on target.68 Mins:  CHANCE! Kuzyaev has space for a drive at goal inside the box. Al-Mayoof makes the save, but he palms the ball out into the middle of the box. Fortunately for him, Osama Hawsawi is there to clear ahead of Smolov.67 Mins: The tempo of the game has not been as brisk as the opening period. Both teams have been slighly sluggish with their movement and quality in the final third.65 Mins: Cherysev breaks forward and offloads to Smolov. After his pass the winger continues his run into the middle where he latches on to Smolov’s cross. He directs a header towards goal, but Al-Mayoof makes a comfortable save.64 Mins:  Russia Substitution: Samedov has not had the best of games. He is replaced by Kuzyaev on the right flank.64 Mins: Saudi Arabia Substitution: A change in approach from Saudi Arabia as Ateef is withdrawn for the attacking-minded Al Muwallad.62 Mins: BLOCK! Cheryshev again! He pulls off his man in the left inside channel and goes for the strike at goal, only to be denied by the legs of Al-Burayk.62 Mins: The host nation are sitting in their shape rather than pressing out of their own half. They’re not going to take any risks.60 Mins: Russia have revealed that Dzagoev will need a scan on his hamstring injury after suffering the problem in the first half.58 Mins: WIDE! Saudi Arabia win a free-kick on the left flank and Al Jassam lifts a decent delivery into the box. Al Faraj rises to head at goal, but he directs his effort just wide of the post.56 Mins: CLOSE! Al-Burayk has space to lift a cross in from the right and Al Jassam flicks it on at the near post. Al Sahlawi gambles at the the back stick, but it just evades his run to trickle out for a goal-kick.54 Mins: Samedov releases Cheryshev down the left flank, but the winger fails to pick out Smolov in the middle as Al-Mayoof comes to claim the cross.52 Mins: OVER! Saudi Arabia give the ball away at the back and Samedov goes for glory with a strike from 25 yards, but he blazes his effort over the bar.50 Mins Zhirkov whips the ball in from the left from the corner, but Osama Hawsawi is there once again to rise and clear with a powerful header.50 Mins: A long ball over the top almost has Smolov away from Osama Hawsawi, but the defender recovers to stab it behind for a corner.48 Mins: Saudi Arabia are trying to get their foot on the ball at the start of the second half. They need to be more accurate in possession.SECOND HALF: We’re back underway in the Luzhniki Stadium.Russia hold a 2-0 lead at the break against Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup. Goals from Yuri Gazinskiy and Denis Cheryshev have handed the host nation a dream start to the tournament. They’ve exposed Saudi Arabia at the back, first in the air as Gazinskiy rose to direct a header beyond the reach of Abdullah Al-Mayoof. The second goal came just before the break with a counter at speed before Cheryshev provided a neat finish. Stanislav Cherchesov will be delighted with his side, while Saudi Arabia boss Juan Antonio Pizzi will be far from happy with his team’s exploits in the opening 45 minutes.HALF TIME: The referee calls an end to the first half as Russia lead 2-0.STAT: Russia have scored with both of their shots on target.45 Mins: There are to be two minutes of added time.43 Mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! CHERYSHEV DOUBLES RUSSIA’S LEAD!! The host nation are in command of the game as Saudi Arabia are stretched at the back before Cheryshev plants a finish past Al-Mayoof. Russia broke with speed down the right before working the ball across to the left flank. Two defenders flung themselves towards the Villarreal midfielder, but he kept his composure with a neat piece of skill. Then with his left foot he fired the ball high into the net to double his side’s advantage.43 Mins: Goal Denis Cheryshev assisted by Roman Zobnin40 Mins: The tempo of the game has slowed over the past two minutes. We’ve been treated to an energetic first half, which appears to have taken its toll on the teams.STAT: Cheryshev is the first player to appear for Russia at a World Cup while plying his trade in a foreign league since World Cup 2002.38 Mins: Saudi Arabia are seeing more of the ball, but their passing has not been effective in the Russia half. It’s leaving them vulnerable on the counter-attack.36 Mins: PENALTY SHOUT! Smolov leads the counter and slides a pass for Golovin before being taken out. The midfielder continues the attack in the box, but Osama Hawsawi makes an inch-perfect tackle to win the ball. Golovin wanted a penalty, but the referee immediately turned down his appeal.35 Mins: Al Dawsari has space to find a team-mate on the edge of the Russia box, but he misplaces his offload, allowing the hosts to break on the counter.34 Mins: Smolov attempts to get the better of Osama Hawsawi down the left flank, but the defender holds firm and wins a free-kick for the Saudis.31 Mins: Saudi Arabia win a free-kick on the right flank and Al Shehri lifts the ball into the box. Al Shahrani rises to head at goal, but his attempt sails harmlessly over.30 Mins: Russia probe down the left, but on this occasion Golovin moves too soon and is caught offside. The officials have been told to give the benefit of the doubt to the attacking side, but that decision was clear.30 Mins: OVER! Al Dawsari collects 30 yards from goal and goes for the spectacular shot from distance, only to hammer his effort well over the bar.27 Mins: The tempo of the game has dropped since Dzagoev’s injury. It gives Saudi Arabia time to find their rhythm after their slow start to the contest.25 Mins: Dzagoev was pulling the strings for Russia in the middle of the park. His loss could have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.24 Mins: Substitution Alan Dzagoev Denis Cheryshev22 Mins: Oh dear. Dzagoev is down in a heap clutching his hamstring. He went down off the ball and remained on the ground. It does not look good for the midfielder.21 Mins: WIDE! Al Shahrani leads a counter for Saudi Arabia and he breaks into a promising position. Al Sahlawi puts Kutepov under pressure and forces the defender to put the ball wide of the post.20 Mins: Zhirkov presses down the left flank and combines with Golovin to open up the Saudi Arabia defence. He sends a low ball into the box, but Samedov cannot connect.19 Mins: Omar Hawsawi gives the ball away in the middle of the park and it allows Samedov to break down the right. Fortunately for the Saudis, the midfielder’s low pass evades the runs of Smolov through the middle.17 Mins: The tempo of the game has caught Saudi Arabia out at the back. They need to put their foot on the ball and play the match at their own pace.16 Mins: Russia have found their feet and are exerting serious pressure on the Saudi backline.14 Mins: SAVE! Russia break forward down the right as Dzagoev releases Fernandes down the right flank. He cuts the ball back for Smolov in the middle. His effort deflects off Omar Hawsawi and still forces Al-Mayoof into the stop. Fernandes was offside when he crossed the ball so if Smolov had scored it would have been brought back on VAR.Yuri Gazinskiy Russia 201812 Mins: GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! 1-0!!!! GAZINSKIY PUTS RUSSIA AHEAD! We have the first goal at the 2018 World Cup as Gazinskiy directs his header beyond the reach of Al-Mayoof. Saudi Arabia failed to clear the corner from the home side. Golovin directed a cross to the back post for Gazinskiy to rise above his man and place his header into the bottom corner. A fine finish from the midfielder.12 Mins: Goal Yury Gazinskiy, Assisted by Aleksandr Golovin9 Mins: Zhirkov’s corner is poor and it allows Saudi Arabia to break on the counter. Al Shehri chases the ball to the corner, but Golovin on the slide wins a throw-in for his team.9 Mins: Golovin and Zhirkov provide pressure down the left flank. Golovin’s cross is blocked, but the latter’s is deflected behind for a corner.8 Mins: Mario Fernandes was active in that surge down the right for the home side. Expect him to continue to be a presence down the flank.7 Mins: Osama Hawsawi makes a vital tackle at the near post after Samedov had cut the ball back for Smolov in the box. The Saudi skipper was in the right place at the right time to make the covering challenge.6 Mins: There are a few nervy touches in the opening stages of the game. Both sets of players are looking tentative with the ball at their feet.5 Mins: Al Sahlawi collects in a decent position for the Saudis, but he turns away from goal with four Russia defenders back on the edge of the box.4 Mins: A scrappy start to the game as both sides are trying to build a passing game, although control has been an issue in the early stages.2 Mins: Dzagoev goes on the surge in the right inside channel, but he gets crowded out before he can force the ball across the face of goal.2 Mins: Samedov wins an early free-kick for the hosts down the right flank. Russia opt to keep the ball on the ground rather than send a delivery into the box.1 Min: The 2018 World Cup is underway.Last fact before kick-off. Saudi Arabia have also never won their opening game at the World Cup. Can Russia get off on the front foot? Let’s find out.In the only previous meeting between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the Saudis claimed a 4-2 win on home soil in October 1993.The speeches are over. Now it’s time for the national anthems.Russian president Vladimir Putin will now officially open the tournament.The teams are out on the pitch. It’s almost time for action.10 Mins to KO: Al Sahlawi scored 16 goals for the Green Falcons during qualifying for the tournament, which made him the joint top-scorer in the process alongside Robert Lewandowski. The forward will have his sights set on Russia’s makeshift defence and aiming to kickstart his tournament with a strong outing.Ignashevich faces a daunting prospect today after being hauled out of retirement to start in the middle of the defence. Ruslan Kambolov’s injury has paved the way for the 38-year-old to return and alongside Kutepov, he has to provide the leadership and strength at the back to be the anchor of his team.15 Mins to KO: Back to the match at hand. Saudi Arabia are entering the tournament off the back of three-straight defeats. However, their last encounter against Germany will offer hope as they matched the world champions for large portions of the game. They lost the contest 2-1, with Taisir Al Jassam netting a late goal to send German nerves jangling.Brazil legend Ronaldo is getting into the mix now. He’s not blasting out a beat with Robbie, but he’s here and dressed to the nines.20 Mins to KO: As we prepare for kick-off in the Luzhniki Stadium, we are experiencing the greatest hits of Robbie Williams performed by the man himself on a giant football in the middle of the pitch. Nice.25 Mins to KO: The pressure is on the hosts to get off to a good start to the tournament. No host nation has lost their opening game in the history of the tournament. As a result, the eyes of Russia will be on Stanislav Cherchesov and his team to pull off a fine performance to defeat Saudi Arabia this afternoon.Finally, the festival of football is here. We’ve got 64 games, 32 teams…but there can be only one winner. And the action starts today!!  Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The scene is set for the tournament opener! Game Russia vs Saudi Arabia Date Thursday, June 14 Time 4pm BST / 11am US ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) Confirmed Line-upsConfirmed Russia XI: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergey Ignashevich, Yury Zhirkov; Yuri Gazinskiy, Roman Zobnin; Aleksandr Samedov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Golovin; Fedor Smolov.Russia Subs: Andrey Semenov, Denis Cheryshev, Daler Kuzyaev, Andrey Lunev, Fedor Kudryashov, Vladimir Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Artem Dzyuba, Igor Smolnikov.Confirmed Saudi Arabia XI: Abdullah Al-Maiouf; Mohammed Alburayk, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Yasser Al-Shahrani; Abdullah Otayf; Salem Al-Dawsari, Salman Al-Faraj, Taiseer Al-Jassam, Yahia Al-Shehri; Mohammed Al-Sahlawi.Saudi Arabia Subs: Mansour Al-Harbi, Ali Albulayhi, Hattan Bahebri, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Mohammed Kanno, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Hussain Al-Mogahwi, Fahad Al Muwallad, Mohannad Aseri, Yasser Al-Mosailem, Mohammed Al Owais, Motaz Hawsawi.TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Playerlast_img read more

Dwight Nelson Hailed for Impacting the Lives of Countless Jamaicans

first_img Late former Government Minister, Dwight Nelson, has been hailed for positively impacting the lives of countless Jamaicans through his staunch advocacy for the nation’s workers. This is according to former Prime Minister, Mr. Bruce Golding, in whose Cabinet Mr. Nelson served. “I recall the strident advocacy he made in Cabinet that led to the amendment of the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act to allow non-unionised workers access to the arbitration procedures of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal,” he said. Story Highlightscenter_img Late former Government Minister, Dwight Nelson, has been hailed for positively impacting the lives of countless Jamaicans through his staunch advocacy for the nation’s workers.This is according to former Prime Minister, Mr. Bruce Golding, in whose Cabinet Mr. Nelson served.“I recall the strident advocacy he made in Cabinet that led to the amendment of the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act to allow non-unionised workers access to the arbitration procedures of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal,” he said.Mr. Golding was speaking at the official funeral service for Mr. Nelson, held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston, on Thursday (January 31).“His mind, his instinct and his passion were umbilically tied to the workers’ cause – representing them was his calling,” he added.However, Mr. Golding said his most seminal achievement was arguably “the pivotal role that he played in that historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed between the Government and the public sector union in 2004,” which, he noted, was done at a time when negotiations were traditionally hostile.“I recall as well the critical role he played in developing the social partnership agreement that was eventually signed in 2013,” Mr. Golding added.“His family has lost a patriarch…the St. George’s and Alpha communities have lost a builder on whom they could always rely; the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) have lost a stalwart; the trade union movement has lost a leader and a champion; and Jamaica has lost a dedicated and committed son who made a difference and made life better for so many of us,” he said.Mr. Golding, who has known Mr. Nelson for over 60 years, since entering St. George’s College together, revealed another side of this “very private person,” fondly recalling humorous stories of how he got the nickname ‘Tweety Bird’, and how as a teenager he stood out, not only because he was a bright student, but because of his wiry frame.“We jived him mercilessly…but Dwight took it in good spirit,” he said, while recalling Mr. Nelson’s dry sense of humour.Meanwhile, in his tribute to his father, Kevin Nelson described Mr. Nelson as a “mammoth of a man,” who “cared for people in general and wanted to see right done for all.”“His commitment to the labour movement in Jamaica is striking evidence of this,” he said, adding that his father was humble and kind and treated persons with respect.In attendance at the service were Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; and Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, who read the first and second scripture readings, respectively. Members of the Senate and the Lower House, the Cabinet and members of the Diplomatic Corps were also present.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), about to give a comforting hug to the widow of late former Government Minister, Dwight Nelson, Mrs. Angela Nelson, shortly before the start of his official funeral service, held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston on Thursday (January 31). Mr. Nelson, a trade unionist, who served as a Senator, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Minister of National Security, died on December 24, 2018, at the age of 72.He began his career as a teacher before joining the trade union movement as a teenager, and served in various capacities at the BITU, up to the position of Senior-Vice President. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT).In 2005, Mr. Nelson was conferred with Jamaica’s fifth highest honour, the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, for his contribution to the trade union movement.last_img read more

John Singleton dead after stroke

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar-nominated Hollywood director John Singleton has died after suffering a stroke. He was 51. The versatile director, who made a splash with Boyz n the Hood and went on to a variety of projects including 2 Fast 2 Furious, had been in a coma since the stroke on April 17. He died on April 29, his family told CNN in a statement. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the family said. In 1992 at the age of 24, Singleton became the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar nomination for best director for his debut diectorial Boyz n the Hood.last_img read more

Britain US mark 25 years since Lockerbie bombing

first_imgLONDON- Britain and the United States held services on Saturday to remember the 270 people killed when a US airliner exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, in Britain’s worst ever attack.Pan Am Flight 103 blew up on December 21, 1988 on its way from London to New York. All 259 people on board — most of them Americans heading home — were killed as well as 11 people on the ground.Only one person has ever been convicted over the bombing — Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, who died last year still protesting his innocence. Scotland’s leader Alex Salmond was among the mourners laying wreaths on Sunday at Lockerbie’s Dryfesdale Cemetery, which houses a memorial to the victims.“On this 25-year anniversary, and as the country prepares once more to relive the harrowing events of that terrible night, it is important that we remember that the pain and suffering of the families and friends of those who died has endured since that winter night in 1988,” Salmond said.US Attorney General Eric Holder and Scottish officials were set to attend a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington,while Syracuse University in New York, which lost 35 students in the bombing, was also holding a remembrance ceremony.Mourners were also gathering at London’s Westminster Abbey.Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the victims’ families, saying their “fortitude and resilience” showed that terrorists would never win.“You have shown that terrorist acts cannot crush the human spirit. That is why terrorism will never prevail,” he said in a statement.Libya admitted responsibility for the bombing in 2003 and the regime of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi eventually paid $2.7 billion in compensation to victims’ families as part of a raft of measures aimed at a rapprochement with the West.Since the fall of the Kadhafi regime in 2011, British and US detectives have travelled to Libya to investigate whether other perpetrators could be identified.“Over the last quarter of a century much attention has been focused on the perpetrators of the atrocity,” Cameron said.“Today our thoughts turn to its victims and to those whose lives have been touched and changed by what happened at Lockerbie that night.”He added that the attack continued to forge a strong bond between Syracuse University and Lockerbie through a scholarship programme that sends two students from the Scottish town to New York every year.“This is the lasting and optimistic legacy bequeathed to future generations on behalf of those who lost their lives on this day 25 years ago and who we remember here today,” Cameron said.last_img read more

Canadian dollar falls as commodities take hit from economic concerns

Canadian dollar falls as commodities take hit from economic concerns by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2012 4:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved lower Monday as commodity prices weakened and expectations for economic data due later this week remained soft.The loonie dropped 0.18 of a cent to 97.65 cents US.Data on wholesale and retail sales are due out Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, and economists expect both to show that growth is slowing.Ongoing concern about the direction of the European economy weighed on commodities.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 76 cents at US$83.27 a barrel.Gold bullion dropped $1.10 to US$1,627 an ounce while July copper edged up one cent to US$3.39 a pound.Anxiety eased somewhat after a party headed by conservative leader Antonis Samaras got the most votes in Greek elections on the weekend, reducing the odds that the country will exit the 17-country European Union financial block.Concern over a Greek exit had been so pronounced that many expected a run on banks Monday if political parties opposing a fiscal bailout had won the election.But the broader scope of the financial burden facing the continent soon overshadowed whatever breathing room the election in Greece had offered.On Monday, the cost at which Spain can borrow money reached levels seen only in Greece, Portugal and Ireland —three countries that required massive bailouts.The interest rate on Spain’s 10-year bonds, an indicator of confidence in a country’s ability to pay off loans, hit 7.08 per cent, a new high since Madrid joined the euro. read more

Margaret Thatchers personal items fetch more than £1m in Christies auction as

The top lot of the sale was a multi-gem and diamond brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels which sold for £50,000 despite an estimate of £10,000-15,000.A portrait of the Prime Minister wearing a black skirt suit with a George III diamond flower brooch, by Sergei Chepik was sold for £40,000 – much higher than the £700 estimate, while her desk blotter and a group of desk items sold for £30,000.Adrian Hume-Sayer, a Christie’s director said: “We are thrilled with this strong result which concludes the series of three successful sales held at Christie’s following Mrs Thatcher’s death in 2013. The result of Part III illustrates the enduring interest in the United Kingdom’s longest serving 20th Century Prime Minister.”Quirkier items in the sale included two pairs of desk lamps, sold for £1,000, an ostrich leather handbag (£2,000) and two bibles and a hymnbook (£4,375). The sale to mark the 40th anniversary of Baroness Thatcher’s election raised more than £1 million and attracted bidders from 36 countries across six continentsCredit:Eddie Mulholland A gold and amethyst ring worn by Margaret Thatcher on the day she became Prime Minister has sold for nearly £30,000 at auction, as almost 200 of the late Baroness’s personal items went under the hammer at Christie’s.The sale to mark the 40th anniversary of Baroness Thatcher’s election raised more than £1 million and attracted bidders from 36 countries across six continents.Every single one of the 192 items was sold, including the hardstone ‘pebble’ bracelet she wore when she met Nelson Mandela in 1990.The bracelet, which had an estimate of £2,500 sold for £40,000 in one of many competitive bidding wars.Both the bracelet and the ring were gifts from her husband Denis and formed part of Lady Thatcher’s ‘uniform’ jewellery. 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. Inside the auction house at the 2015 sale The gold bracelet Baroness Thatcher wore when she met Nelson MandelaCredit:PA The gold bracelet Baroness Thatcher wore when she met Nelson Mandela Lady Thatcher died on April 8, 2013, aged 87. The auctions began in 2015 and have raised more than £4.5m.Christie’s said the property is being “sold on behalf of beneficiaries of Baroness Thatcher’s estate” with some items being offered on behalf of an unnamed charity.The items have all been in the possession of the beneficiaries of her will since her death, in her home or in storage, and have not been exhibited or sold before. read more

1 dead 4 injured as car slams into cows at Philadelphia

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan who broke into EBE poultry farm killed by armed security guardOctober 20, 2018In “Crime”One dead, another critical in Bushy Park accidentApril 25, 2016In “latest news”Man who assaulted wife allegedly beaten to deathMarch 24, 2019In “Crime” Five (5) students of the Guyana Islamic Institute of Zeeburg were, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, involved in a tragic vehicular accident that claimed the lives of the driver and three (3) cows reportedly involved in the smash up.Dead is Reiaz Khan, 22, of Vergenoegen East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Of the remaining four, one is critical while the others are listed as stable.Inews was informed that Khan and his four male colleagues were headed to the Parika stelling, around 2:30am to board a ferry headed to Essequibo for a religious function, when their vehicle collided with 3 cows in the vicinity of Philadelphia, EBE.Khan was reportedly rushed to the Leonora cottage hospital were he was pronounced dead on arrival. The four others were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for treatment.However, this publication was informed by relatives of the injured men that, due to the slow pace at which they were being attended to at GPHC, they were all transferred to Woodlands Hospital for treatment. read more

Palestinians say theres only one suspect in Arafat death

first_imgPALESTINIAN INVESTIGATORS HAVE said today that Israel is the “only suspect” in the death of president Yasser Arafat nine years ago, after laboratory tests suggested he died from polonium poisoning.“We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue to carry out a thorough investigation to find out and confirm all the details and all elements of the case,” Palestinian inquiry chief Tawfiq Tirawi told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.Tirawi said the Palestinian inquiry had studied the findings of Swiss scientists, released on Wednesday, which “moderately” supported the notion that Arafat had been poisoned.“This is the crime of the 21st century,” Tirawi said.The fundamental (goal) is to find out who is behind the liquidation of Yasser Arafat.The Palestinian justice minister Ali Mhanna has urged France to send findings from its investigation ito the death, saying it is still waiting for them.International inquiry Palestinian officials yesterday demanded an international inquiry into Arafat’s “killing”.“The results prove Arafat was poisoned by polonium,” said senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official Wasel Abu Yusef.“This substance is owned by states, not people, meaning that the crime was committed by a state,” he told AFP, calling for an “international committee” to probe the killing along the lines of the one that investigated the murder of Lebanon’s Rafiq Hariri.Swiss resultsSpeaking to reporters in Lausanne Thursday, the Swiss team said the test results neither confirmed nor denied that polonium was the actual source of his death, although they provided “moderate” backing for the idea he was poisoned by the rare and highly radioactive element.They said the quantity of the deadly substance found on his remains pointed to the involvement of a third party.“We can’t say that polonium was the source of his death… nor can we rule it out,” said Professor Francois Bochud of the Lausanne Institute of Applied Radiophysics.Bochud’s lab measured levels of polonium up to 20 times higher than it is used to detecting.Death Arafat died in France on November 11, 2004 at the age of 75 after falling sick a month earlier, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death and no post-mortem was carried out at the time.In November 2012, his remains were exhumed and samples taken, partly to investigate whether he had been poisoned with polonium — a suspicion that grew after the assassination in that manner of Russian ex-spy and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.Since Arafat’s death, Palestinian society has long given currency to the rumour that he was murdered, with Israel the party most often blamed.But there has never been any proof.- © AFP, 2013Read: Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned by radioactive polonium > Read: Experts exhume remains of Yasser Arafat >last_img read more

If we can pull this one off it will be a little

first_img 30,957 Views Analysis: How Schmidt’s Ireland managed to negate Folau’s aerial threat‘It was the greatest cleanout I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a few cleanouts in my time’ Monday 18 Jun 2018, 12:05 PM By Murray Kinsella Updated Jun 18th 2018, 12:05 PM Murray Kinsella reports from SydneyBEFORE IRELAND HEADED out on tour to Australia, Joe Schmidt caught up with Ollie Campbell.The legendary out-half, who Schmidt calls “a fantastic fella and a guy I have a huge amount of respect for,” wrestled Ireland’s number 10 shirt from Tony Ward on the famous 1979 tour of Australia and led the team to success in both Test matches. Schmidt speaks with Johnny Sexton before last weekend’s win. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThat remains Ireland’s most recent series success against the Wallabies on Aussie soil, although this is the first time they have played them over three Tests.As hoped for, Schmidt’s men are heading into this weekend’s final clash in Sydney at what is already a sold-out Allianz Stadium with everything to play for.“He is certainly sage but he just really wished us luck,” says Schmidt of speaking to Campbell. “His quiet word is a little bit of a word of confidence. At the same time it is a little bit of a challenge for this modern team – can they do it?”It is the question that will make these next few days drag for Schmidt, Ireland, Michael Cheika, the Wallabies, and everyone else who is eagerly anticipating this showdown.“Obviously the lads are still being talked about from 1979 so we want to be talked about in another couple of years as well,” says Ireland lock Devin Toner of the opportunity.“We’re doing great things with this team and we’re in a special place, so obviously we want to win as much as we can.”Making new history is, of course, part of the appeal for Ireland but they also live by their own Grand Slam-winning standards now.Having been in a similar 1-1 position on their 2016 tour of South Africa coming into the final Test – albeit with a different squad – and losing that time, there is even greater hunger this week. Ireland applaud their excellent Irish support in Melbourne. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“For a few lads who are in there now, myself included, we were in South Africa two years ago and it was really frustrating,” says scrum-half Conor Murray.“To go down there and win a series would have been unbelievable. It was a great building process for the team at the time with a few young lads there, but that was the series we let slip.“We were definitely in winning positions and, for whatever reasons, we came up short.“This is the last game of our season and I know we’re really hungry to win a series down here. Whatever about the history, 1979, this is our team, our standards and that is what we want to get.”Schmidt has injury concerns this week in Cian Healy [AC], Dan Leavy [sternum] and Andrew Conway [hip pointer].His initial prognosis on all three was positive, although loosehead prop Healy did appear to be in the greatest pain as he left the pitch.Jack McGrath’s indiscipline will likely have been picked out by Schmidt in Ireland’s review meetings but he was excellent apart from a neck roll penalty and the yellow card for playing the ball with his hand in a ruck.Elsewhere in his team, Schmidt will consider bringing Jacob Stockdale back in on the wing, while Iain Henderson will push to return in the second row if his knee niggle has cleared.Niall Scannell and Rob Herring both made strong cases to be the starting hooker in Test three, while Bundee Aki could be an option in midfield if his ankle issue has cleared.Selection decisions aside, Schmidt still sees plenty of room for improvement in his team after their 26-21 victory in Melbourne to level the series, particularly in how they take the chances they are creating. Schmidt is looking for one final push from his players. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“It is easy to say but we just need to finish sometimes,” says the Ireland boss. “I felt we played some really good stuff in that third quarter and put them under some massive pressure.“And they were bleeding back, quite often, on the back of half opportunities, half gaps, sometimes full gaps, like when Keith Earls went through, one when Tadhg Furlong went through earlier just before half-time, but to then get something on the back of those is quite tough when a team defends as earnestly as they did.“Even when Tadhg scored that try, there were two offside advantages, so that would have blown the penalty count out even more and it would have put the big question regarding ‘is it a card or not?’”Schmidt was pleased to have another new cap in Tadhg Beirne last weekend, growing the internal competition within his squad.Now, he focuses in on helping Ireland to finish a superb season in the perfect manner in front of 45,500 people in Sydney.“It is going to massive, absolutely massive,” says Schmidt. “If we can pull this one off, it will be a little bit special for this group that have come on tour.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! ‘If we can pull this one off, it will be a little bit special for this group’ Joe Schmidt spoke to legendary Ireland out-half Ollie Campbell about the last series success in 1979. Short URL Share9 Tweet Email Jun 18th 2018, 2:31 AM https://the42.ie/4076308 Follow us: the42.ie 57 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Brésil  la structure dune fourmilière géante souterraine mise à jour

first_imgBrésil : la structure d’une fourmilière géante souterraine mise à jourEn excavant une fourmilière souterraine désaffectée au Brésil, une équipe de chercheurs est tombée sur une immense et complexe organisation digne de la plus grande mégalopole du monde des insectes. Une immense ville souterraine peuplée autrefois par des millions de fourmis coupeuses de feuilles a été découverte par des scientifiques au Brésil. Selon les experts, il s’agit là d’une fourmilière incroyablement complexe qui aurait abrité une des plus grandes colonies au monde. Les fourmis coupeuses de feuilles sont réputées pour constituer une des sociétés les plus sophistiquées notamment en raison de leur système de caste particulièrement évolué et de leur capacité à cultiver leurs ressources alimentaires. Ces insectes récoltent en effet des morceaux de plantes afin de faire pousser un champignon spécifique pour nourrir leurs larves. Pour mettre à jour la structure de la fourmilière géante construite sous la terre, les scientifiques ont, dans un premier temps, versé dix tonnes de béton à travers les ouvertures. Cette manipulation préalable vise à solidifier les chambres et les conduits pour les rendre apparents lors de l’excavation. Dix jours ont été nécessaires pour que le mortier traverse le réseau de dédales s’étendant sur une superficie de 46 mètres carrés à 8 mètres sous la surface du sol. Après un mois passé à déblayer consciencieusement 40 tonnes de terre, les chercheurs ont pu mettre en évidence l’impressionnante structure.Des jardins prévus pour cultiver des champignons À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les experts, l’architecture de la fourmilière aurait été conçue pour permettre une bonne ventilation et offrir aux fourmis des itinéraires les plus courts possible pour optimiser leurs parcours. Au total, une dizaines de routes principales reliant les principales chambres ont été identifiées. A cela s’ajoute toute une ramification de sentiers secondaires. Parmi les différents compartiments, les scientifiques ont pu déterminer la présence de jardins au sein desquels les fourmis cultivaient des champignons. Il est pour l’heure encore difficile de déterminer la cause de la disparition des fourmis coupeuses de feuille au sein de cette immense ville souterraine. Un mystère que l’équipe de chercheurs cherche désormais à éclairer.Parcourez la fourmilière géante en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 3 février 2012 à 15:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ministry of Education Announces Registration 20162017 for Public Schools in the Turks

first_img Science Fair open to public viewing by noon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ministry of education, public school, registration Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Mar 2016 – Public Primary SchoolsThe Ministry of Education announces the registration process for students at the public primary school level for the Academic Year 2016 -2017. Registration will take place on Monday, 21st March and Wednesday, 22nd March 2016.Parents and legal guardians are being asked to note that registration will be conducted in alphabetical order based on the surname(s) of the child or children.The following documents are required to complete the registration process:1 Passport size photographBirth CertificateImmunization CardProof of parents status in TCIPassport photo page of parent/guardiansOriginals and copies of the above listed documents MUST be presented on the day of registration.For more information on Student Registration contact the Department of Education at 649-338-4804/3809. The registration schedule is below.REGISTRATION SCHEDULE:PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS – STUDENTS FOR INFANT 1 ONLY (BORN IN THE YEAR 2012)TIME: 8:30am – 3:00pmDATE: 21st – 22nd March, 2016:Monday, 21st March – Children with surnames beginning with the letters A-M ONLYTuesday, 22nd March – Children with surnames beginning with the letters N-Z ONLYRegistration will be conducted at the following venues:Grand Turk: Department of Education OfficeProvidenciales: Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex2. Public High Schools:The Ministry of Education announces the registration process for students at the Public High School level for the Academic Year 2016 -2017. Registration will take place on Providenciales on Monday, 21st March and Tuesday, 22nd March 2016.Parents and legal guardians are being asked to note that registration will be conducted in alphabetical order based on the surname(s) of the child or children.The following documents are required in order to complete the registration process:1 passport size photographBirth CertificateImmunization/Medical CertificateProof of Parents legal status in TCI.Passport Photo Page of Parent/GuardianCopies and originals of the above listed documents MUST be presented on the day of registration.For more information on Student Registration contact the Department of Education at 649-338-4804. The registration schedule is below.PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS – Students for Form 1 ONLYTIME: 8:30am – 3:00pmDATE: 21st – 22nd March, 2016:Monday, 21st March – Students with surnames beginning with the letters A-M ONLYTuesday, 22nd March – Students with surnames beginning with the letters N-Z ONLYRegistration will be conducted at the following venue: Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports ComplexParents and guardians MUST take advantage of the registration process in order for their children to be considered for school places in the 2016/17 academic year. Recommended for you Super surges in Grand Turk may be affecting sewerlast_img read more

ASA Supports RevenueBased Farm Program

first_imgSends Joint Letter with NCGA and NFU to Agriculture CommitteesOctober 19, 2011…Saint Louis, Missouri…The American Soybean Association (ASA) today called on the Congressional Agriculture Committees to consider moving to a revenue-based farm program when they make further recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Budget Reduction by Nov. 1.”The realities of the current federal budget and debt crises make it imperative to find a viable risk management approach that can replace several existing programs,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean producer from Lafayette, Ind., in a joint letter also signed by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and National Farmers Union (NFU). “A new revenue-based program should be designed to complement rather than overlap or replace the existing crop insurance program, which is a key part of the farm program safety net.”The letter was sent following agreement by Republican and Democrat leaders of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to recommend $23 billion in spending reductions in programs currently authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill. The Committee leaders indicated that they would make further recommendations to the Joint Committee on how these cuts should be made among the various titles of the farm bill by Nov. 1. Eighty-four percent of the agriculture budget is comprised of nutrition programs, including SNAP (food stamps), with most of the balance in commodity and conservation programs.”We would note that, under a revenue-based program, compensation for losses that exceed a certain threshold would only be made as they are incurred, on all production and only on a portion of the loss,” the letter stated. “This stands in contrast with the current Direct Payment program under which farmers receive payments regardless of whether they produce a crop or incur a loss.”Kemper added that “many producers participate in the crop insurance program at levels that require losses of 30 percent or more before they are compensated. With the elimination of other elements of the farm safety net, a program is needed to offset part of these losses should they occur.”Under the Budget Control Act, the Joint Committee has until Nov. 23, to propose legislation that would reduce federal deficits over the next 10 years by a minimum of $1.2 trillion. Congress would need to pass the bill, without amendments and by simple majorities in both Houses, by Dec. 23, and President Barack Obama would need to sign it to prevent automatic program cuts from being made in 2013 that would particularly impact agriculture.”ASA looks forward to working with the Committees in their effort to provide details on their deficit recommendation to the Joint Committee,” Kemper said.last_img read more

Researchers find epigenetic factor in monogamy for voles

first_img Citation: Researchers find epigenetic factor in monogamy for voles (2013, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-epigenetic-factor-monogamy-voles.html Steady relationships reduce amphetamine’s rewarding effects (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Florida State University has found an epigenetic factor involved in voles’ lifelong pair bonding. In their paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the researchers describe how they found the act of mating—along with time spent alone—led to permanent brain changes in the voles involved in the study. 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. Voles are famously monogamous, leading some to note that switching the letters around in their name spells the word “love.” But the factors that lead to such pair bonding have remained somewhat of a mystery. Researchers have known for some time that vole pairs have higher levels of neurotransmitters—vasopressin and oxytocin—in their brains, but until now, haven’t been able to explain why. In this new study, the researchers have found that the act of mating, combined with time spent along together, causes permanent changes to chromosomes that lead to changes in genes that are responsible for creating monogamous behavior.Suspecting an epigenetic factor (chemical changes to chromosomes that impact how genes are transcribed) was at play, the researchers tested captive voles in a variety of circumstances for neurotransmitter levels. Some voles were housed together for six hours but weren’t allowed to mate—others were housed together long enough to encourage mating (typically a full day). Some of the voles that were not allowed to mate also had the histone trichostatin A (TSA) injected into a part of their brain—the nucleus accumbens—it’s known to play a part in their monogamous behavior. Other voles without injections were allowed to behave naturally.In studying the results of their experiments, the researchers found that voles housed for just six hours with prospective mates that also received TAS injections, became bonded mates regardless of whether they actually mated or not—and genes for the neurotransmitter receptors had been transcribed, which meant the changes were permanent. Subsequent testing of such pairs showed the bonded animals exhibited the same raised levels of neurotransmitters as those who mated naturally in the wild. They also found that voles being housed together was just as important as the chemical injection—those housed for shorter times, despite the dose of TSA, did not bond. This, they say, suggests that the bonding that occurs has more than one component. Spending time together before mating, they note, causes some sort of mental imprinting that when combined with raised neurotransmitter levels, causes the voles to want to mate with just their partner for the rest of their lives. Explore furthercenter_img More information: Histone deacetylase inhibitors facilitate partner preference formation in female prairie voles, Nature Neuroscience (2013) doi:10.1038/nn.3420AbstractIn the socially monogamous prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster), mating induces enduring pair-bonds that are initiated by partner preference formation and regulated by a variety of neurotransmitters, including oxytocin, vasopressin and dopamine. We examined potential epigenetic mechanisms mediating pair-bond regulation and found that the histone deacetylase inhibitors sodium butyrate and trichostatin A (TSA) facilitated partner preference formation in female prairie voles in the absence of mating. This was associated with a specific upregulation of oxytocin receptor (OTR, oxtr) and vasopressin V1a receptor (V1aR, avpr1a) in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), through an increase in histone acetylation at their respective promoters. Furthermore, TSA-facilitated partner preference was prevented by OTR or V1aR blockade in the NAcc. Notably, mating-induced partner preference triggered the same epigenetic regulation of oxtr and avpr1a gene promoters as TSA. These observations indicate that TSA and mating facilitate partner preference through epigenetic events, providing, to the best of our knowledge, the first direct evidence for epigenetic regulation of pair-bonding. Male and female prairie voles develop strong partner preference after mating and stay together for life. After developing the strong bond, they become aggressive and exhibit mate-guarding towards intruders of opposite sex. Finally, after they have pups, both mom and dad participate equally in taking care of them. Credit: Dr. Zuoxin Wang © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Neurosciencelast_img read more

Power dept to install smart meters in Siliguri

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department will start installation of smart meters for the first time, as part of a pilot project in Siliguri. The installation is expected to kick off from the month of July-August.A senior official of the state Power department said that the smart meters will be installed at 5,000 households, which will be connected to a single feeder. “We will monitor the use for a period of at least a year and then a decision will be taken on whether we will go for more such meters,” the official said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe process of integration of software and hardware and other necessary infrastructure for adopting the new technology is going on in full swing. The smart meter is already in use at some places in the industrial and agriculture sectors.It may be mentioned that the Central government in 2011 had selected five to six states across the country, including Bengal, for a scheme on smart meters, whereby it had allocated 50 percent funds for the project. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe tendering process took a long time because of some financial problems associated with the executing company and of course because of the advanced technology involved in the project.Smart meters are very much effective in curbing hooking and pilferage, which has always been a matter of concern for West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL). It also contributes in bringing down pollution and ensure uninterrupted supply of good quality power. However, installation of smart meters entail a huge expense and the Siliguri pilot project involves an investment of more than Rs 5 crore.Elaborating on the advantages of smart meters both from the consumer and the department’s point of view, the official said that consumers will be able to automatically control electrical appliances from a remote location, while the utility company will be able to monitor electricity usage round the clock from its centralised server.”It also allows a consumer to reduce costs by increasing energy consumption during off-peak cheaper tariff periods,” the official said.It may be mentioned that the state Power department has already checked power theft for 8,000 big industries across the state, by implementing the technology of taking reading directly on a daily basis.The state Power department is holding talks with a number of foreign companies from countries like Japan, China, Korea, Europe and South Africa on using devices that cause less pollution in the Power sector.last_img read more

Keeping score with certification of green buildings

first_imgFrom the print editionTo many architects and builders, the question of what constitutes a “green building“green is an open one, which depends on factors such as the conditions of the site, climate, local customs, personal taste, available budget and a multitude of other considerations. However, others are in the business of defining exactly what a green building is, and of putting their stamp of approval on them.Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, for example, examines a long list of factors, and then, based on the compliance of the building with these requirements, denies or issues a certification. Depending on the number of points of compliance, the building can receive certification on one of four levels:  Basic LEED certification, Silver, Gold or Platinum.LEED, developed in the United States by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council, pioneered third-party, independent certification for green buildings in the U.S. and now has been  applied in 137 countries, including Costa Rica.  According to Roberto Meza, an engineer who works with LEED certification, there are now seven LEED-certified buildings in Costa Rica, while another 27 projects are pending. Other green certification programs also exist, including BREEAM, developed in the United Kingdom, and a new initiative being developed in Costa Rica specifically for Central America, called Requisites for Sustainable Buildings in the Tropics, or RESET (TT, May 12).The reasons for certifying a green building are many, and can include: •Marketing to environmentally conscious buyers or renters; •Using the certification requirements as a guide for green building; •In the case of corporations, as public relations and cost savings, or as part of a defined Corporate Social Responsibility policy; •In the case of government buildings in some countries, as a legal requisite and an example; •International development banks (such as the World Bank) are providing financing through local banks in Costa Rica and other countries on favorable terms for certified green buildings; •Finally, that the builder is willing to submit the building to an independent, highly detailed technical review is a sign of seriousness, and achieving certification a sign of good design and quality construction.LEED looks at the following issues, among others, and awards points based on compliance with a list of technical considerations under each heading.•The site of the building. Buildings that take advantage of existing infrastructure, control erosion and runoff, have access to public transportation and do not waste green space receive a higher rating;•Water efficiency, achieved through landscaping and water-saving appliances and plumbing fixtures;•Energy efficiency, achieved by building design and construction, smart appliances, and sometimes, on-site generation of energy;•Use of sustainable building materials and minimizing waste and use of natural resources; here, the impact of the building on CO2 in the atmosphere is taken into account;•Design. LEED recognizes smart design, and assigns extra credit for design innovation.RESET, which is in the final stages of development, is meant to be more attuned to building in a tropical, developing country than LEED and other certification systems, which were created in wealthy countries with temperate climates. According to Huberth Méndez, executive director of the Foundation for Urban Development, and a member of the committee of the Costa Rican Construction Chamber, which is designing RESET, the new certification system gives comparatively more weight to the choice of a site, building design and water use, and less to energy use, which is much more important in a climate that has extremes of hot and cold than in a tropical one like Costa Rica’s.Méndez also thinks that certification with RESET will be less expensive (Roberto Meza estimates that LEED certification can cost between $2,250 and $27,500, depending on the size and complexity of the building or project, although he stresses that savings in energy and water use, as well as construction costs, usually easily pay for the costs of certification).Although Meza believes that RESET is not strictly necessary – he thinks that LEED certification is sufficiently flexible as well as time-tested – he applauds the initiative as one that will lead to increased consciousness about sustainable building design in Costa Rica, and more green buildings as a result.“The points [counted for certification] are not the point,” he says, “The point is more and better sustainable buildings.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Recreo A Costa Rican playground for the adventurous and the cultured

first_imgPlaya Rajada is known for having one of the best sunsets in Costa Rica. Villa 19 has a pool area perfect for a massive party or just lounging around. Lindsay Fendt No related posts. Going There: Recreo is most easily accessed by flying into the Liberia airport and taking the road to La Cruz. After arriving in La Cruz take the turn off to El Jobo and continue towards Playa Rajada. Airport shuttles can also be arranged for $50 per adult per way. Recreo offers seven-night, all-inclusive packages during the holiday season, which include meals prepared by a private chef. The packages are priced by villa ranging from $4,046 for the one-bedroom villa (up to two people) and $20,230 for the five-bedroom villa (up to ten people). Off-season rates are as little as $189 per night for the one-bedroom villa and as much as $429 per night for the five-bedroom villa. Facebook Commentscenter_img Lindsay Fendt Upon my arrival at Recreo, a luxury resort at the tippy top of the northwestern province of Guanacaste, I was instantly compelled to snoop. (An expansive five-bedroom villa with seemingly infinite closets and secret nooks will do that). After 10 minutes of rummaging in the recreation room’s drawers, I emerged in the ultimate vacation get-up: a jungle explorer hat, binoculars, a maraca and a sturdy African club that I found on a shelf. I also discovered candleholders shaped like star people, miscellaneous drinking glasses, the board game Cranium and a small wooden manger.For me, these items provided little more than amusement. But their residency in our villa, along with everything else about my Recreo experience, led me to conclude that the U.S. owners of this remote Costa Rican beach resort had thought of everything. Situated on 32 hectares of land near the infrequently-visited Playas Rajada and Jobo, the seven villas at Recreo provide as much variety as the assortment of wonders inside of them. Whether it’s the intimate one-bedroom studio separated from the rest of the property by about a million stairs, the five-bedroom party mansion that the two of us stayed in, or something in between; Recreo seems to have digs for any occasion.Modern furniture and fixtures adorn each of the villas, but there also homages to Costa Rican history and culture. An oversized mortar and pestle once used for grinding corn is on display in Villa 19, and traditional oxcart parts are scattered throughout the resort. The only features the unique villas seem to have in common are the private pools and full kitchens, and I don’t recommend a grand tour unless you want a serious case of villa-envy. It happened to us in Villa 6. The floor-to-ceiling windows, moat and incredible mountain-and-sea view blew us away. Even the shower had a jungle view. Fortunately, we were able to recover after returning to our villa (19) to take a dip in its long pool and lounge on its plush wrap-around couch. After a relaxing afternoon and a lunch of lomito, fresh salad and patacones prepared by an exceedingly talented personal chef, we were ready to further explore. We set out on the gravel path lined in magenta Bougainvillea flowers, coconut palms and fruit trees that are frequented by spider and white-faced monkeys. The path is large enough for a car, but Recreo is best traveled by golf carts, which can be rented for $40 per day or $200 per week. Zipping around in these carts amidst the mysterious, prickly-treed landscape of Guanacaste, one is tempted to hoot like a sabanero (cowboy), and I can’t say we didn’t. Outside of Recreo’s gates, a five-minute golf-cart jaunt down a dirt road leads to Playa Rajada, a quiet beach known for its spectacular sunsets. Unlike most of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, Rajada is practically empty, making it perfect for a relaxing getaway. Guests can check out snorkel gear, boogie boards, kayaks and other sporting equipment (including basketballs and tennis racquets for the resort’s convenient and well-maintained courts) from the front desk. And although I do recommend kayaking and snorkelling just off the coast, where octopuses and lobsters can be spotted, beware of paddling too close to the rocky outcroppings. Sizeable waves occasionally break near them, and one managed to capsize my kayak. While the beach offers a fairly spectacular sunset, so too does the mountain-top lookout on Recreo’s property. The area is equipped with WiFi and a bar that can be stocked and staffed on request, and offers expansive views of Playa Rajada, Playa Jobo and even a stretch of southwestern Nicaragua. Most importantly, though, its the ideal vantage point to kick back with a glass of wine and watch the area’s famous sunsets, during which dramatic pinks streak the sky as a fuchsia sun dips into the Pacific.last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “I think there were a lot of positives to come out of the game.”Whisenhunt could have been talking about the play of his QBs, who combined to go 18-30 for 290 yards and three touchdowns, the 110 yards his team gained on the ground or the fact that 10 different players caught a pass. But, as we know, coaches don’t always care about stats in exhibition games. Whisenhunt and his staff wanted to see specific things out of different players, and that was a fairly mixed bag.“It’s been a very hectic week-and-a-half that we’ve had these guys,” the coach said. “But I think, overall, just as an overall concept of what you’re looking at it wasn’t as bad as maybe I thought it would be or probably a lot of people.”Whisenhunt said the team is “by no means a finished product,” and he’s got that right.Still, there were enough positives to take away from Thursday night’s game to feel comfortable saying this team will be better than last year’s squad. ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou contributed to this reportcenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   The final score really doesn’t matter.Sure, the Cardinals beat the Raiders 24-18 in the preseason opener Thursday night, but because it was just that — preseason — coming out with a win wasn’t the top objective.No, the Cardinals wanted to execute their assignments and come away healthy and, save for Todd Heap’s sprained left thumb, did a pretty good job of accomplishing both tasks.“As you would expect [there] were a lot of things we can work on,” Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “But for the most part, I was excited to see the number of different players make the plays that they did.last_img read more