Bengal schools put complaint boxes to combat trafficking

first_imgIn March 2018, two sisters studying in Class 7 and Class 8 of a school under the Mathurapur police station in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district suddenly dropped out. Their absence went unnoticed until school authorities found a letter in their complaint box: it said that the girls had been taken to Kashmir without their consent and married off there.The letter was written by a school mate who lived in the same village and, from conversations she had overheard, got to know about the whereabouts of the two girls. Chandan Kumar Maity, headmaster of the school, tried to trace the girl’s parents. It did not take him long to realise that the girls had indeed been trafficked to Kashmir. After a lot of effort from the school authorities and the local police and some non-government organisations the girls were rescued and brought back to a government home. The parents, it turned, were involved: they had received ₹1.3 lakh for the girls. More than a hundred schools in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district have installed boxes in their premises under the West Bengal’s Swayangsiddha scheme, which encourages girls to report stalking or harassment faced either by them or anyone known to them.Communication channel During a recent event to extend the scheme to other districts of West Bengal, Inspector General of State’s Criminal Investigation Department Ajey Ranande (recently transferred from the post) emphasised on the important role played by schools in dealing with organised crime like human trafficking. “Swayangsiddha boxes have been set up in schools where girls can put chits (complaints),” Mr Ranade said. Not only in schools of Mathurapur but also in areas like Metaibruz on the southwestern fringes of Kolkata are benefiting from the installation of these complaint boxes.“These boxes have opened a new channel of communication for girls in our school. We have received several complaints of stalking and have involved locals as well as the police to ensure that girls do not face any problem coming to school,” said Durba Sanyal Bhattacharya, headmistress of Rabindra Balika Vidyapith.Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini, who has been associated with the scheme ever since it started in the district in 2016, pointed out that Swayangsiddha means self-reliance and one of the important aims of the scheme is to make girls aware so that they are able to make informed choices. “We are trying to ensure that State-run schools across West Bengal have such boxes. This can go a long way in preventing trafficking, not only of the girls coming to school but also in their villages,” Mr Kant said.last_img read more

Rajasthan brings eastern canal project back to centre stage

first_imgThe Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project, which proposes to transfer excess waters from the Chambal river basin to 13 districts facing water scarcity, was once again highlighted at the national level with the State Water Resources Minister B.D. Kalla seeking a special Central assistance for it. He also sought preference for the desert State because of its difficult geography.₹43,000 crore sought Addressing a conference of State Ministers on Jal Jeevan Mission in New Delhi on Monday, Mr. Kalla sought an assistance of ₹43,000 crore for the ERCP and the Chambal-Brahmani-Bisalpur link project for permanent solution to the drinking water problem. He said development of water resources and linking of surface water bodies were the key areas of work in the State.The ERCP has come to the centre stage of demands raised by the State after the formation of the Congress government, which has been reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the promises made in his election rallies for declaring it a national project.The previous BJP government in the State had also lobbied for the Centre’s approval for the ambitious project with an estimated budget of ₹40,000 crore as a major initiative for interlinking of rivers. The Central Water Commission has already given in-principle approval to the project’s feasibility report.Cabinet note Besides supplying drinking water in 13 districts, the mega project will also provide irrigation water to an additional 2 lakh hectares of land. The Union Ministry of Water Resources had reportedly finalised a Cabinet note on the ERCP as an intra-basin water transfer scheme last year.The project, linking Parvati, Kalisindh and Chambal rivers, is expected to benefit 40% of the State’s population with the supply of drinking and irrigation water. It will also supply water to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and take care of the flood and drought situation in the area.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had affirmed at the 5th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog earlier this year that the ERCP would facilitate solution of the water scarcity issue in eastern and south-eastern districts of the State at least till 2051.The ERCP will ensure availability of water in Jhalawar, Baran, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Tonk, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli, Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts and create an additional command area of 2 lakh hectares for irrigation. It will facilitate restoration of dependable yield of the existing 26 major and medium irrigation projects en route — reduced to 30% — to their original status.Jal Jeevan Mission Mr. Kalla also raised the issue of availability of water under the Jal Jeevan Mission and said the target for Rajasthan should be enhanced from the supply of 55 litres of water per person per day to 70 litres. He said the Centre should also pay ₹5,073 crore of its share in the implementation of various rural water supply schemes in the State.last_img read more

Pelicans bringing back forward Cunningham

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Pelicans add free agent Tony AllenThe 6-foot-8 Cunningham spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, where he averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in about 25 minutes per game last season.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 shutoutThe 30-year-old Cunningham has spent eight seasons in the NBA, beginning with Portland, which selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Villanova.Cunningham could start for New Orleans at small forward in a lineup that would feature DeMarcus Cousins at center, Anthony Davis at power forward, Rajon Rondo at point guard and Jrue Holiday at shooting guard. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Dante Cunningham. APA person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham have agreed on a one-year contract worth $2.3 million.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo, has not been announced.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Man testifies in trial over NBA players assaultlast_img read more

Island unto yourself

first_imgThere’s nothing that I don’t love about spending a day on the beach. Lying down with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, almost naked and taking in the view is how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. Quite naturally then, when asked,There’s nothing that I don’t love about spending a day on the beach. Lying down with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, almost naked and taking in the view is how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. Quite naturally then, when asked to visit Vivanta by Taj-Rebak Island for a few days, I was beaming with excitement. After all, staying in a luxury property on a remote island in Langkawi, Malaysia is the perfect recipe for all things fun. Did I get what I expected? Pretty much, aside from getting naked.Rebak is a 390-acre island, one of the 99 that form Langkawi and the resort is the only property here. I got here on a speed boat (one of my favorite parts of the trip thanks to the vast expanse of the Andaman Sea) from port Langkasuka, and once on the island, it was love at first sight. The resort wins you over with its sheer simplicity; say good-bye to overthe-top designs and say hello to elegance, true Malaysian style. Tons of shimmering green cover coupled with a cobalt blue sea, the property has a lazy vibe that’ll make you want to lie down even before you reach your room.Speaking of rooms, they are divided into two blocks: old and new. While the old block has rooms reminiscent of a typical Malaysian house, the new block has those with a more contemporary look. The interiors are in shades of green and timber with wooden flooring and Malay artwork on the walls. Though it doesn’t matter wherever you stay as long as you can wake up to the sight of the Andaman Sea. Not every room has the view and I missed out on it so make sure you book one much in advance.advertisementSenari is the resort’s all-day dining restaurant and serves Malaysian, Indian and continental fare. Overlooking the sea, it is the only restaurant on the island leaving you with no option unless you’re somewhere outside. The restaurant serves quite an expansive buffet for both breakfast and dinner so there is no dearth of options. The food however is quite disappointing; while it is great for breakfast, for dinner expect unimaginative cooking and bland flavors. Seriously, what happened chef? Serious foodies, however, shouldn’t miss their once-a-week evening beach party–there’s a wide range of Malaysian delicacies served here, from street food to full-fledged recipes, and most of it is fantastic.One of the best parts about the resort is definitely their Lepak bar. Again, the only option here to grab a drink, the bar thankfully gets it right. The cocktails are delightful and you must try their Vivanta Signature cocktail–it’s a sure shot winner.The spa here is basic but the group plans to amp it up. There’s also a pool with an adjacent bar and a sports complex where you can sweat it out. And if you’re looking for something light, a walk along the pathway covering the entire property isn’t such a bad idea! There’s also an adjoining Marina which is apparently the only fully-equipped marina in Malaysia. Try talking to some of those people staying on their boats; you’ll get to hear a range of rather interesting stories. Going local goes far here. For those looking for a romantic evening with their partner, the resort has a Moon Decka truly beautiful spot somewhere in the sea that you can access through a pathway from the beach where you can book a table. You can even head there for free, I did, with a drink, late in the night for some peace and quiet, if the place is vacant.Vivanta by Taj-Rebak Island is certainly a great place to unwind, and you can definitely head there with your entire family or for a romantic getaway. One size fits all it would seem.Island factsRebak island is 4km away from the main island of Langkawi. It takes 15 minutes on a ferry to reach the resort from Langkawi airport.The resort has a total of 94 rooms (including suites)Room rates:Superior Charm: Rs 22800 Nirvana Senari Suite: Rs 42500Reservations:https://www.yourreservation. net/tb3/index.cfm?bf=Taj_ Vivanta&plprun= 1&_=1404109771667last_img read more

Photos: The Anna Prugova Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAnna Aleksandrovna Prugova  born 20 November 1993 is a ice hockey player who competes for Russia women’s national ice hockey team.   She represented Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics in women’s ice hockey.During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Prugova was the youngest woman competing in ice hockey. Her age was 16 years and 86 days.She was on the bronze medal winning team at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship.She plays for Tornado Moscow Region.last_img read more

Cricket: Ajinkya Rahane says the team made mistakes under challenging conditions

first_imgJames Anderson, star-performer of the first innings had a mesmerizing inning as he took 5/20 in which only two Indian batsmen crossed the 20 run mark. Talking about Anderson, the Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane quoted that the pacer was exceptional and delivered in the right areas. Bowling 13-14 overs and having an economy of 5/20 is something very exuberant for him and his entire nation.Despite a very low total, Rahane put a brave face for his side as he said that the team cannot make excuses for another poor batting effort overall. He added that the team will continue fighting in this game with three days still left to play.Also Read :England vs. India- 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Men In Blue have a horror day at Lord’s Advertisement AdvertisementThe Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on an interview agreed that the batsmen made a lot of mistakes which cost them to fall apart easily by a very low total of 107 runs in the first innings of the rain-affected second test against England at Lord’s. He believes that the conditions can’t any more be difficult especially with Duke ball in these situations. But as a batsman, they are required to back their abilities as it is all about the intent out there.last_img read more

LeEco Le Pro 3 to come with 2K display, 8GB RAM & 5,000mAh battery: Report

first_imgLeEco is gearing up for a high-profile launch event in China, come September 21, where it will most likely launch its next flagship phone, the alleged Le Pro 3. The Le Pro 3 has been subject to some leaks and rumours in the past, but nothing substantial. Until now. The company’s alleged document , that apparently shows off the Le Pro 3, in all its leaked glory, has now hit the Internet. And, boy, it’s a mighty fine smartphone, if the latest leak is to be gone by.The Le Pro 3, as per the leak, will have two variants. It is the top-tier Le Pro 3 that kind of hits other top-tier phones out of the ball park in terms of raw specs. Reportedly, this variant will come with a 5.7-inch QuadHD display, possibly a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 8GB RAB and 256GB internal memory. The phone in question is said to have two 13-megapixel cameras on the rear and a 16-megapixel camera up-front. It will further be backed by a 5,000mAh battery.As for the lesser variant, that is said to have a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory under the hood. It will reportedly sport a 16-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It will further be backed by a 4,070mAh battery.The Le Pro 3, which looks like some kind of successor to the Le Max 2, will reportedly come with an all-metal build said to be just 7mm in thickness. It will also have curved 2.5D curved glass on the front, as per the leak.advertisementThe company’s current-generation phones, the Le Max 2, along with the Le 2, come without the 3.5mm jack and instead come with single USB Type-C port for charging, data syncing and audio out. It is yet to be seen whether the Le Pro 3 follows a similar approach. Also Read: LeEco is hosting an event on Sep 21, may launch Le Pro 3last_img read more

Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers: My brother, you are the most honest and committed man I know

first_img Next Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers: My brother, you are the most honest and committed man I knowICC Cricket World Cup 2019: AB de Villiers had said on Friday that contrary to media reports, he did not approach the South Africa selectors offering to come out of retirement in the lead up to the 50-over showpiece event in England.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 13:05 IST AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli ( Courtesy by BCCI )HIGHLIGHTSAB de Villiers responded to ‘unjustified criticism’ surrounding him coming back from retirementVirat Kohli lent support to AB de Villiers after the former South Africa star’s statementYuvraj Singh said South Africa had no chance of winning the World Cup without de VilliersIndia skipper Virat Kohli has lent his support to Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers after the retired South African great broke his silence on his recent controversy.The Indian captain described de Villiers, who was criticised for picking and choosing international assignments after announcing his retirement last year, as the “most honest and committed” person.”My brother you are the most honest and committed man I know. It’s been unfortunate to see this happen to you. But know that we stand with you and believe in you.”Seeing people enter your personal space has been sad to see and uncalled for. More love and power to you and your beautiful family. Me and Anushka are Always here for you guys” Kohli wrote on de Villiers Instagram. Instagram ScreengrabIn the middle of South Africa’s disastrous World Cup campaign, a media report had claimed that the former Proteas captain had offered to come out of retirement a day before the squad was to be picked for the mega-event but the team management rejected it.However, de Villiers, in a detailed statement on Friday, finally broke his silence on the controversy surrounding his international comeback, which never happened, saying he did not demand to come out of retirement at the 11th hour before the World Cup but was privately asked whether he was open to play the 50-over showpiece.Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also chimed in his support for the 35-year-old on Instagram.”My dear friend and legend, your one of the nicest guys i’ve ever played cricket with an absolute gem of a person! There was never a chance for SA in this World Cup to win without you! It is your country’s loss not to have you in the squad not yours. The bigger the player more the criticism! We all know what a gentleman you are,” Yuvraj wrote.advertisementAlso Read | Rohit Sharma returns to India ahead of teammates after World Cup 2019 exitAlso Read | Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still a great player: Steve WaughAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow AB de VilliersFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019last_img read more

Government Reiterates Need to Maintain Wage-to-GDP Ratio

first_imgStory Highlights “Our teachers have asked for an increase of $60,000 per annum in the book and software allowance. If this is granted, it would cost $1.7 billion,” State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said. The Government is reiterating that in order to maintain the targeted wage to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and remain fiscally responsible, it is unable to accede to the requests of the nation’s teachers. Mr. Spencer noted that while the Government acknowledges the need for more resources for the teachers, “there is simply no room to absorb any further increase at this time, given the imperative to get nine per cent wage to GDP”. The Government is reiterating that in order to maintain the targeted wage to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and remain fiscally responsible, it is unable to accede to the requests of the nation’s teachers.“Our teachers have asked for an increase of $60,000 per annum in the book and software allowance. If this is granted, it would cost $1.7 billion,” State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said.He was making a Statement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday (March 14).Mr. Spencer noted that while the Government acknowledges the need for more resources for the teachers, “there is simply no room to absorb any further increase at this time, given the imperative to get nine per cent wage to GDP”.“We are asking our teachers to exercise patience and tolerance of the Government’s current position as we work to build a stronger, more robust and resilient economy. This would allow us to provide more in the future,” he said.“We are urging our teachers to hold strain. We know the hard work that is involved, we know the conditions under which they work. Most of all, we know their value. We truly do. We would love to grant all that our teachers ask, but we must meet the wage to GDP of nine per cent as part of our fiscal responsibility framework,” the State Minister said.Regarding the wage negotiations cycle, Mr. Spencer said all unions came up for review at the same time.He noted that given the current negotiations cycle, it is simply impossible for the Government to satisfy all the requests of each group, adding that this would derail the Government’s economic reform efforts.Mr. Spencer further argued that despite the unique set of circumstances faced by teachers, to accede to their requests at this time would mean that similar consideration would have to be given to all public-sector groups.“This forms part of the reason that a review of the negotiations schedule is necessary at this time. The current two-year cycle, with one year already gone, does not allow for the Government to do all the things that are necessary to address the unions’ claims,” Mr. Spencer said.He explained that streamlining the cycles into a four-year term would allow room for the Government to complete talks with each group independently and allow better and deeper consideration to be paid to the issues of each group of workers.Additionally, he said it would allow for better planning on both sides and for implementation of the reforms.Meanwhile, Mr Spencer said the Government is strategically trying to craft a more efficient system by which it can effectively handle the claims of each group.last_img read more

Minister Receives Report from Remediation Monitoring Oversight Board

first_imgA recent report has found that the Department of Environment continues to successfully regulate the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Cleanup Project. The department today, June 28, received its third report from the Remediation Monitoring Oversight Board about its performance as the primary regulator of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Cleanup Project. “We appreciate the work of the board to monitor our role as regulator for the cleanup of this large and complex project,” said acting Environment Minister John MacDonell. “I’m very pleased this independent review has found that we’re doing a good job to deliver on our regulatory responsibilities.” Report findings show that the department is effectively regulating the project and taking appropriate actions to protect the environment and address concerns about odour at the site. The department will review the report before responding to the board. The Remediation Monitoring Oversight Board was created in January 2008 to monitor regulatory performance of the Department of Environment, including project permits and approvals issued, project regulatory issues, and public feedback. The board reports annually to the Minister of Environment. The members of the board are Sinclair Dewis, Edwin MacLellan and Colin Hines. A copy of the Remediation Monitoring Oversight Board report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse . The clean up is scheduled to be complete by March 31, 2014.last_img read more

UN housing expert voices concern about violent evictions in Argentina

In a news release issued at the end of her week-long visit to the country, Raquel Rolnik said she heard countless testimonies about violent evictions, often carried out by the State and on public land and without the possibility of relocation or compensation for affected families. The evictions, she said, are increasing in both urban and rural areas and affect in particular the residents of informal settlements, as well as peasants and indigenous peoples. “I’m very concerned about violent evictions taking place in various regions of the country and the lack of more comprehensive promotion of adequate housing in Argentina,” said Ms. Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.She said that the “informal occupation” of land has become the main form of access to housing in the country due to the lack of affordable housing. In addition, there is a growing phenomenon in various parts of the country of criminalization of people who occupy lands or buildings, and who are victims of growing stigmatization. “Despite the significant budgetary commitment adopted by the Government since 2003 in response to the housing crisis, and the participation of provinces and municipalities in this effort, the imbalance between supply and demand has continued to increase,” she noted. “This is partly due to State neglect of housing issues in previous decades. But the situation has deteriorated recently due to the economic growth that Argentina is experiencing and its direct effect on price increases for land, including urban land, housing and rents which have grown proportionately more than the income of most of the population.”She also voiced concern about the weakness of the allocation system of the social housing programmes, which opens the door to discrimination, and has made the issue the object of political disputes. 21 April 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the increasing rate of violent evictions taking place in Argentina and called for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the country’s housing crisis. read more

Sudan Ban disappointed at failure to reach truce agreement

According to a statement issued last night by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General “is disappointed” that no agreement was reached during the 9 to 14 August 2016 talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Further in the statement, the Secretary-General strongly urged all the parties to resume negotiations, abide by the roadmap agreement, and refrain from any attempt to escalate the conflict in Darfur and the two areas. He also reiterated that there can be “no lasting alternative to a negotiated settlement” and stressed that a cessation of hostilities is “the first, indispensable step” towards achieving this goal.The Secretary-General appreciated the vital role played by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), the African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and his Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan to bring about a lasting peace in Sudan, the statement said.On 8 August, the African Union-brokered roadmap for ending conflicts in the country was signed by Sudanese opposition groups. The Secretary-General, at that time, called on all Sudanese parties to maintain “this positive momentum” and urged them to continue working towards an agreement on a cessation of hostilities, humanitarian access to conflict-affected areas and the process for reaching a final, political settlement through an inclusive national dialogue. read more

New malaria vaccine trial in Malawi marks an innovation milestone declares UN

The disease remains on the of the world’s leading killers, with one child dying every two minutes. Most of the fatalities are in Africa, where more than 250,000 children die each year.Known officially as the RTS,S, vaccine, it will also be introduced in Ghana and Kenya in the coming weeks. “We have seen tremendous gains from bed nets and other measures to control malaria, but progress has stalled and even reversed in some areas”, said WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus.The new #malaria vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of children’s lives. @WHO welcomes the Government of #Malawi’s launch of the world’s first malaria vaccine today in a landmark pilot programme. https://t.co/1gwiV6WD0E pic.twitter.com/TlKnzoayP6— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 23, 2019 “We need new solutions to get the malaria response back on track, and this vaccine gives us a promising tool to get there”, he added. “The malaria vaccine has the potential to save tens-of-thousands of lives.”‘Thirty years in the making’RTS,S, is the first and only vaccine so far, that has demonstrated it can “significantly reduce” malaria in children so far, during clinical trials. It was successful in approximately four in 10 cases, including three in 10 cases, where the disease was life-threatening to the young patient.WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said malaria was “a constant threat” to the communities where it was being administered in the coming weeks. “We know the power of vaccines to prevent killer diseases and reach children, including those who may not have immediate access to doctors”, she added.‘Model’ public-private partnershipThe pilot programme is a collaboration between the UN and ministries of health in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi and a range of other national and international partners, including PATH, a non-profit organization, and GSK, the vaccine developer and manufacturer, which is donating up to 10 million doses for this pilot.“We salute WHO and Malawi for their leadership in realizing this historic milestone,” said Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, “and we look forward to the start of vaccination in Ghana, and then Kenya later this year. A vaccine for malaria is among many innovations needed to bring an end to this disease, and we proudly stand with all countries and our many partners in progressing towards a malaria-free world.”The malaria vaccine pilot aims to reach about 360,000 children per year across the three countries. Dr. Seth Berkley, Chief Executive of the global public and private sector vaccine alliance, Gavi, said that Malaria continues to be “one of the biggest killers of children worldwide”, taking the lives of over 200,000 every year. “These pilots will be crucial to determine the part this vaccine could play in reducing the burden this disease continues to place on the world’s poorest countries,” he noted. read more

Des signes de vie sur lune des lunes de Saturne

first_imgDes signes de vie sur l’une des lunes de Saturne ?La Nasa doit tenir une conférence de presse aujourd’hui aux Etats-Unis pour annoncer “une découverte en exobiologie”, science qui a pour objet d’étude des facteurs géo et biochimiques pouvant mener à l’apparition de la vie.Est-ce que la Nasa serait sur le point d’annoncer qu’elle vient de découvrir une forme de vie extraterrestre ? C’est en tout cas ce que pense le blogueur américain Jason Kottke. Le communiqué de la Nasa lui aurait mis la puce à l’oreille. C’est ainsi qu’il s’est mis à le décrypter sur son blog. L’agence spatiale américaine parle d’une “découverte en exobiologie qui aura un impact dans la recherche de preuves sur l’existence de vie extraterrestre”, ce qui a poussé le New Yorkais à mener une investigation de manière tout à fait personnelle. Jason Kottke a minutieusement passé en revue les curriculum vitae de chaque participant à la conférence de presse organisée par la Nasa aujourd’hui. Qui sont-ils ? D’abord, il s’est intéressé à un géobiologiste qui a déjà publié des articles sur “la géologie et la vie sur Mars”. Il y aura aussi un océanographe qui a énormément travaillé sur la photosynthèse basée sur l’arsenic, un biologiste qui a étudié Titan, la plus grande lune de Saturne, ainsi que ses similarités avec la Terre. Enfin, sera également présent à cette conférence, un écologiste qui étudie “la chimie d’environnements où la vie se développe”.Des indices suffisants pour avancer que l’annonce de la Nasa concerne la vie sur une autre planète ? Le blogueur déclare également : “Si je devais deviner ce que doit annoncer la Nasa, je dirais qu’ils ont découvert de l’arsenic sur Titan et peut-être même détecté la présence de bactéries qui l’utiliseraient pour leur photosynthèse. Ou quelque chose de ce style”.Evidemment, ce ne sont que les spéculations d’un blogueur attentif qui s’intéresse à l’espace. L’agence spatiale américaine pourrait annoncer quelque chose de totalement différent aujourd’hui. Mais sachant qu’il s’agit d’une découverte toujours en rapport avec “les origines, le développement et le futur de la vie dans l’univers”, comme précisé sur le site de la Nasa, il y a de fortes chances pour que la conférence de presse de cet après-midi aboutisse à des conclusions étonnantes. La potentielle présence de toute forme de vie existant ailleurs que sur la Terre a toujours fasciné scientifiques et amateurs de science-fiction. Son existence reste cependant hypothétique à ce jour. Aucune vie extraterrestre n’a encore été découverte. Jusqu’à présent, seuls quelques indices suggèrent qu’une vie bactérienne sur Mars est possible.Le 30 novembre 2010 à 10:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SFR lancera en avant première le Samsung Galaxy Nexus

first_imgSFR lancera en avant première le Samsung Galaxy NexusAnnoncé lors de l’évènement Samsung/SFR d’aujourd’hui, le dernier né de la gamme Galaxy sortira en exclusivité chez l’opérateur mobile.”Le Galaxy Nexus sera disponible dans les boutiques en ligne SFR à la mi décembre, à 109,90 euros moins 100 euros suivant les conditions de remboursement, en forfait “Carré Absolu”, et à 579 euros en téléphone débloqué, seul. ” C’est par ces mots que Cyril Godin, key Account Manager de Samsung nous a annoncé cette exclusivité du Galaxy Nexus pour SFR, lors de l’évènement présentant le Galaxy Nexus et le Galaxy Note, qui s’est déroulé aujourd’hui dans le VIIIème arrondissement de Paris.À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français La firme coréenne, qui ne nous a pas expliqué si cette exclusivité était temporaire, a tenu a motiver ce choix : “SFR était partenaire historique de Google avec le HTC Magic. Par la suite, Samsung,SFR et Google ont créé un regroupement fort quand le Nexus S est sorti”.Le terminal Ice Cream Sandwich de Samsung sera également disponible aux clients entreprises de SFR Business Team, sous reserve de souscription à une option data mobile ou une offre tarifaire incluant cette option, comme les forfaits illimythics.Avec un Nexus à 9,90 euros à 10 jours de Noël, Samsung et SFR frappent forts et lancent un message sérieux à la concurrence.Le 9 novembre 2011 à 17:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nia Jax undergoes double knee surgery Matt Riddle removed from weekend NXT

first_imgFacebook Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Nia Jax and Dean Ambrose Match Reportedly Cancelled Videos Articles WWE’s Nia Jax Hopes Her Body Positivity Will Inspire Others Pinterest Nia Jax Now Playing Up Next 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Former RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax has undergone the double knee surgery we reported she was slated to undergo. Jax had been working through two torn ACLs.Jax was last seen at WrestleMania 35 teaming with Tamina in a losing effort for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. That match was won by The IIconics and also included Sasha Banks and Bayley, as well as Natalya and Beth Phoenix. There is no timetable set for her return yet.https://twitter.com/NiaJaxWWE/status/1121506286804328454Matt Riddle removed from this weekend’s NXT house showsMatt Riddle posted on his Twitter that he has been removed from this weekend’s NXT house shows due to a mild arm infection. Riddle tweeted out an apology to fans expecting to see him.The NXT house show schedule starts tonight in Omaha, Nebraska, heads to Davenport, Iowa on Friday, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, and St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday.I’ve been pulled from all the shows this weekend due to a mild arm infection which saddens me greatly, but real talk I got my new creature skateboard from CCS yesterday and I’m gonna go tear it up at the local skate park #originalbro #kingofbros #stallion #brover #splx pic.twitter.com/SlGgsxKTO8— matthew riddle (@SuperKingofBros) April 25, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Wants A WWE Match Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Captain Marvel: WWEs Nia Jax Challenges Brie Larson To A Match WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Nia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE Evolution Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Countys jobs picture remained steady in June

first_imgClark County’s economic recovery continued to amble forward in June, according to a state report issued Tuesday.The employment picture showed little change in June. The preliminary jobless rate was 8.6 percent, reported Scott Bailey, labor economist with the Washington Employment Security Department. He expects the revised number for June to end up slightly greater than 10 percent, pushing it up from a revised 9.3 percent in May, but down year-over-year from 11 percent in June 2012.Revised figures take into account those unemployed county residents who previously worked in Oregon.Washington’s unemployment rate also held fairly steady last month at 6.8 percent, with Oregon at 7.9 percent.The U.S. unemployment rate is 7.6 percent.Through June, Clark County employment was up by 2,700 jobs from a year earlier. Hiring sectors included retailers, which added 200 new jobs last month, reacting to increased consumer spending in the first three months of the year. The period saw retail sales grow by more than 8 percent, according to figures released by the state on Monday.“A tough retail climate has slowly gotten better,” Bailey reported. He noted, however, June’s retail employment gains were still less than half the average for the previous three months.Other nonfarm sectors hiring in June were leisure and hospitality, at 200 jobs above the seasonal norm; construction and manufacturing, which added 200 jobs each; and professional and business services, at 300 jobs. K-12 education dropped 200 jobs in June, which Bailey said is not typical for the month.For the year, Clark County’s unemployment picture has slowly improved across most sectors, except in the health and education services industry, which has dropped 500 jobs through the year ending in June. The information/financial services category also has lagged other sectors, with employment remaining flat through June.last_img read more

Gender pay gap increases as women enter their 30s

first_imgThe gender pay gap for female millennials, born between 1981 and 2000, rises from 5% in their 20s to 9% at the age of 30, according to research by the Resolution Foundation.The research, which is based on analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data and which forms part of the Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission, also found that female baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1965, experienced a gender pay gap of 16% in their 20s.For women in the baby boomer generation, the gender pay gap increased to 21% when they were in their 30s, and 34% once they turned 40.Women in generation X, born between 1966 and 1980, had a 9% gender pay gap in their 20s. This increased to 10% at the age of 30, and 25% by the age of 40.Laura Gardiner (pictured), senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “Successive generations of women have benefitted from slow but steady progress in closing the gender pay gap. Young women today face relatively little disadvantage in terms of their pay packets compared to what their parents’ and grandparents’ generation faced.“But while many millennial women haven’t experienced much of a pay gap yet, most probably will once they reach their 30s, when they start having children. What’s more, this pay penalty is big and long-lasting, and remains for younger generations despite the progress in early careers.“As people continue to live and work for longer, it’s important that businesses, policy makers and civic society continue to focus on closing the gender pay gap at all ages, and for every generation. After all, small hourly pay gaps quickly grow into large lifetime pay penalties that can leave women hundreds of thousands of pounds worse off over the course of their careers.”last_img read more

Pause Button Hit On States Plan To Borrow 1 Billion For OilCompany

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As of Tuesday, officials have announced that the states plan to sell up to $1 billion in bonds to pay off the states remaining oil tax credit obligations has been put on hold pending a recent lawsuit. The state of Alaska is being sued over a bill Governor Bill Walker signed into law allowing for the issuance of bonds to pay off the state’s outstanding oil tax credit obligations. State officials in their announcement said HB 331 is currently on hold and will not likely move forward until the lawsuit is settled. Forrer v. Alaska, has been referred to Superior Court Judge Jude Pate, was filed against the state by Juneau resident Eric Forrer.center_img The lawsuit  filed against the state challenges the bill’s constitutionality. Similar constitutional questions were raised as lawmakers debated the bill. But Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth said her office reviewed the matter and was confident the proposed bonds would be lawful. The bill, HB 331, establishes a new state corporation that would be empowered to sell up to $1 billion in bonds to pay off the state’s remaining oil tax credit obligations.last_img read more

Fuel price hike Petrol rates hits alltime high of Rs 8625 per

first_imgRepresentational imagesREUTERS/Mukesh GuptaPetrol and diesel prices in the country touched their highest levels Monday mainly due to dramatic fall in rupee and a sharp rise in crude oil rates.Petrol price in Delhi rose to a record Rs 79.15 a litre and diesel climbed to a fresh high of Rs 71.15, according to price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.This follows a 31 paise/ litre hike in prices on Monday. Rates have breached the previous high of Rs 78.43 a litre hit on May 28. On that day, the rate in Mumbai was Rs 86.24 per litre. A litre of petrol in Mumbai costs Rs 86.56 on Monday. Prices in Delhi are the cheapest in all metros and most state capitals due to lower sales tax or VAT.Diesel rates on Monday were hiked by 39 paise a litre, the steepest increase since the daily revision in prices was introduced in mid-June 2017. Diesel now costs Rs 75.54 per litre in Mumbai. Since August 16, petrol prices have risen by over Rs 2 per litre.Diesel prices, on the other hand, have risen by Rs 2.42 a litre during this period. Diesel rates had hit Rs 69.31 a litre on May 28, but this record was breached on August 27 and on Monday they hit a fresh high.Fuel prices vary from state to state due to local levies. Officials said the spike in rates is on account of exchange rate falling to a record Rs 71 to a dollar, depreciating by Rs 2.5 in a month. Also, crude oil has gained $7 a barrel in a fortnight, driven by fears that the US sanctions on Iran will likely contract supplies.The appreciation of the dollar against rupee has also pushed up rates for compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as piped natural gas (PNG) since the price of gas procured by city distributors is mostly dollar-denominated.Indraprastha Gas Ltd, which retails gas in the national capital, on Sunday raised the prices of CNG by 63 paise per kg and by Rs 1.11 per standard cubic meter for piped natural gas supplied to households for cooking purposes.CNG now costsRs. 42.60 per kg in Delhi and Rs 49.30 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida, and Ghaziabad. The consumer price of PNG to the households in Delhi has been increased to Rs 28.25 per Standard Cubic Meter (scm), while same in Noida, Greater Noida, and Ghaziabad would be Rs 30.10 per scm, which has been increased by Rs 1.26 per scm.last_img read more