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Southeast Asia Screening for Radiation in Japanese Food Exports

Southeast Asia Screening for Radiation in Japanese Food Exports

first_imgAs the world waits to hear whether radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima reactor explosions have been released into the air, ecologists are becoming anxious about the environmental effects—and not just in Japan. Health officials from South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines are beginning to screen food imported from Japan for radiation, and several other Southeast Asian countries are expressing concern over the potential for contamination of soil and water that could affect food sources. No one has imposed restrictions on Japanese imports yet, however. Could food be affected? “It’s a reasonable question and one we should have a handle on,” said David Schauer, executive director of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) in Bethesda, Maryland. Unlike the Chernobyl disaster, which mainly affected small, self-subsisting farming villages in the Ukraine, the Fukushima accident could affect a larger population because Japan is one of the world’s leading exporters of goods. “I can’t think of anything that would not be contaminated if radioactivity passes over an area and lands on surfaces,” he said. One of the lessons driven home by Chernobyl, Schauer said, is that contamination of food products is a major human-health concern. Especially for children, consuming milk or meat from an animal that fed on radioactive grass could present health risks. Cesium-137, a radioactive product of nuclear fission, is one of the largest threats: it mimics potassium in the body and is taken up in the muscles. Because its half-life is 30 years, it is difficult to get rid of. 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A 2006 report the International Atomic Energy Agency compiled after the Chernobyl disaster found that condemning contaminated food proved to be very expensive; tens of thousands of animals had to be slaughtered. As radiation levels around the plants continue to fall, all are hoping that the question won’t need to be addressed.last_img read more

AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

first_imgNo more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Brownlee on Rice 3rd quarter: ‘He was unstoppable’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The trade ends an unfulfilling 6 1/2-year run in New York for Anthony, where he could never shake his reputation of an elite scorer who can’t carry a team to a ring. The Knicks made the playoffs his first three seasons and reached the second round in 2013, when Anthony led the league with 28.7 points per game. But after that they never seriously proved they could do anything consistently beyond make headlines.And Anthony was right in the middle of that, with constant trade speculation after Jackson’s criticism of Anthony’s game. Jackson and the Knicks parted ways in June and though the Knicks kept looking, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told Anthony they wouldn’t accept a trade that would hinder their plans to rebuild through youth.It didn’t help that Anthony had told the Knicks he would accept trades only to Houston and Cleveland, but a deal was finally found when he agreed to add Oklahoma City to his list of destinations.Anthony moved into the top 25 on the NBA’s career scoring list last season, and maybe the Thunder can help him reach elusive team success.Jackson noted that the Knicks hadn’t been able to win with Anthony, though one division title and three playoff berths give Anthony the best resume of anyone who played for the team in the 21st century.He had higher aspirations when he began pushing Denver to trade him to New York in 2010. But the Knicks gave up much of their young talent and future assets to get him, hindering their ability to fortify the team around their leading scorer in recent years.Anthony averaged 22.4 points last season and made his 10th All-Star Game, though that was the second straight season he finished well off his career average of 24.8 per game.Kanter, a 6-foot-11 center from Turkey who was the third pick of the 2011 draft, has averaged 11.3 points for Utah and the Thunder. He posted a video thanking the Oklahoma City community and imploring the Thunder to beat Golden State.“It’s a new adventure for me. New York, so please pray for me,” he said.McDermott has averaged 8.0 points and will be playing for his third team since being selected with the No. 11 pick in 2014. /cbb Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by The Vertical.Phil Jackson spent the latter part of his time in New York making it clear he wanted to move Anthony. But a deal was difficult because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade.He had long maintained that he wanted to stay in New York, but the constant losing and a chance to play with a talented lineup convinced him it was finally time to go.After making the postseason each of his first 10 seasons, he has been on the sidelines the last four years and said at the end of last season his priority was a chance to win. He wouldn’t have that in New York, where the Knicks are emphasizing youth and have little proven talent with which to surround Anthony.But he is close with Westbrook and George and should fit in nicely. He can possibly settle into the spot-up shooter role he’s played in the Olympics, where he’s won a record three gold medals and is the career scoring leader for the U.S. men.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims New York will get Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.The Knicks had said just a day earlier that they expected Anthony to be there when they reported for camp Monday. But it was clear they didn’t want him anymore and he no longer wanted to be in New York, where he arrived with so much hype that was never fulfilled in February 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHe rarely had a championship core around him in New York but jumps right into one in Oklahoma City along with Westbrook, the NBA MVP, and fellow All-Star George, who was acquired from Indiana this summer.Anthony will see his old teammates soon: The Knicks open the regular season at Oklahoma City on Oct. 19. In this April 4, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7) checks in as coach Jeff Hornacek, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in New York. An AP source said agreed on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma Thunder.  APNEW YORK, United States — Carmelo Anthony won’t be at Knicks training camp after all. He’ll be in Oklahoma City, joining Russell Westbrook and Paul George in a loaded lineup.The Knicks agreed to trade Anthony to the Thunder on Saturday, saving themselves a potentially awkward reunion next week with the player they’d been trying to deal since last season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READlast_img read more

Barcelona facing tough task to retain La Liga title

Barcelona facing tough task to retain La Liga title

first_imgChampions Barcelona begin their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday knowing that fellow heavyweights Real Madrid could, unusually, be just one of several challengers for their crown.Under new coach Rafa Benitez, Real are desperate to recover from a 2014-15 season when they failed to win major silverware and will be looking to FIFA Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo to break more scoring records and hoping world record signing Gareth Bale can rediscover his best form.Atletico Madrid proved they are genuine contenders by winning Spain’s top flight in 2013-14 and inspirational Argentine coach Diego Simeone has overseen some canny business in the latest transfer window, including luring Colombia striker Jackson Martinez from Porto.Also read: Pedro affected by transfer talks, says Barcelona coach EnriqueAnd it would be no great surprise if Valencia, flush with cash following last year’s takeover by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim, and Europa League champions Sevilla, who gave Barca a mighty scare in this month’s European Super Cup, are in the mix at the top of the table come May.”In Spain we don’t just have Barcelona,” Benitez told daily El Pais this week.”There is Atletico, Valencia, Sevilla, who are all performing very well,” added the much-travelled 55-year-old, who began his coaching career in Real’s academy after his nascent playing career was ended by injury.”But it’s true that Barcelona are the champions and the reference point.”Bilbao showed Barca are vulnerable when they thrashed them 4-0 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup last week, going on to seal a 5-1 aggregate success in the return on Monday, and the pressure on the Catalan club to match last term’s haul of Champions League, La Liga and King’s Cup titles will be immense.Much will depend on the form of talismanic forward Lionel Messi, who with strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez rattled in a Spanish record 122 goals in all competitions last term.Andalusian rivals Sevilla and Malaga get the new season under way on Friday when they clash at the Rosaleda (1830 GMT), before Atletico host promoted Las Palmas (1830) and Valencia play at Rayo Vallecano (2030) on Saturday.After Barca play at Bilbao on Sunday (1630), Real are at another promoted side, Sporting Gijon (1830), and second-division champions Real Betis host Villarreal (2030).last_img read more

Hull boss Steve Bruce interviewed for England job: Reports

Hull boss Steve Bruce interviewed for England job: Reports

first_imgHull City boss Steve Bruce has been interviewed by a three-man Football Association (FA) panel for the England manager’s job, according to British media reports. (Also read: Wales overtake England in FIFA world rankings)The post became vacant when Roy Hodgson quit following the team’s early exit from Euro 2016. Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is tipped as the favourite for the job by British media after the club confirmed he was in talks with FA.  (Also read: FA approached Sam Allardyce over England job, confirm Sunderland)United States manager Juergen Klinsmann, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and former England manager Glenn Hoddle are among those who have also been linked with the job.last_img

Report: Juventus 3 Young Boys 0

Report: Juventus 3 Young Boys 0

first_imgPaulo Dybala stepped up in the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League as his hat-trick helped Juventus coast to a 3-0 win over 10-man Young Boys.With Ronaldo watching on at the Allianz Stadium as he served out a one-game ban following his red card against Valencia, Dybala was the star turn in helping the Serie A champions make it two wins from two in Group H.His first goal was the pick of the bunch, a wonderfully timed volley from Leonardo Bonucci long pass as the centre-back’s inch-perfect delivery dropped over the head of Mohamed Ali Camara, allowing his team-mate to steer the ball in with his left foot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The second was more about attacking instincts than technical ability, the forward tapping home the rebound after Young Boys goalkeeper David Von Ballmoos failed to steer Blaise Matuidi’s powerful drive from the edge of the penalty area away from danger.Dybala could have completed a first-half treble had he made better contact with a first-time effort from Federico Bernardeschi’s cut-back cross, while a right-footed finish when through on goal soon after the break was kept out by a post.However, his third eventually arrived in the 69th minute when he stretched out to poke home into an unguarded net, converting Juan Cuadrado’s square pass from the right.As well as conceding three goals for a second successive outing in the competition, Young Boys had to play out the closing stages a man down after defender Camara picked up two yellow cards in the space of three minutes, the second for a foul on Dybala.Hat-trick hero! Paulo Dybala becomes the 4th Argentinian in #UCL history to score a treble.pic.twitter.com/ZoKK6dcb6d— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 2, 2018 What it means: Bianconeri about more than one manWho needs Ronaldo, right? Juventus signed the Portugal forward in the hope he can help them end a run of near misses in Europe, including losing two of the last four Champions League finals.Yet while having Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer will no doubt come in handy, the Italian side once again demonstrated they can prosper just fine without him. Against Valencia they rolled up their sleeves and found a way to win when down to 10 men, while they were ruthlessly efficient in dismissing Young Boys on home soil.Dybala takes centre stageThe Argentina international found the net just once in the competition last season as Juventus reached the quarter-finals but has already trebled that tally. While no longer the centre of attention following Ronaldo’s arrival at the Allianz Stadium, the 24-year-old remains a key part of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad.Von Ballmoos offers helping handYoung Boys travelled to Turin knowing they faced a tall order, particularly after they were easily outclassed by Manchester United on home soil in their opener. There was little they could do to deny Juve’s opener but goalkeeper Von Ballmoos gifted Dybala a second, allowing the hosts to coast to victory.Key Opta stats: Dybala joins elite company- Dybala has become the fourth player to score a hat-trick for the club in the Champions League, following Filippo Inzaghi (x2), Alessandro Del Piero and Arturo Vidal.- Juventus have won all their first nine games of the season, their best run since 1929-30 (the first Serie A season).- They are now unbeaten in their last 19 home Champions League group-stage games (W11, D8).- Dybala has scored four goals in his last three games in all competitions, as many as in the previous 14.- Bonucci made his 50th Champions League appearance and delivered his first assist in the competition.What’s next?Juventus will have Ronaldo available again in Europe for their mouth-watering doubleheader against his former club, Manchester United, but first up is a Serie A trip to Udinese on Saturday. Young Boys, meanwhile, will hope to open their account in the competition when they host Valencia next, with the return fixture taking place on Spanish soil on November 7. They host Luzern in domestic action on Saturday. read morelast_img read more

Wired for generosity: A quick guide to connecting to the limbic brain

Wired for generosity: A quick guide to connecting to the limbic brain

first_imgA recent article by Ken Burnett in the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (known as SOFII) caught my eye. It was titled, “The emotional brain,” my favorite topic, and it made links between how we think and why we give. He offers a very eloquent observation:First impressions last. Sure they do. This is a transformational insight, the single biggest realization of all. It explains things that many fundraisers often feel intuitively but mostly haven’t quite rationalized and that others miss altogether. Such as the surge of emotion when we see a child in distress, the appeal in the direct gaze of a child’s eyes that means all we have to say is, ‘sponsor me’; no more explanation is needed. Or the sweating palms and lump in the throat conjured by the mere image of those soldiers in first world war trenches, waiting for that whistle. Or the recall of time, place and feelings prompted by a piece of music from our past, or by the smell of perfume, or the taste of an exotic fruit. Think Amnesty’s long copy ads, children running from exploding shells, or waiting in food queues at times of famine, or the tired, shocked, dripping lifeboatman just washed in from the sea.How powerful are the emotions conjured by images such as these? How useful would it be to consistently harness them to your cause? Well, the emotional scenes are already there or they can be planted there to be called upon later, if only we get better at emotional storytelling, at presenting our emotional case with power and passion that will burn the memory of our story so deep that it will last and last long term, to be called upon again and again, whenever needed.I could not agree more, and I could not have said it better. When we see or hear someone’s pain, our own neurons fire in the same way they would if we were feeling that pain ourselves. We want to help others, and when we do, we’re rewarded with happy feelings – and a dopamine dose to our brain’s pleasure center. If we as advocates of good causes do our job well, we elicit those reactions. Burnett is right – our task is to burn the memory with a story so deep it evokes primal pain and joy.He also shares these great details from Damian O’Broin’s neuromarketing checklist. Enjoy. And do check out the full column at SOFII. It’s excellent. You’ll get Limbic Brain 101 and learn the difference between sharks and toasters.last_img read more

India’s Climate Bet: An Emerging Giant’s Alternative Route to Power

India’s Climate Bet: An Emerging Giant’s Alternative Route to Power

first_imgWhile this traditional view has some merit—it is hard to argue, for example, for reducing energy use in a nation where large swathes of the countryside are without electrification—it is increasingly one that does not add up. And for one simple, highly encouraging reason. India is beginning to demonstrate in its policies and actions that pitting climate and development objectives against each other is a false and unnecessary choice.From Climate Laggard to Leader?In the long-running drama of the United Nations climate change negotiations, India has generally been cast as a rogue player, refusing to curb its greenhouse gas emissions. Yet while Delhi likes to talk tough, its recent actions speak otherwise. While the United States Congress has conspicuously failed to pass comprehensive climate legislation to cap greenhouse gases, India has made significant policy strides toward a low-carbon economy.At Copenhagen last December, India emerged as an unlikely partner, alongside the United States, China, Brazil, and South Africa, in brokering a political accord that saved the much-heralded climate summit from collapse. Delhi has since formally pledged to reduce the emissions intensity of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 20–25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, which will slow the growth rate of its greenhouse gas output. While commitments made by developing countries are nonbinding (unlike those of industrialized nations), India’s pledge is nevertheless a major concession for a country that houses a third of the world’s poor and faces soaring energy demand to power development.What’s more, unlike the United States, India already has a National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in place to help meet its emissions commitment. Launched in June 2008 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the NAPCC features eight national missions, ranging from climate research and development (R&D) to sustainable agriculture, with centerpiece scale-up programs for solar power and energy efficiency. Renewable energy, including wind and solar power, already accounts for 9.0 percent (16.5 gigawatts) of India’s electric capacity. This is more than twice the 4.0 percent (53.4 gigawatts) that makes up the clean energy slice of the U.S. power sector, and Delhi aims to further double renewable power generation in the next four years.1This wide-ranging policy agenda is not yet adequately funded and implementation will not be easy, if previous government efforts in advancing large-scale change are any indication. Nevertheless, the plan is impressively comprehensive, in contrast to the piecemeal mix of state sticks (renewable energy standards and regional cap-and-trade programs) and federal carrots (tax credits, the green stimulus package) that characterize current U.S. responses to climate change.The most innovative and potentially transformative of India’s clean-energy policy solutions are highlighted later in this article. But to interpret the “what” of where India is heading with climate change solutions, it is first useful to understand the “why.”India’s Climate and Development Policy: No Longer a Zero Sum GameWhy has India, over the past year, essentially abandoned its traditional approach of pitting clean energy and climate action against development in favor of preparing an aggressive effort to decarbonize its economy? I believe there are four key reasons.First, the impacts. India, which houses a third of the world’s poor, will be at the frontline of climate change impacts as floods and droughts become more frequent and deadly, and yields for most crops decline. The 2009 monsoon season was a harbinger, bringing rains six times their normal volume and causing the worst floods South India has experienced in over a century. Shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns could trigger major repercussions for India’s agricultural sector. Temperature increases of as little as 0.5–1.5 degrees Celsius might trim yield potentials for wheat and maize by two to five percent. Ambitious global action to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change is very much in India’s interest.Second, the politics. India wants to establish itself as a leading diplomatic player and a responsible global power, and to avoid always playing second fiddle to China. Leadership on climate change provides one pathway to this goal. Domestic politics also dictate that India improve its energy security in the face of soaring fossil fuel imports by developing alternatives. Today, coal and oil provide the umbilical cord for India’s energy supply, fueling 87 percent of all power and electricity. However, deployment of renewable energy, especially wind, is rising rapidly. And the government also has ambitious plans to boost nuclear power from its current three percent of installed electricity capacity, though it should be cautioned that similar plans over recent decades have failed to materialize.Third, poverty reduction. Approximately 400 million rural Indians lack electricity and, for many, extending the national grid is prohibitively expensive. Enter distributed generation in the form of community-based, self-sufficient biomass and solar power. As the prices of these clean alternatives decline, distributed generation will increasingly become the obvious choice, not only for meeting basic household needs, but also for improving the productivity of businesses owned and operated by the poor, especially in rural areas. Moreover, clean energy can create new jobs, companies, and markets that can help stimulate more inclusive and sustainable growth in India.Fourth, and perhaps most important, the economics. India is realizing that green energy can be cheap energy. The upfront costs of making buildings more efficient or switching to electric, two-wheel vehicles are outweighed over time by lower operational costs, producing a net economic as well as environmental benefit. Beyond that, India’s governing elite and many in the corporate sector see a big opportunity in the emerging, clean-energy market. Ashutosh Pandey, chief executive of Emergent Ventures India, one of the country’s largest consultancies, says his firm is diversifying into advising companies on investing in energy efficient technologies and renewable energy resources. “Companies see sustainability as a core issue now, and not just CSR [corporate social responsibility],” he told the Hindustan Times. “We are helping formulate many strategies around this. We are also investing in renewable energy within India, which is easily one of the most attractive markets today.” In the race to produce low-carbon products, India is also well placed to occupy a specific niche: namely, leveraging its ability to manufacture products cheaply, sometimes known as frugal engineering. India has a track record in developing $2,000 cars (the Tata Nano), $30 cataract surgeries, and most recently a $35 prototype tablet computer. Its entrepreneurs could equally turn their talents to creating cheap clean energy products to serve both the massive domestic market and other emerging economies.India’s Green New DealThis is the backdrop against which, in June 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signaled India’s intent to shift to a low-carbon economy by unveiling the comprehensive National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). Singh, a vocal advocate for the transformative power of science and technology, outlined a raft of ambitious existing and future policies and programs to address both climate mitigation and adaptation.In so doing, he essentially abandoned the mindset that climate action must be at the expense of development progress. Despite this, Singh’s speech and subsequent roll out of the climate plan have not caused much public or political domestic debate. In sharp contrast to the divisive political battle over climate legislation in the United States, the three main coalition groups all back the NAPCC. (Although, no doubt, this support might waver as costly initiatives are rolled out.)Delivering on the Prime Minister’s words, India has recently unveiled significant incentives for renewable energy. These include investment incentives for financial institutions; accelerated depreciation rates, ten-year sales tax exemptions, and customs and excise exemptions to stimulate private investment; attractive feed-in tariffs (prices at which utilities commit to purchase renewable energy); and renewable energy standards (which designate a percentage of power that utilities are mandated to source from renewables). Delhi also plans to roll out efficiency standards and codes for new appliances and buildings, and to launch a pilot trading program to incentivize energy efficiency. Rao, N et al. An Overview of Indian Energy Trends 35-47 (Prayas Energy Group, Pune, 2009). ↩︎ This piece originally appeared in Solutions (Volume 1: Issue 6) and is reposted with permission.A native of Chicago, I spent my childhood summers with family in Udaipur, Rajasthan, then a verdant oasis in India’s most arid state. With each successive year, I witnessed with dismay the surrounding forests and lakes shrinking and drying up as factories and mines sprouted outside the city. My family, however, took it in stride as “the price we pay for development.”I have never forgotten that firsthand lesson in environmental degradation, and in what seemed to me an unnecessary trade-off. What my family was faithfully expressing was the decades-old belief, held by India’s government and business elites, that development often comes at the expense of the environment. In recent years, that belief has been extended to climate change. India cannot be expected to act to reduce its spiraling greenhouse gas emissions without outside help, its diplomats have argued until recently, because combating poverty is a moral imperative and the national priority. On a Mission: India’s National Action Plan on Climate ChangeNational Solar MissionNational Mission on Enhanced Energy EfficiencyNational Mission on Sustainable HabitatNational Water MissionNational Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan EcosystemNational Mission for a “Green India”National Mission for Sustainable AgricultureNational Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change Key ConceptsAt Copenhagen last December, India emerged as an unlikely partner, alongside the United States, China, Brazil, and South Africa, in brokering a political accord that saved the climate summit from collapse. Delhi has since formally pledged to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 20–25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, which will slow the growth rate of its greenhouse gas output.Energy efficiency and solar innovations have the most potential to transform India’s national markets and habits. In the energy efficiency arena, India is preparing to rival the United States in innovation and ambition. India’s climate, population density, and nonelectrified rural areas together provide ideal conditions for deploying solar power solutions on a grand scale.India’s success with frugal innovation indicates that its entrepreneurs could turn their talents to creating cheap clean energy products to serve both the massive domestic market and other emerging economies.There are several key obstacles, including costs, governance issues, and technological barriers, that India must overcome to translate its paradigm shift in climate politics into an on-the-ground shift to a clean energy economy.center_img The ball started rolling in January 2010 with mandatory energy-efficiency ratings introduced for four key appliances: refrigerators, air conditioners, tubelights, and transformers. India’s sprawling public sector will be required to procure only energy-efficient products which will help drive costs down. An energy-conservation building code will mandate maximum energy consumption norms per square foot for new commercial buildings. Commercial banks that invest in energy-efficiency projects will receive access to a partial-risk-guarantee fund to reduce the risks involved.All told, India’s energy-efficiency plans will help avoid 20 gigawatts of additional electricity-generation capacity over the next four years and 100 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, according to P Uma Shankar, the secretary of India’s Ministry of Power.Solar InnovationsIndia’s climate, population density, and nonelectrified rural areas together provide ideal conditions for deploying solar-power solutions on a grand scale. In recognition of this potential, the National Solar Mission initiative lays the foundation for a clean-energy future. Its stated aim is to achieve 20 gigawatts of solar power by 2022, mostly via large photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal power plants as well as rooftop PV systems. Other goals include replacing the use of kerosene lamps in rural areas with 20 million solar lighting systems, establishing a solar research center, and incentivizing PV manufacturing and skills training to boost the fledgling domestic solar industry. Several Indian states, including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, and Haryana, have also taken action by instituting statewide renewable portfolio standards (RPSs). India is expected to establish a national RPS this year, mandating that utilities get a certain amount of their energy supply from limitless natural resources such as solar and wind. Again, with this policy, India would leapfrog ahead of the United States, a country that has long debated, but so far failed to implement, such a market-transforming lever.The Indian government proved to skeptics that these are not just paper commitments when it allocated financing for the solar mission in the 2010–2011 national budget as part of a 61 percent budget increase for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Moreover, the budget introduced another bold initiative: a 50 rupee (approximately $1) tax on every ton of domestic and imported coal. The tax will capitalize a new National Clean Energy Fund that will help support solar technology development.However, it will take a lot of money to attain the ambitious goals contained in the Solar Mission. Indian NGOs are already raising tough questions, for example, about how to ensure that solar subsidies focus sufficiently on the poor, especially those living without electricity.2 And beyond that is a wider question: to what extent can clean energy be prioritized in a nation where much of the population still lacks clean water, sanitation, and access to basic education and health care?A Steep Mountain to ClimbWhile the roadmap Delhi has adopted is impressive, I am not arguing that the agenda described above will alone transform India in short order into a low-carbon economy. It won’t. Nor would I argue that it will significantly reduce India’s poverty levels and its greenhouse gas emissions overnight. It can’t.It is daunting to think of the sheer costs, the technological know-how, and the hardware that will be required to scale up these solutions to a level where they can truly transform India’s society and economy. Despite Delhi’s policy leadership, experience also highlights the mixed execution capabilities of the Indian government.There are several key barriers that India must overcome to translate its paradigm shift in climate politics into an on-the-ground shift to a clean-energy economy. First, costs. Not all investments in clean energy and efficiency are win-win. In a country where more people than the entire U.S. population survive on less than a dollar a day, pouring billions into building a future low-carbon economy will be a tough sell. Second, governance. Indian government at all levels is often plagued by mismanagement, corruption, and stifling bureaucracy, making the rollout of complex policies and programs an uphill struggle. Third, technological barriers. In the power sector, the current grid is antiquated and suffers from frequent electricity losses. Electricity tariffs rarely follow a rational pricing scheme. And while the renewables sector is growing, fossil fuels will continue to dominate India’s energy supply for decades, requiring expensive investment in additional alternatives such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) to help hold down greenhouse gas emissions.Overcoming these cost, implementation, capacity, and technology issues can be accelerated with appropriate external assistance. But such assistance should not be viewed by industrialized nations as aid. Rather, enabling India (and other emerging countries that are major and growing energy consumers) to transition swiftly to a low-carbon economy is a global, public good that requires coordinated international action. As Prime Minister Singh declared in launching the National Action Plan on Climate Change, “Our success in this endeavor will change the face of India. It would also enable India to help change the destinies of people around the world.” While all these missions (see list) have merit, I want to focus here on those with the most potential to transform national markets and habits.Energy-Efficiency InnovationsIn the arena of energy efficiency, India is preparing to rival the United States in innovation and ambition—at least on paper. The National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency has four key components: a pilot, market-based trading system for energy-intensive industries; a fast-track shift to energy-efficient appliances; financing instruments to help unlock demand-side, energy-efficiency improvements; and initiatives to improve the efficiency of power plants.While the U.S. Senate has apparently shelved legislative efforts to introduce a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions, India is expected to enroll up to 700 major industrial polluters in a market-based mechanism to enhance energy efficiency later this year. Managed by the Bureau for Energy Efficiency (BEE), the pilot “Perform, Achieve and Trade” program will set a percentage by which participating companies (responsible for half of India’s fossil-fuel use) must reduce energy intensity within three years. Those that beat their targets will receive tradable energy permits which they can sell to plants that fail to meet their own targets and would otherwise face penalties. While less transformative than a national cap-and-trade system in terms of emissions reductions, the impact will be far from negligible.Meanwhile, new nationwide certification standards for buildings will potentially transform the market for energy-efficient appliances and materials. Sectors including household equipment and appliances; hotel and office equipment; and industrial products will all be subject to mandatory efficiency standards and labeling requirements for new products.Image credit: Richard Morin/Solutions Sant, G, Deshmukh, R & Gambhir, A. Recommendations for National Solar Mission (NSM) (Prayas Energy Group, Pune, 2009). ↩︎last_img read more

Conflicts in sports awards committee

Conflicts in sports awards committee

first_imgIn a major departure from tradition, the ministry of youth affairs and sports has formed just one committee to decide on the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards, Dronacharya Awards, Tenzing Norgay Awards plus a few more awards. Before this, there used to be three different committees.By including former table tennis star Kamlesh Mehta in the committee this year as well, the ministry has flouted its own guidelines. As per the rules and regulations, there should be a minimum two-year gap before being nominated again on the panel.To treat this as an oversight would be easy but Mail Today has learnt that officials in the sports ministry were keen to put Kamlesh in the committee. There is no doubting his acumen and hard-work in the meetings but if norms have been laid down, they should be followed.The second issue pertains to MC Mary Kom being included in the awards committee. As an active athlete it would have been good had she been allowed to focus just on her training. In their eagerness to put her name, the ministry has perhaps overlooked the fact that her coach Chhote Lal Yadav has applied for the Dronacharya Award.If the ministry is not going not change the names in the committee, the least one would expect from her MaryKom is she recuses herself when Yadav’s name comes up for discussion.In 2017, a similar situation had cropped up when Pullela Gopichand was on the Dronacharya Awards committee and the name of his coach Gangula Prasad had cropped up. It’s learnt, at that time, Gopi had recused himself.advertisementOne hopes before the new committee meets in the Capital on August 16 and 17 there are no glitches as “conflicts” of this nature can invite trouble.last_img read more

Shock and awe as wounded Wigan sent packing by London Broncos

Shock and awe as wounded Wigan sent packing by London Broncos

first_imgWigan’s two-point deduction for breaching Super League’s salary cap has been upheld but suspended for 12 months on appeal.The Warriors took their case to arbitration service Sport Resolutions after being punished by an independent tribunal appointed by the Rugby Football League. The outcome of the appeal effectively means the champions’ points have been restored – they are now on two points after one win in four matches – although they have been ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 and costs of 2,000 for the original hearing. PA As the takeover suggests, Widnes should be easily large enough to survive in the top flight. With the players’ wages covered by the RFL funding, only shambolic management has seen them slip £800,000 into debt with nothing in the bank. With a monthly wage bill of £130,000 the new consortium face outgoings adding up to over £2m over the next year or so. Staying in the Championship, despite their 12-point deduction is now paramount. Keeping as many of their best talent is essential.Fifth and lastAfter a 12-year hiatus, the Great Britain RL Lions are finally back. The eternal delays in confirming their Pacific tour were caused by the RLIF attempting to interweave the Lions games into the relaunched Oceania Cup, to reduce the financial risks that were threatening both events. It was painfully hard work getting Australia are on board, although they won’t actually play GB. But organisers are confident of selling out a triple-header at Eden Park in Auckland on 2 November without relying on a considerable travelling British contingent. A world calendar of regional federation tournaments every two years from 2020, is finally in place. Read more Super League Share via Email Wigan Warriors Share on Twitter Show To emphasise the point, as soon as they recover from turning over Wigan, London must start preparing to face joint-leaders St Helens on Friday night. Then come encounters with Leeds and Hull, which may have seemed rather more daunting when the fixtures came out than they do now.If they back this up with another outstanding defensive display it will be some achievement given they lost Jay Pitts and star signing Ryan Morgan (on loan from Saints) to injury early on Sunday. “We were flipping bodies everywhere, “ said Ward. “There were a lot of lads playing out of position and finding themselves in places unfamiliar to them but they got there to make the tackles.”Welsh international Fozard admitted “every game is a Grand Final for us”. Two wins will not be enough to keep the Broncos in Super League. They will probably need to find another half dozen from the remaining 24 games to be safe, but as Fozard declared: “We have to keep going. We can’t die here.” Pinterest London Broncos Share on Pinterest Clubcall: Leeds RhinosAfter a dreadful start, the Rhinos are on course for their third painful season in four. The fixture list handed new coach David Furner a tough start, but getting hammered by Wakefield in their return to the redeveloped Headingley was not on the cards. Since being crowned champions in 2015, Leeds have won just 23 of their 73 regular Super League games; include the Super 8s and that’s 31 wins in 86 against top flight opponents – and that includes a championship-winning season! That Super League triumph just 17 months ago seems more and more an incredible aberration.Foreign quotaDefending your title is not just seemingly impossible in the NRL and Super League these days. Rhinos Syndrome has also struck down Sporting Olympique Avignon – with a vengeance. A few months after coming from nowhere to win the French title against all odds, the Bisons of beautiful Avignon are having a dreadful time in Elite 1, sitting bottom with only two wins from their first 10 games.The top four are more predictable: fielding half a team of Dragons familiar to Super League fans, St Esteve-XIII Catalan, annual under-achievers Carcassonne, and regular finalists Lezignan and last season’s runners-up Limoux have already broken away from the pack. The top six qualify for the play-offs so Avignon could yet repeat last year’s heroics but I wouldn’t bet on it.Goal-line drop-outNearly 6,000 were at Halton Stadium on Sunday to rejoice in the saving of Widnes Vikings and they were treated to a handsome win over Featherstone.Crowds have fluctuated wildly down Lowerhouse Lane for decades, but were always strong when Widnes were winning. They averaged over 4,000 in 2008 in the second tier, twice what they got a decade earlier but half of their world title peak in the late 80s. Last season they averaged 4,624 despite winning only four home games all year. Quick guide Wigan’s points deduction suspended after appeal Widnes’s Jack Owens converts Widnes’s first try in front of a healthy home crowd. Photograph: Chris Mangnall/SWpix.com/Rex/Shutterstock Reuse this content The Recap: sign up for our editor’s pick of the best Guardian spot content. Rugby league Share on WhatsAppcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback. No Helmets Required Losing to Sydney Roosters is one thing. Going down to relegation favourites London Broncos quite another. The fact that Wigan Warriors are only on two points after four games has left new coach Adrian Lam in a state of shock.“I ask the fans to be patient,” said Lam after his depleted side failed to break Super League’s rank outsiders on Sunday. “I said to the players; ‘I know you care about the team and the club. We’ll fix this together’.”Granted, Wigan had almost half a team out injured or ill, but still had 12 of the side who played in the World Club Challenge a fortnight ago, including captain Sean O’Loughlin who was not expected to feature on the artificial surface but ended up playing the last 50 minutes as Wigan tried desperately to restore superiority. features “There are a lot of different players playing from the Grand Final team,” explained Lam. “We’ve had a few changes, with another four players out to add to the four we already had missing. So we’re trying to get through this period and win, but we’re not doing that, and that brings a fair bit of pressure. I understand that.”Hundreds of Wigan fans made the trip down for their club’s debut appearance at Trailfinders, helping the Broncos set a new attendance record in Ealing of 2,586. Those getting soaked in the unfinished new stand as the rain blew in sideways and the steel roof sheeting banged ominously in the wind went from disappointed to bewildered to angry as the champions failed to turn possession into chances, let alone points. Wigan already face a considerable task to catch St Helens and Castleford – both six points ahead – and having won their points deduction appeal (see below) need to beat bottom of the table Huddersfield this week.As in last year’s promotion play-off final in Toronto, gradually the Broncos players and fans realised they could actually win! Hooker Matty Fozard could have been speaking for all Broncos fans as well as the players when he told BBC London: “We can’t believe it – we’re all in shock. It’s remarkable.”Even if Wigan had nicked it late on, there was sufficient evidence that opponents will need to play well to beat London, something which delighted Broncos fans who chanted “London, London” in the warmth of the Trailfinders bars afterwards, struggling to believe what they had seen.“We know we’ve got to be on it every week,” admitted London coach Danny Ward. “Everyone has to be a nine out of 10 each week. We can’t afford anyone to have off days. But on our day we are tough to beat. Beating the champions at home is pretty special but we’re not getting carried away. It’s been a tough few weeks and hopefully that will help get our confidence back. There are no easy games. The quality of opposition has been fantastic and it’s never-ending.” Was this helpful? Share on Facebook Facebook Vikings repay support with interest and give Widnesians reason to hope Share on LinkedIn Topics Hide Since you’re here… Twitter last_img read more

Bernardo accepts Boly apology for red-card tackle

Bernardo accepts Boly apology for red-card tackle

first_imgManchester City’s Bernardo Silva has accepted an apology from Willy Boly after the Wolves defender’s red-card tackle on the midfielder.The French centre-back was sent off in the 19th minute of the 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night after sliding in with his studs showing.His challenge won the ball but also caught City’s former Monaco man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It was quite a hard tackle but I am fine,” said the Portuguese midfielder, 24.”Yes he did [apologise] at the end of the game. These things happen.”You don’t do it on purpose, I think, and he said that. Everything’s fine. It’s football.”Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said referee Craig Pawson made the correct decision in dismissing the 27-year-old.”It’s very close to me and I think it’s a red card,” he said. “It’s clear, you saw it. It’s a red card.”However, former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg told The Mail he thought the decision was harsh.“Boly was unfortunate to be sent off for his challenge on Bernardo,” he said.“You must first consider that the Wolves defender won the ball before catching the Manchester City midfielder. That does not mean it is not a red card, of course.“But Boly’s foot was low and he caught Silva on the ankle, not on the shin or higher.”Gabriel Jesus scored twice to help City to a win that leaves Pep Guardiola’s side four points behind leaders Liverpool.City travel to the Premier League’s bottom club Huddersfield on Sunday.last_img read more

Ian McKellen And Petra Nemcova To Be Honored By Only Make Believe

Ian McKellen And Petra Nemcova To Be Honored By Only Make Believe

first_imgChristopher Meloni will host the Only Make Believe Gala on November 5, honoring Sir Ian McKellen and Petra Nemcova.Only Make Believe provides interactive theatrical performances conducted by a team of three professional actors, once a week for six weeks, free-of-charge to hospitals and other medical institutions. OMB serves children living with chronic illnesses and disabilities, and is dedicated to the principle that freeing a child’s creative spirit is essential to the healing process.Among guests at the event will be Matthew Broderick, David Bryan, Seth Rudetsky, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Broadway Kids Care, and many others. Rachel Weisz is a Gala Co-Chair.The event takes place at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York on November 5. Find out more about the event here.last_img

One killed as bus rams into bike

One killed as bus rams into bike

first_imgNEW DELHI: A biker was killed when a cluster bus rammed ino his bike near Jor Bagh Metro station in Lodhi Colony on Wednesday afternoon. When the police team reached the spot they found a 35-year-old man on the footpath with severe injuries. The deceased has been identified as Mosin Khan, a resident of Race Course Masjid Jaipur Polo Ground New Delhi. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.According to police the driver and the conductor of the cluster bus fled the crime scene. The Police team has sent the body for Post-mortem and the search is on for the accused bus driver. The police is trying to look for eyewitnesses to know how the accident happened. Also, a case under section 279 and 304 A has been registered.last_img

Antibiotic use may up heart attack stroke risk in women

Antibiotic use may up heart attack stroke risk in women

first_imgWashington: Women who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a study claims. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for two months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken during middle age (aged 40-59). The researchers could find no increased risk from antibiotic use by younger adults aged between 20-39. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe possible reason why antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is because antibiotics alter the balance of the micro-environment in the gut, researchers said. “Antibiotic use is the most critical factor in altering the balance of microorganisms in the gut. Previous studies have shown a link between alterations in the microbiotic environment of the gut and inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels, stroke and heart disease,” said Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University in the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe researchers studied 36,429 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, which has been running in the USA since 1976. The current study looked at data from 2004 to June 2012. In 2004 the women were aged 60 or older, and they were asked about their use of antibiotics when they were young (20-39), middle-aged (40-59) or older (60 and older). The researchers categorised them into four groups: those who had never taken antibiotics, those who had taken them for time periods of less than 15 days, 15 days to two months, or for two months or longer. During an average follow-up period of nearly eight years, during which time the women continued to complete questionnaires every two years, 1,056 participants developed cardiovascular disease. The researchers found that women who used antibiotics for periods of two months or longer in late adulthood were 32 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use antibiotics. Women who took antibiotics for longer than two months in middle age had a 28 per cent increased risk compared to women who did not. These findings mean that among women who take antibiotics for two months or more in late adulthood, six women per 1,000 would develop a cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 among women who had not taken antibiotics. “By investigating the duration of antibiotic use in various stages of adulthood we have found an association between long-term use in middle age and later life and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease during the following eight years,” said Yoriko Heianza, a research fellow at Tulane University “This is an observational study and so it cannot show that antibiotics cause heart disease and stroke, only that there is a link between them,” Qi said. “It’s possible that women who reported more antibiotic use might be sicker in other ways that we were unable to measure, or there may be other factors that could affect the results that we have not been able take account of,” he said. “Our study suggests that antibiotics should be used only when they are absolutely needed. Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic use the better,” he added.last_img read more

President assures will protect Jagath Jayasuriya and troops

President assures will protect Jagath Jayasuriya and troops

The International Truth and Justice Project, a human rights group had filed war crimes charges in Brazil and Colombia against Jagath Jayasuriya, who just concluded his term as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Latin America. The lawsuit filed in Brasilia and Bogotá alleges that General Jayasuriya bears individual criminal responsibility as the commander of units that committed repeated attacks on hospitals, acts of torture and sexual violence, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.“It is an outrage that a man like this, named in UN reports, should be sent as a diplomat abroad and accredited given what he has done. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and its Latin American partners would have liked to see the General stand trial but instead we understand he’s suddenly fled the region and returned to Sri Lanka,” said the ITJP’s executive director, South African human rights lawyer, Yasmin Sooka.However President Maithripala Sirisena said he will not dance to the tune of non-governmental organisations. He says while there are some good non-governmental organisations, there are also those he will not work with. (Colombo Gazette) The International Truth and Justice Project accused Jayasuriya of being involved in war crimes during the final phase of the civil war in 2009.The United Nations estimated between 40 and 70 thousand Tamil civilians were killed in the last months of the Sri Lankan war and a 2015 UN Investigation found reasonable grounds to conclude the Sri Lankan military had committed systematic and widespread violations of international humanitarian law. He assured he will not let anyone touch Jayasuriya or soldiers who fought the war. The Government today assured it will protect former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya and troops who battled against the LTTE.President Maithripala Sirisena, speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) 66th anniversary celebrations, said that Jayasuriya’s issue is not a domestic issue. read more

Churchill was PM JFK was assassinated and we fought against France How

Churchill was PM JFK was assassinated and we fought against France How

first_imgJustine Baynes, Director at SSAFA, said: “Millennials are the first generation who may not have known a family member who fought in World War One so it’s not surprising that there may be a lack of knowledge about the war.   Millennials are the first generation who may not have known a family member who fought in World War One so it’s not surprising that there may be a lack of knowledge about the war.Justine Baynes, Director at SSAFA The Battle for Gallipoli in 1915 Less than half (45 per cent) knew that the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, sparked the War, with six per cent alarmingly thinking it was the assassination of US president John F Kennedy. He died nearly 50 years later.The charity is now calling on the public to keep the nation’s history alive on the centenary of the end of World War One, and encourage families to share their stories of World War One with the younger generations. It came after the baby boomer generation’s knowledge in the poll was far superior.   There was also confusion among millennials over who was monarch during World War One, as three quarters were unaware that King George V was on the throne.A quarter (25 per cent) said ‘Russia’ was who we fought against, and 19 per cent answered France. 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. An armed forces charity has revealed its fears that the efforts of brave World War One soldiers may be forgotten after a survey revealed one in five millennials thought Britain fought it against France.SSAFA, formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, polled 2,000 British adults over some of the war’s pivotal moments.It found that millennials were not aware who the British Prime Ministers were during the War, with nearly half (42 per cent) believing wrongly that Winston Churchill held office. “The further we move away from the conflict, the more important it becomes to keep the World War One stories of bravery and courage alive and commemorate those who gave up their lives for our country.” The Battle for Gallipoli in 1915Credit:akg-images/Alamylast_img read more

Indonesia approves plans to move capital away from rapidlysinking city of Jakarta

Indonesia approves plans to move capital away from rapidlysinking city of Jakarta

first_img The central business district skyline is seen during the dusk in Jakarta yesterday. Image: Dita Alangkara/AP https://jrnl.ie/4612063 By Stephen McDermott Share17 Tweet Email2 37,404 Views The central business district skyline is seen during the dusk in Jakarta yesterday. Indonesia approves plans to move capital away from rapidly-sinking city of Jakarta Half of the city, which is home to 30 million people, is below sea level. Apr 30th 2019, 10:47 AM center_img INDONESIA COULD MOVE its capital away from Jakarta, after the government approved a long-term plan to abandon the overcrowded and sinking city.Urban planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro unveiled a long-awaited relocation plan yesterday, after it won approval from the country’s president Joko Widodo.Widodo has favoured moving the capital away from Indonesia’s most populous Java island, with the city prone to annual flooding, congestion and waste problems.“(Widodo) decided on … the option to relocate the capital,” Brodjonegoro said after a cabinet meeting.Low-lying Jakarta, which is home to nearly 30 million people, is one of the world’s fastest sinking cities due to excessive groundwater extraction.Half of the city – which is crossed by 13 rivers – is below sea level, while research has suggested that it is sinking at a rate of up to 15cm a year.Only 4% of the city’s wastewater is treated, according to the government, which causes massive pollution to rivers and contamination to the ground water that supplies the city.The city also suffers some of the world’s worst traffic jams, and congestion is estimated to cost the economy €5.8 billion a year.In a statement before yesterday’s cabinet meeting, president Widodo expressed support for the idea, but did not give an alternative location or a timeline for any move.“In the future, would Jakarta be able to carry the double burden of being both the centre of government and its business centre?” he asked in the statement.“If we prepare well from the very beginning, this great idea could be realised,” he added.During his re-election campaign, Widodo pledged to spread economic growth more evenly in the nation of 260 million people.Under the new plan, Jakarta would remain the country’s financial hub, but the governmental capital would move to another, as yet unnamed, location.Local media has reported that a possible new capital could be Palangkaraya city on the island of Borneo, although Brodjonegoro said that eastern Indonesia was favored.Palangkaraya city was one of three options discussed, with other alternatives including moving to a location near Jakarta or leaving the capital in place and relocating all government buildings to a special zone around the presidential palace.Before the Cabinet meeting, Widodo also said other countries such as Malaysia, South Korea and Brazil set up new capitals as part of their development as nations.“The idea to move the capital city appeared long ago,” he said. “But it has never been decided or discussed in a planned and mature manner.”With additional reporting from – © AFP 2019 and Associated Press. 16 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Dita Alangkara/AP Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 10:47 AMlast_img read more

Battle Ground man accused in stabbing pleads not guilty

Battle Ground man accused in stabbing pleads not guilty

first_imgA Battle Ground man who allegedly stabbed a man and slashed his dog during an argument made a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court.William E. Nelson, 39, entered not-guilty pleas Wednesday to first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree animal cruelty, second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft.Vancouver police responded shortly after 7 p.m. Aug. 24 to a disturbance at a residence in the 3500 block of Harney Street, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.A man at the residence, David Schwartz, said that Nelson came to the home and they began to argue over some items belonging to Nelson that had been stored there. Schwartz did not allow Nelson to retrieve his belongings so Nelson climbed over a low fence and approached him. Nelson took out a “buck knife” with a 6- to 9-inch blade and attempted to stab Schwartz six or seven times, the affidavit states.Schwartz, who suffered a cut to the left side of his stomach, retreated to the yard, but Nelson followed him. Nelson then allegedly slashed at Schwartz’s dog that was tethered to a tree. The dog sustained cuts to the face and neck, court records said.The homeowner, James Clark, told police that Nelson used to live at the residence but moved out weeks ago. He said that during the altercation Nelson drove his vehicle in reverse into his garage, damaging the door and a vehicle inside. He estimated the cost of the damage to be about $2,000, according to court documents. Nelson also allegedly stole a gas can and damaged Clark’s vehicle, which was parked on the street. He estimated an additional $1,000 worth of damage, the affidavit said.last_img read more

Azpilicueta believes Hazard can match Messi and Ronaldo

Azpilicueta believes Hazard can match Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgThe Spanish defender has faith in the Belgian star and he can see Hazard getting recognition without having to score 50 goals per seasonBelgian footballer Eden Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012.Since then he has scored 74 goals in 213 appearances.He is seen as a world-class footballer and many believe he can develop to the same level as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi or Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.And for teammate Cesar Azpilicueta, the forward can become the best without having to score as many goals as Messi and Ronaldo.“I know Eden, we came here together and I played against him in France so I have seen him for a long time but, yes, I’m sure he can be the best,” Azpilicueta told Goal.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“He has that quality of eliminating defenders. It’s amazing.”“But this season he is adding goals and assists. Sometimes he was playing very good but maybe not selfish; he always gives passes to team-mates,” he added.“Messi, Cristiano, they score 50 goals a year and that is very difficult in England. But from his point of view, if he’s more aggressive in the box by scoring goals and making assists, he will be the top of his game.”“In normal play he can create chances. It looks very easy. He goes quick, he scores with both feet,” he continued.“Eden has all the qualities to be the best. And his personality as well, the way he behaves.”last_img read more

I was wrong Armenia PM quits after mass protests

I was wrong Armenia PM quits after mass protests

first_imgIn this file photo taken on April 6, 2016 Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian gives a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel (unseen), after meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. Photo : AFPArmenia’s prime minister Serzh Sarkisian resigned on Monday after mass protests against his election, seen as a blatant power grab by the opposition.”I am leaving the post of the country’s leader,” Sarkisian was quoted as saying in a statement by his press service, just days after he took office.”Nikol Pashinyan was right,” he said referring to the leader of the protests. “I was wrong.”After serving for a decade as president, Sarkisian was last week elected prime minister by lawmakers in a move the opposition said was designed to extend his rule under a new parliamentary system of government.Constitutional amendments approved in 2015 transferred power from the presidency to the premiership.Sarkisian, a shrewd former military officer, was first elected president of the impoverished, Moscow-allied country in 2008.After the 2008 vote, 10 people died in clashes between police and supporters of the defeated opposition candidate.He was re-elected in 2013, with his second and final term ending April 9.Opposition toast victoryEarlier on Monday, protest leader Pashinyan was freed after police detained him Sunday following failed talks with Sarkisian.”So has everyone now understood that we have won?” Pashinyan told supporters shortly after his release in the capital Yerevan and before Sarkisian resigned.Flag-waving supporters cheered the 42-year-old opposition MP and some kissed and hugged him.An AFP reporter saw people opening a champagne bottle and handing Pashinyan a glass on the 11th day of demonstrations in the country of 2.9 million people.Prosecutors had said that Pashinyan and two other opposition politicians “were detained as they were committing socially dangerous acts”.Protesters had denounced Sarkisian and called on the 63-year-old to stand down.Sarkisian had earlier refused to go and on Sunday stormed out of televised talks with Pashinyan, accusing him of “blackmail”.Earlier Monday, groups of young men briefly blocked roads in Yerevan and hundreds of students marched arm-in-arm holding Armenian flags.A group of serving soldiers joined the protests while the country’s defence ministry threatened to take “serious measures” against them.”We condemn the participation of a group of servicemen from the peacekeeping brigade of the Armenian armed forces who, violating the law, took part in an organised rally,” the defence ministry said.A number of uniformed former soldiers and veterans who fought in Nagorny Karabakh — a breakaway region seized by Armenian separatists at the end of the Soviet era — also marched with the protesters.Tens of thousands had rallied in Yerevan over the weekend against pro-Kremlin Sarkisian.Kremlin ‘observing’In Moscow, president Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Russia was carefully watching events in Armenia, which has retained close ties to its former Soviet master.”We are very attentively observing what is happening in Armenia,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, calling the South Caucasus country “extremely important” for Russia.Peskov dismissed a question on whether Russia would interfere in the crisis, which he called “exclusively an internal affair”, as “absolutely inappropriate.”Armenian defence minister Vigen Sarkisian (no relation to Serzh Sarkisian) warned that his country’s foe Azerbaijan was gaining from the unrest.”The enemy is looking at events in our country. Instability inside our country opens a road for them to take action. We need to tell society about this,” the minister told reporters.He added the army could only become involved in the crisis if a state of emergency was declared, which he hopes will not happen “for years to come”.”I think we have not crossed any red lines yet and dialogue can continue,” he said. “Dialogue is better than any tension. I am opposed to Armenians coming out against Armenians.”Pashinyan, the leader of the Civil Contract Party, last week called for the “start of a peaceful velvet revolution.”Hundreds of people were detained at protest rallies across Yerevan on Sunday.Earlier Monday, Armenia’s Investigative Committee said 26 had been detained on suspicion of “hooliganism” and use of violence against police.last_img read more