Mexico City mayor to champion UN campaign to reduce disaster risk

Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, appointed Mr. Ebrard as champion of the “Making Cities Resilient” campaign at a ceremony during the World Mayors Summit on Climate in Mexico City.“It is our way to recognize Mayor Ebrard for his exemplary leadership, and for showing how local action can be taken to build the resilience of nations and their assets,” said Ms. Wahlström, who heads the Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).“It is particularly relevant at a time when the cost of disasters is expected to rise significantly because of climate change. Cities will have to bear the biggest brunt of climate-related risks,” she added.Mr. Ebrard signed a historic emissions reduction agreement with more than 70 mayors ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December.Under the agreement, the “Mexico City Pact – Global Cities Covenant on Climate,” signatories commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a transparent manner.Commenting on the international climate negotiations, Mr. Ebrard said because talks at the national level were not progressing fast enough, cities needed to take the lead.“I am convinced we can campaign together to get our cities ready, as leaders, or risk leaving future generations facing insurmountable problems,” he said. “Mexico City is situated on a closed basin and former lake, which make us one of the most vulnerable megacities in the world. Curbing the emission of greenhouse gases is essential to reduce climate-related risks,” he added.“Making Cities Resilient – My City Is Getting Ready!” is a campaign to promote safer cities based on 10 essential actions for local government. Managed by UNISDR, the campaign began earlier this year and is now 150-cities strong. The 10 actions forming the centrepiece of the campaign are designed to empower local governments through more robust budgets, stronger institutions, improved infrastructure, attention to ecosystem management and citizen engagement. 21 November 2010The United Nations body that coordinates global disaster reduction efforts today named the mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard, as champion of a UN initiative aimed at enhancing cities’ disaster preparedness. read more

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Teens rape 75 year old woman

Meanwhile the police media unit also said that a 16 year old boy has been arrested for raping a 15 year old girl in Dambulla. The two suspects are to be produced in court today. Two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, have been arrested for raping a 75 year old woman in Aralagangwila, the police media unit said today.According to the police the teens had raped the woman while she was alone at home on Saturday night. The police said that the underage girl had an affair with the young boy and this had led to the rape.The boy was produced in court and released on bail. Further investigations are underway. In another incident also reported by the police media unit this morning, a 34 year old man has been arrested for sexually abusing a 13 year old boy in Akuressa.The suspect is to be produced in court today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Transit shelters proposed for Ride Norfolk

Ride Norfolk hopes to add bus shelters to five of its bus stops before winter.Blaire Sylvester, public transportation and business development coordinator, presented the proposal to the Norfolk County Accessibility Advisory Committee on Tuesday.The Ride Norfolk program has recently extended its coverage, added new signs at each of the 63 regular stops and 28 South Coast Shuttle stops, and is now looking at adding shelters and benches to the stops as well.“We’re trying to put shelters in a few different communities,” said Sylvester. “This is our first wave and hopefully next time we can see if they’re going well and see other highly used stops that could use one.”The proposed shelters will be four feet by eight feet on top of a pad of pavement that will measure five feet by nine feet, and will all be fully wheelchair accessible. Each shelter will also have solar panel lights so they will be lit.The proposed locations for the shelters are the stops behind Shoppers Drug Mart in Simcoe, at the Port Dover Elmer Lewis parkette, on Main Street in Waterford, and Main Street in Delhi.There will also be a double wide shelter at the stop on Court Street in Simcoe to accommodate the heavier traffic at that stop.Ride Norfolk has followed the Guelph request for proposal and is using the same design for the shelters.“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” said Councillor Kim Huffman. “There are other places that have got great templates.”The funding for this project came in March 2018, for the improvement of the infrastructure of the stops. Benches, shelters, garbage cans, and signage are on the list of improvements to be made.The new signs also include a phone number that riders can call to find out when their bus will arrive.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Lebanon report on UN probe into videotape controversy expected soon

Under-Secretary-General Joseph Connor will return to New York this evening and is expected to finish his report by the end of this month, according to a UN spokesman. While in Lebanon, Mr. Connor “interviewed members of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon [known as UNIFIL] in connection with his internal investigation into the taking of a videotape of two vehicles thought to have been involved in the abduction of three Israeli soldiers on the Israeli-Lebanese border last October,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.Asked for details about the probe, Mr. Eckhard noted that Mr. Connor had a small team working with him, including staff members who were reviewing documentation in the region and in New York.In response to another question, the spokesman recalled that last week Mr. Connor had received an invitation to visit Israel from the Israeli Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN.”Mr. Connor explained that the terms of reference of his mission are to look into what the peacekeepers did, and that he therefore would not be meeting with any representatives of government,” Mr. Eckhard said. “He did tell the Deputy Permanent Representative on Friday that if any government had information that they felt was relevant to his investigation he would be happy to receive it.” The videotape incident was mentioned in Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on UNIFIL, which was released yesterday. “A controversy arose between the Israeli authorities and the United Nations over a UNIFIL videotape, filmed on 8 October 2000, of vehicles that may have been used by Hizbollah in the abduction of three Israeli Defence Force soldiers on 7 October 2000 across the Blue Line,” Mr. Annan wrote. He noted that Israel and Lebanon had been offered the opportunity to view the tape, with the identities of non-UN personnel obscured. read more

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Military developments fundamentally alter aid effort in Afghanistan UN official

Kevin Kennedy of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told reporters in New York that the effects of the military campaign were uneven. “The picture is somewhat mixed,” he said. “In some areas our ability to deliver assistance has improved, in other areas it has deteriorated.”While insecurity caused by ongoing hostilities and unrest had impeded the delivery of relief supplies, particularly around Mazar-i-Sharif in the north, he noted that the UN had succeeded in continuing the flow of aid to Afghanistan. Over the last two months, he noted, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had delivered over 80,000 metric tonnes of food into the country. “It really is a very significant and tremendous achievement on their part and on the part of their partners – NGO, Afghan and international,” Mr. Kennedy said.Meanwhile in Islamabad, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned that Afghanistan’s ability to detect and control tuberculosis was declining. “WHO is also concerned about the possibility of further emergence of drug-resistant strains of the disease,” said Christine McNab, warning that conditions were ripe for the spread of TB in Afghanistan, which already experiences an estimated 60-70,000 new cases of the disease every year. In Kabul, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was “swamped” with some 5,000 people seeking employment after it advertized 22 available posts, according to agency spokesperson Maki Shinohara. “UNHCR normally receives about 50 applications for a post, so this disproportionate scale of interest shows the lack of jobs and desperation of people in Kabul.” She pledged that the agency would carefully consider “ethnic balance” in the hiring process, adding that special consideration would be given to female applicants. read more

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Canadian Joe Fletcher voted Major League Soccer assistant referee of the year

TORONTO — Canadian Joe Fletcher has been named MLS assistant referee of the year.The 42-year-old chartered accountant from St. Catharines, Ont., by way of Niagara Falls, won 40.34 per cent of the vote by MLS players, clubs and media. Corey Rockwell was second (36.89 per cent).Alan Kelly, slated to officiate this year’s MLS Cup, was voted referee of the year for the third time in four years. The awards were announced by Major League Soccer and the Professional Referee Organization.Fletcher, who worked the 2014 and ’18 World Cups, reached a milestone with his 100th MLS match on Aug. 25. His resume also includes two MLS Cups (2014, 2016), CONCACAF Gold Cup final (2008) and two Canadian Championship finals (2011, 2015).Fletcher, who has been on FIFA officiating list since 2007, was 15 when he took his first officiating course.Kelly, a 43-year-old Irishman, has been a PRO referee since 2014. He officiated the 2016 MLS Cup between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounder.He got 46.43 per cent of the vote, ahead of Robert Sibiga (29.16 per cent).The Canadian Press read more

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Councils plan to ban dogs from sports pitches falls foul of the

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. Dog walkers face being banned from exercising their pets on sports pitches under a plan to tackle fouling and anti-social behaviour, in a move that has drawn the ire of the RSCPA.The public space protection order (PSPO) would include a ban on dog fouling in any open spaces owned or maintained by Cardiff Council, such as playgrounds, sports pitches and school grounds, and increase on-the-spot fines from £80 to £100.However, RSPCA Cymru has said it is “troubled” by the move.“We’re proud to work closely with Cardiff Council and urge them not to forbid dogs from marked sports playing pitches, particularly where adequate space for exercise may not be available nearby,” said spokesman Paul Smith.Cardiff Council said that it received 500 complaints over the last year about dog fouling, and that it was concerned about the safety of children and adults playing sport.Under the plan, which is out for consultation, dog owners would also need to keep their pets on a lead in cemeteries, and people who failed to pay a fine could face court action and costs of up to £1,000, the BBC reported.A Cardiff Council spokeswoman said: “Every year we receive a significant number of complaints about dog fouling and out-of-control dogs in public places and, while the majority of dog owners are responsible and do the right thing by cleaning up after their dog and keeping them under control, there is a minority who cause significant problems. “The introduction of a PSPO would allow the council to tackle this nuisance so that our public open spaces can be enjoyed safely by everyone.” read more

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Velux EHF CL TOP 16 draw Barca against Montpellier – Zagreb in

← Previous Story Injured Arpad Sterbik out for a month! Next Story → Metalurg’s Chokrev: “We wanted Veszprem, but Zagreb is not a bad option!” In the Headquater of the title sponsor of the EHF Champions League, Velux, Draw for EHF CL TOP 16 is made:Füchse Berlin (GER) – HSV Hamburg (GER)Montpellier (FRA) – FC Barcelona (ESP)Wisla Plock (POL) – THW Kiel (GER)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI) – Atletico Madrid (ESP)Ademar Leon (ESP) – MKB Veszprém (HUN)Vive Targi Kielce (POL) – Cimos Koper (SLO)Metalurg Skopje (MAC) – Zagreb (CRO)First matches (17/18 March) Second matches (24./25 March)IK Sävehof (SUE) – AG Copenhague (DAN) read more

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MC Hammer Brian Setzer to play ilani

first_imgHip-hop maven MC Hammer and rockabilly bandleader Brian Setzer will both party hardy in the Cowlitz Ballroom at ilani later this year. Tickets for both concerts go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.The famously untouchable, parachute-pantsed Hammer comes to ilani at 8 p.m. Sept. 12. Tickets are $69 and $99.Hammer became a superstar in 1990 by creating rap music that crossed over into mainstream culture, notably his “U Can’t Touch This” from “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” which remains one of the top-selling rap albums of all time.Some purists dissed the Hammer sound as derivative “pop rap,” and Hammer’s fortunes have fallen and risen since then. Today he’s considered a hugely influential musician, dancer, showman, businessman and fashion trendsetter for those baggy pants that took over the world.Hammer’s House Party also features other hip-hop and rhythm-and-blues acts from the 1980s and 1990s: Biz Markie, Sisqo and Kid ‘n Play.Later this year, guitarist and singer Brian Setzer will rev up some Christmas favorites with his unique blend of rockabilly and swing. Setzer and his band Stray Cats made a splash in the 1980s with their unlikely throwback hits “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town.”Although Stray Cats still occasionally reunite, Setzer has spent the last several decades staying busy as a solo artist, sideman and leader of his own 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra.The orchestra will rock it up on Christmas favorites and Setzer’s own signature hits. Tickets for the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! show, set for 8 p.m. Dec. 12, are $39 and $59.last_img read more

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England can be proud of World Cup display

first_imgAfter Gareth Southgate side were crashed out of the World Cup by a four million population nation – Croatia – reactions have been fielding in.England captain Harry Kane reacts by saying that the country can “hold our heads high” following the team’s performance so far.Kane also accepted that the defeat was “painful”, however, he hopes that the team can be proud of their run as there are plenty of bright signs for their future.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“A lot of emotions today. First of all, I’m so proud of this team and staff for giving everything we could over a long period of time together. We have overcome so many challenges that have haunted England in the past,” Kane wrote in a social media post as quoted in Sports Mole.“We have reconnected with our amazing supporters and have enjoyed this incredible experience together. It wasn’t the outcome we wanted and as painful as it is right now, I’m sure we will learn an awful lot from last night’s game.“It’s time now to hold our heads high as a nation and be proud of each other. I’m excited to be part of this team and the challenge to improve going forward. Thank you all for your support!”last_img read more

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Hurricane Dorian lightning show mesmerizes before landfall

first_img 0 There’s an increasing chance for #Dorian to bring a triple-threat of dangers to the Florida east coast…🌊life-threatening storm surge🌬️devastating hurricane-force winds🌧️heavy rainsThe onset of tropical storm force winds could be as soon as Saturday evening.Prepare NOW. pic.twitter.com/Moes49tcyu— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 29, 2019 While lightning in a storm like this isn’t unique, Smith tells CNET that “lightning in the eye wall is less common but still happens with tropical systems. A few flashes in that gif are from the eye wall.”The National Weather Service is warning people in the path of the storm of its power, saying it has the potential to “bring a triple-threat of dangers to the Florida east coast” with “life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds, (and) heavy rains.” NWS is urging those who might be in its path to begin preparing now.  Share your voice In this NOAA GOES-East satellite image, Hurricane Dorian, now a Cat. 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, gains strength as it tracks towards the Florida coast on August 30, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean.  NOAA via Getty Images Hurricane Dorian is due to hit land over the coming days, with the increasingly powerful storm rising to become a Category 2 hurricane Thursday night. The power of the storm, which could become a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 140 mph when it hits Florida early next week, was on full display as captured by meteorologist Dakota Smith.In a tweet Friday morning, Smith shared an image of the many lightning shows taking place inside the massive storm. “Hurricane Dorian putting on a lightning show tonight. Spectacular imagery,” he tweeted. A subsequent tweet showcased the scale of Dorian, which is set to hit Florida as soon as Monday evening and as late as Tuesday morning, according to CBS News weather producer David Parkinson. The images Smith created come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-East satellite, which the NOAA shared from its own Twitter account later. Sunrise Hurricane Dorian.Dorian intensified overnight & will soon become a powerful major hurricane. pic.twitter.com/epX9W3r3Ie— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) August 30, 2019 Post a comment Hurricane Dorian putting on a lightning show tonight. Spectacular imagery. pic.twitter.com/cdrs22PZqe— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) August 30, 2019 Tags Culturelast_img read more

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Sitka police arrest fugitive hiding in tunnel system

first_imgA fugitive from justice in Sitka was arrested Tuesday evening after police located him hiding in a tunnel system he had dug under a trailer park.It took eight officers to extract the man, who had been missing just over two weeks, and who had apparently spent much of that time burrowing.Sitka police staked out the home of 42-year-old Jeremy Beebe when he failed to report to jail on January 12 to begin serving a 21-month sentence.Lt. Lance Ewers says that Beebe eventually returned to his home in the Vitskari Trailer Court, but when officers followed him inside to make the arrest, he had disappeared.“And we find this dungeon door. It was like a door, you go down these stairs, and it was locked from the inside – so that was a clue,” Ewers said. “So we got the battering ram out and went to town on the door and blasted it open with the battering ram and entered the dungeons.”Ewers says the main underground area had a dresser and a TV, and could fit four officers – all standing upright – easily. But there was more to Beebe’s getaway plan.“When we turned the corner, there was this long alleyway, if you will. And at the end of the alleyway one of the officers located Beebe. And he had a black sweatshirt on. And he told him, I see you, you’ve got a black sweatshirt on, come out, let me see your hands,” Ewers said. “And he immediately took off and went out of sight, and we couldn’t find him.”Ewers says that the tunnel system was extensive. Officers resumed the manhunt outside the trailer, when it looked like Beebe might try to give them the slip through an alternative exit.“There were all kinds of boats and trashed vehicles and car parts, and motorcycle parts everywhere on the outside,” Ewers said. “We just contained the area, and started slowly dismantling the areas that looked like they were hiding entrances to this system of tunnels. And then we found another entrance near the back (of the trailer) where he was, and located him.”“One of the officers grabbed him by the ankles, but he pulled away from the officer and shimmied back into the tunnels. Another officer went around the back, ripped off the siding of the house, and just drug him out.”Beebe was taken to the Sitka jail. After consulting with the fire chief, Ewers says the Sitka building official was summoned to inspect the property, and to determine if it was now unsafe to occupy.Beebe was scheduled to serve 21 months in prison for several crimes ranging from theft to criminal mischief and misconduct involving a controlled substance.Although Ewers says he’s never seen anything this elaborate, he’s not surprised over the lengths Beebe went to in order to evade capture. In the end, it took eight officers to bring him to justice.“He was pretty motivated,” Ewers said. “He didn’t want to come to jail.”Ewers says that in addition to serving the original 21 months, Beebe likely faces an additional penalty for contempt of court.last_img read more

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Aishwarya Rai Keerthy Suresh Amala Paul – The leading ladies in Mani

first_imgAmala Paul, Aishwarya Rai and Keerthy Suresh.Twitter/Reuters/PR HandoutAmala Paul has bagged a biggie, which is probably the biggest-ever movie of her till date. The actress has been roped in to Mani Ratnam’s upcoming multi-starrer film, which is based on Tamil historical novel Ponniyin Selvan.Reports claim that Amala Paul has been approached for Ponniyin Selvan. Although the character for which she is approached is not revealed yet, it is believed to be an important role in the mega-budget flick.She has given her consent and allotted dates for the Mani Ratnam’s creation. It means she is the third leading actress to be on board for Ponniyin Selvan after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Keerthy Suresh.While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is rumoured to be playing Pazhuvoor Princess Nandhini, Keerthy Suresh enacts the role of Kunthavai Naachiyaar, one of the queens in the Chola empire.Apart from them, the cast comprises of Amitabh Bachchan (Sundara Chozhar), Jayam Ravi (Arulmozhi Varman), Chiyaan Vikram (Aditya Karikaalan) and Karthi (Vanthiya Devan). Sathyaraj Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar will be doing the role of a chancellor and treasurer, which is the second most powerful position in the Chola kingdom.Ponniyin Selvan is based on the historical novel penned by Kalki Krishnamurthy of the same name. It is widely considered as one of the greatest novels written in Tamil.last_img read more

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Sensex gains 100 points Nifty over 11850 as markets extend rally to

first_imgMarkets are witnessing an upward climb today as the Modi-led NDA govt has got a huge boost from the exit polls.Domestic stock markets on Tuesday, May 21, opened on a high note extending a four-day rally after exit polls on Sunday predicted a clear mandate for the Narendra Modi-led NDA in the Lok Sabha elections.At 10:12 am, the Sensex traded 126.99 points – or 0.32 per cent – higher at 39,479.66 while the Nifty was up 29.50 points – or 0.25 per cent – at 11,857.75. Both the indexes saw their biggest single-day gain since September 2013 on Monday.Reliance Industries, HDFC and Bajaj Finance contributed the most to the advances on Sensex.Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd was up 2.7% and were the top percentage gainer on the NSE index while Tata Motors Ltd slid 2.9% after reporting a 47% slump in March-quarter profit on Monday.Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to comfortably get a majority in the lower house of parliament, exit polls showed.On Monday, the S&P BSE Sensex jumped 1,032 points at 38,963 while the Nifty 50 climbed 308 points to 11,715. Also, Monday’s early morning jump has made investors richer by Rs 3 lakh crore.Indian stock market reportedly outperformed its Asian peers on Monday.The exits polls, following the mammoth seven-phase voting for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, showed 339 and 365 seats for Modi’s NDA in the 545-member lower house of parliament. This time Prime Minister Narendra Modi will retain back to power with a bigger majority in the parliament, with financials leading the charge.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

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Mirpur militant den rocked with blasts gunshots

first_imgSmoke and fire seen in the suspected militant den in the capital’s Mirpur on Tuesday. Photo: Ashraful Alam Sounds of explosions and gunshots were heard from the suspected militant den in Dhaka’s Mirpur on Tuesday night, reports UNB.Witnesses said sounds of explosions were heard from the den around five to six times at 9:45pm, followed by gunfire.Earlier, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said the militants agreed to surrender in the evening.”Suspected militant Abdullah agreed to surrender along with his two wives, two children and two associates between 7:30 pm and 8pm today,” RAB director Mufti Mahmud told a press conference in front of the building they kept cordoned off since 12:00am.He said they earlier asked Abdullah to surrender when he sought time for taking the decision. “We gave him time. Few minutes before the dusk fell, he informed us that he’ll surrender along with his family members and associates,” he said.RAB cordones off the suspected militant den on Monday night. Photo: RABAs per his commitment, Abdullah sent his wives and children to the balcony, Mufti added.As part of the security arrangement, the law enforcers have already evacuated all the residents from the building and adjacent ones, he said. “We hope Abdullah will surrender as per his commitment. If he tries to take any other steps without surrender, we’re ready to prevent him,” the Rab official said.Earlier, Abdullah’s mentally challenged sister Meherunnesa came out of the house.Rab members cordoned off the house around 12 am suspecting it as a militant hideout.Tipped off, a RAB team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard, said assistant superintendent of police Unu Mong, also operation officer of RAB-4.Locals said they heard the sounds of bomb explosions and gunfight from the house.Mufti Mahmud Khan said Abdullah, a suspected militant, is staying on the 4th floor of the building.Earlier, police arrested two suspected militants conducting a drive in Tangail district. The arrested militants gave information about Abdullah, said the RAB official.Locals also said that the building owned by Habibullah Bahar Azad has five flats on its each floor. The homeowner had been living on the 2nd floor.In a press briefing, RAB director general Benazir Ahmed said militant Abdullah got involved in militancy in 2005 and he had been carrying out his activities under the cover of his business of IPS, UPS, fridges and refrigerators. He deposited huge acid, petroleum and explosives, said the RAB DG.Benazir Ahmed said RAB members are trying to communicate with Abdullah, who is possessing improvised explosive device (IED), from 4:00am. His two wives, two children and two associates are also staying with him.”We’re also trying to arrest Abdullah along with his family members without any causality. We’ve requested him several times to surrender. He sought time for taking decision,” added RAB DG.Besides, intelligence sources said Abdullah’s two children were Omar, 10 and two and half-year-old Osama.Saqlain Russell, a presenter of a private TV channel My TV and a resident of the area, wrote on his Facebook account, “We [first] thought it was a transformer blast. But now it looks like it’s a bomb explosion. Our room soon got full of smoke while the glasses of the building adjacent to us have been shattered. RAB and police [members] have cordoned the area off. We’ve taken shelter between the flats in fear of a possible drive by law enforcers. We’re suspecting that something is happening in the next building. We’ve heard gunshots every now and then.”Read more:‘Militants’ agree to surrender: RABSeven persons possibly inside ‘militant den’last_img read more

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Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal On Resuming Subsidies To Health Insurers

first_imgEvan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump hands a pen that he used to sign an executive order on health care to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in the Roosevelt Room of the White House last week.Key senators reached a breakthrough deal Tuesday on resuming federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. Insurers had warned that unless the money is quickly restored, premiums will go up. At the White House, the president spoke favorably about the bipartisan compromise, which is still likely to face opposition in Congress. The agreement would involve a two-year extension of federal payments to insurers that Trump halted last week, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Unless the money is quickly restored, insurers and others say that will result in higher premiums for people buying individual policies and in some carriers leaving unprofitable markets. Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., have been working for weeks on health care legislation, separate from repeated and unsuccessful efforts by GOP leaders to dismantle Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Emerging from a closed-door GOP luncheon on Tuesday, Alexander said, “Senator (Patty) Murray and I have an agreement,” and added that Trump has encouraged them and the “president likes this idea.” While the agreement is a breakthrough, they still need to secure the support of fellow Republicans and Democrats. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was noncommittal while Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., welcomed the agreement as a step forward that will provide stability for insurance markets in the short-term. Murray hailed the bipartisan effort, saying “when Republicans and Democrats take the time … we can truly get things done” for the American people. In brief comments at the White House, Trump offered support. “It is a short-term solution so we don’t have this very dangerous little period,” the president said. Murray and Alexander began talks on extending the payments months ago, when Trump was frequently threatening to stop the subsidies.Both had said they were close to a deal, but GOP leaders shut the effort down in September when the Senate revisited the Republican drive to repeal Obama’s law. The repeal effort failed, as did an earlier GOP attempt to dismantle the law in July. Trump’s halt of the payments and worries about its impact have galvanized lawmakers in both parties to take action to prevent it. Even so, strong opposition by some conservatives means the congressional fate of a compromise would be uncertain. For their part, Democrats believe Republicans in control of Washington will be blamed by voters for future health care problems and are reluctant to bend too far toward GOP demands for opening loopholes in Obama’s law. Alexander said Trump has twice in recent days urged him to reach a deal with Murray. “He says he doesn’t want people to be hurt in this interim,” said Alexander, a reference to Trump’s desire to revisit the effort to scrap Obama’s statute next year. Trump repeated his gloomy assessment of a law that’s expanded health coverage to 20 million people and required insurers to cover specified services and limit costs, but has also seen premiums rise and limited competition in some regions. “Obamacare is virtually dead. At best you could say it’s in its final legs. The premiums are going through the roof. The deductibles are so high that people don’t get to use it. Obamacare is a disgrace to our nation and we are solving the problem of Obamacare,” he told reporters in the Oval Office. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump’s stoppage of the payments “showed that he’s willing to take a wrecking ball to our nation’s health care for the sake of politics.” He said congressional support for an agreement between Alexander and Murray would show lawmakers have “no intention of going along with President Trump’s reckless sabotage of the nation’s health care law.” Under Obama’s 2010 overhaul, the government must pay insurers for reducing out-of-pocket expenses for lower-earning customers. A federal judge has ruled that Congress hadn’t legally approved the payments, but Obama — and initially Trump — continued them anyway. Trump halted them last week, even though by law insurers must continue reducing costs for lower-income consumers. Trump and some Republicans consider the payments to be bailouts to carriers. But Democrats and some Republicans say halting them will create chaos in insurance market places. The so-called cost-sharing reductions cost around $7 billion this year and lower expenses like co-payments and deductibles for more than 6 million people. Sharelast_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed August 16

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThere is a growing chorus of Republicans arguing Donald Trump is not fit for office, after what some would describe as another “unhinged” speech last night in Arizona. We want to hear from our listeners at 5. What do you think of the 45th President’s speech last night? Is he fit to serve as President? Call us…410.319.8888! Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics, including discussions by Gov. Larry Hogan, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis about the violence that continues to grip the city.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

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GrapheneBased Nanomat Could Lead to NextGeneration Catalysts

first_imgReduced graphene oxide (RGO) can serve as a catalyst mat by anchoring particles that carry out catalysis at different sites. Image credit: Prashant V. Kamat. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers have found a new use for graphene, the single-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms that resembles chicken wire. Ever since graphene was first observed in 2004, its large surface area, excellent mechanical strength, and high electrical conductivity have intrigued scientists and opened up new areas of exploration. — “Anchoring Semiconductor and Metal Nanoparticles on a Two-Dimensional Catalyst Mat. Storing and Shuttling Electrons with Reduced Graphene Oxide.” Ian V. Lightcap, Thomas H. Kosel, and Prashant V. Kamat. Nano Letters. DOI:10.1021/nl9035109– “Graphene-Based Nanoarchitectures. Anchoring Semiconductor and Metal Nanoparticles on a Two-Dimensional Carbon Support.” PraDOI:10.1021/jz900265je Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. DOI:10.1021/jz900265j In their recent study, Ian Lightcap, Thomas Kosel, and Prashant Kamat of the University of Notre Dame have demonstrated that graphene can be used as a multifunctional catalyst mat. As a catalyst mat, two-dimensional graphene can hold particles that act as catalysts to speed up or slow down the rate of chemical reactions. The findings may pave the way for the development of next-generation catalyst systems, as well as advances in chemical and biological sensors. The study is published in a recent issue of Nano Letters.“The obvious challenge [in constructing a catalyst mat] is to have a large area of carbon surface so that the catalyst particles can be dispersed without any aggregation,” Kamat told PhysOrg.com. “Graphene, with its two-dimensional nanostructure, provides the largest surface area to anchor catalyst particles.”In addition to its large surface area, a graphene communicating platform also has the ability to store and transfer electrons to different locations on the platform due to its redox properties. Taking advantage of these properties, the researchers used electron transfer processes to anchor two different catalyst particles – semiconductor nanoparticles (titanium dioxide) and metal nanoparticles (silver) – to the mat. As the researchers explain, having two different catalyst particles in different locations on the same sheet can provide greater versatility for carrying out catalytic processes.To construct the catalyst system, photogenerated electrons in titanium dioxide nanoparticles are first transferred into the graphene oxide substrate. Some of these electrons are used to improve the conductivity of the substrate, turning the graphene oxide into reduced graphene oxide (RGO). Meanwhile, other electrons are stored in the RGO sheet until the introduction of silver nitrate. At this point, the stored electrons are transported across the RGO sheet to reduce the silver ions into silver nanoparticles, which serve as seeds for additional growth.“The graphene sheet facilitates direct communication between different particles by shuttling electrons across the carbon plane,” Kamat said. “The growth of silver nanoparticles confirms the ability of the graphene sheet as an electronic communicating platform between semiconductor and metal nanoparticles anchored on the graphene sheet. … One can envisage depositing other catalyst nanoparticles to incorporate additional selectivity.” One example that Kamat noted is a water-splitting catalyst system, in which molecular oxygen and hydrogen are generated at separate catalyst sites. Explore further A Search for Stability for Platinum Catalystscenter_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Graphene-Based Nanomat Could Lead to Next-Generation Catalysts (2010, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-graphene-based-nanomat-next-generation-catalysts.html More information: 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.last_img read more

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Researchers extend galvanic replacement reactions to metal oxide nanocrystals

first_img 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. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A large team of researchers, most of which are based in Korea, has succeeded in extending the process of galvanic replacement reactions to ionic compounds. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they used preformed nanocrystals to serve as a template to produce hollow box-shaped nanocrystals. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Monitoring the transformation of silver nanowires into gold nanotubes with in situ transmission X-ray microscopy Citation: Researchers extend galvanic replacement reactions to metal oxide nanocrystals (2013, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-galvanic-reactions-metal-oxide-nanocrystals.html Play Movie showing transformation of Mn3 O4 nanocrystals to γ-Fe2 O3 nanocages via galvanic replacement reaction. Credit: Taeghwan Hyeon To cause the galvanic replacement process to work with ionic compounds, the researchers used redox-couple reactions between multivalent metallic ions. More specifically, when they caused manganese oxide nanocrystals to react with iron percholate, a new type of nanocrystal was created in the form of hollow shaped boxes which eventually evolved into hollow crystals that resembled cages. Because of their shape, the researchers dubbed them “nanocages.” The process works because higher-oxidation state ions in manganese are naturally replaced by lower-oxidation state ions in the solution.The team’s results demonstrate that ionic compounds can be easily and cheaply used as templates to create new and useful nanocrystal-based materials. Further research, they suggest, is likely to lead to nanomaterials creations that are limited only by the imagination. For now, the researchers suggest the new type of nanocrystals might be useful in a wide variety of applications ranging from energy production, to biotechnology and electronics, and perhaps even as an anode material for lithium ion batteries.center_img Image showing γ-Fe2 O3 nanocages. Credit: Taeghwan Hyeon] Journal information: Science In the early days of nanomaterial research, chemists built environments for the creation of new nanocrystal-based materials using the proper mix of solvents, surfactants and molecular precursors. They then experimented with ways to cause the atoms in the mix to self assemble into the desired shape. More recently, researchers have found that a better way is to use preformed nanocrystals to serve as a template for the creation of new materials. Adding chemicals causes them to be changed in desired ways resulting in nanoparticles with unique properties. With metal nanocrystals, atomic exchange reactions can be brought about by taking advantage of the reduced potential differences between a metal in a template and metal ions in a solution—a method known as galvanic replacement. At its base, it’s a process of atomic diffusion—atoms are caused to move away from a structure, creating vacancies. Until now, however, this method has been limited to metals. In this new effort, the galvanic replacement process is extended to ionic compounds. More information: Galvanic Replacement Reactions in Metal Oxide Nanocrystals, Science 24 May 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6135 pp. 964-968 DOI: 10.1126/science.1234751AbstractGalvanic replacement reactions provide a simple and versatile route for producing hollow nanostructures with controllable pore structures and compositions. However, these reactions have previously been limited to the chemical transformation of metallic nanostructures. We demonstrated galvanic replacement reactions in metal oxide nanocrystals as well. When manganese oxide (Mn3O4) nanocrystals were reacted with iron(II) perchlorate, hollow box-shaped nanocrystals of Mn3O4/γ-Fe2O3 (“nanoboxes”) were produced. These nanoboxes ultimately transformed into hollow cagelike nanocrystals of γ-Fe2O3 (“nanocages”). Because of their nonequilibrium compositions and hollow structures, these nanoboxes and nanocages exhibited good performance as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. The generality of this approach was demonstrated with other metal pairs, including Co3O4/SnO2 and Mn3O4/SnO2. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Algorithmic Trading Market Set for Rapid Growth and Trend by 2025

first_imgAlgorithmic Trading Market 2018 report focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the global key players. It also provides analysis of the market share, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market. The report spread across 141 pages with tables and figures in it.Algorithmic Trading Market is expected to grow US$ 18,160.8 Mn by 2025 from US$ 8,790.7 Mn in 2016. Algorithm trading is also well known as black-box trading or automated trading. It is basically a process that makes use of computer languages for placing a trade in order by following a particular set of instructions that enables the human traders to generate profits efficiently and effectively.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3206748?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSKey trend which will predominantly effect the market in coming year integration of artificial intelligence capabilities with the current algorithm. Companies are working on customized chips integrated with algorithm trading strategies which enables robots to handle real-time interpretation and integration of data from many different sources. Current algorithm trading strategies enables software programs to perform trading operations based on pre-defined instructions set by the programmer with no means in altering decisions based on dynamic market conditions. With machine learning capabilities integrated into trading software platforms with advanced algorithms, software programs are expected to gain unprecedented power to make decisions based on real time market situations and manage profitable trading for humans.Global algorithm trading market has been categorized by functions, the market is broken down into order management and risk management & compliances. In coming years demand for risk management is expected to grow exponentially owing to the rising need for end-to-end risk assessment process by the businesses, whereas order management would continue to grow at a steady pace. The application segment is fragmented into equities, commodities, FOREX, funds, future & options, fixed income and derivatives among others. In coming years, the FOREX is expected to showcase positive outlook for the investors whereas Funds, or Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) are expected to grow at relatively the highest rate.The overall market size has been derived using both primary and secondary source. The research process begins with an exhaustive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. Also, primary interview were conducted with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers and national sales managers, and external consultant such as valuation experts, research analysts and key opinion leaders specializing in the algorithmic trading industry.Acquire Discount on this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3206748?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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