A $1,570,901 road-paving contract for Colchester County has been announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The contract was awarded to S. W. Weeks Construction Ltd. and involves repaving on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 from West North River Road east for about 4.6 kilometres to west of Exit 17, and from the Crowes Mills Road overpass east for 2.3 kilometres to west of the Exit 15 off ramp. “Motorists driving on busy Highway 104 will enjoy safer travel as a result of this repaving project,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “These sections of Highway 104, north of Truro, are among the busiest in the province, and keeping them in top shape is a high priority for our department.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Another case is being added to Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program today, May 18. The Department of Justice is offering a cash reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. Ms. Peacock left her residence in Dartmouth at about 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2011. Police have learned that Ms. Peacock traveled to the Gore area of Hants County that day. Ms. Peacock’s last contact was at about 12:34 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2011. Police believe Ms. Peacock is the victim of foul play. “The RCMP and the Department of Justice urge anyone with any information related to Melissa Dawn Peacock’s disappearance to please come forward,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We all share a responsibility in terms of building safe communities, and no information about this case is too trivial.” Anyone with information can call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program toll-free at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward will be expected to provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program are recorded. More information on this and other cases can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/just . The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime. There are 62 cases in the program.
New Delhi: MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari has called a meeting of heads of banks, finance ministry officials, and CEOs of various of central PSUs on Thursday to sort out the problem of delayed payments being faced by small and medium enterprises, sources said. MSMEs have been expressing concern over failure of the Micro and Small Enterprise Facilitation Council (MSEFC) in resolving cases of delayed payments within the stipulated 90 days. “This major issue is on the agenda of the September meeting convened by minister Gadkari,” an official said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn addition to representatives of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the meeting will be attended by heads of several banks, finance ministry officials, chief of public sector units, official from UTs and state governments, they added. The meeting may also consider modification of the relevant rules governing the sector for recovery of dues by way of arrears of land revenue. The MSEFCs of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand have such provisions. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIt may also be considered to replicate the Tamil Nadu model where the chairman of the state MSEFC uses video conference facility to expeditious settlement of MSME payments. Besides, proposal of setting up of more than one MSEFC in each state is also on the agenda. The provisions under the MSMED Act are implemented by MSEFC chaired by Director of Industries of the State /UT having administrative control of the MSE units. State Government/UTs are expected to ensure that the MSE Facilitation Council hold meetings regularly and delayed payment cases are decided by the Councils within a period of 90 days.
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s minority NDP government has released an update of its budget before a full budget is tabled in February. Here are some highlights:— Carbon tax rate increased by $5 a tonne on April 1, 2018, as climate action tax credit increased for low- and middle-class families but the carbon tax will no longer be revenue neutral.— $208 million for construction of 1,700 affordable rental housing units.— $291 million for construction of 2,000 modular housing units for the homeless, with $170 million over three years for round-the-clock staff and support services.— 50 per cent cut in Medical Services Plan premiums for all British Columbians as a step toward eliminating them over four years.— Up to 3,500 new teachers; $681 million increase for kindergarten-to-Grade 12 education over three years.— $100-per-month increase for income and disability assistance.— $200-a-month increase to earnings exemptions for income and disability assistance recipients to connect to jobs.— Reduction in small business corporate income tax rate to two per cent, from 2.5 per cent.— $19 million for restoration of free adult basic education and English-language learning in both the kindergarten- to Grade 12 and post-secondary sectors.— $15 million over three years for the Healthy Kids Program to provide hearing assistance benefits and improved rates for dental services.— Personal income tax rate of 16.8 per cent on taxable income over $150,000, up from 14.7 per cent.— Increase in corporate income tax to 12 per cent, from 11 per cent.— $290 million for the Health Ministry and to establishment Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions in supporting prevention, early intervention and treatment involving illicit opioids and overdoses; $32 million for law enforcement and coroners’ service.
HALIFAX — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was acknowledged publicly by the chief of the defence staff during a navy ceremony today in Halifax.Questions have swirled around the future of Norman, who has expressed a desire to return to duty after a breach-of-trust case was dropped last month against the former second-in-command of Canada’s Armed Forces.Norman was on hand in uniform for the colourful change of command ceremony Wednesday and was mentioned at the beginning of remarks made by defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance.Vance welcomed Norman, saying “great to have you here mate,” adding “the family’s all together again, it feels good,” to warm applause.Neither Norman nor Vance were made available to reporters following the ceremony at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard.The two were together last month in what the military described as a “cordial” meeting, although there has been no word since on when Norman will return to duty, or in what role.Command of the Royal Canadian Navy was passed Wednesday from Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd to Vice-Admiral Art McDonald.The Canadian Press
Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Without the existing government measures intended in particular for Canadian artists, creators, producers, publishers and broadcasters, the cultural sectors would never have been able to achieve such vigor and offer such a wide diversity of content in the face of U.S. productions, whose means of production and marketing are much higher.The CDCE will continue its study of the agreement in the coming days with a more detailed legal analysis, especially since the texts must still be submitted to revision processes by the parties.About the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE)Founded in 1998, the CDCE is a pan-Canadian organization that brings together 29 associations representing the entire chain of culture, from creation to dissemination, in the book, film, television, new media, music and performing arts sectors. The CDCE is particularly concerned with the treatment of culture in commercial treaties and the impact of the digital environment on the diversity of cultural expressions. Advertisement Montreal, ON (October 1, 2018) — The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and the former Minister Mélanie Joly, for maintaining the cultural exemption in the new Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. The CDCE salutes the tenacity of Canadian negotiators, the unwavering support of the Quebec government, and the steadfastness of the political leaders who stated throughout the renegotiation that they would not give ground.According to the available analyses, this exemption, which will allow Canada to maintain its cultural sovereignty, was essential for the future of this sector in the digital age. In the context of the revision of the Copyright, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Radiocommunication Acts, maintaining the exemption will allow Canada to adopt policies and programs to ensure the sustainability and development of our cultural industries in the digital age, which support the creation and dissemination of our cultural content.In 2016, cultural goods and services accounted for more than 650,000 jobs and a GDP of $53.8 billion. Beyond this important economic contribution, cultural content is a source of individual and collective identity and has a fundamentally symbolic value.
APTN National News“The North lacks the infrastructure to support its families, its businesses and Canada’s national interest,” said Hans Cunningham, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
APTN National NewsIn an attempt to honour his homeland, the Toronto Zoo launched a “name our cub” contest for their baby polar bear.One of the choices was “Searik”, which the Zoo though meant “beautiful” in Inuktitut, but it really didn’t mean anything.APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports how they fixed the unintentional blunder.
Dallas (Texas) – Thanks to its strategic geographical location at the crossroads of world maritime routes, Morocco is well-placed to serve as a logistic, industrial and financial platform for investment in Africa, said Thursday in Dallas Mamoun Bouhdoud minister delegate for Small Enterprises and Informal Sector Integration.The minister, who was speaking at the US- Morocco Trade and Investment Forum, added that the Kingdom ensures a worldwide important marine connectivity through its Tangier-Med port, the biggest marine infrastructure in the Mediterranean region with 2.5 million containers handled in 2013.Bouhdoud recalled that Morocco, which is Africa’s second destination for investments, is perceived as the “next zone of growth”. Thanks to its political stability and its business climate, Morocco offers “enormous opportunities for win-win partnerships”, the minister noted.The Moroccan official recalled in this context that the United States ranks 3rd among Morocco’s top trading partners, pointing out that the Kingdom is the only African country to have signed a free-trade agreement with the USA.
He introduced the bills in anticipation of the United States Supreme Court striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, commonly known as PASPA.BR 236 would use the revenue generated from sports wagering to fund education and the Kentucky Retirement Systems.Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, many states passed sports wagering legislation which spurred a total handle near $10 billion, according to Senator Carroll.Related Article: Pre-filed bill would make sure coal companies are bondedThis year alone Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee passed sports wagering legislation, and West Virginia is already in full operation. In Indiana, the sports wagering commission permitted locations to take bets beginning September 1, 2019.“Because of the General Assembly’s failure to act on this, despite numerous opportunities, Kentucky continues to lose revenue daily that could be funding our schools and ailing pension systems. And frankly, our residents are now vulnerable to an unregulated sports wagering market,” Senator Carroll said.The bill requires a majority of the revenue generated from sports wagering to be deposited into the Kentucky Employees Retirement Systems Non-Hazardous and Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement Systems proportionally. The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship will also benefit, with the remaining going towards horse racing development funds.BR 236 will be considered during the regular legislative session beginning January 2020. Sports Betting Image via MGN Online FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Senator Julian Carroll, a Democrat from Frankfort, pre-filed legislation establishing the framework to allow sports wagering at any horse racing track or off-track wagering facility.Bill Request 236 builds on two previously filed bills that were proposed over the last couple of legislative sessions by Senator Carroll, but neither received a hearing.- Advertisement –
Some of Cousins’s big scoring numbers are owed to the Kings’ style of play. According to data from Synergy Sports Technology, only two bigs — Boston’s Kelly Olynyk and Cousins’s teammate Willie Cauley-Stein — get a higher proportion of their offense out of the transition game than Cousins. These are easy buckets that are a byproduct of the team’s rapid-fire pace and Boogie’s ability to beat his man down the floor. (Although he’s only middle-of-the-pack in efficiency on these possessions — mainly because of adventures in ball-handling; when leading the break or attempting to finish it on the wing, Boogie turns the ball over nearly as often as he scores1Twenty-five percent of his transition plays end in a turnover; 35 percent result in a score. — a mediocre transition possession is still far more valuable than a pretty good half-court one.)And some of it simply comes from old-fashioned post-ups: Cousins sees six plays per game (fourth-most in the league) and is one of the game’s more efficient finishers in the post. In that sense, Cousins is cut from the same time-worn cloth as big men from the days of yore. With the rest of the league obsessed with the pick-and-roll, Cousins has a far smaller proportion of his offense generated from the NBA’s current bread-and-butter play than his frontcourt peers. This is partly because Cousins’s point guard, Rondo, is a miserable free-throw shooter and can’t shoot from range — two important parts of keeping PNR defenders on a string. But it’s also because the Kings remain happy to dump the ball down to the post and let their big, punishing center eat up possessions. (Cousins is also great at pinning his man when he’s being fronted, allowing Rondo to toss an entry pass over the defender for an easy basket.) The philosophy isn’t limited to Cousins (see: Gay, Rudy), but it’s what lets Boogie shine in quite the way that Boogie does.This collision course between basketball’s past and its future (Boogie is only 25 years old) is part of what makes Cousins so exciting. Amid a wave of seemingly modernized bigs like DeAndre Jordan, Serge Ibaka and even Rudy Gobert — defensive specialists who excel at their roles, but whose narrowed archetype is built on explosive pick-and-roll finishes and weak-side cuts off action generated by somebody else — Cousins’ offensive game is different, more self-sufficient, more like the one-man-army style center that roamed the league’s frontcourts throughout the 1990s. Thirty-seven percent of Cousins’s buckets have been unassisted this season — a relatively high proportion for a big man. Rondo has certainly done his share of creating for others, but Cousins chips in there as well, with the third-highest assist rate on the Kings.All of this might be why the box score itself has been found wanting when it comes to quantifying Cousins’s true offensive impact this season. Then again, it also isn’t clear how we should interpret a center vying for the single-season usage crown in 2016, on a fast-paced offense that’s barely more efficient than league average. Cousins could just as easily be a statistically perplexing anomaly on a statistically perplexing team as he could be the prototype for a future generation of high-scoring bigs. But one thing is certain: Cousins’s quixotic bid to surpass O’Neal, Chamberlain and Co. will be one of the more entertaining statistical subplots of the season’s second half, for no reason other than the closer Cousins comes, the more Cousins we get.Check out our latest NBA predictions. With a 20-26 record, compiled against the still-comparatively-tough Western Conference, the Sacramento Kings are the picture of an average NBA team. They aren’t outright bad — unlike during most of the franchise’s recent history — but the best they can hope for this season is to outduel the likes of Utah and Portland for the West’s eighth and final playoff berth and then be served up as first-round fodder for the mighty Golden State Warriors.It isn’t an exciting fate, particularly if you subscribe to the treadmill theory, which says average is just about the worst place an NBA team can be (and which powers the dim, devolutionary logic behind long-term tank projects like the 76ers or the more insane short-term variety like the notion that the Clippers should tear down and trade Chris Paul). But despite the Kings’ collective mediocrity, there are a lot of interesting things going on in Sacramento. Leading the league’s fastest-paced offense, Rajon Rondo is having a resurgent season; Omri Casspi has morphed into one of the NBA’s top long-distance snipers, even going toe to toe with the unstoppable Steph Curry, at least for a few minutes; and Rudy Gay continues to defy advanced metrics and attract trade interest.Oh, and DeMarcus Cousins is thundering around the league this January, averaging 32.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists on 49.5 percent shooting, 57.6 percent true shooting and 42.9 percent from 3-point range. He’s been a monster, as you may have gathered over the last week, when he slapped up back-to-back 48- and 56-point games. Those point totals are stunning, of course, but they’re also underpinned by something even more impressive: Boogie is having damn near the highest-usage season by a big man in NBA history — even more alarming for a guy who plays one of the most violent, impactful, forearm-shiver-to-the-sternum-type styles in the league.Cousins’s current usage percentage is 35.8 percent — practically an unheard of number for a center. Among post-merger bigs, only Jermaine O’Neal’s 36.2 mark, set in 44 games with the post-Artest 2004-05 Pacers, is higher, and that was a one-season oddity born out of necessity when injuries and suspensions left Indiana bereft of offensive firepower. (O’Neal’s next-highest seasonal usage was 30.2 percent — still sizable, but not off-the-charts.) Cousins has already played 38 games this season, and his prolific usage is actually part of a three-year trend that’s seen his scoring volume soar ever skyward: And Cousins’s offensive load has only gotten heavier in the 2016 calendar year. Since Jan. 1, Cousins’s usage has been a staggering 37.8 percent, including several recent stretches in which he eclipsed 40 percent usage over multiple-game stretches. As a point of historical comparison, it’s estimated that even Wilt Chamberlain barely scraped past 36 percent usage during his immortal 1961-62 season, when he famously averaged 50.4 points per game. (Thanks, inflated early-1960s pace factors!) So we may be on our way to witnessing Cousins shoulder the largest share of a team’s offense ever conducted through a big man.Cousins does it with a skill set that scarcely resembles that of his fellow frontcourt anchors. A typical team’s best big man looks a lot like Utah’s Derrick Favors or Denver’s Kenneth Faried: solid all-around players who, first and foremost, can rebound, defend and score with efficiency. (Volume scoring and passing are nice skills too, but they aren’t as indispensable for a big to possess.) Cousins flips that formula around, particularly on offense, where his physique and thunder-dunks often draw comparisons to Shaq, who was hugely dominant but also hugely traditional by big-man standards. Unlike the Big Aristotle, Cousins’s scoring efficiency has been something more like middling while his raw volume has been off the charts, and he counterbalances some of those missed shots with the touch and willingness to set up teammates with his passing. (He doesn’t receive quite the same gushing as other passing bigs, but he’s behind only Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Al Horford in points created through assists by big men, according to SportVU.)
Prince Charles accompanies his mother the Queen in place of his father in the House of Lords on Wednesday morningCredit:Carl Court/Getty The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital with an infection, Buckingham Palace said as it announced the Queen will attend the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot without him.Prince Philip is understood to have been taken to hospital by car from Windsor to London on Tuesday evening, as a precautionary measure on the advice of his doctor. He has been out of bed today, and is said to be in good spirits. 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. In June 2013, he had an exploratory operation on his abdomen which was said to have gone “as planned”. He also suffered a serious health scare over Christmas 2011, which he spent in hospital for treatment for a blocked coronary artery.He underwent a “minimally invasive procedure’’ of coronary stenting to unblock it, which was declared a success and was discharged four days later. The heart operation caused courtiers to carry out a radical rethink of the couple’s working partnership from the beginning of 2012 with the Duke carrying out just one public engagement in January and one in February, the anniversary of his wife’s accession. Later the same year, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, he was admitted to hospital with a bladder infection, spending five days on a ward and missing the final part of the jubilee festivities. Prince Philip with the Queen at Royal Ascot on Tuesday afternoon hours before being admitted to King Edward VII HospitalCredit: Chris Jackson/Getty The Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen on the first day of Royal Ascot on TuesdayCredit:John Walton/PA News of the Duke’s illness comes shortly after he announced he would stand down from official public duties from the autumn.Just yesterday, he attended Royal Ascot, accompanying the Queen for a full day of activity in hot temperatures. The Duke of Edinburgh has missed the State Opening of Parliament 11 times since 1956. The Prince of Wales has accompanied the Queen twice, in 1994 and 1996. Today he sat beside the Queen on the throne in the place usually taken by his father. Prince Charles has accompanied the Queen instead of his father to the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday.A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. “Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot. “The Prince of Wales will accompany The Queen to the State Opening.”Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon.” In 2016, however, he carried out official meetings and visits on 110 days of the year, remaining patron or president of around 800 organisations and taking an active interest in his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. At the time of his 90th birthday, he had declared that he intended to cut back on his public duties, but remained a stalwart presence at a range of engagements throughout Britain. Prince Philip with the Queen and Prince Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour parade on June 17Credit:Anwar Hussein/Wireimage On Saturday, he appeared at Trooping the Colour, appearing in good spirits for the carriage ride and with his family on the Buckingham Palace balcony.Despite news of his retirement, the Duke has seemed in good health following several years of minor illness.
The fifth new player in RK C.O Zagreb for the upcoming season will be Josip Sandrk (26). 209 cm tall left back is coming back home from Hungarian team, Balatonfuredi, where he spent last three season. Member of Croatian beach handball team, who won the gold medal at ECh in Denmark two weeks ago, will miss the first part of preparation period because of two broken fingers… ← Previous Story F.C Porto signed two ex-Atletico Madrid players! Next Story → Zdenko Kordi is new RK Nexe coach! josip sandrk
You may have already gotten a brief glimpse at a sub-10-inch Windows 8 tablet — specifically Acer’s leaked Iconia W3 — but this week’s Windows 8.1 excitement is not over yet. Over at Computex another company has stolen the spotlight by showing off its own tiny tablet with Windows 8.1.Taiwanese OEM Inventec has been demonstrating a reference design called “Lyon”. It’s powered by a 22nm quad-core Intel Bay Trail-M processor clocked at 1.66GHz, has 2GB of RAM, and can be outfitted with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.There’s no shortage of connectivity or connectivity options despite the Lyon’s smaller size, either. In addition to the requisite WiFi, the model Inventec showed at Computex sported a micro USB host port, HDMI output, Inventec does its best to accommodate, and it’s ready and willing to install front and rear-facing cameras.Now for the down side: The 7-inch Lyon can only manage about 3.5 hours of video playback. Inventec says that hardware and driver optimizations will boost that figure, but there’s no guarantee how much. It’s safe to assume that simply because of the decrease in volume that those looking for a Windows 8.1 tablet with plenty of endurance will want to go with something larger.That might be the biggest sacrifice if the Lyon is an accurate indicator of how well Windows 8.1 works on smaller screens. In video demo, it looks pretty darn good. At least on the Start Screen and in full-screen Windows Store apps.The desktop, of course, is another story. Most desktop apps just aren’t great on touchscreens. Then again, how often are you going to want to bang out emergency code in, say, Notepad++ on a 7-inch Windows tablet? It’ll work in a pinch, and at least you have the option. The same can’t be said for Windows RT tablets since you can’t run whatever desktop apps you see fit.Ultimately, Inventec might want to think about adding a few fractions of a millimeter to the Lyon in order to cram in additional watt-hours. With longer run-time between charges, this little Windows 8.1 tablet could attract plenty of attention.
Victoria’s peak ethnic communities’ body is calling federal, state and local governments to make more funds available for the employment of migrants. The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV), in a discussion paper released on Thursday also calls for the collection of culturally diverse data by government and private organisations, and for reallocation of resources to support employment opportunities for people of migrant and refugee backgrounds. It also asks for the creation of an Office of a Fairness Commissioner so the recognition of foreign qualifications are processed sooner.“Our call is based on the principle of social justice, a fair go for all. However, it is also based on the principle of efficiency,” Joe Caputo tells Neos Kosmos, former chair of the ECCV and current national chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA), the national peak body of all state ethnic communities’ councils.“We will be advocating at all levels of government in order to make them more representative and reflective of the culturally diverse makeup, and of the needs of today’s Australia,” said Mr Caputo.“Culturally diverse governments and organisations are also more efficient, since they better understand the needs of our diverse society. They plan better and they deliver better services too,” said the Chair of FECCA.Asked about how the various levels of government perform in relation to taking into consideration cultural diversity when promoting employment opportunities Mr Caputo said that “Local government is closer to the people and delivers vital services, yet, the other two tiers of government are doing better, with the federal government leading the way.” Eddie Michallef, chair of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, speaking during the launch of the discussion paper of his organisation Work Solutions: Improving Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, stated that migrants and refugees even though they are enthusiastic about finding employment in Australia they face many challenges.Responding to the report, the Municipal Association of Victoria through its president councillor Bill Mc Arthur expressed publically its support for employing people from a culturally diverse background but was opposed to imposing employment quotas.Work Solutions: Improving Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, an ECCV policy discussion paper with practical policy solutions, was launched by ECCV, together with the Asia Institute and the Population, Multicultural and Migration Network of the University of Melbourne.The report provides insights into unemployment and under-employment of Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds and recommendations to government about issues such as employment barriers, recruitment bias and discrimination. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Chine : la pollution de l’eau et de l’air s’aggraveChine – Pour la première fois depuis 2005, la qualité de l’air en Chine s’est détériorée cette année. La pollution touche également le milieu aquatique, avec un quart des eaux du pays ne pouvant plus être utilisées que pour un usage industriel ou agricole.D’après le ministère de l’Environnement, le nombre de jours où la qualité de l’air est considérée comme bonne dans les 113 principales villes du pays, a baissé de 0,3 point de pourcentage sur les six premiers mois de l’année. Une augmentation de la pollution engendrée notamment par des tempêtes de sable et le nombre croissant de voitures et de chantiers. À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituelleComme le souligne Tao Detian, porte-parole du ministère, la reprise économique en Chine est très coûteuse pour l’environnement. “Le démarrage de plus de chantiers et de projets industriels cette année en raison de la reprise économique et une augmentation rapide des automobiles en sont également la cause” explique-t-il.La pollution menace également les eaux, dont 25% sont aujourd’hui tant polluées qu’elles ne peuvent être utilisées que pour un usage industriel ou agricole. Sur son site internet, le ministère fait état de 49,3% d’eau potable, tandis que 24,3% des eaux sont classées en catégorie 6, et sont donc impropres à tout usage. Une pollution causée par les milliers d’usines de ciment et d’usines chimiques qui déversent leurs déchets dans les cours d’eau du pays, mais aussi par l’utilisation excessive d’engrais qui engendrent un développement d’algues dans les lacs et les rivières.Le 1 août 2010 à 10:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
WASHINGTON — Susan Rice, the top national security adviser to former President Barack Obama, says it is “absolutely false” that she and other Obama administration officials used intelligence reports to spy on Trump associates for political purposes.Rice, in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, said her senior White House role did give her the ability to request the names of Americans swept up through U.S. spy craft. But she would not say whether she saw intelligence on President Donald Trump’s associates or whether she asked for their identities, saying that information would be classified.According to a U.S. official, Trump national security aides discovered after the inauguration that Rice asked that the identities of the Republican’s advisers be “unmasked.” To Trump backers, the revelations are evidence that the Obama administration was surveilling the incoming administration for political purposes.“There is a troubling direction that some of this is going in,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.The White House has tried to use the allegations of politically-motivated spying to shift focus away from the FBI and congressional investigations into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. Trump launched the first salvo last month when he tweeted that Obama had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an explosive allegation that senior intelligence and law enforcement officials have denied.The U.S. official said Trump’s National Security Council began an intelligence policy review after the inauguration that included looking into how widely raw intelligence and the names of Americans were disseminated. Rice’s unmasking requests were found during that review, according to the official, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the sensitive information.
A wildfire charred 25 acres in Delta Junction yesterday.Listen nowThe Alaska Division of Forestry said state and local firefighters corralled the blaze, which raced through dry grass in breezy conditions Thursday afternoon.The origin of the fire was a three-week-old burn pile.Delta area fire prevention officer Gabe Pease-Madore said the property owner was on sight and tried to suppress the flames. He said the fire got away despite previously burned ground surrounding the pile. Smoke from the fire forced the closure of Nistler Road for about half an hour.A fire crew out of Fairbanks arrived on scene later in the afternoon to mop up and search for hot spots.According to the Alaska Interagency Coordination center there have already been 55 fires so far this year. 16 of those are currently burning.
New Delhi: On September 6, 2018, India became a more equal country after a five-judge panel of the Supreme Court struck down the colonial era-sodomy laws encapsulated in Section 377 of the IPC that made consensual gay sex illegal. On the forefront of the fight were two lawyers, Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, the advocates who represented the five original petitioners in court and fought the case. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Now, almost a year after the astounding victory, the duo have come out on international media as a couple. In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the two attorneys admitted that they were indeed a couple and that the victory was not just a professional benchmark but also a personal win. While speaking about the human impact of the decision to repeal Section 377, Zakaria asked if the case was much more personal to them as the two were not just partners in court but also a couple. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us In response, both Guruswamy and Katju chuckled and agreed that they were. “That’s right. The loss in 2013 was a loss as lawyers, a loss as citizens. It was a personal loss,” said Guruswamy. “It is not nice to be a ‘criminal’ who has to go back to court as a lawyer to argue other cases,” she added. Guruswamy and Katju had also argued the case in court in 2013 when the Supreme Court upheld the criminalisation of Section 377 after it was decriminalised in 2009 by Delhi high court. Advertise With Us “We had a court where we practised as lawyers … and this court had just told us that gay people were second class citizens”, said Katju, who added that it was very difficult. Guruswamy and Katju earned international acclaim after the historic SC judgment in 2018 after they convinced the very court that had rejected their pleas in 2013 to repeal the colonial-era law. The duo were even named by TIME magazine in their list of 100 most influential people of 2019.
Tirupati: Giving a major push to the use of electric vehicles for which the future belongs, about 50 e-buses will soon hit the roads of pilgrim city as part of the government’s initiative towards electric vehicle policy.It was said to be planning to buy about 1,000 e-buses on the whole and during the first phase about 350 buses will be purchased for major cities like Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Amaravati. Of them Tirupati will get 50 buses. Also Read – 10 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Nellore district Advertise With Us The benefit of e-buses is zero-emission thereby improving the quality of air. Tirupati region has reportedly asked for 350 e-buses so that entire fleet of buses between Tirupati and Tirumala can be replaced from the existing BS-IV standard buses. Accordingly, it was learnt that 50 buses were sanctioned in the first phase which in all possibility may ply between Tirupati and Tirumala and a few buses to Srikalahasti and Tiruchanur. As and when more buses are sanctioned then they will be pressed into use for Tirumala pilgrims. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us However, the conventional charging system limits the driving distance and charging systems that enable long driving distance are very expensive. With one full charge of about three hours these buses can run up to about 250 kilometres. According to an official of the APSRTC, charging stations will be set up at Alipiri, Mangalam, Tirumala and Srikalahasti depots. Advertise With Us With a seating capacity of 40, electric buses will have modern passenger amenities and are said to be safe as they are equipped with safety measures and protected from short circuits. As they require charging after every 250 kms of travel, these electric buses may not be suitable to operate to the cities beyond that distance. These buses will no doubt help RTC to come out of fuel burden as the Corporation was spending huge amount on diesel there by it can improve the financial health of it. According to an estimate, it costs the Corporation Rs 20 for a kilometre with diesel and with electric buses they can save up to Rs 14 per km and the vehicles do not need the same level of services like diesel engine requires. More than a year ago, an electric bus made by Goldstone company in which a few drivers were trained too. The bus made trial runs to Tirumala and the feedback was submitted to RTC management then itself. However, it was not clear which company buses will be bought by the Corporation now. The transition towards the use of electric buses gradually by the public sector undertakings was expected to motivate private users also to follow suit. The Central government has been giving top priority for the use of a electric vehicles to curb pollution and has announced many sops for the sector. It has announced setting up of charging stations too in the coming days. APSRTC has also been moving in this direction to reduce the fuel cost and thereby its net losses.