Forest fires threatening Odisha’s flora and fauna

first_imgOdisha had registered a sudden jump in forest fires across the State resulting in massive damage to flora and fauna.As many as 5,332 fire spots had been noticed since November 1 last, the beginning of forest fire season, in the State. The month of March had alone registered 4,495 fire spots. As per statistics generated by SNPP (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite, only 385 fire spots were recorded February while in January, only 55 fire incidences were detected.Southern Odisha looked red in the map provided by Forest Fire Geo Portal of Forest Survey. In Koraput, the southernmost forest circle in Odisha, 2,809 fire spots had been detected since November. It was followed by Bhawanipatna with 622 fire incidences and Berhampur (601). Rourkela and Sambalpur division had relatively lower incidences with 416 and 355 fire spots detected during the same period. The month of April started with 11 fires on Monday as detected by Moderate resolution Imaging spectro-radiometer (MODIS) with a resolution of 1 km.Forest divisions mappedThough forest department claimed to have mapped the forest divisions prone to fire and maintained more than 6,000-km long fire line in different forests ahead of the fire season, forests continue to be gutted. Given the vastness of forest areas and gigantic task, number of fire watchers engaged in fire-fighting appears to be too little.“Apart from causing a huge loss to the timber and other fruit and leaf bearing trees and creepers of the forest, fires also destroy wildlife and their habitat. Nests and eggs of ground dwelling birds are lost. Reptiles also lose their young ones due to forest fires,” said Biswajit Mohanty, former member of the National Board for Wildlife.Fire could only be tamed at the initial stage before it became a conflagration preventing anybody from even approaching it due to the intense heat generated, Mr. Mohanty said demanding it should be monitored from the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest.last_img read more

2 militants killed in Anantnag gunfight

first_imgTwo Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants and one soldier have died in an ongoing operation in south Kashmir’s Anantnag.A fierce encounter started around 4 a.m. on Tuesday at Maharma village in Anantnag’s Bijbehara when a joint team of the Army, police and CRPF launched an operation against hiding militants.Two militants are believed dead and an operation is on to retrieve the bodies from the encounter site.One of the two militants killed in Anantnag, Sajad Ahmad, was owner of the car that was used to carry out a major suicide attack on a CRPF convoy on February 14, which left 40 jawans dead. He was also part of the JeM’s suicide squad.An official said one soldier, injured in the initial exchange of fire, was shifted to a Srinagar hospital, where he succumbed. “Two injured soldiers are undergoing treatment,” said the police.This is the second encounter in Anantnag in the past 24 hours. One militant and one Army officer were killed on Monday in Achabal area.last_img read more

Over 46,000 people affected by heavy rain in western Madhya Pradesh

first_imgOver 46,000 people from Mandsaur and Neemuch districts were shifted to safer places by late Sunday even as heavy rain continued to lash the western region of Madhya Pradesh, a government spokesperson has announced. The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rainfall in 10 districts, including Indore.The two neighbouring districts have received incessant rain since last few days and lives have been completely disrupted. “More than 45,000 people have been rescued from 100 to 125 villages in Mandsaur. Some of these villages have been fully vacated while there has been partial evacuation in others,” said Manoj Path joint director of Public Relations in a message on Sunday evening. In addition, 32,000 families in the catchment area of Indira Sagar and Sardar Sarovar dams are at risk of being inundated, with the water rising alarmingly in the two dams. There is no relief likely from the rain fury in the two districts till Monday evening, the Met office cautioned. Extremely heavy rainfall is forecast in part of Mandsaur, Neemuch, Agar Malwa and Alirajpur regions till Monday. Heavy rainfall might occur at few places in 10 districts, including Indore. Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at most places in around 31 districts of the state, including Bhopal on Monday morning.Civil society organisations have appealed to the government of Madhya Pradesh to help rescue the affected families in the Narmada valley. Nisarpur near Barwani, which was meant to rehabilitate the project-affected families, is almost submerged with the rain continuing unabated. The previous BJP government, had, in an affidavit claimed before the Supreme Court that it would have completed the evacuation of all residing there. Rescue operations were in full swing, said a State government official from Neemuch. “We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” he added. Nearly 2,300 people were evacuated from the flooded Rampura town in Neemuch district after an alarming rise in the backwater level of Gandhi Sagar Dam in Mandsaur, he said.Rescuers kept a vigil during the night before bringing the flood-hit people to relief camps on Sunday, he said. Mandsaur received 218 mm rain while Manasa town in Neemuch got 243 mm rain in 24 hours ending Sunday morning, as per the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) office here.The Mandsaur district received total 1,927.8 mm rain from June 1 till date, against average rainfall of 742.1 mm, the Met said. Neemuch got total 1,569.7 mm rain so far this monsoon against 706.9 mm average. After heavy rains, 19 sluice gates of Gandhi Sagar Dam were opened and 4.93 lakh cusec water was being discharged, the dam project’s sub-divisional officer N.P. Dev said. The released water was gushing downstream to flood parts of Rajasthan. Intermittent showers on Sunday lashed several parts of Madhya Pradesh, which has so far received 33% more rain than the season’s average, the IMD said. The monsoon has weakened a bit in eastern Madhya Pradesh but is active in western parts of the state, IMD Bhopal office’s senior meteorologist G.D. Mishra said.The BJP wll launch a State-wide agitation from September 22 if the farmers’ who have lost their crops are not compensated by then, former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Sunday evening. He said the Congress government in the State should reach out to the people affected by the heavy downpour and added that Chief Minister Kamal Nath had not been visible in the State.The former Chief Minister also pledged to donate his one month salary as MLA for the people ravaged by the floods.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH adds silver to lawn bowls medal haul

first_imgLATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CEU Scorpions ‘overachieved’ despite loss to Cignal in finals UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next The Philippines also scored a gold in the men’s fours and a silver in the women’s fours events on Thursday.Brunei won the bronze in women’s triples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout The Philippines got another medal from lawn bowls in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, this time a silver in women’s triples event.Hazel Jagonoy, Rosita Bradborn, and Vilma Greenless settled for the silver, the country’s third podium finish in the sport, after losing to host Malaysia in the final. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Asking Indian players to have sex was a joke: Paddy Upton

first_imgRajasthan Royals head coach and former India mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton in his book ‘The Barefoot Coach’ has said one of his biggest mistakes in his tenure with the Indian team was his sex dossier.He said that it was a joke which was blown out of proportion in the Indian media.”I wasn’t telling the players to do anything. I was sharing information. And what was taken out of context in the media was the jokes that I told them; I wasn’t suggesting players do that. That was just the jokes and tongue-in-cheeks mistakes that I made. It certainly wasn’t instructions or suggestions to players. But, yes, I made the mistake, as I mentioned in the book, easily my biggest professional error,” Upton said in an interview.In the book, Upton also wrote in length about mental conditioning of sportsmen and also pointed at how former India opener Gautam Gambhir was riddled with insecurities, doubts and vulnerabilities.Speaking to IANS on the way his image has been portrayed in the book, Gambhir said that while he enjoyed every session he had with the former India mental conditioning coach, Upton could have highlighted other facets to the batsman than just pointing at his desire to raise the performance bar.”I don’t see anything sinister with what Paddy wrote. He is a top guy and I see this as his personal opinion. He just missed two important things: firstly, he didn’t state all the other facts and secondly, he failed to explain the perspective. Anyone would like to have a guy who is not satisfied with his current achievements. So in short, I wasn’t satisfied with a 100 and wanted to have more,” he had said.advertisementAlso Read | IPL 2019: The summer which saw Captain Cool MS Dhoni lose his cool in full public viewAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See:last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019 smashes TV records

first_imgWomen’s World Cup 2019 matches could exceed one billion viewers when the final takes place on Sunday with TV records set in the UK, USA, Brazil and beyond.The tournament has already reached an audience of over 850 million across all viewing platforms since it kicked off on June 7 in Paris.USA and Netherlands will contest the final on Sunday in a match that is expected to see the competition’s average global audience for a live match to double.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, France and China also saw records set in viewing figures due to their respective runs in the finals.The second-round tie between U.S. and Brazil reached the all-time highest global audience, with over 58m fans tuning in to the clash on television.In the UK, the record for Women’s World Cup audiences more than trebled, as almost 9m people watched the semi-final clash between USWNT and England, smashing the previous high before the tournament of 2.7m.And in Netherlands and Sweden, the semi-final clash between the two sides received an audience share of 78.5 per cent and 79.8% respectively, raking in 5m Dutch viewers and 2.5m in Sweden.A rise in popularity the women’s game has prompted FIFA president Gianni Infantino to raise the prospect of increasing the number of teams from 24 to 32 while doubling the prize money on offer .The bidding process for the 2023 tournament is already underway as the vote to decide the hosts will be made next March.Nine countries have put their bid forward, with Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea all hopeful of landing the tournament, though Infantino’s latest proposals mean the process could be restarted.”We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023,” the president said.”We will discuss it as a matter of urgency and see if we can already decide to increase for 2023, in which case we should re-open the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organise or maybe co-host for some of those who have been bidding already for a 24-team World Cup.”last_img read more

Ridgebury Crude Eyes Tanker Duo

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed Ridgebury Crude Tankers LLC has set sights on adding more capacity to its tanker fleet by buying two second-hand tankers with its excess cash.According to a stock exchange filing, the company will purchase two 2003-built (Sumitomo) Aframax tankers currently owned by affiliated company Ridgebury Aframax Tankers.The vessels, which were acquired in late 2014 at a purchase price of USD 23.16 million per vessel, will be purchased by Ridgebury Crude Tankers at a below-market price of USD 20 million per vessel.In order to purchase the vessel, the company said it wuld have to amend its Bond Agreement definition of Additional Vessels, which is currently limited to second-hand Suezmax crude tankers and Medium-Range product tankers.“Ridgebury will seek bondholder approval for the amendment in coming weeks, and expects to purchase the first vessel during June, and the second later in the year,” the company said.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 east bound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection will have periodic lane closures for traffic signals installation, patching and paving until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4, north to Cenotaph Road will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Lower Maccan Road Traffic on sections of Lower Maccan Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 7, for repairs. Drivers should travel with caution and be patient. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road River John Road, from Trunk 6 for about one kilometres east of Hamilton Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road, at Stillwater Brook, Debaie’s Cove will be closed for culvert replacement from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Detour signs are in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Friday, Sept, 21, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Sections of Trunk 10, from West Dalhousie Road north to Trout Lake Road, will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30 for road improvement work. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Road Closure The Allen Hill Road is closed from Route 209 to South Branch Road to allow for the replacement of two bridges. The road will be closed until Monday, Oct. 1. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Raynardton Bridge Closed The Raynardton Bridge on Raynardton Road west of Gavelton in Yarmouth County is closed to be replaced. Drivers should use alternate routes. The work is scheduled to be completed Friday, Nov. 20. RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge on Highway 104, east of Antigonish, is closed during replacement of the bridge and approaches. A detour bridge is in place until the project is completed on Sunday, Sept, 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about two kilometres north of Creignish Mountain Road, north for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. NEW WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road at Victoria Junctions east for about three kilometres will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and seal coating from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Chegoggin Marsh Bridge Chegoggin Marsh Bridge on Main Shore Road will be closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 7. Barriers are in place and a detour is available on Peterson Road to Dayton Road. -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, west of Lawrencetown, will be closed for culvert replacement from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Friday, Sept. 7. A detour is in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125 between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, from Route 214 north to Barney’s Brook, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road will have two bridges, Morrison’s Siding and MacDonald’s Gulch, reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Sept. 21. Traffic control signals are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice.Traffic signals are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, west for six kilometres to the start of the twinned highway section will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site and delays are possible. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Eskasoni Highway Eskasoni Highway, Route 216, about seven kilometres west of Trunk 4 westerly for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place.last_img read more

Plans scrapped for Frenchlanguage debate in New Brunswick campaign

first_imgFREDERICTON – Plans for a French-language election debate have been scrapped in New Brunswick, with the Liberals and Tories each blaming the other — and even Quebec’s premier expressing disappointment.Radio-Canada Acadie cancelled plans after Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs said he couldn’t debate in French but another candidate could step in, and the Liberals said they would only be in a debate with the leaders.Denis Robichaud, executive producer with Radio-Canada Acadie, says a number of options were presented, but the Liberals only wanted a leaders’ debate.“The leader of the PC party is not able to debate in French, so that is the first step. We came back with other options, and the main reason why we weren’t able to go with those options is because the Liberal party only wanted a debate that would oppose the leaders,” Robichaud said.Higgs said he’s working hard to learn French, but is not fluent enough to take part in a debate, and can’t understand why the Liberals wouldn’t agree for another candidate to replace him.“I’m prepared to have my teammates speak more eloquently than I can in the French language in order to deliver the message that’s important to all New Brunswickers. We have a message that’s not regionalized, its a message about growth in New Brunswick,” Higgs said.Robichaud said the suggestion of a people’s forum with questions from the public in both English and French drew complaints from various francophone groups who wanted a French-only debate.In a letter to Radio-Canada, the New Brunswick Liberal Association also opposed such a forum.“It is not a debate. Each leader making a statement in response to each question with no interaction with the other leaders prevents New Brunswickers from seeing any contrast between positions and even prevents leaders from being held accountable for their claims by their counterparts,” reads the letter, signed by campaign co-chairs Joan Kingston and Serge Rousselle.Quebec Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard voiced his opinion Friday, saying it’s regrettable that there will be no French-language debate in New Brunswick.“The Acadian community is a major part of francophone Canada. I have agreed, with open arms, to take part in an English-language leaders’ debate so members of the anglophone community also have access to a political debate,” Couillard said.“So I find it regrettable but that is an internal debate for that province.”last_img read more

Rideau Hall reveals newest 83 additions to the Order of Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette is naming 83 more Canadians to the Order of Canada.The list out this morning from Rideau Hall includes athletes, researchers, teachers, scientists, artists and actors, from all across the country.Among the notable names on this year’s list are former National Hockey League player Reggie Leach, one-time Montreal Expo Claude Raymond, former commissioner of Nunavut Edna Elias, chef Michael Smith, and Moya Greene, who was once chief executive at Canada Post before running the U.K.’s Royal Mail.Each of them say they are surprised and touched to received appointments.Others on the pre-Canada Day list include CTV News journalist Lisa LaFlamme, former official-languages commissioner Graham Fraser, brewer John Sleeman and Quebec actor Michel Dumont.The additions to the honour roll raise the total tally in the Order of Canada to almost 7,000 names since its creation in 1967.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

10yearold girl with autism sings Leonard Cohens Hallelujah

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement A 10-year-old girl from Northern Ireland singing a solo during her school choir’s performance of a holiday rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is becoming an Internet sensation, going viral after a video of the extraordinary performance was posted on Facebook.Kaylee Rodgers hails from Donaghadee, County Down, and has autism and ADHD. A student at Killard House Special School, she started singing as a way to help build her confidence.center_img Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Missing boys remains found along North Saskatchewan riverbank near Melfort

first_imgThe Canadian PressMELFORT, Sask. – Police say they have found the remains of a little boy who disappeared in Prince Albert, Sask., in the spring.Sweetgrass Kennedy was last seen on May 10 and Prince Albert police had said evidence suggested the four-year-old fell into the North Saskatchewan River.Hundreds of volunteers looked for the boy in the community at the time, covering 160 kilometres of riverbank.His body was found Saturday after Melfort RCMP received a report of human remains along the North Saskatchewan riverbank near James Smith Cree Nation.Evidence at the scene was sent to Saskatoon for examination by a forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist.Police say the coroner confirmed the boy’s identity.news@aptn.calast_img read more

TSX partially rebounds from weak start as the oil prices dip to

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index partially rebounded Tuesday after falling to a six-month low in early trading, while oil prices closed at a two-month low.Markets on both sides of the border were on a roller coaster ride, initially sinking deep into the red on geopolitical concerns out of Italy and Saudi Arabia and in response to a corporate earnings reports from Caterpillar Inc. and 3M Co.The weak opening followed a European Commission’s rejection of Italy’s budget, which will force the government to revise and re-submit it over the next three weeks or so.Risks from the fallout from Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the death of a journalist at its consulate in Turkey also caused concerns, along with the repercussions from the upcoming presidential vote in Brazil, says Dominique Barker, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is the front-runner in polls, has vowed to purge the country of left-wing “criminals.” That raises questions about the post-election outcome of a government headed by a former military leader.“So Brazil continues to be a risk that I am personally monitoring from a geopolitical perspective,” she said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 127.53 points to 15,285.17 after losing two per cent or 318 points in morning trading.Gold, consumer staples, utilities and consumer discretionary sectors rose while health care, base metals and key sectors of energy, industrials and materials led on the downside.The biggest names in the marijuana business extended recent weakness early in the day but trimmed their losses in final trading.Aurora Cannabis Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange, was down as much as 19.3 per cent on the U.S. market and closed off 99 cents or 11.39 per cent to US$7.70. Aurora shares lost $1.34 or 11.7 per cent to $10.08 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Canopy Growth Corp. closed down 1.5 per cent, after being down as much as 11.6 per cent on the day. Aphria Inc. rose 0.7 per cent after initially losing 12.7 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 125.98 points at 25,191.43 after being down as much as 548.62 points. The S&P 500 index was down 15.19 points to 2,740.69, while the Nasdaq composite was down 31.09 points at 7,437.54.While U.S. corporate results this quarter have been strong, shares of Caterpillar Inc. lost 7.6 per cent after analysts were told during a conference call that growth can’t continue forever, signalling a moderation in growth expectations, said Barker.“One of the things we’ve been seeing in this earnings season, which is quite a change from recent memory, is that good news is being interpreted negatively, so no matter what you say, even if you’ve got good news, it seems like there’s some skepticism by the market.”In Canada, West Fraser Timber’s shares surged after the Vancouver-based producer said its third-quarter profit doubled despite lower lumber prices.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.35 cents US compared with an average of 76.31 cents US on Monday.The December crude contract was down US$2.93 at US$66.43 per barrel, the lowest level since August.Oil prices decreased after Saudi Arabia said it would produce as much crude as it can, under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump.The November natural gas contract was up 7.4 cents at US$3.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$12.20 at US$1,236.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 2.75 cents at US$2.76 a pound.last_img read more

UN climate change conference kicks off in Durban with call to action

Thousands of representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gathered today in Durban, South Africa for the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which seeks to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution.The stakes at the two-week long conference are high, as its outcome will determine the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, whose first commitment period is due to expire in 2012. UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity Virginia Dandan said in a statement issued today that the Durban conference represents a “make or break moment for humanity,” and warned that failure to act would greatly damage future environmental negotiations.“The world is calling for genuine international solidarity and multilateralism, and for its leaders to take a leap of faith in unison, and as one,” Ms. Dandan said. “There is great need for a radical mindset change in order to bring back to the negotiating table the time-honoured values of humanity that have been forgotten after decades of market and profit-driven orientation.”Ms. Dandan stressed that decisive action and work in solidarity are needed to achieve concrete results, adding that negotiations must also take into account principles of human rights, equality and justice if they are to be successful. “Greater cooperation and solidarity are required now more than ever before, to face the challenges posed by climate change such as the intensification and increasing frequency of natural disasters, as well as the continuing and widening poverty gap, and the series of food, energy, economic and financial global crises,” she said.Ms. Dandan underscored that failure in Durban would have a negative impact on the multilateral system as a whole, but would be especially damaging for the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in Brazil in June next year.“Failure in Durban would impact on the three pillars of the UN – namely, peace and security, development and human rights, and pin the world down to ground zero,” she said.UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres opening remarks to conferenceDuring her opening remarks to the conference, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres urged countries to seize the opportunity to finish the tasks set during last year’s negotiations in Cancún, Mexico, and ensure policies are translated into action.“We meet here at a time when greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere have never been higher, when the number of livelihoods that have been dissolved by climate change impacts has never been greater and when the need for action has never been more compelling or more achievable,” she said.Ms. Figueres said countries can take two major steps in Durban to address climate change. The first is completing a comprehensive package to help developing countries adapt to climate change and limit the growth of their GHG emissions, and the second relates to how governments can work together to limit the global temperature rise and thus prevent further natural disasters.“These negations are about securing a better future and improving the quality of life of people. The momentum for change is building, not least in developing countries. More can be achieved if governments and the private sector work in partnerships,” she said.The Durban conference comes just after a UN conference on wildlife in Bergen, Norway, last week in which agreements to protect seven migratory species were reached. Species that were granted increased protection include the giant manta ray, the Argali sheep of the Central Asian highlands, the Bobolink grassland bird from South America, and the red-footed falcon.During the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, organised by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), countries also agreed to strengthen their efforts to mitigate the most serious threats to migratory species, such as wind turbines, power lines, climate change, wildlife disease and illegal hunting.In addition, governments adopted various resolutions to protect marine species from threats such as noise pollution and sonar from vessels especially in areas that are home to whales, dolphins and sea turtles. 28 November 2011Thousands of representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gathered today in Durban, South Africa for the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which seeks to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution. read more

US indexes end a turbulent week with a surge Dow gains 167

US indexes end a turbulent week with a surge; Dow gains 167 as Nike soars on higher earnings by The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2014 2:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are closing out a turbulent week with a solid gain.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 167 points, or 1 per cent, to 17,113 Friday, making up much of its loss from the day before. Nike soared 12 per cent, the most in the Dow, after reporting higher earnings.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 16 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,982. The Nasdaq rose 45 points, or 1 per cent, to 4,512.The surge comes at the end of a roller-coaster week for the market. The S&P 500 lost 1.4 per cent, its biggest weekly loss since early August.Janus Capital Group soared 43 per cent after announcing it had hired star bond fund manager Bill Gross.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.53 per cent. read more

£1m home collapses into pile of rubble after businessmans attempt to build

first_imgA wealthy family made a lucky escape after their luxury home collapsed in the middle of the night, leaving just a pile of rubble A wealthy family made a lucky escape after their luxury home collapsed in the middle of the night, leaving just a pile of rubble 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. Kingston Council claimed the work may have been carried out without the approval of local building control inspectors and the incident had been reported to the Health and Safety Executive for further investigation.Photographs showed the remains of the home, which was listed in April last year for £1.15 million, with windows and doors left in a pile after hundreds of bricks gave way. The home near Kingston Hill, south west London, was empty when the building collapsed around 1am on Monday morning. House prices in the street, set between Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, average £1,375,000. A planning permission request for the property, submitted by Omar Alajaji, included the demolition of a swimming pool, conservatory and outbuilding on the property. Mr Alajaji also sought permission to build an iceberg basement, a two-storey side extension and to increase the height of the roof. A wealthy family made a lucky escape after their luxury home collapsed in the middle of the night, leaving just a pile of rubble The £1 million home has been reduced to rubbleCredit:Police/SWNS.COM  Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration at Kingston Council, said: “The owners of this building submitted a building regulations application just two days ago and have therefore carried out works without our guidance and approval. “Our primary concern is to ensure that the building is structurally safe. We are working with the contractors to carry out the work, which is due to complete by the end of the day.  A businessman’s iceberg home plan collapsed in a pile of rubble after attempts to install an underground playroom and bedroom backfired.The five-bedroom detached London home, which was sold in October for over £1 million, collapsed in the middle of the night. “Following this, we will be reporting this incident to the Health and Safety Executive for further investigation.”A woman who lives next door to the house which collapsed said her family were rushed out of their home in the early hours of the morning.Sharon Gouhar said the family were woken by a “big bang”, which made her children’s rooms shake and left clouds of dust around the house.Ms Gouhar, 55, said: “Last night in the early hours, at about 1.30am, we heard a big bang which made me jump up.”My kids’ rooms shook a little bit so they jumped up too, my daughter ran in asking what had happened, and when my son went downstairs he saw that part of the house had collapsed. “My neighbour was saying that an Arabic family have bought it but I’ve not seen them.”Builders come and go, and they had recently taken the whole roof off the house, so I don’t know if they were going to put up another floor.”A spokesman for thr London Fire Brigade said: “Firefighters attended a house collapse on Derwent Avenue, Kingston Vale in the early hours of this morning.”The majority of the two-storey house collapsed. “An extensive search was carried out and thankfully it appears that no one was in the property at the time of the crash.”Police said nobody had been hurt during the incident. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The matter has been referred to the London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.” “We had such a shock, the dog started barking, and when I looked out through our balcony it was all dusty.”The emergency services got us to come out of the house and not go back for a while, so we threw on some clothes and tried to find somewhere else to stay.”We tried to get a hotel but we have a dog, and it’s the Easter holidays, so in the end we slept in our office.”Mr Alajaji, a Saudi Arabian, bought the property for £1,150,000 last year.Ms Gouhar, a cafe owner, said she knew the home had recently been sold, but was unsure what work was under way.She added: “I know it was under construction but I don’t know much about it and everyone around us is building. The local council has claimed the work was being carried out without permissionCredit:Police/SWNS.COM  A wealthy family made a lucky escape after their luxury home collapsed in the middle of the night, leaving just a pile of rubblelast_img read more

6 unexpected things that happened this week

first_img Source: allgeektomeBinge on all the previous weird news here From copulating geckos and saucy seamstresses to trendy prison uniforms, we recap the week’s weirdest news. In South Africa, a 9-year-old boy has married a 62-year-old woman after claiming his ancestors told him to. The boy’s family were quick to address critics, saying that the union is neither legal nor sexual, and only took place to appease dead ancestors. So just relax, guys. It’s totally grand and not disturbing at all. [Huffington Post]An economic historian has found a secret note stitched inside a kilt destined for soldiers heading to WW1. Dr. Helen Paul made the discovery when she was removing stitches from the kilt. The message read: ”I hope your kilt will fit you well, & in it you will look a swell. If married never mind. If single drop a line. Wish you bags of luck, & a speedy return back to Blighty.” It included the name and address of the seamstress and it’s thought that she left the message in the hope of finding a husband. Bless. [The Telegraph] Source: embergreyA dry county in Canada has discovered that it actually never had a ban on booze. Alcohol has never been available for purchase in the town, so researchers in the tiny town of Hanover were shocked when they found that there were no laws in place banning the sale of alcohol. The discovery was made after a referendum was repeal the ban was proposed. Session in Hanover tonight, wha’? [CTV News] Last week, Russia sent a satellite into space containing, amongst other things, five sexy geckos. Why? Because it needed to ascertain how weightlessness would affect a gecko’s sex life, duh. Anyway, scientist have lost contact with the satellite, so nobody knows where the geckos are now. Oops. [RTÉ] Source: imgurIn a cruel twist of irony, a tree planted to honour the late George Harrison has been killed by beetles. The tree, which was planted shortly after Harrison’s death in 2001, was removed last month after a bark beetle infestation. A replacement will be planted in the autumn. [AP]A Michigan sheriff has ordered a uniform change in a state prison after the success of Orange is the New Black meant that orange jumpsuits had become ‘cool’. Inmates in Saginaw County Jail will now wear jumpsuits with black-and-white horizontal stripes. “It was a cost savings and it breaks away from that cultural coolness. It’s not cool to be an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail,” Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel told Reuters. [Washington Post]last_img read more

Photo Gift AllPurpose Lowepro Outback Tamrac Speed Pack Bags

first_imgOf all the bags I’ve carried in the past year, the ones I’ve gone back to most often to carry a camera, spare lens, and flash, are the Lowepro Outback 300 (see review) and Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 85 Dual Access Photo / Laptop backpack (see review). The Lowepro is a deep, square sided bag with two outrigger pouches that is perfect for carrying photo gear and a bit of personal stuff. The Tamrac is one of several medium-size photo laptop backpacks with a unique twist: Rip out the bottom camera dividers and the big middle divider and you’ve got a traditional backpack with a compartment for a laptop. AdChoices广告The Lowepro Outback 300 has a shoulder strap and a waist belt. You can use one or both. The Tamrac Speed Pack is a backpack design. (Lowepro makes a similar backpack, the Lowepro Versapack 200 AW (see review).) Both the Lowepro Outback and Tamrac Speed Pack come in several sizes depending on how much gear you want to carry. As noted in the Lowepro Outback 300 review, the size is perfect for carrying two bottles of wine or six cans of beer to a BYO restaurant. That is an all-purpose bag. Both the Tamrac and Lowepro backpacks can be had in colors such as rust (in photo above), red, or brown. To my eye, that’s the way to go. Other Photo Gifts Other photo gifts to consider this 2010 holiday season:Fast Mainstream Zoom LensInduro 5-Way Pan Head for Perfectly Level Pans with DSLRs, Video Cameras Jill-e Photo Bags for WomenAll-Purpose Lowepro Outback, Tamrac Speed Pack BagsMicrofiber Cloths (You Never Can Have Too Many)last_img read more

Update Damage estimated at 110000 in house fire

first_imgA west Vancouver house sustained $110,000 damage during a Thursday evening fire, said Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Chris Moen.The cause of the blaze, meanwhile, remains under investigation.The fire south of Fruit Valley Road and Fourth Plain Boulevard pumped smoke throughout most of downtown Vancouver Thursday. The blaze was reported at 6:11 p.m.The flames were confined to the attic and the roof, which has collapsed.“As the building falls apart, stuff may come to light,” Moen said Friday.Of the $110,000 damage, only $10,000 was said to be contents inside the house.The building, which is up for sale, was believed to be vacant.A real estate agency’s “for sale” sign was posted in front of the house Thursday evening.Several neighbors said the house had been offered for sale for a long time, although people in different vehicles came and went, stopping in the garage, frequently.last_img read more

Firefighters quell wall heater fire

first_imgA family had just arrived home about 9 p.m. Tuesday when they smelled smoke and called 911.A wall heater fire at 2501 N.E. 71st St. was quickly extinguished by Vancouver firefighters, said district spokesperson Dawn Johnson.Five engines and 1 truck from both District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department responded and had the fire out soon after arriving.The only damage appeared to be to the wall heater, which is in sunroom, Johnson said.last_img